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After a 'Sick-Out' on the Panama Canal, General Parfitt Gets the Ships Moving Again
BY PEOPLE STAFF
APRIL 5, 1976
A year ago President Ford chose Maj. Gen. Harold R. Parfitt, a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, to be governor of the Panama Canal Zone...Parfittxs life as governor (at a salary of $37,800) is a far cry from his hard-scrabble beginnings in Coaldale, Pa., where his father was a miner.
A year ago President Ford chose Maj. Gen. Harold R. Parfitt, a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, to be governor of the Panama Canal Zone. By comparison, observes the trim, 54-year-old West Point graduate, the wars were a piece of cake. Traditionally awarded to a senior officer in the Army Corps of Engineers, the dual assignment as Canal Zone governor and president of the Panama Canal Co. was once regarded as among the plushest the armed services offered. No more. For the past two years the U.S. and Panama have been wrangling over a new treaty to replace the outmoded pact of 1903, which bisected Panama and gave the U.S. perpetual control over the 10-by-51-mile Canal Zone. Since treaty negotiations began, the zone has been the scene of Panamanian nationalist agitation, low morale among the canal's approximately 3,700 American employees, charges of discrimination in housing and schools, and growing financial distress. "This is probably the most challenging assignment I've ever had," says the understating Parfitt.
Remembering: Coaldale's Native Son
- Major General Harold Parfitt
October 17, 1941 -- Dolph Tokarczyk's touchdown in the fourth quarter ties the game and Johnny Paskosky's extra point gives Coaldale a lead it would maintain as the Tigers earn a 7-6 victory over Nesquehoning. Tokarczyk's one-yard scoring plunge caps a 60-yard drive and Paskosky splits the uprights with his conersion kick. For the Nesquers, Marty Marek provides his team their only touchdown.
June 23, 1943 -- A solid pitching performance from Joe "Flatty" Klepic propels Coaldale to a 3-1 Panther Valley League win over rival Lansford. Klepic scatters eight hits, walking none while striking out eight. The right-hander receives an early lead as his team pushes across two big runs in the first inning. "Bucko" Dally reaches on an infield single and scores on a passed ball while Cal Mock delivers an RBI hit later in the frame. Dally and Mock finish with two hits, as do Evan Sneddon and Tilly Salvadore.
July 30, 1944 -- Eddie Marasiak collects two hits and scores a pair of runs to help Coaldale rally for an 8-7 Panther Valley League win over Mauch Chunk. Cal Mock and "Snuffy" Bybel contribute two hits and a run for the winners, who use a six-run sixth inning to overcome a 4-0 deficit. Steve "Punjab" Hedash and winning pitcher Joe Klepic also finish with a pair of hits. For Mauch Chunk, Joe Watto ends with four hits while Willard "Woo" Leopold adds three.
July 10, 1947 -- Johnny Goida collects two hits and scores three runs as Coaldale posts a 6-1 Panther Valley League victory over Seek. Jimmy Bonner scatters six hits, walks two and strikes out four to gain the mound win. Al Zummers contributes an RBI triple, a double and run scored while Andy Yarosky finishes with a run-scoring double and a single. The winners also receive a triple from Andy Soley and a double from Paul Radocha.
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