Photo of the Week
August 23, 2020

This week we start a new mover and shaker story.  In the next few weeks we are going to visit with the man William Luther Sibert and his family. From 1907 through 1914, Sibert was a member of the Isthmian Canal Commission and was responsible for the building of a number of critical parts of the Panama Canal, including the Gatun Locks and Dam, the West Breakwater in Colon,  and the channel from Gatun Lake to the Atlantic Ocean.  This is one of the most exciting Canal Construction Day photos I have come across showing Sibert and his family on the edge of the Gatun Locks excavation.  This is a tremendous photo!!  I zoomed in on the family below. 

L-R  Rear - Harold Ward Sibert, Wife and Mother Mary Margaret Cummings Sibert, William L. Sibert, Martin David Sibert. Front - Mary Elizabeth Sibert,  Edwin Luther Sibert.  The names were identified by notes within the Travel and Family photo album of William L. Siebert. 

Sibert's nick name was "Goliath".  It was given to him jocosely because of his size and physical prowess, its suggestion of strength always seemed to apply properly to his intellect.  Edward B. Clark

Interesting things in this photo are: both Siebert and his son Harold have heavy spats on their legs probably for protection from snakes.  The other three kids have knickers on.  The boy on the far right (Martin) has a broken or hurt left arm and leaning fully on his dad.  The other boy (Edwin) is making a ugly face at the photographer.  Mary is as cute as cute can be.

There are eight total children from Mr. and Mrs. Siebert.  The older than these children and missing from this photo.  Other photos in the future show the others.

This has been a fun study this week and more to come in the following weeks.

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