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AERIAL VIEW OF BALBOA-FORT AMADOT AREA
Courtesy of the Panama Canal Company
Mr. and Mrs. John T.
Sanders on the 60th wed-
ding anniversary, March
3, 1968 taken in their
home with their 4 chil-
dien. Louisville, Ky.
Randall, Richard, Owen
and Ralph Smith, child-
ren of Wm. C. Smiths
at the Indianapolis 500
Raceway. They are the
grandchildren of Clyde
Towerys, Speedway, Ind.
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley
Simpson, (Elouise Mon-
roe), taken in St. Peters-
Sfc. Robert G Crooks,
special forces and Mrs.
Crooks (Nocola K. Buch-
er), Fort Gulick, C. Z.
The first Reunion of
Ex employees of the
Panama Canal held in
Bradenton, Fla., Feb. 22,
Mrs. Wm. Sweet (Bet-
ty Mopre), Col. Sweet
Mrs. Robert Thomas,
(Mary Alice Dodd), Mrs.
Newell Shaw and Mrs.
James Wir (Alice Ray),
taken in El Paso, Texas.
President of the Isth-
mian Historical Society
Mr. Bob Bowen, Mrs.
Amy McCormick and
Governor W. P. Leber.
Tulane University (New
Orleans) student, David
R. Warren, son of Mr.
and Mrs. L. M. Warren,
Balboa, is shown sailing
on the SS United States
from New York City.
7he Panamna CaowlSaciet4a Ua, 5 m.
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ABOUT THE COVER
AERIAL VIEW OF BALBOA-FORT AMADOT AREA
Courtesy of the Panama Canal Company
W. L. Howard
A cost-of-living increase of 3.9 percent in annuities went into effect
May 1, 1968, for retired Federal employees and survivors. The increase
will be included in the June 1 annuity check.
The next possible increase will be effective when the Consumer
Price Index advances 3 percent over the Feb. 1968 base of 119.0 (that
is, when the CPI reaches 122.57), and the advance continues for three
This is the year when all Congressmen and one third of the Senators
are up for re-election. WRITE to the two Senators from your State
and to the Congressman from your District you can secure their
full names and correct addresses from your local postoffice. Your
letter need not be typed but make it brief and to the point. State your
personal reasons for supporting specific bills.
Committee hearings are being held on these bills:
1. To make civil service annuities tax-exempt, sponsored by Rep.
James Burke, D-Mass.
2. To accelerate automatic cost-of-living increases, and to increase
survivor annuities by 5%, sponsored by Sen. Daniel Brewster,
D-Md., and Rep. Thaddeus Dulski, D-N.Y.
3. To increase retirement income credit for retired Federal em-
ployees from the present $1,524 to $1,872 in line with similar in-
crease for Social Security recipients, by Rep. Landrum, D-Ga.
4. To give Federal retirees an increase in annuities ranging from
1% for those on highest annuities, by Rep. Charles Wilson, D-Calif.
WRITE LETTERS ABOUT THESE BILLS and ask your friends
to write. Let's stage our own Poor Peoples demonstration in Washing-
ton a flood of letters in June to Congressmen and Senators.
William F. Grady,
CHARTER MEMBERS OF THE PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
John F. Warner, Founder; Charter Members, Eugene H. Ash, John
W. Cleary, Sidney Church, B. L. Hansen, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Hanrahan,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Houston, Miss Mary E. Ledden, Emile J. Mettke,
William S. Miller, Thomas Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Warner.
On July 24, 1932, while anchored in New York Harbor over-night,
the above named persons met in the Social Hall of the Steamship
"ANCON", and under the direction of John F. Warner as Founder.
founded the Panama Canal Society of Florida and declared that they
would meet as often as circumstances permitted. The majority of them
planned to move to the West Coast of Florida section on their retire-
ment from service of The Panama Canal. Their first meetings were
held in various homes in the St. Petersburg area and from this humble
beginning the Society has grown to be a large organization, with
members scattered over all parts of the world. We owe them a debt
of gratitude and thanks, for a job well done.
Mr. Frank Koenig Postal Div. 25 years.
Mr. Ralph Edwards Fire Div. 29 years.
Mr. Leonard Martin Locks Div. 15 years.
Mr. Howard E. Robinson Locks Div. 26 years.
Miss Winnifred E. Seeley Public Health Nurse 29 years.
Mr. Frederick C. Willoughby Electrical Div. 30 years.
Capt. Anthony J. Zablocki Navigation Div. 30 years.
Mr. Joaquin E. Cruz Supply Div. 20 years.
Mr. Thomas J. Dee Electrical Div. 27 years.
Mrs. Helen F. Hoverson Coco Solo Hospital 23 years.
Mrs. Mary Becker Accounting Branchl 28 years.
Mrs. Lucille M. Flenniken Dredging Div. 25 years.
Mr. John Oster Personnel 21 years.
Mr. James A. Scofteld Locks Division 27 years.
Mr. Frank J. Stewart Locks Division 33 years.
Mrs. Elvera N. Breakfield Printing Plant 22 years.
Mr. Howard H. Sprague Audit Division 28 years.
Mr. David E. Emery Dredging Div 26 years.
Mrs. Myrtle P. Hughes Navigation Div. 20 years.
Mr. John H. Joyner Motor Transport Div. 44 years.
Captain Cornelius S. McCormack Master Tugboat 38 years.
Mr. Melvin F. Millard Engr..Const.-Bur. 24 years .
Mr. Stuart L. Reed Personnel 31 years.
Mrs. Virginia D. Simpson Executive Plan Staff 26 years.
Mr. Charles W. Balser Accounting Div. 39 years.
Mr. Harry F. Butz Maint. Div .- 34 years.
Mr. Lawrence W. Chambers Marine Bur 28 years.
Mr. Samuel Cohen Office of the Comptroller 35 years.
Mr. Moises DeLaPena Postal Div. 37 years.
Mrs. Dorothy D. Douglas Maint. Div. 33 years.
Mr. Daniel M. Eggleston Eng. Div. 37 years.
Mr. Nathan Fleckner Employee Serv. Branch 35 years.
Mrs. Frances G. Getman Chief Dietitian Gorgas Hosp. 28 years.
Mr. Philip T. Green Clef, Ind. Tr. Staff 30 years.
Mr. Sherman A. Hammond Maint. Div. 28 years.
Mrs. Odessa F. Hearne Schools Div. 25 years.
Mr. Charles W. Hummer Engin. Div. 35 years.
Mr. Alton E. Jones Chief Engr. Towboat 41 years.
Mr. Lee Kariger Locks Div. Adm. Officer 33 years.
Mrs. Lilybel Kariger Recreation Spec. 24 years.
Mr. Herman W. Keepers Dredging Div. 35 years.
Mr. Walter G. Laurie Terminals Div. 41 years.
Mr. Norman J. Lewter Police Div. 31 years.
Mr. Donald Mathieson Chief Engr. Towboat 28 years.
Mrs. Della Noonan Supply Div. 38 years.
Mr. James H. Payne Supply Div. 22 years.
Mr. Harry Pearl Engr .Div. Surveys Branch 34 years.
Mr. Chester W. Pearson Police Div. 28 years.
Mrs. Florence M. Pierson Acct. Div. 32 years.
Mr. Tom P. Reed Locks Div. 32 years.
Mr. Fred F. Schwartz Locks Div. 27 years.
Captain Richard C. Sergeant Balboa Port Captain 30 years.
Mr. Charles E. Stepp Customs Div. 36 years.
Mr. James E. Stuart Locks Div. 27 years.
Lt. Jack C. Sutlhrland Police Div. 33 years.
Mrs. Mary B. Turbyfill Schools Div. 25 years.
Miss Margaret V. Whitman Schools Div. 24 years.
Mrs. Henrietta G. Winklosky Locks Div. 20 years.
Mr. Robert H. Adams Storehouse Div. 35 years.
Mr. Milton W. Canham Engr. Div. 25 years.
WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS
On February 10, Miss Mary Bernadette Dempsey and Jack Leonard
Brayton exchanged nuptial vows at the Assumption Chapel, St. Marys'
University in San Antonio, Texas. The Rev. Paul Search performed the
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Dempsey of County Mayo, Ireland are the
parents of the bride. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald
R. Brayton of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Following a reception in Arden Grove, the couple departed on a
wedding trip to Monterrey, Mexico.
Mr. and Mrs. William Geer of Coco Solo, Canal Zone have an-
nounced the marriage of their daughter, Esther Marie Greer to Robert
A. Knowles, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Knowles, Sr., of Quanah.
The bride is a graduate of Cristobal High) School and attended the
University of Dallas. She is currently attending St. Paul's School of
Mr. Knowles, a graduate of St. Edwards High School of Austin,
Texas is presently attending the University of Dallas. The couple are
residing in Dallas.
Mr. and iMrs. W. B. Bain of St. Petersburg, Florida have announced
hte engagement of their daughter Wallis to Christian S. Skeie, son of
Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Skeie of La Boca, Canal Zone.
Miss Bain is a graduate of Balboa Highl School, Class of 1963, and
was graduated from the Academy of Beauty Culture, Gulfport, Florida
and is licensed as a master cosmetologist.
Mr. Skeie is also a 1963 graduate of Balboa High and of Oklahoma
State Tech., Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Since his separation from the Navy
he has been employed as a plumber in St. Petersburg.
Miss Sandra Carole Eckhoff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward
A. Eckhoff, 1177 Wisconsin Drive, Naples, Fla., and James Timothy
Darr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Darall Darr ,of Boxholm, Iowa, were mar-
ried recently at the First Methodist Church in ,Maryville, Mo.
The couple is, now residing in Leavenworth, Kansas, where the bride
is teaching in the Platte City HighM School in Missouri. The bridegroom
is now stationed with the Nike missile detachment at Fort Leavenworth.
The former Miss Eckhoff was a graduate of Naples Senior High
School in 1964 and just recently graduated from Northwest Missouri
State College in Maryville, Mo. with a bachelor of science in secondary
Rev. Hauser Winter officiated at the candlelight service.
The bride's parents were unable to attend the wedding.
Miss Donna Marie Stills, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl L. Michels
of Golden ,Colorado and James R. Potter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard
R. Potter of La Boca, Canal Zone, were married on January 13 at
the First Methodist Church in Golden. The Rev. Everett Matz of-
ficiated at the double ring ceremony.
.Miss JKaren Stills,. twin sister of the bride, was her attendant.
The bridegroom's brother, Rusty Potter, was his best man and a
cousin, Tom Cummingham, served as groomsman.
Out-of-town guests included Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Barnett. Mrs. Bar-
nett is the former Marjorie Miller, a friend of the bridegroom.
The bride is a graduate of Denver Technical College. The bride
groom graduated from Balboa High School and the University of New
Mexico. Both are employed by Montgomery and Ward in Denver.
Lt. Col. (USAF Res. Ret.) and Mrs. Henry P. Dolim of West West-
chester, California, announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss
Diane Dolim to Mr. Timothy P. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl
J. Johnson of Westchester, California.
Miss Dolim and Mr. Johnson are both graduates of St. Bernard
High School, Playa del Rey. Miss Dolim received her Bachelor of
Sceince Degree in Economics from University of California at Los
Angeles in March, 1968. Mr. Johnson recently completed active duty
with the U.S. Air Force and is now attending Loyloa University.
Diane was born in St. Petersburg, Florida (Mound Park Hospital)
when her father was in the Air Force at MacDill Air Force Base.
Diane's maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ridge of Los
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Harvey Smith, Jr., of Margarita, Canal Zone,
announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter,
Lenore Jean, to Mr. Bruce Kenneth Montrose, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Jack H. Montrose of Prairie Village, Kansas.
Miss Smith is a 1963 graduate of Cristobal High School and attend-
ed Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Missouri. She is
presently employed by Lynn Insurance Groups in Kansas City, Missouri.
Mr. Montrose attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City and
is Assistant General Manager of Celebrity China Co., Shawnee, Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. James P. McConaghy, 2324 61st Way N., St. Peters-
burg, Fla., have announced the engagement of their daughter, Karen
Marie and the granddaughter of the former Mr. and Mrs. Ben Mc-
Conaghy, Balboa, C. Z., to Lee A. (Drew) Wilson, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. Lee A. Wilson, Miami, and the grandson of Mrs. Grace Schack.
Miami, formerly of Balboa, C. Z.
The bride-elect was born in New York City. She is a graduate of
Notre Dame Academy and attended St. Petersburg Junior College. She
is a student at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami.
The prospective bridegroom was born in Balboa, Canal Zone. He
attended LaSalle Academy, Miami and was graduated from Conlin
School, Miami. He attended Miami-Dade Junior College and is now
serving in the U. S. Navy attached to the Marine Corps at Camp Le.
Jeune, N. C.
Miss Karen Wanke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Wanke, of
San Jose, Calif., and Mr. Dennis J. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Jesse J. Johnson, of San Jose, Calif. were married in Cupertino Union
Church on November 18, 1967. As a surprise for the young couple
Karen's grandfather, Capt. Carl Wanke, sang "I Love You Truly" and
"Because" preceding the ceremony. Karen's maternal grandfather,
Earle Kent, arrived from Seattle for thie wedding and escorted Mrs.
Wanke, Sr., and Karen's sister Lisa to their seats. Karen's brother,
Kent, served as an usher.
A reception was held following the ceremony at the Foothill Wo-
men's Club in Saratoga. Serving the coffee was Mrs. Peggy (Bryan)
Anderson, Karen's godmother. Cuttirg and serving the wedding cake
were Marilyn and Nancy Wanke, cousins.
Among the guests were the following former Zonians, Alice and
Frank Bryan, Clair and Frank Bryan, Jr., Harold and Ruth Duncan.
Ruth (Brown) Robertson, Nina Brown, Mrs. Margaret Enright, John
and Margaret (Enright) Buniowski, Harry and Jane (Enright) Cuzner,
Paul and Betty (Nolan) Conrad, Helen and Buckley Yoder, Florence
(Lao) Wahl. Family members attending from Whittier were Ronald
and Peggy Wanke and children, and Mrs. Janice (Cooper) Wanke.
Following the reception the young couple left on a honeymoon
trip to Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Karen is employed
by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ames Re-
search Center, Moffett Field, Calif. The groom is at present a member
of the U. S. Army and left for Viet Nam duty in mid-May.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Clyde Flowers of Ancon,, Canal Zone have
announced the engagement of their daughter, Susan Ann, to Michael
Stewart Burke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Pope Burke of Birming-
Miss Flowers was graduated from Balboa High School in May and
plans to enter the University of Arkansas in September.
Mr. Burke is a graduate of W. A. Berry School in Birmingham and
is now a sergeant in the Unitedi States Air Force stationed at Little
Rock, Arkansas. He is temporarily stationed at Albrook Air Force
Base with the 24th Air Commando Wing.
Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Bowen of La Boca, Canal Zone, announce
the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Mary
Anne, to Michael J. McLoughlin of Rye, New York, son of Mrs. James
J. McLoughlin and the late Mr. McLoughlin.
Miss Bowen is a graduate of Barry College, Miami, Florida, and
is employed by IBM in New York City.
Mr. McLoughlin is a graduate of Holy Cross College, Worcester,
Massachusetts, and Fordham Law School, New York, New York. He
is an attorney with the Corporate Counsel's Office of the City of
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Adler of Panama City have announced
th marriage of their daughter Blanche to Elton D. Todd.
The ceremony was held at St. Marcos Episcopal Church in El
Carmen, March 27. The rites were performed by the Rev. Terence
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Her mother served
as her daughter's only attendant. Mr. Frederick Rossell was the best
man. He was accompanied by Mrs. Rozzell.
The newly married couple plan an extensive wedding trip to New
York, the West Coast and the Far East.
Miss Jeanette Cornelia Swicegood of Hattisburg, Mississippi has
announced the engagement of her twin sister, Miss Janet Colleen
Swicegood also of Hattiesburg and Mr. Jack Foster Burke, Jr., son
of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Foster Burke of Hattiesburg. The sisters are
daughters of the late Mr. and Mrs. Allen C. Swicegood of Margarita.
Canal Zone and Lexington, North Carolina. The bride-elect is a
graduate of Cristobal High School with the Class of 1957 and of the
University of Southern Mississippi in 1962 with a B.S. Degree in
Her fiance is a graduate of Hattiesburg High School with the
Class of 1952 and of Mississippi State University in 1956 with a B.S.
Degree in Accounting. He is associated with Jack F. Burke and Com-
pany in Hattiesburg as a certified public accountant.
Miss Nellie Frances Blaylock and John Robert Knight of Rich-
mond were united in marriage July 22, in Tyler Memorial Presby-
terian Church, Radford, Va.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Jeremiah Wesley Blaylock of
Stuart and the late Mr. Blaylock. The bridegroom is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. Herbert Knight (Florenette matter) of Colonial Beach.
The Rev. H. Wilkes O'Brien of Blacksburg officiated in the double
Immediately following the ceremony, the bride's mother entertained
with a reception in the church fellowship hall.
After the wedding trip to Bermuda, the couple will reside in
The bride is a 1965 graduate of Radford College, and is a teacher
in the Henrico County public school system.
The bridegroom is a 1964 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic In-
stitute. He is employed as a community planner by the Governor's
Office, Division of Planning of the State of Virginia.
Miss Catherine. Ellen Reese and A/3C Donald Lloyd Russell, Jr.,
were united in marriage on January 7, 1968 in a ceremony at South-
side Baptist Church, Sarasota. The Rev. Harold, Epperson officiated
at the double ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Coleman M. Reese of
Bay Acres Estates; Osprey, Fla. She is a 1967 graduate of Venice
High School where she was a member of the Distributive Education
Club, chorus and recipient of a Cecilian Music Society Scholarship.
Both she and her husband were active in The Youth for Christ aid
members of The Singing Valiants.
Airman Russell Is the son of Mrs .Richard Morse of Sarasota and
Donald Lloyd Russell, Sr., of Columbus, Ohio. His maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Clyde Stroop of Sarasota. He was
graduated in 1966 from Riverview High School, Sarasota. He has been
stationed at Lowry Air Force Base, Denver, Colo.
Following the reception in the church social hall, the young couple
left on a wedding trip touring Florida. At the end of his leave Airman
Russell will report to his new duty station in Hahn, Germany. His
wife will join him there later.
The engagement and approaching marriage of Miss Lettie Sparling,
daughter of Mr. Wesley H. Sparling. of Cristobal, Canal Zone, and Stephen
Snyder, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harley Snyder of Los Angeles. California,.
has been announced.
SMiss. Sparing attended schools on the Atlantic and Pacific Sides
of the Isthmus and is a graduate of Balboa High! School. Both she and
her fiance are students. at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Mrs. Margaret F. Morris of Balboa has announced the engagement
of her daughter, Miss Margaret Elizabeth Morris, to Lt. Dkniel James
Haniesworth, son of Mrs. Marion Hanesworth of Tucson, Arizona.
Miss Morris is a graduate of Balboa High School with the Class: of
1963 and of Florida State University in 1967. She is presently a mem-
ber of the faculty of Howard Elementary School.
Lt. Hanesworth is a 1966 graduate of the University of Arizona.
He is currently stationed at Fort Clayton.
Miss Paula Lee Leftridge, daughter of Mrs. Alice Leftridge of
Balboa and George William Slaughter, son of Mrs. Benjamin F. Slaugh-
ter and the late Mr. Slaughter of Los Rios, were married at the Church
of St. Augustine, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu. Hawaii on January 25.
Attending the couple were Sgt. and Mrs. Francis Perry Washa-
baugh, Jr. Sgt. Washabaugh, who is stationed with the Air Force in
Hawaii is a fortner Margarita resident and a classmate of the bride
Following a short honeymoon at the Surf Towers in Honolulu, Mrs.
Slaughter departed for California to complete a trip around the world
as a senior, ful scholarship student, aboard the SS Ryndam, floating
Mr. Slaughter returned to his unit, 44th Artillery, in Dong Ha,
The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. Mariana Delgado Cain,
former Atlantic Side resident, who now makes her home in Balboa.
Miss Theresa Ann (Terry) Sprague, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Howard H. Sprague of La Boca, Canal Zone, became the bride of
Robert Vaughn Fossler of Fort Amador, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Fossler. of Burbank, Calif., in a double ring ceremony January 15, in
the Fort Clayton Chapel.
The Rev. Stephen J. Strouse, C.M., pastor of St. Mary's Mission,
performed the ceremony.
Immediately following the ceremony, a reception was held at the
Tivoli Guest House and a buffet dinner was served.
The bridal couple left on a wedding trip to Santa Clara. They will
make their future home in Fort Devens, Mass. where the bridegroom
will be stationed.
The bride was born in Ancon, attended the Canal Zone schools and
is a graduate of Balboa High School in the Class of 1965. She attended
Canal Zone College one year and during the past year attended the
University of Maryland.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Burbank High School and Glen-
dale City College.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fossler and son. Jerry of Burbank, Calif:.
who went to the Canal Zone to attend the wedding of their son and
brother respectively, were entertained as houseguests of Mr. and
.urs. Howard Sprague while on the Isthmus.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wright Gossett announce the engagement
aiu approaching marriage of tleir daughter Priscilla, to Mr. Archie
Benjamin Carroll, III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie B. Carroll, Jr., of
talboa, Canal Zone.
Alss Gossett is the granddaughter of Mrs. R. F. Smith and the
late Reuben Smith.
Mr. Carroll is the grandson of Mrs. H. A. Ives and the late Dr.
Harold Ives of Jacksonville, Florida and Mrs. A. B. Carroll, Sr. and
the late Mr. Archie B. Carroll, Sr., of Salt Lake City, Utah.
Miss Gossett attends Atlens College where she is a senior majoring
in elementary education. She is listed in Who's Who in American
olioeges and Universities.
Mr. Carroll attended Florida State University where he received
both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration
degrees. At present he is teaching at Athens College and is serving
as Acting-Head of the Division of Business and Economics.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Albritton, of Panama, announce the
engagement of their daughter, Gail Esther, to Michael John Laird, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Loomis W. Laird, of Painesville, Ohio.
Miss Albritton is now attending Loyola University of the South.
She was named to Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges.
Mr. Laird graduated from Loyola University of the Soutlh with a
Bachelor of Business Administration. He is now pursuing graduate
studies at Loyola School of Law.
Miss Sandra Kay Droste, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Frensley
of Balboa and Allen Keith Bauer, son of Mr. and iMrs. Keith Bauer
of Spanish Fork, Utah were married in a ceremony held in the Latter
Day Saints Temple, Salt Lake City on February 15. The wedding
breakfast, hosted by the bridegroom's parents, was held in the Sky-
room of Hotel Utah, immediately following the ceremony.
The bridegroom filled a mission for the Latter Day Saints Church
in the Northeast British Mission and has attended Brigham Young
University. He continued his studies in engineering in Denver, Colorado.
The couple are at home at 412 East Third South Street following
their honeymoon. The bridegroom will leave for Vienam soon.
Miss Rebecca Jane Fink, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fink
and John H. McNall were married November 24th, 1967 in the Sacred
Heart Catholic Church, Pinellas Park, Fla. Mr. and Mrs. Jamos Mar-
shall were their attendants. Johp is the grandson of Mr. a id Mrs.
Glenn R. McNall, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rogers announce the marriage of their
daughter Betty Carol to Lt. Russell Arthur Taylor, USAF, the 20th
of January, 1968, at Shaw Air Force Base Chapel, Sumter, S. C. Lt.
Taylor is the grandson of Mr. L. A. Koperski, Orlando, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. William B. Alien, former residents of Margaii:;,
have announced tlh engagement of their youngest daughter, Florenc.,
to Jerry Mann, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Mann of Amador, Mis:;
Allen was graduated from Dunedin High School, Dunedin, Florida and
Massey Business College, Atlanta, Georgia. She is presently employed
as a stewardess for Delta Airlines and living in Miami, Florida. Mann
was graduated from Balboa High School in 1963. He attended Florida
State University, Tallahassee, Florida, and is ,presently in the Armed
Services at the Naval Amphibious Base, San Diego, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Jesse James Eggers of 404 Penn Street, Edgefield,
South Carolina, 29824, announce the engagement of their daughter,
Katherine Charlotte, to William Goerge Tillman, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Daniel Tillman of Gamboa.
VMiss Eggers, a graduate of Strom Thurmond High School, Edge-
field, S, C., in the class of 1967, is a freshman at Clemson University.
She is majoring in secondary education-phychology teaching.
Mr. Tillman was graduated from Balboa High School in the class
,of 1965. He is a member of the junior class at Clemson University and
is majoring in recreation and park administration.
Mrs. Ida Walston, St. Petersburg, Fla. and Mr. Paul Barnard, Cum-
berland, R. I. were united in marriage, in Christ Methodist Church.
St. Petersburg, Fla. the 4th of May, 1968, with Dr. Paul R. Horton
officiating. Mr. and Mrs. (Rutlh Walston) Walter Lauder, Lexington.
Ky. attended them. Others attending the wedding were: Mr. and Mrs.
Cecil Banan; Miss Jane Holcomb; Miss Connie Moffatt; Mr. Ells-
worth Shoenbach; Mrs. Myrtle Frey; Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones; Mrs.
Viola List; Mrs. Martin Nickel; Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. McQuade;
Mrs. Erma Forbes and Mr. G. C. Lockridge, who took pictures of the
The happy couple left immediately on their honeymoon to R. I.
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney P. Williamson announce the birth of their
first child, a daughter, Katherine Kay, on February 1, in Sioux Falls,
Mrs. Williamson is the former Judith Buehler, daughter of Captain
and Mrs. Howard Buehler of Balboa. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Williamson
of Garretson, South Dakota, are the paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Young of North Scituate, Mass., announce the
birth of their first child, a daughter, Elizabeth Mary, on January 17,
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald W. Owen of Brazos Heights are the maternal
grandparents and Mr. and Mrs. J. Young of Boston, the paternal
grandparents. Mrs. E. M. Cussons of Wallasey, England, is the baby's
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Peregoy of Richmond, Va. announce the
birth of their first child, a son,. on April 8, at the Johnston Willis Hos-
pital. The baby has been named Thomas Nelson Peregoy, Jr.
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George A. Walker of
Cocoli, C. Z. Mr. and Mrs. Irving E. Peregoy of Richmond, Va. are the
Mrs. Peregoy is the former Carole Lynn Walker. Mr. Peregoy is
employed with Capitol Printing Co. in Richmond.
Dr. and Mrs. David S. Kappe of Elkridge, Md. announce the birth
of their third child, a daughter, Dawn Elizabeth, on December 31
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Stanley E. Kappe
of Washington, D. C. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas H. Kelley formerly of the Canal Zone and now of Henderson-
ville, North Carolina. The baby's mother is the former Miss Patricia
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick F. Szymanski of Diablo Heights, Canal
Zone, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, on March
14 at Gorgas Hospital. The baby will be named Patricia Ann.
The baby's mother is the former Miss Anna Proback and the ma-
ternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Proback of La Boca.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Szyrnnanski of Diablo
Heights. The baby has two great grandmothers, Mrs. Dalia Pacheco
of San Jose, Costa Rica who is her maternal great-grandmother, and
Mrs. Luisa Elida de Castrellon of Sona and Panama City, the paternal
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Kirkland, II, announce the birth of their
first child, a daughter, Cristina, on April 5, at San Fernando Clinic,
Panama City, R. de P.
The maternal grandparents are Mrs. Aminta B. de Navarro and
the late Dr. Alberto Navarro and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. William E. Kirkland, all of Panama City.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank K. DuPree of Gaimboa announce the birth
of their second child and first son, Dodd Owen, on March 14 at Gorgas
Hospital. Mrs. DuPree is the former Miss Janet Sutherland and the
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. Sutherland of Gamboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Shrader of Houston, Texas announce the
birth of their first child, a daughter, on February 8. The baby has
been named Therese Rae.
The baby's mother is the former Miss Esther Gundersen and the
maternal grandparents are Captain and Mrs. Christian J. Gundersen
of Los Rios and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Shrader
of Shephard, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. James Richmond, Jr., of Dallas, Texas, announce
the arrival of a son, Scott James, on February 9. Mrs. Richmond is
the former Carol Zelnick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Zelnick
of Balboa Teights. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James
Richmond, Sr., of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Larson of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey,
announce the birth of their fourth child and first daughter, Janine
Marie, on March 31. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John
Larson of Port Orange, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Brown announce the birth of their third
daughter, Lara Joan, in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on March 21, 1968. Proud
grandparents are Bill and Ruth Brown of Saratoga, Calif. Wayne and
Lyn are expected on the West Coast in late July where Wayne will
enter graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley, work-
ing for his PhD in Public Health.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cunningham, Bellevue, Washington, an,
nounce the arrival of a son, Michael Alexander, April 14, 1968. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Cunningham, Kent, Wash.
Amy McCormack, founder of the Isthmian Historical Society, who
is leaving the Isthmus, was honored at a despedida in the Railroad Room
of the Tivoli Guest House Marsh 28.
A buffet dinner was followed by a program by the Isthmian His-
torical Society dedicated to Mrs. McCormack, who not only started
the society in 1954 but has been its heart and soul.
Among the many items gathered for posterity are clippings from
old Isthmian newspapers, scrapbooks containing old pictures which
tell the story of the construction of the Canal and life on the Isthmus
at the time, letters of appoinments made by the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission, and other objects of memorabilia.
The society also has given to the library furniture from the old
Washington Hotel, fans, a ladies handbag, and comb and hat. These
objects on display at the Canal Zone Library-Museum were given to the
society by Col. and Mrs. Daniel E. Wright, who were on the Isthmus
The Isthmian Historical Society took a leading part in the cele-
bration of the Theodore Roosevelt Centennial on the Isthmus in 1958.
(The following was written by L. A. Gutting. Ed.)
We were on the Zone, 1913 into 1918. One son, Steve, was born
there one world, four Purdue and other track records, FBI agent,
now he manages compressor department, Ingersoll-Rand Co., New
York. Phil, clipping herewith, was born a few months after we returned
to the States. Paul, Purdue track record and first string football, hon-
ored there between halves last fall, now teaches theoretical & applied
mechanics in Wis.
Before returning here to the old family home, we lived many
years in Indiana, managing a group of gas, water and electric utilities,
and frequently visited back and forth with Dr. Troy and Ellen Earhart,
going also to Pan. Canal meetings in Ashville, etc.
Our latchstring is always out for Panama Canal folks. Stillwells
and Adlers visited us both in Indiana and here 716 East Main, Ottawa,
Ill. We're here regularly except for trips to Wisconsin and Univ. of
Illinois on some aerodynamics research projects.
(The following was written by Leona Hart Lee, Ed.)
Mrs. Alice Hart spent two weeks during the monthly of April with
daughter Dorothy Holder, who lives in Hoschton, Ga. She enjoyed her
two grandsons, Larry 6, and Steven,4, and helping Dorothy and husband
Barty plant their Spring vegetable garden.
After driving back home to Tampa, Fla., and a quick week's rest,
she took off with Mr. and Mrs. William Barlow to visit another daughter,
Leona and family (Fred Lee, Jr.), at their home on Merritt Island, Fla.
The occasion was to celebrate her oldest grandson's Uth birthday, May
The Barlows enjoyed the tour of Cape Kennedy. They nexer expected
to see the space age a reality.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Shedlock, St. Petersburg, Fla. will celebrate
their 50th( anniversary, June 16, 1968.
Capt. John P. Gutting, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Gutting of 716
E. Main St., Ottawa, Ill., has been awarded a second Navy Commen-
dation for outstanding service and devotion to duty.
A citation signed by Paul H. Nitze, U. S. Secretary of the Navy,
lauds the U. S. Naval Academy graduate, for his major role coordi-
nating the Navy's 1967 appropriation and preparing supplementary
1967 and 1968 budget requests so that top priority projects can be car-
Capt. Gutting was presented with a Gold Star in lieu of a second
Navy Commendation Medal. His first Navy Commendation Medal was
for successfully covering combat landings on Okinawa as a gunnery
The captain previously received 11 ribbons and 10 battle stars for
service during World War II and in the Korean Conflict. In addition.
he won a record five athletic "N" stars at Annapolis.
Capt. Richard C. Sergeant has retired as Port Captain in Balboa,
He attended Canal Zone schools, worked at summer jobs with
the Canal and was graduated from Cristobal High School in 1929. He
attended New York State Maritime College and went to sea in 1936
with the Luckenbachl, C.B. Mallory and Argonaut Lines out of New
York and earned his master's license in 1939.
He was dock foreman in Cristobal in 1939, was, promoted to second
mate aboard the Panama Canal tug Favorite in 1941; to master of
the tug Gorgona in Balboa in 1943, and became pilot-in-training in 1944.
He became a full-fledged pilot in 1946 and held that position until 1962,
when he was promoted to Assistant Port Captain in Balboa.
He became Captain of the Port in 1965.
During the time that he has been boss of the Balboa Port, Captain
Sergeant has acted as Navigation Division Chief and Marine Director
and made significant contributions in solving the problems of getting
more and bigger ships through the Canal.
Captain Sergeant and his wife, Bea, left for the United States April
11 and will visit their daughters, Mrs. Kay Nifong, in North Carolina,
and Mrs. Carol S. Hoover, in California. They have a house in St.
Petersburg, Fla., where they intend to retire.
(The following appeared in The Spillway. Ed.)
A commendation for the "outstanding achievements" of those who
had roles in clearing the Panama Canal channel after a ship sank
Sunday and blocked the Canal has come from Secretary of the Army
Stanley R. Resor.
Addressed to Gov. W. P. Leber, the letter said:
"Dear Governor Leber:
"Please accept and convey to the members of your staff and to
the employees of the Panama Canal Company my highest respect for
your outstanding achievements in handling this past Sunday's mishap.
Your actions in averting a near disaster once again remind us all of
our continued pride and esteem for your entire organization. In recog-
nition of the professional competence and devotion to duty of all, well
Stanley R. Resor."
At the time word of the letter from Secretary Resor was received
letters of commendation from Governor Leber were going out to the
Canal officials most directly involved, singling out several employees
for special mention.
These letters went to Capt. Donald A. Dertien, USN, Marine Di-
rector; Capt. A. L. Gallin. USN, Chief, Navigation Division; Julian S.
Herne, Chief, Dredging Division; and M. B. Nickel, Chief, Industrial
The Governor's letters commended the personnel of these units for
their "magnificent performance" and asked that each of the officials
express his personal thanks to all concerned.
Special mention went to Capt. Richard C. Sergeant, Port Captain,
Balboa; Robert W. Lowry, Assistant Chief. Dredging Division; and
Burton L. Powell, Salvage Master and Master Diver, Industrial Division.
Powell's -.ormance, the Governor's letter said, was "outstanding
in conning this large, unwieldy vessel through the remainder of the
Cut to safe moorings at Gamboa."
Lowry's performance was labeled outstanding in directing the oper-
ations of the Dredging Division "and coordinating their efforts with
"Without the demonstrated expertise" of these three, the Governor
said, "the operation may well have failed or been seriously delayed."
The Shozan Maru blocked Gaillard Cut shortly after noon Sunday
with her bow resting on the bottom in 47 feet of water. She was raised
with compressed air and cleared the Cut at 4:44 a.m., Monday, allow-
ing transit traffic to resume.
As the Spillway went to press, letters to Governor Leber were start-
ing to arrive from shipping companies and shipping agents extending
congratulations to all personnel involved for the efficiency and speed
with which the operation was handled and traffic restored.
An urge to travel and a desire to see what it was like in Vietnam
prompted Miss Margaret (Peggy) O'Brien of Margarita to volunteer
to go to Vietnam as a U.S. Army Service Club worker and entertain-
ment specialist. At present she is the only woman from the Canal Zone
serving in Vietnam.
Peggy, 22, has worked since October at the Ponderosa Service Club
at Dong Tam in the Mekong Delta. Units of the 9th Infantry Division
and the Navy's Mobile River and Assault Force are stationed there at
the first American base camp in the Delta.
Daughter of Edward B. O'Brien, superintendent of the Terminals
Division, Peggy has lived in the Canal Zone all her life except for 4
years at college in Colorado. She spent 3 years at Loretto Heights Col-
lege in Denver and got a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the
University of Denver in 1967.
Peggy, who operates the club's facilities with two other girls plus
four soldiers, said their job was to provide recreation, relaxation, and
entertainment for soldiers. "Every night we have some activity sched-
uled, from bingo to word games to unit parties to USO shows."
The girls dream up ideas for new activities, use their creative
talents to decorate the club, and take care of the many administrative
details that inevitably crop up in an organization that serves more than
3,000 men. --.;W
Peggy is serving a 1 year tour in Vietnam, the same as the Gl's
and will get a 5-day leave in Tokyo, Bangkok, or another Asian city.
Because few girls remain at the same service club all year, she was
to be transferred soon to some other part of Vietnam.
(The following was written by Sandra Hughes Claflin, Merritt Island,
Dear Mrs. Lockridge,
My mother, Myttle Pierson Hughes, has finally gotten he retirement
from the Zone March 9, 1968. Mom and dad left on the March 14
boat and will spend some time in Houston with my brother, Tom Hughes,
and his family, then up to Dallas to visit wth dad's brother, then out
to California for a visit with his sister in the Los Angeles area. They
plan on being back in Florida around the middle or end of April to
settle back into their home in Sarasota.
Dad (Bill Hughes), retired from the Zone in 1958, and since Mom
had only 5 years to go until she retired, they went back in 1963. They
are both very happy to be coming back to the States, and you can
bet we're overjoyed to see them coming.
Bruce and I drove to Houston, Texas, right after Christmas so
that we could spend New Years with my brother Tom. Bruce and Tom
had never met each other, so I thought that after 5 years it was time.
We had a wonderful week with4 them.
Tom is working with a chemical manufacturer in Houston, and al-
though he doesn't play professional baseball anymore, he coaches a
little league team. One of his ex-coaches, when he played baseball,
is Harry Walker, who is now with the Houston Astros. They have spring
training here in Cocoa, and we hope to be able to get out to some of
the games soon.
At a recent dinner and meeting held by the Isthmian Historical
Society Mrs. Amy McCormack was awarded a Master Key to the
Panama Canal and a certificate in the Grade of Isthmian Historian
Extraordinary by Gov. Walter P. Leber. Mrs. M'cCormack is the Found-
er and first President of the Society. She and her husband, Capt. C.
S. McCormack plan to settle in Charlotte, N. C. after a trip to the Orient.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Walbridge, Huntsville, Ala., wrote that the
ulany Canal friends living in their city were such a comfort to them
during the loss of their son George. After the funeral thl Walbridges
and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Willoughby drove to Naples, Fla. for a 2 week
stay in the Walbridge's new home and to supervise a sprinkling system
and new lawn. They stopped for coffee with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Gaines,
Zephyrhills, Fla. Mr. David Walsh (Col. USA ret.), a 1933 Balboa high
graduate and a working associate of Harry Walbridge would like to hear
:rom his old high school friends. His address P&p Directorate, Bldg.
4488, Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Mrs. Harry Walbridge is head nurse at
the Redstone Army Hospital.
Mrs. T. Stephen May (Stephanie Beck) and her daughter Amanda
Lee, Evanston, Ill. enjoyed the sunny Fla. weather while visiting her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beck, St. Petersburg, Fla., in March.
Mrs. Lily A. Cotton, who resides with her daughter and son-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Wagner, Box 914, Hendersonville, North
Carolina 28739, will celebrate her 100th birthday July 17, 1968. She
was born July 17th, 1868 in Luton, England. She came to the United
States in 1892 and was married to Charles Cotton in Columbus, Ohio
the same year. Their oldest son Ernest was born there. Later in Massa-
chusetts Minot and Lillian were born. The family went to the Canal
Zone in 1911 and lived there until 1930 when her husband retired. Mr.
Cotton died in 1940. Ernest died in 1959. Minot and his family live in
Teaneck, N. J. Mrs. Cotton has 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren
and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Hoffman, St. Petersburg, Fla. celebrated their
84th, birthdays. His was March 26th and hers April 3, 1968.
Mrs. Roy Misenheimer (Borghild), Winter Haven, Fla. spent 3
weeks in the C. Z. staying at the Tivoli Guest house .While there Mr.
and Mrs. A. T. Van Gelder, Bellevue, Washington were also guests.
Mrs. Henry Falk, St. Petersburg, Fla. was elected President of
the Women's Auxiliary International Club.
(The following was written by Sandra Hughes Clafin. Ed.)
Dear Mrs. Lockridge:
A number of ex-Panama Canal Zonians in the Cape Kennedy area
are attempting to organize a reunion of all interested people that lived
in the Zone. We have set a tentative date for the weekend of July 6-7,
1968. On our proposed agenda are a tour through Cape Kennedy, a family
picnic, and a cocktail party.
This all began when three of us thought we'd round up some of our
friends for a get-together. We placed an announcement in a local news-
paper and received so many calls that we decided to have a full-
fledged reunion. We've heard from people who graduated from 1939
on up to 1964. It really surprised us how many ex-Zonians are in
Anyone who has not contacted us, and are interested in attending
this function, please contact any one on the committee below:
Mrs. Fred (Leona Hart) Lee
1565 Tuna Street, Merritt Island, Fla.
Mrs. Curtis (Jinjer Reinhardt) Jeffries
1640 Pluto, Merrit Island, Fla.
Mrs. Bruce (Sandra Hughes) Claflin
161 Hurwood Avenue, Merritt Island, Fla.
We welcome all those of you here in Florida, and if you know of
any folks up for the summer from the Zone who would like to come,
pass the word. We will send everyone who contacts us a notice of the
date, time and place, well in advance so that you can plan on it.
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady of Lakeland attended the conven-
tion of the Florida Federation of Chapters NARCE in Key West on
May 2-3-4, as delegates from their local chapter. Mr. Grady was chair.
man of the Auditing Committee, and has been reappointel1 by the new
President, Mr. Bryan Abbott of Dunedin. Mrs. GTrady was a member
of the Committee on Resolutions and has also been reappointed. The
1969 state convention will be held in Clearwater.
President Johnson has promoted Thomas Daniel Huff, son of Mrs.
Mercer B. Huff of McLean, Va., to Class 2 in the Foreign Service
of the United States. The promotion resulted from the recommenda-
tion by the 21st Foreign Service Selection Board.
Mr. Huff was graduated from Balboa High School, Balboa, and
graduated from Pace College, New York City, in 1940. He served in,
the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. Since entering the Foreign Service
in 1947, he has been stationed in Bucharest, Rumania; Lisbon, Portu-
gal; and Panama. He is presently assigned to the Department of State
as Director for Cultural Presentations, Bureau of Education and Cul-
Mrs. Huff, the former Jewel Maxine Fletcher, daughter of Mrs.
Floyd M. Fletcher of Emma Avenue, Salem, Ind., attended Salem
High School. They have two children, Thomas F., 16, and Jewel Lee, 10.
Mr. and Mrs. Maenner B. Huff, brother and sister-in-law of Mr.
Huff, live in Balboa Heights.
Capt. Andrew Stohrer, Senior Assistant Port Captain in Cristobal.
since 1963, has been appointed Port Captain in Balboa to succeed Capt.
Richard C. Sergeant, who retired in April.
A native of Garfield, N.J., Captain Stohrer is a veteran of the U.S.
Navy and a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London,
Conn. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in Education from
the University of Tennessee.
He joined the Canal organization as a pilot-in-training in 1950 and
was given his full pilot's license in 1952. Since 1963, he has been in
Cristobal as Senior Assistant to Capt. R. B. Rainier.
Robert Van Wagner, former Chief of the Employees Services
Branch of the Personnel Bureau, returned to the United States aboard
the SS Cristobal after completing a special study on retirement coun-
seling for the Panama Canal organization.
Van Wagner, who retired from his position with the Personnel
Bureau in 1963, was rehired for this special project and spent about a
month in the Canal Zone.
Since his retirement he makes his home in Hendersonville, N.C.
On his trip to the Isthmus, he was accompanied by Mrs. Van Wagner.
Mr. Fred Gerhart, former Panama resident, was a weekend guest
in the city. Mr. Gerhart was en route to his home in Maracaibo,
Shepard S. Clark, outgoing chairman of Canal College's Business
Administration Department, recently was named an "Honorary Pro-
fessor Emeritus" and presented a "Superior Service Certificate" for
outstanding work during 20 years at the college.
SClark was presented the "Superior Service Certificate" and check
by Dr. Donald W. Skinner, dean of the college, at a faculty meeting;
the "Honorary Professor' Emeritus" certificate came from Robert
Bowen, chairman of the Social Science Department and member of
the, first Academic Rank Committee at the college.
The business administration chairman officially retired in Decem-
ber, 1967. He remained at the college until the end of the academic
year in May.
Mr. and iMrs. Clark arrived on the Isthmus in 1947 where he was em-
ployed to teach business courses at the Canal Zone College.
Clark was one of the original faculty members responsible for
recommending academic rank at the Canal Zone College.
He has been an active member in community affairs, including
the office of Elder in the Balboa Union Church, director of the Canal
Zone Insurance Board, and vice-president of the Federal Government
Accounting Association, Canal Zone Chapter.
Mr. and Mrs. Clark resided in Diablo and are the parents of two
daughters, both of whom are married and reside in the United States.
They retired to Shelter Island, New York, where they have main-
tained a summer residence for many years.
A "dry run" of an Explorer Scout walking trip from El Valle to
Colon planned for the Christmas holidays turned out to be anything
hut that. It was a muddy, wet, cold endurance test tor the five men
wl'o volunteered to make the trial trip.
And then the explorer trip was canceled!
Duncan Laird, Jr., a civilian employee of the Air Force at Howard
AFB; his 16 year old son, Duncan; Ted Henter, Chief Hydrologist with
the Sea Level Canal Studies: Frank Anderson, Chief Plumbing In-
spector of the Construction Division, and Wes Townsend, retired Chief
of the Surveys Branch, Engineering Division, volunteered for the trip.
It was a 4-day expedition that involved climbing a mountain which
constitutes the Continental Divide, crossing the jungle to the navigable
part of Rio Indio, a cayuco ride down the river to the Atlantic coast,
and a hike down the coast to Colon.
Though tropical rainy season conditions are not ideal for an ex-
ploratory trip of this kind, the five hikers and their packs were trans-
ported to El Valle, where they officially started their journey.
They reached Boca del Rio Indio and' landed on a beach not far
from the sand bar where the river enters the Caribbean Sea.
They found a good hard-packed sand road to Salud. Here they caught
a chiva to Palmus Bellas where they had to unload and cross a foot
bridge. After bargaining with a chiva driver, he agreed to take them
to the Gatun railroad station where they arrived just in time to miss
the 5 p.m. train to Balboa. From they they went to Margarita, where
they were picked up by worried wives who were glad to see the hikers
in spite of 4-day beards, dirty clothes and their need for a powerful
Mrs. Harold E. Chamber of Kerrville, Texas is spending some time
on the Isthmus. She is visiting her mother, Mrs. V. H. May, Sr., of
Margarita, and her son-in-law and daughter, Captain and Mrs. E. J.
Wiedenhoff of Howard Air Force Base.
John E. Schmidt, Jr., former Canal Zone resident now with the
Air Force in Saigon, has been awarded the Air Force Commendation
Medal for meritorious service while on duty at the Air Force Academy
in Colorado where he was chief of the Film and Equipment Division.
The commendation states that through his technical and profes-
sional skill he raised the Academy Film Library to a new level never
The son of Mr. and Mrs. John Schmidt, Sr., former Canal Zone
residents who now reside in Pasadena, Maryland, he is a 1950 gradu-
ate of Balboa High School.
Mr. Schmidt, who is with Air Force Headquarters in Saigon, has
been notified that he is to be promoted from Technical Sergeant to
Edward M. Wilder of Balboa, who is in Airborne Training at Fort
Benning, Ga., 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 Train-
ing at Fort Bragg, N.C., and then will be stationed with the 8th Special
Forces Group, Fort Gulick.
Dr. Miguel Kourany, Head of the Department of Bacteriology at the
Gorgas Memorial Laboratory, Panama, has been appointed a member
of the World Health Organization Expert Advisory Panel on Health
Laboratory Services for a five-year term. The purpose and function
of this committee is to review the latest knowledge and expert infor-
mation in the field of health, laboratory science and make it available
to the Organization.
During the past July, Dr. Kourany attended a symposium on Res-
piratory and Enteric Viruses held at the National Communicable Disease
Center, Atlanta, George, representing the Panamanian Government and
the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory. Dr. Kourany is also Chief of the
Panama National Public Health Laboratory Services (ad. honorem).
During the Easter holidays, Mr. and Mrs. Roy D. Reece had as
guests at their home in St. Petersburg, Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Philip
W. Thomas and four children, Watchun.g, New. Jersey. Mrs. Thomas is
the former Royna Claire Reece. The Thomases flew into Tampa air-
port on the Saturday before Easter and visited until Wednesday when
the Reeces'drove the family to Lake Worth to Phil's sister's home for
'a short visit. The children are Nancy Elaine, Steven Reece, Judith
Anne and Kenneth Robert Thomas. They all enjoyed a delightful picnic
at Maximo Park, St. Petersburg, at which they had a happy time seec
ing old friends and former Zone acquaintances.
(The following appeared in The Spillway. Ed.)
"My memories of Panama would fill a book and I have only one
regret-that I wish I had said heloo darling' to George Bernard Shaw
when he tried to flirt with me from the deck of his ship passing through
Gatun Locks. I'm sure his reply would have gone down in history,"
writes Mrs. Hallie Connally Turbeville, a Canal Zone oldtimer who is
now living in Milton, N. C.
Instead she blushed, turned to the lockmaster and said something
like "vain old fool"-and that was the end of the opportunity of a life-
Mrs. Turbeville was referrnig to an incident before World War II
when the famous Irish playwright made one of his trips through the
Canal aboard a transiting vessel.
Her observation was part of a letter written to John F. Manning,
General Manager of the Panama Canal Supply Division, thanking him
for the annual Panama Canal calendar. The calendars are sent to
Canal oldtimers, most of whom still have a soft spot in their hearts
for the Isthmnus, get a severe case of nostalgia each year when they
get their Panama Canal calendars. Usually they write the Supply Di-
vision and tell the manager about it.
"The yearly PanCanal Christmas calendar brings back memories
of good old days, some badi, some good, but all a treasure chest
of the best part of our lives. Our hearts and memories are still down
there at Home," writes E. J. Schrueger of Brownsville, Tex.
A. L. Fessler, now employed by the Auto Crane Co. of Tulsa, Okla.,
said that this year's calendar reached him November 14, 61 years
from the date he starting working for the Isthmus Canal Commission.
Since retirement from the Canal in 1942, he worked for the Cabot Co.
in Tulsa, retiring in 1967. He said he is still working, "since it is more
pleasant than day dreaming in a rocking chair."
The calendar "brings back many happy memories of my associations
in the Canal Zone, said George C. Gade. formerly of Gorgas Hospital,
who is living in Levittown, Pa. "The picture of the Melodic shows ex,
tensive improvements in a program begun several years ago."
.. "Nice to hear from our old home grounds. We lived there a-long
time and still miss it," said Dr. and Mrs. H. K. Tuttle, of Californiat
Dr. Tuttle was formerly Chief of the Gorgas Hospital Surgical Service.
"The calendar recalls memories of some of the early construction
days along the old PRR line, especially Empire, my first assignment,"
said L. Oliver (deceased) of Marion, Ill. "My famiyl and I were as-
signed quarters on the hill where small rock chattered down on our
roof each evening-shooting time in the "Cut."
Also leard from this year was Mrs. Ann W. De La Mater, mother
of William De La Mater of the Executive Planning Staff. From Green-
ville, N.C., she wrote that the calendar was of great interest since
there were not many retired employees in that area and so it was good
to have contact in other v.ays.
This year the calendar had a picture of the super bulk carrier
Melodic in Miraflores LclEs. The accompanying letter describe d the
ship and told of Canal improvements and increased traffic.
Turning back the pages of time is a simple operation for YIrs.
William S. Walston of Diablo. All she has to do is open her book of
photographic postcards and the viewer is carried back to Panai.ia
Canal construction days. The postcards were sent by her father, John
Milton Davis, who went to the Isthmus June 22, 1907, to his bride-to-be
in Cumberland Gap, Tenn., and were carefully guarded through the
yet rs in a family chest.
John Davis joined the Canal Zone Police Force and on September
11,.1907, sent his bride-to-be a postcard showing the first police station
in, Cristobal. The police station and jail were combined and the police
force was made up mostly of ex-Army and Navy men together with
officers who had seen service in the Jamaican Constabulary.
Everyone has heard of the Construction Days town of Gorgona,
but not many are aware that Gorgona means "swirling water." There,
according to a note with the postcard showing Gorgona's main street,
was the location of the largest machine repair shops on the Canal and
repairs ranged from clocks to locomotives-everything except steam
shovels. Another view of the main street, showing women dressed in
wide trailing skirts, says Gorgona was one of the largest tovns in
the Canal Zone. The buildings later were removed and taken to Balboa
and the area covered by Gatun Lake. But at the time the photograph*
was taken, many two-story buildings are shown.
The town was spelled "Tabernilla" on the old postcards, anl a note
says the word means "little tavern." The town was on the old line of
the Panama Railroad, near Frijoles and near here, the note says,
was one of the largest dumping grounds for Canal spoil.
The postcards cover the years between 1907 and 1910, for that year
Mr. and Mrs. John Davis were married and returned to the Canal Zone
to make their home.
Mrs. Walston, the former 1\yra Davis, was born in Colon Hospital
and grew up on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus. Her father was a
police captain in Balboa when she met her husband, whose late father,
William H. Walston/ was deputy warden at the Penitentiary. Mr. Wals-
ton had been on the Isthmus as a U.S. Marine when Panama declared
heir independence. He returned to the United States for discharge and
then back to the Isthmus to join the Zone police force. Her husband's
mother also went to the Zone as a young bride.
Mrs. Walston's brother, Ralph L. Davis, a conductor on the Pana-
ma Railroad. resides in Diablo, as she does. A sister, Norma, now Mrs.
Joseph Short. formerly of Oirundu, now lives with her husband' in
Mrs. Walston's husband. William S. Walston, is retiring from Canal
Zone service after 34 years with the Dredging Division on the Cas-
cadas and Mindi. They plan to first visit their daughter, Laura, wife
of Philip Sanders, formerly of the Locks Division and now a city in-
spector, in Concord, Calif. Then they will travel to Yokohama, Japan.
to visit their other daughter. Leilani, wife of Sp5 Herbert Collins.
Dr. Everett G. Dillman, son of Mrs. Maxine Dillman of Balboa.
C. Z., a 1950 graduate of Balboa High School, has prepared a 50-page,
5-year economic forecast for Rust Tractor, a heavy industry firm of
Albuquerque, N. Mex., according to an article in a recent issue of The
Dealer, a monthly publication of the Caterpillar Tractor Co.
Dr. Dillman, an economist and past director of the Bureau of Busi-
ness Research, University of New Mexico, produced a 5-year plan which
has yielded important results for the Rust Tractor.
Not an expert in heavy industry, Dr. Dillman based his detailed
forecast on published sources, interviews with key personnel in private
and Government agencies and made his projections on the basis of
three factors-input-output, value added, and employment. He also
analyzed all markets served by Rust.
The president of the firm, John L. Rust, in praise of the forecast
by Dr. Dillman, says, "For one thing it has increased our funding cap-
abilities as banks are more willing to lend money if they see your
business is proceeding in an orderly and progressive manner."
Dr. Dillman has also held the position of personnel director of the
City Management of Albuquerque.
While at Balboa High School, Dr. Dillman was active in sports, espe-
cially football. He also was a cadet in the ROTC and was granted an
ROTC scholarship to the University of New Mexico. He received his
doctorate in economics from the University of Texas which he at.
tenWed. on a Ford Foundation scholarship. Dr. Dillman and his wife
and three children live in Albuquerque .
His mother, who teaches at Ancon Elementary went to the Isthmus
with her parents in 1907. Dr. Dillman's late father, Noe Everett Dill-
man, was a heavy equipment operator in the Maintenance Division
and had almost 30 years service when he died. in 1958.
Frank A. Castles, superintendent of the Canal Zone Division of
Schools, left the Isthmus February 1 to attend an educational project
and seminar in India sponsored by the U.S. Education Foundation for
This is the first such seminar ever held in India. Plans are to ex-
pose the participants to aspects of India's education and socio-economic
background. The project also includes a survey of the schools in that
The seminar schedule includes Bombay, Maharashtra, Gujarat, New
Delhi, Andhra. Mysore, Madras, and Calcutta, and continued two
Mr. and Mrs. William Keepers, 4250 1st Ave. S., St. Petersburg, Fla.
recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. The Keepers spent
many years in the Panama Canal Zone. He is a Spanish-American War
veteran and served in the Navy for 20 years. They have five children
two residing in the Canal Zone, one in Miami and two in St. Peters-
burg. The couple celebrated with a small gathering for family and
Miss Claude Aycock arrived for a visit with friends on the Isthmus.
Miss Aycock, who retired last year from Panama Canal Co. service
as a teacher of Spanish with the Schools Division in Balboa High
School, now makes her home in North Carolina.
Back in 1929 a young sailor, then aboard a U.S. Navy vessel an-
chored in Balboa Harbor, wrote his wife in New York City a letter.
He paid 27 cents postage as he wanted this letter to be among those
on the First Flight of a Pan American Airways S-38 Sikorsky opening
air service between Panama and Miami.
.-Little did he realize that the envelope, used for that letter, would
be part of the 39th Anniversary celebration of the opening of Pan Am's
service to Panama.
SThe envelope bears the stamp of the USS Antares, February 8,
1929; Balboa Post Office, February 9, 1929; Cristobal Post Office, Feb-
ruary 10, 1929 and Miami Post Office, February 13, 1929.
According to the newspaper clipping of the flight, which Mr. Roy
Rineart keeps in this envelope, the S-38 carried 8 passenger on the
first flight and made overnight stops at Managua and Belize, arriving
in Miami on the 3rd day.
Mr. Roy Rinehart, owner and writer of this collector's item, today
manager the Panama Canal Tarpon Club at Gatun, having been there
since his retirement from the Industrial Division of the Panama Canal
Company in 1966.
After leaving the U.S. Navy, Mr. Rinehart worked in New York City
and then was employed by the Panama Canal in June, 1942. In February,
1943, Mrs. Rinehart, with her young son, Leslie, was one of the pas-
sengers to debark, after a 9 hour flight from Miami, from a China Clip-
per, which in those years, landed at Pan Am's Hanger in Folks River,
Mr. Leslie Rinehart, the baby on that 1942 flight, is today employed
by the Panama Canal at the Miraflores Filtration Plant. Mrs. Rinehart
Mrs. Leonard G. Huff, Pecos, Texas ,had as her guest for a month's
visit a very old friend, Mrs. Frank V. Raymond of Lincoln, Neb. Mrs.
Huff and Mrs. Raymond were friends from the days when they both
resided in Panama where their husbands were federal employees with
the U.S. Government. Mrs. Huff lived in Panama for 41 years and
Mrs. Raymond was a resident there for 35 years. It has been 21 years
since the two had seen each other.
Jesse DeWitt Tate, who retired January 31 as Chief Foreman Elec-
trical Navigational Aids of the Panama Canal's Dredging Division after
341 years' Canal service, was back on the job the following day.
A special ceremony in his honor was held in the office of Col.
James A. Betts, Director of the Panama Canal's Engineering and Con-
struction Bureau. In the presence of the bureau's division chiefs, Colo-
nel Betts congratulated Tate and presented him a Panama Canal Su-
perior Service Award in recognition of superior performance during
his many years of Canal service.
The award was accompanied by a check for $150 and Colonel Betts,
quoting a former Canal Zone Governor, suggested Tate endorse it and
present it to Mrs. Tate.
Tate, a native of Greenville County, S. C., has 34% years' un-
broken service with the Panama Canal and 2% years' U.S. Navy service.
He worked with the Electrical and Lighthouse Divisions and, in the
merger of the two, went to Gamboa.
His hobby is duck hunting and he is a member of a hunting club in
Mr. and Mrs. Tate have a daughter, Mrs. Louise Schlegel, of
Bogota, Colombia; and a son, David Edward, of Spartanburg, S. C.
For the next 6 months, at least, the Tates will remain in Gamboa
where he will continue on the job at the Aids to Navigation Branch office.
(Mr. Paul Mohl, Pompano Beach, wrote the following. Ed.)
We certainly welcome getting the record, and all the news that
Marge and I have certainly had one hectic month. Our son Robert
was married on Jan. 13th to Audrey Gratz of Ft. Lauderdale. My 3
sisters from New York and their husbands came down for the wed-
ding. One of my sisters Elsie and her husband are still here. Right after
the wedding the newlyweds returned to McCoy Air Force Base, in
Orlando, where Bob is stationed.
We visited with the Mirt Benders, recently of Gamboa, and also
with the Earnest Curlings of Frostproof, Fla.
While with the Benders in Orlando, Mirt's son from Houston, Tex.
was there with his family.
My daughter Evelyn Baker, who is in Honolulu with her husband
was the only one who did not make the wedding. The Ray Engles
late of Los Rios, and the Samuel Craigs of Ft. Lauderdale were in
Marge and I send our best wishes to everyone, and extend a wel-
come to anyone stopping by in this neighborhood.
Melvin F. Millard, Safety Officer and Traffic Teclmician of the
Panama Canal's Engineering and Construction Bureau, who retired
after 25 years' Canal service, sailed with his wife on the SS Cristobal.
After the Cristobal docks in New Orleans, Mr. and Mrs. Millard
will go first to Riviera Beach, Fla., where they plan to reside, and
then will travel to New York State for a visit with family members
He takes with him the Panama Canal's Superior Service Award,
presented to him by Gov. W. P. Leber, in official recognition and com-
mendation "for a superior record of performance achieved during his
many years of exemplary service for the Panama Canal Company
and Canal Zone Government."
The Millards have a son and a daughter, both married and both
living on the Isthmus. Their son is Kenneth Millard of Ancon, an elec-
trician leader at Pedro Miguel Locks, and their daughter is Barbara
Armistead, wife of Howard M. Armistead, who is an armature winder,
Dr. Sidney B. Clark, former Chief, division of Preventive Medicine,
was presented an Environmental Sanitation Award by Col. H. H.
Ziperman, Director of the Panama Canal's Health Bureau at a despedida
at the Fort Amador Officer's Club. Mrs. Clark was presented a pair
of figures, a woman dressed in the Panama pollera and a man in the
native montuno. Dr. Clark was given a gold keychain inscribed "Re-
cuerdo de sus amigos Panama 1968." On the keychain were raised
figures clad in pollera and montuno. After three separate periods of
employment in the Canal Zone totaling 18 years (including active mili-
tary service), Dr. Clark has accepted an appointment in the foreign
service of the Agency for International Development and is assigned
as Chief Public Health Officer for the Mission in South Korea. He and
his family plan to reside in Seoul.
Mr. Paul Runnestrand, Execueive Secretary of the Canal Zone,
was the Honorary Referee of the 1968 Balboa Relays. This was the
second time that he had been awarded this distinction; the first was
Every year at the Relays one man is singled out for his work
and interest in Canal Zone Athletics and is named the Honorary
Referee. Mr. Runnestrand has fulfilled these criteria from behind
the scenes, giving direction and guidance to schools and their sporting
activities. Without such understanding in the Canal Administration,
athletic ventures could hardly have achieved the success that they
All those involved in Canal Zone Athletics extend a sincere, and
a deserved, salute to Mr. Runnestrand.
Miss Theodora Agather and Mrs. Frederick Grunewald, St. Paul,
Minn. were guests of Miss Ida Erickson, Hudson ,Wisconsin. Myrtle
Erickson Sunstrom was also a guest. The first three ladies taught
together in Cristobal, C.Z. Miss Erickson retired from Balboa High
School and Miss Agather from the Minneopolis Public Schools. Mrs.
h'runewald (Alberta Dodds) is employed in a Minnesota Highway De-
part-ment Office in St. Paul, Minn. She spent her 10th consecutive
Christmas with her daughter Mary Margaret and family Dr. and Mrs.
Donald Wynnemer and 4 children. Baytown, Texas, where Dr. is em-
ployed by the Humble-Esso Companies. In Dallas Mrs. Grunewald
saw Mrs. Anthony Fernandez and Mrs. Parker Umpleby. She had tele-
phone conversations with Miss Mattie Lee Hornbeak and Miss Rosalee
Jones all of whom were former residents of Cristobal, C.Z.
Mr. Leonard Stark is living with his son-in-law and grandchildren
Mr. Al Hanson, Balboa, C.Z. He spends much of his time as sidewalk
superintendent at Rio Mar where Al is building a home.
Mr. Dan Jones is in the Arch Greek Convalescent and Nursing
Home, 12505 N.E. 16th Ave., Miami, Fla. Mr. Jones was injured on
a hunting trip, when he was thrown out of a jeep and landed on his
shoulder and head injuring his spinal cord. He has undergone surgery
twice but is still partially paralized. He would appreciate hearing from
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coleman, Hendersonville, N. C. visited Mr. Jones
in the home.
Mr. J. W. MacGillivray is now living with his daughter (Mary
Catherine) Dr. and Mrs. C. Mansel Keene in Los Angeles, Calif..
where Dr. Keene is Assistant Chancellor of the California State Col-
Lt. Col. and Mrs. L. W. Smith, Jr., of Durham, N .C., entertained
honoring Mrs. Smith's father, Mr Carl J. Clapp, Gibsonville, N. C.,
on his 90th birthday on March 10, 1968. Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Clapp.
Contonment, Fla., were also guests.
D. Garth Feeney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Feeney, Harbor
Heights, Fla. was graduated from the University of Tampa, Fla. in
January, 1968 with a B.S. Degree. He is a member of the International
Professional Business Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi.
Mrs. Fred Mack is living in El Cajon, Calif., while Mr. Mack is on
a two year contract in Vietnam and surrounding areas. He is Superin-
tendent of Marine Construction for R.M.K.-B.R.J. Construction Co.
Morrison Knutsen of Boise, are the Prime contractors.
Wm. W. Andrews, Jr., grandson of Isaac N. Andrews, San Fran-
cisco, Calif, was uninjured at the time of the explosion aboard thte
"Forrestal" off the Asian coast, as he was down three decks run.
ning the electric pumps. After temporary repairs at Subic Bay they
were escorted by the "Boston" going around South Africa through
the West Indies to Portsmouth, Va. Mr. Andrews visited his grand-
son and went aboard the aircraft to view the damage. Mr. and Mrs.
Wm. Andrews and baby live in Conn. Harry J. Godfrey III is Chief
Gunnery Officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Bernis, Strait patrolling.
He is also the grandson of Mr. Isaac Andrews.
Mr. Stonewall Jackson Bull, Bradenton, Fla. has had both legs
Mr. B. M. Parmentier, Gamboa, C.Z. visited old friends in Calif.
and Mr. Andy Fraser and Mr. Paul Dishcoon, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Sanders, 3141 Taylor Blvd., celebrated their
60th Wedding Anniversary March 3, 1968, at their home.
Mrs. Sanders is the former Nannie May Hays. They were married
February 28, 1908 in Teague, Texas and left in 1909 to go to Panama
for the construction of the Panama Canal. They left Panama in 1920
and went to Kentucky in 1923 to live. Mr. Sanders retired in 1946
after 23 years with the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.
They have four children, ten grandchildren, and 13 great-grand-
Captain and Mrs. E. A. Sayre and their young son arrived by plane
to spend two weeks with Mrs. Sayre's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A.
Bialkowski, Sr., of Coco Solo. Captain Sayre, a former Canal Zone
pilot, is now a pilot for Hess Oil Co. at St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands.
Mr. and Mrs. Allan Finch, (formerly Mildred Marquard) of Vine-
land, N. J., spent the Christmas holidays with Mr. and Mrs. W. D.
Marquard, Margarita, C.Z. This was Al's first visit to the Canal Zone,
and he enjoyed the cook's tour he was given, including a trip thru
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Bierbaum of La Boca had as their guests,
Mrs. Bierbaum's mother and sister, Mrs. Anna Raymond and Mrs.
Theresa Bennett of Amityville, Long Island. Mrs. Raymond and Mrs.
Bennett are former Canal Zone residents.
Mr. and Mrs. George Tochterman (Arlene McKeown) and sons
Gary and Steve of Los Rios, Canal Zone spent the Christmas holidays
with Mr. Tochterman's parents in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It was the
first sight of snow ever for the boys and first in 10 years for the
parents. The whole family enjoyed partaking in the various winter
sports of sledding, skating, toboggoning, and skiing. Mr. Tochterman
has been employed with the Canal Zone Police in Balboa for the past
10 years and Mrs. Tochterman is employed by the U.S. Army, Quarry
Mrs. Lewis B. Moore was the house guest of Miss Ruth Rickarby
of the 15th Naval District. The Moores are former Canal Zone residents
and are presently living in Guatemala.
Among the many affairs given in Mrs. Moore's honor was a "30
Year Party" with a group of friends who had known Mrs. Moore that
long. Mrs. C. S. McCormack was hostess for the affair at her hpme
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Smith (Loisdene Towery) and their
four sons reside in Chesterton, Indiana. Mr. Smith is Asst. Supt. of
Heckett Engineering Company of East Chicago, Indiana and on a two
week tour of steel mills in Germany and Holland. He is active in De-
Molay and is on the board of directors for little league. Loisdene is
busy with the Christian Women's Club, Porter Hospital Guild; the
Arts and Crafts Assn. of the dunes area, and raises miniature poodles
as a hobby.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Chapman and three children, Banner Elk,
N. C., were Christmas guests of Dorothy Anne's mother and father,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Hicks, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. Peggy Ellis, Houston, Tex. visited Mr. and Mrs. Robert H.
Hicks for two weeks, during the Panama Canal Society of Florida's
Annual Reunion in January.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hicks were the house guests of their daughter
and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Chapman in Banner Elk, North
Carolina during the Washington Holiday long week-end in February.
Henning J. Spilling, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henning J. Spilling of
Gatun, Canal Zone has just completed a course at the Coastal School
of Deep Sea Diving in Oakland, California. For the proceedingg eleven
and one half weeks, Mr. Spilling has been a student of the Coastal
School of Deep Sea Diving, the only commercial Diving School in the
world, which is a State Authorized Diploma Granting Institution and
is approved for foreign students through the U.S. Attorney General's
Office. It is the most unusual with classrooms 12 to 30 feet underwater.
He has learned the techniques of underwater carpentry, use of con-
crete underwater, pneumatic tools, underwater welding and burning.
rigging, demolition and use of explosives in marine and salvage work.
Mrs. J. A. Cunningham, Kent, Washington, spent the Easter holi-
days with her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Farthing, of
Lake Wales, Florida. Her sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Cowell
Sr., daughters Susan and Bonnie, and son Lt. P. A. Cowell Jr. who
was on leave from Ft. Dix, were also there. The families also visited
one day with Miss Linda Sue Cunningham and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cun-
ningham, of St. Petersburg, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cun-
ningham and Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Potter.
Mrs. Cowell is the former Martha Farthing who lived with the J.
A. Cunningham's in Gatun, Canal Zone for several years prior to her
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge, St. Petersburg, Fla. drove to Houston,
Texas to celebrate Mr. Ezra Haldeman's 83rd birthday on March 28,
Mr. Anthony G. Winkes, Warner Robins, Ga., has had both legs
amputated but seems cheerful and writes that he does well and goes
lots of places in his wheel chair.
Mr. Louie Haseman, Jacksonville, Fla. wrote that Carrie and
Pearl Brown were with them. Pearl retired from the Air Force in
April and they expect to live there. Sam Roe had called and told
him that he was employed with a local private security agency as
chief investigator in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Chas. L. Persons who has been a patient in St. Anthony's
Hospital since March first was at the Swanholm Nursing Home until
May first when she returned to her Plaza Fifth Avenue Apartment
dismantled it and returned to Panama to make her home with her
daughter, Mrs. Chas. E. Smith.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Orr and two sons, New York City, were
guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Orr, St. Petersburg, Fla.
George Y. Trail, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart P. Trail, Lexington,
has been awarded a dissertation fellowship by the English department
of the University of Missouri at Columbia.
The fellowship, part of a new program begun this year by the
English department, carries a stipend of $4,500 for the academic year
of 1968-69 and entails the teaching of one course during that year and
advisory work with beginning instructors while the recipient completes
his disertation for a doctor of philosophy degree.
He has taught English at the University since the fall of 1963.
Major Chtarles F. Clark, USA, his wife, Huey and their son, Kevin,
who have been visiting Mrs. Clark's mother and sister, Mrs. Era L.
Greene and Miss Peggy Lee of Anniston, Ala., left for his new assign-
ment in San Antonio, Texas. Their daughter, Tara Lee 7, will join the
family at the end of the school term.
Major Clark completed a tour of duty in Korea. Mrs. Clark and
the children returned from Korea at an earlier date to enroll Tara
Lee in Noble Street School where her grandmother teachers.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner and son Robbie, Dallas, Texas, were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morris, Lutz, Fla. While there they all
drove to St. Petersburg, where they met many old friends at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay.
PLEASE HELP ME FIND "SPODE" in the PATRICIA PATTERN
The back of the dishes have a "RN 596271" (Registry number) also
the name COPELAND. Some have a green thread and others of the
same number have a sort of pinkish yellow thread around the edge of
the dishes. I hope that some of you must have a few in your closet
that you might be willing to dispose of. Please drop a card at once and
let me know what you have-so many I know have dishes they have
not used since they left the Zone--These dishes have a white background
with colored flowers. Thanks so munch. -
Lucille S. Judd.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT
THE GULFPORT COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM,
February 2, 1968
A New President, William L. Howard, a New Meeting Place, Gulf-
port Community Center Auditorium, a New Time, the first Friday of
the month at 1:30 p.m. However, most of the 112 attending the Feb-
ruary 2 meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida were regular,
Old-time, loyal members. President Howard opened the meeting with
the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The New Chaplain, Mrs. Alice
Barnes, gave the Invocation. The following visitors and members who
had been absent from regular meetings for some time stood as their
names were called by the Recording Secretary to be welcomed by
Mr. John R. Keenan-Wyoming.
Mrs. Anita McKeown-recently from the Canal Zone, visiting a
brother in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Monsanto-Iowa City, Iowa.
Mrs. Violet R. Wunsch-Wichita, Kansas.
Mr. Paul D. Barnard-Cumberland, Rhode Island.
Capt. and Mrs. Al Forsstrom-Cranston, Rhode Island.
Mrs. M. Plath-Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. L. Schwab-Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. H. Tyree-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. H. J. Reynolds-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. Archie H. Burn-Ocean Gate, New Jersey.
President Howard personally welcomed the members and visitors.
The Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting of the Thirty-Sixth
Annual Reunion were read by the Recording Secretary and approved
Mrs. Judd reviewed many letters of interest to the members of
the Society. Her correspondence was unusually heavy with many mem-
bers sending in 1968 dues along with news concerning engagements,
weddings, births, and the sad news of illnesses and deaths. Many let-
ters expressing regrets as they could not attend the Reunion with bad
weather, the Influenza, and poor bus service given as reasons. Details
ters expressing regrets as they could not attend' the Reunion with bad
News of traveling retirees-a constant number-was of interest
to all. Retirees do move about-some from the North to the sunny
South for the winter, others to the Zone or elsewhere with families
for vacations, and a number still seeking that "Utopia" for future
Mrs. Judd reported in detail on the luncheon expenses for the 1968
Reunion. Unfortunately, as attendance this year was below normal,
the guarantee of 275-300 lunches made to the Soreno Hotel was not
obtained. The difference between the guarantee and the 254 lunches
served had to be assumed by the Society. Plans for next year will
change the guarantee to the Hotel to possible 250-300 in order to take
into account conditions beyond control as weather, etc. which curtailed
traveling. Mrs. Judd read a letter written to the Manager of the Soreno
Hotel, thanking him for his part in making the luncheon an outstand-
ing affair with excellent food, superior service, and cooperation even
beyond the "call of duty."
A letter written to President Howard from Mr. W. E. Dobson of
Palm Harbor was read. Mr. Dobson along with Mr. Roger T. Williams,
Pompano Beach, and Mr. J. W. B. Hall of Sarasota are interested in
the possibility of chartering the Panama Line ship for a trip of Old-
Timers to the Canal Zone at a reduced rate. As a result of Mr. Dob-
son's letter, President Howard appointed a Committee to check such
a possibility if there is interest among the Retirees.
Mr. Banan, representing the "Coffee Committee' reported to the
Society on the new plans. At the Rod and Gun Club, coffee was served
for an additional charge (amount depending upon consumption) by
the Club. As the Gulfport Community Center does not have this serv-
ice, Mr. Banan checked many places for catering the coffee but found
the cost to be prohibitive. Thus, it was decided at the January 30th
meeting of the Executive Council to authorize Mr. Banan to purchase
a coffee maker for use by the Refreshment Committee in making coffee
for the monthly meetings. The amount saved by not having outsiders
take care of the coffee will in a short time pay for the percolator.
With today's large attendance the Committee realized that two per-
colators should have been purchased; thus, members were warned that
of necessity coffee served would have to be rationed. This condition
will be corrected before the next meeting.
Mr. William F. Grady, the new Legislative Representative, gave
a comprehensive (preview of hoped-for legislation for the benefits of
Retirees and their Spouses for the year, 1968. A couple of bills have
been introduced by Rep. Dominick Daniels of New Jersey. Mr. Grady
outlined a list of goals which hopefully will eventually be achieved.
An automatic raise, ranging from 3.1 to 3.5% is anticipated by the
June 1 paycheck. ,
Happy Birthday was sung to Mrs. Harry V. Cain, Sarasota, and Mr.
A. H. Rhear, Tampa; Mr. M. F. Greene, Sarasota; Mr. C. M. Monsanto,
Iowa; to Mr. Howard Dworak, St. Petersburg. Congratulations also
to Mr and Mrs. William L. Howard on their 46th Anniversary, cele-
brated on February 1.
President Howard expressed his appreciation for the large turn-
out at the meeting and hoped that members would continue as in
the past to support the Society by attending monthly meetings He
asked Mr. A. H. Rhear, who was 84 years old that day, to stand for
After the adjournment of the Business Meeting, coffee and dough-
nuts were served by the Refreshment Committee. Congratulations to
Mrs. John Hower, Chairman, who with her committee, Mrs. Howard
Dworak and .Mrs. Martin Nickel so successfully succeeded in stretch-
ing the contents of that one percolator to satisfy all who wished coffee.
Also, congratulations to a NEW but presumably temporary member
of the Committee, Mr. Cecil M. Banan, who though no longer serving
the Society as President, aided the Committee in the kitchen, check-
ing on future needs and better service for coming meetings.
The biennial convention of the National Association of Retired Civil
Employees will be held at the San Francisco Hilton Hotel June 10-11-12,
1968. Since NARCE works solely for legislation affecting Federal civil
civil service retirees and their survivors, all members of the Panama
Canal Society should actively support this organization by joining it.
The larger its national membership, the more powerful will be the voice
of NARCE in urging favorable legislation for Federal civil service annu-
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT
THE GULFPORT COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM,
March 1, 1968
President William L. Howard called the March meeting of The
Panama Canal Society of Florida to order at 2 p.m. Mr. Howard wel-
comed members and visitors who, in spite of the blustery, cold day
turned out for the meeting. However, though admittedly frigid for the
Sunshine City, a glow of warm friendship permeated the Auditorium
as the 118 members gathered for the regular monthly meeting. Presi-
dent Howard led the Society in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
After the Invocation, given by the Chaplain, Mrs. Alice Barnes, the
following members who had been absent for some time and visitors
stood as their names were called by the Recording Secretary for a
special welcome by the Society.
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Grier-St. Petersburg-absent for some time.
Mrs. Lois Woodruff-St. Petersburg-absent for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Taylor (Ruth and Dick)-Maine.
Mrs. G. Edgar Murphy-Winter Park, Florida.
Capt. Francis Gorman-Long Island, New York-a new member to
Mrs. Elmer E. Stern-welcome back home after a visit to the Zone.
Mr. Bart Dewey-Lakeland, Florida.
Mr. Herb Paddock-St. Petersburg-absent for some time.
Mrs. Jessie Matheney-St. Petersburg-absent for some time.
Mr. Archie Burns-New Jersey.
The minutes of the February 2nd meeting were read by the Re-
cording Secretary and were approved as read.
Mrs. Lucille Judd, before reviewing all news of interest from her
correspondence, announced that with a new loose leaf folder that
though the Society would receive the same information the format had
been changed as to the sequence of the news. Details of engagements,
weddings, illnesses, and deaths as read by Mrs. Judd will appear in
the June Record. A letter from Mrs. Irene Jones, Miami, Florida, stated
that her husband, Dan S. Jones, was now in a Convalescent Nursing
home and would appreciate cards from old friends. The address is.
Arch Creek Convalescent and Nursing Home, 12505 N.E. 16th Avenue,
Miami, Florida. Mrs. Judd gave many interesting highlights of the
celebration of the 100th birthday of Mrs. Dove Prather, Portland,
Oregon-details of this memorable occasion are in the March Record.
"Dues and News" continue to come in-both are appreciated by
the Society. One new member "couldn't wait" to join a Society that
she had not known was in existence until a kind friend had shown her
a copy of the Record. After reading your own copy, thus pass those
Records on to a potential new member!
A letter received from Mrs. Robert M. Fretland from Land O'Lakes
Wisconsin stated that she was writing a book on the Canal Zone but
had found that she needed direct contacts with persons who had lived
there. Mrs. Judd turned her letter over to Mrs. C. P. Hoffman for
possible help. Anyone desiring to offer information, contact Mrs. Robert
M. Fretland, Bel Air Motel, Box 217, Land O'Lakes, Wisconsin 54540.
Mr. Leonard Stark has given up his apartment in Denver, Colorado
and returned for an indefinite stay in the Canal Zone.
The Legislative Representative, Mr. William F. Grady, reported
that since the last meeting of the Society that he had written NARCE
and was now on their mailing list for the NARCE News Letter, a
valuable source of information on all proposed or pending legislation
dealing with benefits for retirees. Details regarding all Legislation will
appear in the June Record under the Legislative Report. With the in-
crease in the cost of living over the past months, annuity increases
due on the June 1 paycheck, will probably range from 3.5 to 4% in-
crease, depending on the Index in the time left before the increase
President Howard asked all present to stand for silent prayer in
memory of those who had passed away since the last meeitng of the
Happy Birthday was sung to the following: Mr. John H. Keenan,
Mr. Earl R. Baltozer, Mr. Raymond Hill, Mrs. Joe Eckert, and Mrs.
J. W. B. Hall. The Society also wishes Happy Birthday to the follow-
ing: Mrs. Otto Kozak, Mrs. Alice Beck, Lee Wright, Mrs. Helen Ham-
mond, Ezra Halderman, Mrs. J. F. Everett, Newell Shaw, and Jack
E. Rathgeber. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. George Engelke on
their 50th wedding anniversary-March 29.
President Howard reported to the Society on a letter which he
had received from Mr. Louis Haseman, Jacksonville, Florida, per-
training to the proposed investigation of reduced rates on the Cristobal
to the Canal Zone retirees. Mr. Haseman quoted from a letter which
he had received from Mr. George Vieto which stated that an amend-
ment had been approved by the Panama Canal Commission giving
permission for retired employees to travel on the Cristobal at reduced
rates on a space available basis; such travel would be limited to once
a year and would not apply during the three months before and after
the summer rush season. Mr. Howard stated that he would turn the
letter over to the Committee (Mr. J. W. B. Hall, Mr. William Dobson,
and Mr. Roger Williams) appointed for investigating this proposal.
Mrs. Judd had also heard from Eastern Airlines who had supplied
folders for anyone interested in group air travel to some foreign
Of interest to all will be an article in the Record tracing the found-
ing of the Panama Canal Society of Florida (July 24, 1932) with inter-
esting information on the Charter Members, early meeting places, etc.
President Howard suggested that all call on members who are ill
when possible. Those interested in pictures should contact Mrs. G. C.
Lockridge. Many thanks also to the custodians of the coffee makers-
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kieswetter.
At the close of the business meeting, the Refreshment Committee
served coffee and doughnuts. With the addition of a second percolator
ample coffee was available for those who desired seconds. Many thanks
to the work of this committee in their continued efforts to serve the
Anyone who has old Canal Records previous to September 1955 and
wants to dispose of them, please write to Mrs. M. R. Roberson, 4873
Maribel Drive, Baton Rouge, La. 70812.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT
THE GULFPORT COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM,
April 5, 1968
The April meeting of The Panama Canal Society of Florida was
held at the Gulfport Community Center on the fifth. Ninety-nine mem-
bers and visitors were present. After thle Pledge of Allegiance to the
Flag, led by the President, William L. Howard, the Invocation was
given by the Chaplain, Mrs. Alice Barnes. A special welcome was
given by the Society to members who had not attended regular meet-
ing and visitors. The following stood as their names were called by
the Recording Secretary:
Miss Genell Bliss-Canal Zone-visiting Mrs. B. Donald Humphrey,
Mrs. Harriet Shreves-St. Petersburg-absent for some time.
Mrs. Jewell Oliver-sister of Mrs. Shreves who returns to her
Ethel Martin-St. Petersburg-absent for some time.
Miss Irene Ladrach-Balboa, Canal Zone.
Muriel Holmelin Whitman and daughter-St. Petersburg, Florida-
absent for some time.
Edna Hewitt Ogletree-St. Petersburg-absent for some time.
Mrs. Robert Beissel-California-visiting Mrs. Martin Nickel in St.
Mrs. Fred H. Hodges-North Carolina-now living in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Paul D. Barnard-his last meeting before returning to Rhode
Mrs. Nan Emslie--St. Petersburg,Florida-absent for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Renz-Alabama-visiting Mrs. John Hower,
Miss Mary L. Stakelum-St. Petersburg-absent for some time.
After personally welcoming members and visitors, President Howard
informed the Society that through the efforts of Mr. J. R. Magie, the
St. Petersburg daily papers now are giving the Panama Canal Society
of Florida some publicity by announcing the meeting place and the
date of the monthly meetings.
The minutes of the March 1 meeting were read by the Recording
Secretary and were approved as read.
Informative information concerning engagements, weddings, anni-
versaries as well as general news from old friends was reviewed by
Mrs. Judd. Details will appear in the June Record. Illnesses and deaths
were also reported. "Thank You" notes and general "Best Wishes"
to the Society which so frequently are included in the Correspondence
were read and appreciated; the Society is always intensely interested
in the daily happenings in the lives of old friends.
The sale of Real Estate and English Bone China perhaps should
be included in the numerous duties (voluntary) of our versatile Secre-
tary-Treasurer. An advertisement of the sale of a camp site in North
Carolina was sent to Mrs. Judd who reported what details she had
to the Society. On display at the meeting were two beautiful samples
of Spode and Royal Doulton China which, the owners hoped to dispose
of. In the past Mrs. Judd has been instrumental in selling "treasures"
from Panama by acting as the intermediary.
As the Legislative Representative, Mr. William Grady, was unable
to attend the meeting, President Howard reported to the Society that
effective on the June 1 paycheck retirees would receive a 3.88 increase
on their annuity checks.
Happy Birthday was sung to Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Hoffman, Genell
Bliss and Paul Barnard. Congratulations on other known April birth-
days: Martin Seiler, Bill Boltz, and Phil Lupfer of California; Frank
Gerchow, Pennsylvania, Blanche Shaw, Arkansas, and the following
from Florida-Mrs. A. G. Dunham, Mrs. Annie Conley and Mrs. Leora
Walling on April 15, 1968, Virginia and Martin Seller celebrated their
President Howard announced that at this time he had no further
reports to make concerning the reduced rate on the Cristobal for re-
tirees. He extended his thanks to the Sick Committee and to the Coffee
As there was no unfinished or new business, the meeting was ad-
journed at 2:30.
Coffee and doughnuts were served by the Refreshment Committee
and a short social period followed the business meeting.
Margaret M. Ward
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
Through April, 1968
Just as a reminder-our summer meetings will be held at our
new meeting place, The Gulfport Community Center, at the foot of
58th Street South, left side of street, the first Friday of each month
at 1:30 p.m. Thie June meeting will be held on the 7th, July meeting
on the 5th, August meeting on the 2nd and the September meeting on
the 6th-please try and be present.
The dues, especially from the Canal Zone have been very slow
coming in and I do not want to have to drop any members for non-
payment of dues. The main reason for this may be on account of va-
cations, or people retiring, however it would be appreciated if those
who do not have a 1968 WHITE CARD with BLACK LETTERING would
make a special effort to get in your dues.
There will be no special dues notices sent this year as at the
present time our mailing expenses are very high-you know if four
dues are paid-so please take care of this matter at once.
You WILL NOT receive the September Record unless you have
paid your dues.
Many of our regular residents have left for the North and needless
to say we do miss them. Within a few weeks the summer folks will
be arriving and we hope that they will plan to be with us for at least
one of the summer meetings.
I am asking you again not to add 10 cents to your checks-the bank
does not require this any more-however, the bank does require the
addition of 45 cents on Canal Zone checks-that is-checks drawn on
a Canal Zone bank.
Too, when you send in your dues covering dues and blood bank
just send in one check made out to the PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
OF FLORIDA, Inc., as we send in one check on the Society to cover
the full amount for the Blood Bank.
Dues in the Society are $4.00 annually and $2.00 each for member-
ship in the Blood Bank-Children's dues in the Blood Bank-$1.00 per
DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU GET SETTLED AFTER YOU MOVE-
let us know as soon as is humanly possible, and in that way your mail
will not be returned to the Society.
Have a nice summer and we will see you upon your return.
Lucille S. Judd
TO THE MEMBERS
Quite a few complaints have been received from the Members,
who have sent in articles that they wanted printed in the CANAL
RECORD, regarding the pros and cons relative to the Political situa-
tion in the Republic of Panama, and they have written highly critical
complaints because they have not been printed. The political situation
is a highly controversial matter and is not one that the Society can
afford to engage in. Two of the unwritten by-laws of our Society are
that the Society shall not allow itself to be engaged in any political or
religious matter and that is the main reason that the articles have not
been printed, nor will they be printed in the future. Under the Postal
Laws and Regulations we are an approved organization under which
we obtain Second Class mailing permits and under the Internal Revenue
Service regulations we enjoy status as a non-profit organization and
are so registered with the State of Florida. This is another reason that
the Record will not print anything of any nature which would endanger
those special perogatives. The Society is very glad to get and will
print anything relating to the members and' members are urged to
send in to the Society matters of social and other personal matters,
the Society being especially glad to get any news relating to the OLD-
TIMERS, who had the fore-sight to organize this Society, and while
the ranks of the OLD Timers is thinning too fast, you are assured that
you are not forgotten in any way or manner and as far as the writer
is concerned it will always be your Society.
When you have articles for the RECORD, please have them in
tpyewritten form if possible and send them to the Headquarters of the
Society which is Box 11566, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33733, as this is
the OFFICIAL address of the Society. DO NOT SEND THEM TO ANY
INDIVIDUAL OR TO ANY OTHER address, as to send them to any
person or persons will only delay or miss your article being printed
in the CANAL RECORD.
I would again urge all those members from the State of Florida to
join the BLOOD BANK at two dollars each member as no one knows
just when tragedy may strike and the Blood Bank not only covers
you in Florida, but if you are a member, will cover you anywhere you
may choose to travel.
We hope you will make plans to attend the 1969 REUNION and
will register your name when you arrive. Plans are in the making to
have more registrars this next year and the long lines will not be
discouraging to you and you will be able to register in a very short
time. We get a better count on the number attending and the States
from whence you come.
W. L. Howard
Dr. Samuel E. Irvin, 79, well known former resident of the Canal
Zone and Quarantine Officer at the Balboa Quarantine Station for
nearly 30 years, died at the Margaret Pardlee Hospital in Henderson-
ville, North Carolina, March 3, following a long illness.
A native of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Dr. Irvin was graduated
from the Medical School of the University of Virginia in 1912 and later
served his internship at the Post Graduate Hospital in New York City.
He was employed by the Canal in 1921 as a physician at Gorgas,
then Ancon Hospital and was dispensary physician at Pedro Miguel
for a short time. He was assigned to the Balboa Quarantine Station in
1922 and remained there until his retirement in 1951.
He was in practice in Hendersonville as an optometrist from the
time of his retirement until recently.
Surviving him are his widow Mrs. Virginia of Hendersonville; two
daughters Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, Supervisor of the Gorgas Hospital
Admitting Office, and Mrs. Martha Phdllips, of Tucson, Arizona; and
a son Capt. Samuel S. Irvin, Panama Canal pilot. Also surviving him
are 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Nell Wilson Rogers, 73, died March 29, 1968, in N. Fort Myers,
Fla. She was a graduate of Miss. Baptist School of Nursing, Jackson,
Miss. and a nurse in Gorgas Hospital. She is survived by her husband
Floyd F. Rogers. No other details available.
Herbert F. Paddock, 67, of 6795 17th Lane N., St. Petersburg, Fla.
passed away May 4, 1968. He was born in LaValle, Wise., and came
here nine years ago from the Panama Canal Zone. He was a retired
electrical engineer with the U.S. Government. He was a member of
Ironton Lodge 79, F&AM, of Ironton, Wise. and the Panama Canal
Consistory, Valley of Balboa, Orient of Canal Zone, A member of the
Panama Canal Society of Fla. and served on the Board of Directors.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Amy Paddock; one daughter, Mrs.
Naomi Geanne Ambrosino, both of St. Petersburg; one brother, Ben
Paddock, of LaValle, Wise.; one niece, Mrs. Don Hagerty, of Madison,
Wise. and seven grandchildren.
Captain Irving G'. May, 62, a senior Panama Canal Pilot was pro-
nounced dead on arrival at Gorgas Hospital, January 30, 1968.
According to Canal Zone Police, Capt. Hay was driving along
Fourth of July Avenue from The Limits toward Gorgas Hospital when
his automobile struck a road divider, traveled some distance, struck
a sign and then a light post. No extensive damage was done to the
fixtures or the car.
There were no known witnesses to the accident. First on the scene
was a Panama National Guard detail, who took Capt. Hay to Gorgas
Captain Hay was born in Whitstone, Queens, Long Island, New
York, December 14, 1905.
He was licensed as a plane pilot, with? his license signed' by Orville
He went to the Isthmus in 1936, as an operator machinist in the
Dredging Division. In 1939 he was rerated tugboat master; on January
1, 1945 was transferred as pilot in training, and April 15, 1946, was
rerated as pilot.
Captain Hay was retired from Panama Canal service December
31, 1967 and was reemployed January 1, 1968.
He was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks,
Panama Canal Zone Lodge No. 1414, and was a member of skeet and
gun clubs on both sides of the Isthmus.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hazel M. Hay; by an adopted
son and daughter, Robert John Hay, 5% years, and Christine Elizabeth
Hay, 8 months; and by an aunt, Mrs. Alida Travers of Redbank, N. J.
Mrs. Agnes Rebecca Thurgood, 87, 801 38th Ave. S., St. Petersburg,
Fla., died April 5, 1968. Born in Alexandria, Va., she came here 20
years ago from the Panama Canal Zone. She was a member of Daugh-
ters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, Senior
National Officers Club of thie Children of the American Revolution,
Panama Canal Society of Florida. She is survived by two daughters,
Mrs. Virginia Bingham of Miami; two sisters, Mrs. Kathryn E. Inger-
son of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Mildred Hopkins of Alexandria.
The following was written by Miss Dorothy Poltrino, 12 Wayne Ave.
Lynn, Mass. ED.)
I would like to report the death of my Uncle, Mr. Louis A. Pol-
trino, who was one of the pioneers of the Canal. I have not been able
to contact all of his friends to notify them, so would be very grateful
if you would publish a notice to the effect of his passing away. He had
been operated on for gall bladder trouble, but due to complications did
not survive the operation, passing away on December 14, 1967.
He had been one of the outstanding tennis players of the Isthmus
stenographer on April 10, 1905. He served' until November 1914 when
he resigned to serve on the staff of the U.S. Commercial Attache in
Santiago, Chile. He returned to the service the following May and
was again employed until March, 1918 when he resigned to enter the
He had been one of the outstanding tennis players of the Isthmus
for many years and was rated as one of the best players. During recent
years he was one of the well-known quartet of oldtimers who continued
to play the game although not in competitive tournaments.
He served as Secretary to four Governors of the Panama Canal and
retired in 1943. He has made his home in Fort Lauderdale since his
Joseph I. Eckert, of 5266 Pebble Beach Avenue, Sarasota, passed
away April 8, after a long illness. Born in Clintondale, New York, he
went to the Panama Canal in 1915 and was retired as Chief Engineer
of the Dredging Division in 1948. He spent his winters in Florida com-
ing from Kane, Pennsylvania, until his recent illness. He was a mem-
ber of Isthmian Lodge F&AM, the Scottish Rite, Abou Saad Temple
of the Shrine, a Life member of Fern Leaf Chapter No. 4, O.E.S. and
the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He is survived by his wife,
Charlotte R., two step-daughters, Mrs. Marie Trobridge of Silver Spring,
Md'., Mrs. Jacqueline Johnstone, of Long Island, N. Y., one sister Mrs.
Eva Murphy of Newburg and a brother, Henry V. of Albany, New
York and 5 grandchildren. Masonic Services and Religious services
were held in Sarasota. Interment will be in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. with
Fred Leonard' Wertz, Margarita, C.Z., senior locomotive engineer on
the Panama Railroad and second oldest in seniority, died March 5,
at Coco Solo Hospital after a long illness. He had approximately 30
years' Canal service, with about 29 years of that service with the
He was a third generation Canal Zone resident and a member of
a well-known Canal Zone family. His father, Fred Leonard Wertz, and
his grandfather, Harry C. Wertz, had Construction Day service and
both were Panama Railroad employees. His father was general yard
master at the time the latter retired from Canal service.
Mr. Wertz was born April 3, 1917, in Colon. He attended the Canal
Zone schools and is a graduate of Cristobal High School. He participated
in and completed the Canal Zone locomotive engineer-learner program
and is one of three Panama Railroad locomotive engineers who com-
pleted that program.
He was active in the founding of the Panama Canal Yacht Club
at Cristobal and at the time of his death was vice commodore. He also
served on the Yacht Club's board of directors. He was active in boat-
ing and in promoting boating in the Canal Zone.
At one time he was secretary-treasurer of the local Brotherhood
of Locomotive Engineers, Lodge No. 90.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Shirley M. Wertz of Margarita;
by two daughters, Mrs. Wendall Sasso of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and
Miss Carol Wertz, a student in Cristobal Junior High School; by two
sisters, Mrs. Gladys W. Brayton of Margarita, wife of Donald' R. Bray-
ton, manager of the Panama Canal's Railroad Division, and Mrs. Doro-
thy Lillie Cotton, wife of Arthur T. Cotton, retired Balboa postmaster,
both of whom are on the Isthmus; by two brothers, George W. Wertz,
who retired from the Panama Canal Electrical Division a year ago in
February and who with his wife returned' to the Isthmus, called by Mr.
Wertz's serious illness, and Robert L. Wertz, who is with MSTS in San
Francisco, Calif. He also is survived by two aunts, Mrs. Ella Wertz,
who is visiting her son, Harry C. Wertz of Cardenas Village on the
Pacific side of the Isthmus, and Mrs. Lulu Lumby of San Diego, Calif.
Staff Sergeant George W. Walbridge, USMC, died! in action at Khe
Sanh, Viet Nam, February 5th, 1968, while on an assignment as Combat
Correspondent from Headquarters, 1st Marine Air Wing ,Da Nang.
He was a passenger aboard a Marine C130 plane which was destroyed
by enemy fire while landing at Khe Sanh. George was born January
11, 1941, in the Panama Hospital. Survivors are his parents Mr. and
Mrs. Harry Walbridge; a sister; his wife Carol Houch; uncle Mack.
aunts Barbara Drebing, Phydellis Nethery, great aunts Maude Hartsell
and Alice Wilcox Kiernin, all former Canal Zone residents. Interment
was held March 3, at Memory Gardens Huntsville, Ala. with full
Col. Omar J. Ruch, 82, died in New Orleans, La. April 5th, 1968.
A native of Princess, Md., and a resident of 2317 Napoleon Ave.
Col. Ruch was an engineer by profession and took part in the Panama
Canal project from 1907 until 1917. Before his retirement from the
Army he had served with the service's corps of engineers during both
wars, and received the Legion of Merit in 1946.
He held membership in the New Orleans Country Club; Masonic
Alpha Home Lodge No. 72; the Panama Canal Consistory, and the Army
and, Navy Club of Washington, D. C. He was also a director of Globe
Homestead Association here.
Survivors include two nieces, Miss Gladys Hersh of Allentown, Pa.,
and Mrs. Donald Harter of Covington.
John Robert Barr, former Boy Scout Executive in the Canal Zone,
and a member of a well known Canal Zone family, died in Veterans
Hospital March 10, in Syracuse, New York, following a brief illness. He
was 43 years old.
Born in Gorgas Hospital, Mr. Barr attended the Canal Zone schools
and was a graduate of Balboa High School. He was employed by the
Maintenance Division in 1941 and left the Canal in 1943 to serve with
the U.S. Navy in World' War II.
He was reemployed by the Personnel Bureau in 1946 and from 1947
to 1953 was connected with the Schools Division as a recreation leader
and a Boy Scout Executive.
He left the Isthmus in 1953 and since that time has been living in
Syracuse, where he was employed with Boys Club and the City Recrea-
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Wanda Barr; two daughters, Barbara
and Robin, and a son, Thomas, all of Syracuse.
Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. M. Francis Barr, of Ancon;
two brothers, Peter J. Barr, Cristobal District Fire Division, and Fran-
cis Richard Barr, New York City; and two sisters, Miss Helen Barr,
of Ancon, and Sister Mary Barbara Francis, who is living in Bolivia.
Mrs. Janet M. Bienz died March 16 in Willshire, Ohio, after a long
illness. She was the wife of Earl F. Bienz, towing locomotive opera-
tor in the Locks Division, who retired from Panama Canal service
in July 1961.
Mrs. Bienz was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Her Canal service dated from March 8, 1942 when she was em-
ployed in the Supply Division.
Mrs. Bienz was restaurant supervisor at the Tivoli Guest House
when she retired from Canal service on August 20, 1961, and with Mr.
Bienz returned to Willshire, Ohio, to reside.
Gregory G. Cartotto, Chief of the Claims Branch of the Panama
Canal Accounting Division and a well known resident of the Canal Zone,
died in Gorgas Hospital Feb. 12, 1968, following a brief illness.
Born January 3, 1912 in Patterson, New Jersey, Mr. Cartotto had
been employed in the Office of the Comptroller more than 21 years,
including some 15 years of progressive claims examining experience
and several years in supervisory capacities.
He received a Superior Service award in October 1962 and in Janu-
ary, 1966, received a quality step increase for outstanding performance
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Joan Marie Ridge Cartotto, of Balboa,
an employee of the Sea Level Support Division; a son, Stephen, and a
daughter, Christine, both) students in Balboa High School, and a brother
Walter B. Cartotto, Paterson, N. J.
James Simon Munden, 73, 7464 Meadowlawn Drive N, St. Petersburg,
died April 30, 1968. Born in Elizabeth City, N. C., he came here 12 years
ago from Pocomoke City, Md. He was a retired ship captain and pilot
for the Panama Canal Zone. A member of Panama Canal Pilot Associ-
ation and Panama Canal Society of Florida, he is survived by his wife
Sanna; a daughter, Mrs. Sanna Offutt, Pinellas Park; A son, James H.
Balboa, Canal Zone; a brother, Bernard, Elizabeth City; three sisters,
Miss Maude, Elizabeth City; Mrs. Ruth Jennette, Jacksonville; Mrs.
Margaret Russell, Hampton, Va.; nine grandchildren.
Mrs. Margaret M. Ryter, 65, wife of Capt. Clifton W. Ryter, retired
employee of the Dredging Division and a long time resident of Gamnboa,
died' February 9 in Lakeland, Florida, of the injuries received in an
automobile arcident February 1.
Mrs. Ryter went to the Canal Zone as a bride more than 30 years
ago and lived in G'amboa. She and her husband had made their home
in Leesburg, Florida since retirement.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Donald Ryter
of Winter Park, Florida; two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Dow of Coral
Gables, and Mrs. Margaret Saarinen of Balboa, and nine grandchildren.
Mable F. B. Taylor, 77, passed away February 25. She resided
here 12 years coming from the Panama Canal Zone. She is survived
by a brother, John Betterley, Lantana, Fla.
Edna B. Van Brocklin, 87, of 2305 North Flower Street, Santa Ana,
Calif., passed away February 19, 1968. Survived by daughter, Anna
Ruth Wierkheiser, Lon Angeles. Mrs. Van Brocklin was a member of
the First Presbyterian Church; Santa Ana Chapter DAR and Beaucant
Assembly No. 61.
Mrs. Clara Thompson of Gamboa, widow of Roosevelt Medal holder
Frank Y. Thompson, died in Coco Solo Hospital.
She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, September 26, 1886 and went
to the Canal Zone in 1913 with her husband. The latter, who was a Canal
construction day employee and who was with the Panama Canal Divi-
sion of Storehouses when he retired, was in business in Colon for
many years in the firm Thompson and Daley. He died in 1958.
Mrs. Thompson is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Thelma Lewis, wife
of Herbert H. Lewis of Brazos Heights and Mrs. Dorothy B. May, of
Tampa, Florida, by a grandniece, Miss Frances D. May of Margarita,
a nurse at Coco Solo Hospital, and by two grand-nephews, Lt. Comdr.
Herbert H. Lewis, Jr., who is on duty in Vietnam, and Robert M.
May, of Balboa.
Mrs. Ella Lombroia, who retired from Panama Canal service Sep-
tember 30, 1966, died at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
She was born December 3, 1904, in New White, New Jersey, and
was first employed in the Panama Canal organization as a playground
assistant in September 1940. She was a kindergarten assistant in the
Schools Division for the greater part of her Canal service.
Mrs. Lombroia is survived by her husband, Anthony R. Lombroia
of 2137 NE 64tht Street, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who went to the Canal
Zone in 1924 as a golf professional at the Gatun Club and shortly after
was employed by the former Construction Quartermaster in Cristobal.
He was a general building forman when he retired from the Canal
organization in January 1962. Their only daughter, Mrs. Jane Burke,
wife of John Burke, resides in Curundu.
Mr. Lee E. Carr died at Gorgas Hospital.
He was secretary of the Pedro Miguel Gun Club and for many years
was resident manager of the club.
He was born June 23, 1883, in Townville, Pa., and went to the Canal
Zone November 8, 1912, as an employee in the Mechanical Divisions
of the Panama Canal. His service was broken. On May 1, 1940, he
transferred to the Supply Division as a foreman iron-worker. He re-
tired from Panama Canal service November 30, 1940.
He is survived by his widow, Isabel Carr, a native of Panama.
Mrs. Agnes Dumphy, 82, who had been making her home in Cur-
undu with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hummel,
died in Gorgas Hospital.
A native of Newfoundland, Mrs. Dumphy went to the Isthmus in
In addition to Mrs. Humanel, she is survived by anohter daughter,
Mrs. George Babinecz, of Coco Solo; and two sons, George of Fairfax,
Virginia, and Leo, of Philadelphia, Pa. Also surviving are seven grand-
children and nine great grandchildren.
A burial mass for B. Edward Lowande, former Chief of the Panama
Canal Customs Division, who died in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was
held April 1, at St. Mary's Mission. The Rev. Paul C. Loeven, C. M.,
officiated. Graveside services followed at Corozal cemetery with Father
The pallbearers were Robert A. Wainio, William A. Rogers, Frank
Cain, Rogelio Garcia de Paredes, Arthur J. O'Leary and B. J. Sanders,
Mr. Lowande was born in Bound Brook, N. J., January 27, 1909.
He was a graduate of Cristobal High School and entered Panama
Canal services in 1935. Prior to his appointment as Chief of the Customs
Division he had been with the Commissary Division and the Canal
Zone Police Division.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Eddie Lynne Lam and' Miss
Karen Marie Lowande of Albuquerque, New Mexico, a son, Gary P.
Dunsmoor of Ancon, and by two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Baldwin of Albu-
querque, a retired Panama Canal employee, and Mrs. Marian Thomp-
son, wife of Gordon Thompson, who retired from the Terminals Division
oil handling plant. They now reside in Gretna, Fla. Mrs. Lowande died
Ocotber 8, 1966.
Stephen M. Ridge, Canal Construction-period employee and well-
known baseball player of that time, died in the Episcopal Hospital in
Philadelphia, Pa. February 8th.
Arriving on the Isthmus in November of 1911, he worked as a time-
keeper at the Mechanical Division Shops in Gorgona, and continued
in the Division as it moved to Empire and finally to Balboa. He left
the Isthmus in 1921, and worked and played Semi-Pro Ball in Harris-
bury and' Washington, Pa. He joined the American Telephone and Tele-
graph Company in Philadelphia and to Wayne, Pa., from where he
retired as head of the Department of Procurement and Supply in 1957.
Steve and his wife, Florence Norton Ridge, resided, in Colmar, Pa.
He had gained the reputation of being an outstanding short-stop on
the Gorgona, Empire, Corozal and Panama-Ancon teams, and having
invented several trick plays and regularly helped make up the League
schedules and rules. With his three brothers, Larry, Jack and Leo,
they became the entire infield of the Corozal team of 1915.
Besides his wife, Steve is survived by his brothers, Larry of
Redondo Beach1, California, and Jack of Balboa and Nueva Gorgona, R.P.
Harry William Murray, a former Canal Zone resident and a junior
member of the Fallen Angels, a skydiving group was killed in a para-
chute accident Jan. 28 at the DeLand, Florida, airport.
His first parachute tangled. After cutting loose from it, his second
parachute opened, but not soon enough to save his life. He had been
with the group only a year.
Mr. Murray was born December 16, 1945, on the Isthimus, and was
graduated from Cristobal High School in the class of 1964. His father,
James G. Murray, former instructor (Welding and Metallurgy) for
the Apprentice School of the Panama Canal's Personnel Bureau, died
in June 1964.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. James G. Murray of Daytona
Beach, Florida, and two brothers, Bert D. Murray of Jefferson Manor,
Apt. 16, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422, and James Murray of 3021-A
20th Street, Metairie, Louisiana 70002.
Mrs. Edna C. Benton, 83, formerly of G'ulfport, died March 25, 1968.
in New Orleans, La. A native of Nova Scotia, Mrs. Benton came here
1946 from Hopeville, Va. and was a Gulfport resident until one year
ago. She was a member of the Baptist Church and is survived by one
sister and five step-children.
Anthony G. Lynn, 66, 317 Sixth St. S., died Feb. 10, 1968. Born in
Passaic, N.J., he came here three years ago from the Panama Canal
Zone. He was a master machinist for the Canal Zone Co.; member of
Panama Canal Society of Florida; Cristobal Canal Zone Lodge No.
1542 BPO Elks; Polish-American Club of St. Petersburg; life member
of Gatun Yacht Club, Gatun, Canal Zone. Surviving are four brothers,
William, Pompano Beach; George, Hempstead, N.Y.; Major Custer,
Salt Lake City, Utah; two sisters, Mrs. Josephine Burns, Toledo, Ohio;
Mrs. Ann Balog, Garfield, N.J.
Lando Oliver, 89, who retired from the Panama Canal Police Di-
vision in 1933, died in Marion, Illinois in January, 1968.
He is survived by his widow, Carrie, and two daughters, Mrs. Paul
Bidstrup of Sedelia, Mo. and Mrs. Frank Sedwick, Bergenfield, New
Mr. Oliver was a veteran of the Spanish-American War. He was
a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Abou Saad Temple and a
member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Burial was at East Lawn Garden in Marion.
Dick R. Brandom, Diablo Heights, C.Z., finance branch superin-
tendent at the Balboa Heights Post Office, became suddenly ill and
was pronounced dead' on arrival at Gorgas Hospital March 26, 1968.
He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on May 4, 1910 and
went to the Canal Zone in 1942. He was with the Panama Canal's
Postal Division from March 28, 1942 to the time of his death.
His son, Richard G. Brandom of Houston, Texas, was notified and
came to the Isthmus.
Cyril Fernie, founder of the Canal Zone shipping agency that bears
his name died Dec. 20 in Duncan, British Columbia, Canada, where
he was living in retirement since 1946. He was 85 years old.
Mr. Fernie, who was born in Liverpool, England, went to the Isth-
mus in 1915 as manager of the Pacific Steam Navigation Co. He also
served as Lloyd's agent and as Norwegian Consul.
He established Fernie & Co. in 1920 with main offices on the At-
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Amy Fernie, and two daughters,
Mrs. Betty Maduro of Panama City, and Mrs. Sybil Nardossis, of
Coral Gables, Fla.
Mrs. Evelyn L. Mills, 77, a retired Panama Canal employee, who
resided at the Tivoli Guest House, died at Gorgas Hospital after a long
She was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and started work with the
Canal organization in the old coupon section on December 16, 1942.
She retired on May 31, 1949.
Mrs. Gertrude (Billie) Guest, 53, 11 79th) St. N., St. Petersburg,
Fla. died' Feb. 9, 1968. Born in Baton Rouge, La., she came here two
years ago from the Canal Zone, Panama. She was a Methodist; mem-
ber of the VFW Auxiliary, Panama Canal Zone; Gold Coast Orchid
Society; American Bridge Club. She is survived by her husband
Capt. James F. Lewis, 82, 4151 Fourth St. S., died March 24, 1968.
Born in North! Carolina, he was a retired Marine captain from the
Panama Canal Zone, where he served from 1918 to 1940. He was a mem-
ber of Panama Canal Society; Master Mates and Pilots Association;
life member of Darien Lodge F&AM, Panama Canal Zone. Surviving
are two daughters, Mrs. John Gabrio, Mrs. Daphne L. Dunn, both of
St. Petersburg; one son, Dr. Aubrey J. Lewis, Orlando; one sister,
Eva Brown, Wilmington, N.C.; six grandchildren.
(The following was written by Mrs. Florence Sims, 2051 Crompond
Rd., Yorktown Hts. N. Y. Ed.)
This is to inform you that my uncle, George W Dayton, a member
of your society, passed away on January 2, 1968 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
He had left instructions for me to let you know in the event of
Horace H. Nuckols died April 13, 1968 in a hospital in Hot Springs,
Ark. and was buried in Calvary Cemetery on April 16th.
He was born on Dec. 30, 1888 at Versailes, Ky. He went to the
Isthmus in 1908 and was a clerk in the office of Tom M. Cooke, Di-
iector of Posts for about 6 years and earned the Roosevelt medal
with two bars.
When the canal was completed, he returned to Kentucky and be-
came a promoter in the Horse Racing Industry where he remained
till a few years ago when his health failed. He has been in a wheel
chair for about 15 years. His wife preceded him in death in 1962.
In Ancon, he was an avid sports fan and a booster for baseball
and other activities. A game leg prevented him from playing but he
aided in every possible manner otherwise. He left only a niece and
some nephews as survivors. He had no children.
(Written by J. W. Tannerhill, Pasadena, Calif. Ed.)
Bentonville, Ark.-Malcolm Graham Little, 87, died April 25 at
his home, 816 Carson Dr. He was born May 12, 1880 in Portland, Me.
aird was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Carl Newhard of Bentonville
and Mrs. Schuyler G. Pace of Mobile, Ala.; four grandchildren; six
great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Kathleen Wllber, wife of T. J. Wilber, Chief, Administrative
Staff. Panama Canal Electrical Division, died at Gorgas Hospital after
a long illness.
Mrs. Wilber was born December 13, 1919, in New York City, a
daughter of the late Frank Rettner and Kathleen Casey Rettner. She
grew up In St. Paul, Minn., and was married June 18, 1946.
She was a former president of The Theatre Guild and had directed
many of The Theatre Guild plays. She was vice-president in the 10th
season of The Theatre Guild in 1960-1961 and when the president at
that time, G. R. Merchant, resigned, Mrs. Wilber took over the office
Mrs. Wilber assisted Len Worcester in directing "The Moon Is
Blue" in 1955 and "King of Hearts" in 1956. She directed "The Tender
Trap" in 1958; "A Hole In The Head" in 1969; "Born Yesterday" in
1960; "Three Men On A Horse" in 1962 and "Make A Million" in 1964.
She was consultant director for the September, 1960 United Fund
annual show-Theatre Guild production and in October 1968 and Sep-
tember 1959 was a member of The Theatre Guild committee for ar-
rangements and production of the United Fund Kick-Off Shows.
In September 1962, she played lizzie Jones, a housekeeper in
"Gold In The Hills, or The Dead Sister's Secret", Theatre Guild pro-
duction for the Canal Zone United Fund.
"The King and I," for which she was in charge of makeup, was
the last Canal Zc" e United Fund Theatre Guild production with which
Mrs. Wilber is survived by her husband, on the Isthmus. Their
only son. James, died, while serving with the United States Navy.
Mrs. Rachel M. Rudolph, 69, of 823 SW 10tht Ter., first clerk of the
Selective Service board in Ft. Lauderdale who held that position until
March, 1963, died at Broward General Hospital.
She was born Nov. 24, 1898, on a plantation in Duplin County, N.C.,
During World War I she served on the old draft board in Hopewell,
Va., and in 1919 went to Ancon, Canal Zone, where she was a secretary
in the adjutant general's office.
She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. C. H. Allen and Mrs. John
Crawford, a nephew, Mr. James Hunter, of Ft. Lauderdale and Mrs.
J. D. Cameron of Calypso, N.C.
Henry Edward May, Jr., 37, a refrigeration mechanic in the Main-
tenance Division, Balboa, collapsed at the Diablo Heights Service Cen-
ter while at breakfast Feb. 25, 1968, and was pronounced dead at 8:25
a.m., in the Gorgas Hospital emergency room.
He was born in the Canal Zone and had attended Canal Zone schools.
His Panama Canal service was broken. He was with the Panama Canal
organization from April 1949 to June 1950 and then from October 1950
to the present date.
Mr. May resided at Los Rios with his wife, Joyce (Engelke), and
four children, Debbie, Michael, Robert and Patricia. He also is sur-
vived by his father, Edward May, retired chief of the Panama Canal
Storehouse Division, who lives in California, his mother, Mrs. Dorothy
May of Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Robert May of Balboa, and a sister,
Miss Frances May of Margarita.
He was a member of Panama Canal Zone Lodge No. 1414, Benevo-
lent and Protective Order of Elks. and a member of the First Isthmus
Frank Sulc, 73, of East Orange, N. J., who retired from Panama
Canal service in 1956, died March 2 in East Orange.
He was born May 13, 1894, in South Orange, N.J., and was first
employed by the Canal organization December 7, 1936, as a wireman
in the Electrical Division. He was lead foreman wireman when he re-
tired on May 31, 1956.
Mr. and Mrs. Sulc went back to the Isthmus on numerous visits
after his retirement.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Naomi Sulc and by two sons,
one residing in the United States and the other with the United States
Department of States in South America.
Peter F. Shrapnel, 76, well-known Canal Zone resident and former
Chief of the Administrative Branchr died in Katella Hospital in Stanton,
Calif., on April 24, 1968, following a long illness.
Memorial services were held at the Community Church in Liesure
World at Seal Beach, Calif.
He was the grandson of British General (Baron) Henry Shrapnel,
inventor of the Shrapnel Shell.
Mr. Shrapnel went to the Isthmus in 1915 from the. little New
York Town of Sherman. His first job with the Canal organization in
1915 was as a clerk with the Receiving and Forwarding Agency of the
Panama Railroad. He transferred' to the Record Bureau and stayed
with that unit through all its changes first to Correspondence and
Record Division and later to the Administrative Branch.
He. is survived by his wife, Mrs. Geneva Bliss Shrapnel; a son, Dr
Bliss C. Shrapnel, who flew from Honolulu, Hawaii, to be with his
mother; a daughter, Mrs. Judi Scott of Newport News, Va.; four grand-
sons, Baron Shrapnel, Pasadena, Calif. and Kevin and twins Keith and
Kenneth Scott, Newport News, Va.; and one great-grandson, Mark
Shrapnel. Also three nephews, Richard Peglar, Oak Ridge, Tenn.;
William Peglar, Calif. and Donald Frank of Buffalo, N.Y. A sister-
in-law, Miss Genell Bliss of Cocoli, C.Z., has been visiting the Shrap-
nels for the past three months.
Mr. and Mrs. Shrapnel made their home at 13341 Twin Hills,
LUeure World, Seal Beach, Calif.
Earl A. Kent, 77, Pine Castle, Florida, died February 1, 1968, in
Seattle, Washington, while visiting his brother, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Kent.
Memorial services were held in Seattle on February 3rd with interment
in Ravenna, Ohko.
He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and went to the Canal Zone in
March, 1913. He first worked for the railroad and then the Locks Div-
Most of his service was at Miraflores Locks where he was a lock
operator and craneman. After 36 years service, he and his wife, the
late Minnie Kent, left the Zone in 1951 and traveled extensively in the
United States, returning to the Zone for several visits after 1955. The
last 4 years he resided in Pine Castle, Florida, where Mrs. Kent died
He entered a Seattle hospital on Dec. 28th and his 2 children ar-
rived there in early January, staying with hin until his death on Feb-
He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Carl Wanke, San Jose, and
his son, Lloyd Kent, Gamboa, C.Z., and by his brother, Robert Kent,
Nora A. Hewitt, 79, of 3227 16th St. N., St. Petersburg, Fla., died
May 3, 1968. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and moved to St. Petersburg 25
years ago from the Panama Canal Zone. She attended St. Paul's Catholic
Church and was a member of the Panama Canal Society. Survivors
include her daughters, Mrs. Nora Green of Aiken, S.C., Mrs. Helen
Alexander of San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. Edna Ogletree of Pinellas Park,
Fla., Mrs. Margaret Sapp of Panama Canal Zone, 1 sister, Miss Mabel
Lakeman of St. Petersburg, 10 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Charles E. Leaver, 76, who retired in 1952 after serving the Canal
organization for 38 years died April 10tht at his home in Tampa, Fla.
He was employed as a plasterer and tile setter with the Maintenance
Division at the time of his retirement.
A native of Germantown, Penna., Mr. Leaver is survived by his
widow, Ethel; three sons, Charles of Balboa, and Vincent and Thomas
of Oldsmar, Florida; a sister, Mrs. Florence Gribbon of Clifton Heights,
Penna.; and two grandchildren.
He was a life member of Elks Lodge 1414 of Balboa.
Mrs. Sloda Monaco, 73, wife of Pete Monaco, and a well known
former resident of the Pacific side, died in Panama City, Florida,
April 16 from complications following a fall.
A native of Washington, D.C., Mrs. Monaco went to the Canal Zone
in 1923 after her husband was employed by the Panama Canal. He
remained with the Municipal Division and was retired in 1950.
Mr. Monaco worked with the U.S. Army Hobby Shops after his
retirement until 1960 when he and his wife went to Panama City to
make their home.
Surviving her are her husband and two sons, J. E. Monaco, of
Sterling, Virginia, and Dr. A. Ralph Monaco, of Panama City; and a
daughter, Mrs. Adelaide Seldon, of Los Rios, who is employed in the
Panama Canal Treasurer's Office. In addition, there are 11 grand-
children and 9 great-grandchildren.
Raymond P. Plummer, 72, died March 8th, 1968 in Green Cove
Springs, Fla. He was employed in 1912 as Signal Maintainer of the
P.R.R. He retired in 1948. He was a member of the P.C. Society of
Fla.; Life member Sojourners Lodge, A F and A M of Cristobal, C.Z.;
Coral Chapter No. 3, O.E.S., Gatun; P. C. Consistory, Balboa, C. Z
Surviving are his widow, Emma Rae, 2 daughters, Mrs. Margaret Jenkins,
Satellite Beach, Fla.; Mary ThomsEn, Leavenworth, Washington; one
granddaughter; 2 grandsons; two great-granddaughters.
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
We held our first spring meeting at Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska,
one of North Carolina's beauty spots.
There were thirty-four members attending. A fine luncheon was
served and a pleasant social time was enjoyed. After the business of
the meeting ended, several of us drove out to the beautiful home of
Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Jorstad near Waynesville.
In February, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kelley visited their son Tom and
daughter, Margie, in Falls Church, Va.; then on to visit Dr. and Mrs.
Kappa (Daughter Patty and husband) and their newest grandchild,
Dawn Elizabeth Kappa, in Elkridge, Md.
Mrs. Frank Reppa will fly to Washington in June to visit Col. R.
B. Reppa and wife and family. While there she will attend the gradu-
ation of her grandson, Robert, who will enter Maryland University in
Mrs. Frank Sill and Mrs. Jack Tyrell are visiting Mrs. Grace Rigney
in Mexico City.
Mr. and Mrs. Worden E. French of Balboa, C.Z., are visiting Hen-
dersonville as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Runck. They were en-
tertained by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Wagner. Mrs. French (Bea
Cotton) is Mrs. Wagner's niece.
Dale Dambrowsky, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coleman, is
now out of Army service and is working for State Farmn Insurance
Mrs. George Ward had as guests in March her daughter and hus-
band, Dr. S. E. Lee and son, Tom. Dr. Lee, director of the Cleveland
Museum of Art was on museum business in Raleigh where they saw
the fine art collection in our North Carolina Art Musuem. April brought
more visitors: George B. Ward, Jr. and son, Kevin, for a brief week-
end en route from inspection of Enmory and Henry College, Emory,
Virginia which Kevin will enter this fall.
North Carolina at this season seems more beautiful than ever with
blooming azaleas, lilacs, tulips, etc.
Mrs. George B. Ward, Sec.
Clarence Howell, Pres.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
Annual Luncheon Meeting was held at Knott's Berry Farm in the
famous Chicken Restaurant on Sunday, March 10th, 1968. It was a
beautiful warm sunny day and 162 members and guests attended. Presi-
dent David Smith called the meeting to order and Virginia Seiler, Past
President, gave the Invocation. Thelma Reppe, Past Secretary, lead
the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. Following are the Officers
for the coming year:
President, David L. Smith; Vice President, Hedvig I. Seedborg and
Secretary, Virginia Ridge Dolim.
After the business portion of the meeting a most wonderful pro-
gram was presented and enjoyed by all.
Mr. Walter Knott, our Guest Speaker, gave a most interesting dis-
cussion on how his now famous "Knott's Betty Farm had its begin-
ning back in 1920 when he, his wife and three children arrived at
Buena Park in a "Model T" with all their possessions. After farming
leased land for seven years, they purchased it. But then came the de-
pression years. To overcome the low price of berrys, they started
making jams and pies to sell at their roadside stand. That didn't bring
any profits, so they started selling coffee to go with their pies. Next
came Mrs. Knott's chicken dinners and from that day on the Farm
has progressed to its TODAY success.
The Knott's started their original "Ghost Town" very small then
they developed the: goldmine, railroad, cable cars, etc, on to their
most recent addition "Independence Hall." Mr. Knott described how
they went about acquiring these attractions, or in some cases how he
insured that reproductions were identical replicas of the originals.
Throughout, Mr. Knott emphasized that this progress was made through
the free enterprise system our American Heritage! At the conclu-
slion, Mr. Knott introduced his wife, Mrs. Cordelia Knott and she re-
ceived a standing ovation.
The Outgoing Vice President, Betty Smith, then introduced the
radio and television performers, "The Songsmiths", the talented team
of David Smith and Roy Ballard. They presented a very enjoyable
program of songs and skits all of which were warmly received. By
popular demand, they repeated their Calypso type song "Don Skylard
Wid Me" and once again it was a hit!
President Smith then presented Valter and Cordelia Knott a beau-
tiful Iplaque from the Panama Society of Los Angeles engraved "An
Award for entity and devotion to the American ideals and humanities."
In response to a unanimous request from the members, the President
then asked Mr. and Mrs. Knott to become Honorary Members of our
Society. For the finale the "Eddie Beal Singers" sang David Smith's
composition "Independence Hall." A very fitting and beautiful con-
clusion for such a wonderful program.
NEWS ITEM: As always, Annual Meetings are a source of news
- from those who attend and from the many notes we receive from
members whio cannot come. Board of Directors there Ducky and
Ruth Bryan, Tom and Ann Brennan, Martin and Virginia Seller all
at the Head Table. Mr. Otis Pritchett not well enough to attend. George
and Esther Cassell were to come with their neighbors, the Goolers,
but when Mrs. Gooler became very ill Sunday morning, they had to
call off the trip. Some of our "old timers" there were: Mr. William
Frazee and daughter Betty Crowell; Catherine Walters and daughter,
Dolores Allen, Grace Cuthbertson, Chris and Ruth Simonsen, Goldie
and Larry Ridge, Capt. and Mrs. Carl Wanke, their sons Ronald and
George and their wives were there. An announcement was made dur-
ing lunch that Carol and Ethel would celebrate their 50th Wedding
Anniversary the following Wednesday, March 13th.
The Provost family Blanche and Eugene, daughter Lolita and her
husband, Dr. Joe Wilson and their son Bob. Rose Weischadel Snyder
and her daughter Rose Frauemhoffer. Charles and Norma Raymond
(Cristobal YMCA) brought their very pretty young lady granddaughter.
Not to be outdone by former Canal Pilots, Capt. and Mrs. How-
ard Smithies, Capt. and Mrs. Jack Hearn and Capt. and Mrs. Roy
Hearn we had NURSES many also with early days service.
Esther Campbell and her guest Emily Grier, also with early days
service. Carrie Clark, Mabel Dalton Andrews, and a new member, Lt.
Commander Mary Price.
LEISURE WORLD Seal Beach vs. Laguna Hills they always
end up with about even with the number of their members attending:
SEAL BEACH Joe and Bessie Welch brought Bessie's sister, Agner
Corres, visiting her from Brooklyn and, also Florence Moyer. Geneva
Shrapnel and her sister, Genella Bliss. Peter Shrapnel was not well
enough to attend. Helen Rhodes brought Dennis and Luella Mullane.
LAGUNA HILLS: Emmett and Adele Argo brought new members
Mary Butler Journeay and Mildred McMahon. Russell Brubaker (1919.
61). Arthur and Flo Berude, Katherine and Carl Hall and Joe and
Vera Irving were all there.
Seems like the Commissary Division was probably best represented
with former employees: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Barlow (1907-21), Mr.
MacGillivray (1914-36), his daughter Mary and her husband, Dr. C.
Mansel Keene, Esther Currier, her mother Henrietta Welch and Aunt
Clara Brosche, Esther Horine, Jerry and Inez Evans (1926-56), and
Barney and Fay Keegan. Mr. and Mrs. James Reccia (1945-62) had the
youngest guest. Brian Reccia, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reccia.
Also, their daughter Joanne and her husband, Gerald Mays. Joanne,
educated in the C. Z. then taught school there.
The Seilers entertained Emerson and Viola Fuller from Mesa,
Arizona. Nova Cain (1923-47) and her Mother, Louise Warwick came
all the way from Bakersfield. Ewing and Jane Journey, along with
Albert and Iris Day and Arch4e and Alice French made up the San
Diego group. "Vista, Calif." has new members Arthur and Ann Mans
Jones (1926-58 Elect. Div.). Bud and Berta (Hunter) Hazzard also
"Regulars" who always seem to make our events Dorothy
Hamlin, Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Lockwood, the M. L. Dodd's, Dr. and Mrs.
C. C. Clay, Harry and Mary Engelke, Mrs. Anna Tonneson and Jackie
Tonneson, Adelaide Ellis, Grace Brown, Dorothy Harrie, George and
Winifred Muller, Milton and Chubby Wright, Joe and Helen Kenway
and Conrad and Inga Didrickson from Twenty Nine Palms. Mr. and
Mrs. W. VanUnderwood and guests Mr. and Mrs. Russell Shafer and
Mrs. Cris Mitchell, Robert and Marjorie Miller from Sun City.
Many thanks to the Bauman Girls Kelly Adams and Rutht Yeild-
ing who assisted with the Name Tags and other "chores" including
gathering news for me to include in this letter. Paul and Mildred
Kline, always on hand and taking on some of our very important jobs
-- getting up the signs, etc. The entertainers, David Smith's partner,
Roy Ballard, arranging for the lunch, mikes, publicity, and many more
necessities ALL DESERVE credit for the success of this Annual
Lee Koperski was a surprise visitor just returning from Hawaii
and a visit with his daughter Janet and husband Bill Taylor who make
their home there.
I am afraid there were many more and if left out it is very uninten-
tional. I just couldn't get around to all. The Officers and Board of
Directors are all pleased that our meetings bring out so many members
and their friends. Especially so when we have attendance for all stages
of the Canal the real old timers, their children and grandchildren
- the 1930's and 1940'is groups those who lived there but a short.
time seems like no matter what stage you were a "player" there
is always someone to meet that has been there too. The many notes
received after the luncheon all ended with "see you at the picnic."
Helen Bolton's note said that Meade (P. C. Architect, 1916-49) had
been quite ill and in the hospital. He is at home now and Helen said
he has a wonderful spirit, never complains. Mr. F. G. Swanson, Tyler,
Texas sent a telegram of regrets which was read at the meeting. Others
- Leo Welling, Santa Barbara, Flora L. McLean Agnes and' Roy Reinke
sent notes and telephone calls brought thte following: Charles and Esther
Parker find it too hard to get to Buena Park; Ottis Pritchett was not
well, Helen Fogle said her husband David was also in the hospital but
doing very well now. Mr. and Mrs. Sangster Liebeler had planned to
attend until Naomi caught a cold.
Julia McKenzie has moved from Seal Beach to make her home
on the East Coast near her daughter. St. Petersburg has claimed two
of our members Erma C. Forbes and Elizabeth Taber.
Josephine Huff, Globe Arizona sent regrets and a recent newspaper
clipping relating a story that she was honored as Citizen of the month
and was a guest speaker at the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce break-
fast. A former nurse, she received the Roosevelt Medal for her service
on the Canal Zone from 1908-1912.
NEWS FROM and ABOUT
Thelma Reppe, sent this: "Hevig (Sundberg) Seedborg, Virginia
and Martin Seller, Mrs. Henry Wunsch (Dakota) and Thelma Reppe
recently enjoyed a 5-island vacation in Hawaii: it was to have been
6 islands, but rough channel conditions at Maui prevented their taking
a day trip to Lanai, the pineapple island owned by the Dole Corp. Dur-
ing their 2 day stay at Hilo, Hawaii, they saw an active volcano (Kila-
aua Crater), orchid gardens, beautiful countryside and the falls. On the
drive to Kona-Kailua they saw the Parker Ranch, one of the largest
cattle ranches in the world: and beautiful snow-capped Mauna Kea
and Mauna Loa, and learned that there is to be a snow-ski lodge built
at Mauna Kae Mountain! Saw and had lunch at the fabulous Mauna
Kea Beach Resort area developed by Laureance Rockefeller. At Kona-
Kailua they enjoyed a 3-day stay at the new Kona Hilton Hotel, at-
tended a luau and had many delightful excursions. Beautiful sunshine
everywhere except during their 3-day stay on Maui, but the rain
didn't stqp them. They rented a car, and saw most of the sights on
Maui. They felt that Molokai lived up to its name "the Friendly Isle"
- and are quite enthusiastic about the Polynesian atmosphere of the
I1tel Molokai, and the trip to the Lookout Point to see Father Damien's
Leper Colony. On Kauai, they enjoyed 3 delightful days at Hanalei
Plantation rented a car and saw most of the sights. While there they
enjoyed a first for all of them a helicopter ride along the majestic
NaPali Cliffs quite a thrill. Their last 3 busy days were spent in
Honolulu, at the Kahala Hilton Hotel: last minute shopping, and many
other activities. Their last night on Oahu was spent visiting the Poly-
nesian Culture Center (operated by the Mormon Church and college
nearby at Laie) a spectacular ending to a wonderful vacation."
Jane and Ewing Journey, who lived in Sunland, California for quite
a few years sent this:
"Any present or former Canal Employees anticipating retirement
and coming to the U. S. or already up here and want a lovely place
to live, and not purchase a home, will d'o well to look into (for adults
only) LEISURE LIFE VILLAGE, UNIVERSITY CITY, 4633 GOVER-
NOR DRIVE, SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 92122. We are delighted with
our new home."
"Mary M. Hall, who lived many years in the Canal Zone, and Mother
of Jane Journey and Norine Hall Kaufer has moved to: Kearny Mesa
Convalescent and Nursing Home at 7675 Family Circle Drive, San
Diego, California 92111, to be near us. We would love to hear from
any of her friends."
"Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Kaufer from San Jone, California visited
Ewing and Jane Journey at Leisure Life Village and also visited No-
rine's Mother recently."
Mr. Thomas McGinn of Santa Barbara celebrated his 75th birth.
day on March 17th. Edith McGinn celebrated a birthday around that
time also. Three of their four sons were on hand to mark the occasion
with dinner at the home of Bunny and Arden in Camarillo, along with
their two children; Charles and Jean (Whdte) McGinn and their five
children from Torrance; Bill and Pat McGinn from Palos Verdes.
Only Noel and his family were missing he is in the East andi was
unable to attend.
Mrs. Susan (Taylor) Pitney and three children, Clarke, 4%, Layne
Catherine, 3, and Billy Taylor 1% years, visited her Mother, Mrs.
Catherine Schafer and Lt. Col. Schafer, and the children's great-grand-
father, William D: Taylor, in San Diego for the month of February.
Susan returned to her home, Rue Farhat Hached, Gammarth, Tu-
nisia, on March 6th. Her husband, Lou, is Territorial Manager for John
Deere Company in Morocco, Algeria, Tunis, Libya and Egypt.
Before she left California, Sue was able to visit with PFC Michael
W. Taylor, who was in San Diego for two weeks prior to joining Hq.
Field Force in Viet Nam. He is with a Field Artillery Unit.
Mrs. Emmett Zemer of the Canal Zone was the houseguest of Mrs.
Dorothy Hamlin in March. Mrs. S. Everett of St. Petersburg, Fla. is
visiting Mrs. Hamlin at this writing. During Mrs. Everett's stay she
and Mrs. Hamlin journeyed North for a short visit with the A. F. Yoders
of Los Altos. Also went to Oakland and called on Mr. and Mrs. Verne
Mitchell. Mrs. Everett has been a guest at several gatherings and has
spent some time with relatives in Sherman Oaks, Calif. She will return
to Florida in May.
Mrs. Hamlin will leave to visit her daughter Janie and family in
Connecticut the first week in July. She plans to go South to visit other
Herb Barlow was proudly showing all at the lunch his 50 YEAR
PIN he had just received from the Ancon, Canal Zone Lodge. Congratu-
A note from Mary Butler Journeay, relating how nice our meeting
was and how much fun seeing friends and acquaintances again. She is
enjoying her new home at Lagun Hills Leisure World even amid the
frustrations of moving, gathering her "stuff" from Iowa and the Canal
Zone. Mil McMahon lives about four blocks from Mary and is also busy
furnishing her new apartment.
Our first 1968 PICNIC will be held JUNE 23rd (to miss graduations
and also Fathers' Day. This time we hope it will be held in the Glendale/
Burbank area. Directions will be mailed out to all members in ample
time. VISITORS to Southern California-TRY to be in the area and
save the 4th SUNDAY JUNE 23rd to attend the picnic. Contact one
of our Officers or a member to get directions and/or transportation.
I want to take this opportunity to say THANKS for the many letters,
notes, etc., about my Queen Mary Trip story so glad it didn't bore
you. I have some copies left over if anyone desires one, just let me
SSEE YOU JUNE 23rd AT THE PICNIC.
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95S0 La Tijera Blvd.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST
Spring is liere! How do I know? The rains have brought forth the
tender new leaves on the trees, the grass is green again, men and women
are digging in the softened soil and a rainbow of lovely colors in the
early flowers and shrubs that bloom only in the Spring. Best of all, the
renewal of Hope that springs Eternal in the human breast that Man,
like the Prodigal Son, will come to himself and return to the obedience
of the Universal Natural Law of "Love Thy Neighbor" or more simply-
"The Golden Rule."
The first three months of this year have been interesting and un-
usual for many of us. A 14-inch snowfall surprised every one-even the
weather forecaster--closed down the University of Arkansas for the
first time in it's long tenure. Adults enjoyed the beauty and children
hauled out antique or improved sleds, for such a deep snow here is
really something to talk about. As for the attire of those who dared to
venture out and who love to create humor, the appearance of a tall
young man in a long Buffalo fur coat, once owned by his Great Grand-
iather in Maine, must have been a sight to behold-our son Ray from
the Tropics. Don't let that give you a wrong impression of our Ozarks
in Winter-for all previous records were broken.
Your reporter and Husband Newell missed all this fun but enjoyed
the beauty of the 1-inch Blizzard in El Paso, Texas while guests of
Brig. Gen. and Mrs. James A. Wier (Alice Ray). Naturally your reporter
went looking for former Canal Zonites.
For 50 years (1918) I have been hearing about "Bert's Brother
Fred," at that time a student in the Texas School of Mines, now known
as the Univ. of Texas, El Paso (U-TEP). After graduation, Fred went
into Mexico and I heard of his ventures, his promotions, his marriage
to "Jo", his success as an authority of the different minerals brought
out of the Mines and then in February, 1968, we met Fred Whiston
Bailey and his petite Jo, now retired in El Paso. Fred is the big brother
of Albert Bailey of Huntington Valley, Pa. We were guests to a real
Mexican meal and privileged' to see many rare and valuable specimens
of their many years spent in Mexico.
Returning from a Skiing trip to Sierra Blanca Mountains in New
Mexico we stopped long enough to say "Hello and Good-bye" to Gladys
Kimbro Knox in Ruidoso. We missed seeing Rowland who had' gone to
El Paso for a physical check-up which was so good he stayed to celebrate.
The few minutes with Gladys revealed the usual retired life of an active
person-teaching, busy in Church and Fraternal organizations which
accounts for her happy and healthy appearance.
Another vivacious personality we met was the former Betty Moore
who spent twenty-one years (1925 to 1946) teaching Latin, French and
Spanish Languages in Cristobal (Panama Canal) High School. In 1946
she married Col. William H. Sweet at that time Atlantic Sector Com-
mander. In June 1946 she and her husband made a two month's auto
trip of the United States following which they were stationed at Portland,
Oregon where Col. Sweet was in charge of the organized Reserve Corps
of the State of Oregon. In 1947 they were stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas,
where Col. Sweet retired from active Military service on October 31,
1947. They developed a fondness for El Paso and have continued to make
their home there except for one year in Honolulu and two and one-half
years in San Diego, California. Mrs. Sweet is now retired after teaching
twelve years in the El Paso School System. Col and Mrs. Sweet took us
on a thrilling sightseeing trip to the famous and wealthy Coronado sec-
tion of El Paso where fabulous homes are built "On the Rim"-I hope
they never have a flash flood in that section. Their lovely home over-
looks the spot where Texas, New Mexico and Old Mexico join.
Then we located Mary Alice (Dood) Thomas whose husband, the late
Robert Thoms of Gatun, her son, Robert, Jr., and a daughter Mary Grace
(Honie) had all attended the Cristobal High School and now live in El
Paso. Alice Ray Wier arranged a "get-together" one Sunday evening,
year books of the ZONIAN and the CARIBBEAN were produced and
a hilarious evening was enjoyed by a former teacher and pupils, as
they told' of "School Days" in C.H.S. and B.H.S. Fred Whiston Bailey
was a 1915 graduate of Balboa High School and would like to hear from
classmates. His address is 709 Baltimore Drive, El Paso, Texas 79902.
Another interesting incident was the meeting of two Ham Operators
from 'way Back. Some 25 years ago, Newell Shaw in Pedro Miguel with
call letters KZ5AK used to "Ham" with H. C. deYampert with call
letters W5JIF (Just In Fun) who described his location as El Paso
"where the Rio Grande was a mile wide and a foot deep." What they
said I'll never know for HAMS talk a different language.
There may be other former Canal Zone residents in El Paso, Texas
.but they are few and far between. We made several trips to Juarez,
Mexico, visiting the Old Time Market Place, the Glass factories to
watch the Glass blowers produce everything from the sublime, Angels,
to the ridiculous. Clowns. Fascinating and could be expensive if you
bought all you would like to have. We spent a delightful evening at the
Hippodrome, covered, air conditioned, delicious meals served as you
watch-and bet, if so inclined-the dog or horse races. Our stay of six
weeks passed too quickly but afforded a complete recovery from Newell's
serious illness of New Years' Eve.
Returning home April 2nd, we found the Hallin young folk, David,
a Senior at the University and Elizabeth, a sophomore, deep in the
activities of the Uarkettes, a carefully selected group of musical student
entertainers, (vocal and instrumental) traveling to many places both
in our own State and surrounding area, known as the Magic Empire.
Tuth Daniel, efficient President of our local NARCE Chapter and officer
in many organizations still "on the job" in spite of repeated spells of
Flu. The Ray Shaw (Barbara) family busy with home and school pro-
jects. The Walter Reifs (Martha) enjoyed a respite from the Adult Center
activities when smoke and water damage from a flash fire in the Car-
punter Shop next door closed the Center for six weeks. We opened with
a Covered Dish Dinner and a fine group of Civic leaders in attendance.
Two mothers conspired a "Sewing Bee" for Judy (Crooks) and
Chuck Dailey in Austin, Texas. Minnie Brown Burton made a fast trip
to see her mother, Nannie I. Brown and all the rest of that fine Pioneer
Canal Zone family now living down in Houston. Minnie reports that her
son Robert Crooks' wife has joined him in Ft. Gulick, Canal Zone. Bob
teaches Jungle Warfare.
The Glynn Terrells of Bentonville arranged a News-gathering Party
for me-a rainy day so only the close neighbors appeared. Here's the
news: The Ernest Williams were in Little Rock attending a State Con-
vention of the Grand Commandery of Knight Templars. Carl and Helen
Newhard were hosts to Peter Butz during his Trimester break from
Oklahoma State Tech College in Okmulgee, Okla. Peter is the son of
Harry and Lenor Butz of Margarita, Canal Zone. The Fred Newhards
(Jessie) report a happy reunion with the family of Dr. Omar Franklin
(Ann Newhard) in February. The Franklins are now in Visalia, Calif.
where Dr. Franklin is establishing a medical practice. Glynn and Etta
Faye Terrell had just said "Good-bye" to their daughter Andrea and a
friend who had been visiting for several days. Andrea is still a nurse
at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans.
Lynn and Maude Cook of Villa Taboga, Rogers, took a trip South to
sec the blooming of the beautiful Azaleas and spend Easter with Lynn,
Jr. and family in Jackson, Miss. On their way South they stopped to see
Winrock Farms in Petit Jean State Park. No news either about nor
from the "Red" Nails of Rogers, so we assume they are well. We
'phoned Carrie Mathues in Springdale and found she had tumbled into
the snow and is still nursing a sore knee-no bones broken for which
we are thankful.
Howard and Evelyn Engelke of Balboa are guests of George and
Edith Engelke, who have such a wonderful convenient "company" house
that many Canal Zone friends and members of the large Engelke Clan
all go right io their home and that is where the Howard Engelkes are
now. They are on the first lap of a Stateside vacation, which will include
California, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and on to Boston, Mass. for the gradu-
ation of their .on Bill from College in that Historic Town. While here
they visit with Mother Engelke every day, who is a resident of Gravette
Manor, just a few miles from Bentonville. Bob and Connie Engelke are
"down on the Zone" visiting their daughter, Mrs. H. Edw. May, Jr. and
her family, also the Bob Engelkes, Jr., and their children. Ever gracious
Alice and Herbert Engelke report a trip to New Orleans in February
to meet their daughter, Mary Alice (Mrs. B. J. Williford' of Margarita)
who spent six weeks vacation with them. While in New Orleans they
enjoyed several days of Mardi G'ras parades and plenty of Seafood be-
fore returning to Bentonville. Their older daughter, Marguerite, (Mrs.
H. D. Grammer of Scottdale, Ariz.) and two daughters, Tracee and
Leslie flew in and had a wonderful family reunion of three weeks. They
are now expecting Alice's cousin, the former Ruth Reynolds who lived
in Balboa until 1929, with her husband Leon Drake for a ten day visit.
The Drakes live in Dalton, Mass. That is where Claire Ogden, formerly
Director of the Episcopal Church Orphanage in Bella Vista r turned
to live after retirement. What a happy hour of fellowship when we,
Malcolm Little, Helen Newhard, Alice Engelke, and Newell Shaw real-
ized they were all from Massachusetts. ("We celebrated our 50th anni-
versary by taking a trip to Little Rock." signed "Edith and George"
is all I know of that fine couple's wonderful event).
Bright and happy Peggy Ellis of Houston was a recent visitor in
the home of her sister and brother-in-law, W. F. and Lucy Thomas who
live on Mt. Sequoyah. Their daughter, Elizabeth was once employed on
President Burton reminds y'all of our Picnic, Sunday, June 16th.
Hwy 112 at Agri Park-lunch at 1 p. m. Good food, congenial fellowship.
happy memories combine to brighten the eyes and bring out the smiles.
('rme join us.
Blanche E. Shaw.
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
Mrs. Cicely Knibb Allen, 4221 Coliseum Street; New Orleants, proudly
writes that her grandson, Sgt. Charles Cooper, a career soldier, -hia
returned to Vietnam for the third time at his own request. He is 'ot
married and hopes to take the place of a married soldier as well as
help the young soldiers who have just arrived. Mrs. Allen is looking
forward to the arrival of her daughter, son-in-law and' their three dogs
from California. In July, her son and his family are expected from
Fort Lee, Virginia, for a few days when homemade blackberry dumplings
will hopefully be a daily fare for a delighted grandson.
Mrs. L. F. (Edith) Bailey, 390 West Avenue, Harahan, was fortunate
enough to secure a few of the famous Mardi Gras doubloons from her
son, Earl, who is a member of the Krewe of Endymion. Their parade
was held at 6:30 p.m., on February 24, had a total of 17 floats (Earl
rode on Float 13), was fully covered on television, and, after winding
its way through the crowded New Orleans business district and French
Quarter, ended up at the Municipal Auditorium for an elegant Supper
dance. "Highlights of the Silver Screen" was the theme of their parade
and the doubloons appropriately depicted Clark Gable. Mardi Gras is
indeed "the greatest free show on earth" in "the city that care forgot."
Mrs. Bailey will be 78 years old on June 11 and her oldest brother, who
recently recovered from cataract surgery, will be 87 in December.
Dennis C. Deming, Box 22547, University Station, Baton Rouge, was
recently chosen Distinguished Military Student at La. State UniverSity.
This is the highest honor attainable in the Army ROTC and Dennis,
son of Judge and Mrs. John E. Deming, Balboa, was one of the seven
students so honored. Dennis will graduate in August with a bachelor'.s
degree in business administration, majoring in transportation. He is a
member and training officer of the Bengal Raiders, an organization
that train guerilla and anti-guerilla tactics, and has also received the
Minute Man Award and the Henry L. Desioner Tactics Award. The-Dis-
tinguished Military Student must possess outstanding qualities of lead-
ership and high moral character. A cadet who receives the DMS must
have demonstrated initiative and leadership capacities through his
participation and achievements in campus and civic activities. Dennis
was a 1964 graduate of Balboa High School and tentatively 'plans a
Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Dinkgreve are now living in Metaire at
5105 Elmwood Parkway with their daughter. Sylvia, who graduated
from Cristobal High School in 1954 and from Touro Infirmary School of
Nursing in 1957. Sylvia is married to Lloyd J. Stonicher and they have
two sons and a daughter. Mr. Dinkgreve retired from the Panama Canal
Company in December after thirty years' service, the last 17 of which
were spent on the Atlantic Side with the Electrical Division. Upon re-
tirement, he received a Superior Service Certificate, with a check for
$150 in recognition of his achievements while in the employment of the
Canal. Mrs. Dinkgreve is the former Via Mae Demuth, who graduated
from Balboa High School in 1931. The Dinkgreves recently enjoyed
visits from George and Edna Wertz, formerly of Margarita and the
Electrical Division (who now have their trailer in storage in New Or-
leans and are visiting in the Zone for an indefinite time); from Herbert
and Alice Engelke of Bentonville, Arkansas, formerly of Margarita and
the Industrial Division, along with their daughter, Mary Alice Williford
of Margarita; and from the Donald R. Braytons of Margarita and the
Railroad Division. The Wertez, Engelkes, Mary Alice and the Braytons
thoroughly enjoyed some of the Mardi Gras parades this year. The
Dinkgreves also shared a telephone visit recently with the Austin Salters
of Margarita and the Electrical Division.
Daniel H. George, son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis H. George of Gatun,
has been awarded the Phillips Petroleum Company Scholarship in elec-
trical engineering at La. State University in Baton Rouge for being the
"electrical engineering senior displaying the most exemplary leadership
and scholarship." Danny received the $100 award for the spring semester.
He is a graduate of Cristobal Highb School and attended the Canal Zone
College before enrolling at LSU. Guest speaker at the annual spring,
presentation was James Wood, a representative of the International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Washington, D. C. He discussed the
trends of unionism. The banquet was held April 20 by the LSU Chapter
of Eta Kappa Nu, national honorary electrical engineering society, of
which Danny is outgoing vice-president. Other recent honors for Danny,
who graduated from LSU on May 25, include presentation by the LSU
Alumni Federation of a Certificate of Merit for "outstanding and merit-
orious achievement as a student at LSU" and' the Hamilton Watch Com-
pany Award of a gold electric wristwatch which was engraved and pre-
presented in May. On April 14 (Easter), the Georges were hosts to
Beverly and Bill Kendrick and their daughter, Kim Marie, of 2217 Lyndall
Drive, Chalmette. Then, on April 15 and 16, the Georges enjoyed a visit
from Jean and Malcolm Stone and their daughter, Lynn, of Gamboa,
who were enroute to the boat in New Orleans following a vacation in
Mrs. Mattie B. Harris. 2535 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, en-
joyed a recent visit from her daughter, Mrs. Nathan (Carolyn Harris)
Pitcairn, and granddaughter, Sally, whp make their home at 8131 Calle
del Cielo, La Jolla, California. While in New Orleans, they also visited
Mrs. Pitcairn's brother, the Spencer B. Harris family at 1216 Neyrey
Drive, Metaire. Both Carolyn and Spencer were born in Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Harris was a resident on the Zone from 1906 to 1922. She also
reports the death of her sister, Mrs. Henry C. Tooley in Houston on
November 22. Besides Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Tooley is survived by her
husband and two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Sarah Jean) Jones of Tulsa
and Mrs. Wayne (Elizabeth) Andrews of Houston. Another sister, the
late Mrs. J. L. Wise was, with her husband, a missionary on the Zone
from 1905 to 1917.
James V. McGimsey is presently residing at the Stanton Manor,
1224 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans. Now at the wise and wonderful
age of 91, he has given, up the exhausting burden and responsibilities
of housekeeping in Venice, Florida, and moved to New Orleans to take
it easy and be near relatives and friends.
Mrs. Hugh C. Turner, formerly of 3537 Ridgeway Drive, Metaire,
died of cancer on April 8 at Ochsner Foundation Hospital, New Orleans.
Interment was in Hattiesburg, Miss. on April 10. She is survived by her
husband who extends special thanks to the Houston Society for sending
flowers and cards. More information is not now available.
David R. Warren, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Warren, Balboa, is
among twelve Tulane University students who are studying this year
in Spain as members of the Tulane-Newcomb College Junior Year
Abroad Program. Davis is a student at the University of Madrid. His
classes there terminate in June and he will return to his senior year at
Tulane in September. David is currently classified as a junior student
at Tulane in New Orleans with a double major in Spanish and Latin
American studies. He has been named to the Honor Roll for three years.
SMr: and Mrs. William B. Wray, 1729 Diane Drive, Marrero, write
that they spent the weekend of April 7 in Galveston, Texas, with the
Sam Wilsons, former Zone residents. Since vacation time is almost here.
they hope to see many old Zone friends as they pass through Louisiana.
Their -son, Bill, was graduated from Cristobal High School and is now a
student at, La. Technical College studying IBM programming. Although
the Wra-ys have no definite summer vacation plans as yet, Mrs. Wray
does plan fo fly .to New York State in May to visit her family.
Mrs. William R. (Beverly George) Kendrick, Jr., 2217 Lyndel Drive.
Chalmette, dashed off several interesting last-minute items for us. Miss
Betty Jane Reif, 2906 Prytania, New Orleans, and daughter of the
Gordon C. Reifs of Margarita, returned to Fort Lauderdale in May with
her roommate, Marthia. Ronnie Riefkohl, son of Dr. Frank E. Riefkohl,
Chief, Professional Services, Coco Solo Hospital, has been accepted to
the Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans. Miss Gloria
LeLaidier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jules A. LeLaidier, Coco Solo, who
is attending Loyola University this year, will transfer to Charity Hos-
pital, New Orleans, next year. Miss Sally Eisen spent a weekend in
March with Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick and their daughter, Kim Marie, and
returned' to Houston where she is studying toward a Master's degree
in social welfare with a psychology major. Miss Leslie Berger, 835
Bourbon Street, New Orleans. is planning a trip to the Virgin Islands
this summer and hopes to visit with Marie Blakely, who lives there now.
Patt Foster Roberson
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NEWS
Recent visitors to the West Coast were Dr. and Mrs. I. J. Strumpf.
While in the Saratoga area they visited with Bill and Ruth Brown. Also
visiting With the Browns recently were Don and Jo Zeese whp were stay-
ing with their daughter's family (Shirley Walsh) In Saratoga.
. Harold and Ruth Duncan traveled to the East Coast, returning home
a' little earlier than planned. Harold entered the Alexian Brothers Hos-
pital where 1ee had cataract surgery on both eyes and at last report is
Alice Bryan of Santa Rosa has been confined to the hospital but is
now home and much better.
Karen (Wanke) Johnson flew to Louisiana in April to join her hus-
band Dennis, who was completing his advanced infantry training. They
visited in Houston and Las Vegas before returning home. Dennis leaves
for Viet Nam in May for a year's tour of duty.
Panama Canal Society of Northern California will be having their
annual summer picnic on June 23, 1968, at Huddart Park, Werder
Shelter. This park is one of the San Mateo Parks chain and is entered
in the Woodside area, above Palo Alto. The time is from 11 a.m. to 3 or
NEWS FROM ORLANDO-WINTER PARK
Ruth and Dick Taylor, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, spent several weeks
as guests of Mrs. G. Edgar Muhphy, Winter Park, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Jones of Balboa Heights, C.Z. were guests of
Mrs. Walter Cope and Miss Frances Clary.
Mrs. Edward Levy and Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos of Orlando
attended the Florida State Convention of NARCE in Key West, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Treadwell made a motor trip to Chattanooga,
Tenn. and later to the Hemisfair, San Antonio, Texas.
Lt. Col. Robert Erbe, son of Mrs. E. A. Erbe has returned from a
year's tour of duty in Viet Nam and is now stationed in Heidelburg,
Mr. Herbert Judson is recuperating in their apartment at Lucerne
Towers, after being a patient in Orange Memorial Hospital, Orlando.
Donald' Judson came from the Zone for a visit with his parents..
Mrs. R. A. Wilhite is doing well after having the surgical pin re-
moved from her hip.
Vern Calloway was a patient in Winter Park Memorial Hospital
recovering from a spinal injury.
NEWS FROM SPACE CITY, U.S.A.
THE HOME OF ASTROWORLD!
The April showers have come to Houston and the azaleas and dog-
wood blooms have come and gone and we are now anxiously awaiting
the opening of the new entertainment center for kids of all ages -
ASTROWORLD. Like Disneyland and Six Flags. Houstonians are ex-
pecting crowds of tourists this summer to visit this extravaganza. We
ex-Canal folks will be among the first in line!
Mrs. Peggy Ellis had a wonderful three-week vacation starting the
29th of March. In Dallas she visited with Mrs. Beatrice Fernandez and
her son and daughtter-in-law, Jimmy and Dora Fernandez; Mrs. Lisa
Daniels and her son Bob; Mrs. Don (Mildred) Smith and her daughter,
Judy Krough. She visited relatives in Tulsa and then went to Omaha to
visit with her daughter Joan's family. Joan's husband is off for Thailand
soon and Joan and her two teenage sons will visit Peggy in Houston
while he is gone. Returning via Arkansas she visited the Shaws whose
son Roy after spending a year's professorship at the University of
Arkansas is returning to the Canal Zone. Stopped by to see Walter and
Martha Reif and also stopped to visit friends in Texarkana before re-
turning home to Houston.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hicks are spending a couple of weeks in Bridge
City with their daughter, Mary Alice, and her family. Mary Alice's
husband is singing in the Crusade in California for two weeks. Mr. and
Mrs. Hicks expect to spend a few days in Houston visiting friends before
Miss Doris Jean Fincher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alton R. Fincher
and Mr. Grant Vermillion of Lansing, Michigan, exchanged wedding
vows at the home of her parents on March 23, 1968. Doris and Grant
plan to make their home here in Bellaire, Texas.
Mr. David Levy enroute to New York and Washington on business
stopped off for a short visit with his mother, Mrs. Nathan Levy. Mrs.
Levy is nursing bruises received when she fell off her back steps. We
are happy to report she is doing well.
Mrs. Carl (Pauline) Yarbo had as her guests during April, Mrs.
Cora Tucker of Tucker, Georgia and Mrs. Walter (Babbette) Solo of
Helena, Montana. They are enjoying their visit and seeing their many
On April 27, Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Dill entertained the Houston
Club at their home outside of Cleveland, Texas. Mr. Dill was on the
Zone during construction days. About 40 people attended the outing and
a good time was had by all. A short meeting was held after lunch and
it was decided that our Club should be more active and to start things
rolling a newsletter was planned which would be mailed to all members
periodically to keep them up-to-date on visitors and events.
Mr. Lew Souder, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Souder, is expected to
return from a two-year assignment in Germany for Texaco, Inc. in
mid-May. After spending four or five weeks vacation with his family
here in Houston he will once again be assigned to Texaco's New York
office. We are hoping he will return in time to attend the high school
graduation of his niece.
Bill and Rae McDougall's daughter, Helen Anne, just returned from
a fabulous week's vacation in Mexico City and Acapulco. 56 senior girls
of her drill squad in high school went on the trip and they thoroughly
enjoyed every minute of it-sunburn and all!
It is with a note of sadness that we report that Mrs. Lettie Schnake
is seriously ill in the hospital in Dickinson, Texas. She suffered a stroke
which has confined her to bed and I am sure she would appreciate
hearing from her many friends of her Pedro Miguel days. Her address
is: Mrs. Edward W. Schnake, 1518 Pinecrest, Dickinson, Texas 77539.
It is with great sadness we report the passing of a very dear friend,
Mrs. Hugh C. (Bertha) Turner in Metaire, Louisiana. She had been ill
for quite a long time and our deepest sympathy goes to Hugh. Mr.
Turner was recuperating from a heart condition at the time of Bertha's
death and our prayers for a speedy recovery are with him.
Mrs. Florence M. Souder (Mrs. Harry L.), who lived in the Canal
Zone from construction days until her husband's retirement died on
Saturday, April 27 in Baltimore, Maryland. Mrs. Souder celebrated her
97th birthday on April 9. She is survived by her sons Lew of Houston,
Herb of Connecticut, Bob of Baltimore and Bill and Ray, as well as
many grandchildren and' great grandchildren. Funeral services were
held in Baltimore and burial in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Now that the sun is shining over our fair city we are hoping that all
of us can get together a little more often during the summer months.
Those of you on vacation or intending to take a vacation remember
Houston offers many things-beautiful beaches at Galveston, a 45 minute
ride away; the major league baseball in the Astrodome, a beautiful zoo;
a much raved about museum of fine arts and now the new ASTRO-
WORLD. Come and visit-the welcome mat of our great city is always
Until the next edition when we hope we can bring more news your
way we will say ADIOS Hasta luego!
Rae McDougall, Secretary
NEW YORK SOCIETY
The New York Society of the Panama Canal held its 44th Annual
Reunion on Saturday, May 4th, with a Luncheon at the Brass Rail
Restaurant, 521 5th Avenue, New York City. President, Ralph H.
After a standing toast to "The President of the United States" Col.
Sartor welcomed the ladies present, also the new Members who were
present for the first time. A very pleasant "refreshment hour" was
spent before the Luncheon in reminiscence of days of old, on the Isthmus.
At the conclusion of the Luncheon, Col. Sartor expressed his appre-
ciation and welcome to the oldtimers who had traveled considerable
distance to be with us, especially Fred Swanson from Tyler, Texas and
Donald MacIntyre from Madeira Beach, Florida. Interesting talks were
made by Colonel Goethals, Fred Swanson, Dr. Salisbury and William
The Secretary read letters received by him, and commented on
correspondence with several members of Congress in connection with
proposed New Treaties with the Republic of Panama. He urged mem-
bers of the Society to cooperate with the American Emergency Com-
mittee on the Panama Canal, in obtaining signatures on petitions, in
opposition to the Treaties. The Hon. Spruille Braden and the Hon.
CharTes Edison, are Co-Chairmen of the Committee. He also commended
fellow-member William McCauley for his activity in writing to various
Senators and Congressmen in opposition to the proposed Treaties.
The following were present at the Reunion: Mrs. Virginia Aranda,
N.Y. City; Mr. & Mrs. Harry Case, Trenton, N.J.; Mrs. Agnes Dalton,
Brooklyn, N.Y.; Maurice DePutron, Jersey City, N.J.; James E. Eason,
Wilton, Conn.; Fred Einermann and Fred Einermann, Jr, Ramsey, N.J.;
Mr.. & Mrs. John J. Fitzpatrick, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Col. George R. Goethals,
N.Y. City; John J. Hanson, Cranford, N.J.; Mr. & Mrs. Henry Hartwig,
Brooklyn, N.Y.; Miss Marguerite Herrick, N.Y. City; John Kiernan,
Rahway, N.J.; Ivor Jones and Ivor Jones, Jr., Glenside, Pa.; Mrs.
Harry Kersey, Trenton, N.J.; Miss Margueritta Mackey, Phila., Pa.;
Donald MacIntyre, Madeira Beach, Florida; Wm. McCauley, Bronx,
N.Y.; Edward A. Maltby, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Thomas J. Mooney, Brooklyn,
N.Y.; Eugene Owens, Media, Pa.; Manning E. & Arnold Rupp, Brooklyn,
N.Y.; William E. Russell, Bronxville, N.Y.; Dr. & Mrs. Edw. Salisbury,
Plandome, L.I., N.Y.; Ralph H. Sartor, Drum Point, St. Michaels, Md.;
Mrs. Betty Schweit, Bronx, N.Y.; Mrs Harry Speicher, Springfield, N.J.;
George Starr, Bronx, N.Y.; and Fred G. Swanson, Tyler, Texas.
Communications were received from the following who expressed
regrets that they could not be present and asked to be remembered to
those present. From Gov. Maurice H. Thatcher, Washington, D.C.;
William Kennedy, Miami Shores, Fla.; George McCullough, Birmingham,
Ala.; Pat Farrell, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Wm. Hearon, Staten Island, N.Y.; a
telegram from Floyd Freeman, Midland, Mich.; and a letter from Wm.
R. McCann of Hopewell, Va., which was read to the members, offering
to donate a Photo-Album containing pictures of Reunions of the New
York Society from 1925 to 1941 offer was accepted by members present
with deep appreciation.
It was with profound sorrow that the death of the following members,
during the past year, was announced.
E. C. Mackey at Philadelphia, Pa., January 1968
Albert Bailey at Huntington Valley, Pa., April 1968
Jessie Murdock of Ladies Aux. at Florida, February 1968.
For the year 1968, the following were elected:
President .......................... Ralph H. Sartor
Vice-President ............. Dr. Edward I. Salisbury
Secretary-Treasurer ............ John J. Fitzpatrick
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
William E. Russell
Maurice B. DePutron
James T. Eason
At the close of the Meeting, Col. Sartor thanked those present, with
the hope that we would all be present at our next Reunion.
John J. Fitzpatrick, Secretary-Treasurer
FT. LAUDERDALE SOCIETY
Newest addition to the Ft. Lauderdale group are Mr. and Mrs. Floyd
Buckley, who have purchased an apartment in the Coral Ridge group.
Mr. Buckley was formerly a teacher in the Pacific side schools., where
he taught chemistry. They came here from Connecticut.
Recently, they were the dinner guests ot the James Lyons, with the
Byrne Hutchings, James Hunters and Margaret Conners.
Ruth Gomez, formerly of Las Cumbres, and now of Mendon, Massa-
chusetts, was a visitor at the home of Barbara Hutchings. Needless to
say, two old friends together, talked and talked, and visited with many
of the folks Ruth knew in Panama and the Zone. We took a hurried trip
to St. Petersburg, and were the guests of Henry and Irene Donovan.
Ruth's time was spent visiting an aunt of hers who is in a home for the
aged in St. Petersburg. While there we attended a party given by the
Elmer Abbotts. On our return to Ft. Lauderdale we spent the night as
the guests of Gene and Lew Simpson in Naples.
Louis A. Gomez of the Chlase Bank, joined us and at a small party
he met many of the old cronies he knew in Panama. They left to visit
friends in other parts of Florida before returning to Washington, where
he reported to the State Department on his last jaunt to Santo Domingo.
B. V. Hutchings and his son Victor Hugo were week-end guests of the
Jimmy Hunters (his sister Amele) while Mrs. Hutchings is on a trip to
Bessie and Fred Baumback of Clearwater spent a few days as the
houseguests of Frank and Ann Cunningham.
Winston P. Abernathy of Miami is returning to make his home in the
Zone with his wife Lucille, who is with the Commissary Division in
Miss Margaret Conner, formerly of the Canal Zone and Hattiesburg,
Miss. has returned to Ft. Lauderdale is now occupying her new apart-
ment in the Coral Ridge Towers.
The many friends of Elizabeth Sudron of Balboa, who retired last
June, will be interested to know that she has returned from another of
jaunts around the world and is now permanently settled in San Antonio,
Texas, at 225 West Thorain Boulevard. She has visited Ft. Lauderdale
many times in the past.
Dr. and Mrs. Jack Strumpf had as their guests over the spring
holidays their daughter and son in law, Dorothy and Cesar Noble of
Plymouth, New Hampshire. They are both teachers at the Holderness
Early in April the Strumpfs flew to California, where they visited with
their son Jack in Los Angeles, and later took a trip to Mexico.
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
for Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I ........................................... hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose 4.00 as my ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
dues for the year .............. $2.00 of this amount is for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECORD for one year.
Street ............................. Box .............
Name (Wife) ........... .....................................................
Street ................................... ....................... Box ...............
City .................. ........... .......... ... .... State.......... Zip Code .........
D division Em played ...... ........ ......................... .......................
Recommended by ................................... ....................... .....
Approved by .................................... ................ Date .............
Amount enclosed $............................ Check ........ M.O......... Cash........
DUES $4.00 PER YEAR. Add 4ic to checks on Canal Zone banks
Michael and Selma (Skei) Klipper and their two year old son Lance,
were visitors at the home of his parents, Murray and Florence Klipper,
who reside at Lighthouse Point. Selma will be in St. Petersburg to at-
tend the wedding of her brother Chris to Tita Bain on June 1st.
Peggy Yerkes, flew to New York last month when news reached her
and David of the arrival of a baby daughter to the Junior David Yerkes.
On her return she met Dave and they visited at Hickory Hill Plantation,
John's Island, South Carolina with their old friends the J. Palmer Smiths.
On April 21st at Greynolds Park East, Margaret Hardy all by herself
managed to get together the Miami crowd, as well as many from Ft.
Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, for one of the picnics the Miami group
has been having for many years. There was a wonderful turn out,
among them the Prentice Abernathys, Ernie Angermuller, Allan and
Clara Wiggin, Alice Smith, Aron Hatch, Seidie Malumian, Jessie J.
Fortney, Frank Cunningham, the Fred Baumbachs, R. D. Melansons,
John and Marie Corrigan, Mahlon and Mary Davi, her sister and their
two daughters and son. Ed and Anna Japs, Eleanor D. Parker, Dot and
Roger Williams, Barbara Hutchings, Clarence and Laura True, William
and Rita Gribbons, George L. Cain, Fred N. Dahl, Robert E. Rogers,
Charles and' Margaret Hardy and the Murray Klippers.
Margaret announced that it was time for election of officers, and
after all the men, who were much too busy to take the helm, the follow-
ing officers volunteered to take over for the next year. For President,
Florence Klipper, Rita Gribbons, Vice President. and Marie Corrigan,
Secretary-Treasurer. Later in the afternoon we had a surprise visit
from two sisters of Jack Corigan, Mary and Kay. What a visit those
gals had with old, old friends from the Zone.
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 Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the year
..................... $2.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD
for one year. (Please return this bill with remittance).
N am e .........................................
Street .............................................. .............. B ox ...............
City ........................................ ......... State.......... Zip Code ..........
Dues for: 167 .......... : 1968......... : 1969 .......... : 1970.......... :1971..........
Amount Enclosed $.................. (Check)..........(M.O.)............ (Cash)........
Street ............................. ................... Box .............
City ................... .............................. State.......... Zip Code .........
Recorded: Date .............................. Card No. ........................
DUES $4.00 PER YEAR, JANUARY 1, 1968 to DECEMBER 37 FOLLOWING
Add 46c to checks on Canal Zone Banks
The next three meetings for the rest of the year will be on June 2nd;
August 1ltlh and October 13th.
Jack Hutchings of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a business visitor to
Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa, and managed to get a few good visits with
his mother, Barbara Hutchings and his sister Barbara Ann Slay.
Frank and Elsie Naughton, who were the house guests of the David
Yerkes have joined the Ft. Lauderdale clan, and bought an apartment
in the new Coral Ridge Towers building.
The Karrigers (Lee & Lilybel) are the house guests of Margaret
Buddy Williams of Balboa is a visitor to Lauderdale at the home of
his sister, and where his parents are living.
Earle and Kay Fidanque of Panama City, were visitors to Ft. Lauder-
dale, and guests at their favorite spot, Pier 66. Earle took a short
business trip north, and then they both returned home.
The Stanley Hamiltons, who are living in Mary Carter's home (Las
Cumbres) recently invited a group of friends for a Sunday night supper.
Among their guests were the James A. Brooks (A. & F. Agency) with
their son; Lloyd and Mildred Peterson and Barbara Hutchings. A de-
lightful evening was spent and it was decided to try and have these
gatherings once a month. On May 5th the Petersons had this same
crowd at their home.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
BLOOD BANK FUND
Florida Only Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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Address ............. ........... .................... .......... .... Box ........... ..
City ...... ............. ...................... State.......... Zip Code ..........
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Address ........................ ................ ................ Box ...............
City ................... .............. ................... State.......... Zip Code .........
Amount -nelosed .................. (Cheek).......... (M.O.).......... (Cash)........
Approved by ........... ...... ..... ................... Guard date .................
I)UE~: Adults 2.00 prz year. Children under S1 $1.00 per year.
Mrs. Joseph Van Geel of Cherry Hill, N.J., arrived by plane for a
week's visit with Jay and Harry Cain. Following her arrival she was
joined by Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Linker of Seminole who drove over for
a short visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Rod Ely were visitors at the home of Ruth and Dave
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Smith on vacation from the C. Z. visited
Elsie's mother, Mrs. Robert J. Neely; her brother-in-law and sisters.
Mike and Marion Greene, and Mildred Neely. They also visited their
son, the Reverend John R. Smith and family in Washington, D.C. and
their son-in-law and daughter, Ronald and Robbin Larson and young
son, Daniel, in Jacksonville.
Mrs. Earl C. Orr of Newton, N. C., was the house guest of Mike and
Marion Greene. A no-host covered dish dinner was held at the Greene
residence for Marge Orr, and Elsie and Rob Smith. Other out-of-town
guests were Bill and Beth Grady of Lakeland; Porter and Alena McHan,
St. Petersburg and Stan and Ella Specht of the C. Z., who have built a
new home in St. Petersburg.
Capt. Frank D. Gorman of Amityville, N.Y., former captain of the
S.S. CRISTOBAL who has been travelling in his camper, visited John
and Madge Hall and other friends in this area.
A variety of themes was used when members of the C. Z. Birthday
Club met for their monthly meetings.
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Nani. ....................... .I. ................... ............ I .....................
Street ....................... .................... Box .............
City ........................ ..... ................ State.......... Zip Code .........
Dues for: 1967 ..........: 1U a. ....... : 1969 .......... : 19;0.......... :1971..........
Amount Enclosed $..... ............ (Check).......... (M.O.).......... (Cash)........
N am e ...................................... .............................................
City ................................................ State.......... Zip Code .........
DUES; Adults $I.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
The chinese theme was carried out when Ramona (Tinsie) Barnes
hosted the club in February with a chop suey dinner. Fran Orvis, the
birthday girl, received her birthday money in an arrangement on a
Mildred Neely was the honored girl at the St. Patrick's luncheon
given by Ruth Stroop. Outof-town guests were Elsie Neely Smith and
Charlotta McGlade Lierman.
When Jay Cain entertained the club with an Easter party, members
and guests were asked to make a hat for the occasion. A variety of
ideas and materials were used including paper and fresh cut flowers,
funny papers, colored postcards of C.Z. flowers, plastic birdcage, news-
paper write-ups and headlines of birthday club meetings, lottery tickets
and a cotton Easter bunny. Ross Stroop Morse was the honoree. Guests
included Elsie Smith, Balboa; Lila Esler, St. Petersburg; Karen Timm
and daughter, Laura Jean, Hollywood and Genell Bliss of Cocoli.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain had a visit by Mr. and Mrs. John
Millard, who were returning to their home in Jefferson, Ohio following
several months' visit on the Canal Zone with their son-in-law and
daughter, Dave and Betty Marshall. They were met in Miami by Mr.
Millard's cousins, former C. Zers, George and Martha Hoffman.
Roger and Fran Orvis are looking forward to seeing their son, Capt.
James E. Orvis, his wife and four children, Kathi, Jimmy, Andy and
John Michael. Capt. Orvis has been on duty at Clark Air Force Base
in the Philippines. He is scheduled to return to the U. S., with his
family, in May. This will be Roger and Fran's first opportunity to be
come acquainted with their youngest grandson, nine-month old John
Mrs. Peter T. Corrigan, Jr. was installed as president of International
Stewardess Alumnae of Sarasota-Manatee County, at the April meeting.
Robert J. Knox is living with his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles P. Harrison. Robert, a Sergeant in the Army, serving in Viet
Nam, was recently discharged on completion of his military service. He
is the son of Robert and Dorothy Knox of Balboa and is following in his
father's footsteps, as he has just been employed by the Fruitville Fire
Department in Sarasota.
Lila and Z. K. Esler of St. Petersburg were week-end house guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Orvis.
Genell Bliss has returned to her home in Cocoli following an ex-
tended visit in California with her sister, Mrs. Peter F. Shrapnell, and in
Sarasota with her nieces, Gladys B. Humphrey and Ramona Barnes and
her husband, J. O. (Barney) Barnes. She also visited several days with
Mrs. Thelma Kruse of Sarasota and with Harry and Jackie Linker and
Mrs. Ada Farr of Seminole.
Vera and Raymond Hills left in May and plan to visit Harold and
Lottie Tinnin in Grand Cane, La. and drive to California before going
to their summer home in Camden, Maine.
Gladys B. Humphrey
MOSTLY THIS'N THAT
Did you know that in a 1914 Canal Record, Lion Hill, a small
island in Gatun Lake is said to have furnished more species of birds
than any locality in the Americas an estimated 900 species are to
be found within the limits of the C. Z. New classrooms for 1,100
more C. Z. students will be ready by Fall -- 8 million people watch
Captain Kangaroo on T.V. he and his crew have just finished
doing a film of a banana boat transiting the Panama Canal Ven-
ezuela, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the United States will be
linked by a direct telephone and telegraph service the Sea Level
Canal Support Dvision on the C. Z. is being phased out
Thanks to all who sent clippings and pictures, and to all reporters
for getting their copy in on time. Remember, it is up to the survivors
to get obituaries sent in.
Deadline for the September Record is August 1.
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33733
To make it possible to continue a high level of operating efficiency
at Gatun Locks during one-lane operation, with locks overhaul in pro-
gress, a 2,200-horsepower tug has been chartered to help move heavy
ship traffic in Cristobal Harbor and the Atlantic Canal area.
The tug the "Gulf Raider," is being operated on an 8-hour a day
schedule in connection with the regular Panama Canal Navigation Div-
vision tugs on the Atlantic side. It was chartered from the Gulf Missi-
ssippi Corp. of New Orleans.
Chartering of this tug for a 6-month period makes it possible to
assure full utilization of the one lane in service by enabling the Naviga-
tion Division to have ships tied up at the center wall at the chain ready
to be locked through, instead of losing valuable transit time while the
vessel makes its approach.
Although one lane of Gatun Locks was closed by overhaul most of
the month, a total of 1,284 ships of 300 Panama Canal net tons or more
were put through the waterway during March. This was the second
highest single month traffic total in history. The record was achieved in
July 1957, when there were 1,302 deep water ships during a 31-day period.
The daily average in July 1967 was 42 ships as compared with 41.4
ships in March but there were high level traffic marks during this last
month when the daily average was 44.5 ships. This occurred during the
last 14 days of the month.
In addition to lock overhaul and heavy traffic, Canal operations were
suspended entirely February 25-26 for a 16-hour period when the Canal
channel at Gaillard Cut was blocked by the sunken "Shozan Maru". In
order to take care of the backlog created by this incident, lock overhaul
was suspended for a few days and both lanes at Gatun were operated.
During this time a record number of 65 oceangoing ships and two
smaller vessels were brought through the Canal in a 24-hour period.
Another traffic build-up at the end of March was relieved over the
end of the week of March 29 when both lanes at Gatun were again open-
ed to traffic and a near record of 64 ships transited in 1 day.
Among the big customers during March and April were such ships
as the "Vitoria" and "Rinda," each measuring 848 feet in length and
105.9 feet in beam; the "San Juan Pioneer," with a length of 835 feet
and a beam of 106 feet, and the 800-foot long "Essi Gina."
Mr. A. N. Rhear, Tam-
pa, Fla. on his 84th
Mr. and Mrs Raymond
Hills. Sarasota, Fla.,
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer
Stetler, Kokomo, Ind.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross
Cunningham, St. Peters-
burg, Fla., and Mr. and
Mrs. W. C. Fritz, Button
Woods, R. I.
Mr. and Mrs. Chris
Mr. and Mrs. C. V.
Russell, Sarasota, Fla.
Jean Kieswetter Mann
and Lois Hallowell Jones
St. Petersburg, Fla.
(Plank Street gang).
Mr. and Mrs. Ross
Hallowell St. Peters-
burg, Fla., Mr. and Mrs.
Tom Coleman, Hender-
sonville, N. C.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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