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At a Florida Society picnic: the W.M. Michauxs, Howard H.
Dworaks, W.G. Hulls and Arthur L. Miners
Hearn Family Reunion in Meridian, Miss.
Mary, Cele, Mrs. Hearn, Elizabeth and Netta
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
To preorv American Id.ol and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 245-STA. A ST PETEnRIURs 2. FLORIDA
W. H. BUTLER F. A. ANDERSON
.P.sioNT.NE H. H. HUDoAN
C. G. CALVIT J. A KLEMTISu
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MRS. LUCILLE S. JUD. W RI Ts
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JOHN K. BAXTER M IANI rT T
CHARLEW H. BEETHAM
rS.C. DEATR By WALTER L. HERSH
H. R HOFFNR
LA.- Legislation of interest to Retirees developed
0. fAUs in the Congress on April 2, 1952 when Senators
..... George A. Smathers (Fla.) and James H. Duff
WAR. E (Pa.) intake Bill -2968. Three weeks later
.I.... (P. introduced Bill ,
This bill was reported out by the committee on
CLA .OTT Post Office and Civil Service bearing the unani-
S. Pmous consent of all committeemen present. Their
report was favorable and recommended passage of
the bill with amendments.
..J. WARR This amended bill proposes to increase present
civil service retirement annuities by $36.00 for
each full 6 month period elapsed between the corn-
I. :*uN mencement date of the present annuity and October
-A:M' 1, 1952, with a limitation of $324.00 or 25% of
...... the present annuity which ever is the lesser. This
.. ... rSKT proposed increase would not be effective until the
.E..SH second month after enactment. There would be no
increase in annuities of survivors.
Another limitation applicable to this increase
is that it shall be terminated when the cost of
living as determined by the Burea of Labor Statis-
tics receeds below the figure of 169.9. This being
the index for April 1948. The latest available
figure of this index is 188.7 for April 1952.
Another limitation is that until June 30, 1954
the proposed increase is to be paid from the Civil
Service Retirement and Disability Fund, when it
will be discontinued unless the Congress has, before that date, made ap-
propriations specifically for this annuity increase, and annually there-
This also proposes to establish a Committee on Fiscal Policy for
Federal Civilian Retirement Systems. This body is to be composed of
the Secretary of the Treasury, the Chairman of the Board of Governors
of the Federal Reserve System and the Director of the Bureau of the
Budget. This body being instructed to investigate and study the 'subject
and report its findings to the Congress not later than June 30, 1953, and
make recommendations for policies and methods concerning the financ-
ing of the various Federal Retirement Systems.
As we go to press S-2968 has not as yet been acted upon by the
Senate. It will not be considered by the House until after the Senate Acts.
Also as we go to press the House Committee on Post Office and Civil
Service (Tom Murray, Chairman) which has been expecting to start
hearings on retirement subjects the first week in May has postponed the
scheduled start of these hearings from May 27 to May 29, 1952.
Old Timers who can qualify as "Canal Builders" by having had
three or more years of construction period service prior to April 1,
1914, are eligible for the pension benefits of Public Law 319, referred
to as the "Bridges Bill". Those with less than three years service and thus
not eligible for these benefits have had their retirement annuities in-
creased by $36 a year for each year of construction service, when retired
under the Panama Canal Retirement Act before April 1, 1948 or when
retired under the Civil Service Retirement Act after April 1, 1948.
However, those having less than three years construction service
but who left the Canal Zone and then retired later from some other
branch of the Civil Service (but before April '48) did not benefit by
the above pension increase.
The peculiar twist by which the individual is eligible in point of
service but secures no annuity benefit is entirely due to the date of
retirement. This results from what now seems an oversight when the
Panama Canal and Civil Service Retirement Systems were merged April
1, 1948. A parallel situation applies also to those having service with
the Alaska Railroad.
To remedy the above oversight Thomas B. Curtis, Representative
from the 12th District of Missouri on April 3, 1952 introduced in the
Congress Bill HR-7378 which bill was referred to the House Committee
on Post Office and Civil Service. This bill proposes to amend Section
4F of the Civil Service Retirement Act as amended by adding the fol-
"Any officer or employee who has been denied the increased annuity
provided by the subsection solely by reason of his'retirement under the
provisions of this Act before April 1, 1948, shall, if he makes applica-
tion therefore to the Civil Service Commission, be granted such increased
annuity as of the date of his retirement."
Those "Pan Canal Builders" and Alaska Railroad Constructors who
come within the provisions of this bill should write their Senators and
representatives as well as the members of the above House Committee
of their interest and concern. They should also keep H. A. Haag, 7369
Northmoor Drive. St. Louis, 5, Missouri, informed of their interest.
Space does not permit listing Senators, Representatives, Committee-
men. Secure this information from the Congressional Record at all Pub-
lic libraries, or contact the office of your local newspaper.
Occasionally it comes to our attention that some Old Time "Canal
Builder" is not aware of his eligibility for a pension for his construc-
tion period service before April 1, 1914. Again recently we have been
of assistance to two such Old Timers.
A perusal of the above data concerning Public Law 319 will indi-
cate briefly the service requirements to establish eligibility for pension
benefits. For any individual with the required length of service it will
be necessary to have an authoritive and dependable record of his period
of employment in the Canal Zone by the Isthmian Canal Commission
and/or by the Panama Railroad Company.
When needed, this information can be secured from the Executive
Secretary, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone in the form of a "Service Letter".
This service letter will establish the dates of employment and of termin-
ation for each service position, will show any breaks in service and
establish dates of reemployment when applicable. When eligible length
of service is indicated such service record can be referred to the U. S.
Civil Service Commission, Retirement Division, Washington 25, D. C.,
which is the authority to determine whether or not the service is such
as will establish eligibility for an annuity.
Old Time "Canal Builders" who have filed claims (under authority
of U. S. Court of Claims decision in case No. 48564) for refund of
income taxes previously paid on construction service pensions have not
as yet received any refunds. While not strictly official we do have re-
liable information that these claims are being processed and checks
should be mailed out soon, possibly during June.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
Oldtimer Charlie Cameron started his thirty-eighth trip across the
United States on April 24th when he left Long Beach, California headed
for Maine. Charley says he has finally made up his mind to quit Maine
for California. He reports that his son-in-law, Major Ernest Ross, Signal
Corps, U.S.A., has been transferred to Korea and daughter Janice is
with the Navy at Long Beach. Major Ross was with the Engineering
Division at Balboa Hts. for five years. Charlie also reports the Foster
Spiers have moved to 324 West Burnett Avenue, Long Beach to be nearer
son Woody's work. He reports meeting Captain Calloway, long in charge
of the Cristobal Police and George Buehler on the street one day. Re-
cent visitors at his home were:: the Edwin F. Bramins of Arcadia, the
Fred Fitches and William A. Jones of Monrovia and Mrs. C. M. Ash-
brook of Long Beach. Charlie also enclosed a photograph from a Long
Beach paper showing William Price, former Diablo Hts. Municipal Div-
ision clerk, who was among the organizers of a new Lakewood Elks
Lodge. Thanks, Charlie, and don't forget to mail us your Maine report
in time for the September issue.
Minnie and Erwin C. Bartlett write from Vancouver. Wash. that they
had received a letter from another Oldtimer, Mrs. Carl Weber, formerly
Edith Davidson, a phone operator at Corozal from 1912 to 1914.
C. C. (Bill) Bailey wrote from Balboa on March 24th that he was
leaving for Detroit about May 1st to pick up a new car and hopes to
get down to Florida this winter. Son Billy is now Postmaster at Ft.
Clayton. Bill Senior sends regards to all old friends including Shep
Shreves, Everett and others.
Mrs. Eva S. Hammer advised in April that she and H.H. were think-
ing of leaving Los Angeles for a trip east in May. She says both are
well, "but getting a bit raveled around the edges and may be pulling
out at the seams". Just hold on to your sense of humor and you will
be O.K., folks.
Vern Calloway reports there are almost enough ex-Zonians in the
vicinity of Orlando to start another Canal Zone Society. A fine idea and
we hope they follow through with it.
Leo Welling wrote from El Capitan Ranch, Santa Barbara, Cal. that
he got quite a kick out of the Reunion issue of the Record. With regard
to Doc Earhart's picture he said "I remember when he first came to the
Isthmus, a very handsome lithe black haired man, of course I cannot
expect him to look like he did forty years ago. The first job I got on
the Canal was stenographer to John K. Baxter and the Colonel. It was
a temporary appointment and I went from there to E. P. Sine's office.
Remember Omar J. Ruch who was chief at Ancon? I saw him during the
last war when he was a Colonel stationed in Washington."
Pete Flynn of Balboa was mentioned in a recent issue and Welling
wonders if he is a friend who was a roofer in the old days. He would
also like the address of Fred Feuille who lives somewhere in California.
Earle and Minnie Kent, formerly of Pedro Miguel, have settled for
a while in North Wilkesboro, N. C. after an extended trip west and
south. After another journey to the mid-west states they plan to meet
their children in New York when they arrive from the Zone in September.
They would have liked to have attended the last Reunion but both were
suffering from poison oak. They may spend next winter in Florida.
J. Stewart Kimball who went down to the Zone as a boy in 1906
writes from Coral Gables, Fla. that he was the kid bootblack in the Old
Empire Minstrels and was billed as the boy with the nightingale voice.
He is trying to locate other Oldtimers dating from October. 1906. George
W. Kimball, his father, died October 27, 1951 at the age of 81 and his
mother in 1944.
The Clyde Ingersols write from Denver that they were in California
in February and saw the Clarks, Berudes, Lockwoods, Cusaks, Calloways,
Tawes and Schewes.
The Rowland 'Knoxes of Ruidoso, N. M. advise that the Elmer Stet-
lers stopped for a visit on their way from Florida to California. The
Knoxes are on Route 70, one of the main roads west, and will be glad
to see friends traveling that way.
New member, Lillian F. Farr of Balboa writes that she has been on
the Zone forty-two years and has been with the Commisary Division for
The John W. Hearns of Meridian, Miss., wrote in March, that they
had recently returned from a trip to the Zone where they had a won-
derful time but missed so many old familiar faces. They found Balboa
and Ancon greatly changed.
W. J. Kilmurray of Salamanca, N. Y. says they had a bad winter
in his neck of the woods with 189 inches of snow.
New member William E. Russell of New York City advises that he
was with the Canal Bureau of Building Construction for more than four
years and left in 1909. Mrs. Russell was a nurse at Ancon Hospital from
1907 to1909 and has been President of the Women's Auxiliary of the
New York Society of the Panama Canal for the past twenty years.
Frank Kinsman of Los Angeles who has just joined up sends greet-
ings to Bill Essex.
E. A. Erbe of Orlando says they had planned to come down to the
Reunion with the M. R. Alexanders of Arlington, Ffa. but both their
ladies became ill and the trip had to be called off. They hope to attend
W. D. Rogers writes from Lexington, Ky. that he left New York on
the S. S. Finance on October 3, 1905 and arrived at Colon on the 10th.
He lived at Cristobal for about three and a half years, spent a year in
Pedro Miguel and then went to Gatun where he resided until he left the
Isthmus in April, 1914 when he transferred to the U. S. Engineer Office
in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Rogers is a candidate for the office of Junior
Vice-Commander in Chief of the United Spanish War Veterans. Their
National encampment will be held in Louisville, Ky. on August 24th
to 28th this year. Good luck to you, Mr. Rogers, and we hope you will
advise us of the outcome of the election.
William A. J. Kopp of Homestead, Fla. who has just joined your
Society says that he was employed in 1909 by H. L. Stuntz, Local Auditor
of the Panama Railroad Company and later was in the office of the Re-
ceiving and Forwarding Agent and the Port Captain in Colon as chief
clerk and acting agent. He resigned in 1914.
Lou Townsley of St. Louis, after reading the Reunion issue of the
Record, wants to know how Doc Earhart and Heinie Smith managed to
acquire that contented look and he remarks that Henry Hudson seems to
have a clear conscience.
P. B. Blanton wrote from Waterloo, Iowa, in April that he had son
Pemmy and wife for an Easter visit and they had a white Easter as
it snowed all day. After seeing Doc Earhart's picture in the Record,
Banton says it looks as if Doc's wife has been fattening him up good
The M. R. Alexanders of Arlington. Fla. write that among recent
visitors were Mrs. Arthur G, Plath, Miss Ellen C. Pilgrim and their sister,
Mrs. Lenora Schwab, all of Hamilton, Ohio, who also visited the Roland
Murwins in March. All of the above motored to Bostwick, Fla. to see
the Earle A. Youngs, the Walter C. Clarks and the R. C. (Shorty)
Deavours who happened to have brother Jack and wife of Atlanta as vis-
itors at the time. The Alexanders report they all have nice homes right
on the St. Johns River.
President Charles M. Brown of the Royal Crown Bottling Company
of Knoxville, Tenn. writes that he went to the Isthmus in 1905 with the
Municipal Engineering Division and was later attached to the Supreme
Court of the Zone. He left Canal service in 1909 and lived in Panama
City when he managed the Venado Plantation until 1917. He then joined
the Army and returned after the war to help develop the Mandinga man-
ganese mines down the San Bias coast. He left the Isthmus in 1922. He
wants to hear from John K. Baxter and Alban Snyder.
Cassie and Jim Pate, 615 West Magnolia Ave., Fitzgerald, CG. hope
some of the Oldtimers will stop and see them when traveling thru that
part of the country.
The A. G. Ahlfonts of Brooklyn, N. Y., advise they traveled last
winter to Washington, D. C. to visit daughter Vera and husband, Captain
Loud, U.S.N.; then to Pittsburg, Pa. to see daughter Hagar and husband,
Captain Dodge, U.S.N.
Frank L. Corey of San Antonio, Texas, son-in-law of that famous
Boquete innkeeper, Pop Wright, temporarily retired but still writing let-
ters to the Panama American, says they intend to take Pop on a trip
to Mexico City and Pittsburg, Pa. or the West Coast this summer. Corey
is Civil Engineer for the West Point of the Air, Randolph Field, Texas.
Corey reports, the Elmer Stetlers and H. H. Alexanders were recent visi-
tors and Doctor and Mrs. C. A. Hearne of Corpus Christi, Texas formerly
with the Health Dept. at Cristobal for many years, are fine and plan
to go to Maine this summer as usual.
Mrs. Ralph Z. Kirkpatrick of Rochester, N. Y., who journied to the
Zone last winter to see son Ralph and wife, reports a wonderful visit.
Ralph is a cabinetmaker and lives in New Cristobal. The George Mathews
of the Pacific side, held open house for her one Sunday and seventy-two
old friends called. Mrs. Bradney and the Karl Curtises entertained
her at the Tivoli and El Rancho in Panama City, there being twenty at
the later party. Others who entertained for her were the Pat Kochers
of Balboa, the Fred DeSills who are living in the same quarters occupied
by the Kirkpatricks in 1912 to 1914 when Mr. Kirkpatrick was a junior
Engineer on the locks; the Harold Millions of Pedro Miguel and the
W. H. Esslingers of the Pacific side.
Mrs. Kirkpatrick noted many changes since she left the Zone. Her
younger son, Glen, and wife, the former Wilma Reynolds of the Zone,
live in Rochester where he is on the managerial staff of the Hawkeye
Lens Plant of the Eastman Kodak Co. They have a five year old daughter
named Deborah who is the apple of grandma's eye. We hope to see Mrs.
Kirkpatrick again at next year's Reunion.
The E. K. Browns have bought a new home in Tacoma, Wash. and
plan to settle down for awhile but still keep their trailer in the back
yard in case they get the urge to travel again.
Mrs. Ella Piper of Philadelphia went to Mexico City in December
to visit son, Raymond and family. They have two daughters aged three
and five. Mrs. Piper reports the city is beautiful but the poverty among
the natives is tragic. She says the ragged, lame and blind are begging
everywhere, as in Port au Prince in the days when the P.R.R. boats stop-
ped there. She left in March to visit son Homer and family in Minnea-
polis, to await the arrival of a new grandson, who made his appearance
on March 31st.
Mrs. Nina A. Pickett, widow of Oldtimer Ira W. Pickett, formerly
with the Health Dept. on the Atlantic side, reports that she is now living
at the Tivoli Hotel but has been in Gorgas Hospital for eight weeks
and has a few more to stay. Mrs. Pickett retired from the Commissary
division after sixteen years of good and faithful service as your editor,
who was once her boss, can testify. She sends regards to all her friends.
Here's hoping she is out and around by now.
Fred Sprecken wrote from John Day, Ore. on March 8th that he
expected to start east about May 1st. He planned to stop in Chicago
and Michigan for a while then head toward Florida with, a stop in
The Henry Clark Juliens of Dayton, Ohio, wrote late in February
that they are planning to visit daughter Margery and husband, Captain
Russell Schlagal in St. Johns, Newfoundland this summer. They said
"We read every word in the Record, going over it a number of times,
searching for old friends. It certainly starts us reminiscing."
Mrs. Dove L. Prather wrote late in February that she had been
traveling. She drove from Florida to Buzzards Bay, Mass., then to Bos-
ton, Wellesly Hills, Mass. and New Haven, Conn., then to Baltimore and
Washington. She reported Mrs. Lydia Whitaker visited her and looks fine.
She has also seen Tom and Sue Reynolds and Rene and Jack Kromer.
Mrs. Beatrice Morgan, formerly of Pedro Miguel, writes that she
had a virus attack early in the year so moved to Larchmont, N. Y. to stay
with daughter Fern and family; daughter Jean and husband, H. Mate,
former Zone clubhouse employee have moved into their new home in
Kingston, Tenn. where Mr. Mate is employed by the Atomic Energy
Commission; daughter Laura and husband, Frank Sinclair have recently
moved into their new home in La Jolla, Cal.; Son Bill has been for the
past fourteen years employed at the Rose Hill School in Chester Heights,
Mrs. John W. Parrish of Bremen, Ga. advise they had the Ray Shueys
as visitors a short while ago and thru them have joined our Society.
The Ten Eyck Reeds write from Fryeburg, Maine, that they had a
very rugged winter but both have been well and enjoyed it. Visitors
last summer were Captain and Mrs. E. O. Swinson and the S. E. Johnsons.
Monrovia, Cal. news from correspondent Gus Hoecker: The Ed
Lights of Waterford, Cal called on the Hoeckers on May 4th and later
visited friends in Long Beach and San Diego.
Mrs. George Dryden is visiting her daughter and family, the Robert
Chapins, in San Diego. Enroute she stopped to see the Hoeckers. the
Schewes in Long Beach and the Frenches in Santa Ana.
H. M. Lockwood and Bert Wood have returned from their annual
fishing trip to Lake Crowley in the high Sierras.
The Ellis Stillwells have returned from a visit with daughter, Mrs.
Jean Crooks and family in Ukiah, Cal. annd the Earl Beards in Oakland.
The Earl Gilberts who visited the Beards in April.
The William A. Jones of Monrovia are the proud grandparents of a
boy born to Commander and Mrs. Jones in Berkley, Cal. where young
Jones is completing a course in atomic engineering.
The Jerry Pragers who retired last month are reported to be set-
tling in Berkley.
Mrs. Helen Yoder of the Zone was in Los Angeles in April follow-
ing the death of her mother.
The Hoeckers are planning a trip to Lake Louise this summer with
stops enroute to visit relatives. They will be accompanied by Mrs. Lindhe
the widow of a former Atlantic side pilot.
A. L. Brill who moved to Houston, Texas a few months ago reports
a party in that town late in February when the Nathan Levys, formerly
of Gatun, entertained in honor of the Elmer Stetlers. Present were: the
Theodore Sundquists, Ezra Haldermans, G. Lee Wrights, Charles Jacobs,
A. L. Brills, Al Browns, Horacio Sosas, he is Panama's consul in Houston,
Mr. and Mrs. Medlinger of Panama City, Mrs. Annie Calvit, Mrs. Amelia
Stewart and Mrs. A. C. Ellis, Sr. Brill says "and we had a fine supper
as only Tilly Levy can serve"
Roger Erdman writes from Washington: "Old-time retirees of the
Government are all stirred up here now in regard to increase in their
pensions and, of course, I am spending a lot of my time at the Capitol
these days. We are all happy up here regarding the decision Mr. Thatcher
succeeded in getting for old-timers, and I guess everybody is getting a
lot of joy through the fact that certain refunds can be made to the benefit
of the pensioners receiving the Construction gratuity."
Mrs. Gladys Hammond plans to travel from Ramsey, N. J, to Miami
in June to visit with her sister and brother-in-law, the George Cassels,
who will be up from the Zone for the Shrine Convention.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony M. Aanstoos of Saipan, Marianas Islands
were presented with a son, their first child, on April 4th. This is the
eleventh grandchild of Mrs. Helen and the late Ted Aanstoos, for many
years prominent residents on the Atlantic side.
J. Morton and Macel Goulet Thomson, Jr., announced the birth of a
daughter, Mary Macel, on February 21st at Balboa, C. Z. This is the
first girl among several grandchildren of Mrs. Macel Butler Goulet and
the late Arthur Goulet former General Manager of the Commissary
The following retirements from Panama Canal Company service
have been reported since our last issue: February 28th: Raymond O.
Hanner, George E. Mathew, Mrs. Margaret C. Perry, Mrs. Helen M.
White; March 31st: Leonard C. Laughterbach, Mrs. Gabriela R. Lopp;
April 30th: Anthony Fernandez, Floyd W. Forrest, Frank J. Gerchow,
John W. Manush, John B. McDougall, Avery 0. McGlade, Dr. John D.
Odom, Jerome F. Prager, William P. Quinn, William F. Rabiteau, Marie
C. Stapf, Rudolph Swan, Henry W. Weaver.
The Sick List
John F. Warner, the Florida Society's venerable Founder, was very
ill late in May at his home in Bradenton. Son Paul flew from the Zone
to be with him and granddaughter, Dr. Marjorie Warner, who practices
in Bradenton, was in constant attendance along with three other physicians
and we are pleased to report as we go to press that the worst appears
to be over and Mr. Warner is on the road to recovery.
It is a pleasure to tell that Jack Deavours of Atlanta whose serious
illness prevented him from attending this year's reunion, the first one he
has missed since his retirement in 1937, is getting along nicely and with
Mrs. Deavours, was a recent visitor at the home of his brother in Bost-
wick, Fla. Mrs. Deavours advises that he greatly appreciated the many
cheering messages from friends all over the country and regrets that
he has not yet been able to answer them.
Jack McLeod of Chicago, another Oldtimer who has been very ill,
wants to thank the many friends who wrote him during March when he
underwent a serious operation. Jack reports he is still a bit shaky but
hopes to be back in circulation soon.
Fred Sprecken writes that Harry Loring of Yarmouth, Me., cut his
right hand some time ago and before it healed, a rooster pecked it caus-
ing a tumor, which sent Harry to the hospital where it was necessary
to graft some skin from under his arm.
John A. Patterson of Shavertown, Pa. wrote in May, that Mrs. Pat-
terson was still confined to her bed and not yet able to sit up unaided.
E. H. Parmelee of Clearwater, Fla. wrote recently that Mrs. Par-
melee is recovering from a hip fracture but cannot yet walk very far or
stand for long periods.
Mrs. Nellie S. Hussey of Tampa who was seriously ill a few months
ago sent the Society a nice note of thanks for the flowers she received
saying in part: "I am sure the many, many flowers and cards I received
and the love expressed, all helped to put me on my feet again. About
three months will be needed for complete convalescence but I am com-
ing along fine so the Doctor says."
Friends will regret to learn that Charles D. Hummer of this city
has been confined to Bay Pines Hospital for more than two months. Mrs.
Hummer advises he is improving and expects to be released soon. The
Hummers' son, Charles, who resides on the Zone underwent a serious
operation at Gorgas Hospital on May 19th, from which he is recovering
George H. Ruggles of St. Pete has been ill for several weeks but is
some better now.
Mrs. J. C. Treakle, former Gamboaite, now of this city, who has
been ill for some time, is reported to be somewhat improved.
The Curtain Falls
Melvin H. Walsh, Chief of Customs on the Atlantic Side from 1937
to 1942, died in Californina on February 22nd. A daughter, Mrs. William
Kaufman of Palo Alto, Cal and a son, James, of San Francisco, survive.
Ralph Cauthers, age 65, Supervisor in the Municipal Division at
Pedro Miguel until his retirement in 1949, passed away in Great Neck,
N. Y. early in March. His widow, a son, Richard and a daughter, Mrs.
Margaret Braun, survive.
Captain W. E. Weigle, who arrived on the Isthmus in 1905 and was
for several years an employee of the Department of Sanitation, died in
Washington, D. C. on March 30th. He leaves his widow, a daughter,
Mrs. Elaine D. Allen of Washington and three sons, William, Jk. of Mar-
garita, C. Z., George and Richard of Washington. He was 81 years of age.
Arthus S. Flood, former Chief of Customs on the Atlantic side died
in San Diego recently. His widow, the former Dorothy Abendroth of
Cristobal and a son, Stephen, survive.
Report has been received that Henry Sipp of Tucson, Arizona has
passed away but no details are available.
We have also been advised that Miss Minnie J. James, oldtime Com-
missary Division employee died recently at her home in New Philadel-
Harvey Parker, Jr. aged 37, Storekeeper in Dredging Division, died
in Gamboa early in March after a heart attack. His widow and four year
old daughter, Lillian, survive.
Mrs. Louise Kirchner, aged 74, tong-time stewardess on the Panama
Line died in New York early in March.
Mrs. Gussie Pfeifer, wife of Carl Pfeifer, former engineer at the
Miraflores Deisel Electric Plant, who left the Isthmus in 1946, died of
a heart attack on March 15th in Columbiia Falls, Montana. Her husband
and daughter, Lois, survive.
Mrs. Alice R. Pearson, widow of the late Herbert Pearson, Account-
ing Department employee from 1908 to 1922, died in Franklin, Tenn. in
March. A son, Jack, resides in Gatun.
Mrs. Kathleen Abernathy, wife of S. C. Abernathy, formerly of
Cristobal, died in Asheville, N. C. on March 19th.
Ruth U. Smith, widow of a former Pedro Miguel Commissary Man-
ager, died in Los Angeles, Cal. on April 12th.
James M. Carprow, 74, retired oldtime sanitary inspector on the
Pacific side, passed away in Gorgas Hospital on April 12th.
Richard E. Conley, 74, former Panama Railroad engineer who served
from 1906 to 1936, died in Titusville, Fla. on April 14th. His widow
and a son, Richard, of New Cristobal, survive.
Dr. T. D. Casserly, 68, who retired in 1946 as Manager of the Mindi
Dairy, died in Pittsburgh, Pa. in April. His widow survives.
Curtiss J. Firestine, 66, former R.&F.A. employee on the Atlantic
side, died late in April at his home in DeLand, Fla. His widow survives.
Retired Police Captain Samuel Roe, recently retired after many years
in the Police Department at Cristobal, died there in May. His widow,
two daughters, Mrs. Olga Streuer, Grenada Hill, Cal. and Mrs. Ellen
Blahiuk, Key West, Fla. and three sons, Samuel, Jr., Balboa, James, Cris-
tobal and Robert, Grenada Hill, Cal. survive.
Rodman A. Brayton, 66, retired official of the Commissary Division
and resident on the Atlantic side for many years, died in Colon Hospital
on May 16th. Two sons, Donald and Jack of Margarita and three daugh-
ters, Mrs. William Hoverter, Amarillo, Texas, Mrs. Fred L. Wertz, Mar-
garita and Mrs. G. E. Lowery of Arlington, Va., survive.
Mrs. Arthur Barry, aged 60, wife of a' former Mechanical Division
employee in Balboa who retired in 1948, was killed in an automobile ac-
cident near her home in Whitesboro, N. Y. early in May. Surviving are
her husband and two daughters, Mrs. Inez Snow of Whitesboro and
Mrs. Genevieve Talmross of California.
Mrs. Mamie E. McMahon, wife of J. C. McMahon, long time resident
of Balboa who left the Isthmus in 1921, died in Miami on May 8th. Her
husband and three children, Frank, Marie and Eva survive.
Frank Carr, retired Zone policeman, aged 63, died near San Jose,
Costa Rica, recently where he resided with his wife since his.retirement
Mrs. Alice Cassell who resided on the Zone from 1908 to 1921 died
in Los Angeles in May. She was 78. A son, George of Balboa and a
daughter, Mrs. Robert Hanson of Encino, Cal. survive.
Mrs. Jule Latimer, wife of John F. Latimer, former ferry captain
at Balboa passed away in Jacksonville on July 12th.
Change is still the order of the day on the Zone. General F. K. New-
comer has finished his term as Governor and will be replaced by Brig.
Gen. Seybold who, it is believed, has never before served on the Panama
Canal. Lt. Gov. H. D. Vogel has been transferred to Texas so that for
the first time since the Canal was completed the two highest officials will
be replaced at the same time. Director of Finance W. H. Dunlop who
has been in office only since June, 1951, retired at the end of May; Health
Director Gen. G. W. Rice was transferred; and Marine Bureau Director
R. M. Peacher retires on June 30th.
The Canal Company is considering taking one of its three ships out
of service as a means of reducing expenses or possibly making stops at
Haiti as in the old days.
The Gamboa Clubhouse built in 1938 is being abandoned because
of decreasing business and was offered for sale in May. The movie hall
will be retained.
The proposed new town at Summit on which considerable work had
already been done has been abandoned and a forty acre tract in Corozal
adjacent to Diablo Hts. has been transferred from the Army and will be
used for additional Canal housing.
The dredge Las Cruces has been sold to a Brazilian firm after 24
years service and left the Canal early in May in tow for Porto Alegre,
Old 801X, women's batchelor quarters on Empire St., Balboa for
many years, is being torn down as will all of the thirteen cottages on
Ridge Road, Balboa Hts. whose residents have been notified to move be-
fore August 15th.
Canal transits and tolls established a new high in March when 613
commercial vessels of 300.or more tons transited. This breaks a record
of 597 transits in January, 1929.
March was also extremely dry and hot with a temperature peak of
96.8, the highest in 47 years.
NEWS FROM THE VARIOUS
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES
Florida St. Petersburg
Cards of thanks for flowers sent by your Society during illness or
bereavement have been received from the following since our last issue'
The family of Mrs. M. M. McMahon, Mrs. Mary Klemmer and family,
Walter and Peggy Hallowell Brameld, the Ralph Cauthers family, Tera
F. Weigle, Marie McMajhon Fletcher and Mrs. Wilhelmina Fransen.
Among the visitors to St. Pete since our last issue were: Mrs. Anna
E. Calvit of Balboa, Bob Patchett, Miami, Judge and Mrs. E. I. Tatelman
and son, Dick, of Cristobal, the Earl Trouts of Balboa, Capt. John (Com-
missary Mike) McDaid and wife, Mrs. Cecil L. Morgan, the William B.
Godfreys, the Russell Heaths of Melbourne, Fla., the Frank Wolfs of
Deland, Fla., Mrs. Clara Weisiger of Dade City, Fla., Mrs. Maud Clinch-
ard of Ancon, the Earl Baltozers of Balboa and Mrs D. L. Kemper.
Following the usual summer custom, the monthly meetings of this
Society are being held in the form of picnics. The first was held in
Lowrey Park on the Hillsborough River in Tampa on May 12th and the
second is scheduled in the same park on June 9th. Dates and locations
of the others will be found on page 8 in your yearbook.
The latest additions to our community are Major and Mrs. A. O.
Meyer who have taken an apartment on the north side, the Frank H. Wolfs
who have purchased a home and Captain and Mrs. Charles G. Rickards
who have settled in nearby Gulfport. Welcome, folks.
Annual Reunion 1953 Next
The Executive Committee of your society has carefully considered
several different plans for our next Annual Reunion and conclude that
the annual business meeting and the regular monthly meeting for the
month of January should be combined as one session and be the first day
of the reunion with the second day immediately following. This means
that our annual reunions will be held on the second Monday and Tues-
day in January of each year. Thus our next annual reunion is to be on
January 12 and 13, 1953.
Your committee considers that the silencing effect of drapes and car-
pets, the comfort of upholstered furniture, the general pleasant surround-
ings of the spacious mezzanine lobby which is conveniently isolated from
the general activities of the main lobby at the Hotel Soreno in St. Peters-
burk make that hotel most satisfactory for our reunions. It is centrally
located and during January there should be no particularly difficult
parking problem. Free parking is available on Beach Drive and the in-
tersecting avenues for several blocks to the North and the free parking
lot at Al Lang Ball Park is but three blocks to the South.
The Soreno Hotel is expecting to announce room rates for conven-
tions at $6.00 single; $9.00 double during the early part of the winter
season and good until the middle of January, 1953.
Surely this will be worth while to many of our out-of-town friends.
In order to make more convenient the reserving of rooms we have in
mind the developing of plans which we feel sure will be more satisfactory
For the luncheon next reunion it is proposed to serve a cold plate
lunch. Advance estimate $2.50 to $2.75 a plate.
With the above as an early start there is every indication that our
1953 reunion next January will be the best ever and have a record at-
tendance. Let each of you plan now on being among those present. Mark
up your calendar with bigger red letter days for January 12 and 13, 1953.
The following is the Secretary-Treasurer's report covering the past
To date many have not paid their 1952 dues. In accordance with
our By-Laws, members who have not paid their dues by June first are
automatically dropped All members have been notified thru the March
Canal Record then again by a notice of unpaid dues soon after the
Record was mailed, with the thought that if it was missed in the Record
it would be remembered when the notice was received. At the present
time we have more than 800 members and with the additional amount of
work it has become necessary to follow the rules and regulations more
closely. Your Record will be addressed and upon receipt of your dues
will be mailed to you, as your President, Mr. Butler has extended the
time until July 1st for this particular time.
Please keep us informed of any changes of address at all times.
Your lovely letters are certainly appreciated and are passed on to
our Editor to use (in part) as he sees fit. KEEP THEM COMING.
Ditch Diggers of South Florida Miami
The first summer picnic of the South Florida group was held at
Matheson Hammock, Miami on April 13th with 75 present. Out-of-state
visitors were Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Godfrey of Santa Paula, Cal. who
traveled the long distance to attend, Mr. and Mrs. William B. Smith of
The second picnic was held on May 18th at Greynolds Park just
north of Miami. There was an attendance of 60 and the following officers
were elected for the ensuing year: President, Dan Jones; Vice-President,
H. Y. Andrews; Sec.-Treas., A. G. Dunham.
The third picnic is scheduled for June 15th at the summer home of
President Dan Jones at 6765 S W. 72nd Court, Miami. A special invita-
tion is extended to all Zonians attending the Shrine Convention being
held in Miami at that time.
Canal Zone Retired Employes Association
This group held a picnic from 2 to 6 P.M. on March 8th at the
Morgan Flower Gardens in Corozal. No details can be furnished as we
have not been able to persuade the Secretary to send some news for pub-
lication. Friends all over the country want to know what is going on
Secretary-Treasurer Blanch E. Shaw reports:
Spring is here in the Ozarks and after watching the budding and
blooming of trees, shrubs and all the lovely Spring flowers, many of which
I had forgotten during the 35 years tropical life, I can truly say, "It is
good to be here". Our winter was mild, so we did not suffer too much
in making the adjustment from Tropic to Temperate Zone.
Out Bentonville way the Comans have been enjoying a visit from
Lula Mae's sister, Mrs. Mattie MacAuley, who left last Saturday to return
to the Zone and her work in Cristobal Commy. Jimmy is looking well
and still taking life sort of easy as per doctors orders. The Ernest Wil-
liams are busy gardening and enjoying the result of their labors in nice
fresh vegetables and lovely flowers. They report a grand time at the
In Rogers, the Lynn Cooks returned from a recent trip to El Paso,
Texas, but were glad to get back to their lovely home and vineyard where
Lynn can invent all sorts of gadgets for his tractor.
The Bill Matheus of Springdale are entertaining their long time
friend, Mrs. Marion Campbell who arrived last week for a couple of
months. Understand Mrs. Campbell- intends to settle in the same town
when she retires. They, the Matheus, are raising those cute little Pekin-
Out Farmington way the Charles H. Millers (one time conductor on
P.R.R.) are raising chickens, 6000 at a time, some Black Angus cattle
and having the time of their young lives. They sort of keep an eye on
the ten acres next door to them for the Rogers of Balboa-Mrs. Rogers
is sister to Mrs. Ray Shuey.
Hear that Norman Reppe is still in the chicken business just out
of Springdale, which, as you may see by the papers, is the popular
industry of N. W. Arkansas.
Here in Fayetteville, we are glad to report that Agnes Phillips is
recovering from a recent illness which put her in quarters for about a
month. Capt Jack still holds daily conferences in Campbell-Bells Dept.
store where all the former CZ folk go to consult him in search of the
best doctor, dentist, lawyer or the latest style in men's clothing.
The young Jim Meigs are progressing, moving into a larger apart-
ment in keeping with his promotion to the head of his department in the
University. We are all proud of him and he obligingly sees to it that
we get good seats at the University plays and concerts,.
"Heinie'' Hallin has returned from another trip to Veterans Hospi-
tal in Dallas and they tell him that one more visit in June should fix him
for good. His wife Theo is relaxing after teaching High School English
in nearby Lincoln.
Across the road-Hwy. 16-The Booths are Lord and Lady of the
trim and neat white cottage that sits by the side of the road where they
are friends to every one who passes by. Looking from our side of the
road to the Booths is like looking at a lovely birthday card with flowers
of all colors, the woods and the finest garden on our hill. Sorry to say
we missed the birthday party Omi planned for Ed last April, at which
time the Shaws were visiting Texas-I mean HOUSTON, where we saw
the Lee Wrights, Ted Sandquists, Mother Calvit-sorry to report Connie
was spending a few days in the Hospital-Ezra Haldemans, Nathan
Levys, Joe Orrs and Mary Netta who was up from the Zone, Jack Schnake,
Harry Whites of Texas City, Mrs. Lydia Jerell, Mrs. Amalia Stewart, Miss
Kate Ebdon, kin folk of the Ebdon family of the Zone and the hale and
hearty Charlie Palmers and daughter Margaret who left the Zone after
two extensions beyond retirement age 20 years ago. We had a grand time
visiting with each and every one of them, spending our ten day visit with
our gracious hostess, Mrs. Peggy Ellis in her aristocratic home on Cal-
umet Drive. All the Houston folk asked to, be remembered in the Record
and to say that while they did not have a.CZ Society established there,
they did meet often and a former CZ guest was a signal to get together
for another gab-fest and entertainment CZ style.
Back home from Texas we find Newell busier than ever as Secre-
tary of The Amateur Radio Club of the Univ. or Ark., attending the Ham
fest at the famous Crescent Hotel of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs. New-
ell's call letters are now W5TNM (take no money) and I bet some of the
RFC and BIR boys wish they had heeded that advice. In addition to his
Ham activities Newell has started in the cattle business via one cow and
Plans are in progress for the Picnic to be held on the 2nd Sunday
in June. Come one, come all, and join us as we exchange ideas on gar-
dening and re-build the Canal.
Secretary Mrs. Myrtle Luce reports that the annual dinner was held
March 9th at the Hotel Clark with a large attendance. The annual election
was held and all of the officers were reelected for another year. Ewing
C. Journey was added to the Board of Governors. The Fred Halls who
recently arrived from the Zone attended the dinner as the guests of the
President Fred Bradley expects to journey to Miami for the Shrine
convention in June.
The annual Spring picnic was scheduled for June 8th in Griffith
Park. About 325 were expected to attend. Another is scheduled for
Secretary Eltah Cooper reports as follows:
The regular meeting of the Canal Zone Society of the Northwest was
held at the Hostess House, 606 Summit N. Seattle, Wash., on March 1,
Prior to the business meeting the members enjoyed a delicious baked
ham dinner. The committee in charge was Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Will,
and Mr. and Mrs. L. Ivan Cooper. They were assisted by a number of
volunteers in preparing, serving, and dishwashing, for which the com-
mittee was very grateful. An excellent carving job was done on the ham
by our very able President, Mr. Oscar H. Martin. Appropriate napkins
for this occasion were sent to our President by Ernest Cotton of the
Canal Zone. These were imprinted with the name of our Club and a pic-
ture of a ship in Gaillard Cut.
After the dinner colored slides of the Canal Zone, Republic of Pan-
ama, and vicinity were shown by Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Will, which was
greatly enjoyed by all present.
This was followed by our regular business meeting. Capt. Lynn Vane
was appointed chairman of a committee to arrange for our summer meet-
ing, which will be a picnic. Capt. Vane will be assisted by the following
committee: Mrs. Ida Martin, Mrs. Tillie Lawrence, Mrs. James T. House,
Miss Martha Berg, Mr. James Laird and Mr. R. F. McNulty.
Following is a list of those attending the dinner and meeting:
Mr. and Mrs. Oscar H. Martin
Mr. and Mrs. Merrill Will
Capt. and Mrs. Lynn P. Vane
M. and Mrs. L. Ivan Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kier
James B. Simpson
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Pardue
Mr. and Mrs. E. P Haw
Mr and Mrs. Ralph B. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Ira W. Dye
Mr. and Mrs. E. L Kindall
Sgt. and Mrs. Brooks
A. W. Bechlem
Miss Wanda Drost
Chester B. Maxin
F. L. Winter
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mack
James A. Sullivan
Mr. and Mrs. James T. House
Mr. and Mrs. Alva J. Armstrong
Mr. and Mrs. Duke Lawrence
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Hartshorne
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Davis
Sgt and Mrs. Patrick
Mr. and Mrs. R. F. McNulty
Director W. E. Russell informs us that the New York Society held
its twenty-eighth annual dinner at the National Republican Club on May
Washington, D. C.
George B. Ward of Weaverville, N. C. happened to be visiting in
Washington, D. C. when that Society held its annual meeting on May 10th.
He reports about fifty people attended and the U. S. Navy Band Orches-
tra furnished the music. The following officers were elected:
President .. Alvin Siegfried
Vice-President Andrew Dewling
Secretary-Treasurer Martin Seiler
Mrs. Edith R. Willson, President of the Women's Auxiliary, gave
their greetings to the men's meeting. Walter Ross spoke on "The Isthmus
Then and Now" which was based on a recent trip to the Isthmus. Edward
H. Davidson talked about "Isthmian Transportation" and Ben Jenkins
on "The Founding of the Washington Society". Other Oldtimers offered
their reminiscenses. Roger Erdman added a 'Tribute of Silence" in mem-
ory of George W. Kimball, Patrick J. Mahony, Harry E. Bovay, William
E. Weigle, Leslie G. Thom,A. L. Stiles, William M. Devine and J. K.
Monroe all of whom passed to the Great Beyond during the past year.
Governor Maurice H. Thatcher acted as toastmaster.
It is understood that the Washington office of the Panama Canal is
preparing to close June 30th when some of its force will be merged with
the New York Office. A limited force will be retained in Washington
as a contact organization.
Western North Carolina Asheville Hendersonville
Secretary George B. Ward reports: On March 11th our society had
a meeting in the S & W Cafeteria clubroom in Asheville with an atten-
dance of forty. A picnic was held on May 27th in Pisgah Forest with
former Zone policeman A. B. Cole in charge of arrangements. There were
fifty-three present and among the visitors was Fred Sill, retired Chief
Admeasurer, the Michael Greens of Margarita, Mrs. Green's mother, Mrs.
Robert Neely, and J. P. Hayden.
Among recent visitors to this area were: the Earl Cassells of Gatun
who were with the P. R. Kigers of Asheville, the Jake Krauses formerly
of Pittman, N. J. who have purchased a home in Orlando, Fla., the Earl
Trouts of Balboa, Miss E. Jane Holcombe of Colon Hospital who was with
the Dow Walkers of Asheville, the Marshall Benningers who were on the
way home to Ohio after a Florida visit, Dr. J. D. Odom, recently retired
and the George Engelkes of Cristobal.
Edwin E. Batton of Bryson City, N. C., formerly of Pedro Miguel,
passed away suddenly on May 8th.
The P. R. Kigers recently traveled to West Virginia to visit relatives.
Dr. Charles Trickey and wife are now living at 6 Kensington Drive,
Beverly Hills, Asheville.
The George B. Wards returned April 6th from a five weeks trip to
the West Coast. In San Diego they visited Mrs. Ward's aunt, Mrs. Lucy
Goolsby who will be 90 on July 28th, Mrs. Mary Shivers and Ned Dunkle.
In Arcadia they had lunch with the Frost family. Mrs. Julia Frost
was in fine health and daughters, Olga and Florita keep busy around
their house and beautiful garden. While driving around town the Wards
were stopped by the village cop who turned out to be Harry Adams,
formerly of Colon, who had been ordered to get more sunshine and is
being paid while he gets it.
So many ex-Zonians are settling on Eubank Road in Hendersonville
that consideration is being given to calling it Gatun Row or some other
equally appropriate name. Flanking both sides of the road are the
homes or properties of the Knoops, Coyles, Lewises, Hollowells, Mul-
doons, Tom Kelleys and Ray Mitchells.
Mrs. Sewell Rayne, who is teaching in the Weaverville schools, says
the kids a'int what they used to be in the good old days on the Zone.
Quimby Smith has been employed as electrical engineer at the Oer-
likon Tool and Arms Corp. which has just opened a factory in Asheville.
The Rev. Philip H. Havener, pastor of the Cristobal Union Church,
advises that the Union Church of the Canal Zone published a book
last year which should be very interesting to many former Canal em-
ployes. The book contains more than 200 pictures of people and places
on the Zone and in Panama. There is a chapter on the history of the
building of the Canal by Albert V. McGeachy, editor of the Star and
Herald and another on Zonelore which will bring back humorous mem-
ories to old-timers. There are also histories of the various Union
Churches. The book's title is "Christian Cooperation at the World's
Crossroads" and it was compiled by R. H. Rolofson. Further infor-
mation can be obtained from Mr. Hevener.
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There have been frequent starts ever since the completion of the
Canal toward the erection of a suitable memorial to the builders of that
great waterway. Former Governor Maurice H. Thatcher introduced a bill
to that end many years ago and altho his idea was endorsed by two Gov-
ernors of the Panama Canal Congressional approval was never given and
to this day no suitable memorial has been erected. The subject has again
been brought up by the publication in the Congressional Record of May
7, 1952 of the following remarks by a Virginia Representative, Tom B.
Panama Canal Memorialization
EXTENSION OF REMARKS of
Hon. Tom B. Fugate
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Wednesday, May 7, 1952
MR. FUGATE. Mr. Speaker, for many years the question of a broad
and adequate memorialization of those who contributed to the construction
of the Panama Canal has periodically been before the Congress. As yet,
however, nothing has been done toward this end other than the authoriza-
tion of a single memorial for the last Chief Engineer and Chairman of
the Isthmian Canal Commission, the later Maj. Gen. George W. Goethals,
who supervised the construction work from 1907 to 1914 and became the
first Governor of the Panama Canal under the permanent-operating or-
As many historians have pointed out, the building of the Panama
Canal was not the work of any one person or professional body. Instead,
it was the contribution of many, not only of large numbers of Americans,
but also other persons and groups from many nations. The historical task
of fitting recognition due all these is the responsibility of the Congress,
and still remains to be done.
The following letter of Mr. G. L. Chapin, of Falls Church, Va., who
served in the Canal Zone from 1905 to 1907, published in the Washing-
ton Post of April 22, 1952, is most timely and is commended for consid-
eration of those interested in this question:
PANAMA CANAL PIONEERS
A small item in the Washington Post of April 18 reports that the Presi-
dent has approved the design for a monument to be erected at Cristobal, Canal
Zone, as a memorial to Maj. Gen. George Washington Goethals. The news item
identifies the subject of the memorial as the man "who pioneered the construc-
tion and operation of the Panama Canal."
I would not take one whit from the credit due to General Goethals for his
part in bringing into being the Panama Canal. But he did not "pioneer" that
engineering undertaking. When he took over the duties in connection with the
canal work, to which he was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907,
the pioneering had been done.
The first real pioneer was John F. Wallace, the chief engineer who began
the work in 1904. When he took charge of the jungle covered remains of the
work which had been begun by the French companies years before, there was
no livible habitation except at the two ends of the Canal line.
We who went there shortly after he took charge, to assist in opening up
the work along the line between the terminals, lived in decayed and collapsing
remnants of houses which were left by the French. There were no doors or
windows to close the openings, no water supply, no sanitation, and no food ex-
cept the wild fruits and vegetables brought in by the natives from the jungles.
Yellow fever and malaria were rampant. Whether it was true or not, I
do not know, but it was currently remarked among us that when Mr. Wallace
came to the Isthmus he brought with him a leadllined coffin.
John F. Stevens was the second real pioneer constructor of the Canal.
He took charge, following the resignation of Mr. Wallace, on July 1, 1905. When
he resigned in March 1907, the work was going ahead at a rapid rate.
Upon Steven's resignation, the work was placed under the supervision of
the War Department, and the then Colonel Goethals was charged with the
responsibility for completing the work, which he did in a splendid manner, as
he was not subjected to the petty annoyances and interference which his pre-
decessors had suffered from.
It is right and proper to build a memorial to Goethals. And probably it is
inevitable that those who prepared the way for his success should be forgotten.
But we "old-timers" who saw the Isthmus "in the raw" as it was during the
first 2 or 3 years of the work know full well who were the real pioneers of
C. L. CHAPIN, Falls Church, Va.
Twenty-eight years have elapsed since the Canal's completion and
it is high time that action be taken if it is ever going to be. It is not our
purpose to enter into an argument concerning whether John L. Stevens
or Col. Goethals should receive the most credit (there is glory enough
for all concerned) but we do feel that the rank and file also deserve
recognition. Why not build a memorial to ALL the Canal builders and,
on a suitable plaque, mention those to whom special credit is due? If you
agree that some action should be taken it is suggested that you write your
Representative in Congress giving your views on the subject and sug-
gesting that Congress delay no longer in approving the memorialization
of the men and women who built the Panama Canal.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Herman E. Wulff of Zephyrhills, Fla., formerly of Cristobal, gave a
surprise dinner for Mrs. Wulff and a hundred Canal and other friends
in the Zephyrhills Tourist Club on May 16th in honor of the Wulff's
fortieth wedding anniversary. Mayor B. F. Parsons of the town extended
an official greeting to Town Councilman and Mrs. Wulff and there was
a lengthy program of toasts and speeches followed by dancing. Canal
Zone friends from many nearby cities attended and all reported having
a wonderful time.
Phyllis McLaren, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. D. M. McLaren of
Balboa, was recently elected Coed of the Year at the Bloomsburg, Pa.
State Teacher's College. Candidates for this honor are selected on the basis
of beauty, personality, popularity and campus activities. Phyllis is a
sophomore in elementary education.
Carol Thornton Sergeant of the Pacific side is a Junior at Syra-
The Walter Hershes of St. Pete drove north late in May to attend
his college reunion and to meet daughter Phyllis, son-in-law Wilson Crook
and their family, who traveled from the Zone to spend a few weeks in
Washington and Pennsylvania.
Frank Adrian Anderson has resigned his position on the Zone and
with his family is visiting his parents, the F. A. Anderons, long time
Atlantic side residents, in St. Pete before settling somewhere in the States.
The Fred A. Newhards of Gatun celebrated their ewenty-fifth wed-
ding anniversary in April.
The local Canal colony is proud of Mrs. Oakley Vineyard, widow
of the late Cristobal pilot, who was recently elected to the Presidency
of the Garden Club here, one of the most prominent and influential
women's organizations in the city.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Hudson, one of the best known of all Old-
timer couples in St. Pete. celebrated their golden wedding anniversary
on April 17th. They held open house all afternoon and were hosts at a
dinner party for twelve that evening. Congratulations and many more
of the same, folks!
Col. Bill and good wife Jessie Hunt, who are gallivanting around
California, favored us with a postcard showing the Golden Gate bridge
in the background and right down in front was that attractive island
rest resort for tired criminals, Alcatraz Prison. We were dissapointed
that they did not include that well-known vacation message: Having a
wonderful time. Wish you were here.
That columnist par excellence and drinker extraordinary, John K.
Baxter 'has been visiting on the Isthmus where he was interviewed by
Dorothy Melendez of the Star and Herald. She wound up her report by
saying; "If he is doing any writing ,now he did not say so, though his
brief contributions appear in the retired employes publications gotten
out by what they call the Panama Canal Society of Florida." Haven't
you heard of us before, Dorothy?
Walter G. Ross who was district quartermaster at Empire during con-
struction days, returned to the Zone with Mrs. Ross for a visit in April
after an absence of forty years. Mr. Ross is the author of a book, "The
Historical Background of the Panama Canal" and is past president of
the Panama Canal Society of Washington where he is in the import-
Tht well-known former Cristobal pilot, Captain George H. Smith
has gone to sea again and is master of the S. S. Neptunis of the Orion
Shipping and Trading Co.
Mrs. J. J. Luckey of St. Pete flew to the Zone in May for a visit
with her daughter and family, the Tom Kelleys of Cristobal.
The A. Verne Mitchells returned to the Zone in April for a lengthy
Jim Heenan of St. Pete left on May 19th for a trip to California
where he is expected to visit with many oldtime Canal friends.
The G. M. Hills, formerly of the Canal Zone, have moved their gift
shop, the Sampan, to 532 First Avenue North in St. Pete. They specialize
in oriental art objects, ivory and cloisonne and jade.
The very modern San Antonio home af Baxter and Mary Lou Grier
won the 1951 Texas Regional Award of Parents Magazine and pictures
of the house and the young couple with their two children appeared in
a recent issue of that magazine. Mary Lou is the daughter of the T. O.
Maases of Balboa and Baxter grew up on the Zone.
W. C. (Bill) Adams and wife of Cristobal visited friends in St. Pete
S. Harry Sullivan, retired Atlantic side plumber, has gone into bus-
iness here in St. Pete. He recently opened the County Plumbing Supply
Company at 5211 Haines Road selling all kinds of plumbing supplies,
stoves, hot water heaters and shower stalls. Here's hoping you prosper,
Pension authorities are seeking information concerning Mr. and Mrs.
Edward R. Steadman who lived on the Canal Zone from 1908 to 1911.
Mr. Steadman came from Alexandria, Va. and was employed in the
Gorgona shops of the Mechanical Division. He was transferred to the
Atlantic Division in 1910 and served as locomotive engineer until June,
1911, when he resigned. Anyone who can personally verify the facts
concerning this couple's residence on the Zone is asked to communicate
with the Retirement Clerk, Room 102, Administration Building, Balboa
Hts., Canal Zone.
The Retirement Clerk is also seeking information concerning the
widow of Andrew Horton who worked for the Panama Railroad from
1907 to 1915. Horton was general stevadoring foreman at Cristobal.
His widow now resides in Seward, Alaska and has applied for the
Robert J. Thomas, 1020 West High Ave., New Philadelphia, Ohio,
wants to locate Herbert Estes who was an attorney employed on the
Canal Zone around 1909. He should be about 73 or 75 years old if
ey JOHN K &XTZU.,
One day last March, Floyd Miller, publisher and editor of the Royal
Oak (Mich.) Tribune, who has a winter home on Merritt Island across
the Indian River, told me that he was flying down to Panama to attend
a meeting of the Board of Directors of The.Inter-American Press Asso-
"Ah, Panama" I said, "I remember the place vaguely, although it
is twenty-one years since I was last there. Perhaps I ought to join you
and look it over once more before I keep my appointment with the un-
So a week or two later we rode down to Miami, paused long enough
for cocktails and dinner at the Columbus Hotel, boarded a plane at the
airport, and five hours later at approximately 1:30 A. M. we were in
Panama. In the old days the trip by sea took from five to seven days,
but it was a lot more fun.
On the same plane that carried us there were beside my friend Miller
several other distinguished directors of the Inter-American Press Associa-
tion, so upon arrival in spite of the inconvenient hour we were welcomed
by a Committee headed by Dr. Harmodio Arias, who among other and
of course minor claims to distinction is now the owner and publisher of
the Panama American, a paper which with the late Nelson Rounsevell
I was instrumental in starting. (God forgive me. The stockholders never
will). It was obvious that Harmodio did not know what in hell I had to
do with the Inter-American Press Association, if anything, but without
waiting to solve that mystery he greeted me cordially and drove Miller
and me in his own car to the new Hotel El Panama where we had reser-
vations. By that time it must have been nearly three o'clock in the morn-
ing. Eventually we got to bed.
That evening in honor of the visiting newspaper men, Dr. Arias
gave a huge cocktail party at the hotel to which he kindly invited me, and
this was followed the next evening by a party about as big offered at
his home in the Sabanas by Jules Dubois, Latin American correspondent
of the Chicago Tribune. At these two affairs attended by virtually all
the local nobility and gentry I had an opportunity of seeing a great many
old friends I could not have looked up for lack of time and who for the
most part might not have bothered to get in touch with me. Among these
were Captain Clifford Payne and Mrs. Payne, Dr. and Mrs. Reeder, Tom
Duque, Gene Lombard, Joe Leferve and many others.
As soon as possible I got in touch with John (Red) Hushing, Pete
Brennan and' John O. Collins, and I saw as much of all three of them as
I could during the five days I was in town. Omar Malsbury came to the
hotel to see me. At the ripe age of 70 he was about to leave for a road-
building job in the jungles of eastern Bolivia. Fred Sill dropped in one
morning. He says that I used to call him the red-nosed teetotaller. I do
not remember that, but he claims that he is still a teetotaller, and his
nose is certainly as red as a stoplight. Roy Mosher also looked me up,
as did Adelbert Fastlich. Others called me on the telephone, e.g. Betty
Webster who wanted me to drive up to Santa Clara to see what she and
Rounsevell had developed, there; Hector Down operating a night club in
the old Century Club building below the Tivoli; Ramon Arosemena whose
notable exploits in the ring I chronicled twenty-five years ago.
Purposely I am giving only fleeting mention or none at all to the
ladies. This is not because I did not see them on because they are not
still as beautiful and charming as they were twenty or thirty years ago,
but if I once got started on that topic my enthusiasm would run away
with me and I would not know when to stop. To one of them however,
I must express my appreciation and gratitude. That is Dorothy Melendez
star reporter of the old Panama American and now doing a similar job
for the Star and Herald. Dorothy interviewed me for her paper and in
'her story she contrived to make me look intelligent, respectable and even
mildly important. You must admit that anyone who can do that is clever.
The corresponding interview in the Panama American was terrible, and
the photograph of me they published could easily be mistaken for pub-
lic enemy No. 5.
The City of Panama has grown since my day beyond all recognition,
spreading for miles out through the old Sabanas. I could not find my
way around in it, and did not try. The most recent and conspicious mon-
ument to progress, of which the citizens are very proud and justly so
is the ultra-modern Hotel El Panama. There is none better in Florida
and few as good. Strange to say the rates for a hotel of that class are
very reasonable. Almost any Florida hotel in the winter season will
charge you twice as much for half the luxury and comfort. It has be-
come the center of all social life and entertainment completely obscur-
ing such places as the old Union Club. Whether it will be profitable is
another question. Construction costs were inordinately high. The most
reasonable opinion I heard was that it will have to go through the wringer
and be re-organized on a sounder financial basis. Perhaps that is the
history of most hotels.
If I live another twenty-one years I may travel to Panama again.
In any case I enjoyed this visit and was gratified and flattered to find
so many people there who remembered me and were apparently glad
to see me.
New Members and Changes of Address
The following have been added and addresses changed since the March
Canal Record was mailed.
Adams, Mr. and Mrs. W. E., P. O. Box 5016------.---------------Cristobal
* Curtis, Mr. Karl P., P. O. Box 212---------.....---- .-- -----. Gamboa
Dobie, Miss Jean, P. O. Box 3076---------------------- -----Cristobal
Farr, Mrs. Lillian F., P. O. Box 463-----------..----------------Balboa
Pickett, Mrs. Nina A., Hotel Tivoli -----------------------------.Ancon
Scheets, Mrs. L. G., P. O. Box 361--------------------- -------Balboa
Tatelman, Judge and Mrs. E. I. P., P. O. Box 3025----------------. Cristobal
Trout, Mr. and Mrs. Earl C., P. O. Box 1623-----------------------Balboa
* Meigs, Mr. and Mrs. A. J., 212 Virginia Ave.------.-----------Fayetteville
Kinsman, Mr. Frank, 1932 Thomas Street----------------- Los Angeles 31
Sands, Mrs. Robert M., 437 Shirley Place-------.------------ Beverly Hills
* Sweet, Col. and Mrs. W. H., 3430 5th Street ..---..---------- San Diego
Wohlfarth, Mr. and Mrs. John T., 237 West 64th Place--------. Inglewood 3
* Ingersoll, Mr. and Mrs. H. Clyde, 785 Birch Street-------------... Denver 20
Fanning, Mrs. Foster, 124 Welborne Ave. W--------------- inter Park
* Frederick, Capt and Mrs. Carl, 210 South Orion Street-...-- ..Clearwater
Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Lamar J., 3124 Marlin Ave.--------- ___---.Tampa 9
* Heenan, Mr. J. P., 5322 16th Avenue So.--------------- St. Petersburg 7
Herring, Mr. and Mrs. George P., 204%South Willow Ave.--------- Tampa
Kimball, Mr. James Stewart, 55 Carmoma Ave.--------... -----Coral Gables
Kopp, Mr. and Mrs. William A. J., P. O. Box 772-------------Homestead
Larkum, Mr. and Mrs. F. W., Route 2, Box "H"-------------... Maitland
* Macintosh, Mr. and Mrs. Charles, 3719 20th Street No.--..St. Petersburg 4
* Meyer, Major and Mrs. A. O., 858 25th Avenue No. -- St. Petersburg 4
* Rickards, Capt. and Mrs. Charles G., 5719 23rd Ave. So...--St. Petersburg 7
Sandiford, Mrs. Lessie M., 651 N. W. 38th St.,----------------_ Miami 37
Shuey, Mr. and Mrs. R. O., P. O. Box 69------- -------. Rock Harbor
Stilson, Mr. and Mrs. Louis A., 2365 Wellington Blvd. ---------Winter Park
* Trower, Mr. and Mrs. James D., 6131 Coral Way--- -----... Coral Gables 34
Parrish, Mr. and Mrs. John W.. 513 McPherson St.--------------- Bremen
Grauten, Mr. Sylvester H., 1722 Harrison St.-------.------..----Evanston
* Oliver, Mr. Ralph H., 9904 Charles Street-------------------- Chicago 43
* Mullen, Dr. and Mrs. Hugh E., 106 East Dallas St.------------Montezuma
Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. W. D., 135 Goodrick Ave.--------------....Lexington
Dotson, Mr. William C. 938 Ookley Drive-----------------... Shreveport 63
* Powell, Cdr. and Mrs. Fay E., 28 Fisher Court, Huntlee Village----.. Algiers
McDaid, Capt. and Mrs. John M., P. O. Box 204--------------- Camden
Moore, Mr. Elmer R., 6212 41st Avenue---.----------------.Hyattsville
* Langley, Mr. Clarence E., 22 Maple Street----------------..--Baldwinville
Quinn, Mr. and Mrs. W. Phifer
c/o Miss Marian E. Cuniff, 1006 Canton Ave. .----------------.Milton
Melms, Mr. and Mrs. E. A., 18477 San Juan Drive---------..... Detroit 21
* Sprecken, Mr. Fred D., 3937 Linda Street, Route 5------------..Muskegon
Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. William Carey-------------- -----------Starkville
* Hollowell, Mr. Cooper, P. O. Box 42----------------------.... Portageville
Brameld, Mr. and Mrs. Walter, 272 McKinley Place------.. Ridgewood 2
* Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. John S., 4709 Sherwood Terrace---M.-Merchantville 8
* McElhone, Mr. Henry J. Sr., 128 West Cottage Avenue --------Haddonfleld
* Knox Mr. and Mrs. Roland K., P. O. Box 663-------------------..Ruidoso
* Enright, Mrs. Margaret, 1372 Stratford Ave...-------------.--Bronx 72
Henry, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J., 664 East 88th St.----.----.--..Brooklyn 3
Humphrey, Cdr. and Mrs. William C. SC USN
Staff, Commander Atlantic Reserve Fleet
Office: Room 518 90 Church St.---------------------------.New York 7
Res. 1115 South Edgewood Street, -----------------Arlington Virginia
* Kilcorse, Mrs. Maude A., c/o Walbauer, Kennedy Ave., Blue Point, Long Island
* McCord, Mr. and Mrs. John E., 290 Hyland Ave.----.---.... --.Kenmore 23
McGann, Mr. John T., 171-45 Courtney Ave., Flushing..--.--...Long Island
* Morgan, Mrs. Beatrice T., 117 Harmon Drive--------_---_---.. Larchmont
Russell, Mr. and Mrs. William E.
Mail Office: 41 East 42nd Street-------------- ---- New York 17
Residence: 154 Boulevard--------------------- _----- Pelham 65
* Yeager, Mr. and Mrs. Jack D, 137 Warren Street.-.---......Glen Falls
* Hazeldine, Mr. and Mrs. Harry T., 2319 Belvedere Drive---.......Wilmington
Kalar, Mrs. Helen, 1545 Sunrise Ave. -------- ---- -----.....Raleigh
* Burgess, Mr. and Mrs. L. 0., 1155 N. Pennsylvania Ave.----------W...elston
* Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Walter,
c/o A. W. Russon, 4076 West 161st Street .--..............Cleveland
Plath, Mrs. Arthur C., 1201 Ludlow Street-- .----------..- Hamilton
Russon, Mr. and Mrs. Albert W., 4076 West 161st Street-..---.. Cleveland
Maiers, Mr. and Mrs. Harry A., 502 Willow Road-----.--------...Oreland
* Garlington, Mr. and Mrs. A. C., 1229 Calhoun St.---------------.Newberry
Brown, Mr. Charles M.
Residence: 4146 Lyons View Pike
Mail: P. O. Box 790 ---------------------------------Knoxville 1
* Gamble, Mr. and Mrs. Robert M., 2852 North Lathmore Circle -....Memphis
Fernandez, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony, c/o 107 West 8th Street-......-- Irving
Forrest, Capt. and Mrs. Floyd W.---------------------------Hudgina
* Brown, Mr. and Mrs. E. K., 7124 Steilacoom Blvd.--....-------Tacoma 9
Changes of address
Doanoma Canal Society
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
N am e .--..... ---- ......-- -..-.. .. .
Wife's Name .....----------------.....---- ----------------
Address -- --------------- --
City......-------_ -------...........-- State- .......-----_-.
Number of Years on Canal -------- --..-.. --------- ----
What Division-----..-.....--..... .----.. ...-- .. .- ---------
Amount enclosed.______-__._. ---------____ _........
Miss Ida Erickson, Hudson, Wis.
The Newell Shaws, Fayetteville, Ark.
P. O. Box 249 STA. A
ST. PETERSBURG 2
Sec. 34.66 P.L&R.
U. S. Postage
St. Petersburg, Fla.
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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