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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
Physical Description:
v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla
Publication Date:
five issues yearly
completely irregular


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periodical   ( marcgt )


General Note:
Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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University of Florida
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The S.S. Panama (now the President Hoover) on her maiden voyage, with New York City
in the background


Gatun Gang--Allen Bridges, Irl Sanders, Jack Ward, Frank Estes, Jim Brown,
Charlie Thomas and Dow Walker.

Dr. and Mrs. Clare Clay, Longbeach, Calif. Mr. and Mrs. M.T. Pappendick,

Pinellas Park, Florida.

Left to right: Florence Cameron, Stub Ross, Janice (Cameron) Ross,

Arthur and Flo Berude, Mrs. Martin, Mollie Brown, Claude Berger,

Dr. Martin.

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Howell, Mr. and Mrs. S Churchill, Asheville, N.C.



Mr. and Mrs. Charles Thomas, Allentown, Pa.

Mrs. G.C. Lockridge, Record Editor and Mr. Lockridge, Legislative Rep.,

St. Petersburg, Florida

The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
Ernest M. Kieswetter J. F. Warner
President Founder
Cecil M. Banan Executive Committee
Vice-President % N Ernest M. Kieswetter
Lucille S. Judd W.J. Dorgan
Secretary-Treas. Lucille S. Judd
Betty Lockridge Betty Lockridge
Record Editor Mary Belle Hicks
Andy Fraser
Mary Belle Hicks Dewey Goodwin
Recording Sec'y. Albert McKeown
Martin Nickel David S. Smith
Chaplain Sergeant-at-Arms

Some of the Bills that died for the time being with the last Congress
1. Annunity increases for retired Government workers and for those
retiring during the next five years Along with this bill the 21/2 % re-
duction in annuities present Government workers have to take
on retirement on the first $3,600 of their annual annuities in order to
designate their spouses for survivorship annuities, this part of the bill
also failed to be enacted into law.
2. The 30-55 bill which would have permitted Government workers to
retire on full annuities at age 55 after 30 years' service.
The Civil Service Commission has announced that there will be ar
increase in Health Insurance Cost beginning Nov. 1, 1964. Also for the
period Feb. 1-15, 1964, annuitants eligible for health insurance may
change plans, options or type of enrollment from self only to self and
family. This is the first unlimited open season since Oct., 1961, for an-
nuitants enrolled in the active Federal Employees Health Benefits Pro-
It is very obvious at this time that the cost-of-living increase will not
reach 3% in Dec. 1964. So if this proves to be true the earliest annuity
increase would be April, 1966.
G. C. Lockridge, Legislative Representative

The S. S. Panama (now the President Hoover) on her maiden voyage, with
New York City in the background. Courtesy of Ask Mr. Foster Travel Service


Edward J. Hustead-Locks Division-33 years, 6 months, 19 days.
Agnes P. Johnson-Schools-19 years, 3 months, 24 days.
Herbert C. Kelly-Electrical Division-25 years, 10 months, 22 days.
Joseph M. McGovern-Electrical Division-19 years, 11 months, 10 days.
Paul W Mohl-Dredging Division-29 years, 3 months, 18 days.
James H. Rheney-Motor Transportation-36 years, 6 months, 9 days.
David C. Ryan-Electrical Division-30 years, 3 months, 14 days.
Maxwell T. Smith, Employment and Placement Branch, 25 years, 7 days.
Albert B. Abrau-Locks Division-12 years, 11 months, 13 days.
Arthur T. Cotton-Postmaster-39 years, 3 months, 22 days.
Mrs. Mary E Gibson-Teacher-17 years, 4 months, 19 days.
Sydney S. Albritton-Industrial Division-28 years, 8 months, 3 days.
Edward M. Browder, Jr.-Engineer and Construction-34 years, 5
months, 28 days.
Ruben Dew-Mate, Dredging Division-16 years, 11 months, 15 days.
Raymond Dixon-Locks Division-12 years, 2 months.
John Greening-Locks Division-34 years, 1 month, 7 days.
Edward G. Haydel, Jr.-Electrical Division-23 years, 10 months, 17
Kenneth C. Hellums-Construction Division-24 years, 3 months.
Hayden B. Jones-Electrical Division-34 years, 2 months, 24 days.
Ewell Knight-Industrial Division-10 years, 2 months, 1 day.
James A. Mable-Locks Division-22 years, 10 months, 28 days.
William K. Marks-Transportation Division-18 years, 10 months, 6
Thora M. Baublits-Teacher-30 years, 2 days.
Harold H. Feeney-Construction Division-12 years, 11 months, 17 days;
also 17 years other U.S. government service for a total of 30 years.
James J. McDade, Jr.-Community Services Division-22 years, 2 months,
28 days.
Wilfred H. Mieres-Motor Transportation Division-5 years, 11 months,
2 days.
Fred A. Newhard-Locks Division-41 years, 3 days.
Edwin J. Roddy-Maintenance Division-24 years, 2 months, 4 days.
Homer H. Summerford-Police Division-23 years, 3 months, 29 days.
Emma Trower-Supply Division-19 years, 1 month, 1 day.

Walter C. Watts-Locks Division-23 years, 7 months.
Margaret C. Yerkes-Gorgas Hospital-23 years, 2 months, 11 days.
William F. Caddell-Locks Division-8 years, 10 months, 20 days.
John Van Der Heyden-Industrial Division-20 years, 7 months, 27 days.
Frank Wagner-Locks Division-21 years, 21 days.


Sandra Gay Morency, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Mor-
rency of Gamboa, and Richard Wathen Abell, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.
Richard Wathen Abell of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, were married at
St. Mary's Church in Balboa, C.Z., on July 25.
The matron of honor was Mrs. Donald S. Rogers, a sister of the
bride. The bridesmaid was another of Sandra Gay's sisters, Miss Nancy
The best man was a brother-in-law of the bride, Mr. Donald R.
Rogers. Ushers were: Mr. John A. Dombrowsky, Mr. Chris Gunderson,
Mr. Donald Howarth, Mr. Daniel Kiley, anl Mr. Samuel Rowely. Altar
boys were Drew Marczak and Clifford Mullins.
A reception followed the wedding at Amador Officer's Club.
The bride's book was in charge of Miss Elizabeth Gerhart.
The young couple flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Croix,
Virgin Islands, for a week's honeymoon. They are now at home at
19 Homey Place, Clifton, New Jersey.
Mrs. Abell Jr. was an honor graduate from Balboa High School in
the class of 1959. She graduated in 1963 from St. Elizabeth College,
Convent Station, N. Jersey, where she majored in Spanish, and studied in
her junior year in Madrid, Spain. She is now teaching Spanish in high
school in Little Falls, New Jersey.
The groom was a graduate from Balboa High School, 1959, and at-
tended Prep school in Severn, Maryland, served three years in the Army
(11/2 years in Germany). He is now connected with Bell Telephone Com-
pany, Paterson, New Jersey.

Miss Emma Patsy Lee, daughter of Mrs. Era L. Greene and the late
Cecil G. Lee, became the bride of David Lynn Moore of Birmingham, July
31, at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Greene, 320 West 55th Street
in Anniston, Alabama.
The bride was given in marriage by her brother-in-law, Captain
Charles F. Clark of Fort Benning, Georgia.

Miss Peggy Ann Lee was her sister's maid of honor and only at-
Mr. Ronald W. Harding of Leeds, Alabama, college classmate of the
bridegroom, served as best man and the bride's uncle, Mr. Jesse D. Wat-
son, was usher.
Following the ceremony the bride's mother entertained with a re-
Mrs. Charles F. Clark and Mrs. Keith Kulig, sisters of the bride, cut
and served the cake. Mrs. Carter Mays and Mrs. William McCarty, the
bride's cousins, alternated at the punch bowl. Miss Linda Rushing of
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the bride's college roommate, was in charge of the
bride's book. During the reception Mrs. Greene was assisted by her sister-
in-law, Mrs. Jesse D. Waton, and Mrs. B. Donald Humphrey.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore left for a wedding trip to Panama City, Florida.
They are studying at Jacksonville State College in Jacksonville, Ala.
Mrs. Moore, a former resident of Margarita and Coco Solo, attended
Canal Zone schools and in June 1963 was graduated from Cristobal High
School. She left the Isthmus with her family in July 1963 following the
retirement of her step-father, the late Mr. Clarence A. Greene, Control
House Operator at Gatun Locks.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sosted announce the marriage of their daugh-
ter, Karen Grace, to David Ward Foot, Ensign, United States Coast Guard
Reserve, the fifth of September, 1964 at the First Presbyterian Church,
Caldwell, New Jersey.

Miss Elizabeth Willins Mallory, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William B. Mallory of Balboa, Canal Zone, was married on August 20th
to Lt. George Richard Duncan, USA, the son of Mr. and Mrs. V. N. Dun-
can of Sutton, West Virginia. The wedding took place at the Cathedral of
St. Luke, Ancon, Canal Zone.
Bridesmaids were: the Misses Margaret Mahoney, Joye Thompson,
and Leslie Hendricks.
Mrs. Duncan's maid of honor was Miss Patricia Laywer of Balboa.
The flower girls were: Mary Jane, daughter of Captain and Mrs. Fred M.
Weade, and Deborah, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Elich of Balboa.
The best man was Lt. William B. Bradford, USA, of Ft. Kobbe,
Canal Zone. Ushers were: Lt. Robert McGurk, Lt. James Blesse, and Lt.
Charles Zeorlin, all of Ft. Kobbe; and Lt. James Gwinn, Ft. Clayon; Lt.
J.G. Wallace Richards, 15 ND; and W. O. James Baggett, USAF, Albrook.

Ring-bearer at the ceremony was Bruce Finley, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Max Finley.
A reception followed the wedding service at the Officers Club, Al-
brook, AFB. The Misses Carla Elick, Kaye Sergeant, Melinda Mallahan,
and Paula Badonsky were in charge of the guest book.
Mrs. Duncan's brother, William B. Mallory III attended the wedding.
Mrs. David Muraft, formerly Janet Louise Sampson, daughter of
Mrs. L. E. Wilkinson, Donna, Texas, attended the wedding.
The groom was graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West
Point, New York, class of 1962.
Mrs. Duncan, who is the grand-daughter of Mrs. Marion Lucas, at-
tended schools in the Canal Zone and is presently enrolled in the Canal
Zone College.
Lt. and Mrs. George Richard Duncan are at home in the C.Z. after a
honeymoon in Medellin, Colombia.

Mrs. Russell A. Edwards, Balboa, Canal Zone, has announced the
marriage of her daughter, Gay Edwards Hodges to Henry Albert Pridgen,
Captain in the United States Army. The ceremony was performed June 26
at Fort Story, Virginia.
Captain and Mrs. Pridgen will reside in Norfolk during his tour at
Fort Story. Mrs. Pridgen attended school in the Canal Zone. Captain
Pridgen is from Cordele, Georgia.

Miss Susan Lee Downing became the bride of David Potter Drennan
in Jacksonville, Florida at San Jose Catholic Church on June 6.
Miss Downing is the daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Harry Lee Down-
ing of McClean, Virginia. Col. Downing recently completed a tour of
duty on the Isthmus at Quarry Heights.
Susan completed 2 years of study at Canal Zone College and grad-
uated from Barry College, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A. degree.
David is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Sawrence Michael Drennan of
Panama City. Dr. Drenna is the Medical Director of the United Fruit Com-
pany. David Drennan will graduate shortly from Miami University, Miami
Fla., with a B.A. degree.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Her sister, Diane,
was maid of honor, and bridesmaids were Elizabeth Downing, Mary Eliza-
beth, and Carol Ann Drennan.

Miss Katharine I. Clark and Mr. Harold A. Whitehead announce

their marriage on August 1, 1964, at Wallasey, Cheshire, England.
They are at home at 100 Bayo Vista Way, San Rafael, California.

Wed recently in a double ring ceremony at St. Joseph's Church in
Moorhead, Minnesota, were Miss Diane Johnk and Randolph Gangle of
Balboa. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Johnk of
The couple was attended by the bride's sister, Miss Nancy Johnk and
her brother, Timothy Johnk.
A dinner for the wedding party and immediate relatives followed the
The bridegroom is a graduate of St. Mary's School, Balboa High
School, the Canal Zone College and received his Bachelor of Science
degree from Moorhead State Teacher's College in August. He entered the
Marine Corps at Quantico, Virginia, in October and will be commissioned
an officer in December.
The bride attended Moorhead State Teacher's College where she was
a foreign language major.
The couple went to Balboa, C.Z., to visit at the Gangle home.

Miss Nancy Belle Webster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B.
Webster, formerly of Balboa and presently residing in Margarita, and Mr.
Leonard R. Lindenmeyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Lindenmeyer of Balti-
more, Md., were married on June 20 in Cox's Chapel, Highland Park
Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas.
The matron of honor was the bride's sister, Mrs. Lyall M. Baze, Jr.,
of Garland, Texas.
Mr. Charles Livingstone of Dallas, Texas, was the best man. Ushers
were Mr. Rex Carter, Irving, Texas, and Mr. Lyall Baze, Jr., of Garland,
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Holiday Inn in
the city of Dallas.
The newly-weds honeymooned in the Eastern and Northeastern
states and are at home to their friends at 825 Norwood Drive, Apt. 213,
Hurst, Texas.

Miss Mary Margaret Rose and Jerry Sewell exchanged wedding vows
and rings at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church September 19, 1964.
The bride, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rose of
Eustis, was given in marriage by her father.

SThe bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hoke S. Sewell of Co-
lumbus, Ga.
Miss Dorothy C. Rose, sister of the bride, was maid of honor.
Hoke S. Sewell, father of the bridegroom, served as best man.
The reception was at the Lake Shore Acres Restaurant. Mrs. J. I.
Kincaid assisted at the punch bowl. Miss Beth Parker had charge of the
guest book.
The newly-weds are residing at Freeport, Fla.
The bride, who is a native of the Canal Zone, received her BME
degree from Florida State University, taught choral music at Eustis High
School and was employed with Army Special Services in Nurnberg, Ger-
The bridegroom is a native of Columbus, Ga., and holds a BS degree
from the University of Georgia at Athens, Ga. He is employed as bacterio-
logist with Vitro Corp. at Elgin Air Force Base.
Out of town guests at the wedding included Miss Dorothy C. Rose,
McDill Air Force Base, Tampa; Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Sewell, Freeport;
Miss Mary Lee Sewell, Keesler AFB; Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Merchant, West
Palm Beach; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay, St. Petersburg; Mr. and Mrs.
J. I. Kincaid, Daytona Beach; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sansel, Tallahassee;
William Steelman, Illinois; Mrs. Margaret Halliday, Sebring; Mrs. Peggy
Ortt, Sebring; Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Kent, Orlando, and Mr. and Mrs. C. W.
Ryter, Leesburg, Fla.

Miss Elizabeth Allan's engagement to Robert E. Vorisek of Locust
Valley, Long Island, New York, has been announced by her parents,
Captain and Mrs. Robert A. Allan of Coco Solo. Both Miss Allan and her
fiance attend St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York.

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Aleman of Balboa, C.Z., announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Mary Theresa, to Warren Tolman Jones, son
of Colonel and Mrs. Wilson T. Jones, of Salt Lake City, Utah, presently
stationed at Albrook AFB.
Miss Aleman is a graduate of the Canal Zone College, and attended
Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos.
Mr. Jones is a graduating senior at Florida State University in Talla-
hassee. He is a Delta Tau Delta and will receive a commission as 2nd
Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mr. and Mrs. James A. Van Dyke of Balboa, Canal Zone, announce

the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth, to Walter Guy Brown Jr., of
Balboa, Canal Zone.
Miss Van Dyke is attending the University of Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. Brown, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Brown Sr., Balboa, C.Z., is a
graduate of Balboa High School, and is presently a senior at the Universi-
ty of Florida.

Miss Caroline Elizabeth Zirkman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walde-
mar R. Zirkman of Balboa, C.Z., and Mr. Harold Albert Rice, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Rice of Woburn, Mass., were married in the Oak
Knoll Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, Minn., March 1st, 1964.
Miss Alice E. Johnson, the bride's college roommate, was the maid of
Serving as best man was Mr. Neal J. Engebrightson of Madison,
Minn. The usher was Mr. David A. Gehlhoff of Minneapolis.
A wedding reception was held following the ceremony, in the church
The bride is a graduate of St. Olaf College with the class of '62 and
is currently employed by the Internal Revenue Service in Minneapolis.
Her husband, who graduated from St. Olaf in 1961, is a second year stu-
dent at Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Following his
graduation and ordination he will enter the U.S. Air Force as a chaplain.
Following a wedding trip to New Ulm, Minnesota, the couple re-
turned to make their home at 2026 Brewser St., S. Paul 8, Minnesota.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry P. DePiper of Gamboa, Canal Zone, announce
the engagement of their daughter, Drucilla, to Worden E. French, Jr., son
of Mr. and Mrs. Worden E. French, of Balboa, C.Z.
Presently they are both enrolled in the Canal Zone College.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Coffin of Gatun announce the engagement of their
daughter Lynne to Mr. Thomas Cunningham of the Bronx, New York.
Miss Coffin graduated from Cristobal High School in 1964 and is em-
ployed by the National City Bank in New York City.

Miss Mary Jane Lavallee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred A.
Lavallee of Balboa, and Douglas Todd Klunder exchanged marriage
vows at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Balboa, on September 26.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond H. Klunder of
Queen City, Missouri.

John E. Ridge, Jr., served as organist, playing traditional wedding
Miss Kathleen Lavallee served as her sister's maid of honor. The
other attendants were the Misses Helen A. Adams, Dona M. Jones and Mrs.
Gary Dunsmoor.
Major Thomas Irwin was the best man and the Messrs. Gary Duns-
moor, James Livingston and Charles Newbury acted as ushers.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerard G. Lamastra represented the bridegroom's
A reception immediately following the ceremony was held at the Al-
brook NCO Club.
Mrs. Charles Newbury was in charge of the bride's book and Mrs.
Frances Jones served the wedding cake.
The bride attended Our Lady of the Lake College, San Antonio,
Texas. The bridegroom is an alumnus of Northeast Missouri State Teach-
ers College, Kirksville, Mo.
Following a wedding trip through the Eastern and Midwestern States,
the couple are at home in Kirksville, Missouri.

Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph A. Gangle of Balboa announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Margaret Mary to Mr. Jules Damiani, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Louis Damiani of Gatun.
Miss Gangle is a graduate of Balboa High School and the Canal
Zone College and is presently employed with I. A. G. S. at Fort Clayton.
Her fiance is a senior at Salem College, Salem, West Virginia, and will be
graduated in January.

Miss Carolyn Grace Rowley, daughter of Mrs. Francis C. Rowley
of Gatun and the late Lt. Cmdr. Rowley and Mr. Richard John Dillon,
son of Mr. and Mrs. John Dillon of Boston, Mass., formerly of Gamboa,
were united in marriage on September 11 in a double ring ceremony at
the Holy Family Church in Margarita. The Rev. Charles Shaney C.M.
The bride was escorted and given in marriage by Mr. Herman Keep-
ers of Gamboa, a friend of the family. The maid of honor was Miss
Patricia Seaman.
Mr. Robert May of Balboa was the best man.
A reception followed at the Gatun Masonic Temple. The cake was
served by Mrs. Tracy P. White. Miss Kathy Warren of Balboa was in
charge of the Guest Book.

Miss Linda Anne Mathews, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Junious
Mathews, of Hemingway, South Carolina, and Frederick Samuel Roe,
Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, exchanged marriage vows in the First
Baptist Church of Hemingway recently. The bridegroom is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Roe, Jr., of Balboa.
Miss Billie Thompson of Cayce, S.C., cousin of the bride, served as
maid of honor and only attendant.
The best man was Lt. Richard Regan of New Haven, Conn., and
Quantico, Va., and Lt. Francis F. Diaz of Jamaica, New York, and
The bride is a graduate of Hemingway High School and the Medical
College of South Carolina School of Nursing in Charleston, S.C., and is
a member of the Alumnae Association of that school.
The bridegroom graduated from Balboa High School and the Citadel,
Charleston, S.C., where he was a member of the Summerall Guards. He is
presently stationed at Quantico, Virginia.
The couple are making their home at Leetonorest, Warrington, Va.

Mr. and Mrs. Burton R. Morse, 23 Temple Street, Rutland, Vermont,
announce the engagement of their daughter, Carol Ann, to Charles E.
French, son of Mr. and Mrs. Worden E. French, Balboa, Canal Zone.
Miss Morse is a graduate of Rutland High School and Castleton
State College and is teaching in Rutland.
Mr. French is a graduate of Balboa High School and Castleton State
College and is teaching in Pawlet, Vermont.

Miss Barbara M. Hall, and Donald Vose were Wed at St. Mary's
Catholic Church, Balboa, C.Z., Sept. 11, 1964.
The bride was born on the Canal Zone, attended Canal Zone schools
and graduated from Cristobal High School. Later attending The Amer-
ican Institute of Stenographics in Washington, D. C.
The bridegroom was born in Rhode Island and attended schools
there. He spent 4 years in the U. S. Navy and at present is employed on
the Locks Security Force, Balboa, C. Z.

Miss Gloria Rolanda Searcy, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Paul
J. Searcy of Gamboa, and Burton F. Baird were united in marriage in
a ceremony performed by the bride's father in Baptist Hospital, Miami,
Florida recently. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur
G. Baird of Whitinsville, Mass.

The wedding was taken to the bedside of the maid of honor and
bridesmaid, her sister, Miss Martha Loraine Searcy and the bridegroom's
sister, Miss Dottie Baird, who were injured in a traffic accident en route
from Miami to Winter Haven, Florida. The bride's brother, Paul Ra-
phael Searcy, served as best man. Approximately 25 guests witnessed
the ceremony.
The newly married couple cancelled plans for a wedding trip to
Nassau to remain in Miami because of the serious injuries suffered by
their sisters.

The marriage of Joseph Lyle Fuller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otis C.
Fuller and Margaret Elaine Stahler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
"Tex" Lee Stahler, took place April 7, 1963, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr.
and Mrs. Fuller are now residing at 14 B. Stockton Street, Melbourne,
Joseph was a graduate of the class of 1952 of Balboa High School
and Margaret a graduate of the class of 1959 of Melbourne High
School, Melbourne, Florida.
They were both born and reared on the Zone.

Bertha Jane McIntire, daughter of Mary E. Becker, was married at
the Fort Clayton Chapel on July 28th to Milton E. Law of Texas. The
Law's are residing in Curundu, C.Z.

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Lee Wells of High Springs, Florida, announce
the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Miss Shannon
Kay Wells, to Mr. Charles Norton Crawford, son of Mr. and Mrs. Porter
Crawford of Margarita, C.Z. The bride-elect was graduated from Santa
Fe High School and South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia. She is
presently a senior at the University of Georgia. Mr. Crawford is a gradu-
ate of Cristobal High School, C.Z. and South Georgia College. He will
graduate from the University of Georgia in March.

Miss Barbara Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julian B. Hall of Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, and Mr. Donald Vose, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Vose of Rhode Island, were united in marriage on September 11th in a
double ring ceremony at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Balboa, C.Z.



Mr. and Mrs. Martin F. Fitzgerald (Mabelle "Mickey" Walker)
announce the birth of their third child and second son on August 15
in Atlanta, Georgia. The baby has been named Patrick Steven.
The baby's maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George A.
Walker of Cocoli, Canal Zone and paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Francis Fitzgerald of Keyser, West Virginia.

Mr. and Mrs. Pam Smith Jr., Radnor, Pa., announce the birth of
their fifth child, second son, Joseph Francis, born Oct. 17 (his grandfather
Pam Smith's birthday).
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Pam Smith, John's Island,
S.C. Mr. Smith Jr. works for Container Corp. of America.

Capt. and Mrs. (Mary Smith) James McGough, Tuscaloosa, Ala.,
announce the birth of their second child, first son, David Anthony,
on June 14th. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Pam Smith,
John's Island, S.C. Grandma Eva was on hand to greet the new arrival.
Capt. McGough is in his second year of his masters in Nuclear Physics
at the U. of Ala.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wilford Jr., Houston, Tex., announce the birth
of a son, Robert Manning, named for his grandfather. Paternal
grandmother is Mrs. Emily Harris, Houston, Tex.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Blennerhassett, Brazos Heights, C.Z., announce
the birth of a daughter, Kathleen Ann, on May 30th. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. John B. Coffey, Balboa, C.Z.; paternal grand-
parents are British Consul Mr. Edmunds and Mrs. Edmunds, Colon, R.
de P., and maternal great grandmother Mrs. Marie Coffey, St. Petersburg,

Born to Mr. and Mrs. John Wells (Penny Pennington), a son, Todd,
on June 9th, 1964.
Mrs. Wells is presently teaching languages in the school system
located at Norman, Oklahoma, while studying for her Masters Degree
at Oklahoma University in the evenings.
The maternal grandparents are Jim and Juanda Pennington of Gam-
boa, Canal Zone.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Bagg of 33 Mt. Pleasant Street, North
Brookfield, Mass., announce the birth of their first child, a son named

Stephen William Sepember 27.
Mrs. Bagg, the former Patricia Rose, was born and reared in the
Canal Zone and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rose, who
retired from Panama Canal service in March, 1962, and are now living
in Eustis, Florida.
Mrs. Rose was on hand to greet her first grandchild.

Mr. and Mrs. Franklin S. Stabler of Gamboa announce the birth
of their first child, a daughter, on September 14, 1964. The baby has been
named Marie Elizabeth.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. Robertson of
Los Rios, and the paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stabler of



Mrs. Martin F. Fitzgerald (Mabelle Walker) and three children,
Frankie, 4 years; Kathleen, 11/2 years and Patrick 21/2 months; of
Atlanta, Georgia visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George A. Walker
of Cocoli, Canal Zone for six weeks during September and October.
During the last week they were joined by Mr. Fitzgerald who was mak-
ing his first visit to the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Walker's youngest daughter, Carole, is spending
the school year in Sarasota, Florida with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and
Mrs. J. O. Barnes. She is in the Junior Class at Riverview High School.

A group of former Canal Zone residents living in Sarasota and
Venice who recently formed a Birthday Club and meet once a month,
were entertained at luncheon by Mrs. Ruth Gazt at her home in DeSolo
Lakes, Sarasota. Members present included her sister, Mrs. Maxine
Hitchcock; Mrs. Mathilde Neely and her daughter, Miss Mildred Neely;
Mrs. Jeanne Burgoon, Mrs. Ethel Fels of Venice; Mrs. Frances Orvis,
Mrs. Madge Hall, Mrs. Ruth Stroop and her daughter, Mrs. Rose
Stoop Morse; Mrs. Ramona Bliss Barnes and her sister, Mrs. Gladys
Bliss Humphrey. A Special guest was Mrs. Della Raymond Noonan,
who is on vacation from the Canal Zone and arrived that morning to
visit friends in the Sarasota area.

Mr. Joseph Noonan, General Manager of Norton, Lilly Com-

pany in Panama Canal Offices, and his wife (Della Raymond Noonan)
of Brazos Heights, Canal Zone were guests for several days of Mr.
and Mrs. J. O. (Barney) Barnes of Sarasota, Fla. Joe and Della who
plan to vacation in the States through the Christmas holidays also
visited Mrs. Phyllis Crooks in St. Petersburg.

Miss Veronica Mary Blennerhassett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
John Blennerhassett of Colon graduated on September 11 from the
Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, Mass.
Miss Blennerhassett is visiting her parents.

Lt. Col. Henry Brewerton, Puerto Rico, attended the Olympic
Games in Tokyo, Japan, as a swimming and diving official.

Mr. and Mrs. Carol Houx are happily located in Anderson, S.C.
Dorothy (Wirtz) is librarian at Clemson University in the Textile
building. Mr. Houx is a General Foreman with the Corning Glass Co. in
the Fiber Glass Division. Their son William is in the Navy and daughter
Phyllis is in High School.

Richard Zirkman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Zirkman of Balboa,
C.Z., is a Junior at Ball State Teachers College in Muncie, Ind. He
is a 2nd Lt. Cadet in the AFROTC, plays and sings in the Cadet choir.
Richard plays many different instruments and is completing his course
in conducting in December as Ball is on a Tri-semester schedule.

Mrs. Ruth Foster and her two children of Balboa, C.Z. were guests
of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred (Whitey) Rose in Pampano Beach,
Fla.They were there when "Cleo" hit Pampano and did extensive
damage to their swimming pool and caused them to be without electri-
city for 36 hours.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Hagan (formerly Mrs. Arthur Thompson),
Dayton, Ohio called on Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge, St. Petersburg,

Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Pabon, Port Charlotte, Fla. had as guests
their son, Mr. and Mrs. John Pabon and 2 children prior to his depar-
ture for Italy, where he will be in the Air Force for four years. The
Pabons and son Jerry visited Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mitchell (Ruby)
and three children, Layfette, Ind; Later Mr. and Mrs. Roy Perkins
(Doris) and three children, Washington D. C. visited the Pabons.
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Pabon arrived at his parent's home after a long
stay overseas.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece, St. Petersburg, Fla., rode to New Or-
leans with Mr. and Mrs. Dick Potter, to sail to Germany and the Pot-
ters to return to the C.Z. Their ship was delayed, the dock strike oc-
curred, and then came Hilda. They were delayed a week but enjoyed
seeing so many people from the Zone., it seemed as if they were at the
Balboa Commissary. They had dinner with the Frank Canavaggios and
the Dr. Gilders. For two days they were forced to stay inside because
of the weather. The Reeces will spend five months in Europe, part of
which will be spent with son David and his wife, who are stationed in
Hamburg, Germany.

Dr. Nathan B. Gale of the Panama Canal Division of Veterinary
Medicine has resigned his position with the Canal organization, to
accept a position as Assistant Director of the new $7,300,000 Greater
Los Angeles Zoo, Los Angeles, Calif.
He initiated operating procedures for local rapid examination
of suspected rabid animals, using the new fluorescent antibody tech-

Eight Panama and Canal Zone girls are students this term at Char-
ron-Williams Commercial College in Miami, Fla. Tenaura Diaz, Chir-
iqui, Selma Skeie, Balboa; Kathy Hirt, Balboa, Sheila Mitten, Balboa,
Lilian R. Hill, Panama City, Maribel Sosa, Panama City, and Charlen
and Sandra Shore, both of Gatun.

Mrs. Gayden G. Felps gave a lovely dinner party on the 25th
of October, honoring her aunt Mrs. Chas. L. Persons on her 80th
birthday. Mr. and Mrs. Jas. M. Hunter came up from Ft. Lauderdale
for the occasion.

Mrs. Wm. Keenan of Sunny Shores Villa has been a patient at
Mound Park Hospital. She will spend the Holidays with her daughter
Mrs. Carl Serger at Hampton Virginia.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Dorgan, Berlin, N. J., spent three days in
New York City recently visiting with their son Bill Jr., who was on
a business trip from El Pelito, Venezuela to London, England. All
three thoroughly enjoyed their brief visit.

Capt. A. T. Luther St. Petersburg, Fla, has as guests his daugh-
ter (Mary) Mr. and Mrs. James Driscoll of Venezuela.

Lt. Col. and Mrs. D. K. Rogers (Edythe Weisiger) have been trans-

ferred from Spain to Maxwell AFB, Ala. Their daughter Donni is at-
tending Fla. State University at Tallahassee.

Col. and Mrs. R. W. Molloy (Margaret Meigs) have been trans-
ferred from Calif. to McDill AFB, Tampa, Fla.

Mrs. Pat Morgan, Morgan's Gardens, C.Z. was a guest of Mr. and
Mrs. Buford Cooper, Lutz, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Potter, Balboa, C.Z. spent the summer at their
cottage on White Earth Lake, Minn., where their 2 sons joined them.
Rusty returned to Iowa State, Ames, Ia. (his father's alma mater) for
his second year. Jim went to Albequerque, New Mexico where he is
enrolled as a junior at the U. of New Mexico. The Potters drove to St.
Petersburg, Fla. and visited his parents. Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Potter.
While in St. Petersburg they called on many C.Z. friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Adler Panama City, R. de P. were guests of
Mrs. Mae Davies in St. Petersburg, Fla, where they called on many
C.Z. friends.

Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Potter and Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cunningham
are at home to their many friends in their new house a 4136 Bayshore
Blvd. N. E. St. Petersburg, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. Edw. F. O'Connor spent a day recently with Mrs. Chas.
L. Persons. Mrs. O'Connor is Mrs. Persons granddaughter and Mr. O'-
Conner is manager of the Persons Travel Bureau in Panama. That Trav-
el Bureau being the oldest in the Republic and founded by Mr. and
Mrs. Persons in 1920.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Thomson (Macel Goulet) and sister Rita, Ancon,
C.Z. flew to New Orleans, where Macel entered the Oschner Hospital
for treatment.

Mrs. Minnie Greir who has been a shut-in for 7 years in Gamboa,
C.Z. is still as cheerful as ever. She stays alert and always enjoys get-
ting letters and cards.

Mr. and Mrs. Bud Malone, Gamboa, C.Z., had their daughter Jan-
ice as a guest in the Fall. She is an R.N. at Roosevelt Hospital in New

Mr. Joe Trower, son of Mrs. Lee Trower, Gamboa, C.Z., is Assistant
Director of Public Relations and Publications, including T.V. and Radio

programs, on the Georgia Tech faculty, Atlanta, Ga.

Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Grimes, and daughter Mary Ann, La Boca,
C.Z., were guests of Mrs. Grimes' aunt, Mrs. Edna Whitver, Orlando,
Fla. Their daughter Nancy is a Registered Nurse in Birmingham, Ala.
They later spent several days with Mr. and Mrs. Gene Gleasner, St.
Petersburg, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Twomey, Panama City, R. de P., flew their own
plane to the states where they visited friends and relatives and attended
the Fair.

Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno, Colon, R. de P., attended a Medical Con-
vention in San Francisco, Calif. They later visited relatives in Baldwins-
ville, N.Y.

Capt. and Mrs. "Dito" Smith and son live in Spokane, Wash., where
he is Commander of a Ka 135 at Fairchild AFB.

Peter Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pam Smith, Johns Island, S.C.,
is a sophomore at Clemson College studying Chemical Engineering. He
finished his first year on the Dean's list.

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser, St. Petersburg, were guests of Mr. and
Mrs. A. H. Cook in Hampton, Va.; Mary Tysinger and the Dick Tatems
in McCall, Ky., and Mr. and Mrs. M. Smith, Massy, Md. They visited
relatives in Ohio and Kentucky.

Mr. Louis Kiser, Canton, Miss., attended the Fair and later visited
in Alexandria, Va., where he had a bad fall on the steps of the Masonic
Temple. He was taken to the hospital and he called Lee Moreland, nephew
of Miss Etta Harrover. In the fall he suffered a broken arm and a
fractured hip. Miss Harrover sent the news and the following address -
Mr. Louis Kiser, Alexandria Hospial, 709 Duke St., Alexandria, Va,

Mr. Duncan Laird, Curundu, C.Z., spent several months visiting in
New Orleans, Toronto, Chicago, New York and the New England states.

Mrs. A. W. Goulet, Balboa, C.Z., was a guest of her daughter, Mrs.
Thresa Wright in Orlando, before Mrs. Wright was transferred to Camp
Kennedy to the NASA Security Inspection Div. Mrs. Goulet visited her
sister, Aileen Flynn, in Mich.; her son Arthur in South Bend, Ind., and
her daughter Gertrude, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Zagone and seven children,
Alamorgordo, New Mexico.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Watts of Gatun, C.Z., (retired) are at home
to their many friends at 1675 Sharkey St., Tallahassee, Fla. They are
near Mr. and Mrs. Percy A. Lawrence.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kennedy (Mary Patton) are still engaged in re-
doing their home in Brandon, Vt. Their three children are all in school
and Mary keeps busy with the League of Women Voters. Jack has been
County Chairman for the annual Red Cross drive since 1962.

Connie Sundquist, Lake Jackson, Texas, writes that her father was
82 on Sept. 5th. His mind is very alert and clear, and he can't bear to
think of missing the Canal Record.

Bob Capwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Capwell, Guayaquil, Ecua-
dor, has been accepted in the Naval Air Program as an officer. He re-
ported to Pensacola, Fla., in October for pre-flight training.

Elouise Monroe and Dorothy Moody report in glowing terms of the
exciting experiences they are having on their round the world cruise. They
visited Chris Tull in Hawaii. Chris was expecting Sue Odom soon.
Lindy Byrne and Alice McMahon arrived there before they left. Elouise
and Dorothy visited Carol Newhard Bleakly in Yokohama, Japan and
in Kyoto, Japan, they ran into Ruth Getz, who was on her 10th World
Tour. They later spent 2 weeks on a houseboat in Dol Lake, Kashmir,
India. Lindy and Alice were there too, but not on the same boat.

Miss Nealey Van Siclan, Long Island, N.Y., was a guest in the home
of her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Van Siclan, Balboa Hts., C.Z.

Mrs. E. C. Jones, Balboa, C.Z., was a guest in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Cope, Altamonte Springs, and of Miss F. G. Clary, Orlando,

Mrs. Helen Dudak and daughter Helen Louise, Orlando, Fla., spent
a vacation in Pa.

Mr. and Mrs. George Daniels, Ancon, C.Z., are on an extensive trip
to New York, Japan and they expect to spend Christmas in Australia
with former Panama residents who are close friends.

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Campbell, formerly of Gamboa, are at home
to their many friends at 5263 25th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Fla. Their
son Jack is attending college at Decatur Baptist in Tex. Capt. William is
a dentist in the Air Force, his wife and 2 children are living at Stewart
AFB, Smyra, Tenn.

Mrs. Eva Cole, St. Petersburg, Fla., visited her three sons: M/S
and Mrs. Charles James (twin) Cole at Dow AFB, Bangor, Me.; Mr. and
Mrs. John Andrew (twin) Cole and daughter Judith, Clinton, Mass.,
where Mr. Cole teaches Biology in Maynard High School. He was chosen
by the National Science Foundation to attend a six weeks session in
Marine Biology at Bowgoin, Brunswick, Me., and Mr. and Mrs. Paul I.
Cole, Sairborn, Ohio. Mr. Cole has worked as a civilian at Wright-
Patterson AFB for 25 years.

Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Muralt (Jan Sampson), have their own business
in San Clemente, Calif., as Mr. Muralt is a licensed General Contractor
and Engineer.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mohl, Pampano Beach, left the Zone and traveled
around the country visiting relatives and friends for a few months be-
fore moving into their new home. They saw their son, who is in the Air
Force in Smyra, Tenn., and later enjoyed the World's Fair.

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Treadwell, Orlando, Fla., spent several weeks
touring the U.S. They were in Washington, D.C., Texas and on to N.Y.
to the Fair for several days. They saw Marge Jones (Mrs. E. C.) in
Middlebury, Vt., where she was studying. The rest of the tour covered
the New England states and Canada.

Mrs. Geneva Stockham is spending the winter with Mrs. Ida Barlow
in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kleasner, Mrs. Geneva Stock-
ham and Mrs. Ida Barlow, St. Petersburg, spent a few days with Mr. and
Mrs. Clarence Hurst, Birmingham, Ala.

Mr. and Mrs. Al Viet, St. Petersburg, Fla., drove to New England
for a vacation. En route they visited Mr. and Mrs. Tac Cook, Hampton,
Via. While in Manchester, Vt., with her mother, Mrs. Otto Bennett, they
helped her celebrate her 95th birthday. She is very active in community
and church affairs.

Mrs. Maude H. Kennedy was recently retired from the Times
Picayune Publishing Co. of New Orleans after thirty-eight years of con-
tinuous service in the City Circulation Department. She was honored
with a retirement party and gifts from her co-workers. She is now living
with her daughter, Mrs. Algernon S. Brown, at 4505 Holly St., Bellaire,

Lieutenant and Mrs. Provost, Long Beach, Calif., have returned

from a motor trip throughout the New England States visiting relatives
and friends; while in Maine they were the guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Lothrop Loring and their daughter Eloise. They also visited with Mrs.
Mary Manush.
During the visit of Mr. Provost's brother and family in New Bed-
ford, Mass., they had an opportunity to spend some time with Mrs. Mary
Frates, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone.
After spending a week at the New York World Fair they headed
home upon learning of the pending transfer of their son Robert and
family from Point Magu Missile Base at Oxnard, Calif., to Huntsville,
Alabama. They arrived in California a few days before Robert's transfer
was effected.

On tour during the summer were Mrs. Robert L. Simpson with her
four children and her mother, Mrs. Ralph A. Sylvestre. They saw many
friends along the way, including Dr. and Mrs. Russell D. Steele, formerly
of the Canal Zone. The Steeles now reside in Cincinnati. They enjoyed
their stay in and around New York which included some days at the

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. Sylvestre spent two weeks during September
with their daughter, Mrs. K. C. Smith, and family in South Carolina.
K. C. has recently been promoted and transferred to New Jersey. Mary
Jane and children have joined him and they are residing at:
4615 Henry Street
Bethlehem Township
Easton, Pa.

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Simpson Jane Mallen have moved to
Fort Lauderdale due to a change of office. They are at:
2621 N. E. 37th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Mrs. Robert L. Simpson and children spent a week in Naples with
Mr. and Mrs. W. Lewis Simpson who were vacationing there from

The following letter was received by Vernon Sauvan:
Dear Mr. Sauvan,
As I read every word in the Canal Record when it comes, I found
your letter in the Sept. issue.
My husband, Guy Allen, and I went to Station "A" Cristobal, C.Z.,

otherwise known as Porto Bello in May 1912 and stayed there until the
work on breakwater, etc., was done. We had an 8 months old daughter
and lived first in bachelor quarters across the hall, down from the Quinns.
Then we moved up on the hill and lived under the Tolars with their son
Morris. I remember when Charlie Nylan was killed by all that rock
falling on his steam shovel, for my husband who was a machinist had
worked with his crew on that same shovel the whole night before. I used
to play the piano for Sunday School and whatever religious services were
held. I recognize many of the names you mentioned and remember some
others. We went swimming every day (nothing else to do) !
Mrs. Guy Allen
4221 Coliseum St.
New Orleans, La., 70115

Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cunningham, St. Petersburg, Fla. visited their
daughter at the U. of Mo. Columbia, and then attended the Fair in New

Dick Cunningham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cunningham, was
sent to Cape Kennedy for a month as lead Representative of Sperry for
the Atomic Submarine "Simon Bolivar", which has recently been
launched. Dick and his family later spent a few days with his grand-
parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Potter, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Mr. Murray Falk, who has resigned his position with the Panama
Canal, is living with his family in Newark, California.

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Baker have sold their home in New Port Richey
and are living at 1885 Shore Drive So., No. 418, St. Petersburg, Florida

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Esslinger are at home to their many friends in
their new home at 1285 63rd Terrace South, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Wood and son, Gatum, C.Z., spent their vacation
visiting her father, F. W. Bradley, in Glendale, Calif. Peggy Bradley
was there until she was assigned to Korea; later they were guests of
Martha's sister Betty and her family in Vancouver, Wash. Mr. and Mrs.
T. C. Clarke and family, Gatum, C.Z., picked up the Woods in Van-
couver and they spent some time in Canada. Mr. Wood visited his
mother Mrs. Ethlyn Wood, San Carlos, California.

Lou Hasemann, Jr. manager of a Flower Shop in Jacksonville
Fla. attended the S. E. Florists Assn. convention in New Orleans, La.

While there he had lunch with Mr. and Mrs. Ray Schneider who were
on vacation.

Mrs. Pearl Brown, Curundu, C.Z., visited Mr. and Mrs. C. Tolbert
(Gayle Hasemann) in Arlington, Va. She later was a guest of her sis-
ter, Mr. and Mrs. Lou Hasemann, Jacksonville, Florida.

Mrs. Thelma Calloway Camby, Balboa, C.Z., flew to Charleston,
S.C., to visit her son George at Myrtle Beach, who is with the USAF.
From there she visited relatives in Vermont, her daughter Mrs. Marilyn
Harley in Michigan, and her granddaughter Carolyn Mullins in Lawton,
Oklahoma. She spent some time at the New York World's Fair. On her
way back to the Canal Zone she stopped off in St. Petersburg, Florida,
to visit with her mother, Mrs. Joseph Kuhn.

Mrs. C. S. McCormack, Ancon, C.Z. was elected president of the
Isthmian Historical Society at a buffet supper meeting held in the
Roosevelt Room of the Tivoli Guest House. Chosen to serve with her
were William Kosan, Vice President; Miss Winifred Deaver, Secretary
and Miss Thelma Godwin, Treasurer.
The program for the evening was presented by Mr. Karl Curtis
who showed color slides of pre-Colombian artifacts.

Mrs. Jessie Harris, at Bay Pines Park, St. Petersburg, entertained
with a unique "Me-and-My-Sister" luncheon and card party, for Mrs.
Marie (McNeff) Dobson and her sister, Mrs. Margaret Senna, of Tar-
pon Lakeview Park, Palm Harbor; Miss Beatrice Simonis and her sis-
ter, Miss Ethel Simonis, of Fifth Avenue Plaza Apartments, St. Peters-
burg, and her own sister, Mrs. Lyla Esler of St. Petersburg Beach. The
occasion was so enjoyable it is being continued, at Marie's home,
after a luncheon at Pappas' Greek restaurant on the sponge docks at
Tarpon Sprngs.

An award in sanitary engineering established at the University
of North Carolina by Panama Canal old timer George C. Bunker was
given recently to August P. Vernimmen, a student from Terneuzen,
Vernimmen holds a degree in civil engineering from the Tech-
nological University of Delft, Holland, and is a candidate for a mas-
ter's degree in public health at the University of North Carolina.
Bunker played an important part in establishing the present sup-
ply of potable water for Panama and the Canal Zone. He joined the

Canal in 1914 in the water department of the Municipal Engineering
Division and was later given the title of "physiologist." He was "Di-
rector of Water" from 1924 to 1927 and later worked from 1932 to
1934 on the Madden Dam project. For 4 months in 1936 he was a
consulting engineer in charge of the establishment of water supplies
for the cities of Cali in Colombia and Quito, Ecuador. He had his
headquarters in Panama for many years.

Home again after two years in Bangkok Gretchen Staples miss-
es some of the customs already.
"Sometimes I start to slip off my shoes at the front door," and
she has a longing for the rice dishes she relished there while working
at the American Embassy.
But in seven weeks she'll be sampling new customs and cuisines,
this time in Stuttgart where she'll work at the Consulate General.
Meanwhile she's resting up with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Her-
bert L. Staples, Louisville, Ky., and enjoying a visit with her brother,
Cody, and his wife, Kathy, from Wilmington, Del.
She and a Vientiane secretary stopped in Munich for a look at
the country on their lengthy journey homewards, which included stops
in New Delhi, Beirut, the Jordan side of Jerusalem, and Cairo.

For most of us the weather is a topic for small talk, but not so
for Theodore C. Henter, recently appointed Chief Hydrographer of the
Panama Canal. He succeeds W. H. Esslinger.
Henter was born in Gorgona in 1910. His father went to the
Isthmus in 1904 and was one of the Canal builders. Ted was gradu-
ated from Cristobal High School. In 1926, while still a student, he
went to work at the Lighthouse Division in Gatun, now known as the
Aids to Navigation Section of the Dredging Division. To fill in the
time after working hours he took extension courses and later attend-
ed the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colo.
Ted Henter is an outing-minded jungle-junketeer who, when he
isn't minding the weather, is out exploring the old Spanish cobble-
stone trails on the Isthmus. He has crossed the Continental Divide in
at least five different places, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, in search
of Spanish trials. He and his son, Theodore, Jr., 13, also explore old
caves, and have found several Indian burial pots. The best specimens
he has donated to the Panama Museum.
Mr. and Mrs. Henter, son Theodore, and Mr. Henter's mother live
at Las Cruces Street in Balboa.

Panama's own, Lucho Azcarraga, and his conjunto, arrived in
Longview, Tex., for a brief visit en route to the World's Fair in New
York, where he played an engagement in the U.S. pavilion.
While in Longview visiting his sisters, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bald-
win, Lucho and his conjunto played at a benefit dance at the Elks'
Club, the entire proceeds of which went to the Elks' Crippled Chil-
dren's Hospital near Gonzales. Lucho, who was himself stricken with
polio at 5 months of age, has an understandable interest in aiding
these children.
Azcarraga, a popular and well known entertainer on the Isthmus,
has played command performances for Queen Elizabeth and Prince
Philip and for all the presidents in the western hemisphere includ-
ing President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He is a favorite with servicemen
and civilians who have heard him play at Hotel El Panama Hilton in
Panama City, and at many bases throughout the Canal Zone.
After Lucho's World's Fair appearance, he planned to tour sev-
eral cities in the United States and return once more to New York
for a limited appearance before returning to Panama.

The 50th anniversary of the formal opening of the Panama Canal
was celebrated in Ireland, at the Crosshaven, County Cork home of
Henry J. Grieser who had had a day declared in his honor when he
retired from Panama Canal service in 1949.
In a letter to Canal Zone Governor Fleming, Mr. Grieser acknowl-
edges receipt of the Panama Canal 50th Anniversary book and says
it will "always bring back memories of the happy times to Mrs. Gfie-
ser and myself during our association with the people of the Canal
He says the Panama Canal's 50th anniversary was celebrated
with a party at their home. American friends in Ireland were among
the guests, and they were shown Mr. Grieser's comprehensive collec-
tion of material in his Panama Canal award and trophy room.
His "Red, White and Blue" swimming troupe gave swimming
exhibitions that won wide acclaim, and swimming stars he trained
went on to take Olympic honors. His star pupil was Alan Ford, who
set a world's record for the 100-yard free style. Olympic swimmers
he trained were Alma Mann, who starred in the 1924 Olympics; Ade-
laide Lambert, the 1928 Olympics, and Josephine McKim, the 1928
and the 1932 Olympics.
Mr. Grieser's letter to Governor Fleming was accompanied by

clippings from Cork newspapers covering the 50th anniversary of
the Panama Canal.

Mary Stewart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Stewart of Bal-
boa, was selected as Honor Woman of her company when she was
graduated from recruit training at the U. S. Naval Training Center
at Bainbridge, Md., recently. Miss Stewart, a graduate of Balboa High
School in 1962, received a Certificate of Honor with appropriate cer-
emonies at the graduation review.
The commendation reads in part: "By virtue of the Superior Ap-
titude manifested by Mary Emma Stewart, Seaman Recruit, United
States Navy, in assimilating the instruction given in the Course of
Training for Women Recruits, her demonstrated loyalty, attention to
naval life, and the marked evidence of these qualities which are par-
ticularly characteristic of a real Navy career woman. "
Miss Stewart now is attending the Personnelman Class "A" School,
Service School Command, U.S. Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Md.

Robert S. Herr, Assistant Director of Posts, since 1961, has been
appointed Director of Posts, to succeed Earl F. Unruh.
His appointment as head of the Canal Zone postal operation came
almost exactly 30 years after his arrival on the Isthmus from his home
town of Lancaster, Pa.
Herr went to the C. Z. as a visitor, stayed on when he was offered
a job with the U.S. Army on an NRA contract. He switched to the
Postal Division a few months later and with the exception of a short
time with the Personnel Bureau has been with that unit ever since.
He has been in the office of the Director of Posts since 1942 and
was made administrative aide in 1955. He has been assistant director
for the past 3 years.
Herr has taken several postal training courses in the United
States, one of them being a postoffice management seminar offered by
the University of Alabama through its extension division in cooperation
with the Memphis region of the U.S. Post Office Department.

James M. Wolf, Coordinator of Special Education, was presented
a Distinguished Service Award by Allen Sellers, Jr., President of the
Special Education Association, for outstanding public service for and
in behalf of handicapped children.
Wolf, who went to the Canal Zone Government in 1957, took a
year's leave of absence to accept a coveted Fellowship for advanced

graduate work in the field of special education at the University of

Col. & Mrs. Sherwood Stacy, Cocoli, C.Z. were the house guests
of Mr. & lI rs. Robert Hicks, St. Petersburg, Fla. for a few days in
October. They had visited the World's Fair, their son and daughter-
in-law, Capt. & Mrs. Everett Stacy, Whitman A.F.B., Mo. and relatives
in Kansas and California.

Col. Harry D. Offutt, Jr., has been appointed new Director of Gor-
gas Hospital, the Health Bureau announced recently.
Colonel Offutt succeeds Col. Edward Sigerfoos who has been as-
signed to duty at the U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Jackson, S.C.

After a vacation on the Zone with their parents the following
students returned to their respective schools. Barbara Dombrosky, soph-
omore at East Texas State College; John Bateman, senior at Middle
Tennessee State College; Harry Foster entered his freshman year at
the Citadel; Miss Kaye Sergeant, a sophomore at Wake Forrest.

Mrs. James Tennien, Pittsford, Vermont had many summer vis-
itors. Dr. David Basque and family flew from California for a months
visit. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Black of San Francisco, California were visit-
ors as well as Colonel and Mrs. Gustav J. Braun and Mrs. Isabel

Mrs. Fred Anderson, De Land, Florida, slipped and fell in her
home and was hospitalized with cracked vertebrae.

Army 1st Lt. Robert Hamilton, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley
M. Hamilton Margarita, Canal Zone, participated in a three week train-
ing exercise in Germany ending Sept. 4.
Regularly assigned as commander of Battery A, 2nd Battalion of
the 3rd Armored Division's 3rd Artillery near Birch Gons, Germany,
the Lieutenant arrived overseas June 1962.
He was graduated from Balboa High School in 1957 and received
his bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, West
Point, N.Y., in 1961. His wife Sondra is living in Germany.

Miss Patricia Davis, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Davis
of Balboa, was graduated on July 24, from the Crawford W. Long
Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia. She is
a graduate of Balboa High School, and was born in the C.Z.

Pat was active in her school activities throughout her training
days and she recently attended the National Student Nurses Conven-
tion in Atlantic City, New Jersey, among the students representing
Georgia. A highlight of the six day trip was a twelve hour stay at the
World's Fair in New York.
After a vacation with her parents, Pat returned to Atlanta to a
position awaiting her at Elks Aidmore Convalescence Hospital on
the Emory University campus prior to her entering Georgia State
College for further work and study towards her B. S. Degree in Nursing.

Perry L. Starbuck, Endicott, N.Y., has achieved an honor held
by only one in every 10,000 Americans. He has been selected a college
Mr. Starbuck was named to a three-year term as trustee of Kan-
sas Wesleyan University at Salina, Kansas. KWU is a small, co-edu-
cational college with a student body of 750.
Announcement of his election was made in a letter from KWU
President D. Arthur Zook. Both Mr. Starbuck and his wife the former
Emma R. Timbers are KWU graduates in the class of 1927.
Before joining IBM at Endicott in 1944, Mr. Starbuck had served
in several posts in the field rf public education. His IBM career in-
cludes assignments as dean of the IBM School at Endicott, a mem-
ber of the Controller's staff there, manager of Education at the Space
Guidance Center and presently an administrative assistant to the man-
ager of Administration and Planning.
Mr. & Mrs. Starbuck went to Kansas for a board meeting and
while there visited her sister- Mr. and Mrs. Sam Still.

A new bug has bitten Canal Zone college students: the Florida State
Virus. Zone collegiate are continuing their education at Florida State
University in Tallahassee, Fla.
Entering their senior year in September will be Beverly Bowman,
Betty Friese, Nancy Benson, Sherry Acker, Curt Schwarzrock, Archie
Carroll, Dick Hern, Warren Jones, and Mike Klipper. Those who
will be juniors include Frank Ammirati, Ken Anderson, Paul Mor-
gan, Diane Berger, Brenda Barnthouse, and Jeff Hare. Entering their
sophomore year will be Sandy White and Jerry Mann.

Harold H. Feeney, chief of the Construction Division, retired
September 4 after 30 years of Government service. Mr. Feeney and
his wife will make their home in Harbour Heights, Fla.

They went to the Canal Zone in 1951, when he assumed the posi-
tion of chief of the Contract and Inspection Division, later changed
to Construction Division.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Feeney was resident engineer on
the $8 million Veterans' Administration Hospital in Erie, Pa.
The Feeneys left the Isthmus in August and toured the United States
before settling in Florida.

Charles McG. Brandl, who has been Project Engineer for the Pan-
ama Canal Cut widening project for the past 5 years, took over his
duties as Chief of the Construction Division September 5. He suc-
ceeds Harold H. Feeney, who retired.
An employee of the Canal organization since 1929, Brandl has
worked as an engineer in the former Municipal Engineering Division
on both sides of the Isthmus and was Assistant Chief of the Civil En-
gineering Branch for 3 years. He has had considerable experience in
housing and heavy construction projects in the Canal Zone and in
street and utility development in Panama and Colon.
He was loaned by the Panama Canal to the Lebanese Government
in 1949 to be Chief of Construction of the Beirut International Air-
port, the first airport to be built in the international jet plane system.
He was Assistant Project Engineer and later Project Engineer
for the Contractors Hill work in 1954 and 1955 and was made Pro-
ject Engineer for the Canal Widening work in 1959.
Born in Asheville, N.C., he attended the public schools of Ashe-
ville and was graduate from the University of Carolina with a degree
in engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in North
Carolina and in the Canal Zone.

Gary Vaucher, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Vaucher of Los
Rios, was honored by being selected to participate in the National
Science Training Program for High Ability Students held at Asbury
College, Wilmore, Ky. Gary, although he had completed only the
sophomore year at Balboa High School, finished second in his area
of study, biology.

Fellow workers of Theodore D. Melanson of the Accounting Di-
vision think he should have a new name plate on his desk. It should
read "Theodore D. Melanson, B.S."
In addition to graduating from Canal Zone Junior College, Ted
Melanson spent 9 years of evening and summer study to get those ex-
tra two initials after his name.

Since 1955, he has been taking evening classes at Canal Zone
Junior College and at the local extension courses offered by Louis-
iana State University.
Starting in 1960, he used his vacations to attend the summer
session at Mississippi State University. Back he went in 1962 and
again this summer. On August 24, he received a bachelor of science
degree with major in accounting from the College of Business and
Ted Melanson is in charge of the Construction Accounting Sec-
tion of the Plant Accounting Branch. He started with the Panama
Canal in 1953 and all of his service has been in the Office of the
Comptroller. He has been promoted four grades and attributes this
to the fact that he has continued to study and improve his knowledge.
Well known locally, Melanson has won a lot of prizes as a cham-
pion bowler and has announced bowling tournaments on TV.
At Junior College, he was on the all-star team in baseball, foot-
ball and also was on the swimming team.
Hardest part of his education marathon was that his family gave
up vacation while he was studying at Mississippi. Melanson lives in
La Boca with his wife and three children.

Mr. and Mrs. Morris M. Seeley, well known residents of Gamboa,
celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary August 12 at a family
party held at the home of their son and daughter-in-law Mr. and
Mrs. Ronald Seeley in Balboa.
All of their six children, three of their 12 grandchildren were
present. Four other grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren are
living in the United States.
Mr. and Mrs. Seeley have been living in Gamboa since 1942 when
they retired after 33 years of service as a sanitary inspector in the
Health Bureau. They were married in Emporium, Pennsylvania on
August 12,1914 and returned to the Canal Zone shortly after the
wedding on their honeymoon. They have lived on the Isthmus ever
Mr. Seeley was first employed with the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion in 1906 as a male nurse and served in that capacity during the
construction days. At present he is President of the Isthmian His-
orical Society, Past President and an active member of the National
Association of Retired Federal Employees and a honorary life mem-
ber of the Isthmian Nursing Association.

Dolores Ross Wheeler graduated from the University of New Mexico,
in Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 8, 1964, with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Business Education. She is a member of the Phi Gamma Nu
Sorority, which is the Women's National Commercial Honorary Sorority,
belonged to the Constitution Committee and the Newman Club. She has
done her student teaching at the Highland High School in Albuquerque.
Dolores is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm R. Wheeler of Los
Rios, Panama Canal Zone.

A woman who left the Isthmus in 1910 paid her first visit to Panama
in the intervening 54 years when she transited the Canal aboard the Amer-
ican President Line's SS Taft. She is Mrs. Barbara Clopton, the former
Miss Barbara Higgins, who resided on the Isthmus from 1904 to 1910.
Mrs. Clopton, a school teacher in Hawaii, had seen the Canal in con-
struction but could hardly visualize the completed engineering feat or the
present day Canal Zone as the place she once lived.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Chase were surprised by a 25th wedding
anniversary party given recently by their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. William R. Thrift of Diablo, Canal Zone.

Emma (Banks) Madarik, Joliet, Ill., writes that her father went to
the C.Z. in 1904 and retired in 1930. She was born in Colon Hospital, is
a graduate of Cristobal High School, class of '28, and left the Zone in
1931. Since 1936 she has been teaching music, guitar, piano, organ and
piano accordion in Joliet at the Harmony Music Shop. She would like to
hear from all of her friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Norman Demers, Cristobal, C.Z., were guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Martin Nickel, St. Petersburg, Fla. While there, the two couples
took a trip through the Everglades to Miami.

Mrs. Ann Zitzman, Ft. Worth, Tex., is now making her home with her
son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Eckert, Clearwater, Fla.
Mrs. Blanche Demmy, Carlisle, Pa., spent two weeks visiting friends
in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where her niece and family were sta-
tioned. They have been transferred to Turkey. She drove her sister and
daughters, Mrs Esther Kingsborough, Gloria Jean and Mary Jane, to
Canada where they spent a week with the James Kelleys of Smith Falls.
She drove Mrs. Mabel Moose and sons Donald and Dean, accom-
panied by Ralph Myers, Hazel Fahnestock and Donald Fahnestock to
"Old Fort Frederick" and the state park.

Her niece and family, Major and Mrs. William Strangeway and Mary
Beth of Colorado Springs, visited with (her sister) Mr. and Mrs. George
Hosler, Mechanicsburg, Pa., on their way to New York to go to Turkey.
While her niece (Miss Martha Jane Thomas) of Laurelton, Pa., spent
two weeks vacation, they attended a birthday dinner for her niece and
husband, Mr. and Mrs. Harry McGuire at the home of Mr. and Mrs.
George Hosler. The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Shartzer
and Helen Kay; Robert Ritter; Pvt. Darla McGuire and Pvt. Lynette Ecker
of Aberdeen, Md.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry McGuire; Harry McGuire Jr., and
Frederick McGuire of Mechanicsburg; and Martha Jane Thomas of Laurel-

Robert M. Hull, who is with the United States Army Audit Agency,
has been transferred to Washington, D.C., after completing a two year
assignment in Paris, France. Upon his return he visited with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hull, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mr. Vernon Sauvan, Portsmouth, Via., wrote the following:
On a recent visit in Urbanna, Virginia, I met Mr. Carlton D. Dam-
eron, the owner and operator of Urbanna Lodge and Motel which is
situated on a high bank overlooking the Rappahannock River.
Mr. Dameron was at one time employed in Clubhouses on the Canal
Zone. His wife was a Canal Zone school teacher; I neglected to get her
maiden name. We discovered that we had a few mutual acquaintances in-
cluding Slim Hallett and Dick Taylor.
A few years ago, while visiting Jack and Betty Crawford in Fort
Lauderdale, Jack loaned me a book callel "THE CHAGRES, River of
Westward Passage" by John Easter Minter and published by Rinehart &
This is a collection of fact, fiction and imagination and should be
read by everyone who has loved life on the Canal Zone.

Captain Bruce P. Rose, USN, Chief of Staff of the 15th Naval Dis-
trict, presented Miss Maria E. Hunsecker a framed personal letter from
Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze praising her upon her retirement
after 41 years of devoted service to the Navy.
Miss Hunsecker went to the Isthmus at the age of four with her
father who was a construction day worker. She began work at the 15th
Naval District Headquarters in 1922 and, except for a period during the
war years when she worked for the Navy in Baltimore, Maryland, she has
been with the District Headquarters ever since.

Mrs. Rose Demeres, Buena Vista, Fla., former Isthmian resident, has
been spending several days in Panama while completing disposition of her
property at Santa Clara.

Mr. Henry Hudson is doing very well and would like to hear from
his friends. He is living at 661 N.W. 194th, c/o Fred Rowland, Miami,

Capt. George Hudson, St. Petersburg, Fla., is aboard the SS CHI-
LORE carrying 22,000 Tons of grain to India.

Billie Bowen Martin, Miami, Fla., spent her vacation in Calif. While
there she visited the Boyd Triplets, who were Balboa High School students
until 1937. They are daughters of the late Dr. Jorge E. Boyd of Panama
and their professional name is the Del Rubio Triplets. They live in Bev-
erly Hills, Calif., and when Billie visited them they were appearing at
Lake Tahoe, Nev. Billie visited Mrs. Cecelle Shuler, Sacremento, Calif.

Mrs. Helen Hammond, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent her vacation with
her son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. John Hammond, Titusville, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. John Esbenshade, Miami, Fla., spent a few days in St.
Petersburg, Fla., during which time they and the G. C. Lockridges had an
evening together.

Mr. and Mrs. Allan Ward are at home to their many friends in their
new house at 2550 66th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Mr. and Mrs. Gustaf Peterson, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent an enjoyable
vacation visiting friends and relatives in New Jersey, New York and the
New England States.

Mr. ad Mrs. Mel Dobson, Tarpon Springs, Fla., spent their vacation
on a "See America First" tour of 21 states.

Mr. and Mrs. Pat Coakley, Grand Rapids, Mich., visited the Lorings
in Yarmouth, Maine. They were moving to a new ranch type all on one
floor. The Coakleys took a trip to Washington, D.C.

Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Orr, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent a week at the
Fountainbleau Hotel, Miami, attending the World Travel Congress. There
were over 2500 people in attendance with 70 countries represented. They
later flew to New York for a visit with their son and family Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas Orr and 2 sons. While there they attended the Fair, several plays
and a football game.

Mrs. Harold Rice (Caroline Zirkman) of St. Paul, Minn., has been
appointed director of an accelerated public education program for the
Ramsey County Unit of the American Cancer Society. She will also assist
branches in several other Minn. communities and will organize new
1Iranches in' others.

Mr. and Mrs. G. Lee Wright, Houston, Texas, were guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Roger Collinge, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Mr. Thomas Orr, Executive Vice President of Ask Mr. Foster Travel
Service Inc., New York City, was recently appointed President and Di-
rector of the newly-formed Creative Tour Operators Association Inc. at
the World Travel Congress held in Miami, Fla. The purpose of the CTOA
is to help tour operators to develop a formula which would help agents
to better understand exactly what they are selling and the public to know
what they are buying, Mr. Orr explained at membership meeting at the
Fountainbleau Hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge, St. Petersburg, were Thanksgiving
guests of their daughter Beth and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huls and 4
children, North Palm Beach, Fla.

Mrs. Kav Hutchinson, Washington, D.C., was a guest in the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece, St. Petersburg, Fla. She also called on Capt.
and Mrs. Walter Kurt and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Pender.

Retiring Balboa Port Captain anl Mrs. Elmer G. Abbott expect to sail
December 13 for the States. They will spend Christmas with their son,
Capt. and Mrs. Richard Abbott (Barbara Shaw) and family in Washing-
ton, D.C. In early January they will occupy the Roy Reece home in St.
Petersburg for a while.

Mr. Jaime Ward spent a few days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allan
Allan Ward, St. Petersburg, Fla. Jaime is a senior at M.I.T., Cambridge,

Doctor Carl M. Johnson of Gorgas Hospital staff recently received
decoration of Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa in rank of Commander
presented by Dr. Bernardino Gonzalez Ruiz, Panama Minister of Labor,
Health and Social Welfare.

Mrs. Bonnie Bell DeBuvitz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carlton S. Bell
of Gamboa has completed her State Board Examination in the State of
Alabama. Mrs. DeBuvitz graduated from Balboa High School in the Class

of 1961, attended Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, and the
Mobile General Hospital School of Nursing. Mr. and Mrs. DeBuvitz make
their home at 1055 Church Street, Mobile, Alabama. Mr. DeBuvitz is con-
nected with Radio Station WABB in that city.


Those who have not paid their dues for 1964 were automatically
dropped, and their names will not appear in the 1965 Year Book.
If they wish to be reinstated at a later date, we will be glad to add
them to the membership.



Friendship Room, First Federal Bank Building, St. Petersburg, Florida
AUGUST 24, 1964
President Kieswetter called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. The
members stood and gave the Pledge of Allegiane to the Flag, after which
Chaplain Martin gave the Invocation. There were 56 present.
Mr. Ernest Kieswetter asked all present to pay close attention, and
made the announcement that this would be the Society's last meeting to
be held in The Friendship Room. He explained that Day Time meetings
had proved inconvenint to the Bank. Our September Meeting will be
held at Lake Maggiore September 14th, and beginning in October, we
would meet at the Tourist Center, downtown.
The Recording-Secretary was then asked to introduce those visiting
and the members who had not attended in some time. Those standing as
their names were called were:
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Askew, vacationing from the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Zablocki, vacationing from the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Bessie Jones (Mrs. Zablocki's mother), who is also vacationing
from the Canal Zone, and her granddaughter, Valerie Means.
Mr. Ralph Hanners, a new resident from the Canal Zone. His wife,
Dorothy, who is still on the Zone, will join him later in the year.
Ross and Janet Cunningham were welcomed back after being away
for some time.
Howard and Dorothea Dworak were welcomed back from their

northern vacation, and Howard was given a special welcome, as
he is very seldom able to get out for the meetings.
Mr. George Jones came in after the meeting started, and Mr. Kies-
wetter extended a welcome to him.
The Minutes of the July 27th meeting were then read and approved
as read.
The Secretary-Treasurer read the communications received since the
last meeting. Before she got under way, she asked if anyone knew the
whereabouts of the Fritz family as their mail had been returned indicating
they were not at the same address. Announcements of births; engage-
ments and weddings were made and Lucille noted that the Lockridges had
celebrated their 35th Anniversary on August 18th. Capt. and Mrs. A. B.
Forrstrom celebrated their 51st Wedding Anniversary August 7th. Mr.
and Mrs. Kieswettcr celebrated their 39th Wedding Anniversary August
22nd. Notices of death were read, and then the general correspondence.
A very interesting letter had been received from Mrs. Dove Prather, who
is now 95 years old. Mrs. Judd said that Mr. Kieswetter had sent a tele-
gram to Maurice Thatcher before he went to the Canal Zone for the 50th
Anniversary Celebration, and asked him to represent the Society at the
celebration. Mr. Thatcher sent a post card, with a picture of the new
bridge and advised her that he had complied with our President's wishes,
and that this time, he had been able to give his speech! (Note: Mr.
Thatcher was prevented from giving his speech when he was the honored
guest in the Canal Zone at the dedication of the Thatcher Ferry Bridge,
due to Panamanian hoodlums disrupting the program.)
The President asked Mr. Lockridge if there was any Legislative
Report. He stated that there were no new bills of interest to retirees, but
inasmuch as Congress had not adjourned, there was still hope for some of
the bills reported out to be passed. Among these, is a bill for a slight in-
crease in the retirees' annuity.
Happy Birthday was sung to those celebrating birthdays in August.
Mrs. Anna Bartlett thanked the Society for her birthday card -
Howard and Dorothea Dowark said they had visited the Slim Hallets in
Maine, and reported that Slim has not been too well lately The John
H. Wards said they had visited the Lawrence Bakers in New Port Richey,
and found that their son had been promoted to "Captain" in the Navy -
Mrs. Shreves said she had received a letter from Mrs. Lulu Lumby in
San Diego, and that she had fallen over a garden hose, and broken her
ankle in two places.
There being nothing further to come before the meeting, the Presi-
dent entertained a motion to adjourn, and the meeting closed at 2:45 p.m.

Coffee and doughnuts were then served by Mrs. Pearl and her committee
and a time of fellowship was enjoyed by all.

Informal Meeting Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg, Florida
SEPTEMBER 14, 1964
The last of the summer meetings was held for the first time this
year at Lake Maggiore. Sept. 14th arrived with dark clouds and numerous
showers, but began to clear at mid-day. Fifty optimistic souls decided
the clearing weather would continue and came out to find the Park
Attendant had not been so optimistic and had hosed the concrete tables
and benches down, thinking no one would show up. He reckoned without
knowing this was a meeting of Ex-Canal Zonites who were used to
plenty of rain in the land of their former sojourn. In no time at all, old
bedspreads, throw rugs, raincoats and blankets appeared from trunks
of cars, and everyone was comfortably settled to enjoy a time of visiting
and hear the latest news.
The following visiting guests and members who had not been out
for some time stood to acknowledge their introductions and receive the
applause of the members:
Miss Ethel Simonis, formerly of Milwaukee, who is making her home
with her sister, Miss Beatrice Simonis at the Plaza 5th Ave. Apart-
Mrs. Della Meigs of Tampa, who brought her daughter, Mrs. Mar-
garet Milloy. Mrs. Milloy's husband, Col. Milloy, is stationed at
MacDill Air Force Base now.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Willumsen from Largo. Evelyn is still on crutches
from her accident, but coming along nicely.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Disharoon. This was Mary's first time out to a
meeting since her operation and it was good to see her looking
so well.
Capt. and Mrs. Walter Kuhrt St. Pete.
Mr. and Mrs Henderson Smith St. Pete.
Mr. Adrian Webb, from Hollis Center, Maine.
Mrs. Mal Dodson It is always nice to have our Tampa and other
out-of-city members make the effort to attend our meetings.
Mrs. Helen Hammond It was nice having Helen out as her work
schedule does not permit her to attend on Monday, but she was
on vacation.
The minutes of the August 14th Meeting were read and approved as

Mr. Kieswetter announced that our Fall and Winter Meetings would
be held at the Tourist Center, 225 Fourth St. S., beginning with the Oct.
12th meeting. He told us not to get our hopes up about the Center as it
had not been renovated as much as it was thought it would be. There
was an audible sigh at this news, because the meetings at the First Fed.
Bank have been so very enjoyable since February.
Lucille Judd read the communications. It was reported that Mrs.
Leah Greene was still in the hospital in Gainesville, but coming along
Mr. Dorgan, our V. Pres., announced that he and Mrs. Dorgan had
sold their home and were returning North. The names of Ross Hollowell
and Cecil Banan were suggested to the nominating committee for offi-
cers for 1965 for V. Pres. Lucille advised that various pieces of Gold
Band Glass Ware and Royal Doltan Hunting and Coaching Scene chi-
na were available and anyone interested could contact her.
Happy birthday was sung to Keith Kelly and Cecil Banan and the
meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.

Tourist Center St. Petersburg, Florida
OCTOBER 12, 1964
The Meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by Mr. Cecil Banan,
acting for Pres. Kieswetter, who was out of town.
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was given, after which Chap-
lain Martin Nickel gave the Invocation. There were 33 present.
The visitors and members who had not attended for some time were
introduced and stood as their names were called. Those introduced were:
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Norbury
Miss Mary Stakelum
Mrs. John L. Crawford, down from S. Carolina for the winter.
Mrs. Eva Cole
Mrs. Irene Brophy
Mrs. Louise Webber
Mrs. Margaret Fenton and Mrs. Hattie Smith from Tampa.
Mr. and Mrs. Grady.
The Minutes of the Meeting of September 14th were read and ap-
proved as read.
Mr. Banan announced that our next meeting would be held Novem-
ber 9th at the Tourist Center.
The Sec.-Treasurer then read the communications. Among them was
a letter from our Vice President, Mr. Dorgan, resigning his office, as he

and Mrs. Dorgan had moved to New Jersey.
There were no reports of births, engagements or weddings. It was
announced that Mrs. Irma Forbes would be arriving in St. Petersburg
around the first of November, from California for an undetermined
Mrs. Marie Wolf and Mrs. Betty Lockridge celebrated birthdays in
Oct. and at the members' request, Mr. Banan sang Happy Birthday to
The report from the nominating committee was read and the follow-
ing slate of officers was proposed:
President Mr. Ernest M. Kieswetter
Vice President Mr. Cecil M. Banan
Sec.-Treas. Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Rec.-Sec. Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Editor Mrs. Betty Lee Lockridge
Mrs. Judd announced that the 1965 Year Book would be larger in
size, approximately the size of the QUARTERLY RECORD. This action
was necessary because the small size has gotten too large to insert in
Under New Business the question was brought up concerning a new
meeting place. Mrs. Judd said that when Mr. Kieswetter returned, he
would look into the situation and see if a better place than the Tourist
Center could be obtained, even if we had to pay a rental fee. All present
agreed that the Tourist Center is most unsatisfactory, both from the park-
ing problem and run down condition of the Center.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.
After the meeting was closed, and almost everyone had gone home, Mrs.
Judd reported that Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Neumann of Onalaska, Wash-
ington, drove up in front of the Tourist Center as she was preparing to
leave. She visited with them awhile and found they had driven down to
Lake Maggiore looking for the Meeting. They had called the Judd resi-
dence when they found no one at Maggiore and Capt. Judd told them we
were meeeing at the Tourist Center that day. We were sorry they had
come so far, only to miss the meeting, but hope we can see them another
Respectfully submitted by:
Mary Belle Hicks, Recording Sec'y.



Through October, 1964
Our October meeting was held at the Tourist Center which had been
remodeled. The stairs make it very difficult for some of our members to
attend so we are still looking for a meeting place which will be on the
first floor. We had been led to believe that an elevator would be in-
installed; however, such was not the case. It is hoped that before it is too
late to get the information in this (December) RECORD that we will
be able to line up definitely where we will meet.
We have had a lovely summer and have enjoyed meeting again all
the many folks who stopped by to visit.
We have had so many changes in addresses that it is suggested that
you wait until the Year Book reaches you before you write your Christ-
mas cards. When you receive your book please look at your name
to see that the address is correct, if not, please let me know. Your Zip
number too if it is not listed. It is hoped that by 1966 all Zip numbers
will be listed.
Many gift memberships have come in and will be mailed out early in
December. The ones I have received up to date will be listed in
the Year Book; however, if others come in later they will be listed in
the back of the March RECORD.
As of now, 1946 have paid for 1964; 207 for 1965; 24 for 1966;
7 for 1967: 3 for 1968 and 1 for 1969. Many thanks to those who have
paid so far in advance.
We hope that you have had a nice Thanksgiving and are looking
forward to a Happy and Merry Christmas then the Reunion which
will be at the Soreno as usual January 12 and 13, 1965. These dates fall
on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rates are the same at the hotel $8.00 for
a single with bath and $12.00 for a double with bath PLUS 3% Tax.
FOR RESERVATIONS. The luncheon will be the same $2.75 which IN-
CLUDES tax and gratuity. Please note The Society receives no part
of the above charges.
Please advise the Secretary-Treasurer when you are ill at home or
go to the hospital, also in case of change of address.
See you at the Reunion January 12 and 13, 1965. Please remember
that the $8.00 and $12.00 rates are SPECIAL for members of the Panama
Canal Society who make room reservations, so if you make your own,

reservation PLEASE inform the desk clerk at the time so no discussion
is necessary. It has been embarrassing for others who pay $12.00 and
$16.00 for the same type rooms, and for the clerk who must explain.
Reservations can always be made thru the Secretary.
The regular Christmas Party will be at the St. Petersburg Rod and
Gun Club, 3601 9th Sreet South, on Lake Maggiore on December 9th.
This is the stated monthly meeting, and our first meeting at our new
location. Donations will be accepted from anyone for a gift to the Ameri-
can Legion Crippled Children's Hospital. If you cannot be present and
wish to participate, just send your check, no matter how small an amount,
to me and I will be delighted to pass it on to the Hospital. This is done
annually, however, it is now being mentioned for the benefit of our new
members. Thank you so much for your help.
Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer


FRANK W. HOTTiMAN, 4511-29th Ave. North, St. Petersburg,
33713, Fla., is again acting as a Licensed Income Tax Consultant during
1965. He requests clients to call for an appointment for the preparing of
1964 Tax Return.(*) Many changes have been enacted into law re-
cently that are advantageous to Retired Panama Canal Employees.
(*) Telephone: 345-2077.



The Panama Canal Society of Florida will hold the December meet-
ing, second Wednesday, the 9th, at 2 P.M. at the St. Petersburg Rod and
Gun CIlub, 3601 9th Street South, now our permanent meeting place.
The Rod and Gun Club is located near the summer meeting place
- Lake Maggiore, and is on the Lake. This is a building where we are
protected from rain and insects Refreshments will be served at each


Mr. Edward E. Hatchett, Orlando, Fla., was critically injured while
riding with his wife Nancy, on October 1lth. Their car was struck by
a car which ran a stop sign and hit them broadside spinning the car
around and hitting an oncoming vehicle. Mr. Hatchett was thrown out the
door which was opened by the impact. He died the next day, October 12,
in Orange Memorial Hospital in Orlando.
Mr. Hatchett went to Orlando four years ago from the Canal Zone.
He taught in Yanceyville, N.C., Durham High School; Balboa High
School and the Canal Zone College. He was a past Secretary and later
President of the Central Labor Union in the C.Z. While there he re-
ceived the Fundacion Elray Elfaro International Award and the Order de
Vasco Nunez del Balboa with the rank of Commander. On his retirement
from the Zone he was presented with the Master Key to the Canal. He
was a member of the American Federation of Te-chers, Florida Execu-
tive Club;Elks 1414, Balboa: Nat'l Association of Retired Persons;
P. C. Society of Fla.; Nat'l Assn. of Retired Civil Employees, and the
University Club of Winter Park.
He was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and member of the
Alumni. He held graduate degrees from Duke and Columbia. At the time
of his death he was teaching special courses in Mid-Florida T. I. Rollins
College. Survivors are his wife Nancy, and son Edward, who is a teacher
in Balboa High, and one brother and sister.
In lieu of flowers, an E. W. Hatchett Book Fund is being estab-
lished at Rollins College. Contributions should be made to "Rollins Col-
lege." Mail to Rollins College, E. W. Hatchett Book Fund, c/o Dr.
Hanna, Winter Park, Fla.

Wayne F. Thomas, 53, died suddenly Sept. 11, 1964, in Griffin, Ga.
He was Construction Supt. for a firm that builds Holiday Inn Motels. He
was in the Zone from 1940-1951 with the M.E. Div. Survivors are his
wife Virtue; 2 sons, Joseph and Kenneth, Kevil, Ky.; 2 daughters, Mrs.
Shirley Everrood, Memphis, Tenn., and Charlene Thomas, R.N., Peducah,

Lawrence Brugge, formerly employed by the Panama Canal Print-
ing Plant in Cristobal, died recently in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Brugge was born August 3, 1898, in Superior, Wisconsin. He
went to the Isthmus with his parents in 1910. After completing his second
term in Cristobal he enlisted in the Army for service in France where

he served until the end of World War I.
Since his resignation, Mr. Brugge had resided in Houston.
He is survived by his wife, Constance Brugge of Houston, Texas,
his sister, Mrs. John Westman of Panama, R. P. and Mrs. W. V. Brugge
of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Albert Korsan, 78, beloved husband of Lucille J. Korsan, passed
away recently at his residence in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is survived
by three sons, Arthur M. of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; Charles J., and William
Edward; a daughter, Mrs. Nathan (Lucille) Vahldieck, Buffalo, N.Y.; a
sister, Mrs. Leonard (Gladys) Stensland, Chicago, Ill.; 8 grandchildren
and other relatives.

M. E. Thompson, Bowling Green, Ky., retired employee of the
Louisville and Nashville Railroad, died at City-County Hospital
following an illness of six weeks.
Thompson, who was familiarly known as "Chub," retired in 1953
as engine foreman for the railroad after 41 years of continuous service
and 11 years previous service from 1898 to 1909. He was 80.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ruby Hinant Thompson; a daughter,
Mrs. John O. Bowers, Decatur, Ga.; a son, R. H. Thompson, and one
Thompson was a member of the State Street Methodist Church,
Bowling Green Lodge No. 73, F&AM and Park City Chapter No. 128,
Eastern Star. On April 27 he was presented a 50-year membership pin
and gold dues card by members of Lodge No. 73.

Harry Hoby, 84, Miami, Fla., died Nov. 18, 1964. He went to Miami
from the C.Z. in 1943. Survivors are his wife Anne and daughter, Mrs.
Dorothy Bixby, Columbia, Mo.

Raymond E. Forbes, 66, of 43600 E. Florida Ave., Hemet, Cali-
fornia, died August 22, 1964, at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital fol-
lowing a long illness.
Mr. Forbes, who was born in Kearney, Nebraska, retired from the
Health Bureau of the P.C. in 1958 after more than 34 years service.
Services were held in the Harford Funeral Home with Rev. Chas.
Naffziger of the Valle Vista Baptist Mission and Dr. Clarence W. Jones
of HCJB, Quito, Ecuador, officiating. Interment was in San Jacinto
cemetery. Four of the six pallbearers were former C.Z. friends: Jack Evans,
Harold Duncan, Frank Bryan and Art Cotton.

Survivors are his widow, Erma, temporarily caring for her aunt,
Mrs. Marie Shoenbach, at 248 Mirror Lake Dr., St. Petersburg, Fla.; two
children, James D. Forbes of Los Angeles and Mrs. Joan R. Astrin of
Topeka, Kansas; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Noot of Atlanta, Ga. and Mrs.
W. C. Ireton of Vancouver, Wash., and four grandchildren.

Lonnie Iglesias, 63, of the San Bias Island of Aligandi, and a pio-
neer in Bapist mission work among his own people, died in Colon, Pana-
ma, Sept. 14. Cause of death was brain cancer.
These island homes of the Cuna, or San Blas, Indians for years had
little more than a token Protestant witness. Today Baptist churches,
schools, and a yet unfinished medical clinic rise above the bamboo and
thatch huts of the islands.
A Georgia university professor, Clyde Keeler, an authority on the
San Bias people, has called the Baptist work on the islands one. of the
"outstanding mission accomplishments of this century."
Lonnie, the son of a tribal medicine man, became a Christian under
the influence of an English missionary, who encouraged his education
in three nations: Venezuela, Panama and the United States.
An older brother, Claudio, had sought politically to lead the San
Bias people into the modern world, but he lost his life in the attempt.
Lonnie studied at several universities and at the Missionary Training
Institute, Nyack, N.Y., where he met and married Marvel Ilya.
After his early education, they returned in 1933 to the islands and
taught school in order to have permission 'to live on the island of Ali-
gandi, whose people wanted an education but no missionaries.
Lonnie remained the scholar throughout his life. In 1947 he gradu-
ated from Dubuque University, Dubuque, Iowa, and in 1953 the school
gave him the doctor of letters degree.
One of his most lasting contributions has been the development,
along with another Baptist missionary, Peter Miller, of a written Cuna
language and the translation of much of the New Testament.
One of his life's ambitions was to complete the translation of the
New Testament before he died. This he was not allowed to do, but Peter
Miller, himself not in the best of health, continues the task.
Today there are five strong, organized churches and numerous
preaching stations. Sunday school attendance exceeds 5,000.
He is survived by Mrs. Iglesias and by their three adopted children.

Editor's Note: The following was sent in by Jack Ridge, Trenton,
Old-Timer baseball fans of the Isthmus were saddened by the pass-
ing away of Joseph F. Snook, in the Lewistown, Pa., Hospital on October
2, 1961. He had been ill most of the past year and spent considerable
time this past summer in hospitals.
Joe was laid to rest in the Yeagertown Lutheran Cemetery, lo-
cated on one of the beautiful mountains that surround the valley.
Many Ithmians will remember Joe for his exploits as the star pitcher
and batsman of the Ancon team of 1917 that won the pennant despite
the fact that the other teams were heavily reinforced with pros from the
States' leagues. He compiled a record of 26 wins and only three losses as
a pitcher and was the leading hitter on the club. Perhaps his most memor-
able hit was the homer off Ray Caldwell, of the New York Yankees, who
was spending the winter pitching for Colon. Joe connected for this drive
in the 10th inning of the game which decided the championship of the
league and which was a pitchers' battle until then. Joe was acclaimed
"Player of the Year."
Born in 1891, he served an apprenticeship, as an Iron-Molder, at the
Burnham Foundry near his home. After working at his trade for several
years, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Artillery and was eventually assigned
to Fort Grant, "Amador." He was discharged in Jan., 1917, and went
to work in the Balboa Shops Foundry. He was called back into service
and again resumed his Foundry work after his final discharge. Joe retired
in 1946 and returned to his native heath of Yeagertown.
Mrs. Snook, Esther, was also hospitalized during Joe's last illness
but was given temporary leave to attend his funeral rites. Survivors in-
clude also a son, J.M., and two grandsons of Irwin, Pa., and a brother,
Ralph, of his home town.
The writer had visited the Snooks in early September while driving
West. At that time Joe insisted I stop on my way back East. I did, but
my best personal friend and former team-mate had died the day before I
arrived. So it was with a heavy heart that I stayed in town and attended
his last rites.

The end came for the fabulous Knoxville, Tenn., politician, inventor
and industrialist, George Dempster, at Presbyterian Hospital Sept. 17,
1964. His three children were with him at the last. Other members of the
Dempster clan were en route to the hospital at the time.
During a total of 10 years as chief executive of the city, he changed

the face of Knoxville more than any other man.
Born in Knoxville 77 years ago on Sept. 12, 1887, the fiery leader
of the Dempster family was one of 11 children of a Scottish immigrant
father and an Irish immigrant mother.
When he was 19, he and his brother Tom went to work on construc-
tion of the Panama Canal, and he was the man who took the first steam
shovel into the Pacific division of the Canal.
While there, he was stricken with both typhoid and malaria and be-
came a patient of the late Gen. (then colonel) William G. Gorgas, con-
queror of yellow fever.
Mr. and Mrs. Dempster came back to this country in 1912 and
reared two daughters and a son. Mrs. Dempster died in late 1960.
It was in 1935 that the mechanically minded Dempster brain con-
ceived the idea of the Dempster Dumpster. Mr. Dempster first .built
Dumpsters for use of the construction firm. But his competitors saw it
and wanted similar units. So Mr. Dempster patented the garbage: collec-
tion idea.
The Dumpster had such spectacular success that the Dempster family
was soon out of the construction business and into the Dumpster business.

Mr. Clinton (Pop) Reece, 82, died August 6, 1964, in Cresco, Pa.
He began working for the Cristobal Fire Dept. in 1917 and retired in
1944. The Reeces made their home in Pa. during the summers and in St.
Petersburg, Fla., through the winter. Survivors .are: his wife, May; his
daughters Gertrude (Curly) Hily, and Maryellen Hess.

Francis M. Criste Jr. died Sept. 15th at Fort Miley Veterans Hospital
San Francisco, Calif. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1938;
in 1943 from Oregon State. Mr. Criste was a Civil Engineer, Chief of the
Military Construction Div. for the Calif. Dist. of U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers. Interment at the Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno,
Calif., with military honors.
Surviving are: his widow Clarice M.; daughters Victoria Louise and
Michele Ann; son Francis M. III, and his father, Francis M. Sr., San
Francisco, Calif.

Mrs. G. C. McCullough sent in the notice of the death of Mary
Wymer Curtis (Mrs. Frank) of Tampa, Fla. She was the granddaughter
of Judge Redell of Cristobal, C.Z.; worked with Mrs. McCullough in
Crisobal and later in the Administration Building in Ancon, where she
met Mr. Curtis. Interment in Homestead, Fla. No other details available.
Herbert S. Billington, age 79, of 1369 N.W. 31 St., passed away

Oct. 9, 1964, in Manhasset, N.Y. He was visiting his daughter Marion
Billington McCaslin after a fishing trip to Canada. Mr. Billington was a
retired well known fisherman and sporting enthusiast. Survived by his
wife Anna, a sister Nellie Crows of Miami, Fla., and one son, Herbert M.
of Poundridge, N.Y.
He was a railroad engineer from 1909 to 1915.

James C. Smith, machinist employed at the Pedro Miguel Locks, died
at Gorgas Hospital following a long illness. He was 44 years old.
Although he was born in Norfolk, Virginia, Mr. Smith went to the
Canal Zone with his parents when he was a child and lived most of his life
on the Isthmus. He was graduated from Cristobal High School and served
his apprenticeship with the U.S. Army at France Field.
He joined the Locks Division in 1952 and has been a machinist at
Pedro Miguel since that time. He lived in Balboa with his wife and five
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Ester Smith, and his young chil-
dren, Patrick, Karen, Victoria, Jane and Peggy. His father, Clarence W.
Smith, a retired Panama Canal employee, lives in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The family has requested that friends contribute to the Cancer Fund.

Mrs. Bessie Bell Irvin, wife of Dr. Samuel Irvin, formerly Balboa
Quarantine Officer and a well known resident of the Canal Zone, died
Oct. 8 in North Carolina following a long illness.
Mrs. Irvin went to the Isthmus with her husband as a bride in 1921.
They lived in the Canal Zone until 1951 when Irvin was retired after 30
years with the Canal Zone Health Bureau. Both Dr. and Mrs. Irvin were
born in North Carolina.
After his retirement, Dr. and Mrs. Irvin returned to the United States
to live in Hendersonville, N.C., where Dr. Irvin opened on optical shop.
She is survived by a son, Capt. Samuel S. Irvin, a Panama Canal pi-
lot; two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth I. Brown, Superviser of the Admitting
Office at Gorgas Hospital; Mrs. Martha Phillips, who is living in Arizona;
nine grandchildren; her mother, Mrs. Nita Bell Hackney of Newbern,
N.C.; three sisters, of the Canal Zone, Mrs. Nita Bell Hartman, Mrs. Mae
Bell Cross and Mrs. Joyce Bell Bevington.

James P. Sullivan, 75, a retired Panama Canal employee, of Los
Altos, Calif., died suddenly recently.
He was born in Chester, Pa., in 1888 and first went to the Isthmus
in Canal construction days. He returned to the United States for a few

years and then went back to the Canal Zone to work with the Mechanical
Division. He retired in 1950 after 30 years' Canal service.
Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Elks' Lodge.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Sullivan of Los Altos,
California; two sons and four daughters: Thomas Sullivan of Mon-
rovia, Calif.; Mrs. Margaret McMillan of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Mrs.
Eleanor Wainsein of Arlington, Va.; Mrs. Mary Young of Los Rios,
Canal Zone; Mrs. Nancy Schorsch of Ventura, California; and James
P. Sullivan of Los Altos, Calif. He also survived by his father, Thomas
J. Sullivan, 102 years of age, of Elizabeth, N.J., who had visited the
family when they lived in the Canal Zone; and by 15 grandchildren.

Mrs. Damiana Hunsecker, 82, died Oct. 5, 1964, in Gorgas Hospital.
A construction day resident, Mrs. Hunsecker went to the Isthmus
from Baden, Pa. Her husband, Frank S. Hunsecker, was employed by
the Isthmian Canal Commission and later by the Panama Railroad. They
lived many years in Gamboa. He died in 1949.
Mrs. Hunsecker had been living in Las Cumbres, Panama, for the
past nine years with her daughter, Miss Maria Hunsecker, who was re-
tired recently from the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Allan Amole died August 3 in Gorgas Hospital after a brief
Mr. Amole, born in Pennsylvania 73 years ago, served in the U.S.
Army from February 1915 until July 1920. A sergeant with the Quarter-
master Corps, he was discharged at Quarry Heights.
Until his retirement in 1952 he was associated with the Customs
Mr. Amole, who made his home in San Francisco de la Caleta, is
survived by his widow, Amalia.

Leslie T. Chapel, 75, former Assistant Chief Hydrographer in the
Hydrographic Office, died August 9 in Windsor, New York.
He retired in 1950. Since then he had made his home in Windsor.
Surviving him is his son, George S. Chapel, also of New York.

Gabriel A. Riemers, 61, former Senior Chief Engineer aboard the
towboat Arraijan in Balboa, died July 16 in Esconlido, California.
He was retired in 1963 because of poor health.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Abou Saad Temple
of the Shrine in Balboa.

Surviving him are two sisters, a niece and a nephew, all of whom
live in the United States.

Arthur A. Albright, Electrical Supervisor at Gatun Locks, collapsed
and died unexpectedly while at work in his office.
Mr. Albright, 59, was born in New Haven, Conn., Sept. 20, 1904 and
went to the Isthmus in 1934.
Survivors include two sons in the United States: Alan B. Albright
of Silver Spring, Md., and John N. Albright, of Barnsdall, Oklahoma.

Edward W. Millspaugh, former resident of Gatun and a retired lock
operator pipefitter on the Gatun Locks, died at his home in Fort Pierce,
Fla., recently.
A native of Walden, New York, Mr. Millspaugh served with the
U.S. Navy during World War I.
He was the founder and first president of the Atlantic Locks Em-
ployees Association in which he always played an active part.
After leaving the Isthmus, Mr. Millspaugh and his wife made their
home in Fort Pierce.
He is survived by his widow; a son Charles of Elgin, Ill., and a
daughter, Mrs. John McCarthy of Silver Spring, Md.

Beverly B. Mitchell 54, former well-known resident of Panama, died
September 20 in Houston, Texas, following a long illness.
Mr. Mitchell and his wife, the former Theron Halderman of Bal-
boa, lived in Panama several years ago when he was stationed there
as a member of the staff of the Esso Standard, S. A., of Panama.
He later was employed by the Tennessee Gas and Transmission
Company of Texas in Guayoquil, Ecuador, as operation and marketing
manager. He was retired about four years ago because of ill health.
In addition to Mrs. Mitchell, he is survived by his father, Noah
Boothe Mitchell, of Enid, Miss.: two sisters and two brothers, all of
whom live in the United States.

Donald B. Gray, 66, of Woodland, California died recently.
A native of Oakland, Calif., Mr. Gray went to the Canal Zone
just prior to World War II and was employed by the Dredging
Marine Divisions as an engineer. Since his retirement 14 years ago,
he has made his home in Woodland.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Gray and a brother, M. Doug-
las Gray.

Funeral services, held in Woodland, were attended by former Ca-
nal Zone residents Mr. and Mrs. Guy Lord, Mr. Vincent Biava and Mrs.
Peg Flynn.

Miss Macey B. Edwards, former employee of the Housing Branch
and a well known Canal Zone resident, died September 26 in Orlando,
A member of a well known Canal Zone family, Miss Edwards went
to the Isthmus from Kentucky in 1919 and was employed that year by
the Supply Division. After seven years in this Division, she resigned
and was employed by the Department of Commerce in Pittsburgh, Pa.
She returned to Panama in 1930 and was employed by the former
District Quartermaster and Housing Division until her retirement in
1953. Since then she had been living in Versailles, Kentucky, and
in Orlando.
Surviving are two brothers, D. T. "Chick' Edwards of Panama,
and Francis Y. Russell, of Costa Rica; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Russell A.
Edwards of Balboa; and a sister, Mrs. Marybelle Mastin, of Versail-
les, Ky.

Mrs. Cecilia M. Parmeter, 83, well known former resident of Cristo-
bal, died July 28 in Washington, D.C., after a long illness.
At the time of her death, Mrs. Parmeter was living with her daughter,
Mrs. Kay Hutchinsin, of 2501 Q Street N.W., Washington 7.
A construction day resident of the Canal Zone, Mrs. Parmeter went
to the Isthmus with her husband Frank S. Parmeter in 1906. He was
employed with the Ishmian Canal Commission and with the Accounting
Division of the Canal until his retirement in 1933.
Mrs. Parmeter was a Field Clerk (same as Warrant Officer) in the
U.S. Army during World War I and served in that capacity in the office
of the Surgeon General at Ancon Hts., where the Army had its Head-
quarters. Mr. and Mrs. Parmeter had the honor of being able to be buried
in Arlington National Cemetery. Mr. Parmeter died in 1955 and was
buried there. Mrs. Parmeter was kept on in service past her retirement
age until after World War II, retiring in 1946.
Her funeral was given full Military Honors with the flag-draped
casket, the horse-drawn cortege, gun salute and taps. Her daughter, Mrs.
Catherine Hutchinson survives. Mr. and Mrs. Mathew O'Hearn, Mr. and
T. H. Kelley, daughter Patsy, and Mrs. Kelley's mother, Mrs. Emma
Luckey; Mrs. T. A. Aastoos and her son Edward, who happened to be
there on business, attended the funeral.

Lewis Terry Christoph, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Vera Chris-
toph of Margarita, died Sept. 19, 1964, at Coco Solo Hospital.
Lewis was born June 23, 1953, at Colon Hospital, and was a, fifth
grade student. He is survived by his parents, Vern and Carolyn Christoph,
two brothers, LaRue and Larry, and by his grandmother, Mrs. John LaRue
of Margarita.
Col. Gerald E. Cronin, 78, died in St. Petersburg, Fla., Oct. 29, 1964.
He was stationed on the Canal Zone for a few years.

Mrs. Lena Hambelton of Margarita, 73 years of age, died Sept. 16,
1964, at Coco Solo Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was the widow
of the late Wilbur A. Hambelton, who had retired from Panama Canral
service in 1949.
Mrs. Hambelton was born in Columbus, Ohio. They went to the
Canal Zone in 1929 and he was employed in the Construction Division
until his retirement.
She is survived by four daughters: Mrs. Elizabeth Morris of Clear-
water, Fla.; Mrs. Lillian Van Siclen of Uniondale, Long Island; Mrs.
June May and Mrs. Vonna Huldtquist of Margarita; by 10 grandchildren
and by 10 great-grandchildren.

Charles L. Leslie of Curundu, died at Gorgas Hospital Oct. 16, 1964.
Mr. Leslie, who was born in Indiana, went to the Canal Zone in 1938
as a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps and was stationed at Quarry
Mr. Leslie's tenure as an Army civilian employee began in 1941. He
was in the Comptroller's Office, where he held the post of budget officer
for many years.
He was a past master of the Army Masonic Lodge.
He was married to the former Anna Cordts, who survives him.
Other survivors are his mother, Mrs. Anna Leslie, 3 brothers and
5 sisters.

In the Sept. issue it was erroneously reported that Mrs. Elsie Graves
was the sister of John Pershing.

Reports of the following deaths have been received but no other
details are available: Mr Harry Gretchman, May 19, 1964-Inglewood,
Calif; Mrs. Roy Watson (Irma Cooper), August 13, 1964-Burlington,
. a; Mr. Win. G. Naylor, Monrovia, Calif.-August 27, 1964; Mr. Laur-
ence Rigby Moore, son of Evelyn Rigby and Lewis Moore, August 20,
1964, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Claremont, Calif.


Aug. 21. Miss Gertrude "Patsy" Milloy arrived for a short visit and
reported that her mother and sisters are well. Gertrude has become a
very successful Cape Cod farmer, for she grew all kinds of vegetables this
Aug. 31. A THRILL!!! How many remember Charles Hallett,
youngest son of my late brother, Clifton? For twenty-five years our
family knew nothing of him. He had served on an Ammunition Carrier
in the invasions of Africa, Italy, and in the South Pacific. He has been in
the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, and is now a Master Sergeant and a
specialist on jet engines. Married, with four children, and lives at 1514
Heather Street, Amarillo, Texas. He was with us every weekend while
temporarily on duty in Hartford, Conn. A very upstanding young man,
level headed, and serious about his work.
Sept. 12. Seven of Ida's relatives from Prince Edward Island arrived,
so-o-o the grills were fired up and lobster partaken by all.
Oct. 11. Clif and Ceri Fritz arrived from Warwick, R.I. Clif busy
engineering the construction of a 76-apartment Senior Citizen's building
for the state of Rhode Island.
Oct. 14. Mrs. Carleton (Mae) Hallett with us. She came from Flor-
ida when notified of the death of her mother in Middleboro, Mass.
It is wonderful to all of us when we learn that our grandchildren get
a lot of "A's" in their school work, but I hope that none ever get the
mark of "V", as I did. My teacher advised it stood for Visitor. In one
class my mother had a better attendance record than I had. The only
"A's" I received were for being absent. And the fact that I stood next
to the head of our class meant nothing for we stood in a circle.
MARCH 9, 1965!!! On that date we will celebrate our 50th Wed-
ding Anniversary. Forty-five years happily married not a bad per-
Effective January first I start to consume large quantities of vita-
min liquids to be prepared. I don't care how much iron there is in a
pound of calf's liver; just mine I'm interested in.
A thought for married men. You can always get the last word in
an argument with your wife. When she tells you to "shut up," you reply
with "yes, ma'am." See the last word, although it doesn't work in
this house.
A thought for married women. Do you realize that when you left the

Canal Zone your husband retired but that you went to work? We don't
hire servants up here.
Ida and Slim Hallett.



About 40 of our members gathered for a picnic meeting on Au-
gust 26. All would no doubt welcome a get-together every month
of the year, but there is no time for it.
Many Zonians, past and present, have traveled this way since
our last report. Bob and Edie Medinger of Los Rios and their three
children, after visiting with Bob's mother in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.,
spent about three weeks on a delightful farm at Pisgah Forest, near
the home of Edie's mother. While Webb and Mildred Hearne were
spending a few days at Brevard, attracted by the Transylvania Sum-
mer Music Camp there, Webb, Bob Medinger and Wendell Greene
got in some good golf at the Hendersonville Counry Club.
The Pete Foscues of La Boca overnighted in Hendersonville
and enjoyed a visit with the Van Wagners.
Zip and Emma Zierton of St. Petersburg, on their way north
to attend the Elks National Covention in New York City, came by
to see Ruth Sill. Their next stop was to be Raleigh, where they hoped
to see Roger and Bobbie Hackett.
Grace Rigney visited Nelle Mitchell on her way home to Mex-
ico City after a trip to Ohio.
The Ross Hollowells drove up from Florida to visit the Tom
Kelleys and the Tom Colemans.
Bob Bowen, of the Canal Zone College faculty, spent a week
with his mother, Mrs. Charles Bowen of Saluda, after completing
summer studies at the University of Florida, and renewed Canal Zone
friendships in this area.
Bill and Marie Dunlop of St. Petersburg enjoyed several weeks
of Asheville's mountain climate.
Barbara and Dale Dombrowsky spent several days with their
grandparents, Tom and Barbara Coleman, before starting off to col-

lege again. Barbara was entering East Dallas College in Dallas, Tex-
as, as a sophomore after a year in Canal Zone College, and Dale,
his junior year at Clemson University in South Carolina.
The Tom Kelleys were lucky in having for the long Labor Day
weekend their daughter Margie, (Mrs. Murray Seagears) and their
son Tom, both of Washington, D. C.
May Cotton of LaBoca spent three days with Bob and Lillian
Van Wagner and Mrs. Charles Cotton before going on to Dallas,
Texas, to California, and through the Canadian Rockies. Mr. and
Mrs. Ernest L. (Tyke) Cotton of Balboa Heights were with them for
a couple of days in October, after having visited their son, Captain
Lee Coton, U.S.M.C., who is at present stationed in Souh Carolina.
Sympathy is extended to the Bruce Harrells on the death of
Mildred's mother, Mrs. Kjellander, after a lengthy illness. She had
won the love of all who knew her.
The Starford Churchill, Jr. family has moved to State College,
Pa., where Mr. Churchill will attend college.
Word has been received of the death of Lee Munly of Burlin-
game, Cal., husband of Helen Cantine Munly, who was Girl Scout
Secretary on the Canal Zone a few years ago. He died suddenly of
a heart attack on the golf course.
VWhile Bea Tyrell was visiting friends at their home in Mass-
achusetts, her host's huge dog came joyously bounding down the
beach, stepped on her foot, and chipped a bone in her ankle.
Fred and Esther Hodges acquired a lovely home in the suburbs
of Asheville and are now settled at 21 Fox Chase Road, Route 1, Ashe-
ville, N.C.
Joan and Murray Davidson of New York City spent the first two
weeks of September in Asheville visiting Joan's parents, Paul and Betty
Bentz. On the 19th of September, Mrs. Charles G. Bowen of Saluda, N.C.,
who visited her son, Charles R. Bowen and family, in the Canal Zone
several years ago, accompanied the Bentzes to Nags Head, N.C., where
they had rented a beach cottage for a week. Hurricane "Gladys" ap-
proached, and the Bentzes and Mrs. Bowen were evacuated from the
beach area. They drove to Norfolk, Va., and spent two days and nights
at the home of Otis and Annabelle Myers, former Canal Zone residents,
before returning to the "Outer Banks" to resume their adventuresome
Dorothy and Joe Muldoon returned in October from their summer

cottage at Bayside, Maine, where they spent a most enjoyable two months.
They report the Fall colors were out in all their glory before they left.
Nelle Mitchell had the pleasure of a week's visit from her sister,
Katherine Luke, her nephew, Kenneth Luke and wife, and their adorable
little girl-all of Bradford, Pa.
Mildred and Bruce Harrell drove to Arizona in October for a
month's visit with their daughter and her husband (Louise and Bill
Wright), and their seven lovely children.
The Ross Hollowells spent a week with Tutie and Tom Kelley in
October. Shortly after their return to St. Pete, they drove to California
for a visit with their son Freeland and family. Freeland has resigned his
position with the Panama Canal Company and is now in business in
Burbank, California, where they have bought a lovely home.
The Roy Knoops journeyed to Seattle by bus and train for a two
weeks visit with their son Bob and family.
Note: When our secretary-reporter left in late September on a trip
to Minnesota and California, Tutie Kelley (Mrs. Tom) generously
stepped in and completed this report.
Ruth M. Sill, Secretary.



According to news received from Leonard Stark, the Ted Engle-
brights came through Denver on their way to South Dakota to attend
the funeral of one of her parents. They were unable to stay in Denver
because of the length of their trip. A Mr. Thompson, an Army employee
in the Canal Zone, was a visitor of the Starks recently.
Irene Smith, wife of Captain Doral Smith of the Denver Police
Force, is now working in the administration office of the Denver Public
Schools. The Smiths are now in their new home at 2754 S. Golden Way,
Denver, Colorado 80227.
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lundy of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, spent about
a week in Denver recently visiting their daughter, Opal Houghton and
family. While here, they were visited by Dorothy Kennedy, and Roy and
Gladys Graham, who enjoyed visiting with them.
Lee Kennedy, son of Roy and Dorothy Kennedy, is now a fresh-

man at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Their daughter, Beth, and
her husband, who now live in Gunnison, Colorado, are both attending
Western State College.
Gladys Graham made a trip back east to attend Parents' Day at
the U.S. Naval Academy, which her son Roy, Jr. is attending. She
reports that he is getting along fine in his first year there.
Mrs. Adalaide Lewis and daughter Sara just returned to Denver
from a 2 week trip to Victoria, B.C. where they spent 5 days at the
Empress Hotel. They stopped enroute at Seattle and visited the old
Seattle Fair grounds, which is now the Seattle Civic Center. The
grounds are the same as during the fair and they enjoyed riding the
monorail and visiting the various exhibits, all without standing in line!
Sara is still working for the Denver Public Library and is in her sixth
year giving book reviews on the Starr Yelland TV show (Channel
2) every other Wednesday.
A telephone call to the A. R. Rosenquists brought the news that
Mr. Rosenquist's daughter, Adamarie Franz, and her husband, who
is in the military, are the proud parents of a baby girl born in Cham-
paign, Illinois in January of this year. The Franz' also have a three
year old boy who was born in Anchorage, Alaska. They were trans-
ferred from Alaska to Chenute Air Force Base in Illinois just before
the earthquake, and have just been transferred to Ft. Belvoir, Vir-
ginia. The Rosenquists spent two weeks with their daughter in Illinois
when their granddaughter was born and had a marvelous time.
Maybe some of the old timers will remember that Mr. Rosen-
quist was the first person to go through the Panama Canal it was
in a canoe and he and a friend paddled the canoe through the
canal. only to be arrested. However, Mr. Rosenquist was not jailed,
for he came down with malaria and had to be hospitalized!
That's all for now.
Dorothy Kennedy


Well, folks, here I sit at my trusty typewriter (pen in hand so to
speak) and don't know where to begin at the beginning when hurri-
cane "Cleo" came to call on us in Miami and left us a shambles, to beg
off because I'm fighting the battle of the bug (flu) or the picnic on the
18th of October when our new officers were elected.

Although only about thirty five people showed up for the picnic,
even after I sent out all those reminder cards, it was very nice excel-
lent food, good fellowship and perfect weather. It was voted to continue
in the same pattern, two picnics per year at Matheson Hammock and
two at Greynolds Park, dates for which will be mailed out to everyone
sometime in April when the usual bulletin goes out.
We had a few out of town visitors, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander of
Jacksonville and their son Milo and his wife Sue, of Miami Springs and
Carl and Ruth Baltozer of St. Petersburg. So happy to have you, do
come again. Any and all of you folks who happen to be in this area on
picnic dates please feel free to come even if you cannot bring a covered
dish, we always have more than enough and we want you to come any-
Officers elected for coming year:
Dan S. Jones, re-elected President -
465 N.W. 87th St., Miami, 33150, Phone 757-8800
Roger Williams, Vice President -
942 N.W. 13th St., Ft. Lauderdale, 33311, Phone JA 4-4459
A. G. Dunham, Treasurer -
4611 N.W. llth Ave., Miami, 33127, Phone 759-0009
Margaret, Hardy, Secretary -
480 N.E. 61st St., Miami, 33137, Phone 754-9369
Dorothy Williams, Reporter
Margaret Hardy, Reporter,
Mrs. Edw. Japs (Anna) reports a fine visit with relatives in Minne-
sota this summer. We're glad to have you back, Anna.
Kay Ritchie Paton was a recent visitor with Mrs. Grace Schact. Mrs.
Paton is from Grove City, Pa.
The James Hunters had as their visitors the Cliff Ryders from Lees-
burg, Gereald Brennan from Bush, La., along with Mrs. Ruth Banton and
Lucky and Edna Wilbur on their way to Texas.
Sorry to report that Mrs. Henry Marcy (Ethel) is still in Hollywood
Hospital. She has been there since September 7th. Am sure she would ap-
preciate hearing from all her friends. Her sister Mrs. Sandiford is also
a patient in the same institution, suffering from a heart attack.
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Jones, Joy Anderson and 2 grandchildren
went on vacation in August through the state of Georgia to Gadsden, Ala.,
to visit brother Paul H. Jones, who worked for contractor at Ft. Clayton
in '33. Then on to Birmingham to visit Bennie F. Jones, the only

one of the Jones tribe never to work on the Zone, out thru Mississippi, on
to New Orleans to Southeastern Shrine Convention. On their return trip
to Miami stopped at Floala, Ala., to visit Mrs. Jones' grandmother, who
was 94 years old. Two days before the Joneses left for New Orleans
they had as their house guest Maude Erickon (Dan's 1st cousin) Mrs.
Erickson's husband Carl worked for Building Division in the '30's and
40's. The Joneses have been told that Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coleman ex-
pect to visit them later on this winter as did Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jones.
Also the Horace Jones of the Canal Zone have been expected since
June, haven't shown up as yet.

Recent visitors in the Fort Lauderdale area were Clarence Priest.
Elizabeth Sudron, Katherine Lessiack, Bea Lucas, Anne Williams and
Donald Judson, all of Balboa. Don's parents, the H. R. Judsons of Or-
lando, accompanied Don. A trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to visit Ellen
and Rufus Garrett was included in their itinerary.
Other familiar faces were Grace and Dick Dehlinger and Kay Kirk
of Panama.
Maria Hunsecker, of LasCumbres, was called home while vacation-
ing here due to the sudden death of her mother, Damiana, on October 8,

Olina (Hutchings) and Jack Neff of Sacramento, Calif., visited as
guests of the James Hunters and the Al Hutchings.
Tom and Elsie Oglesby are now living in Ft. Lauderdale. Tom was
formerly Manager of Fuerza y Luz"in Panama.
Mrs. Earl (Kay) Fidanque and daughter, Martha, are living in Ft,
Lauderdale, while Martha attends the Pine Crest School.
Dorothy and Roger Williams visited Anna Maurer in Lake Wales
and the William Rohrbachs in Maitland during the last week of October.

Lt. and Mrs. Robert Fleming, USN (Cynthia Orr, formerly of Bal-
boa) and their daughter, Dana, are residing in Pearl Harbor. Prior to
leaving, they visited Cynthia's parents, the William Hoezles, in Florida.
Frederick Orr (Buzzy) was also visiting at the time. Buzzy is stationed
at Beale Air Force Base, California.

Mr. and Mrs. Hobart Andrews of Hialeah are proud grandparents.
Their daughter, Jean (Mrs. G. H. Egger, Jr., of Coco Solo) had a daugh-
ter, Carol Lee, born August 24th. Their youngest daughter, Jamie Lee
(Mrs. C. R. Hitchcock) had a son, Brent, born Aug. 20, in Augusta, Mon-

tana. Charles Olin Andrews, their son, is stationed at the 15th Naval
District, Fort Amador, Canal Zone.
That's 30 for now Regards to all -
Margaret Hardy, Miami
Dorothy Williams, Fort Lauderdale



"What is so rare as a day in June?" A day in October (18th) when
the trees of our lovely Ozark mountains, a blaze of color, put on the Flam-
ing Fall Revue and all roads lead to the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs
for 57 former Canal Zone residents and their guests. A wonderful day of
Joy and Fellowship as friends met after many years to exclaim each
others names and happily embrace.
After a delicious luncheon, our President, Carl R. Newhard, called
the meeting to order. A moment of silence was observed in memory of G.
H. Evers of Neosho, Mo., and Walter Wieman of Fayetteville, both of
whom were present last October. Carl was enthusiastically re-elected as
President, Alice Wood Engelke is our Secretary and your reporter con-
tinues to tell y'all the news. Mildred (Makibbin) Higgins read her origi-
nal poem "On Saying Good-bye To An Old Pair of Shoes" which was pub-
lished in CANAL RECORD, December, 1958. Mildred has compiled many
of her poems into a delightful book entitled "Sing! Oh My Heart." Ed
Higgins then sang, a'capella, the "Ninety-first Psalm" as we sat with eyes
closed and listened to a voice that is still wonderful and vibrant as the day
he sang the tenor solos of Handel's Messiah, under the leadership of Neil
Branstetter, in the ruins of Old Panama Cathedral in 1941. In addition
to Ed, there were present, Mildred Higgins, Albert Daniel, Maude Cook and
your reporter who sang in the chorus of that glorious Oratorio, on that
memorable Sunday afternoon.
We were delighted to have Matt and Lydia Shannon of El Volcan,
Rep. de Panama with us, as guests of George and Edith Engelke. They
are returning to Panama, but we are all wishing real hard for them to
return here permanently. George and Edith accompanied the Shannons to
New Orleans. Stewart and Polly drove from Lexington, Missouri, spent 3
days with Paul and Alice Bidstrup, admiring our scenery. Polly reminded

me the CANAL RECORD had written up their recent activities, so I'll not
repeat. Alice Bidstrup reports she has retired with 30 years Government
service and now she and husband Paul are travelling all over the country
in their new Eldorado Camper. They visited George and Lela Ritchey and
Lela's mother in Phoenix, Arizona. They called on former C.Z. police offi-
cer, Zach Smith, now in the Nursery business in Phoenix. Enio and Alice
Lindstrom of Walnut Creek, Calif., and John Meyer of the Zone were
guests of the Bidstrups in Sedalia, Mo., during the summer.
Howard and Agnes (Granberry) Christiansen brought greetings from
the Panama Canal Group of Central Arkansas of which Howard is Presi-
det. They live in North Little Rock, have 2 boys, Eddie in the University
of Arkansas and Al in High School. Howard "Chris" is Personnel Assistant
in Internal Revenue Service in Little Rock. Aiice Pearce Nail (Mrs.
"Red") of Balboa and daughter Lisa are now in Rogers eagerly awaiting
the arrival of "Red" who is expected in November. Lisa attends school and
Grandparents Pearce are not far away.
Russell and Maria Christopher, formerly with the Navy in Rodman,
C.Z., from 1944 to 1951, with their children, Jenny Lu and Charles Edward
were with us and told some interesting facts of their lives since leaving the
Zone. There was a short tour with the Air Force in Alaska, then on to
Guam, 1952-58, on to Formosa, and are now in U.S.A. for surgery on
Russell's neck, which was broken while in Formosa. In Formosa, through
Madame Chiang Kai Shek, they adopted two children, brother and sister.
Jenny Lu, a delightful child, told your reporter she is in the 4th grade and
little Charles in the 1st. The Christophers are living in Springdale, 816
So. Pleasant St., at present and will return to duty as soon as surgery is
J. A. Marmouget was an Army Engr. from 1941 to 1945, lived in
"Skunk Holler," and travelled all over Panama. He and Mrs. Marmouget
now live in Rogers where J.A. is President of the local chapter of
N.A.R.C.E. endeavors. Ray and Evelyn Shuey told of their trip to the
Pacific Northwest in their Airstream trailer since leaving Florida last
April, stopped to see Mrs. Hearn in Mississippi, attended an "Airstream"
Rally at Like of the Ozarks, Camdenton, Mo., on to the Washington state
where they made the Olympic Penn. Loop. Returned via Idaho for Elk
hunting-no Elk. Back to Wyoming for deer hunting-one big Deer. Now
visiting Ray's mother in Neosho, Mo., will leave soon for Florida where
they will spend the winter with C. C. Shaw's on St. John's River. Their
daughter Edith Lovell and husband are now living in Reviera Beach, Fla.

Walter and Iola Wagner of Mt. Home, Arkansas, reported Judge and
Mrs. Charles Garcia, Magistrate Judge in Cristobal, with son Charles and
daughter Amy were visitors in their home last September, after visiting
Mercedes and Bill Hele in Louisiana. Sarah Ann Wagner spent the summer
as Counselor at a girls camp in Ohio, now in the Univ. of Tenn. in Mem-
phis for a 3 year Nursing course. Other newcomers to our Society are
Albert and Ruth Daniel, recently retired from the Air Force and I.A.G.S.,
are living in their home in Fayetteville. Already they are active in
N.A.R.C.E. and Ruth is the new Secretary for Fayetteville Chapter. They
are both members of the Choraleers of the Community Adult Center.
Our next meeting will be a picnic in June 1965. We closed a wonder-
ful day of fellowship with the Mizpah benediction.
Recent visitors to our Ozarks included Herbert and Edna Judson of
Orlando, Fla., with their son Donald of Diable. They stopped in Hot
Springs, Fayetteville, Bentonville and Mountain Home before heading for
Indiana to see their son, Dr. Walter and his fine family of two daughters
and a son. Glenn and Etta Fay Terrell have been hosts all summer long
to friends and relatives from Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Ralph
and Virginia Harvey of Balboa spent 10 days with the Terrells who gra-
ciously brought the Harveys to see other C.Z. retirees in the area. Ralph,
Virginia and Husband Newell are ardent Ham Radio Operators. Cadet
John J. Saltzman, son of Dr. and Mrs. Ben N. Saltzman of Mt. Home has
received the Outstanding Cadet Identification Disk at Oklahoma Military
Academy, Claremore, Okla. This disk is given to those who are excep-
tionally outstanding in academic excellence, good conduct and military
attainment Grandpa Bohan is proud. Robert McNew of Mt. Home is
proud of his daughter Mary who received her B.S. from Evangel College
of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Springfield, Mo. She will teach school.
To those who for various reasons could not be with us, we want to
say "We missed each one of you and hope you improve in health real
soon." Walter and Irene Zimmerman of Ozone report kin-folk Ruth, Lloyd
and daughter Cheryl Peterson, Mrs. Harry Stone and daughter Kay, also
Mrs. Dayle Snyder of Ft. Meyers, Fla., visited them this summer. Happy
to hear from Mrs. Phebe G. Neville of Junction City, La., who writes that
son Ralph is now with her. Mary (Molly) Engelke Williford of Margarita
is visiting her parents Herbert and Alice Engelke in Bentonville. Molly
and Husband Bobbie Joe are vacationing during our lovely Fall season
and visiting their respective families.
The Bill Baileys of Mena, Arkansas, report that the Pates and Mrs.

Hamelin were recent visitors and "the latch-string is out" for friends from
the Zone. Fred and Beverly (Moody) Ebdon, son Jim and nephew Dick
Ebdon were visitors to the Carl Newhard's home. Dick attends S.M.U. in
Dallas. The O. N. Franklins of Balboa Heights were guests of the New
hards in September. Carl reported that his brother Fred Newhard and
Mrs. Jessie Albright were married October 24th in Washington, D.C.
Cora Makibbin has gone to visit her 3 sons, Capt. Tom, George and
Henry Makibbin who live on the Zone. Bates Wieman arrived in Fayette-
ville recently from Houston to see friends and our Fall Revue, stopping
with Martha and Walter Reif. Martha reports that John Myers of Curundu
and C.E. "Pappy" Darnell with wife Velma of Brighton, Mo., were recent
callers. Peggy Ellis of Houston is expected to be in town to spend a few
days with her sister and brother-in-law Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Thomas and
the local former Canal Zone friends.
The seasons roll on and on and once again "Tis Christmas" may
the Joy-bells ring merrily for y'all, clear through 1965.
Banche E. Shaw

The Register Book showed 118 folks turned out for the picnic held
October 11, 1964, at Brookside Park, Pasadena: as usual, there were a
number of folks who were so busy they forgot to register. We were so
happy to see many old friends, and some newcomers: among them were
Belmina Lee, Yucaipa, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Cotton of San Diego
(recent arrivals) ; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Howell, Apple Valley; Florence
Peterson (recently retired from the PC. and making her home in southern
California with her parents, Capt. and Mrs. Maurenus Peterson); Mr.
David H. Moffatt (haven't seen him at a meeting in some time someone
said he was 90 years old but he surely doesn't look or seem that old!) ; Don
and Gladys Brayton, visitors from Margarita, Canal Zone; Mr. and Mrs.
F .C. Frey; Major and Mrs. Charles McGinn and family (Jean Ann
White); Mr. and Mrs. Jesse F. Gregg Jr.; Cornelia Reimer; Phil and
Blanche Lupfer; Mr. and Mrs. William Pidgeon; Louise Warwick and
Nova Warwick Cain, Bakersfield; Mrs. Mercedes Snow, and her son and
daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Jose C. Colon of Orange: and many more
too numerous to mention. We are glad so many made the effort to attend
the picnic.
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Lockwood of Monrovia drove to Alaska in their
Rambler were gone from June 11 until July 21st. In Anchorage they
saw Charles Sassara, who worked for the Electrical Division (Atlantic

Side), now retired and living in Anchorage; his son Chuck is running
for State Assembly. Upon their return to Monrovia the Lockwoods joined
Arthur and Flo Berude, Sangster and Naomi Liebler, Harold and Jean
Givens and spent 5 days in the Grand Tetons and 6 days in Yellowstone
Park, hiking and seeing the beautiful scenery.
Mrs. Esther Campbell of Fullerton, was in Atlana during September
visiting her daughter Jean and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ortman drove to the east coast the latter part of
June, returned to California in September. They visited relatives and
old friends along the way were in Canada, New York State, Ohio,
Ketucky visited friends in Arkansas and Texas, and report a wonderful
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brayton of Margarita, Canal Zone (General
Manager, Panama Railroad) were visitors in California, and attended
the picnic. They came from the Zone by Boat to New Orleans, drove to
Philadelphia; then across country to San Diego where they were with
Lulu Lumby until the end of October. Prior to their return to the Zone
they were to visit their two boys at St. Mary's University in Texas.
(Mrs. Brayton and Dorothy Cotton are Lulu Lumby's nieces.)
On August 1st, Commander John B. Berude, U.S.N., son of Mr. and
Mrs. Arthur Berude, was transferred from Seattle to the Naval Base at
Long Beach, as Design Superintendent. He and his family are occupying
Navy quarters at Terminal Island. Their eldest daughter, Tish, is a senior
at Washington University, Seattle; the second daughter, Catherine, has
accepted a scholarship at Seattle University.
The families of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Dorrance (Roseanna Dewey)
helped them celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on October 11,
Mr. and Mrs. Moises de la Pena were visitors in California during
the summer, along with Sara de la Pena and Juanita Magruder, their
cousin who is a resident of Washington, D.C. They visited with their
brother, David de la Pena, and with Leroy and David Smith in Los
Angeles. David Smith accompanied Sara and Juanita to Las Vegas
to show them the bright lights of that city.
David Smith wrote that his sister, Aileene E. Hoyle, and her boys
spent 3 weeks with him and his Dad this past summer, and that started
a steady stream of relatives and friends from the U.S. and Canada and
the Canal Zone that lasted into October. Leroy Smith has greatly im-
proved in health, and planned on a trip to Zion and Bryce Canyons
with David he always missed those places on his trips back and forth

the country in the past years, and was looking forward to seeing the
Jane and Ewing Journey had a grand visit from F. M. (Matt)
Criste. Matt worked with Ewing on the Zone; lived in Arlington, Virginia,
and now makes his home in San Francisco. He had been in Memphis,
Tennessee (his home state) to a reunion and stopped off in Southern
California on his way home to San Francisco.
Mrs. Mary Hall celebrated her 81th birthday at the home of Jane
and Ewing Journey. Her other daughter, Norine (Hall) Kaufer was un-
able to attend, but many friends came to greet Mary and enjoy "arroz
con polio" Viola Bissell Shea, Eleanor Keuizenga (Red Koperski's
cousin visiting from Grand Rapids, a "Canal Zoner" by adoption and
association), Alec Parker, Earlene Dunn, Ann Howe, and Lois Stapf
Mauer. Canal Zone talk and local conversation was enjoyed by all.
Jane Journey also wrote that Ewing's son and family (Bud and
Harriet and children Hayes, Andy and Molly of Poulsboro, Washington)
were unable to visit them in Sunland this year, but the whole family
plans on getting together in the spring of 1965. Cele and Ralph Davis will
come from the Canal Zone, Kay and Ron Pyeatt and son from Shawnee
Mission, Kansas; Ewing and Jane from Sunland, Calif., will be meeting
in Poulsboro and have a gay reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. John McCoy of Orlando, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert F.
Paddock of St. Petersburg, left Florida by car in August, and headed
West. In Reno they had a grand time and stopped by at Folson where
they saw Walter and Jan Koerber. Jan is doing beautiful ecclesiastical
embroidery work for the Episcopal Diocese in that area. They were in
Northern California saw Norman and Mary Rocker in Lafayette;
Mr. and Mrs. W. W. McCaslin in Cupertino; Arthur and Hannah Beard,
Edna Coffee, and Florine Prager. Then on to Yosemite Park, Sequoia
Park and Kings Canyon they arrived at the home of Virginia and
Martin Seiler Labor Day weekend. Needless to say they had a wonderful
time seeing all the places of interest in and near Los Angeles, with the
Seilers as their guides. While in this area they were guests of the H. M.
Lockwoods also. The Seilers accompanied them as far as Las Vegas,
Nevada, where they saw a few shows and left some of their money;
Martin and Virginia flew back to L.A., and the two couples headed for
the east coast, with stops at Grand Canyon and other interesting spots
along the way. I got in on some of the fun while they were in L.A.
Mrs. P. J. Sundberg of Long Beach celebrated her 85th birthday
on October 15, 1964 helping her were her daughter Hedvig, Martin

and Virginia Seiler, and Thelma Reppe. She was happy to hear from
relatives and many old friends who sent greetings.
Ross and Janet (Potter) Cunningham were in Southern California
recently visiting relatives while here they spent a day with Hedvig
{Sundberg) Seedborg, who drove them around Long Beach and vicinity,
picturesque Palos Verdes area, saw the famous "Glass Church"; then in
the evening they wanted to be reminded of Latin living (all of them
had been brought up on the Zone), so they went to colorful Olvera Street
(Mexican area) in Los Angeles.
Bob and Alma (Bramin) Brown of Temple City, recently finished
and launched their beautiful 40-ft. catamaran "TABOGA"; and hope
some day to take her to the island in Panama Bay after which she was
named. The craft which they built represents a 9-month labor of love
for Bob, Alma and their four boys who worked nights and weekends,
putting in untold man-hours, in Elsie Lucas' back yard; and is really a
dream come true. It sleeps 8 persons, is 15 ft. wide, towering 50 ft. mast,
more than 800 square feet of sail. It is at present tied up in the Long
Beach Marina. After the shakedown cruise to Catalina Island (off south-
ern California), they plan on cruising up and down the Pacific Coast
from Baja California north to Washington State. Bob (Mollie Brown's
son) works for the Pasadena Fire Department, and continues to teach
evening classes in safe boat handling, sponsored by the power squadron
(a group of Sunday sailors belonging to a national organization to pro-
mote safe boating), at Rosemead High School. See picture section for
snapshots of the boat).
I spent a week in Monterey and Carmel area, and San Francisco in
September drove up with friends. In October I spent a week in Hous-
ton, Texas, with Matt and Alton White.
Tom Brennan sent in some clippings regarding the fire in Panama
City early in October. A whole tenement block (17 buildings) near "B"
Street and Ancon Avenue, burned to the ground, leaving at least 2000
persons homeless. Panama Red Cross, many organizations and busi-
ness establishments in Panama provided aid for the homeless; the Pana-
ma Canal Organization and Army pitched in, providing trucks to trans-
port refugees, cots, tents, blankets; the Army set up a field kitchen,
manned by Army personnel, and served hot meals to the refugees as
they arrived at the National Stadium. One clipping mentioned that old-
timers would remember the location as the site of the once-famous Alamo
night club.
Just heard that Martin and Virginia Seiler are planning to visit New

York, Puerto Rico, and then be in St. Petersburg for the reunion in Jan-
uary, 1965. Kindest regards,
Thelma Reppe, Secretary

From Mrs. Chas. L. Persons of St. Petersburg, Florida, to the mem-
bers of the Los Angeles Panama Canal Society:
When the postman came on Wednesday bringing your card with
greetings from so many of your members I was thrilled and very, very
happy. It was quite the nicest thing that has happened to me in a long
time and I appreciate it more than you will ever know.
Friends throughout my life have meant much to me and I feel that
I am particularly blessed with the finest of them.
I wish I could thank you all personally for remembering me so
nicely. My wish is to make one mote trip to Caifornia and to visit your
club once again.
Again my thanks and with best wishes to you all,
Mildred Persons

Our Club held the second semi-annual dinner, for the year 1964,
at Czecho-Slovakian Villa on October 17th. Needless to say a good time
was had by all. Thanks were extended to our retiring President, Fred
Atkinson, for his untiring efforts on our behalf. Mildred and John
Bissett of North Little Rock put in their first appearance and all hope
they will be one of us now.
During the summer months we held two impromptu parties at Char-
lotte's Lounge on lovely Lake Hamilton. The second one was quickly
arranged due to the fact that we were lucky enough to have Jessica and
Louie Maurer, Edna and Herb Judson and Donald Judson in our midst.
The Maurers were on their way back home from an extended trip, visit-
ing Ken, in New York and Detroit. The Judsons were on their way to
visit their son and brother, Dr. Walter Judson, and his family in In-
Ann and Jack Reinig have been busy entertaining guests. Jack was
elected Secy.-Treas. of our Club and Ann, Program Chairman.
Agnes and George Thurgood were summer visitors to Hot Springs,
staying at the Hill-Wheatley. We all enjoyed their visit and will be
looking forward to seeing them again next year.
Col. and Mrs. Howard McConkie are at present vacationing in Cedar

Rapids, Iowa. We did miss them on the 17th.
Frances Dorn spent two months in Northern Calif. stopping along
the way to visit ex-Canalers. While in Calif. she visited Frances Horter
in Walnut Creek several times.
Ann Bartholomew drove to Santa Rosa, Calif., in Aug., alone, for
a visit with her "in laws". Enroute there she stopped for visits with kin
in Amarillo, Tex. and with Evelyn and Rene Feuille in Prescott, Ariz.
She, too, had the pleasure of a short visit with Frances Horter. Both Fran-
ces Dorn and Ann report Frances Horter in excellent spirit and has
had many Canal visitors. Ann is leaving Hot Springs on the first of
De-. to reside at The Regis (retirement hotel), Waco, Tex.
Ellen and Rufus Garrett had, as their pleasant house-guest, Helen
Sonneman in Sept. Deepest sympathy is extended to Helen on the re-
cent death of her Father. The Garretts are now looking forward to a vis-
it from Mary and Larry Breece from San Francisco. Rufus is our new
Isabel and J. B. Clemmons of the C.Z. were recent visitors to their
son and his bride in Arkedelphia. Ellen and Rufus Garrett drove there
to visit with them. After leaving Arkedelphia the Clemmons went on to
visit their other son in Tacoma, Wash.
Agnes and "Chris" Christensen (our newly elected Pres.) drove to
Eureka Springs on the 18th, to attend the get together of the P. C. Soci-
ety of N. W. Arkansas. They report a most enjoyable time there. We
are hoping that sometime, in the not too distant future, the Club
there and our Club can meet half way for a joint get together let's talk
it up!
The scribe, Frances Dorn, is now in Indiana visiting her kin there.
We hope this bit of data will suffice until she settles down again and writes
the next news broadcast from this part of the country.
Our Club extends heartiest Season Greetings to one and all!
Ann Bartholomew
(Pinch hitting for Frances Dorn)

SEASON'S GREETINGS to All from Northern California!
Our second summer picnic was held on October 11 at Juniperro
Serra Park in San Bruno. The date may not sound like summer but
that was the weather out here then, a perfectly beautiful day. We had
a turnout of approximately 75 and about half were attending their first
reunion. Welcome visitors were Jack and Cathryn Johnson from the Canal

Zone and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Browder, newly retired from the Zone. The
Johnsons are visiting their son Jack and family here in San Jose and
other friends in the area. The Browders are going to be new residents
in the San Francisco area. Mr. Browder is now associated with the
Bay Area Rapid Transit System which is just beginning construction.
Other visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Lee Doyle, Daly City; Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Doyle, San Francisco; and Lucille (Cook) Nanney, Palo Alto.
We welcomed back to membership Mr. and Mrs. William Ecker
(Jean Irwin) and added the following new members to our group. Art
Kirsch, Daly City; Bernice Hopkins, Palo Alto; Jack and Jenney (Steph-
ens) Johnson, San Jose; Mrs. Patricia (Leach) Koenig, San Jose; Gen.
and Mrs. William Leonhard (Wyllis Rocker), Lafayette; Roger and
Lenore Weidoff, Monte Vista: Cmdr. and Mrs. William Russan, San
Francisco; Mrs. Phyllis (Birnbaumer) Srawbridge, Mt. View; War-
ren and Regina (Rau) Stroop, Santa Maria; Mrs. Noreen Will, Red.
wood City; Ted and Lena London, Santa Clara.
Wayne Brown, son of the Bill Brown's of Saratoga, has been ac-
cepted in the regular Public Health Service and expects to be trans-
ferred to Lardo, Texas, in the near future. While serving in Tucson, Ari-
zona, he has been training Peace Corps volunteers for duty in Pana-
ma. He and his family were in the San Jose area in April to visit the
Ed and Muriel (Evans) Neal of Whittier, Calif., were visitors in
the San Francisco area the week-end of October 18th. They visited in
the home of Herky and Karen Parker, and Harold and Ruth Duncan.
Helen Adler was a recent visitor in the home of Nina Brown and
Ruth Robertson of Mt. View. While here she visited her many friends
in this area and some relatives whom she had not seen in many years,
From here she flew to Dallas, Texas, to visit with granddaughter Ellen
Matheney and then on to Florida. Nina and Ruth now have Violet
Wunsch of Wichita, Kansas, as their house guest.
The Jerry Pragers are just back from a tour of the northwest and
parts of Canada with Mrs. Prager's two sisters from the Canal Zone.
More on their trip in the next issue.
In August the Yoders had as visitors members of their family
from the Canal Zone. Bob and Ruth Adams and son Donny are now
back on the Zone after a two month tour of Canada in their new Air-
stream trailer. Helen Yoder flew to Illinois early in June to visit with
her brother, to meet the Adams and join them on their tour. They en-
tered Canada at Sault Ste. Marie and then west on the Trans-Canada

Highway visiting Lake of the Woods, Winnipeg, Calgary, Banff, Lake
Louise and Jasper Park. On their way south they visited Glacier Park
in Montana, Crater Lake in Oregon and then over the beautiful Red-
woods Highway in Calif. After leaving Los Altos the Adams family
visited Bryce Canyon, Zion Park and spent a week with relatives in
Texas before returning to the Zone.
Our next get together of the Northern California group is scheduled
for January 17th at the Sailboat House, Lake Merritt, Oakland. This
is a picnic and business meeting, new officers elected and installed. Carl
and I have enjoyed our year as President and Secretary-Treasurer. We
look forward to continued activity with the Society and hope that it con-
tinues to grow each year.
From all the members of the Northern California branch a Merry
Christmas and Happy New Year to each of you.
Pat Wanke


Part of the SS PANAMA is back with the Canal to stay.
A plaque placed on board the SS PANAMA shortly after World War
II recently was presented to the Canal Zone Library-Museum by the
American President Lines. The SS PANAMA was renamed the SS PRES-
IDENT HOOVER when it was bought by the American President Lines
in 1957. Mrs. Alice Turner, Museum Specialist of the Canal Zone Library-
Museum, and Capt. Chester Briggs, Acting Marine Director, accepted the
gift on behalf of the Canal.
Making the actual presentation for officials of the American President
Lines was Capt P. W. Williams of the SS PRESIDENT JOHNSON, the
ship on which the plaque made the trip from California to the Zone.
The plaque is similar to the one first mounted on the SS PANAMA in
1939, the year the ship was built. When the ship was converted at the end
of World War II, the original plaque was replaced by the plaque which
now is on display in the Canal Zone Library-Museum.
The former PANAMA has been sold to the Hawaiian Monarch Line
and will sail under the name of LILIUOKALANI.

"After 40 years at sea, I still consider the Panama Canal the most
efficient maritime service in the world,' said the master of the City of
Philadelphia, a British cargo vessel which was one of the Canal's 1,002
commercial customers in August.

The comment was among hundreds received by the Chief of the
Navigation Division in response to a questionnaire by the Panama Canal
to ship captains transiting the Canal during August. They were asked for
suggestions for improvement of service.
The answers now being received do not all sing peans of praise for
the operators of the world's most famous waterway. There are complaints
as well as bouquets from the salty seafarers who, in all cases but one,
answered questions regarding Canal facilities.
Adverse comments concerned communication problems, need for im-
provements in harbor lights, anchorage facilities on the Atlantic side, and
delays in transit caused by heavy traffic.
There were some remarks about occasional short tempers on the
part of the ship's crew and the Panama Canal personnel when contact was
made at the end of a long hard day.
This was not taken seriously and "usually disappears after a good
meal," said one French sea captain who had his countrymen's philosophical
approach to problems caused by differences in language, politics, and
The questionnaire covered such subjects as navigational aids, com-
munications, boarding facilities, suggestions for improved bunkering and
cargo handling, and general transit conditions.
Of the 1,000 or more questionnaires issued during the month several
hundred have been returned so far. Others are received daily.
Some of the ship masters complained about the amount of paper
work necessary. Others said that a master's life would be a lot simpler if
other ports were half as efficient.
One master complained that the pilot failed to listen when he tried
to explain his ship's handling peculiarities and that he had had his ship's
side dented at the locks. Another said that pilots were courteous, good
humored at all times, and a pleasure to have on board.
One suggested that the Panama Canal "mules" be painted an inter-
national orange or some bright color so that they would not blend with
the background and make it difficult to tell if they were moving up to the
vessel. Another suggested changes in scheduling with better advance notice
to the ship's master.
The most pleased Panama Canal customer said that he would give
first prize to the Panama Canal and that transits were always speedy and
efficient. He was impressed by the lack of "rigamarole" and the smooth
handling of ships. All in all, he said, the Panama Canal was a dream
come true.

The most down-to-earth suggestion was made by the ship captain who
summed the whole problem. "I believe," he said, "that the transit from
ocan to ocean would be faster if the Canal could be developed at sea

All traffic in the Panama Canal made way for the 45,000-ton USS
Alabama as the decommissioned U.S. Navy battleship made the inter-
oceanic passage.
The dreadnaught, on its way to become a monument to war dead in
Mobile, Ala., is a dead ship.
Five Panama Canal tugs participated in the transit operation. Panama
Canal pilots Irving G. Hay, L. G. Bradshaw and F. G. McGilberry handled
the "clear-cut" transit.
Because bofthe wide interest the Alabama has attracted, the Panama
Canal made arrangements to accommodate the large turn-out at the visi-
tors' area in Miraflores Locks, where the warship arrived at 6 a.m.
The area was opened to visitors at that hour and Information Office
tourist guides were on hand.
Two tugs started towing the Alabama from Bremerton. One, the 168-
ton Sea Lion, sank 100 miles south of Balboa when her steering gear broke
down and it was pulled over on its side by the tow cable tied to the Ala-
bama. The other, the Sea Ranger, resumed the tow after rescuing
eleven crewmen of the Sea Lion, whose chief mate was lost.
Under legislation recently passed by Congress, the Alabama transited
the Canal free.
Alabama Battleship Commission Flags were presented to the Panama
Canal pilots who brought the veteran ship USS Alabama in from the Bal-
boa anchorage and then piloted the battleship through the Canal
by Capt. Elmer G. Abbott, Port Captain, Balboa.

"The wind was so strong, we expected to see cows go flying by most
any minute," said one of the passengers on the SS Cristobad when the
vessel docked at Cristobal, 3 days late because of Hurricane Hilda. The
SS Cristobal sailed from New Orleans on October 1, but anchored at
Pilottown on the Mississippi River to wait out the storm's fury.
"Television really helped a great deal", said another passenger. "We
watched the progress of the storm, and were thankful that we were on
board the Crisobal, out in the Mississippi, rather than in New Orleans or
any of the other Louisiana areas. Especially when we saw how much dam-
age was done. Here, on board, it was like living in a floating hotel."
When the SS Cristobal headed out to sea, bound for the Port of

Cristobal, hundreds of birds, caught up by the swirling winds of Hurricane
Hilda and carried far from their home nests, took refuge on the vessel.
Two of the passengers, C. W. Kilbey, superintendent of the Panama Canal
Service Center Branch, and Dr. Kenneth Bloomberg, an ophthalmology
resident at Gorgas Hospital, immediately set up "Operation Bird Rescue."
At least 150 hawks, herons, small flycatchers, flickers, catbirds-
representatives of birds of Louisiana, dropped in exhaustion on the ship.
Rescuers Kilbey and Bloomberg force fed the birds farina, chopped ham,
and chopped scrambled eggs. Some didn't survive the ordeal, but quite a
few of the refugees began showing an interest in life once more.
Eight days is a long time for a voyage. But the passengers were con-
genial and the ship's officers said everyone was cooperative and there
were few complaints.
There were a few spills, though, just as there are in any storm at
sea. Joe Cicero, former outfielder with the Boston Red Sox and minor
league teams, had the surprise of his life when his chair went with him
across the floor and both toppled together when the vessel went through
a rough see while homeward-bound. William Hollowell said he was about
to sit down in the dining room when there was a lurch and he went right
under the table. He got up and had his dinner, undaunted.
The passengers got a special bonus in the dining room. They had
two special dinners, one similar to the Captain's dinner but minus bal-
loons, for the chef twice went through the menus for a trip.
Not even laundry posed a problem. Some laundry was done in the
ship's laundry room, and the vessel on arrival in Cristobal picked up
laundry that had been left on the Isthmus the last trip.
The ship carries only one film to be shown passengers during a
voyage, but a film was borrowed from the crew. And with TV, bridge, and
books, the extra days were whiled away.
The weather was fairly nice, but cloudy, when the SS Cristobal left
New Orleans, but as the day wore on the winds became stronger. Then, at
Pilottown the notice was posted that the ship would remain at anchor
until further notice. Sunday afternoon brought high winds, said another
passenger, who added that the ship turned clockwise while anchored. "It
was confusing," he added. "A house would be one side and then a few
hours later that same house would be on the other side of us." The
backlash, everyone agreed, was stronger than the storm as far as the
Cristobal was concerned.
NOTE: Don't rush home the second day of the Reunion Attend the
LUNCHEON FTRST. An inter( -ting Program is planned Make your reserva-
tions now.


for Membership Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733

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Amount enclosed $-------- --------- Check -- M.O.---- Cash-----
Dues $4.00 per year. Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone banks.

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DUES $4.00 per year. January 1. 1965 to December 31 following.
Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone banks.



for Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Residents of Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 33733
Florida Only

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DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children $1.00 per year.


TIME-January 12th and 13th, 1965.

PLACE-Soreno Hotel overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First Avenue
and Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida.

COST-Luncheon $2.75 per person which includes gratuity and tax.

On the first day, Tuesday, January 12th, registration will be in the
forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business meeting in the
afternoon. On Wednesday there will be a social period in the morning
before the luncheon at 1 p.m. You are urged to forward your reservations
early as the hotel may be forced to decline last minute reservations for
the luncheon.
The primary purpose of the Reunion above all is to enable former
Isthmians to get together, renew acquaintances and discuss those gone but
not forgotten days. You'll never know how many true friends you have
until you attend the Reunion where they gather from every section of
the country. We will meet on the mezzanine floor of the hotel where there
is ample room with comfortable seats, or if you prefer seclusion with
former pals, there's the well-stocked bar on the main floor. Don't miss
the Reunion. You'll be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at convention rates of $12.00
double and $8.00 single, plus 3%/ tax at the Soreno Hotel, but if rooms
are not available there, they will be secured in private homes at $9.00
double and $8.00 single, plus tax. Those desiring reservations should remit
$12.00 plus tax for double and $8.00 for single rooms per day. There is
also efficient room-locating service maintained by the Chamber of Com-
merce in the Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central Avenue
which is open daily until 9:00 p.m.
have them not later than January 6. Make remittances payable to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but LUNCH-
EON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be claimed im-
mediately upon arrival at the Reunion.
(Reservation form on separate page.)

Thirty-Third Anniversary Reunion
January 12th and 13th, 1965

Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer
3535- 19th Street No. St. Petersburg, Florida, 33713
Please arrange reservations as follows -
Reunion luncheon tickets for persons, each, $2.75.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations.
My party of persons will need single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home for days beginning
January 1965. Enclosed is $8.00 for each single room and/or
$12.00 for each double room per day for deposit on these reservations,
plus 3/ tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $ representing total for
all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by Train; Automobile; Bus.
(Please indicate which)

Names and addresses of those in my party:

While at the Reunion our address will be:


Did you know that 345,000 ships have transited the Canal
in 50 years enrollment in U. S. Schools on the Zone total 8,837
the 1964 Worldwide Bridge Tournament was held at Ft. Clayton,
C.Z. C.Z. College enrollment is 1060 -A tornado struck Bo-
cas del Toro leaving 500 people homeless $6,500,000 in new con-
struction is planned by the Panama Canal Panama Canal Day
drew 2000 people at the World's Fair Buck Lockridge shot a hole
in one at Palmetto Golf Course and was awarded a trophy by the Club.
the last shovel of dirt ended one phase of the P.C. Cut widening in
late Sept. 6 former C.Z. Governors attended the 50th Anniver-
sary Pat Quinn was spotted modeling Carolyn Leonetti's fashions
on the Art Linkletter show Morgan Smith, Albrook, C.Z. in charge
of the Astronaut Survival School was seen on "To Tell the Truth" -
Mrs. Courtney Lindsay is the first C.Z. occupant of Suncoast Manor, a
lovely new retirement Hotel in St. Petersburg Mr. Felix Perew
has been the type setter on the CANAL RECORD since the first issue
(in its present form) 1950-51, until this current issue.

Many thanks to all who have helped through out the year on get-
ting news to the Editor, to the reporters for sending their items on time,
to Mrs. Jean Harris for her constant contributions of clippings, and to
Mrs. Donald Humphrey for hers.
Please do not send just a memorial card for deaths. It is impos-
sible to write an obituary from them. Be explicit on who the survivors
are so mistakes will be avoided.

Thanks to all who made the Editor's job a pleasant one the past
year by sending in words of encouragement.
Keep the news coming -

Betty Lockridge, RECORD EDITOR,
2600 Pinellas Point Drive South,
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33712
TELEPHONE 867-2315

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kennedy (Mary Patton) and children, Mary,
Peter and Amie, Brandon, Vt.

B ^JM--

Mr. Ernest Kieswetter, P.C. Society President. Mr. Dewey Goodwin,
Past President. St. Petersburg, Fla.

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The Boyd Triplets (ex-Balboa High students) professionally

called the Del Rubio Triplets. Beverly Hills, Calif. and

Billie Bowen Martin, Miami, Fla.

Alma and Bob Brown standing at bow of their boat "TABOGA"

Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hargy, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Home of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Staples (Ethel Wanio) Louisville, Ky.


Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

U. S. Postoe
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Permit No. 605





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