Time Travel and the Panama Canal

Time Travel and the Panama Canal

As part of remodeling my other web site, I’m adding another topic to this one–my grandfather’s history with the Panama Canal, 1907 to 1914.

When we cleaned out the last of my mother’s things prior to selling her home, we found the journal Will Hobby wrote when he completed his work on the Panama Canal and traveled by steamship from Panama to San Francisco with his wife, my 18-month-old mother, and 6-week-old Bill.

The S.S. San Juan in 1895
The S.S. San Juan in 1895

But the story didn’t begin with boarding the S.S. San Juan in 1914.

In 1907, Will’s sister Ruth, married to a Signal Corps officer, lived at Camp Columbia near Havana, Cuba.  Will, his brother Carl, their father, and their cousin Mabel and her father, visited in February and March, 1907.  Mabel and her father wrote home to Will’s Aunt Ellen who hoarded letters.

The Panama and Beyond posts which will be ongoing for an extended time are based on those letters, Will’s letters from Panama–the few that have been preserved–and Will’s journal.
1914 Envelope

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