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proposed canal and the difficulties antic-
ipated in flood control led the 1947 inves-

Commissary problems, from stock
shortages to fish filets, were discussed
pro and con last month at two forums
held at the Administration Building at
Balboa Heights and attended by repre-
sentatives of the Commissary Division
and the Commissary's customers.

The first forum was held the night of
February 18, the second a week later.
Because of the deadline for this issue of
The Review, the following account con-
cerns only the February IS meeting; the
second will be reported in the next issue.

"It is the Commissary's responsibility
to take care of its customers," Wilson H.
Crook, Director of the Supply and Em-
ployee Service Bureau, told the men and
women at the first meeting.

"We are now getting used to the re-
duced volume of trade and finding out
what our demand is. Then it will be up
to us to fill that demand."

Later he pointed out that the Com-
missary surcharge has not been in-
creased and that Commissary prices
have remained stable, except when ris-
ing prices in the States mean a higher
price for the Commissary to pay for its
merchandise. Every effort, he said, is
being made to keep down overhead.

Incompetent employees or those who
have difficulty dealing with customers
will be removed, and closer connections
between selling-units and warehouses will
do much to eliminate complaints that
fast-selling items are frequently out of

All improvements to the Commissary
can be greatly accelerated, he said, if
those attending the forums express their
opinions and desires, not only as to serv-
ice but as to stock. Mr. Crook repeatedly
urged the customers to bring or send to
the commissaries pictures or descriptions
of items they would like carried in stock.
Information as to prices and sources will
help Commissary buyers in obtaining
such items, he said.

* In this connection, Mrs. J. W. Casey
of the Balboa Womans' Club, at Mr.
Crook's request, showed dresses and
shoes which she had purchased recently
in the United States and which she con-
sidered as suitable for sale in the com-
missaries, while several others presented
pictures or descriptions of other merch-

During the early part of the meeting,
as is customary, Mr. Crook reported
changes made as the result of suggestions
from previous forums: The vegetable sec-
tion at Balboa Commissary has been re-
arranged; the stock of girls' shoes has
been expanded, both in sizes and styles;
one large shipment of women's dresses has
been placed on sale and more are coming;
the variety of nurses' uniforms and shoes
has been increased; the "Made for the
Panama Canal Commissary" labels will
no longer appear in clothing items; ar-

tigators to the conclusion that it would
be unsuited for a sea-level canal and not
favorably comparable in several respects
with other locations for a lock canal.

rangements are bring made for car-hop
delivery service of groceries at Balboa
Commissary on a trial basis; and the
matter of charge accounts for all U. S.-
Rate employees, together with a provision
for installment purchases of large items,
is under study.

The possibility of bringing Florida
fruits and vegetables to the Canal Zone
on fruit ships which come south in
ballast, has been discussed with several
shipping companies; although at pres-
ent none of them are in a position to
render this service, two lines have indi-
cated an interest and will give the mat-
ter further study.

Much of the general discussion at the
February 18 forum concerned out-of-
stock items, especially in meat and cold
storage, and women's clothing. Mr.
Crook assured the forum that the short-
ages are temporary and that the Com-
missary's goal is to build up a selection
of stock desired by the employees. This
will apply not only to food but also to
the drygoods and hardware lines.

The recent dress sale came in for some
criticism, especially in connection with
congestion at Balboa. Several women
suggested that this congestion could be
reduced if dresses of certain sizes could
be put on sale on certain days, while
others would be put out on other days.
This suggestion will be tried with the
next large shipment.

In answer to a query as to the outcome
of the recent survey on what commissary
hours the buying public prefers and on
the possibility of having the stores remain
open through the noon hour, Mr. Crook
said this was still being studied. A check
is now being made in all commissaries
and gasoline stations of the hourly buying

Other matters and suggestions pre-
sented during the forum included: A
request that the commissary carry
dress patterns; a criticism of the fre-
quent change of brands in food items;
the use of charge-a-plates for charge-
account customers; a system for dating
bread; a request for "wash-and-wear"
trousers for boys; shortages in school
supplies and a criticism of the poor
quality of writing paper and writing
pads now in stock.

Those attending the February 18 forum
were: Mrs. Pat LeBrun, Pacific Civic
Council; Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Carpenter,
Cristobal-Margarita Civic Council; Mrs.
Frances Gilley and Mrs. Joan O'Connell,
American Legion Auxiliary; Mr. and Mrs.
E. W. Hatchett and Mrs. Margaret Coate
Central Labor Union; Mrs. Frances Long-
more, Mrs. Virgilia Pearce, and Mrs.
Carol Rigby, USCA; Mrs. C. V. Schei-
degg, Gatun Civic Council; Mrs. G. O.
Parker and Mrs. J. W. Casey, Balboa
Woman's Club; Mrs. T. J. Dee, Emblem
Club; R. C. Daniel, Railroad Conductors;
Mrs. Elsa Bailey, Robert Medinger, and
the following Commissary Representa-
tives: R. L. Sullivan, T. G. Relihan, V. J.
Huber, C. P. Shay, J. F. Manning. W. C.
Bain, J. M. Brown, L. W. Mcllvaine, and
Mrs. Gladys Conley.



March 1, 1957


January 75 through February 75

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

Jerry W. Detamore, from Methods Ex-
aminer to Management Analyst, Records


Richard C. Hogan, Dick R. Brandon,

from Window Clerk to Mail Delivery Postal
Clerk, Postal Division.

Nolan A. Bissell, from Finance Branch
Superintendent to Relief Finance Branch
Superintendent. Postal Division.

Mrs. Mary M. Queen, from Substitute
Teacher to Junior High School Teacher.
Division of Schools.

Horace J. Mirabella, from Substitute
Window Clerk, Postal Division, to Police-
man, Police Division.

Lealand A. Larrison, from Clerk-in-charge
Window Service, Cristobal Post Office, to
Finance Branch Superintendent, Postal

William M. Jensen, from Window Clerk
to Finance Branch Superintendent, Postal

Charles R. Soukup, from Supervisory
Steward. Service Center Division, to Cus-
toms Guard, Customs Division.

Thomas A. Frensley, from Policeman to
Policeman and Detective, Police Division.

Mrs. Frances P. Smith, from Bookkeep-
ing Machine Operator to Accounting Clerk,
Accounting Division.

Hugh W. Cassibry, from Systems Ac-
countant. Accounting Policies and Proce-
dures, to Rates Analyst; Budget and Rates

Bernice A. Herring, from Dipper Dredge
Operator to Dipper Dredge Master, Dredg-
ing Division.

John L. Mason, from Wireman to Elec-
tronics Mechanic, Electrical Division.

Edgar F. Daggett, from Automotive
Equipment Operator, Special, Motor Trans-
portation Division, to Pumping Plant Op-
erator II, Water and Laboratories Branch.

Edmund R. MacVittie, from Assistant
Superintendent, Division of Storehouses,
to Architect (General), Engineering Division.

Anthony H. Hopiak, from Boatbuilder,
Industrial Division, to Shipwright, Dredg-
ing Division.


Mrs. Carol L. McAmis, from Clerk-Sten-
ographer, Administration Branch, to Cleri-
cal Assistant (Stenography), Office of the
Administrative Assistant to the Governor.

Floyd R. Johnson, from Advisor, Store-
house Staff, to Plans Officer, Executive
Planning Si, hi


Mrs. Laura J. Reese, from Secretary to
Administrative Assistant.


Dr. Rodolfo V. Young, from Medical Offi-


Retirement certificates were presented
the end of February to the Following em-
ployees who .in- listed alphabetically, toge-

h the birthplai c po il lengl I

ol Canal service, and future addresses.

Paul F. Karst, Ohio; Branch Supeiinten-

dent, < latun Posl < >ffice; I 7 years, I h,

17 days; St. Petersburg, I la

Raymond Osmond, Pennsylvania; Mete-
orologii .il Aid, Cristobal I ' yeai -.<> months,
8 days; California.

John L. Reese, Jr., Pennsylvania; I on

troi House Operator, Pedro Miguel Locks;

1 month, 27 days; El Volcan, K. P.

John S. Skinner, Jr., Alabama; Power
Dispatch I I I >i\ ision ; 3 I years, -1

months, lx days; Miami, Fla.

cer (Tuberculosis) to Chief, Chest Service,
Gorgas Hospital.

Mrs. Elizabeth J. Brown, from Cash
Accounting Clerk to Supervisory Account-
ing Clerk, Gorgas Hospital.

Mrs. Ara S. Norris, from Staff Nurse to
Nurse Supervisor, Gorgas Hospital.

Karl W. Shirley, from Junior High School
Teacher, Division of Schools, to Marine In-
spection Assistant, Navigation Division.

Alexander Rienks, from Elevators and
Cranes Inspector II to Inspector I, Indus-
trial Division.

Walter E. Marek, from Plumber, Main-
tenance Division, to Pipefitter, Industrial

Charles V. Scheidegg, from Foreman
Wireman to Control House Operator, Atlan-
tic Locks.

Andrew Metzgar, from Wireman to Wire-
man Foreman, Atlantic Locks.

Frederic J. Berest, Edward J. Michaelis,
from Guard to Tour Leader (Interpreter),
Locks Division.

James B. Crane, Herbert A. Greene, Jr.,
from Marine Inspection Assistant to Ad-
measurer, Navigation Division.

Arthur C. Payne, from Accounting Clerk
to Housing Management Aid, Housing and
Grounds Division.

James M. Kelley, from Clerk to Account-
ing Clerk, Housing and Grounds Division.

Norbert W. Hammond, from Stockman
Foreman, Commissary Division, to Guard,
Terminals Division.


There are few employees of the Company-
Government organization who do not know
William Jump, either in person or by rep-

His 52 years of service, 48 of them on the
United States rolls, make him the Canal's
senior employee. His job as Timekeeper in
the Industrial Division — the same unit


with which he has spent his entire career-
keeps him busy but he Ins still managed
to find time to serve on the Community
Chest Board, run the Boy
Scouis, help manage various charitable

dtivcs, and serve on the ( "\\ ie Councils.

He «as I mm in Gorgona, while the
French were still making a token effort to
build the Panama (anal, lie went to work
with the Mechanical Division, .it the Gor-
gona shop-,, when Ik- was IS years old, and
moved with that Division when it trans-
ferred its "iii'' I.. Empire, Balboa, and
finally to Cristobal.

Two years ago last month, when he cele-

brated his fiftieth anniversary on the job,
he was honored by a public ceremony at-
tended by the Governor, the Alcalde of
Colon, and a number of other dsitinguished
local figures.


In comparison with Mr. Jump's service,
Francis J. Krause and Richard Thompson
are brash newcomers to the Canal organiza-
tion. But in comparison with the service of
most other employees, their 35 years apiece
are quite impressive.

Mr. Krause, an Electrical Supervisor,
more formally known as a General Electrical
Foreman, at the Miraflores Locks, was born
in Germany; he was a Christmas Eve pres-
ent for his parents. He went to the l T nited
States as a boy and is a naturalized U. S.
citizen. He served with the Pennsylvania
National Guard on the Mexican Border,
was an infantry corporal during World War
I, and was living in Darby, Pa., when he
decided to come to the Canal Zone in 1923.
Although his service here has been broken,
it has all been with the Locks Division.
He has been a towing locomotive operator,
a tunnel operator, a control house operator,
a lockmaster, and now electrical supervisor.

Mr. Thompson, a signalman in the Nav-
igation Division in Cristobal, came to the
Canal Zone from Jamaica when he was just
entering his teens. He worked on Gatun
Locks before they uere ready to raise ships
up and down; his later jobs included work
at the Gatun "hotel," on Gatun Dam, on
the Frijoles-Mount Hope transmission line,
and with the Electrical Division. He was
with the Lighthouse Division in Cristobal
when he was transferred to his present job
in 1949. A qualified code operator, he re-
ceives the blinkered signals from ships en-
tering Cristobal harbor and reports the
movements of all vessels in Limon Bay.

February was 30-year month for three
men in widely diversified jobs. They are:
William D. Hardie, Supervisory Manage-
ment Analyst for the Administrative Branch ;
Alton E. Jones, Chief Senior Towboat En-
gineer for the Navigation Division; and
John C. Wallace, Supervisory Commissary
Supply Officer.

Mr. Hardie, who was born in Grafton,
W. Va., has spent his entire Canal career
with the Administrative Branch. Several
years ago, he worked for several months in
the Company's Washington and New York
offices, deciding on the disposition of old
files and records.

Mr. Jones, who comes from South Creek,
N. C, began his Canal career as a steam
engineer on the Dredging Division's big
floating cranes. In 1948 lie transferred to
what is now the Navigation Division, and
is now chief engineer on the tug Cardenas
in Cristobal.

Mr. Wallace was born in Roxbury, Mass.,
but came here as a youngster; his father
was captain of the tug Porto Bello. He
worked for a while with the Terminals Div-
ision and until it was closed in December
was manager of the Camp Bicrd commis-
sary. He is now at the Balboa Cold Storage


February marked the entrance into the
Quarter-of-a-Century Club for two employ-
ees: Mrs. Dorothy W. Montayne and James
J. Morris.

All but a brief pari of Mrs. Mont. i\ lies


From Cristobal

Cristobal March (<

Am on March 13

Cristobal March 23

Ancon - March 30

From New York

An, on March 5

Cristobal March 15

I in on March 22

Southbound Bhipi uin. h leave New York Fridays
an in Haiti the following Tuesday. Those which sail
ii'.ni \.u Ynrk Tuesday sixMid Saturday in Haiti.

Northbound, il"- - liit>- stop in Haiti two days
aftei clearing Cristobal: Monday i"i those which
sailed H"i" i ristobal Saturday, and Friday foi those
which ' leafed Cristobal Wednesday.

March 1, 1957



Success Of Board's "Workingest Session"
Credited To All Who Helped Arrange It

(Continued from page 3) and approval of

plans for the Panama Railroad based on
recommendations recently approved by
the House Merchant Marine and Fish-
eries Committee.

Board members attending the meeting
in addition to Secretary Roderick and
the Governor, were Maj. Gen. Glen E.
Edgerton, John H. Blaffer, Robert P.
Burroughs, Ralph H. Cake, Charles S.
Reed, Ogder R. Reid, and John W.
Martvn. The sessions were also attended
by Lt. Gov. H. W. Schull, Jr., Vice Pres-
ident; Philip L. Steers, Jr., Comptroller;
and W. M. Whitman, Secretary, all gen-
eral officers of the Company.

seivice has been with the Industrial Divi-
sion, where she is a clerk-stenographer. She
comes from Patterson, X. J.

.Mr. Morris, who was born in Lowell,
Mass., is a Contract Specialist with t^e
Contract and Inspection Division. His
other Canal jobs have been with the Con-
structing Quartermaster, Building Division,
Dredging Division, Pacific Locks, and Con-
tractors Hill.

It was 20-year men only, in February;
there were no women on the list of those
completing 20 years of Government service
last month.

Although the 20 years includes all gov-
ernment service, here or elsewhere, two of
February's 20-year men have spent the
entire two decades with the Canal organi-
zation. They are: Capt. Conrad G. Did-
rickson, one of the senior Atlantic side
pilots, and Walter Wagner, Power Dis-
patcher for the Electrical Division. Mr.
Wagner is also former president of the
Central Labor Union-Metal Trades Council.
Others having continuous Canal service
are: Wendell G. Cotton, Housing Manager
at Cristobal — a native Zonian, he was once
president of the Cristobal High School Stu-
dent Association; and Harold W. Griffin,
File Supervisor at Gorgas Hospital. Mr.
Griffin comes from Section, Ala.

Others who completed 20 years of gov-
ernment service in February are: Henry J.
Clancy, Wireman with the Electrical Div-
ision; Russel E. Hellmund, Transfer Clerk,
Tocumen Airport L'nit, Postal Division;
George R. Howard, a Canal Zone police
officer working out of the Balboa station —
like Mr. Cotton, he is a native Zonian;
Thomas B. Idol, Guard Supervisor, Dredg-
ing Division; Floyd R. Johnson, another
Canal Zonian — he was born in Ancon —
Plans Officer, Executive Planning Staff;
John S. Pettingill, Assistant Director of
Physical Education, Schools Division; and
Paul D. Richmond, a detective working in
the Cristobal Police District.
Eight of the 14 employees who completed
15 years of government service in February
have unbroken Canal service. They are:
James P. Boukalis, Machinist, Industrial
Division — his service is all with that Div-
ision; Nelson R. Clark, Marine Traffic Con-
troller, Navigation Division ; Roy G. Lattin,
Chief Towboat Engineer, Ferry Service;
William B. Mallory, Chief, Motion Picture
Branch, Service Center Division; Ralph L.
Sell, Lead Foreman for Quarters Mainte-
nance, Maintenance Division; Roger J.
Sigl, Auto Repair Machinist, Motor Trans-
portation Division — he has unbroken serv-
ice with this Division; John R. Townsend,
Master of the tug, Catun; and Fred M.
Weade, Pilot, Navigation Division.
Other 15-year employees are:
Julius Cheney, Electrician Foreman, Aids
to Navigation; Benjamin S. Chisholm,
Manager, Balboa Service Center; Herbert
C. Hawvichorst, Wireman, Electrical Div-
ision; Louis E. Palmer, Sheetmetal Worker.
Industrial Division; Thomas H. Scott, Chief
Accounting Policies and Procedures Staff,
Office of the Comptroller; and Carl W.
Warner, Lead Yard Foreman, Railroad

Tempo Of Power Conversion Project Is Now Accelerated

(Continued from pays i) substation is in

full operation and Agua Clara better
than half completed.

In the Central Area, which comprises
Gamboa, Summit, and Paraiso, work
has begun on the Summit substation.

As this issue of "The Review" went to
press, the area contractor, L. R. Som-
mer, expected to begin conversion of
some of the motors in the Dredging
Division and Penitentiary this month.

The east coast shipping strike has
delayed the arrival of some of the re-
frigeration units needed for the domes-
tic conversion. Some of these were on

the New York docks when shipping
stopped. As soon as enough of these
reach the Canal Zone, the domestic
conversion will start.

Specifications are being completed
for the Pacific area conversion. This
project, which will be one of the largest
in the conversion program, will prob-
ably be ready to advertise for bids some
time this month.

The Pacific area covers that section
of the Canal Zone south of Pedro Mi-
guel and includes I.os Rios and the
townsites at the Pacific end of the

Cargo Carrier

THIS YANLOAD OF merchandise for the Commissary Division was the first piggy-back freight to be
carried by the Panama Railroad under a recently-developed plan to improve the railroad's efficiency.

Panama Line Award

AN* OVERALL inspection rating of 97 won for Panama Line vessels the Public Health .Service's Certifi-
cate of Sanitation for the past calendar year. The rating was described in a letter from the Service as a
"most worthy achievement." The award covers the Ancon, Panama, and Cristobal, since all three were
in service last year. It was presented during a special ceremony in the New York Office of the Panama
Canal Company. Above, Sylven Martin, Chief, Sanitation Engineers, second from left, presents thi-
certificate to Eugene S. P. Martin, Executive Assistant of the Panama Line. Others shown, left to right,
are A. B. Marks, Sanitation Engineer; L. A. Ferguson, Chief, Procurement Division; and Peter De-
Stefano, Assistant Comptroller, New York Office.



March 1, 1957 5



OVER 1,000,000 man-hours of work without a disabling injury were repre-
sented by a National Safety Council Award of Merit presented last month
to the Marine Bureau. The award is not only the first for the Canal Com-
pany's Marine Bureau, but also only the second in the whole field of marine

industry. The presentation was made at Pedro Miguel Locks by Charles S.
Reed, a member of the Company's Board of Directors, to Capt. Warner 8.
Rodimon, Director of the Marine Bureau. Shown above are some of the
Marine Bureau's employees who attended the ceremony.


1956 1957
Commercial 701 664

U. S. Government 30 19

Total 731 683


Commercial $3,167,577 $2,847,465

IT. S. Government. 129,413 98,842

Total $3,296,990 $2,946,307

* Includes tolls on all vessels, ocean-going and small.


The largest shipment of iron ore ever
to transit the Panama Canal was carried
from the Pacific to Atlantic last month
aboard the SS Ore Monarch. The ship-
ment, 37,684 tons, was 1,230 tons more
than the same ship had carried on her
only previous trip through the Canal.

The Ore Monarch made her record-
breaking transit February 10. She was
en route from San Juan, Peru, to Phil-
adelphia, Pa. She is owned by Universe
Tankships, Inc., for whom Payne &
Wardlaw are local agents.

About once a month a ship transits
the Canal carrying nothing but automo-
biles. This trend, statisticians say, has
been going on for some time now. Feb-
ruary's auto ship was the [nteroceau
Line's MoManger, southbound with auto-
mobiles, 175 of them, as her s ile cargo.
They were consigned from London to the
r. S. west coast. Of the cars, 246 were
to be discharged at Portland and 229 at


Five Panama Line sailings in May and
June have been designated as those on
which preference will be given to teachers
and to employees who have school-age
children traveling with them en route to
the United States, and five more sailings

have been set aside in August and Sep-
tember as those on which similar prefer-
ence will be given for southbound trawl-
ers. Such sailings are familiarly known
as "school boats."

The northbound sailings are those
scheduled for May 22, June 1, June 8,
June 19, and June 26. The southbound
school boats will be those sailing from
New York on August 9, August 20, Aug-
ust 27, September 6, and September 13.

All sorts of odd and unusual cargo
goes through the Canal every month.
February was no exception. Last month's
somewhat out of the ordinary shipments
included: 26 tons of banknote paper from
Great Britain to Valparaiso, Chile; resin
and methanol from New York to Japan;

flavoring and animal feed from New Or-
leans to Puerto Armuelles; cocoa cake
from Great Britain to New Zealand; and
three Santa Gertrudis bulls from the
United States gulf coast to Ecuador.

Two members of the sea-going Roscoe
family visited the Canal Zone during
February when the Maine Maritime
Academy training ship State of Maine
called at Cristobal. They were Midship-
man Kenneth A. Roscoe and Capt.
George L. Roscoe, son and cousin, re-
spectively, of Capt. Kenneth S. Roscoe,
Panama Canal pilot stationed in Cristo-
bal. Capt. George Roscoe was command-
ing officer of the State of Maine and Mid-
shipman Roscoe was one of the cadets
making the training cruise.

1' 'i RISTS, HUNDREDS 01 them! And look what happens to the parking lot at the Balboa railroad

station! The visitors the day this picture was taken were part of the 684 who arrived <m the SS Uli/mi'ia.

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