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wouldn't chime. No wonder, Bill Brown
found; it had an ants' nest inside.

Some watches have been overcome by
humidity and are rusted; others just need
cleaning and not too seldom Bill Brown
finds that all a watch or clock needs is a
good winding.

In a year, he figures, he works on at
least 100 watches or clocks. Sometimes,
when people leave or move, they give him
an accumulation of old watches or jewelry
from which he can cannibalize parts.

He has repaired a number of old wall
pendulum clocks which have been sur-
veyed and sold for junk. Usually these
can be put into usable condition, although
it often takes longer to get the face off
than itdoesto repair the clock. (Although
Bill Brown has often worked on these sur-
veyed clocks, he has never bought one
for himself. )

Because he has a fine collection of pre-
cision instruments, as well as a lot of
patience, Bill Brown is called on some-
times to go a little out of his hobby field.
He has cemented loose cameos and intag-
lios into pieces of jewelry on more than




WILLIAM BROWN"



one occasion. But his most frequent re-
quests other than the watch repair line
concern diamonds.

Settings for diamonds have a way of
getting bent, and girls with engagement
rings understandablv don't want to go
around shedding diamonds. So they
bring their rings to Bill Brown and ask
him to tighten the metal which holds the
jewels in place. Bill does, the girls are
happy and sometimes a dollar goes into
the piggy bank.



Forty Years Ago
In April

With a few months over two years still
to go before the Canal was to be opened,
Canal planners were looking ahead. In
April, 40 years ago, a committee was
appointed to recommend sites for the per-
manent administrative headquarters and
offices of the Canal and a permanent set-
tlement for Canal employees nearby. The
Canal Record reported that the site of the
office headquarters would be "on Sosa
Hill or some other place nearby."

Zonians were having almost as hot a time
as they had Ifi years later. The warmest
weather of record on the Canal Zone since
the American forces arrived occurred during
April. At Ancon, on April 7, the thermom-
eter registered 97 degrees, and 10 days later
the temperature at Culehra went to 96 de-
grees. Previous hiyhs were 96.2 degrees at
Ancon on March 7, and 94 degrees at Cule-
hra on April 15, 1909.

The survey of the approaches to the
Pacific entrance of the Canal, by the
Coast and Geodetic Survey, was complete.
The survey steamer Patterson, which ar-
rived from Alaska January 15, finished
its work about the middle of the month.
The wire drag party wound up its six
months of work the end of April. The
results of the survey were the basis for
the charts published later.

Canal Zonians of those days played as
well as worked, although some of their recre-
ation was quaint by present day standards.
In April, 1,0 years ago, the Hill Magical
Troupe, who specialized in "necromancy



and hypnotism," was playing at Zone club-
houses. Moving picture shows were becom-
ing increasingly popular. At Gorgona, one
night, 21f5 people attended the movies and
there was even a special show at one o'clock
in the morning after the night force stopped
work. Coffee and sandwiches were served
after this "owl" show.

Another popular performer of Ifi years
ago ivas Captain Jack Crawford, described
as a "poet scout." He was reciting original
verse and humorous anecdotes around the
clubhouse circuit.



The University Club of the Isthmus of
Panama, 75 percent of whose members
were employees of the Isthmian Canal
Commission and the Panama Railroad,
gave a housewarming at its new clubhouse
near the Panama City sea wall. The
housewarming was a reception, with
dancing.



One of the big steamshovels, which did
such yeoman work in excavating the Pan-
ama Canal, was damaged beyond repair late
in April by an unusual fire. The shovel, a
70-tonner numbered 107, was working on
excavation of the channel through what is
now MirafloresLake. It rested on a "crib"
which was made up of five layers of railroad
ties.

Fire broke out at night in the depths of
the crib. Although the shovel was mostly
metal, the heat of the flames softened the six-
inch solid steel axle connecting the hind
wheels of the truck under the rear end so
that it bent to an angle of about 90 degrees.
The heat was most intense at the rear end
where the cribbing was higher but the babbitt
metal teas melted out of every journal box
on the shovel.



Even without this shovel, however, ex-
cavation was moving faster and faster.
On one day the 44 shovels working in the
Pedro Miguel, Culebra, and Empire dis-
tricts excavated 68,505 cubic yards of
material, during a working day of eight
hours. This was a new high record for
daily excavation in the Cut.



Third Beaux Arts Ball
To Take Place May 10

Arrangements are practically completed
for the third Beaux Arts Ball to be given
May 10 by the Canal Zone Art League
at the Hotel Tivoli.

Proceeds from the Ball will go to in-
crease the art scholarship fund which the
Art League has established and with
which the organization hopes to aid some
Canal Zone student in his chosen career.

Chairman for the Ball Committee is
Robert L. Dwelle. He is being assisted
by the League's president, Bryan W.
Vaughn, and by Mr. and Mrs. F. R. John-
son, Mr. and Mrs. Henry McKenzie, P.
Rodriguez, and Melvin Menges.

Theme of this year's ball is "Dream
Boat." Prizes will be awarded for unusual
costumes and painting contests and door
prizes will give the guests an opportunity
to win a work of art donated by artist
members of the League.

Tickets, at $2 a person, may be ob-
tained from F. R. Johnson, 2-3484; Bea-
trice S. Gardner, 2-1457; B. W. Vaughn,
273-3185 or H. T. McKenzie, 3-2401.



14



THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW



May 2, 1952



ANNIVERSARIES



THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR



Employees who observed important anni-
versaries during the month of April are listed
alphabetical!) below. The number of years
includes all Government service with the
Canal or oilier agencies. Those with con-
tinuous service are indicated with (*).

42 Years
Esbon S. MacSparran, Superintendent!
Terminals I )ivision.

35 Years

FredJ.Bauman, Supervisor, Sheet metal
Shop, Maintenance Division.

Dr. Jesse L.Bvrd, Medical Officer, Colon
Health Office.

Walter C. Fedde, Chemist, Miraflores
Filtration Plant.

30 Years

Paul F. Karst, Postmaster, Curundu.

Rexford T. Ray, Guard, Atlantic Locks.
25 Years

Joseph B. Baker, Foreman, Dredging
I >i\ ision.

20 Years

Thomas J. Breheney, Foreman. Dredg-
ing I >i\ ision.

Elvira J. Byrne, Nurse, Gorgas Hospital.

Alcide R. Hauser, Policeman, Cristobal.

William R. Henter, Filtration Plant Op-
erator, Maintenance Division.

Anthony G. Lynn, Plant Supervisor,
Maintenance Division.

Joseph F. Shea, Chauffeur, General Op-
erator and Craneman, Maintenance Divi-
sion.

Roger C. Wright, Automobile Repair
Machinist, Motor Transportation Division.

15 Years

'Thomas V. Kelly, Locomotive Engineer,
Railroad I (ivision.

'Frank McGuinness, Train Dispatcher,
Railroad Division.

*Harvey D. Smith, Carpenter Foreman,
Maintenance Division.

George O. Tarflinger, Refrigeration and
Air Conditioning Mechanic, Commissary
1 (ivision.

*Winton A. Webb, Pharmacist, Gorgas
( hit -patient Sen ice.

"William H. Will, Tilesetter, Mainte-
nance I (ivision.



RETIREMENTS IN APRIL



Emplo) ees who retired at the end of April,
their birthplace, titles, length of service at
retirement, and their future addresses are:
Anthony Fernandez, Spain; Foreman.
Marine Bunkering Section; 30 years, 3
months, 1 day; address uncertain.

Floyd W. Forrest, Virginia; Chief, Aids
lo Navigation Division; 24 years 8 months,
8 days; I Iudgins, Ya.

Frank J. Gerchow, Louisiana; Lock-
master, Mirations Locks, 39 years,2 months
8 days; Monteoursville, Pa.

John W. Manush, Alabama; Tunnel
Operator, Pedro Miguel Locks; 38 years, 9
months, 26 days; Portland, Me.

John B. McDougall, Pennsylvania;
Clerk, Maintenance Division; 25 years, 11
months, 7 davs; Flushing, X. Y.

Avory O.McGlade, Illinois; Planing Mill
Hand, Industrial Bureau; 23 years, 1 month,
13 davs; Balboa.

Dr. John D. Odom, Alabama; Quaran-
tine Officer, Balboa; 34 years, 5 months, 22
days; Dothan, \1 i.

Jerome F. Prager, Oregon; Superinten-
dent. Storehouse Division; 37 years, 9
months, 24 days; Berkeley, Calif.

William P. Quinn, North Carolina;
Assistant Chief, Aids to Navigation; 38
years, 2 months, 2') days; Salisbury, N. C,
William F. Rabiteau, Michigan; Truck
I (river. Motor Transportation Division; 35
years, 11 months, 2 davs; Alpena, Midi.

Marie C. Stapf, Pennsylvania; Govern-
mental Accountant, Finance Bureau; 33
• us, 10 months, 20 davs; plans uncertain.
Rudolph Swan, New York; Postmaster,
Corozal; 14 years, 4 months, 15 days; Fort
Edward, N. Y.

Henry D. Weaver, Pennsylvania; Ad-
measurer, Navigation Division; 36 years, 2
months, 16 days; Florida.



(Note. — Representatives of organizations
listed below, or of others to be included in
this calendar, arc asked to notify the FMitor,
Panama Canal Review, by the 20th of each
month ol any permanent changes in meet-
ing places, dates, or times.)

MAY
2nd — American Legion No. 6, Gamboa,

7:30 p. m.
3rd— Track Foremen No. 2741, Balboa B

& B Shops.
4th -VFW No. 3857, Veterans' Club, Cris-
tobal, 9 a. m.
5th— Postal Employees No. 23160, Balboa
Lodge Hall, 7:30 p. m.
VFW No. 727, Fort Clayton, 7:30 p. m.
VFW No. 3822. Curundu Road, 7:30 p.m.
Pedro Miguel Civic Council, Union

Church, 7 p. m.
Cristobal-Margarita Civic Council,

Margarita Clubhouse, 7:30 p. m.
American Legion No. 3, Gatun, 7:30
p. m.
6th — Machinists No. 811, Balboa Lodge
Hall, 7:30 p. m.
Teachers No. 228, Cristobal High School,

3:30 p. m.
Gamboa Civic Council, Community

Center, 7:30 p. m.
Gatun Civic Council, Gatun Clubhouse,
7:30 p. in.
7th— VFW No. 40, Wirz Memorial, 7:30

p. m.
9th Blacksmiths, No. 400, with Boiler-
makers 463 and 471, Margarita K. of
C. Hall, 7:30 p. m.
11th — Pipefitters, Margarita Clubhouse,
9:30 p. m.
Sheetmetal Workers, No. 157, Balboa

Clubhouse, 0:30 a. ill.
Plumbers, No. 606, Margarita K. of C.
Hall, 9:30 a. m.
12th — Machinists, No. 699, Margarita K.
of C. Hall, 7:30 p. m.
American Legion, No. 1, Balboa, 7:30
p. in.
13th— Electrical Workers, No. 397, Wirz
Memorial, Balboa, 7:30 p. m.
VFW, No. 100, Old Boy Scout Building,



May Sailings

From Cristobal

Panama... __May 2
Cristobal.. ..May 9
Ancon May 16

Panama .May 23

Cristobal.. .May 30

From New York

Ancon . „_May 7
Panama . . May 14
Cristobal.. ..May 21
Ancon May 28



Cristobal, 7:30 p. m.
American Legion, No. 7, Fort Clayton,

7:30 p. m.
American Legion Auxiliary, No. 1, Bal-
boa, 7:30 p. m.
14th— Carpenters, No. 913, Balboa Lodge
Hall, 7:30 p. in.
Pacific Civic Council, Board Room, Ad-
ministration Building, 7:30 p. m.
American Legion, No. 2, Cristobal, 7:30
p. m.
18th— CLU-MTC— Margarita Clubhouse,

8:30 a. in.
19th Truckdrivers, Balboa Lodge Hall,
7:30 p. m.
Electrical Workers, No. 677, Gatun Ma-
sonic Temple, 7:30 p. m.
20th— Machinists, No. 811, Balboa Lodge
Hall, 7:30 p. m.
Operating Engineers, No. 595, Margar-
ita K. of C. Hall, 7 p. m.
21st— AFGE, No. 14, Balboa Clubhouse,
7:30 p. m.
Teachers, No. 227, Balboa High School,

7 p. m.
American Legion Auxiliary, No. 3,
Gatun, 7:30 p. in.
22nd— American Legion Auxiliary, No.

6, Gamboa, 7:30 p. m.
26th— Machinists, No. 699, Margarita K.
of C. Hall, 7:30 p. m.
VFW Auxiliary, Post 3822 Post Home,
7:30 p. m.
27th- Operating Engineers, No. 595,

Balboa Lodge Hall, 7 p. in.
VFW, No. 100, Old Boy Scout Building,
Cristobal, 7:30 p. m.
American Legion, No. 7, Fort Clayton,
7:30 p. m.
28th— AFGE, No. 88, Margarita Clubhouse,
7:30 p. m.
American Legion Auxiliary, No. 2,
Cristobal, 7:30 p. m.
29th — Governor-Employee Conference,
Board Room, Administration Building,
2 p. m.

JUNE
1st— VFW, No. 3857, Cristobal Veterans'

Club, 9 a. m.
2nd — American Legion, No. 3, Gatun,
7:30 p. m.
Postal Employees, No. 23160, Margar-
ita K. of C. Hall, 7:30 p. m.
VFW, No. 727, Fort Clavton, 7:30 p. in.
VFW, No. 3822, Curundu Road, 7:30 p.m.
Pedro Miguel Civic Council, Union

Church, 7 p. m.
Cristobal-Margarita Civic Council,
Margarita Clubhouse, 7:30 p. m.
3rd — Gamboa Civic Council, Commun-
ity Center, 7:30 p. m.
Gatun Civic Council, Gatun Clubhouse

7:30 p. in.
Machinists, No. 811, Balboa Lodge Hall,

7:30 p. m.
Teachers, No. 228, Cristobal High School,
3:30 p. m.
4th VFW, 40, Wirz Memorial, 7:30 p. m.
5th Carpenters, No. 667, Margarita
Clubhouse, 7:30 p. m.




March 15 Through April 15



The following list contains the names of
those 1. S.-rate employees who were trans-
ferred from one division to another (unless
I hi' change is administrative) or from one
type of "work to another. It does not contain
vvithin-grade promotions and regradings:
CIVIL AFFAIRS BUREAU

Mrs. Melba L. Young, Clerk-stenogra-
pher, Wage and Classification Division, to
Clerk-stenographer, Schools Division.

Mrs. Edith M. Davis, Mrs. Sophia M.
Von Pohle, from Substitute Teacher to El-
ementary School Teacher, Schools Division.

Ralph E. Shuev, from Postmaster, How-
ard AFB, to Special Postal Clerk, Postal
Service.

Mrs. Irene S. Walling, from Clerk-sten-
ographer, Finance Bureau, to Clerk-stenog-
rapher, Police Division.

Louis F. Dedeaux, from Commissary
Assistant, Commissary Division, to Postal
Clerk, Postal Service.



Sam A. Foreman, from Guard, Atlantic
Locks, to Fireman, Fire Division.

ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION
BUREAU

James J. McDade, from Construction
Supervisor, Maintenance Division, to Con-
struction Inspector, Contract and Inspec-
tion 1 (ivision.

George W. Wertz, from Wireman and
Wireman Leader to Foreman, Electrical
Division.

Mortimer J. Brennan, George W.
Cunningham, from Wireman to Wireman
and Leader, Electrical Division.

Keith J. Lane, Julius J. Hentschel,
from Wireman to Distribution Foreman,
Electrical Division.

Wilfred Morris, from Carpenter Fore-
man, Maintenance Division, to General
Construction Inspector, Contract and In-
spection Division. (See page /j)



May 2,1952



THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW



15



PROMOTIONS AND TRANSFERS

(Continued from page 14)

Francis E. Conover, from Commissary
Assistant to Supply Distribution Assistant,
Contract and Inspection Division.

Constant W. Chase, Jr., from Electrical
Engineer to Chief, Construction and Main-
tenance Branch, Electrical Division.

W. Houlton Esslinger, from Assistant
Chief Hydrographer to Chief Hydrogra-
pher, Engineering Division.

Alvaro Cabal, from Cartographic Survey
Aid, Surveys Branch, to Civil Engineering
Draftsman, Engineering Division.

Zane Z. Zizz, from Powerhouse Operator
to Powerhouse Operator-Dispatcher, Elec-
trical Division.

HEALTH BUREAU

Marie V. Weber, from Nurse, Gorgas
Hospital, to Chief Nurse, Palo Seco.
MARINE BUREAU

Victor L. Sanger, Victor C. Melant,

from Junior Foreman, Ferry Service, to
Drill Runner, Dredging Division.

Arthur J. McLean, Arthur J. Logan,
Clive W. Lewis, from pilot-in-training to
probationary pilot, Navigation Division.

Leonard S. Hart, Julius F. Dietz, An-
drew Stohrer, from probationary pilot to
pilot, Navigation Division.

John P. Sterritt, from Stevedore Fore-
man, Terminals Division, to Towboat Mas-
ter, Navigation Division.

Glenn R. McNall, from Guard, Pacific
Locks, to Junior Foreman, Ferry Service.

David W. Ellis, from Tractor-bulldozer
Operator to General Operator, Dredging
Division.

Claud M. Kreger, from Junior Foreman
to Drill Runner, Dredging Division.

John H. Droste, from Guard, Atlantic
Locks, toPumpOperator, Dredging Division.

Slaughter S. Sharpensteen, Edward
O. Pike, from drill runner to blaster, Dredg-
ing Division.

Charles S. Joyner, Charles J. Connor,
from Drill Barge Blaster to Drill Barge
Mate, Dredging Division.

Edward H. Halsall, from Clerk, Housing
Division, to Chief, Locks Security Branch,
Locks Division.

Marion S. Herring, from Dipper Dredge
Engineer to Chief Towboat Engineer, Dredg-
ing Division.

Roy J. Wiley, from YVireman, Electrical
Division, to Lock Operator YVireman, Paci-
fic Locks.

William H. Walston, from Foreman to
Mate, Pipeline Suction Dredge, Dredging
I livision.

PERSONNEL BUREAU
Mrs. June B. Young, from Clerk-sten-
ographer, Employment and Utilization,
Division, to Secretary, Director's Office.

Mrs. Lois B. Grant, from Clerk-typist,
Personnel Records Division, to Clerk-typist,
Employment and Utilization Division.

Mrs. Zelda B. Glassburn, from Clerk-
typist to Personnel Clerk, Employment and
Utilization Division.

Billy Gene Mauly, from Recreation
Supervisor, Schools Division, to Personnel
Assistant, Personnel Bureau.

RAILROAD AND TERMINALS BUREAU
Mrs. Robin L. Comer, from Accounting
Clerk to Transportation Rate Audit Clerk,
Terminals Division.

Hugh A. Turner, from Gauger, Store-
house Division, to Cribtender and Gauger
Foreman, Terminals Division.

SUPPLY AND SERVICE BUREAU
Francis J. Sweek, from YVireman, Elec-
trical Division, to Plant Electrician, Com-
missary Division.

Henry E. May, Jr., from Pump Operator
Dredging Division, to Gauger, Storehouses
Division.

Cecil Kovel, from Meatcutter, Commis-
sary Division, to General Storekeeper,
Storehouses Division.

Herbert A. Taake, from Lock Operator,
wireman, Pacific Locks, to Electrician, Com-
missary Division.

Eulie M. Bennett, from Accounting
Clerk to Storekeeper, Motor Transportation
Division.

Frank N. Light, from Truck Driver and
Craneman, Motor Transportation Division,
to Hoisting and Portable Engineman, Store-
houses Division

Harry J. Ailant, James M. Purdy,
from Heavy Truck Driver to Heavy Truck
Driver and Tire Rebuilder, Motor Trans-
portation Division.



Canal Review 3rd Birthday
Observed With This Issue



The Panama Canal Review is blow-
ing out a birthday candle.

It is now 14 issues and 2 years old
and this is its birthday edition.

With two years of publishing under its
belt, The Review has these words for
its widening public about the other parts
of its public and a review of its own facts
of life.

The Review was born May 5, 1950,
coming into an organization which was
then without journalistic chick or child.

The Review's older sister, the old
Canal Record, had dwindled away to
shipping statistics, then died early in
World War II, choked by the ban on
publication of such facts and figures.

When The Review arrived, after about
a year aborning, it was dedicated by
Governor Newcomer, in the first of his
Review messages to employees, to "a
better understanding of our common
(Canal) problems."

And from that time on, The Review
has been telling its readers about people,
places, plans, and interests that touch the
Canal and its employees.

Then in August, 1951, there was a
change, and The Review became a
monthly instead of a quarterly publication

Now 760 Subscribers

When the stories and pictures started
coming out by the month instead of by
quarters, the number of subscriptions
was only about 100.



By April 1952, the number of sub-
scribers had climbed to 760 people who
were scattered through 43 of the 48
States in the United States, Canada,
Costa Rica, Ecuador, Salvador, Jamaica,
Honduras, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, the
Canal Zone, and Panama.

Retail sales at Commissaries, Club-
houses and Hotels average over 5,000
monthly.

The Review also goes to many librar-
ies; colleges, industrial organizations;
newspaper and magazine representatives;
government agencies in Washington and
elsewhere; Congressmen; shipping com-
panies and their representatives on the
Isthmus, in the United States and other
countries; the Suez Canal; shipping pub-
lications; port authorities; banking con-
cerns; airlines; branches of the Armed
Services; and various embassies and
consulates.

The Review's continuing invitation
to readers to write to the editor opinions
and suggestions has provided ideas which
later turned into stories and features in
the publication.

Many other opinions and comments
come to the editor in letters which accom-
pany requests for subscriptions. Most
subscription letters contain only favor-
able comment, coming, as they do from
people who express with their dollars
their general approval and desire for
more of the same.



Operation With Two Panama Line

Ships To Be Considered By Board



Retires Soon



(Continuzd fnm page 1) consulting serv-

ices for a general study of the Panama
Line operations.

The bids were not accepted and at the
Board's meeting here in January a
committee composed of W. R. Pfizer,
Vice-President of the Company, and
Daniel E. Taylor, Board member and
President of the West India Fruit and
Steamship Company, was appointed to
make a study of the Line's operation.

Report Is Submitted

Their report was submitted at the
April meeting at which time the Board
voted to defer all action until data could
be obtained on possible economies which
might be effected by the removal of one
ship from service as well as the possible
effect such action would have on the
passenger and freight service for the
Company. This study is now in progress
and the report will be submitted to the
Board for consideration at the coming
meeting.

The Panama Line, then named the
Panama Railroad Steamship Line, used
only two ships for many years before
the three new liners were built and put
in service during the late 1930's. During
that period, the two vessels, the SS
Ancon and SS Cristobal, maintained a
ten-day round-trip service between Cris-
tobal and New York with Port-au-Prince,
Haiti, as a port of call both on the north-
bound and southbound sailings. The




WILLIAM H. DUNLOP, Director of Finance
plans to retire from the Canal service at the end
of this month after 26 years of service. A native of
Beardstown, 111., Mr. Dimlop joined the Canal organ-
ization in January 1920 as an employee in the Engi-
neering Division.

He had served as Chief of the Management Divi-
sion before his transfer to the Finance Bureau in
June 1951 after the retirement of Arnold Bruckner
as Director of the Bureau. Mr. Dunlop served sev-
eral months as Acting Director and was elected to
the position by the Board of Directors at the January
meeting in the Canal Zone. The Finance Director
is a general officer of the Company and the by-laws
require his election by the Board of Directors.



Port-au-Prince calls were eliminated
when the Panama Line's service was
renewed after the close of the war.



16



THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW



May 2,1952



Work In Corozal Area Will Be Rushed;
About 250 Family Apartments Planned



Where Did He Get That Hat? Old-time
Canal Employee's Had 'Em Eor Years



ituedfom page 12) in Otis'

History of the Panama Railroad, printed
in 1867, shows that the first stop made
by the two daily trains on the northbound
run from Panama to Aspinwall (now
Colon) was at Summit, 10 ' 2 miles from
Panama City.

An old French map, dated 1886, shows
"Canal buildings" and an old powder-
house at Corozal. Another map, dated
November 17, 1899, shows 24 houses and
a railroad station in the "Village of Cor-
ozal."

Once Was Schuber Land

Much of the land in the Corozal area
was once owned by Henry Schuber,
grandfather of Lewis B. Moore, Supply
and Service Director. He recalls hearing
his family say that the Schuber estate
extended from about the present location
of the Panama stadium to the general
vicinity of the Cardenas River north of
Corozal. Mr. Schuber, who built the
Hotel Central in Panama City about
1880, had cattle and dairy farms on the
land. Some of the rest was devoted to
agriculture alone.

When this area became part of the
Canal Zone, the Schuber estate was even-
tually purchased by a land commission,
although the final adjudication of the
family's claim was not made until 1913
or 1914.

After the United States took over the
French Canal Company in 1904, Corozal
became a residence for many of the men
who worked at the Canal's headquarters
in Panama City. The first ICC "hotel,"
really a large bachelor quarters, was built
at Corozal and the men working in Pan-
ama City went back and forth to their
jobs by train.

As rapidly as quarters could be built—
oldtimers recall that some of them were
converted boxcars— bachelors and fami-
lies were moved from Panama City to
Corozal. On January 1, 1908, 13 married
quarters at Corozal were occupied; by


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