New U. S. Quarters, La Boca, C.Z.
(Courtesy of Panama Canal Company)
Back Row-Mrs. Schrodel, Gavin H. Davis, Lamar Murray Leopold, Phyllis
Murray House, Mrs. O'Reilly, Margaret Davis, Herb Rickards.
Front-Mrs. Bob Davis, Charlie O'Reilly, Mrs. Bremmer, Mrs. Hazel Hugler.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold (Zip) Zierten, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hanners, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Dudley Anderson, and Mr. Julius Petersen worked together for over
25 years on the Panama Line.
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Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morris, Lutz, Fla.
New YearsDay 1965-Standing:Lew Mclvaine, Wallace Bain, Ruth Bain,
Earl Beck, Alice Beck. Seated: Phyllis Crook, Candy Nichols, Marge Peterson,
Ruth Whipple, Irene McIlvaine, Walter Peterson, Reed McIlvaine.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Potter, St. Petersburg,
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cunningham, Pampano, Florida.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Ernest M. Kieswetter J. F. Warner
Cecil M. Banan Executive Committee
Vice-President Ernest M. Kieswetter
Lucille S. Judd Cecil M. Banan
Secretary-Treas. Lucille S. Judd
Betty Lockridge Betty Lockridge
Record Editor o* 'ie Mary Belle Hicks
Mary Belle Hicks Dewey Goodwin
Recording Sec'y. Albert McKeown
Martin Nickel David S. Smith
Part of the 1965 Legislative Program of the
National Association of Retired Civil Employees
Washington, D. C.
Received by the Panama Canal Society of Florida
The only general increase in civil service annuities since 1955 was in
1962, and was limited to 5%. The actual increase in the cost of living
since 1955, as reflected in the official Consumer Price Index, is now
more than 15%, leaving retiree and survivor annuitants 10% behind in
the onward march of inflation. We seek an immediate annuity increase
of 10% in each annuity up to $3,000 per annum and 5% in that portion
of each annuity above $3,000. At the same time, we demand the reten-
tion of the automatic cost-of-living increase approved in 1962, in order
that future increases in the cost of living may be made without additional
action by Congress.
Many persons who retired before 1956 are still suffering annuity re-
ductions up to 25% in order to provide survivor benefits for their
spouses, while persons retiring more recently may provide similar bene-
fits by deductions of only 21/2%. Survivors of former employees who
retired before October 11, 1962, cannot receive more than half of the
annuities paid to their spouses, but in the cases of those who retired on
or after that date, survivor annuities are 10% higher. We seek legisla-
tion (a) requiring the recomputation of annuities of all persons who
retired before October 11, 1962, and who elected to provide survivor
annuities, to give them the benefit of the more liberal formula authorized
since that date, of 21/2% on up to $3,600 of annuity, and 10% on the
remainder; and (b) recomputation of all survivor annuities of spouses
of former employees who retired before October 11, 1962, to increase
them to 55% of the annuities of such retirees at the time of death.
There are a few "forgotten widows" of retirees who died before 1948
who are still denied annuities because they were not married 5 years be-
fore the deaths of their husbands. There are also a number of widows
of employees who died in service before 1948 who do not receive annui-
ties. We favor legislation to grant annuities and health benefits to un-
fortunate widows not now receiving such.
We favor legislation authorizing a retiree married after retirement,
after such marriage has continued three years, to elect a reduced annuity
in order to provide a survivor annuity for such spouse.
We favor legislation to equalize the reductions for all persons who
retired under age 60 under the more liberal 1956 formula.
We favor legislation to modify the reduction in government group
life insurance at age 65 (or at time of retirement, whichever is later)
from 2% per month to 1% per month, and to limit the total reduction
Since persons retired under other civilian retirement systems of the
Federal Government (and the District of Columbia) are eligible for
NARCE membership, we will support liberalization in such other sys-
tems, including but not limited to those for foreign service, CIA employ-
ees, lighthouse service, teachers, policemen and firemen in the District
of Columbia, construction workers on the Panama Canal, and benefic-
iaries under compensation laws.
The Retired Federal Employees Health Benefits System, limited to
persons who retired prior to July 1, 1960, is certain to dwindle in future
years, and the costs of benefits may become prohibitive. We favor legis-
lation to combine this plan with the Federal Employees Health Benefits
System which now serves all persons retired since July 1, 1960, in order
to preserve equitable health services at reasonable costs for all of our
NARCE members should keep in touch with their local Chapters or
the Natonal Office to check on the progress of this Legislative program.
G. C. LOCKRIDGE, Legislative Representative
ABOUT THE REUNION
The largest and probably the noisiest group of Zonites assembled at
the Soreno Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the two day reunion
held January 12 and 13th. It was impossible to see every one as people
seemed to constantly come and go. Nearly 600 registered and there were
some there who did not.
Florida had the largest number with 459. From the CANAL ZONE
came Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Egger; Mr. J. Knapp, Mr. and Mrs. G. W.
Wertz; Mrs. Jessie Grimison and Mrs. Betty Jorgeson. GEORGIA, Mr.
and Mrs. W. J. Dockery; Cassie Pate; Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Wilkes and
Peggy Burch. WISCONSIN, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Grimm. NEW YORK,
the C. P. Hoffmans; Mr. Geo. Chevalier; Mrs. W. M. Young; Arch
Murphy and Fran Wickman. CALIFORNIA, Mrs. Esther Currier, Mr.
and Mrs. Martin Seiler; Mr. F. M. Criste and Mrs. Erma Forbes. KEN-
TUCKY, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Staples and Mr. and Mrs. I. R. L. San-
ders. LOUISIANA, Mr. C. E. Davis, Jane Scott, Mr. and Mrs, Gerald
Brennan, Mrs. Elisha Dugas. NEW JERSEY, Mr. and Mrs. H Beidelman,
Archie Burn, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dorgan, Rose Snyder and Mr. Julies
Petersen. RHODE ISLAND, James Brown, Capt. and Mrs. Al Forrsstrom,
and James Brawez. TEXAS, Capt. and Mrs. Sterling Miller, F. G.
Swanson and Peggy Ellis. OHIO, Mrs. A. C. Plath. IOWA, Mr. and
Mrs. C. A. M. Monsanto. ILLINOIS, Mr. Edward Vogle, Mr. Chas. Van-
steenburg, Mrs. Leah Dugan. and Miss Gladys Flemming. NEW HAMP-
SHIRE, Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Thomas. ARKANSAS, Mr. and Mrs. Grover
Bohan. KANSAS, Violet Wunsch, Gladys Rowland, Eva Jones and
Mable Duncan. PENNSYLVANIA, Sylvester Bubb, Mrs. Loyd Blaney,
Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Gilmore and Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Shockey.
MAINE, Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Webb and Mr. and Mrs. Dick Taylor,
NORTH CAROLINA, Mrs. Bea Tyrell Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Howell,
Mr. Willis Pence, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Sawyer and J. J. Gilbert, DIS-
TRICT OF COLUMBIA, Mrs. Beulah Probst. MEXICO, Mrs. Grace
McRay Rigney. PANAMA, Mrs. Frank Raymond. MARYLAND, Col and
Mrs. Ralph Sartor. CONNECTICUT, Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Hendrick. TEN-
NESSEE, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Murray. DELAWARE, Marion Hallo-
well. MICHIGAN, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Fuller, VIRGINIA, Mr. and
Mrs. C. M. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Bogg, Mr. and Mrs, T. N.
Etchberger, and Mrs. Roxy Peters. ALABAMA, Mrs. Sue Odom, Mr.
and Mrs. Harry White, Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Swanson, Dr, and Mrs. Jesse
Byrd, Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Walbridge, Mr. and Mrs. T. Jordan, Mr.
and Mrs. G. C. McCullough, Mrs. Edythe (Weisiger) Rogers, and Mr.
and Mrs. Harry White. Capt. and Mrs. E. G. Abbott who have just re-
tired and are wintering in St. Petersburg, attended the Reunion.
Nearly 300 people attended the Luncheon held the second day. This
record breaking crowd enjoyed the excellent entertainment planned by
Mr. Cecil Banan, program chairman. Mrs. Margaret Williams, pianist,
played sprightly music throughout the luncheon. Mrs. Wuanita Brown
and Mr. Derwin Jones delighted the audience with their stories and songs.
Mr. Gustaf Peterson and Mr. Francis Hargy, our hard working photo-
graphers, were busy both days.
After the luncheon, the reunion officially ended but the mezzanine
and lobby were crowded until late afternoon with people who seemed
reluctant to leave. Start planning now to attend next year.
Michael F. Greene-Customs Division-28 years, 4 months.
Mrs. Mary M. Harrison-Coco Solo Hospital--years, 11 months, 29 days
George E. Love-Locks Division-24 years, 4 months, 3 days
William B. Redmond-Locks Division-10 years, 11 months, 21 days.
Floyd A Robinson-Police Division-28 years, 3 months, 21 days
James M. Snell-Industrial Division-16 years, 11 months, 13 days
Earl F. Unruh-Director of Post-31 years, 3 months, 15 days
Eldridge N. Burton-Postal Division-33 years, 6 months, 26 days.
Sumner E. Ewing-Supply Division-22 years, 6 months, 25 days.
Reginald M. Hayden-Accounting Clerk, Gorgas Hospital-
17 years, 8 months, 2 days.
Frank H. Lerchen-Asst. Eng., Construction Bureau-
29 years, 9 months, 2 days
LeRoy B. Magnuson-Office of the Comp.-41 years, 2 months, 28 days
Joseph R. Noone-Information Office-1 year, 10 months, 13 days.
Manuel A Smith-Electrical Division-30 years, 7 days.
William E. Williams-Locks Division-34 years, 5 months, 21 days
Lawrence Barca-Locks Division-25 years, 10 months, 29 days.
Donovan I. Geyer-Industrial Division-22 years, 6 months, 10 days.
Capt. Elmer G. Abbott-Port Captain, Navigation Div.-
26 years, 4 months, 26 days.
Samuel E. Johnson-Pilot-23 years, 5 months, 3 days.
Helen D McKeown-Payroll Branch-20 years, 8 months, 23 days.
Homer G. Marinez-Conductor, Railroad division-
13 years, 4 months, 11 days.
Irwin K. Meier-Railroad Division-12 years, 7 months, 14 days.
Jasper L. Myers-Motor Trans. Division-19 years, 5 months, 11 days.
Allen C. Swicegood-Electrical Division-12 years, 10 months, 25 days.
Wesley H. Townsend-Surveying, Engineering Division-
34 years, 7 months, 23 days.
Clement J. Genis-Supply and Community Service-
28 years, 1 month, 4 days.
Neil V. Branstetter-Division of Schools-27 years, 2 months, 3 days.
WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS
In a ceremony at Fairmont Presbyterian Church, Cleveland Heights,
Ohio, Elizabeth Hix Merkel and Homer P. McCarty, Jr., were married
November 21, 1964.
The bride a native of Richmond, Va., is the daughter of Mrs. Asa
Witt Hix and the late Mr. Hix. She is a graduate of Dennison college,
member of Delta Delta Sorority and Sigma Delta Pi National honorary
spanish fraternity, and a member of United Daughters of the Confeder-
The bridegroom Homer P. McCarty, Jr. is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Homer P. McCarty of Cleveland, Ohio, formerly of the Atlantic side
of the Canal Zone. He is a graduate of Cristobal High School, was em-
ployed with the Navy at Coco Solo, served in the U. S. Navy during
W. W. II, and the Korean conflict, is a graduate of Kent State University
and now a Service Engineer with Wean Engineering of Warren, Ohio.
The young couple spent their honeymoon in Florida and Nassau.
Miss Nova Sue Leonard became the bride of James Glatt Neville
Sept. 18th at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Paul C. Howle
The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold D. Leonard of Mobile,
Alabama, was given in marriage by her father. The honor attendent was
Miss Gail Anne Neville, sister of the bridegroom.
The bridegroom, son of Mrs. Louise Y. Neville of Louisiana, was at-
tended by Donald Clarence Burt.
A reception was held in the social hall of the church.
After the wedding trip along the Gulf Coast (to Panama City, Fla.)
the couple will reside at 1000-D West Woodlawn Drive, Mobile, Ala.
Mrs. Joyce Bevington and Mr. Jack Clark, Balboa, C.Z. announce
their marriage Nov. 25 1964 in the Episcopal Church in Cocoli, C.Z.
Kenneth Robert Pearl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Pearl of Ancon
Canal Zone and grandson of Charles G. Calvit of St. Petersburg, Florida
was married November 27th to Carolyn Routh Arbuthnot, daughter of
Mrs. James P. Arbuthnot and the late Mr. Arbuthnot of Canton. Miss-
In an impressive Nupital Eucharist at Grace Church (Episcopal),
Canton, Mississippi, the Rev. Sam A. Tomlinson, Rector, officiated at
the double ring ceremony.
Mr. Ronald Edward Pearl, brother of the groom, presently attending
the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, served as best
man. Ushers were fraternity brothers of the bridegroom.
The bride who is presently attending the University of Southern Miss-
issippi in her senior year, is an honor student, was recently named to
WHO'S WHO in all American colleges and universities, will graduate
The bridegroom, a graduate of Balboa High School, Canal Zone Col-
lege and University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Industrial
Management is presently employed with PRESTO Mfgrs. in Jackson,
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pearl were out-of-town guest, attending their
Miss Margaret McConnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rollin McCon-
nell 41 West Market Street, Red Hook, and David Whipple, son of Mrs.
Neva Whipple of Richmond, Calif., and the late Mr. Whipple, were mar-
ried on October 31 at St. Paul's Lutheran church, Red Hook, Calif.
The Rev. William Feickert officiated and Miss Audrey Melrose, Hunt-
mgton, L. I. was soloist, accompained by Mrs. Robert Greig, organist.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Mrs. Murray Van Ness was matron of honor for her sister, and Miss
Lynn Van Ness was junior bridesmaid.
Murray Van Ness was best man and Alan Van Ness was the usher.
A reception was held at Mr. and Mrs. Vas Ness' home on Maizeland
road, after which the newlyweds left for a honeymoon to Washington,
D. C. and the south before returning to Scott Air Base in Illinois.
Mrs. Whipple was graduated from Potsdam and has been an Air Force
officer the past six years. Mr. Whipple, also of the Air Force, has been
stationed at Travis Air Force base in California.
Miss Lynne Jones, daughter of Mrs. Norbert Augustise Jones and the
late Mr. Jones of Ancon, and Leiutenant, (j.g.) Wallace Dehm Richards
of the 15th Naval District were married at a candlelight ceremony in the
Balboa Union Church on December 9th. The Rev. C. David Zollars
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. Joseph E. Rickards of Los Angeles
California, and Mrs. Alvena Rickards also of Los Angeles who went to
the Isthmus for her son's wedding.
Norbert Jones of Hollywood, Florida, gave his sister in marriage.
Mrs. Mary Lou McPherson was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were
Miss Nell Butler and Miss Carolyn Corn.
A reception immediately following the ceremony, was held at the
Albrook Officer's Club. Background music was provided by Lucho
Azcarraga at the Hammond organ.
Following a short trip to El Valle the couple left for Lima, Peru and
are making their home in Farfan.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and of Pratt Institute.
Her husband graduated from Denison University, Granville, Ohio and is
presently stationed with Communications Station, 15th Naval District
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hensler of Jacksonville, Florida, announce the
marriage of their daughter, Mary Grace, to Michael Roy Barnwell, son
of Mrs. Ann Barnwell Gilhousen and the late Joseph Barnwell. The
wedding took place in the Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Jack-
sonville on December llth.
Given in marriage by her brother-in-law, Richard Mallett, the bride
chose her sister, Mrs. Richard Mallett, as matron of honor. Bridesmaids
were Miss Connie Harris and Miss Irene Haseman.
Russell Nail of O'Falon, Ill. was best man, and ushers were Melvin
Gilhousen and John Wilson of Bakersfield, California.
Following a reception at the Hyde Park Country Club, the newlyweds
left on a trip to the southern part of the state.
Mr. and Mrs. John Joseph McConaghy of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone
announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter,
Kathleen Mary, to Lieutenant William Frederick, Brucksch, Ill.
Miss McConaghy attended Mt. Saint Mary-on-the-Hudson, Newburg,
New York, and was graduated from Balboa High School in the Canal
Zone, Class of 1960. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History
and English from Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas, in
January of 1965.
Lieut. Brucksch, the son of Dr. and Mrs. William Frederick Brucksch,
Jr. of North Caldwell, New Jersey, was graduated from Hopkins Gram-
mar School, New Haven Conn. in 1959. He received his Bachelor of Arts
degree in History from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1963. He
is presently stationed at James Connally Air Force Base in Waco, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. McAndrews of Panama City announce the
marriage of their daughter, Adrianne Anita, to Richard L. Bruchett,
son of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Bruchett of Balboa at St. Mary's Church,
Balboa, in the presence of the immediate families.
Attending the couple were Miss Cheryl Hesters and Waldo Giley.
Following a short wedding trip the newlyweds are making their home
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Johnson Korsmo announce the marriage of
their daughter, Nedra Ann to Capt. David Alfred Ellis, son of Mr.
and Mrs. David W. Ellis, formerly of Gamboa.
The ceremony took place on December 29 at the St. John Methodist
Church in Waco, Texas. The Rev. Dr. Floyd Johnson officiated. The
wedding was attended by members of the immediate family.
Mrs. Ellis is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and taught
grade school at Cocoli Canal Zone.
Capt. Ellis, former resident of Gamboa, graduated from the Univer-
sity of North Carolina and is an Instructor Pilot at Craig Air Force
Following a wedding trip to New Orleans, the couple will reside at
Craig Air Force Base, Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Haseman, Sr., Jacksonville, Florida, announce the
engagement of their daughter Irene to Mr. John Wilson, Bakersfield, Calif.
Miss Martha Ekholm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James V. Ekholm of
210 Prospect St., was married to Victor A. Newhart, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Lawrence Newhart of 305 Floral Ave., December 26, 1964, at St. Paul's
Methodist Church, Ithaca, N.Y.
The Rev. Warren Covell performed the double ring ceremony. Mrs.
Ernest Cole, Jr. was organist.
Mrs. Newhart, a 1964 graduate of Ithaca High School, expects to com-
plete studies at Career Academy in Washington, D.C. as a medical assistant.
Mr. Newhart, a 1960 graduate of Ithaca High School, is a machinist's
mate third class in the U.S. Navy serving on the USS Charles R. Ware.
They are residing at 10342 Atlantic Circle, Apt. 9, Jacksonville, Fla.
Miss Dolores Ross Wheeler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Ross
Wheeler of Los Rios and Charles LeMoyne Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs.
LeMoyne Hall of Coral Gables, Florida, exchanged wedding vows at the
Post Chapel at Fort Amador January 16, 1965. Chaplain John Hulme
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Attending the bride were Mrs. Marcus Powell, as matron of honor, and
Miss Retta Allen as bridesmaid.
Serving as best man was Lt. Wells Jackson. Ushers were the Messrs.
Jorge Arias, Walter Williams and Marcus Powell.
Immediately following the ceremony a reception was held at the Pacific
Area Officers' Open Mess. Professor Janowitz played background piano
music during the reception and wedding buffet.
Miss Sharon Wheeler, the bride's cousin, and the Misses Kathleen and
Patricia Chandler were in charge of the bride's book.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and the University of
New Mexico. She is a member of Phi Gamma Nu sorority. Her husband
attended the University of Miami and the University of Florida. He is
currently with the Sales and Service Department of the International Busi-
ness Machine Corp. in Panama and the couple are at home in El Cangrejo.
following their return from a honeymoon in Columbia and Peru.
Mr. and Mrs. James V. Bartlett of Balboa, Canal Zone, announce the
engagement of their daughter, Barbara Ann, to Richard M. Garlitz, son
of Mr. and Mrs. George F. Garlitz of Cumberland, Maryland.
Miss Bartlett is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mr. Garlitz, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, is attending
the University of Maryland Dental School.
Miss Drucilla Ann DePiper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Peter
DePiper of Gamboa, Canal Zone, became the bride of Worden Earl French,
Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Worden Earl French of Balboa, Canal Zone on
December 26, 1964 at the Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon. The double ring
ceremony was performed by the very Reverend Mainert J. Peterson, Dean
of the Cathedral, in the presence of close friends and relatives.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Miss Valerie DePiper was her sister's only attendant.
Lewis C. French was best man for his brother. The ushers were Gret
P. DePiper, brother of the bride, George H. Cotton, cousin of the bride-
groom, Archie Carroll and Thomas Mallia.
The bride's grandmother, Mrs. Ana Stanfield of Brooklyn, N.Y., at-
tended the wedding.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Pacific Area Offi-
cers' Open Mess, Fort Clayton.
Both the bride and bridegroom were graduated from Balboa High
School and are now students at the Canal Zone College.
After a short wedding trip the young couple are at home to their friends
in La Boca, Canal Zone.
Miss Margaret Mary Gangle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph A.
Gangle of Balboa, and Jules John Damiani, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis
Damiani of Gatun exchanged wedding vows December 26, 1964 at St.
Mary's Mission Church in Balboa. The Rev. Edward J. Melvin, C. M.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Miss Barbara Coy was the bride's only attendant.
Serving as best man was Robert Morrisey of Gatun and as ushers,
Thomas Gangle, brother of the bride, and Joseph Hunt, Jr. Altar boys
were James Gangle another brother of the bride, and Stephen Cartotto.
Immediately following the ceremony a reception for 100 guests was
held in the Roosevelt Room of the Tivoli Guest House.
The wedding cake was served by Mrs. James Boukalis following the
traditional cutting by the bridal couple. Miss Jill Demer was in charge
of the bride's book.
Both the bride and bride-groom are graduates of the Canal Zone Col-
lege and Mr. Damiani attended Salem College, Clarksburg, West Virginia
from which he was graduated in December.
The couple made their home in Clarksburg until Mr. Domiani's grad-
Captain and Mrs. Irving Spector of Margarita announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Helen Marie, to Mr. Victor John Musco, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Gondolfo Musco of Ozone Park, Long Island, New York.
Miss Spector is a graduate of Cristobal High School and attended
the Canal Zone College. She was employed by the Chase Manhattan Bank
in Colon and until her return to the Isthmus by the Wall Street Chase-
Manhattan Bank in New York City.
Her fiance is a graduate of John Adams High School, Long Island and
is presently with the Wall Street Chase-Manhattan Bank, New York City.
Mrs. Lillie Salinas of Mercedes, Texas, has announced the engagement
and approaching marriage of her daughter Rosa, to Mr. Robert Fishbough,
son of Mrs. Edmund C. Fishbough and the late Mr. Fishbough of Balboa,
The prospective bride, the daughter of the late Mr. Jos. Salinas, is a
stewardess for Pan American World Airways based in New York. She is
a graduate of Mercedes High School and attended college in Texas. She
was formerly an Airline Hostess with Trans Texas Airways.
Mr. Fishbough attended Balboa High School, the Canal Zone Junior
College and Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. He is presently em-
ployed as an engineer with the Inter-American Geodetic Survey in Asun-
Sgt. Major and Mrs. Everett G. Ermish of Ft. Clayton, Canal Zone,
have announced the engagement of their daughter, Marilyn Jeanne, to Mr.
Charles E. Chase Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Chase of Balboa,
Miss Ermish is a graduate of Balboa High School and is presently em-
ployed with the Water and Lab Branch, of the Panama Canal Company.
Mr. Chase is also a graduate of Balboa High School and is employed
with the Canal Zone Police.
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Dunning Sr. of Balboa, announce the engage-
ment and approaching marriage of their daughter Vicki Lou, to Robert
Stewart Runion of Monassas, Va., the son of Mrs. Lily King of Zephyrs-
Miss Dunning, born and reared in the Canal Zone, is a graduate of
Balboa High School, class of '64, and is presently employed in the office
of Maas.Bros., in Tampa, Florida.
Mr. Runion is a graduate of Osborne High School in Monassas, Va.,
and has been with the U.S. Air Force for the past eight years, at present
stationed at McDill AFB in Tampa.
Lieut. and Mrs. John P. Chase of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, an-
nounce the arrival of a daughter, Patricia Kaye, on, November 16th. The
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Walker of Beirut, Leban-
on. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Chase, Jr. of
Diablo Heights, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Shepard Clark of Diablo Hts., announce the arrival of
their first grand-daughters. One born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Galloway,
nee Karen Clark, on November 5th in Houston, Texas, named Kari Jo.
The paternal grandmother is Mrs. W. K. Galloway of Ancon. The other
grand-daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Warren Cook, nee Elaine
Clark, on November 3rd in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, named Gretchen
Lee. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lester Cook of Hol-
Captain, USAF, and Mrs. Richard Abbott of Falls Church, Virginia,
announce the birth of their third child and first daughter, on October
17th. The baby has been named Victoria Shaw Abbott.
Maternal grandparents are Col. (USA ret.) and Mrs. Virgil Shaw,
formerly of Quarry Heights, and the parternal grandparents, Captain
and Mrs. Elmer Abbott, presently of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Lieutenant (junior grade) and Mrs. Owen C. Sutherland of Honolulu,
Hawaii, announce the birth of their first child, Eric Owen, on Dec. 2nd.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Everett A. Wirgau of
Grosse lie, Michigan. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack
C. Sutherland of Gambo, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Norkunas of Gamboa announce the birth of a
daughter, Nancy Marie, on November 26th at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Kirchmier, Jr. of Alexandria, Virginia an-
nounce the birth of a daughter, Theresa Marie, on Thanksgiving Day,
November 26, 1964 at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D. C.
The baby's grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Rabe of Cincin-
nati, Ohio and Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Kirchmier, Sr. of Chadswyck
Terrace, Chesapeake, Virginia.
A son David Potts Berry, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Berry
of Phoenix, Arizona, on October 25th. Mrs. Berry is the former Hazel
The baby was named for his maternal great-grandfather of Newport
News, Virginia and formerly of Margarita.
Marternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Griffith of Phoe-
nix. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Berry of Turlock, Calif.
This is the second child for the Berry's, their first son.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Sampson announce the birth of a son, Don David
Sampson, Jr., on Nov. 10, 1964. The Sampsons live at 727 Brewer Street,
East Hartford, Conn. where Don is employed by Pratt and Whitney
Aircraft Co. Paternal grandmother is Mrs. L. E. Wilkon (Sullie Sampson)
Dona, Texas. The Sampsons have a daughter Kris, age 3.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pinto (Patricia Lawson), Chestnut Hills, Pa., an-
nounce the birth of their second child, Regina Marie, January 5, 1965.
Mrs. Ann Williams Lawson, maternal grandmother, was on hand to
greet the new arrival.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Canonici, (Doris Wengert) announce the ar-
rival of triplets-two girls and a boy-Sept. 9, 1964. Maternal grand-
mother is Mrs. Bessie Wengret, Reading, Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Tolbert of Arlington, Virginia, announce the
birth of twin sons, Mark and Marshall, their first-born, on November
25th. Mrs. Tolbert is the former Miss Gayle Hasemann, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Louis C. Hasemann, retired, formerly of Balboa and
now residing in Jacksonville, Florida.
Maternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Josephine Brown of Curundu, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Hasemann spent several weeks with their new grandson.
Capt. Elmer G. Abbott, the first civilian to be appointed Port Captain,
Balboa, in the history of the Panama Canal and recently retired with
26 years, 4 months and 26 days continuous Canal service, was employ-
ed by the Canal organization on July 26, 1938. Until then he had been
Master of the Grace Line's Santa Rosa on the Caribbean run. His first
position with the Panama Canal was a temporary one as dock foreman.
Then he was towboat master, and in May 1939, pilot. He served as
pilot on the Pacific side until May 1953. Fourteen years after being ap-
pointed pilot, he was appointed Assistant Port Captain at Balboa un-
der U. S. Navy Capt. H. A. Lincoln. On June 9, 1963, he was appointed
Port Captain Balboa.
During his service with the Panama Canal he has seen many improve-
ments in transit operations in the Navigation Division. These have in-
cluded doubling of the tugboat fleet, the modernization of traffic con-
trol operations, and the multitude of changes which have come about
in the handling of a tremendous increase in traffic over the past decade.
Captain Abbott was born in the San Francisco Bay area and went to
school there. It is to the San Francisco Bay area he expects to return
to make his permanent home after visits in the eastern part of the United
Frank L. Lerchen, Assistant Engineering and Construction Director in
the Panama Canal Engineering and Construction Bureau, who retired after
30 years' service with the Panama Canal, was honored at the close of a
notable career with a Distinguished Service Award accompanied by a
check for $300, and a Master Key to the Locks certificate.
He received the Panama Canal Master Key and certificate in the grade
of "Boss Mason of the Chagres Basin".
At a party held in his honor in the cafeteria, he was presented a sou-
venir book made up by architects in the Canal Engineering Division.
Lerchen was born in Deming, N. Mex., and is a graduate of Leland
Stanford University. He went to the Isthmus in 1931 with one of the con-
tractors then at work on the Madden Dam project.
He joined the Canal organization in March 1935.
In congratulaing Lerchen on his award, Col. Ellis E. Pickering, Engin-
eering and Construction Director, said Lerchen leaves behind him an en-
viable record of achievement and is well deserving of the highest honor-
ary award bestowed by the Canal organization.
Mr. Lerchen left for Alburquerque, N. Mex., where his wife, Martha is
now living with their daughter Mary, who is in school there. Mrs. Lerchen
was the former Martha Luther, daughter of a former Panama Canal pilot,
Capt. A. T. Luther, St. Petersburg, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Lerchen are the
parents of a son, Frank, of Washington, D. C.
The following was taken from the Tri-Cities Daily, Sheffield, Tuscumbia,
Muscle Shoals, City, Alabama. Ed.
Sheffield Board of Education has inherited three-quarters of the income
from the late Col. L. E Willson's estate according to terms of his will filed
with the Colbert Judge of Probate.
The Board of Education in District 17, Waterville, Kansas was named
recipient of the remaining one-quarter. Col. Willson was reared in Water-
ville and taught school there as a young man.
Long a prominate philanthropic and financial figure in the Muscle
Shoals area, Col. Willson remembered several local associates in his will
and strongly urged his executors and trustee, the Birmingham Trust Na-
tional Bank, to continue the operation of Tennessee Sand and Gravel Co.
and the Arrow Transportation Co., retaining the present management and
staff of both his companies.
Named to receive life income are his two brothers, several nieces, rela-
tives of his late wife, several of the decedent's "friends" in Sheffield, and
a "faithful servant."
After payment of life income to the foregoing individuals, the entire
estate will be held in perpetuity as a trust for the exclusive benefit of the
boards of education in Sheffield and Marshall County, Kansas.
No estimate of the value of Col. Willson's estate is yet available, ac-
cording to the attorneys for the estate, but indications are that it is sizeable.
It is believed that the late colonel's value possibly exceeds $10 million,
however, this is not from any official source.
Superintendent of Education C. M Brewster, Board of Education Chair-
man Gorman Jones and Mayor Lewis Timberlake issued the following
statement after news of the will was forwarded to them:
"The City of Sheffield and its Board of Education are grateful that a
public spirited citizens such as Col. Willson saw fit to make provisions for
Sheffield schools in his will.
"However," the three said, "we are not sufficiently advised at this time
as to just what the will means to be able to make any further statement."
Col. Willson, 83 at his death on Nov. 3 of this year, had been confined
to Colbert Hospital since Oct. 9, 1960, when he suffered a stroke.
Attorneys for the estate point out that first Willson's estate will go to
relatives and friends, then as they decrease the money will go to the two
school boards. At least one of the persons mentioned in the will has al-
ready died, thus this part of the estate will be placed directly at the benefit
of the boards.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Galvit of St. Petersburg, Florida and Phila-
delphia, Pa. (summer) visited his daughter Virginia, Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Pearl, Ancon, C.Z., for the holiday season, returning to St. Petersburg in
time for the Reunion.
Mr. Robert J. Huntoon of Rutland, Vermont spent the Holidays with
his daughter, Mrs. Clyde Shumaker (former Jane Huntoon) of Lake
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. M. Monsanto, Iowa City, Ia., observed their golden
wedding anniversary November 5, 1964 with a dinner at the Mayflower
The couple was married in New Jersey on November 5, 1914. Prior to
retirement, they lived in the Canal Zone where Mr. Monsanto was super-
visor of heavy equipment for the canal. They have made their home in
Iowa City since 1956.
The couple has three children: Albert of Washington, D.C.; Allan of
Iowa City, and Mrs. H. L. Dean (Li.llia), also of Iowa City.
Perry L. Starbuck, 100 Raiford Rd., Vestal, N.Y., has been presented
with the Distinguished Award from the college where he graduated in
1927 Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina.
The award was made during homecoming ceremonies at school on Oct.
31. The award, presented by the school's alumni association, represents
"outstanding attainment in a chosen field."
A former president of the Vestal Central Board of Education, Mr. Star-
buck is an administrative assistant at the IBM-Owego Space Guidance
Earlier this year he was elected to a three-year term on the university's
board of trustees.
Mr. and Mrs. Starbuck, who have lived in Vestal for 19 years, both are
graduates of Kansas Wesleyan.
Mrs. Randolph Gangle, who has been the guest of her husband's par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Gangle of Balboa during the time that her
husband was attending Marine Officers' Candidate School, joined her hus-
band who graduated, fifth man in his class with the rank of Second Lieu-
tenant, on December 11. The couple will be stationed at Quantico, Va.
Jules Damiani, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Damiani of Gatun, spent the
holidays with his parents. A student at Salem College, Salem, West Vir-
ginia, from which he graduated in January.
Cadet James L. Braden, son of Mrs. Mary L. Braden, Curundu, has re-
cently been promoted in rank to that of Petty Officer, First Class, in the
Cadet Corps of Admiral Farragut Academy, St. Petersburg, Florida. Dur-
ing his two years at the Academy, Petty Officer Braden has been in the
upper fifth of his class academically. He is an outstanding member of
the Academy varsity football team; the Crack Marching Band. In intra-
mural sports, a member of the rifle, swimming, and sailing teams; a quali-
fied boat handler, and will graduate from the Academy in June.
A first-year Cadet at the Academy is Lorin A. Lessiack, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Lessiack of Balboa Heights.
Cadet John R. Barrett, son of Captain and Mrs. John T. Barrett, Jr.,
Balboa, Canal Zone, entered the State University of New York Maritime
College at Fort Schuyler, Bronx, New York, on September 8, 1964.
Neil Haman, who attends Texas A. and I. in Kingsville, Texas, spent
the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Haman of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Smith of Balboa Heights had as their guests for
the holidays, Mr. and Mrs. Irwin Curlis and their son David, of Massa-
pequa, Long Island.
Mr. and Mrs. David C. Yerkes of Birmingham, Ala., spent Christmas
with Mr. Yerkes' parents, Mr. and Mrs. David A. Yerkes of Diablo Heights.
Miss Dorothy Strumpf, a senior at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta,
Georgia, spent the Christmas holidays with her parents, Dr. and Mrs.
I. J. Strumpf of Ancon.
Malcolm Wheeler, a junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technol-
ogy in Cambridge, Mass., spent the holidays with his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Malcolm Wheeler of Los Rios.
Miss Rosemary Reardon who attends Maryville College of the Sacred
Heart in St. Louis, Mo., spent Christmas vacation with her mother, Mrs.
Rosemary Reardon in Gamboa.
Dr. and Mrs. S. D. Aycock of Red Bluff, Col., had as their guests for
Xmas Major and Mrs. David L. Aycock of Mt. Home A.F.B. and their six
children; Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Aycock and their five children of Red-
ding, Col. and Miss Mary Jo Aycock who teaches at Del Marr High School
in San Jose.
Also present were Mrs. Aycock's two sisters Mrs. W. S. Cox and Mrs.
James A. Small.
A Distinguished Service award was presented Capt. Elmer G. Abbott,
retiring Port Captain at Balboa, by Canal Zone Governor Robert J. Flem-
ing, Jr. The award tendered official recognition and commendation to
Captain Abbott for exemplary service as Assistant Port Captain, Balboa,
for 10 years and as Port Captain, Balboa from May 10, 1963 to December
13, 1964. During this time, the commendation said, with shipping through
the Panama Canal at record level, "He participated in handling a tremend-
ous increase in work volume with modest personnel and equipment in-
creases, and he made significant contributions to advancement of oper-
ating procedures which enable more efficient movement of shipping through
the Panama Canal." Governor Fleming also presented a Master Key to
the Canal and certificate to Captain Abbott and to Mrs. Abbott. Mrs.
Abbott's certificate gave her the rank of Chief Pilot, ranking her
husband, whose certificate named him Chief Probationary Pilot. Governor
Fleming also presented Mrs. Abbott a beautiful Batea inlaid with the Pan-
ama Canal Women's Welfare Group.
At a surprise ceremony, Leroy B. Magnuson was awarded a Distin-
guished Service Award by Canal Zone Governer Robert J. Fleming, Jr.
The presentation was made in the Board Room in the presence of many
associates and friends. Magnuson, who is Assistant Comptroller-Budget
and Rates, received a Master Key Certificate from the Governor in re-
cognition of his service of more that 41 years with the Panama Canal
organization. Magnuson and his wife both received keys to the Panama
Canal from the Governor. The citation for Distinguised Service read,
"For the significant contribution he has made to the administration of
the Panama Canal enterprise by his exceptionally effective direction of
the budget and rates activity of the organization. The excellent record
of these two functions is in great part a reflection of his outstanding lead-
ership. His support of the Governor and the Comptroller at budget hear-
ings in Washingon has been particularly effective in the maintenance of
excellent relationships with the Bureau of the Budget and Congressional
Mrs. Mamie Hearn, Meridian, Miss., writes that they are well and
busy. Netta Beauchamp is teaching school and Cele is Director of Nurs-
ing at the County Hospital.
Miss Joyce Herring, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Herring, received
bad cuts and a fractured neck in an automobile accident near Duvan,
N.C. where she was hospitalized. The Herrings live in Salemburg, N.C.
Mrs. Lista Daniels and son, Bob, of Dallas, Texas, attended a com-
memorative program in honor of her son, Howard, in a ceremony held in
the Management Development Center on the University of Houston
campus, Houston, Texas, on November 16, 1964. The first Howard M.
Daniels Memorial Scholarship was awarded to an outstanding accounting
student. A plaque on which the name of the annual winner of the award
is to be inscribed was dedicated.
Gary Wade Irving, senior in the College of Engineering at the Univer-
sity of California, has been chosen as as leader in a special "Outer
Space" project being conducted at the Douglas aircraft plant at Santa
With three other students, he entered a "space station" November 16.
They remained there 30 days in an experiment on what can be accomp-
lished in "outer space." Irving was selected in August as one of 10
students to be trained in aerospace biotechnology at the Douglas plant.
He will be remembered in the Canal Zone as the "flying trackman."
He has lettered in track each of his 3 years at the university, along with
his engineering projects. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Irving
Wesley H. Townsend, who retired as chief, Surveys Branch, of the
Panama Canal's Engineering Division after over 34 years' Panama Canal
service, is an Honorary Chief of the Choco Indians of the Pequini and
Chagres areas. This honor was accorded him years ago when travel in
these areas was considered hazardous.
"Rojo" is his name to the jungle dwellers of Panama. He speaks
Spanish fluently and on numerous trips into the jungles of Panama he
lived among the people. He is a familiar figure up and down the reaches
of virtually every major river system in Panama and is known to be
dependable in time of need.
He joined the Canal organization in 1919, working during school vaca-
tions as a messenger and salesman. He was permanently employed as
a "recorder" (student) in 1926. He resigned in 1927 to complete his
college education. In July 1931 he was graduated from the Michigan
School of Mines with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and was
employed by the Canal as a surveyor in 1931. Since that time he has
been continuously employed, receiving many promotions terminating
with his appointment as Chief of the Surveys Branch, 1964.
In 1961 he was commended by the Designing Engineer for his part
in the layout and checking of the Thatcher Ferry Bridge substructure
units. In 1961, he was awarded a Canal Industrial Accident Prevention
Certificate in recognition of his successful accident prevention efforts
as supervisor of the Topographic Section of the Surveys Branch during
He started his scout work early in 1915 in Gatun and since that time
has continuously been active in scouting. He became a Registered Scouter
in 1949. He was an active leader in the development of Las Cruces Trail,
and is one of the originators of the annual cayuco race.
In addition to his work in scouting and interests in assisting youth activi-
ties, he has been an active member of the Union Church, serving for
many years as treasurer.
Mr. and Mrs. Townsend will continue to reside on the Isthmus, and
Mrs. Townsend will continue her work as a teacher in the Canal Zone
Division of Schools.
The first copy of a limited edition of "Our Story," published by the
Nursing Service, Gorgas Hospital, was presented to Governor Fleming.
Mrs. Ara Norris was editor and Miss E. Madeleine Shaw, Director of
Nursing Service, was in charge of makeup and production. The dupli-
cated publication contains 41 photographs of typical hospital scenes. The
dedication states: "We dedicate this review to our patients. We hope
each one will enjoy a happier world through good health." Miss Ann
Taverna was associate editor, Mrs. Ingrid Anderson and Dr. W. T. Bailey
were photographic editors, and Mrs. Marian Hall and Miss Dolores
Stewart were technical assistants.
James King, son of Mr. and Mrs. James O. King of Balboa, is a center
on the Soph-Frosh football team at Northwestern Military and Naval
Academy, Lake Geneva, Wis. A sophomore in the corps of cadets, he is
number one in his class academically and has received six awards for
outstanding academic achievement. This is his second year at North-
Capt. Waldemar Nielsen, of the MS Pisang, was host to Capt. E. B.
Rainer, of the Port of Cristobal, and Capt. E. G. Abbott, of the Port
of Balboa, at a champagne breakfast held aboard the ship in honor of
the 775th anniversary of the Port of Hamburg. Captain Nielsen pre-
sented commemorative plates of the Port of Hamburg, which are dis-
tributed to port captains of the major ports of the world, to CapItain
Rainier and Capain Abbott. Hans J. lilies, manager of Continental Ship-
ping Corp., attended.
Ensign Arthur O'Leary was a happy young man as he deplaned from
his first jet solo flight at the Naval Air Station, Meridian, Miss. He had
his prop plane training and solo at Pensacola, and now has completed
his primary training toward his goal of becoming a Navy pilot. He en-
tered flight training last March after graduating from the University of
California. At the university, he made an enviable record as student and
campus leader, numbering among his honors presidency of the inter-
fraternity council, the University Recreation Association and his fra-
ternity, and membership in Gold Key, men's honorary fraternity. He
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. O'Leary of Balboa Heights.
Neil V. Branstetter, Supervisor of Music in the Canal Zone Schools
and coordinator of the program of music instruction in the entire Canal
Zone school system, retired from Canal service after completing 27 years
and 2 months with the Zone schools.
He was honored at a retirement party by the Canal Zone Division of
Schools, when a host of friends gathered at the Tivoli Guest House Ball-
room. A highlight was the music by members of all the College and
Community Chorus groups he had ever conducted in the years he was
on the Isthmus, and as a climax he was asked to conduct once again.
Branstetter went to the Canal Zone from Coffeyville, Kans., in Septem-
ber 1937 to become the first full-time secondary music teacher in the Zone
schools. He taught music in Balboa High School for 14 years and or-
ganized choruses, orchestras, and bands as part of the regular school
In 1951 Branstetter was promoted to Supervisor of Music, a position
he held until his retirement. In addition to his many duties, he began
Saturday classes in instrumental music for elementary grades and taught
private instrumental lessons.
From the beginning, he was interested in developing and building a
music program in the Canal Zone schools, grades 1 through Junor Col-
lege, an ambition he saw come true.
He conducted the College and Community Chorus in the Canal Zone
for 22 years. During this period he did all the major oratorios.
He gave performances in the University of Panama and the Panama
National Theater. One of the performances he especially likes to. recall
is The Messiah which he gave in 1941 in the Old Cathedral in Old Panama.
Branstetter is a charter member of the Panama Symphony. He is affil-
iated with the Balboa Union Church and has directed its choir at various
He left the Isthmus to join Mrs. Branstetter, the former Evelyn Huestis,
and daughter, Margaret, in their new home in Clinton, Md., a suburb of
Washington, D.C., near Andrews AFB.
A hobbyist's find is a 50-year-old Panama Canal calendar plate found
thousands of miles from the Canal Zone by Mr. and Mrs. M. Wayne
Foscue of La Boca, C.Z., while browsing in an antique shop in North
Mrs. Foscue said she and her husband stopped at a large antique shop
near Greensboro, N.C., and were looking over the huge collection there
when her husband spied the plate. This particular calendar plate appar-
ently was a Christmas gift in the year when the Panama Canal was
The center of the plate shows the Panama Canal area. Two crossed
U.S. flags are at the top, and lettering at the bottom says "Compliments
of Peter Meyer, Milford, Ill." Bordering the Canal topography map is
the calendar for 1915. The plate has a gold border, but no signature or
Mrs. Foscue, who is a teacher at the Diablo Elementary School, does
not specialize in her antique collecting. Wayne Foscue, an electrical
engineer with the Panama Caal organization, collects moustache cups in
They have written to Milford, Ill., and are awaiting an answer with
more information on the half-century old plate that has traveled from
Illinois to North Carolina to the Canal Zone.
Robert L. Syder has been named Postal Inspector of the Canal Zone
Postal Service. He succeeds Carroll E. Kocher who was recently ap-
pointed Assistant Postmaster, Balboa.
Snyder, who went to the Panama Canal organization in 194,1 from
Canton, Ohio, where he worked in the post office, began his career with
the Postal Division at the Ancon Post Office. Through the years he has
held various positions with the Postal Division-all on the Pacific side
of the Isthmus.
The Snyders, who live in Balboa Heights, have three sons; Richard
who attends Hardin-Simmons University, Abeline, Tex., William, a
student at Canal Zone College, and Ted, who is in junior high school.
Kocher went to the Isthmus in 1919 with his parents. He attended
Canal Zone schools and went to work as a railway mail clerk in 1931.
He completed 34 years' service with the Panama Canal on January 5,
1965-all of it with the Postal Division.
Kocher's wife, Carol, is a teacher in Special Education Division of
the Canal Zone Schools. Son Mike works in the Accounting Division.
A daughter, Patricia, attends Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio,
and Beth, 7, is a student at the Balboa Elementary School.
Will Arey, former Panama Canal Information Officer, has been named
Deputy Director of a new Travel Promotion Division in a reorganiza-
tion of the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Travel Service adopted
by the Department of Commerce.
Arey had been Director of the Media Relations Division, one of two
divisions replaced in the reorganization.
Joseph Connor, former Panama Canal Press Officer, has been ap-
pointed assistant in the Media Relations Department of the new division.
LeRoy B. Magnuson, Assistant Comptroller-Budget and Rates, who
has retired and left the Isthmus, has had an enviable Isthmian career
of more than 41 years service with the Panama Canal organization.
Much of his early service was in accounting work and then he changed
to the budgeting aspect of Panama Canal financial management which
he headed for years. He was the first to have the title Assistant Comp-
troller-Budget and Rates.
Magnuson, who has not yet reached mandatory retirement age, started
at 13 as a messenger at $17.50 monthly at the old Balboa commissary,
on July 13, 1917.
Two years later, at 15, he worked another summer for the Panama
Canal at a higher rate and a different designation. In 1921, when the
Canal Zone witnessed a brief strike, he became a chauffeur temporarily.
After this he went to the States to attend college. Magnuson's father,
Charles, was a Building Division inspector.
A keen photographic fan, he and his wife, Jerie, have gone to many
countries in this part of the world with the Didblo Heights Camera Club.
Magnuson has been an inveterate fisherman in recent years and en-
joyed many trips along the coastline of Panama.
One of the things for which Magnuson is known to his close friends is his
reluctance to go to the coffee shop in the Administration Building. When
he does go, which is rarely, he takes bouillon.
His close associates, wishing to play a practical joke on him, arranged
that he be standing in line when L. A. Ferguson, Supply and Community
Service Director stepped up to award a big certificate to the 10 millionth
customer of the Heights cafeteria. He has been presented the certificate
along with a photo record of the occasion.
LeRoy and Jerie Magnuson both are possessors of keys to the Canal
presented to them in a recent ceremony in the Board Room.
When 100 of their closest associates feted them with a buffet aboard
the Las Cruces, the boat was even rechristened temporarily to become
the M/V Magnuson for the special moonlight cruise.
A U.S. Army camp in Korea will soon bear the name of the son of a
former Canal Zone pilot. The camp, presently known as Compound 15,
will be named "Camp Paine" in honor of Sgt. George H. Paine who was
killed in action during the Korean War.
Paine was the son of the late Capt. Byron Paine who went to the
Panama Canal organization in 1927 as the master on a tugboat. Captain
Paine retired as a pilot in 1949 and moved to Massachusetts.
The area to be named "Camp Paine" is approximately 20 miles north
of Seoul in the vicinity of Freedom Bridge in the demilitarized zone of
Korea and is occupied by the 1st Battalion, 79th Army.
Permission for naming the camp in honor of Sergeant Paine was
granted by his next of kin, Mrs. Margaret H. Hussey, a sister, of Fair-
haven, Mass. In a letter to her, requesting this permission, the battalion
commander also asked for a photograph of Sergeant Paine, from which
an oil painting will be made. The painting will hang in headquarters
of the 1st Battalion.
Promotion of Robert Lessiack to Assistant Comptroller-Budget and
Rates, has been announced by Comptroller Philip L. Steers, Jr. Oliver
L. Riesch has been named to succeed Lessiack as Chief, Budget Branch.
Lessiack, a native of Hackensack, N.J., graduated from Bucknell Uni-
versity, Lewisburg, Pa., in 1942 with a bachelor of science degree in com-
merce and finance. He served 31/2 years in the Marine Corps, ending
service as a captain, then worked with a nationally-known audit firm as
a junior auditor before starting with PanCanal in 1947 as a graduate
He has been attending budget hearings in Washington for the past few
years and is familiar with the new position, which he has occupied in a
relief capacity on numerous occasions.
Riesch is a native of Menomonee Falls, Wis. After attending Spen-
cerian College, Milwaukee, Wis., he was employed as a postal clerk in
the United States, transferring to a clerkship in the Canal Zone in 1946
for reemployment in the postal service.
In 1952 he transferred to the Office of the Comptroller.
Riesch has made a number of trips to Washington on special budget
duties and is expected to make them regularly in connection with his new
Mrs. Max Englander, Hudson Falls, N.Y., visited both her sons and
their families: Harlan in Tonawanda, N.Y. and Fabian in upper Kyock,
Mr. and Mrs. Booz, Mrs. Anna Bartlett and Mr. Earl Brown spent sev-
eral weeks on a trip to Arizona, California and Mexico. Mrs. Bartlett
visited Mr. and Mrs. John Bingaman, Phoenix, Arizona.
Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Smith, Margarita, C.Z. had as holiday guests their
daughter Lonnie, who is a sophomore at Northwest Mo. State College in
Maryville. Marion is teaching in the Jr.-Sr. High School Physical Edu-
cation Department in Platte City, Mo. Mr. Smith's mother, Mrs. Norma
Smith, Linthicum Heights, Md., is spending several months with them.
Mr. and Mrs. Sigurd Esser, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. attended the reunion
for the first time. While here they were entertained by Mr. and Mrs. Roger
Collinge and Mr. and Mrs. Zip Zierten.
Mr. and Mrs. JorsLed (Nancy Karriger), and two children, of the Zone
spent the Holidays with her brother, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Karriger and
children, Long Beach, Calif. Their parents Mr. and Mrs. Lee Karriger,
Los Rios, C.Z. flew up to surprise them all and to celebrate Christmas.
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Huls, North Palm Beach, spent a week end in
Nassau, Bahama Islands, where they ran into Mary Adelia Morley.
Mr. Ralph Jensen is now assistant to the President of the Robert Louis
Stevenson School, a private boys college preparatory school. He and Mrs.
Jensen live on campus in Del Monte Forest at Pebble Beach, Calif. His
mother is now in her eighties and is in a rest home in Van Nuys, Calif.
near Ralph's sister, Nita.
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Huls and four children, North Palm Beach, Fla.,
were guests in the parental G. C. Lockridge home, St. Petersburg, Fla.
for several days before Christmas. The Lockridges drove to N. Palm
Beach for Christmas.
Mr. Arthur Haag writes that he is 82 and doing fairly well. Mrs. Haag
whose broken hip has never really healed, is a patient at Swanholm Nurs-
ing Home 6280 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida, where he visits
Mrs. Andy Fraser, St. Petersburg, Fla. flew to the Zone to visit Mrs.
Minnie Greer, Gamboa. While there she was the guest of Mr. and Mrs.
George Darnell, Los Rios.
Mrs. Herbert Knight (Florienette Matter) writes that their older son,
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Knight and three children are on a two year tour
of Ethiopia. They left Addis Ababba via Rome and Athens then spent
a month in the parental Knight home, Colonial Beach, Va. John Robert,
after finishing at Va. Tech is working on his Master's.
Georgia Flye has purchased a home in Phoenix, Arizona and has an
aunt living with her. They flew to Sarasota, Florida for the Christmas
holidays, to be with Georgia's sister and brother-in-law.
Mr. and Mrs.Al Joyce, Sarasota, Florida have spent four months in
Canoga, Park, Calif., where Mr. Joyce did a lot of building. They spent
the holidays on the Zone visiting their children.
Judge and Mrs. E. I. P. Tattleman, St. Petersburg, spent the Christmas
holidays with their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jim O'Rourke,
Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Ensign Dave Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Brown, Balboa, C.Z.,
has been assigned to Kodiak, Alaska.
Miss Nancy Grimes, Birmingham, Ala., spent the holidays with her par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Grimes, on the Zone. She later visited the Gene
Kleasners in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Barker, Indianapolis, Ind., spent the winter in their
Airstream Trailer at Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
Mr. Bob Hull, Washington, D.C., spent the holidays with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hull, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. John Briggs, San Antonio, Texas writes that her husband is totally
blind and would love to have friends call on him. They also would appre-
ciate letters and cards.
Mrs. Isabel Cuthers, Floral Park, N.Y. spent Chrtstmas with her daugh-
ter, Margaret, Col. and Mrs. Gustav Braun and family, Alexandria, Va.
While there she visited Mrs. Moreland and Etta Harrover who live with
Lee Moreland. They had Mrs. Boland (mother of Mrs. Kirchmier, with
whom she lived for many years on the Zone), to dinner. Mrs. Boland is
89 years old, spry, witty, no aches or pains and reads without glasses. She
lives in a Home in Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. John Barr and children live in Syracuse, N.Y., where John
is Assistant Director of the Municipal Recreation Commission.
Mr. and Mrs. Teddy McIlheney, Cleveland, Ohio, sailed in January from
New York City on a Norwegian freighter for the Mediterranean. Before
they left they were both busy with their voluntary work with the Council
on World Affairs and their program for Foreign Students and visitors.
The foreign student population is 350, in five colleges and universities, and
come from 62 countries.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Marshall, St. Petersburg, Fla., went to Gainesville,
Fla. to attend their son Jim's initiation in Phi Kappa Phi, an honorary
fraternity. Jim received his B.A. degree from the University of Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Orvis, Sarasota, Florida, spent the holidays with
their son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Orvis, and 3 children, Balboa,
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge had as guests at different times her sister
Tharon Mitchell and her father, Mr. Ezra Haldeman, Houston, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan left Panama in January for a tour around
South America. Later they will visit in California, the Herb Knapps in
Portland, Ore., and their daughter Peggy in South Bend, Ind.
Lt. Richard Wright has returned from Korea and is stationed at Ft.
Mrs. Andrew Van Siclen, Maitland, Florida, visited in the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Wells Wright and attended the P.C. Society Reunion in St. Peters-
Mr. Joel Elkholm has completed his 6 months active duty in the Army
Reserve and has returned to his position as Engineering Technician with
the N. Y. State Highway Department, Binghamton, N.Y.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hammond, Titusville, Fla., drove to New Orleans,
La. to meet Mr. and Mrs. Dan Paolucci, Balboa Heights, C. Z. They re-
mained in New Orleans several days and while there visited with Mr. and
Mrs. Brodie Burnham, Los Rios, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy D. Reece have returned to their home in St. Peters-
burg after a three months trip to Europe, during which they visited their
son, Lieutenant David M. Reece, and wife, in Oppenheim, Germany, where
David is stationed with the U.S. Army. They report David and Nancy
expect to return to the United States in April.
While in Europe the Roy Reeces spent a week in London, a week in
Paris, a week in Monte Carlo and three weeks in Germany. Traveling in
Dave's Corvair, the four Reeces made a trip to Italy, through the Brenner
Pass, to Florence, Rome Pompeii, Sorrento, back to Genoa and Monte
Carlo. They say they made a "Michelangelo tour of Italy" and were en-
chanted with the works of that great artist. The Reeces returned to Florida
on he RMS Caronia, via Barbados, Jamaica, and Nassau. In Nassau, they
called on a former resident of the Isthmus, Mr. Leigh Cramer.
Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Hicks of St. Petersburg, Fla. drove to Birmingham,
Ala. where Mary Belle spent Thanksgiving week with her mother and
sisters. Bobby drove to Arlington, Va. where he spent Thanksgiving with
his mother, sisters and brother. The Hicks drove to Houston, Texas where
they were guests during December in the home of their daughter (Mary
Alice), Mr. and Mrs. Ken Kelley and two grandchildren. Mrs. Peggy
Ellis of Houston accompanied them to St. Petersburg to be their house
guest for several weeks, and to attend the Reunion. Enroute to Florida,
they stopped overnight as the guests of the Elmer B. Stevens in Monroe,
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Tillman entertained a group at the Tivoli Hotel in
honor of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Coppers 25th Anniversary on January 18th,
1965. Both couples live in Gamboa, C.Z.
Mrs. Lillian Marstrand Powers, Princeton, N.J. was the guest of Mr.
and Mrs. Dick Taylor, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Mr. James Lyon, New York City, spent some time in St. Petersburg.
A group of his friends held a no host dinner at the Coach House.
Mr. and Mrs. V. F. Mueller (Carolyn Smouse) have moved to St. Louis,
Mo. They are near Mr. and Mrs. John Hey (Barbara Jones) and see each
other frequently The Muellers spent the holidays with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Smouse, Panama City, R. de P.
Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall, St. Petersburg, Fla., had all the family
together for the Christmas holidays. Their daughter, Melinda Irwin, Baton
Rouge, La.; son Jim, a Senior at the U. of Florida; Hattie's mother, Mrs.
Fred Mornhinweg, aunt Mrs. Alice Burkle, and sister Ruth, Mr. and Mrs.
Jack Campbell, La Boca, C. Z.
Mr. Fred Mead flew to the States where he attended courses in Wash-
ington, D.C. and New York. He visited his sister, Mrs. Alberta Smith in
Myrtle Beach, S.C. and attended a Florida P.C. Society meeting while in
Mrs. F. F. Monroe, Youngstown, Ohio, on a trip to California, saw five
old friends whom she had not seen in fifty years. Mr. J. W. Tannehill,
Dr. and Mrs. Walter Boetz and Dr. and Mrs. Braithwaite.
Mr. Joe Luttrell, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, writes that he is happily
married to a Spanish woman from Sevilla, Spain. He has established a
scholarship fund at V.P.. Blackburn, Va. for some needy fellow who
wishes an education there.
Mr. and Mrs. Smiley Graham, ex-Gatunites, have built a Motel on
Pedido Bay called "Josephine Courts", Elberta, Alabama, just off high-
way No. 98 located about 20 miles from Pensacola. They would love
to have C.Z. friends stop by for a visit.
Miss Elsie Graves, Portland, Oregon, spent the holidays with her sisters
in British Columbia.
Mr. and Mrs. Hartley Rowe, Boston, Mass. writes that Mr. Rowe retired
January 1, 1964. They have been married 56 years and are in fairly good
Mr. and Mrs. George Cockle, Pharr, Texas, visited in the homes of
George Dunlap, La Feria and Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Wilkinson, Donna, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. George R. Cockle are now living in Salinas, California
where he is assigned to Fort Ord.
Capt. Dale Cockle and family are in Taiwan (Formosa) for a two year
tour. Prior to leaving the Boston area, he obtained his M.A. from North-
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dunn are at home to their many friends at 2480
South Shore Drive, S. E., which they recently purchased in St. Peters-
Reba B. Carrigan, whose husband was William B. Carrigan, lives retired
at 427 York Avenue, Lansdale, Pennsylvania. She formerly was a tester
of experimental electronic tubes at the Lansdale Tube Company, a Philco
subsidiary. The Carrigan's son, William, lives in Santa Ana, California,
with his wife and five year old son, another William. William's work in-
volves the development of neurosurgical equipment which is used by
many surgeons, including Ben Casey.
Miss Dorothy Judd, who is an instructor at Abbot Academy, Andover,
Mass., spent the holidays with Capt. and Mrs. B. C. Judd, St. Petersburg,
Mrs. Wm. Stackman (Marilyn Ward), Middletown, Conn., was a holiday
guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Ward, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Vinton, Green Bay, Wisc., spent their vacation at
Mountain, Wisc. They were joined by granddaughters Kristy and Kendy
Koepke, and by Jane's sister, Miss Harriet Baldwin, Chicago Heights, Ill.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hensler returned to their Rolling Hills home, Jack-
sonville, Fla. after spending several weeks visiting friends in Tampa and
Mrs. Louis Hasemann, Jacksonville, Fla., returned hom after an ex-
tended visit with her daughter Mrs. Charles Tolbert (nee Gayle Hasemann)
in Arlington, Virginia. While there, Mr. John Dettor, former shop teacher,
Balboa High School, entertained Lou and Irene with an extended auto
tour through the surrounding Washington area. Irene spent a week end
with her sister-in-law, Mrs. Irving Brown of Hopewell, Virginia.
Lou Hasemann, Jacksonville, Fla., made a tour, spending a week with
Mr. and Mrs. P. W. Gardner of Wyoming, Delaware; two weeks in Livings-
ton, New Jersey and a week in New York City. On New Years Day Lou
witnessed his cousin, Mr. Cuyler W. Hasemann, sworn in as Mayor, West
Caldwell, New Jersey.
The Canal Zone Library-Museum has on exhibition 45 watercolors by
Lois Morgan, Canal Zone teacher and artist. The current showing is a
series of paintings of local birds commonly seen in the Canal Zone, with
familiar plants and flowers used as settings for the birds.
This is an encore showing for a number of the watercolors, for the
paintings first were exhibited in the museum 3 years ago. In response to
many requests of Isthmians who share Miss Morgan's interest in birds
and plants, the present exhibit was arranged and Miss Morgan has added
new watercolors, publicly displayed here for the first time.
Miss Morgan's birds are painted approximately lifesize, and their color,
she pointed out, changes according to the light and the season, often vary-
ing, too, in different members of the same species.
T. Sgt. Sheldon Astrin, Topeka, Kansas, is spending four months in
Spain. Mrs. Astrin (Joan Forbes) is teaching O.B. technique to incoming
nursing students at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka. The Astrins have
Mr. and Mrs. Perry Starbuck and son Gary, Vestal, N.Y., spent Xmas
with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gregson and two children, Groton, Mass. Gary
is out of the service and is working for I.B.M.
A large picture of Mr. Jack Kennedy, Brandon, Vt. and Miss Barbara
Janowitz, Panama City, R. de P., with an article about the visit of Bar-
bara to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kennedy, appeared in the Rutland
Daily Herald, Vermont, recently.
Barbara, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Janowitz (Mr. Janowitz
is a concert pianist in Panama City), is a college freshman at Wellesley,.
Mr. Kennedy has known her since she was a small child.
The J. H. Stevensons (Blanche and Holman), have moved from Cuer-
navaca, Mexico into downtown Mexico City with their son Robert, who is
in business there.
The Stevensons daughter, Hope, and her husband Peter Hayward, are
successful artists, who winter in Hawaii and spend their summers in N.Y.
Gretchen Staples, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Staples, Louisville,
Kentucky, is very happy with her work at the American Consulate General
in Stuttgart, Germany. She is studying German and says the people are
very warm and fun loving.
Mr. James Forbes has an assistant professorship at U.C.L.A., Los
Angeles, Calif., where he is working on his Doctorate. Mrs. Forbes is a
technician on genetics for the City of Los Angeles.
Mrs. Ida Barlow, St. Petersburg, Fla., was the Holiday guest of her son
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Barlow, Great Falls, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Reece, Bloomington, Ind. were the Holidays guests
of Janet's mother, Mrs. Geneva Stockham, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Wm. H. Ward writes We had a mobile home built in Venice,
Florida, and moved into it in October.
This has been a hectic year for us. We left the Zone in March. My
mother, who is 90 years old, had to be transported by ambulance from the
hospital to the train to ride to Cristobal, another ambulance on that end
to the ship. When we reached New Orleans, an ambulance to the motel for
a couple days stay, then another one to the airport where we took a jet
to Tampa. Another ambulance to bring us to Venice where I placed her
in a nursing home. My husband was left to drive the car over. He enjoyed
a visit with the Brennans and also stopped in Leesburg to see the Ryters.
We had planned to live in Port Charlotte, but liked Venice so much and
decided to look around here for a place to live. We took a small apart-
ment and just loafed around for quite a few months and tried to get back
into stateside living again. Our new address is 250 Outer Drive West,
Colonial Manor, Venice, Florida.
Mr. Karl Curtis, Gamboa, C.Z. wonders how many members of the
Carpenter's Local No. 913 shown in a picture taken in 1906 in front
of the Administration Building on Culebra Hill may be living. He
would like to hear from any who are.
When Karl Phillip Curtis went to the Isthmus, their home was a bleak
barracks building at the old Canal townsite of Culebra. Many left, but
Karl Curtis remained.
He helped organize the local carpenter's union and is the first and only
50-year member on the Isthmus of local 913, United Brotherhood of Car-
penters and Joiners of America. He was honored at a gathering at the
Gamboa Club and was presented a 50-year membership pin.
Presentation was made by B. S. Spangler, president of the local car-
penters' union, who later presented Curtis a desk pen set fashioned from
old, original French railroad ties and rail.
Mrs. Curtis, a construction days nurse, received from the union a pair
of Cape Cod hurricane lamps. Miss Katherine Taliercio, R.N., presented
her a beautiful orchid corsage from the nurses' union.
Curtis left New York on the old SS Advance of the Panama Railroad
Line on October 7, 1905.
He started work at 56 cents per hour, but quarters were rent-free. After
3 months he received a raise to 65 cents.
The newly-arrived carpenters' first jobs were on renovation of the old
French hospital, which was above the hotel, with space for about 75
patients. Next Curtis and his partner were sent to the Administration
Building hill, to build a toolhouse.
On December 14, 1914, at a meeting held in the old Ancon clubhouse,
which later burned, Curtis was installed as the first president of Local 913.
Curtis holds the Roosevelt Medal for 81/2 years' construction service.
His medal has three bars, year bars representing 2 years: 1907-1909; 1909-
1911; and 1911-1913.
In November 1907 he transferred to Ancon Hospital as maintenance
foreman and was employed there until November 30, 1940, when he re-
tired due to ill-health.
He was the first man to discover the Code and Veraguas culture and
through his hobby has formed firm friendships with officials of Harvard,
Yale, the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Pennsylvania, and
Mrs. Curtis has been on the Zone since 1914.
She went to the Interior of Panama with her husband, accompanied him
to South America, and shared his night of honor at the Gamboa Club.
Mrs. Edith Wicks, Polk, Pa., spent several days in New York City,
including New Years' Eve. She had lunch with Bea Morgan in Brooklyn,
Two Panama Canal employees sat up all night last summer chatting
with a former PanCanal employee-near the Artic Circle. The subject
of their talk: mostly the Panama Canal, of Course.
The employees are Hilton F. Hughes, Chief of the Madden Hydro-
electric Station, and John H. Poole, Electrical Division central office
repairman. The PanCanal retiree was Mortimer H. Lockwood, 80, who
held a position similar to Hughes, before his retirement.
Hughes and Poole met Lockwood while on an extensive camping and
fishing trip to Alaska during which they explored parts of the 49th
State and crossed the Artic Circle.
Hughes and his son, Robert, 14, started out in New Orleans. Poole
went to Philadelphia for his 17 year old niece, and then to San Diego,
Calif. to pick up his nephew, John Poole, 16.
They met as a group in Pocatello, Idaho, where Hughes' daughter,
Nancy Folson, lives. Station wagons packed with fishing gear, camping
equipment and plenty of dehydrated food, carried them on a 90-day
trek that was to take them across frozen lakes and breathtaking scenery
with startling contrast of snow-coverd mountain tops and green slopes.
From Pocatello, the group motored to the Teton Mountains, then
to Jasper National Park with its spectacular glaciers and snow-covered
peaks. Here they climbed a 9,500-foot mountain, and rode a snow "cat"
over ice 3,000 feet thick in the Columbian ice fields.
Dawson Creek, at mile zero, was the beginning of 1,528 miles to Fair-
banks, Alaska. The highway, although made of gravel, is in excellent
condition, premitting 50 mile speeds. Camping facilities are of the finest
In Fairbanks they took a small plane to Fort Youkon and spent a
day with the Indians. It. was here that they crossed the Artic Circle.
On the loop between Dawson and Whitehorse, on the Alaska highway,
the Hughes and the Pooles met tourists Mr. and Mrs. Lockwood who
spotted the Canal Zone license plates.
The campers' diet consisted mostly of fish-lake trout. This part of
Alaska offers some of the best fishing in the world.
On the return trip the Hughes and the Pooles visited Glacier National
Park, Sun Valley, and drove east to Niagara Falls. From the falls, they
headed south to Gettysburg, then on to Luray Caverns.
The Poole car clocked 17,000 miles, the Hughes car 14,000 on this
unforgettable summer of fishing and camping, a summer of incredible
beauty and friendly people.
Mr. and Mrs. Kris Koepke (Kayleen Vinton) have purchased a new
home at 1740 Wedgewood Drive East, Elm Grove, Wisc. Mr. Koepke
after obtaining a law degree from the University of Wisconsin, accepted
a position with the Bast Law Firm in Milwaukee. The Koepkes have two
daughters: Kristy, who is 8 and Kendy, who is 4.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cannon (Janeth Vinton), have purchased a new
home at Alice Lane, Fishkill, N.Y. Mr. Cannon, after finishing Post Grad-
uate work in Business Administration at the University of Illinois, ac-
cepted a position with I.B.M. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The Cannons have
one daughter, Vicky, who is three years old.
Mr. and Mrs. Barton C. Woodruff of Pinellas Park, spent the Christ-
xnas holidays with their daughter Shirley Parker and her family in Chi-
cago, where her husband is the Supervisor of Activities and the Youth
Exchange Division of Lions International, and Shirley is employed in
the Purchasing Department of Loyola University. The Parkers have three
children: Tommy, age 9, Susan, eight, and Jeannine, six.
Shirley is active in musical circles in Chicago, and is substitute organ-
ist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. She is also accompanist for a stringed
ensemble, as well as several solo artists. A welcome visitor this past
summer was Sam Matlowsky, who was temporarily in Chicago to direct
the Three Penny Opera. Both Sam and Shirley are former pupils of
Herbert de Castro, Director of the Panama National Symphony Orchestra.
The Woodruffs and Parkers were entertained on Christmas and New
Year's Eve by Colonel and Mrs. Thomas Hicks, who were stationed at
Fort Kobbe from 1955 to 1960. Col. Hicks was Public Information
Officer and in charge of all radio, television, and newspaper activities for
the Army, and Mrs. Hicks was a member of the faculty of the Canal Zone
schools. Of their children, Tom is a senior at The Citadel, Mary a junior
at Northwestern University, and Barbara in high school. Although re-
tired from active duty, Col. Hicks is now Technical Liason Director for
the Corps of Engineers.
Mrs. Florence Ruggles 87 years old is very comfortably located in
an efficiency apt. in the Headquarters of United World Missions among
retired missionaries and pastors, on Madeira Beach, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. Mary Fagan Salisbury wrote that they had visited Becky Ken-
dall in Wilmington, Del. and had stopped at Staten Island and brought
Isabelle O'Donovan Rossa to Le Roy, N. Y. for a visit with them.
Mr. and Mrs. Preston Barker are at home to their many friends at
1818 Chowkeebin N.E., Tallahassee, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Badders are at home to their many friends in
their new house at 107 Speicher Drive, Riva Woods, Ann Arundel County,
Mr. and Mrs. Keith L. Swartzell have left Aruba and are living in
Cincinnati, Ohio where Mr. Swartzell has accepted a position.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Shuey visited their daughter and family,
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Lovell in Riviera Beach, Fla. They then traveled
in their Airstream trailer to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Shaw,
Palatka, Fla. where they spent the winter.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Capwell Guayaquil, Ecuador, spent some time
in New York City, while Mr. Capwell attended a conference at the
New York Office of American and Foreign Power Co.
Mr. J. D. Dunaway Tallahassee, Fla. is working as toll collector
on the Bennett Causeway at Cocoa, Fla.
Mrs. Helen Smith, Fairhope, Ala. spent the holidays with her daugh-
ter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Don Rathgaber and her son Mr. and
Mrs. Marcy Carpenter and family on the Zone. On the same plane
with her was Mrs. Helen Swearingen going to visit her son and family.
Mrs. Ethel McDermit, Pompano Beach, Fla. has adopted an Interna-
tional family of two Lam Shui, a little chinese waif orphaned by the
Communists and living in Hong Kong and Carman Morgan, a little colored
girl living in Colon, R. de P. and a member of Rev. Watson's Methodist
school. She hears from Lam frequently and enjoys his letters and draw-
ings. Mrs. McDerrlit, had a wonderful trip to the Yucan, where they
photographed and delved into ancient Mayan ruins.
Mr. and Mrs. Gavin Davis, Broomall, Pa., celebrated their golden
wedding anniversary on July 1, 1964 at the home of their son in Timon-
ium, Md. Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Rickards, Washington, D. C.; Mr. and
Mrs. Leopold (Lamar Murray) Annadale, Va.; Mr. and Mrs. House
(Phyllis Murray) Norfolk, Va. and Mrs. Schrodel helped them celebrate.
On a tour of the East, Mrs. Ella Piper, Levittown, N.Y. and her son
Homer and family visited Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Rickards, Washington,
D. C.; the Jack Kromers in Alexandria, Va.
Mr. George Sausel, Tallahassee, Fla., enthusiastic sports fan on the
Zone is continuing his interest in sports by defending Florida State
University's football team against "attacks" of a National TV show. He
wrote a letter which was printed in the FSU Student Daily in which
he outguessed the TV forecaster on the outcome of a game. In the Tampa
Tribune Tom McEwen sports editor had a poem, a play on "10 Little
Indians" written by Mr. Sausel published in his column. The FSU
team is known as the Seminole Tribe.
Mrs. Ella Piper, Levittown, N. Y. spent the holidays with her son and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Piper Hopkins, Minn. She later went to
Tuscon, Ariz. to visit her son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Piper.
Jacqueline McGettrick (Lola's neice) and her girl friend Teresa Flyntz
of Oceanside, Long Island were house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Norman
Terry, St. Petersburg, Fla. and later visited Lorraine Terry Gilmore of
Miami for a week.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Terry and baby daughter Susan, New Milford,
Conn. were also guests of his parents. They later went to Rivera Beach
for the week-end and to Miami to visit his sister. Arnold stayed in Florida
for three weeks, combining one week of business and two weeks of vacation.
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Through January 1965
Again it is the time to write the report which also covers the Re-
union which was the best yet. To be honest one wondered where the
people came from you know that each time there are some present
for the first time, and the hugging and kissing could never be told -
it would have to be seen to be appreciated.
Our President, Mr. Kieswetter was ill and a patient in Mound Park
Hospital and Mr. Banan the Vice President, without more than four days
notice took over and one would never had known that he hadn't been pre-
paring for months. Many thanks to all who cooperated so wonderfully.
It certainly was appreciated.
Mr. Kieswetter is home from the hospital and doing very well, but
must take it very easy for some time. This we know he will do because
Mrs. Kieswetter is beside him every moment, and he is getting the very
best of care.
Those of you who could not be present were missed, and we are
hoping that you are thinking of 1966, as a tentative date has been set
for January 18 and 19 this is a little late, but we are hoping it will
be best for all concerned.
The weather was grand and all in all we could have not asked for
a better two days.
The largest crowd ever attended the Luncheon the service was ex-
ceptional, the food excellent and as usual the Hotel, in its superb way
went all out to make all happy. Not one person had any fault to find,
and that is what pleased us all.
While we are talking about the Hotel, I wish to inform you all that
new methods are being instituted regarding the Luncheon. After this
we will have to state the number anticipated, and if there are less than
that number, the Society will be expected to pay for that number -
too all tickets, with the exception of those paid for, will not be held
after 11:00 A.M. It is suggested that when you have reservations that
you pick them up the FIRST day not wait until the last minute.
Many thanks for the beautiful Christmas cards which were received -
they have been passed on to the Editor who will use them for remarks
in the Record.
It is no longer necessary to add the 10 cents to your check, how-
ever it is still requested that the sum of 45 cents be added to checks
on banks OUTSIDE the United States. You may use one check to pay
both Society dues and Blood Bank MAKE THE CHECK OUT IN
FAVOR OF THE SOCIETY and I will take care of the payment to
the Blood Bank.
We were all so happy to see Miss Jessie Murdock at this Reunion -
she and her wheel chair are always most welcome and with her nurse
make a real trio. Miss Murdock is one of the real OLD TIMERS and
those who know her always enjoy a chat. She is a most remarkable
Many Year Books and Records have been returned this should
not be it takes only a short time to advise the Secretary that you
will not be home, and have made no preparations for anyone to re-
ceive your mail, and we will hold it for you until your return.
OUR ZIP NUMBER IS 33733 WHAT IS YOURS? We need it to
comply with postal regulations.
Best wishes for a most happy and prosperous 1965.
Lucille S. Judd
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETINGS
At The Tourist Center, 225 Fourth Street South November 19, 1964
President Kieswetter called the Meeting to order at two p.m. The Pledge
of Allegiance was given to the Flag, after which Chaplain Martin Nickel
gave the Invocation. There were 84 present.
The visitors present and members who had not attended recently were
introduced, standing as their names were called, while the members ap-
plauded. Those welcomed were:
Mrs. Erma Forbes here for an undertermined time. She is living
with her Aunt and Uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Schoenbach at 248
Mirror Lake Drive.
Mr. George Chevalier back in St. Pete for the season.
Mr. Burton Mead he flew up from Miami especially to attend our
monthly meeting, while on vacation from the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gardner Harry is receiving special medical treat-
ment in Orlando. Mrs. Henry E. May, Sr., from Tampa brought the
Gardners to the meeting.
Mr. Joe Eckert from Wilcox, Pa. is down for the season.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jordan are back in St. Pete, after a long visit up
North. Mr. Jordan is to enter St. Anthony's for cataract operations
Mr. and Mrs. James Macauley new retirees from the Zone and now
living in Meadowlawn, attended for the first time.
Mrs. Anna Bartlett, Charlotte Laurie, Ethel McCartney, May McClosky,
Dorothy Hall, Myrtle Frey, and Mrs. Levi Neal and Mrs. Dan Wright
and Mr. J. F. Bashner, Capt. A. T. Luther, Peter McGregor, George
Jones, Jr. and Ross Cunningham from St. Pete, and Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Shannon from Largo were welcomed after several months or
more absences. Ross Cunningham announced he and Janet had moved
into their new home at 4136 Bayshore Blvd., N.E.
Mr. Kieswetter thanked Mr. Banan for acting as President the previous
month when he had to be in Alabama.
The Minutes of the Meeting of October 12th were read and approved
Mr. Kieswetter advised the members that a committee headed by him-
self had been investigating the possibility of another meeting place.
They had looked into the American Legion Club as a probable location,
but the parking situation was not favorable. The Rod and Gun Club, lo-
cated at 3601 Ninth St. South at Lake Maggorie had been selected as
being the best for our particular needs. He announced that the December
Meeting would be held at this new location. Inasmuch as the date of the
Meeting would be different than that listed in the Year Book, Mr. Kies-
wetter said he would come down to the Tourist Center on the second Mon-
day, in case some one who did not know the time had been changed,
showed up. Mr. Banan volunteered to come to the Tourist Center on Wed-
nesday, December 9th, to direct anyone to the Rod and Gun Club that
might show up. The second Monday that the Society has been holding it's
meetings had to be changed as that day was not available at the new lo-
The Secretary-Treasurer then gave a run-down on items on interest since
last meeting, beginning with Births, Illnesses, Deaths and best wishes
and thank-you letters and general news items.
It was announced that Miss Helen King had been in the hospital for
three weeks, but was at home now, but not well. Mrs. Marie Coffey is
scheduled to go into St. Anthony's for a cataract operation.
There were no committee reports, or new business, and a motion to
adjourn was made at 3:00 p.m.
Mary Bell Hicks, Recording Secretary
MINUTES OF MEETING HELD AT THE ROD AND GUN CLUB
St. Petersburg, Florida December 9, 1964
The Xmas Meeting of the Panama Canal Society, held at the St. Peters-
burg Rod and Gun Club for the first time, was attended by 97 members
and guests. Many arrived early to visit with each other before the meeting
convened and all appeared to be very pleased with the new meeting place.
The Society Blood Bank dues and the annual donations for the American
Legion Crippled Children's Hospital Xmas Fund were accepted prior to
the meeting, by Secretary-Treasurer, Lucille Judd, Mrs. Harriet Shreves
and President Ernest Kieswetter.
President Kieswetter called the meeting to order at 2:20 p.m., welcomed
those present, and received a warm applause when he asked how everyone
liked the new meeting place. The members all rose and followed the Presi-
dent in giving the Oath of Allegiance to the Flag, after which Chaplain
Martin Nickel delivered the invocation. All officers were present with the
exception of Betty Lockridge and Mary Bell Hicks.
Visiting members, other members who had been absent for a long time,
and guests arose to acknowledge the introduction and membership ap-
plause as they were introduced by Mrs. Lyle Esler, former Recording
Secretary who was acting for Mary Bell Hicks, presently visiting her
daughter's family in Texas. Those welcomed were:
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. L. Grimm here for the winter from Milwaukee.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cullen who drove from Dunellon.
Mrs. Frances Scheve from Largo.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. (Edna Evelyn) Willumsen Largo.
Mrs. Al Meigs and daughter Margaret Molloy from Tampa.
Mrs. R. R. Welch a guest visiting Mrs. Meigs.
Joe and Marie (Calloway) Kuhn-back after a long absence a/c illness.
George & Agnes Thurgood-have been unable to attend for a long time.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Key visiting around Florida from Indianapolis.
The Acting Recording Secretary then read the report for the meeting
of November 9th and there being no commissions or corrections noted the
minutes were accepted as read.
Mr. Frank Hohmann told of the new changes in computing Income
Taxes and suggested that much help could be derived from a booklet en-
titled "Your Income Tax for 1965" which can be purchased for 50c by
sending for a copy to the Washington Printing Office.
The Secretary-Treasurer made her report on births, illnesses and deaths,
all of which will appear in the next issue of the Record then read
the past month's communications from members. A number of "Thank
You" notes were also read by Mrs. Judd she ended by talking about
the menu suggestions for the coming Reunion and also stated she had
Society Pins, Seals and Car Stickers for sale.
There were no Legislative or Committee Reports and no Unfinished
President Kieswetter asked that all members rise having December birth-
days, and Cecil Banan led in singing "Happy Birthday" to the 8 members.
Mr. Banan stated that Tom Jordan's eyes were getting along fine from
his cataract operation but that he had fallen while in the hospital and hurt
his back and this would delay his complete recovery for some time.
Wm. Grady stated that he and Beth had attended an N.A.R.C.E. District
Meeting at Leesburg on Nov. 19th. Rep. Sid Herlong was the principal
speaker. He said that H.R. 2155 was amended to give 10% increase on
annuities up to $2,400. This was an amendment by House Committee on
Post Office and Civil Service. Amendment had to go back to Senate Com-
miittee, was blocked by Rules Committee and there would be no money
if it became law. There are 14 billion plus dollars in retirement fund but
Government is behind 1.5 billion dollars in retirement; catching up slowly.
There are no Congressmen from Florida on either Committee-none want
to leave other committees and lose their seniority. Mr. Grady said that
he (Rep. Herlong) acknowledges everyone was benefitted last session ex-
Rep. Herlong on House Ways and Means Committee promises any
help he can render. Chairman of House Post Office and Civil Service
Committee least anxious to help us. All Tennessee NARCE chapters put
pressure on him for action. NARCE officials hope for a good program
to get started early in the next session.
President Kieswetter said there would be refreshments served after the
meeting by Catherine Pearl and Betty Forbes and entertained a motion to
adjourn. Motion was made, seconded and the adjournment took place at
Respectfully submitted by
Acting Recording Secretary
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULE MEETING (33rd Annual Reunion)
Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida, January 12, 1965
The Panama Canal Society of Florida held it's 33rd Anniversary Re-
union at the Soreno Hotel in St. Petersburg, on January 12th and 13th.
After Registration, much talking, and visiting, a Business Meeting was
held at 2:00 p.m. on the 12th. Our President, Mr. Kieswetter, was un-
able to be present on account of illness. Mr. Cecil Banan, our Vice Pres-
ident, presided at the meeting. He expressed sincere regrets, for himself
and the members, that Mr. Keiswetter was not well enough to attend.
He extended a hearty welcome to those who had come from far and near
to make this such a happy Reunion. All officers were present, except
The Pledge of Allegiance was given to the Flag, after which Chaplain
Martin Nickel gave the Invocation. About 200 members attended the
business meeting. It is always encouraging to see the real "Old-Timers"
make such an effort to attend the Reunions, and to see the happiness they
derive from visiting with friends and co-workers of yester-years.
The Acting President, Mr. Banan, introduced the present and past
Presidents of other Panama Canal Societies, who stood to acknowledge
the indrouction and applause of the members.
The Report of the Minutes of the Dec. 9th Meeting were called for.
Before reading them, the Recording Secretary said she was indebted to
Mrs. Lyla Esler, our former Rec.-Secretary for taking the Minutes of the
Dec. 9th Meeting for her, as she was in Houston, Texas during the month
of Dec. The Minutes were read, and approved as read.
Under Reports of Committees, Mr. Lockridge, our Legislative Repre-
sentative said there was no report at the present time, but that if one
came up, it would be in the next issue of the Record.
Before Mrs. Judd gave the Secretary's Report she announced that she
had just received word that Mrs. Helen Dudak had passed away on Jan.
11th. She also said she would like at this time, to thank Mr. Dorgan for
his "push" in getting Mrs. Lockridge and her on Social Security. She
then read notices of deaths, births, illnesses and general news letters.
A few contained resignations from the Society. As usual, the communi-
cations were received with interest by the listening members. One of
the letters was a thank you from the American Legion Crippled Child-
ren's Hospital, thanking the Society for their Christmas donation of
$81.00. This was an annual free will offering from the members received
at the December 9th Meeting.
Mr. Banan led the members in singing Happy Birthday to those cele.
rating January birthdays.
There was no unfinshed business Capt. Sterling Miller asked for
the floor. He said he had proposed to the Executive Committee that
he be given permission to show some slides and charts of Col. Goethal's
Theory of converting the Panama Canal into a level system, without
interupting the flow of traffic through the Canal. He stated the Execu-
tive Committee had declined his offer and he would like to bring it
before the members and await their pleasure. A motion was made and
seconded that Capt. Miller present his program, not to exceed 20 minutes,
and that it be presented after the luncheon and entertainment planned
for the following day.
Under New Business, Mr. Dewey Goodwin took the chair and pre-
sented the recommendation of the Nominating Committee for the 1965
officers. The committee was composed of: W. L. Howard as Chairman,
Ross Hollowell, Sam Deavours and E. I. P. Tatelman. Those recommend-
ed for the various officers were:
Vice President-Cecil M. Banan
Secretary- Treasurer-Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording-Secretary-Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Record Editor-Mrs. Betty Lockridge
Mr. Goodwin asked if there were any nominations from the floor, and
as there were none, a motion was made and seconded that the Secretary
cast a unanimous ballot for the slate as proposed. Motion carried.
The Acting President then assumed the chair again, and introduced
all of the officers for 1965, with the exception of Mr. Kieswetter.
Mr. Banan expressed the hope that many would attend the luncheon
the next day. He promised top notch entertainment.
It was announced that the next meeting would be held at the Rod & Gun
Club at 3601- 9th Street South on Wednesday, Feb. 10th at 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Banan then entertained a motion to adjourn, which was made and
seconded and the Meeting Closed at 3:10 p.m.
After the close of the Meeting, Mr. Dan Jones, President of the Pan-
ama Canal Society of S.E. Florida, showed an official movie made in the
Canal Zone on the occasion of the Canal's 50th Anniversary. The Society
is especially indebted to Mr. Jones of Miami for making the trip and
bringing and showing the film.
Mary Bell Hicks, Recording Secretary
Mrs. Helen C. Dudak, 72, 306 E. Vanderbilt St., died Jan. 11, 1965.
An Orlando resident since 1953, she was a native of Willamsport, Pa.
She was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Panama So-
ciety of Florida.
Survivors include her husband, John J., Balboa, Canal Zone; daughter,
Helen Louise Dudak, Orlando; and brother, Albert J. Bonk, Luntz.
Mary E. Ledden, 96, 7326 Lynwood Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Florida,
died Nov. 27, 1964. Born in Jefferson, N.J., she had lived here two years
coming from Gloucester, N.J. She was a Protestant and a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. She is survived by two nieces, Miss
Pine, and Mrs. William L. Howard, both of St. Petersburg; two nephews,
Charles and Edward Duel, St. Petersburg.
George C. Bunker, former Panama Canal employee, died on December
3, 1964 at Durham, North Carolina.
Mr. Bunker, who was born in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, in 1881,
went to the Panama Canal organization in 1914 to work for the water de-
partment of the Municipal Engineering Division, and was later given
the title of "Physiologist". He was "Director of Water"from 1924 to
1927 and later worked 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. Colombia, and
Quito, Ecuador. He had his headquarters in Panama for many years.
Mr. Bunker was buried at Bethlehem, New Hampshire.
Daniel Patterson Forsythe, veteran Panama Canal employee who had
been living in Gamboa since his retirement, died at Gorgas Hospital
November 13, 1964. He was 72 years old.
Born in Ohio, Mr. Forsythe went to the Canal Zone in 1912 when the
Canal was still under construction. He was employed by the Panama
Canal in 1916 as a plumber in the Municipal Engineering Division in
He later worked with the same division, which is now the Maintenance
Division, as a steam engineer and a pumping plant operator at Gamboa.
He was retired in 1948.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Grace Forsythe, and a son, Robert G.
Forsythe, who is employed at Gatun Locks. He is also survived by two
grandchildren and two sisters and a brother who live in New York.
He was a member of the So-Journers Lodge, A.F. and A.M., Cristo-
bal; the Scottish Rite Bodies, Abou Saad Temple in Ancon, and the
Redmen of New Jersey.
George E. Mathew, former Chief of the Panama Canal Meteorological
and Hydrographic Branch, died at his home in Apalachicola, Fla. Nov.
27, 1964. He had been a patient at the Lake City, Fla. Veterans Hospital.
Mr. Matthew was born in Waterford, Ohio, February 6, 1890. He
taught school in that city for one term before going into weather work.
His Canal service began in the Meteorology Section of the Chief En-
gineer's office at Culebra. From there he went to the Ancon meteor-
ological office, transferring to Balboa Heights when the meteorology office
was moved to the "new" Administration Building when it was com-
pleted in 1914.
He served as meteorologist, hydrographer and principal Hydrographic
Dvison in 1940. He retired from Canal service in 1952, after 37 years
He is survived by his wife and by a nephew, George Chapel.
Gilbert A. Reynolds, 67, former general electrical foreman in the
Electrical Division, died November 8, 1964 in the Memorial Hospital in
Fort Pierce, Florida, following a heart attack.
He was born in Greenville, Kentucky, and was employed by the Canal
in 1939 as a wireman in the Electrical Division in Balboa. He was pro-
moted to a foreman in 1951 and to general foreman in the Cristobal
office in 1954.
He worked on the conversion to 60-cycle power of the equipment at
the Pacific Locks and following his retirement in March, 1959, was re-
employed for six months or until the project was completed.
After leaving the Isthmus, Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds made their home
in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Louise Reynolds; a daughter, Mrs.
John Morgan of Greenville, Kentucky, and three grandchildren.
Percy Calthirst, 77 years of age, a retired Panama Canal employee,
died in November 1964 at Gorgas Hospital after a brief illness.
He was born January 1, 1887, in New Orleans, La.
His Panama Canal service started on February 19, 1908, in the old
mechanical division. In 1927 he was transferred to the Electrical Divi-
sion as a machinist. At the time of his retirement in 1947, he was an
electrical overhead crane operator in the former Mechanical Division.
Since retirement he had made his home in Arraijan, R. de P.
He is survived by his wife, Nativdad; one son, Charles; one daughter,
Elizabeth; and by a sister and brother.
Phillip L. Sears, 66, of 21 Carter Road, Braintree, Mass., died unex-
pedtedly January 2, 1965 at his home.
Born in Falmouth, Mr. Sears lived in Braintree for over 10 years.
He was a retired locomotive engineer for the Panama Railroad in
A bachelor, he is survived by a brother, Harry T. Sears of West Har-
wich, former chief of the Braintree Fire Department.
He was the son of the late Billy Sears-locomotive engineer 1911-
Cristobal, C.Z., and the brother of the late Al Sears.
Capt. Bruce Carpenter, Jr., United States Air Force, died in December
1964 in an air accident near Altus, Oklahoma, while traveling on a small
private plane as a passenger. Both occupants died in the crash.
He was the son of Mt. and Mrs. Bruce Carpenter. His father was the
former manager of the Balboa Branch of the First National City Bank.
Bruce, who was 29 years old, attended'Balboa High School and then
went to the United States to continue his studies. Upon graduation from
college he entered the United States Air Force as a regular officer. At
the time of his death he was stationed at Altus, Okla., flying jet tankers.
Captain Carpenter is survived by his wife, Barbara, and three children;
Bruce III, Debbie, 6, and Mark, 5.
His parents, Bruce and Sylva, now residing in New York, flew from
that city to Altus to attend the funeral. His sister, Pamela (Mrs. Rogelio
Navarro) who resides in Chiriqui Province also flew to Altus for the
Mrs. Laura M. Davis of Gamboa, widow of retired Canal Zone Police
Captain John M. Davis who died in 1959,, died at Gorgas Hospital after
a few days' illness.
Mrs. Davis was born in Harrogate, Tenn., on August 27, 1889. She
went to Panama in 1910 with her husband and had lived in nearly every
Panama Canal community during her husband's service with the Canal
Zone police. In Gamboa she resided at Quarters 0252-A.
Mrs. Davis is survived in her immediate'family by two. daughters, Mrs.
Norma Short of Curundu and Mrs. Myra Walston of Diablo; one son,
Ralph L. 'Davis of Diablo; six grandchildren and four great-grand-
A memorial service was held at the Scottish Rite Temple on Wednes-
day, December 9th.
Mrs. Agnes E. Dillon died November 20, 1964. A long-time resident
of Gamboa during her husband, John Dillon's employment with the
Dredging Division, the family made their home at 43 Bald Eagle Road,
South Weymouth, Mass. since his retirement.
Surviving in addition to her husband, are three children: Helen, Jim
and Roberta at home, a son, Richard of Coco Solo, C.Z., and a daughter,
Mrs. John (Francis) Connard of New Jersey; ilso two grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Richarl Dillon, Coco Solo, C.Z., flew up for the funeral.
Mrs. Frances Watson, wife of Jack Watson, a former resident of the
Isthmus, died in her sleep December 13, 1964 in a hospital in West Palm
Beach, Fla. She had been ill over four months following a serious oper-
Her husband was a former admeasurer of the Panama Canal organiza-
tion and his father had been a Panama Canal Chief Quartermaster.
Mrs. Watson is survived by her husband, Jack Watson, of 5821 Church-
ill Court, West Palm Beach, Fla.; by two sons, Roy and John, students
at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; a daughter, Harriet, of
West Palm Beach, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Dorothy Everson, of La Boca,
Canal Zone; and a brother-in-law, Robert Watson, of San Jose, Costa
Mrs. Nellie Margaret Hunt, 74 years of age, of Balboa, suddenly be-
came ill while visiting friends in Diablo and died while enroute to
Gorgas Hospital December 4, 1964.
Mrs. Hunt, who resided at 2319-B, Balboa, was the widow of Michael
Hunt, a former employee of the Pedro Miguel Fire Department, who
died in 1940.
She was born in Ireland and was a naturalized United States citizen.
She is survived by her sons: James, who resides at the Tivoli Guest
House; Joseph and Thomas of Balboa; and John of Coco Solo; by 11
grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Mollie Pogi of New Jersey.
After a short illness, Mrs. Hilda J. Lester, 38, of 1431 South West
82 Court, Miami, Florida, died on November 9th, 1964.
Born in the Panama Hospital, and reared in the Canal Zone, Mrs.
Lester attended Canal Zone schools and was graduated with the Balboa
High School Class of 1944.
An accomplished pianist and organist and well known in local music
circles, she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Oberlin Conserva-
tory of Music and her Masters Degree from Yale University, majoring
in organ and piano.
Before making her permanent home in the U.S., Mrs. Lester played
the organ at St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon in addition to performing
in numerous local concerts and recitals in Panama and the Canal Zone.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. Charles F. Lester, who was also
raised in the Canal Zone; a son, Charles W., age 9, and her parents,
Charles F. and Hilda Hinz; and a brother, Charles J. Hinz of Margarita,
Mrs. Guy O. Carleton died on October 21, 1964 in Wenatchee, Wash.
Mrs. Carleton first resided on the Isthmus from 1905-1910 when her
husband Charles Thorne was employed as an engineer. After his death
she did not return to the Isthmus until her daughter, Mrs. M. C. Hill
went there in 1950. She resided with her daughter and family, Capt. and
Mrs. M. C. Hill, Diablo, C.Z.
Edward Hosmer Parmelee, 80, 407 N. Osceola Ave., Clearwater, Fla.,
died December 3, 1964 at Morton F. Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Fla.
There 17 years ago from Deep River, Conn., he was a retired super-
intendent of warehouses and oil handling plants for the U.S. at Panama
Canal. He was a member of Clearwater Lodge 1525 BPOE, Sons of the
American Revolution, Conn.; and Descendents of the Mayflower, Conn.
Surviving is his widow, Mrs. Helen D. Parmelee, Clearwater.
The following was received from Elmo Williams, co-executor of the
estate of James MacFarlane. Ed.
Mr. James MacFarlane died December 14, 1964 in Havana, Cuba.
In a notation among his papers, he requested that in event of his
death, that the Panama Canal Society of Florida be notified.
The writer, along with Mr. Stewart MacFarlane have been appointed
executors of the estate of the deceased by the County Judge's Court of
Dade County, Florida.
Colonel L. E. Willson, 83, of 701 N. Little Rock Court, Sheffield, Ala.,
one of the Shoals area's best-known business leaders and community
benefactors, died November 3, 1964 at Colbert County Hospital after
a lingering illness.
He had been confined to the hospital since October 29, 1960 when he
suffered a stroke.
A native of Waterville, Kansas, Colonel Willson went to Sheffield in
1927 and was the owner of Tennessee Valley Sand and Gravel Co. and
Arrow Transportation Co., the largest domiciled barge company opera-
ting on the Tennessee River. He also had holdings in several other
The son a famous Waterville, Kansas newspaper editor, he taught
school as a young man.
He went into service in WWI from which he emerged with the rank
of Colonel. He also served with the old Isthmian Canal Commission
after making the highest score out of 700 civil service applicants.
While confined to the hospital, Colonel Willson passed the time by read-
ing letters from his former students, whom he taught just after the turn
of the century. Most of them are now the leading citizens of Waterville.
The following was sent in by F. R. Swanson, Tyler, Texas Ed.
John Z. Bromley, 83, 1881-1964, died November 24 in the Wash-
ington Hospital, Washington, Penna. For 41 years after leaving CZ
he was with the Machine Division of the Washington Mould Machine and
Foundry Company, the last 25 years as Superintendent prior to his re-
tirement in January 1964. On the CZ he was for many years a Power
Plant engineer--and in Gorgona from start of operations there until
shops drowned out in 1913. Early Canal Organizations included Society
of the Incas, limited to those whose employment included 1904. Society
of the Chagres was open to all who earned Roosevelt medal and 2 bars
prior to the end of construction days as had Mr. Bromley. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Mrs. Laura (McCoombs), Washington.
Panama Canal Society of Florida:
The above from press notice and letter mailed me from Washington,
Penna. and what known on Zone. I was in Gorgona during that period
and knew Bromley there. Had a date with him in St. Pete in 1963 when
we both attended, along with other OLD timers.
Earliest OLDTIMERS refuse to admit anyone is an OLDTIMER who
failed to make the Isthmus before the opening of Club Houses early in
July 1907. (Place rated more civilized after that).
Mr. Henry Hudson, Miami, Fla., writes that he and Mr. Bromley were
on the S.S. Advance on the May 6, 1907 sailing. They shared a room
until quarters in Gorgona were available. Ed.
Canal Zone Policeman Jennings E. Rogers, 27, died December 15,
1964 in the recovery room of the neuro-surgical ward of Santo Tomas
Hospital from head injuries suffered when an automobile he was helping
to repair fell on him.
Mr. Rogers was born in Akron, Ohio, on August 17, 1937, and attended
Garfield High School in Akron. He went to the Isthmus in 1961, and
his first Panama Canal employment was as a signalman in the Naviga-
tion Division. He was promoted to police private in the Canal Zone
Police Division on June 17, 1962.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, with service from 1955 to 1968.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Betty M. Rogers; by a son, Robert
R., and daughter, Rosemary R., all of Gamboa; and by his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Howard Rogers, of Akron, Ohio.
Mr. Rogers was a member of the Gibraltar All Stars basket-ball team,
and had played with this team all the time he was on the Isthmus. He
was a center and one of the outstanding players on the team. He had
been scheduled to appear in a game against the Cristobal High School
team. The game was cancelled in tribute to his memory.
Capt. Harry B. Dodge died Jan. 3, 1965 at the Bethesda Naval Hos-
pital. Funeral services were held at the Naval Academy Chapel with
burial in the Naval Academy Cemetery with Military Honors.
Capt. and Mrs. Dodge (Hagar Ahlfant) were married in the C. Z. in
1933. He was a graduate of the Naval Academy and held degrees from
M.I.T. and the University of Pittsburgh. Besides his wife he is survived
by his father, a brother and sister. Mrs. Dodge will remain in their
home in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
Burton H. Mead, 78, retired Panama Canal Locks Division employee,
died Dec. 24, 1964. He had resided on the Isthmus since 1916.
He and his wife, Ida, had resided with a son-in-law and daughter,
Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Henter, in Balboa, for the past three years.
Mr. Mead was born Oct. 11, 1886, in Camden, N.J. He was employed
by the Panama Canal June 1, 1916, as a pipe fitter in the old Mechanical
Division and the following year transferred to the Dredging Division
in the same position.
He transferred to the Locks Division where he was promoted to locks
locomotive operator, a position he held until his retirement from Panama
Canal service Oct. 31, 1948.
Surviving with the widow are three daughters, Mrs. Emley Henter,
Mrs. Ida Alberta Smith, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Mrs.Betty Robertson,
Los Rios; a son, David F. Mead, La Boca; five grandchildren and two
brothers. Interment was in Corozal Cemetery..
(Mrs. Alberta Smith, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and her son, Robert, Camp
Le Jeune, N.C., flew to the Zone for the funeral.-Ed.)
Mr. J. H. Bornefield died Nov. 18, 1964 in a hospital in Houston,
Texas. He is survived by his wife Luler M. No other details available.
Roscoe C. Crump, 41, an employee of the Pacific Locks was found dead
at his home in Los Rios January 12, 1965.
A native of El Dorado, Kansas, Mr. Crump was first employed by the
Mechanical Division. He served with the U. S. Army during World War
II and was re-employed by the Panama Canal in 1944. Since 1962 he has
been an employee of the Locks Division.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Wilma D. Crump, who is employed as
secretary to the Civil Affairs Director; and two sons: Ronnie, 16, and
Mrs. Rachel E. McClain, former Canal Zone resident, died January 18,
1965 at Gorgas Hospital after a brief illness.
Mrs. McClain, 72, made her home in Leesburg, Fla., since 1950. She
returned to the Canal Zone to visit her son, Robert A. McClain, a civilian
employee of the U.S. Army Forces Southern Command, at Curundu.
She was the widow of Frederick Ralph McClain, who retired after
spending many years as an Army employee.
Mrs. McClain is survived by another son, Frederick Ralph McClain, Jr.,
of Leesburg, and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. Margaret E. Gately, who made her home with her daughter, Miss
Margaret M. Gately, Balboa, died January 1, 1965 at Gorgas Hospital
after a long illness.
She is survived by her husband, Francis A. Gately, Sr.; two sons, Robert
Gately and Francis A. Gately, Jr., a teacher at Balboa High School; by
one daughter, Miss Margaret M. Gately, dean of women at the Canal Zone
College and by four grandchildren.
William J. Geddie, 64, former manager of the Gamboa and Summit Hills
golf Club, and well known Isthmian resident, died at Gorgas Hospital
January 6, 1965 following a long illness.
A native of Scotland, Mr. Geddie went to the Isthmus in 1927 and was
employed by the U. S. Army at France Field until 1935. He was in busi-
ness in Panama until recent years when he took over the management
of the golf clubs in the Canal Zone.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Lois Geddie of Cocoli. three sons:
Alexander R. of La Boca, Patrick W. of Santo Clara, Panama, and Don-
ald T. of California; and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Maxine Cawl, 48 years of age, died at her home in Balboa, Decem-
ber 31, 1964.
Mrs. Cawl was a resident of the Canal Zone for many years and was
employed by the Marine Bureau since 1951. At the time of her death she
was supervisory timekeeper at the Balboa Port Captain's office.
She is survived by two sons living on the Isthmus and a daughter in
the United States.
Mrs. Hethie Myrtle Duke, 72, died February 7, 1965 in a Tampa Hos-
pital. A native of Zephyrhills, she had lived in Tampa 15 years. She
served as a civil service employee in the Canal Zone for 32 years, and was
a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and the Church of
Survivors are her husband, Dubell Duke, Tampa; a daughter, Jeannie
Marie, Tampa; and a son, Stanford C. Stone, Plant City, Florida.
TRANSIT CHAPTER, NORTH QUINCY, TAXACHUSETTSI
This area certainly is in a mess. Indictments have been presented
against some of our local legislators and an ex-Governor. These are in
connection with bribery. And a lot of agitation is going on as to how
high a Sales Tax will be imposed.
Dec. 23. For the first time in 11 years our local Santa didn't call at
the local school or neighborhood. What hurt the most was that no one
volunteered to take his place.
Dec. 24. It is to laugh. In spite of "neither rain, sleet, or snow will
keep them from their appointed tasks", the only deliveries we got were
from the paper-boys, milkman, baker and grocer. It appears that snow
had fallen. And thanks to the 355 friends who sent Christmas and
Dec. 31. HOW DIFFERENT. No more crowds at the Miramar and
Century Club. No more celebrating New Year's on the lawn at Budmar,
at New Gorgona. There were just three people at ease in the living. room.
The fireplace was roaring, the Xmas tree all lighted, every door and win-
dow frame decortatcd with our friend's cards. We were not alone as we
raised our champagne glasses at midnight; Ida, Dorothy and Guess
Who. Our C.Z. friends just packed the room, in spirit. So much so that
sissie, Little Me (175 lbs.) filled up and dropped a few tears on the
darn fool crowd in Times Square.
Trying to make heads or tails out of our relations with Panama is
about as useless as dropping a rose petal from the top of the Crane Ajax
and listening to the noise when it hit the water in Culebra Cut (yes, I
know Gallaird Cut).
Jan. 12 & 13. The Reunion You art there and we are here. God
willing we will meet again.
D'dja ever try to read a doctor's prescription? It can't be done, and
yet how easy it is to read their bills for services.
A thought. We are young only once, and with some people once is
enough, or life begins at 40 unless when you were 20 you went like 60.
Ida and Slim Hallett
NEWS FROM SOUTHEAST FLORIDA
Dan S. Jones, President of S.E. Chapter of P.C. Society was badly
injured in a fall from a scaffold, landing in the hospital on Nov. 27th
with multiple fractures of the skull, six broken ribs plus an incison in
his side from debris that pierced him as he fell. He was unconscious the
better part of two weeks but got out of the hospital on his own power
on December 20th and those of you who saw him at the reunion know how
wonderful he looked in spite of everything. I say, what a man. Would
that all of us could recuperate from illnesses like that.
R. D. (Babe) Melanson also spent a couple of weeks in the hospital
with kidney stones. He is doing very well-has been seen at the races
Alfred and Marie Dube visited Miami staying at the Sahara Motel for
two weeks-had a wonderful time.
Mrs. Alice Smith and two sons, James and Kenneth, spent Christmas
and New Years in Charlotte, N.C. with her oldest son Donald and his wife.
Mrs. Susie Blanshaft drove down to Miami bringing with her Mrs.
Annie Maurer from "Nalcrest" Lake Wales for Thanksgiving staying
with the Melansons and the Roger Williams of Fort. Lauderdale.
Bill and Kaye Rohrback visited the Melansons at Xmas along with the
Roger Williams, ending up by all going to Maitland over New Years.
Needless to say, a good time was had by all.
Mrs. Helen McKeown, after retiring from Pan Canal on physical dis-
ability, came to Miami as guest of the Charles Hardys for a few days
prior to her trip to Puerto Rico to visit son Bill and his family. Know it
was a very Merry Xmas with the two granddaughters for the first time.
Hurry back Helen, we miss you.
Mrs. W. C. Smith had her daughter-in-law, Nellree Berger as a visitor
both coming and going to the Eastern Star Triennial in Dallas, also Edna
and Paul Furr who are now settled again in Falls Church, Va.
The Wm. Russons had an interesting trip this fall. After getting a new
car they headed north only to be followed by the hurricane sweeping the
east coast about that time and were lucky to keep just ahead of her. They
visited the Oliver Bowens in Connecticut, the Burt Russons in Cleveland
where they ran into Ruth and Jack Campbell, then on to Washington,
D.C. and Peggy Sealey. On the way up the coast they stopped in to see
Mrs. Laura Snedecker and she said the Gerald Bliss's had just been there.
The Russons have as their guest now, Bill's son, who is a Commander in
the Navy, and grandson Larry who is preparing to go to the same Univer-
sity as his father.
Gene and Wilton Clary made an interesting trip to and around the
Bahama Islands on the Trimoran "Tontine" which is now on its way
to San Bias where they will set up headquarters for tourists to take trips
around those islands.
Mr. and Mrs. Ike Metzger went to the reunion and while there were
house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Dunham of Sarasota. First week
of March will find the Metzgers Panama bound. We'll keep our fingers
crossed that all goes well down there.
Mr. and Mrs Walter Schapow are also going to Panama on February
4th to visit with the Daggetts and other friends.
Mrs. Frank Moore fell and broke her hip, is in a wheelchair and Mr.
Moore is in the hospital. No other details were available but I'm sure
they would appreciate hearing from their old friends.
Mrs. Ethel Marcy is back in Hollywood Hospital report is she is
slipping away fast.
Now, just a word to those of you who did not see the movie about
the 50th anniversary of the P.C. and more of you did not, than did. You
missed something! I was terribly disappointed in the turn-out after all
the days that I sat on the phone to call you all and I'm sure Dan Jones
was too who went to all the trouble to get the equipment, the place and
the operator. Really, I think we ALL could do better, let's come out to
these things else it isn't worth the effort to get them together. You'll be
the one to benefit.
Pete (Wardlaw) and Jim Clark from Indianapolis visited Fort Lauder-
dale over Thanksgiving as guests of Rachel Rudolph and Betty and Jack
Hazel and Roy High drove from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to spend Xmas
and New Years with Margaret and Walter Schapow at their home in
Alicia Crasto, vacationing from Balboa, C.Z., was joined in New Orleans
in December by her aunt, Wilma "Billy" Siler of DeLand, Florida. They
drove together to DeLand in January and Alicia came to Fort Lauderdale
for a visit of several days as the house guest of Beverly Des Londes.
Other welcome visitors during the holiday season were Arlene and Frank
Raymond and Dorothy and Harvey Butzky of Panama.
Jim and Amelia Hunter, on their return from a trip to New Orleans in
January, stopped to visit the Cliff Ryters in Leesburg. There they met the
Gerald Brennans from Bush, La., and the Ben Thomases from New Hamp-
shire, all enroute to the Reunion in St. Petersburg.
Captain and Mrs. Rudolph Rubelli (Bud and Ruth) of Pompano Beach
were honored on their 40th wedding anniversary, Friday, January 22,
1965, by a party given at Cafe Society, Fort Lauderdale, by Ruth's brother
and sister-in-law, George and Elizabeth Dobbin, and a group of their
neighbors. Among guests attending were Anne and Frank Cunningham,
Barbara and Al Hutchings, Amelia and Jimmy Hunter, John and Mary
Cunnard, Virginia and Sam Craig, and Ethel McDermott.
Adios, con much gusto
Mrs. A. H. Mohr went to Wilmington, Delaware to spend Thanksgiving
and Christmas with her daughter Mary Lou and family. Her husband,
Chet McCabe, is a physicist with the DuPont Company.
Mrs. E. A. Erbe spent Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C. with her son
Phil and family and with Bob and his family. Bob recently completed
a tour of duty in Pakistan, and is now on duty at the Pentagon.
Mrs. Georgia Blessing has sold her Orlando home, and is living in the
Winter Park Arms Apartments, Winter Park, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Baker are enjoying living in Winter Park. Mr.
Baker is playing violin with the Community Orchestra.
E. W. Hatchett Jr., from Balboa, Canal Zone, spent the Christmas holi-
days with his mother, Mrs. E. W. Hatchett, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. V. D. Calloway went to Homestead Air Force Base, to
spend the holidays with their son, Captain Vern Calloway, and his family.
Mrs. Herbert Judson went to Indianapolis early in December. She
had surgery at the clinic where her son Walter is a staff surgeon. Herbert
went up to spend Christmas with her and Dr. Walter and family. All
reports are that she is doing very well.
Mrs. Edna Whitver went to St. Pete to spend the holidays with her niece
and family, the Gene Kleasners.
Miss Katherine Jessup of Norfolk, Virginia visited Nancy Hatchett
shortly after the holidays.
Dorothy M. Meyer
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Greetings from North Carolina! There was much activity among our
members over the holidays and, lest I digress, let me begin to tell you
Several months ago Esther and Fred Hodges went up to Hampton, Va.
to visit their son. After an enjoyable stay there they drove to Fort Royal,
Va. to see old friends. Returning home for a short time, they then took
off in January in their trailer for the sunny shores of Florida, planning
on visiting friends and lolling around for several months. Having ac-
quired a lovely home in the suburbs of Asheville, their future intentions
are to settle down here and give up trailer-life.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Knoop left January 23rd from Miami for the
C.Z., and plan on visiting their son Roy, Jr., who lives in Ancon and
teaches in Balboa High School. They expect to be gone two months if
conditions are favorable in Panama.
From December 22nd to January 3rd Dorothea and Starford Churchill,
Sr. were with their children who are now living in State College, Pa.
Churchill Jr. is attending college there and he and his family are staying
temporarily at the home of Adelia's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Shack-
lett. The young Churchills plan on selling their house at Enka, N.C.
Paul and Betty Bentz left Asheville December 13th for Springdale,
Conn. to see their son, Dr. Alan Bentz and his family. The Dr. and his
wife have three fine sons, which incidently, make Betty and Paul mighty
proud grandparents. The holidays were also shared with daughter Joan
and her husband, Murray Davidson of NYC. Coming home the Bentzes
spent a few days as guests of the Roger Hacketts in Raleigh, N.C.
The F. M. Sawyers are now settled in their beautiful new apartment,
which is located in a lovely section of Hendersonville. The recently com-
pleted apartment house, with its sylvan setting and little lake nestling in
the woods, make it truly a beauty spot. They have now left for Florida
and the reunion.
Capt. and Mrs. Frank J. Reppa, Jr. spent the holidays with their son
and family, Lieut Col. and Mrs. Robt. B. Reppa. Robert spent a week in
Belgium taking part in The Battle of The Bulge documentary sponsored
by the Nat'l Broadcasting Co. This was shown on TV Dec. 15th. Many
letters and phone calls were received from friends all over the U.S. who
Ruth Sill enjoyed an extended trip to the Middle and Far West, visit-
ing her one brother and four sisters. She regretted not being able to see
many more of her former Canal Zone friends on her trip. The long dis-
tances in the Los Angeles area were frustrating to her.
Jack McDuffie, formerly of St. Luke's Cathedral, Ancon, entertained
the Wendell Greens at a dinner on a recent visit to this vicinity. He is a
member of the Faculty of the University of West Virginia.
Wendell and Mildred Green drove down to Newberry, S.C. to spend
New Year's Day with Chris and Mary Garlington.
Bea Tyrell attended the reunion while visiting the H. W. Posts in St.
Pete in January.
January 8th Della and Clarence Howell went to Florida where they
planned to attend the Reunion. They were also looking forward with pleas-
ure to being the guests of the W. T. Bowens of Coral Gables. Later on a
visit with David F. Smith of St. Petersburg was on the agenda.
While visiting their daughter Louise and her family in Arizona, Bruce
and Mildred Harrell were happy to see Otto Savolds and Esther C. Ilwit-
zer in Green Valley. On their way home they stopped off in Dothan, Ala-
bama to visit Sue Core Odom. She had made a beautiful needlepoint pic-
ture of the Last Supper, which is to be placed above the Altar in the
Chapel of The Haven, the memorial to Doctor John D. Odom.
The Bob Van Wagners drove up to Findlay, Ohio to spend Thanksgiving
with their son Robert and his family. On their return via New York they
had dinner with Jimmy and Helen Lyons in their glamorous apartment
After a stay of a few days in New Jersey with Lilian's brother, they re-
turned bringing with them her mother, Mrs. Charles Cotton, who had been
visiting there a few weeks. In early November they had as guests for
several enjoyable days, Dr. and Mrs. Dan J. Paolucci of Balboa Heights.
John and Marguerite (Van Wagner) Runck again sailed up from the Canal
Zone for the Xmas holidays. While here John unfortunately spent part of
his time in the hospital for surgery.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coleman spent Xmas holidays with daughter and
son-in-law, Louise and James Pattison of Waynesburg, Pa. James owns a
radio station in that vicinity. Barbara caught a cold and upon arrival in
H'ville the Dr. advised her entering the hospital she had pneumonia. She
is now at home convalescing.
Mrs. R. A. Mitchell flew to Bradford, Pa. to spend the holidays with
Mrs. R. A. Patterson took a trip to California visiting her sister, Ann
Jackson, and expects to be gone two months.
Mr. and Mrs Ralph Wanlass had their son Clinton of Mobile, Alabama
visit them over the holidays.
Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Parks spent the holidays with their son who lives
in Huntsville, Alabama, and had a wonderful time.
Miss Judy Matthews of Dallas, Texas, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Fred O'Rourke, surprised them by a visit a week before Xmas.
Mr. John Ferguson had the pleasure of a visit from son, John Jr. and
wife who just returned from Australiia.
Friends of Mrs. Harry A. Thompson will be sorry to learn that on Dec.
12th she fell and broke her left arm while in the West Asheville Post
Office. Having to wear a heavy cast for some little time certainly merits
our deepest sympathy.
In November prior to Thanksgiving, Mrs. Ula W. Tweed went out to
Indiana to see her daughter Susie and family. Susie is married to Dr.
Raymond Goodson, who teaches at Purdue University, and they have a
little girl two years old. To repay this most enjoyable visit, the children
in turn spent the Xmas holidays with Susie's mother in N.C. and also
Dr. Goodson's parents who reside in the Mills River Area.
All of us were greatly saddened by the death of Mr. J. F. Davidson,
affectionately known as "DAVE" to all his friends, on January 3rd. He had
been in poor health since mid-summer. Even though it meant a long drive
from Hickory, his home, to Asheville, Dave seldom missed one of our
get-togethers. He will be missed by so many.
Dr. Samuel S. Irvin and Mrs. Virginia Lee Whictaker were married
January 9th, 1965 in Hendersonville, N.C., later attending the Reunion at
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Our Society is ever growing larger and so we welcome with pleasure our
latest members Mr. and Mrs. Floyd A. Robinson, who are now settled
in Candler, N.C., Route 4, Box 146.
Sorry to have to report my lord and master, 'Connie' Dodson, has had
two operations. One in October and the latest on January 5th. He is now
convalescing at La Maison.
For many a week preceding Xmas our weather was as gentle and 'Spring-
like' as a day in May. Soft rains had enticed little flowers to bloom and
small furry creatures out of hibernation. January, however, told an en-
tirely different tale. Winter on the march swooped down on N.C. flinging
her ermine wraps over Mts. and Valleys alike. Gazing out on this scene
early one morning, I noticed what had been a bare, rather bleak-looking
tree changed into a thing of beauty. It was covered with soft snow and
perched on its white limbs were quite a number of red Cardinals, thereby
adding an oriental touch to our "Winter Wonderland". A just reward I
would say, for feeding the many wild birds that abound in this area.
Let me close by thanking Mrs. Fred Sill and Mrs. Frank Reppa for
helping out with news from Hendersonville.
Ethel W. Dodson
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
Holidays over and now to get down to the business of seeing to it
that 1965 is a good year, for everyone, everywhere.
We in Southern Caliornia have been lucky so far as weather is con-
cerned, and we were and are deeply concerned with the plight of the not-
so-lucky residents of Northern California, Oregon and Washington who
suffered great losses on account of the rains and floods.
Byrne and Armella Hutchings, recently retired, are enjoying life in
the states-living at 1003 Elkgrove Avenue, Venice, California, near
their son Pat, his wife Jill, and two delightful grandchildren.
Mrs. Anna Ruley of Redondo Beach wrote that she became a great-
grandmother when her son Robert's boy (Robert Paul Ruley) became
the father of a 71/2 lb. son last November. All of them make their home
in East Weymouth, Mass.
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Pritchett of Hollywood had considerable illness
and hospitalization-we hope along with them that 1965 is a better year
for them Mr. Pritchett wrote that they had heard from Mr. and Mrs.
Joe Luttrell who make their home at Christiansted, St. Croix, Virgin
Islands and who spend a part of the year in Spain. The Pritchett's had
visited the Luttrell's in the Virgin Islands previously.
Florence Peterson is enjoying her retirement-recently moved to her
own apartment at 623 Fischer St., Apt. 5, Glendale, California, near her
folks whom she sees every day. When she wrote she was waiting for her
furniture to arrive from the Zone then down to the task of unpack-
ing and placing her belongings.
John and Frances Greening are living at 1021 Cliff Drive, Santa Bar-
bara. Mr. Greening served as Lockmaster at Gatun Locks they were
on the Zone from 1930 until 1964. We welcome them as members of the
Southern California Society.
We also welcome Charles E. and Norma Raymond, 814 E. Minter Street,
Santa Ana. Mr. Raymond lived at New Cristobal, 1937-1945: served in
the Armed Forces YMCA/Bolivar Avenue U.S.O. Club.
We are sory to report the death of Mr. Leo Engbersen, of Long Beach,
on December 3, 1964 We also learned of the death of Mrs. Loretta Speir,
widow of Foster Speir, who lived with her son Woodrow in Long Beach,
on October 18, 1964 The Speirs were former residents of Pedro Miguel.
Mr. John Parsons of San Francisco wrote about a trip taken recently by
his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Davis of Oakland. Mrs.
Davis was born at Culebra, Canal Zone, and this was her first trip back
to the Zone since leaving there some years ago. Mr. Davis formerly
worked on the Zone, also. They sailed down the west coast of the U.S.,
with a 4-day stopover in Panama, then on to South America. They both
enjoyed sight-seeing around Panama and the Zone, and got quite a thrill
out of returning there.
Helen Deavours is back in California living at 1575 Pacific Place, Ana-
heim: she reports that the C. P. Deans will be returning to California
from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they have lived these past few
Mr. Isaac Andrews of San Francisco wrote that he was sorry not to be
able to attend the 50th Anniversary celebration on the Zone. However,
he did take a trip down the west coast on United Fruit steamer Esparta-
stopped along the way to pick up bananas in Nicaraugua and Costa Rica.
At the latter place he saw some of the countryside which has been devas-
tated by the ashes from the spouting volcano. They arrived at Balboa
during the night and anchored out in the bay. He did not get ashore, but
did get to at least see his friends Mr. and Mrs. Karl Curtis at Gamboa
during the transit of his ship he enjoyed the trip through the Canal.
He'd had a part in building the locks, also helped in the building of Ft.
Sherman. On the way to New York he passed Fortune Islands, Cuba,
Haiti, and recalled that on his first trip to the Zone in 1905 the old Allianca
stopped at Fortune Islands to pick up natives going to Panama to work
and make their fortune. He visited his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Godfrey, at their home on Long Island. At New London Coast
Guard Academy he visited his grandson who is a cadet, class of '67. They
are very proud, and justifiably so, of their grandson who is doing well
in his school work: he was in the Honor Guard at President Kennedy's
funeral service, and represented the Coast Guard at ex-President Hoover's
funeral service, and was in the Coast Guard contingent at President John-
son's inauguration. Mr. Andrew's son William is an electrician on sub-
marines at Portsmouth, N.H. Navy Yard, and his son, William Jr. is at
Great Lakes Training Station. Mr. Andrews also visited his cousin, Walter
Pierce who used to be Quartermaster on the Ancon with Capt. David Swin-
son: then he flew back to his home in San Francisco after a wonderful trip.
Hazel and Leo Page of Paradise, Calif., wrote that Dick Wright, son
of Anna and Wells Wright, visited them before Christmas. Burt Page
lives in San Francisco he was with his folks for Christmas. Eva and
Jack Dyer have moved to a new home in Santa Barbara.
Mrs. Elizabeth Taber of Altadena, was in Winthrop, Maine, visit-
ing her daughter Audrey and family. While there she got over to Yar-
mouth to see Mr. and Mrs. Loring in their new home: Mrs. Loring re-
cently had eye surgery. Mrs. Taber enjoyed seeing her grandsons; the
fall foliage was beautiful and she even got to see snow falling before
she returned to her home in California.
Bebe and George Sanford, formerly of Diablo Heights, are enjoy-
ing retirement in Nashville, Tennessee. They had a number of visit-
ors from the Zone Doris and Frank Chollar (who hope to retire in
a few years), the Hummers, Reeves, Hammetters, and the Korels.
Esther Currier of Southgate, flew to Atlanta to be with her children
for the holidays and later attended the reunion in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Charles Persons, of St. Petersburg, telephoned me during her
recent visit to California. She was having a wonderful time seeing her
family and friends in San Diego, Los Angels area, and was to go to
Northern California. hoped to see the Paynes in Napa, and many oth-
er Zone folks in the northern part of the state.
Virginia and Martin Seiler left the day after Christmas, flew to New
York: had a wonderful time visiting their family in New Jersey, Bal-
timore and vicinity. Then they flew on to Puerto Rico -- say it was
much like Panama, and they loved it. Then to Miami -- on to St. Peters-
burg for the reunion, and a visit with Herb and Amy Paddock, and
Orlando with John and Almena McCoy. After a few days at Pompano
Beach, they flew back home to California.
Rena and Bill Godfrey wrote that they were sorry to miss our Oc-
tober picnic, but they were on a trip east. They went by train from
Santa Paula to Vancouver, B. C., then across Canada to New Haven,
Connecticut. Spent a few weeks with their daughter Dorothy and her
family now living in Orange, Connecticut. The Godfreys took many
pictures in the Canadian Rockies, and in the New England states. They
missed seeing many of their friends as they did not have their car, but
will see them all when they drive east again.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Moore (Evelyn) are making their home at 450
University Circle, Claremont, California 91711.
Mrs. Violet Wunsch of Wichita, Kansas, was a recent visitor in the
San Francisco area. She was house guest of Mrs. Fred Brown and Mrs.
Ruth Robertson. For many years Violet was with the PANAMA AMER-
ICAN newspaper, later with The Panama Canal. After leaving the
Zone she worked for a Wichita newspaper until her recent retirement.
Virginia and Martin Seiler, who had not seen Mrs. Wunsch for 31
years, drove up to Mountain View to spend two days with her, Mrs.
Brown and Mrs. Robertson.
A recent issue of the LOS ANGELES TIMES carried an article and
a picture of Dr. Nathaniel B. Gale, new assistant director of Greater
Los Angeles zoo. Dr. Gale arrived in Los Angeles a short time ago
from the Canal Zone, where he was director of the Balboa Zoo.
CANAL ZONE SOCIETY OF COLORADO
On January 7, the Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado fea-
tured an article with photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Stark. Reporter
Tom Lawrie interviewed the Starks and reported their views on the riots
in Panama and the Canal Zone last January and their fears of a new
outbreak on the January 9 anniversary of the 1964 riots.
Roy and Dorothy Kennedy enjoyed a long telephone conversation
with Tom Huff while he was in Denver making arrangements for the
University of Denver Jazz Band to go to the Far East on a State Depart-
ment tour. Tom is now stationed in Washington, D. C. with his family.
He reported a recent visit from his mother, who was the one that re-
membered the Kennedy's address and urged him to get in touch with
The Kennedy's daughter and son-in-law, the Tim Wennbergs, have
recently moved back to Englewod, Colorado from Gunnison where they
were both attending Western State College.
Bit and Bill Kendrick have just returned from a visit to Los Angeles,
California, where they attended a niece's wedding and spent several
Best wishes from the Colorado Society to all in 1965.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Northern California Chapter of the Panama Canal Society held
its annual business-picnic meeting on January 17, 1965, at the Sailboat
Clubhouse on Lake Merritt in Oakland, California. Though it was chilly
outside there was great warmth inside with all members greeting each
other and catching up on all the latest happenings of the various families.
We started out with a small group but as the minutes went by more
and more old friends arrived with quite a few new friends coming in
for their first reunion. Mr. Harvey McConaughey gave the invocation
and then all settled down for lunches before business.
At the business portion of the meeting the members enjoyed two short
poems read by Mr. McConaughey, the author. One was entitled "Mi
Pollera', the other 'The Guayaquil Tree". Both were thoroughly enjoyed
by the audience for the memories they brought back. Mr. Julius Russell
then gave a humorous toast to California, our adopted home after the
Canal. Officers for the coming year of 1965 were voted into office and
they are: Carl Wanke, President, Julius Russell Vice President, Pat
After the meeting we continued our visiting and I finally had a chance
to note for the Record our visitors and new members. From Arkansas
were Newell and Blanche Shaw just arrived the day before to visit with
Col. and Mrs. Weir (Alice Ray) and family. The Weirs were present for
their first reunion on the west coast since moving from Colorado. From
Southern California we had Jack and Lil Evans who were visiting with
Harold and Ruth Duncan. The trip was made north especially for the
reunion. Mrs. Henderson of North Carolina was also a visitor, attending
the picnic reunion with her sister Ann Jackson and Don and Barbara (Ha-
chett) Jackson and two sons. Another group of guests were Murray and
Joan (Sharpe) Falk, Ruth Cherry and Mrs. Dorothy Smith, all from
Newark, California. With Miss Elizabeth Gunby and Miss Elsie Halli-
well was Lenora Smith of Seattle, Washington. Late arrivals were Mr.
and Mrs. John L. Toone of San Mateo. Also late to arrive were Paul and
Judy Ridge and Al and Jerrye Stumpf with their families. Ted and Lena
London brought his mother Mrs. Edward London, Sr. Walter Oliver
and his son were also guests.
We welcomed as new members: Morris and Ruth Cherry, (Police
Dept.), Walter Oliver (Schools Div.), Edward and Myra London (Build-
Mr. Henry Page of the Canal Zone was a visitor for a week with
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Cherry in Newark. Mr. Richard Evans of the Canal
Zone was also a recent visitor at the Cherry's.
Visiting on the west coast now are Phillip and Barbara (Evans)
O'Shaughnessy. They have been in southern California since mid-Jan-
uary visiting with Barbara's parents, Lil and Jack Evans, and her sis-
ter Muriel and family in Whittier. The O'Shaughnessy's are sched-
uled to be visiting in the San Francisco area too with Harvey and Kar-
en Parker, and Ruth and Harold Duncan.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
A brand New Year of Joy to y'all. Let us make it a year of Adven-
ture for the whole man--a Body to keep fit, a Mind to renew and the
Spirit to guide.
It was fun to receive the Christmas cards and be brought up-to-date
about the children, grandchildren and even the great grandchildren
of friends and associates of Canal Zone days. We appreciate the many
who mention their enjoyment of this report from the Arkansas corner
of the Magic Empire.
Are we Arkansawyers proud? In 1963, the Schola Cantorum of the
University of Arkansas won the International Award for Choral sing-
ing in Italy. Last year one of our girls was "Miss America" and Jan-
uary 1965 our Razorbacks won the Cotton Bowl Football game in Dal-
las. The Grantland Rice Award is "the cherry on the whipped cream"
as one of the players expressed it. So, we just must give the Razor-
back Yell--Whooo, Pigs Soooeee. Go, Hogs, Go The above is
preliminary to the good news that our own Canal Zone born Elizabeth,
beautiful 16 year old daughter of Heinie and Theo Hallin went to the
Cotton Bowl game as a member of the Choralettes with the Fayette-
ville High School Band.
Locally your reporter, Husband Newell, Brother Albert Daniel and
wife Ruth were Christmas guests at Hallins, as we have been ever since
coming to Fayetteville 14 Christmasses ago. The Walter Reifs (Mar-
tha) report Holidays at home but not quiet as Walter is Director of
the Community Adult Center and that is a very active organization.
Albert and Ruth Daniel, like most recently retired folk had guests
even before they had unpacked the many cartons, but it was fun to have
Sgt. and Mrs. Paul E. Hagerty and four children overnight with them
on their way to a new assignment in Colorado Springs, also Col. and
Mrs. J. E. Dick on their way to California.
On the 7th of January we went a'newsgathering and found the Ben-
tonville folk still happy with the Joy of the Holidays. We met in the
home of President Carl and Helen Newhard who report that son Sam
was home from Hillside College in Michigan. Carl, Jr. has enrolled at
the Oklahoma State College, Okmulgee for a 2 year course in Auto
Mechanics. The engagement of Carl, Jr. to Miss Helen Pollach of Rog-
ers has announced.
The Andrew Bleakleys (Jean) were in Kansas City, Kansas for Thanks-
giving and Christmas with daughter Marie and family consisting of
husband Calvin McDaniel and three children. Calvin teaches Indus-
trial Arts in Jr. High School. On Xmas Day they were joined by Jack
and Eileen Bleakley Swisher and four children of Raytown, Missouri.
Lt. Andrew Bleakley, U.S.N.. stationed in Japan was in port for all
three Holidays with his wife, Carol (Newhard) who is enjoying their
tour of duty in Japan.
Glynn and Etta Fay Terrell report delightful visitors from Marga-
rita, C.Z., Edna and George Wertz. Early in December the Terrells
went a'visiting to Mississippi and Louisiana bringing back to Arkansas
for Zonite neighbors in Bentonville, 4 gals. N. O. Oysters (Ugh!) and
PLANTAINS (Yum!). Reporter's comments in parenthesis. The Holi-
days were made complete when daughter Andrea, a student at North-
western State College in Louisiana and their son Lance, U.S. Air Force
stationed at Andrews A.F.B., Washington, D. C. were home and the
family was together for Christmas for the first time since 1958.
Busy with a party we did not see George and Edith Engelke. We learn-
ed that Edith's brother Bronson (Bunny) Powell and wife Celeste vis-
ited them for a few days in November. The Powells had just returned
to the States after 6 months in Europe and now living in Glendale,
California. Christmas Eve dinner drew the Engelke Clan of Benton-
ville, George, Edith, Bob, and Connie to the home of Herbert and Alice
Engelke, including son Herbie and Alice's Dad, Albert Wood. Their
daughter Marguerite Engelke Grammer, husband Harold of Tulsa and
2 little girls were with them for the Holidays. Herbert and Alice won
3rd place in Window and Door Xmas decoration with the beautiful
stained glass window depicting the 3 Nativity scenes with Choir boys
in red and white robes, New Year's Eve party included the Terrells
while neighbors Bleakley and Newhard were together.
Earnest and Haleen Williams went to Harrisburg, Illinois to be with
Haleen's brother Everett Hess. In Vienna, Ill. Haleen saw several girl-
hood friends whom she had not seen for 30 years and how they did rem-
inisce. Having next door apartments, it was easy for Mattie MacAulay
and Betty McCosham to talk of "Christmas On The Isthmus"--Sue Core--
Mattie having been with the Commissary Division and Betty a nurse at
In Rogers Lynn and Maude Cook told of son Bud's vacation with them
in November and again home for New Year at Villa Taboga. Our co-
reporter, Fraces D, rn was a November visitor also. By 'phone we learned
from Alice, Mrs. William T. (Red) Nail that Red was in Rogers for
4 weeks in November and has now returned to the Zone until March
when he will return to make Rogers his future home. Alice and daughter
Lisa are happy to be near Alice's parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Pearce.
This was their first Christmas together in twelve years. As usual, Bill
and Alice Keller are content in their spic n' span home.
In Springdale we found the Bill Mathues (Carrie) still carrying on
in their work of helping others over the rough spots of life. Carrie re-
ported that their friend, Marione Campbell is in Springdale Hospital and
is feeling more comfortable since taking Physio-therapy treatments,
Marione's daughter, Lucille Davis came up from the Zone to be with
her mother for a few weeks.
FLASH! Sam Newhard called his parents, Carl and Helen Newhard
to tell them of his engagement to a fellow student, Miss Ann Martin
of Fayetteville, New York.
The Grover F. Bohans (Billie) have gone to spend the Winter in Tampa,
Florida and attended the Reunion.
This report was started in Fayetteville, Arkansas on a bright New Year's
Day. It is brought to a close on the Presidential Inauguration Day -
a bright New Year's Day for the United States at the home of Col. and
Mrs. James A. Weir in San Francisco.
We all were at the January Picnic of the Panama Canal Society of
Northern California and a joy to us to see many folk we knew 'way
back yonder on the Canal Zoe.
Let me remind you that our Panama Canal Society ot Ncrthwest
Arkansas will hold their summer Picnic at noon, 13 June 1965 at Agri
Park in Fayetteville on Hwy 112. Y'all come and enjoy the day with us.
Blanche E. Shaw
IN, AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Estelle De Cora spent the holidays with her children, and grand-
children, the Dr. Landford's, (daughter Doris), in W. Memphis, and
her son's The Lambert DeCoras in L. Rock who on Jan. 16, celebrated
their 21st wedding anniversary.
The holidays, and more of the winter, are being spent by the Jack
Reinigs with daughter Peggy's family, (tht Ed. Fusiks), in Highland
Park, Ill. A beautiful color photo of the Fusiks, shows Peggy and Ed.
with 2 almost grown up daughters and their big brother who is now in
Gerald and Mrs. Parker made a number of trips to Ind. and Mich. in
'64 to see their folks, and we extend our sympathy to them as the last
trip was very sad, as her father passed on Dec. 11 at Three Rivers, Mich.
Bill Burns and sister, the Fred Atkinsons, the Rufus Garretts, Rita
Kyle and children, and I are keeping the 'home fires' burning. Frances
Horter sends cheerful notes from Calif.
Mrs. Ana Piper's condition at St. Joseph's hospital is unchanged.
Her son's wife, Mrs. E. T Piper was recently voted "Woman of the year"
by the hospital Guild as she is a charter member, and served as payroll
disburser for the entire hospital for seven years.
Horace Nuckles our '06 construction man celebrated his 76th birthday
before Christmas, and still has a cheerful attitude from his wheelchair.
F. Dorn motored up and spent a pleasant weekend in early Nov. with
the Lynn Cooks in Rogers. 'Bud' Cook from Jackson, Miss. was spending
his vacation with his parents. Enroute homeward she stopped to say
"hello" to Adele Kole (Mrs. Gus), in Russellville.
Florence Lamb's condition in the nursing home in Hammond, La. is
about the same. Jack is with her in the home. We hope that L. S. Kiser
is now entirely well. Mrs. F. Moreland, and sister, Etta Harrover, said
that the Lee Moreland's helped him take a plane from Wash., D. C.
to Canton, Miss. to enter his home hospital. A friend met him, and
'phoned the Moreland's of a safe, but, fatiguing arrival.
Bill and Helen, (Patterson), Shrum of Hamburg Ger. had as guests,
John and Dotty Gorin and daughter in June. The Shrums were in Fla.
in Aug. and were able to visit Katie M. Swain, Frances Clay and the
Mrs. Thyra Shiebley wrote from Pan. City that her sister in N.Y.C.
passed in '64. Her eyesight is failing. Dr. Juan Diaz is still at his den-
tist's office. Mrs. Carie Dunning is about as usual in her home in Belle-
The C. W. Kilbey's daughter, Tina, and husband and baby are now
living in Burlington, Vt. Her article re the Jan. '64 "Incident" was
published lately in the Miami Herald- re her experiences fleeing from
the Pan. side over to Balboa to be with her parents.
Evelyn Mills is still at the Tivoli. There are some air conditioned
roms there now. Karl and Bea Curtis are still in Gamboa, as is Laura
Suggs, who is in better health now, and Tom Pimento and family are
also there. His oldest son is in third year of college in S.C. and his
youngest is 12 yr. old. The Chester Luhrs and Ferdy Bermanger are still
in Balboa, and Eldon and Marge Coffey in Pan. City. Their sons are
married and one is stationed in Germany with U. S. army.
Dick Jr. son of the Dick Penningtons of Gatun, is 'in the Navy now'
and is on the U. S. S. Austin in Norfolk. His sister Kathy is a Jr. in
H. School, a baton twirler, a majorette, whose picture with her team
was in a recent 'Spillway'. Marge Wiggins and Shirley Clymer enjoyed
a summer trip to N. Y. Fair, Racing in Toronto, a helicopter ride, and
visits with kin in, and around N. H.
Mrs. Teresa Casserly of Pittsburg enjoys the Record. She and her
husband the late Dr. Casserly lived at Mindi a no. of years where he
was chief veterinerian. Later they were on the Pas. side. Edith Wicks is
still in State School in Polk, Pa.
Jack and Mai Allen of Knoxville, Tenn. wish to be remembered to
friends. Jack was at the Ped. Miguel Clubhouse during the War years.
Mrs. Thomas Barton, (Jo Ann Underwood) of Lexington, Ky. wrote
that her parents, The Van Underwoods, are enjoying their retirement
home in Huntington Park, Calif., and Mary Kate, her mother lives only
a block away from her mother. Jo Ann's brother, Wm. is a civil engineer
in Ala., but lives with his family across the line in Ga. Jo Ann is
teaching in a H. School program for adults at nights, and in a small
college in the mornings. Her husband Dr. Barton, is a Prof. of Biology
in the U. in Lexington.
The Wm. Lorens and 2 children of Mex. City visited their parents
the Adin Lorens, of Sarasota, Fla. this summer. The Fla. Lorens visited
their granddaughter Susan Marsh (Mary's daughter) whose father passed
Peggy Shirley Hutton of San Antonio, Tex. had hers sons, Tom and
Billy Holmberg from the C. Z. visit here during the summer vacation.
The Leon Carringtons are now living in Ft. Worth and their son,
Ronald, who married a Tex. girl recently, lives nearby. Nellie, (Mrs.
Leon), has recently undergone a successful cataract surgery, will soon
have another operation on the other eye.
Mrs. Alan Broderick, (Natalie Bender), who is head of the Language
Dept. of Ishpeming, Mich. H. School flew to Paris to spend 3 weeks with
a cousin this summer and brushed up on her French. She also saw Geneva
and London. Lately, she's housekeeping, and also teaching with a broken
toe, and on crutches, but she and her family were intending to spend the
holidays with her parents, the Tom Benders in Rochester, Minn. Tom
Sr. was laid up with a broken leg. Tom Jr. just returned from a trip
to the Orient and Holy Land, and all anticipated seeing the movies he
took on this interesting journey.
I was glad to hear that the Welton Johnsons of Amherst, Wis., were
well enough to drive East to N. Y. last summer and enjoyed visiting,
son Robert, wife and family of 2 boys and 2 girls.
Dave Prather and Ora Fisher are as usual. Dr. and Mrs. Quaintance
of La Grande, Ore., wrote that their youngest, Alice, born in Gorgas
and 'dubbed' "Senorita", will graduate from H. School this year.
We hope Gene Hartshorne will enjoy good health in '65, a complete
recovery from his illness during most of '64.
The Col. David Nanneys, (Lucille Cook), of Palo Alto, Calif., the
whole family is in Stanford U., excepting Don, who is busy too, in High
Edna Baer of Pasadena and Teresa Ball of L. A. are not in the best of
health. Hope they recover in '65. Robert and Lena Mills moved from San
Carlos to San Leandro, Now they're living near their son, Graham
Brotherson and family.
Edith Needham is busy as usual and tells about enjoying an 'old timers
of C. Z.' get-to-gethers' once a month, and also a recent visit from the
Cahagans from Laguna. The Louis Gluds of W. Sacrements, are enjoying
trips around Calif., also visiting daughter Louise and husband and 2
sons, also having a recent visit from son Bob and wife. He is a navigator
in U.S. A. F. Cornelia Reimer is still painting at Palm Springs where
she saw the first snow on the Mts. and surrounding desert.
Agnes Reinke Vennard was with a tour group who went from L.
A., to Hawaii for the Holidays. The Ben Armstrongs of San Fran. sent
their hearty Yultide greetings.
Lillian Abrams, (Mrs. Leigh) of Clermont, Fla. spent July and Aug.
in Ill. and Ky., and did some Jet travelling in Oct. to N. J. and her
The Copes and Krauses of Altamonte Springs, Fla., seems to be in
good health and spirits. The former still indulges in orchids, and the
latter in garden flowers.
The Louis Maurers made the home 'stretch' to Fla. ok after their visit
here in Hot Springs. Hurry back! Adios, Frances S. Dorn
A big ship carrying a big cargo went through the Panama Canal when
the SS Montpelier Victory transited southbound recently.
The Montpelier Victory carried a cargo of 360,000 barrels of gaso-
line. At 55 gallons per barrel, this totals 19,800,000 gallons- enough
gasoline to operate the family car, at 40 gallons per month, for 41,250
The vessel is a regular Canal transit customer. On this trip she was
headed for San Francisco and did not dock in the Canal Zone.
The SS Montpelier Victory is operated by Victory Carriers, Inc.
The vessel is about 28,000 tons, and her measurements are a 736 by 102
feet. C. B. Fenton & Co. are the local agents.
A ship designed to unload cement at the rate of 3,000 barrels an hour,
passed through the Canal northbound recently on her way to Freeport
Bahamas. She was the SS Coral Venture, a World War II tanker con-
verted in Kuri, Japan, for the National Bulk Carriers.
With her present type of machinery, it is expected that the Coral Ven-
ture will be able to carry coral cement in dust form from the Bahamas
to the U.S. east coast. She will unload her cargo by an aeration process
considered more efficient than any now employed. The 464-foot carrier
is owned by the Argyll Shipping Co., Ltd., and operated under a British
When the Sea Lion, one of the tugs towing the old USS Alabama
from the west coast to Mobile, sank off Punta Mala, Panama, the first
to hear the news at the Canal was the signalman on duty at the Panama
Canal Flamenco Radio and Signal Station. He passed the word on to the
Balboa Port Captain.
When a departing cargo ship broke down 25 miles south of Taboga,
a call for help was received by Flamenco. The message was relayed to
the proper authorities.
Not long ago a fishing boat from the Balboa Yacht Club got help
through Flamenco when it ran out of fuel near Taboguilla.
These are some of the more dramatic duties of the signalmen who
man the eagle's nest perched 300 feet above the Balboa Harbor entrance
on an around-the-clock basis.
The regular job of the five men assigned to the signal station with
the spectacular view is likely to be more commonplace. It is to identify
ships that enter Balboa harbor. This has always been done by signal
blinker and still is. But since July 1 this year, two-way ship to shore
radio equipment installed in the signal hut gives the men on duty voice
contact with nearly every ship within a 100-mile radius.
The radio, installed by the Panama Canal as the result of an employee
suggestion made by Signalman Robert Summers, has made the Flamenco
Signal Station the ears as well as the eyes of the Panama Canal's Pacific
entrance. In fact, it is the first voice contact a ship's master is likely to
have with the Canal as he approaches Balboa.
The five signalmen working on shifts during the 24-hour day are
under the supervision of Evert H. Ohman, a Navigation Division em-
ployee since 1953. Like his men, he is an expert Morse code operator.
All must be able to transmit seven five-letter words a minute as a min-
imum requirement to get the job. Most of them do much better.
The signal searchlight is visible in all weather for a distance of 10
to 15 miles. The light is a must. Even if the signalmen at Flamenco
have been in contact with a ship by radio, they are required to make
final identification by light of each vessel, large or small, that comes
into Balboa Harbor.
As on all jobs, the Flamenco signalmen have their rush hours. These
usually occur in the early morning, when ships are getting ready to start
transit, or late in the evening, when they anchor in the outer anchorage
awaiting their turn to use the Canal.
At night the harbor takes on the appearance of an illuminated float-
ing city, with signal lights flashing back and forth from ship to ship
and from ship to signal station. Even then, seldom does the signalman
get his signals mixed.
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Disharoon, Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Jr.- Box 47----------------Balboa
Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. Harry W.-Box 176----------.-------------Gamboa
Getman, Mrs. Frances G.-Box 44 ------------------- -------Balboa
Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Don W.-Box 1941---------------------- Cristobal
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Lowande, Mr. and Mrs. B. E. -Box 3666---------------- ----- Balboa
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McHan, Dr. and Mrs. Porter M.-Box 342-------------------------Margarita
McNeil, Mr. and Mrs. Duayne, T.-Box 1551----------------- Balboa
Mead, Mr. David Fred-Box 187------------------------- Balboa Heights
Minton, Mr. and Mrs. P. E.-Box 91-------------------------Balboa Heights
Sanders, Mrs. Grace A.-Box 163----------------------- ------Gamboa
Shockey, Mrs. Julia-Box 206-------------------------------- Rodman
Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. William-Box 1695 ----- ---------------Balboa
Tochterman, Mr. and Mrs. George (Arlene McKeown)-Box 1070_--Balboa
Vache, Mr. and Mrs. Robert-Box 42-------------------------------Gatun
Flye, Mrs. Orlando L. Jr.-938 West Linger Lane----------- Phoenix 85021
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell T.-11819 112th Drive North, Youngtown 85363
Nail, Mr. and Mrs. William T.-602 South 4th Street----- Rogers 72756
Blaublitz, Miss Thora-24412 Santa Clara Drive, c/o H. Keefries, Dana Point
Hall, Mr. L. N.-626 La Vista Road -- ----------------Walnut Creek
Hunter, Mr. and Mrs. Fred-1352 West "H" Street--------------------Ontario
Hutchings, Mr. and Mrs. P. B.-1003 Elkgrove Avenue -- -----Venice
Neff, Mr. and Mrs. J. K.-1460 Arvilla Drive ------------Sacramento 95822
Anderson, Mr, Dewey W.-72 "D" St., Layton's Park---- Riveriera Beach
Apple, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H.-Route 1, Box 152-A ------- De Land 32720
Barca, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence. Sr.-5127 5th Ave., No.__St. Petersburg 33710
Colbert, Mr. Harry V.-3773 Dunes Road, Cabana Colony----- Lake Park
Correira, Mr. and Mrs. Donald T.-4059 29th Ave., No..-St. Petersburg 33713
Crook, Mrs. Phyllis Hersh-5849 2nd Ave., No.------ St. Petersburg 33710
Des Londes, Mrs. Beverly-1980-A Karen Drive -- Fort Lauderdale 33304
Dietz, Mr. and Mrs. Olen A-1111 Cypress Street
(after March 1, 1965)---------------Leesburg 32748
Dixon, Mrs. Lucille T.-1601 S.W. 35th Place---------------Gainesville 32601
Dougherty, Mr. and Mrs. James F.-7261 N.W. 169th Street--... Hialeah 33012
Dunaway, Mr. J. D.-2101 High Road-------------------------Tallahassee
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Foley, Mr. and Mrs. T. F.-5502 Genoa Lane-------------------Orlando 32807
Harrison, Mrs. Mary M.-823 S.W. 10th Terrace (temp.)
(after March 1, 1965) .---- Fort Lauderdale 33315
Haynes, Mr. Frank C.-1225 28th Street North--- ... St. Petersburg 33713
Hobson. Mrs. Annie M.-2330 1st Street North ------_St. Petersburg 33704
Hutchings, Mr. B. V.-3405 North "B" Street----------------Tampa 33609
Landers, Mrs. Betsy-Bayshore Royal Hotel, Apt. 319-----------Tampa 33606
Minnix, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E.-2101 68th Terrace So., St. Petersburg 33712
Neal, Mr. and Mrs. Alva E.-P.O. Box 13374 -------- St. Petersburg 33733
Nicholson, Mrs Rita Strauss-8 Teakwood Drive -------__Pensacola 32506
O'Connor, Mr. Robert P.-702 49th Street Court West---- .. Bradenton 33505
Purdom, Miss Margaret-Route 4, Box 17-------------Fort Myers 33905
*Russell, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford V.-167 N.E. Gilbralter Drive, Port Charlotte
Walbridge, Mr. Jordan E.-1427 18th Street----------------------Sarasota
Wills, Mr. George A.-Box 552------------------------------- Largo
Wolford, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard-P.O. Box 823----------------Brandon
Dockery, Mr. Wilbur B.-2320 Weslan Drive --------------.. Austell 30001
Towery, Mr. and Mrs. Claude E.-5007 Stone Road, Olney Acres--Rockville
Thomas, Mr. Benjamin L.-Box 7---------------------West Chesterfield
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Dillon, Miss Frances A.-410 Ferry Street-------------------Trenton 08611
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
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MOSTLY THIS'N THAT
MOSTLY THIS'N THAT
Did you know that His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of
Edinburgh after arriving in Balboa aboard the H.M. Yacht Britannia,
attended matins at St. Lukes' Cathedral where he read the lesson -
one of the original towing locomotives US 652 (1914) has been pre-
sented to the National Museum of Transport, St. Louis, Mo. the
capacity of the Miraflores Filtration Plant is being increased by nearly
25 percent, to 36 million gallons a day Capt. Albert Hocken, Com-
modore of the combined fleets of the New Zealand Shipping Company is
retiring after his 117th transit of the Canal The former SS
Panama has been sold to International Cruises, under the Greek flag
and renamed the SS Regina 25% of the Canal Zone College
enrollment are Panamanians 45 new Peace Corps have arrived in
Panama Fla. P.C. Society has 73 new members since the year
book was published.
Thanks to all who sent in clippings, items of interest and to the re-
porters for being so prompt. If, when sending dues to Lucille, you wish
to include a bit of news for the Editor to put in the Record, please do
not say "we went to see our son John and family then sign your first
name". It is impossible to know who John is, where he lives, what he
does and who Mary or Jane is. Please be explicit in giving all this im-
portant information as several news items cannot be deciphered because
of lack of details.
Keep the news coming -
TELEPHONE 867-2315 BETTY LOCKRIDGE, RECORD EDITOR,
2600 Pinellas Point Drive South,
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33712
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Mr. and Mrs. Sigurd Essef, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. L.W. Motykiewicz, (Pat Dodson) and Children,
Mr. and Mrs. John Espenshade, Miami, Fla.
St. Pete. Golfers-Front Row: Ross Cunningham, Buck Lockridge, Cecil Banan,
Keith Kelley. Back Row: R.B. Potter, Dewey Goodwin, Jack Campbell (C.Z.),
Mr. and Mrs. O.R. Swanson, Fairhope, Ala.
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Mrs. Piper, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Piper and Children, Hopkins, Minn.,
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