Panama Canal review
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Title: Panama Canal review
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Creator: United States -- Panama Canal Commission
Panama Canal Company
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Balboa Heights Republic of Panama
Creation Date: September 1951
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Full Text
Gift of the Panama Canal Muum




Vol.2, No. 2 BALBOA HEIGHTS, CANAL ZONE, SEPTEMBER 7, 1951 5 cents












Will Aid




Canal Plans
v Construction

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SUMMIT, the new U. S. rate townsite, is shown above, in model form and as projected by townsite
planners. An arrow in the lower left points north and the town is seen as if from a plane flying toward
Cristobal. The thoroughfare at the left which splits at the town entrance is Gaillard Highway. The large
buildings in the center of the photograph are the civic center-commissary, clubhouse, postoffice, and schools
area. The main buildings are laid out in a hollow square with streets passing behind the buildings and parking
space adjacent. Small, bare areas in the residential sections would be playgrounds for small children.




Purchases totaling more than
$1,525,000 were made by the Canal organ-
ization in the Republic of Panama during
the past fiscal year, according to the
annual report of the Supply and Services
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where quality, supply, and price meet
requirements. This policy has the double
objective of stimulating local agriculture
and industry as well as the elimination of
costly handling and shipping charges re-
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Recommendations of three townsite-
planning specialists who have spent the
summer on the Canal Zone will be in-
corporated into the new towns of Summit
and Cardenas. Studies they have made
during the past 10 weeks will also be
utilized in planning the extension to
Margarita and in future improvements
to the already existing Canal Zone towns.
The three specialists are H. M. Gifft,
Taylor B. Lewis, and Melvin M. Rotsch.
Mr. Gift and Mr. Lewis are sailing today
for New York to return to Cornell Uni-
versity where they are, respectively;
professor of Sanitary Engineering, and
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering.
Mr. Rotsch, Assistant Professor of Archi-
tecture at Texas Agricultural and Mech-
anical College, is leaving tomorrow to

return to Texas.
Experts in their lines-Mr. Gifft for
water supply and waste disposal, Mr.
Lewis for highways and traffic, and Mr.
Rotsch for housing-they have assisted
Canal Zone planners on the new town-
sites and the revamping of the older
towns. Their recommendations are in
connection with street patterns, grading,
housing sites-especially the adaptation
of housing to the Canal Zone's generally
rugged terrain, and the waste disposal
City planning, Mr. Rotsch told a group





September 7,1951










Richer in experience as well as in
pocket, 74 young Canal Zone people this

month ar
in virtua
Ten of
for such



a summer

Assistants. They
lly every division
vernment organize
Sthe group were
earning the regu
jobs. Almost all


's work as
ve worked
the Com-
rates paid
these were

college students home for vacation.
The other 64 were mainly those who are
still in high school or who have just fin-
ished school here. The 43 boys and 21
girls of this group were selected from
almost 300 who applied for summer work.
This year's summer employment pro-
gram has been a reactivation of a policy
which dates back to 1913. In June of that
year Col. H. F. Hodges, Acting Chairman
of the Isthmian Canal Commission,
approved a recommendation that Ameri-
can boys "of suitable age and qualifica-
tions" be employed as messengers. By
the late 1920's the program was in full
Some well-known employees who were
summer workers of that period are B. I.
Everson, Superintendent of the Motor
Transportation Division; his brother,
John, now with the Electrical Division;
Captain Richard C. Sergeant, now a
Canal Pilot; Russell J. Jones, of the Fi-
nance Bureau; and E. J. Hack of the
Administrative Branch.
Program Expanded in 1930
During the depression years of the
early 1930's, the program was curtailed-
employment preference went to adults
who had been laid off previously-but the
plan began to recover late that decade.
It reached a peak 10 years ago when 177
students were employed in the summer of
1941, and 164 the following summer.

Later the demand for summer employees
The work to which the student assist-
ants were assigned this year has been, in
great part, far from the routine filing and
clerking a good many of them had
expected. Wherever possible, their sum-
mer jobs have tied in with their school
Take attractive, 18-year old Martha
Hook of Diablo Heights, for instance. An
incoming sophomore at the Canal Zone
Junior College, where she is a chemistry
major, Miss Hook spent her vacation
working at the Water and Laboratories
Branch of the Municipal Division. Morn-
ings she made a bacteriological examina-
tion of water and assisted in other tests at
the water laboratory. Afternoons she
typed reports and helped with other
clerical work. She thinks her summer
experience has been invaluable and hopes
to continue similar work later at the
Board of Health Laboratory.
Jobs Aid To College Work
For at least two of the older students,
Orlando Smith of Ancon, and Robert J.
Saarinen of Balboa, their summer jobs
have been, in effect, part of their college
courses. The former is entering his
sophomore year at Clemson College where
he is taking civil engineering. He spent
the summer as a cartographic surveys aid,
doing work he would normally be expected
to do in the vacation between his sopho-
more and junior years. He hopes to get
college credit for his Canal Zone work.
Young Saarinen, at 19. is entering his
junior year at the Cornell School of Hotel
Administration at Ithaca, N. Y. His
course requires him to have summer work
in an allied field. This summer he has
been a "supervisor of service" at the


Cocoli Clubhouse, unofficially a restau-
rant manager. He is especially interested
in the preparation and attractive presen-
tation of food and believes his summer
job has helped a lot. "You've got to have
first-hand information," he says.

Postal Work Not Dull
Oscar Kourany, 18, of Panama City, is
one of the high school group. He will be
a senior at Balboa next year and after
that hopes to take a science course at
Morningside College in Iowa. He is one
of five boys who have been working at the
Balboa Heights Post Office, processing
philatelic mail for the new stamp issues.
Under the direction of Moises de la Pena,
Postal Clerk, the boys helped prepare
11,000 first-day covers for the new air
mail stamp which was issued July 16th,
and handled over 5,600 covers for the
West Indian commemorative stamp which
came out August 15th.
He had expected to find postal work
dull but was pleasantly surprised. "It's
been nothing of the sort," he said the
other day. "It's been something different
every day and now I've got a new interest."
In the Division of Storehouses, Patricia
Neckar and Dorothy King, both grad-
uates last June from Balboa High School,
have had the stupendous job of typing
some 60,000 cards and are credited by


September 7, 1951




To Consider




SIX MEMBERS of the Panama Canal Company Board of Directors who met in the Canal
Zone last February are shown above in committee sessions. They are, left to right: T. Cole-
man Andrews, Edward D. McKim, Major General Julian L. Schley, Lieutenant General R. A.
Wheeler, Governor Newcomer and W. R. Pfizer. Others who met with the special committee
to consider problems of the Canal's reorganization, shown, are Arnold Bruckner (standing),
Robert E. Maxwell and Lieutenant Governor Herbert D. Vogel, Vice President of the Panama
Canal Company.
The Board is scheduled to meet this month in Washington, D. C. Other members of the
13-man board are Frank Pace, Jr., Secretary of the Army, Major General Glen E. Edgerton,
Karl R. Bendetsen, B. F. Burdick, John W. Martin and Daniel E. Taylor.





Survey Under Way,


A survey of hospital facilities on the
Atlantic side is now being made, Governor
F. K. Newcomer told the "Shirt-Sleeve
Conference" August30 at Balboa Heights.
The conference met in the enlarged and
re-decorated Board Room on the third
floor of the Administration Building.
In answer to a question from Rufus
Lovelady, President of A. F. G. E. Lodge
No. 14, on rumors that Colon Hospital is
to be closed and Margarita Hospital reac-
tivated, Governor Newcomer said that a
study is now in progress.
Since the Atlantic side population cen-
ter is shifting from Cristobal to Marga-
rita, consideration is being given to the
possibility of reopening the Margarita
Hospital, he said.
The survey which has been requested
from the Engineering Division will pro-
vide a basis for a decision whether it
would be better to spend money on Mar-
garita or Colon Hospital. The Engineer-
ing Division, the Governor said, has been
asked for an estimate as to the probable
cost of putting the Margarita establish-
ment back into shape where it would be

a good hospital.
The hospital question was

one of two


will own


the furniture they now rent,

after the payment of eight months of the
new rate.
After next May there will be no more
furniture rental except to new employees,
who will continue to be furnished with
basic furniture proportionate to their fam-
ily needs but on a short-term basis.
The rate adjustment has been made in
view of the 2,300 separate furniture rental
accounts which were being maintained
under the old rental plan. Some of these
were for amounts as low as 11 cents per
month. Generally, under the new system,
those paying furniture rental of between
one cent and $1 will pay a $1 rental
charge; those paying between $1 and $2,
will pay $2, etc.
Questions raised during the August con-
ference covered subjects from musty flour
to school bus rates. An unusual feature
of the most recent informal discussions
was that most matters were raised by
Atlantic siders who, one man declared,
considered themselves classed as "second-
class citizens."
Governor Newcomer opened the con-
ference with a breakdown, promised at
the last meeting, of the retail cost on a

An examination of the Panama Canal
Company's proposed budget for the
coming fiscal year will be one of the
principal items on the agenda of the
September meeting of the Board of
The meeting, originally scheduled to be
held in the Canal Zone, will be held Sep-
tember 17 in Washington, D. C. It will
be the first Board meeting since the
Panama Canal Company came into being.
Governor Newcomer, President of the
Company, has announced that he will
bring to the attention of the Board of Di-
rectors preliminary reports on a possible
change in Panama Line schedules with a
view to instituting more formal studies if
deemed desirable. It was announced last
month that preliminary studies have been
initiated to determine the possible advan-
tage of using a more southerly port than
New York for the northern terminus of
the line.
The present studies have included an
investigation of possible schedule changes
which would permit ports of call for the
three liners on their north and south runs.
The problem is primarily an economic one
and will require much additional study
and data before any change is made in
event the Board of Directors consider
further studies worthwhile.
The 1953 fiscal year budget figures to
be presented at the September meeting
are only in the preliminary stage and do
not take into consideration any rate
changes which may later be required. It
is not expected that the Board will con-
sider any material changes in any Com-
pany rate schedules until the financial
results of operations for a period of
several months can be examined.

is of inferior octane rating, which was
checked by Col. Vogel, with the report
that the gasoline comes from Panama
Canal tanks and is identical with that
sold elsewhere on the Canal Zone; an
appeal ori behalf of retired employees by
several civic council representatives to
the effect that these retired employees be
permitted to retain quarters; a question
as to why employees' cars cannot be un-
loaded from incoming southbound ships


September 7, 1951





Electrical Engineer
To Retire This Month






Approximately 500 quarters units are
scheduled for construction during the cur-
rent fiscal year, according to present
plans. The total is divided about equally
between the Atlantic and Pacific sides of
the Canal Zone. This iear's program,
part of the long-range $80,000,000
housing and townsite development plan,
calls for the expenditure of about
It is expected that much of the con-
struction work will be done by contract
but exactly how much will depend on bids
At the present time, plans call for the
construction of the following: Silver City
townsite extension; Paraiso townsite ex-
tension; quarters in Ancon, Balboa,
Diablo Heights, Gatun and Margarita,
Paraiso, and Silver City; together with
clearing, grading and site preparation,
including utilities, for next year's building
at Summit, Cardenas, and Margarita.
The first bids to be solicited will be for
the Silver City townsite extension the
latter part of September.
Number Of Units Not Settled
A final determination on the exact
number of quarters to be built during the
fiscal year has not been made, except in a
few instances. At July's "Shirt-sleeve
conference," Lieutenant Governor H. D.

Many Student Assistants
Employed During Vacation
(Continued from page 2) assigned one
girl to its Main Office where she typed,
did routine filing, and answered the tele-
phone; another girl to similar work in the
telephone exchange; one boy to general
helper's duties at the Cristobal Trans-
former station; another to the Gatun
Hydroelectric station; and the third to
the Balboa substation.
The License Section used its boy and
girl assistants on general office work "and
they were a great help," they say.
The Police Division put its girl assist-
ant to work at headquarters, its boy at
the Balboa station, both of them helping
on the clerical end of police work.

Vogel reported the following plans for
U. S.-rate quarters: Margarita, 100 units;
Ancon, 70 units; Diablo, 12; Balboa, 12.
Final plans have been approved for 14
units in Balboa and 10 units are also
scheduled for Gatun.
Final plans for 118 local-rate quarters
have been approved for the northern sec-
tion of Paraiso and of 96 units at Silver
The type of the houses to be built min
Margarita has not been determined, but
the buildings probably will be mostly of
masonry construction. No decision has
been made as to how many of the 100
will be cottages and how many will be
duplexes, although if the previous con-
struction pattern is followed, about 40
percent of the apartments will be cottages.
Types To Be Determined
In Ancon, again, the exact types are not
definite. Final plans covering some prom-
ising new designs are being rushed to
completion. Most of the new Ancon
housing will be in the Ancon Boulevard-
Chagres Street area where a large area
was graded earlier this year.
The new housing in Diablo will be con-
structed on Endicott Street, where an
area is to be cleared behind the old mess-
hall. These houses will be of masonry,
on-the-ground construction, and will in-
clude both cottages and duplexes.
The Balboa apartments will be built on
Pyle Street and the adjacent lower end of
Morgan Avenue, and will include both
cottages and duplexes. They will be com-
posite, off-the-ground construction, simi-
lar to the new houses in the San Juan
Place area in Ancon.
The 10 apartments at Gatun will pro-
bably be masonry, the type not yet
definite. They will be built on the high
ground along Jadwin Road where con-
struction has been going on this year.


A. C. Garlington, who came to the Canal Zone in
1910 and has served as Electrical Engineer for the
past 24 years, will voluntarily retire from Canal
service at the end of this month. He and Mrs. Gar-
lington plan to leave the Isthmus early in October.
Their plans are still indefinite but they expect to
make their future home somewhere in the Carolinas.

Retirements In August

Employees who retired at the end of
August, their birthplaces, titles and length
of service at retirement, and their future
addresses are:
Leon Borden, Austria, Senior Machinist
Foreman, Building Division; 25 years, five
months, and 22 days; Florida.
Edward E. Ellis, New Jersey, Clerk,
Receiving and Forwarding Agency; 30 years,
five months, and 27 days; Cristobal.
Patrick J. Henry, New Jersey, Chief
Engineer, Towboats, Navigation Division;
22 years, five months, and 16 days; Brook-
lyn, N. Y.
Herbert R. Judson, Massachusetts
Chief, Coupon Section, Audit Division: 32
years, nine months, and 17 days; Balboa
Benjamin F. Kuller, Jr., Pennsylvania,
Filtration Plant Operator, Mount Hope; 25
years, two months, and 12 days; Franklin,
North Carolina.


Help On 4,000 Files
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September 7,1951







Our organization with 3,000,481 man-
hours of exposure and 39 disabling injur-
ies experienced a frequency rate of 13 for
the month of July with a resultant 24
percent improvement over our best year.
The Safety Branch is now located in
Rooms 102 and 103 of the Civil Affairs
Building, mailing address: Balboa
Heights, telephone number 2-3726.
We would like to take this means to
extend our best wishes to a friend and
former associate, Jack F. Paterson, who
recently resigned his position as Safety
Inspector, Locks Division, in order to con-
tinue his formal education at Johns Hop-
kins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
The following units of our organization
will receive Honor Roll Certificates for
completing their operational assignments
without a disabling injury during the
month of July: Locks Division, Clubhouse
Division, Electrical Division, Motor
Transportation Division, Division of
Storehouses, and Division of Sanitation.
These units are to be congratulated for
this accomplishment inasmuch as the
combined man-hours of exposure amounts
to 603,122.
Again we find that the INDUSTRIAL
BUREAU is to receive the Bureau Honor
Roll Award for the best record for July.
This bureau, not taking any chances on
receiving this recognition, completed the
month with no disabling injuries, hence a
frequency rate of ZERO. Congratula-



Best Record

INDUSTRIAL .-------.-..-----.- '

The Community Services Bureau in its
varied operations includes nearly all
classifications of labor.
It has been noted however in reviewing
the records that all injuries fall into cer-
tain common classes with closely allied
causes. In the order of their incidence
rate the major types of injury are:
1. Cuts or lacerations sustained in the
use of sharp tools and power equipment.
2. Strains or sprains incurred while
3. Falls from ladders, moving equip-
ment, uneven terrain, and slippery floor
4. Cuts and punctures received from
concealed objects.
5. Bruises received from objects falling
or being bumped.
6. Foreign matter in eyes.
7. Burns sustained from hot engines,
caustic materials and kitchen equipment.
8. Infections as the result of animal and
insect bites.
Safety rules vary with the requirements
of individual jobs. It is not practicable in
this article to hlist regulations pertaining to
specific operations; however, since it is
generally conceded that the majority of
injuries result from causes within the
control of the workers themselves, it is
felt that the following basic rules for em-
ployee conduct will be of help to all:
1. Be alert at all times. Avoid reckless-
ness. An inattentive man or one who
habitually takes chances causes injury to
himself or his fellow workman. Preview
all new work for danger point to avoid,
then proceed.

2. Practice
all areas und
and orderly
securely on
from falling o1
so as to allow
Follow all i
handling and

er your
objects a

housekeeping. Keep
Control in a clean
on. Place supplies
to prevent injury
nd locate equipment
passagee at all times.
ions regarding the
of volatile or caustic

JOHN WELLS HARE, Safety Engineer,
Community Services Bureau

3. Have respect for tools and equip-
ment as potential sources of danger.
Report any defects to Supervisor. Use
care while handling, transporting, and
sharpening tools. Never adjust power
equipment with motor running.
4. Obey Supervisor's instructions.
When he issues orders for work to be
performed in a particular manner there
are reasons born of experience which are
for safety of man and machine.
5. Dress in adequate clothing that
offers protection but is not so loose that
it might snag on obstructions or get
caught in machinery. Utilize all safety
protective devices prescribed for your job
such as goggles, gloves, safety shoes, etc.
6. Report immediately to your fore-
man any injury received or observed re-
gardless of its severity. A small injury
may result in serious illness through
7. Report all unsafe conditions or prac-
tices to your supervisor for correction.


September 7, 1951


r Recess

Hundreds of new faces-most of them
are very young faces-are being seen
around the Canal Zone schools these days.
Most of them are the ex-kindergarteners
who graduated from fingerpainting and
rhythm bands to the more adult world of
reading and writing and arithmetic.
The Canal Zone's white schools opened
last Wednesday. The total enrollment
has not yet been compiled but school
officials expect it to be close to last year's
figure, approximately 4,900. This figure
covers the 14 elementary, junior and
senior high schools on the Canal Zone.
Other than the increased tuition
charges announced several months ago
and increases in pay, effective today, for
substitute and night school teachers,
comparatively few changes have been
made in the schools this year.
A full school schedule, kindergarten
through sixth grade, is being given at
both the Fort Kobbe and Cocoli elemen-
tary schools. Children from Cocoli proper
are attending the Cocoli school; all other
West Bank children are enrolled at the
Fort Kobbe school.
The latter was opened as a school for
the first time last year. At first only
grades one and two were taught but last
April additional grades were transferred
to the Kobbe building.
Ancon elementary school, which had
only five grades last year, will have six
grades again this year.
In addition to the new faces among the
student population, there are new faces
in the 162 man and woman teaching
staff; some familiar faces are missing
temporarily this year and others will be
found in new jobs or new locations.
Twenty-five new teachers for the sec-
ondary schools and 13 elementary school
teachers have joined the schools' faculty
as replacements.
Six teachers are on a year's leave: Miss
Claude Aycock and Miss Katharine
Clark of Balboa High School, Miss Mary
rWorrell of Cristobal High School, Miss
Lois Morgan of Balboa Junior High
School, Mrs. Elizabeth W. Rowley of the
Gatun Elementary School, and Mrs.
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WEST INDIANS who helped to build the Panama Canal were honored August 15 when a
special commemorative stamp was issued. Here Governor Newcomer talks with a group of the
oldtimers at a ceremony at the Mount Hope Ball Park.


7th-AMERICAN LEGION, Post No. 6,
Gamboa Legion Hall, 7:30 p. m.

V. F. W., Post No.
tobal, 7:30 p. m.
Lodge Hall, 9:30 a.
K. of C. Hall, 9:30

3857, New Cris-
No. 652, Balboa
606, Margarita
a. m.
Margarita Club-

house, 7:30 p. m.
CIL, Union Church, 7 p. m.
BLACKSMITHS No. 400, Balboa
Lodge Hall, 7:30 p. m.
V. F. W. Post No. 727, Fort Clayton,
7:30 p. m.
MACHINISTS, No. 699, Margarita
K. of C. Hall, 7:30 p. m.
V. F. W. Post No. 3822, Curundu
Road, 7:30 p. m.
Balboa Hall, 7:30 p. m.
IARY, Unit No. 1, Balboa Hall,
7:30 p. m.
V. F. W. Post No. 100, Old Boy
Scout Building, Cristobal, 7:30 p. m.
PAINTERS, No. 1232, House 0838,
Balboa, 7 p. m.
397, Balboa Lodge Hall, 7:30 p. m.






From Cristobal
Ancon................September 7
Panama,..............September 14
Cristobal.... . . . . ... ..September 21
Ancon ..... ..........September 28
From New York
Panama .. ............September 5
Cristobal. .............. September 12
Ancon. ........ ...... . .September 19
Panama..............September 26

595, Balboa Lodge Hall, 7 p. m.
Fort Clayton, 7:30 p. m.
V. F. W. Post No. 100, Old Boy
Scout Building, Cristobal, 7:30 p. m.
IARY, Unit No. 2, Cristobal Legion
Home, 7:30 p. m.
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After Summ

September 7,1951


Panama Canal Company Publication
Published Monthly at

Printed by the Panama Canal Press
Mount Hope, Canal Zone


Lieutenant Governor





Letters containing inquiries, sugges-
tions, criticisms or opinions of a general
nature will be accepted. In all cases
possible, letters to THE REVIEW will be
answered individually. Those of suffi-
cient general interest will be published
in this paper. Letters must be authen-
tic and be signed although signatures
will not be published unless requested
and names of authors will be kept con-
fidential. Return address should be
given but THE REVIEW will not under-
take to return correspondence of any

BALBOA LOST last month one of its oldest and best known landmarks.

The old Balboa Police Station which had stood at the head of the Prado-since 1914-was
sold on high bid and was demolished during the past month. It was originally built in Empire
in 1906 and was moved to Balboa in 1914 when it became the Balboa Central Police Station.
The police moved out of the building in 1936 when the station was transferred to its present
quarters on La Boca Road. Since then the old station has been used variously by the License
Bureau, the Silver Personnel Bureau, the Girl Scouts for storage, and the Schools Division.
Since 1938 the upper floor has been used as a girls' dormitory for the Canal Zone Junior College.






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general sales and individual copies
by mail:

The present charge of $2 for the clean-
ing of electric ranges when quarters are
vacated will no longer be made. Approval
of the recommendation to drop this charge
was given recently by Governor Newcomer.
The monthly charges made for the use of

el ctnc ran es s a


nance and replacement of parts. The cost
of cleaning ranges after quarters are vacated
will now be absorbed in the regular main-
tenance charges.

Listings for the 1952 edition of the
Panama Canal Company's telephone
directory may still be made if received
within the next few days, according to
an announcement at the Electrical Di-
vision offices.
While August 30th was originally set
as the deadline for new or revised
listings in the telephone directory, the
additional time has been given to per-
mit last-minute changes. The direc-
tory is scheduled to go to press late
this year.

Julian L. Schley; General Robert E. Wood,
former Chief Quartermaster of the Canal
and later President of Sears, Roebuck and
Co.; and Chan Gurney, former United
States Senator from South Dakota.

Matters pertaining to public safety
in the Canal Zone and particularly
those related to a major disaster of any
nature will be handled during this
fiscal year by the Safety Branch.
Edward M. Altman, Position Classi-
fier in the Personnel Division, has been
transferred to the Safety Branch as a
result of the additional work. He will
assume his new duties next Monday.
He has been employed by the Canal for
the past ten years, most of the time in
personnel work. He is a member of the
Canal Zone Bar and has served on
several occasions as Acting Magistrate.
The public safety program is designed
to provide a coordinated program in the
Canal Zone in event of any major





September 7, 1951

A ranging









There were 12 northbound and 13
southbound ships in the Canal. The
blackboard at one end of the Balboa dis-
patchers' office was white with writing.
The little markers which represent ships
were spaced at intervals of a foot or less

along the miniature Canal on the
sized, magnetic board.
"We couldn't fit another ship in
a shoehorn, if we tried," Balboa
Dispatcher R. L. Dickerson said.
One of the northbound vessels w
oreship, carrying some 25,000 tons o


as an
f iron

ore from Chile to the U. S. East Coast. It
had to go first in order to clear Gaillard
Cut before any southbound ships arrived.
There was one late arrival which had to
be worked in so that no ships would meet
in the Cut after dark. At almost the last
minute, Cristobal reported by telephone
that it was starting its 13th ship.
Fitting ships into a schedule for transit
of the Panama Canal is a major part of
the work of the 14 marine dispatchers.
The dispatcher has been called the
representative of the Panama Canal
intmost matters which relate to its pri-
mary .mission, serving shipping. That is
one way of describing one of the Canal
Zone's most interesting jobs and one
which, dispatcher Leonard Wolford ex-
plained, "can be learned only by osmosis."
Radio Arrival Time
An inbound ship is required to radio her
expected arrival time to the Marine Dis-
patcher. Canal regulations state that
ships due in Balboa must radio when they
are 48 and 24 hours out and when they
pass Cape Mala. Ships arriving in Cris-
tobal are expected to send a radio when
they are no less than 24 hours from port.
It will be a happy day when every ship
does what is expected, one dispatcher
These radio messages are official gov-
ernment communications and are carried
free, via either Navy or commercial wave-


Radioed messages to a thip's

agents come at commercial rates. These
latter may request oil, water, supplies, or
dockage to handle cargo, and are relayed
to the dispatcher by the agents.
Each afternoon the dispatchers at
either end of the Canal begin making out
a tentative schedule for the following

day's transits or dockages. In the evening
the two dispatchers on duty exchange by
telephone their lists of the next day's
business. Next morning the dispatchers
confer again and later in the morning Mr.
Dickerson decides with Thorwald H.
Forsstrom, Cristobal Chief Dispatcher,
how many ships each side will handle. If
there is an unusually large number of
ships, which means the locks may have to
work overtime, the question is referred to
Capt. Robert M. Peacher, Marine Di-
rector, who decides how much overtime
will be authorized.
Usually Transit In Order
Ordinarily, ships transit in order of
their arrival. There are certain exceptions
to this ri ule. Loaded oreships, vessels
carrying hazardous cargo-their tiny rep-
licas on the Canal miniature are bright
red-and unusually large vessels must be
scheduled so that they will not meet other
ships in the Cut. A tanker with one type
cargo must have daylight all the way,

Cut, locks, and all. A tanker with another
type cargo requires daylight through the
Cut. Tankers with a third type cargo
require only a clear Cut.
Preference in transit is given to pas-
senger ships, on regular runs, with accom-
modations for 51 or more passengers, and

to government vessels which request such
handling. Such ships need not be started
first but may pass earlier starters during
A dispatcher's job, according to Stanley
F. Yost, one of Balboa's senior dis-
patchers, is a little like planning a news-
paper's front page. Something unexpected

happens and the whole layout has to be
revised. Capt. Marvin J. West, Balboa
Port Captain, put it this way:
"A dozen things can happen to throw
off the schedule. A ship master can under-

estimate or overestimate arrival time.
Cargo handling at the docks may go more
slowly than was expected because of a
heavy rain and the ship, which was to
undock and transit on an early schedule,
mav be delayed several hours."

Pilots Given Schedule

After the last arrival-time radio, the
dispatcher, knowing approximately how
many ships are due and figuring on how
many can be handled, notifies the pilots
needed, arranges for the crews of seamen
who handle ships' lines during transit and
prepares port clearances-after tolls have
been collected.
As the ships arrive in the Bay, he
assigns boarding parties to them. He
keeps in touch with the boarding party
it . 1 . � 1 * -" _

by one of the two voice radio circuits
which come into his office. On this same
circuit, he can also talk to all transiting
ships. The other circuit provides for
ship-to-shore operations.
In addition to his two radio circuits, the
dispatcher handles two teletypes and 21
telephone circuits. There are direct lines
to all locks, signal stations, and other
Canal units concerned with handling or
supplying ships.

So far, it may sound routine, but a dis-
patcher's typical day can provide more
activity than Barnum and Bailey. For
instance, in a few hours the other day:
Every Day Is Busy
A pilot radioed that the ship he was
aboard had mail which had not been taken
off in Balboa; would the dispatcher ar-
range for its removal min Cristobal?
The Pacific Locks reported difficulty
with a lock chain, which momentarily
,was slowing down handling of vessels
there. The situation was reported by
telephone a few minutes later as having
been corrected.
The Balboa boarding party radioed in
a query as to the transit schedule for a
vessel they were about to board.
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September 7, 1951



information needed to locate on the Canal
diagram the numbered models which rep-
resent every ship.
A glance at this board enabled the busy
dispatcher to tell Southbound 5 to follow
Southbound 4 down the west side of
Pedro Miguel locks, or to order the pro-
ceed signal at La Pita signal station for a
northbound vessel.
The Marine Dispatchers are part of the
force of the two Port Captains' offices.
The Port Captains are Navy officers, on a
two-year detail to the Canal. Senior of
the two and, as such, Chief of the Naviga-
tion Division, is Capt. West at Balboa.
Captain William S. Parsons of Cristobal
arrived here last month.
Theoretically the Balboa office controls
transit traffic from Gamboa south. In
actual practice the Balboa dispatchers
handle all ships south of Gatun. Before
leaving Gatun locks the pilot of a south-
bound ship learns from the Balboa dis-
patcher what time he is to pass Gamboa.
Balboa handles most of the transit traffic,
but Cristobal has more harbor work.
Each side has an Assistant Port Cap-
tain, always a man with many years
experience as a Canal pilot. Captain
Everett 0. Swinson is Balboa's Assistant
Port Captain; Captain Samuel L. Brown
holds a similar post on the Atlantic Side.
They are relieved by a senior pilot during
vacation or other absences.
Over 35 Years Of Service
Balboa's Chief Dispatcher, Mr. Dicker-
son, has more than 35 years of govern-
ment service. Cristobal Chief Dispatcher
Forsstrom came to work for the Canal in
1916 and was made a dispatcher the
following year. His assistant chief dis-
patcher is Merwin A. French, with J. T.
Oliver in a similar post on the Pacific Side.
Each office has seven dispatchers and
Balboa has, in addition, one man in
training. They work eight-hour shifts
around the clock. The Chief Dispatcher
is on duty ordinarily from 7 a. m. to 3
p. m. For Balboa, a new position has just
been authorized which will put one addi-
tional man on duty from 2 p. m. to 10
p. m. at the time when most ships are in
the Cut and traffic is at its peak.
Balboa's dispatchers are: Mr. Yost,
D. T. McNeil, J. H. Hunt, Mr. Wolford,
and L. D. Bowman, with Preston Trim,
Jr., in training. They are assisted by the
following local rate dispatchers' clerks:
E. C. Sterling, A. G. Smith, G. A. Lateau,
P ITT ~ P A T'wlmnro F F,

LIFTING SHIPS is just part of the day's work for E. C. Sterling, senior of the dispatcher
clerks at the Balboa Part Captain's office, with his service with the Marine Divisions (now
Bureau) dating back to 1916. When telephone calls report that a ship has passed a certain point
in the Canal, he lifts [its replica and ;moves it farther along on the miniature Canal. Born in
Jamaica he came to the Canal Zone June 17, 1909.


Canal Bui

of soft
225 so
865 ncu
still to


r-^~~r *1 / I -- -T r-tf

, now Gatllard, Cut was gtwvng
elders trouble 40 years ago. A fall
rth and rock covered steamshovel
at only the end of its boom was
Dud slid from the east side at Las
blocking all tracks. The new
the Cut's banks called for a re-
excavation figures. With 65,514,-
yards excavated, 23,929,140 was

Elsewhere construction moved along.


t 59 percent oft
was in place; c
n spillway was
. The McClintii
given the award

the concrete for all

concrete wo
over 65 per
for 22 spill

rk on the
cent cornm-
way gates
fl-U -




One man was killed, five hurt when a
locomotive, drawing a coal-loaded flat
car, ran onto a piece of track undermined
by a slide on the Cut's west incline. The
locomotive and car were thrown 40 feet
into the cut. A premature explosion of
dynamite at the Ancon quarry killed four,
seriously injured two.

The graves of 31 men, women, and chil-
dren who had been buried during the pre-
vious 50 years on Flamenco (Dead Man's)
Island, were transferred to the Ancon ceme-
tery, now Ridge Road. Most had died
aboard ships. Many were yellow fever

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September 7, 1951

Zone Youths R,

For Selective



Canal Zone men --United States citi-
ozens between the ages of 18 and 26-who
registered yesterday at Local Boards No.
1 and 2 will soon receive printed classifi-
cation questionnaires from the Board
with which they registered. This form,
known as No. 100, will request consider-
able additional information from each reg-

istrant, Selective Service Director A. C.
Medinger said.
On the basis of the information given
at registration and supplied in these
forms, classifications of the registrants
will be made. The classification is expected
to take between one and two months.
Registrars spent a busy day yesterday.
The more than a dozen and a half regis-
trars worked at Local Board No. l's office
at the Balboa Railroad station and at
Board No. 2 in the Administration Build-
ing at Cristobal. Pacific side registrars
were headed by E. L. Payne; the Atlantic
side group worked under the direction of

Abe Howard.
At press time for the PANAMA CANAL
REVIEW, however, the exact number of
registrants had not been compiled.
Membership in the two local boards
was increased recently to five for each
board. The additional appointments pro-
vide for a minimum of at least three mem-
bers and allow for vacation and other
Harold I. Perantie, of the Executive
Secretary's office, is acting chairman of
Local Board No. 1 during the absence on
States vacation of Board Chairman F. H.

Although the principal energy of the Commissary Division
is devoted to the sale of merchandise in the 19 retail stores
operated, there is also a large force devoted entirely to the
original purchase of the goods which eventually reach the
retail counters.
Goods From Many Sources
Almost the entire world (outside the Iron Curtain) has a
direct hand in caring for the Zonian's well-being.
Although 82 percent of the value of purchases in fiscal year
1951 came from the United States, there was bought locally,

including purchases from
Central and South America
and the Orient slightly ov
classes of products, these i
Refrigerated Foods
Candy and Tobacco
Gasoline and Oil .
*Raw Materials

other Company units, $1,673,000;
t furnished $835,000 worth; Europe
ter half-million dollars worth. By
purchasess consisted of the following

* Supplies used in manufacturing other items, and operating

The Company's purchasing
City, headed by the Division'
Clarke, does all of the States
San Francisco and a shipping :
Most of the buying is done
prepared on the Isthmus but 1
on-the-spot judgment and th
necessary trained specialists,
drygoods lines, and shoes.

. $5,592,614
. 3,503,031
. 2,752,817
f 777,473
. 1,186,073

office at 24 State St., New York
s former General Manager, V. J.
buying aided by a small staff in
representative in New Orleans.
in accordance with specifications
there are many items which need
e New York office staff has the
particularly for fresh produce,

Other Offices Active
With only a few exceptions, merchandise purchased in the

Local Purchases Are Handled Locally
All purchases from Central and South America (including
the West Indies) are handled by the Division's main office at
Mount Hope, often direct with the producer, at other times
with sales representatives located on the Isthmus.
Many large concerns maintain staffs here and, in other in-
stances, where a source of supply has to be sought out, as in
the case of rice and other agricultural products, a local agent
with contacts in the country of production and freedom to
travel at his own will, can often put us in touch with resources
with which we could not otherwise expect to become acquainted.
Most of the large scale local purchases, including those from
nearby countries, are made from competitive offerings, bids
being submitted as the result of local newspaper advertising
plus direct solicitation of all known producers and selling
agencies of the desired goods.
Consumer's Demand is Guide
The Commissary Division's entire buying effort is directed to
but a single end: that there shall be available for sale to its
patrons, when the patron wants them, all of the things that
are considered necessary and convenient to the American way
of living, and which will fit into the limits of its customers'
varying incomes and expenditure budgets.
This is obviously an impossible aim; however, based on
historical patterns of sales behavior, broken into long-run
trends, cyclical fluctuations, and seasonal variations, we feel
that we generally hit pretty close to the mark for the great
majority of our trade, especially with staple goods. For other
than staples, such as currently styled wearing apparel, novel-
ties, fancy foods, household appliances and gadgetries, the
problem of knowing what you are going to feel like spending
your money on-not tomorrow or next month, but about two
months from now-is much more difficult.
We do, however, have a considerable number of ways of
knowing fairly exactly what you will want. Most obvious, of
course, are your comments to salesclerks and supervisory per-
sonnel, and the notes you drop into the suggestion boxes
located in each retail store.
The verbal suggestions are passed on by key salesclerks
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September 7, 1951











Lre Highly




"The success of the Antiaircraft Civil-
ian Auxiliary Program may be attributed
entirely to the outstanding cooperation
and assistance of the people of the Canal
Zone, the Canal Zone Government, and
the Panama Canal Company," Col.
Sanford Goodman, Commanding Officer
of the 65th AAA Group, told THE PAN-
The results of the local training pro-
gram, which ended August 25 with auto-
matic weapon firing at a towed sleeve
target and a radio-controlled target plane,
will determine whether a similar program
of training volunteers to man antiaircraft
defenses will be undertaken in the
United States.
"Speaking for the men and officers of
the 65th AAA Group," Col. Goodman
continued, "may I take this opportunity
to express our sincere appreciation for
the fine work of each and every volunteer.
"The enthusiasm, willingness to learn,
and ready acceptance of the many re-
sponsibilities delegated reflect great credit
not only on each individual but on the
Canal Zone as a whole."
The following 140 employees of the
Panama Canal Company and the Canal
Zone Government, or members of the
families of Company-Government em-
ployees have served as volunteers in the
test of civilian adaptability to an anti-
aircraft program:

a. AAOC Group

(1) Wire-Radio Communications
Kenneth R. A. Booth, Lawrence C.
Callaway, Robert A. Engelke, Everett L.
Farlow, William D. Hardie, Doris R.
Kintigh, Betty Lu Malone, Gladys E.
Napoleon, Hans P. Pedersen, Florence M.
Pierson, Edward Scott, Helen D. Walker,
Melvin E. Walker, and Ella E. Wertz.
(2) Plotting Section
Martha M. Carriker, Doris C. Y. Chan,

Garland F. Dowling, Patricia E. Kenealy,
Beatrice E. Lee, Elizabeth W. McNevin,
Eleanor D. Miller, Helen N. Minor,
Muriel C. Treadwell, and Josephine P.

(3) Sw
Rosalie A.
Patricia B

'itchboard-Teletype-M 209
Converter Section
Beil, Virginia K. Christi
Demers, Willie Marie Duv
. Gregory, and Mary D. Park
b. Gun Group
(1) Gun Section


William B. Allen, Woodford M. Bab-
bitt, Lee R. Beil, Mirt Bender, James P.
Boukalis, Bernard J. Brown, Benjamin S.
Chisholm, John J. Crawford, Robert D.
Daniels, John T. Dillon, John J. Dudak,
Arthur J. Farrell, Clarence L. Foiles,
Kerner E. Frauenheim, Fletcher R.
Gregory, John W. Hare, John F. Hern,
Charles F. Hinz, Charles J. Hinz, Clar-
ence D. Howell, Charles W. Hummer,
Charles T. Jackson, Jr., John J. Kennedy,
Patrick Kennedy, DeWight M: Kersh,
Fred H. Lee, Frank D. Naughton, Gerald
O. Parker, James W. Riggs, William J.
Rose, George H. Sanford, Earl E. Trout,
Randolph N. Trower, Stuart Wallace,
Howard E. Walling, William G. Wood,
George C. Wright, and James M. Zelsman.
(2) Range Section
Helen E. Chisholm, Dorothy E. Cole,
and Loretta M. Pace.
(3) Radar Section
Kathryn C. Hummer, Rose Hunt,
Louise L. Jones, Beulah A. Sanford,
Georgianna Stephenson, Ruth L. Straus,
and Margaret F. Wiggin.
(4) Communications Section

Margaret E.

Brandl and


c. Automatic Weapons Group
(1) 40 MM Section
Walter J. Allen, Robert L. Anderson,
Thomas J. Breheney, John A. Everson,

Guy R. Exon, Roy E. Graham, Arthur J.
Hanson, Murray D. Hawk, Russell E.
Hellmund, Douglas S. Johnston, Gayl
Kellar, Walter R. Lindsay, David H.
Long, John J. McConaghy, Henry Mc-
Elhone, William D. McGowin, James W.
Myers, Jasper L. Myers, Antonio Orsini,
Richard R. Peglar, Bronson B. Powell,
John E. Ridge, Robert L. Ridge, Michael
A. Romeo, Hugh B. Smith, Wesley H.
Townsend, and John E. Winklosky.
(2) .50 cal Multiple Machine Gun

William E.

Dobson, James R. Doran,

Carl P. Hoffman, Sr., Pasquale P.
Monaco, DeWitt E. Myers, Harry D.
Raymond, William N. Taylor, James M.
Thompson, William F. Young, Joseph L.
Hummer, Norman C. Anderson, William
L. Benny, Roy F. Burr, Robert A. Duvall,
William T. Harness, Henry H. Lee, Jr.
Ellis J. Lowe, Robert Lowry, John A.
Morales, Gordon E. Walbridge, Fred E.
Wells, and Russell T. Wise.
(3) Communications Section
Natalie C. Adams, Margaret L. Csighy,
Constance G. Engelke, Alberta P. Latti-
more, Mildred A. McMahon, Dorothea
F. McNall, Elsie D. Naughton, Gertrude
M. Roberto, Lorraine B. Schriftgiesser,
and Margaret A. Spreadbury.




Brings German Thanks

E. T. Suse, of Hamburg, Germany,
thinks the United States is pretty fine-
all because of a hearing aid.
Late in 1941 his Sonotone auditory ap-
paratus was turned over to E. R. Carr,
then Acting Chief of Customs at Balboa,
for safekeeping. The exact circumstances
have faded with the years but it is believed
that Mr. Suse had been picked up with a
group of other Germans and held here in
immigration. He was sent from the Isth-
mus before the hearing aid could be re-
turned to him.

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September 7, 1951

and C

was casting
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r over the Canal
ports were cl(
After scores of
ided in the min
ristobal, milit
for publication
ted areas. W
Miguel became

its dark





- August

shadow was named Saf

Zone ten years ago.
sed from dark to
fishermen were ap-
e fields off Balboa
ry authorities re-
diagrams of the
oodrow Spier of
the first Zonian to

be drafted. He was sworn into the service
at Camp Paraiso. Defense bonds were
soon to go on sale. Hunting licenses were
revoked for the duration.
Governor Glen E. Edgerton instructed
heads of departments and divisions to
conserve their use of magnesium, aluminum,
tungsten, nickel, and zinc. The Commissary
Division replaced metal caps for milk
bottles with paper caps. Householders
donated their old pots and pans to a scrap
Six Japanese ships which had waited
for more than a week in Limon Bay to
transit the Canal cleared from Cristobal
to continue their voyages via Cape Horn
or the Cape of Good Hope.
The Canal Zone was busting at the seams
in 1941. A police census showed a civilian
population of 42,846, an increase of 18,868
in two years. Preliminary plans were
announced for a $4,000,000 quarters
building program, with new houses for
Anceon, Balboa, Margarita, Cocoli, and
Gamboa, and a $700,00O addition to Colon
Hospital. The Margarita Post Office
opened and work was being rushed on the
first unit of -Margarita Hospital. The
Ancon Laundry, handling 45,000 pieces
daily, asked customer cooperation in care-
ful listing and wrapping.
On July 24th, as a local newspaper
reported it, "A Colombian stepped on a
Jamaican's toe and set off another inter-
national labor riot." Altogether in July
six such disturbances were reported. The
largest, at Gatun, involved 2,500 men.
Segregation of the laborers by nationality
was recommended and local magistrates
pleaded with the rioters brought before
them for tolerance in relations with their





Employees who observed important
anniversaries in the United States Govern-
ment Service during the month of August
are listed alphabetically below. The
number of years include all Government
service, with the Canal or other agencies.
Those with continuous Canal or Railroad
service are indicated by (*) asterisks.
30 Years

Robert L. Jordan, 1
Navigation Division.
Richardson Selee,
Christian Simonsen,
tenance and construction e
cipal Division.

'owboat Master,



Mechanic, main-
quipment, Muni-

25 Years
*EarlR. Baltozer, Meatcutter-in-charge,
Commissary Division.
*S. L. Churchill, Sergeant, Fire Division.
Alfred B. Fox, Gauger, Division of
Francis X. Kerr, Supervising Struc-
tural Engineer, Engineering Division.
*Walter Van Vliet, Electrician, Aids to
Navigation Section.
Charles Walsh, Senior Foreman, con-
struction and maintenance, Building Divi-
Robert M. Wilford, Assistant Master
of Transportation, Railroad Division.
Christian W. Wirtz, Administrative
Assistant, Commissary Division.
20 Years
Kenneth W. Anderson, Clerk, Munici-
pal Division.
*S. N. Belanger, Master of Transporta-
tion, RailroadjDivision.



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The Canal


Zone Fire
Zone Fire ]



planning a Ball, to be held at the Hotel
El Panama, Friday evening, November 9.
Balls sponsored by the Canal Zone
Police Association have long been features
of Isthmian life, but the November 9th
dance will be the firemen's first venture
along such elaborate lines. The firemen
hope that this will be the first of a series
of annual affairs.
Fred Huddleston is in charge of ar-
rangements for the Fire Fighter's Ball.
Tickets will go on sale in the near future.






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Line chartered two freighters; and i
man Dow Harter praised Canal
after a brief visit here.

*Joshua A. Cunningham, Policeman,
Police Division.
*Waldron E. Eldridge, Nurse, Gorgas
Manuel Lichtenbaum, Pharmacist,
Gorgas Hospital.
SJohn A. Morales, II, Payroll Clerk,
Finance Bureau.
Charles E. Stepp, Investigator, Contra-
band Control Unit.
John H. Terry, Records Position
Clerk, Personnel Bureau.
Frank F. Williams, Cash Accounting
Clerk, Commissary Division.
15 Years
Paul Badonsky, Materials Engineer,
Locks Division.
*Eleanor D. Burnham, Librarian,
Civil Affairs Bureau.
Eulus C. Clemons, Electrical Welder,
Industrial Bureau.
Nick M. Elich, Principal Foreman,
Municipal Division.
Alton J. Hayward, Machinist, Indus-
trial Bureau.
Winters A. Hope, Engineering Drafts-
man, Dredging Division.
Alberta P. Lattimore, Retirement
Clerk, Personnel Bureau.
F. J. Meisinger, Traffic Clerk, Termi-
nals Division,
Charles G. Rickards, Senior Towboat
Master, Dredging Division. ,
*Walter T. Schapow, Instrument
Maker, Industrial Bureau.
Chester C. Turck, Tunnel Operator,
Locks Division.

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September 7,1951

Leo Cagley Is Appointed
Engineering Branch Chief

The appointment of Leo Cagley as
Chief of the Civil Engineering Branch
of the Engineering Division was an-
nounced recently. The appointment
was effective August 27.
Until Mr. Cagley's appointment the
position of Chief of the Civil Engineer-
ing Branch had been occupied by Wells
Wright, in a dual capacity as Assistant
Designing Engineer and Acting Chief
of the Chief Engineering Branch.
Mr. Cagley came to work with the
Panama Canal in August, 1941, soon
after his graduation from Iowa State.
He served min the Navy from 1943 to
1946 and recently completed a year of
graduate study at Harvard University.


20th Century-Fox
We are especially proud to exhibit this film, which has won
who have seen it. It is a merry tale of campus life and of the
the co-eds who are away from home for the first time. We fee
in presenting it at Balboa Theater on September 8, to coincide wv
school year.




Community (

Start Workl
Plans are now being made for the 1951-
52 Community Chest drive which starts
)ctober 1. The coming campaign will

again be condu
F. J. Moumblo
Committee of
as chairman of
las Johnston ha
year as director

acted by the Civic Councils.
w, chairman of the General
Civic Councils, will serve
Sthe drive and Mrs. Doug-
[s agreed to serve again this
. William Jump is expected

to again head the group which will handle
solicitation in the local-rate communities.
Budgets for the 1951-52 Community
Chest are now being prepared, Mr.




unstinted praise from all
trials and tribulations of
l that we are very timely
ith the opening of another


Except for those lucky ones who have seen him in "Sout
lot about Ezio Pinza, the great singing star, but we have no
he will be seen at Clubhouse theaters in this excellent p
Broadway stage hit, "Strictly Dishonorable." The story
forced to enter into a "marriage of convenience to escape
opportunity to enjoy the justly famous singing voice of Pi
that will keep you laughing all the way home.

20th Century-Fox

h Pacific," we have all heard a
t yet seen him. Now, however,
icturization of an outstanding
concerns an opera star who is
a frame-up. You will have an
nza as well as to see a picture



You all have seen, no doubt, the previous laugh-classics featuring the antics of Mr.
Belvedere. In this, his latest vehicle, he takes over an old folks home to prove that "you
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Girl Scouts:
$289.83; net, $2,
Boy Scouts: (
$289.83; net, $2
was received in
donors issued in
Scouts and deli'
part of their allo
JWB Armed
Quota, $3,333.32

Quota $3,000;
)uota, $3,000;


,675.17, plus $3
personal check
Sthe name of t
vered to the Sc
cated funds.
Forces Service
; expenses, $319.

5 which
:s from
he Boy
outs as
14; net,

National Catholic Community Serv-
ices: Quota, $3,333.34; expenses, $319.14,
net, $3,014.20.
Corozal Hospital: Quota, $3,806.57;
expenses, $364.75; net, $3,441.82.
International Boy Scouts: Quota, $1,-
582.14; expenses, $153.06; net, $1,429.08.
Margarita- Cristobal Civic Council:
Quota, $250; expenses, $24.42; net, $225.-



Moumblow said, and will be presented
shortly to the Chest's Executive Com-
Funds totaling $33,753.18 have been
distributed to 14 Canal Zone welfare or
community activities which participated
in the 1950-51 Community Chest drive,
according to the final report of the audi-
tors which has just been submitted to
Governor F. K. Newcomer
The remaining $3,178.77 of Community
Chest funds remains on hand to begin
the 1951-52 drive next month.
Last October's drive, the fourth to be
held in the Canal Zone, had a goal of
$30,500, but this was oversubscribed by
$5,370. It was conducted under the
sponsorship of the Canal Zone Civic
Councils, with Emmett Zemer as chair-
man and Mrs. Johnston as director.
Agencies Received Their Quotas
Agencies which participated in last
year's campaign, their quotas and the
amounts they received are shown below.
In each case the difference between the
quota and the amount received is the
agency's share of the campaign expenses.
Salvation Army: Quota, $5,000; ex-
penses, $478.71; net, $4,521.29.
Balboa Armed Services YMCA: Quota,
$3,333.34; expenses, $319.14; net,
Cristobal Armed Services YMCA:
Quota, $2,500; expenses, $240.98; net,


September 7, 1951


The following list contains the names
of those employees who were transferred
from one division to another or from one
type of work to another. The promotion
list does not contain within-grade promo-
tions nor regradings.
Mrs. Barbara M. Schmitt, from Clerk,
IPanama Iocal Agency, Railroad and Termi-
nals Bureau, to Clerk-Typist, Contrabland
Control Section.

G. Leroy Koontz
grapher to A\dministra
Robert A. Wainio,
to Customs Inspector,
Immigration D1ivision.
Kenneth C. Krogl
Teacher to Supervisir
tional High School.
Marvin Rosen. fro

vision, to Postal
Immigration Di


, from Clerk-steno-
tive Assistant, P'olice
front C(ustomns (uard
Postal, Customs and

h, from High School
ig Teacher, Occupa-

m Fireman, Fire Di-


Customs and

WillisE. Martin, from Clerk to A\ssistant
to Housing Manager, Cristobal Office,
Housing Division.
Earl W. Sears, from Accounting Clerk to
Clerk, Balboa Office, Housing Division.
Roy A. Hall, from Inspector to Super-
visor, Buildings and Equipment, Clubhouse
Barbara A. Ely, from Student Assistant
to Library Assistant, Library.
Paul T. Roth, from Supply Clerk, Pedro
Miguel Housing Office, to Accounting Clerk,
Balboa Housing Office.
Gerald J. Fox, from Maintenance and
Construction Equipment Mechanic, to
Principal Foreman of Construction and
Maintenance, Municipal Division.
John A. Barbour, from Telephone
Repair Shop Foreman, to Wire Chief,
Balboa, Electrical Division.
David C. Ryan, from Telephone I nstaller-
Maintainer to Telephone Repair Shop Fore-
man, Electrical D)ivision.
Harold M. Fraser, from Telephone
Maintainer, to Wire Chief, Cristobal, Elec-
trical Division.



Joseph T. Verchinsky, from Machinist,
to Principal Foreman, Water and Labora-
tories Branch, Municipal DI)ivision.
Austin E. Salter, from Wireman, to
Wireman, Leadingman, Electrical Division.
Howard E. Munro, from Powerhouse
Operator-Dispatcher, to Power I)ispatcher,
Electrical D)ivision.
Herbert F. Paddock, from Power Dis-
patcher, to Station Chief (Hydro-Generating
II) Electrical I division .
Earl M. Seagrave, from Station Chief
(Hydro-Generating II) to Supervisor, Gen-
eration and Transmission, Electrical Divi-
Jamie J. Carruth, Clerk to Administra-
tive Assistant, Building l)ivision.
Ralph HII. Otten, from Engineering Aid
to Architect (general) Engineering Division.
Luis D. Crespo, from Engineering
Draftsman to Civil Engineer, Engineering
Arthur V. Corbett, from Wireman,
Leadingman, to Electrical Foreman, Elec-
trical Division.
John Clayton, Jr., from Powerhouse
Operator to Powerhouse Operator-Dis-
patcher, Electrical Division.
Fred Yaeger, from Signalman, Naviga-
tion Division, to Pumpman, Municipal
Mrs. Pauline Kaplan, from Ticket
Seller, Clubhouse Division, to Card Punch
Operator, Accounting l)ivision.
Howard M. Fuller, from Clerk, Railroad
and Terminals Bureau, to Accounting
Clerk, Accounting Division.

David C
Foreman t
H. Max
Policeman 1
Health Offic

McIlhenny, from
o Funeral Director,


Green, from Probationary
Sanitation Inspector, Colon

Robert G. Brown, from Commissary
Assistant to Apprentice Shipwright, Pro-
duction Division.

tor, Loc

A. Dombrowsky,


to Senior

from Lock
Lock Opera-

From July 15 through August 15



Bernard Dorfman, from Clerk to
Traffic.Manager, Panama Local Agency.
George R. Reel, from Pumpman, Mu-
nicipal Division, to Fiscal Accountant,
Director's Office, Railroad and Terminals

John F. Manning, from Commissary
Manager to Superintendent, Abattoir and
Cold Storage Plant, Commissary Division.
Carl L. Simons, from Student Assistant,
Division of Schools to Apprentice Pipe-
fitter, Commissary Division.
John L. Dougan, from Supervisor
Buildings and "Equipment, Clubhouse Di-
vision, to Steam Refrigeration Engineer and
Machinist, Commissary Division.
Lloyd W. Peterson, from Clerk, Rail-

road Division,

to Supply Clerk, Division of

U. U-


Preston M. Trim, Jr., from Payroll
Clerk, Payroll Division, to Marine Dis-
patcher, Navigation Division.
Charles J. Connor, from Pump Opera-
tor to Pipeline Suction Dredge Foreman,
1 )redging Division.
Rutherford P. Rivet, from Foreman to
Pipeline Suction Dredge Mate, Dredging
George D. Suddaby, from Chief Opera-
tor to Pipeline Suction Dredge Master,
Dredging Division.
Landen H. Gunn, from Mate to Pipe-
line Suction Dredge Operator, Dredging
Camillus T. Askew, from Operator to
Chief Operator, Pipeline Suction Dredge,
Dredging division .
William P. Quinn, from Maintenance
Supervisor to Assistant Chief, Aids to
Navigation Section.
Murray Klipper, from Wireman, Elec-
trical Division, to Lock Operator, Wireman,
Locks Division.
Russell C. Mattheis, from Dipper Dredge
Mate to Locks Operator, Steam Engineer
Locomotive, Locks Division.
Spencer C. Lincoln, from Wireman,
Electrical Division, to Lock Operator, Wire-
man, Locks Division.
Daniel H. Rudge, from Clerk-Steno-
grapher to Safety Inspector, Navigation
Grover C. Cooper, from Electrician,
Commissary Division, to Lock Operator,
Wireman, Locks Division.
Henry E. May, Jr., from Gauger, Di-
vision of Storehouses, to Pump Operator,
Dredging Division.

September 7, 1951



Townsite Planning In Advance Stage
For New Towns Of Summit, Cardenas
(Continued from page 1) advanced to pre-
sent a picture of the birth of a town.
Summit, with its total area of about
371 acres, has about 300 acres scheduled
for town development.
Location Of New Town
The selected townsite lies to the right
of northbound traffic on Gaillard High-
way and roughly is between the present
Gun Club and the Golf Club. This area
was selected over an alternate site less
than a mile away and nearer the Summit
Experimental Gardens. Grading costs
would have been less at the site nearer the
Gardens, but utility costs would have
been higher. Other undesirable features
of the Gardens section were the proximity
of the main highway and the railroad
which would have divided the townsite.
A major factor in the final choice was the
fact that sewage from the area nearer the
Gardens would have been drained into
the Canal above the water intake at
The new Summittownsitewillaccommo-
date a street development of slightly over
750 apartments and will give a population
density of three and one-half apartments
per developed residential acre. (The
present Balboa Flats area has a popula-
tion density of between eight and 11
apartments per residential acre).
At the new town, 30 acres are set aside
for a civic center and schools area. Plans
call for a swimming pool, as well as out-
door recreational areas adjacent to the
schools. In addition, five playgrounds
for smaller children would be scattered
throughout the residential area in such a
way that no house would be more than a
quarter-mile distant from a play area.
Natural recreation areas would be pro-
vided at the edge of the townsite by
thinning out trees, removing under-
growth and improving drainage.
Summit Is Crescent Shaped
At the present time the planners, local
and visiting, envision Summit townsite as
a crescent-shaped development. Its open
end is toward Gaillard Highway in the
direction of the prevailing breeze. There
is room for future expansion, if this be
needed, eastward and in the direction of
the Pedro Miguel River.
Ultimate plans may provide that the
new town would be connected to the
main traffic artery of Gaillard Highway

leaving Summit toward Balboa would
feed into Gaillard Highway through an
underpass which would prevent drivers
from having to make a left-hand turn
across traffic.

As the planners
ternal traffic would
streets 36 feet wide
of a 26-foot width.
the section between
sary and the Civil
feet wide; the ne
Boulevard through
area has a width of

see it, Summit's in-
be handled by feeder
and residential streets
(Gallard Highway, in
i the Tivoli Commis-
Affairs Building is 37
w section of Ancon
the San Juan Place
28 feet).

The 26-foot roads in the
area would allow parking on
permit two cars to pass, but w
wide enough to encourage re

be lai
side a
so pla
of the

one side and
would not be
ckless, high-

driving, Mr. Lewis pointed out.
nmit's crescent layout takes advan-
of the townsite's natural amphi-
er terrain. Residential areas would
d out on the rising ground on either
md one end of the flatter central
SOn the steep slopes both one-
and off-the-ground houses would be
ced that the higher structures would
view and ventilation over the roof
adjacent, lower houses.

Location of Civic Center
The civic center would be located in the
more level center space of the horseshoe.
As it is now seen, this civic center would
be in the form of a hollow square, or
pedestrian court, around which would be
located the commissary, clubhouse, thea-
ter, and postoffice. Space would be pro-
vided adjacent to these buildings for off-
street parking and the schools area would

be close
be half a

by, but removed from traffic
In this central area would also
dozen "public lots" for churches,

etc. Bachelor quarters would be centrally
located, with respect to Clubhouse cafe-
teria and bus facilities and the planners
suggest that, since these concentrated,
large units are prominent structures in a
town of predominately low houses, they
deserve particular architectural study.
The family quarters would be spaced
for maximum privacy, with about 60 feet
between buildings and no house closer
than 30 feet to the street. Large back-
yards would provide an area for what Mr.
Rotsch feels is a neglected phase of Canal
Zone life-outdoor living. The Summit

area is not heavily w
trees there are wou
possible. As Summi
preliminary stage, th

ooded but what large
ld be left whenever
t is planned, in this
ie houses would vary

of consumption. In addition, a particular
local situation is that employees are fre-
quently transferred from town to town in
connection with their work.
Warehouse And Storage Areas
Other details which planners hope can
be incorporated into the new development
are a warehouse group, located well back
from the highway and screened by land-
scape planting, to serve both Summit and

such uni
sion, an
line fro
would b
areas, toc
and corn
near the

and to include parking space,
se and yard storage space for
ts as the Municipal and Building
s, the Motor Transportation Di-
and Grounds Maintenance Divi-
d a District Wireman's shop;
of the high voltage transmission
m its present location, which
e through the edge of the cornm-
center and parts of the residential
a location west of the highway
pletely outside of the town; and
of Summit's electrical sub-station
center part of the town but re-

moved from the residential areas.
sub-station would be accessible to,
removed from major streets.

Other problems o
have been working
tion with the "outsi
rita, where a large
in preparation for
was made late last
nections for the new

n which the planners
include some connec-
de world" for Marga-
expansion is planned
which a traffic check
month, arterial con-
local-rate townsite of

Cardenas, and the waste disposal problem
on the Atlantic side.
Cardenas, which straddles the Army's
Corozal-Clayton "back road," will com-
prise roughly 280 acres lying between the
Rio Dos Bocas and Cerro Corozal. A
major problem for this new town will be
the connection at heavily travelled Gail-
lard Highway and the main entrance road
to the new town.
An additional problem on which the
visitors have been consulting with local
planners is that of the remodeling of
Balboa where the work of reducing popu-
lation densities is now min progress as part
of the overall housing and town planning

Canal Buys Over $1,500,000
In Panama During Past Year

(Continued from paj
the list of produ
separate items a
ducts, and about
.-f�i .\ 4n vi^

. - -
ge ii is indicated by
cts. It contains some 75
among the agriculture pro-
it 50 different classifica-
1 .t- .. i flfl A i-m;.nl inn nat



September 7, 1951




Salvage He

wide Drive




o Ave



t Shortages

Scenes reminiscent of World War II are
being reenacted at the Balboa Storehouse
scrap yard where hundreds of tons of
scrap metal are being gathered, sorted,
and made ready for shipment to the steel
mills and foundries in the United States.
Approximately 2,700 tons of ferrous
scrap are being offered for sale and bids
will be opened September 10. In addition,
bids were opened last week on 150 tons of
non-ferrous scrap metal.
The collection of scrap metal is a part of
a nationwide program recently launched
on a regional basis by the National Pro-
duction Authority. In charge of the
Canal Zone program is Jerome F. Prager,
Superintendent of Storehouses, who was
recently appointed Scrap Salvage Admin-
istrator for the Panama Canal Company.
Mr. Prager is well acquainted with the
task of ferreting out scrap metals by long
experience during the past war. The
Storehouse Division was awarded a pen-
nant early in 1945 for its work in the col-
lection of scrap metal for the war effort.
During that period three supervisors, two
crane operators, and 85 local-rate workers
were engaged in the program.
Nation Inventories Low
Inventories of scrap iron and steel at
the Nation's 200 mills and foundries are
dangerously low, the National Production
Authority has announced, and unless
scrap supplies are appreciably expanded
within the next few months the steel pro-
duction program may be seriously affected.
The accompanying pictures indicate
the extent and some of the work required
in processing scrap before it is shipped.
In the upper picture, a locomotive crane
is hip-deep in unclassified scrap being un-
loaded. A heavy cutting machine shown
in the middle picture, is used to reduce
some of the material to proper size.
Heavier scrap is cut by torches. The
lower pictures shows hundreds of tons of
metal in the scrap yard ready for ship-
ment after being classified and cut.
The scrap collection program has the
following objectives:
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