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.
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.