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Courtesy of the Panama Canal Company
Vol. 1 SEPTEMBEP, 1967 No 3
Sitting: Mrs. S. B. Stevens, Tavares, Fla; Beulah Propet, Washington,
D. C. Standing: Mrs. Anna Japs, Miami, Fla. and Ethel (Wanio)
Staples, Louisville, Ky.
50th :' 22 .'.nrivcrn
Mr. & Mrs. Larry Ridge & Family, Paul, San Mateo; Virginia, Los
Angeles; Lawrence, Redlands, California.
Mary Belle Hicks
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Capt. and Mrs.
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Peppy Mamas" Pedro Miguel soft ball team-1934. Front Row, John
Brown, asst. coach (deceased) Lena Kelly, Christine Zeeck, Betty Lock-
ridge, (catcher) Betha Wilkonson Selby, (pitcher) Edna Turner, Alice
Jensen, Buck Lockridge, Coach. Back Row: Marion Warwick, Eleanor
Becker, Bobbie Fayard, Ruth Van Vliet, Ruth Hozapple, Marion Hutch-
inson (now Phillips).
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Harrison, Sarasota, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. George
Cassell, Redondo Beach, Calif.; Charlotte Eckert, Dunedin, Fla.
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ABOUT THE COVER
Balboa Harbor at the Pacific Terminal of the Panama Canal offers
excellent pier facilities and bunkering service to ships transiting the
Canal. Built during the construction of the Canal these piers and an
adjacent industrial repair facility have been of great use to shippers
during the past fifty years. Across the harbor in the background are
the piers at Rodman Naval Station.
Nothing to report from any action of the Congress.
There has been some requests for rates paid by members
of The Panama Canal Employees Mutual Benefit Association.
Mr. C. M. Pajak, Secretary of the Association offers the follow-
ing information. Class A Member (under 35 years of age) is
.50c per month plus $1.00 annual dues which is collected in
June each year. A Class B member (between 35 and 50 years of
age) pays $1.00 per month plus the $1.00 for annual dues, and
a Class C member (over 50 years of age) pays $2.00 per month
plus the $1.00 for annual dues.
Effective with the annuity checks due Oct. 1, 1967 retiree
Health Insurance Premiums will be adjusted downward. The
cut will be from $2.00 to $8.00 per month. This cut will not apply
to retirees that retired after July 1, 1960.
G. C. Lockridge
Mrs. Jane D. Fuller Nurse, Corozal Hospt. 19 years.
Mr. Alfred Gloss Navigation Div. 19 years.
Mr. Harold Griffin Gorgas Hospt. 30 years.
Mr. Guatave A. Moller Transportation Div. 33 years.
Mr. Winfield W. Patten Electrical Div. 15 years.
Mr. Tracy P. White Railroad Div. 23 years.
Mr. Fred Engel Maintenance Div. 26 years.
Mr. Otto Helmerichs Chief Central Employment Office -
Mr. Carroll E. Kocher Asst. Postmaster 36 years.
Mrs. Georgia J. Gwinn Teacher 23 years.
Mr. Vernon F. Kepford Jr. Supply Div. 21 years.
Mr. Wm. J. Nickisher Industrial Div. 25 years.
Mr. Ralph E. Shuey Postmaster 37 years.
Mr. George L. Cain Customs Inspector -- 36 years.
Mr. Beverly C. Halliday Procurement Officer 38 years.
Mr. Wm. S. McKee Locks Div. 28 years.
Mr. Jerome Steiner Treasury Branch 38 years.
Mrs. Clotilde N. Young Clinical Nurse 6 years.
Capt. Franklin W. Allie Pilot 11 years.
Mr. Estle N. Davison-Community Services Div.-30 years.
Mr. Robert M. Graham Auditor 16 years.
Mr. Standley M. Hamilton Supply Div. 19 years.
Mr. Charles A. Lee Customs 21 years.
Mr. Henry E. Lewis Industrial Div. 33 years.
Mr. Aubrey L. Richardson Maintenance Div. 8 years.
Mrs. Elizabeth Sudron Audit Div. 24 years.
Mr. Carl A. Yarbro Locks Div. 24 years.
Mr. Robert C. Carter Locks Div. 33 years.
Mr. Joseph S. Leiby Maintenance Div. 17 years.
Mr. Joseph A. Orvis Electrical Div. 20 years.
Mr. Samuel Roe, Jr. Police Private 32 years.
Mr. Edward E. Albin Fire Lt. 36 years.
Mrs. Agnes Hannigan Sea Level Canal Support Div. -
Mr. Carl E. Hall Maintenance Div. 31 years.
Mr. Wm. T. O'Conner Navigation Div. 24 years.
Mrs. Helen S. Plumer Gorgas Hospt. 21 years.
Mr. Homer A. Sneckenberger Locks Div. 30 years.
Mr. John N. Allen Railroad Div. 15 years.
Mr. Clifford S. Asbury Locks Div. 23 years.
Mr. Carlton S. Bell Police Private 28 years.
Capt. Mortimer C. Hill Pilot 16 years.
Capt. Ben F. Smith Pilot 14 years.
WEDDINGS AND ENGAGEMENTS
Miss Darnell Ann Will, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
R. Will of Margarita and Victor G. Putaturo, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph L. Putaturo of Panama City, Republic of Panama
were married June 10, at the Holy Family Church. The Rev-
erend Daniel J. Kramer, C. M. officiated at the Nuptial High
Mass. A reception was held at the Elk's Club in Brazos Heights.
The bride is a graduate of Cristobal High School, class of
1967. The bridegroom graduated from The Abby High School,
in Canon City, Colorado and from the University of Dayton,
Later the couple left on their honeymoon at La Siesta in the
Republic of Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. Putaturo will be making their future home in
Miss Karen Sue Coate, of Santa Monica, California, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis L. Coate, Gatun, Canal Zone, and Carl
D. Mowery, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. Mowery of Miami,
Florida, were united in marriage in the Chapel of the First
Plymouth Congregational Church in Denver, Colorado, June 21,
1967. The Reverend Leslie McCue officiated at the double ring
The bride's parents attended the wedding.
The new Mrs. Mowery is a graduate of Cristobal High
School, Canal Zone and of the Henry Ford Hospital School of
Nursing, Detroit, Michigan. She has been working at her pro-
fession in Santa Monica the past four years.
Mr. Mowery received his Master of Arts Degree in Music
at the University of Denver in July. At the end of August, they
moved to Norman, Oklahoma where Mr. Mowery will enter a
three year fellowship program at the University of Oklahoma,
leading to a Doctorate in Music Education.
Miss Jaye Thompson and John Raymond Barrett were mar-
ried June 15th in Jacksonville, Fla. The bride is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. James Thompson, La Boca, C.Z. and the grand-
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kleasner, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Mr. Barrett is the son of the late Captain John Barrett, formerly
of the Zone and of Mrs. Barrett, who lives in Jacksonville, Fla.
The bride attended C.Z. college and the bridegroom the New
York Maritime Academy. They are living in Jacksonville, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Thompson and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene
Kleasner attended the wedding.
St. John's Lutheran Church of Prairie Hill, Texas, was the
setting June 10th for the wedding of Miss Rita Faye Lauter,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Lauter and Mr. Ralph Herbert
Leisy, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Leisy, Albuquerque, N. M.
Pastor A. J. Mohr performed the double ring ceremony. Henry
Joe Leisy was best man. One of the groomsmen was Major
Immediately following the ceremony a reception was held
at Tiaden's Recreation Center.
The bride is a graduate of Branham high school. She re-
ceived a degree from Fort Sam Houston State College. For the
past two years she has been an instructor of Commercial sub-
jects in the Burton Independent School District.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Balboa High School, C. Z.
and N. M. Military Institute, Rosswell. He received a B.S.
degree from the U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, where he was
a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the U. swimming team.
At present he is enrolled at Texas A&M where he is seeking a
Master's degree in the field of plant pathology. Their address is
Box 2758, College Station, Texas 77840.
Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Leisy parents of the bridegroom; broth-
ers Mr. and Mrs. Henry Joe Leisy and family, Montgomery,
Ala., and Major and Mrs. Robert Leisy and family, Alexandria,
Va., attended the wedding.
Miss Penny Kay Rathgaber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack
E. Rathgaber, Glassboro, N.J. and Mr. William E. Whilden,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Whilden, Pitman, N.J. were married
April 14, 1967, in the First Methodist Church, Glassboro, N.J.
A reception was held in the home of the bride's parents.
Miss Linda Lee Rathgaber sister of the bride was her only
attendant. Mr. Norman Wallace was the best man. Ushers were
Messers Kenneth Williams and Roy Quinn.
The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. Lucille Judd and
the late Captain B. C. Judd, St. Petersburg, Fla. and the late
Mrs. Nora Rathgaber.
The young couple reside at 502 North Delsea Drive, Glass-
Captain and Mrs. A. L. Wilder of Margarita, announce the
forth-coming marriage of their daughter, Alberta H. Wilder, to
Mr. Collin P. Corrigan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Corrigan,
also of Margarita.
Both Miss Wilder and Mr. Corrigan are graduates of Cris-
tobal High School, and both have attended Canal Zone College.
Miss Wilder is presently employed as a Secretary for S-3,
AAIC, in Fort Davis, while Mr. Corrigan is employed by Boyd
Brothers Steamship Agencies, Ltd., in Cristobal.
Miss Andrea Lynn Tarflinger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
George Oliver Tarflinger of Balboa, C.Z., and Richard Gayle
Duzan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Schultz Duzan of Odessa, Texas
were married on May 23. The double ring, candlelight ceremony
took place in the Minter Lane Church of Christ in Abilene with
Dr. Anthony L. Asch officiating.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at Gardner
Hall, Abilene Christian College.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School with the Class
of 1963 and was the receptionist of the Elks Scholarship. She
graduated this year from Abilene Christian College. She was
a member of Kappa Chi Social Club. Her husband is a 1963
graduate of Odessa, Texas High School and a 1967 graduate of
Abilene Christian. He was a member of Knights Social Club and
Blue Key Honor Society.
Out-of-town guests at the wedding were Mrs. R. N. Trower,
the bride's aunt of St. Petersburg, Fla. formerly of the Canal
Zone, and her son Jos. Trower, of Atlanta, Ga.
The young couple left for New Castle, where the bridegroom
has a teaching position beginning in September. They are at
home to their friends at Monticello Apts., K-8, Moores Lane,
New Castle, Del.
Tustin Presbyterian Church was the setting for the candle-
light wedding of Miss Jeanne Louise Sooter, daughter of M/Sgt.
and Mrs. Will J. Sooter, 24551 Belgreen Place, El Toro, Califor-
nia to Ronald Edward Pearl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry E.
Pearl, Balboa, Canal Zone. Officiating at the double ring cere-
mony was Reverend Doctor Karl J. Christ, pastor of the Tustin
Immediately following the ceremony, a reception for 175
was held in the church Social Hall.
The new Mrs. Pearl is a graduate of Tustin High School and
Orange Coast College. The bridegroom is a graduate of Canal
Zone College and the University of Southern Mississippi where
he is a member and past treasurer of the Pi Kappa Alpha Frat-
ernity. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Business
After a honeymoon at Palm Springs, Calif., the couple are
at home in La Habra, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Arwin J. Janssen of Ancon, announce the en-
gagement of their daughter Patricia Marie to Lt. Rex E. Beck,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Rex Beck of Balboa.
The bride to be is a graduate of Balboa High School class
of 1964 and has completed her junior year at the University of
Illinois. Lt. Beck is a graduate of Balboa High School class of
1962 and graduated from the University of Miami in 1966.
Lt. Beck is now stationed at England Air Force Base, Alex-
Miss Carole Lynn Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George
A. Walker of Cocoli and Thomas Nelson Peregoy, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Irving E. Peregoy of Richmond, Virginia were married
June 3, at the Fort Amador Protestant Chapel. The Rev. Clar-
ence C. Payne of the Balboa Union Church officiated.
A reception followed the ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of
the Tivoli Guest House. Mrs. Mickey Fitzgerald, Atlanta, Ga.,
sister of the bride attended the wedding.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and attended
Canal Zone College. Her husband is stationed aboard the U. S. S.
Talbot County berthed at Rodman. His brother, who acted as
best man, is stationed aboard the same ship.
The young couple will make their future home in Richmond,
Mr. and Mrs. Carlos A. Gallardo of the Republic of Panama,
R. de P., announced the engagement of their daughter, Freddie-
ann Sergeant Gallardo to Angus Grover Matheney II, son of
Mrs. Blanche A. Matheney of Panama City and Mr. Angus O.
Matheney of Ottawa, Ontario.
Miss Gallardo, a 1966 graduate of the Balboa High School, is
now attending Jones College in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a
member of Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Iota Sorority.
Mr. Matheney, a 1963 graduate of Florida Central Academy
in Sorrento, Florida, attended Florida Southern College for two
years and graduated from the Canal College in May. He will
work in Florida this summer and plans to enter college in the
fall to work for a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.
Miss Marvel Joyce Davison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Norman B. Davison of Balboa, Canal Zone and Mr. Frank
Charles Townsend, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley H. Townsend,
also of Balboa, were united in marriage during a candle-light
service at the Balboa Union Church on June third. The double
ring ceremony was performed by the Reverend Clarence C.
A reception was held in the church sanctuary.
After a short honeymoon, they returned to the Isthmus to
make preparations to drive to the States where Mr. Townsend
will resume his graduate studies at Oklahoma State University,
Stillwater, Oklahoma. Their States address will be Department
of Civil Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater,
Out-of-town guests were Mrs. Emma Noe, of N. York City,
New York, aunt of the bridegroom and Miss Sidney Townsend,
Boonton, New Jersey, sister of the bridegroom, and Mr. and
Mrs. Barry L. Davison, Tallahassee, Florida, brother and
sister-in-law of the bride.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Bialkowski, Sr., of Coco Solo, announce
the marriage of their daughter, Charlotte Virginia, to Mr.
Joseph Dayries Wynne, son of Dr. and Mrs. W. H. Wynne of
Margarita, on May 23.
The double-ring ceremony took place at the Holy Family
Church in Margarita.
Mrs. Wynne, a graduate of Cristobal High School in the
Class of 1964 attended West Texas State University for two years
and for the past year has been employed by the Schools Division
as a recreation assistant.
Mr. Wynne, a graduate of Cristobal High School with the
Class of 1963, has completed his service in the U.S. Army having
been stationed in both Alaska and Vietnam. He is presently a
student at Canal Zone College where he plans to continue his
studies for the next year, after which the young couple will go
to the United States where Mr. Wynne will complete his college
Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Proback of La Baco, C.Z., announce
the marriage of their daughter Agnes to Mr. Larry Greg Gram-
lich, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Gramlich of Balboa on May 12 in
Balboa. Miss Valerie McIntire and Mr. David Philip Dempsey
The bride is a 1967 graduate of Balboa High School. Her
husband is enrolled in the apprentice program with the Panama
Following a wedding trip to Costa Rica the young couple
will make their home in Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. John Petersen of Balboa announce the mar-
riage of their daughter, Susan, to Harold Little, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Albert H. Little of Panama City, on June 6. The ceremony
took place in Balboa.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Little attended Canal Zone schools and
the Canal Zone College.
They will leave on July 1 to make their home in Denver,
The engagement of Miss Laura Theresa Pajak, daughter
of Mr. Carl A. Pajak and the late Mrs. Olive J. Pajak, to Mr.
George A. Black, III, son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Black, Jr.,
has been announced.
Both Miss Pajak and her fiance are graduates of Balboa
High School. Mr. Black is presently employed with the Elec-
trical Division of the Panama Canal Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Bruce of Margarita, Canal Zone
announce the marriage of their daughter Gale Sandra to James
Michael Hallberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell G. Hallberg of
Phoenix, Arizona on May 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The young couple are at home to their friends at 1130 West
Indian School Road, Apt. 23, Phoenix.
Miss Edwina Patricia Bittel, daughter of Mrs. Edward
Hamilton Bittel of Tavarnilla Street, Balboa, and the late
Edward Hamilton Bittel, became the bride of William Lee
Benny, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Lee Benny of La Boca,
in the Fort Clayton Chapel on June 2.
A reception, immediately following the ceremony, was held
at the Albrook Officers' Club.
Distinguished guests at the ceremony and reception includ-
ed His Excellency, The Ambassador of the United States of
North America and Mrs. Charles W. Adair, Jr., and daughters;
and former Ambassador of Panama and Minister Plenipoten-
tiary Adolfo Arias and Mrs. Arias.
The bride, who was born in Managua, Nicaraugua, has lived
in the Canal Zone since she was three. She attended the Canal
Zone schools and is a graduate of Balboa High School in the
Class of 1966. She completed her freshman year at Canal Zone
The bridegroom was graduated from Balboa High School
in the Class of 1962 and is a graduate of Canal Zone College
in the Class of 1965. He now is an employee of the Panama
Canal at Gatun Locks.
The bridal couple left, following the reception, for Miami
Fla., and Nassau, Bahamas. Mr. and Mrs. Benny are at home
at 129 B Buena Vista Place, Gatun.
The marriage of Miss Carol Anne Browne, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. C. H. Browne of Diablo Heights, to Michael Yablonski
took place on April 29 at St. Mary's Church, Balboa.
Following the wedding a reception was held at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Walton McGee of Los Rios for the host of friends
attending. Following a short honeymoon in the interior of
Panama, the couple are home in Cocoli, Canal Zone.
Miss Elizabeth Ann McClelland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
E. F. McClelland of Balboa and Michael Thayer-Wood of New-
port, Rhode Island were married at the Balboa Union Church,
May 6. The Rev. Clarence Payne officiated.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Pacific
Area Officers Mess. Assisting at the reception were Mrs. Robert
Wick and Mrs. Jack Van Hoose.
Since May 19 the young couple are at home at 30 Freeborn
Avenue, Newport, R.I., following a honeymoon in Washington,
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Will of Margarita announce the
marriage of their daughter Laurie Anne to Mr. John Howard
Engelke on April 1 at Holy Family Church, Margarita. Mr.
Engelke is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Engelke of
The young couple are making their home in Margarita.
Mr. and Mrs. C. Marion Detwiler announce the marriage
of their daughter, Anne L. Lower to Mr. James Michael Barnes,
on February 10, 1967 in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Mr. Barnes is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover R. Barnes
of Balboa, Canal Zone.
On February 25, at St. Agnes Church in Arlington, Virginia,
Miss Rolanda May Dahhoff became the bride of Dr. John
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Dahlhoff
of Balboa, Canal Zone and graduated from Balboa High School
in 1959. She attended Canal Zone College and Stevens Business
College in Illinois. Mrs. Grasinger is presently employed in the
Office of the Secretary, Panama Canal Company, Washington,
Dr. Grasinger is the son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Grasinger of
Uniontown, Pa. He is a graduate of Mount St. Mary's College,
Maryland and Georgetown University, School of Medicine, Wash-
ington, D.C. and is presently in the U.S. Navy.
The young couple reside in Arlington, Virginia.
Candlelight nuptials December 30, 1966 in the Zion Covenant
Church, Jamestown, N.Y., united in marriage Kathryn Eliza-
beth Stone and Gary Paul Waldrop.
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Harry A. Stone,
25 Delevan Ave., and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Waldrop of Rainier,
The Rev. John Soneson of the Chandler Street Baptist
Church officiated. Vocal selections on tape by Mr. and Mrs.
Webb Hearne of the Panama Canal Zone were also played for
the double ring ceremony.
After Jan. 1, the newlyweds will reside in Eugene, Ore.,
where the bridegroom is enrolled in the University of Oregon
Law School. He is a 1964 graduate of Hardin-Simmons in Abi-
lene, Texas, and served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army with
a two year tour of duty in the Panama Canal Zone. His bride,
a 1964 alumna of Houghton College, has taught second grade for
two years in the Canal Zone. Mrs. Waldrop is the granddaughter
of Walter D. Peterson, Hollywood, Fla.
The rehearsal dinner was held at the Colony Motel.
William A. Otis of Cambridge, Mass. announces the engage-
ment of his daughter Jennifer Alice to Mr. William C. Hitch-
cock, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hitchcock, Sarasota,
Florida; formerly of Curundu.
Miss Otis prepared at Brimmer & May School, Boston and
House in the Pines, Norton, Mass. She made her debut in 1964
at the Boston Debutante Assembly and is a 1965 graduate of
Vernon Court Junior College, Newport, Rhode Island.
Mr. Hitchcock graduated from Balboa High School in the
class of 1959 and is a 1963 graduate of the University of Virginia.
He is with the College Division of the publishing company of
St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii,
was the setting for the wedding of Miss Lorene Almquist of
Kailua and Frederick Raymond Walker of Balboa, Canal Zone,
June 17, with the Rev. Claude F. DuTeil officiating.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Earl Vance Almquist
of Kailua, Hawaii, former residents of the Canal Zone. The
bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Walker of
Cocoli, Canal Zone, who attended the wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Almquist gave the reception at the Officers
Club, U. S. Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe.
The bridal couple honeymooned on Kauai and Maui Islands
and then left Hawaii to tour the United States by car before
sailing from New Orleans on the S.S. Cristobal.
The bride attended the elementary and Junior High Schools
in the Canal Zone and is a graduate of Balboa High School in
the Class of 1966. Until her marriage she was a dental assistant
of the staff of Dr. Gerald S. Tsozaki, D.D.S. of Kaneohe, Hawaii.
The bridegroom attended the Canal Zone schools and is a
graduate of Balboa High School in the Class of 1961. He com-
pleted a Panama Canal four-year apprenticeship program and
now is employed as a central office repairman for the Panama
Mr. and Mrs. Walker are at home to their friends at 0839-C
Acacia Place, Balboa.
In addition to the bridegroom's parents, other out-of-town
guests were the bride's grandmother, Mrs. Bertha Bonds of
San Bruno, Calif., and two aunts of the bridegroom, Mrs.
Ramona Bliss Barnes and Mrs. Gladys B. Humphreys, both of
Miss Judith Ellen Tacconelly and Lieutenant Keener Cross,
Jr., United States Air Force, were joined in matrimony at a
double ring ceremony officiated by Father William P. Reed,
July 6th, at Chapel Three, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.
A reception at the Officers' Club followed.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Charline Tacconelly and
the late Mr. Carmen James Taconelly of Houston, Texas. She
graduated with honors from Robert E. Lee High School in
Houston, attended Texas Christian University where she was
awarded an academic scholarship, and also attended summer
classes at Midwestern University, Wichita Falls, Texas.
The bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Cross,
formerly of the Canal Zone, was a 1962 graduate of Balboa High
School and attended Canal Zone College for one year. He grad-
uated in 1966 from the University of Miami, Florida, where he
was named to "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universi-
ties" and was Treasurer of Sigma Chi Fraternity. As a Distin-
guished Military Graduate in the Air Force ROTC program, he
was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and
completed flight training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas,
on July 7, 1967, where he received his pilot wings and an "Out-
standing Officer" commendation.
Out-of-town guests at the wedding included the groom's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Cross of Miami, Fla., and
Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Beaty, maternal grandparents of the
bride, of Uaris, Texas.
After a short wedding trip the couple will be at home at
Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri.
On July 15th at a Nuptial Mass in St. Clare's Catholic
Church, Santa Clara, Calif., Miss Catherine Rose Manush,
daughter of Mrs. Mary C. Manush of Portland, Me. and the late
John W. Manush, was married to Mr. Neal Gordon Benson.
A reception was held immediately following the wedding
at Blum's Restaurant Banquet Room, Town and Country Vil-
lage, San Jose, Calif. Among numerous guests attending were
the bride's mother Mrs. Mary C. Manush, and Mrs. Margaret
Seagears of Falls Church, Va. who was in charge of the guest
book. The bride's sister Mrs. Arthur R. Driscoll of Beverly.
Mass. was the matron of honor, and the bride's brother Mr.
John W. Manush, Jr. of New York City gave her away in mar-
riage. The best man was Mr. Pete Carley of San Jose, Calif.
Following the reception the bride and groom left on a
honeymoon trip to Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Upon
their return they will be at home at 1134 Willow St., San Jose,
Rev. and Mrs. John R. Owens of La Boca, C.Z., announce
the birth of their second child and first daughter, Kathryn Ruth,
on January 4 at Gorgas Hospital. The baby has a two year old
brother, John Randall.
Mrs. Owens is the former Jayne Peterson of Balboa. Rev.
Owens is Minister of Education at the First Baptist Church,
The Maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd W. Peter-
son, former Canal Zone residents, now retired and living in
Hollywood, Fla., returned to the Canal Zone and were on hand
for the birth of their second grandchild.
The maternal grandfather, Mr. Walter D. Peterson of Holly-
wood, Fla., is the baby's only great grandparent, Little Kathryn
Ruth is his thirteenth great grandchild.
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey E. Chelette of Monroe, La., announce
the birth of their second child, a son, David LeRoy, on February
27 in Monroe. The baby, who has a brother, Dewey Edward Jr.,
22 years old, was born the day before his mother's birthday.
Mrs. Chelette is the former Sue Barfield of Margarita.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Emmet Chelette of
Maternal great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Bar-
field of Fort Myers, Fla. The baby also has two paternal great
great grand parents.
Mr. and Mrs. John Frank, Jr., of Gatun are receiving con-
gratulations on the birth of twin sons born at Gorgas Hospital
on April 1. The babies will be named for both grandfathers,
John Aldrich and Clifton Norman.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John I. Frank, Sr.,
and the maternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Edward Clifton
Lowe of Las Cumbres. The great-grandmother is Mrs. Dora
Lowe of New Cristobal.
Mr. and Mrs. John G. Montanaro announce the birth of their
third child and first daughter, Julie Antonette, on March 22, 1967
in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mrs. Montanaro is the former Judy
Engelke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard B. Engelke of
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wallace Hatchett of Balboa proudly
announce the adoption of their first child, a son, Derek Edward,
on April 12, 1967. The baby was born on March 22, 1967.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John E.
Fisher of Balboa Heights and Mrs. Edward Hatchett, Sr. and
the late Mr. Hatchett of Orlando, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Burchett of Balboa announce the
birth of their second child and second daughter, May 20, at
Gorgas Hospital. The baby has been named Ariane Sophia.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas MacAn-
drews of Golf Heights and the paternal grandparents Mrs. L.
E. Hill and Mr. H. P. Burchett both former Canal Zone residents
now living in the States.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Boatwright, Jr., announce the birth
of their first child, a son, Robert Jeffrey, born June 26, 1967,
at Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Boatwright is the former Vicki Mc-
Coy of Curundu.
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard R. Lindenmeyer of 4913 Catherine
Drive, Fort Worth, Texas announce the birth of their first child,
on May 1. The baby has been named Deborah Ann. Mrs. Linden-
meyer is the former Miss Nancy Webster and the maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Webster of Marga-
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Barkley (Phyllis McLaren) of
Tallahassee, Florida announce the birth of their second daugh-
ter, Pamela Ellen on March 31st. Pam's sister, Karen is 2Y2
years old. The Barkleys also have two boys, David, 8 and
Douglas, 6. Mrs. Elsie E. McLaren went over from Jackson-
ville to help out after Pam arrived.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Roeckel Jr. (Anita Schneiner)
announce the arrival of their second daughter, Dyan Elizabeth
Roekel, St. Petersburg, Fla. where the Rockels are visiting the
maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Schneider.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Grimison of Balboa, announce the
birth of their third daughter, and fifth child, on May 27th, at
Gorgas Hospital in Ancon. The infant, named Rebecca Helene,
received the Sacrament of Baptism on June 11th, at St. Mary's
Church in Balboa. Godparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lewis P. Chillot
of Stowe, Pennsylvania. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Patrick F. Burns of Easton, Penn. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Rex E. Beck of Balboa. Great-grandmothers
are Mrs. Patrick E. Burns of Williamsport, Penna., and Mrs.
Thomas I. Grimison, formerly of the Canal Zone and New Gor-
gona, now a resident of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
1st Lt. and Mrs. Marvin A. Jeffcoat, Jr. announce the birth
of their first child, a daughter, on June 3, in St. Anthony's Hos-
pital. St. Petersburg, Florida. The baby has been named Wendy
Mrs. Jeffcoat is the former Miss Nancy Morency and the
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Morency of
St. Petersburg, formerly of Gamboa, Canal Zone. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marvin A. Jeffcoat, Sr. of Waco,
Lieutenant Jeffcoat is serving with the 173rd Airborne
Brigade in Vietnam.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Reccia announce the birth of a son,
Brian James, June 21st at St. Jude, Fullerton, Calif. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Reccia, Seal Beach,
Calif.; Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Don Brugman,
Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.
Dr. and Mrs. Cody E. Staples announce the arrival of their
first child Stephanie Lynne, March 26, in Wilmington, Delaware.
Cody is Dr. of Chemistry Research for DuPont. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. John Lish. Paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Staples. Both couples live in Louisville,
Ky. Mr. and Mrs. Staples visited their son and family later.
The Reverend and Mrs. John H. Smith of Skowhegan, Maine
announce the birth of their second daughter on June 4, 1967.
The baby has been named Kirsten Dowley Smith, maternal
grandparents are the Reverend and Mrs. P. M. Dowley of New
York. Mr. and Mrs. John R. Smith of La Boca are the paternal
grandparents. The baby's great grandmother is Mrs. Robert J.
Neely of Sarasota.
Mr. and Mrs. Baron Whitfield Shrapnel of Pasadena, Cal.
announce the birth of their first child, a son, Mark Baron, on
July 2, 1967.
Mr. and Mrs. James G. Golseth of Pasadena are the mater-
nal grandparents. Paternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs.
Bliss C. Shrapnel of Makah, Hawaii. Mr. and Mrs. Peter F.
Shrapnel of Seal Beach, Cal. are the paternal great grand-
Capt. and Mrs. Samuel Rowley, Ocala, Fla. had as guests
their grandchildren Davis and Lori Stevenson, children of Mr.
and Mrs. Davis Stevenson of the Zone. Later their other daugh-
ter Dorothy Powers and her son Kenneth came for a visit. Their
son Skipper is with them but expects to go to Flight school.
President Lyndon B. Johnson joined the Isthmian commun-
ity in its heartfelt tribute to Rabbi Nathan Witkin, who retired
after 30 years of service in Panama and the Canal Zone.
The message was read by Canal Zone Governor Walter P.
Leber, who also delivered the main address.
"By our presence we try to demonstrate to you the genuine
regret we feel at losing you and the absolute sincerity of our
best wishes for your future," the Governor declared.
Panama's official voice was carried by Vice-President Max
Delvalle, who referred to Rabbi Witkin as a "symbol of nobility
and an example to his fellow men." Delvalle, speaking in
Spanish, said the government and people of Panama were hon-
ored to participate in "this emotion-filled despedida."
Amid repeated ovations, Rabbi Witkin heard expressions
of admiration and affection from representatives of all seg-
ments of the community.
Major General James D. Alger, Commander of U.S. Army
Forces Southern Command, voiced the tribute of the Armed
Forces, with which Rabbi Witkin has worked so closely in be-
half of US Southern Command, Gen. Alger presented the Rabbi
with a plaque.
Woodrow de Castro prominent local attorney was the spokes-
man for the Jewish community on the Isthmus.
Sgt. Fred Mohl presented Rabbi Witkin with a badge with
the Star of David, signifying his appointment as Chaplain of
Canal Zone Fire Fighters. Capt. Howard Buehler, President of
the Pacific Civic Council, presented him with a scroll of ap-
preciation, and Arthur Pollack displayed a color photo of the
Rabbi which will be hung in the Jewish Welfare Board center
on Balboa Road.
There were scores of messages, among them cables from
Secretary of the Army Stanley Resor, Representative Leonor
Sullivan and Panama Canal director Stephen Ailes.
Rabbi Aryeh Levy, of New York, delivered to him a cita-
tion from the National Jewish Welfare Board.
Finally, Joe Watson, chairman of the despedida committee,
presented Rabbi Witkin with an album containing letters and
cables received on the occasion of his retirement and with a
check "in token of love and admiration of the community."
A standing ovation resounded as Rabbi Witkin rose to ac-
knowledge the community tribute. His reminiscences added a
touch of significance to the occasion. It was 30 years ago yes-
terday he said that he boarded the old SS Cristobal in New York
for the Canal Zone to undertake what proved to be his lifetime
The Witkins live at Apt. F., The Barclay South, 2701 Belle-
fontaine, Houston, Tex. 77025.
Major Richard Abbott, Falls Church, Va., was recently
awarded the following Ed.
Citation To Accompany The Award of The Air Force
Commendation Medal to Richard G. Abbott
Captain Richard G. Abbott distinguished himself by
meritorious services while assigned to the Computation
Division, Air Force Data Services Center from 31 July
1964 to 15 May 1967. During this period, Captain Abbott's
outstanding professional and technical abilities, su-
perior initiative, and selfless devotion to duty contribut-
ed immeasurably to the successful application of the
electronic computer and associated scientific technolo-
gie to Headquarters, United States Air Force decision-
making processes. The distinctive accomplishments of
Captain Abbott reflect credit upon himself and the
United States Air Force.
Major Abbott is the son of Capt. and Mrs. E. G. Abbot, St.
Peter Gaillard Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Palmer
Smith, Jr., formerly of Balboa Heights, recently was graduated
with high honors from Clemson University with a degree in
Prior to graduation, he was awarded a gold medal with
key, by the Society of American Military Engineers as "the
outstanding senior engineering student of the General Military
Science Reserve Officer's Training Corps." This was one of 20
medals presented nationwide.
He was president of the American Institute of Chemical
Engineers, and a member of Tau Beta Pi and Phi Kappa Phi,
national honorary scholastic fraternities. Upon his graduation,
he was commissioned a reserve officer in the U.S. Army Corps
During the summer, he was employed in the research labo-
ratory of the Dow Chemical Co. in Walnut Creek, Calif. In the
fall he enters Purdue University on a NASA fellowship to work
on his master's and doctor's degrees.
Peter was born in the Canal Zone and attended the Canal
Zone schools. He was graduated from Balboa High School in
1963 shortly before his father was retired from his position as
Assistant to the Canal Zone Health Director. They are now
living in John's Island, S.C.
Miss Nancy Louise Clarke, 18, of Balboa was among those
graduated from T. C. Williams High School, Alexandria, Va.,
last month. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Clarke.
Clarke is with the Construction Division. Miss Clarke now at-
tends Albion College in Michigan.
Mrs. Betsy R. Hoenke, Administrative Assistant to Chief
E. S. Shipley, head of the Panama Canal's Police Division, was
presented an Outstanding Performance Award, accompanied
by a check for $200. The presentation was made by J. B. Clem-
mons, Jr., Acting Civil Affairs Director.
Canal Zone Governor W. P. Leber and Mrs. Leber added
their good wishes to those of a host of friends of Rufus M. Love-
lady and Mrs. Lovelady at the retirement party given for them
by Lodge No. 14, American Federation of Government Em-
ployees at the Tivoli Guest House. Mr. and Mrs. Lovelady plan
to be in Washington during the summer and then hope to settle
in Tucson, Arizona.
Miss Patricia Hannigan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Hannigan of Balboa and an honor member of the Class of 1967
at Balboa High School, has been awarded a 4-year scholarship
to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., by the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Miss Hannigan's father, who is retired, is a life member
of International Association of Machinists Local 699.
Her mother holds a position with the Sea Level Canal Sup-
Miss Hannigan is a talented musician, is active in sports
Ralph E. Shuey, who has been Balboa postmaster since
1962, retired May 9 and was succeeded by David C. Rose, post-
master in Cristobal.
At the same time the Postal Division announced that Wil-
liam Halvosa, assistant postmaster in Cristobal, has been ap-
pointed postmaster in Cristobal to succeed Rose.
Carroll E. Kocher, assistant postmaster in Balboa since
1965, has retired but no replacements have been announced
for the two assistant postmaster positions.
Miss Lerlene Hayden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Reginald
M. Hayden of Diablo Heights graduated in a class of 90 student
nurses at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida on June
Mr. and Mrs. Hayden left to attend their daughter's gradu-
Miss Hayden will be a member of the nursing staff in the
Pediatric Section at Jackson following graduation.
Charles T. Jackson, Jr., administrative officer in the Marine
Bureau, who retired after more than 31 years service with the
Panama Canal was honored at a Marine Bureau luncheon at
the Roosevelt Room in the Tivoli Guest House. Marine Bureau
Director Capt. D. A. Dertien, USN, presented Jackson a
Superior Service Award. "Charlie" also received a ship's clock
from his co-workers at the farewell luncheon.
The Jacksons retired to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.-Ed.
The Bronze Star Medal for heroism in action in Vietnam
was awarded to Sgt. Donald A. Soper, in a ceremony at Fort
Sergeant Soper is the son of former Canal Zone residents,
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Soper, who left the Isthmus in 1947
and are now making their home in Tavares, Fla. Mr. Soper
worked for many years with the Accounting Division and Mrs.
Soper was with Customs. Sergeant Soper's grandparents, Mr.
and Mrs. Charles F. Williams who are 90 and 92, respectively,
live in La Boca.
Sergeant Soper was serving as a machine gunner on a
daylong ambush patrol when the enemy attacked. When the
patrol was in danger of being overrun, he exposed himself to
hostile fire as he engaged the attackers from different locations
in an effort to confuse them. Though wounded, he continued to
fight and on several occasions singlehanded repelled the enemy,
the citation stated.
"Though hampered by a serious loss of blood from a wound
sustained during the initial barrage of enemy fire, he refused
medical aid and continued to fight desperately against the
overwhelming power of the Viet Cong. Suffering great pain and
weakened by loss of blood, he helped supply the machineguns
with ammunition in addition to holding his own position through-
out the fierce battle." Not until the enemy attack was broken
and the Viet Cong had withdrawn did Soper accept first aid.
Sergeant Soper was hospitalized in Japan following this
action and received the Purple Heart. He returned to the United
States and is stationed at Fort Benning.
His grandfather, who retired as Chief Planner and Esti-
mator of the Mechanical Division in 1939, a Roosevelt Medal
holder, lives at the home of his son, Charles J. Williams, yard-
master at the Balboa Railroad Division.
Balboa Port Captain and Mrs. Dick Sergeant, Balboa Hts.,
C.Z., were guests of Captain and Mrs. Elmer G. Abbott, St.
Petersburg, Fla. They later visited Mr. and Mrs. Herb Driscoll,
Greenville, N.C.; Mr. and Mrs. Bill Tillman in their new home
in Hendersonville, N.C. They also attended graduation exer-
cises of their daughter Kay from Wake Forrest.
Mr. and Mrs. Truman Hoenke, Los Rios, C.Z. were guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Tillman, Hendersonville, N.C. before going
to their Island vacation home on the Canadian border.
Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fraser,
and Mrs. Nena McMillan, St. Petersburg, Fla. spent two weeks
vacationing in Mexico City, Mexico.
Mrs. Beatrice Winton Johnston, former Canal Zone resi-
dent, returned to the Isthmus with her husband, Mr. Frank
Johnston, following an absence f 20 years. This was Mr. Johns-
ton's first trip to Panama.
Mrs. Johnston went to the Canal Zone first in 1944 and was
employed in the Planning Section of the Mechanical Division
in Balboa. She terminated her service in 1947 and returned
to the States.
She finds many changes, especially in Canal Zone housing
and the tremendous amount of building in Panama City.
The couple returned to their home in Pottstown, Penna.
where Mr. Johnston is with the U.S. Postal Service. The Johns-
tons were guests of the Tivoli.
Mina (Adams) Dee and nephew Rob Roy Adams were met
in New Orleans by Robbie and Pat Adams, Rita (Straus) Nick-
olson and Irma (Fayard) Wicks, Mina visited in Rita's home,
Pensacola, Fla.; with her sister Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell,
Lois Jones and family, St. Petersburg, Fla.; the Frank Cunning-
hams Pompano Beach, Fla.; the rest of her vacation was spent
with her son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lang and their 4
children, Falls Church, Va. Bill is an attorney-at-law in Wash-
Mrs. Charles Jones, (Lois Hallowell) and family are at
home to their many friends in their new home, 345 Coffee Pot
Drive, N.E., St. Petersburg, Fla. She and the Ross Hollowells
had as a guest Bill Lang, who is in the Naval Air Reserve. Capt.
and Mrs. Dick McLean, daughter Kathy, Solo, C.Z. were guests
of Mrs. Jones. Kathy spent a month with Margie Ann Jones.
Mrs. Jones and family drove Kathy to Miami to take a plane
back to the Zone.
Mrs. Lena Sullivan, Leisure City, Fla. is the guest of her
daughter Dr. and Mrs. R. H. Meibauer, Dorgan Hills, Staten
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece, St. Petersburg, Fla. are spending
the summer at their summer home in Gilmanton Iron Works,
N.H. Enroute they were guests of Mr. and Mrs. James Reece
and Karen, Akron, Ohio. While there they drove to the Ted
McIllheney's and had lunch with them.
Major Hugh Turner is stationed at McDill AFB, Tampa,
Fla., and lives on 32nd Drive, Apt. 3. Patsy Turner's husband
Dick Gielow is also in the Air Force stationed at McDill.
Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Potter, St. Petersburg, Fla. were guests
of their son Mr. and Mrs. Dick Potter, Balboa, C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. Stewart Trail, and son George, Lexington,
Mo. visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Young, and her
brother Mr. and Mrs. Guy Young, Fort Valley, Ga. They also
saw the Morton Thompson family (Macel Goulet) situated in
their beautiful new home in Memphis, Tenn.
Eight couples and 23 children held a no host picnic reunion
at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dolan, 32967, Buttercup Circle,
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The following were present. Mr. and
Mrs. Sal Alegues, 4 children, Merritt Island, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Lee (Leona Hart) and 4 children, Merritt Island, Fla.;
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Davidson, Lake Park, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs.
Bruce Klaflin (Sandy Hughes) and 2 children, Merritt Island,
Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Musso, (Edna Hart) and 2 children,
Plantation, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Fox (Marcia Rudge) and
1 child, Miami, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Quinn and 1 child,
Miami, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Huls (Beth Lockridge) and
4 children, North Palm Beach, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Bob Dolan
(Sylvia Swift) and 5 children. The Dolans have recently moved
to Palm Gardens, where Bob is an Industrial Engineer with
Mr. and Mrs. Vance Howard, Los Rios, C.Z. were guests
of Vance's mother Mrs. Berneice Howard, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Vance attended a Shrine convention in Washington, D.C. and
later visited his sister Lena Mae and family Mr. and Mrs. Chas.
Krout, Camphill, Pa. Georgia went to Peoria, Ill. to visit rela-
The following article appeared in the June 10th Tulsa
Tribune, Tulsa, Oklahoma with a huge picture of Mrs. Engleke.
Only one day after her birth 95 years ago in what is now
the heart of downtown Atlanta, Ga., Mary Louise Engleke was
"put in a safe place"-the Episcopal church.
Mrs. Engleke, a six weeks resident of St. Simeon's Episcopal
Home at 3701 N. Cincinnati Ave., is believed to be the oldest
active Episcopalian in the United States.
Granted, her eyesight is failing and her hearing is poor,
but "there's nothing wrong with these legs they can still
carry me to church," said the white-haired, slight built woman
who spent 54 of her 95 years in the Panama Canal Zone.
Mrs. Engleke, who came to St. Simeon's from Glendale,
Calif., where she lived with a daughter and son, said her
mother had her christened March 9, 1872, the day after her
birth in a home owned by her father at the corner of Peachtree
and Marietta Streets in Atlanta.
The family moved to Charlotte, N.C., when Mrs. Engleke
was a young girl. It was here she met Harry Engleke, whom
she married at 17. Shortly thereafter they moved to the Canal
They reared 11 children there.
"Those construction days were hard ones," Mrs. Engleke
recalls, adding "you just went into nothing."
However, as the canal developed, more people moved in,
and it was there she first met a young Army officer named
Dwight Eisenhower and his youthful wife, Mamie.
"They attended St. Mary's church and Mamie washed
dishes and waited tables right along with the rest of us."
Even though these were "hard" days, they were also good
ones for the Englekes.
"In our young days, when someone had a party, we pooled
our chairs and tables and loaned whatever was necessary. I
doubt there's much of that going on today in the zone."
Mrs. Engleke left there on her husband's death in 1955,
coming to California to live.
Her latest move to Oklahoma, brings her closer to three
of her nine children. They are George, Robert and Herbert
Engleke, all of Bentonville, Ark.
The new Tulsan also has an interest in Eastern Star activi-
ties here, having been a member of the Royal Palm Chapter
Number 2 in Cristobal, C.B., for 33 years.
Mrs. Adelaide Lambert of Tolchester Estates, Chestertown,
Maryland celebrated her 81st birthday with a party at her
home with the following guests present: Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Turner; Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Hayes; Mr. and Mrs. James
Fischer; Mrs. Gladys E. Reed; Mrs. Mary Pennington, Chester-
town, Maryland; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Downey, Rock Hall, Md.;
Mrs. Olive Truitt, Wilmington, Dela.; Mr. and Mrs. Anthony
F. Frisine, Riviere Beach, Md. and grandson Dana Frisine,
Long Island, N.Y. and Mr. and Mrs. William L. Howard, St.
Carl A. Posey, Jr., a former resident of Panama, R.P.,
received the Department of Commerce Creative Communication
Award in a ceremony at Washington, D.C., on February 8. The
award is given for outstanding merit in communicating Federal
program to the public.
Acting Secretary of Commerce Alexander B. Trowbridge,
presented the certificate which cited Mr. Posey's "exceptional
endeavor in planning and developing publications to promote
public understanding of the scientific services of the Depart-
ment of Commerce."
Mr. Posey was born at Ancon, Canal Zone, in 1923 and at-
tended Balboa High School graduating in 1951. He has a bach-
elor's degree in English from Texas A & M University, College
Mr. Posey's wife, who also attended Balboa High School,
is the former Ina Russell, niece of Senator Richard B. Russell
of Georgia. The Poseys live in Washington, D.C., at 2800 Ontario
Rd., N.W. Mr. Posey's mother, Mrs. Gordon H. Dalton (Mar-
garet Stapleton) and his father, Carl A. Posey, are residents of
Otto W. Helmericks, Chief of the Central Employment Office
of the Canal Zone Civilian Personnel Policy Coordinating Board,
who retired after more than 36 years of Canal Service, was
presented a Distinguished Service Award at a retirement party
in his honor at the Tivoli Guest House recently. The presenta-
tion of the Panama Canal's highest award is in "recognition
and commendation for his exceptionally exemplary conduct in
the performance of service to all United States Government
Agencies in the Canal Zone in the administration of the Canal
Zone Merit System during the period, January 1958 through
May 1967. Mr. Helmerick's perseverance and exemplary stan-
dard in maintaining merit principles has been outstanding and
has contributed substantially to meeting the treaty commit-
ments of the United States of America in the employment of
citizens of the Republic of Panama and the United States."
Robert H. Carpenter, Jr., of Baton Rouge, La., son of the
Robert H. Carpenters of Curundu Heights, was graduated from
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on May 27 and re-
ceived his J. D. (Juris Doctor) Degree in Law.
Mr. Carpenter received his B.S. Degree from Tulane Uni-
versity in New Orleans in 1960 and served in the U.S. Army
in Japan for three years. He has accepted a position as assistant
to the Judge of the Louisiana Court of Appeals in Baton Rouge.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Morgan of Plate City, Missouri,
arrived for a three week visit with Mr. Morgan's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. F. H. Smith of Margarita, C.Z. Mrs. Morgan is the
former Marion Smith.
Mrs. Blanche Matheney of Campo Alegre has had as her
guests Col. and Mrs. Edwin Bishop and their son Edwin Jr.,
of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mrs. Bishop is the former Susan
Ewing and a former resident of the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Bishop's mother, Mrs. Eula J. Ewing of Glenville,
West Virginia is visiting her sister, Mrs. Ora Ewing of La Boca.
The pastor of the First Baptist Church, Pastor William H.
Beeby, left the Isthmus for a few weeks for a missionary film
studio to consult with the makers of a sound motion picture
on the life of the late Dr. Lonnie Iglesias, who with Mrs. Marvel
Iglesias began the education and church work in the San Blas
Islands. Before Dr. Iglesias died, a team of missionary motion
picture technicians spent some time in the San Blas gathering
a dramatic story of the beginning of mission work in the islands.
A movie studio in Winona Lake, Indiana, is producing the film.
Upon the conclusion of the film work, the local pastor will
return to Miami and join Mrs. Jean Beeby, his wife, and others
of the church for the Southern Baptist Convention.
CHESAPEAKE, Va., June 9 Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E.
Sauvan of Brentwood observed their golden wedding anniver-
sary at a reception hosted by their son and daughter-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur V. Sauvan at the Tall Cedars Home,
The Sauvans lived in Cradock after their marriage until
the husband retired from the Naval Shipyard in 1952. He has
retired also from the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of World Wars
I and II.
Sauvan is active in Masonic work and is a past patron of
Victory Chapter OES. Mrs. Sauvan also is a member of Victory
The couple hold membership in St. John's Episcopal Church.
Out-of-town guests included Mrs. Sauvan's sister, Mrs. At-
well Taylor of Urbanna, who was maid of honor at the Sauvan's
wedding in Portsmouth June 9, 1917.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Shields and their children arrived to
visit Mrs. McNatt's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John McNatt of
Balboa, C.Z. Mrs. Shields is the former Blanquita McNatt.
Florence Mallett won the competition of the Club Leica
for her portrait of a girl in a Pollera. She also took second place
for her slide of Carnival Merry makers. Gordon Thiel won
third place for his very unusual portrait of a local Hat Maker.
The three winning slides will be enlarged to 11" x 14" size
for the winners as a courtesy of Laboratorios Kodak Ltda.
Frames for the three photos will be donated by Kodak Panama.
The first place winner also received a desk lamp through the
courtesy of Foto Internacional.
Mrs. Mallett, one of four generations to have lived in the
Canal Zone most of her life, went there when she was three
years old. Her father went to Panama to help build the Canal
in 1907, bringing his family a year later. She married a "Zon-
ian" and her children and grandchildren are currently living
and working there. Mrs. Mallett herself has been with the Pan
Canal Company for 28 years and retired last December. She
was promptly rehired and is now a "rehired, rehired annuitant"
until December of 1967 when she plans to retire again. In April
she left leaving on the Photographic Society of America's tour
of Japan and Hong Kong with the "Thru the Lens Tours" and
expected to be gone about a month.
Second Lieutenant Patrick H. Dockery, 25, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Harry A. Dockery, Gatun, Canal Zone, completed a combat
platoon leader course at the Army Infantry School, Ft. Benning,
Ga., March 21.
Lt. Dockery received his commission through the Reserve
Officers Training Corps program at Niagara University, Niag-
ara University, N.Y., where he received a B.S. degree in 1966.
His wife, Theresa, lives at 2425 Cudaback Ave., Niagara Falls,
Warrant Officer Candidate Robert A. Lawyer, 19, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Lawyer, 953-B Bahia St. La Boca, Canal
Zone, completed a helicopter pilot course at the Army Primary
Helicopter School, Ft. Wolters, Tex., April 28.
During the 16-week course, he was trained to fly Army
helicopters and learned to use them in tactical maneuvers.
He next will undergo advanced flight training at the Army
Aviation School, Ft. Rucker, Ala. Upon completion of advanced
training he may be appointed a warrant officer.
Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Rathgaber, former Canal Zone residents
visited their relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rathgaber of
Balboa and Mr. and Mrs. Don Rathgaber of Diablo as well
as friends on both sides of the Isthmus.
Miss Annette Theresa Rybicki, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Frank A. Rybicki of Balboa received the degree of Bachelor of
Science at the 43rd annual commencement at Marymount Col-
lege, Tarrytown, New York on June 7, with a major in Biology.
She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was
named to the Dean's List.
Miss Rybicki will be working in the Canal Zone with a
Miss Pattie A. Lawyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
W. Lawyer of La Boca, completed a year as a stewardess with
National Airlines. She is a 1963 graduate of Balboa High School,
attended Canal Zone College and graduated from National Air-
lines Stewardess School in June of last year. She now resides
in Miami, Florida.
Radford College's 1967 May Day Queen is Chris Poole, a
senior business administration major from Arlington. She is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George D. Poole Jr. of 120 South
Fenwick St., Arlington, Va.:
Chris has served as president of Alpha Sigma Alpha social
sorority, as Radford College's representative to Alamour Maga-
zine's Best Dressed Contest, as a sophomore counselor, vice
president of her Freshman Class and on the May Commission.
She is a member of Who's Who Among American Colleges
and Universities, the Cotillion Club has received the Freshman
Class Outstanding Freshman Citizen Award. She also was re-
cently chosen sweetheart of her sorority.
Captain and Mrs. Irving Spector and their son Norman of
Margarita sailed aboard the SS Cristobal for New Orleans to
visit their daughters Sara and Helen and their families in Rich-
mond, Virginia and New York and other relatives in and around
New York City.
George Young Trail, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart P. Trail,
of Lexington, Missouri, has been notified of his appointment
as a Gregory fellow at the University of Missouri at Columbia.
He will use the fellowship, which carries a stipend of $1,500 for
the academic year of 1967-68, to further his work toward a Ph.D.
in English. George is presently an instructor in English at the
An outstanding performance award and a check for $200
was presented Truman H. Hoenke, Chief of the Panama Canal
Locks Division by Capt. M. J. Prince, USN, shortly before his
The citation accompanying the award commended Hoenke
for his able direction during a period when "the locks have
achieved new highs in operating efficiency and maintenance
effectiveness which made possible this year the smooth handling
of traffic in record numbers and vessel sizes.
He set an outstanding example for his subordinates and his
contemporaries showing great initiative, industry., and resource-
fulness in performing his duties."
Hoenke has been Chief of the Locks Division since May
1966 when he was appointed to succeed William A. Van Siclen,
Jr., who was retired.
Joe Tilley of Balbo, Canal Zone, was among approximately
800 students to receive degrees at New Mexico State Univer-
sity's annual commencement.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Tilley of Balboa, Tilley received
a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Degree and a
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree. He is
a 1960 graduate of Jacksonville High School, Texas.
John C. Everson, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. I. Everson of
Balboa Heights, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the
Army on Saturday, May 27. The commission was awarded by
Major General Richard T. Cassidy, director of the Army's air
defense directorate, in ceremonies held, at' Pennsyl.ania..Mhili,
tary College, Chester, Penna. He received a bachelor's-degree
on May 28 at PMC's 16th commencement. He was the recipient
of the Department of the Army Superior Cadet Decoration.
Miss Kersten McKay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Mc-
Kay of Gamboa, will graduate from the Los Angeles General
Hospital, Los Angeles, California after completing three years
of nurses training. Miss McKay will be associated with the
nursing staff in orthopedics at L. A. General following gradu-
Mrs. McKay left to visit her older daughter, Mrs. Wm.
Duval, for a short time prior to attending the graduation cere-
Miss Mary Beth Hack who has completed her junior year
at Illinois State University, arrived to spend the summer vaca-
tion with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Elmer J. Hack of Ancon.
Seven University of New Hampshire faculty and key staff
members with a total of 220 years of service to UNH retired
Liberal Arts College Dean Everett B. Sackett joined the
UNH faculty in 1938 as associate professor of education. He
became registrar the next year, a position he held till 1946 when
he was named dean of student administration.
Dr. Sackett plans to teach an education course at the newly-
formed Merrimack Valley Branch of UNH in Manchester.
Capt. M. J. Prince, USN, who has been the Panama Canal's
Marine Director since August 1963, has been ordered to Cornell
University in Ithaca, New York, as Professor of Naval Science
and head of the Naval Reserve Officer's Training Program.
He left the Canal Zone the last part of May and, accompan-
ied by Mrs. Prince and two of their four children, will tour the
western part of the United States and Canada before reporting
for duty at Cornell.
Succeeding him as Marine Director is Capt. Donald A.
Dertien, who has been Chief of the Navigation Division for the
PARKVILLE, MO.-Erik L. Robinson, a sophomore at Park
College, Parkville, Mo., was recently elected vice president for
1967-68 of the Lettermen's club. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
W. F. Robinson of Balboa.
Secretary of the Varsity club this year. Robinson has played
varsity soccer for two years. He is also a member of the Stu-
dent Academic Advisory committee and the Student Union
Members of the club are students who have won one or more
letters in a varsity sport at Park College.
Ronald Harned, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Harned of
Balboa was among the 105 seniors at Hargrave Military Acade-
my, Chatham, Virginia, to receive their diplomas at commence-
He is Captain of the Soccer Team and holds membership in
the Varsity Club, Baseball Team and Soccer Team. He holds
the rank of Private in the Corps and is assigned to Company
Christian S. Skeie, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian S.
Skeie of La Boca, until recently with the U.S. Naval Mobile
Construction Battalion FORTY, has been cited with members
of his team by the Commanding General, Ist Marine Division,
for outstanding performance of the mission assigned to the
team in the 5th Marines Base Camp in Vietnam. Skeie. a gradu-
ate of Balboa High School and Oklahoma State Tech, has re-
turned from Vietnam and spent a 3-week leave with his parents
before departing for Davisville, R.I., for reassignment. Chris-
tian S. Skeie, Sr., is a locks operator at Pedro Miguel Locks.
Mrs. Skeie is school nurse at Balboa High School.
Among those arriving on the SS Cristobal were Mr. and
Mrs. Cleveland C. Soper and their young son of Ancon. The
Sopers visited with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Soper of
Rochester, New York, former residents of Panama City.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley B. Butler, Jr., of Claremont, Cali-
fornia arrived aboard the SS Santa Mariana to vacation on the
Isthmus. Mr. Butler grew up there and is a former employee
of the Engineering Office of the Panama Canal Company. This
is his first trip back to Panama in 32 years. The Butlers are
staying at the Tivoli Guest House.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Dubbs and their daughter Miriam
of Greenwood, Indiana, arrived for a visit of two weeks with
Mr. Dubb's parents of Los Rios, Canal Zone.
Dr. John Hower, Jr., and his family, Joann (Therrell) Mark,
14; Bridgett, 11 and Gretchen, 7; sailed from Montreal August
13th on the S.S. Flanders for Europe. Dr. Hower, professor of
Geology at Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio,
has taken a years leave of absence and will be visiting professor
at the Sorbonne (University of Paris, France) for the next aca-
demic year. He is the son of the late John Hower and Mrs.
Hower, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Miss Marie Wir, Balboa, C.Z., spent most of the summer in
St. Petersburg, Fla. She was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Allan
Ward for a few days.
Mrs. Roy Stockham, St. Petersburg, Fla., was the guest of
her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. James Reece, Akron,
Mrs. Nena McMillan, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent some time
with Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Symonds and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Bur-
rows, Albequerque, N.M. Later she vacationed in Nassau, the
Mr. andn-Mrs. Ross Cunningham and Mr. and Mrs. R. B.
Potter, St. Petersburg,., Fla., spent- most: of the summer in
Maj6r and Mrs. Richard Abbott (Barbara Shaw) and three
children of Falls Churth,' Va., were guests of Capt. and Mrs.
E. G. Abbott, kt.'Petersbuirg; Fla.
, zMr. and Mrs. Ralph .-Huls and 4 Children, North Palm
Beach, Fla., were guests of Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge, St,
P.etershur., Fla. While here the 7 Abbotts, and the 8 Huls and
Lpckridgesp;go.t together for a swim and barbecue party at the
.-M?.' and Mrs. Jim Marshall, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent
some time -with their daughter (Melinda) and family, Mr. and
Mrs. Jerry Irwin, Baton; Rouge, La.
Mi. aiid Mrs. L. A. Ferguson, daughter Judy spent part of
the 6urnrrier at Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bowan, daughter Ann, Balboa, C.Z., spent
a few dayss in St. Petersburg, Fla. A group of ex C.Z.'ers held a
no iopst dinner for them at the Wedgewood Inn. Dorothy and
An went' to Murphreesb]6ro, 'Tenn., to visit her mother. Bob
enrolled at U. of Fla., Gainesville.
M. Mr.. and .Mrs.. Paul Runnerstrand, and son Rick, Balboa
Heights, C.Z., spent a few days in St. Petersburg, Fla.,. where
they enjoyed seeing so many of their Canal Friends. They visited
their..daughter Sarah, in..New Orleans, where she is attending
Sophev Newcomn C.Colege ...
Mrs. Eugene Lombard, San Salvador, El Salvador, visited
he.r:mother in Toms River, N:J.,- while Genevieve:took a vaca-
tiona.i She later, spent a few days as the guest of Mr. and Mrs.
Henry. Donovan, St. Petersburg, Fla., where many Canalers
were able to renew acquaintance.
Mr..and Mrs. G. C. Orr, St., Petersburg, Fla;:,.were guests
of their son and family, Mr. and Mrs:, Thomas Orr at their-suim-
mer home on Shelter Island, N.Y.
Mr. and Mrs. Al McKoewn and Mr. aid Mrs...Randall Ford,
St. Petersburg, Fla., spent two weeks on the Zone at the. T.jyli
Guest House. They saw many friends and were amazed a.al!
the changes since their retirement.
Mrs. Lawrence Jones and 3 children, Curunduq...Z, .4 re
guests in the parental C. R, Jones home St. Petersburg, .1,
Mrs. Ida Barlow, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent most of the
summer with her sons and families, Mr. and Mr: 'Bob B'arlow,
Fall River, Va., and Mr. and Mrs. Ned Barlow, Providence, ItR'.I.
Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Leisy, Albuquerque, N.M.';,were ges ts
of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay and Mr. and'Mrs. C R. Jones,
St. Petersburg, Fla. They later visited their sons, Mr. and Mrs.
Henri Joe Leisy and family,, Montgomery, Ala, ,andr IM.Ior and
Mrs. R. R. Leisy and family, Alexandria,: Va.- .
Mr.and Mrs. Jim Thompson and 2 children, LaBoca, C.Z.,
were guests of Bonnie's parents, Mr.. and Mrs. Eugene Kleasner,
St. Petersburg, Fla. .
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan, St. Petersburg, Fla., visited
relatives in Boston, Mass., and Wheaton, Ill.. They were the
guests of their daughter Peggy Ann in South Bend, Ind. On their
way East they were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Van Sislan,
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Mr. and .Mrs. Steve" .Stephens,
Ocala, Fla. .; ....
Lillie Wyle Wood, Brockton, Mass., wrote that -Nher son
Lewis Wood has completed his Master's degree in Philosophy
and working toward a Ph.D. at the University of Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunsicker, St. Petersbirg. :Ftla: ,.-were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Art Wynne, New Orleans, La;,. .- :;, .
Mrs. Lista Daniels and her son Bob, Dallas, Texas, toured
Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal with Expo '67.
Col. William D. Rogers, Georgetown, Kentucky, has had a
book published "Life, Travels and Activities" of Col. Wm. D.
Rogers, Past Commander-in-Chief United Spanish War Vete-
rans. Col. Rogers is an "old timer" who worked on building
hospitals and houses in Cristobal, later having charge of build-
ing the lower guide wall to the Locks (1000 feet long, 56 feet
high and 60 feet wide). Mr. Charlie Duey was his general fore-
Mrs. Eva Cole, St. Petersburg, Fla., was a guest of her soi.
and family Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cole and family, Sairborn, Ohio,
and son John and family, Hudson, N.Y. Her other son Master
Sergeant Chas. J. Cole has returned from Vietnam and is being
sent to Suchu, Japan, for three years.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Kuhrt, (Joyce Gardner) and four chil-
dren live in Maitland, Fla. Walt is President-elect of the State
American Society for Civil Engineers; Chairman of the Ethics
Committee for the State of Florida Engineers Society. Recently
Governor Kirk wrote and asked him to serve on the Governor's
Committee for Aquatic Research and Development.
Mrs. Elsie Gibson, Flora, Ill., had as guests Mr. and Mrs.
J. E. Irving, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Major Orlando (Dito) F. Smith, USAF, Balboa High School
and Clemson U. graduate, received a Master's Degree in In-
dustrial Engineering at Arizona State University. He expects to
be sent to Vietnam. His wife and family will live in Charleston,
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Yerkes and Peggy's aunt Mid, Ft.
Lauderdale, Fla., were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Pam Smith,
Johns Island, S.C.
Mrs. Margaret Peterson, St. Petersburg, Fla., spent several
weeks on the Zone with her son Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Peterson
Cdr. and Mrs. Burton Wright (Marie Gallivan) are at home
to their many friends at 640 Landon Road, Winter Park, Fla.,
Cdr. Wright is a professor at Rollins College. Their son Burton
III is in Korea near the DMZ at Camp Kaiser, where he re-
ceived an award on "Outstanding in Leadership". Mrs. Wright's
father J. D. Gallivan lives in Virginia and is 78 years old.
Thelma (Callaway) Camby of Curunda is vacationing in
the States with her Mother Mrs. J. Khun of St. Petersburg;
her daughter Marilyn, Mr. and Mrs. G. Harley, in Michigan;
the other twin daughter Carolyn, Mr. and Mrs. S. Mullins and
family in Oklahoma- on to Los Angeles, Calif., to see her son
Virgil G. Camby and new wife. She later spent a week in St.
Pet',rsburg then back to the Canal.
Barbara DuVall granddaughter of Mrs. J. Kuhn is spending
some time with her grandmother.
The legendary pirate trails of the Spanish Main are familiar
territory to Ellen Matheney, of Panama in the Republic of Pana-
ma, who is patrolling them now as a Pan American World Air-
A recent graduate of the airline's International Stewardess
College in Miami, Florida, she is serving aboard Jet Clipper
flights from Miami to ports of call in Latin America and the
breeze-swept Caribbean resort islands.
She is the daughter of Mrs. Blanche Matheney, of Panama.
Miss Matheney attended Balboa schools, graduated from
Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey, and Southern Metho-
dist University where she was a member of the Dean's List and
Cosmopolitan Club. She speaks Spanish, French and Italian, has
and studied in Europe, North Africa and Central America.
Miss Christine Huff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maenner B.
Huff of Balboa, received her Master's Degree in social work
from the University of Chicago on June 9th. She received her
Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch College in Ohio. Miss Huff
is spending a month's vacation in the Canal Zone with her par-
ents after which she will return to Chicago to work with foster
children at Illinois Children's Home and Aid Society.
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Nickerson, Mountain View, Calif.; 1l.
R. and Dan Nickerson, Riverside, Conn. and Jean Nickerson,
Columbia, Mo., spent several weeks traveling in Europe dur-
ing the summer.
Major and Mrs. Nolan Allen Bissell, Jr., and their son,
Randy, visited Allen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Bissell, St.
Petersburg, Fla., during July. Major Bissell had completed a
four year tour of duty at Wheeler Air Force Base in Hawaii and
has been assigned to Brookley Air Force Base, Mobile, Ala-
Mrs. Chas. Boyer, Three Rivers, Mich., celebrated her 82nd
birthday in May,
Mrs. Iretta Austin, Fairhope, Ala., spent a few weeks visit-
ing her daughter (Cybele) Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Koontz on the
Jack B. Devore, Sr., Dunedin, Fla., wrote the following-Ed.
Deats and I have just returned from Pittsburg, Kansas
where we attended the graduation ceremonies at Kansas State
College. Our son Jack, Jr., his wife Pat (Bain) and 1 year old
daughter Tita drove back to Dunedin with us and will spend the
summer. Jack has accepted a position with the Richmond, Vir-
ginia school system as a teacher of Industrial Arts in the High
School there. He and family will go to Richmond at the begin-
ning of the school year at the end of August.
Jack is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi.
Vice Admiral William I. Martin recently pinned the Navy
Commendation Medal on Radioman Third Class McNair Lane,
USN, during award ceremonies aboard the Sixth Fleet Flagship
USS Little Rock (C1G4). The medal was presented to Petty
Officer Lane for his courage without respect for personal safety
as he rescued a drowning U.S. sailor in dangerous surf 150
yards off the coast of Vietnam. Petty Officer Lane is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. McNair C. Lane of 803-X Empire Street, Balboa,
Mrs. Theda Fell of Elyria, Ohio with three of her six chil-
dren, Barbara, Robert and David, arrived to visit her mother,
Mrs. Monica Stokes and other relatives on the Isthmus. This is
Mrs. Fell's first visit to Panama in 23 years. She and her chil-
dren will also visit her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Stokes of New Cristobal and her cousins, Mr. and Mrs.
Louis Martin of Coco Solo.
A letter of commendation for assisting in the rescue of a
fellow soldier who was pinned down by his truck in 2 feet of
water in a road in Vietnam has been received by Sgt. Robert J.
Knox, son of Sgt. Robert S. Knox, of the Balboa Fire District,
and Mrs. Knox.
The letter received by Sergeant and Mrs. Knox said he was
being commended for his fast action in assisting in the rescue
of Sgt. Roman F. Schmidt-and that his immediate assistance
undoubtedly helped to save the man's life.
On the evening of April 28, 1967, you assisted five other
men in a race against time to free Sergeant Schmidt of the
669th Transportation Company from his overturned j4-ton truck
which had landed in 2 feet of water. Through your unselfish and
timely actions, Sergeant Schmidt was recovered from his ve-
hicle and administered artificial respration by a trained indi-
"Because of your assistance on the evening of April 28,
Sergeant Schmidt is today a live and healthy man-a man who
won't forget your deed for a lifetime.
"Again, you are to be commended for your timely and un-
selfish actions. You have brought great credit upon yourself.
your unit, and the U.S. Army.
Sergeant Knox was born in Margarita and attended Canal
Zone Schools in Cristobal and Balboa. He has been serving
with the U.S. Army since 1962 and has been in Vietnam for the
past 6 months with the 98th Light Euipment Maintenance Com-
Colonel Gustav J. Braun, Jr., presently Commanding Offi-
cer of the 3rd Reconnaissance Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry
Regiment was awarded the Legion of Merit by Colonel James
Cahill, Commanding Officer of the Regiment. The citation was
for exceptionally meritorious service from August 1963 to July
1966 while serving in a position of.responsibility as Chief of the
Programs Branch, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for
Intelligence, Headquarters, Department of the Army.
The award was presented at Pond Barracks, Amberg, W.
Germany where Colonel Braun is presently assigned. Prior to
his present assignment he was stationed at The Pentagon. He
is married to the former Margaret Cauthers-Ed.
Mr. and Mrs. John Larson of Port Orange, Florida visited
their son Jack (Jackie) and his family in Woodbury Heights,
New Jersey. Also Margaret and Arthur Baggott in Pleasant-
ville, New Jersey and Mary and Frank Sweek in Flushing
Heights, Long Island, New York.
Miss Joanne Carol Snyder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
R. Snyder of Livingston, New Jersey, graduated on June 4th,
1967 from Rider College, Trenton, N.J. Miss Snyder graduated
Cum Laude and was also elected to Alpha Epsilon Zeta Honor
Society, School of Education.
She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Snyder
of Boca Raton, Florida, a former employee of the Panama
Canal. The Joe Snyders, Sr. flew to New Jersey for Joanne's
graduation. Her aunt, Mrs. Thomas E. La Duke (Jane Snyder)
also flew in from Chicago, with daughter Kathy, for the festivi-
ties. The Joe Snyders, Jr., had a large buffet supper in honor
of Joanne, for family and friends, at their home in Livingston.
Many people in St. Petersburg, Fla. were thrilled to hear
the Voice of Ted Scott on radio broadcasting from Cairo, on
NBC news during the fighting there.
Several weeks ago there was an editorial in the Denver
Post, advocating the ratification of the new proposed treaty with
Panama. Mrs. Roy Kenndey (Dorothy Kaler) Englewood, wrote
an excellent rebuttal, which was actually printed in the Post.
Mr. and Mrs. Al Veit, St. Petersburg, Fla. spent a month
with relatives and friends in Vermont and Maine. They attended
the interment of Jessie's mother, Mrs. O. R. Bennett, who died
in her 98th year. Mrs. Joe Kneeshaw, Del Mar, Calif. joined
them for a 2 weeks visit in Vermont.
Mrs. Wm. H. Keenan, Sunny Shores Villas, St. Petersburg,
Fla. had as guests her daughter Mrs. Harriet Kennan Serger
from the Canal Zone; her son William, Inianapolis, Ind. and
Howard, Chicago, Ill. While here Wm. gave a saxophone con-
cert, Howard, a piano concert and Mrs. Keenan a concert of
sacred solos which the ladies of the Home enjoyed.
Captain and Mrs. E. G. Abbott, St. Petersburg, Fla., flew
to the Zone and are guests at the Tivoli. Captain Abbott was
called back to help out on the overload of ships going through
the Canal. They expect to be there three months.
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Ferguson, and daughter Judy, Balboa
Hts., C.Z., occupied the Abbott's house during part of their
Mrs. Katheryne D. Ackerman of Dunedin had as visitors
her daughter, Sally C. Estes and her granddaughters Deborah,
11, and Rhonda 9. While in Florida the Estes also spent several
days with Major and Mrs. Henry Pridgen in Tampa. Mrs.
Pridgen is the former Gay Edwards of Ancon, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Estes now lives in Chicago where she is a book reviewer
for the American Library Association's BOOKLIST.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Held at the Rod & Gun Club, St. Petersburg, Flor'da
May 10, 1967
The May meeting of The Panama Canal Society of Florida
was held on the tenth at the Rod & Gun Club. After calling the
meeting to order at 2 p.m., President Banan led the ninety two
members and visitors in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Chaplain Ross Cunningham gave the Invocation. Members who
had been unable to attend the regular meetings for some time
and visitors stood to be welcomed by the Society as the Record-
ing Secretary called their names. Those receiving a special
1. Mr. and Mrs. Max Conover-Maitland.
2. Mr. and Mrs. Ed Rigby-now living in Tampa.
3. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Yeager-Houston, Texas.
4. Mina Dee-Canal Zone, visiting her sister, Margaret
5. Lois Jones-daughter of Margaret and Ross Hollowell,
now building a home in St. Petersburg.
6. Mrs. Anna Tompkins-St. Petersburg, absent for some
7. Mrs. Henry J. Clancy-St. Petersburg, absent for some
President Banan personally welcomed the above visitors
The minutes of the April meeting were read by the Record-
ing Secretary and approved as read.
Letters from many mutual friends were reviewed by Mrs.
Judd with up-to-date news of engagements, weddings, births,
resignations, trips, address changes, new retirees, etc. Details
of this correspondence will appear in the September Record.
Deaths since the April meeting were announced.
President Banan announced that at this time Mr. Lock-
ridge, the Legislative Representative, had nothing of interest
to report to the Society.
Happy Birthday was sung to the following: Margaret Peter-
son, Mrs. Dow Walker, Bill Willumsen, Jack Tabor, and Mrs.
Paul A. Pearson.
Mr. Walter Hersh spoke to the Society regarding a recent
letter which he had received from Clayton Embry, a recent
visitor to the Canal Zone. He reiterated the hate-American
policy of some Panamanians and discussed the continued de-
velopment of tensions in that area.
Mr. Lockridge urged non-NARCE members to fill in the
application forms for NARCE membership, enclose dues, and
Mrs.: Judd reported that she had four extra March Records
if anyone wished another copy.
..After .the business meeting was adjourned at 2:55, the
Refreshment Committee (Mrs. Martin Nickel, Mrs. Dot Dworak,
and Mrs. Albert McKeown) served coffee and doughnuts.
Rod & Gun Club, St. Petersburg, Florida, June 14, 1967
The June 14th meeting of The Panama Canal Society of
Florida was called to order at two o'clock by President Banan.
After the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, led by the President,
Chaplain Ross Cunningham gave the Invocation. The following
visitors and members unable to attend the regular meetings
stood as their names were called by the Recording Secretary
and were welcomed by the Society:
Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Woodruff-Balboa, Canal Zone, visiting
Grace and Jack Morris in Lutz.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Straus-from California and now build-
ing a home in Pinellas Point, St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Emma Barlow-Canal Zone, visiting the Albert Mc-
Keowns in St. Petersburg.
Mr. Jack Campbell-retired and currently living in St.
Mr. Jim McConaghy-absent from meetings for some time.
Mr. and Mrs. Z. K. Esler-absent for some time.
Mrs. Thomas Fenton-Tampa.
President Banan personally greeted the visitors and mem-
bers of the Society. Seventy-four were present at the meeting.
The minutes of the May meeting were read by the Record-
ing Secretary, and as there were no corrections were approved
Mrs. Lucille Judd reported on several deaths which had
occurred since the May meeting. After informing members of
the Society of the progress of members or friends who are ill,
Mrs. Judd summarized other news of interest to members of
the Society. Out of 485 notices sent out in May for dues to the
Society, 317 had sent their checks (often apologizing for "again
forgetting") for the 1967 dues a few even for 1968. Many
letters with news of interest from members representing many
states, the Canal Zone, and occasionally a foreign country were
reviewed. A detailed resume of all news of interest to members
of the Society will appear in the September Record. A few
resignations were received but new members are constantly
being added to the growing membership. Mrs. Judd held up
one letter of interest for inspection. Mailed from the Canal
Zone, the words "HELP! SAVE THE PANAMA CANAL" were
stamped in a bright red on the outside of the envelope. Corres-
pondence continues to come in concerning "the betrayal at
Panama" a sad realization for the many who vividly recall
the old days.
For members of the Society who belong to the NBA on the
Zone an explanation was given concerning the additional assess-
ment to members belonging to that organization. It is now $25
instead of $23.10 a year. See Legislative Report.
As the Legislative Representative had no news to report
at this time, President Banan called for birthdays since the
May meeting. Happy Birthday was sung to Jack Morris, Bessie
Lyons, Lyla and Bud Esler, and to Mrs. George Coleman. The
Society also wishes Happy Birthday to all absent members.
The business meeting was adjourned at 2:50. Following the
business meeting Mr. Walter Hersh wished to again discuss
the situation in Panama but with coffee and doughnuts being
served at this time by the Refreshment Committee, he found
it impossible to talk. Several in attendance at the meeting also
wished to leave in order to attend the services for Mrs. Ger-
Rod & Gun Club, St. Petersburg, Florida, July 12, 1967
Vice-President, William L. Howard, called the July meeting
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida to order at two o'clock.
Mr. Howard led the Society in the Pledge of Allegiance to the
Flag which was followed by the Invocation with Mr. Dewey
Goodwin officiating. The following visitors and members absent
from monthly meetings for some time, stood as their names
were called by the Recording Secretary.
Mr. Leo Wilkes-Georgia, visiting in St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. E. B. Cain New Jersey, visiting Mr. and
Mrs. Harry V. Cain of Sarasota.
Miss Ida Straus visiting her parents, Ruth and Robert
Straus. Ida will attend school in Tallahassee where she will
work for her Master's Degree.
Mr. Lyman Benthall after extensive traveling, in the
States, he is now located in Bradenton.
Mr. and Mrs. James J. Cullen Clearwater.
Mr. Fred Engel Tampa, recently from the Canal Zone.
Vice-President Howard welcomed the visitors and the sev-
enty-five members who, in spite of the extremely hot and humid
day, were present for the monthly meeting.
The minutes of the June meeting were read by the Record-
ing Secretary. There were no corrections to the minutes.
Mrs. Judd reported that she had received dues from 391
members out of a total of 485 notices sent as reminders. Many
of the unpaid dues are gift memberships which have not been
renewed. Mrs. Judd summarized news of interest from her
correspondence and also reported on news of local interest.
She personally welcomed Mr. Kieswetter who recently had been
ill and in the hospital. The Society was glad to hear that Miss
Wallis Bain, seriously injured in a car accident, was now at
home in a wheel chair; later, she will have to return to the
hospital for further surgery. All were saddened to learn of
several deaths of "old-timers." Details of all news of interest
will appear in the September Record.
Mrs. Judd continues to receive prolific literature on the
various interpretations of the pending Treaty between the United
States and Panama, reportedly now completed and soon to be
made public. The St. Petersburg Times, once again published
an editorial seemingly totally unaware of actual facts. A
copy of the National Review, with an article "Rough Sailing
Ahead," was sent to Mrs. Judd by Miss Isabel O'Donovan-Rossa
from New York. Letters from Panama state that the Panaman-
ians are not only choosing their schools but homes in which
they hope to live. The Committee on Pan American Policy
sent literature asking for contributions to support the work
against "President Johnson's Folly." Naturally, the Society
is interested in all comments, interpretations, etc. but there is
absolutely nothing that the Society as a group can do.
Mr. Howard called on Mr. Lockridge for any news on legis-
lation, but, at this time, the Legislative Representative had
nothing to report.
Happy Birthday was sung to Eva Cole, Lucille Judd, and
to Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goodwin.
At the suggestion of the Vice President, the Society stood
for a few minutes in silent prayer for those who had died since
the last meeting.
In answer to a question as to what happens when a member
does not pay his dues, Mrs. Judd informed the Society that
delinquent members were dropped by September and would not
receive the September Record.
Under new business, Mr. Howard stated that it had been
suggested that the July and August meetings be discontinued
(after the current year) because of the heat. It was suggested
that a motion be made not to vote on this until the return of
President Banan, now away on vacation. Mr. J. J. Cullen made
the motion; it was seconded by Bud Esler, and unanimously
The business meeting was adjourned at 2:50. Coffee and
doughnuts were served by the Refreshment Committee.
Margaret M. Ward, Recording Secretary
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
THROUGH JULY, 1967
At the July meeting one of our members, feeling extremely
warm, made the remark "Thank goodness summer comes
but once a year" then patted her brow in a most lady-like
manner she was a real lady, the rest of us really mopped
our whole faces, and thought of how nice it would be later on
when the weather was more to our liking. But do you know that
it wouldn't change our minds for a second to want to leave here.
There is an idea running around that the July and August
meeting after this year be cancelled of course this has to be
taken up further, but time alone will tell just what will be done,
however it will be mentioned later on in time to be placed in
the 1968 Year Book, which will be called the "ANNUAL ISSUE"
- this change made necessary by the change over from Bulk
Mailing to Second Class Mailing. Too, the Annual Issue which
goes to the printer September first will be in your mail around
November first owing to the many requests that it reach the
members in plenty of time for them to write their Christmas
cards and have any changes of address which have occurred
since the last Year Book.
Just a reminder when you send in your dues for 1968,
which you can do at any time now. If you are a resident of
Florida, and are members of the Blood Bank, make your check
out to include Membership $4.00, and Blood Bank for $2.00 each.
Children become adults when they reach 18 years, are working
and drawing a salary. So please keep this in mind when you
send in your dues. Make your checks payable to the PANAMA
CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, Inc.
At the present time there are over ninety (90) persons who
have not paid their 1967 dues these persons will be dropped
and not receive the September Record. There are seven (7)
who have not paid their Blood Bank dues. I sincerely hope that
the need for blood does not occur.
Please accept my thanks for the letters which bear the ZIP
code numbers The Post Office appreciates them too. Since
we have 2nd class mailing privileges we now must pay 10 cents
when a Record is returned so please keep us advised of any
changes of address.
If you wish to make a present of the Canal Record to one
of your friends, be sure and get their name to me at once with
the $4.00, and I will hold it until it is time to mail it out for
Christmas. If you do this before the Annual Issue goes to the
Printer it will appear in the 1968. Book. NO CORRECTIONS
OF ANY KIND, OR ADDITIONS CAN BE MADE AFTER OC-
The 1968 Reunion will take place at the Soreno Hotel only
300 luncheon tickets will be sold -so get your reservations in
WITH YOUR MONEY Refunds will be issued if find it im-
possible to attend. DATES JANUARY 9th and 10th Tues-
day and Wednesday. Room Rates $12.00 plus 3% for double
room with bath, and $8.00 plus 3% for single with bath. Please
try and come you will enjoy every minute of your stay -
Best wishes to you all.
Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer
Mrs. Marguerite H. Fallon, 49, wife of John J. Fallon, As-
sistant Chief of the Panama Canal's Payroll and Machine Ac-
counting Branch, died at Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Fallon had
recently retired from the Panama Canal's Maintenance Divi-
sion, Engineering and Construction Bureau due to illness.
She was born in Canaseraga, N.Y.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Kathryn, a
member of the senior class at Florida University, Gainesville,
Fla., who attended the funeral; one son, Patrick, a student at
Balboa High School; her father, Seth Haight, of Canisteo, N.Y.;
a sister, Lucille Stuart of Canisteo, and a brother, Victor Haight
George E. Love, 64, former employee of the Locks Division,
Pedro Miguel, died at his home on April 24 after a long illness.
Mr. Love went to the Isthmus in 1939 to work for the old
Mechanical Division. In 1946 he transferred to the Locks Divi-
sion from which he retired in October of 1964. Since then he has
been residing in El Paso.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine, two sons Jack B. of
Coco Solo employed with the Electrical Division, George E. W.
of Peru, Indiana, eleven (11) grandchildren and two (2) great-
Funeral services and interment was held on Wednesday,
April 26, in El Paso, Texas.
Gordon Graham, Stock Manager of the Supply Division of
the Panama Canal Co., died in Gorgas Hospital. He had been
ill a few months.
Mr. Graham, 49, attended the Canal Zone Schools and was
employed by the Panama Canal in 1936. During World War II
he served in the U.S. Army. He was re-employed in 1946 and
resigned in 1956 to go into farming in Panama. He was re-em-
ployed in 1964.
All of his service was with the Supply Division.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Frances Graham, a teacher
at Balboa High School, and a son.
Graveside memorial services were held at Corozal Ceme-
tery for Peter Garfield McGregor former employee of the Canal
Zone Postal Division who died in St. Petersburg, Florida, March
27. He was 84 years old.
Mr. McGregor went to the Canal Zone in 1914 to work for
the Postal Division. He served in various Canal Zone Post
Offices and was Postmaser in the former Ancon Post Office at
the time he retired in 1945.
Following his retirement, he returned to the United States
and made his home in St. Petersburg, Fla.
He was a member of Chagres Lodge, A.F. and A.M. of
Balboa. members of which conducted the memorial services.
Frank Anthony Rybicki, Jr., 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
A. Rybicki of Cardenas Village, was killed in action in Vietnam,
according to word received by his parents.
Second Lieutenant Rybicki was born in the Canal Zone and
attended St. Mary's School in Balboa. He graduated from
Balboa High School in 1962. An outstanding student, Rybicki was
president of the senior class, a member of the National Honor
Society and ROTC regimental commander.
He was appointed to West Point by former Governor Robert
J. Fleming, Jr., and graduated with honors in June 1966 from
He volunteered for duty in Vietnam and was assigned there
after spending last Christmas with his family on the Isthmus.
Lt. Rybicki is survived by his parents, a sister attending
college in the United States, and two younger brothers at home.
His mother is the former Cecilia Pretto, a sister of Abraham
Pretto, Minister of Public Health of Panama.
Requiem Masses were celebrated in memory of Lieutenant
Frank A. Rybicki, Jr., U.S. Army, at St. Mary's Church, Balboa,
C.Z., on May 18, and at the Fort Clayton Post Chapel on May
19. Interment with full military honors was at West Point, May
Mr. Earle A. Young, age 74, died in Fort Valley, Georgia,
May 4, 1967. He had been ill for six months. He is survived by
his widow, Anna Moore Young, of Fort Valley, five children -
James of Norfolk, Va., Guy of Fort Valley, Ga., Leslie of Floral
Park, New York, Jessie (Polly) of Lexington, Mo. and Louise
of Montgomery, Ala. and 20 grandchildren.
John G. Claybourn, died at Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 26.
He was 81 years old.
Mr. Claybourn, who was superintendent of the Panama
Canal Dredging Division for more than a quarter of a century,
went to the Isthmus in 1910 as a rodman for the Isthmian Canal
In 1922 was was appointed superintendent of the Dredging
Division responsible for maintain Canal channel and terminal
harbors in operating condition. He initiated at least 35 improve-
ment projects on the Canal.
Mr. Claybourn was laregly responsible for the building of
Gamboa, designing the general layout of the Industrial Area
as well as the residential section. He founded the Gamboa Golf
and Country Club and was its president for several years.
He served as a consulting engineer on several important
dredging jobs. Because of his many services in Panama, Mr.
Claybourn was decorated twice with the Order of Vasco Nunez
He was one of a very small group of civilian engineers of
the Canal organization to be listed in Who's Who in America.
His "Dredging On The Panama Canal" is a standard refer-
ence book on the subject.
Mr. Claybourn was a member of the American Society of
Civil Engineers and a member of the Society of American Mili-
He was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, in 1886.
He retired from the Canal in May 1948 and returned to the
United States. Surviving him is his widow, Elsie K., who was
also a Canal employee who received commendation for her
civic and community work.
I. A. Mackenzie, formerly of 317 Colonial Monroe, Mich.,
died July 16, 1967, St. Vincent Hospital, Toledo, Ohio. No other
Mrs. Marie G. Coffey, a former resident of the Canal Zone
and mother of four sons living in the Canal Zone, died suddenly
in a hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Services were held in the Church of the Holy Family at
Margarita. Interment was in Mt Hope Cemetery, where her
late husband, Daniel A. Coffey is buried.
Mrs. Coffey went to the Canal Zone in 1910 with her hus-
band, who was a construction worker with the Canal. She also
worked for the Canal. She returned to the United States in 1950.
Survivors include sons John B., William T., Robert L. and
David E., all of the Canal Zone, Daniel A., of West Palm Beach,
Florida, Eugene G., of Guatemala, James, of New York, a
daughter, Patricia Lieshout, of Houston, Texas, several grand-
children and great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Earl L. Wolslagel, died suddenly on May 23 at her
home in Winter Park Towers, Winter Park, Florida. She was
the mother of Mrs. John D. McElheny, wife of the former Lt.
Governor of the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Wolslagel spent each winter in the Canal Zone with
Colonel and Mrs. McElheny during the three years he served
as Lt. Governor.
During the past year and a half, she has resided in Winter
Park, Florida, Col. and Mrs. McElheny have a lakeshore home
at 1220 Druid Road, Maitland, which is close to Winter Park.
Born in Bainbridge, Georgia, Mrs. Wolslagel resided in
Asheville, North Carolina, Jackson Heights, N.Y., and Erskine
Lakes, N.J., during her lifetime.
Mrs. Eunice Rose, 78, 942 Crosswinds Trailer Park, died
June 24, 1967. Born in Yoakum, Texas, she moved here 10 years
ago from New Orleans, La. She is survived by three sons, Wil-
liam of Frederick, Md., Paul C., Jr. of New Orleans and Charles
R. of San Francisco; two sisters, Mrs. Barton Woodruff of Pin-
ellas Park and Mrs. Dorothy Cantway of Madeira Beach, 13
grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. C. E. Prevatt Me-
morial Home, Tyrone Chapel was in charge.
David T. Sasse, 86, who retired from Panama Canal service
in 1943, died May 25, in David, R. de P., after a short illness.
He was born in Dunville, Canada, April 9, 1881.
Mr. Sasse was first employed as a Panama Canal wireman
April 1, 1914. His service was broken, but he was promoted
steadily and was a foreman wireman in the Panama Canal's
Electrical Division when he was retried from Canal Service at
the age of 62.
He led a colorful life and had a varied career. Since retire-
ment, he made his home in Boquete.
Mr. Sasse is survived in his family by his widow, Laura;
by two daughters, Cora and Aida; by two grandchildren; and
by one brother who resides in the United States.
Mrs. Lillian Housel Gunn, wife of Landen Henry Gunn,
former employee of the Dredging Division, died in the Baptist
Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida
A member of a well known Canal Zone family, Mrs. Gunn
was born in the Canal Zone 55 years ago and attended Canal
Zone schools. She lived with her family for many years in Gatun,
where her father was employed on the locks.
After her marriage, she lived in Gamboa, Diablo, and was
active in Canal Zone community affairs. She also worked for a
number of years with the U.S. Army Post Engineers at Corozal.
When her husband retired from Canal service in 1963, she
accompanied him to Florida, where they have been making
their hc me in Palm Valley,
Surviving, in addition to her husband are a son, Henry, Jr..
of Curundu, Canal Zone, and a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Deni-
son, of El Paso, Texas, and seven grandchildren. She is also
survived by a twin sister, Mrs. Vincent Lombroia, of Howard
Air Force Base; Mrs. Charlotte Page, of Coco Solo; and Mrs.
Helen Beil of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Herman Schoenberger, formerly of Gulfport, Fla., died
June 10, in a hospital at Fort Dix, N.J. After Mr. Schoenberger's
death in 1963 she made her home with her daughter and family
in Newton, Pa. Mrs. Schoenberger was one of the construction
day nurses at Ancon Hospital.
Mr. Richard Homer Salmon, 76, died April 17, 1967 at Wads-
worth Veterans Hospital, Los Angeles, Calif. He was Marine
Dispatcher, Cristobal Port Captain's Office from 1923 to 1950
at wihch time he retired. He is survived by his wife Georgia E.
Salmon, 1410 Holmes Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. P0909.
Theodore Herman Bahn, 60, formerly of Lancaster, Pa..
died April 25, 1967 at the General Hospital.
In ill health for about a year, Bahn was a guest at LuthEr
He was a son of the late Walter G. and Mary N. Paes Bahn,
and was a salesman for the Sears, Roebuck Co., Washington.
D.C., until retiring on March 4, 1962.
Mr. Bahn worked for the Commissary Division from 1941 to
Surviving are a son, Ensign Theodore Inman Bahn, Meri-
dian, Miss.; and a brother and sister: Walter G. Bahn, Jr., and
Margaret H., wife of Carl J. Campbell, Elizabethtown.
William Thomas Burns, 76,( died May 21, in a hospital in
Hot Springs, Ark. He was born Jan. 18, 1891 at Newark, N.J.,
and had lived in Hot Springs for the last 12 years.
He was a member of the police force in the Panama Canl
for 30 years and was retired.
He was a member of the Hot Springs Elks Lodge No. 380
and the Masonic Lodge in the Canal Zone.
He was a veteran of the Mexican War.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Gerda Freeland, 300 Mor-
rison, Hot Springs, Ark. 71901.
Floyd Allen Robinson, 53, of Candler, North Carolina, form-
erly with the Panama Canal Police Division, died recently. He
had been with the Police Division 27 years at the time of his
retirement Oct. 15, 1964.
Mr. Robinson had suffered a stroke about a week ago. He
died in Memorial Mission Hospital, Asheville, North Carolina.
Survivors include the widow, a son, Fred, of Diablo Heights,
now with the Police Division; a daughter, Mrs. Vaudie Pitt-
man, also of Candler, and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Marie Loretta Lord, wife of Captain Guy Lord, of San
Francisco, Calif., died of a heart attack on July 2.
Former residents of the Canal Zone where Captain Lord was
employed by the Dredging Division and later the Navigation
Division, the family left in 1963 after 30 years of residence.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Lord is survived in her
immediate family by a son, Guy Lord, Jr., a medical student at
J. D. Barnes, postal distribution clerk employed at the
Balboa Post Office, died at his home in Balboa following an
apparent heart attack.
Born in Chattanooga, Tenn., 48 years ago, Mr. Barnes joined
the Canal Zone Postal Division in 1952 and had had unbroken
service with this unit since 1957.
Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Mary J. Barnes, who is em-
ployed at Gorgas Hospital, a son, Robert, a student at Balboa
High School; and a daughter, Miss Dolores Barnes, of Jackson-
ville, Florida. He also is survived by his mother, Mrs. Della
Barnes, two sisters, and a brother, Chattanooga, Tenn.
No funeral services were held on the Isthmus, and inter-
ment took place in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mrs. Sigrid Henter, 87, widow of Charles Henter and a mem-
ber of a well known Canal Zone family, died July 4 in Gorgas
Hospital following a long illness.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Mrs. Henter first visited
the Canal Zone in 1904 and returned in 1906 as the bride of Mr.
Henter, who was employed with the Panama Canal Aids to Navi-
gation Branch in Gatun.
Mr. and Mrs. Henter lived in Gatun until his retirement in
1933 and then lived in Panama City until his death in 1959. Since
that time, she has been making her home in Balboa with her
son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore C. Henter.
In addition to her son Theodore who is a hydrologist with
the Inter-oceanic Canal Studies field office here, she is survived
by an other son, Julius, of Philadelphia, and two daughters,
Mrs. Louise Miller, of Baltimore, and Mrs. Helen Rorsman, of
Fort Worth, Texas; three granddaughters, four grandsons, a
brother in New York, and a sister in Sweden.
Mrs. Harriet Langley, 93, former well known resident of
Gamboa, died May 17 in Venice, Florida.
Mrs. Langley lived in Gamboa for 24 years during which
time she made her home with her son-in-law and daughter,
Capt. and Mrs. William H. Ward. She returned to the United
States three years ago when Captain Ward .was retired from
his position as tugboat master with the Dredging Division.
In addition to her son-in-law and daughter, she is survived
by her granddaughter, Mrs. Joseph Rybicki of Curundu; two
other granddaughters living in the United States; and six great
James McKeown, 68, a member of a well known Isthmian
family, died at Gorgas Hospital June 16, 1967, following a long
Born on the Isthmus in 1898, Mr. McKeown was first emra
played by the Panama Canal in 1915 as a plumbers' helper at
the age of 16.
From 1946 until his retirement from service in 1953, he was
Assistant Foreman of Public Works in the Maintenance Div-i-
Since his retirement, he had been making his home in Pan-
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Anita McKeown, who retired:
last year from the Records Management Staff; a son, James,
Jr., Diablo Heights; a daughter Mrs. Betty Sellers, of Cali-
fornia; two brothers, Alexander McKeown, of Panama, and.
Elbert McKeown, of St. Petersburg, Florida; two sisters, Mrs.;
Emma Barlow, of Balboa and Mrs. Jose Sasson, of Baranquilla,
Gertrude B. Onderdonk, 75, died June 20, in a Glastonbury.,
Conn., convalescent home after a long illness. Born Gertrude
Stanley Bruce in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., she was the daughter of,
George.Bruce and Sarah Elizabeth Horton. She was the ,.widow
of the late Arthur Onderdonk who died in 1932 in Ancon .Canal
Mrs. Onderdonk lived most of her life in the Panama Canal
Zone and retired in 1953 after serving many years as a librarian
at the Balbo High School. After retirement she divided her time
between Glastonbury and Orlando, Fla.
She is survived by two sons, Andrew Onderdonk and Arthiir
Bruce Onderdonk, both of Glastonbury, Conn.; three sisters,
Mrs. Clara B. Fredericks and Miss Hazel C. Bruce, both of New
York City, and Mrs. Augustus W. Berghane, of Flushing, L.I.,
N.Y.; eight grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
Interment was in the cemetery at the Episcopal Church of,
Divine Love, in Montrose, N.Y.
Mrs. Helen Carrollo Grant, wife of Dr. William H. Grant
former District Dentist in Ancon and a long time resident of.
the Canal Zone, died June 14 in St. Mary's Hospital, St. Louis;
Mrs. Grant was born in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1889 and
went to the Canal Zone in 1913 shortly after her marriage. She
and her husband returned to the United States in 1914 and they
lived in Louisville until 1917, when Dr. Grant graduated from
the Louisville College of Dentistry.
From 1917 to 1964, Dr. and Mrs. Grant lived in Ancon and
made a wide circle of friends on both sides of the Isthmus. She
was active in civic and social affairs and was an accomplished
She is survived by her husband and a son, William H. Grant,
III, who is presently in Longbeach, California, and her brother,
Phillip Leo Carrollo, of Indianapolis, Ind.
Capt. R. W. Rubelli, 66, 1750 S.W. 6th Avenue, Pompano
Beach, Florida, died May 30, 1967 in Memorial Hospital in
Hollywood, Florida. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa. and went
to Pompano Beach 4Y2 years ago from Panama Canal Zone.
He was a retired Canal Zone pilot with the U.S. Government,
member of Masters, Mates & Pilots Association, Torrence Lodge
447, F.&A.M., of Torrence, California, American Association of
Retired Persons, Pompano Beach Chapter, and Canal Zone
Society of Florida. He is survived by his wife Ruth, a son David,
and three grandsons. Entombment was in Forest Lawn Mauso-
leum in Pompano Beach on June 3, 1967.
Clyde S. LaClair, 69, who brought skill and wit to the job
of Official Photographer of the Panama Canal, died of an ap-
parent heart attack July 8 in Napa, California, where he had
been making his home since he left the Canal Zone in 1960.
For twenty years, Mr. LaClair was the one and only official
photographer for the Canal organization.
He made a pictorial history of the Panama Canal and photo-
graphed almost everyone and everything in the Canal Zone.
Framed photographic studies by him of every-day scenes of
Isthmian life still hang on the walls of many Panama Canal
Mr. LaClair was born in Fairbau't, Minn. He went to the
Isthmus in 1939 when he heard of the Third Locks project and
joined the Canal as photographer.
Mr. LeClair and his wife went to California, where he was
employed for a number of years with Kaiser Steel Corporation's
Fabricating Division in Napa. He retired from this job a few
Surviving are his widow, Florence, who was formerly in
the Accounting Section of the Maintenance Division, and two
sons, Warren and Phillip, who live in the United States. Mrs.
LeClair lives at 2744 Iowa St., Napa, California.
Frank H. Irwin, 74, former Panama Canal Designing En-
gineer and a former well known resident of the Canal Zone,
died July 10 in San Rafael, California.
Mr. Irwin and his wife left the Isthmus in May 1955 follow-
ing his retirement after 32 years of service with the Panama
Canal Engineering Division. Since that time, he has been mak-
ing his home in San Rafael.
Born in Ontario, Canda, Mr. Irwin came to the United States
with his parents at an early age. He received his degree in en-
gineering from the University of Minnesota and served two
years in the U.S. Army in World War I. He went to work with
the Canal organization in 1923 as a draftsman.
During his residence in the Canal Zone, Mr. Irwin was active
in civic affairs. He was a member of the Canal Zone Pardon
Board; served many years on the Executive Committee of the
Canal Zone Red Cross and was Chairman of the Board for three
years. He also was active in the Canal Zone Boy Scout affairs
and was Chairman of the Local Board of the Selective Service
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert and
a daughter Jean, both living in the United States.
Mr. William H. Rogers, 83, who lived at 2400 Seminole Road,
Atlantic Beach, died at his home, Jacksonville, Fla., after a long
He was born in New Haven, Conn., Oct. 5, 1884.
He went to Jacksonville in 1911 after practicing law in New
York City and the Panama Canal Zone, and was admitted to
the Florida Bar the following year.
He was a member of Emmanuel Church of Penns Grove,
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Otelia Rogers.
Leo A. Ronan, 65, former employee of the Electricial Divi-
sion in Balboa, died in Somerset, Mass.
A native of*-Fall River, Mass., Mr. Ronan went to the Canal
Zone in 1941 and was employed by the Electrical Division as a
cable splicer. He was promoted to foreman in 1949 and was
retired on disability in 1960. Since that time, he has been living
Surviving, him is hiswidow, Mrs. Ella Ronan, of 117 Shaw-
omet Ave., Somerset.
He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Elec-
Peter G. Flynn Sr., 75, died April 17, 1967, in Northridge
California, after a brief illness.
Mr. Flynn had been visiting at the home of his son, Peter
GC..Flyn, ,Jr., since lastFebruary following .the .death 0qf. his
Canal Zone of his wife, Mrs. Margaret Flynn.
A native of Sugar Notch, Pennsylvania, Mr. Flynn went
to the Canal Zone in 1910 to work for the Dredging Division.
He was retired from the Dredging Division in 1950 and went to
the United States in 1953 to live in Orlando, Florida.
He and ,his wife returned to the Canal Zone in 1953 and,
during recent years, lived in Los Rios with his daughter Miss
He was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus in
Balboa; a past Commander of the American Legion, Post No. 1
in Balboa; a member of the American Legion 40 and 8; a mem-
ber of Elks Lodge No. 1414; and a former President of the Bal-
boa Civic Council.
In addition to his son Peter, he is survived by four daugh-
ters, Miss Marilyn Flynn, Mrs. Jeanne Stough, Mrs. Joanne
Farley and Mrs. Margarite Kessler. Interment at Corozal
Mrs. Irma Belding King, 78, of 232 Monroe Place, Monrovia,
Calif, died April 1 in the Monrovia Community Hospital.
The late John M. King was Panama Canal Quarter master
at the time of his retirement August 31, 1942. His Canal service
dated to January 1905. The couple had resided in Cristobal and
Mrs. King was a member of the Monrovia First Presbyter-
She is survived by two sons, Robert.W. King of Balboa and
John B. King of Riverside, Calif. and by.one. sister, Mrs. Edna
Van Brocklin of Santa Ana, Calif.
Theodore Herman Bahn, 60, a resident of Lancaster, Pa.,
died April 26 at the General Hospital in Lancaster after a long
A native of Lancaster, Mr. Bahn was employed by the Canal
organization in 1940 as a commissary assistant in the former
Commissary Division. He later was promoted to assistant man-
ager and remained in the Canal Zone until 1950.
Surviving are a son, Ensign Theodore Inman Bahn, of Meri-
dian, Miss, and a brother and sister: Walter G. Bahn, Jr., of
Lancaster, and Mrs. Margaret H. Campbell, of Elizabetht6wn,
George J. Kredell, machinist employed at Gatun Locks, was
found dead in his office at Gatun Locks at 6:15 a.m., May1l,
1967 after he had suffered an apparent heart attack.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1916, Mr. Kredell
served with the U.S. Navy and went to the Canal organization
in 1957 following his retirement. He and his family made.their
home in Coco Solo.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Anna Kredell, a nurse at Coco
Solo Hospital, and eight children. The oldest son George is a
student in Texas. In addition there, are five other sons, Michael
C., Mark J., Thomas G., Sam 0., and Robert F.; and two
daughters, Marion C. and Kathleen..
David W. Hawthorne, who was with the coffee roasting plant
at Mt. Hope from the time of his arrival on the Isthmus in 1938,
died May 3 in Dickson, Tennessee.
Mr. Hawthorne was born. in St. Stephen, New. Brunsswick,
Canada. In 195?,.he.was: promoted, to .supervi sor5..c.offee peci l-
ist, remaining in this. .position.. until .the. cpifee. r.oastingh plant
was closed. He-retired in .the. United States.in- 196.1. -
Surviving are-his widow, Evelyn; two sons, David Jr.,. and
Orne; and four daughters, Evelyn, Carol, Joynce and Pam.
Lt. Col. Donald K. Hughes of Hoboken, N.J., a former police
officer in the Canal Zone Police Division, died of a heart attack
in Hoboken on April 15.
He was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., November 30, 1906.
He became a member of the Canal Zone Police Division,
July 3, 1931. On April 5, 1941 he resigned, upon being called to
active duty in the United States Army.
At the time of his death, he was chief of police at Stevens
Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.
He is survived by his widow, Charlotte; three sons, Kenneth,
George, and Stephen, and one daughter, Mrs. Thomas Hilferty
all of Camden, N.J.
Gertrude Orr Wilson, 74, of 3860 20th Ave. N., died June 12.
1967. Born in Detroit, Michigan and moved to St. Petersburg,' 31
years ago from Panama Canal Zone. She was a member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida. She was the widow of the late
John "Bunny" Wilson and is survived by her brother, G. Carter
Orr, of St. Petersburg, and one sister, Mrs. H. G. Dickman.
Mrs. Agnes M. Stewart, 80, 1728 E. S. Lambright St., died
May 22, 1967. A native of Oslo, Norway, Mrs. Stewart was a
resident of the Canal Zone, Panama, during the early construc-
tion days. In 1952, she moved to Tampa. Mrs. Stewart was a
Methodist. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Neil-
sen, Tampa, Mrs. Hanna Tappen, Waretown, N.J., and Mrs.
Dorothy M. Pearson, Tampa.
Frank W. Hohmann, 67, of 4511 29th Ave. North, St. Peters-
burg, Fla., died at home in his sleep of coronary thrombosis,
early Friday morning July 21, 1967. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa.,
he moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. from the Canal Zone where
he was last employed in the Auditing Section. He was a member
of the Northside Methodist Church, Masonic Organizations, The
Panama Canal Society of Florida and was a Veteran of World
War I. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn G., also a son, Roy
G., a daughter, Mrs. Lois H. Engel, two granddaughters, all of
Woodside, New York and a-sister, Mrs. Mildred H. Ready of
Pittsburgh, Pa. His children and sister came immediately for
the burial service in Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Petersburg.
Miss Eloise M. Loring, 60, of 231 State St., died in a local
hospital, July 29, 1967, Portland, Me., after a long illness.
Born in Bath July 4, 1907, she was the daughter of Lothrop
and Amy Preney Loring.
As a child, she went to the Panama Canal Zone with her
parents. She was educated there and worked in the Gorgas
Hospital for several years as a medical secretary.
Upon her father's retirement in 1945 Miss Loring went to
Portland with her parents and later became employed by the
Mercy Hospital as a medical secretary.
She is survived by her parents.
GETTYSBURG, PA., July 29-Andrew Wilfred Dewling, 86 ,
retired Baltimore investigator for the United States Veterans
Administration died of a stroke yesterday at the Warner Hos-
pital in Gettysburg.
Mr. Dewling went to the Panama Canal Zone in 1905 as the
administrative director of the hospital at Ancon, where he as-
sisted in the fight against yellow fever and other tropical dis-
He later managed the International Hotel, the only hotel on
the Isthmus at that time, and then became the chief customs
inspector when the canal was completed.
He was a member of Adherence Lodge No. 88 A.F. & A.M.,
in Baltimore. He also started a Masonic lodge in Panama.
He is survived by two brothers and four sisters.
Blanche Matheney and her fiance, Elton Todd, spent a week
as houseguests of Col. and Mrs. Edwin Bishop (Susan Ewing)
in Colorado Springs, Colorado and helped the Bishops celebrate
their 25th wedding anniversary. They did a lot of sight-seeing
at the Air Force Academy, Cheyenne Mountain, Pikes Peak,
and even had two days of snow while in Colorado. While there,
the Bishops had the Roy Kennedys down from Denver for a
get-together. Then the Bishops drove their guests to the Ken-
nedy's and were joined there by the Al Harringtons (Norma
Evans) of Greeley, Colorado, and they all had a wonderful
reunion. Blanche and Elton planned to spend a few days in
Houston on their return to visit Elton's brother and see the
Schnake family. They also visited Bob and Marie Collins in
Mr. Leonard Stark is back in Colorado and living at 3405
32nd Avenue, Denver, Colo.
Tim and Beth Wennberg and daughter, Kristin, (Beth Ken-
nedy, daughter of the Roy Kennedys) recently moved from Den-
ver to Camas, Washington, where Tim is a management trainee
with the Fred Meyers, Inc. department store.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NEW YORK
The New York Society of the Panama Canal held its 43rd
Annual Reunion on Saturday, May 6th, with a luncheon at the
Brass Rail Restaurant, 521 5th Avenue, New York City. Dr.
Edward Salisbury presided, in the absence of President Ralph
Sarton, who was attending the 60th Reunion of his Class at
After a standing toast to "The President of the United
States," Dr. Salisbury welcomed the ladies present, also the
new Members who were present for the first time. A very
pleasant "refreshment hour" was spent before the Luncheon
in reminisense of days of old, on the Isthmus.
At the conclusion of the Luncheon, Dr. Salisbury expressed
his appreciation and welcome to the oldtimers who had trav-
elled considerable distance to be with us, especially Fred Swan-
son from Tyler, Texas and Floyd Freeman from Midland, Mich-
igan. Interesting talks were made by Colonel Goethals, Fred
Swanson and William Russell.
The Secretary read copies of letters written by him, in the
name of the Society, to Senators Jacob Javis and Robert Ken-
nedy, in connection with the new treaty being negotiated with
the Republic of Panama over the future of the Panama Canal.
Letters were referred by respective Senators of the State Dept.,
and it would appear from replies submitted by representatives
of the State Department, to both Senators, that further "give-
away" in and to the Canal, together with an increase in pay-
mens to Panama, will be recommended for Senate approval.
Colonel Goethals, and Messrs. Swanson and Russell in their
talks urged all members of the Society to write their Senators
when this matter is brought before the Senate, and request that
further giveaway of our rights be not favorably considered.
The following were present at the Reunion. Mrs. Virginia
Aranda, N.Y. City; Harold Delevante, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Mrs.
Alice Peterson, Wells Bridge, N.Y.; Mrs. Alice Keller, Wells
Bridge, N.Y.; Maurice DePutron, Jersey City, N.J.; James
Eason, Wilton, Conn.; Fred Einermann and Fred Einermann
Jr., Ramsey, N.J., Mr. and Mrs. John Fitzpatrick, Brooklyn,
N.Y.; Col. Thomas Mooney, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Floyd Freeman,
Midland, Mich.; Col. George R. Goethals, N.Y. City; John
Hanson, Cranford, N.J.; Marguerite Herrick, N.Y. City; Ivor
Jones and Ivor Jones Jr., Glenside, Pa.; E. C. Mackey and
daughters Peggy and Mrs. Carbone; Wm. McCauley, N.Y. City;
Mrs. Betty Schweit, N.Y. City; Eugene Owens, Media, Pa.;
M. E. Rupp, Brooklyn, N.Y.; William E. Russell, Bronxville,
N.Y.; Mrs. Harry Speicher, Springfield, N.J.; Dr. and Mrs.
Edw. I. Salisbury, Plandome, L.I. N.Y.; Lt. Col. George Starr,
Bronx, N.Y.; Fred Swanson, Tyler, Texas.
Communications were received from the following, who ex-
pressed regrets that they could not be present and asked to be
remembered to those present. From Gov. Maurice H. Thatcher,
Washington, D.C.; Harry Case, Trenton, N.J.; Pat Farrell,
Brooklyn, N.Y.; Henry Hartwig, Miami Shores, Florida; Don
MacIntyre, Madeira Beach, Fla.; Walter Ross, Washington,
D.C.; Ralph Sartor, St. Michaels, Md.; John Sweek, Hollywood,
For the year 1967, the following were elected-
President .................. Ralph H. Sartor
Vice-President ........ Dr. Edward I. Salisbury
Secretary-Treasurer ...... John J. Fitzpatrick
Board of Directors
William E. Russell Maurice B. DePutron James T. Eason
At the close of the Meeting, Dr. Salisbury thanked those
present, with the hope that we would all be present at our next
John J. Fitzpatrick, Secretary-Treasurer
FT. LAUDERDALE NEWS
Miss Dorothy Hayward of the Canal Zone was a visitor for
a few days at the home of Mrs. M. Byrnes.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Simpson of Naples Florida (she is Gene
Simpson) are the houseguests of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Carpenter
of our city. They are spending the long week-end playing golf
and catching up on all the news from home.
Mrs. Frank (Enid) Scott of Colon, R. de P., accompanied
by her granddaughter Dale are the houseguests of their aunt,
Mrs. Betty Crawford.
Mary Harrison (nurse at Gorgas) enjoyed a visit with her
brother Jim and his two sons of Akron, Ohio.
Danny Des Londes who has completed his first year of
teaching at Key West will spend the summer in Ft. Lauderdale
and attend Florida Atlantic University at Baco Raton. He is
working towards his Masters.
Beverly Des Londes and Mrs. Bruce (Sylva) Carpenter will
go north in July to attend Expo 67.
Word from the Zone comes from Eunice Richard (She was
Eunice Olive). Her daughter Winkie will be a student at Barry
College in Miami this coming year.
Miss Cecilia Wensing, a former George Hospital nurse, who
lives on the west coast, has been a visitor to Florida, and has
been the house guests of Ann and Frank Cunningham at their
home in Pompano.
The Leroy Magnusons flew to New Orleans recently, met
the Dick Sergeants of Balboa, and drove with them to Ft.
Lauderdale for a visit. While here the James Hunters enter-
tained at lunch for the visitors.
Bill Simpson, son of the Wm. L. Simpsons of Las Cumbres
and now of Naples, Florida, who has been living in New York
with his family, has been transferred to Panama, and will live
in the old family home in Las Cumbres.
The S. M. Hamiltons (Martha) will retire soon and leave
the Canal Zone. Rumor has it that they will be residents of Ft.
Lauderdale and temporarily live in the home of Mary Carter.
Mrs. Mary Harrison has had her two nephews Joseph and
Gabriel Ritzert visiting her. They come from Akron, Ohio, and
she and the lads enjoyed many trips around southern Florida,
including a trip to Key West. She left Monday to drive them
home, stopping en route at Cape Kennedy.
Tom and Mel Hapers of Margarita, accompanied by their
daughter Dorothy will be guests of Mary Harrison later in the
month. Dorothy will be a student at Prospect Hall this next year.
Dr. and Mrs. Jack Strumpf formerly of Gorgas, and now
residents of Ft. Lauderdale were visitors to the north this past
summer and also to attend the wedding of their daughter Doro-
thy to Cesar Noble. Both are teachers at Holderness School,
Plymouth, New Hamphire.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Scott of Colon are the houseguests of
their aunt, Betty Crawford and other friends in Ft. Lauderdale.
On the 7th of June we took off from Miami for a trip to
California to visit our grandchildren who now live in Chula
Vista. We stopped enroute at Port Charlotte, picked up Helen
McKeown who accompanied us out there and we stayed with
her son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters in Long
Beach. We had a wonderful visit with Bill and Brenda and they
were good enough to include our three grandchildren for a
week, making five children and five adults in the house, quite
alot of people for a whole week and believe me we can't thank
them enough for everything, especially the smooth way that
Brenda handled the situation.
We found the children well, healthy and happy and it meant
so much to us. We had them to ourselves for that glorious week.
Chuck is still in the war zone, stationed at Sangley Point in the
Phillipines and won't get back home until just before Xmas.
California is fine for some but unfortunately I have a bad
bronchial condition and it wasn't good for me so we didn't stay
long, however we did get to visit with Margaret (White) and Al
Bwy, very old friends of Canal Zone days. We also saw her
Mother and Dad who are both in their 80's looking very well
and Mrs. White is still doing her own work, isn't that wonderful?
Alton was also there, living with his parents and looking fit
as a fiddle.
Sorry to say we didn't get to visit with lots of other folks
while there but my coughing kept me pretty close to home
except to see a brother who is ill in a sanatorium in Torrance.
On the way back we went to Las Vegas, hot 108 deg., where
Helen left us, the trip was too much for her so she flew back
after visiting relatives there. We went on to Denver to see lola
Morgan whose husband Dick now deceased, used to work for
Goodyear in Panama City many years ago. We had a very nice
visit over the 4th of July and then on home.
The above is an account of a trip Margaret and Charlie
Hardy took to California.
The writer, Barbara Hutchings, accompanied by her grand-
daughter Sande Carol Schmitt, took a trip to Panama and the
Canal Zone in June. Sande was maid of honor at the wedding
of her childhood friend, Ceci Maduro, the daughter of Oswald
and Lois Maduro. Later both visited in the Canal Zone with our
family, Bud and Vally Hutchings and their three children. We
had a wonderful time, and as I've told everyone here no one
has had a better time returning to the Zone for a visit. It was
wonderful seeing old friends, people I've known so well in the
various offices I worked, and all in all a perfect trip.
Byrne and Armella Hutchings have had visiting with them
Millie and Gil Rowe and their daughter Pamela, Ancon, C.Z.
As of this writing, Pat and Jill Hutchings and their two
Barbara M. Hutchings
NEWS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Roy and Mary Knoop and their two children spent a few
days with his mother Mrs. Roy M. Knoop. Roy has accepted a
two year teaching assignment in Morogoro, Tanzania, East
Africa. Presently Bob is taking an indoctrination course at
Columbia University. They leave New York for Morogoro in
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Muldoon had as their guests, Grace and
George Dunlap of LaFeria, Texas. They stopped off in Hender-
sonville on their way to Massachusetts to attend the wedding
of their son Robert. Joe and Dorothy took their usual trip to
spend a few weeks in Maine.
Alan Lewis is spending the summer with his parents Duke
and Marion (L. W.) Lewis.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Peck (Mary Sill) of Princeton, N.J.,
and their four sons had a week of camping at Kitty Hawk, N.C.
on their way to Hendersonville to visit Mary's mother Ruth Sill
and the Wendell Greenes. Fred Sill (hijo) was transferred from
Rio de Janiero to the office of Paramount Films in Buenas
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kelleys daughter Marjorie and their son
Tom spent the July 4th week-end with their parents. Tom re-
turned to Washington, D.C. and Marjorie flew to San Francisco
to attend the wedding of Katherine Manush on July 15th. After
the wedding Marjorie will make a leisurely tour through Central
America, ending the tour in Panama where she will be the guest
of the Ed. McCabes.
The Paul Runnestrands, their daughter Sara and son Ricky
spent a day in June in Hendersonville with Ruth Sill and the
We understand that the Charles Howes have bought a home
off South Rugby Road, and are looking forward to retiring in
beautiful Western North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. George M. Cotton (Probably known better
among old Cristobalites as Minot) of Teaneck, New Jersey,
spent five days in June with his mother Mrs. Charles Cotton
and his sister Lillian and her husband Bob Van Wagner. Bob
and Lillian also had as their guests for one month, grandsons
Matt and Andy Wagner of Findlay, Ohio. Matt spent four weeks
at Camp Arrowhead in nearby Tuxedo. Andy stayed in town
but had a number of day trips to some of the many points of
interest in the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains. The boys
parents, Bob Jr., and Jackie Van Wagner arrived July tenth and
spent a few days with his parents and with his sister Marguerite
and her husband, John Runck, recent newcomers to Henderson-
ville, before taking the boys back to their home in Findlay.
On July seventeenth, the Van Wagners entertained a few
friends in honor of Lillian's mother, Mrs. Charles Cotton, on her
ninety-ninth birthday. Mrs. Cotton received many birthday
cards and other remembrances. She especially enjoyed opening
her gift packages and cutting her own birthday cake. She is
looking forward to her one hundreth birthday and the receipt
of a congratulatory letter from the President of the United
Mrs. Inez Ward
After delivering our last report to Betty Lockridge, Editor
of CANAL RECORD, with Buck Lockridge as guide, we enjoyed
a tour of their beautiful home and spacious grounds, the unusual
and useful greenhouse of exotic plants, including the Xmas
Cactus (we brought one home) and the Vance Packard Symbol,
a handsome boat. During a delightful Coffee Break we learned
of the joys, trials and growth of the RECORD with its eagerly
read news and pictures. We discussed our mutual interest in
NARCE and for the sake of the many early Retirees who get
so little annuity, urge every Canal Zone Retiree join the only
organization that speaks for us in Congress.
In Dawson, Ga. we stopped to see Bob and Verna Fletcher.
You are reminded that Bob Fletcher was a witness at the wed-
ding of your reporter to Newell Shaw in 1918. We found their
gracious home set in the middle of over 500 acres. Supper on
the Patio in the twilight, looking into a Tropical Paradise will
long be remembered. An account of son Bob's wedding was
reported in the June issue of the CANAL RECORD. Their
daughter, Martha, holds a responsible position in Washington,
D.C. From Dawson to Atlanta we enjoyed a delightful ride
through some beautiful quiet countryside. In Atlanta, a few
magic words, via telephone and May Robertson knew immedi-
ately the Newell Shaws were nearby, next block, in fact. The
magic words were reminiscent of the days when May and Jo
Ewing served delicious food in the Pedro Miguel Restaurant,
a long time ago. Over a cup 'o Coffee with May and son Hal
we learned much about Hal's son, Hal, Jr., (Speedy) his work,
his travels, his family. We enjoyed hearing of Shirley Robertson
Klotz of Noblesville, Ind. and her family and May's trip to
In the quiet country town of Toccoa, Ga., we had another
cup o' coffee at the kitchen table of our former Pedro Miguel
neighbor, Lucille Anderson whose beautiful voice was often
heard in the Ancon Morning Music Club affairs. Lucille is
"back home," enjoys gardening and civic work in between visits
of her 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Her daughter Frances
lives in Long Beach, Calif., has 4 daughters and 1 son, is well
known as a gifted speaker to women's organizations on Civic
work. Daughter Mildred also lives in Long Beach, was for
years a buyer of Sportswear for Bullock's, is now teaching
Business Administration in Golden West College. Claude, Jr.
has two daughters and lives in Bogota, Columbia, employed by
International G. E. John, for years stationed in Rome, Italy,
is now with the United Nations Food Organization and has
On to Asheville, N. C. A 'phone call brought "Kissin' Kin"
folk to the Motel, Kenneth and Vaughtie Simons. Kenny's
mother was Kathryn Daniel, my sister-in-law, a talented musi-
cian, singer, composer and pianist. Kenny was on the Zone
as a youngster when he visited his grandmother, the beloved
writer for Star and Herald and kindergarten teacher, Marga-
ret Shigley. He returned later with his wife, Vaughtie, an active
worker in the Baptist Church. We saw Ernest (Sharkey) Behlen
in Dogwood Manor, Black Mountain, N.C. Visiting with him
were Conrad and Ethel Dodson of Asheville. Conrad was with
the Accounting Department in The Building. Happy memories
came forth as the men discussed their fraternal affiliation.
Sharkey is a 33rd degree Mason.
Far from the maddening crowd, in a setting of sheer beauty
both inside and outside their lovely home, we found Starford
and Dorothea Churchill. The tender greenery of Spring outside
and the unusual decor in the home was breath taking. The
hand-wrought anirons and fireplace tongs, using the initials
of SC were intriguing and made by Starford, Jr. who is present-
ly located in Pennsylvania studying Mechanical Engineering.
The Churchills took us to Hendersonville. First stop with
Martha Knoop with whom we remembered the 1934 OES Tri-
ennial shared with Dorothy Hamblin and Lita Deakins. Mar-
tha's two sons Roy and Robert are in Canal Zone and State
of Washington, so Martha may go "Back Home" to be with her
twin sister in Ohio. Next stop with "Duke" Lewis who, like
many other former employees, was concerned over the pro-
posed treaties between U.S. and Panama. Mrs. Lewis was over
to the Library. It was a real pleasure to be with Ruth Sill,
looking well and happy. Our friendship goes back to the time
when there were Y.W.C.A. branches on the Atlantic and Pacific
sides. Ruth is still active in worthwhile projects. We topped
off a delightful afternoon by dining in the "Hitchin' Kitchen."
Returning to Asheville we saw Claude and Vera Howell who
are "back home" after many years in California.
Early in 1918, my new husband introduced me to two
popular and handsome bachelors. One later succumbed to
marriage, the other, a gifted conversationalist, still answers to
the above description. In 1918, two recent Bostonians, were
awed by his tales of ranch life and bears in Montana. Today,
his listeners are charmed as he tells of his life, since retirement,
and his interest in many and varied subjects encountered in
his travels abroad and the U.S.A. To us, he is known as Schel-
ley, otherwise, Mr. L. S. Kiser, of Canton, Miss. in your year
In Hot Springs, Arkansas, we saw our co-reporter, Frances
Dorn and the Jack Renigs full of vim and vigor. Frances
chauffered us "In and 'Roundabout Hot Springs" showing us
the new Hi-Rise building for Senior Citizens. Fayetteville is to
have a similar project which will house our Community Adult
Center on first floor. Home to Tranquil Acres mean't just that
to two weary travelers. A heartfelt "Thank you" to the friends
we were able to see, for from each of you we received Joy,
Laughter, Happy Memories, from some; Inspiration to meet
our problems, and we all have them; with Courage as you have
done. It was good to be with you.
Our picnic, Sunday, June 18th, abounded in good food and
fellowship shared by forty-two former C.Z. employees. Genaro
Hernandez of San Francisco de la Galeta, Panama, retired
March, 1961 after almost fifty years service with the Canal.
He was associated with Herbert Engelke and is now having a
happy vacation in Bentonville. We welcomed Bob and Virginia
Hursh to our Society. Bob was with the 15th Naval District
for 13 years. They have bought a new home in Oaks Manor,
a new sub-division not far from the Walter Reifs and Mike
Burtons. We also welcomed Barbara Shaw and sons Mark and
Alan. Barbara is house hunting preparatory to the arrival of
her husband, our Raymond Newel Shaw, who has resigned his
position as Inspection Branch Chief, Inspection and Construc-
tion Engineering Division. Ray has accepted a position as
Associate Professor in the Engineering Department of the Uni-
versity of Arkansas, and will arrive in Fayetteville, July 29th.
We were happy to have Mother Engelke present. She is
now a resident of St. Simeon's Episcopal Home in Tulsa, Okla-
homa, having come from Glendale, California last May. At
95, Mother Engelke was the subject of a feature article in the
Tulsa Tribune, June 10, 1967 accompanied by a large picture as
the oldest active members of the Episcopal Church. A new-
comer to the Society is Walter R. Baugus who was a postal
clerk with the Navy on the Atlantic side. President Mike Bur-
ton gave a brief report on present status of the Society and
announced plans for our October luncheon. Slides were shown
of the Middle East with interesting an dinformative remarks on
the situation very much in the news that day. A happy day for
The Carl Newhards of Bentonville report the Ray and Ralph
Shueys stopped in to say they were sorry they could not attend
the Picnic as originally planned. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gwinn were
visitors enroute to Springfield, Ill. Glynn and Etta Fay Ter-
rell enjoyed having Porter and Allena McHan spend a week
with them. Jean Bleakley is visiting Mrs. Bleakley, Sr., and
the Samples in No. Miami Beach and other kin folk in West
Palm Beach, Florida. Fred and Jessie Newhard took a trip
to Pacific Grove, California to see Fred's daughter Carol and
family, the Lt. Bleakley, Jr. Enroute they saw Max and Lucille
Smith in Youngstownn, Arizona. They also did "The Strip" in
Las Vegas and report they lost only firty-five cents. Appar-
ently they did not need the "free aspirin."
"Red" and Alice Nail with daughter, Lisa, and Ruth's
mother, Ruth Pearce, had a trip to Illinois. The Yeaters of
Winslow had a trip to the Zone via the United Fruit Line,
stopped at the Tivoli, met Bruce and Dorothy Sanders return-
ing by way of the Central American countries. Ruth Daniel
attended a Congress of E.L.N.A.-Esperanto League for North
America-in St. Louis. She met people from Sweden and Japan,
all able to communicate with each other in the language of
Esperanto, a universal language. Your reporter wishes they
would use this means of communication in the United Nations
and avoid so-called misinterpretations.
Mike and Minnie Burton enjoyed a visit from Minnie's sis-
ter and brother--in-law Frances and Andrew Whitlock of Hous-
ton, Texas. Walter and Martha Reif are again over to Okla-
homa City. We miss them. Of the Hallin family, Theo is the
one in the news with her recent production of "Petit Jean",
even to composing the music. "Petit Jean" is a plaintive
legend of a young maiden who followed her beloved one from
France to Arkansas. The Lynn Cook, Jr., family of Jackson,
Miss., spent ten days with his parents in Rogers, thoroughly
enjoying the delightful cool weather we had in July.
The first family I met in the Canal Zone in 1918 gave us
a delightful surprise this month by paying us an all too short
stop-over on their way to El Paso. Bert and Mattie Bailey
and daughter Eleanor Bailey Fisch. As we, the Newell Shaws,
are celebrating our fiftieth year of marriage this year, we felt
this visit to be a timely one. They were to visit Bert's brother
Fred and meet his sister Minnie. Bert is a real "old-timer" hav-
ing gone to the Zone as a teen-ager with his mother and step-
father, the George Whistons, and was quite enthusiastic about
basket-ball. Eleanor is a kindergarten teacher in the Lancaster
School System. From El Paso, comes word that Brig. Gen.
James A. Wier is home from 18 months as Chief Medical Offi-
cer in Viet Nam and now C.O. of Beaumont General Hospital.
We all rejoice with his wife and daughter, Alice Ray and Linda
Wier and methinks deserve a couple of medals to match the
Our fall luncheon, October 22nd. President Burton invites
y'all to come: Crescent Hotel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and
enjoy food, fellowship and Flaming Fall Revue in the Ozarks.
-Blanche E. Shaw.
THE PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Whitlock are on vacation and have
been visiting her sister Mrs. E. Burton and family in Fayettes-
ville, Arkansas, and a daughter Andre Lea Collins in St. Louis,
Missouri. They will also visit another daughter, Mrs. Durwood
Stringer and family in Mishawaka, Indiana. They plan to spend
some of their vacation at Mullet Lake, Michigan.
Mr. Fred Huldtquist of the Canal Zone recently spent a
few days with his mother, Mrs. M. B. Wieman. Fred had been
in New Orleans on an inspection assignment.
Mrs. Mattie Lea White has returned home after a visit
of several months with her daughter, Mrs. Charles McGinn, in
Torrance, California. Major McGinn returned home recently
after a tour of duty in Viet Nam.
Lt. and Mrs. Walter Brown have returned to their home
in Selma, Alabama, after a short visit with his grandmother,
Mrs. Minnie Brown.
Rev. and Mrs. Joseph Jenkins of the Republic of Panama
visited a few days with Mr. and Mrs. John Terry during their
vacation in the States. Rev. Jenkins is a missionary in Panama.
Mr. A. S. (Al) Brown who has been seriously ill in the
Veterans Hospital in Houston was transferred to the intensive
care unit of hte Golden Age Manor Nursing Home in Houston
on July 20, 1967. Mrs. Brown does not have anything but
praise for the wonderful care and treatment Mr. Brown re-
ceived while in the Veterans Hospital. He may return to the
Veterans Hospital at a later date for further treatment if re-
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady are on a two months vaca-
tion trip in several states and have been enjoying seeing many
of their old friends. While in Houston, Mrs. A. S. (Al) Brown
had a nice visit with them. They had not seen each other in
over twenty years.
Mrs. Lee (Irene) Wright fell and broke her arm on April
10th, and has been in confinement ever since. At the present
time she is happy to report that she can use her arm some and
is able to do a little writing.
Merle Lou Souder of Hamburg, Germany has been home
with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Souder, this summer.
Mrs. Long, the mother of Mrs. Sam Souder is not too well
and keeps the family pretty well confined.
Mrs. Nathan (Tillie) Levy is in New York for a months
visit with her daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Myrnek and family.
Mrs. Levy reports that she had rather be back in Texas as the
grand rush in New York is too much for her.
Victor and June May with their two children of the Canal
Zone spent a month in Houston this summer. Victor's mother,
Mrs. Clara May accompanied them.
Mrs. Bertha Turner, our beloved Secretary-Treasurer, has
been in and out of the hospital for the past two months. She is
battling a very serious illness. At the present time she is re-
cuperating at home under the doctor's care. She may have to
return to the the hospital again for further treatment.
Dr. and Mrs. Cagle and daughter Alice of Temple, Texas,
have been in Houston to attend a state meeting of the Rainbows,
While here they enjoyed visits with many old friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Alton Fincher have invited the Canal Zone
Club to hold the next meeting in their beautiful new home in
River Oaks. The meeting will be held early in September.
Richard Ellis son of Clyde Ellis, Jr., is now a Naval Re-
serve and is going through the 80 days training period at Great
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Sasso Maduro came to the Methodist
Hospital in Houston early in June to have heart surgery per-
formed on their infant son. The operation was a great success
and they returned to their home in Panama a very happy
family. Mr. and Mrs. Maduro are friends of Mr. and Mrs. Ter-
rel Toone who live in Kerrville, Texas.
By Peggy Ellis and Iva Standefer
for Bertha Turner
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
FATHER'S DAY June 18th Los Angeles Weather Re-
port said "Cloudy and Possible Drizzles". SO we had a beau-
tiful day for our first 1967 Picnic. Fortunately, we all know it
doesn't rain in California and 94 members, families, guests
and friends registered. Actual count must have been over 100 in
attendance. President David Smith and his Songsmith Partner,
Roy Ballard brought the pictures from our annual March lunch-
eon at Knott's Berry Farm. As always, Virginia and Martin
Seiler were there early and did their usual good job of greet-
ing everyone and mixing up the groups. Mildred and Paul Kline
- both a big help with the various picnic duties were there as
was Grace Naylor, who has served many many of our past
picnics so well and willingly.
Caleb Celments again sent "Panamanian Plantain Chips"
via his sister our Vice President, Betty Smith they sure were
good! Real old timers reminiscing were: Herb and Mrs. Bar-
low, Commissary Manager, 1907; Lulu Lumby. Empire & Cris-
tobal, 1908; Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Heltemes, Larry and Mrs.
Ridge, Mech. Div., 1909; Charles Parker, Commsy Div., 1910
and wife Esther M., Nurse, Cristobal, 1924 and Fred and Mrs.
Sunstrom, Lockmaster, Pedro Miguel, 1912 were some.
Then, showing up more and more at our get together -
those who were raised on the C.Z. and many with their children
were: Bob Provost, Bob and Almo Brown, Jose Colon, Wally
and Bess (Stapleton) Morton, Conrad and Norma Horine, Bill
and Jennifer Quinn, Hampton and Claire Tedder, Rene and
Ruth Conlan, Carol and Andy Bleakely, Isabel Aguirre, Ruth
(Bauman) Yeilding and Kelly (Bauman) Adams to name most
Others who never miss: Thelma Reppe, Hedvig Seed-
borg, the H. M. Lockwoods, Sangster and Naomi Liebeler, Mrs.
Earl T. Gilbert, Tom and Ann Brennan, Mollie Brown, Dr. and
Mrs. C. C. Clay, Mercedes Snow, Mrs. Sallie and Edith Wim-
mer, Esther Horine, Kenneth and Marian Baer, Sr., Mattie and
Dan Tedder, Bess Kenealy, William and Mary Kate Van Under-
wood. Celebrating a combined birthday and Father's Day, com-
plete with beautiful decorated cakes, were Russell and Bernice
Hileman of Palmdale, with their daughter, family and friends.
Canal Zone Visitors : Emily Brooks (Mrs. W. L.) Balboa;
Bob Johnson, Margarita with his brother Jack and wife Wanda,
West Covina. Bob had been visiting her mother, Helen Fogle,
who was just out of the hospital and unable to make the picnic
this time. Emma and Frank J. Violette, Panama City, visit-
ing the Seiler's, stopped on their way to the "International Bill-
fish Tournament at Kaulia-Kona, Hawaii.
From: Bentonville, Arkansas Fred and Jessie Newhard.
Sierra Vista, Arizona, Fritz and Mrs. Frey and Mrs. Dorothy
Nedeleff. Carmichael, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Hoverter. Our
only Floridians from Lakeland, Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady.
And others Mr. and Mrs. George Wertz, Bob and Dolores
Brown, Diane and Vande Brown, John and Peggy Wood. Mr.
and Mrs. R. E. Hanson (Eva Jeanee Doyle), Jean Dewey, J. R.
Tawes, Jack Flay and G. O. Hansen and family.
We tried a suggestion box at the Picnic and although we
only received two they were good. One is easy to effect --
YES we will hold our June, 1968 picnic on the LAST SUNDAY
IN JUNE thereby avoiding graduations, Father's Day and hope-
fully it will be warmer. Our October Picnic will continue to be
on the third Sunday in OCTOBER, the 15th.
Second "We need a 1938 CLASS REUNION in June 1968.
The 30th and 1st Annual reunion of Balboa High School. Good
idea and to follow-up we take the liberty of appointing a Chair-
man, Mr. Robert (Bob) Provost, 4119 W. 176th St., Torrance,
Calif. 1938 class give him your ideas and addresses of
others in the California areas.
Our News Box at the picnic brought the following: The
Thomas C. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship created by Mr. and
Mrs. T. C. Sullivan (Sr.) as a memorial to their son will have
as its first recipient, Jon Du Clos, outstanding boy at Arcadia
High School. Tom and Stella (Cody) Sullivan are now living in
Sun City, California.
Richard and Juanita (Taylor) McConaughey and sons David
and William were recent house guests of Ruth (Taylor) and
Rene Conlan of Ontario. After So. Calif. sightseeing they went
on to spend a month in the Oakland Area with Dick's parents',
H. A. McConaughey. (Harvey was Assist. Director of Personnel
with service from 1906 to 1948 and Grace a school teacher, 1931
Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Liebeler had as their house guests in
May, Mrs. Liebeler's brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Joe C. Turner of Hattiesburg, Miss. Joe recently retired and
this was the Turner's first trip to the West Coast and they visited
all the interesting parks and outstanding places on their month's
tour to California.
We inadvertently reported Joe and Bessie Welch, Seal
Beach, could not be at our March luncheon. They definitely
were there right in front of the speakers table! Sorry about
A note from Mrs. Elizabeth Jones (widow of William A.
Jones, Yard Foreman, Mech. Div. 1909-1940) explained she had
had an accident and is recovering from a broken hip but get-
ting along fine now.
Paul and Milred Kline had as their house guests, Mildred's
sister Betty Gerhardt, her husband, Fred, and daughter, Lianne,
from Maracaibo, Venezuela. They also spent some time with
Betty's Mother and Father, John F. Phillips of Laguna Hills,
Calif. As usual, the two weeks were very busy sight-seeing.
The Kline's also had a very happy surprise in June with
David and Ann Sink from Clinton, Iowa, phoned from nearby
Knotts Berry Farm and then drove over to Tustin to see them.
They were on a vacation trip by car around the country and
were persuaded to spend the night.
A note from Helen Rhodes, Seal Beach, passed on his son,
Dusty's location and assignment Lt. Col. Howard D., com-
manding Officer of the AFCENT SUPPORT ELEMENT, U.S.
Headquarters in Bruussmer, Holland.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Strauss (Mach. & Lock Operator,
Balboa, 1940-55) have sold their home in Burbank and are mov-
ing to St. Petersburg, Fla. Their daughter, Dorothy and her
husband are now in St. Peteresburg, where Mr. Moore is as-
sociated with one of the Cafeterias. Daughter, Ida will com-
plete her studies at Florida State in Tallahassee.
Dorothy Hamlin and Esther Currier are taking off for a
trip to Alaska in August. Esther taking time-out from her re-
sponsibilities as teacher-director of 40 little ones (3 to 5) and
their Mothers and two other teachers plus looking after her
Mothers, 95 years young.
Of interest to Brother ELKS: Robert G. Provost was initi-
ated in BPOE Lodge 888 on June 26, 1967, sponsored by his
father Eugene. They will celebrate with a stag party in Las
Vegas during July.
Golden Wedding Anniversaries were celebrated in De-
cember by Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Heltemes of Glendale with a
wonderful trip to Las Vegas, Nevada; by Mr. and Mrs. C. L.
Bryan who were the guests of honor April 29th when their
sons and daughter-in-laws gave them a surprise buffet supper
for them which was a huge success with family and many
friends present and on May 22nd Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ridge
had most of their family present to celebrate their 50th anni-
versary. Lawrence Ridge and wife Mildred, both in real estate,
came from Redlands, Calif. Paul, an applications engineer with
Varian Associates and wife Judy (MacDonald) a former nurse
at Gorgas Hospital, came from San Mateo, Calif. A telephone
call fro their son Jim in Panama City and his wife Beverly
made the reunion almost complete. Virginia and Hank Dolim
then hosted all the family and friends and climaxed the day
with dining and dancing at the Air Force Space Systems Offi-
On June 17th, Mrs. Lolita J. Packard, daughter of Lieut.
and Mrs. Eugene Provost, Jr., U.S.N., Retired, became the
bride of Dr. Joe A. Wilson, D.D.S. The double ring ceremony
was performed by the Reverend Commander James D. Hester,
U.S. Navy Chaplain, U.S. Naval Station, Terminal Island, Calif.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School, El Camino Col-
lege, Torrence, Calif., and was attending Long Beach State Col-
lege. After a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple will reside in
Rolling Hills, Calif.
Mrs. Harry Beckman (Hilda Wiesebsake) passed way at
her home in Long Beach on May 27, 1967. Surviving are her
husband, Harry (Red), a daughter, Beverly Marriner, of Bel-
mont, Calif.; two sons, Dr. Jere, who is head of the Veterinary
Department at New Hampshire University, and Dr. Kent, who
is with the Upjohn Co., at Kalamazoo, Mich., and five grand-
children. Mrs. Beckman had gone to the Canal Zone in 1927
from Hanover, Penn. and was a nurse at Panama Hospital.
We just learned that Mrs. Irma B. King passed away April
1, 1967, she was the wife of the former C.Z Quartermaster, John
M. King. Interment was at Live Oak Memorial Park, Arcadia
with Dr. J. Christy Wilson officiating. She is survived by two
sons; Robert W. of Balboa, and John B. of Riverside, a sister,
Mrs. Edna Van Brocklin of Santa Ana. two grandchildren and
Los Angeles Fall Picnic, Sunday, October 15, 1967, Brooks-
side Park, Pasadena. Bring Your Lunch Family and Friends.
Coffee and Cold Drink served from 11:00 to 3:30.
We put up signs and TRY to point you to SECTION "C" -
right back of the tennis courts beside the Park Office. Reached
from Los Angeles by: Pasadena Freeway to Colorado Blvd.,
left on Colorada to Orange Grove, right on Orange Grove to
Rosemont and left on Rosemont into the Park -- if you get to
the Rose Bowl you have gone too far out but the Park is close.
Don't forget to jot down the date OCTOBER 15th, 3rd Sun-
day after the World Series. Please pass the word on to others -
get them to make their plans to include our PICNIC if they are
going to be in California during October.
Virginia Ridge Dolim, Secretary
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
Mrs. Guy Allen (Cicely Knibb) of 4221 Coliseum Street in
New Orleans writes of her distress over the President's plans
to turn over to Panama the government of the Canal Zone. She
lived there during Construction days and has a son buried at
Porto Bello. Mrs. Allen has recently met the boat bringing back
her niece, Dr. E. Dorothea Witt, and her friend, Miss O'Brien,
from a two-week cruise to British Honduras and other Central
American ports including the Canal Zone. Dr. Witt lives at 1215
Milan Street, New Orleans.
Mrs. L. F. (Edith) Bailey of 390 West Avenue, Harahan,
La., writes of being busy with so many things, mainly trying to
write to the children, Ted and Marjorie. Ted is a captain on a
hugboat for Pan Canal in Cristobal. He lives in Gatun with his
wife, Pat, and two boys, Terry, 16, and Billy, 5. Marjorie and
her family live in Bealeton, Virginia. Her two girls are married
and each has a little boy (which makes Edith and L.F. great-
grandparents). Her son, Paul, has just gone into the Army, she
visited New Orleans in June. Edith's oldest son, Earl, lives in
New Orleans in the lake district. His daughter, Arden Stewart,
is a blood technician at Touro Infirmary. Earl lived in the Zone
when Edith and L.F. were there, but he and his family left
there in 1941 and came to New Orleans where his wife's family
lived. His wife, Edna, passed away July 24, 1966. Earl is with
the government and hopes to retire this September. Paul and
Marjorie Mohl, who lived in the Zone for many years, have re-
tired and live in Pompano Beach, Florida. Marjorie's family
live in Mobile, Alabama, and when they were in Mobile last
June, they took a side trip down to visit with the Bailey's in
New Orleans.In January, 1966, Lester Bailey had a light stroke,
but he is back in good shape now. He will be 68 in November.
Ted's boy, Teddy, visited in New Orleans a few weeks in
Mrs. Elmer Dailey, Sr. (Amy), of 314 Houma Blvd.. Me-
tairie, La. 70001, writes that Earl and Charlottee will probably
be up for a visit in September. Arlene Osborn stopped by for
awhile and left July 17.
Mrs. Albert D. Jones (Lola Marie Frauenheim) is back in
the Zone with her young daughter, Tara Leigh, staying with
her parents while husband, Al, is in military training. They
will be reunited at Christmas and will be leaving the Zone head-
ing for Al's first assignment in the military which he is planning
to make his career.
Al was recently graduated from Louisiana State University
with a bachelor's dgree in geography.
Mr. and Mrs. Danny George had as recent visitors from
Balboa, C.Z., Sandra Allen Philleps and Richard Philleps with
their two daughters, Kathleen, 3, and April, 1Y2. Their vaca-
tion included trips to Miami and New Jersey. Sandra's family
lives in Balboa and Richard's in Gatun. Lottie and Danny
George enjoyed a family gathering between semesters in New
Orleans at the hom of William and Bverly George Kendrick.
coming over from the University of Miami at Coral Gables
were Gordon and Helen George Boswell. Gordon graduated in
January with a major in biology and an officer's commission
in the Air Force, he is now stationed in Cheyenne, Wyoming,
and residing with his family at 609 Shoshoni, Apt. 2, Cheyenne,
82001. Helen graduated with a major in elementary education.
Beverly and William have a daughter, Kim Marie, who is
three years old. William works for an insurance company in
downtown New Orleans and lives with his family at 2821 Park-
enham Drive, Apt. 102, Chalmette, La. 70043. In August, Lottie,
Danny and their two sons flew to the Canal Zone for a 30-day
vacation visiting the Schultz's in Balboa and the George's in
Gatun. Upon their return to Baton Rouge, they will reside in
Apt. 1052 of the Married Students Apartments and Danny will
be finishing work toward a BS in electrical engineering.
Mrs. Mattie B. Harris of 2537 Esplanade Avenue, New
Orleans, La. 70119, writes that she is recuperating satisfactor-
ily after having a cataract removed from one of her eyes. She
notes that it has been 45 years since she left the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Herbert J. Joubert, Jr. (the former Joyce Dugas),
10215 Oliphant Road, Baton Rouge, La. 70809, writes that her
niece Linette (Dugas) Humbracht and her mother Ida Dugas
gave birth to baby girls exactly one month apart. Lt. and
Mrs. Gordon Hunmbracht welcomed their second daughter,
Pauline Marie on May 23 in Dayton, Ohio, where Lt. Hum-
bracht is stationed with the Air Force. Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Dugas (Linnie's parents) are the proud parents of a new daugh-
ter, Leanna Jane born June 23 in Balboa. Lt. Humbracht is
awaiting reassignment to the Philippines and his family will
join him there as soon as permissable. Dorothy (Dugas)
Broadbent and her two sons left July 22 to visit her brother,
Norman Dugas, in Annapolis, Maryland. LeRoy Dugas (Joyce's
brother) is currently attending school for six weeks in Los
Angeles, as advance training for his employer, IBM Corpora-
tion. LeRoy sent for his wife, Bonnie, and son, Mark, to join
him there, and hopes to enjoy a vacation along with his training.
Virginia Nessler Maskell passed through Baton Rouge early in
July stopping to have lunch with Joyce (Dugas) Joubert. Vir-
ginia had picked up a new car Stateside and traveled over 4,000
miles across the country. She was on her way to New Orleans
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, \C.
for Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I. ................................................. hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and enclose $4.00 as my ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
dues for the year ............. $2.00 of this amount is for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECORD for one year.
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DUES $4.00 PER YEAR. Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone banks
to return to the Zone, where she is employed at Gorgas Hos-
pital as an X-ray technician. She was joined in Nte-i. Orleans
by her son, recently returned from Vietnam. Joyce is employed
by the Baton Rouge City Police Department in the Traffic
Jack H. Tinnin, who received his Associate of Arts degree
from the Canal Zone Junior College in 1954, took his BA at
Louisiana College and received a Bachelor of Divinity from the
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1962. He is mar-
ried to Oleta Bellows, from Delhi, Louisiana. They have two
children, Dorothy Joy, 7, and Randall, 3. Jack is now a Metho-
dist minister in LaPlace, Louisiana.
Patt Foster Roberson
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Stroop, Sr., enjoyed a visit by their son,
Edward C. Stroop, Jr., his wife and six children of Merritt
Island, Fla. Ed had just returned from Vietnam where he ;:E tr.l.
a year working as field engineer and received a commendation
for engineering projects in that area.
In addition to his parents, they also visited Ed's sister,
Rose, and family, the Richard D. Marses; and his brother,
Gerald and Leneve (Dough) Stroop and family, also residents
of Kensington Park.
Ed was to leave later in the summer for Guiana, South
America, on further field work.
Other summer visitors at Ruth and Clyde's were their
daughter, Karen, and family, Mr. and Mrs. William W. Wolfe,
with Vickie, Johnny and Ruthanne, who returned to their home
in Parkersburg, W.Va., after a two weeks visit.
Bill and Myrtle Hughes of Diablo were guests of the Stroops
and visited with the other C.Z. folks before going to visit their
daughter, Sandra, and family, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Claflin and
two children of Merritt Island.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Orvis (Lottie Stevenson) of Diablo
and their children, Bobby, Carl and Nita, spent two months in
Sarasota with Bob's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Orvis.
While here young Bobby injured his eye which required Surg-
ery and several days in Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Jay Cain returned in July after spending two weeks in
Wayne, N.J., with her mother, Mrs. Cora Miller and her sister,
Mrs. Myrill Weicksel.
David T. Mann, accompanied by his son, Donald Wayne,
spent two weeks in West Fairlee, Vt., visiting his grandmother
and other relatives.
Mrs. Robin Comer of Margarita and her sister, Mrs. Billie
Galloway of Ancon visited their brothers-in-law and sisters, Mr.
and Mrs. David Gatz of DeSoto Lakes, and Mr. and 'i'.Ir Wil-
liam C. Hitchcock, who recently moved into the Kensington
Garden Apartments, 1500 North Lockridge Road.
Robin and Billie spent a week in Sarasota before going to
Atlanta and New Orleans. They were later joined by Bill and
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ......................................... .............. hereby transmit my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues of $4.00 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the year
........... ......$2.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD
for one year. (Please return this bill form with remittance).
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City ................................... ............ State.......... Zip Code...........
D ues for: 1968.......... ; 1969.......... ; 1970.......... ; 1971.......... ; 1972..........
Amount Enclosed $...................... (Check)........ (M.O.)........ (Cash)........
Street ............................................. ... .......... B ox ....... ......
City ................ ............. ................. State............. Zip Code...........
Recorded: Date ................ ............. Card No .........................
DUES $4.00 PER YEAR, JANUARY 1, 1967 to DECEMBER 31 FOLLOWING
Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone Banks
Maxine Hithcock and Dave and Ruth Gatz and accompanied
to Massachussetts to attend the wedding of Bill and Maxine's
son, William C. Hitchcock, Jr. to Jennifer Alice Otis in Cam-
Mildred Neely, outgoing president, installed the following
officers at the June meeting of the Canal Zone O.E.S. Past
Matrons Association of Florida: Mrs. Ethel Banan, president;
Mrs. Bessie Lyons, vice-president and Mrs. Edith Macaulay,
secretary-treasurer. While Ethel and Edith chose the latest style
of dress for their instaiiation, Bessie Lyons wore the dress she
had worn in 1940 when she was installed Worthy Matron of
Donald L. Russell, son of Mrs. Richard Morse (Rose Stroop)
and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Stroop, Sr., enlisted in the
Air Force during the summer and is presently completing basic
training at Lackland Air Force Base in Houston, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Barnes and her sister, Mrs. Gladys B.
Humphrey, spent several weeks during the summer travelling
and visiting relatives. Tinsie and Barney spent a week in Ridge-
ley, W. Va., while Gladys flew to Fort Dodge, Iowa, for a week's
visit with her mother-in-law, Mrs. J. B. Walstrom; and her
brother-in-law and family, the LeRoy L. Humphrey's, former
residents of the C.Z.
Barney remained in his hometown with his sister while
Tinsie and Gladys flew to the West Coast, arriving the same
day in Los Angeles to visit their brother-in-law and sister, Mr.
and Mrs. John F. Field (Zonella) in San Fernando; and later
visiting their brother and family, The Gerald D. Blisses in
Campbell, near San Jose. They also visited an aunt and uncle,
the Peter F. Shrapnels of Seal Beach.
They were joined by another brother-in-law and sister, Mr.
and Mrs. George A. Walker of Cocoli, who flew from the C.Z.
following the wedding of their youngest daughter, Carole Lynn,
to Mr. Thomas Peregoy. Later the Walkers, Gladys and Tinsie
flew to Honolulu for the wedding of Mabelle and Georgie's son,
Frederick R. Walker to Mary Lorene Almquist. During the two
weeks in Honolulu they also visited a cousin, Dr. Bliss C. Sharp-
nel, who is associated with the Kaiser Medical Foundation, and
his wife, Adeline.
Mr. and Mrs. August T. Schmidt, who have been living in
North Carolina for the past several years, moved from the
Kensington Garden Apartments into their new home at 3341
Fauna Street. Mrs. Leonard Winerman (Arlene Schmidt) ar-
rived from Hackensack, N.J., to visit her parents and was their
first houseguest. Gus and Lee entertained informally in their
Mr. and Mrs. John W. B. Hall had a visit by Mr. Earl Beck
of St. Petersburg and his house guest, Mr. Leo Wilkes of Ten-
nille, Ga. While here they also visited Mr. and Mrs. William C.
Hitchcock. All the men formerly worked together on the C.Z.
Visitors at the home of Mike and Marion Greene were
Henry (Hank) and Gloria DeRaps of Margarita with their
daughter, Cheryl, a student at Southern Oregon College and
their son, Bryan.
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for Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
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DUES: Adtlts $2.00 per year. Children $1.00 per year.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clarke had as summer visitors Joyce's
son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Bevington, Jr. and children,
Mark, Laura and Marilee from El Cajon, Calif. and her daugh-
ter, (Marilyn Bevington), and family, Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Gayer with their children, Rickey, Cheri, Valerie and Steven,
from Los Rios.
Visitors at the homes of the Micahel F. Greenes and the
Roger A. Orvises were Capt. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley of
Ocala. Sam retired in December and have recently completed
plans to build a home in Clearwater. They were accompanied
by their grandchildren, Davis and Lori Lee Stevenson, children
of their son-in-law and daughter, Davis and June Stevenson
who reside in Panama City, Panama.
Visiting Mr. and Mrs. James F. Burgoon during July were
her daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Timm and
daughter, Laura from Hollywood, Fla. Karen and Laura re-
mained for a month's visit, after Raymond had returned.
Other houseguests were Capt. and Mrs. Gil Rowe of Bal-
boa. The Rowes are now on leave and plan to enter their daugh-
ter, Pam in college. Pam has been visiting in Salem, W. Va.,
but will attend Kings Business College, Charlotte, N.C. in the
Mrs. Leon V. Heim had as her house guests for several days
during the summer, Mr. and Mrs. Morgan E. Holcomb and their
daughter, Susie, of Gatun, who were completing their summer
vacation and were returning to the C.Z. in August. Helen plans
to go to New Orleans for their departure. They will be joined by
their oldest son, Jack, who is returning to the C.Z. after complet-
ing his military duty. They visited their younger son, Danny,
who recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy and is now in San Diego,
Calif., for recruit duty.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain had a visit by Harry's brother
and sister-in-law, Edwin and Catherine Cain from Willingboro,
Other visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Herbert K. Peterson (Tita
Galinda), now retired and living in Hollywood, Fla.
Jay and Harry Cain also enjoyed a visit with Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Berger (Beverly Ruoff) and their daughter, Carole, who
are on vacation from the C.Z., where Bob is in the teaching
staff. They are spending their vacation in Clearwater and were
joined for the summer by Beverly's brother-in-law and sister,
Leo and Carol Goulet, their two children and Carol and Bev's
grandmother, who makes her home with Leo and Carol in Vene-
zuela; and by their father, Mr. Jack Rouff.
House guests of Mrs. Gladys B. Humphrey during the last
two weeks in July were her sister and brother-in-law, Mabelle
and George Walker of Cocoli; their daughter, Mrs. Martin F.
Fitzgerald (Mickey Walker), with Frankie, Kathleen and Pat-
rick of Decatur, Ga.; the Walker's son, Fred and his bride,
Mary, who are returning to the C.Z. on the Railroad ship. Mrs.
Humphrey assisted by her sister, Mabelle, entertained at a
family reunion dinner. In addition to the house guests there were
Glady's daughter and family, Donna and David Mann and three
children; her son and family, Donald and Dotti Humphrey and
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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DUES: Adults $2.00 per year Children $1.00 per year.
two daughters of Palm Bay; the hosts other sister and her hus-
band, Tinsie and Barney Barnes, of Sarasota; and their brother
and his wife, Curtis and Emily Bliss of Eau Gallie.
Gladys B. Humphrey
MOSTLY THIS'N THAT
Did you know that there is an onion shortage in Panama -
1,500,000 pounds are consumed monthly mostly in Panama
City and Colon 24 U.S. Astronauts spent a week training in
tropical survival in Curundu, C.Z. Canal Zone College has a
new library, 11,000 square feet, air conditioned, with seating
space for 150 persons and 128 study booths 8 contracts total-
ing $512,706 have been awarded by the Panama Canal within 2
months The National Agricultural Institute's Seed Center
perhaps the most modern in the world at Divisa, R. de P. was
made possible as part of a loan from USAID Curundu, C.Z.
elementary school has 19 classrooms.
Many thanks to all the reporters for getting their copy in
on schedule; to all who contributed items and pictures and for
the favorable comments. All items must be TYPED as the
printer will not accept hand written reports. Mrs. Judd and
the Editor have been deluged with articles from everywhere on
the proposed Canal treaty Please do not expect these to ap-
pear in the Record there would not be room for anything
else. The slight change in the format is due to second class
postal regulations. If an obituary is sent be sure to give the
name of the town and state many people send in clippings
without either. Keep the reports as condensed as possible.
Keep the news and pictures coming.
Betty Lockridge, Record Editor,
2600 Pinellas Point Drive South,
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33712
ISTHMIAN NEWS REEL
1 The closing of the Suez Canal already is making its
effects felt on traffic through the Panama Canal, a spokesman
Canal officials are expecting a gradual build-up to about
two additional ships per day as a result of the diversion of
vessels which normally use the Suez waterway.
The Panama Canal has been averaging slightly over 39
ships daily in the past three months. The daily average for
April and May was 39.7 ships and for June it was 39.4.
2 As the fiscal year came to a close a Panama Canal
transit record of 51 ocean-going ships on a 24-hour period was
established. In addition, seven small ships transisted in the same
period. Traffic that day, which was handled in 42 lockages,
broke all existing records.
The previous mark was established August 19, 1964, when
there were 48 ocean-going ships in a 24-hour period, plus 2
under 300 net tons.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cain,
Sarasota, Fla.-holding the
C.Z. Seal-hooked rug made
Mr and Mrs M S Treadwell,
'Alvina Fiemrnani Orlando. Fla.
Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Beeby, First Baptist Church, Balboa Hts. C.Z.
Mrs. John McCoy. Mrs. Blanche Allen, St. Petersburg, Fla., Mrs. Martin
Seller, Naena Shockley, Tampa, Fla., Mrs. Herbert Paddock, St. Peters-
burg, Fla., Mr. Martin Seller, Los Angeles, Calif.
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1967 Reunion Reception Committee-Mrs. Homer McCally, Mrs. Henry
Falk, Mrs. Ralph Hanners, Mrs. Al McKeown, Mrs. Norman Terry,
Mrs. Cecil Banan, Mrs. Margaret Peterson, Mrs. Dewey Goodwin, Mrs.
Howard Dworak and Mrs. Bessie Lyons.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Carlson, Tampa,
Fla.; Mrs. Lee Trower, St. Petersburg,
Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Marion Herring,
Bowling Green, Fla.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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