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present hours, especially to those who are
employed and who concentrate most of
their shopping on weekends.

Other suggestions include price mark-
ing and packaging of such items as lettuce,
cabbage, and carrots so that buyers need
not wait in line at the vegetable section
to have such items weighed and priced.

and more careful handling in the vege-
table sections of easily bruised fruits.

During the forum Mr. Johnson and
B. J. Elich, Assistant to the Supply
Director, gave a brief resume of the Com-
missary Division's training program. This
includes a shoppers' service for evaluating
sales clerk performance and an incentive
pay program.

Mr. Johnson reported on the potato
situation and said that as soon as they
are in season supplies of the Maine Russet
potatoes will again be available in the
retail stores. He also asked for customer
reaction to an idea that fresh produce in
season might be flown to the Canal Zone
from the States. The cost would be
somewhat higher than that of present
stock, but reduced spoilage should partly
offset the price increase. The general
reaction of the forum to the suggestion

was that customers would be glad of the
opportunity to purchase fresher fruits and
vegetables, even at somewhat higher

Those attending the meeting were:
Mrs. M. K. Morgan, W. H. Esslinger,
Pacific Civic Council: G. K. Shear, Cris-
tobal-Margarita Civic Council; Mrs. C.
V. Scheidegg, Gatun Civic Council;
Richard Jenks, United States Citizens
Association; Mrs. Walter Wagner, Mrs.
C. L. Coate, Central Labor Union; Hers-
chel Gandy, American Federation of Gov-
ernment F^mployees; Mrs. H. J. Quinlan,
Balboa Women's Club; Mrs. Helen
Daniels, Isthmian Nurses' A.ssociation;
Mrs. Vera Bolek, Emblem Club and
American Legion Auxiliary; Mrs. Patricia
George, American Legion Auxiliary; I^.
M. Brockman, Personnel Bureau.

The Supply Bureau and the Commis-
sary Division were represented by Mr.
Johnson, Mr. Elich, Mr. McHugh," R. L.
Sullivan, General Manager of the Com-
missary Division, V. J. Huber, head of
the Drygoods Branch, and C. P. Shay,
Assistant Chief, Retail Stores Branch.

nothing of turkey and dressing — will dance
through the heads of most of the small fry on
the Isthmus for the next two months. They
will dance through the head of the lady of
the house too, whose job it will be to produce
holiday food to go with the Thanksgiving
and Christmas celebrations — and she, like
the Commissary Division, has probably been
making plans far in advance.

To meet the holiday demands, for instance,
the Commissary has ordered nearly 90,000

pounds of eviscerated turkeys —
Gobblers and that is a lot of turkey. They
for are due to arrive in two ship-

Gobbling ments, one early next week and

the other about the first of Decem-
ber. The Commissary people believe that
this will be plenty of turkey for everyone and
furthermore they have been ordered in sizes
suitable for everyone — meaning they will
run from seven to nine pounds for the small
birds up to as high as 26 pounds for the
turkeys destined for large families.

much larger than a good sized capon, will
also be available at a slightly higher price
per pound but are fine for the small party or
for the hostess who doesn't care to eat cold
turkey for at least a week. Swanson also
puts out a small, five to seven pound, turkey
complete with dressing — which means there
si nothing to do but put the bird in the oven.

At this time of the year and sometimes even
earlier, the Christmas fruit cake is concocted

with great ceremony in the fam-

Easier ily kitchen. Once this was a

Fruitcakes long and tedious business, but

modern housewives, including
those in the Canal Zone, con now whip up a
fruit cake with a minimum of effort. The
Commissaries will hove on sale soon nine-
ounce jars of mixed fruit chopped in the
proper sized hunks ready to be thrown into
the fruit cake batter. They will sell at 35
cents a jar and one jar is sufficient for a
one-pound fruit cake. Prepared fruit cokes
also will be sold at Commissary retail stores
this month. They have been ordered from
several different firms with prices ranging
from 58 cents to a dollar a pound.

mince and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and
English plum pudding for Christmas. The
ingredients for the mince pies will be sold by
the jar. The pumpkin pie mix in tins is a
regular item in the Commissary stock. Im-
ported plum puddings, the Grocery Depart-
ment has promised, will arrive here in plenty
of time for Christmas. They are put up in
one-pound tins and need only to be warmed
and ssrved with the family's favorite sauce.

With the Thanksgiving turkey goes dressing
and most good cooks are as fussy over their

particular recipes as a Southern

Filling for planter is over his mint juleps.

Fowls The Commissaries will be able to

supply the ingredients demanded
by the housewives. These will include im-
ported chestnuts and fresh select chilled
oysters from New York. The Commissary
stores already hove these in stock and more
will arrive for the holiday season.

Hard candies for Christmas are a "must"
and again this year the Commissary has

ordered a supply of hard candy
Candy and in five-pound jars due to arrive
Chocolates early in November. The jars,

by the way, are practically ant-
proof and are wonderful to use later in the
kitchen. Chocolates in boxes ore available
most of the time in the Commissary stores.
They arrive fresh each week from the States
and are placed on sale immediately. Holi-
day chocolates in special boxes and tins
have also been ordered and will be avail-
able as soon as they arrive.

FRESH CRANBERRIES for the traditional
cranberry sauce have been ordered in one-
pound boxes and will arrive 10 days before
Thanksgiving. About the same time the
Commissary Division expects a shipment of
fresh fruits including oranges, grapes, apples,
and pears. For the traditional Thanksgiving
nut bowl, there will be an ample supply of
prepackaged mixed nuts. Other types can
be bought by the pound in all retail stores.

to be as much a part of Christmas as the
Christmas tree and the glitter of tinsel. Holi-
day candles in all shapes and sizes, some of
them almost too pretty to burn, will be avail-
able soon in all stores. They will include
candles shaped like turkeys and ears of corn
for Thanksgiving; and like snowballs, ever-
green trees, and Santa Clous for Christmas.
As in other years, there will be the traditional
bayberry candles, large column candles in
Christmas colors, and an ample stock of the
regular red and green table candles.



November 4, 1955



September 15 through October 15

Employees who were promoted or trans-
ferred between September 15 and October
15 are listed below. Within-grade promo-
tions are not listed.


Mrs. Nelma L. Rommel, from File Clerk
to Mail Clerk, Records Section.


Robert A. Engelke, from Motorcycle
Officer and Policeman to Motorcycle Ofificer,
Policeman, and Detective, Police Division.

Herman W. Lynn, Howard J. Toland,
from Policeman to Policeman and Detective,
Police Division.

John T. Glancy, from Chief, Customs
and Immigration Service (Cristobal), to
Chief Inspector (Cristobal), Customs Divi-


Richard W. Coy, Edward J. Lucas,
Ernest A. Bishop, .Accountant to Auditor,
Internal Audit Staff.

Norman J. Tewes, from .Auditor to
Supervisor.- Auditor, Internal Audit Staff.

J. Patrick Conley, from Claims Examiner
(Supervisor) to Assistant Chief, Claims


Mrs. Sarah B. Rothwell, from Account-
ing Clerk to Supply Clerk (Genera(), Hous-
ing Division.

Richard S. Brogie, from Clerk to Account-
ing Clerk, Housing Division.


Mrs. Gail A. Ward, from Clerk-Typist to
Clerk (Typist), Electrical Division.

Ocus S. Kleinfelder, Contracting Officer,
from Contract and Inspection Division to
Engineering Division.

Mrs. Lila M. Arosemena, Clerk-Typist,
from Contract and Inspection Division to
Engineering Division.

Frank R. Turman, Jr., from Foreman
Crater and Packer to Lead Foreman, Crater
and Packer, Maintenance Division.

Victor D. Young, from Operator-Foreman
Electrician, Power Branch, to Supervisory
Electrical Inspector, Power Conversion

Charles F. Magee, from Super\ising Con-
struction Inspector, Contractors Hill, to
Mate, Pipeline Suction Dredge, Dredging

Phra A. Ashby, from Maintenance
Mechanic Leader, Corozal Hospital, to
Hospital Maintenance Foreman, Mainte-
nance Division.

Carlos M. Badiola, from Construction
Engineer (General), Contractors Hill, to
General Engineer (Surveying and Carto-
graphic), Surveys Branch.

Mrs. A. Elizabeth Lester, Clerk-Typist,
from Communications Branch to Electrical

Joaquin N. Ponce, from Engineering


From Cristobal

Crislohiil * - November 4

A neon November 1 2

Panama November 1

Cristobal November 26

From New York

A neon November .?

Panama November 1

Cristobal November 1 7

A neon f November 25

* Because of the .Armistice Day holiday,
Cristobal leaves one day early, arriving
New York November 10.

t Because of Thanksgiving Day, Aneon
sails Friday instead of Thursday, arriving in
Cristobal, December 1.

(Southbound the Haiti stop is normally
from 7 a. m. to 4 p. m. Monday; northbound
the ships are also in Port-au-Prince Monday
from about 1 to 6 p. m. This month, be-
cause of holidays, the northbound Cristobal,
out of Cristobal November 4, will be in
Haiti Sunday, November 6, and the Aneon,
southbound from New York November 25,
will be in Haiti Tuesday, November 29.)

Draftsman (General) to Engineering Drafts-
man (Electrical), Engineering Division.

Maj. Walter H. Goggans, Medical Officer,
from Gorgas to Coco .Solo Hospital.

Mrs. Evelyn S. Slowick, from Staff Nurse,
Coco Solo Hospital, to Head Nurse,
Atlantic Medical Clinics.

Dr. Jaime L. Barraza, from Hospital
Resident, Gorgas Hospital, to Medical
Officer (Ophthalmology), Coco Solo Hos-

Dr. Evelyn K. Barraza, Medical Officer
(Ear. Nose, and Throat), from Gorgas to
Coco Sc.lo Hospital.

Mrs. BobbieH.Freschi, Staff Nurse, from
Gorga?. Hospital to Coco Solo Hospital.

Dr. Glendy G. Sadler, from Hospital
Resident, Gorgas Hospital, to Assistant to
Chief, Pathologic, Anatomy and Clinical
Pathology .Section, Board of Health Labor-

Dr. David Senzer, District Physician,
from Pedro Miguel to Gamboa.

Dr. William E. Prier, from Hospital Resi-
dent to Medical Officer, Orthopedics,
Gorgas Hospital.

C. Louise Zug, Mrs. Evelyn R. Koperski,
Staff Nurse, from Gorgas to Coco Solo


Fred E. Whipple, from Foreman, Aids to
Navigation Section, to Lead Foreman,
Navigational .Aids.

Mrs. Helen C. Light, from Typist, Com-
missary Division, to Accounting Clerk,
Industrial Division.

Charles W. Garden, from Locomotive
Machinist, Railroad Division, to Lock
Operator ( Machinist), Pacific Locks.

Frank R. Costanzo, from Guard, Locks
Security Branch, to Towing Locomotive
Operator. Locks Overhaul.

Charles M. Swisher, from Apprentice
Pipefitter to Pipefitter, Industrial Division.

Eviyn W. Brandt, from Postal Clerk,
Postal Division, to Supervisory Adminis-
trative Assistant, Industrial Di\ision.

Charles W. Brown, from Supervisory
Storekeeper (General) to Supervisory Clerk
(Typist), Pacific Locks.


Mrs. Elizabeth Z. Beall, from Clerk-
Stenographer to Clerk-Typist, Division of

Richard J. Koperski, from Storekeeper

(General), Division of Storehouses, to

Procurement Officer, Commissary Division.



Arthur B. Rigby, from Road and Yard
Conductor to Road and \i\rA Locomotive
Engineer, Railroad DivisioTi.


Retirement certificates were presented the
end of October to the following employees
who are listed alphabetically, together with
their birthplaces, titles, length of Canal serv-
ice, and futiu'e addresses:

Howard C. Anderson, Virginia; Leading-
man, Navigation Div'ision; 14 years, 9
months, 29 days; address undecided.

Daisy D. Fortner, Wisconsin; Elementary
School Teacher, Pedro Miguel; 24 years, 6
months, 14 days; Galesville, Wis.

Charles F. Hinz, Wisconsin; Postmaster,
Balboa Heights; 30 years, 8 months, 22
days; Milwaukee, Wis.

Mrs. Laura C. McLintock, Pennsylvania;
Clerk-Stenographer, Contract and Inspec-
tion Division; 17 years, 5 months, 15 davs;
Canal Zone.

Frank R. Molther, New York; General
Engineer, Plant Inventory and .Appraisal
Staff; 20 years, 2 months, 28 days; Panama.

Allan B. Parker, Maine; Chief Towboat
Engineer, Ferry Service; 15 years, 6 days;
El \'olcan, Panama.

J. Milton Reed, Iowa; Chief Towboat
Engineer, Navigation Division; 14 years,
1 month, 13 days; Bellingham, Wash.

J. Barnabe Robles, California; .Signal-
man CarnKui, Railroad Division; 31 years,
8 months, 6 days; Richmond, Va.


Along about the time that Otto L. Savold,

now Postmaster at Cristobal, got his first
razor, he got his first joli: Car clerk and
baggage man at the Chicago and North-
western Railroad's station in Oakes, N. D.
Trains carry mail and mail needs post offices
so it was a logical step from the railroad job
to one in the Oakes post office. Ever since
then he has been in postal work; last month
he completed 40 years of government serv-
ice, continuous with post offices except for
a brief time during World War I when he
was in the Infantry at Camp Lewis, Wash.

Mr. Savold came to the Isthmus 29 years
ago to work with the Canal Zone Posts. His
first Canal Zone position was at Cristobal.
Then came Aneon, Cristobal again, Balboa
Heights, Cristobal for the third time, Aneon,
and finally back to Cristobal where he has
been postmaster since 1954.

Outside of the office he has two hobbies:
Wirehair terriers and gardening. "Biff," the
current vvireh.air is the latest of a long line.
He is currently boarding at the Corozal ken-
nel while his master is on leave in the United
States. As far as gardening is concerned,
Mr. Savold is no rank amateur. At his
place in Santa Clara he has done a lot of
e.xperimental work, trying to develop a bet-
ter line of avocados, grapefruit, and the like.
His latest venture is attempting to adajn to
Panama a tropical cherry native to Puerto


Harry H. Corn, another post office old-
timer, is second man on this month's list of
anniversaries. Born in Kansas, he came here
in 1932 but had worked in post offices in the
United States for some years before that.
For almost 10 years he was postmaster at
Pedro Miguel and then was transferred to
Aneon. He is now clerk-in-charge of the
Mail Handling Unit at Balboa. He is a
small-boat enthusiast and has made a num-
ber of long trips on craft considerably smal-
ler than the Queen Elizabeth, or the Cristobal,
for that matter.


Two of October's 30-year employees are
teachers who came to the Canal Zone on
the same date — October 1, 1925 — and who
today are both teaching in the Balboa ele-
mentary school. Thev' are Miss Alida Drew,
whose hometown was .Ardock, \. 1)., and
Miss Mary Grace McDonald who was born
in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, not Michigan.
Miss Drew teaches first grade and Miss Mc-
donald third, at Balboa.

Other 30-year employees, whose Canal
service has been continuou.s, are: Edward E.
Eder, .Sujiply Officer in the Wholesale I lard-
ware Section of the Connnissary Division,
who buys the electric irons and pots and
pans and such items that Zonians need in
their homes; Zera K. Esler, postal clerk in
the Mail Handling Unit at Balboa who
comes from Lansing, Mich., and who has
never worked for any other Canal unit ex-
cept the Postal Divi.sion; and George A.
Sausel, l.ockmaster at Mirafiores who does
more w.ilking everv- day beside transiting

November 4, 1955



shijis tli.ui he ever did as a boy in La
Cross, Wis.

Two other Zonians completed 30 years of
Government service in October. They are
Mrs. Marione Campbell, who has spent
most of her Canal career with the Health
Bureau and a good part of it in the Panama
Health Office, but is now a Time, Leave, and
Payroll Clerk in the Payroll Branch; and
John Hallo, postal clerk with the Balboa
Post Office, all of whose service has been
with the Postal Division, and who is now a
postal clerk at the Balboa Post Office.

All three of October's tiuarter-of-a-cen-
tury employees are connected in one way
or another with the Sc' ools Division and
all have unbroken service with the Canal

They are: Roger C. Hackett, Dean of the
Canal Zone Junior College and a native of
Marion, Ky.; G. C. Lockridge, who was
born in Iowa and is nosv head of the School's
Physical Education and .\thletic activities;
and Kenneth W. Vinton, .Science Instructor
at the Junior College whose trips to the
Galapagos Islands and prowess with local
boa constrictors have entertained many au-
diences, both here and in the United States.

Three of the employees who completed
20 years of Government .service in October
have unbroken service with the Canal organ-
ization. They are: Annie L. Allnut, Dental
Hygienist at the Pacific clinics; Robert B.
Harrison, whose title is Pneumatic Tools
and Magnetos Electrician with the Electrical
Division; and Beauford J. Hartley, General
Operator with the Grounds Maintenance

Those with broken service are: Ralph E.
Blevins, Pumping Plant Operator with the
Maintenance Division; L. t). Bowman, Jr.,
a Marine Traffic Controller at Cristobal;
Edmimd C. Fishbough, who is Balboa Police
District's senior traffic officer and whose
title is Motorcycle Sergeant; Jennie G. Jo-
hannes, a Head Nurse at Gorgas Hospital;
and Mrs. Ora Virginia Stich, Gorgas Hosp-
ital Librarian. Miss Johannes, whose father
was Chief of the Canal Zone Police for many
years, and Mrs. Stich, whose father — for
whom she was named — came to the Canal
Zone in 1906, are native Zonians.

Of the 15 employees who passed the 15-
year mark in Government service last month
all but two have continuous service with the
Canal organization, although in several
cases their Canal employment was preceded
by serxice with other Government units.
Those with unbroken Canal service are:

Paul E. Ackerman, Wireman, Electrical
Division; Henry E. Argue, Sergeant, Cris-
tobal Police District; Edward N. Belland,
Admeasurer, Navigation Division; Arnold
R. Bjomeby, Policeman, Balboa Police Dis-
trict; Charles J. Connor, Foreman, Pipeline
Suction Dredge, Dredging Division; Richard
F. Daniel, Pumping Plant Operator, Main-
tenance Division; Olive E. Hardie, Staff
Nurse, Gorgas Hospital: Edward W. Isaac,
Contraband Control Investigator; Mrs. Mil-
dred Kopf, Physiotherapy .Supervisor, ("lOr-
gas Hospital; George J. Moreno, Personnel
Assistant, Central Labor Office; Fred F.
Schwartz, Control House Operator, Gatun
Locks; Elsie N. Smith, Voucher E.xaminer,
Agents Accounts Branch; J. M. Vander-
gnft. Control House Operator, Gatun Locks.

The 15-year employees whose service is
broken are Howard W. Blaney, Postal Clerk,
Mail Handling Unit; and Rubelio D. Quin-
tero, Supervisory Electrical Engineer, Engi-
neering Division.

New Canal Zone Family

B.\LBO,\'S new Magistrate, .John L. lAmiiig. airiml last iiMiith from his formtr home in Omaha to

assume his duties in the Canal Zone. He is shown here with Mrs. Deming and their three sons.

William, 6, is seated between his mother and father. Standing are Dennis, 9, and .John, 13.

** Operation Homefront'* Begins
Weeklong Program Next Sunday

"Operation Homefront," a concerted
educational program urging every family
in the Canal Zone to take several basic
civil defense survival steps, opens Sunday
and will continue throughout the week.

The campaign is a part of Operation
Home Front Week being sponsored
throughout Region III of the Federal
Civic Defense Administration, of which
the Canal Zone is a part. This region
covers the seven southeastern States,
Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

The local campaign will have five main
objectives, which are:

L Learn public action signals

2. Join the Warden Service

3. First Aid training

4. Provision of home first aid kits

5. Grandma's Pantry the stock and

maintenance of a three-day sup-
ply of canned and non-perishable
foods for emergency use.
In connection with "Operation Home-
front" in the Zone, a one-reel documen-
tary color film of the atomic test in Nev-
ada earlier this year will be shown on the
Panama Canal Theater circuit. The pic-
ture, "Survival City" will be shown this
weekend at the Balboa Theater and will

make the circuit of other Zone theaters
with the feature picture, "Violent Satur-
day," starring Victor Mature and Stephen
McNally. The documentary is a powerful
and spectacular picture of the atomic ex-
plosion and its effects in the test town
set up for that purpose.

Suez Canal, 86 Years Old This Month

Suez Canal Company To Give

Pana ma Canal Bus t Of De Lesseps

(Continued from page S) North and

South America. Because of his outstand-
ing success in the construction of the
Suez Canal which had been opened just
10 years before, his influence at the
International Congress had great weight.

He became President of the first
French Canal Company, or Compagnie
Universelledu Canal Interoceanique, which
was organized after the Congress met and
had bought the Wyse concessions for the
Panama Canal granted the year before
by Colombia.

Count de Lesseps visited the Isthmus

late in 1879 to inaugurate the great work.
One ceremony was held at the mouth of
the Rio Grande River on January 1,
1880, and a second was held near the
continental dinde on the canal route on
January 10. Both ceremonies were gala
affairs and attracted wide attention.
Today, however, it is difficult to relate
with any degree of accuracy the success
of the two ceremonies because of the
conflicting stories arising from prejudices
about the Panama Canal project.

De Lesseps spent si.x weeks on the
Isthmus durmg which he and his party
visited various sites of the proposed work
and the technical commission accompany-
ing his party made an inspection of the

(Conlimedfrom page 12) is northbound,

from the East to the West. While this
has been a feature of the traffic pattern
throughout this century, the difference
has been far more pronounced in recent
years as more and more oil has poured
through the Canal to feed the industries
of the West. And, in 1954, the amount
of goods shipped northbound, 74,.500,000
tons, more than tripled that of commodity
shipments southbound, aggregating 22,-
730.000 tons.

Both the Suez and Panama Canals are
great international utilities serving the
maritime world on a basis of equality for
all. De Lesseps' ideal of "neutrality and
freedom for all" was spelled out in the
Act of Concession of the Suez Canal. The
principle was confirmed by the Interna-
tional Convention of Constantinople in
1888 and is still in force today.

The Suez Canal, unlike the Panama
Canal, is operated under a concession
which has a time limit of 99 years.

Editors Note: This is the first of a
series of articles which will appear in The
P.\NAMA Ca.v.^l Review on great canals of
the world.

route and prepared a formal report on the
gigantic task. While the company's
project was doomed to fail, the passing
decades have added luster to De Lesseps'
name and his imaginative genius in
initiating a project which was not com-
pleted until 3.5 years after he took it out
of the talking stage.



November 4, 1955

Canal Zone Youngsters Enjoy

Full-Time Athletic Program

SUPERVISED PLAY brings out dozens of children evei-y Saturday morning at the schools where

athletic programs are held. Here Mrs. Mary L. Brophy, far left, puts a group at Diablo Heights

through their paces. Mrs. Brophy is on the Physical Education and Athletics Staff of the

Division of Schools.

A full-time athletic and supervised play
program, with emphasis on good sports-
manship and muscular control rather than
on competitive sports, is in full swing this
year in Canal Zone elementary schools.

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