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IBOA THEATRE. Canal Zone
Print--Courtesy of Panama Canal Company
-- MARCH 1952 --
AT THE RE-UNION
First Row, L. to R.; Mrs. Sam Hess, Mrs. Annie Calvit, Mrs. F. E. Williams, Mrs. Ernest Williams;
Second Row, L. to R.; J. J. Eckert, Mrs. B. C. Judd, Mrs. Helen Hammond, Mrs. J. J. Eckert, Mrs.
Fred Lyons, E. A. Erickson, Elmer Stetler, Mrs. Stetler, Walter Freudiemann, Mrs. Frank Wolf,
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I. ,AVO GATHERING OF THE CLAN
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S"" More than five hundred members of the widely
"^..""" scattered Canal Zone family journeyed from twenty-
".''E. five states, the Isthmus and Korea to attend the
c.L. Twentieth Annual Reunion of the Florida Society at
the Soreno Hotel in this city, on February 20th and
J. H. KNIM
.. 21st. Florida's usual warm and sunny winter weather
CLAUDE A. OCT
'A. prevailed helping to make it another very successful
J. P. WARNED
The guests began to gather in the hotel mezzanine
".... at 10 a.m. on the 20th and by noon the din was ter-
P. C. ORMMAN
'S. MCHEL rific, just like sale day at the commissary.
W. H. EAmLEY
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J. W. WILSON
7.... Volunteer Official Photographer Jack Wilson of
W. L 9NS
Tampa was busy all day taking photographs of groups
of visitors some of which appear in this issue.
The annual business meeting of the Society was
called to order at 2 p.m. by President W. H. Butler.
The assembly joined in singing America and perman-
ent Chaplain Charles H. Beetham delivered the invo-
cation. The annual report was read by Secretary-
Treasurer Lucille Judd who reported a balance of
$2015.72 on hand on December 31st and a paid up
membership of 747.
Seated; Guy Johannes, Lee Burns.
Standing; 0. H. Lindstrom, A. 0. Meyer, J. P. Hayden.
Mrs. Annie Calvit and her son, Charles
The J. C. Myricks
Seated; Mrs. Al Meigs, Mrs. Lulu Vineyard.
Standing; Mrs. W. H. Bartlett.
Each year the nominating committee finds it very difficult to get
anyone to accept any of your society's offices. Members are generous
in applauding the efforts of the officers but are most reluctant to shoul-
der their share of the burden for a year. Warren Love, chairman of the
nominating committee reported that after some persuasion most of last
year's incumbents had consented to serve again and the following slate
was elected unanimously:
President ______-.. ..W. H. Butler
Vice President___.. ----. C. G. Calvit
Secretary Treasurer --_ L. S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary _--- __ Ann Butler
C. H. Beetham is Chaplain for life and appointments of the follow-
ing were renewed for 1952:
G. T. Tarflinger ------ Sergeant-at-Arms
Earle Brown -------------- ----Editor
J. K. Baxter ------ -------- Columnist
Mrs. Etta H. Conkerton ..-------Receptionist
Mrs. J. W. Wilson
Mrs. J. F. Everett ..------.-----.... -- __Pianists
Announcement was made of the annual farewell picnic in honor
of members departing for the north after wintering in Florida. This
year it will be held at Lake Maggiore Park at noon, Mondby, March 17th.
The President called on Walter Hersh and J. F. Everett for comment
on the legislative situation and Mr. F. S. Wichman, President of the
Chicago Society announced that he would like to obtain the names
of all old timers who had two or more years' service but less than three
years before June 30, 1914. This is in connection' with pending legisla-
tion. Some general discussion followed after which the meeting was
Many were the gatherings that evening in local homes and hotels
where old friends assembled to rebuild the Canal and be brought up-to-
date on what has been going on among the members of this large frater-
nity now scattered all over the globe even unto the third and fourth
Promptly at ten next morning, the happy throng began gathering
again for another reception even more crowded than on the previous
day. The usual group picture was taken on the hotel's front lawn and
it is regretted space will not permit its inclusion, in the Record.
The annual luncheon was served in the spacious ballroom at 1:30
P. M. and after the assembly had been served President Butler called
on Chaplain Beetham for the invocation. He was followed by Mayor
Samuel Johnson of St. Petersburg, who welcomed the guests to the city
and told a story about a Model T Ford chasing! a high-powered conver-
tible which we would like to repeat if space permitted. Guest speaker
was Charles C. Carr, first Superintendent of the Canal Zone High School,
who resigned in 1913 and who, until his recent retirement, was in charge
of public relations for the Aluminum Company of America. Mr. Carr
reminisced on the birth of the high school and his recollections of the
early days including his marriage to the charming daughter of oldtime
Panama Railroad Steamship Line Captain Sukeforth. Mr. Carr's tale of
being lured by Miss Sukeforth to Morro Island at Taboga where he
and the future Mrs. Carr were marooned by the tide until he was forced
to accept her proposal of marriage, if true, proves that tho time and
tide wait for no man they are willing to cooperate with a clever woman.
Mrs. Carr should have been called upon to tell her version of that story.
Founder John Warner next told of the birth of the Florida Society
in 1932 and finished with an apt verse of poetry. 'Age does not dim or
custom stale' his eloquence and it is always a pleasure to listen to this
youthful oldtimer. The new officers were next presented and after the
introduction of perhaps the oldest oldtimer present, Mrs. Annie Calvit,
aged 84, and some remarks by Walter Hersh on legislation the meet-
ing was adjourned bringing to a close one of the most successful and
well attended reunions in your Society's long history.
The Florida Society thanks the Western North Carolina Society for
the telegraphic greetings received during the reunion which were read
at the luncheon.
Many of the guests had traveled long distances to attend. Among
them were: Master Sergeant George R. Whaler, whose mother resides
here. He was on a thirty-day furlough after serving in Korea; flying
from the Canal Zone especially for the occasion came the widely
known Mrs. Anne Calvit whose picture appears elsewhere in this
issue; also from the Zone were Mrs. Jack Rathgaber, daughter of the Ben
Judds of St. Pete, Walter Freudigmann, son-in-law of the Herman Kleef-
kins of Tampa; from Alabama: Bill and Marie Calloway and H. P.
Haydon; from Delaware: the Marion Hollowells and Mrs. Geyer; from
Georgia: the L. M. Wilkes and Cyrus G. Hodges; from Illinois: the A.
Bergstroms, Nils C. Berglund, Charles Van Steenberg, Lando Olivers and
F. S. Wichman; from Indiana: the M. Hunters and Doc Earhart; from
Kansas, the Archie Scotts and R. H. Huldquist; from Louisiana, the Elmer
Daileys; from Missouri: Mrs. Della Blumenberg, H. A. Haag, N. M.
Gamble; from Maine: the W. W. Leightons; from New Jersey, the Pat
Quinns, M. J. Considines and Mrs. Anna Tonneson; from New York,
the F. E. Williams, Harry Cunningham, John DeLaVergne, H. A. Shed-
lock and the Tom Fentons (she was Mrs. Margaret Millions); from
North Carolina: the J. C. Myricks; from North Dakota: O. H. Lind-
strom; from Ohio: the Marsh Benningers, G. E. Duckworth and Mrs.
Margaret Dingledine; from Pennsylvania: Mrs. Mary G. Ives, the E. A.
Smiths, Dr. T. L. Casserleys, Albert Baileys and John J Murray; from
South Carolina: the Carl J. Clapps; from Tennessee: the Claude Camp-
bells; from Virginia: the H. P. Forrests and Mrs. M. B. Huff; from
Wisconsin: Albert Korsan. There were many others whose names and
states your reporter would have liked to include but failed to obtain in
the union rush.
Forty Years Ago
Each issue of the Panama Canal Review published at Balboa Heights
contains a column headed "'FORTY YEARS AGO IN MARCH" or what-
ever month the issue is published. The following facts were gleaned from
the three latest issues: Excavation of the Cut was completed at Bas Obis-
po and for a mile at that end except for a small amount of cleaning up.
The Washington Hotel swimming pool was being readied for patrons.
Plans were already underway for the operation of the Canal which would
not be opened to navigation until more than two years later; bills were
introduced in Congress giving the President power to establish rates
and to prohibit interstate railroads from owning or controlling ships en-
gaged in trade thru the Canal and making all tolls and transit charges
which might be imposed' on public vessels of the United States payable
from the U.S. Treasury.
The second session of the 82nd Congress convened on January 8,
1952. Several new bills of interest to retirees have been introduced re-
cently and there are now pending some thirty bills in the Senate and
House Committees on Post Office and Civil Service.
Both committees are going to have a difficult time in considering
and coordinating all the various ideas and plans for assisting retirees in
their struggle with the high and still increasing cost of living, which in
January 1952 reached an all time high of 190.2 per cent above the 1939
level. Thus the purchasing value of your annuity dollar is down to
521/2 cents compared to 100 cent dollars contributed earlier to the retire-
All legislators who have originated the pending bills and those
on the above committees as well as some others with retiree constituents
have sympathy for fixed' income retirees who are having a desperate time
because of the failure of the price stabilizers to halt the soaring living
Committee hearings on these bills and retirement subjects have been
scheduled for the first week in March, and it remains to be developed
what may be reported out of committee for favorable Congressional ac-
tion. Do not expect any one of the various bills to be reported out.
Quite likely some compromise will be developed representing not all
that should be but what is possible and can be.
Whatever the outcome in the present Congress there is always that
possibility of a presidential veto. On these pending subjects such veto
is already under consideration and thus is more probable than ever.
From the above it will be noted the Congressional stage is well set
and the outcome will depend a lot on the vigor of the actors as individ-
ual retirees. Your Senators and Representatives are all very busily oc-
cupied with many other than retirement matters. Their interest and efforts
in these matters will depend largely to what extent their constituents
express interest and concern. If any individual annuitant really expects
some benefit he or she must now act promptly.Write your Senators-
Representatives-Committeemen, telling of your concern and your des-
perate need for some relief from the soaring costs of simple living. Only
by such individual action will it be possible to develop Congressional
opinion and decision in strength to indicate the useless attempt of veto.
Space does not permit listing Senators, Reuresentatives, Commit-
teemen. Secure this information from the Congressional Record at all
Public Libraries or contact the office of your daily newspaper.
Old Timers will be interested to know their former Canal Zone
Govenor and proven friend, Hon. Maurice H. Thatcher, at considerable
personal expense, was successful in his efforts before The United States
Court of Claims, in Case No. 48564 Andrew W. Dewling vs. the United
States, in securing a decision on January 8, 1952 in effect that pensions
received by Panama Canal Constructors under P. L. 319-78th Congress
approved May 29, 1944 as amended by P. L. 696-80th Congress ap-
proved June 19,1948 are gratuities or gifts within the meaning of the
Internal Revenue Code and therefore are exempt from Federal income
This Claim Court decision could be appealed within 90 days for
Supreme Court review and decision. However, as we go to press we re-
ceive information that attorneys for the government have concluded that
no such appeal is to be made.
This means that "Canal Builders" receiving pensions under the
above "Bridges Bill" can omit the entire amount of these pensions from
their 1952 and later tax returns. They can also file claims for refund of
income taxes paid on these pensions for calendar years '49-'50--'51.
We are informed that because of the statute of limitations it is too late
(after January 1, 1952) to file refund claims for calendar year 1948.
The filing of claims for refund involves the use of Claim Form No.
843 supported by an amended return, both of which are required for
each calendar year for which claim for refund is made. Contact your
local tax office for suitable forms and for more details as needed.
Ralph Cutler of Mystic, Conn., continues to work hard in the interest
of Old Time "Canal Builders". He is concerned particularly with HR
5217 which proposes an increase in pensions under P.L. 3319 (complete
description above) by 25 per cent or by such an amount as will result in
a total of at least $75.00 a month. He urges all those concerned to write
of their interest to Senators and Representatives and to members of
House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries. The Sub Commit-
tee handling Panama Canal Affairs and the above bill is headed by Chair-
man Donald L. O'Toole of New York State.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
The old mailbag is brimfull of news as usual and dipping into it
at random we find greetings from the R. E. McConnells, formerly of
Cristobal, who report they are all well and enjoying the nice winter
weather up in Utica, N. Y.
Viola Bissell Shea writes from Hollywood, Cal. how much her family
enjoys the Record. They often lend them to other oldtimers but will not
part with them as they enjoy re-reading them from time to time.
J. V. McGimsey writes from New Orleans that he finally left the
Zone for good and is looking around for a place in which to settle per-
Mrs. Ann Reid of Oceanside, L. I. says she had hoped to come down
to Florida this winter but has been shut in since last summer owing to
an automobile accident.
Charlie Cameron of Union, Me. and Long Beach, Cal. writes that
he was in Monrovia early in January and saw the Bill Jones, Needhams,
Fitches, Bill Ames, Bramins, Foster Spiers, Mrs. Woodard, Mrs. Ash-
brooke and Patsy Boggs who was up on a visit from the Zone. All up and
coming, he says.
The Bob Wilhites advise they have sold their home in Mascotte, Fla.
and have purchased another at 520 Bryn Mawr Ave., Orlando, Fla.
The Jack McLeods of Chicago didn't make the reunion this year but
plan to be in Miami for the Shrine convention in June. They said the
thermometer was at a "semi-tropic" 32 degrees when they wrote on Jan-
uary 13th. Semi-tropic for Chicago, that is.
The E. B. Strawns have moved from Greenville to Rock Hill, S. C.
and write that Mr. Strawn suffered a heart attack last June and has been
New members, the Bill Barkers of Silver Springs, Md. write that
they are busy as ever. Bill is organist for the Christian Science Church
and a couple of lodges. They will be glad to see old friends passing
Alberta Powers Harris advises that her parents, the Hugh V. Powers,
are still living on the Zone. Mr. Powers had a heart attack two years ago
and his wife had a bad session with a bloodclot in her leg but both are
getting along all right now.
The W. B. Godfreys of Sherman Oaks, Cal. say they are coming to
Florida this spring to visit daughter, Mrs. Ira K. Brandt, in Miami, who
now has a second daughter, born October 28th.
Captain Byron Paine recently wrote that he had been in the hos-
pital since December 4t4h after a heart attack but,expected to be home
again in three weeks. Daughter Margaret's boy, born November 10th,
has been named after his uncle, Sgt. George Paine, who was killed, in
Korea in November, 1950.
Mrs. Flavel Pierce advises that she has been living with her son,
Franklin, in Gamboa and enjoys reading in the Record about her old
The Arthur Beards of Oakland, Cal., entertained the Nathan Levys
of Houston, Texas late in January. Greeting them at an open house one
Sunday were the Claude Howells, Enio Lindstroms and daughter, Jane,
the Clarence H. Birds, George E. Coffeys, Harvey McConaughys and
several of the Levys' relatives living in the vicinity. They report "All
marvelled that Nathan could make the trip for he has had a bad heart
condition and left the Isthmus on a stretcher in 1937". The Beards also
advise that Verne Mitchell is in South America and Mrs. Mitchell is
visiting her daughter and family in Abeline, Texas. Thanks for the new
Mrs Stella Price writes from the Zone that Mrs. Edith Kirkpatrick
visited there for three weeks, for the first time since her husband retired.
There were many parties for her and all remarked about how well she
looked Mrs. Columbia Reimann is visiting with the Edwin Booths in
Arkansas and plans to go to Wyoming with the Mack Baileys (daughter
Elsa) due up from the Zone on leave in March.
Mrs. John Demmy regrets that they could not attend this year's re-
union as they did last year. During that trip they crossed fifteen states
and toured Washington, D. C.
The Abe Brills recently sold their home in St. Pete and have re-
moved to Houston, Texas where they purchased a place at 7711 Dixie
Drive. They report seeing many old friends there.
Capt. J. S. Munden of Cristobal says he plans to retire this year after
twenty six years as a Canal Pilot and may settle in North Carolina or
The Fred Spriegels of Attica, N. Y. have spent most of the winter
with relatives in Vienna, Va. and plan to return home about March 15th.
They say they are getting homesick to see son, George, his wife and two
children and daughter Frances and her four children. They report Mrs.
Charles Lewis visited them in October and Mrs. William Piper of Hot
Springs, Ark. was there last summer.
Many oldtimers will remember the Rev. Stephen Witt and family
who lived in Empire in the early days and in Gatun in 1914 and '15
Mrs. Witt, aged 87 and a widow, is still active and living with daughter
Esther in Manatee, near Bradenton, Fla. She reports that daughter, Dor-
othea, is a successful doctor in New Orleans, specializing in obstetrics
and gynecology and son, Morris, and family live in California. Friends
may find Mrs. Witt at 508 Third Avenue East in Manatee.
Welcome to new members, Commander and Mrs. J. M. Handley,
U.S.C.G. Ret., of Orlando. He was head of the War Shipping Administra-
tion on the Zone for three years.
Also welcome to Mrs Lauretta D. Prather who writes that she en-
joys living in Washington, D. C. and would like to see all old friends
passing thru. Mrs. Prather resides at 2540 Massachusetts Ave. N.W. The
apartment switchboard number is Du. 5540.
Mrs. E. K. Wicks wrote a most interesting letter in January saying
that she is employed as nurse in a large institution in Polk, Pa., where
3300 children who never developed mentally are cared for. It is regretted
that space does not permit quoting the letter in full but Mrs. Wick says
that the children are given excellent care, and schooling when possible
and the older ones are employed orn the farm and at other work. Mrs.
Wick met a fellow-worker there who is the daughter of oldtimer Alfred
H. Conway, a construction worker on Gatun and Pedro Miguel Locks, in
1912. She wonders if anyone will remember him.
Mrs Isabel Cauthers writes from Great Neck, L. I. that her husband
Ralph, is not feeling very well as he has a heart that must be humored
for a while. Son, Dick, is living at home and is employed as Mechanical
Engineer at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and daughter, Margaret, is at Fort
Knox, Ky., where her husband is an Army Captain.
Mrs. Alice Treadwell of 5445 Ingleside Ave., Chicago, says she
would like to attend a re-union if she could find someone driving down
who would take her.
Mrs. John A. Cummins writes from Roswell, N. M. that husband,
Tex, has been employed for more than a year by the state as field auditor
and enjoys his work.
Charles J. Wolf of Syracuse, N. Y. writes that he is on his 29th
year with the Carrier Corp. and plans to move to Florida when he retires.
A nice letter fom Mrs. Margaret Enright of Wurtsboro, N. Y. tells
of the homecoming of daughter Margaret Buniowski and family after
two years in Guam. While stationed there the Buniowskis had the mis-
fortune to lose their oldest child, Michael, aged three who died from lead
poisoning after eating paint. The family is now stationed at Mitchell
Field, Long Island. Mrs. Enright's other daughter, Jane Cuzner, and
family live near her and have two children.
Pop Wright, pioneer of the Zone and Boquete, who now resides in
San Antonio, Texas writes that he spent nine days in the hospital in
January and underwent an operation but is out and around again. Pop
will be 89 years old on March 23rd.
C. L. (Ducky) Bryan advises that Mrs. Amy Holmes of Redwood
City, Cal. and Ben A. Armstrong of San Francisco were married on
December 18th in Phoenix, Ariz. and visited friends in southern Califor-
nia on their way back to San Francisco.
The LeRoy Smiths write from Los Angeles that Mrs. Smith was
struck down by a car while in a safety zone in the center of a street.
The accident happened about five months ago and she is slowly recover-
ing. Daughter, Aileene recently became the mother of a third son and
son, David, has just completed a four month engagement,in the Empire
Room at the Palmer House in Chicago. The Smiths send regards to all
From former Florida Society President Martin Casey, now living in
Atlantic City, comes news that Mrs. Casey has been stricken with arth-
ritis for the past year and a half, but is slowly improving. The Caseys
send regards to all and wish they could have attended the reunion.
New member, Jerry Gorin, formerly of the Atlantic side, writes
that he is now practicing law in Pawtuckett, R.I.
Mrs. Dove Prather writes from Baltimore where she is visiting, that
she has seen the Joe Stilsons and the Tom Reynolds and is enjoying the
cold and the snow, somewhat to her surprise. She plans to return to Fla-
ida. In a letter to Mrs. Prather, P. B. Banton advises that son, Fowler,
of Downers Grove, near Chicago, is married and has a son and daughter.
His wife is a former grand opera singer and speaks seven languages.
Fowler is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Technology and is now
a consulting engineer. Son Pembroke is also married and lives in Sioux
City, Iowa. He is a civil engineer with the Holtse Construction Company.
Son Marvin, also married, is an engineer in the Dredging Division in
Gamboa. Banton, Senior, still lives in Waterloo, Iowa.
F. A. Duvall writes from Cincinnati that he has five daughters, three
of whom were born on the Isthmus, and all are married.
W. R. McCann of Hopewell, Va., says "Andy Bell and I, here in
Hopewell, have concluded that, with Thatcher's poetry for cocktail and
Pro and Con for liqueur we have one day of bliss every three months."
From the Ed Lights of Waterford, Cal., comes word that Mrs. H. G.
Seavey, formerly of Gatun, recently underwent a serious operation last-
ing four and a half hours and is now recovering nicely. The Lights regret
they could' not attend this year's reunion.
Mrs. Ethel L. Fenton writes from Harrisbug, P., that she is living
with son, George, and family. They have a daughter, born last Septem-
ber. Daughter, Marie's, oldest boy is in the Navy and her only daughter
From Mrs. Macel Goulet in Balboa comes news that she was in the
hospital in December with high blood pressure, but is feeling fine again.
Eldest daughter, Mary, and husband are living in Alamogordo, N.M.;
son Arthur is in the insurance business in South Bend, Ind.
From Lewis A. Mason, of Washington, D.C., comes word that altho
he retired two years ago he has been called back by the government to
supervise the construction of an emergency project near Chicago and is
now about to leave for Cuba on another assignment. Mrs. Mason will
join him there later. Mention of Mrs. Lucy Goolsby in our last issue re-
minded the Masons that Judge Goolsby issued the license when Grace
D, Snediker became Mrs. Mason in a wedding ceremony at the Episcopal
Chapel in Empire on January 22, 1913.
The M. R. Alexanders write from Arlington, Fla., that they were in
Texas last fall visiting son, Daniel, at Texas A.&M. College. They also
visited the Jbhn T. De Youngs at Corpus Christi and Mrs. Clyde Sargent
in Houston. Mr. Sargent passed away in January, 1950.
Mrs. Anna Spearman writes from Vallejo, Cal., that she is taking
a course in oil painting and enjoying it very much. She plans to return
to Plattsburg, N.Y., in the spring.
J. Bayliss Johnson is now local chairman of the Brotherhood of
Railroad Trainmen in Indianapolis, Ind. He reports that Mrs. Fred. Rey-
nolds is in good health and sends kindest wishes to all.
William H. Bruce of Zephyr Hills, just north of Tampa, says there
are six Canal families living in that neighborhood, prominent of whom
is Herman Wulif, formerly of Cristobal, now a councilman described as
"hard hitting" 'in the local gazette. Herman is also a hard hitter at the
Society's summer picnic poker games, as many who have been hit can
The Archie Gibsons of Cortland, N.Y., sent out a novel holiday
greeting at Christmas. It was a three-page account of their many visitors
during the year and their trip south in November during which they vis-
ited Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticutt, Pennsylvania, then down
the Blue Ridge Parkway thru Tennessee to Hot Springs, Ark., where they
took the baths. From there they headed for Florida, then north to Balti-
more to see son, Archie, Jr., and family, who are the parents of a fourth
child, a boy,'born September 1st. It is regretted that space will not per-
mit mentioning all the Canal folks the Gibsons visited during their jaunt.
Bill Bailey wrote from Balboa in January that he intended to visit
Costa Rica and plans to come to the States in May. Friends here hope he
will get down to Florida.
From Maurice W. Fox of Detroit comes news that Richard H. White-
head has recently been elected president of the Scott & Williams Com-
pany of Laconia, N.H. Dick and wife, Katherine, have four sons, eight
grandsons and six granddaughters. Dick is author of a1book, "Hydraul-
ics of the Locks."
E. K. Brown of Tacoma, Wash., says he remembers (attending one
of Al Meigs' launching parties at Pedro Miguel and wonders if he has
built and launched any boats since his arrival in Florida.
The Rolla Comptons of McLeansboro, Ill., were visited by the Walt-
er Feddes last November. Mrs. Lea Dugan wrote from the Zone during
the holidays that she had a wonderful trip last summer. She flew' from
New York to London, then to Hague, Holland, where she was met by
her nephew, Cdr. Solenberger. She then proceeded to Norway, where
she saw the midnight sun. After visiting Sweden, she toured with Cdr.
Solenberger and family, crossing Germany to Vienna, thru the Brenner
Pass to Italy, down to Naples and Capri, back to, Rome for a week, along
the Riviera to Monte Carlo, then thru Switzerland and France to Paris,
thru Luxemborg and Belgium and back to London via Holland. She re-
turned to the Zone via Bermuda, Bahamas and Cuba and reported three
most wonderful mnoths.
The John W. Hearns of Meridian, Miss., report a regular family re-
union last October when their children Netta and Lucille, followed
shortly after by Jack, Elizabeth, Mary and Roy, all arrived within a few
days of each other. This was the first time the entire family had been
together for twenty-four years and they gathered to celebrate the Hearns'
golden wedding anniversary. The Hearns report the Dorman Conklins
live about fifty miles from Meridian and Dr. George Howard is affiliated
with the University of Alabama. He was at one time the superintendent
of C.Z. Schools.
Mrs. Lela Ritchey wrote from Phoenix, Ariz., late in December that
husband, George, had been elected president of the local chapter of the
N.A.R.C.E. She hopes there will soon be enough Canal Zoners in that
area to form a P.C. Society. Christmas guests of the Ritchies were Doris
and Roland Candle.
Mrs. Charles January of Glen Burie, Md., reports that Mr. January
is improving in health, but is still confined to a wheel chair. Visitors
last summer were the William Pidgeons of Redlands, Cal.
The trouble with many people in trying times is that they stop trying.
The Alson W. Sears of Panama City announced in October the en-
gagement of their daughter Llona Joan to Lt. (jg) John' L. Jensen, Jr.
The wedding was scheduled for January in the United States. Miss Sears
is the granddaughter of two oldtimers, Captain Thomas N. Rathbone, a
retired Pacific side pilot, and William A. Sears, formerly an engineer
with the Panama Railroad.
The Peter G. Flynns of Balboa announced on December 16th the
engagement of their daughter Joanne Elizabeth to Charles P. Farley of
St. Louis, Mo. They plan to marry late this summer. Miss Flynn grad-
uated from St. Louis University last August and her fiance is on a fel-
lowship at the University of Notre Dame doing doctoral study in organic
The Roy D. Reeces of Balboa announced on December 30th the en-
gagement of their daughter Royna Claire to Philip W. Thomas, son of
Dr. and Mrs. M. B. Thompson of Cristobal. The wedding will take place
this spring in the United States.
Miss Beverly Kieswetter, daughter of the E. M. Kieswetters of Gam-
boa, was married early in December to Sergeant Edward J. Mann, U.S.A.
Miss Kathleen Capwell, daughter of the George Capwells of Panama
City, was married on December 15th to James M. McGuiness. She is the
granddaughter of oldtimer G. C. Capwell. The bride's aunt, Miss Thelma
Capwell, who grew up in Balboa, journeyed to the Isthmus for the
The Edmund Neffs of Hempstead, N.Y., have announced the mar-
riage of their daughter Gladys Evelyn to Aaron Harry Hatch, Jr., on
November 23rd. He is the son of the A. R. Hatches, long residents( of
Miss Dorothy Morris, daughter of the R. K. Morrises of Bella Vista,
was married in Balboa on December 18th to Will R. Price of Wash-
ington, D.C.. They will reside in Cristobal.
Miss Marion Kariger, daughter of the late Captain Kariger, formerly
in charge of the Lighthouse Division at Gatun, was married in early
March to Corporal Hudson B. Lipscomb. They will reside at Ft. Amador.
Miss Janet Gail Houplin of San Carlos, Cal., and Robert Griswell
Wang, son of the Frank W. Wangs of Menlo Park, Cal., were married
early in January in San Carlos. Former Isthmianites attending the wed-
ding were the D. M. Dickersons, Mrs. Allen D. Fisher and the Richard
D. Fishers, all of Palo Alto; the Joseph F. Kleins of Auburn; the Earle
F. Pierces of Walnut Creek; the Ben F. Armstrongs of San Francisco,
and the J. H. Stevensons of Palo Alto. The groom's father is the recently
retired Executive Secretary of the Panama Canal.
The Gordon E. Mahoneys of Colorado Springs, Colo., have an-
nounced the engagement of their daughter Roslyn Frances to Lieut.
William C. Evans, son of the Jferome F. Evans of Balboa Heights, C.Z.
Lieut. Evans is serving with the U.S.A.F. Flight School at Columbus,
Miss. The wedding is scheduled for June.
A son named Jon Leigh was born to the J. S. Palmers of Cristobal
on November 16th. Mrs. Palmer is the former Doris Pennington and the
paternal grandparents are the E. I. Palmers, formerly of Cristobal, who
now reside in Gulfport, Fla.
The Arthur Beards of Oakland, Cal., became grandparents for the
second time when a son was born to the Earl Beards on December 18th.
Captain George W. Pennseyers reports that daughter Ann presented
him with a second grandchild during the holidays.
The Frank A. Andersons, Jr., of Margarita, became parents of a son,
Frank A. 3rd, on Feb. 1st. The Andersons, Sr., formerly of Cristobal,
now reside in this city.
Mrs. Selma Huff of Arlington, Va., became a grandmother on Jan-
uary 4th when son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Jewel Huff, presented
her with a grandson, Thomas Fletcher Huff.
The Sick List
The sick list since the last issue includes: Retired Zone Police Cap-
tain Sam Roe, who has been in Colon Hospital with a bad heart; Captain
J. W. Kirchner of the S.S. Panama, ill in the same hospital and also with
a heart condition; Richard Aycock, son of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel D. Ay-
cock, who was injured in a Zone motorcycle accident; Mrs. Violette,
mother of Mrs. Bernice Moody, ill at her daughter's home in Tampa;
retired Pilot Byron H. Payne, who was discharged from a Massachusetts
hospital on February 3rd; Mrs. S. G. Hussey of Tampa, home after some
time in the hospital following a stroke; Mrs. H. P. Fransen of Tampa,
who recently underwent an operation; Mrs. Gertrude Wilson of St. Pete,
hospitalized recently with asthma; Jim Tennion of Pittsford, Vt, who
underwent an operation on his throat; Bill Keller of Pedro Miguel, who
has lost the sight of his left eye; Abe Matlowsky, who was taking the
baths in Hot Springs, Ark., in January after being bedridden for four-
teen months with neuritis; Mrs. Gerald Bliss of Miami, who has been
very ill and required two blood transfusions in January; Mrs. Claude
Ott, also of Miami, who is improving; Claude Ott, who had a heart at-
tack several months ago, but was able to attend the reunion; Mrs. Joseph
H. Orr of South Houston, Texas, who underwent an operation in De-
cember, and Dan S. Jones of Miami, who stuck his foot into an electric
lawnmower on his Miami lawn and nearly lost the big toe.
The following have been retired from service with the Panama Canal
Company since our last issue: November 30th: James Brown, Erwin H.
Eskildsen, Earl H. Gibbs, Chester P. Hall; December 31st: Mrs. Mary
G. Hammond, Dr. Philip Horwitz, Mrs. Edna M. Judson, Jacob F. Krause,
Mrs. Della G. Pilkerton, John F Stopa; January 31st: Julius H. Born-
feld, Ora F. Henderson, Wayne H. Nellis.
The Curtain Falls
Alonzo Hunter, aged 79, retired customs boarding officer in Cris-
tobal, recently died in La Jolla, Cal. A daughter, Mrs. Alice Hohn, wife
of Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Hohn, Marine Corps, ret., survives.
William C. Webber, 61, retired Gatun Hyro-electric Station employ-
ee, died in New Smyrna, Ga., recently. His wife, a former teacher in the
Zone schools, survives.
Mrs. L. C. Turner of Riverdale, Md., passed away in Tampa, Fla., on
September 13, 1951. Her husband survives.
George Kane, a real oldtimer who was worked in Gorgona, died on
October 31st in Venice, Cal
Lawrence Adams, retired Canal employee, died in November in
Panama City. His wife and two children survive.
Edwin D. Mason, 73, retired assistant to the general manager of the
Panama Railroad, died late in November in Rotan, Texas.
Captain Harold O. Locken, retired harbormaster at Cristobal, lost
his life late in November when a ship on which he was a passenger caught
fire off the California coast.
Mrs. Henry C. Pillsbury, wife of a former Chief Health Officer on
the Canal, died early in December in Washington, D.C., at the age of 65.
Samuel Elliott, 71, former Pedro Miguel Locks employee, died in
Portland, Ore., on November 6th, after a heart attack.
Paul Digman, Jr., a customs officer in Cristobal, died in Colon hos-
pital just before Christmas. His wife and three daughters survive.
Quincy A. Hall of Milford, Ill., was killed on Christmas Eve when
his automobile stalled on a railroad crossing and was struck by a lo-
Arno Zeese, recently retired from service with the R.&F. Agency in
Cristobal, died at his home in West Barnet, Vt., on December:30th. His
Miss Ida Pehla, employed in, the Revenue Dept. on the Canal in the
early days, passed away on December 31st at Winona, Minn.
Mrs. Mary Edmonds Crawford, 70, who taught in the C. Z. schools
from 1912 to 1915, died in McKeesport, 'Pa., on January 4th.
Mrs. Rose Bruhn, the former Rose Wood, died at her home in Pan-
ama City on January 3rd. Her husband, Richard Bruhn, three sons, her
mother, Mrs. J. C. Wood of Balboa, and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Neville
of Balboa and Mrs. Anita Jones of Garden City, Long Island, survive.
Mrs. Edwin L. Luce, 71, wife of a retired commissary division em-
ployee of Balboa, passed away at the Gorgas Hospital early in January.
Mrs. Luce had resided on the Isthmus since 1912.
Lambert G. Scheets, 70, retired employee of the Record Bureau at
Balboa Hts., died in January at LaFayette, Ind., where he had resided
since his retirement in 1937. His wife and step--son, James O. Deslandes
of Balboa, survive.
Harry E. Bovay, 69, chief clerk in the Health Dept. under General
Gorgas during construction days, died in Memphis, Tenn., on January
26th. His wife, a son and two daughters survive.
Mrs. Mabel N. Foth, 65, wife of retired Acounting Clerk Ben G.
Foth, died in Bogota, N.J., on January 8th. Mrs. Foth served as a model
for the central figure in a monument entitled "France Defiant," given
to France by the United States after the first World War and rfor a Red
Cross poster "Still the Greatest Mother in the World," painted by Alonzo
Mrs. Suzanne Moore, 71, wife of William A. Moore, secretary of
the Mutual Benefit Assn. who resides in Gamboa, died at Gorgas Hos-
pital late in January.
Maurice Bowlen, aged 80, retired Canal employee, died at Long
Beach, Cal., on January 29th.
Mrs. Carrie E. Feuille, 91, widow of Judge Frank Feuille, who was
from 1910 to 1920 counsel for the Panama Canal and Railroad, died re-
cently in Texas. Beside her husband, two daughters, Miss Estelle Feuille
and Mrs. Rene Granger, and two sons, Fred, who lives in California, and
Harlan of Gamboa, survive.
John L. Reese, 84, a real oldtimer on the Canal, passed away at
Gorgas Hospital in February. He worked for the Canal Commission in
the early days and the Panama Railroad later. When he retired, he was
engineer on the railroad, running from Ft. Amador to the Fortified
Islands.. His widow, two daughters and three sons survive.
Captain M. C. Redman, 43, Canal Pilot, died at Gorgas Hospital on
February 1st. His wife and a son survive.
Thomas F. Burns, retired Mechanical, Division employee of Balboa,
died in February in Brooklyn, N.Y. His wife and a son, Dr. T., Leslie
Mrs. Ruth Clarke Morton, former Cristobal resident, died in Gulf-
port, Fla., late in February at the age of 51. Two sons and a' daughter
Fred W. Sapp, Jr., three-day-old son of Fred and Margaret Hewitt
Sapp and grandson of Mrs. E. F. Hewitt, formerly of Cristohal, died in
this city late in February.
The Rev. S. Moss Loveridge, who was stationed on the Zone in the
early days, was fatally injured in February when the bicycle on which
he was riding was struck by a truck. It is known that his widow survives,
but her address was not given in the letter from James McFarlane.
Word has just been received of the death in New Jersey of Mrs. Lil-
lian Hollowell. A daughter, Mrs. Margaret Brameld, Ridgewood, N.J.,
and two sons, Ross of the Canal Zone, and Marion of Milton, Del., sur-
Joseph A. Klemmer, 71, retired Zonian who has resided here for
the past ten years, died suddenly on March 1st. Mrs. Klemmer was a
counselor of your Society and had been active as a Boy Scout Commis-
sioner and Grand Master of the Knights of Columbus on the Canal Zone
and his passing is mourned by all who knew him. His wife, a daughter,
Mrs. Roy Silverman in Germany, and two sons, LeRoy in Los Angeles,
and Justice in Winston-Salem, N.C., survive.
Mrs. Harrover, retired employee of the Coupon Printing Section at
Mt. Hope, is reported to have passed away, but no further details are
available as we go to press.
Mrs. John D. Palm of Rexford, N.Y., passed away on February 21st.
Resident of Cristobal for many years, Mrs. Palm is survived by her hus-
band, a daughter, Mrs. Reginald Vosburgh, Delhi, N.Y., and a son, John
Andrew, Schenectady, N.Y.
Comrades 'of the Pleasant Past
JAMES STANLEY GILBERT
The comrades of the pleasant past,
The cronies of our halcyon days,
Aside frail friendship's ties have cast,
And journied their appointed ways.
Many and loud have been the complaints of Zonians concerning the
rises in prices in the commissaries and the charges for numerous Canal
services and recently rumors have been circulated that the worst is yet
to come. Most of the board of directors were on the Isthmus in December
and January for the annual meeting of the new Panama Canal Company
and in an interview granted to the local press, Assistant Secretary of the
Army Karl R. Bendetson, chairman of the board, said that neither op-
erational gains or losses on the operation of the Canal itself will result
in higher prices for services to employees.
By prior arrangement the Navy took over the operation and control
of the West Bank construction town of Cocoli on Janauary 1st.
A local firm, Isthmian Constructors, Inc., was the lowest bidder on
the construction of an addition to the Atlantic Side town of Silver City
in November, 1951.
The Canal Building Division was merged with the Municipal Div-
ision on January 1st with Municipal Engineer Frank Lerchen in charge.
The merger was effected in order to reduce overhead and resulted in the
elimination of some top jobs.
A new Union Church building has been constructed in Gamboa and
another is planned for Margarita on the Atlantic Side.
Local 14, of the A.F.G.E., headed by President Rufus Lovelady, is
sponsoring a bill to be submitted to Congress, which if approved, would
return to the Zone to help run the Canal, all income tax money paid by
The architectural firm of Marcus T. Reynolds of Albany, N.Y., has
been retained by the Panama Canal Company for the design of public
buildings and facilities for the 1953 fiscal year.
A three-man recruiting team consisting of George F. Welch, William
Black and Brodie Burnham visited larger cities in many eastern and
southern states in January looking for skilled workers for the Canal.
Mr. Welch and Mr. Black were guests at the January meeting of your
Society while the team was in this area and Mr. Welch gave a brief talk
on their activities.
A new $40,000 Rebekah Lodge hall has been erected in Balboa on
Balboa Road at the intersection of Amador and La Boca Roads and was
dedicated early in the year. The building was financed by money willed
to the lodge by the late Charles Wirz who died in 1947.
The old Canal tug Bohio, which was sold to a Miami firm, sank in
heavy seas on December 17th about twenty-five miles out of Cristobal
while enroute to Miami. There was no loss of life. The dredge Las
Cruces has been sold to a New York firm and the dipper dredge Gamboa
has also been sold.
A recent visit to the Canal by a House Foreign Affairs sub-committee
resulted in a report that tuition charges in the Zone schools were not
only exhorbitant but discriminatory according to a local paper.
All gold commissaries went on a cash basis in January which was
promptly protested by the Panama Chamber of Commerce on the grounds
that cash sales are "impossible to control."
Zone gasoline now costs 17 cents per gallon and cigarettes have
risen to 13 cents.
Zone firemen have been awarded overtime pay for a period extend-
ing back to 1942. This group has also been placed on a forty-hour week
work basis. They were the last workers on the Zone to be so affected.
Something of Interest to All
Mr. George B. Ward, secretary of the Western North Carolina Society,
gave a talk on the making of wills at a recent meeting of that group. This
duty is so often neglected until too late that your editor thought it would
be of interest to you all and requested Mr. Ward to write it up for you.
It appears on the next page.
YOUR WILL AND MINE
BY GEORGE B. WARD
"There's nothing sure but death and taxes" was a trite saying in
your father's day when he knew that death brought an end to his taxes.
But that is no longer true; while death brings release from income taxes
it only starts inheritance tax problems obligating one's estate and his
Everything you leave above $60,000 is subject to Federal estate tax
and this includes any insurance. Then there are state taxes, the severity
depending upon the various state laws and the closeness of kinship of
This is a subject that should be investigated prior to making your
Do you have a will?
Each of must die and making a will neither hastens or retards that
day. Every man and woman who has real estate, securities, bank ac-
count or a car should have a will. This includes wives, even though their
husbands are living. The wife may have worked to help earn that prop-
erty and to educate the children. In this day of waning responsibility of
children, they, when they have received their inheritance, may not see
fit to aid their mother properly and is there anything more pitiful than
an elderly dependent person?
Loved ones should be protected by a will.
Making a will is something most people keep putting off with the
result that many die without leaving wills. The results:
1. Family squabbles, often enmity until death.
2. Financial entanglement.
4. Delay in settling the estate.
5. Distribution of the property according to the state laws
instead of the desires of the deceased.
6. Larger legal and executor's fees.
How would your estate be settled if you should die tonight?
Would division of your estate according to your state's laws (Flor.
ida, North Carolina, etc) leave your possessions to those you want to
Should both husband and wife make wills prior to the death of the
other? The answer: yes; yes, without fail. Suppose a couple are both
stricken in an accident or otherwise. Suppose the wife whom he has made
his heir survives the husband by a little time, say five minutes. The wife,
by outliving her husband, inherits the estate but, having no will of her
own, dies intestate and the state laws take over.
Remember, a will can become out-of-date and cannot be legally
changed or altered by merely scratching out or adding additional words.
Instead, a codicil must be drawn up and signed by witnesses.: In most
cases, it is better to make a new will. Wills may be changed by codicil
or remade by the maker at any time and on any day of the week includ-
ing Sundays and holidays.
There have been situations where, in the absence of a will, real es-
tate has passed by law to brothers and sisters, not on speaking terms.
One wants to rent or dispose of the property. The other will not consent
and the result is a family squabble.
In the absence of a will the laws of your state specify what relatives
will inherit your estate and the exact portion each heir will receive.
Following are the four requirements which must be observed in
having a will witnessed:
1. There must be at least two witnesses, but three would
be better, and all must be present with the testator at
the time of signing.
2. All witnesses must actually see the testator sign the will.
3. All witnesses must see each other sign the will as wit-
4. All witnesses must sign the will at the direct request of
the testator. It is not necessary that they read the will
or have any knowledge of its contents.
The testator should make a statement somewhat as follows: "This is
my last will and testament and I desire you to witness my signature to
it as I write it and to sign it in my presence and in the presence of each
of these witnesses, and all of you are to witness each other's signatures."
Do not be afraid to make a very formal request of the witnesses and
avoid any wise-cracking during the procedure. Remember, too, it 'is not
advisable to have any of the beneficiaries of the will sign as a witness.
A witness may, however, be named administrator or executor of the will.
A will should be written in plain, simple, uncomplicated language.
It is best to have an attorney draw up your will, but you can, if you de-
sire, write it yourself. In ,case you do, be sure that it meets all the re-
quirements of your state's laws and the four points above.
Following is a form of will which should be in accordance with
I, John Doe of Utopia Falls, Fla., being of sound mind and
memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this my last will
and testament in manner following:
Item 1. I direct that all my just debts, taxes, expense of
funeral be first paid out of my estate by my ex-
ecutor hereinafter named.
Item 2. I give and bequeath to my son, John,
Item 3. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Joan,
Item 4. I give and bequeath to my wife, Mary,
Item 5. The provisions of this will for my wife, Mary, are
in lieu of dower, year's allowance and any other
legal claim she may have against my estate.
Item 6. I hereby nominate and appoint
as executor of this my last will and testament to
serve without bond.
Item 7. I hereby revoke and declare null and void any and
all wills and testaments by me heretofore made.
Item 8. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and
seal, signing also on the margin of the
foregoing pages hereof on this the day of
in the year of our Lord _
We, the undersigned, hereby certify that we saw the above
named testator, John Doe, sign the above instrument and heard
him acknowledge the same to be his last will and testament and
that we in his presence and in the presence of each other and
at his request have signed the same as subscribing witnesses
1. _______ _______
It should be stated in the will whether inheritance taxes are to be
paid out of the general estate or deducted from' the individual legacies.
It is advisable to have younger people who are definitely located in your
vicinity sign as witnesses, rather than persons of your own age. The
courts accept the signatures of deceased witnesses as prima-facia evidence
of signature in good standing.
In connection with making a will, it should be understood that joint
bank accounts in the name of man and wife, for example, John Doe and
Mary Doe, cease to be joint with the death of the husband and the con-
tents are frozen along with the contents of the deceased's safety deposit
boxes and the account becomes part and parcel of the estate. Courts
have held that the owners of such joint accounts are tenants in common
and that the wife is thereby granted permission to use the account under
his supervision and guidance, which ceases at his death. A definite con-
tract should be made and signed by both, in order to insure joint tenancy
and the right of survivorship. The husband may think of the account
as being his wife's and therefore not make sufficient provision for her
in his will. The widow may be without funds for a crucial period until
tax and estate details are completed. Most banks are now making pro-
vision to properly take care of this. Old accounts especially should be
checked and made to conform.
A man hopes that his lean years are behind him; a woman, that hers
NEWS FROM THE VARIOUS
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES
Florida St. Petersburg
The following is the Secretary-Treasurer's report covering the past
Please pay your dues for 1952. According to our by-laws, members
whose dues have not been paid by June 1st are automatically dropped.
That means that the Canal Record which comes out in June will not be
mailed unless the dues are paid. If you do not have an ORANGE colored
card, you have not paid your 1952 dues. Please check and send me a
money order for $3.00, or if by check $3.10 (10c to cover bank charge).
Keep the Secretary-Treasurer informed of any change in address at
all times. At the Reunion there were many complaints concerning mail
from the Society which had not been received. I am truly sorry, but am
unable to give any logical reason, as the Canal Records and Year Books
were mailed to all members at the addresses on our cards.
Thanks so much for all the lovely letters which have been mailed in,
and if I did not answer them at the time it was because I was swamped
with preparations for the Reunion. However, your letters were turned
over to our Editor, so were appreciated by both of us.
When the Year Book went to press we were unable to name a Cor-
responding Secretary. We are now happy to present Mrs. W. H. Butler
as your Corresponding Secretary for 1952.
Correspondent Herb Hoffner of Orlando writes: "Mary Lou daugh-
ter of the A. H. Mohrs of Orlando, is home fom Ohio State. She had so
many credits that she will not have to return to graduate, but will take
her final exams at Rollins College in Winter Park. Mary Lou has a Phi
Betta Kappa key. They turn out some bright ones on the Canal Zone."
"Helen Dudak and her mother are here for a couple months and are
occupying Edna Witver's house on Lake Cherekee in Orlando."
"Ed Spearman, Ed Murphy, Louie Stilson, Pony Mohr, Bill Steven-
son and Vern Calloway are all in good health and congregate in the
Shrine Club every Tuesday for lunch."
Herb is now Christian Science camp welfare worker for the Armed
Forces in that area. He has the same duties as an army chaplain
Visitors in St. Pete since our last issue include: Roger Deakins and
family of Margarita, who are visiting 'Roger's mother here; the Archie
Gibsons and daughters, Anne and Isabelle of Cortland, N.Y.; Major and
Mrs. A. O. Meyer of Jacksonville; Della and Joe Noonan of Cristobal;
the Peter Hulseboschses of Lakewood, N.J., who were enroute to their
winter home in Ft. Myers; Ed and Eileen Arnold of Pasadena, Cal., and
daughter, Sheila, who spent the holidays with the Bill Butlers; Dr. and
Mrs. R. G. Matheney. of Ancon, who were visiting his parents; the Elmer
Stetlers of Kokomo, Ind.; Marie and Frank Wolf of Deland, Fla.; Mrs.
May Robertson of Atlanta;. Ernest A. Erickson of Philadelphia; Albert
Korsan of Milwaukee; Joe and Mrs. Eckert of Dahoga, Pa., and the
Denny Mullanes of San Gabriel, Cal.
Cards of thanks for flowers sent to "shut-ins" during the holidays
and others who have been ill since our last issue have been received from:
Mrs. John C. Treakle, the C. D. Hummers, Mrs. Mabelle H. Bliss, And-
rew Johnston, Charles H. Beetham, and C. E. Hutchison.
Northwest Arkansas Fayetteville
Secretary-Treasurer Blanche E. Shaw reports: "We are pleased to
report that Jimmy Coman is resting comfortably in the Veterans'! Hos-
pital after doctors decided he needed to take life a little easier and give
his heart a rest. Jimmy got out on pass in order to have a turkey drum-
stick Christmas Eve, along with Lula Mae and the Lynn Cooks and Kath-
ryn Daniel, at the Shaws.
"The Ed Booths were particularly happy to have their 6'4" grand-
son, Donald Wilson, recently from Korea, with them for the holidays,
also Mrs. Columbia Reimann."
"After a stay of two months in the Veterans' Hospital in Fayette-
ville, Heinie Hallin was "invited" to visit the one in Dallas, Texas, where
he spent the holidays and from last report he is on the road to recovery
and feels just grand. We all miss Heinie and his stories."
"We Canal Zone folks up here were glad to see the Ray Shueys of
Florida around these parts last November. From the inquiries coming
in from expectant annuitants, looks as if we ought to have quite a colony
in these Ozark Mountains. The more the merrier, and we shall be glad
to see any of you and show you' the beauty spots of Northwest Arkansas;
even let you have some of our snappy weather, which yours truly is
"We voted to have our meetings the second Sunday in June and
November. We'll have a picnic in Jine, and be real dignified with a
dinner at our leading hostelery in November."
Note to Mrs. Shaw: Sorry your previous report was not received in
time to be included in the December Record. Would have liked to tell
all about that dinner at the Mountain Inn on October 2nd, the surprise
birthday cakes for the Ed Booths who were celebrating their 44th wed-
ding anniversary and for Bill Mathues who also had a birthday, the
special guests Mrs. Collie Reimann and Mrs. Kathryn Daniels. That
must have been at great songfest after the meeting held in the home( of
Captain Jack and Agnes Phillips with Mrs. Daniels at the piano.
Western North Carolina Asheville Hendersonville
Secretary George B. Ward reported in February: "An even fifty
members attended the luncheon meeting of the Panama Canal Society
of North Carolina in Asheville in the Greenroom of the S&W Cafeteria
on February 6th. It was enjoyed especially by the women members and
they clamored for another to take place on March 11th. The pending
bills for increased annuities, annuity exemption from income tax in
whole or part, and annuities for Canal widows whose husbands died
prior to February 28, 1948, were reported on and discussed. Letters
signed by all were dawn up and sent to the chairman of the Post Office
and Civil Service Committee and to the two Senators and our Represen-
tative from North Carolina.
"Panama Canal Treasurer J. Wendall Greene has purchased a fine
home on a high elevation in Hendersonville. We all hope that not too
many years will pass before he retires to occupy it."
"The Ray Mitchells, after hunting all over the East and West Coasts,
have finally decided it is "The Land of the Sky" for them. So they have
purchased a building site and are now busy with architects and builders
prior to building this spring."
"Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stetler, he was Admeasurer, now of Kokomo,
Ind., were recent houseguests of the P. R. Kigers in Asheville and at-
tended the luncheon of our Society in February."
"Dr. J. S. Odum, Balboa Quarantine Officer, has been visiting his
brother, in Asheville. Dr. Odom retires this year."
"With the advent of spring and the gardens all plowed, most of the
retirees here are awaiting safe dates to plant their seeds. Most of us
have been busy during the dormant season planting fruit trees and
shrubs. A grat many such as holly, azalea, rhododendron and red bud
can be had in our mountains for the digging of them."
"The George B. Wards plan to leave for the West Coast about March
15th and expect to visit Mrs. Ward's Aunt Lucy Goolsby and Mary Shiv-
ers and Dorothy Coleman in San Diego. Also Mrs. Walter J. White in
Arcadia and a number of oldtimers in Los Angeles and San Francisco,
ending up in Seattle at their daughter's, Mrs. Sherman E. Lee, who was
born on the Zone. They will return to Weaverville about April 15th."
It is regretted that no news has been received from this society for
this issue of the 'Record, but correspondent A. L. Hoecker of Monrovia
reports as follows:
"The Canal Zone Past Matrons of the O.E.S. now living in Mon-
rovia, Calif., with their husbands, had a pot-luck and canasta party re-
cently, to honor Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy of Houston, Texas, whd were
spending a few weeks in California. The party was held at the home of
the H. M. Lockwoods, where the Levys were house guests. Those pres-
ent were the Lockwoods, Levys, Stilwells, Naylors, Gilberts, Hodges and
"Mrs. Docia Hodges is now a member of the real estate firm of
Thorne, Langdon and Hodges. Mr. Cecil I. Langdon of that firm was
recently elected president of the Realty Board of Monrovia."
"Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Berude, formerly of Cristobal, have recently
moved into their new home at 143 Garfield Ave., Monrovia."
"The friends of Mrs. George Cotton, who recently suffered a frac-
ture due to a fall in her home, will be glad to learn that she is back
home again and recovering nicely."
"The Thomas J. Sullivans, Jr., have recently moved to 28 Arellana
St., San Francisco 27, Calif., where he is employed by the Bureau of
Internal Revenue. Mrs. Sullivan was the former Virginia Naylor. Mr.
Sullivan recently graduated from a law school in Philadelphia."
"Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Thomas of Arcadia, Calif., have been visiting
their two daughters, Grace and Thelma, who now reside at 1325 Page St.,
"The Ray Mitchells, who have been visiting in the East, are expected
back in California in March."
Our Little Landscape
JAMES STANLEY GILBERT
Across the little landscape of our lives
The shadows of the whole world seem to flit.
Ere one departs another one arrives,
So limited, so very small is it.
The passions of the universe crowd here-
Here gather Love and Joy and Hate and Pain:
The first fall ill, soon leave us with a tear;
The last, at once acclimatized, remain.
From East to West 'tis scarce a tenth degree,
This parallelogram whereon we dwell;
'Tis only fifty miles from sea to sea,
But far from heaven, far too close to hell.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Well-known oldtimers, the William Loves, who reside in the suburbs
of Panama City, had the misfortune to have their home destroyed by
fire late in November.
Recent visitors to the Zone include the J. W. Hearns, Captain Oscar
H Lindstrom, Mrs. Philip A. Hale, Mrs. Nell Wardlaw, and Mrs. E. H.
The Arnold Bruckners recently moved into their new home at 7200
Azalea Way South, in St Pete.
Oldtimer Bill Bartlett of this city has just completed a course in
navigation conducted by the local Coast Guard auxiliary.
Frank W. Huff, employed on the Canal from 1905 to 1915, has just
been retired from the Barrett Division of the Allied Chemical and Dye
Corp. after twenty years' service.
Oldtimer Fred W. Ames of New Orleans, who worked on the Canal
from 1905 to 1909, recently discovered that he was eligible for the con-
struction annuity and was presented with a check for $5,876.13, covering
payments due him since the law was passed in 1944 and he will receive
$800 per year in the future. We would like to place him on our mailing
list. Can anyone furnish his address?
J ack L. Davies, steamshovel engineer on the Ditch in the early
days, is now in the real estate and antique business at 2008 Fourth St. N.
in this city.
Another oldtimer has been elected Mayor. He is George R. Demp-
ster, Mayor of Knoxville, Tenn. A few more such elections will enable
us to start a retired mayors' chapter of the Society.
Oldtimer Roy M. McKenna, who resides here, continues to gain
fame. Don McNeil and his radio show, "The Breakfast Club," from
Chicago recently broadcast from here and after the show played a few
innings of soft ball with the teams of the Three Quarter Century Club
to which Roy was admitted last year and he had the honor of pitching
against them. Don had a mixed' team, including Aunt Fannie and Patsy,
and Roy's pitching got a bit wild when facing the beautiful feminine bat-
ters. Roy also held a perfect cribbage hand in February while playing
against Rudy Huldquist, the first he has ever held.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hubbard Smith, wife of retired Cristobal Pilot
George H. Smith, has received a degree from the Palmer School of
Mrs. Margaret Keily, formerly of Balboa but now residing here,
was eighty-four years young on Christmas Day.
Charles F. Wahl, formerly on the locks at Pedro Miguel and for
many years prominent in labor activities on the Isthmus, is now busy
as a mediator with the National Mediation Board.
Rev. R. R. Gregory, representative on the Zone of the American
Bible Society for the past 31 years, has retired.
The January issue of Glamour magazine contained the picture of
Zone Assistant District Attorney Kay Fisher in an article about ten Am-
erican women who work on foreign soil.
The former Mary Corrigan, daughter of John P. and the late Mrs.
Corrigan, and former resident of Balboa, is the wife of newly-promoted
Rear Admiral Joseph L. Herlihy, U.S.N., and is residing in Santa Mon-
Rowland K. Hazzard has been nominated as District Attorney of the
Canal Zone by President Truman.
Carl J. Brown has been appointed Chief of the Southern District of
the newly organized Canal Maintenance Division, the new name of the
recently merged Municipal and Building Divisions.
JAMES STANLEY GILBERT
I know of an isle in the mighty Pacific,
To which nature retires when her day's work is done.
And thence does she issue decrees soporific
That govern the world to the rising sun.
On the crest of the mountain a rude cross erected
By rev'rently pious hands long years ago,
Spreads sheltering arms, in soft light reflected,
O'er the bamboo-built hamlet that nestles below.
JOW KOH xTN
Last January I drove over to Treasure Island (St. Petersburg) to
visit my brother who was staying there at the time. There were plenty
of winter visitors about, but a good majority of the hotels, motor courts,
apartment houses and cottages were displaying the "Vacancy" sign, a
thing abhorrent to the Chamber of Commerce but always most welcome
and pleasing to me. When I returned in February there was apparently
not a vacant room between Pass'a-Grille and Indian Rocks, andf hun-
dreds of people were milling up and down the beach road looking fran-
tically and in vain for a place to spend the night. At both periods, I im-
agine, conditions in St. Petersburg proper presented the same contrast.
So I now take my pen in hand to suggest to the venerable officers
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida that they consider these seasonal
fluctuations in fixing the date of our future annual reunions and clam-
bakes. To members living in and around St. Petersburg mid-February
may seem as good a time as any, but for those of us who come from afar
it is quite otherwise. The roads are crowded, the hotels and motor courts
are crowded, the restaurants are crowded, the parking lots are crowded,
the ferries are crowded, and if the morgues and emergency wards are
not crowded, they are still doing a good business, not to mention the
funeral homes and the cemeteries. Florida in February is not only not
fit to travel in, it is scarcely fit to live in. Really, we crackers by birth or
adoption should either stay at home during that month or, better still,
withdraw into the Everglades and tell the Seminoles to move over, leaving
the rest of the state to the winter visitors and those who exploit them.
The specific proposal I submit for consideration is that the reunion be
held either before January 15 when the worst of the mob has not yet
arrived or after March 15 when it has begun to thin out. We could then
count on a little elbow room.
Even in early January or late March we would still be subject to
winter rates, which in Florida means all that the traffic will bear. In St.
Petersburg the fine art of skinning the transient stranger has not been
developed to the same degree of perfction as in Miami Beach, but they
are learning fast. For example, I talked to a man last month who had
thought that he had a hotel reservation, but his plane was a few hours
late and when he arrived they told him with apologies that they had
given him up and assigned the room supposed to be held for him to an-
6ther guest; however, they had just one room left, a much larger and
better room, they said, which he could have for $24 a day. I myself paid
$12.50 for my room out at the beach, and since it was an excellent room
and since I know Florida and its clever customs, I made no loud com-
plaint. However, unless my memory is at fault, the last time I was in
New York I had a much better room at the Biltmore for less money.
You would think that Treasure Island might at least match Manhattan
prices, if not cut them.
My ideas as to what prices are reasonable along the highways and
byways of America are quite definite, although they may not be con-
sonant with the facts of life in this year of grace and inflation: for a room
in a good motor court, $5 to $6; for dinner, $2.50 if dry, which mine
never is if I can help it, or $5 with the bar check and tip. It may be that
I am falling into the same error as my late friend Joshua Piza with
whom I frequently played bridge at the old University Club. He came
out to Panama from England, probably in the early 1880's, lived there
many years and prospered. I believe he never married. How much he was
worth I do not know, but he was obviously a very rich man. After the
first World War he returned to England intending to remain there. We
did not expect that we would ever see him again, but after a few months
he came back. I once asked him why; his explanation boiled down to
the problem of a blue serge suit. When he was a young man, he said,
England was a fine country to live in. He could buy a good, blue serge
suit in those days for two gunieas; now by gad, for the same suit or one
not so good they wanted six guineas. If they were going to swindle him
like that he did not care to live in England.
Old Joshua was not a mean or a miserly or a stupid man. Quite the
contrary, he simply had old-fashioned ideas concerning the values of
things in terms of money. So have I, but I can see that I may be com-
pelled to change them.
Perhaps it is fortunate that the Statue of Liberty faces the other way
so that she cannot see what is going on here.
New Members and Changes of Address
The following have been added and addresses changed since the Year
Book was written:
* Barnes, Mr. and Mrs. J. O., P.O. Box 142 ----------------- Diablo Heights
Birnbaumer, Mrs. Mary, P.O. Box 1063 ----------------------- Curundu
* Burns, Mr. William T., P.O. Box 221 ------------------------ Gamboa
Comley, Mr. and Mrs. H. A., P.O. Box 464 ---- Balboaj Heights
* Gute, Mr. and Mrs. Frank G., P.O. Box 557 ---------------------- Cocoli
Hower, Mr. and Mrs. John, P.O. Box 45 --------------------- Gamboa
Hushing, Mr. John E., P.O. Box 616 ------------------------- Ancon
Kuhrt, Capt. and Mrs. Walter H., P.O. Box 292 -------------- Margarita
Pierce, Mrs. F. S., P.O. Box 108 -------------------------- -- Gamboa
Powers, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh V., P.O. Box 1776 ------------------- Balboa
Renz, Mr. and Mrs. Paul F., P.O. Box 45 --------------- Gamboa
Richards, Capt. and Mrs. Charles G., P.O. Box 25 ------------- Gamboa
Stutzman, Mr. and Mrs. Merrill A., P.O. Box 197 ----------------- Ancon
Wynne, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J., P.O. Box 1875 -------------- Balboa
Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. David T., P.O. Box 2328 ---------------- San Jose
* Gross, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J., Apartado 1552 ------------ Mexico, D.F.
Birnbaumer, Mr. Francis, G.P.O. -------------------------- Wellington
McFarland, Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. ------------------------ Jasper
Ames, Mr. and Mrs. W. B., 404 East Colorado Blvd. ------ Arcadia
Bird, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence H., 115 Via del Sol ----------- Walnut Creek
* Cameron, Mr. and Mrs. Charles C., P.O. Box 1632 --------- Long Beach 1
Clay, Dr. and Mrs. C. C., 1750' Grevelia St., Apt. 5 ------. South Pasadena
Cornwall, Mr. and Mrs. V. T., P.O. Box 242 ----------------- La Habra
* Godfrey, Mr. and Mrs. William B., 14306 Hortense St. ---- Sherman Oaks
Howell, Mr. and Mrs. Claude S., P.O. Box 364 ------------ Lafayette
(Residence: 953 Oakland Street)
Lindstrom, Mr. and Mrs. Enio, 78 Grandview Place ------- Walnut Creek
* McLaughlin, Mr. and Mrs. William J., 1244 11th Street ---- Santa Monica
Schewe, Mr. and Mrs. F. W., 1216 E. Third Street ---------- Long Beach 12
Zidbeck, Mr. and Mrs. George, Sr., 917 Quarry Street ------------ Corona
Stark, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard H., P.O. Box 64 --------------------- Arriba
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (Washington, D.C.)
Prather, Mrs. A. Lyle, 2540 Massachusetts Ave. N.W. ------ Washington 8
Sealey, Mrs. Winifred, 1445 Ogden St. N.W. ----------------- Washington
Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Ben, Broadmoor Hotel, Apt. 709 -.--- Washington
3601 Connecticut Avenue N.W.
* Zirkle, Mr. and Mrs. John J., Jr., Apartment 3 ----------- Washington 20
3012 Parkway Terrace Drive S.E.
Blaney, Mr. and Mrs. L. W., 3713 Bay-to-Bay Blvd. -------------- Tampa
* Bodden. Capt. and Mrs. John V., 6913 20th Street ---------------- Tampa
* Bruckner, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold, 4700 Azalea Way South -- St. Petersburg 5
Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Frank, 211' Estado Way, Snell Island, St. Petersburg 5
* Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Walter, 348 Sixth Street South -- St. Petersburg 5
Carr, Mr. and'Mrs. Charles C., 4830 Paradise Way South -- St. Petersburg 5
Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Hal B. ----------------------------------- Limona
Culkins, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C., 714 12th Avenue North -- St. Petersburg 2
* Dunham, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace, 320 Somerset Avenue ---------- Sarasota
* Frey, Mr. and Mrs. Henry F., 8th Ave. & N. Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach
Graff, Mr. and Mrs. George B., 120 27th Avenue North -- St. Petersburg 4
* Greene, Mr. and Mrs. J. L., Twin Shores Trailer Park ---------- Sarasota
Handley, Cdr. and Mrs. John M., 320 East Kings Way ------ Winter Park
Heath, Mr. and Mrs. Russell D., 26 Poinciana Street ------- Melbourne
* Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H., 405 19th Street ---------- Zephyrhills
* Huson, Mr. and Mrs. C. J., 1439 16th Street West --------------Bradenton
* Kleefkins, Mr. and Mrs. Herman, 3011 East Waters Avenue -------- Tampa
* Luppy, Mr. and Mrs. Walter, Route 1, Box 345 ---------. Pompano Beach
* McCombs, Mr. and Mrs. W. B., Route 2, Box 564-G ----------------Lutz
McGeachey, Mr. & Mrs. Alex, (Winter) 235% 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg 4
* Mackintosh, Mr. and Mrs. Charles, 3719 220th St. N. ---- St. Petersburg' 4
Pearson, Mr. and Mrs. Paul A., P.O. Box 1116 -------- St. Petersburg 1
* Reese, Mr. and Mrs. 'Clinton H., 1155 Grove St. N. -------- St. Petersburg 2
* Reidy, Mrs. Helena S., 225/2 4th St. N., Seven Gables Court, St. Petersburg 2
Tragsdorf, Mr. Walter B., 2121/2 16th Ave. N. ------------ St. Petersburg 2
* Trower. Mr. and Mrs. James D., P.O. Box 202, Tamiami Station, Miami 44
Vickery, Mrs. Marie, Trentonian Court, Route 1 ------------_--Orlando
Weller, Col. and Mrs. John H., 319 Princess Street ------------Clearwater
* Wilhite, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L., 520 Bryn Mawr Avenue ------- Orlando
Wolf, Mr. and Mrs. Frank H., 734 North Clara Avenue -- -- De Land
Hodge, Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus G., 5624 Houston Road, Route 1 _--..- Macon
Wells, Mr. W. A., 507 East 49th Street ------------------.--- Savannah
Oliver, Mr. Ralph H., 1900 3rd Avenue North ---- -------- Chicago
Hess, Mr. and Mrs. Sam, 3110 Garfield Street ------------- Highland
* McGimsey, Mr. J. V., 3164 State Street Drive ----------- New Orleans
Barker, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J., 8214 Cedar Street --------- Silver Spring
* Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson R., Route 1, Box 81-C .------.. Hyattsville
* Stilson, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H., 2917 Hiss Avenue --------- Baltimore 14
McKay, Capt. and Mrs. O. E., (Owners), Mail: P.O. Box 576 --- Osterville
(Residence: Fir Tree Knoll, East Bay Road)
Page, Mrs. Ruth, 1496 Commonwealth Avenue -----------------Boston
Schellhaus, Mrs. W. G., 5 Arlington Road ------------ West Newton 65
Sears, Mr. Phil, 21 Carter Road ------------------------ South Braintree
Conklin, Mr. and Mrs. Dorman S., Sr. __------------___--_ Rose Hill
Baxter, Mr. and Mrs. William M., Jr., 702 Clark Avenue -- Webster Groves
Conger, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd J., 10211 Winner Road ------- Independence
Haag, Mr. and Mrs. H. A., 7369 Northmoor Drive ------------ St. Louis 5
* Minnix, Mrs. M. Edith, 317 North Burlington Avenue ------------ Hastings
* Burn, Mr. Archie H., Res.: 214 Lakewood Ave., Mail: Box 8, Ocean Gate
Groscup, Mr. Harry C., 21 Manor Avenue, Audubon ------------- Oakland
* Hammond, Mrs. Mary Gladys, 52 Darlington Avenue ------------- Ramsey
(c-o A. J. Schwinderman)
* Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. C. T. Sr., (Temp.), c-o A. Francis, Gloucester Heights
Schroyer, Mr. and Mrs. Gray M., 1104 S. Jefferson Street ..-- Albuquerque
Andress, Mr. Kyle C., Jr., U.S.S. Cobbler (S.S. 344), c-o F.P.O., New York
Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. J. S., 721 Madison Avenue ------------- Albany 3
* Cuningham, Mr. Harry A., 102-17 72nd Ave., Forest Hills 75, Long Island
* Greening, Mr. Peter, 77 Saratoga Avenue ---------------------- Yonkers
* Malone, Mr. Grover, P.O. Box W ---------------------------- Wurtsboro
Browning, Mr. and Mrs. A. S., Jr., 601 6th) Ave. W.....---- Hendersonville
* Ferguson, Miss Blanche K., Hill Haven Court ---------- North Wilkesboro
* Irvin, Dr. and Mrs. S. S., 1402 5th Ave. W. ------------- Hendersonville
* Kent, Mr. and Mrs. E. A., Route 3, c-o Nelson Porter --- North Wilkesboro
* Lewis, Mr. and Mrs. L. W., P.O. Box 1137 ---------------- Hendersonville
Bradley, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C., 1783 Colt Road ---------- East Cleveland 12
James, Miss Minnie J., 200 First Drive N.W. ----- --- New Philadelphia
Fisher, Mrs. Ora Genevieve, 1007 Tillamook Street N.E. .... Portland 12
Bromley, Mr. and Mrs. J. Z., 449 Second Street -------------- Washington
Palmer, Mrs. Blanche G., 629 First Avenue ----------------- Elwood City
Gorin, Mr. Jeremiah J., 44 East Avenue --------------------- Pawtucket
* Reidy, Mrs. Helena S., (Summer), 26 Carroll Avenue ------------- Newport
SOUTH CAROLINA i
* Garlington, Mr. and Mrs. A. C., Calhoun Street ---- ------- Newberry
* Strawn,. Mr. and Mrs. E. B., Apt. 64, Cobb House, East Main St., Rock Hill
Dempster, The Honorable George R., c-o Dempster Brothers --- Knoxville
Dempster, Mr. Thomas C., c-o Dempater Brothers ---------- Knoxville
* Brill, Mr. and Mrs. A. L., 7711 Dixie Drive --------------------- Houston
DeYoung, Mr. and Mrs. John T., 4105 Christi Street ------- Corpus Christi
* Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. A. V., c-o Rex A. Smith, 810. Vine Street, Abilene
Hatch, Mr. and Mrs. Aram H., P.O. Box 262 ------------------- Pittsford
Detamore, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne, Route 1 --------------------- Staunton
Mack, Mrs. Frank, Route 1, Box 249-E ------------------------- McLean
O'Leary, Mrs. Maria S, Route 1 _---------------------- Buena Vista
* Bartlett, Mr. and Mrs. E. C., 3711 McLoughlin Blvd. ----------Vancouver
* Mack, Mr. and Mrs. Fred C., Apartment 381, 9065 53rd Ave. S. ---- Seattle 8
Grimm, Mr. and Mrs. George, 2316 North 44th Street ---------- Milwaukee
* Changes of address
Seated; Mrs. May Robertson, Mrs. C. F. Conkerton.
Rear; C. H. Reese, C. F. Conkerton.
Seated; A. J. Scott, Mrs. H. H. Hudson.
Rear; Mrs. Alex McGeachey, Mrs. J. J. Luckey.
W. H. BUTLER. PRESIDENT JOHN K. BAXTER. COLUMNIST
C. G. CALVIT. VICE-PRESIDENT MRS. ANN BUTLER, CORRES. SEC'Y.
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD, SEC'Y-TREAS. EARLE BROWN. NEWS EDITOR
CHARLES H. BEETHAM, CHAPLAIN
oanama Canal SocietJ
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Dear Ex-Canal Friends:
You are cordially invited to join the Panama
Canal Society of Florida if you are not already
a member. The Canal Record, our news booklet,
is issued quarterly, and a Year Book is given to
members in January of each year.
Dues are $3.00 annually, and payable in January.
Members coming in after July 1st will pay $1.50
for balance of the year.
Our membership is now more than 750.
Please fill in the application below and send
your dues to the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 249, Station "A",
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Name --.......____..- .
Wife's Name-.__ __ --
A address -. ..........--- --... .. .. ..--. .
City ..... ...__..__--.-- ____.__ State____--
Number of Years on Canal .. ..--- ---------
What Division -- ----- ---...- -.--..--...............
Amount enclosed-. .._........._______
H. C. Smith and Dr. Troy Earhart
Front Row; Alex McGeachey, A. H. Burn, H. H. Hudson.
Rear; D. C. Gray, H. P. Forrest, Al Meigs, F. L. Moody.
P. O. Box 249 STA. A
ST. PETERSBURG 2
Sec. 34.66 P.L6R.
U. S. Postage
St. Petersburg, Flo.
Permit No. 603
POSTMASTER: IF ADDRESSEE HAS REMOVED NOTIFY SENDER OF NEW
ADDRESS ON FORM 3547, POSTAGE FOR WHICH IS GUARANTEED
RETURN AND FORWARDING POSTAGE GUARANTEED.
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