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Capt. and Mrs. L.C. Calloway, Long Mr. and Mrs. George H. Cassell,
Beach, Calif. Son, Lawrence and family, Redondo Beach, Calif.
Mrs. Betty Calloway, Chug, 13, and Betty, 11,
Alan Lewis, Mayor A.V. Edwards of Hendersonville, N.C. and recruiting officer
in Hendersonville. Alan and 116 crew members of the Nautilus will receive the
Presidential Unit Citation for the Historic cruise under the polar ice cap.
Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Penr
lington, son Richard and Daughter Kathy,
Jack snd Ann Reinig take it easy
at their home in Hot Springs, Ark.
Grady Robertson, San Carlos, Calif.
son of Ruth Robertson, grandson of
Fred and Mina Brown
Sara Lewis, Denver, Colo.
Norma Harrington, Greely, Colo.
Dot and Ray Kennedy, Englewood, Colo.
Son Lee and daughter Beth.
i Ed Spearman, Orlando, Fla.
Son hurricane deck of mule,
vacationing at Daytona
The Panama Canal Society
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone
P. O. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 33,
Macon A. Turner
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd /
Francis G. Hargy
E. M. Kieswetter
J. F. Warner
F. A. Anderson
J. F. Bashner
W. H. Butler
H. H. Hudson
Harry J. Lewis
Dan E. Wright
The 85th Congress went into record books; the House having ad-
journed at 2:00 A. M. and the Senate adjourned at 4:11 A. M., Sunday,
August 24th, 1958. This was the first time in ten years that an adjourn-
ment session had run into Sunday morning. The 85th Congress assembled
on January 7th, 1958, so just before adjournment, January 7th, 1959 was
set for assembling of the 86th Congress. It would take the entire issue of
this magazine to summarize the accomplishments of this 85th Congress,
but a few of the outstanding bits of legislation, which pertains to present
and past employees of the Panama Canal are here recorded.
To adjust conditions of employment in De-
partments or Agencies in the Canal Zone.
To increase salaries of Metropolitan Police
Force and Fire Department of D.C., of
the U.S. Park Police and of the White
To provide for the preparation of a pro-
posed revision of the Canal Zone Code.
To exempt teachers in the Panama Canal
Zone from application of the dual em-
To authorize the incorporation of the Con-
gressional Medal of Honor Society of
To amend the vessel admeasurement laws
8-8-58 HR-7734 85-613
with regard to water ballast space.
Relating to contributions under the Civil
Service Retirement Act.
Relative to transportation of children of
certain District of Columbia employees.
To increasing burial allowance for de-
ceased veterans from $150.00 to $250.00
Retroactive payment of increases in re-
tirement deductions of D.C. Policemen
Facilitating naturalization of adopted chil-
dren and spouses of certain U.S. Citizens
performing religious duties abroad.
To make retirement benefits available to
certain persons who rendered active
Federal service during the Korean con-
Authorizing payment of transportation ex-
penses of survivors to attend funerals of
servicemen killed in a disaster involving
Authorizing Secretary of Commerce to
make certain payments out of vessel
To establish an Independent Federal Avi-
ation Agency to regulate effectly the
uses of air-space over the United Stetes.
To authorize free transit at the Panama
Canal for vessels operated by State
Relating to preservation of basic compen-
sation in downgrading of Federal em-
To provide retirement, clerical assistants,
and free mailing privileges to former
presidents of the United States.
To grant longevity credit for service per-
formed in the Panama Canal Zone postal
To incorporate the Military Order of the
To encourage and authorize detail and
transfer of Federal employees for service
with international organizations.
Extending veterans time for initiating
courses in education.
Providing for the procurement and supply
of Government headstones and markers.
To increase salaries of D. C. teachers.
Social Security Amendments of 1958-
Independent offices appropriations for
(This contained restrictions for future
increases in retirement benefits)
To consolidate into one act all the laws
administered by the Veterans Admin-
Relating to travel expenses of civilian em-
ployees of Government to duty outside
of the U.S.
Relative to effective dates of increases in
compensation granted wage board em-
To provide for adjustments in the an-
nuities under the Foreign Service re-
tirement and disability system.
Relating to conversion of veterans term
insurance issued under section 621 ,of
the National Life Insurance Act.
To authorize payment from appropriated
funds of the cost of free school lunches
in the D. C.
To promote boating safety on the naviga-
ble waters of the U.S., its territories and
To provide for the lump-sum payment of
all accumulated and current accrued
annual leave of deceased employees.
During the past 58 years, the budget totals and public debt has in-
creased with the following proportions; Yearly Budget increased from
567 Million yearly to 69,083 Million. Our Budget Expenditures increased
from 521 Million yearly to 71,897 Million. This left our public debt at the
end of fiscal year to 276,343 Million. With an anticipated deficit for the
fiscal year of 1959 of 12,223 Million, our Public Debt as of July 1st. 1959
will be 283,000 Million (Two Hundred and Eighty Three Billion)
Since Income Tax Accounting is my hobby, it would interest everyone
to know that during 1913-1915, personal exemptions were allowed as
follows; Single-$3,000.00, while married persons with any number of
dependents were allowed only $4,000-00. During this period, the tax rate
was as follows; 1% up to $20,000.00, increased to 7% for incomes over
$500,000.00. In the income years of 1954-1958, the single personal ex-
emption dropped to $600.00, while the married person, with dependents
was allowed $600.00 for himself, wife and each child. The Tax table
during this period was changed somewhat. Individual returns, Joint returns,
Surviving spouse and Head of household were taxed 20% on taxable in-
come up to $2,000.00. On a taxable income of $4,000.00, the head of
household was taxed 24%, while the others were taxed 26%. Considering
a taxable income of $300,000.00 -the head of household was taxed 91%
on all taxable income over 235,480.00, while all others were taxed 91%
on all taxable income over $300,000.00. However, we have one consolation,
the total tax collectable may not exceed 87% of taxable income. (NOT
APPLICABLE TO ANY OF OUR MEMBERS) All employees of The
Panama Canal filed Income Tax Returns since January 1st- 1951. The
writer never thought that employees of The Panama Canal should come
under the United States Income Tax Law.
Another interesting comparison is the Corporation Income Tax rate
for 1909 to 1958. From 1909 to 1913, Corporations had a $5,000.00
exemption and paid a 1% tax rate. During 1952 thru 1958, Corporations
had no exemption and paid a 30% on the 1st. $25,000.00 and 52% on all
amounts over $25,000.00.
FRANK W. HOHMANN, Chairman
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Williams of Balboa announce the marriage of
their daughter, Margarite Kathleen, to Mr. Charles A. McGlade, son of
Mrs. Katherine McGlade of Balboa and the late Avery O. McGlade, on
Aug. 9 in St. Anthony's Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil J. Ward of Balboa announce the engagement of
-their daughter Lillian to Mr. Jerry Coffee, son of Mr. and Mrs. William
T. Coffee of Miami, Fla., and formerly of Gamboa.
Miss Ward is a graduate of Balboa High School with the class of
1958. Mr. Coffee is also a graduate of Balboa High School and is now
attending the University of Miami. An October wedding is planned.
Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Thomas L. Harrold of Washington, D. C. an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Sally Marcella, to Mr. William
John Nickisher, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Willam J. Nickisher of Diablo
Heighs, Canal Zone, formerly of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Miss Harrold attended the University of Texas and is a graduate of
the Canal Zone Junior College. Mr. Nickisher attended the Canal Zone
Junior College and is currently employed with the Electrical Division of
the Panama Canal Company.
A November wedding is planned.
Miss Emma Bellows Kaan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald C. Kaan
of Ancon, became the bride of Mr. Harley Richard Wood, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Richard Lloyd of Seaford, Delaware, on September 27, her parents'
twenty-sixth wedding anniversary, in the Methodist Sunday School Chapel
at Salisbury, Md. The pastor of the church, the Rev. Mr. Cook, formerly
of the Seaford Methodist Church, officiated.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School with the Class of '58
and Mr. Wood was formerly stationed with the Army in the Canal Zone.
He is presently employed by the Campbell Company in Salisbury and the
couple will make their home at 402 Garden Avenue, in that city.
Miss Moira Eileen Brady, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred J. Brady
of Balboa, and Lt. Daniel Joseph Lehane, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel
Lehane of Indianapolis, Ind., were married on July 12 in St. Mary's
The ceremony was performed by Rev- Paul C. Loeven and was fol-
lowed by a reception at Fort Amador Officers' Club.
The bride graduated from Balboa High School and attended Incar-
nate Ward College in San Antonio, Texas. She was elected queen of her
school's Homecoming Dance in 1958 and was chosen to represent Pan-
ama at the Celebration of Pan-American Day in Texas. The bride is a
member of an old Canal Zone family. Her grandfather came here during
the construction days.
The groom attended Butler University in Indianapolis and was presi-
dent of the University Letterman's Club and was a two letter man on the
varsity football squad. He is now with the U.S. Air Force.
The couple will make their home at Keesler Air Force in Biloxi, Miss.
Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Barbara
Gwynne Golden and Capt. Evan Lester Parker, Jr., on Sunday, July 27
at the Post Chapel, Fort Belvoir, Va.
The bride is the daughter of Col. and Mrs. William C. Golden, 2325
Sunrise Drive S- E., St. Petersburg, Florida.
The bride attended schools in Panama and Puerto Rico and is a grad-
uate of the University of North Carolina.
Capt. Parker is with the Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., where the
couple will make their home.
Miss Louise Ruth Wagner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wagner
of Balboa, became the bride of .Mr. Wallace Rhodes Miller, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Jay T. Miller of Wellesley, Massachusetts, at an afternoon cere-
mony performed by the Rev. Arthur Mellanson in the Wellesley Hills
Congregational Church on Saturday, July 19.
Miss Louise Elizabeth Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd May-
nard Johnson of Coco Solo, became the bride of Lt. (jg) Keith Byron
Hanlon, son of Mr. and Mrs- Henry O. Hanlon of St. Petersburg, Florida,
Friday, August 1, 1958, at St. Margaret Episcopal church in Margarita.
The Reverend Peter J. Farmer, of Christ Church By-the-Sea, officiated at
the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is a graduate of Cristobal High School, and of Canal Zone
Junior College. The groom is a graduate of Ohio State University, and
is the executive officer of the USS Jasper stationed at Rodman Naval
After a short wedding trip, the couple will make their home at
Far Fan, Canal Zone.
A wedding of interest occurred last month in Oshkosh, Wis., when
Miss Lorna Stone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. Stone of Ancon, be-
came the bride of Mr. John S. Hopper, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hop-
per Sr. of Oshkosh.
The bride is the great granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Neville,
who came to the Isthmus in construction days. Her grandmother, Mrs.
Florence N. Miller, is also a retired Panama Canal Company employee.
The bride was educated in Canal Zone schools and obtained her Bachelor
of Arts degree from Mississippi Southern College.
The couple will reside in Sacramento, Calif., where Mr. Hopper will
continue work on his master's degree and Mrs- Hopper will teach at Car-
michael High School.
Miss Adelaide Camille Ellis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David W. Ellis
of Gamboa, became the bride of Mr. Gilmore Akin Jones in an impressive
candlelight nuptial service at Balboa Union Church. Officiating ministers
were Dr. Walker M. Alderton and Rev. Austin Olsen.
Miss Margaret Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Allen
of Margarita, became the bride of James Leslie Rinehart, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Roy A. Rinehart, also of Margarita, on Saturday, July 5 at 11 o'clock-
The couple were married at a Nuptial Mass, Holy Family Church in Mar-
garita, officiated by Rev. Father James J. Murphy, C.M.
Mrs. Rinehart is a graduate of Cristobal High School and attended
the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and the Parsons School
of Design in New York before she returned to the Isthmus to be married.
Mr. Rinehart is a graduate of Cristobal High School and finished his
apprenticeship this month at the Industrial Division, Mount Hope.
Mrs. Elsie Lawyer Newman was married to Mr. Marion B. Wood-
ruff of Balboa at a nuptial service at the home of her sister, Mrs. Jack
F. Morris of Balboa. The bride is employed by the Army at Fort Clayton
and the groom works with the Locks Division at Pedro Miguel-
Miss Annie Laurie Lowery became the bride of William Thomas Hal-
vosa, Jr., of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, and Barre, Vermont, in a candle-
light ceremony July 9th in the Trenton Methodist Church, Trenton, N. C.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Franklin Lowery
of Trenton, and the bridegroom is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam Thomas Halvosa of Barre, Vermont.
Announcement has been made by Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Proback of Bal-
boa of the engagement of their daughter, Dorothy, to Mr. Carl R. Meissner,
son of Mr- and Mrs. Russell C. Meissner of Los Rios. The couple plans
an early November wedding.
Miss Miller, a graduate of Balboa High School, is employed at Gorgas
Hospital. Mr. Meissner was graduated from Balboa High School and at-
tended the Canal Zone Junior College. He is employed by the Panama
Miss Shirley Lou Million, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Jim
Million of Balboa, and Mr. Robert Luther Muse, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Luther Herbert Muse of Key West, Florida, were joined in Holy Matri-
mony at the Balboa Union Church on Tuesday evening, September 2, 1958
at seven o'clock. The Rev. Oscar W. Olsen, pastor of the church officiated
at the double-ring, candlelight ceremony.
The marriage is announced of Miss Jane Ruth Peterson to Mr. J. R-
Omus on August 26, 1958.
Miss Loretta Glenn and Mr. M. J. Richardson were married, recently,
and will make their home in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Miss Suzanne Ethel Waugh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William John
Waugh of Burlington, Iowa, became the bride of Mr. Joseph Stephen
Ridge, son of Mr. John E. Ridge, Sr., of Trenton, N.J., and the late Mrs.
Ridge, on Sunday, October 5, in St. Paul's Church in Burlington.
A reception followed the ceremony at the Burlington Elks Club.
The bride was born and educated in Burlington and now serves as
a dental assistant in that city.
Mr. Ridge was born in Ancon and was graduated from Balboa High
School- He attended the Canal Zone Junior College and is a graduate of
the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.
He is remembered on the Isthmus as an outstanding member of the
baseball teams of his schools. He also was active in baseball during his
two years with the Marine Corps, and later played in minor league clubs
affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. He is now employed by the Winegard
Company in Burlington.
Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Mary Lou
Mohr, formerly of the Canal Zone, and Mr. Chester C. McCabe. The nup-
tial vows were exchanged October 11 in the home of the bride's mother,
Mrs. Alfred H. Mohr, in Orlando, Florida.
A small reception followed the ceremony.
The newlyweds will be at home after October 20 at 1164 Castlevale
Drive, Louisville, Ky.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Alfred H. Mohr and the late Mr-
Mohr, who was with the Panama Canal organization for many years. She
was born in Panama and attended Canal Zone schools, graduating from
Balboa High School in 1948. She was graduated from the University of
Indiana and is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Phi Beta
Mr. McCabe, son of Mrs. Mary J. McCabe of Shoreham, Vt., was
graduated from the University of Chicago and Columbia University and
received his doctorate from Purdue University, Layafette, Ind. He is a
member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
In Louisville, where they will reside, he is a physicist for E. I. Du-
pont De Nemours and Company.
Miss Alice Patricia Greenan and Allen Boyd Bartholomew were
married at St. Mary's Church in Hot Springs, Ark. on Saturday evening,
Sept. 20, 1958. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Greenan
of Hot Springs and the bridegroom is the son of Mr- and Mrs. William
F. Bartholomew of Hot Springs. Following a honeymoon trip to Memphis,
Tenn., the couple will reside in Hot Springs.
The marriage of Miss Sally Lynn Shull, daughter of Dr. and Mrs.
Ernest Clay Shull of Herdon, Virginia, and Mr. David Howard Long, son
of Mrs. Arthur Howard Long and the late Mr. Long, of Balboa, took
place on July 5, 1958 in St. James Church, Falls Church, Virginia. After
a wedding trip to the Pocono Mountains, the couple will reside in
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Corrigan, Jr. announce the engagement and
approaching marriage of their daughter, Juanita, to Mr. Lester J. Werni-
mont, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Wernimont of Elston, Minn. The wedding,
planned for December, will take place at St. Lawrence Church, Carroll,
Iowa. Following the wedding the couple will make their home in Elkton,
Announcement has been made of the marriage September 14 of Miss
Janette Findt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar W. Findt of Green Forest,
Ark., and Mr. Paul A. Engelke, son of Mr. and Mrs. George N. Engelke,
now of Bentonville, Ark., but formerly of the Canal Zone.
The vows were exchanged in St. Andre's Episcopal Church in Rogers,
Ark. Following the ceremony, a reception was given at the home of the
The bride was graduated from Green Forrest High School and is now
a student at the University of Arkansas. Mr. Engelke was graduated from
Cristobal High School, A and M College at Monticello and the University
of Arkansas. He is now a special student in the college of business ad-
ministration. He and his bride are making their home in Fayetteville.
Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Borden of Puerto Pilon, R.P., announce
the engagement and coming marriage of their daughter, Miss Marjorie
Armeade Borden to Mr. David Allison Hope, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winters
Allison Hope of Gamboa, Canal Zone.
Miss Borden is a graduate of Saint Mary's Academy in Colon of the
Class of 1958.
Mr. Hope is a graduate of Balboa High School with the Class of '53
and attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy and served
three years in the army. Since his return to the Isthmus he has been em-
ployed on the Canal Zone Police Force in Cristobal.
Of interest is the announcement of the engagement of Miss Bernadette
Lees, formerly of the Canal Zone and now of New York, and Mr. John
B. Fields, III. The wedding is planned for November 29 at The Inn in
Brooklyn, N. Y.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. Roland J. Lees and the late
Mrs. Lees, formerly of the Canal Zone.
Mr. Fields is the son of Mrs. Verna A. Barnett of Balboa and Mr.
Frank Fields of New York. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs.
John B. Fields, who were well-known on the Isthmus.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Cotton of Balboa announce the engagement
and approaching marriage of their daughter, Dorothy, to Kenneth L.
Manthorne, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Manthorne of Detroit, Mich. The
nuptials are planned for late November.
Mr. Manthorne plans to leave Panama for the States, where he will
be discharged from the Army.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Charles Page of Paradise, California, announce
the marriage of their daughter, Julie Elizabeth, to Mr. Gene Douglas
Weiss on Saturday, September 20, 1958. The young couple will make
their home at 2751 Orchard St., Cowallis, Oregon.
Lt. and Mrs. Fred H- Lee, Jr. announce the birth of their second
child and second son, Richard Robbins, on August 12, in Muenchweiler,
Germany. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Lee of Ancon
and maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Max R. Hart, formerly of
Balboa, now residing in Buffalo, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jeavons, nee Dixie Lee Stoudner, announce the
arrival of a baby daughter on July 30 in Lorain, Ohio. The baby was
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stoudner of Balboa
and maternal great grandparents are Mr- and Mrs. Morris M. Seeley of
Gamboa and Mr. and Mrs. John W. Stoudner now residing in St. Peters-
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Gayer of Diablo Heights announce the birth
of their first child, a son, Richard Keith, born at Gorgas Hospital on Sun-
day, July 13. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward F.
Gayer of Winsted, Conn., and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Boyd M. Bevington of Balboa-
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Muller of 1601, Reever, Arlington, Texas,
have announced the birth of a daughter, Beverley Jean on May 6. Mrs.
Muller was born in Cameron, Texas but attended the Canal Zone Junior
College. Mr. Muller is a native of the Zone and attended Canal Zone
schools. He is a former employee of the electrical division in Balboa. Mrs.
Jack A. Muller of Alburquerque, N. M. is the paternal grandmother.
Mr. and Mrs- J. H. Townshend of Pasadena, Texas, announce the
birth of their second child on April 30, 1958. The baby has been named
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Williamson of Jacksonville, Florida, announce the
arrival of a son, named Mark N., on September 16, 1958. Mrs. William-
son is the former Roberta Hollander. Mr. Williamson, Sr. is teaching
in Paxon High School in Jacksonville.
Mr. and Mrs. Truxton T. LaQuire of Largo, Florida, announce the
birth of a daughter, Lori Lynn, on July 19, 1958. Mrs- LaQuire is the
former Doris Brown. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carl
Brown of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. William M. Wood of Lafayette, Louisiana, announce
the birth of a son, Eugene Nugent, in Lafayette on March 9th. Mrs. Wood,
the former Miss Marilyn Nugent, niece of Mr. and Mrs- R.'P. Plummer,
formerly of Gatun and now residing in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Mr.
Wood is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wood, former residents of Gatun
and now living in Colon.
Mr. and Mrs. David T. Mann of West Fairlee, Ver. are the parents of
a daughter, Deborah Ruth, born May 14 at the Mary Hitchcock Memorial
Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire. Mrs. Mann is the former Donna
Humphrey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. Donald Humphrey of Coco Solo.
The baby's maternal grandmothers are Mrs. Maybelle H- Bliss of
Coco Solo and Mrs. J. B. Walstrom of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs.
George Magoon of West Fairlee are the baby's paternal great grandparents.
Lt. and Mrs. Orlando Flye Smith have announced the birth of their
first child, a son, on October 7th at Deaconess Hospital in Spokane, Wash.
The baby will be named for his father.
Lieutenant Smith, who is stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base with
the Strategic Air Command, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Palmer Smith,
Jr. of Balboa Heights. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Perry
Sams of Ritter, S. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bryan of 531 Halloway Ave., San Francisco,
Calif. announce the birth of a son, Frank Otis Bryan, Jr., on August 22,
1958. Mrs. Bryan is the former Claire Haines of Balboa, C. Z. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bryan formerly of the Canal Zone,
now in California.
Mr. and Mrs. John N. Gorham of Boulder, Colorado, announce the
birth of their first child, a daughter, Pamela Kay, on September 27. The
baby's paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Gorham of Balboa
and the maternal grandmother is Mrs. Anna Young of Frewsburg, N. Y.
Mr. Gorham, a graduate of Balboa High School and the Canal Zone
Junior College is studying for his Master's degree in Electrical Engineer-
ing at Boulder University. He is also employed by the National Bureau of
Mr. and Mrs. Surse Taylor Pierpoint announce the birth of a son,
Surse Jr., at the San Fernando Clinic on September 16. The maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William K. Caldwell of Dillon, South
Carolina. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Pier-
point, old-time residents on the Isthmus who returned recently after
several years of residing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Lt. and Mrs. Perry R. Young of MacDill Air Force Base, Florida,
announce the birth of their second son, Michael Perry Young, on Sept.
27, 1958. The paternal grandfather is Mr. Perry A. Young of St. Peters-
burg, Fla. Lt. Young flew to Alaska in October and also to Spain and
Casablanca, via the Azores. In January he is going to Labrador for a
few weeks winter training.
Frank O. Bryan-Locks Division-31 yaers, 3 months, 22 days-
Stonewall J. Bull-Locks Division-30 years, 2 months, 9 days.
Harry F. Cody-Maintenance Division-33 years, 8 months, 15 days.
Gustaf A. Peterson-Electrical Division-28 years, 4 months.
Mrs. Mildred M. Stone-Electrical Division-32 years, 16 days.
William V. Brugge-Ass't. Housing Mgr.-38 years, 5 months, 11 days.
Henry P. Butcher-Locks Division-31 years, 17 days.
Hobart V. Butler-Railroad Division-19 years, 6 months, 10 days.
Edward A. Cox-Electrical Division-23 years, 7 months, 29 days.
Thorwald H. Forrstrom-Navigation Div.-21 years, 3 months, 15 days.
Harry B. Friedland-Dredging Division-28 years, 10 months.
Edward T. Kirchmier-Locks Division-29 years, 4 months.
Mrs. Sarah M. Minor-Motor Transportation Div.-9 yrs., 4 mo., 12 days.
Mrs. Mary B. Raymond-Division of Schools-20 yrs., 9 mo., 23 days.
James G. Raymond-Supply Division-31 years, 4 months, 21 days.
Capt. William W. Reid-Navigation Div.- 24 years, 1 month, 23 days.
William H. Casswell- Fire Division-34 years, 5 months.
John C. Dansby-Maintenance Division-22 years, 1 month.
Edward E. Eder-Sales Service Branch-32 years, 11 months, 8 days.
William E. Hughes-Police Division-22 years, 10 months, 20 days.
William F. Mornhinweg-Locks Division-29 years, 5 months, 29 days-
Mr. W. T. Henry of Zephyrhills, Florida, was a patient in the hos-
pital during the month of August, following a heart attack. He is now
making a good recovery.
Capt. W. Will of St. Petersburg was a patient in the hospital during
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Bugby of Wilcox, Penn. were both hospital patients
in August; Mr. Bugby with a heart attack and Mrs. Bugby suffered a
A report comes to us that Horace Weltmer of Altamonte Springs,
Florida, has been quite ill-
Mr. Fred Sundstrand of Monrovia, Calif, has been reported very ill.
Mr. Nathan Levy of Houston, Texas, is reported a patient in the
hospital following a heart attack.
It has been reported that Mrs. Murray Wright, on the Canal Zone, has
been very ill.
Mr. Thomas Jordan of Alfred, Maine, has been ill for some time.
Mrs. Mary Love of Gulfport, Florida was in the hospital in Bethesda,
Maryland, for surgery in September.
Mrs. Wallace Dunham of Sarasota, Florida is now at home follow-
ing a stay .in the hospital.
Mrs. Mary Petit of New Orleans has been reported as ill.
Mrs. Thomas Young of Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, celebrated her
birthday, September 25th, in the hospital, where she underwent surgery.
Mr. Earl Baltozer of St. Petersburg was a patient in St. Anthony's
Hospital where he underwent surgery. He is reported to be doing nicely.
CARDS OF THANKS
For expressions of sympathy, cards of thanks and appreciation have
been received from the following members and friends:
Mr. John M. Davis Mrs. Rosalie A. Demers
Mrs. Samuel Grier Mrs- Toni Lieshout and Family
Mrs. John D. Lewis and Family Capt. and Mrs. Billy Will
Mrs. Charles W. Lee Mrs. Marie Patton Rose
Mrs. Miriam A. Dunlap Mrs. Mary Love
Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Lewis Mr. C. E. Van Fleet
Mrs. Kathryn M. Slattery
THE CURTAIN FALLS
Frank Y. Thompson, retired employee whose service with the Canal
organization dated back to 1905, died August 30th at Gorgas Hospital. He
was 79 years old-
A holder of the Roosevelt Medal for Canal construction service, Mr.
Thompson at the time of his death was a member of the Theodare Roose-
velt advisory committee appointed by Gov. W. E. Potter to develop plans
for the Canal Zone observance of the Theodore Roosevelt centennial year.
Born in Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Thompson first joined the Canal organ-
ization in 1905 as a conductor on the Panama Railroad. He later joined
the Supply Division where he was serving at the time of his retirement
Surviving are his wife of Gamboa and one brother of Bowling Green,
Jessie J. Jorgensen, former employee of the Electrical Division, died
in Gorgas Hospital after a long illness. He was 64 years old.
A native of Houston, Texas, Mr. Jorgensen was employed by the
Canal organization in 1922 as a telephone inspector in the Electrical Divi-
sion. The exception of a few months in 1923 when he was employed by
the former Receiving and Forwarding Agency as a telephone repairman,
Mr. Jorgensen remained with the Electrical Division until 1945-
He transferred to the telephone section of the Panama Railroad as
a Telephone Section Installer Maintainer in July 1945. He was retired
from active service in October 1945.
Since his retirement, he has been making his home in the Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Jorgensen, who is employed
by the Electrical Division.
Mrs. Glen E. Edgerton, wife of the former Canal Zone Governor, died
in Washington D. C., where she and Gen. Edgerton have made their home
for many years.
Mrs. Edgerton spent eight years in the Canal Zone while Gen. Edger-
ton, now a member of the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Com-
pany, served as Engineer of Maintenance and later as Governor during
the early war years. Although she was widely travelled, she regarded her
years of residence in the Canal Zone as the most interesting part of her
life, she told a Washington reporter several years ago in an interview.
In addition to her husband, Mrs- Edgerton is survived by a son,
Bruce Wilds, a daughter, Diana, and several grandchildren.
Firmer H. Scheibley, former clerk of the U.S. District Court and a
veteran of "Coxey's Army" of 1894 died at his home in Panama City.
Mr. Sheibley was one of the oldest Americans on the Isthmus and had
probably lived here longer than almost any who was born in the United
States. He would have been 83 years of age on November 29.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Thyra O. Sheibley, a sister, and
brother-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Huberto Osorio; a sister-in-law Mrs. Emiline
McHenry, and by the following nieces and nephews: Mr. and Mrs. Geof-
frey Osorio, Mr. and Mrs- Isaac Attia; Mr. and Mrs. Oswald Naar.
News of the death of Philip M. Goodman, former Canal employee, in
Winter Haven, Fla., on Sept. 15, has been received. He was 42 years old.
Goodman served from January 1953 until August 1956 as Assistant
Chief of the Internal Security Office. He was a member of the Balboa
Lions Club and during his residence here, he and Mrs. Goodman took
part in various types of community activity.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by twoi children.
Mrs. Marie Butler Gallagher, long-time resident of the Canal Zone
and member of a large and well known Isthmian family, died in Buffalo,
N. Y. She had been in ill health since a heart attack on her 65th birth-
day, August 15th.
Mrs. Gallagher is survived by her husband, Dr. James L- Gallagher,
whom she met and married on the Isthmus, and by a daughter, Mrs. G.
W. Rose. Both live in Buffalo.
Other survivors are three sisters Mrs. Arthur W. Goulet, of Ancon,
Mrs. W. T. McCormack, Florida, and Mrs. Frank Flynn, of Kalamazoo,
and a number of nieces and nephews.
Frank Wood, well known resident of the Atlantic side who had been
in the banana export business for over a quarter of a century, died at
Coco Solo Hospital where he had been a patient for five weeks. Born in
St. Vincent, British West Indies, he was 71 years old-
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lena Wood, who is presently making
her home with her daughter Mrs. Charles E. Stepp of Margarita.
In addition to Mrs. Stepp, he had two sons, Robert, of the Miraflores
Locks force and Richard, in the banana export business in Colon, all of
whom live on the Isthmus, and a son, William, of Lafayette, Louisiana,
and a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Lyon, of Louisville, Kentucky, living in the
Msr. Susan Scheidegg, well-known resident of Gatun, died suddenly
in Montclair, N. J., where she was on vacation. She was 49 years old.
Born in Newark, N. J., Mrs. Scheidegg had made her home on the
Isthmus for the past 18 years- She was active in community affairs, had
been an officer in the Civic Council, and was a member of the Gatun
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Richard of
Newark, N. J., and Raymond, of Gatun, and by two daughters, Mrs. Lois
Bonnassisa, of Maplewood, N. J., and Diane, of Mountainside, Hospital,
Montclair, N. J.
Russell Demers, inspector for the Contract and Inspection Division,
died in Gorgas Hospital Aug 11 after a brief illness. He was 62 years old.
A native of Green Island, N. Y., Mr. Demers was a veteran of the
first World War and was employed by the U.S. Army on the Isthmus for
several years before he joined the Canal organization in 1952-
With the exception of one short break in his service, he held the pos-
ition of contract and inspection inspector since 1952.
Harry C. Ragsdale, 78, retired production superintendent at the
Naval Gun Factory, died August 20 in Washington, D. C.
He was born and educated in Knoxville, Tenn., and was a veteran
of the Spanish-American War.
Survivors include two daughters, Miss Margaret E. Ragsdale, of the
home address, 603 Quackenbos Street N.W., and Mrs. Melvin A. Norton
of 832 South Ivy Street, Arlington, Va., and one grandson, William R.
Whaley of Miami, Florida.
Mrs. Esmerelde Louis Wiggins, 73, 1725 28th Street N., St- Peters-
burg, Fla., who was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and came here in 1948
from the Panama Canal Zone, died Aug. 11 in a local hospital.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Wiggins; a daughter, Mrs.
Virginia Laponuke, and a sister, Mrs. Jennie Milligan.
Fire Sgt. Elden G. Rouse, of the Cristobal Fire District, died in Coco
Solo Hospital where he had been a patient since July 27. He was 50
A native of Grundy Center, Iowa, Sgt. Rouse came to the Isthmus in
1942 and joined the Canal Zone Fire Division shortly afterwards. He
was promoted to the grade of Sergeant in 1957.
All of his service had been on the Atlantic side with the Cristobal
He is survived by his wife, Mrs- Mary Rouse, who is employed by
the Industrial Division in Cristobal.
Mrs. Herbert C. Clark, wife of the former director of Gorgas Mem-
orial Laboratory in Panama and a longtime resident of the Isthmus, died
August 18 in Norfolk, Va., after a long illness. She was 70 years old.
The former Jessie Wilson, she came to the Canal Zone about 1907
and taught in the Canal Zone schools during the construction period. She
was married to Dr. Clark during his tour of duty at Gorgas Hospital and
lived here for many years. Dr. Clark retired recently and is now living
in Allentown, Pa.
In addition to, her husband, she is survived by a son, Mr. John W.
Clark, and three grandchildren, all of Allentown.
Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. O. A. Baum and Mrs. H. C.
Doughty, of Norfolk, and two brothers, John J. Wilson, of St. Bride's,
Virginia, and Paul S. Wilson, of Gatun.
News of the death of George S. Potts, retired Canal employee, was re-
ceived. Mr. Potts died in Baltimore, Md., after a year's illness. He was
53 years old.
At the time of his retirement in May 1950 he held the position of
a Leader Steam Engineer.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Potts, and a son, Joseph, of
Baltimore, and by three sisters.
Two sisters, Mrs. Maxine Dillman and Mrs. Gladys Napoleon live in
Balboa. The third, Mrs. Marie Echols, makes her home in Savannah, Ga.
Friends have received word of the death in Washington, D. C., of
Fenwick Lee Moreland, a former lock operator at Pedro Miguel.
Mr. Moreland was born in Prince George, Md., and was in his 80th
He joined the Canal organization in 1923 as a wireman. After a
year's break in service during 1933-34, he was reemployed as a lock oper-
ator, remaining in this assignment until his retirement in 1941.
His death occurred Aug. 8, following a long illness.
Besides his wife, the former Mary Louise Harrover, Mr. Moreland
is survived by two sisters, and by two sons, Francis L. Moreland and Fen-
wick L. Moreland, Jr.
Benjamin F. Womack, well-known former Isthmian and retired Canal
employee, died in Morningside Hospital, Los Angeles, after a long ill-
ness. He was 88 years old.
A native of Lynchburg, Tennessee, Mr. Womack came to the Isthmus
in May 1907, as a conductor with the Panama Railroad. Although his
service was broken it was all with the Panama Railroad and all as a con-
ductor. He retired in June, 1932.
Mr. Womack was president and co-founder of the Womack American
Whiskey Company, of Panama City. This company is now owned by the
Mr. Womack was active in Masonic affairs. He was a member of
Canal Zone Lodge, A.F. and A.M-, a member of the Scottish Rite Temple,
and of the Knights Templars.
He is survived by his wife, Lyda, and a son, Lyle, living in Los
Angeles. A daughter, Mrs. William Brown, wife of the assistant to the
Director of the Canal Health Bureau, lives in Ancon. There are also six
grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Word was received of the sudden death of Mrs. Teresa Ridge, a for-
mer Isthmian resident, in Trenton, N. J. She was 62 years old.
Mrs. Ridge is survived by her husband, John, a retired Panama Canal
employee now living in Trenton, and several other relatives on the Isthmus
and in the States.
News of the death of Mrs. Elsa Krusback, former resident of Gatun,
has been received- Mrs. Krusback died Aug. 6 in Farmington, Minn. after
a brief illness. She was 54 years old.
A native of Medford, Ore., she came to the Isthmus in 1940 when
her husband, Ernest, joined the force of Gatun Locks as a machinist.
During the early part of the war years, she worked briefly in the Account-
ing Division of the Canal organization. She was an active worker in the
Gatun Union Church.
The Krusbacks left the Canal Zone in 1951 and have been living
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter.
Alfred A. Craythorne Smith, a former member of the nursing staff
of Gorgas Hospital, died Sept. 2 in Miami, Fla. He was 56 years old.
Born in London, England, he joined the Panama Canal organization
in May, 1944 as a nurse. All of his service was at Gorgas Hospital. He
resigned Nov. 5, 1949 and has been living in Miami-
He is survived by his wife, Gladys.
Lloyd A. McDonald, retired Canal employee, died suddenly at his
home in Poison, Montana. He was 62 years old.
McDonald retired in 1945 after 34 years service with the Canal or-
ganization. He held the Roosevelt Medal for two or more years service
during the construction period. At the time of his retirement in Novem-
ber 1945, he was an operator on a dipper dredge
He was married to Mrs. Doris McDonald, now Chief Dietician at
Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Gayle Baldwin, who is living
in Germany where her husband, a lieutenant in the Air Force is now sta-
tioned, and a son, Charles, who is a student at Oklahoma State University.
Mrs. Ruth M. Jenkins, wife of Ivan L. Jenkins, of Balboa, died in
August at Gorgas Hospital following a long illness. She was 42 years old-
A native of Rittman, Ohio, Mrs. Jenkins has been a resident of the
Isthmus since 1942 when she joined her husband who was at that time
employed with the Commissary Division. Since 1956 he has been em-
ployed as a towing locomotive operator on the Pacific Locks and they have
made their home in Balboa.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs.
Nancy Wright, of Mobile, Ala.; Miss Donna Jenkins, a student in Los
Angeles; and a son David, of Balboa.
Manuel Lichtenbaum, supervisory pharmacist at Gorgas Hospital,
died at Gorgas Hospital where he had been a patient since July 17. He
was 56 years old.
Born in Odessa, Russia, Mr. Lichtenbaum came to the United States
as a child and became a naturalized United States citizen. He attended
school in Philadelphia and was a graduate of the Philadelphia College of
Pharmacy and Science.
He joined the Canal organization in 1932 as a dispensary assistant
at Madden Dam. He served at several other Canal Zone dispensaries, was
promoted to pharmacist in 1940, and has been at Gorgas since that time.
He had been supervisory pharmacist since 1954.
He is survived only by his sister, Mrs. Miriam Goldstein, of 20 Wal-
nut Street, Dover, N- J.
Herbert Porter, former attorney with the Canal organization, died sud-
denly May 19 in Monrovia, California, according to news received.
A native of Atkinson, Ill., Porter was employed by the Canal as an
assistant attorney in 1935 and later held the same position in the office
of the General Manager of the Panama Railroad.
He resigned his position with the Canal in 1938 and since that time
has been practicing law in the state of California. Mr. and Mrs. Porter
have been making their home in Monrovia.
He is survived by a wife and son.
Graveside services were held Tuesday morning, July 15, for George
W. Stokes, retired employee of the Terminals Division who died June
26 an Amador Guerrero Hospital in Colon.
Mr. Stokes, who was born in New Hampshire, came to the Isthmus
in 1918 and was employed by the Panama Railroad as a clerk in the for-
mer Receiving and Forwarding Agency. He was made a stevedore on the
Cristobal docks in 1923 and was a foreman stevedore at the time of his
retirement in 1942.
Since his retirement, Mr. Stokes has been making his home in Colon.
At the time of his death, he was 77 years old.
He is survived by his wife Mrs- Gertrude Stokes, of Beachmont,
Mass., and a sister, Mrs. Hazel Dixon, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
James C. Wright, well known American architect and engineer, died
at his home in Panama City. Mr. Wright had been a resident of Panama
since 1911 when he went to the Republic at the request of President Porras
to assist in establishing a public works program. He was a member of
Darien Lodge and had a part in the building of the Scottish Rite Temple
in Balboa. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Wright, a son and
daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Wright of Panama, a daughter-in-
law, widow of the late James E. Wright, Jr., and five grandchildren;
also by two sisters, who reside in the United States.
Paul S. Wilson, a resident of the Isthmus for 54 years, died at Coco
Solo Hospital. A native of Virginia, Mr. Wilson was first employed by
the Isthmian Canal in 1905. He was a long time member of the Masonic
Order and took a prominent part in social and fraternal affairs. He was
a brother of Mrs. Herbert C. Clark who died recently in the United States.
Mr. Wilson was not married and had no surviving relatives on the Isthmus.
Kirby "Jack" Shope of Peru, Indiana, died recently of a heart attack.
Mr. Shope was a construction time Canal employee. He was married on
March 5, 1914 to Miss Sophie Maisenbacker who survives him.
Arthur J. McNally died on August 2, 1958 at Balboa, C. Z. A native
of Wakefield, Mass-, Mr. McNally served as a Master Sergeant during
World War I. He was employed by the Commissary Division, the Muni-
cipal Engineers, and the Mechanical Division. From 1946 until his re-
tirement two years ago, he was employed by the U.S. Navy. He was 64
Noel E. Dillman died on September 26th at Gorgas Hospital follow-
ing a brief illness. He was 59 years old. Mr. Dillman took a prominent
part in organized labor in the Canal Zone and served as Vice President
and President of the Central Labor Union. He is survived by his wife,
Maxine, two sons, Everett in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Richard, who
is attending Oklahoma State University, a daughter, Mrs. Charles Simmes
in Amberg, Germany, and five grandchildren.
Mrs. LeRoy Smith of Los Angeles, California, died on Friday, Aug.
29, 1958, of coronary thrombosis. Mrs- Smith is survived by her hus-
band LeRoy, a daughter, Ailene, who is married and has five children,
a son, David who resides in New York but happened to be home when
Mrs. Smith passed away.
Mr. Toni Lieshout died on September 3, 1958 in Houston, Texas.
Mr. Lieshout was born in Java and was educated in Holland where he at-
tended the University of Delft, the Municipal University of Amsterdam.
In 1937, he entered the service of the Royal Netherlands S. S. Co. and was
assigned to Cristobal, C. Z. where he met and married Miss Patricia Marie
Coffey. He became a citizen of the United States in 1952. Mr. Lieshout
is survived by his wife.
Mrs- Mary Jett, widow of the late Bernard Jett, former control house
operator on the Panama Canal, passed away on Monday, Sept. 22, 1958
in Washington, D. C. She is survived by her son, John of 1111 Dashill
Road, Falls Church, Virginia.
News has just been received of the death of Harold Shafer on October
23, 1957 in Balmorhea, Texas. Mr. Shafer was a former Storehouse em-
ploye and retired in 1951. He was 68 years old.
Mrs. Louise James Seebt died Sunday, Sept. 21, 1958, at her home
in New Orleans. Mrs. Seebt is survived by her husband, John F., a sister
Mrs. Lucille James Brandt and a nephew, Noah Brandt. Mr. and Mrs.
Seebt were on the Canal Zone during construction days.
Dr. Michael J. Takos, who took his internship at Gorgas Hospital,
died Sept. 9 in Miami, Fla., of a heart attack, according to information
received. He was 39 years old.
Dr. Takos was regarded as one of the leading medical researchers of
Florida and had been employed as director of the Research and Special
Studies Section of the Dade County Health Department. Last winter he
was cited for his work in isolating the Asian influenza germ.
Dr. Takos was born in Monessen, Pa. He was educated at Penn State
College and at the University of Maine, receiving a master's degree from
the latter. He served in the Army during World War II and later entered
the University of Michigan for his medical training-
He was employed as an intern in the Canal Zone Health Bureau in
June 1951. After completion of his internship he was employed as a
Medical Officer at Gorgas, resigning in October 1953 to return to the
He is survived by his wife and two sons, Robert and James.
Brig. Gen. William H. Rose, 76, died October 5 in a Bradenton Hos-
pital in Florida.
A native of Safe Harbor, Michigan, General Rose was graduated
from West Point with the class of 1903. His first tour of duty was in the
Philippines. Later he served as chief electrical engineer of the Panama
Canal Zone from 1912 until 1917.
At the outbreak of World War I he was called to Washington, and
served as director of purchases for the armed forces during all of World
War I, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.
During World War II he served as special assistant to the chief en-
gineers of the U.S. Army in charge of bomber assembly plants at Dallas,
Fort Worth, Tulsa and Kansas City. He recevied the Legion of Merit
award for this service.
General Rose is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marie Patton Rose, a dau-
ghter, Mrs. Fred P. Reynolds, St. Croix, Virgin Islands; two sons, W. H.
Rose Jr. and George M. Rose, both of Arlington, Va.; five brothers and
a sister, all of Lancaster, Pa.
Harry T. Hart, 80, well known resident of the Isthmus, died at Gor-
gas Hospital. Mr. Hart had been a resident of the Isthmus for almost 50
years and had a wide circle of friends in Panama and the Canal Zone.
Mr. Hart was employed with the Mechanical Division as General Foreman.
For a time, he was employed as Manager of the Kenilworth Greyhound
Track and later was General Manager of the Juan Franco Race Track.
There were no survivors on the Isthmus. He is survived by two nieces in
the States, Mrs. Helen Beaty and Miss Ada M. Ferguson, both of Indian-
Mrs Margaret Keenan, former Canal Zone resident well-known on
both sides of the Isthmus, died in Washington, D- C.
Mrs. Keenan is the wife of John R. Keenan, retired Canal employee,
who came to the Canal Zone in 1914 as a shipfitter with the mechanical
division. Since his retirement in 1949, Mr. and Mrs. Keenan have lived
in Pitman, N. J. She was visiting her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Paul Keenan,
at the time of death.
Mrs. Keenan is survived by two sons, Robert S. Keenan of Curundu
Heights, and J. Paul Keenan, of Surinam, Dutch Guiana; a daughter, Mrs.
Howard Keenan, of Western Spring, Ill. and three grandchildren.
News of the death on September 4 in Bonacca, Central America, of
Homer B. Cooper has been received by friends-
Mr. Cooper, a native of Oil City, Penna., was a former resident of
Margarita while employed with the Panama Canal Co. In 1957 he retired
due to a heart condition.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lillian Woods Cooper, a son, Charles,
and five sisters, Mrs. Laura Wallower, Mrs. William Holtz, Mrs. Paul
Knoll and Miss Mabel Cooper, all of Erie, Penna., Mrs. Bernard Senger
of San Francisco, and three brothers, Daniel and James of Erie and
David Cooper of Rochester, N. Y.
Mr. J. W. DuVall, 79, died in Gorgas Hospital October 29, 1958,
after a long illness. Mr. DuVall is survived by his wife, two sons, Robert
and John, and a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Benny. Also by four grand-
Martin Olie Roe, 86, died on October 19, 1958 at his home in Gary,
Indiana. Mr. Roe had been a resident of Gary for 36 years. He was a
railroad man and was employed on the Panama Canal from 1906 to 1922.
Mr. Roe is survived by two sons, Otis E. of Gary, Cyrus 0. of Seattle,
Washington, two daughters, Mrs. Tillie Lawrence of Seattle, and Mrs.
Emma Plummer of Green Cove Springs, Florida, a sister, Mrs. Mary Scott
of Des Moines, Iowa and also nine grandchildren and seventeen great
Samuel Friedman, well known Panama City business man, died in
Washington, D. C. on Sunday, October 26, 1958. Mr. Friedman was born
in Detroit, Michigan. He was in the haberdashery business, located
on Tivoli Ave. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Cyrile Friedman, a
sister-in-law, Mrs. Adela Major, and a nephew, Douglas Major.
Mrs. Zimmerman, who was 68 years old, died at Gorgas Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth C. Zimmerman, her son Dr.
Kenneth C. Zimmerman, Jr., veterinarian with the Health Bureau; three
grandchildren and four great-grandchldren.
Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerman came to the Canal Zone in December 1956
and since that time have lived with their son at Corozal.
Young Tommy Herring, aged 9, was so interested in watching the fish
that swam under the Thatcher ferryboat when he was leaning over the rail
that he didn't notice the black wooden pilings at the ferry landing loom-
ing towards him.
Still watching the fish, he was killed instantly when the ferry bumped
against the pilings and his head was caught between them and a steel
stanchion on the side of the boat.
He was the son of T. M. Herring, Maintenance Division plumber of
762 B, Barnaby St., Balboa, and was a fourth grade student at St. Mary's
In addition to his parents, the boy is survived by three brothers,
William M., Kevin P., and Brian F. Herring.
He was the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William McKee of Balboa, and
of Mrs. Mery J. Herring of Philadelphia and George P. Herring of
"Grieve not because a little while
Our loved ones tread a greener sod;
For soon, we too, shall see the smile
And with them touch the hand of God."
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Covering the period from July 26th through November 1st, 1958
As usual, many members have sent in memberships as Christmas
gifts for their friends for the coming year. This makes a lovely gift which
they receive throughout the year. Since you will get this Record early in
December you will still have time to send in for gifts for your friends -
I will see that the card is sent immediately and they will receive it before
Thanksgiving will have passed but Christmas and New Years will be
ahead of us when you receive this Record-then the Reunion which will
take place at the Soreno as usual on January 13 and 14, 1959- The rates
are the same as last year-single rooms will be $8.00 and double $12.00,
both plus 3% tax. The luncheon will be $2.75 as in the past too, but
this will include tax and gratuity. You know you pay the 3% tax here
in Florida wherever you eat.
Our regular Christmas party will be held at the Tourist Center on
the 8th of December, which is the regular December meeting, at which
time donations will be accepted from anyone for a gift to the American
Legion Crippled Children's Hospital. If you cannot be present and wish
to contribute, just send me a check and I will be delighted to pass it on
to the Hospital in the event it comes after the 8th. Thank you so much
for your help.
Our Blood Bank is coming along fine-357 persons have joined and
as of now we have $809.80. Please remember-you must be a member
of the Blood Bank to receive Blood. The Blood Bank was started in Jan-
uary and our President has worked very hard to get it on its footing. So
far we have had only one case but it is gratifying to know that we are
able to aid when the time presents itself.
The Record and Year Book will get to you in plenty of time for cor-
rect addresses for your Christmas Cards. There have been so many
changes that you better check with your old list-
It was necessary to drop 35 members who had failed to pay their dues.
Each had received five notices, by Record and by personal notices.
Happy Birthday to all those who celebrated their birthday between
September and December, and to those who will celebrate their birthdays
before the March Record, and to those whose Anniversaries may come in
At the September meeting the nominating committee was appointed
with instructions to submit their report at the October meeting, in order
that their names could appear in the 1959 Year Book, and December
Record. Their report follows:
President Capt. Macon A. Turner
Vice President ----- Kieth Kelly
Secretary-Treasurer ---- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary ---------.. --- Francis F. Hargy
News Editors .----.Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kieswetter
Chaplain Lee Burns
Sergeant-at-Arms ------- James E. Bradley
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL.
See you at the Soreno January 13th and 14th Since the Reunion
days are Tuesday and Wednesday-There Will Be No Meeting On Monday.
Please bear in mind that the $8.00 and $12.00 rates are SPECIAL
for members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, who make room
reservations, so if you make your own reservation, PLEASE inform the
desk clerk at the time so no discussion is necessary- It has been quite
embarrassing for others who pay $12.00 and $16.00 for the same type
rooms, and for the desk clerk who must explain.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Minutes of Scheduled Meeting
at Lowry Park, Tampa, 11 August, 1958.
The meeting was called to order at 1:50 p.m. by President M. A.
The following officers were present:
President ---_- Capt. Macon A. Turner
Recording Secretary Francis F. Hargy
Visitors were announced as follows:
Mrs. Lee Trower Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goodwin
Mr. J. T. Trower Mrs. Arthur H. Soper, with
Miss Rose E. Hayes Patricia and Donald
Mr. Chas. F. Williams Mrs. S. B- Stevens
Mrs. C- V. Nugent Mr. and Mrs. Gene Orken and family
Mr. and Mrs. Grover F. Bohan Mr. Walter Wieman
Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Plummer
Mr. Troy Hayes, as Chairman of the Blood Bank Committee, ap-
pointed at the meeting of 14 July, 1958, made his report. He had named
Mr. and Mrs. Francis W. Feeney as members of the Committee. The Com-
mittee recommended twelve rules proposed by Pres. Turner at the last
meeting, which are quoted herewith:
"1. Those eligible: Members of the Panama Canal Society of Flor-
ida in good standing who are residents of the State of Florida, members
of their immediate family residing with them and who have contributed
the sum of $2.00 each to the fund.
"2. Members who move from the State of Florida or drop out of
membership in the Society are no longer eligible for benefits of the fund.
"3. Eligible members who are physically able to donate blood will
be given a credit of $10.00 toward himself and family in lieu of mone-
tary donation. This credit will be good for as long as the St. Petersburg
Community Blood Bank allows credit for donors. (At present this is for
two years.) Credits will also apply toward assessments.
"4. Outsiders: Non-members donating blood for credit to the
Society at the St. Petersburg Community Blood Bank will be paid the sum
of $10.00 in cash by the Secretary.
"5. Persons donating money toward the Fund for the benefit of
worthy and indigent members relinquish any claim against the Society
for any part of such donation.
"6. The sum of $1,000.00 will be considered the maximum opera-
"7. Assessments will be mailed to each participating family at $1.00
per person when the operating Fund drops to $500. The Fund will not
be allowed to drop below $500.00 unless in an emergency. Assessments
must be paid immediately by all participating members in order to 'keep
the Fund operating.
"8. No person may receive any benefit from this Fund unless he or
she will have donated the necessary $2.00 fee per person at least three
months prior to the need for blood. This does not include those persons
moving into the State of Florida within the three month period.
"9. After January 1, 1959, all eligible residents of Florida who have
resided in the State three months previous to that date and have not
donated toward this Fund may only become active participants by the
payment of $10.00 each. Assessments thereafter will be $1.00, the same
as for other members.
"10. The Secretary will issue a numbered card to all paid up
"11. Expenses relative to this Fund, such as stamps, stationery, etc.,
will be paid out of this Fund.
"12. Disbursements: Satisfactory evidence that blood has been
administered to any paid up member in any recognized hospital in the
United States or the Canal Zone must be submitted to the Secretary. Upon
receipt of such proof the Secretary is authorized to and will pay imme-
diately for any and all such'blood transfusions. Payment may be direct
to the hospital or to the person presenting a receipted bill for such trans-
fusions. Transfusions include cost of administering the blood."
A discussion followed the report of the Committee, dwelling princi-
pally upon the fact that there was no limit set as to the number of trans-
fusions that might be chargeable to the Fund by any one member. It was
mentioned that the average per person is about four pints, but in case of
a serious accident as many as thirty or forty pints might be necessary.
On the other hand it was pointed out at this time the Bank had about 400
potential members and a member who needed blood should be able to
obtain the necessary amount without putting too much of a burden on
the other members..
Motion by Mr. Hayes, seconded by Mrs- Bartlett, that the report of
the Blood Bank Committee be accepted and the twelve rules cited above
be approved. Motion was carried and it was so ordered.
Various reports of progress and illnesses of members were reported.
One of the members then spoke in favor of one of the Democratic
candidates for the office of Senator. His recommendation was sharply
challenged by another member who spoke in favor of the opposing candi-
Mr. Hargy then said he was opposed to the meetings of the Society
being used as a sounding board for various matters not specifically affect-
ing the Society. He made a motion to the effect that hereafter no subject
may be brought up on the floor unless it is pertinent to the interests of
the Society and in accord with the purposes for which it was founded.
There was no opposition to the motion, and being duly seconded it was
There being no further business to transact, a motion to adjourn was
duly seconded and carried. Adjournment was effective at 2:25 p.m.
Francis F. Hargy, Recording Secretary
Minutes of Scheduled Meeting
at Lake Maggoire, St. Petersburg, 14 October, 1958
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m. by President M- A.
Turner. There were about 50 members present.
The following officers were present:
President ------_ Capt. Macon A. Turner
Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Visitors were announced as follows:
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Fraser, who are spending September in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Nona McMillan, of the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Isabel (Toodles) Warren Setzer, of Washington, D. C.
Mr. Mike King, of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hass, formerly of the Canal Zone and who now plan
on locating here.
Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Richardson, who also plan to locate in St. Petersburg,
Mrs. Richardson was the former Miss Loretta Glenn. The couple
were recently married.
Minutes of the August meeting approved as read.
The report of the Secretary-Treasurer was read and approved.
The usual correspondence from members in various parts of the
country was read and enjoyed.
A letter to Mr. Turner from Mr. Fred Sill was read, concerning the
prospect of getting a reduced rate of $150.00 a round trip to Panama via
the Panama Line, for Roosevelt Medal holders and their wives, as well
as other Canal old timers and their wives to attend the Memorial to Theo-
dore Roosevelt Centennial. It was 52 years ago the week of November 9th
to 15th that Pres. Roosevelt made his historic visit to the Isthmus. It was
the first time a President of the United States had left the country during
his term of office. Since it arrived too late for incorporation into the
Record, it was decided the only way to handle the situation was to ac-
knowledge the letter. Mr. Hudson made a motion to this effect, seconded
by Mr. Hennen, which was passed unanimously.
Mr. C. T. McCormick, Jr. Sgt. Elden G. Rouse, Fire Dept.
Mrs. Chas. Wiggins Mr. Jack Shope
Mr- Toni Lieshout,
Mr. F. L. Moreland, Sr- '
(husband of Pat 'Coffey)
Mr. Russell Demers Mr. Harry C. Ragsdale
Mr. Arthur McNally Mr. Lloyd MacDonald
Mr. Jesse J. Jorgensen Mrs. Florence Smith
Mrs. Jack Ridge Mr. George S. Potts
Mr. Frank Y. Thompson Mr. Manuel Lichtenbaum
Mrs. Ruth Jenkins Mrs. Herbert C. Clark
Many cards were received from Mr. Fred Sprecken while he was
on his trip and we enjoyed the trip with him. He has now returned and
Reports of Illness:
Mr. Nate Levy of Houston, Texas Mr. Horace Weltmer
Capt. William Will Mrs. Blanche Wright
Mr. W. T- Henry Mrs. J. Colston, hospitalized
Mr. Fred Sundstrom from a dog bite
Thank You notes were received from:
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lewis Mr. Charles W. Lee
Mrs. J. G. Lewis and family Mrs- W. L. Dunlap
Mrs. Richard Slattery Capt. and Mrs. W. Will
Mrs. Emily Grier
The Society thanks Mr. Otis Pritchett for his gift of $10.00.
Pres. Turner read an item from the MAIL BOX concerning "let's
drop the shorts", which was enjoyed by all present.
Legislation: Mr. Frank Hohman gave a report of the various bills
that were being considered. He stated that the fact he happened to be
wearing shorts was purely coincidental.
There being no further business to transact the meeting was ad-
journed at 3:00 p.m.
Lucille S. Judd, Acting Recording Secretary
Minutes of Scheduled Meeting
at Lake Maggoire, St. Petersburg, 14 October, 1958
The meeting was called to order at 2:00 p.m- by President Macon
The following officers were present:
President _--_---- Capt. Macon A. Turner
Vice President --------- Kieth Kelly
Secretary-Treasurer -. -- Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Visitors were announced as follows: (also new members)
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Cox Mrs- Margaret R. Peterson
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Ward Mrs. Clyde Hoffman
Mr. Michael J. King Mr. and Mrs. Roger M. Smith
Membership: Three new members during the month. There are paid
up memberships as follows:
No omissions or corrections being noted, the report was approved
Minutes of the September meeting were not read as they were not
received from the Corresponding Secretary.
Report of the Blood Bank thru October 12, 1958 357 members,
President Turner stated that in view of the fact that all information
for the December Record has to be in the hands of the printer October
31st it is suggested that members having announcements of any impor-
tance notify either Mrs. Judd or Mr. Kieswetter as soon as possible.
He further stated that it has been brought to his attention that some
of the members desire to eliminate business meetings at the picnics. This
is desirable for more than one reason. One-the difficulty of speakers
being heard clearly. Two-the fact that members are more interested in
getting together and talking, eating and visiting than listening, or attempt-
ing to listen to the regular business. Three-there is not enough business
to warrant holding meetings at all of these picnics. It is therefore sug-
gested that for the months of May, July and September the business meet-
ings be eliminated; that the Picnics be listed for 1959 as follows:
May 11 1959 ---_- Lowry Park ---- Noon
June 8, 1959- Hillsboro Park _Noon
July 13, 1959 ---- Lake Maggoire -Noon
August 10, 1959 Lowry Park ---. Noon
September 14, 1959 Lake Maggoire Noon
October 12, 1959 -- Lake Maggoire Noon
Indicated business meeting.
It will be noted that the September Lowry Park Picnic has been
changed to Lake Maggoire. The reason for this change is the fact that
Tampa members have not been attending as expected and to drive 25
miles to sit under a leaky roof just for business purposes is rather ex-
The President then asked for comments with the result that it was
decided not to have a business meeting at Hillsboro Park on June 8, 1959.
This motion was made by Mr. Troy Hayes, seconded by Mr. Harlan
Howard, and carried.
Members on the sick list were reported as below:
Mrs. Thomas M. Jordan Capt. William Will
Mrs. Mary Love Mr. C- E. VanFleet
Capt. Miles McLeod Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin
Mrs. Miles McLeod Mrs. Esther Currier
Mr. G. V. Graff Mrs. Thomas Young
Mrs. Wallace Dunham Mr. W. T. Henry
Mrs. Mary Pettit
Mr. Ben Womack Mrs. John F. Seebt
Brig. Gen. William H. Rose Mrs. Glen E. Edgerton
Mrs. Herbert Clark Mrs. Marie Butler Gallagher
Mr. Alfred A. Craythorne-Smith Mr. Frank Wood
Mr- Philip M. Goodman Mr. Noe E- Dillman
Mr. Firmer H. Sheibley Mr. Paul Wilson
Mr. Charles A. Mohl Dr. Michael J. Takos
Mrs. Mary Jett
The President called for the report of the nominating committee
with the following for the year 1959. Report accepted by the membership.
President -------------------- Capt. Macon Turner
Vice-President ------Mr. Keith Kelley
Secretary-Treasurer -..-- ...---Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Corresponding Secretary-- -- Mr. Francis F. Hargy
Editors --- Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kieswetter
Sergeant-at-Arms --- -- Mr. James E. Bradley
Chaplain ------- Mr- Lee Burns
Cards of thanks were received from: Capt. John M. Davis; Mrs. Toni
Lieshout; Mrs. F. Moreland; Mrs. Thomas Young.
There being no further business to transact, a motion to adjourn
was duly seconded and carried. Adjournment was effective at 2:40 p.m.
Lucille S. Judd, Acting Recording Secretary
Come to the Reunion, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13-14
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF COLORADO
I'm sending in a bit of news for the Record, and a few new addresses
of people in Colorado.
E. W. Moore, Tel. EA 2-2488, 7511 E- 17th Avenue,, Denver, Colo.
Orvil L. (& Pat) Gathers, 1141 Lincoln Lane; Boulder, Colorado.
Daniel Meehan, 1455 S. Grape, Denver, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Wolfe, 800 Washington St., Apt. 403, Denver, Colo.
Fred Atkinson, Jr., 7105 West Calahan Ave., Denver 15, Colorado.
Elmer B. (Swede) Oberg, 1034 S- Corona Street, Denver, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Phil (Carrie Frenzley) Waggoner,
1311 Worchester Street, Aurora, Colorado.
Frank F. Zundel, 1735 Leyden Street, Denver, Colorado.
Although I am not Secretary for the Colorado Society anymore,
after our election at our June Picnic at which Leonard Stark was elected
President, Bill Kendrick Vice-President, Alice Weir Secretary, and Sara
Lewis re-elected Publicity Chairman, I wanted to write in a bit of news
and to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
The annual picnic held at Washington Park was a big success, due
mostly to the efforts of Roy Graham in reserving the spot and of Bill
Gormely who was in charge of entertainment. I was certainly surprised
to see the Hageman girl, now a mother of two, whom I used to teach in
Sunday School at the Balboa Uunion Church. Also there, besides the old
faithfuls, were the Jack Evans who had just moved to Greeley from Arkan-
sas, the Clyde Ingersolls, and Danny Meehan. Irma Forbes, husband,
and daughter and family were there too.
We enjoyed a visit from Florence Kelly over the Memorial Day
weekend and I don't think we stopped gabbing or sight-seeing one minute
for four days. She looked wonderful and had just come from spending a
month in Hot Springs with Frances Horter.
In June we hopped in a car and made our way back East to see the
family and take a vacation. After three weeks of driving about 5,000
miles, we were a bit weary and glad to be back home, but it was worth
every minute of it. On our way we stopped in Hot Springs to see Mrs.
Horter but, unluckily for us, she was out at the time. We did get to talk
to her over the phone though.
When the Newell Shaws were here this summer, they were entertained
by the Colonel Weirs (Alice Ward) with whom they were staying, and
with all of us ex-Canal Zoneites there, can you imagine what we talked
about? The air was ringing with "Do you remember .", especially
after I had met Jimmy and Frances (Davenport) Coman from the "other
side" (Cristobalites). Although we never knew each other there, we
sure had a lot of mutual friends.
That rascal Virginia Keenan, now a Captain, USAF, was right here
in Denver and only stopped long enough to ring me on the phone. She
is stationed in Florida, which is nice for her mother, for she lives in
Just before Labor Day, we had the Wilbur Webbs (Laurel) of Salt
Lake City visiting us with their son Richard. Laurel is an old Claims
Bureau gal and Wilbur used to be with the S.I.P.. We had a wonderful
visit with them, and they brought us tons of fresh vegetables they had
grown themselves. How we gorged ourselves! Wilbur is a salesman for
ZCMI and Laurel spends her time canning and preserving besides other
outside work keeping care of their 21/2 acres.
This past weekend we were floored when Helen Rhodes, recently re-
tired, walked in our front door- She looked marvelous and is anxious to
get settled, which she'll probably do in southern California. (California
Society, please note) She was staying with the Moores, Virginia and Ed,
in East Denver. Virginia worked many years on the Zone, but most of
that time was on the Atlantic side. We visited with Helen and and Moores
at their home, and caught up on all the news of Helen's son, Major
Howard Rhodes, who now lives in Plattsburgh, New York with his wife
and three sons. It was coincidental that I knew Ed Moore from my work,
but never knew of his wife's connection with the Zone.
My husband, Roy, is starting in business for himself the 1st of
October. Anyone needing a good CPA's services, please note. This is the
big plunge, but I have all the confidence in the world that he will be a
big "splash" in the auditing field.
We were very sorry to hear of John (Nicky) Lewis' death from
cancer, which happened this Summer. Our sympathy goes out to his
Again, seasons greetings, everyone, and if your ever in Denver, be
sure to call on us.
Come to the Reunion, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13-14
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NEWS FROM LOS ANGELES
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Welch of Long Beach had two sisters of Mrs.
Welch visiting them from New York.
Mrs. Marian Dunlap fell and broke her hip.
Mr. Frank Sheehan, who is in a sanitorium, is making good progress
toward getting well.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wunsch left for Beloit, Wisconsiin, through the
lakes to Buffalo, on to New York and Washington, and will return via
St. Louis, Topeka, etc., and will visit one brother and .one sister he has
not seen for 19 years. I wish these good folks happy reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ruley left for a visit to Lewisville, Ky. to see
Mr. Ruley's mother who is 86 years old and not well. Then to Cicero,
Indiana, where they learned of the death of a nephew, who resided in
Augusta, Ga. This young man spent most of his life on the Zone. From
Indiana, they went to East Weymouth, Mass- to visit their son Robert and
family, Dr. Bates and Mr. Sears and son. Next, to Washington to visit
a sister and from there to Jacksonville to see two more sisters. On to El
Paso, Texas, to see Mr. Otto Orbaugh who's wife had passed away in
August. Mrs. Orbaugh was the sister of Mrs. Robert Ruley. We feel very
deeply for the Ruleys. Their trip was full of sadness. I am sorry my news
contains so much sadness but that is life and I am grateful to our members
for telling me, so that I can pass it onto others who would be interested.
The curtain falls on the following:
Mrs. Summerall, the mother of Mrs. Docia Hodges and Mrs. Grace
Naylor of Monrovia.
Mr- Benjamin Womack, Mrs. LeRoy Smith, and Mrs. David Moffat.
Mr. Womack's daughter, Ruth Brown, had been to visit her mother and
father and had just arrived home in the Canal Zone when she received
news of her father's passing away.
Capt and Mrs. L. C. Calloway spent the summer in Miami, Florida,
with their son and family and enjoyed their visit with the'grandchildren
very much. They met Dr. Dennis Reeder who was connected with Ancon
Hospital when they first went to the Canal Zone in 1907. Mr. A. O. Meyer,
who was Chief of Police when he retired, called on the Calloways and
visited for a couple of days. Mr. Meyer lives in Orlando, Fla. Mrs. Cal-
loway said the weather was hot-91 degrees and 93 degrees. We also had
very hot weather in California.
Mr- Otis Pritchett left on September 14 for New York and from
there will go to Europe on a Shrine Cruise.
Dr. and Mrs. C. C. Clay entertained several ex-Canal Zone folks at
a dinner in their home in Long Beach in honor of Mr. and Mrs. T. E.
Englebright. Those attending were, Capt. and Mrs. L. C. Calloway, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Ruley, Mr- and Mrs. Joseph Welsh, and Mrs. Carrie Clark.
Mr. and Mrs. Englebright are visiting their son Teddy and family
who reside in Bellflower. My son George and I had the pleasure of a
visit from the T. E. Englebrights before they left for their home in Tucson,
Arizona. It is always a pleasure to see folks from the Canal Zone and: talk
of the many pleasant happenings while living there.
Mr. William Jones of Monrovia, Calif. is quite ill in a hospital in
Arcadia. His son, Commander William Jones, spent the first ten days
in October with his father and mother. We wish Mr. Jones a speedy re-
Mr. and Mrs. E- D. Stilwell made a 7000 mile trip in six weeks visit-
ing the North and East as far as Wisconsin.
Mr. F. J. Sundstrom and E. D Stilwell will take in the Roosevelt
Centennial on the Canal Zone in November.
Mr. and Mrs. George Cassell of Redondo Beach, Calif. enjoyed a
weeks Greyhound bus tour of Southern Utah National Parks, the Grand
Canyon, Bryce and Zion, and Cedar Breaks. Also a stop at the beautiful
Kaibab National Forest and an over night stop at Las Vegas. With a tour
director to handle accommodations and other details, the Cassells enjoyed
every minute of the trip. For snapshot of your former district quarter-
master, see cut.
Mrs- Hattie Smith of Tampa, Florida, was the house guest of Mrs.
Kate Walters of South Gate, California. Mrs. Smith is enjoying a visit
with old California friends.
Mrs. Kate Walters flew to New York for a visit with her brother.
Mrs. Walters will join others who are going to the Canal Zone for the
Mr. Frank Sheehan, who has been in Maryknoll Sanitorium for some
time, is making satisfactory progress and expects to leave the hospital
in December. Good Luck, Mr. Sheehan.
Mr. W. A. Bill Jones new address is, Temple Aire Sanitarium, 11,135
West Hondo Parkway, Temple City, California.
Sincerely, Estelle McLain
Come to the Reunion, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13-14
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Autumn is here in all its breath taking beauty. The stately pines,
mixed with the flaming oaks, maples, and many others, is a sight to behold-
We have had many Zone visitors this summer, friends whom you all
will like to hear about, also friends whom our travelers visited.
In August, Marion and Duke Lewis of Hendersonville, received a
telegram from Commander Anderson, which made them surprised, happy
and proud parents. The wire congratulated them on having a son on board
the Nautilus during a cruise across the world. Alan Lewis is a crew mem-
ber of the U.S.S. Nautilus, which crossed the Artic Sea under the Polar
ice cap. Congratulations poured in to the proud parents from friends
and strangers, alike. Later, Alan got to spend five days with Marion and
Duke, that is, when he was not being interviewed or appearing as a special
guest at some event. All members of our Society are very proud that
Alan was a part of this history making event.
Mr. W. W. Tweed of Asheville was operated on October 16 and at
this time is a patient in St. Joseph's Hospital, in Asheville.
Mrs. A. B. Cole was recently in the hospital for a minor operation
and is now doing fine.
Mrs. Mary Harrisn, wife of the late Bob Harrison, of Balboa, visited
the Toni Colemans for a few days in late August. Early in September,
Barbara and Toni started on a trip, final destination Los Angeles. Enroute,
they visited relatives in Stuart and Guthrie City, Iowa, Belt, Great Falls,
and Curvallis, Montana, then on to Los Angeles to visit Toni's sister.
Their last visit was in Aztec, New Mexico. They were then happy to
head for home and had many pleasant memories of their trip.
Jessie Pugh, formerly of Balboa and now of Greensboro, N. C. re-
cently spent a night with Mildred and Wendell Greene.
Mildred and Bruce Harrell and Mildred's mother have recently re-
turned from a very wonderful visit with daughter Louise and husband
(Wm. Wright) and children, at Ft. Huachica, Arizona. Little 8 year old
Frankie recently was operated on in Shrine Hospital in Los Angeles and
is doing nicely. They had short visits with Emma and Ted Englebright in
Tuscon, Arizona, and Dr. and Mrs- John Odom and Dr. L. L. Byrd of
Margaret and Ross Hollowell left Sept. 29th to drive Margaret's
sister Belle Hughes. who has been visiting them for several weeks, to New
York to board the S. S. Britainia, to return to her home in Scotland. They
spent two days in Washington, D. C. so Belle could see some of our
Capital. Ross and Margaret spent the week end with Ross's brother and
wife, Marion and Doris, before returning home.
The C. D. Howells are settled in their new home 114 Beverly Rd.,
Beverly Hills, Asheville. They had a few days visit with David and
Mildred Smith and daughter in Georgia, in Sept. David and Mildred have
recently retired and now live at 7804 Alpine St- Washington, D. C.
Rose and Johnny Johnston left in July, for a visit to the West Coast
and all points of interest enroute. Their first stop was at the Dolles, in
Oregon for a short visit with Mr. and Mrs. Karl Schmidt and daughter,
former residents of Balboa. Then on to Tigard, Oregon to see son Lester,
wife Dottie and two small granddaughters, Sandra and Linda. They spent
two weeks with them and while there visited Dottie's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Engler, formerly of Cristobal, and Dottie's sister, husband and
two children, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Harvey, formerly of Balboa. They all
now reside in Tigard. Rose and Johnny then headed south and visited Mr.
and Mrs. Jerome Prager, son Lewis and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Beard,
all of Berkely, California, formerly of Balboa. Then on to Monrovia,
Calif- where they were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Langdon. They
were happy to see Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Sullivan (Tom and Stella) also of
Trudy and Tom Kelley would like daughter Margie's many friends to
know she and her husband (M. Seagers) have moved to Falls Church,
Virginia. Margie's husband is studying law at American Law School Uni-
versity in Washington, D. C. and Margie is back with G. E. in Washington.
Tom Jr. is coming home from Berlin to spend Christmas. He will get out
of the Army in January and return to his position with I B M in Wash-
An August visitor with Marion and Duke Lewis, was John F. Lewis
formerly of Balboa Heights and now of Pittsburg, Pa- Mr. Lewis's son is
now attending Amhurst College and his daughter is married. Other guests
at the Lewis home were Helen Garlington (neice of Chris Garlington) who
is now on the staff of the Fred Waring Orchestra, Shirley Price of
Berkeley, Calif., Verne and Bess Calloway of Orlando, Fla., and Mr. and
Mrs. E. M. Kieswetter of Gulfport, Florida.
Emma and Frank Reppa enjoyed a visit from their son Bob, his wife
Jean, and Kathy and Bobby. Lt. Col. R. Reppa is at the Pentagon in
Washington, D. C. Other visitors at the Reppa home were Frank's sister
and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Guincer of St- Petersburg and Beth and Bill
Grady from Margarita, C. Z. The Reppas and Tommy Sawyer spent
several days in Morehead City, North Carolina. The Sawyers also had
a visit with the Gradys and were happy to meet Bill's mother while en-
route to Morehead City. The Sawyers leave for New York on Nov. 4th,
to attend the Centennial Celebration on the Zone.
Also leaving for the Zone to attend this very special event are;
Mildred and Wendell Greene and Robert and Elsie Patterson. Bon voyage
from us all and have a wonderful time.
Sunday evening, Oct. 26th, Margaret and Ross Hollowell entertained
with one of their wonderful parties for these six travelers whom we will
miss while they are gone. Those who enjoyed this party beside the
honor guests were. Mr. and Mrs. Kellev. Mrs. Luckey, Mr. and Mrs. A. R.
Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Muldoon, Mr. and Mrs. Duke Lewis, Mr. and
Mrs. Bruce Harrell, Capt. and Mrs. Frank Reppa, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Wanlass, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Johnston, Mr.
and Mrs. Fred O'Rourke, Dr. and Mrs. Sam Irvin and Mr. and Mrs. S. R.
Mr. and Mrs. George Ward of Weaverville, N. C. have returned to
their home after an extended tour of Europe, including England, Belgium,
Germany, Austria, Italy, Monaco, Switzerland and France. The Wards
made the trip on the S.S. Statendam. They arrived home feeling thankful
that they live in America, land of sunshine, cleanliness, cheap prices,
varied and plentiful food and so many items we take for granted until
we make a comparison with European standards of living.
IN, AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
The Fred Atkinsons are now 'at home' at 503 Vermelle St., having
moved there in July, since returning here from their visit with their son,
wife and family, Fred Jr., in Denver-
Mr. William Burns spent part of the summer in N. Y. state, and then
was called to Calif. because of the sudden passing of his sister. Only a
short time afterwards, his sister's husband also passed on. We extend our
heartfelt sympathy to Bill in his loss.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Lamb (Florence) recently returned from a most
pleasant sojourn in New Orleans. They visited with Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Patin and sons, who have the luxurious Buena Vista Motel there. They
were also former residents of Gamboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Reinig (Ann), enjoyed visitors from N. Y. this
summer, and are now contemplating spending the Christmas-tide with
their daughter and husband and family, Mr. and Mrs. E. Fucik (Peggy)
and children of Highland Park, Ill. Word from William Reinig, their son,
of New Rochelle, N. Y. reports that he has nicely convelesced from a
Mrs. Frances Horter returned from Minneapolis where she spent
several pleasant weeks with her daughters, husbands and families; Mr.
and Mrs. Paul Spooner (Ruth), and children, and Mr. and Mrs. James
L. Lundy (Joan), and baby daughter.
Mrs. Tom Shirley (Essie), has returned from a three week's stay in
St. Joseph's Hospital, where she underwent a serious major operation. We
wish her a speedy recovery-and good health again.
Mrs. Anna Piper. also was a hospital patient in St. Joseph's in early
October. We are glad to report that she is at home and feeling fine again.
The Bartholomews, (William and Ann) have had as guests, their
daughter( husband and children the Ernest Kruegers from Balboa, C.Z.
A very pleasant event in their family, while the Kruegers were here,
was the marriage of Mr. Allen Boyd Bartholomew, son of the Wm. Barth-
olomew's, to Miss Alice Patricia Greenan of Hot Springs, on Saturday,
September 20th at 7 A. M. at St. Mary's Church in Hot Springs. Our best
wishes for a long and happy wedded life, are extended to the happy couple,
whonow reside here.
Mrs. Mary Pettit, formerly of Cristobal and now for a numberof
years a resident of New Orleans, where her husband passed on soon after
coming to the U.S.,-and her daughter, Miss Mary Drake, and Mrs. Pettit's
two sisters, journeyed to Hot Springs in July. While here they were
guests of Mrs. Tom Shirley. A great number of Canal Zoners will remem-
ber Mrs. Pettit, who has the unique distinction, as being the only woman
to ever go overboard to inspect a whale at the old Cristobal Coal dock!!!
The Shaws, Blanche and Newell,'from Fayetteville, accompanied by
their guests, Mrs. Shaw's brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred F. Daniels
of the Canal Zone, were visitors in our midst, and attended the NARCE
as delegates to the state convention held here October 17 and 18.
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bohan, (Wilhelmina), were here on the same
mission at this time- With them were Mr. Bohan's brother and wife, Mr.
and Mrs. Harold J. Bohan of Manchester, N. H. From here the Bohans
went to Mountain Home to visit Dr. and Mrs. Ben Saltzman and children
before returning to Jonesboro, their home. The Shaws were stopping at
Ozone, enroute home to say "hello" to the Walter Zimmermans who live
Thanks for the invitation to attend your N.W. Ark. C.Z. dinner in
Rogers on Oct. 12. Sorry we could not attend, but we heard that you had
a wonderful dinner and 'get-to-gether'.
An announcement was sent to us, of the birth of a son, William Carl
Buren Underwood II, born to Mr. and Mrs. William Underwood, now of
Dalton, Ga., on Sept. 21. It's father, and the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
W. Van Underwood of Los Rios, C,Z., were former residents of Pedro
We welcome again Mrs. Archie Gibson (Gertrude), of St. Peters-
burg, on her annual visit to Hot Springs.
Mrs- Matt. Robinson (Alice), formerly of Cristobal has written
friends, that she is again at the Beekman Tower Hotel in N. Y. City. She
and her aunt, had a summer trip abroad, and attended the Brussel's Fair.
She and the late Mr. Robinson were frequent visitors in Hot Springs.
Friends here have received word that Mrs. John Jett Sr. passed away
recently n Wash., D. C. A son, John Jr. and family survive her,-and Mr.
Jett Sr. passed on a number of years ago. All were old timers in Pedro
While on her summer trip to the West Coast, Mrs. Adam J. Dorn,
(Frances), was able to visit and chat with a number of Ex-Canaler's:
Mrs. Ernest Reimer (Cornelia), of Sierra Madre is now ardently
engaged in her art work; one of her recent beautiful paintings won un-
usual recognition in a national art show in Las Vegas; Mrs. W. H. Need-
ham, (Edith), of Monrovia is still the sweet charming lady as of yore.
The Fred Bradleys are still happy residents of Glendale all these are
In their charming Portland, Ore. home, Mrs. Dove L. Prather and
sister, Mrs. Ora Fisher seem very happy, and, as usual, Dove reminesced
and inquired about her special friends and her former C. Z. pupils!
Mrs. Sam Elliott, (Martha), and son George, also of Portland, were very
genial hosts, and also were entertaining two of Mrs. Elliot's sisters, who
were their house guests.
In Seattle, she found the Eugene Hartshornes, former Pedro Miguel-
ites still busy making their lovely home, more lovely,-and their beautiful
yard and garden, more beautiful. Mrs. Jos. Muldoon (Dorothy), Mrs.
Hartshornes sister, of Hendersonville, N. C. spent several weeks with them
in the spring. Later the two sisters flew East to York, Pennsylvania to
attend a family reunion. In Sept. Mrs. Hartshorne (Leonore) and a friend
flew to Hawaii to enjoy the sights of our Pacific tropical Isles-
Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Hutchings, (Mabel), of San Leandro, Calif.
are both enjoying their home and better health than last year. It was
reported that Mrs. Harvey McConaghey of Oakland was quite ill with
the Flu. We hope she has recovered completely. Mr. Isaac Andrews is
still enjoying San Francisco, and is very interested in NARCE. in the
Northern Calif. C. Z. Society and his church work. Mr. and Mrs. Leon
Etienne are now in South Los Angeles. He is recovering nicely from an
eye operation- They are formerly of Gatun, he was with the Locks, and
she, with the 'Commy' Division.
Mrs. Teresa Donovan Ball of Westwood Los Angeles is busily en-
joying her lovely granddaughters and grandson, the children of her son,
John and wife.
Frances S. Dorn
NEWS FROM THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
My! My! how we are enjoying these cool days with just a hint of
cooler days to come. The hills are ablaze with color as Autumn puts on
her annual Flaming Fall Revue.
The "big" event was the annual luncheon and election held October
12 in Hotel Arkansas, Rogers with 35 past and present Canal Zonites in
their best bib and tucker. President Tom Mock presiding. The new offi-
cers are, President Earnest Williams of Bentonville and the present encum-
bent as Secretary, for 1959. The Rogers Daily News, through Edith
Engelke, requested a story as to why we had chosen to retire in the Ozarks.
The mild four-season climate was mentioned by all present. Some of the
"First Timers" were Mrs. Saltzman and daughter from Mt. Home. Mrs.
Saltzman is the daughter of Grover Bohan who was also present with his
wife Billie, the Homer Crooks and son Bob and Paul Engelke and bride.
The next "big event" was a wedding uniting Miss Janette Findtand
Paul Engelke in a simple and beautiful service, Sunday, September 13th
in St- Andrews Church, Rogers. Janette is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Oscar Findt of Green Forest, Ark. and Paul is the son of George and Edith
Engelke of Bentonville. A reception was held in the home of the bride-
groom's parents. Edith made the wedding cake, a creative specialty of
hers. The young couple are located in Fayetteville where Paul is studying
for his Masters degree in Business Administration.
Visitors continue to come and go and some come back to stay. Today,
October 26th, the Walter Weimans of Balboa arrived to retire in our midst.
Mrs. Weiman (Bates) will be remembered as owner of the Diablo Beauty
Parlor for many years and recently of one in Balboa. Mr. Weiman was
connected with the Housing Division. Mrs. Weiman is the sister of our
Mrs. Nannie I. Brown. Next week, another sister, Mrs. Cecil Lowe will re-
turn to the Canal Zone. The Homer Crooks had their son Robert home for
a visit- Robert is stationed on the Aircraft Carrier "Leyte". Albert F. and
Ruth Daniel of Curundu were recent guests at Tranquil Acres and Mrs.
Peggy Ellis of Houston was the guest of her sister Mrs. W. F. Thomas of
Fayetteville whose daughter Elizabeth was a former employee. Just a year
ago to the day, we again had the pleasure of having the able Editors of the
Canal Record, Ernest and Edith Kieswetter at Tranquil Acres. The Lynn
Cooks of Villa Taboga in Rogers report that Lucille Cook Nanney and
family are getting settled at their new assignment in Turkey after a very
pleasant ocean voyage, stopping at a number of countries enroute. They
find Turkey an interesting country. Living close by is another former C. Z.
resident, Virginia Thornton Jackson whose husband is the son of Mrs.
Hollister Jackson of Rogers, close neighbors of the Cooks. These C. Z.
youngsters sure get around.
At a recent meeting in Hot Springs of the Arkansas State Federation
of N.A.R.C.E. where husband Newell attended as President and delegate
of the Fayetteville Chapter, we met Mrs. Frances Dorn, also a delegate.
Frances brought us up-to-date on the news of C.Z. folk residing in Hot
Springs. I'll not steal her thunder by writing the news here, but we are in-
debted to her for an interesting tour of the town. Grover Bohan was a dele-
gate from Jonesboro. Returning from the Convention, accompanied by the
A. F. Daniels. we left the Hwy at Clarksville and climbed deep into the hills
of Ozone, rightly named, remembering the words, once noted at the en-
trance to the park of Bok Tower in Lake Wales, Fla., "I come here to find
Myself, it is so easy to be lost in the world-" Nestled in the hills of flam-
ing hue we found "Cur Retreat"-home of Walter and Irene Zimmerman
formerly of Gatun. A charming home of quiet and sincere hospitality
with the many treasures that so easily identifies the homes of former C.Z.
Some of us go a'visiting. Our friend and neighbor Ed Booth really
outdid himself by staying home three months before taking off again-
this time to spend the Holidays with his son, Edwin Booth Jr., in Garden
City, Long Island. Mildred Makibben Higgins of Round Mt., Fayetteville,
with son Michael, journeyed to Chattanooga, there to await the arrival of
her brother Tom, a Canal Pilot, at the home of their mother, Mrs. Cora
Makibben. Then on to Louisville, Ky., where they all had a family re-
union with brother George and Shirley Sullivan Makibben and two daugh-
ters. Look for the poem "On Saying Good-bye to an Old Pair of Shoes",
written by Mildred in this issue of the Canal Record. In August, the Jr.
Shaws, Ray, Barbara and Mark tended sheep at Tranquil Acres while the
Sr. Shaws left the hill country, traveling fast to keep a luncheon date with
the trim and tripping Violet Wunsch of the Witchita Eagle. Violet was to
leave the next day to "Relax in Cool Red River" New Mexico for two
weeks- The folders later received almost entice us to do the same when
we really retire. We continued on through the eye-stretching scenery of
Kansas to the Rugged Rockies of Colorful Colorado for a happy visit with
Col. Jim and Alice Ray Wier and two grandchildren, Tom and Linda,
stationed at Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Denver.
As a penalty for invading her "reportorial beat", Alice Ray, Secty
of the Colorado Society demanded I write the news of the hastily gathered
meeting of that Society with 15 members present. (That is small penalty
for having made possible the happy meeting in her lovely home.)
It was good to see Jack and Lil Evans, Al and Norma Evans Harring-
ton of Greeley. Jack, ten years retired, is now working for the Harring-
ton Land Co., of which Al is president and manager of 22 farms. The
picture of sprightly Jack-which Norma slipped to me on the Q.T.-de-
picts so well the poem "Elder Attitude", which we hope will be published.
It's "Hats Off" to a co-worker of long ago when, in 1919, we worked in
the Balboa Shops office-Mrs Teresa Miles Comber now a Student in the
Colorado University, Boulder. Teresa's daughter Barbara Combs Balck-
more lives in nearby Greeley. Capt. James B. and Frances Coman, sta-
tioned at Lowry Air Force Base, now are settled in their new home just
beyond Fitzsimons. They are very special kin-folk-son and daughter-in-
law-of our own Jimmie Comans of Bentonville- President Leonard and
Matilde Stark were present and full of plans for extensive traveling this
year. We met Wilbur G. Webb, formerly employed in The Bldg., now
with Z.C.M.I. in Salt Lake City as wholesale Salesman. His wife, Laurel
worked in the Claims Bureau. To see Sara Lewis is an inspiration for
graceful living, while recently retired daughter Adelaide is having a grand
time seeing and doing the things for which she has been too busy here-
tofore. Effervescent Dot and husband Roy Kennedy were there and we
missed the other friends and associates we knew when we were all T.T.T.'s
together. As the 1st generation Canal Zonites reminisced the 2nd genera-
tion roared with laughter as they pored over the "Zonian" and "Carib-
bean" Year Books, one of which Alice Ray found at a church bazaar for
a dime. -s/Alice Ray Wier-co-reporter
To the Staff of the CANAL RECORD, our sincere thanks for Mem-
ories as we read each issue- At this season of the year we are reminded
of the valuable things of Life, so well expressed by Henry Van Dyke.
"Four things a man must do
If he would keep his RECORD true.
To think without confusion clearly
To Love his fellowman sincerely
To Act from honest motive purely
To Trust in Heaven and God securely."
The members of the Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas
wish for all readers of the CANAL RECORD-A Good Record for 1959.
Blanche E. Shaw
NEWS FROM ORLANDO, FLORIDA
Hazel and I have just returned from a vacation on Lido Beach, Sara-
soto, Florida and really had a good time. On our way home we stopped
in Clermont to say hello to The Abrams but found that they were taking
a Florida vacation. The following day on their way home they came by
to say hello to us and to say that they had been down the East coast and
up the West coast to Pensacola before heading for home. During their
tour they stopped to say hello to Mr. and Mrs. S. R. White, Shalimar,
Florida. The Whites extend an invitation to all C.Z people to come see
them. They report that on visiting James (Brigham) Young in DeBary,
Florida he was not too well and Mr. Young is now a patient at Orange
Memorial Hospital, Orlando. We hope for a quick recovery.
Misses Dorothy and Lillian Gray have purchased a home at No. 7
Banard Court, Maitland, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Kraus have purchased a home in Orienta Gar-
dens, Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. William Rohrbach recently spent two weeks in Canal
Zone and Panama. While there on business and pleasure they were the
house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams, Balboa, C- Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pollak have sold their home in Orlando and
purchased a new home in Fern Park, Spartan Drive, P. O. Box 923, Mait-
Mr. and Mrs. Louis A. Stilson have sold their home in Winter Park
and have purchased a new home at Oak Lane, Maitland, Florida.
In honor of Captain John H. Miller's birthday, his wife Helyne en-
tertained the following guests with a buffet supper, featuring Peruvian
dishes which were really Hot Stuff. Mrs. Neda Armstrong (John's cousin),
Mrs. Giorgia Blessing, Mr. and Mrs. Claren Brady, Mr. and Mrs. Leon
Cardwell, Mr. and Mrs- Francis Kraus, Dr. Fred Miller (John's brother),
Mr. and Mrs. William Rohrbach, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sibus, Mrs.
Delmore Whitver, Mr. George Wicken, Balboa, C. Z., Mr. and Mrs. W.
A. Stevenson and Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wilhite-
While the Wilhites were in Sarasota we drove over to Bradenton to
say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Warner and Mr. A. J. Scott. We found
them at home and had a swell visit. Surely was glad to see them and to
find them enjoying good health. I had the pleasure of talking over the
phone to our good friend Mr. Elwyn Greene who is enjoying good health
at the age of 90.
Col. and Mrs- Wm. B. Taylor and their four children spent two weeks
in Aug. visiting Mrs. Taylor's parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Koperski of
Orlando. Col. Taylor completed a three year tour of duty in Alaska, and
is now stationed with S.A.C. in Omaha, Nebr.
Richard Koperski of Balboa, will visit his parents during the month
Merry Christmas to all from Hazel and Bob Wilhite
NEWS FROM MIAMI, FLORIDA
The Panama Canal Society of Southeast Florida held their third
picnic of the year at the Rock Shelter in Matheson Hammock, August 24,
1958. In the absence of Mr. Dan Jones, the president, Mr- Curtiss Bliss,
vice-president, presided. After a delicious buffet dinner the business meet-
ing was conducted, at which time the Teddy Roosevelt Memorial to be
held on the Canal Zone, was announced and discussed. Mr. Thompson
gave an interesting story of Construction Days. Our vice-president also
gave a nice talk, partly in "Bajan", which was very amusing.
Mr. and Mrs. Terry were welcomed back after a year at Lake Wales.
Mrs. J. D. Baldwin also was welcomed.
Mrs. Joy Anderson was thanked for taking care of the notices and
telephoning to other members of the Society.
Mrs- A. Fernandez will give a review of an article by Mr. Sealey of
early days of the Health Department at our next meeting on October 19th.
Signed, Clara Smith, Secretary, Pro Tern.
On October 19th, despite very threatening weather, about 30 people
attended the buffet picnic luncheon at the Rock Shelter in Matheson
Mr. Dan Jones, president of the Panama Canal Society of S. E.
Florida, called the meeting to order. He introduced Mr. and Mrs. C. W.
Dilfill of Delray Beach who were on the Canal from 1906 to 1914.
Also introduced were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furr of Gatun, C. Z. who are
visiting Clara and Bill Smith- The Furrs have covered many miles through
many states since they left the Zone in July.
After the guests were introduced each former employee was asked
to give his name, dates of service, Division, and place of employment
while with the Panama Canal. Oldest in time of service were Mr. Dilfiill
-1906, Mrs. Fortney-1909, and A. G. Dunham-1910. Dr. Heck, a
Miami physician, spoke of his Health Department service in 1917 as the
Health Officer of Panama City.
Since this was our last meeting for 1958, a motion was made and
carried authorizing Mr. Dunham to make reservations for the Rock Shel-
ter at Matheson Hammock for four picnics next year. A committee to
study the matter of other satisfactory places of meeting was held over to
It was announced that the Editor of the Canal Record can use good,
clear pictures of our residences if they have a glossy finish.
After the meeting was adjourned we were amused and entertained
by a series of "Bajan" stories cleverly told by Curt Bliss, our vice- pres.
Mrs. R. D. Colston and her son, Dick, of Gadsen, Alabama, were
recent visitors in Miami. Dick went on to Cuba and Mrs. Colston remained
for a week as the guest of the W. C. Bowens in Coral Gables. Mrs. Marie
Coulthard entertained a group of friends at luncheon for Mrs. Colston.
Mrs. Eleanor Parker entertained at dinner for Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Gorman of Riviera Beach. Mr. and Mrs. Tony Fernandez were guests also-
Mr. and Mrs. George Mullins and son, Leo, of Balboa, C. Z. were guests
of Mrs. Parker recently.
Mrs. R. A. Koperski (Mabel) of Danville, California, visited relatives
in Michigan enroute to Miami to spend six months with her son, Robert,
and other friends and relatives in Florida.
I. W. (Bill) Metzger who is a research engineer for the Minneapolis
Honeywell Company has been assigned to the St. Petersburg Plant for
six weeks- His parents and sister (Marjean Koperski) are hoping he can
spend some week-ends in Miami and certainly Thanksgiving and Christ-
mas. It has been many a year since Bill spent the holidays "at home". He
also plans to make a flying trip to his boyhood home in Canal Zone and
visit his brother-in-law and sister, Tom and Marilyn (Metzger) Marsh
of Coco Solo.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cassell spent a week in Miami enroute to their
home in Costa Rica.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lutro of Miami visited the George Zimmer-
mans in Port Charlotte, Florida. The Lutro's have a lovely new home in
South Miami Heights and their son, Tommy and family have bought a
new home close by.
Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Smith of Los Rios, C. Z. are arriving in the
States on Nov. 1st for a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs- W. C. Smith
of Miami. They will drive to Baton Rouge, La. and later to Chattanooga,
Tenn. to spend the Christmas holidays with Nell Ree's parents.
Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno have returned to their home in Colon,
R. de P., after spending the summer in the States.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanford Skinner have just returned from a trip to
Chicago. They flew up and drove back. Of course they stopped enroute
to visit Stanford, Jr- and his lovely family in Birmingham, Ala.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence True took an extensive automobile trip this
summer going first to Canada and then to California. Their son, Bruce,
is on the police force in Hayward and Stanley is an engineer with the
Pacific Gas and Electric Company in San Francisco. They also visited the
James Sullivans in Palo Alto and the O. M. Symonds in Albuquerque,
Mr. and Mrs. Webb Hearne and Jimmie and Johnnie of Curundu,
C. Z. arrived in the U.S.A. on Sept. 1st for an extended vacation. They
are presently visiting her parents, Mr- and Mrs. C. H. True of Miami.
Later, they will visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Hearne of Birming-
ham, Ala. and friends and relatives in Canada.
Miss Lucille Hearne was a recent guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs.
W. C. Bowen of Coral Gables. Miss Hearne, formerly chief nurse at
Gorgas Hospital, is now a missionary in Quito, Ecuador. She is on a
"furlough" and will spend the Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. John Hearne. The Hearnes were long-time residents of Balboa
and now reside in Meridian, Mississippi. After the holidays Miss Hearne
will attend a Mission Training School in Birmingham, Ala. before return-
ing to her station in Ecuador.
Mrs- Mary Birnbaumer of Curundu, C. Z. is also a guest in the Bowen
home. She will go from here to Cincinnati and then to California to spend
Christmas with her daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Strowbridge. While her, Mrs.
Birnbaumer called on Mr. and Mrs. Harry Alien in South Miami. Mrs.
Allen is the former Jeannie Rocker. The Aliens moved here from New
York during the summer and plan to make South Miami their home. Many
of us hope that will bring Mr. and Mrs. Norman Rocker on frequent visits
to South Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Aram Hatch have closed their summer home in Pitts-
ford, Vermint and are visiting their son, Harry, in New York. They will
return to their home in Miami on Nevember 8th-
Ruth and Ike Metzger returned to Miami on Sept. 21st after eight
delightful weeks of visiting with their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and
Mrs. A. T. Marsh, and two little daughters of Coco Solo, C. Z. They found
the weather much cooler there than summer in Miami. The residents of
Coco Solo seem pleased with their lovely new town-site and glad to be
away from New Cristobal. Cristobal High School is the only Canal Com-
pany facility now remaining in New Cristobal which has indeed become
a ghost town of dangling screens, boarded up windows, and neglected
Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all
from the Panama Canal Society of Southeast Florida.
Ruth T. Metzger, Secretary
Come to the Reunion, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13-14
For hotel reservations, see application blank elsewhere in this issue.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
President's Report on September 14th 1958 picnic of the Panama
Canal Society of Los Angeles held at Brookside Park, Pasadena.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Hammer:
We had a very good attendance at the Panama picnic today, it was
nice and cool and the surroundings were lovely. Vice President, Mrs-
Peter Shrapnel, who was in charge, had things well organized and did, I
think, an outstanding job.
So many people asked about you and there was a great deal of appre
-ciation expressed as to how Mr. and Mrs. Hammer took over the Club
responsibilities some years ago and carried it through some very difficult
years with so much success.
There was a motion made that Mr. Hubert H. Hammer be voted the
office of President emeritus for this organization from this time forward.
The motion was carried unanimously.
It is indeed personally gratifying that this signal honor was con-
ferred upon you during my tenure of office.
Most sincerely your,
E. Henry Wunsch, President
Come to the Reunion, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13-14
THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON NEWS
Mr. Abe Brill has just returned from New York where he has been
visiting relatives and friends for the past several months. Guess the old
man winter has invited him to return to his beautiful Southland Paradise.
Mr- and Mrs. Charles Sorrell of Balboa, Canal Zone, are arriving
shortly in Houston, while on vacation in the states. Their son Charles Jr.,
is in his second year at the University of Houston. The Canal Club hopes
to have a get to-gether while some of these visitors are in our City.
The Grand Chapter of Texas O E S will hold their annual meeting in
Houston October 27 thru 30th. They have a World Wide Program this
year and are honoring the Chapters abroad. The Canal Zone Chapters
have many members residing in Houston who will be on hand to be thus
honored. There are others living in towns near by that will attend, among
those that are expected are the R. T. Toones of Kerrville, Texas. Peggy
Ellis and Irene Wright will represent the Orchid Chapter of Balboa, Mrs.
C. L. Leeser will represent the Chapter of Gatun. Mrs. Nathan Levy will
represent the Royal Palm Chapter of Cristobal, Canal Zone.
I have just been advised that the Charles Sorrells have arrived and
will attend the Grand Chapter of Texas annual meeting here October 27
Mr. Nathan Levy has made a wonderful recovery and is looking good
from a recent illness that kept him in the hospital for a couple of weeks.
Tillie's goodness and kindness surely brings one out of the dumps. Mr.
and Mrs. Levy attended the 50th anniversary of the Otto Sundquists and
had a wonderful time and enjoyed visiting friends.
Mrs. Joe Potockny is visiting her family in Panama and expects to
spend the Christmas holidays if she doesn't change her mind.
Murriell Souder who is with the Texas Company was sent to New
York for six weeks and was asked to stay. He accepted and is now living
in the City of New York.
The Ellis' as usual are coming and going. Clyde Jr., is now with the
Army Engineers, who have headquarters in Galveston, which is only 50
miles away. Lillian Richard and Clyde love living there as the ocean
bathing is much like Panama and yet they can get home in an hours driv-
ing on that wonderful Freeway. Peggy is off to the beloved Arkansas and
the hills of home, better known as the Ozarks. She will visit many old
friends and families and Clyde Jr.,'s family-
Our club has been saddened and grieved by the loss of our dear club
member Toni Lieshout, who passed away September 3rd. Toni was a mem-
ber of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. Mrs. Lieshout,
is remembered as Pat Coffey and she is now in Canal Zone visiting her
family there. After her stay there she will return to Houston where she
Come to the Reunion, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13-14
For hotel reservations, see application blank elsewhere in this issue.
THE THEODORE ROOSEVELT CENTENNIAL
The unveiling of a bronze bust of Theodore Roosevelt on November
15th will climax a week long celebration on the Canal Zone in honor of
the Centennial of Roosevelt's birth. Among those invited for the week
long event are the three surviving children, Mrs- Alice Roosevelt Long-
worth of Washington, D. C., Mrs. Ethel Roosevelt Derby of Oyster Bay,
Long Island, N. Y. and Archibald Roosevelt of Cold Spring Harbor,
Long Island, N. Y.
A special round trip fare of $150 has been granted on two sailings of
the Panama Line for holders of the Roosevelt Medal and their wives so
that they could attend the Centennial observance. We regret that notice
of this celebration and of the reduced rates for Medal holders did not
reach us in time for inclusion in the September Record. However, it is
hoped that the Panama Lines plan to widely advertise the Centennial
cruises came to the attention of all Medal holders who wished to attend.
To Employees Of
THE ISTHMIAN CANAL COMMISSION
Culebra, Canal Zone, Panama
There is not much to say because all that I would say is how heartily
I appreciate, on behalf of the country, the work that you are doing. Yester-
day and today, as I have been going along the canal and seeing the work,
I have felt more and more a feeling toward you gentlemen and toward
all connected with the Canal who are now going along and doing their
duty, that they are earning a right to the gratitude of the country such as
can normally be earned only by soldiers who have served in the few
great wars of history.
I have just the feeling about you men down here that I have in meet-
ing the men who have done well in a big war, necessary for the honor
and interest of the country that has been carried to a successful conclusion.
Next to man's home life, the thing best worth doing is something
that counts, not only for himself but for the country at large, and that is
the kind of thing you are doing, and I hope that the spirit, already here,
will grow even greater such as will make each man identify himself with
this work and do it in such shape that in the future it will only be necessary
to say of any man "He was connected with the digging of the Panama
Canal" to confer the patent of nobility upon that man. In other words, just
as we think of those who fought valiantly in the Civil War, we feel that he
is a man who does not have to explain his part in the work of civilization,
and it is a great work and I feel that this is what you have earned. What he
has done explains itself. Now that is exactly what we will have the right to
say- That man did his full duty, because he was connected honorably and
in good faith with the greatest feat of the kind ever performed in America,
the greatest feat ever performed by any nation in the history of the world.
Now goodbye and good luck. You seem a straight-out set of
Americans and I am mighty proud of you.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Mr. and Mrs. Otis Pritchett of Hollywood, California, returned to
their home after a trip to Kenya in East Africa, where Otis enjoyed some
big game hunting. On one trip, he killed an elephant and sent us a pic-
ture to prove it. During the month of October, Mr. Pritchett expected to
be touring England, France, and Italy with the Los Angeles Shriners.
"In appreciation of the excellent work being done in publication of the
Canal Record", Mr. Pritchett made a donation of ten dollars to the
Society and we wish to thank him for this gift.
The local paper of Peru, Indiana, recently carried pictures and an
article about George Duckworth and Jack Shope, two old time Canalers,
who recently discovered they were both assigned to escort President Taft
on an inspection trip of the Canal in 1910. Before Mr- Shopes death, he
and Mr. Duckworth frequently got to-gether to talk over their experiences
Fred Sprecken has returned to St. Petersburg after a summer touring
the country from Michigan to California. When Big Fred goes on a trip,
he goes at it in a big way and even sends all his friends big (giant size)
post cards. He also has a knack for finding long lost friends (see cut).
The many friends of Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin and Mrs. Esther Currier
will be sorry to hear that their wonderful European trip was marred at
the end, when they were both hit by a taxi as they were leaving the World's
Fair in Brussells, Belgium. This was just three days before they were to
have sailed for home. Mrs. Hamlin suffered a broken leg and will be
confined to the hospital in Belgium for about two months.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Walbridge and family have just moved into their
new home in Huntsville, Alabama, Route 4, Box 205. They will be happy
to see any of their friends who may pass that way
Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Wood have left St. Petersburg and are now lo-
cated at 29A, Sweeny Lane, Mobile Co., Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Ward, recent arrivals in St. Petersburg, are at
2934 28th Avenue North, St. Petersburg 13, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. E- C. Bartlett, formerly of Vancouver, Washington, are
now settled at 11242 Florida Avenue, Youngstown, Arizona.
Mrs. Mary Davies of Santa Clara, R. P. has sold her home there and
for a month or so will be at 120 Washington St., East Orange, New Jersey.
Mrs. Mary Slocum of Cristobal, C. Z. retires on November 30th and
after a trip to New York and to see her friends on the East Coast, she
will join her husband in Jackson, Miss. where he has been working for
the past year or so.
LeRoy and Nancy Leach and two children of San Jose, Calif. spent
the month of September on the Canal Zone as the guests of Mrs. Leach's
parents, Norine and Louis Kaufer.
Mr- and Mrs. William Bolz, who sold their home in Florida, are now
located in Costa Mesa, California at 228 E. 20th Street.
Mr. William B. Godfrey, former Panama Canal engineer, has served
as city engineer of the city of Santa Paula, Calif. since 1955. Mr. God-
frey retired from the service of the city on Sept. 1, and was tendered a
party at City Hall. He was presented with photographic equipment and
the Santa Paula City Council honored Mr. Godfrey with a resolution
passed by the Council, citing him for "his diligent and faithful service
to the people of Santa Paula."
Mrs. Eleanor Horne of Bradenton, Florida, has returned to her home
from a visit with friends in Columbia, S. A. and the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Lee Trower and son Joe, were visitors in St- Petersburg in
August. Joe has started school at Georgia Tech and Mrs. Trower has
returned to the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank R. Johnston of Pottstown, Pa. spent several days
of their vacation in August at Fontana Village and Hendersonville, N. C.
They looked up the Ross Hallowells and Tom Kellys while they were in
On the evening of September 21st, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Nash of
Golden Rod were hosts at an informal buffet supper at their home wel-
coming their son-in-law and daughter, Dr. and Mrs. Alejandro Montiel of
Managua, Nicaragua- Doctor Montiel is Nicaragua's Foreign Minister and
was enroute to Washington, D. C., where he will attend a conference of
Americas' Foreign Ministers and a session of the United Nations in New
Guests were Dr. and Mrs. E. J. Barry, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Erdman,
Major and Mrs. A. O. Meyer, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Stevenson and Captain
and Mrs- H. C. Wirth.
A. E.Jamison of Douglas, Arizona, writes that there are no retired
folks from the Zone in Douglas. Arthur R. Williams and his wife make
their home in Douglas. Mr. Williams was American Consul in Colon for
several years back in the 1940's.
After an absence of eight and one half months, Mrs. Grace H. Warner
has returned to her home in Bradenton, Florida.
Jack and Ann Carey of Cathedral City, California, have been enjoy-
ing a visit from Ann's sister and brother-in-law Bob Seavey who have
recently retired from the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Everett of St. Petersburg have returned home
after a vacation in Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice W. Fox of Oak Park, Michigan, attended the
14th World Convention on Christian Education held in Tokyo, Japan,
from August 6th to 13th. On their return trip they visited Hong Kong,
Manila and Hawaii, with short stops at Wake Island and Guam. Mr. and
Mrs. Fox were married on the Zone in 1913 and have two daughters and
a son plus five grandsons.
Isabel O'Donovan Rossa of Parkchester, N. Y. had Mary Fagan for
a visit and reports they had a grand time. Isobel says the Record revives
pleasant memories of bygone days.
Mrs. Connie Engelke informs us that her Dad is still in Gorgas Hos-
pital and is not very well. He cannot walk without help and his general
health is not good.
Capt. Miles E. McLeod reports that his general health is some better
since they moved to Arizona. Mrs. McLeod had a serious operation and is
doing very well but it will take quite awhile for her to recover.
Alan R. Lewis, son of Marion and Duke Lewis of Hendersonville,
N. C., was a member of the crew of the Nautilis when she made her voy-
age under the North Pole. Alan is one of the eleven men of the original
crew of this famous submarine. While your Editor was in Hendersonville,
we called on the Lewises to say "hello" and they showed us letters mailed
under the Pole by Alan and a telegram from Commander W. R. Anderson
of the Nautilus, congratulating them on having a son on board the Nau-
tilus during the cruise across the top of the World. Marion and Duke
are justly proud of their son's part in this historic cruise.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Dean of Lodi, California, had as guests in
August Mr. and Mrs. Robert Russell from the Canal Zone. Mr- Russell
attended the Shrine Convention in Chicago, then flew to California to be
with the Deans. During the Russells stay, they made a trip to Lake Tahoe
and visited the S. S. Monterey on which the Dean's daughter and son-in-
law are entertainers. The Deans plan a Central American trip in January.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Barnard, formerly of Pedro Miguel, C. Z. are
now in Rhode Island. Mrs. Barnard said in recent communication: "We
have at last started to build and hope to do our own sub-contracting and
interior decorating. Our landscaping will consist mainly of cutting out
unwanted saplings from our woody setting- We hope all our Canal Zone
friends and acquaintances will look us up when in this vicinity. Our tele-
phone number is in the Pawtucket directory."
Mrs. Eunice Rose who moved to St. Petersburg last year has taken
up residence in the Crosswinds Trailer Court, 4125 Park St. North. Mrs.
Rose is the widow of Paul C. Rose, former Panama Canal employee in
the construction days and later the Steamship Agent for Standard Fruit
Company in Colon, Panama, and New Orleans, La.
Corinne Feeney who has published in magazines in the United States
and Panama, has this year rendered several broadcasts over WSUN Radio
station here in St. Petersburg, and will do a series of broadcasts this
winter. In March she gave a talk on "Theodore Roosevelt's Part in the
Building of the Panama Canal." In September her program was on
"Taboga Island", this latter broadcast fitting in with the National League
of American Pen Women's series of "Interesting Islands." Corinne is an
officer of the St. Petersburg Branch of the National League of American
Pen Women. Her radio work has been very well received and she has a
group of WSUN "fans" who are asking for more of her broadcasts.
We have recent information that Hartley Rowe, who was Electrical
Superintendent during the early Canal construction period, later was head
of the permanent Building Division, and after completing his share of the
Canal Project, joined Lockwood Green Co- and later became Vice-Pres-
ident in charge of engineering for the United Fruit Co., has recently
joined the consulting engineering firm of Jackson and Moreland of Boston.
This firm specializes in South and Central American engineering projects.
Mr. Rowe is also a member of the special staff of Technical Consult-
ants to aid and advise The Congress concerning the various problems
involved in improving and increasing the ocean to ocean transit facilities
Michael H. Crook, who finished basic training at the Great Lakes
Navy Training Center, spent a few days in St. Petersburg with his grand-
parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Hersh and then flew on to the Canal Zone
for the balance of his leave with his mother, Mrs. Phyllis Hersh Crook,
before leaving for duty in mid-October at Norfolk, Virginia.
Mrs. Patricia Lieshout of Houston, Texas, is spending the month of
October with her four brothers on the Canal Zone. She will then go to
Guatamala City for a visit with her brother, Eugene, before returning to
the United States. Mrs- Lieshout is the daughter of Mrs. Marie Coffey
of St. Petersburg and is the widow of Toni Lieshout who died recently
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bohan of Jonesboro, Arkansas, toured New
England this past summer and, as many ex-Zonites do, found their way
to Slim and Ida Hallett's home. While there, they enjoyed one of Slim's
bottom of the ocean dinners. The Bohans journeyed down the East Coast
from New Hampshire to Florida before returning to their home in Arkansas.
Capt. Ben and Lucille Judd headed their new car north in late Sept.
for a visit with their daughter and family in Glassboro, New Jersey, and
their daughter in Andover, Mass. They also visited the Halletts in North
Quincy, relatives in Bouton, New Jersey, and Alexandria, Virginia. Capt.
and Mrs. A. B. Forstrom in Oak Lawn, Rhode Island, and Mr- and Mrs.
E. (Barney) Barlow of Massina, New York.
Your Editor and wife have returned from a two months vacation in
New England and Kansas. While in Mass., we also enjoyed an evening
with the Halletts and Slim's bottom of the ocean dinner. Enroute to Kan-
sas, we spent a day in Buffalo with A. M. (Pop) Fraser, Janet and M. A.
Smith, and Ruth Fraser. Found them all in good health, especially Pop,
who just celebrated his 90th birthday. Coming home from our visit in
Kansas, with daughter Jean and family, we stopped over night with the
Newell Shaws in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and another night in Tallahasee,
Florida with Viola Stephens and her mother. Missed Dan as he was work-
ing in Waycross, Georgia.
Mr. and Mrs. James O'Rorke and two sons, Regan and Robin, were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. I. P. Tatelman, Mrs. O'Rorke's parents. They
were enroute to their home in Colorado. They returned for a second visit
in Bradenton before returning to the Canal Zone.
A card received from John and Elsie Claybourn in September, report
them as being on a 9,000 mile auto trip through Western Canada, Califor-
nia, and Texas.
During July and August, Capt. and Mrs. Lawrence C. Calloway of
Long Beach, California, were visiting their son, Larry, in Miami, Fla.
Major Meyer, who drove down to see them, found them both in good
health. They enjoyed talking over old times on the Zone.
Bill Coffey and family arrived in San Diego, Calif- in June. They
spent two weeks in Coronado with Marian's parents, then drove to Hous-
ton, Texas, for a visit with Bill's sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs.
Toni Lieshout, then on to Florida for a visit with the Ray Shueys and
two weeks with his mother, Mrs. Marie Coffey. They then left for Miami
where they have purchased a home on Key Biscayne.
Miss Clare Ogden, who has directed the Childrens Home at Bella
Vista, R. P. for many years, was decorated by the Panama Government
with the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa, in recognition of services to
thousands of homeless children.
Many ex-Canalers, who banked at the Chase Bank, will be pleased
to hear that Louis A. Gomez has been appointed Vice-President of the
Chase Manhattan Bank in charge of the bank's branches in Panama and
the Canal Zone. Gomez succeeds J. Edward Healy, Jr. who retired.
Mr. and Mrs. P. W- Hanna of Shelton, Washington, have started their
tenth year of retirement and report they are going strong. They had
their son, Parker, two sons and a daughter for a visit. Parker's older son
is in the Air Force, now stationed in Alaska. Their daughter, Virginia,
and her son were also visitors and their youngest daughter, Harriett, hus-
band and two children, were there to make it a happy summer for the
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Thomas spent the summer traveling through
the New England states and Canada. They also visited with their son in
Philadelphia and son Charles who lives in Warren, Penn. Son J. E. Dorn
Thomas graduated from Georgia Tech and is now with General Electric.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are planning on taking advantage of the Roosevelt
Medal Cruise to the Canal Zone and sail on November 4th from New
York. They expect to stay on the Zone until New Years.
Cadet Kenneth R. Lee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Lee of Balboa
Heights, has completed his first solo flight towards becoming a naval
aviator. Lee, a former Purdue University student, made the flight at the
U. S. Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida.
Dr. Lawrence M. Drennan, former Assistant Superintendent of Gorgas
Hospital, has been appointed as Medical Director of the United Fruit Co.
hospitals in Central and South America. Born in Ancon, Drennan was
graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. He has seen
service in the Canal Zone, Puerto Armuelles, Almirante, and in the
Robert S. Coulthard, former Canal Zone resident, is now doing public
relations work for Curtis Publishing Co. Coulthard, who left the Zone in
1952, often works closely with Lou Bradley, who works as production
assistant on the "To-day" T.V. show.
Mrs. Warren Love of Gulfport, Florida, is recovering from a serious
operation performed in a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland. Despite her
severe illness, Mary says she has much to be thankful for and writes a
cheerful letter. Mrs. Love's operation was the 35th of its kind ever per-
formed and involved some fancy trimming and hem stitching by the
Mrs. Margaret Enright and daughter Marge send best wishes to all
old friends, from Alaska. They are on their last year in Alaska and while
they have enjoyed life there, they would like a warmer clime for their
next tour of duty.
Charlie Reilly, formerly of Orlando, s hard to keep up with. He
has been on the jump since last January from New Jersey to Mexico- At
present, he is with his daughter Anne and her family in Washington,
D. C. Anne's husband, Charlie South, is now Vice-President of Braniff
Airways with headquarters in Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Grace E. Brown is now in California at 10970 Bluffside Drive,
Apt. 3, Studio City, California. She is happy to be near her children,
especially her three grandsons. She is also near her sister Dorothy and
her husband Al Babicz.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin King of 169 Edson St., Buffalo, N. Y. cele-
brated their 65th wedding anniversary on October 7th. Sorry they did
not send us a snapshot- Congratulations from the Panama Canal Society.
Joe Eckert reports that he had a good summer at his mountain home
in Pennsylvania. The Grover Bohans, Etchbergers from Virginia, the
Hartsells from Millboro, Pa. and Ruth Reece from Panama, were all
visitors at his home. Joe is sailing for the Zone on October 24th and
will join us in Florida late in January.
Mr. and Mrs. Rollin E.McConnell of Red Hook, N. Y. send Christ-
mas greetings to all their friends. Rollin is very good after his long stay
in the hospital. Mrs. McConnell says she is baby-sitter for Shirley and
Murray's (Van Ness) two children while Shirley teaches. Margaret was
commissioned as 2nd Lt. in the Woman's Air Force in July and is now
at McConnell Field in Witchita, Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Daniels of Curundu, C. Z. were guests of his
sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Newell Shaw in Fayetteville,
Arkansas. The Daniels were up to look over their property which they
have purchased for their future retirement home.
Mr. John F. Stahl (Old Iron Legs) has just ended a three and a half
month, 1,150 mile, walk through Northern California and Oregon. John
is now toying with the idea of walking from Washington, D. C. to Florida
planning to arrive in Florida in September or October, of next year.
Mrs. Ruth Page of St. Petersburg, Fla., enjoyed two weeks vacation
in New York, taking in some shows and a tour of the United Nations.
Mrs. William Hull of St- Petersburg journeyed to New York to meet
her son Bob who came up from the Virgin Islands on business. Mrs.
Hull was joined by Mrs. Ida Hallett of Quincy, Mass. who came down
to help them do the town.
Mrs. Burt Hall of St. Petersburg spent two months in New England
with relatives and friends. Her sister, Mary Walsh of Wilton, Conn. suf-
fered a fractured hip in August, but is now getting around on crutches.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Johnson of Rock Stream, New York, have re-
turned to St. Petersburg, Florida for the winter.
Mr- and Mrs. Eugene Provost, Jr. of Inglewood, Calif. sent "Best
Wishes and Christmas Greetings" to all their former friends of Canal
Zone days. (see cut)
News clippings show there will be a large contingent of Roosevelt
medal holders and their wives sailing for the Canal Zone to attend the
Centennial observance. Former Governor Maurice H. Thatcher and Mrs.
Thatcher are among the passengers booked to sail from New York.
Miss Patricia Quinn, who began her dramatic career in the Canal
Zone, is now playing in New York, in Maxwell Anderson's new play, "The
Golden Six". Miss Quinn is a graduate of Balboa High School and has
studied at the New York Dramatic School. She is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Marc Quinn.
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Dorgan have moved from Gloucester, N. J.
to 2787 Yorkship Road, Camden 4, N. J- They will be happy to see any
of their friends who may be in the Camden area. The welcome mat is
always out. Just ring the bell.
Mrs. W. H. Calloway and Mrs. Harry Sullivan were sitting in a
parked car when it was struck from the rear by another car. Both ladies
were badly shaken up by the impact and Mrs. Calloway required hospi-
Mr. Sydney Hayes of the Canal Zone was a recent visitor in St. Peters-
burg, on vacation and for a visit with his brother, Mr. Troy Hayes.
Mr. J- P. Young, former Canal Zone police officer, and now a resi-
dent of De Barry, Florida, has been reported as seriously ill in an Orlando
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Bowen of Guilford, Conn. have a new grandson,
born to Jim and Carol. The young man was born on October 14, 1958.
Mr. and Mrs. Burl Hardwick of De Land, Fla. were recent guests of
Anna and Bill Bartlett of St. Petersburg. The Hardwick's son, Roger,
lives in Orlando, is married, and has one boy. Roger is employed by
an Airplane Company.
Mrs. Doris MacDonald of Balboa, C. Z. spent her vacation this past
summer in Germany with her daughter, Gayle, and husband, Lt. Boyd F.
Baldwin who is stationed there. The Baldwins have adopted a little
daughter, Laura Joe, who was born in February and came to live with
the Baldwins when she was ten days old.
The number of ocean going transits through the Panama Canal dur-
ing the fiscal year 1958, reached an all time high. The amount of cargo,
however, dropped from 50,624,373 tons for the fiscal year of 1957 to
48,961,119 tons for the year just ended.
The so called Single Wage Bill, signed into law by President Eisen-
hower, will result in about 1,000 of 14,000 employes, presently on local
rate rolls, moving to United States rolls. The primary immediate advan-
tage local raters will derive from the bill, will be their eligibility for
Civil Service retirement. It is estimated that less than five per cent of
local raters of the Panama Canal Co. will be transferred to U. S. rate
rolls and an estimated 27 per cent of Armed Services local raters will
now get U. S. rates, minus the 25 per cent differential- Local rate leaders
expressed satisfaction that the bill had become a law, but were not
The House appropriation committee in Washington has approved
the sum of $1,540,000 for runway strengthening projects at Howard Field
in a plan to transfer all flying from Albrook Air Force Base to Howard
From 24 nominees who took competitive examinations, Mr. Ralph
Skinner and William Hall were appointed by Governor Potter to attend
a five months training course in financial management. The course, spon-
sored by the Civil Service Commission, is to be given in Washington,
D. C. from Sept. 11 through Jan. 30th. Mr. Skinner is an employee in the
office of the Comptroller and Mr. Hall has been employed as an account-
Capt. William G. Dolan has been appointed Acting Chief of the
Canal Zone Fire Division. He takes over work of Fire Chief William H-
Casswell who retired in September.
A new housing plan, calling for the replacement of all sub-standard
U. S. rate housing on the Pacific side, has come off the Canal Company's
drawing boards. The eight year program calls for a new housing site
in La Boca and new sites in Ancon and Balboa. All 12 family quarters
in Williamson Place will be torn down as well as obsolete quarters on
Morgan Ave. and Plank St. in Balboa.
The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that the free home leave
travel is a taxable benefit. U. S. citizen employes are planning strong
protests to get the matter clarified when Congress reconvenes.
George M. Smith, loaned to the Panama Railroad by the Pennsyl-
vania Railroad, left the Isthmus after a year as Manager and his advice
is "Keep the railroad, as it has a great economic future for an expanding
Panama and for the Canal Zone. During Mr. Smith's year here, the oper-
ating loss has been greatly reduced. There was an increase in revenue,
freight tonnage, and passenger load, and an improvement in the condi-
tion of the equipment, track, and right of way.
Bids were opened for the construction of new Panama Railroad ter-
minals on the Pacific side but final award of the contract will be held up
pending the result of further conferences between Panama and the Canal
Zone officials. Panama objects to the site chosen near Shaler Road bus
terminal. Panama claims that locating the terminals there, will lead to
excessive congestion at the Tivoli and Frangipani Street crossings and
will have an adverse effect on Panama City's urban development.
A petition, which may mean a tax refund for U. S. employes in the
Canal Zone, has been filed in the U. S. Court of Claims in Washington
by La Vern R. Dilweg, Counsel for the U. S. Citizens Association. The
claim, which covers the period from 1951 to 1954 alleges that taxes col-
lected during that time were "Illegally and improperly asserted." It is
based on the contention that Canal Zone residents are bona fide residents
of a foreign country and. therefore do not come under the purview of a
section of the Internal Revenue Code which covers "Income from sources
within possession of the United States."
Governor William E. Potter has promised to give his support 100
per cent to the American Society in Panama in their protest about in-
creased school fees in the Canal Zone. The complaint followed the an-
nouncement of new rates, which have risen by about a third for all
grades up to Senior High School and by nearly one half for the Canal
Zone Junior College. Fees are paid only by tuition students, those whose
parents do not work on the Zone. The new rates are: Kindergarten: $20
per month; Junior High School, $30; Senior High School, $50; and Jun-
ior College $600 per year.
Diablo Heights and Los Rios have been chosen as sites for two new
Elementary Schools and a contract for the design has been awarded to
the Architectural firm of Sanders and Associates of Panama. It is expected
that money for the schools will be available next year.
Some 9,200 of a possible 10,500 non-U. S. citizen employes of the
Panama Canal Co. have been blanketed in under the retirement pro-
visions of the U. S. Civil Service System. This brings to a successful con-
clusion, a fight for Civil Service Retirement, begun in the late 1920's, by
the Panama Canal West Indian Employees Association.
Lightning kille' a 12 year old American boy on the Amador Cause-
way. The boy was William Smail, whose father, Edward A. Smail, is a
civilian employee .f the Army Engineers Supply at Corozal. Smail, two
sons and a companion of the latter were fishing on the inlet side of the
causeway, near the mine dock, when a thunderstorm broke. The boy had
left the protection of his father's car to search for a knife he had left
where they had been fishing. Death was instantaneous.
Sixty-nine construction projects, totaling about $19,000,000, are
scheduled to be advertised by the Panama Canal Co. for bids during the
current fiscal year. Four of the larger projects which will involve the
expenditure of over one million dollars apiece are: The widening of Par-
aiso Cucaracha Reaches, part of the program to enlarge the capacity of
the Canal. This project will take about two years to complete; The con-
struction of a Junior-Senior High School at Coco Solo; The construction
of a tug for the Navigation Division to eventually replace the tug Trin-
idad; and the construction of the substructure for the high level bridge
over the Canal at Balboa. Several projects are listed in the $100,000 to
Governor William E. Potter, in speaking to a group of Panamanian
businessmen said, the Canal Zone market was a gold mine for any Pana-
manian businessman who cared to hustle and to meet Canal Zone stand-
ards of quality. His remark to the effect that, if Panama could not pro-
duce a product of adequate quality, he did not see what it mattered to
Panama where the Zone then bought the product it wanted, brought a
stream of editorial and other criticism accusing the Governor of sponsor-
ing open violation of one of the clauses of the 1955 Remon-Eisenhower
treaty. Before leaving for a business trip to the States, Governor Potter
expressed regret that his good intentions to set out a friendly approach
to Canal Zone-Panama relations "seemed to be getting lost in an argu-
ment on controversies at the government level." In his address, Governor
Potter made is clear that there were great opportunities for trade in the
Canal Zone but warned that he would not give way in insisting on the
high standards which the United States had achieved over the last 50
years in food products.
"Panama Canal-a cut linking two oceans." That is the heading of
a citation made by the American Society of Civil Engineers in naming
the Panama Canal as one of the "seven civil engineering wonders of the
United States." A bronze plaque, recognizing the Canal as one of the
"Seven Wonders" of engineering, will be unveiled in the rotunda of the
Administration Building at Balboa Heights, during the week of the Roose-
velt Centennial. It will be officially received by Governor W. E. Potter
from Francis S. Freil of Philadelphia, President of the Engineering
Society, who will present the award.
Plans for the construction of a modern 32 room hotel on the island
of Toboga have been announced by Alberto Boyd, Minsiter of Agriculture,
Commerce and Industry. The new hotel will include a bar, cafeteria, and
lounges. The hotel will be erected on the site of the present La Restinga,
operated by the government of Panama.
The Panama Foreign Ministry has formally requested the closing of
the Panama Canal's Mindi dairy in a note delivered to the U. S. Embassy.
Foreign Minister, Miguel J. Moreno of Panama, pointed out that Panama
dairies are in a position to offer milk and ice cream and other dairy pro-
ducts of a satifactory quality and price, thus making the operation of the
Mindi dairy unnecessary.
Panama's President, Ernesto de la Guardia, Jr. opened Panama's
first heavy industry, the new Steel Mill on the Tocumen Highway. The
mills Panamanian and American backers hope to produce all of the re-
inforcing steel and other small steel forms for which Panama has been
spending $1,000,000 abroad. It is expected the new mill will absorb all
the scrap available in Panama which has here-to-fore been sold abroad.
Rubin O. Miro, acquitted last December on charges of machine-gun
assassination of President Jose A. Remon in 1955, was himself the victim
of an attempted assassination. Miro had three bullet holes in him of seven
rapidly fired shots aimed at him as he left the home of his brother,
Ricardo. Miro drove himself to the hospital. After a two hour operation
to remove the bullets, one of which missed his heart, Miro was pro-
nounced out of danger.
Student strikes continue to plague the government, especially in
Panama City. There were occasional stray bullets and several bomb ex-
plosions in various parts of the city. One guardsman was seriously
wounded at one of the.city's principal high schools. Many students were
arrested following the shooting. The Panama Students Federation charged
that terrorist bands were creating disorders and were dressing in students
uniforms in an attempt to put the blame for trouble on the students.
Late in September, the National Guard seized two hauls of guns, grenades
and dynamite, one in Chiriqui and one in Panama City. The government
claims the seizures nipped a plot of the student opposition aimed at taking
power. Five seizures of arms, all involving students, have been made
within the last two months. The one in Chiriqui was by far the largest.
A machette in its scabbard hanging in my garage often brings thoughts
similar to those voiced by Mrs. Higgins. On our recent trip through Ar-
kansas, we had the pleasure of meeting Mr. and Mrs. Higgins and their
fine family. We were all guests for the evening at the home of the Newell
Shaws. Mr. Higgins and three of the boys entertained us all with some
"Barber Shop" singing. They frequently entertain at gatherings as "Three
Lads and their Dad." There were three other Higgins youngsters there who
also enjoyed joining in the singing. With such a big family, how does
mother find time to write poetry? Your Editor
On Saying Goodbye to An Old Pair of Shoes
Farewell, old shoes, I give you to the flame,
And as I watch the smoke of you ascend to Heaven,
I'll say this: 'tis the only place that you
And I together have not walked. And yet
'Tis true that Heaven has bent low
And scarce remained above us many times.
Remember how we strolled the lonely beach at dawn,
And how I left you empty in the sand
While I ran down the slope to stand
And let the surface of the sea wash up
To cleanse my eager feet? I turned
To look at you and thought how lost
You seemed without me. Neither one of us
Would any distance gain without the other.
I think of all our walks, and memory
Brings a flood of scenes till yesterdays
Come ebbing back. We walk again
The hidden land along the grassy "llanas,"
Where butterflies give sweet caress and flowers nod
In greeting. Come now; we tread a fallen log
Across a swift cold river --- and as we choose
Our uphill way into the mountain forest
Coatis slink across our path and Peccaries have seen us.
These latter gnash their teeth and run --- perhaps
They think we have a gun --- so let them!
Red Howler Monkeys spot us now, precede us,
Through the tree tops --- and who, among the sons of men,
That ever heard these creatures, can fail
To hear them anytime till memory grows dim?
Be swift Old Shoes, we're at the winding stream
And down it now we go --- we leap
Or step from stone to stone, but suddenly
Stand still, --- for arched above the river bend
A rainbow bridge stark naked stands
Aquiver in the Sun! I think we've found
Their spawning place, for as we onward go
Round two more bends --- lo, two more bows
As new-born as the first; as yet
Untampered with, not breathed upon, not e'en
Their first breaths taken --- just now expelled
From some sun-cloud coccoon. What God
Has let us witness this? I thank Him.
Be light, Old Shoes, upon this mountain trail
That takes us up and down, and up again-
Stand still! I hear an Indian coming.
His thrilling native chant rings wild
Against the cliffs to banish Evil Spirits.
I cannot mimic him, but still in some strange way
His cry goes through my heart; I bind my pleas
To his, entreating Heaven's favor.
Let's go, Old Shoes, I see a level spot
Where thirst is to be quenched --- but no reflection seen
For, look, it is a little stream bedewed with watercress.
And who is this who joins us? Aha'.
'Tis Ratibor, a forest child who knows this wilderness.
How timidly he takes my hand
And leads me to a secret nest
Where lie two tiny eggs --- two future
Hummingbirds! And now he leaves us for awhile
Returning with these treasures; Gold Bugs
Real solid gold they are --- and bugs of sterling silver.
He fetched them from a rotting log. He says they're mine,
And one thing more he wants to give me, so
He tenders them with quiet pride --- two bright tail feathers
From the far-famed Quetzal bird!
Skip, Old Shoes, in unadulterated joy,
For we walk blithely once again the land of "baja rique"-
The choicest of all weather. 'Tis not when the Heavens weep
And men seek closest shelter. 'Tis when the skies are blue
And hosts of unseen angels walk besides us, come
To kiss with moistened lips our brows, our cheeks, our hair!
0, this is rare, indeed, and I breathe deep, in gratitude
That Heaven loves us so!
When I was young my songs were sung
With bold and dashing spirit.
If someone said "impossible,"
I did not choose to hear it.
Some time has passed, and now at last
My years are somewhat riper.
In one way or another I
Have danced and paid the piper.
The dauntless view that one can do
Most anything he will do,
In reckless youth I held as truth-
And what is more, I still do!
S. Omar Barker
Las Vegas, N.M.
Come to the Reunion, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13-14
For hotel reservations, see application blank elsewhere in this issue.
Once again, we thank all our representatives for getting their
reports to us before press time. Our thanks, also, to all who sent in
clippings and items of interest. The deadline for the next issue of the
Record will be February 1, 1959.
Have you paid your 1959 dues?
Your subscription to the Canal Record expires with this issue unless
you have paid them.
All Florida members who belong to the Blood Bank must keep their
Society dues paid up in order to be eligible for blood bank benefits,
if they are necessary. Don't delay. Pay dues, now.
See you at the reunion.
E. M. Kieswetter, Editor.
Come to the Reunion, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 13-14
For hotel reservations, see application blank elsewhere in this issue.
TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME-January 13th and 14th, 1959.
PLACE-Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First Avenue
and Beach Drive North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST--$2.75 per person including luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Tuesday, January 13th, registration will be in the
forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business meeting in the
afternoon. On Wednesday there will be a social period or get-together in
the morning and a group picture will be taken at 12:30, before cold plate
luncheon served with hot coffee, warm soup and dessert. You are urged
to forward your reservations early as the hotel may be forced to decline
last minute reservations for the luncheon.
The primary purpose of the Reunion is to enable former Isthmians
to get together, renew acquaintances and above all discuss those gone
but not forgotten palmy days. You'll never know how many true friends
you have until you attend the Reunion where they gather from every
section of the country. We'll gather together on the mezzanine floor of
the hotel where there is ample room with comfortable seats, or if you
prefer seclusion with former pals, there's the well-stocked bar on the
main floor. The luncheon is optional, but don't miss the Reunion. You'll
be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at convention rates of $12.00
double and $8.00 single, plus 3% tax at the Soreno Hotel, but if rooms
are not available there, they will be secured in private homes at $9.00
double and $8.00 single. Those desiring reservations should remit $12.00
for double or $8.00 for single rooms per day. There is also efficient
room-locating service maintained by the Chamber of Commerce in the
Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central Avenue which is open
daily until 9:00 p. m.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS PROMPTLY. We must have
them not later than January 10th. Make remittances payable to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. Please do not send checks on other than St.
Petersburg Banks unless you add 10c per check to cover bank charges.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but LUNCH-
EON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be claimed
IMMEDIATELY upon arrival at the Reunion.
(Reservation form on separate page.)
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Twenty-Seventh Anniversary Reunion
January 13th and 14th, 1959
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer
3535- 19th Street No. St. Petersburg, 13, Florida
Please arrange reservations as follows-
Reunion luncheon tickets for persons, each, $2.75.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations.
My party of persons will need single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home for days beginning
January 1959. Enclosed is $8.00 for each single room and/or
$12.00 for each double room per day for deposit on these reservations,
plus 3% tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $ representing total for
all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by Train; Automobile; Bus.
(Please indicate which. And PLEASE add 10c per check
for banking charge if you remit by check.)
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
WORLD WAR I VETS NOTICE!
The information below was sent us by Mr. T. O. Maas of San
Antonio, Texas, with the request that it be published in the Record
for the information of World War I Veterans.
Legislation was passed by the last session of Congress, authorizing
the chartering of a veterans organization known as Veterans of World
War I of the U. S. A. This organization is now in business. Its purpose
is varied. However, the main aim is for legislation which will be in-
troduced in the next session of Congress for the payment of a pension
to all World War I veterans and their wives in the amount of $100 per
Civil War Veterans drew a pension nearly one hundred years, and
Spanish American Veterans have been drawing pensions for about sixty
years. Now after 40 years, since Armistice was signed, it behooves all
World War I veterans to fight to get their pensions.
It has been noted that the rank of World War I Veterans are reduced
at the rate of 350 each day or about 100,000 each year. Join this
organization and throw your weight behind the fight. Write your
Congressmen, Senators, and members of the Committee who will handle
Veterans legislation in the next session of Congress.
T. O. MAAS, San Antonio, Texas
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Herewith Dues for 1959.
A ddress.......... ................................... ........................
State ............ ............ .................. .....
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 mailed to members in
December of each year.
Dues are $3.00 annually, and payable in January. Members com-
ing in after July 1st will pay $1.50 for balance of the year.
Please add 10c to checks to cover banking charge.
Our membership is now more than 1650.
Please fill in the application below and send your dues to the:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
POST OFFICE Box 11566,
ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
DUES $3.00 PER YEAR. PLEASE ADD 10c TO ALL CHECKS (Bank Charge)
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Jack Evans and one that did
not get away at the Kendrick
cabin in the Colorado,
Home of Mrs. Frances S. Dorn, Hot Springs, Ark.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Smith
and son, Spencer, at Smith
home in Miami, Fla.
Pop Fraser with daughters
Ruth and Janet and son
Mr. A.M. Fraser of Buffalo, N.Y.
(Pop) Fraser recently celebrated
his 90th birthday. Congratulations!
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Provost, Jr.
., Inglewood, Calif.
Jack Palmer and son, Jon, Trenton, N.J.
shovel their path after last February's
Fred Sprecken, St. Petersburg, Fla.
William W. Collier, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Frank M. Brown, Salinas, Calif.
Mrs. Estelle McLain, Norwalk, Calif.
and granddaughter, Tessie, from
Fred Sprecken, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Brown, Salinas
Calif. Mrs. Brown was a former Ancon
Hospital nurse (Ann Call).
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
U. S. Postage
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Permit No. 603
POSTMASTER: IF ADDRESSEE HAS REMOVED NOTIFY SENDER OF NEW
ADDRESS ON FORM 3547, POSTAGE FOR WHICH 18 GUARANTEED
RETURN AND FORWARDING POSTAGE GUARANTEED.
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