Mr. P. M. Bassett, Tyler, Texas Mr. F. G. Swanson, Tyler, Texas- Mr. C.B.Bordt, Tampa, Florida.
Reporter, Ruth T. Metzger, receives an award for reporting Southeast Florida
News. Presented by President Dan S. Jones.
Mr. & Mrs. Lyman J. Benthall, Bradenton,
Florida. Alice Louise Benthall Saltzman
and Deborah, Jennifer, and Lizette,
vacationing at Panama City, Florida.
Mary Hall, (California)
Mrs. Nannie Brown of Fayetteville, Arkansas with some of her kinfolk.
Eddie Whitlock, grandson, Walter Guy Brown, grandson, Mrs. Minnie Danielson,
sister-in-law, Walter Guy Brown, son, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Frances Whitlock,
daughter, Mr.Whitlock, son-in-law.
SOUTH EAST FLORIDA SOCIETY OFFICERS FOR 1962, elected at a picnic.
President Hobart Y. Andrews Vice-President James A. Jones
Secretary Clarence True Treasurer A. G. Dunham
Reporter Ruth T. Metzger
Reporter Ruth T. Metzger
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG 33, FLORIDA
Keith Kelley J. F. Warner
W. Dewey Goodwin J. F. Bashner
Vice-President W. !W Butler
Charles G. Calvit
Lee Bell J. T. Everett
Secretary-Treas. royL. Hersh
Mrs. Z. K. Esler HH. Hudson
H. J. Lewis
Recording-Sec'y. co R. H. Oliver
M. A. Turner
Ernest M. Kieswetter Dan E. Wright
News Editor Counselors
Fred D. Hunsicker James Bradley
Congress will reconvene early in January for its second session. There
are several bills that are of interest to retirees. There are eight annuity
increase bills pending in the Post Office and Civil Service committee.
None of these have advanced to the hearing stage because of the failure
of the Civil Service and Budget Bureau to make reports to Congress on the
bills. The Executive Branch of the Government is opposed to any annuity
increase and Congress has been busy with the President's program. The
outlook for approval of annuity increase, while not rosy, chances for ap-
proval have increased during the past two months. It is up to you to
acquaint yourself with the various bills that are pending and to write
your member of Congress, urging him to support the legislation you are
interested in. All Panama Canal retirees should join the National Asso-
ciation of Retired Civil Employees. This association is the best friend
we have in Washington and works continuously and tirelessly in our
interest. Each member receives the monthly magazine, Retirement Life,
which will keep you well informed on bills pending and as to who our
friends are, in the House and Senate.
Mr. Harold Zierton has agreed to take on the position of Legislative
Representative for the Canal Record, effective January 1, 1962. Look for
his first report in the March issue of the Canal Record.
A NEW EDITOR FOR THE RECORD
Mrs. Betty Lockridge has consented to take over the position of Editor
of our Canal Record. She is well known to many of you and is very well
qualified in many ways to assume the Editor's chair.
Your present Editor, with the help of Mrs. Kieswetter, has held down
the position for several years. We started with the June issue of 1953.
It has been an interesting and rewarding experience. To be engaged in
a project that is appreciated by so many people is indeed gratifying. In
June 1953 we had about 900 members and now we have 1990, at a recent
count. Of the 1990 members, over 1400 live in other states, the Canal
Zone, and fifteen foreign countries. The fact that we have so many mem-
bers outside the state of Florida, points up the fact that we who have
worked and spent years on the Canal Zone are anxious to keep in touch
with former co-workers and neighbors. Over the years we have received
hundreds of letters expressing the writer's appreciation of the efforts of
the Editor and the Representatives who gather news for us.
As departing Editor, I wish for Mrs. Lockridge the same fine co-
operation from the officers and members of the Society that I have always
received and I hope her duties as Editor will be pleasant and happy, as
mine have been.
Good luck, Betty.
Ex-Editor, E. M. KIESWETTER
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Miss Gail Jeannette Woods, the daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Irving
G. Hay of Balboa, and Mr. John Robert White, the son of Mrs. Clara M.
Wilkin of Lynnfield Center, Mass., were married in a civil ceremony at
the Balboa Magistrate's Court on August 17.
The groom is a Lance Corporal stationed with the United States Mar-
ines at Rodman.
Miss Jeanne Lucille Vogel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Edward
Vogel of Gamboa and Edmund Carl Brink, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed-
mund C. Brink, Sr., of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, were married at Our
Lady of good Counsel Church, Gamboa, on Saturday, August 5, at 6
o'clock in the evening. The Rev. John F. Tumelty, C.M., officiated.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and the Canal Zone
Junior College. Her husband attended Oconomowoc Schools and is pres-
ently stationed at Summit Naval Radio Station.
The wedding of Miss Sonia Ana Canas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Manuel Canas of Panama City, and Mr. James L. Fulton, Jr., the son of
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Fulton of Los Rios, took place August 24 at 5:45
p.m. in the Grotto of the Cristo Rey Church.
After the wedding ceremony a reception was held in Fort Amador
Mr. and Mrs. Charles N. Powell of Los Rios announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Marie Antoinette, to Mr. John Edward Morris,
the son of Mr. and Mrs. James J. Morris of Balboa.
Miss Powell, a member of the 1961 graduating class of Balboa High
School, plans to leave the Canal Zone on the SS Cristobal Sept. 6 for
New Orleans en route to Biloxi, Miss. and Roanoke, Va., to visit with
members of her family and enter school at the National Business College
Mr. Morris is also leaving on the SS Cristobal en route to Boulder,
Colo., where he will enter his third year at the University of Colorado.
No date has been set for the wedding.
Miss Helen Jane Nita, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Nita
of Balboa, and Mr. James Rahe Hotz, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore
Hotz of Diablo, recently were married in Manchester, N.H.
The bride was graduated from Balboa High School, the Canal Zone
Junior College and from Florida State University, where she majored in
Elementary Education. She has accepted a teaching position in Virginia.
The bridegroom, an Ensign in the United States Naval Reserve, is a
graduate of Balboa High School and Miami University at Oxford, Ohio.
The young couple are now at home at 5502 Monroe Place, Norfolk,
The marriage of Miss Charlotte Marie Schierton, the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. George Schierton of Kerrville, Texas, to Mr. William Harold
Sorrell, the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Sorrell of Los Rios, was solemnized
Saturday evening, Aug. 12, in the First Christian Church in Houston, Tex.
The reception was held in the Delta Chi fraternity house on the
campus of the University of Houston.
The young couple left by motor for California, where the groom, who
was recently graduated from the University of Houston, will teach in the
They are making their home at 1516-B Kensington, Delano, Calif.
Miss June Carol Barlow, daughter of Mrs. Emma Barlow of Balboa,
Canal Zone and Mr. Henry Barlow of Bogota, Colombia, was married
Saturday, August 5th to John Edward Riesz. He is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert R. Riesz of Chatham, N.J. The ceremony was performed in
St. Charles Church in Arlington, Virginia by the Rev. Robert F. Ruth.
There was a reception in the Arva Hotel, Arlington.
The bride was escorted by her uncle, Albert McKeown of St. Peters-
burg, Florida. The bride was attended by Miss Judith Engelke, Balboa,
Canal Zone as maid of honor. Miss Nancy Reed, Washington, D.C. and
Miss Roberta Riesz of Chatham, N.J. were bridesmaids. Mr. Maurice Best
of Chatham served as best man for Mr. Riesz and the ushers were Dr.
Richard Riesz of Berkeley Heights, N.J. brother of the groom and Mr.
Deane Elmblad of Chatham, N.J.
The mother of the bride, Mrs. Emma Barlow came from the Canal
Zone for her daughter's wedding.
Mrs. Riesz is a graduate of Canal Zone Junior College and attended
George Washington University. She has been employed in the Department
of Health, Education and Welfare in Washington, D.C. Mr. Riesz at-
tended the University of Vermont and Rutgers University.
After a honeymoon trip to Ocean City, Maryland, the couple will
make their home in Highland Park, N.J. until Mr. Riesz completes his
course of study in the College of Agriculture, Rutgers University.
Miss Sara Jean Collinge, of Urbana, Ill., became the bride of Donald
Cornelius Ulrich, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Ulrich of Mount Pros-
pect, Ill., in a double ring ceremony in the Collinge Memorial Chapel of
the First Methodist Church in Wabash, Ind. The bride is the niece of
Fred Collinge of Wabash. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Collinge,
former residents of Balboa, are spending a year traveling in Europe.
The bride was graduated from Balboa High School and the Univer-
sity of Colorado. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and has
taught school for the past two years. Mr. Ulrich, a graduate of Main
Township High School, Des Plaines, Ill., and the University of Illinois,
is a flight instructor at the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation. He
is a member of Alpha Delta Phi Social fraternity.
The couple will reside in Champaign, Illinois.
Miss Ann Preston Wood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Christo-
pher Wood of Balboa, became the bride of Louis Hassel Charles, Jr., in
a double ring ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Luke, Saturday, August
26 at 5:30 p.m. with Bishop R. Heber Gooden officiating.
Mr. Charles is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Charles of Balboa.
Mrs. Charles graduated from Balboa High School and attended the
University of Miami. She is a member of Alpha Delta Phi Sorority and
Delta Psi Omega drama fraternity.
Mr. Charles graduated from Balboa High School and Canal Zone
Miss Nancy Mae Gibson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fielding
Gibson of Margarita, became the bride of Major Hilton Frank Callero,
U.S.A., in an impressive double ring ceremony at the Fort Gulick Post
Chapel, Friday evening, August 18, at 8 o'clock, with Chaplain Vincent
Nelson, Major, U.S.A., officiating.
Major Callero is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Callero of Enum-
Mrs. Callero graduated from Cristobal High School and attended
Florida Southern College.
Major Callero attended the Universities of California and Mary-
land and is presently commanding the United States Army Garrison at
Fort Clayton. Prior to his arrival in the Canal Zone, he commanded the
Honor Guard Company of the 3rd Infantry in Washington D.C., and was
a White House Aide to President Eisenhower.
Major and Mrs. Callero will reside at Fort Clayton and will be at
home to their friends after September 15th.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Thompson of Pompano Beach, Fla., announce
the marriage of their daughter, Frances, to Lt. Richard E. Clinton, the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clinton of Dover, Del., in Alexandria, La.,
on September 6th.
The wedding took place in the Eglin Air Force Base chapel.
Born in Ancon, Frances attended the Canal Zone schools through
high school. She completed nurses training in South Bend, Ind., and, as
a Registered Nurse, worked in the Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale,
She entered the Air Force in October, 1960, and went on active duty
the following December. She received her basic training in Alabama and
was then assigned to duty at Eglin Air Force Base. Her rank is Second
Lieutenant, Supervisor of Obstetrics, for the 401st Tactical Hospital.
Miss Jeannette Gau, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Preston G. Gau of
Ancon, became the bride of Lieut. Charles Bertody Stone IV, at a Nuptial
Mass at Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon on the afternoon of August 28.
Lieut. Stone is the son of Lt. Gen. and Mrs. Charles B. Stone, III, of Los
Angeles, California. The Rev. Daniel Renaldo, C.M. officiated.
A reception at the Quarry Heights Officer's Club followed the
The couple left for a wedding trip to Castle Rock, Jamaica. They will
be at home after September 5 at 25-C, France Field.
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Pollock of Goldsboro, North Carolina, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Judith M., to Mr. Frederick
B. Dube, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Dube of Ancon.
Miss Pollock is a member of the nursing staff at the Wayne County
Memorial Hospital in Goldsboro and Mr. Dube is an airman at Seymour
Johnson Air Force Base also in Goldsboro. He was born in the Canal
Zone and is a graduate of Balboa High School.
No date has been set for the wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack B. De Vore, Sr. of Balboa, announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Sharon Lou, to Mr. Paul Glassburn, the son of
Mrs. Zelda E. Glassburn of Redington Shores, Florida.
Miss De Vore was graduated from Balboa High School in the class
of 1959 and is attending Florida State University. She is a member of
the Alpha Xi Delta Sorority.
Mr. Glassburn was graduated from Balboa High School in the class
of 1955 and was graduated from William College in 1959. He is a mem-
ber of Phi Deltae Theta and was vice president of his fraternity. Mr.
Glassburn has just completed his second year of studies in the graduate
school of the University of Florida.
The wedding of Miss Marjorie Joan Watson and Mr. David Soren
Christiansen took place on Saturday, June 24th at 8 o'clock in the even-
ing at Temple Kol Shearith Israel, Panama. A reception followed at the
Tivoli Guest House.
Miss Watson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Watson of
Diablo Heights, and Mr. Christiansen is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Christiansen of Newburyport, Mass.
Miss Judith Angley of High Point, North Carolina, became the
bride of Albert Weir Degenaar, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Degenaar
of Balboa, Canal Zone, at a 4 o'clock Chapel wedding in High Point, on
September 9, 1961.
Following a wedding trip to Virginia the young couple will be at
home at 533 Coventry Road, Baltimore 29, Maryland, where the groom
is associated with Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
Mr. Albert R. Palmer announces the marriage of his granddaughter,
Faybelle, to Mr. Richard D. Colston on Friday, the 22nd of September,
1961 at St. Paul's Methodist Church Chapel, Hagerstown, Maryland.
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney B. Ely of Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, announce
the marriage of their daughter Gloria Jeanne to Mr. John Paul Corri-
gan III, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Paul Corrigan, Jr. of Coco Solo, Canal
Zone, on Saturday the thirtieth of September, in St. Mary's Church in
The bride attended the Canal Zone Junior College and the University
of Tampa. Mr. Corrigan attended the Canal Zone Junior College and was
graduated with a B.A. degree from the University of Miami. He is pres-
ently employed with the Supply Division on the Zone.
Mr. Thomas M. Jordan of Alfred, Maine, and Mrs. F. A. Anderson
of St. Petersburg, Florida, were married in Maine, in August.
Mr. and Mrs. George Gardner Harris of Balboa announce the birth
of a son on August 2 at Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Harris is the former Forest Wise, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Russell T. Wise of Balboa.
The baby's paternal grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. Frank D. Harris
of Friday Harbor, Washington. They are former residents of Gamboa.
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Snodgrass of Duncanville, Texas announce the
birth of a daughter, Cory Jane, on August 18.
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John A. Snodgrass of
Gamboa, and the maternal, Mr. and Mrs. Henry H. Phillips of Chicago,
formerly of Fort Kobbe.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Ehrman of St. Petersburg, Florida announce
the birth of a son on August 4th.
Mrs. Ehrman is the former Geraldine Simon of Diablo Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. Burton F. Mead of Balboa announce the birth of their
second child and second son, on August 27 at Gorgas Hospital. The baby
has been named Keith Patrick.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Proback of Balboa,
and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mead of La Cresta.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Halladay of Overland Park, Kansas, announce
the birth of their third child, second daughter, Leslie Shue, on April 16,
1961. The maternal grandmother is Mrs. Alberta Powers Harris of Berk-
Rev. and Mrs. Charles Bradshaw of Oakland, California, announce
the arrival of their third child, second son, Chris Wayne, born June 12,
1961. Rev. Bradshaw is pastor of the Golden Gate Baptist Church in
Oakland, California. The baby's maternal grandmother is Mrs. Alberta
Powers Harris, of Berkeley, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Minnix of St. Petersburg, announce the birth
of their eighth grandchild, Amanda Lynn. Their daughter Virginia Lee
Runnels and her husband now have six boys and two girls. They reside
in Magee, Mississippi.
Mr. and Mrs. Marcy H. Carpenter of Diablo Heights announce the
birth of their third child, a son, James Michael, at San Fernando Clinic,
Panama, on September 6. Mrs. Helen L. Smith of Diablo Heights is the
paternal grandmother, and Mr. J. Z. Knapp of Ft. Amador and Mrs.
Elizabeth Knapp of Birmingham, Alabama are the maternal grandparents.
Mrs. Elizabeth Turner of Gatun, C.Z. announces that she has a new
grandson, born to Howard and Mildred, on June 12, 1961. The new baby
has been named Howard Earl, Jr.
Rick and Connie Tenenoff of Norwalk, California, announce the
birth of their fourth child, a boy, Lance lan, on September 6, 1961.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lee Beil of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Jones of Miami, Florida, announce the birth
of their second child, first daughter,, Amanda Bryan Jones, on August
20th, 1961. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Horace Jones
of Miami, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Carlson, Jr., of Opa Locka, Florida, an-
nounce the birth of their first child, a son, Kirk Edwin, on August 19,
1961. The maternal grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. Wesley Anderson
of Jacksonville, Florida, and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Charles F. Carlson, Sr., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Capt. and Mrs. Vern D. Calloway, Jr. of Dyess Air Base, Abeline,
Texas, announce the birth of their second child, second son, Scott Eric,
born Oct. 31, 1961. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. V. D.
Calloway of Winter Park, Florida.
Katheryne D. Ackerman-Postal Division-18 years, 8 months, 22 days.
William H. Beck-Accounting Branch-32 years, 3 months, 3 days.
Earl F. Bienz-Locks Divisiion-12 years, 5 months, 29 days.
Jerome S. Bortner-N.Y. Operations Office-12 years, 5 months, 12 days.
Edward Carlson-Water Transportation Div.-15 years, 1 month, 16 days.
Carmi E. Clough-Postal Division-10 years, 21 days.
John T. Dillon-Dredging Division-21 years, 1 month, 7 days.
Winthrop H. Havenor-N.Y. Operations Accounting Office
33 years, 4 months, 29 days.
Marie V. Hayes-N.Y. Operations Office-27 years, 4 months, 14 days.
Albert J. Joyce-Electrical Division-33 years, 22 days.
Rebecca T. Kendall-Gorgas Hospital-30 years, 1 month 4 days.
Gertrude T. Kueter-Community Service Div.-17 yrs., 11 mo., 3 days.
Dorothea F. McNall-Comptroller's Office-24 years, 10 months, 13 days.
Helen C. Malloy-General Medical Supply Officer
40 years, 10 months, 12 days.
Jack C. Randall-Community Services Div.-28 yrs., 6 mo., 2 days.
Alexander F. L. Rienks-Industrial Division-20 years, 5 months, 29 days.
Henry H. Shirk-Locks Division-25 years, 7 months, 22 days.
Capt. William J. Steffens-Transportation Div.-21 yrs., 11 mo., 11 days.
James G. F. Trimble-Locks Division-21 years, 4 months, 17 days.
William O. Felton-Motor Transportation Division-18 years, 10 days.
Noel E. Gibson-Division of Schools-26 years, 4 months, 15 days.
David W. Hawthorne-Supply Division-23 years, 23 days.
William E. Kirkland-Electrical Division-20 years, 10 months, 12 days.
Willis N. Pence-Electrical Division-17 years, 8 months, 14 days.
Joseph M. Raylson- N.Y. Supervising Purchasing Agent
29 years, 6 months, 14 days.
Capt. Frank J. Russell-Navigation Division-22 years, 6 days.
Milford K. Bailey-Maintenance Division-19 years, 11 months, 1 day.
Andrew Bleakley-Industrial Division-31 years, 6 months, 6 days.
James A. Braid-Gorgas Hospital-15 years, 5 months, 14 days.
William Brown-Health Bureau-33 years, 3 months, 15 days.
Henry L. Donovan-Civil Affairs Bureau-31 years, 10 months, 14 days.
Clifford H. Ewing-Coco Solo Hospital-18 years, 5 months, 21 days.
Casey James Hall-Police Division-21 years, 8 months, 28 days.
James M. Hunter-Dredging Division-27years, 9 months, 1 day.
John L. Miller-Locks Division-21 years, 8 months, 9 days.
Arie T. VanGelder-Dredging Division-26 years, 5 months, 18 days.
CARDS OF THANKS
Cards of Thanks and Appreciation have been received from the following:
Mr. Francis W. Feeney, Mrs. C. L. January
Tommy and Margaret Mr. and Mrs. E. M. McGinnis
Mrs. Anna J. Bartlett Capt. and Mrs. A. B. Forsstrom
Mr. George Tarflinger Mrs. Ruth Page
Mrs. E. Lee Trower Mrs. Louise Franklet
Mrs. Lucille Baer The Hutchison family
Mr. William L. Gardner The family of Selma Waino
Mrs. R. G. Lewis of Cerro Punta, Chiriqui, R.P. was a patient in
Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri, during the month of September.
Mrs. Lewis entered the hospital for surgery. She was accompanied to St.
Louis by Mrs. Grace Culp of Fort Meyers, Florida.
Mr. W. F. Mornhinweg of Del Ray Beach, Florida, was a patient in
Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Del Ray Beach for major surgery. As of
October 15, he was reported as doing nicely.
Mrs. Charles L. January of Glen Burnie, Maryland, was a hospital
patient during September, following a heart attack.
Mrs. Elizabeth Hunt of St. Petersburg is recovering from a serious
infection in her ankle.
Mrs. C. T. Daniels of St. Petersburg is reported much better and now
sits up in a chair for some time each day.
Mrs. Michael Considine of Gloucester City, New Jersey, had a very
bad fall which has kept her confined to her room for over nine weeks.
Miss Jane Gadde of St. Petersburg suffered a bad fall, resulting in
a broken hip. She is reported as doing very well at Bay Pines Veterans
Mrs. A. G. Matheney of St. Petersburg was a patient in St. Anthony's
Hospital in October for a check up on previous surgery.
Mr. Norman Kearns is now at home and doing nicely following sev-
eral weeks as a patient at Bay Pines Hospital in St. Petersburg.
Dr. John M. Wilkerson of St. Petersburg was a patient in Bay Pines
Hospital in October. His condition continues serious. He is in room 206
on the third floor.
Mrs. Thomas J. Rath of St. Petersburg is quite ill at home. Mr. Rath
is still a patient in a nursing home in St. Petersburg.
THE CURTAIN FALLS
William J. Bartlett, 76, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died on August 31,
1961. Mr. Bartlett went to the Isthmus in 1908 and retired in 1944. He
worked with the Isthmian Canal Commission, the Panama Railroad, the
Supply Department, the Marine Bureau, and the Locks Division. From
1922 until his retirement, he was with the Dredging Division. While on
the Isthmus,, Mr. Bartlett took an active interest in Civic affairs and in
labor circles. Since his retirement he had made his home in St. Petersburg
and kept up his interest in civic affairs and in the Retired Civil Employees
Association. He had been for some time, Legislative Representative for
the Panama Canal Society. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna Bartlett.
Mrs. Mollie B. Johnson, 78, died on October 19th in Gorgas Hos-
pital. Mrs. Johnson is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Beatrice Minnix
of St. Petersburg, Florida; Mrs. Lillian Haggan of Louisville, Kentucky;
Mrs. Marione Campbell of Springdale, Arkansas and Mrs. Norma Anger-
muller, also of Springdale.
Word has been received of the passing of Mrs. Lillian B. Ruggles on
September 17, in Los Angeles, Calif. No further details were available.
News has been received of the death of Mrs. Harry T. Hazeldine in
a nursing home in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is survived by a son,
Robert, who resides in New Jersey.
Mrs. Corrine (Browning) Alley Feeney, writer and long time resi-
dent of the Isthmus, died August 18 in Arlington Va. She and her hus-
band, Francis B. Feeney, left the Canal Zone in 1954, when he retired as
medical technician at the Board of Health Laboratory.
Mrs. Feeney retired from government service at about the same time
her husband did, her last position having been with Civilian Personnel
of the US Army at the former office in Curundu.
Mrs. Feeney wrote as a hobby and her work appeared in the National
Geographic, the Americas magazine and other publications, the latest in
the form of a poem last Christmas. She is the author of "Maria and the
Polleras" and she wrote the Isthmus' cook book "Set a Good Table",
dedicated to "housekeepers in the tropics who are fellow sufferers in meal
Mrs. Feeney was a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Feeney had visited friends on the Isthmus the early
part of this year.
Besides her husband, she is survived in her immediate family by a
daughter, Margaret, and a son, Thomas Alley, who resides in the States.
She is also survived by four sisters, Mrs. Barton Woodruff of Pinellas
Park; Mrs. Laura Sessions of St. Petersburg; Mrs. Eunice Rose of St.
Petersburg, and Mrs. David Cantway of Wooster, Ohio; and one brother,
Mr. Robert Browning of Kingston, New York.
Mrs. Jean H. Keating, daughter of Elizabeth H. Hall, reports that
her Mother who had been living in a convalescent home since last dis-
charged from the hospital, passed away from a heart attack. She went
into a coma and died in her sleep. A Memorial Service was held in Pas-
adena, California near so many of her friends. She had lived in Pasa-
dena from 1957 to April, 1961 and then because of ill health moved to
Boulder City, Nevada to be closer to her family, Jean and Myles Keating.
She was interred at Bunker Brothers Mausoleum, Las Vegas, Nevada,
where her husband, Fred P. Hull now lies.
She is survived by one daughter, Jean H. Keating, one son-in-law,
Myles J. Keating, both of Boulder City, Nevada; one sister-in-law, Louise
Hartman of Pasadena, California and one neice, Julia H. Gayle of Nor-
Tom Oliver Maas, who retired from Panama Canal Service in April
1953 after 26 years, 9 months and 15 days' service, died at Fort Sam
Houston Hospital, San Antonio, Texas, on Aug. 30. He and his wife have
resided in San Antonio for a number of years.
Mr. Maas, who was born February 22, 1896 in Olvey, Illinois, was
a veteran of World War I.
He was first employed in the Canal Zone in January 1925 as account-
ing clerk with the Panama Railroad.
In 1931 he worked as a clerk with the Experimental Gardens at
Summit and then in 1932 transferred to the District Quartermaster's Off-
ice. From 1945 until his retirement he was an accounting clerk with the
Motor Transportation Division.
He is survived by his wife, Louise; a daughter, Mary Lou Baxter,
and four grandchildren of San Antonio, Texas.
Leon Giavelli of Curundu, a retired employee of the Panama Canal
Dredging Division, died August 26th at Gorgas Hospital at the age of 75.
Born in France, Mr. Giavelli was a naturalized US citizen who came
to the Isthmus on February 7, 1907.
A member of the Canal Zone Lodge of Masons, he is survived by his
wife, Mrs. Vicentia Giavelli,; his sons, Charles, of Corundu; William,
assigned to the USAF at Albrook; Raymond, with the USAF in Tucson,
Ariz., and Alfred, of St. Louis, Mo; three daughters, Mrs. Helen Roth-
Roffy, of Balboa;Mrs. Hilda Juddleston, of Curundu, and Mrs. Elizabeth
Catlett, of Curundu; his sister, Mrs. Madeline Shore, of Gamboa, and 14
John A. Golden, former employee of the Mechanical Division in
Balboa, died July 17 in Boston, Mass. He was 88 years old.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Golden came to the Isth-
mus during construction days and was employed by the Isthmian Canal
Commission. He later was transferred to the former Mechanical Divi-
sion in Balboa where he remained until his retirement in 1935.
After his retirement, Mr. Golden and his wife made their home in
Boston. They made several visits to the Canal Zone in recent years.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Anna Golden, and two daughters,
Mrs. Rodney B. Ely, of Balboa Heights and Mrs. Elizabeth Washburn,
of Diablo Heights, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Masonic memorial services were held in the Scottish Rite Temple
in Balboa for George Thomas Tarflinger, former employee of the one time
Mechanical Division who died August 14 in St. Petersburg, Florida, at
the age of 78.
A construction day employee, Mr. Tarflinger came to the Isthmus in
1912 and spent two years working for the Isthmian Canal Commission.
He was re-employed by the Canal organization in 1918 with the former
Mechanical Division in Balboa and remained with that unit until he re-
tired from service in 1944.
He remained on the Isthmus until 1948 when he went to Florida and
made his home in St. Petersburg.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Ann Tarflinger of St. Peters-
burg, and a son and two daughters who live in Balboa. They are George
O. Tarflinger, Mrs. E. Lee Trower and Mrs. Lucille Baer. He is also sur-
vived by three grandchildren.
Frank W. Van Home, construction inspector on the Balboa Bridge
project, and well known resident of the Canal Zone, died suddenly at his
home in Los Rios. He was 49 years old.
Born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Van Horne later moved with
his family to Iowa. He served three years with the US Navy and was
employed by the Canal in 1941 as a foreman welder in the municipal
engineering field office at Gatun.
He was transferred to the Locks Division in 1944 as a lock operator
and diver and later was made a lock operator welder and iron worker. In
1960 he was transferred on a temporary basis to the Balboa Bridge pro-
ject as construction inspector.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marcia Van Home, who is employed
at the Balboa Heights Administration Building as administrative assistant
to the Health Director. In the United States he is surivivd by three sisters,
Mrs. D. D. Alderdyce of Sigourney, Iowa; Mrs. John A. Kightliner of
Meadville, Pa.; and Mrs. William Higgins of Avon Lake, Ohio.
Eric Delvalle, prominent Panamanian industrialist and politician,
died suddenly at San Fernando Clinic, victim of a heart attack.
Mr. Delvalle, 48, was president of the Republican Party and during
his brief but brilliant political career had been a member of Panama's
Constituent Assembly and a cabinet member as Minister of Public Works.
At the time of his untimely death he was also publisher of the Spanish
language newspaper, "El Dia".
Arthur C. Wiselogel, World War I veteran, died Sunday, August 20th
at Gorgas Hospital. He was 76 years of age. He had been ill with cancer.
He served with the Allied Expeditionary Force in France and after
World War I was affiliated with the Joseph Seagram's Company, for many
He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Thomas J. McDonald, wife of
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas J. McDonald, and a son, Arthur C. Wiselogel,
Jr., of Jackson, Mississippi, and eight grandchildren.
Herman W. Lynn, a member of the Canal Zone Police Force for 26
years, died at his home in Gulfport, Miss., on July 26 after a long illness.
He had retired from company-government service in August 1956
and returned to his home town of Gulfport to reside.
Mr. Lynn was born August 1, 1906 in Gulfport. He was unmarried.
His service with the Canal Zone Police Division was continuous from
the date of his employment, March 25, 1930. Most of his service was as
a police officer at the Canal Zone Penitentiary, Gamboa.
Mrs. O. E. Hutchison of St. Petersburg, Florida, died September 26.
The Hutchisons lived for many years in Pedro Miguel, until Mr. Hutch-
ison's retirement in 1945, when they moved to St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Hutchison is survived by Miss Doris Hutchison of St. Peters-
burg, and Mrs. Ruth Powell, Mrs. Narion Phillips and Donald Hutchison
of the Canal Zone, and seven grandchildren.
Harvey E. Smith, 54-year-old resident of Balboa, died in Gorgas Hos-
pital. He was a maintenance supervisor with the Maintenance Division.
Mr. Smith came to the Isthmus in 1932.
Surviving Mr. Smith are his wife, Mrs. Alice R. Smith; three sons,
Harvey, Jr., a lieutenant junior grade in the Navy, now on duty in Cali-
fornia; Kenneth and James, residing in the Canal Zone; his mother, Mrs.
Sue Smith, of Ventura, California, and five brothers in the States.
James Edward Ambrose of Ft. Davis, 49 years of age, died at Coco
Solo Hospital. He was born on March 12, 1912 in Pennsylvania, and
has worked with the Company-Government, the U.S. Navy and the U.S.
Army on the Isthmus.
He served with the U.S. Army from 1932 to 1937 and, upon receiving
an honorable discharge, worked with Pan American Airways on the Isth-
mus. From 1939 to 1943 he was employed by the Panama Canal Com-
pany, and from 1943 to 1951 was a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy
here. In 1951 he transferred to the motor pool at Fort Davis as a civilian
employee and was employed there at the time of his last illness.
In his immediate family he is survived by his wife Mrs. Elena Am-
brose and a son, James E. Ambrose, Jr., of Fort Davis. Another son,
John L. Ambrose is stationed in New Jersey.
Mrs. Earle G. Roby died suddenly at the age of 32.
The former Alice J. Sullivan of Balboa, who had attended Balboa
High School and graduated from Stanford University, is survived by her
husband, an engineer at the Naval Ordinance Test Station in China Lake,
and two children, Elizabeth, age one, and Steven, two.
Other Survivors include her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James P. Sullivan,
formerly of Balboa now of Los Altos, Calif.; two brothers, Thomas J.
Sullivan of Monrovia, Calif.; and James P. Sullivan, of Los Altos, Calif.;
and four sisters, Mrs. J. H. McMillan, of Washington, D.C., Mrs. L. Wain-
stein of Palo Alto; Mrs. Nancy Schorsch of Ventura, Calif.., and Mrs-
J. P. Young Jr., of Los Rios.
Leon Heim, retired Panama Canal employee died at his home on Bal-
boa Road, Balboa, C.Z.
Mr. Heim was born in New York City on September 16, 1882. His
Canal Zone service was broken and ranged from employment as foreman
and watchman in the former Mechanical Engineering Division, to work
as a locks guard. He held the latter position when he was retired in Aug-
After his retirement Mr. Heim continued to reside in bachelor quar-
ters in Balboa.
He has no known relatives.
Mrs.Andrew L. Anderson, long time resident of the Canal Zone,
passed away Friday, September 29th, at Gorgas Hospital.
Mrs. Anderson was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and is survived
by a brother, W. Elbert Chambers, of that city and her husband, Andrew
L. Anderson, a civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force at Albrook Air
George Emslie, 63, died of a heart attack on Saturday, September 2
at 3:30 p.m. in Gorgas Hospital, following three months of hospitalization.
The deceased is survived by his wife, Ammie, of Curundu, and three
children. His sons, William and George, reside in California, while his
daughter Mrs. Mary Snyder, lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The late Mr. Emslie arrived in Panama in 1947 and was employed
at Albrook Air Force Base as general foreman at Air Installations Office.
News has been received of the death of Joseph C. Wimmer, a former
Panama Canal employee, on October 2 in Burbank, Calif.
Mr. Wimmer was born on February 2, 1888 in Bucks County, Penn.
He was employed by the Canal Zone Accounting Department as a claims
division clerk in April 1929, and then was rerated to accountant, a posi-
tion he held until his retirement.
After leaving Panama Canal Company-Canal Zone Government ser-
vice, he and his family went to Burbank to reside.
In his immediate family, Mr. Wimmer is survived by his wife and
one daughter, Edith.
Mrs. Selma J. Wainio, a former Canal Zone resident, died early Mon-
day morning, September 18th, at the Miami Shores home of her son-in-
law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Melanson, after a short illness.
She was 80 years of age.
Mrs. Wainio was the widow of John Eli Wainio, a retired Canal Zone
Dredging Division employee.
In her immediate family, Mrs. Wainio is survived by three sons and
three daughters: John E. Wainio of Curundu; Robert A. Wainio of La
Boca; F. James Wainio of Margarita; Mrs. Ethel Staples of Louisville,
Ky.; Mrs. Alice Smith of Miami; and Mrs. Gretchen Melanson of Miami.
Shores, Fla.; and by 14 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
John W. Acker of Balboa was killed in a collision between his station
wagon and a dump truck at the top of Paraiso Hill on September 16th.
Acker was born in Munsing, Michigan, on July 9, 1916.
His first employment in the Panama Canal organization was as a
machinist in the Mechanical Engineering Division, in May 1941. In 1947
he transferred to the Motor Transportation Division as an auto repair
machinist. For the past several years he has been employed in the Main-
tenance Division of the Engineering and Construction Bureau, where he
was a leader machinist.
In his immediate family he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary V.
Acker, by two daughters, Miss Margaret Acker of Green Bay, Wisconsin,
and Miss Sherry Acker of Balboa, a student in the Canal Zone Junior
College; one sister, Mrs. Norma C. Belland of Margarita; two aunts, Miss
Helen Kessler of Phoenix, Arizona, and Mrs. Rena Johnson of Rapid
River, Michigan; and by one uncle, William V. Acker of Chatham, Mich.
Mrs. Sara Parsons Arnold, a Coco Solo Hospital nurse, died sud-
denly at her home in Coco Solo on September 8th.
Mrs. Arnold, 51, had worked at the hospital for the past 15 years,
although not continuously.
Surviving her are her husband, Fred R. Arnold; a son, Jered, 11,
and a daughter, Nancy Kim, 9.
John Wallace Agnew, 81-year-old United States citizen was found
dead in the room he occupied as a bachelor in Panama City.
Panama Canal records show that he was born in New York. He went
to work for the Canal organization in August 1927 as a wireman in the
Electrical Division. He resigned in 1933, and apparently had been living
in Panama ever since.
Mr. Agnew was a veteran of World War I.
In his immediate family he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Frances
N. Church of Babylon, Long Island, New York.
News has been received of the death of Cleveland A. Schecker, for-
mer Disability Relief Officer in the Personnel Bureau, and a well known
Canal Zone resident.
Mr. Schecker died recently in Pittsburgh, Kansas, where he has been
living since his retirement in 1956. He was 63 years old.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Mr. Schecker joined the Canal
Organization in 1923 as a clerk in the Personnel Bureau. During his 33
years of service with that unit, he held various positions including several
years as Secretary of the Disability Relief Board. At the time of his retire-
ment he was Disability Relief Officer.
He was Master of Army Lodge A. F. and A. M. on two occasions and
was Master of the Pacific Lodge in Panama at one time. He also held the
rank of K.C.C.H. in Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and was a member of
Abou Saad Temple.
He is survived by his son, Carl, who lives in Pittsburgh.
Capt. Harold Longmore, 63, who retired from the Isthmus a year ago,
died in a New Orleans, La. hospital following many months of treatment
for cancer of the throat. A native of the state of Maine, Capt. Longmore
became a Canal pilot in 1937 and was a former president of the Pilots
He is survived by his wife, Frances, a daughter, Linda, and two
Mrs. Frances L. Brown of Banco, Virginia, died on Sunday, Septem-
ber 24, 1961. No further details were available.
Mrs. Laura Browning Sessions, 75, of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed
away on Tuesday, October 24, 1961. Mrs. Sessions is survived by two
sons, Cicero of New Orleans, Walter W. of Colorado Springs, Colorado,
and two granddaughters. She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Paul
C. Rose of St. Petersburg, Florida; Mrs. Dorothy Cantway of Wooster,
Ohio. and Mrs. Barton Woodruff of Pinellas Park, Florida, and by a
brother, Robert Browning, of Kingston, New York.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Fred W. Spriegel, 86,
of Attica, New York, on September 7, 1961. Mrs. Spriegel is survived
by a son, George, and a daughter, Mrs. F. F. Werner, with whom she
made her home. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren and 11 great-
Capt. George O. Gilead of Arlington, Virginia, passed away suddenly
on Sept. 27th. Capt. Gilead is survived by his wife, Rosemary Millett Gil.
ead, two sons, Robert 16, and Kenneth 14, and one daughter, Kathleen, 8.
News has been received of the death of Ellis D. Stilwell, former chief
of the Locks Division, and well known former Canal Zone resident.
Mr. Stillwell died in Ukiah, California on October 12 at the age of 73.
A native of South Dakota, he came to the Isthmus in 1914 and was
first employed as an assistant testing engineer with the former Operation
and Maintenance Division. He was transferred to the Locks Division in
1915 as a lock operator.
He was promoted to Superintendent of the Gatun Locks in 1918 and
was made chief of the Locks Division in 1942. He left the Isthmus follow-
ing his retirement from Canal service in 1948 and has been making his
home in California.
His death occurred while he was visiting his daughter, Mrs. Jean
Crook, in Ukiah. In addition to Mrs. Crook he is survived by another
daughter, Mrs. Norman Martin of Falls Church, Va.
Internment took place in Monrovia, California.
Word has been received that Clinton James Atkinson, 72, a Canal
Zone retiree died at his home "Cedar Craft" in Cumberland, Va.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Estelle Walker Atkinson; a son,
Clinton James Atkinson Jr. of New York City; a daughter, Mrs. June A.
Plummer of Los Angeles, and one brother and one sister.
Mr. Atkinson worked for the Panama Railroad for some 35 years,
retiring in June 1951.
Lt. Col. John Trayer Linney, retired, a St. Petersburg resident since
1944, died Monday, October 30, 1961 in Augusta, Ga., after a year of
illness. He was a patient at the Veterans Administration Hospital there.
Col. Linney was born in Tipperary, Ireland, March 6, 1885. He came
to the United States as a young man, and enlisted in the Army in 1907,
serving in Panama and Hawaii. He received a disability retirement in
1944, and moved here.
His wife, Anne Dilg Linney, 4330- 1st Ave. So., whom he married
in New York City in 1922, survives him. Also residing here is his son,
Edward A. Linney, and three grandsons and a granddaughter.
Three brothers and a sister survive him George, of Edmonton,
Alberta, Can., William and Edward of Dublin, Ireland, and Charlotte,
of Birmingham, England.
Mrs. Mary S. Snow, wife of retired Panama Canal employee Percy E.
Snow of Gamboa, died at Gorgas Hospital. She was born in Kentucky
88 years ago.
Mrs. Snow came to the Isthmus in 1913.
Mr. Thomas G. McLeod died in Sylvester, Georgia on September 16,
1961 after a long illness. Before his retirement he was employed in the
Canal Zone Police Division.
Paul Cave, lead foreman, Lock operations, at the Gatun Locks, who
was retired from Panama Canal service on Sept. 30, died in the House
Calvary Hospital in New York, according to word received.
He was born in Rush Township, Ohio, on September 8, 1900.
Before coming to the Canal Zone, he had been employed by the B
and O Railroad in the United States. His first position in the Panama
Canal was as a machinist in the Cristobal shops in 1939. In 1941 he
was promoted to towing locomotive operator. In 1948 he became a lock
operator machinist, and in 1953, locks operator leading machinist. Then
came a promotion in 1956 to foreman lock operator machinist. In 1959
he was promoted to lead foreman, lock operations at the Atlantic Locks,
In his immediate family he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rita Marie
A former Canal Zone policeman, James P. Young, died at 8:30 p.m.
on Saturday, October 21, 1961, in the Sanford Hospital, Sanford, Florida,
after a long illness.
Born in Cleveland, Kentucky, Young served in the US Army during
and after World War I. He joined the Canal Zone police in May, 1923.
At the time of his retirement in 1950, Young was serving in the Bal-
boa Central Police Station but most of his service was carried out in the
old Pedro Miguel sub-station.
The deceased is to be buried in De Bary, Florida. He is survived by
his widow, a son, James P. Young, Jr., of Los Rios, and five grandchildren.
Canal Zone fireman with a resuscitator were called to Corozal when
Kenneth Charles Zimmerman, 71, a retired US citizen, died in his sleep.
A rig from the Balboa fire station responded to the call, made from
House 545--,X Corozal, occupied by Dr. Kenneth C. Zimmerman, Jr.
The deceased apparently died in his sleep while sitting in a chair in
his room, according to a Canal Zone police report.
News has been received of the death of J.H.K. Humphrey, former
assistant chief quartermaster for the Panama Canal, and a well known
former resident of the Zone. Mr. Humphrey died in Bay City, Michigan,
October 7 after a long illness.
Mr. Humphrey was born in Charles City, Iowa, and was a graduate
of the University of Minnesota. He came to the Canal Zone during Con-
struction days and held a number of positions with the Canal organiza-
tion. At the time of his retirement in 1945, he was assistant chief of the
former Quartermaster Division.
After leaving the Isthmus, Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey made their home
in Bay City. Mrs. Humphrey, who was a former Canal Zone school
teacher, died in 1959.
He is survived by a son, Comdr. Theodore J. Humphrey, USN, who
is stationed in Spain, and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Laura F. Forbes, 28, of San Mateo, California, passed away on
November 1, 1961. She is survived by her husband, James D. Forbes,
formerly of the Canal Zone, two daughters, Susan and Carol. She is also
survived by her mother, Mrs. A. Fisher of Palo Alto, California. A native
of Spokane, Washington, Mrs. Forbes was a member of Leah Chapter,
O.E.S. Funeral services were held under the auspices of Palo Alto Chap-
ter 213 O.E.S., with interment at Alta Mesa Memorial Park. Mrs. Forbes
was the daughter-in-law if Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Forbes of Tucson,
Mrs. Emma P. Young, 84, former resident living in Elyria, Ohio,
died Wednesday (November 8, 1961) in Elyria. She was a member of
Mirror Lake Christian Church; 0 E S; Panama Canal Zone Society, and
auxiliary of Spanish-American War Veterans, all of St. Petersburg. She
is survived by two sons, Hunter D., Elyria, and Thomas H., St. Peters-
burg; two sisters, Mrs. May Wigginton, Jeanerette, La., and Mrs. Sam
Smiley, Bozeman, Mont., and two grandchildren.
"There comes a time for all of us when we must say goodbye
But faith and hope and love and trust can never, never die;
Although the curtain falls at last is that a cause to grieve?
The future's fairer than the past if only we believe
And trust in God's eternal care -
So when the Master calls Let's say that life is still more fair
Although the curtain falls."
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
at Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg, Fla. August 14, 1961
President Keith Kelley called the meeting to order at 1:45 p.m. As
this was the first scheduled meeting since April a large group were present
- nearly 100 members and guests.
The following officers were present:
President -------- ---- Mr. Keith Kelley
Vice President -___.--------- Mr. W. D. Goodwin
Secretary-Treasurer ------- Mr. Lee Beil
Corresponding Secretary .--- Mrs. Lyla M. Esler
A list taken of visitors and first timers included:
Mr. Harold D. Halverson, Tampa.
Mrs. Edna Hart Musso & children, Tampa (daughter of the Max Harts)
Nancy and Linda Shedlock, Trenton, N.J.
Mrs. Elizabeth Jorgenson, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hughes, Sarasota.
Mr. and Mrs. Noble Phillips and daughter Sue, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Grady, Lakeland.
The Secretary-Treasurer gave his first report with the quoted opening
statement: "Since actively taking over the Secretary-Treasurer duties on
May 1st, the May, June and July picnics were held at Lake Maggiore so
this is the first business meeting at which I am officially reporting directly
to the membership. Actual work on my part started about the first of
March, 41/2 months ago; 2 months of learning the ins and outs of the
office and waiting for the transition. Please bear with me, I hope to im-
prove with service."
Report on Membership:
1. 1,882 members have paid dues for 1961
6 members resigned or died
1,876 members in good standing
84 members have not paid the 1961 dues
1,960 Total possible membership
2. 34 new members were added since May 1st, 1961.
3. Of the 99 delinquent members who were notified in July, 15 have
paid as of August 1, 1961.
4. 93 members have paid dues for 1962.
13 members have paid for 1963.
5 members have paid for 1964.
1 member has paid for 1965.
The 1962 cards are now issued to all who are paying 1962 advance
Mr. Beil announced that President Keith Kelley had called a meeting
of the Executive Committee for August 2, 1961. Members called were
Present Keith Kelley ---- President
W. D. Goodwin----- Vice-President
Lee R. Beil -- Secretary-Treasurer
Lyla M. Esler -------- Corresponding Secretary
Macon Turner -..--- Immediate Past President
Chas. G. Calvert Member at Large
Wm. Bartlett ..---- Member at Large, reported sick
Harry J. Lewis ----- Member at Large, unable to attend
The Committee recommended Mr. Herbert Paddock and Mr. James
Marshall as Auditors to replace Mr. Geo. Thurgood and Mr. Henry Hud-
son who both resigned due to ill health, and reviewed the Blood Bank and
various other present operations of the Society. Their authorizations, rec-
ommendations and the results of their studies and those of appointed
committees will be published in the December Record.
Mr. Kieswetter advised that he had received a letter from Governor
Thatcher asking for a complete set of Records for the Library of Congress.
President Kelley said that the Society does not have a complete set and
asked if anyone who might have a set and would care to give it for this
purpose would please let him know.
President Kelley gave a most interesting resume' of their vacation
trip which included a dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Wynne at the
Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:50 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by
Lyla M. Esler, Corresponding Sec'y.
SEPTEMBER 14, 1961
The picnic held by the Panama Canal Society at Lake Maggiore on
September 11, 1961 was well attended by approximately 100 members and
guests. One of the highlights of the afternoon was a talk given by Mr.
John T. Robison, a Director of the Central Plaza Bank of St. Petersburg
concerning the proposed rates of the General Telephone Company.
The following guests stood up for recognition as their names were
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Zablocki (Betty Jones)-Canal Zone
Cecil and Ethel Banan-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Evans
Mrs. Daisy Randall-Tampa, Florida
Peter and Geneva Shrapnel-Pasadena, California
Henry and Rose Martin-Bridgeport, Connecticut
Mrs. Miles Topping-Chicago, Illinois
Mrs. Olive Orr-Canal Zone
Mrs. Melba Hintz-Canal Zone
Mrs. Betty Jorgeson-Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Deakins-Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman J. Benthall-Bradenton, Florida
Mrs. Phyllis Crook-Canal Zone
Mr. Stewart Jadis-Canal Zone
Mrs. Lyla M. Esler,
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
at Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg, Florida October 9, 1961
President Keith Kelley called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.
Approximately 72 members, guests and visitors attended this last picnic
meeting. The following officers were present:
President ...........-------.------ Mr. Keith Kelley
Secretary-Treasurer Mr. Lee Beil
Corresponding Secretary .-_. Mrs. Lyla M. Esler
Visitors, first timers or guests arose to acknowledge their introduc-
tion when their names were called as follows:
Mrs. Ulric (Jo) Hughes-now residing in St. Petersburg
Mr. John D. Wilson-Tampa
Mr. Max Hart-Tampa
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Lockridge-new residents of St. Petersburg
Mrs. Wm. Williamsen and
Mrs. Frances Schewe-who will soon reside in St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Grady-Lakeland who come too regularly
to be considered guests
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Deakins-Canal Zone
Mrs. Daisy Randall
Mr. Blanchard V. Hutchings-formerly C.Z. Customs, now residents
Mrs. Dorothy Browning Cantway-visiting sisters Eunice and Laura
Mrs. Peggy Sherlock-Tampa
Mr. Elmer P. Hogle
Mr. Oscar Hunter
President Kelley asked the membership for permission to contact
Sheriff Don Genung and ask him to come to our next meeting and tell us
about his program on juvenile delinquency.
President Kelley stated that the Executive Committee has been work-
ing on the By-Laws and Constitution of the Society which are to be re-
written. He said that one of the changes recommended by the Committee
was placing the Record Editor as an elective officer rather than appoint-
ive. He then read the whole revised Constitution and By-Laws to the
members for their comment.
Mr. J. F. Everett, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, then read
the following slate of officers, which he stated had been unanimously
selected by the Committee to be offered for election at our next reunion:
For President ----Mr. Wm. D. Goodwin
Vice-President -- Mr. H. V. Howard
Secretary-Treasurer ---- Mr. Lee Beil
Corresponding Secretary --. Mrs. Lyla M. Esler
Canal Record Editor ----- Mrs. Betty Lockridge
Mr. Everett said the Committee deeply appreciates the willingness of
these members to serve the Society and they trust that the entire member-
ship will, when the opportunity permits, express its sincere thanks indi-
Announcement was made that a letter had been received from Mrs.
Amy McCormack stating that her book "South to Panama" would be on
sale for $2.25 and enclosed an interesting newspaper clipping about the
book and herself. A letter from Mrs. Lawrence Baker was also read stat-
ing that Floridians would be admitted for 50c at Weeki Wachi during
the month of November, by showing their driver's license.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by:
Lyla M. Esler, Corresponding Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Trust y'all enjoyed your summer trips to hither and yon as our folk
did up here in the Ozarks, now aflame with colors as only Nature can
Our Society met in Crescent Hotel, High a'top the unique town of
Eureka Springs, Sunday, October 8th, for our annual luncheon and elec-
tion. Walter F. Reif is our new President and your reporter was re-elected
Secretary-Treasurer for the 11th time. My only regret is that so many
of our former Canal Zone folk missed a mighty fine luncheon and the
wonderful program. "Back in 1914 Glenn Ward Dresbach wrote and
read at a banquet given for General George Washington Goethals, the
"Ode on the Completion of the Panama Canal", and won such an ovation
that Goethals remarked to the poet "I thought I was the guest of honor
here!" That is what was published in the Tulsa World last June. Sensing
the material for a good program, correspondence was established with
the famous poet who is recognized as "A Poet of the World" and now lives
quietly in his home "Bon Repos" in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Mrs. Dres-
bach (Beverley) pinch hit for her husband because of his present ill
health. Beverley read the "Ode" then surprised us by reading letters from
our beloved Maurice H. Thatcher, first Civilian Governor of the Panama
Canal, W. A. Carter, present Governor of the Canal and one from her
husband. Each letter expressed so clearly the bond of fellowship that
exists between all who have shared in the building of the Panama Canal
from its beginning, up to and including the present. For those who may
remember reading or hearing the "Ode" and the many who have not, a
copy is being forwarded to the Editor. Following Mrs. Dresbach it was
interesting to hear the "Impressions" each one present remembered of
the first time they arrived at the Canal. Marcus Gould of Rogers had the
earliest service record 1905.
Our visitors included Ray and Evelyn Shuey presently visiting his
mother in Neosho, Missouri, Frank and Anne Cunningham of Pompano
Beach, Fla. and Francis and Johanna Hargy of St. Petersburg. We were
all thrilled to learn that Francis Hargy knew Glenn Ward Dresbach 'way
back when both were young and gay and the Panama Canal was hailed
as the greatest engineering feat of it's time.
Walter Zimmerman brought his guests Betty and Bob Peterson of
Margarita, Canal Zone, arriving, as he facetiously remarked, "In time to
kiss us all good-bye." They lost themselves in our lovely hills. His wife,
Irene, was in New York state taking care of critically ill relatives.
We missed our faithful members, Billie and Grover Bohan of Jones-
boro, Ark., who were on a trip to New Hampshire to enjoy the Flaming
Fall Revue and visit with Grover's family. The Shueys cut short their
Alaskan trip when they found Ray was having difficulty seeing through
the dust created by passing cars, so at Mile 347 they turned around. In
Denver, a cataract operation was performed and all is well. The Hargys
were headed West and the Frank Cunninghams were guests of the Walter
Sorry to hear that Mr. G. H. Evers of Neosho, Mo. is not quite so
robust at this time. The Lawrence Adlers of Panama City made an over-
night stop stay longer, next time, folk. Does any one have a small
vial of Black Sand from Gorgona? Bob McNew, 209 So. College St.,
Mountain Home, Ark. is an avid "rock hound" and is President of the
Arkansas Earth Science Association studying rock formations and is in-
terested in having some Black Sand. His daughter Mary Margaret is a
student in the Evangel Seminary, Springfield, Mo., leaving Danny the last
of the children "at home". These youngsters do grow up and leave us.
News from Bentonville: Mrs. Mattie MacAulay is on a trip to the
Virginias with a local friend. Mattie will stop to see the Paul Furrs. It's
another grandson for Grandpa James P. Coman. Robert Scott Coman
born September 9, 1961 in Hawaii will make his home with Capt. and
Mrs. James (Frances) Coman. The Williams, Earnest and Haleen, report
"No Visitors" but she is enjoying her Garden Club work. Her lovely home
is the setting for the Club's Annual Tea which occurs this week. She also
shares the fun of meeting and visiting with the many guests at the Engelke
Super-Duper Motel which one week-end included Dr. John, Chrissie and
baby Kathy Engelke of California; Paul, Jan and Michael Engelke; Bill
Engelke, a student at the U of A here in Fayetteville; and Rita Engelke
Grammer with husband Harold. Edith Engelke reports "A good time was
had by all." Other visitors were Lois Stapf Mauer and husband Bob who
flew from Los Angeles in their plane. The Carl Newhards were her for
two weeks and enjoyed the Ozarks very much. Another frequent visitor
is Tommy Ebdon who is also a student at the U of A.
The many friends of George and Edith will rejoice with them in the
selection of their son, Dr. John Engelke to deliver a paper to a select
group of Chemical Engineers on an important subject. This took place
in Cambridge, Mass. They took George's sister Sue back home to Beth-
esda, Md. While there they visited with her family and managed to see a
few former Canal Zonites living in that area. Mrs. Cecilia Parmeter, the
Rev. Robert Jackson and wife, Mary Ann, who were visiting their son
Robert and family. Son Robert teaches in Galludett College for Deaf, the
only College of its kind in the U.S. Forgot to mention that Clem and
Mildred Genis "also stopped by for a much too short a visit."
News from Rogers: The Lynn Cooks report that Roy Sharp of Summit
Gardens and wife Nee' Frances Violet, and two children were one day
visitors. Their grandson, David Nanney, son of Col. and Mrs. David
Nanny of Turkey, was with them a few days before proceeding to Cali-
fornia where he is now a Freshman at the Stanford University. Before
leaving Turkey, David, with his parents, younger brother and sister, Don-
ald and Sylvia, toured Europe for a month. Granddaughter Suellyn Nan-
nay is a Sophomore at the Univ. of Arkansas.
From Springdale the news of the passing on of Mrs. Molly Johnson,
mother of our Mrs. Marione Campbell saddened us. We had been looking
forward to having her in our midst in the not too far distant future. Our
Sympathy to her family. Marione's Sister, Mrs. Norma Angermueller is
also a resident of Springdale and returned to her home from the Zone
shortly before her mother's death. We found the Bill Mathues (Carrie)
well and happy and busy, always ready to serve coffee and the most deli-
cious "Black Bottom". pie. For one who never eats desserts, Carrie is a
Whiz at making them.
Lois Jeffries of St. Louis, Mo. was a guest of the Mathues. Lois was
a nurse at the Panama Hospital and later at P.A.D. in Curundu. It was a
happy week for the two former nurses.
In Fayetteville your reporter gets dizzy trying to keep up with the
activities of Mrs. Nannie I. Brown. Having five children, 13 grandchild-
ren and 22 great grandchildren who come to visit then take her on a trip,
it will be amazing if this report records her visitors and trips in sequence.
Walter Guy Brown of Balboa with son Walter Jr., were here. Their visit
coincided with a visit of his sister and family, Frances B. Whitlock, hus-
band Andy and son "Uncle" Eddie who were returning to Houston after
visiting their two daughters and ten grandchildren. Mrs. Minnie Daniel-
son, Nannie's sister-in-law was with them. Walter Guy and son left to
meet their wife and mother, Pearl Brown in Washington, D.C., then on
to Blacksburg, Va. where Walter Jr. entered the Virginia Polytech Insti-
tute. Walter J., received high honors for his splendid record with the
R.O.T.C. of the Balboa High School. When the Whitlocks returned to
Houston they took Nannie with them. Nannie's sister, Bates Wieman with
husband Walter recently returned from ten days in Houston. (For picture
of Mrs. Brown and some of her family, see cut)
Walter and Martha Reif report that "Bud" and Hazel Kilbey of Bal-
boa were recent house guests and enjoyed our Ozark mountains. Bud
picked up several stones for his hobby of polishing stones into objects of
beauty. Other visitors were Marion and Louis Fraser, formerly of the
Zone, now of New Jersey. Their son Walter and family are now located
in Oklahoma City where Walter is connected with an Accounting firm.
Naturally the Sr. Reifs are happy to have their son a mere five hour drive
away since their daughter Betty with doctor husband and two children
are located "way out" in Sunnyvale, California.
We miss the Edwin P. Higgins (Mildred Makibbin) since Ed. moved
his family to Sparta, Missouri where he has accepted a teaching position
with the Sparta Consolidated High School. He teaches Music and English
and coaches the Glee Clubs and Band. The Heinie Hallin said "No re-
port", but that is because they are so busy doing so many things that a
family with a handsome teen-age son and a lovely teen-age daughter do
now-a-days. Theo. keeps busy on Sunday, teaching a class, singing in the
Choir conducting a Jr. Choir in addition to teaching sixth graders; during
After spending several months between Bentonville, Fayetteville and
Denver, Colorado, the Jr. Shaws, Ray, Barbara and "tornado" Mark (4
years) returned to their home in Gamboa. In the struggle for the atten-
tion of the host of Tranquil Acres, I am sorry to report our 30 head of
sheep lost out and were sold. Frequent trips to N.A.R.C.E. Conventions
and almost daily attendance at the Community Adult Center of which
husband Newell is Chairman were the opponents. We leave tomorrow to
attend an A.M.K.O.T. Council and the Texas Federation of N.A.R.C.E.
in Fort Worth and will meet the Grover Bohans there.
Once again we are approaching the season of "Peace on Earth to all
men of good will." Why must it be seasonal?
Why is it that we sing of Peace
On Earth, Good Will Toward Men
At Christmas time and then revert
To Pagan ways again?
Before the waning year departs
Our Christmas piety
Is discarded with the tinsel
And the withered Chrismas tree.
Why is it that we cannot hold
This thought the whole year through
And live in peace with all mankind
As He would have us do?
THOMAS PATTON MOCK
To all readers of the Canal Record we of the Panama Canal Society
of Northwest Arkansas say "A right jolly Christmas and a wonderful
1962 to y'all."
Blanche E. Shaw
Come to the Reunion on January 9th and 10th *
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Period July 16th to October 15th, 1961
The St. Petersburg area members enjoyed an exceptional weather-
wise summer for picnics. In spite of working the business end, I enjoy
every minute of the brief chats and friendly hellos. Fortunate indeed are
we who have chosen retirement living surrounded with neighborly visits
and social gatherings. How long under the present and with the chang-
ing personnel, attitude and conditions in the Canal Zone, can the principle
and idea of this Society continue? The first generation rank (1904-1929)
are cut down in greater number each passing year The second rank
are noticably thinning The third in rank jobs abolished before the
earned "Job well done" farewells are said.
The Executive Committee held two regular and one special meeting
during August and September. The revised "Constitution and Bylaws of
The Panama Canal Society of Florida", and the newly organized "Consti-
tution and Bylaws of the Panama Canal Retired Employees of Florida
Blood Bank Fund" were two of the major accomplishments. Acceptance
of the Blood Bank Constitution and Bylaws at the regular business meet-
ing October 9th by more than 80 members of the Blood Bank Fund estab-
lishes the fund upon a firm foundation. Congratulations are due The Pan-
ama Canal Society; Sponsor and fund custodian from December 9th, 1957
to October 9th, 1961.
Have pondered the question why after four notices, 60 members lost
interest and had to be dropped for nonpayment of 1961 dues? Statistically:
Dues cards issued in 1960 ----------------- 1834
Dropped for payment of 1961 dues ------- 60
Members in 1960 carried over into 1961----------- 1774
Dues cards issued by October 15, 1961------------ 1925
Members carried over from 1960 -------- 1774
New members gained during 1961 by October 15th .---. 151
1945 names and addresses have gone into the 1962 Year Book. Re-
quiring more than 30,000 checks for mistakes, additions and changes.
With the deadline set for October 1st, the last week was a scramble in re-
ceived corrections. Have been getting corrections and changes too late for
1962. I suppose, in spite of the effort, unintended errors still can be found.
Reunion plans are well advanced. Mrs. Lucille Judd, the General
Chairman, has been working on this job, and we can expect an excellent
LEE R. BEIL
With Christmas and the New Year close at hand We send to you
our friendship, best wishes and appreciation. May each of you have a
joyous Christmas, and may happiness complement each day of 1962. Be
kind to one another Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Helen and Lee Bell
Come to the Reunion on January 9th and 10th 0
IN AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
The Pan-Canal Club of Cent. Ark. met at the Czechoslovakian Villa
Dining Room on Rd. 7 S. on the afternoon of Sept. 30, and enjoyed the
evening dinner there together. The food was excellent, and the event
well attended. The committee of the Mesdames Ann Bartholomew and
Ann Reinig made these fine arrangements. The following were indisposed
and couldn't attend. John Walker, now in Fla. recuperating after leaving
hospital, Mrs. Frances Horter, Mrs. Fred Atkinson who underwent eye
surgery for removal of a cataract, Mr. G. A. Parker, and Mrs. Anna Piper.
A 'Get Well' card was sent to each, with all names of each present on each
card. We are happy to report that all are recovering. All present stood
with bowed heads in a period of silence to revere the memory of our dear
departed neighbors and friends of Pedro Miguel days, Mrs. John Wainio
and Mrs. Charles Hutchinson, who passed recently.
Those who came the farthest were the Lawrence Adlers of Panama
City. They were taking the hot health baths in our Spa and visiting old
friends. They left here to visit in Fayetteville, thence to Kansas City. The
next farthest who attended were the Francis F. Hargys of St. 'Pete' who
also were taking the baths.
The N. W. C. Z. Society of Ark. reports a good time at their Eureka
Springs dinner and reunion on Oct. 8. Sorry none of us could attend-
thanks for your kind invitation!
Mrs. Coleen Doucett accompanied her mother, Mrs. G. O. Parker to
our Reunion dinner she was a former C.Z. lass-now has moved with
her family of 2 boys and 1 girl to Hot Springs to live at 1610 Greenwood
The Lynn Cottrells have just returned from their annual summer
sojourn in No. Wisconsin-and stopped on return trip to celebrate the
birthday of their daughter Mrs. Vivian Ried and to be with her and hus-
band and family several days.
Mrs. Estelle DeCora returned from a visit to W. Memphis to see her
daughter and husband, Dr. Lanford-a prominent surgeon in that city.
Her son Lambert DeCora and wife and 3 daughters live in Little Rock.
The Rufus Garretts of Okolona report a most pleasant visit during
the Labor Day week end with Col. and Mrs. O. F. Sonneman of Fort Smith.
Both families were former Zone 'Atlantic Siders'.
The John Bissetts of N. Little Rock report better health, Lt. Col. and
Mrs. H. J. Christiansen (the former Agnes Granberry), from Little Rock,
also the James Alien and son Jimmie from L. Rock were delighted with
the setting, food and get together of our dinner.
Col. Howard S. McConkie a former Gorgas doctor reported that Mrs.
McConkie couldn't attend with him, as her mother was ill. His son Dr.
Stuart McConkie is a physician in the Medical Arts B'l'd'g.
Jack Reinig has been sojourning in St. Jos. Hospital since a few
days after the Reunion. Our genial Sec.-Treas. was not overworked we
hope but he is recovering nicely and we're all glad.
The Geo. C. Thurgoods of St. 'Pete' were Aug. visitors and bathers
in our Nat. Park. Mr. Ernest Angermuller of Springdale, Ark., and a
friend, Mr. Carl Warner of Gatun motored over to visit Henry Pilot, also
contacted the Bill Bartholomews and the Reinigs. He told that his wife,
Norma was in Panama, attending her mother, Mrs. Mollie Johnson who
had a leg amputated because of a gangrenous infection. Mr. Charles
Emlow of the Pacific Locks visited here in Oct. and called on the B. Barth-
olomews, Bill Burns, Fred Atkinsons, and Art Wynne. He and his wife
came up on a vacation in Minn. but she will return to C.Z. later, being
detained by the serious illness of her sister.
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey, (Hazel), of Diablo Hts., C.Z. were guests
of Mrs. Adam J. Dorn in Sept. Before coming to H. Sprs. they spent
some of their vacation in Minn, Missouri with home folks, and Fayette-
ville with the Walter Reifs. Daughter Christina who was with them, was
sent to Balboa by plane in order to attend school's opening at the High
School. They left here via W. Miss. to New Orleans to take the 'Cristobal'
to CZ on Sept. 26. Also sailing on that boat were the E. M. Kruegers who
were visiting Mrs. Krueger's (Barbara's) parents, the B. Bartholomews
here in Hot Sprs.
The Grover Bohans of Jonesboro had an autumn visit in New Hamp-
shire and are expected back soon. Dr. and Mrs. Ben Saltzman, (Betty
Bohan), of Mt. Home, Ark. were week end visitors around 15 of Oct., and
attended a big gathering of Elks of the State here in Hot Sprs., the Dr.
being the Pres. of Ark. State Elks Association.
Starting where I 'left off' in my last 'Edition' of the Record during
my July and Aug. sojourn in the Bay Area of Calif., I 'contacted' and
visited with a no. in that section, Mrs. Wesley Hutchings, (Mabel), who
reported her family well and happy one son and family living near-
by, and the other son away in the Service, and Wesley enjoying good
health again. Mr. Isaac Andrews as agile and busy as ever with church
affairs and NARCE work. I visited Mr. and Mrs. 'Bob' Mills in Redwood
City found all well, and also their son Graham Brotherson in San
Leandro. Graham has a charming wife and family of 3 and home, and
is an Electrical Engineer in San Francisco and his sister Doris (Mrs.
C. F. Hand), husband and family live in Concord. I also visited Major
and Mrs. James McDonald in San Jose and was fortunate to again see
their son Herbert, and make acquaintance with his wife and family.
The Guy Lords of Gamboa were vacationing in their home city of
S. Francisco, and their son, Guy Jr. was to enter Reed College in Port-
land, Oregon this fall. Guy Jr. was a graduate from Balboa High School,
with a 'flare' for writing special articles in the 'Parakeet' especially in
the recent issues. The VanGelders of Gamboa have retired and Mrs. 'Van'
(Minnie), preceded her husband, 'coming up' on a Fruiter which docked
at San Fran. for a day. Mrs. Lord and Mrs. E. Reimer, (Cornelia), met
her at the dock and the trio had a fine time at luncheon and shopping
together in S.F. Mrs. 'Van' took the boat again to Portland where they
plan to make their home. Mr. VanGelder will join her on a later ship.
Mrs. Cornelia Reimer of Sierra Madre visited kin folks in Berkeley,
and the Guy Lords, and Frances Dorn in San Fran. The Louis Gluds are
now living in W. Sacramento, having spent the winter in Lake Tahoe.
Louis is connected with the Sport Goods and Toy Dep't. of a big store in
Sacramento. Their daughter, Louise, now Mrs. Philip Maher, and hus-
band, recently married, now live in South Pasadena.
In the Santa Rosa area, the Frank Bryans, former Pedro Miguelites
were contacted, saying they were all well and happy, and that their
son and daughter and families lived in nearby cities. They are grand-
parents and are very fond of their grandchildren. The Prentice F. Wilsons
('Pete') of Sta. Rosa were well and enjoying life in Calif. He has a
very responsible position with the Water System of Santa Rosa.
Enroute homeward, I again stopped a day with Theresa Ball, a for-
mer CZ teacher, in her lovely home in L.A. I also enjoyed her sweet
hospitality and the dear little Irish Colleens who are her son John's lovely
In El Cajon, I was able to enjoy several days of trailer life with Jack
and Flo Lamb. Since then they've gone to Seattle to visit their son Robert
Ross and family, and from there have gone to Charleston, S.C., Jack-
sonville, Fla., Miss. and New Orleans to visit friends and kinfolks.
Homeward bound, I was able to visit briefly with the W. C. Zeecks,
(Carl and Christine), in Lamesa, Tex., in their lovely home on their huge
ranch on which grow lots of cotton and beans. Joyce, their daughter,
(Mrs. Grover 'Bill' Mundell), and husband and sons, Joe and Don, live
in Walsh, Colo., and are cattle ranchers. Richard, the older son is Lieut.
in the Air Force, and with wife and 2 daughters are stationed at McGuire
Airforce Base in N. Jersey; and Charles, their younger son and wife and
2 sons live on a large ranch near Tulia, Tex.
Jarvis Zeeck, (Carl's brother), wife and family of 3 boys and 1 girl
are vegetable ranchers and live in Plainville, near Tulia. His oldest son,
Phillip, is in Medical School in Houston, All the Zeecks were once Pedro
Miguelites, neighbors and our friends in C.Z. They told me that in early
summer, the Harry Corns of Balboa were their guests and were on their
way to West Coast to meet their son, Don, a ranger in Ore., and their
daughter Carolyn who is a college co-ed, and during a summer course
had Judy Lindsay as a roommate. Miss Judy is a teacher in the Ore.
Mrs. Frances Dingier and mother Mrs. Frances Peirce now of Tucson,
Ariz. spent the summer in Port Orchard, Wash., and returned home via
Yellowstone to enjoy that Park.
Mrs. Edith Wicks of Polk, Pennsylvania is an expected visitor to
Hot Springs as a guest of F. Dorn, coming here from a visit in Jay,
Okla. where she was to visit Mrs. Dorothy Shelden who is a Public Health
nurse in that area.
The E. C. Hartshornes of Seattle write that they are busy as usual,-
with their garden, yard and flowers. Gene grew some prize 'mums' that
were his specialty this year.
Tho 'tis rather early to say it, I'm wishin' 'you all' a Merry Christ-
mas and a very Happy 1962!
Hasta la Reunion en St. 'Pete',
Frances S. Dorn
Come to the Reunion on January 9th and 10th 0
NEWS FROM MIAMI
Only a small group were present for the picnic of the Panama Canal
Society of Southeastern Florida on August 20th. Our president, Mr. Dan
Jones, presided at a brief business meeting and called on each one to in-
troduce himself. He announced the birth that morning of a baby girl to
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Jones, two of our active members.
We were happy to welcome for the first time Mr. Lawrence C. Calla-
way, Jr. who was born and brought up in Canal Zone and now resides in
Miami. With him was his mother, Mrs. L. C. Calloway, Sr., who can tell
most interesting stories of the early days in Panama. Among the visitors
were Marilyn Metzger Marsh and her daughters, Billie Ruth and Edythe
Susan of Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Marsh and daughters returned to their home in
Coco Solo in September. Mrs. Marsh had been in Miami since January
attending the University of Miami. She received her Bachelor of Arts
degree in August with a major in history.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Bailey and son, Teddy, spent two months
vacation in a water-front apartment in Ft. Lauderdale. They flew back
to Canal Zone late in August.
Jupiter Pluvius really let go with a heavy rainstorm just at the time
of our October 15th picnic. But despite the storm about thirty-five hardy
souls and almost a score of children braved the weather to attend the last
picnic of 1961 at the Rock Shelter in Matheson Hammock.
After a hearty lunch, buffet style, the President, Mr. Dan Jones, called
the meeting to order and each one was asked to give his name and dates
of service with the Panama Canal. This was followed by the report of
the Treasurer, Mr. A. G. Dunham.
Your reporter was taken by surprise when the President presented
her with a framed, hand-printed Certificate of Award for faithful service
in reporting the doings of our Society to the Editor of the Canal Record.
She was indeed grateful for such a gracious gesture of appreciation.
The most important order of business was the election of officers for
the coming year during which the President invited his brother, Mr. James
Horace Jones, to preside. Those duly elected for the year 1962 are as
President Mr. Hobart Y. Andrews
(New Address) 1130 W. 45th Place, Hialeah
Vice President Mr. James A. Jones
1235 N.W. 34th St., Miami 42 .._--------------- -Tel NE 3-3535
Secretary Mr. Clarence H. True
No. 3091 Lime Court, Miami 33 .-..-Tel. HI 4-4187
Treasurer Mr. A. G. Dunham
4611 N.W. llth Ave., Miami 37 ------ Tel. PL 9-0009
Reporter Mrs. I. W. Metzger
2500 Swanson Ave., Miami 33 ----- Tel. HI 6-2729
The President-elect, Mr. Andrews, requested an expression of opin-
ion regarding places of meeting for next year. The majority seemed to
be in favor of reserving the Rock Shelter at Matheson Hammock for our
picnics in 1962.
We were happy to welcome several new-comers to our Society. Among
them were Mr. and Mrs. Morris Lovell (the former Edith Shuey), Dr. and
Mrs. R. E. Dillman, Dr. and Mrs. William J. Carson, Mrs. Harvey D.
Smith and Mrs. Bertha Carr. Nor should we forget to mention little Miss
Amanda Bryan Jones, 2 months old, who was born on the date of our last
picnic. She is the daughter of Mr. James A. Jones, our new Vice-Presi-
dent elect. Her brother, aged two, began attending our meetings at a very
early age also.
Dr. and Mrs. William J. Carlson, Jr. (nee' Kay Cross) have lived in
Miami about two years and have a small son, William J. III, almost a
"CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS"
"THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA"
Executive Committee recommended changes to the Constitution and By-Laws
The executive Committee will present, a resolution to the membership
for consideration and vote of ratification, at the annual business meeting
to be held in the Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida, Tuesday, January
9th, 1962, at 2. P.M. in the afternoon.
RESOLUTION: Whereas the Constitution and Bylaws adopted by
the Panama Canal Society of Florida on the occasion of the 18th Anniver-
sary, February 22, 1950, set forth and proclaimed the proposition of per-
petuity of the personal memories associated with the great Panama Canal
AND: Where-as with the passage of time, recognition and prestige
of the Society, growth of membership and responsibility of services; We
now propose the adoption of a revised Constitution and Bylaws more in
keeping with the present and anticipated future welfare of the Society.
BE IT RESOLVED: That the Constitution and Bylaws of The Pan-
ama Canal Society of Florida as published in the December 1961 issue
of the "Canal Record" be adopted and forthwith proclaimed as the Pur-
pose, Ideal, Aim and Government of this Society.
Date: OCTOBER 14, 1961 President: KEITH E. KELLEY
We, former employees of the United States Government having served
in the construction, operation or maintenance of the Panama Canal, and
retaining the memories, of community life, of sharing various sacrifices,
of the prevailing determination and urge for the full realization of
American ideals and aims in this great project, and of the resultant
strong bonds of personal respect, of mutual assistance, and of neigh-
borly friendship, do now thoughtfully and earnestly associate ourselves
together as The Panama Canal Society of Florida. The principles and
purposes of which shall be foremost allegiance to the United States of
America, fidelity to its constitution and laws, and the preservation of
these ideals and friendships.
ARTICLE 1 NAME
This organization shall be known as "The Panama Canal Society of
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
The purpose of this Society shall be primarily to promote the welfare
of its members, to perpetuate the friendships formed in the Canal Zone.
To facilitate these aims by arranging social gatherings and meetings
at convenient locations in the State of Florida.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP
Membership in this Society shall be open to all citizens of the United
States of America, who were or are now employed in the construction,
operation or maintenance of the Panama Canal, or who resided in the
Canal Zone or in the cities adjacent thereto, as well as citizens who were
associated with this great project but with residence in the United
Members of families of such eligibles shall be eligible for member-
ship. Friends of eligibles may be invited to join the Society.
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
The officers of this Society shall be President, Vice-President, Secre-
tary-Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary and Record Editor. These five
officers shall be elected by a simple majority vote of the members in
attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Society, and shall hold office
for a term of one year, or until their successors have been elected and
take office. The term of office of these elected officers shall begin with
the next meeting following the Annual Meeting and election.
ARTICLE V MEETINGS
The Society shall hold regular meetings and Anniversary Reunion once
ARTICLE VI BYLAWS
The Society shall adopt such bylaws as shall be appropriate for gov-
erning it's functions.
ARTICLE VII AMENDMENTS
The Constitution and the bylaws of this Society may be amended at
any Annual Meeting by a two-thirds vote of those voting, a quorum
being present, or at any special meeting called for this purpose after
suitable notice has been given to all members stating the proposed
changes and reasons therefore.
ARTICLE I DUTIES OF OFFICERS
1. The duties of the officers shall be those usually pertaining to such
officers in any organization.
2. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society and Execu-
tive Committee. Subject to the review and approval of the Executive
Committee he shall designate the depository for the funds of the So-
ciety and shall confer with the Secretary Treasurer concerning the
expenditures of Society funds, and in case of the temporary absence
of the Secretary-Treasurer, the President shall have authority for
receiving and disbursing funds of the Society.
3. The President shall have the authority to fill vacancies in any elected
office for the unexpired term subject to the review and approval of
the Executive Committee. In the absence or incapacity of the Presi-
dent, the Executive Committee shall have this authority to fill vacan-
4. The President shall be responsible for the holding and safe keeping
of surety bonds of bonded officers.
5. The Vice-President shall preside in the absence of the President and
shall assist the President in such duties as the President may desire.
6. The Secretary-Treasurer shall maintain adequate financial records and
bank accounts and be accountable, under bond, for the proper handling
and disbursement of all funds of the Society. The Secretary-Treas-
urer shall issue serially numbered membership cards as receipts for
dues, and shall maintain an up-to-date roster of all members and their
7. The Corresponding Secretary shall conduct the general correspondence
of the Society and shall assist in the correspondence of the other offi-
cers upon request. The Corresponding Secretary shall keep a record
of business and motion transactions of the meetings, and of the Exec-
utive Committee. Detailed accounts of purely social affairs or general
discussions need not burden these records.
8. The Record Editor shall edit, publish and mail the Canal Record.
9. Other officers considered advisable, shall be appointed by the Presi-
dent for terms of office of such length as may be found convenient,
all subject to the review and approval of the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE II COMMITTEES
1. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the President,
the immediate Past-President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer,
Corresponding Secretary, Record Editor, and at least three other
members as the President may consider proper.
2. The duties of this committee shall be to see that the purpose and aims
of the Society are properly executed, to consider and conduct the busi-
ness of the Society between regular meetings, to consider all proposals
for amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws and to make recom-
mendations to the Society for or against the adoption of such propo-
sals, to consider the justification for and to authorize the expenditure
of the Society funds for other than routine purposes.
3. The Executive Committee shall determine the amount of the Secretary-
Treasurer surety bond as may be deemed sufficient to protect the in-
terests of the Society.
4.' It shall be considered improper to attempt soliciting favors in any
form or discussing politics or religion at the meetings of this Society.
Worthy and deserving causes and subjects shall first be referred to
the Executive Committee for proper investigation and recommenda-
tion before any action is taken by the Society.
5. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to consider the re-
quest of the President for investigation and report on any subject of
interest to the Society and to perform such other executive functions
as the President may request.
6. There shall be an auditing Committee consisting of two members,
one shall be designated as Chairman. The members of this committee
shall be appointed by the President subject to review and approval
of the Executive Committee.
7. The duties of this committee shall be to audit the accounts and related
records of the Secretary-Treasurer and render reports and recom-
mendations to the Society annually unless shorter intervals are found
to be preferable. At the time these accounts and records are trans-
ferred to an incoming officer an audit shall be made.
8. Other committees may be appointed by the President for specific pur-
poses as the Executive Committee or the membership may consider
proper and advisable.
ARTICLE III MEETINGS
1. The regular monthly meetings of the Society shall be held on such
dates, and at such hour and place as the officers and membership may
find convenient and desirable.
Note: For dates and places of the meetings refer to the Year Book.
2. The Annual Meeting of the Society shall be of the nature of a conven-
tion but preferably called an Annual Reunion, and be held during the
month of January. The exact date depending on the circumstances and
the availability of a suitable place with facilities for this occasion.
3. Special meetings may be called by the President should circumstances
justify such action or a special meeting may be called upon the written
request of at least fifteen members. Timely notice stating the purpose
of such special meetings shall be mailed to all members.
4. A quorum for the proper transaction of Society business shall consist
of twenty (20) active members in good standing for regular monthly
meetings and forty (40) active members in good standing for the an-
nual meetings. In case a meeting of members representing less than
a quorum needs to adjourn without transacting any business, due
notice shall be given concerning the occasion of the next future meet-
5. The order of business at meetings of this Society shall be observed
(1) Welcome to visitors and new members.
(2) Report of the Secretary-Treasurer.
(3) Report of Corresponding Secretary.
(4) Reports of Committees.
(6) Subjects of Special interest.
(7) Unfinished business.
(8) New business.
6. The business transactions of the Society shall be conducted in accord-
ance with the requirements of its Constitution and Bylaws. In case
the need for additional regulations arise, Robert's Rules of Order
ARTICLE IV DUES
1. The dues of the Society shall be three dollars ($3.00) a year by cal-
endar years, and shall entitle members in good standing to receive
the Canal Record and Year Book when issued.
2. Dues shall be considered payable in January of each calendar year,
and will be considered delinquent on February 1st in any calendar
year. New members will be accepted after July 1st in any year for
$1.50 in dues for the balance of that particular calendar year pro-
vided the following years dues are paid in advance at the same time.
"FLORIDA BLOOD BANK MEMBERSHIP"
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE
"P.C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA BLOOD BANK FUND"
ADAPTED OCTOBER 9, 1961
NOTICE TO ALL BLOOD BANK MEMBERS: Upon recommenda-
tion of the Auditors of the Panama Canal Society of Florida accounts,
and to conform with Internal Revenue Service requirements: The Execu-
tive Committee of the Panama Canal Society of Florida presented to the
Blood Bank membership attending the business meeting held at Lake Mag-
giore on October 9, 1961, the following Constitution and Bylaws for con-
sideration and adoption. The same being read, copies passed for inspec-
tion, questions answered and explanations.
The same was put to vote, adopted and became the new "P.C. RE-
TIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA BLOOD BANK FUND" organiza-
The membership deferred the selection and election of the fund
Chairman until the December 11, 1961 business meeting. During the
interim, the Secretary-Treasurer who was officially elected upon adoption
of the Constitution and Bylaws, represents the only officially elected
Business will be carried out under the new Constitution and Bylaws.
Expenditure of funds, questions requiring action, reports of progress and
financial reports will be presented to the membership by the Secretary-
Treasurer for the interim period.
Date: OCTOBER 14, 1961 Secretary-Treasurer, LEE R. BEIL
"P C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA BLOOD BANK FUND"
We, the retired employees of the Panama Canal residing in the State of
Florida, realizing the need for continuity of neighborly friendship and
mutual assistance in emergencies, sickness and distress, do now thought-
fully and earnestly associate ourselves together as the "Panama Canal
Retired Employees of Florida Blood Bank Fund."
The principles and purposes of which shall be to establish, operate and
administer a mutual Blood Bank Fund and the Emergency Reserve
Blood Supply credits of the membership.
ARTICLE I NAME
This organization shall be known as "P. C. Retired Employees of Flor-
ida Blood Bank Fund."
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
The purpose of this Blood Bank Fund shall be primarily to establish
an available bank of blood for transfusions to members and an emer-
gency capital reserve for the purchase of blood for transfusions, or for
the direct payment for blood used for transfusions when banked blood
credit transfers are not possible.
ARTICLE III MEMBERSHIP
Blood Bank Membership: Membership in the Blood Bank is limited
to members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida in good standing
who are residents of the State of Florida, dependent members of their
immediate family residing with them and who have each contributed
the current assessment and such emergency assessments to the fund as
provided in Article I, par. 1, 2, and 3, of the Bylaws.
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
1. Five Blood Bank members in good standing shall constitute an
executive committee of officers who shall see that the purpose and aims
of the Blood Bank Fund are properly executed; to consider and con-
duct the business of the Fund between general meetings; to consider
all proposals for amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws and to
make recommendations to the membership for or against adoption of
such proposals; and to consider the justification and to authorize ex-
penditures of the Blood Bank.
2. Selection of Officers:
a. Executive Committee Chairman The membership in attend-
ance at any Blood Bank Fund general meeting shall elect by a
simple majority show of hands, one member of the Fund as
Chairman of the Executive Committee; who, upon acceptance
of the office, shall immediately then and there be Chairman
of the Committee and shall hold office until a successor has
been elected and takes office.
b. Secretary-Treasurer: As a matter of convenience to the mem-
bers of the Fund and general simplification of operation, the
Secretary-Treasurer of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
function as Secretary-Treasurer of the P.C. Retired Employees
Florida Blood Bank Fund and be a member of the Blood Bank
Fund's Executive Committee.
c. Committee Members at Large: The Blood Bank Fund Chair-
man shall appoint, from the membership at large, three mem-
bers to serve on the Executive Committee.
d. Terms of Office: The Chairman and Executive Committee mem-
bers shall serve the Blood Bank Fund membership in the capa-
city for which elected or appointed at the will and pleasure of
the membership until successors have been elected or appointed
and taken office.
ARTICLE V MEETINGS
The Chairman shall call meetings of the Executive Committee when
deemed necessary or upon written request by any three members of
the Executive Committee.
ARTICLE VI AMENDMENTS
The Constitution and Bylaws of the Fund may be amended by a two-
thirds vote of those voting at any general meeting, or at any special
meeting called for this purpose after notice has been given to all mem-
bers that an amendment is proposed and to be voted upon.
ARTICLE I ASSESSMENTS
1. Annual Membership: The annual membership assessment per per-
son shall not be less than $1.00 nor more than $2.00.
2. Emergency Assessments: The Executive Committee may authorize
an emergency assessment in case of a disaster demand for blood or
when the demand for blood from blood credits exceed the reserve
supply and Blood Bank Fund capital reserve.
3. Annual Membership and Emergency Assessments: The annual
January 1 to December 31 memberships and emergency assessments
shall not total more than $4.00 per person.
ARTICLE II DONATIONS
Members or persons donating money or donors of blood for credit to
the Fund for the benefit of the Fund or indigent members of the Fund
relinquish any and all claim against the P.C. Retired Employees of
Florida Blood Bank Fund for all or any part of such monetary or
ARTICLE III DONORS OF BLOOD
Members or non-members who are donors of blood for credit to the
Fund's blood reserve at the St. Petersburg Community Blood Bank will
be paid the sum of $10.00 by the St. Petersburg Community Blood
Bank, an incorporated organization acting as agents for donors to the
Fund, by order of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Fund.
ARTICLE IV OPERATING BLOOD CREDITS AND FUND CAPITAL RESERVE:
1. Blood Credits: Blood credits in the Community Blood Bank, Inc. of
St. Petersburg shall be an average of one pint to four (4) members
of the Fund .
2. Capital Reserve: Capital reserve in cash and bank accounts shall
be carried with a ratio to average not less than $2.00 for each mem-
ber of the Fund.
ARTICLE V EXPENSES AND COSTS OF OPERATION:
All expenses relative to the the operation of the Fund such as stationery,
postage, telephone expense, stenographic and printing costs, purchase
of blood, direct payment where replacement is not possible, accounting
and Secretary-Treasurer services shall be considered operational ex-
penditures and chargeable to the Fund.
ARTICLE VI GUARD PERIOD:
New members, and members reinstated for not maintaining continuous
good standing in the Fund as provided under Article VII, Par. 2, of
the Bylaws, are not eligible to receive any benefits from the Fund
unless he or she shall have paid the assessment at last three months
prior to the need for blood.
ARTICLE VII RECEIPT AND IDENTIFICATION:
1. Each person who is a member of the Fund shall be issued annually
a serially numbered identification card of membership in good
standing by the Secretary-Treasurer. This card shall serve as an
official receipt of the Fund to the member.
2. Identification Cards: Cards expire on December 31st of the year
shown on the card and are void after January 31st following.
ARTICLE VIII BENEFITS FORFEITED:
1. Members of the Fund who establish legal residence in any other
State than the State of Florida (Article III, of the Constitution)
shall on December 31st of that current year forfeit any and all
monetary claim in the Fund and the right of continuing member-
ship or the receipt of Fund benefits.
2. Members who resign, or are delinquent in dues in the Panama
Canal Society of Florida or assessments in the Fund, are not eli-
gible for Fund benefits.
ARTICLE IX BLOOD DISBURSEMENTS:
Satisfactory evidence that blood has been administered to any member
in good standing in any recognized hospital in the United States or
the Canal Zone must be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer. Upon
such proof the Fund will immediately replace from the St. Petersburg
Community Blood Bank of Florida any and all such blood used for
transfusions or make direct payment where replacement is not possible.
year old. Dr. Carlson graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1955,
and is practicing veterinary medicine in Miami.
Dr. R. E. Dillman graduated from the same school of Veterinary
Medicine in 1961 and has been practicing in Miami since June. His wife
is the former Lois Spencer and they have two small daughters, one four
years and the other five months. Both doctors and their wives grew up
in the Canal Zone.
Our hearts were saddened by the death of one of our faithful mem-
bers. Mrs. Selma J. Wainio, long-time resident of Canal Zone, passed
away at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. R. D.
Melanson, on September 18th at the age of eighty. She was the widow of
the late John E. Wainio, formerly with the Dredging Division and is sur-
vived by three sons, John, Robert and James, all of Canal Zone and by
three daughters, Mrs. R. D. Melanson (Gretchen) of Miami Shores, Mrs.
Herbert L. Staples (Ethel) of Louisville, Ky., and Mrs. Harvey D. Smith
(Alice) recently from the Canal Zone. All were present for the funeral
services in Miami Shores. The family deeply appreciates the many expres-
sions of sympathy in memory of their dear mother.
On July 22nd Mr. Harvey D. Smith of the Balboa Maintenance Divi-
sion, passed away at Gorgas Hospital after a long illness. His wife, Alice
Wainio Smith, is presently making her home in Miami. Her sons, Kenneth
and James are in school here and Don is in the Navy at San Diego, Calif.
Mr. Thomas G. McLeod, formerly with the Canal Zone Police Divi-
sion, died in Sylvester, Georgia on September 16th after a long illness.
Little Jo Ann Wainio, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Wainio
of Margarita, C.Z. made an emergency trip to St. Joseph's Children's Hos-
pital in Philadelphia, Pa. early in October. She was so ill enroute that
they were met by an ambulance and oxygen equipment at Miami Inter-
national Airport. We are happy to report that little Jo Ann is now "a well
baby" and she returned to her home in Canal Zone on October twenty-
Miss Janet Hicks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Hicks of Charlotte,
No. Car., has enrolled at Florida Southern University in Lakeland, Flor-
ida. Mrs. W. T. Bowen recently returned from a visit with her grand-
daughter there. She also spent some time with Mrs. W. B. Hall in St.
Petersburg and relatives in Pensacola.
Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Lombroia were guests in the home of the W. T.
Bowens enroute to Canal Zone. They had been visiting his people in
Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno spent a few days in Miami enroute from
their homestead in New York State to Colon, Panama.
Curt and Emily Bliss flew their own plane from Eau Gallie, Florida
for a weekend in Miami where they were the guests of Emily's father
Jamie Lee Andrews who graduated from high school last June left
in September for an extended visit with her sister and family, Mr. and
Mrs. R. L. Ames of Great Falls, Montana. Mrs. Ames is the former Mary
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fears of Balboa were guests in the home of
Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Melanson of Miami Shores. They will drive to New
Orleans and return to the Canal Zone on November ninth.
Mrs. George Wickens passed through Miami after a short visit in
Canal Zone. She reports that her husband recently underwent surgery in
South Norfolk, Va.
Mr. Keith Kelley of St. Petersburg was a pleasant visitor in Miami
last week and his friends, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Melanson, were delighted
to see him although all too briefly.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Russon have left Miami for an indefinite stay in
New York and Philadelphia but we think they have "sand in their shoes"
and will return to Florida when the weather gets too cold in the North.
As these notes go to press we are hearing from Canal Zone friends
in many directions who plan to attend the Trienium of the Order of the
Eastern Star on Miami Beach from November 4th to 9th. Nellree Smith
of Balboa, C.Z., Peggy Ellis and Mary Belle Hicks of Houston, Texas,
Corrine Spalding of Atlanta, Ga. have already written that they are attend-
ing and we anticipate the pleasure of seeing many more former Canal
The Panama Canal Society of Southeastern Florida extend greetings
and best wishes to you all for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peace-
ful New Year.
Ruth T. Metzger, Reporter
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
WE ARE THANKFUL TO NOTE that Dame Weather has taken a
change for the better; that the walnut crop is harvested; that the leaves
have almost been raked from the lawns; that the fireplace is back in use;
that football has replaced baseball as our favorite pastime; that the good
TV programs are back on the air; anl that it is time to shorten last year's
WE ARE HAPPY TO NOTE the following news of folks you know
in this area: Ben and Amy Armstrong have just returned from a tour of
the U.S. during which Ben attended the Grand Encampment of Knights'
Templar in Cleveland. They later visited in New England and while in
Norwich, Connecticut Ben gave a dinner at the Commerce Club for eight
fellow members of the Class of 1899, Norwich Free Academy, of which
he is the last living male member. The Armstrongs added over 8,000 miles
to the mileage of their car before returning to San Francisco in early
Stella Price, of Gamboa, C.Z., visited Northern California for the
first time in August and was the house guest of Lena Fitch in Berkeley.
She was entertained by several old C.Z. friends and later was hostess at
a lovely luncheon at the Hotel Claremont in Berkeley.
William M. Whitman (Secretary of the Panama Canal Company),
with son Bill, arrived from Washington, D.C. in August for a combined
business and pleasure trip. They both returned for another weekend in
September, when they visited with the Ernie Paynes in Napa and were
house guests of the Nevilles in Los Altos.
Miss Dorothy Richards of Quincy, Mass. (sister of Ida Hallett),
was a guest of Florine and Jerry Prager in Berkeley while on a tour with
the cast of "My Fair Lady" in September.
Jean Mitchell Smith is now on the staff of Stanford Hospital in Palo
Alto and has taken an apartment at 929 Fremont Street, Menlo Park. And
a card from Eleanor and Ted McIlhenny says that after a "wonderful
Wander-Year," they are settling down at 105 Vanderheck, Apartment 5,
San Antonio 9, Texas.
Kaye Clark is happy at her new job as librarian for the San Rafael
Military Academy. She held a similar position with Balboa High School
until her retirement last year.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Irwin, of Eauclair, Wisconsin, spent a week
in late August with the Harold Irwins in San Rafael. "Chuck" is Harold's
brother. We bet they'll be back some day. Harold has since had a second
successful cataract operation and is looking forward to being back in the
"driver's seat" in the near future. The Irwins also recently had their new
grandson, Mark, as their guest for the first time, and of course his
mother and dad, Mary Ellen and Bob Irwin, of Murray Hill, New Jersey,
Our area "Canal Zone" bridge club met at the home of Barbara and
Harry Bach in San Rafael on September 7th. It was such a nice surprise
to have the William B. Godfreys, of Santa Paula, California, drop by for
a visit with us. They were enroute to Washington State.
The annual meeting of the California-C.Z. Past Matrons' of the
O.E.S., with their husbands, was held the weekend of October 7th. We
met for dinner at a restaurant in Oakland on Friday night, the all-day
session was held at our house in Los Altos on Saturday, and Grace and
Harvey McConaughey entertained the group at dinner at their home in
Oakland on Sunday. Out-of-town guests were Elizabeth Jones, Clara
Gilbert, Lu Lumby, Chloe Ford, Docia Hodges, and Ellis Stillwell.
Helen Judd has just returned from a delightful three weeks' trip to
Europe during which she visited seven countries and has interesting
stories to tell of each stopover. She liked Denmark best of all. In the
meantime, Dr. Judd attended a meeting of the American College of Sur-
geons in Chicago where he ran into Dr. Frank Raymond and wife. Drs.
Judd and Raymond served their internship together at Gorgas Hospital
in 1928-29. En route home, Merrill was a guest at the home of his daugh-
ter and son-in-law, Merylin and Elwayne Carter, of La Junta, Colorado.
Mother Clara Judd is back at home in Los Altos with Helen and Merrill
after a visit of several months with her daughter in Colorado.
The Roger Adams, with their young son "Rogelio", spent several
weeks recently with Helen and Austin Yoder. During this time they com-
muted between Los Altos and San Francisco, a city which they think is
"tops". After a visit with Katie's family in Ohio, they will return to the
Canal Zone via Panama Line.
The Elmer Haws arrived from Seattle, Washington in October, and
spent several days with Mrs. Haw's sister, Mrs. Roger Erdman of Wal-
nut Creek, and with the Yoders of Los Altos. They also enjoyed a visit
to the delightful town of Carmel-By-The-Sea.
Mabel Hutchings, of San Leandro, tells us that James and Amelia
Hunter have retired and that they left Gamboa for Florida on August
28th. Their new home is at 1912 Karen Drive, Fort Lauderdale.
The Wesley Hutchings' son Bill (Captain, U.S.M.C.) is presently
attending Junior Officer's School at Quantico, Va., after spending a
year in Japan. He and his wife Mildred are living in Woodbridge, Va.,
and their son is a sophomore at Fort Union Military Academy at Fort
Union, Va. The Hutchings' son Bob has received another promotion with
Aerojet-General Corporation in Sacramento. He lives with his wife and
three daughters in Orangevale.
Evelyn Payne reports from Napa their disappointment that the
Henry Donovans did not spend more time in San Francisco before tak-
ing off for Hawaii, the first stop on their world tour. They did get to-
gether for a no-host party with the Bachs, Irwins, Lindgrens and Paynes.
The Donovans both "looked wonderful" and it was fun to see them.
Fran Getman arrived from the C.Z. last month and has been "on the
go" ever since. Besides visiting with her sister Elizabeth Gunby in San
Francisco, she spent a week in Carmel and saw the Callahans (Patsy
Getman); then Fran, "Lib", and Evelyn spent an enjoyable three days
at Lake Tahoe.
Jean Lindgren, daughter of Noella and Chester Lindgren of Napa,
has joined the WAAC's and is taking basic training at Fort McClellan,
Alabama. Her course will be completed in December and it is hoped
that she will be home for Christmas. The Lindgren's son John is doing
his "hitch" in the Army and is presently stationed at Okinawa.
Mrs. Pauline Hendrickson, of Oklahoma City, is having a pleasant
visit with the Sumner Bakers in Oakland. Pauline is Neva Baker's cousin.
It is always a thrill to see someone from the Zone on TV. This time
it was Captain Ernest Rainier, who appeared in his role as Panama Canal
pilot and Acting Captain of Port, Cristobal on the "To Tell the Truth"
program of October 16th.
WE ARE SAD TO NOTE the passing of the following dear ones
and friends: Alice Sullivan Roby, youngest daughter of Eleanor and Jim
Sullivan of Los Altos, died unexpectedly on September 1st in Bakers-
field, California. A brain tumor was diagnosed as the cause. She leaves
her husband, Earle Roby, and two young children, Steve and Joann, in
addition to her mother, father, and several sisters and brothers.
Homer Hudelson, brother of Helen Yoder, passed away on October
4th in Boise, Idaho following a heart attack. Roger Adams, who was
visiting here with his mother at the time, accompanied her to Boise where
they attended the funeral.
Funeral services for Maude Pugh Winieki, of Oakland, were held
in that City on Tuesday, October 7th. Mrs. Winieki's sisters, Eva Jones
and Mabel Duncan, arrived from their respective homes to attend the
It was a shock to hear of the sudden death of Ellis Stillwell in Ukiah
on October 12th, where he had been visiting his daughter and son-in-law,
Jean and Bruce Crook. Ellis spent the past weekend visiting friends in
this area and was the guest of Hannah and Arthur Beard in Oakland,
He was in apparent good health and spirits at the time.
The following is copied from the Oakland Tribune of Friday,
October 13th: "Bishop George A. Miller, retired Methodist missionary
and pastor emeritus of the Lafayette Community Methodist Church died
yesterday in an Oakland hospital. He was 93. A native of Illinois,
Bishop Miller was the son of a Methodist minister. He came to Cali-
fornia with his parents in 1873. Bishop Miller attended Stanford Uni-
versity and turned to the ministry upon his graduation. He served past-
orates in San Jose and San Francisco, served on a secretarial mission to
China, and was pastor of the Manila Methodist Church before the Ep-
worth League raised funds to send him to Panama and Costa Rica as
founder of a new mission. As a result of his work in establishing churches,
schools, and hospitals, he was eventually named Bishop in charge of mis-
sionary activities in all of South America, a post he held for 22 years. He
retired to Layfayette and helped in the establishment of the Community
Methodist Church there." Funeral services were held at the First Metho-
dist Church in Oakland on October 16th, Harvey McConaughey serving
as an honorary pallbearer.
WE ARE GRATEFUL TO NOTE that, with the approach of the holi-
day season, there are so many friends with whom to exchange greetings,
and the ones who mean the most are those with whom we spent the best
of our years in the Canal Zone. May the spirit of Christmas be with you
wherever you are. HAPPY HOLIDAY!
Clara Neville, Secretary
Come to the Reunion on January 9th and 10th 0
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
We had a good turn-out, about 125 attended the picnic which was held
at Brookside Park, Pasadena, on Sunday, October 1, 1961. It was good to
see members and friends from the Los Angeles area, as well as a number
of out of town members and friends some of whom were:
Paul and Mildred Kline, Irene and Henry Donovan, Jack and Carla
Taber all recently arrived from the Canal Zone: Genell Bliss of
Santa Clara, R.p.; Mr. and Mrs. M. French of Long Beach; Mr. and
Mrs. James N. Gray, and Dorothy (Grey) Venning, of Canoga Park;
Ethel Venning, and Claire and Hampton Tedder of Montclair; Rose
Snyder Weischadel of Allentown, Pennsylvania; Mr. and Mrs. John
Butler Jr. of Claremont, Calif.; Dorothy Cotton LeCount of Monro-
via; Esther Calcutt and Tom and Edith McGinn from Santa Barbara;
Louise Warwick and Nova Warwick from Bakersfield.
It was a beautiful day, and everyone seemed to enjoy the delicious
food and good companionship. As usual, Bill and Grace Naylor prepared
and served coffee for the crowd.
We are sorry to report the following deaths of members and friends:
Mrs. Francis F. Beale of San Jose, California
Mrs. Irleen Pike Bost of Van Nuys, California
(Student on Zone 1909-1912)
Mrs. Elizabeth Hall, Boulder, Nevada (formerly lived in Pasadena)
(on Zone 1910-1952)
Mrs. William V. Ruggles of Los Angeles
(lived in Pedro Miguel 1909-1935)
Mr. Joseph C. Wimmer of Burbank
(Acounting Dept., Balboa Heights, 1929-1935)
Mr. Ellis D. Stillwell of Monrovia (Supt. of Locks, 1911-1948)
Mr. Charles Tribolet
Our sincere sympathy to the families and friends.
Letter from Mrs. C. M. Lupfer of Sierra Madre she writes that
Phil is hoping to regain his health so they can get about more, but at
present they were having to "stay put". She sent a newspaper clipping
from the Schnectady Union.Star showing a picture of Miss Ann Warner,
daughter of Louis C. Warner of Pinellas Park, Florida telling of her
winning the County Golf Championship Title. Ann is now employed at
GE she started playing golf at the age of 12 at Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Cornelia Reimer of Sierra Madre recently enjoyed a two-week
trip around Arizona.
Thatcher and Mildred (Kocher) Clisbee sailed from the Zone to New
Orleans, where they met and visited with the Fred Newhards. Later they
visited with Mildred's folks in Ohio, and with Ann (Newhard) in Denver;
then on to Los Angeles where they visited Thatcher's parents, Rae and
Frank Clisbee, and with Docia (Clisbee) Zavitkovsky and family.
Bob Wolfenstein, 5862 Lewis Avenue, Long Beach (formerly lived
in Gatun and Cristobal) was married in May 1960 to Blanca Zumbada
of San Jose, Costa Rica they have a son David, born May 13, 1961.
Dr. and Mrs. Ira K. Brandt (Dorothy Godfrey) of Hamden, Connec-
ticut, and their three children spent a few weeks recently with her parents,
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Godfrey, of Santa Paula. Dr. Brandt is a professor
in the Medical School of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The
Brandt family and the Godfreys were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Simon-
sen at Anaheim, California; also visited Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm,
Marineland and other well-known places and had a wonderful time. Quite
by accident, Dorothy met Shirley Dyer Erickson (daughter of Jack and
Eva Dyer) in the Upper Ojai Valley in Ventura County, California. They
were classmates in Balboa High School on the Zone. In the picture sec-
tion of this issue is a snapshot of Shirley and her three children, and
Dorothy and her three children. Shirley and her husband Tom operate
a ranch in the Ojai valley.
Word from Estelle McLain that she had slipped and fallen at the
Gatun Service Center, and was hospitalized. At the time she wrote she
was well on the road to recovery, and said she hopes to return to Califor-
Received a clipping from Retirement Life for September 1961, show-
ing a picture of William W. Wright, a recent retiree from the Canal Zone,
indicating that he is happily engaged in volunteer work with the American
National Red Cross, District of Columbia Chapter.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wunsch (Dakota) spent a week during Septem-
ber at Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park. They enjoyed the quietness,
the walks among the big trees and boating; and also had a ringside seat
for the felling of one of the forest giants that had to come down to make
way for a parking lot ..I concur in their question as to whether or not
that is progress.
Captain Tawes of Santa Monica, formerly of the Canal Zone, has
remarried and is now honeymooning in Jamaica.
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Smith (Betty Clement) of San Gabriel, Cali-
fornia, told us at the recent picnic that her daughter Beth was married on
November 5, 1960 to Mr. Harvey Fraser: and daughter Sally was married
on July 9, 1961, to Mr. Warren Powers.
Letter from Mrs. Fred Bradley telling about Mr. Bradley's trip to
Miami to attend the Shrine Convention, where he enjoyed visiting with
many Canal Zone friends. Mrs. Bradley entertained recently for Mrs.
Francis Dorn, who stopped in the L.A. area on her way to San Francisco-
at the gathering were Mrs. Carolyn Hackett, Mary Hall, Jane Journey,
Lulu Dewey, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Parker, Red Koperski and Muriel Neal.
Mr. Otis Pritchett wrote that he and J. T. Luttrell were in the air
visiting their old friends and associates to witness that they are enjoying
the luxuries of life. Joe Luttrell took up residence in the Virgin Islands in
1950, and operates Luttrell Construction Co.. During the "off" season
he spends his time in Spain with Mrs. Luttrell. Mr. Pritchett recalls the
good old days when he, Mr. Luttrell and Col. Dan Wright were associates
in South America. In the picture section are snapshots of Mr. and Mrs.
Pritchett taken on SS Queen Mary.
Grace Cuthbertson recently spent a few weeks in the San Francisco
area visiting with several of her South American friends. She also visited
with Cathryn Bird, who now teaches in Concord formerly taught school
on the Zone. Cathryn recently returned from a trip to the South Seas.
Helen and Meade Bolton visited relatives in Clayton, Missouri, and
also toured the New England states recently.
Jane Journey wrote that they were sorry to miss the October picnic
(first one they've missed in 10 years), but that Ewing and Lois Stapf
Mauer were in a mixed doubles tennis tournament that day.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan, recently retired from Panama Canal
service, were guests at the home of Virginia and Martin Seiler, and report
having a wonderful time. They all spent a weekend at Las Vegas, along
with Hedvig Seedborg and the Tonnesons and saw all the places of
interest in Southern California. They visited friends in northern Califor-
nia, and left from San Francisco for the Hawaiian Islands. In Honolulu
they met W. A. (Lonnie) and Betty Van Siclen, who were returning from
Japan to the Zone, and they all had a wonderful time seeing the sights in
and around Honolulu. At this writing the Donovan's are in Japan, and
expect to continue on an extensive trip around the world before return-
ing to the States.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright (Anna Van Siclen) of St. Petersburg,
journeyed to New Orleans in October met Russell and Nita (Orr)
Jones when they arrived from the Zone for a vacation, and they all had
a grand time seeing New Orleans. The Jones' traveled on to Dayton, Ohio
to visit their daughter Nita, her husband and new baby. The Wrights plan
on touring the western states last heard from them from Taos, New
Mexico. After a trip to Paradise, to visit Hazel and Leo Page, and to
the San Francisco area to visit old friends, Anna and Wells will be head-
ing toward my house in Long Beach in mid-November.
Mattielee and Alton White of Gamboa sailed from the Zone to New
Orleans on vacation they will spend a few days in Houston to see Fran
and Andrew Whitlock, and Mrs. Nannie Brown: then to Phoenix to see
son Dennis, his wife and son; and on to La Mesa, California, for a visit
with Alton's folks, Mr. and Mrs. D. P. White. They are to be in Long
Beach with me for a weekend during the time the Wrights are here we
all are eagerly looking forward to this reunion. Later the Whites will
visit their daughter and son-in-law, Charles and Jean McGinn, and their
family in Alabama.
I spent my vacation October 6 to 23 in the 50th State 4 wonderful
days on the Island of Maui, 4 days on the Kona Coast and in Hilo, Hawaii,
and 8 days in Honolulu. Flew over on a tour along with Margie and
George Lynch of Fallbrook, California (formerly lived in Gamboa). It
was glorious, but I surely needed another vacation to rest and recuperate
upon my return. Please excuse my mistakes if you think it an easy
task to pick out and write up news items when part of my thoughts are
in Hawaii; part trying to hold down my job; and a large part projected
into mid-November when the Wrights and the Whites are here well,
you will agree there's not much left for newsletters.
Here it is the later part of October and the holidays just around the
corner and all we Southern California folks wish all of you the hap-
piest and the best of everything for 1962.
Secretary, P. C. Society of L. A.
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The last meeting of this current year was held in October and the
following officers were elected to serve for 1962:
President _.- Starford L. Churchill
Vice-President -- -- Mrs. I. A. McKenzie
Secretary ----- ._. Mrs. Dorothea Churchill
Treasurer --- -- Mrs. F. W. Sawyer
It is with sorrow that we report the death of the mother of Bruce
Harrell. Our heart felt sympathy is extended to Bruce and his family.
Mrs. Olive Behlen continues to improve. Mrs. Ann Kjallender, mother
of Mrs. Bruce Harrell, who broke her hip, is home and doing nicely. Mr.
Ray Mitchell is still confined to the hospital. Mrs. George Ward, who
has been very ill, was present at our last meeting. Mr. and Mrs. Hiter
have returned to their home and Mr. Hiter has recovered from the very
serious illness he had while away. Their son, Billy, drove them home
and spent two weeks with them.
Dorothea and Starford Churchill announce the arrival of their first
granddaughter, Yvonne Louise, on October 19th. The proud parents are
Mr. and Mrs. S. Churchill, Jr of Gamboa, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Sawyer spent a vacation in the Bayou country.
They spent some time with Eugenia's brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ed
Thompson of Jackson, Mississippi. Marian and Duke Lewis had their son.
Alan, and family from Lincoln, Nebraska, for a pleasant visit, in August.
Mr. and Mrs. Dow Walker are planning to go south for the winter. Dr.
and Mrs. Sam Irvin are happy to have Mrs. Irvin's sister, Anita Hartman,
of Balboa, with them. Bessie and Sam had a wonderful party and it was
just like Canal Zone days.
Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Greene and their guests Mr. and Mrs. Arnold
Bruckner, Mr. and Mrs. Al Myer of Orlando, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bentz
of Asheville celebrated birthdays at the Waynesville Country Club.
Mrs. Dorothea Churchill planned a delightful surprise for Mrs. Flo
MacKenzie and Mrs. Della Howell to celebrate their birthdays. Clinton
Wanlass spent a week with Margaret and Ralph, in September. The Mil-
ton Treadwells of Orlando, were guests in Hendersonville for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Muldoon returned from Bay Side, Maine, and report
a wonderful time. Late in July, Tom and Barbara Coleman arrived home
from Montana. Shortly before reaching home, a truck ran into the rear
of their car. Barbara was taken to the hospital for emergency treatment
and X-ray. We are happy to report she is now recovered and released by
the doctor. In August, two of Barbara's sisters, Mrs. Millie Dorensky and
Mrs. Frances Lykousky, both of Chicago, were visitors. Early in August,
daughter, Louise, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pattison and two sons, Tommy and
Jimmy, arrived for a short visit. They then went to Pittsburgh, Pa. to
visit Jim's family. While there, Jim went on to Los Angeles to attend a
meeting of Radio and Television personnel of the Armed Forces. The
family came back to spend three weeks before flying back to the Zone
where Jim is radio and TV Director of CFN.
Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Forrest spent a few hours with the Colemans, in
September, while they were traveling through Western North Carolina.
Dale Dombrosky arrived from the Canal Zone,, in September, to return
to Clemson College, where he is in his second year. In August, Mr. Clar-
ence Howell spent a week in Atlanta, Georgia. Clarence and Della drove
to Winston Salem to be with daughter, Margaret, and family for his
Margaret and Ross Hollowell have moved to Florida and their friends
in Hendersonville will miss them. In the middle of August, they drove to
Mass. with their three grandchildren, to get daughter, Lois, and husband
who had been visiting relatives. On returning, they sold their home. They
drove Lois and husband and children to New Orleans to board ship for
the Canal Zone. They returned home and left Sept. the 8th for St. Peters-
burg. The day before they left. a picnic was given for them, by the club,
at Asheville Park. On October 20th, Ross and his son, Freeland, who with
his family, was visiting him in St. Pete, drove up to Hendersonville in a
large truck, packed it and left early the next morning for Florida.
In August, Rose and Johnny Johnston drove to Pennsylvania. En-
route home, they spent a week end with son Robert, Nancy and Jan, in
Anderson, Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Wagner arrived from the
Canal Zone for several days visit with Rose and Johnny. They drove to
Findlay, Ohio, to spend two weeks with their son Bob. They then returned
to Hendersonville to spend the rest of their vacation with Rose and
Johnny. They expect to make Hendersonville their retired home, in the
not too distant future. Dr. andMrs. K. M. Fourche of New York, formerly
of Samaritan Hospital, Colon, were visitors with Rose and Johnny, as
were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Connors of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kelley
had daughter Pat, husband, and David Jr. for a nice visit. After they left,
Margie, husband and Tom Jr. came for Labor Day week end. Mr. and
Mrs. Kelley and Mrs. Lucky left for Washington, D.C. to be with Tom Jr.
and await the arrival of daughter Margie and husband who were return-
ing from, a vacation in Europe. Before they returned home, they visited
daughter, Pat, David and David Jr. in College, Pa. Bobby and Ed Levy
have returned from a pleasant vacation in Florida. They visited Ed's
brother in Miami, Mr. and Mrs. Spitznogle (Connie Clinchard) in Mel-
bourne, and Mrs. Jerry Perkins in Hollywood, Florida. Also friends in
and around Orlando. Emma and Frank Reppa drove to Washington, D.C.
for a visit with their son Bob and family. Col. Reppa had just returned
from a year spent in Korea. Later in the month, Col. Reppa and family
arrived for a visit with his parents enroute to his new post at Fort Hood,
Texas. Overnight guests with the Fred O'Rourkes were Mr. and Mrs. R.
W. White, formerly of Pensacola, who plan to make their home in Nor-
folk, Virginia. Another visitor with the O'Rourkes was Walter D. Wil-
liams who arrived from Novato, California, where he had spent several
months. Dr. S. E. Lee and family (Ruth Ward) arrived for a visit with
Mrs. Ward's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Ward. Their son George, Jr.
wife and children had visited them earlier in the summer.
It just does not seem possible that another year has rolled by and once
again all of us in Northwest Carolina wish each of you a Very Joyous
Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Betty O'Rourke, Secretary
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TRANSIENT CHAPTER NORTH QUINCY, TAXACHUSETTS
All summer cookouts, and our patio full of "my gang"; about 12
younguns, 4 to 7 years old. Ida states that this is the time of the year
when the husband messes up the kitchen when he cooks outside.
Aug. 24 Tom Jordan and Mrs. Mabel Anderson, of St. Pete., were
married this date. They had been friends for many years on the Zone.
Sept. 5. West Harwich. Called on Mr. and Mrs. James Milloy, and
Helen who has retired from the Zone. The folks appear to be well, espe-
cially James. He is full of life and vigor.
Sept. 16. Ida's sister, Dorothy returned from San Francisco after
voice coaching most of the cast of "My Fair Lady". Jerry and Florine
Prager came over from Berkeley and took her to call on the Syd Nevilles,
"Buck" Yoders and the Vern Mitchells. On the way to the West Coast
Dot had breakfast with Captain Saunders at Las Vegas. He was the pilot
of her 'plane, and it was the same one that crashed a week later at Chicago
with the same crew, and all were lost.
When the show left San Francisco Dot flew down to Los Angeles and
visited with Mr. and Mrs. Anderson, who had visited with us last February
after 27 years of correspondence. "Bud" and Berta Hazzard also enter-
tained her while she was in Altadena. It did us a lot of good to see the
colored slide pictures of our friends, and they all appear to be in good
health. Separated by many miles, but close together in spirit, as are all
Sept. 21. Head for the hills, a wild woman is coming our way!!!
A most unwelcome guest. She was reported as being very strong, so-o-o
all garden furniture tied together and hussy couches put away. The pussy-
willow and maple tree branches danced the tambourita and their leaves
carpeted the terrain. A real Panama rain, and then Esther changed her
mind and folded, as others have done!!!
Our worst hurricane experience was on the S.S. "Allianca", in March
1915, when instead of 5 days it took 11 to reach the Zone. It was Ida's
maiden voyage. When one sees a steamer trunk floating around the state-
room one can be rather concerned. And when one hears the life-boats on
the deck above being crushed it is with apprehension that we wonder if Dr.
Hearn will ever have the pleasure of passing us thru quarantine at Cristo-
bal. Being tied in our bunks with trunk straps is not a pleasant experience.
Believe those were the original safety belts as now being used in auto-
mobiles. When we did at last arrive at Cristobal there were no break-
waters; they had been flattened by the storm. In those days ships were
not warned of approaching hurricanes, so-o-o we headed right into one.
Oct. 2. Surprise visit from our editors, Ernest and Edith Kieswetter.
A most pleasant evening spent in inquiring about and getting news of
friends. They admired our 1-foot high orange tree with its ripened fruit.
Oct. 5. Calling on Harry and Amy Loring in Yarmouth, Maine, with
130 issues of the Star & Herald. Tom and Mabel Jordan were also with
us, and we stayed with them overnight at Kennebunk Pond. While there
we visited with Dick and Ruth Taylor, and we are glad to report that there
is a couple who appear as young as when they left the Zone. Dick is as
active in his garden as a thirty-year old man, and Ruth was busy pruning
trees when we arrived.
Oct. 12. Visiting with Captain Everett and Marjorie Swinson in
East Gloucester. Last March Marjorie took a trip to Jamaica and Everett
spent the time on the Zone. Marjorie has some paintings on exhibition in
the Grand Central Art Galleries in the Biltmore Hotel, New York City.
Oct. 13. Grover and "Billie" Bohan, and Grover's sister Gertrude,
stop in for a short visit. Grover is feeling very well after his setback last
Oct. 15. FIRST SNOW OF THE SEASON!!! Not much,but a little
warning of things to come.
Oct. 18. Mr. and Mrs. John Johnson, from Rock Stream, New York,
with son lan and family paid us a short visit. So glad to see them all.
Ian is now a Lt. Comd'r on the U.S.S. "Wasp". We first knew him when
he attended the Balboa Union Church Kindergarden. Ida reports that he
was a good little boy. And now he has a family that we are proud to know.
Oct. 24. Tom and Mabel Jordan stop overnight enroute to St. Pete.,
for the winter.
Oct. 27. At last Jessie Grimison and her sister, Jean Fenzel, arrive
for their third visit. Jessie had been travelling since March 15. On Sep-
tember 18th she celebrated her birthday at Poconos, Pa. Included in her
stops was Lansing, Michigan, where she saw her grandson, Richard Scott,
who is a student in the state university. She reports that Ted Scott is now
in Singapore for the N.B.C. He had a hard time in Havana, and was
placed in jail three times before he left. Richard saved his dad's life
when they were hunting in New Zealand. A wounded wild boar charged
Ted and Richard dispatched it with a knife. While Jessie and Jean were
here we all went up to Maine and visited with Mary Manush and Amy
and Harry Loring. All are well, and full of life.
A thought: Do not resent growing old, many are denied that privilege!!!
Ida and Slim Hallett
THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
A luncheon and meeting was held May 15th at the home of our Presi-
dent Peggy Ellis, 2512 Calumet. The following officers were elected to
serve in 1961.
President ---------- ---.. .--- Mr. William M. Wood
Vice-President -----Mr. Jimmy Roe
Secretary-Treasurer ....--- -.----- Mrs. Bertha Turner
Recording Secretary -- Mrs. Gloria Theologian
Recording Secretary ----- Mrs. Doris Fincher
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Holmelin and Mrs. H. Coulthard were very wel-
come guests at this meeting. They are making their home in Houston at
Mrs. Frank Wood, mother of Bill Wood, our President, recently un-
derwent major surgery in the Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans,
Louisiana. Bill and his wife Marilyn to New Orleans to be with Bill's
mother, and Bill's brothers Richard and Bobby came up from Panama
also. We are glad to say that Mrs. Wood is recuperating nicely at Bill
and Marilyn's home in Bellaire, Texas. As soon as Mrs. Wood can com-
fortably make the trip, she plans to return to her daughter's home, Mrs.
Claude Lyon in Louisville, Kentucky.
Our 4th of July picnic was held at the "El Tropical Apartments",
3401 North MacGregor Way, Houston, through the courtesy of Mr. and
Mrs. R. B. Ward. Mr. and Mrs. Ward will be leaving soon to make their
home in New Orleans. We sure hate to lose them and our love and good
wishes go with them.
The members and guests attending the picnic are as follows:
Mr. and Mrs. Al Brown, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Holmelin, Mrs. H. Coulthard,
Mrs. Aloys Connors and Delores Ezell of Hattiesburg, Miss., Mr. and
Mrs. L. B. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Leeser, Mr. and Mrs. John I.
Allgaier, Mr. and Mrs. Neil Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh C. Turner, Mr. &
Mrs. R. B. Ward, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levy, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Sund.
quist, Mrs. C. V. Nugent, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. White, Jr., Mr. and Mrs.
Wilbur White, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Souder, Mrs. J. R. Nunnelley, Mr. and
Mrs. Mike Theologian, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Nail, Mr. John LaRue,
Jr., and Mr. J. LaRue.
We are sorry to know that one of our dear members, Mr. E. L. Boone
is confined to his bed at tue present time, and we sincerely hope that he
will soon be up again and feeling good.
Peggy Ellis will leave November 3d by chartered bus for the Eastern
Stars of Houston to attend the Trienium O.E.S. meeting in Miami Beach,
Fla. Mrs. Mary Bell Hicks will fly from Panama to meet her there. After
Peggy returns home she will visit with her sister in Montreal, No. Carolina.
Mrs. Doris Fincher attended the Grand Chapter of Texas Order of the
Eastern Star in Fort Worth, Texas October 16th through 19th. She re-
ceived a Grand appointment on the Arrangements Committee.
Miss Doris Fincher completed four months in September as Worthy
Advisor of her Bellaire Assembly 296 Order of the Rainbow for girls.
Bertha Turner, Secy-Treas.
ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Howard of St. Petersburg spent the summer with
Mr. Howard's sister, Mrs. C. K. Lambert at Mrs. Lambert's place on Ches-
apeake Bay. While they were there, they journeyed up to Massey, Mary-
land, to see the W. B. Heites and the M. A. Smiths.
Miss Sally Bigelow has been in the Navy for three years and is now
assigned to the U.S.N.S. Geiger as a Corps Wave in the ship's hospital.
Her present address is U.S.N.S. Geiger, (T-AP 197) Military Sea Trans-
portation Service, Atlantic Area, c/o Fleet Post Office, New York, N. Y.
Mrs. Doris Jane Perkins of Washington, D.C. and her two sons, Mike
and John, recently spent two weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Manuel
Pabon of Port Charlotte, Florida. Mr. and Mrs. Pabon also enjoyed a
visit from their son, Eddie, who is stationed in North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Murphy of Port Charlotte, Florida, were recent
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hebert of Miami. The Murphys and Heberts
were long time neighbors and friends on the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. David Potts of Newport News, Virginia, plan to spend
the Christmas and New Year holidays in Phoenix, Arizona. After the holi-
days, they plan to visit on the West coast.
Mr. William L. Gardner celebrated his 97th birthday on September
1. Mr. Gardner is the father of Mrs. Frank Hohman of St. Petersburg
with whom he makes his home.
Mr. James D. MacLean, formerly of Gamboa, C.Z. and recently re-
tired, is now located at 16 Yale St., Apt. C., Nutley 10, New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Carey of Zephyrhills, Florida, plan to spend the
coming holidays in New Jersey with their daughter and family.
Jacob Bernson, well known old timer, enrolled in the summer session
of the Canal Zone Junior College at the age of 80 years. Mr. Bsrnson re-
tired in 1942. While residing in California, he graduated from San Jose
High School at the age of 77 and already has 40 semester hours credit
at San Jose State College. He plans to continue his academic work in
Junior College until graduation.
An exhibition of oil paintings by Mrs. Muriel H. DeYoung of Bal-
boa, was held at the Panamanian North American Association in Panama
in July. The exhibition was inaugurated by Dr. Richard M. Key, Cultural
Affairs Officer of the United States Embassy. Mrs. DeYoung has won three
blue ribbons for first prize awards, and two second prize awards in com-
petitive shows on the Canal Zone and in the United States. She has exhib-
ited her paintings in Sarasota and Long Boat Key, Florida.
Mrs. William H. Beeby, wife of the pastor of the Balboa Baptist
Church, has returned to her Zone home after being taken from the S.S.
Cristobal, enroute to the Canal Zone. Mrs. Beeby was brought to St.
Petersburg, Florida, by a coast guard plane when it was found she needed
emergency surgery. Many former Zonians, living in the St. Pete area,
visited Mrs. Beeby while she was a patient at Mound Park Hospital. Upon
release from the hospital, Mrs. Beeby was taken to the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph Schnell. Mrs. Schnell accompanied her to Miami to catch a
jet plane for the Zone.
An 80 year old retired employee, Cedric Bitters, was found by two
members of the Inter American Geodetic Survey, on Sosa Hill after he
had collapsed, following an early morning walk. The I.A.G.S. men car-
ried him to their car, revived him and took him to his home. After a day's
rest, he appeared to have suffered no ill effects from his experience.
Albert and Sallie McKeown of St. Petersburg met, by previous ar-
rangement, Barbara and Maurice Gabriel from San Jose, Costa Rica, at
the Shrine Convention in Miami. After a wonderful time with old friends,
gathered in Miami for the convention, the Gabriels returned to St. Peters-
burg as house guests of the McKeowns for a week before returning to their
home in Costa Rica.
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Haag have returned to their home in St. Peters-
burg from a three week, 4100 mile trip, to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Enroute, they stopped for visits with friends in St. Louis, Mo., Des Moines,
Iowa, and other points in Iowa and Wisconsin. They also spent a few
days at the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.
Dr. Marjorie Warner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Warner of
Bradenton, Florida, has been included in the newly published second
edition of Who's Who of American Women. Dr. Warner is one of four
West Coast of Florida women included in the new edition and is the only
woman from Bradenton.
Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Cooper and son, Jerry, of Gamboa, were recent
visitors in St. Petersburg, Jerry has entered Admiral Farragut Academy.
At Farragut, Jerry will join two former Gamboa pals, Barry and Brian
Felps, who are students at the Academy.
Mr. and Mrs. James Hunter were visitors in St. Petersburg early in
September. They are now in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they will
make their home.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Lindsay were recent visitors in St. Petersburg and
have purchased a lot. Their builder is now erecting their new home on
Dick Wright recently visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright,
in St. Petersburg. Dick graduated from Dartmouth College in June and
early in September, left for Germany and Spain where he will study for
Dr. Julien and Mrs. Hunt, formerly of the Zone and now of Hawaii,
Guy and Loretta Lord and son Guy and Mr. and Mrs. John Harrison, had
a reunion at a San Francisco Hospital where Dr. Hunt was undergoing
treatment following surgery. The Lords were on vacation from the Zone
and Guy Jr. entered Reed College in Portland, Oregon. The Harrisons now
reside in San Francisco.
Mrs. Harry Frey of St. Petersburg, Florida, sailed from New York
on the Queen Mary on August 16th for an extensive tour of Europe.
Seaman Recruit Edward V. Dolan, son of Mr. and Mrs. William G.
Dolan of Balboa, was selected to act as Recruit Chief Petty Officer of his
company while undergoing training at Great Lakes. He was chosen on the
basis of his high initiative, outstanding military bearing, leadership abil-
ity, and appearance. After a short leave, he will report to one of the Navy's
shore installations or operating forces afloat. He is a graduate of Balboa
Mrs. Helen D. McKeown, a supervisor in the C.Z. Accounting Divi-
sion, was injured and robbed by a man who grabbed her purse while she
was walking along Bolivar St. in Colon, R.P. She suffered torn ligaments
in her right shoulder and was badly bruised by her assailant, when he
slammed her against a concrete wall.
Bernard I. Everson, since 1954 Director of the Transportation and
Terminals Bureau, has been appointed Director of Civil Affairs Bureau.
He succeeds Henry L. Donovan, who has recently retired. The new Dir-
ector of the largest bureau in the Canal Zone was first employed in 1927
and has worked up through various positions to his present appointment.
He is married to the former Phyllis Anne Beuchels and their three sons
are John, 17, Randall 14, and Bernnard 7.
Capt. Axton T. Jones, U.S.N., since 1959 Captain of the Port of Cris-
tobal, succeeds Everson as Director of the Transportation and Terminals
Bureau. Capt. Jones has had a distinguished career in the Navy and dur-
ing the Korean conflict, he received the Bronze Star Medal. Capt. and
Mrs. Jones have four children, Dodd 20, Guy 17, Lauri 14 and Douglas 11.
James E. Reeves,former Zone employee in 1943 and 1944, will be
manager of the new Las Vegas field operations office of the Atomic Energy
Commission. Mr. Reeves has been in Albuquerque since 1952. He is
Assistant Manager for test operations.
Grover and Billy Bohan of Jonesboro, Arkansas, were visitors in New
Hampshire and Maine during October. They toured the White Mountains
during the fall foliage color and while in Maine stopped for a "hello"
with Dick and Ruth Taylor and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jordan.
Dorothy Ann Stephens of Tallahassee, Florida, a former Gamboa girl,
has accepted a position as teacher in Puerto Rico. She is employed at a
U.S. Army Base High School in the mountains above San Juan. She finds
Puerto Rico an interesting and enjoyable place to be.
John and Erna Hower of St. Petersburg have returned to their home
after a circle tour of the Florida peninsula.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred D. Hunsicker of St. Petersburg hurried north in
October, called to Allentown, Pennsylvania, because of the death of their
The Most Reverend Father Mark McGrath, a member of the well
known Isthmian family,has been appointed Titular Bishop of Ceciri and
has been deputized to serve as auxiliary to Monsignor Francisco Beck-
mann, Archbishop of Panama. The newly elected Bishop's appointment
was made by Pope John XXIII and was announced by the Apostolic Nun-
cio in Panama.
Rev. McGrath attended elementary school in Panama and later
studied in New York and Notre Dame, also in Paris and Rome. He was
born in Panama on February 10th, 1925 and was ordained in the Cath-
edral of Panama on June 11, 1949.
Retired Navy Captain Geoffrey Thompson, who has been chief of the
Panama Canal Industrial Division since 1958, left the Isthmus in Septem-
ber to take a position with the Eureka Chemical Co. of California. Capt.
and Mrs. Thompson will make their home at Los Altos, California.
When that Jet Airliner was hijacked, shortly after leaving Mexico
City in August, two families on the Canal Zone spent several anxious
hours waiting for news. On board were the jet's stewardess, Kay Rigby,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin P. Rigby of Diablo and Katherine
McCue, daughter of Major and Mrs. Glen McCue of Fort Amador. Miss
McCue was going to the Zone for a vacation with her parents.
Janet and M. A. Smith of Massey, Maryland, enjoyed a visit from
their son, Milton, and wife. Milton is an airline pilot and makes his home
in Miami. Janet's brother, Will, and daughter Ellin, were also visitors
as were her brother Andy and Amy Fraser. The Smiths are planning to
attend the Reunion in January.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ronan of Fall River, Mass. are enjoying life in
Massachusetts despite last year's cold winter. They occasionally visit with
Lil and Shirley Johnston in West Dennis, Cape Cod. She also reports that
Mac and Margaret McKenzie are living in Harwichport, on the Cape. If
all goes well, the Ronans plan to be at the next reunion.
Mr. Louis Hack of Balboa, C.Z. writes that his wife, Trixie, is still
a complete invalid as a result of arthritis. She has to be carried from the
house to the car for a short ride. Mr. Hack has been a devoted and patient
nurse and companion to his wife for many years. Mrs. Hack was at one
time a nurse at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mailey of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, spent a
delightful vacation in Atlantic City in September. They were joined by
Mrs. John Millett of Washington, D.C. The Maileys and Mrs. Millett were
neighbors on Empire St. for many years while they were on the Zone.
Mrs. Reva Starke of St. Petersburg enjoyed a visit from her son Carl,
his wife, and daughter, in May and June. In July and August, her daugh-
ter Nancy Jane Koch was a visitor, having returned from two years service
at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru. Her next assignment will be in Belfast,
Ireland. Another visitor with Mrs. Starke was Sgt. Emma Jean Pierson
from Fort Lee, Virginia. In September, Mrs. Starke left for a visit to the
Miss Helen Dudak and her mother of Orlando, Florida, had as visi-
tors in September Mr. and Mrs. Allen K. Miller from the Canal Zone. Mrs.
Miller and Helen were former school mates in Balboa and later worked
together in the Personnel Bureau.
Mrs. R. J. Sundberg of Long Beach, California, recently celebrated
her 82nd birthday. A large gathering of relatives and friends helped to
celebrate the event. Congratulations from the Panama Canal Society of
Mrs. Helen Hobbs Sestito of Balboa visited her daughter Chickie
Satreano in Denver, Colorado, and reports she has a granddaughter.
Paula, born April 19, 1961 and her grandson Thomas will be six years
old in December.
Mr. E. E. Rigney of Mexico City, Mexico, recently celebrated his
eighty-sixth birthday. According to last reports, Mr. Rigney keeps active
and enjoys good health. Congratulations.
Mrs. Fred Whaler who has been making her home on the Canal Zone,
is spending four months in California visiting her son.
Mrs. D. W. (Elsie) McLaren of Jacksonville, Florida, writes that she
visited her daughter Virginia in Alabama and reports that Virginia had a
baby girl in July. She also writes that her daughter Phylis, who lives in
Orlando, Florida, had a baby boy in July.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Snyder have moved from New Jersey to Boca
Raton, Florida, at 616 S.W. 3rd St., Royal Oak Hills. Before moving to
Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Snyder visited their daughter Jane (Snyder) La
Duke in Chicago who had just had her fifth child.
Mr. James N. Barry who has been living in Waterford, Ireland, is
presently in New York. Early in January, he will leave for a trip to the
Canal Zone, then on to Mexico for a visit. From Mexico, he will journey
to Chicago and then will return to his retirement home in Ireland.
Mrs. E. M. Horine writes from Japan that the typhoon missed the
area where they are. When she was in Hawaii, she enjoyed a visit with
Jimmie Coman and his nice family. In Japan, she and her daughter Fern
met Nancy (Magner) Hall and had a good time talking of Canal days.
The Misses Nancy Lou and Linda Sue Shedlock, daughters of Mr. and
Mrs. C. H. Shedlock of Yardville, New Jersey, spent three weeks, in Aug-
ust, with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Shedlock in St. Peters-
burg, Florida. The Senior Shedlocks returned the girls to their home and
visited with their son and family and with relatives in Newburg, N.Y. and
Robert Hull, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Hull of St. Petersburg, was
a visitor with his parents in August. When he returned to Washington,
D.C., his mother went with him to spend a few weeks.
To-gether with Hattie and Roland Jones, the Kieswetters left Florida
on September 24th for Mass. and Maine for a visit with relatives. Roland
was hurrying north to see his brother, Lawrence, who was seriously ill.
However, on our first overnight stop, we received a message that Roland's
brother had passed away. We visited in Hingham, Mass. as the Joneses
continued on to Maine. Later, we joined them for a trip along the Maine
coast; a visit with Charlie and Rose McLain in Waterville, and an all day
trip around the Rangely Lakes to view the fall foliage. While in Mass.
we called on Ida and Slim Hallett and found Ida well and full of pep,
much better than she was a year ago. We left Boston in a snow storm on
October 15th, but from New Haven on home we had fine weather.
Lewis B. Moore, former supply and service director of the Canal or-
ganization, who retired in 1953, was expected on the Zone in September,
enroute to Columbia from Bangkok where he had a construction contract.
He will be accompanied by his wife, Evelyn Rigby Moore, for a few days
visit with relatives and friends. A new contract awaits Mr. Moore in Col-
Mrs. J. D. Stephens of Tallahassee journeyed to New Orleans in
October, to meet Mr. Stephens when he returned to port from a trip to the
Mediterranean area. Mr. Stephens is an engineer aboard the Lykes ship
and will leave soon for the Canal, enroute to Japan. While in New
Orleans, Mrs. Stephens enjoyed a visit with the Ray Eupers, former Gam-
Mrs. Lillian Knight of Gresham, Oregon, has returned to her home
with glowing tales of a delightful vacation spent in Alaska.
Capt. and Mrs. H. J. Johnson of Diablo Heights, C.Z. were visitors
in St. Petersburg during the month of October. While here, they were the
guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. Carter Orr and Capt. and Mrs. Henry Falk.
Mrs. Dorothy Browning Cantway of Wooster, Ohio, spent over a
month in St. Petersburg with her sister, Mrs. Paul Rose, during the illness
of her sister, Mrs. Laura Sessions, who died on October 24th.
Stopping at a Howard Johnsons Restaurant on our way south in Octo-
ber, we met Mr. and Mrs. John Brown of Ancon with Mrs. Brown's mother,
Mrs. Piggott of Miami. They were winding up a tour of the Eastern
states and Canada and were on the way to Miami for a visit before going
to New Orleans to take a boat for the Canal Zone.
Mr. Andrew Johnston of Clearwater, Florida, who retired in 1947,
was a visitor on the Zone early in September, while the Dutch liner,
Oranje, on which he was a passenger, passed through the Canal. Mr. John-
ston was enroute to Australia to visit a sister whom he had not seen in
Mr. and Mrs. Lyman J. Benthall of Bradenton, did not make it to
the West Coast this year. They spent the summer months visiting their
daughter and family in Louisiana and then traveling to Kentucky, Indiana,
Michigan and Mississippi. They will move their trailer around as they
tour Florida, this winter, and will vist the West Coast next year.
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sylvester of St. Petersburg had as guests in June,
Mrs. Wally Ishoy, wife of the Danish Consul General in Panama. In July,
Mr. and Mrs. K. C. Smith (Mary Jane Sylvester) and four children were
guests for two weeks. The children are Karen, Linda, Tony and Jimmie
and they make their home in Hartsville, South Carolina. In August, Capt.
and Mrs. Robert Simpson (Peggy Ann Sylvester) and four children,
Chris, Debbie, Sandy, and David were guests for three weeks. The Simp-
sons live in Grand View, Missouri. Also, in August, Mrs. P. Byrne Hutch-
ings from Cristobal, was a brief visitor. An old timer, who retired 19
years ago, Mr. A. L. Fessler, called for a "hello". He was visiting his
son who now resides in Clearwater. Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Fraser of St. Petersburg spent the month of Sep-
tember touring in the north. Their first stop was in McColl, South Caro-
lina, for a visit with Mrs. Margaret Tysinger and her brother Bill Tatum.
Then on to Hampton, Virginia, for a pleasant visit with the A. H. Cookes
whom they found pleasantly situated, well, and happy. From Virginia,
they went to Massey, Maryland for several days stay with Janet Fraser
Smith and M. A. and the Heites. Then on to Pennsylvania to see Mrs.
Robert Wood, and to Kentucky for a visit with relatives. On their return
trip they toured the Smokies and visited with Paul and Betty Bentz in
Asheville, North Carolina. They attended a Western North Carolina pic-
nic and later visited with several friends in the Hendersonville area. Their
last stop was with the Bob Fletchers in Dawson, Georgia.
Mr. and Mrs Ross H. Hollowell have sold their home in Henderson-
ville, North Carolina, and have purchased a house in St. Petersburg, Flor-
ida at 345 Coffee Pot Drive, N.E.
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kelley spent a week in Miami, Florida. It was a
busy .stay but they took time out to call in a few C.Z. friends, among them
the John J. Crawfords and Tony Fernandez.
Mrs. Mary Bel Hicks of Balboa, C.Z. and Mrs. Peggy Ellis of Hous-
ton, Texas, attended the Eastern Star Convention in Miami, Florida, in
October, and later came to St. Petersburg for a visit with friends in this
Mrs. John A. Golden, whose husband passed away in June, is pres-
ently living with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Ely
of Balboa Heights, C.Z. Mr. and Mrs. Golden were old timers who went
to the Canal Zone in 1908.
Mrs. Eleanor Latermann Becker reports that her daughter, Bertha
Jane, and two granddaughters are very well. She just returned to the Zone
from Bayonne, N.J. stopping for a two day stay with Nina J. Hanson in
Silver Spring, Maryland, and a two day visit with Ella Wertz in New
Orleans, seeing the town. Mrs. Becker is very proud of her dancing grand-
daughters and spends as much time with them as she can.
Mr. Glen Ward Dresbach, a Canal old timer, now resides with his
wife at their home "Bon Repos" in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Mr. Dres-
bach is a poet and author and has just published his eleventh book. For
his ode on the completion of the Panama Canal, see "Poet's Corner" this
issue and for a picture of the author and his wife, see cut.
Mrs. Theo. Hallin of Fayetteville, Arkansas, graduated last January
from the University of Arkansas with a degree of Master of Education.
Mrs. Hallin teaches in the Fayetteville schools and the Hallins have two
fine teen-age children.
Two books, one by an old timer and former Assistant Chief Health
Officer of the Panama Canal, and another by Mrs. Amy McCormack, now
a resident of the Canal Zone, have been read, with interest, by your Editor,
and are recommended for your own enjoyment or for Christmas gifts.
The first, by Dr. Henry Hanson, "The Pied Piper of Peru" is a descrip-
tion of the Peruvian campaign that stopped a dangerous epidemic in its
tracks. Dr. Hanson's book on the fight against "Yellow Jack" and Bubonic
Plague in South America is a warm and very human document. The book
was edited by Doris M. Hurnie from Dr. Hanson's papers and published
by Convention Press, Jacksonville, Florida.
Mrs. McCormack's book is a story of the construction period and will
recall to mind of old timers, many incidents and experiences of early
Panama Canal days. "South to Panama" is an interesting book by a
woman who has made a study of the construction period. This book can
be purchased from the Isthmian Historical Society.
On his way back from a vacation in Mexico, Charles B. Bordt of
Tampa, Florida, stopped by the office of F. G. Swanson in Tyler, Texas,
for a visit. This called for a reunion with another old timer, Mr. A. M.
Bassett who is one of two men who survived the premature explosion at
Bas Obispo in 1909. For picture of the three friends, see cut.
Mr. Benjamin Armstrong of San Francisco, California, makes peri-
odic visits to Connecticut to see relatives and old friends. On each of
these visits he treats his classmates of the Norwich Connecticut Free Acad-
emy to dinner. Mr. Armstrong is the only male survivor of the graduating
class of 1899 but he and Mrs. Armstrong enjoy their get together with
nine ladies who were members of the class.
Mrs. Margaret Peterson has returned to St. Petersburg after an enjoy-
able visit with relatives and friends on the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Harris of St. Petersburg celebrated their 40th
wedding anniversary on Sunday, October 29, 1961. Congratulations from
the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Ezra P. Haldeman of Houston, Texas, will celebrate
their 50th wedding anniversary on December 18, 1961. Our congratula-
tions to them.
Mr. and Mrs. Newell Shaw of Fayetteville, Arkansas, attended the
Convention of Texas Federation of Chapters of N.A.R.C.E., in October.
They were joined by the Grover Bohans of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and while
there, they met Mr. and Mrs. John A. Odom, one time civilian employee
of Quarry Heights, C.Z., now of San Antonio, Texas. So the Shaws,
Odoms, and Bohans were table mates at the convention banquet.
Mr. and Msr. Wayne A. Hupp of Port Orchard, Washington, flew to
Momence, Illinois, to attend the funeral of Mr. Hupp's brother. They re-
mained in Momence for a week with two remaining brothers and families.
From there, they flew to Colorado Springs to visit with their daughter and
son-in-law, the R. B. Paines.
Mr. Thomas Patton Mock of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, a Panama
Canal old timer, has written a "Book of Verses" which will be published
in time for the Christmas trade. A short poem by Mr. Mock appears in
the Northwest Arkansas report in this issue.
Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Shuey of Tampa, Florida, have been touring the
West in their Airstream Trailer. They were recently in Neosha, Missouri,
enroute to Texas and Mexico.
Commander and Mrs. W. C. Humphrey of Arlington, Virginia, have
been on a cruise of Iceland, Holland, all the Scandinavian Countries and
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Schmidt of the Canal Zone were recent guests
of Mr. and Mrs. W. Barlow of Tampa, Florida. They were enroute to
Snyder, Texas, for the wedding of their son John C. Schmidt, Jr. to Miss
Barbara Jean Armstrong, on November 8. 1961. Lt. Schmidt graduated
from Texas Western College last June with a B.S. Degree. He majored
in Geology and was commissioned 2nd Lt. upon graduation. After the
wedding, the young couple will go to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.
1962 MEMBERSHIP DUES WILL PAY FOR:
The March, June, September and December 1962 Canal Records.
Year Book 1963 To be issued and forwarded in December
NOTICE: The December 1961 issue of the Canal Record carries the notice
that 1962 dues must be paid by February 1st of 1962 or dues will
be considered delinquent; and that further benefits cannot be extended.
"THE MARCH 1962 ISSUE OF THE CANAL RECORD WILL NOT
BE MAILED TO DELINQUENT MEMBERS."
LEE BEIL, Secretary
Those of you who have enjoyed the fishing in Panama Bay, R.P. will
be interested in the black marlin caught by Mrs. Helen Robinson of Key
West, Florida. After a 80 minute battle, Mrs. Robinson landed a 796
pounder. This marlin exceeds by 76 pounds the present World's record
for women in the 80 pound class line. The fish was caught off the boat
Caiman II, owned by Louis Schmidt, Jr., of Balboa.
The Air Force has announced that the number of aircraft roaring
in and out of Albrook Field over Balboa High School, will be sharply
curtailed beginning the first of the year. A substantial part of Albrook's
current traffic will be transferred to Howard Field. Pacific side parents
and civic councils have been trying to get the change-over made for
Marine Director, Richard G. Jack, has declared that it is obvious
that some time in the future, 24 hour operation of the entire Canal "will
become the normal situation". He reportedly stated that 24 hour opera-
tion should be held off as long as possible to insure the uninterrupted cut
In September, the seecond phase of the Gaillard Cut widening was
two months ahead of schedule. In spite of the rainy season and three earth
slides, the contractors have removed 5,750,000 cubic yards or 77 per cent
of the 7,500,000 cubic yards of earth and rock moving job. The material
that is being removed is about 75 per cent rock. Over 96 per cent of the
contractor's labor force are Panamanians who are receiving wages of
$1.00 per hour.
Housing, now as in our time, continues to be a headache on the Canal
Zone. Canal pilots, Gorgas Hospital internes and resident doctors have
difficulty obtaining suitable quarters. The lack of suitable housing is
blamed, by the Canal Pilots, for the lack of interest by State side masters
in joining the Canal organization. Due to extended tours of duty of Army
personnel, the Army housing situation is worsening, also.
Next Spring, the International Coffee Corporation of Ft. Worth,
Texas, will plant the first coffee seedling for what they say will be a six
million dollar agricultural and community development in the Cerro Azul
area. The project consists of five thousand acres of highland property
about five miles inland from Goofy Lake. Clearing has already started on
the mountain tract, where the sponsors of the venture believe it will be
possible to grow shaded high altitude coffee of the grade that brings top
prices in world markets.
According to figures recently released in the Panama Review, the
Canal Zone contributed about 73 million dollars directly into the economy
of Panama during the fiscal year 1961. This is about 10 million dollars
more than Panama's National budget. Average per capital income in Pan-
ama is $352. The Canal therefore contributed 20 per cent of the average
Panamanians income for the 19 months ended on June 30, 1961.
The United States has indicated its readiness to provide grants of nine
million dollars to Panama to assist in financing the costs of high priority
social projects within the frame work of the Alliance for Progress. The
nine million grant will be in addition to loans totaling 22 million recently
extended by the United States and International lending agencies. A spe-
cial economic mission, headed by Finance Minister Gilberto Arias and high
U.S. Officials, have held talks in Washington of Panama's needs and joint
consideration of how Panama's and U.S. resources can best be used.
According to responsible Washington sources, President Kennedy has
received a letter from President Roberto F. Chiari, wherein Chiari offi-
cially asked for a bigger share of the Canal's revenues. Panama contends
that the narrow Isthmus of Panama is just as much a natural asset as oil
in the ground or gold in the hills and so Panama therefore is entitled to
income deriving from its natural asset, just as Venezuela gets rich from
oil companies which exploit its natural assets. President Chiari has said
he intends to seek a new treaty with the United States and has said "We
must reach a position in which we have no more claims to make. For this,
total revision (of existing treaties) is necessary."
Come to the Reunion on January 9th and 10th 0
At our regular meeting in December, a voluntary collection of money
will be taken to make a happy Christmas for the Children at the Crippled
Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg. This is a practice which has been
made for several years so let's get together and make this year a very
merry Christmas for the children.
Thanks, once again, to all our Representatives who sent
in news and items of interest for this issue of the Canal
The deadline for the next issue (March) of the Canal
Record will be February 1, 1962.
The Annual Reunion will be held at the Soreno Hotel, St.
Petersburg, on January 9th and 10th. Make your plans
now to be among those present.
We would be happy to see you and we are sure you will
enjoy every minute you spend with your old friends and
M erry Xmas
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This poem was read by the author at the big banquet given Thanksgiving
Day 1913, at the Washington Hotel by the Cristobal Y.M.C.A., when it was re-
ceived with great enthusiasm. After the banquet Mr. Dresbach was compli-
mented on the excellence of his poem by Colonel Goethals, who asked the author
for an autographed copy of it. The poem reflects accurately the spirit of the
canal and the attitude of the man who has done most towards making the com-
pletion of the great task possible.
(Follows the poem, quoted in its entirety)
ODE ON THE COMPLETION OF THE PANAMA CANAL
GLENN WARD DRESBACH
Another wonder of the world is made!
The great work is done.
Under the white glare of the tropic sun
What seemed a dream for many a brave decade
Has been completed, and the East and West
At last are one.
Here is a product of Man's great unrest,
Striving to meet his ever-growing need.
Fools, blind to that white flame within Man's breast
Will ever seek to smirch each mighty deed
With empty blame of Greed.
But something finer, grander, nobler goes
Into Man's handiwork, half understood -
The stuff of dreams lives on through mortal woes
Working its glory for the common good!
We know how the work was done,
How men suffered and strained and won!
How can we fail to see
This modern nobility?
Let no names be said,
Lest one of the dead
Who nameless dug his part of every hill
Be now forgotten, when his hands are still.
Another wonder of the world is made!
Each great machine, each mighty little spade,
Each one with wonder in itself is still.
Things all inanimate, they seemed to live
Under Man's will,
Doing the work his frail hands could not do,
For all his great mind knew.
And if, as some say, men, too, were machines
Driven by greater minds through rain and sun,
Behold the just reward of honest means!
How well the work was done!
The task is done! Men turn, and go
From whence they came in answer to the call.
The great Dream that they saw about them grow
Into the Real, complete makes nobler all.
Each in his heart bears back some dream his own,
With greater hope and greater faith in toil -
Whether he builds his dream in steel or stone
Or makes it grow him fruit from out the soil.
Heroes from a mighty battlefield
They quietly return along the ways.
While such men are a part of the Nation's yield
How empty seem fears of declining days!
How empty stand before this brotherhood
All things not great and good!
And yet this work has been a part
Of every day, with no vain glory spread
Over the toiler's head.
No gaudy tinsel here, no shouting in the mart,
No cheap, unstable lure,
But silent effort, great and strong and sure!
No emptiness of place, no pride that spoiled!
For wages and for something else, men toiled.
No pretty word or mighty sounding phrase
Is worthy of the beauty
Some men can work from out the common days,
Doing their common duty.
All human blunder and all personal sin
That is a part of every man must be
Forgotten in his work's immensity.
Achievement must begin
Within us as we are.
Man's heart, though weak, reflects his guiding star
The mighty oceans join after long years,
Over the ground that knows the salt of tears -
A bloody and unstable ground that Man
Has glorified and freed from many a ban.
The Panama of pest-hole, harlot, lout
Is now no more. She stands.
With young, unfettered hands,
Greeting the world she lived so long without.
Another wonder of the world is made!
Nothing can spoil
The Spirit that has made it, nothing fade
This epic page of Toil.
THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME-January 9th and 10th, 1962.
PLACE-Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First Avenue
and Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST-$2.75 per person including luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Tuesday, January 9th, 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 mazzanine 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 6th. 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
Thirtieth Anniversary Reunion
January 9 and 10, 1962
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
LEE BEIL, Secretary-Treasurer
5337 60th Street North St. Petersburg 9, 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 1962. 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% sales 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:
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
HEREWITH BLOOD BANK DUES FOR 1962.
(Members who reside in Florida only)
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Address-------...........................------........ Box ..........
City .........-------........................------------- Zone...
Telephone ---...............---------.... Amt. Enclosed $...............
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg 33, Florida
Herewith Dues for 1962.
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I wish to join the Blood Bank.
Herewith my contribution of $2.00 per person.
(Please type or print plainly)
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APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
IN PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
DUES $3.00 PER YEAR. PLEASE ADD 45c TO ALL CANAL ZONE CHECKS
(Please type or print plainly)
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PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Dear Ex-Canal Friends:
You are cordially invited to join the Panama Canal Society of
Florida. 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 coming
in after July 1st will pay $1.50 for balance of the year.
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
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
Mr. & Mrs. Ray G. Prunner
Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Mrs. H. E.(Theo)Hallin
Mr. W. Godfrey, Charles Parker, "Red" Koperski,
Mr. Ortman, Mrs. Godfrey.
Shirley (Dyer) Erickson and her 3 children -
Dorothy (Godfrey) Brandt and her 3 children-
HAPPY PARTY AT THE NEWELL SHAWS
Left to right; Alice Ray Wier, Elizabeth Hallin, David Hallin, Linda Wier,
Nannie Brown, Blanche Shaw, Mary Cecil Lowe, Minnie Crooks, and
Mr. & Mrs. Otis Pritchett, Los Angeles
Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Ward Dresback of
Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Jerry .vans, narry aams, ivseaae onton.
Mary Hall, Jane Journey, Aleck Parker.
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 IS GUARANTEED
RETURN AND FORWARDING POSTAGE GUARANTEED.
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