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were youngsters, did away with 160 hot
dogs, casseroles of baked beans, plates of

shrimp, and platters of potato salad.
Two barbecue pits were manned con-
stantly for what seemed to be hours, and
the quantity of soda pop which went
down young throats was practically

All burnings have house rules. Some
groups believe in one big fire, in which
everything goes up — whoosh! — at once.
At one time this was the practice of a
group in Margarita, and may still be, if
they haven't all grown up.

Other groups belong to the tree-at-a-
time school. The Hollowell guests are
in the latter group. This year the 120
trees which the youngsters had col-
lected—some of which had been con-
tracted for as early as November — were
spaced out so that the burning would last.



Although China, where he began his
missionary career, is half a world away
from Panama, the Very Rev. Joseph F.
Konen, C. M., finds many similarities
between the interior of Panama and the
interior of China.

As Superior of the American Vincen-
tian Fathers of the Canal Zone, he super-
vises the religious work of 33 American
Vincentian priests, members of the order
which has been in charge of Catholic
mission work in Panama since 1913.

In Bocas del Toro province, for instance
as in the remote parts of China, trans-
portation is difficult. Outside of the
town itself there is no electricity or
refrigeration. And the people of Bocas
eat rice and beans like the people of
China's interior.

Born in Allentown, Pa., he is a gradu-
ate of St. Joseph's College at Princeton,
N. J. He spent five years at St. Vincent's
Seminary in Germantown, Pa., and was
ordained to the priesthood in 1939 in

The next 10 years he spent in China,
as a missionary in Kiangsi Province and
as a Contract Chaplain with the U. S.
forces. He speaks the Chinese National-
ist language and three dialects.

From 1949 to 1951 Father Konen was
Mission Procurator for the American
Vincentian Missions, with headquarters
in Philadelphia.

Father Konen made a four-month tour
of Panama, ending in April 1951, and was
assigned to his present mission in Septem-
ber 1952.


February 4, 195 5


"Why Is It That Somebody Is Always Riding

Us Guys About Safety?" Says P. C. Charley

You would think the way these birds
are always coming around and jumping
us that we are all nuts and want to get
hurt so we can get a rest up at Gorgas

Yeh. so Schneider got his toe broken
when that piece of pipe he was welding
fell on his foot, but he said he was going
to buy a pair of safety shoes next pay day.

So Dan lost half of his finger when that


Bureau Award For







Community Services 7

Civil Affairs 4

Health 3

Engineering and Construction 2

Supply 2

Marine "

Transportation and Terminals

Division Award For











V-belt caught it. He was good at jump-
ing a V-belt off with a screw driver with
the motor running. He's taken many a
one off without getting hurt. Anyway,
it's faster and it was the only tool he
had with him.

So it's true Alfred got squeezed be-
tween a launch and a ship. He knew it
was dangerous to walk along the inboard
side between the deck house and ship,
but the line from the ship was short, so
he couldn't walk on the outside and hold
onto the line in the rough sea.

Then there's Jeff. He only got scalped
by a falling tackle block which he was
hoisting to Bill on a tower. Lucky for
him he stooped over to pick up something
just then or the block would have hit him
square and bashed in his head. Jeff said
he usually wears his safety hat but it
kept falling off everytime he stooped over.
He says it doesn't make any difference
anyway, because he was already partly

Even the wife nags me. Wants me to
buy one of those new aluminum step
ladders. I will someday when the old
one wears out. I know I should have a
taller one so I can replace thnt burned
out porch light — and I should fix all our
lamp cords so the floor lamps won't shock
her everytime she turns one on— and I
should fix the brakes on my car— but she
knows I mean to fix them someday when
I can find the time.


Aids to Navigation. 10

Motor Transportation 9

Sanitation 9

Service Center 8

Grounds Maintenance 7

Dredging 5

Electrical 5

Maintenance 5

Hospitalization and Clinics.. - 4

Storehouses 4

Industrial 3

Railroad 3

Commissary. ' - 1

Locks 1

Navigation 1


Why is everybody so frantic to fix
things all at once? Nothing much has
ever happened to me yet.

It gives me a pain to think that you
safety people don't have any confidence
in me, Schneider, Dan, Alfred, or Jeff.

O-oh-o-o! Oh-o! See what I mean.
Here's a good example. Help me up will
you? Feels like I broke my ankle.
Always was weak since that crate fell on
it last year while I was unloading that
box car.

What a place. I am sure to get blamed
for leaving that pallet here in the safety
lane. I meant to move it but you know
how weak my back has been since it got
hurt lifting a big crate a couple years ago.
Besides Jones borrowed the forklift truck
last week to clean up his place.

I guess the boss will think I'm not
interested in safety at all anymore, but
I've got my job to do and can't think
about safety programs all the time.

So P. C. Charley goes on his way,
meaning to eliminate unsafe conditions
and working practices around him, but
he can never quite get them done before
something happens, then he is full of apt
alibis and good intentions. He knows
that it is easier to prevent an accident
before it happens than it is to figure out
all the angles of ducking the respon-
sibility afterwards.

Yet, isn't that just what so many of
us do?


Supply Bureau

Community Services Bureau

Civil Affairs Bureau

C. Z. Govl.-Panama Canal Co. ( This Month)

Hi' Jlli Bureau

Engineering and Construction Bureau

Transportation and Terminals Bureau

Marine Bureau

C. Z. Govl.-Panama Canal Co ( Last 3-Year Av.)

Number of Disabling Injuries 12

Disabling Injuries per 1,000,000 Man Hours Worked
( Frequency Rale)

M an-Hours Worked 2,375,864


H Amount Better Than Canal Zone Government — Panama Canal Company Last 3-Year Average

I I Amount Worse Than Canal Zone Government — Panama Canal Company Last 3- Year Average

f-'/.-ypyyij Accumulative Frequency Rate This "i ear

February 4, 1955



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"Capt. Sam" Retires

CAPT. SAMUEL L. BROWN, better known as
Captain Sam, is among the Canal employees who
retired from aitive service with the Panama Canal
Compa.iy last month.

Well known on the Atlantic side for his many civic
activities as well as his years with the Marine Bureau,
Captain Sam began his 27 years of service with the
Panama Canal Company as a Panama Canal pilot.
Since 1945, he has been Assistant Port Captain in

A native of La Vaca, Tex., Captain Sam first
arrived on the Isthmus in 1927 and was employed
as a pilot-in-training at Cristobal. He was made
probationary pilot four months later and was pro-
moted to pilot in January 1928.

He and Mrs. Brown, the former Miss Grace Evelyn
Birkeland of Cristobal, will leave the Isthmus in
March to make their home in Mathews County, Va.


Famed Doctors Visit Hospital

WORLD-FAMED specialists visited Gorgas Hospital last month when they stopped in the Canal Zone en
route to a conference in Peru. Left to right are: Dr. Paul B. Hawley, director of the American College of
Surgeons and a retired Major General in the Medical Corps; Col. Howard W. Doan, Superintendent of Gorgas
Hospital; Dr. William Rienhoff of Baltimore, a specialist in thyroid and parathyroid; and Dr. Alfred Blalock,
president of the American College of Surgeons, and an authority on the so-called "blue baby" operation.

Newcomers to the Isthmus and many old-
timers who are unaware that there are such
things as coca-cola and chewing gum trees
at the Canal Zone Experiment Gardens at
Summit, can find out for themselves under
the expert guidance of Roy Sharp any Satur-
day morning during the dry season. The
first conducted tour of the year was held
last Saturday when a good number of
amateur gardeners and curious Canal Zone
residents were taken on a two-and-one-half
hour inspection trip through this tropical

In addition to coca-cola trees, which are
commonly known as the cola-nut trees,
and the chewing-gum trees from which
the basic chicle of chewing gum is derived,
visitors saw the cannon-ball trees, now
loaded with the fruit which closely resembles
old-fashioned ammunition; the papyrus
reeds, which grow in profusion near the
lily ponds, and the so called "rouge pot"
bushes, now in full bloom.

The guided tours will be held each Satur-
day morning at 9 o'clock. Visitors will
gather at the Garden office and will be
conducted through the main part of the
Experiment Gardens by Mr. Sharp who will
give an explanation of all the unusual trees
and plants with emphasis on their origin
and methods of cultivation. The tours will
continue throughout the dry season.

Balboa Commissary patrons will soon be
able to wheel their grocery carts from the
main floor of the Commissary out a side
door and directly to their automobiles.
This will be made possible by the construc-
tion of a new covered entrance on the north
east side of the Balboa Commissary which,
in addition to steps, will have a walk ramp
from the first floor to the driveway. The
firm of Dillon and Hickman were apparent
low bidders last month on the construction
of the entrance and it is expected that the
work will be completed sometime during
March. Parking in the vicinity will be
eliminated to allow room for cars to approach
the entrance.

Other improvements and changes planned
for the Balboa Commissary during the next
several months include the enlargement of
the housewares section in Building 729,
Balboa Road; the establishment of a separ-
ate chinaware and glassware section in the
Annex; and the transfer of all men's and
boy's wear from the main building to the
Annex. These moves are all being made to

provide maximum customer convenience
with the space available.

Two groups of crayon sketches made by
individual members of the Third and
Fourth Grades at the Ancon Elementary
School are now on display in the Main
Library Reading Room in the Civil Affair?
Building. The sketches were made by the
young artists following a visit to the Library
Museum; they represent impressions of the
various sections of the Library such as the
circulation desk, the juvenile book collec-
tion, and the Panama Collection. The
groups were accompanied by their teachers,
Miss Bernadine Hanna of the Third Grade
and Miss Frances Clary of the Fourth

The Cunard liner Mauretania, seventh
largest ship in the world, made her first trip
this year through the Panama Cana during
January. She arrived in Cristobal January
7 from New York on a West Indies and
South American cruise with 555 passengers
on board. She made the Canal transit
southbound the same day and sailed late
that night for Callao, Peru. On her return
trip, she arrived in Balboa January 18 and
passed through the Canal shortly after en
route to Cristobal and New York.

The Mauretania is one of the best known
of the British ships making cruises to the
Canal. She was built shortly before World
War II to replace the old Mauretania and
during the war was placed in government
service as a troop transport. She will call
in Cristobal twice more this year — once in
February and once in March on West
Indies cruises.

Those Canal Zone residents who com-
plained that the rain seemed unusually
heavy in 1954 were quite right if they hap-
pened to live in Gatun, Pedro Miguel or
Balboa although it wasn't exactly a dry
season for those living elsewhere on the

At Pedro Miguel, a total of 101.07 inches
fell. This was 21.16 inches more than the
normal rainfall for that station. At Balboa
Heights, the yearly total was 83.93 inches,
or 14.42 inches more than normal. Gatun,
with a total of 135.92 inches of rain was the
wettest spot on the Canal Zone during 1954.
This total, however, was only 11.93 inches
above the normal rainfall for that area.


February 4, 1955

Up And Down The Banks Of The Canal

Engineering And Construction

Seven employees of the E&C Bureau are
attending the 45-hour standard Red Cross
Instructors Course which is being given 1>\
\Y. < >. Dolan, Civil Defense Chief. The
program is designed to train Company-
Government employees in first aid, with
the idea that those receiving this first
training will, in turn, train selected fellow

The seven E&C men are: M. F. Millard,
J. E. Winklosky, and A. H. Cooke, of the
Office of the Director; W. H. Townsend,
Engineering Division; C. H. Mitchell of the
Maintenance Division; and R. R. Arnold
and E. J. McElroy of the Electrical Division.

When they complete their course they
will be assigned to give a six-hour Industrial
First Aid Course to selected employees of
the Bureau.

• • •

During January, Elect.ical Division Pow-
er System employees have been engaged in
a major overhaul of the 7500-KW frequency
changer at the Agua Clara Diesel station.
Three of the four main bearings were
replaced and other maintenance work done.
This project is in anticipation of continuous
service for this unit during the conversion
to 60-cycle current.

Since early construction days, the Valve
Gate House on the Rio Grande Reservoir
Dam has been a distinctive feature of the
area. Of concrete, with a masonry veneer, it
housed the valve-operating controls and pro-
vided access to the screens and sluiceways.

In recent years, the discharge from the
lake has gone over the spillway or through
the discharge siphon and the gate house has
been metely the picturesque home of bats
and bees.

With heavy traffic crossing Borinqnen
Highway because of the Contractors Hill
work, the old gate house became an obstacle
to traffic visibility, and its removal was

Health Department employees disposed
of the bats and bees; Tecon, the contractor
for the Contractors Hill project then blasted
the gate house into history. For the blast-
ing, the contractor used shaped charges,
which, in their plastic containers, resemble
a meringue-covered pie. Eight of these
charges were placed around the four walls
and then detonated. The small amount
of rubble which remained after the blast
was swept away and an unobstructed view
was the result.

• • •

Reminiscences of the old days in Hie Canal
Zone were swapped last month when fellow
employees in the E&C Bureau, together with

Supply Bureau

Since January 1 of this year, the Storehousi
Division's Salvage Yard lias sold 3,380 net
tons of ferrous scrap, 657,100 pounds of
non-ferrous scrap and 1,000 net tons of
unclassified scrap. The buyers were nine
scrap dealers in the United Slates and three
in Panama.

• • •

Patrons ,u tic Margarita Commissar)
have noted and commented favorably — in
most cases — on the transfer of the self-
service stands to the main entrance to the
store. This converts the entire store into
a self-service section. New shelving is
being installed and the remodeling should
be completed within the next two months.

• • •

With the celebration of the Hundredth
Anniversary of the Panama Railroad last
week, it occurred to Commissary Division
personnel that this unit was in a position to
put 105 candles on a Commissary birthday
cake. The Commissary is understood to
have been one of the first units established
ashore when the boats carrying the Railroad
Company's first location paries landed at
Manzanillo Island.

• • •

Osmond F. McLean, head of the men's
wear section of the Cristobal Commissary for
the past seven years, resigned last month.
His total service with the Cristobal, store was
15 years. He has gone to the United Slates
with the idea of looking over job opportunities

• • •

The Printing Plant has recently acquired
mimeograph and ditto machines which are
available for immediate use to the Divisions
located on the Atlantic side of the Canal

others who had worked with him in the Housing
and Grounds Maintenance Divisions, honored
Charles P. Morgan on his retirement.

The farewell party— farewell from the job
only, as the Morgans plan to remain in the
Canal Zone — was held at the Tivoli Gtiest
House January 14. Mr. Morgan was given
an initialed watch-fob, inscribed with his
service dates: 1008 through 1954.

• • •

Near the narrowest point in the Canal
channel, at a point on the slope opposite
Gold Hill, a sign is being erected by Tecon,
contractors for the Contractors Hill removal

The sign, 30 feet long and 15 feet wide
has a white background. Red and black
letters, 24 inches high, advise all who pass
that the Tecon Corporation of Dallas, Tex.,
is performing the Contractors Hill project.

Health Bureau

SPECIAL stamps call for special help. The demand for first day covers and the new three-cent stamp issued
by the Canal Zone Postal Service commemorating the Panama Railroad centennial was so overwhelming
that the service hired six temporary workers to handle the load. Left to right are: Mrs. Mildred Abreu,
lis. 1 'ami Kocher, Mrs. Lilie Brandon, Mrs. Emily Sullivan, Mrs. Charlotte Heir, Kenneth Zipperer, clerk-
in-charge, Mrs. Ann Jones and Mrs. Belen Smith. Mrs. Jones and Mr. Zipperer are regular postal employees.

Dr. Steve R. Mahaffy of the Eye Service
at Gorgas Hospital has just been notified
that he is now certified in Ophthalmology.
Word of the certification came from Dr.
Edwin B. Dunphy, Secretary-Treasurer of
the American Board of Opthalmology.

Dr. Mahaffy comes from San Diego,
Calif. He received his degree in medicine
from George Washington University in
Washington, D. C. He interned at Gorgas
Hospital and then returned to the United
States to take the first part of his residency
at the Gill Memorial Eye, Ear, and Throat
Hospital in Roanoke, Va. He completed
his residency at Gorgas Hospital.

When Dr. Mahaffy is not caring for his
patients' eyes, he is apt to be taking photo-
graphs of things Isthmian. When a fire
not long ago destroyed an apartment
adjacent to his on Frangipani Street, he
managed to save his camera and some other
photographic equipment.

• • •

Personnel of Coco Solo Hospital took
over Rancho Ramos, the Canal Zone Police
Park near Margarita, for a picnic on Janu-
ary 8. Over 200 of the hospital staff and
families turned out.

Arrangements for the party were made by
Robert Cole, Dr. George Bland, David C.
Mcllhenny, Henry Alama, Dr. Rufus M.
De Hart, Mrs. Betty Johengen, Mrs. Betty
Creighton, W. H. Will, Mrs. Foy Frauen-
heim, Freddie Pritham, W. Fitz Humphreys,
and Dennis Fernandez.

Mrs. Helen Hatten, Secretary-Treasurer
of the lively organization, was coordinator
for the day.

The sports program, which included
horseshoes, badminton, volleyball, ping-
pong, and softball, was directed by Dr.
Russell N. Frys and Dr. B. Y. Peralta.

A grill was kept in steady operation from
11 a. m. to 6 p. m. The chefs and their
aides were: Dr. W. F. French, Dr. W. H.
Wynne, Dr. J. A. Johengen, Dr. R. M.
De Hart, Dr. R. L. Koenig, Dr. G. W.
Bland, Sgt. Conley, Chief Henry Alama,
K. E. Frauenheim, E. W. Argo, A. W.
Brede and D. C. Zitzmann. Ray Hatten
did the barbecue sauce, and Mrs. Helen
Bland and Don Brayton ran the soft drink
and ice cream bar.

Food preparation was in the hands of
Mrs. S. D. Aycock, Mrs. Thelma Rettinger,
Mrs. Johengen, Mrs. Marie Rice, Mrs'
H. C. Pritham, Mrs. De Hart, Mrs. Betty
Sutton, Mrs. Marie Sellers, Mrs. Brece,
Miss Florence Edbrooke, Mrs. Fronia
Fender, Mrs. Adele Koenig, Mrs. Doris
Acheson, Mrs. Mary Peterson, Mrs. Argo,
Mrs. Ruby Radel, Mrs. Muriel Howell!
Mrs. Thelma Carey, Mrs. Frauenheim, Mrs!
Elizabeth Davison, Mrs. Betty Creighton,
and Mrs. Kathryn McNamee. Miss Jo
Conran and a victrola supplied music.

Another picnic is planned for the near
future. The organization's next get-to-
gether will be a Millionaires' Party, tenta-
tively to be held at the Elk's Club at a date
to be announced later.

The association is also planning trips
through the Canal and will go farther afield
to take in some of Colombia and Costa
Rica as well as the San Bias Islands.

Marine Bureau

The Aids to Navigation Section's tug
U. S. Taboga— fondly called in shipping
circles "The Reliable"— did it again. That
is, she performed another of her excellent
towing jobs. And this time it was the
Queen Mary.

The Taboga left Gamboa the morning of
January 3 for the Galapagos Islands to pick
up the 500-ton tuna fisher Queen Mary
which was in trouble. She returned to
Balboa with her tow the morning of
January 12.

The Taboga's towing jobs have included
a variety of crafts: Freighters, tankers,
banana boats, and passenger ships. This
is her seventh towing job involving a tuna
fisher; according to records, the Taboga has
averaged one tuna boat tow a year.

February 4, 1955


Civil Affairs Bureau

January 13 was Moving Day in the Civil
Affairs Bureau. Organizational changes in
the Bureau which went into effect two days
later called for several changes of location.

James Marshall, now Assistant to the
Civil Affairs Director and formerly Chief of
the now disbanded Postal, Customs, and
Immigration Division, and his secretary,
Mrs. Joyce C. Hudson, moved from Room
201 to Room 208. There they share space
with Capt. A. J. Troup, now Special
Assistant to the Director and former
Fire Chief.

Into Mr, Marshall's former office, Room
201, moved Maj. George Herman, Chief of
Police, with Capt. Rodger W. Griffith and
the Police Division's right-hand men,
Herman Lynn and Leroy Koontz. Other
Police Division office workers, Peggy
Zeimetz, Frances Hunnicutt, Mary Hollo-
well, and Michael Zomborv, moved from
Room 207 to Room 206.

Earl F. Unruh, newly-appointed Director
of Posts and Chief of the Postal Division,
is now located in Room 109 of the Civil
Affairs Building. J. B. Clemmons, Jr.,
now Chief of the Customs Division, has his
office in the Customs office on the first floor
of the Balboa Port Captain's Building.

An exceptionally fine exhibit of paintings
of birds native to the Isthmus of Panama
is being shown throughout February in the
Canal Zone Museum of the Civil Affairs

The paintings are the work of Mrs.
Gladys Cargill Bernard, formerly of Pedro
Miguel and now of Balboa. She has made
a minute and careful study of the birds
which visited a feeding station in the garden
of her home at Pedro Miguel. Her pic-
tures include both watercolors and black
and white sketches.

The collection is on display in the cases
on the first floor of the Civil Affairs Building.

Girls of the Household Arts and Clothing
classes of Balboa High School staged their
annual fashion show last month; some of
the audience, who may have been a bit
biased, declared that it surpassed the Dior
show of last fall.

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