Hello Betty, Thank you for your reply. I never really thought about Canadians working down there. Did your grandfather go directly from Canada to Panama or did he live in the U.S. first? What part of Canada did he come from? Just curious. Unfortunately for me, I am not even sure of the name of the gg uncle who went down there other than Steele but probably Frank or Francis. We don't know anything about him since he moved to the U.S. (MA) long before the birth of any living relatives and the families lost touch. I found out about him quite by accident when I remembered that an uncle had give something to the museum. When I mentioned it to the family they said that someone had worked on the Panama Canal but they didn't know who. I checked with the museum and they confirmed they had the hat but it probably came from one of the islands. He either picked it up on the way down or got it or bought it from someone in Panama. Thanks again.