MIAMI GANG PICNIC JUNE 1952
- CANAL BUILDERS
After those presses were started again and finished their work, we
had to stop the binders to insert this page and to flash you the very latest
news, that we have just been informed by your alert friend Gov. Thatcher,
with further reference to the DEWLING case and tax refunds, that further
assurances have been received from the Bureau of Internal Revenue to
the effect that where annuitants have died before receiving tax refunds
to which they are entitled, the refunds will be made to the estates of
the annuitants. Also that claims for refunds in smaller amounts will
be processed thru the local offices of Collectors and Revenue Agents,
while those involving the larger amounts will be handled thru the Bur-
eau of Internal Revenue, Washington, D. C.
IMPORTANT SPECIAL NOTICE
All employees of the Isthmian Canal Commission and the Panama
Railroad Company performing service on the Isthmus during the con-
struction period (May 4, 1904, to March 31, 1914) from two to three
years, are requested to contact immediately, SYLVESTER H. GRAUTEN,
1722 HARRISON STREET, EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, and furnish him with in-
formation as to dates of entry into and retirement from such service;
also the average compensation therefore, or the respective rates of pay,
and respective periods therefore. Also, indicate present respective ad-
dresses of such persons.
Such data will be used in the presentation to the Committees of Con-
gress the facts and reasons for the enactment of an amendment to the
Construction Service Act of May 29, 1944, extending the benefits of that
legislation to those having from two to three years' of construction ser-
vice; which proposed amendment will be pressed when Congress meets
in January next.
IMPORTANT: ACT IMMEDIATELY.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
To prsrrne American Ideals and Canal Zone Fritndships
P. 0. Box 249-STA. A ST. PETERSBURO 2. FLORIDA
W. H. BUTLER F. A. ANDERSON
P....SN 'L ONE, H. H. HUDSON
J. A. KLEMMER
C. G. CALVIT sD AN E. WRIGHT
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MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD G. T. TARFLINGER
MRS. W. H. BUTLER MRS. ETTA H. CONKERTON
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EARLE BROWN MRS. J. W. WILSON
NEWs soITOr MRIa J. F. EVERETT
JOHN K. BAXTER pInrATS
CHARLES H. BEITHAM
R. C. DAVOURS
pOlms c LEGISLATION
. "*,N" By WALTER L. HERSH
0. R. HUNTER
"^.'... The second session of the Eighty-second Con-
"t. LYS gress has adjourned sine die. With one exception
CLAUDA. OTT all those various bills which have been of in-
c. j. r terest to Canal Retirees and Old Time Constructors
JOHN ".WIN and their survivors and which bills have been
the subject and concern of many letters to their
Senators, Representatives and Committeemen have
... WANR now died a pigeon-hole death in various com-
mitees. Even if the President decides to convene
R".S HO ON the Congress in special third session those unre-
R. C. HOUMTON
c ".^. ported bills will most likely receive no further
S. "." ,^" attention.
R. W. OGAW
J. W. WILSON
...CAS The one exception (S-2968) proposing a cost
w.I..." of living increase in Civil Service retirement
annuities had a most difficult struggle for exis-
tance and was given a lease of limited life, only
when considered during the very last hours of
The conferees who struggled with the task
of working out the differences in the Senate and
house versions asked the consent of the Congress
for time until midnight on the Fourth-of-July to
finish their conference and report. Both cham-
bers agreed to the conference report the next day,
being Saturday afternoon. Yes! your deduction
is correct both Chambers were in session long
hours on the holiday, also Saturday and continued
until about 5:00 A.M. Sunday. Thus did S-2968 with amendments now
Public Law 555 barely get through the gauntlet and legislative jam
before the Congress adjourned on Monday.
The problem confronting the conferees involved decisions as to
whether or not survivors should be granted an increase, also whether or
not a top limit should be set for increased annuities. The resulting
compromise was to set the top limit at $2160.00 and to include the
survivors for an increase. In this way the funds excluded from the
higher brackets were considered available for survivors in the lower
brackets. This thought may take some of the sting out of the dissappoint-
ment to that 8 per cent of enrolled retirees not benefitted by this act.
Overlooking the disappointment to the individual there remains the
fact that this limiting amendment is contrary to the basic principle of
the retirement act which heretofore has made retirement annuities pro-
portional to salary and to length of service as a reward for a career in
Government service. Those retirees above the limiting ceiling and thus
excluded from any benefit are those very persons who have served their
government the longest and in the most responsible positions. The finan-
cial saving resulting from this exclusion is small compared to the great
damage to the general morale developed and encouraged by the basic
principle of the Civil Service System. If the Civil Service System is
to continue applying the basic principal of merit to the individual for
efficiency and accomplishment that arbitrary ceiling will need be removed
in future legislation. Thus more effort ahead is indicated, but not until
1954 for there has been written into this act a delaying factor requiring
a long investigation. More on that factor later.
At this time all retirees should be particularly appreciative and
thankful for the persistent effort of their many Senators and Represen-
tatives concerned earnestly with easing the predicament of fixed income
annuitants in their struggles with the high and still increasing costs of
simple living. These efforts finally prevailed in overcoming the delaying
and parliamentary tactics of a decided minority in their otherwise much
needed but here misdirected efforts toward governmental economy in
opposing this legislation.
Write to your Senator, Representative, Committeeman, expressing
your appreciation and thanks for their helpful efforts in this legisla-
tion, and in securing for you the much needed benefits of Public Law
555. Should you overlook these thank you notes, it may become em-
barrassing for you to write to them in the future when you again seek
During the last week that the Congress was in session and when it
appeared that this legislation might be defeated, William C. Doherty,
Vice President, A.F.L. and Chairman Government Employee's Council;
William C. Hushing, Chairman Legislative Committee A.F.L. and Old
Time Canaler; Jerome Keating, Secretary National Association Letter
Carriers; Marcellus C. Shields, Vice President NARCE; and Elroy C.
Hallbeck, Legislative Representative National Federation Post Office
Clerks and others worked long and persistently, as a determined team,
and it was largely their combined efforts that resulted in last minute
enactment of P.L. 555. Write your proven friends expressing your ap-
preciation and thanks.
By the time this writing reaches our members all annuitants will
have received a mailing card from the U. S. Civil Service Commission
informing them how P.L. 555 will effect their retirement annuity.
Briefly only those on the retirement rolls before April 1, 1952 will
benefit, provided their present annuity is less than $2160.00 a year. The
benefits will be computed as $36 for each full 6 month period between
the date of retirement and October 1, 1952. In no case shall' the increase
exceed $324.00 a year, or 25 per cent of the present annuity. Nor shall
the increase exceed the amount required to raise the annual total to
$2160. The resulting annuity will be computed to the nearest full dollar.
By some peculiar twist of congressional thoughtfulness only survivors
on the rolls before April 1, 1952 will benefit by this increase. Those
who may become survivors after that date will receive their regular
annuity without benefit of any increase even though their husband an-
nuitant did benefit by this act.
Whatever the benefit to any individual, it will become effective
October 1, 1952 and will be discontinued in case the cost of living falls
below the index figure of 169.9 representing the cost of living for April,
1948. The latest available index figure is 190.8 for July, 1952. (an all-
time high). Otherwise these benefits will be discontinued July 1, 1954
unless the Congress appropriates funds specifically for this purpose for
one more year. These benefits will definitely be discontinued July 1, 1955.
Because of the limited space on above mailing card some factors of
P.L. 555 were omitted. Retirees will be interested to know that this
act created a body of six men to be known as the Committee on Retire-
ment Policy for Federal Personnel. The chairman is to be appointed
by the President. The members are the Secretary of the Treasury, the
Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Board of Governors, of the
Federal Reserve System, the Director of the Bureau of the Budget and
the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission.
This Committe is required to make a comparative and comprehen-
sive study of all Federal retirement systems and report to the Congress
not later than December 31, 1953. Their report is specified to include
finding and recommendations as to the type and amounts and other
related benefits to all Federal personnel, the need for considering special
benefits to selected groups as overseas personnel and those in hazardous
occupations, the relationship of these retirement systems to one another
and to such general systems as old-age and survivor insurance, the ex-
isting financial status of several systems, the most desirable methods of
cost determination and of funding, the division of costs between the
Government and the members of the systems, as well as the policies that
should be followed in meeting the Government's portion of the costs in
the various systems.
The report and recommendations of this Committee will be of much
interest and concern to all Federal Retirees and particularly what use
the Congress will make of that report and how the outcome will ulti-
mately effect the living standards of all retirees will be of great interest
FLASH! CANAL BUILDERS .FLASH!
We just stopped the printing presses to tell you the very latest news
concerning the Dewling case, which was outlined in the March, 1952
number of the Canal Record. We had some data all ready to send to
you when John Fred Everett received a letter from the Office of the
Commissioner of Internal Revenue and the news was so good we intended
to pass it along to you as a last minute flash. This was no more than ar-
ranged when we received more information on the same subject, and we
decided to stop the presses to revamp the whole story and to give you
the data complete. You might receive this Canal Record a few days late
but the news will be well worth the short delay.
Our members and Canal Builders are again reminded that they have
a very good and capable friend, alert and working quietly in their behalf
in the person of former Canal Zone Governor, Hon. Maurice H. Thatcher,
now practicing law in Washington, D. C. and who, at his own personal
expense was successful in prosecuting the Dewling Case to a gratifying
decision before the United States Court of Claims.
More recently Gov. Thatcher has been active in his efforts toward
convincing the Commissioner of Internal Revenue that he should accept
the Dewling decision and start refunding taxes. Gov. Thatcher has pre
sented his pleas orally and in letter-briefs to the Commissioner in his en-
deavors to help claimants and thus avoid the need for filing additional
but parallel cases before the court. He has also pointed out the delay in
refunding taxes as an injustice to aging old timers who are now scattered
throughout the country. In Gov. Thatcher, Canal Folks surely have a
proven friend and associate to whom they must feel grateful and surely
should so express themselves.
The resulting action of the Commissioner in response to these efforts
is well covered in the letter our Secretary Mrs. Lucille S. Judd has just
received from Gov. Thatcher and the letter he received fom the office
of the Commissioner of Internal Revenue. We think you will be inter-
ested in the contents of these letters, both of which are being reproduced
in their entirety on the next following pages.
In view of the decision of the Commissioner to accept and to act
on the Dewling decision it will now be in order for those receiving CZC
pensions to file claims for tax refunds for 1949 and subsequently. We
have had conflicting advice concerning the application of the statute of
limitations. We have recently been informed authoritatively that now
after March 15, 1952 it is too late to file claims for the calendar year
1948. (Note: The statute of limitations covers that three year period be-
ginning on the last day on which you should have filed your regular in-
come tax return for the proceeding year.) Accordingly final tax returns
for calendar year 1949 were due on or before March 15, 1950, and claims
for refunds for 1949 will be excluded by statute after March 15, 1953.
Claimants may need to be patient in this matter. Two of our members
tell us that in their experience with claims for refunding of overpaid
taxes it required over two' years before the refund checks were actually
received. It is hoped in these fast moving times that it will not take so long.
If you have written this society inquiring about retirement annuities
or about the Dewling case and tax refunds and have not received an
answer, please do not censure us too severely for not replying. We really
got swanmped and found it advisable and in fact necessary to apply our
limited efforts toward getting this Canal Record printed and mailed to
you. We hope you will here find the information desired.
Maurice H. Thatcher
834 INVESTMENT BUILDING
WASHINGTON, D. C.
August 28, 1952
Mrs. Benj. C. Judd,
3535- 19th Street North,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
My dear Mrs. Judd.
All's well that ends well. I am very happy to be able to advise you that
on yesterday I received a formal letter from the Commissioner of Inter-
nal Revenue stating that the Bureau of Internal Revenue would fully
acquiesce in and follow the ruling of the U. S. Court of Claims in the
suit of Andrew W. Dewling v. United States. In that case-prosecuted
by me-the court held that the CZC annuities paid to Construction em-
ployees of the Isthmian Canal Commission and the Panama Railrdad
Co., during construction days of the Panama Canal were not subject to
the payment of income taxes, for the reason that they were pure gifts
or gratuities within the meaning of the Federal Income Tax laws.
The Commissioner and the Department of Justice declined to take an
appeal from the Dewling judgment to the U. S. Supreme Court, as might
have been done; but notified me that no appeal would be asked, and I
was requested to present the Dewling judgment for payment; which I did,
and the judgment was paid. Therefore, I assumed that the Commissioner
would follow the ruling in the Dewling suit, and make refunds of income
taxes-within the three-year of limitation provided-and exempt future
CZC annuities from income tax payment. However, the Commissioner
first took the position that he was not bound by the Dewling decision,
and much confusion arose as claims for refunds were being filed and
no action taken thereon. As a result I filed with the Commissioner letter-
briefs presenting arguments and reasons why he should follow the Dew-
ling case; and he has now ruled that he will do so. All this means much,
indeed, to the old timers affected; and I have been very happy to have
thus been able to serve them, and to render this service without any fee
Inclosed a general statement of this matter will aid you in preparing
something for your forthcoming issue of your Society's magazine. If the
entire letter of the Commissioner to me (copy herewith) could be pub-
lished, together with the essential facts carried in the accompanying
statement, your many readers would be fully apprised of the up-to-date
situation, and the CZC readers would be very grateful, I am sure, for
the information thus furnished.
M. H. THATCHER
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Office of Commissioner of Internal Revenue (COPY)
August 26, 1952
Mr. Maurice H. Thatcher
1511 K. St. N. W.
Washington, D C.
My dear Mr. Thatcher:
Reference is made to your letters dated June 9, 1952, and June 24, 1952,
requesting that you be advised relative to, the position taken by the Bureau
with respect to the decision of the United States Court of Claims in the
case of Andrew W. Dewling v. United States, 101 Fed. Supp. 892.
In the Dewling case the court held that the amounts paid to a former
employee of the Isthmian Canal Commission under the provisions of
Public Law 319 were gifts and not includible in his gross income for
Federal income tax purposes.
This Bureau will follow the Dewling case in other cases involving an-
nuities paid under Public Law 319 but it will not consider that case as
a precedent in the disposition of any case not involving Public Law 319.
Former civilian officials and employees of the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion who receive annuities under the provisions of Public Law 319 may
file claims for refund on Form 843 or amended returns, for overpay-
ments of income tax for prior years with respect to which the statutory
period of limitation on refund of income taxes has not expired, with the
Collector or Director of Internal Revenue for the district in which their
income tax returns for the years involved were filed. A separate claim
should be made for each taxable year.
Very truly yours,
NORMAN A. SUGARMAN
By H. T. Swartz
Head of Division.
FURTHER COMMENT ON THE PROPOSED
PANAMA CANAL MEMORIALIZATION
After reading the remarks on the above subject in the Canal Record
for June, W. R. McCann of Hopewell, Va. wrote a letter to the Hon. Tom
B. Fugate of Virginia. He concluded by saying, "If a memorial is neces-
sary, it should be in the form of a recognition to the multitude who
really dug the ditch and built the Canal and its works. Personally in
these stressed times, I would prefer that no public moneys be expended
on monuments. Monuments and other boondoggling unessentials, may
well be deferred to a happier day." If more voters wrote their frank
opinions to our elected officials in this good old American way it would
be sure to make an impression.
After writing the above we received a clipping from a Panama paper
that a local firm had been awarded a contract for $78,533 for the con-
struction of a Goethals memorial in the circle at the end of Balboa Prado
in front of the Balboa Elementary School. Plans for the memorial were
approved by President Truman in April.
The following news item from Washington is so unusual it is re-
printed for your enjoyment. "A giant ship tunnel has been proposed
as a supplement to the Panama Canal. A sort of tunnel of love on a mass
basis, it would burrow under the mountains of Honduras for 146 miles.
The proposal was made to the International Geographic Congress
here by Dr. William Herbert Hobbs, 88 year old, University of Michigan
geologist. He had previously proposed a ship tunnel across Mexico's
Tuhuantepec Isthmus, but Mexico would have none of it.
The tunnel would actually be double shafts, dug at sea-level, run-
ning 150 feet apart. This way, Dr. Hobbs pointed out they would be
virtually atom bomb proof. Dr. Hobbs also said, that this would be
better than trying to make the Panama Canal bigger or trying to make
it a sea-level canal.
Ships would be hauled thru by electric locomotives, Dr. Hobbs said."
Now, don't all start talking at once.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
How we do enjoy going thru the mailbag reading all the letters from
oldtimers scattered all over the country and points south. We wish all
our members would drop a line once in a while and tell us what is
going on in their vicinity. A postcard will do if you can't find time to
write a letter but give us the news.
Mrs. Helen Kalar, recently retired, writes that she is living in
Raleigh with daughter Dot and son-in-law Roy Kennedy. Dot is work-
ing for the Army and Mrs. Kalar keeps house.
Mrs. Nell Brugge advises she and daughter, Peggy, have purchased
a home at 2017 North Cleveland St., Arlington, Va.
Miss Mabel Jacobs who retired from Gorgas Hospital in December,
1946 and now lives in Washington, D. C. has just joined your society.
She advises that she fell and fractured her spine in June and has been
in a plaster cast ever since. On a trip to Boston in May she met the John
Manushes in Grand Central Station in New York. They were on their
way to their home in Maine. Driving thru Connecticut on her return she
noticed a car with a C.Z. license and found it belonged to the recently
retired Pfiffer Quinns with whom she enjoyed a twenty minute talk.
The Quinns were on their way to North Carolina.
Mrs. Macel Goulet Thomson writes from the Zone that her mother
and sister, Rita, sailed for the States on July 25th for a vacation in the
Charlie Cameron wrote in July that he had sold the old homestead
in Maine and will now make California his headquarters. They have re-
cently seen the Bramins, Fitches, Jones, Bob Browns and T. J. Duvalls
and all were well. Cameron's daughter, Janice, now the wife of Major
Ernest Ross, has just moved into her new home at 1890 McNab Ave., Long
Beach, Cal. The Major is with the Signal Corps in Korea. Thanks,
Charlie, and keep your reports coming.
Mrs. Martha M. Elliott, formerly of Pedro Miguel, writes from
Portland, Ore. that she and son George have both been in the hospital
and both were very ill. George underwent his fourth operation for
She sends regards to all old friends and will be glad to hear from
them or see them if they pass thru Portland.
J. V. McGimsey advises he is now settled in Sarasota, Fla. where
he is enjoying the fishing.
Greeting have been received from oldtimer, Mrs. Margaret Waters,
who now resides in Miami at the age of 80.
Mrs. Lulu M. Dewey writes from Glendale, Cal. that two of her
daughters are married and living in nearby Burbank and Wilma Jean is
an Army librarian in Berlin, Germany. Each married daughter has a son
Mrs. Florence Miller writes from Long Beach, Cal. that she saw Mrs.
Sam Perkins, formerly of Gatun, and she is not well. A recent visitor
was Father Cooper, so long a rector of Christ Church by the Sea in Colon.
She reports he is 90 years old and almost blind but spry and lively as
ever. He still resides in Guatemala.
R. M. Briggs of Port Orange, Fla. advises that the Karl Curtises left
the Zone in April for Meridan, Conn. to settle the estate of Mrs. Curtis'es
sister, Mrs. P. B. Brown, who, with her husband, was stationed at Ancon
Hospital from 1907 thru 1915.
H. P. Forrest, formerly of Gamboa, wrote from Norfolk late in July
that he and Mrs. Forrest visited the Eckerts and J. J. Murray in Dehoga,
Pa. He said Murray went to the Democratic Convention in Chicago.
The Forrests celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary in July 30th.
They will be glad to see any friends passing thru Norfolk.
Mrs. Bea Morgan writes from the Hotel St. George in Brooklyn that
daughter, Laura Sinclair, and family were with her for a few days on
their way to Europe for a six weeks vacation. They live in La Jolla, Cal.
and have two daughters and a son.
From Mrs. Ethel Drake of this city comes the news that Doc and
Lena Hambelton of St. Pete. had their daughter Elizabeth, her husband
and three sons up for a visit in June. Elizabeth is in the Library
on the Pacific side. Mrs. Drake had a letter from Ora Fisher who now
lives in Oregon. A recent visitor there was Helen Yoder up from the
Zone because of the illness of her mother who passed away. She returned
to the Zone after a visit with the Elmer Haws in Seattle and a week in
Southern California. Mrs. Fisher also advised that Elsie McLaren and
Viola Mathews have purchased a duplex in Orlando, Fla. Mrs. Fisher
recently heard from Mrs. Alec Grieg, Sr. who has been visiting her
granddaughter, Frances, and attending the graduation of her grandson,
Alec III, in Austin, Texas.
The William. Godfreys visited in Texas on their way to California
Mrs. Winifred Sealey of Washington, D. C. wrote that daughter,
Peggy, and family expected to visit in St. Pete this summer. Daughter,
Marion, lives in Alexandria, Va. and has a son and daughter.
That tireless traveler, Mrs. Marie Coffey, who makes St. Pete her
headquarters says that while up north last spring she called on the R. J.
Huntoons in Rutland, Vt. and found them well. Mrs. Coffey left for the
north early in August to see son, Jim, and family due in New York from
the Zone on August 20th. Jim is going to enter St. Bonaventure College,
Olean, N. Y. Jim and wife recently added a son to their family, also
named James. Mrs. Coffey Sr. also advises that Mrs. Helen Aanstoos
left the Isthmus in August to make her home with her daughter and family
in Ft. Bragg, N. C. She says also that the Parmeters of Cristobal are
celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary early in September and
daughter, Kay, is flying down for the occasion. We hope Mrs. Coffey will
keep us informed of her travels from now on.
A newsy letter from the Danny Egglestons arrived late in July. They
are spending the summer in their old home town, Henderson, N. Y. On
the way north they saw Captain McDaniels and family in Southern Pines.
In Henderson they saw Captain and Mrs. Parsons, Captain and Mrs.
Boomer and the Fritz Williamses. Dr. and Mrs. Eno stopped there on
their way back to the Zone as did Dr. and Mrs. Gilder. The Boomers have
returned to Sandusky, Ohio and George is recovering nicely from a long
illness. Other recent visitors were Captain and Mrs. Al Forsstrom who
visited all the local Canal colony including Mrs. Lilliam Boyce, widow
of Captain Boyce, formerly of Cristobal. The Egglestons' son, Maurice
is the proud father of another child, a daughter, the latest of five children.
He is Planning Engineer on the Zone.
Al and Esther Paulson of South Pasadena, Cal. advise that the Jack
Beasons visited them last spring and newly retired veterinarian C. C. Clay
and wife live around the corner from them.
Mrs. Irene Wright reports from Houston, Texas that recent visitors
were Elsa, Mack and Honey Bailey and Elsa's mother, Columbia Reiman,
up from the Zone on vacation.. In May the Wright's nephew, Forrest
Young, of Pedro Miguel and his family were with them. Rae and Joe
Ebdon, Jr. were visiting the senior Ebdons in San Antonio and planned
to go over to Houston at which time a big party was planned. Mary Orr
is visiting her parents in South Houston. Rene Conlan and one of the
Wempe boys have also been recent visitors.
The Ray Shueys, who formerly ran the El Retiro fishing lodge at
Rock Harbor south of Miami, left in May for a trailer trip in Colorado
and parts west.
W. C. Dotson of Shreveport, La. says he had a serious accident which
kept him in the hospital for a year. He is now able to hobble about with
the aid of two, canes but it will be some time before he is fit again.
Mrs. Virginia Seiler advised some time ago that her 81 year old
mother, Mrs. Amelia Winquist, was in a rest home in Santa Monica, Cal.
following a fall in which she broke her hip. The bones were joined with
a plate the next day and Mrs. Winquist was doing fine. Virginia flew
immediately from Washington to, be with her mother. She says Pilot and
Mrs. Peterson have called several times and she sees Rae Clisbee every
day. Docia Clisbee, who teaches school, has become quite an authority
on nursery technique and gives illustrated lectures on the subject. Loretta
Kocher's daughter is spending the summer with Docia.
In a recent issue reference was made to a plaque unveiled at Gorgas
Hospital by Miss Jessie Murdoch. The tablet was a memorial to Miss
Eugenie Hibbard, first chief nurse on the Isthmus. Miss Murdoch had
been her assistant. William E. Russell writes from New York with refer-
ence to Miss Hibbard: "She was one of the immortals in the nursing
profession. She served with Gen. Gorgas in Havana after the Spanish-
American War and then went to Panama with him to combat yellow
fever. Later on she went to Africa with General Gorgas and for her ser-
vices she was honored with a decoration by the King of England and was
received at court. She later established a nursing service in Cuba and
was given a life pension by the Cuban government. Upon retirement
she purchased a home in Malverne, on the island of Jamaica and died
there three or four years ago." The memorial plaque was purchased
with funds raised by the Woman's Auxiliary of the New York Society
of the Panama Canal and a prominent Italian artist was employed to
design it. Mrs. Russell as President of the Auxiliary, went to the Zone
and supervised the installation and it was later unveiled by Miss Murdoch
who had been prevented from being there on the date set for the unveil-
ing because of an accident. She was assisted by Mrs. Clifford Payne of
Panama who was formerly Miss Kate McGinnis of Ancon Hospital.
Capt. Fred Mundberg and good wife, Jennie, send greetings from
Santa Barbara, Cal. and report both are well.
New member, Sylvester H. Grauten, writes that he was a testing
engineer, First Div., from 1911 to 1914. He wants to contact all oldtimers
having more than two but less than three years of construction service.
His address is 1722 Harrison St., Evanston, Ill.
E. A. Erbe wrote in June that he had purchased a home at 1100
Munster Ave., Orlando, Fla.
Mrs. Eula Ewing, wellknown oldtimer of Pedro Miguel, advises she
plans to retire in October and will make her home in West Virginia.
New member, Shelby R. White, writes from Valparaiso, Fla. that
he went to the Isthmus with' his parents in 1907 at the age of two and
stayed until 1921. He returned in 1939 and worked as a conductor and
yardmaster on the P.R.R. until his resignation in 1951.
Those perennial travelers, Luella and Denny Mullane, wrote in June
that they planned to stay for the rest of the year at the Brookmore Hotel
in Pasadena, Cal. and hoped to return to Florida in January.
W. G. Kershner who owns Kershner's Red and White Cottages in
Lenhartsville, Pa. says he worked on the Zone from 1910 to 1915.
Mrs. E. L Wood wrote from Gamboa in May that they had a new
grandson, the second child born to son and daughter-in-law, Bill and
Mrs. Emma Smallwood advised in June that she underwent an oper-
ation last December and shortly after her father, Mr. Mettke, aged 80,
was taken ill in Florida. He was brought north and placed in a nursing
home. He passed away on Decoration Day.
SThe Ray Pruners had the pleasure of entertaining the Al Forsstroms
on their 29th wedding anniversary. The Forsstroms were on their way
to the west coast and stopped at Sioux Falls to see the Pruners on Aug-
ust 7th. Two months previously the Harry Hazeldines had also stopped
on their way to Washington state. The Pruner's send regards to all and
report both are well. Ray is still with the City Band, Elk's Band and
Shrine Band so is kept busy.
Mrs. LeRoy Smith has advised of the passing of Howard O. Parker
of Ontario, Cal. last December. Mr. Parker was an electrical engineer
for the army on the Zone from 1925 to 1942. He and Mrs. Parker were
well known on the Pacific side where they attended the Balboa Union
Mrs. Smith is recovering from her recent accident and hopes to come
east in November. The Smiths plan to attend the next reunion here in
The T. M. Drakes of St. Pete spent a weekend in DeLand in July
visiting with the Durwood Dennises, formerly of Cristobal. They report
Mrs. Dennis still enjoys teaching piano and plays' the church organ.
In church, the Drakes met the W. H. Lowds, also late of Cristobal. En-
route to DeLand they called on Mrs. William Vickery, Mrs. Mary D.
Hunter, Mrs. Viola Mathews and Mrs. Elsie McLaren in Orlando. The
latter's daughter, Phyllis was home from college but the Drakes missed
seeing her. They did see daughter Jeannie, however.
Former St. Peters, Saba and Abe Brill write from Houston that they
haven't minded the heat there so much as the nights are usually cool.
Later news from Charlie Cameron: A group of friends organized a
picnic honoring Captain Maurenus Peterson of Glendale, Cal. on his
birthday which was on August 8th. It was held way up in the mountains
at Charlton Flats at an altitude of 6000 feet. After a big feed and a
large birthday cake they spent the afternoon rebuilding the Canal. Those
present beside the Petersons were: The W. A. Joneses, Arthur Berudes,
John M. Kings, Fred R. Fitches, E. F. Bramins, Walter Heltemeses, C.
C Camerons, Mrs Myrtle Tribolet and the Sam Griers who are still linger-
ing on the west coast.
Another picnic of interest occurred across the continent at St. Pete
on June 17th. This one was organized by Mrs. Helen Hammond in honor
of Mrs. R. J. Neely up from the Zone for a visit. Those attending were
the Charles Calvits, Shep Shreves, Fred Lyons, Charles Conkertons, Earle
Browns, Mrs Warren Love, Mrs. Frank Wolf, Mrs. H. C. Moody and
Mrs. Helen Hammond.
From correspondent Gus Hoecker in Monrovia, Cal comes news of
that sector as follows: The Earl Beards of Oakland came down for the
Canal society picnic in June and stayed with the Earl Gilberts. Robert
Langdon, son of the C. I. Langdons, who is attending college in Texas
is spending the summer working in a gold mine in Alaska. The Monrovia
Canal crowd held their Fourth of July picnic at the home of the H. M.
Lockwoods. Those attending were: the Joneses, Hodges, Langdons, No-
lans, Lupfers, Fitches, Ameses, Persons, Gilberts, Stillwells, Needhams,
George Cottons, Kings, Naylors, Hoeckers, Herbert Engelkes, and daugh-
ters, Marguerite and Mary Alice, Mrs. Marion and Ann Seibold, Meade
Bolton, Bert Wood, Mrs. V. C. Dillon, Mrs. Sumrall, the Tom Sullivans
and daughter, Helen, of San Francisco and newlyweds, the Graham
Mrs. Grace Hodges Loughmiller who teaches in Cameron, Texas,
and husband, Wiley, principal of the same school, are attending summer
school at the University of Texas at Austin.
Miss Ann Newhard of Gatun was the guest of the Hodges family at
the time of the Naylor-Blakesley wedding. She is a student at Greely
College, Colo. and is teaching during the summer at the kindergarten
school operated in Santa Monica by Mrs. Docia Zavitkovsky.
News from the Orlando sector received in July from Herb Hoffner:
"Just arrived back home from a trip to Boston. If you want to see a beau-
tiful sight to take a trip over the New Jersey Turnpike from New Castle,
Del. to the George Washington Bridge across the Hudson River. No red
lights or roads across the highway-60 miles an hour speed limit. Met a
lot of Zone people up in Boston: Mrs. Blanche Wright, Mrs. Bates Huld-
quist Weiman, Mrs. Charles Whitaker, Mrs. Stella Moolchan all were
there. Since writing you last we have had a couple of visitors from the
Zone. Mrs. George Cassell and her sister, Gladys Hammond came up
from Miami and stayed with Edna Whitver at her home on Lake Chero-
kee. Edna has been retired and plans to live here permanently. Bill
Stevenson and wife, Agnes, had a crowd of Canal Zone people out to
their home for a picnic on July Fourth. Among them were the Jack
Millers, the Edgar Murphys, A. H. Mohrs, Vern Calloways, R. L. Wilhites
and Ed Spearman."
From Castine, Maine comes another interesting letter from Mrs.
Elizabeth W. Chester. Recent visitors were Emil and Pauline Melms. On
the Zone he was known as Dick and was postmaster at Camp Gailliard
thirty years ago. He is in the postal service in Detroit and due for re-
tirement in two years. They saw all the sights and had a wonderful
shore dinner with lobster and steamed clams. They were disappointed
not to have caught a whipping push, an elusive fish which can only be
captured by melting a pound of butter, pouring it on the water, making
a hole in the butter and whacking the fish when it comes up for air.
Retired Cristobalites, the James Christians, report they enjoy moving
about northern California in their trailer. Daughter, Tookie, is married
to a Naval Lieutenant in the Airforce at Alameda.
H. A. Haag of St. Louis has sent in some interesting photos' of Toro
Point in 1911, Anchorage, Alaska, where he was Gen. Storekeeper for
the Alaskan Railroad in 1916 and of his home and grounds in St. Louis.
where he has resided for the past 23 years. He says some of the workers
in Anchorage lived in tents all winter with the temperatures at 25 to
35 degrees below Zero.
Mrs. Lita Deakins of St. Pete has returned from a trip to Ashville
N. C. and vicinity where she visited the P. R. Kigers, Dow Walkers, Roy
Knoops and others.
Some Canal retirees' widows who are annuitants have wondered
why they do not receive Commissary calendars as they did while their
husbands were alive. This has been brought to the attention of the Gen-
eral Manager who has advised that all Canal widows receiving annuities
will be put on the mailing list if they will apply. The address is: General
Manager, Commissary Division, Cristobal, Canal Zone.
That's all for this time, folks, and don't forget the Florida Society
Reunion on January 12th and 13th. Don't miss the Reunion just because
you may not care to attend the dinner. Come anyway-meet all your
friends. We know you will enjoy it.
Engagements and Weddings
The A. C. Garlingtons, retired Canal Zoners now of Newberry, S. C.
have announced the engagement of daughter, Alice Day, to Augustus T.
Neely, Jr. of the same town. The wedding was scheduled for August.
The Jerome E. Steiners of Balboa have announced the engagement
of daughter, Joanne Elizabeth, to Richard J. Robinson of Balboa and the
wedding was scheduled for August.
The Theodore E. Englebrights of Margarita, C. Z. have announced
the engagement of daughter, Beverly Ann Lindstrom, to Donald L. Fraim,
U.S.N. of Ft. Sherman.
David Cooper Hollowell, U.S.N. and Miss Thelma June Cronin were
married in San Jose, Cal. on June 1st. Son of a retired Canal employee,
David graduated from Cristobal High School in 1942.
Graham Naylor, son of former Gatunites, the W. G. Naylors, and
Miss Betty Lou Blakesley were married in Monrovia, Cal. on June 21st.
Miss Ruth Ann Baker, daughter of Mrs. F. C. Baker (former Zone
teacher, Ruby Gamble) and Lt. Neil Kevin Quinn, U.S.M.C. were mar-
ried in this city on July 12th. They will reside at Camp Le Jeune, N. C.
Lt. Garvyn H. Moumblow, son of the Frank J. Moumblows of Gatun,
and Miss Bonnye M. Thomis were married in Lovett, Texas on June 24th.
Miss Helen Leist Purvis, daughter of the John M. Purvises, for many
years residents of Balboa, was married to Richard McGhee in Alexan-
dria, Va. on June 21st.
Miss Gloria Bornefeld, daughter of the Julius H. Bornefelds, for-
merly of Gatun, married J. Milton Wilson, Jr. in Houston, Texas recently.
Miss Marie Caroline Stapf and former Canal Director of Finance,
William H. Dunlop have announced their marriage on July 31st in San
The B. L. Coopers ,who left the Zone a year or more ago and now
reside in Lutz, just north of Tampa, Fla., report a third son, John Lester,
born on June 11th. Mrs. Cooper is the former Virginia Morgan of the
The Charles N. Littles of Balboa became parents of a second daugh-
ter on July 7th. Mrs. Little is the former Pauline Schriftgiesser.
Mr. and Mrs. James O'Rorke of Greely, Colo. were recently bles-
sed with their first child, a son. He is the first grandchild of Judge and
Mrs. E. I. Tatelman of Cristobal who were on hand in Greely to wel-
come the newcomer.
A son, and fourth child, Stephen James, was born to the E. I. Askews
of Diablo Heights, on June 29th. The proud maternal grandparents are
the Otto Kozaks of this city.
Bob and Mildred Byrd of the Zone are the parents of a son, Donald
Patrick, born June 8th. The grandparents are Doctor and Mrs. Jessie Byrd
of Cristobal and Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Hoecker of Monrovia, Cal
The following retirements have been announced since our last issue:
May 31st: Miss Kathleen Baxter, Miss Sue P. Core, William H. Dunlop,
Gustaf R. Holmelin, Harland V. Howard, Captain Gordon F. Kariger,
James G. Maguire, Solomon S. Shobe, Clarence Sibus, Mrs. Edna C. Whit-
ver. June 30th: Raymond O. Hanner, George E. Mathew, Mrs. Margaret
C. Perry, Robert N. Ruley, Mrs Helen M. White. July 31st: Harry A.
Comley, Grover C. Gravatt, Mrs. Jewell W. Hobby, John H. Schneider,
George B. Smith, Wilbur A. White.
Another retirement of interest is that of Captain Dave Swinson, long
skipper of the S. S. Ancon who made his last voyage to the Isthmus as
her master on July 14th. The Captain plans to make his home in Glou-
Genial Fred Lyons of Clearwater has been a patient at Bay Pines
Hospital where he recently underwent an operation.
George Cotton of Monrovia, Cal. advises that Mrs. Cotton is recover-
ing from an accident but did not say how badly she had been hurt.
Zone Police Sergeant James L. Hatcher, on vacation with his wife
and family, was injured in an automobile accident on July 14th in
Neosho, Mo. Mrs. Hatcher was also badly injured but their children
Tracy Page of this city was a recent hospital patient.
It is a pleasure to report that your society's founder, John F. Warner
of Bradenton, Fla. who has been very ill, is up and about again. You
can't keep a good man down.
Mrs. Fanny Tolar, longtime resident of Pedro Miguel, is reported
to have suffered a stroke at her home in Tampa.
The A. C. Van Brocklins of Santa Ana, Cal. were injured in an auto-
mobile accident in July. Arthur advises that they are both comfortable
and being well cared for and that Edna is up and about but he is still
confined to a wheelchair.
The Curtain Falls
Major William Hunt jr., aged 31, was killed in action in Korea on
June 21st. Born and raised in Colon, Major Hunt was the son of Colonel
and Mrs. William Hunt, prominent residents of Cristobal for many years.
Young Hunt graduated from Cristobal High School in 1938 and from
West Point in 1943. His wife and three small children survive. They
reside in St. Petersburg as do his parents.
Corporal Thomas B. Woods jr., aged 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.
B. Woods, who resided in Balboa from 1941 to 1951, died in action in
Korea on June 21st. He graduated from Balboa High School in 1948. His
parents now reside in Birmingham, Ala.
Charles C. Carr, aged 68, employed on the Zone for four years dur-
ing the construction period and who was the first Superintendent of the
C. Z. High School, passed away in this city on July 29th. A former adver-
tising and public relations director of the Aluminum Company of Amer-
ica, Mr. Carr retired in 1949 and settled in this city where he had been at
one time general manager and part owner of the St. Petersburg Times,
the city's leading newspaper. Mr. Carr had been the guest speaker at the
1952 reunion of your society last February. His wife and a daughter
Mrs. Merriam Beetham, who arrived on the Isthmus during construc-
tion days and was a wellknown resident on the Pacific side for many
years thereafter, died in Tampa early in August after a long illness. She
is survived by her husband, Charles H., who is your society's permanent
Mrs. Claude A. Ott, wife of the former president of the Miami Canal
Diggers Society, died there on July 20th after a lengthy illness.
George A. McFadden, retired Mechanical Division employee, died in
Gorgas Hospital late in April. His widow, a son and two daughters
J. Kell Monroe is reported to have died in Orlando, Fla. last March
but no further details are available.
William T. Hoffman, 41, former engineering draftsman in the Mech-
anical Division at Cristobal, passed away on May 2nd in Margarita. His
Captain Joseph Sonnenburg passed away in New Orleans on June
15th His widow survives.
Clarence E. Gage, 67, mechanical engineer and former Canal em-
ploye, died in this city on June 26th. His wife, a daughter and son survive.
Mrs. William J. Conneely who resided on the Isthmus from 1910 to
1922 is reported dead after a brief illness. Her son, Robert, of Corundu,
Mrs. Violet Marion Courville, 57, school nurse on the Pacific side,
died in Gorgas Hospital on July 1st. Her husband, Clovis, and and son,
Ralph Anderson, survive.
Ora F. Henderson, 61, retired watchmaker in the Instrument Repair
Shop at Balboa, died in Gorgas Hospital on July 5th. He had been ill
there since Jan. 8th. His wife and two daughters survive.
Mrs. Catherine Burgoon, 78, a resident on the Isthmus since 1908,
owner of a jewelry store in Panama City for many years, died in Panama
Hospital on July 7th after a long illness. A daughter, Mrs. Marie Smith
of Bloomington, Ind. and a son, James, of Ancon, survive.
Mrs. Agnes Nolan, 83, widow of Michael C. Nolan, employed on the
Canal from 1904 to 1912 as a steamshovel engineer, passed away at her
home in Lakewood, Ohio on July 15th. Two daughters survive.
Sewell J. Rayne, 64, retired Panama Railroad conductor, died in
July at his home in Weaverville, N. C. His widow survives.
Clarence H. Bird, 59, retired in 1947 as a tunnel operator on Gatun
Locks, died July 22nd at Richmond, Cal. He is survived by his widow.
Edward S. Siegel, 45, clerk at the Balboa Postoffice, died late in July
while on vacation in Grove City, Pa. A son and daughter survive.
Styles E. Ward, 64, retired R.&F.A. employee who spent 33 years on
the Isthmus, recently passed away in Hollywood, Cal. His widow survives.
Col. W. R. Grove, 80, who was Canal Chief Quartermaster in 1917,
died in Osprey, Fla. on August 6th. His widow and a son, also a colonel,
Alvin M. Rankin, 72, retired Lighthouse Division employee, who re-
sided in this city since his retirement, died in a local hospital on August
8th. His widow, four sons and a daughter survive. His funeral mass was
conducted by his son, Paul (Carlos) who is a teacher in Notre Dame
Grover C. Gravatt, 59, employed in the Motor Transportation Div-
ision on the Atlantic side for many years, died in Colon Hospital early
in August. His wife, a son and daughter survive.
Frederick W. Ames, 75, chief pharmacist of the Canal Commission
during construction days, died recently in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. His
brother, Dr. Roger P. Ames was also an early days Canal employee.
Mrs. Julia M. Frost, 91, one of the real oldtimers who landed on the
Isthmus in 1905, passed away at her home in Arcadia, Cal. recently. She
is survived by her three daughters all well known on the Zone.
Mrs. H. P. Fransen, widow of a former Dredging Division employee,
passed away in Tampa on July 22nd. A son and daughter survive.
Captain Joseph G. Lutz, former Balboa pilot, passed away on August
17th in West Collingswood, N. J. His wife and two daughters survive.
Advice has been received of the death of R. B. Groves in) Almeda,
Cal. but no details are available other than that his wife survives.
Charles A. Palmer, Pedro Miguet Locks operator who retired in
1932, has passed away in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife,
a daughter, Margaret and a son, Earl. Mr. Palmer was 84 years old
Clarence C. Langley, aged 71, died in Massachusetts on July 14th.
Mr- Langley, a bachelor, worked on the Gatun Locks during construc-
Another in a long line of Interoceanic Canal Commissions will be
created if a bill now before Congress is approved. The Commission will
have broad powers to include recommendations for improving the present
canal, replacing it with a sea level canal in Panama or the construction
of another canal or canals in other locations. The Canal Engineering
Division has let out thirty engineers as the result of the curtailment of
the housing program. The Housing Division has been reorganized and
seven U.S. rate personnel have been dropped. An alltime record of 6290
Canal transits was established eleven days before the ending of last fiscal
year on June 30th. Final figures showed transit revenue to be only
$188,000 less than the record set in 1929. There has been an investiga-
tion into the sale of the dredge Las Cruces about which an editorial
appeared in a recent issue of the Saturday Evening Post. No result has
yet been announced. All commissaries will make sales only on a cash
basis after November 1st which means there will soon be no more can-
celled coupons to use for packing the breakables of departing employees.
The Commissary Division is building a new ice cream and milk-bottling
plant and it is being protested by Panama merchants who still hope that
someday, if they keep shooting, they may bring down the prize animal
in their competitive jungle, the Commissary Division. Another record
fell in May when the heaviest rainfall in Canal history was recorded for
that month By popular vote of its inhabitants, the name of Silver City
on the Atlantic side has been changed to Rainbow City. A big increase
in Pan American cargo in and out of Panama is reported as the result
of the opening of the Colon Free Zone. A large drive-in movie is planned
for Panama. It will be located just off the Trans-Isthmian Highway.
Panama's Civil Defense Commission estimates that more than 36,000
people might be killed if an A bomb fell on the Canal. The new secre-
tary to the governor is Mrs. Joyce Curling Sebastian, a Pedro Miguel
girl and first woman to hold that position. The new Canal Health Director
is Brig. Gen. Don Longfellow who was on the staff of Colon Hospital
in 1930 And on June 11th U.S. Marshal John E. Hushing was confirmed
by unanimous vote of the Senate for his fourth four-year term.
FROM VARIOUS PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES
Florida St. Petersburg
Cards of thanks have been received by your Society for flowers
sent to the H. H. Hudsons of this city on their golden wedding anniver-
sary, for those sent during the illnesses of the A. C. Van Brocklins,
Fred Lyons, Mrs. Dorothy Meyer, J. F. Warner and from the following
because of bereavement: Mrs. William Grove and son, Col. W. R. Grove
Jr., Mrs. Charles C. Carr and daughter, Mrs. James C. Fausch, Charles
H. Beetham, Claude A Ott and daughters, Henry and Wilhelmina Fransen,
Col. and Mrs. William Hunt, George and Esther Cassell, Mrs. Curtis J.
Firestine, Mrs. Clarence E. Gage and Mrs. A. M. Rankin.
Your Society has had three well-attended picnics since our last
issue. It is the pleasant custom at all our meetings and picnics to intro-
duce all visitors. Among those present have been: Mrs. Floyd Robinson
and two children, of Margarita, visiting her mother, Mrs. Lita Deakins,
the William Cary Dunns, formerly of Cristobal, now living in Starke-
ville, Miss., Frank A. Anderson jr., who, with his wife and baby were
visiting his parents enroute to his new home up north, the Bradford
Millers of Dade City, Fla. who were on the Isthmus in 1905 and 6, Casey
Hall and wife of Gamboa, the Hal B. Coopers of Limona, Fla., George
Tully and wife of Margarita, the Frederick H. Smiths of New Port Richey,
the James Morris family of Gamboa who were visiting Mrs. Morrises'
parents, the Hambeltons, Mrs. Zed McCartney of Ancon, M. C. Martin
and wife of Wilmington, N. C., the G. Carter Orrs of Balboa visiting
Mr. Orr's sister, Mrs. Gertrude Wilson, Mrs. L. G. Lakey and two chil-
dren and her sister Mrs. K. M. Ethridge, daughters of retired Cristobal
Pilot and Mrs. K. Wikingstad, the Al Baers of Meridan, Conn., Mrs.
Betty Crouch and children visiting her parents, the Tom Raths, H. A.
Kleeikins, wife and three children of Cristobal visiting his parents the
Herman Kleefkins, the Leo Clements of Ancon who were visiting Mrs.
Clements' daughter and family, the Wm. B. Godfreys of Redwood City,
Cal., the Russell Heaths of Melbourne, Fla., the Earl Baltozers of Balboa,
Mrs. Maude Clinchard of Ancon, the Burt W. Halls, just retired, the
W. B. Halls, Pacific Locks, also lately retired, John Bell, West Colliings-
wood, N. J. who was with the Mechanical Div. from 1914 to 1924. Other
recent visitors in St. Pete have been:: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jones of Bal-
boa, visiting her parents, the Harry M. Ottmans,the Dick Weavers, re-
tired Cristobalites now living in Deland, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. Ray Simons
visiting his parents, Mrs. Reva Starke and daughter, Imogene, visiting
Mrs. Starke's sister and brother-in-law, the Charlie Conkertons, the E.
B. Turners and daughter, Karalee, Marion and Mike Greene, the Lando
Olivers of Marion, Ill., J. B. Corliss of Balboa, the Frank Gerchows of
Montoursville, Pa., Fred Sprecken of Muskegon, Mich., Fred Bradley of
Los Angeles, and the just-retired Gus Holmelins and daughter of Cris-
tobal, visiting his sister and husband, the Frank Wolfs, former Isthmuian
resident, Mrs. Florence McLavey of New Orleans who visited with the
B. L Coopers of Lutz, Fla.
It was a great pleasure to welcome back to the fold at our August
picnic, Mrs. S. G. Hussey who is again in circulation after a lengthy
Secretary-Treasurer's report covering the last three months:
Your Society now has 860 paid up members and many who have
paid their 1953 dues. Several who have joined and wish their member-
ship to start in January 1953. Thirty members have been dropped as of
August first on account of non-payment of their 1952 dues. We will be
delighted to reinstate these members upon payment of their 1952 and
Forty-two members have been received since the June Canal Record
went to press.
A WORD OF THANKS
To those members who always remember to
pay their dues promptly, we extend our
thanks and appreciation-it helps so much.
The 1953 Year Book will go to press in October in order that all
books can be mailed out early in December. This advance date is being
given to you in order that you will have your new book before you leave
home to come to the Reunion an 1953 which will be January 12th and
13th. If by any chance you wish a different address put in the Year Book
please let the Secretary know at once. Please keep us informed of any
changes of address at all times.
Many thanks for all the lovely letters which I have received-they
were certainly appreciated and passed on to the Editor for use (in part)
in the Canal Record, as he sees fit.
It is regretted that the news from the Los Angeles Society sent early
in May arrived too late for inclusion in our June issue. Their annual
spring picnic was held on June 8th in Griffith Park.
Among the visitors were the Harvey McConaugheys of Oakland,
the Nino Lindstroms of Walnut Creek, the Charles Williams of Manhat-
tan Beach and Richard Lloyd, aged 93, of Los Angeles with his grand-
daughter, Miss Arlene Lloyd. Another picnic was planned for the second
Sunday in September at Griffith Park.
A group of Zone friends spent an enjoyable afternoon with Fred
and Emma Bradley on April 3rd. They were invited to meet Fred's
mother, Mrs. Alice Bradley who was on the Zone in 1915. She now re-
sides in Tucson, Ariz. and was 82 on May 22nd. Those invited were:
Captain and Mrs. Maurenus Peterson, the Charles Tribolets, Hugh Thom-
ases, Charles Parkers, Ewing Journeys, Robert Luces, Mrs. John I.
Koperski, Mrs. Martin Ruggles, Mr. Burton J. Hackett. A delightful
supper was served in the patio.
Barbara Kiefer, daughter of the C. E. Kiefers of Torrence is in
government service in Greece.
Northwest Arkansas Fayetteville
Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Blanche Shaw advised early in August
that President Jack Phillips and good wife Agnes left a few days before
for Seattle, Wash. for a two weeks' visit.Mrs. Phillips is recovering
nicely from a series of illnesses that kept her in bed for several weeks
The first annual picnic held in Fayetteville on the second Sunday
in June was a great success. Captain and Mrs. Guss Kolle and the
Preston Trims went up from Russellville. The Trims are former Miguel-
ites who are building a home on a ten acre tract in Russellville. The Ray
Shueys, previous visitors, returned from Missouri for the picnic. Also
from Missouri and President Truman's home town of Independence were
the 'Floyd Congers. Mrs. Marione Campbell of Ancon and Mrs. Zora
Cummings were also among those present. When Zora journeyed to the
Zone in 1921 to marry George F. Cummings she was chaperoned on the
trip by Agnes Phillips' mother and Captain Jack and Agnes were at-
tendants at the wedding. Mrs. Shaw winds up her report on the picnic
by saying, "What tellers of stories are Zora and Heinie Hallin. Any
get-together with them is sure to be fun. It was truly a happy birthday
for our president."
Mrs. Shaw also reports: "As for the doings of this group, it is
amazing what talents are developed by them. Jimmie Coman making
pie-toters, a tray with handle, for Lula Mae to carry her pies to the pic-
nics; Bill Mathues raising tomatoes that look just like the pictures on
the seed packages; Ernest Williams having a garden when all the other
gardens are burned up because of the drought.
Jimmie Meigs and wife are planning to add to the membership
The Lynn Cooks are building Villa Taboguilla near their Villa
Taboga, to be occupied by daughter, Lucille Nanny, and four children
while Col. Nanny is in Korea.
Newell Shaw has been busy installing an attic fan and teaching his
cow (Alice) and her calf (Linda) to come to the fence and call Nooo-ell
so Irene Wright says. This society's womenfolk have been busy canning.
Theo Hallin is working for her Master's degree at the University
and Heinie is building some native rock sidewalks and terraces worth
We all miss the Ed Booths who are touring New England, stopping
for a month at Ludlow, Vt. where son Edward and family have rented
a cottage. Their white Casita Naomed across the road here in Fayette-
ville looks sort of forlorn awaiting the return of the "Lord and Lady".
Recent visitors include Mr. Robert Huertematte, Panama's Ambas-
sador to Washington who came to speak at the University on the Point
Four Program. He brought us up-to-date on the latest happenings on the
Isthmus, Mr. and Mrs. Karl Glass and daughter Mary of Gamboa, Jack
Schnake of Houston on his way to see his sister Barbara graduate from
the University of Missouri, which called for a Pedro Miguel party with
the Hallins, Meigs, Shaws and Bea and Anthony Fernandez who have
been in Arkansas twice since their retirement and needless to say we
have been urging them to settle here, To continue the list of visitors:
the L. C. Balcers of Diablo visited us. They too are looking over the
Ozarks which we all recommend. The George Engelkes of Cristobal came,
saw and were conquered by the Ozarks in general and a lovely home a-
cross the street from the Jimmie Comans in Bentonville. We welcome
them and are happy to announce that as of today the Walter G. Browns
of Arrijan, Volcan and Gamboa bought a home and 38 acres just three
miles beyond us on Highway 16 East. The G. Lee Wrights and mother
Stewart finished their month's vacation with a trip to our town and
we all got together with a watermelon party on our front lawn. A made-
to-order big yellow full moon and MacArthur's convention speech were
enjoyed by all the 25 present.
Congratulations from the Florida Society to the Arkansas Society on
its first birthday on June 23rd. May its days be long, fruitful and happy.
Ditch Diggers of South Florida
Secretary A. G. Dunham reports as follows:
We had a real humdinger of a picnic on June 15th at the residence
of our President, Dan S. Jones, 6765 S. W. 72nd Court, in honor of the
visiting Shriners who had previously worked, or are now working, in
the Panama Canal Zone. A large delegation came direct from Panama.
Present at the meeting, 125.
Our next picnic will be held at Matheson Hammock, Sunday, July
the 20th, usual hours. Our August 17th picnic has also been arranged
for the same location.
C. A. Ott and J. W. Utz, back in 1922 on the Canal Zone, had a
battle on to break the tie as to who had the shortest name. The former
cut out his initials C. A. and the latter, not to be outdone, eliminated
his J. W. Then Ott omitted his last "T" and became just plain Ot. Utz
figured he could do the same and he signed his name as just plain Ut.
Then Ot omitted another "T' and became O. Ut changed his name
to U. It was still a tie. The Personnel Department liked this not a bit,
nor did the Timekeeping Office. The problem here was to whom to mail
the pay checks. The Chief Timekeeper's conclusion was that if he took
the 0 and the U, and preceded it with an "I" he would be justified
in mailing them IOU's, which he did. This broke up the contest, and
both Ott and Utz went back to their original names.
Our Gerald Bliss could not attend the June 15th picnic. He had in-
tended giving a diving exhibition, a backhand flip in the Joneses swim-
ming pool from a height of 30 inches, jumping off a concrete spring
President, Dan S. Jones,
817 Granada Boulevard, Phone 83-2182, Coral Gables
Vice-President, H. Y. Andrews,
1222 N. W. 43rd Street, Phone 7-6502, Miami 35, Fla.
Secretary-Treasurer, A. G. Dunham,
1001 N. W. 63rd Street, Phone 7-0009, Miami 38, Fla.
One of our members, Mrs. C. H. Fair lately discovered that a local
man, Captain Joseph C. Powell, had worked on the Canal from 1906
to 1911 and did not know that he was entitled to the Construction an-
nuity. Captain Powell was in the Navy in 1898 and helped raise the
battleship Maine. He was again in service in world war I and was sta-
tioned at Pearl Harbor during part of World War II. His Canal service
is being certified and before long Captain Powell, now 71, should be
receiving his annuity.
The Florida Society extends birthday greetings to this thriving
group which was a year old on July 15th.
Secretary Eltah Cooper reports:
A pot luck picnic is scheduled for August 31st at Lower Woodland
Park. The annual election of officers will be held the same day and
changes in the by-laws will be considered.
The Florida Society congratulates the Seattle group on its first birth-
day on August 16th.
Western North Carolina Asheville Hendersonville
Secretary George B. Ward writes that: The J. Wendell Greenes will
retire on September 30th and plan to settle in Hendersonville where
they have already purchased a home. .Wendell's Canal employment be-
gan on May 5th, 1909.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wanless have sold their home in Minnesota
and are on their way to North Carolina where they expect to settle. They
found the northern winters too cold for their liking.
The Tex Stahlers have purchased a home at Flat Rock, near Hender-
sonville. Mrs. Stahler is the daughter of Edison Wirtz, retired Atlantic
sider of Horseshoe, N. C.
The recently retired Jack Tyrrells of Balboa are expected to arrive
in North Carolina early in October and plan to settle there. Mrs. Tyrrell
was formerly Bea Bloom of the Gorgas Hospital staff.
C. L. Johnson, prominent oil man of Balboa, is another home buyer
in Hendersonville. The Johnsons are expected to retire in a couple of
Edward Coyle, son of the F. B. (Barney) Coyles of Hendersonville,
has obtained a two year's leave of absence from the Accounting Depart-
ment of the Canal and has enrolled at the University of South Carolina.
Among recent visitors to this area have been: President of the Flor
ida Society W. H. Butler and Mrs. Butler, the Henderson C. Smiths;
Happy A. Pierce and wife (the ,former Marion Burgess), on the way
from Miami to their home in Syracuse, N. Y.; Ed Nolan of California,
retired Building Division supervisor who visited the L. W. Lewises; Mrs.
0. O. Brown and three daughters of Balboa who visited her parents,
Dr. and Mrs. S. S. Irwin in Hendersonville; Mr. and Mrs. R. M, Roude-
bush, in the Accounting Dept. on the Zone from 1905 to 1917, who were
the guests of the George B. Wards in Weaverville; Alden Lewis, Navy
submariner, spent a July leave with parents, the L. W. Lewises in Hen-
dersonville; Bill Hiter, Navy man stationed in Jacksonville, Fla. spent
some time with his parents, the S. R. Hiters at their camp in Northern
New York; Robert Knoop, son of the Roy M. Knoops of Hendersonville,
who is in Washington, D. C. awaiting assignment in the Army Air Corps
was a recent visitor with his parents.
The Bruce Harrells, L. W. Lewises and J. C. Myricks attended the
wedding of Alice Garlington and Ted Neely at Newberry, S. C. on August
14th. (See further mention of this couple in Vital Statistics).
Mrs. Marshall B. Pyne of Weaverville left on August 19th for San
Diego, Cal. to be with her Aunt, Mrs. Lucy Goolsby, whose daughter,
Mrs. Mary G. Shivers, was hospitalized with a severe heart attack. She
will probably stay for several months.
Mrs. Dow Walker will make a trip to the Zone early this Fall in
connection with her Zone music classes. Dow can't make up his mind
whether or not to go. Says he don't hanker for the Isthmus anymore.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Hal Cooper jr. is now Assistant Director of Reasearch with the Col-
Lawrence Hennen of St. Pete is on an extended trip to California,
Washington state and Texas.
Hazel and Jack Stoudnor drove to Camp Le Jeune, N. C. in August
to visit Hazel's daughter and family, Col. and Mrs. John Heles, USMC.
Maryknoll Sister Barbara Francis, daughter of Mrs. Mary Francis
Barr of Ancon has received her first assignment to the Peru-Bolivian area
of South America.
Capt. A. T. Luther of St. Pete spent several weeks in Waynesville,
N. C. this summer The Luther's grandson, Frank Lerchen, of Diablo,
spent the school vacation with them.
The H. H. Hudsons of this city are at their summer home in Maine
Society President Bill Butler, Secretary Ann, his wife, and the Hen-
derson Smiths of St. Pete drove thru the Carolina mountains in August
with a stop at Hendersonville. Stops were also made in Washington to
visit relatives and Baltimore where they were the weekend guests of the
Barton C. Woodruffs.
The J. R. Williams have purchased a home in St. Pete and moved
in late in August.
Mrs. J. R. DeGrummond of Monrovia, Cal. journeyed to the Zone
in July to visit son, Jack and family of Ancon. Another Zone visitor was
Mrs. D. J. Sampson, widow of former district physician of Pedro Miguel.
Back in the 30's Abe Halliday was employed at Madden Dam where
he lost his sight in an accident and was retired. The Hallidays now re-
side in Sebring, Fla. where Abe operates the newsstand in the county
courthouse. On May 26th the Hallidays celebrated their 38th wedding
anniversary and the courthouse employes presented them with fitted
traveling bags in honor of the occasion. Mr. Halliday was scheduled to
undergo an operation in a local hospital about June 1st.
Richard D. Levy, former lawyer now employed by the Navy in New
York has written a book entitled "Why Women Should Rule the World".
It has been published by Vantage Press of New York.
Lt. Jim Coakley, USAF, son of the Pat Coakleys of Balboa was
recently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on the completion of
his 55th mission in Korea. His mother, Mrs. Coakley, flew to Michigan
in May to visit with her son on his return from Korea.
Zone teacher Miss B. Sturtevant Gardiner had her paintings exhi-
bited in a New York gallery during July and they made a very favorable
impression on the New York Times art critic according to the Panama
Col. and Mrs. William Hunt returned to St. Pete in June after a
motor trip to the west coast where they visited many old Zone friends
including the Charles Kennedys, Billy Stones and Arthur Berudes.
Paul C. Perry, son of the P. C. Perrys of Balboa received his degree
in engineering at the University of California in June and has been
employed by the California Department of Public Works.
Thomas W. Alley, son of the Francis Feeneys of Diablo Hts. received
his degree of Doctor of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. in June.
Robert K. Wood, son of former Gatunites, the Frank Woods, who
graduated from Cristobal High School in 1945 is now in the Airborne
Troop Carrier Division of the Army in Smyrna, Tenn.
Curtis H. Bliss, son of the Gerald Blisses who need no introduction
here, graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Business
Administration. Curtises' wife who also attended the University received
her degree in August.
Larry E. Horine, son of former Cristobalites, the G. C. Horines, is
now a physical education major at the University of Colorado. The
elder Horines now reside in Covina, Cal.
Former Gatunites, the S. A. Pools, now of Anderson, S. C. have two
sons in the service. Stewart is a C. P. O. in the Navy at Coco Solo and
Allen is an Army lieutenant in Korea
Lt. Guy Newland, son of the Kenneth Newlands of Cristobal, is now
in Korea. His twin brother, Ross, also in the army is at Camp Roberts,
The David Potts who retired in 1947 are back on the Zone for a
visit with daughters Mrs. Roger Griffith and Mrs. Donald E. Bruce and
their families in Diablo.
Yale graduate, Dr. Charles F. Lester, believed to be the first Canal
Zone-born man to do so, is serving as interne at Gorgas Hospital. His
bride of less than a year is the former Hilde Hinz, daughter of Charles
F. Hinz, postmaster at Balboa Hts. She has just received a degree in
music at Yale.
That well known writer and schoolteacher, Sue Core, was decorated
with the rank of "Caballero" in the order of Balboa by the Panama
Government before leaving the Isthmus after her recent retirement.
The Frank Wolfs, retired Cristobalites, have purchased a home in
Mrs. John W. (Tito) Wilson returned to St. Pete late in August
after a lengthy visit with relatives in Detroit. She flew back (her first
plane trip) and is loud in her praise of travel by air..
Hully Huldquist and Roy McKenna have just returned from a
month's stay in Mexico. They entered the country at Laredo and pro-
ceeded to Mexico City by way of Monterey and Ciudad Victoria. In the
capital they were the guests of Ed. and Grace Rigney who have been
living there since they left the Isthmus in 1948. Their home seems to
be the gathering place for most Americans and Panamanians visiting the
City. Among those Hully and Mac met there were: Tom Gross, Fred and
Odette Netzer, Grace's brother, Harry McCray, a Zone employee in the
early days, and Eva de la Pena, now married to a Mexican insurance
agent. They are parents of a set of twin boys aged five and another son,
aged 7. Recent guests of the Rigneys included Cy Strothers, Sue Core
and Leopoldo Arosamena. Our travelers returned to the States via Dur-
ango, Parral and Chihuahua thru a fine farming, timber and mining
country and plan to return to St. Pete soon.
Latest St. Pete visitors as we go to press are Captain and Mrs. Billy
Wills of Long Island and Mrs. Gertrude Gibson and daughter up from
the Zone to visit relatives and friends here.
ow J0HN M BXTELi.
Some time ago the Record was able to persuade John K. Baxter of
Cocoa, Florida to contribute a column for each issue under his well-
known byline, "Pro and Con". J. K. B. is, without any doubt, the most
affectionately regarded newspaper man ever employed on the Isthmus.
His wide acquaintance among Oldtimers and intimate knowledge of Canal
operations combined with his ready wit and gentle cynicism made him
an ideal commentator on the antics of the toilers in the Canal salt
Of late, John has been protesting that he is getting too old to carry
on, an obvious falsehood as it is against the law to grow old in Florida.
After all, isn't Florida the home of the fountain of youth?
Late in August when his copy for the September issue of the Record
was due along came a postcard from Summit, N. J. where John is cool-
ing off after an unusual warm spell here. On it he wrote that he had
nothing to submit for this issue and couldn't guarantee anything for the
future. He said "It is just a case of no ideas".
There is no doubt that Pro and Con has been the most popular
department in the Record. Its enthusiastic reception by all of you is
attested by the many letters of praise received. We are loathe to say
goodbye to J. K. B. A light will be kept burning in the window and
whenever he gets any ideas in the future they will be welcomed.
New Members and Changes of Address
The following have been added or addresses changed since the June Canal
Record was mailed.
Baltozer, Mr. and Mrs. Earl R. P. O. Box 317---------------- Balboa
Cassell, Mr. and Mrs. George H. Drawer S--------------Balboa Heights
Corliss, Mr. and Mrs. John B. P. O. Box 1558----------------- Balboa
Hall, Mr and Mrs. Casey J. P. O. Box 222---------------------Gamboa
Hammond, Mr. and Mrs. John R., Jr. P. O. Box 106 -- Balboa Heights
* Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. C. T., Sr. P. O. Box 217 .--.---..-----..-.Ancon
Lester, Mr. and Mrs. Charles J- P. O. Box 84 -------Balboa Heights
Miller, Mrs. Ann P. O. Box 2906------------------------ Cristobal
Orr, Mr. and Mrs. G. Carter P. O. Box 1443 ------------- --Balboa
Wertz, Mrs. Fred L. P. O. Box 10--------------------- Balboa
Browne, Mr. and Mrs. C. Frank P. O. Box 27-----------------Vincent
* Fey, Mrs. Anna Dora 633 North Euclid---------------------Tucson
* Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. William E. 2148 "F" Street -----San Bernardino
* Ashbrook, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Fullerton Hotel ----------- Fullerton
* Bingaman, Mr. and Mrs. John 3614 Vali Hi Way---------- Glendale
Dewey, Mrs. W. C. 633 North Maryland Ave.-----------.-Glendale 6
* Godfrey, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. B. P. O. Box 823 ----------- Santa Paula
Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. 49 Fourth Street------------Woodland
Miller, Mrs. Florence M. 406 S. Curtis Ave.-----------------Alhambra
* Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. A. Verne 2863 Modesto Ave.------- Oakland 19
* Mullane, Mr. and Mrs. Denis -
Brookmore Hotel, 189 N. Marengo Ave.------------------- Pasadena
Ruggles, Mrs. Lillian B. 1218 South Norton Ave......-----Los Angeles 19
Van Brocklin, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. 2305 North Flower St.-----Santa Ana
Zidbeck, Mr. and Mrs. George G. c/o Sing Lee, 189 Ellis St.-_San Francisco
WASHINGTON, D. C.
Jacobs, Miss Mabel A. 3525 Davenport Street------------Washington 8
Barnes. Mr. and Mrs. R. I. 2705 34th Avenue No.-..--St. Petersburg 4
Bushnell, Mr. H. H. 1221 N. E. First Avenue __--------------Miami 36
* Colston, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. 4297 41st Avenue No.-_--. St. Petersburg 4
* Cope, Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. P. O. Box 313---------Altamonte Springs
de Boissiere, Mrs. Constance 5015 15th Avenue So.--- ----- Gulfport
* Erbe, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. 1100 Munster Avenue--------------_ Orlando
Fisher. Mr. and Mrs. James E. 1094 N. W. 28th St.---------Miami 37
Gibbs, Mr. and Mrs. Earl H.----------------_--------- St. Petersburg
Gray, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. 4600 66th Street North---- St. Petersburg 4
Grimes. Mr. and Mrs. Clayton -
17999 Gulf Blvd. (Madeira Beach)--------------- St. Petersburg 6
* Heck, Dr. Maurice E. 3884 Covington Ave.-----------. Cocoanut Grove 33
* Kimball. Mr. J. Stewart -2999 West Flagler St.--------------.Miami, 35
* McGimsey, Mr. J. V. 421 West 9th Street, Apartment 3------. Sarasota
McLaren, Mrs. D. M. ___ ________-------------------- -----Orlando
Mathews, Mrs. Viola B. 1217 Virginia Drive--------------------Orlando
* Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. 1900 3rd Ave. No.....St. Petersburg 3
Powell. Capt. Joseph C. Res. 250 N. W. 2nd Street----------..----Miami
Mail: General Delivery _______ ___------------------ _----_---Miami
Schack, Mrs. Grace S. 1760 S. W. 13th Street ___ ---Miami
* Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Carl 4813-1st Avenue So.-----. St. Petersburg 7
Waters. Mrs. Thomas 435 N. E. 34th Street----------------- Miami
White, Mr. and Mrs. Shelby ----------------------------Valparaiso
* Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Jack R. 2025 21st Ave. No.----St. Petersburg 2
* Wolf, Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. 3526 Queen Street No.--St. Petersburg 4
Dunlop, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. 1927 South College Street----Springfield
* Scheets, Mrs. L. G. 27 Columbia Apartments---------------- Lafayette
Mason, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis A. Southmoor Apartment Hotel ----Hammond
Fourcher, Mr. L. H. 13 Dean Street ---------------------Fairhaven
Bullard, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. 2522 Nolen Drive------------ --- Flint 4
Minnix, Mrs. M. Edith 708 North Colorado Ave.-------------- Hastings
* Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Milton R. 120 North 36th Street-------- Omaha 3
* Hazeldine, Mr. and Mrs. Harry T.-c/o R. T. Hazeldine, CranfordClaremont
* McElhone, Mr. Henry J., Sr. 204 East Madison Ave.-------Collingswood
Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. -
Res.: 702 Madison Ave. Mail: P. O. Box 445---------- Magnolia
* Penseyres, Capt. and Mrs. Geo. W. -
c/o Warren, Chism Apartment 3------------------- ------Roswell
* Henry, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. -
1416 New York Ave., Vanderver Estates 5-C--------------- Brooklyn
Holmelin, Mr. and Mrs. Gustaf R. -
2513 Cedar Street, East Meadows -------------------- .Long Island
* Klemmer, Mrs. J. A. c/o Col. Roy Silverman -
Finance Officer, U. S. Army, Army Air Base-------------Brooklyn 50
* McTyier, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. c/o Martz and Lundy, Inc.
521 Fifth Avenue ------------ ----------------------New York 17
* Morgan, Mrs. Beatrice T. Room 22028, Hotel St. George ---- Brooklyn 2
Neville, Mr. H. C. (Franklin County) ----------------------------Faust
* Palm, Mr. John D. 113 Vley Road-------------------------- -Scotia 2
Satriale, Miss Leonita (Jenny) 4541 39th Place-- -- Long Island City
* Bradley, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Cedar Road -----------------CChesterlnd
Sommers, Mr. Frederic C. 10 El Morado Place --------------I'.y..L ion
* McLaughlin, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. -
2921 S. W. Spring Garden St..-------------------------- Portland 19
Gerchow, Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Route 2, Lincoln Drive Montoiirsville
Kerchnor. Mr. and Mrs. W. G. (Owners) -
Kerchner's ItRd and While Cottages.-----------------Lenhartsville
* Ratcliff, Mr. and Mrs. John R. 1188 Forrest-----------------.Memphis
Slonaker, Mr. C. E. -----------------------------------Jonesboro
* Ebdon, Mr. and Mrs. Thos. J. 242 Dawnview Lane--------S.. an Antonio
* Miller, Capt. and Mrs. Sterling P. 9319 Waterview Road--------- -Dallas
White, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ryan 423 3rd Ave. No., Apt. 7--....Texas City
* Brugge, Mrs. Fred P. 2017 North Cleveland Street .--------.Arlington
* Lacklen, Mrs. Mary Jane (Comley) 6230 North 31st Street--- Arlington
Neumann, Mr. and Mrs. Charles 7716 32nd Avenue -----------.Kenosha
(*) Changes of address
Panama anal 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
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 850.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. 0. Box 249, STATION "A"
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OP FLORIDA
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Wife's Name___ ---__
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City_ .- State.--
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ST. PETE. PICNIC
IN HONOR OF MRS. TILLY NEELEY
Standing- L. to R.: Mesdames Batterson, Moody, Hammond,
Conkerton, Shreves. Seated- L. to R.: Mesdames Lyons, Wolfe,
Calvit, Neeley, Love.
At The Same Picnic
Fred Lyons, Shep Shreves, Pop Batterson,
P. O. Box 249 STA. A
ST. PETERSBURG 2
Sec. 34.66 P.L&R.
U. S. Postage
St. Petersburg, Fla.
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