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AIRCRAFT CARRIER CONSTELLATION UNDER THE THATCHER FERRY BRIDGE
Courtesy Panama Canal Company
/ol. 2 MARCH. 1968 No. I
Back Row-Myrtle Black, Wm. Black, Alice Bryan, Frank Bryan, Sr.,;
Center Row-Peggy (Bryan) Andersen. Wm. V. Black, Sally (Van Etten)
Black, William G. Black, Clair (Haines) Bryan, Frank Bryan, Jr.; Front
Row--Courtney Ann Bryan and Frank Byran III, Santa Rosa, uami.
Mr. and Mrs. Newell Shaw on their 50th Wedding anniversary, January
23. 1968. Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Mr. and Mrs Herbert B. Rickards on their Silver anniversary, May 9,
1967. Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Clyde F. Gates, (Sarah Ann Wagner)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Mrs. Frank Clisbee, Los Angeles, Calif., Mrs. Mary Van Siclan,
St Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Irl Sanders, Louisville, Ky., and Mr. and iMrs. Edward Cox,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Captain A. T. Luther, St. Petersburg, Fla., Mr G. McCullough,
Birmingham, Ala, Mr. Tom Jordan, Mrs. G. McCullough, Mr.
F. R. Swanson, Tyler, Texas. construction day employees
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Sittine-Mrs. W. L. Howard. Mrs. Jessie Hunt. Mrs. Adelaide Lambert.
Maryland. Standing-Mary Elizabeth Howard (Mrs. Ames) Seattle, Wash.,
Mr. Vern Galloway, Winter Park, Fla, Patsy (Howard) Hall, St.
Petersburg, Fla., Mrs. Vern Calloway, President W. L. Howard,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
c7e Panama Qanal Societl oa Qanzda, nc.
(A Non-Prollt Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendshipe
P. 0. BOX 11566 -ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
W. L. Howard J. F. Warner
G. C. Lochridge
Vice-President IExecutive Committee
Lucille S. Judd William TL. Howard,
Secretary-Treas. 1 Chairman
G. O. -Locliridge
Margaret Ward G. C. Lochridge
Recording Sec'y (Mr. Lucille S. Judd
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Cecil M. Banan
Mrs. Alice Barnes
Chaplain Noleni A. Bissell
WV. Dewey Goodwin
Wm. F. Grady
Legislative Rep. W. F. Grady (Lakeland)
Albert McKeown .
Sergeant-at-Arms IT F. Paddock
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ABOUT THE COVER
United States Navy Ships the size of the Aircraft Carrier Constellation
cannot transit the Panama Canal. Its 250 foot flight deck is much too
wide to fit in 110 foot wide lock chambers. There are also steadily in-
creasing number of commercial ships that find the size of the locks
either makes it impossible for them to transit at all or it seriously
restricts their draft capacity
My first legislative report will not contain any definite information.
We are well aware of the fact Congress did nothing for the Civil Service
Retiree in 1967. Lets hope for more in 1968. 1968 is election year so we
can expect Congress to call it quits as soon as possible so they can get
home to campaign.
There will be no federal employee pay raises to consider this year.
Postal workers will get a flat 5% increase July 1st, 1968 This was pro-
vided by Congress in 1967. With that out of the way lets hope the retiree
can come up for more consideration.
We expect our cost of living increase by May 1st, 1968.
Senator Everett Dirksen from Illinois in a recent syndicated article
states as follows: "Under the Civil Service Retirement System the
Federal Government's supposed to watch the amount deducted from the
employee's salary and placed in the Civil Service Retirement fund. Then
something happened, the congress, for reasons not too readily explained
in 1968, became negligent and failed to always appropriate the matching
amount. This sort of thing went on for years and the result is precisely
what you think! Senator Dirksen asks: "Is this any way to run a rail-
road?" Bill Grady
Mr. Woodford M. Babbitt Dredging Div. 30 years and 4 months.
Mr. Sheperd Clark Schools Div. 20 years and 3 months.
Mr Charles L. Green -- Police Div. 31 years and, 2 months.
Capt. Irving F. May Pilot Navigation Div. 31 years and 10 months.
Mr. William G. Monroe -- Locks Div. 40 years.
Mr. Charles J. Sorrell Locks Div. 30 years and 3 months.
Mrs. Anna Beckley Accounting Div. 24 years.
Miss Helen N. Minor Accounting Div. 24 years.
Miss Helen N. Minor Accounting Branch 26 years and 6 months.
Paul E. Ackerman Electrical Division 27 years.
William C. Bailey Postal Division 36 years.
Henry T. Carpenter Maintenance Division 33 years.
Mrs. Hazel F. Nail Payroll Branch 18 years.
Mrs. Berta Quinn Internal Security Office 25 years.
George P. Allgaier Industrial Division 30 years.
Robert W. Blade Police Division 31 years.
Joseph L. M. Demers Supply Division 32 years.
Richard D. Dinkgreve Electrical Division 30 years.
Daniel A. Marsicano Locks Division 26 years.
Bob D. Maynard Maintenance Division 30 years.
Charles A. Mockus Postal Division 30 years.
Miss Ethel C. Myers Nurse Gorgas Hospital 29 years.
William S. Walston Dredging Division 34 years.
John W. Wheaton Navigation Division 26 years.
36th ANNUAL REUNION
At the reunion held Jan. 9 and 10 at the Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg,
Fla., the registrations showed Florida topped the list with 396 in attend-
ance compared to (525 in 1966-495 in 1967)
From ALABAMA: Mr. H. R. White, Robert Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. G. C.
McCullough. CALIFORNIA: Mr. F M. Christe, Mr. and Mrs. Will Har-
rison, Mrs. Dillie Pidgeon, Mr. and Mrs. Chris Simonson, Mable Koperski,
Rachael Clisbee, Mr. and Mrs. Bronson Powell and Mrs. Esther Currier.
CANAL ZONE: Walter Fender, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Devore, Mr. Durham
Allen and Tommy Dee. DELAWARE: Mrs. Lavina Dahloff, GUATE-
MALA: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Milligen. GEORGIA: Mr. Leo Wilkes, Mrs.
Peggy Burch and Mr. Lonnie Burch. ILLINOIS: Gladys Flemming,
INDIANA: Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stetler. IOWO: Mr. and Mrs. C. A. M.
Monsanto. KANSAS: Mrs. Violet Wunch, Mr. W. S. Loehr, Mr. and Mrs.
R. Jones. KENTUCKY: Mr. and Mrs. Irl Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. Hobart
Mills, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Staples, and Mr. Robert McQueary. LOUIS-
IANA: Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Brennen. MARYLAND: Mrs. Beverly Shencluffe
and Cmdr. Jack Humphrey. MISSISSIPPI: Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lundy.
MONTANA: Mr. and Mrs. N. M. Elich. NEW HAMPSHIRE: Dr. and. Mrs.
R. H. Whitehead. NEW JERSEY: Mr. and Mrs. Rowland Knox, Mr. and
Mrs. Allgier, Mr. Jules Peterson and Mr. Archie Burns. NEW YORK:
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Hoffman, Miss Beatrice Gardner, Mrs. Kay Eldrige. N.
CAROLINA: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Hering.
OHIO: Miss Lillian Thompson, Marie Plath, Mrs. Lenore Schwab, Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Campbell, Mrs. Helen Russon. PENNSYLVANIA: Mr. Harry
King. PANAMA CITY: R. de P. Mrs. Helen Adler. RHODE ISLAND: Paul
Barnard, Capt. and Mrs. Al Forsstrom, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Fritz.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Mrs. Ivy Crawford, Lyman Benthall, Mr. and Mrs.
James Catron, Mr. and Mrs. C. Kilby, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Boland, Mr.
and Mrs. C. L. Green. TEXAS: F. G. Swanson, Capt. and Mrs. Jones,
George Cockle, Agnes Dube Burns, Timothy Quinn, and Peggy Ellis.
VIRGINIA: Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Cook, Thomas Etchberger, Cdr. and Mrs.
W. C. Humphrey, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Anderson. WISCONSIN: Mr. and
Mrs. George Grimm. WASHINGTON: Mrs. E. W. Ames (Mary Elizabeth
Howard). WYOMING: Mr. John Keenan.
At the luncheon the second day Mr. Cecil Banan called on all con-
struction day employees to stand and it was amazing how many there
were. He then read a list of all states, Canal Zone and Guatemala and
asked members to stand when their place of residence was called.
Mr. Robert Hill, Purser, S.S. Cristobal said he was now taking care
of the grandchildren of most of the members. When he asked Captain
E. J. Erickson and Chief Jules Peterson to stand a rousing ovation was
Mrs. Margaret Williams furnished back ground music at the piano.
Mr. Francis Hargy and Mr. Gustav Peterson worked diligently both
days taking pictures.
Plan to attend the 37th reunion in 1969.
WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS
Mr. and Mrs. Emment Thomas Harper of Margarita, C. Z. have
announced the engagement of their daughter, Dorothy Eileen, to William
Leonard Catron, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Otis Catron of Aiken, South
Carolina, formerly of Gamboa.
Miss Harper is a graduate of Cristobal High School and is presently
attending Prospect Hall, a secretarial school for girls in Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida. Mr. Catron is a graduate of Balboa High School and is now an
air-conditioning and refrigeration apprentice.
Miss Sarah-Ann Wagner, daughter of Walter Wagner of Mountain
Home, Ark., and the late Mrs. Iola Wagner, and Clyde Peyton Gates ex-
changed marriage vows in the chapel of Pulaski Heights Methodist
Church. Mr. Gates is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Gates of West
Helena. Dr. James B. Argue officiated at the double-ring rite.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Miss Sydney Belle Townsend of Balboa, Canal Zone, was maid of
honor. Miss Karen Sue Magie of Pine Bluff was bridesmaid.
Mr. Gates served his son as best man and Jim Gates, brother of
the groom, was groomsman.
A reception was held in the church parlor.
The Rev. and Mrs. Orville Jay Hine of 173 Main Street, Saugerties,
New York, anonunce the engagement of their daughter, Janet Ann, to
Mr. Robert Warner Wildell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Wildell, 4528
Azeele Street, Tampa, Florida.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Balboa High School, Balboa, Canal
Zone, and Columbia University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of
Nursing in New York City. She is presently employed as a public health
nurse for the Ulster County, New York Department of Health and is
working in Saugerties.
Mr. Widell graduated from Balboa High School and Duke University.
Following a year in Brazil on a Fulbright scholarship he is presently
doing graduate work leading to a doctorate at Stanford University in Palo
Miss Nancy Andrea Grimes became the bride of Mr. James Alvin
Mroch at an evening ceremony performed on December 21 in St. Paul's
Lutheran Church, Evansville, Inidiana. The Rev. Paul Mroch, father of
the bridegroom, officiated.
A reception was held in the parish hall immediately after the cere-
mony. The bride is a graduate of Birmingham, Alabama Baptist School
of Nursing and is on the staff of Welborn Baptist Hospital. Mr. Mroch
will graduate in June from the University of Evansville with a degree in
Following a wedding trip to Florida and New Orleans, the couple
will make their home in Evansville.
Miss Brenda Arline Barnthouse, daughter of Mrs. Brenda Humber
Barnthouse of Balboa and the late Mr. Maurice Barnthouse, and Lt.
Stephen Hirschorn exchanged wedding vows before the altar of St. Mary's
Mission Church, Balboa, December 29. The Rev. Paul M. Loeven, C. M.
Lt. Hirschorn is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Hirschorn of West
A reception was held in the main dining room and patio of the Tivoli
Guest House immediately following the ceremony.
The bride is a graduate of Canal Zone schools and received her B.A.
degree from Florida State University. She has been with Pan-American
World Airways as a hostess flying to all parts of the world. Her husband
received his Master's degree from the University of Connecticut.
Lt. Hirschorn is stationed in Philadelphia with the Air Force and the
young couple will make their home in New Jersey.
St. Luke's Cathedral, was the setting for the marriage of Miss Patricia
Ann Basham and SP5 Robert Craighill Christian. The bride is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton S. Bradford of Balboa and the bride-
groom of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Christian III of Charlotte, N. Carolina.
The Very Rev. Mainest J. Peterson, Dean of the Cathedral, per-
formed the double ring ceremony, November 17, 1967.
The reception following the ceremony was held in the Roosevelt Room
of the Tivoli Guest House.
Following a short wedding trip, the couple returned to stay at the
Tivoli Guest House until they left for the States on January 19.
Mr. and Mrs. Mack B. Hicks of Balboa announce the marriage of
their daughter, Pamela Jane, to Charles Clifton Arams, son of Mrs.
Rosalia Adams of Panama City. The ceremony was held at the Curundu
Protestant Church, December 23, 1967. The Rev. Milton Leidig officiated
and Mrs. Smith of Howard served as organist.
A reception followed the ceremony in the church annex.
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Adams plan to make their home in Fort Belvoir,
Mrs. Roberta Ann Vache, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert B.
Vache of Gatun and John Louis Buono were married at St. Clare's Church,
Colonie, New York in a late summer wedding. The bridegroom is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen P. Buono of Rensselaer, New York.
After a reception at the Rensselaer Knights of Columbus Hall, the
couple left for a wedding trip to Canada and Maine. They are now at
home in Valatie, New York.
Newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. John M. Zelnick arrived in the Canal Zone
to spend Christmas with the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W.
Zelnick of Balboa Heights.
Mrs. John Zelnick is the former Nancy Allen High, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Richard S. High of Twin Falls, Idaho.
The wedding ceremony took place on November 24 in the Valley
Christian Church with Reverend Forest J. Hibbard officiating.
Miss Carol High, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. The best man
was Paul W. Zelnick, brother of the groom.
After the ceremony, the bride and groom greeted guests at the re-
ception held at the Holiday Inn.
The couple left immediately following the reception for Philadelphia,
Pa., where the bride is teaching in the Swarthmore school system, and
the bridegroom is doing graduate work at the University of Pa.
Miss Gall Maureen Tully became the bride of Thomas Michael
Dixon, Nov. 24 in the Northwest Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Vincent
A. Caruso officiated at the double-ring ceremony.
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Tully, Jr., 5524- 52nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg,
Florida,are parents of the bride Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Dixon, Inola,
Okla., are parents of the bridegroom.
Miss Sharon Lee Tully, sister of the bride, was maid of honor.
Brian Larson served as best man. Ushers were Dennis M. Tully,
brother of the bride, Bob Pickett and Bob Ford.
A reception was held in the church social hall.
The bride was born in the Panama Canal Zone. She attended Dixie
Hollins High School.
The bridegroom was born in Oklahoma City, Okla. He attended Nathan
Hale High School, Tulsa, and Oklahoma State University. He is a mem-
ber of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.
The couple left on a trip to Miami Beach and Southern Florida.
They will reside at the Taj Apts in Miami, Florida.
Mrs. Samuel Francis Mason, III of Margarita has announced the
engagement of her daughter, Miss Naomi Ruth Mason, to Mr. Eugene
Isted Sadler, son of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Gould Sadler of Gainesville,
Florida. Miss Mason is the daughter of the late Captain Mason.
A 1965 graduate of Cristobal High School, Miss Mason is a senior at
Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. Sadler, a graduate of P. K. Yonge High School and the University
of Florida in Gainesville, is presently doing his graduate work in Math-
ematics Education at the University of Florida. Mr. Sadler was on the
faculty of Cristobal Junior High School last year.
The marriage of Miss Dianna Bramlett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Paul W. Bramlett of Diablo Heights, to Greg Saunders McGann, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Hary N. McGann of Lynchburg, Va. took place December
29 in the Boonsboro Rd. Methodist Church, Lynchburg, Va.
Following the ceremony, a reception was given in the social hall of
the church by the mother of the bridegroom.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School, and is a student
nurse at the Lynchburg General Hospital School of Nursing.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Boonsboro High School and is em-
ployed as a laboratory technician for the Virginia Department of High-
ways. After a southern wedding trip the couple are living in Lynchburg.
Miss Jeanne Marie Hartz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Hartz
of Hancock, N. Y. became the bride of Joel James Ekholm, son of Mr.
and Mrs. James V. Ekholm (Sada Ferguson) of 210 Prospect Street,
Aug. 6, 1967.
The Rev. Robert Smyres of the Emory Methodist Church of Hancock
performed the double-ring ceremony.
Mrs. Victor Newhart (Martha Ekholm) was one of the bridesmaids.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the church parlors.
Mrs. Ekholm was graduated in 1959 from Hancock Central School
and in 1960 from the Business Machines Institute in Binghamton.
Mr. Ekholm, a 1960 graduate of Ithaca High School and a 1962 grad-
uate of Broome County Community College, is employed by the New
York State Department of Public Works, Binghamton office.
The couple will live in Hancock, N. Y.
Mr. Charles V. Scheidegg of Beech Spring Drive, Summit. New
Jersey and a former Gatun resident, has announced the engagement of his
daughter, Diane, to Mr. A William Henn, son of Mrs. B. F. Gongwer of
Popham Road, Scarsdale, New York and the late Mr. E. C. Henn of
Washington, D. C. Miss Scheidegg is the daughter of the late Mrs. Suz-
anna C. Scheidegg.
Miss Scheidegg is a graduate of Cristobal High School with the Class
of 1955 and of the Mountainside Hospital School of Nursing and Ohio State
University. She is director of Educational Services for Ortho Pharma-
ceutial Coporation, Raritan, N. J. Mr. Henn, a graduate of Northeastern
University, Boston, is in the field of operations research with Mobil Oil
Corporation, New York City.
Captain and Mrs. James W. Watson of Balboa, Canal Zone announce
the engagement of their daughter, Catherine Jean to Mr. Louis D'Andrea,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Dominic D'Andrea of Saratoga Springs, New York.
Miss Watson graduated from the Canal Zone Jr. College and the
University of Alabama. Presently, she is an accountant for the Federal
Power Commission and resides in Washington, D. C. Mr. D'Andrea grad-
uated from Purdue University and is employed by the New York State
Board of Education in Saratoga Springs, N. Y.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Dallas, Texas was the setting for the
marriage of Miss Kathleen Elizabeth DeLapp and Dr. William Richard
Haught. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril D. DeLapp of
Margarita, Canal Zone and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
James Haught of Pryor, Oklahoma.
The Reverend James P. Cashman, C. M. performed, the double ring
ceremony on November 4th.
The reception following the wedding was held in "Los Siete Soles"
Room in the Expressway Tower.
After a ten day wedding trip to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Dr. and Mrs.
Haught will be at home at 107 Buena Vista, Milton, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard H. Sprague of La Boca, Canal Zone, announce
the engagement of their daughter, Miss Theresa (Terry) Sprague, to
Specialist Four Robert Vaughn Fossler, who is serving in the U. S. Army
and is stationed at Fort Amador. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert D.
Fosler of Burbank, California.
Miss Sprague was born in Ancon and attended the Canal Zone schools.
she was a graduate from Balboa High School in the class of 1966 and now
is attending Maryland University, College Park, Maryland.
Specialist Fossler was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is a graduate
of the Burbank High School. He was attending Glendale City College in
California when he entered U. S. Army service.
Miss Gertrude Kandi Koepke, daughter of Capt. Lyle Lawrence
Koepke, USN (ret.) and Mrs. Koepke, of Santa Clara, Panama, became
the bride of Steven Convis Helin, son of Mrs. Kenneth Lyle Helin, of
Dixon, Ill. and the late Mr. Helin, November 25.
The Reverend W. W. Baldwin performed the double ring ceremony
at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon.
The reception following the wedding was held at the Fort Amador
Officers Club. at Fort Amador.
After a wedding trip to San Jose, Costa Rica, Mr. and Helin are at
home in Balboa.
The bride was born in Coco Solo when her father was Commanding
Officer of the Naval Station at Coco Solo. She is a graduate of the Co-
legio de Sion of San Jose, Costa Rica and has been attending Canal Zone
The bridegroom attended school in Illinois and served with the U. S.
Army in the Canal Zone. He is a member of the Canal Zone Police Di-
vision, attached to the Canal Zone Penitentiary at Gamboa.
The engagement of Mss Deborah Jeanne Heck to Mr. Theodore C.
C. Marti has been announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Heck
of Herlong, California, former residents of the Canal Zone. Mr. Marti is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ted A. Marti of La Boca, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Carol Corigan and Dr. Carlos Ramon Guerra were married in
a ceremony at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gil
Morland, Brazos Heights, Judge Charles Garcia officiated. Following the
ceremony a small reception for family members and friends was held
at the Morland residence.
Following a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple will return to make
their home in Coco Solo. Dr. Guera is Chief of Pediatrics at Coco Solo
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Engelke of La Boca, announce the marriage
of their daughter Kathleen to Richard Crowell, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Richard H. Crowell of Balboa.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and is attending Jones
College in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Crowell is a graduate of Admiral
Faragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida and has attended Mary
Karl School at Daytona Beach and the Massachusetts Maritime Acad-
emy and is a merchant seaman.
The young couple will make their home in Jacksonville, Florida.
Miss Vana Susan Ketterman became the wife of Richard Alan Mc-
Master Scott in a civil ceremony performed by Judge John E. Deming,
December 17, in the Room of Americas of the Fort Amador Officers
Club. Mrs. Rex E. Beck, aunt of the bridegroom, and Mr. Charles Ketter-
man,. father of the bride, served as witnesses. A :cception followed im-
mediately after the ceremony.
The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. KHtterman of Wood-
side, California, is a graduate of Carlmont High School in Belmont Cali-
fornia, and attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. She has just completed
two years in the Peace Corps, serving as a community Organizer in
The bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Scott formerly of
Panama City and the Canal Zone, was graduated from Balboa High
School in 1960, andl attended Michigan State University where he earned
a Bachelor of Science degree.
Included among the wedding guests were Mr. and Mrs. Ketterman,
the bride's parents, Mrs. Janice Scott, mother of the bridegroom, and
Mr. and Mrs. John Herring, brother-in-law and sister of the bridegroom,
all of whom traveled to the Isthmus for the wedding. Edward W. Scott,
father of the bridegroom, well-known locally as newspaperman Ted Scott
is currently on assignment for the National Broadcasting Company in
Cairo, Egypt, and could not be there for the ceremony.
After a wedding trip through Panama and Columbia, Mr. and Mrs.
Scott will return to Lima, where Mr. Scott will resume his work with
the Peace Corps.
Albrook Air Force Base Chapel was the scene of the marriage on
December 8, of Miss Cynthia Ellen Rudesheim, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Fredrick Rudesheim, Panama City, R. de P. to Lieutenant Jay Row-
land Ferguson, United States Air Force.
A graduate of Balboa High School, the bride is enrolled at Canal
Zone College. The former Miss Rudesheim, known to her friends as
"Bunny", is noted in equestrian circles for her superb horsemanship.
She has won many trophies and ribbons in local and North American
Lieutenant Ferguson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Ferguson of
Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A and M and is now attached
to the Office of Public Information, Albrook Air Force Base.
Following the rites a reception was held for the bridal couple and
entourage at the Albrook Officers Club.
After honeymooning in Dallas, Texas, Lieutenant Ferguson and his
bride are at home to family and friends in their 51st Street Apartment,
Panama City. R. de P.
On September 2 at the Church of the Assumption, Nashville, Tenn.,
Margaret Ellen Mahoney became the bride of Jerry L. Winfrey of Atlanta,
Georgia. The Reverend Father Dan Richardson officiated at the nuptial
mass. The bride was given in marriage by her father Richard J. Ma-
honey of La Boca, Canal Zone.
Immediately following the ceremony a reception was held for eighty
guests at the Capitol Hill Holiday Inn.
Out of town guests were Mrs. George McCall and son Terry and Mrs.
C. O. Tell and son Rudy, relatives of the bride, from St. Paul, Minnesota
and the bride's mother.
After a honeymoon trip to the Smokie Mountains the couple will be
at home at Atlanta, Georgia where both young people are employed by
the Coca-Cola Company.
Miss Sally June Morland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Morland
of Brazos Heights, and Thomas Theodore Williams, son of the Rev. and
Mrs. Arthur Williams of Wilkes Barre, Penrsylvania exchanged wed-
ding vows at the home of the bride on December 29. Officiating were
Judge Charles A. Garcia of the Cristobal Magistrate's Court and the Rev.
David Woosley, pastor of Trinity Methodist Church in Colon.
Miss Margaret Leigh, daughter of Mr. andl Mrs. Robert Leigh of
Colon and a life-long friend of the bride, served as her only attendant.
Peter Morland, brother of the bride, was the best man.
The reception was held in the lighted tropical setting of the Morland's
The bride was born and raised in the Canal Zone and is a graduate
of Cristobal High School. She received her B.A. at St. Lawrence Uni-
versity,, Canton, New York and her Master's degree from Temple
University in Philadelphia. She is presently teaching Education at Johns
Marshall Elementary School in Philadelphia.
The bridegroom, born in Druyea, Pennsylvania received his B.A.
degree at Wilkes College, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and his S.T. from
Temple University in Philadelphia. He will receive his Master's degree
from Temple in June.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pennington, Gatun, Canal Zone, announce the
engagement of their daughter Katherine Jane to Robert Allen Bassett,
Bethlehem, Pa. son of George V. Bassett, Cleveland, Ohio and the late
Mrs. Schmidt Bassett. Miss Pennington is enrolled in the Wilford Acad-
emy of Beauty Culture, Trenton, N. J. Mr. Bassett is serving in the U. S.
Navy aboard the U. S. S. Austin, Norfolk, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Meissner of Corozal announce the birth of their
third child and second son on Christmas Day at Gorgas Hospital. The baby
has been named Kurt Leonard.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell Meissner of Los
Rios and the maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Proback of
Kurt Leonard has two great grandparents, Mr. Fred Meissner, who
resides with his son and daughter-in-law in Los Rios, and Mrs. Delia
Pacheco of Costa Rica. mother of Mrs. Proback.
Mr. and Mrs. William John Nickisher, Jr. announce the birth of their
third child and second son, John Leonard Nickisher, on December 17
at Gorgas Hospital. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William
John Nickisher, Sr. of San Jose, California. The maternal grandfather
is Lt. Gen. Thomas Leonard Harrold, Ft. Lauderdlale, Florida who is
now visiting the Isthmus.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Laatz of Torrance, California announce
the birth of twin sons on December 3. The babies have been named Robert
Charles and David George.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Laatz
of Balboa and Mr. and Mrs. V. George Conrad of Torrance, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry G. Gramlich of Balboa announce the birth of
their first child, a son, on November 28 at San Fernando Clinic. The
baby has been named Gregory Stephen Gramlich. Sharing honors as
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Greg Gramlich of Balboa and Mr. and
Mrs. Peter S. Probach of La Boca.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Garrett Minke (Joyce Collinge) Columba, Mo. an-
nounce the birth of a daughter, Jenifer Ann, October 27, 1967. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge, St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Minkes have a son David. Mrs. Collins spent several days with
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Girand (Nita Jones) Palo Alto, California
announce the arrival of their 3rd daughter, Lisa Michelle, October 9,
1967. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russel Jones (Nita Orr)
Palo Alto, California.
Mr. and Mrs. V. P. Mueller, (Caroline Smouse) 3278 Greenbridge
Drive, Bridgeton, Mo. 63042, proudly announce the adoption of a baby
boy John William who was born November 17 and was taken home
November 21. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Morris B.
Smouse, Panama City R. de P.
Mr. and Mrs T. Stephen May announce the birth of their first child,
Amanda Lee, October 11, 1967. Mrs. May (Stephanie Beck), daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beck, formerly of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, now St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mr. and Mrs. May live in Evanston, Illinois, where
Mr. May is on the faculty of Northwestern University. Mr. and Mrs.
Beck drove to Evanston to welcome "Mandy" and stayed for two weeks.
1st Lieutenant and Mrs. Douglas Michael Pajak announce the birth
of their first child, a daughter. Michele Jeanne, on November 10th at
Mrs. Pajak is the former Judith Ann Meyers, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Francis J. Meyers of Curundu Heights, Canal Zone.
The paternal grandparents are Mr. Carl J. Pajak of Ancon and the
late Olive J. Pajak. Former Canal Zone residents, Mr. and Mrs. George
T. McLintock of St. Petersburg, Florida are the paternal great grand-
Lieutenant Pajak is serving at present in Vietnam.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Goldstein of Lima, Peru announce the birth
of their first child, a son, on October 29. The baby will be named Michael
David. Mr. Goldsten is with IAGS, Peru Project, Lima, Peru.
The baby's mother is the former Miss Betty Fears and the maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Fears of Balboa, Canal Zone.
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harry Goldstein of
Lt. and Mrs. Andrew Bleakley, Jr., announce the birth of their second
son, David Thomas, on October 26 in Pacific Grove, California.
Mrs. Bleakley is the former Carol Newhard. The maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Newhard of Bentonville, Arkansas,
formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone. The paternal grandparents are Mrs.
Mrs. Andrew Bleakley and the late Mr. Bleakley of Bentonville, formerly
of Margareta, Canal Zone.
Captain and Mrs. Douglas K. Poy, (Sandra Lierman) Fort Derers,
Massachusetts announce the arrival of twins Allison Blair and Carson
Thomas, August 26, 1967. Captain Poy is Chief of Dermatology at the
Fort Derers Hospital. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wm.
Lierman (Charlotte McGlade) Granite City. Ill.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Degenaar, Greenville, Tenn. announce the birth
of a son, Peter Larkin, November 26, 1967. Paternal grandparents are
the late Albert Degenaar and Mrs. Jesse Degenaar, Fairhope, Alabama.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Angely, High Point, North
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Cannon, (Janeth Vinton) Fishkill, New
York announce the arrival of their third daughter, Marilyn Vinton. Grand-
parents are Atty. H. Canon and the late Mrs. Cannon, Chicago, Illinois
and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Vinton, Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Hutchings, Jr. and family, Sunset/Whitney
Ranch, California spent the Christmas holidays with relatives in New
Westminister, B. C. Canada. Mr. Hutchings is an engineer with Aerojet
General at the Sacramento Plant.
Mrs. Dove Prather posed for a "Happy Birthday" picture as she
started her hundredth year, Portland, Oregon.
The centennial had humble beginnings January 25, 1868, in Sheakley-
ville, Pennsylvania, where Mrs. Prather was born. She was graduated
from Clarion State College in 1892, then taught school in Warren, Penn-
sylvania, and Muncie, Indiana, until her husband, Virgil, died in 1909.
From 1911-1951, Mrs. Prather lived in the Canal Zone, where she
taught for 12 years, then devoted her time to community work.
Once, when Adm. Byrd's vessel was stopped for repairs, he began
talking with a small boy who told him: "I wish you could meet my
"Why can't I'?" the admiral said, and the next day he visited Mrs.
Parther. They became good friends, and Adm. Byrd would always stop
to see her-"Whenever he was on his way to the South Pole."
During the war years in the Canal Zone, Mrs Prather was in charge
of the American Legion, and she tutored servicemen who couldn't read
or write, giving them the grammatical ability to communicate with their
She went to Portland in 1954 and lives with her youngest sister, Mrs.
Ora Fisher, at 1517 NE Hancock St.
Mr. Michael McNevin is an attorney for the New Yorker Magazine
and lives in a bachelor apartment in uptown New York City.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hotz had as holiday guests in their new home
1809 Brookcliff Drive, Greensboro, North Carolina; his mother 91, who
flew down from Cincinnati; Mr. and Mrs. Tim Hotz (Helen Nita) and
two children, Charlottesville, Va., where Tim is working on his masters
degree in Business Administration. Their daughter Judy had to remain
on duty as producer of Spanish language programs with the Voice of
America in Washington, but flew down later for a post Christmas cele-
Mr. and Mrs. Pam Smith, Johns Island, South Carolina wrote that
their son-in-law Jim flew in from Korea in time to have Xmas with Mary
and the children at the Smiths, They left for Aberdeen, Maryland, where
Jim was to take an advanced training course presumably to return to Viet
.Nam. While there he was offered a job to teach ballistics at West Point
for the next three years. They now live at Bear Mountain, New York.
"Dito" Smith went to Viet Nam in February. His wife Mary Ann
and two children have a house on James Island, South Carolina, where
for a year.
Pam Smith III has resigned from the Container Corporation in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has gone into business for himself. It
is primarily a printing operation similar to the work he did at Container.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kilgallon (Joan Sprague) and 3 children, Bowie,
Maryland, spent a month on the Zone as guests of her parents Mr. and
Mrs. Howard Sprague, La Boca, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Pat Daniel, (Ana Galloway) and children have moved
to Houston, Texas, where they are building a 5 bedroom and 2V bath
home, in the Clear Lake area.
Mrs. Mae Stempel, 63 Redington Rd., London N. W. 3 England spent
several weeks visiting in Panama, R. de P.
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Swenson (Shirley Zemer) and their son John,
who was born Iin April, 1967 are living at 6754 Del Playa Dr., Goleta,
California. The Swensons spent several days at Christmas in Yosemite
Dr. and Mrs. Tyler W. Cagle and family now live in Temple, Texas,
.where Dr. Cagle serves on the staff of Kings Daughter's Hospital and
Cinic mostly as an oral surgeon. He served as District Dentist at Pedro
Miguel Cocoli and Gorgas.Hospital. The Cagles were in Boone, Iowa at
the Copps, where they heard about. the P..C. Society of Florida and
decided to join. Their daughter Alice Sue is a sophomore -at Baylor
University and is a member of Baylor Golden Wave Band, which is going
to Switzerland later in the season.
Enroute to their new job and home in Kent, Washington, the Josh
Cunninghams visited their son and family Mr. and Mrs. Jay Cunningham.
Santa Fe, New Mexico. While there Jay Arthur Jr. was born. Mr. and
Mrs. Michael Cunningham live in Bellevue, Washington, where Mike
works for Boeing and his wife Ginny is a music teacher in the Bellevue
public schools. Miss Linda Jane Cunningham teaches in a private school
in Burbank, California.
Mr and Mrs. E. F. Rigby, Tampa Florida were guests of their son
and family, Captain and Mrs. Lee Rigby, Bowie, Maryland. While there
Mr. Rigby and Mr. Ralph Frangione witnessed an initiation of Lee into
the Third Degree Masons.
President and Mrs. W. L. Howard, St. Petersburg, Florida entertained
their daughter, Mary Elizabeth Howard Ames, who flew in from Seattle,
Washington and Mrs. Adelaide Lambert, Maryland, who came from Holly-
wood, Florida to attend the reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted McIlhenny, Shaker Heights, Ohio spent Christmas
with their son and family, Mr. and Mrs. David McIlhenny and two sons,
Boston. Massachusetts. David is Director of Information Systems, which
means he is in charge of computer operations for EG&G.
The day after Christmas the senior McIlhennys flew to New York and
sailed aboard Barber Line's TURANDOT for the Far East. They transited
the Panama Canal but did not dock. Places of interest were Manilla,
Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and other parts of Japan. They left the
ship at Los Angeles and visited, Nell Irwin in San Rafael, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill McIlhenny and 3 children live in Freeport, Texas,
where Bill is with Dow Chemical. He is in the final stages of his first
book a semi-chemical tome on chemicals in the sea and is under contract
for a second.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Mclhenny and daughter live in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana where Bob teaches and is radiation safety officer. His field is
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morris, Lutz, Florida were holiday guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Jim Selby, Phoenix, Arizona.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Selby, Phoenix, Airzona were guests of Mr. and
and Mrs. Harry Corn at their home in Yosemite National Park.
Mr. J. M. Lerkes (Bill) has been named Assistant to the President
of Spectrolab, a Division of Textron, Inc., Sylmar, California. Before
joining Spectralab, Mr. Yerkes was manager of the Boeing Space En-
vironment Laboratory at Kent, Washington. He received his B.S. degree
in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a masters de-
gree from Chrysler Institute of Engineering as a part of Chrysler's Man-
agement Training in 1960. He is a senior member of the Institute of
Environmental Sciences; a member of the American Institute of Aero-
nautics and Astronautics and has participated in IFS and Cryogenic
Society National technical session organizer, invited speaker and panel
member. He has published 8 technical papers dealing with real time
computer controlled' systems, high speed Multiplexing and data process-
ing, shock vibration, spacecraft thermal vacuum testing and test facility
Bill is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Yerkes, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
and a graduate of Balboa High School 1952. Mr. David Yerkes attended
the Ceremonies. ED.
Mrs. .Lista Daniels and Bob, Dallas, Texas, visited in Miami and
St. Petersburg, Florida and took a 4 day cruise to Nassau on the M/S
Major Perry Young upon returning from Viet Nam was the guest of
his father Mr. Perry A. Young, St. Petersburg, Florida. Major Young
is an instructor at Castle AFB California.
Major and Mrs. Richard Zeeck and two daughters are in Germany.
where Major Zeeck is a pilot. They vacationed in Austria and Italy.
Mr. and Mrs. Kee Karriger, La Boca, C.Z., flew to Concepion, Chile.
to spend a month during the Christmas holidays with Mr. and Mrs.
Bremer Jorstad (Nancy Karriger) and two children. They were accom-
panied by Lilybel's sister, Santa Monica, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Karriger and 4 children live in Longbeach, Calif.,
where Mr. Karriger is Director of Exceptional children in a private
school in addition to coaching in the Lakewood high school.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner, 3610 Mid Pines, Dallas are enjoying
having their sons living with them. Bob (Robbie) after graduating from
S.M.U. is working and going to North Texas State to finish his Pre-Med.
requirements. George, after finishing IBM school is going to North
Texas State, where he is studying commercial art and music. He plays
a guitar in a Combo with Bill Shepard, and ex-Canal Zone boy.
Miss Wilma Hidalgo of Curundu Heights, C.Z., returned recently
from a vacation in the Midwest and the Orient. In Tokyo, she was the
houseguest of Pat and George Kapolis and their family, all who had
formerly lived in Curundu. Now Pat is with the hospital at Camp Drake
and George with Hq MAAG. George sends greetings to his Shrine brothers
at Abou Saad. Wilma also visited with Mr. and Mrs. Valdo Viglielmo.
"Val's" wife is the former Frances Farrell who lived a major part of
her life on the Isthmus. They are spending a year in Tokyo where he
is studying toward his doctorate in the Japanese language. In June, he
received a Fulbright grant for a year, after which they will return to
Hawaii where Val will continue teaching Japanese at the University
on the island of Oahu. Miss Hidalgo stayed a week in Ft. Buchanan.
Okinawa, with Miss Gwen Boyd, former teacher at Ft. Kobbe Elementary
School. While there, she ran into Miss Jane Haines, former Balboa High
School teacher who is also teaching in Okinawa. While in Manila, she
stayed with Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kinnier and their four children..
The Maine Maritime Academy's 10,000 ton steamship "State of Maine".
remembered on the Isthmus as the former "Ancon" of the Panama
Line, visited the Panama Canal January 17 and 18 while on an 8-week
winter training cruise to the Caribbean and the west coast of the United
States. The "Maine" while bearing the name "Ancon", was a famous
command and communication ship during Worldl War II.
Commanded by Capt. Howard R. Johnson, the vessel with Capt.
M. C. Hill, departed Castine, Maine, on January 8 and returned
March 6. With a crew of 380 officers and cadets, the "Maine" will sail
12,000 miles and visit Bermuda, Jamaica, the Panama Canal, Mexico.
Long Beach, and San Francisco, Calif.
On board the "Maine" will be the successful Maine Products Show
Afloat, which once again will feature displays representative of Maine
industry and agriculture. But the voyage is primarily a working cruise
for the cadets who will become Merchant Marine officers.
Capt. and Mrs. Henry Falk and Peggy's mother Mrs. Liliian Murray,
St. Petersburg, Florida spent Christmas as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Falk, Jr., Sylvania, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs.
R. M. Huls and four children, North Palm Beach, Florida.
Mr. and' Mrs. Jack Kennedy and three children are busy in Com-
munity work in Brandon, Vermont where Mary teaches art in the Ele-
mentary School system.
Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Ulrich (Sara Collinge) and three children are
living in Independence, Missouri. Mr. Ulrich has resigned from the Navy
and is in training with TWA to become a pilot.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright, St. Petersburg, Florida had as guests
during the holiday season, their son Dick and friend Virginia Dieknan,
who are studying at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.
Mr. and Mrs. George P. Allgaier, are at home to their many friends
at 4745 Lake Charles Way N., St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. John Allgaier and family live at 4621 Fairway Drive.
where Mr. Allgaier is Residence Engineer for Anheuser Busch.
The following was written by Dick Taylor, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Dear Lucille: Enjoyed the December Bulletin, but the present mem-
bership is composed largely of the second and third, generation rather
than those with whom I associated. For instance:
The picture of the Master Builders Office shows some of my old
*associates, namely; Chris. Neilsen, John C. Keller, my chief clerk in
the Pacific Division Corozal office, 1908-1913. Mr. Belding, Master Builder
(father-in-law of John M. Kink, old time D.Q.M.) Talty, as wild as they
ever made em; Sam Hitt, Architect; Arthur Start, clerk in the Chief
Timekeepers office at Corozal (under Mike Mullen) 1908-13." Arthur had
a typewriter (I forget the name) that had a bank of keys like pyramids
mounted on top of the machine; and when the typewriter repair boys
ran out of spare parts, Arthur had to change his job because he couldn't
operate any other kind. John Warner knew him; Charlie Cameron, for
many years in the Record Bureau, Bill Daniels, later in Lighthouse Sub-
Div. at Gatun. I wonder if Booth is the same man who caught on the
Panama Baseball team 1906-07 when the park was located in Coco Grove,
later of ill repute. They called him "No puede" Booth, when a foul ball
was out of reach. Pancho Arias pitched for that team; others I remember
were Herman Gudger (son of the Canal Zone Judge) and Gus Eisen-
mann. They had a fine team.
Guess you have heard we are having a cold spell, down to 43 degrees
below zero in parts around here. The stores are selling topless thermome-
tors, the part above zero isn't of any use. They say a guy drank anti-freeze
in his coffee-said he would rather die from poisoned alcohol than freeze
to death. Also, some of the houses around here have no heat because the
gas pressure is too low. Lots of igloo material has arrived by air-several
feet of it. Dick and Ruth Taylor.
Mr. and Mrs. Joel T. Cook of Clarksville, Virginia arrived to spend
the holiday season with Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Noonon of Brazos
Heights on the Atlantic Side and Mr. and Mrs. William K. McCue of Los
'Rios on the Pacific Side.
Mrs. Cook was employed formerly in the Supply Division, General
Manager's Division Office in Balboa and Mr. Cook was with the Panama
Canal Company Police Division.
Mrs. Grace Schack, a former employee of Payroll and Accounting
Branch of the Panama Canal Co., spent the holidays with her son and
daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schack of Gatun. Mrs. Schack
now makes her home in Miami, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Tompkins of St. Petersburg, Florida spent the
holidays with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Kovel
of Los Rios. Mr. and Mrs. Tompkins are former Canal Zone residents.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Hack of Ancon, who recently retired from Pan-
ama Canal Zone service, left Isthmus to make their home in East Moline,
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Watson of Gainesville, Florida arrived to spend
the holidays with Mr. Watson's uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John A.
Everson of La Boca. Mr. Watson is the son of Mr. John S. Watson and
the late Mrs. Watson, formerly of the Canal Zone, where he spent his
The City of Buffalo and the Niagara Frontier South Division were
hosts for the New York District's Golden Anniversary convention of In-
ternational Kiwanis held at Niagara Falls. Mr. Perry L. Starbuck, 3109
Buris Rd., Vestal, New York was elected Governor-elect for 1968 of the
New York State District of Kiwanis International. An administrative
Assistant at the Federal Elecronics System Center of IBM he is now in
line to become state Kiwanis governor in 1969. Mr. Starbuck was head of
the Commercial department and Dean of men at the Canal Zone Col-
lege from 1937 to 1942.
Robert Silverstein, a native of New York City, who has been with
the Department of Justice since 1953, his prior position being in Wash-
ington hold a law degree from the University of Miami and has been
admitted to practice in Florida, before the Court of Appeals for the Fifth
Circuit and before the U. S. Supreme Court. He succeeds J. Morton
Thomson, Jr., who resigned recently to take an attorney position in
Memphis, Tenn., with the Defense Department.
Mr. and Mrs. William Barlow of Tampa, Florida, celebrated their
54th Wedding Anniversary at the home of their son and daughter-in-law
(Henry and Barbara) Barlow in Cape Coral, Florida on Nevember 17th.
A real Panama fish-fry was held in honor of the event, the fish for the
affair having been hand-carried from Panama to the States by the William
Barlow's daughter and son-in-law (Ruth and John Schmidt). The Barlows
were the recipients of some lovely gifts. Guests who attended this An-
niversary Party were Ruth and John Schmidt of Balboa, Canal Zone;
Ruth and Jack Campbell of St. Petersburg, Florida; Mr. and Mrs. James
Thompson of Cape Coral, Florida; Barbara and Hank Barlow of Cape
Coral; and the guests of honor, Mr. and Mrs. William Barlow of Tampa.
Mrs. Janet Kinnier (Kimmel) and her four children have entered into
the second year of residence in the Philippines at Manila. Mr. Kinnier's
tour of duty with the U.S.A.I.D. is expected to end in September. Janet's
address is, Mrs. Richard Kinnier U.S.A.I.D./Philippiness, A.P.O. San
Whitman Paul Garrett, husband of Catherine R. Garrett of Operations
Division, was employed in 1939 as Lake Patrol in Charge of Gatun Lake,
which is part of the Panama Canal. The plight of many hungry, sick,
ill-clothed Panamanians living in the Zone came to his attention.
He did more than lament their distress. He appealed to Panamanians
anid North Americans who could help and made them aware of the im-
portance of their continuing interest and aid.
Petitions written by grateful recipients prompted the Panamanian
President in 1957 to recognize Garrett's highly-successful efforts by dec-
orating him with the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa.
The United States, which, under certain circumstances, does not
permit its citizens to accept decorations from foreign countries in which
they are employed, retained the medal and accompanying citation.
Recently a law was passed which permitted the Government to re-
store to this unofficial good-will ambassador the honors bestowed upon
him by a foreign country because he noticed, valued, and helped its
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Simpson of Salina, Kansas arrived in Panama
from a world cruise aboard the SS Orsova. Mrs. Simpson is the former
Miss Elouise Monroe who was for a number of years a member of the
faculty of Balboa High School.
Mr. and Mrs. Simpson were the house guests of Miss Ruth Rickarby
of Bella Vista. Upon their return to the States the Simpsons plan to make
their future home at Leisure World, California.
Mr. and Mrs. James McKeown and their son, Mark, left the Isthmus
January 18 bound for Berkeley, California, where McKeown will be as-
sociated with the Special Projects Division of the U. S. Atomic Energy
McKeown, a life-long resident of the Canal Zone, has been an em-
ployee of the Panama Canal organization for a number of years, and for
the past two years has been assigned to Sea Level Canal Support Divi-
sion of the Office of Interoceanic Canal Studies as administrative officer
and later as public relations officer.
Two graduates of Balboa High School ano one of Cristobal High
High School are enrolled at King's College in Charlotte, North Carolina.
They are Jean Marie Lindh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney T.
Lindh, of Balboa Heights, who has registered for the Executive Secretarial
course: Pamela Kathleen Rowe, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willam G.
Rowe, of Balboa, who has enrolled for classes in the Medical Secretarial
course; and Susan May Phillips. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Phillips,
of Cristobal, who has matriculated for the Data Processing course.
Joe C. Galloway of Houston, Texas, has just joined Gulf States Paper's
E-Z Opener sales division in Texas.
Galloway is a native of the Panama Canal Zone and is a graduate
of the Balboa High School. He later attended the Citadel in Charleston,
He has had experience in the paper business during four years as
a salesman for Moore Paper Company, Houston.
The former Karen Clark of Houston is Mrs. Galloway, and the couple
has one daughter, three-year-old Kari Jo.
November 4, at the installation ceremony of the Elbert S. Waid Post
No 2. of the American Legion, one of the highest wards in the American
Legion was awarded to Luke C. Palumbo, the Americanism Trophy, Pal-
umbo a Profesor at Cristobal High School was also presented the Merit
The awards were given to Palumbo for his outstanding contributions
to the community and for his untiring efforts in promoting a true spirit of
Americanism among the younger generation on the Atlantic side of the
Isthmus. Palumbo will be remembered for the outstanding job that he
as coach of the Cristobal Tigers when the High School was located in
Post Commander I. N. Burgess in making the presentation to Palumbo
stated that the community and the nation needed more leaders like Luke
Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Rowen, Jr. and their son, Robert, III, ar-
rived from San Francisco, California to spend the holiday with Mr.
Bowen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Bowen of La Boca, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Bowen, Jr., is the former Miss Sheila Sheridan.
Miss Mary Anne Bowen and Mr. Michael McLoughlin of Rye, New
York, arrived to spend the holidays with her family.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. McIntire and two children, Vicki andl Cheryl, of
Tulsa, Oklahoma spent the holidays as guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Hartman of Diablo. They are former residents of the Canal Zone.
ATLANTA, Georgia (Special to the Star and Herald)-Robert C.
Walker of Balboa Heights, has been designated a "distinguished" cadet
in the Air Force ROTC at Emory Universty here.
The younger Walker is taking a pre-medical-dental course.
Walker, Sr., is Chief of Internal Security for the Panama Canal.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Newburg of Diablo, Canal Zone had as their
guests for the holidays, Mrs. Newbury's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James
J. Riley of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Captain and Mrs. E. L. Swinson of Gloucester, Massachusetts arrived
for a month's visits with relatives and friends on the Isthmus.
Captain Swinson is a former Assistant Port Captain with the Panama
Canal Co. and Mrs. Swinson is the sister of Dr. A. Earle Gerans of Diablo
Edward M. Wilder of Balboa, who is in Airborne Training at Fort
Benning, Georgia, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the U. S.
Army. He is the son of Lt. Matthew J. Wilder, Sr., of the Panama Canal
Fire Division, and Mrs. Wilder.
He is a graduate of Balboa High School and Canal Zone College and
attended The Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning. Upon
completion of Airborne Training, he will attend Special Forces Training
at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then will be stationed with the 8th
Special Forces Group, Fort Gulick.
Mr. and Mrs. Temple Jarrell of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, former
residents of the Canal Zone, are the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Albert
A. Short of La Boca, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Jules Damiani and her infant daughter, Jennifer, of Edison,
New Jersey arrived to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph A. Gangle
of Balboa. Mr. Damiani joined his family and they divided their holiday
stay between Balboa and Gatun where they were with Mr. Damiani's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Damiani.
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Winquist and their daughter arrived from
Fort Lauderdale, Florida to spend the holiday in Panama. They were
guests at the Hotel El Panama Hilton.
The Winquists are former residents of Panama City were Mr. Win-
quist was Chief Engineer with Fuerza y Luz.
Sgt. and Mrs. Lawrence L. Barfield, Jr. and their son arrived to
spend the holidays with Mr. Barfield's parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Bar-
field, Sr. of Margarita.
Sgt. Barfield, a graduate of Cristobal High School, is making his first
visit home since 1959. He is presently stationed at Shaw Air Force Base
in Alabama where he is an instructor in Airborne Radio Technology.
Mrs. Barfield Jr. is the former Miss Theresa MacAlinden of Marthawell,
Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Danielsen of Gatun had as their guests for the
holidays, Mrs. Danielsen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Daniels, St.
Petersburg, Florida. The Daniels are former Panama residents.
Miss Jane Faris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Faris of Margarita.
visited her parents while on vacation from her duties at Montelepre Hos-
pital in New Orleans. Miss Faris is employed as a dietory supervisor.
The following appeared in the Evening Independent, St. Petersburg,
By Paul Davis
CANAL 'GIVE-AWAY' PROTESTED
Approximately 600 persons attended the annual reunion of the Panama
Canal Society held at the Hotel Soreno, coming from many parts of the
country for two days of entertainment and conversations about those
"those good old days."
Several hundred retired employes of the canal reside in this city and
the Tampa Bay.area.
This year's annual luncheon was featured by an address by .Laconia,
New Hampshire banker, Richard H..Whitehead, once testing engineer for
the Panama.Canal Commission, superintendent of .the Pacific locks of the
canal and a member of the Goethals Memorial Commission, who saw the
future of the canal endangered if proposed treaties with the Panama Re-
public are approved by the U. S. Senate and signed.
Whitehead, who is speaking out against this step, frequently goes to
Washington, and left here copies of a statement by him, published in the
September 20, 1967 issue of the Congressional Record, by request of U. S.
Rep. Louis C. Wyman, R-N.H.
In a nutshell Whitehead said the proposed treaty under study if ap-
proved, would give up U. S. sovereign rights to the Canal Zone, abolish
the Panama Canal Board, set up dual operating authority, increase the
annual payment to Panama by raising canal tolls, and give all canal
porperty in the zone not used by the canal to Panama "all in expectation
of the U. S. building a sea level canal elsewhere."
Whitehead charged the American people have been kept in ignorance
of these treaties "and brainwashed by a steady barrage from government
sources aimed to minimize the importance of the present canal to our
Whitehead was applauded by the crowd which more and more over
the years has complained at annual reunions that the government is turn-
ing over the canal and its operations to Panamanians.
Miss Dorothy Rose, after a year in Viet Nam, where she was Hos-
pital Director, with the Red Cross at an evacuation hospital Que Hnen,
South Viet Nam has returned to the states and is now with the Red Cross
at a Naval Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee.
Charles A. Crosby, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Crosby, Green
Valley, Arizona, has finished his four years in the Navy, 18 months of
which was spent flying over Viet Nam and is now in school in Tulsa,
Judith (Crosby) Genshor after spending five years in the Air Force
as 1st Lt. flight nurse is now residing in Green Valley, Arizona while her
husband is in Viet Nam.
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Simpson, Walnut Creek, California spent a few
days renewing acquaintances in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Leo Welling writes that although he is 79 years old and badly
handicapped he manages to get to his office. He is busy sending out
phamplets on the "give away of the Canal" and has received many let-
ters from Congressman. His brother Benjamin D. Welling, Detroit, Mich-
igan is 82 years old. He was with Dr. Gorgas as secretary in the old Ad-
ministration building in Ancon.
Loi, Hallowell Jones, St. Petersburg, Florida celebrated Thanks-
giving with a dinner in her new home with her children and parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Ross Hallowell, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Park and family; Regina
Coffee; Hilda Daisey and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Levy, Altemonte Springs,
Florida, who spent the week end with her parents. Christmas was spent
at the Hallowells and Lois held open house New Year's eve. for a group
of close friends and relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coleman, Henderson-
vile, North Carolina who came for the reunion spent a week with the
Hallowells during which a Panamanian Luau was given, The Colemans
went to Homestead AFB, Florida to visit their grandson Captain Dale
Dombrowsky and family.
Mrs. Nina McMillan, St. Petersburg, Florida spent the holidays with
Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Symonds and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bouroughs, Al-
buquerque, New Mexico.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Reece and daughter Karon, Akron, Ohio spent
several weeks in St. Petersburg, Florida, during Xmas with Janet's
mother Mrs. Geneva Stockham and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hey and three children, Florrisant, Missouri were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones during the holiday season.
Miss Peggy Donovan, South Bend, Indiana and her friend Miss Gloria
Wachala, Chicago, Illinois were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan,
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Matheney, Herrick Heights, Canal Zone were
guests of his mother Mrs. Jessie Matheney, St. Petersburg, Florida.
They later visited Mr. and Mrs. Harold Feeney, Harbor Hts., Florida.
Capt. and Mrs. E. G. Abbott, St. Petersburg, Florida drove to the
home of Col. and Mrs. Virgil Shaw, Salemburg, North Carolina for the
Christmas holidays. Mrs. Richard Abbot and three children, Fall Church,
Maryland were also guests. Major Abbott is in Viet Nam.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Nuls, North Palm Beach, Florida spent a few
days at Freeport, Bahamas during the International Races.
Mr. Andy Fraser, St. Petersburg, Florida spent the holidays in Los
'Angeles, California with Mrs. Emily Yortley.
Miss Mary Esslinger, Washington, D. C. was a guest of her parents
Mr. and Mrs. Houston Esslinger, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Askew, Balboa, Canal Zone spent their vaca-
tion in St. Petersburg, Florida with her mother Mrs. Otto Kosak, who
returned to the Zone with them.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Orr flew to New York City for the Christmas
holidays with their son and family, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Orr and 2 sons.
They later flew to Detroit, Mich. to visit Carter's sister, Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. B. C. Judd, St. Petersburg, Florida spent Christmas with her
daughter Betty and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rathgaber, Glassboro,
Captain and Mrs. Thomas McGraw, of Diablo Heights had as their
guests Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe M. Collins of Clearwater, Florida. Mr.
Collins, who retired two years ago, was a former harbormaster at Balboa.
Peter Richard, Jacksonville, Fla. and his sister Gyneth, Miami, Fla.,
were Thanksgiving guests of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece, St. Petersburg,
Mrs. Lois Bates (De La Mater) is secretary to the commanding
general at the small air base at Taipei, Taiwan. Her children are work-
ing and taking courses at the University of Hawaii.
Mr. Walter Lindsay, St. Petersburg, Fla. is on a business trip to
Panama, Honduras and other Central American countries.
Mr. and Mrs. Alton White (Mattilee) were recent visitors in the
San Francisco area, prior to Mr. White's departure for Saigon. He will
serve as Engineering Consultant for work being performed by the firm
Parsons, Brickerhoff, Tudor & Bechtel, for the Navy, in Saigon-Job
will take from 3 to 4 weeks. While in San Franciso, the Whites were
entertained by Col. & Mrs. M. C. Harrison of San Anselmo: Mr. and Mrs.
Edw. Browder, Jr. (Marie) of Oakland: Mr. and Mrs. Philip Thornton
(Dorothy) of Mill Valley. Mrs. White returned to La Mesa, California.
with a stopover at Torrance to visit with her daughter and family (Major
and Mrs. Charles McGinn and their 5 youngsters), and with Thelma
Reppe, in Long Beach. She also visited with son Dennis, his wife Barbara,
and granddaughter Whitney, in Orange. Alton and Matt have been in
La Mesa for a few months helping to take care of his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. D. P. White. D.P. is in a nursing home at present. Alton and Matt
still maintain their apartment in Houston-but the California folks are
hoping they give it up and move to the Coast-West Coast.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Campbell are at home to their many friends in
their new home that they had built at 1481 Sea Gull Dr. So., St. Petersburg,
Mrs. Mabel Hutchings, San Leandro, Calif., was the guest of Mr. and
Mrs. Byrne Hutchings, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. While there the Hutchings
had Mabel's son and family, Major and Mrs. Wm. Hutchings and son:
Mr. and Mrs. Donald, Slay and son; Sandra Schmitt and Fiance, Howard
Gould as guests. Mabel was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hunter, Nita
Hartman, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Magnuson; Mrs. Wm. Dambaugh; Mr.
and Mrs. Clifford Allen, and Mr. and Mrs. George Winquist. In St. Peters-
burg she was entertained by Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Hutchings and Mr. and
Mrs. E. M. McGinnis and at a coffee given by Mrs. Wells Wright and
Mrs. Henry Donovan, where she saw many Canal Zone friends. The
month of December was spent with her son and family, Major Wm. and
family in Cherry Point, N.C. where Bill is assigned to the 2nd Marine
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT
THE ROD & GUN CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
November 8, 1967
The November meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida was
called to order by President Banan at two p.m. The President led the
Society in the Pledge of Allegance to the Flag. Chaplain Ross Cunning-
ham gave the Invocation. The following members who have been absent
for some time and visitors stood as their names were called by the
Recording Secretary and were welcomed by the Society:
Mrs. J. F. Everett-back to St. Petersburg after an extended vaca-
tion in Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ward-home again after a four-month northern
Mrs. W. A. Van Sicien-recently returned to her home in St. Peters-
burg from a northern vacation.
Leo Wilkes-St. Petersburg.
Mrs. M. B. Huff (Selma)-visiting in St. Petersburg from Virginia.
Mrs. Raymond E. Forbbes (Erma)-Mrs. Forbes now will make
Florida her home. Welcome!
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wolford-Zephyrhills.
Mr. H. J. McElhone-Margarita, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Mae McCloskey-St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hills-welcomed back after spending the
summer months at their home in Maine.
President Banan personally greeted the visitors and all members of
the Society. Ninety-nine were present at the meeting.
The minutes of the October meeting were read by the Recording
Secretary. There were no corrections.
Mrs. Judd stated that any interested in having rural mail boxes re-
moved and new boxes installed should contact Neely Voss, Phone 896-9085.
She was well satisfied with his work at her home and for those who are
either unable to make the change themselves or have no preference
otherwise she felt that some might be glad to have this information.
The boy is engaged in this work in order to help his widowed mother.
After reporting on recent deaths and illnesses, Mrs. Judd reviewed
correspondence from mutual friends. Detailed news will appear in the
March Record pertaining to engagements, weddings, address changes,
retirements, etc., as well as news from other Panama Canal Societies
from various states. The Pat Coakleys (Grand Rapids, Michigan) had
written an informative letter of their visit to !heir son, Jim, now stationed
at the Air Force Base in Colorado.
Among the many members who have recently returned from northern
vacations are Eva Cole, Helen Hammond, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold J.
Zierten. Mr. Zierten is recovering satisfactorily from an illness while
A card from Mr. Kilbey, Aiken, South Carolina, stated that his
book has not been published but he expects that it would be published
Mr. E. A. Majilton is interested in Panama paper money, coins.
medals, and historical books of Panama, etc. If anyone has any material
pertaining to Panama and would like to sell, contact Mr. Majilton.
Mr. Lockridge reported that there was no new legislation at this
time in Congress concerning Panama Canal retirees.
President Banan asked those who had had birthdays in the past
month to stand. Happy Birthday was sung to the Vice-President, Mr.
A. B. Howard.
President Banan had folders for distribution to Senior Citizens who
would be interested in bowling. Members were reminded; that with the
December meeting there would not be the customary contributions to the
former Crippled Children's Hospital. That hospital was taken over by
the Childrens Hospital and is now under the control of the city. With this
change in status, the Executive Committee had voted that it was no longer
feasible to continue the yearly donations which in former years had been
a rewarding annual project.
As there was no new or unfinished business, the meeting was adjourn-
ed at 3 p.m.
Coffee and doughnuts were served by the Refreshment Committee
and all enjoyed chatting with old friends.
President Cecil Banan called the December 13th meeting of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida to order at 2 p.m. After the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag, led by the President, the Invocation was given
by Chaplain Ross Cunningham. The following members who had been
absent for several meetings and visitors stood as their names were
called by the Recording Secretary to be welcomed by the Society:
Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Hackett-St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Norris B. Holt-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. Harry J. Lewis-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Anna Bartlett-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Max C. Conover-Maitland, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Francis F. Hargy-St. Petersburg, Florida
Miss E. Jane Holcomb-St. Petersburg, Florida
Sadie and Bill Slaughter-Bradenton, Florida
Eugene I. Askew-Balboa, Canal Zone
Returning winter residents from the north present at the meeting were:
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Grimm-Wisconsin
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M. Jordan-Maine
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Calvit-Pennsylvania.
President Banan personally welcomed the visitors and members oi
the Society. Approximately 125 attended the December meeting.
The minutes of the November meeting were read by the Recording
Secretary. There were no corrections.
Mrs. Judd explained to the Society how the Blood Bank worked and
assured all members of the Blood Bank that an ample supply of blood
was always available when the need arose. Although 239 pints of the 257
purchased in 1967 had been used, additional blood would be obtained
when the amount on hand justified replenishing.
Correspondence to the Secretary-Treasurer was unusually heavy
since the November meeting. Thus, Mrs. Judd because of a lack of
time had to report only the high points of this prolific correspondence.
Many members from the various states when sending in their 1968 dues
wrote news of interest and sent Happy Holiday Greetings to the members
of the Society. Mrs. Judd acknowledged all greetings and read as much
of the news enclosed as time permitted. A letter had been received from
Charles Harrison thanking the Society for blood. A card from Mrs. James
Marshall now with her daughter, Melinda, in Houston, Texas, expressed
appreciation to their many friends in St. Petersburg. News in more de-
tail concerning deaths, engagements, marriages, births, anniversaries,
travels, etc. will appear in the March Record.
'An interesting picture, given to Mrs. Judid by Andy Fraser, of the
Balboa High School classes of 1915-a decided contrast to the current
enrollment with crowded space in spite of a comprehensive building
program-was displayed to the group. Mrs. Judd identified many familiar
faces and is interested in learning the identity of all in the picture.
Mrs. Judd read a letter from the managing director of the Soreno
Hotel pertaining to the coming Reunion and in particular details con-
cerning the luncheon. She assured the Society that services, food, etc.
would be excellent this year under the new management the former
high standards of the Soreno is expected. She reminded the members
that only 300 reservations could be taken for the luncheon-thus all
interested should make reservations and pay for the tickets by Tuesday
before the luncheon on Wednesday, January 10. A host and hostess at
each table will be responsible to check on any item needed at that table.
Dr. R. H. Whitehead of New Hampshire, an authority on the Panama
Canal and an opponent to the proposed new treaty will give a fifteen-
minute talk at the luncheon. Mr. Elmer Stevens, Ocala, Florida, has
been asked to give a brief talk at the annual business meeting on Tues-
day, January 9.
Mr. G. C. Lockridge reported that he had nothing to add to the
Legislative report which appeared in the December Record.
President Banan asked those who had birthdays during the past
month to stand. Happy Birthday was sung to Mrs. C. G. Calvit, Mrs.
Maxwell Michel, Mrs. Pearl Marshall, Mrs. F. B. Hill, and Mr. C. A.
Widell. Other known December birthdays are: Elmer Abbott, Ella Brown,
Arthur Luther, Earl Beck of Florida and H. P. Forrest of Virginia. Con-
President Banan reminded the Society that the December meeting
was the last meeting at the Rod and Gun Club. The next regular meeting
(February) will be held in Gulfport and the time of the meeting has been
changed from two p.m. to one-thirty p.m.
Mr. Banan announced that Bill Grady had Chiote sprouts to giv,,
to any who desired them.
The meeting adjourned at 3:45 p.m. Coffee and doughnuts wer,
served by the Refreshment Committee.
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida
January 9-10, 1968
The Panama Canal Society of Florida convened at the Soreno Hotel
in St. Petersburg, Florida, on January 9 for the Thirty-sixth Annual Re
union. A panoramic view of the lounge of the hotel can only be expressed
by "Happy Times are Here Again." The lounge was crowded with many
members and guests renewing old friendships, reminiscing over by-gone
days, and exchanging news concerning families and mutual friends.
long lines formed in the lobby for registration, and name tags were
given all who registered.
President Banan called the business meeting to order at 2:10 p.m.
The President, after leading the Society in the Pledge of Allegiance to
the Flag, offered a short prayer. He then, heartily welcomed approxi-
mately 160 members in attendance at the meeting.
Officers of the different chapters of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida were asked by President Banan to stand. Mrs. Peggy Ellis.
representing the Houston, Texas area stood and was introduced to the
The minutes of the December 13th meeting were read by the Re-
cording Secretary. As there were no omissions or corrections, the min-
utes were approved as read.
Mrs. Judd briefly reviewed expenses for the year, 1967. Many 1968
dues were paid, and, a few even paid dues to the year 1975.
Mrs. Judd in reporting on current illnesses stated that many were
unable to attend the Reunion because of the influenza as a number have
been ill. Severe weather also curtailed attendance; a few even attemp-
ted to make the trip to St. Petersburg but were stranded, en route by
heavy snow. Mrs. Judd reported on deaths since the December meeting
--details will appear in the March Record. Mr. S. J. Shreves, St. Peters-
burg, Florida, a loyal member who regularly attended the monthly
meetings, died just three days before the opening of the Reunion and
services were held on January 11.
Only four stood for the singing of Happy Birthday when President
Banan asked for birthdays since the December meeting. On January
25 Mrs. Dove L. Prather of Portland, Oregon will celebrate her 100th
birthday! Happy Birthday to Mrs. Erma Forbes. Elmer Stevens. Mrs.
James Bradley, Mrs. Mary Weller, Mrs. Edith Kieswetter. Jack Men-
nell, and A. G. Dunham all of Florida and Bill Dorgan, New Jersey and
Mrs. Edna Van Brocklin of California. Also, congratulations to the follow-
ing on their anniversaries: the Raymond Hills, 47th anniversary, the
Newell Shaws. 50th anniversary, and the Carl A. Widells, 40th anniver-
Many cards from members who could not attend the Reunion were
read by Mrs. Judd with personal "Good Wishes to All." Mrs. Judd also
announced a new member to the Society-Robert Silverstein, Assistant
U. S. Attorney for the Canal Zone.
As there was no unfinished business brought up. President Banan
turned the gavel over to Mr. Dewey Goodwin who officiated in the in-
stallation of officers for the year 1968. After thanking President Banan,
Mr. Goodwin read to the group the names of officers selected by the
Nominating Committee under the chairmanship of Ross Hollowell:
President ............... William L. Howard
Vice-President .............. G. C. Lockridge
Secretary-Treasurer ........ Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary ...... Margaret M. Ward
Record Editor ..............Betty Lockridge
Mr. Goodwin asked for nominations from the floor. As there were none,
Keith Kelley asked for an unanimous vote for the officers as selected
by the Nominating Committee. The motion was seconded and the vote
unanimous for the above officers for 1968. Mr. Lockridge, the in-coming
Vice-President, was called to the table, and the 1968 officers were sworn
in by Mr. Dewey Goodwin.
The gavel was returned to Mr. Cecil Banan, the out-going President.
who now introduced Mr. Elmer Stevens of Ocala, Florida. Mr. Stevens
gave a brief but enlightening talk on his personal experiences in Viet
Nam. He advised the public to be more selective in their reading and to
seek authentic historical truths rather than biased journalistic reports.
The half-truths of newspapers are dangerous. Do we dare ignore Com-
munist danger to us if we do not do our part in Viet Nam? The allowed
time for Mr. Steven's talk was of necessity brief, but members who at-
tended the meeting were intensely interested in his informative approach
to this controversial situation.
President Banan thanked the many members who came from far
and near to attend the Reunion. He reminded the group of the annual
luncheon on Wednesday at 12:30. Mr. Banan also mentioned the change
in the regular monthly meetings-now meeting at 1:30 in Gulfport on the
first Friday of the month. He also reminded members of the Past
Worthy Matron's meeting on Thursday.
The business meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.
The annual luncheon served at the Soreno Hotel at 12:30 on Wednes-
day, January 10, proved to be a very successful affair with delicious food
and excellent service. Mr. Edward A. Linney, a guest at the luncheon,
was introduced by President Cecil Banan who thanked Mr. Linney, for
his voluntary legal advise to the Society when needed. Mrs. Linney was
also present. Bob Hill, Purser on the S.S. Cristobal, New Orleans, spoke
briefly of his long association with Panama Canal employees. Dr. R. H.
Whiethead, a banker from Laconia, New Hampshire, now vacationing in
Florida, attended the Reunion and gave a thought-provoking talk at the
luncheon. Dr. Whitehead, once a test engineer for the Panama Canal
Commission, Superintendent of the Pacific Locks, and a member of the
Goethals Memorial Commission, has continued his early interest in the
Panama Canal. Often, he has gone to Washington on Panama Canal af-
fairs. He talked to the luncheon guests on the dangers involved; if the
pending treaty between the United States and Panama is ratified. He
feels that the people of the United States have been brain-washed and
kept in ignorance of the far-reaching consequences of this ignoble treaty.
The very life of the Panama Canal as well at the security of the United
States is at stake. Every effort must be made to prevent the ratification
of the treaty as now written! Thank you, Dr. Whitehead for your inspir-
Mr. Banan presented the incoming President. Mr. W. L. Howard,
with a new gavel, made for Mr. Howard by Mr. Howard Dworak. After
thanking the out-going President, Mr. Banan, Mr. Howard spoke briefly
to the Society, thanking all who had attended the Reunion and wished
them a safe journey home.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 p.m.
Margaret M. Ward
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
Through January 1968
The holidays have come and gone and I do hope that we are all back
to normal again -
It was certainly wonderful to see so many familiar faces again this
year, although many had to cancel on account of illness and bad travel-
ing weather. Too there were many who came to the Reunion for the first
time. They seemed to enjoy themselves a great deal.
There were, as usual, over 600 milling around the first and second
days and many did not take time to register, so perhaps we will hear
from them during the coming year-some thinking of coming back next
year-we will look forward to this.
This year the dining room at the Soreno was much more comfortable
with only eight or ten at the tables-it really gave one a chance to breathe.
and relax without bothering the one sitting next. There were 275 luncheons
and all said that it was delicious-for the benefit of those who did not get
one here, I am going to give you the menu, so that I know your mouth is
Fresh fruit cocktail-Grenadine-real fresh fruit-grenadine-pretty
Assorted relishes plenty of them
Sirloin Tip Beef-Burgundy-tender so that one could cut it with a
fork and the gravy was delicious-burgundy made it so.
Snowflake potatoes-really snowflake-they had been whipped until
it seemed they were floating.
Green beans, french style, almondine-delicious
Chef's Salad-with Thousand Island dressing
Assorted rolls-which turned out to be Cloverleaf, and as light as a
Butter-and plenty of it
Baked Alaska Pie-what a dessert-I don't believe there was a
Famous Soreno Coffee-and believe me the word FAMOUS was just
the word to use.
I hope that those who were stranded have by now not regretted that
they started out to reach the Reunion-also that there were no accidents.
I am going to ask you again not to add 10 cents to your checks-the
Bank does not require this any more, although the bank does require the
addition of 45 cents on Canal Zone checks, that is checks drawn on a
Canal Zone bank.
When you send in your dues please send only one check covering the
dues and that of the Blood Bank- made out to the PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY OF FLORIDA INC., as we are sending in one check to cover
the full amount for the Blood Bank.
DUES in the Society are $4.00 annually and $2.00 each for membership
in the Blood Bank. Children's dues in the Blood Bank, $1.00 per year.
When you move please send in your change of address so that you
will receive the next Record at your present address.
Don't forget that the new meeting place for the monthly meetings is
now in Gulfport held on the first FRIDAY of each month at the Gulf-
port Community Center Auditorium, 5730 SHORE BLVD. south at 1:30
p.m. Take busses 1 and 2 from Williams Park in St. Petersburg.
Other pertinent information concerning the Reunion will be in the
minutes of the meetings and other parts of the March Record.
Thanks for so many Christmas Cards -- believe me they are
Best wishes for a Happy New Year, and a most properous 1968.
Lucille S. Judd
Mrs. Minnie V. Walstrom, 82, a former Canal Zone resident, died
December 6, at the Lutheran Hospital, Fort Dodge, Iowa, where she had
been a medical patient.
Mrs. Walstrom was born in O'Neill, Nebraska. She was married to
Louis Humphrey in 1906 and they lived in the Canal Zone during the
construction years, 1908 to 1914. Louis Humphrey was with the Canal
Zone Fire Department.
Mr. Humphrey died in the early 1920s.
In 1929 she was married to John B. Walstrom until his death in 1947.
She returned to the Isthmus and made her home with her sons, LeRoy
L. Humphrey and Bladon D. Humphrey, who were both with the Canal
Zone Fire Department.
Mrs. Walstrom is survived by one son, LeRoy L. Humphrey, who now
resides at 612 North 21st Street, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501, four grad-
children and 12 great-grandshildren.
Eddie Holgerson of Colon, 76, a retired Panama Canal employee with
42 year's government service, died January 24, 1968 at Coco Solo Hospital.
He was born February 6, 1891, in San Andres, Columbia.
Mr. Holgerson was a chief mate and then master with the Panama
Canal Railroad Line and then transferred to Panama Canal service on
the Isthmus as stevedore foreman. He retired February 28, 1953.
He is survived by his widow, Angelica; two sons, Eddie Holgerson,
Jr. of Margarita, a Panama Canal Pilot, and Frank J. Holgerson of Ho-
boken, N. J., second mate with the American Export Isbrandtsen Line;
two daughters, Mrs. B. J. Chandler of Vanceboro, North Carolina, and
Opel Gomez of Chester. Pennsylvania and three sisters.
Mrs. Florence M. Burns, who left the Isthmus to make her home in
Amarillo, Texas, in February of this year after retiring from Canal Zone
service, died November 6, in Northwest Texas Hospital, Amarillo, where
she had been a patient since the end of August.
She was born in Amarillo, Texas, December 3, 1905.
Mrs. Burns was a member of Orchid Chapter No. 1. Order of the
Eastern Star, Balboa.
She is survived by her only son, William E. Burns, Chief of the Pan-
ama Canal's Graphic Branch, who was called to Texas by his mother's
illness, and his wife, Nancy, who resides in Diablo Heights; by four
grandchildren: and by one sister, Katheryne Burwell Gordon. 4228 West
11th Street, Amarillo, Texas.
Paul Edward Anderson, 48, machinist leader, Miraflores Locks com-
pressor room, was fatally injured while adjusting belts on an air com-
pressor while the machine was running. He was caught in the belts
January 23 1968.
A helper, Pedro Herandez, Panamanian, an eyewitness, stopped the
machine but it was too late.
Dr. Loren Jacobson of Gorgas Hospital pronounced Anderson dead
at the scene.
Anderson, who resided at 6337 Los Rios, was born May 29, 1919 in
New London, Ohio. He went to the Isthmus November 6, 1943 as a ma
chinist at the Panama Canal locks.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Carmen Olinda A. Anderson; two
sons, Wayne Edward 16, and Richard Eugene, 9; and by a daughter by
a former marriage, Paul Katherine. He is survived by five brothers and
four sisters living in Ashland, Ohio.
He was President of the Balboa Gun Club and a member of the Dia-
blo Heights Spinning Club.
Darewood A. Ogletree, a former employee of the Panama Canal and
then a civilian employee of the U. S. Navy on the Atlantic side of the
Isthmus, died in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Ogletree is survived by his widow, Mrs. Edna (Hewitt) Ogletree
of St. Petersburg, Florida, two children, Kathleen and Avery Ogletree, who
are in school in St. Petersburg; a sister, Mrs. Nora (Hewitt) Green, form-
erly of the Canal Zone and now a resident of Aiken, South Carolina, and
a sister-in-law, Mrs. Margaret (Hewitt) Sapp of Coco Solo.
Julio E. Hurtado, 58, Civil Engineer with the Panama Canal Maint-
enance Division and a resident of Balboa, died at Gorgas Hospital fol-
lowing a brief illness.
A native of Peru, Mr. Hurtado was a naturalized United States citizen
and served with the United States Army. He was graduated from the
Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, with a degree in engineer-
Surviving him are his widow Mrs. Louise Hurtado of Balboa and a
daughter Mrs. R. L. Lyons of Virginia.
Mrs. Welton Johnson. 68, (Lois McCullough) passed away at St.
Michaels Hospital in Steven Point. Wisconsin, after a severe heart
She went to the Panama Canal Zone in 1920 with her mother to visit
several sisters who lived here and whose husbands were Canal employees.
She and Mr. Johnson were married November 25, in the Episcopal
Cathedral at Ancon, Canal Zone. After many years in the Tropics, in
Panama, the Canal Zone and in Colombia, she and her husband returned
to the States in May 1955 when he retired from his employment in Pan-
ama with the Chase Bank.
She is survived by her husband; Box 148, Amherst, Wisconsin, 54406,
a son, Robert of Camden, N. Y.; five grandchildren; and two sisters,
Mrs. Edna Haw of Seattle, Washington, and Mrs. Sarah Erdman, Walnut
Mrs .Johnson was a member of St. Olaf's Episcopal Guild Amherst,
and was publicity chairman of the Amherst Garden Club and D.A.R.
Mrs. Eula Jo Ewing, 78, widow of the late Johnson Cecil Ewing, died
in a hospital in Clarksburg, W. Virginia, after a brief illness.
A native of Glenville, W. Virginia, Mrs. Ewing went to the Isthmus
in 1912 as a bride and made her home for many years at Pedro Miguel,
where her husband was employed on the locks. She was employed at
various times between 1920 and 1929 by the Division of Schools and the
former Playground Division.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Susan Bishop, wife of Col. Edwin
Bishop of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a son, Johnson Craddock Ewing
of San Francisco; two grandchildren, and one great grandson.
In addition to Mrs. Ora Ewing, she is survived by three other sisters
and two nieces, Mrs. Winifred Hausmann of Panama City and Mrs. Vir-
ginia Stich of Los Rios.
John F. Gilbert, 86, of Balboa, a retired Panama Canal employee
and a veteran of World War I, died at Gorgas Hospital, January 19, 1968.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Susan Gilbert; three sons, Dennis A.
Gilbert, of Ancon, John F. Gilbert, Jr., of Balboa, and William J. Gilbert,
of Margarita; by three daughters, Mrs. Mary Urey of Margarita and Mrs.
Mildred Patton and Mrs. Stella Buonviri of Balboa; 19 grandchildren,
three great grandchildren; one brother, Dennis A. Gilbert of Harrisburg,
Mr. Gilbert was retired from the Old Mechanical Division of the
Panama Canal on February 1, 1947.
Robert B. McIlvane, Jr., 51, member of a well-known Canal Zone
family and a customs enforcement officer in the Cristobal office of the
Canal Zone Customs Division, died at Gorgas Hospital after a brief ill-
Born in Mansfield, Ohio, Mr. McIlvaine was first employed with the
Canal organization in 1947 as a clerk at the Tivoli Guest House. He joined
the Custom Division in 1951 and, had been with that unit ever since.
Surviving him are two brothers, C. B. McIlvaine, who is a retired
Panama Railroad Conductor, and Lew W. McIlvaine, former employee
of the Supply Division, both of whom are living in the United States and
returned to the Isthmus.
He is also survived by a nephew, Edwin C. McIlvanie, an employee
of the Accounting Division, and a cousin, Robert B. McIlvanie, an em-
ployee of the Data Processing Division.
Last rites for Detective Hollis Grifon, 46, of the Cristobal Police Dis-
trict, were held. He died at the age of 46 in G'orgas Hospital after a long
Funeral services took place at Margarita Union Church and inter-
ment at Mount Hope Cemetery. Members of the Cristobal Police Force
acted as pallbearers and honor guards.
Grifon is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maria F. Sanjur de Griffon, of
Panama, and two sons, Hollis, a student at Canal Zone College, and Robert
E., a student at Tulane University.
Mr. Lynn E. Cottrell, 75, Nalcrest, Florida, died in Lake Wales Hos-
pital, December 25, 1967. He retired in 1954 from the Cristobal Electrical
Division after 24 years service. Born in Wisconsin Mr. Cottrell was a Life
member of Sojourner's Lodge A.F. and A.M., Cristobel. He is survived
by his wife Margaret E. one daughter Mrs. Vivian M. Reid and one
grandson, Mrs. Cottrell lives at 917 So. Fairfield Avenue, Lombard,
Mrs. Louise Moreland died December 3, 1967 in Washington, D. C.
She was the widow of Fenwick L. Moreland, who retired from Mira
Flores Locks in 1941. Survivors are her son Lee Moreland, three grand-
children Judy, James and Linda and her sister Etta Harrover, Wash-
ington, D. C.
Florence G. Kelly died January 11 in Greenville, N.C. General Hospital
Her body was flown to Red Bank, New Jersey for interment in the family
plot at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. She is survived by her sister Eleanor G.
(Farrell) M'Queary, St. Francis Village, Crowley, Texas 76036.
Fairhope, Alabama-Mrs. Julia Hunt Williams, 67, died at her home
here after a long illness.
She was a native of Mocksville, North Carolnna, and taught school
there. She later became a registered nurse and served at Gorgas Hos-
pital in the Canal Zone where she and her husband lived 26 years prior to
coming to Fairhope in 1965.
Survivors include her husband, Bennett J. Williams of Fairhope; four
sisters and two brothers.
Mrs. Eugenia Thomas, passed away at the Mobile Infirmary on
December 28 following a heart attack. She is survived by her husband
Grace G. Thomas who was retired from the Atlantic Locks Division and
daughter Ginger who resides at 2301 Vivian Drive, Mobile, Alabama.
33609, and two married sons, Gay and Boddy, both in the Armed Forces.
and their families.
Mrs. Thomas was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Coral
Chapter, No. 3, Gatun, Canal Zone.
Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Sellers, former well-known Atlantic
side resident, who died in Aiken, South Carolina, were held at the Sun-
set Memorial Gardens in Aiken.
Mrs. Sellers, the wife of Thomas Sellers, a retired employee of the
Canal Zone Postal Dvision, lived in the Canal Zone for many years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Miss
Sandra Sellers, of Aiken, and son Thomas, Jr., who is serving with the
U.S. Navy off Viet Nam.
Mrs. Mary S. Muller, 79, former employee of the Supply Division and
a long time resident of the Canal Zone, died at Gorgas Hospital after
a brief illnes..
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Mrs. Mueller went to Panama in 1912 and
was married the following year to David J. Burkett, an employee of the
the Locks Division. After his death she married Edward Mueller an
employee of the Mechanical Division.
She left the service in 1948 and since that time had been living in
Balboa with her son, Capt. David Burkett, an employee of the Dredging
She is survived by another son, Albert D. Burkett, of Louisville, Ky.
and grandson. Albert Muller of Balboa.
Samuel J. Garrill. who passed away on December 22, is survived by
wife, Marion, who resides at 2208 Coronet St., Fort Meyers, Florida.
Mr. Garrill was an employee of the Maintenance Division and at the
time of his retirement was in charge of the Paraiso District. He was
active in Union affairs andi was for 12 years a member of Plumbers Local
606. He was a member of the Central Wage and Grievance Board for
Mrs. Bessie E. Gove, died at Coco Solo Hospital, Canal Zone, No-
vember 12, 1967.
Mrs. Gove, who had made her home with her son and daughter-in-
law, Captain and Mrs. Thomas Gove of Margarita for the past seven
years, was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1888 and had lived there and in
Seattle, Washington before going to the Isthmus.
Miss Jesie M. Murdock, 94, 811 Jackson St. N., St. Petersburg, Florida,
died January 9, 1968. Born in Elora, Ontario, Canada, she came here from
Jersey City, New Jersey, where she was former director of the Jersey
City Medical Center Hospital School of Nursing. She was a graduate of
Jersey Medical Center, New York. She was a Canal Zone construction
day nurse, 1904-1912; member of First Presbyterian Church, St. Peters-
burg; Daughters of the British Empire; the Panama Canal Society. Sur-
viving are a sister, Miss Robena Murdock, Toronto and several nieces
Mrs. Emma O'Keefe Mannson died January 7, 1968 in San Fran-
cisco, California. Survivors are her son Robert, daughter Mrs. Edwina de
Guerra of San Francisco, Mrs. Betty Ferry, Novato, California, two
grand daughters and one great grand daughter.
Mrs. E. C. Bigelow died January 15, 1968 in Plantation, Florida alter
a long illness. She was born April 24, 1904 in Renove, Pennsylvania. She
went to the Isthmus when she was 4 years old and left when her husband
retired in 1950. Mrs. Bigelow was a soloist for the Balboa Union church
and many community affairs. Her daughter Dotsy accompanied her by
whistling. She is survived by her daughter Dotsy, who is Operating Room
Supervisor at Holy Cross Hospital.
Floyd H. Baldwin, former assistant comptroller and advisor to Pan-
ama and retired chief of the Panama Canal Audit Division died January
9, 1968 of an apparent heart attack at the Fort Amador Golf Club on th,
Canal Zone. He and his wife went to the Isthmus from Longview, Texas
to spend the holidays with their family. Mr. Baldwin was born in Ken-
tucky in 1897. He lived in Panama from 1917 until 1964 and from 1917
until 1937 was assistant comptroller of the Panama Government and as
such was one of the few U. S. citizens to hold an official position in the
Republic. Mr. Baldwin after his retirement in 1959 became manager of
the Canal Zone Bus Co. He was a graduate of the Valparaiso University
of Valparaiso, Indiana with a degree in business administration.
He was past master of the Canal Zone Lodge, A. F. of A. M.; past-
priest of the Canal Zone Chapter No. 1 of the Royal Arch Masonry, past
commander of the Canal Zone Commandary of the Knights Templer, past
master of the Canal Zone Council R SM; past potentate of Abou Saad
Temple, Shrine; sovereign of San Lorenzo Conclave of the Red Cross of
Constantine, past president of the Canal Zone Order of High Priesthood
and member of the Masachusetts Priory No. 52 of the Knights of the York
Cross of Honour.
In addition to his widow, (Lea Azcarraga) Baldwin is survived by
two sons, Frank Albert Baldwin, Panama Canal Information Officer; and
Floyd H. Baldwin, Intelligence Operation's Specialists USARSO Engine-
ers; and six grandchildren. He also is survived by a brother. Victor H.
Baldwin of Louisville, Ky.
Graveside services were at Corozal Cemetery, conducted by members
of the Canal Zone Lodge, A. F. & A. M., followed' by Military honors.
Mrs. Daniel C. Bottoneri (Mary Virginia Kelly) died October 23.
1967, in Pittsburgh, Pa. She was graduated from Balboa High School in
1943. She is survived by her husband; four children, Thomas, Kenneth
Patricia and Dennis; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. V. Kelly. Zephrhills.
Fla., formerly of Margarita, C.Z.
Capt. Kenneth R. Gilkyson, 80, former Balboa Harbor Master and a
well known resident of Balboa, died in Dallas, Texas, December 14.
A native of Willington, Ill., Captain Gilkyson served in the U.S. Navy
and, as a young sailor, went around the world three times before he was
21. One voyage was with President Theodore Roosevelt's Great White
1 leet in the early 1900's.
He went to the Canal Zone in 1916 as an employee of the Marine
Bureau, served a year as a master foreman in the Dredging Division,
and from 1918 to 1925, was a Panama Canal pilot. From 1925 until his
retirement in 1946 he was harbormaster in charge of Balboa Harbor with
an interruption for active duty with the U.S. Navy as a minesweeper
captain during World War II.
Daniel H. Rudge, died at Sequim, Washington on November 9, 1967.
He was born December 8, 1902 in Black Diamond, Washington.
Mr. Rudge was first employed, in the Canal Zone as an executive
correspondence clerk on June 16, 1925. He was promoted to Safety In-
spector, Marine Bureau, in 1953, a position he held at retirement January
Mr. Rudge is survived by his wife, Mrs. Wilhelmina Kleefkens Rudge.
of Sequim, Wash; one son, Michael B. Rudge, who is aboard the USNS
Redstone; three daughters, Miss Barbara Ann Rudge, of Sequim, Wash.;
Mrs. Marcia Fox, of Miami, Fla.; and Mrs. Patricia Nellis of Los Rios,
and by five grandchildren.
Harry Y. Chan, Sr.. 79, who made his home with his son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. T. N. Etchberger of Los Rios, died Dec. 12, at
He was born in Hamakuapoko, Maul Hawaii, August 22, 1888 and
went to the Isthmus in 1908.
Mr. Chan was employed in the Panama Canal Treasurer's Office
and worked on the pay cars when that office operated them. He retired
from Panama Canal service August 31, 1950.
After retirement he operated a restaurant at the Balboa YMCA from
1951 to 1966.
He is survived by two sons, Eddie Y. Chan and Harry Y. Chan, Jr.,
of Panama City; four daughters, Irene, wife of Carl Gerdes; Doris, wife
of T. N. Etchberger; Betty, wife of D. B. Snow, and Beverley, wife of
C. J. Williams, all of the Canal Zone; and by 8 grandchildren.
Earl Duke of 5337-D, Diablo Heights, barber at the Diablo Heights
Barber Shop, died suddenly at Gorgas Hospital where he was taken upon
He had been on the Isthmus about 25 years, and was with the Diablo
Heights Barber Shop about 17 years.
He is survived by one daughter, Gloria, a student at the Oral Roberts
University, Tulsa, Okla., and by two sons, William, who is attending a
high school in Sepulveda, Calif., and David, who is now in school on the
Atlantic side of the Isthmus.
Mr. Duke was a member of the Community Chapel, Diablo Heights,
and was a Mason, a member of the York Rite Bodies.
Mrs. Anna Pauline Reinig, aged 78, of Hot Springs died Nov. 23.
1967. She was a native of New York and had lived here 18 years. She
was a Roman Catholic. Survivors include her husband, Jacob Reinig; a
son, William J. Reinig of New York; a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Fucik of
Illinois; two sisters, Mrs. Kate Bonfigilo of New York and Mrs. Sophia
Brandt of New Jersey, and six grandchildren.
Lester H. Barrows, 61, a lock operator at G'atun Locks and a long
time resident of the Isthmus, died in Coco Solo Hospital Dec. 12, 1967,
following a brief illness.
A native of Oregon, Mr. Barrows first went to the Isthmus in 1932
to operate a coffee plantation in the Volcan region of Chiriqui Province.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Josefa N. Barrows of Salem, Oregon,
and Charles A. Barrows of Portland, Oregon; and two daughters, Gladys
and Lena, students at Cristobal High School. Also surviving are a sister,
Mrs. Charles D. Tillman of Gamboa; and two brothers, Walter Barrows
of Volcan, Chiriqui, and Fred A. Barrows of San Fernando, Calif.
Mr. Walter C. Cope, 80, born in Owosso, Michigan, December 6, 1887,
died in his sleep at his home in Altamonte Springs, Fla. August 31, 1967.
He was retired from the Locks Division Jan. 1, 1950. Survivors are his
wife Eunice (Milavits), brother Charles C. Cope, Birmingham, N.Y. and
a sister, Mrs. Ralph Kelly, Warren, Mich.
Mr. Sheppard J. Shreves. 82, 2509 11th, St. N., St. Petersburg, Fla.,
died January 6, 1968. Born in Newport News, Va., and moved here 2'
years ago from the Panama Canal Zone, where he worked for the Mech-
anical Division. He was a 50 year member of the Sojourner Masonic
Lodge, AF&AM, Cristobal, C.Z., and a member of the Panama Canal
Society. Mr. Shreves held the Congressional Life Saving Medal of Honor,
presented to him by Governor Jay J. Morrow after a Submarine had
been rammed, making a large hole. All of the crew jumped to safety
but 2 were trapped in the sunken submarine. Mr. Shreves, a diver, vol-
unteered to go down and place cables around the Sub. The crane Ajax
hoisted the sub and the 2 men were saved. Survivors are his wife Harriet,
1 sister, Mrs. Betty White, Richmond, Va. and many nephews and nieces.
Mr. Eugene C. Hartshorne died Nov. 16, in a Seattle Washington,
hospital, where he had 'been ill for several weeks. He was employed as
control house operator Pacific Locks, and retired Mar., 1950. After
moving to Seattle, Washington, he was employed by Boeing Co. and he
retired again. He is survived by his wife Leonora.
Mr. V. T. Cornwell died June 19, 1967 in a rest home in La Habra.
Calif. according to a report from his sister-in-law, Marion Cornwell.
Mrs. Gladys Hodge died in April, 1966 while visiting her son Richard
and family in San Jose, Calif. She is survived by her son Richard, who
now lives in Wichita, Kans. and is with Cessna Aircraft Co. in a sales
capacity. The above was received from E. P. Brown, San Diego, Calif.
who was named in her will as Executor. -Ed. Mrs. Hodge was the wife
of the late Wm. (Bill) Hodge, Postmaster at Pedro Miguel and the niece
of Mrs. C. M. Butters. She is a retired school teacher andi lived for many
years in San Diego, Calif.
Lillian I. Terry, 67, 1882 42nd St. N., St. Petersburg, Fla., died Nov.
20, 1967. Born in Brooklyn, N. Y., she came here nine years ago from the
Panama Canal Zone. A retired head cashier for the Finance Department,
U.S. Army, Panama Canal Zone, she was a member of OES; Panama
Canal Society of Florida. Surviving are her husband, Norman A.; a son,
Norman A., Jr., New Milford, Conn.; a daughter, Mrs. Lorraine Gilmore,
Miami; a sister, Mrs. Myrtle N. McGettrick, Oceanside, L.I., N.Y.; a
brother, Charles E. Johnson, Atlanta, Ga.: three grandchildren.
Kathryn M. Slattery, 82, of 5221 Burlington Ave., No., St. Petersburg,
passed away November 8, 1967. Born in Falmouth, Ky., she came here
nine years ago from Bluefield, Va. She was a Protestant and a member of
the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter No. 592, New York City. She is
survived by a niece, Mrs. Carl Johnson, Deltona,Florida.
Mrs. Barbara C. Thomas, wife of the late William R. Thomas, of
Essex, Baltimore, Md., passed away on Oct. 11, 1967, at the age of 83.
She was a resident of the Canal Zone prior to the opening of the canal,
and again from 1936 to 1941, residing at Gamboa, at the time of Mr.
Thomas' retirement from the Dredging Division. She is survived by two
daughters and two sons, all living in the Baltimore Area.
Edward H. Davidsn, 85, who rose in the railroad industry from en-
gine wiper and apprentice to the head of the Interstate Commerce Com-
mission's Bureau of Locomotive Inspection, died Jan. 15, 1968, after a
heart attack at his home, 514 Alfred Dr., Silver Spring, Md.
Born in Monroe, Conn., his first job with the Chicago & North West-
He later spent several years as a locomotive engineer who ran
supplies for building the Panama Canal.
One of the first regular passengers, the first American schoolteacher
in Panama, became his bride in 1909.
Mr. Davidson traversed the tracks for nearly ten years, to supply
the men digging the Canal. One time he carried President Theodore
Roosevelt across the Isthmus to view the completed project.
In 1914, Mr. Davidson joined the ICC as a locomotive inspector', and
in 1949 he became director of the entire Bureau of Locomotive Inspection.
appointed by President Truman.
He retired in 1958 with 44 years of Government service.
He is survived by his wife, Emily, and a daughter, Anita D. Autry,
both of the home: a son, Edward H. Jr.. of Kent, Ohio; and six grand-
Capt. Henry G. Ferri, 70, 822 35th Ave., San Francisco, Calif. died
instantly of a heart attack at the Del Webb Townehouse in San Francisco
where he was performing volunteer duties as a registrar for the American
Independent Party, on Dec. 15, 1967.
He was born in New York City, April 9, 1897, was a veteran of World
War I during which time he served in the Navy. He was a retired Canal
Zone Pilot with the U.S. Government; a member of the Masters, Mates
& Pilots Association; a Mason and a member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, and of California. He retired in 1957 with 30 years
Surviving are his widow, Judith, his two daughters, both of whom
attended Canal Zone schools -- Judith Esther and Henrietta, also six
He was buried with full Military Honors at the Golden Gate National
Cemetery in Colma, Calif.
A memorial service for Capt. Harold B. Ellis, who died while em-
ployed as a night mate on board the SS Cristobal, was held on board the
SS Cristobal while the vessel was in the Gulf of Mexico and burial was
at sea, in compliance with the request of the family.
Captain Ellis, who was 61, died November 8.
Mrs. Alicia Nordstrom, wife of Elmer J. Nordstrom of Balboa, died
November 10, after a prolonged illness.
Mrs. Nordstrom was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. She has
lived in the Canal Zone since 1940.
Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann of
the Canal Zone and two sons, William J., who is in U.S. military service
and stationed in Texas, and George E. of Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Edward Aaron Levy, Sr., 75, died January 18, 1967, in Altamonte
Springs, Fla. He was Civilian personnel Director of the U.S. Army of
the Caribbean Command, and retired in 1953, with 38 years with the
Federal Government, 25 of which were at area headquarters in the
Panama Canal Zone.
He was of the Jewish faith; was a member of the election board of
Seminole County; former member of Altamonte Springs Zoning Board:
he served two years as president of the National Association of the
Retired Civil Employees of Orlando, Chapter 95, andi also served on the
State Executive Committee. He was a member of Chagras Lodge, AF&AM
and Balboa, Canal Zone and the Panama Canal Consistory of Scottish
Rite. He was a chapter member of the Seminole County Sheriff's Aux-
iliary, served as secretary-treasurer for five years. He is survived by his
wife, Beryl H.; sons, David M. Leonard of Aruba; Bernard Leonard of
Chicago, Ill. and Edward A. Levy, Jr., of Alexandria, Va.; 3 brothers
and two sisters; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
The Orlando Masonic Lodge 69 was in charge of the Masonic services.
Members of the Seminole County Sheriff's Auxiliary were honorary
Mrs. Anna H. Jenkins, widow of the late Benjamin E. Jenkins, died
February 4, 1968, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was a retired employee of the
Panama Canal Company.
Surviving are her two children, Thomas A. Jenkins, Malvern, Penn-
sylvania, and Mrs. Wallace C. Bain (Ruth), of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Two sisters-Bessie and Evelyn McGovern both of Philadelphia. Also
nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Burial took place in the family plot, Holy Cross Cemetery, Phila-
Mrs. Charles C. Shaw (Jessie) died February 2, 1968, at her home in
Palatka, Fla. She was born June 17, 1885. Although both her legs had
been removed she managed to be very cheerful and helpful. She and her
(husband went to the Zone in 1920 and Mr. Shaw retired in 1947. They
built a home on the St. John's River, where they have resided since. Sur-
vivors are her husband, a brother Dorsey Faucet, Daytona Beach, Fla.
and a sister Grace Robinson, Dearborne, Ohio. Interment was in Palatka.
A memorial. service for Mrs. Pauline Bird of Diablo Heights, wife of
Henry F. Bird of the Panama Canal's refrigeration branch, Maintenance
Division, held in the Crystobal Masonic Temple. The service conducted by
William Dixon, chaplain of the Sojourners Masonic Lodge.
A son, Capt. William John Bird of Beale Air Force Base, California,
was called to the Isthmus by the death of his mother.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
The last newsletter was posted while on the way to Los Angeles Air-
port where we left for Ireland and then England to join the QUEEN
MARY on her last (and the first for my husband and me) GREAT
CRUISE. It therefore follows that most of my news this time would be
that of our trip on the Queen's final voyage to her new home in Long
Beach, California. I am sure the following account attests to our having
enjoyed the cruise and having a wonderful vacation. It was indeed a
chance of a lifetime and included experiences we shall never forget.
So here we go Wednesday, October 25th we flew to New York
and then from there to Shannon and' Dublin. Really enjoyed our short
stay in Ireland. The people were so friendly-the countryside beautiful
-the weather, a little rain-the only problem, just not enough time to see
all we desired.
From Dublin we flew to London and stayed at the Hilton overlooking
"Hyde Park." Spent the first day seeing all the sights within the City.
Then we took an all day tour about 100 miles out in the country. Oxford
University and Stratford-on-Avon, Shakespeare's home were some of the
highlights we saw. Monday, October 31st after a Champagne lunch at
the Grosvenor House, we met many other passengers, many of whom soon
became dear friends. We were then taken to London's Waterloo Station
and rode the boat/train, the last one for the Queen Mary, to Southhamp-
ton. There just at dusk, we saw the Queen and our home-to-be for the
next 39 days.
Tuesday, November 1st, and a sad day for all England. Newspaper
headlines stated "THE QUEEN MARY BEGINS HER VOYAGE INTO
EXILE" another said "SO IT'S Farewell OLD LADY, our greatest super-
liner will never be seen again in her home port." At 9:00 a.m. on the
morning tide the veteran QUEEN, with her 310 ft. long paying off pen-
nant flying-in full dress-moved out from the Southhampton docks with
as much acclaim as though she were going to a coronation. There were
lumps in our throats and tears in the eyes of many-especially her crew,
many of whom had been with her on her maiden voyage. With confetti
and streamers waving, the Royal Marine Band played Auld Lang Syne
and God Save the Queen as we slowly slipped away from the dock where
a hugh sign read FAREWELL and GOOD LUCK QUEEN MARY. With the
throngs of people waving, 14 Royal Navy Helicopters flew over us in
the form of a flying anchor escort. Each ship we passed down the line of
docks blew their 3 whistle good-bye and each were answered by the
3 mighty blasts from the Queen Mary. All down the "solent," we were
escorted, and followed by launches, tugs, boats-all dressed in flags, fire
boats with water streams and people on the piers and jetties all along
the way waving and cheering. Over the loudspeaker on our ship, her
boatswain would call out "Good-bye-Good-bye-and thank you very
much." Really it was quite sad. Then just as we moved out into the
English Channel we passed the English Aircraft Carrier, Hermes. Her
crew, all in full dress blues, lined the decks (in 45 degree weather and
just beginning to drizzle) for their last salute and there was not a dry
eye on the ship.
It took us the next two days to really learn our way around the ship-
and from then on-through the next 39 days and nights-we really had
the most wonderful time of our lives.
The shipboard programs included all types of activities. There were
Gala "Reviews" with Bert Parks, Master of Ceremonies. Johnny Mathias,
Helen O'Connell, Hazel Scott, Tessie O'Shea, Vic Damone were only
some of the many artists entertaining. From the beginning we, and the
other 1,100 passengers soon learned that to "queue" is much more fun
than "lining up" and we met the most interesting people that way.
864 miles later on Thursday our first stop was LISBON, Portugal.
Sailing up the Tagus River, James Fitzpatrick (Voice of the Globe) gave
us his travelogue commentary as we passed all the points of interest.
We anchored out in the bay for a day and night giving us time to tour
the City-both old and new. Saw castles, monuments, their folk dancing
and the beautiful seaside resort at Estoril. We sailed from Lisbon at
3 p.m. amid another fond goodbye with more whistles, fireboats and
people lined on the dock and shore to say good-bye for the last time to
their old friend-Q M.
On Sunday morning (709 more miles) we awoke and the ship was
already at dock in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. It was a nice warm day
for sightseeing and we visited all the tourist attractions in that City,
the Catherdral, Columbus' home and the many shops in this "duty free
port." Then at 5 p.m. that same afternoon the gangway was raised and we
sailed out amidst another BIG farewell-getting so we now compared
"farewells"-and on to Rio de Janeiro, 3,544 miles away.
Our seven days at sea enroute there included a "Crossing the
Equator" ceremony and lots of fun. We played ping pong, deck tennis.
shuffleboard and did a lot of walking. At night there was Bingo and
always dancing to the Meyer Davis orchestra-all of which helped counter
the added pounds expected from the wonderful meals and parties.
Coming into RIO "HARBOUR" is truly a beautiful sight-mountains.
bays, sandy beaches and in the distance we could see those famous land-
marks "Sugar Loaf" and the gigantic "Christo Redemptor Statue" 2,000
feet up on Corcovado-so Mr. Fitzpatrick once more described for us
over the ship's loundspeakers. During our three days and nights in Rio
we took in all the sights-rode the cable car to the top of the Sugar Loaf,
saw the city's new ornate stores, buildings, hotels and so many new
apartments. We visited the famous Copocabana Beach with the sidewalks
made in designs of stone and marble. Went to the "Rio Carnival" at the
Copas' Palace Hotel nightclub. However, in the midst of all the new we
also saw the poor, living in shambles on the mountain side right above
some of the famous beauty spots.
The weather there was quite warm, humid, and of all things RIO
has its SMOG too. That added to "Cruzeiros" (Brazilian Money) did not
make shopping too much of a pleasure, and STERNS' gems were not
added to our list of purchases, but handiblocked linen and silks we did buy.
Then at midnight November 15th, we were on our way again- to
Cape Horn, the Pacific Ocean and an eight-day voyage to Valapariso
Chile. Of all the places we visited and things we did&-going AROUND
CAPE HORN was most exciting.
It was Sunday afternoon and bitter cold-but contrary to all predic-
tions the ocean was like a mill pond. Captain Treasure Jones, our skip-
per-who had never made the trip around the Horn either-brought the
Queen to within a mile and a half of the snow-capped "Tierra Del
Fuego" so we all could get some good pictures. At 2:30 p.m., with three
blasts of her whistle, the Mary passed the end of the Cape and started
North. Never before had so many pictures been taken of the Horn in
such a short space of time. The Queen Mary was the largest passenger
ship-carrying the most passengers, ever to make that trip. We received
"Round the Horn Certificates" one of the certificates even included that
part of the "ride" rounding the horn in the Red English Busses that were
on the ship being transported to Long Beach. That evening a "Rounding
the Horn cocktail party, dinner and dance"-all made it a memorable
Sunday, November 19th.
However, early the next morning the sea was really rough and rolling
as we hit the usual Cape weather. Then we had the opportunity to prove
we were both the "good sailors" we had bragged about. The huge Queen
just took it all in stride and after two days all the poor sailors were back
in the swing of shipboard activities once again.
THANKSGIVING morning we arrived in Valparaiso (Veil of Para-
dise) Chile with the harbor boats and tugs out to greet us. In and out of
the "tenders" from ship to shore was by now a way of life. Ashore we
took the 100 mile trip to see Santiago-the capitol-in a '54 Packard BUT
with an English speaking driver. Along with another couple, spent the
entire day enjoying the sights. Had lunch on the roof garden of the
modern "Carrera Hotel," a drive through the city down the wide "Aven-
ida Bernardo O'Higgins" and out to the "Club Hipico" (million dollar
race track), on to their renowned hilltop park "San Cristobal" where we
could look down on and all over the city. It was all very beautiful and
so are our many pictures. The countryside between Valparaiso and San-
tiago reminded us of California-really-even to "our" poppies and
weeping willow trees on the way back to "Valpo" we stopped at "Vina
del Mar," the Riviera of South America, for dinner and a little gambling
roulette) at the beautiful casino-then back in the tender and out to
our ship-we always marvel at the sight of the Queen at night-with what
seemed like a thousand lights sparkling out in the bay. The next day we
toured within the City of Valparaiso-its winding streets and houses built
on steep hillsides seeming to rise almost straight up from the harbor-
and then there was always shopping. We left for Lima, Peru, 1,299 miles
beyoud and there was ANOTHER GRAND FAREWELL as we left that
Monday, November 27th we arrived off Callao (Lima) admist the usual
fanfare of helicopters, planes, navy and sighseeing boats-by now we
were really getting quite used to this but it was always exciting. Our
first sightseeing stop was the very old but still "grand" Hotel Bolivar.
Hank tried to visualize where he spent one evening there in 1942 when
on a trip from his base at Albrook, Canal Zone. Three "Piscos" later
we gave up, continued sightseeing and shopping at all the curio and silver
shops on their old but busy "Union Street." We found the food there to
be good' and inexpensive.
Old Lima, like other South American cities had narrow winding and
very busy streets. However their new "Garden City" was quite impres-
sive with beautiful homes on nice wide boulevards. Our last stop was at
their "Country Club."
1340 more miles to go and then BALBOA, Canal Zone and back home
again. By now we were really looking forward to this stop-in fact-
everyone on the ship was getting excited. You know rumors-so the big
question was WILL THE QUEEN MAKE IT UNDER THE BRIDGE?--
the new Thatcher Bridge across the Canal. IF SO, by how much-that was
the Guessing Quizz for Friday, December 1st. First the crew removed
the wind vane-that saved about one foot from the mast which is the
tallest of all ships. As shore came into sight-what a thrill and we could
see even the town of Toboga.
From there on we really came in "slow"-which was fine with me-
awaiting the lowest tide. In passing the Fortified Island, Amador with
all the red tile roofs, the Boat Club was crowded with people on the docks
and in all the small boats and at just about 5 p.m. when we passed
Laboca. The shore and old ferry slips were all lined with people. Quite
a tribute to the Queen as you all well know, Canal Zoners are as ac-
customed to ships passing as Los Angeles is to automobiles. Finally-
up to the Bridge-traffic on it had stopped and a big crowd gathered.
With what seemed like only inches to spare WE MADE IT as cameras
clicked and cheers from those on the bridge and all of us on the Sun
Deck-that is one of those experiences I'll never forget. Then on in, past
all the old familiar sights and up to Pier 18.
There on the dock-almost by themselves-were my Brother, Jim
his wife, Bev, and their three boys. With 1,000 of us waving and shout-
ing to them from the decks-they were able to spot us. Needless to say
-this time we were first in the "queue" and FIRST down the gangplank.
That night we drove all around Balboa, Ancon, Panama-then spent
the few remaining hours of the night at Jim and Bev's beautiful Air
Conditioned penthouse apartment. It was sure hard to visualize that their
building and the Panama Hilton were built on the old "Dog Racing
Track" and the shopping center not too far off had been Juan Franco.
The next morning, with only a few more hours, we did visit Balboa Club-
house, Commissary, Post Office, Administration Building and on to Al-
brook-saw our first house there, Officers' Club and then we really had
to rush back before the gangway was to be lifted at 12:30. As Jim and
his family toured the Queen with us we kept remembering all the things
we didn't get to see. This time as the ship moved out from the dock the
ARMY BAND played Auld Lang Syne and CALIFORNIA HERE I COME
-I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO CRIED-then as the tug GORGONA
was getting us turned into the channel, would you believe, it rained for
the first time while we were there However, it didn't last long and we
were all able to be out on deck as once again we went under the BRIDGE
-this time at a fair speed. The crowd again cheered and waved and
Queen Mary sailed out of the channel dropping hundreds of balloons
marking our course-and all the tugs, sail and speed boats following.
When the last of BALBOA was out of sight, Hank and I both agreed-
IT HAD NEVER BEFORE LOOKED SO GOOD TO US and we will have
to go back again SOON.
On to ACAPULCO-1,428 miles and getting closer to home all the
time. The weather remained) HOT, about 87 degrees with humidity about
75 (down from the 90 we had in Panama). Needless to say that is quite
HOT for an "old Trans-Atlantic Ship" with very limited air conditioning
--cold drinks and ice were at a premium.
Tuesday, December 9th-noon-our first visit to Acapulco included
Mariachi Bands, dancers, all as a special welcome for us as we arrived
at dockside. Sightseeing at all the famous landmarks and the "Divers"
performed as a special treat for Queen Mary passengers. Shopping, then
dinner completed our stay ashore. We were then up just in tme to view
the sailing out of the harbor at 9 a.m. Only 3 days left of our trip. On
Friday our last day at sea a hugh Douglas Jet DC-9 appeared. After sev-
eral high speed runs over our mast it came by very slowly with its gear
down and dropped carnations on the decks! June 1, 1936 when the Queen
made her maiden voyage to New York Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker also
dropped flowers from a plane on her decks That night a GRAND
BALL marked the finale. It was quite a New Year's Eve type celebra-
tion-ballons. confetti, fancy hats, music and dancing 'til midnight. With
a last thank you from Capt. Jones, the band played The Star Spangled
Banner and then God Save the Queen and tears once again. After 1,001
cruises across the Atlantic then the trip around Cape Horn-this was
QUEEN MARY'S LAST NIGHT at sea .What's left to say, but God
save the Queen?
Saturday morning, December 9th-and the mood changed. As we
passed Newport Beach and hundreds of small boats-out in the wind and
choppy waters-greeted us. As we neared Long Beach ships, boats, tugs,
destroyers, airplanes, and helicopters met us. People were shouting and
waving, sirens, bells and whistles-what a day and what a sight! Our
English Deck Steward said, "you Americans really do put on a show."
Arrival in Long Beach has been covered by all medias-but regardless,
the view from our vantage point on the "Sun Deck" just cannot be des-
cribed other than by: fantastic, out of this world, and every other well
used phrase. It was truly a FITTING END to a sea going ship and the
most wonderful 45 day vacation we could ever have had.
There on the pier we finally caught sight of our Daughter, Diane,
Herk and all the family waiting for us. This sounds like the end BUT
now through all our pictures and souvenirs, we continually enjoy it and
Mrs. Josephine Huff from Globe, Arizona sent Christmas greetings
and the following:
It has been an interesting year for me. I have lost most of my sight
but have gained much from my association and work with the blind. I
attended the National Convention of the Blind in Los Angeles and then
went on a tour to Hawai, a tour for the blind. There were 183 people on
the tour-sighted, unsighted, dogs and guides. It was most enjoyable and
instructional whether you could see or not. I met so many interesting
blind people from all over the United States. It was too short, only one
week. My daughter, with whom I live, teaches school during the week
and on the weekend is anywhere from Phoenix to Washington, D. C. in
the interest of education. I stay home with my nine year old Siamese.
Toi, keep house, and do things. There is a lot to do. I read my Talking
Books and Magazines, practice Braille and typing, and a little tape re-
cording. Also, sound off occasionally on our local radio station. I go to
Phoenix or Tucson by bus once in a while to attend; meetings.
Just like always.
LOS ANGELES SOCIETY'S ANNUAL LUNCHEON MEETING
WILL BE HELD SUNDAY, MARCH 10, 1968
Plans are for having it at Knott's Berry Farm again. Members will
be notified of details soon. If you are in CALIFORNIA in March, please
try to attend.
See you in March,
Virginia Ridge Dolim, Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST
The Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year for 1967 have
been and gone. For some they were happy ones, for some they were
quiet and for some they were hectic, all three at different times, for some
Our Secretary-treasurer Minnie Burton as Co-Newsgather for this
issue was a help and a blessing to your Reporter. Why? You will read
later. Starting with the town of Bentonville, we hear that Howard Engelke
of Balboa spent 10 days with Brother George and sister-in-law Edith while
visiting the Engelke Clan, Mother Engelke is now living in the Gravette
Manor House, Gravette, Arkansas, close to her three sons in Bentonville.
An early snowfall was shown, especially for Howard's benefit. Edith's
brother, Bronson Powell and his wife Celeste, of Santa Rosa, California
were guests of George and Edith for a few days on their way to spend
the Holidays with their daughter Joan and family in Connecticut. Robert
and Connie Engelke had their grandson, Bobby John with them for the
Holidays. He is in basic training in Ft. Jackson later going to Special
Training School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Herbert and Alice Engeke enjoyed their trip to Scottsdale, Ariz. to sec
their daughter Marguerite (Mrs. Harold Grammer) and family. They
saw George and Lela Ritchey and all four of them called; on Clara Ne-
ville in a nearby hospital with a broken ankle. By phone they chatted
with Lucille Smith-Maxwell was on jury duty. They saw Lew and Lor-
raine Zent in Santa Fe, New Mexico (Lew was Armed Forces civilian
in Curundu) and had a grand visit. Coming home through El Paso, Texas
they found Mrs. Robert T. Thomas, (Mary Alice) Honi and Robbie form-
erly of Gatun very happy in their Statewide location. In Ft. Worth they
were guests of Bertie and Brit Albritton who insist they must return
with Herbie Engelke for a trip through that fabulous tourist attraction
Six Flags in Dallas. Thanksgiving found Alice in the hospital for surgery,
soon home and able to enjoy their family Christmas.
The Holidays were quiet ones for Mattie MacAuley and Earnest and
Haleen Williams in Bentonville, Lynn and Maude Cook and the Bill Kellers
in Rogers, and as quiet a one as any Hospital can be, for that is where
we found Carrie Mathues on Christmas Day. Happy to report she is
home again. Red Nail was in the Rogers Hospital for Christmas, now
back to work. Carolyn and Brayton Stewart from Iowa stopped to see
Alice and "Red" Nail. The Stewarts are driving their Dodge Motor Home
down to Panama. This is their 5th trip. Jimmy Amason (15th Naval
District employee,) drove up the Highway to the United States and visited
the Nails in November. Jimmy is a brother of Ed Amason, Cristobal
The happy Glynn Terrells report that for the 4th time they have had
their children home for the Holidays. Glynn made a short trip to Missis-
sippi in mid-December while Etta Fay stayed home and puppy-sat for
their two miniature daschund dogs.
Fred and Jessie Newhard are expecting Dr. and Mrs. Omar Franklin
-Ann Newhard) and children in February when they will be enroute to
their new home near Visalia, California after almost 6 years on the Zone.
They were happy to report that their grandson Andrew Bleakley has fully
recovered from Spinal Meningitis with which he was stricken at Christ-
mas time. We rejoice with them. Mrs. Jean Bleakley has just returned
from a visit with her son Lt. Andrew Bleakley and his wife in Pacific
Grove, California. Jean went out to welcome the new grandson and
stayed for the Christmas Holidays.
Peter Butz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Butz, Jr., of the Zone was a
Holdday guest of the hospitable Carl Newhards. Peter is attending Okla-
lahoma State Tech at Okmulgee, Oklahoma. The Sr. Butz' have bought a
home at nearby Springdale, Arkansas and will retire in July, 1968. On
New Year's Eve the Canal Zonites in the Bentonville area and a few
neighborhood friends assembled at the Carl Newhard home, bringing their
favorite "nibble" food for an evening of chit-chat and fun, toasting the
1968 with a buffet style treat. Carl and Helen Newhard report their old-
est son Bruce is with the Civil Defense in Battle Creek, Michigan and
with his wife Karen and four children is enjoying their new home. Son
Sam and wife Ann live in Toledo, Ohio where he is Manager of Firestone's
Toledo Retread Shop. Their youngest son, Carl (Red) and wife Helen
are building a home in Rogers, Arkansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Conklin of Springdale announce the marriage of
their daughter Bonnie to Bill McClish of Laurel, Mississippi, September 4,
1967. Bonnie is a Cristobal High School graduate of 1963. The popular
pastime of "Round the World Tripping" was made by Mr. and Mrs. J. A.
Marmouget of Rogers and the Ed Yeaters of Winslow, not together, and
here are a few familiar names of places they visited: Hawaii, Japan,
Hong Kong, Bangkok, New Delhi, Agra, India, Turkey, Greece, Italy
Isle of Capri, Paris, Switzerland, Austria, British Isles, etc., etc.-yet
they are glad to return to our own lovely OZARKS.
SPC Robert G. Crooks, son of Minnie B. Burton andl the late Homer
V. Crooks and WAVE Nicola Kaye Bucher of Mansfield, Ohio were mar-
ried December 9, 1967 in Arlington, Virginia. Bob is presently stationed
in Fort Gulick, Canal Zone as an instructor in Jungle Warfare. His wife,
Nikki, hopes to join him in March. Mike Burton, Jr., recently completed
his apprenticeship as Air Conditioning Mechanic in Curundu, with a
friend, Woodrow Dijernette, on Triumf motorcycles, drove up the Inter-
national Highway from Panama to the U. S. in 11 days. Woodrow's father,
Mr. Dijernette and a friend, Richard Levee accompanied the cyclists in
a pick-up truck. Richard left them in Texas. The rest of the party came
on up to Fayetteville and spent a few days wih the Burtons. Mike, Jr.,
has been accepted for admission to the University of Arkansas Spring
Semester. The Charles Dailys (Judith Crooks) and family of 3216 Barton
View Drive, Austin, Texas were Fayetteville visitors for the Holidays.
The day before Thanksgiving, Mike and Minnie Burton, left for Houston,
Texas via Austin where they picked up daughter Judy and family and
enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner in the home of the Andrew Whitlocks. Pres-
ent were Nannie Brown, Fred and Mary J. Yeager, Mary Cecil Lowe,
Fran, Andy and Ed Whitlock, Bates Wieman; Florabelle, Christina and
Freddie Helmrichs; Jack, Gloria, Linda and family. These, my dear
reader are among the REAL OLD TIMERS of the Panama Canal, Nannie
having gone to the Zone in 1906.
Ken and Rose Hellums of New Orleans stopped by the Walter Reifs
of Fayetteville on their way to spend the Holidays with their children in
Kansas. Walter and Martha Reif, Newell and Blanche Shaw were the
caters of a delicious turkey won by Robert Hursh and excellently pre-
pared by Virginia Hursh in their delightful home Christmas Day. Having
Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve dinners with our Ray and Barbara
and grandsons Mark and Alan Shaw is a treat we have often dreamed
of but never dared hoped they would come to Fayetteville to live.
In my personal Chrismas letter, written Thanksgiving, I mentioned
that 1967 was a year of surprises. They continued to the very end. An-
swering the 'phone early one morning I heard "This is Betty Bradley
(London) of Vancouver, Washington. Your letter came and I just had to
talk to you." Such a happy surprise. The last surprise for 1967 came
when I found myself sitting in the rear of a tiny ambulance plane, char-
tered from Ft. Smith, our beloved Alice Ray Wier of El Paso holding
the Oxygen tank that was providing Oxygen to my Husband Newell,
on a stretcher, as we winged our flight on a dark and cold New Year's
Eve to the University Medical Center in Little Rock. The Doctor in the
Hospital had been alerted, an ambulance awaited us and for 7 days we
"Watched and Prayed" while Doctors, Nurses, L.P.N.'s, Nurses' Aides
worked valiantly to save Newell. The Crisis came on the 7th of January.
Newell was released from the Hospital on the 18th. The 50th Anniversary
Party planned for the 21st was postponed to the 28th.
While in Little Rock, Sarah Ann (Wagner) Gates, formerly of Balbboa
was a frequent visitor. Sarah Ann is a student nurse and will graduate
Our deep understanding goes to Lil Sundstrom. Fred was "Sunny"
by name and by nature and well-liked by all who knew him. Our sym-
pathy to the children and family of Eula Jo Ewing, ever ready to assist
in any one of the organizations in need of her many talents. Pedro Miguel
seems farther and farther away with the passing of these old neighbors
The 50th Anniversary reception, sponsored by the Community Adult
Center, our son Ray and Alice Ray Wier was doubly appreciated in view
of Newell's recent illness. It was a simple, lovely and happy affair held
in the Center, beautifully decorated with Golden flowers. Harmony and
Unity of many (The Center's Motto) had created a place of beauty where
friends came to wish us well and marvel at Newell's recovery. In the
absence of granddaughter Linda Wier, our sweet Elizabeth Hallin was
in charge of the beautiful Guest Book. Newell's sister Jane (Mr. and
Mrs. John H. Whitfield) of Claremont, California was with us. Jane
visited us on the Zone in 1933. Cable from Switzerland (Ed Booths), tele-
gram from Arizona, 'phone calls from Houston and El Paso. Texas.
Los Angeles, California, beautiful cards from long ago Girl Reserves
and former Canal Zone neighbors, now scattered in many places brought
our 50th Wedding Anniversary Reception to a grateful acceptance of the
love of many friends old and new. Even the Xmas Cactus blossomed
for the Anniversary. Thank you.
President Burton reports the June Picnic will be held the 3rd Sunday,
the 16th. Same place, the University Agri Park, Hwy 112. Bring some-
thing you like to eat, plenty of it, the Luncheon will be served at 1 p.m.
Y'all come early and enjoy the fellowship of mutual friends.
Blanche E. Shaw
FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
The Zonites in Ft. Lauderdale were greatly saddened by the news
of the death of an old friend, Floyd Baldwin. He was President of the
Canal Zone Retired Employees Association a few years ago.
The David Yerkes had as their house guests over Christmas holi-
days, their son David and his wife Gloria. Right after the holidays
Betty Van Siclen entertained in their lovely home with a baby shower
for Gloria. Needless to say, the majority of guests were folks from the
Zone. It was a beautiful party and Gloria received many gifts for the
new heir. Peggy plans to go north for the event.
The A. R. Lombroias, (Bob and Ella) had as their house guests
before the holidays their son-in-law and daughter, John Burke and Jane.
John later flew to Chicago to spend the Christmas holidays with his
mother, while Jane stayed with her parents. They were all full of news
of the recent wedding over the Thanksgiving holidays of the marriage
of Joan Payne, daughter of Jane and granddaughter of the Lombroias.
It took place in North Carolina.
Bob Lombroia's brother Vincent, a golfer of note in the Zone and
Panama, has retired from the Army, and he and his wife Bea (Housel)
have purchased a home in Ft. Lauderdale and are in the process of
Rita and Rusty Jones of California, who were Florida visitors and
or: their way to the Zone for a visit, stopped over in Lauderdale as the
guests of the Lonnie Van Siclens. There were many parties for them,
among them the one Lonnie and Betty gave for some forty guests, a
cocktail buffet. One of the nicest parties ever.
Bea Gardner, former art teacher in the Canal Zone schools, is visit-
ing in Pompano, and staying at the home of Ethel McDermitt, also a
former school teacher. Ethel has gone to the Zone for an extended visit.
Shirley Persons Smith was in town over the week-end. She spent
a couple of days with Jimmy and Mary Plaia and their daughter Melli.
Later she was the guest of Barbara Hutchings, and was equally shared
by the James Hunters. A few days in Miami with Margaret and Charles
Hardy, and then on to St. Petersburg for a short visit with her mother,
and then back to Panama.
Hal and Fran Sanders of Panama (he is the architect) have bought
an apartment in the Plaza East. We shall be happy to welcome them to
George and Kathryn Winquist spent the Christmas Holidays in Pana-
ma, staying at the Panama Hilton. They returned from Panama, left
the next day for their trip to the reunion in St. Petersburg, barely un-
packed and off they went to Vanderbilt, their daughter's school, where
they helped her pack for a semester studies in the Scandanavian coun-
ries. I think they will be glad to sit for a while and enjoy the new home
they recently bought.
Elvira Byrne of San Francisco has been here visiting her sister-in-
law, Ruth Byrne (Mrs. Mike). Ruth is recovering from a recent opera-
tion, and "Lindy" is watching over her. At the same time, Ruth's daugh-
ter-in-law, Mrs. Archie Byrne of Cocoli, is also visiting at the Byrne home,
all taking care of Ruth.
May I remind folks around the Southern part of Florida, that the
Miami Society will hold another picnic in early April at Greynolds Park,
and hope for a good attendance.
Barbara M. Hutchings
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
Mrs. Cicely Knibb Allen, 4221 Coliseum Street, New Orleans, writes
that she is now recovering nicely from a bout with the flu, even though
she took the shot earlier in the year. She continues to teach a Sunday
School class and has been involved lately in some home repairs. Over
the holidays, she talked to her daughter in California, her son in Virginia
and granddaughter in Texas.
Mrs. Edna C. Benton is staying with her son, Thomas Benton, at 1517
Beron Drive, Metairie, following a rather bad fall. She was living on the
Zone during construction days and' would welcome a visit from other
ex-Zonians in the area.
Mrs. Elmer (Amy) Dailey, Sr., of 314 Houma Boulevard, Metairie,
writes that she had a nice Christmas with Carl and his wife and spent
some time with friends in New York. She has been very busy answering
cards, entertaining guests and overcoming a touch of flu.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. (Joyce Dugas) Joubert, Jr., 19215 Oliphant
Road, Baton Rouge, spent their third Christmas in their new home.
Joyce writes that their biggest project lately was the annual Marathon
Boat Races sponsored by their boat club. Herb was Race Chairman and
they both worked hard on it. The races were financially successful and
they are using the profits to improve their clubhouse. The fly in the
ointment came when Herb broke his leg in a fall two days before the
races and was not able to run his boat. But he still managed to oversee
the event on crutches and was given the Judges Sportsmanship Trophy
of which they are both very proud. The broken leg did mess up their
vacation plans. So Joyce simply stayed home and caught up on the
housework. Herb decided to take his vacation later, a couple days at a
time, so he could go hunting. On his first trip out, he brought home his
limit of ducks!
LeRoy Dugas and his family still live in Baton Rouge, at 10012
Bunting Drive, although he has spent several months recently in Cali-
fornia and Texas attending school in relation to his job with IBM.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Foster, Diablo Heights, enjoyed a short
Christmas vacation in Baton Rouge with their daughters, Miss Elizabeth
(Betsy) Foster of 513 East State Street, Apt. 6, and Mr. and Mrs. (Pat
Foster) Murray Ralph Robertson, Jr., of 4875 Maribel Drive. Highlights
of their visit included a phone call from an old family friend, Mrs. Dan
J. Sullivan of Tucker, Georgia; a visit to Baton Rouge's new, magnificent
Planatarium for a special program on the Christmas star; shopping and
deer hunting. Robbie got a lovely 6-point buck with one clean shot
through the heart. Everybody enjoyed the dinners of venison, squirrel
and, of course, the traditional Christmas feast. On Christmas Eve, the
men participated in a large display of fireworks, Roman candles, rockets,
etc., much to the alternating delight and horror of the two small George
boys. Mr. and Mrs. Foster enjoyed visiting with Lottie (Schultz) and
Danny George prior to attending midnight masses. Danny sang in the
choir at the Episcopal University Church. The Georges will all too soon,
be leaving Baton Rouge, following Danny's graduation from La. State
University in electrical engineering. At the boat, when the Fosters sailed
back to the Zone, Pat was happy to see again old friends. Charlie and
Virginia Leaver and son, Chuck, who had spent the holidays with daugh-
ter, April, in Pennsylvania. Donald Ponder and his wife and three child-
ren were also returning to the Zone on the boat following Christmas with
Mrs. Ponder's family in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
Joe Lawler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norris Lawler of Curundu, has
resumed his studies at La. State University this spring and we are all
delighted to have him back wih us in Baton Rouge.
Hugh C. Turner, 3537 Ridgeway Drive, Metaire, writes that Mrs.
Turner has been seriously ill since last May and that he has been going
to Ochsner's Clinic in New Orleans for treatment of his condition. Many
Zonians have been treated at Ochsner's, which is an internationally
renowned clinic and hospital. Several of the staff doctors are leading
experts in their fields of medical specialization. The Turners formerly
lived in Houston, Texas, and we welcome them to Louisiana.
Pat Foster Roberson
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady of Lakeland were week-end guests
of Mike and Marion Greene during November. Bill and Mike drove to
Tampa to attend the dedication of the Tampa Stadium and watch the
University of Tampa-Tennessee football game.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain drove to Coral Gables for a week-end
visit with Harry's brother and sister-in-law, George and Nadine Cain
and their son, Mike. They were accompanied by Jay's sister, Mrs. Myrill
Weicksel, who was visiting from Wayne, N. J.
Mr. and Mrs. John W. B. Hall drove to New Orleans to meet their
son, John Hall, on his arrival on the Railroad Ship and spent a week there
with him. Bucky accompanied his parents back to Sarasota for a short
visit over the Thanksgiving holidays.
Madge and John also enjoyed a visit with her nephew, Jack Finlason,
an engineering student at college in Daytona Beach.
Other visitors at the Hall home were Madge's bother and sister-in-
law, Frank and Billie of New Orleans, who were en route to Homestead
Air Force Base for a Christmas visit with their son. Sgt. Norman Fin-
lason, his wife Christine and their five children.
Robert and Dorothy Knox flew from the C.Z. in November to be
with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Harrison, when they cele-
brated their 50th wedding anniversary. Other relatives present were
Florence's sister and brother-in-law, Charlotte and Joe Eckert of Sara-
sota; her cousin, Lester Gilmore and his wife of Pinellas Park, and
her sister-in-law, Mrs. Jack C. (Milly) Randall of West Palm Beach.
Mrs. Ethel Pittman of San Francisco who was visiting her daughter.
Mrs. Grace Pittman Dessler and five children in Tampa, came to Sara-
sota to spend several days at the home of her brother, E. Clyde Stroop
and his wife, Ruth. While in Tampa Ethel also visited former Zonite,
Mrs. Grace Schack of Miami at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Grace
Schack Wilson of Babson Lake, Fla.
For the past several years Ethel has been a volunteer worker with
the Blind Center of the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco, where
she teaches crafts and knitting.
Goldie Howard of Philadelphia, Pa. was a holiday visitor at the
home of Mildred Neely and her mother, Mrs. Robert J. Neely.
Out of town guests when Mike and Marion Greene held their tra-
ditional tree trim and buffet supper were Mr. and Mrs. William F.
Grady of Lakeland and Mr. and Mrs. Porter M. McHan of St. Peters-
burg. The Greenes started the tree trim custom in the Canal Zone in
1948. This is the fourth one in their Sarasota home.
Darte Stroop, nine year old son of Jerry and Leneve Stroop was
awarded a bicycle as first place winner of the 1968 poster contest spon-
sored by the Sarasota County Dental Society for his poster promoting
National Dental Health Week. Pictures of the young fourth grade stu-
dent appeared in both of the local papers. As winner of both Sarasota
and Manatee counties his poster will be in competition for the District
award. Darte is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Stroop of Sarasota
and Mr. and Mrs. Glen C. Dough of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Members and guests came in their best "bib and tucker" when Fran
Orvis entertained the Canal Zone Birthday Club at an afternoon tea and
Heloise party. Maxine Hitchcock, the birthday girl, followed twelve
poetic clues on a treasure hunt for her birthday money.
When Mildred Neely hosted the club in December the members and
guests were asked to come dressed as a little girl. The theme was car-
ried out in the refreshments and games. Madge Hall received her birthday
money under a chocolate birthday tree. Mrs. R. J. Neely, the clubs only
honorary member, presented each of those present with a Christmas
Ruth Stroop was honored at the Birthday Club luncheon given by
Rath Gatz. Card Bingo with prizes was played. Guests present included
Joyce Clarke and Lee Schmidt.
Karen and Bill Wolfe and their children of Parkesburg, W. Virginia
spent the Christmas holidays in Sarasota with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
E. C. Stroop.
A/3c Donald L. Russell, who has been stationed at Lowry Air Force
Base in Denver, Colorado arrived to spend the Christmas holidays with
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Morse (Rose Margaret Stroop).
Newest former Canal Zone resident to move into Kensington Park
is Thomas Dee, who retired in November. Tommy spent several days
with Joyce and Jack Clarke before moving into his newly completed
home at 3867 Melgert Lane.
Bill and Marion DeVore, on vacation from the Canal Zone attended
the P. C. reunion. During their vacation in the Sarasota area they stayed
at Long Boat Key. They were entertained by the Roger Orvises and Mich-
ael F. Greenes.
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stetler of Kokomo, Indiana who came to Florida
for the P. C. reunion, and Walter Fender of Margarita, Canal Zone were
house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Hills.
The gavel presented to Juliet Burks, daughter of William and Esther
(Neely) Burks of Point Pleasant, N. J., and granddaughter of Mrs.
Robert J. Neely of Sarasota, when she was installed Worthy Advisor of
the Order of Rainbow for Girls in January, was used by nine members
of the Neely family at their installation of Masonic affiliated organiza-
Curtis H. Bliss of Eau G'allie, brother of Gladys Humphrey and Ra-
mona Barnes, who was recently appointed Chairman of Toastmasters
Eartern Division, conducted an educational program in Orlando in Jan.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell M. Jones of Sunnyvale, California who were
visiting Anna and Wells Wright in St. Petersburg and with them attended
the P. C. reunion, came to Sarasota to visit Jeanne and Buster Burgoon
and Joyce and Jack Clarke. Rusty and Nita later left to visit friends in
Fort Lauderdale before flying to the Canal Zone for a visit with members
of their family.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Larson and 9 months old son, Daniel, of Ames,
Iowa arrived in Sarasota early in January for a visit with Robbin's
grandmother, Mrs. R. J. Neely and with her aunts and uncle, Mr. and
Mrs. IvMicnael F. Greene and Miss Mildred N. Neely.
Young Daniel spent a week with Mike and Marion Greene while Ron
and Rooom were getting settled in their new home in Jacksonvile, where
Ron has recently accepted an engineering position.
Visitors at the homes of Lee and Guz Schmidt and, Jeanne and Buster
Burgoon were Thatcher and Mildred Clisbee of St. Petersburg, with his
mother, Mrs. Frank Clisbee of Palo Alto, California and Comdr. Jack
Humphrey, U. S. N. of Washington, D.C. Jack, whose father J. H. K.
Humphrey was Chief Quartermaster during the Construction Days, ex-
pects to retire next year after 26 years in the Navy and is considering
moving with his wife and family to the Sarasota or St. Petersburg area.
Before returning to their homes in Pensacola after the P. C. reunion,
Mr. and Mrs. Cliff Wicks, with Irma's mother, Mrs. Wm. R. Fayard and
Mrs. Roy C. (Ellen) Perkins, visited Mrs. Gladys Humphrey.
January visitors at the C. P. Harrison home were Charlie's brother
and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Harrison of Conoga Park,
California, who flew in from California for a visit and to attend their
first P. C. reunion. They also visited in St. Petersburg with Miriam's
brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Calvit.
Charlie's grand niece and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will
Harrison (Christine Harrison) and family; Mr. and Mrs. Michael Paris
and son Michael, Miami, Fla., were holiday visitors.
Gladys B. Humphrey
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Western North Carolina, Asheville area, had its first snow on Jan-
uary 13 which rushed us right into winter after an unusually mild and
Paul and Betty Bentz spent the Christmas holidays with their son
Dr. Alan Bentz and family in Stamford, Connecticut. Also, they visited
their daughter, Joan Davidson and her husband, in New York City.
Dorothy and Starford Churchill spent the holidays with their son and
family in Pennsylvania. They report they spent three very happy weeks.
Edna and Paul Furr stopped a couple of days with the Churchills enroute
to Dallas, Texas to spend the Holidays with their daughter Mariella and
Clarence and Della Howell attended a luncheon meeting of the S. C.
Rainbow Division of World War I, in Columbia, South Carolina. They
with two granddaughters, Debbie and April, attended t:.e Shrine Bowl
football game in Charlotte, They spent the holidays with daughter Mar-
garet in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Esther Hodges will be leaving soon for St. Petersburg, Florida. We
hope she will hurry back.
The Tom Kelleys' roster of grandchildren was increased with the
birth of a granddaughter, Dawn Elizabeth Kappe, on December 31. This
gives them two grandsons and one granddaughter.
Tom and Barbara Coleman attended the Reunion in St. Petersburg.
Several of the Hendersonville group traveled in December in order
to share the holidays with sons and daughters and their families. Emma
Reppa had Christmas with her son Robert in the Washingon, D. C., area.
Betty O'Rouke with her daughter in Rhode Island; Clarence and Rose
Johnston with their son Lester in Tigardi, Oregon; and Ruth Sill with her
daughter in Princeton, New Jersey.
John Ferguson is enjoying the visit of his son John and his wife and
in February is expecting his daughter Sarah and her husband for a week.
Margie Seagers and her brother Tom spent the holidays with their
parents, the Tom Kelleys.
Bob and Lillian Van Wagner are enjoying a six week stay on the
Canal Zone. Bob was called down to establish a position of Retirement
Counselor in the Personnel Division of the Panama Canal Company.
The E. L. Cottons stopped by on their way to New Orleans to visit
Mrs. Charles Cotton, now ninety-nine years of age, and the John Runcks.
Mr. Cotton is commander of the Balboa Fire District.
Dr. Sam Irvin, in failing health, had the misfortune to fall and
fracture his pelvis.
Martha Knoop has returned to her former home of Casstown, Ohio;
has purchased a home and is happily settled there near her sister, and
among old friends.
While Fran Getman, of Gorgas Hospital, was visiting her sister in
Salisburg, Maryland; Elizabeth Gunby, another sister, formerly of Gor-
gas Hospital but now living in San Francisco, and also Elsie Patterson
of Hendersonville joined them there for a happy get-together.
On their way to Florida for the winter, Kenneth and Helen Greene
of Roulette, Pennsylvania, spent a couple of days with the Wendell
Greenes. Kenneth is now retired.
The Clifford Fritzes, also Florida-bound, delighted their Henderson-
ville friends with another visit in January. Ceridwyn likes our mountains,
The Wendell Greenes enjoyed a couple of days in Mid-December with
the Chris Garlingtons in Newberry, South Carolina; and found them all
well. Octavia, who is a medical art instructor in the Medical Department
of the Universary of Georgia; has attended a Medical Art Convention in
San Francisco. Albert, the father of four, is manager of the Lowe's store
in Nashville, Tennessee. Alice's husband, Ted Neeley, is principal of an
elementary school in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and they, with their two
children often spend weekends with the Garlingtons.
Mrs. George B. Ward, Secretary
NEWS FROM SPACE CITY, U.S.A.
HOUSTON TEXAS REPORT
It has been like the tropical Isthmus here lately with the sun shining
-a glorious feeling for all of us.
Visitors seemed to have invaded our fair city during the holidays.
The C. L. Lesser's had their granddaughter Pamela Jean Lesser, who is
a student at North Texas State College in Denton, Texas, spend the
Chrismas holidays. Pamela's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Lesser, Jr., live
in the Canal Zone. Mr. Jack Brayton also was their guest on his return
Mrs. Pauline Homelin of St. Petersburg, Florida visited with her son,
Gus Homelin and also visited with the C. L. Lesser, Sr. family.
Tillie Levy had her daughter Charlotte, son-in-law and their two boys
visiting over the holidays. Her grandson Alan who attends UCLA in
California also came for a visit.
Catherine and George Lowe (Mr. and Mrs. George M. Lowe) from
Wilmington, Delaware were in Houston visiting his mother, Mary C.
Lowe and his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo and Fred Yaeger dur-
ing the latter part of October and first of November.
Nannie I. Brown had several visitors during the holiday season. Her
son, Jack Brown and family from Northport, Long Island, spent a week
at Thanksgiving time; son Walter G. and Pearl Brown from the Canal
Zone during Christmas and New Years and her grandson Walter G.
Brown and his wife Dianne from Selma. Alabama during the holidays.
Walter, Jr. is a flying instructor in the Air Force.
Fred and Mary Jo Yaeger spent New Years with Fred's brother in
Peoria, Illinois. They saw lots of snow and Mary Jo went for her first
sled ride! The temperature greeted their arrival by providing a reading
of 19 below zero! On their return to Houston they stopped in St. Louis
to visit Andre (Whitlock) Collins and her family.
Fred Huldtquist, Bates Wieman's son, will ,be in La Grange, Louisiana
on Canal Zone business in February and will visit his mother before
proceeding to New Orleans to inspect a new tug being built for the Pan-
Vonna and Bud Huldquist will visit his mother, Bates Wieman in
Houston and their daughter Nancy who is a student at Trinity University
in San Antono. They plan a trip to the Hemisphair in the Alamo City as
well as one to Mexico before going on to Miami for the regional tryouts
of the Sweet Adelines. We wish them well at their tryouts.
Adele Burns Wells and her husband Andy returned to Houston to live
in the latter part of the summer and Andy is enrolled in South Texas
here in Houston. They spent the holidays in San Angelo, Tex., with Adele's
parents Mr. and Mrs. Jack T. Burns (June) where her parents are spenr-
ing the winter. When spring arrives the Burns' will depart for their home
Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Souder had their son, Murriell, home during the
summer. He is presently working in Hamburg, Germany and, hopes to
return home permanently this spring. Mrs. Souder's mother, known to
many from the Zone as Sweetie, is doing nicely now after suffering sev-
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
for Membership Box 11565, 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 i,4 for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECORD for one year.
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eral minor strokes this past summer. Lew is busy making and flying kites
for the kids in the neighborhood!
Jack Johnson, presently of the San Francisco area, visited Houston
in November. Jack stayed with the Jim Brady family (Donnie Gilder)
and of course Jim and Donnie gave a party for him which was wonderful.
Jack's wife Jenny was unable to make the trip since she teaches school,
but he promised to bring Jenny and their son on his next visit. The John-
sons spent Christmas in the Canal Zone with his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
J. G. Johnson.
Jack's sister, Mrs. Lois Johnson Alexander, was in Houston for a short
time in the early fall and spent a day visiting with the Bill McDougalls.
The Flynne family came to Houston well represented this summer.
The twins, Marilyn and Marguerite (and Marguerite's husband and
children) and Jean Flynn Stowe and her family along with two of Jo-
anne Flynn Farley's two daughters, called us late one evening and we got
together and visited until the wee hours of the morning since they had
to depart the following day. It was almost like being back on "Barneby
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ................................. ......... hereby transmit my ANNUAL,
MEMBERSHIP dues of $4.00 In the Pananm Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the year
.................... $2.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD
for one year. (Pleasa return this bill with remittance).
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DUES $4.00 PER YEAR. JANUARY 1, 1968 to DECEMBER 37 FOLLOWING
Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone Banks
Mrs. Ed Schnake of Dickinson has been quite ill and was hospitalized
after suffering a stroke. She is now at home and doing much better.
with daughter Barbara Schnake Jeffers and son Edward and his family
close by I am sure her recovery will be hastened'.
Barbara Schnake Jeffers and her husband Dick and their children are
planning to move to Houston from Dickinson shortly after school is out
and they are presently house hunting.
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Sundquist were recently hospitalized following an
accident in their home. Apparently the brakes on the car did not hold
and struck Otto and their house and also injuring Mrs. Sundquist who
was in the car. Considerable damage was done to their garage, kitchen
and car but fortunately their injuries were minor. They are both doing
well at this time.
The Bill McDougalls had their nephew Paul Swearingen (Bette and
Dick Swearingen's oldest boy) spend a month with them during the
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
BLOOD BANK FUND
Florida Only Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
summer. Paul was taken on his first Texas camping trip which he loved,
snakes and all. Seeing baseball games in the Astrodome was a thrill for
him. Of course our girls for the first time got to know what it would be
like to have a brother and when it was time for Paul to leave they didn't
want him to go.
The weather is warming up and soon it will be softball time here at
the McDougall household. Mom, (Helen Rae) manages a team and last
year her team with daughter Patti playing second base won first place in
the Sub-teen age group. Helen, our oldest daughter, pitched her team
(senior league) to a championship also. Maureen was our bat girl! The
softball program is great for girls during the summer and really great
for mothers even though Helen and I both ended up with broken arms.
We hope that if any of you are planning a trip through Houston that
you will remember to bring your membership address book along and give
some of us a call and a visit. See you next edition.
Helen Rae (Souder) McDougall, Secretary
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, 'S "*
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MOSTLY THIS'N THAT
Did you know that 31% million people have viewed the Pan-
ama Canal film -- Mamie Lee Kelley of Kelley's Ritz 1961-1956 is
back in Panama to stay 78% of Balboa and Cristobal High
School graduating classes of 1967 are continuing their education ---
the Chiyoda Maru No. 7, a Japanese fishing boat carrying 1600 tons of
squid transited the Canal on the way to Portugal -- a crew clearing
bush, brush and trees along Madden Road came up with a boa estima-
ted at 7% to 8 feet long pictures of piles of garbage graphically
reveal the acute garbage disposal problem affecting Panama City R. de
P. and outlying areas the Panama Canal is the only place in the
world where the Pilot who boards a vessel in Canal waters assumes
full responsibility for the movement and navigation of the vessel --
ex-Canal Zone Governor, General Wm. Potter is in Orlando, Florida.
for the Disneyland promotion -- the fine print and picture arrange-
ment in the December Record were due to a misunderstanding.
Many thanks to all the reporters for getting their copy in on time.
Thanks also to all who contributed clippings, obituaries and pictures.
Please send typed articles as the printer will not accept hand written
The deadline for the JUNE RECORD is MAY 1st. Have you paid
you dues ? ?
2600 Pinellas Point Drive South,
Telephone 867-2315. St. Petersburg, Florida 33712
ISTHMIAN NEWS REEL
The floating crane Hercules, which is being employed at Gatun locks
to lift 745-ton miter gates off their hinges for overhaul and set them down
on keel blocks for overhaul, is a 53-year-old piece of Dredging Division
equipment built for the Canal in Germany.
Like her identical twin, the Ajax, the Hercules was one of the largest
cranes in the world when she was built and is still one of the largest of
The Ajax was sold in 1955 to the Southern Scrap Material Co., Ltd.
of New Orleans but the Hercules has remained in service and was first
used to lift miter gates for overhaul in 1959 when this system was tested
as one of the many to speed up locks overhaul.
Although she is built to lift a maximum weight of 250 long tons, the
crane has no difficulty with the gate leaves because they are compart-
mented and are buoyant enough so that the weight to be lifted in water
is approximately 200 long tons.
Recently the Hercles underwent overhaul at the Industrial Division
yard at Mount Hope and in the process has a complete new boiler in-
stalled. It was the first boiler change since she was built.
The Ajax and the Hercules were built in 1914 at a total cost of $847,500.
The pontoons with the internal machinery, complete with a considerable
part of the superstructure in place, were towed across the Atlantic by
tugs just before World War I broke out.
An item in the Canal Record in May 1910 reported on a walking match
across the Isthmus between Edward Silbey of Ancon and J.P.L. Taylor
of Panama. It was won by Silbey, who made the distance from the Amer-
ican wharf in Panama to the fire department wharf in Colon in 10
hours, 19 minutes. Taylor's time was 12 hours and 20 minutes. The line of
the Panama Railroad was followed and the distance was 48 miles.
Steady Canal customers are the Grace Line's Santa ships, the "Santa
Magdalena," "Santa Mariana," "Santa Mercedes," and "Santa Maria."
All made their maiden voyages about 4 years ago, but the "Santa Maria"
holds a special interest for the Isthmus, for it is dedicated to the Republic
of Panama. Major art work on the vessel features designs inherent in the
Panamanian culture, and in a case near the purser's office stands a tall
figure dressed in Panama's handsome pollera. The "Santa Maria" started
the New Year with its 125th transit of the Panama Canal. The vessel has
carried an estimated 17,000 tons of cargo consigned to Panama and has
brought approximately 5,000 passengers to the Isthmus, many of them on
round trips from New York to Peru.
Mr. Henrv Ward. St. Petersbure. Fla.. Mr. and Mrs. Otto Moore.
Mr and Mrs. Charles
Calvert, St. Petersburg,
Fla., Mr. and Mrs.
Will Harrison, Calif.
Seated-Mr. and Mrs.
Kieswetrer, Jimmie Morris,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Seated-Mrs. Dolan, Mrs. Michaux, Ethel Nickels, Mrs. Walter Campbell,
Standing-Mr. and Mrs. W L. Milligan, Guate:mala City, Guatemala,
Mr. Archie Burn, Ocean Gate, N. J. and Mr Walter Campbell,
North Olmsted, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Porter
McHan, Seminole, Fla.
Mrs Cal Underwood.
SBetty Haldeman) St.
Mr and Mrs. Russell Jones
INila On i Palo Alto, Calif.
Mr. Wm. Rohrbach. Mrs. Wm. Rohrbach, Mrs. R. T. Williams, Mr. R. D.
Melanson and Mrs R. D. Melanson, Christmas 1967, at the home
of the Rohrbachs, Maitland, Fla
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hargy at home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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