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Society of the Chagres
PUBLISHED FOR THE SOCIETY
JOHN O. COLLINS, Publisher,
BALBOA HEIGHTS, CANAL ZONE
ODE ON THE COMPLETION OF THE PANAMA CANAL.
By GLENN WARD DRESBACH
Another wonder of the world is made!
The great work is done.
Under the white glare of the tropic sun
What seemed a dream for many a bra\ e decade
Has been completed, and the East and West
At last are one.
Here is a product of Man's great unrest
Striving to meet his ever growing need.
Fools, blind to that white flame within his breast,
Will ever seek to smirch each mighty deed
With empty blame of greed.
But something finer, nobler, grander goes
Into his handiwork, half understood.
The stuff of dreams lives on through mortal woes
Working its glories for the common good!
We know how the work was done,
How men suffered and strained-and ".on'
How can we fail to see
This modern nobility?
Let no names be said,
Lest one of the dead
Who nameless dug his part of every hill
Be now forgotten when his hands are still.
Another wonder of the world is made
Each great machine, each mighty, little spade,
Each one with wonder in itself, is still.
Things all inanimate they seem to live
Under man's will,
Doing the work his frail hands could not do,
For all his great mind knew.
And if, as some say, men, too, were machines
Driven by greater minds through rain and sun,
Behold the just reward of honest means!
How well the work was done!
The work is done! Men turn and go
From whence they came in answer to the call.
The great Dream that they saw about them grow
Into the Real, complete, makes nobler all.
Each in his heart bears back some dream his own,
With greater hope and greater faith in toil-
Whether he builds his dream in steel or stone
Or makes it grow him fruit from out the soil.
Heroes from a mighty battlefield
They quietly return along the ways.
While such men are a part of the Nation's yield
How empty seem fears of declining days!
How empty stand before this Brotherhood
All things not great and good!
And yet, this work has been a part
Of every day, with no vain glory spread
Over the toiler's head.
No gaudy tinsel here, no shouting in the mart,
No cheap unstable lure,
But silent effort, great and strong and sure.
No emptiness of place, no pride that spoiled!
For wages- and for something else, they toiled.
No pretty word or mighty sounding phrase
Is worthy of the beauty
Some men can work from out the common days
Doing their common duty.
All human blunder and all personal sin
That is a part of every man must be.
Forgotten in his work's immensity.
Achievement must begin
Within us as we are.
Man's heart, though weak, reflects his guiding star.
The mighty oceans join after long years
Over the ground that knows the salt of tears-
A bloody and unstable ground that Man
.Has glorified and freed from many a ban.
The Panama of pest hole, harlot, lout
Is now no more. She stands
With young, unfettered hands
Greeting the world she lived so long without.
Another wonder of the world is made!
Nothing can spoil
The spirit that has made it, nothing fade
This epic page of Toil.
ODE ON THE COMPLETION OF THE PANAMA CANAL ............. 3.
ILLUSTRATIONS ......................................... 8
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER ..................... 9
HISTORICAL NOTE ............................ ......... IO
CONSTITUTION ............................. ............. I
ORGANIZATION COMMITTEES ............................... 14
THE YEAR 1914 IN CANAL HISTORY. ........................ 75
COLON AND PANAMA IN 1903 ............................. 91
HOUSEKEEPING IN 1906 .................................. 97
WHAT'S THE NEWS FROM THE ZONE ........................ 102
A STORM AT SEA....................................... .. 105
"BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY". ............................ III
FROM 1896 TO 1906...................................... 115
OUR SHOWER BATH ..................................... 123
BASEBALL IN 1906 ..................................... 127
SOME EARLY DAYS ..................................... 135
To THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE, NOVEMBER 13, 1g9..... 159
REMINISCENCE .............................. ............ 163
A NIGHT IN TOWN ...................................... 175
BEFORE THE DAYS OF THE TANGO .......................... 191
PANAMA CITY............................... ....... .... 202
AMALGAMATED AMERICANS.................. .. ............ 203
THE OLD FRENCH DAYS ................................. 209
OUR BLACK BROTHERS.................................... 231
GooD WINE............. ................................ 245
GATUN LOCK AND DAM SITE IN 1907.
THE SAME VIEW TODAY.
THE "CRISTOBAL" IN GATUN LOCKS, AUGUST 3, I914.
THE LOCKS AT NIGHT.
THE SITE OF GORGONA, 1915.
CULEBRA CUT AT BAS OBISPO, 1907.
CULEBRA CUT AT BAS OBISPO, 1914.
CULEBRA VILLAGE IN 1906.
CULEBRA VILLAGE IN I914.
CULEBRA CUT AT GOLD HILL, 1904.
CULEBRA CUT AT GOLD HILL, 1913.
CULEBRA CUT AT GOLD HILL, 1914.
CULEBRA CUT, 1913.
PEDRO MIGUEL LocK SITE, 1906.
PEDRO MIGUEL LOCKS TODAY.
MIRAFLORES LOCK SITE (LOWER LOCKS), 1909.
THE SAME VIEW, 1914.
BALBOA TOWN SITE, JANUARY, 1914.
BALBOA TOWN SITE, JANUARY, I915.
THE PRADO-BALBOA VILLAGE IN FRONT OF NEW ADMINISTRATION
ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, BALBOA HEIGHTS.
PERMANENT CONCRETE QUARTERS, TWO FAMILIES, BALBOA HEIGHTS.
No MORE WORK.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER.
To The Members:
On December 3ist., 1914, the Society had 752 members. Service
after that date will not count toward eligibility, but employees or
ex-employees who completed six years service prior to January first,
i915, but did not join the Society, may still be admitted upon
Owing to the many resignations from the service during 1914 and
to the transfer of the majority of the remaining employees to new
stations, it has been unusually difficult to keep track of our members.
Many of the addresses on our mailing list are obsolete. This has
handicapped the Editor of the Year Book. The addresses of mem-
bers which he publishes and the information concerning them is
derived either from the members themselves in response to the
inquiries which were sent out, or, in case no replies were received,
from the personnel files in the Governor's Office and other available
I append a statement showing the receipts and expenditures since
May 2nd., 1914, when the funds were turned over to me.
From H. W. McCalley,
Actg Secy-Treas.... $881.22 Tiffany & Co. forpins $ 431.96
Receipts May 2 to Dec. Clerk Hire. ..... 26.25
31.............. 651.71 Postage........... 36.33
Bills a/c Dinner 1914. 96.37
Treasurer's bond.... 5.00
Advance payment on
Year Book..... 200.oo
JOHN K. BAXTER,
The Society of the Chagres was organized in
1911, as the result of a suggestion made by Mr.
William F. Shipley, that men who had served
six years on the Canal or Panama Railroad, prior
to the official opening of the Canal, should have
some special insignia to indicate that service,
and an organization which would keep alive
memories of the canal construction days.
A meeting was held at the University Club in
Panama on the night of August 12, 1911, at which
preliminaries were discussed, and an executive
committee of five was appointed to proceed with
the work of organizing. This committee con-
sisted of John K. Baxter, chairman; C. A. Mc-
Ilvaine, treasurer; John J. Meehan, William F.
Shipley, and R. E. Wood.
The first general meeting was held at the
Strangers' Club in Colon on the evening of
October 7, when the constitution, as drafted by
the executive committee, and the choice of
name and emblem were approved. The name
was suggested by Mr. W. G. Comber, and the
emblem by Mr. C. A. Mcllvaine. The charter
roll was closed with 207 members.
Adopted by the Society of the Chagres at its meeting held at the
Strangers' Club, Colon, Republic of Panama, October 7, 191 .
ARTICLE I. The name of this Society shall be "THE SOCIETY OF
ART. 2. The objects of the Society shall be to hold an annual
reunion of the members, and to publish annually a roster of their
names and current addresses, to keep alive the pleasant associations
and memories connected with the work in which they have each
spent six or more years of their lives; and to promote their common
interests by such other means as may appear desirable from year
ART. 3. Membership in the Society shall be limited to white em-
ployees of the Isthmian Canal Commission or of the Panama Rail-
road Company of good character, who have earned the Roosevelt
Canal Medal and two bars prior to the official opening of the Canal.
ART. 4. The Society shall hold its regular annual meeting on the
night of the third Saturday in January. Special meetings may be
called by the President, if necessity therefore should arise. Meetings
shall be held on the Isthmus of Panama until the year 1915, and
thereafter, either on the Isthmus or in any city of the United States
as the Society shall determine from year to year.
ART. 5. The officers of the Society shall be a President, a Vice-
President, a Secretary-Treasurer, and an Executive Committee
consisting of the foregoing and four other members. No salaries
shall be paid to the officers and, excepting the Secretary-Treasurer,
no officer who has served one full term shall be eligible for reelection
for the next ensuing term.
ART. 6. The President shall preside at meetings of the Society
and of the Executive Committee.
AiT. 7. The Vice-President shall act in the absence of the President.
ART. 8. The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep all records of the
Society, collect its initiation fees and dues, and have the custody of
its funds. He shall acknowledge all receipts in writing, and secure
the President's approval for all expenditures. He shall be bonded
at the expense of the Society, and he shall submit to the Society an
annual report of his receipts and disbursements.
ART. 9. The Executive Committee shall carry out the plans of
the Society from year to year; make all necessary arrangements for
the annual reunion; pass on the eligibility of applicants for mem-
bership; audit the accounts of the Secretary-Treasurer; and pub-
lish a year-book to contain a roster of the members with their cur-
rent addresses and biographical notes, and the reports of the officers
of the Society.
ART. 10. The Executive Committee shall be authorized to select
a member of the Society to fill any vacancy in the office of President,
Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, or in its own membership,
which may occur during the course of the year.
ART. ii. Four members of the Executive Committee shall con-
stitute a quorum for the transaction of business, provided due notice
of the meeting shall have been given to all members, including those
ART. 12. The Executive Committee is authorized to pass reim-
bursement vouchers to cover actual expenses incurred by officers
or members in transacting the necessary business of the Society.
ART. 13. The Executive Committee is not authorized to incur
expenses which will exceed the amount of funds in the Treasury.
ART. 14. The emblem of the Society shall be a circular pin or
button, nine-sixteenths of an inch in diameter, showing on a black
background surrounded by a narrow gold border six horizontal bars
in gold. The emblem shall be issued by the Secretary-Treasurer
to qualified members only, upon payment of the initiation fee
sufficient to cover its cost, and of dues for one year.
ART. 15: The annual dues shall be three dollars, payable on
January i, for the next ensuing year; provided that only charter
members will be required to pay dues for the year 1911. Only
members who shall have joined the Society on or before October 7,
I9gI, shall be charter members.
ART. I6. Any ten members may nominate a fellow member for
election to any of the offices of the Society, but all such nominations
must be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer in writing not later
than October 31. As soon thereafter as possible, but in any event
not later than November 15, the Secretary-Treasurer shall prepare
and mail to each member of the Society a ballot containing the
names of all candidates nominated for each office. At the annual-
meeting of the Society, the vote cast by letter ballot shall be can-
vassed, and those candidates receiving a plurality of the votes shall
be declared elected.
ART. 17. Amendments to this constitution may be proposed by
any ten members, and shall be submitted to the Society by the
Secretary-Treasurer for vote by letter ballot. Two-thirds of the
votes cast shall be necessary to carry an amendment; provided,
however, that an amendment of Article 3 may be made only with
the concurrence of two-thirds of the entire membership, by letter
.IJuly 22 to August 12, 1911.
WILLIAM F. SHIPLEY C. A. MCILVAINE
CAPTAIN R. E. WOOD J. K. BAXTER
August 12 to October 7, 1911.
JOHN K. BAXTER, Chairman C. A. MCILVAINE, Treasurer
JOHN J. MEEHAN CAPTAIN R. E. WOOD
WILLIAM F. SHIPLEY
OFFICERS OF THE SOCIETY.
October 7, 1911 to January 20, 1912.
CoL. WILLIAM CRAWFORD GORGAS.
DR. LLOYD NOLAND.
C. A. MCILVAINE.
'Members of the Execiutie Cc'miiltt.
JoHN K. BAXTER JOHN J. MNEEEAN
JOHN BURKE CAPTAIN R. E. \\OOD
January 20, 1912 to February 21, 1913.
ToM M. COOKE.
JoHN K. BAXTER.
*WILAM F. SHIPLEY.
Members of the Executive Committee.
CAPTAIN R. E. WOOD W. M. WOOD
C. W. MCILVAINE JOHN J. MEl BAN
February 21, 1913 to January J7, 1r14.
COL. WILIAM CRAWFORD GORGAS.
R. H. WARDLAW.
WILLIA F. SHIPLEY.
Members of the Executive Cornmittie.
DR. LLOYD NOLAND H. S. FARIus
DAN WRIGHT GERALD D. BLISS
tC. L. PARKER
*Vice Mr. John K. Baxter, resigned. tVice Dr. Lloyd Noland,
WM. F. SHI
A. S. ZINN
DR. A. B. HE
OFFICERS FOR 1914.
CAPTAIN R. E. WOOD, U. S. A.
MR. C. A. MclLVAINE.
EtY H. W. MCCAILEY
JOHN K. BAXTER
RoY R. WATSON
DERRICK JOHN BURKE
OFFICERS FOR .195.
WILLIAM HOWARD MAY.
JoHN K. BAXTER.
ARTHUR C. BLAKE 0. E. MALSBURY
J. H. K. HUMPHREY F. G. SWANSON
Their Addresses, and What They Are Doing.
ADAMS, JAMES H.-Reduction of force, Jan. 10, 1914. Latest address,
ADAMS, ROGER H.-Clerk, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
ALBIN, MRS. W. H.-Ancon. Address in U. S., Kingman, Kas.
ALBRECHT, JOHN E. (1913)-Resigned Dec. 2, 1914. Address, Balboa.
States address, Gansevoort, N. Y.
ANDERSON, CHARLES J. (1913)-Appointed pilot and left the service,
November 19, 1914. Address, 1823 North Bouvier, Philadelphia.
ANDERSON, FRANK A.-Reduction of force, April 11, 1914. Address
1827 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn.
ANDERSON, HENRY (1911)-Cristobal. States address, 309 Twenty-
ninth Avenue, San Francisco, Cal.
ANDREWS, ISAAC H. (1912)-Foreman, Fortifications, Cristobal.
States address, 281 Concord Street, Gloucester, Mass.
ANDREWS, ROLLEN F. (1913)-Reduction of force, October 25, 1914.
Latest address, R. F. D. No. 2, Box 122, Mena, Arkansas.
ANGEL, J. C. (1911)-Resigned October 9, 1914. Address, 1406 New
York Avenue, Washington, D. C.
ARMIGER, GEORGE (1911)-Conductor, P. R. R., Ancon. Address in
U. S., 914 North Colington Avenue, Baltimore, Md.
ARTHUR, ALLAN.-Pedro Miguel.
ASHTON, W. F. (1911)-Cristobal, C. Z., General Foreman, Municipal
ATKINS, JOHN (1911)-Foreman, Pedro Miguel Locks.
ATTERBURY, THOMAS C. (19ll)-Waldwick, N. J.
AUBREY, JOHN F.-Employed at the Colon Agency, P. R. R. Address,
AUSTIN, CHARLES B. (1911)-Transferred to New York as meat in-
spector in 1914. Address 24 State Street, New York City, c/o P. R. R.
AUSTIN, EDWARD M.-No. 16, The Blacherne, Indianapolis, Indiana.
AVERY, JAMES A. (1911)-Foreman, P. R. R. Cristobal. Address in
United States, Oakdale, Pa.
AZIMA, MICHAEL C.-Paraiso. States address, Alexandria, Va.
BABBITT, R. W.-No. 7 Pomfret Street, Putnam, Conn.
BAILEY, ROBERT (1913)-Beaumont, Cal.
BANKS, CHARLES H.-Foreman, Mechanical Division, Cristobal.
Address in U. S., 626 Grainger Street, Louisville, Ky.
BARBER, JOHN GORDON-Born at Baltimore,;Md., August 19, 1884.
Entered the Canal service August 25, 1907, and was assigned to the Com-
missary Department of the P. R. R. He remained with this branch of the
service until October, 1914, when he was transferred to the Accounting De-
partment, The Panama Canal, Address, Balboa Heights.
BARLOW, H. H.-Storekeeper, Commissary, Corozal. Address in U. S.,
BARNES, W. I. (1913)-Locomotive engineer, Ancon. Address in U. S.,
70 Meadville Street, Pittsburgh, Pa.
BARNETT, JAMES C. (1912)-Resigned June 10, 1914. Latest address,
6211 Dorchester Avenue, Chicago.
BARTE, GEO. A. (1911)-Of Dayton, Ohio, 3rd Ohio Congressional Dis-
trict, a carpenter foreman in the Terminals and Docks Department at Balboa,
has been here since September 19, 1905. His wife and son, Geo. Jr., have been
with him since July, 1906.
BARTH, GEO. H.-Born in Allen County, Kansas, near Iola, the county
seat, in the year 1869. Lived on the old homestead until March, 1890, when
he went to Butler County, Nebraska and entered the employ of the B. & M.
R. R. in Nebraska. Left this Company in October, 1892, and secured six
month's work with the Home Street Railway Company of Lincoln, Nebraska.
Returned to Kansas July, 1893 and purchased a farm near the old home. He
lived there nine years and then moved to Texas, near Houston, in 1903 and
worked at various things until July, 1908, when he came to the Isthmus and
entered the employ of the I. C. C. on July 23. Later he worked for the Panama
Railroad, but returned to the I. C. C. in May, 1909. His service on the Canal
Zone has been continuous. Isthmian address, Balboa, C. Z.
BATES, LEWIS B., DR.-Ancon Hospital, Ancon.
BATES, PHIL M.-2200 Kauffman Avenue, Vancouver, Wash.
BATES, W. H.-2200 Kauffman Avenue, Vancouver, Wash.
BATH, CHARLES H. (1912)-Resigned September 8, 1914. Address,
28 Camp Street, Norwalk, Conn.
BAXTER, H. (1912)-In business in Panama. Address, Ancon.
BAXTER, JOHN KIRKMAN (1911)-Entered United States Consular
Service June 9, 1912; resigned in April, 1914 to accept position as Chief of the
Division of Civil Affairs, The Panama Canal. Address, Balboa Heights.
BEAM, W. I. (1913)-Auditor, Mack Manufacturing Co. Address, Union
Transfer Co., Real Estate Trust Building, Philadelphia. See letter of E. V.
BEARD, FRED S. (1912)-Address, c/o C. J. Beard, 41 West 34th Street,
BECKEL, W. 0. (1911)-R. F. D. No. 4, Terre Haute, Indiana.
BECKER, NEWTON A. (1913)-Transferred from P. R. R. to The Panama
Canal, November, 1914, clerk in Personnel Bureau. Address, Balboa Heights.
BEDELL, ALFRED C.-Born, Buffalo, N. Y., March 27, 1882. Educated
in the public schools graduating in June 1898; spent the following four years in
high school; left high school to enter commercial life in 1902; in the fall of 1905,
entered business college, graduating in June 1906. The following fall he
entered the employ of the D. L. & W. R. R. remaining with them until he
resigned to come to the Isthmus. He arrived on the Isthmus in November
1907 and was continuously employed in the transportation service in various
kinds of work until he was transferred to The Panama Canal in the Record
Bureau November 1, 1914.
BEDELL, W. H.-Steamshovel Engineer, Corozal.
BEETHAM, CHARLES H. (1912)-Foreman, Mechanical Division, Bal-
boa. Address in U. S., 3636 Coulter Street, Philadelphia, Pa.
BELT, JOSIAH-Wakefield, Carroll County, Md.
BENNINGER, M. P.-Wireman, Electrical Division, Pedro Miguel.
Address in U. S., 703 West Elm Street, Lima, Ohio.
BENNINGER, S. A. (1911)-In reply to your card will say that I have
nothing to add to my biography unless the fact that I am still on the job; and
I am the only member that has not had to have the "Society" pin enameled
over so far as I know. Balboa, October 29, 1914.
BERGER, ALBERT (1911)-Carpenter, Building Division, Balboa. Ad-
dress in U. S., 4229 Fergus, Cincinnati, Ohio.
BERGIN, R. W. (1911)-Receiving and Forwarding Agent, P. R. R.,
BETEBENNER, HOWARD (1912)-Locomotive engineer, P. R. R.
Address, Ancon; in the States, Carthage, Missouri.
BETHEA, JAMES K. (1913)-1763 U Street, N.W., Washington, D. C.
BEVERLEY, E. P. (1911)-Resigned December 15, 1913. In private
practice at Broad Run, Virginia.
BEVERLEY, ROBERT-Office Assistant to Superintendent of The
Panama Railroad. Address, Balboa Heights.
BISSELL, WALTER J.-Conductor, P. R. R., Cristobal. Address in
U. S., General Delivery, Rochester, N. Y.
BLAIR, C. A.-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa Heights. Address
in U. S., 1012 Olive Street, Indianapolis.
BLAKE, A. O. (1912)-Steamshovel Engineer, Balboa. Address in U. S.,
BLAKEMAN, W. C. (1913)-Locomotive Engineer, Aicon. Address in
U. S., 1657 Peoria Street, Toledo, Ohio.
BLIEFIELD, WILLIAM-Machinist, Cristobal. Address in U. S., 1010
North Sixth Street, Saginaw, Mich.
BLISS, GERALD D. (1912)-Postmaster at Cristobal, the eldest of six
children, was born at Sherman, Chautauqua County, N. Y., April 30, 1882;
his early boyhood was spent on his father's farm at that place. Was educated
at the high school at Sherman and after graduation with the class of 1902
was employed in the local Postoffice for two years; served as mail weigher
on the "Fast Mail" between Buffalo and Chicago during the quadrennial
weighing period of 1903. In 1905 accepted position as temporary clerk during
the summer rush at Postoffice at Chautauqua, N. Y., then a third-class office
and was appointed Assistant Postmaster when Chautauqua was advanced to
the second class; he served in this position until December 1, 1905 when he
resigned to accept appointment to the Isthmian Postal service. Reported
on the Isthmus December 15, 1905 and was assigned as Postmaster at Pedro
Miguel, remaining thlre until March 1, 1911 when he was assigned as Post-
master at Culebra and transferred from there to his present assignment Febru-
ary 1, 1913. Was married in 1904 to Mabelle A. Hart of Sherman, N. Y., they
have one son born in the States and four daughters born on the Isthmus.
BLOSS, HARRY I. (1913)-Balboa.
BODETTE, WILLIAM (1911)-Steamshovel Engineer, Ancon.
BOGGS, J. C.-519 Louisiana Street, Palestine, Texas.
BOLAND, JOHN (1912)-913 Jefferson Street, N.W., Washington, D. C.
BOLEN, WILLIAM H.-Born October 5, 1871, 7:32 p.m., in the City of
Buffalo, N. Y. At the age of six his tutoring was taken up in the city schools
and continued for ten years. William was inclined to be slow in absorbing
education, but once he had mastered a subject, that subject was eternally re-
tained within his massive brain. At the age of sixteen he became restless,
and implored his father to allow him to make his own way in the world. His
father after long deliberation finally acceded to William's request, and placed
him on a farm, with an old friend of the family, at a salary of $12.00 per month
and all expenses. In the course of three years William had shown himself
so proficient in the art of spreading manure that his salary had been increased
to $18.00 per month, and expenses. At this stage of his career the wanderlust
took strong hold upon him. This passion was no doubt induced by the sight
of the great boats daily navigating the canal which traversed the onion planta-
tion on which William labored in the near vicinity to Yonkers. After futile
endeavors to dissipate William's delirium, and keep him in the straight and
narrow path of the plow furrow, his old farmer guardian gave up in disgust and
advised him that he would make no further objection to his ambition to become
a Jack Tar. Accordingly, William fared forth and succeeded in landing a
berth on the mammoth hooker Annie Vaught, then engaged in the Great
Lakes ore carrying service. William soon found favor with the Captain owing
to his incredible astuteness in connection with navigation lore and versatility
with ropes, mops and holystone. His progress was rapid aboard ship, and
after four years' service he found himself in the enviable and exalted position
of Master of the Poop Deck. At this time in William's life, December 28,
1893, the crowning event of his career was consummated. At about eight
bells the good ship Annie Vau7ht was plowing through a heavy dew off Manitou
Island in Lake Michigan; she was loaded to the scuppers with ore for the
Chicago market, and for several days had been experiencing heavy weather,
which gradually grew in intensity. The day was cold and gray, with an
occasional snow squall; the canopy of heaven was clothed in great rolling
masses of dark and ominous clouds; the ship was sheathed in ice, and none but
the hardy spirits with indomitable courage ventured above hatches; the
Captain paced the bridge with quick, nervous strides, and his able Lieutenant,
William, paced the poop deck with heavy, certain tread, each keeping a sharp
lookout. As the shades of evening settled down the storm raged and howled
like a caged demon, and the good ship quivered and shook from stem to stern
under the heavy and crushing impact of the mountain high waves; the captain's
heart became chilled with fear, and he lost all sense of duty to passengers and
crew. In this crisis William came to the front and assumed command of the
ship; his was a valiant battle to save the ship from the fury of wind and wave,
but it eventually became apparent to all after she had sprung a mizzen mast
seam and her hold was rapidly filling with aqua that she would have to be
abandoned. The life boats were accordingly provisioned and launched and all
hands gotten safely away. After three days of abject misery and heart-
breaking toil all souls were safely landed on a lee shore.
After this harrowing experience William betook himself to fields anew. By
slow and weary stages he finally landed in Milwaukee, where, in the whole-
sale consumption of this city's famous brew, his hard earned savings which he
had earned before the mast soon took wings. By grabbing the rods on the
sair-kraut train, with numerous stops en route, William finally found himself
in the city of his birth, Buffalo. Here William's pleasing personality came in
good stead. In a few days the Buffalo Street Railway Company had the
pleasure of entering his name on their pay roll at a stipend of 65 simoleons per.
William mastered the science of electricity so quickly that the General Manager
of the Company placed him in charge of the re-wiring of all their rolling stock,
and on account of his knowledge of statics and choke coils he was made Chief
In the early part of 1899. William decided to leave Buffalo. He secured a
position as purser on a canal boat bound down with shingles on the Erie Canal,
and deserted in New York. At that time the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Com-
pany were looking for a good man, and the Super, who was near-sighted and
easily "bulled," gave William a job as track-walker. His chief duties were
signing for his pay and stealing copper wire from the Company. His depreda-
tions became so brazen that in the latter part of 1900 he was respectfully re-
quested to hie himself hither from hence.
In the early part of 1901 William engaged in his boldest adventure; in fact,
this year marked the most exciting period of his career. The spirit of ad-
venture took William into the wilds of Equador, where he was engaged in the
construction of the mammoth steel bridges of the Guayaquil & Quito Railroad.
On account of his ability and untiring energy, he was soon promoted to Chief
Engineer of the construction work, but owing to a severe attack of homesick-
ness he was compelled to return to his regular haunts on the Bowery.
During the years of 1902 and 1903 William displayed such a complete mast-
ery of electrical engineering that the officials of the Navy Department at Wash-
ington placed him in full charge of the wiring of the battleship Connecticut,
which was then being built in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The Secretary of the
Navy had no cause to regret having placed his confidence in William; in fact
the salary received by Will was only a trifle short of that of the Admiral him-
self. When the Connecticut made her first trial trip the electrical work went
all to the fritz and she had to be towed back to dry dock-but at the investiga-
tion it was brought out that William was not to blame. William waxed so
indignant that they should even insinuate that his workmanship was faulty,
that he up and resigned, to the utter mortification of the Navy Department.
William then heard of the Panama Canal and from the early part of 1907
until the present writing the Isthmian Canal Commission has been his goat.
William's chief occupations on the Isthmus are squabbling with time inspec-
tors, giving parties to Taboguilla Island at five bones per throw, cooking chop
suey (?), praying for fires so that he can make an extra dollar, and generally
amusing the natives with tales of his wonderful exploits.
LONG LIVE BILL!II VIVAll! VIVA!!! VIVAllI
BOTTENFIELD, F. M. DRAKE (1911)-Born, November 9, 1881, in
Des Moines, Iowa. He received an academic education at North Dakota
Agricultural College, leaving at the end of his junior year to enter the Engi-
neering Department of the University of Minnesota, where he stayed nearly
three years. From September 1904 to May 1905, he held the position of
Surveyor for an American land company near Caibarien, Cuba. His appoint-
ment as Rodman for the I. C. C. dates May 24, 1905. His first two years on
the Isthmus were spent in a tent in the jungle on the Canal Zone survey and
topographical work. In 1907 he was assigned to the survey party on the Gatun
Dam. After a year of this work he went on construction, and served as fore-
man, general foreman, and supervisor, in charge of various work on the Dam.
In May, 1912, he married Miss Jane Richards Teese of Warren, Pa. In May,
1913, he resigned his position of Supervisor to accept that of Engineer for the
Pennsylvania Trojan Powder Co., of Allentown, Pa. Since March 1914, he
has been Manager of the Allentown Plant.
BOVAY, HARRY E. (1911)-Resigned 1914. Real Estate business,
BOYLE, EDWARD M.-Agency Street, Burlington, Iowa.
BRADBERRY, RANDALL T. (1911)-Yardmaster, Term. Const., Ancon.
BRADNEY, M. F. (1912)-Clerk in the Department of Health, was born
on a farm in Adams County, Ohio, of American parents. His father, one
grandfather and an uncle served in the Union armies during the Civil War
and two great-grandfathers were soldiers in the American armies in the War
of 1812, one of them being killed in that struggle.
Life on a hill farm in Southern Ohio was not easy back in the 80's, and Mr.
Bradney by means of the public schools and a little country college known as
the North Liberty Academy, now numbered among the things that were,
managed to qualify as a teacher in the public schools. Taught and worked
on a farm by turns for several years. Served as township clerk of his native
township from 1896 to 1900 and as clerk of the Probate Court of Adams
County from 1903 to 1906, taking the civil service examination for the Isthmian
service while in the latter position. Went to California in the spring of 1906
and while working on a ranch there received a telegram offering him a clerkship
in the Panama Canal service. Thinking the Isthmus preferable to the hayfield
he accepted and arrived on the Isthmus July 10, 1906. Isthmian service
has been as follows: July, 1906, to June, 1908, in Division of Zone Sanitation,
transferred to Culebra Hospital June, 1908, and from there to Medical Store-
house, Colon, in June, 1912. At the present writing, October, 1914, is still
employed at the Medical Storehouse. Was married October 31, 1908, to
Stella Vaughen and they have one child, a daughter, who is a native of the
BRADY, CLYDE, DR.-Corozal. Address in U. S., 2116 Broadway,
BRAW, FRED J.-Reduction of force, June 30, 1914. Address, Granville,
BREWER, W. T. (1911)-1615 Liberty Street, Jacksonville, Fla.
BRIDGES, HARRY L.-Foreman, Fort. Div., Ancon.
BRITTEN, C. C.-Clerk, R. and F. Agent, Balboa.
BRODERICK, TIMOTHY J.-476 E. St., S. W., Washington, D. C.
BRONK, A. E. (1912)-Resigned, 1913 to go into a contracting enterprise
on a Bolivia railroad. After about six months he returned to the United
States and is now efficiency expert for the Electric Bond and Share Company
of New York.
SBROWN, E. L.-Sapulpa, Okla.
BROWN, GEO. (1912)-Locomotive Engineer, c/o Master of Transporta-
tion, Balboa Heights.
BROWN, GEO. A. (1913) The only change I would suggest would be to
change the words "Electrical and Mechanical Engineer's Sub-Division, As-
sistant Engineer's Office," to "Office of the Engineer of Maintenance." Ad-
dress, Balboa Heights.
BROWN, ROBT. H. (1910)-Machinist, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
BROWN, THOS. E., JR. (1913)-c/o F. A. Ferris, 262 Mott St., New York,
BROWN, WALTER G. (1913)-Machinist, Mechanical Div., Balboa.
BROWN, WARREN EDWARD-Clerk, Supply Department, Ancon.
States Address, Eastport, Maine.
BROWN, WARREN J.-Assistant Storekeeper, Balboa.
*BRYANT, JOSEPH-H.-Machinist, Mechanical Division, Cristobal.
BUCHAN, GEORGE (1911 and 1912)-Resigned from the service in 1914.
Present address, Henderson, N. C.
BULLARD, CHESTER McCLELLAN-Born October 19, 1885, at Con-
nersville, Indiana. He attended public school at Connersville and Indiana-
polis, Indiana, and graduated from High School at the former city in June,
1903. From 1903 to 1907, he was employed by the Parry Manufacturing Com-
pany and the Amercan Can Company in Indianapolis, and was appointed as a
clerk in the service of The Isthmian Canal Commission in April, 1907, sailing
for the Zone on the steamship Advance, April 13, 1907. His first assignment
to duty was with the Department of Labor, Quarters and Subsistence in the
office of Mr. C. L. Parker at Gorgona. This position was held until the
organization of the Subsistence Department in July, 1908 when he was trans-
ferred to the property division of that Department. By some means, he kept
from being "fired" for more than seven years and resigned as Chief Clerk of the
Commissary-Subsistence Department on April 30, 1914. He is at present
employed as Cashier for the Brown-Brown-Buck Auto Sales Co., 313 North
Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, Ind. United States address, 1554 Shelby
Street, Indianapolis, Ind.
BURDGE, LEROY E. (1913)-Clerk in Record Bureau. Address, Balboa
BURKE, JOHN (1911)-Resignation accepted March 31, 1914, when new
organization became effective. Address, 3078 North Penn Street, Indiana-
BURMESTER, EDWARD A. (1913)-Lieutenant, Fire Department.
BURNHAM, HOWARD D. (1912)-In response to your card of the 4th
inst. requesting that I send you my biography up-to-date I wish to say that on
November 3, 1913 I took up my duties as clerk in the Bureau of Internal
Revenue, Treasury Department, where I have been since that time. I have
had two promotions, so am well satisfied with my position. My superior
officers are very agreeable to work for, and my associations with the other
clerks could not be more pleasant.
When I was a time-keeper at Gorgona Shops it was sometimes amusing to
see men come back who had resigned anywhere from two months to two years
before, when they thought they had had enough of that country. I have not
yet had any desire to return to the Isthmus to work, but would like very much
to see the boats going through the Canal, and hope that some day I will have
an opportunity to do so.
Mrs. Burnham occasionally hears from some of the Canal Zone ladies, and I
have enjoyed short calls at the office from Geo. H. Strong, Warren J. Brown
and F. G. Swanson. When any of the boys come to Washington, I would be
glad to have them look me up. Address, 16 Seaton Place, N. E., Washington,
BURNS, LEE-Born at Livingston County, Ky., June 30, 1880; served in
the U. S. Army from 1901 to 1907; appointed a private of the Canal Zone Police
February 1, 1908; served on police force until June 27, 1912, then transferred
to Atlantic Fortifications as foreman; transferred back to Police Department
October 1, 1914. Address, Gamboa, C. Z.
BURROWS, C. A.-Clerk, P. R. R., Cristobal.
BUSHNELL, H. H. (1911)-Conductor, P. R. R., Panama Station, Ancon.
BUTLER, JAS. E.-Car Repairer, Mech. Div., Balboa.
BUTLER, THOMAS JAMES (1913)-109 S. Burdick St., Kalamazoo,
BUTLER, WM. H. (1913)-Wireman, Electrical Division, Ancon.
BUTTERS, CHARLES M. (1911)-Transitman, Dredging Div., Cristobal.
CALDWELL, BERT W. (1911)-Superintendent, Santo Tomas Hospital,
Panama City. Address, Ancon.
CALLAHAN, WM. V.-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa Heights.
CALVERT, F. G. (1913)-General Delivery, Philadelphia, Pa.
CAMERON, FLORENCE BELL.-Accord, N. Y.
CANTWELL, MATTHEW D. (1911)-902 E. Third St., Duluth, Minn.
CAPPERS, W. F.-Windsorville, Me.
CAPWELL, J. H.-Was born in Brocton, Chautauqua County, N. Y.,
January 31, 1873. Attended schools there, also in Waterloo, Ia. He worked
on a cattle ranch in Nebraska, and was in Alaska in 1898, 1899 and 1900
prospecting for gold. Returning from Alaska he worked on the following
named railroads: N. Y. C. & H. R. R. R. as brakeman and switchman, Erie as
brakeman, B. R. & P. as brakeman, flagman and conductor until March, 1907,
when he was employed as a conductor by the I. C. C. He has been in that
capacity for the I. C. C. and the Panama Railroad since that time. He be-
longs to the Masonic bodies below.
Cattaraugus Lodge 239, F. & A. M.
Salamanca Chapter 266, R. A. M.
Jamestown Lodge of Perfection, 140.
Jamestown Council Prince of Jerusalem, 16.
Buffalo Consistory, 320.
Also the Order of Railway Conductors, Division No. 465.
CARLSON, C. O.-Born in Elgin, Kane Co., Ill., October 15, 1884. Edu-
cated in public schools, high school and commercial school. Employed in
clerical capacities with C. M. & St. P. Ry., Rock Island Ry. and C. & E. I.
Ry. from September, 1901 to 1905. Entered service of the I. C. C. on No-
vember 14, 1905, and have served in office of Chairman and Chief Engineer
from that date until the present time.
Through the earnest efforts of Collins, Copeland, Luedtke et. al. the work
heretofore assigned to the desk now occupied by me is being gradually reduced,
and at the rate the present "syteir. relieves the office of the Engineer of
Maintenance of its work there will be a certain Carlson looking for a job shortly.
Employers looking for a good man should address Carlson at Balboa Heights.
No reasonable offer will be turned down, gold, silver, or copper roll.
CARLSON, R. S.--Lnd Agent, The Panama Canal and Panama Railroad.
CARPENTER, MARCY H. (1911)-Resigned October 28, 1914. Car-
CARROL, LON N. (1911)-Conductor, P. R. R., Pedro Miguel.
CARSON, GEO. B. (1912)-Clerk, Correspondence Bureau, Balboa Heights.
CARTER, CHARLES H. (1912)-Blacksmith, 611 St. Charles St., New
CARTER, WILLIAM-Pilot, Canal Transportation, Paraiso.
CARTWRIGHT, JOHN G.-General Foreman, P. R. R., Cristobal.
CASEY, W. B.-General Foreman, Terminal Construction, Cristobal.
CASSEL, GEO. H.-Foreman, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
CHAMBERLAIN, DANIEL T.-Shaw, Oregon.
CHAMBERS, W. R. (1913)-Foreman, P. R. R., Balboa.
CHESTER, W. C. (1911)-Locomotive Engineer, P. R. R., Ancon.
CHUTE, F. E.-Foreman, Municipal Division, Balboa.
CLARK, T. H. (1911)-Resigned as wharf superintendent at Balboa March
5, 1913. Latest address, Balboa.
CLARKE, E. E.-1846 Talbot Avenue, Indianapolis, Ind.
CLAYBOURN, VERNER M.-Born Woodlawn, Ill., December 31, 1881;
graduated Kinmundy (Ill.) High School, 1900; married Miss Permelia C.
Reisner of Jasper County, Ill., March 24, 1903; children, Mary Adelais, 1905;
Ethel Katherine, 1907; John Gilbert, 1909; Jimmy Vern, 1912; infant in Mt.
Hope Cemetery, 1910.
Engaged operation and office U. S. Dredge Fleet, Memphis, Tenn., 1900-
1907; Atlantic Division office 1907-1909; Gatun Locks cableways, 1909-1913;
Dredge Paraiso at Cucuracha slide to date. Licensed as dredge engineer and
mate. Member Kangaroos and Knights of Pythias; Past Chancellor Lock
City Lodge No. 5, K. of P. Student of I. C. S. Mechanical Engineering.
Have no more swamp land than other Zonites. Permanent address 917
North 4th Street, Mt. Vernon, Ill. Present residence, Pedro Miguel.
CLEARY, JOHN W. (1911)-Arrived on the Isthmus July 12, 1905, at
pier No. 4, was met by representative of Commission who instructed us to go
to Empire. On arriving at Empire we were taken to an old house and shown
our room, the furniture of which consisted of a table. Our bed was the table
with our suit case for a pillow. After we got fixed for the night we went in
search of something to eat, but it was "all finished," as we were told, but we
got a pitcher of limeade from the corral, which went very well. The next
day we went to the office for our instructions; but, oh my! it was hot tramping
around in the sun, but we made out pretty well. We were then transferred
to Culebra where I stayed for some time, and then I was sent to Paraiso where
I stayed until I was transferred to the Panama Railroad in September, 1906,
where I still remain, and where I would like to see conditions as they used to
be in some respects. Address, Balboa.
CLEMENT, CHARLES C. (1911)-Born in Winona, Minn., May 9, 1876,
was educated in.the public schools and later studied steam and hydraulic engi-
neering through correspondence schools. He worked in engine rooms on river
boat during vacations and received United States marine engineer's license in
1895, and Minnesota State stationary and marine license in 1896. He also
received a pilot's license between La Crosse, Wis. and Stillwater, Minn. Went
to Venezuela in 1896, prospecting, returning to the States in February, 1898.
He was a member of Company C, 12th Minnesota Volunteers Infantry during
the war with Spain in 1898. In 1899, he went to Wyoming where he was
employed in erecting a concentrator and afterward put in pumps, air com-
pressors and piped the Kurtz Chatterton mine by contract. He went to Cali-
fornia in 1900, where he was employed as engineer and foreman in a fruit
packing house, afterward taking contracts to put in pumping plants for irri-
gation and changing boilers from coal burners and wood burners to oil burners.
In 1903 went to work for the Southern Pacific Co. in Arizona, put down wells,
installed pumps and installed part of the water system at Yuma, Arizona.
Came to the Isthmus as foreman in the Air and Water Service Department of
the Central Division, in July, 1905, where he remained until August, 1913,
when he transferred to the Division of Municipal Engineering. Was married
in 1908 to Alice Pierce of Minneapolis, Minn., and they have two children.
CLISBEE, FRANK A.-Locomotive Engineer, P. R. R., Cristobal.
CLOSE, JOSEPH A. (1911)-Made topographic survey around Rio Grande
Reservoir and laid out and looked after borings on proposed Navy reservation
near Corozal and Inner Harbor at Balboa, making surface and rock contour
studies of the latter. Junior Engineer in charge of engineer corps of Balboa
Terminals from beginning of construction until February 1914, when resigned
to enter private practice in Republic of Panama. Since appointed Agrimensor
Official in R. de P. At present living in Panama City. Address, University
Club. States address 123 Myrtle Ave., Stamford, Conn.
COFFEY, N. E. (1912)-Superintendent of the Poor Farm at Corozal.
COHEN, JACOB (1912)-General Foreman, Municipal Division, Ancon.
COLEGROVE, ALBERT M.-Born at Bloomington, Nebraska, November
2, 1879. At the age of a few months removed with his parents to Edmore,
Montcalm County, Michigan. Received his education in the grammar and
high school of that place. Taught school for seven years, attending normal
schools during summer terms. Completed commercial course of Ferris In-
stitute, Big Rapids, Michigan, in 1906. Stenographer for Superintendent of
Grand Rapids & Indiana Railway one year, which position he resigned to
accept appointment with Isthmian Canal Commission, entering the service
on July 8, 1907. Clerk in the Department of Sanitation from 1907 to April
1, 1914, when he was transferred to Accounting Department. Address,
COLLINS, JOHN O.-Born Allegheny, N. Y., February 2, 1879. In
1893 he began work as a steam engineer in a quarry at Hummelstown, Pa.,
then he was a collector one year, school teacher one year and news writer
on the Utica Daily Press and other papers at Utica, N. Y., eight years.
Entered the departmental service at Washington in 1904, transferred to
the I. C. C. May 5, 1908 and until 1912 had charge of compilation of The
Canal Record, as assistant to the Secretary of the I. C. C. Resigned in May,
1912, and was reemployed in November, 1912; now Assistant Chief Clerk,
Executive Department. While working, he went to school; was graduated
from Hamilton College in 1904, and studied law at Georgetown University
from 1906 to 1908. Served as private in Company E, 1st N. Y. V., May
1898 to February 1899. Compiler and publisher "The Panama Guide,"
"Recreation in Panama," and the Chagres Year Book of 1913 and 1914;
Panama representative of The London T:mes and the New York Sun. Address,
Balboa Heights; in the U. S., Psi Upsilon Club, Hotel Manhattan, New York
COMBER, W. G. (1913)-Resident Engineer, Dredging Division, Paraiso.
CONLAN, CHAS. P.-Clerk, Balboa Heights.
CONNER, FRANK W.-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa Heights.
CONNOLLY, M. B.-Roadmaster, Panama Railroad. Lives at Ancon.
Address, Balboa Heights.
CONNOR, DR. M. E. (1912)-Health Officer, Panama until September 22,
1914, when he resigned to accept a position with the United Fruit Company in
charge of hospital and sanitary work at Tela, Honduras. States address,
84 Main Street, Amesbury, Mass.
CONNORS, NEIL (1911)-Locomotive Engineer, P. R. R., Cristobal.
CONRAD, MOISE (1911)-Wakefield, La.
CONSTANTINE, JOHN (1911)-Pilot on the Canal, Cristobal.
COOK, CHAS. B.-Assistant Engineer, Building Division, Balboa Heights.
COOKE, TOM M. (1911)-Resigned with close of old organization. Ad-
dress, Sharon, Pa.
COOPER, REV. EDWARD J.-Rector of Christ Church, Colon. Ad-
COOPER, WILLIAM L.-Sergeant, Police and Fire Division, Balboa.
CORNISH, FRANK L. (1911) and LUELLA VANDEGRIFT (1912)-
Left the Isthmus in December, 1913. They located on a farm which Mr.
Cornish purchased for their future home near Bogalusa, Alabama. Mrs.
Cornish is looking after the farming interests, with the help of a tenant, and
Mr. Cornish is working for the Government as marine engineer on light vessel
No. 43 in the Gulf of Mexico, as Mrs. Cornish puts it, "supplying the necessary
funds to make the wheels go around until we get the farm developed and
stocked, and running on a paying basis." Address is Box No. 157, Bogalusa, La.
CORNISH, LORENZO D.-After resigning as designing engineer in 1913,
Mr. Cornish went to China with Col. Sibert as consulting engineer. Address,
15 West 108th Street, New York City.
CORNWELL, ALBERT E. (1911)-Clerk, Municipal Division, Ancon.
CORRIGAN, JOHN PAUL (1913)-Born in England on June 4, 1875.
As his name signifies he is of pure Celtic stock. His genealogy, like that of all
real Celts goes back to the gray dawn of history. Educated in St. Mary's
Star of the Sea Parochial School, Bayonne, N. J., whither his parents had come
in 1885. The State of his adoption seemed prospective of his career as an
anti-mosquito crusader. He married Miss Mary Cecilia O'Connor, of Newark,
N. J. Served in Battery M 5th U. S. Heavy Artillery, during the Spanish
American War, and distinguished himself as much as that war would permit
of distinction. His special distinction, however, has been won as district
Sanitary Inspector of Balboa. Since the early part of 1907 his efforts have
been untiring to protect the lives and health of his fellow citizens, in a district
destined to become the most noted place in the world. Too often men forget
their real benefactors and the people of the Canal Zone can never be too grate-
ful, to those who have carried on an enlightened warfare against the most
dangerous enemies of physical life, the germs of disease. The dare and dash
of the soldier's life always sufficiently attract the attention of the public,
but too often the men, who are every day protecting our homes and our lives
are forgotten. The more we study those calm unassuming characters, that
need not the stimulation of applause to remain on the firing line of duty, the
better we will value that virtue which can nobly waste itself for the welfare
of man. To the vulgar gaze there are not many striking features in the routine
life of a Sanitary Inspector, but to the eye that judges lives by results, and
traces actions to their efficient causes, there are convincing motives of ad-
miration. As the history of New Balboa develops, the calm silent energies,
which have promoted its growth, will be duly credited. Amongst them
sanitation will not stand least. The ways of commerce, the work of technical
engineering, the great monuments of genius are of very little importance, com-
pared to human life. It is not a question to appreciative intelligence, what did
the Canal cost in money, but what was its toll of lives. And the men who
primarily and immediately labored to make that toll a minimum, are the heroes
of the great enterprise. They are the men, whom the judicial mind of the
world will praise and hold in fond remembrance. Those, who have been en-
rolled in the sanitary corps and done their duty, *should have the first place in
the gratitude of the laborers, on the Canal and the respect of all, who value life
properly. Thus fortune has singularly favored John Paul Corrigan to enlist
his name amongst the guardians of life.
CORRIGAN, JOSEPH A.-Sanitary Inspector, Ancon.
CORRIGAN, PETER F.-General Foreman, Municipal Division, Gatun.
COSGROVE, JAMES (1913)--Supervisor, Municipal Division, Corozal.
COTTON, ARTHUR E. (1911)-Born in Luton, England, May 16, 1881,
landed in New York May 21, 1886. Attended the public schools of New
York and Massachusetts until 1895. Worked in retail stores in vicinity of
Boston from 1895 to 1905. Was naturalized in Chelsea, Mass., in 1903 and be-
came a voter in Revere, Mass. Entered the Isthmian Canal service July 15,
1905 in the Building Construction Department until August, 1908, when trans-
ferred to the Atlantic Division under Lt.-Col. Wm. L. Sibert at Gatun. Worked
as pay roll clerk from beginning of service till November, 1912, when trans-
ferred outside as Utility Foreman and Pile Driver Engineer till June 25, 1912,
when entered the Dredging Division as Pipeline Foreman on Dredge 83 at
Gatun. Was made mate in February, 1914 and operator in May, 1914. Re-
signed August 3 of the same year to work in retail business in Jamaica Plain,
Mass. Was married to Miss Martha McNeal of the Commissary Department
at New York October 16 and is now living at 32 Adelaide St., Jamaica Plain,
COTTON, FRANK (1912)-Terrell, Fla.
CRABTREE, GEO. H. (1912)-Major, Medical Corps, U. S. A., Island
CRAFTS, CHAS. P. (1911)-I resigned my position with the I. C. C. on
January 19, 1914, after nearly nine years service on the Isthmus, and removed
to Silver City, New Mexico on account of the health of my son. I was em-
ployed as Sanitary Inspector by the City and Woman's Club jointly from March
to October. My son, Charles W., on whose account I came here, died on
March 3, and my son, James R., age 14, died of typhoid fever on August 4,
That's all there is to it, so far. Success to the S. O. C. Address, Silver City,
N. M., October 20, 1914.
CRAIG, JAMES G. (1912)-Traveling Engineer. Home and address,
CULBERTSON, X. W.-Superintendent of Stock Yards and Corrals,
CURRAN, TAYLOR T. (1912)-After leaving the service Mr. Curran
went on the road with the exhibit of the locks. This was a premature venture.
He then was working on Honduras for a while and in 1914 returned to the
Canal work. He is an operator, Pacific Locks. Address, c/o Superintendent,
Pacific Locks, Corozal.
CUSTY, THOMAS-755 St. Johns Avenue, Lima, Ohio.
DALY, CHARLES C. (1912)-Locomotive Engineer, P. R. R., Balboa.
DALEY, JAMES-Deputy Collector of Revenues, Cristobal.
DAVIDSON, EDWARD H.-Born September 26, 1882 at Monroe, Conn.;
attended a grammar school at Edgerton, Wis., and Baraboo, Wis., 1887-1894.
Entered service with Chicago & North Western in the mechanical department
1894-1899; attended Mechanical Enginebring School of Purdue, Ind.; entered
the Mechanical Department of the New York, New Haven & Hartford, 1899-
1900; Mechanical and Transportation Department of the C. R. R. of N. J.,
1900-1904; Baldwin Locomotive Works as Erecting Foreman, 1904-1905;
Supervisor of locomotives and trains at Milliken Bros., Staten Island, 1905-
1907; Transportation Department of the Southern Railroad 1907-1908;
Isthmus Canal Commission 1908-1914; appointed District Inspector of Loco-
motive Boilers of the Interstate Commerce Commission, 1914. Located at
No. 6 P. O. Building, Jersey City, N. J. Married November 24, 1909, to the
first school teacher of the Canal Zone, Miss Emily Kyte.
DAVIDSON, SILAS (1911)-Resigned from P. R. R. service September 2,
1912; now in New York City, c/o The Authors' Club.
DAVIES, RICHARD M. (1912)-Resigned 1914. Address, Ancon.
States address, 100 Eighth Street, N. E., Washington, D. C.
DAVIS, EDWARD-Supervisor, Dredging Division, Paraiso.
DAVOLL, CHARLES E.-Captain Fire Department, Ancon.
DAWSON, A. J.-600 Cleveland Avenue, Elkhart, Ind.
DECKER, ELIZABETH-Born in Lowrytown, Pa., was employed in the
Sanitary Department of the I. C. C., from April 13, 1907 until September 6,
1913, and from February 24 until September 1, 1914. Is at present in Santo
Tomas Hospital in Panama in charge of operating room.
DEEMS, E. A.-Foreman, Fortifications, Naos Island.
DEGRUMMOND, J. R. (1912)-Clerk, Balboa Heights.
DELANO, FRED E.-Address, 1628 Sixth Avenue, Fort Worth, Tex.
DE LA VERGNE, J. C. (1911)-Received your postal of October 4, 1914,
yesterday, and will answer it at once. After getting out of Mexico safe and
sound I took a good long vacation at my home at Esperance, N. Y., and then
entered the service of the Lehigh Navigation Electric Company as transit
man. Both the work and the country we are working through are very
congenial. October 15, 1914, Baronial Hotel, Nazareth, Pa. Home address,
Esperance, Schoharie Co., New York.
DENEEN, J.-Conductor, Terminal Construction, Balboa.
DENNIS, DURWARD W. (1913)-Foreman, Terminal Construction,
DEWLING, ANDREW W. (1911)-Baltimore, Maryland. Born October
29, 1880; educated in public schools and Baltimore City College; entered the
Government service in the United States in August, 1899; transferred to the
Isthmian branch of the service October 16, 1905. 1908-1909 was clerk in
charge of the Taboga Sanitarium. In 1912 resigned from the Canal service
and accepted position as Manager of the International Hotel, Panama; was
reinstated in June, 1913, and entered the service of the Joint Land Commission.
At present he is employed as Customs Inspector at Cristobal. He has served
as Secretary of the Y. M. C. A., the Masonic Sojourners Club and of the
University Club. Address, Cristobal.
DIBOWSKI, CHARLES J. (1913)-Clerk, 30 Oak Street, Covington, Ky.
DICKINSON, ALBERT M. (1912)-Conductor Terminal Construction,
c/o Master of Transportation, Balboa Heights. States address, 161 East
Carolina Avenue, Memphis, Tenn.
DICKINSON, WM. E. (1912)-881 Fourth Avenue, Detroit, Mich.
DILLON, VESPER C. (1911)-Born at Otwell, Indiana, July 22, 1876;
emigrated in early childhood to Kansas and later to Colorado and Oklahoma.
Was educated in the public schools of the above states and in the University
of Oklahoma; worked in various places as clerk in a general store, clerk in
Post Office and as school teacher; also took a commercial course and worked
for a year in Chicago as bookkeeper; returned to Oklahoma in 1901 and se-
cured a homestead in the Kiowa Comanche Indian Reservation in South
Western Oklahoma, where he engaged in farming and stock raising for four
years, prior to coming to the Isthmus. He took the first examination held for
the Isthmian service and was appointed as accountant in August and arrived
on the Isthmus September 6, 1906; was assigned to the old Division of Material
and Supplies at Cristobal as clerk where he remained for three years; trans-
ferred to the Chief Quartermaster's office, Culebra, for two months, then to the
Quartermaster Storehouse at Gorgona, for 18 months; transferred to Quarter-
master Storehouse at Gatun in July 1910 as Asisstant Storekeeper; made
Storekeeper in July 1912. He married Wenonah A. Whiting of Wisconsin, a
teacher in the Zone schools, July 17, 1913. He was put in charge of the Dry
Dock Store, Cristobal, October 1, 1913, which position which he still holds.
DOHRMANN, HENRY W.-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa
DONAHUE, DAN'L F. (1912)-S. S. Engr., Terminal Construction, Balboa,
DONAHUE, TIM J.-Foreman Supply Department, Ancon.
DONALDSON, WILLIAM J.-Bellaire, Texas.
DOUGLAS, GAVIN (1911)-Resigned at end of old organization. Ad-
dress, 124 Carondelet Street, New Orleans.
DOVELL, J. P. (1911)-General Foreman, P. R. R., Cristobal.
DOWNES, WILLIAM-Pipefitter, Mechanical Division, Ancon.
DRAKE, THEODORE M. (1913)-Born, Kentland, Ind., November 28,
1880; transferred from Postal Service in Chicago to Isthmian Service in May
1907. At present employed in office of the Auditor, Panama Canal. Married
1908 to Miss Ethel Mae Lord of Chicago.
DRISCOLL, MICHAEL JOSEPH (1912)-Clerk, was born in Roxbury,
Boston, Mass., September 21, 1876. Attended the public schools of Boston.
Worked for twelve years for the Adams Express Company at Boston and re-
signed from their employ to go to Panama with the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion, having successfully passed the Civil Service. Sailed from New York
on July 5, 1905; first employed at the Old Administration Building in Panama
with the Division of Building Construction. Transferred to the Local Auditor
and then to the Disbursing Officer. Has worked for the Examiner of Accounts,
Sanitary Department and at present with the Division of Terminal Construc-
tion. East Breakwater, Coco Solo.
Was married August 23, 1909 to Anna Winifred Arthur, of Boston, who
accompanied him to the Isthmus. Has one daughter, Rita Winifred, who was
born September 18, 1913, at Colon Hospital. Address, Cristobal.
DUCKWORTH, G. E.-West Liberty, Ohio.
DUCKWORTH, J. T. (1911)-Conductor, P.'R. R., Cristobal.
DUEY, C. W. (1911)-Born in Fairfield, Adams County, Pa., July 29, 1876,
attended public schools until 14 years of age, worked with father at wheelwright
until 17 years old, after this served his apprenticeship at the carpenters trade.
January 3, 1896 enlisted in Second Regiment of U. S. Infantry and served with
Regiment throughout Cuban campaign. Re-enlisted April 3, 1899 in the
Seventh U. S. Cavalry. Honorably discharged April 2, 1902. Was married
ip Santiago, Las Vegas, April 9, 1902. Left Cuba May, 1902 for Chattanooga,
Tenn. January 1905, received appointment as carpenter foreman with the
I. C. C. Left New Orleans February 1, for the Isthmus of Panama. Since
February 1, 1905, service has been continuous to date. He has two children,
Carl William, age 11 years; Ruth, age 7 years. Address, Gatun.
DUNCAN, SAMUEL (1912)-Born in England in 1865. Left England in
1872 and came to the United States. Educated in the public schools. Started
to learn the machinist trade in 1881 and worked at it in various places until
1891. Accepted a position as general foreman for Stimmel-Hook's Iron Works,
Turner, Ill. Leaving Illinois in 1893 to accept position of general foreman
for A. Ellis Iron Works, Lake Charles, La. He left that position to accept a
more remunerative one as master mechanic with the "Calcahue-Vernon &
Shreveport Railroad." Leaving there in 1900, he was appointed chief engineer
by the city of Pueblo, Colorado for the city water works. Left for the Isthmus
of Panama in May, 1906 and worked three years at the Dry Dock, Cristobal.
Came to Balboa in 1909 and accepted a position as general foreman from 1911
to January 1, 1913. Resigned from the service of the Commission January 1,
1913, to accept a position with the Gulf Coast Developing and Manufacturing
Company (a stock company) at a salary of $100.00 per month to erect buildings
and install machinery at Aransas Pass, Texas. Being financially interested in
the Company, he did all in his power to get it going. After losing what money
he had saved in six and a half years on the Isthmus in trying to further the pro-
ject he went broke. He got a job in an automobile garage in July, 1913, and
in May, 1914, came back to the Isthmus on his own hook. He got a job in the
Mechanical Division, and transferred as engineer to the Dredging Division in
November, which position he is holding at the present time. He says, "Show
me the man that will say Stock or Stock Co. to me again and mean it." Address,
DUNNING, W. E. (1911)-Architect Draftsman, cor. Main and E. Utica
Streets, Buffalo, N. Y.
DURFEE, O. S.-Foreman, Gatun Locks, Gatun. States address, c/o
Masonic Lodge No. 27, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
DUTROW, H. V., DR. (1912)-Resigned as assistant Eye and Ear Clinic,
lole. Now in general Eye and Ear practice, 922 Reibold Building, Dayton,
EARHART, TROY W.-Assistant to Dr. Herrick, Surgical Clinic, Ancon
EASON, JOHN J.-Assistant Superintendent, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
EDEN, HERBERT L. (1913)-Pilot, Canal Transportation, Cristobal.
EDHOLM, KARL (1911)-Carpenter, Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania; was
born in Sweden in 1882; emigrated to the United States at the age of five years;
received his education in the public schools. Served his time as carpenter
under Gust. Sholgren, Ridyway, Pa. Worked for Hide and Murphy, Ridyway,
Pa., Florin & Johnson, Johnsonburg, Pa., for the Iron City Planing Mill and
Lumber Company for two years and eight months. Resigned this position on
the 9th of March 1905 to accept a position with the I. C. C. as carpenter, and
sailed from New York on March 14, arriving at Colon the 21st.
He was assigned to the Building Constructing Department at Corozal and
was made carpenter foreman on the third day on the Isthmus, which position
he held for three years and eight months; then was transferred to the Quarter-
master's Department at the same station.
On November 28, 1908 he was transferred to the Atlantic Division where he
performed work assigned to him at Cristobal Dry Dock and Nombre de Dios.
On August 1, 1911 he was made operator on Suction Dredge No. 4. Pro-
moted Chief Operator January 1, 1913. Chief Mate June 15, 1913, which
position he still retains. Cristobal.
EGGLESTON, ORLANDO W.-9 Balding Avenue, Poughkeepsie, N. Y.
EIDNER, B. F.-Locomotive Engineer, Terminal Construction, Balboa.
EKEDAHL, OLAF (1912)-Custodian, Municipal Division, Culebra.
ELLERBE, J. C. (1912)-Summerville, S. C.
EMERY, WALTER (1911)-Resigned, 1913, to become manager for the
Panama Branch, Singer Sewing Machine Company. Address, Panama.
ENGLANDER, MAX (1911)-Locomotive Engineer, P. R. R., Balboa.
ENO, HARRY (1912)-District Physician, Corozal.
ENSEY, C. R. (1912)-Superintendent, Ancon Laundry, Ancon.
ERNSTDORF, ARTHUR R.-Logan, Iowa.
ERSKINE, WILLIAM A.-124 West Alemada, Denver, Colo.
EWING. ORA M. (1913)-Clerk, Ancon Hospital, Ancon.
FAGAN, SAMUEL (1912)-219 Canal Street, New York City.
FAIRBANKS, HELEN G. (1911)-Resigned, 1914. Westboro, Mass.
FALKNER, GEO. E. (1912)-Conductor, P. R. R., Ancon.
FALKNER, WM. H. (1912)-Locomotive Engineer, Terminal Construc-
FARISH, H. S. (1911)-Same as at present except add: Left Canal service
April 21, 1914; now Assistant General Manager, Pontiac Drop Forge Com-
pany, Pontiac, Mich.
FARMER, ALFRED GIBSON (1911)-Born, Hardin County, Ky., June
4, 1877. Entered service of Isthmian Canal Commission August 19, 1905, as
physician. Arrived on Isthmus August 26, 1905.. Continuous service in
Sanitary Department of Isthmian Canal Commission, and Health Depart-
ment of Panama Canal to present time. Address, Cristobal.
FARRELL, WM. H.-Locomotive Engineer, P. R. R., Balboa.
FAURE, ADOLF (1911)-Chief of the Division of Cost Accounting, Ac-
counting Department, Balboa Heights, home, Ancon.
FECHTIG, E. M. (1912)-Executive Department, Balboa Heights.
FELD, FRED A. (1911)-Since last writing in 1912 from Rochester, N. Y.,
where I was employed as a salesman in the general billing and adding machine
department of the Underwood Typewriter Company, I have been transferred
to Birmingham, Ala., and promoted to the position of manager of the local
branch of the same department. Address, Birmingham, Ala., October 14,
FENNELL, B. M. (1912)-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa Heights.
FERBER, LOUISE A. (1911)-68 Broadway, Taunton, Mass.
FEREBEE, F. B.-15 Mystic Street, E. Somerville, Mass.
FERGUSON, H. L.-deheral Foreman, P. R. R., Dock Construction,
FEY, WM. L. (1913)-Supervisor, Electrical Division, Pedro Miguel.
FINCH, E. V.-(The environs of Boston, Mass.), December 16, 1914.
MISTER JOHN K. BACKSTIR:-
Custodian of the Royal Archives,
Consul-Emeritus to the Fisher Folk, and-
Not wishing to inflict upon you as well as the other members of the Peculiar
Order of the Chagres, an exaggerated biographical effusion, (my memory
being defective in that respect and therefore not accurate), it occurred to me
that a scratch or two from one of the lesser lights might tend to enliven the
tedium of Isthmian existence, with its intermittent current of scotch, scandal,
and social rivalry, not overlooking the two important adjuncts to everyday
life, perspiration and profanity.
Having suddenly and unexpectedly achieved an undeserved vacation from
the company, preparatory to increased activities during the coming year, I
quite naturally turned my prow towards Greater New York in search of solace
as well as relaxation. Aside from the regular coterie of Isthmians who are
battling for life and honor in the Metropolis, there is a large colony of former
employees of the I. C. C. who hibernate there every winter. They seemingly
do nothing along the lines of honest endeavor, yet they invariably are clothed
in a fitting manner and never lack the price of a drink. In fact they have
become almost a "sect." Their speech, mannerisms, and mixing proclivities
make them individualistic-and sort-a intensifies their spirit of independence.
Of course now and then one is gently detached from the crowd, and a whis-
pered interrogation dropped into his ear, and strange to say the amount de-
sired is always of the same magnitude which the needy one demanded and re-
ceived while on the Isthmus; no allowance being made for the proportionate
decrease in average wage in Los Estados Unidos in comparison to that on the
Zone before the dark era of retrenchment and consequent elimination was
inaugurated. I trust that period has finally wasted its fury.
Beam and I dutifully explored the town and successfully evaded the toils
of the Metropolitan Police, aided and abetted by the former General Inspector
of the defunct and once glorious Central Division, Mr. A. E. Bronk. Bronk
is with the Electric Bond and Share Company in the capacity of efficiency ex-
pert. He inspects incinerator plants and other odd deposits and is doing ex-
ceedingly well. Beam is Auditor of the Mack Manufacturing Plant of
Philadelphia. He travels considerably and in style-has added several addi-
tional layers of tissue about his midriff and prospers. Me? I am employed
-that is sufficient. I have not found it necessary to enlist nor have I as yet
become a convert to the late and worthy Mary Baker Eddy, whose tabernacle
covers a multitude of ground in this city of culture and super-education.
Walter Ross, one time District Quartermaster and Social Mentor of Empire,
and its suburbs, is now Factory Manager for the Innovation Trunk people.
At least he was the last time I saw him, when he was preparing to sail for
London on business for the firm. Aside from these few I know nothing abso-
lutely concerning the doings and movements of any of the Old Guard whom
you might know.
Your circular announcing the candidates for office,,dated November 1, 1914,
just reached me, and created within my youthful chest a certain vague and
intangible longing to once again visit the scenes of alcoholic endeavor where
each man strove mightily to oust the other, and where the survivor of the
fittest quite frequently was accorded the acute privilege of repatriation for his
trouble. I sincerely trust that all such turbulence has long since ceased and
that every man now dwells in perfect harmony, one with the other. That is
to say-a reversion to the state of "requiescence." I recognize most of the
names on the slate-all sound good. You know, that while I knew a great
many men on the job, (my duties required it more or less), there were a very
few of those who knew me, or of me. But that is irrelevant in this instance.
Go ahead and appoint these worthy men to their responsibilities-it will afford
them pleasure-will not inflict any burden on their weary shoulders, particu-
larly the Marshall in Chief of the Ditch-and what's far more important and
essential, it will cost absolutely nothing.
There are a few to whom I have often thought of writing, but it has been so
long since I heard anything regarding the Zone, that I naturally inferred they
had drifted out to sea with the rest of the dead wood. Still, no man who ever
plugged, perspired and swore over his little lot on the Ditch for a period of
five or six years, or even more, has anything to complain about. A few at-
tained a certain degree of success while a greatly larger number did not. It
mostly depended on the man himself, although unfortunately but true, his
wife would on occasions exceed the speed limit and ensuing complications were
inclined to be malodorous and disastrous. My little part of the work.often
brought that to the surface.
About three weeks ago I had occasion to run over to Philadelphia on a
matter of business, and immediately outside the station encountered the glad
hand together with an effusive welcome, which instinct warned me was super-
ficial and a mere prelude to some deeper design. I was right. The man was
a former steam engineer on our division-had enjoyed a rather lucrative
salary by running a clam shell or an orange peel dredge in the Canal. Well he
started in without hesitation with a hectic and feverish harangue as to his
troubles and vicissitudes, and grew quite eloquent and loquacious during his
discourse. The various people who were responsible for his condition embraced
nearly every official on the Zone-beginning at the bottom he worked up, not
even having the decency to spare Colonel Gaillard-finally he drew for me a
luridly word characterization of Colonel Goethals. Thereupon I took the
choleric imbecile across the street, obtained for him a sandwich and something
to drink, and very, very gently refreshed his memory.
He recalled (reluctantly) that he was once a policeman and a failure. Sub-
sequently a material foreman on the Central Division and a failure. Then a
track foreman and a failure. Finally a steam engineer and a failure-not-
withstanding which he was tutored and actually forced to learn the job, despite
the fact that on several occasions his crane was laid up for repairs due to his
negligence and carelessness; further that he remained in his last position for
over two years-that I had personally bawled him out for being absent a week
without the customary certificate, but in the face of all these things he was
retained until there was no more work left on the division.
My memory had served me faithfully in his instance anyway.
I was obliged to refuse to advance him enough money to return to the
Isthmus via steerage, and hastily departed. Now I presume I am numbered
among the chosen.
That job down there was a wonderful education. A few wrinkles, a mite of
sophistication, a bit of grayness above the ears, an appreciation of fine liquor,
and a few rounded corners (experience)-that's enough. They all constitute
individual attainments in the molding of the MAN. Spent other evening with
L. K. Rourke, who is Commissioner of Public Works in town, and he agreed
with me in that respect. He asked for news of the Isthmus but I had none so
we contented ourselves with talking about those whom we remembered, etc.
There are two words which I shall remember until the pitcher is broken at
the "well", i.e., Seniority and Efficiency. Do they still obtain? Or have
things finally adjusted themselves into well oiled grooves and all apprehensive-
ness along those lines been dissipated? Of all the multitudinous rules and
regulations that have ever been instituted or promulgated-and of all those
which are destined to be printed n the years to come, I shall always remember
with an intermingling of painful and pleasant memories those ponderous edicts
which came forth from the Chief's office, appertaining to seniority and effi-
ciency. Weird and complex was the wording thereof, and many the inter-
pretations placed thereon. Many a night I sought my bug ridden bed and
tumbled and tossed in a vain endeavor to drive from my wearied brain those
fateful words which were barked at me in the office, over the phone, on the
train, in the ditch, and in the village streets.
Should I be permitted to live my three score years and ten I shall endeavor
to write for the benefit of future generations, a correct and. comprehensive
treatise on two of the most mysterious and ambiguous words embraced within
the confines of the English language, i.e., "Seniority and Efficiency."
In fact with a little knowledge gleaned during the passing years, when my
time has come to slip my cables and drift over the Great Divide-and should
it then be my fate to descend instead of ascend, there to consort with'the deni-
zens of the populous realm of Hades, I would only ask for one thing-my
typewriter (the machine I mean), to bear me company. Then I might enlarge
the publication and incorporate with it a Thesis on Hell. Imagine the earthly
sales from such a work. It would remain an undisputed authority as long as
the world should endure, and I might at the same time be able to solve and
forever set at rest the true purpose and meaning of seniority as well as efficiency. *
The Company has been considering several plays which call for tropical
atmosphere and as the President is in ill health, I have been endeavoring to
persuade them to make a trip to the Isthmus, where they might combine busi-
ness and pleasure. It occurred to me that the Island of Taboga would make
an ideal spot for such as they want, but I have not quite convinced them to
make the trip, although they are favorably inclined in that respect. Don't
suppose there would be any objections.
Beats the devil how scandal will spread doesn't it?
Received a letter this morning and the only news consisted of a bit of gossip
from the Isthmus. Gawd but this world is small and it behooves a self-respect-
ing man or woman to act with circumspection, and a proper degree of caution.
Let's be charitable and call it the-climate.
I notice that you devote in your circular a neat little paragraph on longevity.
Yes, there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and from all reports it is
still there. It has been a devilishly long time since Romulus and Remus were
suckled and the foundations laid for ancient Rome, and I am afraid that it
will be that much longer times twice before longevity is discovered, captured,
tagged and placed securely behind the bars. No, it requires time and perse-
verance-likewise money to unearth it. Don't burden the officers of the
organization with the incubus. They would never be the same thereafter.
We have a scene painter at the studio who is anarchistically inclined except
on pay days, and who entertains some very rabid and fantastic delusions. He
wants to migrate on account of the zero weather we are all enjoying, and I
believe I'll give him a letter of introduction to Swanson-they should have
much in common. He (the painter) is not a very prepossessing character;
most of his teeth have been worn off-his hair hasn't been combed out since
the Israelites came up out of Egypt-has a hair lip-a film over one eye and a
large hole through the lobe of each ear, where at onetime he had been nailed
to a tree for undue violence, but nevertheless he is intelligent and quite human.
Now that I come to think of it I am positive that I was never presented to
you formally, neither have I enjoyed the intimate acquaintanceship of any of
the other dignitaries in the Chief's office, but that is of little importance.
There is a variety of camaraderie which exists between'those who lived in
durance vile on that strip of vermin infested swamp, and as you represent in
some hazy manner the Society of the Chagres, why it is only natural that you
should be afflicted in some way or other-this is one.
William Bodette, hotel manager, steam shovel engineer and poet, would
doubtless furnish you with a lengthy chronology of himself and his family,
giving dates and data as to the education of his daughters and particulars as
to how he sustained a broken hip from the kick of a recalcitrant cow in 1859,
not to mention the important office which he held as Fire Chief in Prattsburg
(population 68) during the fall of 1873. He also manufactured glue, I think,
before he entered the Salvation Army in 1888. Then there was a fellow who
used to be storekeeper at Empire who circumnavigated the globe at least seven
times (yes, more than Fred Stephens) and whose age, from all accounts, like
the mercy of God, surpasses all understanding. I'd hate to be obliged to copy
So I thought I would endeavor to get away from that feature, and give you
Yes, as I stated before, Captain Wood's bosom friend, (??) Walter Ross is
Mr. and Mrs. Gorham wish to be remembered kindly to you.
Yours truly, E. V. Finch,
8 King Avenue, Medford, Mass.
Humanology Film Producing Co.
FINLEY, LEE. L.-1364 E. Farrell Street, San Francisco, Cal.
FISHER, ALLEN D. (1912)--. S. Engineer, Terminal Construction,
FLEISCHMAN, I. H. (1912)-Resigned February 27, 1914. Address,
FLOYD, FRANK (1911)-Resigned 1914. Address c/o W. T. Floyd, 15
East Tenth Street, New York City.
FORMAN, J. C. (1911)-When I last reported to official "Chagres," I was
chief clerk and accountant for a highway engineer, who was supervising the
construction of a million dollar road system for our county. In May of this
year I was offered and accepted a better paying position in a bank, and I have
left the bank, and launched into the selling of granolithic building material for
silos and buildings. However, account of that little flurry over in Europe,
there has been something of a skirmish in Wall Street, and the little Wall
Streets, which seems to have caused them to become tongue-tied as soon as
money is mentioned. Address, 615 West 1st Street, Fort Worth, Texas,
October 13, 1914.
FORTNEY, C. P.-10 Grow Avenue, Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pa.
FOSTER, ELMO M. (1912)-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa
FOSTER, WILLIAM F.-Terminal Trainmaster, P. R. R., Ancon.
FOX, MAURICE W, (1912)-Large numbers of my friends have urged me,
at various times, to prepare something of this kind for the "Canal Record,"
but now that the Personal Column has been dropped from that periodical, it
is barely possible that they would not care to print it. I am therefore grateful
for an opportunity to offer to the Society of the Chagres these few heretofore
unpublished facts concerning myself.
Appreciating the incomparable advantages of Detroit, Michigan, and be-
lieving in its future prosperity, I chose that town as my birthplace and ar-
rived there on March 2, 1883.
I entered the Detroit Central High School in 1897. After five years of
arduous research and study, I finally graduated. I am especially well versed
in botany, as I took that course three times. I also studied Greek, a thing
that proved most useful, as to this day I can read the Greelfletters on "frat"
pins, and all tne symbols which embellish the pages of technical literature.
Graduated from the University of Michigan, Department of Mechanical
Engineering, in 1906. Have one wife and one daughter.
On the Isthmus have made enormous strides in my profession. By ability
I am entitled to rank as Division Engineer. Owing to the fact, however, that
all positions of Division Engineer have been abolished, I am temporarily rated
as draftsman. Address, Balboa Heights.
FRAROW, PETER-Machinist, Mechanical Division, Corozal.
FRENCH, MARVIN L. (1912)-Clerk, Timekeeping Bureau, Balboa
FRENCH, ROBERT V., JR.-Born in Toledo, Ohio. Arrived on the
Isthmus on September 7, 1908, employed in the Commissary-Subsistence
Department from September 9, 1908, continuously until organization of Supply
Department since which time he has been'in the office of the Depot Commis-
sary, Cristobal. Local address, c/o Depot Commissary, Cristobal; U. S,
address, 2314 Maplewood Avenue, Toledo, Ohio.
FROST, JULIA M. (1911)-Clerk, Post Office, Cristobal.
FULLMAN, WILLIAM--Inspector, Municipal Division, Ancon.
GAEB, HENRY J.-Machinist, Mechanical Division, Corozal.
GALLAGHER, HARRY J.-Foreman, Terminal Construction, Culebra.
GALLAGHER, WM. P. (1912)-Foreman, Municipal Engineer, Culebra.
GALLIHER, EDW. L.-Foreman, Building Division, Ancon.
GANNON, HARRY F. (1912)-Locomotive Engineer, P. R. R., Balboa
GANSER, JOHN C.-Mar. Engineer, Dredging Division, Dredge Carribean,
GARCON, EDW. J. (1912)-Nurse, Health Department, Ancon.
GARLAND, HENRY V.-Born near Greymouth, New Zealand, June 5,
1871. In 1890 went to Australia and served terms in both Victorian and New
South Wales Regular Garrison Artillery. In 1897 went to England and after
a few weeks crossed to Canada. Entered United States May 12, 1898 at Ni-
agara Falls and on 14th enlisted in Company "A," 13th U. S. Infantry, joining
regiment at Tampa in time to sail with the Shafter Army of invasion to Cuba,
and took part in battle of San Juan Hill and siege and surrender of Santiago.
Later joined the Hospital Corps, U. S. A., for Philippine service, doing field
duty from 1899 to 1902, attaining status of Sergeart. Continued in service
in various parts of United States till November, 1905, when appointment as
clerk and dispenser with Isthmian Canal Commission was received. Arrived
on Isthmus December 5, 1905, station Miraflores Hospital. Appointed Store-
keeper-Quartermaster same hospital January 1, 1906. On vacation of 1906
travelled in Cuba and Jamaica. On January 1, 1908, appointed Superin-
tendent of Leper Asylum at Palo Seco, holding that position till resignation,
April 15, 1912. In 1908 received a vacation of four months and went on a
visit to home in New Zealand, making a trip round the world by way of Queens-
town, Dublin, North Wales, Sheffield, London, Paris, Rome, Brindisi, Sues
Canal, Aden, Colombo, West Australia, Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland and
returning via Fiji Islands, Honolulu, Vancouver, New York.
In 1912 returned to home in New Zealand; later made a business trip to
interior of NorthWest Australia; returned to the Isthmus from New Zealand
by way of Tahiti, San Francisco and Pacific Coast. Re-entered the service
October 13, 1913 as druggist, and since February, 1914, stationed at Gatun.
GARRISON, EDGAR S. (1911)-Denison, Iowa.
GEDDES, ALBERT H.-Fresno, Department of Tolima, Colombia.
GEDDES, C. R. (1911)-Bartow, Florida.
GEROW, Wm.-Born in Athel, Canada, and when but a boy in his teens
commenced working on the Murry Canal. His next job was on the middle
division of the Grand Trunk Railroad for Manning and McDonald on steam
shovel work. After that was finished he was recommended to Nigh, Elliott
and Fyn of London, Canada, for work on the St. Clair Tunnel at Sarnia
Canada. Leaving there he went to the Canadian Pacific Railway, and from
there went to the Solaungue Canal in Quebec. From that work he came to the
United States and became a naturalized citizen. He was employed by the
Marion Steamshovel Co. setting up shovels, and was one of their experts, going
into the different states and many times staying with the Company who
bought the shovel and being their engineer. In 1902 the Marion Steamshovel
Co. sent him to Ecuador with a shovel for James P. McDonald, of 37 Nassau
St., New York City, and while there he ran the shovel for nine months on the
Guayaquil and Quito Railroad.
In 1904 he took the examination to come to the Isthmus as steamshovel
engineer. On February 9, 1905 he received his first appointment, his general
average being 99% under the civil service examination given for that work.
He refused the position because he couldn't bring his wife with him, as he had
been in Panama and knew he could leave her in Panama City until a home was
provided in the interior. He then left for Marion, Ohio, and thence to Port-
land, Colorado, where he set up a shovel. On March 22, 1905, he received a
second appointment to the Canal service, but on account of the work he was
engaged in at that time he could not accept. On November 18, 1905, he re-
ceived a third appointment, which he accepted, and with his wife reached Colon
on December 2, 1905. He served seven years and three months on the Isthmus,
most likely would have been there now if all had gone well.
After leaving the Isthmus he went into the Northwest, visiting along the
way with friends. He says Vancouver is all right in its way, but it is not his
way, and that the conditions of employment there cannot be compared with
the Isthmian conditions. There be worked from 4:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. He
was employed at Revelstoke, which is called "The Capitol of Canada's Alps,"
and instead of tropical growth the year round one looks at the mountains,
snow and ice. No one knows how deep the ice is, and there is a story told that
on Mt. Bigbee (at Revelstoke) an Indian was exploring the glaciers near the
peak, made a mis-step and fell in a crevice where he froze to death before his
companions could get him out. Returning from the Northwest he stopped at
Marion and Youngstown, Ohio, at the latter place working for the Culbertson
Brothers Co. of Cleveland, Ohio. He returned to New York in May, 1914,
where he is at the present time. Address, 738 West End Avenue, N. Y. C
GIBSON, JOHN K. (1911)-140 Wildwood Avenue, East Landsdowne, Pa.
GILBERT, J. J. (1912)-Resigned as Post Office Inspector in 1914. Ad-
dress, Greenville, N. C.
GILBERT, WM. (1911)-Locomotive Engineer, P. R. R., Ancon.
GILKEY, LLOYD L. (1911)-Timekeeping Bureau, Balboa Heights.
GILMORE, C. E. (1911)-Marlborough, Mass.
GILMORE, M. E.-Manager, Panama Land and Development Company,
Panama City. Address, Ancon.
GLAW, R. W. (1912)-Accounting Department, Balboa Heights. Lives
in one of the new concrete houses near the Administration Building, Balboa
GOETHALS, GEO. W.-Colonel, Corps of Engineers, U. S. A., Governor of
the Panama Canal, Balboa Heights.
GOLDSMITH, EDWIN F. J. (1911)-Clerk, Accounting Department,
GOODENOW, A. B. (1912)-Freight Agent, Panama City. Address,
GOOLSBY, ELBERT MITCHELL-Born, December 12, 1850, on farm,
4 Smyth County, Va., son of Robert and Susan T. (Brown) G.; educated,
Academy, Emory & Henry College, four year, degree, 1873, Law, University
of Va.; taught, Weaverville College, N. C.; married Lucy Reagan, Buncombe
Co.; admitted to practice law, N. C., 1878; farmer 1884 to 1886; U. S. Civil
Service, Departments, P. O., 1886 to 1887, War, to 1888, Treasury, to 1890,
resigned; Deputy, U. S. Marshal's Office, Western Dist. N. C., to 1898, dis-
charged because a Democrat; bookkeeper and insurance solicitor to 1902,
draftsman, surveyor and outside superintendent, coal mining operation,
Louisville Property Co., Whitley Co., Ky. to 1907; June 1, 1907, appointed
Deputy Clerk, Circuit Court, Second Judicial Circuit, C. Z.; made clerk of the
court July 1, 1907; Clerk of the Supreme Court, C. Z., January 1, 1914, and
since May 1, has been Clerk of the District Court, and resident at Ancon,
GORGAS, W. C. (1911)-Brigadier General, Medical Corps, U. S. A.,
Washington, D. C.
GORHAM, F. L. (1913)-Resigned 1913. Address, Zachary, La.
GORHAM, DR. GEO. H. (1911)-14 Hastings Street, W. Roxbury, Boston,
GORHAM, LUZELLA G. (1913)-Resigned January 21, 1914. Address,
GRAFF, JACOB-Naos Island.
GRAHAM, WM. F.-Conductor, Terminal Construction, Ancon.
GREELEY, H. L. (1911)-Machinist, Mechanical Department, Corozal.
GREEN, WILLIAM H. (1911)-Born at Osceola, Tioga County, Penn-
sylvania, January 28, 1868. When eight years of age, his parents sent him to
the Soldiers' Orphan School at Mansfield, Pennsylvania, where he remained
until he was 16 years of age. He was an apprentice to H. I. Cilley for a
period of three years, learning trade of carpenter and joiner. He worked at his
trade with various contractors until 1898 when he went into the contracting
business for himself, being in this business for three years. He then worked
one year for R. G. Jennings, at Elmira, New York, and was then transferred
to the template shop of the American Bridge Company, with which company
he remained until he sailed for the Isthmus on October 3, 1905 to enter the
Building and Construction Department at Cristobal as carpenter. On June
1, 1906, he was promoted to Carpenter Foreman and was promoted to General
Foreman August 1, 1906. On September 1, 1909 he was transferred to Gatun
Locks and from July 1, 1912 to July 1, 1913 he had full charge of the carpenter
work on the locks. The work at this point being practically completed, he
was transferred to Balboa Terminals to take charge of the carpenter work there,
which position he holds at present. He was married to Miss Lydia A. Scott,
March 16, 1896 at Elmira, N. Y. His address in the States is Elmira Heights,
New York; on the Isthmus, Corozal.
GREENE, FRANK E. (1911)-Clerk in office of the Auditor, Panama
Canal, Balboa Heights, C. Z. Born in Detroit, Mich., December 9, 1882 and
lived in that city until he reached the age of 22 when he left for the Isthmus.
Was educated in public schools of Detroit. After leaving school, worked for
several firms in various capacities. Entered service of the Isthmian Canal
Commission January 31, 1905, on which date he sailed from New York on the
Steamship Allianca. Was originally appointed as clerk in the Material and
Supplies Department and was located in the Administration Building, Panama;
was sent to the following stations in the order named: Cristobal, Mount Hope,
Empire, La Boca and Paraiso. While at Paraiso, the Material and Supplies
Department was taken over by the Quartermaster's Department; under this
department, was sent to Panama, Culebra and Mount Hope in succession.
From latter station was transferred to office of Examiner of Accounts on Oc-
tober 1, 1910. On July 19, 1912 was transferred to the Disbursing Office and
at. the time of the reorganization of that -office May 1, 1913, was retransferred
to the office of the Examiner of Accounts. Was burned out in the Concordia
fire of Panama, February 1, 1906, which for a time, threatened to sweep over
the greater part of the city. Was married October 30, 1907, to Miss Caroline
G. Smith of Fraser, Mich.; has two children, a daughter five years old and a
son two years old. He is an enthusiastic collector and buyer of stamps,
especially those of the Canal Zone.
GRIER, SAMUEL, JR.-Inspector, Motor Cars, Executive Office, Balboa
GRIGGS, A. C. (1911)-I was glad to hear from you and in reply have little
to add to the biography which was in the first Year Book, with the exception
that on December 23, 1913, I received a cable from my father (who was 90
years old the 6th of last March) that my step-mother died December 22, 1913,
and asking me to "close up my affairs on the Isthmus and come home to stay
with him." As there was no one left but us two it left me no option in the
matter. I therefore tendered my resignation taking effect December 29, 1913,
and sailed on the Advance for New York, arriving here January 6, 1914, and.
have since been with my father trying to brighten life for him as best I can.
My sudden departure from the Isthmus gave me little time to say good-bye
to my friends, whom I miss, often wish I might join as of old, and hope to meet
again some day. If you have the opportunity would appreciate your ex-
tending best wishes and good-bye to my friends, through the next publication
of the Year Book. To them and all the members of the Society of the Chagres
I wish success, long life and happiness. October 22, 1914. 160 Nassau Street,
New York City.
GRINDER, JOSEPH B.-319 Seventh Street, N. E., Washington, D. C.
GRISSOM, JAMES THOMAS (1911)-Born at Burkesville, Cumberland
County, Ky., April 22, 1877; moved to Bowling Green, Warren County, Ky.,
in 1891, his present residence in the U. S. A. being No. 1217 College Street.
He was educated in the public, private and high schools of Kentucky, also
Ogden College, Bowling Green, and Bryant-Stratton Business College, Louis-
ville, Ky. He was associated with his father in the Park City Flouring Mills,
Bowling Green, and held the position of city and traveling salesman during his
summer vacations while attending college. In 1899, after leaving college, he
entered the service of the Louisville and Evansville Packet Company as
Passenger and Freight Clerk on their line of steamers plying on the Ohio River
between Louisville, Ky., .and Evansville, Ind.; after three years service he re-
signed and entered the service of the Illinois Central Railroad at Louisville,
Ky., in 1902, as assistant accountant in the Division Superintendent's office,
continuing in that position for four years. He resigned in July, 1905, to accept
an appointment with the Isthmian Canal Commission on the Isthmus of
Panama, arriving on the Isthmus August 12, 1905. He was assigned to the
general office of the Material and Supplies Department, Panama City, and in
October, 1908, when the Material and Supplies Department and the Labor,
Quarters and Subsistence Department were consolidated into what was known
as the Quartermaster's Department, he transferred to the Examiner of Ac-
count's Office, and has been with this department, which is now known as the
Auditor's Office, The Panama Canal, at Balboa Heights, in continuous service
since that time.
GROVE, BLANCHE (1913)-Ancon Hospital, Ancon.
GROVES, RICH. B. (1912)-Windsor Locks, Conn.
GUDERIAN, FREDERICK (1911)-Resigned October 20, 1914. Trea-
sury Department, Washington.
GUDGER, HEZAKIAH A. l911)-Judge Gudger, late Justice of the Su-
preme Court of the Canal Zone, was born near Marshall, Madison County,
North Carolina, May 27, 1850. He finished his education at Weaverville
College, Weaverville, N. C., receiving from that College the degree of A. M.
Studied law at Bayley's Law School, Asheville, N. C., and graduated from that
institution. He began the practice of hiq profession in Marshall, Madison
County, N. C. He was elected to the North Carolina Legislature from Madison
County in the year 1872, and reelected to the same position from the same
County in the years 1874 and 1876. He then moved to Buncombe County
and opened a law office in Asheville in 1885. He was elected to the State
Senate from the Counties of Buncombe and Madison in 1888. He was Judge
of the Criminal Court in Madison County during the years 1893 and 1894.
He was Special Attorney in the Department of Justice in Washington, D. C.
in 1895 and 1896. He was appointed Consul General to Panama in July,
1897. On February 24, 1905 he was appointed Associate Justice of the Su-
preme Court of the Canal Zone, and on January 1, 1909 was promoted to the
office of Chief Justice of that Court. He served in that capacity during the
existence of that court until July 1, 1914. He then returned to Asheville,
N. C., and began the practice of law. Associated with himself is his son. Her-
man A. Gudger, under the name and style of Gudger & Gudger. His present
address is Asheville, N. C.
GUSTAVSON. G. E.-Machinist, Mechanical Division, Ancon.
HACKENBERG, AUSTIN L. (1911)-Foreman, Building Division, Corozal.
HALDEMAN, E. P. (1913)-After working six years for the I. C. C., I
decided to spend a winter in the States. My wife and I sailed for New Orleans
in October,- 1913, and spent one month in Texas, then proceeded to Penn-
sylvania. There in the mountains we spent five months, enjoying the out-
door sports of the finest winter in years. We returned to the Isthmus in the
spring greatly improved in health and fine. Our baby, Joyce Catherine made
her arrival at Ancon in July. I am at present employed as Car Repairer,
Mechanical Division, Corozal.
HALLIGAN, THOMAS MICHAEL, Machinist, Corozal.
HALLORAN, GEO. B. (1911)-Please change maiden name of wife from
"Elizabeth Maxon Dickson" to "Elizabeth Melvin Dickson." Number of
children to be changed to "four girls and one boy." Now working in "Execu-
tive Office, Time-keeping Bureau," instead.of "Central Division, Empire."
Address, Balboa Heights.
HAMILTON, C. J.-Locomotive Engineer, Cristobal.
HAMMOND, ROBERT S.-Clerk, Personnel Bureau, Balboa Heights.
HANSON, H. C.-c/o First State Bank, Pittsburg, Kansas.
HARRIS, CHARLES H.-Born in Washington, and went to the middle
west while quite young, there learned the machinist trade, in addition to
general mechanical work, and construction work. He has followed large con-
struction work all the time, either setting up work or in charge of the same. He
has also been a locomotive engineer. He came to the Zone in January, 1906,
and worked a short time as machinist, was then put.in charge of steam shovel
repairs at Empire, and remained there till the fall of 1909, then went as foreman
to new engine house at Gamboa for six months after which he went to Porto
Bello in charge of the repair work and remained one year. He returned to
Gatun as locomotive engineer and continued as such until the fall of 1913, when
he resigned in November to accept the position of master mIechanic with United
Fruit Co. on the Changuinola Railway, at Bocas del Toro, Panama, which
position he still fills. Address, Box No. 3, Bocas del Toro, Panama.
HARRISON, T. WILLIAM (1913)-Machinist, Mechanical Division,
HARROD, ERNEST E.-Foreman, Building Division, Corozal.
SHART, HENRY A. (1912)-515 Sixth Avenue, Asbury Park, N. J.
HARTLEY, EDWIN B.-Resigned as accountant of Accounting Depart-
ment, 1914. Address, General Utilities Commission, Washington.
HARVEY, R. J. (1912)-Martel, Tenn.
HARWOOD, ROBERT-Carpenter, Building Division, Ancon.
HATHAWAY, MILTON S. (1911)-Accounting Department, Balboa
HAYES, HARRY S.-Whitehouse, Ohio.
HAYNES, JOHN N. (1912)-Tampa, Fla., R. F. D. No. 3.
HEALD, S. W.-Master of Transportation, P. R. R., Balboa Heights.
HEHN, MARY-Montgomery, N. Y.
HEINRICH, AMANDUS (1912)-c/o A. Herzog, Pearl River Avenue,
HELLIKSEN, LUDVIG A. (1913)-Pilot,. Balboa.
HENKLE, BENJ. F.-Coach Cabinet Maker, Pamplin City, Va.
HENNEN, LAWRENCE -W. (1913)-Machinist, Mechanical Division,
HERMAN, ALBERT OSCAR (1911)-Born in Germany; came to United
States in 1889. He was employed in various capacities in the car departments
of the M. D. T. Co. and N.Y. C. & H. R. R. R. at Rochester, N. Y., C. C. C. &
St. L. Ry. at Cleveland, Ohio, and P. C. C. & St. L. Ry. at Cincinnati, Ohio.
He resigned position of Foreman Passenger Car Inspection and Repairs on the
latter road to accept appointment on the Isthmus, arriving here November
13, 1905. After being with the Building and Construction Department at
Cristobal two months, he transferred to Mechanical Division, and has been
continuously employed in the car departments at the Cristobal, Gorgona,
Empire and Balboa shops, holding at present the position of General Foreman,
Car Department. He is now located at Balboa Shops. Member Master Car
Builders' Association of United States.
One of the most successful and complete gatherings ever witnessed by me
was the first annual banquet of the Society, and to you and your efforts belongs
the lion's share of the credit for the enjoyable time spent on that evening by
the "Old Timers." I wish to eradicate the second banquet from my memory,
and on account of the second, I did not attend the third, but if alive and well
and still ON THE JOB,- I certainly hope to be present at the fourth. In
speaking about this banquet to Mrs. Herman, she said that she is going to get
a lot of women together and they will have a banquet of their own. My answer
was "go to it." What do you think about this for all the women that have been
on the Isthmus for six years or more? Have you any suggestions to make
either pro or con? Balboa, C. Z.
HERRICK, A. B.-Chief of Surgical Clinic, Ancon. Hospital, Ancon.
HERRINGTON, WALTER W.-Organization Clerk, Personnel Bureau,
HESLOP, W. J.-Cristobal.
HILLS, FRED C.-Born at West Almond, N. Y. Educated in common
schools and Alfred University at Alfred Center, N. Y. He went to Mattoon,
Ill., in 1880 and entered the C. C. C. & St. L. shops as machinist apprentice.
In 1884 he entered the service of the Indianapolis, Bloomington and Western
R.R. as machinist, and in 1888 went to work for the Toledo, Peoria and Western
as machinist. In 1889 he returned to Mattoon, Ill., for the C. C. C. & St. L.
R. R. where he was made Round House Foreman, and in 1892 he took a position
as Master Mechanic of the Allegheny Central R.R., now the-Pittsburg, Shaw-
mut and Northern R.R. at Angelica, N. Y. In 1894 he entered the book and
stationery business at Mattoon and continued same until 1906, when he re-
entered the railroad service with the C. C. C. & St. L., leaving there December
2, 1907 for Los Angeles, Cal., where he went to work for the San Pedro, Los
Angeles and Salt Lake R.R. On June 8, 1908 he received his appointment to
come to the Isthmus, and sailed on the Indiana from San Francisco June 27,
arriving at La Boca July 24, after 28 days. He was sent to Empire shops and
worked as machinist on locomotive work until November 15, when he trans-
ferred to Pedro Miguel on the same work. He transferred to Gorgona on
`October 6, 1909 as machinist, and took charge of the Air Brake Department in
1911, and the Locomotive Erecting Shop in April, 1912. Transferred to
Empire Shop in August, 1913, in charge of Air Brake and Locomotive Work.
Transferred to Balboa Shops as foreman of Air Brake and Locomotives, and
had charge of the first locomotive repaired in the new shops at Balboa, and also
had charge of setting up all the Air Brake Department. He belongs to Mattoon
Lodge No. 260 A. F. & A. M., Palestine Lodge K. of P. of Mattoon, Ill., and
Air Brake Association of Boston, Mass. He is married and his family lives
at 806 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, Ill. Address, Ancon.
HINMAN, H. D. (1913)-Married November 5, 1914 to Marion E. Stanley,
at St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Address, Balboa Heights; States address, 32
Spring Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
HIRSCH, FLOYD S.-Chief Disp., P. R. R., Balboa Heights.
HOAGLAND, RICHARD C.-Wireman, Electrical Division, Pedro
HOBBY, W. R.-Since leaving the Canal Zone last February. I have made
several moves, so mail has been slow in catching me. On receipt of your last
card I was in preparation for a move to Honolulu, and so did not reply though I
had it in mind to tell something about one Christmas celebration held in Pedro
Miguel in the early days when the value of money was considerably below par.
Mr. Malsbury may remember the occasion. Mr. Capwell was there I believe,
but Mr. Geo. W. Palmer could probably render a better account than could I.
After my long trip up the West Coast, with the accumulation of seven years
on the Zone, to wit, a wife and two babies, I settled down in California, vicinity
of San Diego, on a lemon ranch.
Spoiled by a life of ease and luxury on the Canal Zone, I became dissatisfied
with the wbok, general conditions, and climate, and unable to make the income
balance the out-go. Sold out in October after securing a position here.
After another more or less delightful sea voyage, I landed in Honolulu about
the middle of November. Honolulu is a delightful place and we thought we
had reached a haven of refuge, if not of rest, when most inconsiderately on the
day proceeding the appointed day of Thanksgiving my chief ordered me to
JHilo, where I have charge of a reclamation project which involves the con-
stluetion .of a canal--dimensions a trifle less than the Panama-and the
filling of an akce of swamp land.
Hilo, otherwise known as the ."Rainy City" is a town of about fifteen thous-
and inhabitants, on Hawaii the largest island of the group where are the two
active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. You have perhaps read of the
recent outbreak of the crater Makuaweoweo of the volcano Mauna Loa.
The rainfall in Hilo is measured in feet, where elsewhere they measure in
inches-in fact, Honolulu has between twenty and thirty inches and it runs over
thirty feet here, while the other side of this same island is a desert.
I had counted on attending some sort of reunion of members of the society,
in San Francisco this year, but guess I'm no more likely to be there than in
Panama. However, now that you have my latest address, I hope to be re-
membered with a year book, as the Pacific Mail, carelessly mislaid a box
containing most of my books; the last year book among them.
I hope since the Canal is open that members contemplating a trip up the
West Coast will have a choice of other lines than the P. M. S. S. Co. as my ex-
perience on that trip would not allow me conscientiously to recommend that
Your slate is good, I would like to cast my ballot for the straight ticket.
Hoping the dinner will be, or has been, a grand success and with kindest
regards to all members, I am,
Hilo, Hawaii, Dec. 21, 1914.
HOFFMAN, CARL P.-Born in Dansville, New York on March 26, 1884.
Graduate of local high school and of the Peekskill Military Academy of Peeks-
kill, New York. Was a member of the football, basketball and track teams of
the former school and of the football team of the latter. Was employed as
traveling salesman and advertising agent for the Genesee Pure Food Company
and as Inspector for the Rochester Railway and Light Company. Appointed
to the Canal service in the United States on July 3,1907; reported July 9,1907
and assigned to duty in the Construction and Engineering Department at
Empire. Was transferred in April, 1908 to the Executive Office, Department
of Civil Administration, at Ancon and a few years later became Chief Time-
keeper, which position he held until the pay roll work was taken away from
that department; was clerk in charge of personnel records for the department;
was clerk in charge of Cost Keeping Accounts for the Department of Civil
Administration until the accounting work was taken over by the Auditor.
Since April 1, 1914 he has been employed by the Auditor in the Accounting
Department at Balboa Heights. Was married on June 30, 1910 to Gertrude
L. Bliss of Sherman, New York, who at the time of her marriage was in the
Canal service as principal of the Pedro Miguel white school. Is a member
of the Knights of Pythias, Odd Fellows, a Royal Arch and Scottish Rite Mason
and Siriner. Address, Balboa Heights.
HOLDEN, GEORGE (1911)-Resigned as Clerk, Executive Office, July
13, 1914. Address 2034 Washington Avenue, N. Y. City.
HOLLIDAY, MARY-Clerk, Colon Hospital. Cristobal.
HOLLOWELL, FRED-Conductor, P. R. R., Ancon.
HOSTETTER, H. O. (1911)-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa
HOSTETTER, MORRIS B.-Clerk Accounting Department, Balboa
HOWARD, R. C. (1913)-Greenville, Tenn.
HOWE, HERBERT H. (1912)-Conductor, Ancon.
HOYT, P. G. (1912)-c/o P. R. R. Office, 24 State St., New York City.
HUBBARD, E. L. (1911)-Apartado 930, San Jose, Costa Rica.
HUGHES, Wm. E. (1912)-My biography as it stands in Year Book of 1912
is all right except that I am now Chief Engineer of Dredge No. 83. Please
make correction. Address, Box No. 148, Cristobal.
HULL, WM. G. (1912)-Inspector, Mechanical Division, Ancon.
HUMMER, C. D.-Operator of one of the new 250 ton floating cranes.
HUMPHREY, J. H. K.-The real biography of a District Quartermaster,
during the period of his career that he carried that title at least, would be most
too painful for publication and I therefore merely mention the matter in passing
and confine this sketch to a statement of historical dates and facts.
Jas. H. K. Humphrey, born June 2, 1870, at Charles City, la. Raised in
South Dakota; educated at the South Dakota Agricultural College and Uni-
versity of Minnesota, Class of 1905; Delta Chi; arrived on the Isthmus Feb-
ruary 26, 1907, stenographer, assigned to the Local Auditor's Office at Empire;
transferred to the L. Q. & S. Department,.November, 1907; served as steno-
grapher and supervisor, subsequently in the Quartermaster's and Supply
Departments as District Quartermaster. Address, Corozal.
HUMPHREYS, JAS. T. (1911)-Hovins, Adair Co., Ky. or Kinifly, Tenn.
HUNT, J. ST. C. (1911)-Resigned as Port Captain, P. R. R., September
15, 1913. Address c/o Pacific Mail S. S. Co., Hong Kong, China.
HUNTEEN, ROBERT J. (1911)-Born in Chittenden, Vt., March 23,
1875, and was educated in the common schools of Chittenden, Vt. He took
up plumbing as a trade, and has followed it all his life. He received his com-
mission as a plumber from the United States G. in March, 1905, nearly ten
years ago, and his services have been continuous on the Canal ever since. He
was with the Building Construction Department from April, 1905, to January,
1908, transferred to the Sanitary Department as head plumber with headquart-
ers at Colon Hospital, where he remained until his position was abolished in
November, 1913, when he was transferred to the Quartermaster's Department
where he is at the present time. His address is Rutland, Vt., and Cdrozal,
HUNTER, C. D. (1911) (1913)-Blacksmith, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
States Address, Mt. Olive, N. C.
HUNTER, GEO. (1913)-General Foreman, P. R. R., Cristobal.
ILLIA, JOHN D.-Storekeeper, Health Department, Ancon.
JACKSON, J. J. (1911)-Chief of the Bureau of Requisitions, Balboa
JAMES, WILLIAM McCULLY, M.D.-Born, Richmond, Va. 1880; after
two years in arts course at Johns Hopkins, entered University of Virginia
Medical Department from which he was graduated in 1906; appointed phy-
sician in Canal service July 7, 1906, and has served in various capacities. In
addition to regular work he has carried on research in malaria and ameebic
dysentery; elected member of The London Society of Tropical Medicine in
1912; had charge of the Canal exhibit at the meeting of the American Medical
Association at Atlantic City in 1912; acting chief of clinic, Ancon Hospital
during absence of Chief of Clinic in 1912 and 1913; district physician, Ancon,
1914. Address, c/o Lt. Col. C. C. McCulloch, War Department, Washington.
JENKINS, BEN. (1911)-Resigned as Chief Clerk, Atlantic Division,
January 1, 1914. Address, 606 Laramie Street, Manhattan, Kas.
JERNEGAN, W. G.-Greenville, N. C.
JOHANNES, GUY-Assistant Chief of Police, Balboa Heights.
JOHN, WM. W. (1912)-Foreman, Building Division, Balboa.
JOHNSON, FRANK E. (1913)-Born in Walworth County, Wisconsin,
in 1872. Received high school education at Auburn, Nebraska. Appointed
to a position with the Isthmian Canal Commission in the United States on
November 19, 1906, reaching the Isthmus ten days later. Re-employed May,
1914. Address, Cristobal.
JOHNSON, M. W.-Clerk, Colon Agency, P. R. R. Address in U. S., 416
West York Street, Norfolk, Va.
JOHNSON, NELSON R.-Clerk of the District Court, Cristobal.
JOHNSON, PEARL A. (1913)-Carpenter, Building Division, Ancon.
JONES, ANNIE L.-Nurse, Health Department, Ancon.
JORDAN, JOHN P.-At present with the Supply Department as Foreman
on Frijoles Plantation. States address, Haymarket, Va.
JORDAN, THOMAS M.-Born in Lynchburg, Va., October 12, 1882;
attended public schools of Virginia, and served an apprenticeship as machinist
in the Glamorgan Pipe and Foundry Co. of Lynchburg, Va., from 1898 to 1902.
He worked in various shops in Virginia until November, 1903. He was em-
ployed in the Washington Navy Yard from 1903 to 1907. Mr. Jordan arrived
on the Isthmus, November 24, 1907, and secured an appointment as a machinist
at the Mt. Hope Dry Dock. He is now employed as tool room foreman at the
JORGENSEN, EINAR L.-Machinist, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
JULIEN, CLARK-Foreman, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
JURY, FRANK J. (1912)-Carpenter, Building Division, Cristobal.
JUSSEN, A. S. (1911)-Resigned as Receiving and Forwarding Agent, at
Balboa, 1914. Address, Ancon.
KANE, JOHN H.-Born July 29, 1869 at Ralston, Lycoming County, Pa.
His parents moved to Kansas in 1870. He was educated in the public schools
of that state. He followed railroading in different capacities; was promoted to
Locomotive Engineer on Union Pacific Ry. in 1892. Came to the Isthmus
March 28, 1905. Employed as locomotive engineer, division of terminal
KEEFE, JOHN H. (1913)-Local Purchasing Agent, Commissary, Panama
City, Address, Ancon.
KEELER, THOS. L.-Conductor, P. R. R., Balboa Heights.
KEELING, E. A. (1911)-Paymaster, Cristobal.
KEELING, JAS. R.-Conductor, Terminal Construction, Balboa.
KEENE, CHAS. B.-Foreman, Supply Department, Cristobal.
KELLER, JOHN C.-Home address, Union, Mo.
KEMP, JAMES-Molder, 202 Plainfield Avenue, Jersey City, N. J.
KENDALL, CHAS. E. (1911)-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa
KENEALY, PATRICK F. (1913)- 826 West 59th Street, Los Angeles, Cal.
KENNEDY, ARCHIE-417 Sandusky Street, Toledo, O.
KENNEDY, ARTHUR W. (1912)-Captain of Canal Zone Police, Com-
manding Cristobal Police District, was born November 28, 1883, at Rock
Creek, Ala. Attended common and high schools at Russellville and Jasper,
Ala., until 18 years of age. Enlisted on June 20, 1902, in Birmingham, Ala., for
the U. S. Army, and assigned to Troop C 3rd Cavalry, Yellowstone National
Park, Wyo., from which place he was discharged a non-commissioned officer
upon the expiration of his three-year term of enlistment. Served as a member
of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Guard during the latter part of the expo-
sition held in Portland, Ore., in 1905. On June 2, 1906, having received an
appointment as a 1st Class Policeman with the Isthmian Canal Commission,
sailed from San Francisco for the Canal Zone, arriving and reporting for duty
as such on June 25, 1906; promoted to Corporal November 1, 1906; to Sergeant
January 1, 1908; to Lieutenant December 4, 1910; and to his present rank
October 1, 1914. He was married on July 20, 1908, to Maude Humphrey
Putnam, of Boston, Mass.; and they have two children, lone Justine and
Harris Putnam, aged 5 1-2 and 3 years respectively. He is a Mason, and a
member of the Strangers Club, Colon.
KERR, J. L.-Was born in Jefferson County, Pa., on June 22, 1864. His
father was a blacksmith by trade and also ran a flower and truck garden.
James had a common school education, and as he was the oldest of the ten
children it fell to him to carry to market all the truck from the garden, and help
dad in the blacksmith shop in the mean time. Says Mr. Kerr, dad wanted me
to be a blacksmith, but after spending the winter of 1879 shoeing big lumber
horses that weighed from 16 to 18 hundred pounds, I would have to walk
around all stooped as I could not straighten my back several hours after
work was over. I said nix on the horse shoeing, and hired out with an old
farmer for my board and clothes, washing and mending, and occasionally a
quarter for spending money, but that was very seldom, the next year I got
$5.00 a month, the next $8.00 then I found another place and got $15.00 a
month, and the next year $20.00, and that was some money in those days.
From that $20.00 I saved $19.00 every motth. Then I tried making
square timber, peeling bark, saw milling and railroad construction and tool
sharpening, clerking in a general store, and running a stationary engine, at
which I was working when I got a letter inviting me to learn the jewelry busi-
ness. To this I responded at once, starting for Dubois, Pa., as soon as I could
get my pay. I worked at the watch making business for about four years,
then started in business for myself in Rathmel, Pa. But I had foolishly put
my name to a note to help a relative out of trouble, and he did not pay the
note and the bank sold my place of business for his debt, as I could not raise
$1,500.00, the amount of the note. Then I was down and out for two years
as there was a panic and strike on in that country at that time, so after working
at odd jobs and anything I could get to do for some time, I decided to start a
shooting gallery. I had to have $50.00 and none of my friends had that
much money, but five of them each gave me $10.00, that was piles of money at
that time. I bought my stock and started, found a location, and when I
was ready to do business I just had $1.00 to make change with. I got started
at 6 o'clock, and when I closed that night I had taken in $6.80. Gee, but that
was a lot of money I would not have called Vanderbilt my uncle then. I
stayed in that town for five weeks and payed back the $50.00 and some other
debts and had $165.00 left. Then I went to another town and stayed there
six weeks and cleared $250.00. Then I got a swelled head and.went to Little
Rock, Ark., started up there and lost what I had made, so I was up against it
again. Something had to be done. I still had my gallery but no location.
I pawned a watch that a fellow had loaned me, for $10.00. spent $2.50 for a
ticket, landed in Conway, Ark., and the Mayor would not let me open up for
business. So I bought a ticket for Morrillton and got a location there, but
had no money to pay my rent. I gave the landlord a $15.00 pair of opera
glasses to keep until I could pay him, which I did the next day. I stayed there
a few days then started to hunt another location, landed in Dardenell, could do
nothing there, and started to walk to Russelville. I struck a piece of straight
track for about ten miles, and that was the longest walk I ever had, and it was
a hot day. I got a location in Russelvile, and did fairly well there, closed
and went to Marion to get a location and every business man was sitting out in
front of his place fanning himself. I said too much heat here for me, and
went to Bentonville and started there.
A fellow by the name of Bob Rodes came and says, "Have you met Joe
Stevenson yet?" I said, "No." He said, "I want to put you wise to him,
he is the slickest one you ever saw and he will do you so nice you won't know it
before you get out of town, for he is a Catholic --, watch him."
In about five minutes another fellow comes in and says, "Kerr you are a
stranger here and I want to put you wise to Joe Stevenson, I seen him in here
and he is an Orange --, and will beat you before you leave town."
I said thank you and had my eye out for this fellow. I was doing a good
business there, and I noticed one man in particular that was a very good cus-
tomer. He said to me the second day,
"Kerr what rent do you pay?" I told him. He said, "Is not that too much."
I said yes but I could not help myself. "How much license do you pay?"
Telling him, he said, "Is not that too much?" I said yes, but they would do
no better, He said, "If you wish I will see that those things are made right."
I said I will be very thankful if you will. I thought no more about it, but
when I came to pay my rent it was just half the amount, and so was the license,
so he had fixed it. One day h6 said,
"Kerr where you going when you leave here?" I said "I don't know." He
"South West. City would be a good place. I am going over there to-morrow
come along and I will fix you with the officials."
We drove across the Cow Skin Prairie and White River, which was a fine
trip. It was wheat, wheat, wheat, as far as you could see, and steam threshers
going all around you. I got a location. On returning we passed six BANDITS
they were sitting on the road side, each had a Winchester and a brace of re-
volvers in his belt but we had a couple of guns with us in the buggy and I guess
that saved us, as we had the guns in plain view. They let us pass by with some
$800.00 on us and robbed some teamsters that sold their wheat, of $150.00.
They let the good thing go by and took the poor one. We got home all right,
and Stevenson said, "Kerr when you go to move don't hire a driver as I wil
take you over and it won't cost you anything." He did, and took a gun along
that he had won in my gallery which was worth $16.00. When he was leaving
I took his gun out and shook hands and handed the gun to him. He said,
"Kerr, you are away from home and don't know what might happen, keep
it. I can get another one for advertising any time I want it", as he was editor
of a paper in that town.
And this wasthe man that these two men tried to poison me against. They
were rich men's sons and this man was mayor of the town at one time. These
fellows would get drunk and shoot up the town, depending on dad's money
to save them, but this fellow put them in jail and made them behave them-
Well, I did a couple of more towns and then landed back home in Penn-
sylvania. Started in business in Patton, Pa., my brother the conductor coming
from the West and joining me. We made some money and got swelled heads
again, wanted to be millionaires. Bought 40,000 acres of coal land on option.
After four and one-half years work we sold it for $1,200,000.00, got $1,000.00
down on the deal the first of May, to get $108,000.00 more the first of June.
But on the twentieth day of May, Joe Ramsey the President of the Wabash,
changed the survey of that road that ran through this property and that left
us without a competing line, and the company forfeited on us, and we lost
$12,000.00 and four years' time. It would have made us millionaires, as we
had bought land and all, and were getting that much for the coal. Would
of had all the land and other minerals left; and there was $50,000,000 worth
timber on it, and farm houses that were worth $5,000.00.
That put both of us down here on the Isthmus and you can see thi balance.
He is a conductor and I am watch inspector. Landed in Colon the 14th day of
March 1905, was appointed watch inspector November 1, 1906, which position
I have held to this day. I have now two jewelry stores, one in Colon and one
in Panama and the only lens grinding machine on the Isthmus.
KEYSER, ELGIE M.-Meteorologist, Washington, D. C., U. S. Weather
KIERNAN, JOHN C. (1911)-Born, New York City, September 30, 1881.
Educated in private and public schools and the College of the City of New
York. Entered the service of the I. C. C. on August 29, 1904. Continuous
service to date. Is at present employed in the Record Bureau.
KILMURRAY, W. J.-Locomotive Engineer, 334 East Water Street,
Lock Haven, Pa.
KING, JNO. M. (1912)-In the Year Book of 1912 my biography shows that
I left Panama March 1912, and had settled in California as an apple-grower;
however, I find that I did not settle-only hesitated-and on account of the
"pickings" being scarce, I returned to the Isthmus on July 1; 1913, and am
now employed as Assistant District Quartermaster, Ancon.
KIRBY, JEREMIAH F.-Foreman, Building Division, Ancon.
KIRK, GEO. E. (1911)-Northern Railway Company, Los Lomas, Costa
Rica., December 23, 1914-Your card and official handbook arrived here some
time ago after some traveling. After leaving the Canal last January I went to
San Francisco. Stayed there until August, then went to Bordentown, N. J.,
and after a very enjoyable vacation I pulled stakes again and arrived here on
November 1st and am now running one of the 60-ton Marion steam for the
Northern Railway Co. I had the same shovel on the Panama Canal for some
time. This is some town; puts me in mind of old Culebra days, when a fellow
had to force someone to take you in to board. Had "Count" Jack Walsh,
another old timer on the ditch, craning for me for a while. Same old Walsh.
KITTEL, CHAS. (1912)-Machinist, 1881 Woodbine Street, Brooklyn,
KITTELL, JULIUS C.-Born in Gotha, Germany, March 24, 1877. Was
a student in the Gotha Technical School and followed millwrighting throughout
the United States for a period of fifteen years. Entered th*employ of the
Isthmian Canal Commission July 22, 1907, with continuous service as General
Foreman of the Spillway Shop at Gatun Dam. Accepted position of Master
Mechanic of the Trujillio R. R. in Honduras, June 1, 1914. Present address
Trujillio, Honduras. States, 95 Central Avenue, Newark, N. J.
KOERNER; CHAS. F. (1912)-Inspector, Fire Department, Ancon.
KORSAN, ALBERT-Born at Chicago, Illinois, May 22, 1886. Lived
there until 1908, when he accepted a position with the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission as Clerk; sailed from New York on September 26, arriving on the
Isthmus October 3, 1908. At present employed as clerk, Personnel Bureau,
KRATLI, JOHN O.-Salem, Dent Co., Mo.
KRUEGER,.CHAS. J.-Policeman, Police and Fire Department, Balboa.
KYTE, EDWARD M.-Born April 18, 1884 at Framingham, Mass. Edu-
cated in grammar and high schools South Framingham, Mass., and Pernin
Business College, Boston, Mass. Appointed Clerk (Stenographer and Type-
writer) Isthmian Service December 2, 1905, and assigned to Division of
Building Construction. July, 1907, transferred to Department of Labor,
Quarters and Subsistence. July, 1908, transferred to office of Chairman and
Chief Engineer. Served as member of the Isthmian Board of Civil Service
Examiners. Married Miss Lillian G. Meade of Meriden, Conn., June 10,
1909. Resigned July 2, 1912, to accept position of Secretary of the Eastern
Provision Company, wholesale dealers in beef and provisions with head-
quarters at Hartford, Conn. Home address 337 Windsor Avenue, Hartford,
Conn., and would be more than glad to see any of the "Old Timers" who may
happen into this part of the world.
Am planning to go. to the Exposition next year via the Panama Canal and
look over the old place once again. Have done very well since coming to
the States especially physically for I have gained over 40 pounds in weight.
Give my best regards to "Mac," "Cope," and any of the boys who may still
KYTE, J. P. (1911)-General Foreman, Terminal Construction, Corozal.
LANDERS, J. W.-Pedro Miguel.
LARCOM, B. L. (191J '-Locomotive Engineer, P. R. R., Cristobal.
LA ROCK, HERBERT (1912)-Machinist, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
LA ROCK, JOHN (1911)-2052 Walnut Street, Chicago, Ill.
LARSON, LEANDER (1911)-Inspector, Health Department, Cristobal.
LAUGHLIN, R. E. (1911)-Locomotive Engineer, P. R. R., Ancon.
LAVERY, MATHEW-Inspector, Municipal Division, Cristobal.
LAWLOR, W. A. (1913)-Cable Clerk, Balboa Heights.
LAWRENCE, WILBUR S. (1912)-Clerk, Accounting Department,
LEASON, HARRY-Carpenter, Building Division, Corozal
LEDDEN, MARY E.-Ancon Hospital, Ancon. States address, 710
Market Street, Glouster, N. J.
LEE, E. E.-Resigned, July 19,.1914. Address, Stratford Apartment N.,
LEONARD, EDWARD (1912)-Clerk, Correspondence Bureau, Balboa
LEWIS, CHARLES LA Ff1TE-As per your request of October 11, the
following is a short biography for Year Book. Born in New Orleans, La.,
December .2, T876. Entered service of the Isthmian Canal Commission
'September 13, 1906, in Transportation Department in which department have
continued since that date. Am married and have three daughters. At present
living at Corozal.
LEWIS, CLIFFORD C.-Foreman, 137 West Selden Street, Mattapan,
LEWIS, FITZ J.-General Delivery, New York City.
LINGLE, GEO. S.-Locomotive Engineer, Terminal Construction, Cris-
LIPSEY, T. E. L.-Member of A. S. C. E. (Elected April 6, 1904). (Born
Chester, S. C., September 7, 1873). (B. S. and C. E. South Carolina Military
College, Charleston, S. C., 1894). In 1899 (about three months) on survey of
Georgia Carolina and Northern Ry., Division of the Seaboard Air Line.
March, 1897 to October, 1900, Inspector of cement testing of all cement
entering into the construction of fortifications at the mouth of the Cape Fear
River, near Wilmington, N. C., also served from time to time as chief clerk,
draftsman, estimator, inspector of concrete work and instrumentman on the
following work: laying out roadways, railroads, buildings, triangulating and
monumenting harbor, making topographical survey of island, designing and
building seawalls, made survey of island and calculated and estimated hy-
draulic fill necessary to raise height of same above storm tides; and made hydro-
graphical survey of Cape Fear River above Wilmington, N. C., with a view to
canalization of same.
October, 1900 to January, 1902, served as Junior Engineer on the construction
of the following emplacements and mounting guns on same, to wit: Emplace-
ments for Mortar Battery of 8 12-inch B. L. Mortars, Emplacements for
2 12-inch B. L. Rifles on Disappearing Carriages, Emplacement for 1 4.7-inch
Armstrong B. L. Rifle on Pedestal Mount, Emplacements for 4 8-inch B. L.
Rifles on Disappearing Carriages, two Emplacements for 5-inch Rapid Fire
Rifles on Balanced Pillar Mount Carriages, Torpedo Storehouse, Cable Tank,
remodeling old galleries of Fort Caswell into Mining Casemate, installing Am-
munition hoists, electric lighting plants, and storage batteries in all emplace-
March, 1902 to September 1902, Junior Engineer in charge of Cement Testing
Laboratory at U. S. Engineer Office, Tuscaloosa, Ala., and had charge of all
cement testing of cement entering into the locks and dams on the Warrior,
Black Warrior and Tombigbee Rivers and worked on estimates of Locks and
September, 1902 to June 1905, Junior Engineer in local charge of Dam No. 6,
Ohio River, completed 2 piers and abutment all of stone masonry, inspected
the building and erection of 2 110-foot steel lock gates of the rolling type,
built power house and installed all boilers and machinery, built 2 stone-trimmed
brick lock-keeper's houses, raised the Chanoine Dam bf 600 lineal feet, one
120-foot section of A. Frame Dam and two sections of 120-foot Bear Trap
Dams and put the entire lock and dam in operation, total cost of about $1,050,-
000. During the winter 'months of each year worked on designs, plans,
specifications and estimates necessary for letting contracts on'locks and dams
Nos. 3, 4 and 5, Ohio River. This work included Chanoine Dams, Bear Trap
Dams, Chanoine Weirs, Lock Gates, Lock-kegper's Houses, Power Houses,
Lock Gate Operating Machinery, Valve Operating Machinery and Machinery
for Central Generating Plant.
June 1905 to September 1907, Junior Engineer in local charge and Assistant
Engineer in entire charge of Dam No. 3, Ohio River, working on the comple-
tion of same at a total cost of about $500,000, which work included the com-
pletion of 700 lineal feet of Chanoine Dam on pile foundation, building three
concrete piers and one abutment, all on pile foundation, two 93-foot sections of
Bear Trap Dams and one section of 144 lineal feet of Chanoine Weir, building
and erecting 2 93-foot sections of steel Bear Trap Gates, two steel lock gates of
rolling type 110 feet long, two stone-trimmed lock-keeper's houses, one stone-
trimmed brick power house, including installation of two 85-horse power gas
engines and two air compressors and all lock gate and valve operating machin-
ery and such other necessary work to put lock and dam in operation.
September, 1907 to July, 1913, with Isthmian Canal Commission as Assistant
Engineer assistant to Designing Engineer charged with the design of all lock
masonry, lock valves, spillway gates and miscellaneous iron work in the locks,
masonry estimated at $38,000,000 and iron work at $2,000,000. Had local
charge of erection of all operating valves in locks, spillway gates, caissons, etc.
and general inspection of the masonry in all the locks on the Panama Canal.
In charge of the design of the valves for the Dry Docks on the Panama Canal,
estimated cost about $50,000.
Resigned from the service on July 1, 1913.
March 1, 1914, to present, as U. S. Assistant Engineer in the Engineer
Department at New Orleans, La. At present in charge of the following im-
Improving Bayous Plaquemine, Teche, Lafourche, Vermilion, Plaquemine
Brule, Terrebonne, Grossetete, Queue de Tortue, all in Louisiana and Calcasieu
River, Chefuncte River and Bogue Falia, Tickfaw River and tributaries'
Amite River and Bayou Manchac, Mermentau River and tributaries, Atcha-
falaya River, from Morgan City to Gulf of Mexico, Lake Pontchartrain and
Pass Manchac. Removing the water hyacinth in Louisiana rivers; examina-
tions, surveys and contingencies of rivers and harbors; inspection of .bridges,
inland waterway from New Orleans, La., to Orange, Tex.; operating and care
of Plaquemine Lock, on Bayou Plaquemine, Keystone Lock, on Bayou Teche
Schooner Bayou Lock, on inland waterway; fortifications at Forts St. Philip
and Jackson, Louisiana. Address, 325 Customs House, New Orleans, La.
LOHMAN, CHAS. H.-General Foreman, Municipal Division, Pedro
LOTZ, HENRY W. (1912)-In reference to additions to my biography
which you will find in the 1912 Year Book, will say that I would be pleased to
have the following added to the same. I left the service of the Commission
June 23, 1912, was reappointed on the 17th of November, 1912, and again
left the service the 3rd day of March, 1913, and am at present the representa-
tive of the Indianapolis Star and Chicago Tribune at Crawfordsville, Ind.,
the home of General Lew Wallace, author of Ben Hur. Was married to Louise
L. Koenig of Hamilton, Ohio, and have a daughter, our only child, Mrs.
Vernon Fancher and grandchildren Louise and Donald who are living here in
Crawfordsville. Mrs. Lotz is a Past Noble Grand of the Isthmian Canal
Rebekah Lodge No. 1 and was one of the active workers in the Lodge, during
the six years that we resided on the Isthmus. Hoping that this is not too
much of an addition to my biography and don't forget me, an old timer, in
the next Year Book, and when my dues are payable for 1915 send me the notice
and they will surely be forthcoming. I was in hopes that our next Annual
Banquet would be held in San Francisco. My best wishes to you and all the
fellow members. Address, 1729 Ind. Avenue, Crawfordsville, Ind.
LOULAN, FRANK (1912)- Steamship Engineer, Terminal Construction,
LOULAN, JAMES A. (1913)-Reduction of force, August 8, 1914. Ad-
dress, Masham Mills, Ottawa County, Quebec, Canada. Home address,
LOULAN, JOHN T.(1913)-Foreman, P. R. R., Gatun.
LOWE, GEORGE (1913)-Blacksmith, Mechanical Division, Corozal.
LUCCHESI, A. P. (1911)-Foreman, Fortification Division, Ancon.
LUCE, R. H. (1912)-Machinist, Mechanical Division, Cristobal.
LUCKEY, JOHN J. (1912)-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa
LUEDTKE,- CHARLES L. (1912)-Born in Winona, Minn., August 2,
1883, and entered the service of the Panama Canal on January 18, 1906,
by transfer from the War Department at Washington, D. C. He was employed
continuously since his arrival on the Isthmus in the old Executive Office at
Ancon, and from April 1910, until April 1914, held the position of Assistant
Chief Clerk of the Department of Civil Administration. On September 1,
1914, he was appointed Chief of the Correspondence Bureau of the Executive
Office at Balboa Heights.
LUNDISHEF, ALEX. A. (1911)-Foreman, Dredging Division, Paraiso.
LUPFER, C. M. (1911)-Clerk, Record Bureau, Balboa Heights.
LUTHER, ARTHUR T.-Master, Dredging Division, Paraiso.
LYNN, LEWIS M. (1912)- Foreman, Fortification Division, Naos Island.
LYNN, DR. WM. J. (1912)- Superintendent Medical Department U. F.
Co., Limon, Costa Rico.
MACCORMICK, D. W. (1911)-Commissary Inspector, Balboa Heights.
MACFARLANE, JAMES-Born on the 18th of February, 1873, in Bank-
foot, Perthshire, Scotland. Educated in the public schools there. Apprentice
millwright, 1888 to 1892; marine engineering, 1892 to 1897, Liverpool, England;
marine engineer, 1897 to 1901, United Tyser Line and Atlas Line, New York;
Superintendent Machinist, Panama Railroad, 1901 to 1905; and 1905 to date,
Isthmian Canal Commission and Panama Canal, Superintendent of Floating
Equipment and Superintendent of Dredging. Member of American Society of
Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Naval Architects ard Marine
Engineers, and Board of Local Inspectors, Canal Zone. Address, Paraiso.
MACK, FRANK (1912)-Born at Vienna, Fairfax County, Virginia, De-
cember 27, 1881. Attended the public schools of Virginia and Washington,
D. C., finishing with the Technical High School of that city. Employed at
Atlanta, Ga., to come to the Isthmus, arriving at Colon August 18, 1906.
Married Miss Clara Hinzen of Washington, D. C., and has one daughter.
Isthmian address, Balboa Heights, C. Z.; states address, McLean, Fairfax
MACKERETH, ADELAIDE P. (1911)-Superintendent of Nurses,
Ancon Hospital, Ancon.
MACKINTOSH, JOSEPH (1912)-Since I left the Canal Zone I have in-
vested some money in apartment houses in New York City and am now at the
'address below for a few months. I might say that after being away from my
home town so long I'find myself now a stranger, but I will always remember
the many good times I had in Panama, amongst the finest bunch of fellows I
have ever met, and hope that sometime we all may be able to get together and
renew old acquaintances. I will be anxiously awaiting a copy of the Year
Book, and would appreciate any little souvenir from the annual dinner. I
look with pride at the mug I received at last year's dinner at the Washington
Hotel in Colon, and wish I could come to this year's. Accept my best wishes
for the future success of the "Chagres Society" and best regards to all my old
comrades. Address, 19 Pine St., Perry, Wyoming County, N. Y.
MACPHERSON, GEO. W.-Whistler, Ala.
MACQUEEN, P. O.-Born Washington, D. C., October 29, 1883. Edu-
cated in the public schools and Washington D. C. High School. Graduated
from Lehigh University in 1907 with the degree of Civil Engineer. Worked
for the Erie R. R. 1907-1908. Started for the Isthmus on S. S. Finance, which
sank outside of New York Harbor, and landed on the Isthmus with two shil-
lings in pocket. With Municipal Engineering Division for past six years.
Married to Alice Grace Sims of Washington, D. C., on October 15, 1913.
Present address, Cristobal, C. Z.
MAHONEY, PAT J.-Clerk, Correspondence Bureau, Balboa Heights.
MAJOR, JOHN I. (1912)-Hendrysburg, Ohio.
MALIA, JOHN T. (1912)-Box 78 Thompsonville, Conn.
MALSBURY, O. E.-Born Galena, Kansas, September 7, 1881. Graduated
High School Joplin, Mo., 1900; graduated University of Missouri, B. S. in C. E.,
1905; Rodman, I. C. C., June 7, 1905; arrived on Isthmus June 12, 1905;
Levelman, 1906; Instrumentman, 1907; Junior Engineer, 1910; Assistant
Engineer in charge of Section of Surveys 1913 to date. Address in Unite'd
States, 219 Jackson Avenue, Joplin, Mo.; on the Isthmus, Balboa Heights.
MANSFIELD, HENRY C. (1911)-Born in Germantown, Pa., 1876.
For eight years he worked for Spalding & Walker Railroad contractors, New
York City, serving them most of this time as Cost Clerk on contracts on the Cape
to Cairo Railroad, Africa, the Beira Railroad, Portuguese East Africa and on
the Northern Bengal Railroad, India. Mr. Mansfield subsequently worked
five years for James E. Ward & Co., New York City, and in May, 1905, was
appointed by the Isthmian Canal Commission. He was Chief Clerk of the
Panama District of the Division of Municipal Engineering, until the re-
organization 1908 when he was assigned as Cost Clerk in the Pacific Division-
on the accounts of the Balboa Machine Shops and the Maintenance of Dredging
Equipment. In October 1912, he resigned on account of urgent domestic
affairs at home in the States. Afterwards he went into the fruit growing busi-
ness in Costa Rica and stayed there fourteen months. Returning to the
Isthmus in May 1914, he was reappointed as Cost Clerk in the sub-division of
Terminal Construction, Balboa, Address, Balboa.
MANTOOTH, ANDERSON-Born at Newport, Tenn. While still a
youth moved to Indiana. Later lived in Nebraska a short time. Was in the
cow country of New Mexico for three years. In 1896 enlisted in the regular
army. On the breaking out of the Spanish American War, was sent with
my regiment to Porto Rico, where I helped to raise the first American flag in
San Juan, and where I finished my enlistment. Remained in Porto Rico in
the Quartermaster's Department until 1906,when I came to Ancon, and on
April 1, 1906 began my service with the Isthmian Canal Commission, in the
Department of Material and Supplies, which was later turned over to the Quar-
termaster's Department, in which I remained until August of this year, when I
transferred to the landscape section, now in Division of Municipal Engineering.
Address, Box 20, Corozal, C. Z.
MARSH, WILLIAM H. (1912)-Machinist, Cristobal. Home address, 64
Johnson Avenue, Plattsburg, N. Y.
MARTIN, JAS. E. (1912)-Conductor, Terminal Construction, care of
Master of Transportation, Balboa Heights,
MARTIN, WM. A. (1911)-Collector, P. R. R., Cristobal.
MASON, A. P. (1911)-161 Wachusett Street, Boston, Mass.
MAXON, WM. E. (1911)-General Foreman, Municipal Division, Ancon.
MAY, W. HOWARD (1913)-Appointed Marshal for the Canal Zone on
April 1, 1914. Residence, Ancon.
McCALLY, HOMER WARD-Born September 7, 1881, on a farm in Clay
Township, Auglaize County, Ohio. Attended common and high schools,
Lima College, Lima, Ohio, and Davis Business College, Toledo, Ohio. Taught
in country schools. As result of stenographer-typewriter civil service examina-
tion, went to the Philippine Islands in October, 1904, where he worked in
Bureau of Civil Service and also in the offices of the Secretary of Public In-
struction and the Secretary of Commerce and Police. Returned to the United
States in the early part of 1907, and in December of the same year came to the
Isthmus of Panama as result of another stenographer-typewriter civil service
examination. Employed in the Department of Labor, Quarters and Subsist-
ence until it was abolished on July 1, 1908, then transferred to the Commissary
Department of the Panama Railroad Company, which department later was
put under the supervision of the Subsistence Department of the Isthmian
Canal Commission, the two departments being generally known as the Com-
missary-Subsistence Department. On March 1, 1914, was promoted to the
position of assistant chief clerk of the Commissary-Subsistence Department
and on May 1, 1914, was promoted to the position of chief clerk in the office of
the depot commissary, Commissary Branch, Supply Department, The Panama
Canal. Resigned. Address, 102 West Main Street, Wapakoneta, Ohio.
McCANN, W. E. (1912)-Foreman, P. R. R., Ancon.
McCARTHY, J. S.-Cristobal.
McCOIN, 0. E. (1912)-Winston, Salem, N. C.
McCOLLOUGH, D. H.-Southern Manufacturing Club, Charlotte, N. C.
McCORD, JOHN E.-Oil City, Pa.
McCORMACK, W. T. (1912)-Agent in Panama City for Robert Wilcox
& Co. Address, Ancon.
McCORMICK, EDWARD B. (1912)-Clerk, Accounting Department,
Panama R. R. Station, Ancon.
McCORMICK, PERCY C.-Middlefield, Ohio.
McCULLOUGH, JOHN A.-1616 A Avenue, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
McDONALD, D. E.-Employed as clerk at Ancon Hospital office. Address,
McELROY, A. D.-Born in Dunlap, Iowa, on March 7, 1883; moved to
Kansas City in 1889; worked for the American National Bank and Armour
Packing Company of that city; came to the Isthmus May 26, 1908, and was
employed in the capacity of Chief Time-keeper for the Panama Railroad Com-
pany until November 1, 1914. Address, Cristobal.
McGIMSEY, J. V.-Clerk, Municipal Division, Cristobal.
McGOWN, A. (1911)-Department Collector of Revenue, 1013 60th
Street, Oakland, Cal.'
McGUIGAN, J. J. (1912)-Resigned, 1913 to accept position on sanitation
of Vera Cruz. May be addressed c/o Surgeon General, U. S. A., Washington.
McILVAINE, C. A. (1911)-Executive Secretary, The Panama Canal,
McKEEVER, BERNARD E.-Born, February 18, 1881, at York, Pa.
Arrived on the Isthmus March 8, 1908. Employed by the Commissary De-
partment since March 14, 1908. Address, Cristobal.
McKENNA, R. M. (1912)-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa
McLEAN, JOHN H., JR.-Paymaster of The Panama Canal and Panama
Railroad Company, was born 1880 at Paris, Texas. Graduated in 1900 with
B. A. degree at the Southwestern University. Employed with the Isthmian
Canal Commission February 28, 1905. He is a Methodist, Mason, and Demo-
crat. Address, Balboa Heights.
MAC LEAN, NEIL (1912)-Box 253, Milan, Mo.
McMAHON, JOHN C.- Assistant Foreman, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
McNAMARA, GORDON G. (1912)-Steamship Engineer, General Con-
McNEAL, GEO. A. (1912)-Foreman, Fortification Division, Naos Island.
McNUTT, EDW. E.-Ballston Spa, N. Y.
McRAE, L. M.-Resigned from the service in June 1914. Address, Office
of the Engineer Department at Large, Portland, Oregon, where he is employed
McROBERT, WILLIAM W.-1580 Jefferson Street, Buffalo, N. Y.
MEAD, J. P. (1913)-My permanent address for some time to come, will be
Washington, D. C. c/o Interstate Commerce Commission, 1315 F St., N. W.
I am now working for them. Please observe that'I am still an I. C. C. though
you people on the Isthmus have turned P. C. Before I left the Isthmus I
supplied an abbreviated sketch of my life and conduct and believe that all it
will be necessary to add is that I transferred to the Interstate Commerce
Commission June 8, 1914, and am at present in Washington. Conduct, so far,
good. Boards, 1135 12th Street, N. W., Washington.
MEALER, CHAS. L.-Spring City, Tenn.
MEECH, MARIETTA L. (1911)-Nurse, Health Department, Ancon.
MEEHAN, JOHN J. (1911)-Your card reached me with somewhat of a
homesick feeling. Since leaving the Isthmus have changed from a construc-
tion man to a business one, and find it surprisingly agreeable. Most sincerely
regret will be unable to dine with you this year-"It's a long way to 'The
Chagres'." Kindest to all. Address, 379 South Main Street, Wilkesbarre, Pa.
MELGORD, JULIUS J.-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa Heights.
MIDDLETQN, N. B.-Foreman, Supply Department, Paraiso.
MILES, L. E.-Locomotive Engineer, P. R. R., c/o Master of Transpor-
tation, Balboa Heights.
MILLER, ALBERT F. (1911)-155 La Salle Street, Hammond, Ind.
MITCHEL, E. W. (1912)-My address for the present is care of the Director
of Public Health, Vera Cruz, Mex., I shall advise you of any future change.
At this time it is not convenient to go into detail in reply to your very interesting
letter and I shall take pleasure in giving the subject further thought soon.
Address, Vera Cruz, July 14, 1914.
MITCHELL, EARLE C. (1912)-1519 Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, Ill.
MITCHIELL, CHAS. D. (1913)-Roseburg, Oregon.
MOFFAT, DAVID H.-A native of Pennsylvania; was educated at the
Bordentown Military Institute of Bordentown, N. J., and the Machinists
Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio. Entered the service of the Westinghouse,
Electric and Mfg. Co., of Pittsburgh, Pa., at the age of 16 years, as Electrical
Apprentice. Served five years with this company equally divided as wireman,
field coil winder, armature winder, laboratory assistant, erector and testing
engineer. Worked for two years with various electrical contractors in Cleve-
land, Ohio as inside wireman. Enlisted in Troop G, 3rd U. S. Cavalry June
17, 1899, serving in Cuba, Porto Rico and the Philippines before being honor-
ably discharged June 20, 1902. Entered the service of the Cincinnati Gas and
Electric Company as wireman in July, 1902. Promoted through the grades
of meter tester, inspector, to foreman in distribution department. Resigned
this position to accept position with Bullock Electric and Mfg. Co. of Nor-
wood, Ohio, in the erection department. Resigned latter position to accept
one with the I. C. C. as wireman and arrived on the Isthmus November 26,
1906. Was assigned to the Mechanical Division at Empire. Was promoted
to grade of foreman in April, 1907, and transferred to the Pacific Division as
General Foreman in March 1909. Transferred to the Mechanical Division as
wireman in June 1910, and promoted to stationary engineer in November 1910,
to electrical foreman in November 1911, which position he now holds. Address,
c/o Electrical Division, Balboa Heights.
MOHR, G. E.-Indianapolis, Ind.
MONTGOMERY, JAMES M. (1912)-Louisville, Ky., General Delivery.
MOORE, EDWARD-Sault Ste Marie, Mich.
MORAN, JOHN J.-Born in Ireland on March 15, 1876. Came to the
United States in boyhood and took up residence in Ohio. Graduated from
Mount Hope College, Rogers, Ohio, in 1896, obtaining the degree of Bachelor
of Commercial Science. Enlisted in the Hospital Corps, U. S. Army, in 1897,
and served in the United States and Cuba throughout the Spanish-American
War. Having had medicine as a goal since early boyhood, he volunteered,
in the interests of humanity and medical science, to become a subject for ex-
perimentation by the Reed & Carroll Yellow Fever Commission at Camp
Lazear, Quemados, Cuba, in 1900. He was taken down with yellow fever on
Christmas Day, 1900, via the mosquito route, and "lived to tell the tale."
Entered the University of Virginia as a medical student in 1901. Through
the investment of practically all his funds in Beaumont Oil, based on a desire
to emulate John D. Rockefeller, he was compelled to give up his course in
medicine, thereby lobbing the profession of a member who was destined to be-
come a shining light. Was appointed Sanitary Inspector on the Isthmus in
1904, where he has resided continuously since. His present position is that of
Medical Storekeeper. He is a member of Excelsior Lodge No. 54, F. & A. M.,
of Salem, N. J., of the Society of the Incas, and the Government of Venezuela
has recently decorated him with "The Bust of Bolivar," a diploma of honor,
in recognition of his service in the yellow fever experiments.
MORAN, WILLIAM A.-In referring to your notice in regard to my
biography, will say "Long live the Society of the Chagres." Address, Wells-
boro, Pa., October 30, 1914.
MORENY, VINCENT-c/o Mrs. Hyppolite Nicolas, Fulton, Orange Co.,
MORIARTY, JOHN H.-New Sharon, Iowa.
MORLEY, J. FRANK-Conductor, Terminal Construction, Ancon.
MORRIS, ROBERT K. (1911)-Storekeeper, Balboa Stores, Supply
MORRIS, WEBSTER (1912)-628 Overton Street, Newport, Ky.
MORRISON, W. F. (1912)-Foreman, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
MULLIN, JOHN W. (1911)-Resigned from Timekeeping Division.
April 1, 1914. Address, 202 Avenue A, Lawton, Oklahoma.
MURPHY, ROBT. E. (1911)-Resigned 1914, Casilla 1141 Lima, Peru.
MURPHY, ZAN.-Locomotive Engineer, Terminal Construction, Balboa.
MURRAY, JAS. H.-Born in Kingston, Tenn., in 1872, and moved to
Louisville, Ky. in 1876. Educated at Louisville, Ky. in public school and
finished at Rugby College, Louisville. He went on the road at the age of 19
years and learned the advertising trade with Block Bros., manufacturers of
Mail Pouch Tobacco, of Wheeling, W. Va. After three years with that con-
cern he went on the road for R. J. Gunning, of Chicago and then went in
business for himself at Columbus, Ohio, in 1902. He came to the Isthmus
in 1906 as foreman painter, and was transferred to the Transportation Depart-
ment in the latter part- of 1908, where he waf employed until 1911. He was
then transferred to the position of steam engineer ion Terminal Construction,
which position he still holds. He is married. Address is Box No. 51, Corozal,
MURRAY, JOHN J.-Mate, Dredging Division, Paraiso.
NAEGLE, FERDINAND-412 Front Street, Lake Charles, La.
NELSON, CLYDE A. (1911)-Born at Carver, Minn., September 23, 1881,
leaving school in 1897. Served as Postal Clerk until 1899. Entered the em-
ploy of the St. Louis Iron Mountain and Southern R.R. in 1900 as Bridge
Carpenter between Little Rock and Texarkanna. With Chocktaw, Oklahoma
and Gulf R.R. in 1901 as Bridge Carpenter between Boonville and Weather-
ford. With Northern Pacific R.R. in 1901 and 1902 as Bridge Foreman, be-
tween Livingston and Missoula. With Deeks & Deeks, Contractors, Tacoma,
Wash., as Bridge Foreman, 1903. With Southern Pacific R.R., 1903 to 1905
as Bridge Foreman, Lucine Cut-off, Ogden, Utah and Bay Shore at Baden,
California. Left San Francisco April 15, 1905. Arrived in Panama May 11,
1905. Served with I. C. C. as Bridge Foreman until September 12, and was
transferred to P. R. R. as Bridge Foreman on double tracking, old main line.
Transferred to Relocation as Pile Driver Foreman in 1907, driving and building
trestles until June 6, 1911. Transferred to Cristobal Terminal Docks June 6,
1911. Promoted to General Foreman, September 1, 1911. Promoted to
Supervisor, September 1, 1912. Married, August 18, 1913, to Miss Ida S.
JaIs 6f Hopkins, Minn. Address, Cristobal.
NEWBOLD, GEO. W. K. (1913)-Clerk, Correspondence Bureau, Bal-
boa Heights. Illustrator and cartoonist.
NEWCOMB, HOWARD S.-Born in Brooklyn, N. Y., February 2, 1879,
moved to North Carolina while a child, later moved to Virginia. Was educated
at Oak Ridge Institute, Oak Ridge, N. C., also attended the Danville Military
Institute of Danville, Va. Married Miss Mazie L. Curtis of Newport News,
Va., September 24, 1904. Was employed in New York City in 1906 and lived
there until February 1908, when I accepted my present position as Superin-
tendent of Laundry, Panama Railroad Commissary Department, arriving on
the Isthmus February 21, 1908.
NEWELL, HENRY F.-Bradford, Pa.
NICHOLS, A. B.-Resigned, October 12, 1914. Address, 3221 Race Street,
NIELSEN, C. L. (1912)-Building Division, Corozal.
NIMS, WILLARD W.-Supervisor, Fortification Division, Cristobal.
NINAS, GEO. A. (1911)-Resigned March 31, 1914. Address, War
NOLAND, DR. LLOYD (1911)-Address, c/o Tennessee Coal and Iron
Co., Birmingham, Alabama.
SNORTHUP, CHAS. W., JR.-Despatcher, P. R. R., Balboa Heights.
NUNN, NUMA (1911)-Clerk, P. R. R., Cristobal.
NUPP, WARREN (1913)-300 Renova Street, Pittsburgh, Pa. Home
address, R. F. D., No. 3, Marion Center, Pa.
OBARRIO, PEDRO de (1913)-240 Stockton Street, San Francisco, Cal.
O'BRIEN, THOMAS-5403 Ninth Street, N. W., Washington, D. C.
O'LEARY, JOSEPH-Brown Hoist Operator, P. R. R., Cristobal.
OLSON, BIRGER F.-Clerk: Born in Stockholm, Sweden, April 15, 1886.
He was educated at Williston Seminary, and at Bryant and Stratton School of
Commerce, of Boston. He received his business training in that city. On
July 14, 1907, he entered the ranks of the canal workers as the result of a civil
service examination taken in Boston in April of that year. He was married
on April 13, 1908, to Ellen C. Sandbloom of his home town, Brockton, Mass.,
and they have one child, Winifred, aged three years. He is a Mason and a
Noble of the Mystic Shrine. Address, Ancon.
OMEALLIA, RUTH M. (1912)-Chief Telephone Operator, Balboa
O'NEAL, LUCIUS A. (1912)-Hartwell, Ga.
ORENSTEIN, A. J., DR. (1912)-Daressalam, German East Africa.
OTIS, HARRY W. (1911)-Corozal.
OWENS, CHAS. T. (1911)-1830 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Md.
OWENS, JOHN (1911)-Foreman, Terminal Construction, Corozal.
PALMER, E.-W. (1911)-Chief, Timekeeping Bureau, Balboa Heights.
PALMER, GEO. W. A. (1912)-5416 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa.
PARKER, CHARLES (1912)-Last address, c/o Commanding General U.
S. A., Vera Cruz, Mexico. Now may be addressed c/o Surgeon General W. C.
Gorgas, U. S. A., Washington.
PARKER, CHARLES, L. (1911)-Surveying Officer, Balboa Heights.
PARMETER, FRANK S. (1912)-Clerk, Cristobal.
PATHEIER, JOHN A.-Clerk, Executive Department, Balboa Heights.
PATTERSON, A. C.-General Foreman, P. R. R., Cristobal.
PAYNE, WM. H.-Resigned from Commissary Department 1914. c/o
The Interurban Restaurant, Fostoria, Ohio.
PEARSON, HERBERT (1913)-Conductor, P. R. R., Corozal.
PEHLER, IDA R. W.-Never having done anything worthy of a biography
there isn't one to send, neither do I want one, of any kind, in the book. The
entrance of my name as a member of the Society is quite honor and pleasure
enough for me!
I wish I could assemble the Zone stories I know for the purpose of selecting
one for your book but I just can't. Working a little beyond my strength
each day, constantly fighting malaria, struggling with the discomforts of ac-
climation, the nuisance of acquiring a new set of habits (for seven years absence
makes an alien of one), besides trying to stifle my yearning for the Caribbean
tropics, with its friendly cocoanut palms, its lazy, placid warmth, and ac-
cepting instead raw, chilly winter with its frosts and biting winds, why, well,
the Kaiser has a cinch compared to my troubles.
We see old Commission employees here occasionally. Last week I had quite
a visit with Mr. Sneed who had charge of the Bas Obispo Division for so long,
on Wednesday Dr. Deeks and I had luncheon together, and I meet beloved
General Gorgas now and then. With best wishes for the Society always and
success to the Year Book, believe me, sincerely and in the faith. Address,
Buckingham Hotel, Washington, D. C., November 20, 1914.
PENDER, W. I. (1911)-Boiler Inspector, Division of Canal Transpor-
PENDRY, CHAS. A.-Locomotive Engineer, Balboa. 32 Fair Place,
Rochester, N. Y.
PENNELL, GEO. B. (1913)-Radersburg, Montana.
PERKINS, SAMUEL M. (1913)-Operator, Lock Operation, Gatun.
PERRY, DR. J. C. (1912)-Resigned as Chief Quarantine Officer, 1914;
started with Dr. Deeks on a tour of the world but was stopped by the war
in Europe. Address, c/o Public Health Service, Washington.
PERRY, W. L. G.-Resigned September 8, 1914. Address, Hydrographic
Office, Navy Department, Washington, D. C.
PERRY, WILBUR S. (1911)-Switch Foreman, P. R. R., Cristobal.
PERSONS, CHAS. L. (1913)-Clerk, Municipal Division, Ancon.
PETERSON, JULIUS M. (1913)-Pipefitter, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
PETERSON, WALTER (1913)-Riveter, Mechanical Division, Cristobal.
PETTOLETTI, LAURITZ (1912)-D. D. Engineer, Dredging Division,
PHILLIPS, JACK-Captain of Police, Police and Fire Division, Balboa.
PHILLIPS, JOHN L., Colonel, Medical Corps, U. S. A. (1911)-Resigned
1914 at end of old organization. Address, War Department, Washington.
PICKEL, OSCAR C. (1912)-Chuquicamata, Chile.
PICKETT, IRA W. (1912)-Inspector, Health Department, Ancon.
PIERCE, CLAUDE C. (1911)-During January, 1913, I was appointed
Superintendent of Colon Hospital, vice Dr. Bell, of the United States Navy,
recalled to his service. In November I resigned, and returned to the States
on January 1, 1914, after having served ten years on the Isthmus. I was
assigned to duty in the Hygienic Laboratory of the Public Health Service,
where I worked until April, 1914, when I was transferred to the Bureau office
of the Service and put in charge of the preparation of an exhibit for the Service
for the Panama-Pacific Exposition. I shall go to San Francisco with the ma-
terial and remain there in charge of the Service exhibit during the Exposition.
Washington, October 21, 1914. Address c/o Public Health Service, Wash-
ington, D. C.
PIERSON, GLEN H. (1913)-R. F. D. No. 3, Robbinsville, N. J.
POLK, WM. F.-Miami, Fla.
POOLE, B. C. (1912)-Nothing new on my biography. Still on the Canal.
Cristobal, November 14, 1914.
POTTER, RUSSELL B. (1911)-Resigned, June 19, 1914. Address, 177
Brunswick Avenue,.Trenton, N. J.
POTTS, F. A. (1911)-What is going to be of special interest to the "Cha-
grians" at the San Francisco Exposition? There used to be a vague rumor
that we would be accorded privileges not available to the common crowd.
Has it advanced beyond the stage of a rumor?
Continuation of biography: Left the Isthmus on August 6, 1912, my resig-
nation from the Isthmian Canal Commission taking effect on September 23,
1912. From August until December 31, 1912, I spent most of my time at my
father's residence. near Waupaca, Wisconsin. .Commenced work for the
Railroad Commission of Wisconsin on January 1, 1913, as assistant engineer
with headquarters as Milwaukee, Wis., which position I am still holding.
Our residence is at 2211 Cedar Street. The work consists of steam road service
studies, and street railway traffic studies. Address, 2211 Cedar Street, Mil-
POTTS, I. R. (1912)-General Delivery,
POTTS, S. C. (1912)-Correspondence Bureau, Balboa Heights.
PRIAL, MARY (1913)-Nurse, Ancon.
PRICE, E. E. (1911)-Resigned, February 5, 1914. Address, Almeda,
Harris County, Texas, or Post Office, Houston, Texas.
PRICE, HARVEY (1911)-Conductor, P. R. R., Ancon.
PRING, CLYDE E. (1913)-Inspector, Mechanical Division, Cristobal.
QUINBY, BENJ. C. (1912)-General Foreman, Building Division. Ad-
dress, c/o Constructing Quartermaster, Balboa Heights; in the States, Wen-
RABBITT, DAVID F. (1912)-Allow me to congratulate the S. O. C. in
reelecting you to the office of S. C., and to thank you personally for the good
work you have done for the Society. May you live long and prosper.
The efforts of the S. O. C. on the longevity question sure have my approval
as I put in about seven years service with the old Isthmian Canal Commission,
and not having been successful in acquiring even an ordinary sized "stake,"
any "bonus" that Congress would vote us would be appreciated. At any rate
I don't see why one class of workers should be discriminated against in favor
of another. Don't know in what way my services would be of help to the
committee, but if they think I could be of any service at all, command me.
Regarding the trip through the Canal next Sunday, count me in on that
"treat," and while I have no family as yet, would like permission to bring a
couple of young ladies along.
As the I. C. C. records will show, I left the service of the Commission on
November 30 of last year, and since that time have been connected with the
Bank of the Canal Zone. My address is Lock Box 190, Cristobal, Canal Zone.
In this connection would state the bank is doing very well and that we
have several friends among S. 0. C., one of them "dad" (Jos. T.) Woods being
a director and stockholder, we also have a few other stockholders who are
members of the S. 0. C. I take this occasion to assure the Society and the
members thereof that any dealings they may have with us will have our careful
attention, and courteous treatment.
RAIFORD, ANDREW L.-Accounting Department, Balboa Heights.
RALL, EMIL J. (1911)-Clerk, Executive Office, Balboa Heights.
RANDALL, ORTEZ G. (1912)-702 North 81st Street, Seattle, Wash.
RAYMOND, FRANK-Stevedore, P. R. R., Cristobal.
READLE, WILLIAM H. (1912)-General Foreman, Mechanical Division,
REED, EDW. L.-Yardmaster, Terminal Construction, Balboa.
REEDER, DINNIS F. (1912)-Chief of Eye and Ear Clinic, Ancon Hos-
REESE, JOHN L.-Locomotive Engineer, Terminal Construction, Box 189,
REID, HOWARD M. (1911)-Punta Gordo, Fla.
REIDY, JOHN J. (1911)-Inspector of Plumbing, Ancon.
RICHMOND, JOHN (1912)-Machinist, Mechanical Division, Cristobal.
ROBERTS, RICHARD W.-General Foreman, Terminal Construction,
Paraiso. States address, 8818 Broadway, Cleveland, O.
ROBERTSON, WM. T. (1912)-Recorder, Lock Operation, Corozal.
SROBINSON, A. L. (1912)-Consulting Engineer, The Barber Asphalt
Paving Co., Land Title Building, Philadelphia, Pa.
ROBINSON, RENNIE R. (1912)-Foreman, 829 North Jackson Street,
ROCHE, PAUL EDW.-Foreman, Deceased, 1914.
ROESSNER, WILLIAM E. (1912)-Clerk, Mailing Bureau, Balboa
ROUDABUSH, ROBERT M. (1912)-Clerk, Accounting Department,
ROUNSEVELL, GUY K. (1913)-Accountant, Accounting Department,
ROWE. HARTLEY (1911)-Assistant Electrical Engineer, Balboa Heights.
ROWLEY, WILLIAM (1912)-1109 West 19th Street, Des Moines,
Iowa, c/o J. H. Byrnes.
RUCH, OMAR J. (1913)-Chief Time Inspector, Balboa Heights.
RUGGLES, GEO. H. (1911)-Lansford, Pa.
RUSSELL, MISS GENEVIEVE (1911)-Nurse, Health Department,
RUSSELL, WM. G.-Brown Hoist Operator, P. R. R., Cristobal.
RUTLEDGE, RICHARD B. (1912)-Clerk, Health Department, Ancon.
SALA, F. L.-Entering the office of the United Fruit Company in New
Orleans (my home town) on the morning of May 2, 1908, I inquired the rate
of passage to Colon.
"Fifty-five dollars," replied the polite young man behind the desk.
"Have you not a cheaper rate?"
"Second cabin, forty-five dollars."
"But your cheapest rate."
The young man looked at me.
"You do not wish steerage, do you?"
"Phew!" and the polite young man whistled. "You are aware the steerage
is not a paradise."
"At any rate I wish to learn for myself."
"Very well, the cost is twenty-five dollars."
A few moments later I received my ticket, and was on my way to Colon.
My Canal days have been working days, when well, and "Red Cross" days
when sick, and between times, I have made love, studied Spanish, and walked
Spanish in the jungles. Address, Balboa.
SARTOR, RALPH H. (1913)-Surveying Division, Balboa Heights.
SARVEY, W. M. (1913)-I came down on the Isthmus as a locomotive
engineer on August 27, 1906, to help to dig the great big ditch, and now the
ditch is finished and in full bloom, and I would like to make the Isthmus my
future home. Address, Pedro Miguel.
SASSE, DAVID T.-Born in Dunnville, Ontario, Can., April 9, 1881.
Educated in the public schools of Corning and Lancaster, N. Y. Employed
on the Isthmus May 20, 1907 in the Electrical Department, Mechanical
Division. Resigned on April 18, 1914. At present planting a coffee farm in
Chiriqui. Address, Boquete, Province of Chiriqui, Republic of Panama.
SCHEETS, L. G. (1912)-Clerk, Record Bureau, Balboa Heights.
SCHILDHAUER, EDWARD-Born in Wisconsin in 1872. He attended.
the public schools, and being musically inclined began playing in public at the
age of nine years, performing on various instruments at different times in the
home band and theatre orchestra. For several seasons he toured with Hensler's
Juvenile Band of Milwaukee as solo cornetist. Later he attended a business
college in Milwaukee.
Mr. Schildhauer entered the University of Wisconsin on January 4, 1894,
and graduated with the class of 1897, with the degree of Bachelor of Science
in Electrical Engineering. In 1911 the Master's degree of Electrical Engineer
was conferred upon him. After graduating from the University he entered
the employ of J. G. White & Co., and was engaged on railway work in and near
In 1898 he entered the construction department of the Chicago Edison
Company, from which he transferred to the drafting room of their engineering
department. During his connection with this Company from 1898 to 1906 he
was responsible for a great many improvements in central station and sub-sta-
tion design and construction. Some of the improvements are protected by
letters patent and form the nucleus of manufacturing establishments. He
was instrumental in forming the Minerallac Company, manufacturers of insu-
lating compounds and electrical apparatus, of which le was elected Secretary-
On the 15th of November 1906, he entered the employ of the Isthmian Canal
Commission, as Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, the office being located
in Washington until September 2, 1907, when it was transferred to the Isthmus.
During his service with the Commission Mr. Schildhauer was occupied with
the designing, manufacturing and installing, of the machinery and electrical
equipment for the Canal locks, spillways, and the Gatun hydroelectric station
with transmission lines and sub-stations at Gatun, Cristobal, Miraflores and
One of the first problems undertaken was the design and inspection of the
steam turbine power stations at Gatun and Miraflores.
The machinery for the operation of the lock gates, valves, etc., is all of original
design, notably the machine for maneuvering the lock gates, which was patented.
Letters Patent were also granted on the towing locomotives and the towing
One of the boldest steps taken by Mr. Schildhauer was in his specifications
for the control of the lock machinery from a central point with synchronous
indicators, representing the apparatus in miniature on a switchboard, and inter-
locks for safe and inexpensive manipulation of the lockages.
Mr. Schildhauer was active in various affairs in the Canal Zone and when he
resigned from the Canal service on July 13, 1914, he also resigned as Chairman
of the Panama Section of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers,
Chairman of the Canal Zone Chapter of the American National Red Cross
Society, President of the University Club of the Isthmus of Panama, Vice-
President of the Washington Cotillion Club and Chairman of the Floor Com-
mittee of the Tivoli Club.
He is a member of various engineering societies including the American
Institute of Electrical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Ameri-
can Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Electric Light Association,
American Electro-Chemical Society and Illuminating Engineering Society.
Mr. Schildhauer's permanent address is the Engineers' Club, 32 W. 40th
Street, New York City.
SCHWALENBERG, MARTIN A.-After spending seven years on the
ditch I had the honor of being one of the basket-ball players of the Cristobal
Y. M. C. A. of the years 1910-1911, without defeat, playing 12 games per
year and bringing us champions of both'years of winning 24 games without a
defeat. With all this I would like to see the Society organize at some date a
team from its members to play the younger arrivals among us today.
I arrived here February 24, 1908. States address Baltimore, Md.; Isthmian
address, Paraiso, C. Z.
SELBY, F. PAYNE (1912)-Discharged at expiration of injury leave,
April 1, 1914. Latest address, Hotel Vendome, Washington, D. C.
SESSIONS, ARTHUR C. (1911)-Born in Virginia, October 2, 1869.
Entered the service of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad as messenger boy in 1884;
served as operator, dispatcher, conductor, chief dispatcher and train master on
various railroads in the United States. Entered the service of the Canal
Commission as Train Master in May, 1905; promoted to Assistant Super-
intendent in 1906, and to Superintendent of Transportation in 1908, which
position he held until water was turned into the Canal in October, 1913. Left
the service of the Isthmian Canal Commission October 10, 1913 to enter the
service of the United Fruit Company a's General Superintendent of the Chan-
guinola Railway, which position he-now holds. Address, Bocas del Toro.
SEXTON, CHAS. B. (1912)-903 Monadnock Building, San Francisco,
SHADY, R. C. (1911)-Foreman, Municipal Engineering, Corozal.
SHAW, CHAS. A. (1912)-Resigned, 1914, last address, P. 0. Box 429,
SHEIBLEY, F. HEBER-Translator of English and Spanish. Born
November 29, 1875, at South Whitley, Ind. Parents, Samuel A. and Sarah
(Parrot) died prior to the year 1878. Under the tutorship of guardians up to
the age of 17. Education: Common school and normal institute at Valparaiso,
Ind. Prior to coming to the Isthmus of Panama filled stenographic positions
in Chicago and New York City. Employed with the Chicago Cheese Co.,
South Water Street, Chicago, during the World's Fair year of 1893. With
trade publications, New York City, for two years, part of the work there con-
sisting of reporting for the Painters' Magazine. Received flattering offer from
Pacific Mail Steamship Co., New York City, in July, 1896 for employment on
the Isthmus. Same was accepted and sailed for Panama July 20, arriving
here July 27 of that year. Remained here ever since. Ten years with the
Pacific Mail, serving in the capacities of stenographer, general clerk, and chief
clerk at their Panama Agency. Married at Kansas City, Mo., October 24,
1901, to Alice France of Sioux Falls, So. Dak. Divorced in May 1914. Joined
Isthmian Canal Commission May 7, 1906, as Spanish Translator with the
Supreme and Circuit Courts. Retained the same position with the District
Court under the permanent organization. Ten years with the New York Sun
in the capacity of correspondent, principally cable news, as a special side line
following the secession of Panama. Have also done considerable court re-
porting and some convention work. Address, Ancon, Canal Zone.
SHIPLEY, WILLIAM F. (1912)-Resigned at close of Isthmian Canal
Commission administration. Address, 179 Prince George Street, Annapolis,
SIBERT, W. L., Lieut. Col. Corps of Engineers, U. S. A., (1913)-At
close of the Isthmian Canal Commission organization on April 1, 1914 Col.
Siebert was made a member of the Committee on Preparations for the Panama
Pacific Exposition. Later he was sent to China by the American National Red
Cross to examine and report upon a project for controlling the floods of Chinese
rivers. Address c/o Adjutant General, Washington.
SICKLER, ALBERT F. (1912)-(Out of service) living in Panama. Ad-
SIGGINS, MICHAEL (1913)-Plumber, Building Division, Ancon.
SILER, JOHN E.-Chief Clerk, Division of Dredging, Paraiso.
SILL, FREDERICK DE VEBER (1913)-Born May 30, 1885, at Cohoes,
N. Y. He attended the public schools in Cohoes and was graduated from the
Albany Academy in 1903. He entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute the
same year, and was graduated in 1907 with the degree of C. E. He received
an appointment as rodman, Isthmian Canal Commission, August 1, 1907;
arrived on the Isthmus August 7, and was assigned to the old Department of
Municipal Engineering, transferred to the Central Division as levelman,
January 1, 1908, promoted to transitman, March 1, 1909, Junior Engineer
March 1, 1913. Transferred to Office of Landscape Architect February 6,
1914, and on May 19, 1914 was appointed Measurer of vessels for canal tolls
reporting to the Captain of the Port, Balboa, C. Z., which position he now
holds. States address, The Rectory, Cohoes, N. Y.
SIMKINS, A. B.-Conductor, P. R. R., Cristobal.
SIMMONS, CLINTON 0. (1911)-Inspector, Mechanical Division,
SIMONSON, CARL O.-Born at Randall, Iowa, January 23, 1881. Came
to the Isthmus October 25, 1907. Now employed as Foreman Balboa Car
Shops. U. S. address 1917 South Arno Street, Albuquerque, N. M.
SIMPSON, S. S. (1912)-Resigned, 1914. Accountant for Panama Govern-
ment. Addresses, Ancon, and Scarrett Building, Kansas City, Mo.
SIMS, ELI (1911)-Carpenter, Corozal.
SINE, E. P. (1911)-Accounting Department, Balboa Heights.
SINGER, J. S. (1911)-Clerk, 638 South Street, Corner Charles Street, New
Orleans, La., or Union League Club, Philadelphia, Pa.
SISSON, BENJ. F. (1911)-Resigned, July 10, 1914. Address 261 Valen-
tine Street, Fall River, Mass.
SLATER, ARTHUR A.-Operator, Dredging Division, Pedro Miguel.
SMALLWOOD, THOMAS H. (1912)-In the automobile business, Panama,
doing well. P. O. Box 149, Ancon.
SMITH, DREW E.-States address, c/o C. G. Neylands, R. F. D. No. 2,
SMITH, H. C.-Commissary Storekeeper, Pedro Miguel.
SMITH, LE ROY-Foreman, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
SMITH, J. M. (1911)-Fortification Division, Ancon.
SMITH, JOHN H. JR., (1911)-Chief, Bureau of Records, Executive Office,
SMITH, JULIAN C.-Tuskegee, Alabama.
SMITH, LE ROY (1912)-Foreman, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
SMITH, THOMAS H.-316 West 29th Street, Baltimore, Md.
SNEDEKER, CARTIE C. (1913)-Born July 7, 1876, in Aurora, Ohio.
He finished his education at Oberlin, Ohio; entered the United States Navy
as an apprentice on November 6, 1891, honorably discharged July 6, 1897.
He served on the U. S. S. Resolute during the Spanish American War. He was
in the service of the U. S. Army Engineers under Colonel Wm. Black in Havana,
Cuba from 1899 to 1902 as master; 1902 to 1904, United States Railways of
Cuba as Inspector of Steamboats; 1904 to 1905 as foreman Marine Railway;
1905 to 1910 in the service of the Isthmian Canal Commission as Master and
General Foreman, Atlantic Dredging; 1910 to 1912, supervisor of Water
Transportation, covering sand, stone and rock for Gatun Locks and Spillway;
1912 to June 1914, supervisor in charge of West Breakwater construction; and
from then to present date, supervisor in charge of East Breakwater con-
struction. Address, Cristobal.
SNEDIKER, RANDOLPH E. (1913)-Mate, Dredging Division, Paraiso.
SNYDER, ADAM F.-2 West F Street, Sparrows Point, Md.
SOMMERVILLE, ROBERT (1912)-Locomotive Engineer, Terminal
SONNEMAN, OTTO F. (1911)-Foreman, Supply Department, Balboa
SPALDING, W. J. (1912)-Assistant Engineer, Muhicipal Division, Coro-
SPEICHER, JOHN (1912)-Wireman, Police and Fire Division, Ancon.
SPENCER, ALFRED E. (1912)-Marine Engineer, 385 Valley Road, West
Orange, N. J.
SPICER, GEO. E.-Corozal.
SPROUSE, FRANCES P. (1912)-Nurse, Health Department, Ancon.
STANTON, F. C--Greenville, Miss.
STANTON, JORDAN M.-Winder, Ga.
START, ARTHUR E.-2440 J Street, San Diego, Cal.
ST. CLAIR, DAN (1911)-Home address, Fredericktown, Mo., Box 120
R. F. D. No. 3. Present address, c/o Ben Johnson, Miami, Florida.
STEPHENS, WALTER E. (1911)-Born at Minneapolis, Minn., April 11,
1873; received public school education and manual training course at Central
High School; learned the carpenter trade and was employed in railroad con-
struction work through Minnesota, Dakota and Montana; moved to St. Louis
in 1896 to engage in building construction work. In 1898, enlisted in the
United States Regular Army; was private in Company B First United States
Infantry, served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War and was mustered
out in the province of Pina del Rio, Cuba. At the close of the war located in
New York City and was employed as instructor in manual training. On
September 5, 1905 received a Government appointment in the States to a
position on the Panama Canal and has a record of continuous service from that
date, serving two years as clerk around old "Tivoli Hill," one year as steno-
grapher in the Administration Building, Culebra, five years as Material Fore-
man at Mount Hope Depot under Captain Courtland Nixon, U. S. A. In
June 1914, was placed in full charge of the Depot inventory and on completion
of same, amounting in value to more than two million dollars worth of stock,
was promoted by Mr. Chas. H. Mann, Depot Quartermaster, to the position
of General Foreman of Mount Hope Depot in which capacity now employed.
On the opening of the Canal for passage of boats had-the pleasure of being on
board of the first ocean liner to pass through having received one of the much
valued personal invitations given to the "old timers" by Governor Geo. R.
Goethals, Builder of the Panama Canal. During the early period of construction
work on the Isthmus, took an active part in trying to interest the Y. M. C. A.
in the States to start a branch on the Canal Zone and later had the pleasure of
seeing a fellow member from his home Y. M. C. A., 23rd Street Branch, New
York City, Mr. W. H. Baxley, appointed as secretary of the first Y. M. C. A.
club house on the Canal Zone, located at Culebra where he rendered noble
service and will long be remembered by a host of brawny "canal diggers" as
a good old sport. In May 1912, while on a vacation taken in Costa Rica fell
in love and after a year's effort in trying to learn Spanish returned and was
married to Grace Troyo Anderson in the Ingelsia de San Nicolas, Cartago,
Costa Rica, and have one son "a chip of the old block," Walter Alfredo Ste-
phens. Was a charter member of the Society of the Chagres, is member of
the American Veterans of Foreign Service, is a member of the Masonic Fra-
ternity, a member of the Spanish War Veterans and also a member of the
Railway Storekeepers' Association whose main object isto better the methods of
handling, caring for and distribution of supplies.
STEVENS, FLETCHER (1911)-You ask me for biography. I don't
know as I have any. Am right here where you left me four years ago, custodian
of the watershed and reservoir. Still I'm very thankful for I know there's no
derricks to fall out here. I think by the time you have completed your book
for this year, I will have ten years service completed, and when I left the
States I told the folks I intended to stick out a year anyway. I'm thinking of
trying for ten more. Especially after that last vacation in New York during
last winter's blizzard. Absolutely and positively no more snow for mine.
I enclose a few gags and if you can use any your are merciful indeed. Some
fact and some fiction. With best wishes for your welfare and that of all the
members of the Society past and present. Brozos Brook, C. Z., November 10,
STEVENS, MASTERS B.-A native of Georgia, was employed by the
Commission August 30, 1906, and was assigned for duty as stenographer in the
Cristobal office of what was then known as the Branch of Labor and Quarters;
in June 1907, was transferred to the Culebra office, where he served as personal
stenographer to Captain R. E. Wood and Mr. Jackson Smith, the latter at that
time Manager of the Department of Labor, Quarters and Subsistence, and
later, when the old department was abolished and the Quartermaster's Depart-
ment organized, continued in the same capacity with Colonel C. A. Devol,
Chief Quartermaster; in July 1911, was made clerk in charge of United States
requisitions in the Chief Quartermaster's office; July 22, 1914, was made Chief
Clerk of the Supply Department, which combined the old Quartermaster's
and Subsistence Departments; when departmental chief clerkships were
abolished upon removal of department heads to the new'Administration Build-
ing at Balboa Heights was, effective September 24, 1914, made Secretary to the
STEVENSON, JESSE H. (1912)-Clerk, Executive Office, Balboa Heights.
STEWARD, WM. S.-Aurora, Mo.
STEWART, A. B. (1913)-Patternmaker, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
STEWART, F. F. (1911)-Master, Canal Transportation, Cristobal.
STEWART, MALCOLM-Foreman, Municipal Division, Ancon.
STEWART, W. B. (1913)-Foreman, Terminal Construction, Paraiso.
STOCCHINI, T. F. (1912)-Conductor, Terminal Construction, Balboa.
STODDARD, CHAS. (1912)-Zona, Fla.
STODDARD, RICHARD J. (1912)-Cutter and Welder, Mechanical
STOEHR, GEO. P.-1431 College Avenue, Terre Haute, Ind.
STOLBERG, ERNEST W. (1912)-2969 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit,
STOLLMACK, A. J.-Clerk, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
STONE, A. K.-953 Park Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
STONE, HUGH J.-Inspector, Mechanical Division, Pedro Miguel.
STORM, W. H. (1911)-Transferred to Atlantic Fortifications November
1, 1913, resigned August.1, 1914. Sailed August 5 for his home in Sabetha,
STROBRIDGE, FRED L.-Conductor, P. R. R., Ancon.
STROCK, WILLIAM T. (1912)-Hamden, Sidney, Va.
STRONG, GEO. W.-Draftsman, Mechanical Division, Corozal.
STRONG, JAMES M. (1913)-5502 Lansdowne Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa.
STUBNER, CHARLES (1913)-Foreman, P. R. R., Cristobal.
STURDIVANT, ROY H.-Yarmouth, Maine.
SWAIN,.BERNIE E.-Master, Dredging Division, Paraiso.
SWANSON, FREDERICK G. (1911)--Sailed from New York for Isthmian
Canal Commission service, in S. S. Finance, June 29, 1905, and arrived on the
Isthmus July 7. He has been continuously employed in the Mechanical
Division to date, having served as general clerk, file clerk, Chief of Division
(timekeeping); Chief Clerk at Empire and Cristobal Shops; Chief Accountant
and Assistant Chief Clerk of the Division with headquarters at Gorgona, and
since July 21, 1913 as Chief Clerk, with temporary offices at Empire from
August 15, 1913, to February 25, when the Mechanical Division headquarters
was moved to the site of the permanent shops at Balboa.
Activities on the Canal Zone outside of the Isthmian Canal Commission
and the Panama Canal, have included the University and International Clubs
in the early days, Y. M. C. A. athletics, discussion and debating clubs with
politics, economics, disarmament and allied topics as favorite subjects, track
meets, "Cribbage," Red Cross, Tivoli Club, "longevity" proxy for "kickers"
in the P. D. & M. Co., Director of the P. S. L. and Ref. Co., Notary Public and
Isthmian Correspondent of the Tidioute News, Titusville-Herald and other
unheard of "weeklies."
He is a graduate of the Municipal University of Akron (formerly Buchtel
College) Ph.B., 1904, member of the Canal Zone Bar, Alpha Delta Tau and
K. of P. First lived in vicinity of Tidioute, Pa., later in Akron and Cleveland
and now claims legal residence in Gooding, Idaho, where he hopes to convert
sage 'brush desert into alfalfa gold mines.
He has not yet, however, resigned his position of Chief Clerk of the Me-
chanical Division of the Panama Canal.
TABER, JOHN A.-Foreman, Municipal Division, Cristobal.
TABER, CHAS. S. (1912)-65 Franklin Avenue, Revere, Mass.
TALTY, JOHN W. (1911)-9 Richfield Street, Dorchester, Mass.
TANNEHILL, J. W. (1912)-Came out to old home at Norfolk, Neb.,
March 1, and bought lots and built three houses for rental purposes. With
these I realized 10% on investment net. While working on these places I was
urged to take charge of the Commercial Club of this city at $125.00 per month
and signed up for six months. At the expiration of that time, I was offered
a position with the agent of the Ford and Overland cars as salesman with a
chance of a share in the business later on. I have had fifteen days of the new
work and find it very much to my liking. The work takes me outside a great
deal and allows me time for looking after my farm and town property.
These cold mornings are fine for the system but they are splendid reminders
of the lovely warm days you all are having down south. I am glad to be
settled in the north again but at that there are many things I miss down on the
old Canal and I am really homesick at times. However, I am doing too well
to think of ever leaving the U. S. I wish I had some of the old timers up here
for neighbors. We will sail through some day and see you all. Address,
Norfolk, Neb., October 15, 1914.
TAYLOR, RICHARD G. (1913)-Clerk, Dredging Division, Paraiso.
TAYLOR, WILLIAM (1912)-Secretary, Joint Land Commission; form-
erly Chief Clerk Mechanical Division, I. C. C. Entered service March 24,
1906; resigned July 21, 1913. Entered service of Joint Land Commission as
Secretary June 6, 1914. Offices, National Palace, Panama. Married, two
children, William Taylor 2nd, age 5 years; and Edith Hope Taylor, age.2 years.
TAYLOR, WM. D. (1913)-Postmaster, Gatun. States address, 28
Pleasant Street, South Weymouth, Mass.
TENNEY, MARK W. (1911)-As to the biography in the Year Book, it
might be added to my biography as it appears in the first Year Book that I
acted as Assistant Engineer on the Canal work until February 1913, and was
Superintendent of Construction on the Central Division from February, 1913
to January 1, 1914. Address, Holly, Mich., August 8, 1914.
TEXTOR, HARRY N. (1913)-Foreman, Building Division, Ancon.
THAXTON, C. D. (1912)-General Delivery, Atlanta, Ga.
THOMAS, TREVOR-Resigned, July 23, 1914. Address, Sharon, Pa.
THOMSON, WALTER S.-Rock Springs, Ala.
THOMPSON, CHARLES W.-Locomotive Engineer, Terminal Con-
THOMPSON, E. R. (1912)-Bellefontaine, Ohio.
THOMPSON, F. Y. (1911)-Bowling Green, Ky., on Isthmus now tem-
THOMPSON, THOS. C. (1912)-Marine Engineer, Dredging Division,
THOMPSON, W. L. (1911)-212 South Shelby Street, Greenville, Miss.
THORNTON, EDW. B.-Agent, P. R. R., Gatun,
TIPTON, GEO. W. (1911)-Sergeant, Police and Fire Division.
TOWNSEND, LESTER A.-Clerk, Ancon. States address, 22 Ran-
dolph Street, San Angelo, Tex.
TRAGSDORF, WILLIAM E. (1911)-In charge of baggage transfer
business, P. R. R., Cristobal.
TRASK, H. R.-Sanitary Inspector, Culebra.
TUCKER, JAS. E. (1911)-21 Franklin Street, Concord, N. H.
TURNER, ANNA R. (1911)-Nurse, Health Department, Ancon.
TURNER, EDWARD G. (1912)-Operator, Dredging Division, Paraiso.
TURNER, EDW. K. (1912)-Inspector, Health Department, Cristobal.
TYSINGER, J. D.-Master Carpenter, P. R. R., Balboa Heights.
TWEEDLIE, ROBERT-D. D. Engineer, Dredging Division, Paraiso.
URWILER, CHARLES J. (1913)-Born in Philadelphia, Pa., January
18, 1876. Was educated in the public schools and Central High School of that
city. Entered the services of the T. C. Dill Machine Company as Machinist
apprentice 1893 and worked there four years. U. S. Arsenal at Frankford,
Philadelphia, as tool-maker and machinist 1897-1903. Transferred to U. S.
Mint as tool-maker and worked there from 1903 to 1906. Resigned to take
position with Electrelle Company of Philadelphia as tool-room foreman,
where he worked one year. Received an appointment from the Isthmian
Canal Commission as tool-maker machinist March 11, 1907, resigned after
seven months' service, and was reemployed as engineer November 20, 1907. He
has been employed continuously by the I. C. C. and the Panama Canal since
1907. Enlisted 'in First Regiment, Company H, Pennsylvania Volunteers,
March 27, 1898, was mustered out September 15, 1898. Address, Cristobal.
VAUGHN, E. I. (1913)-No change in autobiography since last issue.
October 21, 1914.
VALENTINE, AMELIA J.-Ancon Hospital, Ancon. Home address,
VANCE, DEWITT C. (1911)-102 Griffith Street, Salem, N. J.
VANDEBURGH, C. L. (1912)-Junior Engineer, Dredging Division,
VANDENBERG, HARRY-Home address, R. F. D. No. 1, Grand Rapids,
Wood Co., Wis. Present address, 704 Lovejoy Street, Portland, Oregon.
VAN DEVENTER, MARTHA-Nurse, Health Department, Ancon.
VAN HARDEVELD, JOHN A. (1912)-Sidney, Neb.
VAN ZANDT, C. L. (1911)-Phoenix, Ariz.
VREELAND, E. H.-Locomotive Engineer, Terminal Construction.
No. 6 Foreman Street, Bradford, Pa.
WAHLQUIST, OSCAR-General Foreman, Terminal Construction, Ancon.
WAID, E. S.-Terminal Trainmaster, P. R. R., Cristobal.
WALKER, MRS. BERTHA HOLLY-Cashier, P. R. R., Ancon.
WALKER, R. B.-Receiving and Forwarding Agent, Balboa Docks,
WALLING, CLIFFORD T. (1913)-523 East Ohio Avenue, Muncie, Ind,
WALRAVEN, FRANCIS W. (1912)-Locomotive Engineer, Terminal
WALSH, JOHN J.--General Foreman, General Construction, Gatun.
WARDLAW, R. H. (1911)-Resigned, December 1914, to become a partner
in The Panama Steamship Agencies Co. Address, Panama City.
WARNER, A. M. (1911)-Postmaster, Balboa Heights.
WARREN, H. P. (1912)-345 North 34th Street, Lincoln, Neb.
WARREN, RUDOLPH G. (1913)- Steamship Craneman, Balboa.
WATSON, LULU M.-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa Heights.
WATSON, ROY R. (1913)-Born at Mattoon, Ill., September 21, 1882.
He attended the public schools in Mattoon until 1897 when he moved with his
parents to a Madison County farm, near Canton, Miss. In 1899 moved to
Larimore, North Dakota, and was employed at various jobs in mercantile,
bank and railroad offices. Six months of the life in the Northwest was spent in
Grand Forks, North Dakota. In September, 1905, he entered the service of
the St. L. S. W. Railway at Pine Bluff, Ark., and during the same year trans-
ferred to the Texas Division of this railroad; lived at Mount Pleasant.
'In March 1907, he was appointed Clerk for the Isthmian Canal Commission;
first employed at Empire, Auditor's Office, then to Cristobal with Labor,
Quarters and Subsistence Department; later to Gatun with Quartermaster's
Department; then to Pedro Miguel, and then back to Cristobal. On January
1, 1914, he was transferred to Ancon as District Quartermaster, .Supply De-
partment, which position he still holds.
He is married to Olive Clark Downes, and has one son born February 27,
1911, and one daughter born December 10, 1913. Address, Ancon.
WATTS, GEORGE H.-I was born in Liverpool, England, on May 16,
1872 and received an elementary education up to the age of 12 years. I
entered the service of the London & North Western Railroad at home and
remained with them for 9 years, when I set sail for foreign parts with the full
intention of going around the world, which I completed after undergoing many
hardships. I arrived in the United States in February, 1897, and commenced
work in the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, as boiler makers helper and
from then on I followed engineering, working in several ship and railroad
yards. I took a civil service examination for steam shovel fireman in January
1905, and was appointed in May the same year, arriving on the Isthmus on
May the 23rd, and started to work the next day in Culebra on erecting work. I
gained promotion very rapidly and was made an engineer in August 1907, hav-
ing worked the entire Canal from Porto Bello to Naos Island and resigned in
September 1913. Address, Woodstock, New Brunswick, October 14, 1914.
WEBER, H. E.-Grant's Pass, Oregon.
WEBSTER, MRS. A. J.-(nee Maud H. B. Hunt) Wife of General Foreman,
Terminal Construction. Address, Paraiso.
WEBSTER, J. LEON-c/o J. C. Webster, Concord Avenue, Hartford,
WEBSTER, LEWIS A. (1913)-Steamshovel Engineer, Balboa. States
address, 120 South State Street, Painesville, Ohio.
WEIDMAN, CHARLES E.-Resigned, April 14, 1914. 319 North 11th
Street, Lincoln, Nebraska.
WEIDMAN, FRANK-Mt. Carroll, Carroll Co., Ill.
WEITZ, WM. H.-9 West Sixth Street, North Scituate, R. I.
WENTWORTH, EVERETT A.-Foreman, Building Division, Corosal.
WESTBURG, JOHN E. (1912)-Policeman, Ancon.
WESTCOTT, FRED M. (1912)-Station A, R. F. D. No. 5, Toledo, Ohio.
WESTON, ALBERT F.-Foreman, Ancon, and 434 W. Cayuga Street,
WHALER, JOHN W.-Clerk, Timekeeping Bureau, Balboa Heights.
WHIPPLE, C. E. (1912)-I have your souvenir postal asking for biography,
and wish to compliment you on the postal, it struck me as quite clever, that is
the souvenir idea. I am enclosing a brief autobiography up-to-date, but if
you need filling, you might simply add the part beginning with "resigned"
to the old dope and run it that way. I have a great many recollections of
Canal days, but find it pretty difficult to tell an interesting story. I am en-
closing one which might appeal to those of mechanical turn, however.
Resigned from I. C. C. October 9, 1913. Since then Treasurer and General
Manager, New York Central Iron Works Company, Hagerstown, Maryland.
I maintain an open house for all Canal diggers who get canned, quit or take a
vacation. COME TO HAGERSTOWN. Address, Hagerstown, Md.,
October 23, 1914.
WHITAKER, C. L. (1911)-Clerk, Accounting Department, Balboa
WHITE, F. D. (1912)-Resigned October 3, 1913. Address, Forestville,
WHITE, HUGH J.-Ancon. States address, Broad Run, Va.
WHITE, JAMES-Molder, Mechanical Division, Balboa. 165 Willow
Street, Lawrence, Mass.
WHITE, S. M. (1911) -Cristobal.
WHITE, WALTER J. (1911--Greenville, Miss.
WHITEHEAD, WILBUR W.-Boonton, N. J.
WHITMAN, EDINA SCOTT-Cristobal.
WHITNEY, GEO. A.-Locomotive Engineer, Terminal Construction,
WHYTE, WALTER J. (1912)-36 East 23d Street, New York City.
WILLIAMS, E. J. (1912)-1454 Asbury Avenue, Evanston, Illinois.
WILLIAMSON, JAMES D.-Ancon.
WILLSON, LEWIS E. (1911)-Born at Waterville, Marshall County, Kan.,
March 12, 1881; graduated from high school in May, 1897; attended Kansas
State University and taught in common and high schools until February, 1905;
was appointed clerk under the Isthmian Canal Commission, for service on the
Isthmus of Panama, sailing from New Orleans, February 22, 1905; was em-
ployed with the Division of Material and Supplies in the City of Panama until
September, 1905, when that office was transferred to Cristobal; remained in
that department as clerk and accountant until its activities were taken over by
the Quartermaster's Department October 1, 1908; transferred to Mount Hope
Depot November 24, 1908; was appointed Chief Clerk of Mount Hope Depot on
May 7, 1909, and continued in that capacity until January 5, 1914, when he
was transferred to the office of the Examiner of Accounts to take charge of the
newly organized Material and Property Accounting Division. He is at present
in charge of that work in the Accounting Department at Balboa Heights. He
is a member of the Odd Fellow and Masonic orders, having received the 32nd
degree of Masonry in Topeka, Kan., during October, 1903. He is also a mem-
ber of the Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and is Secretary of the Panama
Shriners' Club. He was married on May 27, 1909, to Miss Bertha Knudtson
Njos, of Evansville, Wis. His permanent address is Waterville, Kan.; Isthmian
address, Balboa Heights.
WILSON, CHAS. M.-1115 Wilson Avenue, Salt Lake City.
WILSON, H. S.-Port of Havana Docks Co., Havana, Cuba.
WILSON, PAUL 8.-Chief, Bureau of Information, Balboa Heights.
WILLSON, FRED DES.-Chief, Division of Meteorology and Hydro-
graphy, Balboa Heights.
WINDES, WILLIAM N. (1912)-Tempe, Ariz.
WIRZ, CHARLES C. J. (1912)-Real Estate Agent, Panama. Address,
WOLVERTON, DAVID R. (1912)-Please note the following correction
to be made in my autobiography, when the next Year Book is printed. The
name "Rev. Thomas Blake," as shown in the 1912Year Book should read
"Rev. Thomas Leake." Ancon, August 3, 1914.
WOOD, R. E. Capt. U. S. A. (1911)-Constructing Quartermaster, in
charge of all building construction. Balboa Heights.
WOOD, W. M. (1911)-I was really overpowered to receive such a letter
from you as the one dated May 20 last forwarded to my address. Rather than
possibly stray from the point and have to reiterate it at the last of the let-
ter, I will get it off my mind and say, enclosed please find three dollars in the
coin of the realm which passes muster here the same as on the Isthmus. The
only trouble I have is getting enough for the muster.
Was glad to hear that you had been prevailed upon to return to the service,
and have no doubt that the service has been aware of that return at least
once per month when you visited the old office where I used to hold out. Keep
it up as long, and as strong as you can.
Cuba is a great little island and some day, if we can hold things down, we
may be able to run over and see you folks again even if we do not have leave
accrue without being a "vested right."
Give my best regards to McIlvaine, "U. S. Marshal" May, DePut, if he
shows up, "Old man" Collins and any others who have been able to give up
their best interests and still help their country.
Should you or any of the others get over here would be delighted to have a
visit from you. Address, Tiguabos, Cuba, July 26, 1914.
WOODS, J. T. (1911)-Conductor, P. R. R.
WOODSIDE, JAMES-Foreman, Mechanical Division, Balboa.
WOODSUM, WALTER C. (1912)-Locomotive Engineer, Terminal
WOOLFOLK, T. R.-Foreman, Commissary Division, R. F. D. No. 1,
WRIGHT, DAN E. (1912)-Superintendent, Southern District, Municipal
Engineering. Home and Address, Ancon.
WYNNE, J. (1911)-In the event of the Year Book of the Chagres Society
being revised, as was intimated in your circular letter some time ago, the
only changes at all necessary in my case, would be to change Department of
Sanitation to Timekeeping Bureau, and three children instead of two. These
changes would appear respectively in the first and last line. Address, Balboa
Heights, September 14, 1914.
YOCUM, B. THOMAS-1014 West Landale Street, Baltimore, Md.
YOUNG, JAMES R.-Conductor, Terminal Construction, Balboa.
YOUNG, THOMAS H. (1912)-Balboa Heights.
ZINN, A. S. (1912)-Consulting Engineer, Republic of Panama, Panama
City. Residence, The Sea Wall, Panama.
THE YEAR 1914 IN CANAL HISTORY.
BY JOHN 0. COLLINS.
During 1914 the old construction days merged
into the "operation and maintenance" era; the
spirit of the canal community changed; the old
idea of "picnic," the temporary attitude of mind,
gave place to one of permanence. The Isthmus
As you leaf over the pages of The Canal Record,
the big events that stand out in 1914 are as fol-
January 7-The Alexander La Valley, crane
boat, which had been brought up to Culebra
Cut from the Atlantic entrance was taken through
Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks to the Pacific
entrance; first voyage from salt water to salt
January 16-Taboga Sanatorium changed to
Hotel Aspinwall, where one may spend his time
by merely paying for entertainment.
January 17-Annual dinner of The Society of
February i-Atlantic and Fifth divisions abol-
February 4-Nomination of Col. Goethals to
be Governor of The Panama Canal confirmed by
February 5-Gatun Lake for first time reaches
85 foot level.
April i-Isthmian Canal Commission ceases
to exist and The Panama Canal, with Col.
Goethals as Governor, begins.
May 2-Annual dinner of The Incas (a society
of 1904 men) at Hotel Tivoli.
May 13-Porto Bello quarry closed.
June 3-Violent earthquake shock, vertical
movement, no damage.
June 28-Panama Railroad old main line
changed so as to include Balboa.
June 30-Canal Zone Supreme Court holds last
July 9-Erection of one of the 6oo-foot towers
at Darien Radio Station begun.
July 15-First "move" into new Administra-
tion Building at Balboa made by Timekeepers'
offices from Culebra and Cristobal.
July 20-Explosion in Culebra Cut wrecked
drill barge Teredo and killed four Americans and
two West Indians.
August 3-Voyage of the Cristobal through the
August 9-Voyage of the Advance from Cristo-
bal through Miraflores Locks.
August 15-Official opening of the Canal,
voyage of the Ancon, first complete passage of the
Canal from entrance to entrance.
August 3o-Governor's office and administra-
tive offices moved from Culebra to the new Ad-
ministration Building at Balboa.
October 14-20-A slide (bottom heave) in the
east bank of Culebra Cut immediately north of
Gold Hill, blocked navigation six days.
THE FIRST PASSAGE.
Colonel Goethals has never been through the
This is one of the most remarkable facts con-
cerning the opening. But he saw to it that the
old canal men were on the first ship that made the
passage. The official opening was on August 15;
but before that other ships had used the waterway.
"Test voyages," The Colonel called them.
Something tells me that these "test voyages"
were made for the purpose of giving the real canal
builders the first chance. It could be found out
tomorrow whether this is true, simply by asking
him; but he might say "No," and I'd rather
think that he did this. At any rate the first
voyage for the purpose of this chronicle will not
be the "official" one, but the test trip made by the
Cristobal on August 3.
Invitations were issued to some of the older
employees, and were signed by "The Colonel"
personally. Those thus honored were:
Colonel and Mrs. H. F. Hodges and
H. H. Rousseau and son,
Captain and Mrs. Hugh Rodman,
Captain and Mrs. R. E. Wood,
Captain and Mrs. F. 0. Whitlock and
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. McIlvaine,
John K. Baxter,
Captain and Mrs. C. W. Barber and
Judge, Mrs. and Miss Feuille,
Wm. K. Jackson,
A. B. Nichols,
Captain and Mrs. W. H. Rose,
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. M. Wells,
F. H. Cooke,
Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Monniche,
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Walker,
W. G. Comber,
Lieutenant and Mrs. A. H. Acher,
Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Jacobson,
Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Mann,
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. A. Smith,
Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Clear,
Mr. and Mrs. John H. McLean,
Dr. and Mrs. M. E. Connor,
C. H. Motsett,
Chas. R. Williams,
Judge and Mrs. W. H. Jackson and
Colonel and Mrs. Chas. F. Mason
and three children,
Dr. and Mrs. A. B. Herrick and
Dr. and Mrs. R. C. Connor,
Dr. and Mrs. D. F. Reeder,
E. M. Goolsby,
W. H. May,
Judge and Mrs. S. E. Blackburn,
Levi M. Kagy,
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Elder,
J. Macfarlane and two children,
Miss Anna R. Turner,
Miss Mariette L. Meech,
Robert M. Glaw,
J. C. Angel,
Miss Mary Prial,
J. J. Meehan,
Miss Genevieve Russell,
J. P. Kyte,
M. S. Hathaway,
A. S. Jussen,
R. C. Shady,
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Smith, Jr.,
J. T. Duckworth,
A. B. Simkins,
A. R. Brown,
J. F. Dumanior,
C. C. Snedeker,
W. G. Thompson,
M. B. Stevens,
J. J. Jackson,
C. B. Cook,
J. B. Fields,
D. W. MacCormack,
C. B. Austin,
E. E. Harrod,
A. L. Hackenberg,
Chas. R. Campbell,
A. M. Warner,
A. E. Rogers,
R. T. Bradberry,
Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Malsbury,
Mr. and Mrs. Ad. Faure,
Paul S. Wilson,
W. E. Tragsdorf,
Dr. and Mrs. B. W. Caldwell,
G. DeL. Bliss,
The Misses Faure,
R. W. Bergin,.
M. B. Connolly,
R. H. Wardlaw,
D. E. Wright,
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. L. Parker, and
Dr. and Mrs. S. T. Darling
Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Zinn and son,
C. T. Watson,
J. W. Sneed,
J. V. Donahue,
R, W. Hebard,
Capt. and Mrs. C. A. Black,
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Vandeburg,
J. J. Moran,
Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Beyer,
H. D. Hinman,
J. B. Bishop,
Mr. and Mrs. Hartley Rowe,
Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Copeland and
W. C. Chester,
M. A. Griley,
F. G. Swanson,
Mrs. Jas. E. Martin,
Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Willson,
Mrs. R. H. Whitehead,
Mrs. W. R. Holloway,
Master W. H. Rose, Jr.,
Miss Margarite Rowe,
Mrs. D. E. Wright,
Wm. F. Ashton,
W. J. Spalding,
0. S. Boyd,
J. J. Reidy,
A. B. Dickson,
Mrs. C. R. Wentz,
The Rev. Moss Loveridge,
Mr. and Mrs. Stockelberg.
The Canal Record of August 5, 1914, said:
In anticipation of the opening of the Canal to traffic on August 15, as di-
rected by the Secretary of War, a test voyage from Cristobal to Balboa was
made on Monday, August 3, by the steamship Cristobal, of the Panama Rail-
road Steamship Line. A return trip was made on Tuesday, August 4.
The Cristobal is a steel twin-screw steamship of 9,606 gross and 6,195 net
tons. It is 489% feet long, over all, 58 feet in the beam and was drawing
about 25 feet of water at the time of passage. It is a sister ship of the Ancon
with which an official opening voyage will be made on August 15.
The Cristobal left Dock 9, Cristobal, shortly after 7 a.m.; stopped before
the lower guard gates of Gatun Locks at 8:15; entered Gatun Lake shortly
after 11; entered Culebra Cut at 1 p.m.; reached Pedro Miguel at 2:30; reached
Miraflores Locks at 3:40; entered the Pacific channel about 5:45; and arrived
opposite Balboa about 6:30. The voyage was made without operating inci-
dent, other than some minor difficulties with towing locomotives at Gatun and
Pedro Miguel Locks. On the return trip, the Cristobal left Balboa at 7:30 a.m.
August 4, and arrived at Cristobal at 4 p.m.
THE NEW REGIME.
The Isthmian Canal Commission ceased being
on March 31, 1914, and on April i, The Panama
Canal succeeded to the control of affairs. After
things settled down the new organization looked
Headquarters, Balboa Heights.
Col. Geo. W. Goethals, U. S. A., Governor.
\I. B. Stevens, Secretary to the Governor.
Lieut.-Col. Chester Harding, Assistant to the
C. A. McIlvaine, Executive Secretary.
W. P. Copeland, Chief Clerk.
John K. Baxter, Chief, Division of Civil
Capt. Chas. W. Barber, U. S. A., Chief,
Division of Police and Fire.
A. R. Lang, Superintendent of Schools.
Frank Feuille, Special Attorney, Ancon, Canal
Wmn. K. Jackson, District Attorney, Ancon,
DEPARTMENT OF OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE.
Headquarters, Balboa Heights.
Col. H. F. Hodges, U. S. A., Engineer of Main-
C. O. Carlson, Secretary.
GATUN AND LOCK DAM SITE IN 1907.
THE SAME VIEW TODAY.
-utsrr~ k ,.naa
C. J. Embree, Office Engineer.
Capt. W. H. Rose, U. S. A., Electrical Engineer.
Geo. M. Wells, Resident Engineer, Div. of
H. H. Rousseau, Civil Engineer, U. S. N., Engi-
neer of Terminal Construction.
J. J. Campbell, Secretary.
F. H. Cooke, Civil Engineer, U. S. N., Design-
T. B. Ionniche, Engineer of Docks, Cristobal.
J. A. Walker, General Superintendent, Balboa.
W. G. Thompson, Superintendent, Cristobal.
C. C. Snedeker, Superintendent, Cristobal.
W. G. Comber, Resident Engineer, Dredging
Division, Paraiso, Canal Zone.
D. C. Nutting, Jr., Constructor, U. S. N., Super-
intendent, AMechanical Division, Balboa.
Capt. Hugh Rodman, U. S. N., Superintendent of
Transportation, Division of Canal Trans-
Commander D. E. Dismukes, U. S. N., Captain
of the Port of Cristobal.
Lieut.-Commander H. V. Butler, U. S. N.,
Captain of the Port of Balboa.
First-Lieut. A. H. Acher, U. S. A., Assistant Engi-
neer, Division of Fortifications.
Headquarters, Balboa Heights.
Major W. R. Grove, U. S. A., Chief Quarter-
D. W. MacCormack, Inspector of Commissaries.
C. C. McColley, Inspector of Quarters.
H. C. Keyes, Inspector of Hotels.
C. H. Mann, Depot Quartermaster, Mt. Hope.
Benj. L. Jacobson, Depot Commissary, Cristo-
Headquarters, Balboa Heights.
H. A. A. Smith, Auditor.
T. L. Clear, Collector.
John H. McLean, Paymaster.
J. H. Helmer, Claim Officer.
Headquarters, Balboa Heights.
Lieut.-Col. Chas. F. Mason, U. S. A., Chief Health
Major Percy M. Ashburn, U. S. A., General
Lieut.-Col. G. D. Deshon, U. S. A., Superin-
tendent, Ancon Hospital, Ancon, C. Z.
Dr. M. C. Guthrie, U. S. P. H. S., Chief Quaran-
Captain H. P. Carter, U. S. A., Health Officer of
Panama, Ancon, Canal Zone.
Capt. D. W. Harmon, U. S. A., Health Officer of
Colon, Cristobal, C. Z.
Headquarters, Mills Building, Washington, D. C.
Major F. C. Boggs, U. S. A., General Purchasing
Officer and Chief of Office.
PANAMA RAILROAD COMPANY.
Office in the United States, No. 24 State St.,
New York City.
Headquarters on the Isthmus, Balboa Heights.
C. H. Motsett, Superintendent.
Charles R. Williams, Attorney, Ancon.
William H. Jackson, District Judge.
E. M. Goolsby, Clerk.
W. H. May, Marshal.
S. E. Blackburn, Magistrate, Balboa.
John W. Thompson, Magistrate, Cristobal.
From the viewpoint of the rank and file, the
most important announcement of the new regime
was that there would be no general reduction of
salaries and wages until the various parts of the
work were placed upon a permanent basis. The
reduction has been gradual and is still in progress.
Under these reassuring circumstances anxiety
was lessened, although prayers continued to
ascend that the next earthquake would ruin the
locks and make a sea level canal necessary.
No such luck. The Canal was opened, and
the reorganization towards a permanent basis
goes steadily forward. The old enthusiasm has
left the force, things are "settling down" into
the routine of life. No more "records" will
be made. Promotions will be few, and grand
hopes not for the rank and file. Lines of social
cleavage are becoming more distinct. We have
passed from the epic to the prose days. -Even as
I write this, the one great hope which intrudes
itself is that at dinner the roast may not be over-
done. The tendency of wages and salaries is
downward; that of prices, upward; the people who
were young are growing old; those who drink, do
too much of it; those who don't drink, should;
handsome Army officers draw larger salaries than
you do, and dance "divinely" with your wife;
the girls confide that they "like old men."
Vanity of vanities!
Is it so bad as all that? No, that is only a
caricature. But there has been a "let-down "as
compared with construction days; many good
friends have left us; we are in the readjustment
stage. Meanwhile the Isthmus is, as ever, the
most beautiful place in the world, and its life the
most complaisant, pleasant, and interesting one
can hope to meet. The wages and salaries are
good. Hundreds of Americans on the Zone to-
day confidently expect to spend the balance of
their years here, where one year ago there were
only scores. Hundreds more wish they might
remain "a little longer," only half owning to
themselves that they would gladly. remain to
their end. Still others wish they might be back
again; a wish that for most must remain unsatis-
Several years ago a man named Butler, major
of the Marine Corps battalion at Bas Obispo,
with an eye keen and single to the interest of his
corps, picked out, on the side of Ancon Hill, the
best building site on the Isthmus. The Colonel
liked this man and promised that this site should
be reserved for the Marine Corps camp. When
time came to choose a site for the new administra-
tion building, the committee cast its eyes on this
In your fairy story days you have heard of
"the king's promise"? Well, there are just
such promises today. The Colonel said, "Don't
consider that site."* So the second best place
was chosen. It is on a shoulder that Ancon
Hill pushes out toward the Canal. The top of
this shoulder is ioo feet above the flats at Balboa.
* In 1913 it was decided not to maintain a Marine Corps post on the Isthmus:
so the site remains unoccupied.
There the new administration building stands,
the acropolis of the Canal capital. Above it, on
the terraced sides of Ancon Hill, are the quarters
of "officials," (step softly), and around the
pleasant winding roads the "charge account"
wagon makes its majestic pilgrimages carrying
tribute to the gods who dwell upon Olympus.
Straight in front of the building on the plain
below, is the new town of Balboa, its prim con-
crete houses looking for all the world like those of
"Spotless Town." Across the half mile of inter-
vening flat land, Sosa Hill stands green and in-
viting; alongside it the new shop buildings; and
beyond these the wharves and the Canal. From
the south front of the building you can see Taboga
and its sister islands, blue and clear in the flashing
bay; from the north front, the hills, green, blue
and then so hazy in the distance that you look
twice to distinguish them from the clouds.
But the west side shows the best sight of all.
The Canal is quite hidden by the trees along the
old course of the Rio Grande; but if you chance
to be there at the right time you can see masts
and the top of a ship's funnel moving ghostlike
between the lines of trees. Where the Rio Grande
channel crosses the Canal, there is an .opening in
the trees, and the ship passes by this gap revealing
every bit of itself down to the waterline.
A man who wears green spectacles tells me that
the building is of the Italian renaissance style.
I said, "Oh, yes," just as you will; because
neither of us has the courage to own that he
It is made of steel, hollow tile and concrete.
The woodwork is mahogany, including the French
windows that are always in the way. The roof
is red tile, deep rich red; and the effect of heavy
gray walls and red roof is splendid. For the rest,
see the pictures.
A firm, springy bitumastic road, so steep that
horses simply weep at the sight of it, runs up from
the little plateau on which the Administration
Building stands, to the top terrace of Ancon Hos-
pital grounds. Along this shady road are houses
of the cottage type, and half way up the hill, set
back a hundred yards from the road, is the
Governor's residence. It is really his old Culebra
house, dressed up new, and improved. From the
gallery in front you can-but, no, you can't,
and neither can I.
But we can stand on the road out front and look.
One time I knew a man who loved horses more
than any other thing, and yet he never owned one.
His enthusiasm for other people's horses was no
less keen on this account, for, he said:
"The things I like about horses no one can own."
At noon today, the zenith and half the sky
around it were black with clouds, portents of the
regular i o'clock rain. But along the horizon
were billows of grey and white, flecking a sky of
indigo. From the road in front of the Colonel's
house you looked across the flats at Balboa to the
hills, green with many shades of green; through the
notch to where the concrete of the locks and spill-
way at Miraflores stood out white in the sun-
light, suggesting the walls and turrets of a mirage
city; further, to the lake, a silver shimmer be-
tween the hills; catching sight beyond this of the
yellow scarred side of Gold Hill; and back of it
all the blue, cloud-fretted sky. Is the sky so blue
anywhere as in Panama? And I thought of my
friend, the lover of horses, and said, "The best
things about a Governor's life are those that no
one can own."*
On the pleasant green hillside, between the Gov-
ernor's terrace and the flats, the cows of Ancon
Hospital dairy graze, while two lazy darky cow-.
herds watch them from the shade of a broad
branching mangoe tree.
The rainy hour, sunset, and early morning, each
has a peculiar charm, for the outlook is no two
minutes the same, yet always winsome. At
This impression was recorded after the writer had eaten 2 ham sandwiches,
a plate of potato salad, two pieces of raisin pie, drunk a cup of coffee and smoked
a cigar, (total 35 cents) at the restaurant in the basement of the Administra-
tion Building. If he had been hungry, he might not have been so immaterial
about the advantages of being a Governor.
night the fairy city of the daytime hangs out its
thousand lights, only they are not seen as distinct
lights but rather as a great glow or effulgence, a
mass of brightness in the surrounding dark.
This is the best, yet only one of the views from
the new villages, or better the joint village. For
Ancon, Balboa Heights, Balboa, and La Boca are
really one-a series of houses stretched along two
sides of Ancon Hill and scattered about the flat
lands at its foot. Marks of new construction
still mar the Balboas and La Boca. But the
rank growth of the tropics will soon care for this;
within a year the whole wandering village will
be as green, smug, and lovely as Ancon now is.
OFF WITH THE OLD.
The abandonment of the old villages of Bas
Obispo, Las Cascadas, Empire and Culebra was
not a heart wrench to many. While we shall
always associate with the old Canal life the hills
that enfold the valley of the Obispo; it's real
charm, the thing we have lost, is not geographical.
Within the past year the continuous departures
of old friends or acquaintances had accustomed us
to change; our personal relations were constantly
being readjusted. So, when the time to move
came, it found us regretful, but ready.
What is left of the old crowd from Gorgona
to Culebra is dispersed among Paraiso, Pedro
Miguel, Corozal, Ancon and "the Balboas";
the greater portions being at Corozal and Balboa.
Now and then one hears such expressions directed
at the new home villages as:
"Hell of a place."
"Aint like the old days."
"Never will be homelike."
These are only manifestations of regret for the
old life; not the old places. In a few months it
won't be "the same"; but it will be a substitute,
in general, "just as good"; in many cases better.
At its worst, the Canal service will do nicely until
the war is over and things pick up" in the States.
REGISTER OF EMPLOYES VISITING SAN FRANCISCO.
Following the suggestion of the Society of the
Chagres that a register of former employes of the
Isthmian Canal Commission and The Panama
Canal, and of the Panama Railroad Company
on the Isthmus be kept at the Panama-Pacific
exposition in connection with the Canal exhibit,
the Governor has directed the Washington office
to arrange for the manufacture of a register with
space for approximately 5,000 entries. Visiting
employes will register chronologically as at a
hotel, and the. pages will be ruled with spaces for
the employee's name, period of residence on the
Isthmus, department or division in which em-
ployed, Isthmian residence, period of stay in
San Francisco, his San Francisco address, and
remarks or messages to friends.-The CanalRecord.
COLON AND PANAMA IN 1903.
BY CHAS. C. J. WIRZ.
My wife and I arrived on the Isthmus on
October o1, 1903, by the way of Europe from the
far East. On landing at the old wharf at Colon
we were greeted by a crowd of idlers, whose only
pastime in those days was to watch steamers and
trains arrive. One old ramshackle coach was to
be seen, its driver on the lookout for a possible
passenger fortunate enough to possess the required
fare, for the people were extremely poor.
In search of a suitable place to put up, we were
accosted by hotel keepers offering to board and
lodge us for $i.oo silver a day each. During our
week's stay in Colon, in strolls around town we
were often asked why we had come to the Isthmus,
and would the Americans build the Canal? There
was a rumor that the Nicaragua route would be
chosen, which did not suit the people at all.
One could feel that something was brewing, and
it came to a climax on November 3, when the
Republic of Panama was created.
Colon was in a fearfully unsanitary condition
in the old days. At night it was dangerous to
venture out, for the streets were dark and.
abounded with innumerable deep holes, filled with
slimy water. Mosquitoes were everywhere, and
it was impossible to sleep without a screen.
Malaria and yellow fever were household com-
As I could see no chance for anything in Colon,
we decided to cross the Isthmus to Panama,
quite a trip then. Most of the Colonites knew
of the City of Panama only from hearsay, for the
fare was prohibitive; first class $io.oo U. S. C.,
and second class $5.00, so naturally passengers
were few, and we had the car to ourselves. For
our baggage we were charged $41.47 U. S. C.,
and only gold coin was accepted. During the
passage over we were accosted by a Colombian
official, who requested us to inscribe our names
and nationality in a large book he was holding,
as the Government wanted to keep itself informed
of all new arrivals.
All along the line could be seen vacant houses,
some containing furniture, but all more or less
dilapidated. The towns presented a poverty-
stricken appearance, but what impressed one most
were the awful swamps and the wilderness on
all sides. After a three hours' ride we .arrived
safely at Panama.
On leaving the old station, and walking down
Central Avenue one was struck with dismay at the
miserable aspect of the town, shacks everywhere,
hardly any business up to Santa Ana Park.
Mrs. Wirz remarked that it reminded one of an
abandoned mining camp in California. The only
hotel worthy of the name was the Central. Fur-
nished rooms in private houses for strangers were
unheard of, and houses in passably decent con-
dition were almost impossible to obtain, they being
mostly occupied by people who paid no rent, and
could not be ejected except by long process of law.
After a long search, we finally succeeded in
getting a shack near the slaughterhouse. It was
so ant eaten that one could poke a stick through
the walls; a moderate kick would unlock the door.
While we were absent at our place of business our
trunks were broken open and ransacked several
times, the natives imagining that we had riches
hidden therein. Even the cooking utensils were
carried away, but for clothes the robbers had no
use. The stench from the slaughterhouse was
something horrible. At a late hour every night
the women of that part of the town would pass
our place carrying night soil to the beach. In
rainy weather this was simply dumped in the
gutter in front of the house. The lower part of
12th Street was a veritable lake in the rainy sea-
son, and we had the utmost difficulty getting out
of our house. Water was taken from any old
well and sold for fifteen and twenty cents a
bucket. The Italians in this business returned
to their homes rich. Panama was a pest hole.
Mrs. Wirz was ill with fever for over three
months in that shack on 12th Street. Only those
who knew Panama 'of old can appreciate the ex-
cellent work the Sanitary Department has ac-
complished under the able direction of Colonel
Gorgas. Quite a number of the early Canal em-
ployees fell victims either to malaria or yellow
fever, and others returned to the States from
sheer fright, selling watches or whatever'valu-
ables they had, to get there the sooner. Ancon
Hospital was not the first class institution it be-
came later, when the Americans had entire
charge of it. When the Sanitary Department
first began operations in Panama and the Zone
they gathered up the blacks, men and women
from along the line and sent them to the Hospital
to cure them of various diseases. Wards ii and
12 were crowded with them, but for American
women there was no room in those days. Mrs.
Wirz had the utmost difficulty getting the first
American woman patient, a Mrs. Williams, ad-
The policy of the first Canal Commission seemed
to be to discourage American women from coming
to the Isthmus, but it soon realized that it was
impossible to keep the married men down here
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