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The Hon. Maurice Hudson Thatcher
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Bird's-Eye View of the Panama Canal, 1904-1905
The Honorable Maurice Hudson Thatcher
Administrator, Statesman, Conservationist, and Friend
"DEDICATED UNIVERSAL MAN"
The words of Theodore Roosevelt, "The only homage that
counts is the homage of deeds," exemplifies the life of a former
distinguished Zonian who celebrated his 100th Birthday on August
15, 1970 Governor Maurice H. Thatcher. Having lived for a
century would in itself justify a day of celebration, but longevity,
combined with an illustrious record of past and current "deeds,"
dating from 1892 when Maurice H. Thatcher became a Circuit
Court Clerk in Kentucky and began his study of law, to 1970,
warrants "HOMAGE" as interpreted by Roosevelt's statement.
Governor Thatcher has accumulated fifteen pens used by Presidents
of the United States from Mr. Coolidge to Mr. Nixon in the signing
into law enactments by Congress for which he was directly respons-
ible while serving in Congress and largely responsible for after
leaving Congress. He is a centenarian only by a count of years; in
sponsoring such legislation, his far-seeing vision and his dedication
to humanity give immortality to his "DEEDS."
Voluminous accounts have been written on his administrative,
legislative, and legal career; therefore, details of his enviable record
will be left to the research students who have abundant source
material newspapers, both in Panama and the United States,
books on the construction period of the Panama Canal, THE
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, WHO'S WHO IN AMERICA, and
eventually in the collection of his extensive official documents and
files, press and scrap books (estimated at more than 80 volumes)
which are currently being placed at the Scottish Rite Temple, 16th
and S Streets, N. W., Washington, D. C.
A majestic bridge across the Panama Canal bearing Governor
Thatcher's name was dedicated in 1962 on October 12 Columbus
Day, so named for a man who also had courage and vision in
sailing over uncharted seas, he opened the gate to a new world.
Symbolically, Governor Thatcher, as a humanitarian, has also
opened the doors for many unfortunates caught in the web of
man-made inequities. During his tenure on the Zone (1910-1913),
many social reforms were promulgated and the efficiency of all
civil departments increased. He himself stated (CONGRESSIONAL
RECORD, September 9, 1970), "In my efforts, I have always been
anxious to serve the 'underdogs' men and women, who, through
no fault of their own, are driven into want and need." His latest
effort in combatting unjust discrimination was his effective support
in the 91st Congress for beneficial legislation (HR-7517) for retired
alien employees of the Canal, chiefly West Indians and Panaman-
ians, to put them on equality with subsequent workers of the same
type who were covered by Civil Service years ago. President Nixon
in a note from The White House on August 5, 1970, wrote, "Dear
Governor Thatcher: Several days ago, HR-7517, a bill to provide
for increased payments for certain former employees of the Canal
Zone, came to my desk for signature. Since your term as Governor
of the Canal Zone covered the period in which the Panama Canal
was constructed, I know this legislation is of particular significance
to you. For this reason, I am pleased to send you the enclosed pens
to commemorate my signing this legislation." Governor Thatcher
sent one of the two pens to the Isthmus for Governor Leber to
present to these particular retirees and reserved the other to place
(the 15th) with other pens he had received in the past.
Today, 1970, conservation of our natural resources is becoming
daily headline news often with a pessimistic outlook on the
depletion of our natural resources. To Governor Thatcher, while in
Congress (1923-1933), protection of our nation's scenic, historic
and recreational resources became a life-long project. Today, he is
widely known as a conservationist in his effective services in
support of National Park systems and historic shrines. His most
recent conservation efforts have been directed toward the estab-
lishment of the Plymouth Rock National Memorial, embracing some
12 acres surrounding the famous landing place of the Pilgrims in
1620 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It is believed that legislation to
establish the Memorial, which has been introduced in the Senate
and the House, should shortly be enacted, due largely to Governor
Thatcher's efforts. All of his conservation achievements have been
carried on at his personal expense with no reimbursements. "The
National Park Service and the people of the nation have been most
fortunate to have this rare and devoted interest directed toward
preserving the intrinsic character of our rapidly vanishing land-
scape and history." (CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, September 9,
1970). In an industrial age, it is men like Governor Thatcher who
with unflagging enthusiasm seek to preserve what is precious to
As a diplomat, Governor Thatcher and Mrs. Thatcher formed
close ties of friendship with the leaders who brought about the
Panama Revolution in 1903. The Governor has been an avid believer
at all times in the principles of the Good Neighbor Policy. In the
course of his long career, he has received many honors, including
the highest civil orders of Panama, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
The Program of the Panama Canal Society of Washington,
D. C., at their annual meeting, August 15, 1970, commemorated the
56th Anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal and honored,
with a brilliant program, Governor Thatcher on his 100th birthday.
Many distinguished guests and a few old-time Canal builders were
present at this outstanding event.
The testimonials and awards for Governor Thatcher were many
and of exceptional character. Paul M. Runnestrand, Executive
Secretary, as the special representative of Governor Walter P.
Leber of the Canal Zone, flew to Washington and presented a
Certificate designating Governor Thatcher as Honorary Governor
of the Canal Zone, a lovely framed night picture of the Thatcher
Ferry Bridge, an album containing pictures relating to Governor
Thatcher's 60 years of service to the Panama Canal, special letters
from Governor Leber with reference to Governor Thatcher's public
service, a beautiful mola serving tray, a mounted pen and pencil
set, etc., and was advised he would later receive, when minted, the
first gold medallion under the recently created Panama Canal
Public Service Award.
Testimonials and awards followed from the General Society of
the Mayflower Descendants (Governor Thatcher has ancestral lines
tracing back to early colonial days and beyond which include Elder
William Brewster, one of the passengers on the Mayflower and the
spiritual leader of the Pilgrims), and congratulations and his com-
mission from the Governor of Kentucky as a "Kentucky Colonel."
Admiral Galloway announced that a history of the Gorgas Memorial
Institute and Laboratory, soon to be published, would be dedicated
to Governor Thatcher.
Informative addresses were given by Capt. Miles P. DuVal, Jr.,
on Maurice H. Thatcher, the Dedicated Universal Man; by Dudley
C. Bayliss on Conservationist Par Excellente; and the Panama
Canal and Historical Prelude by Professor Richard Bennett
In his response, Governor Thatcher expressed his deep appreci-
ation for the honors he had received and his gratitude "for the
opportunities that had come to him to render beneficial services
to the greatest industrial enterprise of the ages, the Panama Canal,
and its employees of every category, and the Isthmus of Panama...
"Man has great potentials, but he has far to go. On this small
planet, he has made great progress, and to science we owe much
indeed. The miracle of today becomes the commonplace of tomor-
row. The general condition, however, is at low tide; and we are
plagued with unmatched violence and confusion Order is
Heaven's first law, and must be Man's, if ever he achieves his
Through the centuries, the history of man has been in part
written in poetry. Governor Thatcher's contributions to humanity
have not been limited to material achievements. He has honored
and continues to honor, the Panama Canal, the Isthmian area, and
Kentucky with impressive writing in prose and verse, much of it
of universal character, which will be read for generations to come.
To the Governor, his avocation of writing poetry has been an
excellent form of relaxation, but he states, "I have given priority
always to my public duties of official nature, and to subjects of
humane and conservational character. As a result, I have never
found time to collate and publish a volume of verse; and if I am
ever to have any fame in this field, it will have to be of posthumous
Maurice H. Thatcher
The Years go by more swiftly than of Yore.
When Youth was prone to dally on Life's
As if this Mortal Round would never cease,
And Good might nought deny us of her
Where are the Stars we long have sought
And where the Selves we ever hoped to be?
Where are the dreamed-of rare and precious
And where our Passports for eternity?
Yet, when the Light shall wane within the
May we not count Ourselves as something
If, on the Whole, in Justice we can say,
Our All, tho Little, was and is OUR BEST?
Among the distinguished personages present at Governor
Thatcher's birthday party given by the Panama Canal Society of
Washington, D. C. were: Dr. Alexander Wetmore, former Secretary
of the Smithsonian Institution; Rear Adm. Calvin B. Galloway,
president of the Gorgas Institute of Tropical and Preventive Medi-
cine; Dr. Fred L. Soper, distinguished authority on tropical
diseases; Maj. Gen. Glen E. Edgerton, former Governor of the
Panama Canal; John F. Stevens II, former official of the Baltimore
& Ohio Railroad, and grandson of former Chairman and Chief
Engineer John F. Stevens of the Isthmian Canal Commission; Capt.
C. H. Schildhauer, former aviation executive, now vice chairman of
the John F. Stevens Hall of Fame Committee; Mrs. Ailene Gorgas
Wrightson, daughter of Maj. Gen. William C. Gorgas, the great
sanitarian of Cuba and Panama; Mrs. David Pierre Gaillard,
daughter-in-law of Col. D. D. Gaillard, after whom the famous
Culebra Cut was renamed as Gaillard Cut; Dr. Edward L. R. Elson,
pastor of the National Presbyterian Church and Chaplain of the
U. S. Senate (he gave the invocation) ; Paul M. Runnestrand, execu-
tive secretary of the Canal Zone Government; Dr. Francis G.
Wilson, author and political scientist; Ralph Townsend, author of
books on transpacific affairs and former instructor of journalism
at Columbia and Stanford Universities; Maj. Gen. Paul H. Streit,
former president of the Gorgas Memorial Institute; Comdr. Homer
Brett, Jr., historian general, Order of the Stars and Bars; and
John R. Whitney, deputy governor of the General Society of May-
In spirit I am young, tho watchful Time
Attests mine age. My urge and preference point
To many things both lowly and sublime
Meanwhile I hold myself in strict account -
And past a tether's length I may not go;
But in its slack I am sustained and free.
Of youth I keep enough to don and show
A vital front whatever odds there be.
These lines are writ beyond the ample date
Of years five score and Honor's rich outpour,
And those who read can judge; and speculate
On that to come by what has gone before.
My aims and goals inspire they're much the same
As those bygone as current toils proclaim.
AT THIS BLEST INTERVAL YOU HAVE MY WARM REGARDS
MAURICE H. THATCHER.
7ke Paanama &aal Scaei c4 1/;4vuda, knc.
(A Non-Profit Organizatiton)
To preserve Amerliin Ideals and C'anal Zone Frilendships
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and Record Editor
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EXECUTIVE 'COM 'IMITTEE
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Ross H. Hollowell
W. L. Howard
C. 3. Banar,
IMrs. Lucille S. Judd
W. D. Goodwin
N. A. Bissell
)Irs. 3Margaret M. Ward
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Vol. 4 DECEMBER, 1970 No. 5
As Congress has not been in session, at this time there is no
additional legislation to report. As many requests come in on
"Special Information for Survivors" information printed in the
December, 1969, RECORD is repeated. William F. Grady
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Claim Benefits under Civil Service Retirement Act &
Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Act
Return any uncashed annuity checks to the Division of Disburse-
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Notify the Bureau of Retirement, Insurance, and Occupational
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Benefits authorized by the Bureau of Ret. may also include auto-
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Mr. H. C. Freeman Cook (7/31)
Mr. Ernest L. Cotton (8/6)
Mrs. Ruth H. Elich (8/31)
Mr. Max W. Finley (7/31)
Mr. Ernest C. Flowers (8/13)
Miss Margaret R. Goulet (7/31)
Mr. Albert I. Hermanny (7/24)
Mr. John J. Hewitt (10/1)
Mr. James F. Hickman (7/31)
Mr. William E. Johnson (7/22)
Mr. Charles L. Miller (9/9)
Mr. Martin E. Mills (7/31)
Mrs. Margaret F. Morris (7/31)
Mr. Fred L. Raybourn (10/31)
Mr. Earl V. Romigh (9/18)
Mrs. Elizabeth W. Rowley (10/31)
Mr. David W. Sullivan (9/21)
Mr. Homer W. Watkins (7/16)
Division of Schools
Division of Schools
St. Petersburg, Florida
November 3, 1970
TO THE PRESIDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD:
It is with deep regret that I tender my resignation as
Secretary-Treasurer of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
to become effective at the close of the year, December 31, 1970.
I have been most happy in this position for many years,
but find that due to ill health I am no longer able to carry on in
I have enjoyed working with you and for you and I know
I am going to miss the board meetings and friendly associations,
but this is a must, and I feel that you will cooperate with
me in every way.
LUCILLE S. JUDD
PROSPECTIVE OFFICERS FOR 1971
PRESIDENT -------------Capt. Henry E. Falk
VICE-PRESIDENT ---------Mr. Ross H. Hollowell
SECRETARY-TREASURER -- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Other Officers will be appointed by the President with the
advice and consent of the Executive Committee after election of
Officers and will be printed in the March, 1971, RECORD.
RECEPTION COMMITTEE -REUNION, January 14-15
Mrs. James C. Macauley, Chairman Telephone: 525-5697
Mrs. Nolan A. Bissell Mrs. B. Donald Humphrey
Mrs. Harry V. Cain Mrs. Fred Lyons
Mrs. H. H. Dworak Mrs. Albert McKeown
Mrs. Z. K. Esler Mrs. Margaret Peterson
Mrs. Ralph Frangioni Mrs. R. M. Schneider
Mrs. Dewey Goodwin Mrs. Sherwood Stacy
Mrs. J. W. B. Hall Mrs. Jack Sutherland
Mrs. Ralph Hanners Albert McKeown
Mrs. Ralph Harvey Dewey Goodwin
Mrs. Robert Hicks Ralph Hanners
Mrs. R. W. Hills
RERUN 1970's OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE -
THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION, Soreno Hotel,
St. Petersburg, Florida Cold, cold weather outside but Warmth
oozing everywhere inside; laughter, gaiety, and even a few tears
(OF JOY); photographers Peterson and Hargy preserving for
posterity a true record; four generations present participants
from 30 states, England, the Canal Zone, and Panama; old-timers
as Capt. Arthur Luther at 90 stating he'd be around for next year's
performance; Capt. Charles Lillie, 89, recalling days on the Zone
with the Fire Department; FRUSTRATION all luncheon tickets
sold; the CLIMAX, which held all spellbound, the address by the
guest speaker from "Wisdom Hill," Governor W. P. Leber any
digestive distress should have been alleviated by his WONDERFUL
TALK on the Panama Canal; presentation of two plaques depicting
Seals of the Panama Canal Company and the Canal Zone Govern-
ment to the Society by Governor Leber.
PREMIERE THIRTY-NINTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION,
Soreno Hotel, January 14-15 the "Star" undetermined at this
date but supporting leads in the Cast essentially the same with
some variance in the Mob Scenes.
MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW by contacting Mrs.
Lucille Judd, Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
At Home In San Francisco, California, are Mr. and Mrs.
James Carr, nee Miss Edna M. Forsythe, who were joined in
marriage July 18, 1970, in the Bay City. Mrs. Carr is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Forsythe, of Gatun, Canal Zone, and
the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel P. Forsythe.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Carr, of Longview,
Washington. The couple is at home in San Francisco at 925 Sutter
Street, Apartment 405.
Col. and Mrs. Robert W. Green, of Ancon, Canal Zone, announce
the marriage of their daughter, Joanne Marie, to Lt. Arwin John
Janssen, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Arwin J. Janssen, of Ancon, Canal
Zone. They were married May 28th at a Nuptial Mass in Fort
Mrs. Janssen graduated from Mt. Vernon High School, Alexan-
dria, Virginia, attended Madison College, and completed her junior
year at the University of Virginia. Mr. Janssen graduated from
Balboa High School in 1964 and from the University of Miami with
a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He was commis-
sioned in the U. S. Army at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, where he
attended the U. S. Army Quartermaster school and is currently
assigned at Fort Meade, Maryland, where the young couple are
making their home.
A former Canal Zone resident and graduate of Balboa High
School was married August 1, 1970, in ceremonies at St. Therese's
Church in Dracut, Massachusetts. Air Force Captain Ralph K.
Frangioni married Marie Lacourse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.
Lucien Lacourse, of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts.
The bride, a graduate of St. Louis Academy, is employed as a
secretary at L. G. Hanscom Field Air Base, Bedford, Massachusetts.
The bridegroom is a graduate of the Citadel, Charleston, South
Carolina, and the University of South Carolina.
Captain and Mrs. Frangioni reside at 5 Louisburg Square,
Nashua, New Hampshire.
The bridegroom's parents were residents of Curundu Heights
from 1940 until 1967, at which time Mr. Frangioni Sr. was Chief
of the Cartographic School, Inter-American Geodetic Survey, Fort
Clayton, Canal Zone. They have resided in Clearwater, Florida,
since Mr. Frangioni's retirement from federal service early in 1969.
Miss Kathy Jane Melanson, daughter of Theodore D. Melanson
and Mrs. Katherine Elizabeth Melanson, of Balboa, Canal Zone,
became the bride of Lt. Alan Harvey Wells, USAF, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Fred E. Wells, also of Balboa, at Saint Mary's Church, Balboa,
Canal Zone, on August 8, 1970.
Mrs. Wells is a graduate of Balboa High School and Canal Zone
College, Class of 1970. Lt. Wells is a graduate of Balboa High School
and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Stevens Institute
of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He is presently studying at
Texas A & M while stationed with the USAF Weather Bureau.
The couple reside in College Station, Texas, where the bride is
also continuing her education.
Miss Cheryl Ann Peterson and Mr. Robert T. Russell, Jr. were
united in marriage on August 15th in Plantation, Florida. Both
the bride and groom were raised in the Canal Zone. Parents of the
bride are Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Peterson, of Plantation, Florida.
Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Russell, of
Curundu Heights. The ceremony was performed by the bride's
brother-in-law, Rev. John Owens and Rev. James Manly, pastors
of the First Baptist Church of Plantation.
The couple will reside in Hollywood, Florida, where Cheryl is
a business education teacher, and Bob will be doing graduate
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Richard Rathgeber, of Diablo Heights,
Canal Zone, announce the marriage of their daughter Donna Anne
to Roscoe Ronald Crump, United States Army, on July 31, 1970,
in Gelnhausen, Germany.
Mr. and Mrs. Quentin S. Rohrer, of Bourbon, Missouri, have
announced the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Ruth, to
Mr. Kenneth V. Field, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W. Field, formerly
of Margarita, Canal Zone.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Forest Park Community
College, St. Louis, Missouri. At present she is employed as a dental
assistant in Rolla, Missouri. Her fiance is a junior at the University
of Missouri at Rolla, where he is majoring in mechanical engi-
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood, of St. Petersburg, Florida, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Nellie Lynn, to Robert
Jon Engelke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Engelke, of Balboa,
Miss Wood is a 1967 graduate of Balboa High School and
attended the Canal Zone College before moving to St. Petersburg.
Mr. Engelke, who graduated from Balboa High School in 1965, has
recently completed his tour of duty in the United States Army and
is currently enrolled in St. Petersburg Junior College.
No wedding date has been set.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Barber, of San Bernardino, California,
announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Dorothy Ann,
on October 23, 1970, at the Loma Linda University Hospital. Mrs.
Barber is the former Miss Lynn Parsons, and the maternal grand-
parent is Mrs. V. F. (Dorothy) Bright, of Diablo Heights, Canal
Zone. The baby was named after the maternal grandmother. The
paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Barber, of Niagara
Falls, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Hebble, of Summit, New Jersey, an-
nounce the birth of their first child, a son, named Christopher
Rowe, on July 28, 1970.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Ober-
holtzer, of Margarita, Canal Zone. Paternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Howard E. Hebble, of Summit, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. William Hidalgo, of Fort Clayton, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of their fifth child and fourth son on October
11 at Gorgas Hospital. The baby has been named Robert Daniel.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Juan Hidalgo, form-
erly of Gamboa Signal Station and now of San Francisco de la
Caleta. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mariano Gracia,
of Miami, Florida.
We are new members of the Grandparents' Club! Our daughter,
Elizabeth Ann (Keigley), married Anthony Lee Holshouser in April
of last year while both were students at Murray State University,
Murray, Kentucky. Ann graduated in August of this year, but
Tony still has another year at Murray State.
Our granddaughter made her appearance September 23 in
Murray and was given the name of Elizabeth Lee Mr. and
Mrs. Daile D. Keigley.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Klipper of Ancon announce the birth
of their second child and first daughter on October 11 at Gorgas
Hospital. The baby has been named Suzanne Denise.
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Klipper, of Pompano Beach, Florida, are
the paternal grandparents and Mrs. Henri Skeie, of Las Guias,
Panama, the maternal grandmother.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Garrett Minke (Joyce Collinge) announce the
birth of their fourth child and third son on October 29 in Denver,
Colorado. The baby has been named Paul Garrett.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge, St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Collinge was in Denver to welcome the
new arrival. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Minke, Cumberland, Mary-
land, are the paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rienks announce the birth of a baby
boy, John Alexander, on June 28, 1970, at Guam Naval Hospital.
The baby was named after both grandfathers, John B. Coffey and
the late Alexander A. Rienks.
Chaplain and Mrs. Harold Rice (Caroline Zirkman) have a
second son, Bryan Jon, born on July 20, 1970, in Atwater, Cali-
fornia. -Mrs. W. R. Zirkman.
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Sanders (Connie Sue Zemer), of San
Jose, California, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter,
on July 27, 1970. The baby has been named Jennifer Lynne.
Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Ruthelma (Terry) Zemer, of
Ancon, Canal Zone, and Mr. William C. Zemer, of Tustin, Cali-
fornia. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bruce G. (Dorothy)
Sanders, Jr., of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Dr. and Mrs. Antonio Suescum (Ann Wood), of Coco Solo,
Canal Zone, announce the birth of a son, R. Antonio II, on October
12, 1970, at the Coco Solo Hospital.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood, St.
Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Timothy Suescum, of Panama City, Pan-
ama, is the paternal grandparent.
Mr. and Mrs. William E. Simmons, Jr. (Sheila Laporta, for-
merly of Curundu, Canal Zone) announce the birth of their first
child, Tiffany Michelle, on July 9, 1970, at Goose Air Force Base,
Labrador. Maternal grandmother is Mrs. Vedas Laporta, of Talla-
hassee, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William E.
Simmons, of Orlando, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Blair C. Watson announce the arrival of their
first child, a son, Justin, on September 15, 1970, in Sacramento,
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lynch, of Marys-
ville, California. Maternal great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Fuller, of Santa Maria, California. Maternal great-great-
grandmother is Mrs. Eva Hammer, of Santa Maria, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Widell (Janet Hine) are the parents
of a baby daughter, Karen Lillian, born in Stanford, California,
on October 6th.
The maternal grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Orville J.
Hine, Saugerties, New York, and the paternal grandparents are
Judge and Mrs. Carl A. Widell, of Tampa, Florida.
THIS 'N THAT FROM THE BAY AREA
Robert H. Adams, of Pass Christian, Mississippi, visited the
Ross Hollowells in St. Petersburg for a few days in early August.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Major (Ellen Matheney), who were
en route to Panama, were guests of Mrs. Jessie Matheney, August
14-16. The Majors plan to make their home in Panama. Jessie left
St. Petersburg on August 18 for a vacation in Ottawa, Canada,
and helped her son, Angus, celebrate his 50th birthday. She re-
turned to St. Petersburg in September just in time to welcome Dr.
and Mrs. Robert G. Matheney from the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Jeanette Jans and her sister, Mrs. Susan Bruland, of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, were guests of Mrs. H. B. Majilton in
St. Petersburg in August.
It was almost around the United States in forty-two days for
the Stanwood Spechts who left St. Petersburg in the late summer.
They visited in the Northeast (Maine) for three weeks and had
another three weeks in California.
The Dewey Goodwins enjoyed a short vacation with Martha's
family in Pennsylvania in late October.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Dunn left St. Petersburg on October 6
by plane on their annual trip north. They were with Harry's
mother in Himrod, New York, to help her celebrate her 88th birth-
day. Mrs. George A. Hooper (Dot Bell), Red Bank, New Jersey,
drove the Dunns to her summer home in the Berkshires for an
old-time gab session. Grace's custom of "if you can't visit them,
phone them," gives joy to friends of Zone days in particular,
Mrs. Mary Salisbury, of LeRoy, New York, wrote how delighted
she was with a phone call and chat with Grace. The Dunns visited
other relatives in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania be-
fore returning home on October 24 happy to be back in the
Sunshine City after snow in Massachusetts and some nippy weather
Mr. G. C. Lockridge (Buck) returned to St. Petersburg,
October 23, after a ten-week vacation. Flying to Los Angeles, he
visited his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carrol Lock-
ridge and then traveled with them in their airstream trailer to
Washington and Idaho. He flew from Spokane, Washington, to
Iowa for a visit with his family. En route home, he saw Herb and
Margaret Crowley in Mobile, Alabama.
Jess and Al Viet of St. Petersburg spent July in New Eng-
land, visiting relatives and friends in the Green Mountains of
Vermont and along the coast of Maine. In September, Jessie flew
to California to visit her sister, Marion Kneeshaw (Mrs. Joe) in
Del Mar. They had a wonderful three weeks' trip to the Pacific
Northwest, visiting several National Parks and calling on friends in
different areas. Louise and Lyle Womack, in Prineville, Oregon,
send regards to their St. Petersburg friends. Had a nice visit with
Minnie Van Gelder in Bellevue, Washington. Van had a severe
stroke in June and is still hospitalized, unable to walk. Minnie
thinks of her Florida friends and appreciates the messages from
them. The terrible forest fires in California prevented a planned
luncheon date with Cornelia Reimer in Pasadena, California, but
we did have a cheery phone conversation. The weather man was
kind to us; we will never forget the beautiful gardens, snow-capped
mountains, forests, and scenic coast of the Pacific area of our
United States Jess Viet.
Emma and Zip Zierten left St. Petersburg in August on a six-
week motor trip to the Midwest. They visited Zip's son John and
his family in Huntington, Indiana; daughter Jean and her husband
in Lima, Ohio; and Emma's family in Barrington, Illinois.
Capt. and Mrs. R. C. Sergeant, of St. Petersburg, visited Mr.
and Mrs. Norman Nifong (Kaye Sergeant) and Christina in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in October. The Nifongs are active
with the J.C.'s in Winston-Salem. Kaye finds time even with a baby
to teach piano.
TO THE ZONE: Mrs. Marie Janet (Fraser) Green and four
children went to the Canal Zone in June to join her husband, Harold
(Bud) Green. Bud, a civil engineer, transferred from the Corps of
Engineers, Jacksonville, Florida, to the Army Post Engineers at
Fort Clayton, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Hebble (Judy Ann Oberholtzer) and
infant son, Christopher Rowe, of Summit, New Jersey, spent two
weeks with Mrs. Hebble's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russel E. Ober-
holtzer, of Margarita, in the late summer.
For Mrs. Mary E. Becker, Tucker, Georgia, it'll be "Xmas on
the Isthmus" again. Actually, Mrs. Becker has been (using her
words) gadding about since June 20 when she spent a month in
South Holland, Illinois, with friends, a month with the W. C.
Zeecks in Texas, and was writing from Geary, Oklahoma, where
she was visiting her sister-in-law, Minnie Baker. She expected to
leave Geary on October 10 for a visit with Mrs. Ella Wertz in
New Orleans prior to sailing for the Canal Zone on November 5.
After a two-month stay at the Tivoli Guest House, upon her return
to the States she plans to visit friends in Florida and just
might return in time for the Reunion.
Mrs. Ernest B. Curling, of Frostproof, Florida, expects to
spend December and January with her daughter and son-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Heath and children in Gatun, Canal Zone.
The Andrew Whitlocks, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, are looking
forward to a Christmas vacation in the Canal Zone with the Paul
Whitlocks. En route, they will have a short visit with the Fred
Yaegers in Houston, Texas, who will drive them to New Orleans
to catch the Panama Railroad Boat early in December.
Mrs. Mattie B. Wieman, of Springdale, Arkansas, will spend
the Christmas holidays in the Canal Zone with Janie and Fred
Huldtquist, of Margarita, arriving on the Zone in time for Thanks-
giving. "Bates," for the first time, will meet her great-grand-
daughter, Kimberly Kay, daughter of Nancy Huldtquist Whalen
and John Whalen, of Bloomington, Illinois. The Whalens will be
visiting Nancy's parents, Vonna and Bud Huldtquist also of Mar-
garita during the holidays.
Mr. and Mrs. James Wood, who plan to leave St. Petersburg
on November 18 to spend the Holiday Season with their daughter
(Ann Wood) and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Antonio Suescum and
three children, will be greeting R. Antonio II for the first time.
- See Births.
Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Kleasner leave St. Petersburg for the Zone
on December 17 for a month's visit with Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy
Thompson (Bonnie Kleasner), Beckey, and possibly Bill. Bill, who is
currently on the Zone, expects to be called into the Military Service
within a short time. The Kleasners also anticipate spending the
Thanksgiving Holidays with Mr. and Mrs. William Grimes, recent
retirees, who now live in Pensacola, Florida. Mary Ann Grimes,
who entered college in Pensacola in the fall, misses her Zone
friends; thus, she is happy to be returning to the Zone for Xmas
with school-day friends of yore.
Miss Aminta Melendez, heroine of Panama's independence
movement in 1903, presented Major General Chester Johnson,
United States Army commander, with two clay beer bottles for
the USARSO Museum. Miss Melendes's mother drank beer out of
the bottles that were made in the 1850's. Miss Melendez played
an important role in her native Colon during the movement which
led to Panama's independence from Colombia at the turn of the
century she rode a P.R.R. engine carrying dispatches!
Robert Huntoon just four years short of the century mark is
still going strong, visiting friends and family in New Jersey,
Florida, and Oregon, according to a feature story in the RUTLAND
HERALD, of Rutland, Vermont.
Mr. Huntoon who went to work on the Canal as a plumber
in 1905 and retired in 1937, has spent many winters with his
daughter, Mrs. John Erikson, and her husband, former residents
According to the feature story, Mr. Huntoon recalls many in-
teresting incidents of his life on the Zone. He claims to be the first
person to fly over the Canal a prize offered by the United States
Government to the buyer of the most liberty bonds during World
War I. Mr. Huntoon recalls many of his experiences on the Canal
in the early days, when he was in charge of maintenance plumb-
ing for all the hospitals on the Atlantic side of Panama, with head-
quarters in Colon. Aside from his duties, he worked in the morgue
at the Colon Hospital where he sealed coffins for shipment to the
United States of U. S. citizens who had died on the Zone. He also
claims to have developed a thermostat to regulate steam heat in
buildings and hospitals while working in Panama.
One of his most enterprising experiences was that of selling
"genuine toro teeth" which he advertised in New York and Euro-
pean papers. Mr. Huntoon said he found the bull's teeth washed up
on the shore with animal waste from the nearby slaughterhouse.
He polished the teeth and "you should have seen the orders come
in," he is quoted as saying.
Other interesting experiences were recalled. On one boat trip
to New York, the ship was stopped for two days because a shark
had gotten stuck in the propeller of the steam boat, and they just
had to wait for the other fish to eat the shark so the propeller
could work again. On another trip he performed an appendectomy
on a serviceman, and the man got well!
After retiring to Rutland, Vermont, Mr. Huntoon at one time
dealt in antique automobiles, and he made a good business of it.
Local historian, plant prospector, miner, and linguist (he speaks
French, Spanish, Italian, and several dialects on the Canal Zone,
Adrien M. Bouche, who retired from the Panama Canal organiza-
tion ten years ago, feels that he is still very much part of the Canal
scene. Although Mr. and Mrs. Bouche now make their home in
Stauton, Virginia, they spend several of the winter months each
year on the Zone with their children. "It's always great to go back,"
says Mr. Bouche, adding that he is still interested in his old job on
the locks and feels that it is his loyal duty to keep up with what is
going on at the Panama Canal."
When he retired as Chief Control House Operator at Pedro
Miguel in 1960 after 44 years' service, Mr. Bouche was the last
Roosevelt Medal Holder to be working on the Zone-he received it
when he was 16.
Mr. Bouche spent his early years in France with his French-
born father. A. M. Butcher, who had changed his name from
Bouche, brought his family to the Isthmus in 1907 and went to
work for the Canal on the construction of the Gatun Spillway and
hydroelectric plant. Mr. Butcher, who is 98 years of age and re-
tired from Canal service in 1934, is still living in the United States.
From time to time during his Canal service, Mr. Bouche would
take off and go to work in Costa Rica or Columbia or travel around
South America. During his many years on the Isthmus, he spent
his spare time rambling around the country as a botanist. For over
forty years he contributed therepeutic drug plant data to the
Smithsonian Institution, the Field Museum of Chicago, Missouri
Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, Mersk & Ciba (Swiss drug firm)
and other research agencies. SPILLWAY, May 8, 1970.
October 8, 1970, current news in a note received from Mar-
guerite and Adrien Bouche "We are now getting ready for our
winter trip to the Zone. We were in Washington for Maurice
Thatcher's 100th Birthday luncheon. He is a wonderful man, and
everyone had a nice piece of his beautiful birthday cake."
The Gathering of the Clan Ewing and Jane Journey, San
Diego, California, had a family reunion from July 25 to August 11
of Ewing Journey's family. Those present were:
Bonnie, Ed, Eddie V. Jr., and Karen Dolan came from Diablo,
Canal Zone by automobile camper via the Panama American High-
way to the Grand Canyon and then on to San Diego (grand-
daughter, her husband, and their children of Ewing C. Journey).
They reported the highway good from Panama.
Lucille and Ralph Davis flew from the Canal Zone via Fayette-
ville, Arkansas, to San Diego (daughter and son-in-law of Ewing
Journey). They were accompanied by Kay and Ron Pyeatt, Ralph
and Brian (granddaughter, husband, and children of Ewing), who
live in Fayetteville. They were met at the Airport by Catsy
Schafer, a long-time friend of all, who took Ewing and Jane Jour-
ney to the airport and also Michael Taylor-all young people raised
together in the Canal Zone.
Harriet and Bud Journey with Hayes, Molly, and Andy (son
and family of Ewing) arrived from Poulsbo, Washington-via car
and tent camper.
Ewing's brother, Hayes Journey, and wife, residents of Chula
Vista, called at University City Village home of Ewing and Jane
to meet the family-some of whom we had never met before and
welcomed them to San Diego. The family also called on Hayes and
Ada Journey in Chula Vista.
On Saturday, August 8, Catsy and Vern Schafer entertained
at 1820 Upas Street with a buffet for twenty-one of us from the
Canal Zone including Bill Taylor, former Postmaster in the Canal
Zone whom all good Canal Zoners remember. Pictures were take
of Ewing Journey and his immediate family (great-grandfather,
grandfather, and father) and then of all. What a wonderful re-
union, maybe once in a lifetime-"Quien Sabe."
One evening, Eddie and Alyce Friedrich, who live in Uni-
versity City Village, San Diego, too, called on the Journey family
with their house guests Ruth (Barlow) and John Schmidt, formerly
of the Canal Zone, and Iris and Al Days, Canal Zoners of many
years. What a reunion of friends from the Canal Zone, too!
Norine and Louis Kaufer, of San Jose, California, (sister to
Mrs. Ewing Journey) visited the Journeys in July. They visited
other friends in San Diego and saw pictures taken during Canal
Construction days by Walter C. Woodsum, Locomotive Engineer
(1909-1914) and up to 1921 given by Alice Woodsum Lake of San
Diego, of their families. "Alice has approximately 17 albums taken
from the beginning of our occupation up until Mr. Woodsum's
death. Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Journey See Picture.
News from Ruth K. (Mrs. Henry W.) Bigelow, Westminster,
Massachusetts "The leaves are falling fast, and it looks like
time for us to head south! We are leaving here soon after Election
Day and heading for Clearwater, Florida we have an apartment
there for the winter. Our address from November 1, 1970, to April
30, 1971, will be Villanova Terrace Apartments, 2 North Fernwood
Drive, Clearwater, Florida 33515."
Josephine and Warren D. Marquard reporting from their new
home 260 South Mary Avenue, Sunnydale, California 94086 -
Just a line to say that the wife and I are sure enjoying our new
retirement life. Left Cristobal on July 30th and had a little trouble
on the way up with Hurricane CECILIA but made it O. K. After
arriving in New Orleans, we headed for Houston, Texas, to spend a
week with our son, Warren D. Jr., and his wife Leonor. Arrived
in San Francisco on August 9th and moved in with our daughter
Bonnie and her husband Bill Locke. Went looking for a place to
live and bought a beautiful house right here in Sunnyvale. We sure
love it; our son John will start school here in the fall. The wife's
father, Mr. F. J. Brennan (retired from Pan Canal) lives in the
next town, Mountain View. Also, a brother, James is in Palo Alto
and "Chile" in Los Altos. So. we are fortunate to have our family
around us. Hope to visit you folks in a year or two after we get all
settled. We hope some of the folks heading west will stop in and
News from Willie McKeown, Canal Zone My youngest son
Tom was married May 16 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Wanda
Frances Burke. Wanda is with the telephone exchange in Jackson-
ville, and Tom is completing his college courses in Jacksonville.
W. J. Jr. and Brenda (Federal Way, Washington) had a
grandson for me, born August 1st a little five pounder. He's
doing swell as what would you expect with a true name from the
old Sod Michael Patrick McKeown!
Took a chance on the lottery, #81 for eight month (August)
and first day and so sent them enough to keep Mike warm this
winter! Lucky, eh?
Mrs. George E. Matthew, Apalachicola, Florida, enjoyed a
wonderful three-week vacation during the summer. Leaving Apal-
achicola on June 19 she drove with a friend to Madisonville, Ken-
tucky, where she was met by the Worden Cowens, of Arenzville,
Illinois. After visiting the Cowens, she flew from Springfield,
Illinois, to Dulles Airport, Washington, D.C., where she saw George
Chapel and then went on to Hagerstown, Maryland. "It was all
like old Canal Zone times with the McLavys and the Clarks in this
beautiful city. Then back to Arlington to call upon the Phil Erbe
family all well and inviting me to a picnic the following day, but
I was returning to Springfield, IIinois, where I was met again by
Jimmy and Worden Cowen for another visit with them. In Mad-
isonville, Kentucky, I met my friend Mrs. Mabrey and we returned
to Apalachicola on July 9 a beautiful dream and happy memories.
Retirement isn't indicative of a sedentary life "parked" at
home for the George Russons, of Yuma, Arizona. "This year in
February and March we drove to Florida and visited with friends
there for three weeks and enjoyed good weather all the time. In
June we made a 23-day tour to Alaska and the Yukon, leaving from
Portland, Oregon. We were aboard a bus, on two ferries, airplanes,
and trains so we really saw the great Northwest. We saw Mt.
McKinley, flew over the Arctic Circle (have diplomas to prove it),
saw Eskimos bringing in two large and a baby seal, and many
other interesting sights We also flew over the many glaciers
along the way from Juneau to Skagway and from there followed the
trail of the 1897-1898 gold rush to Whitehorse in the Yukon. We
are planning another trip that would take us to Australia, but so
far have not made up our minds.
"I can never forget the wonderful fifty years I had on the
Canal Zone, and I hope all the others who lived and worked there
can say the same."
Barbara and 'Josh' Cunningham, of Kent, Washington, had
numerous guests during the summer months. The first two weeks
in June, Janet and Ross Cunningham, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
arrived from California where they had visited friends and rela-
tives in May. They had stopped overnight with the J. J. Griffins
(Linda Jane Cunningham), of North Hollywood, California, and
met Jack and niece, Barbie, for the first time.. In Washingon, they
met more family members-Danny, infant son of Jay Cunningham,
and Mike Cunningham's wife and son, Virginia and Michael, and
got reacquainted with Jay's wife 'Jari' and Jay Jr., Adina, and
Leah. 'Josh" and Barbara had to admit that they'd seen more of
Washington while touring with Ross and Janet than they'd seen
in the three years they had lived in Washington. Miss Bonnie
Cowell (Barbara's niece), of Hicksville, Long Island, stayed al-
most a month with the Cunninghams, and her mother, Mrs.
P. A. Cowell (the former Martha Farthing who lived with her
sister in Gatun, Canal Zone) joined her for about two weeks in
July and August. On July 21, Mr. and Mrs. Don Vinson (Josh's
niece) and their traveling companions, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Benson,
all from Colorado Springs, Colorado, came for dinner and a family
reunion which included the Jay and Michael Cunningham families.
While Bonnie Cowell and her mother were in Washington,
they enjoyed a trip to Sunrise Mountain and saw Liberace at the
Seattle Center's Opera House. When young Danny got fretful dur-
ing the performance, Liberace played "Rock-A-Bye-Baby" just
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Cunningham and son, Michael Alexander,
of Auburn, Washington, entertained Mrs. Cunningham's mother,
Mrs. G. G. Holland, of Altus, Oklahoma, for two weeks in July.
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Cunningham, of Denver, Colorado, stopped
by for a surprise visit on August 7 to find the J. A. Cunninghams
were on a sight-seeing trip. Tom and Chris did spend several hours
though with counsins Jay and Mike Cunningham and families.
Mr. and Mrs. Jay A. Cunningham, Sr. and family, of Kent,
Washingon, had Mrs. Cunningham's parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.
Trachier, of Washington, D.C., and Sante Fe, New Mexico, visiting
them in August. Mrs. J. A. Cunningham.
Capt. William E. Thompson and wife Carmen were host to
many visitors and guests during the summer season at their com-
pound in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Among them were Capt. and
Mrs. Chris Gundersen, Mrs. Lillian Ryan, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Eastham
and two daughters, Capt. Karl Nehring, Capt. and Mrs. George
Hudson, Capt. Jimmy Hunter and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ridge,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jackson, Mrs. Mary Tabert and daughter,
Capt. William J. Cronin, Mrs. Rose Gage, Mrs. Margaret Rennie,
Mr. and Mrs. Yerkes, Capt. and Mrs. Ben Thomas, Mr. and Mrs
Eduardo Matiz, of Bogata, Doctors Vega and Argrero of Costa
A very pleasant time was had by all with plenty of Hammond
Organ music rendered by the Thompson clan, a la "Lucho" together
with cocktails, barbecues, and swimming during the sessions -
bringing back many fond memories of the Canal Zone and Panama.
Capt. Thompson and family left August 15 for a three-week
safari to Disneyland, San Francisco, and Sacramento, returning
in time for their three daughters to resume their September school
term. Capt. Wm. E. Thompson, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Memories of the summer of 1970 with family get-togethers,
visits with friends and even a Balboa High Class Reunion should
linger for a long time with Capt. and Mrs. S. H. Rowley (Sara and
Sam), of Clearwater, Florida. October 6, 1970 "We just returned
from a trip to New York to visit Sam's mother in Long Island who
had been in the hospital for a fractured pelvis. Being almost 96
years old, we really thought to find her down and out, but she is
fine walks around without even a cane. She's really marvelous!
While in that area, we did take about ten days to go visiting.
First, we went to my 1930's Class Reunion of Balboa High. We met
at August and Eleanor Schwinderman's (Eleanor Hammond), our
host and hostess in Ramsey, New Jersey. It was a wonderful day,
and we hated to have it end but, we will meet again in June in
FLORIDA, along with other Balboa High folks who are now
Sam and I then left for Maine where we saw Capt. Samuel
Johnson in Hiram, and in Searsport we spent a few day with the
Howard Wentworths. We went with the Wentworths to visit the
Chet Hills in Castine who took us for a ride to see the ship, 'State
of Maine', which will always be the S.S. ANCON to most of us. En
route back to Long Island, we stopped a few days to visit the Henry
Bigelows, Westminister, Massachusetts, who will be coming to
Florida for a few months. After returning to Quoque, Long Island,
we went to Huntington to visit the Burt Aliens who asked that they
be remembered to all their friends.
A few days before we left for Florida our daughter Dorothy
and her husband Jim Gerhart with their two children arrived to
spend a few days with Sam's relatives. Dorothy and Jim, with their
six-months-old daughter Suzanne left to visit their friends, and we
took Kenneth, our 15-year old grandson with us. We stopped in
Annapolis to see the Bill Badders. He had just had an operation on
one eye; otherwise, they looked the same. We left Kenneth with
our son and daughter-in-law, the Skipper Rowleys, and rushed
home just in time to welcome our son-in-law Davis Stevenson and
his son Davis who flew in from New Orleans. Big Dave stayed long
enough to see the family Skip, Bev, and 8-month-old Renee and
Dorothy, Jim, and Suzanne Gerhart who had just arrived. Dorothy,
Suzanne, and Davis stayed with us for ten days after Big Dave
and Jim had to return to the Zone. After taking Davis to school,
the Florida Air Academy, in Plantation, Florida, we drove Dorothy
and Suzanne to Charleston to catch their plane for Howard Air
Force Base. Davis will be visiting us for the Thanksgiving Holidays.
Not long after, we had a visit from E. C. Van Horn who was on
his way back to the Zone after putting his son Ernest in school
at Texas A&M.
Mrs. Lista Daniels, of Dallas, Texas, and her son Bob en-
joyed a vacation in New England in September, visiting Cape Cod,
Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and Newport. They spent a few
days in New York City and then on to Canton and Akron, Ohio,
before returning to their home in Dallas.
Bill and Beth Grady traded Florida's September heat for rain
and cold in Michigan and Wisconsin. En route, they stopped to visit
Tommy and Eugenia Sawyer in Hendersonville, North Carolina,
and found both of them happy and well. In East Lansing they par-
ticipated in the wedding of Beth's niece and then drove to Mil-
waukee and Door County to visit with Beth's sister. After driving
along the northern shore of Lake Michigan, they watched ships go
through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie, then crossed the International
Bridge for a delightful trip to Wawa, Ontario. They huddled on the
front seat of a surrey under a wet horse blanket to view Mackinac
Island through the rain. The visits with family and friends were
warm in spite of the cold and rainy weather. Bill Grady.
Elsie and Frank Naughton, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, enjoyed
a wonderful trip during the summer months, flying around the
world and then seeing the Canal Zone crowd in and near Palo Alto,
California the Yoders, Nevilles, Bill Browns, Rusty Joneses,
Jim Turners, and Elsie Halliwell.
Mrs. Ernest B. Curling, of Frostproof, Florida, spent the
summer months in Virginia visiting her three sisters and a brother
in Norfolk. She also made a trip to Jersey City, New Jersey, to
visit a fourth sister. While there, she took trips to the Catskill
Mountains, to Niagara Falls, and other places of interest. While in
Virginia, she saw old friends from the Zone, Mr. and Mrs. J. C.
Yarbrough, of Shannondale, West Virginia, and Mr. and Mrs. J. B.
McLendon, of Roanoke. Both families sent greetings to old friends
from the Zone.
Irene and Lou Hasemann, of Jacksonville, Florida, accompanied
by her daughter, Mrs. Irene Wilson and daughter Julie, of Oildale,
California, spent August and September as guests of Mrs. Charles
Tolbert (Gayle), of Oxon Hill, Maryland. While in Oxon Hill, the
Hasemanns were visited by Pearl and Carrie Brown.
Mrs. Henri Skeie, former nurse in the Balboa schools, and Mrs.
Isabell Hummell, who is also a nurse, plan on leaving the Canal
Zone on November 16 for Santiago, Chile. From Chile they fly to
Easter Islands, and while the plane has a four-hour refuel stop
they expect to see some of the stone monuments. They will stop in
Tahiti for two days and then continue to Aukland, Sydney, Alice
Springs and Darwin in Australia. After a day in Hongkong, they
fly to New Delhi, India, for ten days. Mrs. Skeie's sister and bro-
ther-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Dwyer, are in India for two years
with the Ford Foundation. After visiting and sightseeing in India,
Henri and Isabell return to Hongkong en route to Japan where they
will visit Tokyo, Kyoto, and other cities. They will fly back to the
Zone by way of Mexico City.
NEWS from Hot Springs, Arkansas, by Frances S. Dorn -
Vera and Anthony Tezanos, of Orlando, Florida, were Spa visitors
in Hot Springs in June. The hot baths were helpful in alleviating
the pain in Tony's shoulder, caused by a fall in Lima, when he gave
chase to a thief who had snatched Vera's purse. While in Hot
Springs, they visited with Frances Dorn, Jack Reinig, and other
ex-Canalers in the vicinity.
Mr. and Mrs. William (Bill) Schrum, who have made their
home in Hamburg, Germany, for many years, retired in 1969 and
were visitors in Hot Springs in August. Bill was Swift and Com-
pany's Panama Agent before his transfer by Swift to Germany,
and Mrs. Schrum formerly taught at Cristobal High School. After
a visit with Mrs. Dorn, they stopped in Missouri to see friends, and
then went to Iowa to see Bill's folks. Later, they planned on return-
ing to Great Falls, Montana (Helen's hometown), where they have
Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Leisy, who moved from New Mexico to
Montgomery, Alabama, in June, enjoyed a family reunion with all
the boys and their families home in August before their son Bob
(Lt. Col. in the Marines) left for Vietnam. Ralph and his wife came
from Texas and Henry Joe lives in Montgomery. "Hope to see every-
one at the Reunion in January.
Fred Mohl, Gamboa, Canal Zone I will be retiring from the
Panama Canal (Lieutenant in the Fire Department) on May 29,
1971, with 30 years, 8 months, 15 days' service.
I started work with the old Municipal Engineering Division
in 1940, transferred to the Motor Transportation Division in 1941,
and then joined the Fire Department on January 22, 1942.
My wife Edna and I have bought a home in Albany, Georgia
and will move in on June 7. We hope to be able to attend the
News from Mr. and Mrs. Perry L. Starbuck, Vestal, New York
- During the past summer the Starbucks enjoyed two major
cruises. They went to Europe in July for three weeks, visited eight
countries, and particularly enjoyed the highlight of the tour the
Passion Play at Oberammergau, Germany. On August 3 they left
New York on a five-week tour of Canada and Alaska, returning
home on Labor Day "got north of the Arctic Circle and even
panned some gold.
"1969 was a busy year for me as New York State Governor of
Kiwanis International... I am still officially involved as Immediate
Past Governor. Next year we hope to both enjoy our home more
and do some travelling. Maybe we will even make a meeting of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida some day We do have many
Canal Zone friends in Florida and enjoy seeing them whenever we
can. Also, we would be delighted to have any one from the Canal
Zone (now or formerly) stop to see us in New York."
J. Winter D. Collins has been most cooperative in sending us
data pertaining to past and current employees. His letter of Septem-
ber 22 gives up-to-date information on his family and summer
"In June I took my youngest daughter Melinda to Clarion,
Pennsylvania, to a summer institute and then drove to Buffalo,
New York, where I visited Ted and Charlotte Davenport. Charlotte
is the daughter of Seymour Paul, ex-Personnel Director of the
Canal. Then by bus traveled to New York City and Washington,
D. C., where I visited Dave and Pat Markum. He was General
Counsel for the Canal. Had dinner with Jack and Rene Kromer,
ex-Canal couple. Attended the wedding of Jane Paul (Seymour's
widow) in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Flew to Dallas and then to New
Orleans where the clinic gave me a clean bill of health. Spent the
4th of July weekend with my Aunt Katheryne Ackerman and my
cousin Sally Estes and her children in Dunedin, Florida. Saw Brodie
and Eleanor Burnham from Tarpon Springs, Florida.
"My oldest daughter Cristina was married to Mr. Paul Lawson
on August 8th at St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon. Both are June,
1970, graduates of the University of Southern California."
Judge and Mrs. Carl A. Widell, of Tampa, Florida, returned
early in September after spending twenty-eight weeks in the Canal
Zone. Judge Widell served as Relief Magistrate in both Balboa and
Cristobal. This is the fourth consecutive year that he has served
in this capacity since his retirement. Renewing old friendships as
well as making new ones, made their stay on the Zone a very
They were gratified in the many improvements which have
been made in Panama under the present government; both the road
to Porto Bello and Balboa Road along the Bay Shore to Old Panama
had been completed and 50th Street and the Trans-Isthmian High-
way to Tocumen Road are 4-lane highways, and when completed
the road will be four-lane to the airport.
On their return to New Orleans, they flew to Colorado Springs,
Colorado, for a visit with their son Major Carl A. Widell, Jr. and
Mrs. Widell and grandchildren, John and Carla.
Shortly after their arrival home in Tampa, they had as their
house guests, Mr. and Mrs. William L. Lewis. Mr. Lewis is USARSO
Historian and in charge of the new Army Museum at Fort Amador.
Judge and Mrs. Widell plan to spend a couple of weeks at their
mountain lodge near Boone, North Carolina, in October.
George Loudon, North Syracuse, New York, takes no chance
on being on the annual September list of delinquents (i.e. NO
RECORD). He sent in a check for $25 for dues for the next five
years and the following news: George Wallace Loudon, son of Mr.
and Mrs. George Loudon (Marie Helstedt), now of North Syracuse,
New York, is teaching at the University of West Florida, Pensacola,
Florida. Our THANKS!
It's that Chagres Water! Mrs. R. J. Laschinger (Janet Nes-
biee), a new member, wrote, "The reason for joining the Panama
Canal Society at this late date is that Betty (Mead) Robertson
sent me some 1968 and 1969 CANAL RECORDS, and I got so
homesick and nostalgic in reading them that I had to do something
to prolong my misery."
Janet Nesbitt Laschinger is the daughter of Capt. and Mrs.
William H. Nesbitt, Marine Division, Cristobal, Canal Zone. "As
Captain of the tugboat ALHAJUELA my dad was killed instantly
on August 19, 1942, when a Navy PBY struck the barge of the tug
in Limon Bay ... Mom entered a mental hospital shortly thereafter
and has remained there ever since St. Elizabeth's in Washington,
Mrs. Laschinger's son by her first marriage, James W. Har-
ness, was killed in Vietnam on November 13, 1968. Her daughter,
Helen A. Harness Heilmann (Mrs. Dennis 0.) and four-year-old son
Terry Wayne reside in Clearwater, Florida. She has two brothers -
Bill Nesbitt lives in Maryland and Ray Nesbitt still lives in Diablo,
"I left Balboa in May, 1955, for Dallas, Texas. Son Jim just
loved it there and his grave is in Dallas ... I left for a government
job in Washington, D. C. in 1962 where I worked for FHA, National
Science Foundation and NASA headquarters. I met my husband
"Lash" (Richard J. Laschinger) in Washington where he was
stationed at Andrews AFB in the U. S. Navy. We're still Navy and
plan to continue so for a few more years. We love San Diego and
hope to remain here for our next assignment .."
Another second-generation Zonian, living in New Milford, New
Jersey, is also a new member of the Society. Ruth Boyd Mendel-
sohn, the daughter of Oscar S. Boyd (on the Isthmus from 1904
to 1934), was born on the Zone and was a Balboa High School
graduate in 1931. She vividly recalls those golden days. Her teacher
in English at Balboa High she remembers very well; he had her
expelled from school! "Roger Collinge was a new teacher, young
and good looking. I guess I disrupted his class trying to create
attention. He got tired of it, so I was sent to the principal and
couldn't come back unless my father came with me. My father
brooked no nonsense, so needless to say, no more disturbances.
I got my Zonians down from the attic last night and spent a
nostalgic evening. I had George Lee for general science and
chemistry .. ."
Mrs. Mendelsohn is working in a hospital in New Milford in
the premature and new-born nursery. They have many patients
from South America and Cuba. "It is surprising how much my
Spanish has been used. I spoke it a lot on the Zone as I lived next
door to a family where the mother spoke only Spanish and the
father was English."
Of possible interest to the USARSO Museum at Fort Amador
is a surveyor's instrument which her father got from the French
which weights between forty and fifty pounds.
"My father was one of the oldest employees, having gone down
in 1904 (he died in 1949). He was also a member of the Inca Society
which comprised old timers."
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Ross (Janice Cameron) have both recently
retired, each with over thirty years Federal Civil Service, from the
United States Naval Base at Long Beach, California. Each started
their Civil Service careers in the Canal Zone, and then upon settling
in Long Beach, continued their Government service with the U. S.
Navy there. Still living in the same home they purchased in Long
Beach over eighteen years ago, they have decided it is "home" to
them and will remain there for the time being, at least. Janice's
mother, Mrs. Charles C. Cameron, makes her home with them and
is doing well after an illness of several months last year. Mrs.
Cameron is one of the real old timers, having gone to the Canal
Zone in 1907. Janice's son, Gordon, who was born in Gorgas
Hospital, lives in Pomona with his wife and two daughters. Mrs.
Ernest Ross, 1890 McNab Avenue, Long Beach, California.
News from Mrs. Lois De La Mater Bates Office of Chief,
MAAG, Republic of China APO S F 96263 to Mrs. Lucille Judd.
"I have 'thought' many letters to you when reading my issues
of the CANAL RECORD. It's an emotional experience indeed for
a native Zonian so far away, here in China, to learn the news -
happy and sad and locale of Canal Zone friends and grieving to
read of their confinement or passing .
"I know my Mother, Ann De La Mater, would like to receive
cards or notes from her old Isthmian associates, although she can-
not write since her stroke nearly two years ago. She is in Greenville
Nursing Home, Greenville, North Carolina 27834 ..
"I have been stationed here nearly three years (following the
Philippines), in a choice position as Secretary to the Chief of
MAAG, Republic of China, and thoroughly enjoy the admirable and
friendly Chinese in Taiwan, probably the safest place on earth to
live. Have had some interesting trips to other countries and hope
soon to see Malaysia and Rangoon, Burma. Visited Korea last week
and Okinawa the week prior. Some favorite friends here are the
Rafael Richards (Panamanian Ambassador to China) and a Canal
Zone College classmate (way back), Fernando Eleta, the Pana-
manian Foreign Minister, and his beautiful wife .. My amah Terry
is a delightful young Taiwanese who is friend, household 'manager'
and translator/guide who has lived with me several years. We eat
the limitless and delicious Chinese food half the time chop sticks,
of course! I like it immensely here, although life in Asia takes its
toll. To misquote my rather famous former boss, General Ciccolella,
'I have but one life and one stomach to give for my country!'
My son Paul has been in Europe nearly a year, and my
daughter Carol is working in Long Beach, California, where I
visited the children some time ago. Carol shares my thirst to taste
again the waters of the Chagres. How I miss the cameraderie of the
incomparable, spirited Zonians: !" for Zonian world travelers
- the local address of Mrs. Lois D. Bates is: No. 53, Apt. 4, Alley 9,
Lane 390, Tung HWA South Road, Taipei, Taiwan Phone:
711544 the welcome mat will be out!
"Florida, Florida, Here We Come" will be our theme for next
July 25 was the date of our Canal Zone reunion this year. Our
host and hostess were August and Eleanor (Hammond) Schwinder-
man in Ramsey, New Jersey.
Oh, how we look forward to these get-togethers to greet, visit
and reminisce. This year we were invited to come to Florida for our
reunion next year by the Rowleys and Spechts. After much voting,
we voted to take them up on their hospitality. So Florida folks, hope
to see you next year on the 26th and 27th of June.
We had a lovely buffet and ended a wonderful day by watching
slides which included some of previous reunions shown by Bryan
Duff. The photography was beautiful, and Bryan makes us look
Present this year were: Walter and Harriet (Ottman) Jones,
Virginia; Jack and Grace (Jones) Carey, Michigan; Byran Duff,
New York; Glen and Wilma (Reynolds) Kirkpatrick, New York;
Leonard and Olive (Kalar) Krouse, Pennsylvania; Frank and Jean
(Kalar) McAndrews, Pennsylvania; Edward and Agnes (Tonneson)
Jamke, New Jersey; Frank and Liz (Tonneson) Key, New Jersey;
Sam and Sara (Pyle) Rowley, Florida; Stan and Ella (Jones)
Specht, Florida; Charles and Sibby (Hannan) Pittman, Pennsyl-
vania; Henry and Jean Brewerton, New York; Bill (Red) and Mary
Michaelson, New York; David Percy, Pennsylvania; and Jack and
Betty (Searcy) Rathgeber, New Jersey.
These weekends are so wonderful that when some are missing
we feel our visit isn't quite complete. Hope you folks that couldn't
make it this year will be able to do so next year as we sure did
We all started leaving about midnight, some for their homes
and some to motel's, coming back the next morning for a final
farewell till next year. Betty Rathgeber
Norton and Georgiana (Joyner) Stephenson write that they
are doing fine in Miami but MISS the Canal Zone people. Their
daughter Kay completed X-ray technological studies with a 4.0
grade average (congratulations). She will take the state exams in
November and is currently working at Mercy Hospital. The twins,
Diane Bradley and Dolores Vonn, are married and have families -
Diane, who lives in Los Rios, has two sons and Dolores, living in
Miami, has a daughter and a son.
Mrs. H. L. Berger, Chula Vista, California, is sending in dues,
wishes to be remembered to all who knew her when she was in
Mr. and Mrs. James E. Stuart, Newton Highlands, Massachu-
setts, spent the months from June through September at their
summer place in Rockfort, Massachusetts. Mr. Stuart reports that
he expects to see Emo and Fi Everson October 7 through October
10 in Rochester, New York, for their son Randy's wedding to Miss
Beverly Jean Boden on October 10, 1970.
Mrs. Jo. Frances McDonnell, Columbia, South Carolina "I
resigned my position as public health nurse supervisor on the
Atlantic Side and have accepted a teaching position at the Uni-
versity of South Carolina School of Nursing, teaching public health
nursing to senior nursing students."
Milton Parsons completed his tour of duty in Vietnam in
August and is now stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where
he will receive his discharge in January, 1971. He expects to return
to college to complete training for his Masters' in Wildlife Conser-
vation. See pictures.
En route to North Carolina, Mit visited Mr. and Mrs. W. L.
Barber (Lynn Parsons) in San Bernardino, California. Lynn expects
Mit and their mother, Mrs. Dorothy Bright, Balboa, Canal Zone,
for the Christmas Holidays. With the family safely reunited, it
will be a joyous and THANKFUL Holiday Season.
From Mrs. W. R. (Elizabeth) Zirkman, New York "Richard,
our son, is still in Taiwan. He has decided to stay in the Air Force
and will be reassigned, he hopes, to the States in May, 1971. We
have missed him as we saw him last time at his wedding in August,
1968. He has asked us to visit with him, but we feel the trip is too
long for us."
Miss Genevieve Quinn, of Toms River, New Jersey, had a busy
but enjoyable two months in August and September with many
guests: "My cousins, Admiral and Mrs. Joseph L. Herlihy spent
time with me after a cruise of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
Then, my cousins, Peter and Alleyne Corrigan came from Paris
where they live. Elaine Lombard Newland will arrive August 6 with
her daughters. Regina's five children arrive on August 7 from Spain
to spend a month with me. A friend from St. Augustine, Admiral
Eubank's widow, will arrive early in September, and mid September
I expect Alice and Gene who will be retiring then. They will spend
part of September in Florida before arriving here. All this I love."
Gertrude A. Smith, Ansonia, Connecticut "I keep busy at
the old homestead. I partake in Senior Citizen activities. Soon,
we'll have a seven-day bus and boat jaunt to Nova Scotia. It will
be a new experience for me ... Last April I went to Rome, Florence,
and Naples .
"Old age is catching up with me and though have some
arthritis in one knee, I'm lucky, and I won't complain. At age 69,
I'm not bad off at all!
P. Pete Monaco sent in a gift subscription for his son A. Ralph
Monaco, M.D., with the following information:
After graduating from Balboa High School in 1931, he entered
Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. After three years of
premedical study, he entered Georgetown Medical School where he
received his degree as a Doctor of Medicine in 1938.
Dr. Monaco stayed in Washington, D. C. to serve his internship
and for post-graduate studies. During World War II, he was as-
signed to the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
After the war he practiced in Columbus, Georgia, for ten years.
For the last twelve years he has lived in Panama City, Florida,
where he is practicing and is Director of the Laboratory at
Memorial Hospital Bay County, Panama City, Florida.
He is married to Virginia Smith, formerly of Key West, Flori-
da, and they have one daughter, Pamela Ann, who is 22 years old.
Susan E. Willenbrock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry F.
Willenbrock, Aiken, South Carolina, graduated from the School of
Radiologic Technology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham,
North Carolina, and is now a member of the staff in Radiation
Therapy where she is also continuing her studies in Dosimetry and
Among the newcomers from the Canal Zone to the lovely town
of Aiken, South Carolina, are Mr. and Mrs. Morris Smouse who have
recently purchased a home in the Brentwood Area. Dorothy M.
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Flowers sailed from the Zone on August 13,
the date of Mr. Flowers' retirement, for New Orleans. Their new
home in Port Orange, Florida (205 Halifax Drive), is scheduled
for completion the first of October.
Their son, Lt. John Flowers, his wife and two children, who
have been living in New Orleans, moved to Charleston, South
Carolina, the first of September. Lt. Flowers is assigned to the
destroyer escort "The Trip".
Their daughter, Dr. Kay Flowers, with her husband Dr. D. E.
McFarland and their two children have moved from Cleveland
where Dee completed his residency in Neuropathology at Western
Reserve Hospital and Kay her two and one-half years of residency
in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, to Augusta, Georgia,
where both will be in the Medical Center at the University of
Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Burke (Sue Flowers) and Shawn are
living in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. After completing their college train-
ing in January, they plan to move to Florida.
Louis and Virginia (Sanders) Kleefkens, who plan to make
their home in Florida, arrived on July 20 in New Orleans on the
SS CRISTOBAL. Louie's mother, Mrs. Leida Kleefkens and sister,
Mrs. Marie K. Fraser spent a few days in New Orleans before
meeting Louie and Virginia; then all drove back to Tampa.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Layport (Esther Hodges), Deltaville,
Virginia, plan to leave for New York on September 6 and sail on
September 8 on the NEW HAMBURG for North Africa, the
Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. They will return in November
and, then, if all goes well, will leave in December or January for
South Africa for the winter.
News from Joan Coffey Rienks, Guam "Things over
here are great, and we really love Guam. We have met several
people from the Canal Zone, much to our surprise. One person is
Bill Baldwin whose Dad is Father Baldwin from Balboa. Bill is at
the Naval Hospital in Guam.
STAR & HERALD, August 14, 1970 A former Canal Zone
policeman who was fired six years ago has been ordered reinstated
retroactively to the position of police private "or one of like
seniority, status and pay" by a decision of the U. S. Civil Service
He is Richard D. Meehan, who at the time of his dismissal was
President of Police Lodge 1798, American Federation of Govern-
In ordering Mr. Meehan restored, however, the Commission
directed that the records be amended to show him suspended for
90 calendar days from the effective date of restoration for distri-
buting a "libelous" poem against the then Canal Zone Governor,
Robert J. Fleming.
The Meehan case resulted from his opposition to the Canal
Zone administration's decision to employ non-U. S. citizens in the
Canal Zone Police. The case arose shortly after the 1964 clashes
between Panamanians and Americans along the Canal Zone bound-
ary line. Mr. Meehan was alleged to have made statements to the
press, criticizing the proposed plan, in violation of specific instruc-
tions to keep such expressions within regular channels, and to have
caused copies of an open letter and a poem published in the local
press without obtaining clearance from the office of the Governor.
Mr. Meehan fought his dismissal unsuccessfully through the
Civil Service system and then took his case to the U. S. District
Court for the District of Columbia and the U. S. Court of Appeals.
The Court dismissed two of the charges and directed the Civil
Service Commission to review the case only on the charge of con-
duct unbecoming a police officer that of giving an irritating
letter and defamatory poem to two of his superior officers. Being
limited to considering only this single charge, the Court found the
discharge an unduly harsh, arbitrary, and unreasonable punish-
Rowland K. Hazard, United States Attorney for the Canal
Zone left the Zone on September 27th for a new post in Washing-
ton, D. C.
Mr. Hazard went to the Canal Zone twenty-two years ago as
Assistant United States Attorney and was promoted some years
later to United States Attorney.
It is understood he will work in Washington in the legal office
of the United States Department of Agriculture.
Wallace D. Baldwin has been appointed by the Court as suc-
cessor to Rowland K. Hazard. The new Justice Department official
will serve until a Presidential appointee is confirmed by the Senate.
After spending nearly 39 years with the same Panama Canal
division, Cyrus W. Field, Production Superintendent in the Indus-
trial Division, retired from Canal service in July and will leave for
the United States September 10.
Born in Trinidad, Mr. Field arrived on the Isthmus with his
family in 1926, attended the Canal Zone schools and began his
apprenticeship in the Canal Zone as a shipfitter in 1931.
Upon completion of his apprentice training, Mr. Field was
employed by the former Mechanical Division as a shipfitter and
held the positions of leading man shipfitter, master shipfitter, and
chief foreman before taking over field production in the Industrial
Division at Mount Hope .
Mr. Field is married to the former Genevieve K. Foley, a
Canal Zone girl. They have four children, all born in the Canal Zone.
Although the Fields plan to go to the United States in Septem-
ber, they may return to the Isthmus and make their home in
Max W. Finley, after 30 years with the Health Bureau, super-
visory funeral director at Gorgas Hospital, has retired and is
making his home in Fairhope, Alabama.
A native of Topeka, Kansas, Mr. Finley went to the Isthmus
in 1938 with the United States Army and joined the Canal organi-
zation in 1940 and served for a time as a clerk in the Admitting
Office at Gorgas Hospital. He became a funeral director in 1950
and has been supervisory funeral director since 1955.
Miss Maida Isabel Watson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy W.
Watson, Jr., of Golf Heights, Panama, received a Master's degree
from the University of Florida in Gainesville. Miss Watson majored
Miss Watson completed her elementary and secondary studies
in Canal Zone schools and received her B. A. from Agnes Scott
College in Decatur, Georgia. She did her "Junior Year Abroad" at
the University of Dijon in France and the University of Madrid in
Spain. At the latter University she presented a thesis on Pre-
Colombian Art. Her Master's thesis was on "The Theatre of
Colombia." She has received a scholarship from the University of
Florida to study for a Doctorate.
Miss Watson will be married in December to Mr. Michael
Didalio Lupi, who has received his degree in Business Administra-
tion. Both will continue their studies for Doctorates.
Acting Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Charles L. Latimer,
presented a Special Service Award to Mrs. Margaret Morris,
recreation specialist, in recognition of her outstanding service to
the elementary school children's physical education and Canal Zone
athletic programs. Mrs. Morris retired recently with more than
21 years' Canal service. Mrs. Morris is now living with her mother
in North Carolina 410 N. Graham Street, Wallace, North
Carolina, 28466. She would be happy to hear from her many friends.
Howard Walter Hoover, of Antioch, California, has received
his Ph. D. Degree in Education from the University of Southern
California in Los Angeles. Dr. and Mrs. Hoover (Carol Sergeant)
and two sons reside in Antioch, where Dr. Hoover is Assistant
Superintendent of Schools.
Russell Thomas Herrington, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C.
Herrington, Balboa Heights, Panama Canal Zone, has become a
licensed marine engineer after completing a two-year course at the
Calhoon M. E. B. A. Engineering School, located in Baltimore.
Engineer Herrington received his license from the Coast Guard
and his graduation certificate after completing the intensive course
which includes one year of classroom training and one year as an
apprentice aboard an American-flag merchant vessel.
He will now sail as a third engineer aboard an American-flag
merchant ship under contract to District 1-Pacific Coast District,
National Marine Engineers Beneficial Association (AFL-CIO).
The appointment of one new bureau director and three new
division chiefs has been announced by Governor W. P. Leber.
Capt. Robert O. Mink, Chief of the Navigation Division for the
past year, has been named Marine Director effective November 1,
succeeding Capt. Alvin L. Gallin.
Captain Gallin, who retires from the U. S. Navy this month,
has been appointed Chief of the Industrial Division, which recently
was transferred from the Marine Bureau to the Engineering and
Constant W. Chase, Jr., former Chief of the Electrical Division,
now heads the new Facilities Engineering Division. He will be
succeeded by Richard R. Potter, who is being promoted from
Assistant Electrical Engineer. SPILLWAY, October 30, 1970.
James Marshall, Jr., of St. Petersburg, Florida, has completed
requirements for the Chartered Property and Casualty Under-
writer designation. The CPCU diplomas were presented at the
National Conferment All-Industry Luncheon in Los Angeles on
Mr. Marshall, who is regional casualty underwriter for the
Michigan Mutual Liability Company successfully passed three June
examinations to earn the professional property-liability insurance
The CPCU program consists of five national examinations.
Candidates usually devote one year of study in preparation for
each examination part.
Mr. Marshall, a graduate of Balboa High School in 1960, is a
graduate of the University of Florida. He is president of the Tampa
Bay Underwriters Association.
On the return trip from Los Angeles, Jim stopped in Houston,
Texas, to visit with his mother, Mrs. James (Hattie) Marshall
and his sister Melinda (Mrs. Jerry Irwin) and her family. He also
spent an evening in Houston with another 1960 graduate of Balboa
High, Dr. George Y. Trail and his lovely wife, "Homer."
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
For period to and including October 31, 1970
No hurricanes have visited us so far and we are truly grateful.
Our weather has been hot, but not too unpleasant, and now cool
days and nights are here.
We have been visited by many, and of course that makes us all
feel very happy. We are thankful that they try to be with us on our
regular meeting days, the first Friday of each month. They also
have time to look around and we are hoping that they will return
upon their retirement and make this their home.
The Annual Issue will perhaps be late because as you know I
have been laid up with a broken and shattered left leg. I am coming
along nicely, but oh it is so slow. The walker is a wonderful help,
but I am hoping that it won't be too long before I can use a cane.
The new GIFT memberships will be mailed out at the proper
time, so please don't forget to drop a THANK YOU note to the
folks who sent them just as soon as possible.
The 1970 dues are still not paid for a number of our members,
and they were dropped last month. The 1971 dues are coming in
fast, and we are very happy as these folks will not have to stand in
line at the Reunion to pay them. That is very tiring for many as
they would much rather get around and chat with their friends.
Those of you who do not want to stand in line send me your check
or money order and I will get your cards back at once.
Again may I remind you that if one wishes to join the Society
in the middle of the year the dues for the following year must be
paid at the same time, thereby making the amount $7.00 NO
MEMBERSHIP WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR A PERIOD OF 6
MONTHS ONLY, or FOR SIX MONTHS IN ONE YEAR AND SIX
MONTHS IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR. DUES ARE FROM
JANUARY THRU DECEMBER ONE YEAR IS NOW $5.00
Since dues start in January, it is respectfully requested that
you send them in now at any time as I have the 1971 and 1972
membership cards now.
PLEASE send in any changes of address the minute you know
what it will be. We are now mailing the Records and Annual Issue
on a second class permit if your mail goes to the wrong address,
through no fault of ours, it can not be sent to you at another address
IT IS RETURNED TO US. YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE
GOING TO BE WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW TOO.
Reunion time is drawing near Soreno as usual, and we are
hoping for a large crowd. Remember only 300 reservations get
yours in early so that you will be assured of a luncheon. This year
we will not have beef The Soreno has a new Manager who has
been here before, and he assures us that the luncheon will truly be
extra special. The dates are January 14th and 15th. Thursday the
14th business meeting at 2:00 P.M. Luncheon on Friday at
12:30 both in the Ball Room the reason for the early luncheon
will give those who drive home an opportunity to reach their desti-
nation before dark.
NO LUNCHEON RESERVATION WILL BE HELD AFTER
11:00 Friday the 15th, UNLESS PREVIOUSLY PAID FOR.
ROOM RATES $ 8.00 PLUS 4 per cent tax__SINGLE
$12.00 PLUS 4 per cent tax-_DOUBLE
These rates are SPECIAL for the PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY OF FLORIDA.
LUNCHEON $3.00 tax and gratuity are included.
New memberships not in the Annual Issue because of their
late arrival will be listed in the March Record.
The January meeting will be the Annual Reunion at the Soreno
Hotel on January 14th and 15th, 1971.
The February meeting will be held at the Gulfport Community
Center on the first Friday, February 5th, 1971 at 1:30 p.m.
In behalf of the President, Capt. Henry E. Falk, and the
Officers of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., we wish you
each and every one a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
LUCILLE S. JUDD
The Canal Zone Past Matrons Association of Florida will meet
for a luncheon on Saturday, January 16, 1971, at 12:30 p m. at the
Princess Martha Hotel, 1st Avenue and Fourth Street North, St.
Petersburg. All Canal Zone Past Matrons are cordially invited, and
we hope all those Matrons attending the Reunion will join in this
special luncheon meeting. For reservations, call Mrs. Helen Ham-
mond at 898-5735. See you there! Mildred O. (Mrs. Jack)
Sutherland, Secretary, Canal Zone Past Matrons Association of
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
GULFPORT COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM,
August 7, 1970
Eighty-one members and guests attended the regular monthly
meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida on August 7.
Capt. Henry L. Falk, President, just back from an extended vaca-
tion to Oregon and California, opened the meeting with the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag which was followed by the assembled
group singing GOD BLESS AMERICA with Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin
at the piano. After the Invocation, given by Mrs. Harry Cain,
Chaplain, thirty seconds of silent prayer were observed in memory
of those who had passed away since the last meeting. The following
visitors stood for special recognition as their names were called
by the Recording Secretary:
Robert H. Adams Pass Christian, Mississippi, visiting the
Mrs. Jeanette Jans and her sister, Mrs. Susan Bruland, Phila-
delphia, Pennsylvania, visiting Mrs. H. B. Majilton
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Farr St. Petersburg, absent for
Mrs. H. W. Leffingwell (Janie Hamlin) New Canaan, Con-
necticut, visiting Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin
Mr. Timothy Mann Pasadena, Florida, absent for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene I. Askew St. Petersburg
Mrs. Otto Kozak St. Petersburg
Mrs. Anna Bartlett St. Petersburg
Capt. Falk personally greeted members and visitors who had
left the cool comfort of air-conditioned homes to attend the meeting
only to find that air-conditioning was not working at the
The Recording Secretary read the Minutes of the July meeting.
The Minutes were approved as read.
Current news received since the July meeting was read by the
Recording Secretary. See the December RECORD for details.
William F. Grady, Legislative Representative repeated the
good news that the September annuity checks will show a 5.6
Cost of Living Increase.
Mr. Grady offered members pertinent advise on all insurance
policies in the event of a death, REMOVE name from the policy
immediately. He related an incident where this was not done with
resulting long delays.
With Mrs. Hamlin at the piano, the group sang Happy Birthday
to Bill Hughes, Joe Farr, Ernest Kieswetter, Mrs. Ethel Askew,
Dave Madison, Henry Falk, and Mrs. Anthony Ruffo.
The President asked for comments on possible unfinished busi-
ness or any suggestions. Mrs. Bessie Lyons reported on Mrs. Judd
who sent her love to all and expressed her thanks for the many
Coffee and doughnuts were enjoyed following the business
meeting. Our thanks to the hardworking and efficient Refreshment
September 4, 1970
The September meeting was called to order by Henry E. Falk,
President, at 1:30 p.m. The President led members and guests in
the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. After the Invocation, given
by Mrs. Harry Cain, the Lord's Prayer was recited by the mem-
bers. The following members who had been absent for some time
and guests stood for special recognition as their names were called
by the Recording Secretary:
Mrs. Margaret Hollowell St. Petersburg, absent for some
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Hicks St. Petersburg (Mrs. Hicks
is now retired and hopefully will be able to attend meeting regu-
Mrs. Nolan A. Bissell St. Petersburg
Capt. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley Clearwater, Florida, just
back from a northern vacation. Guests of the Rowleys attending the
meeting were: Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Rowley, Jr., of Jacksonville,
Florida, with their daughter Renee; Mr. and Mrs. James Gerhart
and daughter Suzanne, of Howard Air Force Base, Canal Zone, their
grandson, Davis R. Stevenson who will attend the Florida Air Force
School in Plantation, Florida, this school year.
After welcoming the seventy members and guests, the Presi-
dent informed the members of the progress of our Secretary-
Treasurer, Mrs. Lucille Judd. She will be admitted to the hospital
on September 11 for two weeks of therapy. As her daughter, Betty
Rathgeber, must return to her home in New Jersey, Lucille hopes
to find someone to live at the home (temporarily) with her when
she returns from the hospital. Capt. Falk urged members to send
cards while she is in the hospital. The President reported that
Mrs. Judd should have help on the Society work at her home. Mrs.
Lois Jones was considering taking the job.
Vice-President Ross Hollowell informed the members that his
granddaughter Margery Jones (daughter of Lois Hollowell Jones)
would be installed as Worthy Advisor of the Order of Rainbows,
Chapter No. 5, St. Petersburg, on September 26. Members were
invited to attend the ceremonies at the Masonic Temple.
The Recording Secretary read the Minutes of the August
meeting. The Minutes were approved as read.
Deaths since the August meeting were reported by the Record-
ing Secretary. Letters from correspondence received since the
August meeting were read. All news will appear in the December
issue of the RECORD.
The Legislative Representative, Mr. William Grady, with Mrs.
Grady was in Michigan but had sent in a report. The Treasury
Department had announced new regulations for easier payment of
federal taxes which would affect at least 2 million retired persons
receiving annuities and pensions. Beginning January 1, any person
who has income from annuities and pensions can have a portion
withheld for tax purposes. The plan is similar to withholding from
salaries and wages of active workers. Those wishing to use the
new withholding plan must complete and return to the Internal
Revenue Service form W4P.
The Senate Civil Service Committee has approved a bill to
allow widowed federal retirees to provide survivor benefits protec-
tion to their wives if they remarry. A House Civil Service Retire-
ment subcommittee had recently held hearings on similar legislation
and is expected to approve the measure soon.
Senator Gale McGee, chairman of the Senate Post Office and
Civil Service Committee won the primary for re-election.
The cost of living increased by .4% in June and .4% in July.
Members sang Happy Birthday to the following: Mrs. Virginia
Harvey, Mrs. Gladys Humphrey, Mrs. Dolly Barbour, Mrs. Dorothy
Hanners, Mr. Cecil Banan, Mr. Nolan Bissell, and Mr. James
Happy Anniversaries to Capt. and Mrs. Sam Rowley, Mr. and
Mrs. Joe Farr (too many Mr. Farr reported over 50), Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Hanners, and Mr. and Mrs. Albert McKeown.
Coffee and doughnuts were served by the Refreshment Com-
mittee at the close of the business meeting.
October 2, 1970
For twenty or thirty minutes before President Falk called the
October meeting to order, the happy hum of voices permeated the
Auditorium of the Gulfport Community Center. Northerners back
early to escape the first cold blasts of Old Man Winter and Zone
visitors seemed to inject new vitality in the group. Officially, the
meeting was called to order by Captain Falk at 1:30 p.m. who led
the members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
After the Invocation, given by Mrs. Harry Cain, Chaplain, the
members recited the Lord's Prayer. Members who had been absent
and guests stood as their names were called by the Recording
Secretary. Those receiving a special welcome were:
Mr. Yane Leves Balboa, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. William (Bud) Wahl Balboa, Canal Zone
Mr. James Campbell Coco Solo, Canal Zone, who is spending
some time at his home in Sarasota
Judge and Mrs. Carl A. Widell back home in Tampa after
spending six months on the Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hills with the sale of their home in
Maine, the Hills are now full-time residents of Sarasota
Mrs. Charlotte Eckert commuting days to Pennsylvania are
also over and Mrs. Eckert is also a permanent resident of Sarasota
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Gheen St. Petersburg. Mr. Gheen went
to the Zone in 1911 with the Army; he later worked for the
Isthmian Canal Commission and the Panama Canal Government
but left the Zone in 1914.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Hardy Miami, Florida
Mrs. Marie Wolf St. Petersburg
Mrs. Jessie Degenaar Dunedin, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Cotton Harbor Hills, Largo, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Owen Largo, Florida
Mrs. Helen Wilkerson St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beck St. Petersburg glad to see Paul
out after a session in the hospital
Mrs. Dorothy Cantway Seminole, Florida
Mr. George Chevalier back from Canada
Mr. James Andrew Fraser St. Petersburg
Captain Falk welcomed the 101 members and guests, stating
he hoped that they had enjoyed renewing old-time acquaintances,
and that all would come again. He informed the members that Mrs.
Judd was home from the hospital and doing fine. She would enjoy
seeing old friends.
The Recording Secretary read the Minutes of the September
meeting. The Minutes were approved as read.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported
a good trip to Michigan; they drove some 4,700 miles and had
considerable rain while on their trip. As best as he could figure
from available data, the Cost of Living had risen one percent since
the May quotation (for last raise) and had another two percent to
go before another increase was due.
HR 3661, the Second Spouse Bill, temporarily seemed to be
stalled, but at least committees are still working out adjustments
on the bill. H. R. 16968 (increasing the Government's payment on
health insurance) has been passed with the Government's contri-
bution at 40 percent. Although the President had requested only
38 percent, it is believed that he will sign the bill.
Forms for monthly withholding of taxes from annuities have
been sent to retirees. Mr. Grady announced that not only could
monthly deductions be made on annuities but could also include all
income (taxable income). Figure your income (use a round figure)
and divide by 12 to estimate what your monthly deductions should
be if you elect to take advantage of this new service.
Although Mr. Grady had written Washington for 50 copies of
form 2800 (Application for Death Benefits), he received only five
copies. He hopes to be able to get more.
President Falk complimented Mr. Grady on his report.
The assembled group sang Happy Birthday to Mr. Gene
Askew, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Howard, Mrs. Marie Wolf, Mrs. Jessie
Degenaar, Mrs. Grace Browne, Mrs. Alfred Waldorf, and Mr. Ralph
Harvey. Happy Wedding Anniversary to Lyla and Bud Esler was
inadvertently omitted from the September Minutes Sorry.
Captain Falk called for any suggestions or criticisms from the
floor; no one responded. He then called on Charlie Hardy from
Miami who stated weather was warmer in Miami than in St. Peters-
burg. Judge Widell, who had recently returned after six months on
the Zone, spoke on the accomplishments of the new regime in
Panama. The Widells were impressed with the improvements in
Panama and felt that regardless of what some (Ted Kennedy for
example) thought, that the current government was doing an
excellent job. Crimes have been cut to a minimum, roads and build-
ings were under construction, etc.
Following the business meeting, coffee and doughnuts were
served by the Refreshment Committee.
Margaret M. Ward
The ones we love remain with us
For Love itself lives on,
And cherished memories do not fade,
Because a loved one's gone!
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Babbidge, 86, died on September 15, 1970,
in St. Petersburg, Florida.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Howard R. Johnson, of
St. Petersburg; three grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Mrs. Martha Pomeroy Bardelson, wife of the late Samuel
Bardelson, passed away on October 10, 1970, in Washington, D. C.
Survivors are Robert Pomeroy Bardelson, Samuel Bardelson,
Jr., Mrs. Lou Beman, and a sister Miss Winifred M. Pomeroy.
Mrs. Bernice Ozell Lyons Barker died on September 14, 1970,
in Tallahassee, Florida. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Preston
J. Barker, of Tallahassee; three daughters, Mrs. J. K. Graddy and
Mrs. Vedas B. Laporta, both of Tallahassee, Florida, and Mrs.
James Coppedge of Corpus Christi, Texas; a son Robert Preston
Barker, of Winter Haven, Florida; nine grandchildren and one
A. Earl Beck, 74, husband of Alice Sterzing Beck, passed away
on September 6, 1970, in St. Petersburg, Florida. He moved to
St. Petersburg in 1957 from Margarita, Canal Zone.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Beck is survived by a brother,
Harold Beck, of Crawfordsville, Indiana, and his step-mother, Mrs.
K. O. Beck, of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Vernal R. Brown, 72, retired personnel officer for the Panama
Canal Company in Washington, D. C., died August 22, 1970, at
George Washington University Hospital.
Mr. Brown is survived by his wife, Clara, Chevy Chase, Mary-
land; a son, Dr. Richard V. Brown, of Bethesda; a sister, and two
Jonathan B. Broad, of Los Rios, Canal Zone, died of a heart
attack aboard the SS CRISTOBAL on August 30, 1970. Mr. Broad
and his wife, Sara, were en route to the States on vacation and
had planned a trip out West.
Mrs. Maud H. Charles, 59, wife of Louis H. Charles, Sr., died
at Gorgas Hospital on September 19, 1970.
Besides her widower, Mrs. Charles is survived by her sons,
Louis, Jr., of Balboa, and Alden; three sisters, one brother and
Billy W. Cole, 48, Finance Branch Superintendent at the
Margarita Post office, died on June 12, 1970, after a brief illness.
Mr. Cole is survived by a sister, Mrs. Louise E. Cordell, of
Union, South Carolina.
Edward S. Conger, 58, former secretary of the Export-Import
Bank, died at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D. C.,
after a short illness. Mr. Conger was born in the Canal Zone.
He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Lola Conger, of Washing-
ton, a sister Dolores Sullivan, of Silver Spring, Maryland, and two
Mrs. Grace Culp, of Fort Myers, Florida, died October 6, 1970,
according to information sent in by Dan Jones, of Miami, Florida.
Details are not known.
Mrs. Ethel M. Drake, 89, passed away on August 14, 1970, in
Chicago, Illinois. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. B. L. Mitchell,
William Lee Eldredge, 52, an employee of Maintenance Man-
agement at Corozal, died recently at Gorgas Hospital after a brief
Surviving him is his wife, Mrs. Haydee Eldredge.
Frank Fitzpatrick, 89, former supervisory rollkeeper for the
Panama Canal organization and a construction-day employee, died
September 20, 1970, in Los Angeles following a long illness.
Mr. Fitzpatrick was retired in 1943 but was re-employed in
the same position until 1945.
Surviving him are his widow, two sons and two daughters, all
of whom live in the United States.
Preston Gau, 65, retired Canal Zone employee, died October ;31
at Gorgas Hospital following a lengthy illness. Mr. Gau went to
the Isthmus in 1926 and was employed as a reporter for the ST.AR
& HERALD. Later he left this position to work for the Panama
Canal in the Plant Accounting Department from which he retired
He is survived by his wife, the former Caroline Hilbert; one
daughter, Mrs. Charles B. Stone III, the former Jeanuette Gau, two
grandchildren, a brother, Col. Henry Gau and a sister, Mrs. Laura
Healey all of whom with the exception of his widow, reside in the
Mrs. Ida Hallett, widow of L. Forrest Hallett, Sr. who passed
away in 1965, died suddenly on October 20, 1970, in Quincy, Massa-
Mrs. Hallett is survived by a son, L. Forrest Hallett, Jr., of
Shreveport, Louisiana, and seven grandchildren.
Mrs. Theodosia Hazel, 84, mother of a former Canal employee,
died in St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, August 11,
Mrs. Hazel was the mother of Ronald S. Hazel, who was with
the Panama Canal Office of the General Counsel from 1938 to 1943
and was Assistant General Counsel prior to his departure.
Surviving her on the Isthmus is a daughter, Mrs. Alice Roche,
a resident of Ancon. Other survivors are her husband, Roy Hazel,
of Lanesboro, Minnesota; two sons, Owen, of Watertown, South
Dakota, and Roy Jr., of Lanesboro; and a daughter, Mrs. Gail
Sanden, of Denver, Colorado.
David John Harrington, oldest son of Norma (Evans) and Al
Harrington, of Greeley, Colorado, was killed instantly in a car-train
accident on the outskirts of Greeley on October 23. David was 17
Capt. Francis J. Harrington, 70, former Panama Canal pilot,
died September 23, 1970, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, following an
apparent heart attack.
Capt. Harrington was first employed by the Panama Canal in
1934 as a dock foreman in the Marine Bureau. He became a pilot
in 1935 and was employed in this position until his retirement in
Following his retirement, Capt. Harrington and his wife made
their home in DeBary, Florida and had a summer home in
Surviving him are his widow and two sons, Lee, who is in
business in Florida, and Basin, a Commander in the U. S. Coast
Guard stationed in Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Frances Horter, former employee of the Office of the
Comptroller and a long time resident of the Isthmus, died October
9 in Minnesota after a lengthy illness. She was 74 years old.
Mrs. Horter was employed in 1941 in the Accounting Division
as a clerk and later was transferred to the Payroll Branch. She was
retired in 1956.
She is survived by four daughters; Mrs. Joan Lundy, Mrs.
Marion Connor, Mrs. Ruth Spooner, all residents of the United
States; Mrs. Peggy Sheridan, of Ancon, Canal Zone; and one son,
Milton Horter Jr., Chief of the Cocoli Diesel Station, and a resident
George Herman died September 25, 1970, in San Antonio,
Texas. He had been a resident of San Antonio for the past fifteen
years since retiring as Chief of the Canal Zone Police in 1955. He
had served the Canal Zone Police Division for more than forty
years when he retired.
He is survived by his wife Hazel; daughters Mrs. J. B. Jones
and Mrs. R. S. Green; a son George Herman, Jr.; and seven grand-
Mrs. Lovey Jeannette Hull, formerly of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died October 6, 1970, in Arlington, Virginia.
She is survived by a son, Robert M. Hull, of Arlington, and a
sister, Mrs. Harry J. Holland.
Mrs. Elsie (Dolly) M. Kirchner passed away on August 2, 1970,
in Bakersfield, California. Mrs. Kirchner served in the U. S. Army
Nurse Corp from 1942 to 1945 and held the rank of First
Mrs. Kirchner is survived by her widower John; three
brothers, Owen J. Prince, of Oakfield, Maine, Theodore W. Prince,
of Millinocket, Maine, and Floyd E. Prince, of Van Nuys, Cali-
fornia; two sisters, Marion Smart, of Hyattsville, Maryland, and
Bessie Paola, of Bakersfield, California.
Oden G. Loren, of Sarasota, Florida, passed away on August
31, 1970. He was United States Vice Consul in Colon in the early
Twenties. His wife Edith Goodwin Loren was a third-grade teacher
in the Cristobal schools.
Surviving are his wife, Edith; a son, William, Mexico City,
Mexico; three grandchildren, two in Mexico City and grand-
daughter, Mary Marsh, of Houston, Texas.
Mr. James A. Marmouget, of Rogers, Arkansas, died in Sep-
tember. Details are not known.
Mrs. Dorothy Mae Meyer, 75, died August 17, 1970, in Orlando,
Florida. She is survived by her husband, Major A. Oren Meyer, of
Orlando, and a nephew, C. A. Hemsworth, Culver, Indiana.
William G. Mummaw, 78, a former Panama Canal employee
of the Maintenance Division, died October 1, 1970, in Gainesville,
Mr. Mummaw was a parishioner of St. Mary's Church and was
a prominent member of the Panama-Balboa Council of the Knights
Anthony A. Palis, 70, died September 8, 1970, in St. Peters-
burg, Florida. Mr. Palis went to the Canal Zone in 1942 for the
United States Army. He later transferred to the United States
Navy and was General Foreman, Maintenance, in the Motor Trans-
portation Division until September, 1965, when he retired to St.
He is survived by his widow, Francesca Palis, of St. Peters-
burg, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Raymond Palis.
Mrs. Dove Prather died on September 27, 1970, at her home
in Portland, Oregon. Mrs. Prather celebrated her 102nd birthday
on January 25, 1970.
Information of Mrs. Prather's death was sent in by Andrew
Van Siclen, of Vancouver, Washington, who with his wife, had
visited with Mrs. Prather and her sister, Ora Fisher, at noon on
Sunday, September 27. Later in the day, she quietly passed away.
From 1911-1951, Mrs. Prather lived in the Canal Zone, where
she taught for twelve years and then devoted her time to com-
munity work. During the war years in the Canal Zone, Mrs. Prather
was in charge of the American Legion, and she tutored servicemen
who couldn't read or write, giving them the grammatical ability to
communicate with their families.
Mr. Anthony Raymond died September 2, 1970, in Moininth
Hospital, New Jersey, after a short illness.
He is survived by his widow, Marie, and a sister, Mrs. Della
Noonan, of Sarasota, Florida.
Dr. Cecil Rice, of Ridgemanor, Florida, died suddenly in Fair-
banks, Alaska, on August 17, 1970, Dr. Rice was with the Division
of Schools in the Canal Zone in the 1930's and transferred to
Censorship during World War II.
Dr. and Mrs. Rice, who were on an extended vacation, had
visited many friends in California before going to Fairbanks.
He is survived by his widow, Mr-. Leota Rice, a son, and a
Walter G. Ross, 93, a Roosevelt Medal holder, died in the
George Washington University Hospital on September 18, 1970.
From 1907 to 1914, Mr. Ross served as quartermaster of Empire
in Panama as the Canal was being dug and later wrote a book,
"The Historical Background of the Panama Canal."
He served as military attache to Lisbon during World War I
and later, during the Civil War in Spain, took over the American
Embassy in Spain. During World War II, Mr. Ross opened munition
plants in the United States and later founded mining and milling
concerns from Australia to India.
A philanthropist, he gave two million dollars to the George
Washington University Hospital the second floor of the new
wing of the hospital is now called the Walter G. Ross Floor of
J. Clarkson Russell, 71, prominent and colorful San Francisco
civic leader, died suddenly in his office on October 16. Following
his early years in the Panama Canal Zone, Mr. Russell went to
San Francisco in 1923.
He is survived by his wife, Ermie Bell, of Burlingame, Cali-
fornia; a son, J. C. Russell of San Bruno; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara
R. Darnell, of Berkeley; and three grandchildren.
Phil Thornton, Mill Valley, California, who sent in the obituary
wrote, "Mr. Russell was a most active member of our northern
California Panama Canal Society and a past president. He was
much loved by all of us and will be greatly missed.
Herbert L. Sanborn died on August 11, 1970, in Deerfield
Beach, Florida. Masonic Services were held on August 13 in Fre-
Mr. Sanborn is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ethel H. Sanborn,
of Deerfield Beach.
Newell N. Shaw, 77, died on September 6, 1970, in Fayetteville,
Mr. Shaw went to the Canal Zone in 1913 where he first
worked as a splicer for the Telephone Department. He later trans-
ferred to the Pacific Locks, but resigned in February, 1922, and
worked for a few years in Chicago. Returning to the Panama Canal
Zone in February, 1924, he was assigned to the Pedro Miguel Locks
and was Lock Master at the time of his retirement in May, 1951.
After retiring to Tranquil Acres in Fayetteville, Arkansas,
he was on the staff of the University of Arkansas as Techni-
cian in the Electrical Engineering Laboratory from 1955 to 1960.
He was a charter member of Fayetteville, Chapter No. 463,
NARCE, serving as secretary for two years and as president for
Mr. Shaw is survived by his widow, Blanche, of Fayetteville;
a daughter, Mrs. Alice Ray Wier, Denver, Colorado; a son, Ray-
mond, of the Canal Zone; and several grandchildren.
Mrs. Gladys M. Uhler, 69, died August 25, 1970, in St. Peters-
burg, Florida. She is survived by her husband, Harry L., of St.
Petersburg. Mrs. Uhler had worked with the Navy on the Zone
and Mr. Uhler with the Bureau of Statistics information from
Ralph Clinton Wanlass, 84, of Hendersonville, North Carolina,
died August 21, 1970, of a severe heart attack. He had been in poor
health for a number of years but was ambulatory to the last.
Mr. Wanlass went to the Isthmus in 1919 and was retired as
administrative assistant to the chief of storehouses, Panama Canal,
He is survived by his widow Margaret, a son Ralph Clinton,
of Garden City, Long Island, and five grandchildren.
Leonard Wolford, 62, died October 16, 1970, in St. Petersburg,
Florida. He moved to Florida seven years ago from the Panama
Canal Zone. He was chief marine traffic controller in the Panama
He is survived by his wife, Isabelle; a sister, Mrs. Arthur
Gimmel, Cleveland, Ohio.
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
It is sad to have to report that our dear Friend Newell Shaw
passed on this summer. How good it is that Newell and Blanche's
son, Raymond N. Shaw, from the Canal Zone visited them after
completing a Management Course at Berkeley, California, some
three months ago. Raymond had only been home in the Canal Zone
a week when he was called back to Fayetteville because of his
father's demise as was Alice Ray Wier, the Shaw's daughter. Alice
Ray recently returned to Fayetteville to help Blanche move to 118
E. Lafayette Street on or about October 20th.
Walter Wagner wrote about his visit with his eldest daughter
Louise in Massachusetts, after which he attended the NARCE Con-
vention in Buffalo where he met Howard and Edna Munro. Walter
also attended Rainbow Girls State Assembly at Hot Springs and
closed his year as their "State Rainbow Dad." Walter's daughter
Sarah Ann Gates (who was born in Colon) is now teaching Nursing
at the University of Arkansas in Jonesboro, and her husband is
Lab. Technician at the Cancer Clinic there. Sarah Ann worked at
St. Bernard's Hospital (where Betty Saltzman's sister also works)
during the summer. Walter's address is Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Martha and Walter Reif had a two-week visit with their
grandchildren in August in Fayetteville, after which the Reifs took
a trip to California, visiting their daughter and son-in-law Dr.
and Mrs. W. D. Clark. The Reifs previously had taken a trip to
Chicago in June to visit Walter's sister.
Young Mike Burton Jr. completed his six-weeks training
course (ROTC) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, during the summer and
returned to the University of Arkansas where he is majoring in
Mechanical Engineering. Mike's young bride, Caroline, is studying
to be a Medical Technician at the University also.
Judy Crooks Dailey (of Austin, Texas) made a short visit
to Fayetteville with her husband Charles and their two children,
Charles Jr. and Andrea Lynn, in October. Judy is with the Internal
Revenue Service in Austin.
Nancy Crooks Kipplinger (Tucson, Arizona) writes that her
second eldest son Michael Todd spent a few weeks' vacation with
her on leave from the Air Force. Bob Todd, her eldest son, married
recently, and is stationed in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bob Crooks and his wife Niki and young son Jeffery are still
at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where Bob is in the Special Forces
(U. S. Army) Group. Young Jeffery was born while Bob and Niki
were stationed in Fort Gulick, Canal Zone.
Catherine and George Lowe visited Mary Cecil Lowe (who re-
cently moved from Houston, Texas, to Fayetteville right next
door to her sister Nannie I. Brown) in October. It's just like Grand
Central Station at 221 and 223 (adjoining apartments) East Maple
Street with relatives coming and going. Catherine and George de-
parted the latter part of October for a visit with Mary Jo and
Fred Yaeger in Houston, Texas, where the fishing has been great!
(Fred supplied all of his friends in Southwest Houston with his
Frances and Andrew Whitlock, shortly after moving to 213
North Fletcher, Fayetteville, Arkansas, departed the latter part
of July for Mishawaka, Indiana, to attend the wedding of their
granddaughter, Cassie Loo Stringer, eldest daughter of Jackie and
Dr. Durwood D. Stringer. Jackie and her second eldest Beth Ann
returned home with the Whitlocks for a ten-day visit the middle
of August, .-t.pling off for a short visit with Andree Lee (Whit-
lock) Collins and her family in St. Louis. Dr. Stringer flew in his
private plane and spent a weekend with the Whitlocks in Fayette-
ville before the Stringers returned to Mishawaka. Edward Whit-
lock graduated from the University of Texas with Honors in Liberal
Arts Plan II and is presently associated with Life of Virginia in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Lance Terrell, son of Glynn and Etta Fay Terrell, decided to
further his education and is now a full-fledged student at the Uni-
versity of Texas in Austin. Being a little older than the average
college student, Lance says he is finding the present-day students
a course of study all by themselves.
The Carl Maedls (703 Henryetta Street, Springdale, Arkansas
72764), shortly after getting settled in their newly-acquired home
in Springdlal,. were visited by their daughter, Pamela, who re-
cently returned from a year of study in Vienna under the Institute
of European Studies Program. The Maedls drove to Minnesota
to take Pamela back to enter Gustavus Adolphus College for her
Senior year. They also visited the James Krough family (Pat
Maedl) in Edina, Minnesota. Since their return to Springdale, the
Maedls have been engaged in discovering the scenic wonders of
the Ozarks, taking in some of the local festivals such as the Wine
Festival at Altus, Arkansas, and the Arts and Crafts Festival at
War Eagle, Arkansas. In November, the Maedls plan to travel to
Montana and will spend Thanksgiving with the Walter Maedls of
A letter from the Dick Capps (612 W. Wallace, Shawnee, Okla-
homa 74801), to the Herbert Engelkes, of Bentonville, Arkansas, re-
ported the terrible tornado that hit their area recently. The Capps
were in Kansas City visiting friends en route to a visit to Iowa
at the time, and returned home to Shawnee after learning that
none of their family nor property had been damaged. The Capps
expect to be with us at our Canal Zone get-together at Eureka
Springs, November 1, after a trip to Little Rock and Memlphis,
Edith and George Engelke have had many guests this sum-
mer and fall: the Richard Reinhold family from White Bear Lake,
Minnesota; their son Dr. John P. Engelke and family, of Boston,
Massachusetts; Evelyn and Howard Engelke, of Balboa, Canal
Zone; Virginia Engelke Favorite (Mrs. Benjamin S.), of Margarita.
Doris and Dick Engelke, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, drove down
to visit Alice and Herb Engelke during the Engelke family's get-
Connie and Bob Engelke had their daughter Joyce May (Mrs.
H. E. Jr.) and her children with them during the summer.
Haleen and Earnest Williams enjoyed their usual jaunt back
East to Maryland to see their family.
In August, the Carl Newhards made a trip to Battle Creek,
Michigan, to visit their son Bruce and family. Bruce had a large
garden so Helen helped Karen "can and can." Much fun was en-
joyed with the grandchildren and many happy reunions with old
friends. The first of September Carl and Helen went to Toledo,
Ohio, for a few days' visit with Sam, Ann, and daughter, Carolyn.
Labor Day weekend the Carl Newhards and the Sam Newhards
returned to Battle Creek where Carl enjoyed a float trip down the
Kalamazoo River with his two sons. Shortly after the Carl New-
hards returned home on September 9th, they had a visit with the
William McCues of Balboa who had just bought a house about three
blocks south of the Newhards on Highway 71. The McCues expect
to retire in April, 1971.
Before Lenore and Harry Butz Sr. departed for the West
Coast in October, Lee asked Fran Whitlock to collect the news for
Northwest Arkansas and forward to Margaret Ward who is filling
in for Lucille Judd during Lucille's incapacitation. (My Foddah!
Dat sound like a Baijan word! We does hope by now, Lucille does
have de liberation from dat "incapacitation"!) Best wishes for a
speedy recovery, Lucille.
Many thanks to Alice Engelke and Petie Maedl for helping
Fran to gather in the news. Frances B. Whitlock (filling in for
P.S.: Just received a card from Lee Butz. While visiting in
San Francisco she had seen ex-Zonian Mary Hare in Walnut Creek
and had talked to Mildred and Clem Genis in San Diego.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
Newcomers to our organization are Richard and Janet Laschin-
ger of San Diego. They hope to come to the October picnic in Long
Beach. Editor see About People for additional details on
A note from W. H. (Bill) Frazee, 952 Alpha Street, Inglewood,
California, says he was on the Zone from 1905-1911 and wonders
if anyone remembers him. His last hitch was on the Labor Train
from Paraiso to Corozal. He is 88 years old, lives alone, does most
of his work, had a stroke earlier this year, and does not get around
like he used to. Anyone knowing him might like to write and say
hello to him.
Emmett and Adele Argo, of Laguna Hills Leisure World, left in
September for their annual trek East: will see their daughter
Grace and family in North Carolina, and friends along the way.
Mrs. J. Orr Craig (Agnes) now 90 years old, is a patient at
Seacrest Nursing Home, San Pedro. Her niece, Mrs. Barnett, says
any mail for her should be addressed to P. O. Box 506, Summit
City, California 96089.
Had a nice letter from Naoma Liebeler- her daughters Mar-
garet Dalton of Panama, and Bess Morton, of Prospect, Oregon,
stayed with her for about two weeks after Sangster Liebeler's
death on July 4, 1970.
Mr. and Mrs. James Morton and three sons of West Covina re-
cently visited his folks (Bess and Walt Morton) in Prospect,
Oregon. Jim is a teacher of Accounting at Cal State in Los Angeles,
and they feel they have found Paradise living in the States. Mr.
and Mrs. Wally Morton and their two sons live in Ventura, Cali-
fornia, where Wally is with the California Highway Patrol, and
loves his job; they, too, recently visited his parents in Prospect,
Oregon. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tellkamp (Margie Morton) and their
two children visited her parents this summer so, it looks as
though Bess and Walt Morton had a busy, happy time of it.
Recently heard from Al and Iris Days: they are still in San
Diego and like it very much. They get together frequently with
the Canal Zone folks in that area.
In a round-about way we heard from George T. Williams, 840
Watt Avenue, Sacramento. In February, 1970, he had sent a note
to the P. C. Society of Los Angeles at 1078 W. 75th Street, Los
Angeles. His letter somehow got to the Panama Canal Company
in Washington, and the Zone, and finally was sent to David Smith
here in Los Angeles. Mr. Williams was born May 17, 1897: he was
Assistant to Secretary, Surveys, Panama Canal Commission under
Major Malsbury. Says he had been in the Veteran's Hospital. We
wrote him, but at this writing have heard nothing further from
Flo and Arthur Berude, of Laguna Hills, surely live an active
life! Nothing "leisurely" about their retirement. In August they
went to Illinois and then to South Bend, Indiana, to attend the
wedding of a niece. They enjoyed the affair but found that train
travel "aint what it usta be" no longer the pleasant, relaxing
experience as in the past. In September, their son John, his wife
and youngest son returned from a tour of duty at Sasebo, Japan;
their visit with Flo and Arthur was all too short. John has been
re-assigned and is now Commander, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
John's daughter Catherine is a Computer Programmer at the
Marine Bureau in San Pedro; their older son John has been
attending UCLA for three years and has been accepted for admis-
sion to UCLA Dental College; their older daughter Patricia is
married and living and working in Washington.
The Berudes just returned from a motor trip to Oakland
where they visited Arthur's sister and her husband. While there,
they had a telephone visit with Docia Hodges Smith of Walnut
Creek Leisure World: they visited Mrs. Fred Fitch (Helena), who
is living in the Town House in Berkeley. They report that Helena
is comfortably situated, looking wonderful hard to realize that
she is 94 years of age. Aside from all the company and traveling
the Berudes do, Flo serves as a Medical Volunteer (Pink Lady)
in the Laboratory at the Leisure World Clinic, and there's al-
They reported on the recent Panama Canal get-together at
Laguna Hills Clubhouse #2, beautifully situated overlooking the
golf club. Among those attending were: Naomi Liebeler, Clara
Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Mort Lockwood from Monrovia; Miss Thora
Baublits of Dana Point; Mrs. Elizabeth Jones of LaJolla; Forrest
and Lola Cheeseman of Brea (Flo says Lola looks as young and
pretty as she did twenty years ago Forrest looks well and much
the same except for silver hair, but he says he is thankful to have
hair!); Mildred and Paul Kline from Tustin (they brought Mild-
red's mother Mrs. Ruth Phillips with them); Dr. and Mrs. C. C.
Clay (Marion Seibold) from Seal Beach; Grace Naylor, Mary
Journeay, Mildred McMahon, Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Martin, Katie
and Carl Hall. Flo says Grace Naylor prepared delicious turkey,
and Edna Martin was a great help in getting everything set up
for luncheon. Some of the regulars were unable to attend: the
Argos on vacation; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Irving on vacation in Illinois;
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Hoecker and Mrs. Fred Sundstrom who live at
the Eleven Oaks Hotel in Monrovia, were unable to attend because
of health reasons; Berta Hazzard, who had not recovered suffici-
ently from her fall. Those attending the Laguna Hills affair report
a wonderful time, visiting and reminiscing; they all agree that
"The Canal Zoners are special people."
Mrs. Elizabeth Jones, who makes her home at White Sands,
LaJolla, California, recently returned from a visit with her son,
Captain William Jones USN, in Naples, Italy.
Mildred and Paul Kline report that Berta Hazzard is getting
along fine after her accident; she is happy in her new mobile home,
1010 Mesa Avenue SP 93, Vista, California, 92083. Mildred's father
(John Phillips) is a patient in a nursing home.
Marian and Claire Clay write that they are enjoying their
life in Seal Beach Leisure World much to Claire's delight NO
Note from Elizabeth and Leon Edwards: they have moved
from North Carolina to Rusk, Texas, P. 0. Box 439, 75785. They
would like to be coming back to California to live their son,
grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all live in Oceanside, Cali-
fornia, so we can see there would be quite a reason for wanting to
return here. Cordially Thelma Reppe, Acting Secretary.
FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
The Panama Canal Employees of Southern Florida will hold
one of their semi-annual luncheons on Sunday, November 15th at
the Galt Ocean Miles Hotel. Bill Clinchard, our President for the
year, and his assistants are planning a great luncheon and, as of
this writing, the James M. Hunters report some eighty reservations
have been made. We hope for another big gathering as in the past.
Many of our local people who migrated north for vacations
during the summer are home once again. We welcome the John
Connards, Carl and Camille Cetti, Dr. and Mrs. Strumpf, the Frank
Naughtons after their trip around the world, the David Yerkes,
accompanied by her aunts after their trip to Spain. Peggy reports
a lovely visit while in New York with Captain and Mrs. R. G.
Rennie, of New Milford, Connecticut.
Another visitor to Fort Lauderdale recently was Bill Yerkes,
of Los Angeles, California. He was on a business trip to Orlando
and paid a short visit to his parents, David and Peggy Yerkes.
On the 27th of October, Bishop R. Heber Gooden was a speaker
at a dinner given by the parish of St. Mark's Episcopal Church at
the Galt Ocean Miles Hotel, where many of the folks from St.
Lukes, now residents here, attended. Bishop Gooden had attended
the Episcopal Church's 63rd triennial general convention in Hous-
ton, Texas. From there he flew to California to see his father.
Nita Hartman, of Miami, Florida, is off to Panama and the
Canal Zone once more. While there, she will be the guest of the
Mrs. Charles Persons was a visitor in the home of Jimmy and
Amele Hunter in Pompano recently. Mrs. Persons had a full
schedule of visits before she returns home.
Mrs. Stanley (Martha) Hamilton has been ill for some time
now and was in North Broward General Hospital. Her son Bobby
and his family arrived for a visit before his departure to Vietnam.
We wish Martha a speedy recovery.
Frank and Ann Cunningham had a visit here with her sister
and brother-in-law, the Les Spencers, of Ancon, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Bill Hearon (Agnes) had as her house guests recently
the W. Clifford Fritzes, of Port St. Lucie, Florida. She had a coffee
one morning for them and the guests included the Frank Naugh-
tons, the Byrne Hutchings with their son and daughter-in-law and
two grandchildren, Barbara Hutchings Slay, the Gil Rowes with
his uncle and aunt, the Simmons, Barbara Hutchings, and the
Mary Harrison had been in Fort Myers: to be with Mrs. Oliver
Culp during her illness. We were sorry to hear of Mrs. Culp's death.
Elmer Orr and Otto Helmerichs were in Pompano Beach
recently at the Orr apartment accompanied by their respective
young daughters. The Orr gal is in Tallahassee and Miss Helmerichs
is attending Prospect Hall in Fort Lauderdale.
Last but not least was the lovely wedding of Cheryl Ann Peter-
son to Robert Russell, Jr. on August 15th at the First Baptist
Church in Plantation, Florida. The young couple were school mates
in the Zone.
Attending the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. Russell, Sr., of the
Canal Zone, and the Rev. and Mrs. John R. Owens (Jayne Peterson)
and their two youngsters, Kathy and Randy, of Valdosta, Georgia.
All the attendants were Cheryl's school mates at Ouachita Baptist
University at Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
The James Brooks of Fort Lauderdale, formerly Cristobal
folks, returned home from a visit to Bogota, Colombia.
Carl and Camille Cetti recently entertained with a dinner at
their home for the John Connards, James Hunters, Barbara Hutch-
ings, Ann Williams, and Hugh Maloney Barbara Hutchings.
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
MRS. GUY CICELYY KNIBB) ALLEN, 4221 Coliseum Street,
New Orleans, writes that she has had a house full of company for
ten days recently. Her daughter and son-in-law, Col. and Mrs. Shu-
maker arrived from Calimesa, California, to help her celebrate her
82nd birthday, which was on October 3. Then, her sister-in-law,
Mrs. Lillian Allen, whom she had not seen in sixteen years, arrived
from Raleigh, North Carolina, for a visit. Her son, Staff Sgt. Major
Charles K. Cooper, has decided to stay in the Army beyond his
thirty years' retirement date and is presently stationed at Fort
MRS. BERT J. BENOIT, 8724 Chaldron Street, Metairie, re-
ports that her grandson, First Lt. Robert D. Bowman, recently
returned from Vietnam and spent some time in New Orleans with
his wife, Jill, who was staying with Mrs. Benoit. He is currently
stationed at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, as an
instructor. While in New Orleans, the Bowmans sampled the world-
famous French cuisine of several fine restaurants and attended
the Giants-Saints football game. Roland Casanova, on vacation
from the Zone, was also at the Benoit's recently to attend a reunion
barbeque with several relatives.
MR. AND MRS. FRANZ G. BERG have moved from Baton
Rouge and are presently residing at 32081/ Obispo Street, Tampa,
Florida. Mrs. Berg is the former Betsy Foster, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. G. C. Foster who recently retired from the Maintenance
Division and are now house-hunting in upstate New York.
MRS. ELMER (AMY) DAILY, SR., 314 Houma Boulevard,
Metairie, writes of a recent visit from Mr. and Mrs. William Wahl
of Balboa who had a wonderful vacation in the States touring Fair-
banks, Alaska; Seattle, Washington; Waterloo, Iowa; and St. Pet-
ersburg, Florida. Returning to the Zone with the Wahls were Mr.
and Mrs. Ralph Dickerson (Mrs. Wahl's parents and retired Zon-
ians) and Mr. and Mrs. William Newsum (Mrs. Wahl's sister and
brother-in-law), all of Waterloo, Iowa.
MRS. LERA B. HENNESSY, 2909 North Eighth Street, West
Monroe, enjoyed a visit to Orlando, Florida, in July to see Alvina
and Milton Treadwell as well as Edna Whitver, Lela Holden and
Bess Bridges, all good friends from Zone days. Mrs. Hennessy, who
taught at Balboa Elementary School, retired in 1964. Her son, Jeff,
is a gym instructor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana
in Lafayette, specializing in trampoline. He has coached two world
champions in this field. Her daughter, Lera, who is a speech
teacher at Richwood High School in Monroe, is married to William
Harris and has one child, Scott. Her other daughter, Kathleen, is
married to Jackie Neal, director of recreation for Monroe, and they
have one son, Jon. Mrs. Hennessy enjoys playing bridge, visiting
friends and singing in the choir of the First United Methodist
MISS VICKI HUTCHISON, daughter of D. P. Hutchison (Lock
Master), was graduated from Lousiana Tech University in Ruston
on August 20. She received a BS in business with a data processing
option and has returned to the Zone to seek employment. Her
brother, Gary, is a junior in civil engineering at Louisiana Tech
and has spent six years in the Navy. Vicki and Gary both graduated
from Balboa High School and attended the Canal Zone College.
REV. AND MRS. ROBERT W. JACKSON have retired and
moved from New Iberia to Bentonville, Arkansas. He was formerly
affiliated with the Church of Our Savior in New Cristobal. The
Jacksons have enjoyed getting reacquainted with other Zone fami-
lies in Bentonville, including Mr. and Mrs. George N. Engelke,
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert O. Engelke, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Engelke,
Mrs. Mattie MacAulay (formerly of Metairie) and Mr. and Mrs.
Earnest Williams. Patt Foster Roberson, Louisiana Reporter
NEWS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Joe and Dorothy Muldoon have returned to Hendersonville
after spending two months at their summer home in Bayside,
Bruce and Mildred Harrell left for Sierra Vista, Arizona, the
first part of October to visit with their daughter Louise Wright
and family. While there, they drove to Green Valley where they
saw Frank and Martha Lerchen, Mary Lerchen Moser, her husband
and baby daughter, and Jimmie and Mary (Martha's sister) Dris-
coll, who were on vacation from Venezuela, South America. The
Lerchens have a lovely home in Green Valley, overlooking the golf
course. The Harrells were quite impressed with Frank's Ham Radio
set and said they were going to take Louise and Bill back to see it.
Bill is in Radio work at the Base in Sierra Vista.
The Kelleys have gone to Washington to visit the children and
grandchildren. Mrs. Luckey flew up the day before the Kelleys left
as the long drive is somewhat tiring for her.
Bill and Nelle Grady, of Lakeland, Florida, drove through
Hendersonville on their way to Michigan for the marriage of a
niece. They stopped to see the Tommy Sawyers and had a good
time reliving their days at the Colon Hospital.
Mrs. George Ward (Inez) returned from a visit with her
daughter after attending the wedding of her granddaughter. She
has sold her home and twenty acres out in the country and has
bought a house in town. Her new address is 30 College Street,
Weaverville, North Carolina 28787.
Friends in this area greatly enjoyed the visit of Edie Medinger
and of Frank and Ellen Castles when they flew up from the Zone
to enter their daughters in school. Anne Castles is attending St.
Genevieve in the Pines, Asheville; Ann Medinger is enrolled at
High Point College in High Point, North Carolina.
B. Tyrell breezed up to Scottdale, Pennsylvania for a reunion
of her high school class.
New officers of the North Carolina Society are: Wendell
Greene, President and Treasurer and Margaret Wanlass, Secretary.
Mr. Brandl, retiring President, who has done a magnificent piece
of work, will continue to work with the group, and we hope will
always have pictures of "Home" to show us. Inez Ward will be
hard to succeed, but new duties compelled her to retire.
Clinton Wanlass has left the Engineering Department at the
Pentagon in Washington and has gone with the Engineering
Department of National Gypsum in New York City. His family
has now joined him and they are living in Garden City, Long Island,
where they have bought a home.
Paul and Betty Bentz drove to Connecticut this summer to
visit their son and family. They spent a week at the beach, sailing
the greater part of the time.
This is the most glorious part of the year in North Carolina
and right now the woods are ablaze with color. To drive over the
mountains to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is like a visit to Fairyland,
and we truly wish you all could see it.
Margaret Wanlass, Secretary
More News from J. Wendell Greene, President Ruth Sill and
the Wendell Greenes drove to Princeton, New Jersey in early
October to spend some time with Ruth's daughter Mary Peck and
her family. A happy break on their way through Virginia was a
stop at Buchanan to see Gladys Webb. Gladys was walking with
a cane and recovering nicely from a broken hip received in a fall
last July. We had a wonderful time at the Pecks. With Ted and
Mary actively engaged in civic affairs, and each of the boys busy
with at least one "Project" there is never a dull moment. Ruth
remained in Princeton for a few days before flying back to Hender-
sonville after the Greenes went on to Point Pleasant, New Jersey,
to have a few days with nephew Richard Greene and his wife Ellin.
There was excitement here. The publisher had just released "The
Pumpkin Giant" an old (1892) story by Mary E. Wilkins, retold
by Ellin Greene. Ellin, former Storytelling Specialist at the New
York Public Library, teaches courses in children's literature and
storytelling at Rutgers University Library School. Richard Greene
(BHS '48) is Coordinator of Adult Library Services at the Wood-
bridge, New Jersey Public Library.
From Point Pleasant, Mildred and Wendell continued their
trip to western Pennsylvania to visit relatives and friends, especi-
ally to visit Wen's brother Kenneth and wife Helen. Kenneth and
Helen had just moved into their new home in Eldred. Mildred saw
Nelle Mitchell. Nelle is in much better condition than when last we
saw her in Hendersonville. She is pleasantly situated in a nursing
home in Bradford close to many relatives who go to see her
We enjoyed the fall coloring all along the way, some places
more brilliantly lighted than others, but nowhere more warmly
welcoming than the brilliantly lighted Carolina mountains near
NEWS FROM ORLANDO
Edna Whitver returned recently from a trip through the
Middle West that included a family reunion in Evansville, Indiana,
and a visit with relatives in the Chicago area. She preceded to
Houston, Texas, and was astounded with the marvelous Astrodome.
Then she went on to Carlsbad Caverns and agrees with others that
it is one of the Wonders of the World. She returned to Orlando by
plane and has been trying to come off of "Cloud 9" ever since.
Donald and Evelyn Judson drove from Tucson, Arizona, to help
celebrate his mother's birthday. While in Orlando, they visited
some of their friends in the central Florida area. They are enjoying
their retirement by "seeing America first." They are planning a
trip to Mexico in the near future.
Anita Weltmer has returned after a trip through Spain and
Helen Baker continues her excellent practice of providing
musical entertainment for the benefit of the residents of the Winter
Jack Swain has returned to Bohn, Germany, after a summer
visit with his mother. Jack is teaching art at the United States
Helen Rhodes will spend several weeks in San Francisco before
returning to Orlando.
Gladys Clary enjoyed a visit with Frank and Elsie Naughton
of Fort Lauderdale.
Al Meyer is now living in his new home at Florida Manor.
- M. S. Treadwell
NEWS FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS
GREETINGS, FROM SPACE CITY, U. S. A.
The Panama Canal Club of Houston held its quarterly meeting
on Saturday, October 24, 1970. Members assembled at Jetton's
Cafeteria for dinner and a social hour; then adjourned to the home
of Florence and John Terry to conduct business and elect officers
for the year of 1971. Progress was made in the formation of the
Panama Canal Society of Texas, with presentation, discussion and
adoption of By-Laws. The next meeting will be the second Saturday
in January, 1971. Time and place will be announced at a later date.
Out of town guests at the last meeting of the Houston Club
were Dr. and Mrs. Tyler W. Cagle (Gorgas Hospital), of Temple,
Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nix, of Liberty Hill, Texas (Electrical
Division); Mr. Arthur J. Troup (Fire Division), of San Antonio,
Texas; Mr. and Mrs. George R. Williams and Mrs. Loreatha Schu-
macher, of Pasadena, Texas.
Visitors in the Houston home of Irene and Lee Wright were
Joyce and Roger Collinge; Col. (Ret.) C. R. Underwood and wife,
(Betty Haldeman) and their youngest son, Keith.
George and Catherine Lowe, of Wilmington, Delaware, were
visitors in October of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Yaeger (Mary Jo Lowe).
Jean and Don Spencer, of Ancon, Canal Zone, were also guests.
Mrs. R. Terrell (Nellie May) Toone, of Kerrville, Texas, was
a patient for five weeks in a Houston hospital. One of her doctors
(Roberto Sasso) knew her when she taught his cousin, Eugenio
Sasso, at the Seawall Methodist Mission School in Panama City.
Mr. and Mrs. Obrin Medley, of Port Arthur, Texas, attended
the Houston Oilers-Miami Dolphins football game in the Astrodome
with the Lee Wrights as their guests to celebrate Mr. Medley's
birthday. Irene Wright and Mr. Medley worked together in the
Mrs. Thelma Reppe, of Long Beach, California, visited in
Houston during October. Canal Zone friends honored Thelma with
a tour and a delicious luncheon at Hilltop Herb Farm. Once again,
there was a renewal of Canal Zone friendships. All had tasted the
water of the Chagres River!
Mrs. Edna Whitver, of Orlando, Florida, touring with relatives
from Illinois, stopped in Houston to see the Astrodome and other
places of interest in the sixth largest city in the U. S. A.
While Mrs. G. E. (Virginia) Dixon, of Naples, Texas, was in
Houston at the Shamrock Hilton Hotel, she entertained the Lee
Wrights for dinner. Both Virginia and Irene Wright were in Wage
and Classification Bureau of the Personnel Division in Balboa.
Mrs. Alice Coakley, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was in Houston
visiting her son Patrick and his lovely wife, Genevieve. Pat is Film
Editor at CBS Television Station, Channel 11.
Mr. and Mrs. R. LeRoy Dill recently returned from a month's
visit with Mrs. Dill's nephew in Germany. They reported trips to
Switzerland, France and England.
Mrs. Herbert (Jane Calvit) Knapp is now living with her
niece, Miss Connie Sundquist in Lake Jackson, Texas. Her relatives
and friends are most happy to have Jane as a resident of this part
of the Lone Star State.
Mr. S. Louis Souder is recuperating at home from a fall.
X-rays showed no broken bones, thank goodness!
We extend the hand of friendship to all. Memories of our lives
spent on the Canal Zone are happy and pleasant never to be
forgotten! Irene E. Wright, Secretary
It has been said that with the March of Time eventually
there will be no Panama Canal Society. Little Virginia, when
skeptical of the existence of Santa Claus was told, "No Santa Claus!
thank God, he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from
:now, Virginia .he will continue to make glad the heart of
childhood." The RECORD is only the outward symbol of the
Society. The Society is more than that it is that wonderful,
glorious, intangible bond among the people who have served on
the Canal Zone. Those fearless construction-day workers passed on
to their progeny their strong loyalty to the Zone and fellow-
workers, and to those who went to the Zone later that "intangible
something" proved contagious. Those early years, 1904-1914, are
immortalized in Governor Thatcher's poem of which the first and
last two stanzas are quoted.
BUILDERS OF THE PANAMA CANAL
"There were workers great, and workers small -
As judged by rank in the Enterprise;
But Glory enough there was for all,
And each was great to Seeing Eyes.
Let Fame take care that her Scroll be just,
And give to each his meed of praise, -
Else, out of the Ashes and the Dust,
The Shade of Censure shall praise.
The mountains moved, and the waters rose;
And Faith, at last, fulfilled her Dream;
Lake, Lock, and Channel the Whole World knows -
Attest the worth of a Hope Supreme!
The ships now shuttle from Shore to Shore:
Up, up, and.up and thence straight on;
Then three times downward and on, once more, -
Into the Sunset or the Dawn!
All were as one; and They strove and wrought
To shape the Passage to the Ind.
In terms of life it was dearly bought;
In money, cheap. The Ranks are thinned
By Time and Death; but the Deed They did
Excels all others of like and kind;
Its strength and virtue cannot be hid:
It lives all tongues and lands to bind!
Maurice H. Thatcher, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary
of the formal opening of the Panama Canal, not only painted a vivid
word picture of construction-day years, but in the thirteen eight-
line stanzas of "Builders of the Panama Canal" paid tribute to those
brave, adventurous, inspired men, both living and dead, who made
possible the realization of what the skeptics called "a dream."
SEASON'S GREETINGS TO ALL OF YOU FROM ALL OF US
Words are inadequate in attempting to express our thanks to
all Reporters and individuals in their cooperation by sending in
news for the year, 1970.
Reporters should have copy in for the March RECORD by
January 20. For short articles, as they do not have to be checked
for duplicate news, the DEADLINE is January 30, 1971.
MARGARET M. WARD
P. O. Box 11566
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THE PANAMA AMERICAN, September 4, 1970 The State
Department has said that Panama has rejected a number of joint
draft proposals for a new treaty governing continued American
operation of the Panama Canal.
Three draft treaties were drawn up three years ago by U. S.
and Panamanian negotiators, calling for greater Panamanian voice
in control of the canal and providing for the complete turnover of
the canal to Panama in 1999.
In reply to questions, Robert J. McCloskey, State Department
press officer, said Panama had indicated informally that the 1967
drafts "are no longer considered a satisfactory basis for negotia-
tions" and that a formal note now had affirmed that view .
Meanwhile the following was credited to National Guard Com-
mander Brig. Gen. Omar Torrijos:
"Panama desires a meeting between President Lakas and
President Nixon for a frank discussion of an acceptable basis for
"If there is a real political understanding, the technicians can
work out the details, but if there is no basic agreement on issues
it is dangerous to open negotiations."
The Panama government has launched an all-out campaign to
attract tourists. The program was set in motion with a visit to
three key cities in the United States by Juan Rogelio Arias, Direc-
tor of Tourism. Mr. Arias told the travel Agents in Miami, Wash-
ington and New York that the government will cooperate with them
in making visitors feel welcome and that the people of Panama
themselves are pro-American, very friendly, and tourist-oriented.
He told audiences in the three cities: "Panama is a new and
sensational tourist place. Does it have earthquakes? No! Hurri-
canes? Never! Custom formalities? Minimal! (no passports needed)
Air Communications? The very best! Food? Gourmet Type! Water?
The best in the world! Sanitation? Tops! People? Colorful and
friendly! Accomodations? Nice and Modern! Night Life? Exotic
and Sexy! Fishing? Record Holder! Golf? International Open
Tournament! History? Crossroads of the World! Where all Nations
shake hands! Cultures? All Types, Old and New! Sports? A tradi-
tion! Climate? Romantic, tropical and sunny! Sandy beaches? Miles
of them! Islands? A world's record, more than 700! Gambling?
Casinos, Horse Racing, Lottery, Cockfights! Tourist Tour Attrac-
tions? Unique, different, sensational! Exclusive shopping? The
Hong Kong of the Western Hemisphere! Oceans? Not one, but two,
only minutes away! Incentive Legislation for tourism investments?
Attractive! Numerous and Profitable! Incentives for Retired
Aliens? Given high priority! .
"Panama City is south of South American cities, like Caracas,
Venezuela and Barranquilla, Colombia. Panama is east of Miami,
and the only place in the world where the sun rises in the Pacific
and sets in the Atlantic. Where you look East, you see West!"
THE WASHINGTON DAILY NEWS, November 13, 1970 -
Nearly six years and $21.2 million after beginning its work the
Atlantic-Pacific Interoceanic Canal Study Commission is expected
to recommend to President Nixon on December 1 construction of
a sea-level canal in Panama.
The report is expected to contain the following major recom-
Nuclear devices cannot be used to dig the canal because do-
ing so would violate the test-ban treaty .
Fears of some scientists finds no solid evidence now to justify
fears of massive extermination of marine species once the two
oceans are joined by a free-flowing waterway ...
Of 34 possible routes in five countries, the commission will
come out flatly for one, known as Route 10. It is situated just ten
miles west of the present canal but five miles beyond the borders
of the U. S.-controlled Canal Zone.
Target date for finishing the new canal should be around 1990.
Cost of building the new canal will range between $2 billion
and $3.5 billion.
The United States would operate the canal for Panama and
provide the defense shelter, but Panama would retain full terri-
torial sovereignty. Along with the question of division of revenues
from canal operations and status of the present canal zone, this
is one of the built-in nightmares of negotiating a treaty acceptable
to the United States and Panama.
The present canal would continue to operate without interrup-
tion during the five to ten-year construction period, and then
eventually could be ceded to the Republic of Panama.
FOREIGN RETIREES OFFERED INCENTIVES TO SETTLE
IN RP STAR & HERALD, August 6, 1970 A cabinet decree
providing incentives for retired foreigners to settle in Panama was
announced August 5 by the Presidential Press Office. The decree
will apply to all foreigners retired or pensioned by governments,
international agencies or private companies who choose to establish
residence in Panama. The incentives spelled out in the decree are:
A special "retired tourist" visa authorizing indefinite residence
in the country. The visa will be issued by the Ministry of
Government and Justice.
A one-time exemption for importing into the country duty-free
household goods worth up to $5,000.
A once-a-year exemption for importing into the country duty
free one motor vehicle for personal use.
Exemption from. all deposits, levies or fees in connection with
the "retired tourist" visa.
Exemption from inheritance taxes.
The decree also includes Panamanian nationals employed
abroad by foreign governments, international agencies or
private companies who want to return to the country after
Approved July 30, the decree bears the signatures of President
Demetrio Lakas, his deputy Arturo Sucre and members of
The measure was proposed by the Panama Tourist Bureau.
J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement Counselor, Panama Canal
Company, Canal Zone, expects to be able to give more details on
this new law at the Reunion in St. Petersburg, Florida, in January,
THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, September 25, 1970 The
purchase of mobile homes by Canal organization employees was one
of the suggestions made for the solution of the housing shortage
in the Canal Zone at last week's executive session of the U. S. Civic
Councils with Gov. W. P. Leber at Balboa Heights .
Governor Leber said he already had approved the idea that
employees could build houses or bring mobile homes into the Zone
to be used as living quarters and that he was looking for sites for
this type of dwelling. He said that transportation of mobile homes
from the United States could be facilitated by the Canal organiza-
1 When sending in a check for dues please be sure to sign it.
2- No checks on Panama Banks will be acknowledged in the fu-
ture, as the bank charge is from 99 cents to $1.04 to cash a
$4.00 check. These checks will be returned and it is requested
that Canal Zone Money Orders be used in all cases. States
bank checks will be accepted at all times.
3- It is essential that the ZIP code be placed on all applications
for membership, except outside the United States.
4- It is also requested that stamps be placed on mail coming to
the Society. Many have been received here lately without
stamps and the stamp and penalty must be paid for by the
5 No RECORDS will be sent to other addresses unless the
change has been received in advance of mailing the RECORD.
6 ALL CHANGES must be received prior to mailing the Record
which usually is March 1, June 1, September 1, and Decem-
7 Please state, in the case of a member whether the title is
"Mr., Mrs., or Miss."
8 In the future all changes must be made by the member NOT
THE POST OFFICE. Of necessity, "Return Requested" and
"Return Postage Guaranteed" have been deleted on the REC-
ORDS. The increasing number of returned RECORDS has
made this decision by the Executive Committee mandatory.
Please COOPERATE send in your address changes.
Mrs. Lucille Judd
NOTICE!! THE ANNUAL ISSUE, due to circumstances beyond
our control, will be LATE so please refrain from writing
in to inform us you haven't received your copy. All efforts
are being made to get the address book to you as soon as
PONDERING? WHAT to give parents for XMAS? Give them
a present that is lasting MEMORIES A TRIP to St. Peters-
burg, Florida, January 14-16, 39th ANNIVERSARY REUNION.
COME TO THE REUNION
THIRTY-NINTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME January 14th and 15th, 1971.
PLACE Soreno Hotel overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First
Avenue and Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST- Luncheon $3.00per person which includes gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Thursday, January 14th, registration will be
in the forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business
meeting in the afternoon. On Friday there will be a social period
in the morning before the luncheon at 12:30 p.m. You are urged
to forward your reservations early as the hotel may be forced to
decline last minute reservations for the luncheon, as only 300 will
The primary purpose of the Reunion above all is to enable
former Isthmanians to get together, renew acquaintances and dis-
cuss those gone but not forgotten days. You'll never know how
many true friends you have until you attend .the Reunion where
they gather from every section of the country. We will meet on the
mezzanine floor of the hotel where there is ample room with com-
fortable seats, or if you prefer seclusion with former pals, there's
the well-stocked bar on the main floor. Don't miss the Reunion.
You'll be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at convention rates of
$12.00 double and $8.00 single, plus 4% tax at the Soreno Hotel.
Those desiring reservations should remit $12.00 plus tax for
double and $8.00 plus tax for single room per day.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORM PROMPTLY. We must
have them not later than January 10th. Make remittances payable
to the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but
LUNCHEON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be
claimed immediately upon arrival at the Reunion. No Luncheon
tickets will be held after 11:00 a.m. January 15th unless paid for.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Thirty-Ninth Anniversary Reunion
January 14th and 15th, 1971
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
P. 0. Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713
Please arrange reservations as follows -
Reunion luncheon tickets for -----------persons, each $3.00.
My party of-------persons will find our room accommodations.
My party of _-----_-- persons will need ---------single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home for _------days beginning
January _-----, 1971. Enclosed is $8.00 for each single room and/or
$12.00 for each double room per day for deposit on these reserva-
tions, plus 4% tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $ ------------representing
total for all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by-_ train; --- auto;___ -bus; plane.
(Please indicate which)
Name ---- -------------------------
Names and addresses of those in my party------------------
While at the Reunion our address will be: ------_----- ____-
Paul L. Beck, 66, a retired high school principal, Cristobal,
Canal Zone, passed away in St. Petersburg, Florida, on November
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ruth R. Beck, St. Petersburg;
a daughter, Mrs. Stephanie. A. May, Evanston, Illinois; and a
William A. Cawl, 54, former assistant manager of the Panama
Canal Cold Storage plant and a member of a well-known Canal
Zone family, died at Gorgas Hospital on October 15, 1970, after a
Mr. Cawl, who spent most of his life in the Canal Zone, re-
tired from service in January, 1970.
Surviving him are a daughter, Mrs. Patricia A. Pflanzer, of
Rome, New York; two sons, William A. Jr., who is stationed aboard
the U.S.S. Ranger, and George A., a student at Georgia Tech; a
sister, Mrs. Helen C. Beck, of Balboa; two nephews, Thomas
Grimison, an architect with the Panama Canal, and Capt. R. Eugene
Beck, stationed with the U. S. Air Force in Alexandria, Virginia;
and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Storer M. Everett, 81, passed away November 12, 1970,
in St. Petersburg, Florida. She moved to St. Petersburg 28 years
ago from the Panama Canal Zone.
Mrs. Everett is survived by a niece, Mrs. Gladys H. Lockhart,
of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.
A. Robert Kent, former Pacific Locks operator, died Septem-
ber 30, 1970, in Seattle, Washington.
Mr. Kent, who went to the Canal Zone in 1929, married the
former Ruby Syrcle, a Balboa High School teacher in 1934. They
resided in Pedro Miguel until 1950 when they returned to the
Survivors are his widow, Ruby, seven nieces and nephews,
among them Lloyd Kent, of Gamboa, Canal Zone, and Mrs. Carl
Wanke, San Jose, California.
Ludwig A. Maurer, 77, of Riverview, Florida, died on Novem-
ber 13, 1970.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jessica K. Maurer, of River-
Mrs. Clare Conkling Walker, 82, passed away on November
11, 1970, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Walker with her husband
moved to St. Petersburg thirteen years ago from Asheville, North
She is survived by her husband, Dow R. Walker, of St.
At a meeting of the Directors and Officers of the New York
Society of the Panama Canal on October 28th, it was unanimously
voted, with much regret, to discontinue the activities of the
Organized in 1925 with 405 members, the Society has enjoyed
forty-six Annual Reunions, renewing the companionable associa-
tions and priceless memories of Zone days. In recent years death,
health, and inability to travel has taken its toll only eleven
attended the May, 1970, Reunion.
John J. Fitzpatrick, Secretary-Treasurer
January 1, 1971 A CLEARED dining room table; ORDER-
LINESS prevails instead of CHAOS: there is comparative silence
in contrast to the ever frequent shrill ring of the telephone; leisure
time as opposed to a never-ending list of MUSTS to be attended to;
tranquillity in place of many frustrations.
SADNESS prevails among friends reaching across fifty states,
the Canal Zone, and some ten or twelve foreign countries sad
because "the old order changeth," but HAPPY in that after twenty-
two faithful years of thinking of everything and everyone except
herself, Lucille Judd can now do just what she wants to do WHEN
she wants to. Her house is her OWN a dining table is again a
place to enjoy a meal or even a cup of tea with a friend instead of
having to search for even space to set a cup with the table piled
with daily mail, filing cards, and all that normally has its place
in an office.
It is said that there is always some good in everything. Thus,
Members, though regretting the news of Lucille's resignation,
should also be happy for her long, deserved FREEDOM. Even
with the NEW ORDER, "the house that Lucille built" stands on
a firm foundation. Don't send in your condolences but rather your
congratulations to Lucille "ON A JOB WELL DONE!"
Mrs. James C. Wood (Virginia Preston) has accepted the
position of Secretary-Treasurer of the Panama Canal Society of
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
1, ............................... ..... .... hereby transmit my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues of $5.00 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the year
..................... $1.00 of this amount to for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD
rur one year. (Pleau return this bill with remittance).
Street ................................................ Box ...............
Cty .............................................. t ..... Zip Code ..........
D ues for: ...............: 1971..........: 1972....... .. : 1973..........: 1974 .....
Amuunt Enclosed ..................(M.O.)......... (Osh)........
$treet ... .......... ....... .............. ......................... B ...............
City ............................ .................... State .......... Zip Code ..........
Recorded: Date ................................... Card No. ....................
DUES $5.00 Per Year Per Family, January 1 to December 31, Following
Canal Zone send money orders unless check is on a State's bank.
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
N amt e ................ ....... ... ........... ....................... ...
Street ..... .. ................................. .... ...... ........... Box ..............
Otty ........ ................................ State .......... Zip Code ..........
D ues for: ................ 1971.......... : 1972..........: 1973..........: 1974......
Amount Enclosed (.................. (Check).......... (M.O.) ..........
Nainm ................................................ .. .. ......... .. ......
City ............. ................. ............... state .......... Zip Code ..........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
tor Membership Box 11 566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I .. .............................. .. hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.. and enclose $4.00 as my ANNUAL MISMBE1RSHIP
dues for the year ......... ..... $2.00 of this amount is for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECORD for one year.
Street ... ................................... .... .............. Box .............
Name (W ife) .....................................................................
Street .................................. ........... .............. B ox ............
City .................. .............. ........... State ......... Zip Code ......
Division Employed ................................................................
Recommended by ..................................................................
Approved by ......... .......... ................................ Date ............
Amount enclosed $ ........... .. ....... Check ........ M.O. ........ Cash ...
DUES $5.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
P C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Nddre .. .... .. ... .. .......
Adnr,--s .. .............................. ....... ... Box ... ... .
Olty .......... .................. ............. .. tate ..... Zip Code
A address ........................................................... Rox .. .
OVy ...... ................ ............. ......... Stat .......... Zip Code
Amount Enclosed $................ (Check).......... (M.O.).......... (Cash)
Approved by ............ ........................... ... On rd date ......
DUES: Adults $1.00 per year. Children under 11 $1.00 per year.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lattin DeLand Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lattin, DeLand, Florida
Louis and Norine Kaufer, San Jose. California
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The Ewing Journey Family Reunion-San Diego, California, Standing: Harriet
Journey, Ralph Davis, Cele Journey Davis, Bud Journey, Kay Davis Pyeatt. Ed.
Dolan, Bonnie Davis Dolan, Seated on couch: Eddie Dolan, Jr., Jane Journey,
Ewing Journey, Karen Dolan, Brian Pyeatt, Ralph Pyeatt, On Floor: Hayes
Journey, Molly Journey, Andy Journey.
Mrs. Pauline Holmelin and Mrs. Marie Wolf, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. George E. Coleman. Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. James O. Catron and Mr. and Mrs. Andy Kapinos,
Aiken. South Carolina.
Lieutenant Milton G. Parsons. Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Cunningham
Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Michael A. Auburn, \-. IIII.i*n
Sl v .i
Joe Oliver, Jinjer Jeffries.
Jerry Fox. Sandra Claflin,
Merit Island Reunion
Mrs. Peggy Ellis, Houston, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hicks, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Daggett, Dunnellon, Florida, and Mr. Walter T. Schapow,
Cristobal Dry Dock Champions, 1909-Memories Fade-WHO'S WHO I?)-Only
Tom Jordan (89 in October), second from the left ,standing) and Harry Dockery
deceased), third from the left seated) are recognized.
^^^^ r > ^
Gorgona, Canal Zone, 1909-Tom Boog, John Keenan. Kooshmaw '?. and
Charles Harrison have been identified.
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"POLITICKING" in Pedro Miguel. October, 1916-Signs on the right read:
VOTERS FOR MAYOR WE present that PEERLESS PATRIOT SHEP SHREVES
-Rid the Twin Cities of Dogs and Bachelors without a License.
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For Canal Zone residents, Women's Liberation is strictly passe.
Long before the movement sprang into prominence, married
women working in the Zone were fighting for a 15 per cent
tropical pay differential given to their male counterparts. They still
are, but the big thing now, however, is Men's Liberation.
It seem that although the United States government recog-
nizes marriage between American men and Panamanian women,
the men still have to pay federal income taxes as though they
Some are talking of forming a group taking their case to the
courts. If so, then they'll have to stand in line behind the women
who, in three separate cases, have claims totalling more than
$400,000 pending before the United States Court of Appeals in
Washington, D. C.
Since October 11, 1966, all working women and other depend-
ents of government employees no longer have received the 15 per
cent differential paid to their husbands.
ERRATA-In the lingo of the printer, that means corrigenda:
Normally, that somebody is composed of a team of gremlin-
like creatures or TYPE LICE. These demons of every printer's life
get into the type and simply louse up whatever they can. Then,
corrections have to be made and noted.
So, if you find any errors, remember errata and the goof ups
who are responsible for them.-SPILLWAY, November 27, 19711.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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