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VoL. 3, No. 2 BALBOA HEIGHTS, CANAL ZONE, SEPTEMBER 5, 1952 5 cents
Under Secretary of the Army BendetLen
From Panama Source
Farmers, merchants, and manufactur-
ers in the Republic of Panama sold more
than $2,000,000 worth of their supplies to
the Panama Canal during the past fiscal
year which ended June 30. This total is
exclusive of sales made to the armed forces
or other Government agencies and con-
tractors in the Canal Zone.
In Past Fiscal Year
Heavy purchases of sugar, meats, and
industrial products during the last quarter
of the fiscal year 1952 were responsible for
the high total last year. The total amount
purchased during the last three months of
the 1952 fiscal year was $685,000.
The Canal has long maintained a policy
of buying supplies in the local markets
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Opening Next Monday
The Board of Directors of the Panama
Canal Company will meet in the Canal
Zone beginning September 8, 1952. This
will be their second meeting on the Isth-
mus since the reorganization of July 1951
established the Company in its present
form. A previous meeting occurred here
in January of this year.
The sessions for the September meeting
are scheduled to open Monday in the
Board Room of the Administration
Building at Balboa Heights with Under
Secretary of the Army Karl R. Bendetsen,
Chairman of the Board, presiding.
The housing program and other capital
expenditures proposed for this fiscal year
and next are expected to be considered by
the Board at its meeting next week. Pre-
liminary reports on the financial results
of the Canal Company's first full year of
operation will be presented at the meet-
ing, and the Directors will also review the
budget for the coming fiscal year which is
scheduled to be presented a few weeks
later to the Bureau of the Budget.
The second meeting in the Canal Zone
will give Board members another oppor-
tunity to make a first-hand observation
of Canal operations and installations.
Two New Members Will Attend
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THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Costs, Governor Tells
If people can realize that what they are
doing in their Canal jobs they are doing
for themselves, possibly some operational
costs can be cut, Governor J. S. Seybold
told employee representatives who at-
tended the August Governor-Employee
"It is of the utmost importance," the
Governor said as the conference was
ending, "that all of us sitting around this
table insist that jobs be done with the
utmost efficiency . . . Everyone has to
b3 alert to do the best he can because
what he does as an individual affects him,
as an individual. And we ought to take
a look at the fellow working at our elbow,
because his efficiency is reflected in the
He pointed out that the people working
for the Canal organization would have
slight respect for the officials if they
believed these same officials were not
doing everything possible to see to it that
improvements and adjustments were
This same policy, he said, applies to
individual workers and he expressed the
hope that people in supervisory positions
would listen to suggestions for improved
efficiency from the men and women of
The Governor's impromptu talk wound
up the conference during which subjects
from airfields in Guatemala to sugar in
the commissaries entered the discussion.
Civil Defense Plans
Governor Seybold had reported, in
answer to questions raised at previous
meetings, that a full-time Civil Defense
chief is being appointed in the Executive
Office. Lt. Col. David Parker, the Gov-
ernor's Military Assistant, is
Civil Defense questions now
was to go to the Governor wit
days. Fuller information on
fense program, the Governor
have to wait until after this
The matter of sugar in the c
came up in connection with
In many respects the spirit of good com-
munity relations has been developed to a
very high degree in the Canal Zone. Evi-
dences of this are the highly successful
campaigns in the past to raise funds for
such worthy causes as the Red Cross, the
Community Chest, the Cancer Fund, the
Infantile Paralysis Fund, and many others.
It is notable that in none of the drives of
this general nature has it been necessary to
employ high pressure methods to insure
their success. This indicates clearly that
the average resident of our Canal Zone com-
munity recognizes his or her responsibility
to community endeavor and responds
This ready response here is by no means
confined to subscription of funds for chari-
table and similar worthwhile causes.
During the past month the annual Sum-
mer Recreation Program was brought to a
close after a highly successful season. Many
hundreds of youngsters and adults took part
profitably and enjoyably in this program
which was provided in all communities.
While the Summer Recreation Program is
one of the Community Chest participants,
its success did not depend alone on the
money raised by this method.
Its success depended to a great extent
upon the volunteer workers who assisted the
relatively few paid personnel, who devoted
their entire time to the work. Each of these
sible the program of recreation and useful
handiwork for the young people deserves the
heartiest thanks of their communities.
Another phase of community effort in the
Canal Zone which deserves and should have
the wholehearted support of the residents is
the work of the Civic Councils. These organ-
izations, first established in 1987, have an
important role to perform. Despite the
public apathy which has sometimes attended
their efforts, the men and women who have
and a report
hin about 10
a Civil De-
report is in.
a strong re-
participated min Civic Council work have
performed a highly creditable job in repre-
senting their communities.
The Civic Councils have been of great
value in helping to determine the general
sentiments of Canal Zone residents on
matters .pertaining to the general welfare.
There have been many instances during the
15 years of their existence in which they
have been of aid to the Canal administration.
Aside from these few examples of a
highly developed sense of responsibility in
community welfare, there are numerous
others. These include the Boy Scouts, Girl
Scouts, beneficent societies, musical, art, and
theater groups, and organized hobby groups.
The list might be extended indefinitely.
All of these things, conducted within
reasonable limits, are certainly on the credit
side in our small and relatively isolated
community known as the Canal Zone.
Quite aside from these organized commu-
nity endeavors, there is another equally
important phase of community relationship.
This is just plain good neighborliness.
Charles Dickens had one of his memorable
characters express the thought thus: "What
we've got to do," he wrote, "is to keep up our
spirits, and be neighbourly. We shall come
all right in the end, never fear."
Our community in the CanalZone is made
up of so many diverse elements that it is
impossible that all groups have at all times
the same objectives as other groups. For
this reason, it is most important that each
should be considerate of the others. This
spirit of neighborliness is no less important
to us in our daily lives than the spirit of
charity which is so notably exemplified in
the instances already mentioned.
quest that they stock sugar from the
United States in addition to the native
sugar which is now being sold. The
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THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
are Gatun Locks worth today?
many and what is the current
the cars and trucks Uncle Sam
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owns m mte name of me ranama uanal
Company or the Canal Zone Government?
How long will the Administration
Building at Balboa Heights be usable?
These and countless other questions of
a similar nature are to be asked and
answered in an all-inclusive inventory of
the Canal's assets, which is scheduled to
begin within the next few weeks. It is in
fact an appraisal of net assets of the
United States presently valued at more
An organization to make the gigantic
inventory, composed principally of ac-
countants and appraisal engineers, is now
being formed and will work under the
direction of the Comptroller. The job is
expected to require two years for com-
Authorized By Board
An appraisal of assets of the Panama
Canal Company was authorized by the
Board of Directors at its first meeting
held after the company was formed in
July of last year.
The proposal for a complete inventory
of property, plant, and equipment for
rate-fixing purposes was put forward
before the Canal was transferred to the
Company in 1951. It was recommended
by a firm of accounting consultants em-
ployed to study the Canal's fiscal policies
and financial procedures in connection
with the corporate reorganization.
The results of the inventory will have
little or no effect on the average employee
but they will have a major effect on the
establishment of tolls or other major
tariff rates, which are partly based on the
value of capital assets of the Company or
In Accord With Policy
The inventory will be made in con-
formity with a fiscal and accounting
policy statement adopted at the Com-
pany's first Board meeting.
The inventory will require a physical
inspection of practically all buildings, in-
... .t a a *B111-
Governor J. S. Seybold
T. Coleman Andrews
Edward D. McKim
Gen. J. L. Schley
Karl R. Bendetsen
Gen. Glen E. Edgerton
Gen. Lewis A. Pick
Daniel E. Taylor
Direrlnars Ta Meet In .nnal Znne Next Week
John W. Martyn
W. M. Whitman, Secretary
a firm of Cert
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
September 5, 1952
Regions like the Isthmus of Panama,
long occupied by people of many lands in
constant contact with remote parts of the
world, frequently have many cultivated
plants of foreign origin.
Here, however, there is scarcely one
native shrub of any special interest that
is generally used in landscape plantings,
although there are many beautiful and
interesting species that grow naturally
and thrive in this area.
Some of the most noteworthy of the
native flowering shrubs, generally con-
spicuous for their absence from Isthmian
gardens and lawns, are listed here for the
benefit of gardeners and flower lovers.
The "candelito" (little candle, so-called
for the resemblance of the individual
flowers to candles) or the Isertia haen-
kiana in botanical language, is a shrub
common in thickets.
FLAPPERS WERE FOX TROTTING to "Happy Days Are Here
playing at Toots Shor's "Castle Farms" just outside Cincinnati.
In this lineup of bandsmen in the Tracy-Brown Orchestra of 1929 is
left), now Assistant to the General Manager of the Clubhouse Division, and
He played banjo, guitar, and fiddle in the band.
Other names of note in the orchestra were Mattie Matlock, fourth fro
third from the right; Manny Strand, second from the right, later owner an
Earl Carroll's Vanities in Hollywood; and Spud Murphy, now a well-know
The Tracy-Brown Band recorded for Columbia.
Again" when this band was
C. W. Kilbey (fifth from the
the Clubhouse record expert.
m the right; Ray McKinley,
d director of the orchestra at
THIS IS THE "CANDELITO," or "Isertia
haenkiana" in botanical language, a handsome shrub
native to the Isthmus which, like other "natives," is
cultivated surprisingly little for local landscaping.
Its bright yellow flowers, in large ter-
minal clusters, are tinged with red. They
are 1 to 11 inches long, are very showy
and are often used for decoration. The
leaves are large and obovate-meaning,
very roughly, shaped like an egg sitting
on its small end.
"Panama Poinsettia" (Warscemiczia
coccinea) is an occasional shrub or small
tree in the forests that resembles the
Christmas Poinsettia (Euphobia pulche-
rimma). It has small cymes (again,
roughly, groups of flowers in which each
blossom is borne on a separate branch) of
flowers in long. narrow panicles. or nvra-
C. W. Kilbey, in the picture above, may
not look like a hep cat or long hair. But
the fact that he is a bit of both is at the
bottom of the Clubhouse record business.
He fiddled his way through his first
dance band job at the age of 14 and for
the next 18 years made popular music
with orchestras and vaudeville shows.
On the classical side, he played violin
in the St. Joseph (where they love Jack
Benny) Symphony Orchestra.
He played his last professional note in
cultivated more extensively on the Isth-
mus than any other shrub native to the
Central American-Caribbean region.
Bronmea macrophylla, in its natural
swampy habitat, flowers into flames of
fiery red in areas so shaded by large trees
that there is scarcely more than twilight
1937 and soon after that stepped into a
job with the Panama Canal. Now he's
Assistant to Wilson Crook, General Man-
ager of the Clubhouse Divisi
So it isn't surprising that
with his Clubhouse ear tuned
is the major
added since I
to the public,
LO of music for his unit.
e the service-and the
to please their cus-
and more music has been
Kilbey took charge.
buy both records and
seven Clubhouse record
ausic alone is sold in two
ere is little demand for
Public Reaction Studied
Back of the scenes arranging for the
records, Mr. Kilbey searches every issue
of Billboard and Variety and uses his own
September 5, 1952
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
FOR YOUR INTEREST
LAWRENCE W. CHAMBERS, Safety Inspector
During the absence of G. 0. Kellar, now
on leave, H. H. Shacklett will act as Chief,
During the absence of Max R. Hart,
now on leave, Earl H. Trout, also will act
as Safety Inspector for the Division of
Storehouses and Motor Transportation
Bureau Award For
AWARDS THIS CALENDAR
Community Services. ,..�..
Civil Affairs ;------------
Ind atrial- ----------------------------
Industrial ........... ;
Engineering and Construction ...-.. 1
Health .... . . .-- -- .-.---
The Locks Division has reason to be proud
of its advances in safety. Over the past 12
years safety committees were formed at all
Locks and a full time safety man appointed.
The Locks record has improved accordingly.
Jim Tennic n, appointed safety assistant in
1945, was one person who knew the Locks
thoroughly and contributed a lot in reducing
accidents. Upon Mr. Tennien's retirement
in 1950, Jack Patterson carried on the good
work until he felt the urge to further his
education and resigned to return to college
In 1940 there were four fatalities at the
Locks; in 1951 there were none. The fre-
quency rate in 1940 was 44; in 1951 it was
18, an improvement of which we are justly
The job of putting ships
Locks is a complicated affair.
from a distance it seems very simple but a
trip through the control tower with its
myriad of control switches, power indicating
lights, gauges, etc., will convince you
Each switch or button controls a vital
moving part of the Locks, from a 600-ton
miter gate to a small signal light. In the
tunnels, with their miter gate moving ma-
chines, rising stem valves, cylindrical valves,
chain moving machinery and hundreds of
appurtenant small machines, are miles of
electrically operated devices controlled from
the tower to slow or speed the ship through
The Locks safety program covering an
average monthly 200,000 man-hour force,
touches the safety and health of laborers,
artisans, scythe men, carpenters, tractor
operators, welders, machinists, electricians,
boilermakers, locomotive operators, crane
operators, lockmaster, clerks, etc., in fact, it
will run the whole gamut of industry from
parable industry in the United States, we
find that the averages will run from the
communications industry, with a low of
about 2, to the lumber industry with a high
of about 47. Our rate of 14 for the fiscal
year 1952 proves that our program is getting
The seven safety meetings per month
held at the three Locks are revelations of
cooperation and interest, giving the 125
committeemen the urge to pass the word
SAFETY on to their fellow workers. These
meetings are carried out in the traditional
spirit of democratic friendly arguments, free
discussion and good suggestions, augmented
with safety movies, educational sessions and
elemental first aid training.
There have been many instances in which
the program has paid dividends; for exam pie,
the recent instance in which a Lockman
rescued a drowning soldier at the north end
of Pedro Miguel Locks, and another in
which a helper giving an electrician artificial
respiration at Gatun Locks probably saved
his life when the electrician was shocked
Safety has to be sold, just like anything
else with intangible results and in addition
to outside publications, the Locks issues a
monthly newsletter, giving helpful hints and
monthly statistics; a humorous periodic pay-
roll insert on safety,
on the lighter side; and
safety. All of this tends to keep the sub-con-
scious mind working to prevent accidents.
Mr. Chambers, who was appointed Safety
Inspector for the Locks last October, has
since attended the 22d annual Michigan
Safety Conference at Detroit, the 22d annual
Ohio Safety Conference at Columbus, and
the Safety T'raining Institute at the National
Safety Council in Chicago. It is believed
that some of the Safety know-how of the
biggest men in the movement has rubbed
off on him and will show up in time with
fewer accidents on the Locks.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
September 5, 1952
Many Canal employees spend their
spare time shoveling and sifting the Isth-
mian earth or spying on the local outdoors
in search of man-made or natural history
in the raw.
The surroundings are so rich in either
field, there probably are few who haven't
tried one or the other.
Aside from the few-time diggers and
dabblers, there is quite a large number
who, because of long and strong enthu-
siasms in the matter, refer to themselves
as amateur-in most cases-archaeologists,
naturalists, or collectors of history-making
Two societies made up largely of latter
day Canal "diggers" have been formed
from the group of real enthusiasts who
follow these interests regularly.
One is the Panama Society for the Ad-
vancement of Archaeology and Natural
Science formed in 1949, which has 18
The other, the Sociedad de la Tierra
Firme, organized three months ago, has
eight members interested solely in
In neither case is the age of the organi-
zation an indication of the amount of time
spent by individual members on archaeol-
ogy or na
bers to wh
Both have mem-
omrn these interests are the part-
uits of a life time.
groups also there are members
't-time probing of the past-or
present natural history-is a
air in which mama, papa, and
take off together through the
d up the rivers and streams in
. . . . . . i
the Advancement of
Natural Science has
Foremost of these are
members: Professor Alejandro Mendez,
Director of the National Museum of
Panama; Max Arosemena, former Min-
ister of Education; and Karl P. Curtis, un-
rivaled local authority on archaeological
A FLUTED SPOUTED POT AND COVER, excavated remnant of Code Indian culture, is inspected
here by officers of the Panama Society for the Advancement of Archaeology and Natural Science: (left to
right) Kenneth W. Vinton, President, head of the science department of the Canal Zone Junior College;
Mrs. Gerald A. Doyle. Secretary-Treasurer; and Harry A. Dunn, Vice President of the Society, General
Supervisory Medical Technician at Gorgas Hospital.
Other officers, members of the Board cf Directors, are: Wells B. Wright, Assistant Designing Engi-
neer; Hayward Shacklett, Safety Engineer; and Gerald A. Doyle, General Architect.
field work who has for many years served
as guide for most visiting archaeological
Kenneth W. Vinton, head of the Science
Department of the Canal Zone Junior
College and President of the Society, has
had several articles on natural science
and archaeology published in scientific
sion of his
recently honored by the inclu-
article, "Origin of Life on the
Islands," which appeared in
1951 issue of the American
Science, in the Smithsonian
's Panorama of Science for
annual series of the 25 best
scientific articles published during the
Captain Robert G. Rennie, Panama
Canal Pilot, spends most of his off-duty
hours (often accompanied by his family)
collecting old Spanish relics, particularly
along the Cruces and the Porto Bello
Anything which casts additional light
on the history of the Colonial Spanish on
the Isthmus and in the New World is
potential material for his first book, now
in the course of compilation, or others
which might follow.
Harry A. Dunn, General Supervisory
Medical Technician at Gorgas Hospital,
whose particular field is plant life, is best
known locally for one cf the finest Isth-
mian orchid collections. Wells D. Wright,
Assistant Designing Engineer for the
Canal, is another member of the Society
who collects orchids.
Hayward Shacklett, Safety Engineer in
the Canal's Safety Branch, prospects for
semi-precious stones, cuts some of them,
and also has an impressive collection of
specimens and photographs of tropical
woods and trees.
Gerald A. Doyle, General Architect for
the Canal, and Vice President
Society last year, and Elmer B. S
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THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Panama Canal Company Publication
Published Monthly at
IALBOA HEIGHTS, CANAL ZONE
Printed by t, Pnting Plant
Mount lhope, Canal Zons
S. SEYBOLD, Governor-President
H. 0. PAXSON, Lieutenant Governor
E. C. LOMBARD, Executive Secretary
J. RuFUS HARDY, Editor
ELEANOR H. MCILHENNY
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Letters containing inquiries, suggestions,
criticisms, or opinions of a general nature
will be welcomed. Those ofsufficient interest
will be published but signatures will not be
used unless desired.
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SINGLE COPIES-S5 cents each
On sale at all Panama Canal Clubhouses,
Commissaries, and Hotels for 10 days after
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BACK COPIES---10 cents each
On sale when available, from the Vault
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Postal money orders should be made pay-
able to the Treasurer, Panama Canal Com-
pany, and mailed to the Editor, THE
PANAMA CANAL REVIEW, Balboa Heights,
Please notify us promptly of any change in your
mailing address. Post Offices everywhere have pre-
pared postal card forms for notices of changes of
Canal Buys Over $2,000,000 In Supplies
Form Panama Sources In Past Fiscal Year
(Continued from page i)
dollar value of
such supplies bought the previous year.
The amount of beverages increased from
$110,000 in 1951 to $146,000 in 1952. The
amount of forest products bought was
practically tripled within the one-year
period and the 1952 purchases in this cate-
gory are expected to be approximately
GUTHRIE F. CROWE assumed his new duties as
United States District Judge for the Canal Zone
following his arrival here August II. He served for
four years as State Police Commissioner for Kentucky
before coming to the Isthmus, and had previously
served one term in the Kentucky House of Represent-
atives and acted as Municipal Judge in La Grange,
Ky., his home town. He served in the Navy in both
the Atlantic and Pacific theaters in World War II
and was Kentucky State Commander of the American
Legion for a year before coming to the Canal Zone.
Lt. Col. Richard F. Mulholland assumed
his new duties as Superintendent of Corozal
Hospital August 26, replacing Col. George
Hesner who resigned from Canal service in
Colonel Mulholland came to the Isthmus
from Fort Dix, N. J., where he had served
as Chief of the Psychiatry and Neurology
Services and Chief of Mental Hygiene since
He was assigned to Letterman General
Hospital in San Francisco in February 1947,
and completed residency training in psy-
chiatry there in January 1950.
Marking the close of an era, about
30,000 files on former contract employ-
ees brought to the Canal Zone for war-
time projects from 1940 to 1944, were
transferred during August to dead
The contract laborers (there is a file
for each one employed) came from
Salvador, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and
Colombia, completed their contracts
and were repatriated.
The transfer released the equivalent
of about 30 four-drawer filing cabinets
of filing space.
Three new, light, industrial-type ambu-
lances for use at Gorgas and Colon Hos-
announced recently in an amendment to the
Plumbing Regulations for the Canal Zone.
Applications for licenses as plumbers will
be received by the Engineering and Con-
struction Director and the applicants will
then be examined and graded by the unit of
the Personnel Bureau which conducts regu-
lar Civil Service and employment examina-
tions. The Chief Plumbing Inspector, or his
representative, will be on hand to assist
in conducting the oral and practical
Written and oral examinations will be
given for Master and Journeyman Plumbers,
but no written examination will be required
for issuance of a license as Assistant Plumber.
New regulations have recently been
issued in the Personnel Manual for the
observance of and compensation for
holidays under a recent Executive
These new regulations extend to em-
ployees working irregular work weeks
other than the normal Monday through
Friday schedule, the same type of holi-
day privileges and additional compen-
sation as have been enjoyed in the past
by the regularly scheduled employees.
Canal employees are now eligible for a 10
percent discount on one-way airline fares to
or from the United States on joint air-sea
trips between the United States and Panama
on the Panama Line and Pan American
On return trips by air (on which transpor-
tation to the United States is on the Panama
Line), the discount applies to trips origi-
nating at any point in the United States
from which Pan American Airways has
through rates to Panama.
Those points of origin are: Houston, Los
Angeles, Miami, and New Orleans, served
directly by Pan American; and Boston,
Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, San Francisco,
Philadelphia, New York, and Washington,
D. C., served by connecting carriers with
which Pan American has interline agree-
ments for through rates to Panama.
Canal employees who wish to take ad-
vantage of the airline discount on joint air-
sea trips must first purchase their steamship
tickets from the Panama Line on the Isth-
mus. There the ticket will be stamped to
designate it as part of a joint air-sea trip
ticket. Then arrangements for the airline
portion of the trip may be made with
Pan American Airways representatives in
For passengers who pay the regularly
scheduled tariff rate on the Panama Line,
the 10 percent discount applies to both the
airline and ship fare for the round-trip
package travel plan.
OF CURRENT INTEREST
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THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
The black panther, which has been re-
dawn on Panama Canal communities, deer
which gourmand and grow fat on shoots
of garden shrubbery, or sloths which fang
around a house to which they haven't been
invited are apt
ported to roam at night around the
near the 'wooded base of Ancon
(if he roams there or ever did) a pro
Headley McAdams, the Division's
Armed with a shotgun, he goc
animals, birds, and snakes about
the Grounds Maintenance Divis
to find themselves afoul
2-thumbed" unit turns
on creatures that keep
wing and deals with many
crawling, and four-legged
wander around outdoors
ceives complaints. When the
hunting to be done, he prunes t
shrubs and cuts grass in one of th
grounds maintenance gangs.
Deer Roundup Planned
they aren't wanted.
ctly outdoorsy, the Grounds Main-
tenance Division takes care of Canal com-
munities from the eave lines out-planting
and pruning, carting off garbage, sweeping
the streets, and serving as general outdoor
keepers. Two Canal Zone cemeteries, at
Mount Hope and Corozal, are also cared
for by this Division.
Most of the flowers and foliage that
surround Canal homes and offices got
their start in the Division's Experiment
Gardens at Summit, best known as a
and in su
of a plant
whose exotic and commonplace
ora attract many tourists and
for decoration on the
grounding Central an
imber of "accessions
eed or group of seeds, p
, or group of plants br
from another area-introduced by the
Experiment Gardens number more than
14,000, about half of which continue to
grow in this part of the world.
Intruders Finished Off
The Grounds Maintenance Division's
dealings with unwanted creatures which
disturb people in Panama Canal towns is
an individual matter of rerouting or fin-
ishing off each intruder who occasions a
Favorite snake story among Division
employees-who have more than their
fair chance to originate them-is about an
WALTER R. LINDSAY (left) Chief of the
Grounds Maintenance Division, was born in the
Hawaiian Islands and was a horticulturalist there
before joining the Canal organization in 1930.
He is shown here with A. I. Bauman, Pacific side
Superintendent of the Division.
Experiment Garden laborer who stepped
up on a log to reach into a
pruning. When the log mov
its position as a footstool,
found it to be a 12-foot boa
tree he was
3d to protest
Most of the snakes dealt with by the
Division-usually by a foreman and any
available "volunteer"-don't come in sizes
that are impressive. Those that cause most
calls from householders are the little whip
or bush snakes, who are particularly fond
of vines around houses, and coral snakes.
As for the deer which bedevil the gar-
deners at the foot of Ancon Hill, Grounds
Maintenance people are plotting a round-
up in a stockade on the hill.
The plan is subtle. If it works, the
deer will be deported like this: They will
come into the corral to eat salt planted to
tempt them there; then they will be cap-
tured and transferred to some other forest
area where they won't bother their human
The deer on the hill are believed to have
sprung from a pair, originally pets, pos-
sibly freed when their former owners left
the Isthmus or got tired of them. When-
ever or however the deer got on the hill,
and from there to the yards of Balboa
Heights residents, they run a close second
to leaf cutting ants for the number of
complaints they occasion.
Then there are possums which play
nighttime games and sloths which appear
around Canal houses. Dead animals and
birds present other problems-all to be
taken care of by the Grounds Mainten-
The Canal Zone Experiment Gardens
were established in 1923-on the site of an
earlier poultry farm-to introduce plants
from all over the tropical world and did-
seminate them free of charge to holders of
land leases in the Canal Zone and to
residents of Panama and surrounding
Four years later, a study of plants in
the Canal Zone by Paul C. Standley of
the Smithsonian Institution attributed to
the Gardens and to plantings by French
nuns when they were in charge of Ancon,
now Gorfas. Hosnital. all the plants con-
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
where it was to provide the beginnings for
future commercial plantings.
The seeds of rubber trees, first intro-
duced experimentally at Summit about
1925, were sent out by the thousands to
different parts of Latin America during
Werld War II in an attempt to get the
rubber industry started in this hemisphere.
Teak seeds, which do exceptionally well
on the Isthmus, were also shipped out by
the thousands to surrounding countries
from traes that were first introduced at
the Experiment Gardens in 1926.
Manila hemu has been introduced to
many parts of Latin America from plant-
ings at Summit-some of which came
from the last shipment to leave the
Philippine Islands before such exports
were banned in 1926.
Another potentially interesting tree
commercially which has been sent out
from Summit min limited quantities is the
West African timber tree, Terminalia
myriowarpa, a relative of the tropical
almond. It is an exceptionally fast
growing tree which produces wood com-
parable to mahogany which is ready for
cutting in. about 20 years, compared to
50 or 75 for mahogany.
Java grass, which thrives in the acid
soil of the Isthmus, was introduced by the
Gardens min 1926 and is now used here
almost exclusively for lawns.
Napier grass, introduced by the Gar-
dens for use at Mindi and other dairies on
the Isthmus, proved exceptionally good
and is now used extensively as a dairy
feed as well as in soil erosion work along
A more recent accession is a hybrid
between napier and merker grass, which
is an equally good feed and is also resist-
ant to a leaf-spot fungus which killed all
napier grass in Hawaii.
During World War II, the Gardens had
300 acres under cultivation-compared to
the present 250-largely to provide plants
for the extensive armed forces building
programs then in progress at Fort Kobbe
and Fort Clayton.
Landscape plans for new Canal build-
ings are drawn with a view to the shrubs
and trees available at the Experiment
Gardens. Some of the planning and all of
the planting and subsequent care are
under the direction of the Division.
An extract used at Gorgas and Colon
Hospitals to counteract certain allergies
comes from the pollen of mango and
palm flowers picked by workmen in the
EDWARD A. BAQUIE (left) became such an Atlantic side tradition in his 46 years service at
Mount Hope Cemetery (he left the organization at the end of July) that he gave rise to the now near-
legendary final words of comfort-"Now don't you worry; Baquie will take care of you."
Chester E. Headley (right) Foreman in the New Cristobal area, has been around a while too. He has
worked in the Atlantic side Grounds Maintenance Division organization since 1911.
Virgil C. Reed (center) is Supervisor for the Northern District, and one of many people in the Division
who point with pride to the records of these old timers.
areas in Old Panama, for the Pacific side,
and a sanitary fill at Mount Hope on the
Atlantic side, it takes 101 employees; five
42-ton packer trucks that carry 15 to 18
cubic yards of tightly pressed garbage
from the small cans around Canal quar-
ters; and two 8-ton trailer trucks that
carry 30 cubic yards of garbage from the
big Dempster buckets.
Then there are eight more trucks that
pick up trash from Canal towns and carry
it to dumps at Diablo Heights, on the
Pacific side, and Mount Hope, on the
The standing 8,078 garbage cans have
to be replaced at a rate of about 200 (at
$7 each) per month. This replacement
rate is one of the persistent headaches of
the Division, which puts new bottoms in
many cans, buys many new ones, and
always pleads with their own garbage
men and Canal Zone residents generally
please not to leave soupy messes in the
bottoms, which cause the cans to rust
away to more replacement problems.
Household garbage goes into the big
trucks that go directly to the
areas, where it is buried imme-
Garbage from the big Dempster
is consolidated and taken min
ts in the trailer trucks to the
the establishment of the Grounds
Maintenance Division in July 1950, this
Canal unit has been in charge of Corozal
Cemetery, of 45 acres, and the Mount
Hope Cemetery, of 75 acres.
This involves the care of grounds; grave
digging; burials and disinterments; rec-
ords and correspondence concerning the
7,000 burials at Corozal and 25,000 at
Mount Hope; permits to place markers;
erection of markers for veterans or for
other burials, if requested; (see page 1o0
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
September 5, 1952
nds In Cristobal
CLIFFORD L. GREEN, Foreman of the Meat Section at the Cristobal Commissary, is shown with
Mrs. A. A. Doyle, one of several long-time, regular customers to whom he has been selling meat since her
bridal days and before.
Clifford L. Green, Foreman of the Meat
Section at the Cristobal Commissary, is a
combination butcher, public relations
expert, and artist in
tradition of slap-bang
In the 36 years he
meat section, he has
side reputation as a
of the Commissary.
One of his claims to
cash was used in the
the best soda jerk
has worked in the
built an Atlantic
his way with a commissary coupon book.
He removed the exact amount of a pur-
chase in about three lightning zip-zip
Although he didn't seem to watch as he
jerked the coupons out, his accuracy was
as remarkable as his speed. He did make
a mistake-the Commissary manager re-
members one-but caught it and reported
it the minute it was made.
Commissary books helped in another
way to enhance Green's local fame. He
took one look at a newcomer's book and
knew her from that time on. The next
time she bought meat, it was "Good
morning, Mrs. Smith," or "How about a
nice rib roast, Mrs. Brown?"
Without help from coupon books, now
tho4- mn^04f ;f h^^1iab+i n,!+b caioc +hinra Q
isn't so much in evidence any more. But
before prepackaged meat, every purchase
was weighed and wrapped with a showy
unconcern for possible spills. Pitched
adroitly on the scales, the meat was
caught the second it touched and was
wrapped and priced before it stopped its
Yankees His Favorite
The pitch may have been borrowed
from the greats of Green's favorite team-
the Yankees he has been rooting for
The long-time butcher-he's 52-has
lived in the Canal Zone since he was
eight years old. He came from Jamaica
with his father, who worked in the Cris-
tobal Commissary for 28 years before
he returned to Jamaica in 1941.
Many of his fellow employees owe much
of their success to Green's training and
helpful advice during their early days on
the job and he is held in high esteem and
respect by them as well as by his super-
visors, all the way up the line.
His home is Rainbow City in one of the
new Canal houses where he and his wife
have lived for the past two years. Aside
from following local baseball teams and
Ex-Bandsman Picks Clubhouse
Beethoven And Jazz Records
(Continumed from page 4) Les Paul and his
wife, Mary Ford. Edging them for first
place is the newly risen star, Johnny Ray.
Classical records in 33* and 45 r.p.m.
speeds are sold in most record sections.
There is practically no demand for this
type of recording in the 78 r.p.m. speed.
Complete operas, at $17 to $25, are
sold to a small group of steady customers.
Record headaches? The Clubhouses
have them too-especially breakage and
Many records prove too fragile for the
beating they must take to get from the
United States to the Canal Zone. Record
breaking customers sometimes lean too
hard when they browse through record
sections. Some are ruined when they are
tried out by potential record buyers.
Records Come By Freight
The breakage is worse by parcel post
than by freight and the shipping costs
prohibitively higher. So most Clubhouse
records are shipped by freight, taking 60
to 90 days in transit.
That means that the Clubhouse record
buyer must do some fancy crystal ball
gazing to order this month the tunes you'll
be wanting at Hallowe'en and Thanks-
His batting average is high on antici-
pating top tunes before they arrive at the
top. But he does sometimes miss and
that is the reason there are some sales of
lengths to search old newspaper files and
burrow through all available sources of in-
formation to answer inquiries concerning
Corozal Cemetery has been used for
burials since 1914, when the Pacific side
Canal Zone cemetery was transferred
there from the location of the present
Walter R. Lindsay heads the Grounds
Maintenance force of 414 Local-rate and
13 U.S.-rate employees scattered through-
he Canal Zone. Born in Paia, Maui,
ii, he was a horticulturalist in agri-
ral and experiment stations in
lii and studied the same subject at
university of Hawaii and Washington
College before his employment in
as Supervisor of Culture at the
i w v-9 . /*a
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Fight Against Beetles
Is Extended To Ships
Visiting Canal Waters
Agents for copra-carrying vessels which
transit the Panama Canal will be asked to
have holds containing the copra sealed off
during the transit and for 24 hours before
entering and after leaving the Canal Zone
The cooperation of the ships' agents and
operators is being asked to prevent copra
beetles, which infest such ships, from
getting ashore in the Canal Zone. A re-
quest that some action against the copra
bugs be taken was made at the July Gov-
ernment-Employee Conference by Ray-
mond Ralph of Gatun who said that the
beetles were a nuisance in towns along the
The matter was referred to the Health
Director, Brig. Gen. Don Longfellow, who
reported to the Governor's office that
during the year 1951, 269,000 tons of
copra passed through the Canal. This
represented about two ships a week. The
cargoes, usually from the Philippines, are
heavily infested with immature copra
bugs which mature during the ocean
The United States Department of Agri-
culture, General Longfellow said, does not
require fumigation of copra-carrying ships
although ships destined for the port of
Baltimore are fumigated while transiting
the Panama Canal.
Several possible solutions, including the
mandatory fumigation of all copra-
carrying ships, at a cost of some $2,000
per ship or over $100,000 a year, were
considered. Specimen copra bugs were
subjected to an insecticidal fog but they
apparently had sufficient resistance to
permit them to fly for a considerable
distance before paralysis set in.
The study has also shown that copra
bugs do not increase in numbers after
they reach the Isthmus but die off in a
few days for lack of suitable environment.
The Health Bureau is continuing its
program of obtaining more information on
the copra bug nuisance. As additional
facts are developed, other steps may be
able to be taken to lessen the nuisance
value of this hardy insect.
GOVERNOR JOHNSTON D. MURRAY of Oklahoma (right) is shown exchanging a quip with Canal
Zone Governor John S. Seybold (left) when the Oklahoma executive called on Governor Seybold during
his recent visit on the Isthmus,
Faculty Changes in Canal
FRANCIS A. CASTLES has been appointed
Principal of the La Boca Vocational High School and
Dean of the La Boca Junior College, replacing George
meeting as possible. Some phases of the
WMv+o nioman wra hoincr hnn incicA hir
ROGER D. MICHEL, mathematics teacher at
Balboa High School since 1950, is the new Principal
of the Balboa Junior High School.
Many Other Subjects
(Cthpr qrhippte tn inuhed more hrieflv in-
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Many Canal "Diggers" And Naturalists
Look For Man-Made, Natural History
There's a rug cleaner in the Commissaries
now that made its maker a fast million or
so when it first appeared on the United
States market and created such a buying
sensation-probably with the help of an
article in Readers Digest-that
Time it took the Housewares Section
Saving at Mount Hope about six
Rug Cleaner months to get some of it into
export channels for Commis-
The cleaner removes all variety of mussi-
ness-plain old dust and dirt and even
chewing gum-from Chinese rugs and others
made of wool-and does it so fast that they
are completely dry and ready to walk on in
15 to 30 minutes.
The name of this minor miracle is "Glam-
orene," which looks like moist sawdust.
You sprinkle it on a rug, brush it with the
special brush available to go with the
cleaner, then in a few minutes vacuum off
the accumulated grime.
Spun nylon argyle anklets for men will be
in the stores again about the end of Sep-
tember. These are the colorful and comfort-
able socks that look and feel like wool.
For your youngest and prettiest heir or
the new and noisy arrivals in your friends'
homes, the Commissary has a few fancy
handmade hairpin-lace sacque, cap, and
bootie sets of nylon yarn in baby colors of
white, pink, and blue. These sets cost $6.
There are also some
crocheted booties for $1
Frozen concentrated tomato juice, now
min the frozen food sections, is on trial. If
Commissary customers like it-as much as
the orange and grapefruit juice concentrate,
for instance-it will become a regular item.
To make a 12-family or 4-family or just
most any Canal house look more like the
women s magazines picture ver-
"Cafe sions of contemporary taste and
Curtains" ingenuity, the Commissary Divi-
sion has the so-called "cafe cur-
tains," which hang from mid-window down.
A comparatively new dress-up version of
the garden variety kitchen "cottage cur-
tains," the cafe curtains hang from their
own bone rings sewed to the peaks of scal-
loped tops. The Balboa and Cristobal
Commissaries have them in gold, wine, and
brown mottled percale.
Fur felt hats by Mallory, for bound-for-
Stateside men, will be in the stores this
Creme-coated graham cracker crunches
are a new and tasty kind of cornflake-coated
cookie in the grocery sections. An 8-ounce
package costs 30 cents.
Something new to help the going-to-school
crowd make like Einstein are multiplier
pencil boxes, which have a junior-style slide
rule on top that does the multiplication
tables without undue exercise of brain cells.
Pearl earrings-little ones, big ones, those
that hang down and those that clip tight,
alone or decorated with many different
trimmings-are in the Commissaries now.
They're the costume jewelry variety that
cost from $1.75 to $3.95.
An automatic cold drink dispenser for
home refrigerators, new in the housewares
sections, is a neat, useful, and
sturdy gadget for thirsty
It is a plastic gallon box-like
container with its own spigot
which fits neatly in a refrigerator and stays
put where everyone can pour his own. Both
the dispenser and a companion crisper-
same shape a
lectors, showing slightly more enthusiasm
than other members for buying as well as
digging for his collection of antiquities.
Fred W. Morrill, Surveying and Carto-
graphic Engineer for the Canal, a member
of both societies, has been searching for
traces of early civilization most of his life.
Starting with arrowheads and flints
picked up in his native state of Georgia, he
had gathered a sizable collection of an-
tiquities from the southern part of the
United States, the Aleutian Islands of
Alaska and from Korea before he came to
the Isthmus in 1947.
covers that makes them stay put the way
you stack them.
There's also a "Lazy-Susan type re-
volving refrigerator tray that is new in the
stores. Installed on the shelves of refrigera-
tors, it turns all the contents around so you
can see them and make use of the forgotten
leftovers in the farthest darkest corners.
lovely-to-smell fragrances are cologne sticks
by Yardley in Bond Street, Lotus and
To perk up a pretty teen-ager, try a com-
bination of a shirred strapless camisole and
a ruffled organdy petticoat. They're coming
to the Commissaries in September.
Otaheite apples can now be bought in
cans. They come from the same canning
firm in Jamaica from which the
Commissary Division also buys
Fruit An encyclopedia of foods de-
scribes the fruit, which grows on
the Isthmus and is cultivated also in Florida,
as aromatic, subacid, and juicy-if that's
any help in your decision to spend or not to
spend 24 cents to try the Commissary
- ..r .~ **~ ~<
U - - ~ S. * - ~ .- ..- ~a 7
new in easy-to-apply
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
A papa, mama, and baby-sized porpoise
that leap right out of the lawn in front of
House No. 8175 in Margarita mark this
the home of a driftwood fancier.
The householder and driftwood hobby-
ist is O. E. Jorstad, Music Instructor at
Cristobal High School, who is doubling in
brass this summer as Leader Crater and
Packer in the Maintenance Division.
His driftwood creations appear all over
the house and yard.
On the lawn, next to the leaping por-
poises, a driftwood turtle suns himself.
Inanimate serpents of roots, in bust, half,
or full-length size, raise their heads men-
acingly from a stair post or slither along
an overhead beam in the basement.
An alligator with seven pairs of legs
stretches out on a basement post. Sus-
pended in midair from a beam is a drift-
wood duck in flight and another wierd
fowl, the pterodactyl, straight from the
prehistoric funny-strip era of Alley Oop.
Upstairs in the living room an eagle
that was once a water-soaked and worm-
eaten board preens himself, stretching his
wings after an imaginary shower. And on
a table next to the davenport sets a
graceful sweep of driftwood which is being
transformed into a lamp.
Imagination Is Required
Mr. Jorstad explains that some of his
"creations" are formed only by the play
of an active imagination on driftwood in
its natural state-gnarled, twisted, and
bleached. To help the uninitiated and
"unseeing" onlooker Mr. Jorstad places
the piece at its "proper" angle to show up
to best advantage the form he has in mind.
Other pieces are altered slightly by the
hobbyist to fit their new roles as birds or
beasts or feet or table lamps. The por-
poses, for instance, were
Siamese triplet bamboo roo
twisted and weird shapes are
ductive of new forms than any
Aside from those pieces whi4
new or different forms, Mr.
driftwood collection includes many items
once used by natives-cayuco partitions,
slingshots, or paddles for pounding
clothes which got away from their owners,
Ar-I#aAw 4n\ can 0t Rnyi^^ollr ni'1rnn tfn rna#s on
DRIFTWOOD MODELS DISPLAYED BY MR. JORSTAD
neath a "mailbox" for notes of callers, are
the four floats, each carved with the name
of a member of the household-Clara,
who is Mrs. Jorstad; Judy, who is now in
the University of Michigan; and Jon, a
A poem on the "note-box" reads:
"If we're not here,
Just leave a note;
We're still in the Zone
'Cause we missed a boat."
As a matter of fact the Jorstads have
missed several and seem to have found a
lot to keep them happy in their tropical
setting. Mr. Jorstad has been teaching
music at Cristobal High School since Sep-
tember 1938. Mrs. Jorstad is also a music
teacher and her husband's substitute in
his high school position.
The driftwood collection is pretty much
a family affair. It got its start min 1945
when Mr. Jorstad and two other teachers
Carl Maedl and C. F. Anderson, acquired
12 hectares fronting on Pifia Beach and
built themselves a house there.
Since that time the three families have
spent a great deal of time there and ac-
quired a considerable interest in the ob-
jects the Atlantic washes up onto their
Aside from the driftwood, plain or re-
vamped, the Jorstad collection from the
includes many sponges, shells,
and strange types of plant life.
er find, washed up by the sea, is a
brass Navy shell min its original
um carrying case.
Jorstad's collecting instinct also
extends to ship's lanterns-also promi-
nent min the Jorstad home-and almost
any native item of interest.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Swho observed important anni-
ing the month of August are
etically below. The number of
*s all Government service with
r other agencies. Those with
indicated with (*).
with the Canal
Patrick S. Coakley, Chief Dispatcher,
and Station Chief (Diesel Generation),
Power Branch, Electrical Division.
Clarence E. Sherwood, Armature Shop
Foreman, Electrical Division.
Raymond E. Forbes, Sanitary In-
spector Supervisor, Division of Sanitation,
James W. Grey, Storekeeper (Checker),
Terminals Division, Railroad and Terminals
Mabel B.Taylor, Clerk, Housing Division.
Florence A. Whiteside, Public Health
Nurse, Division of Preventive Medicine,
Daniel J. Considine, Lock Operator
(Machinist), Atlantic Locks.
Ernest B. Curling, Lock Operator (Ma-
chinist) Leader, Pacific Locks.
Charles S. Hardy, Manager, Hotel
Washington, Supply and Service Bureau.
Ann W. de la Mater, Statistical Clerk,
Division of Schools.
Lionel L. Ewing, Admeasurer, Naviga-
Herschel Gandy, Administrative Assist-
ant, Maintenance Division.
Gertrude B. Onderdonk, Library As-
sistant, Division of Schools.
*William L. Benny, Assistant Chief,
Motion Picture Branch, Clubhouse Division.
Richard C. Carter, Jr., Electrical
Engineer, Commissary Division.
David E. Coffey, Leadingman Shipfitter,
Special, Industrial Bureau.
*Philip L. Dade, Chief, Contraband
Control Section, Civil Affairs Bureau.
Mabel M. Duncan, Telephone Operator,
Norman W. Franseen, Principal Fore-
man (Construction and Maintenance),
Stanley J. Guest, Dairyman, Commis-
*Gilbert H. Hulcher, Plumber, Main-
Donald W. Journeay, Construction
Engineer, Maintenance Division.
Milo F. Kissam, Plumber, Maintenance
July 15 Through August 15
The following list contains the names of
those U. S.-rate employees who were trans-
ferred from one division to another (unless
the change is administrative) or from one
type of work to another. It does not contain
within-grade promotions or regradings.
PANAMA CANAL COMPANY
William M. Whitman, from Assistant
Chief of Office, Washington, to Secretary,
Panama Canal Company.
CIVIL AFFAIRS BUREAU
H. Corn, from Postmaster, Pedro
o Clerk-in-Charge, Postal Service.
A. Bissell, from Postal Clerk to
er, Gamboa, Postal Service.
as L. Sellers. from Postmaster.
Clerk to Postmaster, Fort Clayton, Postal
William C. Bailey, from Postmaster,
Fort Clayton, to Postmaster, Curundu,
Clyde L. Sharp, from Postmaster, Fort
Amador, to Clerk-in-Charge, Postal Service.
Louis E. Hasemann, from Postal Clerk
to Postmaster, Fort Amador, Postal Service.
s M. Culpepper, f
Airmail Field Posto
mail Field Postoffice,
r T. McClure, from
Mail Foreman, Post
er A. Batalden, fi
ffice, to Fore-
rinstron rninent wa
THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR
5th-American Legion Post No. 6, Gam- 17th-American Federation of Teachers
boa Legion Home, 7:30 p. m. No. 227, General Library, Balboa
6th-Track Foremen No. 2741, B & B High School, 7:00 p. m.
Shops, Balboa. A.F.G.E. No. 14, Balboa Clubhouse,
7th-VFW Post No. 3857, Cristobal 7:30 p. m.
Veterans Club, 9:00 a. m. American Legion Auxiliary, Nathan-
8th-Machinists No. 699, K. of C. Hall, iel J. Owen Unit No.3, Legion Home,
Margarita, 7:30 p. m. Gatun, 7:30 p. m.
American Legion Post No. 1, Legion 18th-American Legion Auxiliary, Cha-
Home, 7:30 p. m. gres River Unit No. 6, Gamboa
9th-Electrical Workers, No. 397, Wirz Legion Hall, 7:30 p. m.
Memorial, 7:30 p. m. 2t-CU M, M a . Cbu
VFW Post No. 100, Old Boy Scout 21st-CLU-MTC, Margarita Clubhouse,
Building, Cristobal, 7:30 p. m. 022d- M arine Engineers, No. 96, USO-
American Legion, B. T. Clayton Post 22dMJWB, Balboa.ngneers No. 96, USO-
No. 7, Fort Clayton, 7:30 p. m. Mc . No 699 K of C Hall
American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. Machinists, No 699, K. of C. Hall
1, Balboa Legion Home, 7:30 p. m. VFW Auxiliaryt, 7:30Post 3822, Post Home
10th-Carpenters and Joiners, No. 913, VFW Auxary, Post 3822, Post Home
Balboa Lodge Hall, 7:30 p. m. 7: - m-
Pacific Civic Council, Board Room, 23d-Operating Engineers, No. 595,
Administration Building, Balboa Lodge Hall, Balboa, 7:00 p. m.
Heights, 7:30 p. m. American Legion, B. T. Clayton Post
American Legion, Elbert S. Waid No. 7, Fort Clayton, 7:30 p. m.
Post No. 2, Legion Home, Old Cris- VFW, Post No. 100, Old Boy Scout
tobal, 7:30 p. m. Bldg., Cristobal, 7:30 p. m.
12th-Blacksmiths, No. 400, Boiler- 24th-AFGE, No. 88, Margarita Club-
makers 463 and 471, K. of C. Hall, house, 7:30 p. m.
Margarita, 7:30 p. m. American Legion Auxiliary, Elbert
14th-Pipefitters, Margarita Clubhouse, S. Waid Unit No. 2, Legion Home,
9:30 a. m. Old Cristobal, 7:30 p. m.
Plumbers, No. 606, K. of C. Hall, 25th-Governor's Conference, Board
Margarita, 9:30 a. m. Room, Administration Building, Bal-
Sheetmetal Workers, No. 157, Bal- boa Heights, 2:00 p. m.
boa Clubhouse, 9:30 a. m.
15th-Electrical Workers, No. 677, Ma- OCTOBER
sonic Temple, Gatun, 7:30 p. m.
Truckdrivers, Balboa Lodge Hall, 1st-VFW, Post No. 40, Wirz Memorial,
7:30 p. m. 7:30 p. m.
16th-Operating Engineers, No. 595, K. 2d-Carpenters and Joiners, No. 667,
of C. Hall, Margarita, 7:00 p. m. Margarita Clubhouse, 7:30 p. m.
Machinists, No. 811, Balboa Lodge 3d-American Legion, Post No. 6, Gam-
Hall, 7:30 p. m. boa Legion Home, 7:30 p. m.
PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS
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THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Employees who retired at the end of
August, their birthplaces, titles, length of
service at retirement, and their future
Allan L. Amole, Penn
Guard, Balboa; 25 years,
days; Pottstown, Pa.
Clifford E. Currier,
Tug Operator, Dredging
10 months, and 14 days;
years, 4 months
and 8 days;
Otis C. Fuller, Maryland; Wireman,
Electrical Division; 26 years and 5 days;
near Washington, D. C.
Michael J. Grant. Poland: Carman-
Cabinetmaker, Railroad Division;
9 months, and 19 days; Panama.
Agnew C. Jones, North Carolina; Tow-
boat Master, Dredging Division; 17 years,
1 month, and 29 days; Hampton, Va.
Ernest M. Kieswetter, Massachusetts;
Drill Barge Master, Dredging Division; 33
years, 6 months, and 25 days; Gulfport, Fla.
Mrs. Vivian E. Rader, Illi
Appliance Operator, Finance
years, 2 months, and 18 days;
William H. Wingertzahn,
Security Guard, Pacific Locks;
months, and 20 days; Panama.
6 years, 6
PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS
GATUN DAM, the artificial barrier which stretches across the old valley of the Chagres River
and impounds the waters of Gatun Lake, looked like this 40 years ago this month. The finished dam
is li miles long and 100 feet wide at the top. The hydraulic fill for the dam was begun in March
1909 and completed in September 1912, and the dry fill was started in 1907. The spillway, which
is 800 feet long, has 14 gates.
(Cantinued from page
David I. Kelleher, from Commissary As-
sistant, Commissary Division, to Govern-
mental Accountant, Finance Bureau.
Howard M. Fuller, from Accounting
Clerk to Budget Specialist, Finance Bureau.
Preston G. Gau, from Tabulating Ma-
chine Operator to Tabulating Machine
Operator Supervisor, Finance Bureau.
Gertrude E. Ladd, from Clerk-Typist,
Housing Division, to Clerk-Typist, Gorgas
Dante J. Cicchelli, from Shipfitter to
Shipfitter Leader and Loftsman, Industrial
David E. Coffey, from Shipfitter Leader
and Loftsman to Special Shipfitter Leading-
man. Industrial Bureau.
Earl H. Turner, from Locomotive Ma-
chinist, Railroad Division, to Machinist,
Ernest W. Bates, from Locks Security
Guard to Guard Supervisor, Pacific Locks.
ago in Augus
began to be a lake 40 years
t. The upper guard gates of
were closed and were vro-
to hold back the
of Gatun Spillway
vious March. Hydrauli
completed and the Dam
with dry fill.
about half a foot
d being plainly
Forms were being built for the con
tion of the piers along the top of the
way Dam and the 14 Spillway gates
being completed nearby by the contra
The north and south
together during the month.
c filling was al
was to be
Austin W. Lord, head of the depart-
ment of architecture at Columbia Uni-
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breakwater from 2,000 to 3,100 feet and
to do the work then while the organiza-
tion which had been at work for a year
on the first two docks and one pier was
still in existence.
A "moving picture film" showing views
of the steamship Titanic as the vessel left
the dock on its initial trip was shown at
the Isthmian Canal Commission Club-
residence in Colon for Porfirio
governor of the
was in accordance
of an agreement whereby the
Canal Commission would replace
which had to
and the largest
or the filling ofGatun Lake.
in the c
nd, by the end of the
re building a
Province of Colon.
toes of the west wing
Dam were brought
ing had been brought together the
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
New ypes Of
Househunting is becoming a common
diversion among Canal employees now
that 1952 housing projects are turning
into walls and roofs and windows that
potential future occupants can see in their
Many of the house inspections and
house discussions-either in a window
shopping vein or based on serious inten-
tions of moving into the new quarters-
center around new types of houses that
have not been seen before in Canal
Four of the seven new types in this
year's building program are shown in
these pictures. All of those shown are in
the development between Ancon Boule-
vard and Gaillard Highway in Ancon.
Three other new types min this year's
construction program are being built only
THE HOUSING "window shoppers" in the two
upper pictures are: Howard W. Osborn, General Con-
s.traction Engineer in the Maintenance Division, Mrs.
Osborn, and their son Jimmie.
The house shoppers in the lower pictures are James
H. Bowen, District Wireman at Balboa, his wife and
their youngsters, Sandra Lee and Jimmie.
From top to bottom, the new house types are
shown in order.
THIS NEW patio house (Type 334) is being built
both in Margarita, where seven are under construe-
tion, and in Ancon, where there are 12 in this year's
It is a two-bedroom house whose main feature is,
of course, the central covered patio. The clerestory
roof, used for the first time last year in Canal building,
lets light and air into the dining-living room.
The house shown in this picture is located on one
of the highest points in the Ancon Boulevard develop-
ment-on the Boulevard where it turns into the new
housing area in the vicinity of the Christian Science
A DUPLEX VERSION of the patio house (Type
335) can be seen without a roof at the bottom of the
hill on which the Osborns are standing. The duplex
is two Type 334's put together.
Five of these duplexes are being built in Ancon
and 11 in Margarita this year.
A NEW TYPE COTTAGE (Type 331) is shown
across the street from the duplex in the second picture
from the top and in the third picture from the top,
in which the Bowens are shown in the doorway.
This is a comparatively small three-bedroom house
with two baths and a maid's room, which also has a
bath. It has an L-shaped living room with dinette
GENERAL VIEW OF NEW ANCON DEVELOPMENT
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There are 1;
along Ancon B
three in Diablo
A similar he
rooms and a
3 of these houses under construction
boulevard in the new development area;
Heights; and 19 in Margarita.
use (Type 332) which has two bed-
large kitchen with dinette space is
PATIO TYPE HOUSE IN ANCON NEARING COMPLETION
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