• • •
Good news for onion-sandwich fans! The
Commissary Division has added to its veg-
etable line, on a trial basis, a small amount
of Bermuda onions. There is nothing much
better on a slice of fresh, buttered bread.
Office Of The Comptroller
Two officials of the Securities and Ex-
change Commission in Washington arrived
in February for a stay of several weeks.
The two officials, John Y. Bowser, Execu-
tive Director, and Walter Costello, Chief
Engineer, will work with the plant inventory
• mil appraisal program.
• • •
Another February arrival was Earl J. Don-
nelly of the Bureau of the Budget. Mr. Don-
iiflly arrived aboard the SS Cristobal on Feb-
ruary In and will he in the Canal '/.one for
about three weeks.
lie will work in cooperation with the
Governor and his Staff and other officials on
• • •
The annual "Decimal Point Pushers"
golf tournament, held each year by employ-
ees of the Office of the Comptroller, took
place February 22 at the Panama Golf Club.
Fellow workmen and women from the Comp-
troller's Office honored two retiring employees
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within a short period. I'lie first honoree was
Clarence II I me of the Plant Inventory and
Appraisal Staff. The party -was held at the
Army-Navy Club and was given jointly by
fellow employees of the Plant Inventory and
Appraisal Slo;i and by former co-workers
from the Engineering Division.
Ilw other retirement party is scheduled to
be given tonight, honoring Craig S. Neville,
and will also be held at the Army-Navy Club.
Mr. Neville, Chief of the Commissary Inven-
tory Control Section in the Accounting Divi-
retired the last day of February.
• • •
William E. Hall, who was a graduate
trainee with the old Clubhouse Division
from 1948 to 1949, has joined the staff of
the Office of the Comptroller as an Accotint-
Capt. Rodger W. Griffith, Assistant Chief
of Police, was named "Man of the Year"
at the annual ball sponsored last month by
the Cristobal Chapter of the Canal Zone
Captain Griffith is shown examining a
beautifully-wrapped door prize which he
received after being selected as "Man of
the Year." The surprise prize a deodor-
ized skunk— was graciously accepted. Shown
admiring the pet are Capt. B. A. Darden,
Balboa Police District Commander; Capt.
Robert H. Emerick, USN, Chief of the In-
dustrial Division; Mrs. John Andrews,
wife oi the Cristobal Port Captain; and
Mrs. Macon A. Turner wife of Detective
Captain Turner, of the Balboa Police Dis-
• • ■
Speaking of Police A fairs, one of the big-
gest of the year is the annual Policemen's Ball
on the Pacific side which is scheduled to be
held on the night of March II at the Hotel
El Panama. The few customers who have
escaped the eagle-eyed Pacific side policemen
eon still get tickets — not necessarily for traffic
violations — by accosting any member of the
• • •
Three farewell parties were given toward
the end of February for employees retiring
from Civil Affairs units. Employees feted
were Theodore E. Englebright, of the Police
Division, who retired January 31; Kenneth
Zipperer, of the Postal Service, and Ray-
mong A. Koperski, of the Customs Service,
both of whom retired at the end of Febru-
ary. The party for Mr. and Mrs. Engle-
bright was held at the Rancho Ramos on
February 28, where two nights earlier Mr.
and Mrs. Koperski were honored. Mr. and
Mrs. Zipperer were honor guests at a sup-
per dance given by a large group of Postal
Division employees and other friends at the
Non-Commissioned Officers Club at Al-
brook Air Force Base.
• • •
A holiday group of past and present
Canal Zone Postal Officials enjoyed a week's
motoring trip to El Volcan last month. In
the party were Elmer B. Oberg, former
Postal Inspector, now of Denver, Col., visit-
ing Earl F. Unruh, Director of Posts; Wil-
liam D. Taylor, oi Panama, formerly Post-
master in Balboa. Cristobal, and other Zone
towns; Arthur T. Cotton. Balboa Post-
111, tsler; and Leonard Long, Clerk-in-Charge
of the Cristobal Post Office.
■ • •
Art students of all grades in the Canal /.one
schools are sending entries to the Latham
International Poster Contest being held in
May. Numerous awards have been won by
'/.one students in past years in this contest.
The subjects for this year's posters are humane
treatment of animals, and world peace.
Awards will be announced at the end of May.
ing Assistant in the Accounting Division.
A native of Ohio, he has been working with
the General Exchange Insurance Corpora-
tion in Springfield.
Three promotions in the Housing Division
r were made lust month. J. C. Randall is now
Chief of the Division, Harry C. Egolf is
Housing Manager for the Southern District
and Wendell C. Cotton is Housing Manager
for the Northern District.
With the consolidation of the housing ac-
tivities of the Gamboa District with the
Balboa District, now all under the Southern
District, Gamboa Housing Ylanager J. J.
Pearce was transferred to the Balboa Hous-
One local-rate clerk will remain at the
Gamboa Housing Office to handle keys and
February was moving month for 13 fam-
ilies assigned to the new quarters on Ridge
Road. The last two of the 17 new houses
in the Ridge Road and Quarry Road sec-
tion were released to the Housing Division
by Isthmian Constructors about the middle
C. W. Kilbey, Assistant to the General
Manager of the Service Center Division, was
awarded $25 by the Efficiency Award Com-
mittee for an idea which would result in
increased Company revenue. This is his
second employee suggestion award.
His suggestion concerned an improved
method of merchandising in the Division.
Work was started last month to begin
moving the La Boca Service Center from
the old clubhouse building to Building 900
near the La Boca Commissary.
The La Boca theater will continue to op-
erate in the clubhouse for the time being.
Price reductions made by manufacturers
of long-playing records have been followed
by the Service Center Division. RCA, Lon-
don, and other records which formerly sold
for $5.90 are now retailing for as low as
Transportation And Terminals
The Panama Railroad does not expect to
celebrate another centennial for some time
and meanwhile business goes on as usual.
An interesting recent railroad cargo has
been large, steel, glass-lined tanks for the
National Brewery of Panama. The tanks
are being shipped from the United States
via the Panama Line and transshipped by
rail from Cristobal to Panama.
At the end of last month, the Railroad
had eight more of the tanks to move, to
complete the 54 which are being received.
Each tank measures 10 by 10 by 35 feet.
Eleven special trains have been reserved
for tourists this month. The month got off
to a good start with specials for cruise pas-
sengers from the SS Mauretania on March 1
and the SS Nieuw Amsterdam and the SS
Tradewind on March 3.
Today the SS Stella Polaris is due. She
will be followed by:
The SS Ocean Monarch on March 5; the
SS Antilles on March 8; the SS Patricia on
March 12; the SS Olympia on March 15;
the SS Empress of Scotland on March 16.
Two cruises of the SS Tradewind, on March
17 and March 31, will close the month's
Other special trains will be run this month
for passengers aboard the transport USS
( -ibbins. Two trains were scheduled, one last
Wednesday and one March 23. In addition,
the Railroad generally adds several extra
coaches on Train No. 2 for outgoing military
March 4, 1955
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Engineering And Construction
A new function has been set up in the
office of the Engineering and Construction
Director to carry out his recently added
responsibility for administration of all cap-
ital project expenditures which involve in-
stallation or construction.
In addition to administering the expendi-
tures, the Engineering and Construction
Director will coordinate with the other Bu-
reau Directors in scheduling the work to be
done on authorized construction projects.
The administration of this program is
under the direction of Nelson E. Wise,
Budget and Projects Coordinator. Mrs.
Mae Cross and Mrs. Ruth B. Adams have
been added to the staff of the Director's
office for this work.
The suction dredge Mindi, which began
its annual dry season clean-up operation*
on the sea tangent in the Pacific entrance
to the Canal January 25, will go into dry-
clock March 14 for its three-year overhaul.
The dredge is now working opposite Fort
Amador. Approximately 600,000 cubic
yards of sand, silt, clay, and rock will be
excavated from the Canal channel.
• • •
Nelson W. Magner, Superintendent of At-
lantic side operations for the Maintenance
Division, returned to work February 1 after
a long illness.
• • •
Representatives of the Engineering and
Construction Bureau attended a Civil De-
fense briefing session February 14. It was
conducted by William Dolan, Civil Defense
• • •
Carl H. Giroux, Special Assistant to the
Chief of Engineers for the U. S. Army, spent
about 10 days here last month.
Mr. Giroux is a consultant on the develop-
mental study of lockage methods and the 60-
cycle electrical conversion program.
• • •
Col. Hugh M. Arnold, Engineering and
Construction Director, was on official duty
in the United States last month, for about
a week's period. He visited the Office of
the Chief of Engineers and the Panama
Canal Company in Washington and the
General Electric Company in New York in
connection with the 60-cycle conversion pro-
gram and the locks towing locomotives.
A rigorous screening and testing program
has resulted in three appointments to the
Marine Traffic Controller force.
Philip Whitney and Richard Thompson,
both former Postal employees, were ap-
pointed to the force in Cristobal, and Adrien
Bouche, Jr.. transferred from the Meteor-
ology and Hydrography Branch to the Bal-
boa Port Captain's Office.
Another shift in personnel brought Oscar
O. Brown from the Cristobal Traffic Con-
trol Office to Balboa to fill the vacancy
caused by the retirement of Joe Oliver, a
long-time employee at Balboa. Mr. Oliver
died suddenly soon alter his retirement.
• • •
Lionel L. Ewing, Senior Admeasurer at
Balboa, has transferred to an Engineering
position with the Plant Inventory and Ap-
• • •
Personnel of the Industrial Division were
interested last month in the two-masted
schooner Vileehi which was put onto the
marine railway for repairs. The yacht is
owned by a grandson of Samuel Morse, who
developed the telegraph.
It carries 1,100 square feet of sail and got
its strange name from the family of its owner:
the Vi for Violet, the lee from Lee, and the
Hi from Hiram.
Mrs. Nina P. Robinson, who retired at
the end of February after 27 years of serv-
ice as a nurse with the Health Bureau, was
honor guest at a retirement party given
February 16 by the staff of Corozal Hospi-
pital. The party was held at the home of
Colonel and Mrs. R. F. Mulholland at
Mrs. Robinson was presented with a
farewell gift from her co-workers and
friends, the presentation being made by
Colonel Mulholland, Superintendent of the
hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson leave
this week to make their home in Florida.
1955 Red Cross Drive Opens
This Year's Goal: $25,000
The Canal Zone Chapter of the Amer-
ican Red Cross joins with hundreds of
other chapters throughout the United
States this month in its annual appeal
The goal for this year's drive in the
Canal Zone is $25,000, and Red Cross
officials have urged the full cooperation
of all employees which will be needed to
achieve the objective.
Governor Seybold, as President of the
Canal Zone Chapter, has issued an appeal
to all Canal employees to give their co-
operation. In his statement, the Gover-
nor called particular attention to the
consistently high standard of giving
which has characterized other Red Cross
drives in the Canal Zone.
The 1955 Red Cross drive is being
headed by Charles A. Dubbs with Daniel
J. Paolucci as Vice Chairman. The gen-
eral plans for the appeal this year is
being made under the direction of Carl
J. Browne who was recently elected
Chairman of the Canal Zone Chapter.
All contributions are voluntary and
Company-Government employees may
elect to contribute through the payroll
deduction plan or by cash contributions.
New Public Health Nurse
HEADS OF COMMUNITY
PROMOTIONS in both the Housing Division and
the Service Center Division of the Community Serv-
ice Bureau were announced last month.
Philip S. Thornton, right, was promoted to Gen-
eral Manager of the Service Center Division. He
has lived practically all his life in the Canal Zone
and most of his 30 years of service have been with
the hotels. He was Manager of the Hotel Washing-
ton and Tivoli Guest House before his new appoint-
In the picture below, at the far right, is shown
Jack C. Randall, new Chief of the Housing Division.
He is conferring with Wendell G. Cotton, left, Hous-
ing Manager in Cristobal, and Harry C. Egolf,
Housing Manager in Balboa. Both Housing Man-
agers were promoted last month after Mr. Randall's
Mr. Cotton was born and raised in the Canal Zone,
and Mr. Randall has spent most cf his life here. Mr.
Egolf was born in Reading, Pa. The new Housing
Division Chief began work with the Canal organiza-
tion in 1926, and both Housing Managers have many
years of service in that division.
KEEPING well babies well is now the job of Mrs
Catherine C. Reid, who has been transferred from
Gorgas Hospital to the post of Pacific Side Public
Health Nurse. Lorraine Elizabeth Erbe, four and a
half months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard
K. Erbe of Los Rios, is much more interested in The
Review photographer than in Mrs. Reid or the
weighing-in procedure. Mrs. Reid is succeeding Mrs.
Kathrvn M. Swain who retired recently.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Dr. Kraybill Praises Balboa And Cristobal
High Schools; Junior College Study Starts
MEMBERS OF the Atlantic side committee meet with Dr. Ira Kraybill to discuss Cristobal High School's
merits for accreditation. Dr. Kraybill, standing, is examining one of the many reports prepared during
the self-evaluation by the school faculty during the past two years.
Balboa and Cristobal High Schools are
"good schools of which residents of the
Zone may be justly proud" in the words
of Dr. Ira Kraybill who completed last
month an analysis and evaluation of the
schools for accreditation by the Middle
States Association of Colleges and Sec-
Dr. Kraybill is Executive Secretary of
the Commission on Secondary Education
of the Association, and was assigned by
the Association to carry out the final
phase of the evaluation. The first phase
consisting of a self-evaluation by faculty
members of the two schools has been
performed over the past two years under
the general supervision of C. A. Dubbs,
Director of the Secondary Education
Branch of the Schools Division.
The study of the Canal Zone Junior
College for accreditation by the Middle
States Association began this week with
the arrival of two committee members.
They are Dr. Paul D. Shafer, President
of Packer Collegiate Institute of Brook-
lyn, N. Y., and Dr. Charles A. Seidle,
Director of Admissions at Lehigh Uni-
versity. They arrived Wednesday and
planned to be here until Saturday, return-
ing to New York by the Panama Line.
Dr. and Mrs. Kraybill spent two weeks
in the Canal Zone during which he worked
with two special committees composed
of school officials, teachers, and others.
On his departure, Dr. Kraybill said:
"I have had an interesting visit heir
seeing how Balboa and Cristobal High
Schools operate. It seems to me that
these are good schools of which the resi-
dents of the Zone may be justly proud.
The self-study carried 0:1 by the staff of
these two schools was well done.
"Words fail me to describe the hospi-
tality of everyone we have met. We can
only say 'thank you' for the many kind-
nesses we have received. We return to
the States with a host of pleasant mem-
Formal accreditation of a high school
is granted only upon an extensive study
and evaluation of many broad phases of
school work. Upcn accreditation of a
high school, its graduates may be ac-
cepted for the following ten-year period
for admission to most colleges without
the requirement of entrance examinations
or other qualifying rules.
The self-evaluation program, described
in the June 1954 issue of The Canal Re-
view, included such broad subjects as
qualification of staff members, the pupil
activity program, library service, school
plant, program of studies, school admin-
istration and guidance service.
It was a review of this extensive self-
evaluation and a personal inspection of
the school plant and program which was
done by Dr. Kraybill preliminary to for-
mal accreditation by the Middle States
Association which has jurisdiction over
schools outside the continental United
Members Of Two Committees
The following committee was selected
to assist Dr. Kraybill in the evaluation
of Balboa High School:
Roger Hackett, Dean of the Canal Zone
Junior College; Russell Johns, Principal
of La Boca High School; Paul Beck, Prin-
cipal of Cristobal High School; Roger
Adams, Superintendent of the Motor
Transportation Division; Daniel Paolucci,
Training Officer. Personnel Division;
Roger Michel, Principal of Balboa Junior
High School; Mrs. Eleanor Burnham,
Canal Zone Librarian; John Pettingill,
Assistant Director of Physical Education
and Recreation Branch; C. A. Batalden,
Supervisor of Shop at La Boca High
School; Kenneth Vinton, Science Teacher
in the Canal Zone Junior College; Walter
Oliver, Supervisor of Spanish for U. S.
elementary schools; Neil Branstetter,
Supervisor of Music; Mrs. Jean Karch,
Art Supervisor in Elementary Schools;
Miss Bess Liter, English teacher at Cris-
tobal; and Miss Sally McLimans, Home
Economics teacher at Cristobal.
Those serving on the Cristobal High
School Committee were:
T. F. Hotz, Principal of Balboa High
School; Judge E. I. P. Tatelman, Magis-
trate of Cristobal Court; R. L. Sullivan,
General Manager of the Commissary Div-
ision; R. F. Haining, Principal of Rain-
bow City High School; James Lyons,
Canal Zone Junior College instructor;
Miss Eloise Munroe, Home Economics
teacher at Balboa High School; Robert
McCullough, Supervisor of Shop at Rain-
bow City High School; Miss Margaret
Whitman and Edward Hatchett, Balboa
High School teachers; Subert Turbyfill,
Canal Zone Junioi College instructor:
and Mrs. Karch, Mrs. Burnham, Dean
Hackett, Mr. Oliver, and Mr. Branstetter.
Swimmers And Swim Meet Officials
OXE OF the biggest athletic events in the Canal Zone in many months was the annual swimming meet at
the Oamboa Swimming Pool held February 21. More than 311(1 entries, including champions and would-be
champs, provided the overflow crowd with a spectacular display.
The meet was held under the supervision of the Canal Zone Physical Education and Recreation Branch.
It was sponsored by the Gamboa Civic Council. Shown above are James Hunter, President of Gamboa
Civic Council, and Charles Connor, Chairman of the Civic Council's Swim Meet Committee (holding
megaphone). A row of young girl contestants are waiting at the edge of the pool in front of the two officials
for the starting gun in one of the races.
March 4, 1955
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW
Popular Centennial Feature
Except For William Jump, the Canal's
mid-centenarian, in point of service, whose
story appears elsewhere in this issue, Feb-
ruary's senior employee is David S. Smith,
formerly of Aydon, North Carolina, and one
of the few Army and Navy veterans in the
Canal service. Diplomatically, he declines
to name his favorite team at Army-Nav>
He served with the Army's SOth Division
during World War I; later he enlisted in
the Navy and was sent to the Canal Zone
to serve at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station.
A girl and a senator had a good deal to do
with his staying here. The senator arranged
for him to be discharged in the Canal Zone
and as for the girl — he married her. He is
now a steam engineer on a locomotive crane
at the Industrial Division. In February he
completed 35 years of government service.
Five other employees turned the 35-year
corner in February and for one of them,
Craig S. Neville, Supervisory Accountant
in the Office of the Comptroller, the month
was eventful on another count; he retired
from active service the end of February and
is leaving soon to make his home in Phoenix,
Two other of this month's 35-year em-
ployees are twins on service dates. They
are Anne Williams, Time, Leave, and Pay-
roll Clerk with the Payroll Branch who has
been in accounting work of one sort or ano-
ther since 1927, and Spencer C. Lincoln,
whose Canal service has been divided be-
tween the Locks and Electrical Divisions
and who is now a Lock Operator W ireman
at Pedro Miguel.
The two others who completed 35 years
of service in February were Alfredo Lom-
bana, who went to work for the Canal or-
ganization on February 24, 1920, and who
is now a Tabulating Machine Operator in
the Office of the Comptroller, and Joseph
H. Michaud, onetime of Van Buren, Me.
Since 1924, he has been with the Receiving
& Forwarding Agency or its modern succes-
sors; he is now Local Agent for the Railroad
and Terminals Bureau in Panama.
Two of February's 30-year emploj n-
have unbroken service with the Canal or-
ganization: Harold M. Fraser, who, as
Wire Chief, sees to it that Atlantic Siders
have no difficulty with telephone calls, and
Hugh E. Turner, Supervisory Supply Offi-
cer in the Division of Storehouses. Mr.
Fraser, Brooklyn-born, took his apprentice-
ship as a telephone maintainer in the Canal
Zone. Mr. Turner started his Canal career
as a clerk in the Accounting Division, trans-
ferring to the supply business in 1931.
February's other 30-year men are Noe E.
Dillman, Jack H. Hearn, and George H.
Logan. Mr. Dillman, a crack shot, was
born in North Dakota at a little town
named Devil's Lake. He is a Pumping
Plant operator with the Maintenance Divi-
sion. "Captain Jack" Hearn is a native of
Alabama but came to the Canal Zone when
a boy. He has been a Canal pilot since 1937.
Mr. Logan comes from Michigan. His
Canal service, all of which has been with
the Record Bureau or its successor units,
was broken only by his World War II serv-
ice. He is a Records Analyst.
The six quarter-century employees are
-plit three and three as far as continuous or
broken service with the Canal is concerned.
Those with continuous service are Mrs.
Johanna E. Hargy, a nurse at the Atlantic
Medical Clinics and one of three nurses in
the February 25-year bracket; Roy D.
Reece, a onetime Hoosier and now Assist-
ant Electrical Engineer in the Electrical
Division; and Angela F. Reilly, a native
Mew Yorker who is on the nursing staff at
Twenty-five year employees with broken
service are Frances G. Clary who teaches
fourth grade at the Ancon Elementary
school; Rae F. Elicker, Assistant Director
of Nurses at Coco Solo Hospital; and Wil-
liam C. Keepers who has been with the
Locks Division since 1937 and who is now
a Lockmaster at Mirafiores. Their home
towns cover a wide geographical spread:
Miss Clary comes from Melrose, Minn.;
Miss Flicker from York, (See page 14)
YOUTHFUL customers were steady customers at the soft drink stand at the Balboa Railroad station when
the Canal Zone celebrated the Panama Railroad's centennial. When they found out that the drinks that
day were "on the house" as part of the Canal administration's contribution to Centennial Day, their thirst
SPRING which even in the tropics means
new clothes, Easter eggs, and a new outlook
on life will be busting out all over in the
Commissary retail stores this month. From a
woman's point of view, naturally, spring
means new clothes, and the Commissary
people believe that even though Easter is
several weeks away, the gals will be interested
in getting a preview of the new spring lines.
With this in mind, the Commissary buyers