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authorities are trying to find an alternate
site; the difference in commercial courses
in U. S.-rate and local-rate high schools,
with the Governor reporting that 67 per-
cent of the U. S.-rate high school grad-
uates go to college while the local-rate
high schools prepare their students for
jobs immediately after high school;
covered walkways for some schools, this
matter being included in the 1955 budget;
standardization of equipment to prevent
a large inventory of such items as plumb-
ing parts; demolition of houses in Balboa
Flats, half of which are now to be torn
down in fiscal year 1954 and the re-
mainder the following fiscal year; a tenta-
tive building program for Pedro Miguel
where about 70 new houses may be
constructed in 1956; and a question as to
whether any costs of maintaining the
Armed Forces are attributable to the
Canal Zone Government, which the
Governor answered in the negative.

Attending the meeting were: The
Governor; E. A. Doolan, Personnel Di-
rector; and Forrest G. Dunsmoor, Admin-
istrative Assistant to the Governor; and
the following employee representatives:

William S. McKeej Machinists; Joseph
Garriel, Plumbers; Mr. Loveladv and Mr.
Gandy, AFGE; Walter Wagner, Mr.
Tobin, Owen J. Corrigan, and Mr.
Hatchett, Central Labor Union; Andrew
Lieberman, Marine Engineers; Mr. Ham-
mond, General Committee of Civic
Councils; Mrs. Rennie, Pacific Civic
Council; Mr. Rice, Cristobal-Margarita
Civic Council; Captain Ward, Gamboa
Council; Bronson Powell, Pedro Miguel
Council; Raymond Ralph and Carl N.
Nix, Gatun Council; and Chester Luhr,
Pacific Locks Association.

Fireman's Ball Tonight

Tonight is the night of the annual
Canal Zone Fire Fighters Ball, to be
held at the Hotel El Panama. The
affair is the second to he given by
this group.

The advance sale of tickets indicates
that an even larger attendance than
last sear's is expected.

Frederick A. Slohl, of the Balboa Fire
Station, is chairman of this year's Ball.
Features of the dance will be a floor
show and three door prizes.

November 7, 1952


Washington Office Is
Moved To Indiana Ave.

The Panama Canal Company's Wash-
ington office, established about 1905, was
moved October 20 to its new location on
the seventh floor of 101 Indiana Avenue
in Washington, I). C. The move of the
office from its longtime location was
almost simultaneous with the retirement
of B. F. Bui-dick, who had headed the
Washington office since 1939.

The new Washington office will be the
headquarters of the Company's Secretary,
W. M. Whitman, and will have a staff
of eight.

Many of its functions have been trans-
ferred within the past months to other
units of the Company. Purchasing opera-
tions are now handled by the Office of the
Vice President in New York; accounting
becomes the function of the Comptroller,
and personnel work now comes under the
Personnel Director.

The Personnel Bureau is maintaining a
small staff in the Washington office, under


the direction of Otto Helmerichs, form-
erly of the Central Labor Office here and
more recently a recruiting officer with the
Civil Service Commission. Mr. Helme-
richs' staff will handle certain recruitment
functions and will also do some wage
statistical work as well as maintaining
liaison with the Civil Service Commission.

All U. S.-rate recruitment is now
centered in the Employment and Utiliza-
tion Division of the Personnel Bureau and
inquiries ai. to employment should be
sent to the Canal Zone rather than to

Mr. Burdick retired October IS after
more than 34 years of Government ser-
vice. Born in Houston, Ala., he worked
for 18 years with the War Department
and the General Accounting Office,
joining the Canal organization in 1936.

After a few months in the Canal Zone,
he was made Assistant Chief of the
Washington office in 1936. He was made
Chief in 1939, and at the same time he
became a member of the Board of

Seven tons of war-vital crude rubber
from the Darien section of Panama were
dispatched to the United States on Army
bombers during the early part of World
War II.

In charge of the shipment was a
representative of the Rubber Reserve Co.

B. I. Everson Named
Assistant Director

The appointment of B. I. Everson as
Assistant Railroad and Terminals Direc-
tor was announced late in October.

Mr. Everson was Superintendent of the
Motor Transportation Division from 1947
until his new appointment.

He has been succeeded as Motor Trans-
portation Division Superintendent by
Roger W. Adams.

Both appointments were effective No-
vember 2.

Both Mr. Everson and Mr. Adams are
graduates of the in-service training course
of the Canal organization, as well as of
Balboa High School.

Both also hold degrees in Mechanical
Engineering, Mr. Everson from Carnegie
Institute of Technology and Mr. Adams
from Iowa State College.

Shipwrights, Plumbers, Organize

After Hour Classes For Study

{Continued from pageS shipwright and

boatbuilder crafts. Five apprentices and
twelve journeymen meet for a two-hour
session each Monday night.

Although the Industrial Training Coor-
dinator is nominally the instructor, most
of the actual teaching is done by members
of the class.

Four projects have been planned for
the mechanics and the first of them, a
course in Hull Lines and Tables of Offsets
was the project for October, November,
and December.

Members of this class are the following
journeymen: John Van der Heyden,
Alrick L. Nelson, Duncan Laird, Martin
G. Klontz, Charles K. McNiel, Walter D.
Johnston, William Wirtz, Jr., Vincent \).
Ridge, R. C. Casanova, 0. P. Strickland,
R. H. Kirkpatrick, and Vincent Canamas,
and the following apprentices, John A.
Pescod, Edward Bringas, Clifton Hay-
ward, Robert Brown, and James Ramsey.

The bringing together of the practical
knowledge of the journeymen and the
theoretical knowledge of the apprentice
school is proving advantageous to all in
the class, but especially to the apprentices.

Here !

RUDOLPH, the record reindeer, is back again this
year, sticking his big, red, bulbous nose into our Christ-
mas business.

And it isn't too soon to be thinking about Christ-
mas either.

You'll find him at the records sections of Canal
Clubhouses, along with a lot of other records you can
buy for the holiday season

Rudolph's records will retell his adventures with Santa Claus. Other Christmas
records will brighten the holidays with other songs and stories.

There are many records in the records sections especially for Christmas
listening; and there are a lot of other records that are just right for Christmas giving.

There are records for children, records to please 'teen-agers, and records for
all kinds of adult tastes. There are jazz and classics, tunes of today and oldtime
tunes — something to please everyone.

They are available at the records sections in all speeds and in single records or
albums. There are records to fit different phonographs and differing states of finance.

A record is a lasting thing that gives pleasure throughout the year.

When you're Christmas shopping, remember to buy records from the Canal
Company Clubhouses.



November 7, 1952

Here Are The Canal Zone Teams —

BALBOA BULLDOGS have a big squad. Left to right: bottom row: Miller Haynes, (manager) Abdiel Flynn, Tom Davidson, Joe Oliver, Fred Cotton, Ed Benny,
Ray Nickisher, Ronnie Stover, Carl Widell, Cesar Von Chong, Bob Glud, and Danny Gressang; second row: Francis Boyd, Jim Stevens, Jim Fulton, Don Huff, Curtis
Jeffries, Paul Smith, Everett Stacy, Larry Keene, Bill Dawson, Bill Campbell and Dick Lomedico; third row: Tom Grim'ison (manager), Jim Jones, Tom Jenkins, Miles
Pace, Tom Hale, Louis Charles, Jack Corrigan, Bob Coleson, Frank Smith, Bob Morris, and Jim May. Top row: Bob Presley (manager), Bruce Orvis, Ted .Morris,
Kirk Tibbetts, Bill Fulleton. Ronnie McConnell, Andy Wright, and Bruce Quinn (manager).

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JUNIOR COLLEGE GREEN DEVILS huddle on the bench just before game time. Left to right they are, bottom row: Didacio Silvera, Jack Tinnin, William
Nickisher, Ralph Huls, Freddy Aleguas, Bob Dolan, Bill Willoughby; top row: Bob Sievers, Salvador Aleguas, Nick Gorham, Elias Entibe, Johnny Attrition, Carl
Meissner, Jerrv Fox. and Dick Dillman.

CRISTOBAL TIGERS sit still for the camera. They arc, left to right, bottom row: Anselmo Arias, Lain Cox, Roland Leea, Bruce Newhard, Luke Palumbo, Jr.,
Dick Cunningham, Dick (iondhead, Herbert Lewis, l-'lo_\d Mil lermit, Bruce Sanders; second row: Leslie Rinohart. I >an I ieorge, George Bennett, Bob Salter, Stanley
Smith, Dick Sasso, Ralph Reocia, Tony Dyer, Theodore Chin, Bill Price, and Bob Connard, third row: ( loach Palumbo, Jim Everett, Demetrio Tagaropulos, Leo ( lon-
stantine, Ben Favorite, Bill Roberson, Vernon Bryant, John Robinson. Dick Reed, Tom Hughes, and Bob Orvis; top row: Carl Tuttle, George Sewoll, Rudy South,
Bob \nderson, David Lane, Eugene Didier, Anthony Naboa, Charles Thompson, Bob Hodges. John Hayes, Coach Moser.

November 7, 1952



work and practice gc into the maneuvers which they
execute with such aplomb before crowded stands at
football games. Using Joyce Gardner as a model, co-
captain Marilyn Bevington shows the girls of the

Balboa High School cheering squad how to get that
right toe up. The girls, in their perky red and white
outfits, are, left to right: Judy McCoy, Joyce ( 'ollinge,
Marguerite Neal, Marilyn Bevington, Joyce Gardner,
Alice Paxson, Edna Hart, and Ann Gorman.

— And Here Are The Cheerleaders

November is football lame and turkey

time in the Canal Zone, just as it is in
most parts of the United States.

This year the high spots of the Canal
Zone's fourth tackle football season come
during the Thanksgiving week end.

Then, Cristobal High School's Eleven
will play the Key West, Fla., high school
team, at Key West, ami the team from
Lake Worth', Fla., high school will fly
to the Canal Zone to meet the Balboa
High School team at the Balboa Stadium.

Both games will be played at night;
the date for both is November 28.

Intersectional football was started here
in 1950, the second year that tackle
football had been played in the Canal
Zone schools.

Miami Played Here

That year Balboa played Miami-
Jackson at Balboa; in 1951 Balboa flew
to Miami for an exchange game and Key
West flew its team to the Canal Zone to
play Cristobal High School. (An added
attraction last year was a Key West-
Cristobal basketball game, which Cristo-
bal won.)

The local teams have put up valiant
fights but, so far, have been losers in the
football games; this year they hope to
turn the tables and, with 3 years of experi-
ence behind them, come out winners.

G. C. Lockridge, Director of the
Physical Education Branch of the Canal
Zone Schools, gives credit for the success
of football locally to two factors: The
public, which has turned out in droves to
attend the school games, and the Student
Associations of Balboa and Cristobal
High Schools and Junior College.

The Student Associations are respon-
sible for all the football bills. They buy
uniforms, pay for the lights and services
of the men who officiate at the games.

Dad's Was Different

Today's 25-pound uniforms are a far
cry from the 60-pounders which the
fathers of some of the present players
wore. For one thing, Dad's uniform
was seldom, if ever, laundered during a
football season. It couldn't be. Remov-
able foam-rubber pads have replaced the
weighty kapok and reed padding of the
old days and afford just about the same
protection to the players.

Balboa, for instance, uses easily wash-
able uniforms of cotton, loosely woven
for ventilation. The uniform is a "shell,"
Mr. Lockridge says, into which the rub-
ber pads can be inserted. Balboa players
have both shorts and conventional type
pants, but seldom use the shorts.

Steering the three local school teams
are two comparative oldtimers in the
Canal Zone and a newcomer.

Luke Palumbo, who has been at
Cristobal High School since 1943, is the
dean of the local football coaches.

John Fawcett, who has been an Isth-
mian since 1946, is the man behind the
Balboa High School football squad.

Junior College has a new coach this
year, J. L. Wolf, who played halfback on
the Pennsylvania State College team.

In addition to the intersectional games,
in which only the high school teams will
participate, the three schools have their
own local championship to play off.

The football season, local and inter-
sectional, winds up Thanksgiving week

ON RAINY DAYS a big study hall makes a fine
place for the Junior College cheerleaders to work out.
They have additional inspiration from a series of
Green Devils (for the team) on the blackboard. In

one of their favorite stunts are, bottom, left to right:
Marguerite Flynn. Merry Mallen, Shirley Butler,
Beth Lockridge, and. top, Betty Wilkinson. Mary
Adelia Morley, Shirley Karst, and Marilyn Dupuis.

ON GAME NIGHTS spectators get full advantage
of all the prior practice and training. Plus, of course,
the full force of young lungs. Here, Cristobal's
cheering squad goes into action before a grandstand
full of rooters. Left to right are: Nancy Kariger,

Helene de Boyrie, Pat Kelly, Judy Palun
Thomas, Blanquita McXatt, and Mercedes
Judy, daughter of coach Luke Palumbo, is a likely
captain for CHS' cheerleaders in 19M; she is only six
and a first grade pupil at Cristobal Elementary School.



November 7, 1952

Year-Old Rainbow City Community Band

Provides Music For The Atlantic Side

Ten Years Ago
In October

Whenever anyone on the Gold Coast
wants music for a concert or a parade, he
is likely to think of the Rainbow City
Community Band.

Although the band celebrated its first
birthday only last month it has already
made such a name for itself that it gave
a concert for Colon's Alcalde, Jose
Dominador Bazan, when he took office
September 1.

The Rainbow City Band is a younger
relative of the Panama Community Band
which was formed in 1943 when the
Isthmus was expecting a visit from Dr.
Finley Wilson, then Grand Exalted Ruler
of the Improved Benevolent and Pro-
tective Order of Elks of The World.

Last October a group of Atlantic siders
got together and decided that they too
wanted a band. As a result of their desire
45 musicians meet in the study hall of the
Rainbow City High School twice a week
for practice sessions under the baton of
their Organizing Director, Reginald Pres-
cott, who teaches instrumental music in
the two colored high schools.

Membership in the band, according to
its bylaws, is open to anyone interested
in the progress and development of
classical music, although the playing
membership is limited to 50.
From 40 to 14

At the present time the oldest in the
group is in his late forties. The youngest
is 14, a seventh-grade student. Fifteen of
the players are graduates of the Rainbow
City High School, 14 are members of the
community, 12 are students, and four are
Atlantic side teachers. Seven of the band
members are women.

Some bands have a few stringed instru-
ments; the Rainbow City Band, however,
has no strings. All of its instruments are
wind or percussion, with the accent heavy
on the brasses.

For public appearances, the band is
uniformed in white.

The Rainbow City Band is sponsored
by Roscoe Haining, Principal of the

Rainbow City High School. Mr. Prescott
is its Organizing Director and its Secretary
is Miss Myrtle Kirkaldy, a teacher, who
is also a saxophonist in the band.
Director Is Well Known

The director is well-known in local
circles. He attended school in Panama
and in May of this year received the
degree of Bachelor of Music, majoring in
composition, from the Extension Division
of the Chicago Conservatory of Music.

Three years ago he won first prize, $100,
in a contest sponsored by the Panama
Carnival Junta to select carnival music.
Two of his most recent compositions are
sacred anthems. One is dedicated to the
Reverend Mainert Peterson, Rector of
Christ Church-by- the-Sea, where Mr.
Prescott sings bass in the choir; the
other is dedicated to the Acolyte Guild
of the same church.

He plays eight or nine instruments but
prefers piano, clarinet, saxophone, string
bass, and flute. His oldest son— he is the
father of four children — is in his sec-
ond year at the Panama Conservatory,
studying clarinet.


All local-rate employees of the
Company-Government who are paid
bi-weekly will receive their pay by
bank check before the end of this

Checks will be issued to about half
of the local-rate workers this coming
week; the remainder will receive
their first checks the week of Novem-
ber 23.

New, rectangular shaped plastic
laminated photo badges which local-
rate workers must have to cash their
checks are being issued to those who
do not have photo badges.

All U. S.-rate employees have been
paid by check since last July.

A tax bill "imposing the greatest
revenue burden in history upon the people
of the United States" was signed 10 years
ago in October by former President
Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Canal Zonians breathed a sigh of relief
when they found it did not apply to them.
The provision that would have required
Canal Zone residents to pay income tax
was excluded by a Senate and House
Conference Committee responsible for the
final form of the legislation.

Santa Claus in the Canal Zone, not quite
a wartime casualty, had his beard singed by
shipping problems and shortages that beset
the Commissary Division.

The announcement that there would be no
toys in the Commissaries also included the
warning that shortages would also mean less
fancy, more practical holiday gifts and
feasts, no tinsel or gilt on Christmas wrap-
pings and no big Christmas trees.

A new Quarantine Area at Corozal to
replace the Quarantine Area at Fort
Amador, which was to be transferred to
the Navy by the Canal, was started 10
years ago in October.

"Several dozen" families of Canal
employees had received notice early in the
month that they would have to move
from their quarters in the Quarantine
area of Balboa so that it could be taken
over by the Navy. "The Quarantine
Area," a newspaper account stated, "has
long been among the choicest residential
sections in the Canal Zone. Most of the
families living there have many years of
service with the Canal organization and
many are in the real 'old-timer' class."

Rusty relics of the French effort to build
an isthmian canal were being gathered to-
gether for salvage to be sent to the United
States as part of the all-out war effort.
Among the scrap metal prepared for ship-
ment were old French dredges, long since
towed to shallow water along the Canal
banks and abandoned, as well as later
floating and excavating equipment used by
the Americans.

WHEN IT'S MUSIC TIME mfltainbow City.
the Community Band can be counted on. Made
up of 45 musicians, ranging]; in age from 14

years to the late Mil's, the band is under the direction
of Reginald Prescott, teacher of instrumental
music in the Occupational High Schools. The

Rainbow City band is only a little over a year
old but has already made an important place
for itself in the community.

November 7, 1952




Of all the shrubs commonly used in
this area for landscape work, it is difficuH
to oame one of local origin. The three
most common of the numerous varieties
that have been introduced to the
Isthmus are the Hibiscus, Croton, and

The common Hibiscus ( Hibiscus TOSQr
sinensis) is grown everywhere in the
tropics hut the origin of its numerous
varieties may he traced to China. It is
sometimes called "shoeflower plant" in
India because the petals, which turn
black when they are crushed, are used
there for shoe blacking. Chinese women
use the flowers to dye their hair and eye
brows. The flower-buds are also often
eaten, either fresh or pickled.

The hibiscus flowers are either single
or double and of a great variety of colors.
In Panama the plant is called "papo."

The "Chinese Rose," "Blushing Hibis-
cus," or "Mexicali Rose," (H.muta-
bilis) has been introduced recently to this
area by J. S. Skinner, Power Dispat-
cher at the Miraflores Substation of the
Electrical Division, an ardent and pains-
taking horticulturist. The large flowers,
which are either single or double, are white
when they open in the morning and grad-
ually turn pink as the day progresses.

The cultivated hibiscus is closely re-
lated to the well known roselle or
"Jamaica sorrel" (H. sabdariffa) which is
grown in large quantities in Panama for
the juicy calyces (outer, usually green,
portion of a flower) used for making cool
drinks as well as jam and jelly.

THE NELLIE HIGGIN'S Hibiscus shown here is
one of the most numerous of the varieties of this plant
that are commonly cultivated on the Isthmus. It
was developed in Hawaii and was named for the late
Mrs. J. E. Higgins, the wife of a former director of
the Canal Zone Experiment Gardens at Summit who
was engaged in horticultural work in Hawaii and the
Philippine Islands before coming to the Isthmus.

Crotons (Codiaeum varicgatum) are,
with hibiscus and bougainvillea, the most
abundantly planted local ornamental
shrubs, being used extensively for hedges
and specimen shrubs.

The leaves of this plant vary widely,
ranging from obovate (roughly, egg-
shaped) to linear, colored in an almost
endless number of combinations of green,
red, yellow, white, and pink. The
blanches are often used indoors in place
of floral displays because they are hand-
some in appearance and last well. Those
who handle crotons should take care that
the juice which exudes (Seepage SO)

"THIS IS IT, please Santa," young Valerie Spencer
tells the white-whiskered old gentleman in the red
suit. There wasn't much doubt, when Valerie got
into the Commissary Division's Balboa toy display,
that it was a bicycle which had caught her eye and

heart. She did remember to tell Santa that big sister
Janice wanted a basket for her bike and that a doll
was exactly what her pal, Elvia, wanted. Valerie and
Janice live with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie
M. Spencer, on Ridge Road in Balboa Heights.

There's a story behind the Hi-Protein
(also called Cornell Loaf or Triple-Rich, in
the United States) bread now sold in the
Commissaries on Tuesdays and Fridays. It
is a story that is considered revolutionary in
the field of nutrition.

The bread was developed at Cornell Uni-

versity as a result of a study

Bread is requested by Governor

Like Meat Dewey to improve the diet

of patients in New York

State mental hospitals.

The formula for high-nutritional value
bread which was developed as the result of
the research project headed by Clive M.
McCay, was made freely available to bakers
and individuals and was quickly adopted by
many state institutions and bakery concerns.

The Commissary Division acquired the
open formula, by which the Hi-Protein
bread is baked at Mount Hope, simply by
directing a request to Professor McCay,
who, with the help of his wife, has sent out
hundreds of mimeographed recipes, without
charge and without profit to anyone.

Bread has been much maligned in recent
years, Mrs. McCay explained in a recent
letter in a national women's magazine,
largely because of the general belief that it
is valuable only for calories.

Actually, it is one of the leading protein
foods, supplying as much protein in the
national diet as meat, she pointed out.

The protein in the special Hi-Protein
bread, in which milk, soy flour and wheat
germ are added to enriched unbleached
white flour, performs in the bodv like meat,
Mrs. McCay wrote.

The enriched bread also supplies addi-
tional calcium, the mineral that surveys
show most lacking in the national diet, and
the one needed particularly by growing
children and elderly people. The Hi-Protein
bread also increases the amount of ribo-
flavin, one of the B vitamins, also known to
be low in the national diet.

Experimental white rats used in the
Cornell University research project proved
the value of the Hi-Protein bread. They

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