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FORT SAN SORENZO, ATLANTIC SIDE
FORT SAN SORENZO, ATLANTIC SIDE
(Courtesy- Panama Canal Co.)
C Z. Nurses--Se redJ, J.. -r. a -,, NarTh:, I :- j .,r., ;J e .:I r..:.
Petersburg, Fla., Elsie Folks Jackson, Alexandria, Va. Jane Holcomb,
St. Petersburg, Fla., Jessica Maurer, Riverview, Fla., Jo Wood, St.
Petersburg, Fla., Erma Forbes, Hemet, Calif, Grace Culp, Ft. Meyers,
Fla., Mrs. Chas. Persons, St. Petersburg, Ann Cunningham, Pampano, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schapow, Mr. and Mrs. Roy High, Margate, Fla.
Jack of all trades in the Volcan, R. de P. Front row-- Abe Howard,
Judge I.P. Tattleman, St. Petersburg, Fla., Capt. Elmer Abbott,
G. Carter Orr, St. Petersburg, Fla., Byrne Hutchings, Venice, Calif.,
Buck Lockridge, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mrs. Doris Post (Currier), St. Petersburg, Fla., Mrs. Muriel Neill
(Evans) Birmingham, Ala.
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Mr. and Mrs. W. Van Underwood, in front of the old Mission, Santa
Hazel and Bob Wilhite with "Willie",
Former Canal employees who worked on the Zone during
construction days shown in the lobby of the Tivoli Guest
House, Ancon, C.Z. Seated are Mrs. George McCullough,
Birmingham, Ala. and Mrs. Grace Rigney, Dexico, D.F.
Standing are Mr. Will R. McCann, Hopewell, Va., Mr.
George McCullough and Col. Ralph H. Sartor, St. Michaels
Md. Courtesy -- Public Relations Office, Balboa Hgts.
Mr. and Mrs. Colin MacDonald,
(Maxine Conover) Jalan Daliah,
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. BOX 11566 --- ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Cecil M. Banan J. F. Warner
William L. Howard Executive Committee
Vice-President Ceci .an
Lucille S. Judd William L. Howard
Secretary-Treas. Lucille S. Judd
Btt okrid Betty Lockridge
Betty Lockridge Mary Belle Hicks
Record Editor Andy Fraser
Mary Belle Hicks Dewey Goodwin
Mary Bldie Hicks Ernest M. Kieswetter
Recording See'y. Albert McKeown
Ross Cunningham David S. Smith
During the past year all eyes were on the actions of the Pres-
ident's Cabinet Committee on Federal Staff Retirement Systems.
This Committee was scheduled to make their report on December 1,
1965. When they got around to reporting the date was in early
March, 1966. So far as retirees were concerned they had very
little and few recommendations to make.
However, "NARCE" took a dim view of the report and with the
help of the Congress was instrumental in having the following Sec.
507 of H.R. 141122 passed by the House of Representatives and at
this time, May 1, 1966 is before the Senate Committee on Post Office
and Civil Service. Sec. 507 would provide for the recomputation of
annuities of persons retired between April 1, 1948 and October 11,
1962, who at time of retirement elected to provide survivorship
benefits, and recomputation of survivor annuities effective between
April 1, 1948 and October 11, 1962.
The Oct. 11, 1962 P. L. 87-793 provides that an employee may
elect survivorship benefits at a cost of 2%% on the first $3,600 and
10% on the remainder and that a maximum survivor annuity is
55% instead of 50% of the retireee's earned annuity.
H. R. 141122 is the "Federal Salary and Fringe Benefits Act of
1966" and from reports should be enacted into law at an early
date. Too bad we have to meet the May 1 deadline without being
able to say what the final verdict is.
G. C. Lockridge
John T. Burns-Chief Engineer-24 years, 3 months, 18 days.
Mrs. Violet Freker-Clerk Electrical Div.-15 years., 8 months,
Wm. A. Gribbons-Welder-26 years, 1 month, 10 days.
Caleb S. Johnson-Painter-31 years, 1 month, 25 days.
Mrs. Mary L. Poell-Staff Nurse-6 years, 11 months, 25 days.
Harry D. Raymond-Claims Examiner-32 years, 10 months, 8 days.
Barton P. Scott-Lock Operator Machinist-25 years, 10 months,
John H. Terry-Personnel Bureau-23 years, 11 months, 22 days.
Dr. Weldon C. White-Medical Officer-14 years, 7 months, 26 days.
H. C. Freeman-Terminal Bureau-25 years, 6 months, 9 days.
T. A. Albritton-Railroad Division-26 years, 6 months, 2 days.
Aloysius S. Zon-Police Division-25 years, 5 months, 22 days.
Theo. F. Hotz--Schools Division-28 years, 2 months, 29 days.
Thelma R. Godwin-Schools Division-30 years, 3 months, 13 days.
Thomas L. Sellers-Postal Division-24 years, 6 months, 29 days.
Dr. Maurice B. Winstead-Health Bureau-10 years, 6 months, 22
Thelma C. Herrington-Office of the Comptroller-23 years, 10 mos.,
Mahlon D. Davis-Office of the Comptroller-25 years, 11 months,
James L. Fulton, Sr.-Office of the Comptroller-24 years, 3 months,
Hilda C. Myers-Administrative Services-18 years, 4 mos., 10 days.
Anita McKoewn-Administrative Services-28 years, 5 months, 3
Will R. Price-Locks Division-22 years, 11 months, 2 days.
Wm. A. Van Siclan-Locks Division-34 years, 11 months, 22 days.
Robert T. Thomas-Dredging Division-22 years, 10 months, 11 days.
Charles Q. Morency-Dredging Division-24 years, 11 months, 25
Abe L. Lincoln-Dredging Division-20 years, 11 months.
The Florida Society of the Panama Canal is constantly receiving
inquiries about a Bird Book, which is out of print. Sturgis' Field
Book of Birds of the Panama Canal Zone. If any one has the book
and wants to sell it please write to Lucille Judd.
WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS
Miss Mercedes Palomeras, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emilio J.
Palomeras of Panama City, was married to Dwight A. McKabney,
son of Mrs. Charles A. Brannen and the late Mr. Samuel L.
Mrs. Jose Chirino was matron of honor and J. Patrick Conley
served as best man.
The mother of the bridegroom went to Panama for the ceremony
from her home in Newton, Kansas.
The bride was graduated from Holy Cross Academy in Washing-
ton, D. C. and attended the Canal Zone College. Her husband studied
at the University of Wichita and is an alumnus of the University of
Illinois where he was also graduated from its college of law. Mr.
McKabney is assistant general counsel of the Panama Canal Com-
pany at Balboa Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen K. Miller of Balboa, Canal Zone announce
the engagement of their daughter Marjorie Jean to Richard Dean
Barnett of Carthage, Illinois, son of Mrs. Luella Barnett and the
late Mr. Cecil Barnett.
Miss Miller will graduate from the University of Illinois this
June. Mr. Barnett obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from the
University of Illinois and is presently working toward his Masters
Degree in Physiology.
Miss Judith Gail Hudson became the bride of Edward Russell
Cunningham April 7th, 1966 at Free Methodist Church with the
Rev. John E. Hendricks officiating at the double-ring ceremony.
The bride who was given in marriage, is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. George W. Hudson; the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Ross Cunningham and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Potter
all of St. Petersburg, Fla. Miss Linda Sue Cunningham, sister of
the bridegroom was maid of honor. Miss Pamela Palmer was brides-
maid. Michael Crook served as best man. Ushering were James
Marshall, Robert Schuer and John Caulkins.
The bridegroom's neice Laurie Cunningham was flower girl. A
reception followed at the Church Social Hall.
The couple left on a wedding trip along the Florida West Coast
and will reside at 2737 41st Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Miss Nancy Jo Conneely, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Conneely,
former residents of the Canal Zone, was married on Oct. 2, to Lt.
James Gray Bailey, United States Naval Air Force, at St. Matthews
Catholic Church, Jacksonville, Fla.
The bride spent most of her life in the Canal Zone and attended
Balboa High School until the family moved to the States. Her
husband is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cecil Bailey of Nashville,
Tenn. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and is presently
stationed at Cecil Field, Jacksonville.
Father Daniel Hagarty read the marriage vows at the 11 o'clock
ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her father. Mrs. John
McDonald served as matron of honor and bridesmaids were Mrs.
Denis Christensen and Miss Cora Romine. John Cecil Bailey of
Nashville served as his brother's best man.
Mr. and Mrs. Conneely entertained at a reception immediately
following the wedding at the Officer's Club at the Naval Air
The young couple are now at home to their friends at 4739
Buford Highway, Chamblee, Georgia.
Miss Janice Malone, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter A. Malone
of Gamboa and Louis E. Andino, son of Mr. and Mrs. Augustin
Andino of Panama City were married at Sacred Heart Chapel in
Ancon. The Rev. Paul Loeven, C.M. officiated.
Miss Brenda McArthur was the bride's only attendant.
James Miller served as best man. Mrs. Malcolm Wheeler was the
A reception was held in the Roosevelt Room of the Tivoli Guest
House following the church ceremony.
Following the traditional initial cutting of the three-tiered wed-
ding cake by the bridal couple, Mrs. George Walker assisted in
serving the guests. Miss Norma Briggs was in charge of the Bride's
The bride is a member of the nursing staff of Gorgas Hospital
and her husband is with the Canal Zone Police Division.
Following a trip to Costa Rica, the young couple will make their
home in Williamson Place, Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Stratford, of Palisades, Idaho, announce the
engagement of their daughter, Lyn, to Mr. Howard Collins, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Collins of Skidmore, Missouri.
Miss Stratford is a graduate of Balboa High School and the
Canal Zone College, Balboa, Canal Zone. She is completing her
senior year at Northwest Missouri a State College, Maryville, Miss-
ouri. Mr. Collins graduated from Skidmore High School, has served
in the U. S. Air Force, and is also a senior at Northwest MIs....li
Miss Stratford was a resident of the Canal Zone until the family
moved recently to Idaho.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Cotton announce the engagement of their
daughter Susan to Mr. Jeffrey Leon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice
Leon of Colon. Miss Cotton is attending Spencer Business College in
Baton Rouge, Louisiana and her fiance is a Junior, majoring in
Physical Education, at Northwestern State College in Natchitoches,
Mr. Cotton is District Commander, Fire Division, Pacific District,
Mr. Leon is a businessman of many years standing in Colon.
The announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss
Jehane Bush, daughter of Mr. Jean Evans Bush, Upper Saddle River,
New Jersey, and the late Kathryn Morgan Bush, to Harry Frederick
Preston, III, Lieutenant Junior Grade, United States Naval Reserve.
Lt. Preston is the son of Mrs. Harry Frederick Preston, Jr. and the
late Mr. Preston, Cartagena, Colombia.
Miss Bush, a graduate of the University of Miami, Coral Gables,
Florida, is presently employed by the United Cerebral Palsy Assoc-
iation, Miami, Florida. Upon graduation from Washington and Lee
University, Lexington, Virginia, Lt. Preston attended Naval Officer
Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island, and is presently stationed
at the U. S. Naval Facility, Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico.
Lt. Preston is the grandson of Mr. Harry F. Preston, Sr., and the
nephew of Mrs. James C. Wood, Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester W. Pearson of Balboa announce the engage-
ment of their daughter Carole Esther Pearson to William Daniel Fay
of Girard, Ohio, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Fay also of Girard.
Holy Family Church, Margarita, was the scene of the October
30th wedding of Michelle Goguen daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert
E. Goguen of Gatun and John Eberenz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo J.
Eberenz formerly of Diablo, C. Z. and now of Sterling Park, Va.
Reverend Fr. Shandley performed the double ring ceremony.
.Mii Virginia Austin was maid of honor. Misses Jennie Johnson
and Lynne Goguen were bridesmaids.
Fred LeVee attended the bridegroom as best man and David
cogueil, Richard LeVee, Bill Benny and Gary Myers ushered.
After the ceremony a reception was held at the Elks Club in
Margarita for 150 guests.
The couple is residing in Margarita, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Bongiorni of Curundu, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter Nancy Claire to Mr. Frank
a Finlason, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Finlason of Curundu Heights,
Canal Zone. Miss Bongiorni is a graduate of Balboa High School and
is attending Canal Zone College. Mr. Finlason is a graduate of
Balboa High School and is attending Colorado School of Mines,
Mr. and Mrs. Kermit G. Kruse of Clinton, Iowa have announced
the engagement of their daughter Margaret Ann to Russell Allen
Potter, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Potter of La Boca, Canal
Zone. The bride elect graduated from High School in Clinton, Iowa
and is at present attending Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa,
where she is majoring in English.
Mr. Potter was a 1962 graduate of Balboa High School and will
be a Senior at Iowa State University in the Fall. He is majoring in
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis H. George of Gatun have announced the en-
gagement of their daughter, Helen Marie, to Mr. Gordon Fraser
Boswell, son of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Boswell of Diablo Heights.
Miss George is a graduate of Cristobal High School and in her
junior year at the University of Miami. She is president of her
sorority, Beta Tan Alpha.
Mr. Boswell, a 1962 graduate of Balboa High School, is a senior
at the University of Miami.
Mr. and Mrs. James Virgil Russell of New Orleans announce the
marriage of their daughter Carolyn to Mr. Lynn Randolph Cook,
Jr. of Jackson, Mississippi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn R. Cook of
Rogers, Arkansas, on Saturday the 26th of February 1966, in
The bridegroom was reared in the Canal Zone and is a graduate
of Balboa High School and one year of Junior College before enter-
ing the Service, later graduating from college in the States.
For eighteen years he has been employed by Standard Oil Com-
pany of California as a petroleum geologist and physicist in both
South America and the United States.
After returning from an extensive wedding trip through the
Southwest and the West Coast, they are at home in Jackson, Miss.
at 4911 Ridgewood Road.
Mr. and Mrs. James B. Shaffer of Balboa, announce the engage-
ment of their daughter, Bettya Artega, to SP/4 Charles David
Legrand presently stationed in Viet Nam. Mr. Legrand is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Legrand of Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Miss Paulette Elia, daughter of Mr. Paul Louis Elia of Balboa
and Mrs. Jenne Butcher Elia, and Ronald Ray Burgess, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Jesse Gouveia of Santa Clara, California, exchanged wed-
ding vows at a ceremony at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Cocoli,
C. Z. on January 22.
Attending the bride were her sister, Miss Denise Elia as maid of
honor, and the Misses Danita and Diana lanole and Mrs. Edward
For her granddaughter's wedding, Mrs. Lucy Elia, came from
Vineland, New Jersey, for the occasion.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Elks Club
Mr. Edward Wardlow served as best man. Ushers were the
Messrs. Lyle Jenkins, Michael McClure and T. Hawkins. The bride's
young brother, Denis acted as ring bearer.
The young couple spent their honeymoon on Taboga Island. They
will leave soon to make their home in California.
First Sgt. and Mrs. Weldon G. Corney, Jr. of Ft. Campbell, Ken-
tucky announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their
daughter Miss Glenda Carrol, to Arthur L. Blystone, Jr., son of
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur L. Blystone, Sr. of Crosland Park, Aiken, South
Carolina and former residents of the Canal Zone.
The bride-elect is a 1963 graduate of Ft. Campbell High School
and was formerly employed by USARYIS Special Services while
her family was serving a tour of duty at Okinawa.
The bridegroom-elect is a 1962 graduate of Balboa High School
and served 3 years in the U. S. Army, mostly at Okinawa. At present
he is employed at Owen-Corning Fiberglass, Aitken, South Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Stephens of Seabreeze, Fla. have announced
the engagement of their daughter, Diane Lynn, to Walter Guy
Brown, Jr., of (ainesville, Florida.
The bride-elect was born in Fort Lauderdale, graduated cum
laude from Seabreeze High School with the Class of 1963, attended
Agnes Scott College and is presently a student at the University
of Florida in Gainesville. She is a member of Kappa Delta at the
Mr. Brown is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Guy Brown of Bal-
boa. He graduated with honors from Balboa High School, attended
the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and earned his degree in building
construction from the University of Florida. He is employed by
Butler Bros. Construction Co. of Gainesville.
He is a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and was a member of
Arnold Air Society, an Air Force honorary at the University of
Florida. A Second Lieutenant in the Air Force he will go on active
duty in March when he will attend Air Force Flight School and
spend the next five years in the Air Force.
Mr. and Mrs. Perce E. Kurzdorfer of Gatun, announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Wendy Ruth, to Mr. William Wetcott
Baldwin, Jr., son of the Rev. and Mrs. William Weteott Baldwin, Sr.,
of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Cocoli, C. Z.
Miss Kurzdorfer attended schools in Washington State. She is
now a Senior at Cristobal High School.
Mr. Baldwin attended the Kent School, Kent, Connecticut. He is
employed by the Industrial Division of the Panama Canal Company.
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Burns of Margarita, Canal Zone announce
the engagement of their daughter Adele June to Mr. Charley
Anthony Burnett, Jr., of Houston. Mr. Burnett is the son of Mr. and
Mrs, Charley A. Burnett of Houston and is employed with the
Houston Power and Lighting Co. Miss Burns is attending Massey
Business College in Houston.
Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Martin Spencer of Balboa, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Valerie Ann, to John
David Cronan, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Joseph Cronan of
Margarita, Canal Zone.
Miss Spencer is a graduate of Balboa High School and currently
is a sophomore at Canal Zone College.
Mr. Cronan, a graduate of Cristobal High School and Canal Zone
College, was graduated from Louisiana State University in January
1966. He has been accepted by the Officers Candidate Course of the
United States Marines at Quantico, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Cotton of San Diego, California have an-
nounced the engagement of their daughter Nancy Gladys to David
Horner, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Horner of San Diego, California.
The bride elect was graduated from Balboa High School and Kelsey
Jenney Business College of San Diego. She is a member of Gamma
Chi Chapter of Alpha Iota and a legal secretary employed in San
Mr. Horner is a graduate of Prince Edward High School of
Southern Rhodesia and at present a linotype operator with the San
Diego Union Tribune.
Miss Delores Elizabeth Gerhart, second daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Warren Keith Gerhart of Cocoli, and Mr. Timothy Noel
Lasher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn A. Lasher of Gatun, were
joined together in Holy Matrimony on November 20th, at the
Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon. The double ring service was officiated
by The Very Rev. Mainert J. Peterson, Dean of the Cathedral.
Mrs. Mary DeMoss of Balboa was matron of honor. Miss Betsy
Lasher of Gatun, and sister of the bridegroom, was bridesmaid.
Little Miss Vicki Gerhart of Cocoli, youngest sister of the bride
was flower girl.
Mr. Lasher had for his best man, Mr. R. H. Bailey of Gatun.
The ushers were Keith and Kelly Gerhart, twin brothers of the bride.
At the reception held at Fort Amador Officers Club Mrs. Mary
Sneed of Cocoli presided at the Guest Book and after the traditional
cake cutting by the bridal couple, Mrs. W. Woodrow Rogers served
the elaborate four-tiered wedding cake. An added treat of "sopa
borracha" was prepared by Mrs. Aletha Sasso and Mrs. Adella
Following a wedding trip to San Jose, C. R., the couple has re-
turned and will be at home in Gatun.
Mrs. Lasher was born in the Canal Zone, is a graduate of Balboa
High School and Beaver College in Pennsylvania, and is presently
with the Canal Zone Schools Division in Fort Davis.
Mr. Lasher, also born in the Canal Zone, is a graduate of Cristobal
High School, and Canal Zone College, and is employed with the
Panama Canal Locks Division on the Atlantic Side.
Miss Catherine Cornelle Sheetz of Chillicothe, Missouri and Mr.
Harold E. Wolford of Farmingdale, New Jersey were married in the
Cathedral of St. Luke, Episcopal Church, Ancon, Canal Zone Feb-
ruary 16, 1966.
The ceremony was performed by The Very Reverend Mainert J.
Peterson, Dean of the Cathedral of St. Luke. The attendants were
Miss Mildred H. Slater of Diablo Heights and Mr. Egner A. Eklund
of Cardenas Village. Mr. John E. Wainio of Curundu served as
After the ceremony the newlyweds held a reception in the Rail-
road Room of the Tivoli Guest House. As the couple left the recep-
tion for their honeymoon the bride tossed her bouquet which was
caught by Miss Rachel E. Martindale of Curundu.
The bride has made her home in the Canal Zone for several years
and was employed by the United States Army at Fort Amador. The
bridegroom was a representative of the Upjohn Company of New
York City. Mr. and Mrs. Wolford will depart Panama from Tocumen
Airport for Miami, Florida and later plan to make their home in
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Barbour, 6671 37th Ave. N., St. Petersburg,
Florida have announced the engagement of their daughter, Florence
Ann, to Henry B. Moore, Jr., the son of H. B. Moore, Tampa, and
the late Mrs. H. B. Moore.
Born in the Canal Zone, the bride-elect was graduated from
Balboa High School, Canal Zone. She attends the University of
Tampa, where she is a member of Delta Zeta sorority.
The prospective bridegroom, born in Tampa, was graduated from
H. B. Plant High School, Tampa, and the University of Tampa, with
a B.S. degree in math. A member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity
and choir director at Bayshore Methodist Church, Tampa, he is a
math teacher at Madison Junior High School, Tampa.
Announcement has been made of the engagement of Miss Rita
Ann Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. Jones of Gamboa,
Canal Zone, to Mr. William Oliver Fenwick, son of Mr. and Mrs.
William B. Fenwick of Media, Pennsylvania.
Miss Jones attended Canal Zone schools and received her degree
in Psychology from Mt. St. Agnes College, Baltimore, Md. She is
presently employed at the Baltimore City Department of Welfare.
Mr. Fenwick majored in Business Administration at the Uni-
versity of Baltimore where he was a member of Kappa Omega
fraternity. He is presently emwplu.-l with Goodyear Tire Co. in
Washington, D. C.
In a candlelight ceremony at Fort Clayton chapel. Miss Carol
Ann Zelnick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W. Zelnick of Los
Rios, became the bride of Lt. (jg) James Richmond, Jr., on Novem-
The double ring marriage service was performed by Commander
R. K. Cassady, U.S. Naval Chaplain.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Richmond, Sr.,
of Valley Stream, Long Island, New York, and is a graduate in
civil engineering of Renssalear Polytechnical Institute. He is serving
in the US Navy, C. B. Center, Port Heneneme, California, having just
completed a tour in Viet Nam.
The bride, who is a graduate of Balboa High School, class of
1960, and Northwestern University, Class of 1965, was given in
marriage by her father.
The matron of honor, Mrs. Gerald Halsall of Diablo Heights, the
best man was Lt. (jg) Jack George, U. S. Navy, Rodman. The ushers
were Mr. Paul Zelnick brother of the bride, Mr. Bentley Jenkins, Mr.
Gary Vaucher and Mr. Richard Hoyle.
The reception was held in the main dining room of the Tivoli
Guest House, which had been beautifully decorated with wedding
ring motif by Mrs. Howard R. Johnson, Mrs. Mortimer Prince, Mrs.
Russell Meissner and Mrs. J. Bartley Smith.
The guest book was passed to the 250 guests by Miss Thora Lee
Bailey and Miss Jean Medinger.
All the corsages for the wedding party were made by Mrs. Nick
Elich. Serving as bridesmaids were the Misses Anne Medlinger and
Mrs. Daniel Maurice Eggleston made the "sopa borracha" which
was served with the four-tiered wedding cake.
The guests were given net packages of rice, which had been made
by Mrs. Jack Dombrowsky and Mrs. Donald Hutchinson when the
bride and bridegroom left for their honeymoon.
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Phillips of Diablo Heights announce the
engagement of their daughter, Beverly to Henry B. Gross, Sr. of
Selma, Alabama. Miss Phillips is a senior at Alabama College, Monte-
vallo, Alabama. Mr. Gross is a graduate of Alabama College and is
now employed as an accountant in Selma.
Mr. and Mrs. Union Lee Spence of Wilmington, North Carolina.
announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Sadie Charles
Spence, to Mr. James Kyle Price, son of Mr. and Mrs. James L.
Price of Panama City, Rep. of Panama. Miss Spence was graduated
from Randolph Macon College and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
She has been employed by the U. S. Army Special Services at
Fort Gulick, C. Z. Mr. Price attended Balboa High School and the
Canal Zone Junior College. A graduate of Drake University, he is
attending the University of Florida graduate school.
Captain and Mrs. Howard Buehler of Balboa announce the en-
gagement of their daughter, Judith Ann, to 2/Lt. Sidney P. Wil-
liamson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Williamson of Garretson, South
Dakota. Lt. Williamson is presently assigned to Ft. Clayton.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ress (Helen Haseman) announce the arrival
of their fifth child and only son, April 20th, 1966 in National City,
Calif. The baby has been named Arnold Joseph. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Louis Haseman, Jacksonville, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Garrett Minke (Joyce Collinge) announce the
arrival of a son David Roger, April 13, 1966 in La Paz, Bolivia.
Mr. and Mrs. Minke are with the Peace Corps. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Minke, Valley View Drive, Md.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Collinge (Joyce
Haldeman) St. Petersburg. Maternal great grandfather is Mr.
Ezra Haldeman, Houston, Tex.
Pfc. and Mrs. Robert J. Knox announce the birth of their first
child, a daughter, on March 13 in Topeka, Kansas. The baby has
been named Pamela Sue.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Metzger of
Topeka, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert F.
Knox of Balboa.
The baby also has great grandparents on both sides of the family.
On her mother's side there are two great grandmothers, Mrs. M.
Meade and Mrs. Eva Metzger both of Topeka. Paternal great grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Harrison of Dunedin, Fla. and
Mrs. Mabel J. Knox of Topeka, former Canal Zone residents.
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ryan, 520 Rye Street, South Windsor,
Conn. 06074, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter.
Catharine Annette, on March 13, 1966. Sharing honors as grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Hutnan of Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada, and Mrs. Lillian F. Ryan and the late John J. (Pete) Ryan
of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Cauthers, 4 Birchwood Court, Mineola,
New York announce the birth of their first child, a son, on December
23, 1965. The baby has been named Richard Albin Cauthers, Jr,
Paternal grandmother is Mrs. Isabel Cauthers of Floral Park, N. Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry G. Irwin (Melinda Marshall) announce the
birth of their first child, a son, Galen Seth, in Baton Rouge, La., on
February 11, 1966. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John L.
Irwin, recently of the Canal Zone and now of San Antonio, Texas.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Marshall of St.
Petersburg, who spent several weeks with the Irwins.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R. Schneider (Barbara Elich) of Tampa,
Florida, announce the birth of their first child, Katherine Elizabeth,
on January 28, 1966. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Nick
M. Elich of Balboa, Canal Zone. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Raymond M. Schneider (Anita Knapp), also of Balboa.
Mrs. Elich flew up from the Canal Zone to spend a month with
her first grandchild, and Mrs. Mary M. Harrison of Ft. Lauderdale
also stayed three weeks in Tampa with the Schneiders.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence E. Fraley, Jr., of Ancon, announce the
birth of a son, Lawrence Edward III, on his mother's birthday,
Mr. Fraley is a physics teacher at Balboa High School and Mrs.
Fraley is on leave from the Science Department at Curundu Junior
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel George of Balboa announce the birth of their
second child and second son on Saturday, November 20 at Gorgas
Hospital. The baby will be named Dalbert George.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schultz of Balboa
and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis E. George of
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth A. Mohl of Ft. Devens, Mass. announce
the birth of their first child, a son, on February 13. The maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. A. Schellkopf, of Seneca, South
Carolina. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frederick A.
Mohl of Balboa.
Sgt. and Mrs. Stephen C. Sattler announce the birth of their
first child, Stephen Walter, on December 28 at Gorgas Hospital.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Sattler of
Tiffin, Ohio, great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Sattler of
Mansfield, Ohio and Mrs. Bessie Smith of Marshall, Ill.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harlan P. Crouch of
Balboa and great grandparents Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Crouch of Santa
Clara and Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Buttler of Leesburg, Florida.
Baby Stephen represents the fourth generation of the Crouch
family in the Canal Zone. Mrs. Sattler is the former Kathleen Crouch.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Robinson of Diablo Heights announce the birth
of their second daughter on February 21 at Gorgas Hospital. The
baby has been named Jeannifer Marie.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John W. Urey of Mar-
garita and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Robinson
of Ashville, North Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. John F. Gilbert of Balboa
are the maternal great grandparents.
Mr. Robinson is visiting with his son and daughter-in-law at the
2nd Lt. and Mrs. Dale A. Dombrowsky announce the birth of a
son, Scott Alan, on February 19, 1966, in El Paso, Texas. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Zupp of Laurens, South
Carolina. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John A. Dom-
browsky of Diablo Heights.
Paternal great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Coleman.
Hendersonville, N. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Cannon of Alice Lane, Fishkill, New
York announce the arrival of a second daughter, Paula Kay, on
January 29 at Vassar Hospital, Poughkeepsie, New York. Mrs.
Cannon is the former Janeth Vinton, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Kenneth W. Vinton of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Paternal grandparents
are attorney H. Cannon of Chicago, Illinois and the late Mrs. Cannon.
Mr. and Mrs. Warren J. McGuire of Tampa, Florida announce the
birth of their first child, a son, James David, at St. Joseph's Hos-
pital, Tampa, on February 1, 1966.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bryant of Los
Rios and the paternal grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Earl T,
McGuire of Hudson, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. James O. Pederson, Fort Lauderdale, Florida an-
nounce the arrival of their second child, and first daughter, on
March 12th, 1966. The baby has been named Robin Cheryl.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Griffin, and
the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Pedersen, Fort
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rathgaber are the proud parents of a daughter,
Dawn Louise, born March 11th. This is their fourth daughter. The
proud grandmother is Mrs. Nora Rathzeber.
Many letters are being received from members for Royal Daulton -
Hunting and Coaching and Old Leeds Spray also Gold Band
If you want to dispose of your above items please write me at once.
I am holding many requests on account of breakage.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huls (Beth Lockridge) and 4 children, North
Palm Beach, Fla. and Mrs. R. M. Huls, Sr., Palm Beach Gardens,
Fla. were Easter guests of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge, St. Peters-
Mr. and Mrs. Herb Boetto (Betty Wilkinson) and 2 daughters are
very happy in Phoenix, Ariz., where Betty is doing Market Research
and has become Supervisor for Ariz. Herb is teaching P. E. at a
new Jr. college where he is head baseball coach.
Capt. E. G. Abbott and Mr. Wells Wright, St. Petersburg, Fla.
spent a few days camping at Myaka State Park.
M l. Peggy Simpson and 4 children, Mary Esther, Fla. spent
Easter vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sylvestre, St.
Petersburg, Fla. Peggy Sylvestre accompanied them home for a
Mrs. Jack Alexaitis (Shirley Karst), Margarita, C. Z. is working
;is a Proctor-Counselor at the Ft. Davis Education Center.
Mr. and Mrs. Pam Smith, John's Island, S. C. have their daughter
Mary, Mrs. McGough and her two children with them while Mary's
husband Jim is in Korea for a year in the demilitarized Zone.
Miss Helen Bair, Balboa, C. Z. was a guest in the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Pam Smith, John's Island, S. C. She and Miss Ann Strickler
and Mrs. Marta Spoel, a Danish music teacher in Panama drove to
the States and then back to the Zone.
Capt. and Mrs. Dito Smith and family are in Tempe (Phoenix),
Ariz. where Dito is going to Ariz. State University working on a
masters in Industrial Engineering sponsored by the Air Force. Since
Mrs. Georgia Flye and Dr. Richard Carricker, opthomolagist (Eva
Smith's nephew who interned at Gorgas) are there, they get to-
The following appeared in the Star and Herald after Dorothy
Moody's death Ed.
DR. DOROTHY MOODY
Because of their dedication, some people become the personifica-
tion of their profession or the institution to which they give their
Dorothy Moody was the personification of both her teaching pro-
fession and of the Canal Zone College which she served with dis-
tinction for more than three decades.
To all who had the good fortune of studying under her, Miss
Moody was the perfect teacher not in the sense of being flawless,
but in displaying the qualities of knowledge and culture and the
personal deportment that every one expects of a teacher. And par-
ticularly among those whose remembrance of college days has been
dimmed by the passage of time, the mention of the Canal Zone
College immediately brought to mind the figure of Miss Moody,
standing before her class, and the sound of her voice, pleasant even
when she was lecturing.
Of her many personal and professional qualities, kindness and
patience were perhaps Dorothy Moody's outstanding attributes.
Kindness to give of her best so that others would learn; patience to
help to the utmost as when she changed the dialogue of a school
play because one of the student actors, whose native language was
not English, could not enunciate the difference in pronunciation be-
tween "this" and "these."
May she rest in peace.
Mrs. John C. Paige of Balboa left via K.L.M. for Germany where
she will visit her son Captain V. G. Paige who is soon to leave for
Viet Nam. Mrs. Paige will return to the Isthmus within a month.
Illustrious Sir H. Vance Howard, Jr. is the new Potentate of Abou
Saad Temple for the year 1966.
Born in Ancon, on July 26, 1920, Howard was educated in Rutland,
Vt. public schools, Canal Zone schools including the College, and
Bradley University at Peoria, Ill. He is an electrical engineer and
for the past three years has been the Supervisor of Generation and
Transmission for the Panama Canal Company Power System.
He was raised a Master Mason by his father, in Isthmian Lodge
Ancon, in 1941 and served as Master of Isthmian Lodge in 1958.
He is a member of the York Rite and Scottish Rite Bodies and twice
served as Patron of Fern Leaf Chapter No. 4 Order of the Eastern
Star during 1956 and 1961. He was elected Potentate of Abou Saad
Temple January 1966.
Howard was married in 1949 to the former Georgia Haas of
Peoria, Illinois. They have two sons, Tracy 13, and Terry, 10, who
are attending Canal Zone Schools.
He has been active during his 25 years as a noble and has worked
in some capacity for Abou Saad Temple from Kitchen Krew, Direc-
tors Staff, Photographer, Director and now Potentate.
Drs. Joseph and Norman Scadron of Los Angeles, Calif., arrived
in Panama City, R. de P. to be present for the observance of the
50th anniversary of the founding of the Scadron Clinic. Guest of
honor at a luncheon marking the event will be Dr. Joseph Scadron,
founder of the Clinic.
Miss Annie F. McDade, Girl Friday to the Panama Canal's Chief
of the Executive Planning Staff, has retired after over 27 years'
service with the Canal organization and sailed Sunday, March 13
on the SS Cristobal to make her home in the United States.
Miss McDade was presented a beautiful batea carved by her boss,
John D. Hollen, Chief, Executive Planning Staff and received a
Superior Service Award from Canal Zone Gov. Robert J. Fleming, Jr.
Miss McDade was born in Camden, N. J., and went to the Isthmus
as a child. Her father, G. F. McDade, was shipwright leadingman in
the Mechanical Division.
She was reemployed by the Panama Canal organization in October
1948 in the Plans Section, the predecessor of the Executive Planning
Staff which came into being in 1953. In 1955 she received a pro-
motion to secretary (stenography) and she received a superior Ser-
vice Award April 10, 1964.
Miss McDade plans to make her home in Ardmore, Pa., with her
younger sister, Mrs. Mary Hughes.
Truman H. Hoenke, who has been Superintendent of the Pacific
Branch of the Panama Canal Locks Division since 1951, has been
named Chief of the Locks Division to succeed William A. Van
Sicelen, Jr., who retired in April.
A native of Flint, Mich., Hoenke studied engineering at the Uni-
versity of Michigan at Ann Arbor where he received both his
bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering.
Shortly after he obtained his master's degree, he went to the
Canal Zone as a student engineer in the former Office Engineering
Division at Balboa Heights. He later worker as a structural designer
and structural engineer before being transferred to the Pacific
Locks in 1948 as an engineer.
Hoenke has been given two superior service awards, one in 1958
and the other in 1963 in recognition of his exemplary job perform-
ance in directing overhaul on the Pacific Locks. He has acted as Chief
of the Locks Division on several occasions.
James Nichols, Jr., and Beverly I. Brown, two Balboa High School
seniors who were judged winners of the annual youth leadership con-
test sponsored by the Elks Lodge No. 1414 of Balboa, received their
prizes of $50 U. S. Savings Bonds from E. W. Hatchett, Jr., Grand
Exalted Ruler of the Lodge. The two students, who competed with
other students in the 10th to 12th grades in Balboa High School,
were judged on the basis of leadership, citizenship appreciation, per-
severence, resourcefulness and sense of honor. Both will have a
chance to compete for the 1966 Elks National Foundation Leadership
Award which offers a first prize of $1,200 in U. S. Savings bonds.
Both students are members of the National Honor Society and have
taken prominent parts in Balboa High School activities. He is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Nichols of Curundu Heights. She is the daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Brown of Balboa. Members of the
committee judging the contest were Julius Cheney, Peter S. Long
and Stewart J. Brown.
Canal Zone bird enthusiasts have a heyday with the '.t... iitii
birds adundant in tropical Panama. Birds are watched, banded, fed,
netted, and painted. Most bird hobbyists are contentedly dedicated
to the first of these pastimes. Not so Roy Sharp, Supervisor of
Grounds, Pacific area. He not only watches birds, and nets them
for the Summit Gardens Zoo. He paints them.
The result of his love of nature and artistic talent are several beau-
tiful pastels of local birds that hang on burlapped walls of the
Grounds Office. Completing the decor are a smattering of bright
blue, beige, and yellow butterflies, moths, bees, and a rhinoceros
Sharp, who went to the Isthmus in 1942 to produce plants at
Summit Gardens, has been painting since high school days in Hamil-
ton, Ind. He studied for a year at the John Herron Art Institute in
Indianapolis and is a graduate of the Indianapolis Academy of
Commercial Art. He also studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Ill.
Sharp's pastel of the gallinule, the iridescent blue-green marsh
bird so well adapted to swamp living because of his long, skinny
feet, is so beautifully interpreted that he seems ready to walk off
Light brown and yellow-tailed, the oropendola, whose instinct of
protection is so keen that he builds his long pendulum-shaped nest
on a smooth barked-tree, is another of Sharp's artistic creations.
Roy Sharp's artistic talents are not limited to pastels. He also
paints landscapes in oil. Two of his oil paintings-of Darien Indians
-are in the Housing Office on Roosevelt Avenue. Several others
decorate the Sharps' home.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sharp and their two children, Mary Jean, 16,
and Frank Lee, 13, live in Balboa.
This will begin a series of names to be published until the list is
exhausted. Please if you know the addresses of these people will
you notify the Asst. Dean of the Canal Zone College, Balboa Heights,
Canal Zone Ed.
Canal Zone College is attempting to develop a current roster of all
alumni and needs to obtain the current address (and probably the
current names of many women) of "lost" graduates.
Questionnaires sent out to the last known address of these persons
during the past summer were returned unclaimed.
The graduates themselves or any persons knowing the current
address of individuals listed are asked to call the College office,
Balboa 2380 or 4590, and give the information. Information may also
be sent by mail to: Assistant Dean, Canal Zone College, Balboa
Heights, Canal Zone.
Helen Adams, Henry Adams, Joan Adams, John Albritton, Alfred
Aleguas, Salvador Aleguas, Jr., Donald Alexander, Gary Alexander,
John Alexander, William Alexander, Edward Amason, Kirsten
Anderson, Marjorie Ileen Anderson, Roberto D. Arosemena G., Roy
Frederick Banan, June Barlow, Paul D. Barnard, Jr., Grace J.
Barnes, Mrs. Marquette de Bary, Miriam Bauman, Dorothy May
Becker, Sam C. Beckley, Robert Holden Beland, Burton Beniot, Sue
Bercaw, Diane Berger, Barbara Bishop, Mary Blandford, Mrs. John
Bolling, Mary K. Boni, Mrs. James Braid, Mrs. Margaret Cauthers
Braun, Mathilde M. Brewerton, Mrs. Charles Brickell, Graham P.
Brotherson, Jack Brown, Ruth Brown, Wayne Brown, William Wells
Brown, Fred Brugge, Jr., Nancy Bryant, Beverly Ellen Buckaloo,
Catherine Alexander Budd, Marjorie Bullock, Robert W. Burkle,
Shirley Butler, Laureli Butters.
Osmond Call, George Campbell, Gordon H. Campbell, Ruth N.
Canepa, Mrs. Ruth Kupka Carey, Charles Carney, Mrs. Jack Carr,
Reinaldo T. Carrera, Jerome A. Carrington, Barbara Carter, German
Castillo, Alicia Castro, Mabel Chatburn, Homer Chen, Mrs. Albert
Clark, John Ellis Coats, Jr., Clare Comins, Beryl Cook, Carol Lee
Cox, Mrs. Frank D. Cox, Doris Imogene Creenshaw, Henry Cruz,
Eileen Cryan, Cadet J. Marlin Culpepper, Jr., Jay Cunningham, Mrs.
John Daniel, Charles J. Daniels, William F. Daniels, Mrs. AMii'n:,
Davidson, Luis G. Davila-Fontanez, Mrs. Charles Decker, George
P. DePalmer, Vernon B. Dettor, John D. Dingwall, Francis Dolan,
Robert E. Dolan, Edward Doran, Susan Lee Downing, Mrs. Vincent
Edward E. Eder, Jr., Richard Edwards, Robert Eisenhauer, Esther
Bell Emmett, Mrs. Hugh W. Ernisse, Vincent A. Esguerra, Jr.,
Frank E. Fitzpatrick, James Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Luther Fleming,
Julee Floyd, Robert Fogle, Phyllis A. Fong, Angela Ford, Mrs.
Bernard Forgeson, William N. Frame, William R. French, Ernest
Freudman, Mrs. Robert W. Frick, Dorothy Fritz, William Fullman.
Marie F. Gallivan, Manuel Octavio S. Garrido, Mrs. Russell
George, Jean Getman, Charles Giavelli, Mildred Gibbs, Carolyn Gom-
berg, Nydia Gonzalez, John N. Gorham, Walter D. Goring, Edward
Gormely, E. Charles Gornell, Jr., Margaret Goulding, Guillermo
Enrique Grau, Darell Greene, Lee Greene.
The following was taken from a Honolulu newspaper. Mrs. Herlihy
is the former Mary Corrigan.-Ed.
A retired admiral, who once served at Pago Pago and drew a
check for $25 million as Naval Supply Center commandant at Pearl
Harbor, has returned to sea on a busman'ss holiday."
Adm. Joseph L. Herlihy, stopped briefly to revisit familiar places
Herlihy and his wife, Mary, are on a round-the-world cruise a-
board American President Lines' President Roosevelt, which left for
The admiral is making the APL cruise as a tournament bridge
director for Charles Goren and his assistant. A. Mitchell Barnes.
Herlihy spent nearly 40 years as a Naval supply officer. On Aug.
15, 1945, he received, as ComServPac commander, a check for $25
million, one of the largest checks ever issued at Pearl Harbor.
The check, paid to the order of the then Commander J. L. Herlihy,
was exchanged for cash to pay Pacific Fleet personnel following the
big shift of World War II military forces after the Japanese sur-
render in Tokyo.
Miss Jaye Thompson with Miss Judy Meyers and Miss Patsy
Lawyer, all ex Canalers who live and work in Coral Gables, Fla. were
guests of Jaye's grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kleasner, St.
Andy Jens Nicolaisen, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Nicolaisen of Mar-
garita, Canal Zone was initiated into Kappa Kappa Psi, the National
Honorary Band Fraternity, at Baylor University at a formal cere-
He was one of three initiated into this honorary organization.
Young Nicolaisen is a graduate of Cristobal High School class of
1963. While in Cristobal High, he was very active in the band and the
other music groups. At Baylor, he is a member of the Baylor Golden
Wave Marching Band, the Golden Wave Tour Band, the Symphonic
Band and the Symphony Orchestra. Nicolaisen plays the tubas in
the band and the string bass in the orchestra.
A letter commending him for skill in seamanship and piloting
displayed recently when he prevented a vessel from becoming in-
volved in a serious collision and bank striking has been presented
Capt. William T. Clute, veteran Balboa pilot by Capt. M. J. Prince,
Panama Canal Marine Director.
The presentation was made in the office of the Marina Director
at Balboa Heights in the presence of Capt. Chester E. Briggs, Jr.,
Chief of Navigation and Capt. Richard C. Sergeant, Balboa Port
Captain Clute was the pilot aboard the SS Maite Smith when it
suffered a temporary steering gear failure while it was moving
northbound through the 300-footwide Bas Obispo Reach section of
The letter stated in part that Captain Clute reacted "immediately
to the emergency with full command of the situation, used the
anchors and engine movements with exceptional skill and succeeded
in avoiding what could have been a serious collision with an on-
Upon recovering the steering, Captain Clute "was able to make a
parallel landing alongside the east bank in a seamanlike manner thus
avoiding a serious bank striking."
Captain Prince said, "Your outstanding display of skill in sea-
manship and piloting contributes greatly to the enviable reputation
enjoyed by our pilots in handling vessels in Canal Zone waters."
Captain Clute has 25 years of service as a Panama Canal pilot.
Donald T. (Pepe) Chesson, son of Mrs. Sue Chesson and R. W.
Chesson of Diablo Heights spent the Christmas holidays with his
family. He is stationed with the Navy at Treasure Island ,California
where he is attending Electronics School.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl J. Donnelly of Washington, D. C., arrived
on the Isthmus aboard the SS Cristobal. They will remain in the
Canal Zone about 2 weeks, staying at the Tivoli Guest House. Later
they will tour parts of South America. Donnelly is well known in the
Canal Zone, having handled the budgets of the Canal organization
for the past 20 years as a member of the Bureau of the Budget staff
handling Panama Canal and Tennessee Valley Authority affairs.
Dr. and Mrs. Denny Weldon (Shelia Fearon), and children are
now residing in the Canal Zone where Dr. Weldon is a Psychiatrist.
Mr. and Mrs. Virg Mueller (Carolyn Smouse), have been trans-
ferred by Crown Zellerbach to their new plant in Newark, N. J.
where Mr. Mueller is Senior Engineer. The Muellers have built a
new home and welcome visitors.
Mr. Peter Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pam Smith has been elected
to Tau Beta Pi, the honorary national fraternity of Chemical En-
gineering and to Phi Kappa Phi, a national honorary fraternity for
overall academic excellence. Mr. Smith attends Clemson College,
Clemson, S. C.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Cowen, Arenzville, Ill. spent some time
through the winter months in Fedhaven, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. George Dayton are now living at Fedhaven, Fla.
Mr. Fredrick Lawrence Dear was graduated from the University
of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif. with a B. A. at mid term
in Feb. He is employed at the Registrars office at the same uni-
versity. He is the son of Mrs. Fredrick Dear, Santa Monica, Calif.
and the late Capt. Fredrick Dear a C. Z. pilot.
Mr. Isaac Andrews, San Francisco, Calif, wrote that his grand-
son Wm. Andrews is on the U.S.S. FORRESTALL, where he is
Petty Officer 3rd class, Electrical Maintenance is due to arrive at
Norfolk, Va. for overhaul in dry dock. He spent 14 weeks in San
Deigo, Calif. in an Electrical Maintenance class. Mr. Isaac Andrew's
other grandson Harry Godfrey will graduate next year from the
Coast Guard Academy at New London, Conn. as an Ensign.
Mr. and Mrs. David M. Reece have moved from Boonville,
Indiana, to Bloomington, Indiana. David is employed in nearby
Crane by the U. S. Navy.
Geneva Stockham, Virginia and Roy Reece, all of St. Petersburg,
spent Easter weekend in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, visiting Janet
and James Reece and baby Karen. The James Reeces have moved re-
cently from Indiana to Fort Lauderdale, and are living in the Karen
Club there. The group was entertained at Coral Ridge Towers by the
David Yerkes and the James Lyons. They also visited with Mr. and
Mrs. James Hunter, Mrs. Barbara Hutchings, and Mrs. Barbara Ann
Mr. and Mrs. Ted McIlhenny, Shaker Heights, Ohio wrote the
following about their three sons:
Our boys and their families are well and two of them have been
on the move. Bill remains in Texas, with Dow, and is making quite
a name for himself in water desalinization. He was here with us in
early October between two important meetings. He came from New
York where he had been the only representative of U. S. industry
to address a meeting of people from underdeveloped nations spon-
sored by UNESCO. It was his first experience in being simultaneous-
ly translated and he was intrigued by the process. From here,
Bill went back to Washington where the State Department was
staging a big desalinzation conference, also for underdeveloped
Bob moved to Baton Rouge, where he is Radiation Safety Officer
at LSU, doing some teaching and research. The move came just
before Hurricane Betsy hit, but they weathered it with comparative-
ly little damage.
David is temporarily in Tampa, Fla. after a trek from California
with wife, two small boys and two large dogs. It is the first step in
a transfer which will land him eventually in the Boston area. He's
still data processing with computers.
Mrs. Ida Ruth Hammer Fuller, Santa Maria, Calif. wrote the
Earl and Helen Lynch, our daughter and her family, are back in
California. Earl is teaching in San Bernadino County, and we see
them about every three or four months. It's almost exactly 300 miles
to their place. The grandchildren are growing up into such lovely
girls. Sheri is now almost 16, Anita will be 12 in April and Mary, 10
First Lieutenant Frank C. Townsend, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley
'Red' Townsend of Balboa, recently was awarded the Army Com-
mendation Medal for meritorious service while a member of the
18th Special Forces Group (Airborne), U. S. Army Forces Southern
Lieutenant Townsend served with the Special Forces Group from
September, 1963 until February, 1966, during which time he spent
a total of 18 months in Peru and Colombia assisting in the training
of armies in maintenance and supply procedures.
The citation accompanying the award to Lieutenant Townsend
read, in part: "He constantly came in contact with high-ranking
military and government officials of the host countries. His display
of maturity of mind, normally found only in individuals of much
greater rank and experience, gained him the respect and admiration
of all those with whom he came in contact."
Mr. Hayward Shacklett, College Station, Pa. wrote the following
I have met several people who were in the Canal Zone. Several
of the men I shoot with were in World War II and were either
stationed there or were passing through. Of course they were all
acquainted with Bottle Alley and Cash Street in Colon, Coconut
Grove and Villa Amour in Panama and Rio Abajo. However,
there is a Mr. Bernard Warner, gunsmith, Altoona, Pa. whose father
Albert E. Warner had been stevedore foreman in Cristobal from
1915 to 1921. He also had an uncle Anselin M. Warner who was
Postmaster in Balboa from 1905 to 1920. Bernard attended grade
school in Cristobal and learned the Canal Zone well from visits
to his uncle in Balboa. Neither his father nor uncle are living now
having died only a few years ago. It may be that old timers will
I don't consider myself an old timer yet but merely a former
employee recently retired. 1 hope to keep going by working in my
basement shop, repairing guns, shooting trap and skeet, hunting
and tramping these beautiful mountains of Pennsylvania.
Fred and Lcona (Hart) Lee had a Florida vacation in March.
Leaving the winter snows behind in Dayton, Ohio (Fred works with
RCA's computers), they flew to Tampa and visited with Alice Hart.
After a few days reunion and sightseeing, the three went on to Fort
Lauderdale to visit Edna (Hart) Musso and family.
Fred took time out to participate in an RCA Convention at a resort
hotel in Miami. The fun-filled convention trip was a prize for out-
standing work in his division. Alice Hart and her daughters, Leona
and Edna, had a week to catch up on family and C. Z. news.
From Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kennedy, Brandon, Vt. came the follow-
ing Mary writes:
The children and I made Papier-mache fruit for Christmas and did
a sort of della Robbie thing around the door, illuminating it with
a single spot light. We won the Garden Club first prize!
I've been rather well --- but horribly busy with the Brandon
Chapter of the League of Women Voters, of which I'm president this
year. Have been teaching Sunday School, and did another stint of
jury duty this past Autumn this time in Rutland Municipal Court,
which was less demanding, but very amusing in a horrible sort of
way. In one case, we had a dead deer waiting in front of the court
- AS A WITNESS!
Have started working with my paints again. (My friend, Edith
Roberts, shamed me into it). Feel quite encouraged as I have sold
two things this year and also had a design used on a Katheryn
Crockett Christmas card.
Jack writes -
Last year I had told the Red Cross officials in Rutland that I
could not do the County Fund Drive again but here I am again,
County Chairman for the 1966 Red Cross Fund Drive in this coming
March. Last year I took over on March 1st when no one else was
available, and despite our late start, Rutland County, for the first
time in fifteen years, not only reached its goal in the drive but
surpassed it by some 51/% percent!
The following was sent in by Lt. Col. and Mrs. Gustav J. Braun,
Jr. (Margaret Cauthers), 2200 So. Culpepper St., Arlington, Va.
Sister Mary Veronica, the former Winifred Kiley, daughter of
Patrick A. Kiley, former resident of Pedro Miguel has been awarded
the medal of the Spanish Society of America. Sister Mary Veronica
was given the award by the American Association of Teachers of
Spanish and Portuguese for her master's thesis, deemed the best
submitted during the year by the universities of metropolitan New
Sister Mary Veronica is a graduate of Balboa High School, and
received her bachelor's degree from the College of Mount St.
Vincent, N. Y. and her master's in Spanish from Hunter Graduate
School, N. Y. She is presently teaching high school at the Blessed
Sacrament monastery in Yonkers, N. Y.
Mrs. Inez H. (Berg) Clark was visited by her family Mr. and
Mrs. C. L. Berg and sisters Janice and Elizabeth at Ft. Knox, Ky.
The Berg family toured the U. S. from the East Coast to the West
and back to Cocoli, C. Z.
At the present time Mrs. Clark's husband, SFC Clark is in Ving
Long, Viet Nam. Inez and her son Tramel Curtis are staying' in
Merritt Island, Fla. with her brother-in-law Ralph Clark, his wife
Charlotte and daughter Janis. Ralph Clark is former sheriff of
Brevard County, Fla. Mrs. Clark was a graduate of Balboa High
School in 1959.
The following article covered 2 pages of the Tampa Tribune carry-
ing many large pictures of tropical flowers and of Mr. Walter
ST. PETERSBURG PLANT EXPERT RAN TOP TROPICAL
GARDEN by Bert Livingston, Tribune Garden Editor.
At "Crossroads of the world" in Panama Canal Zone, Walter R.
Lindsay of St. Petersburg spent 23 years directing the development
of a botanical garden that is one of the true beauty spots of the
American Tropics, Summit Gardens. Plant introduction and Experi-
mental Gardens were established in 1923 by the United States
Panama Canal Department.
The fascinating world of tropical plants was never new to Walter
Lindsay, for he was born and grew up on the Hawaiian Island of
Maui. He transferred from the University in Hawaii to Washington
State University Pullman, Washington in 1929. A year later he was
graduated with a B.S. in horticulture and went at once to his post
in the Canal Zone.
With 250 acres that included greenhouses, nurseries and experi.
mental plots, Summit Gardens gathered more than 14,000 species of
plants from all over the tropical world. It is interesting that some
of these were procured from the late Norman Reasiner at his
family's world-famed tropical nurseries in Bradenton, Fla. It is
said that the collection of tropical plants at Summit Gardens is one
of the most complete in the world.
Introduction, testing and growing of such plants at Summit
Gardens has contributed greatly not only to ornamental beauty but
commercial and economic development in Panama and other Central
American Countries. Included are such contributions as Napier grass
for dairy pasture development, more than 30,000 Para rubber trees
for a major United States rubber company, Musa textiles plants
for "Manila Hemp" fiber manufacture, Derris source of the
insecticide rotenone, teak wood, improved varieties of coffee plants
and many others.
Walter Lindsay appeared before television gradeners of "Florida
Gardenland" March 19 to speak about a few of the most colorful
and interesting plants, both indigenous and introduced which are
found at Summit and the surrounding territory." Some 40 of these
were shown to TV gardeners in natural color.
The show appeared on Channel 8 and lasted a half hour Ed.
E. A. Majilton, D.V.M., 1093 N. E. 79th St., Miami, Fla. has a coin
collection mostly of Panamanian money. Any one who has some
and wishes to get rid of it please contact Dr. Majilton at the
Mrs. Berneice Howard, St. Petersburg, Fla. spent several weeks
with her son and family Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Howard, Jr., Los
Rios, C. Z.
Mrs. Salma Huff, suffered a stroke and her son Thomas Huff came
after her and took her home with him. Tom's address is 2001
Great Falls St., Mclean, Va. 22101
Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Bissell, St. Petersburg, Fla spent a few months
in Hawaii with their son and family Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bissell.
Mr. Jim Forbes, Los Angeles, Calif, has been given an Irwin
fellowship grant which means that he will be able to devote his full
time toward work on his dissertation.
Mrs. Erma Forbes is spending some time in Bradford, Pa. She
visited the S. R. Hiters at Joe Indian Lake, Parish, N. Y. before
returning to Hemet, Calif.
Mrs. Mae Chatburn Stemple and her two children are residing in
London, England, where she is employed by an Oil Company.
Capt. Richard Abbott, Falls Church, Va. flew to St. Petersburg
and was the guest of his parents, Capt. and Mrs. E. G. Abbott for
a few days.
Leon and Richard Koperski were guests of Col. and Mrs. W. B.
Taylor, Hickam AFB in Hawaii.
Col. Harland Sanders, whose Kentucky Fried Chicken has made
him a fortune, announced he is granting a franchise to Inter-
American Hatchery Co. to use his patented fried chicken process on
the Isthmus. Col. Sanders, of Shelbyville, Ky., and Mrs. Sanders
called upon their friend, U. S. District Judge Guthrie F. Crowe.
also of Kentucky.
"Extension of the Pythagorean Theorem to the N-Dimensions" an
article written by Tom Heppenheimer, 1964 graduate of Cristobal
High School, now an engineering junior at Michigan State Univers-
ity, appeared in the November issue of the Spartan Engineer.
Tom has the highest grade point average in the Mechanical En-
gineering Department at Michigan State and completed the fall
quarter as an all-A student. He is a member of the National Mechan-
ical Engineering honorary Pi Tau Sigma and the National All-Uni-
versity honorary Phi Eta Sigma.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Heppenheimer of Coco Solo.
2nd Lt. Walter G. Brown, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter G.
Brown of Balboa, and a 1961 graduate of Balboa High School,
received his gold bars from his mother at the Air Force Commission-
ing Ceremony in Gainesville, Fla. Lieutenant Brown, a 1965 grad-
uate of the University of Florida, in Gainesville, is presently em-
ployed by Butler Bros. Contracting Firm. He is scheduled to begin
flight training next month. Walter G. Brown, Sr. is in charge of
the Instrument Repair Shop, Industrial Division, Marine Bureau.
Brown-eyed blond Ann Keigley, 17, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Daile Keigley of Balboa Heights, and a former student of Balboa
High School, was crowned Cotton Blossom Queen of Caruthersville
High School in Caruthersville, Mo. Queen Ann, a senior, is living
with her aunt and uncle Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Barnhart. After grad-
uating from high school, she plans to enter Murray State College
One of the top jobs in the Panama Canal Engineering Division
was assumed by Rubelio Quintero, Panamanian professional engi-
neer, who was promoted to the position of Chief of the Electrical
Section of the Electrical Mechanical Branch.
Quintero, who lives on 36th Street in Pamana City, moves up to
his new job from Supervisory Electrical Engineer and succeeds
Allen K. Miller, now Chief of the Electrical-Mechanical Branch of
the Engineering Division.
Gary Wade Irving, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Irving of Mar-
garita, received a degree in biotechnology from the College of
Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, Calif., at the
"Mid Year Observance" for graduating seniors at Dickson Art
Parterre on the campus. Irving, a 1961 graduate of Cristobal High
School, was a scholarship student with the NASA Program at the
university last summer. He has entered the Graduate College of the
University of Arizona, at Tucson, to study "systems engineering."
Four former Panama Canal employees arrived in Panama in
February after driving from Mexico City. The fact that they drove
to Panama was not so unusual these days as the fact that they
were in their late 70's and early 80's. Ralph H. Sartor, 79, the
owner and operator of the car, drove most of the way. Others in
the group were Mrs. Grace McCray Rigney, 84; and Mr. and Mrs.
George C. McCullough, in their late 70's.
Mr. Sartor was a civil engineer with the Panama Railroad during
construction days and returned to the Canal Zone during World
War IT as a colonel in the U. S. Army. Mrs. Rigney taught school
in 1908 and was principal of Ancon Elementary School for many
years. She married Edward E. Rigney in 1937 and left Canal service.
Now a widow, she is living in Mexico City. Mr. and Mrs. McCullough,
both construction day employees, celebrated their 50th wedding
anniversary at Christmas. They were married in Ancon in 1915.
The members of this group were joined in Panama by Will R.
McCann, another construction day veteran who came by air ac-
companied by his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Virginia McCann.
The old timers were received by Gov. Robert J. Fleming, Jr. in
his offices at Balboa Heights.
The above Panama Canal press release was sent from the P. C.
Information Office Ed.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hicks, St. Petersburg, Fla., with Mary Bell's
mother, Mrs. Pearl Knapp, spent two and a half weeks in March and
April in Banner Elk, North Carolina with Dr. and Mrs. Robert A.
Chapman, (Dorothy Anne Hicks) and their three grandchildren.
Capt. Mortimer J. Prince, USN, Marine Bureau Director, extended
a "bon voyage" along with a key to the Locks and Certificate of
Proficiency, "Apprentice Draftman Ex-Mechanical Division,
Emeritus" for over 32 years' service to Burton E. Davis, Plant En-
gineer, Industrial Division, who retired recently. Davis and his
family have left the Isthmus en route to their new home in San
Peter Dehlinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Deblinger of
Panama City, has earned First Academic Honors at the Bolles School
in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hollander, Jacksonville, Fla. are vacationing
in Monterey Park, Calif.
Louis C. Haseman, Jr., Jacksonville, Fla., has been elected to the
Board of Governors of the Florida Northeastern Florists Association.
A St. Petersburg Realtor whose trade-in plan is for what he
euphemistically calls "improved" housing is James P. McConaghy.
Although he calls himself a "small dealer" as real estate trade-in
specialists go, last year his firm, Vigilant Real Estate, signed up 48
guaranteed trade-ins, of which he only actually bought two.
McConaghy's program is conditional upon the purchase of a
property through his office. A guaranteed sales price is based on an
M.A.I. appraisal minus the 7% per cent Multiple Listing System
(MLS) sales commission, approximately 3 per cent for FHA dis-
counts, 2% per cent closing costs and six months' taxes and interest.
The house is put on MLS for 120 days with the stipulation in the
contract that the buyer must accept any offer above the guarantee.
Any interest twist to the program is that if the houses are sold
before the 120-day deadline, the buyers pay McConaghy a $200
trade-in fee. If he has to buy the house, though, he forfeits the $200.
"I work on a success pattern," McConaghy explains. "When my
neck is on the line to have to buy a house, I really advertise heavily
because I don't want to buy it. I want to tie up as little capital as
possible. If the house is not sold in 120 days, I have failed so I
lose the $200 fee."
For the past three years Vigilant has outsold all other offices in
the St. Petersburg Board of Realtors in multiple listing sales.
The Panama Canal launch Mola, carrying a Canal pilot to the
SS Texan at anchor at the west side of the channel entrance to Cris-
tobal was struck by the bow of the SS Sea Lady an 8,500-ton U. S.
general cargo vessel at 1:15 a.m. and submerged all but its bow.
The tug Goethals towed the launch Mola to the Industrial Division
dock about 2:30 a.m. for repairs.
The pilot R. D. Valentine, the launch operator on the Mola, Luis
Newball, and seaman Leroy Kellman were picked up by the Panama
Canal launch Parrot and first taken to the boathouse and then to
Coco Solo Hospital. They were treated for minor abrasions and
lacerations and released.
The Mola was travelling in a northwesterly direction when ap-
parently struck on the starboard side near the stern, by the bow
of the Sea Lady, which was travelling in a southerly direction.
Capt. and Mrs. Jack Taber, Margarita, C. Z. wrote the following-
We are retiring on May 17, 1966, and will be leaving the Canal
Zone on May 1. We are picking up an 18% foot travel trailer in
Philadelphia. After a visit with our daughter, Carlene and new
Grandson, Peter we will start on an extended tour of the United
States. We are not sure where or when we will settle yet, but have
an idea it will be in Florida, around St. Pete or Houston, Texas.
Hope to see you at the next reunion in January 67.
NMr. and Mrs. Van Zatldt were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter
Lindsay, St. Petersburg. The Van Zandt's new address is 205 So.
Ivy St., Arlington, Va. 22204.
Emma Banks Madarick, Joliet, Ill. had a delightful trip to Por-
tugal, Spain, Spanish Morroco and the Canary Islands.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lee (Leona Hart) and 4 children had Leona's
mother Mrs. Alice Hart, Tampa, Fla. as a guest. She baby sat while
Leona and Fred attended this 10th year reunion in Rochester, N. Y.
During the year Fred's RCA job took them all to Sacramento,
Calif, where they saw the Irwin Frank family, who were enroute
to Lake Tahoe on a trailer vacation. Fred's mother and father Mr.
and Mrs. F. Lee from the Zone visited them.
Mrs. Eram Forbes on her way to St. Petersburg, Fla. visited Mr.
and Mrs. L. E. Wilkinson and Mrs. Dora Wilkinson, Donna, Tex.,
Sullie is still nurse in charge of the Donna schools. Leslie went
back to school and completed his degree and is now teaching full
time in a Head Start program. Erma also had lunch with Mrs.
Nell Johnson, Tucson, Ariz., where Nell is still teaching. In New
Mexico, Erma visited Mr. and Mrs. Henry Leisy.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Joe Leisy and 3 children live in Montgomery,
Ala., where he is sales representative for Harbin's Office Equip-
ment and Supplies.
Sgt. Astrin, Joan Forbe's husband has just returned from 4 months
in England. Joan is charge RN at a new Nursing home near Topeka.
Mr. Ralph Leisy has taken a year's leave from his Marine Bi-
ology to take some extra work at the New Mexico University. Mrs.
Henry Leisy is doing substitute work for the Bureau of Indian
Affairs Covers 6 Pueblas and two boarding schools for the
The Panama Insurance Co. announced the appointment of Mrs.
Mary A. Coleman as Assistant Vice-President of the company.
Mrs. Coleman, a resident of Balboa Heights, is one of Panama's
outstanding women executives. She has been employed with the
Panama Insurance Co. for seventeen years and at present is comp-
troller of the company.
"We are proud to have Mrs. Coleman among our executives,"
Eugene C. McGrath, President of Panama Insurance Co., declared.
"She has distinguished herself by her efficiency and dedication and
by her loyalty to the company. The promotion which Mrs. Coleman
has just received is a tribute to her outstanding record with our
company," he said.
From the Alexandria Gazette, Arlington, Va.
A group of training aids to be used in the Head Start classes at
Lyles-Crouch School was presented recently by members of Brownie
Troop 2282 of St. Agnes School.
The girls, under the guidance of their leader Mrs. G. J. Braun,
Jr., made the aids themselves, including 12 sets of linguistic flash
cards to be used in teaching object identification of common foods
and household items, and six scrapbooks on subjects such as foods,
animals, health and safety.
Mrs. Braun is the former Margaret Cauthers of Pedro, Miguel,
Mrs. Margaret Morris of Balboa has as her guests her mother,
Mrs. Lulu Johnson, and her sister, Mrs. Oscar Blancharez, of Wal-
lace, North Carolina. Mrs. Johnson also has grandchildren and great
grandchildren on the Isthmus.
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Kutzbach of Buffalo, New York, brother
and sister-in-law of Mrs. Lloyd W. Peterson of La Boca and Mrs.
Robert K. Hanna of La Boca arrived for a two weeks' visit on the
Isthmus. This is their first trip to the Canal Zone and Panama.
Douglas Kutzbach is head of the Douglas Equipment Company
which specializes in equipment for handling cargo and shipping
The following was received in answer to an inquiry sent by the
Dear Mrs. Lockridge:
In answer to your letter let me say that I am glad to oblige
by giving you the details of when and where I worked on the Zone.
I would like to preface these details with a short history of when
and how I happened to get to the Zone in the first place.
My father, having worked in Puerto Rico from just after the
Spanish American war to about the time the U. S. decided to con-
struct the Canal, applied for and got work on the canal as a
carpenter. He went down there in early 1905, and helped, with his
gang of West Indian Negro carpenters, to build the living quarters
in Pedro Miguel, Corozal and Ancon. In early 1906 he brought my
two sisters, brother and myself to the Zone (Corozal). My father
and brother worked on the Miraflores Locks until the construction
work was completed, with time out to do some work on Culebra
Island and in Balboa. Dad spoke fluent Spanish and was "loaned"
to the Panamanian .Government on two different occasions to help
supervise Presidential elections. He constructed the Quarantine
Station on Culebra Island, when they moved it from Ancon Hill,
he built the storm sewers that carry off rain water from Balboa
Heights and the flats. During these periods he took the "Kids"
When I first went to the Zone, my sisters and I attended school in
Ancon, conducted in a residence abutting 4th of July Ave., not far
from the Old Post Office in Ancon. Later we went to school in
Corozal, back to Ancon and ending up in Corozal.
During school vacations I, along with other white boys, got
summer jobs with the I.C.C. Some were messenger boys, some
switchmen and some helpers, all jobs being on the "Silver Roll".
My jobs on the Zone were as follows, dates being approximate.
1911-Messenger Boy, for J. Walker on the Miraflores Locks.
1912-Messenger Boy, Ancon-La Boca, Eng. Dept. laying out the
town of Balboa. Vacation Job.
1914-15-Plumbers Helper (Gold Roll).
Mr. Getman's Dept., worked on the construction of the Army
Barracks at Ft. Amador.
1915-16-Shipping Dept., Balboa Commissary, Mr. Cromwell, Mgr.
1917-20-Time out, W. W. I., France and Germany.
1920-22-Police and Fire Dept., Guy Johannes and Capt. Jack
Phillips for bosses. Policeman, worked in Cristobal, Gatun,
Pedro Miguel, Miraflores, Balboa and Ancon.
1922-Got married, got fed up with the Zone and left.
1960-Retired after 34 years with Socony Mobil and now spend my
leisure time reading anything 1 can lay my hands on or about
the Zone. Have attended the meeting of the N. Y. Panama
Canal Society from 1926 'til? Fla. Society once-1964.
One afterthought, as a boy I, along with other boys, spent
many happy hours fishing and hunting in what is now Albrook Field
Every now and then Herbert Souder. Dorrance Wickham or
some other "Old Timer" and I get together and have a "Jam
Session" on the Canal.
Thanks to the "Florida Society" I have been able to renew
some old friendships, however, the names of many escape me and
some are passing on.
Please excuse the typing as the machine and I are both getting
on in age and neither of us are doing too well, at the typing I mean.
Eugene (Gene) Owens
Betty Lockridge Editor
My Dear Mrs. Lockridge:
Recently I sent you a few of my recollections on the early days
on the Canal which you so kindly had printed in the Canal Record,
June issue. I have had a number of letters from "Old Timers" and
some from the younger generation asking that I send more of my
day dreams, so here goes:
Remember the Carnivals, those February gaieties the masked
revelers that joviality the singing of native songs the
throwing of confetti the many hued rolls of paper streamers -
the eye smarting scented water that was squirted in your face to be
followed up by a handful of confetti. Remember that cute (?) little
masked thing, in the "Mi Pollera" costume, who squirted you
with cologne the one you followed up Central Avenue, only to
find that she was a "Dusky Maiden" when she unmasked what
fun everyone had, except the poor street cleaners.
Saturday night in Panama City, how we anticipated it the
band concerts in Cathedral Plaza The parade of Senoritas and
Caballeros around the band stand in cadence to the band music -
The senoritas strolling together in an inner circle and the Caballeros
in an outer circle, each group walking in the opposite direction so
they could meet face to face in passing. Remember how the Duennas
and Mammas made sure that their charges did nothing more than
cast eyes at the man of her choice what a way to court your love?
Remember the other aspects of a Saturday night on the city -
Kelly's Cabaret, (No entertainer under 200 pounds) The Ciro -
Charlie Cantor's Metropole and the club of all clubs The
Union Club, where High Society (?) held forth. For the family
man there were the Alhambra and Amador theatres at Santa Ana
Plaza, showing' the latest silent movies with titles and subtitles in
English and Spanish How the Panamanians loved to hiss the
Remember the Carameto driver who always tested your money
by biting it with his teeth, before tossing it under the floor mat
for safe keeping that ride up Central Avenue from the R. R.
Station in a Victoria Coach with the West Indian Negro driver
perched up on the box-like drivers seat and the "Speigetti Kids"
running alongside begging alms When you took a Carameto to
the Ancon Hospital to visit the sick and you were stopped at the
Main Gate and informed that only "Official Vehicles" were per-
mitted beyond that point, so you got out and walked the rest of
the way, all up hill.
Those Sunday excursions to Bella Vista the train took you
almost to the beach the bathing pavilion (?) with its few dressing
rooms, cool beer and warm soda pop Swimming at high tide and
wading only at low tide due to the shallow water. The funny Fiddler
Crabs with their one large and one small claw that seemed able
to run in two directions at the same time.
Remember when the present site of Balboa was just a swamp area
between Ancon Hill and Sosa Hill with a winding stream me-
andering through it, which at high tide became a river and at
springtides overflowed its banks to all but make La Boca a town
on the island of Sosa Hill.
Remember the fishing and 'gator hunting we did in the Curundu
and Rio Grande Rivers that wound their crooked ways through the
swamps that lay between San Miguel, Ancon, Sosa and Diablo
Hills When the PR. R. ran from Old Diablo Hill to San Miguel to
Panama and then back to La Boca, the passenger service ending at
the Panama Station When the Native section of La Boca, was on
the banks of the Rio Grande where it emptied into the Bay of
Panama, about where the present piers No. 14, 15 and 16 and the
Balboa Shops are. "Gold La Boca" lay across the tracks against
Sosa Hill the long flights of stairs that nearly everyone living
in the "Gold Section" had to climb to get to their quarters the
Old P. S. N. Co. pier that was at the end of the La Boca terminus
of the railroad tracks.
Remember when Balboa Heights and Quarry Heights were noth-
ing but a jungle and cemetery, the cemetery later being moved to
Corozal with most of the bodies being exhumed and moved there too.
When the isolation and quarantine station was in the building known
as De Lesseps or Dinglers Folly. When all that area south of Balboa
and La Boca Roads was nothing but a large mud flat at low tide -
When one could wade or wallow in the mud from the Sea Wall at
Chorrillo to the filin.1- station in La Boca When at high tide the
boats would sail from the Playa in Panama to La Boca with ten
or more feet of water under their keels over these same mud flats.
Remember when all this was changed by dumping the spoil from
Culebra oopss! I mean Gaillard Cut, to form what became known
as the Flats as distinguished from the Heights.
Thank you for having the patience to read these memories and
if you feel they will be of interest to some of our Society Members
you are at liberty to print any or all of them.
Eugene (Gene) Owens
P. S. I have some photos of the Old Days that may be of interest
to some, if there is an explanation or story to go along with them.
Two brothers who completed 30 years of service with the Canal
organization were presented service awards and pins by Gov. Robert
J. Filrnii-.. Jr., during the annual service awards ceremony. They
are Bruce G. Sanders, Chief Customs Inspector in Cristobal, and
Maxwell S. Sanders, General Foreman in the Marine Bunkering
Section of the Transportation and Terminals Division in Cristobal.
Second generation employees, the two brothers are the sons of the
late Bruce Sanders, Sr., who went to the Canal Zone in 1908 and was
retired 41 years later as Sanitation Inspector on the Atlantic side.
They were born in Ancon Hospital, now Gorgas Hospital, and at-
tended Canal Zone schools. Bruce was employed in the Customs
Division January 1936 and Maxwell started his Canal employment in
the Supply Division in September 1935.
Capt. Harry Munyon, who has retired from Panama Canal service
as warden of the Canal Zone Penitentiary, has hung up his uniform.
With his family they will sail on the SS Cristobal for the United
States and a home in Tucson, Ariz.
Harry Munyon, warden at the Canal Zone Penitentiary since 1954,
was born in Eldora, N. J. He attended public schools in Millville
and Bridgeton, N. J., and arrived on the Isthmus while in U. S.
He entered Panama Canal service December 11, 1939.
He rose through the ranks to the grade of captain and was pro-
moted to warden February 14, 1954. He retired with 31 years, 14
He is a member of the American Correctional Association, Nat-
ional Police Officers' Association of America, and the Canal Zone
He is affiliated with Isthmian Lodge, A.F.&A.M., the Scottish and
York Rite Bodies in the Canal Zone, the Order of Eastern Star,
is on the Advisory Council of the Pacific Chapter, Order of DeMolay,
and holds the DeMolay Honorary Legion of Honor. Munyon also is
a member of the Panama Canal Lodge No. 1414, B.P.O. Elks, Gnm-
boa Golf and Country Club, Cristobal Yacht Club, Summit Golf
Club, and the Horseman's Association of the Canal Zone.
He is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the South and Southwest.
Capt. and Mrs. Munyon have two children: William Harry Mun-
yon, Jr., a student at Tulane University in New Orleans, La., and
Susan, a student at the Curundu Junior High School, who is trans-
ferring to a junior high in Tucson.
Members of the Canal Zone Police Division won 12 medals in
pistol competition in the recent annual USARSO Commander's Rifle
and Pistol Matches held at the Empire Rifle Range and Fort Clayton
The Canal Zone Police fielded a team for the pistol matches com-
posed of Lt. R. A. Engelke, Sgt. M. L. LeVee, Police Privates Grad-
ner R. Harris, Paul O'Donnell, Blance Iverson and Peter Proback.
Lieutenant Engelke won 2 first place medals, 1 second place
medal, and 3 third place medals. O'Donnell won 1 medal for first
place, 3 for second place, and 1 for third place. Iverson won a
second place medal.
Miss Martha Van Zandt is on the music faculty of St. Catherine
Girls School in Richmond, Va. where she teaches piano and related
subjects. She lives at 6001 Grove Ave., Richmond.
Capt. and Mrs. (Jean Redmond) Wm. W. Storer have moved
from Wesley Hill, Mass, and are at home to their many friends at
2030 N.E. 27th Court, Light House Point, Pompano Beach, Fla. 33064.
Mr. and Mrs. Roland Jones, St. Petersburg, Fla. drove Mr. and Mrs.
Ernest Kieswetter to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. where the Kieswetters
boarded the SS Hanseatic April 24, 1966 for a trip to Germany
to visit their daughter Jean and family Sgt. E. J. Mann.
Miss Eleaner Van Zandt is Assoc. Editor of Practical English
(Scholastic Magazine) in New York City. She resides at No. 7
Lexington Avenue, Apt. 4.
Mr. Cambridge M. Lupfer, Redlands, Calif. celebrated his 80th
birthday April 19, 1966.
Mr. J. W. MacGillivary, Los Angeles, Calif. celebrated his 92nd
birthday May 27, 1966. He sent a picture of his grand daughter,
which appeared in the Los Angeles Times, showing Cathy Keene with
The Duke of Gloucester during the dedication of the first British
campus of Stanford University at Harlaxton Manor near Grantham,
Lincolnshire. The University has similar overseas campuses in Ger-
many, France, Italy and Austria. Miss Kathy Keene is the daughter
of Dr. and Mrs. C. la:iu-el Keene (Mary MacGillivary) Culver City,
Calif. Dr. Keene is Vice Chancellor of the Calif. State College
Bernice Howard, St. Petersburg, Fla. spent some time at Xmas
with her daughter Lena Mae, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Krout, Camp Hill.
Pa. Her grandson, Chas., Jr., is in college and her granddaughter
Barbara is in high school.
Dr. and Mrs. Irving Strumpf were guests of Dr. and Mrs. Ben
Hull, St. Petersburg, Fla. They were entertained by Capt. and Mrs.
Elmer Abbott while there.
Mr. and Mrs. Lou Hasemann left Jacksonville on May 11th for
Lincoln, Nebraska to visit the J. O. Kings (nee Gladys Brown
formerly of Balboa) then on to Concordia, Kansas to visit Vic
Chandler (nee Margaret Brown). They expect to remain in that
location for three weeks before departing for Bakersfield, Calif.
to visit their daughter Mrs. John V. Wilson (nee Irene E. Hasemann)
then on to National City to visit their oldest daughter, Mrs. Joseph
(Helen) E. Ress and family.
Grover Matheney, Panama Golf Club champion, won out over
Amateurs in the Panama Golf Open with a total score of 295.
Leading the amateurs' parade with 75-71-74-75 for 296 proved
to be six shots better than his nearest rival.
Grover is the son of Mrs. Blanche (Adler) Matheney, Panama
City R. de P. and Mr. Angus Matheney, Viet Nam.
('. McG. Brandl, ('Chil, Construction Division, Engineering and
constructionn Bureau presented a quality step increase certificate,
one of the highest performance awards given by the Panama Canal.
to Leslie B. Clarke, Supervisory Construction Inspector (General).
The award was granted in recognition of Clarke's outstanding per-
formance of his duties over and above the requirements of his job.
The following employees in the Office of the Comptroller. also
have recently received quality step increases: Robert L. Coffey,
Florence M. Pierson, John R. DeGrummond, Jr., William H. DeVore,
Jeanne M. Wheeler, Gladys I. Oliver, Elsie M. Smith, Charles E.
Belden, and Ethel K. Askew.
Mr. and Mrs. Moises de la Pena of Balboa, have as their house
guests, Mr. de la Pena's brother, Mr. David de la Pena and Mrs.
Elizabeth Howley and her son, Bob. The visitors are from Los
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Eisenmann of Washington, D. C. are ex-
pected to arrive to be the guests of Mr. Eisenmann's brother-in-law
and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Kline of Balboa.
Mr. Eisenmann, who is with the Department of Commerce in
Washington, is on a tour of the Caribbean and will be joined by
Mrs. Eisenmann. The Eisenmanns are former Panama City residents.
Miss Edith Huff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Huff, and Miss
R. Yvonne Crane, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Crane, both of
Balboa Heights, are among students named to the Dean's list at
Barry College, Miami Shores, Fla. Miss Huff, a Barry College
senior, and Miss Crane, a junior, both attended Balboa High School.
Mrs. B. F. Slaughter returned from a short trip to Kingsville.
Texas. She was joined there by her sons Jeffry and George, who are
attending schools in Ohio and Texas. She was also with her son.
Terry, who was a patient in a hospital in Corpus Christi.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Chapman (Dorothy Anne Hicks) are
spending their year's furlough from the Sudan Interior Mission
Field in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Dr. Chapman is on the staff
of the Cannon Memorial Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Askew of Balboa had as their house guests
their son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. Jack Goodwin of Clarks-
ville, Virginia. They visited for several weeks before returning to
Virginia where Mr. Goodwin has accepted a position with Burling-
The Air Medal with citation was presented recently to Captain
Robert G. Bradshaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. David R. Bradshaw of
Captain Bradshaw distinguished himself by meritorious achieve-
ment while participating in sustained aerial flight as a combat mem-
ber in Southeast Asia.
"Outstanding airmanship and courage were exhibited in the
successful accomplishment of important missions under extremely
hazardous conditions including the continuous possibility of hostile
ground fire. His highly professional efforts contributed materially to
the mission of the United States Air Force in Southeast Asia. The
pl, ,.f.- ,..ni ability and outstanding aerial accomplishments of
Captain Bradshaw reflect great credit upon himself and the United
States Air Force.'
Since his return from Viet Nam, Captain and Mrs. Bradshaw have
resided in Sacramento, California where he is stationed at McLelland
Air Force Base, Air Defense Division.
Birmingham, England Jan. 29 (AP)-Jules Dubois, Latin Amer-
ican correspondent of the ('ii.-.,l- Tribune Press Service, was de-
clared the 1966 winner of the "Golden Pin of Freedom" award of
the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers (known by
its French initials FIEJ).
The presentation to Dubois will be made at the annual congress
of FIEJ at Stockholm June 6 to 10.
Advised by the Associated Press of his selection, Dubois said he
looked at the federation's action as a tribute to his newspaper's
editors and publishers, and to the IAPA for its continuing fight
for press freedom.
Dr. Shepard S. Clark, dean of men at Canal Zone College, acting on
behalf of the donor, Miss Bernadine Hanna, presented a copy of
Dmitri Kessel's "Splendors of Christendom: Great Art and Architec-
ture in European Churches" to Joseph Kane, college librarian, as
a memorial gift to the Canal Zone College in honor of the late Dr.
Dorothy B. Moody. Miss Hanna, who retired from Canal service in
1962 as a teacher in the Ancon Elementary School, bought the book
to give to Dr. Moody as a personal gift. Miss Hanna asked, following
Dr. Moody's death, that the book be given to the Canal Zone College
where Dr. Moody was dean of women and head of the English
John H. Albritton, was elected president of the Board of Directors
of the Panama Skal during a luncheon held at the Continental
Hotel, Panama City, R. de P. Skal is a social association consisting
of managers belongings to an organization actively engaged in travel
Mr. and Mrs. Melville R. Alexander, who celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary Feb. 9, were honored at an anniversary dinner
in the Holiday Inn Expressway Restaurant. Hosts were Mr. and Mrs.
E. H. Steinhagen, Sr., brother of Mrs. Alexander. Married in Beau-
mont, Tex., the couple has lived in Jacksonville, Fla. 15 years. Chil-
dren are Mrs. M. B. Clement, Silver Springs, Md.; Mrs. H. R. Higgin-
botham; Milo R. Alexander, Miami Springs; and Daniel L. Alex-
ander, Chatham, N. J. They have 11 grandchildren and 1 great-
An article by Balboa High School Coach Stewart J. Brown, de-
scribing the Balboa High School Weight Training Program appeared
in the March issue of Scholastic Coach, a periodical of national
scope on the coaching profession.
In his 2-page article, accompanied by several pictures demonstrat-
ing weight training, Coach Brown dispels some of the beliefs held by
anti-weight training persons. He asserts that weight training should
no longer be considered dangerous, because of improved equipment.
better coaching, new techniques, and more adequate diet of the
participants in the sport. He cites safety as the vital factor in the
controlled weight training program at Balboa High School.
At the end of the article, Coach Brown includes a complete work-
out schedule of the Balboa High School Weight Training Program.
A local beauty who also is a brain was chosen recently as a mem-
ber of the court of the sweetheart of Sigma Chi at Syracuse Uni-
She is Patricia Janssen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Janssen
of Balboa, a sophomore at Syracuse where she is studying political
science and education.
She became a member of the court of the new sweetheart as a
runner-up for the title, in competition with hundreds of other
Syracuse University co-eds.
An attractive brunette, Miss Janssen fits the requirements for
the modern version of the sweetheart of Sigma Chi who, these days,
must have scholastic standing as well as beauty.
She was graduated from Balboa High School in 1964 in the top
half of her class and was a member of the National Honor Society.
She attended Canal Zone College for a year and since entering
Syracuse has been earning top grades in her studies.
Appearing in the January issue of the American Soroptimist,
publication of the Soroptimist Federation of the Americas, is the
picture of Miss Susan Lessiack of Balboa, winner of the Soroptimist
Foundations Latin American Citizenship Award for the Panama
Costa Rica and Canal Zone area for 1965 .
She received the award because her high school years were not-
ably productive. The first girl to hold the office of Student Associ-
ation President in the history of Balboa High School, she also
held two other top offices in the association during her four years
in the school. Her scholastic average was such that she was named
to membership in the National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta,
an honorary math society.
The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lessiack of Balboa, she is a
first year student at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Quoting from the previously mentioned article:
"Asked about her goals in life, Sue said, "It has always been
my hope and aim that I will in some small way be able to help
Comdr. Paul W. Hopkins, USN (retired), the Panama Canal's
new Chief, Water Transportation Division, New Orleans, La.,
comes to the Canal organization from the Lykes Brothers Steam-
ship Co. He had been operations manager of the Lykes Lines
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Oglesby, former Panama City residents,
visited in Panama en route from a trip to Australia to their State-
side home. The Oglesbys were long time residents of Panama where
Mr. Oglesby headed the Fuetz y Luz Company.
Panama Canal Chief Hydrographer Theodore (Ted) C. Henter,
who says he's the only chief hydrographer who has been in this
position so briefly, has been put in charge of hydrology studies in
the Office of Oceanic Canal Studies. Harold J. (Jim) Million, assist-
ant chief hydrographer, has been promoted to chief hydrographer,
Meteorologic and Hydrographic Branch, Engineering and Construc-
Ted Henter became chief hydrographer in July 1964, succeeding
W. H. Esslinger, who retired after more than 44 years with the Canal
Weather expert Henter has had 35 years' experience working
with weather data.
He was born in Gorgona, the son of a Canal builder. His mother
went to the Isthmus from Sweden as governess to the U. S. Am-
bassador's children. Ted was educated in the Canal Zone schools,
was graduated from Cristobal High School and studied at Pratt
Institute, Brooklyn, N. Y.
Jim Million, the new chief hydrographer, was born in Gatun, son
of George Million who was construction foreman on the Gatun
Locks construction project. Jim attended Balboa and Ancon
schools to the 6th grade and then went to school in Cincinnati
through the 8th grade. He attended Benson Polytechnic in Portland,
Oregon, and then Oregon State College.
In 1941 he returned to the Isthmus. He worked at .I, .ln Dam
as an engineering aid, was promoted to engineer, and then was
named assistant chief hydrographer in August 1964.
His hobby is boating, but rival hobbies are Boy Scouting, fishing.
He has 2 grown children, but a younger son of 13 has kept his
interest channeled in the Little League and thru Teenage League.
In the moves up the weather bureau ladder, Elmer Kanz, engi-
neer in charge of field work at the Madden Dam Hydrographic
Office, has been named assistant chief hydrographer.
The following letter was received by Lucille Judd Ed.
Dear Mrs. Judd:
I am being immodest and enclosing some notes regarding my
service with the Federal Government which ended December 30.
I began Government service at the Fort Davis, Canal Zone Atlantic
General Depot in July 1933 immediately after graduating from
Vassar. After 9 months with the Quartermaster Corps I transferred
to the Cristobal Branch of the Chase National Bank, working there
until I left the Isthmus in March 1937. I entered the Federal Govern-
ment service again in July 1937 in the U. S. Department of Justice.
Washington, D. C. and transferred to the U. S. Department of Labor.
Bureau of Labor Statistics in July 1938 from which I retired Dec-
ember 30, 1965.
On February 8, 1966, I was one of 27 Labor Department employees
throughout the nation to receive the Department's highest award.
the Secretary's Citation for Notable Career Service. The following
citation was read while Secretary of Labor Willard Writz handed
me a plaque in the Federal Departmental Auditorium in Washing-
"For almost thirty years of dedicated service to the Bureau of
Labor Statistics, marked by outstanding professional competence
which enabled her to contribute significantly to improvements of
the Consumer Price Index as the expert on pricing of new and used
I was an economist specializing in the measurement of price
changes in Consumer Goods for the Consumer Price Index calculated
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
My father, Frank Mack, worked for the Panaman Railroad from
1908 to 1938, and my mother, Clara Anna Mack taught school in
Washington for 11 years in all. I was born in the original frame
buildings of Ancon (later Gorgas) Hospital.
You will be interested to know that I stayed with Alberta (Mrs.
Frederick) Grunewald in St. Paul for two days and we had dinner
with Mrs. Theodora Agatha (my sixth grade teacher in Cristobal).
Both of them look very much the way they did when I first met
them. They keep in touch with Miss Ida Erickson, my Cristobal
(Miss) Louise J. Mack
1556 Great Falls St.
McLean, Va. 22101
Ceremony actually took place March 4, 1966. Biographical mention
in Bowker's American Men of Science, Who's Who of American
Women, Who's Who in the South and Southwest (coming edition),
Who's Who in Commerce & Industry (coming edition) and Diction-
ary of International Biography (coming edition London).
A familiar object was presented to Pacific side Harbormaster
Roscoe M. Collins at a retirement luncheon held in his honor at the
Albrook Officers Club.
He was presented the wheel from the Navigation Division launch
U. S. Cotinga.
Harbormaster since 1954, Collins is retiring after 30 years with
the Panama Canal organization-all in the Port Captain's Office.
The Cotinga was put in service of the Navigation Division about
the same time that Collins went to work for the Port Captain's
Office. He served on the Cotinga during his early days of service.
After years of faithful service the launch was retired in March.
Her solid brass wheel, chromeplated, mounted and duly inscribed,
was presented to Collins as a reminder of his parallel service with
Mr. and Mrs. Collins will make their home in Bradenton, Fla.,
where they plan to do a lot of golfing.
Capt. Hugh A. Turner, U. S. Air Force, received the bachelor of
arts degree from Park College, Parkville, Mo., at mid-year com-
mence exercises held December 19. He is the son of H. E. Turner of
A pilot, he expects to be sent to Viet Nam in the near future.
Captain Turner majored in economics and business administration.
Robert L. Chisolm of Balboa, who retired from Canal Zone Police
Division service, says when he leaves the Canal Zone, the life of a
gentleman farmer is ahead of him. Mr. and Mrs. Chisolm, son, Jerry,
and daughter, Shelia left the Isthmus for their States' home, a 116-
acre farm in Union, Miss. Another son, Paul, who enlisted in the
U. S. Army, now is serving in Veit Nam.
Chisolm served with the Canal Zone Police Division at Gatun,
Gamboa, the Canal Zone Penitentary, and the old Ancon Police
Station. For 16 consecutive years he operated the Police Radio
Patrol in Ancon.
His hobbies are fishing and boat building, and for the past few
years he has been kept busy repairing bicycles for many children in
the Balboa and Ancon areas.
Chisolm was born in Kemper, Miss. He enlisted in the U. S. Army
July 13, 1936, and in August that year an overseas assignment
brought him to the Canal Zone. On July 2, 1941, he joined the ranks
of the Canal Zone Police and has continuous Canal Zone Government
service since that date.
A Distinguished Service Award, accompanied by a check for
$300, has been presented by Canal Zone Gov. Robert J. Fleming.
Jr., to William A. (Lonnie) Van Siclen, Jr., Chief, Panama Canal
Locks Division, who retired from Canal service.
The citation gave official recognition and commendation to him
for "distinguished leadership and notable dedicated service to the
Panama Canal as Superintendent of Gatun Locks and as ('!i.!', Locks
Governor Fleming expressed his regret that the locks chief is
leaving, and extended his good wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Van Siclen.
He also awarded each a master key to the locks, the master key
certificate naming William A. Van Siclen "a mule operator third
"When you leave, you go with a tremendous amount of good-will
and the regrets of all your friends,'' said Governor Fleming.
Van Siclen, who was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., went to the Isthmus
in 1913 with his parents. His father was a pilot.
He worked during school vacations and completed apprenticeship
as machinist in the Mechanical Division prior to entering the Uni-
versity of Texas in 1931. During the summer of 1932 he was em-
ployed as a machinist at Madden Dam by the Callahan Construction
He was graduated from the University of Texas mechanical en-
gineering school and entered Panama Canal employment again, this
time as a recorder on the Atlantic Locks. In 1936 he was a towing
locomotive operator, in 1940 was engineer assistant and in 1945 was
promoted to assistant superintendent Atlantic Locks. Effective
November 1, 1947, he was appointed Superintendent Atlantic Locks.
Captain Margaret Whipple was awarded the Air Force Commend-
ation Medal at recent ceremonies marking her retirement from the
Women's Air Force after seven and one-half years of service.
The award was presented for "exceptional service" as a member
of the WAF.
Captain Whipple is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rollin Me-
Connell, 41 West .11.l:.ot Street, Red Hook, N. Y. She and her
husband, Staff Sergeant David Whipple, are on their way to Ser-
geant Whipple's duty assignment in Hawaii.
Paul Beck, who is retiring as principal of the Cristobal High
School, was decorated with Panama's Order of Vasco Munez de
Balboa at the weekly meeting of the Colon Rotary Club at the
Strangers Club in Colon.
The presentation of the decoration, was made by Rigoberto Par-
edes, Minister of Education of Panama, assisted by Camilo Levy
Salcedo, Director of Protocol of the Panama Foreign Ministry.
Two distinguished graduates of Cristobal High School attended
the Rotary session. They are Minister of Government J. D. Bazan
and his son, Dominador B. Bazan, Executive Director of the Roads,
Airports and Docks Department of the Ministry of Public Works.
Other guests were Professor Paz Velencio of Abel Bravo High
School, Colon; Professor Sanchez Baltron, of Jose Guardia Vega
High School, Colon, and B. I. Everson, Director of Civil Affairs of
the Canal Zone Government.
Born in Harrisburg, Pa., Beck went to the Isthmus in 1936 as a
member of the faculty of Cristobal High School. He became prin-
cipal in 1947. He graduated from Findlay College, Findlay, 0., and
received his master's degree from the University of Michigan at
Ann Arbor. He taught seven years in Ohio before going to the
Mrs. Julie McKenzie, Seal Beach, Calif. wrote the following -
Sorry I'm late again with my dues but like last year was in Nor-
folk again This time to be at the christening of my first Great
Granddaughter so I stayed on for the Holidays.
On my way home stopped at College Station to spend some time
with Lillian Farr and her sister, May.
Guess time is creeping up, yesterday my Julie celebrated her 25th
Wedding Anniversary and on Jan. 31st her husband, Cdr. Goyle,
retired from the Navy with 30 years service.
Russell Wayne Watson of Balboa Hts. has been elected Vice Presi-
dent of the Sophomore Class at New Mexico State University.
Elected by members of the Freshman Class, he will serve as vice
president for one year beginning next fall.
Watson was installed with other new student government officers
at an end-of-the-year banquet in May. His first duty was to take part
in the annual Leadership Retreat set for April 1 3 in Ruidoso, New
A music education major, Watson is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph M. Watson of Balboa Heights, Panama Canal Zone. At State
he is a member of the NMSU band and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fra-
As an annual event in the U. S. Schools swimming program, there
was a special U. S. Schools 100 yd. championship event for both
boys and girls. This year these two special races were held in con-
junction with the April 7 U. S. Schools swimming meet at the Coco
Solo Pool. These two special events were open to any student within
the U. S. school system. The winner of each event received a small
personal trophy and the name of the winning boy and girl was en-
graved on the Eddie Wood memorial trophy. This large trophy will
then be kept on display for six months in each of the schools of
which the students are members.
Eddie Wood was one of the great swimmers from the Canal Zone
in the late thirties. Following the Olympic qualifying trials in the
Canal Zone, Eddie competed in the United States qualifying meets.
An accident resulting in a fractured arm precluded his actual
competing in the Olympic Games.
Attesting to his swimming ability is the fact that he still holds
two swimming records for the Canal Zone and shares one other.
His records still standing alone include 52.0 seconds 100 yd. free-
style set in 1939 and 2 min. 31.5 seconds 200 yd. breaststroke set
in 1938. His 1938 record of 22.4 seconds for the 50 yd. freestyle is
shared with Harry Van Loon.
The Dorothy Moody Elementary School in Valley View, Kans.,
named for a late member of the Canal Zone College faculty, is
scheduled to be completed by the fall term this year. Construction
on the $404,000 school began October 1965.
The school district of the area voted unanimously to name the
school after one of the district's former pupils. Miss Moody, who
died January 24, had started her way to a 40-year career in ed-
ucation in Valley View. The Dorothy Moody school is not far from
the Moody family homestead.
The school will have stainless steel kitchens and capacity for
more than 400 students, a far cry from the original Valley View
school Dorothy Moody had attended. That school had been a 1-room
frame structure on the Johnson County prairie, and was heated by
a big stove in the center of the room.
Having schools named after them runs in the Moody family. Miss
Moody's aunt, Katherine Carpenter, has a school named for her in
After graduation from Olathe High School in 1918 and the Uni-
versity of Kansas, Miss Moody's teaching career extended from the
early days of Shawnee-Mission High School to the early days of
the Canal Zone College.
In 1933 she became a member of the original faculty at Canal
Zone College then a Junior College where she taught until her
retirement in 1964.
During her days of teaching, she took time out to earn her master
of arts and doctorate in English from Yale University.
After she retired from teaching in the Canal Zone, Miss Moody
took a world tour and then became assistant professor at Heidel-
berg College in Tiffin, Ohio, where she was a member of the faculty
until her death last January.
In 1961 she made a $40,000 contribution to the Katherine Car-
penter school and the money was used to establish a memorial library
in honor of her aunt and for installation of central air conditioning.
After more than 30 years of residence on the Isthmus, Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas Sellers of Margarita sailed aboard the SS Cristobal en
route to their new home in Aitken, South Carolina. Mr. Sellers
retired recently from Panama Canal Co. service with the Postal
Mrs. James Fulton wrote the following -- Ed.
My husband, Jim, also retired the end of December and we are
leaving here May 1st. We are going to England for the month of
May to visit our son, Dorman and his wife, Jane. We will be back
in June and will make our home around North Palm Beach. We
will make our headquarters with my sister, Harriet Gorman, at 407
Anchorage Lane, North Palm Beach, Fla. until we get located.
We are hoping to settle around the North Palm Beach area.
Our son Jim is back at college, University of Auburn.
We may get over to St. Pete to visit our friends, the Norman
Terrys in the near iii in. They are after us to retire around there.
It depends on Harriett and Walters future plans. We like St.
Pete very much and may wind up there yet. Looking 1 .. I. t to
seeing you in St. Pete.
The Canal Zone Orchid Society of Balboa has !.i.. ,t .1 191 water
colors of local orchids to the Canal Zone Library-. .l 11..11 The water
colors are the work of the late Mrs. Mollie A. Purdom, who was a
well known artist in New Orleans before coming to the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Purdom, who painted these orchid studies in 1927-28, organized
the Canal Zone Orchid Society in 1934 and became its first president.
In 1933 Mrs. Purdom was awarded First Class Certificate of Merit
at an International Tropical Flower Show at Miami Be;ich for her
"Interesting Orchid Specimens."
The collection of water colors will be stored in the air-conditioned
rare book vault in the Librar3 -il .. I. for f i- 1i ,: Interested
persons may make arrangements to study them by making an ap-
pointment with the i. r, I ... librarian. Special displays of the water
colors are being planned, and dates for the displays will lie an-
The Canal Zone Bar Association elected Dwight A. .1 i .,eiey.
Assistant General Counsel of the Panama Canal organization, to
serve as president for the year 1966 at its annual meeting.
Elected vice president was Mariano J. Oteiza, an altorney in the
Panama City law firm of Icaza, Gonzalez Ruiz & Aleman. Re-elected
secretary was Albert J. Joyce, Jr. The Association chose Dr. L. S.
Carrington by acclamation to continue as treasurer.
Named to the bar association's Executive Committee were at-
torneys J. Patrick Conley, outgoing president of the association,
Jerry W. Mitchell, and Henry Newell.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Keenan, Western Springs, Ill.. spent
several days at the Outrigger Inn, while visiting Howard's mother
Mrs. Harriet Ktenan, who is in the Sunny Shores Villa, St. Peters-
burg, Fla. They also called on the Walter Lindsays.
Miss Betty Van Zandt is a clerk typist with Equitable Life In-
surance Co. in Washington, D. C. where she resides with her
Col. George Hollingsworth and daughter Diane, Maxwell AFB,
Montgomery, Ala. spent the night with Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge,
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fuller, St. Petersburg, Fla., have rented
their house and are going on a year and one half trailer trek.
Major Bob Leisy who has been with the Marines in De Nang,
Vietnam flying helicopters for over a year returned to Alburquer-
que, New Mexico, April 8, 1966. His wife and children have lived in
Alburquerque while he was overseas. The Major had been flying
rescue helicopters for the dead and wounded during the last few
months of his assignments. For the next three years he will be as-
signed to the Pentagon, Washington, D. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cunningham, daughter Miss Linda Sue, Mr.
and Mrs. R. B. Potter, St. Petersburg, Fla. have gone to Dillon,
Colorado for a vacation, going by way of St. Louis, Mo., to attend
their son Tom's wedding to Miss Christine Nitz, who graduated
from the U. of Mo. The young couple will reside in Denver, Colo.
Miss Linda Sue Cunningham who is a kindergarten teacher at
Lealman Elementary School in St. Petersburg, Fla., is living with
her parents and grand parents.
Col. and Mrs. Clarence R. Underwood (Betty Haldeman) and their
children, Gayle, Stephanie and Keith, Washington, D. C. are coming
to the St. Petersburg, Fla. area to look for a home. Col. Underwood
is retiring from the Pentagon.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Underwood, and 5 children live in Houston,
Tex. Ray has a three year NASA scholarship at Rice Institute work-
ing on his Doctorate.
Mr. Gerald Underwood is a Cadet at the Coast Guard Academy,
New London, Conn.
Mr. Joe Cheescman, Washington, D. C., is enjoying a 4 months
cruise around the world. Barcelona; Beirut; The Holy Land; Kar-
achi; Bombay; Taj Mahal; Rangoon; Bangkok; Singapore; Hong
Kong; Keelong; Pusan; Japan; Hawaii; San Francisco; Los Ange-
les; and San Juan were some of the places he visited.
Mr. and Mrs. John Holland, Mr. and M1'rs. Lonnie Van Siclan,
Mr. and Mrs. Bartley Smith of the Canal Z ne sailed fo~r a Central
American cruise. They used their ship as a hotel.
Mrs. Nena McMillan, St. Petersburgp, '!a.. met Mr. and Mrs.
George Darnell in New Orleans, La. and the;: toured the country
for several weeks.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ward, St. Petersburg, Fla., were picked up by
Margaret's nephew Jim McCann in his private plane and they flew
to Palm Beach, Fla. to spend Easter with Margaret's other nephew
Mr. and Mrs. Robert McCann and family. Jim flew the Wards back
to St. Petersburg before returning to his home in Orlando, Fla.
Dr. and Mrs. Russell Steele, Cincinnati, Ohio were guests of Mr.
and Mrs. R. A. Sylvestre, St. Petersburg, Fba.
Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Orr, and two sons, Steve and Bruce, New York
City, were guests in the parental G. O. Orr home, St. Petersburg
Fla. duirin.. Easter vacation.
Miss Genevive Quinn, Tom's River, N. J. was appointed an alter-
nate delegate for the NARCE convention in Jacksonville, Fla. She
is the chapter Sec'y of Ocean County, chapter 637 and writes as
Public Relations with Publicity to 5 newspapers. She had been Sec'y
of Ocean County Red Cross for 6 years but for the past 2 years
has been with NARCE.
Planes taking off and landing all hours of the day and night;
guns and mortars booming away; sniper fire on a survey trip. But
Joseph M. Cooke, former Panama Canal Designing Engineer, now
with the U. S. Navy Public Works Department in Da Nang, Vietnam,
misses an abundance of good drinking water more than anything
In a letter to Joseph Watson, Administrative Assistant in the En-
gineering Division, Cooke said he ate at the local Officers Club and
that the food was good even if it was nothing like that to wh'ch
he was accustomed. Tap water, however, is not potable for outsiders
and he carried his drinking water back to the hotel from the club
in a half gallon gin bottle.
Cooke said he had been in Da Nang about 2 months in charge of
a small group of one U. S. citizen, seven Filipinos and two Viet-
namese attached to the U. S. Navy Support Activity in Da Nang.
which is approximately 2 '1 miles northeast of Saigon.
"Da Nang is a city in battle array. Streets are clogged with mil-
itary people and equipment. Most of the military people carry arms.
At times I feel as though I'm the only one in the city that isn't
armed. Nightly we hear guns and mortars booming away--not over
3 miles from my hotel. Sent a survey party over to Da Nang East a
few days ago and they drew sniper fire. I think the surveymen
were less concerned about the incident than I.
"There isn't a taxicab in all of Da Nang (120,000 population).
Nor are there any streetcars or buses. We use pedicabs. A pedicab
is a tricycle with two wheels and a chair seat in front and a single
wheel and the operator in the rear. Most of the pedicab operators
are pirates and gouge the riders for all they can get."
Cooke said he got his pedicab operator working on a steady basis
with the assistance of sandwiches, cigarettes, and a bottle of New
Year's liquor. Only when it rains does he have to pay more than
14 cents a ride.
A 12-year-old shoeshine boy who came to his office to shine about
20 pairs of shoes a day was not only more avaricious than the pedi-
cab driver, he also was less loyal.
Cooke said the boy earned 490 piasters a day with paisters at 118
to a dollar, while a good carpenter or electrician earns not more than
20 or 25 paisters a day. Despite his high earnings and steady job,
the shoeshine boy was caught by a sentry one day trying to sneak
into a U. S. enlisted men's billet with a plastic charge. He was
taken into custody and kept for a few days. That was the end of
his shoeshine activity around the office.
Cooke left the Isthmus with his family at the end of 1962 after
7 years as Panama Canal Designing Engineer.
The following is an excerpt from a letter written by Mrs. Mary
Martin Richards to Lucille Judd.
Did I ever tell you what good results that picture of Margaret
and Gavin Davis's golden anniversary produced? It was the one with
the two Murray girls in it. For one thing Lamar became a member
of the society; the other was that the Court in Balboa was able to
make a contact with the Murray family to obtain a photo of Judge
Murray. Oil paintings were made of all the past judges and were
hung in the Balboa courthouse.
Enjoyed all the pictures in the March record; seemed to know
more of the oldtimers than I usually do, and also young Donald
Soper. The picture of Benj. is excellent; he really doesn't seem to
have changed much.
Donald Musselman, for several years a member of the faculty
of Balboa High School as head of the Drama Department, a position
he also held at the Canal Zone College during his last year on the
Isthmus, is now engaged in a similar capacity at Centenary College
in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Mr. Musselman, who believes that there is no other national
theatre which so fully enunciates the traditions and aspirations of a
people as does the Spanish theatre and no playwright more Spanish
than Federico Garcia Lorca, chose for his first presentation at
Centenary Lorca's "Yerma." His interest in the Spanish theatre
and in Lorca make this choice readily understandable to Isthmians
who remember his participation in Garcia Lorca's 'Blood Wedding"
presented by a bilingual cast at the National Theatre of Panama, one
night in Spanish and the following niiht in English, a unique ex-
perimene t not only for Panama but in the theatre.
A review by Margaret McDonald, Amusemeint Edilor of the
Shreveport Journal, parts of which are quoted below, attest to the
success with which Musselman has handled the Lorea vehicle. The
play was presented earlier this month.
"Donald Musselman, who obviously knows and understands
theatre in all of its facets makes an auspicious local debut as a direc-
tor with a sensitive and artistic production of Lorca's poetic Spanish
tragedy, "Yerma", at the Marjorie Lyons Playhouse of Centenary
College. IHe uses the -I.. I:.fl1 .Graham-0'Connell translalion, rgen-
erally considered a faithful one.
"A member of Centenary's speech and drama faculty since only
last fall, Musselman has an impressive background in acting, direct-
ing and technical work, but "Yerma" provides S!'- -'-... tears will
their first opportunity to assess his talents for themselves."
1:,II Sgt. Robert G. Crooks, who was born and grew up in the
Canal Zone, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device
for heorism in Viet Nam, it was learned recently. He is the
son of the late Homer V. Crooks of the C. Z. Police and Mrs. Minnie
Burton of Fayetteville, Ark.
Sergeant Crooks volunteered for Jungle Warfare Training School
at Fort Sherman and completed the course there '. f.. being sent
to Viet Nam in July 1963, with the 82nd Airborne Division. After a
full year there, he returned to Fort Bragg, N. C., and transferred to
Special Force Group, Airborne. He volunteered for return to Viet
Nam in October 1964 and when his time was up, extended for an ad-
ditional six months. He is slated to return to the U. S. in April.
The award was given Crooks for exceptionally valorous action
while serving as a U. S. Army Special Forces advisor to a civilian
irregular defense group company on a patrol near Song Be, Vietnam.
The citation reads in part: "With great personal bravery, Ser-
geant Crooks led two squads in a assault which rolled back the main
Cong Tac position and caused the remainder to flee. He then led
the unit forward through an enemy camp. Again they came under
hostile fire at a stream and Sergeant Crooks led a final assault,
killing two Cong Tac and wounding at least two others. His coura-
geous and a :.l -i'-.- action resulted in not only casualties and dis-
ruption of a strategic enemy unit but the discovery and destruction
of a Cong Tac training camp and a large amount of enemy equip-
The award was made by direction of the President of the United
Mrs. Ethel P. McDermitt of Pompano Beach, Florida, was first
on the program of several art events staged by the Lantana Art
Guild, in participation with the Fourth Annual Florida Arts Festival,
which is running throughout the State from March 1 to May 31.
Mrs. McDermitt was a member of the Canal Zone Art League and
held annual shows in Balboa. Her paintings show the influence of
her life in that area. Twenty-two of her oil paintings were 1; .'l;.10 -.1
with some of her sculpture and ceramics.
Mr. and Mrs. George T. McLintock recently returned to their
home in St. Petersburg from a prolonged vacation in the Canal Zone
where they also spent the Christmas holidays. They were accom-
panied by their grandson, Douglas M. Pajak and his wife, Judy.
The McLintocks visited their daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and
MI! J. Douglas Lord of Balboa and Mr. and \ I,. Richard T. Bal-
tozer of Diablo Heights. During their vacation they said goodbye to
their grandson, George D. Lord, who left iin January for Trinity
University in San Antonio, Texas, where he will continue his studies
after transferring from the Canal Zone College. ,George plans to go
on to Dental College upon graduation.
In the Canal Zone, Mr. and Mrs. Pajak were houseguests of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Meyers of Curundu Heights. In
June Mr. Pajak received his Masters Degree in Business Adminis-
tration from the University of Florida, where he received his
Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree in December of 1964. He has
already been Commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army and
will report for active duty on July 5th. Mrs. Pajak is employed at
the University Medical Center in Gainesville as Secretary to the
Comptroller and has continued her studies in English and Journal-
ism at the University.
Mrs. William L. Wall, 550 Old Joppa Road, Joppa, Maryland,
21085 (Sue Reynolds) wrote the following -
We had been interested in showing dogs but after Bill was
retired and could be home with them we decided to really make
something of it. Last summer he went to England and brought back
several to add to the ones we had previously bought. And that num-
ier took us considerably beyond the limit of four which was allowed
in the neighborhood.
We bought four acres where we could get a breeding kennel
license and built a house. As of today we have sixteen but five
are puppies which are for sale.
Yesterday was a very good day for us at the shows. One of our
imported females became an American champion and thus became
the first female in the history of the pugs to be an English-American
Please tell anyone who is going through .\1.iylanil to stop and see
us -- we are just a half mile from U. S. Route 1.
On a day in 1890, about 5 p.m., the townspeople of Panama City
began drifting to a rendezvous near the well-shaded Independence
Plaza in the heart of the city. An atmosphere of excitement exuded
from the handsome three story Hotel Central, the favorite meeting
place for public events and gatherings. A near miracle was to take
place at 6 p.m. The people of Panama were to see the Ima'ic of
electric light for the first time!
Many years have passed since that exciting ,,iLi .III in 1890.
and today Panama enjoys one of the best electric power systems in
Latin America. The historic bulb which gave Panama its first flash
of electric light still exists. It belongs to Henry Ehrman, Supervisory
Su.irv- iri.r Technician of the Panama Canal Engineering Division.
who lives in Gamboa with his wife, Ana Victoria Arias de Ehrman.
The Ehrman home contains many heirlooms that once graced the
formal parlors of his '! ,,.,1ft:!.i 's house in France. Grandfather
Ehrman emigrated to the United States soon after the Franco-
Prussian War and settled in New Orleans. Toward the end of the
last century the family went to the Isthmus. The Ehrmans were soon
prominent businessmen---owning a lank, a pharmacy, and the Hotel
The Palm Garden of the Hotel Central was the popular meeting
place at that time, especially on Sunday evenings after the band
concert in the park.
The electric light bulb, of 200 watts, was installed in the hotel
lobby. The power to light it was generated by a steam engine. It is
larger than bulbs used today.
Henry Ehrman has many interesting photographs of the Canal
construction days. He has the number 1 automobile license plate that
was issued in the Canal Zone, in 1909. Number 1 plate, in Panama.
was issued to Jose Gabriel Duque, the founder of the Panama Nat-
Ehrman, who has more than 30 years service with the Panama
Canal, attended La Salle School in Panama as a boy. Then he at-
tended business college in Trenton, N. J., and also studied in
Chicago, Ill., and attended engineering school in Pennsylvania.
The Ehrmans have two children, a son, Henry, Jr., and a daughter.
Doris. Both live in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Lt. J. G. Arthur J. O'Leary, U. S. Navy, and Mrs. O'Leary went
from Pawtuxet, Md. to spend the holidays with Lt. O'Leary's parents
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. O'Leary, Sr. of Balboa Heights.
The young officer left enroute to his new duty station on Guam.
He will be joined later by Mrs. O'Leary who is remaining for a
Mr. and Mrs. John Larson of Port Orange, Florida, went to the
reunion, then drove to Tallahassee to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Percy
Lawrance and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Watts.
Miss Ruth Litvin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Litvin of
Ancon, was among the 45 students of New Mexico State University
playing with the University-Civic Symphony Orchestra at New
Mexico State at its opening concert.
Now in its fourth year, the University-Civic Symphony is directed
by Dr. John Glowacki, head of the Fine Arts Department. The mus-
ical organization is composed of students, faculty, and staff from
the university, teachers and other musicians from the community.
Miss Litvin, a sophomore music major, plays the violincello. She is
a 1964 graduate of Balboa High School.
2nd Lt. Richard H. Morris, U.S.A.R., son of Grace and Jack Morris,
Lutz, Florida (formerly Balboa, Canal Zone), left for Fort Bliss,
Texas, the last of April to attend the Air Defense Mi-.,iil-- School
for a nine weeks course. Upon completion of this training he expects
to have a 15 day leave before going overseas.
Lieutenant Morris graduated from Balboa High School in Class
of 1960. He attended Stetson University at DeLand, Florida, from
which he received a Liberal Arts degree. In August 1965 he grad-
uated from University of Florida at Gainesville with a Bach. of
Science degree in Electrical Engineering. At the same time he
received his commission in the United States Army (Artillery
Corps). From September 1965 until his departure for active duty,
Lieutenant Morris was employed as an Associate Engineer with the
Sperry Microwave Electronic Corp. in Oldsmar, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin F. Fitzgerald and their children, Frankie 5,
Kathleen 3, and Patrick 11/2, moved into their newly purchased
home at 1950 Delphine Drive, Decatur, Ga. 30032, in April.
Mrs. Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Walker of
Cocoli, has been employed at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
for several years and recently received two cash incentive awards
and a letter of commendation for suggestions submitted.
The Canettes of the Crossroads Chapter of the Sweet Adelines
from the Canal Zone took first place in the regional quartet singing
at the regional convention and competition at the Jack Tarr Hotel
in (1 I. i -i Fla. .Mlj Ii-is of the winning quartet were Cecelia
Gove (Mrs. Thomas W. Gove) ; Freda Stohrer (M.i Andrew Stohr-
er); Wilma Moore (Mrs. Ronald E. Moore); and Judy Thompson
(Mrs. B. K. Thompson). The Crossroads C('l .pt r is the ii .t over-
seas chapter and was organized through the efforts of IMrs. (Gove,
who has directed the group, including the chorus, since it was
chartered in 1961.
They will participate in the International Sweet Adelines com-
petition in Houston, Texas in October.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Misenheimer have sold their home on the With-
lacoochee river at Dunnellon and have bought a home on Lake
Mirror in Winter Haven. They are at home to their many friends at
1490, North Lake Mirror Drive, Winter Haven, Fla. The Misen-
heimers urge friends to stop by for a boat ride, fishing and swim-
Lt. jg. James D. Crane USN was given a Solo Flight certificate
on March 22, 1966, at Saufley Field, Pensacola, Fla. He is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. James Crane, St. Petersburg, Fla. Mr. Crane is a
retired admeasurer from the Zone. Lt. Crane attended Balboa High
School for 2 years, attended Admiral Farragut in St. Petersburg,
Fla. and was rI:,U'li.l,'1 from Mass. Maritime Academy.
Dick Wright. was sent to Venezuela on business. En route he
stopped in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Martinique, Curacas and
Arruba. On his return to Vermont he stopped over in Panama for
2 days then visited his parents Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright, St.
DUES ARE DUE
Do you have a GREEN membership card for 1966? No well if
you don't you have not paid your dues. Please send them in as soon
as possible. $4.00 for Society Dues and $2.00 each for adults and
$1.00 for children for the Blood Bank. Those eligible for member-
ship in the Blood Bank, which is for Florida M3-, i.,-i, only, must be
members in good standing in the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
For a family consisting of man and wife, brother and sister, mother
and son or daughter. Membership for others does not include those
who are not dependent. Dependent members are those who have no
visible means of support.
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
THROUGH APRIL, 1966
We have been in the St. Petersburg Rod and Gun Club, 3601 9th
Street South over a year now, and all are enjoying having a comfort-
able meeting place very much, especially with ample parking, etc.
They also enjoy the refreshments and visiting with each other.
It was nice and warm during the winter, and we will be nice and
cool during the summer no bugs or mosquitos.
The June meeting is on the 8th, July 13th. August 10th, and
September the 14th. Hope you folks can make it each meeting
to start at 2 P.M. Please note that these meetings all take place on
the SECOND WEDNESDAY.
When you send in dues, changes of address, miss your Record, etc.,
please direct your mail to the Secretary-Treasurer NOT TO THE
EDITOR OR THE RECORDING SECRETARY it makes extra
work for them as they in turn must phone me, as ALL changes in
addresses are made by this office, then sent to the Editor and Record-
ing Secretary. The Editor composes the Record and has charge
of seeing that it is printed, then after the Recording Secretary
types the stickers and takes them to the Editor who places them on
the Records, they are picked up by a mailing service, taken to the
post office, weighed and are sent on their way. Of course if the
change is received after the Records are mailed they will be returned
to P. O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733.
Dues are coming in quite slowly to date 1505 have paid for
1966, 74 for 1967, 21 for 1968, 6 for 1969, 4 for 1970, 1 for 1971,
and 1 for 1972. In the Blood Bank 456 have paid for 1966 and 1 for
Dues are $4.00 annually, and they should be paid in January or
as soon as possible thereafter. When sending in your dues for your
membership in the Panama Canal Society of Florida you may in-
clude your Blood Bank dues in the same check, and Unless your
dues for 1'., are paid the September Record will not be mailed
to you. Please remember that if your Society dues are not paid your
Blood Bank membership is of no use to you.
Many of our members leave between May 1st and the 15th and
we will miss them terribly until they return in November. Do hope
your summer will be a pleasant one.
Happy birthdays to those who will celebrate them in the coming
Lucille S. Judd,
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
HIELiD AT THE ROD AND .GUN CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
FEBRUARY 9, 1966
The Meeting was opened at 2:00 P.M. by the President, Mr. Cecil
Banan, who led in The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Chaplain
Ros.s Cnningham then gave the Invocation. There were approx-
imately 140 present, which was a near record attendance for a
regular monthly meeting. Mr. Banan expressed his pleasure in seeing
so many out, and asked the Recording-Secretary to introduce the
visitors and members who had not been out in a long time. Those
standing to acknowledge their introductions and applause of the
members w ere:
Mr. and Mrs. Grover Bohan from Arkansas who attended the
Reunion, and are staying in Tampa for a short time.
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Mensanto from Iowa.
Mr. and Mrs. Mac McGee from Mass. visiting the William Aliens
Mrs. Louise Allen Dunedin.
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Madison now living in Crest Ridge Gardens.
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Mrs. Rosalie DeMers, Buena Vista, Tarpon Springs.
Mrs. Charlotte Laurie of St. Pete who had just returned from 6
months on the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Benny were among some of the local members
who had not been out in some time, also:
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pecrson, Mr. and Mis. Dwight Van Evera and
Mrs. Della Pilkerton.
Mrs. Regina Thomasen Bannister, down from New York for the
winter was welcomed as a new member.
The Minutes of the 34th Annual Reunion Meeting were read, and
approved as read.
Before Mrs. Judd read the correspondence, she asked those ladies
present who had attended the Reunion Luncheon, and did not receive
a copy of Sue Core Odom's book, Ravelings From A Panama Tap-
estry, to raise their hands, and their names were written down. Mrs.
Judd explained that a missing box of books had arrived, and the
few who had not received one at the luncheon would now be able to
General correspondence, engagements, wedding announcements,
births, resignations, notices of illness and deaths were then read by
Mrs. Judd. One of the members asked Lucille to give the members
a report on Captain Judd, which she did, saying that he was feeling
pretty good. She expressed her appreciation for the fine friend-
ships and encouragement manifested by the many members of the
Society. Those present seemed very happy to hear this first hand
report on Captain Judd.
Our Legislative Representative, Mr. Lockridge gave a short Report
on some of the aspects of Medicare, then held a short Question and
Answer period on the subject. He advised the members to retain any
health insurance they might have, but also to take out Medicare.
Happy Birthday was sung to those celebrating birthdays, before
the MAl-.iitng closed at 3:25 p.m. Delicious doughnuts were served
with coffee by volunteers, and a fine social time was had by all.
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
HELD AT THE ROD AND GUN CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
MARCH 9, 1966
The March 9th meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
was called to order at 2:10 p.m. by our President, Mr. Cecil Banan.
He led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, after which Chaplain
Ross Cunningham gave the Invocation. There were 120 visitors and
members present. Mr. Banan extended a warm welcome to all, and
called on the Recording Secretary to introduce the visitors, and those
members who had not been out in a long time. Those receiving a
special welcome were:
Mrs. Laura Martin from N. Y., visiting Mr. and Mrs. Shed-
Mrs. Carol Christensen from Maryland, visiting her parents, MI.
and Mrs. George (and infant daughter) Coleman.
Mr. Raymond Masine From Maryland, and a friend of Mrs.
Mr. and Mi,. L. R. Long from Hagerstown, M .I visiting Mrs.
Long's sister and brother in law, Mr. and Mrs. Stearn.
Mr. and Mrs. Louie House from Dallas.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ruffo from St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Bernice Howard welcomed back from a visit to the Canal
Mr. Nolan Bissell welcomed back from an extended trip to
Hawaii with Mrs. Bissell.
Other local members who had not attended in some time were:
Mr. Elmer Hogle, Mrs. Gertrude Gibson, Miss Jane Holcomb
and an almost new member who was out for the second time.
M. Toni Palis who recently retired from the Naval Station.
Redman, C. Z.
Mrs. Judd then read the notices of births, deaths, thank you notes,
general correspondence and other items of interest, all of which
will appear in the June issue of the Record.
Under Leglislative Reports, Mr. Lockridge again urged those
eligible to apply for Medicare, to do so, as the March 31st deadline
was drawing near. He advised the members lie would make a
Report at the next meeting, if the information was available, other-
wise the June Record would contain a report of all the facts
There was no unfinished or new business, and the President
entertained a motion to adjourn and the I~,.;iM ; closed at 3:05
p.m. Doughnuts and coffee were again enjoyed by all present.
MINUTES OF SCHEDULED MEETING
HELD AT THE ROD AND .GUN CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
APRIL 13, 1966
The April 13th meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Fla. was
called to order at 2:00 P.M. by the President, Mr. Cecil Banan.
He led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, and Ross Cunning-
ham, the Chaplain gave the Invocation. There were 126 members and
visitors present. They were given a cordial welcome by the Presi-
dent, and then introduced by the Recording Secretary. Those wel-
Mrs. Emily Whitten a new resident of St. Petersburg, from New
York, and formerly a C. Z. resident, having left there in 1928.
Mrs. Nettie Coy a visitor with Mrs. Whitten and a St. Petersburg
Mrs. Jackie Linker Seminole, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Gramlich Mrs. Francis Lenow Mrs. Ida
Walston were some who had not been out in a long time.
Mrs. Erna Hower, the C'hI.a ni.. of our Refreshment Committee had
not been able to be out recently, due to her husbands ill-
ness and subsequent death on March 26th.
I Betty Jorgoesen retired from C. Z. and now making her
home in St. Pete.
The Recording Secretary read the minutes of the meeting of
March 9th, and they were approved as read.
Mr. Lockridge, our Legislative Representative was called upon
and gave a short report on a bill in Congress for recomputing the
survivors annuity. He stated that the original bill did not contain
the above provision, but that NARCE had gone to work on the Bill
Committee to have the Amendment inserted under Sect. 507 to HR
14122. He said he had sent telegrams to 3 Senators supporting the
amendment and asked that as many members as possible send a
short letter of support to: Sen. M. S. Marrency, Chairman Senate
Committee, Senate Office Building, Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Judd then read notices of births, illnesses, deaths, and read
thank you letters and others of interest, all of which were enjoyed
as usual by those present. She said she wanted to thank Mr. Charlie
Holmelin for absenting himself from the Meeting to visit with
husband Ben, until she returned home. Of special interest was an
article in the Arlington Digest, Spring 1966, forwarded to Lucille,
by Vernon E. Sauvan of Chesapeake, Va. was on the late Mrs. Roger
Harlan Green's disposition of her estate to the local Diocese in Fla.
Under New Business, Mr. Banan read a special notice from the
President of the Society, notifying the members of a Special Meeting
of the Society to be held May 11 for the adoption or rejection of the
following amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws that had
been proposed by the Executive Committee as follows:
To amend Article 1-NAME-This organization shall be known as
"THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA" and shall be
operated as a NON-PROFIT organization for the welfare and good-
being of its members. (This amendment simply adds the words to
identify the Society as NON-PROFIT).
To amend Article IV OFFICERS the section to remain as
is, with the addition of the following sentence 'The Secretary-Treas-
urer; Recording Secretary; and the Record Editor shall be paid a
salary for work performed in connection with their duties, the
salary paid to be determined and set by the Executive Committee
from time to time."
Mr. Banan asked all who had celebrated a birthday since the
last meeting to stand, and led in singing Happy Birthday to them.
He then invited anyone who had anything to say under good of the
order to stand, but everyone seemed "talked out." He said that
some of our winter members might not be present at the next
meeting, and asked those members to stand. They were Ray
mond Hills, Tom Jordons, Emerson Fullers and Erma Forbes.** He
bid them i......1 ,.* for the Summer and Fall and then entertained
a motion to adjourn. The Meeting closed at 3:05 P.M. ('.,1t. and
doughnuts, served by Mrs. John Hower, Chairman of the Refresh-
ment Committee and her assistants, Mrs. Martin Nickel and Mrs.
Ernest Kieswetter were greatly enjoyed.
""Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kieswetter are also leading to visit their
daughter and son in law and grandchildren in Germany, and were
wished a fond farewell.
Mary Belle Hicks,
Robert T. Thomas, l em '!r of a well known Atlantic Side family
and a life-time resident of (atun, died at Coco Solo Hospital Feb.
17, after a long illness. He was 45 years old.
Mr. Thomas was bor n in Colon Hospital and attended the Canal
Zone schools in .Catun and Cristobal. Following his graduation from
Cristobal High School he joined the Canal organization as an ap-
prentice electrician. He served with the U. S. Navy in World War II
and was employed as a locks operator at Gatun in 1950. He remained
with that division until his retirement.
A member of a number of fraternal and civic organizations, Mr.
Thomas was extremely active in community life on the Atlantic
Side. He was a member of Sibert Lodge; a Past Patron of Coral
Chapter No. 3, of the Eastern Star; treasurer of Local No. 677
of the IBEW; member of the board of directors of the Atlantic
Locks Employees Association, member of Elks Lodge No. 1542; past
president of the Gatun Civic Council; charter member of Cristobal
Little Theatre; member of the advisory board of the Atlantic De-
Molay; and a vestryman at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in
Margarita for many years.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Mary Alice Thomas of Gatun;
a son. Robert T. Thomas, Jr., who is a senior in Cristobal High
School; and a daughter, Mary Grace, a student in Gatun Elementary
School. He also is survived by his mother, Mrs. Hugh M. Thomas,
of Arcadia, California; a brother, Hugh M. Thomas, Jr., of Los
Rios; three sisters: Mrs. Ralph Harvey of Balboa, Mrs. Max .arcia
of San Bernadino, California, and Mrs. Robert Wayman of Salinas;
and his mother-in-law, Mrs. James P. Dod, of Marfa, Texas. Inter-
ment in M-,i f.,, Texas.
Ralph Maurice Huls. 56, a 25-year employee of the State Depart-
ment who served in five Latin American countries, died in a West
Palm Beach, Fla. hospital, Feb. 17, 1966 after a heart attack.
Mr. Huls was business manager for what is now the Agency for
International Development in Panama, Gautemala, Nicaragua, Chile
and Brazil. Upon his retirement in 1964, he moved from Washing-
ton to 10881 Magnolia, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
He was a member of the board of the Mount Vernon Place Meth-
odist Church, Arlington, Va. and a member of the Mount Vernon
Players, a theatrical group.
Surviving are his wife, Tennille; a son Ralph Jr.; and four grand-
children, all of North Palm Beach, and one sister Elizabeth, Arling-
Mrs. Huls' address is P. 0. Box 12017, Lake Park, Fla.
Mrs. Herminia Fairbrother, of 917 La Boca, died March 5, 1966
in Gorgas Hospital. She was 63 years old.
Mrs. Fairbrother, who was born in Panama, resided in the Canal
Zone most of her life. Her husband. Charles H. Fairbrother, retired
from Panama Canal service in 1954.
Surviving her are two daughters, Mrs. Alice Meyers of La Boca,
and Mrs. Dora Egrys, of Washington, D. C., a brother, Julio Mata,
and three sisters, Mrs. Isabel Schmidt, Miss Carmen Mata and Mrs.
Fred O. Helmerichs, member of a well-known Canal Zone family,
died in Maracaibo, Venezuela, January 22.
Born June 11, 1920, in Ancon, he was raised and educated in the
Canal Zone, graduating from Balboa High School. During his youth
he was active in sports and was one of the better swimmers of his
time. He also was a part-time sports writer during his high school
days and prior to entering college. He graduated as an Accountant
from New York University in 1933.
After working in the United States for a few years, he was em-
ployed by the British-American Tobacco Company and returned
to Panama. He was later transferred to Caracas, Venezuela, where
he left the tobacco company and worked for various oil companies.
At the time of his death he was employed by the Sun Oil Company, in
the Maracaibo area.
He is survived by his widow, Flora Belle Moon; a daughter, Cris-
tina, 13; a son, Fred 10; of Maracaibo; his mother, Mrs. Anita Lin-
dell; a sister, Mrs. Rhoda Fox, and two brothers, Robert and Otto.
of the Canal Zone. Interment was at Houston, Texas, and local
memorial services were held in the Balboa Union Church, Feb. 5.
Miss Ruth M. Fraser, 56, died March 16, 1966 in Brtt.il.., N. Y.
She had been an instructor in a South Park High School for 33
years. Miss Frazer was born in Ancon, C. Z., was a graduate of the
University of Kentucky and holder of a Masters degree from Col-
umbia University. She was a member of South Park Baptist ''I,..)i ;
State Treasurer of Delta Kappa Gamma; member of Orchid ( 'I't-',
Order of Eastern Star, Balboa, C. Z. and a member of Panama Canal
Society of Florida. il- in .' are a sister, i\ Milton A. Smith.
Massey, Md.; three brothers, Wmi. A. Brooklyn, N. Y., James A. of
St. Petersburg, and Harold M. of Dunedin, Fla. who were with Miss
Fraser and attended the funeral.
Brooklyn, Conn.-The Rev. J. Willian L. Graham, 75, of Brook-
lyn, a retired Congregational minister, died April 7, 1966 at the Day
Kimball Hospital in Putnam.
He was born in Lower Economy, Nova Scotia, Nov. 24, 1890.
He received his early education in the Provincial School of Canada
and was a graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor,
Maine and Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.
He took postgraduate courses at Boston, Columbia and Princeton
He was ordained in 1923 in Hampden, Maine and has held pastor-
ates in Maine, Massachusetts and New York. He also spent five years
in the Canal Zone.
Rev. Graham was pastor of the Union Church in Gatun from 1948
His main interest was working with young people and during
his stay in the Canal Zone he was an executive board member of the
Boy Scout Council there.
In 1930 he was one of 150 American delegates on the good will
pilgrimage to Bournemouth, England.
For several years he served as lecturer for the Portland Pres-Her-
ald and while in the Canal Zone he was the radio preacher in Colon,
Panama. He retired in 1961. Mrs. Graham died in Dec. 1961.
He leaves a son, James L. Graham of Brooklyn; two daughters,
Mrs. Edwin S. Briggs, Norton, Mass., Mrs. Elliott C. Graham of
Suffield; a grandson. James Briggs of Norton, Mass.: four sisters
and a brother living in Canada.
Mrs. Samuel Roe, well known Atlantic side resident, died at Coco
Solo Hospital, February 26, 1966.
Mrs. Roe was the widow of the late Capt. Samuel Roe, chief detec-
tive of the Canal Zone Police who died in 1952.
Mrs. Roe, 70, died after a sudden illness.
Surviving Mrs. Roe are five children: Samuel. Jr., of Balboa;
Olga Spuer, San Fernando, Calif.; Ellen Blahnik, Norfolk, Va.;
James .of Houston, Texas, Robert Thomas, Los Angeles, Calif.;
and ten graduchildren.
Mrs. Marguerite Swanson MoGahhey, passed away suddenly Feb-
ruary 26, 1966 at her residence in Las Cumbres. C. Z.
Mrs. McGahhey, born August 12, 1885, at Newport, Tenn. first
went to the Isthmus in 1920 to join her husband who was an officer
with the 12th U. S. Cavalry and assigned to Corozal, Canal Zone.
Except for a short retirement in Miami and Gainsville, Florida they
have been residents of the Isthmus for the bulk of their 59 years
of married life.
Mrs. McGahhey is survived by her husband, James Thomas Mc
Gahhey, two sons (Francis of Panama and James of New York), a
daughter (Emily McGahhey Crawford of Las Cumbres), four grand-
sons, two great grondsons, and a great granddaughter, also a brother
Francis Swanson of Petersburg, Virginia.
John G. McCoy, a retired Panama Canal employee, on February
24 at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. McCoy was born in Danville, Pa., May 6, 1895. He worked
with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh, Pa. and then
served with the U. S. Army from 1917 to 1919.
Upon receiving an honorable discharge after World War I he
worked in the Washington office of the Panama Canal Company
until February 1928 when he went to the Canal Zone and was em-
ployed as a clerk. Hie was promoted to senior clerk in 1941 and
to Administrative Assistant in 1944.
He transferred to the Personnel Bureau in May 1950 as a position
classifier. On October 26, 1952, he was promoted to Salary and Wage
Analyst with the Wage and Classification Division. He retired from
the Canal organization May 31, 1954.
He is survived in his family by his wife, Almena; by two daugh-
ters, Mrs. Mary Ann Poznick of Pitman, N. J., and Miss Julia Gay
McCoy of Tallahassee, Fla.; and by three grandchildren.
He was Past Exalted Ruler and past District Deputy Grand Ex-
alted Ruler of Panama Canal Zone Lodge No. 1414, Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks. He also was a member of the Masonic
Funeral services were held February 26 and interment was in
Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Petersburg, Florida.
John Lambert Williams, 78, well-known Atlantic Side resident,
died February 12, 1966.
Mr. Williams, who first went to the Isthmus in 1916 with the U. S.
Army, was employed in the Panama Canal Electrical Division on
the Atlantic Side from 1925 to 1949. His death flli..',,d a month's
A native of Jenkinstown, Pa., Mr. Williams spent most of his life
in Panama and Costa Rica and was active in the Boy Scout move-
ment in Panama, the Canal Zone and Costa Rica and a number of
fraternal and civic organizations in the Canal Zone.
For his work with the Boy Scouts, he was awarded the Silver
Beaver Badge, was an Eagle Scout and the holder of Scout Master's
Key and several Boy Scout citations from Panama, Costa Rica and
the Canal Zone.
He was a life member of Sibert Lodge, AF&AM; a life member of
the Royal Arch Masons, Cristobal Chapter No. 2; a member of
Cristobal Lodge No. 2, IOOF, and a Past District Deputy and
Sovereign Grand Master of the Canal Zone TOOF. He also was a
Past Patron Royal of the Royal Palm Chapter of the Order of the
Eastern Star, a member of Elbert C. Waid Post of the American
Legion, a member of Elks Lodge No. 1542, and a charter member of
the Cristobal Little Theater.
He is survived by a daughter, Miss Grace Williams, with whom he
made his home; daughters Mrs. Robert T. O'Connor, Jr., of Balboa
and Mrs. E. E. Chancelor of Eureka, California, and nine grand-
Mrs. Mary T. Klaes, widow of Predrick P. Klaes died January 25,
1966. Her sister Mrs. Isabel C. Haven, 15 S. White St., Pough-
keepsie, N. Y. sent in this notice.
Dr. Lamont Whittier died in a hospital in Sacramento, Calif..
January 25, 1966. Dr. Whittier was the Schools Dr. on the Zone until
1951, when he returned to the States. His widow Thelma survives.
Her address is Box 125 Bodega Bay, Calif., 94923.
Mr. Ralph W. Stallings, died March 19, 1966, following a severe
stroke on February 2nd., after which he was admitted to a Hunts-
ville, Ala. hospital. He was with the Mechanical Division on the
Zone, where the family was active in the Balboa Heights Baptist
Church. Mrs. Stallings preceded him in death on January 15, 1966.
A son Albert R. Stallings and three grandchildren survive. They
reside at 2208 La Salle Rd. N. W., Huntsville, Ala. 35810.
Dr. Dennis Frank Reeder, 87, who retired in 1953, died March 19,
in a hospital in Miami, Fla. He was born September 26, 1878 in
Benton, Kentucky; received an M.D. degree from the University of
Louisville, Kentucky in 1905; married Minnie Sargent that same
year before going to the Canal Zone. Dr. Reeder arrived in the
Canal Zone in 1906, where he worked with General Gorgas and was
made Chief of the E. N. T. Division, Ancon Hospital in 1909. With
Dr. A. B. Herrick and Dr. William James he founded the Herrick
Clinic and Panama Hospital. He founded or helped found Panama
Hospital-was pres.; Rotary Club-was pres.; Medical Society-was
pres. Golf Club; Balboa Heights Baptist Church and Abou Saud
(Masons). Honors bestowed on Dr. Reeder were from the Univers-
ity of Louisville for 55 years service given to distinguished grad-
uates, Panama Rotary Club, Republic of Ecuador (1930) Republic
of Panama all for distinguished service. The Republic of Panama
also gave him the Eloy Alfaro and the Vasco de Balboa medals.
He was a Mason for 50 years; was former President and Co-owner
of the Robert Clay hotel; Hotel Veradero in Cuba and Hotel Inter-
national in Panama; devised an instrument for the removal of
cataracts a small tool with a sharp cutting edge and by grafts
developed a very fine strain of mango and avocado. Dr. Reeder is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. Kathleen Trincheri of Miami, Fla.
and Mrs. John Gens, New Canaan, Conn., 6 grandchildren and 5
Jack C. Randall, retired Chief of Community Services Division.
died March 1, 1966 at Oschner Clinic, New Orleans.
Mr. Randall was a 2nd generation Canal Zone employee, his
father was a Building Division employee.
Originally employed in 1926, he worked through a series of pos-
itions, before being promoted to Assistant District Quarter 11.,-ter
on the Atlantic side. In 1950 he was named Housing Manager of the
Cristobal office. He left the Canal Service briefly in 1951 to become
a Doctor of Chiropractic through study in Davenport, Iowa and
returned to the Canal Zone service after receiving his degree. He
was made Chief of Housing and Grounds Division in 1958. He was
active in the Teenage baseball league and was president of the
Fastlich Teenage baseball league.
He retired after 28 years and 6 months service then he and his
wife Mildred, bought a yacht in Baltimore and named it "El
(Iringo" ii which they cruised for 8 months in United States and
Caribbean waters, their ultimate destination being Sarasota, Florida.
He was a member of Sojourners Lodge AF&AM, Cristobal and
About Saad Temple. Masonic and religious services were held in
Dunedin and was well attended by many Canal Zone friends. Burial
was in W. P'alm Beach and graveside service was given by Ross
Cunningham, a long time friend of Jack's and the P. C. Society's
Chaplain. In addition to his wife, Mildred, he is survived by his
daughter, Mrs. Joy Maale, W. Palm Beach, a son Jack who is at
present in the Peace Corp., three grandchildren, two sisters, Florence
Harrison and Charlotte Eckert both of Dunedin.
Miss Miriam I. Stine, 52, a registered nurse at the Library of
Congress, died of cancer February 9 at her home, at 3801 Con-
necticut Ave. NW. She had been ill for some time.
Born in New Brunswick, Md., she attended the public schools there
and was graduated from the old Emergency Hospital School here.
After graduation, Miss Stine served as a nurse in Panama. She
then joined the Navy and served in World War II.
She returned to Washington as a private nurse and stayed there
until the Korean War when she rejoined the Navy. After the war
she went to work at the Library of Congress.
She was a member of the District Nurses Association and the New
York Avenue Presbyterian Church's Women's Association.
She leaves one sister. Mildred C. of Frederick, Md., and five
brothers: Ralph E. and Millard of Frederick, Russell P. and Paul L.
of New Brunswick, and Carroll J. of Baltimore.
John Hower, 71, 724 27th Avenue S., St. Petersburg, Fla. died
March 25, 1966. He was born in the Netherlands and had lived here
eight years, coming from Fairhope, Ala. He was a retired marine
engineer for U. S. Government in the Panama Canal Zone, a member
of Panama Canal Society and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife, Erna; a son, Dr. John Hower, Jr. of Shaker
Heights, Ohio; two brothers in Rotterdam; and three grandchildren.
Robert Ellis, 72, retired Panama Canal employee died at Panama
Hospital February 8, 1966.
Mr. Ellis went to Panama in 1929 and was with the Canal Zone
Police Division one year before he left. He returned to the Isthmus
in 1940 and was employed with the Municipal Engineer's Dept.
When Mr. Ellis retired in 1955, he was working with the oil
handling plant, Balboa.
In his family he is survived by his wife, Elena of Panama City,
two brothers, Orla of NoCona, Tex., and Dewey of Joplin, Mo. A
nephew, Kenneth Ellis of Joplin, Mo., went to Panama to attend the
Mrs. Nelly Hummer, widow of the late Charles D. Hummer, died
March 10 at Mound Park Hospital in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Hummer, a long time resident of the Canal Zone and wife
of the holder of a Roosevelt Medal presented him for his part in
Canal construction, had only recently returned to St. Petersburg
after an extended visit in the Canal Zone with her sons, Joe and
Charles W. Hummer, both of La Boca.
Mrs. Hummer was born in Lemont, Ill., in 1881.
She is survived by her two sons in the Canal Zone and by five
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Randolph Earl Snediker, 83, of 12722 Woodland Ave., died Febru-
ary 27, 1966 at the residence after a lingering illness. Mr. Snediker
was born in Dayton, Ohio and had lived in Jacksonville since 1953,
moving from Colombia in South America. THe was a member of the
Catholic Church and was a retired engineer with the U. S. Govern-
ment and had spent many years in the Panama Canal Zone. Sur-
vivors include his wife, Mrs. Ana Zuleta Snediker of Jacksonville;
two daughters, Mrs. John Hamilton and Miss Amber Lee Snediker of
Napa, Calif.; two sisters in California and four grandchildren.
William Lee Pidgeon, a resident of Redlands, Calif. for 18 years.
collapsed and died at the wheel of his car February 14. 1966 after
entering the Municipal Parking lot at Fifth and Citrus.
Mr. Pidgeon, who was 83 years old, was a native of Philadelphia,
Penna. Pi.-,,,- going to Redlands, where his home was at 841 West
Sunset Drive, he lived in the Canal Zone for 25 years, and was a
former president of the A.F.G.E. Lodge of Balboa, Canal Zone.
He joined the Highland .In...'.- Lodge in Jersey City, N. Y., in
1920 and was a member of York Rites Bodies Royal Arch and
Knights Templar, serving as Commander of the Knights Templar,
Canal Zone, Commandery No. 1. He was also a member of the shlil.
in the Canal Zone, the Redlands Shrine Club and the Order of East-
ern Star in the Canal Zone.
Mr. Pidgeon leaves his wife, Dillie V. Pidgeon of Redlands; one
son, John Leeds Pidgeon of Riverside; and three grandchildren.
Christopher, Katherine and Sarah Pidgeon, all of Riverside.
Herman 1. Homa, age 77, a former resident of Miiami and well-
known tile contractor, passed away in Panama, April 7.. tor. ima
had moved to the Isthmus in 1940 as a tile sub-contractor of Miami
Tile and llMa:' l Company. He worked with Tucker Mic( ... in lith
construction of quarto'is at Ft. Kobbe, Ft. (layton, and Albrook Air
Force Base. He continued contracting in the Canal Zone as II. 1.
Homa Co. with his son, C. William Homa, who joined him in 1947.
Last year Mr. Homa was awarded a 50-year plaque from Mos.iic
Tile Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, in recognition of the half-a-century's
business relations. He was born in South Africa, attending schools in
South Africa, and Scotland. In his early youth, he went with his
parents to Chicago, Ill., moving to Miami in 1917 operating his
tile business before moving to Panama in 1940. Mr. Homa was a
well-known bridge player, he was a Mason, member of Temple
Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Mahi Shrine. He was a mem-
ber of the Balboa Lions Club, the B'nai B'rith of Panama City
and the Union Club of Panama City. He is survived by his wife,
Etta, with whom he celebrated his Golden Wedding Anniversary
in Miami several years ago; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Stein, Hib-
bing, Minn.; a son, C. William Homa of Gamboa; six grandchildren,
Bruce, Gary, Diane, Dean and Donna Homa of Gamboa, Martha
Stein of Hibbing, Minnesota; a brother, Jack Homa of Chicago;
two sisters, Mrs. Joe Hyman of Chicago, Mrs. Harry Heckmann of
Scarsdale, N. Y., together with numerous nephews and nieces.
Services were held April 13 in Panama, following which he was
returned to Miami for further services and interment.
Mrs. Elizabeth B. Hunt, 72, of 2811 Leslie Lake Drive N., St.
Petersburg, Fla. passed away April 20, 1966. Born in New York City,
she moved to St. Petersburg 15 years ago from the Panama Canal
Zone. She attended the Church of the Transfiguration Catholic
Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday April
23, 1966, at the Church of the Transfiguration, with the Rev. Father
Edward J. Mulligan, Celebrant. Interment followed in Woodlawn
Mrs. Wealtha A. Landers, aunt of Lucille Judd, passed away in
Alexandria, Virginia on March 24th. Mrs. Landers visited the Judds
some years ago, and was present for the Reunion. She made many
friends during her stay. She was 90 years young. at the time of
Cecil Chadwick Miller, 80, retired area manager of the Florida
State Industrial Commission in Lakeland, died in a Tampa hospital.
A former Tampa resident, he had returned to live here at 3404
Bay-to-Bay Blvd. after his retirement six years ago.
Mr. Miller was, at one time Panama Canal Zone yardmaster, and
later was associated with the United Fruit Co. in Tela, Honduras.
He had attended the First Christian Church of Tampa where he
was a member of the Golden Band Sunday School class.
Mr. Miller is survived by his widow, Mrs. Thelma Boyd Miller;
two sisters, Mrs. Julia Gilbert, Gainesville, and Mrs. Ernest Smith,
Bartow; a daughter, Mrs. N. W. Benjamin of Tampa; two nephews,
S. M. Whistler, Chicago, and Dr. Ernest C. Smith, Englewood, and
Col. John C. Adams, U.S.A. (ret.), and his wife Alberta Adams
died in the crash of a small plane piloted by Colonel Adams some-
where between Honduras and Texas, according to news received by
friends on the Isthmus.
Both Col. and Mrs. Adams were well known former residents of
the Isthmus. They lived in Panama following Colonel Adams retire-
ment from the Army in 1947. During recent years they had been
living on Islas de Bajia in Honduras.
Colonel Adams was a native of Texas and Mrs. Adams was the
former Alberta Sanson of Philadelphia. He was a graduate of the
U. S. Military Academy at West Point and served two tours of
duty on the Isthmus, one at Fort Davis and the other at Fort
They are survived by two sons: Albert Adams, an employee of the
Panama Canal Construction Division, and Peter J. Adams, Hous-
George S. McCullough, Chief of the Building and Equipment Sec-
tion of the Supply Department in Balboa, died at Gorgas Hospital,
January 19 following an apparent heart attack. He was 56 years old.
A native of Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, Mr. McCullough went to
the Canal Zone in 1942 as an empolyee of the Supply Division. He
worked in the motion picture section in Balboa and was ti lii ,f' 1, .
to the position of Building and Equipment Section Chief in 1956.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary A. McCullough of Balboa,
a son, George, Jr., a student in Curundu Junior High School; and
two daughters, Mrs. Gwen Lee Graf of Michigan City, Ind., and
Miss Betty Jane McCullough of South Bend, Ind., and three grand-
Mrs. Sylvia Staples, 55, widow of Charles E. Staples, and a former
employee of the Payroll and Machine Accounting Branch of the
Accounting Division, died February 17, 1966 in Lynwood, California.
A native of Cherry Hill, Virginia, MI -. Staples went to the Tsth-
mus with her husband in 1941 and lived in the Canal Zone for many
years. Her husband, who was foreman in the Balboa Motor Trans-
portation Division Tire Repair and Recapping shop, died suddenly
in November 1963.
She was employed by the Panama Canal in 1951 in Personnel
Records and was transferred to the Payroll Branch in 1954. She was
retired in March 1965 because of poor health.
Since her retirement, she has been living in Lynwood. She is
survived by her daughter, Mrs. Diane Shillinglaw and two grand-
children, all of Lynwood.
John William Stoudner, retired employee of the Dredging Div-
ision and well known former resident of the Pacific Side, died March
4 in Mound Park Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, following a
long illness. He was 74 years old.
A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Mr. Stoudner went to the
Canal Zone in 1918 as a member of a baseball team. He liked the
Isthmus so much that he stayed and got a job as an electric pump-
man in the Dredging Division.
He was made foreman painter in 1920 and remained in that
position the remainder of his Canal service. He was retired in 1951
after more than 31 years of service and had been living in St.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Hazel L. Stoudner of St. Petersburg,
a son, Richard, who is employed with the Canal Zone Customs Div-
ision in Balboa; a daughter, Mrs. James Rios of Tuscadero, Calif-
ornia; and a step-daughter, Mrs. Wilma Heles of Buford, South
Carolina. He is also survived by five grandchildren and two great
William C. H-hi_.. 83, a former labor official died February 21,
1966 of a heart attack at his home in Litchfield, Ill.
Hushing was a retired chairman of the American Federation of
Labor's legislative Coin. He and his committee worked for pass-
age of several labor bills, including the Norris-LaGuardia Act, the
Davis-Bacon Act, the National Labor Relations Act and the Walsh-
He retired in 1956 and moved to his native Litchfield in 1960.
Hushing joined the pattern-maker's Union in 1910 and worked
in the Midwest.
He went to the Panama Canal Zone and organized civilian workers
there establishing the Central Labor Union and the Metal Trades
Council, while he was still working as a pattern-maker.
Hushing bIecame the Panama legislative representative, traveling
between the Canal Zone and Washington to press for enactment of
labor laws. He became an organizer with the AFL's national office
before joining its legislative staff in 1932.
lie leaves his wife, Mrs. Girtha E. Hushing, who lives with their
daughter, Mrs. Thelma Dawson, at 3435 Washington Drive, Falls
Church. He also leaves a sister, Ota M.ly ITii,1 ;r.. 815 N. State St.,
Litchfield, and a granddaughter.
John L. Bissett a Canal Zone retiree of 8712 Sylvan Hills, High-
way, North Little Rock, Ark., passed on February 14, 1966. He was
ib ill health for quite a while. He was an employee of the Pacific
Locks and the family lived in Cocoli. C. Z. He was a native of
Virginia, also a Navy retiree, and the funeral and interment were
held in Portsmouth, Va., their old home. He is survived by his wife,
Mildred and daughter Kathleen who resides in Seattle, Wash., and
Mrs. Ethel M. Dreyer, widow of Stephen A. Dreyer who died
Feb. 9, 1965, entered Gorgas Hospital and died Jan. 24. 1966.
Her late husband had been an electrician employed with the
Electrical Division in Cristobal.
Mrs. Drcyer is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harry C. Elliott
of Ancon and Miss Beverly Dreyer. who wa;; graduated from Cristo-
bal High School last June and now is a student at the Canal Zone
College; and by two grandchildren.
Miss Dorothy Henry, 64. well known former resident of the Al-
lantic side and a teacher in the Canal Zone elementary schools for
nearly 30 years, died at her home in Virginia, Minnesota.
Miss Henry, retired from service in 1963 and has been living since
then in Minnesota.
She went to the Isthmus from Ml;n, ..1 i, in 1935 and all her years
of service with the Canal Zone Division of Schools were on the
Atlantic side. Her classes were in the Cristobal Elementary School
on Colon Beach until that school was moved to Margarita. She taught
there until her retirement.
She is survived by two brothers who live in the United States.
Earl Oscar Flagg, 80-year old retired employee of the Panama
Canal Locks Division died at Gorgas Hospital N-\v'. il,,i.-r 25.
Mr. Flagg was born in Junction City, Kansas and went to lPanii;a
in 1924 to operate a coffee plantation in the Province of C'li, p11 i
He was employed by the Panama Canal in 1929 as a wireman and
later was with the Locks Division. He was retired in 1947. Since
then he has been living in Panama.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Bertha F1:i-: of Costa Mesa.
California; a daughter, Vivian and a son, Irvin, also of California.
He was a member of the Magnolia Lodge No. 242 of Santo Bar-
bara, California; a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies and of Abou
Saad Shrine and the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Interment took place in South Norfolk, Virginia where Masonic
services were conducted by the South Norfolk Lodge 339.
Benjamin F. Slaughter, employee of the Industrial Division at
Mount Hope and a well known resident of the Atlantic side, died
January 17, 1966 at Coco Solo Hospital following a brief illness.
He was 52 years old.
A native of Texas, Mr. Slaughter went to the Canal Zone in 1941
as a machinist in the former Mechanical Division in Balboa. He re-
mained there until 1948 when he and his family returned to Texas
for two years.
Mr. S1 ir~lht-r returned to Panama in 1950 and was employed in
the Locks Division. He was transferred to the Industrial Division
at Mt. Hope in 1952 and since 1963 had been an estimated and
planner in the Industrial Division office.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Betty J. Slaughter who is
Department Store Manager at Coco Solo Retail Store; and three
sons: Jeffry, GCor_-. and John Terrell, all of whom are in school in
the United States.
Word has been received of the death February 12. 1966 in Chicago
of Bernard Frances Pohren.
A former Panama Canal Co. employee, Mr. Pohren retired three
year ago with 29 years of service. He was initially employed with the
Dredging Division and resided in Gamboa until his transfer to the
Mechanical Division on the Atlantic Side and at the time of his
retirement was a resident of Margarita.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Mary Pohren, a daughter, Mary,
and a son, Peter. Burial took place in New York.
Mrs. Mercedes Gomez, 89, a former Isthmian resident who was
visiting from Tampa, Fla., died at Gorgas Hospital March 16, 1966.
For the past three weeks she was a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Barton P.
Scott of Balboa, family friends.
Mrs. Gomez made her home in Balboa with her son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Herschel Gandy, for 30 years and after
her son-in-law retired in 1963 she made her home with them in
She is survived by her daughter, 11 Angela M. Gandy, and her
son-in-law Herschel Gandy; by two grandchildren, Roy Gandy of
Tampa, Fla., and Mrs. Ruth Lance, of Cheboygen, Michigan; by four
Interment in Corozal cemetery.
Chaplain S. W. Salisbury, 82, died March 13, 1966, of a massive
cerebral hemorrhage in Le Roy, New York. He was buried in Arling-
ton, Va. with full honors. Surviving is his widow, Mary Fagan Salis-
bury. Nor other details available.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
P. O. BOX 11566
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
We must have your ZIP CODE NUMBER FOR BULK MAILING
- It has been requested several times but many have disregarded
sending it in. Your Record is mailed to you by BULK MAILING.
We have been notified by the United States Post Office of St. Peters-
burg, Florida that all mail covered by such designated mailing
MUST bear the ZIP CODE NUMBER. In the March 1965 Record
a form was inserted on page 73 making it convenient for you to clip
and mail to the SECRETARY-TREASURER this information. Many
were kind enough to take advantage of this form, others disregarded
it completely. IF YOU HAVE NOT SENT IN THE ZIP CODE
NUMBER PLEASE DO SO NOW. A post card will suffice.
Lucille S. Judd
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
Our dinner-meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles
was held on Sunday, March 13, 1966, at the Alexandria Hotel in
Los Angeles. There were 96 attending and new officers were elected
for the coming year:
David L. Smith, President
Mrs. Lyman Smith (Betty Clement), Vice President
Mrs. Paul E. Kline (Mildred Phillips), Secretary-Treasurer
It was great seeing our faithful regulars who attend meetings and
support the officers, and many out-of-town folks. Special greetings
to Mr. Frank Sasse, brother of Catherine Walters, from Buffalo,
N. Y.; May Borkstrom and Lillian Farr from Texas, visiting with
Julie McKenzie; Mrs. Josephine Huff, Globe, Arizona; William
Taylor and Catherine Schaefer from San Diego; Claude and Vera
Howell from Apple Valley; D. J. and Lillian Evans from Sun City;
Mr. Francis Christe; Frances Greening, Edith McGinn and Esther
Calcutt from Santa Barbara; Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Argo and Mr.
John F. Phillips (the latter with his daughter and son-in-law, Mil-
dred and Paul Kline), from Leisure World, Laguna Hills. Newcomers
to our meeting. Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ridge and their daughter Vir-
ginia Dolim of Los Angeles; and Mrs. Julie A. Lindo, guest of Mrs.
Rose Snyder. It was a good day and a joy seeing everybody.
We are sorry to report the deaths of Mr. William Pigdeon on
February 14, 1966 at Redlands, Calif.; Mrs. Stanley Stearns, in
January 1966 at San Mateo, Calif., and Mr. Henry Wunsch on March
28, 1966 in Los Angeles.
We enjoyed two solos by David Smith, accompanied by Dorothy
Hamlin at the piano! "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise" and
We also enjoyed a fine, colored sound motion picture on The
Panama Canal scenes of the canal and vicinity, and the control
rooms of the locks and the many views of the Canal Zone brought
back pleasant memories.
M and Mrs. Larry Ridge sold their home in Palos Verdes and are
now living in Los Angeles. Their grandson, Henry, son of Virginia
Ridge Dolim, graduated from U.S.C. in June and received his com-
mission as second lieutenant, stationed at William Air Force Base.
Granddaughter Diane is a sophomore at U.C.L.A. Virginia's hus-
band, retired Air Force Colonel, is now an Aeronautical Engineer
at Hughes Co.
Just received word that Mrs. Caroline Hackett of Hillsborough,
Calif. died in March 1966. She had been living with her daughter.
They formerly lived in Glendale, Calif. No other details.
Mr. Leo Ortman has had recent surgery but is getting along
nicely. They were unable to attend the dinner-meeting, but she
writes that he is feeling better.
Mrs. Elizabeth W. Jones is moving to The White Sands, 7450
Olivetas Ave., La Jolla, Calif., from Monrovia. Her son, Capt. Wil-
liam W. Jones is Commandant at the near-by Naval Air Base,
Mirmar, and she will be able to be near him and his family.
We learned from Helen Bolton that Phil and Blanche Lupfer
were robbed of part of Phil's coin collection he managed to save
some part of it but both of them were roughed up a bit. They
are all right now.
From all reports the auto trip to the Canal Zone which was made
by the Arthur Cottons, Milton Wrights and J. L. Longs, was an en-
joyable one. They all had a wonderful time and enjoyed the beau-
tiful and interesting scenery en route. They all saw many old
friends in the Canal Zone.
Timothy Mann writes that he is deserting California he re-
tired on December 30, 1965 and moved to 745 81st St., Miami
Beach 33141, and would be glad to see former Canal Zone folks in
his new home.
Mrs. Joseph Wimmer (Sallie) and daughter Edith, have moved
into their lovely new home at 19275 Knapp Street, Northridge, Calif.
Miss Eleanor Barlow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert H. Bar-
low, was installed as President of the California Assoc. of Education-
al Office Employees during the conference of the association held in
Sacramento in February. She is secretary of the Work Experience
Section, Los Angeles City School. Both Eleanor and her twin sister,
Martie were born on the Canal Zone.
Helena Fitch of Berkeley, writes that she attended the Northern
Calif. meeting in January and enjoyed seeing so many old friends.
Says she is well, but is slowing down -- she will be 90 years old
Mrs. Erma Forbes of Hemet, wrote that she enjoyed a visit with
her sister in Tucson; her brother and family in San Benita, Texas.
She enjoyed seeing many old friends and neighbors at the reunion
in St. Petersburg: Wells and Anna Wright; E. B. and Vera Stevens;
Hattie and Roland Jones; Jessie and Walter Lindsay; Mary Davies;
Edna and Herb Judson and many others. She hopes to visit her
daughter and family in Topeka, Kansas before returning to Calif.
Claudia (Howell) Fletcher of Martinez, California (daughter of
Claude and Vera Howell) is teaching piano and organ. Her daughter
Linda Pierce is a TWA stewardess flying out of San Francisco to all
parts of the world.
Herb and Marian Stapf of Carlsbad are driving to St. Petersburg
and Treasure Island, Florida, for a two month vacation with Marie
and Bill Dunlop, and M. Lran's sisters and their families. During
their absence Ann and Jay Jones will take over their avocado
We welcome as members, Conrad and Inga Didrickson, 5903 Bag-
ley Drive, Twenty Nine Palms, California; Mrs. Virginia (Ridge)
Dolim, 9580 La Tijera Blvd., Los Angeles, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert
L. Rhodes, 123 South E. St., No. 22 Oxnard, California 93030
Our next meeting will be a picnic on the second Sunday in June,
at Brookside Park, Pasadena, and we will welcome anyone who
would like to come. Everybody is invited!
And so it goes here in Southern California.
Hasta la vista,
Mildred Kline, Secretary
In January, Bit Kendrick and Dot Kennedy shared an unexpected
surprise when they accidentally met Charles J. McGinn, 23222 Eva-
lyn Avenue, Torrence, California, after a women's banquet, and
found he was a former Gatunite. They found they had many mutual
friends, and Charles, who is a Major and spends quite a bit of
time in the Denver area on TDY at the Martin Plant, hadn't known
there was a C. Z. society in Colorado, and had been stationed at
Lowry Air Force Base for several years before being transferred to
Blanche Matheney writes that daughter Ellen finished school in
January and is now back home in Panama. She took the examination
for PAA stewardess in Miami while on her way home and received
word she has been accepted. She will probably enter the class
starting the end of May or the first of June. Grover Matheney won
the Panama Golf Club Championship the first of February by 16
strokes and also the medalist prize.
Heard through Blanche that the Jack Evans almost didn't make
the reunion in St. Pete. Jack fell and broke his arm while visiting
Muriel in Birmingham, but recovered sufficiently enough to attend
the reunion, and Muriel drove them to St. Pete. Blanche's mother,
Mrs. Adler, also attended the reunion and had a wonderful time.
Carl Hoffman and his son, Pete, visited with the Roy Kennedys one
Sunday in February. Carl was on a business trip and stopped by in
Denver to see Pete, who had graduated from New Mexico Uni-
versity in January and who is now working as a mechanical engineer
for Climax Molybdenum Company in Climax, Colorado. Carl said his
parents are doing fine, and that the rest of his family are all well
and happy. Their second son is due to get out of the service soon and
will also go to New Mexico to school.
Mrs. Frank Murray will soon have the Irwins (Nell and Harold)
of San Rafael, California, as house guests. They will arrive in
Boulder on \M.iy 4 and will stay with her for several days before
going on east for Harold to attend his 50th college class anniversary.
Congratulations, Mr. Irwin! We know you'll really enjoy seeing all
your old classmates.
Margaret Maphis of Boulder, Colorado, reports that her daughter,
Conway, and husband, David W. Plumer, who used to live in Colon,
are very happy in Elkhon, Maryland, where Mr. Plumer now has
his own church. The Plumers have four children. Mrs. Maphis' son,
Sam, and his wife (Colia Goodin) have three children. They live in
Boulder and Sam commutes to Denver where he works for the Mar-
tin Company. Recent visitors of the Maphis' were the Larry Horines
of the Canal Zone. Larry was at the University of Colorado turning
in his thesis for his doctorate.
Mrs. Maphis said she had read of Bruce Quinn (Mark's son) dir-
ecting the Canal Zone little theater play, "The Sound of Music."
The little theater, located in Ancon, Canal Zone, has produced
"Oklahoma" and "South Pacific" in past years. This latest pro-
duction, "The Sound of Music", started its run on April 13.
Mr. Leonard Stark, president of the Colorado society, reports that
his wife is coming along fine after her operation and that he is
getting housemaid's knee from having to do all the housework. I
think he likes it though.
The Roy Kennedys are really enjoying their _iII.l1.1:n.lit, and
don't feel too old at that!
FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
Ft. Lauderdale has had more than its share of visitors, and we
all have enjoyed each and every one that has come to see us and our
lovely city. The David Yerkes were the newest residents to move
into the Coral Ridge Towers. They had barely settled in their new
home when they had as their first guest, Peggy's aunt, Mrs. W. N.
Damback. We hope that she will become a permanent resident.
Later they had a visit of a few days from Dr. and Mrs. Strumpf, now
retired from the Zone. During Easter the young David Verkes if'
Birmingham, Alabama, spent a few days, which was a happy occasion
for David and Peggy. They enjoyed a short visit from the Wells
The Leroy Magnusons have been busy as beavers entertaining.
They took a short trip to Panama and Roy did some fishing, and on
their return they entertained Leo Lessiack, Bob's father. He too is
thinking of Florida as a permanent home. Then during Easter week
they had Kay Sergeant, the lovely young daughter of the Dick
Si.li ::iitd. on her vacation from college. They also enjoyed a visit
with Earl J. Donnelly and his bride Inez, and took a trip to the
Keys with them.
Edward Hughes, a P. C. Pilot who has taken an apartment here on
a yearly basis had the misfortune to injure his leg and was in the
hospital. He is now at home and wish for him a speedy recovery.
The Lonnie Von Siclens are due here early in May to occupy their
lovely new home in "The Landings".
Grace Culp and Margaret Purdham of Ft. Myers, as well as the
Roger Williams, Bev. Des Londes, her son Danny, and Jack Crouch
all went to Miami on Saturday, the 23rd of April, to attend the
wedding of Shelia Mitten and Terry Stepp. Dr. Mitten, father of
the bride, came from California for the wedding, and is the house-
guest of Johnny and Connie Wright in Boca Raton. Others attend-
ing was the bride's mother, two sisters and niece of the Canal
Zone. Other out of town guests included the bride's grandmother
Mrs. Mitten, Sr. and her aunt Billy Mitten with her two young
New additions to our town include Leonard and Isabel (Cody)
Wolford, former residents of Tampa, Florida.
Kay Schock (Max) and her daughter are now settled in their
new home at 2924 North West, 6th Terrace. Kay took a short trip
to Jacksonville where she met her son Morgan. She too has had
visitors from the Zone Mrs. Mary Jane White and her son
Patrick, Virginia Spencer; and a most surprising visit from General
and Mrs. Frank A. Toby (Chaplain Corps) who was pastor of the
Union Church in Balboa. They came from Atlanta where they had
attended a convention. Mary Harrison had as visitors her brother-
in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Boukley of Akron, Ohio. She
returned with them for a short visit and is now once more in her
Betty Crawford had Rose Casey (Mrs. J. W.) of Balboa for a
houseguest for a few days. Before that for a long visit was Mrs.
J. Frank Hanley (Gladys) who spent a month here. During her
stay Betty and her sister Rachel Rudolph had a lovely coffee
party much enjoyed by all.
Joe and May Coplan formerly of Las Cumbrcs and Curundu, who
have been almost a year in our town, with their two children Jane
and Paul had Georoge Bates of Curundu for a short visit; also
Lieut. Colonel Lotto from Atlanta, Georgia. Another enjoyable visit
was had with Vera and Raymond Hill of Sarasota. The Coplans also
took a trip to Bradenton to visit May's cousin, Mrs. Gene Fortner
and her family. Joe will be off to Pennsylvania as soon as it gets
"warm" according to Joe to settle his father's estate, Benjamin
Coplan, who passed away recently.
Roger and Dotty Williams, with Roger's mother, moved into their
new home, a lovely apartment in the Crystal Lake apartments. Roger
is most enthusiastic their apartment overlooks the golf course -
and he plans to do much playing.
Maria Hunsecker who like the writer, spent most of her life
in the Zone, has settled in Ft. Lauderdale -- has a lovely nt..Il I,,ni
and is enjoying visits from an old friend from New Jersey, Mrs. Joe
Valara, and Mrs. Daisy L. Chen of Panama City. Daisy has been
appointed Vice-Consul of Panama to Djakarta, Indonesia, and will
go there after attending the Federation of Women's Club being held
Dick and Grace Dehlingcr have made two quick trips to the
U.S.A. They are former Canal Zone folks. They made a trip to Wash-
ington to attend a convention and had with them Lucho Accarraga
and his group, who played there, as well as at the Panama Embassy
and later at the Veterans Hospital. They appeared oi T.V. in Miami,
and it is good to hear that music again.
Bob and Ella Lombroia came up for the Easter vacation --- spent
a couple of days with Bob's aunt and cousin, the Bellos, a day with
Barbara Hutchings, another day with the James Hunters, and the
rest of the time in Coral Gables with the William Bowens. They plan
to come up for the summer and attend the graduation of their
granddaughter, Joan Payne, and then spend the summer in Mary-
land at the shore with Mrs. Lambert, the Abie Howards, and the
rest of that gang around there.
Elizabeth Sudron paid another visit to Barbara Hutchings she
is an old timer to this town by now -- but sorry that she decided
to settle in San Antonio on retirement. Dr. and Mrs. Strumpf moved
from the Yerkes to the A. D. Hutchings residence for a short visit.
Barbara provided them with much amusement while the Strmnipfs
and she were out to dinner one evening Barbara's place was robbed
- what a mess -- nothing much lost, but it took all three of us,
as well as Barbara Hutchings Schmitt, who lives in an apartment
across the hall, and her in-laws, the James Hunters, hours to put
back into drawers and chests all the stuff they had emptied looking
for money. Strumpfs are off to Europe and finally to see their
daughter Dorothy graduate from the Univ. of Madrid.
Barbara Schmitt (Hutchings) had as her Easter visitor her
daughter Sande Schmitt, who is a freshman at Emerson College in
Boston, and taking speech therapy naturally Sande was happy
to be home and sop up some sunshine and "shop." The two Barbaras
had an exciting week due to unforseen circumstances (car break,
etc.) Barbara Ann Schmitt inherited three co-eds from Michigan
State, Joe Perry, Bridget Mulligan and Rose Mary Conlan. She
bedded them down and Barbara Sr. fed them. Had a big time with
the gals and they also enjoyed a trip to Sebring, where they
took in the races.
Jim Ridge of Balboa and Panama, who owns a home in Ft. Lauder-
dale was here for a few days primarily to have dental work done.
Kay and Bill Rohrback of Maitland were visitors to South Florida
visiting with the Melansons and the Roger Williams.
Ann and Frank Cunningham of Pompano are off to Japan and
other spots about the 22nd of May they will take off by ship
from the west coast. On their return they will visit relatives and
do not expect to return before three months or so. They had the
J. A. Snyders of Boca Raton and their granddaughter Jo Ann for
a visit. The latter is a student at Ryder College in New Jersey.
Ann Williams, and her houseguest Mrs. Beachley of the C. Z.,
returned to Balboa for a visit with Ann's mother and father.
Byrne and Armella Hutchings of Venice, California, have pur-
chased a home and will be coming here to live by the end of June.
They will be a welcome addition to our group of Canal Zone folks.
Mrs. Thomas Breheny (Marion) had visiting her Charles and Sue
Magee of Massachusetts for a month, also Betty Smith (now Mrs.
John and Mary Connard have sold Ft. Lauderdale's charms to
his brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Ann Connard. Happiness in
your new home Tom and Ann.
Dorothy Barton of Balboa is here for a few days visiting with her
relatives, the Dewey Stowers of Ft. Lauderdale. Dotty flew up to
see her father, Herbert Gates, of Hallendale, who is at present in
Barbara M. Hutchings
At a meeting of the Executive Board of the Florida Panama Canal
Society it was decided to add an Amendment to the By-Laws of the
Constitution which would include the words, Non-Profit Organ-
ization. This was voted on at the Special Meeting on May 11, at
the St. Petersburg Rod and Gun Club (Lake Maggiore).
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
After much dilly-dallying, first blowing warm and coaxing out
the blossoms, then blowing cold and nipping them in the bud, Fickle
Spring has about decided to stay awhile. With Spring comes the
urge to get in step with her and show signs of renewal. Of course,
we could resort to the old-fashioned Spring Tonic of sulphur and mo-
lasses, or choose the more modern Tonic of attending a Spring Fair
viewing the crafts of Winter pastimes, as whittling, painting, quilt-
ing or sculpting, or, better still, go to your State Federation of
N.A.R.C.E. which is what your reporter and family did on April 21
and 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas where we met the Grover Bohans
of Jonesboro (Billie is Sec'ty of local Chapter) and the Walter
Wagners of Mountain Home. Ruth Daniel, Secty of Fayetteville
Chapter and Newell Shaw were delegates. As an ardent booster for
N.A.R.C.E,, it was heartening to hear of the increase in membership
of both local and National of Retired Civil Employees who apprec-
iate the recent increase enough to join the one and only organization
that works for them. We are proud to announce that Walter Wagner
is the new President of Arkansas Federation of N.A.R.C.E. and has
chosen his wife, Iola to be the Secty. Congratulations to the
N.A.R.C.E. of Arkansas and felicitations to the Wagners. Being
President calls for hard work and a dedicated spirit we know.
for we have been there.
Ever mindful of gathering news for the CANAL RECORD, I
learned the Bohans had greatly enjoyed their sojourn in Florida
last Winter and meeting many friends at the Reunion. The Wagners
report that Paul and Edna Furr spent a few days with them iii
March. Howard and Edna Munro o\vernighted with them on tlhil
way from California to Washington, D. C. Their daughter, Sarah
Ann, will be a student at our University for the summer. Walter and
Iola will attend the National Convention of N.A.R.C.E. in Jackson-
ville, Florida in June. Before returning home they plan to visit in
Alexandria, Va. and Washington, D. C. A visit with the Orville Hine
family, former minister of Balboa Union Church, later going to
Wellesley, Mass. to see daughter Louise and family, returning home
by way of Chicago in time to celebrate their 45th anniversary.
Many will remember Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Pearce of Illinois when
they visited their daughter Alice Pearce Nail, wife of Wm. "Red"
Nail and granddaughter Lisa. The Pearces later moved to Rogers,
Arkansas where the Nails now reside. Mr. Pearce passed away March
8th after a long illness at the age of 81. Our deep sympathy to Mr.
Pearce's loved ones. From Mr. Van Calloway, San Salvador, El
Salvador comes news of the death of Ernest Doyle on January 19th
in San Salvador. Mr. Calloway requested we notify the readers of
CANAL RECORD. Mr. Doyle worked on the Pedro Miguel Locks for
many years, was a resident of Pedro Miguel and a neighbor of ours.
He retired to Costa Rica where he lived until about two years ago
when he moved to San Salvador. His widow resides at 3 Avenida
Norte 2-1, Santa Tecla, El Salvador (Mrs. Clare A. Doyle).
We were happy to see bouyant Peggy Ellis of Houston when she
visited her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Thomas
of Fayetteville. A hurried call brought a group of 20 former Canal
Zone friends, now living in the Ozarks, to our Community Adult
Center for an impromptu and delightful get-together with Peggy.
Our own Barbara Shaw arrived this week from the Zone with our
two grandsons, Mark and Alan to be with her family, the David
Peels of Bentonville for the summer. Sorry! this is not "vacation
year" for our Ray Shaw now connected with the Construction
The Walter Reifs (Martha) report that Clarence and Hazel Kilbey
of Balboa are expected to arrive next week. They are retiring and
will stay in these parts for a period of inspection before settling
down. Clarence has been heading the Clubhouse Division. Walter and
Martha are building a new carport. Their nearby neighbors, Mike
and Minnie Burton are busy making a garden and polishing the
house in preparation of the coming of Minnie's son, St. Sgt. Robert
G. Crooks and wife. Sgt. Crooks has just arrived in the States from
a 2% yr. tour of duty in Viet Nam, where he was a paratrooper and
is entitled to wear the "Green Beret." Bob is now in Oregon, will
visit his sister Nancy, wife of St. Sgt. Koepplinger, at present
stationed in Washington, will soon be transferred to Tucson, Ari-
zona. While in Fayetteville, Bob will see his sister Judy, wife of
Charles Daily who will graduate in June from our University as
Business Administrator and is assigned to V. A. system in Austin,
Among the sweet girl graduates of 1966 from Fayetteville High
School will be Elizabeth, daughter of Heinie and Theo Hallin, an
Honor student, Football Cheerleader and Queen, member of Mixed
Chorus and one of 12 of the select ('lI.,';ii:.I.-< which received Ex-
cellent rating in a recent National contest. Theo has been chosen
as a Trainee for Counselor of the Federal Summer Guidance Institute
Program for Improving Education. Their son, David has been ac-
cepted for Officers Training School U. S. Marines and proud Heinie
is busy renewing their house and garden. The Ed. Higgins (Mildred
Makibbin) reports the return of her mother Cora Makibbin to Tenn.
accompanied by her son Henry after spending the Winter in the
Canal Zone visiting her three sons. Henry will return in May. Mrs.
Patricia Higgins Canerdy, with husband Charles, has moved to
Atlanta, Ga. where Charles will be a designer with Coca-Cola
April 24th, Ruth Daniel's birthday, we all went a'riding to Ben-
tonville for news which we gathered in the lovvely spic-span home
of Ernest and Haleen Williams. We found our hosts, hale and
hearty and hospitable, serving Birthday refreshments. The "Big
News" with the three Engelke families is the coming of Mother
Engelke to make her home with George and Edith, illi ing by Jet
from California where she is visiting her sons Harry and Steve.
Herbert and Alice Engelke had their daughter Mary Alice, Mrs.
B. J. Williford, of Margarita for a month's visit while her husband
Bob was in school in Miami, Florida. They will return to the
Zone in May.
This is Dogwood Season. The Carl Newhards and Glenn Terrell
families were on a tour, but left news for you. Carl and Helen
Newhard and the rest of us, are all a'dither for they have bought
a new house, No. 816 Carson Drive and will move in a couple of
weeks. They will just be "around the corner" from their present
location. Their son Bruce and family will stop in Bentonville on his
way to Louisville, Kentucky where he has ti.in'.'. .-l to the Corps
of Engineers on the Ohio River. Glenn and Etta Fay went to New
Orleans to a wedding. Whose wedding? she didn't say. Visited
with relatives in Mississippi and brought back plenty of oysters
and plantains. Jean Bleakley said "No news we just commuiiit
to Kansas City, Kansas every, few weeks to see daughter Marie
McDaniel and family."
From Mattie MacAuley we learned that it is now Lt. Col. James
B. Coman, Jr. in Huntsville, Alabama. His father, Jimmie Coman is
doing real well recuperating from a serious auto accident and is
again driving his car. Julie Ann Coman Potter will graduate from
our U of A in June with a degree in Education. Her husband, Larry
Potter is employed in the Planning Section of the City of Fayette-
ville. Another Canal Zoner to graduate in June from our University
is Thomas Ebdon, son of Joe and Rae (Newhard) Ebdon which
event will bring his parents to the occasion.
Fred and Jessie Newhard are on an extended trip "Back East"
visiting friends in Knoxville, Tenn., Westerville and Steubenville,
Ohio, Silver Springs, Md., Washington, D. C., then on to New Haven,
Conn. for Fred Jr.'s graduation from Culinary Institute of America,
June 3rd. When and if Fred Jr. ever returns to these parts he has
promised to put on a dinner for our Community Adult Center.
In Rogers, Lynn and Maude Cook told of a trip to Jackson, Miss.
to see the happy bride and groom, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn R. Cook, Jr.
(for details search elsewhere in CANAL RECORD). Maude men-
tioned the terrible devastation of the recent tornado in Miss. Cul-
tivating choice house plants is Maude's Winter pastime. In Spring-
dale we found those friends of many years, Carrie Mathues and
Marione Campbell enjoying life together in Carrie's home. The
fragrance of Roast Turkey in the oven speaks well for Carrie's
delicious meals. We welcome the Joe Conklins to our midst, for they
have purchased a home in Springdale.
President Newhard invites y'all to our picnic on Sunday, June
12th, at Noon, Agri Park, Hwy 112, West of the University. Have a
Blanche E. Shaw
HOUSTON, TEXAS REPORT
Two of our members have had the sad news, that their mothers
are no longer with us. Both lived in Panama. We extend to James
Roe and the rest of her family, our sincerest sympathy, at the
passing of their mother, Mrs. Olga Roe. And to Mrs. R. B. Ward
and her family, upon the loss of her mother, Mrs. A. H. Bleyer.
We are glad to report that one of our past Presidents, Mr. Al
Brown, who suffered a stroke in February and spent two months
in the Methodist Hospital has been transferred to the V. A. Hos-
pital here, and is showing some improvement. Let lone hear from
you that know them.
As if it was not enough for Hugh to have had a real severe heart
attack a few months ago, Bertha Turner had to submit to major
surgery on March 17th. They both have made marvelous recoveries,
for which we are very grateful. They have had a great spirit
through it all.
Our president, Mr. Louie Souder and his family have had a good
deal of illness, too. Louie was in the Hospital for 4 days, and Mrs.
Long, Myrtle's mother, and their daughter, Helen Rae McDougal
have both been sick. We wish for them much better health in the
We are told that E. W. Schnakes have at last decided to settle
in this area. Their son, Dr. Edward Schnake is in Dickerson, Tex.
with his family, and their daughter, Barbara Jeffers and family
are there and Barbara is teaching school. We welcome this fine
family to our community and hope to see a lot of them, soon.
Miss Mary Orr is a visitor in Houston at the present time. She is
the guest of her two brothers, Bob and Mattes Orr and their families.
As is her custom, once a year Peggy J. Ellis has made a 3 weeks
tour of Oklahoma, Nebraska and Arkansas, visiting her relatives
and old friends.
It. has been reported that the Harley Stroops, formerly of Arling-
ton, Tex., have moved to Whitney, which is a few miles from Waco.
We are wondering why they did not come on down to the Bayou
City. Harley has retired from a fine job with the Electric Co. of
Mrs. George Lowe, Sr., has moved to Houston recently. She is a
sister of Mrs. Bates Weiman and Mrs. Walter Brown and is related
to the rest of the Morrison family, a large number of whom have
gathered back here from whence they went to the Canal Zone in
Mrs. Tilly Levy was surprised with a visit from her good friends
from the Gatun days, Mr. Louie and Mrs. Jessie Hauss of Dallas.
They had been on a trip to Florida and just stopped by for a few
days. Submitted by Bertha Turner, Sec.
Assisted by P. J. E.
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
in February, M1I.. Michael F. Greene entertained at a brI.t'.lf..
and card party honoring her mother, Mrs. Robert J. Neely, on her
Virginia and Gilbert Morland of Brazos Heights visited Mike and
Marion Greene. Gil is president and general manager of the C. B.
Fenton and Company on the Canal Zone. While in Sarasota, Gil
participated in the Fourth Annual DeSoto National Amateur Golf
Billy Hitchcock, son of Mrs. and Mrs. William C. Hitchcock,
recently completed two weeks active duty in Washington, D. C. Bill
has been working in Hartford, Conn. since his discharge from the
navy last year.
Mr. and Mrs. David Gatz of DeSoto Lakes enjoyed a visit with
their neice, Anna Galloway Daniel, her husband, Pat Daniel and
their two daughters, Kathy 6 and Tricia 21, of New Orleans and
Pat's mother, Mrs. Charlotte Daniel of Alvin, Texas. The family
were on their way to the Canal Zone to visit Anna's mother, Mrs.
Billie Galloway. Ruth Gatz and Billie Galloway are sisters.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fender on vacation from Margarita visited
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Hills at their home in Tri-Par Estates,
before going to visit relatives in Kentucky.
Vera and Raymond Hills left later in the month for their home
in Camden, Maine after spending the winter months in Sarasota.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Yost of Gloucester, Mass. called on Fran
and Roger Orvis while they were vacationing in Venice. When Fran
and Roger were married in Balboa over 37 years ago, Stan and
Marion were their first neighbors. Marion is now teaching in the
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady of Lakeland were guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Michael F. Greene.
Easter holiday guests at the B. Donald Humphrey home included
their son, Donald L. Humphrey; his wife, Dotti, and their two year
old daughter, Danna Lynne. Donald is a communications technician
3rd class with the navy stationed at Key West. The Jr. Humphreys
also visited Dotti's family, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Frost in Tampa.
Mr. and Mrs. Luke T. Palumbo, Ft. Lauderdale, who were married
during Easter week visited Mr. and Mrs. B. Donald Humphrey.
In April, James (Buster) Burgoon gave a talk on the History of
the Canal Zone, when he was guest speaker at the Sarasota Chapter
of the Civitan Club. He reports that it was a most interested group
and in the question and answer period which followed they asked
The Burgoon's daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Karen) Timm, who was
a prima ballerina of Panama, is now teaching ballet in Levittown.
Pa. The studio is planning a recital in June. Laura Jeanne Timm,
31/, accompanies her mother to the studio to get pointers.
Mrs. J. 0. Barnes entertained the C. Z. Birthday Club at a "kaffee
klatch" in February. Mildred Neely, originator of the club, was
the birthday girl honored. The members also honored Mrs. Robert J.
Neely with a hanky shower, as she was celebrating her birthday
that week. The shower was planned as a surprise to "'Muz"' as she is
affectionately called, and to her daughters, Mildred, and Marion
When Fran Orvis entertained the birthday club she presented each
one with a cook book she had made and compiled of favorite recipes
of the members.
The birthday club held a no host covered dish dinner at the home
of Mrs. John W. B. Hall, in April, as a farewell to Mrs. Jack C.
(Mildred) Randall, who was moving to West Palm Beach. Other
special guests were Miil.hli''s sisters-in-law, Florence Harrison and
Mr. and Mrs. David T. Mann (Donna Humphrey) and their
children, Debbie, Donald and Doug, had as guests during the Easter
holidays, Dave's brother and family, Jim and Marilyn Mann and
two daughters, Kim 7, and Karlena 3, from West Fairlee, Vermont.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain are visiting for a few days with Mr.
and Mrs. John W. B. Hall. Harry recently retired from the Trnns-
portation and Terminals Division after 31 years government service.
He and Jay are planning to buy a home in Kensington Park.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Orvis had a visit with Roger's sister, Mrs.
Walter (Vivian) Rader of Boynton Beach. Before coming to Sara-
sota, Vivian visited her mother-in-law. Mrs. Coreene M. MT-n'llii
weg, in St. Petersburg.
Francis Orvis entertained the Florida Association of the Canal
Zone Past Matrons of the Order of Eastern Star at a morning
coffee preceding the February Meeting. There were 14 present.
Mr. and Mrs. John W. B. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene,
Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Orvis, Mrs. Matilda Neely,. Miss Mildred
Neely and Mrs. B. Donald Humphrey were in Clearwater the week-
end of the Sweet Adelines convention in April and were among those
congratulating the Pan Canettes quartet from the Canal Zone chap-
ter who won first place.
While the group were having lunch and getting caught up on the
latest news, sitting at the next table was a former Zonite. Mrs.
Jeanine Nix Donaldson from Hollywood, Fla. said she was a member
of the "Magic City" Miami chapter. While most of us didn't re-
member Jeanine, who lived in Gatun and graduated from Cristobal
High School in 1952 we knew her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl N.
Nix, who are now living in Austin, Texas.
Edward C. (Sonny) Stroop, Jr. and his youngest son, Mark Ed-
ward 3, of Merritt Island visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. C.
Also visiting the Sr. Stroops was Clyde's sister, Mrs. Ethel Pitt-
man of San Francisco, Calif., a civilian employee with the navy in
the Canal Zone until her recent retirement. Ethel also visited her
daughter, Mrs. Grace Desslar, and children in Tampa.
Jeanne and Buster Burgoon had as house guest Jeanne's sister,
Mrs. Kitty Rankin, who has just returned from an extended tour
and plans to reside at Lido Beach.
Kitty visited her son-in-law, Lt. Col. George A. Farne, USA;
daughter, Jacquie, and their four children in Oklahoma. Col. Fame is
on the Artillery Advisory Board at Ft. Sill, Okla. The family has
recently returned from three years in Okinawa. While her husband
was stationed in Okinawa, Jacquie taught the mute people there
and won several awards from the government for her work.
Kitty also visited another daughter (Joyce) and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Leslie Jaspar and their five children in Sacramento, Calif., and
got acquainted for the first time with her youngest grandson,
Stephen Jaspar, born last July. Leslie is a Korean War Hero. Joyce
has been working for NASA in the finance department for several years.
Mildred Randall writes that she is settled in her new apartment
in West Palm Beach and is near her daughter, Joyce. Her address
is Apt. 110, 3915 South Flagler Dr., West Palm Beach, Fla.
Charlie and Florence Harrison are renting Mildred's trailer home
in Sarasota, their new address is: 4832 Sea Island Avenue, Tri-Par
Estates, Sarasota, 33580.
Barney Barnes recently became a member of the Sarasota Air
Search and Rescue Squadron, a chartered non-profit organization
which makes week-end sunset patrols for ships in distress and at
other times when called upon by the Civil Defense and Coast Guard
with which it is allied. Barney is an observer with the volunteer
organization. Gladys B. Humphrey
NEW YORK SOCIETY
The New York Society of the Panama Canal held its 42nd Annual
Reunion on Saturday, May 7th, with a luncheon at the Brass Rail
Restaurant, 521 5th Avenue. New York City. President Ralph H.
After a standing toast to "The President of the United States"
Colonel Sartor welcomed the ladies present, also the new members
who were present for the first time. A very pleasant "refreshment
hour" was spent before the Luncheon in reminisence of days of old,
on the Isthmus.
At the conclusion of the Luncheon, Col. Sartor expressed his
appreciation and welcome to the oldtimers who had travelled con-
siderable distance to be with us. Interesting talks were made by
Colonel Goethals, Dr. Salisbury and William E. Russell.
The Secretary stated that at the Reunion last year a Resolution
pertaining to the present Canal and the proposed construction of a
new Canal was unanimously adopted, and copies were forwarded to
the President, and to Congressmen Flood of Penna., Anderson of
Tennessee and Bow of Ohio. All Congressmen acknowledged receipt
and stated that they were in complete agreement with the Resolu-
tions. A reply was also received from Asst. Secretary of State. Jack
H. Vaughn, who outlined the views of the Administration.
A letter was also read from Aileen Gorgas Wrightson extending
best wishes to those present and requesting that all get behind the
Theodore Roosevelt Medal Association of Panama Canal Construe.
tion Veterans, to urge Congress to give favorable consideration to
Bills now introduced in behalf of those excluded from the 1 i iat -
of legislation enacted in 1944.
The fiii]-... 1- were present at the Reunion: Mrs. Vir.i!i;t Aranda.
New York City ; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Case, Trenton, N. J.; Maurice
Deputron, Jersey City, N. J., James Eason, Wilton Conn., Fred Einer-
mann and Fred Einermann, Jr., Ramsey, N. J., Mr. and Mrs. John
Fitzpatrick. Brooklyn, N. Y., Col, George R. (Goethals, New York
(ity. John Hanson, Cranford, N. J., Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harlwig,
Brooklyn, N. Y., Marguerite Herrick, New York City, Ivor Jones and
Ivor Jones, Jr., Glenside, Pa., E. C. Mackey and daughters Betty and
Mrs. Carbone, Philadelphia, Pa., Edward Maltby, Brooklyn, N. Y.,
William McCauley and Mrs. Betty Schweit, New York City, Col.
Thomas Mooney, Brooklyn, N. Y., M. E. Rupp, Brooklyn, N. Y.,
Win. E. Russell, Bronxville, N. Y., Dr. and Mrs. Edw. Salisbury,
Plandome, Long Island, Ralph Sartor, Drum Point, St. Nichaels,
Md., George Starr, New York City.
Communications were received from the following, who ex-
pressed regrets that they could not be present and asked to be
remembered to those present. From Gov. Maurice H. Thatcher,
Washington, D. C. who extended an invitation to the Reunion of
the Washington Society, to be held May 21st in Washington, D. C.;
From John Sweek, Hollywood, Fla., William R. McCann, Hopewell,
Va., Wm. C. Hearon, Staten Island, N. Y., Floyd C. Freeman, Mid-
land, Michigan, Hartley Rowe, Newton Center, Massachusetts, Don.
MacIntyre Madeira Beach, Florida, Wm. M. Kennedy, Miami Beach,
Fla., Harry Bloss, Tampa, Florida, Harry Bortin, San Francisco,
Calif., Pat Farrell, Brooklyn, N. Y. Harold Delevante, Brooklyn, N.
Y., John Kiernan, Rahway, N. J., Eugene Owens, Media, Pa., Albert
Van Zandt, Blawenberg, N. J., Mrs. Mary Victoreen, Pitsfield, Mass.,
and Mrs. Charles Bleakley, Roscoe, N. Y.
It was with prrt'i.nIl sorrow that the death of the following mem-
bers, during the past year, was announced.
Fred Frederiksen at New York City, August 6, 1965
Stephen O'Brien at Flushing, N. Y., January 31, 1966
Dr. Louis Wender at New York City, February 8, 1966
C. Jeff King at Canford, N. J., April 29, 1966
Mrs. Edna Sweek at New York City, February 1966 (Ladies Aux.)
For the year 1966, the following were elected -
President ---------------------------- Ralph H. Sartor
Vice President ---- --------- Dr. Edward I. Salisbury
Secretary-Treasurer ---------------------John J. Fitzpatrick
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
William E. Russell Maurice B. DePutron James T. Eason
At the close of the luetr!nL.. Colonel Sartor thanked those present,
with the hope that we would all be present at our next Reunion.
John J. Fitzpatrick
ISTHMIAN NEWS REEL
Marine Biological Research Associates of Balboa has placed a rare
and beautiful collection of marine mollusks on display at the Canal
Zone Library-Museum. This display is perhaps the largest collection
of Panama Province sea shells ever displayed in the Panama area.
The shells, part of a permanent collection, include rare Conus
such as the Conus orion, the rarest shell in the Gulf of Panama. The
marine mollusk display, rich in variety of color and shapes, include
shells of all sizes ranging from the giant Fasciolaria princeps, which.
when fully matured, may reach 15 inches in length, to the Micro-
cithara harpiformis, a little beauty that measures 25 mm.
A favorite of shell collectors all over the world, Strombus per-
uvianus, also is found in the collection. Also among the shell speci-
mens is perhaps the largest mollusk ever taken alive from the Gulf
of Panama, the Giant Malea Ringens.
These beautiful shells have been found in the sea, the water-soaked
sands along the Pacific coastal waters, on the Perlas islands, at
Coiba Island, Venado Beach, and at Palo Seco.
The restoration project of historic Fort San Lorcnza, off the
Caribbean Coast in the Canal Zone, is generating an ever-widening
circle of interest on the Isthmus of Panama.
This was evidenced recently when His Excellency Emilio Pan de
Soralucc, Spain's Ambassador to the Republic of Panama, presented
photographic negatives of old charts of the Fort to Major General
.J. D. Alger, Commander, P. S. Army Forces Southern Command.
General Alger initiated the rehabilitation i'i I last October as
a joint U.S.-Panama long-range effort to restore the historic ruins
The landmark, four-centuries old, lies on USARSO's Fort Sherman
The Spanish Ambassador, a personal friend of General Alger, has
also been interested in the project as the old fort was built by Spaii
and played an important role in the settlement of the New World.
He obtained photographic negatives of old charts from archives
of the Spanish Government and presented them to General Alger.
Prints have since been made from the negatives by photographic
laboratory technicians of the Pictorial Branch USARSO Signal Of-
fice. They will be used for display and publicity purposes to illustrate
USARSO's historically valuable Fort Sam Lorenzo restoration project.
Oldest Fort under the United States Flag, built Jimout 1575.
Captured by Morgan's Raiders in 1671. Captured and partly destroy-
ed by Sir Edward Vernon in 1740. Rebuilt by Spaniards in 1751 -
1752. Used as a Port of Call and transhipping as late as 1852.
When the SS Calanca, a 274-foot refrigerator banana (arrier.
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