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greets Canal's

There need be no more frantic first
trips to the commissary for new employ-
ees from the United States, thanks to a
Welcome Wagon service just inaugurated.

A new family will find enough food
in the Welcome Wagon assortment to
provide a palatable lunch and break-
fast the next day, too, together with a
pair of sheets, a pair of pillowcases,
towels, washcloths, light bulbs, soap,
garbage-can bags, and a few other mis-
cellaneous items for household use.

The new Zonians will be able to spend
their first day getting unpacked and
more or less settled in their new home,
rather than having to rush off to their
neighborhood commissary.

The idea of a Welcome Wagon has
been flourishing in the United States for
almost 25 years but has never been tried
here before. A few units have "settling-
in kits" for their newcomers-things like
sheets and towels and pots and pans- -
but these are on a loan basis, to be packed
up and set aside for the next to arrive.

Some years ago, newcomers were hur-
ried to the commissary by their escorts
as soon as they arrived to pick up pre-
packaged bedding and linen for which
they paid themselves. Today's Welcome
Wagon assortment — from bacon and eggs
and coffee to ice, if needed — is charged
against the division for which the new
employee will work.

In the United States the items which
make up a welcome assortment are con-
tributed by merchants in the newcomer's

In the Canal Zone, the Welcome
Wagon is a cooperative project of the
Community Services Division, the Per-
sonnel Bureau, and the employing di-










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Frederick Willoughby, 2, didn't pay much attention to Maxwell Smith and Fitz
Charles, left, when they explained the Welcome Wagon service to his parents.

vision, with the Housing Branch of the
Community Services Division making
arrangements for the assortment and
providing the actual delivery service.

When Maxwell Smith of the Personnel
Bureau notifies the housing office that a
new family is arriving, the housing office
in turn calls the nearest commissary to
assemble a standard welcome assortment.

The commissary has everything packed
and ready and a few minutes after the
new family has reached their quarters,
the Welcome Wagon is at their door.

Its driver and semi-official welcomer,
who carries the welcome assortment into
the newcomer's house and helps Mr.
Smith answer some of the many questions
the newcomers invariably ask, is Fitz
Charles, a man with an infectious smile
who has been driving for the housing
office for several years.

While the recipients of the Welcome
Wagon's first call were officially "new

employees," the only real newcomer in
the family was two-year-old Frederick
Willoughby. He was much more inter-
ested in the whereabouts of his box of
animal crackers than in the fact that
he and-t>~-is parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam C jrles Willoughby, were making
local ) story.

Mr. Willoughby, a graduate intern-
engineer for the Locks Division, is the
third generation of his family to work
for the Canal organization. His grand-
father, W. C. Willoughby, came to the
Canal Zone just before the Canal was
opened in 1914 and his father, Fred, of
Gatun, is a foreman mechanic at Gatun
Locks. Mrs. Willoughby, the former Ann
Edwards, is the daughter of Mrs. Russell
A. Edwards of the Payroll Branch.

Both are graduates of Canal Zone high
schools, Mr. Willoughby from Cristobal
High School in 1948, and his wife from
Balboa High School three years later.

New Central Labor Union -Metal Trades Council Officers Represent 1600 Employees

Front row, I to r: Robert Mecaskey, Second Alternate Wage and Grievance Member; E. W. Hatchett, President; Sam Garriel, First Alternate
Wage and Grievance Member,- A. J. Waldorf, Trustee; E. H. Womble, First Vice President; W. M. O. Fischer, Treasurer. Second row, I to r:
James H. Pfau, Second Vice President; J. H. Elliott, Secretary; John Stuewe, Trustee; T. W. Womble, Wage and Grievance Member,-
John M. Purvis, Legislative Alternate; R. F. Hesch, Legislative Representative; Joe Young, Sergeant-at-Arms,- J. J. Belcourt, Trustee.


March 7, 1958

Carnival Capers

A bevy of Canal Zone beauties,
dressed in the native costume of the
nations which use the Panama Canal,
rode on the allegorical float entered by
the Canal Zone in the Panama carnival
parade this year. Designed by the Ar-
chitectural Branch and built by the
Maintenance Division, the float was
dominated by a huge world globe sur-
rounded by the flags of maritime na-
tions and the house flags of the ship-
ping companies using the Canal. Carni-
val music was furnished by Victor Herr,

and members of his conjunto.

Miss Luchita Burrillo, dressed in a
handsome pollera, represented Panama
while Miss Ann Haskel represented the
Canal Zone. Other young ladies riding
on the Canal Zone carnival float Tues-
day, were Jessie Kirkland, Bernice Betz-
Mykland, Edna Hill, Joline Clare, Ber-
tha Thompson, Christine Huff, Elaine
Maduro, Lynn Raymond, Patsy Flatau,
Eileen Damerau, Rita Jones, Madge
Smith/Rachel Van Dyke, Betty Dem-
ming, Karen Magnuson, Kathy Cox,

Sue Mable, Mrs. Ellen Kurzman, and
Susan Katz.

The Canal Zone took an active part
in the Panama Carnival celebration
this year, beginning with the official
raising of the carnival flag in Balboa
and the Tivoli Guest House, and the
appearance of the carnival queens and
the visiting Latin American beauties
over CFN Television. William G. Arey,
Jr., Public Information Officer, served
as official representative of the Canal
Zone on the permanent Carnival Junta.


The panel of consultants appointed by
the House Merchant Marine and Fisher-
ies Committee to study Panama Canal
transit facilities and other broad phases
of the interoceanic Canal problem will
pay a five-day visit to the Canal Zone
this month.

The group, composed of six promi-
nent members of the engineering pro-
fession in the United States, is sched-
uled to be here from next Tuesday
through Saturday. A tentative sched-
ule of activities prepared and sub-
mitted to the panel for its approval
calls for a busy period. It includes
visits to the principal Canal Zone in-
stallations, and the provision of much
background material on Canal opera-
tions, and other facets of the problem
which is attracting national attention.

The consulting board was named last
November by Representative Herbert C.
Bonner, Chairman of the Merchant Ma-
rine and Fisheries Committee which han-
dles Canal legislative matters in the
House of Representatives. In announc-
ing the appointment, Chairman Bonner
said that the special committee consult-
ants are expected to review and re-eval-
uate various proposals which have been
made in the past as the result of studies
on the Isthmian canal problem.

"I feel that it is the urgent responsibil-
ity of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries
Committee to be fully informed concern-
ing the adequacy of the existing Canal
and the need for additional facilities either

in the Canal Zone or at alternate locations
in the Central American Isthmus," he

The panel members, all of whom are
expected to be here next week, are:

Francis S. Friel, of Philadelphia, Presi-
dent of the engineering firm of Albright
and Friel in Philadelphia, and Vice Presi-
dent of the American Society of Civil

Lt. Gen. Leslie R. Groves, USA, Ret.,
of Darien, Conn., formerly head of the
Manhattan Project, and now a Vice
President of Remington-Rand, Inc.

Dr. S. C. Hollister, of Ithaca, N.Y., Dean
of Engineering at Cornell University.

E. Sydney Randolph, of Baton Rouge,
La., industrial engineer.

Hartley Rowe, of Boston, Vice Presi-
dent of the United Fruit Company.

John E. Slater, of New York City, con-
sulting engineer and senior partner of the
firm of Coverdale & Colpitis in New York.

Mr. Rowe and Mr. Randolph are both


Residents of the Canal Zone and
the Republic of Panama are invited
to attend the Armed Forces Day pro-
grams to be held this year on Satur-
day, March 15.

Albrook Air Force Base will hold
Open House from 1 1 a. m. to 6 p. m.,
and Fort Davis will hold its Open
House from 8 a. m. to 4 p. m.

Ground and aerial demonstrations
are planned and static exhibits will
be on display.

March 7, 1958


well acquainted with the Canal and its
operations. Both were employed here for
many years and both held responsible en-
gineering positions with the organization.

Mr. Rowe came to the Isthmus in 1905
and was Municipal (now Maintenance)
Engineer when he left the organization
in 1919. One of his first jobs with the
Isthmian Canal Commission was the lo-
cation, design, and construction of the
masonry dam to provide the water supply
for Panama City and Zone towns on the
Pacific side. During his 14 years here,
he had charge of installing much of the
electrical and municipal facilities for the
Canal and for the Army and Navy.
Among the Army and Navy projects
were France Field and the Coco Solo
Submarine Base, for which he had charge
of the design and construction.

Mr. Randolph also entered the Canal
service during the construction period
and was continuously employed for al-
most 36 years before his retirement in
March 1946. During this period he held
many important engineering posts in the
organization, including Office Engineer,
Designing Engineer, and Construction
Engineer. He was in charge of the de-
sign and later the construction of Mad-
den Dam and Power Plant. Later, as
Designing Engineer, he was in charge of
the early investigation and work on the
Third Locks project.

Mr. Friel has had charge of all engi-
neering work for his firm for the past 26
years. He specializes in numerous fields
of engineering, among which are flood
control, dams, power plants, (See page 15)

A new


Col. and Mrs. John McElheny with Phyllis Ann, 10, and Bruce Daniel, 7.

A new "second family" for the Canal
Zone is due here in July. The appoint-
ment of Col. John D. McElheny as the
new Lieutenant Governor for the Canal
Zone will be effective July 9.

Colonel McElheny is presently on
duty with Military Supply in the Office
of the Chief of Engineers where he has
been assigned for the past two years.

Colonel McElheny and his family are
arriving here July 9 on the SS Cristobal;
three days later Colonel McElheny's pre-
decessor, Col. Hugh M. Arnold, and his
family, will sail on the same ship en route
to Colonel Arnold's new post as Com-
manding Officer of the 20th Engineer
Brigade at Fort Bragg, N. C.

While plans are not yet definite, the
new Lieutenant Governor may possibly
spend three weeks here in June. The
tentative dates set for this visit are
June 8-28. This would enable him to
watch the operations of the Canal or-
ganization firsthand before he takes
over his new duties.

The new Lieutenant-Governor desig-
nate is 43 years old. He was born in
LaRue, Ohio, a small town about 70
miles due south of Toledo, which Gover-
nor Potter considers his home town.


The Man


When the position of Executive Sec-
retary of The Panama Canal was estab-
lished 44 years ago, it covered a great
many diversified activities.

Under the Executive Secretary's sup-
ervision came such widespread operations
as post offices, customs, police and fire
organizations, schools, and the clubhouses.
The Executive Secretary was custodian
of files and records, the administrator of
estates, and was responsible for all of the
timekeeping in the Canal organization.
He was the Canal Zone's shipping com-
missioner and its corresponding secretary.
He handled all of the correspondence and
communications between Panama Canal
authorities and those of the Republic of
Panama. One Executive Secretary even
determined the proper consistency of
lemon pie.

Paul Meredith Runnestrand is only
the fourth man to hold this position,
but he is not concerned with lemon pie
nor with post offices, police and fire,
nor most of the items included in that
original "job description," except for
the relations with Panama.

The Executive Secretary's position
has changed from what was once an
operating job to that of an adminis-
trative or executive staff officer. When
Governor Potter has occasion to intro-
duce Mr. Runnestrand, he frequently
describes him as "my Foreign Minis-

Officially, this portion of his work has
been described as "principal adviser, li-
aison officer and responsible staff repre-
sentative of the Office of the Governor-
President, on all policy matters other
than those of a routine contractual or



operational nature, concerning the Gov-
ernment of Panama; the American Em-
bassy; other diplomatic and consular
missions; private commercial and non-
commercial interests in the Republic of
Panama; and private commercial and
noncommercial interests in the Canal
Zone, but not including civic councils or
employees' labor organizations."

One difference in Paul Runnestrand's
job from that of his predecessors is that,
besides being Executive Secretary of the
Canal Zone Government, he is also Execu-
tive Assistant to the President of the Pan-
ama Canal Company, with the staff duties
implied by the title. Actually he is known
throughout the Isthmus as the Executive
Secretary of the Canal Zone.

Mr. Runnestrand carries out his duties
from a big office on the second floor of
the Administration Building. The desk
he uses was once in Col. George W.
Goethal's office at Culebra, and the big

Paul Runnestrand is the fourth man to serve as Executive Secretary.


March 7, 1958

for a new

Temporary "White House" for the
Canal Zone is this attractive new house
which will eventually be occupied by the
Lieutenant Governor but which, right
now, is serving as the Canal Zone's "Quar-
ters No. 1." Governor and Mrs. Potter
will be in their temporary residence until
sometime in August when the current re-
modeling of the Governor's big 52-year-
old house is due to be completed.

Shadowed by great trees, the new
official quarters stand on a site once
occupied by the house assigned, for
many years, to the Chief Health Offi-
cer. Of contemporary design and partly
air conditioned, it has several striking
features. The wall between the living-
room and patio is made entirely of
sliding glass panels. The patio, a wide
roofed porch, overlooks the Canal. At
one point it is indented to preserve a
large tree growing close to the house.
The tree is completely encircled by an
ornamental balustrade.

Remodeling work on the Governor's
house includes air conditioning the second
floor bedrooms, replacing wood floors
with tile, relocating the main stairways,
enlarging the first-floor rooms, construct-
ing a basement service section, and re-
placing the roof.


Great trees shade new official house for Canal Zone's Lieutenant G<

mahogany grandfather's clock in a corner
dates back to French Canal days. He
has no independent staff of his own, but
uses the facilities of the Administrative
Branch and other agency units. His dep-
uty, Forrest Dunsmoor, also serves as
Administrative Assistant to the Governor.
His secretary, Mrs. John G. Higgins,
works also for the Governor's Military
Assistant. According to Mr. Runnestrand
she is the indispensable "girl Friday"
who keeps the office running smoothly.

The Executive Secretary exercises staff
supervision of policies and regulations
concerning, among other things, contra-
band control, who is and who is not
eligible to engage in business in the Canal
Zone, who has Canal Zone privileges, and
who may reside or remain in the Canal
Zone or enter it.

He is, in effect, the United States Con-
sul in the Canal Zone, responsible for
issuing visas for aliens living in the Canal
Zone who want to go to the United States.
He signs or attests employees' retirement
certificates. He is custodian of the Seal
of the Canal Zone Government, and at-
tests or authenticates official documents

The part of his job he most enjoys is
that concerning the Canal Zone's rela-
tions with its next-door neighbor. This
and other aspects of his work involve an
active social calendar, with which he is
aided by his wife, Betty.

He maintains almost daily contact with
Panama's Government, particularly the
Foreign Office, and with the United States
Embassy and other embassies in Panama
City. Quite frequently he visits one of
these offices or receives visitors from them.

Knowledge of Spanish is important

in such work. He has been studying
the language for some time and is
leaving April 7 for Mexico City to spend
three months in the State Depart-
ment's Foreign Service Institute in
Foreign Languages. This is a concen-
trated course of six days each week in
speaking and reading Spanish.

His training as an attorney -he has
been admitted to practice not only in
the Canal Zone courts and those of his
native state, Minnesata, but also before
the Supreme Court of the United States
and the Court of Appeals for the Fifth
Circuit in New Orleans — is helpful in
many phases of his work.

In a single day recently, among a
numerous variety of other business, he
was in touch twice with the Panama For-
eign Office, once with the U. S. Embassy,
and once with the Preddencia, all by tel-
ephone; reviewed a memorandum to
accompany proposed legislation; went
over a draft of a proposed agreement
with Panama involving the establishment
and operation by Panama of customs
sites within the Canal Zone; talked with
the Army's local Chief of Staff on a class-
ified matter; held a conference on the
eligibility of certain persons to enter the
Canal Zone; received innumerable visi-
tors, including contractors' representa-
tives in connection with the demolition
of the old Pacific Service Center which
has been given to Panama, and one old
friend who dropped in to find out the
variety of the trees in Gatun Lake which
have withstood almost half a century of
submersion; and, in his spare time, did
some work in the Canal Zone United
Fund, of which he is Executive Director.

In his official position, he is Chairman
of the Disability Relief Board and a mem-

March 7,1958


ber of other standing committees, includ-
ing the Governor's committee which
recommends appointments to the various
military academies.

As Paul M. Runnestrand, private cit-
izen, he is a vice president of the Canal
Zone Boy Scout Council, a member of
the Executive Committee of the Canal
Zone Chapter of the American Red Cross,
a member of the Cancer Committee, and
a member of the Board of Management
of the Balboa USO-YMCA, in addition
to his post with the United Fund.

A little-known side of the Canal
Zone's Executive Secretary is his talent
for music. He played saxophone and
clarinet in dance bands from the time
he was in junior high school until he
was graduated from the Law School of
the University of Minnesota, but he
hasn't blown a note since he came to
the Canal Zone for the first time in
March 1941. He doesn't even own a
musical instrument except a piano on
which, he says, his ability is "very
mediocre." His daughter Sarah, who
will be 10 next Sunday, has inherited
some of his fondness for music, but
his son Ricky, who is five, is a little too
young to be interested.

Born in Litchfield, Minn., Paul Run-
nestrand grew up in Watertown, S. D.
After his graduation from the University
of Minnesota, he worked for three years
as law editor for the West Publishing
Company in St. Paul, Minn.

His first Canal Zone post was as an
Associate Attorney on the General Coun-
sel's staff. He was Assistant General
Counsel from 1948 to 1953. From 1953
to 1956 he was Assistant Secretary and
Attorney in the Panama Canal Com-
pany's Washington office. He succeeded
E. C. Lombard as Executive Secretary
in April 1956.

Coco Solo Beginning
To Take On Aspects
Of Other Zone Towns

The Canal Zone's fastest-growing com-
munity—Coco Solo — will be about half
grown by the end of this month, after
which it will begin to take on some at-
tributes of other Zone towns.

Many of the plans for the commun-
ity facilities are still in the development
stage. However, by the first of next
month Coco Solo residents will be able
to restock their food larders, buy a
tank of gasoline, get a restaurant-
cooked meal, or buy their drug supplies
within the confines of their town.

Most of the town's activities will focus
around Building 100, the big two-story
structure which formerly housed the Navy
Post Exchange and sales store on the first
floor and a gymnasium on the second
floor. Approximately $150,000 will be
spent in renovating this building and
making the necessary alterations for its
use as a community center.

In addition to the restaurant and food-
store, other facilities to be located in the
building will be the retail drygoods and
shoe stores which will be transferred from
the Cristobal Commissary, a beauty par-
lor, barber shop, tailor shop, and shoe-
repair shop.

According to L. A. Ferguson, Supply
and Community Service Director, all re-
maining units of the Cristobal Commis-
sary are to be moved to Coco Solo by
about August 1 . Presently, it is planned
to use the upstairs area for the drygoods
sales unit and shoe store, while the house-
wares section will be housed in an adja-
cent building. Part of the plans of the
Sales and Service Branch is the establish-
ment of an attractive gift shop similar to
the unit recently opened in Balboa.

Although an exact date has not been
set, it is expected that the theater at
Coco Solo can be reopened by July 1.

After installation of these facilities
at Coco Solo, both the Cristobal Com-
missary and Theater are to be closed.
The building which houses the theater
will be demolished. It is planned to
keep the restaurant in the Cristobal
Service Center in operation, perhaps
on a modified scale, because of the
large number of individuals employed
in the immediate area and the consid-
erable number of bachelors living in
the vicinity.

The development of Canal Zone Gov-
ernment facilities at Coco Solo will be at
a much slower pace since money for nec-
essary alterations and improvements must
come from appropriated funds. The first
major Government facility to be made
ready will be the elementary school.

It is planned to establish the Atlantic-
side High School in the new Zone civilian
community. The building to be used for
the high school will require extensive al-

The development of recreational facil-
ities for Coco Solo residents is still largely
in the planning stage. This phase of
community life in the new civilian town
will be developed partly as part of the
school program and partly by the initia-
tive of the residents, as the former Naval
base has several buildings which can eas-
ily be adapted for group activities by
civic and fraternal organizations.






In ancient times, many peoples en-
gaged in a worship involving the sacrifice
of a human being. This was considered
an excellent idea by all concerned— with
possibly the exception of one individual.
Why did these overwhelming majorities
favor this proceeding? Apparently, there
were three factors involved. The first
being the pious belief that they were do-
ing good by propitiating a god to pur-
chase favors for the tribe. Secondly, they
were undoubtedly gamblers and each one
was willing to take long odds that he
wouldn't wind up as the star performer.
Third, most of them had a big streak of
savagery in their make-up which enabled
them to enjoy the celebration fully.

In these modern times, civilized peoples
no longer use the principle of human sac-
rifice to better conditions for the major-

ity -or do they? No, it is not done for-
mally, or even consciously maybe, but
those of us who are interested in the

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