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BALBOA POST OFFICE
Courtesy-Panama Canal Company
Courtesy-Panama Canal Company
REUNION- any Yearl
Carol (Sergeant)Hoover, Bea, Capt. Dick and Kay Sergeant, Balboa Heights, C.Z.
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Delegates to NARCE convention- Jacksonville, Fla. Bottom row- Genevieve Quinn,
Toms River, N.J., Iola Wagner, Mt. Home Ark. Beth Grady, Lakeland, Fla. Mr.
Edward, Levy, Mr. Walter Wagner and Mr. Wm. Grady.
Peter, Amie and Mary children of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Kennedy, Brandon, Vt.
Officers of N. W. North Carolina- Pres. Clarence Howell, Vice Pres. Esther Hodges,
Sec. Inez Ward, Treas. Tommy Sawyer.
Long before the Kennedys sparked the physical fitness fad these four lads made
headlines in Panama by hiking the 50 miles from Balboa to Colon. They accomp-
lished thi,r blistering feat in the summer of 1929. They made it in a little over
20 hours, including rest breaks.
Folloiin the trek, the foot-sore foursome posed for the picture. Reliving their
moment of glory the boyhood friends gathered at the same spot for this picture.
No, they're not planning another hike.
Left to right in both pictures are William H. Devore. and Elmer B. Orr of the
Accountna Division; Charles J. Williams of the Railroad Division. and Charles W.
Hummer. of the Specifications and Estimates Branch.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. BOX 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Cecil M. Banan J. F. Warner
William L. Howard
Vi ce-Presideont Executive Committee
Lucille S. Judd Z Cecil M. Banan
Record Editor William L. Howard
Margaret Ward Lucille S. Judd
Recording Sec'y. Betty Lockridge
Ross Cunningham Margaret Ward
Chaplain Andy Fraser
G. C. Lockridge
Legislative Rep. Dewey Goodwin
David S. Smith Ernest M. Kieswetter
Sergeant-at-Arms Albert McKeown
So far as we can find out the Congress took no action on H.R.
2376 to provide increases in annuities granted under the Panama
Canal Construction Services Annuity Act of May 29, 1944.
It looks like the cost of living has held to over 3 % for the months
of Aug., Sept. and Oct. If this is true, then we may expect an in-
crease in pay of a little over 3% beginning January 1, 1967.
The Congress is now on vacation mending their political fences so
we will not have much to report until they come back to work.
Be sure and read the California Report and write your Senators.
G. C. Lockridge
COME TO THE REUNION
Paul M. Bell Police Division 24 years, 21 days.
Roger L. Deakins Electrical Div. 31 years, 11 months, 11 days.
Emmett O. Kiernam Locks Div. 26 years, 10 months, 3 days.
Thomas C. Lear Funeral Director 14 years, 3 months, 3 days.
John A. Taber Fire Div. 37 years, 7 months, 21 days.
Capt, H. R. Johnson Asst. Captain of the Port 25 years, 10
months, 23 days.
Charles V1. Kliie -Engineering Div. 14 years, 9 months, 9 days.
J.hni L. Mabl t Electri.-al Div. 13 years, 10 months, 29 days.
Capt. James E. Matthews Pilot 1 yeat, 6 months, 11 days.
Alfred C. IMullennaiix Industrial Div. 21 years, 1 month, 2 days.
Mrs. Elsie Naughton Teacher 28 years, 8 months, 5 days.
Earl C. Orf S8tpply Div. 33 years, 5 months, 14 days.
Reubbh M. leed Terminals Div. 24 years, 11 months, 4 days.
Mrs. Dolores M. Robertson Telephone Operator 8 years, 17
Mrs. Alice Suisman Gorgaq Hospital 24 years, 3 months, 24
John F. Voss Electrical Div. 26 years, 8 months, 7 days.
Charles H. Crosby Locks Div. 26 years, 3 months, 14 days.
Btirton J. Deveau Electrical Div. 12 years, 11 months, 4 days.
Capt. Maurice F. Dunn Navigation Div. 23 years, 1 month,
Mrs. Ruth 1t. T. Elders Cbco Solo Holpirtal- 21 years, 15 days.
Everett Leo Farlow Civil Affairs 37 years, 1 month, 3 days.
AMrE. EVa M. (rassau Payrbll B1ahth 24 years, 4 miinths, 16
Andrew Metzger Locks Div. 1 years, 2 months, 5 days.
Ralph Skinner Comptroller's Office 33 years, 11 months, 2
burman S. Spangler Maintenance Div. 26 years, 10 months,
COME TO THE REUNION
WEDDINGS AN ENGAGEMENTS
Baskets of yellow and white gladiolus and palms decorated the
Wesley Methodist Church in Urbana, Illinois, June 11, 1966, for the
marriage of Miss Marjorie Jean Miller and Mr. Richard Dean Bar-
nett. The Reverend Behjnain IarHrion read the double ring vows.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allen K. Miller of
Balboa, Canal Zone. The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. luella
Barnett of Carbage, 1L1.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Mrs. Steven Young, Portland, Oregon, sister of the bride was
matron of honor. Miss Judy Nena, East Peoria, Ill., and Miss Lillian
Siigfi ied, Prairie du Roher4, Ill., former college roopmates of the
bride were bridesmaid.
Misses Carol, Diane, and Elaine Petersoa, daughters of Mr. and
MI's. Thomas C. Pet rt -il, Balbqa, Canal Zone and the bride's cousins
were the flower girls. The two smallest girls, Diane and 1ilaine
walked down the aisle together sjatte ing yellow rose petals from
their baskets. Carol fulloed them carrying a colonial bouquet of
yellow and white miniature daisies.
Richard Mic klin, Oa41aw 1, Ill, nephew of the bridegroom was
best man. Terry Yaughan, !Rankin, Ill., and Dick Holeeek, Du Quoin,
Ill., C.llege fliirnls of the bridegroom were ushers.
Full, ing the ceremony a reception was held in the church in
Watseka Lounge. Mrs. Frank Micklin, sister of the bridegroom and
Elaine RudLrigLez. both of Oaklawn, 1Il, served the four-tiered wed-
ding oake. Miss Lynda Lovely, the bride's cousin served coffee and
puinh. The bride's aunt, Margaret Peterson attended the guest book
and Mrs. Thorua.- C. Peterson, cousin of the bride assisted at the
Out of State guests included; the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Allen K. Miller, Balboa, Canal Zone; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas 0. Peter-
son and their three daughters, Balboa; Mrs. Margaret Peterson, St.
Petersburg, Florida; Mrs. Eloise Brown and daughter, Shannon,
Springdale, Arkansap; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Larson (Rpbin Smith),
Awme, Iowai Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Young, Portland, Oregon, and
Miss Lynda Lovely, Livingston, Montana.
The bride graduated from the University of Illinois with a BS
degree in Zoology and is presently working towards her master's
The bridegroom graduated from the Univprsity of Illinois and is
presently finishing his master's degree. He is a teaching assistant
for the Physiology Department
Following a honeymoon in Kentucky, the couple is at home at
1819-B Orchard Place, Urbana, Illinois.
The we.lliuig of Miss Vicki Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil
Hall of Detroit, Mich. and Jhtih W. Adams, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Williams Adams of San Francisco de la Caleta, R. de P., took place
recently in Detroit. Mr. Adams, Sr., is a retired Panama Canal Co.
The young couple are spending a part of their honeymoon in Pa-
nama City before leaving for Fuchu Air Force Base, Japan, where
Mr. Adams has been assigned to a three-year tour of duty.
The marriage of Miss Carol Ann Allison, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Neil Perkins Allison of Chatanooga, Tennessee and William
Barton Mallory III, son of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Mallory, Balboa,
C. Z., was solemnized at the Brainerd Methodist Church in Chat-
tanooga August 20.
The Rev. Ernest Cushman, chaplain of Baylor School, officiated.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Mrs. Phillip Kusnetzky of Kansas City, Mo., attended the bride
as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Richard Duncan (Betsy
Mallory) of Pala Alto, Calif., sister of the bridegroom, Miss Martha
Roton of Montgomery, Ala., Mrs. Edward Register of LaFayette,
Tenn., Miss Millie Ravenel of Martinsville, Va., and Miss Diane
Berz of Chattanooga and Atlanta.
Mr. Mallory served his son as best man. Groomsmen were Capt.
Richard Duncan of Palo Alto, Calif., brother-in-law of the bride-
groom, David Call of Richmond, Va., Louis Wilds of Augusta, Ga.,
Strother Randolph of Charlottesville, Va., and Albert Mallory III of
Memphis, Tenn., cousin of the bridegroom.
Forrest Gardner was the ringbearer.
A reception in the fellowship hall of the church followed the
The bride's book was kept by Miss Minna Ree Winer. Those assist-
ing in serving were Miss Glenda Warren of Charlotte, N. C., cousin
of the bride. Miss Virginia Glisson of Cleveland, Tenn., Mrs.
Thomas Williams of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Miss Anne Fields.
The bride attended the University of Tennessee and the University
of Chattanooga and is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. Mr.
Mallory graduated in June from the University of Virginia. His
fraternity is Delta Kappa Epsilon.
Following a wedding trip to Florida the couple are making their
home in Knoxville, Tenn. where Mr. Mallory attends the Law School
at the University of Tennessee.
(Mrs.) Jarenie E. Mann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Trachier,
Santa Fe, N. Mexico, exchanged marriage vows with Jay A. Cun-
ningham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua A. Cunningham, Sedalia,
Missouri, on September 10 at Calvary Baptist Church, Santa Fe,
N. Mexico, with the Rev. John J. Cole, pastor, officiating.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Mrs. Wayne Smith, San Bernadino, Calif., attended her sister
as matron of honor. Best man was Richard Sandoval, Santa Fe.
The bride was graduated from Santa Fe High School. The bride-
groom, a graduate of Cristobal High Sehool, Canal Zone, and the
University of Missouri, Columbia, is employed by W. C. Krtiger and
Associates in Santa Fe.
The couple are at home at 1210 Declovina St., Santa Fe, N.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale Mitchell of Chieo, California announce the
engagement of their daughter, Judith Ann, to David H. Jenkins of
San Francisco, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Joe Jenkins of Las Ciimbtes,
Republic of Panama.
Miss Mitchell is a graduate of Chico High School and Weaver
Airline Personnel School at Kansas City, Kansas. She is now residing
in San Francisco and employed by United Airlines.
Mr. Jenkins is a graduate of Balboa High School and the Canal
Zone College. He also attended College of the Ozarks and completed
Flight Training in Chico, California. He is at present employed as
a Bank Examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Anita Willingham and Lansing T. Hewitt, Lieutenant, United
States Army, were married in an impressive double-ring ceremony
August 20, in the Fort Clayton Chapel, Canal Zone. The ceremony
was performed by Chaplain (Major) John D. Logan.
The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Willingham of
Balboa, attended the Canal Zone College. The groom, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Mahlon T. Hewitt of Henderson, Arkansas is a 1965 grad-
uate of West Point.
Mrs. Marvin Jeffcoat, of the Canal Zone, served the bride as
matron of honor. Brides maids were Mrs. Earl Mullins and Mrs.
The flower girls were Misses Alison and Jane Garber.
Lt. Marvin Jeffooat served the bridegroom as best man. Ushers
were Lt. James Dabney, Lt. Nixon Childs and Dwayne and Donald
Willingham, brothers of the bride.
Immediately following the ceremony a reception was held at the
Albrook Officer's Club. Assisting at the punch table were Mrs.
William C. Garber and Mrs. John Knick. Mrs. James N. Cook kept
the Bride's Book.
Upon their return from Venezuela the couple will reside in the
Canal Zone where Lt. Hewitt is stationed with the United States
Mr. and Mrs. David Horner were recently married in San Diego,
California. Mrs. Homer is the former Nancy Cotton, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Cotton, former Postmaster of Balboa, Canal
Zone, and now residing in San Diego.
Mr. Horner is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Horner of San Diego,
Calif. He is a graduate of Prince Edwards High School, Southern
Rhodesia and is now employed as a linotype operator in San Diego.
Mrs. Horner is a graduate of Balboa High School and of a local
business college in San Diego. She is now employed as a legal
secretary in San Diego.
The wedding was held in the North Park Baptist Church on May
1, 1966. Among the attendants in the wedding party was Miss Marley
Days, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Days, formerly of Balboa,
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
The reception was held at the North Park Church following the
. Former Canal Zone folks attending the wedding were: Mrs. R. C.
Lumby, aunt of the bride; Mr. Wm. D. Taylor, former Postmaster
of Balboa; Mr. and Mrs. Clem Genis; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry F. Evans;
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Evans; Dr. and Mrs. Roland Icke; Mr. and Mrs.
Connard (the former Marjorie Icke); Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Days;
and Mr. Max Protzel.
Mr. and Mrs. David Horner now reside in San Diego.
A wedding ceremony, Saturday, August 20th, in Larchmont Bap-
tist Church, Norfolk, Va. united Miss Laura An Mills, Norfolk, Va.
and Anton C. Pedersen, Cocoa Beach, Florida.
. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. Mills of Norfolk, Va.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr.. and Mrs. H. P. Pedersen, Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., who traveled to Norfolk, Va. to attend the wed-
Miss Carolene Whitley of Norfolk, Va. was maid of honor.
Mr. Roland Curtis of Washington, D. C. served as best man.
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Cooke of Hampton, Va., long time friends and
neighbors of Gamboa, C. Z., also attended the wedding.
A reception was held by the bride's uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Stuart Ball, Jr., Glenhaven Crescent, Va.
Miss Donna Mason, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ormand Mason of
Milwaukee, Oregon and Robert C. Rowe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
G. Rowe of Balboa, Canal Zone were united in marriage August 21
at the Oak Grove Methodist Church at Oak Grove, Oregon.
Both the bride and groom attended Oregon State University at
Corvallis, Oregon. The groom attended Officers Candidate School
in Newport, R. I. and received his commission in July of this year.
The couple drove across the United States to Key West, Florida
where Robert is stationed with the U. S. Navy.
They are at home at 114 South St., Key West, Fla.
The wedding of Miss Barbara Detamore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Jerry W. Detamore of Balboa, and S/Sgt. Paul Henderson, son of
Mrs. Zeda Rice of Vellejo, California, took place July 28, at the
Howard Air Force Chapel. Chaplain (Capt.) George E. Ormsbee
conducted the ceremony. Organ music was by John Ridge, Jr.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Miss Judy Herrera was maid of honor, The bridesmaid was Miss
Dorothy Detamore sister of the bride.
Serving as best man was P/Sgt. Robert L. Jones. Ushers were
Sgt. Joseph Jaroszek and Sgt. John R. Gentry, Jr. As the bridal
couple left the chapel, they walked beneath the crossed sabres of an
honor guard, under the command of Sgt. John R. Gentry, Jr., from
"A" Company, 508th Infantry (Airborne).
A reception was held at the Howard NCO Club immediately after
the ceremony with Mrs. Lois Harrison in charge of the guest book.
After honeymooning in the San Blas Islands, the young couple will
visit for a short time in San Francisco and Vallejo, California, and
then make their home in Fort Benning, Georgia, where S/Sgt.
Henderson has been assigned to duty.
Miss Carol Kapinos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Kapinos of
Balboa, became the bride of Mr. Robert 0. Smith, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Robert 0. Smith of Curundu, at a double ring ceremony held in
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Balboa, on July 2, 1966. Rev. Edward
Melvin, C.M. was officiating priest. Jack Smith, brother of the bride-
groom served as altar boy.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Maid of honor was Miss Penny Catron. The best man was Mr.
Lester R. Smith brother of the bridegroom. The ushers were Mr.
William Catron of Margarita and Mr. James Arenz of Curundu.
A reception was held in the Roosevelt Room of the Tivoli Guest
House immediately following the ceremony with over 100 friends and
relatives present. Linda Kapinos, sister of the bride, Terri Ann Smith
sister of the bridegroom were in charge of the guest book.
The couple left immediately for Miami Beach for a three week
honeymoon. Mrs. Smith graduated from Balboa High School and
Canal Zone College. Mr. Smith graduated from Balboa High School,
attended the Canal Zone College and received his B. A. degree from
the University of Miami on June 12, 1966. Mr, Smith returned to
the University of Miami in September for post graduate work. They
make their home at 50 Alhambra Circle, Apt. 4, Coral Gables,
Miss Claritq Maria Thayer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jira Payne
Thayer of Panama City, R. de P. became the bride of Ralph A.
Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bartley Smith of Diablo Heights at
Sacred Heart Chapel, Ancon, C. Z. on June 23. The Rev. John C.
Kennedy officiated. A reception was held at the home of the bride's
parents in Nuevo 1l1 Carmen following the ceremony.
The couple left in niid-Ai.iu'st. for Alburquerque, New Mexico
where they are attending the University of New Mexico.
The marriage of Miss Beverly Phillips of the Panama Canal Zone
and Mr. Henry B. Gross, Jr., of Selma, Alabama, was solemnized
Junq 11, at the Memorial Methodist Church in Selma. The Rev.
Robert Dickerson performed the impressive double-ring ceremony
in a nuptial setting created by standards of white chrysanthemums
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Phillips of
Balboa, Canal Zone and Mr. Gross is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. B.
Gross of Selma.
Miss Carolyn Musselman of Balboa, Canal Zone was the bride's
maid of honor and the other attendants were Mrs. Joyce Douglas
Young of Lakeland, Florida and Miss Mary Montgomery of George
The bride was given in miarria e by her father.
Mr. Roy Gross, brother of the bridegroom was best man. Mr. Ken
Phillips, brother of the bride and Mr. Perry Sumner were grooms-
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. W. L. Willis.
Miss Maude Calhoun, aunt of the bride, presided at the bride's
book. Cake was served by Mrs. Martha Bennett and Mrs. Evangeline
Suther. Others assisting in the serving were Miss Alice Todd, Miss
Elizabeth Weeks and Miss Connie Baker.
Out-of-town guests present were Miss Dova D. Antill of the Canal
Zone, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Borden of Anniston, Alabama, The Rev.
and Mrs. C. O. Butler and Ann, of Panama, R. P., Miss Silva Herald
of Dothan, Alabama, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Montgomery and Wayne of
George West, Texas.
Following a wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Gross are now at home
at 226 McDonald Avenue in Selma.
Miss Mary Lorne Almquist, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl V.
Almquist, of Farfan, C. Z. is betrothed to Frederick R. Walker, son
of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Walker of Cocoli, according to an an-
nouncement made at a family dinner party in the Almquist home.
Among those present with the couple were Mr. and Mrs. George A.
Walker with their daughters Jeanne and Carol; Miss Genell Bliss,
great-aunt of the bridegroom-to-be; the bride to be's parents and her
sisters Sue and Elise and brother John; and Miss Linda Sanvidotti,
a niece of the Almquists visiting from California. Later the an-
nouncement was celebrated by friends in a gathering for brunch at
Tivoli Guest House. Mary graduated this year from Balboa High
School and is attending Kapioland Technical School of the Uni-
versity of Hawaii. Hawaii is the home of her parents. Frederick,
a Balboa High School graduate of 1961, is presently employed as
a central office repairman of the Panama Canal Electrical Division.
Miss Valerie Ann Spencer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Martin
Spencer of Balboa, became the bride of Lt. John David Cronan,
United States Marine Corps, on August 13 in the Marine Corps
Chapel at Quantico, Virginia.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Rev. John J. O'Connor, United States Marine Corps Chaplain,
performed the ceremony.
Miss Janice Dean Spencer was her sister's maid of honor.
The bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Joseph Cronan of
Margarita had Lt. Thomas Clarke, United States Marine Corps,
as his best man.
Out-of-state guests were Mrs. Dena Spencer of Boston, grand-
mother of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer Glovin of Baltimore,
Mrs. Thomas Clarke of Long Island, and Mr. Russell Weade, Jr. of
Following the ceremony, a formal dinner was held in the Robinson
Room of Leller Manor, the Marine Corps Officers' Club, Quantico,
The bride attended Canal Zone College where she completed her
sophomore year. The bridegroom is a graduate of Canal Zone Col-
lege, Louisiana State University, and the Officers Candidate School
of the United States Marine Corps.
The young couple resides at 420 Longview Drive No., 13 Bayvue
Apartments, Woodbridge, Virginia.
That "something old" in the wedding of Patricia Ann Bain and
Fred Newton Brough, June 11, was the wedding ring that was
placed on the finger of the bride's grandmother approximately 85
The couple exchanged vows in All Angels Episcopal Church,
Hialeah, Florida. The Rev. M. Wendell Hainlain officiated.
The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David A. Bain, was given in
marriage by her father.
Maid of honor was Adele Todd.
The bridegroom, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred N. Brough of 38
Suffolk Ave., Hialeah, was attended by best man Julio Barrada
and usher Richard Duncan.
A reception in Parrish House followed the ceremony. The couple
then left for a wedding trip to Sanibel-Captiva Islands. When they
return they will set up housekeeping at 251 E. 2nd St., Hialeah.
The bride is a graduate of Hialeah High, Palm Beach Junior Col-
lege and Florida State University. She received a Bachelor of Arts
degree in speech and is presently working at the Montanari Clinical
The bridegroom attended Hialeah High and Miami Dade Junior
College and is in the Air Force reserves. He is now working for the
City of Hiahleah.
His grandparents were the late Mr. and Mrs. E. St. Clair Clayton.
Miss Sara Francis Mobley and Mr. Floyd P. McDermitt were
united in marriage, July 31, 1966 in the Berea Christian Church,
Hampton, Georgia. Miss Mobley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.
H. Mobley of Hampton, Georgia. She was a stewardess with the
Eastern Airlines prior to her marriage. Floyd is the son of Mrs.
Ethel P. McDermitt and the late Floyd R. McDermitt. He was grad-
uated from Cristobal High School and from Auburn University after
serving four years in the United States Navy. He is presently em-
ployed with the I.B.M. Company in Lexington, Kentucky. After a
two week honeymoon in Hawaii the couple will reside at 1760
Jennifer Road, Apt. K-4, Lexington, Kentucky.
St. Mark's Methodist Church Chapel in Atlanta, Georgia was the
scene, on June 24, of a double ring ceremony in which Miss Patricia
Louise Davis and Donald Lee Bright exchanged wedding vows. Rev.
Bevel Jones officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert H. Davis of
Balboa, Canal Zone. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
John A. Bright of Waynesboro, Virginia.
The bride was given in marriage by Mr. Theodore Rutland and
Miss Beverly Collins was the maid of honor. Mr. John Bright was
his son's best man.
A reception in the church was held following the ceremony. Mrs.
Harlem Ingram, sister of the bridegroom's mother, served the
three tiered wedding cake and Mrs. Iris Shatrosky, friend of and a
former Canal Zone resident, served at the punch bowl. Mrs. G. Fitz-
gerald, the former Mayabelle Walker, took care of the bride's book.
David Collins and Bill Hunter were ushers. The young couple is at
present residing in St. Charles, Missouri where Mr. Bright is em-
ployed at the McDonald Aircraft Corporation.
Miss Adele June Burns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Burns,
formerly of Margarita, now Canada became the bride of Mr. Andrew
Lafayette Wells, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Wells of
Mendenhall, Mississippi. The ceremony took place on September 3
at St. Stephans Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. The couple are
now residing in Hauma, Louisiana.
Miss Sylvia Leigh Thomas and James Otis Catron, Jr., were united
in marriage on August 31 at Hiddenite, North Carolina. The Rev.
Walter Howell conducted the service.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Thomas of Hid-
denite. She is a 1963 graduate of Hiddenite High School and a 1966
graduate of Appalachian State Teachers College. She has accepted
a position in the Mathematics Department of Greenville High School
in Greenville, Florida.
Mr. Catron is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Catron, Sr., of
Aiken, South Carolina and formerly of the Canal Zone. He is a 1960
graduate of Balboa High School, a 1964 graduate of Emery and
Henry College and in 1966 received his Master's from Appalachian
State Teacher's College. He has accepted a position in a North
Florida Junior College.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Mrs. Glenda Thomas Hubbard of Miami, Florida was her sister's
matron of honor and bridesmaids were Mrs. Kaye Hoitt Harmon and
Miss Elizabeth Thomas both of Hiddenite.
The bridegroom's father was best man and Keith Hill of Wythe-
ville, Va., and Jerome Bush of Statesville were ushers.
Immediately following the ceremony the bride's parents were
hosts for a reception in Fellowship Hall at the Church.
The bridal couple left on a wedding trip to Williamsburg, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Catron are at home in Madison, Florida.
Miss Bobbye Lou Herrington and Donald Frederick Wellington
were united in marriage on August 20 in St. Luke's Cathedral, An-
con, C. Z. The Rt. Rev. R. Heber Gooden officiated at the double
ring ceremony. Music was presented by Earl Keeney, organist.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Herrington of
Balboa, C. Z. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J.
Wellington of Panama.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Miss Carole Thompson of Balboa, attended the bride as maid of
honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Debra Horter of Ancon, cousin of
the bride; Miss Marilyn Anderson of Balboa, Misses Lynne Welling-
ton and Jane Wellington of Panama, R. P., sisters of the bridegroom
and Mrs. Ann Alexander, M. D. of Durham, N. C. sister of the bride-
Mr. Robert Wellington of Lafayette, La., brother of the bride-
groom served as best man. Ushers were Russell Herrington, of Bal-
boa, brother of the bride; Richard Wellington of Panama, R. P.
brother of the groom; Lokey C. Lackey of Murfreesboro, N. C.;
Kenneth Kline of Balboa and Gene Frannheim of Balboa.
The bride's book was kept by Miss Carla Elich. Miss Peggy Elich
of Balboa and Miss Cristine Mitten of Ancon assisted with the
Out of town guests included Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jordan of
Mobile, Ala., grandparents of the bride; The Rev. and Mrs. James
Isbill of Mobile, Ala., aunt and uncle of the bride and Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas Newland of Sarnia, Ont., Canada, friends of the bridegroom.
Following a wedding trip to Medellin, Colombia the couple will
make their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where Mr. Welling-
ton will continue his studies at the University of North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Hendricks of Diablo Heights announce the
engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Lesley
Margaret to Mr. William L. Hostetler, son of Mrs. William L. Hostet-
ler and the late Mr. W. L. Hostetler, of Charleston, West Virginia.
The bride-to-be graduated from Canal Zone College and attended
the University of North Carolina. Her fiance is a graduate of Duke
University and of the Graduate School of Business Administration
at the University of North Carolina. He is presently an Assistant
Professor of Business Administration at the University of Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lee Staples (Ethel Wanio) of Louisville,
Kentucky announce the engagement of their daughter, Miss
Gretchen Elizabeth Staples of Frankfurt, Germany, to Mr. Theo-
dore Peter Kroll of Frankfurt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kroll of
Hartford Conn. Miss Staples attended Centre College, and she is
a secretary at the American Consulate General in Frankfurt. Mr.
Kroll, a graduate of the University of Arizona, is a Department of
State diplomatic courier in Frankfurt.
Miss Margaret A. Kruse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit G.
Kruse of Clinton, Iowa became the bride of Russell A. Potter, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Richard R. Potter of La Boca, Canal Zone. The cere-
mony took place on August 30, at the Presbyterian Church in Clinton.
Miss Mary Jacobs was the maid of honor. Miss Evette Ross, Miss
Julie Kruse and Miss Marie Mehl were bridesmaids.
The bridegroom's brother, James Potter was the best man. David
Kruse, brother of the bride, Jack Mayberry, and Michael Smith
were the groomsmen.
Following a reception at the Holiday Inn, the couple left on a
honeymoon. They will live in Ames, Iowa, where both are seniors at
Iowa State University.
Mr. and Mrs, Harold E. Chambers of Margarita, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Carla May, to Mr. Joseph
F. Spafford III, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Spafford, Jr.,
of Rockwell, Texas.
Miss Chambers is a graduate of Cristobal High School with the
Class of 1965. She is presently enrolled at North Texas State Uni-
versity, Denton, Texas, as Sophomore, majoring in Spanish and
Mr. Spafford is a Senior at the same University, majoring in
Business Administration and Accounting.
Theresa Ann Washabaugh, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Perry
Washabaugh of Margarita, Canal Zone, became the bride of Melvin
Leroy Harvey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley R. Harvey of Knoxville,
Iowa, on September 17. The double ring ceremony took place at
St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Cambridge Springs, Penn-
sylvania with the Rev. S. J. Dobodiewicz officiating.
The bride was given in marriage by her brother-in-law, James
Wagner of Townville, Pennsylvania.
Ruth Macel Washabaugh, sister of the bride, was maid of honor.
Ben Harvey of Pleasantville, Iowa, brother of the bridegroom,
was the best man.
A reception following the ceremony was held at the Culbertson
Hills Golf and Country Club in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
The bride is a graduate of Cristobal High School Class of 1962
and of the University of Southern Mississippi in August 1966. She is
presently attending Physical Therapy School at Ohio State Univers-
The Harveys reside at 240 W. 8th Avenue, Apt. R, Columbus. O.
COME TO THE REUNION
Mr. and Mrs. Phillip L. Bushong, Radcliff, Ky., announce the
arrival of a daughter Teresa Dawn, June 12, 1966. She is the great
granddaughter of George L. Willett, Tampa, Fla. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bushong, (Adelaide Willett),
Spartansburg, Va. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Forest
Kite, Elkton, Va.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Parrish announce the birth of a son,
Michael Marshall, in Coral Gables, Fla., on August 19, 1966. Mrs.
Parrish is the former Christine Harrison, whose parents are Mr.
and Mrs. Charles W. Harrison, of Corozal, C. Z. Mr. Parrish is a
recent graduate of the Law School of the University of Miami.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis J. Pitney of Gammarth, Tunisia, announce the
birth of their third child and second son, William Taylor Pitney,
born on July 26, 1966 at Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, Calif.
Mrs. Pitney, the former Susan R. Taylor, and her 2 children,
Clarke and Layne, have been visiting with her mother, Mrs. Cather-
ine W. Schafer and Lt. Col. Vernon L. Schafer and with Mr. William
D. Taylor, maternal great-grandfather.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bissell III announce the birth of their
daughter, born August 3, at Gorgas Hospital. The material parents
are Mr. and Mrs. Willian R. Andrews of Balboa, Canal Zone. The
paternal parents are Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Bissell of Diablo
Heights, Canal Zone.
Lt. Colonel Milton F. and Mrs. Callero (Nancy Gibson) of Balti-
more, Maryland announce the birth of their first daughter, Tana
Elizabeth on August 11th at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Gibson formerly
of Margarita, Canal Zone. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Callero of Enumclaw, Washington.
Col. Callero is presently assigned to the U.S. Army Intelligence
School, Ft. Holabird, Md.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Baumbach announce the birth of their third
child, a boy on July 22, 1966. He was born at Morton Plant Hospital,
Clearwater, Fla. The baby has been named Raymond Boyd. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Baumbach, Clearwater, Fla.,
and Maternal grandmother Mrs. Nell Holcomb of Miami, Fla. Mrs.
Baumbach is the former Aloha Holcomb and they reside in Curundu,
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss III of Saratoga, Calif. announce the
birth of a son, John David, born May 22. The baby has a sister,
Beth Ann, who is 2 years old.
Mr. Bliss is an electrician technician at Summervale. Mrs. Bliss
is the former Betty Ruth Thomas of Tyler, Texas. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss, Jr. of Campbell, Calif.
John David and Beth Ann are their only grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew W. Fraser announce the birth of their first
child, Andrew Walter Jr., on October 19. The Frasers live in Bennets-
ville, S. C. where Andy is Production Engineer for Emerson Co.
Mrs. Fraser is the former Elizabeth Boatwright, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Joseph Boatwright of Batesburg, S. C. The Paternal grand-
parents are Mrs. Marie K. Fraser of Tampa and Harold M. Fraser
of Dunedin. Mrs. Herman A. Kleefkens Sr. of Tampa is the baby's
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Palumbo are receiving congratulations on
the birth of their first child, a son, on Friday, August 19, in Afton,
Iowa. The baby has been named James Dominic.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Palumbo are on the teaching staff at Arispie
Junior High School in the East Union District. The baby's paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Luke C. Palumbo of Coco Solo, C. Z.
COME TO THE REUNION
The Canal Zone Past Matrons are advancing their meeting to
THURSDAY, January 19th, the day after the reunion luncheon, to
accommodate visiting Past Matrons. The time and place will be
announced at the Reunion business meeting, Tuesday, January 17,
The following appeared in The Pica News with 2 large pictures
of the Garrets and their donations Jacksonville, Fla.-Ed.
When the Children's Museum opens its new exhibits this fall, one
of the most interested visitors will be Building Services' Whitman P.
He'll be anxious to see what museum research has added to his
own knowledge about the items collected during some 20 years of
treasure-hunting in Panama. While Garrett has a ready flow of
specific facts about many of the items there are some puzzles among
the pottery, as far as he is concerned.
Why, for example, does each hollow leg of the tripod-based pots
contain a free-moving, marble-like object?
What do the markings on the sitting doll mean?
Were the tiny pottery jars for adults or children's toys?
Already he reports verification of one of his own estimates: "I
was right about that stool," he says, referring to the round cere-
monial stool which he believed dated back to rituals held about 500
B.C. But the actual age and use of many items and fragments re-
main a mystery to him.
Burial site, jungle and ruins yielded the treasures. Two steel
caiinon balls apparently date from the raid of Henry Morgan on Fort
San Lorenzo in 1671. "I've been told that the phrase, 'Come in
under the gun,' originated then," Garret explains. "Cannons were
placed in a fixed position -- eould not move up and down or side-
ways. They were positioned to hit ships some distance off shore. But
when the target was closer than that, the guns were useless."
Most of the items listed in the four-page mrrnb ary of the Garrett
collection are stone or pottery aboriginal materials: celts (hatchets),
arrow points, effigy whistle, jars and bowls.
Another assortment includes bottles, minerals and three Garrett-
made items: a gavel and two walking sticks one of black plam,
the other (like the gavel) of eacique wood. "This wood is now ex-
tinct," he comments. "They say that the shavings of the cacique
are a coagulant."
The Jacksonville Children's Museum considers the collection a
rare find. "And how wonderful that he thought of us!" says di-
rector Doris Whitmore. "Most people want to give to older, more
The timing, too, pleases her: "We had planned to do a Mexican
exhibit in two rooms this fall one on modern Mexican life, one on
ancient arts of Mexico. Thanks to this, we will have a fine display
of ancient arts!"
While there are still many evidences of an interesting life in Pa-
nama displayed in the Garrett home in Arlington, he speaks of the
now-parted-with assortment much as an elderly Panamanian lady
spoke of the 1755 piece-of-eight which she gave him midway in his
stay there: "I'm going to give you something to remember me by."
To class after class of Jacksonville youngsters, other lands and
other times will seem a bit less remote because Whitman P. Garrett
found history and brought it back to them.
Col. H. B. Crowley, retired Air Force officer, "commanded" his
ball to go in the hole after he teed off on the par three, 164-yard
fifth hole at the Mobile Country Club, Mobile, Alabama.
And it did.
The result: The first "ace" in the Colonel's golfing career,
which spans a reasonable number of years, exact number unknown.
Observing the Colonel's feat was a strictly feminine audience -
his playing partners on his round over the MCC's neatly spruced
links: Margaret Crowley, his wife, and Millie Gaillard and Hunter
Col. Crowley used a five iron for his hole-in-one shot.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Lindsay, St. Petersburg, Fla., had Jessie's
cousin Miss Ruth Armstrong, Akron, Ohio as guest for several weeks.
Balboa Port Captain and Mrs. Dick Sergeant, Balboa Heights,
had their daughters as guests during the summer. Kay who
attends school at Wakeforrest, N. C. and Carol Sergeant Hoover
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Wallace, Panama City, R. de P. were guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Forrest Cheeseman, Brea, Calif.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Krziza (Ruth Baumbach) Los Rios, C. Z.; Mr.
and Mrs. Edwin Baumbach and children, Curundu, C. Z. and Mr.
and Mrs. D. Arden Kocher (Lois Baumbach) and five children,
vc;,,, p i~, -
they spent several days. The men enjoyed playing golf. They all
called on Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bentz, Asheville, N. C. and the Wendell
Greens in Hendersonville, where they saw Ruth Sill and the Duke
Lewis'. While in Pinehurst they called on Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert
Moreland and found Donald F. Francey there from the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Allan Ward, St. Petersburg, Fla. were guests of
their son and family Mr. and Mrs. Jaime Ward (Phyllis Snee) and
baby boy Paris, Boston, Mass. The Wards really enjoyed seeing
their new grandson for the first time. While there their daughter
(Marilyn) Mrs. Bill Stackman came for a visit.
Mr. Thomas Sellers wrote the following-Ed.
Visitors to Aiken, S. C. this Summer, included Mrs. R. A. Edwards
and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. John Everson; Dr. Don Robinson; Mr.
and Mrs. Ray Wilson; Mr. and Mrs. John Lasher; Mr. and Mrs. E.
T. Chappel, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dubbs, all from the Canal
Zone. Others came from Texas, Florida and other places. Most of
the above named from the Canal Zone bought homes in Aiken, or
contemplate doing so. According to the latest figures, about twenty
families own homes in the park and are living here, or expect to live
here, when they retire from Panama Canal service. Elmer H.
(Foxy) and Eve Gardner have a lovely home and the same goes for
Arthur and Elsie Blystone, the W. W. Priesters, the J. J. Reicharts,
the Otis Catrons and others from the Zone that I have not met.
Jack B. DeVore, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack B. DeVore, Sr.,
former residents of La Boca, has received a Kansas State College
Fellowship, one of the 20 graduate fellowships awarded to the col-
lege under the U. S. Higher Education Act.
DeVore, a graduate of Balboa High School, attended Canal Zone
College and graduated from Kansas State College this past June.
He will use the fellowship towards a master's degree in industrial
arts education and plans to teach industrial arts in a high school.
Walter A. Dryja, Assistant to the Panama Canal Marine Director
since 1952, has been promoted to Assistant Marine Director, accord-
ing to a memorandum issued by Capt. M. J. Prince, Marine Director.
At the same time, it was announced that the Chief of the Naviga-
tion Division, Capt. Chester E. Briggs, Jr., USN, was designated as
Deputy Marine Director in addition to his other duties.
Brig. Gen. David S. Parker, who was for more than 2 years Lieu-
tenant Governor of the Canal Zone, has been nominated by President
Johnson for temporary promotion to major general.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge, St. Petersburg, Fla. visited their
daughter Joyce, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Minke and baby David, Col-
umbia, Mo. Mr. Minke has a fellowship at the University of Mo. and
is working toward his Doctorate in Archeology. The Collinge later
visited daughter Sara, Lt. and Mrs. Don Ulrich and 2 children,
Mrs. Phyllis Zipperer, Winter Haven, Fla. had as guests Mr. and
Mrs. Moy De La Pena and their two sons, Balboa, C. Z. Dicky
attended a Military School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. through the
summer while Jimmy was in Salem College in Mass. for the summer
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Misenheimer, Winter Park, Fla. visited Roy's
family in North Carolina.
The following letter was written by Sue Core Odom, Dothan, Ala-
Since none of our erstwhile buddies live in this immediate section
of Deep Dixie, my contacts depend on those who wheel in for a visit,
or when I take an occasional flit from the home base. However,
since I have met up with a number of folks whom others might be
glad to hear about, during the past several months, I'll give you
In the fall I made a quick trip to my home in Washington State
and because I was so near (7) to Hawaii, flitted over to visit Chris
Tull for a week. She has bought an apartment in the Seaside Towers
in Honolulu and seems set for the long haul. A breathlessly beautiful
place to live; Hawaii.
Erine Payne and Lindy Byrne met me at the San Francisco Air-
port and I had a quickie visit with Evelyn and Ernie in Napa.
Got in chat and/or dinner sessions with Chet-Nouella Lindgren,
Sam-Ella Hedges, Frank Nell Irwin, Barbara-Harry Bach, Clyde
-Florence LaClair. Such happy people! All of them with lovely homes
and interesting patterns of living. Next day Cathryn Bird drove me
to Fairfax for a dinner party at the home of Harold and Kaye
(Clark) Whitehead. Other guests were Colonel and Mrs. David
Nanney ... Jean Smith. She the gay and pretty daughter of Verne
and Sally Mitchell.
I went home iith David and Lucile; had a chance to view at close
range the hectic pressures of life on a campus like Stanford, where
David is attached military Big-Wig. Davie is digging away at his
MS, and Sylvia working herself to a frazzle to keep a jump ahead
of the talented group of youngsters who are the only kind able to
survive the highly charged competition of such Class A knowledge
factories. David found out, his second day there (after a four-year
tour in Turkey) that a car was no earthly use to him. Miles between
classes to negotiate and car-parking a nightmare. So he did the
obvious: got himself a motor scooter! Now to the pop-eyed amaze-
ment of the dignified faculty in general, he whizzes the august Stan-
ford campus in full military regalia on a motor scooter; In-
cidentally, seventeen-year-old Donnie helps him teach classes of the
Turkish language as an extra-curricular activity!
The morning I left, I sat by in delighted admiration while Lucile
got her family fed and off in relays; some with lunches, some with-
out, depending on their day's routine. Some days they are near a
student eatery, or at noon they may dash home, which is just across
the street from the campus. Anyway, off they went. David first,
with a lunch packet in the brief case hitched to the saddle of his
scooter. Next, Davie roared away on his motorcycle, calling back
that he would eat at the Lab. Sylvia, saying she'd be home at noon,
drove out in the red station wagon just as Donnie mounted his bike
for high school which has a cafeteria. Once they were all out of
sight, Lucile and I took one deep breath and lit out for the airport
in the Continental. What a family! Bright, lively, almost frighten-
ingly clever and intelligent, they gave an awed glimpse at the
dedicated younger generation in action, and at the wonderful type of
home which can turn out such-like future citizens as the main hope
of our country. Suellyn, the oldest daughter, is married to a Navy
Lieutenant and lives in the East. Easy to understand the button-
popping pride of Maudie and Lynn Cook of Rogers, Arkansas, who
are Lucile's parents.
Back home Grace Rigney came from Mexico City in March.
She is a greatly loved little visitor to these parts. Has a host of
friends who really roll out the red carpet any time she appeals among
us. While she was here, we made a four-day jaunt to Florida.
Phoned Eunice Milavetz Cope to get lodgings for us, and to invite
our erstwhile buddies in the Orlando area to a party at our motel!
We tossed the makings and trappings for a tea-cocktail party into
the car and lit out the next morning. Dr. Byrd's daughter, Carol,
and husband, Leonard Hirsch, went with us; he driving. They
visited with their own group of friends while we hob-nobbed with
ours, Helen Baker, Nancy Hatchett, Lela Mae Holden, Gladys
Clary, Shirley Price, Edna Whitver, Ruth Erbe and Alvina-Milton
Treadwell, came to the hilarious party we staged, with Eunice's help
in filling the rooms with orchids, roses and such. That was our
glamour touch! The next day Eunice and her sister Do took us to
visit their various homes. Tea at Nancy's, etc. It thrilled us all
over again to see the happy modes of living they have each worked
out for themselves. It is forever a cause for unceasing pride that all
of our former friends, no matter where they live, are so comfortably
situated; so relaxed and happy in their surroundings.
Back home, Gracie and I visited The Haven, the Rehabilitation
Center for which I donated the land as a Memorial to John D.
It has grown amazingly and is a source of great pride to this entire
three-state area. While here two years ago *Gracie gave them a
beautiful organ to go with the piano in the chapel of the Admin-
istration Building. This time she gave them a wonderful and im-
pressive marble statue of The Christ, to be erected at the entrance to
the grounds. It will arrive soon from Italy; the work of a famous
sculptor. Getting it brought by ship to Mobile and then by freight
van to Dothan; and erected on the grounds, is a tremendous oper-
ation and will take some time still.
It was April when Carl Hagen came from Germany. Many of you
will recall Carl when he established the City National Bank in the
back of the Balboa Commissary until the permanent branch could
be built. This was after Panama tried the bank-squeeze gimmick.
Irma collapsed with a heart attack while playing golf in Tucson,
about a year ago. Carl had been in Europe for several months and
was driving home when he stopped here for a visit. He was still
here when Elsa and Mack Bailey, with their cute co-ed, Honey, came
for a few days. A day or so after they left, Carl's daughter, Barbara,
and family came. They were en route from a vacation in the Ba-
hamas, to their home in Houston. Barbara's husband, Jim Stroup,
is one of the Space Team which is all agog over getting our man
onto the moon. They have two swell little tads ... Becky and Eric.
My next visitors were Moi and Jean De La Pena, with their two
bright and attractive teen-agers. They, together with Sarah had
spent a vacation on the Florida Keys; were on their way to New
Orleans to catch the P.R.R. ship in New Orleans. It gives me
a tremendous lift to meet up with such wonderful little families
(and this one is definitely that!), because I had a small part in
yanking them into maturity!
Susan Hughes who was with the Point Four program in Panama
and lived at the Hotel Tivoli for a year or so, and who is now on the
Dean's staff at Florence State College, spent the two weeks before
school opened, here. Susan is home folks uses this as her base
and flits in and out during the time she spends in this area. She
will be back for Thanksgiving vacation.
Mercedes and Bartley Smith arrived in New Orleans the middle
of September, to drive Carmen's car to Kansas where Captain Neu
is stationed .. after their tour of Germany. They visited Carl and
Carmen; Ralph and Carlita who are in Albuquerque in college; and
then came here. I drove to Mobile, two hundred-some miles away
to collect them when they arrived from New Orleans. Met them at
the home of Mack and Elsa Bailey. Honey is attending college in
Mobile for the first semester but will enroll in the University of
Alabama at Tuscaloosa, the second. They have rented a three-bed-
room brick house for a year with an option on buying it if they
decide they will stay in that area. Their furniture had just arrived
and they were busy moaning over the considerable wreckage, while
stowing it away. I was pop-eyed with admiration (and envy?) over
the beautiful gadgets available to Zone-ites.
After a few days here, Mercedes, Bartley and I headed for a week
in Florida. We stopped first in Appalachicola for a short visit with
Alice Matthew and George (Lad) Chappel, her adopted-son-nephew
who was home for a visit. They were both in fine fettle; Alice still
so busy she meets herself coming around corners as she runs the
district's charity program and looks after her spectacularly beautiful
We spent that night about half-way to Tampa and the next morn-
ing, just as we were leaving, in drove Joyce and Roger Collinge!
They'd been at Ann and Wells Wright's the night before when
Mercedes phoned them, so knew where we were. They were on
their way to Houston and caught us just as we were driving away!
We stopped briefly in Lutz, near Tampa, to say Hello to Mary
and Leo Clements, Virginia and Lester Cooper and Cherrie, Lester's
mother and to Pat Morgan up from the Zone on a visit. They
have a slick set-up. Something like a fuedal compound; right on a
lovely little lake. Grassy lawns and lush shrubbery as background
for their homes which are close enough for companionship but sep-
arated enough for privacy. They are happy and busy.
In St. Petersburg we stayed with Ann and Wells Wright for our
two days there. Dinners, cocktails, and drop-in visits, got us in
touch with a whole slue of friends there: Andy-Amy Fraser, Eleanor-
Elmer Abbott, Henry-Irene Donovan, Betty-Buck Lockridge, Zip-
Emma Zierton, Allen-Margaret Ward, Louise-Carter Orr, Nina Mac-
Millan, Geneva Stockham, Caroline Hunt and Gene Long .. who
is staying in St. Pete for the nonce. I talked by phone to Margaret
Peterson and Grace Dunn. Grace said Harry is working two days
a week in the store of a friend, qualifying for S. S. Grace said, "Sue,
I thought when I left our home in Ancon I'd never again have a
place I could love so well. But ... by some great good fortune, we
have much the same set-up here. We are just awfully happy!"
How I do love to hear the summation of anyone's move to the States I
Everytime Mercedes, Bartley and I would leave one of their
lovely and interesting homes, we'd feel sure it was the very acme
of everything one could dream up and then we'd visit another
one and be left breathless all over again! Their apartments, their
cosy or spacious homes, and their close ties with beloved friends
of long standing, as well as the new ones they have collected, ex-
plain why they are so serene and happy. Absolute and complete
contentment, I believe, was the over-all impression we took along
as we went to Ft. Lauderdale to spend two days as house guests of
Betty and Lonnie Van Siclen; but entangled, also with Peggy-Dave
Yerkes, Dr. Jack and Lila Strumpf, Gerry-LeRoy Magnuson, Helen-
Jimmy Lyons ... besides numerous new friends they have all made.
Betty and Lonnie's lovely daughter, Lee Conrad, and family, live
near by and joined in the comings and goings, the shopping and
The Van Siclens live in a new and un-spoiled section of the city
known as "The Landings". It would take too long to describe their
beautiful home located on a quiet arm of the sea; but anybody who
knows Betty's talent in the handling of fabrics, colors, and beautiful
furnishings, could just let the imagination take it from there. And
even then you'd have to see to believe it. Big roofed-over swimming
pool on the terraza just outside the dining area .. and on and on I
Summing it up I'd say it was the ultra ultra of modern design at its
best. It was also, my first confrontation with a "built-in" toaster!
The rest of our friends there, live in one or other of the Coral
Ridge Towers; three huge apartment co-ops housing perhaps
thousand people each. The apartments are swank two-hedroQr,
two-bath affairs with all the modern conveniences; each with a
view that is out of the world, since they are near the sea. The
feature of special appeal to them (and to us) is the complete Twenty-
four-hour security they offer. It is a sad commentary on present-day
American life, that one of the strongest selling points of qqch
luxury apartments, is the safety angle. Guards in uniform are sta-
tion at the entrances around the clock; and nobody enters without
a telephoned OK by the people who are to be visited. Guards also
patrol the parking areas around the clock. It is a mighty lush pattern
of existence and they are certainly loving it ... and living it up!
Back home we had a few days to hob-nob with the Dr. Jesse Byrds
and other friends Bartley and Mercedes had made on former visits,
before they had to leave for New Orleans and the October 15th
sailing of the P.R.R. boat. Patti (the pup) and I drove them to
Mobile, where they caught a bus for New Orleans. They are now
back in the Zone, trying to find room for the mountain of purchases
they made, and sorting out their memories. One thing is for sure .
they left behind them, from their visit, a long list of people who were
thrilled and delighted to have seen them. Mercedes and Bartley are
friends you don't meet up with, every day in the week! It is almost
terrifying to think how long I've known and loved them!
Winter is a busy time of year in this section and the next few
months will rather approximate life in the eye of a hurricane. How-
ever, during the hub-bub we hope to meet you-all at the reunion.
Thank you Betty, and all the rest of you wonderful, wonderful
friends, who were so warmly gracious and hospitable to us while
we were in your several areas!
Charles McG. Brandl, Chief of the Construction Division, who has
been closely associated with the Panama Canal Cut widening pro-
gram since 1954, has retired from Canal service and returned to his
home in Asheville, N. C.
He retired formally in May 1965 but was re-employed and re-
mained on in the Canal service until September 30.
A native of Asheville, Brandl is a graduate of the University of
North Carolina School of Engineering. He went to the Canal Zone
in 1928 as a civil engineer with the former Municipal Engineering
Division and was employed with that unit on both sides of the
Shortly after he was made Assistant Superintendent of the South-
ern District of the former Municipal Division in 1948, Brandl was
loaned by the Canal to the Public Works Ministry of the Lebanese
Government. He spent several months in Beirut as Chief of Con-
struction of the Beirut International Airport, which was one of the
first links in the international jet plane transportation system.
John F. Manning began his college education in 1959 by taking
one or more courses at a time, while working as an employee of the
PanamaCanal organization. On August 13 at the age of 53 he was
graduated with a near-perfect grade average of 3.967 and a degree
summa cum. laude from Florida State University.
That would be cause enough for a celebration by the Mannings
but commencement day at Florida State also was the silver wedding
anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Manning, who were hometown sweet-
hearts at Haverhill, Mass., and were married at Gatun.
After getting his military discharge he went to work in 1940 for
the former Panama Railroad Company. For the past year he has
been assistant general manager of the Supply Division of the Panama
Canal organization. Manning enrolled for his first college work in
Armed Forces (Bootstrap) Program at Fort Gulick. He attended
FSU classes at Fort Davis, Fort Clayton, and Albrook AFB and
has made three trips to Florida State for course work on campus.
He received his bachelor of arts degree with a major in French
and a minor in Spanish.
A librarian in the Canal Zone Library-Museum, Mrs. Manning took
two library science courses at FSU this summer.
They have five children. One of them, Mark, 12, is with his parents.
Helen, 18, a Canal Zone student plans to go to Florida State to
complete her studies. Her twin brother, Matthew, 18, is a senior at
Balboa High School; James 21, is a senior at New Mexico University,
Albuquerque; and John 22, is a military policeman.
Southern Philatelic Association honored Mr. Henry Ellis Harris
at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. for his 50 years in the stamp
business and for his suit that prevented the Canal Zone Government
from reprinting a stamp error for the purpose of depreciating the
value of a misprinted sheet which reached the public.
The error, the famous sheet of 50 of the Thatcher Ferry Bridge
commemorative stamp with the silver bridge missing, is on display
for the first time in the Court of Honor of the Sixth International
Philatelic Exhibition at the Shoreham Hotel.
Maurice H. Thatcher, the man for whom the bridge was named,
is the only surviving member of the Isthmian Canal Commission
which built the Panama Canal. He also was head of the Dept. of
Civil Administration (civil governor) of the Canal Zone from 1910
through 1913. Thatcher was a guest speaker.
When the 4-cent Thatcher Ferry Bridge stamps were printed at
the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1962, a single printing
sheet of 200 missed the second impression with the silver bridge.
One of the four post office panes of 50 turned up in a large order
shipped to H. E. Harris & Co. After Harris reported the find the
other three were found still in Canal Zone stocks.
The United States Post Office Dept. had just reprinted the
Dag Hammarskjold inverted yellow error and sold hundreds of thous-
ands to collectors, effectively destroying the value of the original
finds. The Canal Zone adopted the same policy and ordered the
bridgeless stamps reprinted for sale to collectors.
Harris filed suit in U. S. District Court to block the reprinting,
and after two years of costly litigation succeeded in establishing
the principle that no authority existed to misprint stamps deliberate-
ly to devalue errors already sold. One sheet still in the hands of
Canal Zone authorities was given to the Smithsonian Institution,
one to the Canal Zone Museum and the third was destroyed.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rathgaber, Glassboro, N. J. seia the following
During the summer we were invited to Frank and Jean (Kalar)
MeAndrews for a gathering of ex-Canal folks.
On that day we drove to Moscow, Pennsylvania, with Edward and
When we arrived at Frank and Jean's we found Walter and
Harriett (Ottman) Jones from Virginia. Jack and Grace (Jones)
Carey from Michigan, August and Eleanor (Hammond) Swinder-
man, New Jersey, and Len and Olive (Kalar) Krouse from Penn-
sylvania. What a wonderful feeling it was to see Walt and Harriett,
our old neighbors from Owens Street in the Flats, whom we hadn't
seen in twenty years.
Glen and Willie (Reynolds) Kirkpatrick with Tede (Duff) Lyng,
from Rochester, New York arrived and then came Jack and Gracie
Brown, with their children from Long Island, New York. Trailing
behind them were George and Catherine Lowe from Delaware.
A real greeting was given each arrival, and even though you
didn't know some, the bond is so great that you start talking of old
ties and places, that you end feeling you have known each other
Bill (Satchie) and Betty Hanna from Pennsylvania arrived, fol-
lowed by Ed and Agnes (Tonneson) Jamke with their daughter,
Frank and Elizabeth (Tonneson) Key, from New Jersey, followed
by Mrs. Anna Tonneson and son Jack from California. Mrs. Tonne-
son, Jack, Agnes and her daughter were on their way to Los Angeles
after the get together.
Frank and Jean have a beautiful lake and grounds and some
A wonderful dinner was served buffet style in the yard, and tasted
so good in the mountain, air.
Bill (Red) Michel.s i arrived from Croton, New York as we were
Jean had gotten motel rooms for those who remained over night.
We left at midnight to spend the night with Bill and Betty Hanna,
in Dallas, Pennsylvania, though the party was still in progress. We
hated to break the spell of a wonderful day and visit with old
We are still talking about it and are planning on going to
Rochester next year to the Glenn Kirkpatricks. Do hope that all
can come again next year.
See you there Jack and Betty (Searcy) Rathgeber.
A1C Donald L. Mathews, 856th Medical Group, stationed at
Beale Air Force Base, California, has been honored with the SAC
Educational Achievement Award for recognition of his self im-
provement through participation in the SAC Aerospace Education
A physiological training specialist, Airman Mathews arrived at
Beale in July 1965 following a tour of duty at Davis-Mathon AFB
in Tucson, Arizona. Previous to that he was stationed at Albrook.
He is married to the former Miss Digna R. Fiore whose parents are
Captain and Mrs. Irving Spector of Margarita.
Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas report that
Ellen Douglas is included on the Dean's list for the Spring Semester
Ellen spent the summer in Germany and surrounding countries.
She worked one month in a student program in the northern part
of Germany, and visited her aunt in Stuttgart and making various
short tours. She expects to visit Rebecca Powelson, formerly of Los
Rios in Paris before returning to SMU.
Ellen is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Douglas of
Los Rios, C. Z.
Prior to making his last and 100th transit of the Panama Canal,
Capt. Denis Herbert Chadwick, master of the New Zealand Shipping
Company's RMS Rangitane, took time out to say goodbye to his
many friends in the Canal Zone.
And the Panama Canal took the occasion to say goodbye to him.
During a buffet-cocktail party he gave aboard his ship in Balboa,
the veteran British sea captain was presented an honorary Panama
Canal Pilot's license by Capt. M. J. Prince, Marine Director. Also
present were Joseph Noonan, General Manager of Norton Lily,
agents for the ship, Mrs. Noonan and a number of friends.
Captain Chadwick, who has been transiting the Canal since 1922,
made his first transit as an apprentice on the tramp steamer Wood-
field out of London.
On his way home to retirement, the British captain had nothing
but praise for the men who operate the Panama Canal. The effic-
iency of Canal officials and pilots have been unfailing throughout
the years, he said.
John A. Madison, general foreman, locks operations, who has just
completed 40 years of service, has been present for historic moments
in Panama Canal history.
Madison was aboard the S.S. Ancon for its transit through the
Canal Aug. 15, 1914, officially opening the waterway. He was 7
at the time. Madison was a lock operator in 1939 when the ship made
a partial transit in observance of the silver anniversary of the Canal
opening. And in 1964, he was lockmaster at Miraflores when the Las
Cruces, filling in for the old Ancon, transited during the 50th an-
A native of Hickory, Mass., Madison went to the C.Z. at the age
of 2, the son of a Panama Railroad section foreman, and worked for
the Canal organization during the summers of 1919 and 1920, serving
as a messenger between Old Cristobal and Mount Hope. Bicycles
were available, but he was too small for them and would skate
the 2 miles between the 2 points.
His first full time work with the Canal was as a machinist ap-
prentice in the Mechanical Division. He moved to the Locks Division
Madison lives in Balboa with his wife, Marina, and two daughters,
Toki, 11, and Anita, 14. He and his family have a house also at Gor-
gona where they spend much of their spare time.
Alice and Lyman Benthall are still on the go and have now pulled
their trailer well over 25,000 miles. This past summer, after a visit
to Arizona and California, they toured Oregon and Washington and
took in the main points of interest in those states which they had
missed on their trip through there three years ago. In September
they drove up to Prince Rupert, British Colombia, and took the
Inside Passage Waterway on up to Skagway, Alaska. They expect
to spend the Christmas Holidays in Tucson, Arizona, and request
that Christmas mail be addressed to them, in care of A. G. Turner,
934 West Santa Rosa Street, Tucson, Arizona.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Bushong (Adelaide Willett) have been
back in government service for 2 years. First with the Soil Conserv-
ation Service in Fla. and Va., and now with the Public Health Ser-
vice in S. C. in mosquito eradication work.
Mrs. Murray Roberson, Jr. (Pat Foster) Baton Rouge, La. is
Business Manager of The Southern Review, published at Louisiana
State University. As a literary quarterly the Review draws on the
resources of writers not only from the South, but also from other
regions of the USA and abroad. It continues to bring the readers
a fine variety of poetry, fiction, critical essays and book reviews of
lasting merit and undoubted literary distinction.
Mary Elizabeth Ames, daughter of the W. L. Howards, St. Peters-
burg, Fla. was chosen as Woman of the Year by the Seattle Chapter
of the American Business Woman's Association of Seattle, Washing-
ton. Mary is with West Coast Air Lines of Seattle and is Chief
Supervisor for the Company, whose headquarters are located at Boe-
ing Field, Seattle.
Miss Betty Jane Reif, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon C. Reif,
Sr., of Margarita, has enrolled in the Aviation Secretarial Course
at Prospect Hall Secretarial School for girls in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida. She began her training at the opening of the September
Chester M. Bullard, Flint, Mich. has resigned as a member of the
Flint Planning Commission after 27 years of service. He has been a
member since the commission was created in 1939 and has served as
vice president since its first organizational meeting.
Bullard was on the City's zoning board of appeals even before the
planning commission was created, and the retired industrialist has
been in numerous organizations, notably as head of the Manufact-
urers Association of Flint and chairman of the .Genesee County Road
It would take pages to record his honors and civic record, but
there is one achievement of which he is especially proud. In 1924, he
bowled a 300 game -the first perfect bowling game ever scored
Mr. Bullard, a former employee of the Isthmian Canal Commission,
began work in 1907 with the Labor Quarters and Subsistance Dept.
at Gorgana under Mr. Chas. M. Parker. In 1908 he was transferred
to Cristobal and resigned as chief clerk in 1914. Later he was
employed by the DuPont Co., Wilmington, Del. and by General
Motors, Flint, Mich. The above was sent by Mr. Homer W. Mc-
Cally, St. Petersburg, Fla.-Ed.
Mrs. Ira M. (Dorothy) Payne of Margarita, C. Z., is now in Calif-
ornia on a protracted stay due to the illness of her sister Emilie
Berry who suffered a stroke on May 22nd of this year. Friends may
reach Dorothy by addressing mail to: Rt. 1, Box 489, Valley Center,
California 92082, Phone 714-745-8001.
Burton F. Mead, who had been on leave from his duties as ac-
counting technician in the Agents Accounts Branch of the Comp-
troller's Office, recently returned from the United States with a
After spending 1 year on campus at Florida State University in
Tallahassee, he received a B.S. degree with a major in accounting.
Mead began his college career in 1957 at Canal Zone College.
Following his graduation from Canal Zone College in 1959, he
studied in the evenings at Florida State University program in the
Well known in sports circles, Mead has been active in organizing
and participating in sports events in the Canal Zone. He played with
the Pacific Softball League for the past 10 years; he has served as
chairman of the Wally Trout Open Golf Tournament held annually
at Summit Golf and Country Club; and he is a past chairman of the
Cyrca Charity Basketball Tournament. Mead currently manages the
Accounting Division softball team.
Mr. and Mrs. Mead live in Los Rios with their two sons, Burton, 6,
and Keith, 5. Mead is the son of David F. Mead, management tech-
nician, Administrative Branch.
Danielle R. Harned is a recent graduate of Pan American Air-
ways International Stewardess College in Miami.
She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Harned, Balboa,
Canal Zone. She graduated from Balboa High School in the Canal
Zone, where her father is a police officer and then attended the
University of Florida to earn a B.A. in English.
Courses in merchandising and fashion from the Tobe Cobuirn
School followed college. Prior to earning her wings with Pan Am,
Miss Harned was an assistant buyer at a Brooklyn department store.
Now assigned to Jet Clipper routes across the Atlantic from New
York, Stewardess Harned has an opportunity to get acquainted
with the charms of Europe and Scandinavia.
The following appeared in the Scottish Rite Bodies Bulletin, Valley
of East St. Louis, Mo., October 1966 issue.-Ed.
50-YEAR PIN PRESENTATION
In May of this year your Secretary received a letter from I1-
lustrious Ralph K. Frangione 33", Secretary of the Valley of Bal-
boa, Orient of the Canal Zone, asking us to extend a fraternal court-
esy to a member of their Valley, living in our area.
After correspondence it developed that they wanted us to present
a 50-year Scottish Rite pin to a Brother, Lando Oliver, 32, of
We informed the Valley of Balboa we would be happy to extend
this courtesy to them on behalf of a Scottish Rite member and we
ultimately received the pin and made arrangements to have it offic-
ially presented to Brother Oliver. This long time member was re-
cently 88 years old and after visiting and talking with him, we
found him to be an active and alert person. He talked to our
Commander-in-Chief and myself for quite some time regarding his
membership and how he became a member in the Canal Zone.
Then on Sunday, August 21st, a membership area meeting was
arranged and held in Giant City State Park at Makanda. This is
some 30 to 35 miles from Marion and we were able to have brother
Oliver brought to the meeting by one of our members. We apprec-
iate the fact that Brother James L. Stroud of Marion saw that he was
present on the above date in attendance at the meeting.
Some 65 members of our Board of Directors, Presiding Officers,
Area Chairmen and Workers of Area 8, with their wives and Brother
Oliver as our guest, assembled in the Lodge at Giant City, where
the 50 year pin was presented to him. This was followed by a short
meeting concerning Area 8 and the welfare of the Scottish Rite and
a family style fried chicken dinner. Brother Oliver as well as others
present were asked to make short remarks. All responded and
stated they were happy to be present for the occasion. (Two large
group pictures appeared in the Bulletin. Ed.)
Mr. Oliver wrote that the 50 year pin was given to him just three
years after he had passed his 50 year mark. He was in the first
class to be initiated on the Zone, put on by the New Orleans Con-
sistory in Ancon, 1913, and is a C.Z. charter member.
He was employed as a C. Z. police officer in 1909 and retired in
1933 as a Sgt. He was first stationed at Empire, and as time went on
he was stationed in every every camp and town along the New and
Old Panama Railroad. He was in Bohio when the old track was
taken out and the rising water in Gatun came up and chased them
out to Cristobal.
Mrs. Martin Nickel, St. Petersburg, Fla. had the following guests
at various times: Mr. and Mrs. Norman Demers, Cristobal, C. Z.
who were on their way to Calif.; Mr. Rowland Casanova; Mr. and
Mrs. Stanley Specht, Balboa, C. Z. and Mrs. Nickel's niece Mrs.
Ann Bautro, Baltimore, Md.
Capt. and Mrs. Howard R. Johnson have retired from the Zone and
are at home to their many friends at 34 Highland Shore Drive,
Wareham, Mass. 02571. They had as guests Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Donovan, St. Petersburg, Fla. Their son Jim, who is a senior at Mass.
Maritime Academy, spends many week ends with them.
Capt. and Mrs. Claude Farmer, Pensacola, Fla. were guests of
Capt. and Mrs. E. G. Abbott, St. Petersburg, Fla. Capt. Farmer
is an instructor in the Fla. State Branch, in Pensacola.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan, St. Petersburg, Fla. were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece at their summer home at Gilmanton Iron
Works, N. H.
Capt. and Mrs. H. R. Johnson, Wareham, Mass. stayed over night
with Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hertzen in their summer home in Maine.
Mr. and Mrs. James Fraser, Los Rios, Canal Zone, were guests
in the paternal A. J. Fraser home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Tom Burrows (Alma Symonds) Alburquerque, New
Mexico, were guests of Alma's aunt, Mrs. Nena McMillan, St. Peters-
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Orr, St. Petersburg, Fla. were guests of their
son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Orr and 2 sons at Shelter Island,
N. Y. While there Capt. and Mrs. H. R. Johnson, Wareham, Mass.
spent some time with them.
Miss Sybil Markun, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Markun of
Balboa- Heights left for Dublin, Ireland where she attended a summer
music camp for harpists and where she was a councilor. Miss Mark-
un was one of 10 girls, the others from the United States, who ac-
companied Mrs. Leone Paulson, harpist, of New Jersey to Ireland
where she maintains the music camp.
She was one of the harpists playing at a reception given by the
Ambassador of the United States of America to Ireland, Raymond R.
Guest, at the Embassy Residence.
SMiss Markun flew to London and Ireland. She returned by ship
Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Wheeler of Los Rios have returned after
attending the graduation of their son Malcolm from the Massach-
usetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. where he re-
ceived his degree in Sciences and Humanities, Cum Laude.
During the summer the graduate worked at M.I.T. in the Instru-
mentation Laboratory on the Apollo Project for the Jupiter flight.
In September he entered Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, Calif.
on a scholastic scholarship.
Miss Joan P. Ammirati of Balboa, a graduate of Canal Zone Col-
lege in 1965, who is in her senior year at Florida State University,
Talahassee, Fla., has been selected by the Special Education Scholar-
ship Committee to be awarded a traineeship in mental retardation.
The traineeship grant is for "full-time senior year undergraduate
study for one academic year beginning with the fall term." The
award of $1,600 is made in 8 monthly installments and began Oct 1.
Miss Ammirati is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carmine Ammirati
who live on the Prado, Balboa. She attended all the Canal Zone
schools, was graduated from Balboa High School in 1963 and then
Canal Zone College. During summer vacations, she assisted in the
Canal Zone programs for handicapped children.
Her father, Carmine Ammirati holds a position with the Panama
Canal as lead masonry foreman in the Maintenance Division.
Another member of the family is in Florida. Joan's brother, Frank
is a physical education teacher in Tampa.
A large picture of USAF Captain G. F. Graham and Brig.-Gen.
George V. Williams appeared in the North Bay, Canada paper with
the following caption.-Ed.
USAF Capt. G. F. Graham, attached to 446 (SAM) Squadron,
North Bay, has been awarded the United States Air Force Commend-
ation Medal. Brig.-Gen. George V. Williams, Vice Commander,
Northern NORAD Region made the presentation. He received the
award for meritorious service as officer-in-charge of the munitions
branch of Tyndall AFB, Fla. (Capt. Graham was also awarded the
CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF
THE AIR FORCE COMMENDATION MEDAL TO
GERALD F. GRAHAM
Captain Gerald F. Graham, FV185738, distinguished himself by
meritorious service as Officer in Charge of the Munitions Branch,
4756th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron, from 4
September 1964 to 27 March 1966. During this period he was
responsible for the policies, maintenance and scheduling of mun-
ition in support of the Air Force Defense Command weapons
firing programs conducted at the ADO weapons center. He ac-
complished this difficult task in a superior manner and the quality
of his efforts is amply evident by the outstanding results accomp-
lished. The distinctive accomplishments of Captain Graham reflect
credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Captain Graham is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Perc Graham, his wife
is Doris (Van Evera) daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Van Evera,
St. Petersburg, Fla.-Ed.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huls (Beth Lockridge) and 4 children, Gra-
ham, Lisa, Megan and Helena, North Palm Beach, and Mrs. Neal
Huls, Palm Gardens, Fla. spent a few days at Thanksgiving as
guests of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge, St. Petersburg, Fla.
An orientation program and a briefing on the operation of the
Panama Canal was not necessary for Sam Maphis, newest employee
in the Office of Marine Director, who has joined the Canal organ-
ization as general engineer.
Son of the late Sam Maphis, who was a member of the Canal
Zone Customs Division, young Sam was born in the Canal Zone. His
mother, Mrs. Marguerite Maphis, was employed with the Panama
Canal Personnel Bureau until her retirement a few years ago.
Maphis attended Canal Zone schools and was graduated from
Balboa High School in 1952. He was employed as a student assist-
ant on the Pacific Locks until he entered the University of Colorado.
He was graduated with a degree in engineering in 1956.
Since that time he served with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
and was employed by Kaiser Steel Corp. of Fontana, Calif. Most
recently he was with the Martin Co. of Denver, Colo., and had been
living in Boulder.
,: Mrs. Maphis, the former Coila Goodin, also is a former resident
of the Canal Zone and a graduate of Balboa High School.
Paul Boostrom, 16, a junior at Balboa High School and the only
Canal Zone entrant in the 67th Grand American Trapshooting Handi-
cap at Vandalia, Ohio, is the proud owner of the runner-up trophy, a
handsome gold and silver belt buckle.
Paul, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. N. Boostrom of Gamboa, entered the
Grand American Handicap for the first time this year.
.Chief Officer A. N. Neilson of the Panama Canal's SS Cristobal,
who is retiring after more than 26 years' U.S. Government service,
was guest of honor at a luncheon given on board the vessel in
Director Axton T. Jones of the Canal's Transportation and Ter-
minals Bureau, on behalf of the Canal Zone Governor, presented the
guest of honor a Master Key to the Locks and Key certificate.
Also present at the luncheon was F. J. Wainio, Acting Assistant
Director, Transportation and Terminals Bureau; Capt. Ernest B.
Rainier, Port Captain, Cristobal; Capt. Andrew Stohrer, Senior As-
sistant Port Captain, Cristobal; ship's officers of the Cristobal; E. B.
O'Brien, Jr., Superintendent, Terminals Division; and Jack M.
Ruoff, Assistant Superintendent.
This was Chief Officer Nielsen's last trip to the Isthmus as a ship's
officer on the Cristobal.
A group of ex-Canal people met at Greynolds Park, Miami Beach,
Fla. on August 14th, 1966, for a picnic. Those attending from the
Miami area were Dr. and Mrs. Bill Carson (Kay Cross) and 2 chil-
dren; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Fox (Marcy Rudge) and 2 children; Mr.
and Mrs. Calvin Fishbaugh and baby John Calvin. Calvin is a Pilot
for Pan American airways and his wife is a former stewardess on
the same airways; Mr. Ed Benney; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Oliver (Angela)
Valentine) and 4 children; Dr. and Mrs. Dick Dilman (Lois Spencer)
and 2 daughters; Mrs. Patrick Odell (Mary Adelia Morely) who lives
in Coconut Grove with her husband. Mary Adelia has been doing
triple duty as air line stewardess since the strike, flying with Delta
between Miami and New York; Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Davidson, and
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huls (Beth Lockridge) and 4 children, North
Palm Beach, Fla. and Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Pierce (Kay Frangioni)
three daughters, Beaumont, Texas, where Gerald is with DuPont.
Mr. and Mrs. Sal Aleguas and four children are living on Merritt
Island, Fla. Sal is employed by the Cape and also does investment
counseling. They recently flew to the Zone for a visit, leaving the
children with his mother.
Dick Wright is attending the U. of Indiana at Bloomington work-
ing on a Doctorate in Business Administration.
Mrs. Mary Van Siclen, St. Petersburg, Fla. spent several weeks
in New York visiting her daughters Cornelia and Matilda and her
son Bob and family.
Mrs. Elsie Fowkkes Jackson, Alexandria, Va. sailed from New
York on the S. S. Rotterdam on an extensive cruise.
Miss Isabel O'Donovan Rossa, New York City wrote that she is
83 years old and still going strong. She sees Lucy Bates often and
says she is as beautiful as ever. Lucy lives most of the time in
Malagna, Spain, has made many new friends there and loves it.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Chapman (Dorothy Anne Hicks) have
recently moved from Banner Elk, North Carolina to St. Joseph,
Michigan. Dr. Chapman is associated with the Berrien Hospital in
Berrien Springs, Michigan, where he is working for qualification of
his College of Surgeon's Degree.
Daniel H. George, lock operator-electrician at Pedro Miguel Locks,
has been named one of eight winners of the International Brother-
hood of Electrical Workers Founders scholarships.
The program, which provides 4-year scholarships of $2,500 per
year, was established on the 75th anniversary of the IBEW in honor
of the founders of the organization.
.George departed with his wife Charlotte and their two chil-
dren for Baton Rouge to attend Louisiana State University.
George, a member of Local No. 397, IBEW, Balboa, competed
with more than 100 qualified applicants in the United States. Win-
ners were selected by an impartial committee of recognized edu-
He has attended both Canal Zone College and Florida State Uni-
versity Extension Division as a parttime student and during the
spring semester attended LSU as a junior in the electrical engineer-
Mr. and Mrs. Cody Staples, Wilmington, Delaware were guests of
his parents Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Staples (Ethel Wanio), Louis-
ville, Ky. Cody is doing chemical research for DuPont.
Mr. and Mrs. Wally Trout (Beth Hatchell) are living in Gamboa,
C. Z. where Wally is the Asst. Warden at the Penitentiary.
Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Laird, Jr., son Duncan IT, daughter Sandy
were guests of Mr. Duncan Laird, Sr., St. Petersburg, Fla. The
younger Lairds went on to South Carolina for a visit before return-
ing to the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. James Wood (Martha Bradley) and son, Gatun, C. Z.
spent their vacation in western U.S. Martha and her son visited
Martha's sisters Betty London, Peggy Bradley and her father Mr.
Fred Bradley, Glendale, Calif. Jim visited his mother Mrs. Ethlyn
Wood, Leisure World, Walnut Creek, Calif. After Martha had
visited friends in Tucson, Ariz., San Diego and Los Angeles, Calif.
she met her son, who had worked for a short time as a berry picker
in Van Couver, Washington and her husband Jim in San Francisco,
Calif. They flew to New Orleans, La. where they boarded the S.S.
Cristobal for the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Jake Krause, Orlando, Fla., were guests of their son
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Krause and 2 children, Ocean Springs,
Miss. where Jeff is an instructor in Air Traffic Control at Keesler
Mrs. Carolyn Beil Tenenoff, mother of 4 children 14-12-10 and 8
was graduated from Harbor College in Harbor Heights, Calif. (just
outside San Pedro) with a straight A average as a Licensed Practical
Nurse. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Beil, St. Petersburg,
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cunningham, Pompano Beach, Fla. spent 3
months in Japan, Hong Kong and Hawaii, where they saw Dr. and
Mrs. Julian Hunt in Honolulu. The Hunts have been there 10 years
and love it.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lee (Leona Hart) and 4 children now live on
Merritt Island, Fla. Fred works at Cape Kennedy, as an RCA com-
The Vasco Nunez de Balboa award from the Republic of Panama,
signifying Panama's official recognition of the humanitarian work
of Forrest G. Dunsmoor, retiring Panama Canal Deputy Executive
Secretary, was presented him, climaxing many awards given him in-
cluding the highest honors from the Canal organization.
Open house was held in the Office of the Executive Secretary
and the honor guest was presented a gift from his many friends in
At a staff party, Canal Zone Gov. Robert J. Fleming, Jr., pre-
sented Dunsmoor his retirement certificate. Governor Fleming also
made the presentation of a Distinguished Service Award in official
recognition and commendation for his extensive knowledge of the
Canal Zone activities which contributed invaluably to the manage-
ment of Canal Zone affairs.
"His humanitarian accomplishments in his official duties and
welfare and community affairs have earned him the acclaim and
respect of all residents of this area," the citation said. A check
accompanied this award.
Dunsmoor received a Key to the Locks certificate naming him
"Protector of the Inner Sanctum."
An album was presented him with photographs covering his entire
career in the Canal Zone and the many other awards included an
American National Red Cross certificate and an Aid to Handicapped
A native of Wisconsin, Dunsmoor attended the University of Min-
nesota and went to the Canal Zone in the early 1930's as a member of
the U.S. Army.
He joined the Canal organization in 1936 as a clerk in the former
Executive Department and was promoted to Administrative As-
sistant in the same Department in 1944.
From 1946 to 1951, when there were extensive changes in the Canal
organization, Dunsmoor, was made Administrative Assistant in the
Plans Section and later Organization Methods Examiner in same
unit. He became Administrative Assistant to the Governor-President
in 1951, a position he held ever since, serving in the capacity Gov-
ernors Seybold, Potter, Carter, and Fleming.
In Addition to his duties as Administrative Assistant, he was made
Deputy Executive Secretary in 1957. In this position he assisted
the Executive Secretary in the performance and supervision of his
varied duties and also was authorized to perform the duties of
"Consular Officer" as well as attest such acts, as representative of
the Executive Secretary, as are required to be performed under the
Seal of the Canal Zone Government.
At the time of his retirement, Dunsmoor wore a number of other
hats. He was Executive Chairman of the Committee for Aid to the
Handicapped since it was organized in 1957; Director of Selective
Service for the Canal Zone, a member of the Canal Zone Pardon
Board since 1955 and Equal Empolyment Opportunity Officer for
the Panama Canal and Canal Zone Government since May of this
In addition he has been Chairman of the Canal Zone Chapter of
the American Red Cross; a member of the Board of Civil Service
Examiners; and in 1955 headed a committee appointed to investigate
the possibilities of group health insurance for employees of the Canal
Albert V. McGeachy, Editor Emeritus of The Star & Herald, has
been elected an active member of the Academy of History of Panama.
The distinction came to Editor McGeachy for his valuable contribu-
tions to national history through his research in the century old files
of The Star & Herald. For years La Estrella de Panama has carried
a section devoted to reproductions of historical articles taken from
The Star and Herald files. McGeachy's election to the Academy was
George Winquist left the Isthmus after 44 years of services to
Compania Panamena de Fuerza y Luz. Winquist known to thousands
of Canal Zone and Panama residents was born in New York and has
been living on the Isthmus since the age of nine.
Between 1929 and 1931 he was inspector of the company that con-
structed Fuerza y Luz' actual building on Central Avenue. Engineer
George Winquist retired after completing the delicate job of in-
spector of Las Minas Bay power plant for Compania Panamena de
Fuerza y Luz. He will live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Miss Nina L. Chappell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Chappell, Jr.
of Coco Colo has enrolled for her junior year at Old Dominion Col-
lege in Norfolk, Virginia. Miss Chappell was a June graduate of the
Canal Zone College and is majoring in Business, specializing in
Mr. and Mrs. Chappell and her parents drove from the Canal Zone
through Central America, visited Mexico City and toured the United
States on their vacation.
Mr. Freddie Mohl, Balboa, C. Z. wrote the following.-Ed.
We left on vacation via New Orleans to Clemson, S. C. where we
picked up our son's car and met his parents in law, Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Schollkopf. Kenneth had left his car when he went into the
army in July 1965 and wanted me to drive it to Fort Devens, Mass.,
where he is an instructor in Electricity and Electronics. He was
tops in his class and was asked to stay. He gives much credit to his
Canal Zone teaching and the ROTC there. We enjoyed getting ac-
quainted with our new daughter-in-law and new grandson Robert
(4 mos. old). After visiting relatives in New York, we spent 10 days
with Mrs. Tom Rusk (Janice Dreitlein) and her family. In Va. we
visited Mr. and Mrs. Pat Kirchmeir whose daughter Katherine
is now a nurse at Portsmouth General Hospital.
In Jacksonville, Fla. we spent a day with relatives of Herman
Hessel (Fire Sergeant) who was fatally injured in 1964.
While we were with my brother, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mohl, Pom-
pano Beach, Fla. their children, William and Robert both in the Air
Force, and daughter Evelyn, who is a Civilian Employee of the Air
Force, Curundu, C. Z. all arrived on furlough. In Gainesville, Fla.
we were guests of Mr. and Mrs. William Mummaw.
I am back in the field after serving 4 years as administrative as-
sistant to the Chief, Fire Div. I am a Sergeant working out of the
Balboa Fire Station. I would like to say that I am sorry that I could
not see Perc and Marion Graham, Phyllis Crook and many others.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack DeVore, Dunedin, Fla. had as guests their son
and family, Mr. and Mrs. Jack DeVore (Patricia Bain) and baby
Tita Marie, Pittsburg, Kansas. The senior DeVores drove the family
back to Pittsburgh and visited relatives in Juniata, Pa.
Mrs. Lista Daniels and son Bob, Dallas, Texas spent a vacation
touring Yellowstone Park, Grand Teton National Parks and Mount
Rushmore in the Black Hills. of South Dakota.
The Panama Canal's highest recognition was accorded Ralph K.
Skinner, Staff Assistant to the Comptroller, who retired from Canal
service the end of August and, with Mrs. Skinner, sailed on the
SS Cristobal for the United States. They plan to reside in the Or-
lando, Fla., area.
Prior to leaving the Isthmus, he was presented a Distinguished
Service Award at the direction of Canal Zone Gov. Robert J. Flem-
ing, Jr., "in official recognition and commendation for 30 years of
devoted and loyal service to the Panama Canal Company Canal
Governor Fleming also presented Skinner a Master Key to the
Locks certificate and named him, "Governor's Chief Expediter."
Mr. and Mrs. Skinner each received a Key to the Locks.
Since 1943 he has been special correspondent for the Christian
Science Monitor. He also wrote for the Milwaukee Journal and the
Lansing State-Journal; by-lined articles for the Miami Herald,
Washington Post, Kansas City Star, New York News, Boston Globe,
New Orleans Time-Picaynue, and had by-line articles in Pen Mag-
azine, Open Road for Boys and other magazines.
His articles have been syndicated by Newspaper Enterprises As-
sociation, North American Newspaper Alliance, and the Religious
News Service, he had weekly features in the Panama American.
He was an accomplished photographer and his photographs have
been seen through Associated Press and have appeared in the Sat-
urday Evening Post, Americas, Time magazine, The Miami Herald,
and New York Times.
The Canal Zone College made a further advance in its continuing
growth as a collegiate institution with the establishment of an aca-
demic ranking program for the faculty at the beginning of the
The program will serve as an incentive to all members of the
faculty to strengthen their academic and professional background.
Under this program, teachers will be classified as instructors, assist-
ant professor, associate professor, and professor. Also, they will
receive additional compensation as they progress to higher ranks.
Under the present system, all Canal Zone College teachers are
classified as instructor regardless of their educational background
A need for an academic ranking program was recognized in 1962
by the late Mr. Subert Turbyfill, then president of the newly-formed
Canal Zone Chapter of the American Association of University Pro-
fessors. Mr. Turbyfill, who retired in 1963 and died the same year,
submitted the initial proposal for adoption of the ranking program.
J. C. Christensen, assistant chief of the Water Transportation Div-
vision was presented with an Outstanding Efficiency Award recently
at New Orleans.
Christensen, a veteran ship repair specialist, handles all repairs,
surveys, U.S. Coast Guard Inspections, drydocking and myriad other
details which serve to maintain SS Cristobal at peak efficiency.
The award was presented on behalf of Governor Fleming by
Comdr. Paul W. Hopkins, chief of the Water Transportation Div-
ision at a luncheon held in Christensen's honor. Among the guests
were J. McHugh, chief, Procurement Division (New Orleans) and
Art Wynne, accounting officer, New Orleans, La.
Lt. Col. Walter W. Fade, Bureau Executive Officer and Military
Liaison Officer in the office of the Engineering and Construction
Director, is being transferred to the Military Assistance Command,
Viet Nam, where he will serve in the Military Construction Director-
ate under Brig. Gen. Daniel Raymond in Saigon.
He left the Canal Zone September 29 accompanied by his wife and
two daughters, who will live in Schuylerville, N. Y., during the time
that Colonel Fade is on duty in Viet Nam.
Miss Dorothy Judd, who teaches at the Abbott Academy, And-
over, Mass. was a guest in the home of her parents Capt. and Mrs.
B. C. Judd, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Davidson are living on the Zone, where Ray
teaches Chemistry and Mathematics in the Canal Zone College.
Mr. Luke Palumbo, Jr. is teaching Science and English in Cristobal
Junior and Senior High School.
Mr. Alywnn Sprague is teaching Algebra and English in the
Curundu Junior and Senior High School.
Mr. Jacob Rand wishes every one to know how very much he
appreciated all the kindnesses extended to him at the time of
Thelma's death, especially members of the Society.
Mrs. Bernice Howard, St. Petersburg, Fla., flew to Harrisburg,
Pa., where she underwent an operation. She spent a few weeks with
her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Krout (Lena Mae)
while recuperating. After her return home Mrs. Georgia Howard,
Los Rios, C. Z. was her guest.
Mr. D. L. Van Valkenburgh, Fayetteville, N. Y. was the guest of
his son Mr. and Mrs. Lester Van Valkenburgh, Wheaton, Mo. While
he was there Mr. and Mrs. Jere Buckley, Washington, D. C. came
for a visit. Mr. Van Valkenburgh also visited Mrs. Bernice Howard
in Harrisburg, Pa.
Mrs. Carlton Bell, Gamboa, C. Z. wrote that their daughter Betsy
had been their guest in September. Betsy is in her last year of
nursing in Charlotte Memorial Hospital, Charlotte, N. C. The Bell's
other daughter and husband Mr. and Mrs. Ed DeBuvitz (Bonnie)
live in Birmingham, Ala.
A large picture appeared in the U. S. Air Force-Aeorspace Power
For Peace, Maxwell AFB of Mrs. Gail Hollingsworth's (.Gail Halde-
man) being presented with an bronze plaque in appreciation for out-
standing services rendered to Maxwell Playhouse, with the follow-
Her many roles included the mammoth task of making the stage
curtain from salvaged material; of securing bolts of unbleached
muslin to tint and stitch for theater window draperies; of oversee-
ing the decorations of the Playhouse foyer; of costuming the entire
cast of "Tender Trap" with her originals and assisting in this same
manner with the wardrobe for "Guys and Dolls."
A trip into Alice's Wonderland necessitated much fashion imagin-
ation for the creation of costumes, so she hand-cut patterns for some
thirty-seven parts and personally sewed all of those worn by the
adults of the cast.
She employed and tutored her daughters to usher for all shows
and was responsible for selling ads for the three one-act playbill.
Her intermissions from the sewing machine were spent in ticket
sales and promotion for all Playhouse productions.
She was one of the few original planners who pioneered the path
for a little theater on base.
Because of her devotion to the furtherance of theatrical arts,
the Maxwell Playhouse staff feted her with a small on-stage party
recently in appreciation for a part well played and bid her a reluc-
tant farewell as she and her family retire for Air Force life.
Gov. Robert J. Fleming, Jr., who went to the Isthmus in Feb-
ruary 1962 for what was to have been a 4-year assignment will con-
tinue with his duties. The Governor agreed to remain at his post
following a request made by President Johnson. No specific time
limit has been established for Governor Fleming's continued tenure
as head of the Panama Canal organization.
Governor Fleming has the distinction of serving longer than any
other governor since the days of Canal Builder George W. Goethals.
Goethals went to the Isthmus in 1907 as chief engineer and Isthmian
Canal Commission Chairman, and served as Governor from 1914
Mrs. J. A. Cunningham, Sedalia, Mo., wrote the following.-Ed.
Our summer company this year far exceeded those mentioned prev-
iously. Ross and Frank Cunningham, Pompano Beach, Fla., are
both members of the P. C. Society of Florida so you may get a more
detailed report of their trips from them. We only had the pleasure
of an overnight visit with them, as they had been to Japan and other
points for several months and were anxious to return home. How-
ever, Ross and Janet Cunningham and daughter, Linda Sue, of St.
Petersburg visited us about a week in June before leaving for St.
Louis to attend the wedding of son, John Thomas, and a vacation in
Colorado. Ross and Janet visited us again for a few days in Septem-
ber on their return trip home. In August, just in time for the
Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, my sister, Martha Cowell, and daugh-
ters, Sue and Bonnie, arrived. Martha used to live with us in Gatun,
Canal Zone until her marriage. Her husband, Paul, and son, Paul,
Jr., were also able to come for a few days and on their return trip
home Paul, Jr., was settled at his new duty station at Ft. Knox,
Kentucky where he will receive training for Armoured O.C.S. Then
in October my parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Farthing, of Lake Wales,
Florida came for a week.
Ross and Janet Cunningham visited Jay and his family on their
way to Missouri and Florida.
Dr. and Mrs. John W. Clark and two of their children, Dusty and
David, of Hagerstown, Md., while enroute to Lima Peru, spent
the weekend of October 6th, 7th and 8th in Panama and the Canal
Zone where both formerly lived.
Dr. Clark is the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Clark and
Mrs. Clark the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. McLavy, formerly
of the Canal Zone who now live in Hagerstown.
Dr. Clark attended the Latin American "Southern Division"
Third Congress of Plastic Surgeons. He presented a paper on "The
Repair of Fractures of Facial Bones" as part of an International
Course in plastic surgery. He also gave an illustrated lecture on
"The Use of Forehead Tissue for the Repair of Defects and De-
formities of the Nose."
On the 7th the Clarks visited Barro Colorado Island and on Sat-
urday were luncheon guests of Bishop and Mrs. R. Heber Gooden.
While in Lima the Clarks visited Cusco and were also in Lima at
the time of the earthquake. No one of the numerous United States
citizens in Lima at the time were hurt.
The Clarks returned to Hagerstown on October 19th.
Miss Florence Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Allen
of Dunedin, Florida, has recently joined Delta Air Lines as a stew-
ardess, based in Miami. A 1964 graduate of Dunedin High School
and a graduate of Massey Junior College, Atlanta, Georgia, she was
employed by Manpower, Inc., in Clearwater prior to joining Delta.
Miss Allen was born in the Canal Zone and lived there until 1962
when her parents retired and moved to Florida. Her three sisters,
Mrs. Betty Ann Hanson, Mrs. Mary Lou Whitlock and Mrs. Margaret
Rinehart are residents of the Pacific Side.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Falk, St. Petersburg, Fla., drove to Sylvania,
Ohio, where they were the guests of their son Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Falk and family. While there they saw Henry, Jr., take the Shrine
in Zenabia Temple and as a surprise the Senior Falks flew Murray
Falk, Portland, Oregon to attend the ceremony. Mr. and Mrs. Falk
later visited the Hearn family in Meridian, Miss., where they found
Mrs. J. Hearn in fairly good health with her daughter Cele taking
care of her. They saw Netta Beauchamp there and Mrs. Mary Moore,
Washington, D. C. In Phoenix, Ariz. the Falks saw Mr. and Mrs.
George Ritchie; In Alburquerque, New Mexico, they called on Mr.
and Mrs. Tom Burrows and Capt. and Mrs. H. M. Schloming; they
spent several days with Capt. and Mrs. Jack Hearn, Carlsbad,
Calif. While there Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm were visited;
In San Pedro they were guests of Capt and Mrs. Ray Johnson; after
driving to Yosemite Park, the Falks called on Capt. and Mrs.
Harry Bach, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Irwin and Mr. and Mrs. White-
head (Kay Clarke) before attending the Shrine Convention in San
Francisco, where they met several retired Zone employees. They
were guests of their son, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Falk and 3 children,
Portland, Oregon. The Herb Knapps took them up Mt. Hood where
they saw snow flurries. They traveled along the Columbia river on
the Canadian side seeing Lake Louise, Branf, Winnepeg, Sault St.
Marie, took a trip through the locks. On the American side they
stayed at St. Ignatz; went by boat to Mackanac Island; on to Indian
River, Mich. where they saw the 55 ft. tall redwood cross with the
image of Christ nailed to it; On the way home the Falks picked up
their granddaughter, Kristie in Sylvania, Ohio and brought her to
St. Petersburg, Fla. for a visit.
Balboa Port Captain and Mrs. Dick Sergeant, Balboa Heights, C. Z.
flew to Cali, Columbia for a week's rest and vacation.
Jack and Grace Morris of Lutz, Florida, report that they traveled
over ten thousand miles this summer and saw a good number of old
friends during the two months trip. Their first stop was Dallas,
Texas, where they visited Menzies and Billie Turner and had a nice
visit with Kelly and Bob Maynard who had just started their vaca-
tion from the Zone. Bob and Gladys Turner, who retired in June
from the Canal, had just arrived in Dallas. The Bob Turners and
Morrisses drove to El Paso and spent a weekend in that city with
2nd Lieut. Richard H. Morris who was attending Army Missiles
School at Fort Bliss. Then on to Phoenix to see Betha and Jim Selby
(just settled into their new condominium), Betty and Herb Boetto
and Lela and George Ritchey.
After a two night gala stop in Las Vegas, where the Selbys and
Menzie Turner joined the caravan, it was "off to San Francisco"
for the Shriner's Convention. It was like "Old Home Week" at
the Franciscan Hotel, with all the many friends of Abou Saad Temple
and the Puerto Rican Club with the steel band.
After a beautiful five days in Yosemite National Park, this happy
group disbanded and went their separate ways. The Morrises drove
to Los Angeles to meet son, Rick, who was on a short leave before
taking off for his assignment with a Here Missiles Battery in Korea
Following a grand visit with Alice (Taber) Cullinane and her
family, Tot Taber and Gertrude Murray, they drove to Tocoma,
Washington, where Rick caught his overseas flight.
Returning southward, there was a never to be forgotten stop in
Portland, Oregon, where they visited with Mrs. Dove Prather and
Mrs. Ora Fisher, who are both fine. Mrs. Prather reports that she
will be 99 years young on her next anniversary. On the return trip
east, they stopped in Tulsa, Okla. for two days with June Dreghorn,
formerly of Balboa and one of the great gal golfers in the Isthmus.
June is employed as Legal Secretary for Sun Ray Oil Co. in Tulsa,
and is now a week-end golfer.
COME TO THE REUNION
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT
THE ROD AND GUN CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
AUGUST 10, 1966
The August 10 meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
was called to order at 2 o'clock by President Banan. Following the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, led by the President, Invocation
was given by Mr. Frank Hohmann. Eighty-two members and visitors
were cordially welcomed by President Banan. As the Recording
Secretary called the names of visitors and members who had been
absent for some time, each stood and were also welcomed by the
group. The following were welcomed:
Mrs. Dorothy McNall-visiting in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene I, Askew-Balboa, Canal Zone-with sons,
Bobby and Stevie, visiting the Otto Kozaks (parents of Mrs.
Mrs. Askew), and Mrs. W. J. Bartlett of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Pate and daughter, Deborah-Gatun, Canal
Zone, visiting Mrs. Pate's mother, Mrs. Marie Wolf.
Mr. Fred Mead-Balboa, Canal Zone. Mr. Mead, accompanied by
his sister, Alberta Mead Smith, drove from Tallahassee where
son, Burt, attends school, especially to attend the meeting.
Mr. and Mrs. George Jones-St. Petersburg-absent for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Hayward--retired (Margarita) temporarily
with the A. N. Asads, St. Petersburg.
The Recording Secretary read the minutes of the July 31 meeting
which were approved as read.
The Legislative Representative. Mr. Buck Lockridge, stated that
his original statement concerning the effective date of the recent
Fringe Bill was in error and should have been stated ;is of September
1 instead of July 1. The increase will come with the October pay
check. Mr. Lockridge urged members to get a copy of the Bill, either
by writing any Senator or by obtaining a copy locally, asking for
Bill, HR 14122. Full details of pending legislation will appear in
Mr. Lockridge's report in THE RECORD September issue.
Mrs. Judd read excerpts from correspondence relating interesting
news of many mutual friends, concerning birth notices, engagements,
weddings, anniversaries, illnesses, and deaths. Details will appear
in the September RECORD.
Eleven new members were reported also a few resignations.
Mrs. Judd's untiring efforts to obtain Zip numbers from all who
have neglected to send the information to her has, on the whole,
been successful as the numbers continue to come in. Stamped, ad-
dressed return cards were sent to those members, thus making it very
simple for them to comply with the request for the Zip numbers.
No future mail can be sent without the Zip numbers a regulation
of the United States Postal System.
The Secretary-Treasurer continues to have requests concerning
the disposal of such items as Queens Ware in Wedgwood and Old
Leeds Spray. A member of the Society is also interested in acquiring
a second-hand piano. There is also some demand for Chinese furn-
iture so, if anyone is interested, contact Mrs. Judd for more in-
Mrs. Judd repeated the announcement made at the July meeting
of the 50th wedding anniversary for Mr. and Mrs. Sam Deavers.
Other August anniversaries are: Capt. and Mrs. Forrstrom
(August 7), Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge (August 18), and Mr. and
Mrs. E. M. Kieswetter who are celebrating their 41st anniversary.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Lee Wright of Texas recently celebrated their an-
niversary as did the Warner Hoyles of the Canal Zone.
Invitations to hold the 1967 Reunion at various places continues
to come in but with so many members living in or near St. Peters-
burg, it doesn't seem wise to consider any change. Birthday Greet-
ings were sung to Ethel Askew, Dorothl MeNall, and Mrs. Ethel
The Meeting was adjourned at 2:45. The Refreshment Committee,
Mrs. Hower, Mrs. Nickels, and Mrs. Trower served coffee and
THIRTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME-January 17th and 18th, 1967.
PLACE-Soreno Hotel overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First
Avenue and Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST-Luncheon $2.75 per person which includes gratuity and tax.
On the first day, Tuesday, January 17th, registration will be in the
forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business meeting in the
afternoon. On Wednesday there will be a social period in the morning
before the luncheon at 1 p.m. You are urged to forward your reserva-
tions early as the hotel may be forced to decline last minute reservations
for the luncheon.
The primary purpose of the Reunion above all is to enable former
Isthmanians to get together, renew acquaintances and discuss those gone
but not forgotten days. You'll never know how many true friends you
have until you attend the Reunion where they gather from every section
of the country. We will meet on the mezzanine floor of the hotel where
there is ample room with comfortable seats, or if you prefer seclusion
with former pals, there's the well-stocked bar on the main floor. Don't
miss the Reunion. You'll be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at convention rates of $12.00
double and $8.00 single, plus 3% tax at the Soreno Hotel, but if rooms
are not available there, they will be secured in private homes at $9.00
double and $8.00 single, plus tax. Those desiring reservations should
remit $12.00 plus tax for double and $8.00 for single room per day.
There is also efficient room-locating service maintained by the Chamber
of Commerce in the Greyhound Bus Terminal at the foot of Central
Avenue which is open daily until 9:00 p.m.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS PROMPTLY. We must have
them not later than January 14th. Make remittances payable to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but LUNCHEON
TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should be claimed imme-
iately upon arrival at the Reunion. No Luncheon tickets will be held
after 11:30 a.m. unless paid for.
(Reservation form on separate page.)
"CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS"
"THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC."
A Non-profit Organization
The executive Committee will present, a resolution to the mem-
bership for consideration and vote of ratification, at the annual
business meeting to be held in the Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg,
Florida, Tuesday, January 17, 1967, at 2 p.m. in the afternoon.
RESOLUTION: Whereas the Constitution and Bylaws adopt-
ed by the Panama Canal Society of Florida on the occasion of the
18th Anniversary, February 22, 1960, set forth and proclaimed
the proposition of perpetuity of the personal memories associated
with the great Panama Canal Project.
AND: Whereas with the passage of time, recognition and
prestige of the Society, growth of membership and responsibility
of services; We now propose the adoption of a revised Constitu-
tion and Bylaws more in keeping with the present and anticipated
future welfare of the Society.
BE IT RESOLVED: That the Constitution and Bylaws of The
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., as published in the De-
cember 1966 issue of the "Canal Record" be adopted and forth-
with proclaimed as the Purpose, Ideal, Aim and Government of
Date: November 9, 1966 President: Cecil M. Banan
We, former employees of the United States Government having served in the
construction, operation or maintenance of the Panama Canal, and retaining
the memories, of community life, of sharing various sacrifices, of the prevailing
determination and urge for the full realization of American ideals and aims in
this great project, and of the resultant strong bonds of personal respect, of mu-
tual assistance, and of neighborly friendship, do now thoughtfully and earnestly
associate ourselves together as The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. The
principles and purposes of which shall be foremost allegiance to the United
States of America. fidelity to its constitution and laws, and the preservation
of these ideals and friendships.
ARTICLE I NAME
This organization shall be known as "The Panama Canal Soc-
iety of Florida, Inc.", a non-profit organization.
ARTICLE II PURPOSE
The purpose of this Society shall be primarily to promote the
welfare of its members, to perpetuate the friendships formed
in the Canal Zone. To facilitate these aims by arranging
social gatherings and meetings at convenient locations in the
State of Florida.
ARTICEL III MEMBERSHIP
Membership in this Society shall be open to all citizens of the
United States of America, who were or are now employed in
the construction, operation or maintenance of the Panama
Canal, or who resided in the Canal Zone in the cities adjacent
thereto, as well as citizens who were associated with this great
project but with residence in the United States.
Members of families of such eligibles shall be eligible for
membership. Friends of eligibles may be invited to join the
ARTICLE IV OFFICERS
The officers of this Society shall be President, Vice-President,
Secretary-Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Record Editor.
These five officers shall be elected by a simple majority vote
of the members in attendance at the Annual Meeting of the
Society, and shall hold office for a term of one year, or until
their successors have been elected and take office. The term
of office of these elected officers shall begin with the next
meeting following the Annual Meeting and election. The Sec-
retary-Treasurer; Recording Secretary; and The Record Ed-
itor shall be paid a salary for work performed in connection
with their duties, the salary paid to be determined and set by
the Executive Committee from time to time.
ARTICLE V MEETINGS
The Society shall hold regular meetings and Anniversary Re-
union once a year.
ARTICLE VI BYLAWS
The Society shall adopt such bylaws as shall be appropriate
for governing it's functions.
ARTICEL VII AMENDMENTS
The Constitution and the bylaws of this Society may be a-
mended at any Annual Meeting by a two-thirds vote of those
voting, a quorum being present, or at any special meeting
called for this purpose after suitable notice has been given to
all members stating the proposed changes and reasons there-
ARTICLE I DUTIES OF OFFICERS
1. The duties of the officers shall be those usually pertaining to
such officers in any organization.
2. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society and
Executive Committee. Subject to the review and approval of
the Executive Committee he shall designate the depository
for the funds of the Society and shall confer with the Secre-
tary-Treasurer concerning the expenditures of Society funds,
and in case of the temporary absence of the Secretary-Treas-
urer, the President shall have authority for receiving and
disbursing funds of the Society.
3. The President shall have the authority to fill vacancies in any
elected office for the unexpired term subject to the review
and approval of the Executive Committee. In the absence or
incapacity of the President, the Executive Committee shall
have this authority to fill vacancies.
4. The President shall be responsible for the holding and safe
keeping of surety bonds of bonded officers.
5. The Vice-President shall preside in the absence of the Presi-
dent and shall assist the President in such duties as the
President may desire.
6. The Secretary-Treasurer shall maintain adequate financial
records and bank accounts and be accountable, under bond,
for the proper handling and disbursement of all funds of the
Society. The Secretary-Treasurer shall issue serially num-
bered membership cards as receipts for dues, and shall main-
tain an up-to-date roster of all members and their latest
addresses, handle all correspondence, compile and be re-
sponsible for printing of the Year Book.
7. The Recording Secretary shall keep a record of business and
motion transactions of the meetings, and of the Executive
Committee. Detailed accounts of purely social affairs or
general discussions need not burden these records. The Re-
cording Secretary shall handle the changes in addresses re-
reported by the Secretary-Treasurer, write the stickers,
separate them and upon request submit them to the Record
Editor for the Canal Records and Year Book.
8. The Record Editor shall edit, publish and mail the Canal
Record and mail the Year Book.
9. Other officers considered advisable, shall be appointed by the
President for terms of office of such length as may be found
convenient, all subject to the review and approval of the
ARTICLE II COMMITTEES
1. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the
President, the immediate Past-President, Vice-President,
Secretary-Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Record Editor,
and at least three other members as the President may con-
2. The duties of this committee shall be to see that the purpose
and aims of the Society are properly executed, to consider
and conduct the business of the Society between regular
meetings, to consider all proposals for amendments of the
Constitution and Bylaws and to make recommendations to
the Society for or against the adoption of such proposals, to
consider the justification for or against the adoption of such
proposals, to consider the justification for and to authorize
the expenditure of the Society funds for other than routine
3. The Executive Committee shall determine the amount of the
Secretary-Treasurer surety bond as may be deemed sufficient
to protect the interest of the Society.
4. It shall be considered improper to attempt soliciting favors in
any form or discussing politics or religion at the meetings of
this Society. Worthy and deserving causes and subjects shall
first be referred to the Executive Committee for proper in-
vestigation and recommendation before any action is taken
by the Society.
5. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to consider
the request of the President for investigation and report on
any subject of interest to the society and to perform such
other executive functions as the President may request.
6. There shall be an auditing Committee consisting of two mem-
bers, one shall be designated as Chairman. The members of
this Committee shall be appointed by the President subject
to review and approval of the Executive Committee.
7. The duties of this committee shall be to audit the accounts
and related records of the Secretary-Treasurer and render
reports and recommendations to the Society annually unless
shorter intervals are found to be preferable. At the time
these accounts and records are transferred to an incoming
officer an audit shall be made.
8. Other committees may be appointed by the President for
specific purposes as the Executive Committee or the member-
ship may consider proper and advisable.
ARTICLE III MEETINGS
1. The regular monthly meetings of the Society shall be held on
such dates, and at such hour and place as the officers and
membership may find convenient and desirable.
Note: For dates and places of the meetings refer to the year book.
2. The Annual Meeting of the Society shall be of the nature of
a convention but preferably called an Annual Reunion, and
be held during the month of January. The exact date de-
pending on the circumstances and the availability of a suit-
able place with facilities for this occasion.
3. Special meetings may be called by the President should cir-
cumstances justify such action or a special meeting may be
called upon the written request of at least fifteen members.
Timely notice stating the purpose of such special meetings
shall be mailed to all members.
4. A quorum for the proper transaction of Society business
shall consist of twenty (20) active members in good standing
for regular monthly meetings and forty (40) active members
in good standing for the annual meetings. In case a meeting
of members representing less than a quorum needs to ad-
journ without transacting any business, due notice shall be
given concerning the occasion of the next future meeting.
5. The order of business at meetings of this Society shall be as follows:
(1) Welcome to visitors and new members. (6) Subjects of Special interest
(2) Report of the Secretary-Treasurer (7) Unfineshed business.
(3) Report of Recording Secretary. (8) New business.
(4) Report of Committees.
(5) Announcements. (9) Adjourment.
6. Business transactions of the Society shall be conducted in accordance
with the requirements of its Constition and Bylaws. In case the need for
additional regulations arise, Robert's Rules of Order shall govern.
ARTICLE IV DUES
1. The dues of the Society shall be four dollars ($4.00) a year by calen-
dar years, and shall entitle members in good standing to receive the
Canal Record and Year Book when issued.
2. Dues shall be considered payable in January of each calendar year,
and will be considered delinquent on Feb. 1st in any calendar year,
New members will be accepted after July 1st in any year for $2.00
in dues for the balance of that particular calendar year provided the
following year's dues are paid in advance at the same time.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Reunion
January 17th and 18th, 1967
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
MRS. LUCILLE S. JUDD, Secretary-Treasurer
3535 19th Street No. St. Petersburg, Florida, 33713
Please arrange reservations as follows --
Reunion luncheon tickets for persons, each, $2.75.
My party of persons will find our own room accommodations.
My party of persons will need single and/or
double rooms in hotel or private home for days beginning
January ---- 1967. Enclosed is $8.00 for each single room and/or
$12.00 for each double room per day for deposit on these reservations,
plus 3% tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $ representing total for
all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by train; auto; bus; plane.
(Please indicate which)
Names and addresses of those in my party:
While at the Reunion our address will be:
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT THE ROD AND GUN
CLUB, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, SEPTEMBER 14, 1966
President Banan called the September 14th meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida to order at two o'clock. He then led in the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Acting Chaplain, Dewey Goodwin,
gave the Invocation. Approximately 85 members and guests were
cordially welcomed by the President, Mr. Banan. As the names of
the following visitors and members wha have been away were called
by the Recording Secretary, each stood and were greeted by the
Mr. and Mrs. William Willumsen-Largo-recently returned home
after an extended trip North, visiting New York, Pennsylvania,
Mrs. May C. Webber-St. Petersburg. Mrs. Webber left July 13
for Europe and returned to St. Petersburg just last week.
Mr. Bill Wood-St. Petersburg. The Woods spent the summer in
Missouri where they have a home.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kieswetter-St. Petersburg. Home again
after an extended trip to Germany where they visited their
daughter and her family.
Edward Lee Stern-Balboa-visiting parents in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Starford L. Churchill, Sr.-North Carolina-visiting
in Sarasota. Mrs. Churchill writes news from North Carolina
for the RECORD.
Mrs. Vivian (Stutzman) Michael and Mr. Michael-St. Petersburg
-absent for some time.
The Recording Secretary read the minutes of the August 10th
meeting which were approved as read.
Mr. Buck Lockridge, Legislative Representative, reported that
nothing was pending at this time except the bill pertaining to con-
struction day workers. At present, this bill is tied up in committees.
There has been no information to date on the cost of living index.
Mr. Lockridge informed the group that drug prices through NARCE
range from thirty to forty percent lower than in St. Petersburg
drug stores. NARCE not only fills prescriptions but pays the post-
age on orders.
Mrs. Lucille Judd jovially explained her tardy arrival at the
meeting her baby-sitter was late!
Mrs. Judd explained to the members the necessity of buying an-
other copy machine. The old one simply "blew up". Even if repair
parts had been available (they weren't) the cost would have been
prohibitive. It would still have been an old machine; it wouldn't
work on the stickers; there were no controls and it would get too
hot. After some seven years it had served its time. Fortunately, a
reconditioned machine, used only by one man, was available and was
purchased. Mrs. Judd also stated that though the balance in the
Treasury might seem high, when all bills were paid for the mailing
of the RECORD that balance would be normal.
The Secretary Treasurer then read from her extensive correspond-
ence giving news of old friends and acquaintances of mutual interest
to members of the Society. Details of weddings, anniversaries, births,
deaths, etc. will appear in the December RECORD. She reported that
about eighty members of the Society and sixteen members of the
Blood Bank were dropped because of n '.~i.-invment of dues.
Birthday Greetings were sung to Mr. Kieswetter, Mrs. Laurie, Mr.
Walter Hersh, Mr. Keith Kelley, and Mr. Perc Graham.
As there have been several suggestions for a picnic, President
Banan asked members to think it over and the possibility of a picnic
will be discussed at the October 12 meeting.
Again, many thanks to the refreshment committee; the selection
of doughnuts was unusually good. Excellent coffee, made by the
Rod and Gun Club, the doughnuts, and a get-together by ex-Zonians
all contribute to a very enjoyable social gathering following the
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT THE ROD AND GUN
CLUB. ST. PETERSBURG. FLORMTA, OCTOBER 12, 1966
The October 12 meeting of THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
FLORIDA was called to order at two o'clock by President Banan,
who, after welcoming members and visitors, led in the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag. Mr. Ross Cunningham, Chaplain, gave the
Invocation. Visitors and members who had been unable to attend the
regular monthly meetings stood as their names were called by the
Recording Secretary. The St. Petersburg (and other near-by cities)
membership welcomed returning residents and those who had been
absent because of illness, traveling, or other personal reasons. The
following were present:
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Beck-absent for some time because of illness.
Mr. and Mrs. Max C. Conover-Maitland, Fla.
Mr. George Russon-from Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Jessie Matheney-absent from several meetings.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cunningham-home after an extended vacation.
Mr. and Mrs. .Tim Fox-on vacation from the Canal Zone. The
Foxes visited their son in Miami and are visiting the Shannons
in St. Petersbur'.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dailey-Balboa. Canal Zone. visiting the Ross
Mr. and Mrs. John Coffey-Balboa, Canal Zone, visiting Mrs.
Mrs Anna Bautro-Baltimore, Maryland, Mrs. Martin Nickel's
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Eckert-returned to Dunedin from Penn-
Mrs. Roxie Peters-St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Jordan-home in St. Petersburg after a summer
Mr. Leaman-St. Petersburg.
Mr. George Spencer-visiting in St. Petersburg.
Mr. John Van Der Heyden-from Chicago, Illinois.
Judge and Mrs. E. I. P. Tatelman-St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Calvit-home in St. Petersburg from Phila-
Mrs. E. C. Van Fleet-St. Petersburg.
Mr. Edwin C. Jones (Eddie)-St. Petersburg from Balboa, C. Z.
The minutes of the September 14 meeting were read by Margaret
Ward, Recording Secretary and approved as read.
Mr. Banan congratulated Mrs. Elizabeth Grady on her election
to the office of President of NARCE No. 194, Lakeland, Fla.
Mrs. Judd reported receiving a letter from Mr. Sullivan of Balboa
(acting for Mr. Doolin of Personnel) which stated that they were
very interested in the activities of all retirees and would like to be
placed on the mailing list for the RECORD. Mrs. Judd sent Mr.
Sullivan the March, June and September RECORDS. It is grat-
ifying to know that the RECORD as issued by the Panama Canal
Society of Florida is valued by our former employers. The RECORD
is also currently sent to the Canal Zone Library Museum, The Pa-
nama Canal Company, and the Panama Canal Information Office.
The Secretary-Treasurer then read news of interest births,
weddings, anniversaries, illnesses, and deaths pertaining to old
friends and their families. Details will appear in the December
RECORD. Letters which Mrs. Judd receives (she personally answers
each letter) and passes on to the Society through her informal pre-
sentation brings back many pleasant memories of the "old days". She
has also received several "Thank You" cards.
Mr. Lockridge, Legislative Representative, stated that legislation
was dormant at the present time. The cost of living finally has
reached the necessary point for the three per cent raise but must
hold for three months. Raises probably will be effective January 1,
1967 with the increase on the February pay check.
President Banan reported that he had received the report from the
Nominating Committee (Judge Tatelman, Chairman) stating that the
Committee recommended retaining all the same officers for the com-
Happy Birthday was sung to Mrs. Marie Coffey, Judge Tatelman,
Mr. A. B. Howard, and Mrs. Marie Wolf.
The refreshment committee, Mrs. John Hower, Mrs. Martin
Nickel, and Mrs. Ernest Kieswetter, served doughnuts and coffee
which was enjoyed by the 112 persons present.
COME TO THE REUNION
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Through October, 1966
The hurricanes treated us kindly this year, and didn't want to take
over at meeting time, for which we were most grateful.
We have had many visitors and members this summer, and those
who were with us last year have kept their promise to return to
Florida to make their home when they retired. We are so happy to
have them in our midst.
There have been many changes of addresses so please wait until
you receive the 1967 Year Book, which will be out around the first
of December to write your Christmas cards. When you receive the
Year Book please look it over carefully to see that your name and
address is correct. Of course we know that there will be some whose
address is not correct, but it is the last one we have. Many move but
fail to send in their change.
I want to thank you each and every one for sending in your ZIP
code numbers. Now I have been supplied by the Post Office with
a ZIP CODE book which lists all places in the United States, and
former APO and Navy addresses. This is most helpful and greatly
appreciated. The Society is 100 percent ZIPPED.
As of now dues have been paid as follows:
1987 have paid for 1966 5 1970
219 1967 1 1971
33 1968 1 1972
Many thanks to those who have paid in advance.
We hope that you all had a nice Thanksgiving and are looking
forward to Christmas and a Happy New Year January just sneaks
up and with it comes the Reunion, which will be at the Soreno as
always January 17 and 18, 1967 Tuesday and Wednesday.
Rates are the same Single room $8.00 plus 3% tax, Double $12.00
plus 3% tax, both with private bath. Please include the tax when
you make out the check for your reservations. The luncheon will be
the same $2.75 this amount includes the tax and gratuity.
PLEASE NOTE The Society receives no part of the above
NO LUNCHEON RESERVATIONS WILL BE HELD AFTER
11:30 A.M. unless paid for The luncheon takes place at 1:00 P.M.,
All new memberships not listed in the Year Book will appear at
the back of the March Record.
Please don't forget that these room rates are SPECIAL for mem-
bers of the Society if you make your own just tell the desk clerk
at the time so no discussion is necessary
The REGULAR December meeting will be held at the Rod and
Gun Club December 14th. Donations will be gratefully received
from anyone as this is the time the Society membership makes up
a gift of money to the American Legion Crippled Children's Hospital.
If you are unable to be present please send your donation to me and
I will be delighted to send it on. This is an annual affair it is
now being mentioned for the benefit of our new members. Thank
you all so much for your help, it is greatly appreciated.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU
ALL FROM ALL OF US.
Lucille S. Judd
Capt. Benjamin C. Judd, who was Assistant Port Captain at Balboa
when he retired from Panama Canal service on May 31, 1946, died at
his home in St. Petersburg, Florida, on November 11.
Capt. Judd was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky on May 10, 1884.
At an early age he chose for himself the career of the sea, a career to
which he dedicated faithful service from 1901 until 1914, and from
1917 until 1919. when he was retired from active duty with the Naval
Auxiliary Service with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. A Spanish
American War Veteran, he was cited by the Veterans Administration
also for "service during the Philippine Insurrection during other than
a wartime period and during World War I." His final mission for the
Naval Auxiliary Service was one to Batoum, Russia, a transport service
cruising the Mediterranean, and terminating in New York on Nov-
ember 11, 1919.
His service with the Paama Canal dated from 28, 1911, whhn he
reported for duty as a canal pilot. He resigned this post in 1917 to
re-enter the Naval Auxiliary Service, and was reappointed Assistant
Port Captain at Balboa, a post which he held with a sense of deep
personal pride until his retirement from Panama Canal service in 1946.
Since his retirement he resided in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his
wife, Lucille S. Judd. Other survivors include two daughters, Miss
Dorothy Judd, Andover, Mass., and Mrs. Jack Rathgeber, Glassboro,
S.J.; a son, Roy D. Searcy, Beaumont, Texas; four broth-rs, one
sister, and four grandchildren.
Charles E. Jones, 45 years of age, a Chief Towboat Engineer of
the Panama Canal's Marine Bureau Navigation Division, Cristobal
Branch, died suddenly at CocoSolo Hospital September 15, 1966.
He was born in New Bedford, Mass., and was a U.S. Navy veteran
having been in the submarine service during World War 11.
He went to the Canal Zone in February 1945 in the Army Trans-
portation Corps, where he held a position until October 1954 when
he transferred to Panama Canal service.
Mr. Jones was a member of the American Legion, Elbert S. Waid
No. 2; B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge No. 1414; Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Lt. G. H. Moumblow, Post No. 3876 and the Sojourners Lodge
He is survived by his wife, Lois (Hollowell) Jones; two sons,
Charles R. and Richard A. and a daughter. Margaret Ann; by a
sister, Edith Durrigan and a brother, George E. Jones, both of New
Mrs. Jones is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell of
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Masonic funeral services were held at St. Margaret's Episcopal
Church at Margarita, Canal Zone. Military graveside services were
held at Memorial Park Cemetary, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hallowell were visiting on the Zone at the time
of Mr. Jones' death. Mr. Ross Hallowell, Mrs. Jones and Freeland
Hallowell flew to St. Petersburg for the graveside services.
Mrs. Peter J. Sundberg (Hedvig M.) died in Long Beach, Calif.,
on September 29, 1966, after a long illness. She had been hospitalized
for more than two months prior to her passing. She is survived by
her daughter, Hedvig I. Seedborg of Long Beach, and grand-
daughter, Dorothy Seedborg, of Portersville, California. Mrs. Sund-
berg was born in Linkoping, Sweden, on October 15, 1879 and came
to the U. S. in 1898. She was married to Peter J. Sundberg in 1906
in New York. They and their daughter Dorothy went to the Canal
Zone in 1911, where Mr. Sundberg was a Marine Engineer on the
tug boats. After retirement they went to Long Beach to make their
home, and lived at 282 E. 51st St., Long Beach, since 1937. Dorothy
(Rohrbach) passed on in 1941, and Mr. Sundberg in 1943. On the
Zone and in Long Beach, Mrs. Sundberg was affectionately known as
"MOM", and she will be greatly missed by her family and many
Leon Joseph Egolf, 79, head of a large and well known Canal
Zone family and a long line resident of Gatun, died at Coco Solo
Hospital following a brief illness.
A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, Mr. Egolf went to the Isthmus
in 1916 as an employee of the Mechanical Division. He was trans-
ferred to the -Gatun Locks as a locks operator the following year
and in 1939 was promoted to locks master. He was retired from
Canal service in 1949.
During all his years of service, he and his family made their home
in Gatun and after retirement he remained there.
In addition to his widow, Mrs. Ruth Egolf, he is survived by three
sons and two daughters, all of whom live in the Canal Zone. They
are Harry C. Egolf, Chief of the Community Services Division;
Richard Egolf, of the Accounting Division in Balboa; George Egolf,
of the Maintenance Division in Coco Solo; Mrs. Barbara Dedeaux
and Mrs. Ruth Clement both of Gatun. In addition, he is survived
by eight grandchildren.
For many years, Mr. Egolf was an active member of the Masonic
Lodge on the Isthmus and was a member of Sibert Lodge in Gatun
and a member of the Shriners. Until recently he was secretary of the
The remains were placed in the Columbarium of the Scottish Rite
Temple in Balboa.
Mrs. John A. Morales, 79, who resided for many years in the Canal
Zone and was a member of a well known Isthmian family, died at
Gorgas Hospital August 2.
The former Agripina Pardo, she was the daughter of the late
Rafael Eufenio Pardo and Maria del Carmen Berguido de Pardo of
Panama and Bogota, Columbia. At the time of her death, she was
residing with her son and daughter-in-law Mr. and Mrs. John Mor-
ales of Diablo.
She is survived by two other sons, Ralph of Margarita and James
of Baltimore, Maryland; Three daughters, Mrs. Electra Stapler of
Staten Island, New York; Mrs. Nesta Kennedy of Inglewood, Calif.;
and Mrs. Anna Buenhlmann of Marion, Ohio. Also surviving her
are 20 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and a brother Ralph
E. Pardo, Sr., of Panama.
Nancy Cash Mitchell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George E. Mitchell
of Gatun, C. Z., died as the result of a traffic accident in Hanover,
New Hampshire August 14,. Miss Mitchell 20, was a student nurse
at Massachusetts General Hospital and was driving with several
other nurses when the accident occurred. She was the only fatality.
She was a 1964 graduate of Cristobal High School.
Burial took place in Pittsfield, Mass.
In addition to her parents, Miss Mitchell is survived by a brother,
Brent, of Gatun.
Mrs. Pearl L. Knapp, who made her home 'with her daughters,
Mrs. Sandy Nelson of Birmingham, Ala., and Mrs. Virgil Fowler of
Cullman, Alabama suffered a heart attack at the home of Mrs.
Fowler, and died in the Cullman City Hospital September 9th where
she had been admitted seventeen hours earlier.
Mrs. Knapp, with her daughter Alice and husband Virgil Fowler
had been guests in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Hicks, St. Petersburg, Fla. in June. Her granddaughter,
Mary Alice (Hicks) Kelley, husband Ken, and three children of
Bridge City, Texas had just visited Cullman in August to show her
grandmother and aunt their newest great grandchild and great-niece.
Other survivors include her husband, J. Z. Knapp, Sr., two sons,
James Zeno Knapp, and Robert Lee Knapp of the Canal Zone, three
daughters, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks of St. Petersburg, Florida; Mrs:
Virginia Nelson of Birmingham; and Mrs. Alice Fowler of Cullman.
Alabama, also 9 grandchildren anl 16 great grandchildren.
Four of the five children were at their mother's bedside when
she died, and her son Robert Lee arrived from the Canal Zone for
funeral services which were conducted in Birmingham on September
10th. Graveside services were held in Cullman, Alabama on Sep-
tember 11th, where interment took place.
Miss Florence M. Dildine died in her home Sept. 9, 1966 in Free-
Miss Dildine had been a teacher in the Canal Zone for four years
after her graduation from college.
She was born in Aurora Oct. 14, 1885, the daughter of William N.
and Laura (Snyder) Dildine. She lived in Beloit, Wis., until the
family moved to Freeport in 1907.
Following her work in the Canal Zone she took special training
in sight-saving techniques and taught for many years in Cleveland,
Ohio, working in this field.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and Freeport
She is survived by a brother, William Edwin, of Freeport.
Sally White, 81, 4131% Tangerine Avenue So., St. Petersburg,
Fla., died Sept. 16, 1966. She was born in Bedford, Pa., and had
lived here 15 years, coming from Panama Canal Zone. Survivors
include a niece, Jane Rios of Atascadero, Calif.; a granddaughter,
Mrs. Arlene Winerman (Schmidt), of Hackensack, N. J.
Mrs. Laura McIntyre, wife of Bernard W. McIntyre, retired en-
gineer of the Panama Railroad, died at Barstow Memorial Hospital
September 19, 1966.
Mrs. McIntyre went to the Isthmus with her husband in 1933, and
in the past 6 years has made her home in Barstow, California.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Lois
Masters and two grandchildren, who reside at 103-A Mitscher Rd.,
China Lake, Calif.
John Fulton Paterson, 50, Assistant Chief of the Locks Division
and a well known resident of the Canal Zone died Sept. 13, 1966
in Gorgas Hospital following a long illness.
A native of Arlington, Mass., he first went to the Canal Zone as a
child with his family.
Mr. Paterson went to the United States in 1951 and obtained a
degree in mechanical engineering from Johns Hopkins University
He returned to the Panama Canal in 1957 as plant engineer in the
He was promoted to Assistant Chief of the Locks Division in
April of this year.
Surviving him are his widow Mrs. Roberta Johannes Paterson;
a son John II who is a student at Rice University; a daughter,
Roberta now at Southern Methodist University, and a younger
daughter, Katherine, in school in the Canal Zone, and a brother
Oliver G., a lock operator on the Pacific Locks.
Walter T. Haynie, 81, of 5511 Winthrop Ave., Chicago, Illinois,
died in St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, Illinois, on August 20, 1966.
During construction days on the Panama Canal Mr. Haynie was
secretary to Col. D. D. Gaillard, Division Engineer in charge of the
Culebra Cut, stationed at Culebra.
Upon his return to the United States he settled in the Chicago
area and was co-founder of the Conlon Washing Machine Company;
and later, until his retirement, he was purchasing agent for the
Stanley Knight Corporation, of Des Plaines, Illinois.
He is survived by his widow, Laura; a son, Robert B.; and a
daughter, Mrs. Catherine O'Brien.
Mrs. Maud King died August 17 after having been ill for four
years. just 2 weeks after her 78th birthday and a few months be-
fore their 60th wedding anniversary. She lived with her husband
on the Zone from early 1911 to 1914. Surviving is her husband,
Mr. Harry King, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Mr. George Herman, Reading, Pa., died June 25, 1966. He was
with the Dredging Division on the Zone. Survivors are his wife
Mary, and son Richard. whose address is 1610 Moss Street.
Charles Rufus McClain, 67, died October 4, two hours after he
was admitted to the hospital in Waterville. Maine. He was born
in Mattawamkeg, Me.
Mr. McClain had been employed as a journeyman machinist by
Keys Fiber Co. for 14 years, retiring in July. For 3 years he was
employed by the U. S. Steamship Lines as a pianist on the Mediter-
ranean and Holy Land Cruises. Returning to Waterville he con-
ducted his own orchestra known as the Royal Troubadours.
He was a machinist on the C.Z. between 1940 and 1950 and was
specialized in gauge problems. His early work was in connection
with reinforcing lock gates in the war years.
Survivors are his widow Rose McClain, Winslow, Me.. one
daughter. Mrs. Douglas Shaw (Ellen). Westboro, Mass.; one brother
Vernal. Columbbia. S. C., one sister Mrs. Roland Jones, St. Peters-
burg, Fla. and 8 grandchildren. Mrs. McClain's mailing address
is R.F.D. 2, Waterville, Me.
Mr. Vernal MeClain and Mr. and Mrs. Roland Jones drove to
Maine for the funeral.-Ed.
Charlotte D. Light, 74, 4315 Bayshore Blvd. N.E., St. Petersburg,
Fla., died Octover 21, 1966. Born in Parkersburg, W. Va., she moved
here 13 years ago from Waterford, Calif. A retired supervisor with
a telephone company in Panama Canal Zone, she was a Protestant
and a member of Sapphire Chapter 362, OES, in Cincinnati. Sur-
viving is her husband.
Mrs. Mary James, widow of the late Dr. William M. James, one of
the founders of the former Herrick Clinic in Panama, died in Los
Angeles October 5, 1966.
Mrs. James had been living in Los Angeles with her daughter,
Miss Polly James, also a former resident of the Isthmus and a grad-
uate of Balboa High School.
Dr. and Mrs. James went to the Isthmus during construction days
when Dr. James was an intern at Gorgas, then Ancon, Hospital. He
remained in the Canal Zone and was a physician on the hospital
staff until 1916 when he resigned to become a member of the staff
of the Herrick Clinic.
Dr. James died in 1942 and Mrs. James remained on the Zone
a number of years until she decided to make her home in Los
Horace M. Culpepper, former employee of the Supply Division and
and long time resident of the Isthmus, died July 19 at Gorgas Hos-
pital following a long illness.
He was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He was employed
as a meat cutter in the Balboa Commissary and later served in the
same position in Ancon, Pedro Miguel, Cristobal and Margarita
He was retired in 1950 after 21 years of service and with his
wife, returned to the States to live in Elizabeth City.
Mr. and Mrs. Culpepper returned to the Canal Zone in 1958 and
have been living with their son and daughter in law Mr. and Mrs.
Luther E. Davis in Balboa.
Surviving him are his widow Maude, another son, H. M. Cul-
pepper, Jr., now in France with the U. S. Air Force, and four grand-
Captain John K. Galleher, widely known on the Isthmus, died
August 20, in Buoye, Maryland.
Captain Galleher resigned as a Panama Canal pilot to study ad-
miralty law. He was later commandant of King's Point Maritime
Academy in New York.
He returned to the Isthmus as assistant to businessman Daniel
K. Ludwig and supervised the development of Las Minas Bay near
Colon and the subsequent construction of Panama Refinery. He also
participated in the establishment of Citricos de Chiriqui, a major
He retired two years ago and had since resided with his family
Bogota, Columbia Jules Dubois, 56, who as Chicago Tribune co-
respondent long crusaded for freedom of the press in Latin America,
was found dead in his hotel room. A doctor said he apparently died
of a heart attack.
Duboir had come to Bogota to cover the economic conference of
leaders from Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.
Only last June, Dubois had been awarded the "Golden Pin of
Freedom" by the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers
in Stockholm the first American to be so honored.
Among many beats Dubois recorded was his interview with Fidel
Castro in January 1959 after the fall of the Batista government.
Dubois met Castro at the prime minister's headquarters in Holquin,
Cuba, and remained with him several days.
Several months later, when Dubois began to write of Communist
infiltration into Castro's top ranks, Castro began to make public
attacks on Dubois. In October 1959 a Cuban crowd chased Dubois
and shouted its intention to lynch him for what they termed his
anti-Cuban attitude. He fled the country.
Survivors include his son, Jules, Jr., who lives at 4618 Chancellor
St., N.E., in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Dubois was a reporter for the Star and Herald in the early
Thirties and wrote a by-line on the sports page under the name of
"Jhonny Putter" -- He wrote a book "Danger over Panama" which
was published in 1964.-Ed.
Arthur J. Barker, an employee of the Panama Canal Commission
for more than 40 years, died of cancer October 10, 1966 at the Cedar
Haven Rest Home in Takoma Park, Md. He was 79 and had been ill
for three months.
He went to Panama in 1911 and served there until 1939 when he
was transferred to Washington, D. C. He retired in the early 1950s.
Mr. Barker was organist in many area churches, the last of which
was the First Church of Christ in Adelphi. He was also organist
for the Mt. Pleasant Lodge and the Singleton Lodge and a member
of the Hammond Organ Society in Wheaton. He was the Union
Church organist on the Zone.
He lived at 8214 Cedar St., Silver Springs, and is survived by a
daughter, Joann Comstock of Wheaton, and two grandchildren.
John E. Ohlson, 15541 Garfield Allen Park, Mich.. died Sept. 29.
1966. He was 55, Mr. Ohlson was employed as a chemical engineer
by the Pennsalt Chemicals Corp.. Wyandotte. He was a graduate
of the University of Michigan and a Detroit area resident for 15
years. He was a member of the Michigan Society for Professional
Engineers. He is survived by his wife. Annetta, a former employee
in The Detroit News' reference library; a son, John E. Jr.; two
daughters, Linda and Anne, and his father Elmer, Largo, Fla.
Mr. Ohlson was born in Ancon hospital Sept. 11, 1911 and was
a graduate of Balboa High School. His father retired as Executive
Assistant of Gorgas Hospital in 1947. His mother, who went to the
Zone in 1907 as a nurse at Gorgas Hospital died in 1955.-Ed.
Dr. Elmer R. Smith, 56, formerly Assistant Chief of the Medical
Service at Gorgas Hospital, died September 25 in Lexington, Ken-
tucky, following a long illness.
A native of Springfield, O., Dr. Smith went to the Isthmus in 1936
and spent the following year as an intern at Gorgas Hospital. He
stayed until 1938 as a resident at Gorgas.
He returned to the Canal Zone in 1940 and remained until 1950
as Assistant Chief of the Medical Service.
Surviving are his widow Mrs. Evelyn Curry Smith, who was on
the Gorgas Hospital nursing staff, a son, Neil, and a daughter, Sue,
both were born in the Canal Zone.
Since leaving the Isthmus, Dr. Smith has been living in Somerset,
Kentucky, 114 Sagasser St., Ky.-42501, where he has been in private
Mrs. Ninetta M. Orr, 79, widow of Joseph II. Orr and member of
a well known Canal Zone family, died at her home in Ancon, Sept.
26 following a long illness.
A native of Louisiana, Mrs. Orr went to the Canal Zone in 1913.
She was a teacher in Balboa High School until her marriage to Mr.
Orr in 1915.
Following Mr. Orr's retirement from service with the Panama
Railroad in 1949, Mrs. Orr accompanied her husband to Houston,
Texas, where they lived until 1960. They returned to the Isthmus
and Mr. Orr died in 1962. Mrs. Orr had been making her home with
her daughter Miss Mary Orr.
In addition to her daughter Mary, she is survived by another
daughter, Mrs. Marion Wells of Balboa; two sons, Franklin M. Orr
and Robert H. Orr of Houston, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Lillie Cox of
Houston; a brother, Willie Mattes of New Orleans; eight grandsons
and one granddaughter.
Miss Helen E. King, 61, 1646% 18th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Fla.,
died Sept. 15, 1966.
Born in Greensburg, Pa., she had lived here six years, coming
from the Panama Canal Zone. She was a member of Panama Canal
Society of Florida. Surviving is a nephew, S. W. King of Oil City,
Philip E. Briscoe, 83, died October 2, 1966 in Cedar Haven Rest
Home, Takoma Park, Md., of pneumonia. In January 1966 a thief
entered the Briscoe home at Santa Clara, R de P, shot Mr. Briscoe
and held Mrs. Briscoe at gun point while demanding that she find
more jewelry and money. Since then Mr. Briscoe was in Gorgas
many times for operations and treatment, was unable to walk and
his mind was affected. Mrs. Briscoe had gone back to Panama to try
to sell their place.
Mr. Briscoe was first employed by the Panama Canal Building
Division in 1914. A highlight of his early employment was the open-
ing of the Canal and the fact that he was fortunate in being a pass-
enger on the first trip of the Ancon through the Locks in Aug. 1914.
He married Blanche R. Seaton in November 1914.
Mr. and Mrs. Briscoe made their home on the Atlantic Side of the
Isthmus until 1921 when the Building Division closed down and he
returned to Washington, D. C.
In 1927 Mr. Briscoe returned to the Isthmus and worked with the
Building Division until his retirement in January 1946.
He is survived by his wife, Blanche; one daughter, Jacqueline of
Cincinnati, Ohio; and one son, Philip, Jr. and 5 grandchildren,
Takoma Park, Md.
George Eisle Carkeet, Sr., 91, 517 Merrill, passed away Oct. 26,
1966, in a Houston hospital. Native of Natchez, Miss., Houston resi-
dent 71 years. Survivors: Daughters, Mrs. A. J. Heinze, Mrs. Leo
Welcherk; sons, George E. Carkeet, Jr., John F. Carkeet, all of
Houston, Stewart G. Carkeet, Memphis, Tenn.; sister, Miss Rose
Carkeet; brother, John Lamar Carkeet, both of Natchez; 10 grand-
children; 18 great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren.
Hermanus A. Kleefkens, 78, of Tampa, passed away at his home
in Tampa June 19, Father's Day. He had retired from the Marine
Bureau in 1949. All of his service was on the Atlantic Side. In
addition to his wife in Tampa, he is survived by three daughters,
Johanna Freudigmann and Marie K. Fraser of Tampa and Wilhel-
mina Rudge of Sequim, Wash.; and by one son, H. A. (Louie) Kleef-
kens, Jr. of Margarita, C. Z.; nine grandchildren and four great
Louie and his son, Walter flew up to the States for the services
held in Tampa. Mrs. Kleefkens, Sr., Mrs. Freudigmann and Mrs.
Fraser returned to the Canal Zone with them for Masonic Service
held at Sojourners Lodge in Cristobal. Following the services the
remains were taken out to Limon Bay on the Tug ALHAJUELA.
Tina Robin Fox, daughter of Gerald F. and Marcy (Rudge) Fox of
Miami, Fla. passed away suddenly on Thursday, October 6, in Miami.
Tina was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 3, 1960.
Funeral service were held at First Presbyterian Church of Miami
Beach Friday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Albert L.
Reese officiating. Interment was at Southern Memorial Park in
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a younger sister,
Valerie; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Fox of
Balboa, C. Z. and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel H.
Rudge of Sequim, Wash.
Mel and Jim Fox, on vacation from the C. Z., were visiting in
Miami when their granddaughter took sick and Mrs. Rudge flew
in from Seattle on October 4, when advised that Tina was seriously
Mrs. Minnie A. Kent died August 2, 1966, at Orange Memorial
Hospital in Orlando, Florida, of a heart attack. She was the wife
of Earle A. Kent. Mrs. Kent was born on July 12, 1888, in Charles-
town, Ohio. She went to the Canal Zone in 1916 to be married to
Mr. Kent. They resided in Paraiso and Pedro Miguel until 1961
when Mr. Kent retired. For the past three years she resided in Pine
Castle, Fla. Services were held in Orlando and her ashes were in-
terred in Ravenna, Ohio.
She was a life member of the Fern Leaf Chapter of the Order of
Eastern Star and a member of the Daughters of America. Besides
her husband she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Carl Wanke and
three grandchildren Karen, Kent and Lisa, of San Jose, Calif.; a
son Lloyd Kent and three grandchildren Llori, Kerri and Bonnie, of
Gamboa, Canal Zone; a brother Nelson Porter, Pine Castle, Fla.
Mr. Harry Stumpf, died September 27, 1966, at Millbrae, Calif.
Survivors are Al Stumpf, San Mateo; and Mrs. Eleanor Pusey,
Kelleen, Texas. No other details available.
COME TO THE REUNION
NEWS OF BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA
John (Joe) Lawler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norris Lawler of Curundu,
is now residing at 513 East State Street, Apt. 2, Baton Rouge, La.
70802. 'Joe was Mr. Canal Zone College for 1965 and is a senior
in the La. State University College of Business Administration.
Kenny Underwood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Underwood of
Panama City, shares the apartment with Joe and was graduated
from Canal Zone College earlier this year. He is enrolled in the
College of Business Administration, La. State University.
Dennis Deming, a frequent visitor to the apartment shared by Joe
and Kenny, is the son of Judge and Mrs. John Deming of Balboa.
Dennis has a room in famous Tiger Stadium on the La. State Uni-
versity campus. He is a 1966 Canal Zone College graduate and is also
studying in the La. State University of Business Administration.
The three young men look forward to seeing their old friend,
Ronnie Willoughby, who plans to be in Baton Rouge following his
graduation from OCS in late November.
Danny George from Cristobal and his wife, Charlotte (Lottie
Schulty), from Balboa, are living in the La. State University married
student apartments with their two young sons. Lottie enjoys being
a housewife while Danny studies toward a bachelor's degree in the
College of Engineering.
Leroy Dugas, who attended Canal Zone schools until 1950 and
lived in Balboa, is a customer-engineer with IBM. With his wife,
Bonnie (formerly of Thibodaux, La.), and their eight year old son,
Mark, he now resides at 10012 Bunting Drive, Baton Rouge, La.
Leroy went through his sophomore year at Balboa High School
before transferring to schools in Louisiana.
Joyce A. Dugas (Mrs. Herbert J. Joubert, Jr.,), who was born
in Ancon and graduated from Balboa High School, class of 1949,
resides with her husband at 10315 Oliphant Road, Baton Rouge.
She is the sister of Leroy.
Leo A. ((Buddy) Turner of Cristobal, and his wife, the former
Jean Harris of Pedro Miguel, recently moved to a lovely new
nine-room brick home at 2015 South 12 Avenue, Maywood, Illinois
60153. With their three children Debbie, 12; Maureen, 11; and
Jackie, 10, they spent their summer vacation camping at the Lake
of the Ozarks in Missouri.
J. Louis and Vera Phillips and their son, Kenny, Diablo Heights,
C. Z., stopped for the day recently to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Murray
Ralph Roberson, Jr., 4875 Maribel Drive, Baton Rouge, La. Mrs.
Roberson is the former Pat Foster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert
C. Foster of Diablo Heights. A thoroughly enjoyable time was had
getting caught up on recent Zone happenings, mutual friends and
looking at the colored movies that the Phillips' had taken in the
Zone, especially of the cayuca races in which Kenny's team won the
championship. Kenny attended military school in Alabama. His
sister, Beverly, was recently married to Henry Bernard Gross, Jr.,
and now resides with her husband at 1114 Memorial Avenue, Selma,
Miss Elizabeth (Betsy) Foster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert
C. Foster of Diablo Heights, is busy buying household furnishings
and.generally "fixing up" her new apartment at 513 East State
Street, Apt. 6, Baton Rouge, La. 70802. Recent acquisitions include
a color television set and a blacker-than- black kitten named Man-
ette. Betsy is now membership secretary with the Public Affairs
Research Council of La.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Foster docked in New Orleans on August
29, just in time for Betsy's birthday the following day. They spent
a few days with their daughters (Betsy and Pat) in Baton Rouge
before motoring to California to visit relatives. Then it was fishing
in Montana with Zonian Martin Connolley (also on vacation), then
on to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to see the sights and do
some hunting. In New York they will visit relatives and hope to be
back in Baton Rouge in time to see the La. State University Fighting
Tigers whip Miss. State on Nov. 12 in Tiger Stadium. The Fosters
will be bringing their daughters three mounted heads (two deer and
one black bear) that Gil Foster killed on previous hunting trips. The
girls are eager to display the trophies and look forward to spending
a few weeks with their parents and seeing all the color slides they
took on their extended cross-country vacation. The Fosters sail
back to the Zone on November 25.
Dr. Allen Jackson, orthopedic surgeon, who spent several tenures
of service at Gorgas Hospital, is now practicing medicine at the Bone
and Joint Clinic, 1410 Convention Street, Baton Rouge. A recent
patient was Mrs. Murray Ralph Roberson, Jr. (Pat Foster), who
recognized him immediately as a former Zonian for in his private
office are two beautiful framed molas from the San Blas Islands,
which he tells inquisitive, unknowing patients are his diplomas
from some exotic schools of medicine. He also cultivates orchids in
his office and is planning a deep-sea fishing trip to Panama waters
in the near future. A rather sad but true point he made in passing
is that Japan is now mass-producing molas.
Pat Foster Roberson
COME TO THE REUNION
PANAMA CANAL ZONE SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
Again this year we had competition from the World Series, but
we had a good day and about 80 folks came to our fall picnic at
Brookside Park, Pasadena, on 9 October. It is always fun visiting
with old friends. The weather was pleasant, and everybody had a
good time. Our next meeting will be in March a luncheon and
business meeting so any Canal Zone people who will be in our area
at that time are most welcome to come. Just let me know ahead
of time, so I may reserve a place for you.
A letter had been received from Mr. Harold Lord Varney, Presi-
dent of the National Advisory Committee on Pan American Policy,
advising us of the dangers of handing over the Panama Canal to
Panama when the new treaty is signed in early 1967.
I am quoting his letter of 15 August 1966 in part:
"Foregin Minister Eleta (of Panama) has announced that the
new Panama Treaty will be completed and signed in early 1967.
This means that it will reach the Senate for approval early in the
"This gives us little more than six months to awaken the country
to the deep danger of such a step. 34 votes in the Senate can kill
the Treaty. We believe that we can get them, but only if we work
laboriously during the coming months.
This Committee has been spearheading the initial fight in Wash-
ington. We are working closely with Congressman Flood, with
prominent members of your Society, including Col. Sartor, Col.
Fitzpatrick, Mr. William E. Russell and Mr. Ben M. Williams.
The average American has only to be told the grim facts about
Panama to become fighting mad ... "
It is very important that we, who know the situation as it exists
in Panama, and who have lived in the Canal Zone, do what we can to
keep the United States from making the dreadful mistake of turning
over the Canal to Panama.
The following also are excerpts from a pamphlet by Mr. Harold Lord
Varney, entitled: "WHAT ARE WE AFRAID OF IN PANAMA?":
"Almost any day now, President Johnson will send to the Senate
for ratification the three-part treaty under which the United
States will turn over to Panama sovereignty over the Canal Zone,
a half control of the administration of the Canal, and a veto voice
in the future of our Isthmian defense establishments.
"We will be asked to do this in the full knowledge that the tiny
Republic of Panama is one of the most politically unstable and
corruption-ridden nations in Latin America.
"When and if the treaty is ratified, the proud United States will
stand stripped of one of its most strategic and essential areas of
defense. And this appalling proposal WILL be ratified unless
the outraged voice of the American people halts it.
"In the end, it is likely that history's verdict on President John-
son's Panama decision will turn upon the question of its effect
upon America's defense position in the Isthmus. For there is sound
reason to believe that the relinquishment of the Canal Zone will
not only endanger the security of the Canal. It will also upset
the whole defense balance which safeguards Central and South
"For it must be understood that the Canal Zone, which we are
giving up, is not only a corridor for a canal. It is also the focus
for the whole U. S. security establishment which shields the hemi-
sphere. A security-minded Administration could not conceivably
take the risk of transferring sovereignty over this strategic area to
an unpredictable and faction-torn political question mark like
the Republic of Panama.
"To jeopardize the Southern Command to curry favor with the
irresponsible politicos of a midget Republic of Panama is not
Good Neighborliness to the 18 other Latin American nations.
It is an indefensible, default of our responsibilities under the
Monroe Doctrine. It is an assist to international Communism
which is working insidiously and constantly to weaken the anti-
Communist solidarity of this hemisphere."
We cannot let this happen. It is urgently requested that each of
you write a letter of protest to your Senator, that it would be a dis-
aster for the United States to turn over the Canal and Canal Zone
to Panama. Urge him to vote against such a dreadful treaty.
We did a thriving business with the sale of this very interesting.
timely and frightening pamphlet by Mr. Varney "WHAT ARE WE
AFRAID OF IN PANAMA?". It is well worth reading and should
be read by all Americans.
Copies may be obtained on request by sending 25 for each copy to:
Committee on Pan American Policy
60 East 42nd Street Suite 1430 New York City, New York 10017
Claude and Vera Howell have sold their home in Apple Valley,
California, and are now living at 195 Fairview Drive, Asheville, N.
C. 28805. Our best wishes for many happy years in their new home.
In August Nova Cain and her mother, Mrs. Louise Warwick, took
a leisurely auto trip from Bakersfield through northern California,
Oregon, Washington, to Vancouver, Canada, stopping several places
en route including an interesting visit through a winery in the wine
country of northern California. As time has a way of running out,
they turned around in Vancouver and drove home. They report
they had a lovely trip.
A note from R. Dickerson from Hawaii. He left Los Angeles on
what was to have been a 5-month cruise to Europe and South Pacific,
but had to leave the ship in Honolulu due to illness. He is feeling
much better and enjoyed several weeks of fun and sun before re-
Grace Cuthbertson visited her son Rod, in Anchorage, Alaska.
They were shook up a bit during the last minor quake but apparently
there was no damage. She enjoyed her stay up there, and returned
home in October.
Henry and Etta Leisy of Albuquerque were recent visitors to
Henry's brother in Long Beach. We spent a pleasant evening with
them at Chris and Ruth Simonsen's, along with Fay and Barney Kee-
gan. The Leisy's drove from Albuquerque to northern Calif. before
arriving in Long Beach. On their way home, they stopped in Hemet
to see Erma Forbes, then to Sun City to see the Jerry Evans'
and Bob Miller's.
Karl Winquist and his wife enjoyed their visit with his brother
George and family, in Panama. A pleasant trip to Tahoga Island
brought back fond memories as did a trip to the location of Old
Gorgona. George and Kay Winquist are busy getting organized to
make their retirement move to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Mrs. John McCoy and her cousin, Mrs. Gregory Allen of St. Peters-
burg, were guests of the Martin Seilers, en route to a two-week tour
of the Hawaiian Islands. On their return the four drove to San
Francisco and Las Vegas.
Calvert (Lefty) Williams of Corpus Christie, Texas, called on the
Seilers and they had a good visit chatting of earlier days. Lefty
played baseball in Balboa for a number of years. He worked for
J. B. Fields and later spent much time working in South America.
Word of recent deaths have been received:
Capt Maurenus Peterson died in Glendale, Calif, 12 August 1966.
He had been Chief of Police in Balboa for many years. He leaves
his widow. Myrtle, who is in a rest home in Glendale, and one
daughter, Florence, who lives in Glendale.
Mrs. Elizabeth Gray, 68, died suddenly at the home of Harry J.
Harrison, Balboa, on 15 July 1966. She had been with the Harrison
family for the past several years. She leaves four sons and one
Mr. Lawrence Kelly, 65, died 17 August 1966 in Coco Solo Hos-
pital following a lengthy illness. He was employed in 1923 by the
Supply Division and retired in May 1939. He lived in Colon since
Mr. Ed Hinton died on 29 September 1966. He is survived by his
wife Grace of Seal Beach, California. No other details.
Word has just been received of the death of Mrs. Walter F.
Van Dame on 8 December 1965. She is survived by three daughters,
Elsbeth Barrett of West Covina, Katherine Bailey of Woodland
Hills, California and Alice Boylan of Dallas, Texas. She and her
husband were "old timers" in the Canal Zone.
Our sympathy goes out to all the families and friends.
In September Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin of Sierra Madre had as her
house guest, Mrs. Emmett Zemer who was visiting in the Los Angeles
area before returning to her home in the Canal Zone.
Elmore and Caroline Gilmore of 2165 Broad St., York, Pa., were
guests in June of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Beckman of Long Beach, and
Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seiler of Los Angeles. They enjoyed seeing
old friends at our June picnic and we were happy to have them.
They were on a trip around the United States.
Erma Forbes is planning to drive to Topeka, Kansas, to be with
her daughter Joan when she has her baby about the middle of
December. Joan's husband is in Japan but hopes to be back in
time for the baby's arrival. Her son Jim and family are still in Los
Angeles. He is to receive his PhD in June but they are not sure
just where they will settle after that.
Don and Gladys Brayton from Margarita, Canal Zone were guests
at our picnic. They had visited David and Anne Sink in Clinton,
Iowa, former Canal Zone employees. We enjoyed seeing them.
Another visitor was Bob King from the Canal Zone up on
vacation. It is always a joy to welcome folks from "home".
David Smith and his father, had as their house guest for a few
days, Mary K. Cann, a cousin from New Jersey. She was here for
a convention for Licensed Practical Nurses, and it was a pleasure
to welcome her to our picnic.
Louis and Norine Kaufer came down from San Jose for the picnic
- staying with Norine's sister, Jane and Ewing Journey. Their
mother, Mrs. Mary Hall is doing fine at Oakview Convalescent Hos-
pital. She had a lovely letter from Mrs. Charles Persons recalling
old times on the Canal Zone and her recent visit down there. The
Kaufers continued on to Riverside and San Diego to visit old
friends, Margaret Miller and Katherine Quaid whom they knew with
the Army in Camp Empire also Bob and Gertrude Byerly Navy
A happy surprise at our picnic was a generous donation of genuine
Panamanian "plantation chips". Everybody had some and they
were certainly enjoyed by all. Our thanks go to Betty C. Smith,
our Vice-President, who had her brother Caleb Clement send them
to her for the occasion.
Robert Provost and family from Huntsville, Alabama spent three
weeks in August visiting his parents, Lt. and Mrs. Eugene Provost,
Jr., USN retired, of Long Beach. They attended the ceremony of
the Provost's granddaughter, Sister Jeannine Mary who took her
last vows in Oakland at the College of the Holy Names. Mr. and
Mrs. Segury (Frenchy) formerly of Atlas Gardens in Panama, also
attended. Miss Roberta Packard, another granddaughter of the
Eugene Provosts, graduated from Torrence West High School with
high honors. She was valedictorian and is now entered in the Uni-
versity of California at Riverside.
That's it for this year from Southern California, so I shall close
with this old favorite:
"Tis the night before Christmas, and all thru the casa
Not a creature is stirring, Caramba, que pasa?
The stockings are hanging, con much cuidadc,
In hopes that St. Nick will feel obligado
To leave a few cosas aqui and alli
For chico and chica (and something for me).
Los ninos are snuggled all safe in their camas,
(Some in vestidos and some in piyamas).
Little cabezas all full of good things,
They're all esperando lo que Santa brings.
But Santa esta at the corner saloon
Muy borrachito since mid-afternoon.
Mama esta sitting beside la ventana
Shining her rolling pin para manana.
When Santa returns to his home zigzagguendo
Lit up like a arbol of Christmas, cantando
She'll send him to cama con un heavy right -
Merry Christmas a todos y a todos good night.
Yule Y'all and to all Happy New Year for 1967.Hasta la vista,
Mildred P. Kline Secretary
A recent visitor to Colorado was Blanche Matheney. Blanche left
the Zone on September 6 and first visited Nealie Van Siclen in New
York. From there she flew to Denver, was met by Susan (Ewing)
Bishop, who took her home to Colorado Springs where she spent
several days. While there, the Bishops had the Roy Kennedys down
from Englewood for Sunday dinner and they all had a real good
get-together reminiscing about all their mutual friends and school
Blanche then ltew to Englewood where she stayed with the
Kennedys and while there she and Dorothy drove to Greely to see
fhe Al Harringtons. Harold and Ruth Duncan, Norma Harring-
ton's aunt and uncle, were visiting her from Sarasota, California,
and Harold showed them slides of ex-C.Z.ers taken at the Calif-
ornia Society's get together. It was good to see pictures of so many
old friends whom we hadn't seen in so many years.
Blanche then left for Miami, where she was to meet her fiance,
Elton Todd, and then they were going to do some deep sea fishing
and go to Clearwater, Fla. to visit with Bob and Marie Collins.
Ellen Matheney, Blanche's daughter, is planning to attend the
PAA stewardess school in Miami in November.
Leonard Stark called to say goodbye several days before he left
Colorado for good. His nephew from Denver drove him to New
Orleans where he was to board a Panama Railroad liner and return
to the Canal Zone to live with his daughter and her family. We are
sorry to see him go but realize he will be much happier there.
We will miss him.
COME TO THE REUNION
NEWS FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS
For Mrs. Bertha J. Turner
By Mrs. Iva H. Standefer
Mr. and Mrs. George Lowe of Wilmington, Delaware, are the
guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Lowe.
Mrs. Minnie Danielson died in Houston, Texas. She was a resident
of the Canal Zone during construction days and made her home at
Empire while there.
Mr. and Mrs. Hank Gesink and children, Ann, Rinus and Hendrick,
have recently moved to Houston after 15 years' residence at
Cristobal, C. Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Forest Young of Los Rios, C. Z. are visiting relatives
in Palestine, Texas. They will return to the Zone in November.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collins of St. Petersburg, Florida, have been
visiting in Houston, Texas, with Mrs. Collins' father, Mr. Ezra
Haldeman, and with Mrs. Thearon Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Lee
Wright, and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Rothwell.
Bud and Vonna Huldquist of Margarita, C. Z., have been visiting
his mother Mrs. Bates Wyman. Their daughter, Nancy, is a student
at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. While in Houston, they
attended as regional representatives the International Convention
of the "Sweet Adelines", which was held at Rice Hotel, Houston,
Texas, on October 13 18. June and Dick May of C. Z. were also
regional representatives. This is the first time the group "Pan
Canettes" from the C. Z. has competed in a convention and they were
among the top twenty in placement. Members of the Pan Canettes
are: Lead, Mrs. Wilma Moore; Tenor, Mrs. Judy Thompson; Bari-
tone, Mrs. Frieda Storha, Base, Mrs. Cecilia Gove, who is director.
Mrs. Gove organized the Pan Canettes soon after arriving in the
C. Z. from Oregon where she was a member. Also attending the
convention were Mrs. Flanneken of Balboa; Ray Gerald Jarmillo
the coach; and Mr. and Mrs. Blanco of Colon.
Mr. James Long, his daughter and baby visited with Mr. and Mrs.
Murriell Souder, Houston Texas, during the first part of September.
Mr. and Mrs. Murriell Souder spent two weeks in Los Angeles,
California, with Mr. and Mrs. James Long during September, and
report a wonderful visit.
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Coffey, Sr., of Balboa, C. Z., visited in
Houston, Texas, with his sister, Mrs. Pat Johnston.
COME TO THE REUNION
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
It was a delightfully frosty morning October 16th when we drove
to Eureka Springs for the 16th annual meeting. Eureka Springs,
high in the Ozarks, is becoming the traditional place for the Fall
gathering of former Canal Zone residents to meet for luncheon and
election. Our usual Flaming Fall Revue was not quite so Flaming
this year due to lack of moisture still the cool crisp air and the
fellowship of 42 kindred souls was inspiring.
To Carl Newhard and Alice Engelke we feel deep appreciation
for work well done as President and Secretary for 3 and 2 years
respectively. To our new President and Secretary, Eldridge N.
(Mike) and Minnie Burton of Fayetteville, we greet you as our
leaders and promise our loyal support.
Our guests from the greatest distances were Edith Eppley of
Canal Zone, Mr. Fraley of California and Nannie I. Brown of
Houston, Texas. Our honored guests were Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin
Saltzman and Lt. Col. and Mrs. H. J. Christensen. Our 1st time
member was Clarence (Bud) Kilby now residing in Fayetteville.
His wife, Hazel, was called home to St. Joe, Mo. to be with her
father, 91 years young.
A moment of silence was observed in memory of Grover F. Bohan
who was with us last year and passed on in July.
After luncheon and business and election we went a "long jour-
ney to India" via pictorial colored slides shown and narrated by
Dr. Saltzman, formerly of Gamboa Dispensary now of Saltzman,
Guenther and Shonyo Clinic in Mountain Home, Arkansas. Dr. Ben
was accompanied to India by his wife, Betty (Bohan) and served
as representative to the President of Rotary International. He is
an international figure in his chosen field, Medical, and serves on
many Boards and Committees. The pictures were beautiful and the
narration superb, even to naturalness of the punctuation of names
of men and places of the many countries they visited before reaching
We missed many of our regular attendants, some away on trips,
others called to be with families in illness. A close bond of fellow-
ship was felt as we closed with the Mizpah Benediction.
Earlier in the season we were happy to show our town of Fay-
etteville, located on 7 hills to Harry and Lanor Butz of the Atlantic
side before sending them on to be the guests of Herbert and Alice
Engelke in Bentonville. Harry is chemist at Mt. Hope Filtering
From Jonesboro, and Mt. Home, Ark., we learned that our chil-
dren are growing up. Sue, daughter of Dr. Ben and Betty Saltzman
was recently married to James D. Brown of Mt. Home. John Saltz-
man is a Senior at Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore and 9
year old Mark is a 4th grader. Betty gave us news of her sister,
Elaine (Bohan) Hooper and family. Elizabeth Ann Hooper of Hono-
lulu, Hawaii, daughter of Mrs. Rector C. Hooper (Elaine) and the
late Dr. Hooper of Jonesboro was married in August to Mr. Lee
Phillips in The Star of The Sea Catholic Church in Honolulu. The
bride's mother flew to Honolulu to be present at the wedding.
Elizabeth attended the University of Hawaii at Honolulu on a Nat-
ional Science Foundation Grant to work on a Masters degree in
Biology. The newlyweds are now residing in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Andy Hooper is a Senior at Arkansas State College and his sister
Sarah Hooper is a Freshman in HighSchool.
After attending the Fall meeting on Sunday. Walter Wagner,
President of the Arkansas State Federation of NARCE, visited the
Benton County Chapter in Rogers the next day. On Tuesday, Walter
was guest speaker for Fayetteville Chapter. At this time Walter
installed the new officers. Ruth Daniel is our new President, retir-
ing from the office of Secretary which she has filled for 2 years.
We missed Iola Wagner from these meetings. Iola is a patient at
St. Joe's Hospital in Little Rock.
We were happy to see Frances Dorn, reporter for "In, and 'Round
About" Hot Springs, Ark. Frances was a guest of the Lynn Cooks
in Rogers. Lt. Col. Christensen, mentioned earlier, is the President
of the P. C. Society in Central Arkansas.
The Walter Reifs, Martha, have returned from a trip to Chicago to
see the kin folk. Before leaving here they were hosts to Bob and
Hazel Blades, up from the Zone on their way to vacation in Texas.
Another tripper was Billie Bohan of Jonesboro who visited her son
Richard Sandiford and his bride in Va., later going on to the Charlie
Hollanders of Jacksonville, Florida.
President and Secretary Mike and Minnie Burton have had a busy
season, visiting and being visited. They went to Houston to care
for Minnie's Aunt Minnie Danielson who passed on in September.
Mrs. Danielson was a sister of the late Walter G. Brown and was
down to the Canal in the early days. Minnie's mother, Mrs. Nannie
Brown returned with them for a visit and attend our Reunion.
Minnie's son, Sgt. Robert Crooks was here for a few days. Bob has
been assigned to the Panama Sector for duty in the Special Forces,
at present in Washington, D. C. for intensive slndy in the Berlitz
School for Languages.
The Heinie Hallins, Theo, have settled down to a season of school-
ing. Theo as teacher of English in local Jr. Hi, David a Jr. and
Elizabeth a Freshman in the University of Arkansas.
The Ed Higgins, Mildred Makibban, enjoyed a week's visit of
their son Barton and his wife of Monterey, Calif. at their top o' the
world home, Starsong. Two days later they had packed up all their
worldly goods and with their 3 children. Linda, 16, Mike, 13. and
Jim, 10 departed for 3886 Pensacola Drive, Lantana. Florida where
Ed is to teach music in one of the public schools. Mail from Mildred
tells of their joy in their new location. Lantana's gain and our loss.
Bud and Hazel Kilby are settled here for the Winter in a lovely
abode known locally as "The Pink Cloud" on New Horizon Ranch
with a Billion $ view of our lovely folded hills and access to a well
stocked fish pond address, Route 1, Fayetteville.
The 4 season climate of the Ozarks is a bit too cold for 94 year
old Mother Engelke who is making her home with George and Edith,
so she is returning to Glenmore, California and will be with her son
Harry. Mother Engelke has 3 sons who retired to Bentonville. Mrs.
Mattie MacAuley reports that Maj. J. B. Coman, Jr. is still stationed
at Maxwell A.F.B. near Montgomery, Ala. Their daughter Julie
Ann Potter is now located in Thomasboro, Ill., where she teaches
in Paxton. Her husband is stationed at Chanute A.F.B. Young Bill
Coman is in the Great Lakes Training Station.
Other Bentonville news: Fred and Jessie Newhard report that
Dr. Omar Franklin of Gorgas Hospital, his wife Ann (Newhard) and
3 children are driving to the U.S.A. to spend Christmas with them.
Lt. and Mrs. Andrew Bleakley (Carol Newhard) and son are now
in Pacific Grove, Calif. where the Lt. is attending school. Fred Jr.
is working in a new hotel in New Haven, Conn. Lt. John Albright
is in Viet Nam and his family is located in Oklahoma. Brian Al-
Bright and family are still in Washington, D. C. The Glynn Terrells
and daughter Andrea, toured 9 Western States visiting National
Parks. They had an enjoyable visit with Mrs. Hugh Thomas of
Arcadia, saw Ralph and Virginia (Thomas) Harvey of Balboa who
were on vacation. While in San Francisco visited Ella Clute,
daughter of Canal Pilot, Capt. Wm. Clute. Etta Fay said that "Home
looked good after 5% weeks on the road."
The Carl Newhards and Helen's Dad, Malcolm Little, are enjoying
their new home in Bentonville, also galivanting, as they all, in-
cluding Carl's mother, Edith Eppley drove to Syracuse, N. Y. to
attend the wedding of their son Sam to Miss Ann Martin, Fayette-
ville, N. Y., August 13th. Sam's brother Bruce and family of Louis-
ville, Ky. were present and Bruce served as an usher. Sam is em-
ployed by Firestone Rubber Co. in Michigan but will be transferred
Nov. 1st for further training. Location not yet known. After the
wedding the Bentonville family drove to Montgomery, Pa. where
Mrs. Eppley had a grand visit with her brother for 2 months. NOTE
TO GEORGE D. POOLE IN FRANCE There are 17 towns named
Fayetteville in the United States, the best is Fayetteville, Arkansas-
thanks for card.
Stewart and Polly Trail were ready to leave for Eureka Springs
when a 'phone call advised them Polly's Dad had undergone a
serious operation in Florida. They thought it best to be home for
further calls All is well. They report the Wm. C. Hearons now
of Staten Island, N. Y. stopped for a visit after being with their son
Chris, an Army Capt. who is now in Ft. Campbell, Kentucky after
a tour in Germany. The Hearons and the Trails went to Kansas
City to see the H. J. Quinlans and the Ralph Ottens in Raytown.
"Red" and Alice Nail and daughter Lisa have given up their
rented place and will live in the former home of her parents, Ruth
and the late Lee Pearce in Rogers. Ruth is now established in a
beautiful trailer home nearby. Mrs. Dennis Muhs, the former Marge
Pasel of Norfolk, Nebraska is the guest of Mrs. Ruth Daniel. Ruth
and Marge were one-time room mates in Curundu, C. Z. in the early
40's. Today, Oct. 25th, they were digging diamonds in Murphrees-
boro, Ark., the only place in the United States where diamonds are
From San Francisco comes word that Mrs. James A. Wier, Alice
Ray and husband, Col. Jim of Viet Nam again met in Honolulu dur-
ing September. Having Ramblered the past 4 years, your reporter
and husband Newell are planning to Dodge their way to the West
Coast and spend the usual Holidays with Alice Ray and our grand-
daughter Linda at 2836 Greenwich St., San Francisco and be there
for the real Holiday when Col. Jim comes home for keeps we
wish the same for all our men over there and Man learns to practice
what is preached in all religions.
To our readers, near and far, we of The Panama Canal Society of
Northwest Arkansas wish y'all the JOY of Christmas. the HOPE of
a New Year and the priceless treasure of HEATTH.
Blanche E. Shaw
COME TO THE REUNION
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Autumn trees arrayed in lovely colors abundant here in the
mountains, nature's beauty all around, tourists come from every-
where to admire; Time to reflect on the happy days of summer,
family and friends, harvest time, Halloween, the coming of Thanks-
giving when we should be aware of our many blessings, giving
thanks to Him who makes all things possible.
Barbara and Tom Coleman report that in May their daughter and
son-in-law, Jean and Jack Dombrowsky of Balboa, Canal Zone,
visited their son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Carolyn and their
first grandson, (the Tom Colemans first great grandson) Dale is a
2nd Lieutenant in the Army stationed near Homestead, Fla. Barbara
and Tom later drove with Jean and Jack to Waynesburg, Pa. to
visit their other daughter Louise and husband Jim Patterson and
family who own Radio Station WANB. Margaret and Ross Hol-
lowell came up from St. Petersburg, Florida and spent a few days
with them over the July 4th holiday. During the month of October
they had as house guests, Tom's nephew and wife Mr. and Mrs. F. M.
Jordan of Los Angeles, Calif.
We were saddened by the death of Capt. Frank J. Reppa, Jr.
who passed away August 21st in Margaret Pardee Hospital, Hen-
dersonville, N. C. He was such a wonderful person and will be
missed by all who were privileged to know him.
In Sept. Ruth Sill of Hendersonville and Ethel Bowen (mother of
Bob Bowen, teacher in Canal Zone Schools) of Tyron accompanied
Betty and Paul Bentz to Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North
Carolina where they spent a week fishing and beachcombing; Side
trips to Cape Hatteras and Okracoke Island and Elizabeth City were
among the highlights of the trip.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Wagner of Hendersonville had as house
guests, Jimmie and Helen Lyons of Fort Lauderdale who over-
nighted with them in September on their way home from their
summer home in Saranac Lake, N. Y.
Mr. Louis Warner and his daughter Eve (Mrs. Robert Gilchrist)
visited overnight at the home of Bruce and Mildred Harrel] in
August on their way North. Louis who sold his home in Pinellas
Park, Florida, will make his home with Eve in Vestal, N. Y. Eve's
husband is an electrical engineer with International Business Ma-
Della and Clarence Howell spent the week-end of September 26th
with daughter Margaret and family in Winston-Salem. While there
they had a delightful visit from Theo and Carol Hotz who are now
living in Greensboro, N. C. Ted is doing some temporary teaching
at a college in Highpoint, N. C.
Vera and Claud Howell are now living in their new home at 915
Fairway Drive in Beverly Hills, Asheville, N. C. We are so glad
to have them with us.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles McG. Brandl, recent Canal Zone retirees,
have bought a new home in Asheville at 66 Rosewood Ave., Also -
Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Jorstad, Rt. 3, Box 322 Waynesboro, N. C.
who purchased their home a few years ago, but have just recently
moved up from the Canal Zone this summer. We welcome them to
The Robert Metingers of La Boca, C. Z. spent the month of August
on a delightful farm near Edie's mother in Pisgah. Their many
friends in the mountain area are happy to have them so near.
On her way from Georgia to Chapel Hill to visit the James Dykes
family, Mrs. Welty Compton spent a day with Ruth Sill in Hen-
dersonville, N. C.
In late October Ruth Sill flew to Princeton, N. J. to be present
at the christening of the Theodore Pecks (Mary Sill) fourth son, by
Bishop R. H. Gooden who also had baptized the three older boys. Mr.
Peck is Senior System Analyst with Applied Datamatic Research,
Computer Consulting Firm, with headquarters in Princeton, N. J.
The Pecks often see the Jim Meigs. Jim son of Mrs. Al Meigs of
Tampa, Fla. grew up in Pedro Miguel, and is Economist Vice-Pres. of
First National Bank of New York and commutes to the big city.
The J. J. Edges from Wilmington, N. C. visited several days with
the Fred Hodges in Weaverville, made a trip to Blowing Rock and
other side trips enjoying the beauty of fall foliage.
The Ray Shueys have been in Hendersonville, N. C. this summer
but are leaving the latter part of this month (October) for Florida
where their daughter Edith and son in law Morris Lovell have re-
cently purchased a trailer park, Mobile Village 2765 10th Ave.,
Lake Worth, Florida. They expect to be there for about two weeks,
then on to Palatka to see Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Shaw where they
usually winter, may make some trips to the Keys and plan on at-
tending the Reunion in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. George Ward of Weaversville, N. C. must be very proud
of her son in law, Sherman E. Lee (see article on Page 88 in Time
Magazine September 16, 1966) who is Director of the Cleveland
Museum of Art. Director Lee joined the museum in 1952 as curator
of Oriental art and became director in 1958.
In August we (Dorothea and Starford Churchill) went to Pa. to
visit our son and family for about 10 days, had a wonderful time,
especially enjoyed our grand children, too there were parades to
see (convention in city) and our son and grandson had an active
part in some of the activities.
In early September Edna and Paul Furr, with Paul's sister Franc-
ine and her husband came to spend the Labor Day week-end with us,
we always enjoy having them, had a good visit the Tuesday after
Labor Day they left for home, a couple of hours later we left for
Florida, first to Palatka, then on to Sarasota to visit Florence and
Charlie Harrison hadn't seen them in 7 years, stayed 5 days
and visited other friends in that area had a splendid time.
Friends will be sorry to hear that Regina Rossiter fell and
broke her hip in August. In October Jean Howard fell in her home
and cut a gash in the back of her head which had to be stitched.
Margaret Wanlass fell in the A&P Store and broke a bone in her
hip all are now healing nicely.
afterwards the gifts were opened by the young couple. Among
the invited guests were the brother of the groom James and his
wife; Mr. and Mrs. James M. Hunter, the Roger Williams of Pom-
pano Beach, the Rudolph D. Melansons, Mrs. Alba D. Hutchings,
Mrs. Barbara H. Schmitt, Mrs. John J. Crawford, Mrs. W. H.
Rudolph (Betty's sister), Mrs. Thomas Breheney, Mrs. C. C. Griffin,
Mrs. Catherina Bail-Shields and Mr. DeWitt Pasco.
We regret to announce the death of Emily D. Harrold, wife of
General Thomas L. Harrold in Ft. Lauderdale, recently. General
Harrold was at one time stationed at Quarry Heights and their
daughter is married to Bill Nickisher of Balboa. Mrs. Harrold will
be buried in Arlington, Virginia.
Mrs. Thomas Breheney (Mary) is off to Boston to visit her old
friends Sue and Mac Magee of 44 Maple Street, Hyde Park, Mass.
Babe Melanson entered the hospital recently and is due to have
an eye operation. We wish the best for him.
Margaret Hardy of Miami is off to Detroit to meet Helen
McKewon, the latter to purchase a car and the two gals will drive
Mrs. Elias Mihalitsianos, wife of "The Greek" was on a visit to
the U. S. recently and stopped for a short visit with the Roger
Mrs. Danny Rudge (Minnie Kleefkins) is in Florida for a short
time. She was called here due to the death of her granddaughter,
Tina Robin Fox, the daughter of Gerald and Mel Fox. Our sym-
pathy to the two families.
Dr. and Virginia (Thomas) Harvey are visitors to various parts
of Florida and stopped to visit some of their old friends.
The Bruce Carpenters, he of the City Bank in Balboa, and recently
in their New York office, retired recently, and both are here in
Fort Lauderdale. They purchased a home on Cordova Road and will
be moving in soon.
The George Winquists of Fuerza y Luz in Panama, and both from
old time families in Balboa, are now residents of Ft. Lauderdale.
Their daughter is a student at Vanderbilt University.
Mrs. Geneva Stockham of St. Petersburg has been a visitor to the
home of the James Reeses, daughter Janet and son in law Jimmy
and the granddaughter; Janet and Jimmy are off to Miami this week
end to see Jimmy's college play in a football match, Indiana versus
The B. V. Hutchings, Byrne and Armella, moved into their new
home this past week, and are now at home to their friends at 2922
North West 48th Street, Tamarac Lakes South, Ft. Lauderdale,
Mrs. Charles Morgan of Morgan's Gardens was a visitor for a
few days at the home of Kay Schock and her daughter.
The Paul Hertgens are settled in the Oriole Estates, Ft. Lauder-
dale, Florida, at 4190 N. M. 85th Avenue. They are off vacation-
ing at present
Miss Margaret Connors, retired school teacher from the Zone,
is spending some time with Byrne and Aremella Hutchings in their
Wally and Isabel Wolford are back in their apartment in Ft.
Lauderdale after a long vacation in Ohio, Indiana and California.
In Indiana, they visited with Alice Jordan Rogers, and since then
learned that Alice had fallen and was in the hospital. In Calif-
ornia the Wolfords visited with members of her family, Tom and
Stella Sullivan, Alice and Robert Seevey, also visited with the
Endicotts (he with Post Office) in Escondido.
Bishop Goodin of the Episcopal Church in Ancon is a visitor to
our town. He is the guest of Dr. and Mrs. I. J. Strumpf, and will
conduct services at one of the Episcopal churches on the Sunday of
his stay here.
Mr. and Mrs. David Yerkes are giving an "at home" for the
Bishop during his short stay here. I was invited to the party, but
due to other plans was unable to attend. From reports it was a
howling success and a "good time" was had by all.
Your reporter was off for a vacation too. I accompanied my
granddaughter Sande Schmitt. Barbara Hutchings Schmitt's dau-
ghter, to Boston, where she attends Emerson College. Grandma and
Sande had a big time shopping and fixing up Sande's room her
first she was formerly in the dorm. Then we went to Mendon,
Massachusetts where we all stayed with Ruth Gomez. Louis, former
Vice President of Chase Manhattan is now retired and is in Santo
Domingo with AID. The week after I left the Gomez', she took off
for Santo Domingo to stay there with Louis till Xmas when they will
return to spend the holidays with their two children and their
families. Coran Ann Gomez Yore, her husband and 3 boys, and Robin
Gomez, with his wife and little girl Pamela,
Later I went to Brookfield, Wisconsin, to visit my son Jack, wife
Phyllis and their four young ones. Had a wonderful time, but
coward that I am as the weather turned cold I took off for our
beloved Florida. Arrived home with the hurricane, got off loaded
in Tampa, and crept home like a lame duck in the wee hours.
Mrs. Charles Persons of St. Pete was an over-night visitor at the
home of the Jimmy Hunters (Amelia) on her way to Panama to visit
daughter Shirley Smith and granddaughter Shirlita O'Connor.
Sande Smith, my granddaughter, was taken ill in Boston, and after
almost three weeks in the school infirmary with a throat infection,
came home for almost two weeks to recoup and get some tender,
loving care, as the school nurse put it. We were happy to send her
back looking so well. Meanwhile she and her Mother took off for
four days to Bimini for complete rest and they reported a grand
time, even if it was in the off season.
We are sorry to report that Helen Lyons (Jimmy) formerly of the
schools division fell and broke her wrist. We wish a speedy recovery
Kay Kirk of La Cresta, Panama Republic, arrived in Miami, took
a short trip to Nassau where she visited with the Lee Cramers of
City Bank and other friends. Had a wonderful time and then
arrived for a visit with Barbara Hutchings and Barbara Hutchings
Scunitt. In her honor the two gals entertained for her with a
cocktail buffet. Among the guests were the David Yerkes, Dr. and
Mrs. Strumpf, the Sigurd Essers, the Clarence O. Perkins, Roger
Williams and lovely wife Dorothy, the Skipper Becks, Jimmy and
Amelia Hunter, the David Richards, the Walter Youngs of 15th
Naval District, the Clifford Allans, the Al Todds, the Joseph
Bellos, Mr. Myrle Kell, Bev Des Londes, Rachel Rudolph, Betty
Crawford, Mary Harrison, the Bruce Carpenters, Mrs. Mike Byrnes
(Ruth), the David Langdons, Joe and May Coplan, Byrne and Ar-
mella Hutchings and their house guest Margaret Conner, Frank and
Ann -Cunningham, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Forman, Mr. and Mrs. John
Bouvier. What a grand time we had even though it was my and
B. Ann's party.
Am proud to announce that my daughter, Barbara Hutchings
Schmitt, has passed the National and State examinations, and is
now licensed to sell mutual funds, deal in real estate trusts, etc.
She is affiliated with the B. C. Morton Organization., Inc. of Boston,
and works in the Bay View Building here in Ft. Lauderdale, for
Frederic Beck, the Resident Manager.
The John Connards entertained with a dinner recently in honor
of Captain Kenneth Bevins, a pilot from Balboa.
The Jimmy Driscolls of the Orinoco Mining Company in Vene-
zuela were the honor guests at a luncheon the James Hunters gave
for them when they were here. Among the guests were the David
Yerkes and her aunt Mrs. Bamback, the Leroy Magnusons, Byrne
and Armella Hutchings, and Barbara H. Schmitt.
Bev Des Londes, Ruth Crouch, Kay Kirk and Barbara Hutchings
took a two day trip to Key West this past week. All had a wonder-
ful time, and while there Danny Des Londes, who teaches in Key
West took us all sightseeing and made a wonderful guide for us.
COME TO THE REUNION
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
"Though many of life's pleasures
May change from year to year,
Old friendships never change at all
Except to grow more dear.
And just like cherished memories,
They have a place apart -
A place reserved forever
In a corner of the heart."
Since my last letter to the CANAL RECORD, another Canal Zone
"Old Timer" has been found and right here in Texas, only a few
miles from Houston. His name is R. Leroy Dill. He worked in
Gorgona for the Mechanical Division and in Diablo for the Corral.
His service for the Panama Canal was between the years 1910 and
1916, with Construction Day service insufficient for the gratuity
pension. Leroy Dill and Lee Wright had not seen each other in
50 years. Then their paths crossed again in Texas. What a reunion!
One entire day was spent looking at old Canal Zone snapshots and
asking each other about friends. Perhaps some of the members of
Panama Canal Society of Florida will remember Leroy Dill. His
postal address is: R. L. Dill, Coldsprings, Texas, P. O. Box 224,
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Ward have traveled to San Francisco,
California to be with their daughter Alice Ray Weir and her
daughter, Linda. Several days were spent in Santa Barbara, with
friends of the Gatun, Canal Zone days Frances Greening and
family. Mr. and Mrs. Ward's daughter, Judy, who lives in Caracas.
Venezuela, is presently undergoing medical treatment in New York
Carolyn (Pollak) Tyssen and young daughter, Evelyn, of Clif-
ton, Texas were house guests of the Lee Wrights, prior to flying
to Sarasota, Florida for a visit with Carolyn's parents -Walter
and Peggy Pollak. We are very happy to report that Walter is
recuperating nicely from his recent two major operations. Visits
from Canal Zone folks would really help a lot.
Forrest, Doris and Doris Mary Young of Los Rias, Canal Zone,
vacationed in Texas recently, dividing their time in Houston, Pales-
tine and Corpus Christi.
Ezra Haldeman spent Thanksgiving in St. Petersburg, Florida,
with his daughters, Betty Underwood, Gail Hollingsworth and
Joyce Collinge. Traveling on his plane will also be his grandson,
C. Ray Underwood and wife, Sharon. Roy is studying for a Doctorate
degree at Rice University under a three year scholarship from
Mrs. Walter Weiman had son, Bud Huldquith and wife, Vonna
(Hambleton) visiting from the C. Z. Alton and Matte Lee White
will soon move to California to be near their children and Alton's
parents, the D. P. Whites. They will be greatly missed by their
friends and relatives in Houston. However, we've been promised a
visit of a few months each year. We are happy to have Mrs. Flora
Bell (Moon) Helmerichs as a resident of Houston, Texas. Her
mother was the late Frances Morrison Greigle.
We attended funeral services for George E. Carkkeet, Sr. in
October. Another Canal Zone "Old Timer" has traveled on to his
Father's house of many mansions. He made several visits to Canal
the Zone in the past few years, accompanied by his son, Stewart Car-
There is always a little sunshine and then a little rain; a little
happiness and then a little sorrow. But precious memories of
dear friends and events of our Canal Zone days will always remain
with each of us.
And so I say "adios" for now with thoughts and prayers daily
for Canal Zone friends
P.S. Irene and Lee Wright visited with Alida (Drew) Lenhart in
Eagle Lake, Texas, only 65 miles from Houston. We were shocked
to hear that Mr. Lenhart had to undergo three very serious eye
operations in summer months. Fortunately, he is now greatly im-
proved and has vision. Many will remember Alida as the first grade
teacher of their children in Balboa Elementary School. Her address
is: Mrs. William Lenhart, P. O. Box 537, Eagle Lake, Texas.
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Summer visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James F. Burgoon
were Jeanne's brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kunkel
and son, Jimmy, from -Gatun. The Kunkels had spent their summer
vacation in Pennsylvania and were on hand for the birth of their
first grandchild, a son, born to their son-in-law and daughter,
Joseph and Catherine Glinski, in Philadelphia.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Smith of Silver Springs, Md. with their
daughters, Pamela and Gail, on vacation in Florida visited the
Michael F. Greene's, Mildred Neely and Mrs. Matilda Neely. Ralph is
the brother of J. Robert Smith of La Boca, a son-in-law of Mrs.
Neely and Mildred Neely and Marion Greene's brother in law.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. McKeown and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L.
Hanners with their granddaughter, Sue, drove down from St. Peters-
burg, Fla., to spend the day with John and Madge Hall.
Roger and Fran Orvis and the J. O. Barnes, enjoyed a visit by
Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Red) Messer of Del Rio, Texas. They were
on vacation with their children, Patty, 15, and Charlie, 12, and were
visiting Martha's parents, the C. H. Coxwells in Venice, Florida.
Martha was here for one of the C. Z. Birthday Club meetings.
The B. Donald Humphreys enjoyed a visit with Cliff and Irma
(Fayard) Wicks and daughter Vicki Ann of Pensacola, Fla. Don
and Cliff served in the Navy together at Coco Solo in 1934 and later
each was best man at each other's wedding on the C. Z.
Another summer visitor at Gladys and Don's was Mrs. Era L.
Greene of Anniston, Ala. who spent a week in Sarasota before going
to Tallahassee to visit Maude and Percy Lawrance.
Mildred Neely used a Costo Rican theme when she entertained the
C. Z. Birthday Club in September, carrying out the theme in the
table decorations which held a miniature oxcart with cut flowers.
She had handpainted the tallies and place cards herself and served
Arroz con Pollo, Costa Rican style. Each guest received a pair of
earrings from Costa Rica, and Jay Cain, who was the birthday girl
honored, received a souvenir change purse with her gift.
Guest of Ruth and Clyde Stroop in August was Bill Hughes, who
spent two weeks in the U.S. He was on vacation from his position
as manager of the Canal Zone Bus Line. Bill first flew to Merritt
Island to visit his son-in-law and daughter, Bruce and Sandra Claf-
lin, and children, Scott 4 and 7 month old Forrest Elaine, Bill's only
granddaughter whom he was meeting for the first time. He later
flew to Houston, Texas to visit his son, Tom, and his wife, Lorna and
their sons, Tom, Jr. and Jeffrey.
Jay and Harry Cain enjoyed a visit by Mrs. Ethel Helen Daniels,
who was returning to the Canal Zone from a months vacation. Helen
is the nurse at the Navy Dispensary and was formerly on the nursing
staff at Gorgas Hospital. She came to the U.S. to visit her son-in-law
and daughter, John and Helen Frances Miller, at their home in
St. Charles, Miss. and to become acquainted with her first grand-
child, Rebecca Lee Miller, born August 7 in St. Charles.
Gene and Ethel Askew of La Boca, with sons Bob and Steve,
visited the Michael F. Greens and Dave and Ruth Gatz. They later
drove to Tennessee where their oldest son, Bob, enrolled in the
freshman class at Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in Cookeville.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Page of Coco Solo, Charlotte's sister,
Helen Ball, and their aunt, Mrs Ruth Page, visited the Roger Orvises
and the Don Humphreys.
Ruth and Clyde Stroop spent three weeks in Parkersburg, W. Va.
with their youngest daughter, Karen, her husband, William W.
Wolfe and their children, Vickie, Johnny and Ruth Anne.
In October, Mike and Marion Greene made a two week trip to
North Carolina, spending most of the time with Gil and Virginia
Morland of Brazos Heights, at their winter home in Pinehurst. Gil
and Mike watched the world series on TV and spent most of the
Before coming back to Sarasota they visited Earl and Marge Orr
and son, Johnny, in their new home in Newton and with the Orr's
next door neighbors and former CZers, E. Beverly and Kathleen
(Goodenough) Turner, and their 11 year old daughter, Patty. Bev
is with the Dixie Boat Works in Newton.
Curtis and Emily Bliss of Eau Gallie spent a week-end in Sarasota
with Curt's sisters and brothers-in-law, Gladys and Don Humphrey
and Tinsie and Barney Barnes. They had just returned from a three
week trip north and showed slides and movies taken while in Canada
at the Calgary Stampede, Bannf National Park in the Canadian
Rockies as well as family pictures taken when they visited his
sister and brother-in-law, Zonella and Jack Field in San Fernando,
Calif. and his brother and family, the Gerald D. Bliss, Jrs. in Camp-
bell, including their new grandson, John David Bliss. Also pictures
of Emily's niece, Marty, and her husband, Air Force Lt. John
Greeman at Nellis Air Force Base and around Las Vegas.
Buster and Jeanne Burgoon, who were celebrating the fourth an-
niversary of their residence in Kensington Park on September 29,
received a ham radio contact from Jack and Joyce Clark telling
them to expect them before Christmas, as Jack was retiring early.
Joyce and Jack are having a home built "around the corner" from
Mr. and Mrs. Julius O. Barnes are enjoying a visit by Joe and
Della Noonan of Brazos Heights, C. Z., who just drove from Bal-
timore, Md. Joe and Della are avid Baltimore Oriole baseball fans
and came to the U.S. to visit relatives in Baltimore and attend the
World Series games played there. Did anyone see them on T.V.T
They were in a box seat in back of third base.
They were accompanied to Sarasota by Della's sister-in-law,
Arlene, widow of the late Dr. Frank Raymond, who had just re-
turned from a trip to Hawaii and the West Coast and was visiting
relatives in Baltimore. Arlene planned to return to Panama by
plane. Joe and Della planned to visit Phyllis Crooks in St. Peters-
burg before returning to the C.Z. on the S.S. Cristobal November 11.
The Lee Heims, Harry Cains and B. D. Humphreys were visited
by Mr. and Mrs. George Bonneau of St. Petersburg and were ac-
companied by Jack Blair and Beverly Dreyer, who are students at
St. Petersburg Jr. College. Jack and Bev said there are nine CZers
attending the college.
Stan and Billie Guest are now living in St. Pete since Stan
retired from Mindi Dairy, and have made several trips to Sarasota
to visit hometown friends.
Gus and Lee Schmidt drove down from Greenville, N. C. to visit
the J. F. (Buster) Burgoons, and were accompanied by Lee's brother
and his wife, Louis and Elsie Wursley. Gus and Lee are considering
a home in Kensington Park.
Star and Dorothea Churchill spent several days in Sarasota and
were house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Harrison, Sr. and
with them attended the September Panama Canal Society meeting in
St. Petersburg, Fla. They visited their many friends in Sarasota
and while here Florence and Dorothea were guests when Ruth
Gatz was hostess for the weekly get-together of the C.Z. sewing
In October Jeanne and Buster Burgoon and son, Gregg spent a
weekend in Hollywood, Fla., and helped their only grandchild, Laura
noon exchanging news and memories of the "good old days" on
the Canal Zone and getting caught up to date on their families.
Minnie Rudge is president of the Bayview Grandmother's Club of
Jay and Harry Caine are getting all excited, they expect their
new home in the park to be completed before Christmas. They are
now renting and live next door to John and Madge Hall.
Bill and Maxine Hitchcock are now the proud owners of a color
T.V. set which Bill won in a recent drawing at an Esso Gas Station.
Congratulations, we are envious but glad for you.
Jeanne Timm, daughter of Raymond and Karen Timm, celebrate her
Jay and Harry Cain visited Grace and Oliver Culp in Ft. Myers
and while there attended a barbecue given by Rhoda and John
Robinson (formerly of Margarita), for their sons, Frank and John,
and the Maynards, Kelly and Bob and son, Robert, who were on
vacation from the C. Z.
When Mike and Marion Greene spent a week-end in Lakeland, Fla.
with Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady, Mike and Bill drove on to
Gainesville to attend the Florida-Northwestern football game.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene entertained at luncheon for
Mrs. Walter (Johanna) Freudigmann of Tampa and her sister, Mrs.
Daniel (Minnie) Rudge of Sequim, Washington, and Marion's
mother and sister, Mrs. Matilda Neely and Mildred. Johanna and
Minnie spent the day with the Greenes and Neelys and wanted to
see some of their other C.Z. friends, Mrs. Wm. C. Hitchcock of
Siesta Key joined the group for lunch and others who called in the
afternoon included Jeanne and Buster Burgoon, Fran Orvis, Tinsie
Bliss Barnes and Gladys Humphrey. The group spent the after-
Walter and Blanche (McIntire) Hartman of Diablo Heights, who
were married June 20 on the C.Z. were spending five weeks late in
the summer, visiting her relatives and came to Sarasota to visit
Mr. and Mrs. J. 0. Barnes. They visited Blanche's son and family,
Leo and Alene McIntire and daughters, Cheryl and Vicki, in Tulsa,
Okla., before driving to Arlington, Va. to see her sister, Stella
(Boggs); and brother-in-law, retired army Col. Donald DeMarr and
four sons. In Atlanta they visited Blanche's niece and family, the
Martin F. Fitzgeralds and three children; (Mickey Walker Fitz-
gerald is also Tinsie Barnes and Gladys Humphrey's niece). Before
coming to Sarasota they visited another niece, Anita and Paul
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