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VOL 7. No 3 PUBLISHED BY THE LAGO OIL & TRANSPORT CO.. LTD FEBRUARY 22 1946
NAMES IN THE NEWS
J. W. Woodward, recently arrived in Aruba.
succeeds J. M. B. Howard as manager of Lago's
Marine Depart ient. Following his release from
the Army in 1920, he went to work for Standard
on the docks at Bayonne. From there he was
transferred to the New York office where he
rose to be Chief of Standard's Port Operations
in New York. In March 1945 ha went to Panama
under the War Shipping Board as Chief of
Tanker Operations in the Canal Zone area. After
finishing that job he returned to New York for
a short time before coming to Aruba.
No, it's not a char-
acter on his way to
a masquerade, it's
Jerry Littmann, for-
merly of the Train-
Ing Division and now
in Saudi Arabia. He
writes that he has
in Arabia and has
learned much of the
Arab way of life.
The climate, he says,
is not what the aver-
age person thinks of
It as being; Arabia
can get very cold at
tlres. The garb af-
fece'te In this picture
Is not through choice, but because European
clothes worn in the town where he was at the
tlne would have caused a sensation. The camp
where he is now stationed at Dhahran is much
like Lago Colony, with bungalows of a similar
design, club, mess hall, and athletic facilities
(and less exotic clothes).
No shonnan, esaki no ta un invitado na un fiesta
dl disfraz, ta Jerry Littmann, cu tabata traha
na Training Division y cu awor ta na Saudi
Arabia. E ta skirbi cu e tabatin algun experien-
cia masha interesante na Arabia y cu el a sinja
hopi di modaan di biba di Arabia. E clima,
e ta bisa, no ta loque generalmente hendenan
ta kere; tin biaha Arabia sa ta masha frioe. E
panja cu e tin bisti, no ta pa su smaak, ma ta
pasobra panjanan Eruopeo lo causa un sensa-
cion den e stad cam:nda el a saka e portret.
A visitor this month
is Bottina Steinke.
New York artist, who
has done portraits
oI Arturo Toscanini,
and other world-
famous figures. One
of several works she
has done while here
is the portrait shown '
below of Karel Pon.
son. sailmaker at the .
Drydock. Done In
charcoal, it was
completed in about w 'a
two hours. For a .
picture of the artist
and subject "at
work" see page 5.
E luna aki nos tabatin bishita di Bettina Steinke.
artist masha conoc, di New York, cu a yega
dl pinta portret di Arturo Toscanini. General
Eisenhower, y hopi otro figuranan prominent di
mundo. Aki bao nos ta nira algo di su trabao
durante su estadia na Aruba; portret di Karel
Ponson, cosedor di bela na Dry dock. El a pinta
e portret cu charcoal y den dos ora di tempo
'I a kabe. Riba pagina 5 nos per mira un po.
tret di e artist cu Karel Ponson, mientras cu
e portret tabata worde p:nta.
Oil Sales to Spain
In War Were Part of
Allied War Strategy
During the war years when Spanish
tankers frequently loaded oil at Lago's
Docks, employees were likely to wonder
what sort of arrangement permitted pro-
ducts from Allied sources to be sold to
an Axis sympathizer. Occasionally
doubts were expressed that all the oil
reached Spain or was used there. That
these deliveries were a carefully-planned
Allied strategy, however, is revealed in
a.n authoritative article in a recent issue
of "World Petroleum".
Spain, situated between the belligerent
powers, wanted both peace and oil. But
she was in an awkward position, with
the Axis on one side and the well
supplied Allied powers on the other.
Franco was indebted to the Axis. It
had helped to make him Spain's dictator
Franco also realized that he was de-
pendent upon Britain and America for
his all-important oil. Without oil the
explosive and oppressed Spaniards,
prodded by Axis agents, might have
started another civil war. The Germans,
then on the Spanish-French frontier.
could have used this as a reason to step
in and "maintain order".
With the Germans encircling the
British stronghold, Gibralter, the west-
ern entrance to the Mediterranean
would have been closed to Allied ship-
ping and the Axis would have been
completely free to overrun North Africa
and the Middle East. This would have
cut Malta's supply lines. The Axis could
have moved on to Egypt and effectively
closed the remaining Mediterranean
entrance, the Suez Canal. Pushing
farther on to the east and north, the
extensive Middle East oilfields, refiner-
ies and pipelines would have ceased
supplying the Allied armies in Europe,
Africa and the Pacific.
Franco realized his controlling po-
sition. On the other hand he knew that
if he did not get American petroleum
he would soon have chaos in his still
Continued on Page 2
Aruba is Scene of Technical
Meeting After Miami Conference
Members of the Coordination Com-
mittee of S. O. Co. (N. J.) and repre-
sentatives of affiliated companies in
the Western Hemisphere met in Miami,
Florida February 8 to 14. The meeting
was devoted primarily to discussion and
an exchange of views on Latin-Ameri-
can problems of refining, manufacture_
ing, and marketing. Attending from
Aruba were J. J. Horigan, B. Teagle, O.
Mingus, and J. M. Whiteley.
Opening the sessions, Chester F.
Smith, Jersey director and conference
chairman, declared "We are here to
plan a broad program of industrial pro-
gress. What we do and decide can be
a contribution to the future opportuni-
ty, in a world today filled with con-
fusion and questioning, to show how
industrial progress can be made through
cooperation and mutual understanding".
Following the Miami meetings a num-
ber of the officials came to Aruba to
join local forces for conferences on
technical problems February 18 and 19.
Among visitors who attended the meet-
ings here were Lago executive W. J.
Haley, W. J. Connelly of Creole Petro.
leum Corp., R. L. Dunsmore and E.
Longworthy of International Petroleum,
G. Colpitts of Tropical Oil, J. T.
Houghton of the Standard Oil Company
of Cuba, and J. R. Schonberg and E. H.
Kares of the Standard Oil Development
Company. Creole Petroleum's H. Page
from New York, Henry Winter from
Caracas, and Charles Drew from Mara-
caibo complete the list of visiting con-
a fruitful month
for "Coin Your
ors. Awards that
totalled Fls. 395
to the various
turned in an even
ideas. This was
amount to be
paid out in sever. 1.
al months. 5.
the January win-
ners were H. A.
Lambertson of o
and E. Tjin-
Kam.Jet of Light
Fls. 100 for his
highest on the list was R. K. Imler of
the Pressure Stills, who received Fls.
50. Other awards ranged from Fls. 10
to Fls. 30. The complete list:
H. A. Lambertson, Fls. 100.00,
suggested pipe connection on pumps
No. 957 and 1492.
Considerable difficulty, experienced with
salvaged pumps Nos. 957 & 1942. was elimin-
ated by the installation of a lantern ring and
pipe connection to the suction. As a result
maintenance cost was reduced considerably and
a saving of alkylate. plus the elimination of a
fire hazard, were realized.
Ray Imler, Fls. 50.00, connect air
lines on oil burners to splitter and de-
butanizer furnace LEAR.
Connecting the air lines on oil burrets to
lslitter and debutanizes fuanace at LEAR .n-
sures continued ope atlon of the oil burners in
the event of a blower failure.
R. Hartogh, Fls. 15.00, remove pre-
sent elbow connections on feed drum
gauge glasses and install tee connec-
tions with plugs IAR.
installing tee connections instead of elbow
connections on food drum gauge glasses at lAR
made it easier to keep the gauge glasses clean.
Oscar Lanyi, Fls. 15.00, suggested
fire fighting facilities in Colony Com-
As a result of this idea the fire fighting
equipment in the Colony Commissary area was
relocated to a more centralized point.
Mrs. Z. Soffar, Fls. 10.00, post safe-
ty posters in company operated busses.
Safety posters have been placed in the com-
pany-operated busses as a result of this idea.
Harry Sukhdeo, Fls. 30.00, apparatus
for testing hair pin tubes for bundles.
An apparatus designed for testing hailpin
tubes was successfully used and resulted in a
small saving to the Company.
Edw. Stanley, Fls. 10.00, attach sta-
tionary bottle openers to tables Esso
Attaching stationary bottle openers to the
tables in the Esso Club will be of convenience to
the Club patrons.
The squirrel popul-
ation of Aruba Is
notably small. In
oiol of Accounting
believes it totals ex-
actly one, the one
shown eating out of
his hand. The squirr-
el was brought to
Aruba from Venezue-
In a couple of years
ago, and has lived
ever since in the
huge tree that grows
In Booi's "Winter
Garden" In San NI-
colas. (Biggest tree
In Aruba, says Caol.
and he's probably
right). Every even-
Ing at about the
same time the squirr-
el comes down for a
from Its owner.
Ardlllanan ta masha
scars na Aruba. W.
Bool di Accounting
ta kere cu ta esun
ribsa portret ski s6
tin. Aigun anja pash
nan a treed di YVe-
nezuela y semper el
a biba den e mata cu
tin dn Winter Gar-
den" di Bool na San
Nicolsas. Tur tasrdl
e ardulia ta baha pa .
* come fol man di n
Dos Piscador a Salba Despues
Di a drief 11 Dia Riba Lamar
Dos piscador tin di gradici nan bida
na steward di e tanker Fort Henry. Leo
Flymm a ripara un pr:nta blanco riba
lamar meimei di Curaqao y costa di
Sur America y el a report esaki unbez
cerca captain y di e moda aki el a ser
salbador di e dos piscadcrnan.
Tabata mas o menos 6'or di atardi,
dia 5 di Februari, era nan a mira e ob-
heto blanco ta drief na un distance ho-
pi leeuw, pero pa via di mal tempo nan
a perd6 foi bista. Despucs nan a bolbe
mir6 y e tanker a bai den es direcci6n
pa investigA A bin resultA cu tabata un
barco di bela di 25 pia, cu dos piscador
masha fligi aden. Na e memento ey la-
mar tabata masha bruto y e olanan
enorme a haci salhamento di e dos hom-
bernan masha dificil. Porfin e prome
officer di e tanker a logra tira un ca-
buya pa e hombernan y nan a bin abor-
do di Fort Henry, unda nan a pone nan
subi cama drumi unbez. E pobernan ta-
bata su'fri consecuencianan di exposi-
ci6n na naturaleza, nan tabata tur mu-
hA y nan tabata tembla di frioe y nan
tabatin masha sed, pues tur awa cu nan
tabatin a caba algun dia prom6. E ma-
rineronan di e tanker a trata di touw e
barco, pero lama tabata asina bruto cu
e cabuya a kibra y e barco a zink.
E dos nafifragonan a indentific, nan
mes como Marcelino Leito di Curacao
y Johannes Margarita di Bonaire. Nan
di cu nan a sali di Curaqao dia 25 di
January pa nan pisca, pero cu nan a
perde nan cursor y come nan no tabatin
compAs, nan no tabata sabi unda nan
tabata. Ora cu nan a salba e dos hom-
bernan, un di nan no tabatin ningun
pafa bisti, y e otro tabatin solamente
su carson. Nan a trece e nafifragonan
Aruba y esakinan tabata masha con-
tento cu nan a scapa nan bida.
Henry Amoroso, Fls. 25.00, notifi-
cation of contamination of food stuffs.
This idea called attention to the fact that a
definite hazard existed by the handling of poison-
ous cargoes due to lack of advance information
to parties concerneil with loading, storing etc.
As a result of this idea steps were taken to
E. R. Mofford, Fls. 10.00, suggested
elimination of fire hazard at Colony
As a precaution against fire, it was suggested
to install a rack. in the shed west of the de-
louse, at the Colony shops, to store drop-cloth.
This was not done, but a "No Smoking" sign
was put up.
E. Tjin-Kon-Fat, Fls. 10.00, install
fire extinguisher in T.S.D. vault.
As a result of this idea a fire extinguisher
was installed near the T.S.D. vault entrance and
will serve both vault and adjacent blueprint
room in case of fire. In addition the vault was
made a "No-Smoking" area and it was decided
to install an extinguisher in the Field Engineers'
Continued on Page 3
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A1RBAs (6EssO) N w isM
2 ARUBA ESSO NEWS FEBRUARY 22. 1946
PUBLISHED AT ARUBA, N. W.I., BY THE
LAGO OIL & TRANSPORT CO., LTD.
The next issue of the ARUBA EsSO NEWS will be distributed
Friday, March 15. All copy must reach the editor in
the Personnel building by Friday noon, March 8.
Printed by The Curacao Courant. Curacao. N.W.I.
To see the back of your car disappearing down the
street, with someone at the wheel who shouldn't be there,
is not a very reassuring sight.
It can happen though. A key left in a car is all a
"borrower" needs to be off on his merry way with
your car. A key left in the ignition is an invitation for
someone to borrow the car and under certain circum-
stances this can be serious. Borrowed automobiles have
a way of getting themselves into trouble and trouble is
a good thing to avoid.
If you should leave your key in the car and it gets
itself "borrowed" you haven't a kick in the world be-
cause it is against the law and besides it is a foolish
thing to do.
To leave a key in a parked car does not seem like a
very serious or dangerous thing to do. However, the
consequences that could arise from irresponsible per-
sons taking advantage of it have prompted police or-
dinances making it unlawful to leave a car parked with-
out removing the ignition key in such large cities as St.
Paul, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Detroit. Not only
is it unlawful but the police take the key and it costs
the owner $5.00 to get it back.
In Aruba there is a similar police ordinance. Whether
your car is in front of a club or store or out on a lonely
road, it's a good law to follow.
No ta ningun pret pa bo mira bo auto ta dobla skin
cu un hende na wiel, cu no ta pertenece ey. Toch esaki
por soced6. Laga bo yabi den auto y esey ta tur loque I
un ,,Fiador" mester pa e bai keiru un poco cu bo auto.
Casi semper automobilnan fia ta haya nan den troubel,
y troubel ta un cos cu mas leeuw e keda, mihor.
Si bo laga bo yabi den Lo auto y si nan ,,fi6" bo no
tin ningun sorto di derecho pasobra ta contra ley di laga
un auto para cu yabi aden y ademas ta cos di hende bobo.
Lags yabi den auto no ta parce nada serio ni peligroso.
Sinembargo, e consecuncianan cu por worde causal pa
hendenan sin cuenta of hendenan burachi, por result
hopi serio. Den stadnan grand no solamenta ta contra
ley di laga yabi den auto, ma polies ta kita nan y e
donjo mester paga $5.00 pa e haya su yabi atrobe.
Na Aruba tambe tin un ley parecido. Sea cu bo auto
ta dilanti un club of pacus of riba un caminda solitario,
esaki ta un ley cu lo combini bo di sigui.
Fernando da Silva
Hugo de Vries
irs. Ivy Butts
Jacinto de Kort
Mrs. M. A. Monreoo
Jose La Cruz
ticardo Van alarrum,
Receiving & Shipping
Acid & Edeleann
L. 0. F.
C.T.R. & Field Shops
Powerhouse 1 & 2
Laboratories 1 & 2
Esse & Lago Clu'b
Dining Halls (3)
Gas & Poly Plants
M. & C. Office
Masons & Insulators
Carpenter & Paint
Blacksmith. Boiler & Tn
Colony Service Office
(Stars after a name Indicate that that reporter has turned In a tip
for this Issau).
Thi Plant reporters who help nose out the news are shown. Above, in
the top row, are nJn Oduber of the Welding Shop. Hubert Ecury of
the Garago, and Hugo de Vries of Accounting; second row, Sam
ilapree of L.O.F., and Harold Wathey of the Lago Police Department.
Below, the first row shows Cade Abraham of the Pipe Shop, and Jacin-
co do Kort of Laboratories I and 2; the bottom row shows Federico
Ponson of Masons and Insulators, Bipat Chand of the Storehouse,
and Vanisha Vanterpool of the Laundry.
Conr. from page I
I NEW ARRIVALS ISPANISH OIL
A son. Ernest Carl, to Mr. and Mrs. Alwin
Klaverweide. January 23.
A daughter, Margarita Lucia, to Mr. and Mrs.
Sylvester Geerman. January 20.
A son. Glenn Rudi. to Mr. and Mrs. Victor
van Windt. January 27.
A daughter, Margriet. to Mr. and Mrs. Gustaaf
De Jong. January 28.
A son, Geoiee Elic to Mr. and Mrs. Eric
Wardally. January 28.
A daughter. Velda De Louis, to Mr. and Mrs.
James Matheson. January 29.
A daughter, Cynthia Monelva, to Mr. and Mrs.
John Martlneau. January 29.
A daughter. Duane Vesta, to Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Gumbs. January 30.
A son, Peecy Franklin, to Mr. and Mrs Alvin
Ho. January 30.
A son. Ferdinando Ephraim Xavier, to Mr. ind
Mrs. Dalby Lobban,. January 31.
A son. Barry Clark, to Mr. and Mrs. William
Norris, January 31.
A daughter. Eileen Victoria, to Mr. and Mrs.
Eric Sutton- Thorpe, January 31.
A son. Joseph Maria, to Mr. and Mrs. Simon
Wellman. February 1.
A daughter, Sheila Louise, to Mr. and Mrs.
Stanislaus St. Jour. February 3.
A daughter. Louvre Candida, to Mr'. and Mrs.
Pedro de Lange. February 4.
A son, Russel David. to Mr. and Mrs. AlfreJ
Post, February 4.
A daughter. Brunda Angelica, to Mr. and Mra.
Alfred Brown. February 5.
A son. Fidelito Rudolph, to Mr. and Mrs. Fi-
delito Bebrout, February 7.
A daughter, Margaret Rose. to Mr. and Mrs.
Marius Del Prado. February 7.
A daughter. Gloria Aditha, to Mr. and Mrs.
Fted Marshall, February 9.
unsettled country. The Americans and
British also realized how close Spain
was to being an Axis occupied and do-
The American and British authorities
jointly devised programs for supplying
Spain and her colonies with the mini-
mum economic requirement of industrial
fuels, lubricants and other petroleum
products. Maximum quantities of stocks
allowed to be maintained in Spain were
established. American petroleum ob-
servers, attached to the U.S. Embassy
in Madrid, were stationed throughout
the country and controlled the dis-
charges, storage, distribution and end
use of these products.
These restrictions controlled so ef-
fectively the Allied oil in Spain that,
except in isolated instances of neg-
ligible quantities being contrabanded
or black-marketed, no Allied oil found
its way into Axis consumption. The
Spanish authorities cooperated fully be-
cause they knew that if the Allies
could prove one case of deliberate di-
version to enemy channels the supplies
would immediately be cut off.
The controls exercised over the oil
shipments from Spain were extensive.
Each tanker loading was supervised by
American authorities and a loading and
inspection certificate of each cargo was
sent to the American petroleum ob-
server at the port of destination for
checking the quantity of oil received in
Spain against the quantity loaded in the
Caribbean. All of the discharge valves
of the tankers were sealed to make
certain that there would be no tamper-
ing with the cargoes at sea, and the
serial numbers of the seals were record-
ed in the loading and inspection cer-
tificates. Every precaution was taken
to make certain that enemy submarines
in the Atlantic received none of the fuel.
In addition to these control measures
each cargo was navicerted by the Bri-
tish and each tanker underwent an of-
ficial security control inspection of ves-
sel and crew at Trinidad, both east-
bound and westbound.
Tales that Spanish vessels refueled
enemy submarines in the Atlantic never
....... .. .
had any verification. The precautions
taken made any such action virtually
Although Spain needed our oil, the
Allies were in need of many things
which Spain could supply them. The
United States needed tungsten. The
British were dependent on Spain for
iron ore, mercury, pyrites, potash, vege-
tables and fruits. For Germany, Spain
was vitally important as a source of
tungsten, zinc, wool and woolen goods,
sheep and other skins, turpentine, cork,
and olive oil.
The Germans needed wolfram much
more desperately than the Allies. To
prevent the Germans from getting it
the Allies paid high prices for all they
could get, and the Spaniards, realizing
the motive for this buying which would
tend to shut off Germany's wolfram
supply, placed export taxes on it in ad-
dition to the exorbitant prices. To
counterbalance these measures we
doubled the prices on the refined petro-
leum products loaded by their tankers.
Finally Franco rescinded the export
taxes and we in turn discontinued the
retaliatory 100 per cent overpricing
of their gasoline and fuels.
The combination of the tight con-
trols exercised and the threat of no
more oil kept Spain in line, and every
cargo they were allowed to take became
part of a well planned strategy that
paid dividends in the overall conduct
of the war.
( S -News
Dr Robert C.
Page, a medical of-
ficer in the Army
Air Forces during
World War II and
director of Standard
Oil Company (N.J.),
has been appointed
director of the
ing Dr. Willard J.
Denno, its chief
medical officer since 1918.
Dr. Page, who was born in England
in 1908, came to the Company in 1939
from the staff of the Northwestern
University Medical School.
Entering military service as a cap-
tain in 1942, Dr. Page was discharged
three years later as a lieutenant colonel.
He was command surgeon of the First
Air Commando Force under Colonel
Philip Cochran and served in the China-
Burma-India theater where his force
took part in the first air invasion of
Dr. Denno, who developed the Com-
pany's medical department from an of-
fice with one part-time physician to a
world-wide organization having 11 hos-
pitals and more than 150 physicians
and 1,500 nurses and attendants, helped
Jersey Standard to become one of the
most advanced companies in the field
of industrial medicine. He will continue
with the Company as medical con-
In tribute to the men who played a
part in the production of the atom
bomb, Time Magazine, in a recent edit-
orial entitled "The Men and The Bomb"
singled out four men without whom the
bomb might not have been made.
One of them was E. V. Murphree,
vice-president of Standard Oil Develop-
ment. To him was attributed the "per-
suasive ability, when anyone doubted
that the bomb could be made, of making
him (President Roosevelt) see the
feasibility of the entire program."
Drilling operations in the Dominican
Republic, suspended for nearly a year
pending further seismograph and geol-
ogic study, are to be resumed by Do-
minican Seaboard Oil Company, an af-
filiate of Jersey Standard.
The Company was the first to con-
duct seismograph surveys in the Re-
public, and, with the resumption of
drilling, will be Lne only company con-
ducting these operations in the area.
. ... .. ...
FEBRUARY 22. 1945 ARUBA ESSO NEWS
Cricket and Softball To Share Sport Park Grounds Sucursalnan di Aruba Bank
Y Hollandse Bank Estableci
.B .' --- I--.nII-I- Na San Nicolaas, February 4
Aruba Bank y Hollandsche Bank a
.; habri sucursales na San Nicolas dia 4
di Februari, y a yena di e moda ey un
u necesidad grand pa empleadonan di
Lago y pa actividadnan di negocio na
Desde tempo di construcci6n na 1928 y
1929 te awe, San Nicolas a desaroll
continuamente como c:udad y estable-
cimiento di e dos banconan ta un otro
-o i Viahenan cu ta tuma hopi tempo pa
-I bai banco te na Oranjestad lo no ta ne-
cesario mas, pasobra tur transacci6nnan
S bancario por word haci na e sucursal-
nan. Tur dos ta localize, no much leeuw
... di Main Gate.
Horanan di trabao di e banconan ta
Ss.$ j regli di tal moda cu nan ta di mayor
S.conveniencia pa empleadonan di Lago,
cu horanan especial pa dianan di quin-
Softbill, a razzle-dazzle sport paced with plenty of action, will soon take the field of the Sport cena.
Park, according ao present plans. The picture, from one of last season's final games, shows a
Victoria Club player in a close finish at home plate.
Softball, on wega yen dl accion cu to exigi hopi lihereza, lo ta riba atrobe na Sport Park, segun
plannan p oyecti. E portret aki ta sakl durante un di e weganan final di e lltimo temporada, y
riba die nos ta mira un hungador dl Club Victoria alcanzando "home plate".
Ideas Sent for Competition
Four suggestions that received "Coin
Your Ideas" awards during 1944 were
sent to New York th:s month to comp-
ete in the annual granting of Capital
Awards. With ideas entered from all
operations of the Company, the comp-
etition is keen for thcso awards, which
range from $100 to $E00.
The ideas submitted by the Lago "C.
Y. I." Committee for consideration:
"Suggested u;e of code words for
various refinery products in cables";
this idea pa'd Sam Viapree of Light
Oils an initial award of FIs. 100, and
a supplemental award of Fis. 25.
"Install dampers in main blower air
ducts of Cottrell precipitator"; Robert
MacMillan of Elec:rical received Fls. 100
for this idea.
"Suggested opening of Lago Bank
Account in Curacao"; the idea was
worth Fls. 200 to Arie Gravendijk of the
"Return 'Best' lock cores to manuf-
acturer for reconditioning"; Ernest TuL
loch of the Storehouse had an initial
award of Fls. 35 for this suggestion,
plus FIs. 45 as a supplemental award.
The seasons change and so do the
activities at the Sport Park as football
bows out and softball and cricket make
their entrance. These two sports will
be played at the same time at the Sport
Park this year and should provide plen-
ty of thrills for the fans.
In meetings of the Sports Committee
recently it was decided to run both the
softball and cricket leagues with inter-
departmental teams in competition.
Assisting the Committee will be three
men from each sport to coordinate the
play. These men will be chosen by the
captains and managers of the various
The Committee consists of E. Huckle.
man, of the Dispensary, G. Ollivierre of
Electrical, G. Lawrence of the Gas plant,
J. Maduro of Accounting, B. Chand of
the Storehouse, and M. Croes of Colony
Service. The next issue of the Aruba
Esso News will carry more details of the
coming sports activities.
Rescue Lost Fishermen
Adrift For Eleven Days
Two fishermen are alive today
probably because of the sharp eyes of
the Chief Steward of the tanker Fort
Henry. Barely seeing a white spot on
the rough water between Curagao and
the South American coast, Leo Flymm
reported immediately to his captain
what he had seen and in doing so be-
came the saver of two men's lives.
As he was looking out over the
churning water at about six o'clock in
the evening on February 5, Steward
Flymm saw through the gathering
gloom a white object floating in the sea
some distance off. He reported his
discovery to the captain, but due to bad
weather it was lost to view. Some time
later it was sighted again and the
tanker changed course to investigate.
It turned out to be a twenty-five foot
sail boat with two woebegone fisher-
men in it.
The sea at this time was very rough
and twenty foot waves made the task
of picking up the men difficult. The
Chief Officer of the Fort Henry finally
succeeded in getting a line to the ex-
hausted men and they were taken
aboard the tanker and immediately put
to bed. They were suffering from ex-
posure and thirst; they were wet and
cold, and their water had given out a
few days before. An attempt was made
to tow their boat but it soon broke loose
The two unfortunates identified them-
selves as Marcelino Leito of Curacao
and Johannes Margarita of Bonaire.
They said they had left Curagao 11 days
before on January 25 to fish but had
lost their course, and not having a
compass, did not know where they were.
When they were picked up one had no
clothes at all left and the other only
his trousers. They were brought in to
Aruba on February 6 and are thankful
to be alive.
1 AROUND THE PLANT
Jessie Pandt of the Esso Dining Hall
was married to Horacio Gonzalez of the
Accounting Office at the Methodist
Church in San Nicolas on February 15.
The bride was given a fine send-off by
her fellow employees in the Dining Hall
who presented her with some beautiful
gifts. Among them were a wedding veil
imported from the United States, a
Swiss clock, and an entree dish and a
candy stand, both of crystal with a
silver edge. With the gifts went a scroll
'specially drawn by H. E. Garcia of Co-
lony Service, wishing the couple every
happiness. At the wedding ceremony
Kelly Wong of the Storehouse sang "Oh
Tali Lopez of the Garage, who sings
with the Trovadores Tropicales (see
page 5) went along with the Jong Hol-
land football squad recently when they
Tali, who is to be gone two weeks,
intended to try for a singing engage-
ment on a Colombian radio station while
Azeez Bachhus of Number 3 Labor-
atory is back in Aruba after an eight
week vacation in British Guiana. With
him is his bride Tofa.
Staff Operater Alfred Viera of L.O.F.
left his still and his radio repairs be-
hind when he departed for Colombia on
his long vacation on February 11. He
intends to cover as much of the country
as possible on his 10-week stay there.
An old-timer among the British Guiana
men, Alfred has been here upwards of
Shorthand will come easily to
George Medica of the Esso Dining Hall
now that he has completed a nine
month course in Gregg shorthand. The
course covered theory and speed and
was taught by Sylv;a Benjamin of
San Nicolas. At the end of the course
George was examined and passed by
G. Blaize of the B. I. A. His certificate
arrived from the States on February 12.
Winston Cenac, who works in the
Process Control Division of T. S. D.,
knows a great deal more about electrici-
ty now than he did a couple of years
ago. He has just received a diploma
from the Industrial Training Institute,
recognizing his graduation from their
correspondence course in Theorectical
and Applied Electricity. His studies
extended over a period of a year and aI
February brought several cricket
matches to the Sport Park with the
players getting themselves in tune for
the coming league. On Sunday, Fe-
bruary 3, Bernard Thomas' XI defeated
Teddy Johnson's XI by 132 to 115, with
a fine batting display by Worrel and
Henstract. Cox exhibited some excellent
bowling. In a match on February 10,
the Grenada C. C. beat the Dominica
C. C. by 179 to 69 and on the following
week, February 17, Thomas' XI won
over Perrotte's XI by a score of 100 to
Of interest to employees from B. G.
is the fact that during a recent geolog-
cal survey in British Guiana, deposits
of the radio-active mineral euxenite
were found in the Kanuku, mountains.
This is the type of mineral from which
the deadly atomic bombs are being
Employees Aided by Opening
Of Two Banks in San Nicolaas
Branches of both the Aruba Bank
and the Hollandsche Bank Unie were
opened in San Nicolas February 4, fill-
ing a long-felt need for Lagoites and
for business activities in the eastern
half of Aruba. From the construction
days of 1928 and 1929 to the present,
San Nicolas has steadily developed as
a community, and the establishment of
the banks is a long and logical step in
Time consuming trips to the Oranje-
stad banks will no longer be necessary,
since all phases of banking can be
transacted at the local branches. Both
are conveniently located not far from
the Main Gate.
Banking hours have been arranged
for the greatest convenience of employ-
ees, including special hours in effect on
"C Y.I." Cont. from p. 1.
E. Tjin-Kam-Jet, Fls. 100.00, pro-
posed shift schedule.
A new shift schedule, put into effect on Jan-
uary 1. 1946. as a result of this idea. proved
a definite improvement over the one adopted by
Management, in that it more equitably distribut-
es overtime necessary in connection with changes
of days off.
J. A. Abrahams, Fls. 20.00, relocate
air inlet valve to overhead air hoist at
Relocating the air inlet valve to overhead air
hoist at the Foundry eliminated a safety hazard.
"Rain, rain, go away, come again some
other day", says the nursery rhyme.
That Is exactly what it did this season.
November and December, traditionally
the wettest monLhs of the year, in
1949 were comparatively bone-dry.
January, 1946 was exactly average,
but this month, ordinarily the be-
ginning of the dry season, had pelted
down nearly two inches In the first 18
days. The total record, as far back as
It has been kept:
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ARUBA ESSO NEWS
FEBRUARY 22, 1945
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
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The little machine above, with F. E.
Sanchez at the controls, Is known as
"Sulphi" and is just about the hand-
lest thing around the Acid Plant. It
feeds sulphur to the melting coils, the
first step in the manufacture of sulph-
uric acid. The little picture shows how
it was done for 16 years after the
plant opened in 1929. Laboriously, a
wheelbarrow-load at a time, sulphur
estimated at 300,000 tons was moved
this way. Now "Sulphi" moves in a
few minutes as much as previously
E machien chikito aki riba, cu F. E.
Sanchez ta maneh6, ta conoci bao di
number dl ,,Sulphi" y e ta facllitt
hopi trabao na Acid Plant. E ta sirbl
pa transport& e sulpha fo'i deposit
pa den Planta. E portret chikito ta
mustra con e trabao tabata bal du-
rante 16 anja despues cu Planta a
habri na anja 1929. Cu hopi trahao,
un garoshi yen cada bez, nan tabata.
transport un cantidad di sulpha dl
mas o menos 300,000 ton. Awendia
.,Sulphi" ta hadl den algun minuut lo-
que antes tabata tuma horanan.
Bob Learned par ta mas pisA cu e
plsca aki, ma e bestla sigur ta gane
na largura. Bob (jloe di Bill Learned
dl T.S.D.) a cohe a plscd dia 2 dl
February. Dl e sorto ak solamente 12
nan a yega dl cohe den lamar rond
dl Aruba, y Bob par conta cu e ta-
batin basta suerte dl a logra pisc6.
Bob Learned (son of Bill, of T. S. D.)
may be heavier than the sailfish he
caught February 2, but it has him
by several feet on length. Not over
12 of these big fellows have been
caught on lines around Aruba.
These wells, and hundreds like them, produce the oil that runs
though Lago's stills. Famous throughout the oil world, they are
n the deep water of Lake Maracaibo, with the derricks on concrete
piles hundreds of feet long.
This tall torrid girl
from Texas (and
more recently Holly-
wood) Is Louise All-
Studios player who
is "on the way up".
In her last picture,
"Tangier", she plays
a dancer on the hunt
for a Fascist war
criminal. And with
those eyes who could
. E poznan ak y hopi mas mescos ta
produci e petroleo cu ta circuli den
stillnan dl Lago. Famoso rond mundo
nan ta situi den e awa profundo dl
S Lago di Maracalbo cu nan torrenan
cu tin algun cien pla di haltura.
Shown below Is not a Hollywood star but a
telephone switchboard operator, a job In which
more than one actress got her start. She is Fre-
da Daal, one of the Hospital's telephone girls.
The picture was taken by Samuel Rajroop of the
IRUARY 22, 1946
FEBRUARY 22, 1946
ARUBA ESSO NEWS
les", an rupa, dia
nam bunlta siefTrme,
su to *emsistl dl u
enter y lsoe* gul-
tarlstas. a eumuli
cebra fama den Aru-
ba. Ham a yega dl
teen vares be pa
y pa Tivell Club y
ea Ust planta pa
toea ea Orajeestad,
San NItelas y Santa
Crux na priullple dl
Maar t. tA dl robez
pa drechbi Edwin
Croes di Perseonel.
Tall Lepex dl Garage,
y Dee de Palm dl
Personnel. ParnA Jan
Crees, Harold Hop-
mans y Simon Core.
nel dl Hospitaal.
Make-believe was the order of the evening at
the Marine Club February 5 as several hundred
members and guests dressed up in assorted
fugitives from a rag bag. Costumes ranged
from beautiful to hilarious, with prizes for the
best in several classes. Shown above are the
wminers: left to right Bob Schlageter (a pho-
tographer surprised finally to find himself In
one of his own pictures). D. J. Rear, W. R.
White. Betty Richards, Mrs. A. KIrtley, and Mr.
and Mrs. T. R. Meaker.
The Trovadores Troplcales, a well-dressed group of singer
and five guitarists, are beginning to make their musical
mark In Aruba. They have played engagements at the So-
ciedad Bolivariana and the Tivoll Club, and are planning
shows In Oranjestad, San Nicolas, and Santa Cruz for early
In March. Seated, left to right, are Edwin Croes of Person-
nel, Tall Lopez of the Garage, and Deo de Palm of Person.
rel. Standing are Jan Croes, Harold Hopmans, and Slmon
Coronel of the Hospital.
At right. Karol Passeo "sa4maiar" at the ry-
dook. pesas for ettlo Steaitks Mow YTork *
tiet The completed portrait is reproaded oa
Na banda dreebh, un portret sakA meantras ca
Bettina Steinke, artist dl New York. ta plnta
portret dl Karol Poasoe. cosed6, die bela. na
Drydeek. Riba plgiea tin un reproducelde di
e portret beoteramente cU.
With seven boats in regular competition, and a
medium to hard blow all the time, the Yacbt
Club keeps the lagoon full of bellying canvas
and bobbing Snipes every Sunday. (Note to
sharp-eyed readers: the landmarks to this
picture may not be there today; It was taken
early in 1944, and was in the restricted class
A part *l the Lago Po-
ulI Department's camp-
alga far safety Is a
erles of posters l their
Seker r eSo, displaying
safety sloga eorignleated
by men a the depart-
ment. Each slogan re-
malns on the beard for
a weLk. W. A. Tbomp*
soe Is shown beside bis
contribution, "When sa-
fety comes in the door,
accidents occur no
more". The lettering on
the signs is done by
Corporal F. 0. IIldge of
the L. P. D.
Aki nos ta mira e The players
hungadornan di co- posing beh
media di club ,Pro- Nicolas
greso I Corona" riba February 3,
enscenario di Teatro the best th
Cecilia, unda nan a -ogether fo
present nan come- In Aruba.
dia mas recfente dia in which th
3 dl Februarl. E co-
media ta word con-
sideri come e dl mi-
her cu nan a yega di
produce. E hungador-
nan aki ta uni pa
diez anja y nan a co-
bra hopi fama pa
nan club den center
aruba. Den careda di
mas atras nos ta mi-
ra J. de sort, F.
Dirksz. Dechl Lange-
dijk, R. Herman y C.
Schwengle. Sinti nos
ta mire Catarina
Ras;nijn. Petron lla
na Madurc, Teresita
Croes. Truus Sande-
rinek. H. Hoyer y OI-
bl Sanderinck, sint d
abao. Otro miembro*
nan cu no ta den e
grupo ta E. Kock. o
Carmen Padilla, NI-
comeda Schwengle, o
Teresita Padilla. Na
banda drechi, un
portret saOk bao di
e comedia, na e mu-
mento cu e ,.Buen
Hada" ta cumpil Cu
tur deseonan dl e pa-
reha na rudlya.
A half hour of band music from the
S. J. F. parochial school band started
the program as the "Progreso i Corona"
club, made up chiefly of Lagoites, pre-
sented the eighth in a series of shows
given for the benefit of various welfare
works in Aruba. The show, presented at
the Cecilia theater on February 3, was
directed by Chris Schwengle and con-
sisted of three one act plays. It was
produced to raise money to buy new
instruments for the parochial school
First on the evening's entertainment
was a one act comedy entitled Curiosi-
dad, the Papiamento story of how a
poor girl's curiosity spoiled the possibi-
h.y of a wonderful carefree life for her-
self and her husband. By not heeding the
instructions of a good fairy who had
granted the couple their every wish, the
young wife and her woodcutter husband
had to go back to a life of hard work.
The second of the plays, also in Papia-
mento, was called Biljetchi Robez, and
told the tale of wishful thinking of some
serving maids who bought themselves
lottery tickets. One of them was so sure
that she was going to win that she had
spent practically all of the money in ad-
vance. As it turned out she had not read
the number on her ticket correctly and
just as happened in the first play she
didn't get her life of luxury.
A Spanish play, Virtue Triumphs, was
the finale and the feature of the evening.
In it were depicted the trials and tribul-
ations of a banker's son and a penniless
young girl who wanted to get married.
The boy's father threatened to disinherit
him if he married the girl, but his
threats meant nothing and the marriage
took place. Later the father forgave
them and everyone was happy.
In the ten years since it started in
1936, "Progreso i Corona" has produced
eight plays of different kinds. The
group now has 16 members.
CTragao's famous pontoon bridge had
a bad day last Sunday when it was
smashed by a Spanish ship. The ship
was turning in midstream and when its
anchors gave way it struck the bridge
bow-on near the center, crushing it at
that point and tearing it loose from the
shore mooring. It is estimated that re-
pairs will take at least two months and
cost upwards of $125,000.
n the "Progreso I Corona" club are shown above
Ind the footlights of the Cecilia theater in San
where they produced their most recent show on
SThis set of plays was considered by many to be
Iey have done. These versatile players have been
r ten years and have gained fame for themselves
Below is an action scene from one of the plays
Ie Good Fairy is granting their every wish to the
couple on their knees.
Comedia Presenth pa Beneficio
Di Banda di School Parroquial
Miusica di banda di school paroquial
S. J. F. a habri program, ora cu club
,,Progreso i Corona", cu ta consist mas
parti di empleadonan di Lago, a pre-
sentA No. 8 di un series di comedies pa
varies doelnan caritativo. E comedia,
present na teatro Cecilia dia 3 di Fe-
bruari, tabata bao di direcci6n di Chris
Schwengle. Nan a hung pa produce fon-
donan pa cumpra instrumentonan nobo
pa e banda di school paroquial.
Di prom6 riba program tabata un
comedia den un acta, titulA Curiosidad,
un storia na Papiamento di un mucha-
muher cu pa via di su curiosidad a perde
e posibilidad di un bida facil y tranquil
p6 cu su casA. Pa via cu e no a sigui
instruccionnan di un bon hada, cu a du-
na e pareha tur loqu3 nan tabata deseA,
e mucha-muher y su casa, cu tabata
kapd6 di palo, mester a bolbe na un bi-
da di trabao duru.
E segundo comedia tabata na Papia-
mento tambe, titulA Biljetchi Robez;
esaki tabata storia di algun sirviente cu
a cumpra biljetchi. Un di nan tabata
asina convenci cu e lo gan6 cu el a gasta
casi tur e placa di antemano. Despues
a bin resultA cu el a lesa e number ro-
bez y mescos cu den e prom6 comedia,
e tampoco no por a hiba un bida di luho.
E finale tabata un comedia na Spah6,
titulA Virtud ta TriunfA y esaki tabata
e mihor nimero di e anochi. E comedia
aki ta conta storia di un jioe-homber
di un panadero y un mucha-muher mas-
ha pober cu kera casa cu otro. E tata
di e jonkuman a menazA di desinherit6
si e mester hera casa cu e mucha-hom-
ber, pero su menazanan tabata por nada
y apesar de todo e matrimonio a tuma
lugA. Despues e tata ta pordonA nan y
tur a keda biba feliz.
Durante e diez anjanan di su existen-
cia ,,Progreso i Corona" a produci 8
comedia di diferente tipo. Actualmente
e grupo ta consisti di 16 miembro.
Seguridad ta lo Miho
Show Presented by Local Club for School Band
Fighter Plans Comeback
Sports fans will soon be seeing a re-
juvenated Juancito, according to Alvin
Mathews of Utilities. Alvin is Juancito's
new manager and his hopes for his new.
ly acquired fighter are high.
Since 1937 when he started fighting.
Juanicito, also known as Juan Holman
of the Drydock, has had only a fair re-
cord, but under Mathew' wing he has
hopes of making a strong comeback.
Mathews is betting that the lack of a
supervised training program and the
absence of proper coaching were the
main difficulties with Juancito.
Mathews hopes to provide these and
bring his boy back into the limelight.
Above, honor boys among the Cub Scouts transfer to a launch for the return to shore after an
exciting hour aboard the tug "Delaplane". Below, Boy Scouts and Cubs touring the shop area
watch intently as James Richards of the Carpenter Shop operates a power saw. Both trips were
part of the Scout Week recently observed by the Lago Colony troop.
Trans-Atlantic Flights Planned
Between Curacao and Holland
Air travel made another forward
stride recently with the landing of a
Douglas DC-4 Skymaster at Hato Field,
Curaqao on February 17, inaugurating
a series of Trans-Atlantic flights be-
tween Holland and the Dutch West
Indies. The regular weekly flights,
which will begin on February 24 or 25,
are scheduled to carry up to 24 passeng-
ers in both directions. The route the
first plane took carried it from Amster-
dam to Lisbon, from there to Dakar,
across the South Atlantic to Natal and
by way of Paramaribo to Cu.raqao.
These flights are being carried out
by KLM for the Netherlands Transport.
ation Service and the planes are charter-
ed. It is hoped that shortly after they
are completed, a regular public air ser-
vice will be established between Holland
and the West Indies.
This flight was a far cry from that
of the "Snip" in 1934 when it made its
survey flight from Amsterdam to Cu-
raqao over a somewhat different route.
It was on this survey that the first
mid-Atlantic crossing was made. No
passengers were carried that time, for
the "Snip" was made a "flying gas
tank" in order to make the long over-
Peace Versus War is Question
At Lago Heights Club Debate
"The world is benefitted more by war
than by peace". That was the weighty
topic argued in a debate on the evening
of February 14 at the Lago Heights
The subject was approached from
the scientific side, with the affirmative
arguing that war brought greater
benefits to the world in the field of
science than peace, and the negative
arguing that the reverse was true.
Competition was keen and the judges,
after calculating the points due both
sides, arrived at a draw. The audience
was invited to vote it out and the
decision went to the upholders of peace.
An interested audience heard the debate
and the consensus was that it was a
Arguing for the affirmative was P.
G. Branch, supported by F. Gilkes. For
the negative, W. Mills, supported by I.
Chin. The judges were R. Lowhar, T.
Mungal, and acting as Chairman and
judge was B. K. Chand.
The followers of argument will find
a mock trail on the Lago Heights Club
calendar, scheduled for March 8.
Among thousands of new synthetic
chemicals from petroleum is one that
makes pineapples ripen faster.
Scout and Scoutlets
Celebrate Big Week
The Colony's 30 Boy Scouts and 50
Cubs celebrated the anniversary of their
groups February 4 to 9 with the annual
Scout Week that has been observed for
the last several years. A varied program
of stunts, trips, and entertainment made
it a special occasion for the boys.
On the first day Scouting was feat-
ured in an assembly program arranged
by Principal Ira Hoffman at the School.
Sam Evans and Reverend Dawe were
Two days later was "honor day" for
the top boys in both groups. Two boys
were given a closeup of operations when
Walter Buchholtz spent the day with
Technical Superintendent J. M. White-
ley, and Warren Carroll "worked" in
the Marine Department. Meantime five
Cub Scouts with the best records, James
Baggaley, Sam Evans, Jack Horigan,
John Pakozdi, and Dominic Macrini, had
an hour's trip on the tug. Late in the
morning all the honor boys, with a
group of Scout leaders, attended a re-
grlar meeting of the Operating Com-
Friday night's feature was a jamboree
at the old Legion Hut, with stunts and
exhibitions. Saturday morning over 50
boys piled into buses for a tour of the
refinery: in the aftcrncon the boys were
schedt-ed to play softball against the
American Legion, but the oldsters failed
to show un. (Scared, may be?) That
night all Scouts (including Girl) were
guests at a free movie.
The week ended Sunday with church
s rvices in San Nicolas and Lago Colony
where the boys were special guests.
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ARUBA ESSO NEWS