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STEVENS CIRCLE -- Courtesy of the Panama Canal Company
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AT DEDICATION-The Rev. and Mrs. Stauffer Moses (left) admire, along with Mrs. John D. Odom and Dr. Samuel E. Maddox,
the plaque that graces the wall near The Haven chapel.
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Mrs. Stewart Trail, and their new home in
Miss Eloise Loring, daughter of the
Lathrop Lorings, Yarmouth, Me.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dobson (Marie McNeff)
Mrs. Robert L. Simpson (Peggy Sylvestre), receiving the DFC from Col.
Gerald Dix at Hurlbert Field, Fla.
Mrs. Loretta Prather, Washington, D.C.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
W. Dewey Goodwin J. F. Warner
Ernest M. Kieswetter Executive Committee
Vice-President W. Dewey Goodwin
Lucille S. Judd Ernest M. Kieswetter
Secretary-Treas. Lucille S. Judd
Lyla M. Esler
Lyla .M. Esler Betty Lockridge
Recording Seo'y. 4 Keith Kelley
C. G. Calvit
Betty Lockridge J. Andrew Fraser
Record Editor Z. K Esler
W. J. Dorgan
Martin Nickel Albert McKeown
New bills reaching Congress will have little if any chance of being
enacted into Public Laws before the end of the year.
The most important bill before the Congress so far as we are con-
cerned has now been referred to the Senate Finance Committee, so it is
advisable for all concerned to keep alert with its progress and if you
don't like the way it is shaping up then let your Senators know about it.
Of course I am referring to the new tax bill. Some of the original plans
of the Treasury Department Tax Bill have been changed.
1. The retirement income credit and the additional exemption at
age 65, have been retained.
2. Disability annuitants will retain sick pay exclusion.
3. Tax deduction section is still very indefinite, however it looks like
persons over 65 will be able to deduct all cost of medicines
4. Persons with moderate receipts of dividends will note some
5. Taxpayers over 65 will benefit on the resale of their property.
6. New percentage rates will also be effective with the passage of
From here it looks like no tax bill this session of Congress.
G. C. LOCKRIDGE, Legislative Representative
ABOUT THE COVER
Stevens Circle in front of the Balboa Post Office, Commissary and Service center
was named in honor of John F. Stevens.
Allen R. Flinn-Locks Division-22 years, 5 months, 12 days.
Clarence A. Greene-Locks Division-25 years, 6 months, 21 days.
William G. Hoelzle-Police Division-22 years, 5 months, 22 days.
Mrs. Borghild H. Misenheimer-Teacher, U.S. Schools-
26 years, 4 months, 7 days.
Milton L. Nash-Locks Division-28 years, 9 months, 8 days.
Arthur B. Rigby-Railroad Division-15 years, 1 month, 18 days.
Mrs. Carol G. Rigby-Electrical Division-18 years, 4 months, 22 days.
Subert Turbyfill, Schools Division-29 years, 7 months, 16 days.
Walter J. Wilkinson- Maintenance Div.-21 years, 10 months, 22 days.
Leonard Wolford-Marine Port Captain's Office-
23 years, 9 months, 5 days.
William Black-Locks Division-34 years, 7 months, 10 days.
James F. Dougherty-Railroad Division-31 years, 11 months, 22 days.
Miss Gertrude A. Smith-Nurse Supervisor, Gorgas Hospital-
33 years, 3 months, 18 days.
Mrs. Dorothy W. Webb-Personnel Bureau-26 years, 12 days.
Joshua A. Cunningham-Police Division-32 years, 2 days.
Mrs. Barbara M. Hutchings-Transportation Division-
25 years 10 months, 16 days,
Guy R. Lord-Chief, Navigation Division-27 years, 10 months, 7 days.
Miss H. Eloise Monroe-Schools Division-22 years, 9 months, 8 days.
Carl N. Nix-Electrical Division-23 years.
Marvin J. Banton-Engineering & Construction Bureau-32 yrs., 17 days.
Miss Jeanne E. Brown-Teacher-31 years, 8 months, 5 days.
Nelson R. Clark-Port Captain's Office-21 years, 4 months, 11 days.
Richard E. Cox-Supply Division-33 years, 2 months, 27 days.
Ross A. Aldrich-Electrical Division-27 years, 11 months, 3 days.
Walter F. Allen-Motor Transport. Division-22 years, 4 months, 8 days.
William J. McKeown-Terminals Division-21 years, 5 months, 1 day.
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
SINCE THE TOURIST CENTER IN ST. PETERSBURG IS CLOSED, ALL SOCIETY
MEETINGS STARTING ON NOVEMBER 18th, 1963 THROUGH APRIL, WILL
BE HELD IN THE FRIENDSHIP ROOM OF THE FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS AND
LOAN, AT 800 49th STREET NORTH. THE MEETING TIME HAS CHANGED
TO THE THIRD MONDAY OF EACH MONTH. COME TO THE VERY COMFORT-
ABLE AND SPACIOUS ROOM AND ENJOY THE MEETING AT 2:00 P.M. THERE
IS PLENTY OF FREE PARKING SPACE.
Mr. Earl Beck was hospitalized a few days but is much improved.
Mrs. Martin Nickels had cataracts removed and is at home doing
Mr. Harry Lewis had surgery at St. Anthony's and is doing well.
Mrs. James McFarland is ill in Havana, Cuba.
Mr. Ralph Stewart had surgery in Mound Park Hospital and is doing
Miss Helen King was hospitalized in St. Anthony's but is recuperat-
Kay Eldridge, who spent several weeks in Watertown Hospital in New
York, is at home slowly recuperating from a serious illness.
THANK YOU NOTES
Margaret and Ross Hallowell Patricia Howard Hall
Helen McCarty Mrs. Mary Gramlich
Ethel McDermitt and son Floyd Helen King
Mrs. Martin Nickles The George Klimp family
From All Members Your Zip Code Number
The Post Office requests that these numbers be placed on each piece of mail.
Please cooperate. However, your number will not appear in the 1964 Year
Book, as it is too late.
Our address is:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. 0. BOX 11566
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Miss Alice Louise Phelan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Phelan of
Balboa became the bride of A3c, USAF John E. McCarragher, Jr., son
of Mrs. Roseland McCarragher of Curundu, on August 13 in St. Andrews
Episcopal Church, Cocoli.
They are living at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
Miss Juan Dimpfl and Mr. Robert Vickery, Jr., were joined in mar-
riage September 6, 1963, in the First Unitarian Church, Santa Monica,
California. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Dimpfl of
Balboa, Canal Zone. She is a graduate of Balboa High School, Class
of 1958 and graduated cum laude from Duke University. Mr. Vickery is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Vickery, Sr., of Seattle, Washington. He
is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At home to their
family and friends at 2110 Fourth Street, Apartment Two, Santa Monica,
the couple plans a delayed honeymoon in the Republic of Panama in
Miss Dorothy L. Ciarlone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Ciar-
lone, of North Westport, Massachusetts, and Mr. Joseph C. Hannigan, Jr.,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hannigan of Balboa, Canal Zone, were mar-
ried on August 17, 1963, at Our Lady of Grace Church, in North Westport.
The groom was graduated from the University of Massachusetts in
1960, and is employed by IBM in Kingston, New York. The bride is also
a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, 1963, and is now employed
as a teacher in Kingston, New York, where the couple make their home.
Tht University Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was
the setting of the recent wedding of Miss Ouida Rochelle Head to Lee
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Rochelle H. Head of Balboa.
Johnson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Lynne Johnson of New
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are graduates of Louisiana State University,
Class of June 1963, Johnson received a bachelor of science degree in
mathematics. He worked this summer for Ethyl Corporation in Baton
Rouge and in the Fall returned to the university for graduate work in
His bride received her master's degree in library science and is em-
ployed in the Louisiana State Library in Baton Rouge. They are now at
home to family and friends at 1224 Aster Street, Baton Rouge.
Mr. and Mrs. David E. Fogle of Fort Gulick, C.Z. announce the mar-
riage of their daughter Helen Marie on August 3rd in Montebello, Cali-
fornia to Eugene J. Shafer, at St. Benedict's church. The bride graduated
from the Canal Zone college in June of 1963. The groom is employed
with the Montebello Fire Department. Mr. and Mrs. Fogle, Mr. and Mrs.
John C. Johnson (Wanda Harrington) and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Daley
(Janice Brownlee) attended the wedding.
Double ring wedding vows exchanged August 3 before the Rev. Allen
Strong at the First United Presbyterian Church united Miss Beth Kennedy
to Tim B. Wennberg in Englewood, Colorado.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy F. Kennedy of 3111
S. Ogden St., and the bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Theodore E. Wenn-
berg of Littleton.
A reception for 150 guests followed the ceremony in the church
The bridegroom was graduated from Littleton high school and is a
junior at the University of Denver. The couple is living at 2851 S. Dela-
ware St., Englewood, Colorado.
Miss Frances Louise Yost, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore R.
Yost of Balboa, became the bride of John Franklin Hern, Jr., son of Mr.
and Mrs. John F. Hern of Ancon at Sacred Heart Chapel, Ancon, on
Both Mr. and Mrs. Hern are graduates of Balboa High School. Mr.
Hern is also a graduate of the Canal Zone College and attended Florida
Miss Nancy Margaret Turner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C.
Turner became the bride of Lieutenant James Steven Blesse August 15,
at the home of her parents in La Boca.
The bride, recently a student at Canal Zone College, has resided in
the Canal Zone all her life. Lt. Blesse, the son of Mrs. Frederick A. Blesse
of Richmond, Virginia, and of the late Frederick A. Blesse, Brigadier
General, United States Army, was a 1961 graduate of the United States
Military Academy at West Point. He is presently stationed at Fort Kobbe.
Mr. and Mrs. David Azcarraga of Panama City, announce the mar-
riage of their daughter, Mary Lea Azcarraga August 10th, to Dr. Riccardo
R. Foggia, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Foggia of Portland, Oregon, in the
Santuario Nacional del Corazon de Maria.
Following the religious ceremony the parents of the bride tendered
a reception at the Panama Golf Club.
Mary Lea Azcarraga is a graduate of Balboa High School and the
Canal Zone Junior College. She received her R. N. Degree from Columbia
Presbyterian Hospital in New York and her B. S. Degree from Columbia
University. In June of this year she received her Masters Degree from
Teachers College at Columbia University.
Dr. Riccardo Foggia is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and
part of his internship was served in Gorgas Hospital, Canal Zone. He has
just completed three years of service in the United States Navy.
After a honeymoon spent in the United States and Canada, the newly-
weds will reside in Salem, Oregon.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Koeing of Balboa announce the marriage of
their daughter Alice Christine to Mr. James Charles Goldsvorough of
Washington, D.C. The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. M. H. Albritton
and the late Mr. Albritton.
The marriage took place in Aiken, South Carolina. The newly mar-
ried couple arrived on the Isthmus on July 28 and were guests at a recep-
tion held at the home of the bride's parents, for relatives and close friends.
Mrs. Goldsborough is a graduate of Balboa High School and her hus-
band of Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C. Both are employed
by the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company in Washington.
Mr. and Mrs. Goldsborough are at home in Adelfi, Md.
Honeymooning in the United States are Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Richard
Grassau, Jr., of Balboa, the Canal Zone.
The couple was joined in marriage in a double ring ceremony and
Nuptial Mass said in Sacred Heart Chapel, Ancon, on September 14.
The bride is the former Madelon Ann Garrett, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank E. Day of Ancon, the Canal Zone. She is a graduate of Cristo-
bal High School and Texas Christian University where she received a bach-
elor of science degree in Commerce.
Grassau, Junior, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Richard Grassau,
Sr., of Balboa, the Canal Zone. He is a graduate of Balboa High School
and attended Notre Dame University and is now a student at Tri-State
College, Angola, Indiana.
The couple sailed aboard the S.S. Cristobal in September and then
travelled by automobile to Fort Worth, Texas, and Shannon, Illinois. They
are at home to family and friends at 209 West South Street, Angola, Ind.
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Allen of Ancon, the Canal Zone, announce the
engagement of their daughter, Sandra Sue, to Richard N. Phillips of Mar-
garita. The groom-elect is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Noble A. Phillips of
Margarita, the Canal Zone.
Miss Judith Carol Hotz became the bride of Mr. Lars Holman Hydle
at an afternoon wedding in St. John Church of Christ, Indianapolis, Ind.
on June 22nd. The Reverend Oliver Hotz, uncle of the bride, performed
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Theo F. Hotz of Diablo, and
Dr. and Mrs. Lars Hydle of Glendale, California.
After a wedding trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, the couple is
now at home at 17 Third Street NE, Apartment 2, Washington, D.C.
The bride was graduated with honors in June from DePauw Univer-
sity, Indiana, where she was Program Manager of the University Radio
Station. Mr. Hydle was graduated cum laude from Occidental College,
California, and is presently a doctoral candidate at Columbia University.
Both are employed with the Voice of America in Washington.
Janet Valerie Tribe, daughter of Mrs. Marguerite S. Tribe of Balboa,
and Mr. Donald B. Tribe of Diablo Heights, was married to Dr. Herbert
Taub of Jamaica, Long Island, New York, in Appleton Chapel of Memor-
ial Church at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts July 27th.
The bride graduated from Bryn Mawr College last year, since which
time she has been assisting in genetics research at Harvard under Pro-
fessor Meselson. The bridegroom has been an instructor at Harvard for
several years and has accepted an assistant professorship at Princeton
University. Dr. Taub attended the international convention of geneticists
at The Hague, where he read a paper reporting the results of his recent
research activities, prior to which he and his bride toured Italy, France
Dr. and Mrs. Taub are at home to their friends at their new home in
Princeton Wintsor Apartments, 109 Lynwood Drive, Princeton, N. J.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Charles Sutherland of Balboa announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Janet Christeen, to Frank Kent DuPree, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Alexander DuPree of Jacksonville, Florida.
Miss Sutherland, a graduate of Balboa High School, is presently a
Junior at Jacksonville University where she is majoring in Education.
Mr. DuPree is a graduate of Alfred I. DuPont High School of Jack-
sonville, and attended Jacksonville University.
Twila LaRae Matzger and Robert J. Knox were joined in marriage
on May 5 in St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Topeka, Kansas.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Metzger of Topeka.
Mr. Knox is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Knox of Balboa, and
is a graduate of Balboa High School. He is serving with the Signal Corps
of the Airborne Unit of the United States Army and is stationed at Fort
Miss Margaret Frances Morgan became the bride of William J.
Brown, August 31 in the Shelfer Memorial Chapel of the Centenary Meth-
odist Church in Quincy, Florida. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Woodrow Morgan of Balboa, Canal Zone, former residents of Quincy,
and the bride groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Benjamin Brown,
Jr., of Lake Worth.
Mrs. William Brown grew up on the Pacific Side, attending Canal
Zone schools, and graduated from Balboa High School in 1959 and Canal
Zone Junior College in 1961. She received her B.S. degree in elementary
education from Florida State University this past April. Mr. Brown at-
tended schools in Bridgeport, Connecticut and Lake Worth, Fla. Follow-
ing three years service in the U.S. Army, he graduated with a B.S. degree
in mathematics from Florida State University in June.
Miss Layne Woodall Taylor, daughter of Mrs. Vernon L. Shafer of
La Cresta and the late Wm. Norman Taylor, became the bride of Thomas
Garey Ashton, son of Mrs. Grace Belden of Balboa, in the Cathedral of
St. Luke, Ancon, on the 11th of September.
The bride was given in marriage by her grandfather, William David
Taylor, of Panama.
Following the ceremony, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Schafer and Mr. Taylor
were hosts to ninety guests for a reception at the Ft. Amador Officers'
The couple spent a few days at the Hotel El Continental, and left for
their new home, 2205-A, Sabine, Texas.
Miss Taylor was graduated from Balboa High School with the class
of 1959. She received her Associate of Arts in Merchandising from South-
ern Seminary College in Buena Vista, Virginia, and attended classes at
Long Island University, New York. For the past year she has been on the
staff of the Educational Department, American Chemical Society in Wash-
Mr. Ashton was also graduated in the class of 1959 at Balboa, and
attended the Canal Zone Junior College. He was graduated from the East
Texas College in Commerce, with a Bachelor of Business Administration
in Economics and Industrial Management. He has entered the University
of Texas at Austin to work for the degree of Master of Business Adminis-
tration in Managerial Administrative Policy, and to prepare for the Law
degree with a major academic concentration in Corporation Law.
At home to friends in Gamboa is Mrs. Leonard A. Wilson, nee Char-
lett Lynn Kissling who was joined in marriage to Leonard A. Wilson,
United States Navy, in ceremonies held recently in Balboa Union Church.
The former Miss Kissling, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Kiss-
ling, is a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of June 1963..
Leonard is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard B. Wilson of Los Rios.
He is a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of June 1960. He has just
returned from a two-year duty in the United States Navy in the Mediter-
ranean and is now on active duty at Norfolk, Virginia.
Mrs. Patricia Coffey Lieshout and Mr. Joseph L. Johnston were mar-
ried October 4, 1963 in Houston, Texas. Mrs. Johnston is the daughter
of Mrs. Marie G. Coffey of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Bartley Smith of Diablo Heights announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Carmen Mercedes, to First Lieutenant Carl
H. Neu, Jr., United States Army. Miss Smith is a graduate of Canal Zone
Junior College and Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Lieutenant
Neu Junior is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Neu, Sr., of Hinckley, Ohio.
He is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard
Graduate School of Business Administration. The couple plans a February
wedding in Germany.
Mr. and Mrs. James Berkery announce the marriage of their daughter
Muriel Regina, to Mr. Harvey Don Smith, August 11, 1963 in Our Lady
of Mount Carmel Church, Tenafly, N.J.
Mr. Smith is the son of Mrs. Alice (Wanio) Smith and the late
Howery Smith, formerly of the C.Z.
Out of town guests were: Mrs. Alice Smith; James and Kenneth
Smith; and Mrs. R. D. Melanson, the bridegroom's aunt from Miami, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. David F. K. Brown of Panama City announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Brenda Sue, to George A. McArthur of Ancon,
Canal Zone. The groom-elect is the son of Mrs. Eusebia McArthur and the
late Mr. William David McArthur.
Mr. and Mrs. Garland L. Victory announce the marriage of her daugh-
ter, Gloria Tara Geise to A 2-c Walter G. Peterson, Jr., October 1, 1963
in St. Mary's Church, Santa Maria, California.
Mr. Peterson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Peterson of Holly-
The young couple are at home at 506 B South Lincoln Street, Santa
Janet L. Barnes, daughter of Mrs. Robert K. Barnes and the late Mr.
Barnes, became the bride of Marion Richardson, son of Mr. Ken Richard-
son and Mrs. Clara Burger, October 26, 1963, in Folkston, Ga. Mrs. Rich-
ardson attended schools in the C.Z. and Bryant College, Providence, R.I.
She is employed at the Florida Power Corp. Mr. Richardson is a native of
St. Petersburg; a veteran of the U.S. Navy and is self employed. They
reside in St. Petersburg, Florida.
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
Mr. and Mrs. John Hey (Barbara Jones), 350 Gerald Drive, Floris-
sant, Mo. announce the birth of a son, Matthew Robert on October 7, 1963.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones, St. Petersburg, Fla.,
who were present, Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hey of
St. Louis, Mossouri.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bartholomew of St. Joseph, Mo., announce the
birth of a son, Brent Frederick, on August 15, 1963. Brent has a brother
and two sisters. Paternal grandmother is Mrs. Wm. F. Bartholomew.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert O'Bannon (Joyce Whaler) announce the birth of
a son, Robert Dean, Jr., September 30, 1963 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mrs.
O'Bannon is living with her mother, Mrs. George L. Whaler, while her
husband is on duty in Korea.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. A. R. Beil of St. Petersburg, Fla. announce the
birth of a daughter, Sherry Lynn, July 30, 1963. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Lee Beil.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lulfs (Barbara Ladd) announce the birth of
a third son and fifth child, August 28, 1963 in Northville, Michigan.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Ladd, Trenton, N.J.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Lulfs of Northville.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Pitney of McLean, Virginia, announce the birth
of their child, a son, born August 4, 1963.
The infant has been named Clarke Sutherland.
Mrs. Pitney is the former Susan Roby Taylor of Balboa.
Maternal great grandfather is Wm. David Taylor, retired Balboa
Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Erhart Jr. (Becky Abell) of Long Beach,
California, announce the birth of their second child and second son on
August 10. The baby has been named David Walthen Erhart.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Abell of
Diablo Heights. Mrs. Abell is presently visiting her daughter in Long
As soon as David Walthen is able to travel they will fly to Mayesville,
Kentucky to visit the maternal great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James
E. Hutchinson and to Louisville, the home of the paternal grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Erhart, Sr.
Mrs. Erhart and her two children will leave this fall for Perth, Austra-
lia, to join her husband who is with a construction firm in that city.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. R. Forrest (Molly Cooke) announce the birth of
a daughter, their first child, Nicole Cooke, on August 28, in Hampton,
Va. The Forrests live at 43-D Elizabeth Rd., Hampton. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Cooke of the same city. Paternal grand-
parents are Capt. and Mrs. Paul Forrest of Gamboa, C.Z. Great grand-
father is Capt. H. P. Forrest of Norfolk, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Modoono of Lexington, Massachusetts, an-
nounce the arrival of their fourth child, second daughter, on September
27, 1963. Mrs. Modoono is the former Mary Ann Hannigan, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hannigan of Balboa, Canal Zone. This little girl is
the sixth grandchild of Jot and Agnes Hannigan, and the eleventh great-
grandchild of George McDade, of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Corliss, Jr. of Los Rios announce the birth of
their first child, a daughter, on September 5 at Gorgas Hospital. The baby
has been named Leslie Ruth Corliss.
The baby's maternal grandmother is Mrs. Ruth Van Vleit of Los Rios.
Captain and Mrs. James H. Coakley of Selfredge Air Force Base,
Michigan, announce the birth of a daughter, Patricia Ann, May 8th. Jim
and Rita have three other children; Jimmie, Margaret Rose and Alice
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent D. Bradley of Philadelphia, Pa. announce the
birth of a daughter August 14, 1963, named Maureen. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. James Bradley of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Leach announce the arrival of a son, LeRoy
Lester, II, on August 28, 1963 at San Jose, California. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Leach, deceased, and maternal grand-
parents are Louis and Norine Kaufer, now of San Jose, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester C. McCabe are the parents of a daughter born
April: 6th. They also have a son. Mrs. McCabe is the former Mary Lou
Mohr and grew up in the Canal Zone.
Maternal grandmother is Mrs. A. H. Mohr, Orlando, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. William Arthur Rankin of Margarita announce the birth
of their first child, a daugther, on October 3 at Coco Solo Hospital. Shar-
ing honors are grandparents Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Kleefkens and Mrs. Alvin
A. Rankin all of Margarita.
Sergeant and Mrs. Charles O. Gerrald of Fort Bragg, North Carolina
announce the birth of their second son, Keith Charles, on September 17th.
Mrs. Gerrald is the former Miss Carol Ann Seaman of Margarita. Mater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Seaman of Brockton, Massa-
dhusetts. Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Gerrald of Statesboro, Georgia are the pater-
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Blennerhassett of Brazos Heights, a
son, Anthony John, June 19th. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
John B. Coffey, Margarita, C.Z. Paternal grandparents are British Consul
and Mrs. John Blennerhassett, Colon, R. de P. Great grandmother is Mrs.
Marie Coffey, St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge, St. Petersburg, Fla. visited relatives in
Iowa in the fall. They were in North English, Ia. to help celebrate the
81sti birthday of Mrs. Virginia Barker, who is Mrs. Lockridge's mother.
Mrs. Barker is in perfect health, very alert, still keeps house alone and
does her own sewing as well as for her 5 great granddaughters. She has
one great grandson.
Mr. Robert Hull has a foreign assignment: with Army Audit Agency
headquarters in Paris, France. He recently visited the H. J. Greiser and
Keith Greene families in Ireland. Robert works in Germany and France.
Mr. and Mrs. Truman Hoenke and family spent the summer in their,
island home in Lake Champlain. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Anderson and son
visited them and bought a summer home near by.
Mrs. Margaret Morris of Balboa, C.Z. visited Mr. and Mrs. Roy
Hanna in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sharpe (Francis Violette) and:family of Balboag
C.Z. were guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Moody and Mrs. Elizabeth Violette
in Tampa, Fla. They were later guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsey
in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Graham and 2 children of Margarita, C.Z. were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Perc Graham in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Pictures of Crede Calhoun, Panama Canal retiree and former New
York Times correspondent on the Isthmus, and Alberto V. McGeachy,
editor emeritus of the Star & Herald, were among those displayed at Col-
umbia University November 6 in connection with the 25th anniversary
of the Maria Moors Cabot Awards. Mr. Calhoun and Mr. McGeachy both
have received the award, which is given annually by the Columbia Univer-
sity Graduate School of Journalism for excellence in handling news stories
on Latin America. Jules Dubois, onetime reporter on the Star & Herald
and now Latin American correspondent of the Chicago Tribune, also is
among those who have received the award.
An illustrated article on the Rio Camacho and Rio Grande spillways
into the Panama Canal, written by Charles McG. Brandl, appeared in the
July-August issue of the Military Engineer.
Details of construction of the spillways and stilling basing are
sketched by the Canal Widening during heavy rains, entry of the floods
into the Canal channel in Gaillard Cut would be a "wild and tumultous
and disturbing cataract," the article states.
The spillways also protect the Canal banks against erosion and reduce
silt deposits in the channel. The article is the 10th by Mr. Brandl on
Canal Zone subjects to have appeared in the Military Engineer.
Capt. and Mrs. Carl F. Pflanzer (Patricia Cawl) are living in Rome,
N.Y. Capt. Pflanzer is a pilot for Mohawk Airlines. They have one child,
a son, Carl David.
For the first time in sixteen years all the L. A. Koperski family of
Orlando, Florida, were together.
Col. and Mrs. Wm. B. Taylor (Janet) and their two boys, Billy and
Rickie came from Omaha, Nebr. Their two older children, Russell and
Martha, stayed at home and held down the fort. Mrs. Olive Holwerda
came from Saratoga, Calif., their son, Richard, who is now making his
home with his parents and formerly from the C.Z. Richard is at present
employed with the Central Paper Co.
The Koperski's gave a coffee at the College Park Woman's Civic Club,
for fifty of their friends and neighbors to meet their children.
Adrian M. Bouche, who retired from Panama Canal service in July,
1960, returned to Panama over the Inter-American Highway and is giving
some thought to residing on the Isthmus.
Mr. and Mrs. Bouche made the trip from Laredo, Texas, to Panama
in nine days. Of the Inter-American Highway, he says he wanted to see
it "before the roadways got filled with hamburger stands."
Harking to reports by Inter-American Highway travellers, Bouche
prepared by purchasing a special car, an International Harvester four-
wheel drive and he loaded it with equipment to meet any emergency that
might arise. He reports he never used the equipment, and the only diffi-
culty encountered was in Costa Rica where Costa Rican motorists are given
to coming around sharp curves on the wrong side of the road.
The Bouches travelled at about 45 miles per hour, and had the trip
well-planned ahead so that they arrived at the day's stopping point before
dark. The only exception made to this rule was when they arrived at San
Cristobal, Guatemala and decided to go on to Guatemala City for the night.
In Guatemala, too, they found the highest tourist tax charged visitors.
Mr. and Mrs. Bouche are living in the home of their son, Adrien M.
Bouche, Jr., while the latter is in the States on vacation.
Residing in Houston, Texas are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Galloway
who were married during the summer in Oklahoma City, Okla. Mrs. Gal-
loway is the former Miss Karen Clark. Both are former C.Z. residents.
Mr. Harry Bloss of Tampa, Florida visited Mr. F. G. Swanson in
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest M. Kieswetter, St. Petersburg, Florida, cele-
brated their 38th wedding anniversary August 22nd.
Capt. and Mrs. A. B. Forstrom, Rhode Island, celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary August 7th.
To Mrs. Frederick Hosmer Cooke, recent Isthmian visitor, the build-
ing of the Panama Canal is as exciting today in retrospect as it was during
the period from 1908 to 1916 when she was an on-the-spot observer. She
has found several friends including Mrs. Ora Ewing, Mrs. John Collins
and Mrs. Crede Calhoun a bridge foursom as indeed they were
as young matrons.
Olga Faure Cook went to Panama as a teenager with her parents,
the Adolphe Faures from New Orleans. Her father, an accountant, was a
special assistant to Colonel Goethals. The beauty and musical talent of
Madame Faure are recalled still by those who knew her.
Mrs. Cooke and her sister Yolande, attended schools in Cristobal
She never missed an opportunity to go to the bottom of the cut with
her father, she says. She remembers seeing the dike at Gamboa blown up
and with her parents was among those who made the very first transit of
the Canal, not on the much publicized Ancon trip of August 15, 1914,
but on the Cristobal a week prior to that date.
Mrs. Cooke met her husband, a young Navy Captain, when he came
to the Isthmus as an engineering assistant to Admiral Harry Rosseau.
They were the only two Navy men on the Canal Commission. Admiral
Rousseau was in charge of the construction of the terminal installations.
Mr. Faure died in Panama in 1917.
Olga Faure and Captain Cooke were married in December 1914 in
a house that stood opposite the Tivoli Hotel. That house has disappeared
as has the one they lived in at Balboa Heights until 1916 when they left
When the Cooks were sent to Haiti for a 4-year tour they were able
to renew acquaintances with Canal Zone friends and the arrival of every
Panama Line ship was an eagerly awaited event.
Mrs. Marie A. Van Clief or more familiarly, "Mrs. Van" as she is
known, has been a Red Cross Volunteer worker for more than 45 years.
She was honored during the Red Cross Centenary Year for her work in
behalf of patients in Gorgas Hospital.
The Volunteer has been chairman of the Production Service of the
Canal Zone Chapter, American Red Cross since 1958. She worked in this
particular branch for two years before becoming its leader. Members of
the service collect, manufacture and distribute items obtained by the Chap-
ter through community resources. Her committee is concerned principally
with mending and distribution of used clothing.
Police Sgt. Ralph Edgar Masters was promoted to lieutenant in the
Canal Zone Police Division and was named deputy Warden at the Canal
Zone Penitentiary, Gamboa, in a ceremony held in the office of the Civil
Affairs Director, B. I. Everson.
Masters is the first to wear the new badge acquired for deputy Warden
in the Police Division.
He has been with the Police Division since March 21, 1941.
Lt. Charles S. Smith, who had been deputy Warden of Gamboa Peni-
tentiary, is the new senior detective officer of the Balboa District of the
Canal Zone police.
CARACAS, VENEZUELA Richard S. Lombard, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Eugene C. Lombard, former Canal Zone residents, has been named head
of the law department of Creole Petroleum Corporation.
Creole, an affiliate of Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), is the
world's largest single oil-producing company and represents the greatest
U. S. capital investment in a single company overseas.
Dick Lombard, 35, graduated in 1944 from Balboa High School, in
the Canal Zone; from Harvard College with an A. B. degree in 1949 and
from Harvard Law School, LL.B., in 1952. He joined Creole's New York
office in 1955 after three years with a law firm there.
Larry Horine, Supervisor of Physical Education and Athletics, Canal
Zone U.S. Schools, has been granted a year's leave of absence for study
at the University of Colorado.
Mr. Horine has been granted a scholarship which waives tuition and
a teaching assistantship in the physical education department.
He holds a master's degree in Education Administration and will
study toward a Doctorate of Education, with emphasis in the areas of
education administration, health, and physical education.
Chief W. G. Dolan of the Canal Zone Fire Division left for the
United States where he will be an observer for high expansion foam fire-
fighting tests conducted at Lock No. 8 on the Cumberland River. The test
site will be at Cartago, approximately 60 miles east of Nashville, Tenn.
Truman Hoenke, Superintendent of the Pacific Branch, Locks Divi-
sion accompanied Chief Dolan as an observed.
Chief Dolan also visited the U.S. Naval Station Training Center at
Norfolk, Va., and the Philadelphia Naval Damage Control School to
study training facilities.
Mrs. Robert D. O'Bannon (Joyce Whaler), 9815 First Street East,
St. Petersburg, Fla., has both husband and father in the Army in Korea
S. her father, 1st Sgt. George R. Whaler, of Hdq. Detachment, U.S. Army
Advisory Group, Korea, (KMAG), was in Korea in 1953 when the Armi-
stice was signed, and was sent back again last spring. He's stationed at
Seoul, and Pfc. O'Bannon is stationed some miles from that city they
see each other frequently The sergeant, son of the Fred G. Whalers
of this city, was subject of an article in a recent edition of the Stars and
Stripes, in which he told of the closing days of the Korean action, before
Jeff Riley, 15-year-old Panama golf hero at the 18th National Jay-
Cee Golf Championships held at Midland, Texas, reported by AP and UP
sports staffers as "the brassy unknown from Panama," Riley walked off
with the Medalist Trophy, the Runner-up Trophy in the National Tourna-
ment, and the International Golf Trophy, in competition with more than
200 of the world's finest junior golfers.
George Trail, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Trail, Lexington, Mo., has
accepted a teaching position with the University of Missouri Extension
Division at Normandy in St. Louis.
This is in addition to his present position of assistant instructor in
English with the University of Missouri in Columbia.
The university extension division operates on "Instructor Bank"
which allows instructors to go into St. Louis to teach a night class with-
out interrupting their regular schedules.
Miss Winnefred Seeley of Ancon left for Providence, Rhode Island
where she will attend the Centennial Celebration at the Rhode Island Hos-
pital of which she is a graduate.
In November Miss Seeley attended, as a delegate, the convention of
the American Public Health Association to be held in Kansas City, Mo.
She also visited in Ottawa, Canada before returning to the Isthmus.
T-Sgt. John E. Schmidt, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Schmidt, Sr.,
of Ancon, who recently visited on the Isthmus has been assigned to the
U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs as audio-visual technician
in the audio-visual department. He has been stationed at Andrews AFB,
Sgt. Schmidt attended schools in the Canal Zone.
His wife is the former Patricia Lee Blitch, daughter of Colonel Cliff-
ord Blitch who was Superintendent of Gorgas Hospital from June 1949
to April 1953.
Sgt. and Mrs. Schmidt were accompanied on their visit to the Canal
Zone by their four children, Daniel, 13; Kathleen, 10; John, 8; and
Tracy, 8 months.
They also visited Sergeant Schmidt's sister, Mrs. A. Dale Bishop, and
his brother, Douglas C. Schmidt of Corozal.
Joe and Agnes Hannigan report a wonderful summer "the dream of
a lifetime". With their youngest daughter, Patricia, they travelled to
Massachusetts from the Canal Zone, and visited with their families, the
Bob Modoonos (Mary Ann) of Lexington, Massachusetts, the Frank O'-
Regans (Alice) and the Bob Morans (Diane) of Brockton, Massachusetts.
Leaving Patricia with her sisters, the Hannigans sailed from Montreal for
Ireland. They spent six weeks touring in Ireland, England, Scotland, Nor-
way, Sweden and Denmark. In Ireland and England they contacted some
of Joe's cousins, and met members of the family for the first time. They
returned to Massachusetts to attend the wedding of their son, Joseph Jr.,
to Dottie Ciarlone, and then returned to the Canal Zone, in time for Pat
to start her freshman year as BHS.
Ernest W. Zelnick, who has been Chief of the Balboa Field Office of
the Maintenance Division in the Panama Canal Engineering and Construc-
tion Bureau since last November, has been named Assistant Designing
Engineer in the Engineering Division, it has been announced at Balboa
Heights. Zelnick fills the position left vacant by the departure of M. S.
Slotkin, who returned to the United States and as Assistant Designing En-
gineer he will be chief of the new recently created Special Projects Branch
and chief of the technical board of review for designs and specifications.
Zelnick was Chief of the Water and Laboratories Branch, Miraflores
Filtration Plant, from 1952 until November 1962 when he became Chief
of the Balboa Field Office.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Bronson Rigby of Balboa left by plane for Los
Angeles, California, where they expect to take delivery on a trailer in
which to tour the Southwest before deciding upon their permanent home.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Rigby, long time Canal Zone residents, are retired
from Panama Canal Co. service.
"If it had been any worse it would have killed me," Miss Cecilia
Dawson, a teacher at Balboa High School, commented in response to a
compliment on her "tremendous" pole-vaulting form during a recent work-
out as part of Columbia University's course in track and field for teachers.
Despite her skepticism, Miss Dawson "understands the principles,"
according to Columbia Prof. Lawrence E. Locke. "She did 6 feet 10,"
Professor Locke told a New York Times reporter. "You might say that
was a record since women don't compete officially in the pole vault." (The
world record is 16 feet, 101/4 inches, set August 5 by John Pennel of
The New York Times story and illustrations included one of Miss
Dawson clearing the bar during the pole-vault session. It appeared in the
issue of August 10.
Lewis French, who graduated from Balboa High School, has suc-
ceeded Jim May as "King" of Balboa High School athletics. During his
four years in Balboa High, young French earned 14 letters, topping the
previous record of 13 established by May in 1954. The third son of Mr.
and Mrs. Worden French to attend Balboa High School, Lewis earned all-
zone honors in football and baseball, was a member of at least one
championship team in every major sport, and during his senior year was
awarded the Balboa Elks' Plaque as the most outstanding Balboa High
athlete. While his jersey No. 36 remains on display in the Balboa Gym-
nasium trophy case, Lewis will be leaving the Isthmus soon to continue
his education at Castleton State Teacher's College in Vermont.
Mr. Louis A. Gomez, Vice President in charge of Chase Manhattan
Bank's operations on the Isthmus of Panama, announced that Mr. William
C. Schmitt, Manager, was being transferred to the Virgin Islands where
he will assume the management of the branches which Chase Manhattan
maintains at St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix.
Mr. Milton Lee Nash and his daughter Andrea Lee of Gatun left
recently for Virginia where they will join Mrs. Nash who preceded them
to the States. Miss Nash will return to the University of Tennessee where
she will enter her senior year.
Mr. Nash retired recently from service with the Locks Division on
the Atlantic side.
Mrs. R. M. Huls (Beth Lockridge), dressed in her pallera appeared
recently on a T.V. program in North Palm Beach, Fla., in connection
with the Village Library Benefit Ball.
Mrs. Clinton J. Atkinson of "Cedar Croft" Cumberland, Va. was a
recent visitor with her son Clinton of New York City, his wife Lois and
their new son Matthew. After spending a few days with them she travelled
from New York to Los Angeles where she spent some time with her
daughter, June and her husband Ed and their new daughter Darlene. She
returned to "Cedar Croft" to resume her teaching profession in Farmville,
Mrs. Isabel Cauthers, Floral Park, N.Y. had as guests her daughter
(Margaret) Lt. Col. and Mrs. G. J. Braun and family of Alexandria, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. MacDonald (Judy Mohr) and two sons are
now living in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Mr. MacDonald is connected
with the Lincoln Life Ins. Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Adams, since his retirement from the Balboa C.Z.
.police force, now lives in San Francisco, Rep. of Panama. Bill has just
shipped a trial shipment of 30,000 plantain from Darien to N.Y. Their
son John is in school at Florida Central Academy in Sorrento, Florida.
Patricia now Mrs. Frank Taylor, resides in Carrolltown, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Eckhoff of Naples, Florida had as guests
through the summer, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Sims (Edith Eckhoff) and
granddaughter Cindy, of Cumberland, Iowa; Mr. Denny Sims of Anita,
Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Alton Hayward; Mr. and Mrs. Dave Madison and
son Ray; Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Peterson; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Salter; Miss
Sandra Tartaice; Mr. and Mrs. John Housley; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wag-
ner; Mr. and Mrs. Noel Gibson, all from the Canal Zone. Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Cunningham (retired) of Pomapo Beach; Miss Helene Ingwersen;
Mr. and Mrs. Lou Kinkeade of St. Louis, Missouri.
William Munro Campbell, son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Campbell of
Gamboa, Canal Zone, graduated June 2, 1963 from the University of
Alabama School of Dentistry, receiving a D.M.D. degree.
Dr. Campbell received his B.S. degree in 1959 from Auburn A.P.I.,
Alabama. During his senior year he married the former Carolyn Wheeler
of Birmingham, Ala. They have an infant daughter, Catherine Joyce.
Dr. Campbell will enter the service in September and will be stationed
at Seward Air Force Base in Tennessee for two years.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Raymond of Santa Anna, California, spent
several months touring the country by trailer.
Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Speels of Westbrook, Conn., spent a month
'touring in Nova Scotia, Canada and Niagara Falls.
:: George Loudon, former Master Sergeant of France Field and Mrs.
,Marie Helstedt Loudon, formerly of the Colon Hospital, are now residing
at 504 Allen Road, North Syracuse, New York. They returned to the
United States from the Canal Zone in 1942. George was retired as a Chief
Warrant Officer -W-3 in 1956 with 30 years service. He accepted a posi-
tion with the Air Force as a Civilian Safety Director and is now with the
26th Air Division (SAGE).
Their daughter, Fern Marie (Bonnie), born in the Colon Hospital,
graduated from the New York University of Education at Oswego last
June and is now teaching in the Liverpool (New York) public school:
system. She is residing with her parents.
Their son, George Wallace (Wally), born in North Dakota in 1943,
is now a Junior at Harpur University at Binghampton, New York.
The Loudons will be glad to hear from their friends of the Canal
Zone and will be glad to see any of the folks who happen to be visiting
in the vicinity of North Syracuse.
Gerald A. Doyle, Jr., the plaintiff in the unsuccessful suit to stop the
display of the Panamanian flag in the Canal Zone, has resigned as Chief
of the Architectural Branch of the Engineering Division of the Panama
He and his family left for Tucson, Arizona, where he will enter
Doyle said he is leaving the Isthmus with "no hard feelings."
A combination of reasons led to his decision to resign after 16 years
of service with the Canal organization, Doyle declared. He added it was
a difficult decision to make.
One of the primary reasons, Doyle said, is that he is interested in his
own practice and that he feels there are greater horizons in the United
States. A "minor reason", he continued, is that "it is very obvious from
the present attitude of my government that there is not much future for
Americans in the Canal Zone."
His 16 years here, Doyle said, have been a period of very pleasant
His two older children already are in school in Tucson.
William F. Grady has been elected president of Lakeland Chapter
194, National Association of Retired Civil Employes at Lakeland, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Russell, Memphis, Tennessee, were guests of Carl's
sister, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Furr in Falls Church, Virginia.
Rear Admiral and Mrs. Stanton W. Salisburg, ret. (Mary Fagan) of
Rochester, N.Y. visited Sada Page in Vermont. They later called on Mary
Stakelum and Mary Ledden in St. Petersburg, before going on to Cali-
fornia to spend the winter.
A large picture of the dedication of The Haven, an alcoholic rehabili-
tation center in Dothan, Ala., picturing Mrs. Sue Odom standing beside
the bronze plaque which graces the wall near the Haven Chapel, appeared
in the Dothan Eagle in August.
An account of the Haven's beginning appeared in the September 1962
Situated on an 85 acre tract of land given by Mrs. John D. Odom as
a memorial to her husband, the Haven was described as $100,000 worth
of land, buildings and equipment. It was built with the dollars and deter-
mination of many throughout the Wiregrass country. Space is provided
for 16 men and already is filled, with a list waiting to get in. Rev. and
Mrs. Stauffer Moses live in a new home in front of the Haven, where the
Reverend is Supt. The Haven is located on "John D. Odom Road", a re-
quest of Mrs. Odom.
A light burns at all times over the plaque which bears the following:
These 85 "Rolling Acres" are presented
as a beautiful and lasting memorial
JOHN DARBY ODOM, M.D.
by his wife
SUE CORE ODOM
Philanthropist, humanitarian and beloved son of the South,
his concern was ever for the poor, the weak and the afflicted.
May this Haven, in its offer of hope and encouragement to
those who need it most, serve through the years as an exten-
sion of the great-hearted kindliness and generosity which
characterized his entire life. May its voice be added to this
beautiful tribute by those who knew and loved him best:
"A gentle man and matchless gentleman, his like will not
soon pass this way again.'
At a large parade and review on September 20, 1963, Mrs. Robert L.
Simpson (Peggy Sylvestre) accepted the Distinguished Flying Cross
presented by Col. Gerald Dix, commander of 1st Air Commando Wing,
during ceremonies at Hurlbert Field.
Her husband, Captain Simpson, was killed in an aircraft accident
August 28, 1962 while serving with the air commandos in South Viet Nam.
Captain Robert Walker, who served with Capt. Simpson in Viet Nam,
acted as escort for Mrs. Simpson.
The citation accompanying the DFC reads as follows:
THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS
ROBERT L. SIMPSON
"Captain Robert L. Simpson distinguished himself by extra ordinary
heroism while participating in aerial flight on 28 August 1962 in the
Southeast Asian area. On that date, while assigned as Pilot of a T-28B
type aircraft during an operational mission devoted to the training of
aircrews of a friendly power, and under extremely hazardous condi-
tions, Captain Simpson gallantly gave his life when the aircraft was
struck by hostile ground fire and crashed. The exceptional heroism
and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Captain Simpson, while
upholding the highest traditions of his country, reflect the greatest
credit upon himself and the United States Air Force."
At a private ceremony on March 25, 1963, Mrs. Simpson accepted the
Air Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Purple Heart which were
awarded Capt. Simpson. Captain Simpson was awarded the Air Medal
and First Oak Leaf Cluster while on duty in Korea during the Korean War.
David E. Yerkes, Assistant Chief of the Architectural Branch was
appointed as Chief of the Architectural Branch of the Panama Canal. He
probably is the only man in the Canal organization whohas made an in-
spection of every Panama Canal quarters building in the Canal Zone.
Mr. Yerkes had a hand in the design of most of the new houses. Out-
side of his regular architectural duties with the Canal organization, he
also has designed or helped to design a number of other buildings in the
Mr. and Mrs. Yerkes live in Diablo Heights in one of the quarters
he designed. They have two sons, John W., who is a graduate of Stanford
University. A Research Engineer, Space Environment Simulation Labora-
tory of the Aero-Space Division of the Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash-
ington; and David, who will graduate next year from Kansas State Uni-
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Banan have recently purchased a new home in St.
Petersburg, Fla. They are at home to their many friends at 4534 34th
Virginia and Roy Reece made a trip from New Hampshire to Maine
in September where they visited Mr. and Mrs. C. Roland Jones in South
Freeport, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Taylor in Alfred, Maine. At the
Taylors, they also renewed acquaintance with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas M.
Jordan of Alfred and St. Petersburg, and with Mr. and Mrs. Everett
Sackett of Lee, New Hampshire, all former Canal Zone residents.
Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Parmlee, Clearwater, Florida, celebrated their
Golden Wedding anniversary September 23, 1963.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Numann, and son John of Onalaska, Wash.,
motored to Alaska during the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Enio Lindstrom of Walnut Creek, California, were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Henry M. Neumann of Onalaska, Washington.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Levy have bought a new home at 119 Burke
Street, Altamonte Springs, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Rollin McConnell of Red Hook, N.Y., had their daugh-
ter, Captain Margie McConnell, U.S.A.F., from Goosebay, Labrador-an
18 months assignment- as a guest before her assignment to Scott Field,
Mrs. Marion Tweedie Hamilleo, Prospect Park, Pa., wrote that her
niece, Miss Jean Pearson who teaches at Fort Kobbe, C.Z., expects her
parents to visit her at Christmas time.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Turner of Villejo, Calif., took a liesurely trip with
a Chevy pick-up and 10-foot Camper from Panama R. de P. along the
InterAmerican Highway to the U.S. They met Jerry and Ann Kadock and
family who were returning to the States after visiting his family in Balboa.
They traveled together almost all the way up. In Mexico the Turners vis-
ited friends, then entered the U.S. at Nogales, having driven 4,399 miles.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Bain (Edna Curies) and son of Trenon, N.J.,
were guests of her parents, Capt. and Mrs. Ralph Curies of the Zone. They
enjoyed seeing so many of their old childhood friends and noting the
changes that have appeared.
Boyd Bevington, Jr., a graduate of Balboa High School and a former
resident of the Canal Zone, recently was appointed director of health and
physical education of the Cajon Valley Union School District in California.
Prior to going to Cajon Valley, Mr. Bevington taught physical edu-
cation in the Sacramento, California school system for six years. He grad-
uated in 1954 from Occidental College and studied an additional year at
the University of California in Berkeley where he earned his general sec-
ondary teaching credential.
He is the son of Mrs. Boyd Bevington and the late Mr. Bevington of
Balboa. He and his wife Lucille and three children reside in El Cajon,
Principals Paul L. Beck and David A. Speir, Jr., of Cristobal and
Balboa High Schools announced yesterday that two of their schools'
students have been named semifinalists in the 1963-1964 Merrit Scholar-
They are: Thomas Heppenheimer of Cristobal High School and Mary
Kay Howe. Mary is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger M. Howe of
Ancon, Canal Zone; was born on the Zone and has attended Zone schools
from the first grade.
Thomas Heppenheimer has attended Cristobal High School since he
went to the Canal Zone in 1960. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Heppen-
heimer of Coco Solo.
The principals stated that these students had become semifinalists
through their outstanding performance on the National Merit Scholarship
Test. This test of educational development was given in more than 16,500
United States high schools last March.
The semifinalist group is composed of the highest scoring students
in each state in the United States territories. Each semi-finalist now moves
a step closer to winning a four-year Merit Scholarship to the college of
Michael Taylor, a graduate of Balboa High School, class of 1957,
served four years in the Air Force and is now in his second year of Pre-
Law at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Taylor is the son of Catherine Taylor Schafer (Mrs. Vernon L.).
Mr. Wm. David Taylor, who retired in 1946 and resides in Panama
City is Michael's grandfather.
Ted Webb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winton Webb of St. Joseph, Michi-
gan and formerly a student in Balboa High School, has recently received
his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan
in Ann Arbor.
He is now employed as an engineer by the Newport News Shipbuilding
Company in Newport News, Virginia.
Ted's father, Win is a pharmacist in the Memorial Hospital in St.
Joseph and his mother Dorothy works part time as an R.N. in Mercy Hos-
pital in Benton Harbor. His brother Robert is a sophomore in high school.
Tony and Peggy Sylvestre drove to Hartsville, South Carolina to
spend some time with their daughter, Mary Jane Smith and her family:
husband, K. C.. Debbie and Sandy Simpson went along to Hartsville to
visit with their cousins.
Debbie and Sandy returned to St. Petersburg with their grandparents
where they were joined by their mother and brothers for a visit until
school started .
Eleanor McIlheny of Gates Mills, Ohio has become much interested
in the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, and is working on a committee
which assigns "host families" to the foreign students attending five col-
leges and universities in the Cleveland area. These host families don't
house the students, the majority of whom are doing graduate work, but
they do entertain them frequently, take them to plays and concerts, and
in general try to give them a taste of American life. She finds it an inter-
esting business and enjoys it. Recently she was asked to revise one of
their pamphlets for them, and it looks as if she will do more of that sort
of thing and less of the host family work.
Teddy gardens, keeps things running around the house, and seems to
like doing it.
Ann (Wood) and Louis Charles spent a week in September with
Peggy and Tony Sylvestre, St. Petersburg, Fla. while on a vacation from
the Zone. They also stopped in Mobile for a few days, both coming and
going, with Ann's grandmother, Mrs. Ernest Wood. They spent a night
in Sarasota with the Buster Burgoons and had lunch with the Jack Rand-
alls. On their way back to New Orleans they stopped by for an afternoon
with Peggy Simpson and her children.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rigby of Mexico City had as guests, Mrs. Sue Odom,
Dothan, Ala.; and Nelle Mitchell of Hendersonville, N.C. Mrs. Odom
also visited the Eva de la Pena Gil home while there.
Mrs. Pat Howard Hall, of St. Petersburg, Fla. is visiting her sister,
(Mary Howard), Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Ames in Seattle, Washington.
Mr. and Mrs. Abey Howard, St. Petersburg, Fla. are visiting his sis-
ter, Mrs Adelaide Lambert, Chestertown, Md.
Mrs. Marcella Greene, Ancon, C.Z. was a guest of Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Lindsay in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Lt. Dick Wright visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright in
St. Petersburg, Fla. He is taking his basic training at Fort Sill, Okla.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Orr, St. Petersburg, Fla., were guests of their son
Tom, Mr. and T C. Orr and two grandsons in New York City They spent
an evening with Jimmy Johnson, son of Capt. and Mrs. Howard Johnson
of Diablo, C.Z.; Capt. and Mrs. Dick Sergeant, Diablo, C.Z.; Mr. and
Mrs. Pete Cooper and son Gerry Cooper of Gamboa. Gerry and Jimmy
are attending the New York Maritime Academy. The Orrs also visited
Mr. and Mrs. James Lyons in New York.
Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Zierten are at home to their many friends at 230
Mateo Way (Snell Isle), St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Isabel Cauthers, Floral Park, N.Y. was a guest in the home of
her daughter Margaret, and family, Lt. Col. and Mrs. G. J. Braun, Jr.,
in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lawyer and 4 children of La Boca, C.Z. were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morris in Lutz, Fla. Mrs. Elizabeth Mackle,
aunt of Grace and Robert visited the Morris' before returning to the Zone
where she makes her home with Robert.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Turner (Gladys Salterio) of Diablo, C.Z. were
guests of the Jack Morris' in Lutz. They had enrolled their son Robbie in
College in Dallas, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Perry Starbuck of Vestal, N.Y. spent a vacation in the
Berkshire Mts. with their daughter Dawn and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Gregson. They also visited Mr. and Mrs. James Lyons at their summer
place at Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Mrs. Mary Journeay, of Ancon took a North Cape cruise on the
SS Coronia and returned from England to New York on the SS Queen
Mary. While in Germany she was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Schrum
(Helen Patterson) in Hamburg.
Mrs. Sue Odom and Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Byrd of Dothan, Ala., ac-
companied Mr. and Mrs. Bartly Smith to New Orleans, where the Smiths
sailed for home after a State's vacation.
Capt. and Mrs. Verne Calloway and 2 children of Gooseneck, Labor-
ador, were guests in the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vern Calloway,
Winter Park, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith (Betty Burns) of Landonville, Ohio were
guests of Mrs. Sue Odom in Dothan, Alabama.
The later part of August Peggy Sylvestre, Peggy Simpson and her
four children spent several days in Coral Gables visiting with Jane (Mal-
lin) and Bill Simpson. Later Jane and Bill and their three children,
Danny, Janie and Liza went to St. Petersburg for a few days visit at the
Mr. and Mrs. George Lee took a tour of the Pacific Northwest and on
to Alaska this summer. They sailed on the Yukon Star, an 8 day trip and
made stops in Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway. Traveling on a narrow
gauge train they followed the old trail of the Klondike gold ruch, lunch-
ing on moose at Lake Bennet. The most spectacular part of the trip was
the cruise on Tracy Arm, a long fiord with a couple of immense blue
glaciers at the end. The Lees had Mr. and Mrs. Shep Clarke of Diablo,
C.Z., and Mr. Stuart McNair of Plattsburg, N.Y. as guests at their summer
home in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Clarke, Marshalltown, Ia. had as guests Mr. and
Mrs. John Dettor of Takoma Park. The Clarkes have retired and spend
their winters in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. M. Monsanto of Iowa City, Ia., are spending the
winter in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Judge Ed I. P. Tatelman, of St. Petersburg, Fla. has donated more
than 150 books to Florida Presbyterian College in the same city. The
books relate to the Isthmus of Panama; its history, archeology; the dig-
ging of the Panama Canal and its administration. One of the reasons for
the donation to this particular College is that there are more retired
"Canal Diggers" in this area than in any other. The books are available
to any "Old Timer" desiring to pour over them for nostalgic reasons or
for the purpose of research.
Many of Thelma Godwin's former pupils and friends were happy to
see her during her recent visit with the Lew McIlvaines in Clearwater, Fla.
She and Ada Mary Anderson concluded additional graduate work in their
fields of education at Michigan State University.
Mr. and Mrs. George C. McCullough of Birmingham, Ala., called on
Col. L. E. Willson in September in his private room at Colbert County
Hospital, Sheffield, Alabama. They had a joyous visit, talking and laugh-
ing about the old days in Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy D. Reece returned to their home in St. Petersburg,
Florida, after spending the summer at Crystal Lake, Gilmanton Iron
Works, New Hampshire. Canal Zone visitors at their cottage during the
summer were Mrs. Eunice O. Richard and daughter, Gwyneth, Mr. and
Mrs. E. L. Farlow and daughter, Elda, and Mr. and Mrs. E. R. MacVittie.
The Reeces also had the pleasure of having all of their immediate
family together for a visit this summer. They are Mr. and Mrs. James
W. Reece (Janet Stockham, now studying at the University of Indiana;
Mr. and Mrs. Philip W. Thomas (Royna Reece) and four children of
Watchung, New Jersey; and Lt. and Mrs. David M. Reece. David, now in
the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, sailed from New York on September
24th and is now stationed at Dexheim, Germany. His wife, Nancy, joined
Mrs. Patricia Maloney Markun, wife of David J. Markun, Panama
Canal General Counsel, Balboa Heights, C.Z., has had another book
published, "The First Book of Central America", which joins two other
"Firsts": "The First Book of the Panama Canal" and "The First Book of
Mining", both of which are published in Spanish. She has also written
"The Secret of El Baru" which is also published in England. Mrs. Markun
still keeps her hand in the radio writing field with a program broadcast
over CFN, the Armed Forces Radio.
A small but violent twister struck Gamboa along the Chagres, bowling
over dozens of trees and playing havoc with moored boats including the
private boat of Paul M. Runnerstrand, Executive Secretary of the Panama
Canal. A heavy mango tree fell from the river bank onto a float where
the craft was tied. Mrs. Runnerstrand and her daughter were injured when
the tree toppled over onto the Cooper float crumpling the float roof and
pinning the boat beneath it. Eric Runnerstrand and his guest Kim Richard
escaped without injury.
Mr. and Mrs. Art Wyne of New Orleans, La. were guests of Mr. and
Mrs. Archie French in Costa Mesa, California.
Muriel Tatelman O'Rorke, Guatemala City, Guatemala, with her in-
fant daughter Susan, spent the months of September and October with her
parents, Judge and Mrs. E. I. P. Tatelman in St. Petersburg, Fla. Her
husband Jim O'Rorke and two sons, Regan and Robin, drove from Guate-
mala City to their home in Red Feather, Colo. Jim attended several con-
ferences at the State Dept. in Washington. He and the boys drove back
to St. Petersburg, picked up Muriel and Susan and they all returned to
Jim's post and home in Guatemala.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bowen and daughter Elizabeth Ann of Los Rios,
C. Z. vacationed in Tenn. and North Carolina. They later spent some time
in St. Petersburg, Fla., where they visited Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall.
Mrs. Wm. Hollowell and daughter, Billie (Tinker) of Coco Solo, C.Z.
visited in the parental Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Hersh home in St. Petersburg.
Billie attended the summer trisemester at the University of South Florida.
Virginia Morgan Cooper (Mrs. B. L.) and Grace Lawyer Morris
(Mrs. J. F.) have become partners in a variety store in the center of Lutz,
Florida. They have named the store "Friendly House" and will welcome
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Staples of Louisville, Ky spent a vacation
in Yellowstone Park and Colorado Springs.
Mr. and Mrs. George Cockle are enjoying life in Pharr, Texas. Their
son, Major George R., is stationed in Bethel, Alaska. His family remained
in Salinas, Calif. (Ft. Ord). Capt Dale S. Cockle and family are in Mass.
Dale is attending N. Eastern to obtain his M.A. degree.
Mrs. Ethel L. Fenton, of So. Charleston, W.Va. had as guests, Mrs.
Edith Eppely of Balboa, C.Z., and the Bob Hammetter family of Balboa
Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Byrd of Dothan, Ala. had as guests his son and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Byrd from the Zone, and Mr. and Mrs. Hoyt
Byrd and family of Balboa, C. Z. Hoyt is Dr. Boyd's brother.
Mrs. Elsie McLaren of Orlando, Fla. visited her daughter Ginny and
family, Mr. and Mrs. John McWilliams in Alabama. Mr. McWilliams is
a chemical engineer with Alcoa Co.
Miss Christine Tull, faculty member of the U. of Hawaii was the guest
of Mrs. Sue Odom in Dothan, Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Capps have moved back to Boone, Ia. where Dick
is General Car Foreman on the car shop of the Fort Dodge Line.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Heany from England (Cora was a C.Z. teacher,
Kenneth was with PS&N in Cristobal) were guests of Mrs. Sue Odom,
Dothan, Ala. They with Sue, visited Mr. and Mrs. Vern Calloway, Mrs.
Ag Stevenson, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hatchett and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cope
in the Winter Park- Orlando, Florida, area.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Gaudette of Westfield, N.J. celebrated their 32nd
wedding anniversary on September 19, 1963.
Mr. and Mrs. John Leach and family have moved to Panama City, Fla.,
where Patricia Leach Newport is speech therapist with the Bay County
Mr. Vernon Sauvan, Portsmouth, Va.; Mr. Dick Taylor of Alfred,
Maine, and Mr. Tom Jordan, Alfred, Maine, received their 50 year Masonic
Veteran jewels this year.
Mr. Stuart McNair has been a Professor for seven years with the
State University College of Plattsburg, N.Y. He was a guest of Mr. and
Mrs. James Lyons at Saranac Lake, and while there, Mr. and Mrs. Shep
Clarke of Diablo, C.Z. were also guests. Stuart visited an ex-Canal teacher,
Kir Carson, in Akron, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jamke entertained a group of Balboa High
School classmates, of the early 30's, with a cocktail party and buffet din-
ner at their home in Tenafly, N.J. on October 5, 1963.
Mrs. Jamke (Agnes Tonneson) was assisted by daughters Pat, Donna,
Sharon, and their house guest, Karen Henter of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Those attending the reunion were: Mr. and Mrs. August Schwinde-
mon (Eleanor Hammond) of Ramsey, N.J.; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Mc-
Andrews (Jean Kaler) of Moscow, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Pittman
(Sibby Hallen) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. Glen Kirkpatrick
(Wilma Reynolds) accompained by daughter, Debbie, of Rochester, N.Y.;
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Key (Elizabeth Tonneson) of Dumont, N.J.; Mrs.
Gil Lyng (Tedie Duff) accompanied by daughters Ginnie and Mary, of
Rochester, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Bill (Red) Michaelson of Croton-on-the-
Hudson, N.Y.; and Mr. and Mrs. Stan Specht (Ella Jones), of Balboa,
Betty Ellington, daughter of Mrs. J. C. and the late Dr. J. C. Elling-
ton,is a practicing attorney and lives with her mother in San Antonio, Tex.
Jessie, Jr., her brother, is an engineer with Celanese in Pearisburg,
La. He is married and has three children. Richard Ellington, her younger
brother, is a 2nd year Medical student at Southwestern Medical School
in Dallas; a part of U. of Texas.
Mrs. Marie G. Coffey, St. Petersburg, Fla., returned October 7th from
a visit on the Zone with sons Jack, Bill, Bob, David and their families.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hower, St. Petersburg, Fla., enjoyed an extended
tour of the Western part of the U.S. They visited Terresa Comber in
Boulder, Colo. From Yellowstone Park they drove to their son John's
home, Mr. and Mrs. John Hower, Jr. (Joan Therrell) and three children
in Missoula, Montana, where John is an associate professor at Montana
State University; the Van Gelders, Bellevue, Wash.; Betty and Fred Holz-
apfel (whom they hadn't seen in 19 years) in Parkland, Oregon, where
they own a soft water business; Vera and Jim Thomas in Palo Alto;
Martha and Len Landers in San Mateo; Ursula Harrison in San Francisco;
Phil and Ray Euper, Gretna, La.; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Renz, Fairhope, Ala.
and Mrs. Viola Stephens in Tallahssee, Florida.
Mr. John (Jackie) Larson, wife and two sons enjoyed a three weeks
visit with his mother and dad, Mr. and Mrs. John Larson of Port Orange,
Mr. and Mrs. David T. Mann and their children, Deborah, Donald
and Douglas, have returned to their home in West Fairlee, Vermont after
an extended visit with Mrs. Mann's parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Donald
Humphrey of Coco Solo.
While on the Isthmus Mr. Mann was temporarily employed at Gatun
Locks. On their return to the States (in October) the Mann family stopped
in Sarasota, Florida to visit with her father, Mr. B. Donald Humphrey,
recently retired from the C.Z. Fire Division, and with her aunt and uncle,
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Barnes, also of Sarasota.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huls (Beth Lockridge) and 4 children of North
Palm Beach, Fla. were Thanksgiving guests in the parental G. C. Lockridge
home in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mr. Huls is an associate project engineer
with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Co. in West Palm Beach.
Mr. and Mrs. Hayward Schacklett are happily located in State Col-
lege, Pa. where they have been busy remodeling their duplex left to them
by her mother. They would welcome seeing any of their old friends.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Dunlop (Maire Stapf), of St. Petersburg, Fla.
spent a vacation on the West Coast visiting Mr. and Mrs. Herb Stapf.
They also called on Mr. Warren Pitman, Bill Hardie, and Ann (Mann)
and J. Jones.
Mr. and Mrs. Herb Newhouse of Burbank, Calif. visited Mr. and Mrs.
Bud Esler, St. Petersburg Beach; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Winter in Largo, and
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dobson in Clearwater, Fla.
Mr. James Barry, of Ireland spent six months traveling extensively
over the U.S. Later he spent several weeks in and around Mexico City.
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Ladd, of N.J. are moving to Okinawa, where
Dwight has accepted a job with Gilbert Associates and the assignment is
the operation of the power system on the Island transmission and sub-
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Treadwell, Orlando, Fla. attended the Biennial
Session of the Supreme Council 33 in Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. James Forbes and 2 children are residing in Los
Angeles, Calif. Jim is at U.C.L.A. working on his PHD and teaching part
time in the University.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Willumsen, and his mother Mrs. F. Schewe of
Largo, Florida, spent a vacation in Pa. and Md. with their families. While
there Mrs. Schewe celebrated her 85th birthday at a surprise party given
by her granddaughter and attended by many relatives and friends. They
also visited Henry Schick in Reading, Pa.
Mrs. Marcella Green of Ancon spent most of her vacation with her
mother, Mrs. H. J. Gaeb in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mr. Charles Millspaugh was the guest of his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
E. W. Millspaugh in Ft. Pierce, Fla. Chuck teaches in the Elgin Academy,
Elgin, Ill. Mrs. Joan Millspaugh McCarthy is private Secretary to the
Chief of Protocol of the State Department, Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Specht (Ella Jones) of Balboa, C.Z., spent part
of their vacation with the Millspaughs and later visited in St. Petersburg,
Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Hupp of Port Orchard, Washington, had several
guests this summer and fall who were former Canal Zone friends. The
Lyman Benthalls were first on the list. Next came the F. L. Harrisons of
Napa, California, formerly of Balboa. Clayton and Hazel Lovitt of Stock-
ton, California, who will be remembered by Gatunites, stopped by for a
visit on their way to Victoria, B.C. Hupp's daughter and son-in-law, the
R. B. Paines of Colorado Springs visited them in August. In September
the Paines acquired an 8 month old baby girl whom they have named
Linda Jean. The Hupps became great grandparents this year to Tina
Marie Burger, and Brenda Rae Chestnut, grandchildren of Ray R. Hupp.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Eckert of Wilcox, Pa. had her 88 year old Mother,
who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Harrison of Ft. Worth, as a guest.
The John J. Murrays live at Johnsonburg near by. John at 81, is active in
the blood bank there and drives all over the country. The Eckerts have
bought a mobile home in Clearwater for the winters. They are at home
to their many friends at Silk Oak Lodge, 3018 U.S. 19 No., Clearwater, Fla.
Lauretta D. Prather has recently been elected a Vice-President of
Birely & Company, Investment Bankers of 1700 K Street, N.W., Washing-
ton, D.C. Mrs. Prather has been in the investment field since the death of
her husband, Alvin Lyle Prather, Railroad and Terminals Director of the
Panama Canal Company, in 1950 but her experience along the line of
investments and investment planning dates back through her years of living
in the Canal Zone. During her period of residence there, investing from
outside the United States proved quite a problem and with this in mind
she now devotes much of her efforts to helping other investors from over-
seas. Mrs. Prather resides at 2540 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Wash-
ington 8, D. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Van Evera, Sharon and Kurt of Los Rios, C.Z.,
visited in Boulder, Colo. with Mrs. Van Evera's mother, Mrs. Malcolm
James C. Coffey is teaching 5th grade at the Rhineback Central School
in Rhineback, N.Y. James is married, has three children and is a grad-
uate of St. Buenaventure University.
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
We have had a wonderful summer, and for the first time not one
meeting at Lake Maggiore has been spoiled by rain.
Visitors have blessed us at each meeting and it was gratifying to see
so many old friends from the Zone and elsewhere. Some have decided to
remain here and others are hoping to return when they have retired. We
shall be looking forward to their return.
There are still 55 members who have not paid their 1963 dues and it
was necessary to drop them. It always makes one feel sad to have to do
this but it is just one of those things.
As is the custom, many are again giving memberships as Christmas
gifts., and these cards will be mailed out early in December. If you have
someone whom you would like to make a member, or renew a former mem-
bership gift, please let us know. This will be done promptly, although a
new membership will not be listed in the 1964 Year Book, however it will
be noted in the back of the March Record.
Today we have 1993 who have paid their 1963 dues, 340 have paid
dues for 1964; 32 for 1965; 10 for 1966; 5 for 1967; 1 for 1968 and 1
for 1969. Many thanks to those who have paid so far in advance.
We hope that you will have had a nice Thanksgiving by the time you
receive this Record, and the Year Book will follow closely, and that you
will receive both before you start for the Reunion, which will be at the
Soreno Hotel as usual, and the dates are January 14th and 15th. These
dates fall on TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. Rates are the same at the
Hotel $8.00 for a single with bath and $12.00 for a double with bath,
PLUS 3% Tax. PLEASE INCLUDE THE TAX WHEN YOU SEND IN
YOUR CHECK FOR RESERVATIONS. The Luncheon will be the same,
$2.75, which INCLUDES tax and gratuity. Please note THE SOCIETY
RECEIVES NO PART OF THE ABOVE CHARGES.
The meetings which have been held at the Tourist Center for the
months of November, December, February, March and April, will be held
at the FIRST FEDERAL SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION OF ST.
PETERSBURG, 800 49th STREET NORTH as the Tourist Center is be-
ing renovated and will be closed until next October or November 1964.
There is parking space at the rear of the First Federal Building. THESE
MEETINGS WILL BE HELD ON THE THIRD MONDAY OF EACH
MONTH instead of the Second Monday, at the regular time 2 P.M.
Many thanks to those who have sent in their Zip Code numbers -
these will be in the 1964 Year Book others will be added as they come
in so that the 1965 Year Book should be complete. If your town or city
does not have the Zip Code number please so state.
Please try and be present at the Christmas Party which takes place
on December 16th and don't forget it will be at the First Federal Bank
on 8th Avenue and 49th Street North. Donations for the Crippled Child-
ren's Hospital will be received.
The summer meetings will be held at Lake Maggiore on the SECOND
MONDAY as usual, however since there are so few who take a lunch it
has been recommended that the meeting take place at 2 P.M. and if one
wishes to visit come early and have a longer time to chat.
The 1964 Year Book will have all these changes so that you can have
it for a ready reference.
The Blood Bank (for Florida members only) is doing well. At the
present time we have 83 units in reserve, and money in the bank to take
care of any unforseen sicknesses. Dues are $2.00 annually for adults, and
$1.00 for members unemployed children under eighteen (18) years of age
and dependents of their parents.
At the October meeting which was held at Lake Maggiore, the nom-
inating committee submitted their report as follows:
President ------ Ernest M. Kieswetter
Vice President ------ William J. Dorgan
Secretary-Treasurer ------------- Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary -- Mary Belle Hicks
Record Editor ---- --Betty Lockridge
Please advise the Secretary-Treasurer when you are ill at home, or are
entering the hospital, also always in case of change of address. When
Records are returned they will be held until the proper address is received.
DON'T FORGET THE MEETINGS ARE AT THE BANK BUILD-
ING, Not the Tourist Center.
See you at the Reunion, January 14th and 15th. Please remember
that the $8.00 and $12.00 rates are SPECIAL for members of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida who make room reservations, so if you make
your own reservation PLEASE inform the desk clerk at the time so no
discussion is necessary. It has been embarrassing for others who pay
$12.00 and $16.00 for the same type rooms and for the clerk who must
explain. Reservations can always be made thru the Secretary.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL
FROM ALL OF US.
LUCILLE S. JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
Due to being so sick this year and my stay in the Hospital, I shall
be unable to continue my TAX SERVICE DURING 1964. If my health
improves, I might continue during 1965 (for 1964 Returns).
Thanking you for your patronage, I remain,
FRANK W. HOHMANN
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg, Florida August 12, 1963
The largest crowd of the summer attended this first scheduled meet-
ing of the Society since April. Even though summer showers were pre-
valent all around, Lake Maggiore remained dry and cool with a nice breeze
blowing for the Society's pleasure. The social time was concluded at 2:10
when President Goodwin called the meeting to order and welcomed every-
one. All the officers were present.
Visiting members and/or guests arose to acknowledge their intro-
ductions when their names were called as follows:
Mr. Ben McConaghy, Melrose, Mass., visiting brother James in St.
Capt. and Mrs. W. H. Kuhrt back again after a long absence.
Mildred Neely, who recently moved to Sarasota, brought her mother,
Mrs. R. J. Neely and her house guest, Miss Goldie Howard.
Pat Benny Chappelle from Los Angeles, came with her father, Walter
Benny. Pat said her husband Austin, would arrive soon.
Mary Alice Hicks Kelly and 2 children from Texas attended with
her parents, Bobby and Mary Belle Hicks.
Dorothy Judd, Andover, Mass., here due to the illness of her father,
Capt. Benj. Judd.
Bill Dorgan was back again for the first time since his injury several
There was no Legislative Report given, no unfinished business and
no new business was brought up.
Mrs. Judd announced that there were 87 members of the Society who
had not paid their dues for 1963. She stated that no Records will be mailed
nor will their names appear in the coming Year Book unless their dues
are paid. She then told the latest news items of interest that had been
told to her among which she said that the Ernest Kieswetters would
celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary this month. She went on to
tell of the illnesses, weddings, deaths, resignations -(names and reasons
given for same) read several notes of best wishes to the Society, and
some of the many letters received during the past month. Most of this
will appear in detail in the December issue of the Record under their
A copy of the letters written to Senators Holland and Smathers and
to Congressman Cramer over President Goodwin's signature asking the
present status and progress of Bill H.R. 3999 and House Concurrent Reso-
lution 105 was read by Mrs. Judd, who then read the full contents of Bill
H.R. 3999 and H.C.R. 105. A reply received from Senator Smathers was
read, this being the only reply received at this time. He stated he would
keep the Society informed of the progress and would do his utmost to
help pass these bills.
Henderson Smith, Chas. Calvit, Mrs. Martin Nickel and Ernest Kies-
wetter had August birthdays and stood while the members sang "Happy
Birthday" in their honor.
Wm. Grady made the motion to adjourn which wes seconded by
S. J. Shreves. The meeting was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.
PICNIC MEETING NOTES by LYLA ESLER, Recording Secretary
The picnic meeting held at Lake Maggiore on September 9th was
attended by the largest group of the year. A beautiful day undoubtedly
to bring out the local members, guests and visiting members who were
introduced as follows:
Mrs. Dorothy Hall-expects to settle in Tampa after one year of
Mrs. Anita McKeown, Balboa, C.Z.-here visiting her parents the
H. H. Hudsons.
Mrs. E. W. (Nancy) Hatchett-drove over from Orlando.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Treadwell-also from Orlando.
Mr. and Mrs. W R. Graham-from Margarita, visiting the Percy
Mr. and Mrs. John Hall-from Sarasota.
Miss Mildred Neely and her mother, Mrs. R. J. Neely-from Sarasota.
Mrs. Anna Schaubade, Baltimore, Md.-visiting the Nickels.
C. J. Post, St. Augustine, Fla. was driven over by Mrs. Hanna Good-
win and Mrs. Annie Ricketts, who were good friends indeed.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Banan, from Pompano Beach, looking for a house
Eddy and Dorothy May drove over from Tampa.
Mrs. Geo. (Virginia) Whaler and daughter Mrs. Robt. (Joyce)
Mr. Barton Dewey from Lakeland.
Ross Aldrich from Tampa.
Due to the presence of so many visiting members and local members
who have not attended for some time, the Secretary-Treasurer gave the fin-
ancial status of both the Society and Blood Bank which is usually given
at business meetings only. She also told of the births, weddings, illnesses,
and deaths reported to her and read many letters received during the past
month which all were interested to hear. The very enjoyable afternoon
ended with President Goodwin leading the group in singing "Happy Birth-
day" to those having birthdays in September. Those who stood to acknowl-
edge their birthdays were: Keith Kelley, Bill Hull, Cecil Banan, Mrs. Earl
Baltozer and Mrs. Thelma Rand.
LAKE MAGGIORE, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. October 14, 1963
The social time was concluded at 2:10 p.m. when the meeting was
called to order by President Goodwin. Approximately 80 members and
guests attended this last picnic meeting held at the lake, thus ending the
summer season. All officers were present.
President Goodwin asked Lyla Esler to introduce the visiting mem-
bers, guests and members who have not attended in a long time and the
following arose to acknowledge their introductions:
Marie and Bill Dobson, Clearwater-recently married and first attend-
Richard Harris, sea-going nephew of your Recording Secretary, now
visiting his mother, Mrs. Jessie Harris.
Margaret Fenton from Tampa.
Wesley & Mabel Hutchings, San Leandro, Calif. visiting the Roysters.
Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Royster, came with the Hutchings. Served on
special duty for Dept. of Justice in the C.Z. during 1932.
Norma and Charles Raymond, Santa Ana, Calif. stopping here after
"trailering" around the United States.
John and Mina Shannon, now living in Largo.
Elizabeth Hunt had not attended in long time saying goodbye
before leaving for Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. F. Conkerton, absent since the last Reunion.
The report of the Recording Secretary for the meeting of August 12th
was read. There being no omissions or corrections noted the minutes were
accepted as read. She then read her notes and names of visitors taken at
the September 9th picnic meeting.
President Goodwin then stated he had a letter to read that he wished
he need not do and then went on to read the letter of resignation of the
Recording Secretary to be effective with the end of the fiscal year at the
January 1964 Reunion.
The Legislative Representative, Mr. G. C. Lockridge, was asked if he
had anything new to report. Mr. Lockridge stated that there were many
issues in the offing but to date there was no time set for definite action.
He also said that he felt confident that the 30 year bill for retirement at
age 55 without reduced annuity would soon be forthcoming.
There was no unfinished business brought up so President Goodwin
went on to new business and asked Mr. Earl Beck, Chairman of the Nomin-
ating Committee, to give his report.
Mr. Beck stated that the meeting was held at his house on September
21, 1963, attended by W. L. Howard and Edw. Tatelman. After little deli-
beration it was unanimously agreed by the Committee that the following
slate of officers be offered for election at our next Reunion:
For: President .......--------.- Ernest M. Kieswetter
Vice-President -----.... ------ Wm. J. Dorgan
Secretary-Treasurer -- -- Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary ---- Mary Belle Hicks
Record Editor Betty Lockridge
Mr. Beck also stated that: "Because of disability, moving, and for
other reasons, it is evident that this organization would better be served
with two Vice-Presidents. It is therefore suggested that the Constitution
and B)-Laws of the P.C. Society of Florida be amended to this effect."
President Goodwin said that this suggestion would be brought up at the
next meeting of the Executive Committee. There were no other committee
Members with October birthdays were asked to stand and President
Goodwin led the group in the singing of "Happy Birthday" to: Dow
Walker, Selma Huff, Mildred Smith and both Betty and Buck Lockridge.
Mrs. Judd started her review of the latest happenings as told to her.
She went on to tell of the births, weddings, illnesses, and other deaths re-
ported to her this past month read many thank-you notes and letters
received. She also stated that of the 87 members reported last month as
not having paid their dues, this number had been reduced to 55 as still
President Goodwin said he had been advised that the Tourist Center,
where the winter meetings of the Society have been held for many years,
was closed for remodeling and that the Soceity would need find another
place to hold meetings until the remodeling was completed and that they
had recommended the meetings be held at the Pier. He said since adequate
parking space at the Pier is not available, this place was not deemed feas-
ible by the Executive Committee and many other possible meeting places
were then investigated, among which were rooms at Maas Bros., Florida
Power, Craft Village, First Federal Bank Bldg. and several others. The
Friendship Room at the 1st Federal Bank Bldg. seemed to be the best pos-
sibility, he said, if we could qualify. Keith Kelly and Ernest Kieswetter
were appointed by the Executive Committee to call at the bank, make
application, and find out if we could meet their requirements.
Mr. Kieswetter gave a report of their interview saying the Society had
been accepted by the Bank but that the meeting date would need to be
changed to the third (3rd) Monday of the month as the Bank could not
give us the second (2nd) Monday. This new meeting place and date was
favorably discussed on the floor. Mr. Kieswetter then made a motion that
we accept the Friendship Room of the 1st Federal Bank, and change our
meeting date to the third Monday of each month. Motion was seconded
by Mr. James Cullen and approval of the group by the raising of their
right hands. President Goodwin stated that there was plenty of parking
space around the bank as it is located in the large shopping center at 49th
Street and 9th Ave. North and that though the room is on the 2nd floor,
there is a convenient self-operated elevator for our use. He also said there
is no charge for use of the room but a fee will be paid to the janitor each
month for cleaning up after the meeting.
Keith Kelley told of the telephone system he had tried to introduce
while he was in office as President and suggested that this system now
be used to notify everyone that the November meeting would be held in
the Friendship Room on November 18th. He said it could be arranged for
each member of the Executive Committee to call five members who in
turn could call their friends thereby notifying as many of the membership
as possible in person. He said this system could be used for other future
notifications as well. Visiting members from Clearwater, Tampa, Lake-
land, agreed to call members in these outlying towns. Elizabeth Grady,
Lakeland, suggested writing to nearby friends who sometimes drive over
to St. Petersburg to attend the meetings, saying she would do this herself
and write friends with whom she corresponded.
The meeting adjourned at 3.20 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by
Lyla M. Esler, Recording Secretary
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
Valley F. Bright of Gamboa, 58 years of age, a Panama Canal electri-
cian, died at Gorgas Hospital. The major portion of his service had been
with the Electrical Division. He had transferred to the Dredging Division
as an electrician on July 21.
Mr. Bright was born February 1, 1905 at Randville, Ohio. His Pan-
ama Canal service was broken, but totals over 18 years.
He is survived by his widow Mrs. Dorothy Bright of Gamboa; three
sons, Robert of Cristobal, Dean of Tulsa, Okla., and Harold of Salem,
Ill.; two stepchildren, Milton and Lynn Parsons of Gamboa.
G. Edgar Murphy died on June 12, 1963 at 250 Dana Way, Winter
Park, Fla. Mr. Murphy went to Orlando 14 years ago from the Panama
Canal Zone. He was a past potentate of Abou Saad Temple, Balboa, C.Z.,
and Orlando Shrine Club. Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Ethel W. Murphy,
Frederick T. Hall, 33, 7865 14th Way No., son-in-law of Mr. and
Mrs. W. L. Howard, died in St. Petersburg September 24, 1963 after a
long illness. He was born in Newcomb, Md. Here seven years from Easton,
Maryland. Bus driver for City of St. Petersburg six years. Member VFW
Post 6827, St. Petersburg Chapter Loyal Order of Moose; T.O.M.B.A.
Association, St. Petersburg. Korean War veteran.
He is survived by his wife Patsy Howard Hall; his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Cardif R. Hall, St. Michaels, Md.; three brothers and four sisters.
Mrs. Columbia Howe Reimann, who went to the Canal Zone in Au-
gust, 1908, died at Gorgas Hospital. She was the widow of Karl Richard
Reimann, who died in 1906.
Mrs. Reimann was born in Algiers, La., on February 25, 1885.
She was retired from Canal service on February 28, 1947.
Mrs. Reimann was a life member of Orchid Chapter No. 1, Order of
the Eastern Star. She joined on February 28, 1912 and served as Worthy
Matron in 1921.
Mrs. Reimann is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Elsa L. Bailey; son-
in-law, Mack F. Bailey; granddaughter, Louise Ann Bailey; and by nieces
Lewis Arthur Henry Finlason, 91, died August 27 in Westwege, La.,
where he and his wife had been visiting since July.
Before his retirement, he was employed by Standard Fruit and dur-
ing World War II by the U.S. Army. The Finlasons had lived both on the
Isthmus and in Costa Rica. They have been making their home with a
son, John Finlason of Curundu.
Survivors are his wife, Jessie Agnes Wood Finlason; a daughter, Mrs.
Madge Hall of Sarasota, Florida, former Canal Zone resident; his son,
John; 16 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Ann Driscoll died October 23, 1963 in Ithaca, N.Y. No other details
Harold (Harry) D. Halverson, former Chief of the Communications
Branch of the Panama Canal Electrical Division, who retired from the
Panama Canal organization in April 1955, died August 20, in Tampa,
Fla., where he had been making his home since the death of his wife three
Mr. Halverson, who was born in Chicago, Ill., had completed 30 years
of unbroken service with the Communications Branch of the Electrical
Division upon retirement.
He first went to the Isthmus in 1925 from Chicago as one of the tech-
nicians from the Automatic Electric Company to install the automatic
telephone system in the Canal Zone.
Former Panama Canal housing chief Russell L. Klotz died at his
home in Port Charlotte, Fla., August 12th.
Klotz, who died in his sleep, was a native of Little Falls, N.J. As a
young civil engineer fresh out of college, he worked in Panama's interior
1926 and was employed by the Panama Canal in 1928.
He was chief of the old Special Division in Diablo before becoming
housing chief, the position he held prior to his retirement in 1954.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Dorothy C. Klotz of Port Charlotte;
a daughter, Mrs. Catherine Ireland of Middletown, N.J.; a son, Danny
from Diablo; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Aldrich, Miss Bertha and Miss
Edna Klotz, all of Little Falls; and five grandchildren.
George E. Heim, 79, who retired from the Panama Canal in March
1946, died in Wichita, Kansas. He was employed on the Canal during con-
At the time of his retirement, he was employed as a machinist in the
Industrial Division on the Atlantic Side of the Isthmus.
Daughters presently living on the Isthmus are Mrs. Wendell Cotton
of Balboa and Mrs. M. L. McCullough of Margarita.
The five other daughters are: Mrs. Harold Kalender of Winchester,
Calif., Mrs. J. F. Hatchett of Palo Alto, Calif., Mrs. J. U. Saum, Annadale,
Va., Mrs. Malben G. Bishop, Three Rivers, Calif., and Mrs. Daniel J. Hen-
nessey of Wichita, in whose home he died. The two sons are Charles Heim
of San Diego, Calif., and William J. Heim of Palo Alto, Calif.
Mr. Heim, who had lived in Newark, Ohio, made his home in Dayton,
Ohio until recent weeks, when he moved to his daughter's home in Wichita
after becoming ill.
Mrs. Marabel T. Waid of Margarita, 83 years of age, a retired Pan-
ama Canal employee, died August 23 at Coco Solo Hospital. She was the
widow of Elbert S. Waid, a Panama Canal construction day worker.
She was born at Parker Landing, Pennsylvania December 13, 1879
and went to the Isthmus in 1907 to join her husband, Elbert S. Waid who
was employed by the Panama Canal until he entered US Army service,
World War I. Capt. Waid returned in 1920 but died shortly afterwards.
Mrs. Waid is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Catherine Armangnack
of Baltimore, Md.; a son, Robert of Madrid, Spain; and one sister, Mrs.
F. M. D. Bottenfield of St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
Funeral services were held in Arlington National cemetery where
Captain Waid is buried.
Mr. Vincent G. Raymond, 69 years old, of 589 County Line Road,
Amityville, N.Y., passed away August 3rd of a heart attack.
He was a retired construction day employee who went to the Isthmus
in 1906; retired as a Master Machinist in 1954; the first apprentice em-
ployed by the Panama Canal.
Survivors are his wife Anna; two daughters, Mrs. Theresa Bennett
of Amityville; Mrs. Marie Bierbaum of LaBoca; three grandchildren;
three brothers, Dr. Frank A. Raymond of Panama City; Anthony F. Ray-
mond of New York; James Raymond of Boquete; and one sister, Mrs.
Della Noonan of Brazos Heights, C. Z.
Mr. William A. Gardner, age 99, father of Mrs. Frank W. Hohmann,
died October 7th, 1963, following a fall in their home, with complications.
Mr. Gardner had made his home in St. Petersburg, with Mr. and Mrs.
Hohmann for the past 7 years. He is also survived by two grandchildren,
Mrs. Lois Engel and Roy Hohmann of Woodside, New York, and two
Mrs. Louise H. Geyer, 84, died July 24, 1963 in Milton, Delaware.
She was the widow of John H. Geyer who was a crane operator on the
Zone during construction days. Her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. Marian Hallowell, survive.
Jane Gadde, 75, died in St. Petersburg, Fla. Sept. 2, 1963. Born
in Odanah, Wisc. Here 15 years from Chicago, Ill. Retired registered nurse
with Chicago Board of Health. Survived by two brothers, Dr. Lester, Chi-
cago, and Ralph, Blue Island, Ill.; and a sister, Mrs. Alex Jacobson, St.
Mrs. Elsie Mohr Skillman, for 32 years an employee of the accounting
division in the Canal Zone, died recently in Jacksonville, Fla.
Mrs. Skillman went to the Isthmus from Indiana in 1912. She lived
in Ancon until she retired in 1944, when she moved to Colon, where she
made her home until 1957.
Her brother, the late Alfred H. Mohr, was Collector of the Panama
Canal until he retired in 1947.
In the past few years Mrs. Skillman lived in Jacksonville near a sister,
Mrs. D. B. Howes. She is also survived by Mrs. Alfred H. Mohr, a sister-
in-law, and by several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Frances Elnora Cranfield, 64, Manasota Beach Road, Engle-
wood, died August 23, 1963. Born in Morrison, Va. In Englewood 21/2
years from Highland Park, Va. Survived by her husband, Harry F.; two
daughters, Mrs. George W. Rauch, Kenilworth, Ill., and Mrs. Robert
Cojeen, Flint, Mich., and six grandchildren.
Mrs. Norma Kenny Angermuller, wife of Ernest A. Angermuller, re-
tired Panama Canal employee of the Industrial Division, died in the Mem-
orial Hospital, Springdale, Arkansas, after a brief illness.
Mrs. Angermuller was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 7, 1907. Her
father, Michael Kenny, worked as an engineer several years for the Canal
and then returned to New York, where he died. Her mother, the late Molly
Johnson, lived in Panama City until her death in 1961.
Surviving are her husband, two sons, Ronald, of Margarita, C.Z., and
Michael, stationed with the Navy at Key West, Fla.; and two grandchild-
ren. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Marione Campbell of Spring-
dale, Ark., Mrs. Beatrice Minnix of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Mrs. Lillian
Haggan of Louisville, Ky.
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Freeland R. H. Hollowell of
Margarita, passed away in Coco Solo Hospital.
She was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross H. Hollowell of St.
Petersburg, Florida and Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Strauss of the Canal Zone.
Floyd R. McDermitt, former Lockmaster at the Atlantic Locks, who
retired from Panama Canal service in July 1960, died August 11, 1963 at
Pompano Beach after a few months' illness.
He was born at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and was employed in
1928 as a machinist in the Balboa shops. His total Panama Canal service
was 30 years, 3 months.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ethel McDermitt, and by one son,
Mrs. Isabel Whelan died at Gorgas Hospital on August 15th, 1963.
Mrs. Whelan was born in Panama 69 years ago. She was the widow
of Fenton Whelan, a retired employee of the Panama Canal Industrial
Division, who died in January 1955.
Mrs. Whelan is survived by one son, Fenton Whelan of Boulder City,
Nevada; by three daughters, Mrs. Paul M. Dault of Buenos Aires, Argen-
tina, Mrs. Edward P. File of Los Rios, and Mrs. A. J. Janssen of Curundu;
and by eight grandchildren.
Richard G. Nichols, 50, died in St. Petersburg, Florida August 18,
1963. Born in Dobson, N.C. Here a year from Ocala. Retired lieutenant,
Panama Canal Zone police department. Member Isthmian Lodge AF&AM,
Ancon, Canal Zone; life member Canal Police Association. Survived by
his wife, Dorothy K,; a son, Richard Jr.; a daughter, Myra; both of St.
Petersburg; and a stepson, James R. of Detroit.
Jacques K. Lally, who retired from the Panama Canal organization
in January 1963 as a postal clerk, Pacific Side Postal Division, died Sep-
tember 9 in Escondido, California.
Mr. Lally's Canal service totalled 20 years, 4 months, 13 days.
He was born in Farmington, Missouri, on April 3, 1907.
Survivors are his wfe and daughter.
Harry 0. Cranberry, former Assistant Manager of the Hotel Wash-
ington and well known resident of the Canal Zone, died September 11th
in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was 53 years old.
Born in Biloxi, Mississippi, Mr. Cranberry went to the Isthmus with
his parents in 1910. His father was employed for many years in a super-
visory position in the Panama Canal Communications System. He retired
In addition to his widow, Mrs. Mary B. Granberry, he is survived by
a son, William R. of Altoona, Pa.; a daughter, Mary Ann of St. Peters-
burg; three sisters, Mrs. A. L. Wycoff of New Jersey, Mrs. H. J. Christen-
sen of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Miss Elizabeth Cranberry of Ruther-
ford, New Jersey.
Agustus (Gus) C. Medinger, who had the distinction of being the
first high school graduate of Canal Zone schools to be named a bureau
director, and who was honored with the Republic of Panama's highest
decoration, the Vasco Nunez de Balboa, died September 22 at his home in
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., while watching television.
Mr. Medinger was born Aug. 30, 1895 in Washington, D.C., and be-
gan work with the Panama Canal organization on July 12, 1915 as a Com-
missary Division checker. A promotion to assistant to Superintendent
of the Dredging Division in 1940 was followed eight years later by pro-
motion to Superintendent, the same as Chief of the Dredging Division
He transferred to the Marine Bureau in July 1950 to the position of
Deputy Marine Director, which he held until his appointment in October
1952 to head the Railroad and Terminals Bureau. He ended 38 years
Panama Canal service in August 1953 by voluntary retirement and re-
ceived high praise for his outstanding work.
He accepted the position of consultant to the Orinoco Mining Com-
pany, a subsidiary of the United States Steel Corporation; set up the River
Division of the Company; and acted as personal advisor to the president
of the Company until a year ago, when he returned to Fort Lauderdale.
He is survived by his widow; one son, Robert E. Medinger, Chief
Admeasurer of the Panama Canal Marine Bureau; three grandchildren;
and a sister, Mrs. P. W. Taylor of Mount Holly, New York.
Thomas B. Yocum, 83, died October 14, 1963 at a rest home in St.
Petersburg, Fla. Here seven years from Baltimore, Md. Member of Pan-
ama Canal Zone Society. Baptist. 32nd Degree Mason. Surviving are
his wife, Anna; three daughters, Mrs. Edward D. Phipps, Baltimore; Mrs.
James S. Ferris, Coronado, Calif.; Miss Margaret A. Yocum, St. Peters-
burg; and a brother, Dr. A. W., Silver Springs, Md.
Mr. Marvin L. French, 85, Baltimore, Md., died October 1st in Sinai
Hospital. He was born in Callao, Virginia on January 10, 1878. He went
to Panama in 1906 and retired at the age of 59, after thirty years' service
in the Payroll Department.
Survivors are his wife, and son William E., who is Asst. Personnel
Director of the First National Bank of Maryland; a daughter, Mrs. Helen
Vaughan of San Diego, California.
John Joseph (Pete) Ryan of Balboa, died in Springfield General Hospital,
Springhill, Mass. Mr. Ryan had been vacationing in Massachusetts.
Mr. Ryan was born in Boston, Mass., October 25, 1902. He was mar-
ried to the former Lillian Ferry, and went to the Isthmus July 28, 1941
as meatcutter in the Panama Railway Commissary Division. He was re-
tired due to physical disability on March 31, 1960. Since his retirement,
he has made his home with his wife in Balboa.
Mr. Ryan is survived by his wife, Lillian; and a son, John W.; and
a daughter-in-law, Olive, who reside at 209 Cooper St., Agawam, Mass.
Dr. Alfred Carpenter of Atlanta, Ga., who retired three years ago as
director of the Baptist Home Mission Board chaplaincy division, died in
Atlanta Oct. 4. He had suffered repeated heart attacks and complications.
He served as pastor of the First Baptist Church, Balboa, C.Z.
and missions superintendent in Panama. He later was secretary of direct
mission work in Panama, Cuba, in mission centers and among language
groups. He then returned to chaplaincy work full-time and led into en-
larged ministry in hospitals, industrial and institutional chaplaincy.
Miss Alice Alexander, a former Canal Zone assistant superintendent
of schools, whose home was in Indianapolis, Ind., died September 30 at
the age of 92.
She was born in Indianapolis, Ind., Feb. 21, 1871, a daughter of
M. C. and Sarha Langford Alexander. She went to the Canal Zone Feb.
13, 1909, as a supervisor of the Schools Division of the Isthmian Canal
Miss Alexander returned to Indianapolis in 1926, where she also had
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Mrs. June Alexander; a niece, Mrs.
GALVESTON, TEXAS Dr. J. C. Ellington, former director of the City
Public Health Dept. here, died October 8, in the Galveston County Mem-
Ellington had resigned here only recently to become director of the
Galveston County Health Dept., a position he assumed October 1.
He was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., September 1, 1900.
Dr. Ellington was Health Director of Colon, R. de P. from 1931 to
1935, and Health Director of Panama City, R. de P. from 1935 to 1949
when he returned to the States.
Survivors are his wife; a daughter, Elizabeth; two sons, Jesse C. Jr.
of Pearisburg, Va., and Richard G. of Dallas; a sister, Mrs. D. M. Ellison
of Baton Rouge, La.; and three grandchildren.
C.Z. friends attending the funeral were; Mrs. Geo. Hessner; Dr. and
Mrs. Rob't. Hargreaves and their daughter, Betty J. Hargreaves Marshall.
Mrs. Susan Albin, a former resident of Gatun and Pedro Miguel,
died at her home in Babylon, Long Island, on August 29, 1963 at the age
Mrs. Albins is survived by her husband Joseph; two daughters, Mrs.
Aneta Bates of Fieldsboro, Delaware and Mrs. Althea Baldwin of Babylon,
Long Island; also three grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Harry Crawford Adams of 16 W. Woodruff Ave., Arcadia, California,
passed away October 28, 1963. Mr. Adams is survived by his wife Vera
B. Adams, a son, Harry C. Adams Jr., one brother and two sisters.
Mr. Adams has been living in Arcadia, California for the last fifteen
years. He has served the city school system in Arcadia as a crossing guard
for all of these fifteen years.
S.F.C. Emma Jean Piersons, daughter of Mrs. Reva Starke, passed
away at Walter Reid Hospital, Washington, D.C. October 31, 1963. Her
brother, Carl H. Starke, Margarita, C.Z., and her sister Nancy Jane Koch,
granted leave from the American Embassy in Belfast, Ireland, were with
Edith Ann Witt, 98, died October 4, 1963 in Bradenton, Fla. Sur-
vivors are daughters Dr. Dorothea Witt, New Orleans, La.; Mrs. Esther
Stubbs, Bradenton; a son, E. Morris Witt of San Francisco, Calif.
The late Rev. Stephen Witt and his wife Edith were missionaries in
Panama many years ago.
Mrs. Julia Kilmurray, eighty-five, wife of William Kilmurray, died
September 10, 1963 in Salamanca District Hospital, Salamanca, N.Y.
She was born Sept. 5, 1878, in Genessee, Pa., and was the daughter
of the late Thomas Maxwell and Alice Kane.
She was a member of the Panama Canal Zone Society. Mrs. Killmur-
ray, with her husband, spent 8 years on the Zone during construction days.
Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Catherine
Schultz, at home; two sons, Edward Kilmurray of Edwardsville, Ill., and
Thomas Kilmurray of Elkdale.
Mr. Leigh Abrams of Clermont, Florida died October 17, 1963. No
other details available.
The sincere sympathy of the Panama Canal Society of Florida is
extended to the families of the deceased in their bereavement.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Summer and early Fall passed quickly and pleasantly for most
of our members and was a time for trips and visits to and from old friends.
A few of the highlights follow. We couldn't possibly keep up with the
activities of all.
Clark and Margaret Teegarden and son Johnny, from Seattle where
Clark is an architect, visited at the Buckley Yoder home in Los Altos
during their vacation in California. A surprising number of Margaret's
friends from the Canal Zone now live in Northern California and had
many happy times during their visit. Col. David Nanney and Lucile Cook
Nanney are in Palo Alto. David is professor of Army R.O.T.C. at Stan-
ford University, Lucille's old Alma Mater. Young David spent the summer
working in Alaska. Nita Jensen Hauk and Walter, who is now Southwest
Editor of Sunset Magazine resided in Palo Alto but have since been trans-
ferred to the Los Angeles area. Betty Nolan Conrad from San Francisco
was sick at the time so she and her husband, Paul, missed the re-unions.
Jean Mitchell Smith of Menlo Park, who is employed in the Cystology
Laboratory at Stanford University Hospital; Carolyn Hagan Arnold and
her husband, Gale, also of Menlo Park; Mathilde Brewerton Blesh and
her husband, Capt. P. K., Chief or Staff, Alameda Naval Base; Mary Mac-
Gillivray Keene, her two children and her husband, Dr. Mansel Keene,
who delivered the Commencement address at San Mateo Junior College,
were up from Culver City. Jean Stilwell Crook and husband, Bruce, were
down from Ukiah and while here saw their daughter off on a polar jet
flight to Europe.
Mrs. Ernst A. Erbe of Orlando, Fla., did a lot of traveling this sum-
mer and her journeyings brought her to San Francisco. All of those who
were fortunate enough to see her were sure she had found the fountain of
youth as she looked as young as always.
Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Neville of Los Altos were fortunate in having both
daughters and their families visit them this summer. Daughter Beverly
and her husband, Johnny Fawcet, with daughter Linda came from Balboa.
Daughter Bobbie and husband, Dale Ryll and daughter Denise, came from
Phoenix. Also visiting in Los Altos from Balboa were Mr. and Mrs. Bob
Lessiak and three children. They were the house guests of her parents,
the Buckley Yoders.
Mrs. Bess Norton of San Diego visited for several days with Mrs.
Mary Birnbaumer of Palo Alto.
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Chase and son Woody, spent their leave from the
Canal this year taking a ninety-nine day bus tour of the United States.
In this way they were able to renew the acquaintance of a number of
former Zonians. While in this area they were the houseguests of Mr.
and Mrs. Norman Rocker of Lafayette and of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Frank
Irwin of San Rafael.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Zierten of St. Petersburg were in San Francisco
for the Elks' Convention in July. While out our way they visited Capt.
and Mrs. Harry Bach of San Rafael, as well as other former Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. A. Vern Mitchell have made several trips recently com-
bining business and pleasure. In July they drove to Tombstone, Ariz.,
and more recently to the Los Angeles area, making their base of operations
in the home of Mrs. Clara Gilbert of Monrovia.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur C. Beard of Oakland, with Mrs. Gilbert, made
a trip into Oregon, visiting along the way with a number of friends.
Our next meeting of the Northern California Panama Canal Society
will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, January 12, 1964, from two
until six o'clock. We trust that any visitors or newcomers to this area will
make a special effort to attend. The meeting place will be The Sailboat
House on Lake Merrit, Oakland. At our picnic in June we had several
visitors, among them Martin and Virginia Siler of Southern Calif., John
and Beverly Fawcett with daughter, Linda, of Balboa, Archie and Alyce
French of Cosa Mesa and Emerson and Viola Fuller of Flint, Michigan.
It was indeed a joy to see and welcome them.
With sincere good wishes to each and all of you,
William G. Brown, President Florine C. Prager, Secretary
18264 Purdue Drive, 364 Coventry Road,
Saratoga, California Berkeley 7, California
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CANAL ZONE SOCIETY OF COLORADO
No annual picnic or meeting was held this year thus far due to ex-
President Leonard and Mrs. Stark had as guests during the summer
Mr. and Mrs. Vestra Smedley from Tucson. Mr. Smedley used to work
for the Mechanical Division and Mrs. Smedley worked in the cold storage
plant on the Atlantic side during their stay on the Isthmus. She is now a
nurse in Tucson. Other house guests of the Starks were Ted and Emma
Englebright. Ted worked as a policeman both on the Pacific and Atlantic
sides, and is now a guard at a bank in the Los Angeles area. The Starks
are planning a trip to the Zone around Christmas time to visit their
daughter and son-in-law, the Albert F. Hansons, in Balboa. Albert works
in the Balboa Post Office.
Captain and Mrs. Doral Smith were visited by Sgt, McBride of the
Police force in Margarita while he was on a short visit to Denver. The
Smiths also entertained the Ted Englebrights while they were in Denver
visiting the Starks this summer. Captain Smith is now commander-in
charge of the Denver City Jail.
Colonel and Mrs. James Weir (Alice Ray Ward) of Fitzsimons Hos-
pital, Denver, left on September 20 for a trip of 2 or 3 weeks to Rome
where Colonel Weir attended a conference and gave a lecture.
Following the August 3 wedding of their daughter, Beth, the Roy
Kennedys left for a 3-week vacation to Panama where they were the house-
guests of Mrs. Blanche Matheney. Enroute they stopped for a short visit
in Charlotte, North Carolina, visiting with Dorothy's sister and family,
the Mark McNeals (Harriet). During their stay on the Zone, the Ken-
nedys were entertained by the Joseph Hunts, Leslie Spencers, Charles
Beldens, Dallas Thorntons, Elizabeth Brown and Joyce Bevington, Ralph
Harveys and the Bob Collins. They found many things changed in the
Zone and in Panama, but found that you can never change the Zonites.
They'll always be the friendliest and most hospitable people you'd ever
find. They found the bridge over the Canal very impressive. They also
enjoyed a trip to El Valle to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Adler and made
side trips to La Venta and Santa Clara beaches. They made like tourists
and enjoyed an excursion to Miraflores Locks and through the Canal from
Pedro Miguel locks to Gamboa, which is sponsored by the Panama Canal
Maizie Schwarzrock was in Denver during the summer and contacted
the Bill Kendricks and Roy Kennedys. Maizie was here visiting her mother
for several weeks.
Olive (Kalar) and Len Krause were house guests in Englewood of
her sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Roy Kennedy. They stopped
enroute from their home near Philadelphia on their way to Las Vegas
where they were going to attend a National Elevator Convention. Len was
one of the main speakers at the convention and is a partner in an elevator
installation, maintenance and repair company in Philadelphia. They had
many interesting stories to tell of their son's experiences in Germany where
he spent a year living with a German family under the student exchange
plan. Their oldest daughter, a junior at Pennsylvania State University,
toured Europe this summer with the University orchestra, and another
daughter, a sophomore at the same school, lived a month in Poland under
The Experiment in International Living.
Dorothy Kennedy, Secretary
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
From the A. S. Browns: Mrs. Maude H. Kennedy, mother of Mrs.
Brown has come to Houston to make her home for the present, as she has
just retired, after 37 years of service with the Circulation Dept. of the
Times Picayune Publishing Co. of New Orleans, La. They reside at 4505
Hilly St., Bellaire, Texas. She will make a very welcome addition to our
C.Z. Community in Houston.
From the Ross Finchers: This has been a hectic year for this fine
family. Dorris was elected Mother Advisor of the Rainbow Girls in Feb-
ruary, and then had a series of attacks of Flu and finally an operation on
her throat, but reports that she is feeling much better now.
Dorris June, now a student in her 2nd year at the University of Hous-
ton had a pretty bad accident in her car, but got out with a broken nose.
The car was demolished.
Ross took in some business partners, which project did not work out
well, but that is all ironed out now.
Junior is just having a Ball like all Teenage boys do these days.
From the J. M. Potochney's: They report having a lot of C.Z. com-
pany this Summer. Mrs. Elizabeth Srick from Indiana, mother -in-law of
their daughter Mildred of Balboa Heights was here for a look at Fabulous
Houston. And their nephew, Andy Nicolaisan, graduate of Cristobal and
scholarship student in Balboa Jr. College, came up to attend Baylor U.
and stopped off for a visit with them.
From the Lee Wrights: Lee and Irene are at present enjoying a trip
to the City of Chicago. They are expected to return to Texas in November.
From Mrs. Josephine R. Nunnelly: This fine lady and ex-Realtor
has completed a four-unit Apartment Building in one of the new and better
Developments in Houston. She now resides there at 6304 Riverside Dr. It
has been quite a project and leaves her weary, but she can sit back and
enjoy the fruit of her labors. She reports that her daughter and family
who also live in Houston are fine.
From the William Woods: Marilyn says they have had an uneventful
Summer, with one out of town trip. Their Sister and Brother-in-law the
Charles Stepps from Crisobal came to put their daughter Judy in Kather-
ine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston, Mass, and the Wood's family
motored to New Orleans to meet them at the Boat and spent a week to-
From Peggy J. Ellis: Christmas is not far away and she says she is
eagerly awaiting the Holidays, this year because her good friends the
Robert H. Hicks from St. Petersburg, Fla. are returning to Houston for
a visit. Their daughter Mary Alice Kelly and family are living in Houston
and a really big time is expected by all. Peggy hopes to return in January
with them to Florida to attend the Reunion there.
From the Roy Leesers: The news that Roy has been under the
weather of late but is planning to see a Specialist and hopes to be on the
mend again, soon. Their daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter The
Mike Theologians and Julie, have returned recently from a 3 weeks vaca-
tion to the C.Z. They flew to Miami and down and spent two weeks with
Gloria's brother Charles and his wife with 4 children. They report a won-
derful time having seen so many of their old friends.
From the Nathan Levys: Just 50 years ago this coming Dec. 28th
Nathan and Tilly were married here in Houston, Texas. So, on the even-
ing of the 27th of this year they will celebrate their Golden Wedding An-
niversary at Temple Beth Israel. Their two children Charlotte and David
and their families are expected to be here for the Gala Occasion. They
say they would be pleased to have any of their beloved C.Z. friends to
attend. Let's all remember this important invitation.
From the Gus Holmelins: This C.Z. family have purchased 5 acres
and built a lovely home on it with a Mother-in-laws house near by. This
is out of Houston a ways and their new address is Mr. and Mrs. Gus W.
Holmelin and Mrs. Marie Coulthard, Box No. 280 E Route No. 1,
Crosby, Texas. We haven't been out, but I am sure they have a big sign
on the Fence welcoming all Canal Zoners that pass by.
Miss Adele Burns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Burns of Margarita,
Canal Zone was a visitor in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Souder on
Lido Lane, before continuing on to Mexico to take an advanced course
in Spanish. She also visited friends in the Pan Handle, Texas, also spent
another week with the Souders before returning to her home in the Canal
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Knapp who are on a world tour came by to see
their sister, Mrs. Clara Hall, who is very sick at this time. Mr. Charlie
Calvert of St. Petersburg was here to see Mrs. Hall. Mrs. May Harrison
returned from a trip from Pasadena also came to see her sister Mrs. Hall.
Mr. Muriel Souder of New York is here for a two weeks visit with
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Souder, also his sister and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Bill McDougal. Muriel's address in New York is: 321 East 71st
Street, Apt. 4-D, Phone UN 1-4115, New York 21, N. Y. Am sure any one
from the Canal Zone or States passing through New York, he will be de-
lighted to have you call him or drop by to see him.
Bertha Turner, Secretary-Treasurer
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
Sunday, October 6, 1963, turned out to be a very lovely autumn day,
and more than 100 folks attended the Fall Picnic at Brookside Park, Pasa-
dena. As usual, in our travels around the picnic grounds we greeted many
old friends and acquaintances, saw lots of delicious looking food: Mr.
and Mrs. Wm. Naylor dispensed gallons and gallons of coffee. If the vol-
ume of the chattering taking place is any indication, a good time was had
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Provost of Long Beach were present, and were
quite enthusiastic about their recent trip around the world: Dick Dicker-
son also he reports a grand time and a yearning to return especially
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Knapp (Jane Calvit) of Panama City, were
recent guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Harrison of Canoga Park:
and at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seiler. The Knapp's recently en-
joyed a trip to South America, and after a stay in California, are to leave
on trip to Australia. They hope to spend Christmas in Manila with their
niece, and will probably be back in the States in February, 1964.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Evans sold their home at Pacific Beach (San
Diego), and are moving to 28146 Northwood Drive, Sun City, California.
Mrs. Chloe Ford of Los Angeles, along with her sister Grace Wood-
ard, traveled to Kansas City to visit their sister. Mrs. Ford will continue
on to Washington, D.C. where her son and daughter-in-law will meet her
and take her to their home in Alexandria, Virginia, for a visit.
In September, Mrs. Esther Horine returned from Japan where she
has made her home for the past few years with her daughter and son-in-
law,Capt. and Mrs. Paul Dabill. Mrs. Horine will move to Rossmoor Leis-
ure World soon.
We are sorry to report the death of Mrs. Estelle McLain of Norwalk,
California, on September 11, 1963. Services were held at Rainbow Chapel,
interment at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier. Mrs. McLain served as
Secretary of our Society for some years. Our sympathy goes out to her son
George, and daughter, Eugenia Corrigan.
Mr. Archibbald Josiah Scott recently moved from Bradenton, Florida,
to the Los Angeles area. Mr. Scott was on the Zone 1915-1927, during
which time he was Physical Director at Balboa YMCA, a Playground
Director at Balboa, and later he was Assistant Secretary at the Cristobal
Army and Navy Y. His son Hugh lives in Encino, California, and son
Joseph lives at 15134 Ninth Street, Santa Monica.
Miss Carol Newhard, who teaches school on the Canal Zone, was a
recent visitor in California. She was on her way home after a summer
touring Europe and visit to Colorado.
Miss Mabel Sneider, formerly Chief Surgical Nurse:at Gorgas Hospi-
tal was a houseguest of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seiler. Miss Sneider who
lives on the Gilbert and Ellis Islands in the South Pacific, has been on a
vacation to her home in Thermopolis, Wyoming. She flew from Australia
to Cambodia, visited Thailand, attended a Baha'i International Conference
in Haifa, Israel, and World Conference in London. After her stay in Cal-
ifornia, she flew from Los Angeles to Honolulu, and on to Suva in the
Fiji Islands, and by ship to her island.
Mr. Wayne Nellis enjoyed a visit from his son Wayne (Gus) in
August he was sent up by the Canal on business, and took some vaca-
tion to visit his father.
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Armstrong of San Francisco spent three
months touring this past summer, covered 9,585 miles by automobile.
While on the east coast, they spent 2 nights with the Halletts at Quincy,
Massachusetts. They spent 2 weeks in Connecticut, during which time they
attended the 1899 class reunion of Norwich Free Academy. Mr. Arm-
strong is the only male survivor of that class, so he took the other seven
members, all women, to dinner: yes, his wife went along too! Mr. and
Mrs. Armstrong spent time in Rhode Island, Boston, White Mts.: went over
into Quebec where they spent 3 days at the Chateau Fontenac: then to
Ottowa, Toronto, across Lakes Huron and Superior via steamer to Winni-
peg, Calgary and then south to Waterton Lake, Glacier Park, Flathead
Lake, Sun Valley and Lake Tahoe, California. During their stay in La-
conia, New Hampshire, they had a cordial visit and lunch with Dr. and
Mrs. R. H. Whitehead, at one time Supt. of Pacific Locks before joining
Col. Goethal's engineering firm in New York. Dr. Whitehead is now chair-
man of the board of Scott, Williams Co., a larger manufacturer of textile
machinery: has a lovely home in Laconia, two homes on Lake Winnepe-
saukee, and has 14 grandchildren: one son is an attorney in New Haven,
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McGinn of Santa Barbara write that their son
Tom Jr., his wife Arden and children Chris and Shawn were guests at
their home, and left in August for their home in Bananera, Guatemala
where Tom Jr. is still with the United Fruit. He attended a seminar in
Los Angeles for two weeks, so the senior McGinns had him home for only
two weeks of his month in the states, but Arden and the Children were with
their grandparents and had a wonderful time. The Junior McGinns re-
turned home via Guadalajara, where they visited with Noel and MaryLou
McGinn; and their 2 children. Noel is teaching in the university ITESCO
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Neff (Olena Hutchings) were visitors in the Los
Angeles area during August: they visited Martin and Virginia Seiler, and
Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Hutchings in Long Beach.
In September I flew to Columbus, Ohio for a ten day visit with my
sister and her family. While there I visited with Mrs. W. A. Hambelton
(Lena), my aunt, who is comfortably situated at a rest home in Columbus:
and Mrs. Georgea Rathgaber (mother of Betty Roe). I flew back to Chi-
cago and had a delightful meeting with my cousin, Mrs. Andrew Jack-
son (Bernice Rathgaber) and her two lovely daughters. We hadn't seen
one another for 18 years, so you can imagine that we had lots of visiting
to do, catching up on one another's activities. I was sorry not to meet her
son, Stoney, but he was playing football. From Chicago, I flew to Burling-
ton, Iowa, where I was met by Mrs. Roy Watson (Irma Cooper) and
spent three delightful days with her and her sister, Mrs. H. M. Kendall
(Flo). Every remark was prefaced with "do you remember"- and we
talked long and fast to catch up. Some readers may remember Irma's
brother, Harold he passed on in the spring: his widow, Marion, lives
in Burlington. It was hard to leave my good friend, Irma. I took the train
to Denver, spent 3 days there looking at the beautiful Colorado scenery,
the aspen trees had turned to gold, and the skies were so clear and blue.
Had intended coming back to California by train, via the Feather River
Canyon: but like a homing pigeon, figured the shortest and straightest
route was via air. It was good visiting all my folks and friends, but my
little apartment looked mighty good to me, and I was glad to be home
Kindest regards to all
Thelma Reppe, Secretary
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
The Ozarks Flaming Fall Revue failed to materialize this year due
to the long, hot and dry summer. Nevertheless 37 of us met at the Crescent
Hotel, high up in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Sunday, October 20th for
our 13th annual luncheon and election of officers, with President Grover
F. Bohan presiding. The new officers are Carl Newhard, President, Jean
Bleakley, Secretary-treasurer and your reporter will continue to send in
the news to the Canal Record. We missed many of our early retirees but
were happy to welcome some new ones.
We all rejoice with G. H. and Olga Evers of Neosho, Missouri who
were present for the first time in many years. G.H. has been very ill for
too long a time, but was with us looking years younger, an enviable com-
plexion and a new lease on life. Relieved of worry, Olga was jubilant and
rightly so with daughter Dolly and husband Tom Sharpe and their three
fine children with us. Dolly and Tom have recently returned from a three
year tour of duty in Aalaska and are now settled in their own home in
Neosho, not far from the Evers. Olga reports that daughter Annette is in
Japan, Henry in California, Wendall in Texas and Fred still on the Zone.
Also present after a long absence was Betty McCoshan, former nurse of
Gorgas, now of Altoona, Florida, who admits the Ozarks still call her
home. Zora Cummings of Ahoskie, N. C. was with us. Zora is on another
of her annual bi-ennial trips back home to Fayetteville. Zora was married
to George Cummings, a police officer in Cristobal in 1918. Capt. Jack
Phillips was best man and Agnes Phillips sang the wedding music. Another
unexpected visitor was Mrs. Randolph Jennings of Washingotn, D. C. as
guest of her brother and sister-in-law, George and Edith Engelke. Other
first timers were the Walter Wagners of Mt. Home. Betty Bohan Saltzman
and six year old son, Mark drove over with her Dad and Billie Bohan
from Mt. Home.
Guests of Martha and Walter Reif are enjoying the recent re-model-
ing done to their Casa on Old Wire Road making it a spacious place with
a new fireplace. Visitors include Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Carpenter and son
Richard, who will enroll in the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy
in Rolla, Missouri. The Carpenters are residents of the Atlantic side where
Mr. Carpenter is employed in the Maintenance Division. The Kenneth
Hellums (Rose) also stopped by. Murray and Florence Klipper of Bal-
boa enjoyed the Reif's hospitality recently. Mr. Klipper is with the In-
spection Bureau. They also enjoyed our local Community Adult Center
where Walter is very active. Albert and Ruth Daniel of Curundu were in
Fayetteville to look over their property and visit many friends here. Albert
is your reporter's oldest brother.
Walter and Bates Wieman were happy when their son Fred Huldquist
of Margarita visited them for a few days, then again when Mrs. Donna
Huldquist (Bud's wife) of Canal Zone was here. Bates and Donna took
off on a joy-ride to Houston to see Bate's sister Nannie Brown and the
Whitlock family. The Andrew Bleakleys were surprised with an overnite
visit from Andrew's sister, Alice Singley then they took her down to Little
Rock. Another welcome visitor was Alice Engelke who took time off to
see the Carl Newhards. Alice was in the States visiting her daughter Rita
and family in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The Walter Wagners report busy days in their new home in Mountain
Home and invite their friends to visit them at 403 Justis. Their friends,
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Kielhoffer of Los Rios recently visited them. Ray is
Control House Operator in Pacific Locks. Walter and Irene Zimmerman
write that Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hanna and son John of Balboa were guests
in September. Irene's brother, Milton Stone of Margarita was with her this
month. We are happy to report that Walter is progressing rapidly from a
recent illness and will soon be home from the Veteran's Hospital in
Earnest Williams of Bentonville is interested in Fraternal work and
attends many visitations throughout the State. Haleen stays home to keep
cool. The George Engelke's (Edith) returned from a well-earned vaca-
tion in the New England states. They visited with their son Dr. John and
family in Arlington, Mass. and their friends, Capt. Al. and Jessie Fors-
strom in Cranston, Rhode Island. They met and enjoyed several other Old
Timers in that area. Readers of the RECORD will enjoy the following in-
cident which occurred due to Edith's joking remarks and the facetious
writings of your reporter about "Engelke's Motel and Laundromat".
Betty McCoshan of Florida took us seriously and inquired at the Benton-
ville Post Office for the above named establishment. We all had a good
laugh when the story was told at the Luncheon. Similar stories, both old
and new, of ludicrous incidents on the Zone and since retirement, is what
makes these annual luncheons such fun to attend and we wish more Old
Timers would take time out to laugh with us.
Everyone up here in the Ozarks are keenly interested in the news of
the engagement of Carol Newhard of Gatun, Canal Zone to Lt. Andrew
Bleakley, Jr. of the United States Navy. Carol is a niece of our President,
Carl Newhard and Lt. Bleakley is the son of our Secretary, Jean (Mrs.
Andrew Bleakley Sr.) and both families live "kitty-corner" to each other
Another recent returnee home is Mina Mock from a long trip to Iowa
and New Jersey. Our Denver family, Col. James and Alice Ray Wier
have returned home from Europe where Jim was participant in a Medical
Panel held in Rome, Italy with doctors from Russia, Italy and Poland.
Cora Makibbin is home from Tenn., North Carolina, Pa., New York and
Maude Cook of Rogers, Arkansas and son Lynn, Jr. (Bud) of Pensa-
cola, Florida are off on a jaunt to California where they will visit their
daughter and sister, Lucille Cook Nanney and family now located in Palo
Alta. They will stop to see friends in Arizona.
Christmas will be just around the corner when you read this. We of
Panama Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas wish for every reader the
serenity that comes to thoughtful people everywhere as they pause to
ponder the message of "Peace on Earth to men of Good Will" and may
1964 bring to y'all your heart's deepest desires to fruition.
Blanche E. Shaw
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15. 1964 -
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The Tom Colemans of Hendersonville were busy entertaining their
house guests: Brother Elbert Coleman and wife of Belt, Montana, and
their two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Spring of Gt. Falls, Montana, and Mrs.
Helen Marsh of Corvallis, Montana. Daughter Jean and husband, (Mr.
and Mrs. Jack Dombrowsky) and daughter Barbara of Balboa and their
son Dale who is in his third year attending Clemson University. Also
Jack Dombrowsky's brother Allan and wife and their three children from
Miami. Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hutchinson and their daughter Vicky of
Balboa. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Patterson and two children from Balboa and
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Davison and daughter Marvel.
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Calloway of Winter Park stopped at Hender-
sonville on their way back to Florida and spent a little time with the
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wanlass had the pleasure of a visit for a few
weeks from son Clinton.
In September Dr. S. S. Irvin of Hendersonville drove to Tampa,
spending a little time with daughter Martha and husband (Capt. and Mrs.
Donald D. Phillips). Capt. Phillips is stationed at McDill Air Base, Tampa.
Dr. Irvin brought back his granddaughter Carol Jean Brown, who will
attend the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as a Junior. Carol
was the houseguest of her Aunt Martha.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Randall of Sarasota, formerly of Balboa Heights,
attended one of our picnics. They enjoyed North Carolina so much that,
who knows, one of these days they will be permanent Tar Heels. Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Hodges of Middletown, Va., also were present at the picnic.
Spring visitors to the Paul and Betty Bentz's home included Dwight
McKabney of the General Counsel's office at Balboa Heights; Grace and
Frank Browne of Niobe, N.Y., formerly of Gamboa, C.Z.; Mrs. Earl L.
Wolslagel, mother-in-law of former Lt. Gov. John D. McElheny who was
a house guest for an extended visit; also Roger Hackett, former Dean of
the C.Z. Junior College of Raleigh, N.C. was a house guest for several
days. Among those whom the Bentzes were delighted to welcome during
the summer months were Fred Sill, Jr., who is now working and living
in Brazil; also Claude Aycock of Ancon, C.Z., Fred and Esther Hodges
of Middletown, Va., formerly of Diablo Heights; Ella Lombroia of Diablo
Heights; Lewis and Evelyn Moore, recently of Cali, Colombia, and now
living in Washington, D.C.; Bob and Dorothy Bowen of Los Rios, C.Z.;
Betty's sister Arrietta Hart, who visited the Canal Zone on several occa-
sions and her husband Laurence of Larchmont, N.Y. spent several weeks
during July and August visiting in Paul and Betty's home in Asheville.
Mr. and Mrs. James Thomas of Palo Alto, California, formerly of
Gamboa, C.Z., were the house guests of Tutie and Tab Kelley in Sept.
They attended the Western North Carolina picnic at N. Mills River and
enjoyed seeing old friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Peck, Jr., of Princeton, N.J., and their 3
sons spent a week with Mrs. Fred Sill and the J. Wendell Greenes. Mrs.
Peck (Mary), is the daughter of Mrs. Sill.
Clarence and Della Howell of Asheville attended the South Carolina
Rainbow Division re-union at Charleston, in June. The Howells also en-
joyed visits from many friends during the summer months, i.e. the W. T.
Bowens from Coral Gables, Florida; Bob and Ella Lombroia of Diablo
Heights; Carlton and Mae Hallett of Miami; also nephew Jack Howell and
his wife Lou and their 5 children. Jack is now a Lieut. in the U.C. Coast
Guard and is stationed in Washington, D.C. Judy Hotz Hydle and hubby
Lars stopped by on their way to Washington, D.C., where they will be
connected with the "Voice of America". Daughter Margaret and her fam-
ily were also summer visitors.
Mr. James Pattison, son-in-law of the Tom Colemans visited them
in Sept. Mr. Pattison is the Program Director of Radio and TV for the
Armed Forces of the Canal Zone.
Skippy and Bill Hollowel of the Canal Zone spent a few days with
the Tom Colemans in October.
Joe and Dot Muldoon returned on Oct. llth to Hendersonville after
spending a few months at their summer home in Bayside, Maine. While
in Bayside Geo. and Grace Dunlop, formerly of the Canal Zone and now
residing in La Feria, Texas, visited the Muldoons. They drove east to
enter their son Robert in the Mass. Institute of Technology.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Knoop were hosts for Mrs. Kitty Bryan who form-
erly lived in Gatun. She also resided in Asheville for many years and now
makes her home in Phila. Guests present were the Frank Reppas and Mrs.
Anthony Redmond of Asheville. Kitty has had a wonderful time visiting
old friends, among them the Behlens and Mrs. Jean Howard.
The Starford L. Churchills had a very nice trip. They visited friends
and relatives in Mass. On their way they stopped at Locust Grove, Va. to
see Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Coe who at one time lived on the Zone. Then on to
Falls Church, Va., where Edna and Paul Furr live and they showed the
Churchills a wonderful time taking them to many places of interest in
The Junior Churchills are now settled in their home in Enka, N.C.
Adelia Churchill and their 2 children spent the month of September with
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Shacklett of State College, Pa. Mr. Shack-
lett is a Panama Canal retiree. Mr. and Mrs. Myrt Bender of Gamboa,
CZ. were the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Churchill, Jr., for a
few days in Sept.
Mrs. Jean Howard of Asheville was in the Mission Memorial Hospi-
tal for an eye operation. She is now at her home and improving.
Mr. S. R. Hiter who now makes his home at Colton, N.Y. was a
patient in Potsdam Hospital. He is at home and getting along just fine.
Emma Reppa, Secretary
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
TRANSIT CHAPTER, NORTH QUINCY, TAXACHUSETTSI
It is noticed on page 40 of the September issue that our Lucille listed,
by States, the number of members who have not paid their 1963 dues.
The total figure hurts very much, for it means that those delinquents have
returned to the status of Lost Souls, and we know them no more. Also
noticed that all Taxachusetts members are paid up.
Aug. 7. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ME, and with no hang-over. The
entire neighborhood threw a surprise on this 72nd milestone. Shades of
previous occasions on the Zone!! WOW!!! Somewhat quieter now, but
no complaints. At our advanced age we have to give serious thought to
the continued life. This may seem maudlin but consideration has to be
given to the hurts experienced when we learn of friends dropping out
along the highway. In recapping our own existence we ask, "Have our
associations been good? Have we given lots of consideration for our fel-
low mankind?" Have we done everything possible to make life more pleas-
ant for others?" Each must find his own answer.
Aug. 13. Grover and Billie Bohan here for their sixth visit. They
are well, and like travelling as much as we do.
Aug. 20. Health Inspection trip to Maine. Tom and Mabel Jordan,
Dick and Ruth Taylor, and Harry and Amy Lothrop are in good condition.
Mary Manush had sprained her back again; this time from falling from
Oct. 14. Ida gave a talk at her Women's Club, and the subject was
"Living on the Canal Zone". She took her listeners all the way from
Paraiso in 1915, with the wood and soft coal stoves, to better living in
Balboa many years later. And from our movies they were impressed at
the wonderful existence we had down there. Any dissensions? ? ?
Oct. 17. Vernon and Ruth Sauven, from Portsmouth, Virginia, came
for dinner. And as with all Zoners we rehashed life on the latitude nearly
We certainly are glad we worked for the Panama Canal. Here is only
one good reason. In forty years' employment I received 2,400 days' vaca-
tion, of eighty months! Again it works out to 6.66 years in which pay
was received for not working. Of course this does not include the loafing
periods that went on all during that time. Also in that period we travelled
on the water for a total of 240 days, of 61/2 months. Yes, the Canal Zone
was a nice place to work in.
CAR STICKERS. We all are proud to be identified as present or
retired Panama Canal workers. Our Society has a supply of 4" diameter
stickers for this identification. They are placed on the rear window of
our automobiles, and reads PANAMA CANAL in a circle in blue letters.
Thanks to this emblem we have found several friends, and at least ten
have seen our car and made themselves known to us. So-o-o we consider
them of great value. They cost only fifteen cents each and Lucille has
OBSERVATIONS. In travelling thousands of miles and passing
countless Rest Areas we have not seen one that had all the facilities ex-
pected; not even big trees. So-o-o, stop at the next Service Station.
In going thru the Quincy Hospital it was noticed that all the doctors
and nurses wore masks. Why not. It was suggested that they were ashamed
to be recognized when the bills were presented. It must be only a rumor.
A thought. To a bachelor a wedding ring is just a tourniquet; it
Ida and Slim Hallett
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
IN, AND 'ROUND ABOUT' HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS
The Pan-Canal Club of Central Ark. met for their Fall 'get-together'
and dinner at the Officer's Club of Jacksonville A.F. Base north of L. Rock,
on the afternoon of Oct. 26. Lt. Col. and Mrs. H. J. Christensen of L. Rock
with some of the Little Rock members acted as hosts. In all, here was
quite a number present, and a huge Birthday Cake to honor Pres. Atkin-
son's natal day on Oct. 27 was the 'crowning event'. Miss Gertrude Smith,
R.N., recently up from Gorgas, and who has been with us in Hot Spr's
for several weeks was from the farthest distance, and Grover and Billy
Bohan from Jonesboro were the other 'out-of-towners'.
Mrs. Frances Horter departed for her new home in Calif., accompan-
ied by her daughter Marion (Mrs. J. Rob't. Connors), of Orinda, Calif.,
on Sept. 24. She lives in Walnut Creek a few miles away from Orinda,
and many friends have come to see her amongst them the Jerome
Pragers of Berkeley, who with the Connors helped to celebrate her birth-
day on the 15th.
A note from L. S. Kiser of Canton, Miss., in early Oct. says, "I have
just returned from a visit to the C.Z., the Volcans in Costa Rica, the
Mayan ruins in Yucatan, also visited Guatemala and Spanish Honduras.
Went by plane. Visited Father Cooper in Guatemala. He is blind, and
has a nice home. We have a large cotton crop. Expect to travel to West
Mrs. Wm. Bartholomew (Ann), returned from a several months' so-
journ in St. Joseph, Mo. with son Wm. Jr. and family, to live again in
Hot Springs. She helped welcome the stork to bring a baby son, Brent
Frederick, to Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jr. and family. This family expects to
move to St. Louis soon, as Bill Jr. has a position as Division Engineer
with the Prestite Div. of the Inter Chemical Co. They will move as soon
as their new house is completed. Ann expects to sail for the C.Z. on a
United Fruiter from New Orleans on Nov. 22 and will spend the holi-
days with her daughter's family, the Ernest Kruegers, and friends.
The Fred Atkinsons are also departing for the C.Z. on the same date
and same boat to spend the Holidays with their children and grandchildren
in C.Z. and Panama.
The edition of the Star and Herald on Sept. 12 tells of the passing
of Al Bletterman of Pan. Radio Corp.
Mr. Hugh Joy of San Gabriel, Calif., passed away on Sept. 24. Mrs.
Joy and several brothers survive. The Joys lived in Pedro Miguel, and
retired in 1950, and lived here in Hot Springs several years before moving
to Calif. Mr. Joy would have been ninety on Nov. 22, '63. He was a civil-
ian employee of the Army at Corozal.
I noted with great sadness on the Remembrance card sent me, that
our dear neighbor and friend of Pedro Miguel days had passed on Oct.
18, and was interred on Oct. 21 in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Clermont,
Fla., where he and Mrs. Abrams made their home since retiring. We offer
her our sincere and heartfelt sympathy.
We extend our sincere sympathy to Mrs. H. J. Christensen of L. Rock,
re the recent passing of her brother, Harry O. Granberry in St. Petersburg.
She and husband Lt. Col. Christensen drove to St. Petersburg to attend
the last rites.
Mr. Bill Burns expects to leave Fri. Nov. 1 for New Orleans to visit
his friend Gus Thomas for a few days. From there, he will go to St. 'Pete'
to visit former C.Z. friends.
The Rufus Garretts moved from their former home in Okalona to
Hot Springs in Sept. Welcome, new neighbors!
On a visit to Miss. this summer, Frank Spencer talked with Olivia
(Mrs. Dorman), Conklin. She and Dorman are well, and Dorman Jr.
planned to enter Miss. State U this fall.
Oct. '63 no. of "Retirement Life" has a picture of Frank Gerchow,
where he was installed Field Vice Pres. of NARCE at N.J. Federation of
Chapters; his meeting with Pottsville, Pa. Chapt. 413, and at the Federa-
tion Convention with Mrs. Gerchow, who is also in this NARCE picture.
Mrs. Eula Jo Ewing is again housemother at the Kappa Alpha Fra-
ternity House at Okla. City University.
We are glad to report that Mrs. Anna Piper is improving after quite
a lengthy stay in St. Jos. Hospital.
In a recent letter to her parents, the Jack Reinigs, Mrs. Ed Fusik,
(Peggy), of Highland Park, Ill., told that her husband flew recently on
a business trip to Paris, Rome, and Pakistan. He is Pres. of Harza En
gineering Co. of Chicago, and recently received a citation from Prince-
ton U., as being "Man of the Year" in his class of 1935. The Reinigs'
son, Wm. who with his family live in New Rochelle, N.Y. entered the
Postal Service there recently.
I returned from my West Coast sojourn in late Sept., and met and
chatted with a no. of Ex-Canalers there.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Armstrong were on an Eastern trip, saw a lot
of ex-CZers in N.H., Vermont and Maine, then returned via Canada. In
San Fran. Mr. E. W. Scheid, once Ass't Mgr. of Gamboa Commy who now
lives in the Golden State Hotel in SF., and is buyer for the American
President Lines. It was so nice to again hear the voice of Margaret Meigs
Malloy over the 'phone. They were met (she and husband, Col. Malloy),
at the airport by her girlhood Pedro Miguel friend, Mrs. C. F. Hand,
(Doris Brotherson) of Concord, Calif., and joined for a little get-together
party, by Mr. Hand and Graham Brotherson and wife of San Leandro, -
as the Malloys stop-over was brief, and they were enroute to L.A. and a
new home. Graham reports that his family were moving to a new house,
which was being built. His parents, Robert and Mrs. Mills in Redwood
City, are in good health.
I had a very nice visit with Teresa Donovan Ball while in L.A. Her
son John and family live in a neighboring suburb. While in L.A. I had
a 'phone chat with Agnes Reinke Vennard. She is now chief dietician in a
local hospital and likes her work very much.
Christmas and the New Year will be near when this Record reaches
you. I may not be able to send you special Holiday greetings, so to all
my friends and readers of my column a very Merry Christmas, and
a very Happy 1964 is heartily wished you! Mebbe' we'll meet at the
Reunion in St. 'Pete'!
Hasta la vista,
Francis S. Dorn
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
NEWS FROM THE GOLD COAST of SOUTHEASTERN FLORIDA
The Panama Canal Society of Southeastern Florida enjoyed a picnic
at Matheson Hammock Park on August 11, 1963. The group was small
but the day was lovely and all enjoyed exchanging news and memories
with friends, visitors, and new-comers. The President, Mr. R. Y. Andrews,
presided at a brief business meeting and all were asked to introduce them-
selves. The group voted to hold two picnics at Greynolds Park and two
at Matheson Park next year.
Among the visitors present were: Mrs. Anita (Hudson) McKeown
of C.Z., Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hudson of St. Petersburg, and Mr. "Buzz"
Rathgaber, all of whom were the guests of Mrs Audrey Hudson Bishop
and her daughters of Miami. Mrs. Reginald Armstrong of St. Louis, Mo.
is the house guest of Mrs. George Halloran at her home in South Miami.
We were glad to welcome Olive Halloran as a first-timer and also Mr. and
Mrs Thomas Willey and Mr. and Mrs. J. Watson. We hope these new
friends will come often to our picnics.
Mrs. Agnes Rankin died on July 30th at Ft. Lauderdale where she
was visiting Mrs. Paul Thompson. She was a former resident of Cristobal.
Our Society extends sincere sympathy.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Elwell are the proud parents of a baby boy,
their first child. The baby is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Elwell
and the great-grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Wiggin.
Mr. Connie Chase and his wife (Freddie) and their son, Woodie,
were visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cunningham at Pompano
Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Hutchings arrived from Canal Zone in August and
were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. James Hunter (Amelia Hutchings) until
they could find a suitable home in Ft. Lauderdale. We are so glad that Al
and Barbara have decided to remain in South Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence True left in September for an extended visit
in their former home at New Brunswick, Canada.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Raymond of Santa Ana, California parked
their trailer in Miami intending to stay awhile and visit with friends here
but hurricane "Flora", poised over Cuba, seemed too close for comfort
so they did not linger long. The Koperski and Metzger families appre-
ciated even a brief visit with Norma and Charles who were active for
many years in the Cristobal Y.M.C.A.
Lonnie, Marvel, and Marvelita Iglesias spent several days in Miami
in August enroute to their home in Puerto Pilon, R. de P. Both Marvel
and Lonnie had major surgery in a hospital at Houston, Texas this summer.
Mrs. Frank Moore of Miami had the misfortune to fall and break
her leg soon after their return from a vacation in North Carolina.
Nellree and Ernest Berger were the house guests of Mrs. W. C. Smith
for a week in September During their visit they were luncheon guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cunningham at their lovely home in Pompano Beach.
Other guests at the luncheon were Clara Smith and Ruth and Ike Metzger.
The Bergers chalked up more than 10,000 miles on their new Rambler,
visiting friends and relatives from New Orleans to California and from
Seattle to Washington, D.C. and Miami. From here they went to Sebring
to visit Ernie's sister, Mrs. Charles Walsh, a former Zonite, and then to
Chattanooga before returning to C.Z. in November via New Orleans.
Mr. and Mrs. Hoezle were overnight guests of Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Thompson. The Hoezles are buying a home in Pompano Beach.
Mrs. Helen McKeown came up from the Canal Zone by ship and
underwent surgery at the Ochner Clinic in New Orleans. She is the house
guest of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardy in Miami for several weeks while
recuperating from her operation.
Mrs. R. A. Koperski (Mabel) of Danville, California is arriving
November 3rd to spend the winter with her son, Robert, and family of
Mr. and Mrs. William Leirman (Charlotte McGlade) of Granite City,
Illinois were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Foor this summer. The Leir-
mans were enroute to Canal Zone for a two weeks visit in Balboa, Char-
lotte's former home town.
Wesley and Mabel Hutchings of San Leandro, California were visitors
in the home of Jim and Amelia Hunter at Ft. Lauderdale in October. The
four, together with Al and Barbara Hutchings, had planned a trip to Nas-
sau, but the nearness of hurricane "Flora" at that time made them change
Capt. and Mrs. Cliff Ryter made a short visit to Dr. and Mrs. Fink
who are vacationing from Canal Zone at Miami Beach.
Mrs. Dorothy Hall was the over-night guest of Mr. and Mrs. James
Hunter of Ft. Lauderdale. On September 25th she embarked on the Wil-
helm Ruys at Port Everglades for a trip around the world. On board,
also, for a world-wide cruise were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Browder from Canal
Mr. and Mrs. Erward Daggett of Balboa were house guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Schapow at their home in North Miami. Until their re-
cent retirement the Shapows were residents of Balboa.
Mr. William T. Dobson of Clearwater was a visitor in the home of
Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Melanson while attending the American Legion Con-
vention on Miami Beach.
Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Williams of Balboa and Mr. and Mrs. William
T. Rohrback drove down together from Maitland, Florida to spend several
days with the R. D. Melansons and, as always, it was an enjoyable event.
Other guests at the Melanson's home in Miami Shores were Mrs. Della
Hancock of Balboa while she was on a short "leave", and Larry Nessler
of Balboa who came up to start his second year at the Miami Military
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Dunham of Sarasota recently spent several
days calling on friends in Miami and visiting in the home of Ruth and Ike
Metzger. It is always a pleasure to have them come.
The Panama Canal Society of Southeastern Florida held the last pic-
nic of 1963 at the Rock Shelter in Matheson Park on October 20th. A
delicious covered-dish picnic luncheon preceded the business meeting. The
most important order of business was the election of officer for 1964.
Officers elect are as follows:
President-Mr. Dan Jones, 465 N.W. 87th St., Miami, Florida 33150
Vice-President-Mr. Floyd Foor, 2566 Trapp Ave., Miami Fla. 33133
Secretary-Mr. Clarence True, 3091 Lime Court, Miami, Fla. 33133
Treasurer-Mr. A. G. Dunham -
4611 N. W. 11th Ave., Miami, Florida 33127
Visitors attending this meeting were Mrs. A. L. Anderson who was the
guest of her daughter-in-law, Joy Anderson, and Dr. and Mrs. Harry Eno
of Colon, R. de P. The Enos are spending a few days in their home in
Coral Gables, after attending the National Medical Association Convention.
Dr. Eno has been practicing medicine in Colon for 58 years having gone
to the Isthmus in 1905. He will return to Colon this week to resume prac-
tice in his Clinic there.
Members of our Canal Zone Society of Southeastern Florida extend
to each and all of you best wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Healthy,
Happy New Year.
Ruth T. Metzger
COME TO THE REUNION JANUARY 14 AND 15, 1964 -
The rapidly declining banana industry of Latin America has been
given a big shot in the arm recently because of a new concept in packaging
the fruit in corrugated cartons.
The change came about because of a new type of banana called the
Cavendish Lacatan which although it was resistant to disease that plagued
other types of bananas, had a peculiarly delicate skin that was easily
bruised. With the replanting in the Caribbean of this new type of banana,
the industry was forced to look around for new shipping and packaging
Last year came the test case. The Standard Fruit Company in La
Ceiba, Honduras had replanted its plantations with the new type of ban-
ana and desperately needed a new method of sending this delicate-skinned
fruit to market.
They contacted a Panamanian firm, Corporacion Industrial, S.A.
(CISA) which a year earlier had expanded its grocery bag and small box
business into the corrugated carton producing business for Panama's grow-
ing industries of shrimp, soap detergents, and other local products.
The La Ceiba order was their first for the banana industry and served
to be the turning point in the development of this box industry for Latin
The filled order had the effect of proving that banana boxes could be
made of equal or better quality outside of the United States, with far
greater advantage to the industry when they were made at the point of use.
A quick survey conducted by Dr. Harmodio Arias Jr., owner of CISA,
revealed that within ten years there would be a demand for 250,000 tons
of boxes in this area.
His survey revealed also that the banana industry would save upwards
of 15 million dollars a year in freight charges alone if and when boxes
are produced closer to banana plantations.
Other saving to the industry were to be:
Recuperation of 20 percent of the crop rejected before when there were
less than 10 hands to a stalk. (When packed in boxes, the number of hands
in a stalk of bananas does not matter, but previously, those stalks that did
not have at least ten hands were dumped at the plantation).
In addition to the Panama plant, he is also setting up box plants in
Nicaragua, and Ecuador and claims that in three years his plants will
supply one-fourth of the needs for banana boxes in Latin America, which
at present is using 30 million boxes a year, and which is slated to reach
150 million by 1965.
Evidence that Panama was a land bridge connecting the continents
of North and South America for quite a period 15 or 20 million years
ago is being unearthed-literally-by Canal geologists while contractors
dig down in layers of shale and sediment on the job of widening the Canal
channel in Gailliard Cut.
Chapters in the geological story which is constantly being studied by
scientists are being filled in locally by discovery of the remains of bones
of mammals which apparently lived happily and well in the Miocene
Recently Robert Stewart and Joanne Allen, two Panama Canal geo-
logists with the Canal's Civil Engineering Branch, came upon the bones
of what appear to be a rhinoceros, primitive deer, a large camel, members
of the rodent family, crocodiles, and turtles.
The remains are fragmentary, but to the trained eye of the geologist,
it was apparent that they were of the North American species and had de-
veloped to such an advanced stage that they were able to migrate across
the land bridge of Panama and firmly establish themselves in the area.
They were quite different from the animals which had developed on the
southern continent while the two land bodies were divided.
The recent discoveries have been taken to Washington, D.C., by Dr.
Frank D. Whitmore, Jr., a vertebrate paleontologist with the U.S. Geolo-
gical Survey, and their identity verified there. They are being studied by
scientists in the United States and later will be made available for student
research and other study.
Within a space of a dozen days, an Honorary Pilot's License, Un-
limited, for all Canal waters, was presented two sea captains who have
been taking their vessels through the Panama Canal almost from the time
the Canal was opened to shipping.
The captains themselves came from two different hemispheres, two
One was Capt. Tasuke Kawai of Kobe, Japan, who is retiring after
being employed by Osaka Shosen Kaisha, Ltd., since 1915. The other was
Capt. A. C. Jones, Commodore of the Shaw Savill fleet, who made his
91st and final voyage through the Canal in the SS Corinthis. His first tran-
sit was in 1919.
The August transit was Captain Jones' 56th transit in the SS Corinthic,
which he joined in September 1951.
Captain Jones is an avid photographer and is the proud owner of a
most extensive set of slides that show Canal improvements since such im-
provements began. He carried a complete Canal pictorial record with
him in his cabin, neatly catalogued in boxes and files, and usually had
the answer to any question pertaining to the Panama Canal, its mainten-
ance, its improvements, and the dates when any changes were made.
Mr. Fred Sprecken, 1047 9th Street So., St. Petersburg, Fla. passed
away in his sleep November 14th. He had been in poor health for some
time. No further information available at the time the Record went to press.
MOSTLY THIS'N THAT
Did you know that hailstones 1/ inch to /% inch in diameter
fell for about 10 minutes along the Trans-Isthmian highway in September
nearly 1000 students are attending the new Zone College the
final link in the 52 mile trans-Isthmian co-axial cable, the first of its kind
in Central America was recently joined at the new co-axial building in
Balboa Merchandise worth hundreds of thousands of dollars went
up in smoke in the old Panama City freight house, one airline losing
$75,000 worth of cargo $5.5 million 22,000 kilowatt generator was
purchased for the C.Z. .. a violent windstorm preceded by hail lashed
the town of Chorrera causing thousands of dollars in damage The
S.S. Cristobal now has a television set aboard The C.Z. Printing
Plant has moved from Mt. Hope to La Boca ... Hotel Washington, Colon
.has installed 40 slot machines Ships transiting the P.C. in 1962 car-
ried enough lumber to build approximately 183,000 5-room homes .
Victor Herr is the new music director in the Canal College Burglars
escaped with $399.00 from the PRR station in Cristobal .
Many thanks to all who wrote encouraging remarks about the Record;
to all who sent in news items and clippings to the Editor; to the reporters
for being so prompt and sending neat reports. Keep the news coming!
Please be explicit in all items. Do not ask to have pictures returned.
The Deadline for the next issue of the Canal Record is February 1st.
SEE YOU AT THE REUNION. Come to the luncheon something
new and different in entertainment!
Season's Greetings to all!
Betty Lockridge, Record Editor
2600 Pinellas Point Drive South,
Telephone 867-2315 St. Petersburg, Florida 33712
THIRTY-SECOND ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME January 14th and 15th, 1964.
PLACE Soreno Hotel, overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First Ave-
nue and Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST $2.75 per person including luncheon, gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Tuesday, January 14th, 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 of get-together in
the morning before the luncheon at 1 p.m. 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 will meet on the mezzanine floor of the hotel where:
there is ample room with comfortable seats, or if you prefer seclusion
with former pals, there's the well-stocked bar on the main floor. The
luncheon is optional, but don't miss the Reunion. You'll be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at convention rates of $12.00
double and $8.00 single, plus 3% tax at the Soreno Hotel, but if rooms
are not available there, they will be secured in private homes at $9.00
double and $8.00 single. Those desiring reservations should remit $12.00
for double and $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 8. Make remittances payable to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but LUNCH-
EON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be claimed im-
mediately upon arrival at the Reunion.
(Reservation form on separate page.)
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Thirty-Second Anniversary Reunion
January 14th and 15th, 1964
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer
3535- 19th Street North St. Petersburg, Florida, 33713
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 1964. Enclosed is $8.00 for each single room and/or
$12.00 for each double room per day for deposit on these reservations,
plus 3% tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $ representing total for
all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by Train; Automobile; Bus.
(Please indicate which)
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
for Membership Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Name (Wife) ---------------------------------
City------------------------------ State-------- Zip Code---------..
Division Employed --------------------... ..........
Recommended By -----__-------------------------__.
Approved By--------------------------------- Date-------------
Amount enclosed $------- ---------- Check--..-- M.O...---- Cash---...
Dues $4.00 per year, effective Jan. 1964. Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone banks
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Payment Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 33733
Name---------------- ------ ------------ --
City---------------------------------State-------- Zip Code ----
Dues for: 1964 .....--; 1965 .-----; 1966--------; 1967--------; 1968 ---...
Amount enclosed: $ ---- ------------ Check .---. M.O.------ Cash------
City------------------------------State----....Zip Code --------
Recorded: Date ------------------------ Card No.------------
DUES $4.00 per year. January 1, 1964 to December 31 following.
Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone banks.
IF YOU ARE A FLORIDIAN .
JOIN THE BLOOD BANK NOWI
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Residents of Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 33733
Name-......--------------------------- ....---- ----...
City-------------------------------- State-------- Zip Code------ ....
City---------------------------------- State-------- Zip Code-------
Amount Enclosed $------------ (Check)-----. (M.O.) --- (Cash)----
Approved by------------------------------. Guard date---- ..----------
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children $1.00 per year.
P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Dues BLOOD BANK FUND
Payment Box 11566, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. 33733
Name-. ---.. --------------------------------------------
City_--------------------------------- State-------- Zip Code---------..
Dues for: 1964----- ; 1965--------; 1966--------; 1967-------; 1968 ----
Amount Enclosed $-------------- (Check) ----- (M.O.)----. (Cash)-----
City ------------------------------ State-----.... ip Code --------
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children $1.00 per year.
Capt. and Mrs. James Coakley, children, (right) Jimmie, Alice, Patricia, and
Margaret at Patricia's baptismal ceremonies in Selfridge. James' mother is
in the background.
SEPTEMBER 19, 1963
F. R. Swanson, Capt. Luther, C.L. Clapp-1905 employees.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Barlow, Tampa, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kuhn, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. (Ethel Wanio) Herbert Staples, Lauisville, Ky.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P. 0. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
U. S. Posrt
St. Petebursb FIa.
Permit No. 60
: Membership '
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