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' DECEMBER 1952
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Left to right: Capt. Dodge, Mr. Ahlfont, Comdr. Palus, Capt. Loud,
Hagan Dodge, Mrs. Ahlfont, Thelma Palus, Vera Loud.
W. J. Bartlett and Otto Kozak
Left to right: Mrs.Bartlett and Mrs. Kozak
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
To prmrve Amerioan Idi and Cnoal Zone Friendships
P. 0. BOX 24B-STA. A ST. PETrraRURM 2. FLORIDA
W. H. B BUTLER -F. A. ANDIoRS r
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C. 0. CALVIT DAN E. WRIGHT
MRS. LUCILLE 8. JUDD 0. T. TARFINOiR
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MR. W. H. BuSL 3 MRS. Ya,* H, CONKERNTON
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MRS. J. F. EvERETT
CHARLES H. BErrHAM
R. C. DEAVOURI
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". ANNUAL REUNION
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-" Elaborate preparations for the Annual Re-
r union have been in progress for some time, and
"".. "." it is anticipated that attendance will be greater
'...I"" than last year. More than five hundred former
c. ,,.. residents of the Isthmus traveled from twenty-five
JON.D. WILN states, Korea and the Isthmus in order to meet
their friends of former years.
Following the last reunion the Executive Com-
j F..WA mittee considered several different plans for this
year's festivities and it was decided that the cen-
"N..HON trally located Soreno Hotel with its pleasant sur-
a. M.T.L roundings, a spacious mezzanine lobby with com-
..."^" fortable seats and conveniently isolated from the
... SO general activities of the main lobby cannot be
N.. S.T surpassed. The date was advanced over a month
with the result that the peak of the tourist season
will be avoided. This enabled the Arrangement
Committee to secure reduced rates for rooms at
the Soreno Hotel and those stopping there will
have the added advantage of being in reunion
headquarters. As stated elsewhere in the Record,
the rates are $9 double and $6 single at the Soreno,
so we suggest you make your reservations early.
Free parking is available in the vicinity of
the hotel along Beach Drive and the intersecting
avenues for several blocks to the north. In addi-
tion the large free parking lot at Al Lang Ball
Park is only three blocks south.
Another attractive feature is the cold plate luncheon at a cost
of $2.75 per person which is lower than previous luncheons, and the
hotel management has promised an excellent menu accompanied by hot
coffee, warm soup and dessert.
All those who can possibly do so should make plans to attend
the reunion where they are assured of meeting many friends of Canal
days. You'll enjoy the good fellowship that prevails during the two
days get-together. The din and uproar caused by the shouts of joy
when old and almost forgotten friends meet will ring in your ears
for months afterwards. The greatest strain is reported to be on the
throat from excess talking, but don't let that keep you away. So far
everyone has lived through it. In addition Florida's warm and sunny
winter weather is an excellent substitute for wintry blasts.
Our Secretary, Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, has just received a letter
from former Canal Zone Governor, Hon. Maurice H. Thatcher, who
worked so hard and successfully prosecuting the Dewling Case, and an
excerpt from that letter is quoted for the information of all our mem-
"Following up his ruling of the 26th of August, last,
that he would follow the judgement of the U. S. Court of
Claims in the Dewling case, the Commissioner of Internal
Revenue has now published in the Internal Revenue Bul-
letin of the 29th inst., a statement of the ruling. The Bul-
letin will go to all Collectors and the Revenue Agents in
the country at large, and these annuitants should now
have no trouble in getting favorable action on their claims
for refunds within the three year period of limitation."
Every Oldtimer as well as those who will derive no direct bene-
fit from the Dewling Case realize they have a staunch and loyal friend
in the person of Governor Thatcher and that we will never be able to
repay him for his untiring efforts in our behalf.
Of all the joys we can bring into our own lives there is none so
joyous as that which comes to us as the result of caring for others and
brightening their lives.
The annual Christmas Party and Business Meeting of the Florida
Society will be held at 2 P. M., Monday, December 8th, 1952, at the
Tourist Center in St. Petersburg.
All are cordially invited and urged to attend if possible.
As heretofore contributions of cash or toys will be accepted for
the crippled children of the American Legion Hospital of this city. While
cash donations are somewhat preferred by those in charge of the hospi-
tal, because it enables them to purchase the gifts requested by the chil-
dren in their letters to Santa Claus, nevertheless toys are gladly accepted.
Toys should be wrapped and tagged, and the tag should plainly describe
the toy, stating whether it is suitable for a boy or girl and the approxi-
mate age of the child to whom it should be given. There is no limit
on the amount that can be given, and we earnestly urge that it be as
generous as your circumstances will permit. Regardless of the size of
the gift, it will make a crippled child happy, and at a time when more
fortunate children have Santa visit them in their homes with their loved
ones. After the party those members who desire will go to the hospital
where the contributions will be turned over to the manager.
If you wish to make a contribution but will be unable to attend
the party for some reason, kindly send the donation by a friend or mail
it to Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, 3535- 19th Street North, St. Petersburg 4, Fla.
Refreshments will be served and plans have been made for the
best party ever. Come if you possibly can. Don't stay away if for some
reason you don't wish to make a contribution. Everyone will be welcome.
CZC ANNUITY FOR WIDOWS
Ralph Cutler of Mystic, Conn., writes that he queried the Civil
Service Commission, Washington, D. C., concerning CZC annuities
paid widows who remarry, and a paragraph of the reply he received
is quoted for those concerned:
"The remarried widow may not receive the CZC an-
nuity if she is remarried at the time she files application for
the annuity; if she files as the unremarried widow and is in
receipt of it, she may later remarry and continue to receive
the annuity until her death. In other words, once she re-
ceived the annuity, it is payable to her death, but she cannot
be remarried at the time she makes application for the
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
John G. Claybourne, former superintendent of the Dredging Divn.,
writes from Rangoon under date of August 28th that he just received
his Canal Record for June 1952. Appears that mail to those parts does
not travel "bird speed". He joins Elsie in sending their best regards to
"all the lads and lassies of yore".
Captain Miles P. DuVal, former port captain at Balboa, writes
from Washington, D. C., that our society has assumed national leader-
ship in publishing the Canal Record as there is nothing like it in the
other Pancanal societies. He hopes we will be able to extend the circu-
lation to all the other groups.
John A. Riley of Tampa informs us that he is now staying indef-
initely in New York City and his mail address for the next three months
at least will be the Hotel St. George.
Duke Lewis, former Chief Quartermaster, tells us that he and
Marion recently returned to Hendersonville after an enjoyable trip
through New England' where they had two nice week ends with their son
Alan at New London, Conn.
L. W. Hennen of St. Pete made an extended tour of western U. S.
and Canada and visited numerous Zone friends en route. In Seattle, Wash.,
he visited the E. C. Hartshornes and helped them pick cherries in their
front yard. Next he visited his sister and brother-in-law, the Joe Bryants
in Stockton, Calif. On Sept. 14th he attended the Canal Zone picnic in
Los Angeles and names the following friends of Southern Calif. he saw
and chatted with: Joe Welch, Foster Spier, Larry Ridge, Fred Brown,
Oliver Bullock, Fred Bradley, the Tribolets, Harry Inkley, Walter Hel-
timas, Tom Booz, the Stillwells, Needams, McLean, Joe Stevens, Leroy
Smiths and Wes Boyd. On the return trip he visited the Joe Ebdons in
San Antonio, Texas, the Lee Wrights, Ezra Haldermians, Joe Orr and
Ted Sundquist in Houston. During his stay there Mary and Will
Harrison stopped off on their way back to the Zone after Mary had a
successful eye operation in Chicago. In addition, he encountered five of
his friends who lived in bachelor quarters with him in Gorgona back
in 1907 and 08. Admits that the palabras were flying thick and fast as
they discussed old times. Congratulations on a very interesting and
successful trip, and your splendid letter giving many of it highlights.
Nellie May Toone writes they are now living in Kerrville, Texas,
where they are building a new home large enough to accommodate any
of their friends who may pass through there. Their host of friends will
be sorry to learn that Terrell's mother who was 88 years of age passed
away on June 26th. They expect their son John to return from Korea
in November, and both are looking forward to a possible visit to Florida
in the not too distant future.
Lewis M. Scull of 514 W. Main St., Elizabeth City, N. J., writes
to our genial Lucille Judd that he does not have nrany Canal people in
his neighborhood, but fortunately does have Crawley Walston "to bat
them out with about once a week." He gets his fresh eggs from Craw-
ley's flock of hens. Among other things he says, "I will never forget
the little girl in her little rain coat that I used to see on her way to school
in Empire, and that little girl was no other than yourself. More power
to you." Lewis asks that his very best wishes be extend d to all the
gang and that he still hopes to see them before he "has to shuffle off and
start digging another canal in some distant and unknown place."
Elsie Fowkes Jackson of Alexandria, Va., writes that she received
from Mrs. Lyle Prather the application for membership in our society
she forwarded with her yearly dues. In addition she says she will sail
from San Francisco for Hawaii on December 22nd, but hopes to spend
some time in Florida following her return to the States in February.
Wm. Phifer Quinn informs us that he is now living at 963 S. W.
6th Street, Miami, Florida.
Mrs. F. B. Deakins tells us by card that Mrs. Charles Duey spent
several months in California visiting Mrs. Ruth Betterton, formerly of
Gatun; and that she had reservations to return to her home in Miami
but was taken ill and spent about a month in the hospital. Later reports
indicated she is now home.
Marie Coffey writes while spending some time in New York State
in September that she hoped to visit the Gibsons. Reports that the coun-
try is really beautiful, but cold weather was causing her to have a big
urge to head south with the birds.
Miss Mabel A. Jacobs writes from Washington, D. C., that she
is back in her own apartment and able to get around but has a brace.
She says she belongs to the Washington group and enjoys their meetings
and parties. The former superintendent of schools, Ben M. Williams,
and Mrs. Williams live in the Broadmoor Apartments and she frequently
sees them. She sometimes longs for "Gorgas" and the many wonderful
friends she made during her twenty five years service on the Zone. She
may rest assured that her many friends sincerely hope she has fully
recovered long before this copy of the Record reaches her.
William H. Aspden informs us by letter that he hopes to attend
the next reunion, and we can assure him a wonderful time with friends
of Zone days if he comes, as we are hoping for the biggest turnout ever.
He can also soak up some of this wonderful St. Petersburg sunshine as
we have plenty of it to spare.
Robert N. Ruley writes from Redondo Beach, Calif., that they
have purchased a nice home at 818 N. Maria Ave., and are thoroughly
enjoying the fine cool weather there. Their eldest son Robert is in East
Weymouth, Mass., and Clyde is in Los Angeles.
Herb Hoffner of Orlando sends word that Edna Whitver who re-
tired is now living in her home on the lake, and the Herbert Judsons
who also recently retired just arrived in Orlando and are staying with
Edna, but they expect to buy a home there in the near future. He also
states that their prize student who was reared in the Zone, Mary Lou
Mohr, graduated from Indiana State University and came back to Or-
lando to live. She took an examination at Rollins College for a job as
secretary to the Dean and passed at the top of the list. She got the job,
and is everyone proud of her! Herb further says: "Hear that Louise
Morris is coming to Orlando for a visit this month as is Della Hancock.
The McLarens bought a fine home in a nice pat of town and are comfort-
ably situated. Mrs. McLaren's daughter Phyllis came home from college
for a visit this summer with her mother but has now gone back to col-
lege. This town is sure growing. Many new homes are being built and
high priced, too. Around twenty thousand and up."
Wilhelmina Sandiford, daughter of Mrs. H. P. Fransen of Tampa
writes from Washington, D. C., that the longer she stays in that city
the better she likes it. Richard is attending Western High School located
in Georgetown. Several weeks ago she saw Mrs. Arthur Wynne in Land-
burgh's. Mrs. Wynne was talking to someone else, but Mrs. Sandiford
recognized her voice before she saw her. She has had several letters
from Joe and Mary Eckert recently and they enjoy Dahoga, Penn.
Gustaf W. Holmelin of Long Island, N. Y., visited his parents
recently, the G. R. Holmelins, of St. Petersburg, who have bought a
home at 3300- 15th Street North.
Dr. Francis L. Alexaitis, retired Quarantine and Immigration
Officer, Cristobal, and Mrs. Alexaitis have purchased a home at 209
W. Emma St., Tampa.
We are sorry to learn that H. C. Neville, affectionately known
as 'Erbie the 'Ermit who lives in La Casa Gatun, Faust, N. Y., has re-
ceived only one Canal Record to date. Effort is being made to correct
this condition. 'Erbie the 'Ermit informs us that Mrs. Miller of Hunt-
ington, W. Va., who recently visited him in Utica is also shy back num-
bers of the Record, so we are referring his letter to the Comtplaints
Department with a request for special attention.
Mrs. W. Wilkes Webb writes from Buchanan, Va., that she is
very busy but afraid she neglects her house in order to take care of her
yard and garden. She has one large pear tree and has canned 20 quarts
of pears from it. In addition she gave away several bushels to friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Neely, formerly Alice Garlington, stopped while on
their way through Buchanan on their honeymoon.
The Walter D. Campbells, Sr., let us know that they have bought
a new home at 4609 W. 149th St., Cleveland, Ohio, where they are es-
pecially happy because it is near their son and his family.
We are pleased to receive a subscription to the Canal Record
from Isabel O'Donovan Rossa who retired from Gorgas Hospital in
1945. She states she was under the impression one must live in Florida
to join our society, but after reading several back issues of the Record
sent her by Miss Jacobs, she discovered any Canal Zoner is' eligible for
membership, so she forwarded her check immediately.
Miss Jane Gadde who is visiting her sister in North Carolina
writes the foliage in the mountains is out of this world and their trip
through the Smokies was superb.
The J. Z. Bromleys of Washington, Pa., send their very best re-
gards to all their Canal Zone friends.
John Bingaman writes they have purchased a nice shady home
in Pomona, Calif., where they have settled for good. He says the earth-
quakes made them feel as though they were back in the Zone, but "the
bed sure did skip around a couple of times."
Mrs. H. A. Westendorff of St. George, S. C., writes that she ex-
pects to visit her Tropical friends in St Pete in January. They pur-
chased a house in the center of the residential section of St. George
which they completely remodeled making it into a beautiful home. Their
son Jim lives with them and has opened up a beautiful and the only
shoe store in town. It seems that Mr. Westendorff has been unable to
overcome one habit he formed in the Canal Zone, and that is getting up
in the morning when the whistle blows at 6 o'clock.
Florence N. Miller, of Alhambra, Calif., writes she visited the
Lewis F. McElroys at Falling Waters, W. Va., for a weekend during
September. Mac is a retired police officer from Pedro Miguel and Becky
worked for the clubhouses as stewardess. She says they are on a farm,
have built a nice house and Mac is working in a new DuPont plant a
few miles away. Both say they are happy and satisfied.
Mrs. Jessie Forsstrom, of Oaklawn, R. I., tells us in her letter
that she and Captain Forsstrom just returned from a trip to California
which they both thoroughly enjoyed. They saw many, many Zone folks
among whom were the Ray Pruners, of Sioux Falls, S. D., and in Cali-
fornia they had coffee with Jan and Walter Koerber who formerly lived
in Gatun. The same night was spent with Edith and Bill Jones in Para-
dise, and the next three days with the Arthur Beards. At parties they
saw the Dyers, Howells,McConaugheys, Pragers, Mitchells, Capt. and
Mrs. Bach and Capt. and Mrs. Ray Johnson. At Santa Barbara lhey
saw the Mundbergs, and in Monrovia they stopped with the Berudes.
Docia Hodges and Irma King gave a party for them at Docia's large
new home where they saw many Zone friends including Anne Taylor.
In San Diego they saw the Fred Browns and Lou Lumby. On the return
trip they saw Lela and George Ritchey in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Tex
Cummingses in Roswell, N. M., as well as Helen and Ernest Williams,
the Jimmie Comans, Shaws, Capt. and Mrs. Jack Phillips and Capt. and
Mrs. Kolle in Arkansas.
Mrs. Linda E. Potter tells us that they had a delightful summer
camp in Vermont with their daughter Janet and family. They saw Helene
Hudson Flagg, daughter of the H. H. Hudsons, and her family in Bangor,
Maine, as well as Doris Murray White and her family. They visited the
Hudsons in Bayside, Me., and the Gibsons in Cortland, N. Y. In Pitts-
ford, Vt., they saw Mr. and Mrs. A. Hatch and had dinner with the Leslie
Hertzes in their mountain home near Pittsford. A night was spent with
Mrs. C. C. Shaw in Palatka on their return trip to Florida.
Engagements and Weddings
Miss Arlene Olsen of St. Paul, Minnesota, whose engagement to
Richard S. Lombard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene C. Lombard of Balboa
Heights, has been announced by her mother, Mrs. Raymond Braun and
Mr. Braun of St. Paul. Miss Olsen is a, graduate of the University of
Minnesota, and Mr. Lombard graduated from Harvard College and Har-
vard Law School. He now resides in New York where he is employed
by a law firm.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Engielke announce the engagement of
their sister, Frances Jeanne Dwyer, to Mr. William Ten Eyck Elmendorf,
III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Elmedorf of Balboa.
Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilder, of Colon Beach, announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Nancy Joan, of Houston, Texas to Lieut.
Bertram E. Bookout, Jr., of Bryan Air Base, Bryan, Texas. The wedding
will take place in Cristobal in December.
Mrs. Nora Rathgeber of Diablo Heights, announces the engage-
ment of her daughter, Norine Avas, to T/Sgt. William C. Lucas of the
U. S. Air Force. They plan to make their home in Tacoma, Washington.
Dr. and Mrs. Francis L Alexaitis announce the engagement of
their daughter, Mary Frances, to Lieut. Gordon Green, U. S. A., son of
Mr. George Green and the late Mrs. Green of Toronto, Canada, and Peurto
Rico. The wedding is planned for November.
Dr. John D. Odom and Miss Sue Core were married at Greenville,
S. C., on September 27th. They will reside in Dothan, Ala., where Doc
is reported to have a cattle ranch.
Miss Gloria Cecilia Brid and Mr. Joseph Bernard Burgoon were
married recently in Panama City.
Miss Joyan Fuller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson R. Fuller,
married Richard L. Thompson, Jr., at Hyattsville, Md., on August 13th.
Mrs. Anna Orchard Johnson and Mr. J George Knecht were mar-
ried at Baltimore, Md., on September 30th. Mrs. Johnson is the widow
of Major Otho W. Johnson who was stationed at the Panama Ordnance
Depot, Corozal, in 1929; and Mr. Knecht was formerly electrical super-
visor at Miraflores Locks.
Miss Maxine Mae Swanson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L.
Swanson, Sioux City, Iowa, became the bride of Charles M. Keenan, son
of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Keenan, of Santa Clara, Panama, in Sioux
,City on September 24th. Wm. H. Keenan, of Indianapolis, Ind., brother
of the groom, iwas best man. The ushers were Mr. Arnold Cannon and
William Hollowell, formerly of Gatun, who flew to Sioux City from New
York for the ceremony. Mrs. Keenan was formerly a member of the nurs-
ing staff of Gorgas Hospital, and Mr. Keenan, who was reared in Gatun,
is employed by the Health Department. They returned to the Isthmus
and will reside in Curundu.
A daughter was born to the P. V. Zagones of Halloman Air Force
Base, New Mexico, on August 8, 1952. Mrs. Zagone is the former Mary
G. Goulet who resided on the Atlantic side and attended the Cristobal
Born to Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Nygard, 5025 N. 51st St., Milwaukee,
Wis., a daughter, Laurie Evelyn, on October 15th. Mrs. Nygard is the
former Virginia Meyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Meyer of Balboa.
A daughter named Robin Louise was born on July 5th to the
W. H. Wrights of Curundu. Their first child, Frankie Harlow, is two
years of age. Mrs. Wright is the former Louise Harrell of Balboa whose
parents now live in Hendersonville, N. C.
A son named Harland Vance Howard, III, was born on October
3rd, to Mr. and Mrs. Harland Vance Howard, Jr., of Diablo Heights.
The baby's paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Howard, of
A daughter named Normalee was born to Lee and Norma Martin
of Dundalk, Md., on October 29th. The maternal grandparents are the
The following retirements have been announced since our last
issue: Allan L. Amole, Clifford E. Currier, Fred Frank, Otis Fuller, Mich-
ael J. Granc, Agnew C. Jones, Ernest M. Kieswetter, Mrs. Vivian E.
Rader,, William H. Wingertzahn, Ed Brown, Egbert Bryant, William T.
Burns, Mrs. Lista Daniels, J. Wendell Greene, Charles E. Leaver, Mrs.
Mabel B. Taylor.
Homer P McCarty, resident of France Field, was a patient in the
hospital some weeks ago. We hope he has completely recovered by the
time this reaches him.
Mrs. R. A. Koperski of Fort DeLesseps left the Isthmus by plane
several weeks ago in order to be at the bedside of her son, Robert, of
Miami, who had an attack of polio.
Mrs. Eleanor Kennedy of Orlando writes that she has been very
sick since last Christmas, but her doctor hopes she will improve when
cold weather arrives. She also says she was 90 years old last May 23rd.
Congratulations and our sincerest hopes for a speedy recovery.
Mr. W. C. Hushing, Chairman, National Legislative Committee,
Washington, D. C., informs us by letter that he recently returned from
the Canal Zone where he was called because of the serious illness of his
brother, John E. Hushing, U. S. Marshal for the C. Z., who is being
treated for T. B, and must remain in the hospital for five or six months.
Dr. Stevenson says John will entirely recover.
Wallace Dunham of Sarasota has been ill according to reports,
but we are pleased to learn that he is improving.
Paul Curtis of Washington, D. C., is reported to be recuperating
in Arkansas after a recent illness.
We are sorry to learn of the illness of Howard Newcomb of Wash.
ington, D. C., but glad to have a later report that he is improving.
According to a report from Hendersonville, N. C., S. R. Hiter
was taken ill with a heart ailment while they were visiting New England
and he is now in a hospital in Pottsdam, N. Y. Bert feels they will
be unable to return to Hendersonville for some time.
Richard Slattery of St. Petersburg is a patient in Mound Park
Hospital recovering from an operation.
Edwin P. Light of Waterford, Calif., has been on the sick list
for the past three or more months, but according to a recent letter from
Charlotte he is now on the road to recovery.
The Curtain Falls
Captain Albert C. Ackerly, age 83, retired towboat master with
the Dredging Division, died at his home in Mayetta, N. J. He is sur-
vived by two sons, Clarence J. Ackerly of Mayetta, Albert Ackerly of
Storrs, Conn., and by a daughter, Mrs. Grayce H. Gravatt, a grand-
daughter, Mrs. G. F. Nadeau, both living in Balboa. There are three
other grandchildren living in the States.
Mrs. Rose A. Byrnes, 62 years, died on September 3rd in New
York City. She went to work on the Isthmus in 1912 as supervising chief
telephone operator. At one time she was in charge of the switchboard
in the office of Colonel Goethels at Culebra and later operated the Gov-
ernor's board at Balboa Heights. She is survived by two nephews, Joseph
Reardon of Cristobal, and Frank Reardon of Ancon.
John IL Dugas, 60 years, retired engineer with the Office En-
gineering Division, died in a hospital in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. He
is survived by his wife and three sons-Ralph, who is employed in the
Industrial Bureau on the Atlantic side, Norman, of Baltimore, and Leroy,
who is in the navy-and two daughters,Mrs. Dorothy Broadbent, em-
ployed by the Clubhouse Division, and Joyce who works for the army
on the Isthmus.
Miss Betty Lou Duncan, daughter of Captain and Mrs. P. W. Dun-
can of Cristobal, died in the St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D.
C. on September 9th.
Nicholas J. Klein, 66 years, retired boilermaker of the Mechan-
ical Division, died on August 12th in San Bernardino, Calif. He is sur-
vived by his wife, Cecilia, who is now living in Puerto Rico with a
married daughter, Mrs. Keith F. Donohue; by another daughter, Ruth,
who is in the military service in Alaska.
Sumner E. Parker, 57 years, leader lock operator wireman at
Pedro Miguel Locks, died in the Gorgas Hospital on September 22nd.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, and a daughter, Lorraine Evelyn,
Alexander D. Arick of Cristobal was killed in action in Korea
on August 14th, 1952, according to information received by his friends.
He was a Master Sergeant in the Rangers, a unit which operates behind
the enemy lines. Alex was born in Colon Hospital in 1920 and attended
the Cristobal schools, but left the Isthmus in 1940. He is survived by
his wife and two children.
Robert Holder, retired fireman from the Balboa Fire Station, is
reported to have died at his home in Guntersville, Ala., on August 15th.
Mrs. Mary R. Brown, wife of Frank W. Brown, is reported to
have died on September 12th in South Portland, Maine, after a long ill-
ness. Mrs. Brown was Worthy Matron of Orchid Chapter No. 1, O.E.S.,
in 1922, and her many friends mourn her passing
Lawrence C. Turner died in Riverdale, Maryland, on September
19th. He was one of the Canal's old timers and is survived by two
Colbourne O. Mason, 54, of Norwalk, Conn., passed away sud-
denly during a minor operation on September 19th. He has a host of
friends on the Isthmus as well as in the States who will be grieved to
learn of his demise. He is survived by his wife, Helen, and four children.
Benjamin G. Foth, retired from the Finance Bureau, died in
Bogota, N. J. during the early part of October. He is survived by a sister
and two brothers.
Arthur E. Cotton, retired clubhouse manager, died at his home
in Monrovia, Calif. on August 30th. He is survived by his wife, a daugh-
ter and brother.
S. Guy Allen, retired machinist, died in Raleigh, N. C., on Sept.
13th. While working on the Zone he was a member of the "Bull Gang"
that did repair work on steam shovels up and down the cut under W. H.
Needham. He also worked at Porto Bello and the dry dock at Mount
Hope. He is survived by his wife, Cicely Knibb Allen, granddaughter of
"Grandpa" Sohey who was chaplain on the Zone for years, a daughter,
son and grandson.
Walter Rowland, age 82, Civil Engineer during the early Canal
construction period, passed away September 25th at his home in Peters-
burg, Va. His wife, Olive Barbick Rowland, 1721 South Sycamore St.,
Petersburg, Va., survives.
Mrs. Anita Stilson McGlade, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Stilson of Baltimore, Md., died Tuesday, October 16th, in Gorgas Hos-
pital. She is survived by her husband, Jack McGlade, and a baby two
Robert S. Brady, age 88, died in Gorgas Hospital on October
12th. He had been a patient in the hospital for the past nine years.
Oldtimer "Bob" Brady arrived on the Isthmus in 1906 and mixed up in
almost everything from hoilermaking, his trade, to tending bars in his
own cantinas. He was considered one of the most colorful Americans
who lived on the Isthmus. He is survived by three sons and a sister.
Thomas W. Eaton, retired senior lockmaster at Gatun, died re-
cently in Portsmouth, Va. He first went to the Isthmus as a machinist
in 1910 and retired in 1944. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Richard
Wood, of Portsmouth, and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Maria S. O'Leary is reported to have died October 10th at
the home of her cousin, Mrs. Rosa B. Moore, Buenavista, Va., with whom
she had made her home for the past year. Mrs. O'Leary was the widow
of the late Capt. Joseph O'Leary. She was a retired nurse from Gorges
Hospital and lived in DeLand, Florida until 1951.
Theresia Duvall is reported to have died July 12th. She is sur-
vived by her husband, Frederick Duvall, retired Fire Department em-
ployee, and five daughters.
Lucille Koperski Brewer, of Los Angeles, Calif., is reported to
have passed away recently. No other information is available.
Edward E. Ellis, age 62 years, died in Colon Hospital on October
18th. Mr. Ellis was a clerk in the Receiving and Forwarding Agency at
Cristobal, but retired in April, 1951. He was a native of Elizabeth, N. J.,
but has no known survivors on the Isthmus.
Frank E. Lindstrom, retired Cristobal policeman, died on Novem-
ber 1st after a long illness in the Barns Hospital, St. Louis, Mo., and
other hospitals in Illinois. He was buried in Murphysboro, Illinois.
Dr. Hosler, at one time dean of the Junior College in Balboa, is
reported to have died at his home in Lynwood, California, during the
latter part of October. No other details are available at the time the
Record went to press.
Colonel Jose A. Remon was inaugurated president of Panama at
the National Stadium in Panama City before a huge crowd on October
1st. Remon promises to cooperate with the United States, run an effi-
cient government, provide free press, and possibly seek revision of the
1936 treaty as the present annual U. S. payment to Panama for the Canal
Zone is considered inadequate. He further states he is anti-communist
and the word mananaa" will be dropped from the vocabulary of those
who administer the government.
Rent increases on U. S. rate quarters that ranged from 25 to 107
percent evoked storms of protests, and a mass meeting held at the Balboa
Stadium was attended by an estimated 1200 employees who endorsed a
letter of protest to be sent to the President of the United States. Accord-
ing to reports the hardest hit were the 4-family quarters in the old
Corral Area in Ancon. A. C. Medinger, formerly Deputy Marine Dir-
ector, was named Director of Railroad and Terminals Bureau and Ed-
ward N. Stokes was appointed Chief of the Railroad Division. The Balboa
Fire Station recently acquired a new fire truck equipped' with a 65-foot
aerial ladder which will enable the Balboa bombers to effect rescues
from the tallest buildings on the Pacific Side or aid residents to climb
in their second, story windows when they lose the front door key. Wide-
spread rumors that Eugene C. Lombard, Executive Secretary, expected
to resign were declared unfounded by the Governor and Mr. Lombard.
Blondie, a bloodhound of the police at the Gamboa penitentiary, suc-
cessfully trailed Douglas Sasfy, Balboa High School senior, through
Balboa in a demonstration for the journalism classes of the high school.
In order to curtail expenses the Ancon Police Station was closed on Sep-
tember 6th and radio car and foot patrols for that area will report to
the Balboa Police Station. Believe it or not, a hailstorm occurred in
Chorrera at 2:30 o'clock in the afternoon and residents described the
hailstones "as thick as thumbnails". The defunct Pacific Sailfish Club
was sued by two Panama liquor firms for unpaid bills to the amount
of $1,910.04. As a result of a rumor that a young man, who had died
24 hours before, sat up in his coffin while funeral services were being
conducted, caused thousands to descend on the Santa Ana Church in
Panama to see "the dead man who had come to life". The rumor was
started when drops of water formed in the coffin, caused it is claimed by
wearing off of the effects of refrigeration of the body while in the
morgue. Joseph C. Turner succeeded J. Wendell Greene as Treasurer
of The Panama Canal Company. The many friends of Dr. Wayne Gilder
will be pleased to learn that he has been appointed Superintendent of
Colon Hospital. With his appointment, the hospital is now staffed en-
tirely by civilian doctors. The price of gasoline and some commissary
staples dropped, but the price of electric current went up.
Under an agreement with Panama the United States will con-
tribute $625,000 and technical aid to assist Panama in establishing a
new Point Four "Servicio" in the field of agriculture. During the early
part of October Canal traffic was at an all-time high with vessels stacked
up waiting transit. It was reported to be the first big tie-up since World
War II, but temporary measures were being taken to increase the number
of daily lockages.
The Red Tank, La Boca, Paraiso and Tivoli Commissaries were
the last to adopt cash sales. The use of commissary books has now be-
come a thing of the past. A dog "census" is being taken in the Zone in
order to determine whether they should be licensed and whether a dog
catcher is needed. Some may now claim the place has really gone to
FROM VARIOUS PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES
Florida St. Petersburg
Cards of thanks have been received by our society for flowers
sent during the illness of Mrs. W. H. Butler, Charlie Hummer, Mrs.
Minnie Treakle and John E. Hushing; and because of the bereavement
of Mrs. Wm. Batterson, Mr. and Mrs. Add Batterson and Mrs. Charles
There have been two picnics since the last issue of the Record,
and attendance was estimated at 225 persons. In accordance with the
practice of long standing, the following visitors were introduced: Edna
Whitver, of Orlando, Fla., L. W. Fosters who are new arrivals in St.
Pete, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Koperski of Chevy Chase, Md., Mr. and Mrs.
E. M. Kieswetter of Gulfport, Ga., Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Peterson, Rich-
mond Heights, Mo., Helen Warnock, of Birmingham, Ala., Mr. and'Mrs.
Truxton LeQuire and children and Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Grey of St. Pete,
and Mrs. R. J. McKeevers of Gamboa.
During the business meeting that followed the picnic of Septem-
ber 8th, the President, Mr. W. H. Butler, spoke of the serious problem
confronting the Society due to the fact that News Editor, Mr. Earle Brown,
had submitted his resignation. After the President stated he was sure
that all the members were aware of the wonderful job Mr. Brown had
performed, a motion was passed unanimously giving Mr. Brown a vote
of thanks. His letter of resignation follows:
September 6, 1952
Mr. William H. Butler,
President, P. C. Society of Florida
Dear Mr. Butler:
Shortly after the Society's 1947 reunion the officers were having
difficulty finding someone to edit the Society's bulletin and I volun-
teered to do it until someone else could be found.
I have enjoyed the work immensely and it has been a pleasure
to hear from the many oldtimers scattered all over the country, many
of whom I knew personally in the good old days. It has also been
pleasant to watch the Society grow from 127 to 860 members and to
have assisted in the creation of the Society's Canal Record.
Now that the Record is well established I have decided that it is
time someone else took over the editorship and I am tendering my resig-
nation after the completion of the September issue.
I have enjoyed working with all of the Society's officers since I
became editor and appreciate their wholehearted cooperation. I want
to make special mention of the splendid assistance of Mrs. Lucille Judd
and Mr. Hersh whose help and advice have been invaluable. I want also
to thank the many contributors of news items and hope they will con-
tinue to remember the Record. I will be glad to assist the new editor
in any way I can.
The President announced that in view of the fact the Year Book
would go to press in October, it was necessary to nominate officers for
the ensuing year. He thereupon appointed a Nominating Committee
composed of Mr. W. L. Hersh, Chairman, Mr. T. M. Drake and W. J.
Bartlett; and at the October 13th business session the Chairman reported
that the Nominating Committee proposed the following slate for the
President ................---- .----------- Mr. C. G. Calvit
Vice President -------- -- Mr. A. L. Miner
Secretary-Treasurer ---....---.. -Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary Mrs. Burt W. Hall
News Editor ------ Maj. A. O. Meyer
The President stated that it was a pleasure to report that Major
A. O'. Meyer, 858 25th Avenue North, St. Petersburg 4, had volunteered
to take over the duties of News Editor and requested the cooperation
of all members to contribute all matters of interest to Maj. Meyer for
possible inclusion in the Canal Record. He further stated it was impos-
sible to find someone to fill the vacancy of J.K.B., the Society's Column-
ist, and would appreciate suggestions from thte members.
Report of Secretary-Treasurer
Your Society now has 870 paid up members for 1952, 101 have
paid their 1953 dues.
The 1953 Year Book will be in the mail by December 1st, in
order to avoid the rush of Xmas mail.
Thanks again for your lovely letters--keep them coming. Our
News editor, Major A. O. Meyer, is very grateful too, and is using them
to advantage in the December Record.
Twenty-one new members were received during September and
October, making a total of 156 new members since January.
Since the Year Book will be in your possession about the same
as the Record, no names and changes of address will appear in this
Please keep me informed at all times as to any change of address.
Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year and we hope to see you at
the Reunion January 12 and 13, 1953, at the Soreno Hotel.
Ditch Diggers of South Florida
In the September issue of the Canal Record, Secretary Dunham
reported that Captain Joseph C. Powell just discovered he was entitled
to the construction annuity. The sequel to that report was, according to
Dunham's recent letter, as follows: "Captain Powell has just received
his lump sum check for back annuity on Public Law 319 of 44 in the
amount of $6,517.34. The Captain took the treasury check from the en-
velope, looked at the amount, and it staggered him, as well it might. His
monthly payments on the CZC should amount to about $65."
Secretary Dunnham also forwarded the following reports concern-
ing the activities of the Ditch Diggers of South Florida:
Senor Harry V. Snyder who worked in the Legal Department in
Ancon during the early days recently passed through Miami on his way
to and from Panama where he spent a few weeks to see the old place
We were glad to have with us at our last picnic, Sept. 21st, the
Luppys, from Pompano Beach, Fla.; Otis C. Fuller, who retired from
the Panama service on August 31, 1952; Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Denst who
are making their home in North Miami. Mr. Denst was Foreman in the
Gorgona Shops in 1908, worked there many years, and wound up in the
Balboa Shops, leaving the Isthmus in 1921.
One of our members, T. C. Thompson, had an interesting hobby
while in the service of the Isthmian Canal Commission, that of pugilism,
and Senor Thompson was the heavyweight Champion of Central America,
most of the fights taking place in the Colon Bull Pen. It was very diffi-
cult for the senor to sign up sparring partners, as he usually knocked
them out with the first wallop. The only sparring partner who could
remain in the ring with him was Joseph Powell, one of our members,
and now known as Capt. Powell. Senor Powell could do 100 yards in
10 seconds flat and he managed to transfer this ability from the track
to the ring where he sparred with Senor Thompson. Kid Powell, by the
quick use of his legs, always kept out of Senor Thompson's reach and
in most of their sparring bouts it proved to be more of a track meet
than a boxing bout.
Mr. Clade A. Ott, our former President, is now sojourning in the
Canal Zone and Panama. He is now feeling fine, and expects to remain
at Latitude 9 until early in 1953 when he will return to Miami.
We held our last 1952 picnic at Matheson Hammock Park in Sun-
day, October 19th, with a large gathering of Canal Zoners on hand.
Amongst the visitors were Charles E. Leaver, recently retired;
Genella Bliss, daughter of Gerald, and who formerly was employed with
the Joint Land Commission back in 1916; Mrs. Ray A. Koperski, of
Cristobal; Mrs. H. W. Brown, age 86-her former husband had been a
CZC worker-he died 2 years ago.
Mr. N. C. Storey recited poetry forwards and backwards, ver-
batim, for about half an hour until he was stopped.
Mr. C. H. Fair, former hotel steward of several localities on the
Zone, told how he was the only steward who could make 7 egg sand-
wiches out of one egg. However, he did not relate,when he discovered
a petition was being prepared to have him transferred to another village,
how he had cleverly placed a full size mirror at the entrance to the Cris-
tobal Hotel which showed the customer being about ten pounds lighter
than he really was; and as the customer came out, after finishing his
meal, another mirror confronted him showing him to be about ten pounds
heavier than he really was, a net gain of twenty pounds due to the vic-
tuals and vitamins in the meal. As a result all the customers withdrew
their names from the petition, and Mr. Fair continued as Hotel Steward
for sometime later.
It was voted at the meeting to hold our 1953 picnics every other
month starting from April; and it was also decided to have a few of the
picnics on consecutive months, skipping altogether July and August when
so many of us are on vacation. This program for 1953 resulted because
a number of them voted "yes" to both propositions. It was also voted
to hold one picnic sometime during the winter.
Also present at the meeting were Walter I. and Mrs. Beam. Mr.
Beam was Colonel Gaillard's Chief Clerk; C. Harry and Mrs. Neal. Mr.
Neal was Superintendent of Cocoli.
Western North Carolina Asheville-Hendersonville
Secretary George B. Ward informs by letter that The Panama
Canal' Society of Western North Carolina was organized on September
23rd, 1949, and the present officers are:
President -------I. Bruce Harrell, 1009 Fleming Street
Hendersonville, N. C.
Vice President. ------P. R. Kiger, 553 Lake Shore Drive
Asheville, N. C.
Secretary -___._-----__... George B. Ward, Box 47, R.F.D. 1,
Weaverville, N. C.
The organization's annual picnic was held on September 11th at the
Asheville Recreation Park at which the officers were elected for the en-
suing year, and last but not least a basket lunch was featured.
The Edgar Murphys were recent visitors in Hendersonville.
Ralph and Margaret Wanless have bought a home about three
miles from Hendersonville. They have about two and a half acres of
land most of which is covered with beautiful flowers and shrubbery.
Jack and Bea Tyrell are expected in Hendersonville. Jack under-
went an operation recently, but according to present reports he is get-
ting along nicely.
The Wendell Greenes have just occupied their new home in Hen-
dersonville and are reported to have found their house in perfect order,
due to the thoughtfulness and activities of Duke Lewis, former Chief
Quartermaster who evidently hasn't lost that magic touch.
Albert E. Wood, retired Senior Lockmaster at Gatun who resides
in Whittier, Calif., visited the Dow Walkers. Mrs. Marshall W. Pyne
returned from California where she assisted in the care of Mrs. Mary
Goolsby Shivers who was recently hospitalized by a heart attack. Lucy
Goolsby, her mother, now 90 years of age, stood up well under the ordeal.
Among those mentioned by Mrs. Pyne were Mrs. Gus Elmgren and
daughter Vivian, Mrs. Harry Lee Ferguson and Mrs. Tom Young, Ned
Dunkle, the Arthur Van, Brocklins (Mrs. Van is using a wheel chair, but
slowly recovering from the auto accident and Mrs. A. S. Boyd. The
Dow Walkers expect to visit the Zone soon, and he is now the Chairman
of the entertainment committee. Mrs. Walker expects to resume her
medical career in the Zone. Sylvester R. Hiter is still in the Pottsdam
Hospital at Pottsdam, N. Y., due to a heart attack, but fortunately im-
proving according to reports. The Duke Lewises upon returning from
Maine say they saw Mrs. Harry Preston, formerly Alice Boyd, and her
three children, Tom Jordan, Lucile and Don Hendricks, former manager
of the Hotel Tivoli. Young Don has reentered the Naval Service. Also
the V. J. Clarks, former General Manager of the Commy Divn., and now
Purchasing Agent for the Pancanal Co. They also visited Mrs. Lewis'
niece, Ann Green Tilman, daughter of the late George Green. The Roy
Knoops are visiting Roy Jr. who is teaching in Norwalk, Conn. Elsie
Patterson went to New York to attend the funeral of her father. The
George B. Wards expect to visit their daughter, Ruth Ward Lee, and her
husband who is Assistant Director and Curator of Oriental Art in the
Cleveland Art Museum. The Edgar G. Murphys were guests ,of the Clif-
ford Hollands of Weaverville and called on various friends. Mr. Ernie
Payne, Chief of Personnel and Records Bureau, is the guest of the Bob
Pattersons. Rev. R. R. Gregory, retired Secretary of the Bible Society
at Cristobal, visited P. R. Kigers on his way to his home in Penny
Farms near Jacksonville The Ray Mitchells have moved into their new
home in Hendersonville.
Northwest Arkansas Fayetteville
Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Blanche Shaw advises that everyone in
their locality is pulling for Jimmie Coman who is running for the office
of Mayor of Bentonville. We are certain all his old friends wish him
luck. Maud Cook works in the office of the famous Benton County
Nurseries, while energetic Lynn Cook keeps Villa Taboga and Villa Ta-
boguilla of Rogers. The Mathues are enjoying life and resting from a
summer of making pickles. Captain Jack and Agnes Phillips report a
grand vacation in Seattle, Wash., where they enjoyed visiting the E. C.
Hartshornes in their beautiful home commanding views of mountains
and bays. The Elmer Haws were also present.
The Hallin family is a busy one. Four-year-old Elizabeth is at-
tending kindergarten, David, age 7, is in second grade, Theo is teaching
sixth grade in Fayetteville and Heinie is building planter boxes of native
rock that are the envy of everyone. "Casa Naomed" has come to life
with the return of Naomi and Ed Booth from a long and happy vaca-
tion in New England, stopping to see many Zone old timers en route.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mock are visiting in Prairie Grove and will attend
the Annual Dinner along with other old timers. The Albert F. Daniels
of Curundu are expected shortly for a visit with the Shaws. Raymond
Newell Shaw arrived in August and is now registered as a Junior in the
University of Arkansas, majoring in Civil Engineering. He was connected
with the Inter-American Geodetic Survey for three years and stationed
in Panama, Costa Rica and recently in Haiti.
Norman A. Reppe has sold his chicken farm in Springdale and
is working on the SS FAYETTE BROWN which sails across Lake Erie.
The Charles H. Millers of Farmington are building up a fine herd of
Angus cattle and ready for another batch of 6,000 chicks. Everyone
was glad to see Della Meigs of Tampa when she visited her son Jim and
his wife and brought plantains for all the old timers she saw in Georgia,
Alabama, Arkansas and other states she visited. Were they good! Jack
Schnake stopped on his way to a new location in Jacksonville, Ill., with
the Anderson, Clayton Co.
Other recent visitors were Mrs. Peggy Ellis of Houston, Mrs. Mary
Belle Hicks of Balboa, Mr. and Mrs. William Dunlop, the Cliff E. Cur.
riers formerly of Gamboa who were on their way to make their home in
California and stopped at the Jimmie Comans, A. E. Plummer and family,
of San Francisco, and A. E. Wood of Culver City, Calif., who visited
his daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Herbert Engelke this summer.
Secretary Eltah Cooper reports that their club is planning a din-
ner at the Hostess House on November 22nd, and in the future they
expect to have four meetings annually. We are looking forward to re-
ceiving the list of members she promises us. The officers of the Canal
Zone Society of the Northwest who were reelected follows:
President......--...-- ..-- .. ..---------. Mr. Oscar H. Martin
Vice President .....----------- Mrs. Margaret Will
Secretary-Treasurer .------- Mrs. Eltah Cooper
Secretary Myrtle M. Luce reports as follows:
The annual picnic was held September 14th in Griffith Park, Los
Angeles, with approximately 150 present among whom were a number
of visitors from distant places: Mrs. M. E. Lowande, Balboa Heights,
C. Z., Mrs. A. Hendrickson, Maywood, Ill., Mrs. Martin A. Seiler, Wash-
ington, D. C., Lieut. Virginia Keenan, Parks Air Force Base, Calif.,
Ethel M. Fenton, Harrisburg, Pa., Mr. E. G. Seavey, Hayward, Calif.,
Mr. F. F. Beale, San Jose, Calif., and Mrs. Leslie M. Sandiford and
Mr. Frederick Crawford both of Miami. Fla.
Our annual winter dinner will be held on the second Sunday in
You have a worthy and capable correspondent in Mr. Hoecker in
Monrovia. Many of our members reside in Monrovia. I call that town
"Little Panama". Some of our number have been called to that myster-
ious realm from which there is no returning, and I feel sure that notice
of those have been forwarded to you.
ALTHOUGH THE CURTAIN FALLS
"There comes a time for all of us when we must say goodbye
But faith and hope and love and trust can never, never die;
Although the curtain falls at last is that a cause to grieve?
The future's fairer than the past if only we believe
And trust in God's eternal care-
So when the Master calls let's say that life is still more fair
Although the curtain falls."
THE SEASON'S GREETINGS and the hope the following will bring to mind
many happy yuletides spent on the Isthmus:
irrrg Christma, migxs?
'Tis the night before Christmas and all through the casa
Not a creature is stirring. Caramba! Que pasa?
The stocking are hanging con much cuidado
In hopes that Saint Nick will feel obligado
To leave a few cosas aqui and alli
For chico y chica (y something for me).
Los ninos are snuggled all safe in their camas
(Some in vestidos and some in pajamas).
Their little cabezas all full of good things
They're all esperando que Santa will bring.
Santa esta at the corner saloon,
Muy borracho since mid-afternoon;
Mama is sitting beside la ventana
Shining her rolling pin para manana.
When Santa returns to his home zigzagueando,
Lit up like the Star Spangled Banner, cantando,
And Mamma will send him to bed con a right
Merry Christmas a todos, y a todos good night.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
During September Harriet and Shep Shreves flew to the Zone
where they were the guests of the Homer P. McCartys of France Field.
Included in the entertainment for them was a fish fry attended by approx-
imately fifty of their close friends. The menu included black marlin
provided by Nereus Parker who made the record black marlin catch of
the season. A fishing trip on Nereus' boat resulted in the largest catch
being made by Shep, which was a barracuda exceeding five feet in length
-fisherman's measurement. Dr. Vestal L. Morris of Gatun performed
an excellent job on a troublesome molar of Shep's. Among the many
friends seen by them were former Governor of Colon, Ignacio Galindo
who declared he hoped to visit Florida soon, Max Bilgray of the Tropic
Bar and Restaurant, E. L. Slocum, formerly of the Chase National Bank,
Dr. Wayne Gilder, Ernest C. Cotton, Captain J. M. Davis and many
others. Harriet and Shep both declare they are glad to be back in St.
Pete as the lure of the tropics is not as strong as it was in the days
Ernest Erickson of Philadelphia visited the Charles G. Calvits
of St. Pete three times since January. When he wants a change from
Philly climate, he heads for St. Pete in his car.
Joe and Mrs. Mackintosh of St. Pete made a trip to Henderson-
ville, N. C. this summer for a temporary change of climate.
Word has been received that Ralph W. Fels, formerly of Gatun,
was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force; that Clement
Aseron, Jr., of Ancon was appointed to the rank of cadet sergeant at
the Citadel Military College; that Cadet Ronald C. Chisholm, also of
Ancon, just completed a six-week Chemical Corps reserve officers train-
ing at Fort McClellan, Ala.; Cadet-Midshipman Herbert C. Dawson of
Diablo, completed his first year at the U. S. Merchant Marine Academy,
Kings Point, N. Y., and that Miss Llona Joan Sears of Golf Heights,
Panama, became a stewardess of Pan American World Airways after a
three-week briefing course at Miami.
The Frank S. Parmeters celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniver-
sary with a large party at the Hotel Washington on September 3rd.
Their daughter Kay arrived from Washington to celebrate the occasion
with her parents who are real old timers. Mr. Parmeter arrived on the
Isthmus during the real early construction days and was joined by his
wife in 1906 before the Cristobal piers were constructed. From all ac-
counts they had a very happy Golden Wedding Anniversary.
On September 21st the I. A. MacKenzies sailed on their own
cruiser for Trinidad, B.W.I., and after visiting the West Indies they ex-
pect to make Florida one of their ports of call. Mack who retired
recently from the Canal Zone Police built the trim craft at the Cristobal
Yacht Club. It is named the "Flora" and has an overall length of 46
feet, 14 foot beam and carries enough fuel to travel 500 miles. Seven
people can sleep comfortably in the four compartments, and the Mac-
Kenzies expect to make the vessel their future home. On board with
them is Arnold Houston who resigned his position as machinist in the
Mechanical Division. Other notable features of the auxiliary cruiser are
a deep freeze, refrigerator, electric washing machine, radio, airfoam mat-
tresses, electricity throughout and automatic pilot and direction finder.
A very important member of the crew is a small sea-going purp named
"Bosun". We all wish the MacKenzies a very pleasant and interesting
Dr. Kenneth Courtney, former Assistant to the Chief Health Of-
ficer, is now employed by the World Health Organization, and lives in
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, with his family. Jodie and Johnnie are attending
school in Rio and Peggy writes they are amazed at the number of friends
they have found living there, including Anne and Charlie South. Charlie
is with Braniff Airways.
Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Weaver, former Cristobal admeasurer, have
bought a home in Orlando, at 1134 West Yates Avenue. It has a beauti-
fully landscaped lot and Alma can continue with her garden activities
like she did in New Cristobal. She has a real green thumb.
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Stevenson of Winter Park, were in St. Pete
recently after a visit in Clearwater.
During September W. L Howard, postmaster at Cristobal, accom.
panied by Mrs. Howard visited the Robt. I. Barnes of St. Pete and the
Harry F. Freys of Indian Rocks Beach. On their return trip to New
York, they visited Bob and Elsie Patterson of Hendersonville, N C.
The Earl Browns spent the later part of September in the moun-
tains of Northern Georgia and on their return trip they stopped in Hen-
dersonville where they saw the Tommy Sawyers, the Knoops, Captain
and Mrs. Frank Reppa and the George B. Wards of Weaverville.
Paul Engelke, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Engelke of Cristobal,
has entered the Arkansas A. & M., at Monticello, Ark.
Robert S. Coulthard, whose late father was Chief of the Telephone
Section, resigned his position with the Canal in order to enter the Uni-
versity of Miami where he intends to study radio, television and motion
picture techniques. His mother resides in Miami.
Mrs. Theodore A. Aanstoos left the Zone on Sept. 26th for Charles-
ton, S. C., where she was met by her daughter and son-in-law, Colonel
and Mrs. George M. Jones. While in the States she expects to visit her
daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. H. M Ford, Jr., of Hopewell,
Virginia, and son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Aan-
stoos, Jr., of Austin, Texas.
Samuel Blackburn, Jr., third engineer on the SS PIONEER LAND,
that plies between New York and the Far East, and his brother Bill re-
cently visited their parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Blackburn of New Cris-
tobal. Young Bill is in the army and expects to report to Seattle, Wash.,
Recent visitors of the Wm. G. Hulls of St. Pete were Mrs. R. J.
McKeevers of Gamboa and her two sisters, Mrs Tom Loftus and Mrs.
L. F. Hallett and sister Miss Dorothy Richards, also Mrs. E. J. Gautreau
and Mrs. J. H. Groves.
L. W. Foster, Sr., retired from the Commissary Division, sold his
home at New Gorgona Beach to John Kelly of the Motor Transportation
Divn., and sailed from the Zone on April 25th. He and Mrs. Foster made
a 10,000 mile auto trip through the New England States, Canada and
then to St. Pete where they purchased a home at 4434 45th Street No.
The W. A. Petersons of Richmond Hts., Mo., were recent visitors
to St. Pete and state they are to settle permanently in West Palm Beach,
Florida, where the winters are not as cold as in good old Mo.
The C. J. Posts were recent visitors of the F. C. Hayes of St. Pete.
Mr. and Mrs. C. N. Cain (she is the former Gladys Hubbard, Prin-
cipal of the Cristobal Grade School) have recently moved into their
newly built home in Portland, Oregon. Gladys is a wonderful planner
and the house must be as nearly perfect as possible. They have a splendid
view of Mt. Hood from one of the living room windows.
The Pony Mohrs of Orlando spent the weekend recently with the
Louis Warners of Pinellas Park, and say they plan to attend the reunion
W. H. Dunlop, retired Director of Finance, and Mrs. Dunlop are
spending the winter in St. Pete and living at the South Gate Apartments.
Bob Glaw celebrated his 75th birthday last September 29th and
is as spry as ever. Congratulations, Bob.
The Sam Griers of Clearwater returned recently from a trip to
California where they visited the Charles L. Persons of San Gabriel who
say they hope to spend a year in Florida. At Glendale they saw Capt.
and Mrs. Maurenus Peterson, Mrs. Chas. E. Tribolet and the W. M.
Heltemes. They also attended a birthday party for Captain Peterson
whose exact age was never definitely established according to Sam, but
the party was held in the mountains and the road to the picnic site re-
minded Sam of the old Gamboa Road. In Arcadia they saw the Bramins;
in La Habra Heights the Varney T. Cornwells who asked to be remem-
bered to the Earle Browns and all ex-commissary employees; the Charles
C. Camerons in Long Beach; in Monrovia the William A. Joneses who
send regards to Charles Hummer and Ted Marshall, who are told in no
uncertain terms to address Mr. Jones as "grandpa" in the future, the
John M. Kings, Fred R. Fitches and Edward T. Nolans who send greet-
ings to Ed Spearman and the Building Divn. gang; in Santa Ana the
A. C. Van Brocklins who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in
Miami, Fla., some time ago and are pleased to let their friends know
that Mrs. Van Brocklin is rapidly recovering from the injuries she re-
ceived in an auto accident in Texas as they were returning to California;
the C. L. (Ducky) Bryans in Santa Monica; in Pasadena the Thomas S.
Booz, Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Otis as well as Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Otis;
Mrs. L. A. Taber in Altadena; Mrs. H. O. Parker in Ontario; at Fuller.
ton the C. M. Ashbrooks, Miss Margaret C. Grier, who was the object of
the trip and the Griers' favorite daughter; and in Redwood City they
visited the W. B. Godfreys. When returning they stopped at Enid, Okla.,
where they visited their son Sam who is a captain in the Air Force.
They witnessed the ceremony in which Sam received his wings that were
pinned on him by his wife. They accompanied Sam and daughter-in-law
to Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where Captain Grier
is awaiting instructions to depart for Korea.
The Frank Murrays are reported to have stopped in Henderson-
ville en route to Jacksonville, Florida, to meet their son Jimmy and also
Jimmy Smith. Jimmy Murray is employed by General Electric in Cin-
Edgar A. Capalbo, of Pedro Miguel, is enrolled as a freshman
at the University of Dayton at Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. and Mrs. G. W. Adams, accompanied by their grandson,
Jimmy Mara, left the Zone recently for Iowa City, Iowa, where Dr.
Adams has accepted a position with the Veterans Administration Hospital.
Mrs. Mike Conley tells us that her son Leo and his wife, with
their two daughters Betty Ann and Connie are now making their home
in Alaska at Elemdolf Field and will be there until next August. Mrs.
Conley drove to Seattle with her daughter-in-law and the girls last June,
where they took the plane for Alaska. She says she had a grand trip
going and coming back home.
Ernie Payne, Chief of Personnel and Records Division, accompan-
ied by the Clarence Sibuses of Winter Park made a short visit with the
Lawrence Brains of Clearwater and the Al Meyers of St. Pete. Ernie
says he hopes to retire in Florida when he reaches that wonderful age.
Bradford and Kendrick Holle, sons of Colonel and Mrs. Chas. G.
Holle, graduated with honors from Tulane University and are now sec-
ond lieutenants in the Corps of Engineers, Ft. Belvoir, Va. Colonel Holle
is former Engineer of Maintenance.
Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin of Balboa was a guest recently of the J.
F. Everetts of St. Pete, who made a trip to Anderson, S. C., for, the pur-
pose of bringing Mrs. Hamlin to Florida. She was visiting her sister-
in-law, Mrs Jane Hamlin, and had also seen Helen Kalar of Raleigh, N. C.
On November 1st, Mrs. Hamlin departed for Pasadena, Calif., where she
expects to visit her daughter, Janie Leffingwell, and new grandson Charles.
Frances Holmelin, daughter of the Gus Holmelins, of St. Pete,
won first prize for the most beautiful costume of her age group at a
huge Halloween celebration at Al Lang Field in St. Pete.
Mrs. Nelly Bewley writes from Silver Springs, Md., that Mr. and
Mrs. E. C. Bigelow have purchased a beautiful new home with a large
lot in Carroll Knolls. She also says no more old-fashioned dishwashing
for her, because she has all modern electrical equipment in her new
home, which she moved into on October 13th. Seems, however, that the
dishwasher and disposal got fouled up for a while, and for three days
they almost froze because someone swiped the heating unit's motor. Now
don't say this bad luck was due to moving on the 13th. We are glad to
report that everything is now shipshape.
Mr. A. L. Hoecker of Monrovia, Calif., informs us that Cecil
Langdon is president of the Realty Board in Monrovia and acting as
the Board's delegate to the state and national conventions. He and Mrs.
Langdon attended the San Francisco convention in October and from
November 9th to 13th they will stop at the Roney Plaza Hotel, Miami
Beach, Fla., while attending the Natioinal Convention there. They ex-
pect to visit their son Robert who is in school in Arlington, Texas. The
Vern Mitchells and Arthur Beards of Oakland were visiting friends in
Monrovia, and Mrs. Dorothy Welty and her two small children visited
her parents, the Gus Hoeckers for two weeks. The following former
Zonians had their annual get-together in San Diego in October: The
Beards, Browns, Bullocks, Gilberts, Hodges, Howells, Joneses, Lock-
woods, Lumbys, MacConoughys, Naylors, Nevilles, Pidgeons, Praegers
Mrs. Leslie M. Sandiford of Miami writes how thoroughly they
enjoyed their recent trip to California where they visited relatives and
many former Zonians.
Capt. and Mrs. Henri Herff of Baton Rouge, La., are reported to
be doing well after their lengthy illnesses.
Zoe Ann Karst is visiting her aunt and uncle, Mr and Mrs. E. S.
Swenson of St. Pete. Zoe Ann is employed as a typist by the army at
Fort Amador and her mother is the sister of Mrs. Swenson.
The Arthur H. Longs of Balboa were visitors in Asheville and
Hendersonville during the summer where they called on the Dr. Irvins,
Ray Mitchells, Duke Lewises, Joe Muldoons and I. B. Harrells.
Appearing elsewhere in the Record is a report of the sickness
of our good friend John E. Hushing, U. S. Marshal in the Zone, but it is
felt his many friends will be interested in the following which is quoted
from his recent letter from Gorgas Hospital:
"I have been here since August 20, 1952, with no
prospect of getting out in the near future.
"I had hoped to retire and probably come to Florida
to live, but with misfortune, sickness, loss of my wife and
mother-in-law, etc., I have just accepted another appoint-
ment by the President as United States Marshal for an eight
year term, although I am now almost 67 years of age.
"God bless you and good health to all of you."
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Bruckner left on November 7th for a visit
with friends and relatives in Pennsylvania and Washington, D. C. They
expect to return to St. Pete late in November.
Mr. Lloyd I. Ritchie, retired District Quartermaster of Cristobal,
is visiting friends in St. Pete and expects to spend the winter in these parts.
Mr. John R. Hammond of the Engineering Division, Balboa
Heights, is visiting his mother, Mrs. Helen Hammond of Gulfport.
Louis Warner of Pinellas Park has an interesting and profitable
hobby. Through some mysterious and devious means he has convinced
a number of energetic hens to produce eggs at an unprecedented rate,
so we surmise. With an alarm clock, rubber bands, string, et cetera, he
has constructed a contraption that, at a predetermined hour, yanks the
door of the hen coop open every morning. The hens then dash out and
take aboard a large supply of feed in order to produce the morning's
supply of eggs in time for the breakfast table. All this time Louis is
in his nice cozy bed snoozing away.
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 information
as to dates of entering and leaving such service; also the average compen-
sation therefore, or the respective rates of pay, and respective periods
therefore. Also, indicate present respective addresses of such persons.
Such data will be used in the presentation to the Committees of
Congress 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.
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 increased
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 because the act under which they may have retired did
not authorize such annuity benefit.
A parallel situation applies also to those having Alaska Territory
service with the Alaska Railroad Commission or the Alaska Railroad
between March 12, 1914 and July 1, 1923.
Legislation to remedy this oversight is to be proposed in the next
Congress. All those with eligible service but who did not receive a cor-
responding increase in their retirement annuity should contact H. A.
HAAG, 7369 Northmoor Drive, St. Louis 5, Missouri, telling of their
INTERESTING IF TRUE
By EDWARD SCOTT
"THE LAND DIVIDED, THE EARTH UNITED"
THERE IS A YOUNG FELLOW of four-score-years (approximately)
operating around these parts, who, as I have stated on a previous famous
occasion, has solemnly enjoined me never to mention his name in print
on pain of instant extinction. These are unnecessary measures because
I was convinced the first time.
Certainly it is not in disharmony with the times to refer to the
Panama Canal because this very day the First International Public Health
Congress is being held here in Havana where honor is being paid to the
memory of Dr. Carlos Finley. It was Finley, a Cuban Physician, who
discovered the method of transmission of yellow fever, from which was
developed the effective means employed byGorgas in driving the Yellow
Jack out of the Canal Zone. To that degree, then, the Panama Canal is
Well, the young chap to whom I refer was among those present
throughout the entire period of construction of the Canal and was in
charge of what I regard as being the principal, activity, i. e., the digging
Recently he made a trip abroad in the Cunard Liner "Caronia"
with his wife, whom he married in the Canal Zone. Upon his return,
he found waiting for him an issue of the "Canal Record,' and he sent it
along to me because he knows that I also have drunk of the waters of
the Chagres and the sound of words like Balboa, Miraflores, Pedro Miguel,
Gamboa, Gatun and Cristobal, is sweet music to my ears.
The "Canal Record" is the official organ of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, whose aim is "To preserve American ideals and Canal
Zone friendships." Scattered all around Florida are the people who ac-
tually built the Canal and having jointly contributed their youth in the
service of their country in the exacting tropics just North of the Equator,
now in the sunset of their lives they derive some comfort from being to-
gether and remembering the days when all the world was green and every
lass a queen. And the jungle, my masters, is green-very green indeed ..
After a man (or woman) has spent the best years of his life in
the tropics, it is difficult to return at sixty and adjust himself to the bleak
cold of U. S. winters in the north. For that reason the majority of old-
time Canal Diggers can be found in warm places like Florida.
I do not think the Uncle has done very well by these, his children.
They were the vigorous young people in the twenties-some of them
even in their teens-who heard the call southward on the breeze and who
went down to Panama to dig the Canal. They left their comfortable
homes in an environment to which they were suited and braved the real
perils of yellow fever and malaria, of the heat and insects, of the
monotony and, yes, the hard physical labor which went with serving men
like Goethals and Gorgas.
Those who go through the Canal Zone today are amazed by its
cleanliness and orderliness. The present day Canal employee has a com-
fortable home, for which he pays a stiff rental, he has efficient medical
service for which he also pays a by no means insignificant fee and he
pays and he pays and he pays.
The Old-Timers made their sacrifices in the hope that they were
really opening up a new frontier, a land where their children would have
opportunity and consideration. It has not worked out that way. Grad-
ually all of the privileges-or rights as they were at the time-have been
taken away from the Canal employees. The entire operation of the Canal
has been turned over to a private company, wholly owned, of course by
the U. S. Government, and everything is on a purely commercial basis.
Up until comparatively recently, the Canal Zone was tax free, but now
all that has changed.
Some of the Old Time Canal diggers completed their jobs, said
"Thank you, Uncle," and went off to bigger and better accomplishments
-my anonymousCaledonian friend, for example. By far the majority of
them, however, are sitting somewhere in the sun, living on pensions which
perhaps would have been adequate thirty years ago, and their one satis-
faction is to be in touch personally or through the "Canal Record" with
those who knew them when the whistles were blowing and the shovels
were working and the diggers were moving train-loads of dirt.
There was a time when these people, on reaching the age of re-
tirement, left the Canal Zone after twenty or thirty years of service, with-
out so much as a note of thanks. Now each one receives from the Govern-
ment a certificate in which recognition is made of his contribution towards
the construction and maintenance of Uncle Sam's "Big Ditch".
It is a matter of U. S. official record that the idea of this certifi.
cate was adopted 15 years ago as the result of a suggestion by this, your
ancient chronicler, who counts all men who worked on the construction
of the Panama Canal as being among the world's great though humble
benefactors of this age.
We feel exceptionally fortunate in being able to reprint the above
article that appeared in a recent issue of the Havana Post. The many
friends of Edward (Ted) Scott, former Isthmian newspaper man, will
be pleased to learn that he is now a member of the staff of the Havana
Post, Havana, Cuba. "Interesting if True" is published with his permis-
sion and our sincerest thanks. Ted has promised to contribute to the Canal
Record in the future, and we are looking forward to other articles from
him that will doubtless be read with deep interest by all former residents
of the Isthmus.
Canal Builders may be interested in knowing that Mr. S. H.
Grauten of Evanston, Ill., who was mentioned in a previous issue of the
Record in connection with proposed legislation to benefit Oldtimers ex-
cluded from receiving pensions under existing laws, is greatly encour-
aged as indicated by the following:
Mr. Grauten furnished us a copy of a letter he wrote former Gov-
ernor Maurice H. Thatcher in which he states that since October 1st let-
ters are arriving at the rate of two daily. Several of the letters were not
pertinent to the cause, but the net result so far is 19 new names, and
there will probably be a few more. Another windfall resulted from a
visit of Mr. Grauten with Walter Ross, Roger Erdman and Governor
Thatcher that added another 19 names. Mr. Grauten also compiled a
list of 78 names which he sent to Mr. Ernie L. Payne, Balboa Heights,
and of that number 19 qualified. To date there are 99 names on the list.
The following is quoted from Mr. Grauten's letter:
"In view of the splendid cooperation given us by
the St. Petersburg people in getting in our last moment
notice and displaying it in such prominent space, I think
our thanks are in order and I am sure they will be glad to
hear of the fine response from all over the United States."
TWENTY-FIRST ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME January 12th and 13th, 1953.
PLACE Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First Ave-
nue and Beach Drive, North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST $2.75 per person including luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Monday, January 12th, registration will be in
the forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business meetings
in the afternoon. On Tuesday there will be a social period or get-
together in the morning and a group picture will be taken following a
cold plate luncheon served with hot coffee, warm soup and dessert. You
are urged to forward your reservations early, as the hotel may be forced
to decline last minute reservations for the luncheon.
The primary purpose of the Reunion is to enable former Isth-
mians to get together, renew acquaintances and above all to discuss those
gone but not forgotten palmy days. You'll never know how many true
friends you, have until you attend the Reunion where they gather from
every section of the country. We'll gather together on the mezzanine
floor of the hotel where there is ample room with comfortable seats,
or if you prefer seclusion with former pals, there's the well-stocked bar
on the main floor. The luncheon is optional, but don't miss the Reunion.
You'll be sorry if you do!
A committee has been formed to arrange room reservations at
special convention rates of $9 double and $6 single at the Soreno Hotel,
but if rooms are not available there, they will be secured in private
homes at $9 double and $8 single. Those desiring reservations should
remit $9 for double or $6 for single rooms per day. If the committee
can do better the balance will be retained to the sender's credit. There
is also efficient room-locating service maintained by the Chamber of
Commerce in the Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central Ave-
nue which is open daily until 9 p. m.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS PROMPTLY. We must
have them not later than January 7th. Make remittances payable to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. Please do not send checks on other
than St. Pete banks unless you add 10c per check to cover bank charges.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but LUNCH-
EON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be claimed upon
arrival at the Reunion. (Reservation Form on separate page).
oanama Canal Societi
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 250.
Please fill in the application below and send
your dues to the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 249, Station "A",
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Name. ... ...........
City .........-.-.. ___ __ State---
Number of Years on Canal -.....-----.---.. .-- _---- --
What Division .. _... .-.. ...... .... ..- ..
Amount enclosed--...- ... .. .. ----.........-.....-
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
TWENTY FIRST ANNIVERSARY REUNION
JANUARY 12 and 13, 1953
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer, 3535 19th Street North,
St. Petersburg 4, Florida.
Please arrange reservations as follows:
Reunion luncheon tickets for persons, each $2.75.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations.
My party of persons will need single and/or double
rooms in hotel or private home for days beginning January ,
1953. Enclosed is $6.00 for each single room and/or $9.00 for each double
room perday for deposit on these reservations. There is enclosed remittance
of $ representing total for all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by Train Automobile Bus
(Please indicate which. And PLEASE add 100 per check
for banking charge if you remit by check.)
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
Home of Capt. and Mrs. O. H. Lindstrom,
1134 Highland Acres,
Star Route No. 2,
Home of Walter and Peggy Brameld, Sr.,
272 McKinley Place, Ridgewood, N.J.
Home of the Droman Conklins, Sr.,
Rose Hill, Miss.
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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