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1776 1976 The 200th Birthday of Our Country
I AM YOUR FLAG
I was born on June 14th, 1777.
I am more than a clothshaped&nto a design.
I am the refuge of the world's 6ppressI people,
I am the silent sentinel of freedom.
I am the emblem of the greatest sovere"n nation on earth.
I am the inspiration r i h erica4 gave their lives and
fortunes., ::- .. i
I have led your stiAtI j fil le the bloody ridges
of Viet Nat t:i.: ::'':. ^ l .: ;,t<,
I walk in silence ihea i hen4 e i their final resting
place beneath '.the slent hite sesi.4yi"upon row.
I have flown throw p tre mg:~m *:JMiiidst it all I have
My red stripes .in defense of this
glorious natiOclwt ide fensefthi'
My white stripes .. sig y ig by Americans who lost
My blue field is indict ove v o f 's evenn under which I fly.
My stars .. .. clustered t oo i states as one, for God and
"Old Glory" is my nickli 4I y, I wave on high.
Honor me, respect me, def me wit pur lives and your fortunes.
Never let my enemies teai"'f01*t om my lofty position, lest I
Keep alight the fires of patriot strive earnestly for the spirit of
Worship Eternal God and keep his commandments, and I shall remain
the bulwark of peace and freedom for all mankind.
I am your flag.
The Panama Canal Society of Floridca, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Robert J. Roy
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Wm. F. Grady
Alvin J. Davis
J. F. Warner
Robert J. Roy
Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Charles C. Fears
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Secretary to Committee
The CANAL RECORD is published
the good. and welfare of its members.
by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June,
September, November and December.
MEMBERSHIP FEES $7.00 ANNUALLY. To receive the CANAL RECORD, all
persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $7.00. Entered as 2nd Class
matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class Postage paid at
Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.
PRINTED BY DIXIE PRINTING OF ST. PETERSBURG, INC., 634 2nd Avenue
South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 -.10th St. South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St. Petersburg.
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President Says ........... .... .......................................... 3
Editor's Lines ...................................................... 3
Legislative Representative Reports ............... ....................... 6
Minutes of Scheduled Meetings .......................................... 7
"Panama Canal Surrender: Major Presidential Election Issue"
Congressional Record P.H. 1987-90 March 16, 1976 ....................... 10
News Features ................................. ............22, 24-27
Retirements .............. ..... ................. ........... .......... 23
Deaths ........... .............................................. 28
Wedding Announcements ................ ................................ 37
Birth Announcements .................... ............................... 38
Sale and Locator Service ................................................. 67
The Canal Zone ................... 39 Maine .......... ..... ........... 61
Alabama ....................... 42 Maryland ....................... 61
Arizona ........................ 43 Massachusetts .................... 62
Northwest Arkansas ............... 44 New Hampshire ................... 62
California ..................... 45 New York ........................ 62
Southern California ................ 46 Western North Carolina ............ 63
Colorado ....................... 53 Aiken, South Carolina ..............64
Connecticut .....................54 Texas ............................ 65
Florida .......................... 54 Virginia ........... .. ........... 66
Louisiana ....................... 60 Washington ................... 66
Wisconsin .......... ........... 66
Princess Martha Hotel ............. 5 Vigilant Real Estate ............... 59
Security Federal Savings and Loan .. 42 A Friend ......................... 2
DATES TO REMEMBER
JUNE 12,1976, National Day of Prayer Proclaimed by Continental Congress in 1775
JUNE 14,1976, Flag Day Fly Our Flag
JUNE 20, 1976, Father's Day Be Nice to Father
JULY 4, 1976, INDEPENDENCE DAY, HAPPY 200th BIRTHDAY UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA FLY OUR FLAG
JULY 9, 1976, 10:30 A.M.-2:00 P.M., Panama Canal Society of Florida's Picnic War
Veterans Memorial Park, Bay Pines Hospital
AUGUST 6, 1976, Regular Meeting PCSoFL, 1:30 P.M., Princess Martha Hotel, St.
JANUARY 12-13, 1977, REUNION You all come!
Compliments of A Friend
THE PRESIDENT SAYS .
We have enrolled 134 members since the first of the year. This is
in response to our drive to increase our membership to 3,000 by the
end of this year. We now have close to 2,600 members. Thanks to all
members who have helped in the recruiting. We hope to sign up more
members in the Zone among the working force and we are taking
steps to bring this to their attention. What about it, Canal Zone
members, please pass the word.
Thanks to Bill Wright, Manager of the Princess Martha. We met
with him recently and have completed plans for our next reunion. He
was especially considerate.
I have written Lucho Azcarraga accepting the terms he quoted to
us through Winter Collins to play at our Annual Reunion cocktail
party-dance, January 12, 1977. When I receive his confirmation I will
announce it. Thanks to Winter Collins for acting as our liaison officer
in the Canal Zone.
Don't forget our Picnic July 9 at the War Veterans Memorial
Park near Bay Pines Hospital. See March RECORD for details and
how to get to the park. While we will have 200 bench-type seats in the
two shelters, we hope you bring folding chairs to insure sufficient
seating for all. Bring your camera. People have been asking what food
to bring, etc. Just bring any one of your favorite recipes for a covered
dish, salad, cake, pie, bread, etc. Bring your paper plates, utilities,
napkins, etc. The park prohibits LIQUOR.
This is the first edition of the RECORD in which ads will appear.
Thanks to those who have chosen to advertise with us and I urge all
members to read the ads so you will be informed of the services
Bumper decals, identical to Society Tag but smaller (31/4 x 61/4),
are now on sale for $1.50 each. Tags are available for $2.50 each by
mail and $2.00 at meetings. Let's get busy and identify with the
PANAMA CANAL through use of the Bumper Decal and Tag.
I wish to thank all of you that sent in compliments on my first
edition of the Canal Record. I felt it would be a challenge with such
excellent editors in the past. It is through the united effort of all our
news reporters, members and officers which make the Record a
It has been oar policy not to publish information sent in as
"anonymous." All material submitted for publication must have the
members name and address. If you do not want to be identified I shall
be happy to omit your name.
A reminder to all who will submit news or "Want Ads" for the
September issue your postmark date is 21 JULY. Only deaths maybe
added when "proof reading". The Record goes to press on the first
working day of the month prior to the month of issue.
Many of us put off buying a particular item while living in the
Canal Zone and now wish we had it. Or perhaps we are dividing our
china, crystal and silver with the children and would like to have a few
more place settings. On the other hand, you may have arrived at the
point in your life when you are going to dispose of your many
cherished possessions and move into a smaller retirement apartment.
Let your friends have first choice. Why not send in a "Want" or a "For
Sale" advertisement to our "Sale and Locator Service." Just send in
your listed items with your name, address and telephone and a check
for $2.00 payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
I received a letter from Congressman C. W. Bill Young, dated 27
February 1976 which reads in part "because I, too, have been
concerned over these developments, when the 94th Congress con-
vened, I reintroduced my proposal opposing any agreement which
surrenders U.S. rights or jurisdiction over the Panama Canal Zone.
Although Congressional action has not been taken on this specific
legislation, the Congress has officially (via Public Law 94-121)
expressed its concern over this controversy.
During debate of the State, Justice, Commerce and Judiciary
Appropriations bill, the House agreed to an amendment to bar the use
of funds for any negotiations that would lead to the "relinquishment"
of any U.S. rights in the Canal Zone; the Senate had passed a much
weaker amendment regarding the use of State Department funds in
the continuing negotiations over a treaty. I supported the stronger
House language, but when this legislation went to Conference to
resolve the differences between the House-passed and Senate-passed
bills, the conferees agreed upon the Senate's Panama Canal Amend-
ment. Although not as strong as I wanted, Public Law 94-121 does
state that "any new Panama Canal treaty or agreement must protect
the vital interests of the United States in the Canal Zone and in the
operation, maintenance, property and defense of the Panama Canal".
Anna T. Collins
It will be a pleasure for us to serve you as a guest, and we know
you will enjoy our comfort, service and many activities.
We're in the busy, appealing heart of St. Petersburg, the
big-little city on Tampa Bay. Sunshine, fresh air and a relaxed
social climate have made our town a favorite resort, and the
Princess Martha's central location and many amenities make
your first visit the first of many.
We're near downtown shopping, the Bayfront Center (the site
for shows, concerts, the circus and much more), the Art
Museum and financial and professional offices. A short walk
takes you to the Municipal Pier, charming boutiques, and the
green waterfront park.
Our complete hotel services are rounded out with a full round of
social activities right on our own premises, fine restaurants,
and rates that include food service, if desired.
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LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
Our galloping inflation is slowing down to a walk! During the first
three months of 1976, the cost of living rose only 0.7 per cent (seven-
tenths of one per cent). At that rate it will be the middle of 1977 before
we get another cost-of-living increase in our annuities.
We have at least one friend in Congress. Chairman David N.
Henderson of the House Civil Service Committee has introduced a bill
which would eliminate the 1 per cent add-on to our cost-of-living
increases BUT would cut the time lag from six months to three
months for the effective date of the increase. Proposals by President
Ford and other Congressmen would not only eliminate the "kicker"
but would continue the present six months lag. Under Chairman
Henderson's bill, whenever the Consumer Price Index advances 3 per
cent or more beyond the level that triggered the previous annuity
hike, retirees would get an increase payable at the start of the second
How many of you saw NEWSWEEK magazine March 22, 1976,
issue? Under the heading "POOR NO MORE" the magazine reported
that "these days a senior civil servant can retire at 55 with a tax-free
income of as much as $20,000 a year."
As we all know, our annuities are NOT tax-free; only about 4,000
of the more than one million federal annuitants draw annuities as high
as $20,000, and the average civil service annuity is about $6,700 a year
- quite different from $20,000 a year.
National NARFE President, John F. McClelland, accompanied by
legal counsel, visited NEWSWEEK's New York office immediately
and wrote letters (as did many other readers) in protest. Not until
three weeks later, however, in April 12 issue, were any of the readers'
letters printed together with the magazine's admission of error:
"NEWSWEEK erred", the magazine admitted. "The only portion of
Federal retirees' pension that is tax-free is the amount of benefits
equal to the total payments made to the system by the retiree. It was
the 1 per cent "kicker" not the cost-of-living escalation itself, that
became effective in 1969, and although most retirees have served for
less than 30 years and thus qualify for benefits of 56 per cent of pay or
less, in rare instances retirees can receive more: a maximum of 80 per
cent of pay for 42 years of service."
William F. Grady
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
6 February 1976
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Gaddis Wall at
1:35 p.m. Mr. Wall led the assembled group in the Pledge to the Flag.
The group stood for thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those
who had passed away since our January meeting. The silent prayer
was followed by the Invocation by our Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle
The President welcomed the 112 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Alrick L. Nelson Panama
Warren A. Morse Balboa
Mrs. Anthony Raymond New York
Mrs. George Bacher New York
Grace Jones Carey Michigan
Mr. & Mrs. James Barnes Canal Zone
Bob McQueary Kentucky
Tim Mann St. Petersburg
Dick Mahoney St. Petersburg
Tony Sylvestre St. Petersburg
Blanche Chaney Root Texas
Clara Moore St. Petersburg
Sid Hayes Balboa
Oliver Patterson Largo
The minutes of the January Reunion meeting were read. As there
were no additions, omissions or corrections, the minutes were
approved as read.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the financial report of the Society
and the Blood Bank. As there were no questions, the report will stand
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Five members would celebrate their birthdays during February
and one couple would celebrate their anniversary. Best wishes were
extended to all.
Mr. Wall announced that the annual audit report had been
received and all was well with the financial records of the society.
The President then announced the plans for a picnic for the July
meeting. The picnic will be held at the War Veterans Memorial Park
at Bay Pines. It will be a covered dish picnic, and Mr. Wall suggested
that those attending might wish to bring folding chairs with them.
Mr. Wall announced that plans are now being made to have Lucho
play at the annual reunion Cocktail Party in January 1977.
It was suggested that the Society have a bulletin board at our
meetings giving information about tradesmen who have rendered
satisfactory service to our members.
Several members spoke about trips and activities and Erma
Forbes bid farewell to all as she is moving to California.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:25
p.m. Coffee, donuts and a brief social period was enjoyed by all
following the meeting.
5 March 1976
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Gaddis Wall at
1:30 p.m. Mr. Wall led the assembled group in the Pledge to the Flag.
The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks gave the Invocation which was
followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those who
had passed away since the February meeting.
The President welcomed the 94 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Mildred Morrill South Carolina
Shirley Smith Clearwater
Jackie and Bob Carney Ohio
Blanche Root Texas
Marion Springthorpe New York
Ruth Rohue New York
Mr. and Mrs. George Poole New York
Mrs. Bob McQueary Kentucky
Mr. William Hersch St. Petersburg
Ruth Beck St. Petersburg
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the February
meeting. As there were no additions, omissions or corrections, the
minutes were approved as read. The financial reports of the Society
and the Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions, the report
will stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the
Cost of Living was up .4% as of 31 January. This session of Congress
hasn't done anything for us, but as Bill said, "they haven't done
anything against us either". There is a proposed bill for retirees,
giving federal retirement annuity and postal retirement the same tax
free maximum as Social Security in any given year.
Eleven members would celebrate their birthdays during March
and one couple would celebrate their anniversary. Best Wishes went
out to all.
Mr. Wall thanked Mr. Daile Keigley for the time that he spent on
the audit. He also thanked Dolly Barbour and Eleanor Connor for
their faithful work in serving the refreshments each meeting.
The President announced that Mr. Al Davis is the new Sergeant-
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:15
p.m. Coffee, donuts and a brief social period was enjoyed by all
following the meeting.
2 April 1976
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Gaddis Wall at
1:40 p.m. Mr. Wall led the assembled group in the Pledge to the Flag.
In the absence of the Chaplain, Mrs. Anna Collins gave the Invocation
which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of
those who had passed away since the March meeting.
The President welcomed the 91 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
A. L. Lincoln Metaire, Louisiana
J. C. Thompson Amarillo, Texas
Johanna Freudigmann Tampa
Frances Gilley Tampa
Tim Mann St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Al Pate now of St. Petersburg
Marie Wolf St. Petersburg
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the March meeting.
As there were no additions, omissions or corrections, the minutes
were approved as read. The financial reports of the Society and the
Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions the report will
stand for audit.
News of Members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the
cost of living was up .55 as of 29 February. There have been hearings
on many bills but no action either for or against. Mr. Grady then read
a letter he had written to Ronald Reagan pertaining to Mr. Reagans
speech on the Panama Canal giveaway.
Jackie Linker was the only member present who would celebrate
a birthday during April. However, the Keigleys and the Walls would
celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes of the group went out to all.
Mr. Wall thanked the refreshment committee, Dolly Barbour and
Eleanor Connor for preparing the refreshments to follow.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:15
p.m. Coffee, donuts and a brief social period was enjoyed by all
following the meeting.
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
We have received an abundance of newspaper clippings from
members on articles relative to State Department talks with Panama
on a new treaty, the delay, political issues, Governor Reagan and
President Ford debates. Congressman Daniel J. Flood was kind
enough to send us the Congressional Record, Proceedings and
Debates of the 94th Congress, Second Session, Vol. 122 No. 37,
Washington, D.C., Tuesday, March 16, 1976. For your information:
p./H 1987-90 PANAMAA CANAL SURRENDER: MAJOR PRESI-
DENTIAL ELECTION ISSUE
The SPEAKER. Under a previous order of the House, the
gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. FLOOD) is recognized for 60
Mr. FLOOD. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all
Members may have 5 legislative days in which to extend their
remarks on the subject of my special order today.
The SPEAKER. Is there objection to the request of the
gentleman from Pennsylvania?
There was no objection.
Mr. FLOOD. Mr. Speaker, in an address to this House of the
Congress on December 9, 1975, under the title of "Panama Canal
surrender proposal: a major geopolitical Pearl Harbor," I summarized
the essential facts in the historical and legal background of the canal
and its indispensable protective frame of the Canal Zone; and warned
about some of the perils involved in the loss of its control (CONGRES-
SIONAL RECORD, December 9, 1975, p.H12155.)
Since that time, Chief of Government Omar Torrijos of Panama,
with a large entourage, made a state visit to Cuba and it has been
disclosed that a Cuban expeditionary force is now in Angola
supporting pro-Soviet factions for taking over the African country. In
addition, there have been reports by the arrival from Havana at night
at the Tocumen airport in Panama of a major influx by Communists'
agents and the unloading of large trunks that observers believe to
What does all this activity mean? Does it indicate that the Cuban
forces in Africa are being trained for use in Central America against
the Panama Canal? Does it mean the training of troops for guerrilla
warfare in the United States? Certainly, they are matters about which
our Government should be alert and take necessary precautionary
measures (Congressional Record, Feb. 18, 1976. p. E704).
The impact of continued uncertainties over the status of the
Canal Zone and a sustained program of harassment of Panama Canal
employees has lowered their morale below anything that I have
known and requires the direct attention of the Congress as well as of
the Secretary of the Army.
Mr. Speaker, I would repeat what has been frequently stated that
the Caribbean is the hemispheric danger zone. The reason for this fact
is that its location is strategic.
The defense triangle for its protection consists of Puerto Rico, the
Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, and the Panama Canal, all three of
which are under propaganda assaults aimed at wresting their control
from the United States.
In disregard of strong congressional and overwhelming public
opposition, responsible officials of the Department of State have
continued their massive propaganda campaign in support of a new
canal treaty or treaties that would surrender U.S. Sovereign control
over the Canal Zone to Panama and the subject has become an
important U.S. Presidential election issue as well as a matter of deep
international concern, especially among major maritime nations that
use the canal.
This giveaway propaganda has included a series of addresses by
State Department officials and others in various parts of the Nation,
including the Canal Zone, seminars in universities, addresses at the
Army War College, a 5-day TV program over WTOP preceded by a
promotional buildup, and remarks by the U.S. Secretary of State at a
recent White House gathering of the Navy League, the American
Legion, and like organization officials.
During the White House meeting when the need for a new canal
treaty was questioned, the U.S. Secretary of State is reliably reported
to have stated: "Well, what would you rather have, a Vietnam-type of
guerilla warfare and sabotage in the Canal Zone supported by Central
and South American countries or a new canal treaty?"
Mr. Speaker, I am glad to report that that knowledgeable group
was not impressed by that attempt at terroristic intimidation. I would
add that Latin Americans know strength and they respect it. They are
contemptuous of weakness. Surrender of U.S. Sovereignty over the
Canal Zone would invite the very attacks that the Secretary of State
says he seeks to avoid.
All the propaganda on the canal question that has emanated from
the State Department has been directed toward brainwashing the
American people and through them influencing the Congress into
accepting that agency's projected surrender of the Canal Zone, which
has not been authorized by the Congress U.S. Constitution, article
IV, section 3, clause 2. As has been said before, it is difficult to
conceive of a surer way to bring about another major confrontation
between the Congress and the executive than by the latter's
persistence in its present pusillanimous surrender course.
To grasp the significance of the current isthmian situation certain
important facts in Panama Canal history must be known:
First, prior to the acquisition of the Canal Zone by the United
States, Panama was the pesthole of the world;
Second, the great French effort to construct the canal, 1879-89,
ended in a tragic failure, stressing that the magnitude of the project
required the contributions of a powerful country with vast resources;
Third, when occupying the Canal Zone and launching construc-
tion of the Panama Canal, 1903-06, President Theodore Roosevelt did
not act capriciously or illegally, as many have recently charged, but
under congressional authority and in accordance with provisions of
the Treaty of 1846 with New Granada now Colombia.
Fourth, the grant to the United States of sovereign powers,
rights, and authority over the Canal Zone in perpetuity for the
construction, maintenance, operation, sanitation, and protection of the
canal did not originate with the Panamanian Minister in Washington,
as so many have erroneously stated, but with the 1902 supplementary
report of the Isthmian Canal Commission headed by Adm. John G.
Walker and the legal advice of Dr. John Bassett Moore of the State
Department, one of the ablest constitutional and international
lawyers that one country ever produced. Moreover, the "perpetuity"
factory was required by the Spooner Act of 1902 authorizing the
President to acquire the perpetual control of the Canal Zone by means
of a treaty with the sovereign of the isthmus, which at that time was
Colombia and not Panama.
Fifth, the failure of the Colombian Senate to ratify the Hay-Her-
ran Treaty of January 22, 1903, was the specific event that
precipitated the Panama revolution of November 3, 1903, and the
making of the 1903 Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty with Panama instead of
Colombia (Panama Declaration of Independence, November 4, 1903,
quoted in W. F. Johnson, "Four centuries of the Panama Canal," vol.
11, New York: Henry Holt and Co., 1907).
As shown by the historical record, the purpose of the grant in
perpetuity of the necessary "sovereignty and jurisdiction" was to
enable the United States to meet its responsibilities "effectively" (H.
Doc. No. 474, 89th Cong., P. 193). The work of constructing the
Panama Canal was done under the supervision of the Secretary of
War now Army and not the Secretary of State. Many years later,
a former greatly distinguished high Panama Canal official at the time
of peak construction, familiar with recent interventions by the State
Department in Canal Zone matters, stated that should such interfer-
ences have occurred during the construction era he could not see how
the canal could have been built.
Many today contend that conditions have changed. That is true
but they have changed for the worse and require a stronger hold by
the United States rather than a weaker one.
Panama is still a land of endemic revolution and endless political
turmoil. In its 72 years of independence there have been 32
Presidents, some of them holding office only a few days.
One example will be cited. On October 11, 1968, after 11 days in
office, the legally elected President of Panama was overthrown in a
military coup d'etate, forcing the deposed President to flee to the
Canal Zone for his life and then into exile. Since that time the de facto
revolutionary Government of Panama has allied itself with Red Cuba
and served as a Soviet puppet.
In these capacities, it has waged an organized campaign of
villification among other countries of Latin America, in Europe and at
the United Nations, against its greatest benefactor, the United
States. The charges that it has continually made include the following:
First. That the very existence of the U.S. Canal Zone separates
Panama into two parts and works a hardship on its people;
Second. That Panama is not adequately compensated; and
Third. That U.S. housing in the Canal Zone is so much better than
nearby housing of Panamanians as to be hurtful to their pride.
What are the facts? As to the first, instead of separating Panama
into two isolated parts, the zone connects them. At the Pacific end of
the canal, the Great Thatcher Ferry Bridge, built and paid for by the
United States, enables unrestricted free cross canal vehicular
transportation for both Panamanians and U.S. citizens.
At the Atlantic end of the canal, there are temporary facilities for
free cross-channel transportation available at the Gatun Locks. To
provide for future needs there, I have introduced a bill to authorize
the construction of a major cross-canal bridge at the Atlantic end of
the canal to correspond with the bridge at the Pacific end.
Mr. Speaker, I may add that were it not for the construction of
the Panama Canal and its channel crossing facilities by the United
States, the people of Panama would still be passing over the Rio
Grande on the Pacific and the Chagres River on the Atlantic in
As to compensation, Panama has been and still is, the greatest
single beneficiary of the canal. Its total benefits from U.S. Canal Zone
sources in 1974, including the annuity of $2,328,000, were $236,-
912,000. These total benefits, which are seldom mentioned, with other
forms of aid, have given Panama the highest per capital income in all of
At this point, I wish to stress again that the annuity is not a
rental for the Canal Zone, as so often misstated, but the gratuitously
augmented obligation of the Panama Railroad previously paid
Colombia which was assumed by the United States in the 1903 treaty,
and then only for the life of the treaty. This last fact I have never seen
mentioned in any State Department pronouncements (Hay-Bunau-
Varilla Treaty of 1903, article XIV).
In regard to housing, current treaty propaganda never refers to
the large number of impressive homes in Panama City, largely paid
for, directly or indirectly, with money from U.S. Canal Zone sources.
Such publicity compares only the housing in the slum areas of Panama
City close to the Canal Zone with its modest clean housing and
well-kept yards that are no better than that for homes in the well-kept
towns of Indiana or Pennsylvania. Certainly the solution of the
Panamanian housing problem is not opening the Canal Zone to slum
dwellers, but for Panama to look out for its own less fortunates and
not to seek to do so by reducing zone housing standards to slum levels.
Mr. Speaker, the questions involved in the Isthmian situation are
not local ones but global in their significance for the Panama Canal is
the focal target for the Communist conquest of the strategic
Caribbean already far advanced.
As previously stated, the U.S.S.R. has a beachhead in Cuba and
seeks control of the Guantanamo Naval Base.
Its submarines prowl in that advantageously located sea, and
movements are underway for the so-called liberations of Puerto Rico.
These three spots, Puerto Rico, Guantanamo, and the Panama Canal
are the pivots for defending the soft underbelly of the United States.
The recent disclosure of the use of the Cuban army is support of
pro-Soviet forces in Angola and the visit of Chief of Government,
Omar Torrijos, of Panama to Cuba stress the current active
collaboration of the Panama Government with the U.S.S.R.
Thus in a realistic sense, the decisions involved do not concern
disputes between Panama and the United States but are questions
bearing on the fate of the Caribbean and the survival of the United
States as an effective free nation. As such, they require a major
campaign of public enlightenment as well as actions by the Congress.
What are the principal canal issues now before the Congress?
First. Retention by the United States of its undiluted sovereign
control over the Canal Zone. For this, identical and strongly
supported resolutions are now pending in both the House and Senate.
Second. Major modernization of the existing canal under current
treaty provisions, for which measures have been introduced.
Third. Authorization for the election by U.S. citizens residing in
the Canal Zone of a non-voting Delegate in the House of Representa-
In view of the world-wide interest in the Panama Canal problem,
such actions could not be more timely. Current efforts to compromise
and ultimately to surrender indispensable U.S. sovereign control over
the Canal Zone would be discouraged by favorable action. In addition
to a long overdue operational improvement of the Panama Canal as
well as its increase of capacity, the indicated clarification and
reaffirmation of the U.S. sovereign position would obviate current
negotiations and relieve the State Department of its present embar-
rassment of negotiating with a revolutionary government while the
lawfully elected government is in exile. Such positive actions by the
Congress would quickly clear away present largely contrived confu-
sions by making definite our sovereign rights, power and authority
over the Canal Zone. It would serve notice on the world that the
United States is determined to meet its treaty obligations as regards
the canal forthrightly.
Mr. Speaker, our country now faces what may prove to be the
gravest peril in its history for upon its handling may depend the
freedom of the slavery of the world. Since World War II, the Soviet
empire has vastly extended its domain and its power in carefully
planned movements aimed at global control, especially over maritime
transportation routes. Its naval forces have conducted worldwide
exercises in the three great oceans obviously aimed at the United
States. With Cuba equipped with short- and long-range missiles,
capable of striking vital points in the United States, with Puerto Rico
threatened by a revolutionary "liberation" movement, and with U.S.
sovereign control of the Canal Zone under monstrous assault led by
elements in our own Government regardless of the costs of conse-
quences, the strategic Caribbean Basin is well on its way toward be-
coming a red lake. Certainly, the time has come not to weaken our
forces there as is being so vociferously demanded, but to strengthen
As the first steps in that direction, I would urge the prompt
re-establishment of the pre-World War II special service squadron
with its primary base in the Canal Zone and the termination of the
present negotiations for the surrender of U.S. control over the vital
Such actions will win wide support among thoughtful Latin
Americans for they understand the present dangers involved (CON-
GRESSIONAL RECORD, Sept. 29, 1975, pp. H9263-H9266). They
would be supported by major canal users, go far toward restoring the
damaged prestige of the United States as the leader of the free world,
and receive the overwhelming support of the sovereign people of the
Mr. BOB WILSON. Mr. Speaker, I agree completely with my dis-
tinguished colleague. The Panama Canal is ours no one else's. I have
deep reservations and view with disfavor the trend of recent negotia-
tions between the United States and the Republic of Panama over the
Panama has been clamoring for the "return" of the canal. I cannot
see how we can return something that did not exist prior to the
United States taking an interest in the excavation of such canal at
which time permission was granted by the Panamians and was legally
bound by treaty.
But nevertheless, an eight-point agreement on principles was
signed in February 1975 by Secretary of State Kissinger and
Panamanian Foreign Minister Juan Tack. This agreement could
provide for the eventual cession to Panama of United States
jurisdiction over the Canal Zone and possibly over the operation of the
Last June, during the first session of the 94th Congress, I
introduced House Resolution 510, expressing the sense of the House
that we cannot relinquish control of the Panama Canal. I still feel that
way and believe that most of my colleagues are similarly inclined.
It is this trend toward complete control that concerns me. This
agreement on principles could be the foot in the door toward the
canal's total operation by the Panamanians. With control of the canal
in Panamanian hands, its use could be denied to us at any time.
The canal is a waterway vital to the economy and national
defense of this country. Almost 70 percent of canal traffic originates
or terminates in U.S. ports. Its loss would shake our economy. The
military implications are staggering. For these reasons, I view with
apprehension any negotiations or treaties that could lead to the loss of
U.S. jurisdiction over the canal.
The title and ownership of the canal territory were issued to the
United States over 60 years ago. Concurrently, the United States also
received all rights and responsibilities for its maintenance and
Mr. Speaker, I believe the consequences of the loss of our control
over the Panama Canal would be grave, indeed and therefore fully
support my colleague's concern over recent negotiations that could
culminate in its loss.
Mr. DAN DANIEL. Mr. Speaker, with all the problems this
Nation faces, at home and abroad, it would be all too easy to dismiss
the Panama Canal as small potatoes, indeed, not worthy of concern in
the context of all our other woes. Nothing could be further from the
truth. There is ample reason to retain the canal, and virtually no
reason to surrender it.
For years, efforts were made to construct a canal across the
Isthmus of Panama and thereby shorten the long and dangerous sea
voyage around Cape Horn. It remained for American talent and
American funds to complete what is still acknowledged to be one of
the world's engineering marvels.
Did we seize this land? Did we conquer a people or a nation? Have
we exploited or subjected the Panamanians? The answer in each
instance is, of course, "no." The Republic of Panama has been paid
what is essentially rent for the land, the people have been provided
jobs, and world commerce and trade have advanced because the canal
Now we will give it away, in order to appease Panama's leftist
The canal has been closed to no nation in peacetime. It has
provided easier and less expensive access for ships traveling between
the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
What will be gained by surrendering this vital link between our
own eastern and western borders? Nothing but a great deal will be
lost, if control passes into the hands of those whose loyalties more
closely resemble Cuba's than our own.
In the conduct of affairs between our own and other nations, the
Senate bears the constitutional responsibility to ratify treaties. The
House of Representatives is not entirely out of the picture, however,
in this instance. For it has the responsibility, and I quote from the
To dispose of and make all needful rules and regulations
respecting the territory or other property belonging to the United
I cannot believe that two-thirds of the U.S. Senate would agree to
giving up the canal. In the unlikely event that I am wrong, they will at
least know that many of us in the House intend to oppose it.
Mr. McDONALD of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, retention of the
Panama Canal as an undiminished possession of the United States is
essential to our own trade, not to speak of world trade in general, and
it is also essential to our own defense.
Since we have last considered this matter, we have seen a blatant
display of aggression by Cuban Communist troops in their takeover of
Angola. Can there be any doubt that Castro respects anything other
than superior force?
It appears to be State Department policy nowadays to leave
power vacuums to be filled by the Communists. While we sit
paralyzed by shibboleths of "liberal" dogma and Red propaganda, the
Communists go about their business of world conquest. We insist
upon looking and acting the part of losers, and frankly, in internation-
al relations, nobody loves a loser. Nobody respects a loser, especially
when the fall guy image is self-inflicted.
The latest State Department efforts to brainwash the American
people into permitting the planned surrender of the canal are, in
themselves, intolerable, regardless of their shabby objective.
The honorable Member from Pennsylvania has related an
incident in which Secretary of State Henry Kissinger countered a
question with his own rhetorical question: Which do we prefer, a
Vietnam-type guerrilla war, or surrender through his new treaty?
We do not want either of these things. And we need not choose
between them. Secretary Kissinger talks like the foreign minister of
some feeble island kingdom rather than a great statesman. If there is
a dilemma, it has been created by the Secretary of State and his
promises to deliver what is not his to deliver; namely, the Panama
Canal. As has been pointed out again and again, it is not Mr.
Kissinger's to give away. The Canal Zone was purchased, and the
canal built, by tax money. It is U.S. Government property and
Congress has most emphatically not declared it surplus.
General Torrijos seems to enjoy threatening us, believing that
the new action army of the Americas is Cuba's, not ours. It should be
the State Department's job to quietly convince him otherwise.
Instead, under the surrender-now leadership of Mr. Kissinger, it
sounds as though we are ready to surrender the canal because we are
actually afraid of Torrijos.
I would hope that the majority of us in this House are not. It then
falls to us to inform the Secretary of State that his policy has neither
popular nor congressional support.
Mr. MURPHY of New York. Mr. Speaker, I am, as always, in full
and complete agreement with Mr. FLOOD on the topic of the Panama
Canal, and the retention by the United States of control and the Canal
Zone. He and I, and dozens of our colleagues, have detailed time and
again in this Chamber the detailed, point-by-point case supporting
U.S. sovereignty in the Canal Zone. Yet, as we speak here today, the
present administration sits across the negotiating table speaking with
the Panamanians, in a blatant attempt to give away our interests to a
Recent statements by Panamanian Foreign Minister Jan Antonio
Tack reported in the Latin American media are indicative of the
propaganda game with which they hope to pressure American
opinion. Briefly, Mr. Tack claims that the return of the Panama Canal
by the United States to Panama is imminent, based on what he calls
an unpublicized compromised formula proposed by President Ford,
and in the almost-completed drafting stages by negotiators of both
I recognize, of course, that no nation wishes to admit to other
than positive results from years of continuous negotiations. But I wish
to state that, to the best of my knowledge, there are no final treaties
drawn, and none waiting to be ratified by the Congress. The
conditions set down by the Panamanians are totally unacceptable to
the U.S. Congress. There is no basis, under any circumstances, for
relinquishing control of the canal. Mr. Tack, and the Panamanian
dictator, General Torrijos, are playing an extremely dangerous game,
with the fates of the Western nations hanging in the balance.
The rather obvious approach attempted by the Panamanians is to
simply announce to the watching world that the United States is
willing to give away everything it has said it would not for the past 75
years. Then, when the world sees that the U.S. Congress fully intends
to maintain its position in the Canal Zone as it should, according to
the terms of no less than six different treaties negotiated before,
during and after the opening of the canal the United States is then
fingered as the recalcitrant the obstinate bully refusing to stand by
The entire concept of returning the Canal Zone to Panamanian
control is ludicrous. A nation which cannot control its own garbage
collection demands full control of the most important waterway in the
Western Hemisphere. A nation with a single political party the
Communist Party a corrupt military dictator with proven drug-
smuggling connections, and a history of 59 heads of state the past 70
years, insists it is stable and responsible enough to guarantee the
neutral operation of the only passageway between the Atlantic and
Pacific Oceans. Perhaps the Panamanians would suggest we also
renegotiate the return of the central third of the United States to
France and the Southwest States of Mexico, negating the Louisiana
and Gadsden purchases.
For this is precisely the case in Panama. We have purchased the
land and the rights of access to and through the Canal Zone not just
once, but many times over. The United States has invested nearly $7
billion in the purchase and development of the Panama Canal. We hold
deeds to the property from one ocean to the other, and we continue to
pay over $2.3 million yearly, an amount which is not called for under
any of the duly ratified treaties, particularly the Hay-Bunau-Varilla
Treaty of 1903 which grants the United States unlimited and
perpetual rights over the canal and its zone.
Panama enjoys a per capital income greater than any other
Central American nation, due solely and directly to the $7 billion
investment of the United States. And now that General Torrijos has
tasted power on the coattails of Mr. Castro, he simply insists that our
interests are no longer valid in his country.
I would point out that Torrijos has, in no uncertain terms,
repeatedly stated that if we do not give in, there will be war. Castro
has affirmed the support of 9 million Cubans in that fight, presumably
in the same fashion as he supports the Angolan crisis, as Mr. Flood has
pointed out. Mr. Castro has been used by the Communists in Chile, a
strategically located country which could help control the passage
around Cape Horn. He has been used again in Angola, whose air bases
and ports would be valuable in exercising control of passage around
the Cape of Good Hope. And now: the Panama Canal, which is also the
key to the Caribbean, and a major part of the entire Western
Foreign Minister Tack's statement of an imminent treaty
agreement is so ridiculous as to not require further comment here.
The same old arguments are made that the United States should pull
out of Panama, and I can only respond with the same facts detailed
time and again unquestionably supporting the position that the
United States has every reason historically, legally, financially,
governmentally, internationally, and sensibly strong reasons for
maintaining control of the Panama Canal.
The alleged document which Mr. Tack and General Torrijos so
strongly pursue would call for "total neutrality, subscribed to by all
nations and guaranteed by the United Nations, including transit of
troops, ships, and war materials of all countries." The Commander in
Chief of U.S. Forces in the Pacific CINCPAC told me in a recent
briefing that if every railroad track and every railroad car in the
United States were made available to him in a time of crisis, he might
be able to meet the needs of transporting troops and material from the
eastern industrial complex to the Pacific area. The same holds true, of
course, in moving from west to east.
Panamanian neutrality, however, would mean that in the event of
hostilities anywhere in the world, the United States would be denied
the use of its own $7 billion investment. The strongest Nation in the
world would be unable to defend itself or other threatened areas from
the very forces which would control the canal. For it is no secret that
General Torrijos has shuttled himself and his underlings constantly to
Cuba for consultation and support from the Castro regime. Torrijos
has threatened to "follow the Ho Chi Minh trail of blood" in regaining
control of the canal.
One major impetus for my insistence that the Congress and the
American people be continually appraised of continuing developments
in the Panama Canal is the certain knowledge that even the slightest
lack of diligence on the part of those in favor of continued American
control of the Canal Zone is a retreat which will be taken advantage of
by the power mongers of the Cuban-Panamanian coalition. Castro has
advised Torrijos that -
Time is on our side in the struggle against the imperialist and to
the struggle of 1.2 million Panamanians we can add nine million
Do these words leave any doubt that the hit-and-run tactics of a
guerrilla revolution are being threatened by the quasi-diplomatic
posings of the Panamanians in a long-term effort to bring under
Communist control America's single, most important waterway for
our defense and economic well-being?
It is for this reason that we must all be kept aware of the facts,
and aware of the attempts of the State Department and the
Panamanian government to chip away at the foundation of our
southern defenses and our interocean routes of travel and transport
so vital to this Nation."
Recently upon the Sea Scout schooner "Chief Aptakisic," Captain
John S. McKean, commander of the Canal Zone Pacific Power
Squadron, made a contribution to Project Windjammer '76 on behalf
of the Squadron. George H. Brisbane, captain of the Sea Scout
schooner accepted a check for $177.60. Squadron officers also
presented Captain Brisbane with the official squadron pennant which
the "Chief Aptakisic" will fly when she sets sail May 22 on her voyage
to Bermuda where she will join a fleet of sailing ships in a race to
Newport, Rhode Island. Below the "Chief Aptakisic" is pictured in
front of Rodman Naval Station which shows in the background.
Mr. William L. Benny
Mr. Walter C. Bergh
Mrs. Muriel C. Black
Mr. Wendell W. Bosley
Mr. William T. Boyland
Mr. Lewis F. Braden
Mr. Richard W. Chesson
Mr. Brian E. Corrigan
Mr. Kenneth T. Daly
Mr. William M. Deaton
Mr. Bernabe Diaz
Mr. Harry A. Dockery
Mr. Stanley Eccles
Mr. William H. Egger
Mr. William T. Elia
Mrs. Barbara H. Geoghegan
Mrs. Dorothy J. Herrington
Dr. Daniel Hirschl
Mr. William A. Howard
Mrs. Pauline Kaplan
Mrs. Maria L. Keller
Mr. Cecil Kovel
Mrs. Edna A. Kovel
Mr. Glenn A. Lasher
Mrs. Mary G. Lynch
Mr. William T. Lyons
Mrs. Dorothy G. McLain
Mr. David F. Mead
Mr. John W. O'Daniel, Jr.
Mr. Kenneth S. Prichard
Mr. Robert G. Richardson
Mr. Rodney R. Robertson
Mr. Alford Roos, Jr.
Mr. Ezra M. Smith
Mr. Marion E. Taake
Mr. Remus H. Taylor
Office of Financial
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Mr. Richard J. Tomford 3/ 4 Police 35
Mr. Woodrow G. Torbert 3/ 1 Accounting 36
Mr. James A. Van Dyke 1/31 Maintenance 32
Mr. Harrell R. White 2/11 Dredging 09
Mr. Arthur T. Wilder 1/17 Transit 24
Mr. William C. Williford 2/28 Maintenance 35
Master Key to the Locks in the rank of "Guardian of the Written
Word" and congratulatory handshake was presented to D. F. Mead by
Joseph J. Wood, Chief, Administrative Services Division. Mr. Meade,
with 43 years service, was the senior U.S. citizen on the Canal
organization rolls when he retired.
A full train of red-white-and-blue coaches and engine is the Panama
Railroad's contribution to the Canal Zone celebration of our Nation's
bicentennial. When the railroad cars arrived at the Balboa Car Shop
for routine maintenance, it was decided a star-spangled paint job
would be appropriate this year and would not cost any more than the
regular repainting. So the blue body was painted a deeper blue, the
yellow stripes were painted red and Edgar M. McLennon hand-paint-
ed white stars on the front of the engine and above the coach
windows. The Bicentennial Special makes seven daily transcontinent-
al runs carrying passengers in a style just right for our country's
Condensed from The Panama Canal Spillway, March 19, 1976 -
"2nd Governor's Daughter Recalls Zone of 1907" Kathryn Harding
Deeble returned to the Canal Zone last week 69 years after her first
trip to the Isthmus. As a nine year old school girl, she first accom-
panied her parents to the Canal Zone of construction days when her
father Maj. Chester Harding was assigned as chief of dredging and
marine operations of the Atlantic Division.
Her memories of those days are vivid today: She attended Gatun
School and described it as "a little country school with all of the
classes in one room." The center of social life was the top floor of the
old Isthmian Canal Commission building and she recalls the entertain-
ment one night was a man who painted pictures with his toes.
In 1913 Kathryne returned to the States and went back to the
Canal Zone in 1916 a few months before her father, then Brigadier
General Harding, was appointed governor of the Canal Zone,
replacing General Goethals.
Now in the Governor's mansion, she lived the life of a proper
young lady cira 1917 being poled up the Chargres in cayucos for
picnics, sailing to Taboga, taking riding lessons and attending balls,
dances and parties. The ball she remembers best given for the
Prince of Wales. He danced first with the British Ambassador's
daughter and the second dance was with the Governor's daughter,
Kathryne married a young Army officer in the Governor's
Mansion on April 14, 1920 and returned to the States with him. Today,
Mrs. Deeble lives in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
She says her biggest thrill
was an unexpected call she re-
ceived 6 years ago inviting her
to come to New Orleans to
christen a new Panama Canal
S\ I|tug which was to be named for
her father. Mrs. Deebles' son,
William, accompanied her on
P^ y h- er vacation to Panama pic-
L tured aboard the tug "Chester
i Harding", Mrs. Harding Deeble
i: holds the wheel to show off the
inscribed bracelet she received
in October 1970 when she
christened the tug.
This month our sincere congratulations for volunteer work go to the
Recently the Panama Canal Company's highest form of recogni-
tion the Distinguished Service Award was presented to our
member Joffree R. Sauvageau, by Governor H. R. Parfitt for his
highly exceptional and exemplary performance of duties and his
contributions to civic and community activities. He was also cited for
the key role he played in public health activities in the Canal Zone and
Republic of Panama, and his part as a member of the medical team
sent to Nicaragua to treat General Somoza in 1956. Sauvageau, a
nurse-anesthetist at Gorgas Hospital, recently retired with 31 years of
service. The award was accompanied by a $500 check.
In March the Panama Canal organization paid tribute to 19
individuals and organizations at the Sixth Annual Public Service
Award Ceremony in the Rotunda of the Administration Building in
Balboa Heights. Receiving the Silver Award was our member Dr.
Mary Graham Chief of the Panama Canal's Community Health
Branch, for volunteering her professional services as a medical officer
towards assuring the health and welfare of the Canal Zone commun-
ity. Dr. Graham has spent many off duty hours spearheading health
programs and has been instrumental in establishing projects such as
the medical effectiveness project to heal and control venereal disease,
the formation of the Canal Zone Foster Home Program and most
recently the Joint Committee for Infant and Child Protection.
And another recognition that cannot be passed by is the
certificate for 57 years of service and 25,000 hours presented to Mrs.
Marie Van Clief at the annual general meeting of the Canal Zone
Chapter of the American Red Cross.
John R. Thomson was presented the Master Key Certificate by
Dr. Bedford H. Berrey. Thomson retired with nearly 37 years of
Federal service, 30 of which were with the Health Bureau. Since
December 1961 he had been administrative officer at Palo Seco
Hospital. He was awarded a Master Key to the Locks in the grade of
Master Humanitarian in recognition of his dedicated service to Canal
Zone Government and his deep personal concern for and service to
Palo Seco patients and others especially children, the aged, the
infirm of his community and the Republic of Panama.
The Comptroller General has called on the Civil Service Commis-
sion to help federal employees do a better job of choosing their
government-sponsored group health insurance. Specifically, he has
recommended that the CSC prepare what might be called "shoppers'
guides" so employees can compare competing health insurance plans
(there are 46 of them in the federal program) and select the best
coverage tailored to their needs. At present government employees
get only the brochures of the two government-wise plans-Blue Cross-
Blue Shield and Aetna-plus the plans in their own locality. However,
the CG points out that there are five employee organizations and
groups that offer their plans to all government workers. He proposes
that details on the comparison with these plans also be made available
to all government workers. The organizations are the American
Federation of Government Employees; Mail Handlers Union; Ameri-
can Postal Workers Union: National Alliance of Postal and Federal
Employees; and Government Employees Hospital Association. They
offer plans to all employees, provided they become members or
associate members with dues running up to $30 a year. The CSC has
promised to take the CG proposal under advisement and see if it is
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We announce te deaths of the following:
Retired Army Major General W. L. Barriger, 79, passed away
February 29 at the Wisconsin Avenue Nursing Home, Washington,
D.C. Gen. Barriger became Chief of Staff of The Panama Canal Dept.
after World War II, and later was Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Caribbean
and Assistant Division Commander of the 9th Infantry Division. He is
survived by his wife Helen Conway Barriger of 1700 Crescent Lane,
McLean, Virginia and a son, W. L. Barriger, Jr. of Alexandria.
Mr. Thomas A. Brennan, of Islip Terrace, New York, died
peacefully in his sleep 19 April 1976, in Mississippi while the family
was visiting his brother-in-law. Tom went to the Canal Zone in 1928
serving his apprenticeship as a Machinist at the Balboa Shops. He
later worked in Cristobal and Gatun retiring with over 36 years from
the Gatun Power Division in March 1966. He is survived by his widow,
Norine, one daughter, Mrs. Joan O'Brien; two sons, Tommy and Jerry
and four granddaughters, all of New York.
Mr. William V. Brugge, 77, died Friday, March 26, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Brugge retired in 1958 as housing manager
with the Quartermaster Division after 38 years service with the
Canal. He was a member of the Elks Lodge 1542; Masonic Reagon
Lodge 1037; and St. Bede's Episcopal Church. He is survived by his
wife Sara; a sister, Mrs. Ruth Westman of Bayford, Virginia; and a
Mr. John T. Burns, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone, a retired
Tug Boat Engineer, passed away the latter part of March in Kerrville,
Texas where he made his home for the past 5 years. Jack is survived
by his wife, June, who was a nurse at the Coco Solo Hospital and at
present is working in the Kerrville Hospital.
Mrs. Sarah Clark, 86, widow of Frank Clark, died February 15, in
Wabash, Indiana. She had lived in Panama six years during
construction days. She is survived by a son, Robert Clark, Fort
Wayne, and a daughter, Mrs. Joan Miller, Wabash.
Mr. William H. Critch, 71, died at his home in Dolega, Chiriqui
Province, Republic of Panama, on March 21. Mr. Critch worked for the
United Fruit Company and in the early 1940s went to work for the
U.S. Army in the Canal Zone, retiring in 1972. He is survived by his
wife, Victoria, and five children; Fred H. of Michigan; Olga Kristoff of
Ohio; Ann January of Alaska; Luisa Yanguez of Panama City and
Harriet Carlin of Balboa; and 16 grandchildren.
Mr. Gordon R. Deuermeyer passed away in Gamboa, Canal Zone
October 21, 1975. Mr. Deuermeyer is survived by his wife, Electa,
whose address is Box 14, Soap Lake, Washington 98851.
Gen. Glen Edgerton Dies: WWII Governor of Canal (The
Washington Star April 11, 1976) Ret. Army Maj. Glen E. Edgerton,
88, Governor of the Panama Canal during World War II, executive
director of the Commission on Renovation of the White House in
1949-52 and president of the Export-Import Bank in 1953-55, died 9
April at Bethesda Naval Hospital after a brief illness.
After graduating from West Point, Edgerton was assigned to the
Corps of Engineers and was an assistant engineer during part of the
construction of the Panama Canal during 1908 and 1909. The canal
opened to traffic in 1914.
Edgerton was Chief Engineer of the Alaska Road Commission
from 1910 to 1915. After World War I he was director of sales in the
War Department, charged with disposal of surplus materials. From
1924 until 1929 Edgerton was chief engineer of the Federal Power
Commission and later was district engineer at the Corps of Engineers'
Rock Island, Ill., installation.
In 1936 Edgerton returned to the Panama Canal and served four
years as maintenance engineer. It was during this time that the first
important increases were made in the canal's capacity when Congress
authorized funds for construction of the Madden dam and power
project, affording the canal additional water and increased power. In
1940 Edgerton was appointed Governor of the canal, a post he held
Edgerton received a BS and MS in civil engineering.from Kansas
State College and was a 1908 graduate of West Point. He was an
honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a
member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the
Society of American Military Engineers.
He leaves a son, Bruce W.P., of Carmel, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs.
James N. Rothchild of Ithaca, N.Y., and two grandchildren. Burial was
in Arlington Cemetery.
Mr. Daniel Maurice Eggleston, 67, of St. Petersburg, Florida died
May 9, 1976. He retired as a Civil Engineer eight years ago from the
Engineering Division, Panama Canal Company, Balboa Heights, C.Z.
Survivors are his wife, Carmen Hele Eggleston; three sons, Major
Daniel M. Jr., McLean, Virginia, Robert E., Balboa, Canal Zone,
Anthony R., St. Petersburg; three daughters, Mrs. Cecilia E.
Haborak, Charleston, South Carolina, Theresa C. and Carmen R.
Eggleston, both of St. Petersburg; two sisters, Mrs. Jeanne E. Truitt,
Tampa, Florida, Mrs. Irene E. Beall, Chicago, Illinois and six
grandchildren, Stasie, Daniel and Amalia Eggleston and Christopher,
Kevin and Dana Haborak.
Mrs. Alice Wood Engelke died at her home in Bentonville,
Arkansas, February 21 at the age of 59. She is survived by her
husband, Herbert 0. Engelke, a son, Herbert W. of the home; two
daughters, Mrs. Marguerite Grammer of Bentonville and Mrs. Mary
Alice Williford of the Canal Zone; and 5 grandchildren. Alice was born
in Colon, she spent most of her life there before moving to Bentonville
in 1964. She was a member of the Orchid Chapter O.E.S. and Saint
Andrew's Episcopal Church, Rogers, Arkansas.
Mrs. Kay Esser, widow of Sigurd Esser who was Superintendent
of the Canal Zone Schools when he retired in 1963, passed away on
March 11 in Fort Lauderdale. She is survived by a daughter, Miss
The funeral for Mabel Evingson, Fargo, North Dakota, and her
sister, Mrs. Siguard Esser, Fort Lauderdale, Florida was held 31
March 1976. Mrs. Esser died March 11 and Miss Evingson died March
27, both at Rochester, Minnesota.
Mrs. Marjorie Evans, wife of Captain Evan G. Evans, Jr. died
January 30 in New Orleans, Louisiana. She had resided in the Canal
Zone for 23 years.
Mr. Thomas V. Farrell, 89, Telegrapher during construction days
and later at Frijoles, passed away recently. Mr. Farrell will be
remembered as the Ticket Agent at the Panama Railroad Station in
Panama City. He lived at the Balboa Army and Navy YMCA where he
was found in death. Mr. Farrell is survived by a nephew, Arthur
Farrell of the Canal Zone and niece, Mrs. Roscoe M. Collins (Marie
Farrell) of Clearwater, FL.
Mr. Fletcher R. Gregory died at Sapulpa, Oklahoma, January 27.
He was 71. A refrigeration mechanic, Mr. Gregory worked for the
Canal's Maintenance Division and retired in 1965. He was active with
the Shrine on the Zone. He is survived by his widoiv, Mrs. Bertha
Gregory; two daughters, Mrs. Marvine Davis of Curundu, and Mrs.
Ima Crawford of Bristow, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren and seven
Mr. August J. Heinze of Houston, Texas passed away recently.
At the time of his retirement, Mr. Heinze was Vice President of
Houston Bank & Trust Co. He is survived by his widow, the former
Aurelia Carkeet, a daughter and cousins.
Captain Rafael Horta, 43, of Gatun who was diving on a March
afternoon in search of a small boat that had sunk in the lake drowned.
Captain Horta a native of New York joined the Canal organization in
July 1974, after Naval Service and graduating from the State of New
York Maritime Academy 1958. He is survived by his wife, Theresa,
and his daughter, Nancy.
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Howard, 81, died April 21 in St. Petersburg,
Florida. She was the wife of William L. Howard a past President of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida (1968-1970); mother of Patricia
Hall, Mary Ames and sister of Clarssie Pine, all of St. Petersburg. She
was a member of The Royal Palm Chapter No. 2 of O.E.S. in Canal
Mrs. Rose Kozak, 91, widow of Otto Kozak, who was a Roosevelt
Medal Holder, died March 1 in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was born
in Hungary, came to Florida 28 years ago after having lived many
years in the Canal Zone. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Ethel
Askew, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Ernest J. Krueger, 84, who retired from the Canal in 1941,
died February 14 in Gulfport, Mississippi. Mr. Krueger was a police
officer for many years and at the time of his retirement was employed
by the Dredging Division. He is survived by a son, Ernest M. of
Balboa, Canal Zone and daughter, Mrs. Virginia Whaler of Gainesville,
Florida; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. James T. Langford of Denville, Pennsylvania passed away 9
April 1976. She is survived by her husband.
Mr. Joseph Layne of St. Philip, Barbados, West Indies, died April
14, 1975. He is survived by a daughter, Helen Alleyne.
Funeral services were held at Guadalupe Church, Panama City,
R. de P. in late March for Mr. Vigo Larsen, a well known retired
businessman. Mr. Larsen was connected for many years with the
Elliot enterprises and later opened his own business, Agencies
Mr. Leroy B. Magnuson, 72, died in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on
March 24. Mr. Magnuson had a distinguished career of more than 41
years of service with the Canal when he retired in December 1964, as
Assistant Comptroller. In addition to his wife, Jerie, he is survived by
a daughter, Mrs. Raymond Timm of Florida; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy
Hamlin of Largo, Florida; a brother, Charles N. Magnuson of
Monrovia, California; a nephew, Eugene Hamlin, Carthage, N.C., and
a niece, Mrs. Harold Leffingwell (Janie Hamlin) of New Canaan,
Mrs. Loretta J. Metivier died on February 14 in Pawtucket,
Rhode Island. She was the widow of William H. Metivier who retired
from the Canal in 1955. She is survived by three sons, William H.
Metivier, Jr. of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, George M. of Long Beach,
California and Robert E. of Pawtucket; three sisters, Miss Dora B.
Rooney, Miss Elizabeth V. Rooney and Mrs. Theresa St. Pierre, all of
Woonsocket; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. John W. Meyer, 91, passed away February 6 at St. Mary's
Hospital, Reno, Nevada. Mr. Meyer retired as Chief Planner Balboa
Shops, Panama Canal Mechanical Division on December 31, 1947. He
is survived by his wife, Lucy.
Mr. Denis E. Mullane passed away March 27, in Costa Mesa,
California. Mr. Mullane went to Panama in July 1908, and retired in
September 1943, with 35 years service from the Municipal Engineer-
ing Division. He was given the Roosevelt Medal for six years
construction service. He is survived by his wife, Luella; a son Denis E.
Mullane of Santa Monica; two daughters, Elinor M. Connal of Tustin
and Muriel Szafewicz of Beverly Hills; a stepson, Maurice Brown of
Newport Beach; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and
two sisters and a cousin.
Mrs. J. A. Muller, 88, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away
3 May 1976. Margaret Theresa Eyring went down to Panama in
December 1913 to marry her husband Jack Adrian Muller, who pre-
ceded her in death on 25 September 1945. Mrs. Muller was survived
by her children: John of Deland, Florida, Walter of Corpus Christi,
Texas, Adrienne Neuhaus of Albuquerque, George Muller of Ana-
heim, California, Jack Muller of Northfield, New Jersey, William of
Balboa, Canal Zone, and Catharine Peabody of Albuquerque; by 21
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She is also survived by a
sister, Marie Lally of Queens, New York.
Mrs. Angela Boyd de Munoz, member of a distinguished
Panamanian family died recently at her home in the colonial sector of
Panama City. She was 92 years old. Mrs. Munoz was the daughter of
Don Archibold Boyd Lopez and Dona Angelica Isabel de Boyd. Her
paternal grandfather, Archibald Boardman Boyd was co-founder of
The Star and Herald and Las Estrella de Panama. She was a niece of
Federico Boyd, a founder and a President of the Republic of Panama
and a cousin of De. Augusto S. Boyd who also occupied the highest
post in the country. Survivors are her sons-in-law and daughters Jose
Gabriel Velazquez Lacayo, Consul General of Honduras in Panama,
and Dolores Angelica Munoz de Velazquez; Bernard B. Lew and
Angela Maria de Lew, Consul General of Panama in Chicago, and her
grandson Jose Gabriel Velazquez Munoz.
Mr. Donald R. Rathgeber passed away March 17 in Warner-Rob-
ins, Georgia. Mr. Rathgeber, a resident of Diablo Heights, was a
member of a large and well known Canal Zone family. He was 48 years
old. Surviving him are his wife, Annie Ruth, Administrative Officer of
the Panama Canal Information Office; a son, Donald R., Jr.; two
daughters, Donna and Judi Lynn; and two grandchildren, Erika and
Mr. Edwin Roddy who retired from the Canal in 1975, died
recently in Seattle, Washington. He was 74. Survivors include his
widow, Margaret, also of Seattle; two daughters, Mrs. Patricia
Melnick of Seattle and Mrs. Peggy Purett of Cardenas Village; a son,
James of Diablo, Canal Zone and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. Rose I. Sampsell, widow of Joseph B. Sampsell, died March
14 in Fredrick, Maryland. She would have been 89 years old in May.
Mrs. Sampsell went to the Canal Zone as a bride in 1906 and left in
1937 when her husband retired as a Lock Master. She is survived by a
daughter, Mrs. Ann Mae Smith of Glenburnie, Maryland and a son, H.
Lee of La Boca, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Grace T. Schloefield, 84, formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone, died
10 March 1976 in a nursing home in Peckville, Pennsylvania. Grace is
survived by a daughter, Mrs. John Pettingill (Evelyn) of Ft.
Mr. Edward W. Schnake, died at home March 27, in Dickinson,
Texas. Mr. Schnake went to Panama in 1912 to work on the
construction of the Canal and was awarded the Roosevelt Medal. He
retired in 1955 as Electrical Supervisor of the Miraflores Locks. He
served in the U.S. Army World War I. He was a member of the
Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years and the Ancient Arabic Order
of the Mystic Shrine. Survivors include his daughter, Mrs. Richard L.
Jeffers (Barbara) of Dickinson; two sons, Dr. Edward G. Schnake of
Dickinson and John L. Schnake of Madrid, Spain; a sister, Mrs. Elsie
Wycoff of Florida; two brothers, George and Louis Schnake, both of
Florida; and eight grandchildren.
Mr. David H. Searle was actively playing golf and enjoying
Florida until the time of his death, 30 April 1976. David was a retired
Canal Zone police officer and former resident of Los Rios. He is
survived by his wife, Merlena of Englewood, Florida, and his two
daughters, Dale Searle of Colorado Springs and Donna Hoffman of
Captain Howard L. Smithies, a long time Panama canal pilot, died
February 7 in Seal Beach, Calif. Captain Smithies was born in
Pennsylvania in 1893, served in the Navy during World War I. He also
served in the Merchant Marines prior to his appointment to the
Panama Canal pilot force in 1930. He retired in 1948. He is survived by
his wife, Frances and a daughter, Lucille of Montreal, Canada, and
Mrs. Frances Smithies, widow of Captain Howard Smithies,
passed away on March 13. She died at home, her daughter, Lucille
Snow, being with her at the time of death. Memorial services were
held at the Seal Beach Leisure World Community Chapel. Frances had
many friends during her years on the Canal Zone and while living at
Dr. Dale B. Snow, 51, died on 19 November 1975, in Schumpert
Medical Center after a sIort illness. Dr. Snow completed his residency
in obstetrics and gynecology in 1957. He was in private practice in
Panama. Dr. Snow is survived by his wife, Betty Chan Snow; a son
Robert; two daughters, Judy and Becky all of Shreveport, Louisiana;
and his mother Mrs. Gertrude N. Snow of Fort Worth, Texas.
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Soper, 66, wife of Cleveland C. Soper II,
died on March 9, at Sunny Hills, Florida. A graduate of Kent State
University, Mrs. Soper taught history and art at Balboa High School.
She and her family came to the Isthmus in 1946 when her husband was
named head of Eastman Kodak's Tropical Research Laboratory in
Panama. Following his retirement in 1972, they went to live in Sunny
Hills. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Soper is survived by a
daughter, Renee and a son, Cleveland D. Soper III, who is employed in
the Panama Canal Grafic Branch.
Mr. Howard H. Sprague of St. Augustine, Florida died as the
result of an automobile accident on his way to Jacksonville on 7 April
1976. Mr. Sprague first went to the Canal Zone for the Texas Oil Co. in
1938. He later joined the Customs Division and transferred to the
Accounting Division where he retired in 1968. Survived by his widow,
Josephine; two daughters, Mrs. Theresa Giles of St. Augustine, and
Mrs. Josephine Kegallon of Maryland; two sons, Bob of Washington,
D.C. and Alvin of the Canal Zone and nine grandchildren.
Mrs. Georgiana Stephenson, 65, a long-time Canal Zone resident,
died March 1, in Perrine, Florida. Mrs. Stephenson is survived by her
husband, Norton, who retired from the Panama Canal in 1968; three
daughters, Diane Bradley of Los Rios; Dolores Vann of Homestead,
Florida; and Kay Andres of Miami, Florida and six grandchildren.
Word was just received that Mr. James C. Twomey of Balboa,
Canal Zone died August 1, 1975. Mr. Twomey is survived by his
Mr. Einer Viren, Chairman of the Budget and Finance Commit-
tee, Panama Canal Company Board of Directors, died March 7, at Sun
City, Arizona. He was 69. Viren, a native of Holdredge, Nebraska, was
appointed to the Board in 1969. After receiving his Bachelor of Laws
Degree from the University of Omaha Law School and being admitted
to the Nebraska Bar in 1935, Mr. Viren practiced law and held many
executive positions. Mr. Viren was a senior partner in the law firm of
Viren, Epstein and Leahy. Viren is survived by his wife, Gene.
Mr. Emo Charles Weiss died April 7 in San Jose, California at the
age of 75. A native of Germany, Weiss grew up in the Canal Zone. His
father was an engineer on the Panama Canal. Weiss was graduated
from Columbia University as a pre-med student, but later turned to
business. He headed 14 corporations in Mexico City, and at one time
was general manager of the Coca Cola plant in Fresno. He retired 10
years ago. Survivors include his widow, Pauline, and sons, 0. R.
Weiss, San Jose, and Charles F. Weiss, Los Angeles, and 2 daughters,
Elfreda C. Shadley and Pauline R. Weiss, San Jose.
Mrs. Sara B. Wilson passed away in late March after an extended
illness. She was retired from the Police Division in August, 1972. She
is survived by her husband Leroy B. Wilson, Jr. of Diablo, Canal Zone;
daughters, Mrs. Ellen Mallia and Mrs. Janice Booth of Balboa; sons
Roy A. Wilson of Balboa and Mark K. Wilson of Fort Hill, South
Carolina; mother, Mrs. Helen Blackwelder of Fort Hill, and a brother
W. C. Blackwelder of Berdwick, Louisiana.
Mr. Barton Collins Woodruff, 85, died April 22 in the Arlington
Hospital, Arlington, Virginia, of a collapsed lung resulting from
emphysema. Mr. Woodruff went to the Canal Zone in 1911, retired in
1950 as Administrative Assistant to the Lieutenant Governor. After
living in his home town of Westminster, Maryland for three years, he
moved to Pinellas Park, Florida in 1953, and in 1969 to Arlington.
Shortly afterwards he began losing his eyesight, but kept up with
"reading" through outstanding services of the Library of Congress
Talking Books. In addition to his wife of almost sixty years, Lois
Browning Woodruff, he is survived by one daughter, Shirley B. W.
Hicks, four grandchildren, and relatives in Maryland, New Jersey and
Florida. Interment will be at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Ancon,
Mr. Frederick C. Rose, 68, of Boca Raton, Florida died on 11 May
1976. Mr. Rose was a Marine Engineer with the Dredging Division
and retired in 1962 with over 38 years of service with the Canal. He is
survived by his wife Ruth of Boca Raton, son Frederick J. of Hunts-
ville, Alabama, daughters Ruth Foster and Helen Shapiro in the Canal
Zone, 9 grandchildren and 1 great-granddaughter.
Mr. Richard A. Williams, 60, of Hudson, New Hampshire, passed
away 21 May 1976 in Seminole, Florida where he and Mrs. Williams
were visiting friends. Dick retired in August 1974 with 32 years
service with the Sanitation Department. He is survived by his wife,
Judy of New Hampshire, and two sons, Rick and Scott, both of
Balboa, Canal Zone.
Many thanks to Thee, 0 Lord, for the lives of our members
and friends who have served loyally and have now entered a
new life in Thy nearer presence. May Thy love grant to them
an even fuller opportunity of living! Amen!
Miss Elinor M. Mullane was married to Mr. Edson N. Connal
recently and are at home at 1192 Mitchell Avenue, Unit 70, Tustin,
Mrs. Nancy L. Jorstad and Mr. Darrell J. Eide were married on
April 3, 1976, in Silverdale, Washington. The bride is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kariger, who drove to Washington to attend the
wedding. Mr. Eide is employed by the U.S. Navy at Keyport Torpedo
Station. The bride is a teacher in the central Kitsap County School
Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Holmes, of Aiken, South Carolina,
announce the marriage of their daughter, Carolyn to George L.
Rucker. The marriage took place in Aiken on December 20, 1975. The
happy couple are now residing in Thomson, Georgia.
Mrs. Lois M. Jones announces the marriage of her daughter,
Margie Ann to Sgt. Charles Russell Sage, Jr., U.S.A. at Fort Rucker,
Alabama on November 14, 1975. Margie is the daughter of the late
Charles E. Jones and the granddaughter of Ross H. Hollowell of
Clearwater, Florida and the late Margaret R. Hollowell. Charles is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Sage, Sr. of Fair Oaks, California. The
newlyweds are both in the Army and residing in Clayhatchee,
Alabama until they go to Korea in July.
Mrs. Gertrude Wheeler and Lt. Frederick Mohl were married on
March 2, 1976, in Vernon, Connecticut and are at home to their friends
at 12 Moser Drive, Rockville, Connecticut, 06066.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Wuelfing of Carmel, Indiana announce the
marriage of their daughter, Pamela Owens to Charles R. Jones in St.
Petersburg, Florida, on January 5, 1976. Charles is the son of Lois M.
Jones and the late Charles E. Jones and the grandson of Ross H.
Hollowell of Clearwater, Florida and the late Margaret R. Hollowell.
The young couple will reside in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Meet the all new Caldwells.
Models Al John II
Developers Phoebe and Al
Weight 4 lbs. 6 oz./4 lbs. 11 oz.
Length 17"/17 /z"
Time 1 Apr. 76 11:36/11:42
Mrs. A. J. Caldwell is the former Phoebe J. Herrick from
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Cecil (Susan Jean Barrett) of Silver Springs,
Maryland, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter,
Anastasia Michelle (Stacy) on 15 March 1976. Stacy weighed in at 9
pounds 2 ounces. Helen Barrett of Jacksonville, Florida is the proud
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Collett, Jr. (Marty Stanley) of Lucinda,
Pennsylvania, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Kelly
Diane, born on December 31, 1975. Maternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. George Stanley, also of Lucinda.
Sgt. and Mrs. Joe Cronan (Phyllis Trimm) of Tyndall AFB,
Florida, announce the birth of a daughter, Marna Marie, born 31
March 1976, weighing in at 7 pounds 12 ounces. Grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Preston Trimm and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Cronan (retired police
officer from Margarita).
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Denton of Leesburg, Georgia, and formerly of
Cardenas, Canal Zone, announce the birth of their first child, Heidi
Marie, born on March 22. Mrs. Denton is the former Cathy Detamore
of Balboa. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Denton, Sr.
of Conway, South Carolina, and maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Jerry Detamore of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Join Bill and Mary Gruman in celebration of
Nathan Daniel's birth
on: February 10th at: 8:43 a.m.
length: 20 inches weight: 7 lb. 4 oz.
Capt. and Mrs. C. V. Torstenson
Steven and Becky Herzog (Becky Compton) of Smithport,
Pennsylvania, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter,
Marina Joy on 5 February 1976. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John
W. Huson of Black Forest, Colorado.
The Husons also have another new granddaughter born last
Spring to their daughter, Susan, Mrs. David A. Cantu. The baby is
their second child, first daughter and named Kristie Kay.
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Pearl of La Palma, California announce the
birth of a daughter, Melanie Marie on January 16, 1976. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Will J. Sooter of Carlsbad, California.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pearl of Ocala,
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Ramsey of Hanover, Virginia, announce the
birth of their first child, a daughter, Mary Denise, born January 25,
1976. Grandparents are Mrs. Clarence Hogan, White Bear Lake,
Minnesota and Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Ramsey of Hugo, Minnesota,
formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone.
THE CANAL ZONE
Mr. Theodore J. Wilber, Columnist with The Star & Herald writes I
enjoyed your 'cute' card: "We haven't forgotten you. Have you
forgotten us?" Clever!
As long as I have received the Canal Record, which has been since
kng before I retired to live in Panama in 1968, I have distinctly
enjoyed reading it. The peripatetic wanderings of the thousands of
retired Canal Zone people sometimes bewilder me ... it seems as if
they do nothing but wander all over the United States visiting people
they know ... and some they never did, but are glad to meet because
they once lived here ... Reminds me of the story Pete Brennan, the
deceased but still well-remembered columnist on the Star & Herald
whose Column "Through The Looking Glass" is one of the also
well-remembered things about the old days', told me about fifteen
years ago, even before I retired.... Seems he had attended an annual
meeting of the PCSoF for, as I recall, three days. As he told me: "Ted,
I wandered all around this room. Seems as though everyone knew me.
... And for that matter, I knew most who approached me with a big
'Hi Pete! How are you?' As I stuck out my hand to shake hands, I'd try
to grab a quick look at their name card, because, even though I
remembered the faces, I couldn't for the life of me remember their
names. Every darned one of them would throw a dozen questions at
me, all in the same breath, and all concerned with the Canal Zone (at
that time Pete worked at the District Court in some capacity). It
would be 'Is so-and-so still there? Is such-and-such a building still
there? How about commissary prices?' and a million others. As well,
everyone there kept talking to each other about the 'good old days',
everything about the Canal Zone, and how well they remembered
every tiny detail. Finally, after a couple of days of this '3rd degree
questioning' by everyone who spoke to me, I finally met a guy I knew
well. After listening to his barrage of questions about the Zone, and
how he loved it so, I irritatedly said: 'Look, George, if you and
everyone else here loved it so darned much, what the hell did you
leave for?' Maybe that's why I retired here purest water in the
world, a wonderful climate, excellent sanitation, and hardly any crime
at all ."
John E. Schmidt, Jr. from Albrook AFS writes that he is
transferring to Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Florida. On 1 April John
was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant which falls on his 25th
anniversary of active duty in the Air Force. John enlisted and
received his first stripe at Albrook. Now he is back at Albrook and has
received the highest and last stripe. Our heartfelt congratulations to
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Cheville of Balboa write that several years
ago my husband and I translated a book concerning the Women's
national dress of Panama (The Pollera) by Panama's leading folk
lorist. This book had a limited edition because it was published
privately. I have approximately 300 copies now and will be putting it
on sale in various places in Panama in the near future. We are proud of
this publication and feel it would be of interest for people who have
spent some time here in the Canal Zone. For this reason, we would
like to make it available to retirees first. Because the edition is small
the book sells at $4.00 plus postage. There are eight colored plates and
over 150 black and white photos.
Mrs. Robert F. Boyd [Mary] Balboa, writes that they bought
property at Lake Padgett in the Land O'Lakes area, Pasco County -
near Tampa. We will probably start building next year. It is hard to
think about leaving here completely with all the family here and Diane
and Mike about to present us with the third grandchild in July. The
other two are just darlings. Granddaughter Lara Michelle Petrosky
(daughter of Diane Boyd and Mike Petrosky 41/2 years old). Second
from right on photo with her friends at the dancing class in Panama. It
certainly has changed since the old days when we arrived here. Best
Mrs. H. B. Green [Marie J.F.] writes from Balboa Heights that
she is the former Marie J. Fraser her brother Andy, his wife and
three children were back in the Zone for the holidays. Also Leida
Kleefkins, my grandmother and Johanna Freudigmann, my aunt.
While they were here we had a big pot luck picnic at Summit with
some of the cousins that still reside in the Zone Nellis, Rankins,
Sanders, Kleefkins and Ridges. Four children's activities of swimming
for the C.I.N. Swim Team, piano lessons, Scouts, church activities,
etc. keep me on the run.
Congratulations to Freeland R. Hollowell who was recently
promoted to General Foreman at the Motor Transportation in Balboa.
R. C. Worsley writes from the Zone, I appreciate the fine Canal
Record. "Happy" when I read of the many old friends visiting each
other, traveling around the States; but often sad when I read of the
passing of old friends. We have been really busy this past year as
agents, primarily for the fine, large American tuna clippers, and have
friends and clients in most of the big tuna fishing ports. April 5th I had
the honor of being a member of the Court of Honor, recognizing and
presenting awards to three Eagle Scouts in Troop No. 21. An
outstanding event. Judge Crowe was our speaker, and there must
have been 200 present. Having been here since 1911, and continuing
active in community affairs, I am always the "Oldest" present in any
meeting I attend.
C. J. COLLINS SAVE
VICE PRESIDENT BY
BRANCH MANAGER MAIL
SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION OF ST. PETERSBURG
2600 9th Street North
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33704
6818 Gulfport Blvd. South 7800 113th Street North 1599 U.S. Hwy. 19 South
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33707 Seminole, Fla. 33542 Clearwater, Fla. 33516
The Kenneth L. Baileys of Lillian ... After Ken had open heart
surgery performed in Houston by Dr. Cooley he was told life is a
gift, live a little. He decided to move near Gulf Shores near the water
and have a boat. He thinks it was the best move for us and we love it
here. Baldwin County is a farming county so you see besides
Seafood, we have plenty of fresh vegetables. We have had a lot of P.C.
visitors this past summer.
Mrs. Sue Core Odom of Dothan wearing a "pollera" received
bows and congratulations 1 April when it was announced that she
gave the city a $13,000 grand concert piano for the Opera House.
From left are Mrs. Thelma Nomberg, Mayor James Grant, Mrs.
Odom, and Leonidas Lipovetsky, the Pianist who selected the piano
and who played it as it was featured in a dedicatory concert.
Greetings from Kingman, Arizona. Ernest E. Faris writes
there are more turquoise shops than grocery stores. There is no fog,
smog, or hustle-bustle of the big city. London Bridge and Las Vegas
are each only a couple of hours away. It is a small town of
approximately 10,000 and like the Canal Zone everyone seems to be
related to each other or at least know most everyone else These
past several months have been a period of great adjustment in my life
since my dear wife left me for that great beyond, last June after
nearly thirty years. I have learned to improve my skill in the culinary
arts and domestic chores, as well as perform my job as Office Manager
at Mohave-Coors. This job I don't particularly need, but I am still too
young for the rocking chair and I need something to keep me busy and
who can't use a couple of bucks to buy something extra once in a while.
... Since moving to Arizona, three of the children have migrated here
and Marie has moved away. She is a Corporal in the Marine Corps.
Each of the others live within a mile of my house in three different
directions ... I have lost contact with many of you over a period of
years, but would like to hear from any of you or better yet, stop by
and relax awhile when you are traveling this way.
Leanor Butz from Springdale With the arrival of Spring, us
folks up here get out the shovel and the hoe and with great
enthusiasm and anticipation start our gardens lettuce, peas,
cauliflower, radishes, beets, string beans, etc. Our productive season
is long and often two crops can be grown, canned and frozen or the
same vegetable within the year. Flowers, too, are plentiful and the ex-
Zonians especially enjoy the great variety of blooms which are so
profuse around here. The dogwood has been exceptionally showy this
Many start traveling at this time, among them being Gloria and
Charlie Malsbury who took short trips around the four states to see
the azaleas and dogwood.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders of Bentonville drove West for a
month's visit with their son Jack, wife Connie [Zemer] and two
granddaughters, Jennifer and Jacqueline. Enroute they made whistle
stop visits with Naurine Kaufer at San Jose, Walter and Martha Reif
in Sunnyville, Mike Walsh (son of Captain and Mrs. James Walsh,
Margarita), Petaluma and Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Sanders of Concord,
California. The week after they returned home, the Sanders were
delighted to have Captain and Mrs. William Clute of Calistoga,
California, for a two days visit. Natalie and Bill, well known on both
sides of the Isthmus, were returning after an extensive trip across the
country, visiting many friends.
Fishing is good now, but Carl Newhart who is an avid fisherman,
has had to forego this activity for the present as he recovers from
surgery. Report is that he is doing well.
Captain Martin Annen, too, had an emergency operation in
Rogers and is improving nicely.
Dick Condon drove to Weaubleau, Missouri to visit Wendell Allen
and his mother. Wendell had broken his foot at Aspen ski resort so
Dick took him to Kansas City to take the plane back to Washington.
Dick also mentioned that Jerald Johnson of Kingfisher, Oklahoma had
spent a week at their home in Springdale, renewing old ties with him
and Earl Wrenn.
Max and Earl Wrenn, at home at 2207 Linn Street in Springdale,
enjoyed a week's visit from their older son, Dr. Chris Wrenn, wife
Nancy and 14 month old granddaughter, Kristina. Maxine baby sat
while the young Wrenns traveled to the Smoky Mountains for a
vacation. Keith, the younger son, expected to be with his parents at
the end of the school semester when he graduates with an M.D. from
Emory Medical School, Atlanta, Georgia. Congratulations from us all,
Keith! Earl's first garden is flourishing but the rabbits have taken a
toll with his tomato plants. We have all learned that one has to
compete with the animals and the insects to reap produce of any note.
Pat [Maedl] Krough with her husband, Jim and two of their three
children from Minnesota, stopped off for a few days with her parents,
Carl and Pete Maedl in Springdale, enroute to a Krough reunion.
Etta Fay Terrell reported that friends had heard from Verna
Peeler (formerly a nurse in Panama Hospital) and learned that she
was living in a Senior Citizen complex in Riverside, California.
The Lynn Cooks of Rogers visited their daughter in Palo Alto,
Mike and Minnie Burton flew down to Miramar, Florida to be
with Mike, Jr. and family. On their return, they stopped to see
Minnie's brother, Walter and wife Pearl Brown at Merritt Island.
Later, Walter flew up to spend a week with his mother, Nanny Brown
Mrs. Virginia Favorite is now making her home in Bentonville.
Audra Dougan aid that Mr. and Mrs. Moore (John's sister and
brother-in-law) from Omaha, Nebraska spent the Easter holidays with
Harry and Lee Butz drove to Kingston, New York to spend
several weeks with Lee's mother, Mrs. Esther Wonderly, and to visit
Harry's Alma Mater, Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.
Benj. A. Armstrong of Walnut Creek, who went down to Panama
in the early days and worked in the Accounting Department at
Empire and retired in 1928 for California writes to congratulate our
President, Mr. Wall. I follow the situation in Panama as closely as
possible and certainly hope that the U.S. will not give the Canal away.
Certainly no other nation could have done the job. Did you know
Chester Swanson who was a teacher and with the Planning Bureau on
the Zone? Chester lives in Rossmoor and was president of the
Northern California Society of Retirees of the Canal Zone. He is also a
member of the High-12 Club, of which I was the 500th member 4 years
ago. Chester had me show my slides of the Canal at one of our
meetings. We have not been in very good health. Esther fell and broke
her femur and has been in and out of the hospital. We enjoy Rossmoor,
a community of between 7 and 8 thousand residents, no business
allowed and patrolled night and day by police officers. We had two
snow storms this season, very unusual, and enough rain to make the
Mrs. Charles Wm. Lee [Belmina G.] of Yucaipa Recently a
\woman stockbroker from Montreal appeared on our TV. She also runs
a researching service on "obsolete" stocks and exhibited a certificate
worth thousands of the old Panama Canal Co. The company went
defunct in 1907, not all the funds were disbursed, so obviously interest
has been accruing as well as value for collectors. If anyone by chance
or good fortune has a certificate of the old company pasted on their
den wall as a souvenir, I have the woman's name and address in the
event anyone should wish to convert the certificate into filthy lucre. I
have a copy, in perfect condition of J. S. Gilbert's "Panama Patch-
work" found in a hit-and-miss-second-hand shop that deals chiefly in
bolts, nails and chicken-wire. With no clue as to its original owner, I
am consumed with curiosity as to how it found its way into a more or
less ignominious company of lowly screws and bolts. The pages are a
bit yellowed by the tropical sun which adds to its charm.
Barbara Kiefer from Torrance writes the Record is our life line
with our wonderful friends from the "good ol' days" back home in
Balboa and Gamboa.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Joan R. deGrummond
Annual Business Luncheon 109 members and guests attended
our get-together April 11, in the Steak House Garden Room, Knott's
Berry Farm, Buena Park. The Invocation was given by Mrs. William
H. Allen [Dot Hoffman], and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by her
husband, Bill. A warm welcome was extended to members: Evelyn
and Donald Judson of Nogales, Arizona; Rose and Paul Jones, San
Luis Obispo; Kelly Bauman Adams, Costa Mesa; and Ruth Bauman
Yeilding, San Clemente; and to guests: Sydney and Clara Wood
Neville; Harold and Adrienne Muller Newhaus, Albuquerque, New
Mexico; Grace Argo Allen, daughter of Emmett and Adele Argo and
children of Jamestown, North Carolina; and Lil and Bob Sieler of
Correspondence was read and Treasurer's Report was given by
Joan deGrummond. Report was accepted as read. David Leroy Smith
presented the slate of proposed officers for 1976-77: President,
Francis E. Fitzpatrick; Vice President, John R. deGrummond; Sec-
retary-Treasurer, Joan R. deGrummond; President Emeritus, David
Leroy Smith; Board of Governors Honorary: George H. Cassell, Ted
E. Englebright and L. T. Brennan; active: Paul E. Kline, Mildred P.
Kline, Thelma E. Reppe, Hedvig S. Seedborg, Martin A. Seiler, Chris
Simonsen, William P. Quinn and Robert G. Provost. A motion was
made by Ronald B. Wanke that the slate be accepted as presented and
thanked the officers for their services to the society. The motion was
seconded, and the vote to accept the slate was unanimous.
Mrs. Geneva Bliss Shrapnel artistically presented two delightful
stories in verse which were enjoyed by everyone. Mr. Jack Ridge, Sr.,
sang a few songs of early Canal days one which he had sung in a
minstrel show in Old Gorgona in 1910; he also told a story about
Twilight League baseball days. Captain Roy L. Hearn, referring to his
Canal pilot days, related a true story about the 'chick sales' (the
service) which extended over the stern of the local banana boats
which transited the Panama Canal.
A moment of silence was dedicated to our departed members,
relatives and friends, followed by the hymn, "The Holy City" by
Adams, which was played and sung so beautifully by David Leroy
Smith. David also led the group in singing "Happy Birthday" to Mrs.
Fred R. Fitch [Helena] who will celebrate her 100th BIRTHDAY in
May. "Lena" now resides at the Orinda Convalescent Home, 11
Altarinda Road, Orinda, CA 94563.
Welcome New Members!
Miss Kathryn Brueckner, 13100 Oak Hills Drive, Apt. 231-K, Seal
Beach, CA 90740. PH: (213) 598-8917. Kathryn was in the CZ from
about May 1941 to August 1943 and resided at the Tivoli Hotel,
Ancon; then at Albrook Field. She was employed as Admin. Asst. to
Agricultural Attache, Charles Luedtke, American Embassy, Panama;
then as secretary to C.O., 26th Fighter Command, USAF, Albrook
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Endicott [Evelyn Robb], Box 2454,
Laguna Hills, CA 92653. PH: (714) 586-4664. The Endicotts resided in
the CA from 1935 to 1965. Arthur was employed with the Postal
Division, Civil Affairs Bureau.
Mrs. Raymond E. Forbes [Erma T. Caswell], 28070 Northwood
Drive, Sun City, CA 92381. PH: (714) 679-4345. Erma was in the CZ
from October 26, 1927 to May 1958, and resided in Pedro Miguel,
Balboa Heights and Ancon. She was a Registered Nurse with Health
Bureau during last 6 years of which she was School Nurse.
Mrs. Aileene E. Smith Hoyle, P. O. Box 386, Redwood Estates,
CA 95044. PH: (408) 353-1011. Aileen lived in Balboa, CZ from 1916 to
1936. She is the sister of our President Emeritus David Leroy Smith,
and is visiting David for the winter months.
Mrs. James N. Kenealy [Elizabeth J. "Bess" Roberts], 10442
Riverside Drive, North Hollywood, CA 91602. Bess lived in the CZ
from June 1908 to June 1950. "Am so happy to again join our PC
Society of S. California." Sons, Jim and Barry and families reside in
Los Angeles area; daughter, Pat and family live in Annandale,
Virginia and daughter, Betty Jane, and family live in Connecticut.
NEWS from Members
Art and Dot Cotton enjoyed the Florida reunion. They returned
to San Diego by car in early February. Dot advises that Gladys and
Don Brayton, members, will be up around May or June and will reside
in Laguna Hills.
Mrs. Leon Edwards [Betty] "Wish we lived nearer so we could
come to the meetings and get to see and talk to folks from the Zone."
Erma Forbes "On our way west from Florida, my uncle and I
had a rugged trip just before reaching Tucson ran into dust-wind
storms and then into a blinding snowstorm a few miles out of Tucson.
We had visited my brother and his wife in San Benito, Texas, and it
didn't seem possible we could run into snow, but we did! Nice to be
near Joan and family; she is supervisor of Public Health Nursing in
and around Riverside. Has 3 children, ages 18, 16, and 9. All very busy
with various activities. Jim and family had a great trip in 1975
through Mexico and on down to Panama where they spent about two
months the first time Jim had been back since he left for college.
I've asked him to write a few details for the Newsletter (see below).
He still is professor at University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
He has 4 children, ages 20, 18, 10 and 8. My uncle and I hope to visit
them this summer. Hasta la vista."
Jim Forbes, with his wife, Nancy, Heather and Jamie on their
trip in 1975 in Jim's Sabbatical year. "In February 1975 we headed
south through the States, visiting good friends and relatives along the
way. In March, April and May we were in Mexico Jim working on a
report on the Mexican horticultural and fruit industry for one of the
Canadian government departments and both of us taking a 3 week
intensive course in Spanish in Mexico City. In June we explored
Guatemala, marvelling at the national park-like beauty of its
highlands. We took 2 weeks to travel through El Salvador (a
continuation of Guatemala's beauty), Honduras and Nicaragua, both
relatively under-developed countries, but each interesting for its
mountain views, volcanos, and developing economies. During July we
visited Costa Rica, going to the top of Volcanos and Poas & Irazu. We
stayed at a pleasant trailer park near San Jose where we could walk
to a small town for groceries and take the 30 minutes bus ride to the
capital or sally back and forth on short trips. The central plateau
around San Jose, as with Guatemala City, is scenic and the climate
ideal. From mid August until the end of September we were high
(6,000 foot mountain town, beautiful and cool) and low (sea level and
unbelievably humid and hot) in Panama. We spent 4 weeks with
friends in Panama City and went to the Canal Zone to watch ships
traversing the locks, birdwatching and swimming. (Anything that
stood still mildewed so we tried to keep on the move.) We had good
times visiting with Jim's old acquaintances, touring old Spanish forts
and appreciating the beautiful flowers and birds in great variety and
profusion. Making brief stops on the way, we left Panama the last of
September and returned to Guatemala in 2 weeks. We left there and
spent several interesting weeks crossing eastern Guatemala to Tikal,
a spectacular Mayan ruin in a 30-square-mile nature preserve. We
then continued to Belize (formerly British Honduras) and onto the
Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico for more Mayan ruins and skin diving in
the crystal clear waters loaded with beautiful fish (Jamie wanted to
stay and dive for a year). After a week in Mexico City we toured some
of the high spots we'd missed earlier, including Taxco and Patzcuaro,
colonial towns in Central Mexico and then headed north through
Monterey to Texas and a brief visit with Jim's uncle and some long-
time friends. Thanksgiving found us in San Diego with the McFalls
with so much to be grateful for."
Bill and Helen Bierwagen News from The Daily Enterprise,
Valley Edition "The 10th annual gem and mineral show sponsored
by the Hemet-San Jacinto Rockhound Club was held 4/10-11 at the
Hemet fairgrounds. There was a display of rocks collected in the
Panama Canal Zone over a 30-year period (display by our member, Bill
Bierwagen, of Hemet); also, special exhibits by Lo & Rador Gem
House of Kowloon, Hong Kong, featured Burma jade, Australian
chrysoprase, Afghanistan lapis lazuli, African malachite, Canadian
jade and Australian opal."
Elinor Mullane Connal "My husband, Edson, has been quite ill.
Maybe one of these days again we'll get to a get-together."
Mary and Charles [Wally] Hammond "My daughter, Peggy
Acker, adopted 7-year old Jeannette Marie in Costa Rica shortly
before Thanksgiving. Wally and I are eagerly waiting to see them
here in June during Peggy's vacation she teaches 2nd grade in
Curundu. Peggy writes that Jeannette is just darling and her pictures
prove it. Naturally, Jeannette wants to spend her 8th birthday at
Disneyland. In November we traveled by AMTRAK to Illinois
(spending most of the time in the Dome Car loving every minute of
it.) Spent Thanksgiving with Wally's relatives there. His daughter,
Dee Dee Kay, lives in Pontiac, Illinois ... has 3 daughters and a son.
From there we went to Selfridge ANGB by Greyhound where my
daughter, Sherry, Marty and Erik live. In January we had a delightful
trip to Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula and stayed with my brother,
Fred Gravelle, who was with the Miraflores Filtration Plant.
Dorothy Hayward was pleased to hear about the Florida reunion.
"Of course, I remember Grace Schack Wilson, Muriel Evans Neill,
Gertrude McConaghy Roberto, Rosemary Millett Gilead, Margaret
Whelan Janssen, Bill Dodson, Joe Young and Jerry Graham... now,
they flit about the world, making those rare reunions so precious."
Rose and Paul Jones "Jane Stoudnor Rios, my sister-in-law,
has moved to Paso Robles, CA and likes her new home. Jane has two
precious new granddaughters; they came to San Luis to visit us. Jane
was raised in Pedro Miguel, daughter of Jack and Ruth Stoudnor
and sister to Dick. Recieved a newsy letter from Kathy Holcomb while
she was visiting the Zone. Kathy and I were on the SPCA Board of
Governors for over 10 years. Says things are changing rapidly there."
Mary Butler Journeay "I'm recovering very well from a
fractured hip, but I'm still more or less confined to 'quarters'." Ernie
Payne, Elvira Byrne, Fran Getman and Jeanne Brown from the San
Francisco area were in Laguna Hills in early April. Great to see
Bess Keanealy reports that Tillie Neely is very ill in Sarasota.
Tillie celebrated her 90th birthday on February 2nd.
Thelma Reppe "I had a fine trip to St. Pete in February -
visited Anna Wright for three weeks. Stopped in Houston and visited
Mattielee White for a week. Good seeing old Panama Canal friends
Jack Ridge, Sr. "While traveling from Miami to Los Angeles in
early April, I phoned Louie Souder during a short stopover at
Houston airport. We had an enjoyable chat, remembering early days
and his officiating so nicely at my retirement party. Feel like I
added a prospective few more years to those already accumulated in
attending the Society luncheon recently. Meeting so many of my
friends of bygone days brought about a trip on Cloud Nine. Bob
Adams, Roy and Jack Hearn, Tommy Doran, Inez Evans, Martha
Furey, Don Judon, Bess Keanealy, Geneva Shrapnel and the sons and
daughters of friends who have passed on were among those with
whom I had the pleasure of recalling events of the good ol' days 'a
Diggin' in the Ditch'. In going over some of the notable events in
Baseball on the Isthmus, I brought up the names of many of those who
helped to make the games interesting, like Joe Snook, Roy Mosher,
Walt Clements, Scud Emery, Milt Horter, Jack Corrigan, Harry
Engelke, Harry Hodnett, Joe and Buster Burgeon, Sam McKenzie,
Jeff Rogers, Rudy Huldtquist, Chris Garlington, Ducky Bryan and the
Ridges Larry, Steve, Leo and yours truly and others, bringing smiles
and memories to the fans in attendance.
Janice and Ernest Ross -"On March 19th we flew to Miami
where we boarded the Nordic Prince, sailing the 20th for a two-week
cruise of the Caribbean. We stopped at 8 different ports, including
Port-au-Prince, Haiti after stopping there so many times on the Old
Panama Railroad ships, we really looked forward to seeing it once
again. When we arrived back in Miami we visited Ernie's daughter,
Diane Eisert and family, and other relatives and friends for a week.
Haven't been able to arrange that trip back to Panama yet, but hope
that will be our next trip."
Hedy Seedborg won a free round trip to Panama at our December
luncheon the trip was donated by AIR PANAMA. Prizes for local
Panama tours to San Blas and Taboga Islands and a city tour were
won by Elizabeth Hearn Folger, Ronald Wanke and Colleen Fitzpat-
rick, who turned them over to Hedy. These prizes were offered by
Janet and Bill Zemer of Sandpiper Travel Service, San Juan Capi-
strano. Here's Hedy's account of her trip: "In early March I had a
wonderful trip to Panama-the flight over was interesting; only 4
people got on at L.A. for Mexico City; then we picked up about 10
more for Panama. It ws a beautiful plane, and they took real good care
of us all the drinks you wanted and even served wine for dinner. It's
only a 3-hour flight to Mexico City; we stayed over for an hour, then
another 3-hour flight to Panama. What a beautiful sight to see when
flying over the Canal Zone and Panama sparkling jewels in all
directions. My friend, Elizabeth Kling, was fun to have along she
had never been to Panama and I know she enjoyed it. We stayed at El
Continental, a very nice hotel. Everything in the area was under
construction; the streets were dug up, and El Panama Hotel is having
a new wing built it will be one of the best hotels when it is
completed. Took a trip to Taboga Island-Launch still takes one hour.
There are 2 and 3 story apartments there now and new Taboga Hotel;
otherwise, it still is old Taboga Island. Morro Island was bare the
cottages we stayed in years ago were torn down (Girl Reserves).
Stayed until 4:30 p.m.; then back to Panama. Pier 18 looks the same,
but no familiar faces I really looked at everyone! Took tour thru
Panama City and Canal Zone, and across the Isthmus to the
Washington [Hyatt] Hotel. The drive across was one of the trips I
wanted to take, because the Trans-Isthmian Highway wasn't complet-
ed when I was last down there. Had lunch at the Washington. Colon
isn't too safe a place to be walking around our guide let us off at one
of the Hindu stores, but was with us every minute. I should have
taken the train across, back to Panama, but thought I'd have time
later, but flew over to San Bias Islands how interesting
everything was. The Cuna Indians are very quiet and so many
molas to see they sit making them right in front of you. The flight
over and landing on one of those islands really was an experience -
thought we'd surely land in the ocean! The cayuco (motored) was fun
- took just a few minutes to get over to the other islands. We visited
three. Had fresh lobster for lunch.... Met Stella Newball Frampton
and her husband Ed we had dinner and a few outings with them.
They were so good to drive us around the Zone and out to Gamboa. I
bought several lottery tickets for Sunday's drawing they have 2
weekly drawings, one on Wednesday and one on Sunday. Won $6.00.
Drove across the Bridge of the Americas. We had a wonderful guide
- he drove us up to San Carlos where we had lunch and spent the
afternoon. My, even the Interior has changed! The fences are still
growing, and Chorrera is quite a city now. Also went to Contractors'
Hill and the Fortified Islands one day; had lunch at the Corozal
Exchange-it's a wonder I didn't turn into a Corbina, shrimp or an
empanada! The food was delicious. The people in Panama were all
very polite and kind and the weather was perfect. It was a beautiful
plane on the return trip, and everyone was very good to me. I did have
a wonderful two-week trip always wanted to go back once more,
and, because of the Panama Canal Society, and my winning the ticket,
I could! Note: If anyone wants a Tour Guide, get in touch with Clifford
L. Duncan, Phone (Panama) 24-9021 he was very good."
Mrs. Carl Wanke [Ethel] "My granddaughter, Karen Kent
Johnson, visited me recently with her daughter, Tanya, and my great
grandson, Scott Allen, 21/2 months old. She visited all the families
while here. We enjoyed the get-togethers of society members, and my
brother, Oscar Brownell, who was on the Zone, enjoyed being with us
at the December luncheon. Janice Wanke's sister, Elizabeth Cooper
was not injured in the recent earthquake in Gatemala which leveled
all homes up to her office, which only had a crach or two. No one slept
indoors for a week because of the numerous aftershocks."
Chubby and Milton Wright "We have had visitors from the
East, two cousins. Milton has a nice garden started really looking
Tom Sullivan and Ronnie Wanke thought it would be nice to have
a reunion in this area of those who attended Balboa High School,
Cristobal High or the Canal Zone Junior College. Please send me the
names & addresses of those whom you know might be interested in
attending such an affair. If there are enough people interested, work
will get going on this project to try to bring everybody together.
Mrs. John W. Huson [Pat] Black Forest "It's been a busy year
with two new grandchildren. The family spent Christmas with us.
Two weeks before Christmas, our oldest, Colleen, became the bride of
Kevin Crampton in Provo, Utah. In October. we had a delightful
surprise visit from Chuck and Sara Gordon, our dear friends from
Margarita. They were here 10 days and it seemed like only 2. Sara
was hoping to see snow while here, but there had been 12 inches on
the 10th of June (after the garden was in full bloom), we had beautiful
700 Indian Summer weather. Four days after they left, we had a
blizzard. We keep busy with a big garden, 2 horses and 51/2 acres. We
built a big patio, cleared a lot of dead pine trees. Since we live up in
the mountains, each trip to town is a most-of-the-day affair. Our
friends will be glad to hear that Johnny's health remains good (it was
one year last October since his heart attack) and you will never find
two people happier with retirement. Our beautiful home, nestled in
the pines, looks right out across to Pikes Peak, a most awe-inspiring
sight. We have four little long-eared squirrels that come up and
scratch on the sliding door each day for food, Summer and Winter!
Fred and Louise Watts [Louise Swafford] Colorado Springs -
"We just received our March '76 Canal Record, and as usual have read
it from cover to cover. It's just like being able to visit with many
precious friends over 30 years. My husband has had two strokes and
by-pass surgery at the Medical Center in Houston, Texas, and at this
time is progressing very well. I am able to keep up my music as
Organist at Fort Carson. We have a lovely Condominium overlooking
Pikes Peak. Colorado is truly a beautiful place to live; the climate is
ideal. We would welcome any of our friends at anytime, as we have
lots of room."
Pat Thompson Bujalski, New Haven "Your Record brought me
sad news of several deaths one Olga Frosts'. She wrote me a
marvelous letter about my Grandfather "Broadway" Jones just
last year. I had just given Jim Kenealy her address. I have called
recently the following: Jim Kenealy, Joanne Flynn, Ginger Sanders. I
have always thought my classmates a little remiss in the matter of
reunions with the exception of a few. At last I know where Joan
Powell Arndt is now! I feel our age bracket is letting the Zone down. I
love to find somebody's name in the Record and surprise them with a
call. Talked with Alan Bentz last year. I graduated with Joan Bentz.
You will see me next year in St. Petersburg or else! I remember so
many of the Canal Zone people because my dad (Jim Thompson) kept
albums of all the folks who used to come to the house. Have attended
several nearby reunions Michelsens, Onderdonks' and the coming
one. Called Bill Tillman afterspotting BILDON, INC. in a construction
magazine. Ruth Tillman babysat me along with Eugenia Sanders.... I
enclose a separate donation for the Blood Bank. Hello to Gaddis Wall
and Charley Fears. Is anyone headed Connecticut way? Stop and rest
with us! No charge passable food and strong drinks close to New
York.... P.S. Where is Jim Doran and Eddie Doran "Ancon Boys"?
Ethel Compton [Mrs. Taylor] Deerfield Beach "I have been in
Smithport, Pennsylvania, with my daughter Becky Herzog and
family. It is beautiful here in the snow covered mountains where we
go skiing, tobogganing and snowmobiling, a change from swimming,
fishing and boating at home. We see deer, wild turkey and even a bear
with two cubs."
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady of Lakeland attended the annual
convention of the Florida Federation of Chapters NARFE in Miami
Beach, May 3-5. Mr. Grady is District Leader of District 5, comprised
of eight NARFE chapters in central Florida, in addition to serving as
Legislative Representative for our Society.
Lois [Hollowell] Jones St. Petersburg I had a grand year in
1975. In November went to Ft. Rucker, Alabama for daughter
Margie's wedding. Chuck and Margie are a very happy couple and
have full plans for the future. Enjoyed meeting their friends. They
spent a week with us at Christmas. My two sons Charlie and Rich
were here also to make a wonderful holiday season. We missed Jo and
Harry Johnson who went to Woodstock, New York to visit their
children. Charlie was married in January so I only have one bachelor
left Rich. Had a surprise visit from Ceil and Will Stitt from Parma,
Ohio. Will was a policeman on the Zone over 20 years ago. We had
about 18 years of catching up to do so there was plenty of talk. Flew
up to visit Margie in March while Chuck was on temporary duty in
Virginia. Chuck received orders for Korea to leave in July. Margie
hopes to be able to go too, but being in the Army also, she has to go
through lots of red tape.
Virginia [Calvit] Pearl, Ocala Former Zonians living in and
around Ocala area gathered at our usual place at Lake Waldena on
April 27 for our semi-annual covered dish picnic. Attending this time
were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pearl, R. Geddes, Donald C. Parker,
Waldron, S. A. Bissell, N. A. Bissell, William Gaudette, G. J. Fox, Ed
Daggett, Ralph Harvey, John Klasovsky, Ernest Stiebriz, Norman
Demers; and Mildred and Dick Patton, Joe and Peggy Wertz, Adah
Boughner, Mina Dee, Miss B. Cote, Hod and Janet Jenner, Dick and
Juanita McConaughey, Richard McLarnan, Fran Malone, Kenneth F.
Cox, Timy Ely, Tony and Ede Nard, Steve and Vera Stevens, Andy
and Shirley Anderson, Hilton and Margaret Hughes, Howard and
Garnet Anderson, John Hare, Alberta (Mead) Smith, Mrs. Ida Mead,
Elmer and Laura Stoakley, Ruth Warner, Gerry Cellucci, Ivan and
Nina Jenkins, Marie and Ralph Curles, Don and Bernice Shaw, Ida
and Dick Crowell and Hugh and Clara Christie. Next picnic will be
Dr. and Mrs. I. Robert Berger of Holmes Beach stopped in for a
visit with Harry and Virginia Pearl enroute to their summer home in
George A. Thibodeau, Orlando "We are making our annual
preparations for our journey to Tennessee hills where our cottage in
Cove Creek will house us for the summer. No air conditioning needed
there. We plan to visit in Greenville, South Carolina with Peter and
family enroute. Our place is about a four hour auto trip from Peter's
Ruth Alexander, Jacksonville Lucille Davis from the Canal
Zone recently spent a week with my daughter, Reba Higginbothom,
who lives next door, and we enjoyed her so much, talking over old
times on the Zone where they grew up and graduated together from
Balboa High School. It was an odd coincidence that I mentioned John
Morales to her and then I see from the last Record, that he had
remembered me too. All the paper boys who delivered Star & Herald
were fine boys and have grown into fine men. Our son, Milo
Alexander, with the State Department in Vienna, Austria, writes of
going to Olympic Games in Innsbrook and the beauty of the country
there. His son, John, is a Senior in the American High School and
recently with the basketball team spent a week in Paris.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry V. Ross, Panama City "We still see Mr.
and Mrs. Martin. He is employed at Tyndall AFB as Housing Officer
and Mrs. Martin is in the Office of the Civilian Personnel Section. Our
son, Don, is still in Coco Solo and is First Mate on a tugboat and hopes
to make Captain before retiring. We called a plumber last week and
Mr. Bob Coulthard, formerly of the Maintenance Division, showed
Mrs. Charles J. Sassara, Sr. [Katie], Port Richey "Altho being
residents of Alaska since we left Panama in 1951, and for the past 5
years here in Florida, our hearts are still in Panama and the wonderful
friends we made there. It was a wonderful time in our lives."
John Floyd McTyier, St. Petersburg I read the Record with
pleasure because I remember Mr. and Mrs. John F. Warner and met
him at the time he was promoting the founding of the Society. When
moving to St. Petersburg, Mrs.
McTyier and Will Baxley, my
YMCA CLUB ASSOCIATE on
the Zone 1907, joined the Soci-
ety. Mr. Baxley later became
the Fifth President 1939-44.
Yes, I was the first of the four B
men chosen to operate the Club
Houses by the YMCA as re-
quested by President Theodore
Roosevelt. I opened and began
the operation of the Empire
Club with Mr. Stunts, the Chief
Accountant as Chairman. Mr. Baxley followed me for Culebra and
Major Stickel soon followed for Cristobal and Ralph Wolf at Gorgona.
I was at Colon with the crowd bidding farewell to Mr. Stevens and
soon after the reception for Col. Goethals in 1907. I am now 95, just
about as active as ever, with blood pressure of normal 140 over 75.
John C. Moons, Stuart "The New Orleans get-together was an
outstanding success and the welcome we received would be fitting for
royalty. With all of the stir now being created by the current-inpower
Panamanians, with obvious backing by a foreign power, I responded
to an urge and wrote President Ford, told him of my duties and
positions held during the construction and opening periods of the
canal, and strongly urged him not to give up the U.S. continuation of
the owning and operating of the canal. I stressed the fact that it has
always been an international waterway for the benefit of all nations.
Further, that when the method of collecting tolls was determined,
England, then a dominant world power, influenced the establishment
of the rules in a treaty named the "Hayes-Pawnsfort" Treaty,
Secretary of State, U.S. Hayes and Lord Pawnsfort, The British
Anna Collins, your Editor, drove to Miami to attend the Atlantic
Toy Company's Toy Show on April 24-26th to purchase toys for the
Christmas Toy Shop Project, Inc. (I'm Vice-President for Purchasing).
Stayed at the Dupont Plaza Hotel and had planned on contacting some
of you retirees but time did not permit.
Perry and Rita Washabaugh, Jacksonville "Roaming the
highways of the U.S. has become a way of life for the Washabaughs,
1970 retirees from Cristobal. In the almost six years since their
retirement, they have worn out two Ford pickup truck and have well
over 100,000 miles on their third truck. Recent adventures after Rita
broke her arm in a supermarket in Tampa on 14 January, have seen
them flying out of Rapid City, South Dakota with their oldest son,
Perry Jr., as their pilot; fighting wind and dust storms across Arizona
to visit Rayburn and Rhoda Brians in Sun City; visiting the many
Atlantic Side retirees in Kerrville, Texas, while making Rita's sister,
Sue Graham's home their headquarters in that area. On a recent trip
from Jacksonville to Saginaw, Michigan, which took all of two days,
they visited their daughter, Theresa Harvey, and her family of four
lovely daughters; then on to East Springfield, Pennsylvania, for a few
days with their son, Paul and his wife and daughter. Paul is a
telephone installer and maintainer with Enon Valley Telephone Co.
Next there was a few days of farm living at the Wagner Farm in
Cherry Grove, Pennsylvania. Mary Louise has over 80 animals on her
134 acre farm in the Allegheny National Forest, high in the hills.
Another day's run brought the travellers to Severn, Maryland, where
they visited their younger daughter, Macel De Salvo, and her family.
From there a stop was made at Silver Springs, Maryland, where the
Washabaughs were joined by Helen Barrett. Grandmother Barrett
has been welcoming the arrival of her granddaughter, Anastasia
Cecil. The baby's mother, Susan Jean is a teacher in Silver Springs
Schools. On the way south, an overnight stop was made at Fort
Jackson, South Carolina to visit Lt. Mark Barrett and his wife, and the
next night was spent with Jeffery and Mary Hare in Mauldin, South
Carolina. Presently the Washabaughs are resting up in Jacksonville,
where Rita's mother, Mrs. Kotalik is confined in a nursing home.
Eugene R. Owens, Port Richey "NOSTALGIA: A Greek
combination of Nostos (return to home) and Algia (pain) homesick-
ness; so the Webster's Dictionary says To me nostalgia means the
pleasure derived from reading, in the Record, such items that bring on
memories of the Zone names like Gatun, Empire, Bohio Corozal and
Balboa. Then there are two words like Zone Police, that really ring a
The first time I saw a Zone Policeman was in early 1906 We,
Dad, my two sisters and brother, were standing on the deck of the
PRR S/S ALLIANCIA, as she was tying up to the old PRR pier in
Colon; the gangplank had been lowered and coming up it was the
quarantine doctor, in his white suit, and a Zone Policeman, clad in his
khaki uniform. In the ensuing years, I became well acquainted with
the Z.P.; what with Sgt. Tribolet, then stationed in Corozal, rounding
up "we boys" and having us return to the quartermasters yard, the
"Deckerville" track that we had appropriated for our narrow gauge
railroad. Then there were the occasions when we were escorted by
the Ancon police from the Ancon school to the railroad station in Pan-
ama City, where we took the train to Corozal. The reason for this es-
cort was that in order to get to the railroad station we had to pass a
Panamanian school on the way and would be greeted on occasions
with a barrage of stones. For reasons known to a few of us, we could
anticipate this barrage and therefore arrange for an escort.
After World War I, and my discharge from the army, I made
application for the Z.P. and was accepted. It was only a matter of
changing my overseas cap and wrap leggins for a stetson hat and
leather puttees, donning my army uniform and pinning badge #142 to
the left pocket of my blouse and I was a Z.P. My first assignment
Cristobal, Captain Calloway commanding. Being a rookie, what better
place than Pier #6 and the 11 P.M. to 7 A.M. tour. There were other
drawbacks vacation relief I soon found out was also a rookies lot,
so off to Gatun Locks and spillway and as a bonus, on to Pedro Miguel
where I patrolled both the Miguel and Miraflores Locks. By now I
could find my way back to the police station by myself, so Balboa and
Captain Phillips was my next and final assignment. Vacation relief
gave me the opportunity to refresh my memory of the Gatun, Pedro
Migues and Miraflores Locks, where, as a boy, I had worked as J. J.
Walker's messenger better known as "Walker's Pup" you always
followed him around.
Captain Phillips had the same opinion of a rookie and I was soon
patrolling Pier #18 and the Captain of the Port Office. Carl Wanke, my
desk officer, took pity on me and had me doing relief for my shift. Of
the nine patrols in Balboa and the Boundary patrol, out of Ancon, I
believe that the boundary was the most exciting you really had
your hands full at the junction of 4th of July Avenue, Balboa Road and
Calle "B" The Chorrillo Section of Panama was, in those days a
naughty word, and the drunks a problem to the Z.P. on the boundary
patrol. Balboa Heights patrol was by far the quietest of them all. This
patrol was from the Balboa Railroad Station up the hill to the Bachelor
Girls quarters. The phone in the girls recreation room was a
designated report station, that was where you called Balboa 38 and
got the desk officer and let him know you were on the job. It was also
a place where you now and then met a nice young lady and chatted
with her until her date arrived it was also a place where you
interrupted a parting embrace by a young couple "Sorry for the
On April 20, 1921, 55 years ago this month, my old note book has
this entry: "Stolen from underneath house #1411 (Jack Ridge) a
bicycle "Peerless" make, black frame, large sprocket, high gear,
license #325 Value $25.00." Whose bike was it, Jack, and how come not
a ten speed gear? In signing off, I would like to ask theZ.P. who now
wears Badge #142 to take good care of it and wear it with honor. Note
to Editor, even if these memories end up in the waste basket I enjoyed
myself in writing them."
(Editor's Note: I, too, get carried away with Nostalgia!!!)
They are talking about
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By Patt Foster Roberson
Mrs. Jean Harris Turner, Addison, Ill., spent two weeks vacation
in "lovely Louisiana" as the guest of her BHS pal, Mrs. Patt Foster
Roberson of Baton Rouge. Old times were thoroughly hashed and
rehashed. Entertainment included a visit to the annual Greater Baton
Rouge Cat Show, where the Bicentennial theme honored the
American Shorthair (what else?). Tours were made to several old
plantations in the area Rosedown, Oakley (where Audubon painted
his birds) and Asphodel where the full treatment included mint
juleps while rocking on the veranda. Jean was a guest of Patt's weekly
Toastmasters meeting. Patt is currently executive vice-president.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans was the highlight of Jean's trip Down
South. Endymion was late on Feb. 28, but well worth the wait. A
gorgeous night parade complete with flambeaux, Endymion sported
the largest float in all of Mardi Gras a Mississippi River
paddlewheeler. Sunday, Feb. 29, Perry Como reigned as King of the
Bacchus Parade. While parades begin two weeks earlier, March 2 or
Fat Tuesday was, of course, Mardi Gras. From mysterious origins
along the River, the all-black Zulu rolls out tossing golden coconuts to
the crowd. Rex, King of Mardi Gras, follows, then one parade or
marching society after another climaxing with Comus, a night parade,
the last of Mardi Gras. Founded in 1857, the Mystick Krewe of Comus
was the first secret organization devoted solely to Mardi Gras and the
one which has set the pattern that all the others follow. Patt and Jean
had a glorious time and caught heaps and piles of colorful beads,
trinkets and valuable Mardi Gras doubloons.
Mrs. Mary Eleanor Becker, formerly of the Wynhoven Apart-
ments in Marrero, has moved to the Green Mountain Villa Vista
Apartments, 485 South Wright, Apt. 101, Lakewood, Colorado 80228.
Her vivaciousness and good humor will be sorely missed by her many
friends in Louisiana. Welcome her warmly, Colorado!
Bob and Carolyn Johnson of Margarita are expected in Baton
Rouge shortly for a long-overdue visit with Patt Foster Roberson.
Carolyn and Patt were neighbors on the Gamboa Ridge years ago.
They hope to hit a few favorite haunts in New Orleans' Vieux Carre
and Fat City before the Johnsons travel on to Carlsbad.
Dennis [Skeet] Gilbert, a civil engineering graduate of La. State
University, is enjoying Europe when he is not offshore in the North
Sea building an oil drilling platform. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Dennis A. Gilbert of Margarita and is married to the former Robin
Keen of Port Allen, La. Skeet would enjoy hearing from old Zone
friends. His address is c/o Oceanic Contractors, Ave. Henri Matisse
16, B-1140, Brussels (Evere), Belgium.
Via Mae and Richard G. Dinkgreve, Metairie In January
Richard flew to Pittsburgh to attend the wake and funeral of John
Haky friends since 1940. Richard stayed on to assist Marie with
necessary paper work. Diane and Barbara Haky are married and
Barbara is expecting their first child in June. Helen Jean, the
youngest and our Godchild, is in her third year at the University of
Pittsburgh. In February, Richard visited Dorothy Leach for several
hours in Gulfport, Mississippi. She looks and is doing real well and had
just returned from a visit of several weeks with her daughter,
Patricia, in the Canal Zone. Dot said things are really changing there
and not for the better. In March received our annual visit from
Audrey Bowman of Balboa, Canal Zone. She brought her mother,
Edna Benoit with her.
Captain and Mrs. Samuel E. Johnson, Hiram "We toured the
U.S. this winter stopping in Clarinda, Iowa, Bullhead City, Arizona
and Henderson, Nevada. Returning via Tucson, Nogales and Del Rio,
Texas, visiting San Antonio to the Florida panhandle and then North
to Nags Head and home via the Chesapeake Bay bridge. Sam has
returned to politics after two years and has been elected 'selectman'
for three years in Hiram, Maine. Anna Johnson Ayasse has been
living here for the past year raising Arabian horses and Labrador
Charlotte and Charles Rager, Deale "We made a February and
March trip out west to visit our daughter, Linda and family in Tucson,
Arizona. While there, Harry and Jeanne Townsend from El Cajon,
California came in for a week-end. Later in November Linda and her
daughter, Barbra spent a month with us while Linda's husband was on
duty at Brandenberg AFB, California. We all drove to Pennsylvania
and visited our other children, Loa, Charles, Jr. and Leesa and their
families. We spent Thanksgiving week together at Loa's home in
Mechanicsburg, and had a very enjoyable family reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Magee, Hyde Park We have been to
the Canal Zone for the past three months visiting with our family and
some good old friends. Had planned to stop in Florida on return to
Boston but very tired. We are now planning a trip to the west coast to
visit our daughters for Christmas and a trip to Madrid, Spain to visit
Howard W. Osborn P.E. Hashua "Sorry to have missed the
reunion but had a case of high blood pressure. Arleen and I made a
trip to Munich last August and enjoyed it very much. As you know the
Howard Richards are living here and we see them frequently as we
belong to the same church and Camera Club. Howard is getting quite
a reputation for his slide presentation of Panama and the Canal Zone.
He does a very professional job. Dick and Judy Williams have moved
into their beautiful new home in Litchfield which is a few miles from
Mrs. Margaret Rybicki, Highland Falls I have been living here
in Highland Falls and working at West Point for a little over two years
now and have really enjoyed being 'back in the States'. West Point is a
beautiful and very impressive post and it's an interesting place to
work ... My son, Joe [BHS '71] graduated last May from Oklahoma
State University and was commissioned a 2Lt, USAF at that time. He
was a Distinguished Military graduate in the Air Force ROTC
program. Because of cut backs in the Air Force, he had quite a long
wait to go on active duty but he's now at Loughlin Air Force Base in
Texas for pilot training. In the meantime he married a lovely girl from
Ardmore, Oklahoma and they have been living in Stillwater. His wife,
Elizabeth Ann will graduate from O.S.U. on the 8th of May and will
join Joe shortly after. My daughter, Liz [BHS '72] and Margaret
[BHS'73] went to colleges in Atlanta, Georgia and are living there
since their graduations. Liz is a medical secretary and Margaret is in
fashion retailing.... I'm hoping to move South myself sometime in the
next few months. Winter weather was a nice change after living for so
many years in the Zone, but shoveling snow and digging the car out
every morning got to be a little too much. We're all hoping to be able
to be with my mother and dad, Evelyn and Bill Ward, former Gamboa
residents, in early September when they will be celebrating their
fiftieth wedding anniversary.
Elizabeth B. Bell, Hoosick Falls "I was a nurse at Ancon
Hospital from 1911 to 1916, name Elizabeth Baker. My husband,
Andrew L. Bell, was an engineer on the Isthmus from 1906 to 1916. He
passed away in 1965. Reading the dates you can imagine my age, 89
years. Eyes and memory very poor, but general health good.
GREETINGS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Alice H. Roche
The Panama Canal Society of WNC welcome Mr. and Mrs.
Salvador [Pat] Patino who are new residents of Hendersonville. Pat
recently retired from private enterprise in Latin America, and for the
past eleven years the Patinos resided in Panama. Pat and Agnes
joined our Society at our March luncheon meeting.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Zelnick spent two and a half weeks in the
Canal Zone in February. Dr. Paul Zelnick of Houston, Texas, joined
them for a fishing trip to the Pearl Islands and for several days at
Coronado Beach. While in the Canal Zone, the Zelnicks were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Michel in Balboa, and Captain and Mrs. John
Meeker of Margarita. They also report that the poor morale due to
deteriorating working conditions and rampant rumors of treaty
negotiations was quite a shock and so different than the high esprit de
corps they knew just a few years ago.
Ethel and Pete Cooper spent Easter with Bea Sergeant in
Winston-Salem and they all drove to Hendersonville to visit with their
many friends here for two days.
Maenner Huff flew to McLean, Virginia, on March 4th to be with
his mother, Mrs. Selma Huff, who had surgery for a fractured hip. She
is out of the hospital and recuperating at home with her daughter-in-
law, Jewel Huff. Toi and Maenner's daughter, Christine Fewell, her
husband Charles and baby Anna, will spend ten days with them in
George Minot Cotton and his wife, Catherine, from Bricktown,
New Jersey, spent a week with Bob and Lillian Van Wagner in March.
Bob Van Wagner, Jr., and his wife are coming from Findlay, Ohio to
celebrate Bob, Sr.'s birthday and Mother's Day on May 9th. They will
have the festive dinner at Marguerite and John Runcks.
Carmen Howe visited Ethel and DeWitt Tate while she was at
her daughter Shirley's in Columbia, South Carolina. We are happy to
report that Marian [Howe] Burchfield has recovered from her serious
illness with the flu.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Westendorf from Aiken, South Carolina spent
an afternoon in April with the Jack Dombrowskys.
Alice and Gene Lombard spent several days with the J. Wendell
Greenes on their way back to Toms River, N.J., from visiting her
sister, Rita, in Sanibel, Florida.
Alan and Ann Bentz surprised Betty and Paul with a lovely
dinner party at the Country Club to celebrate their 50th Wedding
Anniversary on March 20th. Betty's four sisters and her cousin were
here for the occasion. Paul and Betty are leaving the end of April to
spend two weeks in Florida with their daughter, Joan and family.
Emily and Howard Johnson spent ten days in April with their
son, Jim, and his family in Houston, Texas.
On April 30th Bob and Alice Roche left on a boat from West Palm
Beach, Florida for a 14 day trip up the Inland Waterway to Warren,
Dr. Everett and Martha Sackett visited Ruth Sill on their way
South from Durham, New Hampshire. Their visit had to be short
because Dr. Sackett is busy writing another book of history.
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA ACTIVITIES
C. W. Kilbey
The business meeting of the Panama Canal Society of South
Carolina was called to order by President J. O. Catron at 7:30 p.m. on
February 25, 1976. Thirty persons were in attendance and the
meeting was held at the Senior Citizens Clubhouse. The invocation
was given by Chaplain John A. Everson and the president led the
group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Visitors present were
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hadarits, formerly of the Atlantic Side, now
residing in Toomsboro, Georgia. They were visiting in the Augusta
area and decided to come to the meeting.
C. W. Kilbey had just returned from a month spent in the Canal
Zone where he had been the houseguest of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Seeley
of Ridge Road, Balboa Heights. (Mrs. Seeley is the former Jolie Ann
Kilbey). President Catron asked Kilbey for a report as to conditions
found in the Canal Zone. Kilbey reported that the Canal Company is in
trouble financially as a result of the recession and the re-opening of
the Suez Canal. He also commented on numerous changes proposed by
the Administration. He spoke of the tremendous growth of Panama
City, which presently has a population estimated at 750,000 persons.
He answered various questions put to him by those present.
John A. Everson, Chairman of the By-laws Committee, read the
proposed by-laws applying to this particular society. They were
amended slightly, and they were then approved as amended.
Election of officers was then held. The present officers were
re-elected for a two-year term, beginning January 1, 1976. The
officers are: James 0. Catron, President; V. L. Clontz, Vice-President;
Mrs. Olga Holmes, Secretary-Treasurer; John A. Everson, chaplain;
C. W. Kilbey, Record Reporter.
The next event for the group will be a picnic at the Virginia Acres
Park, Aiken, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 2, 1976.... The meeting
was adjourned, and refreshments were served.
C. W. Kilbey
Record Reporter 3/24/76
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shore and grandson, Stephen LeBlanc, of
Aiken motored to Ottawa, Canada, in late December visiting relatives
and friends. They were accompanied by their daughter, Sandra, and
son-in-law, Robert Davis of Miami on the trip.
Some of the changes C. W. Kilbey saw while in Panama are: The
Balboa Road exit and entrance to Stevens Circle (in front of the
Balboa Retail Store and Post Office) has had a chain strung to prevent
wheeled traffic. One can drive around the Circle from the Prado to get
to the post office, but one cannot enter or leave Balboa Road that way.
The new Balboa Service Center is very nice, and the food is good.
(Even had tasty and tender prime roast of beef and lobster thermidor
on Sunday evening.) Panama City has mushroomed from a city of
300,000 ten years ago to a Miami Beach-like city today with a
population estimated at 750,000, and condominiums, towering apart-
ments, lofty motels, surprisingly large low-cost housing projects in
the old Maranon District, and new businesses everywhere. A 4-lane
highway is being built to Tocumen Airfield. Modern houses now
extend out to and completely encircle Panama Vieja the ruins of Old
Panama. Colon, however, still seems to sleep in the sun as of yore.
Mr. A. Kapinos was recently released from Aiken Hospital
following surgery. He seems to be recovering rapidly from that
Mr. and Mrs. William T. Hampton, Willis Are busy trying to
get settled in a new area. A very traumatic time in one's life at our
age. My husband is working very hard getting storage house built and
of course the grass never ceases to grow day and night. Our new
address is Route 2, Box 358, Zip 77378.
Kathryn and Russell Meissner, Hayes We arrived home from
the Canal Zone in March after spending four months with our son,
Carl, and his family. This was the fourth time we have gone to the
Zone for Christmas and stayed on through the dry season. While there
we visited friends, enjoyed our four grandchildren and went fishing
with friends. We stopped off to visit our daughter, Adele, in Tampa on
the way home, but weren't there long enough to visit many friends in
that area. We will have to make a special trip down for that purpose.
We are now enjoying the beautiful Spring weather and are starting to
plant our vegetable garden. Last summer we had twenty-nine house
guests, including our children, to help eat our vegetables. This
summer we hope many of our friends will stop by, we enjoy having
(Editor's Note: Please, only close friends stop by to enjoy the
William G. Wood, Clarkston Jeanne and I are in the process of
moving to Nine Mile Falls. I'm going back to a hydro-electric plant
after 14 years of being a sub-station operator. After 23 years here in
Washington there are several changes. Summary on three sons:
Ernest J. is a Research Physicist with Rockwell Int. Science Center at
Thousand Oaks, California. Has his B.A. and M.S. Now wants a PhD.
in Electrical Engineering. Donald is just one year married and is with
Dow Chemical at Pittsburg, California as a Chemical Engineer. Dick
the youngest (22) is almost 1 year married and is working here in the
valley after graduating from Spokane Community College in Auto
mechanics.... We leave the valley with many regrets. The "Banana
Belt" as it is called is a great climate. Never too cold golf all year -
and pretty warm in the summer. We plan on retiring here in a few
Jane B. Vinton. Green Bay I spent most of the Winter,
including Thanksgiving and Christmas, with my daughter Kayleen in
Columbus, Indiana, returning in March. Upon my return I left for
Duluth, Minn. where my youngest sister, Harriet, underwent brain
surgery. She passed away March 24th. Harriet had many friends on
the Canal Zone where she was employed by the U.S.O. and the
Censorship Bureau. After voluntarily resigning from the Chicago
Heights School system she had been spending the winters with my
sister, Mrs. Lois Davis of Ashland, Wisconsin. Services will be held in
July at the Lutheran Church in Mountain, Wisconsin.
- SALE AND LOCATOR SERVICE w
WANTED to buy anything made by Royal Doulton, especially Toby
Mugs. Also Cloisine. Phone Collect 305-668-6846 Claudis Howell
(Pierce) 1205 Fountainhead Dr., Deltona, Florida 32763.
WANTED 6 OR 8 Dinner Plates and Cups and Saucers to Hunting and
Coaching Age. Write Mrs. Lynn N. Wright (Bess), 1818 McDuffie,
Houston, Texas, 77019.
WANTED Green Praise by Wedgewood Dinner Plates, cups and
saucers anything. Phone Collect 813-894-8484 or write Anna T.
Collins, 2301 Woodlawn Circle West, St. Petersburg, FL 33704.
BOOK FOR SALE. The Pollera of Panama by Dora P. DeZarate $4.00,
limited edition of Women's national dress of Panama. Airmail $1.70;
Regular $.75. Dr. Cheville, Box 3207, Balboa, Canal Zone.
On 8 April 1976 the Balboa Lions Club elected the new Board of.
Directors for 1976-1977. Mr. Frank E. Hirt, employed as Superinten-
dent of the Ft. Amador Post Office was elected President. Elected as
First, Second and Third Vice Presidents were Mr. Arthur Kerr, Mr.
Stuart Wallace and Mr. Paul Underwood. Elected as Secretary was
Mr. Louis de Armas and as Treasurer, Mr. Carl Britton. The new
members of the Board of Directors are Mr. Charles St. Johnson,
Mr. Culver Call, Mr. William J. Bright, Jr., Mr. Glenn Williams and
Mr. Paul Kinsey.
Mrs. Blanche R. Briscoe of St.
Petersburg, Florida recently
made a short talk "Why the U.S.
should retain the Panama
Canal" at a church meeting and
F tthey presented her with the
The SS Cristobal of the Water Transportation Division of the
Panama Canal Company has been recognized by the National Safety
Council for its exemplary performance in on-the-job safety. She
qualified for its award with a recorded rate of 0 injuries per million
man hours worked... and is the third straight year win. The Citation
will be presented to a representative of the Panama Canal at the
Annual Marine Safety Awards ceremony to be held in the United
A $5,500,000 contract, the largest ever to be signed by the Canal's
Supply and Community Service Bureau was awarded to the Hakodate
Dock Co., Ltd. of Japan, for the construction of a dipper dredge to
replace the 61-year-old Paraiso.
The National Treasury Employees Union has filed suit in U.S.
Federal court to cut in half the huge increases in Blue Cross Blue
Shield health insurance premiums for the 6 million government
workers and their families under the Blue program. The increases
boost premiums by 33.5 percent. The suit seeks to have the increase
held to 17.4 percent. The NTEU declared that both the General
Accounting Office and the Federal Insurance Administration feel the
amount of increases are "unjustified." It also accused the CSC of
failing to follow federal procurement regulations in negotiating its
1976 contract with the Blues.
1976 REUNION PICTURES
Bill and Jeanne Wheeler and Florence Mallett (Kerr)
Elizabeth and Timothy D. Ladd
1976 REUNION PICTURES
Viola and Herbert Souder
Madge Hall and Edna Campbell
Alice Beck and Marian Armstrong
A Tribute To
On Father's Day
A father's his family's strength and guide,
a source of hope and light,
The one his family looks up to
because he makes things go right...
A father is a companion
whose loyalty has no end,
For he's more than just a father -
he's the finest kind of friend...
A father holds his family close
and keeps watch over all,
And he's the one the family knows
will answer when they call,
And though he never seems to get
the praises that he's due -
The world's a better, happier place
because of fathers like you!
Happy Father's Day
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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