The family of Capt. Sam Grier
Home of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Matheney
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Everett
and Mrs. Kalar
The S. G. Husseys
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Dailey
and Mrs. Cad Frederick
Home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman E. Wulff
A e lPnama a nal / Society o 7Tlotida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 249. STATION "A" ST. PETERSBURG 2. FLORIDA
C. G. Calvit J. F. Warner
A. L. Miner F. A. Anderson
Viee-President ONE W. H. Butler
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd J W Gray
Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Correspond. Sec'y. Ralph H. Oliver
E. M. Kieswetter Dan E. Wright
News Editor Counselors
Charles H. Beetham G. T. Tarflinger
The first session of the 83rd Congress adjourned a little before mid-
night on Monday, August 3, 1953. The Congress will reconvene in
second session at noon on Wednesday, January 6, 1954.
This Congress accomplished some things of interest to retirees and
postponed some subjects for consideration at later dates.
This Congress did appropriate a special item of funds to continue
that temporary increase in retirement annuitites as established by public
Law 555 (82nd Congress) until June 30, 1954. The next session of the
Congress will need again to appropriate the special item of funds if the
temporary increase in retirement annuities is to be continued until
June 30, 1955 when it will expire in accordance with P.L. 555.
This Congress has extended the time within which the Kaplan Com-
mittee, established by P. L. 555. is to complete its study and report by
a period of six months. It was originally intended that this report was
to be available for the Congress by December 1953. Now this report is
to be available in June, 1954. This will be just about the time the
second session of the 83rd Congress will be in a rush to finish its
activities, preparatory to adjournment. Thus it appears that the Kaplan
Committee report on the broad phases of comparing Federal Retire-
ment systems and on recommendations for financing these systems, may
not be given much consideration until after the 84th Congress convenes
in January, 1955.
The Committees of the present Congress have already adopted a
policy to hold all bills on retirement subjects, until the receipt of the
Kaplan Committee report.
Old Timers of the Canal Construction Period, who have been granted
pensions under P.L. 319 (78th Congress) and who are interested in
House Bill H.R. 3660 and its proposal to increase their pensions, will
need to wait further consideration of their cause during the second
session. H.R. 3660 has been referred to the House Committee on Mer-
chant Marine & Fisheries, where it has been under consideration by the
Panama Canal Sub-Committee of which The Hon. John J. Allen, Jr.
of California is chairman.
This sub-committee on Pan Canal subjects conducted hearings on
H.R. 3660 on July 14, 1953. The Hon. Horace Sealy-Brown, author of
the bill urged favorable consideration of the bill, also voicing favor-
able consideration at this hearing were Ralph Cutler of Mystic, Conn.;
Roger Erdman, Washington, D. C. and Andrew W. Dewling, Baltimore,
Md. The Sub-Committee deferred further action at this time pending
the receipt of a report from the Civil Service Commission.
Since the Congress has adjourned we have been informed that the
above report was received by the sub-committee but too late for further
consideration during the first session. We have word from Ralph Cutler
that Chairman Allen has expressed that he will endeavor to see that
the sub-committee gives early consideration to this subject when the
Congress re-convenes in January. Mr. Cutler says he feels encouraged
and believes the sub-committee will report favorably early in the second
While the Congress has adjourned some committees are continuing
their activities. The House Committee on Ways and Means is conducting
hearings on their problem of general revision of the Internal Revenue
Code. These hearings are being conducted one subject at a meeting.
On August 13, 1953 they took up Topic 37, which concerns a subject
of much interest to all retirees, namely the exclusion of pensions and
retirement income from taxable income.
We have counted some 22 bills pending in the Congress proposing
this exclusion, and may have missed some counts. This indicates that
there is quite a number of the members of Congress who are thinking
along this line.
Even though the Congress is in recess this would seem to be an
opportune time to write Ways and Means Committeemen telling of your
interest and concern in this subject of taxation.
We regret that space roes not permit listing above Committeemen.
You will find this information on Page 68 of the Canal Record, or in
the Congressional Record at all public libraries.
Can Anyone Help Mrs. Meyer On This?
An effort is being made by the Personnel Bureau of the Canal to
ascertain if there are any employees now in service or former employees
who were personally acquainted with Adolph G. Meyer who was a
machinist in Cristobal during the Canal construction period. Anyone
knowing Mr. or Mrs. Meyer during the period he was employed, from
Sept. 1908 until Feb. 1911 has been requested to communicate with the
Chief of the Personal Records Div. The information is needed for the
purpose of establishing a claim for a widows annuity for Mrs. Meyer,
who now lives in Brooklyn, N. Y.
To All Concerned
The following is an excerpt from a letter received by Mr. T. M.
Drake of St. Petersburg. "In reference to your letter of July 18, 1953,
requesting advice regarding the taxibility of interest on Canal Zone Postal
Savings Certificates, you are advised that interest on obligations of the
Panama Canal Zone is excluded from gross income and exempt from
the Federal income tax."
Lawrie W. Tomlinson
Chief, Audit Division
By Edwin E. Barnes
District Director of Internal Revenue
Report of Secretary-Treasurer
Covering the Period from May 15th to August 8th
I am sorry to report that many have not paid their 1953 dues. I
feel sure that this is just an oversight, but we must follow the ruling of
the Society by-laws.
If you do not have a GREEN card you have not paid your dues
PLEASE add 10 cents to your check for coverage of the bank charge.
Since the last Record went to press we have added 59 new members.
We have taken into the membership 112 new members since the begin-
ning of the year.
As of August 8th our membership is 978. Let's make it an even
1,000 by the next Record which comes out in December.
We do appreciate the numerous letters which have been received-
it is such a pleasure to keep up with you folks in your daily lives. These
letters are turned over to the Editor and he uses the best of each and
every one. We only wish we could print many of them in their entirety,
but after all we can't make a Record that large. Thanks again, and please
keep them coming in.
We are having many visitors this summer so be sure and stop by
St. Petersburg on your trip. We are always so glad to see our friends.,
The 1954 Year Book will go to the printer in October in order that
all books can be mailed out early in December. This advance date is
being given to you so that you will have your new Year Book before you
leave home to come to the Reunion in 1954 which will be held at the
Soreno on January llth and 12th. If you have a change of address,
which I have not already received, please let me know as soon as pos-
sible. PLEASE KEEP THE SECRETARY INFORMED AT ALL TIMES
AS TO ANY CHANGE OF ADDRESS.
I also want to thank the Secretaries of the various Panama Canal
Societies for their prompt mailing of their reports and news so that it
can be inserted in the Record.
This month, August, some 145 members with their families are
attending a luncheon at the Bahama Shores Hotel, St. Petersburg. Others
are attending the regular listed picnic at Lowry Park in Tampa.
Thanks again for all the lovely letters-Please keep them coming.
THINGS I REMEMBER
The long lazy days on the boat, the steward with his gong, Bird
Rock, San Salvador, Watlings, and Fortune Island, The Bay of Gonives,
Port au Prince, the ride to Petionville, the breakwater Sweepstake. The
ride from Cristobal to Balboa, Gatun, the lake, dead trees, Frijoles,
"Peter Magill", the tunnel. The view from the top of Ancon Hill, from
Sosa. The flash of a Blue Morpho, a trail of busy leaf cutting ants, the
shrill cry of the cicados, the plop of an iguana from a tree top to the
ground. Rio Chagres, Santo Rosa, Juan Mina. The bat caves on the
Chilibrillo, Cruces Trail, Old Panama. The gold altar, flat arch, El Mer-
cado, Calle Sales si Puedes, chop suey on a balcony over Sales si Puedes.
Que numero quere? Plaza band concerts, left hand driving, the Wee
Chi Chi Club, Carnival, San Lorenzo, the Tivoli, Central Avenue. New
China, Chong Kee, Max Hart, Charlie and Celia Cantor in a carrometta.
The annual fire on Sosa Hill, the evening ride to Amador causeway.
sunset from the causeway. Boquette, El Volcan, Miller's Hotel, Chirique
viejo, Taboga, the old Aspinwall on a moonlight night, El Valle, gold
frogs, painted rock, square trees. Far Fan, Gorgona, Santa Clara. How-
ling monkeys, the night cry of the Poor-me-one. Rounsevell, Sue Core's
Chuckles Sniffs and Sighs. Pete's Through the Looking Glass, J.K.B.'s
Pro and Con, Pop Wright's Boquette Bugle, and THE FRIENDS WE
LEFT BEHIND US. YE EDITOR.
BY GRAPEVINE AND PONY EXPRESS
A letter from Myrtle and Charles Tribolet says they are back in
Glendale, California after a wide sweep around the country. Report they
enjoyed their stay in St. Petersburg and regretted not being able to
attend one of our picnics so they might have met more of their old
friends. From St. Pete they went to Bradenton and called on the Johannes
famliy, then on to Miami and Palm Beach, on to Orlando where Mr.
and Mrs. Al. Mohr took them around to see all their old C.Z. friends.
in that section. From there on to Valdosta, Georgia to see and visit with
their son, 1st Lt. Charles F. who is an instructor at Moody Air Force
Field. It was their first peep at their new grandson and of course it was
one of the main reasons for going to Georgia. Also made a stop at
Hendersonville, N. C. as guests of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Irwin and Capt.
and Mrs. I. B. Harrell. From there back home, via Tenn., Arkansas, New
Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. A wonderful trip but it's good to be home
L. W. (Duke) Lewis reports all seem to be OK in Hendersonville,
N. C. Says there are the ups and downs that are to be expected at our
ages, but everything considered, we cannot kick. Marion joins him in
sending kindest regards to all their friends.
We are glad to welcome Frank Miller who has recently joined the
society. Mr. Miller left for Panama on the S. S.Advance in 1905 and
was employed on several different projects until late in 1912.
Maurice W. Fox writes that there are very few former Canal em-
ployees in the Detroit area. He mentions Robert June, who went to Cris-
tobal early in 1906, was badly injured in an accident at Porto Bello in
1909 and was bed-ridden for fourteen months. Mr. and Mrs. June live
at 1603 Longfellow Ave., Detroit. They have three sons; Jack, Robert
and Peter, all of whom are associated with their father in his business.
Capt. O. E. McKay writes of a hectic winter and spring as he spent
3 months in the Chelsea Naval Hospital with ulcers. However he dodged
ar operation and reports he is now on theroad to recovery. Mrs. McKay
has been fairly well and they hope to take a trip to Florida soon. Mrs.
McKay joins in sending best wishes to all their friends in and about
"Here are our dues for a couple of years. Sure don't want to miss
the year book or the Record. We enjoy it as I am sure all do who are on
the Mailing list."-E. C. Hartshorne.
"We have bought a little home in beautiful California," says a
letter from Mr. and Mrs. James Christian. "Will be happy to welcome
any C.Z. friends who might come our way."
Major and Mrs. Meyer have returned to Orlando after a trip through
Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa and Illinois. Missed the hurricanes by a slight
but sufficient margin. They are certainly glad to be back home.
Elmer Haw says, "I certainly do not want to miss a single issue of
the Record with its news of the Zone and Zonians. It finds a welcome
reception up here in this north west corner of the U. S."
Zonites are a rare species and traveling Zonians are still less fre-
quent. They know not what they miss, we wish that more would come
Otto Marstrand tried to shoo away the poor fellow trying to sell
magazine subscriptions until he found out the poor fellow was Harry
Comely. After bawling Harry out for spoofing him, he invited him in
and they had a grand visit and gab fest. Otto is with daughter 'Lillian
and her husband, Col. W. F. Powers, in Arlington, Va.
"Congratulations on the fine issues of the Canal Record which the
Florida Society is getting out." Best wishes, Edward J. Vogel.
Jacob Bernson, Jake to his many friends, has bought a home at 1215
McKendrie, San Jose, Calif. Jake says he has plenty of room and hopes
any friends coming that way will stop and see him.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Comley were in Arlington, Va. with daughter
Mary Jane when her second child was born. Harry visited relatives in
and around Reading, Penn. while Mrs. Comley took off on a continental
tour and to take in the Coronation. On her return from Europe the
Comleys will settle down to the business of looking for a home.
Dove L. Prather is on the move again and says she always carries
her book along. Says it is surprising how many people one finds that
way. Had visited the Henry Schwartz in Philadelphia, also Margaret Davis
DuBois and her husband.
Marie Coffey writes to inform us that the Coffey Clan is ever on the
increase. (see Births). She says, "The Clan seems to run to boys having
had seven sons and one daughter, now I have nine grandsons and six
granddaughters." Congratulations to the Coffey Clan.
"Mr. Blanding building his dream house, had nothing on us," says
H. R. and Edna Judson. From all reports, it is a dream house. They
send regards to all.
"We sure look forward to getting each issue of the Record. It keeps
us in touch with old friends, good old friends never to be forgotten,"
say W. G. H. (Ganny) and Charlene Russell. "Our best wishes to T. M.
Drake and Ernest (Sharkey) Behlen."
Berniece B. Heffner has resigned her position with the American
Federation of Government Employees, after serving faithfully and un-
tiringly to extend the influence, strength, growth and prestige of that
organization since her election as a National officer 18 years ago. Ber-
niece will not be leaving the Labor movement as she has accepted a
position as Administrative assistant and Secretary to Mr. Einar Mohn,
President of the powerful International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauf-
fers, Warehousemen and Helpers of America, affiliated with the American
Federation of Labor. Best of luck in your new job.
Edward A. Linney, says, "In joining your organization it will be
the only one of any kind that I belong to. If I can be of any service at
any time, please call on me."
Here is a letter from an old timer that most of you know; Mr. P. B.
Banton. "Getting a little older, same crop of white hair, by golly I'm
not bald. Been laid up bed fast for the past year as the old injury to
my back reduced the activities of my old paralyzed legs. Can now slide
out of my bed onto my hot rod and drive around the rooms in the house.
Son Fowler and family blew in a few weeks ago enroute to New Orleans.
Then son Pem and wife drove in from Sioux Falls. We had a grand visit
and did a lot of kidding. However, in between we did a lot of sober think-
ing of the eight brothers and sisters, as well as Mother andt Dad. All
gone on. I enjoy the pictures in the Record and it is a joy to see how
well some of them have survived the ravages of time. Regards to all the
old timers. I think of them often as I have plenty of time to sit back
and think of them all."
Mary Clark writes, "We have a wee cottage in Arroya Grande, Calif.
and I know we are going to be happy here. I slipped on the polished
floor and broke my right hip, now they wont let me do anything for my-
self but breath, however in a few more months I will be as good as eves."
Mary E. Fagan recently visited Pauline Senter of Humbolt, Tenn.
Janette White of Marietta, Ohio, and Dr. and Mrs. Troy Earhart. Dr.
Earhart gave her a Canal Record to read and now she wishes to join.
Found her friends busy and happy and they enjoyed mulling over ex-
periences and friendships of their Gorgas Hospital days.
Edythe and Clarence Kiefer send greetings. "Received the Canal
Record and enjoy it so much. We see lots of Canal Zone folks around
here and have very happy times when we attend the picnics and dinners."
"Our daughter Barbara is now connected with the American Em-
bassy at the Hague. She worked in Japan for four years, then Athens,
Greece, now the Hague. During Easter she went to Luxembourg and to
Brussels, Belgium. This week she is in Paris. Expect her home for the
holidays in December, then in January she will take off for Europe again.
We have purchased a home in Torrance and like it very much. If any of
our Canal Zone friends come this way the Welcome Mat is always out."
Hattie Davis reads the Record from cover to cover then over again.
Says, "My son Chrles and wife wanted to go back to the Zone once more,
(as he said, home again). He was disappointed, in a way, as everything
had changed. I stay here in Hot Springs most of the time then go to
Memphis, then on to New York, just back and forth. Would love to take
in a reunion sometime, remember me to all."
A letter from Phylis Schjeveland from Jay, Maine, where they are
now located says, "Mother and Dad Schjeveland are visiting us and we
are enjoying them so much. We think New England is just about perfect
and are very contented here. Christy and I feel better than we ever have
in our lives and have both gained weight. Hope we can make one of the
Milton R. Smith writes that they are now settled in Houston and
thinks they will be satisfied with Texas from now on. Saw the Lee Wrights
and they told me of their trip to Florida.
Capt. and Mrs. John V. Bodden have moved to No. Miami from
Tampa and send regards to all.
Three women who spent more than 20 years of their lives in the
Panama Canal Zone, and watched the Big Ditch grow are reliving their
experiences at a reunion in Akron, Ohio after thirty years. They are
Mrs. W. S. Hines, 625 Mohawk Ave. and Mrs. Thomas Gillespie of 621
Mohawk Ave. Their visitor is Mrs. Lillian R. Ross of Mass. They last saw
each other in 1924 in Balboa, C. Z. They are eager to find other Canal
Zoners in Akron.
Arthur R. Lane of Orlando writes, "Bess and I are leaving next week
for a trip to Jersey, Illinois and perhaps New York State. The Bill
Fishers, formerly of Gatun, and Dr. and Mrs. Gregory, formerly of the
Bible House, are now living at Memorial Home Community, Penny Farms.
They are all fine and we were glad to see them. May see some of the old
gang on our trip."
Marion F. Hollowell, says, "The Tom Kellys have just left our
place for Vermont. We are expecting the Walter Smiths to drop in any
time. The Crawley Walstons Asay they will be up this summer but I will
believe it when I see them. Regards to all."
Earl Brown and Kay have moved to Macon, Georgia. Earl says,, "It
is really a pleasure to be working again. Have seven pretty Georgia
peaches in the office and they sure do put out the work. The Air Force
has moral and is going places."
Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Cellar, on tour of Europe, met some Canal
Diggers in Paris but they all spoke French. The second card from them
comes from Rome, Italy, no Canal Diggers there. "I don't blame them
for not settling here," he says. "Florida is still the only place in the
World for old folks to retire."
Gladys Detamore, of Staunton, Va. writes, "What a wonderful issue
the June Record was. We read it from cover to cover even before the
Staunton News Leader. I miss my Canal Zone friends, but I keep busy.
I wish I could attend at least one picnic."
Mr. and Mrs. T. M. Drake were in, Chicago July 1st and found it
plenty hot. Left there after the Fourth, visiting friends, enroute home,
in Mississippi and Alabama.
Titoe Wilson is visiting in Detroit with her sister Dorothy and hus-
band. They are planning a months stay! at Estes Park,, Rocky Mountain
Walter G. Ross had a call from Jessie and James Macfarland. Says,
"We three had a delightful luncheon and we built the Canal all over
Edith Minnix writes, "Molly Johnson flew up from Panama in April.
After spending a few days in Magee, Miss., the four of us, Molly, Beatrice,
Sharon and I all went up to Springdale, Ark. where Bea. and I rented
an apartment. Molly has gone to Louisville, Kentucky to visit Bea.'s
twin sister then on to New York and to Panama. My son Raymond is
with Inter American Geodetic Survey and at present is in Lima, Peru.
Molly enjoys the Canal Record so very much, so do Bea. and. I. We
are looking forward to the next isue. Best wishes to all."
Mary Slocum writes about all the Zonites who are leaving: .the
Cottons, Bevingtons, Forsmans and others. Says, "Matilda Neely slipped
in the house and broke her right arm in three places, :sprained her left
wrist, banged up her chin and hurt her knee badly. Her knee was al-
ready crippled with arthritis. Jimmy Roe (son of the late Sam Roe) and
Robert Wilford, Jr. are in the service and at boot camp Camp Kilmer,
N. J. Quite a lot of local boys have recently been inducted into the ser-
vice. Enjoy the Record, brings back to us so many familiar names of
days gone by."
Wiliam Cary Dunn says, "Anne Barr and I are both well but suf-
fering from the 96 to 100 degree heat in Starkville, Miss. May drop down
for a visit this Fall if I can arrange it."
Ethel Fenton sends their new address; 1317 Harding Avenue, Ames,
Iowa and says, "We do not want to miss a Record as it has news of so
many old friends and' acquaintances. We all enjoy them and read from
cover to cover."
Helena Reidy sends her regards and the address of Mrs. M. R.
Butler, Osborne Terace, Bon Mahon Co., Waterford, Eire. Mrs. Butler
is the former Madge Reidy, Librarian in the old days.
Kal Kalander requests the address of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Wolf.
Informs us that his father who retired after 35 years service, now re-
sides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A letter from Ralph Cutler informs us that Congressman John J.
Rooney, Democrat of N. Y. has introduced a bill under the number H.R.
5707 exactly like H.R. 3660. Congresman Rooney states he will do all
in his power to have ahis worthy measure enacted.
John B. Hagerty of Sayre, Penn., an old time P.R.R. man, wants to
join the Society. Worked on the R.R. from October 1907 to July 1916.
Now employed on Penn. R.R. and expects to retire next June and hopes
to locate in Florida.
Miss'Lucy M! Bates has decided to try life in the north. If she can-
not take the cold winters she will return to Florida.
Maurenas Peterson sends best wishes to the members of the Florida
Society. "We are both fine," he says, "but having real hot weather.
However, the nights are always cool for which we are thankful."
Norman and Mary Rocker write that they are leaving the Canal
Zone on the first available boat. They regret leaving their many fine
friends on the Zone but are looking forward to' being in California with
their daughter Jeanne, and son-in-law, Harry Allen.
Joe MacKintosh, while vacationing in Hendersonville, attended the
Canal Zone picnic at the Mills River Recreation Center. Reports seeing
Bruce Harrell, Browning, Green, Irwin, Patterson, Sawyer, and Ward.
In Fayetteville, Ark. he saw Jack Phillips. Newell Shaw and Heinie
Lloyd I. Ritchie has been in Orlando since last November. Likes it
very much so expects to stay for an indefinite period. Sends regards to
any of his friends.
The Northwest, group of P. CG society plan a picnic August 16. Eltah
Cooper says there is not much news at this time. Everyone is well and
joins her in saying "Hello" to their many friends in Florida.
Jane M. Gadde reports that Mrs. Earl Gibbs was a recent hospital
patient. Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs are now living in New Orleans.
Mrs. W. Wilkes Webb from Buchanan, Va. sends regards to all
friends and says she enjoyed very much a visit from the Fred' Sills
family passing through on their way to Hendersonville.
W. V. Brugge of Diablo Heights has joined the Society. He says,
"It is always nice to hear where an old timer is and more so to know
they are doing well."
Iretta Austin has returned from an extensive tour of the U. S. and
Canada including a visit with daughter, Margaret, in Balboa, California.
She is now in her new home in Fairhope, Ala.
The T. M. Drakes, enroute home from Chicago, stopped in Biloxi,
Miss. to visit with Mrs. James Spinks, their old friend of Empire. Had
a good time reliving construction days at Empire.
Mrs. Westendorff, St. George, S. C. informs us that Mr. Westendorff
is not well. She enjoyed the reunion. last January and left after the re-
unionl for a visit with her daughter, Edna Mae, in Rutledge, Florida.
Another letter has been received from the Schjevelands telling of
a surprise visit from the Roy Hearns of Margarita. They are expecting
the Rumbavages, an old Pedro Miguel neighbor, foi a visit in August.
Phyllis and Christy are still very happy and contented in Maine.
Capt. Judd's daughter, Dorothy, teaches at Camp Woodlands, a
summer camp in Bridgeton, Maine. Christy says he and Phyllis plan
to pay her a visit.
Dick Taylor sends us the following: "Just got back from the Shrine
convention in New York where we renewed acquaintances with many
from the Zone as well as many who left the Zone. On our way back to
Maine we stopped off ot the home of Capt. Al and Jessie Forstrom near
Providence. They have a fine house on about an acre and a half of
beautifully landscaped land. Both Al and Jessie and Ernest and May
Cotton are coming up to Maine for a visit with us in August. Best re-
gards to all hands. Yours sincerely, Dick."
From Mariam S. McDaid we received this: "I have just finished
reading your 'Canal Record' for June 1953. Although Mr. McDaid does
not retire until March 1954, and our plans are indefinite, we certainly
would like to join your Society and receive your interesting publication.
Please give my best regards to Ann Butler. Sincerely, Miriam S. McDaid."
Eric Forsman writes, "The old canal is shot and I am only too
happy to be getting out of here. They are gradually taking away every
privilege we used to have. They had a narrow escape with the 25% dif-
ferential, it is still in effect but to me it is only a temporary reprieve.
Give Bill Butler my best and it might be that the wife and I will
be ,around St. Pete for a few days in August or September."
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ward of Panama and Miami, Florida, announce
the engagement of their daughter, Marguerite Louise Ward, to Mr. George
Frederick Williams, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. George Frederick Williams
of Miami, Florida. Miss Ward attended Syracuse University following
her graduation from Balboa High School. Mr. Williams is a graduate
of the University of Florida. An early September wedding is planned.
The marriage of Miss Margaret Rathgeber, daughter of Mrs. Nora E.
Rathgeber, formerly of Balboa, to Jack M. Rouff, U.S.A.F., son of Mr.
and Mrs. A. N. Rouff of Ancon, was solemnized at 6:00 P. M. Thursday,
May 28th during a candlelight ceremony held in the Redeemer Lutheran
Church in Balboa. The Reverand Herbert T. Berthal officiated at the
The marriage of Miss Geraldine Snodgrass, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John A. Snodgrass of Gamboa, to Cecil Foster Tate, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Guy Foster Tate of Hyattsville, Maryland, took place at a
candlelight service in the Gamboa Union Church. Reverand Raymond A.
Gray performed the ceremony. Mrs. Tate plans to enter Georgetown
University in September. Mr. Tate, recently released from the army
after two years service, attended the University of Maryland where he
will resume his studies in the fall.
Miss Dorothy Charlotte Erickson and Mr. Alvin Norman Holde were
married on the Bride and Groom program broadcast on television from
New York Monday morning, the first of June 1953 at ten o'clock. After
a honeymoon trip to Bermuda, Mr. and Mrs. Holde will return to Min-
neapolis where they will make their home. Mrs. Holde was employed by
the Panama Qanal Accounting Department from 1941 to April 1948.
Mr. Holde is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Holde of Duluth, Minnesota.
The marriage of Miss Vickie Vant Veld, daughter of Mrs. Ethelvina
Vant Veld of Curundu, and the late Mr. William Vant Veld, to Sergeant
N. Benfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Estal Philips of Terra Haute, Indiana,
was solemnized Saturday, July 3rd at 5:00 P. M. during a double ring
ceremony held in the Fort Armador Chapel.
The marriage of Mrs. Edna Henter of Balboa to Mr. Joseph Hummer
of the same place was held at the home of Miss Vivian Madlem of Curundu
with the Reverand Fisk officiating.
The engagement has been announced of Mrs. Louise Mayne Tiedge,
of Westfield, New Jersey, to Mr. John Lewis Sugar of Margarita, C. Z.
The wedding is planned for August 15th in Carmel, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter G. Seaman, of Scottdale, Penn. announce the
engagement of their daughter, Virginia Frances, to Lt. James E. Orvis,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Orvis of Cristobal, C. Z. No date nas been
set for the wedding.
At 7:30 P. M., June 22nd, 1953, Miss Audry Lucille Fisher, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Fisher, of La Vale, Cumberland,
Maryland, became the bride of S/Sgt. Richard Lee Chambers, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Chambers of Margarita, C. Z. The double ring
ceremony was performed in a candlelight service in the First Christian
Church in Cumberland, Maryland with the Rev. E. W. Gearhart and Rev.
Carl Johnson Jr. officiating.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth M. Edwards of Pedro Miguel, have announced
the engagement of their daughter, Helen, to Staff Sergeant Raymond
Henry Magan, U.S.A.F., son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Magan of Pueblo,
Colorado. The marriage will be solemnized on August 22nd.
In an afternoon service at the Greeley Trinity Episcopal Church,
Miss Barbara Comber, daughter of Mrs. W. G. Comber Jr. and the late
Mr. Comber, of Gulick Heights, became the bride of John Sedgewick
Blackmore, son of Mrs. J. H. Blackmore and the late Mr. Blackmore of
The ceremony took place on June 21, in Greeley, Colorado. Mrs.
Blackmore is a June graduate of the Colorado State College of Education
and will teach in Greeley this fall. Her husband graduated from Colorado
A.&M. in 1952 and is an entomologist for the U. S. Public Health Service
Invitations are being issued for the wedding of Miss Shirley Carlene
Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Smith of El Qangrejo, to
Mr. Edward Francis O'Connor, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Fllward F.
O'Connor of Yonkers, N. Y. The ceremony will be solemnized on Sat-
urday, August 15th, in the Sactuario Nacional del Corazon de Maria in
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Williams of Palmetto Bluffs, announce the engage-
ment and approaching marriage of their daughter, Catherine, to Mr.
Rudolph Wm. Grabhorn, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Grabhorn,, Sr.
of Palmetto Bluffs. Mr. and Mrs. Grabhorn with their family were for a
long time residents of Gatun and Rudy Grabhorn has many friends there.
In St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bayonne New Jersey,
on July 18 at 5:00 P. M., Miss Barbara Ann Ricker, daughter of Mr.
Leonard Ricker of Jackson Heights, N. Y. was married to Mr. William
A. Wichman, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Wichman of Bayonne, New
Jersey. The ceremony was performed by the Reverand Ulln Bauer, and
a reception: was held in the Plantation Room of the Plaza Hotel, Jersey
City, N. J. The couple will make their future home in Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Zemer of Balboa, announce the engagement
of their daughter, Phylis to James Wright, son of Mr. and, Mrs. Donald
C. Wright of Santa Clara, California. The wedding is to take place at
Stanford Chapel, Palo Alto, Sunday, September 6th, 1953 at 2:00 P. M.
Captain and Mrs. Howard Lincoln Smithies of Long Beach, Cali-
fornia, announce the marriage of their daughter, Barbara Lucile to Staff
Sergeant Alan E. Snow, United States Air Force, on Saturday, August
1st, 1953. They were married at Base Chapel, March Air Force Base in
Miss Jean Van Evera of Diablo became the bride of Sgt. Charles E.
Ludwick at a double ring ceremony Friday evening, August 7th, at the
Balboa Union Church. The Rev. Alexander H. Shaw officiated at the
ceremony and Rev. Raymond A. Gray, soloist, sang "Because" and "The
Lord's Prayer", accompanied by the organist, Mrs. M. A. Stutzman.
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Weich of Gatun, announce the engagement of
their daughter, Dora, to Edward R. Nelson, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.
Nelson of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Miss Weich is a graduate of Cristo-
bal High School, Mr. Nelson that of Rufus King High in Milwaukee,
Wis. No date has been set for the wedding.
The Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon was the setting for the marriage
of Miss Jacqueline Anne Morrill, daughter of Mrs. Mildred Morrill of
Balboa and Mr. Fred Morrill of Washington, D. C., to Ensign Albert
Sydney Johnston, U. S. Naval Reserve, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L.
Johnston of Balboa on Thursday, August 6th, 1953. Dean of the Cathedral
of St. Luke, the Very Reverand Raymond T. Ferris, performed the cere-
mony before an altar decorated with white gladiolas, candelabra and
palms. Mr. Robert Schultz, vocalist, sang "The Lord's Prayer" and "0
Perfect Love". He was accompanied by Mr. Earl Keeney, organist, who
played the "Wedding March" from Lohengrin.
At Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon, Miss Cynthia Jackson, daughter
of Lt. Col. (USARet.) and Mrs. John E. Jackson of Syracuse, N.. Y. be-
came the bride of Robert M. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Welton E.
Johnson of Las Cumbres. Father Michael Wye, C. M. performed the
Mr. and Mrs. Norbert H. McCauley of Balboa announce the birth
of a daughter at Gorgas Hospital on May the 8th. The baby will be
named Sheila Elaine.
Lt. and Mrs. Jerry Darden of Big Springs, Texas announce the birth
of a daughter on May 19th. Mrs. Darden is the former Margaret Gray
Evens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome F. Evens of Balboa. Paternal
grandparents are Mrs. B. A. Darden of Fayetteville, N. C. and the late
Mr. and Mrs. P. E. McMillan of New Cristobal announce the birth
of their second daughter, Joanne, Monday June 18th, at Colon Hospital.
Mr. McMillon is with the Fire Department in Cristobal.
Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Krueger announce the birth of a son Ernest
Martin Krueger, Jr. at San Fernando Hospital. Maternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Bartholomew of Gamboa and on the Paternal
side, Mrs. H. V. Staus of Saint Petersburg, Florida, and Mr. E. J. Krueger
of Gamboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Royal J. Redmond of Balboa announce the birth of a
daughter, Cynthia Ann, on May 15th, at Gorgas Hospital. The baby's
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Kane, formerly of Cris-
tobal now of Bridgeport, Penn. and her paternal grandparents Mr. and
Mrs. Glenn Redmond of Margarita.
Capt. and Mrs. Vernon C. Whitehead of Gamboa announce the birth
of a son, Robert, on May 21st at Gorgas Hospital.
Thomas Edward Coffey was born April 15th at Gorgas Hospital to
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Coffey of Ancon. The paternal grandparents are
Mrs. Marie Coffey and the late Mr. Coffey. The maternal grandparents
are Mr. Nils Bergland and the late Mrs. Bergland.
Daniel Aloysious Coffey was born in St. Francis Hospital, in Alle-
gheny, N. Y., to Mr. and Mrs. James Coffey. The paternal grandparents
are Mrs. Marie Coffey and the late Mr. Coffey and the maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. William Wright of Caracas, Venezuela.
Mr. and Mrs. William Worth of Dallas, Texas, announce the birth
of their second child, a son, on June 4th. The baby has been named Bruce
Beechwood. Mrs. Worth is the former Miss Mariella Lawson, of Gatun.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furr are in Dallas at present.
Mr. and Mrs. William Emil Affeltranger of Balboa, announce the
birth of a son, Mark Van Affeltranger, on July 8th, at Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Affeltranger is the former Lois Flowers, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Leslie E. Flowers of Salt Lake City, Utah. Paternal grandparents are
former Canal Zone residents, Mr. and Mrs. John Henry Affeltranger of
Staff Sergeant John F. Calobreves and Mrs. Calobreves, formerly
of the Canal Zone and now of Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Tex.,
announce the birth of a son, William Hood Calobreves.
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Johnson of Akron, Ohio, announce the birth
of a son on July 18th. The baby has been named Kevin Robert. He is the
grandson of Mrs. David E. Fogle of Fort Gulik and of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Harrington of Akron, Ohio, formerly of New Cristobal. Mrs.
Johnson is the former Miss Wanda Harrington.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Knox, formerly of New Cristobal, announce
the birth of a son at Gorgas Hospital on Thursday, July 16th. The baby
has been named John Brady. Mr. Knox has resigned his position with
the Canal and the family will reside in Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Lowery of Gamboa announce the birth of
a daughter, Margaret Lynn Lowery, on July 18th in Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Barr of Balboa, announces the birth of their
first child, Thomas Hart Barr, on July 22nd, 1953. The maternal grand-
mother is Mrs. Clayton Blaisdell of Syracuse, N. Y. and the paternal
grandmother is Mrs. Frances Barr of Balboa.
Dr. and Mrs. William Franklin Crary (Mary Martin Newland) are
the parents of a daughter, Catherine Montgomery, their first child, who
was born at William Beaumont Hospital, Ft. Bliss, El Paso, Texas, where
Dr. Crary is presently stationed.
The baby is the granddaughter of Mrs. William F. Crary, Sr. and
the late Mr. Crary of Memphis, Tenn. and of Mr. and Mrs. William
Kenneth Newland of Cristobal.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Eliott of Danville, California, announce the
birth of a daughter born August 2nd, 1953. Mrs. Eliott is the former
Barbara Koperski, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Koperski of the De
Lesseps Area, Colon.
Mr. and Mrs. Zelig Blunberg are pleased to announce the birth of a
son, Leslie Blumberg, on Monday, August 2nd, 1953 at Gorgas Hospital
RETIREMENTS In May
Harold P. Bevington, Commissary Div.-39 years, 3 months and 19 days.
John J. Dudak, Maintenance Div.-26 years, 11 months, 28 days.
Daniel B. Fitchett, Industrial Bureau,-16 years, 6 months, 14 days.
Miss Katherine E. Jessup, Schools Div.-19 years, 8 months, 6 days.
Ernest C. Cotton, Printing Plant-42 years, 3 months, 11 days.
Mal L. Dodson, Electrical Div.-33 years, 11 months, 27 days.
August T. Schmitt, Supply & Service Bureau-29 years, 9 months, 16 days.
In June .
Eric E. Forsman, Terminals Div.-36 years, 11 months, 1 day.
Alfred F. Fox, Storehouse Div.-24 years, 9 months, 16 days.
Harry O. Granberry, Hotel Administrative Asst.-24 years, 10 months.
Leon F. Hallett, Storehouse Div.-39 years, 3 months, 17 days.
George F. Herman, Marine Bureau-26 years, 1 month, 26 days.
Frederick B. Hill, Police Deut.-29 years, 8 months, 13 days.
Charles S. Hollander, Maintenance Div.-24 years, 11 months, 11 days.
John J. Kennedy, Maintenance Div.-13 years, 3 months, 24 days.
Robert H. McCoy, Electrical Div.-21 years, 10 months, 25 days.
Dr. Herbert L. Phillips, Dist. Physician-24 years, 5 days.
Mrs. Ethel M. Pitman, Gorgas Hospital--4 years, 5 months, 6 days.
John W. Towery, Fiscal Div.-28 years, 6 months, 25 days.
Bert G. Tydeman, Atlantic Locks-27 years, 5 months, 20 days.
In July .
Mrs. Mary L. Clements, Commissary Div. 32 years, 3 months, 10 days.
Ross H. Hollowell, Industrial Bureau-30 years, 2 months, 16 days.
Robert W. Hutchings, Motor Trans. Div.-30 years, 11 months, 24 days.
Vard A. Kerruish, Clubhouse Div.-22 years, 10 months, 12 days.
Godfrey B. Pacetti, Dredging Div.-23 years, 5 months, 13 days.
Norman E. Rocker, Administrative Ass't.-34 years, 6 months, 29 days.
Irl R. Sanders, Locks Div.-25 years, 8 months, 12 days.
William C. Smith, Locks Div.-30 years, 2 months, 22 days.
Frank Turman, Plumbing Inspector-12 years, 10 months, 9 days.
Mrs. J. C. Treakle has been a patient in St. Anthony's Hospital.
According to the last report she was improving.
Mr. Fred W. Spriegel has been confined to his bed for over four
months since suffering a heart attack. A recent letter from Mrs. Spriegel
informs us that Fred has shown slight improvement.
Mrs. B. Grove Palmer writes that Mrs. Holland Phillips (wife of
Dr. Charles Phillips, who served on the Canal Zone during the early
construction period) has been confined to her bed for some time. Mrs.
Palmer suggests that a card or note to Mrs. Phillips would be appre-
ciated. The address is 126 East 9th Street, Gibson City, Ill.
Mr. Warren Love of Gulfport slipped in his boat and broke his
Mrs. George V. Graff has been quite ill at home but is reported as
Mr. Bob Glaw is well enough to be at home again.
Mrs. Larry Brain is a patient in the Clearwater Hospital.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Edward Schildhauer, 80 years old, died Sunday, May 24th in a Los
Angeles Hospital. Mr. Schildhauer designed and patented the lock oper-
ating machinery and the system of electric locomotives for towing ships
through the locks. He will be deeply missed by all the members of the
Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles of which he was Honorary Presi-
dent. Surviving him are his widow Mrs. Ruth Schildhauer and three
sisters; Mrs. Anna Francke, Miss Clara and Miss Ellen Schildhauer. The
couple would have celebrated their 51st Wedding Anniversary on the
24th of next month.
Leroy E. Burge, who retired from Canal service in 1934, died May
22nd in Cincinnati, Ohio, according to information recently received.
Mr. Burge was 80 years old and is survived by one son and one
Capt. Robert N. Peacher, former Marine Director of the Panama
Canal who became acting governor of the Canal Zone during the months
May and June last year, died recently, according to a letter from his
daughter Patricia. The letter did not give the date of his death.
Dr. Lawrence Johnson, Superintendent of the Canal Zone Schools,
died suddenly in a) Minneapolis hotel. He would have been 54 years old
on July 4th. Dr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nelle Miller John-
son who was in Minneapolis with him.
Jay Appleby, 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Appleby of
Gamboa, died recently in Gorgas Hospital. Jay suffered a myelites con-
dition and died shortly after lapsing into a coma at home. Besides his
parents he is survived by a seven year old brother Rex, and an eight
year old sister, Fay.
John J. Tobin of the Locks Division died in a Richmond Va. hospi-
tal Saturday, June 26th. Mr. and Mrs. Tobin were on vacation at the
time of his death. He was 47 years old.
Capt. Byron Paine ,former Canal Pilot, died June 29th in New
Bedford, Mass. He was 56 years old. Surviving Capt. Paine are his wife,
his mother, and two daughters; Mrs. Hussey and Mrs. W. H. Barrett, Jr.
E. E. Denison, a former Rep. and sponsor of the Panama Canal
Retirement Act, died June 14th in Carbondale, Ill. Oldtimers will recall
that after the passage of the Retirement Act, Mr. Denison visited the
Canal Zone. He was given a big reception and employees presented him
with gifts for his service in their behalf.
Howard S. Newcomb, 74, died June 21st at his home in Washing-
ton, D. C. Mr. Newcomb managed the Government Laundries on the Zone
for twelve years. He is survived by his wife, Mazie Curtis Newcomb; two
brothers: J. R. Newcomb, Council Bluffs, Iowa; Albert Newcomb, Spartan-
burg, S. C., and Paul Curtis, a brother-in-law, of Washington, D. C.
John A. McLoed. who retired in 1938 as foreman in the Instrument
Repair shop, died recently in Chicago, Illinois according to information
Henry J. McKeown, 83, died June 12th at Gorgas Hospital. He retired
in 1922 and returned to the C.Z. in 1946 to make his home with his son
Richard in Gatun. He is survived by four sons and three daughters;
Richard of Gatun; Daniel who is now in Tripoli; Alfred of Hoboken,
N. J.; William J. of Balboa; Mrs. George D. Walker of Washington;
Mrs. Gertrude Masters of Virginia and Mrs. Gwendolyn DeTore of Coco
Joseph Geddes, 68, died July 3rd in Brooklyn, N. Y. Mr. Geddes is
survived by his brother Mr. Albert H. Geddes of St. Petersburg and by
his sister Mrs. Guy Johannes of Bradenton, Florida.
Miss Anne E. O'Malley, who was employed for many years on the
Canal Zone, died Tuesday, June 16th at a hospital in Philadelphia, Pa.
Miss O'Malley is survived by a nephew, Francis X. Quinn of Cristobal,
C.Z. and two sisters; Mrs. John Quinn and Mrs. William Buckley, both
Sarah Elizabeth Fromal passed away Sunday, June 14th at her home
in Balboa. Mrs. Fromal was 71 years old. She is survived by her husband,
Charles F. Fromal and three children; Mrs. Beulah Hottel and Waverly
Perry of Baltimore and Mrs. Cohen Perry of Colerin, N. C.
Canal Oldtimer Henry H. Bushnell died recently of a heart attack
in Miami, Florida. He was 74 years old. He was a railroad conductor from
1904 to 1924. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Miller Anderson of
David Lewis Shirley, one year old son of Mr. and Mrs. James R.
Shirley of Balboa, died suddenly Monday, June 29th in Pennsylvania
where the Shirleys were vacationing. At this time, the cause of the child's
death is not known.
Frank W. Hasson, former Structural Engineer in the Engineering
Division, died June 20th in a hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He was
59 years old. Mr. Hasson is survived by a son, Joseph H., a married
daughter, Anne, and two brothers, all of whom live in the United States.
Brady R. Owen, retired Panama Canal employee, died July 2nd at
Gorgas Hospital. Mr. Owen had been a patient since January 1952. He
was 82 years old. He is survived by his grand-daughter, Mrs. G. C. Suther-
land; a son, Gilbert B. Owen of Jacksonville, Florida and a daughter
who also lives in the United States.
Percy Price died July 7th, 1953 at Gorgas Hospital. Mr. Price had
been a patient there since March 1953.
Ildege J. Langlois, who retired from Canal service in 1939, died
July 2nd in Compton, California, according to information received
recently. He was 76 years old. Mr. Langlois, a native of Montreal, Can-
ada, served as a machinist in the old Mechanical Division throughout
his 23 years of Canal service. He came to the Canal Zone from New
Orleans in 1916 and had served there and in Milwaukee and Chicago
for about 25 years.
Funeral services for Walter Van Vliet, who died at Gorgas Hospital,
were held July 2th at the Ancon Masonic Temple. Mr. Van Vliet, an
electrician in the Aids to Navigation Section, was 52 years old. He had
been in Gorgas Hospital since May.
Dr. Surse Taylor, Jr., 44, an Isthmian-born American who had
resided in Colon for the past several years, died there at his residence
shortly before midnight on July 23rd. He had been in ill health for
some time. Dr. Taylor is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marian Taylor who
is an administrative assistant in the office of the Red Cross in Cristobal.
Mrs. Lambert W. Kat died in Gorgas Hospital. July 23rd. Mrs. Kat
was 43 years old and had lived on the Isthmus for the past nine years,
She is survived by her husband, two sons, Roger and Donald of Pedro
Miguel. Also her mother, Mrs. Hattie King and two brothers and a sis-
ter, all living in Alameda, California.
Booker Lawson, retired veterinarian, who lived with his son James
E. Lawson in Ancon, died at Gorgas Hospital. He was 81 years old. He
is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss, Jr., of San Rafael,
Calif. and Mrs. Mark N. Buford of Franklin, Tenn. and a son James
Edward J. Daly, formerly of the Canal Zone and retired from the
United Fruit Company died at his home in Jackson Heights, Long Island,
N. Y. June 23rd. He is survived by his wife Pauline, and a son, Joseph
Edward, both of Jackson Heights. Daly was employed with the Commis-
sary Division before taking a position with the United Fruit Company.
He was transferred to the Company's New York bureau of foreign dis-
tributors before retiring.
Capt. George H. Smith, retired Panama Canal pilot, died August 1st
in Columbia, South Carolina where he made his home. Capt. Smith was
well known to the Canal Zone, particularly on the Atlantic side where
he had lived for most of his Canal service. He was for some time business
manager of the Pilots Association and served on the Pilot Selection Board.
Capt. Smith is survived by his wife Elizabeth, and by three sons; Robert,
17; George, 12 and William, 8.
News of the death of Joseph F. Klein, retired Canal employee, of a
heart attack at his home in LaFayett, California, has been received. He
was 65 years old. He was employed at the Pacific Locks for about 20
years and was Junior Control House Operator when he was transferred
in 1943 to the Clubhouse Division as Supervisor of Buildings and Equip-
The Panama Canal Society wishes to express sincere sympathy to
all who have lost those who were near and dear to them. We received
the sad news of their parting with deep regret.
CARDS OF THANKS RECEIVED
From Bob Glaw for flowers sent him. From Sue McLeod for flowers
sent for the funeral of her husband John, or Jack, as we all knew him.
From Mrs. Mazie Newcomb for a card of sympathy sent her on learning
of the death of her husband, Howard Newcomb. "Gratefully acknowl-
edging and thanking you for your kind expression of sympathy", Ruth
B. Schildhauer. "Again and again I want to thank you for the flowers
you sent my husband", Mrs. John Weller.
"Our sincere thanks and appreciation for the beautiful flowers sent
Mrs. Treakle while she was in the hospital." Capt and Mrs. J. C. Treakle.
"Your card of sympathy on occasion of the sudden death of my only
brother is deeply appreciated." Myrtle and Bob Luce.
ISTHMIAN NEWS REEL
Paul M. Runnestrand, Assistant General Council of the Panama
Canal Co., has submitted his resignation and will return tothe United
States. His future plans are still indefinate.
Capt. E. J. Dunn, USN, assumed the duties of Director of the Indus-
trial Bureau June 30th, succeeding Capt. John J. Scheibeler, U.S.N. The
new Industrial Bureau Director was graduated from the United States
Naval Academy at Annapolis, in the class of 1930. He is a native of
The appointments of Sigurd E. Esser as Superintendent of Canal
Zone Schools, Roger W. Collinge as Assistant Superintendent and Director
of Elementary Education, and C harles A. Dubbs as Director of Second-
ary Education, have been announced at Balboa Heights. The appointments
resulted.from the vacancy caused by the sudden death of Dr. Lawrence
Johnson in Minneapolis while on vacation.
Flying the burgee of the Balboa Yacht Club, Tucker McClure's fast
61 foot ketch, "Chiriqui", built on the Isthmus, was one of the starters
in the Los Angeles to Honolulu all-sail race.
Mary Lee Kelly is back in Panama living at the El Panama. This
time she is back for good but will not be dabbling in the entertainment
field. She has decided to try her hand at real estate.
Lyle Womack has had enough. The "Hyacinth man" wants it known
he is not mad at anyone. But he has had enough of the present system
and the management of the Panama Canal Co. So he is off for South-
ern California after 46 years on the Isthmus.
Winds, reaching gale force, did considerable damage to small boats
in Panama Bay and at the anchorage at Balboa Yacht Club on Wednes-
day, May 27th.
Panama Canal Commissaries were believed to have done an average
day's business when six stores remained open in the evening for the first
time. Generally speaking, the managers termed the first tryout of the
new hours "successful" and noted that in most places customers seemed
to appreciate the opportunity of doing their shopping at night.
Two of the large units of the office of the Comptroller and the Con-
tracts and Inspection Division of the Engineering and Construction
Bureau have been moved to new offices. These are the first in a series
of changes in office assignments for various Canal units. Most of the
moves will involve units or office assignments in the Administrative Build-
ing at Balboa Heights.
The two units of the Comptroller's Office which have been moved
are the Claims branch of the Fiscal Division and the Accounting Division.
Both of these are now located at the former headquarters of the Special
Engineering Division at Diablo Heights.
Dogs have had their last days to roam at large in the Canal Zone
as registration and vaccination was to have been completed by August 1.
Air Force authorities have warned their personnel that there have
been more cases of Malaria this year than at any time during the past
three years. Precautions against the disease have also been isuued.
Employees of the Pnama Canal and the Canal Zone Government
are now being billed by the Health Department for medical care, X-Rays
and other treatments. The move to bill employees at the same rate here-
tofore paid by non-employees for similar services was instituted follow-
ing a ruling by the Comptroller General after the House of Representa-
tives inserted in the Civil Functions Bill for theFiscal Year 1954 a pro-
vision that medical and hospital care should no longer be supplied free
to Canal employees. Employees who incur the medical bills will not
have to pay them at this time. The bills will be held and presented later
if the measure should become a law.
If the House accepts the Senate's stand and restores the free medical
care, the bills will be cancelled, it was explained.
Canal Zone policemen and firemen were rejoicing over a 12 per
cent pay bill which has gone to President Eisenhower for signature.
Originally, the House asked for a 16 per cent increase. It was cut down
in the Senate.
Now before the Senate Post Office and Civil Service Committee is a
bill to provide free uniforms for all Federal employees who are to wear
them at work. The bill would affect 647 Panama Canal employees.
Three men lost their lives in a tragic sea accident which began as
an ordinary fishing trip. Two Americans, Vincent O. Hearn, 26, and his
brother-in-law, Silas William Osborne, 45, and Eustace Fong, 38, Chinese,
died when the small outboard motor boat in which they were fishing was
overturned off the Cristobal breakwater. Two of the bodies were not re-
covered and were believed devoured by sharks. Only Osborne was found,
a drowning victim.
A three months investigation of the shortages in the Margarita Com-
missary came to a head with the preliminary hearing of a local-rate
employee held in the Cristobal Magistrate's Court. Joseph L. Newland,
41, was charged with failure to account for public funds, and stands
accused of making off with more than $3,000 worth of merchandise from
the houseware and mechanical equipment sections. His case was bound
over tothe District Court for trail after bail was reduced from $5,000
Normal schedules are to be resumed in the Canal operations with
the completion of the overhaul of Miraflores Locks.
About 174 local rate employees of the Panama Canal who have
been engaged in garbage collection, water distribution and sewage dis-
posal work in Panama City and Colon were to have received reduction-
of-force notices when the performance of this work was to have been
taken over by Panama on or about July 1st.
The approximate number to be affected was released by the Canal
organization in response to request for statistics on how the impending
move will effect employees of the Health Bureau and the Maintenance
Division, as well as other Canal units where the displaced men might
exercise "bumping" rights.
The House Appropriations Committee reported it had convinced the
Defense Department that two hospitals with proper cross-servicing are
sufficient to serve the Canal Zone.
In its report on the Defense Appropriations Bill, the committee said
that the Defense Department "at first flatly disagreed that this was the
feasable or wise thing to do," but had since been convinced, and "now
fully agrees that two hospitals will suffice."
Strong rumors to the effect that New Cristobal will be turned over
to Panama by the end of this year was denied by an official at Balboa
New Cristobal which is the only Canal Company housing district
not in the Canal Zone comes under the jurisdiction of the Republic of
Panama. It is patrolled by Panama police.
It has been rumored for some time that New Cristobal might be
turned over to Panama.
U. S. Government employees are now residing in the area.
Promotions of Earl F. Unruh to Assistant Chief of the Canal Zone
Postal Service, and J. B. Clemons, Jr. to Assistant Chief of Customs and
Immigration have become effective.
The two promotions in the Postal, Customs and Immigration Divi-
sion of the Canal Zone Government followed the recent resignation of
John McNamara as Assistant Chief of the Division. This position will
not be filled and the two promotions are the result of a reallocation of
the administrative work in the division.
Application of the United States "Buy American Act" to Panaman-
ian products has again been protested by the Industrial Association of
Panama to the Ministry of Foreign Relations, according to the text of a
letter released recently.
The protest was motivated by a recent circular to contractors per-
forming work for the Army in which they were told of the tightening
up of the application of the act as regards construction material man-
ufactured in Panama.
American representatives of seven Army contracting firms which
have been told to clear their equipment yards on the Canal Zone and
vacate this housing area by September 30th formed themselves into a
committee. The men decided that they would pull to-gether to see if there
is anything they can do at least to cut the heavy losses they anticipate
because of being given such a short time in which to close out their
plant and quarters area.
None of the men felt able to commit themselves about future plans.
They did, however, issue the following statement:
"We have reviewed the case, and we consider it an intolerable breach
of faith on the part of the Army."
Personnel of the Payroll Branch of the Panama Canal Company
who originally had joined in a mass request for transfer because of
dissatisfaction with a recent survey made by job analysts agreed tenta-
tively to stay in their present positions after personal interviews with
Comptroller Lindsley H. Noble.
The payroll clerks have been assured of top level consideration in
their complaints and it is expected that a new job survey will be made
in the immediate future.
The clerks, when they learned that the analyst had described their
work as "low grade, inferior", presented an en masse transfer request
but after the personal intervention of the Comptroller, most decided to
withhold action. Only five employees, according to an official report,
have maintained their demand for a change of office.
Equitable treatment of Panamanians employed in the Canal Zone
will be the main item to be discussed by Panama negotiators and the
United States officials according to press reports from Washington. The
reports claimed reliable U. S. sources said the "real meat" of the talks
will deal with Panama's distaste for the "U. S. rate" and "local rate"
classification of workers on the Canal Zone and some discrimination
against Panamanians in filling non-sensitive jobs.
Panamanian Ambassador, Roberto Heurtematte will lead the three-
man delegation which will negotiate a review of problems and relations
between the U. S. and Panama.
Under Secretary of the Army, Earl D. Johnson, sailed from New
York aboard the liner "Cristobal" for a ten day visit to the Canal Zone,
it was announced at Balboa Heights.
The Under Secretary is also Chairman of the Board of Directors
of the Panama Canal Company and the principal purpose of this visit
is to inspect Canal facilities and to study current problems on operation
The Goethals Memorial is under construction at the foot of the
Administration Building steps at Balboa Heights. The center shaft will
rise 56 feet from its base when it is completed. The Memorial will stand
in a shallow pool 60 feet wide. Work was started in March and it will
be completed early in August.
Gilbert H. Furey became the new Superintendent of the Printing
Plant June 7th following the retirement of the former Superintendent,
E. C. Cotton. The new Canal Printer has served as Assistant Printer
since December 1946. He was employed as Press Foreman at the Panama
Canal Press in 1923 after ten years experience as a printer in his home
town of Washington, D. C. where he served 4 years in the Government
The Panamanian wife of an American retired Canal employee was
poisoned apparently by a trusted maid, who committed suicide by drink-
ing some of the same poisoned water she had apparently prepared for
the American and his wife.
Jack Ryan, a former Canal employee who lives at Chorrera probably
was alive today because he came home late and went to bed without
drinking his usual glass of water from the refrigerator.
According to preliminary investigations the murder-suicide was the
result of the theft of $1400 in cash by the maid who was identified as
Maria Alvarado, 22.
Ryan missed the money and accosted Maria who at length confessed
that she had conspired with another person to steal it. She said the other
person, who lived in Panama City, had the money.
Maria made a trip to the city to get the money but returned empty
handed. Ryan then threatened to report the theft to the police if the
money was not returned.
Later, Ryan went to Panama City, leaving his wife, Sara, alone with
the servant. He returned late at night and immediately went to bed.
In the morning when he awoke he found the house strangely quiet
and his wife apparently still asleep. When he attempted to rouse her he
discovered that she was dead.
Horrified, he ran to the servant's room but found it locked. He
knocked insistently and getting no answer broke down the door to find
the servant dead also.
A record-breaking 7,410 ocean-going commercial ships transited the
Panama Canal during the fiscal year just ended.
The former record for one year of 6,524 commercial transits, set
in the fiscal year 1952, was exceeded by 886 transits or nearly 75 a
month. The old record of 6,289 transits by ocean-going commercial ships,
set in the fiscal year 1929, had stood unchallenged for 23 years.
No figures on the amount of tolls collected on the commercial ship-
ping, cargo tonnage, and tonnage of vessels in transit for the fiscal year
just ended will be available but it is known that all former records will
On May 23rd, the House Appropriations Committee called for a
60% cut in pay differentials of the Panama Canal employees and an
ending of their free hospitalization. The Committee also demanded that
rental for quarters be raised immediately.
Zonians were mobilizing for action against this latest legislature
to cut their overseas differential and raise the hospital costs.
The first representative of a C.Z. organization to be sent to Wash-
ington was James Hatcher, President of the Canal Zone Police Associa-
tion, Mrs. Margaret Rennie, representing the United States Citizens Asso-
ciation of the Canal Zone, and Mrs. Frances Longmore, representing the
Pilots Association. They left for Washington to aid in the fight for
restoration of the threatened cuts. Howard Munro, legislative representa-
tive of the Central Labor Union and Metal Trades Council, was in Wash-
ington. Pledges of support were coming in from Labor Organizations,
such as the A.F. of L. and American Federation of Gov't. employees.
Gov. John S. Seybold left on the same flight for Washington that
took Mrs. Rennie and Mrs. Longmore on their way. The, Governor was
expected to tell officials concerned of the detrimental effects which would
be caused by the enactment of legislation which would reduce Canal em-
ployees differential pay from 25% to 10%.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Panama Canal employees had signed a
petition saying they could not live with injustices and signifying their
intention to quit their jobs if legislature depriving them of the 25% dif-
ferential was passed.
Sources close to Gorgas Hospital staff said a canvass of the entire
medical personal had been completed and that the general opinion was
they would leave the Isthmus if the proposed Civil Functions appropria-
tions Bill, which cuts present differential pay by 60% and eliminates
other employee benefits, becomes a law.
Irate employees reacted to the threat by cableing Senators who could
hold off the damaging legislature. Quick estimates made by employees
revealed that after rent hikes, income tax, and differential cuts were com-
puted they would lose up to about $1,000 a year.
Wiliam Newman has said that objections to rent increases were not
representative of the feeling of Canal Zone employees generally. He also
said, "There is no basic law for free hospitalization and questioned
whether the Governor should have fringe benefits such as a house, two
chauffers, maids in addition to a $15,000 salary fixed by law." Newman
pointed out that sons, daughters, and wife of one family are getting the
25%, but were not hired in the United States. Many women work down
there to keep from going cabin crazy, he said. Newman said the Gover-
nor was running into opposition in putting in force a plan whereby he
will try to convert many U. S. positions, ranging between 100 and 500
positions, over to local rate.
Walter Wagner, President of the Canal Zone Labor Union, said that
the fact that U. S. rate employees organized an emergency committee
composed of Labor and Civic organizations, especially, to fight the rent
increase, spoke for itself. He also called attention to the fact that em.
ployees were bearing the expenses of maintaining Howard E. Munro,
the C. L. U. legislative representative, in Washington to pursue the
Some Canal sources recalling that Newman unsuccessfully aspired
to be Comptroller of the Panama Canal Co., termed his statements as
W. C. Hushing in a cable to Walter Wagner advised all Zone em-
ployees to remain at work during the present appropriations difficulties
as "all here are extending themselves in behalf of Zone employees".
However, several long time employees who had not intended to retire
during May, turned in their retirement applications. During the two weeks
ending June 9th, there were 89 resignations and nine voluntary retire-
ments. These figures represent, approximately, five times the usual num-
ber of separations from service for a similar period. Over 1,700 employ-
ees stand ready to resign their jobs if the Senate pases on legislation to
cut the differential. This figure was arrived at through estimates of several
prominent figures in Canal Zone communities.
Under Secretary of the Army, Earl D. Jackson, told local newsmen
on the Zone that he, like Gov. Seybold, is personally against withdrawal
of the 25% tropical differential.
The picture brightened somewhat on June 24th when the Senate
Appropriations Committee restored, virtually all of the Panama Canal
cuts made by the House of Representatives, and directed that a study of
personnel compensation and fringe benefits be made immediately. Mrs.
Margaret Rennie and Mrs. Frances Longmore arrived back in the Zone
encouraged and brought a note of optimism to down hearted Zoneites.
The legislators they talked with had lent a sympathetic ear and were
inclined to favor the Zonians point of view.
The next hurdle forseen by Canal Zone labor and civic leaders is
a conference committee where Senators and Congressmen must agree on
whether to approve the full differential, free hospitalization, $3,000 en-
tertainment allotment for the Governor and certain provisions for school
books and motor vehicles.
Howard E. Munro advises the Zone Central Labor Union that the
House conferees for the Civil Functions Bill will not be chosen until
about July 20th.
Canal employees had a foretaste of what it would be like if the cut
should be enacted into a law. Pay checks would carry only 10% differ-
ential pending final disposition of the legislation.
Arthur Donaldson, construction Management Engineer in the Main-
tenance Division, has resigned from Canal service and has accepted a
position as Engineer in charge of the Montreal office of Henry Kaiser
Company of Canada, a newly formed organization.
A measure to increase the maximum disability relief now paid retired
local rate employees from a maximum of $25 monthly to $45 monthly
has been approved by a Senate Committee and placed on the consent
calendar of both houses. Placing of the measure on the consent calendar
means that members of neither house care to debate the legislation which
is expected to pass.
The first three of the old houses scheduled to be demolished in the
long range plan to rebuild the "Flats" of Balboa are being offered for
sale by the Panama Canal Company. They are houses 1402 on Carr St.,
141 on Las Cruces St. and 1445 on Owen St. Bids on the old structures
will be received by the Superintendent of Storehouses at Balboa. Present
plans are to begin construction of new houses in the "Flats" during the
1954 fiscal year. The area in which the new construction is planned com-
prises a rough triangle with the three points at the intersection of Las
Cruces and Owen Streets, Balboa Elementary School and the intersection
of Las Cruces and Carr Streets.
There were 40 resignations and five voluntary retirements among
Canal employees submitted during the two week pay period ending July
17th, according to an announcement at the Personnel Bureau. Of the 40
resignations, nine gave present unsettled conditioned of employment as
their reason for leaving the service.
Panama City now has parking meters installed around the business
sections. Most of the parking meters have been installed along Central
Avenue and Cinco de Mayo Plaza.
The newly formed United States Citizens Association is opening ita
membership drive in the Canal Zone, President Frances Longmore an-
nounced. This Association is open for membership to all U. S. citizen
employees of the Canal Zone Government. The membership drive is under
the direction of a community Chairman in each Canal townsite, as listed:
Balboa, Otis Myers; Ancon, Sam Roe;Diablo, Theodore Hotz; Pedro
Miguel, R. F. Hesch; Gamboa, James Cole; Gatun, Carl N. Nix; Margar-
ita, Carl R. Newhard; and New Cristobal, Mrs. Virginia Patton.
The aims of the U. S. Citizens Association are all directed toward
betterment of the standard of living of the U. S. citizen employed in
the Canal Zone. The eventual goal of the organization is to obtain full
representation in the United States Congress, as Alaska, Hawaii and
Puerto Rico now have.
Legislation passed by Congress and approved by President Eisen-
hower last week amending the general leave laws applicable to Govern-
ment employees will not affect the method of accrueing leave nor the
amount of leave which may be accumulated by Panama Canal employees,
it was announced at Balboa Heights.
The new legislation will restrict, however, the amount of leave which
may be commuted to cash when an employee leaves the service and will
require certain other modifications in leave regulations for the Canal
organization. The restrictions on amounts of leave which may be com-
muted will not apply until after August 31, 1953.
ANOTHER REORGANIZATION Merger of the Panama Canal Com-
pany and the Canal Zone Government into a single agency directed by an
administrator and a small board on the scene is recommended in- the
annual audit of the General Acounting Office.
The report which is now in the hands of the public printer would
do away with the present office of Governor as such as well as with the
non-resident Board of Directors.
"We want them at the site," a GAO spokesman said in explaining
the recommendation, which is not yet available tot he public. "The Sec-
retary of the Army is the principal stockholder, at present, but he is in
Washington and has a great many matters to attend to."
"The board is made up of members who give only part time service
and they too are up here."
"We feel that the Panama Canal is a big enough operation to require
the attention of a small resident board or commission headed by an ad-
ministrator. While we would dispense with the Governor's position as far
as the name goes, his functions would be taken over by the administrator."
Portly William A. Newman, Jr., associate director of the Audits in
the General Accounting Office, has branded as inaccurate a June 28th
Sunday American report quoting him as saying "the situation in the Zone
has not changed in 40 years." Newman now restates the situation thus;
"The general philosophy of operation in the Canal Zone has not changed
in 40 years except for certain improvements made in the last year."
This is the year in which rents were sharply hiked, free hospitaliza-
tion doomed, slashing of the differential narrowly averted, and kindred
Newman-recommended "improvements" implemented until Panama Canal
Company resignations zoomed to the extent the crating and packing
section was hiring extra hands to send on their way Stateside many long-
time Canal hands who quit because of "unsettled conditions."
The Canal Zone Citizens Association hired themselves a lobbyist
in Washington to protect themselves from further Newman-endorsed "im-
Pay raises have been approved for Panama Canal pilots based on
increases recently granted to personnel in the Military Sea Transporta-
tion Service, it has been announced at Balboa Heights. The increases
will be made retroactive to the beginning of the first pay period of last
October to coincide with increase granted MSTS personnel. The raise
represents an increase of 141/'f2 for pilots and will bring the top salary
for pilots up to $12,864 a year.
The membership campaign for the United States Citizens' Association
was running well over 80 percent at the end of the fifth day, it was an-
nounced by the organization's president, Mrs. Frances Longmore. Mrs.
Longmore and CA officials stated that they were "particularly gratified"
to note the quick response to join the citizens' group among members of
the organized labor in the Canal Zone.
In answer to inquiries put forth from Zonians on the CA's goal for
having a representative in Washington supporting the voice of the U. S.
citizens here, Mrs. Longmore stated that the group has no "intention of
infringing" upon those labor organizations and their activities in Wash-
ington. She said the group will in no way replace the Zone's labor rep-
The Senate and House conference committee on Army Civil Functions
agreed to end free medical care for Canal Zone employees on December
31, 1953. On most other matters affecting pay and compensation for the
employees, the Senate was successful in restoring House reductions. As
reported by one member of the committee to the United Press, the con-
ference committee had voted to restore the 25 per cent differential in pay
to the employees. The house bill had cut this to 10 per cent.
An Internal Revenue Bureau source has said that the 25 per cent
differential which Panama Canal workers are now receiving comes within
a different legal category from cost of living allowances paid to Federal
workers in a number of United States territories and possessions. How-
ever, Zonians will seek Tax Free Differential. A report from the Canal
Revenue office said that about 100 employees have requested claim blanks
following a Washington report that the ruling when applied to Hawaii;
Puerto Rico and Alaska would be retroactive to January 1, 1949. How-
ever, if the tax free differential is granted to the Zone it would only be
retroactive to January 1st, 1951.
Congressional observers speculate on the possibility that a special
subcommittee of the House committee on government operations may
visit the Panama Canal Zone during the forthcoming recess to inspect
the Zone situation at first hand.
That possibility was strengthened by the fact that the General Ac-
counting Office in it's audit report on the Zone for 1952, recommended
that all Zonal operations be placed under the supervision of either a
single administrator or a small board of directors located in the Zone.
The recommendation which the accounting office has favored for some
time, must have congressional approval for it to be put in effect.
The Panama Canal Company directors completed their two day
meeting after deciding to employ a firm of consultants to survey the wage
scales paid to Zone employees.
Congress, in passing the Army Civil Functions Bill, instructed the
Zone Governor to make such a survey and report to Congress by next
January 1st. The directors did not select a firm to make the survey but
were expected to do so shortly.
There were 331 more United States citizens in Canal communities
in the Canal Zone in 1953 than there were in the previous year, according
to the annual police census of the Canal Zone civilian population.
Canal Zone plumbers charged that a new economy move by the Pan-
ama Canal Company poses a "definite threat to the health and welfare"
of the residents of the Canal Zone.
The plumbers (Local Union 606) revealed that the Canal Company
has entered into a new program of establishing "handyman" maintenance
teams and the Union says the effects will be to lower the already waning
plumbing standards on the Zone.
The Union added that their protests of the new Canal move had been
denied by Maintenance Division and they felt that "the people of the
Zone, who will suffer from the possible consequences of this action,
should be made aware of what may be in store for them."
The July issue of the Panama American carried a front page picture
of a portly gent descending the gang plank of the S.S. Ancon. It was
captioned "Here he comes". The gent in question was Mr. William A.
Newman, Associate Director of the Division of Audits of the General
Then the fire-works started. The front pages of the paper were
loaded with comment by individuals and Labor leaders.
Mr. Newman confirmed that the G.A.O. recommendations to Congress
call for the hiring of more qualified local raters wherever possible. "It
will of course take a number of years," he said, "but by proper long
range planning some U. S. rate jobs can be assigned to local rate em-
ployees." He added, "that is simply the American way of doing business
in a foreign country." Newman also expressed surprise on being told that
Panama imported $2,500,000 worth of milk products yearly. He said,
"I didn't know that." (The G.A.O. recommended in it's report that the
Canal Zone close its milk bottling plant among other things and get its
milk products from Panama.)
Disturbed over recommendations of the G.A.O. to slash their pay,
cut their leave, and eventually replace them with local raters, Zonians
were angry at the G.A.O. and especially William A. Newman and were
ready to fight for their rights.
"Recommendation by the G.A.O. to the Congress to replace U. S.
rate employees with local rate will be strongly opposed by the American
Federation of Government Employees," said Rufus Lovelady, National
Vice-President. Lovelady said the organization would use it's "every
ounce of vigor" to resist such a movement being approved by Congerss.
Mrs. Frances Longmore, President of the United States Citizens Asso-
ciation on the Canal Zone, charged that the plan to replace U. S. em-
ployees with local raters "at one-third the rate of pay" would shatter
the traditional American principal of the "middle class." She said it
would create on the Zone a situation of a group of high salaried execu-
tives on the one hand and a host of low paid employees on the other.
One Zonian, who referred to himself as "one of the crucified" said,
"The best thing I can suggest to these supermen (the GAO auditors) is
to stop tinkering with a complex socio-economic setup that has managed
to put ships through the Canal for nearly 40 years and show a good
profit doing it. They will presently create the unbearable pressure that
will result in raising tolls to a point that may drive the ships away. Re-
member the old fable of killing the goose that laid the golden egg?"
Another suggested that the GAO leave the Zonians alone but save
Uncle Sam money by keeping all their auditors in Washington instead of
sending them down here on per diems and fat salaries.
"Let the GAO use reputable accountants from Panama for their
audits here. Using local raters is one of their own recommendations,
The Central Labor Union and Metal Trades Council of the Canal Zone
has gone to bat in a move to stall any replacement of American crafts-
men by local rate workers.
To show that Joe Zonian still has a sense of humor despite his ire,
we will print a few of the mail box letters lifted from the Panama Ameri-
can. You may remember some of the writers like the Old Soak, Sad Eye,
and Weary Willie.
THE MAIL BOX
ECONOMY BEGINS AT HOME
"FRIEND" Mr. Newman:
If you are so interested in saving Uncle Sam's dough why don't you
start practicing at home-that is with yourself and your fellow workers
from the General Accounting Office.
First of all you get $9 a day while you are traveling from your home
to New York city to board the boat, then you get $7 a day while you, are
on the boat, and last but not least you get $13 a day while on the Isthmus
All of this above your salary.
Now if I were you, the watchdog of Uncle Sam's money belt, I would
say "Newman why should you get $7 for every day you are on the boat.
After all, we know that the passage includes meals and board on the Pan-
Canal boats, so why the seven bucks?"
Now, to the 13 cartwheels per diem while you are in the Zone. Now
we all know you told Congress that everything is as cheap if not cheaper
down here as it is in the States, and we should not have our 25% differ-
ential, and yet you get not 25% but 44% differential in your living allow-
ance, the difference between $9 and $14.
Now just be a good boy and put it in your report.
-ONE OF THE "CRUCIFIED" ZONIANS.
PLEASE, MR. NEWMAN
This remarkable song was overheard being sung in the Calidonia
Cemetery by a mixed group of local rate and U. S. rate workers who were
drowning their sorrows with a pint or so of seco. The melody is that
famous old ballad, "Little Gal, Please Leave My Bachelor Room."
"MR. NEWMAN, PLEASE"
Mr. Newman, please leave our firemen alone.
Mr. Newman, don't send de po-lice-man home.
We need de teacher in de local rate school,
Don't drain de water from de swimming pool,
Mr. Newman, don't take away de dog bone.
Mr. Newman, don't kick de man when he down.
Mr. Newman, a smile wort more dan a frown.
De G.A.O. make de children run
All work no play don't a lot of fun
Mr. Newman, don't push de workers around.
Mr. Newman, don't take de differential away.
Mr. Newman, don't mess around wit our pay.
It hard enough to make bote end meet
We don't want to sell apple in de street
Mr. Newman, me pore ol hair is turn gray.
There was more but my eyes filled with tears and I couldn't see
This is for Sadeye.
Just read the understatement of the year. The Canal needs a new
set-up. I could have told them the system they are using now wasn't work-
ing. It didn't take no master mind to figure that one out.
The G.A.O. (Gawd-Almighty Oliphant) boys better get some of
those old timers back here to straighten this place out.
Seems to me like the old Canal ran pretty good in the old days. It
sure is in a mess now. These $13-a-day expense boys are doing a good job?
The reorganization of the Canal was supposed to be an economy
measure. I wonder just what it has cost in dollars and cents and broken
homes, and unemployment to get it in the fouled up mess it is in now.
They will never print that in a report.
I guess that if a machine can't do it, it can't be done. What they need
is a little human element here in the operation.
My boy (friend) Newman is paying us a visit. Brave boy. They have
a party planned for him. Deep sea fishing.
He's still gunning for that bigljob on the Canal.
As soon as the new plumbing team gets in operation I am going to
move out with you Sadeye. The smell will be better out there.
One thing that worries me though. How much income tax do the
brain trusters pay on their $13-a-day deal?
Haven't heard from you lately, what's the matter?
(OSH AWFUL OMEN
Yore Naeme gone abroad
Yore Naeme gone abroad
Noo-mahn com from dee GAO
Hact like im got a row to hoe
All im do is take my dough
You foolish like a brute
Yo want we should skoot
Noo-mahn build up dee local-rate skool
Put an end to de white-man rool
White-man soon to prove he a fool
For the 13 dollah per day
What, you does do?
Use hit for play
Mongoose say him get hospital bill
Insurance companee upon dee hill
Ring up dee monee and fill up the till
Yo head is big and broad
But 2-ply Noomahn
Yo brain is small like a pod
Canal Zone boy gwine treat you rough
Make yo realize what is a cuff
Speek again and we will call yo bluff
To listen to dis tale
Why Noo-mahn, did I reely hear yo wail?
Mongoose brought ova from Hafrica
To kill dee snakes an Jahmayca
Snakes finish quick and so is you
FROM VARIOUS PANAMA CANAL SOCIETIES
Approximately 125 members were gathered at Lowery Park, Tampa,
for the Siciety's regular monthly meeting on May 11, 1953. Delightful
picnic weather prevailed. Mrs. Anna Bartlett acted as Receptionist and
introduced out-of-town members and visitors who responded to the wel-
come. Among them, Mr. and Mrs. Blumquist, Mr. and Mrs. Brad Miller,
Miss Kurath, Mr. Aitken, Mr. Duval, Miss Jennie Johannes, Capt. George
Hudson and son, Mr. Trainer, Dr. and Mrs. Alexaitis, Mr. L. A. Poltrino,
Mr. Roger Green, Mrs. Walter Crouch, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shay, Mrs.
Bessie Hunt and her mother Mrs. Burkhart, Mr. and Mrs. Light and Mrs.
Perry. After a short business meeting a motion to adjourn was carried
and so ordered at 3:20 p. m.
MEETING OF JUNE 8th, 1953
About 100 members gathered at Lowery Park, Tampa, for the reg-
ular June meeting with the usual fine picnic weather prevailing. A
number of visitors were introduced, who responded to the welcome;
among them Mr. and Mrs. Robert Erickson and 3 children from Carlyle,
Penn., Mr. and Mrs. Harry Foster, Mrs. Heints, and Mr. Petitto from the
Canal Zone. Mr. and Mrs. Fruedingham, Mr. and Mrs. Al. Wiggin of
Miami; Mr. and Mrs. Koperski of Orlando, Mrs. Margaret Kiely and
aunt, Jenny Fowler; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lund and Mr. and Mrs. W.
Smith of Zephyrhills, friends of the Herman Wulffs.
After the picnic tables were cleared the meeting was called to order
and the business at hand was attended to, with the secretary's report and
a few brief remarks by Mr. Hersh and Mr. Everett, who spoke of the
various bills beneficial to retirees. Both gentlemen reiterated the neces-
sity of writing to your congressman and committeemen on this subject.
On a motion regularly made and seconded the meeting adjourned at
3:15 p. m.
MEETING OF JULY 13th, 1593
Approximately 125 members were gathered at Maggiore Park, St.
Petersburg, for the Society's regular meeting and picnic on July 13th.
Meeting was called to order at 2 p. m. by President Charles G. Calvitt.
Invocation was offered by the Chaplain, Charles H. Beetham.
Mrs. Anna Bartlett acted as Receptionist for Mrs. Conkerton, and
introduced out-of-town members and visitors, who responded to the wel-
come. Among them were: Mr.and Mrs. Barton Woodruff, who have pur-
chased a home in Pinellas Park; Capt. and Mrs. Wills, who have pur-
chased a home here; Mr. George McDaid, from the Canal Zone; Mrs.
Agnes O. Matheney and two children, from the Republic of Panama; Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Hall, who for the present will make their home in St.
Petersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Powers, formerly of Balboa; Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Person, from California; and Mr. Fred Van Siclen, of Long
Island, as well as a sizeable group from Bradenton, including Paul and
The Secretary-Treasurer read the financial report for the month of
June, indicating a balance on hand July 1st of $2,871.48; she also gave
report on membership- total membership of 954 as of June 30th, plus
11 new members during the month of July. The President hearing no
objection, declared both reports approved.
A motion was made by Mr. Bartlett, seconded by Mrs. Matheney,
that our next meeting, August 10th, be a luncheon at the Bahama Shores
Hotel, and that our Congressman be extended an invitation to attend.
Motion carried. Secretary-Treasurer said that she would have return post
cards printed and mailed out to all members who are in a position to
President Calvitt announced that he had an important message to
transmit-namely, that the birthday anniversary of our Secretary-Treas-
urer would be to-morrow the 14th, and the gathering sang "Happy Birth-
day" to Mrs. Judd.
The Secretary also read many letters and messages of interest to the
Society. She also stated that she would be glad to have all dues paid.
There being no further business before the meeting, motion was made
by Mr. Hall and seconded by Mr. Kieswetter, that the meeting adjourn;
motion carried, and the meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p. m.
MEETING OF AUGUST 10th, 1953
146 members were assembled at the Bahama Shores Hotel for lunch-
eon and the Society's regular monthly meeting; luncheon was served at
12:30 p. m., and the business meeting followed immediately.
Meeting was called to order at 1:45 p. m., by President Charles G.
Invocation was offered by Chaplain Charles H. Beetham.
The following officers were present:
President ------ Charles G. Calvit
Secretary-Treasurer ---- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Coresponding Secretary _Mrs. Burt W. Hall
Mrs. Anna Bartlett acted as receptionist for Mrs. Conkerton, and
introduced visitors and guests of members, among them-
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Davies of St. Petersburg, who were on the
Canal Zone from 1907 to 1913.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Granberry of St. Petersburg, formerly of
Balboa, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Wycoff of New Jersey, (Mrs. Wycoff was the
former Caroline Granberry, of Balboa).
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Krout, daughter and son-in-law of Mr.
and Mrs. Harland V. Howard, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Krout, formerly of
Balboa, C. Z., are now located at Camp Hill, Pa., and are spending their
vacation with their parents.
Mrs. Robert Engelke of the Canal Zone, (formerly Connie Graff),
visiting her parents in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Ray Hanner. formerly of Balboa, C. Z.
Mrs. V. Bellman, aunt of Mrs. Frank Wolf.
Mr. John McDonald.
Mrs. Jette Neymand and daughter, from the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Antrim (guest of the Olivers).
Col. and Mrs. L. Larsen of Lakeland (new members).
Mr. Edward Linney and his mother (new members).
Also, many members from Orlando, Lakeland, Clearwater, Tampa
and Zephyrhills were in attendance.
Secretary-Treasurer read several letters and messages of interest to
the Society; among them were many replies on the return post-cards
from members who found themselves unable to attend this luncheon
meeting. She further advised the meeting of the illness of Mrs. Larry
Brain, of Clearwater, who is in the Morton Plant Hospital, and of the
demise of Mr. "Red" Quigley and Mr. Walter Van Vliet, both of the
After a short business session on a motion regularly made and sec-
onded, the meeting adjourned at 2:45 p. m.
Agnes V. Hall,
Mr. H. R. Hoffner, our Orlando representative, has been promoted
to Christian Science Minister for the Armed Services. Please accept our
He reports that the Herb Judsons have moved into their swank place.
Also that Ella and Bob Lombrroia were visiting Ed Spearman and like
Orlando so well they expect to make it their home when they retire.
Mrs. Hoffner was spending two weeks at Miami Beach with a
friend. They were at the Surfside Plaza Hotel and report wonderful
Panama Canal Zone Ditch Diggers of South Florida
A picnic was held at Matheson Hammock on Sunday, June 21st, in
the rock shelter. The last two picnics for the current year will be held
at the same place on August 16th and October 18th.
Mr. Claude A. Ott recently returned after touring the greater por-
tion of the U. S. He journeyed as far west as California, later returning
to Indiana where he attended the Ott tribe's annual fiesta. Over 200
Otts were present. (What. no Otters?) This was Claude A's first attend-
ance at the annual affair.
From the New York Society of the Panama Canal
A very enjoyable time was had by the fifty Oldtimers who attended
the Annual Dinner held May 2nd, 1953. Letters were received from
Colonel George Goethals, Judge Feuille, Matt Follman and George Wells,
who sent their best wishes and regrets that they could not be present.
The following officers were elected for 1953:
President --------Roy W. Hebard
Vice-President ------John F. Stevens
Secretary-Treasurer ----- John J. Fitzpatrick
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Frank H. Moore Maurice B. DePutron James T. Gleason
William E. Russell
At the get-together each year our ranks get thinner. During 1952
and up to July 1953, the following members of the New York Society
have passed away:
Thomas H. Bowman of Woodridge, N. J.
H. G. Schreiber of Baltimore, Md.
Thomas W. Walsh of Newark, N. J.
John H. Weller of St. Davids, Pa.
Howard S. Newcomb of Washington, D. C.
With best wishes to members of the Florida Society, I am,
John J. Fitzpatrick, Secretary-Treasurer
The Panama Canal Society of Western No. Carolina
The P. C. Society of Western N. C. held its first picnic meeting on
May 22nd at Rhododendron Park in West Ashville. Among those attend-
ing were the Muldoons, Mitchells, Behlens, Mrs. Bryan Coles, Fergusons,
Joe Davidsons, Green, Howards, Kigers, Knoops, Lewis, Myricks, Red-
monds, Reppas, Sawyers, Trickeys, Wanlass and Wards.
Mr. Frank Reppa will enter the hospital for an operation June 3rd
and expects to be in about a week. Dow Walker while on the Zone was
a patient in Gorgas Hospital and says the food was good, the nurses fine,
the surgeons the same (cut ups) and the bills great".
Mrs. I. Bruce Harrell is expected toreturn from the Zone, where she
has been visiting her daughter Mrs. William Wright, on or about July 1st.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Anderson of Joccoa, Ga. stopped in Asheville to
see the P. R. Krigers. Mrs. Katherine Bryan of Montford Hills, Ashe-
ville, has been elected State President of North Carolina Spanish War
Veterans Auxiliary. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pearsons of San Gabriel, Cali-
fornia visited theRay Mitchells enroute to see their grandson, Bruce
Smith, graduate from Oak Ridge Military Academy. Mr. and Mrs. Earl
Unruh of Balboa were recent visitors at the Duke Lewis home. Mr. and
Mrs. F. H. Irwin of Balboa and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sills, their son Fred
and daughter Mary, were recent visitors in Hendersonville. Mr. and Mrs.
J. C. Myrick of Raleigh, N. C. were the house guests of the J. Wendell
Greens and attended our Socity's first picnic meeting. Mr. and Mrs. A.
C. Garlington of Newberry, S. C. and the J. Wendell Greens were present
at the birthday celebration for Stacy Russell at his home in Highlands
on May 17th. The Tom Kellys and Mrs. John Luckey are spending part
of their vacation from the Zone in Hendersonville.
Thanks for a newsy report from Hendersonville.
Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas
The successful picnic held at Lake Wedington on Sunday, June 14th
is now a happy memory to the 52 members and visitors present. In addi-
tion to the regular members located here, we always enjoy having the
Kolles of Russellville and the Tom Shirleys of Hot Springs. New mem-
bers since our last meeting are Walter and Nannie Brown of Fayette-
ville, Edith and Beatrice Minnix of Springdale, Robert and Katherine
Huffaker of Gentry, Lee and Ruth Pearce, Bill and Alice Keller of Rogers
and Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb H. Evers with daughter Dolly Evers Sharpe
and husband Tom. Mr. Evers was formerly with the Police Force sta-
tioned in Pedro Miguel now living in Neosho in the Missouri Ozarks area.
Happy to report they are recovering from the serious accident as reported
in the last Canal Record. Happily surprised to have Howard and Lily
Harris of Gatun and the Alton Whites of Gamboa with us. Lt. Col. J.
A. Wier and family with Mrs. Hilda Wier en route from Walter Reed
Hospital in Washington, D. C. to Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver were
also present. As we gathered around the table a tribute of silence was
accorded the memory of our beloved Agnes Phillips. The day was spent
in swimming, boating and fishing by the younger fry while the oldsters
listened to the stories of the many changes taking place on the Zone and
of how thankful we, who are established up here, should be-we are,
After a hot and dry June, a comfortable and moist July our neigh-
bors, Ed and Omi Booth got away for a vacation to be spent in Ludlow,
Vt. with their son Edwin of Garden City, N. Y., but not before they had
been hosts to the C. P. Shays, genial manager of Ancon Commissary,
Walter and Martha Reif of Ancon Laundry and OES fame who were
greatly impressed with the friendliness and beauty of the Ozarks and Abe
and Winifred Booth Lincoln with their sons Pat and John Lincoln and
we were all thrilled to see once more 6'4" Don Wilson just back from a
second hitch in Korea. Needless to say Ed and Omi surrounded by daugh-
ter Winnie and her family was the occasion for a delicious Chow Mein
dinner served to the entire neighborhood. The Lincolns have resigned
from the Canal and plan to settle in Houston.
As the day was hot we are indebted to the cub reporter, Newell Shaw
for the following news. President Jimmy and Lula Mae Coman had the
Howard Harris', on the Zone vacation, as picnic week-end guests. Re-
tired Quarantine Dr. and Mrs. Bird stopped by on their way to Winfield,
Kansas. Lt. Col. and Mrs. Fred Sonneman called. The Col. on his way
to Korea and Mrs. Sonneman will return to Washington, D. C. as a nurse.
Expecting Mattie MacAuley, cashier of Cristobal Commissary, Lula Mae's
sister, and their granddaughter Julie Ann real soon.
The Ernest Williams enjoyed a visit from Haleen's sister, Mrs.
Mildred Veach of Fort Meade, Maryland and brother Sam Hess with his
wife, Blanche of Highland, Indiana. They had been to Russellville to
visit the Kolles. In Rogers Heights the Bill Kellers are enjoying their
home, while the Lynn Cooks' Villa Taboga and adjacent Villa Tabo-
guilla seem lonely since Lucille Cook Nanny and four handsome children
left to join Col. Nanny in Okinawa. Lucille drove her little brood thru
the Nat'l Parks to San Francisco, visited in Yokahama and Tokyo and
wrote that Japan is a lovely place. We shall miss them. All isquiet in
the Springdale area with the Bill Mathues and Edith and Bea Minnix.
Big hearted Carrie sent some delicious cucumber relish and peach butter
-- think '11 send reporter Newell again. Out Farmington way, the
Charlie Millers are again hitting top prices for their broilers and acquir-
ing quite a herd of Black Angus cattle, also busy redecorating their cozy
home. The Tom Mocks of Prairie Grove are again trailing the country
in their new trailer and Mina keeps busy writing for the magazine
"Trailer Topics" about the joys of trailer life for retired folk.
Back to Fayetteville we find the Walter G. Browns now settled in
town, close to all activities, in a house large enough to take care of their
many friends and family and a lovely garden for Nannie. The first
visitors were daughter Mattielee White and Walter's sister Mrs. Minnie
Danielson of Houston. Then Alton White of Gamboa with son Dennis
who is now in Japan. Walter Jr. with Pearl and son Walter came and now
their younger son Jack and family are here. At the home of the ambi-
tious Hallins we find all the family attending school except father
(Heinie), he chauffeurs them all day. Theo busy with conferences and
clinics on Speech Correction while David and Elizabeth attend summer
classes. We are sorry to lose Jim and Lester Meigs from our community
but rejoice with them in the splendid opportunity for Jim in his new
position as Business Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Capt. Jack Phillips has returned from a visit to New Orleans and his
friends of old, Dr. and Mrs. Keen where the Dr. is still in harness with
the United Fruit Co. On his way home he visited with his brother and
sister-in-law the Frank Phillips of Shreveport, La., successfully engaged
in real estate, also his niece Katherine Phillips Herblin wife of Col. Wm.
Herblin now stationed in New Foundland. Mrs. Zora Cummings of early
CZ days has just returned from a trip to California. It was good to see
Eula Jo Ewing and daughter Susan Ewing, Bishop. Col. Bishop's home
town is 10 miles north of us in Lowell. Harry and Lil Gilleland with
three children spent the glorious Fourth with us. Harry was formerly
manager of the Movie Theatres (Clubhouses) on the Zone and now living
in Conway, Ark. Glad to report that Adam Dorn of Hot Springs is re-
covering from a serious illness.
Henry T. Leisey and Ralph of Pedro Miguel were overnight guests
of the Shaws on their way to see son Robert graduate fronr the New
Mexico Military Academy and happy to report that Henry Jo had made
the Dean's list. We had a pleasant visit with the Lindseys of the Experi-
mental Gardens when they were guests of Maude and Lynn Cook for a
couple days resting for their long journey to Hawaii. Louis and Jessie
Maurer were here inthe Ozarks. They retire two years hence. Always
glad to see Jack Schnake, son of Ed and Letty Schnake of Pedro Miguel.
Another promotion for Jack as he goes to Mexicali, Mex. to start up
another plant for Clayton, Anderson Co. Joe and Eva Mackintosh of St.
Pete arrived on a hot day-sorry, come back again. Walter (Bud) and
Hazel Brennan gave us a chance to show them the lovely spots. The
Brennans have resigned their position with the Army Engrs. of Clayton
and after an extensive tour of these United States may settle in St. Pete-
Lucky community. Have Bud show you how to make one-eyed Brennans
-with bread and eggs (ha, ha). At long last we had the fun of intro-
ducing the original Alice and Linda (Wier) to Newell's pampered pets,
Alice and Linda Hereford (cattle). Alice W. was glad they were not
pigs-at the prices of ha today, she should be so fussy. A wonderful
week with our family all together once more. We plan to return the
visit in Colorful Colorado in September while son Ray goes to Panama
City in your Sunshine State for some fishing before starting the grind of
his senior year.
Come up and see the Flaming Fall Revue in October and attend the
Annual Sunday luncheon on the 8th of November. Your Canal Records
are getting better by the issues and I know they bring joy, to far more
than the 900 members you have. Folk even write and tell me so.
Blanche E. Shaw, Sec'y-Treas.
Thank you Blanche for a nice report of the (doings of the folks of
Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles
The first picnic of this year of the Panama Canal Society of Los
Angeles was held at Griffith Park on Sunday, June 14. It turned out
to be a beautiful day, the weatherman going all out to cooperate. We had
a larger crowd than usual, almost 300 in attendance. Among visitors pres
ent from the Canal Zone were the Newhards from Gatun and the Don
Braytons from Cristobal. There were members who came from the San
Diego area, from the peninsula and Walnut Creek. We also enrolled a
number of new members. We all had a grand time visiting and many
were loath to leave.
Mr. Hubert H. Hammer resigned his position as Treasurer. This
was accepted with regret and the offices of Secretary and Treasurer were
combined, with the Secretary taking both jobs.
At this meeting, I resigned my position as Secretary-Treasurer, due
to eye difficulty and Mr. Stillwell was empowered to find a replacement.
On July 14th, Mrs. Clara Gilbert, 214 Grand Avenue, Monrovia, ac-
cepted the position and the records were turned over to her.
This, then, will be my last report as Secretary-Treasurer of the Pan-
ama Canal Society of Los Angeles. I enjoyed so much the notes from
various of our members and from some of the other Secretaries. It was
fun to have the mailman stop each day. My term in office was short-
lived but very pleasant. Best wishes always to the Florida Society.
(Mrs.) Florence C. Berude
Thank you Florence for your report. Sorry you were obliged to
resign your position as Secretary.
News from Monrovia and Vicinity
MR. A. L. HOECKER
Ann Elizabeth Langdon, daughter of the Cecil Langdons of Monrovia
was married on May 30th at the Methodist Church to Clyde Fowles. They
will reside in Arcadia, near Mr. Fowles' work in Pasadena. Robert Lang-
don, the bride's brother, who is attending school in Arlington State Col-
lege in Texas, was one of the attendants at the wedding. Mrs. Langdon's
sister, Mrs. Ellis, formerly of Balboa, was also present.
The Lockwoods of Monrovia left on June 8th for New York State.
Daughter Jean, who has been attending college in Redlands, California
will attend summer school at Syracuse, where she will further her ambi-
tion to become a teacher. They will return in time for the beginning of
school in Redlands early in September.
Commander Wm. W. Jones finished his course in Atomic Engineer-
ing at Berkeley in June and has been assigned to duty at the 5th Carrier
Base as Atomic Weapons Observer, on the Admiral's Staff. He and his
family will reside at Coronado, California. He expects to be at sea for
several months, in the near future.
Thomas Sullivan has been transferred from the San Francisco office
of Internal Revenue, to the Los Angeles Office. He and Virginia (nee
Taylor) with their two children now reside in Monrovia, near her parents.
The John Kings of Monrovia recently returned from a trip thru
Texas and Arkansas, where they visited the Comans, Capt. Phillips and
Mrs. T. L. Casserly recently spent some time in Tucson, Arizona
with her sister, who went there for health reasons. Later they were in
Southern California for a time and then moved on to Portland, Oregon
to visit relatives there.
The July 4th picnic, held in Recreation Park, was very successful.
The crowd gathered late in the afternoon, had a picnic supper, and
visited a couple of hours before departing. Those present were the Johnny
Kings, Ellis Stillwells, Earl Gilberts, Wm. Naylors and son Graham, Tom
Sullivans and two small children, Mrs. Dillon, Mrs. DeGrummond, Mrs.
Seibod and Mary Ann, the Ed Nolans, Cecil Langdons, Gus Hoeckers.
Wm. Joneses, Fred Newhards and three children on vacation from the
Zone, the Arthur Berudes, Wm. Ames, Phil Lupfers, and Meade Bolton.
Mrs. Dorothy Hoecker Welty of Palo Alto with her two children,
have been visiting her parents for two weeks.
Mr. Elizabeth Haines, mother of Mrs. Cecil Langdon, passed away
in May. Mrs. Haines had spent several years in the Canal Zone with her
daughter and family, and her other daughter, Mrs. Henrietta Ellis of
Fred Fitch who was in rather poor health during the early summer,
is now much improved.
The Arthur Berudes have just returned from a short trip to Berkeley
The Earl Gilberts have returned from a rather extended trip to Yose-
mite Park, Oakland and vicinity, and southern Oregon.
A. L. HOECKER
Note Well ...
Please send in all material for the December Record by November
1st as we would like the Record to be mailed out as far ahead of the
Christmas ruch as possible.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Dr. Gilbert M. Stevenson, Chief of the Medical Service at Gorgas
Hospital, has resigned from the Canal organization and plans to leave
for Augusta, Georgia where he has accepted a position in the medical
service of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Augusta.
Mr. and Mrs. Barton Woodruff are new arrivals in St. Pete. They
have bought a home in Pinellas Park and are proceeding to get settled.
Their daughter Shirley has a summer job in Washington, D. C. Shirley
was again awarded the County Scholarship and in her school grades
continues to maintain a Cum Laude average.
Sixty members of the Carribbean College Club attended a scholar-
ship luncheon at the Hotel Washington at which time Miss Lorna Stone,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. Stone of New Cristobal received a
$400 scholarship award.
Mrs. Anna Currier celebrated the ninety-third anniversary of her
birthday at a tea given by her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Baker at her home
in Balboa. Congratulations from Mrs. Currier's many friends in St. Pete.
Mrs. John M. North of Pedro Miguel has returned to her home in
Tampa, Fla. She will enter business with her brother, James G. Lowe,
a former employee of the commissary Division.
Mrs. Selma Huff returned to St. Pete from Panama enroute to
her home in New Orleans, La.
Col. David Tiger,U.S.A.R. and Mrs. Tiger of St. Petersburg are
visiting their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Reynolds, of
Gatun, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Egger and their children, Patricia and Beverly
have left the Canal Zone en route to Bandera, Texas where they will
reside. Mr. Egger resigned his position with the Customs Bureau. They
well be near Mrs. Eggers parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Huff, former
Clayton Grimes, a former Canal Zone employee now of Indian
Rocks Beach, reported on the National Convention of Kiwanis Clubs
recently held at New York City. Grimes and Charley Potter attended the
convention as delegates of the Indian Rocks Beach Club and Grimes led
the convention music with his accordian. L. B. Moody, president of the
Beach Club said Grimes was instrumental in bringing the convention to
St. Petersburg next year.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Freudigman, formerly of Cocoa Solito, have
started to build. their new home in Tampa, Fla. and will move into it
sometime in September. They are at present guests of Mr. and Mrs. H.
Kleefkens, parents of Mrs. Freudigman and former Cristobal residents.
Herbert L. Staples, a retired Canal Zone policeman, was injured in
a fall from the rear bumper of his car. Staples fell when his wife, driv-
ing the car, speeded up after stopping at an intersection.
Mr. William H. Casswell Jr., and Miss Patricia Casswell,son and
daughter of Capt. and Mrs. William H. Casswell of Margarita, have left
the Zone enroute to Bainbrldge, Maryland. Mr. Casswell, Naval Reserve,
has been called to active duty, and Miss Casswell will be a trainee in
the Waves. Mr. Casswell was employed at Fort Davis and Miss Casswell
resigned from the Correspondence Bureau to enlist in the Waves.
Paul H. Friedman who has been with the Canal organization for the
past 12 years has been appointed assistant supply and service director.
His position as assistant to the supply and service director will be filled
by Mr. Bart J. Elich who is now assistant to the Chief of the retail stores
William H. T. Howe, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Howe formerly
of Balboa and Margarita, received his diploma in Electrical Engineering
from Purdue University. Mr. and Mrs. Howe are residing in Menlo
Mrs. Patrick S. Coakley is enjoying a vacation in the States with
her two sons Lieutenant James H. Coakley and Pfc. Patrick S. Coakley
who was due to return from Korea in June.
Mr. Harry H. Allen Jr., former Canal Zone lawyer has been named
president of National Paper & Type Co. Control of National Paper & Type
Co. has been acquired by Otis, McAllister and Co. with the consolidation
of the top control of both firms, the combined organization will be one
of the largest import-export businesses in the western hemisphere.
When Bobby Leisy of Pedro Miguel got his A.B. at New Mexico
Military Academy, his mother was on hand to pin his 2nd Lt. bars on
him. He was sworn into the Marines by Gen. Boatner. Henry Joe Leisy,
also a student at the same academy, goes to Fort Knox to R.O.T.C. camp.
Henry Sr. has just about popped all the buttons off his shirts he is so
proud of his boys. Bobby got an appointment to West Point but turned
it down as he felt 16 years of school was enough and he wanted in the
Marines anyway. Henry Joe received a medal as Distinguished Military
Student; one of 136 such students out of 26,000 R.O.T.C. college students.
How about that?
Franklin M. Orr, a Canal Zone boy by birth and education, was
recently elected President of the Society of Professional Chemists and
Engineers of Baytown, Texas. Franklin is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Orr who have resided in South Houston, Texas since their retirement.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor May, Sr., long time residents of the Isthmus,
celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary with a dinner party at the
Brazos Brook Country Club, Sunday, July 5th. Mr. Victor May Jr., Mrs.
Harold Chambers and Mr. H. E. May, children of the honorees were
hosts for the occasion.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Lindo of Panama City, R.P. were recent visi-
tors in St. Petersburg, visiting the W. G. Hulls and other friends.
Miss Eileen Bleakley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Bleakley of Gamboa
has left the Isthmus for the U. S. Miss Bleakley plans to enter nurses
Training in Charleston General Hospital in West Virginia.
Miss Barbara Ann Ely, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodney B. Ely
of Balboa, has just completed her junior year at Bates College in Lewis-
ton, Maine and has received notification that her name is on the Dean's
list for scholastic achievement.
Fifty years of married life were celebrated on May 14th by Mr. and
Mrs. D. P. White. Their daughter, Mrs, Albert Bwy, was hostess for the
occasion at a reception in their honor on that evening. Mr. and Mrs.
White were married 50 years ago in Mississippi. He was a marine engin-
eer onthe Panama Canal until his retirement. Mr. and Mrs. White now
make their home in California.
Otto A. Moore former chief clerk in the U. S. Engineers office,
Panama Canal, is now Editor of Bursts and Duds-a bi-weekly magazine
published at the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot, Crane, Indiana. Mr.
Moore is the author of two published books of Hoosier-flavored verse,
and at present is working on a half completed novel of Revolutionary
Mrs. John Dudak and daughter Helen Louise have arrived in Orlando
where they plan to make their home. Helen Louise transferred from her
position with the Panama Canal Co. to a position in Orlando with the
Dept. of Agriculture. Mr. Dudak will join them later as he is making
the trip to Florida via New York with a stop over in Pennsylvania.
Lee and Irene Wright were recent visitors in Orlando and St. Pete.
While in Orlando they were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pollack
an dwere the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dworak while in St. Pete.
Capt. and Mrs. William Will are now making their home in St.
Pete at 4200- 22nd Avenue South.
From San Jose, Costa Rica, comes a letter from D. T. (Chick)
Edwards saying ho much he enjoys the Record, the pictures of many
old friends. Also enjoys "By Grapevine" and "People You Know", wishes
it was possible for him to attend some of the picnics and meetings. Any-
one making a trip to San Jose. will find several old timers there to wel,
Erna and John Hower arrived in Fairhope, Alabama after a visit in
St. Louis with their son and daughter-in-law. They .have purchased a
home and their new address is Box 655, Fairhope, Alabama.
The M. J. Symmeses, who met each other at the Golden Age Club
in New Orleans, celebrated their second wedding anniversary at the latest
meeting of the club. Mrs. Symms daughter, her son, Pat Kenny, wife and
two children from Venezuela, and other members of the Club attended
the party. Both Mr. and Mrs. Symms were presented with gifts from
members of the Golden Age Club.
Homer P. McCarty, formerly employed at the Mt. Hope Filteration
Plant, is now employed at the Nottingham Expansion Plant, Water Ser-
vice at Cleveland, Ohio. A fine place to work and a pleasant bunch of
fellows to work with and ideal working conditions.
Did you hear about Slim Stapler going color blind? Cannot tell
Port from Starboard anymore.
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Veney, who have been living in Albany, Ga.
since leaving the Isthmus in 1949, have moved to Porto Rico, where he
has accepted a position as branch manager for the Snap-on Tool Co.
Preliminary basic training at Fort Amador was interrupted for
seven Canal Zone inductees by a hurry up call from Gorgas Hospital
requesting blood to be used, if necessary, during a major operation on
the mother of one of the inductees, William Hidalgo.
Private William Hidalgo, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hidalgo of
Gamboa, was learning the fundamentals of Army drill from Master
Sergeant Tom Dolan, non-commissioned officer in charge of the group,
along with other Canal Zone youths who were inducted recently, when
the session was interrupted by the hospital call.
Major Robert L. Beziat granted Private Hidalgo a pass to visit the
hospital and give blood.
Before he could step out of the ranks of drilling men, six of his
inductee buddies asked that they be allowed to go along and donate
blood for the ailing Mrs. Josephine Hidalgo. The men were; Private
John Duvall, Private Charles Sherry, Private David Sullivan, Private
Richard Egger, Private James Thompson and Private Phillip Bauman.
Permission was granted and the seven men departed for Gorgas
Hospital where they gave blood which was available at the hospital
blood bank during Mrs. Hidalgo's operation.
According to the latest reports, Mrs. Hidalgo's condition is good.
Mrs. Lillie Neely Davis and daughter Janet, from Robbins, N. C.,
formerly from Cristobal, C. Z., were recent week end guests of Mr. and
Mrs. S. J. Shreves of St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Marcel Goulet has been visiting her daughter Mary and family
in New Mexico; her sister, Aileen in Chicago and Marie in Buffalo.
Expects to return to the Canal Zone in August.
Miss Jane M. Gadde of St. Petersburg is spending a vacation in
Mr. and Mrs. Harlane Howard of St. Petersburg have returned from
a six week vacation spent in Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont.
Mrs. Lista Daniels of Dallas, Texas writes that she and son Bob keep
busy. Visited her son, Howard, in Houston over the July 4th holiday,
Mr. William Love of Panama City, was a recent visitor in St. Pete
enroute to Washington, Annapolis and New Jersey on vacation. While
in St. Pete, Mr. Love and Mr. and Mrs. Wilhite of Orlando, were the
guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Kieswetter. Mr. Love was also the guest
of the Wilhites at St. Petersburg Beach where they were vacationing.
Mr. Jim Heenan of Gulfport, Florida, left recently for a visit in
Chicago and a tour of Canada.
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Grieser of Ann Arbor, Michigan, sailed on the
Queen Mary from New York en route to England and Ireland for a vaca-
tion to be spent with relatives.
Yevonne Kuperman was given the Canal Zone Junior College honor
award at the college graduation ceremonies. Her name will be inscribed
on the plaque at the entrance to the college building, along with the
names of 18 young men and women who have been similarly honored.
Miss Kuperman is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Kuperman of
Cartagena, Colombia. Born in Cartagena, she came to the Isthmus some
years ago and was graduated in 1951 from Balboa High School. Miss
Kuperman plansto continue her education in the United States either at
Cornell or Columbia.
Word has been received from the Van Brocklins of Santa Ana, Cali-
fornia that Arthur and Edna are getting along very well. This is won-
derful news to all their friends. It was a year ago, July 2, that their
automobile accident occurred in Texas, on their way home from Florida
where they had celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary with their
daughter and son-in-law in Miami, and visited friends in St. Petersburg.
Keep up the improvement and come to Florida again, but no more acci-
Mr. Grattan P. McGroarty, former resident of the Canal Zone, now
living in Washington, D. C., visited his sister, Miss Mary Lou McGroarty
of Curundu, during the month of July. Mr. McGroarty has been in Ger-
many with the "Voice of America" for the past two years.
Larry Horine has signed a professional base-ball contract with the
Philadelphia Athletic farm system. The signing was announced by Russ
Sehon of Lawrence, Kans.s, a scout for the A's in that region. Larry
is a graduate of the University of Colorado, class of 1953, at Boulder,
Colorado. He is commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force and
will report at Lackland A. F. Base in Texas in the Fall. He will spend
the summer in Cordele, Georgia, playing ball with the Georgia-Florida
Dale Cockle, 16 year old Cristobal lad, is touring the States by
motorcycle. He was recently in Macon, Georgia, for a visit with the
W. T. Smalley's. From there he plans to head northwest to Nebraska
then on to Boston via Canada and Niagara Falls. He arrived in New
York on May 28th and expects to sail from there August 18th.
"I am sorry that I could not be among those present at the last
reunion", says Pat Quinn of Toms River, New Jersey. "My spirit was
there but my body was not in condition to go. Best wishes and I want
to be remembered to all the members".
Walter G. Ross received a letter from Mrs. A. B. Davis who lived
in Las Cascadas during construction days with her mother and two
brothers, Robert L. and Charles M. Swinehart. Charles was killed in
1913 by a rock slide in the cut near Las Cascadas. She would like to get
a copy of a book on the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Panama Canal,
published in Mt. Hope. She also wanted a copy of the book "Historical
Background of the Panama Canal". This last book has already been
sent to Mrs. Davis by Mr. Ross, who happens to be the author.
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Adams of Cristobal have been touring the United
States and Canada. They fell in love with a home in Hendersonville,
N. C. and have purchased the place for their retirement home.
Mel and Ruth Alexander, who seem to get around, have this to say
in a newsy letter just received. "Ruth and I have just returned from a
six weeks visit with Milo and Lois and their baby girl, Cathy Lynn in
San Juan, Puerto Rico. Had visits with the following young folks of the
C.Z. Otis Ramey, who is with the medical branch of the Navy and flies
in and out of Puerto Rico from Norfolk. He married Barbara Boyer,
also of the C.Z. Saw Llona Sears who is a stewardess with P.A.A. and
also Mrs. Jean Sexton King. Mr. and Mrs. King are living in San Juan.
On our return we spent afew days with Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Bowen in
Coral Gables. We visited the I. W. Metzgers and just missed the W. G.
Fishers by two hours. Young Bill Metzger, who is in the Navy was home
on leave. Also had a nice visit with Mr. and Mrs. Dan S. Jones in their
lovely new home. Back home on the St. Johns, a crowd of Zonites
gathered for an out-door supper and celebration of the Fourth with fire-
works. Those present were; Mrs. S. A. Coulthard, who is visiting her
daughter, Gloria, and son-in-law, Gus Holmelin; Roland and Neta Mur-
win, their daughter Louise Murwin Sale; Mrs. Jack C. Sutherland with
her two daughters; Mrs. G. B. Owen and her daughter; our daughter and
sonin-law Hugh R. and Reba Dora Higginbotham. Gus and Gloria
Holmelin have moved from Arlington to our community on the River."
Thanks Mel and Ruth for news of the folks along the St. Johns
as well as those you met on your travels.
Capt. Sam Grier's family hoist flag on Memorial Day as a salute
The Tokyo paper of June 23rd, had this to say, "the Communist
airfields once again felt the destructive force of Allied bombers when
17 Superforts hit two airfields." This was Sam's first combat mission.
He has made several since.
The flag raising took place at the home of Capt. Grier's parents in
Capt. Grier's wife is the former Brooke Smith, daughter of Col. and
Mrs. J. K. Smith. Col. Smith is now on duty in France.
Brooke and Sam attended Balboa High School and it was there that
their romance started. Several years later they were married in Japan
and their first child was born there.
Incidently, this is the same flag that Capt. Grier helped his brother
and sister raise 27 years ago in Bayside, Maine.
Bess and Fred Lyons of Clearwater are on an extensive trip. At last
report they were in Chicago with Mrs. Sue McLeod. Had visited with the
Westendorffs and Dick Tatum and his sister in So. Carolina. From Chi-
cago, Bess and Fred were going to Cleveland, Ohio, and Lake George,
Fred and Elizabeth Hall want us to know that they are all set in
a nice shady trailer park, 821 16th St. No. in St. Petersburg. They sent
in their new address so they would not miss a Record or any notices.
Mr. Jack F. Paterson and his wife and two children were recent
visitors in Gulfport and Bradenton as guests of his parents and Roberta's
parents, the Johanneses of Bradenton.
Jack graduated with honers, from John Hopkins University, in Balti-
more, Maryland, and has accepted a position with the General Electric
Co. in Schenectedy, New York.
A. C. Medinger, Railroad and Terminals Director, has requested
voluntary retirement from Canal service effective at the end of August,
it was announced at Balboa Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. Medinger plan to leave for the United States early in
September and after a few weeks vacation they will go to New York
to make their home. Medinger has accepted a position as Assistant to the
Chief Engineer of the Orinico Mining Company, a subsidiary of the
United States Steel Corporation, and will have his headquarters at 25
A daughter, Kathleen Adele was born on January 20, 1953 at Naval
Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland to Comdr. and Mrs. George R. Palus. Mrs.
Palus is the former Thelma Ahlfont, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. G.
Ahlfont of Brooklyn, N. Y., who are former residents of the Canal Zone.
Kathleen was joined at home in her nursery by two brothers, Donald and
Peter and two sisters, Karen and Susan. Comdr. and Mrs. Palus are now
living in Arlington, Va. and recently, Mr. and Mrs. Ahlfont had a reunion
there with their five grandchildren. At the same reunion were two grand
daughters, Patricia and Priscilla Loud. Mrs. Loud is the former Vera
Enio and Alice Lindstrom write: "We do so enjoy and appreciate
the Record. It is like an Old Home gathering when it arrives. We have
many C.Z. folks nearby so when we feel like reminiscing we can always
go calling. We attended the C.Z. picnic in Los Angeles in June. It was
a delightful affair and we did so enjoy meeting and visiting with so many
friends and acquaintances."
"We hope some day to attend a Florida gathering."
Mrs. William T. Piper of Hot Springs, Ark. sends us a card from
Rome, Italy. After a tour of seven countries in Europe, she will return
to the U. S. in September.
Charles E. Reilly reports, "Our new home is nearing completion
and we expect to move in the 15th of August. 6514 Bamboo Drive, Azalea
Park, Orlando, Florida."
From Annie and Oscar Maessen we have; "Well, we are settled here
in Antwerp and so far we are well satisfied. We have a nice very modern
apartments with all the latest improvements. The Mrs. has to do very
little shopping as butcher, baker and candlestick-maker all come to the
door to take orders and make deliveries. In fact, the Mrs. don't have to
leave the apartment if she is so inclined, as the house phone is connected
to the front door. We have an apartment on the ground floor with a nice
garden (which the landlord keeps up).
The weather is nice but cool. Expect my daughter and husband here
any day now for a visit.
Our address is: Edsar Castelein Str. 18 Antwerp, Belgium.
Wishing you all the best of everything, Annie and Oscar Maessen."
Florence N. Millar of Alhambra, California says: "I hear the Zone
like the old gray mare 'ain't what it used to be' but my daughter and son-
in-law still prefer to stay and I want to be with them so I am sailing
August 31, for Panama."
Mr. and Mrs. W. O'Donnell (nee Helen Wollercsheid) have been
vacationing in Florida and spent a short time with Capt. and Mrs. Judd
in St. Petersburg. They now make their home in Ossining, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bell,recently retired, are planning a 'round
the world cruise but report difficulty getting reservations. They may have
to settle for a Mediterranean trip.
From the door of the Shalimar Apartments, 3700 Gulf Boulevard,
an engineer and his wife daily watch the progress of the home they
designed and are building.
Mr. and Mrs. John Baum came here last February from Park Ridge,
N. J. and immediately fell in love with the Holiday Isles. Now they are
back here to live permanently in the five-room masonry house being con-
structed on Boca Ceiga Bay in Belle Vista. With them are their sons,
John, and Albert, 6 who will enter St. John's School in the fall. Mrs.
Baum spent most of her life, previous to her marriage, on the Canal Zone
where her father, Capt. Jones, was a pilot.
Vi and Art Miner are on a trip to points north. The 1393 mile trip
from St. Pete to Rock Stream, N. Y. was just perfect. They report won-
derful weather and gorgeous scenery. They were surprised to find the
Cottons in Rock Stream visiting the Bevingtons. So the Miners, John
Johnsons, Cottons and Bevingtons are having a grand time to-gether.
Frank and Georgia Hayes report a wonderful trip from St. Pete to
Louisville, Ky. They are having a grand time and send regards to all.
It is a family reunion for the Harland V. Howards of St. Petersburg.
Their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Krout and two
children, formerly of Balboa and now located at Camp Hill, Pa., are
visiting with them. Also their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Harland V. Howard, Jr. and infant son of Diablo Heights, C.Z. have
arrived to spend some time here.
Before the truce in Korea, Lt. Gerald F. Graham of Diablo, com-
pleted 100 combat missions with the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing.
Since arriving in Korea on November 22nd, 1952, Lt. Graham has been
awarded two oak clusters to add to the air medal won in World War II.
Lt. Graham graduated from Balboa High School in 1942 and attended
Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. His wife, the former Doris Van Evera,
and two sons, Gerald, 4 and Edward, 2, now live in Diablo.
Mrs. Lewis B. Moore, formerly of Balboa Heighs, sailed from San
Francisco August 7th aboard the President Cleveland for Tokyo where
she will make her temporary home.
Later Mrs. Moore hopes to join her husband in Korea whe he is
stationed near Pusan as a construction engineer for KTMA Unkra, a firm
engaged in reconstruction work under the United Nations auspices.
The Moores' son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. E. Collin Moore,
of Richmond, California are enjoying a summer vacation in Europe.
It seems that two old timers have just found each other again. I'll
just lift a few excerpts from George W. Lewis' letter to Lee Burns.
I still don't believe it. It just doesn't jibe or make sense under
the immutable law of averages. You, the smiling Lee Burns I so well
knew, simply can't have survived all the trying years and come up still
smiling. It's almost as if Col. Bill Irwin or Walter Doby or Bill Carroll
or John Acors had drifted back from across the frontier that so inexor-
ably separates the hum drum now from the fabulous then. Do you real-
ize what a puny per cent of those one time peak stetsoned go-getters are
still among us?
Harry Frank and I still frequently lunch together. Andy Belknap
and I had a reunion here in New York a couple of years back. Andy
stopped writing and I knew that he, too, was gone.
Lee if you don't get to New York soon I hereby warn you that I am
coming down there for a reunion with you. I promise I won't be a pest,
won't drop in unexpectedly, tire you out, disgust your charming wife,
or get you drunk. I'll just be available whenever you're feeling carefree
and maybe remembering nostalgically the green biaze tables in Colon
where Zoners bet everything but their britches and twenty dollar gold
pieces were stacked as high as the Washington Monument.
How an old fossil can run on Lee do come through with an
account of your doings. Cheerio.
George W. Lewis, 241 West 100th Street, New York City
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Comley have purchased a home at 2915 North
Nottingham, Arlington, Virginia.
Mrs. William G. Hull of St. Petersburg, is vacationing in Seattle,
Washington, with her son Bob.
New Members and Changes of Address
The following have been added or addresses changed since the June Record
was printed. (*) denotes change of address.
Scott, Mr. Edward (Ted) % Havana Post-----_----- ------- Havana
Brugge, Mr. and Mrs. William V. P. O. Box 995 --------Diablo Heignts
Duncan, Capt. and Mrs. Peter Wade P. O. Box 3095--- .------Cristobal
* Frazer, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew P. O. Box 231------------------- Gamboa
Geddes, Mrs. Thomas K. P. O. Box 482-------------------------Gaton
Gilder, Dr. and Mrs. Wayne P. O. Box M.M.... -- ----------. Cristobal
* Heints, Mrs. Melba M. P. O. Box 993---------------- -----Balboa
* Locy, Mrs. J. J. P. O. Box 171------ ---------------- Margarita
McDaid, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. -
% Chase National Bank, P. O. Box 5086 -- ---------------Cristobal
* Miller, Mrs. Florence N. % E. M. Stone, P. O. Box 1566------Cristobal
Reese, Mrs. J. L. P. O. Box 205-------- ---------------- Balboa
Schapow, Mr. and Mrs. Walter P. O. Box 905--------------------Balboa
Schuler, Mr. and rMs. August E. P. O. Box M.H.--------- Cristobal
Skeels, Capt. and Mrs. Lucien A. P. O. Box 1805-------------Cristobal
Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Allan S. P. O. Box 206 ----------Balboa Heights
Wurdeman, Mr. Ernest P. O. Box 165----------------------Coco Solo
* Austin, Mrs. Iretta C. 60 North Summit Street -- ----------Fairhope
Forsman, Mr. and Mrs. Eric E. 555 Stanton Street (temp.)- .- Mobile
* Hower, Mr. and Mrs. John % Mrs. M. M. Hunt, Box 655----- Fairhope
Neyman, Mrs. Jetta A. 552 Sayre Street ---------------Montgomery
* Smith, Mr. and Mrs. William P. General Delivery -------------Prescott
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Zachary T. 4555 North 7th Avenue ---- Phoenix
Minnix, Mrs. M. Edith 506 Allen Street -- -------------Springdale
* Bingaman, Mr. and rMs. John 2271 W. Orange Grove Ave.....Pomona
* Booz, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. 1202 North Foothill Blvd. --- Pasadena
Campbell, Mrs. Esther E. 1763 North Cypress Street --... La Habral
* Christian, Mr. and Mrs. James Route 1, Box 374 ..-- -------- Folsom
Hodnett, Mrs. Ethel M. % Frizzell, Navy 3923-% F.P.O.....San Francisco
King, Mr. and Mrs. John M. 420 West Hillcrest Blvd. ----- Monrovia
* Koperski, Mr. and Mrs. E. L. 831 East Providencia Ave.----- Burbank
Lobat, Mrs. Emma L. 4261- 41st Street ----------------San Diego 5
Nehls, Mrs. Frederick E. 700 Elm Street ------__------ San Carlos
* Tawes, Capt. and Mrs. George V. 301 Ocean Avenue------Santa Monica
* Womack, Mr. and Mrs, B. F. 6827 Eleventh Ave. ---- Los Angeles 43
* Bodden, Capt. and Mrs. John V. 1481 N. E. 133rd Road North.'Miami
* Cole, Mrs. Eva 2914 Beach Boulevard-----------------------Gulfport
Davies, Mr. and Mrs. John L. 2008 Fourth St. No.-- St. Petersburg 2
Deckman, Mrs. Jean Campbell -
% Hotel Pittsburger, 226 N. E. 1st Street-------------------- Miami
* Eason. Mr. and Mrs. J. J. 1220 Gable Place-----.------Daytona Beach
* Fey, Mrs. Anna Dora Cherry Court Apartments
61 Cherry Place 2 633 North Euclid --------------- Orlando
Freudigmann, Mr. and Mrs. alter A. 3011 E. Waters Ave. (temp.)-.Tampa
3017 East Yukon Street (perm.) ---------------------------- Tampa
Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Fred 821 16th Street No.--------- St. Petersburg 2
Hanner, Mr. and Mrs. Ray 835% 20th Avenue No....--St. Petersburg 2
Hayes, Mr. and Mrs. Troy 4950 17th Avenue No.----- St. Petersburg 2
* Judson,' Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R. 25 East Ivanhoe Blvd. No.... Orlando
* Koperski, Mr. and Mrs. Leon 1333 Vassar Avenue------.. ---.. Orlando
Lane, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. 1510 East Livingston Ave.----. Orlando
Larson, Lt. Col. and Mrs.Leander 2203 Coventry Ave.---------Lakeland
Linney, Mrs. Edward A. 611 Hall Building-----------St. Petersburg 5
McCormack, Mrs. Margaret C. Res. 17 Lake Ellen Drive----- Casselberry
Mail: Box 537---------------------------- ------ Fern Park
Miller, Mr. Frank 701 Brickell Avenue-------.-----------..---.Miami
* Powers, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh V. Res. 715 5th Ave. N.-Apt. 7
Mail: Box 1203-Station "A"--------------------- St. Petersburg 2
Reilly, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. 6415 Bamboo Dr., Azalea Park--..Orlando
* Ritchey, Mr. Lloyd I. Lake View Hotel--------------------------Orlando
* Sewart, Mrs. Archie H. 9809 10th Street------------------- Tampa 4
* Vineyard, Mrs. Oakley 1400 26th Avenue North----- St. Petersburg 4
* Watkins, Mr. and Mrs. Lee J. 20 South Pineapple Ave.-----... Sarasota
* Woodruff, Mr. and Mrs. Barton C. 6516 Park Blvd----... Pinellas Park
* Young, Mr. and Mrs. Perry A. 145 17th Avenue So.....--St. Petersburg 5
* Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Earle 347 College St.-Apt. 5-B----------.. Macon
* McLcod, Mrs. J. A. 4139 North Harding Avenue------------.. Chicago 18
* Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Otto A. 144 eWst Mechanic Street .---... Bloomfield
* Gibbs, Mr. and Mrs. Earl H. 1144 Camp Street----------.. New Orleans
* Symms, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. 2034 Nashville Ave.----.... New Orleans 15
* Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Route 2---------.----------..Alfred
* Sprecken, Mr. Fred D. 4001 Highgate Road .--------------. Muskegon
Morehead, Mr. and Mrs. Harrie H. 204 Odette St.------------.Flint 5
KiserMr. L. S. 103 South Union Street---------.. ----------- .Canton
* Meigs, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. 806 Longacre...--------. University City 24
* Brameld, Mr. and Mrs. Walter 206 McKinley Place-- ---R.. idgewood 2
* Bates, Miss Lucy M. % J. Delamere-68 Marshall Ave.---L... ynbrook
Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. J. Samuel 721 Madison Avenue.-----. Albany 3
Fagan, Mi.s Mary E. 80 Thurston Road ---------------Rochester 11
Laughlin, Miss Mary 301 West 24th Street.---.------ New York City 11
Lester, Mr. and Mrs. Charles -
% Hotel Dauphin,Broadway at 67th Street---------------.New York
Davis, Mrs. Lillie Neely P. O. Box 121----------------------- Robbins
* Patterson, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. 206 Ewbank Drive .-- .-- Hendersonville
Hines, Mrs. Mary Grout 621 Mohawk Avenue ---------------Akron 5
* Regan, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. 1837 Weyer Avenue------------.. Norwood 2
Hagerty, Mr. John B. 324 Lockhart St.-----------------------Sayre
Schoenberger, Mr. and Mrs. Herman 1511 Spring Ave.----. Jenkintown
Schwartz, Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. B. -420 W. Chelton Ave.....--Philadelphia 44
* Tydeman, Mr. and Mrs. B. G. Box 1257--------------------Allentown
* Strawn, Mr. and Mrs. E. B. 300 Country Club Drive.--------. Rock Hill
Tatum, Mr. W. R. (Dick) Box 886--------------------.-----...McCall
Tysinger, Mrs. Joseph J. 214 Marlboro Street--------------.... McCall
* Miller, Mrs. Anne 305 East 20th Street...------------------Sioux Falls
Daniels, Mrs. Lista 5643 Boaz Street--------.... --------------. Dallas
* Maas, Mr. and Mrs. T. O. 701 Elizabeth Road----------..San Antonio 9
* Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Milton R. 1820 Binz, Apt. 7 ----------Houston 4
Deeney, Col. and Mrs. Hugh J. Taft Station--------------.. White Stone
* Detamore, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Route 3-------------------Staunton
* Marstrand, Mr. O. T.-% Col. W. F. Powers-6040 North 23rd St.-.Arlington
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Dear Ex-Canal Friends:
You are cordially invited to join the Panama Canal Society of Florida
if you are not already a member. The Canal Record, our news booklet, is
issued quarterly, and a Year Book is given to members in January of
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 900.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 249, STATION "A"
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
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