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Wheels station wagon (no Irade-ins

accepted), a Good Humor
truck, a police radar-patrol cycle with a
built-in compartment, and a jet-ride, chain-
drive, pump car with a bucket seat. This
last item, which is operated on the same
principle as a railroad hand car, was popular
a number of years ago as the Irish Mail and
even then was considered |ust the thing for
the little darlings to work off excess energy.

WHAT WOULD Christmas be without a
doll? Up to now we thought we had seen
everything in dolls. They have learned to
talk, walk, cry tears, drink water, take baths,
roll their eyes, turn their heads and dance.
This year, believe it or not, they open their
lips and bare their teeth. The teeth can be
brushed by their proud mamas with tooth-
brushes which come as part of their complete
wardrobe equipment. These special dolls,
costing about $1 3, can also do ordinary things
like walk and talk. Their hair can be washed
and curled and they will stand up to being
dipped in a tub of hot water.

A dancing doll as large as an ordinary
five-year-old child, is one of the special items
in the doll department this year. Made of
flexible stuffed cotton, they have yarn hair
and are dressed in various bright costumes.
Each is equipped with dancing straps into
which a small child can slip her feet and thus
convert dolly into a realistic dancing partner.

Other dolls come with and without ward-
robes and some of the baby dolls have lay-
ettes; all of these are washable and most of
them practically indestructible. Prices range
from as low as $1 to $14.25 for the more
elaborate models.

Little women won't have to pretend to
put the food in the oven if they have one of

the aluminum cooking sets put out

Starting by Mirro, the company which also

Early makes standard-size kitchen ware.

In addition to the usual pots and
pans, the sets include percolators, which can
make real coffee and an electric mixer for
$2.95 which operates fine on a flashlight

Sturdy tables and chairs on which children
up to eight years of age can sit comfortably,
are to be sold this year in the Commissary
Toy Centers. The tables, 21 inches high and
the chairs about 13 inches from the floor,
provide a good place for small children to
eat their meals, play games and serve refresh-
ments to their friends. Best of all they can
be folded and stored away in the nearest

BY THE END of an exciting Christmas Day,
most parents will be delighted if their off-
spring and their friends would curl up by the
Christmas tree with a good book. In this
department, the Commissary has an excep-
tionally good selection this year. In addition
to story books for all ages, there are paint
books, coloring books, and sketch books for
the little folks as well as for the older child,
who has a flair for art. Painting sets and table
games also are in this department and happy
will be the parent who finds that a number
of these items have been presented to younger
members of the family by good old Santa.

some time but both took brush-up courses
recently and now use that language
wherever they can to the Latin American

Both of the school nurses have helped
during the past few months in the Salk
polio vaccination program. Last Friday

when Canal Zone children received their
second inoculations, Mrs. Forbes and Miss
Holcomb worked all day supplementing
the regular nurses assigned to the program.
Mrs. Forbes and Miss Holcomb both
have backgrounds of public health work;
at first this was a hindrance (See page is)

October 7, 1955




CANAL ZONE CHAMPIONS for the past two years, the Junior College
Green Devils are ready to take on the Balboa High School team tonight in
a football classic at Balboa Stadium, knowing that Balboa will do its best
to knock them out of the championship, just as Cristobal will when it has
an opportunity. Members of the Green Devils' first and second string
teams are: Bottom row: left to right: Michael Zimmerman, right end; Joseph
Vowel, right tackle; Calvin Fishbough, right guard; Burton Mead, center;
Stephen Herring, left guard; John Thomas, left tackle; and Curtis Jeffries,

left end. Center row: Kenneth Mohl, mascot; Alfonso Blackall, fullback;
Reginald Hayden, quarterback; Richard Gau, halfback; William Maloney,
halfback; William McKeown, quarterback; Lambert Montovani, halfback;
James McKeown, halfback; Richard Seeley, guard; Stewart Brown, coach.
Top row: Robert Fogel, end; Ralph Connor, tackle; Michael Hopiak, guard;
John Riley, center; Douglas Gibbs, guard; Ricardo Royo, tackle; John
Wood, center; and Gary Maddox, end.

"Good School System" Is Opinion Of

Evaluators Who Visited Canal Zone

(Continued from page l) and conscientious
devotion to the welfare of boys and girls
was found everywhere.

"The administration of a school system
such as is found in the Canal Zone has
many peculiar aspects," the report con-
tinues. "In the first place, there are
virtually two school systems for which
the administration is responsible. In
the next place, the community itself has
no direct control over the administration
of the schools, either financial or in the ad-
ministration of the educational program.

"It should be mentioned that in spite
of these differences all responsible agen-
cies concerned seem to be quite sensitive
to the needs of the boys and girls in the
schools. This applies to the Governor,
the Lieutenant Governor, the Director of
Civil Affairs, as well as to the professional
members of the staff. This is a fortunate
circumstance because it could easily be
otherwise. In addition to these prob-
lems, many matters must be cleared
through Washington in the Executive and
Legislative branches of the Government."

Recommending that the educational
program could be greatly improved if the
Central Office were granted some addi-
tional supervisory assistance, Dr. Kray-
bill writes that "When comparisons are
made, it must always be kept in mind
that the educational situation in the
Canal Zone is not that of a normal muni-
cipality with a population of 50,000
people. The great diversity in the popu-
lation, the impermanence of residence of
the pupils in the schools, calls for addi-
tional and thoughtful effort on the part
of the educational staff."

Suggested Improvements

Suggestions for improvement include
wider use of audio-visual aids; more
attention to health services; a gradual
transfer to students of a greater share of
responsibility for their own program and
activity; better facilities for an auditorium

program and a joint pupil-teacher drive
for assembly programs that would use
the abilities and the skills of a great
many students, and installation in the
Central Office of a plan for a follow-up
of students both in college and in the
work-a-day world. The latter would be
helpful in many ways, Dr. Kraybill
writes, and "particularly helpful in
placing students in colleges when the
great rush for college comes on as it will
in a very few years." It also is suggested
that opportunities should be offered for
in-service training of the staff in view of
the fact that the Canal Zone is far away
from great centers of intellectual life.

The contents of Dr. Kraybill's special
summary and the accompanying reports
are not only important to the Canal Zone
c immunity locally, but to the Commis-
sion of the Middle States Association
which will utilize the results of the Visit-
ing Committees' work in determining
whether the Balboa and Cristobal High
Schools and the Canal Zone Junior Col-
lege should be accredited. Accreditation
is granted only by the Commission at its
annual meeting in November, following
an analysis of the many phases of the
school program. Notification of the
final action is not scheduled to be received
until January of next year. Upon accred-
itation of a school, its graduates may be
accepted for the following 10-year period
for admission to most colleges without
the requirement of entrance examinations
or other qualifying rules.

As described in the June 1954 and
March 1955 issues of The Panama
Canal Review, the evaluation activity
leading to the writing of these reports
involved a minute investigation of the
schools, ranging from the qualification of
staff members and the program of studies
to library services and the school plant.
The evaluation was requested by the
Canal Zone Schools and was conducted
by the Middle States Association which
has jurisdiction over this area. This
Association is one of six regional Associa-

tions in the United States which together
form the General Committee in Charge of
Cooperative Study of Secondary Schools.
The General Committee establishes the
criteria schools must meet in order to
attain formal accreditation.

Individual schools voluntarily solicit
accreditation which not only is important
in improving the opportunities of stud-
ents seeking higher education in the
United States but to the schools in
measuring their own quality and excel-
lence. The first-hand examination by an
impartial accrediting agency with per-
fection as its goal stimulates the school to
accomplish continuous improvement and
insures the education program being kept
close to the realistic needs and to chang-
ing conditions. The "look-in-the-mirror"
process is an incentive for the schools to
maintain flexible curricula giving recogni-
tion to the needs of both students who
will not attend college and students who
will continue their studies elsewhere.

How well Cristobal High School, Balboa
High School and the Canal Zone Junior
College scored individually in the 1955
accreditation test will be discussed, in the
order named, in the next three issues of
The Panama Canal Review.

Children Of Canal Zone Are Healthy

(Continued from page IS) rather than

a help in the school program. Some of
the younger children associated them
with something mildly unpleasant like
vaccinations or inoculations and were not
inclined at first to believe that an eye or
dental examination wasn't going to end
up with a "shot" for something.

"Or maybe," Miss Holcomb says in
her pleasant Southern drawl, "they think
anybodv in white's going to give them
a shot."

The school health program in the Canal
Zone is financed by the Division of
Schools but carried out administratively
under the supervision of the Division of
Preventive Medicine of the Health



October 7, 1955


August 15 through September 15

Employees who were promoted or trans-
ferred between August 15 and September IS
are listed below. Within-grade promotions
and administrative changes are not listed.


Walter G. McBride, from Policeman and
Motorcycle Officer to Police Sergeant.
Police Division.

Mrs. Eula R. Driscoll, from Assistant to
Personnel Director, Personnel Bureau, to
High School Teacher. Division of Schools.

Charles A. McGlade, from Fireman, Fire
Division, to Postal Clerk, Postal Division.

Gustavo A. Mellander, from Tabulating
Machine Operator, Payroll Branch, to
Postal Clerk, Postal Division.

Mrs. Pauline E. Long, from Elementary
School Teacher to Kindergarten Assistant,
Dn ision of Schools.

Mrs. Carol M. Swenson, from Substitute
Teacher to Elementary School Teacher,
1 >i\ ision of Schools.

Mrs. Miriam S. Hirschl, Mrs. Marion L.
Girard, Mrs. Bessie C. Herring, Mrs. Era
L. Greene, Mrs. Vera G. Irving, from Sub-
stitute Teacher to Kindergarten Assistant,
Division of Schools.

John E. Fisher, from Systems Account-
ant, Accounting Systems Staff, to Assistant
Chief, Accounting Division.

Thomas H. Scott, from Systems Account-
ant to Supervisory Systems Accountant,
Accounting Systems Staff.

Robert Lessiack, from Budget Analyst
to Supervisory Budget Analyst, Budget
Branch. .

Mrs. Mary J. Yaeger, Accounting Clerk,
from Agents Accounts Branch, to General
Ledger and Processing Branch.

Mrs. Ruth J. Bain, Clerk Typist, from
Central Typing and Clerical Unit, to
Treasury Branch.

Earl C. Keeney, from Cash Accounting
Clerk (Collection) to Cash Accounting
Clerk (Teller), Treasury Branch.

John Montayne, from Systems Account-
ant to Supervisory Systems Accountant,
Methods and Relief Assignment Staff.

Carl M. Pajack, from Accountant to
Systems Accountant, Methods and Relief
Assignment Staff.

William E. Hall, from Accounting Assist-
ant, Reports and Reconciliation Branch,
to Systems Accountant, Methods and Relief
Assignment Staff.

Stephen A. Bissell, from Supervisory
Accounting Clerk to Accounting Assistant,
Methods and Relief Assignment Staff.

Charles M. Middleton, from Chief to
Supervising Valuation Engineer, Plant In-
ventory and Appraisal Staff.

Donald E. Judson, from Powerhouse
Operator to Senior Powerhouse Operator,
Electrical Division.

James J. Morris, from Construction
Inspector, Contractors Hill, to Contract
Assistant, Contract and Inspection Division.
TJlrich W. Hughes, from Instrument Re-
pairman Electrical Leader to Foreman,
Electrical Instrument Repair Shop, Elec-
trical Division.

Harry E. Pearl, from Construction Man-
agement Engineer, Contractors Hill, to
Civil Engineer, Engineering Division.

Robert G. Laatz, from Construction En-
gineer to Maintenance Engineer, Mainte-
nance Division.

Bob D. Maynard, from Assistant Plumb-
ing Supervisor to Lead Foreman Plumber,
l Northern District). Maintenance Division.
Fred L. Watson, from Repair Shop Fore-
man to Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic,
Maintenance Division.

Manuel Quintero, from Contract Assist-
ant. Contract and Inspection Division, to
Civil Engineer, Engineering Division.

James A. Van Dyke, from Crater and
Packer Leader to Crater and Packer Fore-
man, Maintenance Division.

William H. Will, from Bricklayer and
Plasterer and Tilesetter to Brick or Stone
Mason, Maintenance Division.

Mrs. Rose L. Thomas, from Time, Leave

and Payroll Clerk, Payroll Branch, to
Clerk-Typist, Engineering Division.

Ramel H. Masters, Raymond E. Forbes,

Sanitation Inspector, from Panama Health
Office to Division of Sanitation.


Harry Van Loon, Arthur M. Hiland,
from Guard, Locks Security Branch, to
Towing Locomotive Operator, Pacific Locks.

Elvis H. Robertson, Billy D. Bell, Gilbert
M. Smith, Frank R. Costanzo, from Fireman
Fire Division, to Guard, Locks Security

Harold G. Crawford, from Chauffeur,
Motor Transportation Division (Car of
President, Panama Canal Company), to
Guard, Locks Security Branch.

Mrs. Barbara B. Ramey, Clerk-Stenog-
rapher, from General Services Section to
Office of the Personnel Director.

Margaret A. Zent, from Student Assist-
ant to Clerk-Stenographer, Wage and
Classification Division.


Francis W. Hickey, from Locomotive
Crane Steam Engineer to Salvage Yard
Lead Foreman, Division of Storehouses.

Wilson H. Waldron, Body Repair Shop
Supervisor from Cristobal to Ancon, Motor
Transportation Division.

Walter H. Hobby, from Body Repair
Shop Supervisor, Ancon, to Motor Trans-
portation Supervisor, Motor Transporta-
tion Division.

Fay M. Brown, from Painter-Body
Repairman to Body Repair Shop Supervisor
(Cristobal), Motor Transportation Division.


From Cristobal

Ancon October 1

Panama October 8

Cristobal October 15

Ancon October 22

1'a mi ma October 29

From New York

Cristobal October 6

Ancon October 13

Panama October 20

Cristobal October 27

(Southbound the Haiti stop is from 7 a. m.
to 4 p. m. Monday; northbound, ships are
also in Port-au-Prince Monday, from about
1 to 6 p. m.)


Retirement certificates were presented
the end of August to the following employees
who are listed alphabetically, together with
their birthplaces, titles, length of Canal
service, and future addresses:

Thomas E. Bougan, Louisiana; Chief,
Retail Stores Branch, Commissary Divi-
sion; 22 years, 1 month, 5 days; St. Peters-
burg, Fla.

Mrs. Eva E. Dickson, Pennsylvania;
rime and Leave Clerk, Balboa Port Cap-
tain's Office; 10 years, 8 months, 4 days;
Bangor, Maine.

David L. Gatz, Louisiana; Auditor, Office
of the Comptroller; 26 years, 7 months, '24
days; address uncertain.

Frank W. Hohmann, Pennsylvania; Au-
ditor. Office of the Comptroller; 31 years,
3 months. 22 days; St. Petersburg, Fla.

William R. Knox, Kansas; Postal Clerk,
Balboa; 16 years, 2 months, 9 clays; near
Topeka, Kans.

Mrs. Ella E. Wertz, Louisiana, Mail
Clerk, Administrative Branch; 16 years,
2 months, 17 days; New Orleans, La.


(Editor's Note: For the very senior man
of them all see page 10 of this issue.)

Two employees who celebrated their
thirtieth year of Government service last
month are twins in service date and career.

Reginald D. Armstrong and Clair E.
Ewing went to school together in Seville,
Ohio, their association pre-dating high
school. So it was quite natural that when
they grew up they should look for jobs
together. Mr. Ewing's uncle, C. A. Mclll-
vaine, was then Executive Secretary of The
Panama Canal. He told the young job-
hunters of two openings in what was called
in those days the Receiving and Forwarding
Agency, and is now the Terminals Division.

Their Canal service began September 8,
1925. Both started as clerks and neither
has ever worked for any other Canal unit.
Mr. Armstrong is a Claims Investigator in
Cristobal and Mr. Ewing is Supervisory
Administrative Assistant in Balboa.

Another of September's 30-year men has
unbroken Canal service. He is Kenneth
D. Slowick, Master Machinist with the
Industrial Division in Cristobal. Born in
Niagara Falls, N. Y., he served for three
years in the U. S. Navy aboard the USS
Huntington. Except for a few months with
the Locks Division, all of his service has
been with what is now the Industrial

The other two employees who completed
30 years of government service in Septem-
ber, Robert S. Wood, Supervisory Signal
Engineer for the Railroad Division, and
Charles P. Shay, Assistant to the Chief of
the Commissary Division's Retail Stores
Branch, have broken service. Both began
their Canal careers as boys and resumed
them after they were grown.

Mr. Wood, whose father was an account-
ant here for many years, w-as born in
Washington but came to the Isthmus when
he was less than two years old. He worked
as a "boy" and as a gardener during school
vacations. His adult career began when he
joined the Electrical Division in 1927 as a
signal maintainer; he has been with the
Railroad since 1945.

Mr. Shay, a native of Oil City, Pa., came
to the Isthmus when he was eight. He
worked one summer as a messenger in the old
Record Bureau. When he was 18 he took
off for the States to work and eventually
saw a good deal of the world in a three-year
hitch in the Marine Corps. He has been
with the Commissary Division since 1930.

Two employees completed a quarter of
a century of Government service last month.

Robert C. Smith, a Filtration Plant Oper-
ator with the Maintenance Division at
Mount Hope, has unbroken service with the
Canal organization. He was born in Mass-
achusetts. His first Canal job was as a
Clerk in the old Municipal Engineering

Russell J. Parsons, an Auto Repair
Machinist with the Transportation and
Terminals Bureau, is a native of Michigan
but has spent most of his life in the Canal
Zone. He attended school in Empire,
worked as a messenger and a towerman with
the old Central Division when still in his
teens, and later served his apprenticeship
as a machinist in the Canal Zone. His
father was a railroad conductor.


All but one of September's 20-year em-
ployees have continuous service with the
Canal organization, and several have the
same service dates. Those with unbroken
service are:

John R. Bruland, Jr., born in Ancon,
one-time apprentice, and now Boilermaker
and Tank Tester in the Industrial Division;
Thomas J. Pimento, born in Pedro Miguel,
also a one-time apprenticeship and now a
Machinist with the Industrial Division;
George J. Herring, a native of Washington,
now a Railroad conductor; Maxwell S.
Sanders, another native Zonian, now
Assistant Marine Bunkering Foreman with
the Terminals Division; William E. Kirk-
land, Scotch-born, a Diesel Operator-
Machinist with the Electrical Division;
Adamary Anderson, Cristobal High School

October 7,1955



Teacher; Calmar A. Batalden, Supervisor
of Shop in the Latin-American Schools;
Dorothy K. Henry, Teacher at South Mar-
garita School; Richard L. Sullivan, General
Manager of the Commissary Division;
Joseph L. H. Demers, Supervisory Storage
Officer of the Division of Storehouses; and
Mrs. Mary B. Journeay who, as a Balboa
High School Teacher, has instructed a good
many Isthmians in the tricks of typing
and shorthand.

Mr. Bruland and Mr. Pimento went to
work for the Canal organization on the
same day — September 3, 1935. Four oth-
ers — Miss Anderson, Mr. Batalden, Miss
Henry and Mr. Sullivan — share September
19, 1935, as their service date.

The 20-year employee whose service is
broken is Joseph V. Dignam, Customs
Inspector at Cristobal who is now spending
his vacation as a crewman on a European-
bound ship.

Eighteen of September's 15-year em-
ployees have unbroken Canal service.
They are: William N. Arthur, Signalman,
Navigation Division; Roy F. Burr, Account-
ing Clerk, Commissary Division; Gilbert
H. Davis, Lock Operator Ironworker
Welder, Pacific Locks; Stephen A. Dreyer,
Wireman, Electrical Division; Edward G.
Haydel, Jr., also a wireman in the Electrical
Division; Marion S. Herring, Chief Tow-
boat Engineer in the Dredging Division ;
James M. Little, Senior Towboat Master,
Dredging Division; Cornelia Malmberg,
Balboa Elementary School Teacher; Porter
M. McHan, Leadingman Combination
Welder, Industrial Division; F. A. McGuin-
ness, Conductor, Railroad Division; Fred-
erick A. Mohl, Fireman, Balboa Central
Fire Station;

Mabel F. Peterson, Accounting Clerki
Commissary Division; David H. Searle, Jr.,
Policeman; Balboa Police District; Howard
T. Tettenburn, Locomotive Pipefitter, Rail-
road Division; Homer W. Watkins, Fire-
man, Gamboa Fire Station; Joseph H.
White, Supervisory Storage Officer, Divi-
sion of Storehouses; Russell T. Wise,
Safety Engineer, Safety Branch; and
William B. Wray, Bricklayer and Boiler-
maker, Industrial Division.

Mr. Dreyer, Mr. Herring and Mr. Mol 1
all joined the Canal organization on Septem-
ber 13, 1940; Mr. McHan and Mr. Tetten-
burn followed the next day; Mr. Little, Mr.
McGuinness and Mr. Wise share a Septem-
ber 18, 1940 employment date.

Fifteen-year employees whose Canal serv-
ice is broken are; Robert J. Balcer, Postal
Clerk; Joseph M. Hunt, Marine Traffic
Controller; Frances B. Orvis, Clerk-typist,
Motor Transportation Division; Wallace
F. Russon, Safety Inspector, Terminals
Division; and James E. Stuart, Property
and Supply Clerk, Aids to Navigation


Editor's Note: A revision of Executive
Regulation No. 19, covering travel and
transportation was issued at Balboa Heights
recently'. It will be published in install-
ments with the third installment carried
in this issue for the benefit of those who
desire to clip and save the entire regulation.


Balboa Heights, C. Z.

June 24, 1955.

Revision 1 — (Continued)

(b) Household goods and personal effects may
include, within the authorized weight limit, and
subject to paragraph (c) of this section:

Furniture and furnishings such as are usual
and customary for the maintenance of a
household establishment

Hobby power tools and equipment
Amateur radio equipment
Hand tools

Outboard motors
Cameras and photographic equipment

Golf clubs

Other items similar to the above that are
used in or about the house or as recrea-
tional items

(c) The shipment of household goods and
personal effects acquired in anticipation of
termination shall not be made at Government
expense. In the case of new employees, no
expense shall be allowable for the transportation
of property acquired en route.

(d) In the case of craftsmen traveling by
plane the Government will bear the cost of the

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