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DREDGING DIVISION OF THE PANAMA CANAL
(Courtesy Panama Canal Co.)
Sitting--Mrs. Mary Hargreaves, San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. Harry Dunn, St. Petersburg,
Mr. and Mrs. James Lyons, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Mr. Harry Dunn, Mrs. and Mr.
Allan Ward, St. Petersburg, Fla.
John Ryan, Don Sampson, Joan (Powell) Ardt, Ginny (Ryter) Dow, Pat (Thompson)
Medling, East Hartford, Conn.
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Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Lockridge--Legislative Rep. and Record Editor.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Tim, Joe Kilgallon, Terry, Joanie (Sprague) and Josie. Bowie, Md.
Brenda, Jackie (Hutchings) Bob Baker, and Brent. St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl,Widdell, Tampa, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Myers, Claremont, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Buster, Burgoon, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clark (Joyce Bevington) Sarasota, Fla.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
(A Non-Protit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Cecil M. Banan
William L. Howard
Lucille S. Judd
G. C. Lockridge
David S. Smith
The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal
the good and welfare of its members.
J. F. Warner
Cecil M. Banan
William L. Howard
Lucille S. Judd
Ernest M. Kieswetter
Society of Florida, Inc., for
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June and
September and twice in December.
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to the CANAL RECORD.
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ABOUT THE COVER
The Dredging Division of the Panama Canal is located in Gamboa, the approximate mid
point of the Canal. Representative pieces of equipment,used by this Division shown in
this picture are the 250-ton floating crane Hercules, the Crane Boat Atlas, Dipper Dredge
Paraiso, a drill barge, tugs, launches, and 1,000-yard scows used to transport dredged
With the opening of the 90th Congress several new Bills for
Annuitants have been introduced.
1. S-116 would allow present widows of federal employees and
retirees as well as wives of retiress still alive to continue to receive
survivor annuities after remarriage. Under last year's pay bill law,
this right to continue receiving survivor annuities upon remarriage
was limited only to wives of present government employees who
died after enactment of the law.
2. S-115 would allow federal annuitants whose spouses pre-
deceased them to recompute their annuity in order to get the larger
amount they would have received had they not taken a reduction in
order to designate a survivor annuitant.
3. S-114 would modify the present reduction in federal employee
life insurance benefits after annuitants have reached age 65.
4. S-112 Annuitants would receive an increase in pay of 10%
on the first $3000 and 5% on the remainder.
All of the above bills were sponsored by Sen. Frank Carlson,
G. C. Lockridge,
35th ANNUAL REUNION
Nearly 700 noisy chattering Zonites assembled in the Soreno
Hotel on January 17th and 18th for the annual reunion. It was
impossible to see everyone as people were constantly going and
FLORIDA had the highest number attending with 495. From
ALABAMA Dr. and Mrs. J. L. Byrd; Mrs. Sue Core Odom; Mrs.
Bertha Campbell; Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Carnahan; Mr. and Mrs.
Harry R. White; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Jordan; Mr. and Mrs.
George McCullough. ARIZONA Mr. A. J. Troup. ARKANSAS -
Mrs. Wilhelmina Bohan; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Williams. CALIFOR-
NIA Elsie Consineau; William Straus, his daughter Dorothy
Moore; F. M. Christe; Mrs. Erma Forbes; Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Evans;
Mrs. Lulu Lumby; Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Cotton; Mr. and Mrs. Martin
Siler; Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Meyers; Dr. and Mrs. C. C. Clay. CANAL
ZONE Walter Fender; Jessie Grimison; Mrs. H. Homa; Reverend
and Mrs. W. H. Beeby; Mrs. Ruth Van Vliet; Joy Johnson; Mr.
Bud McElhone; Dr. Bob Matheney; Mr. Les Rhinehart; Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Pearl; Mr. Skip Rowley; Clarence Davis. COLORADO -
Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Rassmusson. DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Mrs.
Selma Huff. ILLINOIS Mr. Andrew L. Anderson; Mrs. Lea Dugan;
Mrs. Ruby Baker. INDIANA Reverend and Mrs. R. N. Leeson;
Mr. Sam Hess. IOWA Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Mansanto. LOUISIANA -
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Brennan. MAINE Mr. and Mrs. Dick Taylor;
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hills. MARYLAND Mr. Ralph Sartor;
Mrs. Ann Schauboda; Mrs. Edith Stilson; Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Smith.
MASS. Mr. George Chavalier; Mrs. Ida Hallet. MISS. Mr. and
Mrs. Wm. Lundy. KENTUCKY Mrs. Robert McQueary; Mr. and
Mrs. H. L. Staples; Mr. and Mrs. Irl Sanders. GEORGIA Mr. and
Mrs. Leo Wilkes; Peggy Wilkes Bunch; Mrs. Ruth Burmeister; Mr.
and Mrs. J. Kincaid; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Dockery. NEW JERSEY -
Mr. and Mrs. John Whigam; Mr. Archie Burns; Mrs. Terean Mac-
Nill; Mr. Julius Peterson. NEW YORK Mr. and Mrs. Carl
Hoffman; Frances Wickham; Clarence Sibus. NORTH CAROLINA -
Wm. Pence; Bernice Herring; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hotz; Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. T. Howell, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Howell;
Dr. Tom Alley; Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Sawyer. PENNSYLVANIA- Mr.
Sylvestre Bubb; Miss Annie McDade; Mr. and Mrs. A. Bailey; Mr.
and Mrs. D. Geyer; Mr. Harry King; Mr. A. M. Shockey. REPUBLIC
OF PANAMA Mr. and Mrs. Frank Violette; Rhobie Cargill, Mrs.
Helen Adler. RHODE ISLAND Mr. Paul Barnard; Mr. James
Brown. SOUTH CAROLINA Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Sellers; Mr.
and Mrs. James Catron. VIRGINIA Mr. Tom Etchberger. WIS-
CONSIN Mr. and Mrs. George Grimm. KANSAS Mrs. Violet
Wunch. TEXAS Mr. F. G. Swanson; Mrs. Peggy Ellis; Mrs. Mary
348 persons were jammed in the ball room to attend the luncheon
on the second day of the reunion. Mrs. Margaret Williams, pianist
furnished the entertainment.
Our hard working photographers were busy both days taking
pictures on the balcony of the hotel.
The 36th REUNION will be held at the Sorneo Hotel, January
9th and 10th, 1968. Start planning now, it is an experience never
to be forgotten.
There were seventeen (17) people who attended the luncheon
It is felt that there must have been some misunderstanding and
that those who did not pay their $2.75 each must have been under
the impression that the luncheon was being paid for by the Society.
This of course is not true. The $4.00 dues covers the 4 Records
and 1 Year Book, and pays for the maintenance of the Society.
It is respectfully requested that those who did not pay for their
luncheon send in their $2.75 each as soon as possible to cover their
It is not fair to those who pay for their luncheon to have others
participate without paying.
WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Davison of Margarita, Canal Zone announce
the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Estelle
Harriet to Mr. Eddie Lee Crews of Palo Alto, California. Mr. Crews
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Crews of Mexico, Missouri.
Miss Davison is a graduate of Coco Solo, Canal Zone and is cur-
rently a junior at Lindenwood college in Saint Charles Missouri.
Mr. Crews is a 1965 graduate of the Missouri School of Mines and
Metallurgy in Rolla, Missouri. He graduated from Mexico High
School in Mexico, Missouri. At present he is an electrical engineer
with the Control Data Corporation in Palo Alto, California.
Announcement is made of the engagement of Miss Pattie Bittel,
daughter of Mrs. Tobi C. Bittel of Balboa and the late Edward
Hamilton Bittel, to William L. Benny, Jr. of Gatun. He is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Benny of La Boca.
Miss Bittel is a graduate of Balboa High School in the Class of
1966 and is attending Canal Zone College.
Mr. Benny was graduated from Balboa High School in 1962 and
from Canal Zone College in 1965.
Mrs. Alice M. Leftridge of Balboa has announced the engagement
of her daughter, Paula,. to Mr. George W. Slaughter, son of Mrs.
B. W. Slaughter of Margarita.
Miss Leftridge is a junior attending Texas Woman's University
in Denton, Texas. Mr. Slaughter is now in advanced individual
training for the Army at Fort Bliss, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Eckhoff, 1177 Wisconsin Avenue, Naples,
Florida, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sandra Carole,
to James Timothy Darr of Boone, Iowa. Miss Eckhoff, a 1964 grad-
uate of Naples Senior High School, is presently enrolled as a junior
at Northwest Missouri State College, Maryville, Missouri. She is
majoring in biology and physical education.
Mr. Darr, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Darell Darr, is a 1964 graduate
of Grand Community High School at Boone. He was a student at
Northwest Missouri State where he is a member of Alpha Kappa
Lambda fraternity. He is now serving in the United States Army at
Kansas City, Missouri.
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Chappell, Jr., of Coco Solo entertained friends,
December 17, at their home in celebration of their 23rd wedding
anniversary and to announce the engagement of their daughter,
Nina Lee, to Charles DeToro, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. DeToro of
Coco Solo, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin G. Chadwick of Gamboa, Canal Zone an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter Nancy Linda to James J.
Stringer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie A. Stringer of Rock Hill, South
Miss Chadwick is a junior at Winthrop College in Rock Hill. Mr.
Stringer has attended the University of South Carolina and is pres-
ently employed with the Daniels Construction Company in Columbia,
Miss Mary Ruth Sauvan became the bride of Michael Edward
Tilley, January 14, 1967, in Cradock Methodist Church.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Tall Cedars
of Lebanon Building on Caroline and Bart Avenues.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur V. Sauvan of
Chesapeake, Va. The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Evelyn Tilley
of Portsmouth and the late T. E. Tilley.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Miss Nancy Sau-
van, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. The bridesmaids were:
Miss Charlotte Chevers of Chesapeake, Mrs. Benjamin C. Brugh and
Mrs. Bobby Oliver, both of Richmond, and Mrs. Larry Burnette of
The bridegroom's uncle, Sanford Cain of Lumberton, N. C., was
best man. Groomsmen were B. F. Case, Jr., of Suffolk, Dan W.
Vann of Virginia Beach, Joseph J. Anselmo, brother-in-law of the
bridegroom, and Bobby G. Bracy, both of Portsmouth.
Linda and Brenda Brinkley, twin cousins of the bride, were
flower girls. Troy Michael Anselmo, nephew of the bridegroom was
Mrs. Dan W. Vann was mistress of ceremonies.
Mary Ruth Tilley is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon
E. Sauvan, Chesapeake, Va. She is a graduate of Smithdeal-Massey
Business College in Richmond, Va., and is employed as a Secretary
at the General Electric Plant in Nansemond County, Va.
Michael Tilley is a senior at Old Dominion College in Norfolk, Va.
After a wedding trip, the couple are residing in Portsmouth, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Walker of Cocoli announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Jeanne Merrie to Mr. Jack D. Wagner, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Wagner of Curundu. Miss Walker is a
radiological technician at Gorgas Hospital. Mr. Wagner is employed
with the Panama Canal Company in Balboa.
Maxwell AFB Lt. Col. and Mrs. Donald Kennedy Rogers an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Donni Kay, to John San-
derson Hart of Kansas City, Mo., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Shinnick
Hart of Marblehead, Mass.
Miss Rogers is the granddaughter of Mrs. James H. Weisiger of
Crystal Beach, Fla., and the late Mr. Weisiger and of Mrs. Norman
Lee Rogers and the late Mr. Rogers of Pasadena, Calif.
The bride-elect was graduated from Madrid High School in
Madrid, Spain, and attended Monte Rosa College in Montreux, Swit-
zerland, and Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla. Her
social sorority is Kappa Kappa Gamma. Miss Rogers is employed as
a hostess with Trans World Airlines.
Mr. Hart was graduated from St. John's Preparatory in Danvers,
Mass., and attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where
he was a member of Chi Psi. Mr. Hart is a pilot with Trans World
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford S. Asbury of Gatun announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Elaine Mary to Michael Stephenson, son
of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Stephenson of Margarita.
Miss Asbury graduated from Oklahoma University in January.
Mr. Stephenson was graduated from the same university in August.
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Diaz of Margarita have announced the
engagement of their daughter Alexis to John Medrano, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph N. Medrano of San Jose, California. Mr. Medrano
is stationed at Fort Amador.
Mr. and Mrs. Harlan P. Crouch of Balboa announce the marriage
of their daughter Jean to Thomas H. Looker, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Hugh D. Looker of Lockledge, Florida, on September 30.
The bride attended Canal Zone Schools and the Canal College
and is presently employed at IAGS in Fort Clayton.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Hanover College in Indiana. He
received his Master's degree at the State University of New York.
He is presently with Headquarters USARO.
The couple plan to make their home in New York.
Mr. and Mrs. George Oliver Tarflinger announce the engagement
of their daughter, Andrea Lynn, to Mr. Richard Duzan, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Schultz Duzan of Odessa, Texas.
Miss Tarflinger is a senior at Abilene Christian College in Ab-
ilene, Texas and will graduate in May with a degree in Psychology.
Mr. Duzan is also attending Abilene Christian College, and will
receive his degree in Education in May.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman C. Anderson of Balboa, announce the
marriage of their daughter Marilyn Jean to James Lawrence Lyttle,
Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. James Lyttle, Sr. of Bright, Indiana, in the
Blessed Sacrament Church in Tallahassee, Florida on September 9.
The maid of honor was Miss Judie Myers from Miami, Florida
and the best man was Kurt Lyttle, brother of the groom.
The bride has attended the Canal Zone Schools and college and
the Florida State University. The groom is now a student of Florida
State University where he is majoring in Physical Education. The
couple are now residing in Tallahassee, Florida.
In St. Anthony's Church, November 26, Miss Catherine Kiley,
daughter of Patrick A. Kiley, 29 Pearl St., Lawrence, Mass., and the
late Mrs. Winnifred H. Kiley, became the bride of Edmund S. Daher,
136 Margin St., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Said Daher. Rev. Sami
Hayek and Rev. John J. Lamond, O.S.A. of St. Mary's Church
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Miss Patricia
O'Neil was her maid of honor. Mrs. Josephine Kiley, sister-in-law
of the bride was the matron of honor. Miss Denne Maloney was the
bridesmaid. Miss Nancy Maloney was junior bridesmaid. Kerry
Maloney was the flower girl.
Peter Daher served as his brother's best man. The ushers were
Samuel Mammino and John Kiley, brother of the bride.
A reception followed at Freedman Banquet Hall. Following a
wedding trip to Miami, Fla., the couple is residing at 113 Bailey
Street, Lawrence, Mass.
The bride, a graduate of St. Mary's High School, is employed
by the U. S. Internal Revenue Service.
The bridegroom, a graduate of Lawrence High School, is em-
ployed as tax examiner by the U. S. Internal Revenue Service.
Mr. and Mrs. Keith E. Lippincott of Los Rios, Canal Zone an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Jane Ann Lippincott, to
Mr. Samuel R. Wendel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Reece Wendel of Oak-
land, Illinois. Miss Lippincott, a 1963 graduate of Balboa High
School, graduated in March from Eastern Illinois University with
a B. S. degree in Elementary Education.
Mr. Wendell, a graduate of the University of Illinois with a B. S.
degree in Chemistry Curriculum, is presently employed as a research
chemist for the Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, Michigan.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman B. Davison, of Balboa announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Marvel Joyce, to Mr. Frank Charles Town-
send, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley H. Townsend, Balboa, C. Z.
Miss Davison, a graduate of Balboa High School, received her
Bachelor of Science Degree from Wake-Forest College, Winston-
Salem, North Carolina, and her Master of Arts Degree in teaching,
at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. She is currently
teaching Mathematics at Balboa High School.
Mr. Townsend, also a graduate of Balboa High School, received
his Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan Tech., Houghton,
Michigan. He then served as a First Lieutenant in the 8th Special
Forces Group. At present, he is a graduate assistant at Oklahoma
State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, working for his Master of
Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
Mrs. Marion E. Headington of Albuquerque, New Mexico has an-
nounced the engagement of her daughter, Carol, to James Richard
Potter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Potter of La Boca, Canal
Zone. The bride-elect graduated from high school in Nambe, New
Mexico in 1964.
Mr. Potter was a 1961 graduate of Balboa High School and will
be a January graduate of the University of New Mexico. He is
majoring in Accounting.
Miss Leslie A. .Gibbard, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W.
Gibbard of Torrance, California, and Charles M. Laatz, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Robert G. Laatz of Balboa, Canal Zone, were married in a
late summer wedding in St. Francis Episcopal Church, Palos Verdes,
Mr. Laatz is an analyst in the Planning and Research Department
of Flying Tiger Line, Inc. at Los Angeles, Calif. The couple spent the
Christmas holidays with Mr. Laatz' parents in Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Collins, Jr., of Margarita, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the marriage of their son, Bobby, to the former Miss Judith
Kvocak, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George M. Kovcak, of Sharon,
Pennsylvania. The marriage was performed in Monroe, Michigan.
Mr. Collins, a graduate of Cristobal High School, Class of 1963,
has attended Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio for the
past three years, where he plans to receive his Bachelor of Science
Degree in Nuclear and Aerospace Engineering.
Mrs. Collins, a recent graduate of Cooper's Art School in Cleve-
land, is presently employed as a designer-illustrator with American
Greeting Corporation in that city.
Mr. and Mrs. Collins are presently residing in Cleveland.
Dimity Carrie Pearce, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jackson J. Pearce
of Diablo, Canal Zone, became the bride of Douglas Govan Beck-
strom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. Beckstrom of Bothell, Washing-
ton, on November 19th. The double ring ceremony took place at
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Bellingham, Washington with the Rev.
John B. Winn officiating.
The bride was given in marriage by Mr. John MacDonald, Bell-
ingham, Washington, acting for her father. Sue Townsend Mac-
Donald, friend of the bride, was matron of honor. She wore a moss
green shift with pearlescent collar and cuffs. Edward Thompson of
Bellingham was the best man.
A small reception following the ceremony was held at the bride's
apartment. The couple then left for a short stay in Vancouver,
The bride is a graduate of Cristobal High School, class of 1960,
Canal Zone Junior College, class of 1962, and Western Washington
State College, class of 1966. The bridegroom is completing his senior
year at Western Washington State College. The Beckstrom's will
reside at 727 N. Garden St. No. 32, Bellingham, Washington 98225.
On December 21, 1966 at the Robins Air Force Base Chapel,
Georgia, Miss Diane Rosa Hindman of Atlanta, Georgia, became
the bride of Mr. Richard Craig Wallace of Balboa, C. Z.
Mrs. Wallace is the daughter of Mrs. Carl L. White of Warner
Robins, AFB, Georgia and Mr. James C. Hindman of Atlanta, Ga.
The bride graduated from Balboa High School with the class of
1965. She is presently employed as an executive secretary with the
Ira H. Hardin Co. of Atlanta.
The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. John V. Stevens of Miami,
Florida and Stuart Wallace of Balboa. He graduated from Balboa
High School in 1964 and attended Canal Zone College for two years
before enrolling at Florida State University at Tallahassee, Fla.
The young couple will reside on the FSU campus while Mr.
Wallace continues his studies at the university.
Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Cheshire, Jr., of Coco Solo, Canal Zone an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Janice Elaine, to William
Howard Wynne, son of Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Wynne, of Margarita,
Mr. and Mrs. William Taylor Swails announce the marriage of
their daughter, Constance LaFaye to Peter Alan Thibodeau, Lieu-
tenant, United States Army on Saturday, August 29, 1967 at Fort
Lt. Thibodeau is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Thibodeau of
Mr. and Mrs. Earl H. Redlin of Ellendale, North Dakota, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Carol Janel, to Thomas
H. Collins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett A. Collins of La Boca,
Miss Redlin, who has attended Concordia College at Moorhead,
Minnesota, is a student at the University of North Dakota-Ellendale
Mr. Collins, Assistant Director of the Coteau Hills Resource
Center, in Ellendale, attended the Canal Zone College at La Boca,
and Moorhead State College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and is a recent
graduate of the University of North Dakota-Ellendale Branch, with
a degree in Secondary Education.
Miss Rose Mary Monzon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William J.
Monzon of Balboa became the bride of John Rudolph Zellner, son
of Mr. and Mrs. John Zellner of Arizona, in a double ring ceremony
October 29th at Saint Mary's Church in Balboa.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Irene Monzon, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. SFC James
Szilagyi acted as best man. Ushers were Captain Robert Mate,
SP-4 Jack Rankin, and Mr. Grover R. Barnes.
The reception was held immediately after the ceremony in the
Roosevelt Room of the Tivoli Guest House.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Hooper of Griffin, Georgia announce
the engagement of their daughter, Charlotte Annette, to Philip
Steven Hadarits, son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Hadarits of Mar-
garita, Canal Zone.
Miss Hooper was graduated from Griffin High School and is em-
ployed by First Baptist Church of Griffin.
Mr. Hadarits attended Cristobal High School and was graduated
from Oklahoma State University. He served as a U. S. Army heli-
copter pilot in Viet Nam and is now associated with the U. S. Depart-
ment of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service in Gray, Georgia.
Mr. and Mrs. Esten J. Scott of Gatun announce the marriage of
their daughter, Wanda to Army Specialist Richard Snow. The
double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. John A. Toth at
the Gatun Union Church, November 19.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry W. Snow of
Pasadena, California. He is the host of the Silver Dollar Survey
Show on SCN radio and is stationed at Fort Clayton.
The bride is a graduate of Cristobal High School and attended
Commercial Business College in Fort Worth, Texas. She is now
employed with the Health Bureau Administrative Office at Corozal
Miss Jane Carol Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray D.
Wilson of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Barry Lord Davison, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Norman B. Davison, also of Balboa, were married on
December 26 at the Balboa Union Church.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Miss Marvel
Davison, sister of the bridegroom, was the bride's attendant.
Norman B. Davison served his son as best man. Ushers were Paul
Ficzeri, Jr. and Wesley H. Townsend. Mrs. Arthur J. O'Leary, was
Following the ceremony a reception was held in the church
parlors. The Misses Becky Chancey, Karen Hicks, Sandra Laird,
Sydney Townsend, and Jane Wilson were at the punch and coffee
services. Miss Karin Lee Foscue was in charge of the guest book.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and attended
Michigan State University. She will continue her studies at Florida
State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where Mr. Davison is
working toward a Ph. D. in bacteriology. He is a graduate of
Cristobal High School, Wake Forest College, and has a master's
degree from Florida State.
Special guests at the wedding were the bride's brother and his
wife, Mr. and Mrs. James R. Wilson, who traveled from East Lan-
sing, Michogan, to the Canal Zone to attend the ceremony.
After January 1 the young couple will be at home at Route 4,
Box 362-29, Tallahassee, Florida.
Miss Lynne Fraces Eggleston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
W. Eggleston of River Edge, New Jersey and Malcolm Edward
Wheeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm R. Wheeler of Los Rios,
Canal Zone, were married on December 23 in the Church of the
Assumption, Emerson, New Jersey.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Miss Eileen Kmch
of Merrett, Massachusetts was the maid of honor. Miss Betty Mc-
Donald of River Edge, New Jersey and Miss Jeanette Robinson of
Brattleboro, Vermont were the bridesmaids. Master Mark Williams,
cousin of the bridegroom, of Whitesboro, New York was the ring
Robert Menzies of Pasadena, Pa., served as best man. Ushers were
Michael Weidner of Boston, Mass., William A. Eggleston, brother
of the bride, of River Edge, N. J. and Robert T. Haslam of Shret
Hills, N. J.
Following the church ceremony a reception was held in Hacken-
sack, New Jersey.
The bride is a graduate of River Dell High School and attended
the Canal Zone College. She is in her senior year at Mary Fletcher
School of Nursing, Burlington, Vermont.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Balboa High School and of the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he was president of
Sigma Alpha Epsilon in his senior year. At present he is attending
Stanford University Law School, Palo Alto, California.
The young couple spent their honeymoon on the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Le Blanc, Jr. of Canoga Park, California,
announce the birth of a daughter on August 7th. The baby has been
named Sandi Marie.
Mrs. Le Blanc is the former Miss Diane Shore. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shore of La Boca. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Le Blanc of Canoga Park, Cali-
Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. Sutherland of Gamboa became grandpar-
ents twice within two days. On Nov. 10 a son was born to their son
and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Owen C. Sutherland of Westland,
Michigan. The baby, their second child and second son, has been
named Mark Everett. His maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Everett A. Wirgau of Grosse Ile, Michigan.
On November 12 a daughter was born to their son-in-law and
daughter Janet, Mr. and Mrs. Frank K. Dupree of Gamboa. The baby
has been named Jill Rae. Her paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Mark A. Dupree of Silver Springs, Florida.
The great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert B. Owen of
Jacksonville, Florida, and Mr. Harold D. Sutherland of Detroit,
T/Sgt. and Mrs. S. G. Astrin (Joan Forbes) announce the birth
of a son, Steven Lew, at Forbes AFB Hospital, Topeka, Kansas. The
maternal grandmother, Mrs. Erma Forbes, was on hand to greet the
new arrival. T/Sgt. Astrin is in South Africa for 4 to 6 months
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Eberenz of Gatun, announce the birth of
their first child, a son, John Leo born November 15.
Mrs. Eberenz is the former Michelle Goguen. Mr. and Mrs.
Albert E. Goguen of Gatun are the maternal grandparents. The pater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Eberenz of Sterling Park,
Va., formerly of Diablo, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Musco of South Ozone Park, New York an-
nounce the birth of their first child, a son, on September 28. The baby
has been named Victor Jr. The maternal grandparents are Captain
and Mrs. Irving Spector of Margarita and the baby's mother is the
former Miss Helen Spector.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Francis Sander of Garland, Texas announce
the birth on November 9 of their second child and first daughter,
Mrs. Sander is the former Miss Joanne Ermish and the maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Everett Ermish of Garland. The
baby's paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sander of
Coco del Mar.
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Falasca announce the birth of their third son
on November 27 in Wilmington, Delaware. The baby has been named
Kenneth Gordon. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Max-
well S. Sanders of Diablo and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Falasca of Vineland, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Mott of Gatun announce the birth of their
second child and second daughter on September 30 at Coco Solo Hos-
pital. The baby has been named Deborah Elaine.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John E. Mc-
Donald of Pritchard, Alabama and Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Fahrubel of
Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Chisholm of East Brunswick, New Jersey
announce the arrival of a daughter Judy, born August 31. Dr. Chis-
holm, a Balboa High School graduate, is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Benjamin S. Chisholm of La Boca, Canal Zone. Dr. Amelia Chisholm,
the former Amelia Polnik, is the daughter of Mrs. Antoinette Polnik
of Chicago, Illinois. The paternal grandparents went to East Bruns-
wick to see their new granddaughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Steven R. Bishop of Havre de Grace, Maryland,
announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, at Kirk Army Hos-
pital on November 20. The baby has been named Bonnie Marie. Her
father is on duty with the U.S. Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Her
mother is the former Elizabeth (Betty) Ann Bryant, formerly a resi-
dent of Los Rios, Canal Zone.
The paternal grandmother is Mrs. Pauline Bishop of Miami, Ari-
zona. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bryant
of Los Rios.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Rathgeber, Jr., of Toms River, New
Jersey, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, born
October 3, 1966 at Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey. Maternal grandmother
is Mrs. Audrey Hudson Bishop formerly of the Canal Zone and now
residing in Boston, Massachusetts.
Captain and Mrs. Earl A. Sayre of Margarita announce the
birth of a son on December 7. The baby has been named Earl A.
Sayre III. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Bialkowski,
Sr., of Coco Solo.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Nooney of Diablo Heights announce
the birth of their first child, a son, on December 9 at Gorgas Hos-
pital. The paternal grandparent is Albertus E. Nooney of Hudson,
New York and the maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B.
Rainey of Cocoli, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Rolf Arndt (Joan Powell), Wallingford, Conn. are
busy and happy. Joan is teaching swimming to tots 3 to 5 years at the
local YMCA. Rolf has been promoted to a Technical Service Repre-
sentative for American Cyanamid and entails a lot of traveling. Mr.
and Mrs. Mickey Kiernan wrote that they were interested in another
C.Z.-Conn. get together. Joan suggests that anyone interested to
write or call her at 39 Eaton Drive, Wallingford, Conn., telephone
A group of ex-Canal Zone people met for a no host at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Don Sampson, 727 Brewer Street, East Hartford,
Conn. There were 34 in attendance. Mr. and Mrs. John Medling (Pat
Thompson) and four children, 85 Olive Street, New Haven, Conn.
John is a building contractor and Pat sells real estate and manages
the renting of their apartments on Court St. Mr. and Mrs. Lou Dow
(Ginny Ryter) and two children, 4 Spring Lane, West Hartford,
Conn. Lou is a stock broker in Hartford and Ginny teaches school in
West Hartford. Don Sampson is a test engineer for Pratt and Whit-
ney Aircraft and has two children. Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan and
baby girl live in Winsor, Conn. John is also a test engineer for
P&WA. Mr. and Mrs. Wally Richards (Lynn Jones), Rochester,
N. Y., also attended the party.
Captain and Mrs. Elmer Abbott, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent the
Christmas holidays with their son, Captain and Mrs. Richard Abbott
(Barbara Shaw) and three children, Falls Church, Va. On their way
there they spent one night with Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Driscoll, Taylor,
S.C. Col. and Mrs. Virgil Shaw, Salemburg, S.C. were also Christmas
guests of their daughter and son-in-law, the Richard Abbotts. While
there the Shaws and Abbotts were privileged to enjoy a White House
Mr. and Mrs. C. Roland Jones, St. Petersburg, Fla. flew to Pan-
ama, where they were the guests of their son and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Larry Jones, Curundu, C.Z. for Christmas. They enjoyed a week
at Santa Clara Beach.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge, St. Petersburg, Fla. were guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huls (Beth Lockridge) and four children,
North Palm Beach, Fla. during Christmas. They baby-sat while Mr.
and Mrs. Huls spent some time at Pier 66, Fort Lauderlade, Fla.
Miss Peggy Ann Donovan, South Bend, Ind. spent Christmas
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Donovan, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Miss Cornelia Van Siclan, New York City, N.Y. and Mr. Dick
Wright, Bloomington, Ind., were holiday guests of Mrs. W. A. Van
Siclan and Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Paul Zelnick, a freshman at Swarthmore, Pa. and John, who is
doing graduate work in Mechanical Engineering at the University of
Pennsylvania on a Ford scholarship spent Christmas with their par-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Zelnick on the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Ida Barlow, St. Petersburg, Fla. spent Christmas with her
son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Barlow, Great Falls, Va. Later
Mrs. Elizabeth Shatto (Mrs. Bob Barlow's mother) flew to St. Peters-
Dr. Bob Matheney, Ancon, C.Z. visited his mother, Mrs. Jessie
Matheney, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Rassmusson, Denver, Colo. came to St. Peters-
burg, Fla. for the reunion. They were guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. L.
Donovan, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones and Mrs. Elmina McCoy.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seiler, Los Angeles, Calif. were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Donovan, St. Petersburg, Fla. during the reunion.
Miss Kay Sergeant, Wakeforest, N.C. was the guest of her par-
ents, Balboa Port Captain and Mrs. Dick Sergeant, Balboa Heights,
Mrs. Nena McMillan, St. Petersburg, Fla. flew to Albuquerque,
New Mexico and spent Christmas with her sister, Mr. and Mrs. 0. T.
Symonds and her niece, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Burrows.
Alan Ford, a swimming star from the Canal Zone, was inducted
into the swimming hall of fame December 28 at Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
In 1944 Ford was the first man to swim the indoor 100-yard
freestyle in less than 50 seconds (49.7)-swimming's equivalent of
the 4-minute mile. He broke the 100 record 7 times in all and his last
mark held for more than 7 years.
He was born in Balboa in 1924. At 14 he lowered the Canal Zone
backstroke record to 1:12.1. At 15 he set the Canal Zone record in
the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke at 24.0 and 1:01.9,
He was an excellent student at Balboa High School, and a better
than average athlete in baseball and track, but swimming remained
his forte. At 17 he set the Canal Zone Open Men's 100-yard back-
stroke record at 1:01.1.
He left Balboa High School in his sophomore year to attend an
academy, graduated with honors, and was accepted at Yale.
It was while swimming for Yale that he broke the world record.
A large picture appeared in a recent Spillway with the following
caption: Golfer's reward-Admiring a trophy emblematic of co-
championship in Northeast College Conference golf competition are
Capt. Ed Tenney, Maine Maritime Academy coach, and Midshipman
James H. Johnson, 1966 MMA captain. Johnson, the son of Capt. and
Mrs. Howard R. Johnson, formerly of Diablo Heights, attended Bal-
boa High School. His father retired in July as Senior Assistant Port
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Cotton (Dorothy Wertz) and the latter's
aunt, Mrs. Lu Lumby, of San Diego, California, were the house guests
of Mr. and Mrs. David S. Smith (Mildred Cotton, Arthur's sister) of
St. Petersburg, Florida, for two weeks in January. The visitors at-
tended the Reunion for the first time, and all report having had a
wonderful time and a unique experience, having met so many old
friends and former neighbors of Canal Zone days. During their stay,
they visited many friends and local points of interest. Mildred and
David enjoyed having them all immensely, and only wish that they
could have stayed and visited with them for a much longer time.
Mrs. Richard R. Kinnier (Janet Kimmel), is living in Magallones
Village, the Philippines with her four children, Wendy, David, James
and Jennifer. Mr. Kinnier is in Saigon with the U.S. A.I.D. as an
industrial adviser. He flies into the Philippines for a long weekend
with his family once a month. The Kinnier children attend the
Mr. Clyde Shumaker wrote the following-Ed.
Mrs. Shumaker's father, Robert J. Huntoon of Rutland, Ver-
mont, is visiting us for the winter in our Lake Oswego, Oregon, home.
Mr. Huntoon will be 92 years old in March and is still quite
active, walking several miles a day and doing other exercises such as
pushups, knee bends.
New Year's Day we had open house and Herb Knapp visited us.
Herb served his apprenticeship under Dad Huntoon in 1915 through
1918 in the Cristobal Quartermaster Plumbing shop.
Mrs. Knapp was unable to attend as she was having a touch of
Mr. John W. Tannesill, Pasadena, Calif., wrote the following
Herewith my check for another year.
At 83, one does not pay up for more than a year, I guess.
I am having cateracts removed and I hope to enjoy another year
or two. I would like to visit Panama again after 52 years. I put in
8 years as Postmaster at Matachin, 5 months, Station A. Panama 15
months, and the balance of eight years as Postmaster at Ancon.
Edward Corrigan, member of a well-known Canal Zone family
and a graduate of Balboa High School, has been appointed president
of the Muirson Label Co. Division of International Paper Co.
Corrigan joined the Muirson, Peoria, Ill., plant as a sales trainee
in 1950 after his graduation from Bradley and was transferred to
Muirson's, San Jose, Calif., plant in 1961.
Corrigan is the son of Joseph A. Corrigan, Sr., a retired em-
ployee of the Maintenance Division and brother of Joseph A. Corri-
gan, Jr., of Cocoli. He was graduated from Balboa High School in
1940 and was a machinist apprentice with the Panama Canal for a
time before he joined the U. S. Army Air Corps. After World War
II, he went to Bradley and later received his Master's Degree in
business administration from the University of Chicago.
Robert A. Wainio, Senior Customs Inspector at Balboa, has been
promoted to the position of Chief Customs Inspector in Cristobal,
effective January 15, it was announced by B. I. Everson, Civil Affairs
Wainio was born in Gorgas Hospital and attended Canal Zone
schools, graduating from Balboa High School in 1940. He attended
North Carolina State University and has studied under the-Florida
State University and Canal Zone College extension programs.
He was employed by the former Army Air Force at the Panama
Air Depot for a year and was with the former Mechanical Division
as an apprentice machinist until 1943, when he resigned to enter mili-
tary service with the Army Air Force.
During World War II, he served in the Western Pacific and
Japan Offensives and was awarded five medals, including the Dis-
tinguished Flying Cross. He was discharged in 1946 with the grade
of staff sergeant.
Mr. and Mrs. Millen La Croix of Margarita had as their guests
for the holidays their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry
Kennedy and their young son, Michael Todd; Mr. La Croix' mother,
Mrs. Ida Bradford, and their son Michael La Croix. Jerry Kennedy
and Michael La Croix are students at Southern Illinois University in
Carbondale, Ill. Mrs. Kennedy is the former Miss Carol La Croix.
Reappointment of Philip R. Steers, Jr. as Comptroller of the
Panama Canal organization was announced by the office of David E.
McGiffert, Under-Secretary of the Army and chairman of the Pan-
ama Canal Board of Directors. His reappointment, by the Executive
Committee of the Board of Directors, was effective January 22.
Steers had resigned in September to take a post with an investment
banking house which has its principal office in New York City. He
had held the top Panama Canal financial post since 1955.
Lt. and Mrs. Walter G. Brown of Craig AFB, Alabama, arrived
Christmas Eve to spend the holidays with Lt. Brown's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Walter G. Brown of Balboa.
Miss Claire Ogden, former house mother at the Bella Vista Chil-
dren's Home, was honored at a tea given by graduates of the home.
Attending were residents of the home and members of the clergy
and faculty affiliated with the home. Miss Ogden now makes her
home in Pittsfield, Mass.
To those of you who do not know of the change in our residence and
life, may we take this opportunity to bring you up to date?
In May of this year Monty retired from the railroad and June
30th we came to St. Cloud, Florida to take up our residence in the
home we bought last year for our retirement. The home is a modest
little place but our back yard is a miniature citrus grove. We are
five blocks from a nice lake, where there is good fishing, a wonderful
beach for swimmers and cookouts. St. Cloud is a small, peaceful little
town, but quite modern with young families making a large percent-
age of our population. The location is 25 miles South of Orlando, and
only four miles off the Expressway (Sunshine Parkway), which
makes us easily accessible to our friends should they honor us with
Monty is the housekeeper with the help of Tony (our poodle),
and Billie is still a working gal.
We do hope to hear from you and would be delighted to welcome
you to our home, no need to pull the latch-string, the doors are
Our street address is: 612 Missouri Avenue, but our mailing
address is: P.O. Box 485, St. Cloud, Florida 32769.
Billie and Monty Montgomery
Edward M. Kennedy has been promoted to District Engineer,
Atlantic District, Maintenance Division.
Originally from Montana, Kennedy lived for a time in Alaska and
went to the Isthmus with his parents in 1942. He attended schools
in the Canal Zone, graduating from Balboa High School in 1954.
After graduating from the University of Washington, Seattle, he
went to work as a mechanical engineer with the Boeing Aircraft Co.
Enrolled at Admiral Farragut Academy, St. Petersburg, Florida
for the 1966-1967 school year are H. Clifton Wilson, III, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Clifton Wilson, Jr. of Panama City; Joseph E. Hummer,
son of Mr. Joseph Hummer of Balboa and James L. Zerr, son of Mrs.
Nan J. Zerr of Diablo Heights.
Admiral Farragut is America's First Honor Naval Preparatory
Miss Linda Fawcett, a junior at the College of the Pacific in
Stockton, Calif., spent the holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
John C. Fawcett of Diablo Heights.
Miss Marie Bruland who attends Mills College in California and
her sister, Miss Carol Bruland, a student in the Graduate School at
Harvard spent the Christmas vacation with their parents, Mr. and
Mrs. John R. Bruland of Balboa. Miss Carol Bruland has as her guest
Mr. Benjamin Allen who is also a student at Harvard Graduate
The President of the Republic of Panama, Marco A. Robles, pre-
sented the Grand Cross of the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa to
Canal Zone Governor Robert J. Fleming, Jr., during a ceremony at
the Presidencia. Vice-Presidents, ex-Presidents of the Republic, Min-
isters of State, and Canal Zone officials attended the ceremony. On
making the presentation to Governor Fleming, President Robles re-
marked that through the .Governor's efforts Panamanian employees
in the C. Z. have received many benefits. Mrs. Eleanor Fleming,
the Governor's wife, also was presented the Order of Vasco Nunez
de Balboa, in the grade of Grand Officer, by Mrs. Petita Saa de
Robles, the First Lady of Panama. Governor Fleming expressed his
appreciation for the high honor conferred on him and his wife.
General Fleming, whose retirement from active duty is effective
January 31, has been Governor of the Canal Zone since February 1,
1962. He and his wife sailed for the United States aboard the SS
He has been appointed to an executive post with Interama by
Florida Governor Claude Kirk and assumed his new duties February
John S. Pettingill, Assistant to the Superintendent, Canal Zone
Schools, has been named honorary official of the 17th Annual Inter-
scholastic Relays to be held at Balboa Stadium, February 3 and 4.
He received this honor in recognition of his outstanding contri-
bution to sports activities in the Canal Zone schools. Pettingill, who
joined the Schools Division in 1939, coached intramural sports on the
Atlantic side. On transferring to the Pacific side, he has worked with
the Canal Zone Junior College and Balboa High School's intramural
and varsity football, basketball, track, and swimming teams.
Originally from Watkins Glen, N.Y., Pettingill attended schools
there and later received a Master's Degree from Notre Dame Univer-
sity. He has been on the Isthmus since 1939 with the exception of 3
years spent in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
Mrs. Robert Blaney, Mount Pleasant, N.C., wrote the following.
We are enjoying having Mary and Claire Ewing with us while
they get accustomed to living in God's Country. Mary was among
those fortunate enough to be able to retire and beat the 25% P.C.
penalty for being a respectable married woman.
Mrs. Joseph Irving, Margarita, C. Z., wrote the following.-Ed.
Mr. Irving is retiring this month (December) along with a num-
ber of others who are taking advantage of the added per cent. We
will be leaving the Isthmus the last of January. We. plan to drive to
the States along with Mr. and Mrs. Porter McHan who are retiring
also this month. We will visit our son, Gary and wife Sue, in Tucson,
Ariz. and then go on to California where we will decide if we wish
to settle there. We spent a day last April with the Argos at Laguna
Hills in California and we fell in love with the place so that just
might be our future home. We have relatives near there so we will
visit until we decide where we wish to locate. We thoroughly enjoy
the Panama Canal Society Record and we do not want to miss any.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Williams of Balboa observed their 66th
wedding anniversary, October 25, 1966 at a family party held in
Mr. and Mrs. Williams were married in Philadelphia, Pa. Of
their five children four reside on the Zone. They are Mrs. Herman
Henriquez of El Cangrejo; Miss Anne Williams of Balboa; Charles
Williams, Jr., also of Balboa and Mrs. Colen Lawson of Margarita.
Another daughter, Mrs. Arthur Soper lives in Florida. The Williams
have 10 grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Sylvestre of St. Petersburg, flew to Easton,
Pennsylvania for the Christmas holidays. There they enjoyed a sev-
enteen inch snowstorm the day before Christmas along with their
daughter, Mary Jane Smith, her husband, K.C., and their four chil-
dren, Karen, Linda, Tony and Jimmy. This was a first white Christ-
mas for the Smiths even though they have been in Easton for the
past three Christmases.
Mr. and Mrs. Lew Simpson, Naples, Florida, spent Christmas
with their daughter-in-law, Peggy Sylvestre Simpson, and their four
grandchildren, Chris, Debbie, Sandy and David. Peggy and children
now reside at 287 Beachview Drive N.E., Fort Walton Beach, Florida
32548. Their residence is on Choctahatchee Bay where they enjoy
the swimming, boating and water skiing.
Plant City Fla.-A mandolin intricately fashioned by hand from
rare wood will soon find its way from the peace and quiet of Plant
City to the war-ravaged jungles of Vietnam.
The mandolin will be a gift from its creator, J. J. Kovach, to a
group of American reconnaissance flyers who go up in the wild blue
yonder from their base near Saigon.
Kovach decided to part with one of his beloved string instru-
ments after he read in a Hungarian newspaper about the relaxing
qualities of mandolin music.
It seems that a doctor stationed with U.S. Air Force fliers in
South Vietnam, Capt. Raymond G. Troxler, ordered several guitars
from the Philippines for the fliers to pluck to soothe their nerves and
ease the strain after a hazardous mission.
Most of the instruments he made while working at the U.S. Navy
base in Coco Solo in the Panama Canal Zone, before coming here to
He made the instruments of such rare wood as cassia, cedar,
mahogany, black palm and cocobolo, trimmed with tortoise shell,
Everything is hand-made except the machine head.
Kovach's ingenuity showed clearly when he made mandolin picks
out of scrap plastic from The Courier. His mandolins are not har-
nessed around the neck of musicians. Instead, Kovach has inserted
a band of sandpaper in the back to hold it snugly to the player.
Kovach takes a dim view of selling his instruments although he
was offered $125 for one. Many have been displayed at hobby shows
and some he has freely loaned to amateurs to play at parties and
Mrs. E. W. Millspaugh, Ft. Pierce, Fla. had as guests her daugh-
ter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. McCarthy. They all drove to St.
Petersburg, Fla. to visit with the Stanwood Spechts who were on
vacation, and also visited Mrs. Millspaugh. Charlie Millspaugh, who
teaches in Broward Junior College, Ft. Lauderdale, visits his mother
Mr. and Mrs. John Holland, Balboa Heights, C.Z. were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Van Siclan, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. during the
Lt. Col. and Mrs. D. K. Rogers, Maxwell AFB, (Edythe Weis-
iger) spent their vacation in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las
Vegas. They spent 2 days with Del Snediker Hamilton and her fam-
ily. Mrs. J. H. Weisiger, Crystal Beach, Fla., after visiting her son
in Pennsylvania and daughter Betty in Washington, D.C., went to
the Rogers where she "dog sat" while they were away. Edythe
Rogers ran into Jim Coman who had been assigned to the Canal Zone.
Donni Rogers flies a plane now.
Mrs. Emily J. Price, chief cataloger at the Canal Zone Library-
Museum, has been named Librarian-Curator, succeeding Mrs. Eleanor
Burnham, who retired after 30 years with the library.
Mrs. Price, who has 16 years' service with the Canal Zone Li-
brary-Museum, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr
College and a Master of Science (Library Science) with honors from
She is a founding member of the Association of Graduate Li-
brarians of the Isthmus of Panama and has held various offices in
the Association. She also is a charter member and past president of
the Soroptimist Club of Panama and a charter member of the Friends
of the National Museum.
Appointment of H. I. Perantie, Chief of the Panama Canal's Ad-
ministrative Services Division, as Director of Selective Service for
the Canal Zone has been announced, effective November 16.
In this post he succeeds Forrest G. Dunsmoor, former Deputy
Executive Secretary and Administrative Assistant to Governor, who
recently retired from Canal service.
Perantie has been Deputy Director of Selective Service for the
Canal Zone since July 1957.
While Assistant to the Executive Secretary, in August, 1951, he
organized and coordinated the registration of male U.S. citizens in
the Canal Zone for the draft under the 1951 draft law.
Perantie is the fourth State Director of the Canal Zone's Selec-
tive Service. His predecessors were Gus Medinger, Marc Quinn, and
Private Neil H. Haman, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius H.
Haman, of La Boca Road, Balboa, became a member of the "Green
Berets" September 28 on completion of Special Forces training at
Ft. Bragg, N.C.
As a Special Forces candidate, he received several months of
training in guerrilla tactics and counter-insurgency. He also received
instruction in the methods of teaching modern medicine, improved
agricultural practices, techniques of local government, communica-
tions, and basic commerce to native villagers.
Special training was given in infiltrating hostile territory to
train, equip and advise guerrillas in combating the enemy.
He will now be assigned to one of seven Special Forces groups
around the world.
Pvt. Haman entered the Army in July 1956 and was last sta-
tioned at Ft. Gordon, Ga.
He is a 1962 graduate of Balboa High School and attended Canal
Zone College and Texas College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville.
Sebring, Fla.-Mrs. Abe Halliday and daughter, Mrs. Peg Ortt
and son Bobby, arrived home by plane from San Antonio, Texas,
where they visited Mrs. Halliday's daughter and son-in-law, Col. and
Mrs. T. L. Boyd for two weeks. They all spent a week at Port Aran-
sas Beach, and visited the Alamo and several other points of interest.
Mrs. Ortt and Mrs. Boyd also took a side trip to Laredo and Nuevo
Laredo. Col. and Mrs. Boyd wish to be remembered to all friends.
Mrs. Donald Scott, Calistoga, Calif., wrote the following.-Ed.
My husband and I have been gone from the Cafial*Zone for three
years and, like most retirees, we miss it very much and find our-
selves hunting for beaches and warm climates on our many trips.
Thought you readers might like to hear of a few ex-Canal Zon-
ites and where they are: Alberta Grunewald is working for the City
of St. Paul and lives at 1702 Laurel Street, St. Paul, Minn.; Gay
Turner Secrist is living at 201 N. Fairfax, Alexandria, Virginia;
Marion and Fred Mack live at 5917 Benton Street, Boise, Idaho, tho
Fred is working in Iran; Thelma Bickerstaff lives with her daughter,
Jean Hafgren, at 72-10-41st Ave., Woodside, L.I., N.Y.; and these
are all I can think of right now.
We have enjoyed the loan of the "Canal Record" from friends
and hope to receive future copies of our own so we can save them
and read them at our leisure.
Mr. Paul C. Curtis wrote the following Ed.
Mazie and I had quite a change in our lives during the past few
months. Mazie had a heart attack in June and the Dr. says she
will never be able to maintain an apartment and do the things re-
quired to keep house again. We gave up our apt. in August. Mazie
is in Powhatan Nursing Home, 2100 Powhatan St., Falls Church,
Virginia 22043. She is doing fairly well, but still must take things
easy has lost a lot of weight, but I am sure that is good for her.
My youngest daughter, Mary and her husband, came East in
August and I returned to Missouri with them and am making their
home in Rolla, Missouri my headquarters. I will probably stay here
for the winter.
If it hadn't been for the Boer War, Tollef Bache Monniche, a
young Norwegian engineer, probably wouldn't have gone to the
United States. And if he hadn't gone to the United States, he quite
likely would not have been the engineer who designed the emer-
gency dams of the Panama Canal.
Nor would he have been the first to put Boquete coffee on the
map. Nor would he have met and married Julia Huger, a Virginia
girl who went to the Tivoli Guest House in 1909 as a bride and now,
a resident of Austin, Tex., returned recently to pay a reminiscent
visit to the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Monniche said she felt right at home at the Tivoli. It has
changed somewhat, she says, but still resembles the Tivoli she first
visited 57 year ago, when one said "The Colonel" and referred to
Col. Geogre W. Goethals; when a bridge foursome with which Mrs.
Monniche played usually included Mrs. William C. Gorgas; when
Culebra was a bustling town, and when pedestrians in the Canal
Zone walked on planks placed across cinder sidewalks during the
Her husband was educated in Germany, and was graduated from
the Royal College of Dresden. He had always wanted to go to
Africa, but the Boer War (1899-1902) changed his plans and he
went to the United States instead.
From 1907 to 1908, he was with the Isthmian Canal Commission.
His direct connection with Canal history on the Isthmus began when
the president of the American Society of College Engineers was
asked to recommend an engineer to work on the locks. With that
recommendation, Monniche went to the Canal Zone in 1908.
Monniche's first position was as assistant engineer on design
for lock gates for a 100-foot canal. Interestingly enough, President
Theodore Roosevelt had wanted to change the plans to a 120-foot
canal, but Congress split the difference to make the present 110-foot
Panama Canal, Mrs. Monniche recalls.
Tollef Monniche met a new challenge when he was appointed
designing engineer in charge of emergency dams, for there was no
precedent for such construction at the time.
His engineering know-how also was employed on the Atlantic
side of the Isthmus, where he was engineer of the docks at the
Atlantic Terminals piers.
Mr. and Mrs. Monniche's introduction to the Volcan area of
Chiriqui Province came after he'd suffered four malaria attacks
and his doctor recommended the cool climate of Boquete. Monniche
liked hunting and fishing, so a prospective States' trip was cancelled
and off they went.
In those days there were no roads and such a trip meant a 7-day
voyage by coastwise steamer which stopped at every port. If caught
by the tide, the steamer and passengers waited 12 hours or more
to load or unload cargo.
Land in the Chiriqui region was free to those who cleared and
claimed it. Those who owned land sold it for small fees. Mrs. Mon-
niche was the first to hear of attractive land for sale. Her husband
was interested and before anyone could say "coffee bean," the
Panama Canal engineer was the owner of pasture land and coffee
plantations 6 miles above Boquete, up a 2,000-foot climb, over a
narrow trail through virgin forest.
Thereafter the Monniches' vacations were spent in the Volcan
region of Panama. Their home was handmade of Spanish cedar,
with planks 17 feet long and 2 inches thick. In fact, all the build-
ings on the property and all units of the finca were handmade.
Thus it was that a Virginia girl came to Panama's virgin forest-
land and made a home, discovering "how important a pioneer woman
was to a pioneer man." She learned to cook on a four-hole wood-
burning stove, and her husband started his coffee seed bed in Jan-
uary 1911, "just to keep Pancho (an employee) busy."
Tollef Monniche built all his own coffee machinery and was the
first in Panama to export coffee, with Germany the first customer
In 1922 he left Panama Canal service and went to Boquete to
reside. They lived on the plantation 35 years and then, because of
his illness, went to the United States. Since the death of her hus-
band, Austin, Texas, has been Mrs. Monniche's home.
Mr. and Mrs. Royce B. Lewis and son Ted, former Canal Zone
residents, are the guests of their cousin, Mrs. R. E. Hopkins of Dia-
blo. Mr. Lewis is with the White Sands Missile Project and the
family makes their home in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Captain and Mrs. Harry Johnson and their children of Gatun
left for Portland, Oregon.
Captain Johnson will be employed as Master of a tow boat.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Widell, Tampa, Fla. were guests of their
daughter Marjorie, Lt. Col. and Mrs. William Rathbone, and chil-
dren, Bill, Nancy and Susan, Alexandria, Va.
Mrs. Jack Rathgaber (Betty), Glassboro, N. J., Mr. Roy Searcy,
Beaumont, Texas and Miss Dorothy Judd spent several days in the
Parental B. C. Judd home during the death and funeral of Capt.
B. C. Judd. Later Mr. Jack Rathgaber drove to St. Petersburg for
a visit before taking Betty back to N. J.
Miss Dorothy Rose, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rose,
Eustis, Fla. has been Hospital Field Director, 85th Evacuation Hos-
pital, Qui Hnon, Viet Nam since before Thanksgiving.
Major (retired) and Mrs. (Elena Rothwell) N. N. Pietrantonio
and daughter Jeanette have moved to Houston, Texas near her
parents Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Rothwell.
Mr. C. J. Post had a stroke Nov. 29, 1966 and is in Cheshire's
New Southside Nursing Center, 8037 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville,
Mrs. Norine Dillman Simms and her 2 children are staying with
her mother, Mrs. Maxine Dillman, Balboa, C. Z., while her husband
Charlie is in Viet Nam. He is stationed in Cam Ranh Bay with the
The W. L. Hershes had quite a reunion during the Xmas holi-
days. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hallowell (Edna), Margarita, C. Z., Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Stephens (Tinker), Largo, Fla.; Cody Hallowell, Cedar
Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. Phyllis Crook, Douglas Crook and Mr. and Mrs.
Michael Crook (Shirley Bonneau) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mr. and
Mrs. Rocco Fiore (Phyllis Crook) and 2 sons, San Diego, Calif.;
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Stephens, Babson Park, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. George
Bonneau called on the Hershes. Mrs. Phyllis Crook accompanied her
daughter's family back to San Diego by car.
Word has been received on the Canal Zone from the Supreme
Council of the Knights of Columbus in New Haven, Connecticut, of
the appointment of Fred Mohl as Master of the 4th Degree of the
Knights of Columbus for the District of Panama for the term Sep-
tember 1, 1966, to August 31, 1968. This is the highest local office.
Mohl is well known in the Canal Zone, having been associated
with sports and fraternal activities as far back as 1940, especially in
the field of child health education. He is the only one still on the
Canal Zone of four men who founded the present Pacific Little
League in 1950 and was a stalwart supporter of the group in start-
ing the Fastlich Teen Age League.
Mohl is also known widely through his activities as a fire
officer in the Canal Zone Fire Division.
Mohl was named to replace Daniel Zitzman, Master for the past
17 years, who is retiring from service as an Operating Accountant of
the Accounting Division of the Panama Canal. He left the Isthmus
November 17 to make his home in California.
Mrs. Raymond M. Priest of Los Angeles, California, and Mrs.
L. M. White of Tucson, Arizona, arrived to be the house guests of
Mrs. Priest's son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G.
Laatz of Balboa.
J. Patrick Conley, Panama Canal Assistant Executive Secretary,
scored a hole in one at Summit Golf and Country Club and dis-
covered he was the last one in the foursome to chalk up an ace.
His (his first) was on the 170-yard par 3 18th hole. Playing with
him were Robert S. Bowen, Henry Kaye, and R. H. Evans. Evans
had made his hole in one on the same Summit 18th hole about a
year ago. Bowen's was made at Amador, and Kaye's at a military
course in the States.
Ralph R. Grassau, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Grassau
of Balboa was among the seniors participating in midyear com-
mencement ceremonies at Tri-State College, Angela, Indiana on
December 10. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electric-
al Engineering. He has been president of the International Electrical
Engineering Society at Tri-State.
Mr. Grassau is married to the former Madelon Garrett, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Day of Balboa. The couple have two children.
Following graduation, he is employed by the Delco Co. in Kokomo,
To Panama Canal employees Joseph C. Turner, who retired
in December, was about the most important person in the organ-
He signed the pay checks.
When the Panama Canal began to pay its employees with U. S.
Treasury checks, the first man to sign them was Wendell Greene,
the first Panama Canal Treasurer. Since 1952, it has been Turner's
"John Henry" plus that of the employee, of course, that makes the
pay check negotiable in any bank in the Canal Zone, Panama or the
The Treasurer has a number of other duties, among them respon-
sibility for the collection, custody and disbursement of funds on the
Isthmus; administration of accounts with local banks; administra-
tion of narcotics laws and regulations relating to registration for
narcotics control and collection of certain taxes.
Turner has been connected with treasury work ever since 1934,
when he was employed as a paymaster clerk in the former Account-
ing Department. He became Assistant Paymaster in 1945 and was
Assistant Treasurer from 1948 to 1952.
He is married to the former Alice McIntosh of Hattiesburg,
Mississippi, who resigned her position as a librarian at the main
Canal Zone Library. They have a son now in the U. S. Army and a
daughter who is married to Capt. F. A. Blesse, also in Army Service,
now on duty in Viet Nam.
The Turners left the Isthmus early in December to make their
home in Hattiesburg.
Mr. Harry J. Lewis, St. Petersburg, Florida, spent the holidays
with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Hackett of
Mr. Lewis retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1951
when he was Police Station Commander at .Gamboa.
Hugh Harvey was 25 years old on December 9, the day he got
a Certificate of U. S. Citizenship. It was a happy coincidence, and
quite extraordina y, too, because he holds the first certificate
to be issued outside of the United States.
Canal Zone Governor Robert J. Fleming, Jr., was there, sharing
the moment he had worked for during the past five years.
Governor Fleming singled out Dr. Charles J. Zinn for special
credit. Dr. Zinn, a member of the Canal's Board of Directors, is the
Law Revision Counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary House of
Representatives. The bill had passed the House twice, only to die
in the Senate. "Almost single-handed, Dr. Zinn guided this legis-
lation and saw it through the Senate," the Governor added.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Davis, who made their home in Balboa
prior to Mr. Davis' retirement from Panama Canal Co. service, left to
make their home in Azalea, Washington. They made the trip by
car over the Pan American Highway.
Charles and Marie Connor of Gamboa, following Mr. Connor's
retirement from Panama Canal Co. service as Master with the Dredg-
ing Division have left the Isthmus. Few people outside the school
room have touched the lives of as many youngsters as have the
Mr. and Mrs. Connor and their two small sons went to the
Isthmus in 1940 when the third lock project was underway. Like
many other Dredging Division employees, they were obliged to
find temporary quarters until the *Gamboa housing project was
Their first home there was in a basement where they managed
to get by until they were assigned an apartment in a recently com-
pleted 12-family house. Only those who had the experience of mov-
ing into these quarters, surrounded by mud in the rainy season and
dust in the dry, can appreciate the effect upon a housewife. Today
grass, trees and shrubs have erased the barren ugliness of those
earlier days and air conditioning keeps the dust and dampness out.
There were women who couldn't take it, especially after the
war started and blackouts and gas rationing limited trips to town.
There were others, Marie Connor among them, who set about making
their own activities if nothing more exciting than a sewing group
or a First Aid class.
Mr. Connor, a sports enthusiast and with two growing boys,
found his recreation at the swimming pool where he not only helped
coach his own sons but hundreds of other children as well.
Both boys have excelled in swimming in Canal Zone schools
and in the colleges they attended in the United States. Until re-
cently Donald, the older son, has been with the Physical Education
Department of the Division of Schools. This year he is teaching
science at Curundu Junior High.
Mrs. Connor, too, has had contact with these hundreds of
youngsters for following the retirement of Coach Henry Greiser, she
was employed to run the swimming pool in Gamboa.
The Connor's second son, Bob, is working on his Master's degree
at West Texas College.
Originally from New York and Pennsylvania respectively, the
winter climate in that area does not appeal to the Connors and their
ultimate destination will probably be Florida. For a while, though
they would like to be footloose and fancy free and go wherever
the urge suggests. They will never be far from Panama however,
for it should be practically impossible to go anywhere without
meeting someone who came under their supervision at the pool.
With their son, daughter-in-law and six grandchildren on the Zone
they are probably not saying a final good-bye to this land either but
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece and Mrs. Geneva Stockham, St. Peters-
burg, Fla. were Xmas guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Reece
and baby Karen, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Orr, St. Petersburg, Fla. were guests in the
home of Captain and Mrs. Wm. Storey (Jean Redmond), Pompano
Mrs. Emily Sullivan, Curundu, C. Z. spent her vacation visiting
Mrs. Ruth Whipple, Clearwater, and Mrs. Micky Brady, St. Peters-
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Irvin and baby boy, Baton Rouge, La. were
guests in the parental Jim Marshall home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Melinda remained for a longer visit.
Mr. Frank Lerchen, Jr., Alexandria, Va. flew to St. Peteersburg,
Fla. and made a surprise visit to his grandfather, Captain A. T.
Luther. Frank was flying to add hours to get his commercial
Mrs. Mary Hargreaves, San Antonio, Texas was the guest of Mr.
and Mrs. Harry Dunn; Mr. and Mrs. Tony Sylvestre; Mr. and Mrs.
Allan Ward and Mr. and Mrs. Houston Esslinger, St. Petersburg,
Fla. Mary attended the reunion where she saw so many "old"
acquaintances. Later she enjoyed a trip by ship to Nassau.
Roy .G. Hohmann of Woodside, New York, spent the Christmas
Holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Hohmann of St.
Petersburg. Roy is Program Chairman of the William Cullen
Bryant High School of 4,500 students near Woodside, Queens, New
Russel J. Jones, who retired from his position as the Panama
Canal's Assistant Chief Accountant, has more than a good eye for
Fellow workers who attended an informal retirement party at
the Balboa Heights Administration Building discovered that before
Rusty went to work in the Accounting Division in 1930, he had
a variety of vacation jobs which even included chipping paint.
A montage of pictures taken of Rusty on some of his previous
jobs and activities, was one of the gifts presented him by Arthur
J. O'Leary, Acting Comptroller.
Other awards included a Superior Service Award and a check
for $150; a Master Key to the Panama Canal in the grade of
Custodian of Accounts; and a Panama Canal Office of the Comp-
troller certificate of service attesting to 38 years with the Canal
Although Jones was born in Scranton, Pa., he went to the
Canal Zone with his family as a small boy. His father, Simon B.
Jones was employed by the Electrical Division and the family
lived on both sides of the Isthmus.
Rusty attended the Canal Zone schools, was graduated from
Balboa High School, was prominent in school athletics and married
the former Juanita Orr, another member af a prominent Canal
Zone family who was born in the construction town of .Gorgona.
He has been Assistant Chief Accountant and Chief of the Re-
ports and Analysis Staff since 1959.
He and Mrs. Jones sailed for New Orleans on the SS Cristobal
and will visit their daughter Mrs. James F. Girand in Palo Alto,
Calif. They hope to make their home in California.
Miss Lee Madeline Winstead, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M. B.
Winstead of Ancon spent Christmas in the Holy Land. Miss Win-
stead is attending the American School in Madrid where she is
living with her aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Newberry. This
holiday trip included flying to Venice, down the Adriatic by ship
to Athens, across to Haifa, by bus to the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem
and Bethlehem, by ship the length of the Mediterranean visiting
various Greek islands, a stop-over in Gibraltar, and by train from
Algeciras back to Madrid.
Few old timers can recall so vividly life on the Isthmus in the
early 1900's and relate it with such nostalgic fondness as Mildred
(Christle) Persons, who at 82 still remembers the dress she wore
when she landed at Colon in early September, 1906.
Mrs. Persons now lives in St. Petersburg, Fla. Her late husband
was a Canal builder who pioneered the tourist bureau service in
Panama and she has been visiting her daughter and many friends in
Panama. She lived in the 'Canal Zone and Panama for more than 44
years, going in 1906 to join her husband who had arrived earlier to
work for the Quartermaster Office at Mount Hope.
A few years later the Persons moved to the Pacific side, where
Mr. Persons was employed in the Municipal Office at Ancon. He
resigned from the Canal organization in 1920 to go into the tourist
business in Panama.
Her first home on the Isthmus was a dirt-floor room in the Old
Palmer House in Cristobal, which was operated by an American.
Furnishings included a two-burner kerosene hotplate, an icebox with
capacity for a 10-pound block of ice, and mosquito netting over the
beds which showed signs of bats that had roosted there during the
A few months later, Mildred Persons, the lovely 22-year-old
registered nurse from Minnesota, set up housekeeping in House No.
24 in Cristobal. She practiced nursing occasionally when doctors
requested her services for special cases, working with Dr. Harry
Eno, Dr. E. P. Beverly, and Dr. Gibson, well-known physicians on
the Isthmus at that time. Her first case was in Nombre de Dios,
which was the source of sand for concrete for Grt'n Locks.
She recalls that housekeeping on the Isthmus 60 years ago had its
trials and tribulations. She was fortunate to have a six-burner stove
with water reservoir. Soft coal was used for cooking. Domestic help
was a problem. Having always used braziers for cooking, it was
difficult for the maids to get used to the stove.
One day the new maid seemed unusually slow with the ironing.
and complained that the irons were "asleep." Investigating, Mrs.
Persons found the kitchen a roaring furnace, the lids red hot and
the iron heating in the oven.
Fruits and vegetables were bought from the natives whose cayu-
cos, laden with bananas, plantains, chayotes, aguacates, and other
tropical produce, were moored at the water's edge opposite Colon's
Front Street. Meat came from the market. For lack of Panama coins
at that time, change from purchases at the market was given in cut
plug tobacco and boxes of Swedish matches.
Entertainment was limited to dances on special occasions and
outings. There were picnics at Fort San Lorenzo and Porto Bello (in
spite of the red bugs) and trips to the rest hotel at Taboga Island,
where the manager obligated his guests to take quinine pills. Occa-
sionally a group would hire a boat and make an excursion to the
Frequently, those who rode horses would go to Gatun, where a
good meal was served in the messhall for 30 cents. Another treat was
attending the Isthmian Canal Commission band concerts, which were
held at the towns along the line on Sundays. The band consisted of
talented Canal employees who also traveled by tug to give concerts
at Porto Bello.
As chaperon to a group of young people on an outing to El
Chorro Falls in La Chorrera, Mildred Persons saw what looked like
logs on the beach until they moved and she shot her first alligator.
Life was interesting and busy from the very beginning for the
Persons. While working for the Canal, Charles Persons drove his taxi
in the evenings. Paydays on the military posts were especially busy
days for him as he drove soldiers from the posts into town and back.
In spite of warnings that they would not be able to make a living in
Panama, Mr. and Mrs. Persons saw the possibilities of a tourist
agency in Panama and he gave up his job on the Canal.
In the beginning, the taxi served also as office and the "jitney"
service at 15-cent fares grew into a successful business. It was quite
a sight to see the payroll-dollar bills all over the seat of the taxi as
the drivers came to be paid for the trips they had made.
From earliest construction days the Panama Canal was a tourist
attraction and as the years passed more and more tourists flocked to
see the Big Ditch. Mrs. Persons recalls that on one day there were
1,200 passengers from six ships docked on both sides of the Isthmus,
all eager to see the biggest attraction of the day. Fortunately, they
did n: all debark at the same time and many of the chauffeurs were
able t, double up on trips.
The Persons were busy as beavers, both driving taxis. The busi-
ness continued to grow from one car and an office in their home, to
a fleet of cars and offices in the Tivoli and Washington Hotels
which they occupied for more than 20 years. Both offices were
closed about 22 years ago and a new office was opened in the
Panama Hilton soon after it was opened.
Today, Persons Travel Bureau, located near the Hotel Panama,
under the management of the Persons' granddaughter's husband, is
a leading tourist agency in Panama.
Mildred Persons will soon be returning to St. Petersburg-her
second home. She considers Panama home, for she enjoyed living
there all those years, and her daughter, Mrs. Shirley Smith, and
granddaughter and four lovely great grandchildren are there. She
likes the people, the country, and the many wonderful memories of
the old days-even the one room in the old Palmer House.
Capt. Peter Brindley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, of the Pan-
ama Canal, will be Project Engineer for the widening of Guillard
William C. York, one of two assistant project engineers, was
project engineer for the recent Miraflores power plant expansion
Thomas G. Toda, the other assistant project engineer, has 8
years' service with PanCanal.
The cut widening project will take approximately 41/2 years to
complete. Widening of the 3-mile Bas Obispo-Las Cascadas reaches
from 300 to 500 feet is the last and one of the largest contracts in
the cut widening program; which was begun in 1954.
Oman Construction Co. of Nashville, Tenn., won the contract on
a bid of $7,680,000 for excavation and disposal of Zone I material
above an elevation of 95 feet plus drilling and blasting of material
above an elevation of 95 feet plus drilling and blasting of Zone II
(below 95 feet) material in preparation for removal by Panama
Mr. and Mrs. Sanford O. Specht, Portland, Maine, are in good
health after being retired 20 years. They have celebrated their 60th
Mrs. R. W. White, Virginia Beach, Va. wrote that their daughter
Ann Tuthill is employed as a computer programmer with the Naval
Air Station, Alameda, Calif. Their other daughter Mary Holtzclaw
and family live in Henderson, N. C. where her husband is the Cor-
poration pilot for the Rosis Co. The Whites' granddaughter Patricia
Shedden Ivie, Columbia, Tenn. has two children making them great
Mrs. Alice Hart, Tampa, Fla. was the guest of her daughter and
family Mr. and Mrs. (Leona) Fred Lee, Merritt Island, Fla. during
which time all three Hart sisters and their families were together
for the first time in 13 years. There were 8 grandchildren. Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Musso (Edna) and children, Plantation, Fla., Mr. and
Mrs. A. Holder (Dorothy) and children, Moschton, Ga. joined in the
fun at the Lee home.
Mr. Leroy Lundy, Ann Arbor, Mich., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam Lundy, Hattiesburg, Miss. was recently honored by an appoint-
ment to the U. S. Department of Labor committee on Management
and Personnel which will meet every few months in Washington,
Mrs. J. Kuhn (Calloway), St. Petersburg, Fla. was the guest of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert DuVall, Diablo, C.Z. and of Mrs. Thelma Canby,
Curundu. Later Suger Calloway Di Roma, St. Petersburg, Fla. was
a guest in the DuVall home.
Carl Widell, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Widell, Tampa, Fla.
was promoted to Major in the U. S. Army. Carl was graduated from
Balboa high school in 1953, and the University of Florida in 1957
where he received his commission. He is now stationed in Cam Rahn
Bay, Viet Nam with the 71st Artillery. His wife Kay and children,
John and Carla are living in El Paso, Texas.
Appointments to four key positions in the Office of the Comp-
troller have been announced by Acting Comptroller A. J. O'Leary.
Effective December 30, Donald M. Luke assumed the post of
Assistant Chief Accountant, succeeding Russel J. (Rusty) Jones, who
retired and left the Isthmus. Donald J. Bowen took over Luke's for-
mer position as Chief, -General Ledger and Processing Branch, while
William H. DeVore moved into Bowen's former post of Chief, Agents
Jerome E. Steiner, who has been Assistant Treasurer since 1962,
moved into the top position in the Treasurer's Office to succeed
Joseph C. Turner who retired.
Appointment of R. K. Erbe, Assistant Director of the Supply
and Community Service Bureau, to the position of Deputy Director,
has been announced by L. A. Ferguson, Bureau Director.
At the same time it was announced that John F. Manning, Assis-
tant General Manager of the Supply Division, became General Man-
ager of this Division.
The two promotions were announced following the departure of
T. G. Relihan, former Deputy Director of the Bureau and General
Manager of the Supply Division, whose retirement became effective
Another promotion in the Supply and Community Service Bu-
reau announced by Ferguson is that of J. H. White, Assistant Super-
intendent of the Storehouse Branch, who became Superintendent of
this unit December 31 following the retirement of E. F. Rigby, who
left the Canal organization after 39 years of U.S. Government service.
A Panama Railroad engineer who waited more than 45 years to
get his high school diploma, and his wife, who was the first woman
to be employed in the Cristobal Port Captain's office, left the Isthmus
recently to make their home in Texas.
They are Harold E. Chambers, former Panama Railroad locomo-
tive engineer and Mrs. Clara Chambers, former Supervisory Admin-
istrative Service Assistant for the Cristobal Port Captain. He retired
in December 1965 and she retired recently.
He went to the Isthmus in 1936 to work on the Panama Railroad.
After his retirement, he turned scholar and did so well that in
May he succeeded in passing examinations qualifying him for a high
school diploma. He intends to continue his studies on a college level
in the United States.
Mrs. Chambers, who feels she has done her bit to promote equal
rights for women, is a member of a well-known Canal Zone family.
She started working for the Canal in 1930 and in 1943 was employed
as the first woman to work on the then sacred to men, top floor of the
Cristobal Terminal Building.
Joseph M. Watson, Administrative Assistant in the Engineering
Division of the Panama Canal organization, has been elected chair-
man of the Jewish Welfare Board Armed Services Committee for a
three-year term. He succeeds C. William Homa as chairman.
Also elected to the committee were:
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Bierman. Mr. Bierman is Supervisory
General Engineer in the PanCanal Engineering and Construction
Bruce G. Sanders, Jr., Chief Customs Inspector in Cristobal, has
been promoted to the position of Chief of the Canal Zone Customs
Division succeeding B. E. Lowande, who has retired and left the
Isthmus. The promotion was announced by J. B. Clemmons, Jr., act-
ing Civil Affairs Director.
A second generation Panama Canal employee, Sanders was born
in Gorgas Hospital and attended the Canal Zone Schools on the At-
lantic side. He was graduated from Cristobal High School in 1932
and joined the Canal organization in 1936. All of his service has been
with the Customs Division.
He has been active in the matter of obtaining U.S. citizenship
documents and has rendered valuable assistance to U.S. Immigration
James Millington King has been promoted to the rank of cadet
first lieutenant and appointed executive officer of the Cadet Corps
at Northwestern Military and Naval Academy, a private college
preparatory school in Lake Geneva, Wis. He is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. James O. King of Balboa.
Holding the number one academic standing in his class, he has
been one of the top 10 scholars in the entire school each semester
since his entrance as a freshman 4 years ago. For five terms he has
won the Chidester Medal for the highest average in the school. He
has been recommended by the honor military school for appointment
to the Air Force Academy.
A 4-year member of the rifle team, Jim captains the squad this
year. He has played two years of football, one year of baseball and
is a member of the wrestling team.
Appointment of Jose E. Corco as Staff Assistant to the Comp-
troller has been announced by Arthur J. O'Leary, Acting Comp-
troller of the Panama Canal organization.
Most recently a Supervisory Auditor in the Internal Audit
Branch, Corco also has been participating in the tolls study being
conducted by the Office of the Comptroller. He has been with the
Canal organization since 1950.
With the Canal organization he was first an accountant trainee
in the Accounting Division and later worked in the Accounting Pol.
icies and Procedures Staff (now Systems Division). He also has been
a teacher of accounting subjects in the Canal Zone College evening
school since 1962.
Corco is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, Panama
and Canal Zone Chapter, and is a Certified Public Accountant, Re-
public of Panama.
A native of Ancon, he is the son of Miguel and Alicia Corco.
His father, an employee of the Canal's Office of the Comptroller for
40 years, retired in 1959. His parents now are residing in the La
Cresta section of Panama City.
Three pleasure craft, the Seri, the Viking, and the Nautilus,
owned by Frank Violette, John McConaghy, and Zeno Knapp, re-
spectively, had a very successful 9-day fishing trip in Pinas Bay
Twenty-eight marlin, averaging about 300 pounds each, were
caught. The catch also included quite a number of shark, and at least
two dozen sailfish.
Mrs. McConaghy caught the largest fish, a 469-pound marlin.
Frank Violette hooked a 600-pound "black fish" and after a 2-hour
struggle with him his line snapped before the big fellow could be
Approximately half of the marlin were released because the
freezer capacity on the boats could not accommodate all the fish.
Mrs. Eleanor Burnham, who retired as Library-Curator of the
Canal Zone Library, received a Distinguished Service Award from
Governor Fleming in recognition of her 30 years with the library, 20
of them spent as Chief of the Library-Museum Service. In addition
to the certificate, Mrs. Burnham was presented a check for $300. The
citation stated in part that Mrs. Burnham "had established an out-
standing relationship with the library personnel in the Armed Forces
and in the Republic of Panama. Her special library-museum dis-
plays and exhibits have contributed immeasurably to the cultural
progress in the Canal Zone. The Panama Collection, developed under
her leadership, has brought world-wide attention to the Canal Zone
Capt. Howard R. Johnson of Wareham, Mass., former Senior
Assistant Port Captain at Balboa, has been named commanding offi-
cer of the Maine Maritime Academy training vessel State of Maine,
according to Rear Adm. E. A. Rodgers, academy superintendent.
Captain Johnson succeeds Capt. Albion F. Coffin, who is retiring
after 11 years on the academy staff.
Captain Johnson, a native of New York City, was graduated
from New York State Maritime College in 1924. He served 14 years
in the U.S. Merchant Marine as deck officer aboard passenger and
cargo vessels, and for two years was towboat master with the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers during construction of the Midway Island
base in'the Pacific.
He served 22 years as a Panama Canal pilot, and then became
pilot instructor, Acting Assistant Port Captain and Acting Port Cap-
tain at Balboa before his retirement August 1, 1966.
Captain Johnson's son, James H. Johnson, is a senior deck stu-
dent at Maine Maritime Academy.
In addition to duties as commanding officer of the Maine,
Captain Johnson will serve as officer-in-charge of Academy water-
A 6-week, 6,000-mile training cruise to the Caribbean for upper-
classmen of the academy on the Maine began January 5.
To be crewed by 35 officers and 345 cadets drawn from the three
upper classes, the ship will visit Ponce, Puerto Rico; Bridgetown,
Barbados; and Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Several days of ma-
neuvers and drills off Puerto Rico are scheduled.
The Maine will again serve as a showcase for Maine agriculture
and industry. The Maine Products Show Afloat, featuring exhibits
of farm and factory goods, will be sponsored by the Maine World
Trade Council and Maine Department of Agriculture. A trade mis-
sion to the Caribbean in conjunction with the voyage is contem-
The 1967 cruise will be the fifth such trip by the present State
of Maine. She is the former Ancon of the Panama Line, was a
famous command and communications ship during World War II,
and has made port on the Isthmus during earlier cruises.
The following was written by Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Argo, La-
guna Hills, Calif.-Ed.
We have been in California just a year and like our new home
very much. Only one thing, we keep so busy, the week is never long
enough to do all we would like to be doing. Adele keeps busy with
classes at Orange Coast College. Emmett drives the Minibus around
town. We have just returned from a long trip by car, over 8,000
miles. Visited our two daughters-Kay and Grace, both living on the
East coast. On our trip south we visited Mr. and Mrs. Fred Nissen
in Phoenix, then a few days in Fairhope, Ala. where we visited Mrs.
Dorothy Montanye, the Ben Williams, the G. G. Thomas' in Mobile.
On our return trip through the north visited friends in Montana and
our families in the State of Washington, which is our home state.
Forgot to mention that in Washington, D.C. we visited the Paul Furr
and Henry Bigelows. Enjoyed the fall colors and new snow falls in
Montana and Washington.
It is good to be home and back into our busy routine. Emmett
is active with the Production Guild and their next project is the
We enjoy the Panama Record very much. Keeps us informed of
news about our CZ friends.
U.S. Army Master Sergeant E-8, Freddie L. Clark, husband of
Inez Clark (Missile Operations Supply Control Section), is serving
with an airborne reconnaissance unit of the 114th Assault Helicopter
Company in Viet Nam. He is entering his nineteenth year with the
Regular Army and also served in Combat Theatres in Korea.
Inez Clark has been with Chrysler Corporation since August of
this year, shortly before her husband departed for Viet Nam. Mrs.
Clark lives at Merritt Island, Fla.
Mrs. Fred De V. Sill who spent the holidays as the guest of Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Medinger of La Boca, and later as the house guest
of the Rt. Rev. and Mrs. R. Heber .Gooden at the Bishop's House in
Ancon, has returned to her home in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hanners and two sons of Middletown, New
Jersey, spent the Christmas holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L.
Hanners of St. Petersburg.
Mr. Leo Ebrenz wrote the following.-Ed.
This is just a note to let you know that the L. J. Eberenz family
is doing okay after one year in the U.S.A. We have enjoyed our new
home and the nice people in Virginia. Madeline, my wife, is working
at the Fairfax Hospital and I am just taking it easy and playing a lot
of golf. Loafing only means that I am not working other than taking
care of all the things I have to do in making our new home com-
plete, landscaping, and all the other chores.
Here is a run-down on our children:
Marie, Mrs. T. L. Lindsay, is in Monterrey, California, where her
husband, Lt. Commander Tom Lindsay, is teaching in the U.S. Navy
Post Graduate School. They have one son, Dick. Their address is'.
1560 LaHonda Court, Sea Side, California, Zip Code 93955.
Alexander is in the Navy stationed on the U.S. Destroyer John
King which at present is at Norfolk, Virginia. He will be getting out
in February, we hope. His address is in care of Fleet Post Office,
New York, N.Y.
The Eberenz family first arrived in the Canal Zone in 1907 when
my father went to work for the Isthmus Canal Commission. There
has been at least one Eberenz there ever since and John, No. 3 of our
children, is keeping the string going. He works for the Electrical
Division and lives in Gatun. He is married and at this writing is
waiting arrival of his first child. 'His wife is the former Mimi Goguen
of Gatun. Mail will reach John at Box 15, Gatun.
Mable, Mrs. A. D. Cannaday, is living in Chula Vista, California.
Her husband is in the Navy. They have two children, Betty and
Charles. Their address is 480-D Center Street, Chula Vista, Calif.
Josephine, Mrs. Wayne Sharp, and her husband, live at Fort
Leonard Wood, Missouri, where he is serving in the Army. They have
two children, Margo and a new baby, Catherine, born October 31.
Their address is 108 Indiana Avenue, Zip Code 65473.
Adding them up we have five grandchildren, and maybe by the
time you get this there will be six. We would enjoy seeing any of
our old friends who come by this way. Our phone number is 437-5195
and we live just 5 minutes from Dulles Airport.
Mrs. Erma Forbes is spending the winter in St. Petersburg,
Fla. On her way here she stopped to see Nell Johnson in Tucson,
Arizona and spent a night with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Leisy, Albu-
Edward C. Stroop, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Stroop, Sr. of
Sarasota is presently working in Tuy HIoa, Vietnam with B. B.
McCormick and Sons, Inc., subcontractJrs, Project Turnkey. Ed's
wife, June, and children live at Me'-ltt Island, Fla.
In a report of personnel of Project Turnkey made by project
manager Pace Foster, the following was placed on Ed's file:
"Ed Stroop, Field Engineer, arrived site August 1, 1966, as
party chief. He immediately went to work organizing engineering
crew, planning and started initial layouts on project August 2, 1966.
"Through the months that followed, while there was never at
any time adequate manpower, equipment, drawings, or transporta-
tion, to serve his continued growing operation, Mr. Stroop, somehow,
(with never one moment's indecision) covered this project with field
engineering. By management in daylight and planning at night, this
man has performed against odds (such that most men would have
considered impossible) in an outstanding manner. In all my years
of construction and engineering, I have never witnessed better per-
formance in this field.
As a field engineer or a chief field engineer this man has my
recommendation as being outstanding."
Miss Peggy Lee, daughter of Mrs. Era L. Greene of Anniston,
Ala. was recently employed at Ft. McClellan, the army post near
Anniston. For the past several years, until transferring to the gov-
ernment position, Peggy was employed at M. & H. Valve and Fit-
tings Co. in Anniston in the purchasing and contracting department.
The company made some fittings for the Fire Hydrants on the Canal
Zone. Before her departure she was honored at a luncheon and pre-
sented with a silver tray.
Christmas holiday guests at home of Mrs. Era L. Greene of An-
niston, Ala. included her daughters and their families. Huey, her
husband, Captain Charles Clark with their children, Tara Lee 6 and
Kevin 41/2, arrived from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Capt.
Clark left in January for duty in Korea and Huey and the children
will join them in March.
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kulig (Mary Nell Lee) with their sons, Gor-
don and Brent drove from Atlanta for the holiday weekend and were
accompanied by Tula Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrance
Brown of Coco Solo. Tula is now working in Atlanta.
Another daughter, Patsy, with her husband, David Lynn Moore
and their nine months old son, Brendan David, of Birmingham joined
the family group.
First Lt. James A. Gabel, son of Mrs. Roberta Gabel Coffey
(Bobby Jacques) has been decorated with the Air Force Commenda-
tion Medal at Kelly AFB, Texas, for meritorious service as an elec-
tronics engineer at Ellsworth AFB, S.D. He is now assigned at
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
HELD AT THE ROD & GUN CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
NOVEMBER 9, 1966
President Cecil Banan called the November 9th meeting of THE
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA to order at two p.m.
Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, led by the President,
Mr. Dewey Goodwin gave the Invocation. Mr. Banan cordially wel-
comed the 113 members and visitors. As the Recording Secretary
called the names of visitors and members who had not been in attend-
ance at monthly meetings for some time, each stood and were greeted
personally by the Society.
Mrs. Lillian E. Thompson-Dayton, Ohio-in St. Petersburg on a
tour with Senior Citizens.
Mr. George Chevalier- after several months in Canada, followed by
an extended stay with Ruth Ann in Massachusetts, back "home"
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Widell-residents of Tampa since September.
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Schneider-Tampa until December when they
expect to move to their home in St. Petersburg.
Mr. John (Bucky) Hall and son, Will-Cristobal, Canal Zone-visit-
ing his parents, the J.W.B. Halls in Sarasota.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Grier-St. Petersburg-absent for some time.
Mr. Edward Spinney-Tampa.
Mr. Eric Fabergurh-Tampa.
Virginia Runnels-Mendenhall, Mississippi-granddaughter of the
Raymond Minnixs in St. Petersburg, who with twin sister, Mrs.
Fred Haggan (Kentucky) are in St. Petersburg to see their
mother, Mrs. Robert Minnix.
The minutes of the October 12th meeting were read by Margaret
Ward, Recording Secretary and approved as read.
Mrs. Judd read many excerpts from her prolific correspondence,
relating current news of many mutual friends, details of which will
appear in the March Record. At this time of the year when "dues
are due" it is gratifying that so many far-away members take the
time to add comments on families and friends when sending in their
checks. Also, many thoughtfully extend best wishes to all members
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
The dates for the 1967 Reunion are January 17-18. The luncheon
price is the same as that of 1966-$2.75. When notified that the price
would be $3 for the 1967 luncheon, Mrs. Judd protested, stating that
the original price of $2.75 as quoted had already been printed in the
Record. Thus, by eliminating two (or substituting) items the price is
unchanged for this year only. Mrs. Judd then gave an interesting
review of past cost of the luncheons-in 1948 at the Detroit Hotel
the cost was $2.25 and in 1949, the first year at the Soreno, the price
was $3. Evidently, as the membership increased and more came to
the Reunions, a better price could be given.
Mr. Lockridge, the Legislative Representative, reported that he
had received information on the Cost of Living Index only for Sep-
tember (3.5). In another ten days he expected to have the Index for
October and thus should know more in the next two weeks.
President Banan stated that at the annual business meeting, Jan-
uary 17, 1967, discussion will be brought up on the Revision of the
Constitution and By-Laws which is in keeping with present needs,
resulting from the enormous growth of the organization. The Presi-
dent read the changes in the Constitution and By-Laws; amending
Article I merely adds "shall be operated as a Non-Profit Organiza-
tion and amending Article IV states that the officers (Secre-
tary-Treasurer, Record Editor, and Recording Secretary) shall be
paid salaries set by the Executive Committee. Mr. Banan stated the
duties of each office.
Dues ($4 a year) should be paid in January as they become de-
linquent in February. After July dues are $2 for the remainder of
the year, but the member must also pay dues for the following year
at that time.
President Banan reminded members that at the December meet-
ing, gifts of money would be accepted for the Crippled Children's
Happy Birthday was sung to Mr. Carl Widell, Alice Barnes, and
Mr. David Smith.
Mrs. John Hower and Mrs. Martin Nickel were assisted by Mrs.
Dot Dworak in serving coffee and doughnuts to the members follow-
ing the business meeting. All enjoyed the social get-together.
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
HELD AT THE ROD & GUN CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
DECEMBER 14, 1966
The December 14 meeting of THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
OF FLORIDA was called to order at two p.m. by President Cecil
Banan. Mr. Banan led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. After
the Invocation, given by Chaplain Ross Cunningham, President
Banan welcomed approximately 116 members and visitors. The fol-
lowing visitors and members absent from the regular monthly meet-
ings for some time stood as their names were called by the Recording
Secretary and were individually recognized by the members.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Louis-retired from Ft. Goulet and will live
in Maitland, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Doyle Snyder-residents of Fort Myers.
Mrs. William L. Howard-St. Petersburg, absent for several meet-
Mrs. George W. Parker-St. Petersburg, absent for several meetings.
Mrs. F. C. Baker (Ruby Gambill)-Benton, Illinois, houseguest of her
cousin, Lula Mennell of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Younkin-Pinellas Park, new members of the
Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Hutchings-St. Petersburg, absent for some time.
Col. and Mrs. William Twomey-Tampa.
Mrs. Jack C. Randall-West Palm Beach, Florida, visiting in St.
Mr. and Mrs. James Morris-Clearwater.
The minutes of the November 9 meeting were read by the Re-
cording Secretary and approved as read.
Mrs. Lucille Judd displayed several Royal Dalton figurines and
Toby mugs which the owner wished to sell-the last of a number
which had been greatly in demand as a result of low prices in con-
trast with local retail prices. All except one were purchased-possi-
ble wonderful Christmas gifts for the fortunate recipient.
Mrs. Judd then read letters of mutual interest concerning timely
news of many friends-births, marriages, reunions, travels, etc.
all of which will appear in detail in the March Record. Unfortu-
nately, an unusual long list of members and friends were ill and in
hospitals. Best Wishes to the Society continued to come in as the
Holiday Season approaches.
An invitation to consider Port-O-Call for the Reunion had been
declined. Mrs. Judd discussed a letter from Mr. Lundy concerning
the book now out of print by Sturgis, Field Study of Birds in the
Mrs. Judd reported 128 new members and stated that 67 mem-
bers had dropped.
The Legislative Representative, Mr. Buck Lockridge, announced
the Cost of Living Index as 3.9; the automatic increase as provided
by law for retirees will be on the Feb. 1 pay check. Bill HR 2376
to provide increases in the Canal Construction Service annuities died
with the 89th Congress and will now have to be reintroduced. Both
the CIO and the AF of L were influential in getting a $10 increase
for old timers (local rate). Again, Mr. Lockridge emphasized JOIN
NARCE, the organization that through their diligent and never-
ending efforts has already accomplished a great deal for retirees.
Through NARCE and their efforts to adjust certain inequities of
present regulations as well as a constant effort to keep pace with our
changing times more will be accomplished but YOUR support of that
organization is mandatory.
Happy Birthday was sung to Pearl Marshall, Mrs. Maxwell Mi-
chael, Mrs. George W. Parker, Mrs. Ella Brown, Mrs. Della Pilker-
ton, and Mr. Russon. Congratulations on other December Birthdays
to Capt. Elmer Abbot, Ella Brown, Capt. H. P. Forrest (Virginia),
Capt. Arthur Luther, Earl Beck and any others inadvertently
Mrs. Judd announced that $66.85 was collected for the Crippled
Following the close of the business meeting, doughnuts and
coffee were served by the Refreshment Committee, composed of Mrs.
John Hower, Mrs. Martin Nickel, and Mrs. Lee Trower.
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETINGS
THE THIRTY-FIFTH ANNUAL REUNION
SORENO HOTEL, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
JANUARY 17, 1967
The Panama Canal Society of Florida convened at the Soreno
Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida on January 17 for the Thirty-fifth
Annual Reunion. Long lines formed in the lobby for registration,
and name tags were given all who registered-very helpful in some
cases as memories dim and although faces are familiar, names in the
excitement of the gathering sometimes elude us. At another table,
Mrs. Judd and her assistants were busy collecting money for 1967
dues and paying for reserved luncheon tickets. Unfortunately, on
Tuesday the Reception Committee had little time for the many nos-
talgic reunions of old friends. The entire lounge was crowded with
many happy members and guests, bubbling over in the joy of renew-
ing old friendships, getting pictures taken, and reminiscing over old
The annual business meeting, scheduled at two o'clock on Janu-
ary 17, found all too many still chatting in the lounge-reluctant to
even break away for the meeting. President Banan, after checking
the lounge and reminding all of the business meeting, called the
meeting to order at 2:10 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance to
the Flag, led by Mr. Banan, the Invocation was given by the Chap-
lain, Ross Cunningham. Mr. Banan heartily welcomed approxi-
mately 190 members in attendance at the meeting.
Officers of different chapters of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida were asked to stand to be introduced to the Society. Dan
S. Jones, representing the Miami area, was introduced.
The minutes of the December 14th meeting were read by the
Recording Secretary. As there were no omissions or corrections, the
minutes were approved as read.
Mr. Lockridge, Legislative Representative, stated that all cur-
rent matters concerning legislation had been covered in the reading
of the minutes of the December meeting. He reiterated that every-
thing which had been accomplished in the year, 1966 had been due to
the untiring efforts of NARCE. He informed members that it was
unnecessary to send money to NARCE to carry on the legislative.
program-the $3.50 dues take care of the NARCE expenses. Mr.
Lockridge emphasized the importance of writing Senators and Con-
gressmen when asked. Letters, particularly letters from those who
have first-hand information, do carry weight. So, be prompt when
asked to communicate with senators and congressmen-DO IT IM-
Mrs. Judd read current news received since the December meet-
ing, pertaining to engagements, weddings, births, and miscellaneous
items of interest. Unfortunately, she reported on a number who are
ill. She announced that the total amount collected for the Crippled
Children's Hospital was $84.85, and that she had received a letter of
thanks for that amount. Many congratulations from all over the
United States and some foreign countries were included in letters
with the 1967 dues. A veteran member of 83 years who sent in dues
only for one year remarked "that at 83 one doesn't pay more than
year at a time." Hopefully, the treasurer will continue to receive
that check for many years to come! Marion Hollowell (Delaware),
referring to correspondence with his Senator, stated that comments
would be appreciated on "Why we are afraid of Panama."
Only seven stood for the singing of Happy Birthday when Presi-
dent Banan asked for birthdays since the December meeting. Janu-
ary birthdays include: Mrs. James Bradley, Bill Dorgan, Mrs. Edna
Van Brockline, Mrs. Edith Kieswetter, Mrs. Amy Fraser, Dove L.
Prather, Mr. Jack Mennell and Mrs. A. G. Dunham.
Mr. David E. Wild of Bradenton, the Washington Representa-
tive of NARCE, spoke briefly to the Society. Going back to 1921
when NARCE was organized under the Federal Government as
a Non-Profit organization, Mr. Wild stated the membership was
now more than 130,000 with over 1,000 chapters in forty-five states.
He briefly reviewed the accomplishments of NARCE over the past
years and then enumerated and explained twenty-six proposed
changes in the program for 1967-all designed for the benefit of
As there was no Unfinished Business brought up, President
Banan turned the gavel over to Mr. Dewey Goodwin who officiated
for the election of officers for the coming year-1967. The Nominat-
ing Committee-Judge Tatelman, Chairman, Sam Deavours, Ross
Hollowell, and Harry J. Lewis-had unanimously recommended the
following officers for 1967:
President-Cecil M. Banan
Vice-President-William L. Howard
Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary-Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Record Editor-Mrs. Bessie Lockridge
As there were no nominations from the floor, Keith Kelley asked
for a unanimous vote for the officers as recommended by the Nomi-
nating Committee. Mr. Ernest Kieswetter seconded the motion.
There was no opposition. Mr. Goodwin returned the gavel to Mr.
Banan who then discussed the proposed changes in the Constitution
and By-Laws of The Panama Canal Society of Florida-recom-
mended by the Executive Committee. A copy of the Constitution,
adopted February 22, 1960, along with the recommended changes,
was enclosed with the December Record for study by the members.
Mr. Dewey .Goodwin moved for the adoption of the new Constitution;
Keith Kelley seconded the motion. The motion was unanimously
Members were reminded of the annual luncheon on Wednesday
at 1 p.m. The next meeting of The Panama Canal Society of Florida
will be February 8 at The Rod & Gun Club.
President Banan expressed his appreciation to those who had
come long distances to attend the Reunion as well as to those who
lived nearer. When the President asked for any comments from the
membership, Mr. Tom Sellers invited any passing through Aiken,
South Carolina to stop for a visit.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:05 p.m.
MARGARET M. WARD
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Through January 1967
Christmas and the Reunion are over and we are all getting back
to normal again-It was wonderful to see so many from distant
places with us again, and to see how well they looked. There were
also many who attended for the first time-and said that they would
be back in 1968.
There were over 600 who took the time to register, and I am
sorry to say that there were many who did not register-many were
so happy to see friends they had not seen for such a long time that
registering seemed unimportant.
The dining room at the Soreno, which is actually the Ball Room,
seats 300-this year there were 348-it was crowded to capacity-
and many were just too close for comfort-it has been suggested that
we make reservations for only 300 and then it would be a case of
those who made reservations and PAID for them would be considered
first. Of course this is only a suggestion, but it is food for thought.
Many made reservations but found it impossible to attend at the
last moment on account of illness. That of course is not a usual thing
that one could know in advance. It is sincerely hoped that those
persons are now in the best of health.
Many thanks for the lovely Christmas cards sent to the Society,
which brought your dues. They are certainly appreciated.
PLEASE DO NOT add ten cents (10 cents) to your check-it
is no longer necessary. CHECKS FROM THE CANAL ZONE or
PANAMA members who send checks on banks in that locality must
have an added 45 cents bank charge added, which makes those checks
When you send in your dues and Blood Bank-PLEASE send
in only ONE check made out to THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
OF FLORIDA. We are now sending in just one check covering the
full amount and using the Society check.
DUES are $4.00 annually-BLOOD BANK $2.00 for each adult
and $1.00 each for children.
Mrs. John D. Odom (Sue Core) who is noted for her many books,
brought another book for distribution to the ladies-entitled THE
BURIAL OF THE FISH-Legend of Panama. This is most generous
of Sue and everyone was so happy to be considered for one. The men
on Mrs. Falk's committee, Capt. Falk, Mr. Albert McKeown, Mr.
Ross Cunningham and Mr. Jimmy Hunter from Fort Lauderdale-it
is always nice to have members who reside elsewhere take part. We
are most grateful to Mrs. Falk's men members of her committee. This
is the second year for them and they are becoming a real asset.
The Society is indeed grateful to Mrs. Odom for this wonderful
gesture and I am sure that she will receive many letters from those
who received the books.
Many books and Records have been returned I don't be-
lieve that it is asking too much of our members to make some
arrangement for the handling of their mail when they leave home -
I do not know, when these books are returned if the addresses
are of a permanent nature or if you are just visiting for the holidays.
IN THE FUTURE when Records and Year Books are returned
no changes in address will be made unless the change comes from
the member too the next Record will be held until a correct
permanent address is received. This is becoming a nuisance, and
one which should not occur. We must pay eight (8) cents when
these books are returned too please notify your friends who
take care of your mail that placing your vacation address on the
cover means nothing they always come back to the Society mail
I appreciate your sending your mail with the ZIP numbers -
this is most helpful they are important -
Miss Murdock was not able to be with us this year and was ter-
ribly missed and it is hoped that she is not ill. The OLD TIMERS, as
well as the rest of us feel that her presence is something to be
All were so happy to see Mrs. Perkins from Pensacola this
year, and she had a grand time, as well as those of us who ha e
known her for many years. Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Wicks (Irma Fay-
ard) brought her and we are all grateful to them.
Best wishes to you all and have a happy and prosperous 1967.
Lucille S. Judd
Alice Ozbun Benthall, wife of Lyman Benthall, died suddenly
from a heart attack January 16th, 1967 in Tucson, Arizona. She is
survived by her husband, daughter Mrs. Joseph D. Saltzman and 4
grandchildren, Thibodaux, La. Funeral and burial services were
held in Lynn, Indiana, January 21.
Mr. Roy C. Perkins died in December in Pensacola, Fla. He is
survived by his wife Ellen. No other details available.
Dr. Lawrence McCarty Fairchild, 49, died December 5, 1966
in Denver, Colo. No other details available.
Mr. Archibald Scott, 87, died in a Nursing home in Calif., Jan i-
ary 24, 1967. His son Hugh A. Scott resides at 5700 Ostrom Ave.,
Mountain Home, Ark.-Mrs. Iola E. Wagner, aged 65, a retired
Civil Service employee, died Jan. 20, 1967. She formerly lived in
the Panama Canal Zone. She was a member of the First Presby-
terian Church and the Mountain Home Chapter of the Order of
Eastern Star. She was secretary of the Twin Lakes Chapter of
the National Association of Retired Civil Employees. Survivors in-
clude her husband, Walter Wagner; two daughters, Mrs. Louise R.
Miller of Massachusetts and Miss Sarah Ann Wagner of Little
Rock; a brother, Paul Brazelton of California; two sisters, Mrs.
Ruth Coulter and Mrs. Mary Smith of California, and two grand-
Thomas C. Lear, 50, former funeral director at Gorgas Hospital,
died December 24 at Mountain Home, Arkansas, following a long
A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Lear first went to the Canal
Zone in 1942 and worked for a year at Gorgas Hospital. He was
re-employed in 1952 as funeral director at Gorgas Hospital and
remained until his departure in July of this year. He had been
living in Cotter, Arkansas.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Louise Lear, also a former em-
ployee of Gorgas Hospital; and his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Lear, of
Word has been received of the death in Aiken, South Carolina
of Elmer H. Gardner on December 22. Although he had been ill
he had recovered apparently but died suddenly as the result of
a heart attack.
Mr. Gardner had retired after many years of service with the
Electrical Division of the Panama Canal Company about a year and
a half ago and had since made his home in Aiken. He is survived
by his wife, Mrs. Eve .Gardner.
Mrs. Inez Crawley, wife of Walter O. Crawley, a former
employee of the Panama Canal Dredging Division and the Special
Engineering Division, died on December 26, after a long illness,
in Waveland, Miss.
Mrs. Crawley, was born in Placquemines, La., and went to the
Isthmus with her husband in 1939.
They left in the mid-40s and lived abroad for a number of years,
particularly in Turkey and Egypt, where Mr. Crawley was engaged
in engineering projects. The latter has just retired from the U. S.
Army Corps of Engineers, working on the Saturn rocket program
at Bay St. Louis.
Carl C. Ballard, head of the Conventional Bomb Development
Section in the Naval Air System Command, died of a heart attack
on December 10 at Adelfi, Md.
He was the husband of the former Adele Lambert, daughter
of Mrs. Kent Lambert and the late Mr. Lambert. He also leaves a
stepson, Chief Petty Officer Fred C. Schmidt, USN.
Mr. Ballard served the Navy for twenty-five years and made
major research and development contributions to the Navy's rocket,
guided missile, and bomb programs. He was recently commended
by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for installations and Logis-
tics for his personal efforts in significantly increasing the number
of bombs being delivered to the Vietnam theater.
During World War II, Mr. Ballard worked in the Canal Zone
and supervised the installation, repair, and maintenance of ordnance
equipment on Navy and commercial vessels.
In 1945 he went to Washington to work as a project engineer
in the research and development of aircraft rockets being developed
by the Bureau of Ordnance.
Mr. Elmer E. Stern, 63, of 5829 Tangerine Ave. So., St. Peters-
burg, Florida, passed away, Jan. 18, 1967. Born in Maryland, he
moved to St. Petersburg 1 year ago from the Panama Canal Zone.
He was a retired Carpenter and member of the Sibert Lodge AF
& AM, The Panama Canal Consistory Scottish Rite, and the Abou
Saad Temple Shrine, all of the Canal Zone. Mr. Stern is survived by
his wife, Helen, two sons, Robert and Edward, both of the Canal
Zone. Three sisters, Mrs. Edith Turfle, Westminster, Maryland,
Mrs. Evelyn Smith, Linwood, Maryland, Mrs. Nora B. Reno, Gulf-
port. Services and interment were in Westminster, Maryland.
Col. Leon V. Heim, 65, of 3311 Fauna Street (Kensington Park),
died Jan. 6, 1967, in Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, Florida.
Col. Heim was born in York, Pa., and has been a resident of
Sarasota for three and one-half years, coming from Panama.
He was a veteran of the U. S. Army in World War II and a
U. S. Army Reserve officer, and served as a U. S. Customs officer in
the Panama Canal Zone. He was a life member of the VFW and
member of American Legion Post No. 3876 in the Canal Zone.
Col. Heim is survived by his wife, Helen F. Heim of Sarasota.
Funeral services and interment were in Arlington National
Julius F. Bashner, 81, of 2315 Florida Ave. S., St. Petersburg,
Fla., passed away. Retired Civil Service Employee. Member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, B.P.O.E. No. 1224, St. Petersburg.
Survived by his son, Melvin C., El Paso, Texas.
Mr. Jack Dipple died November the 11th, 1966 in Puyallup,
Washington. No other details available.
Frank H. Wang, 80, former Executive Secretary and Advisor
to the Governor of the Canal Zone, died January 1st at his home
in Menlo Park, California.
He started his Federal service career in 1910 as a postal clerk,
later on the Isthmus held the positions of postmaster, Assistant Chief
of the Division of Civil Affairs, Judge of Magistrate's Court, Canal
Zone Counsel, General Counsel, Special Assistant District Attorney
for the Canal Zone.
He was a native of Fort Edward, New York. During World
War I, he volunteered for duty as an ambulance driver with the
French Army and later joined the French Foreign Legion.
Upon his return to the Zone in 1919, he began to study law and
took courses in the Columbia University Law School in New York.
He was admitted to the Canal Zone Bar in 1923 and was a member
and past president of the Canal Zone Bar Association. He also was
a member of the bar of the Republic of Panama and the American
Bar Association and was admitted to practice before the Supreme
Court of the United States. In 1936 he was made General Counsel
of the Panama Canal and Counsel of the Panama Railroad.
He always had an interest in the newspaper business and from
time to time wrote editorials for the Star and Herald. When the
Press Office of the Panama Canal was established, it operated under
his supervision until shortly before his retirement in 1949.
Mr. Wang was decorated by the Republic of Panama with the
Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa in 1943 and in 1946 received the
Gold Medal of La Reconnaissance Francaise. He also held the Ver-
dun Campaign Medal of the French Army.
After retirement, he made his home in California but returned
to the Canal Zone several times. His last visit was in 1964 to attend
the Canal 50th Anniversary observance.
Surviving are his widow Mrs. Ethel Wang, of 339 Lennox Ave.,
Menlo Park, California and a son, Robert also of California.
Mrs. Mary Frances Dunn, 92, longtime resident of Margarita,
died December 19, 1966 at Coco Solo Hospital.
Mrs. Dunn went to the Isthmus some 24 years ago, with her
son, Capt. Maurice F. Dunn, and her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary A.
Dunn, residing on the Atlantic Side, where they were widely known.
Captain Dunn was senior master of the Panama Canal tugboat Ala-
juela before his recent retirement.
Mrs. Mary Brigham, a former member of the Balboa High
School faculty, died on Christmas Eve in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Miss Brigham went to the Canal Zone in August 1941 and taught
for one year in Margarita after which she was transferred to Balboa
Junior High School as English teacher. She was also faculty spon-
sor for the school newspaper which under her directions, featured
a "Hands Across the Border" column. The paper gained national
recognition for which it received the George H. Gallup award.
In 1948 she was transferred to Balboa High School as English
teacher and sponsor for the high school paper "The Parakeet." This
paper received the Gallup Award for five consecutive years and the
Quill and Scroll award several times.
Miss Brigham represented the Balboa District on the Civic Coun-
cil for a period of ten years and was an active member of the Ancon
Upon her retirement in 1965 she went to Battle Creek to make
her home with a brother, Edward Brigham. She is also survived by
another brother Emerson Brigham of New York City.
Graveside services for Miss Doris Kintigh, well known Canal
Zone resident, who died January 9 at Gorgas Hospital, were held
January 19, at Corozal Cemetery. The services were conducted by
the Rev. Clarence C. Payne, of Balboa Union Church.
Miss Kintigh had been a resident of the Isthmus since 1936,
when she went to Panama to operate the El Nuevo Hotel in Boquete.
She joined the Canal Organization in 1941 and for the past 25 years
had been clerk in charge of vital statistics for the Canal Zone.
Hartley Rowe, E. E., Ph.D., 83, well known old time Canaler,
17 Vinyard Rd., Newton Center, Mass., died Nov. 5, 1966 just a few
days before his 84th birthday. Dr. Rowe was born in Goodland,
Ind., and graduated from Purdue University in 1904. He joined
the Panama Canal the same year, holding various positions of design,
construction and operations of the Canal. In 1917 he was in charge
of the Construction Division. He left the Isthmus in 1919 to become
Manager of the Engineering offices of Lockwood Green and Co.,
Detroit, Mich. In 1926 he became Chief Engineer, Vice President
and Member of the Board of Directors with the United Fruit Co.,
Boston, Mass. In 1958 Dr. Rowe joined the International Engineer-
ing firm of Jackson and Moreland serving as Ass't to the President.
He retired in 1964. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Inez (Oswald)
and a daughter, Mrs. Angelo Ghirardini, Winchester, Mass.
John D. Stephens, 68, former Panama Canal Dredging Division
chief engineer, died aboard the U. S. cargo ship James Lykes, ap-
parently from a heart attack Nov. 27 on a run from Yokohama to
New Orleans. He was buried at sea, at a Masonic service with the
First Mate acting as Chaplain. He was born Oct. 8, 1898, Altha, Fla.
The ship was 8 days away from the Panama Canal.
Mr. Stephens went to the Isthmus in 1925 and went to work for
the Dredging Division as a steam engineer. He also was co-owner
of the Tropical Motors auto agency in Panama. Mr. Stephens re-
tired from the Canal organization in 1954 and the Stephens made
their home in Tallahassee, Florida.
For a time he worked for U. S. Steel in Venezuela and approxi-
mately three years ago returned to sea.
Mr. Stephens is survived by his wife Viola, Tallahassee, and a
daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Smith, Pensacola, Florida.
Mrs. Anna Catherine Tomey, 87, of DeSoto City, Fla., died
Nov. 16 at Walker Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Tomey had been a resident of Highlands County since
1929. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 1910, they moved to the Canal Zone, Panama, remaining
there until 1917. During that time, Mrs. Tomey organized the first
Union Sunday School at Balboa, Canal Zone. She was superintend-
ent of the Sunday School for two years, and was active in all social
and religious activities.
She is survived by a son, Col. William R. Tomey, DeSoto City;
John C. Paige, died Sept. 18, 1966 at the W. C. A. Hospital, in
Jamestown, N. Y. while on vacation from his job as Assistant to the
Treasurer with the Panama Canal Company. John was born October
16, 1913 in Westfield, N. Y. He joined the Panama Canal in 1936
and had continuous service except for two and one half years
during World War II.
John was a member of the American Legion, Westfield, N. Y.
and B. P. O. Elks, 1542, Cristobal, C. Z.
He is survived by his wife, Gertrude (Dixon) Paige; one son,
Capt. Vernon G. Paige, Viet Nam; and two daughters, Mrs. Gary
P. Dunsmoor of Ancon, C. Z. and Georgine Paige, a student in
Balboa High School.
Interment took place in Chautauqua, N. Y.
Capt. George W. Penseyres, a former employee of the Canal
Zone and a member of this organization, died at Sacred Heart Hos-
pital in Pensacola, Florida on November 14 at the age of 80 after a
Capt. Penseyres was a native of Buffalo, N. Y. and served in
the U. S. Navy as an enlisted man and later as an officer before
going to the Canal Zone in 1920. He spent his entire career in the
Lighthouse Division serving successfully as Master of the "U. S. S.
Favorite", Pilot-in-Charge, and Chief, Aids-to-Navigation before
his retirement in 1946.
He is survived by his wife, the former Catherine Lois Viall
whom he met in the Zone, a. daughter (Margaret Ann Flamand), and
six grandchildren. Capt. Penseyres lived most of his retirement in
St. Petersburg where he was a member of American Legion Post
No. 14. The last six years were spent in Pensacola where Margaret
Ann's husband is professionally employed by Monsanto Chemical
Mrs. Ruth Clark Page, 76, of 4111 27th Ave. No., passed away,
December 8, 1966. Born in Lock Haven, Pa., she moved to St.
Petersburg 10 years ago from the Panama Canal Zone. She was a
member of the Pasadena Community Church and the Bethlehem
Chapter No. 1, O.E.S., and the Panama Canal Society of St. Peters-
burg. Mrs. Page is survived by four nieces, Mrs. Helen Beil, Kenneth
City; Mrs. Charlotte Page and Mrs. Bea Lombroia, both of the Canal
Zone; and Mrs. Lillian Gunn, Jacksonville.
Miss Dorritt M. Heath, 75, of 4762 28th Ave. No., St. Peters-
burg, Fla., passed away Nov. 13, 1966. Born in the Panama Canal
Zone. Came here 14 years ago from New York City. She was a
Protestant. Survived by a cousin, Mr. Edgerton Heath, St. Peters-
Mrs. Lee Sims, wife of Walter Sims, Jr. died recently. She was
42 years old.
Besides her husband she is survived by her three sons; Robert,
Donald and Fred in Panama.
Mrs. Sims was a native of Pennsylvania, where she has a
brother, Edwin, and an aunt and uncle.
Joseph J. McGuigan, former District Attorney of the Canal
Zone and resident of Panama and the Canal Zone since Canal Con-
struction days, died suddenly at his home in Ancon of an apparent
heart attack. He was 90 years old March 17 of this year.
He went to the Canal Zone in 1906 and was employed with the
former Health Department and the Canal Zone Police. After the
Canal was completed, he was employed as a clerk in the Executive
Office and served twice as acting judge of the Magistrate Court.
He was appointed Assistant District Attorney of the U. S. District
Court in 1921, a post he held until 1930 when he was appointed
District Attorney by the President of the United States.
Mr. McGuigan retired in September 1940 and since that time
made his home in Panama and the Canal Zone.
He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and a past
president of the Bar Association of the Panama Canal Zone.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Irene McGuigan, of Ancon; a
son, Gayle, of New York City; and two daughters, Miss Kathleen
McGuigan, Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Comp-
troller, and Miss Rose McGuigan a retired employee of the Account-
John M. Brown, 57, merchandise manager in charge of shoes
for the Panama Canal Supply Division and a well known resident
of the Canal Zone, died suddenly in New York while he was on an
official visit to the United States.
A native of Eastonia, North Carolina, Mr. Brown was a grad-
uate of Davidson College in North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Brown lived on the Atlantic side for 17 years but
moved to the Pacific side in 1957.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Kathryne S. Brown, who is a
teacher in the Balboa Elementary Schools and his son, J. T. Stewart
Brown, a student in Davidson College.
Mrs. Beatrice Curtis, 89, widow of the late Karl P. Curtis of
Gamboa died at Gorgas Hospital Nov. 24, 1966.
A native of New York, Mrs. Curtis went to the Isthmus in 1914
as a nurse at Ancon now Gorgas Hospital. She was married the
following year to Mr. Curtis, who went to the Canal Zone in 1905 as
a carpenter in the Engineering Department of the Isthmian Canal
Surviving her is a nephew, Francis M. Davis, who was with her
at the time of her death.
Michael Ellis Pattison, 4-year-old son of former residents of the
Canal Zone, died of Leukemia on October 18, in Waynesburg, Pa.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Pattison,
and two brothers, Thomas and James.
Other survivors are maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas G. Coleman of Hendersonville, N. C.
John F. Frensley, 75, former employee of the Panama Railroad
and head of a well known Canal Zone family, died Nov. 22, 1966,
in Miami, Florida, where he and his wife had been living for the
past few years.
Mr. Frensley was born in La Grange, Florida, and went to the
Isthmus in the 1920's as an employee of the Chiriqui Land Company
Railroad in Puerto Armuelles. He joined the Panama Railroad in
1930 as a road conductor and motorman.
Retired in February 1953, he and his wife returned to the
United States to make their home in Titusville, Fla.
In addition to his wife, Mrs. Mainee Frensley, he is survived by
two sons, Sgt. Thomas Frensley, Police Training Office in the
Balboa District, and John F., Jr., an engineer on the Panama Rail-
road; two daughters, Miss Bertha I. Frensley, Secretary to the
Comptroller and Mrs. Philip Wagoner of Miami, Florida; and nine
James Gerard Raymond, 66, member of a well-known family on
the Isthmus, and former Panama Canal employee, died of injuries
suffered in an automobile accident in Chiriqui, Sunday, December 4.
Mr. Raymond, who was born in New York City, went to the
Isthmus with his family in 1906 and went to work for the Panama
Railroad as a messenger in 1916. He left shortly after and returned
to the Canal Organization at intervals, retiring as a Commissary
Division supervisor in 1958. He had been making his home in
Chiriqui since that time.
He is survived by his wife, Micaela, of Chiriqui; a son, James
Gerard, Jr., of Moulton Springs, Colorado, a sister, Mrs. Della
Noonan, Brazos Heights, Canal Zone; and a brother, Anthony, of
New York City.
Maria J. Rickards, 72, 6006 47th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Fla.,
died November 25, 1966. She was born in France and moved here
14 years ago from Panama Canal Zone. She was a Protestant and is
survived by her husband, Charles.
Mrs. Sallie F. Allen, 85, mother of Mrs. Catherine A. Chambers
of Balboa, and a resident of the Canal Zone since 1951, died at the
Lakeview Manor Nursing Home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
A native of Columbus, Mississippi, Mrs. Allen went to the
Isthmus to live with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs.
Lawrence W. Chambers, in 1951. Mr. Chambers is Safety Officer of
the Marine Bureau.
A memorial service was conducted at the Church of St. Aidan
at Boulder, Colorado for Mrs. Marguerite B. Maphis of 2939 Boulder,
Colorado. Marine Rev. A. B. Patterson officiated.
Mrs. Maphis, 65, died Nov. 14, at St. Luke's Hospital in Denver.
She was a former resident of the Canal Zone where her husband
Sam W. Maphis was employed as a customs inspector and she
worked for 19 years as a Civil Service clerk. Mr. Maphis died in
July of 1947. His widow moved to Boulder three years after re-
Surviving are a son, Sam W. Maphis who recently arrived on
the Canal Zone where he is a technical engineering assistant in the
Marine Director's Office, and a daughter, Mrs. David W. Plumer
of Elkton, Md.
Also surviving are her step-mother, Mrs. Charles F. Briscoe of
Starkville, Miss and seven grandchildren.
Robert Arthur Hanson, 37, former employee of the Pacific
Locks died November 24 in Honolulu, following a brief illness.
Born in Colon Hospital, Mr. Hanson attended the Canal Zone
schools and joined the Canal organization in 1951 as an apprentice
He was promoted to lock-operator on the Pacific Locks in 1960
and resigned his position in February of this year. He had been
living in Hawaii since that time.
His widow Mrs. Dora Rivas Hanson, survives.
Mrs. Thelma B. Lowande, of Balboa Heights, died unexpectedly
in Gorgas Hospital, October 8, 1966.
She was chief of the Disbursing Section of the Finance De-
partment, USARSO, at Corozal, and the wife of B. E. Lowande,
Chief Customs Division, of the Panama Canal Organization.
Born June 10, 1918, near Chattanooga, Tenn., Mrs. Lowande
went to the Isthmus in the '30s. She was a member of the Order of
Surviving with her husband are two daughters, Eddie Lynne,
a senior at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mex-
ico, and Karen Marie, a student at Curundu Junior High School; her
mother, Mrs. Bernice Bain, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Mrs. Flora Harte Copley, 29, wife of Sgt. Jimmy L. Copley, U.S.
Army, stationed in Viet Nam, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neville
Harte of Curundu died recently.
A native of Daytona Beach, Florida, Mrs. Copley lived on the
Atlantic side a number of years with her parents and was graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1956. She was a member of the U. S.
Air Force from 1956 to 1959 and had been visiting her parents in
the Canal Zone recently.
In addition to her husband, who was with her at the time of
her death, she is survived by her parents and a sister, Mrs. John
Morton, of Los Rios, C. Z.
THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON
Mr. and Mrs. Al Brown and family recently had a family
reunion with Mr. Brown's sister Mrs. Grace Utzman who now
lives in Houston.
Ross Fincher, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Fincher, Sr. is
recovering from an accident which left him with a broken leg.
Their daughter Miss Doris June Fincher who has headquarters in
Chicago travels throughout the United States for Surveys, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leeser, Sr. of Pasadena, Texas returned
from a visit in the Canal Zone during the Christmas holidays. They
visited Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leeser, Jr. who live in Curundu.
Miss Pamela Jane Leeser who attends North Texas State Col-
lege, Denton, Texas spent her Christmas vacation with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leeser, Jr. in the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Peggy Ellis has returned from a visit with Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Hicks in St. Petersburg. She saw many of her friends and
had a wonderful trip.
Mr. Hugh Turner is getting along fine after a second heart
attack which occurred in November. He is convalescing at his home.
The Panama Canal Club of Houston celebrated with a dinner
party held-in the Town Room at Bill Bennett's Restaurant on No-
vember 19, 1966. The following attended: Mr. and Mrs. T. H.
Birkeland, Mrs. Nannie Brown, Mrs. Jessie L. Bush, Mr. and Mrs.
Patrick Coakley, Jr., Mrs. Peggy Ellis, Mr. Jan H. Gesink, Mr.
Floyd Kelly, Mrs. Pat Lieshout, Mrs. Mary C. Lowe, Mrs. Iva H.
Standefer, Mrs. Jo Ann Standefer Stephenson, Mr. and Mrs. John
Terry, Mrs. Bertha Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Wright, Mrs. M. B.
Wieman and Mrs. Fred Yeager.
Mr. and Mrs. (Charlotte) O. S. Mernyk and two sons of Brook-
lyn, New York spent the Christmas holidays with her mother Mrs.
By Iva H. Standefer for Bertha Turner
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Veterans Day was a very special day for Jay and Harry Cain
as they moved into their newly built home in Kensington Park. They
arrived in May with their dog, Shag, and have been living in rented
quarters next to Madge and John Hall. Occupying a prominent
place in their new home is the hooked rug Harry made of the Seal
of the Panama Canal. It is the first one in the United States al-
though several Zonites in the park are now completing theirs. The
pattern was sent from England after the Cains and the John Halls
sent a drawing and colored decal to the company.
Miss Mildred Neely enjoyed a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Boland, formerly of Curundu, now retired and living in West
Columbia, S. C. Mildred and the Bolands became friends through
their interest in photography and were members of the Diablo
Mrs. Raymond (Karen) Timm and her daughter, Laura Jeanne
4, spent several days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James F.
Other visitors at the Burgoon home were Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe
Collins, retired and living in Clearwater.
Mrs. Elsie Cousineau arrived by jet from West Covina, Calif. on
Christmas Eve for a winter visit with her sister, Mrs. Robert J.
Neely, and her nieces, Mildred Neely and Marion Greene and her
husband, Michael F. Greene.
John (Bucky) and Ann Hall of Margarita, with their children,
Will 5, and Jill 2, spent five weeks in Sarasota with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. John W. B. Hall.
Madge and John Hall drove to New Orleans to meet their son
and family when they arrived on the S. S. Cristobal and after a
short visit the Jr. Halls drove on to Washington, D. C. to visit her
father and with her brother and other members of the family in
her hometown, Laport, Pa., before coming to Sarasota.
Madge and John spent a month away from Sarasota visiting
Lottie and Harold Tinnin in Grand Cain, La.; Bill and Linda Bailey
(former Margarita residents) in Mena, Ark. and with John's sisters
and other relatives in Boston, Mass.
Mr. and Mrs. William Willumsen and his mother, Mrs. Frances
J. Schewe drove down from their home in Largo to visit Bucky and
Ann before they returned to the Canal Zone.
Newest residents in Kensington Park are Jack and Joyce Clarke
of Balboa, who retired in December and spent Christmas in Miami
with Joyce's sisters, Mrs. Nita B. Hartman and Mae Cross and her
husband, Jiggs Cross. They celebrated New Years in their new
home, and are now looking forward to a visit by Jack's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. John Clarke, 82 and 77 years of age, now living on
the C. Z.
Their first out of town house guests were Jack's oldest brother,
Henry Bell; his wife Irene, and their 21 year old grandson, Billy
Bell of Zephyrhills, Fla.
Mrs. Robert J. Neely and her daughter, Mildred, entertained
the Florida Association of the Canal Zone Past Matrons of the
O.E.S. with a Christmas party preceding the monthly meeting held
at their home. There were 14 present. The hostesses carried out the
Three Wise Men theme in the decor of the home, on the handmade
tallies and place cards and gift wrap on the prizes. In addition to
their other projects, the association made a donation to the Masonic-
Eastern Star Home in St. Petersburg.
Mike and Marion Greene held their traditional Christmas tree
trim and buffet supper, a custom started 18 years ago on the Canal
Zone. This is their third -one in their Sarasota home. Out--of-town
guests were Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady of Lakeland, who have
been guests each year since they attended the first tree-trim party
Miss Marilyn Watkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Watkins,
was listed on the honor roll of students at David Lipscomb College,
Nashville, Tenn., who made at least a 3.5 gradepoint out of a possible
A graduate English major, she edited the annual, The Backlog.
She qualified for a teaching certificate and is now teaching in
Sarasota. She is a graduate of Riverview High School in Sarasota.
Mrs. Roger A. Orvis entertained the C. Z. Birthday Club at a
Christmas Brunch and holiday party which included an exchange
of gifts and the guests made original ornaments for their trees with
materials supplied by the hostess. Each of the guests received
hand made gifts from Mrs. Matilda Neely, the club's only honorary
member, and from the hostess.
Madge Hall was the birthday celebrant and was presented with
a money tree, made by Fran Orvis, with felt and sequined ornaments
holding silver coins.
Mildred Neely, originator of the club was the honored guest
when Gladys Humphrey entertained in November using the Thanks-
giving theme. Mrs. Betty Jorgensen of St. Petersburg, who was
a member of the first birthday club, also organized by Miss Neely on
the Canal Zone several years ago was a guest.
Mike and Marion Greene entertained as dinner guests, Mr. and
Mrs. LeRoy L. Barfield of Margarita who were on 10 weeks vaca-
tion. They had visited relatives in Fort Myers before coming to
Sarasota, enroute to St. Petersburg. While in Sarasota they visited
most of the Zonites in Kensington Park.
They later planned to visit in Sumpter, S. C. with their son,
Staff Sgt. L. L. (Mike) Barfield, Jr., who is assigned to Shaw Air
Force Base; his wife, Theresa, and their son, Mike Lawrence, 1%
yrs; and spent Christmas holidays in Monroe, La., with their
youngest daughter, Sue; her husband, Dewey Chelette, and their
2 year old son, Dewey E., Jr. Mike and his family were to join the
group in Monroe for a family get-together on Christmas.
Visitors at the home of Mrs. Matilda J. Neely and her daughter,
Mildred, were Mrs. Emily Conley Sullivan, Mrs. Ruth Whipple and
Ruth's nephew, Reed McIlvaine, who drove them from Clearwater.
Reed is a radio announcer on Station WLCY, 1380.
Mr. and Mrs. John Finlason of Gamboa flew up to Florida for
a Christmas visit with his brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs.
John W. B. Hall and with his mother, Mrs. Jessie Finlason, who
makes her home with Madge and John Hall.
John and Shirley were met in Miami by their children, who
are attending college, and who accompanied them to Sarasota and
later to Tampa where they visited other members of the family.
Their two sons are attending engineering colleges; Jack is in
Daytona Beach, and Frank at college in Boca Raton, Fla.; their
daughter Lois is a student at Asbury college in Wilmore, Ky.
The Harry Cains and the B. Donald Humphreys enjoyed a visit
by John (Bud) and Aura Erikson of Margarita and Al and Helen
Hayward, who are now living in St. Pete. Before coming to Florida,
Bud and Aura visited their daughter, Linda, and her husband, Tom
Gibson in Houston, Texas, later driving to Birmingham, Ala. to visit
their younger daughter, Barbara; and her husband, Paul Adamson
and their three children. They planned to visit Bud's brother-in-law
and sister, Leonard and Ruth Scranton in Pascagoula, Miss. before
returning on the S. S. Cristobal from New Orleans.
Jay and Harry Cain visited Winchell and Ann Pennock in St.
Petersburg and their son, Buddy and daughter, Mrs. Mary Ann
Pic. While there they were joined by Betty Jane Rief who flew in
from Fort Lauderdale where she is attending business college. Betty
and Mary Ann are close friends.
Gladys B. Humphrey
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
Mrs. Guy Allen (Cicely Knibb) writes that she went to Panama
in 1903 with her grandparents, the Reverend and Mrs. J. H. Sohey,
who were English Baptist Missionaries. Her grandfather had been
visiting the English-speaking Christians living there for many years
while they lived in Costa Rica. Her grandfather went to Washington
at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt when tle Americans
were about to take over the building of the Canal from the French.
Soon after getting to Colon, their church was burned and her
grandfather became a Chaplain of the Isthmian Canal Commission
and they went to live at Empire. Mrs. Allen worked in the Com-
missary, then married -Guy Allen, who had come to the Isthmus
as a machinist. He worked with the "Bull Gang", whose business
it was to go down in the "Cut" to repair steam shovels and keep
them in working order. Soon after their marriage, they returned to
North Carolina. After nearly two years, they returned to the Zone
and lived at Porto Bello. When the Gatun Dam and Breakwater
were finished, they moved to Gatun where Mr. Allen worked on
engines, then to Mount Hope where he worked at the Cristobal Dry
Dock until 1918, when he developed malaria and they returned to
the States. Mr. Allen died in 1952 and Mrs. Allen moved to New
Orleans from Raleigh, North Carolina. Mrs. Allen loves living in
New Orleans. She is near Dr. Dorothea Witt, whose parents, the
Reverend and Mrs Stephen Witt, also lived on the Zone at Gatun.
At 78, Mrs. Allen keeps very active with many projects, including
babysitting, which keeps her young at heart. She knits, makes
stuffed toys for a store in the French Quarter, makes marmalade,
Scotch shortbread and pound cake. She is a member of a Presby-
terian church and teaches a Sunday school class of 20 "girls" her
own age and younger. She is Program Chairman for her Church
Circle and takes care of the Communion linens. Along with many
other residents of New Orleans, Mrs. Allen is now in the midst of a
civic struggle to keep an 8-lane elevated roadway and bridge over
the Mississippi River from coming through their lovely residential
district and hopes they can prove to the Bridge Authority that, as
home owners and human beings, they are of more worth than an
automobile. Mrs. Allen has two children living. One son, Sohey,
was a bomber pilot killed in World War II. Her daughter, Rachel
Shumaker, lives in California with her husband, who is a retired
colonel. Her son, Melville Allen, is also in the Army and has three
more years to go before 30 years of service. He and his wife live
at Fort Lee, Virginia. She has four granddaughters, all married,
and three grandsons, one of whom is with Special Services in Viet
Nam. There are four great grandchildren, three boys and one girl.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley D. McEacharn left the Canal Zone in
1945 and came to Mrs. McEacharn's childhood home, Delhi, to live.
They became interested in the drug business in which they have an
interest. Their son, Stan, Jr., was only seven years old when they
left the Zone. The McEacharns talk to him about the Zone at times,
but he remembers little except the boy next door and the school
he attended in Balboa. Stan, Jr., finished at Delhi High School and
was graduated from the School of Pharmacy, University of Miss-
issippi (Ole Miss) in 1959. He worked as a registered druggist in
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, then served in the Army at Fort Leonard
Wood, Missouri, and Fort Knox, Kentucky. After his discharge,
he worked in Monroe, La., for about a year and a half. He married
a West Monroe girl, Judith Holland Norris, and they have one
two-year-old, Allysen Lee. Stan now works for Eli Lilly Pharma-
ceutical Company of Indianapolis, and resides at 10710 Shermoor
Drive, Baton Rouge. Overnight guests of the senior McEacharns
were Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hotz following their retirement from the
Zone. The Hotz's have settled in Greenboro, North Carolina.
Mrs. Elmer Dailey, Sr., writes that Earl and Charlotte visited
her this fall. Charlotte then went to Washington to see her father
and Earl later met her in St. Pete for a few days. They had a good
time and then went back to Mrs. Dailey's in Metairie. Last year
Mrs. Dailey had numerous visitors from the Zone. Elmer is now
back in the Zone. He is a Captain in the Navy Air Corps and is
stationed at Quarry Heights. He has two sons, one is married and
the younger one is in school. Both live in Jacksonville, Florida.
Dale finishes high school this spring and then will go on to college.
Carl lives in Metairie. His daughter is married and he has a boy
Mr. and Mrs. Albert D. Jones (Lola Marie Frauenheim) are
looking forward to May when Al will be graduating from La. State
University with a bachelor's degree in geography. Although plans
are not definite, they probably will be leaving Baton Rouge. They
presently reside at 2828 Alaska Street, Apt. 107, Baton Rouge, with
their two-year-old daughter, Tara Leigh. Al and Lola were happy
to be able to fly home to spend Christmas with their families. Gene,
Lola's brother, also flew down from the University of N. Carolina,
Chapel Hill. Gene is due to graduate in June, 1967.
Mrs. Murray Ralph Roberson, Jr., (Pat Foster) has taken an
active interest in increasing her collection of books on and about
Panama and the Canal Zone. Anyone who has books in this field
who would like to dispose of them should contact her at 4875
Maribel Drive, Baton Rouge, La. 70812.
Pat Foster Roberson
FT. LAUDERDALE NEWS
Miss Margaret Connor, who was the houseguest of Armella and
Byrne Hutchings was the guest of honor at a party luncheon the
James M. Hunters gave before her departure for her home in
Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Among the guests were the Leroy Mag-
nusons, Dave and Peggy Yerkes, Byrne and Armella Hutchings, the
George Winquists, and the Jimmy Lyons.
Frank and Anne Cunningham have as their guests her sister,
Jean Spencer of the Canal Zone. Among trips planned was a motor
trip thru Florida, visiting Canal Zone friends en route.
Bill Kilgallen of the Canal Zone was in Ft. Lauderdale, spend-
ing a vacation with his sister and brother-in-law, the Davises, and
with other members of his family.
The Lonnie Van Siclens, Jerry and Roy Magnuson, and the
David Yerkes spent Thanksgiving in Clewiston, and then on to St.
Petersburg, where they joined a group of Canal Zone folks at the
"welcome" party given in honor of Rusty and Anita Jones, recently
Roger and Dorothy Williams of Crystal Lake, spent the Christ-
mas holidays in Balboa, Canal Zone, as the guests of their old
friends Dotty and Charles Barton. The Williams report a wonderful
time but just enough time to see and do the things they wanted -
missed seeing many friends.
The Bartons retire from service with the Government in March
and will go to live in Pennsylvania. Of course we all predict that
after one cold winter they will join the rest of us here in Florida.
Ruth Perkins and her husband Clarence are two busy people.
This last week Ruth had a showing in the 1st National Bank of Ft.
Lauderdale of the beautiful venetian glass pictures she makes. She
studied in Panama under Prof. Machi'. Mr. Perkins was for many
years the General Tires representative in Panama, and their two
daughters, Polly and Marybell attended Balboa High School and
Armella and Byrne Hutchings entertained Martin and Virginia
Seiler of California. The Seilers come here often to visit his
cousins, Ellen Sprow and Louise Siske, and now to see Virginia's
brother George Winquist and wife and niece.
The Hutchings held an at home while the Seilers were their
overnight guests and of course everybody talked. One of the high-
lights was the treat Martin gave all of us talking to Herb and
Janie Knapp in Oregon. Were they surprised to hear the various
voices wishing well.
Among the entertainments for the Seilers was the luncheon the
James Martin Hunters gave for the Seilers. Fourteen Canal Zoners
there and as usual everybody talked. Just before luncheon, in
walked Harry and Virginia Pearl. They had come from the Zone
and were overnight guests of Joe and May Coplan (all old neighbors
in Las Cumbres). The Pearls retire this next year and we hear
they have bought a home in Orlando.
Armella and Byrne Hutchings also had as their houseguests her
cousins, the George Clarks of Orleans, Massachusetts. They have
since taken an apartment in Deerfield Beach for the rest of the
winter. We hope, that they too will join us here as permanent
Dr. and Mrs. Strumpf have been busy people. At Thanks-
giving time their son Bob came for a visit. He is with Price, Water-
house in San Francisco.
At Christmas time their daughter Dorothy, who is now teaching
Spanish in a Stamford High School, in Stamford, Connecticut, was
home for the holidays. The Strumpfs had parties for both the
young folks while here.
Dr. Strumpf is working part time as consultant for the Broward
County Health Department and is Assistant Director of the High
Risk Maternal and Infant Mortality Program for the county.
Jimmy and Mary Plaia formerly of Panama (Raymond clan)
are now residents of Florida and living in Boca Raton at 754 South
West Bayberry Terrace (Camino Gardens). Their daughter Mellie,
is a senior and is attending Florida Atlantic University.
Wally Wolford and Isabel (Cody) had as their guests relatives
from California, Jack and Anna (Cody) Carey.
Mrs. Charles Persons of St. Petersburg was a guest of Jimmy
and Amele Hunter en route to Panama to visit daughter Shirley,
and on her return she also spent a few days here. We were so happy
to see her looking so well.
Ella and Bob Lombroia are now settled in their new home at
2137 N. E. 64th Street, Imperial Point. During the holidays they
had their daughter, Jane Lombroia Burke, and the letters daughter
Joanie, from North Carolina. Joan is now a teacher of Spanish.
Mrs. Rosita Joudrey Suarez is a resident of Ft. Lauderdale.
Her husband is still with the Air Force in a civilian capacity at Al-
brook Air Force Base, but she makes her home here. Many of the
Cristobal folks that attended the Cristobal Schools will recall
the Joudrey girls.
The George Winquists had as their guests recently the Nils
Jonsons of Greenville, South Carolina. Mr. Jonson retired from the
Panama Canal, but at one time was connected with Fuerza y Luz
Betty Crawford and Mary Harrison, neighbors in Ft. Lauder-
dale left to attend the meeting in St. Petersburg. Enroute they
spent two days with Barbara Elich Snyder and husband Ray. They
spent another two days with Betty's niece Nan Martin. While in
St. Pete, Betty attended the Eastern Star Past Matrons meeting.
On their return trip they stopped for a couple of days with Grace
and Oliver Culp in Ft. Myers.
Ralph Sartor of St. Michaels, Maryland, a visitor to St. Peters-
burg returned with James and Amelia Hunter to visit members of
his family, and his wife, the late Nell Wardlaw.
The David Yerkes had their son and daughter-in-law, David and
Gloria with them over the Christmas holidays.
They are expecting Ted and Eleanor McIlhenny of Shaker
Heights, Cleveland, to visit them some time this month or early
February. Another couple coming to visit them are Pam and Eva
Smith of John's Island, South Carolina.
Your reporter regrets that she missed the meeting in St. Peters-
burg in January. She too was ill and in hospital. Do better next
Barbara M. Hutchings
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Greetings from all of us in Northern California. We had our
annual business meeting and picnic on January 15, 1967, at the
Lake Merritt Sailboat Clubhouse and had an attendance of approxi-
mately 80 to 100 persons. It was a lovely day despite fog which
kept threatening our area but never really reached us. New officers
for the year were chosen and they are as follows:
Chris Wirtz President
Phillip Thornton Vice President
Celeste Powell Secretary-Treasurer
Our group has decided to return to only two picnics a year.
We have been trying out three per year but feel that there is a
better turnout for just two. So there will be a June and a January
picnic from now on.
Visiting with us at the picnic were Newell and Blanche Shaw
of Arkansas, on the west coast to visit with Alice Ray and her
family. After leaving San Francisco they will visit friends in
southern California before returning to Arkansas. Another visitor
to the picnic for the first time was Russell Jones. New members are
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas (Marilyn Brown).
Alice Ray Weir reports that husband Jim is in Viet Nam but
due to return soon for a change of assignment. As of November he
is now a Brig. Gen.
Frank and Alice Bryan flew to the East Coast in October for
a 14 day visit and really covered ground. Visited New York before
heading south where they visited with relatives and friends in
Atlanta and Canton, Georgia, Jackson, Tenn., and .Greenville and
Greenwood, Miss. Celeste and Bun Powell were also visitors to the
east coast at the end of the year. Visited in Wallingford, Conn.
with daughter Joan and family and also visited with Pat (Thomp-
son) Medinger of New Haven. Were on the east coast for about 15
days. Returned to Los Angeles to visit with daughter Celeste and
family and then on to Las Vegas to visit with Celeste's brother and
family, the George Clarks.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. George Black of San Jose, Calif., announce
the birth of a baby boy, Wm. Van Etten Black, on November 20th,
1966. Paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. William Black of Santa
Rosa; maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dorr Van Etten,
Remember if you are on the west coast during June please
do join us at our summer picnic. A definite date has not yet been
set but will be shortly. Do contact our secretary if you plan to
be out here and she will give you the information, day and place.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
The Happy Hectic Holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas and
New Year are over. We now take time to re-read the many cards
and letters from friends of long ago that refresh fond memories and
bring us up-to-date, even unto the 3rd and 4th generations. An-
other way is to attend a happy get-together of a Panama Canal
Society, which your reporter did this afternoon, January 15th, 1967
here in the Lake Merriott Boathouse, Oakland, California, ac-
companied by husband Newell and Alice Ray Wier.
The climate of this area is mighty kind to our former Canal
Zone friends for they all appear younger and happier. It was good
to see many of our former neighbors from Pedro Miguel days: Nina
Brown, her daughter Ruth Brown Robinson, with her 3 adorable
grandchildren, Bill and Myrtle Black, Frank and Alice Bryan,
Celeste Powell (the Society's new Secretary) "Pete" and Marjorie
Bernice Wilson, Carl and Pat Wanke with their fine family (Pat,
Jr. is the retiring secretary), and Harold and Ruth Duncan. "Long
time no see" the genial Host of Washington and Tivoli Hotels, Phil
Thornton and his wife, Norman and Mary Rocker, Helen Yoder,
Harvey and Grace McConaughey who are delighted with their recent
move to a Baptist Retirement Home close to the Lake, the Frank
Irwins, Marie Browder who told me much about the new Tube being
built under the Bay (I should like to have heard more) Ernie Payne,
last but foremost, Neva and Sumner Baker with daughter Merilyn
Thomas and her husband. We missed many others whom we hoped
to see and were absent for various reasons. Also many of those
present we missed because of heavy traffic, long distances to travel,
early evenings, many left too soon. Anyway, it was fun being with
How does a Roving Reporter write the news of folk back home
in the Ozarks? Through the cooperation of past Secretary of our
Society, Alice Engelke and the present Secretary, Minnie Burton.
Northwest Arkansas enjoyed a "White Christmas" for the first
time in many years. Children and adults alike frolicked in the snow.
Travel schedules were abandoned and everybody got to where they
were going as best they could.
From Bentonville comes news of a happy family gathering of
4 generations at the home of Fred and Jessie Newhard. Fred's
mother, Edith Eppley of 'the Zone, his daughter Ann with husband,
Dr. Omar Franklin and 3 children of the Zone; his daughter Carol,
her husband, Lt. Andrew Bleakley, Jr. and their son of California,
his nephew, Lt. Tom Ebdon of Laughlan AFB, were present. They all
missed Fred, Jr. who has accepted a position as Cook in Vassar
College in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Around the corner, the Carl (Helen)
Newhards concentrated on a New Year's Eve gathering of the Clan,
including son Bruce, Karen and 3 children of Louisville, Ky., son
Sam and bride Ann of Erie, Pa., with local relatives, Canal Zone
friends from far and near, their lovely new home was bursting with
Joy and Laughter and good wishes-for 1967. The Bruce Newhards
are to be transferred to Battle Creek, Mich., and the Sam Newhards
returned to Erie, Pa. via Kansas City to visit other relatives.
At top 0' Street the Glynn (Etta Fay) Terrells were happy
to have son Lance and daughter Andrea home for the holidays. For
five months, Andrea has been working in nearby Rogers Memorial
Hospital but has now gone back to New Orleans to make her home
and be on the nursing staff of Ochsnar's Foundation Hospital. The
Andrew Bleakley, Sr. report that in addition to the homecoming
of their son, Lt. Bleakley, Jr. they were happy to have their daughter
Marie (Bleakley) McDaniel, husband Calvin and 3 youngsters came
from Kansas City, Kansas. They later went on to Fort Collins,
Colorado to visit the elder McDaniels for New Year. Doris (Blak-
lye) Gilray of Copperas Cove, Texas arrived for a 2 week visit with
Uncle Andrew, Sr. and Grandpa, W. T. Bleakley, Sr. and daughter
Deborah are baby sitting Donnie, 6 years, and 3 year old Duane
while Doris is visiting in Bentonville.
The entire Holiday Season from Thanksgiving to New Year's
was enjoyed by Mrs. Mattie MacAuley in the household of her
nephew, Lt. Col. J. B. Coman, Jr. in Maxwell AFB in Montgomery,
Ala. J. B. Coman, Sr. joined them for Christmas. They all missed
Julia Ann (Coman) Potter, whose husband, Lt. L. A. Potter, Jr. is
stationed in Ill., and the journey too long for a one day's leave.
Son Bill could not be present, either. Bill is now in the Navy,
stationed in Brunswick, Ga. and as a single chap he drew "Christmas
duty". However he had a delayed Christmas with his family.
Mattie reports that J. B. Coman, Sr. is recuperating from an oper-
ation and now lives in Jasper, Texas.
The George and Bob Engelkes were with the Herbert Engelke
family for Christmas Eve dinner. Marguerite (Engelke) and Harold
Grammer with daughters Tracee and Leslie were in Bentonville
for a few hours on Christmas Day to see her folks and to visit her
Grandfather; Albert E. Wood, who was in the Bates Memorial Hos-
pital. Happy to report Mr. Wood is home now with his daughter
Alice. The Grammers left Dec. 26th for a week's skiing vacation
at Taos and Red River, New Mexico. They report lots of snow.
The Ernest Williams (Haleen) planned to attend the Reunion
in Florida. No word from the Joe Conklins and Carrie Mathues of
Springdale. The Lynn Cooks of Rogers went down to Jackson, Miss.
to visit Lynn, Jr., and wife at Thanksgiving and the Red Nails
report "nothing exciting" during the Holiday season. (Thanks
Alice for the Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale news.)
From Minnie Burton came the following news: The Hallins had
a quiet Christmas the Shaws -were not there 3rd time in 16
years. Ruth Daniel flew down to Austin, Texas to be with the
Robert E. Daniel family until after New Year. Judy (Crooks) Daily
with husband Chuck and 2 children drove from Austin to be with
their respective families in Fayetteville, driving all night to have the
benefit of daylight hours over the roads affected by snow and
ice. Such fun ?
Walter and Martha Reif held "Open House" the day it snowed,
for their many friends to meet their children and grandchildren.
Daughter Betty (Reif) and Dr. Wesley Clark and 3 children from
Sunnyvale, California who flew from Calif., to Oklahoma to see
brother Walter Reif, Jr. (Arda) and 2 children who live in Oklahoma
City. The Clarks rented a car and beat the storm. Walter followed
a day later and blew in with the storm 'aint we got fun? And
the Reif home on Old Wire Road was "well filled" as was everyone
there so wrote Minnie.
The Mike Burtons were Hosts to neighbors of years ago, Fred
and Mary (Heim) Hatchett who were on their way to visit in Ga.,
Fla., Washington, D. C. After the Holidays on the East Coast they
planned to return to California via Houston, Texas. Mary said:
"After traveling for 5 years in our Airstream Trailer, we settled
down on our daughter and son-in-law's ranch (Pat (Hatchett) and
Jack Carr) in Aptos, located south of Santa Cruz, a beautiful area."
They are happy to report the success of many of our Pedro Miguel
lads, including their son *George who is Vice-President and General
Manager of Oceanographic Engineering Corp. in La Jolla, Calif.
From Jonesboro we hear that Billie Bohan has sold her home, gone
to Florida for the Reunion. A newspaper clipping informs us that
Walter Wagner, Pres. of Mt. Home Chapter of NARCE and Arkansas
State Federation interviewed our new Congressman John Paul
Hammerschmidt and acquainted him with our NARCE National
Headquarters in Washington and the legislative program for the
coming year. No news of Iola, so we hope her health is better.
Ray Shaw of the Zone was the welcome guest of the Newell Shaws
for a couple of days in November. Good news from Mildred Higgins,
now of Lantana, Fla. and a full page clipping of two well written
articles on Pearl Harbor Day and a Christmas incident on the Zone.
The Newell Shaws left Fayetteville, Dec. 8th for San Francisco,
Stopped to see Clarence and Gyla Foiles in Chandler, Arizona. They
are happy and look real well anticipating entertaining their Church
School class that afternoon for Carol singing, accompanied on the
organ by Clarence. We journeyed on to Yarnell, Ariz. 'way up in
the Mountains never again.
We arrived in San Francisco December 14th and are guests in
the home of Brig.-Gen. and Mrs. James A. Wier. The Big Day for
this family was Jan. 18th, marking the return of Gen. Wier from a
year's tour of duty in Viet Nam as Chief Medical Officer. Right now,
Jim, Alice Ray and Linda are Skiing in Squaw Valley for a change
of climate, company and conversation. After a 30 day leave, Gen.
Wier will return to Viet Nam for six months.
Our stay here has been exciting, expanding and enjoyable. A
generation ago the activities of this household would have been
likened unto "The Grand Central Station." Today, "The Inter-
national Airport" is more fitting, for there is always some member
of the family or friends coming from or going to the Airport. The
conversation has expanded to include Thialand, Hawaii, Manila,
Viet Nam, Alaska and the old Line Towns of the Isthmus of Panama.
This report is being typed January 23rd, the 49th anniversary of
my arrival in the Canal Zone and my marriage to Newell Nathan
Shaw in the little Community Church located on the approach to the
docks in Cristobal with the popular Groomsman, Bob Fletcher in
attendance, assisted by the late Ed. Cornelius. Rev. John C. Abel
tied the knot real tight.
After a short stay in Los Angeles and Claremont to see Newell's
sisters, we shall return to the Ozarks. Hope to see y'all at our
Picnic, Sunday, June llth in Agri Park, Hwy 112. Come early.
Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Oh! yes, Fayetteville is the town
and Mike Burton our new President.
Blanche E. Shaw
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
This past year has been a good year and we are all thankful for
our many blessings and good friends.
Our meetings have been well attended and it is always a joy to
see folks from the Canal Zone, members and guests the bond
between us seems a little bit stronger than those who have not
shared the trials, tribulations and growing pains of life at the
Our spring dinner-meeting will be held on 12 March 1967 at
Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park, California, and we welcome any
Canal Zone folks who would like to attend. Just let me know
before 3 March and a place will be set for you cost is $3.00
Thelma Reppe of Long Beach, our former Secretary-Treasurer
for so many years, spent her vacation in October in Kalamazoo, and
Columbus, Ohio. She reports a wonderful time, visiting all those
she had hoped to see. Thatcher and Mildred Clisbee are in Columbus
and she had a good visit with them. It was a nice trip, but too
short, as all nice vacations are.
Chris and Ruth Simonsen spent their two weeks' vacation driv-
ing to Lafayette, La., to visit Si and Lois Mansberg. They had a
very nice trip and enroute they stopped to visit Betha and Jim
Selby in Phoenix, Henry and Etta Leisy in Albuquerque and Bob
and Gladys Turner and Bob's brother Menzie and Billie Turner in
Dallas. After they arrived home they had as their house guests,
Bill and Helen Bierwagen, on vacation from the Canal Zone to see
Helen's sister, Mildred Arnoll in Pasadena, and Bob and Marjorie
Miller from Sun City.
Rose Snyder returned recently from a trip around the world,
and had a wonderful time. She saw many pretty countries but the
Scandinavian countries and the Holy Land were especially beautiful
The Arthur Berudes and the H. M. Lockwoods were away on
their usual summer camping trip with the Hiking Club. Their
destination was the Mother Lode country. Part of the time was
spent in the High Sierras, and the rest spent retracing the steps
of the 49er's in their search for gold.
Our president, David L. Smith, was host for the officers and
past officers of our Society at a lovely typical "Panamanian"
dinner at his home recently. His father, LeRoy Smith, with whom he
lives, enjoyed the evening with us. David entertained us with his
singing, and also played some of his own compositions on the piano.
His own work, "Yellowstone Suite" is especially good.
Mr. LeRoy Smith, David's father, has been confined in Imperial
Hospital in Inglewood, but last reports say he is feeling better. He
passed his 89th birthday in the hospital.
Mrs. Eva Hammer is enjoying living in Santa Maria, across
the street from her daughter, Ida Fuller and her husband, Howard.
She moved there in July and is very comfortable. Ida is still
working in the Welfare Department of the County Office. Howard
is enjoying "retired" life.
Mrs. Nathan L. Levy (Tillie) of Houston spent a month in the
Los Angeles area visiting family and friends. Her son, David J.
Leeds of 11972 Chalon Road, Brentwood, is in the engineering field
as a seismologist with Dames and Moore. He is also a lecturer and
Assistant Research Engineer at UCLA and a geophysicist Seismo-
logical Field Survey. His work has taken him to the earthquake
areas from Alaska to South America, and Europe to Japan. His
wife Arlene is a feature writer with Hughes Aircraft; Alan the
oldest son who just graduated Phi Beta Kappa was in Hawaii also
a geophysicist; Barbara, a UCLA student and Craig and little Donna,
a first grader. Mrs. Levy also spent time with Rae Clisbee and
daughter Docia, and with the H. M. Lockwoods.
Ralph and Virginia Thomas Harvey spent a month with her
mother, Grace Thomas in Arcadia. They had traveled from New
Orleans to Detroit and Buffalo, then to Salinas, California to visit
her sister, Thelma Wayman. They also visited another sister,
Grace Garcia and her husband Max, of San Bernardino. From here
they went to see Mary Alice Thomas in El Paso and then on to
New Orleans. They especially enjoyed contacting ham radio friends
along the way.
Mrs. Louise Jones of the Canal Zone spent a month with her
son Gilmore and his family in Diamond Bar, California. She was
there for Christmas and New Year's and has enjoyed visiting
with old Canal Zone friends in and around the area.
Dr. Nelson D. Brayton of Miami, Arizona, has just returned
from a medical tour of Europe and the Middle East. He was 90
in December and is still very active and busy. He was accompanied
on the trip by his daughter, Mrs. Burton B. LaDow. They visited
Athens, Cairo, Vienna, Venice, Florence, Rome and London where
they toured historical sites and took in the arts. After a short
visit in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Brayton returned to his home in
Mr. W. B. Godfrey of Santa Paula has written an open letter to
the Editor of the Daily Chronicle, Santa Paula, California, entitled.
"What Shall We Do With The Panama Canal?" It is a timely
letter to alert the readers of the pitfalls of the new treaty which
Panama is demanding, and he urges that we all write to our Senators
and request that they reject any new treaty between the United
States and Panama that would give away our ownership of the
Canal Zone and surrender our right to defend and keep open this
vital shipping link.
Mr. Fred C. Schweitzer certainly keeps busy for his young
91 years. He could not come to our picnic in October, for he was
in Florida visiting relatives. Activity seems to be the key to keeping
alert and young, no matter how old you are.
Mrs. Esther Campbell was to have gone to Kansas City in early
December to, be with her sister who was quite ill. Hope all is well
now, and that she will be back in time to come to our dinner-meeting
Jessie and Louis Hauss wrote that they were going to Florida
during December for a visit with their daughter, Hertha, and are
intending to visit some of their old friends in St. Petersburg.
And so it goes here in Southern California.
Mildred P. Kline
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Our holidays were saddened by the death on Christmas Eve
of Roy Knoop, a dear and valued friend. Roy had been associated
with the Panama Canal Company for 30 years and was Supervisor
of the hydroelectric station at Gatun, C. Z. prior to his retirement
B. Tyrrell spent three weeks during the recent holidays with
friends on the Isthmus and reported a wonderful time.
Betty O'Rourke and Rose and Johnny Johnston spent Thanks-
giving and Christmas with Albert Johnston and his family in Spar-
tanburg, S. C. On January 19th, Rose and Johnny left for a three
weeks visit to the Canal Zone. While there, they will attend the
50th anniversary of the founding of the District Grand Masonic
Mrs. Frank J. Reppa (Emma) flew to Alexandria, Virginia,
where she spent the holidays with her son Bob and his family.
Tommy and Eugenia Sawyer attended the Canal Zone reunion
at St. Pete on January 17 18.
Nellie Mitchell has returned to Hendersonville from Bradford,
Pa., where she has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Kate Luke, for
Bob and Lillian Van Wagner are looking forward to the
arrival on January 24th of their daughter Marguerite and her
husband who have retired and will make their home in the Hawthorn
Hills section of Hendersonville.
Clinton Wanlass spent Christmas with his parents, Margaret
and Ralph. Clinton is employed as a civil engineer by the U. S. Air
Force and is presently working at Langley A. F. B., Hampton,
Bruce and Mildred Harrell spent a delightful month with their
daughter Louise, and her husband Bill Wright, and their children
in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
Tutie and Tom Kelley enjoyed having with them for the Christ-
mas holidays their son, Tom, Jr., and their daughter Margie Sea-
gears, both of Falls Church, Virginia. Their daughter Pat, and her
husband David Kappe, and their two little boys, David, Jr. and
Chris, recently moved to Elkridge, Maryland, from State College,
Pa. David received his doctorate in nuclear physics and radio-
chemistry at Penn State
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hodges who recently moved into their
beautiful new home on Stoney Knob Rd., Weaverville are spending
the winter in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Howell, Asheville, attended the reunion
in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. George B. Ward has returned home to Weaverville after
a visit with her son, Greg and family. He is employed by the
National Bureau of Standards and received a citation in recognition
of his superior accomplishment in the field of Radiological Units and
Measurements. Mrs. Ward spent Christmas with her daughter Ruth
and family, Dr. Sherman Lee, who is Director of the Cleveland
Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.
Mrs. George B. Ward
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
for Membership Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
I, ........................................ hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $4.00 as my annual membership
dues for the year.........., $2.00 of this amount is for a Subscription to the
CANAL RECORD for one year.
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Amount enclosed $---------------------- Check ..-- M.O.....-- Cash----
Dues $4.00 per year. Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone banks.
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Payment Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 33733
I .................... ......... ....... ... ,hereby transmit my Annual
Membership dues of $4.00 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for the
year............ $2.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD
for one year. (Please return this bill form with remittance.)
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Dues for: 1964--------; 1965--------; 1966--------; 1967--------. ; 1968.-----
Amount enclosed: ...........------- -- Check------ M.O.------ Cash-----
Street----------------------- ---------------Box ...------
City--.------------------------ --- State------ Zin Code-----.....
Recorded: Date---------------------------- Card No......------- ---
DUES $4.00 per year. January 1. 1965 to December 31 following.
Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone banks.
IF YOU ARE A FLORIDIAN .
JOIN THE BLOOD BANK NOWI
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Residents of Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 33733
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DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children $1.00 per year.
P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Dues BLOOD BANK FUND
Payment Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 33733
Name------------------------------- ------------ ----
City---------------------------------- State- .-- Zip Code-----..........
Dues for: 1964--------; 1965--------; 1966--------; 1967--------; 1968-----...
Amount Enclosed $-------------- (Check)---... (M.O.)...--- (Cash)---...
Street ...----.- -------- ----------------Box -------.--
City-------------------- --------------- State----. Zip Code------... .-
DUES: Adults '$2.00 per year. Children $1.00 per year.
MOSTLY THIS 'N THAT
Did you know that The Panama Government is having
200,000 balboas minted by the Royal Mint of London thirteen
gates were opened at Gatun Spillway after the heavy rainfall Nov.
3rd and 4th ... the growing of carnations in Boquete has developed
into a large industry with air shipments to several U. S. cities
... Canal Zone employees living in Panama are paying 24 balboas a
year for license plates Panama.is receiving $12,000,000 in U. S.
aid the magnitude of the Panama floods was provided by the
fact that the rise of Madden Lake which flooded on the same days
as the Chepo-Pecora disaster was of a volume occurring but once in
200 years Approximately 333 National .Guardsmen were detailed
along Central Ave., Panama City for over a week to protect Xmas
Many thanks to all the reporters for getting their copy in on
schedule and to all who sent in words of encouragement throughout
the year. Please be explicit in reporting news items. Make sure
the names, towns and dates are exact. ALL REPORTS MUST BE
TYPED as the Printer will not accept hand written items. The
lateness of the December Record was not the fault of the Society.
The deadline for the JUNE RECORD IS MAY 1st.
Betty Lockridge, Record Editor
2600 Pinellas Point Drive South
Telephone 867-2315 St. Petersburg, Fla. 33712
Less than 800 miles of the 29,000-mile Pan American Highway
system is "impassable" and the entire route is paved in four coun-
tries, the Secretariat of the Pan American Highway Congress of the
Pan-American Congress (PAU) has announced in Washington.
The all-paved roads are about 6,700 miles through Mexico, 425
miles through El Salvador, 150 miles through Honduras, and 884
miles through Venezuela, the report said.
The "impassable" sections are approximately 185 miles in
Panama, 380 miles in Colombia, and 240 miles in Bolivia.
(A number of motorists, including many individual trailers and
some trailer caravans, have been making the trip from the States
to the Isthmus and return for several years over the "impassable"
The Brazil section has 2,740 miles of paved highway, 1,040 miles
of all-weather road, and 875 miles of dry weather road, the report
said. Argentina ranks third, behind Mexico and Brazil, in paved
mileage, with nearly 2,500 miles of paved road on the Pan-American
route, according to the report.
The super bulk ore carrier San Juan Merchant, with a cargo of
45,508 long tons of iron ore bound from Peru to Italy, passed north
through the Canal with her draft at a record 40 feet. She is 738
feet long with a beam of 100.4 feet.
She was the first ship to be permitted to use the tropical fresh
water draft of 40 feet since the publication of a memorandum from
the Chief of the Navigation Division December 23 allowing deep
draft transits on an individual basis to vessels which have success-
fully transited at 39 feet 6 inches.
It should have been a merry Christmas this year for the resi-
dents of Pitcairn Island, that remote spot in the South Pacific made
famous as the home of the decendents of the Bounty mutineers.
Through the combined efforts of the employees of the Cristobal
Post Office and the agents for two British shipping companies in
Cristobal, two shipments of Christmas mail went on their way. One
should have arrived at Pitcairn before Christmas and the second
either on or shortly after December 25th.
Mail stops at Pitcairn are a once-in-a-while thing for the New
Zealand Shipping Company represented by Norton Lilly and the
Shaw Savill and Albion Line whose agents are Payne and Wardlaw.
Since the Cristobal Post Office is the official outlet for all
mail routed through the United States for the remote island, postal
employees and shipping agents keep each other on the alert for
vessels heading in that direction.
The first Christmas shipment was taken aboard the SS Rakai,
a New Zealand Shipping Company freighter. The 15 sacks were
loaded at 3 a.m. by Norton Lilly after Cristobal postal employees
Lou Hilzinger and Harry Fleming stood by to see that the mail
The second shipment consisting mostly of packages ordered by
Pitcairn islanders from a U. S. mail order house went aboard the
Shaw Savill liner Gothic out of England en route to New Zealand
The close association between the Cristobal Post Office and
the Pitcairn islanders over the years has led to a number of unusual
situations. The local postal workers have helped the islanders obtain
such things as razor blades and tooth paste and on one occasion, a
Cristobal postmaster supervised the forwarding of a heavy iron coal
burning cook stove.
And then there was the time that they arranged through local
agents for the passage for a bride-to-be and her parents to travel
from New York to Pitcairn where the bride was to marry a member
of the well known Christian family, which accounts for a big seg-
ment of the inhabitants of the island.
David, Pat, Armella, Ken, Jill and Byrne Hutchings--Calif.
Scott, Doris (Van Evera) Major Gerald Graham, Jerry Jr., and Lee.
North Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Mrs. Archie and Ann Gibson, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. H. Homa, Canal Zone. Mrs. Chas. Persons, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. Frances Schewe, Largo, Fla. Mrs. Esther Horine, Seal Beach, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hotz, Greensboro, N.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beck, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Dow Walker, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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