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HOTEL "EL PANAMA"
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---- MARCH 1951
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Officers of the Panama Canal Society of Florida for 1951
Seated, President William H. Butler, St. Petersburg; Secretary-TreasurerMrs. Lucille S. Judd, St. Petersburg;
Founder John F. Warner, Bradenton, Fa.; Life Chaplain Charles H. Beetham; Standing, Corresponding Secre-
tary Theodore M. Drake, St. Peterseurg; Vice President Charles G. Calvit, St. Petersburg and Editor Earle
Brown, St. Petersburg.
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GATHERING OF THE CLAN
The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce obligingly provided ideal
weather for the nineteenth annual jamboree of your Society at the Soreno
Hotel. More than three hundred attended the two-day festival many coming
great distances for the pleasure of seeing old friends and acquaintances
of long ago. There were, for instance Mrs. Lawrence Adler and Mrs. Ethel
Boyd who flew up from the Zone especially for this occasion, Mrs. Louis
Tabor from Pasadena, California, Mrs. Emma M. Smallwood and father,
Mr. Mettke, from Mt. Vernon, N.Y., Mrs. R. Z. Kirkpatrick of Rochester,
N.Y., the Michael J. Considines of Gloucester City, N.J., F. G. Swanson
of Tyler, Texas, the A. B. Forsstroms of Providence, R.I., the F. E.
Williams of Belleville, N.Y., John C. De La Vergne, of Richmond Hill,
L.I., N.Y., Harry A. Cunningham of Forest Hills, L.I., N.Y., the Dick
Taylors and Tom Jordans from Biddeford, Maine, Mrs. Iretta C. Austin of
New Orleans, Charles F. Van Steenberg of Chicago, the Howard S. New-
combs of Washington, D.C., Clarence E. Langley of Jackson, Miss.,
Stacy C. Russell of highlands, N.C., the D. J. Evans and G. C. Mc-
Culloughs of Birmingham, Ala., the Jack Deavors of Atlanta, Ga., J. J.
Gilbert of Greenville, N.C. and Mrs. Max Englander and son of Hudson
Falls, N.Y. to mention just a few.
Unfortunately retiring President Hersh and Vice President Whaler were
both ill when the annual meeting was called to order at 2:15 P.M. on
February 23rd by Corresponding Secretary A. L. Brill. Out of town visi-
tors were asked to rise and were identified amidst rounds of applause, the
Auditing Committee submitted its annual report, a congratulatory telegram
from Roger Erdman in Washington, D.C. was read, a contribution by the
Society, of $50 toward the cost of placing a bust of General William C
Gorgas in the Hall of Fame was voted by the members present, and the
following officers were elected for 1951:
President William H. Butler
Vice President Charles G. Calvit
Secty-Treasurer Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corr. Secty T. M. Drake
The meeting was adjourned at 3:20 P.M. after a rising vote of thanks to
the outgoing officers for their excellent services during the past year. The
gabfest which had begun at ten in the morning was resumed and carried far
into the night at gatherings in the homes of many local members and else-
At ten the following morning the clan began assembling again and the
hotel's lounge and bar were soon crowded with a happy throng.
The usual group photo was taken at 12:30 P.M. and at 1:30 luncheon was
served to almost three hundred members and guests in the grand ballroom.
The menu consisted of baked Florida grapefruit, hors d' oeuvres, half of
roast spring chicken with dressing and vegetables, a delicious salad
and chocolate meringue pie like mother used to make. Master of Cere-
monies, Col. Dan E. Wright then commenced the program with a moving
invocation byPermanent Chaplain Charles H. Beetham which -was followed
by an address of welcome by our Mayor, Stanley C. Minshall. Guest Speaker
was former Congressman J. Hardin Peterson of Lakeland, Fla., a staunch
friend to all retired Canal. employees on worthy legislation voted upon dur-
ing his tenure of office. Mr. Peterson praised the builders of the Panama
Canal and recounted his efforts in securing the passage of the Construct-
ion Service Annuity Act of 1944.
Next speaker was the well-known F. G. Swanson who spoke generally
of national affairs and called for an administrative organization in Wash-
ington similar to the one that built the Canal.
Brief speeches followed by John F. Warner, our Founder, George B.
Ward, Secretary-Treasurer of the Canal Society of Western North Carolina,
who invited members passing through that region to stop and let their
presence be known, J. F. Everett, President of the local chapter of the
N.A.R.C.E., Col. Dan E. Wright who mentioned the valuable help that had
been rendered in Washington by Roger S. Erdman on legislative matters
and suggested that a resolution of appreciation be sent him by this
Society which received unanimous approval. Final event of the day was
the presentation of the new officers which brought to a close one of the
most successful reunions yet held by your Society.
Great credit for the success of this year's gathering is due to the smooth
and efficient management of the tickets and reservations handled by Mrs.
J. W. Wilson and Earl Parsons, the Reception Committee headed by Mrs.
W. J. Bartlett and her fourteen assistants and to A. L. Brill and Col. Dan
Wright for their able pinch-hitting on both days for absent President Hersh.
If there had been a prize for the person with the oldest service date it
would undoubtedly have been awarded to Edgar A. Smith who first went to
Panama in 1899 and left in 1905. Originally a stenographer in the Port
Captain's office in Colon, Mr. Smith later became assistant paymaster,
and teller in the office of cashier R. H. Wardlaw. From 1908 to 1913 Mr.
Smith was later employed on the construction of the Madeira-Marmore R. R.
in Brazil as office engineer and is secretary of an association formed
here this year by former workers on that project.
F. G. Swanson was host to fourteen Canal Diggers at a dinner held in
the Hillsboro Hotel, Tampa during the Reunion. His guests were: John
F. Everett, E. G. Calvit and W. E. Walling, St. Petersburg, Charles B.
Brodt, Fred Bischoff, John D. Wilson, A. N. Rhear, M. L. Robb and C. H.
Beetham, Tampa, J. C. Deavors, Atlanta, William L. Dickson, Ramsey,
N.J., R. F. Huldtquist, Lindsborg, Kan., E. A. Erickson, Philadelphia, and
L. W.Hennan, Kyser, W. Va.
Oldtimers with construction period service prior to April 1, 1914 will
be interested in two bills now pending in Congress before the House
Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries: Bill H.R.94 proposes to
amend the Panama Canal Construction Act of May 29, 1944 by changing
the minimum period of eligible service from three years as at present to a
proposed period of two years. Bill HR 936 proposes to amend this same
act by extending its benefits to those who, by reason of disability from
disease or injury not resulting from his own misconduct were unableto
complete the required three years of service prior to April 1, 1914.
Because of his demise, the urging efforts of Lewis H. Fisher in legis-
lative matters of interest to Canal construction workers will now be
seriously missed. All interested parties will need to redouble their own
A number of bills proposing to improve the economic status of civil
service retirees have been introduced in both the Senate 'and the House.
Bill HR 233 to amend the Civil Service Act proposes to increase retire-
ment annuities by one third not to exceed $500 a year. Bill HR 2732
proposes to increase annuities by one quarter not to exceed $300 a year.
Several bills propose to exempt annuities from taxation while others aim
to ease the economic burden of annuitants in various ways and in differing
The Senate Committee on Post Office and Civil Service has done con-
siderable work on these subjects. Their efforts in coordinating and con-
solidating the various data have resulted in the introduction of a new bill
by members of this committee. The bill, S.995 is a 31 page document
and brings up to date many details of retirement procedure. It is much too
voluminous to be presented here. However, there are a few details of real
concern to those already retired which call for special mention.
Section 15 of S.995 covers the subject of Adjustment of Prior Rights
in which it is proposed that: (a) The annuity of any employee who, before
the date of enactment of this Act, was retired and is receiving or entitled
to receive annuity from the fund, shall be increased on the first day of
the second month following.the enactment of this Act, by $120 plus $12
for each two full months elapsed between the commencing date of annuity
and the date of enactment of this Act: Provided, That such increase in
annuity shall not in any case exceed $360, nor shall so much of any in-
crease be allowed which will produce a total annuity of over $2400. (b)
The annuity of any survive, except as provided in subsection (d), who,
on the date of enactment of this Act isreceiving or is entitled to receive
an annuity based on the service of a former employee, shall be increased,
effective on the first day of the second month following the date of enact-
ment of this Act, by $120.
Section 14 of this bill covers the subject: Exemption from Legal Pro-
cesses and proposes that none of the monies mentioned in this Act shall
be subject to a number of processes including levy and taxation.
Because this bill represents the work of the Senate Committee in con-
sidering and coordinating a number of bills treating separate phases of
the subject it will be natural that S 995 will become the basis of reference
for discussion and hearings. Accordingly, it is recommended that you
retirees express your own reaction and interest on the basis of the above
data. Consider how the adoption of this bill will affect your economic
status. If the limiting provisos of section 15(a) interfere with the restora-
tion of the purchasing power of your annuity let your Senators and Repre-
sentative as well as the Committeemen know of your reaction and concern.
You can find the names of your Senators and Representative also the
memberships of all Senate and House committees in the current issues of
the Congressional Record, at the nearest public library or at the office of
your daily paper. For the 82nd Congress this information may be found in
the Congressional Record for January 23, 1951 (Issue No. 14)
At the Reunion: Irene Ostrom, Ghisella Baxter, Anne and
Bill Butler, Dolly and Henderson Smith and Pop Reese.
L. to R.. G. C. Dixon, Harry Cunningham, Al Meigs, Jack
Deavors, Bill Stevenson, Alex McGeachy.
The Harold W Leffingwells, 5700 Clemson, Los Angeles, Calif. have
announced the arrival of a son, Craig Moss, on December 9, 1950. Mrs
Leffingwell is the former Janie Hamlin.Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin of Balboawas
visiting with her daughter and son-in-law when her grandchild was born.
The Harry F. Prestons of Barranquilla, Columbia are the proud parents
of a son born at Panama Hospital on January 6th. Mrs. Preston is the for-
mer Alice Boyd, daughter of Mrs. Alice Boyd and the late Mr. Boyd, long-
time residents of Pedro Miguel.
A daughter, Helen Virginia, joined the family of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
Sullivan of Philadelphia, Penna. on January3rd. Mr. Sullivan is the son
of theJ. P. Sullivans, long residents of Balboa but now living in Margarita
and Mrs. Sullivan is the former Virginia Naylor, daughter of the W. G.
Naylors, pioneer residents of Gatun nowresiding in Monrovia, Calif.
Carl M. Ruoff of Cristobal has announced the engagement of his daughter,
Beverly, to Robert Berger, also of Cristobal. No date has been set for
Miss Mary Leach, lifelong resident of Cristobal, daughter of Mrs. Julia
C. Leach of Swampscott, Mass. was married to Ruben G. Roberts on Jan-
uary 28th in the Coco Solo Naval Chapel. They will reside in Cristobal.
Mary Gertrude Goulet, Daughter of Mrs. Arthur W. Goulet and the late
General Manager of the Commissary Division, was married to Peter Victor
Zagone at Albuquerque, N.M. The bride was given in marriage by Captain
Hans Schloming, retired Canal Pilot, a resident of that city. The young
couple planned to reside in Varsity Village at the University of New
Mexico where both are students.
Anne Elizabeth Torbert, daughter of Mrs. William A. Torbert and the late
Mr. Torbert of Panama City became the bride of John Wainio, son of Mrs.
John E. Wainio and the late Mr. Wainio of Balboa at the Cathedral of St.
Luke in Ancon on January 13th. They will reside in Panama City.
Mrs. F. A. Wyckoff of New York City has announced the engagement of
her daughter, RuthTownsend Wyckoff to James Foster Redmond employed
in the Marine Operating Bureau at Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Vallarino of Panama City have announced the
marriage of their daughter, Lina Isabel, to James Edmond Young, son of
Mr. and Mrs. J. Walter Young of Balboa on January 4th. They will reside
in Miami, Fla. until Mr. Young's graduation in June from the University of
The following retirements from Canal service have been reported since
our last issue:
Mrs. Violet R. Wunsch, Frederick W. Beland, Max R. Boggs, Frank Carr,
William C. Dunn, Thomas J. Ebdon, Donald B. Gray, Thomas B. Hanna,
George C. Horine, Woodford W. NMcCaslin, Joseph M. Muldoon, Gray M.
Shroyer, James L. Short, Stanford C. Stone, Frederic E. Williams, Raymond
L. Burmester, Robert S. DeSpain, Ernst A. Erbe, Captain Dennis S. Heath,
Dr. Samuel S. Irvin, Mrs. Margaret C. McCormack, Vester W. Smedley and
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Turner, Grover F. Bohan, Earle A. Kent, Frank L.
Miller and Tom R. Thomas.
9 THE CURTAIN FALLS
T. C. Morris, 64, employed on the Canal from 1909 to 1920 eventually
becoming Resident Engineer, died suddenly in Minneapolis recently
while on a visit with relatives. At the time of his death he was Chief
Engineer of the Nitrogen Division, Solvay Process, Petersburg, Va. Be-
sides his wife, Elizabeth, he leaves a son, Thomas G., two daughters,
Mrs. Betty Zeugner of Chula Vista, California and Judith L. Morris of
Petersburg and one grandson.
Mrs. Margaret Mulvihill, wife of Thomas W. Mulvihill, a wireman in the
Electrical Division at Balboa, died recently after long illness. Beside
her husband she is survived by a daughter, Carol, 13, and son, Tommy, 3.
Mrs. Elvira Jane Ottman, 89, mother of Harry M. Ottman, retired Zone
employee, and former resident on the Zone died at her son's home in this
city on December 20th.
Sgt. George Paine, son of retired Canal Pilot Byron Paine, was killed
in action in Korea on November 28th. Sgt. Paine was leading his platoon
on an attack up a hillside when he was struck down and died instantly.
He was only 21 years old, was born in Ancon and had attended Balboa
Junior High School. His father now lives in Fairhaven, Mass.
Mrs. Mary M. Powell, 78, longtime resident of Pedro Miguel, died there
early in January She was the widow of Samuel H. Powell for many years
a tunnel operator on the Pacific Locks. Two sons, Bronson and John and
two daughters, Mrs. George N. Engelke and Mrs. Kathryn P. Stapf and
several grandchildren survive.
Mrs. Irma Pruner, wife of Fred K. Pruner, former Manager of the Gatun
Commissary, died at her home in Altadena, Calif. on February 3rd. Her
funeral was attended by many Oldtimers residing in that vicinity. Mrs.
Pruner enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps during World War 1 and served at
Camp Wheeler, Ga. and Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Frank A. (Steve) Quigg, 65, with the Commissary Division at Mt. Hope
until his retirement in 1940, died on November 16, 1950 at Hampton, N.H.
Mrs. Julia A. Roberts, 81, wife of retired Pilot Samuel M. Roberts,
formerly of the Pacific side, died recently in New York City.
Michael F. Sapp, aged 2, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Hewitt of this
city and former Cristobal residents for many years died here early in
February. He was the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Sapp. Mrs. Sapp
is the former Margaret Hewitt.
Anna J. Shepard, 80, mother of Mrs. A. L. (Saba Shepard) Brill, who
resided with her daughter and son-in-law on the Zone for ten years died
in this city recently. A card of thanks has been received for flowers sent
to the funeral by your society.
Dudley (Slim) Staggs, 64, retired in 1940 as Leadingman Shipwright in
the Mechanical Division at Cristobal, passed away at his home in El
Monte, Calif. in January. He is survived by his wife, Cora, and one son,
Dudley, Jr. and three grandchildren.
James H. Weisiger, 65, former resident of Pedro Miguel, died in Dade
City, Fla. on February 9th. His wife, Clara, a son, Albert J. Powell and
two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Bitters of Cocoli, C.Z. and Mrs. D. K.
Rogers of Laudsburg, Germany and six grandchildren survive. A card of
thanks for flowers sent to the funeral has been received by your Society.
Thaddius W. Braddy, 72, retired lumber inspector on the Canal, died in
Bradenton, Fla. early in February. A note of thanks has been received
from his family for flowers sent tothe funeral by your society.
S. A. Coulthard Chief of Communications on the Canal, passed away
at Gorgas Hospital on February 17th following a heart attack. Beside his
wife he leaves a son, Robert, a student at C. Z. Junior College, and two
daughters, Mrs. Gustav Holmelin and Judith Coulthard both of Long
Island, N. Y.
Mrs. Carrie Cameron Evans, employed in the office of the Commissary
Accountant at Balboa Hts. from 1918 to 1921 and widow of the late A. K.
Evans, at one time General Foreman of the M. E. Division at Pedro
Miguel, died at her home in Needham, Mass. on December 8, 1950. A son,
Charles E. Greene and three grandchildren survive.
Mrs. Katherine C. Fay, 68, widow of former Mechanical Division em-
ployee, John Fay, passed away early in December, 1950 at Boston, Mass.
Mrs. Fay was employed in the Accounting Department on the Pacific side
until September, 1945.
Edward M. Foley, 54, employed in the M. E. Division for twenty years
and retired in 1945, died aboard the steamship Riena del Pacifico enroute
to the Isthmus for a visit in January.
Mrs. Amy L. Fuentes, 84, former resident of Gamboa where her late son
was employed in the Dredging Division, died in this city in February.
Beside her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mildred Fuentes she is survived by a
granddaughter, Mrs. Norris Holt also of this city. A card of thanks for
flowers sent to the funeral by your Society has been received from the
News has been received of the death in Chicago, Ill. in February of
G. E. Gustavson but no further details are available.
Mrs.,Sadie Hart, wife of Marion Hart and longtime resident of Balboa,
died here on December 26, 1950. Beside her husband she leaves a daugh-
ter, Mrs. Bertha Davis.
Simon Herz, 71, well known Oldtimer and brother of equally well known
Max Herz passed away in New York recently. Mr. Herz was Asst. Chief
Accountant under Ad Faure and left the Isthmus in 1912. At the time of
his death he was a partner in the accounting firm of Herz and Silverman
in New York. Beside his wife, Alice, he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Margaret
Alexander Lowande, former operator-machinist at the Cristobal Coaling
Plant who retired in 1931, died recently in Los Angeles, Cal. where he
and Mrs. Lowande have resided since his retirement. Beside his widow he
leaves a son, Bernard E. Lowande and two daughters, Mrs. Carl O. Bald-
win and Mrs. G. H. Thompson all residing on the Zone.
Mrs. Evelyn V. Marstrand, wife of Otto T. Marstrand and Pacific side
resident for many years prior to Mr. Marstrand's retirement in 1937 passed
away on January 23rd at San Diego, Calif. In addition to her husband, one
daughter, Mrs. William Power survives.
Captain David McLaren, Pacific side Pilot in the Marine Division, died
at Gorgas Hospital in February. Beside his wife, Elsie, he left three
daughters and two grandchildren. His ashes were spread on the waters of
Balboa Harbor in accordance with his wishes.
Mrs. Clara A. Small, widow of the late Alfred Small and longtime resi-
dent on the Zone until Mr. Small's retirement, passed away in this city on
March 2nd. The body was cremated in accordance with Mrs. Small's wishes
and the ashes were sent to Bangor, Maine where a memorial service was
James W. Barrett, 76, clerk in the Dredging Division office who was
retired in 1936, died in Gorgas Hospital late in December. His wife,
Volney B. Rivet, 65, retired from the Dredging Division in 1935, died at
Gorgas Hospital on December 30th after long illness.
Edward C. Connolly, 80, former steamshovel operator during construction
days died in Miami, Fla. on January 16th.
Lee Carleton Kyes, 62, with the Electiical Division at Gatun from 1912
to 1914 passed away in Los Angeles, Calif. recently. He was the son of
John M. Kyes, Manager of the United Fruit Company at Bocas del Toro for
Word has been received from W. R. McCann of Hopewell, Va. that Chris
Severn died of a heart attack on February 15th in Baltimore, Md.
F. A. Wikran, 61, who left the M. E. Div. in 1941 died of a heart attack
at Gorgas Hospital late in February. His wife, Agatha of Gulick Hts.,
and two daughters, Mrs. E. L. Cotton of Diablo Hts. and Mrs. Herbert
Johnson of Brooklyn, N. Y. survive him.
Mrs. Florence Reeve, 49, who, with husband, Jack D. V. Reeve lived on
the Zone until May, 1950 died in Denver, Colo. in February. Mrs. Reeve
was employed in the Balboa Customs Office in 1946 and 47.
Philip A. Hale, 61, who retired in 1945 as clerk on the Atlantic Locks,
died in Washington, D. C. late in February. Beside his wife he leaves two
sons, Philip, Jr. of Pedro Miguel and Hugh D. of Margarita and a daughter,
Mrs. Irl R. Sanders also of Margarita.
Harold I. Eaton, 65, employed as a sanitary inspector on the Zone from
1909 to 1912, died in Atlantic City, N.J. on January 13th. He leaves his
wife and son, Harold.
George Bennett, 63, General Agent for the United Fruit Company in
Cristobal, died of a heart attack at his home in Brazos Hts. on Feb. 27th.
A prominent resident on the Atlantic side and a veteran of 39 years service
with the United Fruit Co., Mr. Bennett is mourned by a wide circle of
friends and acquaintances on the Zone and in the Republic. Beside his
widow he leaves a daughter, Mrs. Donald Grefe of Panama City and two
sons, Lt. Comdr. George Bennett, now on duty in the Pacific and Richard,
with the Texas Oil Co. in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Just as we were about to go to press news was received of the passing,
on March 9th. of Oscar G. Walters, retired several years ago from the
Pacific side Police Dept. Further details are not available at this time
but it is believed Mr. Walters died after a gall bladder operation.
Another death just reported is that of John H. Hornsby of Atlantic City,
N.J. Mr. Hornsby was long employed with the Mechanical Division in
A revolution is taking place on the Canal Zone and in many ways it is
not a peaceful one although there has been no bloodshed reported. The
turmoil began late in 1939 when rearming in a big way began and the poor
old Zone will never be the same again. The revolution is being accelerated
by the recent law merging the Canal and Panama Railroad into a govern-
ment corporation effective July 1, 1951. To facilitate the reorganization,
ex-Governor, Gen. Julian L. Schley, former Engineer of Maintainance,
Gen. R. A. Wheeler and Mr. T. Coleman Andrews, President of the Ameri-
can Institute of Accountants, all members of the Board of Directors of the
Panama Railroad Company, are spending some time on the Isthmus. They
are members of a committee named by Governor Newcomer to lend assis-
tance with the reorganization.
The old S. S. Ancon, first ship to travel through the Canal is ending her
historic life in a Genoa, Italy scrapyard where she is being demolished.
Most Oldtimers have pleasant memories of liesurely vacation voyages
aboard the Ancon and her passing will be regretted by all.
The gradual elimination of coal as a fuel on ships has finally resulted
in the closing down of the Cristobal Coaling Plant at the end of last
December. The Balboa Plant was closed some time ago and plans call for
the removal of all loading machinery soon.
The closing of the Pedro Miguel Clubhouse necessitates the removal of
the soda fountain, merchandise facilities, cafeteria, barber shop and
branch library to the Post Office Building in February. The swimming
poll and bsthhouse will not be removed when the old clubhouse, originally
erected in Gorgona and removed to Pedro Miguel in 1914, is demolished.
Another old landmark felt the first cold breath of extinction on January
21st when the Hotel Tivoli ended its existence as a commercial hostelry
in accordance with an agreement between the United States and Panama
effective with the opening of the new Hotel El Panama in the suburbs of
Panama City. In future only those with Canal privileges will be permitted
rooms or service. There were only twenty two guests registered in the
forty five year old landmark the day after the new regulations were effective.
The new hotel El Panama, pictured on our cover cost $5,500,000 and
from all reports is a strikingly modern and beautiful structure. The archi-
tect, Edward D. Stone, won the 1949 prize of the New York Association of
Architects for his design. Admission to the new hotel's inaugural dinner
on January 21st cost $17.50 per person, a new high for dining on the
New quarters.rental schedules effective July first call for an increase
of 100% for non-employees such as retired Canal Diggers, dentists, clergy
and others in a similar category and 150% for employees of shipping
concerns and oil companies.
A Canal Zone Museum has been established in the former airways ter-
minal on the Ancon side of Albrook Field, now the Civil Affairs Building,
and one of its recent additions was an historic flag used to cover the
caskets of all Americans who died during the early construction days.
The flag was eventually presented to Miss Anna R. Turner, one of the five
nurses who arrived on the Isthmus during 1904. Miss Turner gave it to your
Society in 1948 and when the museum was established it was decided
that should be the flag's permanent home. The five nurses are believedto
have been: Eleanor S. Albin, M. Eugenie Hibbard, Marietta L. Meech,
Amy Todd and Anna R. Turner. So far as is known Miss Meech, now in a
local nursing home and Miss Turner, who lives in Scranton, Pa. are the
The above picture shows the flag being presented to Col. Richardson
Selee, Civil Affairs Director by W. C. Haskins, an Inca (as were the five
nurses) and the oldest ex-employee of the Isthmian Canal Commission, in
point of service, nowresiding on the Isthmus.
The following poem in Bajan dialect appeared in one of the Panama
papers a few weeks ago and is so good we had to include it:
DE H'INCOME TAHX
De h'income tahx come now; I vex;
1 doan know what I doin' nex'
One time de h'evenin' papuh say,
"De nex' yeah, mahn, you gwine to pay!"
I feeling' bahd; I wish I daid;
Den h'income tahx bahk up ahaid;
I pay fo' dis yeah an' de nex';
De h'income tahx h'it make I vex.
De money feenish, I doan pay--
Wl' ahppen den? De judge gwine say,
"Gamboa jail doan fullh'up yet;
"Birdspeed you swingin' de machet' ";
I t'inkin' h'it doan. be so nice
Fo' h'eat de feesh-haids an' de rice;
No show, no beer, no lottery;
De h'income tahx h'it vexin' me.
Dat 'lil mahn f'um Mizz-oo-ree,
I doan know what I done to be;
I doan take h'all he things away;
I doan tell he him gwine to pay;
Him doan heat Commissary food;
De guhvumen' treat he so good;
Give he de boat fo' sail de sea;
De h'income tahx doan vexin' he.
Me shirt h'all feenish, an' me pahnts;
I doan go h'out fo' buy de chance;
But now I t'ink I gittin plahn
Fo' beat de h'income tahx; yis mahn!
De 'ooman making' baby now;
I 'ahppy her be known' how;
Birdspeed I git big family,
Den h'income tahx doan bizness me.
--GOLD COAST GUS
Commissary officials have advised the Zone public that high prices are
here to stay and sales for cash will be tried at Ancon Commissary in
A series of quakes shook the Isthmus in January but the only damage
reported was a few broken windows; Canal tolls in 1950 were highest since
1930; the temperature dropped to 66 degrees at Balboa in January, only
three degrees above the all time record low of 1910; Zone school children
are to receive training against atom bomb attack; there are rumors that the
Navy sub base at Coco Solo is soon to be reactivated; the January 20th
issue of Collier's magazine carried an article entitled "The Panama Canal
is Wide Open To Attack" which sent shivers down the spines of many
Oldtimers; there have been nearly 150 cases of polio on the Isthmus in
recent months; Isthmian cars will require only one license plate in future
in accordance with an agreement between the two governments; speeders
on the trans-Isthmian highway have become such a menace that booths
are to be erected to clock cars; an estimated $20,000,000 will be re-
quired to complete-the Pan American Highway from Rio Hato to the Costa
Rican frontier; a George Green Memorial in the form of a bronz plaque
placed in a small park near the waterfall on the Madden Dam Highway
near the Las Cruces Trail crossing was dedicated by Governor Newcomer
on January 21st in the presence of 200 people gathered there to honor the
late Municipal Engineer, whose death a short while ago, was mourned by
all who knew him; that hardy perennial, Hector Downe, has returned to
Panama and reopened the original old Century Club building to the public
as the American Club vhich ends this newsreel with a flourish.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
From Sioux Falls, S.D. comes a picture of the Municipal Band whose
President in 1950 was Ray G. Pruner, retired Manager of Ancon Commis-
sary, who has been beating the bass drum in that organization for five
years. The band is the pride of the city and plays to more than 100,000
listeners every summer.
A Balboa High School graduate, Navy Captain Harry R. Carson, son of
the late Bishop of Haiti, is now the Chief of Intelligence for the 15th Naval
District at Balboa. Captain Carson saw action in the Solomons and Phili-
ppines during the recent war and has been awarded several decorations.
The home of H. R. Stettin at Dunedin a few miles north of this city was
burglarized during Mr. Stettin's absence in Texas recently and was com-
pletely ransacked. The thief was killed in a gunbattle with the police a
short time later when they found him driving a stolen car.
Arcadia, California is putting on its own investigation of gambling
and racketeering and Mayor Sullivan is in the thick of it and determined
to clean up the town according to a news dispatch received in January.
Tom has the backing of the Council of Churches and many prominent cit-
izens and it looks like a tough life for Arcadia bookies for some time to
Mrs. Wilhelmina E. Sandiford has accepted a position with the Army at
Eglin Field Base in northern Florida.
Louie Bradley, son of the Jimmie Bradleys of this city, enlisted in the
Airforce on January 8th and is now at Lackland Field, San Antonio, Texas.
The John R. Bingamans of St. Pete (He, with Wendall Greene, was the
first to swim the Canal from sea to sea) traveled to California in Decem-
ber and spent the holidays with their son, his wife, and three grandchild-
ren; While in California John heard that Captain Willard E. Headley, well-
known and popular skipper on the P.R.R. ships suffered a stroke in July
and is now living in Elkton, Md. Can anyone furnish us with his address?
Congratulations to the J.C. McMahons of Miami who recently celebrated
their golden wedding.
John L. Toone, son of the R.T. Toones of Ancon joined the Airforce in
December and is now stationed at Shepherd Field, Witchita Falls, Texas.
R.L. Wilhite, popular Pacific side Clubhouse Manager for many yVars
has been reelected mayor of Mascotte, Florida and is also a Vice-Pres-
ident of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce.
The many friends of Mrs. Stanley Whaler of Balboa, a polio patient at
Gorgas Hospital since December 27th will rejoice to learn that she is now
the mother of a six pound thirteen ounce noy born in February, and that
mother and child are doing well. Mrs Whaler is the daughter-in-law of the
Fred Whalers of this city.
Edward N. Stokes will become Superintendent of the Railraod Div. of the
new Railroads and Terminals Bureau on July 1st and James A. Dorsey
will succeed Stokes as Roadmaster; B.E. Lowande has been promoted to
Chief Customs Inspector at Balboa; Harold D. Halverson is now Chief of
the Communications Branch (Telephones); and W.C. (Wally) Bain has been
named Superintendent of the Cold Storage Plant and Abbatoir at Mt. Hope.
Recent visitors at Gatun have been Mrs. Chas. Duey of Miami and Mrs.
William Beers of Danville, Va., both longtime residents of that town, Mr.
and Mrs. James H. Price (Sheila Randolph) and children Pamela and Jimmy
former residents of Ancon, visited friends on the Zone on their way back
to Chile from a States vacation; Mrs. Asta Diers, formerly of Colon and
resident of De Land, Fla. for the past several years has returned to Pan,
ama and plans to live in Panama City; the Rt. Rev. L.C. Melcher, Epis-
copal Bishop of Central Brazil, Dean of St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon
in the 1920s stopped on the Zone recently on his way.to a meeting of the
House of Bishops at El Paso, Texas. He is the son-in-law of Dr. and Mrs.
Curry who now resides in Columbia, S.C.; Mrs. Catherine ParmeterO'Hara
of Washington, D.C. was a recent visitor with her parents, the Frank Par-
meters of Colon; Frank Wang paid a short visit to the Zone in January;
the William E. Russells, of the Construction Period, Miss Mary Nagel and
several other Oldtimers visited the Zone in January to attend the unveiling
of a memorial plaque at Gorgas Hospital to Miss M. Eugenie Hibbard, first
Director of Nursing at the hospital under General Gorgas. The plaque was
to have been unveiled by Miss Jessie Murdock, another former Nursing
Director, but she was injured in an automobile accident and could not make
the trip. The ceremony was postponed until Miss Murdock recovered enough
The E.I. Palmers of Gulfport, Fla. are having a lengthy visit on the Zone
with members of their family.
The Patrick J. Quinns, of Toms River, N.J. returned to the Zone for a
visit with their children and grandchildren and while there celebrated their
golden wedding anniversary, which included a high mass at Sacred Heart
Chapel in Ancon for members of their family and intimate friends.
Visitors to St. Pete and vicinity since our last issue have been: the re-
cently retired Vern Calloways who are spending the winter in Orlando and
who attended the December meeting as well as the Reunion in February;
the Charlie C. Camerons of Union, Maine, Paul Warner of Balboa who, with
Mrs. Warner, spent the holidays with their daughter, Dr. Marjorie Warner
and Paul's father and wife, Founder John F. Warner all of whom reside in
Bradenton, Fla.; the Doctor Frank Raymonds of Panama City who were vis-
iting Mrs. Raymond's mother and Canal friends in this city, Mrs. Sowel of
the U.S. Embassy in Panama, Kenneth Bovay who was with the Sanitary
Dept. from 1906 to 1908; Harry Nichols for many years Dodge agent in
Panama City; the Axel Bergstroms of Chicago, Mrs. Ralph Small; the
Raymond Bells (he was with the Transportation Div. from 1909 to 1921)
J. B. Leitch employed on the Isthmus from 1911 to 1914; E. W. Stevens of
Detroit, with the Mechanical Div. from 1907 to 1912; Mrs. Julia Oliver,
sister of Mrs S. J. Shreves of this city and resident of Balboa until 1928;
Mrs. James McKeown, formerly Anita Hudson, of Balboa on a visit to her
parents the H. H. Hudsons of St. Pete; the Randolph Wikingstads, and son
Lynn of Colombus, Ohio; Mrs. L. G. Lakey, formerly Ruth Wikingstad, and
children, Kristine and Tommy, and Mrs K. M. Ethridge, formerly Helen
Wikingstad, and children, Cheryle Ann and Jackie of Ft. Benning, Ga.
where husband, Lt. Ethridge is stationed, all three Wikingstad children
and families being the holiday guests of their parents, retired Cristobal
Pilot and Mrs. Wikingstad of this city; Mrs. Hazel Lawson of Balboa and
Mel Booz of Cristobal.
This issue's sick list is a bit lengthy: Society President Walter L. Hersh
was laid low by the shingles and was unable to attend the Reunion but we
are glad to report he is now well on the road to recovery.
Mrs. Effie S. Butler, mother of our genial, hardworking Secretary-Treas-
urer Lucille Judd, and known to all Oldtimers as Miss Effie, who has been
ill since December, is beginning to sit up and take notice and it is hoped
she will soon be out to meetings again.
Cap Oak Vineyard was hauled into the hospital for a few days right after
the holidays but is well again.
Mrs. Larry Brain of Clearwater has been suffering from high blood pres-
sure for several weeks but is reported on the mend.
Mrs. H. C. Moody of Tampa has been reported ill with pneumonia after
a bout with the flu.
We are sorry to report that the Hon. Maurice H. Thatcher, Civil Gov-
ernor on the Canal from 1910 to 1013, fell, in his office in Washington,
D. C. on January 20th and broke his hip. A card of thanks has been re-
ceived from Mr. Thatcher for flowers sent by your Scociety with the news
that he has graduated from wheelchair to crutches which is good tidings
for his multitude of friends.
Founder of this society, John F. Warner underwent an operation in Brad-
enton, Fla. in December and made a speedy recovery in order not to miss
Sam C. Paulus of Monroe, La. sends thanks for the notice in our last
issue which brought him many letters from friends to cheer him during his
five months illness with a foot infection. He regrets that he was not well
enough to attend the Reunion but hopes to next year.
Advice has been received from Captain and Mrs. Henri M. Herff of Baton
Rouge, La. who have both been quite ill, that he has been able to return
to work and Mrs. Herff expects to be out of bed soon. You can't keep
good people down.
Mrs Charles L. January of Glen Burnie, Md. writes that Mr. January has
been in the hospital and is now confined to a wheelchair but is getting
From Charles B.Bordtof Tampa comes a fine letter of appreciation for
flowers sent by the Society to MrsBordtat Christmas. He says in part that
it gave him courage to face the future "knowing that my comrades and co-
workers of yesteryears thought of us at a time when it does the most good."
Mrs Bort has been paralized for some time.
Retired Pilot Knute Wikingstad of this city had an automobile accident
recently which wrecked his car but he was fortunate to escape with only
minor injuries. The accident was due to another driver's failure to signal
when making a left turn.
Former Zone Police Chief, Major A. O. Meyer has been in the hospital
in Texas recently but is reported recovering nicely.
Mrs J. A. Klemmer and Mrs. Ida Brown Upton of St. Pete who were op-
erated upon for cataracts in recent months are doing very well though still
obliged to wear bandages.
Former Cristobal Pilot J. V. Bodden of Tampa says Mrs Bodden suffered
a stroke some time ago, but is now somewhat improved.
Oldtimer Tom M. Walsh of Newark, N. J. who was operated upon in Jan-
uary has returned home and expects to back soon at the helm of the Walsh
Mat Company which Mrs. Walsh has been managing during his absence.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
The William E. Russels of New York returned from a visit to the Zone
on the S. S. Ancon in January and say "a pleasant and delightful trip and
while there we met a number of real Oldtimers as well as many others who
joined the Canal forces after completion." Mr. Russell sends regards to
Bob Glaw, John Baxter, Walter Hersh and others active in your Society.
The Charlie Persons are back in California after a 13,600 mile trip
through thirty three states and say "It was nice meeting and seeing a
number of former Canal people.
William H. (Billy) Payne writes from Columbus, Ohio that he is 71 and
in good health. He was third baseman on the Panama City Ball team and
later with the Commissary-Subsistance team and lived in Panama in 1905
and 06 and Cristobal from 1908 to 1912.
Lea and George Ritchey tell us they are at 9,000 feet altitude and sur-
rounded by high mountains at Silver Plume, Colorado, about 49 miles from
Denver. They say "We haven't minded the winter too much for whenever
it is bad we just hibernate like the bears and only go out when it is nice."
They are on a good highway which is kept open the year round and hope
some of their friends will drop in to see them.
Mrs. R. A. Compton, McLeansboro, Ill. writes of a recent visit of the
Bill Kerchners of Lenhartsville, Pa. who were on the Canal from 1910 to
1915. Can you furnish their mailing address, folks?
The H.A. Shedlocks have purchased a two family house in Newburg, N.Y.
They say that when last fall's hurricane hit their town "it took the roof
off the house next door and parked it in front of our house; a huge tree
fell two doors from us and crashed over a parked car and into a house
across the street. We had eight big trees fall in one block from us."
Hurricanes are usually gentler than that in St. Pete, folks.
Captain Oscar H. Lindstrom of Bismark, N. D., says he had double pneu-
monia last fall and is not yet fully recovered. He hopes to get back here
to Florida some day.
The Elmer Daileys, Box 406, Folsom, La., regret they could not attend
the reunion this year and will be glad to see any Oldtimers passing their
The E. K. Browns, who have just moved to Tacoma, Wash., write that
they spent some time in Death Vally this winter and praise it highly.
They were located at 178 below sealevel and found Death ValleyScottie's
castle, the mines, sand dunes, volcanic craters and date groves most
Dr. G. R. Wright advises, "We moved last August from the hills of Ten,
nessee back "home" to the hills of Colorado. This is a small town half-
way between Denver and Estes Park. I am in private practice of urology
in a clinic. Some of the other members of the clinic are old classmates
of mine. It was sort of hard to break away from government service after
fifteen years but so far have not regretted it. My daughter and Mrs. Wright
think it is wonderful to be back in Colorado."
After considerable traveling around since retirement, the Andy Greams,
formerly of Cristobal, have purchased a home in the northeast section of
Miami, and like it there.
The Fred Spriegels of Attica, N. Y., entertained Mrs.Margaret Kaiser of
Rochester in January and often hear from Mrs. J. N. Nichols of Newton,
Charles A. Pendry of Apalachicola, Fla., wrote in January that he,would
be eighty years old in a few days and that he first sailed from New York
for the Isthmus on Friday, June 13, 1906 on the old S. S. Advance, and was
assigned to stateroom 13 and considers 13 his lucky number.
Mrs. Mary G. Shivers says that her mother, Mrs. E. M. Goolsby, well re-
membered by all Oldtimers, has relinquished the family cooking although
only 88. We bet she wouldn't have done it if her doctor hadn't insisted.
Mrs. Shivers' daughter, Dorthy, a Canal Zone girl, and husband, retired
Rear Admiral Bill Coleman, have an estate in the country near San Diego
where Mrs. Shivers and her mother live and they visit them often.
Mrs. M. B. Huff of New Orleans writes from Balboa Hts. where she is
visiting her son, Maener and family, that son Tom and wife arrived in New
York early in February from Romania where they have been stationed and
expect to be in Washington, D. C. for the next two years.
William J. Grobe of Holly, Mich. advises he will be 93 in April and was
employed as a locomotive engineer on the Panama Railroad from 1907 to
1931. He can still read fine print without glasses which seems remarkable.
Mrs. William Recht of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., says her father, A. C.
Hilton, was with the Police and Prison Dept. in Culebra and later with
the Municipal Dept. at Pedro Miguel and was employed from 1908 to
Mrs. Alber Korsan of Milwaukee, Wis., says they have had cold weather
since Thanksgiving and in late January had one day of 24 below zero
weather. Hope they are somewhat thawed out by now.
Jack D. Yeager, writes from Glens Falls, N. Y., that he enjoyed the
picture of the Society's officers in our last issue and remembered Mr.
Beetham very well, as the Yeagers moved into some old French quarters
many years ago, which had been vacated by the Beethams who had planted
two avocado trees the fruit of which the Yeagers enjoyed as long as they
Mrs. Mary P. Dunham, Bradenton, Fla., wrote in January that last fall
she visited the W. G. Fishers, formerly of Gatun, who are now in Spring-
field, Ohio. Daughter, Phyllis, is attending the University of Rochester,
N. Y. The Dunham's daughter, Margaret and three boys spent the holidays
with them and they had a real livey Xmas.
Sara and Verne Mitchell of Oakland, Calif., sent a couplet on Panama
along with their 1951 dues, which we quote:
When I was there much of my heart was here,
Now I am here much of my heart is there.
Marion F. Hollowell has bought a home in Milton, Dell., and sends word
to Ted Marshall that he will be down here to see him sometime soon.
The Claude D. Campbells are getting settled in their new home in Man-
chester, Tenn., and hope to get down to next year's Reunion.
The A. G. Ahlfonts of Brooklyn, N. Y. returned in January from a visit
with their daughter and son-in-law, Captain and Mrs Loud. They also saw
the Bigelows and Nell Bewley. Will you please send us their addresses,
folks, so we can add them to our mailing list?
A nice letter has been received from the Alfred Mundbergs, formerly,of
Cristobal, who are now located in Santa Barbara. Cap says, "In November
1949 the position of Harbor Master became vacant. I put in for it. I did,
of course, NOT expect to get it being 64 years old; but the Mayor ap-
pointed me, so that's what I am doing now. I like the job very much. We
ave 300 boats here, mostly yachts and some fishing vessels. As head of
the department, Jenny and I have been to many wonderful parties given by
the Mayor to Bigwigs visiting the city so you see we are really enjoying
Ralph Cutler of Mystic, Conn. is still giving illustrated talks on the Can-
al construction and invites all Canal visitors to Miami to visit his son's
croton nursery at 2301 N. W. 17th Ave., Miami, Fla.
Margaret Enright of Wurtsboro, N. Y. says the holidays were rather lone-
ly for her this year as daughter Marge and family are still in Guam and
daughter Jane and family who have been in Kansas for six months did not
return to Dayton, Ohio until January. Mrs. Enright sends greetings to all
O. T. Marstrand advises that daughter Lillian, now Mrs. W. T. Powers,
is living in Norfolk, Va. where Col. Powers is U. S. Army District Engi-
Former Cristobal Pilot H. P. Forrest, also a Norfolk resident, says
"There isn't any news that has the same effect on us as P. C. News.'
Another reader Mrs. Sarah Fishbough Berger of Chula Vista, Calif. says
in part, "It just seemed like old home week going over the Record and
reading about people you knew years ago and often wondered where they
were and what they were doing. If any of you come out this way, we would
be more than happy to have you, you have the address (in the Yearbook)
and the welcome mat is always out."
The W. G. H. (Ganny) Russells of Redondo Beach, Calif. write "Here
is my check to cover subscription to a wonderful publication, The Canal
Record, we have always enjoyed your newsletter, thanks to Mr. Warner,
and nowthis new publication which is certainly fine and hope it is kept up.
Give our regards to all ex-Zoners, Drake, Behlen, Mrs. John Wilson, a
great piano player, and many others."
The J. C. McMahons (he was formerly with the District Quartermaster
at Balboa) celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in January at the
home of their daughter, Mrs. H. Roy Berliner, in Miami, Fla. In addition to
another daughter,Mrs. William Fletcher, and sons L. J. and J.F.McMahon,
they entertained about 150 friends and relatives at a dinner and open
From Ruidoso N. M. where they have settled come greetings from the
Rowland Knoxs, formerly of Cristobal. They are in the mountains just 70
miles west of Roswell on route 70 and hope travelers in the neighborhood
will visit them.
Louis Townsley wrote from St. Louis in January "We bought a home in
South St. Louis in what was formerly Carondelet. This is where we both
grew up. Our house is 200 feet from where I lived 55 years ago. We are
only going to move once more and we wont leave any forwarding address
for our mail. I am not too well but optimistic. I was in the hospital for an
overhaul. Probably I'll live a while but I've slowed down almost to a stop.
They send greetings to all.
Phil Lupfer of Sidrra Madre, Calif. writes "I enjoyed your December
issue of the Canal Record. Especially the group picture in the front.
Young Johnnie Warner and the bald elderly gentleman standing back of
him (John K. Baxter). Fred Whaler looks as if he had just hooked a sail-
Charles Mackintosh, who served as wireman, locomotive operator and
senior control house operator on the Pacific locks and retired at the end
of 1949 writes that he is now located in Ozone Park, N.Y.
John R. Strauss, who winters in Texas, says that their way south he
and Mrs. Strauss stopped in Mulberry, Ind. for a delightful overnight visit
with Doc and Mrs. Earhart and found them both well. Ellen was busy with
the finishing touches to her large vegetable and flower garden in prepara-
tionfor the winter. The Strausses plan to return toIndiana about April 1st.
Former Florida Society President, Martin Casey sent regrets from Atlan-
tic City, N.J. that he and Mrs. Casey could not attend this year's reunion
and wish to be remembered to everyone.
F. A. Dyvall of Cincinnati, Ohio says he is now 81 and he and Mrs.
Duvall are both in fairly good health.
Mrs. A. J. Scott, whose husband, Archie, Clubhouse Physical Director
from1915 to 1927, writes from Leavenworth, Kans. that son, Lt. Hugh A.
Scott, U.S.N. whom they visited in California in January, expects to go on
sea duty soon. They have visited the LeRoy Smiths there and on the way
back to Kansas will visit daughter, Barbara, now Mrs. J. J. Clark, in
Carson City, Nevada. Husband, Archie, is retired fromthe Veteran's Admin-
istration at Wadworth, Kans, and Mrs. Scott, former nurse at Santo Tomas
and Gorgas Hospitals from 1921 to 1926 is connected with the same
hospital where Mr. Scott was employed.
From Mrs. Arthur W. Goulet of Balboa comes word that daughter, Macel
and husband are again with her on the Zone and are the parents of a fine
little son, John; Arthur Goulet, Jr. expects to obtain his law degree from
Notre Dame University in June.
Miss Sophia Burnham of Seattle, Wash. for six and a half years em.
played at Gorgas Hospital and for several years afterward at Panama Hos-
pital writes that she gets together occasionally with the Oscar Nartins
and Hartshorns of that city.
The Tom Yocums of Baltimore, Md. advise that daughter Margaret, now a
John Hopkins nurse, was a Captain in the Army during the late war, went
overseas on the S.S. Ancon, ard served in a Paris Hospital.
Milton R. Smith, formerly of Balboa has moved from Texas to Kansas
City. He says "I weigh 240 now and have to go on a diet, only two cans of
beer at a sitting." He sends regards to all old friends.
W. A. Garlow writes that he is now operating a small grocery store and
gas station at Drums, Pa. on Rt. 309 between Wilkes Barre and Hazelton
and hopes travelers will stop and see them.
AIR-MINDED- A roofless GI told a Whirly scout that his contractor
shook off his complaint with "I couldn't guarantee that roof any more than
an airplane manufacturer would to replace his product if it crashed. The
GI admitted the man had something there-"my roof flew like an airplane
when the hurricane hit."
"They talk about a woman's sphere
As though it had a limit;
There's not a place in earth or heaven,
There's not a' task to mankind given,
There's. not a blessing or a woe,
There's not a whisper, yes or no,
That has a feather's weight of worth,
Without a woman in it"
From George B. Ward of Weaverville, N.C. comes news of the Canal
colony in the Ashville-Hendersonville area: The Joseph Muldoons, re-
cently retired, have purchased a tract of land adjacent to the Roy M.
Knoops and Duke Lewises in suburban Hendersonville and have let the
contract for a new home; the Lewis'es household goods have arrived from
the Zone and they are now settled in their newly purchased home; the Larry
Rossiters are building in Beverly Hills, a suburb of Ashville near'the Dow
R. Walkers; the M. A. Smiths have returned to Buffalo, N.Y. after being
the houseguests of the "Sharkey" Behlens. The Smiths planned to visit
the Weimer Heites at Massy, Md. on their way north; Mrs. Bruce Harrell
recently made a trip north to be with her mother when she underwent a
serious operation; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Boyd and Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Taylor
visited friends in this vicinity on their way south to the St. Pete Reunion;
Captain Frank Reppa has undergone two operations recently and will soon
be out of the Mission Hospital in Ashville; Mrs. Tom Hale Weaver of
Weaverville passed away in her 98th year a short while ago. She was the
sister of Mrs. E. M. Goosby, mother of Mrs. H. C. Holland, Mrs. Marshall
W. Pyne and Mrs. George B. Ward and was well known to many Canal Zon-
ers who have visited in Western North Carolina; the P. R. Kigers have
entertained many Canal friends since moving into their new home on Lake
Shore Drive, Beaver Lake, Ashville; Mrs. Lawrence Adler of Panama City
visited with the P. R. Kigers and others in this vicinity on her way north
after attending the Florida Society Reunion in St. Peters durg in February;
Mr. and Mrs. George B. Ward of Weaverville returned from a trip to Florida
after visiting St. Petersburg, Daytona and St. Augustine. The two principal
objects of the trip were attending the two day Reunion of the Florida
Society and some salt water fishing. The latter was only a partial success.
Mrs. Ward caught a two foot Spanish mackeral which was the first of the
season to be caught at John's Pass and was two weeks ahead of schedule
so they took her and the fish'es picture for the local papers. Mr. Ward,
who had counted largely on the fishing, spent his time baiting her hooks.
However, he participated when the fish, grilled to perfection, was served
in a nearby seafood restaurant.
From Gus Hoecker of Monrovia we learn that Mrs. William G. Naylor
has recently returned from Philadelphia where she went to welcome her
first grandchild, a girl, born to daughter Virginia and her husband, Thomas
Sullivan; Johnnie King, ill recently, is now very much improved; the
Hoeckers entertained the Canal colony with a potluck supper and bridge in
February and daughter, Mrs. Mildred Byrd, who has been visiting with her
parents since December 16th returned to Panama on February 6th.
Herb Hoffner of Orlando says that Mrs. Edna Witver has arrived fromthe
Zone for a two month's visit in her new home on Lake Cherekee. Helen L.
Dudak and her mother, Mrs. Witver's houseguests, have bought a lot next
door and plan to build soon; the Vern Calloways are spending the winter
in Orlando and are looking for a place to locate permanently; the Bill
Stevensons have sold their place at Cocoa and have bought a new home in
Orlando; Walter Pollak and family made a trip to Houston, Texas to visit
the Lee Wrights and the Haldemans during the holidays and say Texas is
too cold for them; Captain Jack Miller of the Pan-American Airways, well
known on the Zone, has purchased a house near Orlando for Clarence
Sibos of Pedro Miguel.
Miami correspondent Claude Ott advises that due to cold weather only
fifteen Oldtimers attended the picnic of the Miami colony in.December;
Dr. Maurice E. Heck, Panama City Health Officer during 1917-18 now re-
sides at 119 N-E. Third St., Miami and would be glad to hear from old
friends; the W. H. Van Fleets who spent part of the winter in Miami left
after the holidays for a visit to Mexico.
FLORIDA SOCIETY NEWS
Secretary-Treasurer Lucille Judd advises that some of you have neg-
lected to forward your dues for 1951 and if you don't get a move on she
will start dunning you. If you don't want the life worried out of you get them
The following members have joined your Society since publication of the
Ashley, Mr. & Mrs. K. M.
Baxter, Mr. & Mrs. W. 0.
Boyd, Mr. & Mrs. W. E.
Calloway, Mr. & Mrs. L. C.
Coughlin, Mrs. Estella
Dorgan, Mr. William J.
Englander, Mrs. Max
Erickson, Mr. Ernest A.
Greame, Mr. & Mrs. H. A.
Hoglund, Mr. F. Charles
McCartney, Mr. & Mrs. Zed
Mocking, Mr. Nicholas
Peters, Mrs. Claude
Recht, Mr. & Mrs. W. P.
Ritchey, Mr. & Mrs. Georve V.
Schieveland, Mr. & Mrs. Hans
Smith, Mr. Edgar A.
Sweet, Col. & Mrs. W. H.
Tonneson, Mrs. Anna
Ward, Mr. & Mrs. Geo. B.
Johnson, Mr. & Mrs. J. L.
201 32nd St. West
1017 North J. St.
59 River St.
1630 East Second St.
1302 East Gore Ave.
P. O.Box 191
21 Pearl St.
2007 South 22nd St.
185 N.E. 108th St.
1304 4th Ave. North
P. O. Box 95
1007 Grand Central
1522 S.W. Davis Blvd.
P. O. Box 8
P. O. Box 2061
3015 Altura Blvd.
969 79th St.
280 East High
Brad enron, Fla.
Lake Worth, Fla.
Long Beach, Calif.
Hudson Falls, N.Y.
Philadelphia 45, Pa.
Miami Shores, Miami, Fla.
St. Petersburg 2, Fla.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Silver Plume, Colo.
Pine Castle, Fla.
El Paso, Texas
Brooklyn 28, N.Y.
Your Society now has slightly more than 700 members in forty one
states, the Canal Zone, District of Columbia and four foreign countries
and the membership is still growing as will be noted above.
Names and addresses of your friends and acquaintances who have re-
sided on the Zone at one time or another and are not listed as members
in this year's Yearbook will be welcomed and will be added to our mailing
We hope members have by this time received the 1951 yearbook which is
a bangup job and represents plenty of work by Secty-Treas. Lucille Judd
who compiled it. Additional copies 254 to members-and 500 to others.
The response to the first is sue of the Canal Record was gratifying, in-
deed, and your Society was pleased to receive so many letters of con-
gratulations. Among those who wrote were Executive Secretary of the
Canal, E. C. Lombard, R. l. Lovelady, President of A.F.G.E Lodge 14
of Balboa, Miss Pauline Meredith, Mrs. Minnie Grier, E. B. Strawn, Viola
Bissell Shea, former Asst. Chief Quartermaster, Jack Humphriesand
many, many others. Principal criticism was that the type was too small
which is being corrected in this issue.
Mrs Mary G. Ives of Philadelphia, Pa., wrote that she remembered the
original Canal Record very well because one of her first jobs on the Canal
was the typing, on a wide carriage machine, of the statistics of dirt dug
etc. etc. Mrs. Ives arrived on the Isthmus in Janyary, 1908 as a bride and
she and Mr. Ives lodged at the Tivoli Iotel for two days. She says when
she learned how much it cost she quickly decided to remove to the quarters
which had been assigned them in Culebra. The Ives returned to the States
in 1913 and never saw water in the Canal.
T. M. Drake of this city wrote that when he saw the mention of the mar-
riage of Miss Margaret Ann Argue it recalled the days when he worked in
Empire Post Office and in one day at the delivery window handed mail to
Messrs Argue, Quarrels and Fight which was such a coincidence he has
never forgotten it.
In the excitement of getting out our previous-issue we failed to credit
staff member Mrs. R. B. Potter for the artistic cover she drew, Mrs. Anne
Butler for the arduous job of typing and retyping the material before it
went to the printers, Warren Love, former Circulation Manager who, with
President Hersh, Mrs. Helen Hammond and Mrs. Love addressed and pack-
aged the fifteen hundred copies mailed. Your Society pays no salaries and
greatly appreciates the efforts and cooperation of all of its volunteer
Those of you who still belong to the Panama Canal Employees Mutual
Benefit Association may be interested to know that the latest annual re-
port as of December 31, 1950 shows the society has 5,308 members and
a surplus of $268,903.70. Death and disability benefits paid out since
the association was founded total $602,730.50.
A bust of General William G. Gorgas will be unveiled in the Hall of
Fame, New York City on May 22, 1951 and Walter G. Ross of Washington,
D.C. has informed your Society that only about half of the $5,500 cost
has been subscribed. Canal Diggers and all other friends and admirers of
Gorgas' great work in the eradication of yellow fever and malaria on the
Zone and in other parts of the world are invited to contribute a dollar or
more toward the cost of the bust to:
Walter G. Ross
Bond Bldg. 513-514
Washington, D. C.
ev JOHN .K xATEL.
At the annual reunion in St. Pete you meet people you have not heard
from or thought about in years. For instance, last month when I was rest-
ing my ears in the Soreno bar between bursts of eloquence upstairs I most
unexpectedly fell in with two once eminent characters, none other than
The Oldtimer and The Poor Simp. 'They had changed very little. The Old-
timer is.a bit mellower but quite as sententious as he was back in the
Nineteen-Twenties when he was a member in good standing of the Jay
Street Country Club. His resemblance to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
is perhaps more marked. The Poor Simp is just what he used to be. All
efforts to teach him the facts of life have failed. That he has learned no-
thing during the past twent-five years was proved by his conversation. He
was talking politics. To be more specific he was railing against Senator
Sounder and Representative Slick. He said they were no good and had
never done anything useful. That is perfectly true of course. In fact it is
obvious. So why waste breath saying it? "Simp", commented The Old-
timer, "you may have something there but you should make allowances.
Be fair to the boys. In the first place, you should remember that Members
of Congress are people, that they are just like their constituents, which
handicaps them from the start. Then consider what is the one great aim
and object, the consuming ambition, the ruling obsession of a Senator or
Representative. Why, of course, it is to win his reelection. lie works at
it all day and dreams about it all night. That is one job you may be sure
he is not going to neglect. Naturally, after he has given it proper attention
he has very little time or energy left for anything merely in the public in-
terest and whatever of that sort he may accomplish is purely coincidental."
"Don't you think they ought to do something about this here inflation"?
asked The Poor Simp.
"Sure I do." said The Oldtimer, "So do Sounder and Slick. They admit
it, they demand action, they promise that something will be done. But,
Brother, don't hold your breath until they do it."
"Well, for Pete's sake, why don't they get busy?", asked The Poor Simp.
"Just a matter of votes.", said The Oldtimer. "Inflation could be stop-
ped at the trifling cost of antagonizing farmers, organized labor, the vet-
erans, big, business, little business, show business, monkey business and
every pressure group in the country including the one or two that you and I
are affiliated with. Everybody would like to see a little deflation, but,
only of the other fellow. So nothing will be done. The smart thing for
people like us is to prepare for the five cent dollar."
"How would you do that?", asked The Poor Simp.
"By way of beginning," said The Oldtimer, "since it is about time for
you to buy a round, I would advise you to order it now. If you wait you
may find that the price has gone up."
"What do you know about the war?", asked The Poor Simp in a trans-
parent attempt to change the subject.
"Nothing.", replied The Oldtimer.
"Well, heck, do you think we will win?"
"At a price, yes. We have always won our wars, at times, it would seem
like better luck than management. In my day we have been learning fast.
At this distance the Spanish-American War seems like comic opera. At
least it approached the ridiculous more often than the sublime. By 1917
we had made great progress but our allies still regarded us as amateurs,
and with some reason. The Second World War marked our graduation summa
cum laude. After the usual Bull Runs and Pearl Harbors and some neces-
sary disinfection and fumigation around Washington we aught to do well in
in the present clash-if our luck holds out. I think we will survive. Whe-
ther there will be enough civilization left to make survival worth while is
another question. I find it a consoling thought that I shall in all likeli-
hood not be among those present."
"May I remind you," concluded The Oldtimer, "that you have not yet
ordered that drink."
Editor's Note: That J. K. B's famous old characters mentioed above have
not been forgotten in their retirement is proven by the following sent in by
Mrs Mary Goolsby Shivers, of San Diego, recently: It appeared in Pro and
Con long, long ago when T. O. T. and T. P. S. thought they were in their
On the shore of the immemorial sea
Sat The Poor Simp and The Young Lady from Kelley's
The full moon shone overhead and the waves washed
the golden sand.
The Poor Simp said: "Dear, hear, the old ocean is speaking
Do you know what the waves are saying?"
The Young Lady from Kelley's answered with a yawn:
"The best I can make out is, slop, slop, slop."
TO PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS- Those of you receiving this CANAL
RECORD who are not already members are cordually invited to join the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. Dues are $3.00 annually and are payable
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The CANAL RECORD is published quarterly and is printed by the
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