SUMMIT GARDENS Courtesy of the Panama Canal Company
Front Row-Mr. Leo Wilkes, Tenille, Ga., Peggy Wilkes Burch,
Decatur, Ga. Second Row-Mrs John Hall, Sarasota, Fla., Mrs.
L.W. Wilkes, Cassie Pate, Fitzgerald, Ga. Mr. John Hall
Anna Maurer, Dorothy Williams, Kay Rohrback and Gretchen
Melanson during a visit to Maitland, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Egger, Sr. Pinellas Park, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Egger, Canal Zone.
Fredrick J. Rose, Redlands, Calif. receives his third
"Certificate of Achievement".
Mr. and Mrs. G.C. McCullough, Birmingham, Ala. were married
50 years ago on the C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Gerald Young aboard the Grace Line's SANTA ROSA
before sailing from New York with 300 members of the North Ameri-
can Imperial Potentates Shriners Cruise to the West Indies.
Mr. and Mrs. Phil Lupfer, Redlands, Calif.
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 SON Ernest M. Kieswetter
Lucille S. Judd Cecil M. Banan
Secretary-Treas. Lucille S. Judd
Betty Lockridge Betty Lockridge
Record Editor I Mary Belle Hicks
Mary Belle Hicks Dewey Goodwin
Recording Sec'y. Albert McKeown
David S. Smith
The House Subcommittee has held hearings on their Bills H.R.
1648 and H.R. 1649. Annuity increases of 10% on up to $3,000, of
each annuity and 5% on all over $3,000. If, this Bill 1648 becomes
a Public Law it will help all annuitants. The other Bill 1949 deals
with survivor benefits. The only person to testify against the above
bills was Hon. John W. Macy, Jr., Chairman of the Civil Service
Commission, who requested that action be deferred while a new
study is being made by a Presidential committee on retirement
plans for various Federal Employees.
If, you worked for or are a survivor of an employee you are
eligible to join the National Association of Retired Civil Employees,
1625 Conn. Ave. N. W. ,Washington, D. C. 2009. Cost $3.50 per year.
This organization keeps an eye on your retirement rights in the
U. S. Congress. Also available to members is a new automobile in-
surance plan endorsed by NARCE. If, you are interested in Health
Insurance then join NARCE and take advantage of their limited
reopening of their plan. Their health insurance program is one of
the best. Another service provided by NARCE is their fine mail
order Drug Service.
G. C. Lockridge,
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Now that June has arrived in these beautiful Mts. they are once
again proclaiming the mystery and miracle of enduring life. One
sees it in the laurel blooms that resemble a spangle of stars in
darkling places. It is seen in the azalea and rhododendron that
turn the landscape into soft shades of mauve, purple and pink. Yes,
'tis good to be in Carolina and awaken to the sweet strains of a
woodland thrush or the plaintive cooing of a mourning dove. As the
early golden mist rises and disappears, it reveals a friendly sky that
looks down on the sparkling dewdrops left behind, glistening on
blooms of the passion vine, galax trumpet creeper and wild orchids.
Yes, you know that June has come to these ancient hills and you are
grateful to be alive and to witness once again the magic of unfold-
Several months ago our Asheville paper ran a very nice article
on Mr. Ernest (Sharkey) Behlen, complete with picture of Mrs.
Behlen and Ernest presenting a hand-made gavel to Mrs. Robert
Wilson. Mrs. Wilson had been installed as worthy matron of the
Eastern Star Weaverville Chapter. A note accompanied the gavel
which read: "East is East and West is West, Ne'r the twain shall
meet, but this gavel head is made of dogwood from Western North
Carolina and the handle is teakwood from the East Indies". For
each incoming matron of the Chapter, Ernest has carved a gavel
every year since the organization of the Weaverville Chapter in 1953
except one, and he furnished the wood for that one, the lady
preferring that her husband carve the gavel. He began the custon
many years ago when he was employed on the Canal Zone. His wife,
Olive, was an officer in the Royal Palm Chapter of Panama and
Sharkey was sentinel of the Chapter. When the Grand Matron of
the OES in the U. S. was to visit Panama, Sharkey decided to make
a gavel of native woods of the region. This was to be presented as
a gift. He carved it and in the head made an inset of the Star
Emblem of the organization. The background was of black palm,
each point of the star was in a different color of wood, naz-
arene wood in purple, almendra in yellow, sapwood lignum vitae
in white, mature lignum vitae for green, and coco bola for
red. The finished gavel was so beautiful that it. was later placed
in the national museum of the Eastern Star in Washington, D. C.
When the Weaverville Chapter was organized Ernest Behlen's wife
was chosen as first worthy matron. Ernest then proceeded to make
her a gavel exactly like the one he had previously made in Panama.
The gavels are made to the specifications of the Grand Lodge of the
State of North Carolina.
Visiting the Wendell Greenes were his brother and wife, W. Ken-
neth and Helen Greene of Ronlette, Penna., who were on their way
to Florida. On their return trip they stopped off in New York to
spend some time with their son Dick and his wife Ellen. Dick and
Ellen both are Librarians in the City Library system. Ellen is City
wide Supervisor of the Department of Children's Libraries.
In February Paul and Betty Bentz spent a short vacation at North
Redington Beach, Florida, which enabled them to see a few of their
many ex-Canal Zone friends who live in St. Pete. Betty's sister
Helen and her husband Judge (Graven drove from Texas (where he
had held court for several months) to Asheville for a short visit the
latter part of March. On April 2nd Ruth Sill and Mildred Greene of
Hendersonville accompanied the Bentzes and Gravens to Charleston,
S. C., where they spent several days enjoying the famous azalea
gardens. A stop was made at "Hickory Hill Plantation", Johis
Island, to see the Palmer Smiths in their lovely retirement home on
the Bohicket River.
The Howells, Clarence and Della, spent Easter week in Durham
and Winston Salem, N. C. While in Durham, they attended the
NARCE State Convention. Clarence is President of the Local Chap-
ter here in Asheville.
Mr. and Mrs. Quimby Smith are well and busy these days. Mr.
Smith operates a Ham Radio Station and is affiliated with the
United States Air Force. During the trouble in Ind. when the tor-
nadoes did widespread damage there he rendered a notable service
by directing traffic into that area. Telephones were out and the
channels were over taxed with Easter Greetings coming in from
numerous countries, all beamed to the U. S. This added greatly to
the existing confusion and it was necessary at times to go through
the Red Cross in order to get messages through. Mr. Smith was able
to contact the relatives of several worried families here in Asheville,
thereby relieving their minds to a great extent. Our hats are off to
you, Quimby. What a comforting thought it is to know that we have
people like you in our midst!
Spring found Esther and Fred Hodges driving to Wooster, Ohio
for an enjoyable visit with Mrs. Hodge's sister and husband, Mr.
and Mrs. Hess. They also stopped to see friends at Front Royal, Va.,
and then on to Hampton, Va. to see son Fred and his wife Loretta.
The members of our Society were greatly saddened by the passing
of Mr. Fred W. O'Rourke in Hendersonville, N. C. on the 6th of
At our last meeting Mrs. Starford Churchill informed the gather-
ing that Charlie Shay had also passed away on March 15. Our hearts
go out to Betty and Rose at this time.
The latter part of April the Robert Van Wagners went up to New
York City, taking Mrs. Charles Cotton with them. Before returning
they will visit at the home of Mrs. Van Wagner's brother, George M.
Cotton, in Teaneck, N. J.
The Wanlasses report that their son, Clinton, who is a Civil
Engineer with the Air Force, has been transferred from Mobile,
Alabama, to Langley Field, Hampton, Va.
Dick and Ruth Taylor, formerly of Balboa, C. Z., delighted friends
in this area with a visit of several days on their way back to their
home in Maine after having attended the C. Z. Reunion in Florida.
In March Mr. and Mrs. T. Kelley visited the Ross Hollowells of
St. Pete., for three weeks and during this time daughter Marge (Mrs.
Seagears) and son Tom Kelley, Jr. joined them for a week. Pat (Mrs.
David Kappe) and young son David, Jr. of State College, Pa. also
enjoyed a nice visit with her parents (the Tom Kelleys) during the
Spring. David, Jr., had a wonderful time with Grandma and Grandpa
Kelley and also Great Grandma, Mrs. Emma Luckey.
Bob and Edie Medinger of La Boca, C. Z. made their friends happy
in Hendersonville with a short surprise visit in March. They had
driven Edie's Mother from Florida up to her home in nearby Pisgah.
The Harry Thompsons are fine now. Mrs. Thompson's arm is much
stronger and it is no longer necessary for her to wear a cast. Easter
week she and daughter (Mrs. T. Frederick) went to Durham, N. C. to
see the granddaughter, Mrs. Ron Seeber. Mrs. Seeber graduated
from Duke University in her third year (1964). She is now an
honor student having won the Woodrow Wilson Scholarship and will
receive her Masters Degree this June. Her husband, a law student,
has been doing post-graduate work at the same University and will
receive his degree also this month.
Mrs. Ula Tweed left right after Easter by jet for London. There
she will join her group that plan on touring 11 Southern European
Countries. Paris will be her last stop and then she will wing her
way back to the good 'ole U. S. A.
Friends who knew my Sister, Evelyn Toner, will be sorry to hear
that she passed away in Chicago, on her birthday, Feb. 28th. I was
able to leave Connie, who had sufficiently recovered from two oper-
ations, and be with Sis for over a month before she passed away.
The Roy Knopps are back in N.C. after spending a delightful visit
with son Roy, Jr. The Knopps stayed in Panama around five weeks
and saw many changes that had taken place there. Atrour Meeting
in April, Mr. Knopp gave a most interesting talk on the subject.
On April 5th the Floyd Robinsons became the proud grandparents
of a baby girl born to their son and wife on the C. Z. Mrs. Robinson
left N.C. in time to be present when the little one arrived. Con-
gratulations to all concerned! Floyd was busy with Spring planting
and couldn't very well get away. He is being well taken care of,
however, by daughter Rody until Mon's return. Incidentally, Rody
loves living in N.C. which offers young people such a variety of
Mr. A. W. Bethea reports he is feeling as fit as a fiddle these days.
He is even thinking very seriously of taking some trips now that
summer is here. He enjoys hearing from his old friends that he knew
during the construction days and of course all his other friends.
Ducky Bryan wrote him Xmas that all the little Ducky Bryans were
well, and with that happy note, 1 will sign off.
Ethel W. Dodson, Secretary
Requests are coming in again for dishes many are going to
move into smaller apartments and want to dispose of dishes they no
longer need so please write me, Lucille S. Judd, 3535 19th Street No.,
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713 and give me a list of your Royal
Doulton, Coaching and Hunting, fold Band glassware, and Old
Leeds Spray not the newer design, but the older pattern.
"FLORIDA BLOOD BANK MEMBERSHIP"
MEMBERSHIP Blood Bank Membership: Membership in the
Blood Bank is limited to members of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida in good standing who are residents of the State of Florida,
dependent members of their immediate family residing with them
and who have each contributed the current assessment and such
emergency assessments to the fund.
(UARD PERIOD New members, and members reinstated for not
maintaining continuous good standing in the Fund as provided under
Article VII, Par. 2, of the Bylaws, are not eligible to receive any
benefits from the Fund unless he or she have paid the assessment at
least three months prior to the need for blood.
RECEIPT AND IDENTIFICATION:
1. Each person who is a member of the Fund shall be issued an-
nually a serially numbered identification card of membership in
good standing by the Secretary-Treasurer. This card shall serve
as an official receipt of the Fund to the member.
2. Identification Cards: Cards expire on December 31st of the
year shown on the card and are void after January 31st follow-
1. Members of the Fund who establish legal residence in any other
State than the State of Florida (Article III, of the Constitution)
shall on December 31st of that current year forfeit any and all
monetary claim in the Fund and the right of continuing member-
ship or the receipt of Funds benefits.
2. Members who resign, or are delinquent in dues in the Panama
Canal Society of Florida or assessments in the Fund, are not eli-
gible for Fund benefits.
BLOOD DISBURSEMENTS: Satisfactory evidence that blood has
been administered to any member in good standing in any recognized
hospital in the United States, Canada, Mexico or the Canal Zone must
be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer. Upon such proof the Fund
will immediately replace from the St. Petersburg Community Blood
Bank of Florida any and all such blood used for transfusions or make
direct payment where replacement is not possible.
DONORS OF BLOOD Members or non-members who are donors
of blood for credit to the Fund's blood reserve at the St. Petersburg
Community Blood Bank will be paid the sum of $5.00 by the St.
Petersburg Community Blood Bank, an incorporated organization
acting as agents for donors to the Fund, by order of the Secretary-
Treasurer of the Fund.
DUES ARE DUE
Have you paid your dues? Do you have a buff colored card? If
you do not please send in your dues at once. If you are a member
of the blood bank be sure and add the necessary amount for that
too remember even if you have paid your blood bank dues they
are not considered If your Society dues have not been paid -
there are nearly 500 who have not paid PAY YOUR DUES NOW
SO THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE THE NEXT RECORD. NO IN-
DIVIDUAL NOTICES WILL BE SENT.
IN, AND 'ROUND ABOUT, HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
Eula Jo Ewing of Oklahoma City was a visitor in Hot Springs and
guest of the Jack Reinigs and F. Dorn.
Many were attacked by the Flu' in this section, and amongst its
'victims' were, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Christensen and son of Little Rock,
and locally: The Fred Atkinsons, Bill Burns and sister and the
Rufus Garretts. We're glad they are recovering. The John Bissetts
of N. Little Rock are not well, and Mrs. Anna Piper's condition
in St. Joseph's is no better.
F. Dorn was a guest of friends in New Orleans and enjoyed with
them the last four days of Mardi Gras. While there she 'phoned
Gus Thomas and sister who live in N. O. He said they were hale and
hearty, and he liked to hear from Canal Zone friends as he is an
'old timer' of the Dredging Division.
Enroute homeward F. Dorn stopped at Hammond, La., to visit
Jack and Flo Lamb at the Parkview Nursing Home. Flo is bedfast
mostly, but can use the wheelchair at times with help and Jack
is quite agile and helps care for her.
A telephone call to the John Knoxes in Monroe, La., ascertained
them well, busy, and happy.
The 'Big Event' of the season for us Ex Canalers was helping Jack
and Ann Reinig celebrate their 50th or Golden Wedding Annivers-
ary! They were married in the Canal Zone after she arrived in the
old 'Panama' (the historic old ship with Capt. B. Corning at the
helm), on March 31, 1915. They lived in Pedro Miguel for many
years until his retirement from the Locks in '49. So, on the 'Big
Day' they kept 'open house', and many friends sent flowers, gifts,
telegrams, and cards galore, and friends locally, neighbors, and ex
Canalers 'stopped in' with greetings and well wishes, and partook
of the Golden Wedding cake and toasted the bride and groom! On
Sunday, April 4, their C. Z. friends celebrated the anniversary with
a dinner at Josie's Czechoslovakian Villa. The table was decorated
with golden yellow roses and lilies of the valley, the bride was pre-
sented with an orchid corsage, and the groom with a yellow rose bou-
tonniere. A huge bouquet of hibiscus was given them, and place
cards were post cards of C. Z. and Pan. scenes of 50 years ago, all
decorations were remembrances of their Canal Zone home. Toasts,
reminiscences, well wishes, and excellent food, made a celebration
to be long remembered.
The Grover Bohans wrote from their winter home in Miami, that
they would likely be home in Jonesboro by Easter. They visited
the Aram Hatches and Gertrude Smith in Miami, who were expect-
ing to go Northward in April or early May. Enroute homeward, the
Bohans were going to stop at Tampa, Jacksonville, and Savannah.
Word from Seattle is cheerful and encouraging Gene Harts-
home is recovering from his recent illness.
Ed and Peggy (Reinig) Fucik of Highland Park, Ill., are on a
combined business and pleasure trip to Rio de Janiero, Buenos
Aires, Montevideo, then to Caracas, and the Canal Zone to see old
friends of C.-Z. days before going home.
The Ernest P. Doyles were late with their Xmas greetings as he
had a very serious stomach operation, and upon successful recovery
wrote that they had moved from San Jose', Costa Rica to 3a Avenida
Norte No. 2 1 Santa Tecla, El Salvador, and like their new home
very much. It is near the main road between San Salvador and
Acajutla, the new Pacific seaport.
A letter from her niece, Mrs. Jean Spencer, 24 Holloway St.,
Belleville, Ontario, Canada, informed me of the sad news of her
Aunt Carrie's (Mrs. Norman F. Dunning's) passing on Feb. 12. Her
death was preceded by a stroke, and falling and breaking her hip,
and complete paralysis of the right side, and 3 weeks in the hos-
pital, and then another stroke. The Dunnings were old timers in
Panama, and were connected with Swift and Co. They had many
Canal Zone friends, and were parishioners at St. Luke's, also for
several years '16s to '20s, he had charge in the evenings, of the
Balboa and Ancon Clubhouse bowling alleys. They left Panama
soon after the demise of Mr. Dunning's mother in the late '30's, and
were transferred to Calif., to St. John's Newfoundland, and Mont-
real, and then, after retirement in '50, they resided in Belleville,
where he passed about 9 years ago.
The John Palmers of Trenton, N. J., wrote that they are all well, -
and their enthusiasm re the N. Y. Fair is greater this year, also that
their nephew, Dick Pennington, Jr., son of the Dick Pennington's of
Gatun is in nearby Brooklyn, taking a special Navy training course.
Frances S. Dorn
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Through April, 1965
Many of you who have visited with us know that we are per-
manently meeting at the St. Petersburg Rod and Gun Club, 3601
9th Street South this is on beautiful Lake Maggiore, and in a
building that is heated in the winter and cooled in the summer so
remember this in the coming summer no bugs will bother you
and you will be most comfortable.
Our June meeting is on the 9th July on the 14th, August on the
11th hope to see you all then, at 2 P.M. As you will notice these
dates are the SECOND WEDNESDAY.
There are still many members whose dues have not been received as
yet A buff card shows that your dues have been paid for 1965.
Of course if you do not have this color you know that you have
not sent in your dues for 1965.
Our address is P. O. Box 11566 St. Petersburg, Florida 33733 -
when you are not going to be home drop us a line and we will hold
your mail until you return we have had 40 March Records re-
turned 8 cents each $3.20 this is not necessary.
Your ZIP numbers are still wanted the post office requires It.
In the March Record a form was inserted for your convenience.
DUES are $4.00 annually, and they should be paid in January or
as soon as possible thereafter.
Unless your dues are paid you WILL NOT receive the September
Record Many who have a residence not in Florida have either
not come to Florida this year, or have returned North earlier than
usual consequently the Records have been returned It is there-
fore requested that in the future you drop us a post card stating
when you are leaving your home and when you will return home -
this will be a great help to all concerned we are not mind readers,
and I have noticed that WHEN YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR
RECORD it is noticed at once and you send a post card stating
that it was not received this is not our mistake however we are
the ones who have to pay for your thoughtlessness.
1,495 have paid their dues for 1965 59 for 1966 if you care to
pay both years at the same time, both cards will be mailed to you.
447 have paid their Blood Bank You may make your check out to
cover both Blood Bank dues are $2.00 each adult, and $1.00 for
Thanks so much for your letters they are certainly enjoyed.
Happy birthday to all who celebrate them in the next three months.
Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT THE
ROD AND GUN CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
FEBRUARY 10, 1965
The Meeting was called to order at 2:00 P.M. by the Acting Pres-
ident, Mr. Cecil Banan, as our President, Mr. Ernest Kieswetter
was still recuperating. The Pledge of Allegiance was given to the
Flag, after which Chaplain Martin Nickel gave the Invocation.
Mr. Banan welcomed all present, after which the Rec.-Sec. read
the names of visitors and some new members. Those standing to
acknowledge their introduction and the members' applause were:
Mrs. Helen Smith from Fairhope, Ala. She had just returned
from the Zone where she visited her son, Mike Carpenter,
his wife Sue Knapp Carpenter and her three grand children.
(Sue is the Rec. Secretary's niece).
Capt. and Mrs. R. C. Jensen from Pebble Beach, Calif. They
are visiting the Roland Jones and other friends in St. Pete.
Mr. Archie Burn Wintering in St. Pete from New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl P. Hoffman, Wintering in St. Pete until March.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hodges from Asheville, North Carolina. They
are staying at the Suncoast Trailer Court in St. Pete until
the first week in March.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Campbell Resident members of St. Pete -
First time out at our new location.
Mrs. Jessie Grimison from the Zone. Visiting in St. Pete and
awaiting for the snows up north to melt before she visits her
sisters up there.
Mr. and Mrs. Norris B. Holt St. Pete residents First time
out in the new location.
Mrs. Violet Wunsch from Kansas in St. Pete thru March.
Mr. George Chevalier Wintering in St. Pete from New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Linker St. Pete residents first time
Capt. Elmer G. Abbott St. Pete.
Mrs. Marie Plath and her sister Mrs. Lenora Schwab visiting
It was reported that 22 new members have been added to the Blood
Bank so far this year.
The Recording Secretary then read the Minutes of the Jan. 12th
Reunion Meeting and they were approved as read.
Mr. Lockridge reported that there were several ambitious pieces
of legislation before Congress concerning retirees, and that as in-
formation became available, it would appear in the Record.
The Sec'y-Treasurer made her report on births, illnesses and
deaths, all of which will appear in the next issue of the Record. She
then read the past month's communications from members. Mrs.
Judd announced that the Soreno Hotel had a new policy regarding
mass luncheon reservations. The Hotel must be given notice as to
how many tickets will be required, and that once the figure is given,
the total reservation requested will have to be paid for. In view of
this policy, luncheon tickets not picked up by 11 a.m. the day of
the luncheon, will be released. No tickets will be held after the
11 a.m. dead-line.
Mrs. Judd announced that Mrs. Roy C. Stockham will be moving
the first of March into her new location, Apt. 7-F Sky Harbour
Apartments, 7200 34th Street South, in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Banan announced that Mrs. Lockridge had the pictures taken
at the Reunion Meeting, and would be taking orders after the meet-
ing of interested members. He asked those celebrating birthdays in
January, to stand up and led the members in singing Happy Birthday
to the five who stood.
Under new business, Mr. W. L. Howard stated that he had been
asked to make a survey about two years ago regarding changing the
Society's mailing from Bulk to 2nd Class Permit. A motion was
made and seconded that this be done, as it would save the Society
money. Motion passed.
Mr. Banan asked Mr. Roland Jones to give a report on Mr. Kie-
swetters progress, and he reported that he had visited Mr. Kieswetter
the morning of our meeting, and learned that the Doctor was very
well pleased with his recuperation.
Mrs. Ada Farr reported that Capt. John Barrett had died Jan. 30th
on the Zone. Mr. Baltozer reported that Mrs. Dugas (Eliska B.)
of 6681 37th Ave. N., St. Petersburg had died Feb. 9th.
There being nothing further to come before the Meeting, a motion
was made to adjourn and the Meeting closed at 3:00 p.m.
After the Meeting, Coffee and Doughnuts were served and a time
of fellowship was enjoyed by the 111 who turned out for the meeting.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT THE
ROD AND GUN CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
MARCH 10, 1965
The Meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by the Acting Pres-
ident, Mr. Cecil Banan. Mr. Kieswetter had planned on presiding,
but he and his wife were called to Ala. on the 9th because their
little granddaughter had been hit in the eye with a baseball, and
the injury might result in her losing the sight of that eye.
A hearty welcome was given to all present, after the Pledge of
Allegiance and the Invocation.
The Recording-Sec. read the names of the visitors and members
who had not been out in some time, and they stood for the members'
applause and their names were read as follows:
Mrs. Matilda and Miss Mildred Neeley from Sarasota.
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Van Evera St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shannon St. Petersburg.
Mr. Ralph Harvey on vacation from the Canal Zone visiting
Miss Jane Holcomb St. Petersburg.
Mr. Roger Smith Tampa.
The Minutes of the Feb. 10th Meeting were read and approved as
Under Committee Reports, Mrs. Judd read the report of the Audit-
ing Committee of the Society's Financial status for 1964. She said
she would like to thank Mr. Paddock, Mr. Hicks and Mr. Bissell for
the quick and efficient manner in which they made the audit. The
Auditors found the books in perfect order, and commended the
Sec.-Treasurer for their perfect order.
Mrs. Judd then read the communications received since the last
meeting, consisting of birth announcements, engagements, weddings,
illnesses, deaths and then general news letters and thank you notes.
Mr. Nolan Bissell recommended that the recommendation of the
Auditors that old financial records be disposed of be acted on. Mr.
Ross Cunningham made a motion, seconded by Mr. Frank Hohmann
that check stubs and paid bills over two years old be disposed of.
No discussion. Motion carried.
Mr. Banan stated that Mr. Howard and Mr. Bissell were handling
the changing of our mailing permit from bulk to second class and
would have a report soon.
Mr. Banan stated that the Society had received a letter from the
Festival of States, asking the Society if they would like to partic-
ipate by giving a donation of $50.00. He said that if the members
wanted to participate by a voluntary donation of a dollar apiece;
providing 50 participated, they would each receive a "VIP" button,
and be entitled to a reserved seat the night of the Formal Ball. He
advised anyone interested to leave their name with the Secretary.
There being no further business to come before the Society a
motion to adjourn was entertained, and the meeting closed at 2:35
p.m. Doughnuts and coffee were enjoyed by all.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT THE
ROD AND GUN CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
APRIL 14, 1965
The Meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by the President,
Mr. Ernest Kieswetter, who said he was happy to be back after
several months on the sick list. Mrs. Lucille Judd, our Secretary-
Treasurer was unable to be present as Captain Judd was ill. Mrs.
Kieswetter presided for Lucille.
After the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Invocation, the
Recording Secretary was asked to read the names of the visitors
and members who had not been out in some time. Those standing
as their names were called were as follows:
Mr. and Mrs. John G. McCoy, who have moved from Orlando to:
7326 10th Street N., St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Emerson R. Fuller of Washington, D. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace C. Bain St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Phyllis Crooks St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Klara Weisiger from Crystal Beach
Mrs. Amanda Garlow Tampa
Mrs. John D. Wilson Tampa
Mrs. Lois Engel and her two daughters, Diane and Laura who are
visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hohann. Lois lives
in Queens, N. Y.
Those who have been in Fla. for the winter and are leaving for the
summer were bid farewell. They were:
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hills from Sarasota going to Maine
for the Summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hoffman going back to their home in Ro-
chester, New York.
Mrs. Erma Forbes going to Pennsylvania with her Aunt and
Uncle, and then to the West Coast on business.
The minutes of the March 10th Meeting were then read and ap-
proved as read.
Mrs. Kieswetter then gave the Sec.-Treasurer's financial report.
Under Committee Reports, Mr. Lockridge, the Legislative Rep-
resentative, reported that numerous bills were in the mill, but none
had reached the signing stage.
Mrs. Kieswetter then read the communications, consisting of
Births, Deaths, Illnesses, general news items and change of ad-
dresses. In response to inquiries about their granddaughter whose
eye was injured by a baseball, Mrs. Kieswetter said she was glad
to announce that the eye was coming along fine, and the little girl
was back in school.
Under "Old Business" Mr. Howard reported that he and Mr.
Bissell had gone down to the Post Office to find out the require-
ments for changing our "bulk mailing permit" to 2nd class. The
Post Office must have an official statement from the Society that
they are a Non-Profit Organization. A possible source for this
statement might be obtained from the Internal Revenue Office. He
suggested that the Executive Board handle the matter of obtaining
the required statement.
The Meeting colsed at 2:30 p.m. Doughnuts and coffee were en-
joyed by the 84 present and an hour of fellowship. After the meet-
ing closed, Mr. Goodwin reported that Mrs. Thelma Rand had broken
her left wrist, but was getting along nicely.
Mary Belle Hicks
NEWS OF ORLANDO
Mrs. V. D. Calloway fell and broke her hip in mid-February. It is
especially distressing because she broke the other hip 5 years ago.
After a stay in Winter Park Hospital, she is convalescing at home
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Taylor spent two weeks at the home of Mrs.
Ethel Murphy in Winter Park. They were enroute to their home in
Maine after attending the Canal Zone reunion in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Murphy gave a very nice "At Home" so the Taylor's many
friends could drop in to greet them.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bentz of Asheville, North Carolina were in
Orlando in late February, visiting Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Meyer. They
both looked wonderful and were happy to see people in their area.
They are enjoying their life in Asheville.
Mrs. A. H. Mohr has recently sold her home and will live at the
Bayonet Apts., 847 Highland Avenue, in Orlando after April 10th.
Her daughter Mary Lou (Mrs. Chester McCabe) came down from
Wilmington, Delaware to help her mother with the move.
We are very sorry to hear of the death of Captain W. A. Van
Siclen on April 2nd.
Mrs. Edna Whitrer visited the Gene Kleasners in mid-April, at
their home in St. Petersburg.
Captain and Mrs. A. B. Forrstrom of Cranston, Rhode Island
spent a few days with Mrs. Ethel Murphy in Winter Park in the
latter part of March.
Mr. and Mrs. George Lee, and Mrs. Lee's two sisters, spent the
day in Orlando in March, with Mrs. Nancy Hatchett.
Miss Mary Orr from Balboa recently spent a few days with Helen
Dudak while here, they entertained Mrs. Ruth Erbe, and Mrs.
Nancy Hatchett for lunch.
Jack Swain spent his Easter vacation from school in West Ger-
many, on a trip to the Holy Land.
Mrs. Julian Hearne, Gamboa, C.Z., visited her daughter Judy, in
Orlando in mid-April, Judy is employed at Orange Memorial Hos-
pital in Orlando.
We were sorry to hear from Mrs. Adelaide Lewis that her daugh-
ter, Sara, had suffered a heart attack on January 25. Fortunately,
she was at home when it occurred and was immediately taken to
Porter's Hospital where she was kept for four weeks. She is up
and about now, we are glad to hear, but it will be some months be-
fore she will be able to go back to work. Her sister, Connie, and
husband from Florida, came to Denver to be with Mrs. Lewis and
since have decided to move out here, which they're going to do as
soon as they can arrange their affairs in Florida.
Mrs. Leonard Stark reports that his daughter Elia and husband,
Albert Hanson, and their two children left the Zone on a vacation
on May 28 and are visiting the Starks for several weeks in June.
Mr. Stark also said he had received a clipping from Panama on
Tomas Gabriel Duque's death on April 2 of a heart attack. He was
75 years old, owner of the Star and Herald, and a well-known Pan-
Bill and Bit Kendrick just returned from a holiday in Las Vegas,
Nevada, on a group visit with the Littleton, Colorado Elks. They
left Denver early Friday morning and returned late Saturday
night, and we're still hearing about the wonderful time they had.
May Murray writes from Boulder that she and Frank have been
very well, on the whole, but haven't done much traveling because
of the great amount of snow they've had. She says their son, Jim,
and his family are in Detroit where they visited them last fall. They
are expecting them for a visit in Boulder this summer. She also
writes that Marguerite Maphis is living in Boulder now since her
retirement and her son, Mr. and Mrs. (Coila Gooden) Sam Maphis
and his family are also in Boulder. Us Coloradans remember Sam
as being a star on the CU football team.
Sue Bishop reports that she and her husband like Colorado Springs,
the only drawback being that Bish travels quite a bit. Her daughter
Jo Anne and husband live in Redlands, California, where Jo Anne's
husband teaches in the high school.
Sue also reports that Blanche Matheney and daughter, Ellen,
spent a holiday in Mexico City over the Spring vacation. Ellen is a
student at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Norma (Evans) and Al Harrington and their family visited in
California during Spring vacation. They took the children out of
school and made the trip by train, which the children loved. With
Norma's parents, the Jack Evans', they visited Muriel and Ed in
Whittier, California. They also attended the reunion in Los Angeles
where they had a marvelous time with old friends. They really en-
joyed the film of the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Panama
Canal which was shown and got real homesick while watching it.
While in California, they saw the Sundstrums. Fred has been very
sick, but seems to be on the road to recovery now, which is good
news to all of us.
The Harringtons also took in the Red Skelton TV show, and then
with the Evans' went to Sun City where they saw the Jerry Evans'
and gobs of old friends and relatives they hadn't seen in years. Har-
vey Parker and his wife, Karen, and Norma and Al then drove to
Saratoga to visit Norma's aunt and uncle, Ruth and Harold Duncan.
While there Doris (Brotherson) Hand and Pat (Kent) Wanke came
to lunch and what a "talk-fest" the three gals from "Miguel" had.
Doris now has five children and her oldest daughter is now a senior
at San Jose.
The Harvey Parkers showed the Harringtons a wonderful time in
San Francisco, showing them Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park,
a boat ride around the bay, and proudly showed them all the build-
ings and projects his company (Dames and Moore Engr.) was
Barbara (Evans) and Philip O'Shaghnessy now live in Spain.
They left Argentina in the fall, visited his folks in Florida, and then
went on to Sun City, California where they visited with her folks, the
Jack Evans', then on to San Francisco where they visited the Harvey
Parkers. Their train went through Cheyenne, Wyoming, and the
Harringtons drove up there and saw them on their 25-minute stop-
over in that city.
The Roy Kenriedys spent part of their vacation this year attending
the CPA convention in Colorado Springs. While in the Springs, they
visited Sue and Ed Bishop.
Mr. and Mrs. F. W. McAndrews (Jean Kalar) announce the en-
gagement of their son, Briggs, on December 25th. The McAndrews
live in Moscow, Pennsylvania. Briggs graduated from East Strouds-
burg Teachers College this Spring.
The Roy Kennedys were pleasantly surprised on Easter day by a
visit from Roy's brother, Bill, from Luzerne, Pennsylvania. Bill is
on his way to California to take a new job. It was the first the
Kennedys had seen Bill in almost 20 years.
Born to the Rev. and Mrs. John Henry Smith of Falmouth, Maine,
a daughter on March 18. The baby was named Allison Neely.
The baby's maternal grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. P. M.
Dowley of New York City, and the paternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. John Robert Smith of La Boca, Canal Zone. The proud
great grandmother is Mrs. Robert J. Neely of Sarasota, Florida.
Rev. Smith was graduated from New York General Theological
Seminary in May '64 and was ordained the following month at St.
Pauls Cathedral in Boston, Mass. He is now assistant at St. Mary
the Virgin Episcopal Church in Falmouth, Maine.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Carr of Los .Gatos, California, announce
the birth of a son, on Jan. 8, 1965, in Kaiser Hospital, Santa Clara.
The infant has been named Rodney Jack.
He has two sisters. Susan Eileen and Tamara Lynn.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William J. Nickisher,
Senior of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Carr of Carlsbad,
Canal Zone Police Sergeant and Mrs. John F. Gilbert, Jr., of Bal-
boa are the parents of a daughter, Catherine Eloa Gilbert, born
February 3, at Gorgas Hospital. The baby has four brothers John,
Stephen, Robert and Michael.
Mrs. Gilbert holds a position as Disability Relief Assistant in the
Employee Services Branch of the Panama Canal's Personnel Bureau.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dahlstrom of Ancon announce the birth of
their second child, second son, on January 28 at Gorgas Hospital. The
baby has been named David Robert.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pearl of Ancon
and the paternal grandparent, Mr. Sam Dahlstrom of Sister Bay,
Mr. and Mrs. Freeland Hallowell, Burbank, Calif. announce the
birth of a baby girl, Laurie Jean, April 7, 1965. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hallowell, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pflanzer (Patricia Cawl) Lee Center, N. Y. an-
nounce the arrival of a daughter Kimberly Anne, Dec. 26, 1964.
Mr. and Mrs. John (Jackie) Larson of Woodbury, New Jersey,
announce the birth of their third son, Richard Scott, on January 18,
1965. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Larson of Port
Born Feb. 4, 1965 a son Evan, (5th child) in Falmouth, Mass., to
Mr. and Mrs. George Chevalier. Paternal grandparent is Mr. George
Mr. and Mrs. Wi. Duval of Erie, Pa. announce the birth of their
2nd son Scott David, on March 21, 1965. Mrs. Duval is the former
Sandra McKay. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Scott
McKay of Gamboa. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wm.
Duval of Cottonwood, Calif. Maternal great grandmother Mrs. Au-
gusta Hack is visiting at the present time on the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin James Wardlow, of Diablo Heights, Canal
Zone, announce the birth of a baby boy, Edwin James Wardlow, Jr.,
on April 20, 1965.
Mrs. Wardlow, the former Dianne Lois Baltozer, is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Baltozer of Balboa. She was born in Pana-
ma City, R. de P. and reared on the Canal Zone.
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Wardlow of
The paternal great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Earl R. Baltozer
and the maternal great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George T.
McLintock, both of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Robinson of Diablo Heights announce the
birth of their first child, a daughter, on April 5, at Gorgas Hospital.
The baby has been named Catherine Marie.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John W. Urey of Mar-
garita and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Robinson
of Asheville, North Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. John F. Gilbert of
Balboa are the maternal great grandparents.
John Fred Everett, 78, St. Petersburg, Fla. died March 11, 1965.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and came here 23 years ago from
the Panama Canal Zone. A retired accountant for the U. S. gov-
ernment, he was a member of the American Baptist Church of the
Beatitudes, and the Elks, Canal Zone. He was past president of the
Panama Canal Society, St. Petersburg. He is survived by his wife,
Mrs. Eliska B. Dugas, for many years a resident of Balboa, died
suddenly on Feb. 9 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Dugas who made
her home in Donladson, Louisiana, since leaving the Isthmus in 1955,
was visiting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Barker, who are also
former Canal Zone residents, at the time of her death.
The widow of James Dugas, a Panama Canal Co. employee, she is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Broadbent and Mrs. Joyce
Joubert, both of Baton Rouge, La., and three sons, Norman of Balti-
more, Md., Leroy of Baton Rouge, and Ralph of Diablo Heights who
attended his mother's funeral. There are also nine grandchildren.
Charles F. Van Steenburg, 77, of Chicago, a retired Panama
Canal employee was killed instantly in a two-car collision February
14 in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he had been visiting.
Mrs. Bernice Howard of St. Petersburg, also a former resident in
the Canal Zone, who was a passenger in the Van Steenburg car, was
thrown from the vehicle and suffered back injuries. She was ad-
mitted to Mound Park Hospital, St. Petersburg where she recovered
and was discharged. She is the mother of H. V. Howard, Jr., of
Los Rios, Canal Zone.
Mr. Van Steenburg and the late Harland Howard were employed
in the Panama Canal Electrical Division at about the same time and
were longtime friends. Whenever the former travelled to Fla. for his
fishing trips he always visited the Howards. Mr. Howard died two
years ago, but when Mr. Van Steenburg came to Florida he paid
a visit to Mrs. Howard.
At the time of the accident, he'd stopped at an intersection and
then proceeded to cross a major highway in St. Petersburg but failed
to see a car coming from his left. His car was hit broadside, accord-
ing to reports, and the accelerator apparently became stuck. Mrs.
Howard was thrown from the car, which traveled 418 feet from the
point of impact and struck a tree.
Three ambulances, speeding to the scene of the accident, also were
involved in accidents.
Mr. Van Steenberg, whose Canal service was with the Dredging
and Electrical Divisions, was an electrician on the suction dredge Las
Cruces for much of the time.
He was a member of Isthmian Lodge, A.F. anzd A.M., and was a
Past Patron of Fern Leaf Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Ancon.
During his term of office as Past Patron, Mrs. Howard was Worthy
Matron of Fern Leaf Chapter.
He also was a past recording secretary of the International Bro-
therhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 397.
Mr. Van Steenberg is survived by two sons, Charles, of Adelphi,
Maryland, and John, who is with the United States Department of
State, and by two granddaughters.
Pee Wee Reese, well known Atlantic Side resident, died at Coco
Solo Hospital April 13, 1965.
Mr. Reese, who had been a resident of the Isthmus since 1909, was
retired from the Panama Railroad in 1948 and has made his home on
the Atlantic Side. He was a native of Carrollton, Georgia.
Surviving are a nephew, William J. Reese of Atlanta, (Ga., and a
sister-in-law, Mrs. Myrtis Reese of Carrollton.
He was electrical supervisor at Mount Hope for the former C(om-
missary Division. During construction days he worked as an elec-
trician with the Panama Railroad from 1914. He held the position
of supervisor and engineer at the Mount Hope electrical station.
Following his retirement, he was appointed representative in the
Canal Zone and Panama for Yale and Towns and he made his home
in Colon. During recent years he has been living in Margarita.
Mr. Reese was active in local sports and sponsored one of the first
baseball teams on the Isthmus. He also was a supporter of a number
of civic and fraternal organizations and a member of the Elks.
The remains were sent to the United States for interment in the
family plot at Carrollton.
Mrs. Blanche Kice, former Balboa resident, died suddenly January
20 in Oelwein, Iowa. She was 45 years old.
She was the wife of John Kice and both had been employed by the
Electrical Division until their departure for the States in 1950. In
addition to her husband, Mrs. Kice is survived by a daughter. Kathy,
a high school student.
John C. (Jack) Deaveours, 85, retired lockmaster at the Panama
Canal died April 9, 1965 at Atlanta, Georgia.
He had worked at the canal 30 years, beginning shortly after con-
struction was begun. His duty was to supervise the passing of ships
through the locks. He retired in 1937.
A past commander of the Canal Zone American Legion Post, he
had also been a member of the Masons there and the Shrine. He had
recently received his 50-year pin from the Masons. Mr. Deavours was
a member of the Atlanta 65 Club and Morningside Presbyterian
Survivors are his widow, Oatis Deavours; a step-daughter, Mrs. N.
R. Zuber of Montgomery, Ala.; a stepson, Joe C. Wilcox of Gaines-
ville, Fla.; Brothers R. C. Deavours of Ormond Beach, Fla. and S. J.
Deavours of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
George Hartell, 81, of 9016 S. Laflin, died October 11, 1964 in
Downey Veterans Hospital after a long illness.
He retired in 1952 as a clerk for the Oak Manufacturering Co..
Mr. Hartell was a past commander of William Chandler Peterson
Post 171 of the American Legion. He was awarded the Silver Star
during World War 1, when he served as a company commander in
the 33rd Division.
Survivors include the widow. Mary.
He was a member of the Order of Isthmian Conductors (Railroad)
Canal Zone in 1909. His card was signed by B. F. Faulkner, chief
conductor and Secrtary Treaesurer at that time.
Mr. Hartell was a half brother of the late Claude Strobridge.
This obituary was received Feb. 3, 1965 Ed.
Mrs. Alice Craig Alexaitis. 63, of 209 W. Emma, Tampa, died Feb.
17, 1965 in a Tampa Hospital. A native of Pittston, Penn., she had
lived in Tampa since 1953. She was a member of Sacred Heart Cath-
olic Church, the Catholic Daughters of America, of which she was
a former Grand Regent, a member of the Panama Canal Zone Society
and of the American Legion. She resided in the Canal Zone for 22
years. Survivors include 4 daughters, Mrs. Gordon Green, Germany,
Miss Anna Cecelia Alexaitis, Tampa, Mrs. Eric J. Ralle, Tampa, and
Miss Ursula Alexaitis, Tampa, a son, John Joseph Alexaitis, Canal
Zone, six grandchildren, and 2 sisters, Miss Marie S. Gillespie, Pitts-
ton, and Mrs. Vernon Clemmons, Reading. Penn.
Capt. Alfred Mundberg, 79, died Feb. 13, 1965 in a local hospital.
He had resided at 3017 Puesta Del Sol Rd., Santa Barbara, Calif.
Mundberg, who spent 20 years as a pilot in the Panama Canal Zone,
moved to Santa Barbara in 1947 after his retirement. He was Harbor-
master from 1949 to 1954.
A native of Struer, Denmark, where he was born July 4, 1885,
Mundberg went to sea at the age 14. He came to the United States
in 1907 and became a U.S. citizen in 1914. He married the former
Jenny Gundersen in Brooklyn in 1911. He served in the Coast
Guard until moving to the Canal Zone where he remained for 33
Mundberg was a member of the Panama Canal Societies of Los
Angeles and Florida; National Assn. of Retired Civilian Employees
Danish of Santa Barbara, Danish Brotherhood of Santa Barbara and
was a charter member of the Professional and Business Men's Club.
He was a life Mason of the Sojourners Lodge of Cristobal, Canal
Zone. A 32nd degree Mason, the Scottish Rite of Santa Barbara, the
Shrine Temple Abou Saad of Panama and the Shrine Syria Temple
of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mundberg is survived by his widow, Jenny and a son, Arthur
James of the Department of Defense Military Sea Transport Service;
two brothers and a sister all of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mrs. Amanda P. Medinger, 65, died at Gorgas Hospital after a
brief illness Feb. 22, 1965.
Mrs. Medinger, familiarly known as Billie to her many friends in
the Canal Zone and Panama, was born in Vicksburg, Miss. She lived
in the Canal Zone over 30 years and was one of the early members
of the Inter-American Women's Club.
Her late husband, Augustus C. (Gus) Medinger, was with the
Dredging Division for many years and was chief of that division
several years. He was Transportation and Terminals Director when
he retired voluntarily in August 1953 after 38 years' Canal Service.
Mr. and Mrs. Medinger went to New York to make their home, and
he accepted a position of assistant to the Chief Engineer of the
Orinoco Mining Company, a subsidiary of the United States Steel
Corporation. Gus Medinger died in 1953.
Mrs. Medinger had been making her home in Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., until December when she went to spend Christmas with her son,
Robert E. Medinger and family.
Mrs. Medinger is survived by one son, Robert E. Medinger, Panama
Canal Chief Admeasurer, who resides in La Boca; by three grand-
children, and by two brothers. Donald and John Price of South
Mrs. Maxine A. Mara died Feb. 25th, in Iowa City, Iowa from a
stroke, the day before her 44th birthday. She is survived by two
sons James and Gerald, also by her Mother Mrs. G. W. Adams and
a twin sister Mrs. Arlene M. Shedlock of Yardville, New Jersey. She
was the daughter of Dr. G. W. Adams who was at the Balboa dis-
pensary for years.
Max Charles Eugene Burgdorf, 75, a former New Orleanian and
city official in Natchitoches, died Feb. 26, 1965 at Natchitoches
Mr. Burgdorf was a native of New Orleans. As a young man he
went as an engineer to Panama to help build the Panama Canal.
Several years later, he returned to New Orleans and served as an
engineer on vessels running to the mouth of the Mississippi River.
He also worked as an engineer for a time on vessels plying the
In 1915 he went to Natchitoches to organize that city's water-
works system. He became a city councilman and later was named
commissioner of water and lights, a position he held from 1918 until
Until his retirement three year ago, Mr. Burgdorf was responsible
for the notable lighting and decorations each Christmas in Natch-
He operated the Burgdorf Ice Co. of Natchitoches for some 10
years before his retirement.
Mr. Burgdorf was a Mason and a member of a number of civic
He is survived by his widow, the former Sallie Smith; brothers,
sisters and three grandchildren.
Edward J. Husted, 57, well known Canal Zone resident and em-
ployee of the Locks Security Branch, died at Gorgas Hospital.
A native of New Jersey, Mr. Husted went to the Isthmus with his
parents when he was a child. He attended the Canal Zone schools and
was a graduate of Balboa High School.
He was employed for many years in the Motor Transportation Div-
ision in Ancon. During recent years he was with the Locks Security
Surviving him are his widow Maria de Rosario Husted of Ancon
and two daughters, Nidia Husted of Ancon and Mrs. Edith Carles
Husted de Guerra of Panama; four sisters, Mrs. Florence Pearson of
Diablo; Mrs. Edith Jacob of Miami, Florida; Mrs. Annetta Laska of
Miami; and Mrs. Dora LeGrys of Washington, D. C.; three brothers,
George F. Husted of Coco Solo; Louis Husted of Curundu and D. E.
Husted of Panama.
Portsmouth, Va. Mrs. Lillian H. Wood, 82, of 533 Hampton
Place, mother of Richard F. Wood, Portsmouth general manager of
the Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star, died Feb. 6, 1965 in a hospital.
She was a member of Monumental Methodist Church and National
Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc., and a
former clerk in the Portsmouth Water Department.
Besides her son, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Frank DeBerry,
Sr., of Portsmouth, and three grandchildren.
George E. Reichenbach, 77, 4000 24th Ave. N., St. Petersburg,
Fla., died Friday, April 2, 1965. Born in Allentown, Pa., he came
here nine years ago from Fort Pierce. He was a retired government
inspector on the Panama Canal. He was a member of the Lutheran
Church. Surviving are his wife, Mary; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth E.
Solana of Nicaragua; a brother, Harry; and a sister, Mrs. Esther
McKinsey, both of Allentown.
Mr. Chas. P. Shay, Monroe, Michigan, died suddenly March 5,
1965. No other details available.
Mr. Noel Gibson, retired teacher (Cristobal High) died suddenly
in November in Illinois. No other details available.
Mrs. Gladys Barnard, 68, art teacher, portrait painter and the
wife of Paul D. Barnard, Bear Hill Rd., Cumberland, R. I., died Feb.
15, 1965 at Pawtucket Memorial Hosp. A native of Cumberland, she
was born Aug. 20, 1896, a daughter of the late David 0. and Effie
(Tarbox) Cargill. She lived in the Panama Canal Zone from 1923
to 1956 when she returned to Cumberland. She was a member of the
National League of American Penwomen, the Fern Leaf Chapter,
OES, Ancon, Canal Zone, the DAR, the Blackstone Valley Historical
Society, the Arnold Mills Methodist Church, and the Audubon Soc-
iety. She had been engaged in ornithological work with the late Dr.
Frank Chapman of the Museum of Natural History in New York.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. George
H. Weber of Argenta, British Columbia; a son, Paul D. Barnard, Jr.
of Canton, Mass.; two brothers, three sisters, three grandchildren.
The Venerable Archdeacon Edward J. Cooper, former Archdeacon
of Colon in the Episcopal Church and retired rector emeritus of
Christ Church By-the-Sea in Colon, died in Guatemala at the age of
102. He would have been 103 years old April 14.
Well known on both sides of the Isthmus, Father Cooper had
made frequent trips to the Canal Zone since his retirement in 1941.
His most recent official visit was in 1962, when at the age of 99, he
participated in the dedication of Stevens Circle in Balboa and the
Thatcher Ferry Bridge.
A native of Bath, England, where he was born in 1863, Father
Cooper became a naturalized United States citizen and went to the
Isthmus during construction days to be one of the first North Ameri-
can clergymen to serve in this area.
He served as chaplain with the Isthmian Canal Commission from
1907 to 1914, and was pastor of Christ Church By-the-Sea from 1907
until 1941. He was a confidant of Colonel Goethals and knew Colonel
Gorgas well. A great part of his work was with the hospitals at a
time when yellow fever and malaria were taking a heavy toll.
He had been living in Antigua, Guatemala, since his retirement.
The remains were taken to the Canal Zone for interment.
Richard F. Daniel, employee of the Water and Laboratories
Branch died at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. Daniel was a member of the Ontario Lodge No. 301 F and A.M.
of Ontario, California; the Scottish Rite Bodies of Balboa and the
Shrine Jesters. He also was Vice President of the Pacific Civic
Mr. Daniel is survived by his widow Mrs. Helen Daniel of Diablo
Heights, a daughter, Helen F. Daniel; a brother, Robert C. Daniel of
Diablo and a sister, Mrs. Mary B. Pinkham, of El Caljon, Calif.
Stephen A. Dreyer, 60, electrician employed with the Division
of Cristobal, died at Coco Solo Hospital following a long illness.
A native of New York City, Mr. Dreyer went to the Canal Zone in
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ethel M. Dreyer, two daughters,
Miss Beverly Dreyer or Margarita and Mrs. Harry C. Elliott of
John T. Barrett, Jr., of Empire Street, Balboa, Canal Zone died in
He was a pilot in the Panama Canal's Navigation Division, was
with the Canal Organization since March, 1939.
No other details available.
Mrs. Agnes M. Milliken, 78, died March 9 after a long illness at
the home of her daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Schjeveland in Winthrop, Me.
She was born August 24, 1886 at North Windham, the daughter
of Simon E. and Thankful Cash Strout.
Mrs. Milliken had lived in Winthrop four years and before that
in Augusta, Damariscotta, Jay and the Panama Canal Zone for 30
While in Damariscotta Mrs. Milliken lived in the home of her
daughter and the beloved Rev. Christy J. Schjeveland who left his
mark and the area while he was pastor of the Damariscotta Baptist
Church and closely connected with all types of activities in the area.
Mrs. Milliken was a member of the Penny Memorial Baptist Church
of Augusta and Washburn Chapter, OES, of Livermore Falls. Her
daughter, Mrs. Schjeveland, is the only survivor.
Mrs. Wilhelmina B. Grier, Gamboa, Canal Zone died at her home
April 5, 1965 after a lengthy illness.
She was the widow of Charles L. Grier, a Panama Canal Construc-
tion Day engineer, who died in 1948. Mrs. Grier went to the Isthmus
as a young bride in 1908 and had made her home there since.
She is survived by one brother, Howard Brandt of Philadelphia,
Pa., who went to the Canal Zone on receiving word of Mrs. Grier's
death. Interment in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mrs. Philip Hamilton (Jo), Dallas, Texas, passed away Apr. 5, 1965.
Betty Jo, who teaches in Calif., Martha Page, her husband and two
children, Mexico City arrived in Dallas before their mother died. No
other details available.
Former Panama Canal Pilot Capt. William A. Van Siclen died
April 2, 1965 in Maitland, Florida.
Capt. Van Siclen, whose Panama Canal Service dated back to 1913,
retired in Sept. 1945. After retirement he practiced law in New York.
Capt. Van Siclen was a specialist in admiralty law.
Born in 1885 in Brooklyn, N. Y., his first employment with the
Canal organization was as chief engineer's mate in 1913. In 1915 he
transferred to the Marine Bureau and on April 5, 1916 was promoted
to pilot, the position he held until retirement.
He lived in Long Island until four years ago, when he moved to
He is survived by his wife Mary A. three daughters and four sons;
Mrs. Wells D. Wright of St. Petersburg, Fla., Mrs. Walter Bogle of
Poughkeepsie, N. Y., Miss Cornelia Van Siclen of New York City;
William A. Van Siclen, Jr., Chief of the Panama Canal's Locks Div-
ision; Andrew L. Van Siclen of Vancouver, Oregon and Robert and
Fred Van Siclen of New York City.
The following friends from St. Petersburg attended the services:
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Zierten, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones, Mr. and Mrs.
Andy Fraser, Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall, Mrs. Alice Burkle, Mrs.
C. Mornhinwey, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge and Capt. and Mrs.
Francis Y. (Happy) Edwards, former employee of the Motor
Transportation Division, died in Alajuela, Costa Rica on April 7.
Member of a well known Canal Zone family, he went to the Is-
thmus from Versailles, Kentucky in 1918. Since his retirement in
1953 he had made his home in Costa Rica.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. William C. Willoughby of
Huntsville, Alabama, and Mrs. Henry A. Pridgen of Norfolk, Vir-
ginia, four graduchildren, a brother, D. T. (Chick) Edwards of
Panama City and a sister Mrs. Marybelle Mastin of Versailles,
Mr. Edwards was visiting his brother at the time of his death.
Burial services were held in Alajuela.
Miss Janette Davidson (Jhristison of Edmonton, Can., aged 88, died
April 19. She is survived by two nephews, John Christison with the
R.C.A.F. in Nova Scotia and Scott Christison of New Mexico.
Mrs. Alice Girdot Strauss, 80 years of age, passed away April 3,
1965, at Fairhope, Ala., following a short illness. Mrs. Strauss was
the widow of the late John R. Strauss, who retired from Pan Canal
service in 1944. Mrs. Strauss was a native of Auburn, Ind. Sur-
vivors include four daughters: Mrs. Cecilia Mickle of Fairhope, Ala.,
Mrs. Rita Nicholson, and Mrs. Alice Stoops, both of Pensacola, Fla.,
and Mrs. Jean Oldham of Jal, New Mexico, seven grandchildren, and
one great-grandchild. Interment was in Mobile, Ala.
Mrs. Ethel M. Macey of 7121 N. W. 19th Court, died in a local
nursing home in Hollywood, Fla., April 17, after a long illness.
She had'lived there six years and was formerly from Savannah,
Surviving are her husband Henry, a sister, Mrs. Lessie M. Sandi-
ford, a niece, Mrs. Lillian S. Crawford all of Hollywoo'd, Fla., and a
nephew, J. Earle Sandiford of Jacksonville, Fla. Several great nieces
Private services were in Wadlington Hollywood Hills Funeral
Chapel with cremation following. Burial in Savannah, Georgia.
Fred J. Lyons, 81, of 301 South Highland Ave., Clearwater, Fla.,
died April 30, 1965. Burial in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park with
military honors by Turner-Brandon Post 7, American Legion. Mr.
Lyons is a retired pipefitter with the U. S. Government in Gamboa,
Panama Canal Zone. He has resided in Clearwater for the past
20 years. Surviving are his wife, Bessie L.; and a brother, Emmett
Dr. Ivan Edwads Hix, 75, prominent eye, ear, nose and throat
specialist, died April 27, 1965.
Born on Jan. 5, 1890, in Tyler, Tex., he received his medical de-
gree from the University of Texas in 1912. Following internship, Dr.
Hix was a physician for the Panama Canal during its construction.
During World War I, Dr. Hix served with the British Tank
Corps in France and the American Expeditionary Forces in Ger-
many. After the war, he returned to Panama and was chief of the
Gorgas Hospital until 1930 when he went to Denver, Colorado and
entered private practice.
In 1962, he was presented a medal for 50 years in the medical pro-
fession by the Colorado Medical Society. He was still practicing at
the time of his death.
Dr. Hix was a member of the University Club and a former mem-
ber of Civitan Club. He was a past president of the Colorado Oto-
Rhino-Laryngology Society and a member of Colorado Opthalmo-
logical Society and American Medical Assn.
He was a former clinical professor of Opthalmology at the Uni-
versity of Colorado Medical Center. He was on the staffs of Mercy,
St. Luke's, Children's, Presbyterian and Denver General Hospitals.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Annie Lou, are a son, Dr. Ivan
E. Hix, Jr. of Denver, and two grandchildren.
Services were conducted by Dr. Hix's nephew, the Rev. Roscoe C.
Hauser of St. John's Episcopal Church in Fayettville, N. C.
WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS
Barbara Jane Herndon became the bride of Edward Aaron Levy,
Jr., April 9 in the First Baptist Church Chapel, Alexandria, Va.,
with Rev. J. T. Ford officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Alexander M. Smith, Alexandria,
and the late Alexander Hall Herndon, Charlotte, N. C.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Aaron Levy,
The bride was given in marriage by her brother, A. H. Herndon,
Jr. Mrs. A. H. Herndon, Jr., Myrtle Beach, S. C., was matron of
honor, and Herbert McLean Hicks, Annandale, Va., cousin of the
bridegroom, served as best man. Ushers were Michael Bardin Smith
and Gary Paul Rubin, brother and brother-in-law of the bride.
The reception following the wedding ceremony was held at the
home of the bride's parents. After a trip to Williamsburg, Va., the
couple is residing in Arlington, Va.
Constance E. Clinchard Spitznogle, of Melbourne, Florida, and
John A. Wright, of Boca Raton, Florida, were married on April 2,
1965, at the Little Chapel, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Mel-
bourne. The Reverend Alex Bayer officiated. Following the cere-
mony a small reception was held at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club. Plans
are progressing for a home to be built at Caribbean Keys in
Miss Suzanne Marie Hele, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hele
of Curundu Heights, and Charles A. B. Carlton, Jr., Lieutenant,
United States Army, exchanged wedding vows at Sacred Heart
Chapel, Ancon, on March 13th.
The bridegroom, who is stationed at Fort Clayton, is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. B. Carlton of Farmville, Virginia.
Mrs. Malcolm Wheeler served as organist.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Mrs. Chas. La-
moyne Hall was matron of honor. Miss Deborah Hele sister of the
bride was Junior Bridesmaid and Pamela Jo Whitley was Flower
Girl. Mr. Charles A. B. Carlton served as his son's best man. Ushers
were Captain George Whitley, Captain James Monohan, Captain
Richard Williams and Chief Warrant Officer Donald Forbes.
A reception was held at the Pacific Area Officers Open Mess im-
mediately following the ceremony. White calla lilies and lilies of the
Nile were used as decorations. Musical selections were provided by
the Marshalls. Miss Teresa Eggleston was in charge of the bride's
The young couple spent their honeymoon at Coronado Beach R.
The bride was educated in Canal Zone schools and at Mt. Mary
College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lt. Carlton is a graduate of Vir-
ginia Military Institute.
The young couple is at home at 765 Barneby Street, Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace C. Bain, St. Petersburg, Fla., announce the
engagement of their daughter Patricia Marie to Mr. Jack De Vore,
Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack De Vore, Balboa, C. Z.
Jack, Jr., has received his degree in Industrial Arts from Kansas
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 16th. Chaplain
John Hulme officiated.
Professor Hans Janowitz served as organist.
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 Wil-
liams and Marcus Powell.
The bridegroom's cousin, Mrs. Caroline McGriff, came from
Miami for the wedding.
Immediately following the ceremony a reception was held at the
Pacific Area Officers' Open Mess. Professor Janowitz played back-
ground 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 young couple honeymooned in Peru and Columbia.
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
Miss Denise Stewart of Balboa, Canal Zone, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas A. Stewart of Spokane, Washington and James Mc-
Keown, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. James McKeown of Balboa, were
married on March 13th at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Balboa.
A reception was held at the Albrook Officers' Open Mess. James
is the grandson of Mr. H. H. Hudson, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. C. J. Post and Mrs. Hanna Goodwin, mother of Mrs. Neta
Murwin were married in Tampa after the Reunion this year. They
are making their home at Rt. 1, Box 244-B, Jacksonville, Fla. 33211.
Mr. and Mrs. John Earl Fisher of Ancon announce the engagement
of their daughter, Toni Anne, to Mr. Edward Wallace Hatchett, Jr.,
son of Mrs. Edward Wallace Hatchett of Orlando, Florida, and the
late Mr. Hatchett. Miss Fisher attended Stephens College and Okla-
homa University and is presently enrolled in the Canal Zone College.
Mr. Hatchett is a member of the Balboa High School Faculty.
Miss Irene Hasemann, Jacksonville, Fla., and John Vern Wilson
of Bakersfield, California, were united in marriage February 20,
1965 in Murray Hill Methodist Church. Rev. J. Arthur Padgett
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis C. Hasemann.
The parents of the bridegroom, Mr. and Mrs. Vern Wilson of Bakers-
field, Calif., were guests of the Hasemann's.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose Mrs. Michael
Barnwell as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Diana Smith
and Miss Karen Grundig.
James Lynch was best man and ushers were Mike Stone, Tolley
Tate and Louis Hasemann, Jr.
Others attending the wedding were Mrs. John L. Hasemann aunt
of the bride from Livingston, New Jersey; Mr. and Mrs, Russell J.
Hasemann and daughters Joan and Judith of West Caldwell, N. J.
Mrs. Mary F. McDonald, Tampa, Fla., announces the wedding of
her daughter Mrs. Evelyn G. Fone to Lt. Col. Joseph J. Kelly (Ret.)
The ceremony was performed at the home of her son John N. Me
Donald. The couple will make their home in Tampa.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge, St. Petersburg, Fla., announce the
engagement of their daughter Joyce to Joseph Garrett Minke of
Cumberland, Md. Wedding plans are being made in La Paz, Bolivia.
Miss Callinge and Mr. Minke are with the Peace Corps.
Mr. and Mrs. George Loudon of North Syracuse, New York form-
erly of France Field and Colon Hospital, announce the engagement
of their daughter Fern Marie to Brian Keith Lewis, son of Mr. and
Mrs. William Lewis, Syracuse.
Miss Loudon, who graduated from the State University College of
Education at Oswego, New York, teaches at Chestnut Hill Ele-
mentary School in Liverpool, N. Y. Mr. Lewis who graduated from
Syracuse Central High School, is employed at Harold Green and
Son in Liverpool, New York.
Miss Kathleen Mary McConaghy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
Joseph McConaghy of Diablo Heights, and Lt. William Frederick
Brucksch III, son of Dr. and Mrs. William Frederick Brucksch, Jr.,
of North Galdwell, New Jersey, exchanged marriage vows at St.
Mary's Mission Church, Balboa, December 26th.
Mrs. Malcolm Wheeler served as organist.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Attending the bride as maid of honor and bridesmaid were the
Misses Dolores Wheeler and Suzanne Hele.
Serving as best man was Lt. Calvin Kawamote USAF of Hawaii
and as groqmsman, Lt. Charles Carlton U. S. Army, of Fort Amador
Ushers were the Messrs. John Riley and Louis Charles of Diablo
Following the ceremony a reception and buffet supper for 200
guests was held in the patio of the Fort Amador Officers' Club.
Mrs. James Slover was in charge of the bride's book.
Following a short Isthmian wedding trip the couple left for New
York enroute to Waco, Texas where they will make their home
pending Lieutenant Brucksch's reassignment.
The bride is a graduate of St. Mary's Parochial School, Balboa
and attended Mt. St. Mary-on-the-Hudson, Newburg, New York.
She is a 1960 graduate of Balboa High School and will receive her
B. B. degree from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas, in
History and Education.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Hopkins Grammar School, New
Haven, Conn., and of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine with the
Class of 1963 with a B. A. in History and Political Science. He is
presently stationed at James Conally Air Force Base in Waco.
Miss Leslie Gail Dillon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B.
Dillon of New Haven, Connecticut, and Mr. Mainert J. Peterson,
Jr., son of the Very Rev. and Mrs. Mainert J. Peterson of Ancon,
Canal Zone, were joined together in Holy Matrimony February 27th,
at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Rochelle Park, New Jersey. The
ceremony was performed by the Rev. William J. F. Lydecker and the
bridegroom's father, Dean Peterson, who with Mrs. Peterson trav-
elled to the United States for this purpose.
The Maid of Honor was her sister, Miss Deborah Dillon. The
bridesmaids were Miss Joan Keeler and Miss Toni Hulteen, cousins
of the bride, Mrs. Nancy Anderson, aunt of the bride and Miss
Virginia M. Peterson, sister of the bridegroom.
The best man was Mr. Samuel Kirkland of Bryn Mawr, Penn-
sylvania, roommate of the bridegroom at Yale University. The
ushers were Messrs. Thomas O'Brien, Charles Peterson, brother of
the bridegroom, Edward Palmer, uncle of the bride, and T. Mifflin
Hughes of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also a roommate of the bride
The bride groom, now a sophomore at Yale University, is an
alumnus of St. Mark's School, Southborough, Mass., and St. Thomas
Church Choir School in New York City. Miss Dillon is an alumnus
of North Haven High School and has been attending Quinnipiac
College in Hamden, Connecticut. The couple will reside in New
Haven after their honeymoon. A reception was given to the bridal
party at St. Peter's Church Hall after which the newlyweds left for
New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Crosby of Balboa announce the mar-
riage of their daughter Lt. Judith Marilyn Crosby, U.S.A.F. to
Sgt. Albert Paul Gonsher, U.S.A.F. The wedding took place on
January 9 at the Base Chapel in Zaragoza, Spain.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and the Massa-
chusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in Boston, Mass.
Sgt. Gonsher is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Gonsher, Sr., of
Following a wedding trip to Madrid, the couple is now at home in
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Dunning of Balboa, announce the marriage
of their daughter Vicki Lou, to Robert Stewart Runion, Manassa,
Va., son of Mrs. Lily King of Zephyrhills, Fla., on February 26 at the
Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Valrico, Fla.
The bride was given in marriageby her brother-in-law, E. J. Ingle
The bride's attendant was Miss Mary-Ann Brandon of Brandon,
Fla., formerly of Balboa.
Howard Reichling, Washington, D. C. attended the bride groom
as best man with Carl Petty and William Robbins, both of Tampa,
serving as ushers.
Following the wedding a reception was held for the bridal couple
and guests at the Tampa Leisure House in Brandon.
Among the out of town guests at the wedding and reception were
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dupree of Daytona Beach; (Mrs. Dupree is the
former Janet Sutherland of Balboa); Mrs. C. E. Johnson (grand-
mother of the bride) of Prospect, Penna.; and Mrs. W. R. Dunning,
mother of the bride.
The young couple are at home at 3101 Tambay, Tampa, Fla., fol-
lowing a short wedding trip.
Mr. Oscar O. Brown, Jr., and Mrs. Elizabeth I. Brown, both of
Ancon, Canal Zone, announce the marriage of their daughter Bar-
bara Lee to Joseph Hughes Byrne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arch L.
Byrne of Cocoli, Canal Zone, in Jacksonville, Florida, February 11.
The bride is the granddaughter of Dr. Samuel S. Irvin and the
late Mrs. Bessie B. Irvin. The bridegroom is the grandson of Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Michael Byrne of Panama R. P., and Pilot Mountain,
The young couple is attending school in Jacksonville and make
their home at 3253 Justina Road, Apartment 17, Jacksonville, Fla.
Miss Judith Ann Grammer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Elvin
Grammer of Albany, Oregon became the bride of Pedro Max Jano-
witz, son of Prof. and Mrs. Hans Janowitz of Las Cumbres R. de P.
in a double ring ceremony held at the First Christian Church of
Albany on March 20th.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Attending her
sister as matron of honor was Mrs. Tania Tyrrell. The bridesmaids
were Donna and Kathy Grammer, sisters of the bride.
Leslie Elliott of Culver, Ore., cousin of the bride, was the flower
girl. The bride's brother and foster brother, Robert Grammer and
Clifford Cureton were candlelighters.
Serving as best man was Frank Schmittroth of Oregon State
Following the ceremony a reception for 100 guests was held in
the church parlors.
The young couple spent their honeymoon in Victoria, British
The bride graduated from Oregon State University in June with a
major in Elementary Education. Her husband is working on his
Master's degree in Electrical Engineering at Oregon State.
The young couple are at home at 457 Washington St., Apt. 6,
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Urey of Margarita, Canal Zone, announce
the engagement of their daughter Lorraine Elizabeth to Mr. Thomas
R. Dugan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dugan, Jr., of LaPorte, Ind.
Miss Urey is a graduate of Cristobal High School with the Class
of 1964 and is now attending the Canal Zone College.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Schollkoph of Seneca, South Carolina an-
nounce the marriage of their daughter, Barbara, to Mr. Kenneth
Mohl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Albert Mohl of Balboa.
The ceremony was performed at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in
Seneca, by the Rev. George P. LeBlanc, C. S. P.
Mr. Mohl is a graduate of St. Mary's Mission Parochial School,
Balboa High School, the Canal Zone College and attended Clemsen
University in South Carolina. He is now employed with the Fair-
child Aircraft Corporation in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The young couple are at home at 6660 56th Street North, Pinellas
Announcement has been made in St. Louis, Mo., of the engage-
ment of Miss Sharon Lee Kepsky to James A. Brooks, Jr. The bride
elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Keposky of St. Louis.
Mr. Brooks is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Brooks of Margarita,
Miss Keposky received her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Ed-
ucation from Duquesne University where she was on a scholarship as
a member of the Duquesne University Temburitzans. In 1963 she
received the Tamburitzan's achievement award, and in 1964 the
scholastic award. She is currently employed in St. Louis.
Brooks also attended Duquesne University on a scholarship spon-
sored by the Ulrich Foundation. He was graduated with a Bachelor
of Science degree in Music Education, at which time he was awarded
an assistantship to Duquesne for further studies. He is completing
work on a Master of Science degree in Musicology, and is currently
employed at Chatham College in Pittsburgh.
Mr. and Mrs. Salvador Gerardi, of Curundu announce the mar-
riage of their daughter Adelita, to Mr. John Saxon.
Miss Gerardi, born and reared in the Canal Zone is a graduate
of Balboa High School and attended the Canal Zone College.
Mr. Saxon is in the Air Force and is stationed at Albrook Air
Mr. and Mrs. Dale R. Meriwether of Ancon, Canal Zone announce
the engagement of their daughter, Patricia Irene, to Mr. Robert
Sprague, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard H. Sprague of La Boca.
Miss Meriwether is a sophomore at the Canal Zone College, and Mr.
Sprague, majoring in international affairs, is a senior at the Uni-
versity of Maryland.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Louden of Owesse, Michigan announce
the engagement of their daughter, Coral, to Gerald A. Hilty,
son of Mrs. Josephine E. Hilty of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Cunningham, 1309% West Third Street, Sedalia,
Missouri, announce the marriage of their daughter, Linda Jane, to
Mr. David Randall Risden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wetzel Risden,
Sylmar, California, February 19, 1965 at Epworth Methodist Church,
Mrs. Risden graduated from Cristobal High School, Cristobal,
Canal Zone, in 1958 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in
Physical Education with a minor in French at North West Missouri
State College, Maryville, Missouri. She is presently teaching
Physical Education at Smith-Cotton Junior High School, Sedalia.
Mr. Risden is Field Representative for Sylvania Electronics and
is presently employed at Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster,
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J. Dugas of Diablo Heights announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Linette Marie, to 2nd Lt. Gordon
Humbracht, United States Air Force, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Humbracht of Elgin, Illinois.
Miss Dugas is a 1963 graduate of Cristobal High School and
graduated from Gulf Park College, Gulfport, Mississippi, on May
30th of this year. She is a member of Gamma Psi Sorority and is
secretary of the Secretarial Science Club.
Lt. Humbracht is now stationed at Leesler Air Force Base, Biloxi,
Mississippi. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois.
The marriage of Miss Donna Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert W. Smith of Diablo, to Bobby James Herring of Anderson,
South Carolina was solemnized at St. Mary's Mission Church in
Balboa, on January 30th.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
A silver rosary was given to her by her God-mother, Mrs. Albert
Billinsly of Panama City. The single pearl necklace she wore was a
gift from the bridegroom.
Miss Carolyn Smith attended her sister as maid of honor. The
best man was Larry E. Kimmel of Fort Clayton, a friend of the
Family and friends of the bridal couple attended. A special out
of town guest was the bride's oldest sister, Miss Betty Smith of
Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held at the
bride's home. Miss Joan Ammirati of Balboa was in charge of the
The young couple stayed at the Tivoli Hotel for a day and then
left for a week's stay at Gorgona Beach. They now make their home
in Balboa until they leave for the states later.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur W. Eggleston of 176 Woodland Avenue,
River Edge, New Jersey and formerly of Panama City, announce the
engagement of their daughter, Lynne Frances, to Mr. Malcolm
Edward Wheeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm R. Wheeler of Los
Rios, Canal Zone.
Miss Eggleston graduated from River Dell Senior High School,
attended the Canal Zone College and is currently a student at the
Mary Fletcher Hospital School of Nursing in Burlington, Vermont.
Mr. Wheeler is a graduate of Balboa High School in the Canal
Zone. He is in his junior year at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.
The Reverend and Mrs. John Belcher Fields of Ancon, Canal
Zone announce the engagement of their daughter, Janet Eliese, to
Mr. Robert John Lahrochar of Erial, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. Colin Hampton Lawson, of Balboa announce the
engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Collean
Mary, to Captain Robert S. Mate, of Balboa.
Captain and Mrs. Frederick E. Garra of Diablo, Canal Zone an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter Virginia Lee to Jack D.
Canupp, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Canupp of Gainesville, Georgia.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Brenau College in Gainesville,
Georgia where she was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta National
Sorority, Tau Sigma Pi Alpha honorary language fraternity,
Secretary of Honor Court, a member of the Student-faculty Rela-
tions committee and a member of the Recreation Association. She
is presently employed by the Gracewood State School and Hospital
teaching mentally retarded and handicapped children. Her fiance
attended the University of Georgia.
Capt. and Mrs. Perra and children will leave in June to attend
their daughter's wedding.
Mrs. Lois Hohmann Engle, daughters Diane and Laura, and Roy
(. Hohmann all of Woodside, New York, were guests for 10 days
during the school spring vacation of their parents and grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Hohmann, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. Emily Brooks and son Billy, Balboa, C. Z. were guests of
her mother, Mrs. Esther Horine, Seal Beach, Calif.
A picture appeared in the Spillway with the following. Ed.
Dr. Harry Eno, who fought "yellowjack" with Gorgas and has
been practicing medicine on the Isthmus since 1905, receives a silver
50th anniversary medallion and a Panama Canal 50th anniversary
book from Axton T. Jones, Transportation and Terminals Director,
With Dr. Eno are his wife and Perry Francey, dean of the local
steamship agents and a old friend of Dr. and Mrs. Eno. Dr. Eno
was on vacation in the United States during the Canal's 50th an-
niversary observance in August.
Maj. Charles J. McGinn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. McGinn,
formerly of Gatun, is helping build one of the biggest and most
powerful rocket boosters in the U. S. space program.
Major MoGinn, a graduate of Cristobal High School and West
Point Military Academy, is a member of the U. S. Air Force team
responsible for the Titan III program. He is helping develop rocket
boosters for use in space flights, both manned and unmanned, at
the Air Force Systems Command Space Division at Los Angeles,
As a cadet, on leave from West Point, McGinn swam the Canal in
June 1950. According to local data, he was the fifth person to com-
plete this daring feat at that time.
Major McGinn is married to the former Jean White, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Alton White, who recently retired from the Canal
organization. The McGinns have five children. Major McGinn's
father was formerly with the Locks Division in Gatun.
Mrs. Iris D. Richmond, who holds the position of Finance Branch
Superintendent at the Coco Solo Branch Post Office, is boss of the
postal operation of the 12 branch post offices maintained by the
Postal Division in the Canal Zone. The two main Post Offices at
Cristobal and Balboa are under the direction of postmasters.
A second generation employee, Mrs. Richmond was born in Gulf-
port, Mississippi, and went to the Isthmus as a child with her family.
Her father Leon Dedeaux, was employed by the Pacific Locks and
the family lived several years at Pedro Miguel.
She began working with the former Balboa Quarantine Station in
1941 and joined the Postal Division in 1950. She was promoted to
window and distribution clerk in 1956 and has been stationed at
Cristobal and a number of Atlantic side branch post offices.
She was appointed to her present position last year and has been
at Gatun as well as the Coco Solo branch office.
Keys to the Locks were presented by Governor Fleming to Mr. and
Mrs. T. E. Burrow on the eve of their departure for the United
States, where they are to make their home. Burrow, who resigned
as Assistant Chief, Executive Planning Staff, received a certificate
with his Key to the Locks naming him a "Visitor in Perpetuity."
Governor Fleming also presented him a Panama Canal Distinguished
Service Award, with a check for $300. The award was in official
recognition and commendation "for his unselfish contribution to the
work of the Executive Planning Staff. His thorough understanding
of operating problems, organization and fiscal set-up has made him
an invaluable asset to the Panama Canal organization for many
years. He has combined perceptive analysis with a patient, kindly,
tactful approach to resolve difficult situations and remains every-
body's friend. Tom Burrow has set a new high standard for ex-
ecutives at the Panama Canal," the citation read.
Mr. and Mrs. Abe Howard and Miss Ressie Pine, St. Petersburg,
Fla., flew to Seattle, Wash., to be the guests of (Elizabeth) Mr. and
Mrs. Sandy Ames. They later went to San Francisco and to North
Hollywood, Calif. to visit Mrs. Katherine Lambert. Las Vegas was
their last stop before returning home.
Miss Mary Esslinger, Washington, D. C., spent the Easter holi-
days with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Houston Esslinger, St. Peters-
Miss Ann Alnutt, Chevy Chase, Md., was the guest of Miss Caroline
Hunt, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall, and Mrs. Corine Morningweg, St.
Petersburg, Fla., were guests of the Marshall's daughter Melinda,
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Irwin, Baton Rouge, La.
Mrs. Nena McMillan is at home to her many friends in Apt. 3 F.,
Sky Harbour Apts., 7200 34th Street South, St. Petersburg, Fla.
One of Mrs. Phil Lupfer's paintings "Study of Cattleys Gigas",
was exhibited at the West Coast Orchid show at the Curtis Hickson
Convention Hall in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 19, 1965 and won a second
place. Mr. and Mrs. Lupfer reside in Redlands, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Burton Hackett (Betty Lewis), Balboa, C. Z. were
guests of her father Sgt. Harry Lewis, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Yost, East (4louster, Mass., called on Capt.
and Mrs. Benjamin Judd, St. Petersburg, Fla., recently.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dobson, Tarpon Springs, Fla., had as guests
Marie's brother, Mr. and Mrs. John Buekema, Grand Rapids, Mich.;
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Watson, Cristobal, C. Z. The Dobsons visited his
daughter Blossom Ann Kicker and 4 children, Portland, Oregon,
Bill's brothers, and Mrs. L. Farrington, Newport, Oregon.
Mr. and Mrs. John McCoy are at home to their many friends in
their new house, 7326 10th St. N., St. Petersburg, Fla. They re-
cently were guests of their daughter, Miss Judy McCoy who is Re-
search Associate Psychologist at Fla. State University in Tallahassee,
Mrs. Roy Perkins, Sr., Pensacola, Fla.. had a leg amputated in the
Pensacola Naval Hospital.
Mrs. Storer Everett, St. Petersburg, Fla., is spending the summer
visiting in Cincinnati, Ohio and Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Henry Hudson is in the Alpine Nursing Home at 3465 21st
Avenue So., St. Petersburg, Fla., and would like to have-his friends
come to see him.
Mr. Albert Turner, Tuscon, Ariz., wrote the following Ed.
"When we returned to Panama after our tour of the U. S. and
Canada in our camper, we were going to live ill our place in El
Volcan, Chirique R. de P. We arrived there Dec. 9, 1963. In Jan-
uary 1964 we went down to the Zone to visit our son. The day after
we got there the riots started. We waited for 3 months for things
to settle down decided that we had had enough. It took until
September to sell out and we returned to the States in November.
Had intended to return to Calif. but stopped in Tuscon to visit
our friends the Vester L. Smedleys and this is as far as we got.
We have bought a home here and will be glad to see any of our
friends from the Zone. 834 W. Santa Rosa, Tuscon, Arizona."
Mrs. Chas. Kraut (Lena Mae), Camp Hill, Pa., spent the Easter
holidays with her mother, Mrs. H. V. Howard, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. Howard is doing very well with a walker.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jeffers (Barbara Schnake) and family, Mr.
and Mrs. Edward W. Schnake, Birmingham, Mich., have moved to
Dickenson, Texas, where Dr. and Mrs. Edward G. Schnake live.
The Jeffers have bought a home there.
Mr. Burton Wright has retired from the Navy and is now Exec.
Vice President of Eckington Investment Corp. The Wrights live in
Alexandria, Va. Their son Burton, III, is a junior at Creighton U.,
Mrs. Peggy Ann Simpson and four children, Mary Esther, Fla.,
spent the Easter holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. A.
Sylvestre, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Capt. and Mrs. E. O. Swinson, East Glouster, Mass., called on
several C. Z. friends in St. Petersburg, Fla. recently.
Mr. Philip Lupfer, Redlands, Calif., is enjoying his electric car
and has been appointed the Redlands agent for it.
Miss Judy Lindsay who is teaching in Okinawa has taken several
interesting trips. During the holidays a group flew to Hong Kong
stopping at Taiwan. The party took a hydrofoil to Cacao, a Portu-
guese colony on the Red Chinese border. On the flight to Bangkok
they flew over Laos and Vietnam but saw no evidence of war going
on below. Thialand seemed the most exotic and interesting of all
the places visited. They flew to Kuala Lampur, the capital of
Malaya; to Singapore and to Manila with a stop in Saigon.
Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Cunningham (Ross and Janet) left St. Peters-
burg in early May for Hampton, Virginia for a visit with their
oldest son Dick, his wife, Lynn. and three children. Later they
visited in the Washington. D. C. area and the World's Fair. They
went to Columbia, Missouri to attend their daughter's graduation
(Elementary Ed.) (Linde Sue) and son Tom's completion of his
graduate work. Tomn graduated from the U. of Missouri in June 1964
with a degree in Civil Engineering. He won a scholarship from the
Associated General Contractors of Missouri to further his studies
toward his M. S. The graduate course in construction management
is designed not only as a continuation of specialized training in
engineering with an emphasis on construction problems, but also
stresses the business aspects with instruction in accounting, finance,
business law, marketing, personnel management and public relations.
After graduation the Cunninghams with Janet's mother and father
Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Potter, St. Petersburg, Fla., plan to spend 2
months in Massachusetts resting, fishing, and swimming.
Thomas E. Burrow, Assistant Chief, Executive Planning Staff,
who went to the Canal Zone to visit a cousin and remained for 26
years, has resigned his position with the Panama Canal organization.
Mr. and Mrs. Burrow sailed on the SS Cristobal April 11 for the
States, where they will make their future home.
Although he didn't go to the Isthmus until 1938, his family con-
nections with the Panama Canal date back to 1904, when another
cousin went to work on construction of the Canal and died there.
In February 1938, Burrow went to visit cousin Robert Terrell
Toone, who retired from Panama Canal service in November 1951.
The latter, who was Surveying Officer for the Panama Canal, now is
city tax assessor-collector for Kerrville, Tex.
He was born in Hot Springs, Ark., and attended school in Dallas,
Tex. In 1931 he was graduated from Southern Methodist University
with a B. S. degree in business, administration.
After graduation, he worked in Texas for a few years, mostly with
the Texas News Co., before going to the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Burrow were married there. Mrs. Burrows, the form-
er Alma Symonds, is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 0. T. Symonds, now
of Alburguerque, N. Mex. Her father held a position in the wood
shop of the Panama Canal Mechanical Division, and retired from
Government service there.
Mr. Burrows is fond of all sports, but his hobby is golf. Modestly,
he says he's a dub golfer.
Although he has no definite plans for the immediate future, he
says he'll probably continue in Government service, completing the
4 years' service lacking for a total of 30 years with the U. S. Gov-
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stetler, Kokomo. Ind., wrote a friend the fol-
lowing about the tornado. Ed.
We are fine it is a miracle we lost no friends. Many were in
church as we were and their homes flattened. One church they went
to the basement another the preacher yelled "Lie on the floor." -
The ceiling fell and rested on the pews and no one was killed. We
are four (4) miles north of Russiaville where these churches were -
all houses flat Post Office and Bank on East alternate a cross-
roads village flat, then Kokomo's new Southside new (3) three
story apartments, tops sliced off. New church and shopping center
and schools, then on East to (reen Town the same glad to say
we are fine.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Jones (Lois Hallowell) and three children,
Coco Solo, C. Z. sailed May 16th arriving in New Orleans May 20th
where Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hallowell, St. Petersburg, Fla., met them.
The Jones are spending their vacation with the Hallowells.
Miss Susan Parker, a senior student at Burges has been announced
as the only recipient from El Paso of the National Council of teachers
of English Award. Miss Parker is among the 44 high school students
receiving the award in Texas. By winning this honor, Miss Parker
credits Burges High School as having winners two years consecutive-
Those competing for the award were required to submit an auto-
biography with a letter of recommendation written by a school ad-
As juniors, the contestants submitted what they considered their
best writing and completed a nationally standardized test before
writing an impromptu composition.
Susan also was Tennis Sweetheart, Duchess of Football Court;
junior and senior member of the National Honor Society and "Who's
Who in English". She is the daughter of Col. and Mrs. James C.
Parker, Ft. Bliss, Texas and the grand daughter of Mrs. Wm. P.
Hunt, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Dykes, White Stone, Va. attended their
daughter's graduation at Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Ga. Betsy
who attended canal zone schools from 1st grade through Balboa,
H. S. (graduated 1961) received her A. B. degree in early June.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hoffner are at home to their many friends
in their new house at 2826 Cullen Lake Shore Drive, Orlando, Fla.
Morris Maduro is the Canal Zone College sophomore who recently
won the distinction of having one of his poems selected for publicat-
ion in the 1964 Anthology of College Poetry. This publication,
entitled "America Sings," was published by the National Poetry
Association of Los Angeles, Calf. Approximately 20,000 manuscripts
were submitted in this year's contest. Of this number, only 500 were
selected for the current anthology. Morris' poem, entitled "One
Smile," was written in his creative writing class last year taught by
Dr. Dorothy Moody, retired chairman of the English, Speech, and
Drama Department of the Canal Zone College.
Miss (Dixie) Marie Brauer, Richmond, Va. after a visit in Pana-
ma, R. de P. and on the Zone spend a weekend in St. Petersburg Fla.
with Jane Holcomb and called on Miss Dodson and Helen King.
Mr. and Mrs. David Yerkes, recently retired from the Canal Zone
spent some time visiting relatives in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They
later were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright, St. Petersburg,
Fla. The Yerkes went to Birmingham, Ala., to visit their son and
his wife, Mr. and Mrs. David Yerkes. While they were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Pam Smith, John's Island, S. C. Capt. and Mrs. Robert
Renny, New Milford, Conn. arrived at the Smith's for a grand
reunion. The Yerkes after a trip to Pittsburgh, Pa.; Williamsburg,
Va. and Chevy Chase, Md., continued on to Seattle, Wash. to be
the guests of their son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Yerkes.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hensler have returned to their home in Jack-
sonville, Fla. after spending some time in St. Petersburg and Tampa,
Mr. and Mrs. Lou Haseman, Jacksonville, Fla. had as guests Mrs.
Chas. Tolbert (Gayle) and her twin sons, Arlington, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Bartley Smith, and Capt. and Mrs. Howard John-
son, Diablo C. Z., spent several weeks in Europe.
Capt. and Mrs. E. (G. Abbott are at home to their many friends
in their new house at 3710 10th Street N. E. (N. E. Park Shores)
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Frank Castles, Ancon, C. Z. was a guest of- Mr. and Mrs.
Harold Zierten, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Banan, St. Petersburg, Fla., were guests of
Mrs. Marion Goldstrohn in Miami, Fla.
Miss Marie Wir, Diablo, C. Z. was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Allen
Ward, St. Petersburg, Fla., during the Easter holidays.
Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones, St. Petersburg, Fla., were guests of their
daughter (Barbara), Mr. and Mrs. John Hey, St. Louis, Mo. While
there they attended a wedding with Ginger Hey a flower girl. Later
the Jones drove to Maine for the rest of the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. B. 0. Ortin, River Edge, N. J. were guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Andy Fraser, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pflanzer (Patricia Cawl) have purchased a
new house at Lee Center, N. Y. Mrs. Pflanzer's two brothers Billy
and George Cawl are residing with them.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Gerald Young of Broomal, Pennsylvania, recent-
ly visited the Canal Zone after an absence of 22 years. (erry had
been employed there as an Engineer for the Third Set of Locks Pro-
gram and Idele was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital for five years.
The Youngs sailed from New York, January 29th, on a 13-day
cruise which included stops at Curacao, Aruba, Panama and Nassau.
The S.S. SANTA ROSA had been chartered by Shriners and their
families from the United States and Canada.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Relihan greeted them on their arrival in
Cristobal and honored them with a cocktail party at the Tivoli
Hotel during their brief stopover in the Canal Zone.
Gerry is Supervisory Engineer at the Naval Air Engineering
Laboratory in Philapelphia; Idele is Assistant Director of Nursing
in a large state mental hospital.
Mr. James M. Dykes of White Stone, Va., wrote the following: -
I retired from the Air Force last year, where 1 worked from
1949 1964. Mrs. Dykes worked with the Navy 15ND HQ and with
the Panama Canal Company.
Betsy our daughter graduated from Agnes Scott College, Decatur,
Ga., in June. Our son is completing his sophomore year at Vander-
bilt University. Both attended C. Z. schools many years.
We are leasing a home here in Va., until we decide where we wish
to settle permanently.
Mrs. Wm. H. Frederick of Baltimore, Md., was a winter visitor
in St. Petersburg, Fla. with her sister Mrs. William Hunt.
Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Byrne, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent their vacation
visiting on the Canal Zone and with Milligans in Guatemala City.
Harpur College at Vestal, New York has announced that George
Wallace Loudon, a senior and the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lou-
don of North Syracuse (formerly of France Field and Colon Hos-
pital) has again been placed on the Dean's List.
Mary Kay Howe, who was graduated from Balboa High School
in 1964, first in her class of 354 students, is one of the scholastic
leaders among Purdue University freshman women pledged to Alpha
Lambda Delta, according to an announcement received from Purdue
University, Lafayette, Indiana.
Membership in Alpha Lambda Delta requires a first semester
grade average of at least B-plus (5.5 points out of a possible 6)
among full-time students.
Miss Howe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger M. Howe of Ancon,
was an outstanding student during her four years at Balboa High
Mrs. Milton Lee Nash of Diablo has as her house guest, her aunt,
Mrs. Lelia Norfleet Cory of Norfolk, Va.
Mrs. Corey is the niece of the late Dr. Robert Norfleet who left
the Isthmus in 1924 after serving many years at the district dentist
at Pedro Miguel.
Eugene C. Lombard, former Executive Secretary of the Panama
Canal Organization, arrived in Panama with Mrs. Lombard for a
visit of a week to ten days. Lombard is Director of Catholic Relief
Services in El Salvador and will be attending a convention of the
organization to be held in Panama.
Mrs. Albert D. Jones and her daughter, Tara Leigh, from Baton
Rouge, La., spent a month visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. K. E.
Frauenheim of Balboa; her mother-in-law, Mrs. Frances Jones, and
sister-in-law, Donna Jones of Diablo Heights.
Mr. Jones who is attending Louisiana State University, was un-
able to accompany his family to the Isthmus.
Harry Munyon, Potentate of Abou Saad Temple Ancient Arabic
Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, returned to the Isthmus
after a visitation to the annual meetings of the Shrine at Puerto
Rico, the Virgin Islafds and Crossroads Shrine, Cristobal. He
travelled about 5,000 miles and visited three Shrine organizations
in four days.
Lt. and Mrs. Donald Ulrich, U.S.N., (Sara College) and two chil-
dren are guests of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Lt. Ulrich has been transferred from Honolulu, Hawaii to Norfolk,
Miss Elizabeth Gerhart, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Gerhart
of Balboa and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Lukacs of
Diablo Heights, who is a senior at Beaver College in Glenside, Pa.,
is one of 36 kindergarten-elementary and secondary education
majors who recently began student teaching in the Philadelphia and
suburban Philadelphia schools.
Miss Gerhart is teaching grades one and five at Glenside Ele-
mentary School, Cheltenham, Penna. Sixteen elementary, junior
and senior high schools are participating in the Beaver College
Teaching program. These future teachers complying with state
certification requirements, receive the guidance of master teachers.
Miss Gerhart, a Balboa High graduate, is the younger sister of
Mrs. Edna Martha Swyney, who with her husband Captain Thomas
Swyney of the Marine Corps is stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. Mrs.
Swyney is also a teacher and is teaching on the Naval Base at
Richard L. Selby, who was ROTC cadet major when he graduated
from Balboa High School 2 years ago, was one of the men in the
ROTC drill team of the University of Southern Mississippi, Hatties-
burg, Miss., chosen by the Governor of Mississippi to march in the
Inauguration Day parade in Washington January 20.
Each of the States was represented by only one marching unit
appearing in the parade.
The trip to and from Washington, D.C., was made in the Missis-
sippi governor's plane. While in Washington, among the activities
the ROTC representatives attended was a reception by the Missis-
sippi governor. They were in Washington four days.
Selby is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Selby of Diablo. His
father is Chief of the Plant Acounting Branch. Richard was born at
Margarita, but has lived on the Pacific side of the Isthmus most of
his life. At the University he is specializing in science.
The young booster of Democracy who won the Canal Zone Voice
of Democracy speaking contest sponsored by the Veterans of For-
eign Wars recently had the opportunity to meet the national
Commander-in-Chief of that organization.
The winner, Steve Parker, son of the Lieutenant Governor of the
Canal Zone, Col. David S. Parker, is to get an all expense 1-week
trip to Washington, D.C., where his tape recorded speech on the
"Challenge of Citizenship," will compete with speeches of winners
in each of the 50 States.
Coincidentally, John Jenkins, the VFW National Commander,
went to the Canal Zone with a party of dignitaries and called on
the Lieutenant Governor, where he met Steve.
Steve's speech was played before three local judges, none of whom
had any idea who made the speeches they were judging. About 300
students participated in the high school contest, according to local
VFW chief Richard Miller, Department Commander.
The winner of the national contest will receive a $5,000 scholar-
ship; second prize is a $3,500 scholarship and third prize is a $2,500
scholarship. Prizes are awarded at a congressional luncheon in
With Jenkins were the VFW Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief
Andy Borg; Junior Vice Commander Benny Deen and Director of
National Security and Foreign Affairs Brig. Gen. (Retired) James
D. Hittle. Also present was Canal Zone Department Commander
Dr. Renate M. Schaeffer, the new Superintendent at Corozal Hos-
pital, was born in Vienna, Austria, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
She studied at the University Medical School in Vienna and in
Erlangen, Germany, and received her M.D. degree at the University
Medical School in Munich, Germany, where she studied from 1948
to 1952. She served as intern and resident in internal medicine at
Munich until 1955, when she joined the medical staff of Christ
Hospital in Jersey City, N. J.
From 1957 to 1960 she was a psychiatric resident at the New
Jersey State Hospital, and-from 1962 to 1963 was chief of service
at this hospital.
Dr. Schaeffer was director of training at New Jersey State Hos-
pital immediately prior to going to the Canal Zone.
She is diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurol-
ogy and has one daughter, Sandra Schaeffer, 5 years of age.
Dr. Stuart Hollingsworth, former Corozal superintendent, accepted
a position in California and left the Isthmus in December.
Capt. Theodore E. Brown and Capt. Hubert D. Clayton, Jr., two
Panama Canal pilots from Cristobal, received official commendations
from Capt. M. J. Prince, Director of the Marine Bureau for out-
standing performance in their duties.
The commendations were awarded during a ceremony held in the
Office of the Port Captain in Cristobal.
Both were commended for their skill in avoiding serious accidents
involving the ships they were aboard.
Captain Brown was the pilot of the MV Koei Maru, a fully laden
tanker which had steering trouble as it was about to pass under
Thatcher Ferry Bridge. He succeeded in keeping the ship in deep
water and bringing her to anchor clear of oncoming northbound
traffic by skilled use of the starboard anchor, ship's engines and
limited rudder control.
Captain Clayton was control pilot on the super carrier Essi Gina
when the ship lost all power during the approach to Miraflores
The commendation said Captain Clayton, using exceptional skill
and judgment in directing the two assisting tugs, was able to
straighten up the vessel to make a perfect parallel landing along
the centerwall, pick up the locomotives, and keep the ship under
way until power was regained.
Toastmistress Doris Harned was elected President of the Pan-
Caribbean Toastmistress Club during a dinner meeting recently
held in the Railroad Room of the Tivoli Guest House.
Elected to serve with Mrs. Harned were Evelyn Robbins as Vice-
president, Elaine Vail, Secretary; Dorothy Hayward, Treasurer; and
The Canal Zone Bar Association elected J. Patrick Conley to the
office of President for the year 1965 at its regular annual meeting
in the Roosevelt Room of the Tivoli Guest House.
Conley is the Assistant Executive Secretary of the Canal Zone
Government and has been a member of the bar for ten years.
The newly elected Vice-President is Dwight McKabney, and
Albert J. Joyce was elected Secretary for the ensuing year. Dr. L. S.
Carrington was re-elected by acclamation to the office of Treasurer
which he has held for many years.
Members elected to the Executive Committee were attorneys
David A. Leon, Roy Phillips P., and Paul M. Runnestrand.
Attorneys admitted as new members of the Association were
Henry L. Newell, Philip N. Smith, and Miss Betty H. Olchin.
Judge Guthrie Crowe of the U.S. District Court was a guest.
Promotion of Edmund R. MacVittie, architect in the Panama
Canal Engineering Division, to the position of Chief of the Archi-
tectural Section to succeed David A. Yerkes, who has retired, has
been announced by Col. Ellis E. Pickering, Engineering and Con-
A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in architectural
engineering, MacVittee has been an empolyee of the Canal organ-
ization since 1938. During that time he has held a number of posi-
tions from student engineer in the former Officer Engineer Division
to the Superintendent of the Northern District of the former Build-
ing Division. He has been in the Architectural Section since 1957.
In addition to his regular duties, he attended the Command and
General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in 1943 and the Indus-
trial War College in Washington, D.C. in 1952. At the end of his
war service, he received the Legion of Merit.
Mrs. Cecil L. Morgan, of Mathews, Va., wrote the following. Ed.
We have felt, since the early Panama days that the world needed
a bridge between the teachings of orthodox religions and the tenets
of occults. C. L. has always conducted a teaching ministry. He has
spent forty years in diligent study of the philosophy behind all
We began several years ago to purchase an eight room house here
in Mathews, Va., with six acres of land, which was going for a com-
paratively low price. It is an old house and needs lots of work. One
room is fitted for C. L.'s study, one for Lee's recording studio, one
for his control room, and one for his organ and my office, sewing
machine; also one room for his bedroom, as he spends most nights
here. We are living about a mile and a half away, in a cottage owned
by C. L.'s sister and her husband, and expect to continue to do so
until we know whether the work is expanding rapidly enough to
need the entire house as a plant. The renovations needed would be
of a different nature for living quarters and for office space. There-
fore we are doing the things which will have to be done to properly
maintain the property.
The Cornerstones' Foundation, Inc. was founded as a non-profit
organization. The methods used, so far, have been C. L.'s personal
appearances for lectures and classes, weekly subscription for taped
lectures, sales of lectures, booklets, and one long playing record
with a lecture, "The Energy of Prayer" on one side, and "The Place
of Physic Development in Religion" on the other side.
We could not have ventured forth especially at our age, if it
were not for Lee, who believes so in the cause that he voluntarily
decided to give up his work and come with us on the venture of
faith. He is acting as executive secretary, does all the recording,
and does outside recording and some relief pharmacy on the side to
help out financially. Cook Laboratories, who are tops for record
pressing in the U.S. were most complimentary of his recording, as
well as of C. L.'s material.
We have been fortunate in finding men for our board, who are
not only deeply consecrated men, but those versed in business.
C. L. is away much of the time as his regular lecture trips cover
several different places in Michigan, Ohio, and Washington, D.C.
He has also had special lectures in Chicago, Owosso, Washington,
Detroit, and New York, and has one coming up in Philadelphia, and
a series in Alabama.
The following was sent in by Mr. Eugene R. Owens. Media, Pa.
The quaint (?) old French houses built on stilts on the hillside -
the sound of the rain on the tin roof. The screened-in porches where
we spent the evenings, before the advent of the clubhouse (YMCA).
The shower stall with it's cold water shower The coal cook
stove, on which the meals were cooked by wood that was supplied
by the Quartermaster. The ice box that was kept supplied by the
same benevolent Q.M., with ice. 1 say benevolent Q.M., because
while he was supposed to send us a bill for the ice, he for some
reason never got around to doing it.
The oil lamps and candles we went to bed by, before they got
around to supplying that new source of light, electricity.
Remember the mosquito collector the colored man that came
to the house monthly, with his small vial, to get a sample of the
mosquitoes that were visiting your bed room. Remember his early
return to get another sample, because the last one was a Malaria
How about the nights we gathered at the railroad station, to
await the arrival of the "Boat Train" bringing the mail from Colon
that had arrived from the States that day. Remember the Post-
master carrying the mail bag(s) to the post office where it wau
sorted and delivered army style. The thrill of getting a letter from
the States, or a week old New York Times.
The weekly trip to the commissary. What a day that was. Up in
time to get the 6 A.M. Labor Train to Pedro Miguel and the com-
missary the noon train back home with the groceries and melted
butter. Remember when we got our own commissary no more
melted butter and the end of that early morning race for the
The "Christian Endeavor" meeting on Sunday at the Hotel -
later in the Clubhouse, or the train trip to Panama City to worship,
or the Episcopal Church at the entrance to the Hospital Grounds.
When the Clubhouse was built the pool games bowling
alley(s) gym hall reading room and that U.S. institution the
Remember Searcy and his Powers moving picture machine that
took hours to erect, in order that he could project the weekly movie
at the clubhouse. Walter Eccles and his "College Girls" Show.
Ship and Felters Circus.
Remember that grand old feeling that one had upon making the
Labor Train home on Saturday night, marking the end of another
54 hour week in the hot sun. Remember the monthly pay check, the
few dollars left after they deducted the cost of the Commissary
Oh yes! Mother, remember thot Q.M. issue furniture, the white
painted iron beds wicker furniture and that grass rug you bought
in the commissary or from I. L. Madura in Panama.
What memories and how we enjoy them!
Mr. and Mrs. John Pettingill, Ancon, C. Z. spent part of their
vacation in San Francisco, California. They then visited her
mother Mrs. Jack Scholefield, Peckville, Pa. and, John's mother in
Watkins Glenn, N. Y.
Mrs. Alice Dolan, St. Petersburg, Fla., has returned from spending
the winter in Guatemala with her daughter and son in law, the W. L.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Taylor, Cape Elizabeth, Me., were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Heite, Massey, Md.
Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Cook, Clarksville, Va., had as guests Mr. and
Mrs. Joe Noonan.
Mrs. Roy Stockham has moved to Sky Harbour Apts 7-F, 7200
34th Street So., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. H. T. Longmore (Fran) is keeping busy working for the
Air Force Space Program in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McTyier, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent the winter
with their daughter and family in Swensea, Mass.
Frederick J. Rose, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Rose (Whitey) has
received his third "Certificate of Achievement" from the Army
Engineers Ballistic Missile Construction Office.
Young Mr. Rose is a civilian Engineer with the U. S. Corps of
Engineers. He resides in Redlands, California with his wife, the
former Judy Jorstad of Gatun and their five children.
Mr. Rose is a graduate of Balboa High School, class of 1947 and
a graduate of the University of Colorado.
William H. Allen, Supervisory Electrical Engineer, U. S. Navy
Public Works Center, Guam, has received a letter of appreciation
from the Admiral in charge of U. S. Naval Mobile Construction
Battalions in the Pacific for volunteering his services as a ham
radio operator and in establishing and administering a phone-patch
service in that command.
Mrs. Chas. L. Persons, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent three months
in California and Texas. She left in early May for an European trip
after which she will visit in the New England States before return-
ing to the home of her niece Mrs. Gayden G. Felps, St. Petersburg,
F. R. Johnson, better known as "Bob" Johnson, program officer
for long-range planning and special studies of the Panama Canal's
Executive Planning Staff, has been promoted to Assistant Chief.
The vacancy occurred through the resignation of Thomas E. Burrow.
Johnson was born in Ancon and is a graduate of Balboa High
School in the class of 1927.
He has a degree in architecture from the University of Michigan
and did post-graduate work there.
His first employment with the Canal organization was during
school vacations. After his college years he was employed for 7
years in the United States and then returned to the Canal Zone,
where he has been employed continuously by the Canal organization
In 1953 he was named to succeed L. B. Moore as Director of the
then Supply and Service Bureau, and was the first native born
resident to head a Canal Bureau. Upon the consolidation of the
Supply and Community Service Bureaus he came to work as a
member of the Executive Planning Staff.
Whether and whither the weather .
1st Lt. Robert Glud, now with the 58th U.S. Weather Recon-
naissance Squadron, goes off into the wild blue stratosphere these
days to find out.
This sky-high duty is one of his jobs as navigator with the U. S.
To take a sampling of the weather away up there for Uncle Sam,
he travels in an RB-57-F, a wide winged jet that goes up to more
than 50,000 feet (9 miles). He returned to the home field for a short
time recently as one of the Air Force personnel with the 58th
WRS flying high level missions out of Albrook AFB.
Top physical condition is one of the requirements of the men who
fly high in an RB-57-F. The Air Force sees to it that Bob and his
fellow air crew members eat high protein food, go light on liquids,
and have physical examinations before each flight.
Probably one of the main chores, however, is getting into the
pressureized flight suit similar to that being worn by U. S. astro-
nauts. The suit and helmet, costing together approximately $7,800,
are a "must" for those who venture into the higher and thinner
levels of the earth's atmosphere.
The bulky outfits which make the WRS pilots and navigators look
like men from Mars might mean life or death when the plane is
several thousand feet above the earth. So they are checked out with
as much care as the plane or the men in them.
Keeping cool is more than a figure of speech when the men are
preparing for a mission. They dress in an air-conditioned room,
carry portable air-conditioning units hooked to their suits before
the flight, and travel across the field to the plane in an air-con-
The flight, lasting from 6 to 8 hours, is an out-of-this-world
experience if only for the view.
Bob, who may make a career of the Air Force, says he likes his
present job except it keeps him away from home too long and too
often. He is married, and home these days is Alburquerque, N. Mex.
In the days when he was a student in Balboa High School, Bob
lived in Panama. His father, Lou Glud, was manager of Sears Roe-
buck for many years and was active sponsor and president of the
Pacific Little League.
Bob was graduated from high school in 1954 and spent some time
at Canal Zone College before going to the University of New Mexico.
He took flight training after graduation at Harlingen, Tex., and
received his wings in 1961.
His parents now are living in West Sacramento, Calif.
Balboa High School teacher Michael E. Smith has been notified by
the Judo Black Belt Federation of the U.S.A. of his promotion to
Nidan, or second degree black belt. This is the first time a rank of
this level has been conferred on an Isthmian judo player by the
Although Smith began judo with the Oceanside Nanka in Calif-
ornia and attained the first black belt grade in the United States, at
the time of his arrival on the Isthmus 2 years ago he still was in
that grade. He joined the Canal Zone Judo Club as principal in-
structor and quickly became the Zone club's prize asset. His pro-
motion to second degree is significant in advancing local judo.
His achievements include the distinction of winning the 1962-63
Minnesota State Championship Trophy and other awards in national
collegiate events. His leadership in this field earned him the 1963
AAUU State Judo chairmanship for Minnesota, after having served
as vice president of the Minnesota Association.
It was Smith's good fortune to have had the eminent Mas Matsu-
moto as one of his earlier instructors and the rank recommendation
form used by the JBBF rates Mike's level in the sport as "Ex-
Smith is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with bachelor
of science and master's degrees in education.
Miss Gennell Hatten, daughter of Mrs. Fanny A. Hatten of Los
Rios, has been named to the Dean's List at Vanderbilt University,
Nashville, Tenn., for the past semester. A third year student, Miss
Hatten is presently in Aix-en-Provence, France where she is par-
ticipating in a Vanderbilt Study Abroad program for Juniors.
Miss Betsy Dykes, a senior at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta,
Georgia, was one of nine dancers to perform in Dallas, Texas during
the Easter vacation. The group presented "Through A Glass Dark-
ly" physical education instructor Kay Osborne's master's thesis
before the National Section on Dance, a division of the American
Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the
association's spring convention.
Miss Dykes appeared in the second and fourth numbers, "In a
Vacuum" and "The Knife Edge."
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Dykes of White Stone,
Virginia and formerly of Curundu, Miss Dykes attended Canal Zone
schools and studied ballet at the National School of the Dance in
Panama with Anna Ludmila Gee.
Miss Dykes is a Spanish major.
NEW YORK SOCIETY
The New York Society of the Panama Canal held its 41st Annual
Reunion on Saturday, May 1st, with a Luncheon at the Brass Rail
Restaurant, 521 5th Avenue, New York City. President Ralph H.
After a standing toast to "The President of the United States"
Colonel Sartor welcomed the ladies present, also the new members
who were present for the first time. A very pleasant "refreshment
hour" was spent before the Luncheon in reminisence of days of old,
on the Isthmus.
At the conclusion of the Luncheon, Col. Sartor expressed his
appreciation and welcome to the oldtimers who had travelled con-
siderable distance to be with us. Interesting talks were made by
Colonel Goethals, Dr. Salisbury and William E. Russell. A Resolu-
tion pertaining to the present Panama Canal and the proposed
construction of a new canal, was unanimously adopted by members
The following were present at the Reunion: Mrs. Virginia Ar-
anda, New York City; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bailey, Huntington
Valley, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Case, Trenton, N. J.; Maurice
DePutron, Jersey City, N. J.; Fred Einermann and Fred Einer-
mann, Jr., Ramsey, N. J.; John J. Fitzpatrick, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Col.
George R. Goethals, New York City; John J. Hanson, Cranford, N.
J.; Henry Hartwig, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Capt. Wm. C. Hearon, Staten
Island, N. Y.; Marguerite Herrick, New York City; Ivor Jones,
Glenside, Pa.; John Kiernan, Rahway, N. J.; E. C. Mackey and
daughter, Philadelphia, Pa.; Eugene Owens, Media, Pa.; Manning
E. Rupp, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Wm. E. Russell, Bronxville, N. Y.; Dr.
Edward I. Salisbury, Plandome, L. 1., N. Y.; Ralph Sartor, St.
Michaels, Md.; Henry Schwalenberg, Baltimore, Md.; George Starr,
Bronx, N. Y.; Albert Van Zandt, Blawenberg, N. J.
Communications were received from the following, who expressed
regrets that they could not be present and asked to be remembered
to those present. From .Governor Maurice H. Thatcher, Washing-
ton, D. C.; George McCullough, Birmingham, Ala.; Hartley Rowe,
Newton Center, Mass.; Harmon Swart, Bal Harbour, Fla.; Harry
Bortin, Sr., Burlingame, Calif.; Jeff King, Cranford, N. J.; William
McCauley, Bronx, N. Y.; Edward Maltby, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Harry
Bloss, Tampa, Fln.; Don Macntyre, Madeira Beach, Fla.; James A.
Lyons, Bronx, N. Y.; Floyd Freeman, Midland, Mich.; Steve ('-
Brien, Flushing, N. Y.; Dr. Louis Wender, New York City; Pat
Farrell, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Harold Delevante, Brooklyn, N. Y.; Fred
Frederiksen, Bronx, N. Y.; Mrs. Mary Victoreen, Pittsfield, Mass.;
Mrs. Aileen Gorgas Wrightson, Chevy Chase, Md.; James T. Eason,
New York City; Win. M. Kennedy, Miami Shores, Fla.
It was with profound sorrow that the death of the following was
announced: Adolph Wuelper, Bayonne, N. J., June 5, 1964; Earl
Harding, New York City. Feb. 27, 1965; Joseph Beaumont, Rhode
For the year 1965, the following were elected: President, Ralph H.
Sartor; Vice President, Dr. Edward 1. Salisbury; Secretary-Treas-
urer, John J. Fitzatriek. Board of Directors: William E. Russell,
Maurice B. DePutron, James T. Eason.
At the close of the Meeting, (olonel Sartor thanked those present,
with the hope that we would all be present at our next Reunion.
John J. Fitzpatrick
ISTHMIAN NEWS REEL
Members of the Canal Zone Horseman's Association had an event-
ful ride recently. It may have been the first and only time a group
of trail riders covered part of the route used by Henry Morgan and
his pirates on their way to pillage Panama City and put it to the
torch in 1671.
The ride started from the Pacific Stables at Pedro Miguel at
8 A.M. and ended for that day 8% hours later at Summit
Stables. The return trip to the Pacific Stables the following day was
by a shorter route.
Twelve Trailriders, adults and children, the youngest an 11 year-
old, participated in this hazardous trail ride. Their horses outfitted
with western saddles, lunches and canteens, the Trailriders, led by
C. J. Holmes, rode through the jungle to Chiva Chiva trail. An hour
later, the group turned onto the trail leading to George Green Park
in the Forest Preserve.
Leaving the park, the riders crossed the highway and took a new
trail that had been cut previously by the Pacific Saddle Club
workers. This new trail, over steep hills and deep valleys, caused
the youngest rider to be air sick on reaching the top of the highest
hill. Even the good humor and jovial atmosphere that prevailed
at the start of the expedition waned as travel became more difficult.
At one point an adult rider and her horse parted company as she
and her saddle slipped off the back of the horse.
Here the riders decided it was time for lunch and a much needed
rest. Horses and saddles were checked for the arduous Las Cruces
trail that lay ahead. The horses would be traveling on rock for more
than 3 hours. Las Cruces trail is the one Henry Morgan used in
1671 en route to sack Panama City. Trail-boss Holmes is reasonably
sure this is the first and only group of trailriders to accomplish this
feat since the historic event.
An accidently startled bat's nest, and a horse falling in a ravine,
with his rider jumping off just in time to pull the horse clear before
he went all the way down into the deep gully, were only two of
the incidents that proved that both children and adults were pre-
pared for the ruggedness of the Las Cruces trail.
From the Cocoa Plantation trail the group headed for Summit
Stables where they spent the night after dinner at the Summit Golf
After a few hours sleep and breakfast, the saddlesore, weary
group rode through Summit Trail, Pedro Miguel River and back
home to the Pacific Saddle Club. They arrived about noon, tired,
dirty, saddlesore but happy.
Parents of the young riders were comforted to know that the
entire-trip was radio controlled by the trail-boss and his walkie-
Other Pacific Saddle Club members who participated in the ad-
venture were Mrs. C. J. Holmes, Mrs. Bea Jensen, T6m Cornett,
Bebe Holmes, Jan Jensen, Roberta McCoy, Virginia and Cathy
Hoyle. Riders from the Summit Stable were Mr. and Mrs. Howard
Anderson; from the Albrook Stable, Dean Greig.
All participants will receive the Horseman's Patch for this trail
ride from the Canal Zone Horseman's Association.
It was a fluke that Grace Line's luxury liner Santa Paula,
came up with a muzzle-loader. Weighing anchor in the harbor of
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, surprised seamen found a coral-encrusted
cannon caught on the Paula's anchor.
Later, the carefully cared-for museum piece was identified as be-
longing to the era of George III of England and linked to the
Haitian Wars of Liberation of the late 18th century.
An unusual operation and a new procedure were carried out at
Miraflores Locks. For the first time in the half-century history of
the Panama Canal, the miter gate leaves at Miraflores Locks were un-
hinged, lifted out by the floating crane Hercules and taken to the
Balboa drydock for overhaul in a horizontal position.
Under the new procedure, the east-lane by the control house in
Miraflores Locks was out of service for 3 days and again will be
out of service for about 2 weeks.
During the past overhauls, the lock gates were repaired inside the
lock chamber, and the Canal traffic lane involved was out of service
a period of 19 days to 7 weeks.
Actually, the present overhaul of the Miraflores Locks gates is
a test of a procedure developed especially for this type of work.
The grand scale plan went into effect with the lifting of the big
lock gates from their pintles in the first phase of the overhaul
operation. Each gate leaf weighs 1,500,000 pounds or 750 tons, and
the hugh mass of metal was lifted by the crane Hercules, which has a
250-ton lifting capacity.
No magic was involved. The gate leaves have watertight compart-
ments and are so bouyant that the deadweight in water to be lifted
by the 250-ton crane is only about 211 tons. The Hercules lifted the
miter gate leaves off their pintles and then each leaf was moved
to the lower chamber where the leaf was floated on its face.
The Marine Bureau's Mount Hope Industrial Division shipyard
recently completed another job of a type for which it is becoming
widely known propeller repair without drydocking. The Olympic
Star was in Cristobal when the propeller nut dropped off, causing
the propeller to fall back against the rudder. The Liberian flag
Olympic Star, owned by Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, is 625
feet long and can transport 250,000 barrels of petroleum products.
The job was the third this fiscal year by the Industrial Division in
which a ship was ballasted down by the bow so as to lift the stern
from the water and not let water in through the stern tube.
A bell that was once affixed to one of the first tugboats to transit
the Panama Canal rang in the festivities advertising the Bell Ringers
Ball atop Florida's Brevard County Mental Health Association float
in a parade recently.
The historical brass bell denoted most appropriately the Mental
Health Association's slogan, "Ring the Bell for Mental Health."
This same bell ding-donged its way through the Canal in early 1914
as the lock crews were drilled in preparation for the opening day.
The bell, owned by Mrs. Leah Conley, wife of the Late Richard
Conley, former Panama Railroad engineer, who went to the Canal
organization in 1906, and retired in 1936, has a mysterious as well as
a historical background.
The bell has been "lifted" stolen, restolen and stolen again, and
finally returned to the Conley home, where it is hoped that it will
The "wandering" bell, about 12 inches high and 10 inches in dia-
meter, brings back many nostalgic memories to the oldsters of Titus-
ville, Fla., who recall hearing the bell rung to announce an emerg-
ency, or to call the children home.
The red and white pole at the top of Sosa Hill doesn't mean that a
barber has retreated to that location. It isn't even a pole. It's part
of the radio gear complex in that area. The tower supports antennas
for Marine Traffic Control, the Canal Zone Police and Fire Divisions,
and the Dredging Division.
A dish reflector is to be added during the dry season to the col-
lection on Sosa Hill, and another such reflector will be on top of the
Administration Building. Facing one another, these dis-type re-
flectors will eliminate the need of a telephone line between the
Administration Building and Sosa Hill. Which will be a help, be-
cause lightning storms in the past often resulted in an "out of
order" report on the line to Sosa Hill.
Another type of tower at Mount Pelado, just outside Gamboa, is
a relay station for microwave for the Panama Canal Dredging Div-
ision, Railroad Division, and Police and Fire Divisions.
All six of the Panama Railroad locomotives have had radio gear
installed, with sending and receiving sets on each locomotive for
two-way communication with the Railroad Division office in Cris-
The top of hill towers are unmanned stations, and all the equip-
ment in each station is locked in an air-conditioned room.
PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON
Our club was fortunate in receiving the Film of the 50th
anniversary activities of the Panama Canal. The film was
shown at Bill Bennett's new restaurant in the Blue Banquet room.
Thirty-five members and guests had the pleasure of seeing this
film, and it was enjoyed by all so very much.
Mr. Al Brown, our former president lost his mother in December
and we lost one of our club members, Mr. J. H. Bornefeld, in No-
vember of 1964.
On April 10th Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Lockwood of Monrovia, Calif.,
arrived in Houston as house guest of Mr. and Mrs. Nathon Levy.
They were on their way East for a tour of visits with old friends,
and intend to be in St. Petersburg on this trip. While the Levy's
treated them to the opening of the famous Dome Stadium, at which
session President Lyndon and wife Ladybird Johnson showed up.
I am sure the Lockwoods will tell many about it.
Mary Alice (Hicks) Kelley returned last week from Brownwood,
Texas where she chaperoned some young ladies from their church
to a convention of 23,000 young Texas Baptist girls. Her mother
and father-in-law were in Houston to care for Ken and the children.
The Senior Kelleys had just returned to Coleman when Mrs. Kelley's
96 year old father died and the Ken Kelleys have gone to West
Texas again to attend the funeral of Ken's grandfather.
Arriving next from the Canal Zone will be Sam and Betty Roe,
to be the guests of Mr. James Roe. The Canal Zone Club is planning
a dinner in their honor, at which time the Annual elections will be
Edmund Coe and his family of 8 years with the Canal Zone Police
Department resigned and came to Houston to make their home last
Christmas have returned to the Isthmus. Things just did not work
out for them. We are sorry to lose them, and wish them lots of luck.
Minnie Brown: Gradually the clan is gathering into the Bayou
City from whence they came. Mrs. Brown reports that her kin, Mrs.
Wieman now lives in Houston and spent from Thanksgiving until
February on the Canal Zone visiting her two sons, Fred and Ru-
dolph Huldquist. Also she relates that her daughter Minnie (Crook)
Burton and her husband are retiring in the next few months and
will reside here. They will vacation in California and then attend
the World's Fair in the fall before settling down. WELCOME TO
THE BURTONS. Minnie Brown is now the great grandmother of
25 youngsters and grandmother of 14. Can anyone equal or beat that
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Rothwell have gone to Chicago to be with
their daughter Jean Redman during surgery. They expect to be
gone about a month.
Mr. Theodore Sundquist of Lake Jackson passed away recently.
He had been ill for some time. His two daughters are Conne Sund-
quist Jackson and Mrs. J. Medlinger, of Panama City.
Mr. Nathan Levey celebrated his 83rd birthday, March 3rd. It is
wonderful to live to this age. We pray that he has many many more.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Connelly, friends of Mr. and Mrs. Levy car-
ried the Lockwoods on a tour of the Lighthouse for the blind, and
they were much impressed with all the things these people made
and the progress.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY.OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Everyone loves the Springtime. The gay colors of Jonquils, For-
sythia, Redbud and Dogwood lifts the Spirit of Man and strengthens
his Faith that Life is Eternal.
We are back home in Fayetteville after a 3% months sojourn in
California. In our last report, we were guests of Col. and Mrs. James
A. Wier (Alice Ray) and granddaughter Linda for 6 delightful
weeks. It was a pleasure to see such good friends as Neva Brown
Baker and to meet Sumner in Oakland, to be with Neva's daughter
Merrilyn and meet her husband, Gartner Thomas in Albany, to be
overnite guests in the home of Grace and Harvey McConaughey and
to meet charming friends as we viewed and listened to a real classic
- the history of that famous waterway The Panama Canal from
beginning to the present, given as only Harvey can and has given
to many organizations. We visited Arthur and Hanna Beard in their
happy home in the new Leisure World of Walnut Creek. They are
not far from where their son Earl and family live. An exchange of
luncheons and dinners gave us a chance to hear about the various
activities that now occupy the full days of these so called retired
people from the Canal Zone.
We had a happy day and luncheon with Hazel Alsing a former
nurse in Gorgas Hospital in Larkspur where we renewed our ac-
quaintance with Nell and Frank Irwin and Harry Akers. How our
tongues wagged (the men's more than the girl's) as we mentioned
people and places of other days. We had a real Pedro Miguel Day
in the lovely town of Santa Rosa where our hosts, Prentice (Pete)
and Marjorie Wilson showed us through their interesting and
unique hill-top home with a magnificent view of yonder range of
mountains, 14 miles away, before taking us to luncheon at the
swanky Flamingo Motel. There we met Frank and Alice Bryan,
Bill and Myrtle Black and the surprise visitors, Bronson (Bun) and
Celeste Powell, who had arrived the day before and rented an
apartment. What a happy group. In addition to discussing The
Canal, past and present, we heard about Europe from Bill and
Myrtle, Bun and Celeste, recent European gallivanters, some mighty
interesting engineering projects, real estate items and other activ-
ities in Santa Rosa from Pete and Marjorie and Frank told of lec-
tures to High School and College students about you guessed it -
The Canal as a side-line to his regular business of investment and
insurance I have a ball-point pen to prove it. They all like
Santa Rosa, so do I.
Leaving San Francisco with its famous Golden Gate Bridge, its
tuneful, if mournful, Foghorns, its houses that march up the many
hills, we then journeyed down the Coast to Los Angeles, Claremont
and Yucca Valley in the Hi-Desert. Sorry to have again missed the
March meeting of the Southern California Canal Zone group. Due to
varied reasons we did not contact many former Canal Zone people -
not because we did not desire to see them, which we did, but a re-
calcitrant car, terrific traffic, so it seems to Ozarkian residents, we
sort of stayed close to quarters.
Arriving home April 22nd and thanks to our obliging, Alice En-
gelke, we found the news awaiting us that the folks out Bentonville
and Rogers way have been busy. The recent newcomers are thoroughly
enjoying their first Spring in the U.S.A. and turning their thoughts
and energies to "making a garden." Mrs. Mattie MacAulay reports
that her nephew, Maj. James Coman, Jr., Maxwell Air force Base,
Montgomery, Ala. writes that his father, James Coman, Sr. has been
released from a seven week stay in a hospital following a serious auto
accident last February. We still miss Jimmie Coman, Sr. who once
lived in Bentonville.
Ernest Williams attended a Knight Templar meeting in Little
Rock during Easter week. Ernest is a high ranking officer in the
organization, so Haleen reports. Happy to tell that Marione Campbell
is back in her Trailer home, much improved, after a too long stay in
the hospital. Lynn and Maude Cook of Rogers had a delightful trip
to see their son Lynn, Jr. (Bud) in Jackson, Miss. Hurray! William
T. Nail (Red) has joined the ranks of this Society. His Wife, Alice
and daughter Lisa have been here for some months anxiously await-
ing Red's retirement from the Canal Zone Police Force, effective the
19th of this month (April). He plans to FISH and Fish and fish in
the newly formed Beaver Lake near Rogers.
Our President, Carl and wife Helen Newhard have sold the idea
to brother Fred and Jessie Newhard that Bentonville is the ideal
retirement place for ex-Canal Zoners. We welcome them to the Soc-
iety. Fred and Jessie will soon move into their newly purchased
home on 8th St., N.W., just around the corner from several other
Zonians. Joe and Rae (Newhard) Ebdon, now on vacation in San
Antonio, Texas are due here next week to visit Carl and Helen. Hope
the Ebdon's will settle in our lovely Ozarks when they retire. The
Glynn Terrells (Etta Fay) are busy landscaping and planting a
garden at their lovely new home on Carson Drive. Last year (Glynn
proved he possesses a Green Thumb. Their daughter Andrea was
home for Easter vacation from Northwestern State College in Lou-
Of the Engelke Clan, happy to report that George and Edith are
busy preparing for a trip "back East" to visit their son Dr. John
and family in Arlington, Mass., near Boston. Bob and Connie Engelke
recently had Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Brown of Rockville, Md. as
guests. Mrs. Brown is the former Anne Mitchell when she lived on
the Zone. Herbert and Alice Engelke are in ecstasies over the flower-
ing trees of the Ozarks and are planting one of each kind in their
spacious yard to show off to their friends from the Isthmus. In
Springdale we found Carrie Mathues at home. Bill is resting com-
fortably in the hospital after a bout with Virus Pneumonia.
In Fayetteville we found Theo Hallin recovering from one of those
"helpless" accidents, while waiting to make a left turn a truck plow-
ed into the rear of their car. Martha Reif is especially thankful right
now. Tripping over the cord to the iron she sustained a hard fall to
the floor against the edge of the door no bones broken, just painful
bruises. It was your reporter's pleasure to talk with Betty Reif
Clarke of Sunnyvale, Calif. "Mumps" was just cause for not visiting.
Walter's busy schedule as Director of Adult Center and active in
other organizations keeps him on the "GO." Ed. Higgins has resign-
ed his teaching position in Gravette and will bring Mildred and
the three children, Linda, Mike and Jim back to Fayetteville which
pleases their many friends here. Their son Barton, now in U.S. Navy
is engaged to Miss Barbara Bryant of Ventura, California.
From Jonesboro comes the news that Billie and Grover Bohan
had a grand time in Miani, where they visited and had visitors of
many former Zonians, including Mr. and Mrs. Aram Hatch and
everybody's friend, Dr. Reeder, still hale and hearty and enjoying his
cigars. Their visitors were Mrs. Gertrude Smith of Connecticut, a
former nurse in Gorgas Hospital and Mrs. Thomas J. Sherlock.
Returning home to Arkansas they visited the Charles Hollanders in
Jacksonville and the Louis Hasemans. Grover's granddaughter,
Betty Hooper, daughter of Elaine Bohan Hooper, has been offered
a grant by the National Science Foundation to study in the Uni-
versity of Hawaii.
The members of our Society, the Community Adult Center and
St. Paul's Episcopal Church were saddened, March 11, 1965 at the
passing of Albert Frederick Daniel after a short illness. Albert and
Ruth came to Fayetteville in September 1964 when they retired from
the Canal Zone where Albert had been a Supervisor at Albrook Air
Force Base for many years. After only six months retirement,
Albert, because of his great love of singing and jovial personality,
had created quite a place for himself in the hearts of many people
in the community. We shall always remember how he would burst
into song at the most unexpected times and places, usually snatches
from the great Oratorios, The Messiah and Elijah, though he en-
joyed all kinds of music, vocal and instrumental.
Albert is survived by his widow, Ruth of Fayetteville, a son,
Robert E. Daniel of Austin, Texas, a daughter, Mrs. Laura Utley,
Principia College, Illinois, a sister, Mrs. Blanche Daniel Shaw, your
reporter, and five grandchildren. To Ruth, our fervent prayers of
love as she adjusts to a new way of life without Albert by her side.
President Carl Newhard wishes to remind you of our picnic, Sun-
day, June 13th at noon in Agri Park, on Hwy. 112 near the Uni-
A happy summer to y'all.
Blanche E. Shaw
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
We had 86 at our dinner-meeting at the Alexandria Hotel, Los
Angeles, on March 4 1965 with a few coming in later to visit and
see the film on the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Canal,
the ceremonies held on the Zone last year. We had experts running
the projector and showing the film Byrne Hutchings and Paul
Kline and we all enjoyed seeing old familiar faces, sights and
hearing the beautiful background music played by Lucho Azcarraga
and his musicians.
Our outgoing president, Virginia Seiler, read regrets from many
who would liked to have been with us: Ruth and Ducky Bryan
(Ducky has been ill, but is improving); Doris and Bob Hanson,
George and Esther Cassell (out of town); Eva Hammer (will be
moving back to California from Arkansas); Helena Fitch (will be
89 in May and was unable to make trip down from Berkeley);
Timmy Mann of Port Hueneme had to work on Sunday: Wayne
Nellis; Peter and Geneva Shrapnel; Josephine Huff; Louella W.
Enrgenzinger; Dell and J. M. Lynch (Dell had foot surgery recent-
ly); T. W. Harrisons of Canoga Park; greetings to all old timers
from F. G. Swanson of Tyler, Texas; Bob and Marj Miller (recently
moved to Santa Ynez, Calif.), and many others.
Part of Virginia's opening message was a follows "FRIENDSHIP
is the warmest word in the English language. No group offers a
better example that the Panama Canal Society. Where else can you
find people who have known each other sometimes as long as sixty
years and no matter where they meet, feel happy and comfortable
together." How true, how true everyone had a grand time.
Mr. LeRoy Smith lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and also
acted as chairman of the Nominating Committee. When he asked
for a show of hands of those present who were over 80 years old,
there were 5: over 85, up came the hands of LeRoy Smith, Capt.
Maurenus Peterson, and J. W. MacGillivray: then for over 90 -
Mr. MacGillivray stood up and got a large hand of applause.
David Smith, accompanied by Dorothy Hamlin, entertained with
a number of songs "Let the Rest of the World Go By", "Ireland
Must Be Heaven", "Tura Lura Lura", and then a rousing rendition
of "Hello Dolly" to wake us up. We all do so enjoy David and
Dorothy, and are happy that they are so willing to give of their
New officers were elected: T. E. Englebright, President; David
L. Smith, Vice-President: same old Secretary no one else wants
that job. We will miss Virginia as president and all agree that
she will be a hard one to follow but we are sure Ted will do an
excellent job, backed up by David.
Just had word from Al Paulsen that they had moved "lock,
stock, and barrel" from California to Lecompte, Louisiana, a few
miles from Alexandria. We wish them happiness in their new home.
Edith and Tom MoGinn of Santa Barbara wrote that their son Tom
and his wife Arden (he is with United Fruit in Guatemala) were
coming to the States, Arden to enter Oschner Clinic in Louisiana
and later to come and be with the McGinn's at their home in Santa
Barbara until June or so. Arden has been ill for years, and we are
hoping that Edith and Tom's good care, along with the California
climate, will bring her back to health. Tom's brother, Father Joseph
P. McGinn, on leave from his parish on the island of Hawaii, also
visited them recently.
Capt. and Mrs. W. H. Peterson had as their luncheon guests re-
cently at their home in Santa Ana, Mrs. P. J. Sundberg and her
daughter Hedvig Seedborg; Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seiler of Los
Agnes Reinke Vennard of North Hollywood had a wonderful
cruise aboard the SS LURLINE 15 days duration, had Christmas
and New Years at sea, visited all of the Hawaiian Islands. In March
she went to Cincinnati, Ohio, by train, boarded the DELTA QUEEN
for a round trip on the Mississippi River, spent some time in New
Orleans, and reports a wonderful trip.
Herb and Jane (Calvit) Knapp are making their home at 4805
S. E. Yamhill, Portland, Oregon, 97215 they are sorry they were
unable to come down for the March meeting. They are looking
forward to a visit from Henry and Irene Donovan, Martin and
Virginia Seiler in June.
Dr. Nelson D. Brayton of Miami, Arizona, wrote that he is still
very active in the Arizona Legislature, and he swims every morning
at 8 o'clock in their open pool said we could.set our clocks by
him. He was on the Zone 1906-1910.
On Saturday, March 13, 1 received a card from Blanche and
Newell Shaw, of Fayetteville, Arkansas. They were visiting in
California and wanted to attend the meeting gave only a General
Delivery address in Yucca Valley, so 1 could not contact them. We
are sorry to have missed them.
We missed Josephine Huff she has been giving some delightful
readings at our meetings. She wrote that she was planning a trip
east, and possibly would go overseas this year also.
Mrs. Anna M. Bickford wrote an interesting letter says she
hopes any C. Z. folks will stop by and see her if they pass through
Sacramento. Her son Nathan has 2 boys and a lovely daughter. Her
daughter Ruth has a daughter, and Mary Katherine has 3 sons.
One of Mary's sons is a Rhodes scholar PH.D., Astro Physics, doing
research and teaching at Oxford University: he is married to a
Belgian physician and they have a son and daughter. Mary's second
son is preparing for U. S. Service at a fine school in Wales. Ruth
and her husband are retired from the Navy, and live about 30 miles
from St. Petersburg: their son Tom is in Europe with his wife and
son, soon to be transferred to Ft. Dill, Florida. Mrs. Bickford has 8
grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren 10 of them live outside
the U. S. A.
Jerry and Inez Evans wrote that Mr. and Mrs. Phil Lupfer and
Belmina Lee called on them at their home in Sun City: like all of
us, the Evanses said how much they enjoy visits from Canal Zone
Dorothy Hamlin and Cornelia Reimer, of Sierra Madre, drove
out to Redlands to see the Lupfer's in their beautiful new home.
Note from Betty (Clement) Smith saying that she was to leave
on April 10 for a two week visit to the Canal Zone, after many years
of wanting to return to the Zone for a visit. We are anxious to hear
of her reactions to the "new look" on the Zone.
Ewing and Jane (Hall) Journey of Sunland, celebrated their 37th
wedding anniversary on March 3rd. Lucile Journey Davis, on leave
from the Zone, spent 15 days with them, and what reminiscing!
Lucile's husband, Ralph, joined her in Shawnee Mission, Kansas to
visit their daughter Kay and her husband. Lucile also visited her
mother, Mrs. Marianne Campbell in Springdale, Arkansas Marione
was not too well at that time but is reported doing well now. Jane
wrote that her mother, Mrs. Mary Hall, was doing well and en-
joying her life at Oakview Nursing Home in Tujunga.
Card from Helen Fogle of Montebello from Gatun, C. Z., where
she was visiting. Said it was wonderful seeing old friends on the
Zone was to return late in March.
Genell Bliss has been visiting the Shrapnel's since Christmas -
would like to stay but had to return to Panama hopes to sell her
beautiful home at Santa Clara, R. P., and return to California. The
Shrapnel's are happily living in Leisure World, Seal Beach, meeting
new friends and seeing old friends enjoying the leisurely life.
Peter had ear surgery and has recovered completely.
Louis and Jessie Hauss were in Winter Park, Florida, with their
daughter and family. They visited many attractions in that area,
and saw many friends including Jack and Katherine Krause. They
hoped to visit George and Gladys Sausel in Tallahassee on their way
back to Texas in March.
Edith Kiefer, of Torrance, enjoyed a trip to the East earlier this
year spent some time in Dixieland, and in New York, and re-
turned to California via the northern route.
Paul and Mildred (Phillips) Kline are making their home in Cal-
ifornia, bought a lovely home at 13342 Cromwell Drive, Tustin.
It was so good seeing them at the dinner meeting, and to have them
as members of our Society.
Mr. and Mrs. Thatcher Clisbee (Mid Kocher) on leave from the
Canal Zone, have been the houseguests for several weeks of Mr.
Clisbee's mother, Mrs. Frank Clisbee: and sister and brother-in-law.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Zavitkovsky (Docia Clisbee) in Los Angeles.
They will fly to Columbus, Ohio to visit Mrs. Clisbee's mother, then
to Miami, and back to the Zone. Mr. and Mrs. Zavitkovsky enter-
tained with a buffet supper guests were Mrs. Rae Clisbee, Mid
and Thatcher Clisbee, Virginia and Martin Seller, Armella and Byrne
Hutchings, Velinore and Karl Winquist. Ann Zavitkovsky and class-
mate Karen, students at UCLA, catered and served the successful
dinner. Ann will obtain her Masters Degree in June and shortly
after leave for Thialand with the Peace Corps.
Our next picnic will be June 13, 1965 Brookside Park. Every-
Thelma Reppe, Secretary
MOSTLY THIS 'N THAT
Did you know that ... 26 artists displayed their work at the First
Annual Outdoor Art Exhibit at Steven's Circle, Balboa, C. Z ...
the old Cristobal commy is being leveled for a parking lot the
buildings on 11th between Front St. and Bottle Alley are getting
their first touch of sunlight more than 20 million have viewed
the color documentary film "The Panama Canal" Traffic records
through the Canal in March were broken 1,120 ships of which 209
were "clear cut" 2 ships carrying 95,076 long tons of coal
from West Virginia transited the Canal on the way to Japan -
doubling the coal tonnage of 8 years ago a picture in color of
Miraflores Locks at night was carried on the front cover of a recent
"A V Guide" more than 150 feet of concrete (or about 16,000
square feet) of the floor of the West Lane, Pedro Miguel Locks,
Many thanks to all who sent news clipping and pictures. Without
these contributions there would be no RECORD. Special thanks to
area reporters for their copy and for being on time. Keep the items
It is regretted that no communications came from Northern Calif.
DEADLINE FOR THE SEPTEMBER RECORD IS AUGUST 1st.
Betty Lockridge, Record Editor
2600 Pinellas Point Drive, South
St. Petersburg, Fla., 33712
TRANSIT CHAPTER, NORTH QUINCY, MESSACHUSETTS
(From the Mess Caused by the Arrest of so many of our
Elected State Officials)
Sunday, March 7th, the 50th Anniversary party was held to-day
(actual wedding date, 9th), and words can in no way express the
deep feeling we have toward all our friends who honored us on this
occasion. About 150 guests were present at our home from 4 to 8
P.M., and we were so happy to see so many friends.
Telegrams and cables came from Dr. and Mrs. Ned Dwelle Bill
and Marion (Watson) Sindo (Guy and Gianna LoVeccio Mrs.
Ernst Erbe Mrs. Grace Rigney Mrs. Red Dwelle Mr. and
Mrs. Ed Levy Mr. and Mrs. Buckley Yoder Mrs. Margaret
(Campbell) King Don Thomas and Mrs. Duque Mr. and Mrs.
Carlos Dorado and Mr. and Mrs. Iz Sweig.
Telephone calls from our grandson Peter Wervey, Ohio, our niece
Doris Hallett Gabriel, California, nephew Carlton Hallett, Florida,
niece Mrs. Charles Hallett, Texas, Mrs. Rita (Strauss) Nicholson,
Florida, Berta and Bud Hazzard, California, Marshall and Anna
Benninger, Ohio, Danny Meehan, Colorado, Mrs. Jean (Meehan)
Bucciarilla, Connecticut, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Johnson, New York,
Mrs. Archie Gibson, Anne and Isobel (this was worth listening to, on
the extension, as Bob Dwelle and the girls had a nice Bajan con-
versation) and Ida's relatives from Prince Edward Island.
We also received wonderful flower arrangements and gifts from
all over the States and Panama. There were two beautiful Money
trees, from which our Bud wanted to get some seeds, to plant in
Louisiana. Best of all, Bud and his son Carey, came from Louisiana,
and Marmie and Bob and Barbara Ann and Carl David came from
Ohio and stayed almost a week. As an added surprise, nephew
Charles, came up the walk about 3:30, all the way from Amarilla.
As Canal Zone guests we had Gertrude and Helen Milloy, from
West Harwich, Mass., Cliff and Ceri Fritz, from Rhode Island, Bob
Dwelle, Ithica, New York, Benny McConaghy and daughter, Eunice,
Melrose, Mass., and Clarence Hobson and wife from Weymouth,
We have a large box of beautiful letters, and the ones from the
children who grew up along with ours, made us weepy, as they re-
minded us of their fun and play at our home. Thanks, all of you,
this was an occasion that will never be forgotten indicating some-
where along the way, we wove a tapestry of friendliness each with
Life: "It's looking up at the stars above
And drinking deeply of life and love;
It's struggling on with a will to win,
But taking loss with a cheerful grin.
It's sharing sorrow, and work and mirth
And making better this good old earth."
Dorothy, Ida's sister, has a student whose father worked in the
foundry at Balboa, and she gave us the following address:
Max Gardner, Tropical Fruit, 2101 Washington St., Roxbury.
It is the only place that sells plantain, so if you would iike some
we will get it for you.
Since writing the first of this letter, I've been a guest at the
Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. I entered on March 15, the day after
our family left. It is a beautiful, modern hospital with all the latest
equipment, set on the edge of a state park with beautiful trees, and
a bird sanctuary. There is one old crow who wakens me just before
dawn with a raucus reveille, which seems to alert all the free-
loaders from the surrounding area and then they all go by my
window, some chirping happily, and others, grumbling, just like
My attending doctor is an East Indian and is very nice, com-
mittees or teams of doctors come and go, testing and examining me,
and one said that they would know if I even had a hangnail, before
they would discharge me. This is almost like second "Babyhood",
I have an adhesive bracelet with my name on it on my wrist, have
a bed with sides on it, crib-like, I'm bathed, shaven by a nurse, and
when I go riding in my wheel chair, I have a harness to keep me
from falling out. I think I should have a teddy bear, don't you?
Well it is seven weeks to-day, and Ida brought my clothes in, so
maybe I'll get out of here before too long.
A thought: Money is like fertilizer, it is no good until you spread
Slim and Ida
Ida R. Hallett
NEWS FROM S. E. FLORIDA
GREETINGS! Well folks here we are again and time to ex-
change notes and hear what the other fella has been up to.
We're happy to report that our President Dan Jones is doing ex-
ceptionally well after his horrible accident and was in fact a
delegate to the Shrine Directors Association in Mobile, Ala. He
reports a very pleasant trip to Mobile and saw at least 5 Canal
Zoners at the banquet. Also saw a couple of Canal Zone cars on the
road but didn't recognize the drivers says its still a thrill to see
a CZ license while driving along.
Among the many visitors to the Miami area this last three months
were Susie Blandshaft of Maitland with her little dog Max. Seems
Max was not up to par so Susie looked up Dr. Edw. Majilton a
veterinarian and son of Capt. Majilton, St. Petersburg. Susie says
Dr. Majilton is wonderful and recommends him to anyone with a pet.
Betty and Chubby Hackett passed thru Miami in April. Their
friends were sorry they didn't stay longer, always a pleasure to
New members to the community are: Mae and Jiggs Cross who will
be residing at 191 N.W. 90th St., Miami Shores. Ernest Anger-
muller has taken an apartment at 684 N.E. 85th St., Miami, John
Powell, son of Ruth Powell and his family living in Miami, address
unknown, and Jos. Oliver, wife and three children living somewhere
in Southwest section. Glad to have you all, and do please come out
to our picnic and get acquainted with everyone.
Our last picnic, the first of the season was held on Easter Sunday
so we didn't have the crowd we'd like to have, about 40 people were
present and it was short and sweet. Easter wasn't the best time to
have a picnic but it was the only date for April available. NEXT
PICNIC AT MATHESON HAMMOCK ON SUNDAY, JUNE 20.
Congratulations to Connie and John Wright.
Come to our picnics and let us give you proper congratulations.
Miami welcomes all ELKS for their convention in July.
Last minute news Lill and Landon Gunn visited Alice Pierce in
Miami from Jacksonville. Please come again and stay longer next
Kay Eldridge of Waterton, N. Y. visited with the Charles Hardys
before making a trip to Panama which she enjoyed very much,
staying with the Dick Williams for six weeks and is again a guest,
returning yesterday. Next week she journeys to West Palm Beach,
then to Virginia, New Jersey and home again sometime in June.
Helen McKeown will be back in Miami on May 14th after a trip
to Panama and finishing up her business of retiring, etc. We hope
she will decide to make her home here.
Jeri and LeRoy Magnuson are residing in Ft. Lauderdale since
LeRoy's retirement. They recently returned to the Canal Zone for
a visit, and are currently on a short trip to California.
Elizabeth Sudron visited friends in Ft. Lauderdale in April on the
first leg-of a vacation trip around the world.
On April 8th Mary Orr, of Ancon, Canal Zone, and Anna Maurer,
of Lake Wales, Florida, celebrated their birthdays in Fort Lauder-
dale at a luncheon held at the Seven Pillars, with Barbara Hutchings,
Barbara Ann Schmitt, May Coplan, Jeri Magnuson, Beverly Des
Londes, Amelia Hunter, Anne Cunningham and Dorothy Williams.
Mr. and Mrs. L. Simpson, formerly of Panama, R. P., visited their
son, William, and family in Ft. Lauderdale and have now moved
to their new home in Naples, Florida.
Beverly Des Londes returned to the Canal Zone in February to
visit her son, Jimmy, and meet her new daughter-in-law, Patty
(Fritts). Beverly was the guest of Alice Crasto and the R. K. Adams.
Don Gutteridge, Coach of the White Sox, and Mike Ryba, Chief
Scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, were recently in Ft. Lauderdale
for spring training and asked to be remembered to all of their Canal
It has been proposed to hold one picnic a year at Birch Park in
It would be appreciated if people interested in attending would
call any one of the following:
Anne Cunningham, Pompano Beach__Tel. 399-3885
Gretchen Melanson, Miami ---------Tel. 757-3078
Roger Williams, Ft. Lauderdale ------Tel. 524-4459
Margaret Hardy, Miami ---------Tel. 754-9369
If enough interest is shown, the park could be reserved at a
That's it folks keep well!
Joseph A. Corrigan, Jr.-Terminal Division-37 years, 8 months,
Olen A. Dietz-Maintenanee Division-23 years, 8 months, 13 days.
Leo J. Eberenz-Locks Division-33 years, 10 months, 7 days.
Clarence E. Priest-Police Division-22 years, 4 months, 12 days.
Mrs. Dorothy W. Pate-Railroad Division-4 years, 5 months, 2 days.
James C. Reid-Navigation Division-25 years, 1 month, 16 days.
Daniel J. Sullivan-Electrical Division-25 years, 4 months, 4 days.
Joseph J. Warren-3rd Officer, SS Cristobal, Transportation Div-
ision (New Orleans, La.)-12 years, 19 days.
Fred Yeager-Maintenance Division-28 years, 6 months.
Mrs.. Mary J. Yeager-Accounting Division-30 years, 4 months,
William L. Bingham-Electrical Division-23 years, 5 months, 21
Richard T. Conley--Locks Division-34 years, 6 months, 25 days.
Cecil L. Bell-Restaurant Manager, Supply Division-32 years, 8
months, 21 days.
Mrs. Annie F. Calhoon-Procurement Division, New Orleans-3
years, 8 months, 20 days.
Max C. Conover-Maintenance Division-42 years, 4 months.
Charles K. Cross-Administration Services Division-41 years, 2
Harry A. Dunn-Gorgas Hospital-33 years, 9 months, 3 days.
Mrs. Mary B. Franklin-Supply Division-22 years, 9 months, 4
Mrs. Rita G. Gribbons--Gorgas Hospital-27 years, 3 months, 12
Tracy Hook-Motor Transportation Division-22 years, 4 months,
Dave J. Madison-Industrial Division-37 years, 1 month, 15 days.
Mrs. Margaret H. Morris-Gorgas Hospital-5 years, 10 months,
Mrs. Isabella D. Peters-Teacher-13 years, 4 months, 20 days.
Mrs. Jennie D. Schumann-Procurement Division, New Orleans-
3 years, 6 months, 12 days.
Nadaie M. Versich-Gorgas Hospital-6 years, 2 months, 23 days.
Raymond L. Whitney-Locks Division, Pacific Side-18 years, 3
David A Yerkes-Architect, Engineering Division-25 years, 13
NEW AND REINSTATED MEMBERS SINCE THE MARCH RECORD
Fox, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald F.-% F.A.A. Tower, Int'l Airport....San Juan 00902
Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton S.-Box 72..................... ....................Gambo
Carey, Mr. and Mrs. Howard H.-Box 164 ...............................................Coco Solo
Connard, Mrs. Gertrude J.-Box 1041 .................- ........................Balboa
Connor, Mr. and Mrs. Charles J.-Box 254 ............................................Gamboa
Eberenz, Mr. Leo J.-Box 475 .................... ..................................Balboa
Nellis, Mr. and Mrs. Dan G.-Box 65...................................Balboa
Pickenpaugh, Mr. and Mrs. C. H.-Box 1842..................................Albrook A.F.B.
Sampsell, Mr. and Mrs. H. Lee-Box 1035.................................................Balboa
Waddell, Mr. and Mrs. D. A., Jr.-Box 1231.................. ..........Cristobal
Wertz, Mr. and Mrs. George W.-Box 151.......................................Margarita
Yates, Mr. and Mrs. J.-Box 1825..............................................Balboa
Mickle, Gen. and Mrs. Gerald S.-Route 2, Box 27.....................Fairhope 36532
Replinger, Major Kathleen, U.S.A.F. (Ret) (Kathleen Hoffman)
5125 North 67th Avenue............................. Glendale 85301
Foster, Mr. Gilbert-4300 Weldon Drive............................... Washington 20031
Coplan, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H.-Box 4829..............Fort Lauderdale 33304
Osman, Mr. Raymond-712 South Rome Avenue .........................Tampa 33606
Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. W. Lewis-1980 Gordon Dr, Box 1943............Naples
Sullivan, Mrs. Lena F.-15331 Jackson Drive ......................Liesure City 33030
Clark, Mr. and Mrs. Freddie L.-7868-A Rstrado Avenue........Fort Knox 40120
Callero, Lt. and Mrs. Milton F, USA (Nancy M. Gibson)
1002 Woodson Road ..................................Baltimore 21212
W ood, Mr. and Mrs. W illiam W ........ .................... .............................Black
Orton, Mr. and Mrs. B. 0.-100 Rutgers Place .......................................River Edge
Pflanzer, Mr. and Mrs. Carl T. (Patricia A. Cawl)-
11 Maple Lane, R. D. No. 1............................Lee Center 13363
Dykes, Mr. and Mrs. James M.-% Albert E. Dykes
1709 Gale Lane ..................................................Nashville 37212
Snodgrass, Mr. and Mrs. John A.-Res. 506 West Cleveland Avenue
Mail P. O. Box 489 .......................Harlingen 78550
Stuhl, Mrs. Alan M.-(Ruth Chevalier)
2807 South Arlington Ridge Road ................Arlington 22202
Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Richard F.-406 Dinwiddie Street ........Portsmouth 23704
Wright, Mrs. Burton (Marie Gallivan-200 River Towers Dr.
Apt. 202 ......... ......... ............. .............. Alexandria 22307
Rudge, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H.-Route 2, Box 261-C ...................Sequim 98382
Stelmach, Mrs. Delbert (Sadie Haigh)-656 N. Eau Claire St.........Mondovi 54755
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Miss Jessie Murdock, St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Family Hallet- Bud Hallet, Ida Hallet, Carl David and Barbara
Ann, (Marmie's children) Marmie Hallett, Cary (Bud's Son) and
Miss Susan Parker, Fort Bliss, Tex.
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Harry Linker, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. (Margaret Stabler) Joseph Fuller and Children,
Mr. and Mrs. Slim Hallett on their 50th Wedding anniversary,
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