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Mr. Greene recalls that "in one partic-
ular case, a widow was sent the usual
amount and in due time came a letter
telling about the elegant funeral her
husband had and suggesting that she
would like to have another $100."

Kangaroos came from all ranks of the
Canal organization. Membership in the
order was open to any adult male United
States citizen of "good reputation and
honorable means of support," although
no saloonkeepers, bartenders, liquor deal-
ers, or gamblers were admitted.

Many well-known Isthmians were Kan-
garoos during the organization's heydey.
Some of those still on the Isthmus are:

Omer E. Malsbury, former Assistant
Municipal Engineer, now living in Pan-
ama; Morris M. Seeley, who worked with
the Health Bureau from 1907 to 1942 and
now lives in Gamboa; Robert K. Morris,
of Panama City, for many years the
Canal organization's Chief Quartermaster;
Charles H. Bath, of Margarita, who was
a sanitary inspector for many years; Ora
M. Ewing, another Health Bureau old-
timer, now retired and living in Balboa.

October 5, 1 956



Original Post Office
To Cease Operations

The closing of the Ancon post office on
January 1, announced last month by
Gov. W. E. Potter at the "town meeting"
held at Diablo Heights, reduces to three
the number of Canal Zone post offices
which have maintained uninterrupted op-
erations since June 24, 1904.

The surviving oldtimers, after January
1, will be Cristobal, Gatun, and Balboa
post offices. Cristobal and Gatun have
operated since they were opened under
those names; Balboa post office was
known as La Boca until May 5, 1909.

No decision has yet been reached as to
what use will be made of the Ancon post
office building after postal operations are
stopped there.

During the town meeting Governor
Potter announced that the decision to
close the Ancon post office was made
after an extensive survey of the Canal
Zone postal system, specifically the oper-
ation of the various units in relation to
the Division's overall deficit.

In order to maintain the most efficient
and necessary postal services for the
Canal Zone, he said, the following steps
would be effective January 1, 1957:

The Ancon Post Office will be closed.
(Post office boxes will be available at
Diablo Heights and at Balboa Heights
and a limited number at Balboa after
January 1, 1957).

Canal Zone postal services — including
general delivery service — will be limited
to the following:

Official United States Government

Residents of the Canal Zone;

United States citizens residing in the
Republic of Panama who are officers or
employees in the regular, full-time serv-
ice of the United States of America, or
the Company-Government organization;

Members of the United States Armed
Forces residing in the Republic of Pan-
ama, not including members of reserve
forces on temporary active duty or re-
tired armed forces personnel;

Organizations and business concerns
properly established in the Canal Zon

Graduation Day

BADGES WERE PRESENTED by Gov. W. E. Potter last month to 73 new firefighters who had com-
pleted their six-week basic training course. Shown above is Joseph V. Lord receiving his badge from
the Governor. He will be assigned to the Corozal fire station. A graduate of Rainbow City High School,

he is 24 years old.

Congress Of Civic Councils To Examine

Possibility Of Fund For Financial Aid

The Congress of Civic Councils will
take the lead in investigating all possi-
bilities of establishing a fund to provide
financial assistance in worthy cases among
non-citizen employees of the Canal organ-
ization after retirement.

Ellis L. Fawcett, President of the Con-
gress, has announced that the Civic Coun-
cils will explore the possibilities of such a

and authorized to conduct their opera-
tions from a seat or place of business in
the Canal Zone.

Notification of these changes was
widely distributed through the postal
service last month in order to give pa-
trons who may be affected ample time
to make other arrangements before Jan-
uary 1. The notices were put in boxes
and handed out at the general delivery

ANCON POST OFFICE, shown here as it looked for many years, was one of four Canal Zone post
offices opened June 24, 1904. This building was replaced by the present concrete structure in 1939.

fund to the fullest extent. The Congress
is also planning to hold meetings in the
various Latin-American communities to
determine the sentiment among the people
on the subject.

The suggestion for such a fund was
made by Governor Potter at his Septem-
ber meeting with the Civic Council rep-
resentatives. He called attention to the
minor contributions which would provide
a substantial fund.

A contribution of only five cents a
week by each of the approximately 10,000
non-citizen employees would build a $25,-
000 emergency fund in one year. A penny
contribution weekly would bring a fund
of $5,000 in one year.

Governor Potter said that such a fund
should be entirely voluntary and should
be administered solely by contributing

In making the suggestion, the Governor
said there are many instances, particu-
larly among employees who have retired
under provisions of the Disability Relief
Act, when individuals find themselves in
dire need of help and are unable for one
reason or another to obtain help from one
of the organized relief agencies.

The Governor pointed out that most
of the retired employees live on a very
restricted budget with only their monthly
relief checks as income. Illness or unex-
pected expenses of any kind create a real
hardship. A relief fund provided by em-
ployees at a very minor expense to them
could alleviate suffering in such cases and
should be administered by leaders of the
communities who are well acquainted
with needs in such cases.

In announcing that the Congress of
Civic Councils will fully investigate the
possibilities of such a plan, Mr. Fawcett
said much interest has been shown. The
Congress hopes to initiate its preliminary
work at an early date. Announcements
on the public meetings will be made at a
later date.



October 5, 1 956


August 75 through September 75


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

Daniel F. Ramsey, fiom Student Assist-
ant, Terminals Division, to Distribution
and Window Clerk, Postal Division.
Division of Schools

Mrs. Jean C. Morden, Mrs. Nancy J.
Hatchett, from Substitute Teacher to Senior
High School Teacher.

Billie G. Blaylack, from Library Assistant,
Library, to Elementary School Teacher.

Mrs. Shirley B. Gaivez, from Substitute
Teacher to Recreation Assistant.

Mrs. Agnes P. Johnson, Mrs. Ethel P.
McDennitt, Mrs. Doreen S. Barnett, Mrs.
Virginia C. Brink, Mrs. Dorothy B. Hickam,
from Substitute Teacher to Elementary
School Teacher.

Mrs. Margaret G. Thomson, from Kind-
ergarten Assistant to Elementary School

Mrs. Jean E. de la Pena, from Account-
ing Clerk, Agents Accounts Branch, to Ele-
mentary School Teacher.

Walter M. Mikulich, from Junior High
School Teacher to Senior High School

James L. Wolf, from Elementary School
Teacher to Junior High School Teacher.

William A. Wichmann, from Auditor, In-
ternal Audit Branch, to Systems Account-
ant, Accounting and Policies Procedures

Paul J. Coleman, from Electrical Engi-
neer to General Engineer, Plant Evaluation
and Transfer Staff.

Mrs. Myrtle P. Sparks, from Clerk-Typist,
Central Typing and Clerical Unit, to Ac-
counting Clerk, Agents Accounts Branch.

Mrs. Irene E. Maher, Clerk-Typist, from
Treasury Branch to Central Typing and
Clerical Unit.

Mrs. Muriel H. DeYoung, from Supervis-
ory Clerical Assistant, Central Typing and
Clerical Unit, to Accounting Clerk, Agents
Accounts Branch.

Mrs. Laura G. Casement, Accounting
Clerk, from General Ledger and Processing
Branch to Methods and Relief Assignment

Mrs. Frances L. Journey, from Account-
ing Clerk, Methods and Relief Assignment
Staff, to Supervisory Clerical Assistant,
Central Typing and Clerical Unit.


Mrs. Patricia A. Robinson, from Clerk-
Typist to Clerk-Stenographer, Electrical

Carl L. Simons, from Pipefitter to Heavy
Labor Lead Foreman, Maintenance Divi-

Mrs. Juliet H. de Leon, Clerk- Typist,
from Gorgas Hospital to Electrical Division.

Mrs. Betsy R. Hoenke, from Accounting
Clerk to Supervisory Clerk, Water and Lab-
oratories Branch, Maintenance Division.

Mrs. Mildred J. Spivey, Accounting Clerk,
from Maintenance Division to Water and
Laboratories Branch, Maintenance Division

Mrs. Florence W. LaClair, from Clerk to
Accounting Clerk, Maintenance Division.

R. Trendon Vestal, from Systems Ac-
countant, Accounting Policies and Proced-
ures Staff, Office of the Comptroller, to
Organization and Methods Examiner, Exec-
utive Planning Staff.

Noel C. Farnsworth, from General Engi-
neer, Plant Evaluation and Transfer Staff,
to Management Engineer, Executive Plan-
ning Staff.


Mrs. Patricia R. Nellis, from Clerk-Typist
to Cash Accounting Clerk, Coco Solo Hosp-

Robert U. Schultz, from Towing Locomo-
tive Operator, Pacific Locks, to Food In-
spector, Division of Yeterinarv Medicine.

Nancy A. Ramsey, from Clerk-Stenog-
rapher to Clerk (Stenography), Navigation

Mrs. Louise K.Allen, Clerk-Stenographer,
from Terminals Division to Navigation Div-

Samuel H. Rowley, Towboat Master,
from Navigation Division to Ferry Service.

Robert S. Jeffrey, from Senior High

School Teacher, Division of Schools, to
Training Officer, Personnel Programs Staff.

Jessie S. Pugh, from Clerk-Stenographer
to Secretary (Stenography), Employment
and Utilization Division.

Commissary Division

Mrs. Elaine E. Heyd, from Clerk-Typist
to Accounting Clerk.

Mrs. Mary G. Livingston, from Clerk to
Accounting Clerk.

Mrs. Florence W. Robinette, from Ac-
counting Clerk to Clerk.

George D. Cockle, from Assistant Supply
Officer to Supervisory Commissary Supply

Norbert W. Hammond, from Supervisory
Storekeeper to Supervisory Commissary
Supply Assistant.

Louis B. McGoff, Maurice J. Sterling,
from Storekeeper to Commissary Supply

Nathan W. Ashton, from Wholesale Meats
Foreman to Lead Stockman Foreman.

Kenneth N. Woodcock, from Commissary
Assistant to Stockman Foreman.

Robert G. Richardson, from Shipping
Foreman to Lead Stockman Foreman.

Arthur S. Miller, from Car Loading Fore-
man to Lead Stockman Foreman.


Richard D. Brown, from Chauffeur to
Chauffeur and Truck Driver, Motor Trans-
portation Division.

Mrs. Cecile G. Marceau, from Cargo
Clerk (Typing) to Clerk-Stenographer, Ter-
minals Division.

Mrs. Edith W. Cotton, from Supervisory-
Clerk, Water and Laboratories Branch,
Maintenance Division, to Cargo Clerk
(Typing), Terminals Division.


Senior man of the four Canal employees
who rounded the 30- year service mark last
month is John A. Madison of the Miraflores
Locks force. In case the "John" doesn't
strike a responsive chord among his asso-
ciates, our Mr. Madison is the one who is




THE NUMBER is nearly as big as the boy. This

is September's senior employee, John J. Madison,

as he looked when he held his first Canal job.

better known as either Allen or "Maddy."
He is a Machinist Foreman.

A second generation Canal employee, he
is the son of Thomas C. Madison, for many-
years a track foreman for the Panama Rail-
road. "Maddy" was born in Hickory, Miss.,
but came to the Isthmus as a small boy.
He drew his first Canal paycheck when he
was only 11 years old and was working dur-
ing the summer vacation as a "boy" in the
Cristobal Depot Commissary.

He began his permanent Canal career
some years later as an apprentice machinist
in the Mechanical Division. He has been
with the Locks Division since 1939.

From Cristobal

Crsitobal "October 5

A neon October 13

Panama October 20

Cristobal October 2 7

From New York

A neon October 4

Panama October 11

Cristobal October 18

Aneon October 25

"Because of Columbus Day holiday, the
Cristobal leaves Cristobal one day early,
arrives in Port-au-Prince Sunday, and New
York Thursday.

Otherwise, the ships are in Haiti on
Mondays on both north- and southbound

Mr. Madison has a home in Gorgona and
spends most of his weekends there.

Junior to Mr. Madison by four days on
the service list is Clyde L. Sharp. Under
the official title of Branch Superintendent
in the Postal Division, he is in charge at the
Ancon Post Office. All of Mr. Sharp's serv-
ice has been with the Postal Division; before
he came here he had worked in the postal
service in Johnstown, Pa.

The list of his assignments reads almost
like a list of Canal Zone post offices: Cris-
tobal, the Cristobal air mail section, Fort
Davis, France Field, Margarita, Albrook,
Howard Field, Amador, Ancon, and Rod-

Mr. Sharp is connected by marriage to
an old Canal Zone family. His wife is the
daughter of Jeremiah Foley who worked
with the Isthmian Canal Commission from
1905 to 1910 and later for the Panama Rail-
road as a steam engineer.

September's other two 30-year employees
are Eller Jane Holcomb and J. Arthur Jones.

As one of the Canal Zone's two school
nurses, Miss Holcomb tests eyes, checks sore
thioats, helps out with physical examina-
tions, and does a thousand similar tasks.
She is Georgia-born and w-as on the staff of
Colon and Gorgas Hospitals before she was
appointed to her present job. In addition
to hei work in the Canal Zone she has
nursed at several Veterans Hospitals and
during World War II served in Europe with
the Army's Nurse Corps.

Mr. Jones, the only one of the four who
has unbroken Canal service, is in charge of
the stock rooms at the Balboa Field Office
of the Electrical Division. There he issues
all tools and materials needed by wiremen
working in the Balboa District.

Born in Camby, Minn., he spent four
years with the American Railway Express
as a battery repairman and general foreman
before coming here in 1926, and for more
than 20 years he worked as battery repair-
man here. He was reclassified as a wireman
when the Electrical Division closed its bat-
tery repair shop some years ago.

September was silver anniversaiy month
for six employees of the Canal organization.
The six are di\ ided equally into those with
continuous service and those whose Canal
service has been broken.

The trio with continuous Panama Canal
service ate: Orin B. Acker, Eugene I. Askew,
and Clinton N. Bohannon. Mr. Acker and
Mr. Bohannon have continuous service not
only with the Canal, but also with the Elec-
trical Division.

Mr. Acker is a wireman and comes from
Atlantic, Iowa.

Mr. Askew was born in Hickman, Tenn.,
and is an Admeasurer with the Navigation

Mr. Bohannon, a Lead Foreman with the
Electrical Division, is a native of Victoria,

The three quarter-century employees
whose Canal service has been broken are
William C. Bailey, Gerald E. Cooper, and
Henry H. Shirk.

Mr. Bailey was born in the Canal Zone.
He held his first Canal job, that of a "boy"
in the Commissary Division, when he was
only 1 1 years old. He is presently a Branch
Superintendent with the Postal Division at
Fort Amador.

Mr. Cooper, whose birthplace was Cin-
cinnatus, N. Y., is a Mate on the dipper-
dredge Cascadas, while Mr. Shirk is a Ma-

October 5, 1956



chinist at Gatun Locks. He comes from
Sinking Springs, Pa.


Two of the nine employees who completed
20 years of government service in September
have continuous Canal service. They are:
Robert W. Blades, a Police Officer in the
Balboa District, and Ralph A. Morales, an
Electric Welder and Diver with the Indus-
trial Division. Mr. Blades comes from
Crissfield, Md., while Mr. Morales was born
in the Canal Zone.

Other 20-year employees and their birth-
places are: William Adams, New York City,
Police Officer, Balboa District; Paul Cave,
Ruth Township, Ohio, Lock Operator Fore-
man, Gatun Locks; Caleb C. Clement,
Ancon, Pipefitter and Diver, Gatun Locks;
Gladys S. Lee, Spirit Lake, Iowa, Substi-
tute Teacher, Division of Schools; Doro-
thea F. McNall, Chicago, 111., Mail Clerk,
Office of the Comptroller; Borghild H. Mi-
senheimer, Trondhjem, Norway, Teacher
Balboa Junior High School; and Irving
Spector, Brooklyn, N. Y., Small Tug Op-
erator, Dredging Division.

Thirteen Divisions or units of the Canal
organization are represented by the 17 em-
ployees who completed 15 years of service
in September. The Division of Schools leads
the list with three 15-year employees, while
the Postal Division, the Maintenance Div-
ision, and Gorgas Hospital have two each.

Six of the 15-year employees have un-
broken Canal service. They are: Milford
K. Bailey, Lead Plant Engineer Foreman,
Maintenance Division; Mary S. Brigham,
Teacher, Balboa High School; Gladys L.
Elkins, Supervisor of Instruction in the
U. S. elementary schools; Sumner E. Ewing,
Lumber Inspector, Storehouse Division;
William C. Merwin, Distribution and Win-
dow Clerk, Balboa Post Office; and Chris-
tine K. Newhouse, Nurse, Gorgas Hospital.

Other employees with 15 years of gov-
ernment service are: Carroll F. Anderson,
who is on a year's leave of absence from
Balboa High School; Howard W. Blaney,
Distribution and Window Clerk, Balboa
Post Office; Milton W. Canham, Electrical
Engineer, Engineering Division; Jessie M.
Gill, Secretary, Office of the Supply and
Employee Service Director; Joseph F.
Green, Machinist, Industrial Division; J.
Douglas Lord, Supeivisory General Store-
keeper, Locks Division; Reuben M. Reed,
General Stevedore Foreman, Terminals
Division; James M. Reeves, Filtration
Plant Operator, Maintenance Division;
Gertrude M. Roberto, Clerk-Typist, Mar-
ine Bureau; Austin E. Salter, Head Fore-
man, Electrical Division; and Richard A.
Williams, Staff Nurse, Gorgas Hospital.

United Fund Drive Planning In Hands

Of New Appointed Governor's Council

(Con'.imei fro-n page 1) as announced

from the White House:

Every employee should have full op-
portunity to learn about the services to
the nation and the needs of those agen-
cies which want his help;

Every employee should decide for him-
self what agencies he wants to support
and be assured that his donation goes to
the agencies he designates;

The employee reserves the option of
disclosing his contribution or keeping it

During the coming Community Chest
campaign, which begins October 28, ma-
terial on the Chest and its agencies will
be distributed to all employees by "key-
men" solicitors. These keymen within
each Company-Government Bureau are
to be selected by the indivual Bureaus.

Throughout the drive, in accordance
with the recently announced federal pol-
icy, emphasis will be placed on the policy
that all donations are voluntary.

When the Community Chest campaign
is completed, the Governor's Council will
apply the lessons learned during this drive
in formulating plans for a United Fund
campaign. These plans are to be com-
pleted, in general form, by January 1.

Chairman Of Board Spends Busy Week

Attending Inauguration, Visiting Zone

Assistant Secretary of the Army George
H. Roderick, Chairman of the Board of
the Panama Canal Company, has been
spending this week on the Isthmus. He
arrived last Saturday as a member of the
special United States Mission to attend
the inauguration of President Ernesto de
la Guardia.

The Canal Zone and the Panama Canal
were also represented on the delegation

Construction, Maintenance, Replacement

(Con'inuel from page l) design for the re-
placement of the Mirafiores substation
switchgear, $30,000.

In addition to the power conversion
work, nine separate projects are listed
involving over $100,000 expenditures
each, and totaling nearly $2,000,000.
These, the amounts involved, and the
month in which bids will be advertised
if the work is to be done by contract, are
as follows:
Replacement, renewal, and purchase of

additional Health Bureau equipment,

Deepen Cristobal anchorage, $670,000.
Pacific sewage disposal facilities, $139,-

000, November.
Improve air conditioning at Civil Affairs

Building, $130,000, December.
Balboa Commissary addition, $120,000.
Replace Gamboa pump station and ac-
cessory facilities, $244,000, December.
Renew electrical wiring system on Pier

5, Cristobal, $150,000, January.
Install baffles and remove emergency

dam, $100,200, March.
Access shaft at Pacific Locks, $256,800.

An expenditure of approximately $750,-
000 is authorized in various rehabilitation
jobs, including painting, reroofing, and
fender repairs. The bulk of this work will
be done during the coming dry season.
Fender repair and replacements listed at
both terminal ports will cost over $250,-

by Gov. W. E. Potter at the inaugural

Accompanying Secretary Roderick on
his trip were Mrs. Roderick; W. M. Whit-
man, Secretary of the Panama Canal
Company; Col. Robert M. Burnett, Ex-
ecutive Officer in the Assistant Secretary's
Office; and Col. Maurice Holden, Military
Assistant to Secretary of the Army Wilber
M. Brucker.

Mr. Roderick has spent a busy few days
here. In addition to attending the inaug-
ural and various functions related to the
inauguration of the new President of
Panama, he has spent much time in the
Canal Zone in conference with Governor
Potter and his staff on Panama Canal
matters. He also found time to visit sev-
eral Canal facilities during his brief visit .

000; painting work amounting to over
$285,000 is scheduled; and reroofing jobs
costing approximately $190,000 are

Many individual jobs ranging in cost
from $ 10,000 up to $ 1 00,000 are also listed
on the Engineering and Construction Bu-
reau's calendar this year. These include
new construction, design, and engineering
projects, rehabilitation work, and pur-
chase of new facilities.

The following are some of the major
individual jobs of general interest which
are scheduled for this fiscal year:

Installation of sprinklers at Palo Seco;
flood lights at Balboa and Mount Hope
stadiums; replacement of pumps at Mount
Hope Pump Stations; construction of
Corozal Pumping Station; enlarge Par-
aiso athletic field; gasoline service station
at Paraiso; access road and new parking
area at Gorgas Hospital; air condition
Gamboa and Cristobal telephone ex-
changes; design work for ROTC building
in Balboa ; replace 500 old- type telephones;
replace electric ranges in quarters; and
study of lighting of public buildings.

Did They Spell My Name Right?

OSCAR, A BOA CONSTRUCTOR who has been a friend of Kenneth Vinton's for IS years, seems to
know that there is an entire chapter devoted to him in Mr. Vinton's new book, The Jungle Whispers.
The book, published last month by the Pageant Press, is a collection of lectures given by Mr. Vinton
to servicemen during World War II, supplemented by other tales of his experiences in the Panama
jungles. Mr. Vinton is Instructor in Physical Science on the faculty of the Canal Zone Junior College.



October 5, 1956



CAPT. CHARLES S. HUTCHINGS, USN, new Port Captain at Cristobal, talks things over with
Capt. John Andrews, Jr., USN, whom he relieves this month. Captain Andrews leaves Sunday for his
new station in New Orleans where he will be attached to the staff of the Commandant of the 8th Naval
District. Captain Hutchings comes to the Isthmus from command of the attack cargo ship USS Ogle-
thorpe. Last Saturday he was welcomed, and Captain Andrews farewelled, at an informal stag party
given by Atlantic siders connected with ships and shipping.

Transits By Ocean -Going Vessels for regular overhaul and will not be back

In August in service until after November 1.

1956 1955 Agents for the 15,000-ton Nassau are

Commercial 633 676 Fenton & Co.; the shore excursion was

U.S. Government.. 34 16 directed by Boyd Brothers.


Total.. 687 692 A g panis h "exposition ship," the Ciu-

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