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at Diablo Heights.



July 4, 1952

New Governor Spends Busy Month
Seeing Canal Zone Jobs And People

Villages Antedating Settlement Of U. S.
Lie Buried Under Waters Of Gatun Lake

THE LITTLE LEVERS which open and close the giant gates and val\es of Gatun Loclis are ex-
plained to Governor Seybold by B. G. Tydeman (right), Control House Operator, while Captain Marvin
J. West (left), the new Marine Director looks on. The picture above was taken during one of the many
field trips Governor Seybold has taken to Canal installations all over the Canal Zone since his arrival
early last month.

Few, if any, employees could claim they
were busier last month than Governor
John S. Seybold.

Since the time he and Mrs. Seybold
stepped from the Panama liner Panama
on the morning of June 9, his office hours
and many hours every day after offices
closed have been filled with activity.

His first four-week period will be cli-
maxed by an address at the Independence
Day patriotic exercises to be held at 3 :30
o'clock in the afternoon of July Fourth at
Balboa Stadium. He also plans to attend
the annual Fourth of July party of the
American Society of Panama which will
be held this year at Panama Golf Club.

Governor Seybold did not take long to
get out into the field and see the installa-
tions of the Canal and its auxiliary
activities. A series of field trips was begun
the second week after his arrival and has
now included all of the major installations.
Atlantic Side Visits

Three mornings of the week of June
16-20 were spent on the Atlantic side. He
began inspections of installations on the
Pacific side to learn the work and to be-
come acquainted with the men and
women on the jobs during the following
week. His first visits on the Pacific side
were made to the three principal hospi-
tals on Tuesday, June 25, accompanied
by Maj. Gen. George W. Rice, Health
Director, who was to leave the Isthmus
the following day.

The Go\ernor was accompanied on all
of his trips by the Bureau Directors who
have supervision of the particular instal-
lations he was visiting.

Among the Atlantic side installations
and work he visited were the Commissary
Division's plant at Mount Hope; Mindi
Dairy; the Printing Plant; the Cristobal
piers and other installations of the Rail-

road and Terminals Bureau; the Indus-
trial Bureau shops; quarters; Commissary
retail stores; Clubhouses; Police and Fire
Stations; Hotel Washington; Storehouses;
Gatun Locks; post offices; and Colon

Other Field Trips

Other field trips during the past three
weeks have taken him to the principal
installations or work of the Pacific side.
These have included Madden Dam; the
Dredging Division; Miraflores Filtration
Plant; Sosa Hill Quarry; the Reproduction
Plant at Diablo Heights; the Tank Farms
and Oil Handling Plants; Postal, Customs,
and Immigration Division work; Hotel
Tivoli; quarters and Clubhouses; and the
Canal Zone Experiment Gaixlens.

He also paid a visit to the United States
District Court during the course of his
orientation trips.

Governor Seybold's first day on the
Isthmus was one of the busiest. He and
Mrs. Seybold were met at shipside by
members of his stafi' and their wives and
representatives of the United States
Embassy. They were greeted at Balboa
Heights Railroad Station by high Army,
Navy, and Air Force officials.

Governor Meets Press

The Governor held an informal press
conference on the afternoon of his arrival
in the Board Room of the Administration
Building. This was attended by one of
the largest gatherings of press and radio
representatives ever to attend such a con-
ference in recent years. His first day in
the Canal Zone was completed with an
address at welcoming ceremonies held that
night in Balboa Stadium for him and
Mrs. Seybold.

When Governor and Mrs. Seybold
arrived here last month it was their first
glimpse of the Isthmus in more than 25

iCuntinu^d from pag; 6) French days, and f^Ji
during the American occupation has is>|
been a small canal village. g;

Across the Chagres river from San oi|
Pablo is Caimito, one of the names i^l
ft)und on Esquemeling's map. It was a -jI
canal labor camp in the French time and ol
also under the Americans until the work *|
at that point was finished. Of this class I
also is Mamei, likewise a railroad station
in 1862, and little more than that today,
although it was the location of several
quarters for Canal workers a few years

Gorgona bears the name given by
Pizarro to an island off the coast of
Colombia, because he found around it
such treacherous currents. It may be
that this name was adopted arbitrarily,
or that the Chagres River travellers
found in the river at this place some
eddies which reminded them of the
currents off Gorgona Island.

Of this place Otis says: "The native
town of Gorgona was noted in the earlier
days of the river travel as the place
where the wet and jaded traveller was
accustomed to worry out the night on a
rawhide, exposed to the insects and the
rain and in the morning if he was fortu-
nate regale himself on jerked beef and

In the French time large shops were
situated here, at the point where the
American shops now are, known as Bas

At the time of the first Canal Zone
census in 1908 its inhabitants numbered
1,065 whites, 1,646 blacks and 39 Chinese,
a total of 2,750.

The population has increased owing
to the expansion of the shops, and the
lower parts of the village will be covered
by the waters of Gatun Lake and, there-
fore, the shops will be moved in about a
year to the site reserved for the perma-
nent machine shops in Balboa.

New Port Captain

is the new Balboa Port Captain. He came to the
Canal Zone from San Francisco, where he has been
on duty with the Military Sea Transportation Service.
He arrived on the Isthmus June 21, accompanied by
his wife, their 16-year-old son, Robert A., and daugh-
ter, Susan B., 11.

years. They had lived for three years—
1922 to 1925— at Corozal when he was on
duty there as a Lieutenant in the Corps
of Engineers.

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