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J. Winter UD. Collms; -etiremfent counselor, Acddress at the
Annual Luncheon 1969.
Paul M. Runnestrand, Executive Secretary, Panama Oana
Dr. and Mrs. Ir
Mr. and Mrs. Stanwood 0. Specht
St. Petersburg, Florida
win H. Parrill
Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Leisy,
Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Neil Weston Parker with Great Grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. Jack Evans, Greely, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady
Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Corn
The Lundy Reunion, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Standing, from left to right:
Philip Rima and Eugene Houghton; Bettie, Billie and Lester Bernard;
Luthler E. Davis; Leroy, Jan, and Wm. E. Lundy.
Opal Earle (Lundy) Houghton; Elizabeth (Lundy) Davis, Chris, (Joan
Horter) and Kay Lundy; Opal Lundy.
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Orchid Conservatory-Residence of Col. David D. Gaillard,
Culebra, Canal Zone, 1911.
Vor. 3 MARCH 1969 No. 1
According to the Federal Employees' News Digest, Febru-
ary 3, 1969, Federal employees who retire on or before February
28 and all current retirees or their survivors will get a 3.9 per-
cent increase in annuities-the increases to go into effect March
1. 1969. The 3.9 percent increase was officially announced by the
Civil Service Commission based on the Labor Department's
price index figures. The armed forces will get their increases
as of February 1, two months before we get ours. WRITE YOUR
CONGRESSMAN AND ASK HIM WHA HOPPEN. The more
letters, the better.
With the opening of the new Congress, several new Bills
have been introduced:
ANNUITIES-Rep. William Anderson, D-Tenn., has sponsored a
bill (HR-85) to eliminate the reduction in annuities when a desig-
nated survivor predeceases the annuitant and also to permit the
designation of a new spouse as survivor.
TAX EXEMPTION-Rep. William Colmer, D-Miss., chairman
of the House Rules Committee has sponsored a bill (HR-1037) to
exempt civil service annuities from federal income tax.
WASHINGTON TALK-Members of Congress are resigned to
the fact that the 10 percent surcharge tax will remain for the
SRep. Dominick Daniels, D-N.J., has introduced the follow-
Daniels' bill on health premiums (HR-767) would have the
government eventually pay the entire cost of federal employee
health insurance premiums. At present the government pays
less than 30 percent of the cost, with employees paying the rest.
Under the Daniels bill, the government starting July 1 would
pay 50 percent of the total health insurance premiums cost, 75
percent starting July 1, 1970, and 100 percent starting July 1,
Daniels also sponsored a bill on retirement financing (HR-
770) that is identical to the one that passed the House last year,
which would strengthen the financing of the civil service retire-
ment system. The bill died last year when the Senate failed to
William F. Grady
Mr. Robert M. Bright
Mrs. Cecelia H. Byington
Miss Eleanor L. Colbert
Mr. Parker P. Hanna
Mrs. Marium M. White
Mr. Nelson O. Williar
Miss Mary L. Clark
Mr. Gerold E. Cooper
Mrs. Katharyn Tanassy
Mr. William F. Young
Mr. Rowan H. Bailey
Mr. Graydon W. Brown
Mr. Oather T. Brownlee
Mr. William H. DeVore
Mr. Ralph E. Harvey
Mr. Arthur F. Jones
Mr. Walter R. Malone
Mr. Bob D. Maynard
Mr. William D. McGowin
Mr. Edward B. O'Brien, Jr
Captain Roy H. Rice
Mr. Elmer E. Stoakley
Mr. William A. Hadarits
Mr. Donald C. Kaan
Captain Thomas W. Carter
Lt. George L. Cooper
Mr. Earl O. Dailey
Mr .Philip A. Downs
Mr. John E. Erikson
Mrs. Marjorie M. French
Mr. John D. Hollen
Mr. Anthony H. Hopiak
Mr. G. Leroy Koontz
Captain Harry T. Lacy
Coco Solo Hospital
Community Services Div.
Division of Schools
Executive Planning Staff
Mr. Andrew S. Liebermann Navigation Division
Mr. J. Bartley Smith Electrical Division 40 years
Mr. Sidney Temple Engineering Division 22 years
Mr. James A. Yates ,Personnel Bureau 30 years
Mrs. Harriet I. Young Division of Schools 9 years
Mr. Joseph Elliott* Locks Division 21 years
Dr. Lewis E. Fontaine* Gorgas Hospital 25 years
Mr. G. Clair Lawrence* Comm. Services Division 30 years
Mr. Joseph M. Vandergrift* Locks Division 28 years
*Actually February retirements but Retirement Certificates
will probably be issued with the January group.
Imminent retirements from the Panama Canal personnel
will bring changes of addresses. We appreciate knowing in ad-
vance, if possible, of these changes. YOU will not be listed
among the "lost" when your Record is returned because of an
incorrect address. WE LIKE to keep our mailing list up-to-date.
Notifications have been received from the following:
Dr. Lewis Fontaine, who retires in February, has given Box
555, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts 02664 as his new address.
Errett R. Albritton, who retires February 28, has given
4104 Birchman Avenue, Fort Worth, Texas 76107 as his address.
The Scott McKays from Gamboa also retire February 28
and are sailing March 13 on the Cristobal. As they will be tra-
veling for some time, the address of a daughter in California
has been given-Rt. 1, Box 246-G, Cottonwood, California 96022.
Frank Borsellino, Gatun, Canal Zone, and a new member of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida plans to retire at the end
of the school year.
Coral Ann Stickler will retire July 1 with 30 years of service.
She expects to visit Florida after July 1. As yet, she has made
no decision as to where she will make her future home.
Mr. and Mrs. Daile D. Keigley finally will occupy that new
home in St. Petersburg in July, which, using the words of Mr.
Keigley, "was built under Mr. Esslinger's eagle-eyed super-
vision in 1965. We have already started eating food supplies on
back shelves, wearing out old clothes, etc. .. ."
If you are retiring and do not know your new address, in-
form the Secretary-Treasurer and a "Hold" will be put on your
Record until your address is known.
37th ANNUAL REUNION
Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida
January 9-10, 1969
Twenty-nine states, the Canal Zone, and the Republic of
Panama were represented at the Reunion. 552 officially regis-
tered with Florida represented by 440. Alabama and North Caro-
lina tied for second place with 12 each.
ALABAMA (12): Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. White, Mr. and Mrs.
G. C. McCullough, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Jordan, Mrs. Jessie
Degenaar, Mrs. Harry Walbridge, Robert Arnold, Mrs. Doro-
thy Montanye; ARIZONA (2): Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Troup;
ARKANSAS (2): Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Conklin; CALIFORNIA
(8): Grace Thomas, Bess Kenealy, Mr. and Mrs. Harry H.
Corn, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Seller, Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Ne-
ville; CANAL ZONE (9): Paul Runnestrand, Mr. and Mrs. Don-
ald R. Brayton. J. Winter Collins, Walter Fender, Mr. and Mrs.
Richard De Tore, Mr. and Mrs. Dean L. Dodson; CONNECTI-
CUT (2): Mr. and Mrs. Herb Souder; COLORADO (1): Mrs.
Mary Becker; GEORGIA (8): Mr. and Mrs. James A. Mable,
Eve Dockery, Peggy McKenzie, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph I. Kincaid;
ILLINOIS (3): Dr. and Mrs. Irwin Parrill, Gladys Fleming;
IOWA (1): C. M. Monsanto; KENTUCKY (5): Mr. and Mrs.
Herb Staples, Mr. and Mrs. Irl Sanders, Robert McQueary;
LOUISIANA (1): Mrs. Ella Wertz; MARYLAND (3): Cdr. and
Mrs. Jack Humphrey, Edith Frederick, MASSACHUSETTS (3):
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hanningan, Avis Dyke; MINNESOTA (1):
Mrs. Alberta Grunewald; MISSOURI (1): Suzanne Dampf;
NEW HAMPSHIRE (2): Dr. and Mrs. R. H. Whitehead; NEW
JERSEY (4): Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dorgan, Mr. and Mrs. George
Wertz; NEW MEXICO (2): Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Leisy; NEW
YORK (3): Capt. Francis Gorman, Kay Aldridge, Anita W.
Jones; NORTH CAROLINA (12): Mrs. Carl J. Clapp, Mrs. L.
W. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Wagner, Mr. and Mrs. C.
E. Howell, Mr. and Mrs. B. A. Herring, Mr. and Mrs Wendell
Greene, Theo F. Hotz, Mrs. John H. Tyrell; OHIO (6): Mrs.
Marie Plath, Mrs. Lenore Schwab, Mr. and Mrs. Jessie T.
Smith, Comdr. and Mrs. Robert C. Sheldon; OREGON (2): Mrs.
Lillian Knight, Mrs. Cora Dukleth, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA
(1): Mrs. Helen Adler; PENNSYLVANIA (2): Sylvester Bubb,
Harry E. King; RHODE ISLAND (4): Mr. and Mrs. W. C.
Fritz, Capt. and Mrs. Al Forsstrom; TEXAS (2): Mr. and Mrs.
LeRoy Leeser; VIRGINIA (6): Mrs. W. C. Humphrey, Mr. and
Mrs. Archy Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. George D. Walker, Frederick
Dube; WASHINGTON (1): Mrs. Margaret Molloy; WISCON-
SIN (2): Mr. and Mrs. George Grimm; WYOMING (1): John
The success of the Reunion depends on the untiring efforts
of the Committees. Many thanks for an efficient job-well done.
Our thanks also to Mr. Francis Hargy and Mr. Gustav Pet-
erson, the photographers. Through their diligent work, many
will relive the Reunion with pictures in the Record this coming
year. Our thanks, also, to Mrs. Peterson who helped the photog-
And to all of you-Floridians and the many who journeyed
great distances-our THANKS. 1970-The 38th Annual Reunion-
Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida-January 9-10. Start mak-
ing your plans to return if you have attended a Reunion. If you
haven't been so fortunate, make 1970 a first on your list.
"THE LAND DIVIDED THE WORLD UNITED"
Paul M. Runnestrand, Executive Secretary, Panama Canal,
assisted by William E. Burns, Graphic Section, gave an illus-
trated lecture on the Panama Canal on January 9 at the Soreno
Hotel. After briefly reviewing history and the failures of Chris-
topher Columbus and Vasco Nunez de Balboa to discover water
routes to the East via the New World, Mr. Runnestrand traced
in detail progress from 1855 with the completion of the Panama
Railroad to 1914 when, on August 15, the Ancon, made the first
trans-Isthmian voyage through the Canal. An ever-expanding
world trade constantly placed more of a load on the Canal. Prob-
lems arose as larger ships were built. Slides plagued the Dredg-
ing Division. Long before World War II, it was evident the Canal
was inadequate-temporarily, a Third Set of Locks was planned
but abandoned. Many studies are now being made and decisions
are mandatory as to whether to modernize the "Big Ditch" or
to build another Canal. Various routes are under study. Al-
though the Panama Canal was built primarily for the benefit
of world commerce, two World Wars, the Korean conflict and
now the current hostilities in Viet Nam have proved the import-
ance of the Canal in the defense system of the free world.
Spectacular dual slides-showing remarkable contrasts of
many familiar landmarks at different time periods-were in-
tensely interesting to a spell-bound audience-many of whom
felt a resurgence of PRIDE in that great accomplishment and
the knowledge that they, too, played their part, however small.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
The engagement of Miss Virginia Ann Dieckman, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Dieckman, Evansville, Indiana, to Rich-
ard Wells Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wells D. Wright, St. Pet-
ersburg, Florida has been announced. A May wedding is
Both Miss Dieckman and Mr. Wright are studying for their
doctorates at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt of Balboa, Canal Zone, have
announced the engagement of their daughter, Jerrilynn, to
James N. Farnsworth, son of Mr. and Mrs.. Noel C. Farnsworth,
of Diablo Heights. Miss Hunt, who is a graduate of Balboa High
School and Canal Zone College, is attending the University of
Houston in Texas.
Mr. Farnsworth is employed with the U.S. Army as an ad-
ministrative assistant at Fort Amador, Canal Zone.
The engagement and approaching marriage of Miss Kath-
leen Marie Latall, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. L. C. Latall, of Park
Ridge, Illinois, and John Henry Foster, II, son of Mr. and Mrs.
John Henry Foster, of La Boca, Canal Zone, has been an-
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Leach, of Panama City, Florida, for-
mer residents of Margarita, Canal Zone, have announced the
engagement of their daughter, Dorothy Marion, to Sgt. James
J. Papson, of Tyndall Air Base.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Cristobal High School, Ca-
nal Zone and is now employed at the Bay County Public Library
in Panama City, Florida.
Sgt. Papson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Papson, Ham-
burg, New York, is a graduate of Hamburg High School and is
presently serving in the United States Air Force.
The engagement of Miss Frances Bradley Lindh, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney T. Lindh of Balboa, Canal Zone, to Lt.
(jg) Max E. Britton, son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Britton, of
Howe, Oklahoma, has been announced.
Miss Lindh, who attended Canal Zone Schools, received her
Bachelor of Music degree from Centenary College in Shreveport,
Louisiana, and her Master of Music degree from the University
of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi. She is presently teaching in
Lt. Britton received his BA degree at Northeastern State
College in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He is a Pilot with the U.S.
Navy stationed in the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L. Rowley, of Gatun, Canal Zone,
announced the engagement of their daughter, Hanna Rebecca,
to Austin James Byrd, III, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin J.
Byrd, Jr., of Gamboa, Canal Zone.
The couple plan a June wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Burns O'Brien, of Margarita, Canal
Zone, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Mar-
garet Ann, to David Silvio Sacco, son of Mr. and Mrs. Silvio
Sacco of Spokane, Washington.
Miss O'Brien is a graduate of Cristobal High School, at-
tended Loretto Heights College, Denver, Colorado, and is a grad-
uate of Denver University.
Mr. Sacco is a graduate of Washington State, Pullman,
Miss Penny Catron and Lt. (jg) Joseph Lotterhos were
married in St. John's Methodist Church, November 30, 1968, in
Aiken, South Carolina.
Mrs. Lotterhos, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James O.
Catron, of Aiken (formerly of Gamboa, Canal Zone), is a grad-
uate of Balboa High School and the Lucy Webb Hayes School of
Nursing, Washington, D.C. At present, she is studying anes-
thesia at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.
Lt. Lotterhos, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius L. Lotterhos,
of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, is a graduate of the University
of Mississippi. He is stationed at Fort Amador in the Canal Zone.
Many former Zonian friends were guests at the wedding.
Miss Mary Frances Dignam, daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth
Dignam of Diablo, Canal Zone, became the bride of Dean Ter-
rance Sorquist, son of Mrs. Walter Sorquist and the late Mr.
Sorquist, of Northome, Minnesota, in an early summer wedding
performed in St. Michael's Catholic Church in Northome.
The bridegroom, a graduate of Bemidji State College, is a
student teacher in Deer River, Minnesota, where the couple are
making their home.
Mementos of a family trip to the Holy Land were part of
Sylvia M. Nanney's marriage to John W. Fitzgerald, son of Mrs.
L. W. Fitzgerald of Phoenix, Arizona, and the late Mr. Fitz-
gerald, on December 22, at the Stanford Memorial Church in
Palo Alto, California.
Sylvia was with her parents, Col. and Mrs. David Y. Nanney
of Palo Alto, in Damascus, Syria, nine years ago when they
brought some white and silver brocade. Six years ago this ma-
terial was fashioned into a wedding gown for an older sister,
Mrs. L. L. Fry of Hawaii. Mrs. Fitzgerald wore that gown and
carried a mother-of-pearl Bible which had been given to the
Nanneys by the family with whom they stayed in Bethlehem on
Sylvia and John both received their undergraduate degrees
from Stanford. Mrs. Fitzgerald, who is now employed as a sec-
retary at the Stanford Medical School, is a granddaughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Lynn R. Cook, Rogers, Arkansas.
Miss Patricia Kay Lawlor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clar-
ence A. Lawlor, of Eureka, California, and Guy R. Lord, Jr.,
son of Guy Lord, Sr., San Francisco, California, were married
in the Chapel of Duke Universtiy at Durham, North Carolina,
on November 2, 1968.
Guy, Jr. was born in Panama Hospital and was graduated
from Balboa High School with the Class of 1961. The young cou-
ple are both graduates of Reed College in Oregon and are now
third year students at Duke University Medical School, Durham,
News of the marriage of Miss Donna Kay Crider to A. P.
(better known as "Butch") Frangioni on August 24 was included
in a note from his father, Ralph K. Frangioni, of Silver Springs.
Butch graduated from Balboa High School in June, 1958,
and then attended Canal Zone Junior College and Maryland
The young Frangionis are living in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
where Butch is employed by the U.S. Army Waterways Experi-
Miss Leonor Rosemond, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Rosemond, of El Paso, Texas, and Warren D. Marquard, Jr.,
son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Marquard of Margarita, Canal Zone,
were married November 2, 1968, at the home of the bride's
brother in Poway, California.
Warren, who had just returned from a tour of duty in Viet
Nam, has been reassigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After com-
pleting his tour of duty with the United States Army, he plans to
return to college for his master's degree.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Dombrowsky of Diablo Heights, Canal
Zone, have announced the marriage of their daughter, Barbara
Louise, to Specialist 4 Gordon Lee Sanders, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Maxwell S. Sanders, also of Diablo Heights, on November 8,
The wedding took place in the Post Chapel, Fort Campbell,
Miss Gail Esther Albritton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theo-
dore Albritton of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Michael John Laird,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Loomis W. Laird, of Painesville, Ohio, were
married at Christ the King Catholic Church, Tampa, Florida, in
a late summer wedding.
After the honeymoon at Freeport, Bahamas, the couple re-
turned to New Orleans where Mrs. Laird is employed by Shell
Oil Company as an accountant, and Mr. Laird is completing his
final year of Law School at Loyola School of Law.
Miss Betty Jane Reif became the bride of John J. Bunnell,
Jr., on September 14, 1968, in a double-ring ceremony at St.
Anthony's Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon C. Reif,
Sr., of Margarita, Canal Zone, and Mr. and Mrs. John J. Bun-
nell, Sr., of Windsor, New York, are parents of the bridegroom.
Following a short wedding trip, the couple will reside in Fort
The Fairhope Christian Church was the setting September
20th for the wedding of Miss Mildred Estelle Winberg, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Wesley Winberg, of Fairhope, Alabama,
and Jim Hand Quinley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Lee Quinley,
of Bay Minette, Alabama.
Mrs. Quinley, a former resident of the Canal Zone, has twin
sisters and a brother in the Zone. Her sisters are Odilia E., who
is Mrs. Cleveland C. Soper, and Alicia, who is Mrs. Fred B. Hill,
Jr. Her brother, Rolando, is a Canal Zone policeman.
News of the September 24th marriage of Benjamin A. Arm-
strong, San Francisco, California, to Esther Wilson, a friend for
some forty years, has been received. Mrs. Armstrong, a former
resident of Oakland, is retired from Wells Fargo Bank in that
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Major, of Portuguese
Bend, California, uncle and aunt of the bridegroom, was the
setting for the marriage and reception of Miss Ellen Rowland
Matheney and Landis Carlisle Major. The bride is the daughter
of Mrs. Elton D. Todd, of Panama and Mr. Angus O. Matheney,
of Canada. Her maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Law-
rence Adler of Panama, and her paternal grandparents are
Mrs. Jessie A. Matheney and the late Mr. Angus G. Matheney
of St. Petersburg, Florida. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Edwin F. Major of Honolulu, Hawaii.
The double-ring garden ceremony was performed under a
pepper tree before the improvised altar, flanked with two large
urns of red ginger. Tropical flowers were flown from Honolulu
for the wedding and reception.
Mrs. Major, a graduate of Kent Place School, Summit, New
Jersey, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, and the
Pan Am Stewardess College in Miami, Florida, is presently a
PAA purser. Mr. Major is a senior at the Art Center College of
Design in Los Angeles.
Rear Adm. and Mrs. George P. Koch of the 15th Naval Dis-
trict, Canal Zone, announce the engagement of their daughter,
Virginia Cabell to Lt. William H. Crute, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs.
William H. Crute, Sr., of Charlottesville, Virginia.
Miss Koch graduated from Catholic High School, Norfolk,
Virginia, attended Old Dominion College, Norfolk, and made her
debut in 1962 in Norfolk, Virginia.
Lt. Crute attended George Washington University, Washing-
ton, D.C., and Christopher Newport College, Newport News, Vir-
ginia. He received his commission from the Infantry Officer
Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and is presently as-
signed to the Eighth Special Forces Group at Fort Gulick.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Clancy, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone, announce the engagement
of their daughter, Kathleen Helen, to Dennis Kelleher, son of
Mrs. Mary Kelleher and the late Thomas Kelleher of Brockton,
The future bride was born in Boston, Massachusetts and is
a 1963 graduate of Cristobal High School, Canal Zone. She is
presently employed at Travelers Insurance Company, Boston,
Mr. Kelleher was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, and is a
graduate of Brockton High School. He has served four years in
the U.S. Navy. He is employed at General Dynamics Company,
A late August wedding is planned.
Miss Ellen Camille Douglas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles B. Douglas, of Los Rios, Canal Zone, was married to
George Douglas Lord, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Douglas Lord of
La Boca, Canal Zone, on December 21, 1968, in Dallas, Texas.
The bride is a graduate of Southern Methodist University,
Dallas, Texas, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathema-
The bridegroom is an Aviation Officer Candidate with the
U.S. Navy and a graduate of North Texas State University,
Denton, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics.
Parents of both the bride and groom flew to Dallas for the
ceremony. Grandparents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. G. T.
McLintock and Mr. L. G. Lord of St. Petersburg, Florida, and
Mrs. Ruth C. Dwelle of Cocoli, Canal Zone.
The young couple reside at 4710 Birch Avenue, Apt. 4, Pen-
sacola, Florida 32506 where the groom is presently in training.
The engagement of Miss Dona Maria Jones, daughter of
Mrs. Frances Days Jones of Diablo and the late Donald R. Jones
to Joseph J. Wood, Jr., son of Mrs. Isabel Fajardo Wood of Di-
ablo and the late Joseph J. Wood, has been announced.
The bride-elect is a graduate of Balboa High School, 1958,
attended Incarnate World College in San Antonio, Texas, and is
a graduate of St. Vincent's Hospital School of Nursing in Jack-
sonville, Florida. She is now a member of the nursing staff at
The bridegroom-to-be was graduated from Balboa High
School in the class of 1955. He received his A.A. degree from
Canal Zone College and was graduated from the University of
Florida at Gainesville, in 1959. He did graduate work at the
University of Florida and now is Administrative officer in the
Panama Canal's Administrative Services Division.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Streun, of Shreveport, Louisiana, have
announced the engagement of their daughter, La Rose, to Rod-
man F. Brayton, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Brayton, of
Margarita, Canal Zone.
Miss Streun graduated from Incarnate Word High School in
Antonio, Texas, and is attending St. Mary's University, San An-
Mr. Brayton graduated from Cristobal High School, re-
ceived an A.A. degree from the Canal Zone College, and a de-
gree in Business from St. Mary's University. He is presently in
the United States Army, stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia.
The marriage of Miss Sherry Lynn Acker and Martin
Mooney Eid was solemnized on January 4, at Saint Andrew's
Church, Cocoli, Canal Zone.
The bride's stepfater, Charles W. Hammond, gave her in
marriage. She was attended by Miss Marilyn Whaley as maid of
honor and her sister, Miss Margaret Acker as bridesmaid. Cap-
tain Joseph De Pietro was the bridegroom's best man.
A reception at the Fort Amador Officer's Club followed the
ceremony. Frankie Azcarraga at the organ furnished music at
Mrs. Eid attended Canal Zone schools and was a teacher at
the Curundu Juinor High School. Mr. Eid is with the Office of
Special Investigation of the Air Force.
The couple will reside in Monterey, California.
Miss Margarita Olga Stallworth, daughter of Rev. and Mrs.
Edmund Stone Stallworth of Balboa, Canal Zone, and David
Whitehead Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil K. Smith, Jr., of
Gulfport, Mississippi, were married in Hattiesburg, Mississippi,
on December 21, 1968. Dr. John E. Barnes, Jr., pastor, and uncle
of the bride, performed the double ring rites.
After a short wedding trip, the couple will be at home in
Hattiesburg, where they are both juniors at William Carey Col-
lege. The bride is an elementary education major with special
interest in art. The bridegroom is majoring in history.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. Sutherland, formerly of Gamboa, Ca-
nal Zone, announce the marriage of their daughter, Marsha Rae,
to Robert John McNamara, Jr. son of Dr. Robert J. McNamara
and the late Mrs. McNamara in Battle Creek, Michigan, on Au-
gust 26, 1968.
Miss Sutherland was given in marriage by her father. Other
members of the wedding party were Julie Shipley, cousin of the
bride, of Jacksonville, Florida, who was maid of honor. Stephen
Conlogue was best man and Owen C. Sutherland, brother of the
bride, was usher.
The couple resided at Fort Rucker, Alabama, until the first
of the year. At that time, Bob left for a year's tour of duty in the
U.S. Army in Viet Nam. Marsha is residing with her parents in
Jacksonville, Florida, until her husband returns from Viet Nam.
Captain and Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley of Clearwater, Florida,
have announced the marriage of their daughter, Mrs. Dorothy
Powers, of Curundu, to Mr. James C. Gerhart of Leucadia, Cal-
ifornia, on December 30 in Guadalupe, Costa Rica.
Mr. Gerhart is the son of Mr. Robert W. Gerhart and the
late Mrs. Gerhart of Leucadia and is employed by the U.S.
Army at Fort Amador. The couple is at home at 2212 Curundu,
Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Geddes, Sr., of Gatun, announce
the engagement of their daughter, Barbara Eileen to Cadet
Robert Hilton Hughes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hilton F. Hughes of
La Boca, and Mrs. Stuart Jadis, of Miami, Florida.
Miss Geddes is a graduate of Cristobal High School and is
presently attending Canal Zone College. Mr. Hughes, a gradu-
ate of Balboa High School, is a fourth class cadet at the United
States Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Miss Helen A. Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert K.
Adams, of Diablo, Canal Zone, became the bride of Robert G.
Laatz, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Laatz, Balboa, Canal
Zone, in a wedding ceremony on January 3 in St. Andrew's
Episcopal Church, Cocoli, Canal Zone.
The wedding ceremony was followed by a reception for a
large group of friends at the Fort Amador Officers' Club.
Mr. and Mrs. Laatz are making their home in Balboa.
Mrs. Rita Strauss Nicholson and William C. McAllister of
Pensacola, Florida, were united in marriage the third of Janu-
ary, 1969, at Corry Field Chapel in Pensacola in the presence of
members of the families and close friends.
See the Arkansas Report for announcements of the following
Andrea Faye Terrell to Paul Hilton Oliver, Jr.
Janice Beck to Peter Butz
Linda Higgins to Roger Tisdale
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Benny, Jr., of Gatun, are the par-
ents of a daughter, Tricia Lee, born December 6 at Gorgas Hos-
Mrs. Benny is the former Miss Patricia Bittel, the daughter
of Mrs. Edward Bittel of Balboa, Canal Zone. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. William L. Benny, Sr., of La Boca.
Captain and Mrs. William F. Brucksch III announce the
birth of their second child, Kristina Elizabeth, on October 10,
1968, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John McConaghy
of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, and the paternal grandparents
are Dr. and Mrs. William F. Brucksch, Jr., of Saudi Arabia.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Christian announce the birth of their
first child, Candice Lee, on November 7, 1968, in Charlotte.
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton S. Bradford, of Balboa, Canal Zone,
are the maternal grandparents. Paternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. James H. Christian of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Jules Damiani, of Edison, New Jersey, an-
nounce the birth of their second child and first son, David Louis,
November 5, 1968.
Mrs. Damiani is the former Miss Margaret Gangle, and the
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Randolph A. Gangle of
Balboa. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Louis S. Dami-
ani, of Gatun.
Captain and Ms. Harry L. Davison, of Fenton, Missouri, an-
nounce the birth of their first child, a son, Edward Barry, on
November 3, 1968.
Captain Davison, the son of the Norman B. Davisons of Bal-
boa, is assigned to the Fifth Medical Laboratory in St. Louis.
Mrs. Davison, the former Jane Carol Wilson is the daughter of
the Ray D. Wilsons, also of Balboa.
Captain and Mrs. Edward B. English announce the birth of
their first child, Edward Lee, on November 16, at the McDonald
General Hospital at Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Mrs. English is the former Andra Lee Nash, daughter of
Mrs. Milton Lee Nash and the late Mr. Nash of Gatun, Canal
Zone, and Norfolk, Virginia.
While Captain English was stationed at Fort Gulich, Mrs.
English was employed as a Special Education teacher with the
Canal Zone schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Erhart, Jr., of Anaheim, Califor-
nia, announce the adoption of a baby girl, Deborah Lynne, who
was born on November 2, 1968. She is being welcomed into the
family by two brothers, Michael and David.
Mrs. Erhart is the former Rebecca Abell, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Richard Abell of Diablo.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey W. Parker announce the birth of their
first child, Neil Weston, on August 6, 1968, in Urbana, Illinois.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Matheny,
Sylvania, Ohio. Mrs. Barbara O'Shaughnessy, Bogota, Colom-
bia, is the paternal grandparent. Little Neil is the first great
grandchild of Lillian and Jack Evans.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Phelan announce the birth of their
second daughter, Kellie Ann, on September 11, in El Segundo,
The baby's mother is the former Miss Sharon McElhone
and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. H. J. McEl-
hone of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Rathgeber, Jr., of Houston, Texas,
announce the arrival of their second child and first son, Robert
William, born October 28, 1968.
Maternal grandparent is Mrs. Audrey Bishop of Miami,
Florida. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rath-
geber, of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Sharp announce the birth of a son,
Wayne Lewis, Jr., born on November 16, 1968. Pending a tour
of duty in Germany, the Sharps have been with Mr. and Mrs.
Leo J. Elbernez in Sterling Park, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Kroll announce the birth of a son,
October 7, 1968, in Washington, D.C.
Mrs. Kroll is the former Gretchen Staples, and the maternal
grandparents (their first grandson) are Mr. and Mrs. Herbert
L. Staples, Louisville, Kentucky. Paternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Peter Kroll, of Hartford, Connecticut.
Mr. and Mrs. George Albert Black III, of Balboa, Canal
Zone, announce the birth of their first child, a son, on December
10, 1968, at the San Fernando Hospital in Panama. The baby has
been named Dwayne Michael.
Mrs. Black is the former Laura T. Pajak, daughter of Carl
M. Pajak and the late Olive McLintock Pajak.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Black II,
of Balboa. Maternal grandparent is Carl M. Pajak.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph N. Stewart and Mr. and Mrs. George
T. McLintock, both of St. Petersburg, are great grandparents of
Mr. and Mrs. James Reece, Akron, Ohio, announce the
birth of their second child and first son, Douglas Stockham,
born February 3, 1969.
Mrs. Reece, the former Janet Stockham, is the daughter of
Mrs. Roy C. Stockham, St. Petersburg, Florida. Paternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece, also of St. Petersburg.
The joy of the Holiday Season was enhanced in many St.
Petersburg homes with the traditional homecoming of families:
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hanners and two sons of Midland, Michi-
gan, were guests of Howard's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L.
Hanners; Miss Dorothy Judd, Andover, Massachusetts, accom-
panied by a guests, Miss Carolyn Goodwin, spent the holidays
with Dorothy's mother, Mrs. B. C. Judd; the Wells D. Wrights
were hosts to their son, Dick, and his fiancee, Virginia Ann
Dieckman, of Evansville, Indiana; Cornelia Van Siclen, of New
York, visited her mother, Mrs. W. A. Van Siclen, Sr. and her
sister, Mrs. Wells Wright; Peggy Donovan, South Bend, Indi-
ana, was the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan;
Ruth and Wally Bain and the Jack Devores, of Dunedin, enjoyed
Pat and Jack Devore and baby daughter, Tita, who drove home
from Richmond, Virginia; Mr. and Mrs. Norman Nifong (Kay
Sergeant) were guests of Capt. and Mrs. R. C. Sergeant; Mr.
and Mrs. Angus Matheney flew from Ottawa, Canada, to spend
Christmas with Angus's mother, Mrs. A. G. Matheney; Mr. and
Mrs. George Douglas Lord, of La Boca, Canal Zone, spent
Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George T. McLintock,
following their trip to Dallas for the wedding of their son, George
Others from St. Petersburg traveled afar for family "to-
getherness": The R. A. Sylvesters drove to Fort Walton Beach,
Florida, to spend Christmas with Mrs. Robert L. Simpson and
their four grandchildren; Mrs. Genevieve Long flew to Washing-
ton, D.C. for a holiday gathering with David, his wife Sally and
their two daughters; Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge traveled to
Berkley Heights, New Jersey, where they were the guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ulrich (Sara Collinge) and three children;
Mrs. Nena McMillan flew to Albuquerque for their annual fam-
ily reunion; Capt. and Mrs. E. G. Abbot spent the holidays with
Richard, Barbara, and family in Falls Church, Virginia; the
G. C. Lockridges drove to North Palm Beach for Christmas
with the Ralph Huls; Louise and Carter Orr drove to Jupiter,
Florida, for Christmas Day with relatives and from there flew on
to New York for a visit with their son, T. C. Orr and family;
Mrs. Geneva Stockham left in December for an extended visit
with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James Reece
and granddaughter, Karen, in Akron, Ohio.
For another group, it was "Christmas on the Isthmus."
Those fortunate few were: Mrs. Selma Huff from McLean, Vir-
ginia; Mrs. Margaret Peterson, Mrs. Marie Wolf, Mrs. Doro-
thy Hamlin all from St. Petersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Roger A.
Orvis and Mr. A. J. Joyce, Sarasota, Florida; Mr .and Mrs.
James Mroch (nee Nancy Grimes) of Gainesville, Florida, who
were the guests of Nancy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Grimes,
La Boca, Canal Zone; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Derr of Lucerne
Towers, Orlando, Florida, toured Mexico and spent the holidays
with their son, Major William Derr, at Fort Amador, Canal
Zone; Ruth Creasy celebrated the holidays with the Elmer Orr
family in the Canal Zone; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hatchett, Fort
Valley, Georgia, who arrived on the Zone December 21, expect
to return to Georgia about February 24. Their son, Bill and his
family are stationed at Rodman for a three-year tour. Bill loves
being back home again.
Reunion Visitors Hosted by many Local Retirees
Capt. and Mrs. Elmer Abbot
Mr. and Mrs. Wells D. Wright
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Post
Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Donovan
Mrs. K. D. Ackerman(Dunedin)
Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Beck
Miss Caroline Hunt
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. W. Wood
Mr. Paul Runnestrand,
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stevens,
Mrs. John H. Tyrell,
Tryon, North Carolina
Mrs. and Mrs. Martin Seiler,
Los Angeles, California
Mr. J. Winter D. Collins
Mr. Ted Hotz,
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mrs. R. A. Patterson, Hender-
sonville, North Carolina
Hendersonville, North Caro-
Mr. and Mrs. Craig S. Neville,
Los Altos, California
J. Winter D. Collins, who addressed Zone retirees at the
1969 Reunion, has asked for our help. Pre-retirement counseling
is a comparatively new field though one which is currently be-
ing taken up by many large corporations. Because of the diver-
sity of backgrounds and interests, such work involving Zone
retirees is probably much more demanding and complicated
than a like position with a corporation. Sometimes an innate
sentimental urge results in the retiree returning to his native
state-only to find that climate, housing, health, job oppor-
tunities, etc., fail to measure up to his expectations. Time
as well as the actual experience of retirees has proved the
worth of "think before you leap" approach. Mr. Collins' job
is to help the forthcoming retirees THINK-by cold, actual
facts-data acquired first-hand from those who already have
passed from an employee to a retiree status. With members
in fifty states and available statistics on the pro's and con's
of individual decisions, we, as members of the Panama Ca-
nal Society of Florida, should cooperate and help Mr. Collins in
order that many fellow Zonians re-locate without the waste of
money and time all too often involved in seeking answers alone.
Any authentic data on living conditions in different locali-
ties should be sent to J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement Counsel-
lor, Personnel Bureau, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone.
Dr. Richard W. Whitehead, who with his wife, attended the
Reunion in St. Petersburg, is continuing his private campaign
against hasty action in approving a new Canal Treaty with the
Republic of Panama. Dr. Whitehead had a letter from President-
elect Richard M. Nixon which read, "I have just had the oppor--
tunity to look over your statement on the proposed Panama
treaties which was placed in the record by my good friend, Con-
gressman Wyman." Mr. Nixon promised to study the situation
very thoroughly in preparing his own position on this critical
Dr. and Mrs. Whitehead will spend the winter at Islamor-
The 1969 Reunion in St. Petersburg, Florida, opened the
door of the past, with a myriad of precious memories, for Mrs.
Ernestine Maxwell, 6833 Americana Drive N.E., St. Petersburg,
a new member of the Society.
Mrs. Maxwell left the Zone with her husband (now de-
ceased) in 1939 and lived in Dayton, Ohio until 1954, when they
moved to St. Petersburg. It is almost fantastic; for fifteen years,
Mrs. Maxwell did not know that the Panama Canal Society of
Florida even existed and had regular monthly meetings in St.
Petersburg! It was through Edwin B. Cain that Mrs. Maxwell
learned of the Reunion. Thirty years rolled away; old friend-
ships and acquaintances were renewed. The Raymond Hills had
been her neighbors in France Field, Canal Zone, where her hus-
band had been a civilian employee. Others of our loyal Sarasota
members whom she mentioned seeing were: Mrs. B. Donald
Humphrey, Mrs. Jacoba Joustra, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cain and
Mrs. Maxwell's husband had been an active Mason in Cris-
tobal. Mrs. Maxwell still is a Member of the Royal Palm, No.
2 Chapter of the Order of Eastern Stars in Cristobal.
WELCOME, Mrs. Maxwell. We hope you attend our regular,
monthly meetings and find more old friends from Zone Days.
Mr. and Mrs. Shepard Clark, Patchogue, New York, flew to
Atlanta, Georgia, for Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gallo-
way (Karen Clark). As the Warren Cooks (Elaine Clark), of
Plattsburgh, New York, are living in Atlanta temporarily while
Warren is attending a seminar at Georgia State, the family
circle enjoyed Christmas together for the first time in thirteen
years. Evelyn writes, "With five grandchildren-Elaine (3),
Karen (2)-about, Christmas should be a gala time!"
Dr. and Mrs. Irwin H. Parrill, of Edwardsville, Illinois, re-
newed many former Zonian contacts while in St. Petersburg
for the Reunion.
Dr. Parrill, who is on the staff at Southern Illinois Univer-
sity, is on a year's sabbatical leave. The Parrills left the Canal
Zone in the early forties. Dr. Parrill was with the Division of
Schools in the Zone and later transferred to work as a chemist
for the Water Distillation Plant at Miraflores.
Mrs. Dorothy Bright, Balboa, Canal Zone, visited her daugh-
ter (Lynn Parsons) and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Barber,
in San Bernardino, California, in November, of 1968. A month's
stay was only too brief with sight seeing, shopping, and many
long satisfying hours of just chatting.
Milton (Mit) Parsons is stationed on the Atlantic side-a
fortunate break-and gets home to see his mother, Mrs. Bright.
on weekends. He is a Lieutenant with the Tropical Test Center
and finds his work on the Zone very interesting.
Archie Burns, Ocean Gate, New Jersey, who retired in 1939.
regretfully wrote that, as he is too old to travel (he was 88,
October 1, 1968), he had to miss his FIRST REUNION since his
retirement. Twenty-nine years of faithful attendance--what a
wonderful incentive for "youngsters" still under 80!
Mrs. Raymond C. Hess, Rolla, Missouri, has sent in infor-
mation about her father, Paul C. Curtis. Young at 83, and still
enjoying life, Mr. Curtis lives in his own apartment about a
block from the Hess home. Mr. Curtis not only fixes lunch for
them every day but cleans up after they are gone. Each even-
ing, he has dinner with his daughter.
His sister, Mazie (Mrs. Howard S. Newcomb), suffered
another heart attack in the fall, but she is now back in her own
apartment at The Hermitage, a senior citizen's home in Alex-
Louis Bradley, who is connected with NBC in New York,
visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bradley, of St. Pe-
tersburg, Florida, in December. His father had recently been
discharged from St. Anthony's Hospital. Upon returning to New
York, when he learned of the Reunion, he phoned Mrs. Judd
asking if luncheon tickets were still available, stating he would
like to fly to St. Petersburg and take his parents to the two-day
Reunion. Tickets were available; Louis flew to St. Petersburg,
and through his thoughtfulness, two people, unable to venture
alone to the Reunion were made very happy and PROUD.
News and Dues from Capt. Carl Wanke, Whittier, Califor-
nia, January 24, 1969.
Capt. and Mrs. Wanke had just returned from a ten-day
visit with their son, Carl A. Wanke and family in Cupertino,
California, where young Carl is employed at the Ames Research
Centre at Moffett Field as Purchasing Agent for "Nasa." Their
two other sons reside in Whittier, "the town of our 'President'
which is indicated by banners across some of our streets, 'Nix-
on's Home Town'."
With just a faint touch of sadness, Capt. Wanke writes,
"Cannot help but reminisce, recalling as I sat at the desk in the
Old Ancon Police Station, looking through the windows and
watching a young girl named Lucille trip lightly and gayly from
her front door to Ancon Boulevard. Ah! Memories-It's a joy,
a comfort, a relief to digress, look back, and recall those Golden
hours of yesteryear!"
Excerpts: Correspondence from Phil D. Boardman, Scot-
land, Pennsylvania who served with the Special Engineering
Division, Diablo Heights, 1940-1944.
I have enjoyed reading your publication, and frequently
find news about old friends from the Zone. Through the annual
membership list, I was able to get in touch with Ray and Marg
Clarke. Ray was my first roommate in bachelor's quarters in the
I think someone will have to organize a SED Section of your
Society to keep some of the nearly 1500 employees of SED in
touch with their friends.
During the past year, my wife and I have visited, or been
visited by: Ray and Marg Clarke, George and Bebe Sanford,
Fritz and Iris Gesteland, Wilson and Merle Gill, and G. D.
Jim and Fritzie Reeves write that Jim retired from the AEC
on December 31, 1968. They live in Las Vegas where Jim had
been in charge of operations for the AEC .
Merle and Maria Nantz, and Harold and Jewel Soliday live
in Sun City, California-both retired. Ed Durbeck retired sev-
eral years ago and moved from Caracas to Escondido, Califor-
ni, where he and Florabelle now reside .
Mrs. Angus Matheney, the former Martha (Tommy) Thom-
ason, who, with her husband, Angus Matheney, were recent
guests of Mrs. A. G. Matheney, renewed acquaintances with
many former Zone friends. From 1942 to 1947, Mrs. Matheney
worked at Corozal and Gorgas Hospitals as a dietitian. Mr. and
Mrs. Matheney took a short trip to North Carolina while here,
visited in central Florida, and returned to Ottawa, Canada, on
Electrical Division employees sponsored a despedida on
January 30 at the Balboa Heights Administration Building cafe-
teria for Bartley and Mercedes Smtih, and Earl and Charlotte
Dailey, January retirees. The Smiths will remain on the Zone
for awhile, but Earl and Charlotte Dailey sail on February 14 for
After a trip to California, the Daileys plan on making their
home in St. Petersburg. A Hearty Welcome awaits them!
Coach Stew Brown triumphantly completed seventeen years
of varsity coaching with the Canal Zone schools as his BHS
Bulldogs presented him with both the Palm Bowl and the Scho-
Known to his players as "Uncle Stew," he has many unique
accomplishments to his credit. He coached winning teams in all
major sports at Balboa High School and the Canal Zone College.
In addition to his coaching know-how, he has written many
articles which have appeared in national periodicals as The
Athletic Journal, Scholastic Coach, and Strength and Health.
It was just last year that "Uncle Stew's" proudest moment
came. At the annual Letterman's Banquet, he was given a
plaque with the inscription: "To a Great Guy Who Helped Us
Become Better Citizens of Tomorrow's Society."
Coach Brown has been promoted to a Supervisor of Physical
Education and Athletics with the Canal Zone Schools Division.
Voicing his appreciation for the successful season, Mr.
Brown declared, "I sincerely appreciate my fighting Bulldogs
for making it possible for me to close out my coaching days on
a very happy note."
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Marker (Dorothy and Doc), of Charle-
ston, Illinois, were holiday guests of Mr. and Mrs. William
Wood, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Marker, who was first employed by the Division of
Schools as a physics teacher in Balboa High School later trans-
ferred to the Special Engineering Division. Mr. Marker received
his commission in the United States Navy and served as a Lieu-
tenant on the aircraft carrier, the Lexington during World War
Mrs. Marker also taught in the Commercial Department at
Balboa High School.
Dr. and Mrs. Russell D. Steele, Cincinnati, Ohio, flew to
Claremont, California, for a Yuletide visit with Dr. and Mrs.
John Geerken and four children, Laura, 72, Andrew, 5%, Deb-
bie, 4, and Cathy, 1% (the "hurricane," as described by her
Mrs. Geerken is the former Ann Steele. Dr. Geerken, who
received his Ph.D. in history from Yale last June, is on the
faculty of Scripps College in Claremont.
Although Ann and John did not meet until both were in high
school in Japan, they had a common background. In 1938, John's
father was with the American Consulate in Colon. Ann's father
was the dispensary doctor in Gatun. Ann and John were both
born in Colon Hospital just three weeks apart. Both were de-
livered by Dr. Wayne Gilder. John's father signed Ann's birth
certificate! Thus, Destiny or Fate brought the two together
many, many miles from Colon Hospital-some fifteen years
Dr. and Mrs. Steele enjoyed California, even though the
weather was that area's coldest in nineteen years. Unfortun-
ately, their trip was curtailed by both Dr. and Mrs. Steele con-
tracting the flu. Hence, plans to renew acquaintances with for-
mer Gatun friends were cancelled. A telephone chat with the
H. N. Lockwoods (formerly Gatun) revealed they, too, were
down with the flu. They talked with Cathryn Bird in San Fran-
cisco who was just back from a marvelous trip to Seattle with
Charles, the youngest of the four Steele children, is in the
Air Force Reserve, waiting for a call to active duty. Jim Davis,
the husband of Janice Steele Davis, is in Viet Nam-one of the
Air Force Reserves recalled to duty just two weeks before
Joel Esslinger, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, was the guest of his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Esslinger for a two-weeks' vaca-
tion. With both Mary and Joel home for Thanksgiving, only
Andrew and his family (Connecticut) were missing from the
family reunion. A telephone call, with Andrew, his wife Phyllis,
and Gigi, the four-year-old granddaughter all talking with the
St. Petersburg Esslingers, completed the traditional Day of
Miss Ann Crowley, Forestville, Connecticut, a sister of Mrs.
Esslinger, spent the Christmas holidays in St. Petersburg.
ANACORTESAN'S LIFE 'STUDY IN COURAGE'-Mrs. G.
M. Stevenson-Anacortes American, December 8, 1968.
A diabetic, Mrs. Stevenson had a leg amputated below the
knee last spring. Since that time, she has had to learn how to
walk all over again, spending hours each day in therapy and
many more hours helping other patients.
The Australia-born woman admits, "It was all my own fault.
I, like too many others, took sugar diabetes too lightly. I kept
putting off going to my doctor, because I knew it would prob-
ably mean hospitalization and I foolishly 'just didn't have time'
I delayed until it meant my leg."
Mrs. Stevenson (Nedelca) grew up "just like an Army
brat"-her father worked for a cable company, and as a young
girl they lived in Australia, Peru, and the Canal Zone.
It was in the Canal Zone that she met Dr. Stevenson and
they married. He was chief of medicine at the government hos-
pital there, and she busied herself volunteering as a Gray Lady
and in the occupational therapy wing for the mentally ill.
"The social life in the Canal Zone was gay and exciting,"
recalls Mrs. Stevenson. When we first made our home there,
there were compensations for the isolation and inconvenience of
the post. We were free from income tax and rents were low.
These factors compensated for the high cost of travel to the
States for our bi-annual leaves.
Gradually, the tax situation changed and this, plus agita-
tion by student groups of Panamanians who wanted control of
the Canal Zone, convinced the Stevensons, along with many
other Americans that they should return to the United States.
At the time of Stevenson's retirement, he was chief of staff
at the Veteran's Hospital at Fort Harrison, Montana. How did
they choose Anacortes, Washington for retirement?
"My husband's brother is in Seattle, and when we received
an illustrated brochure prepared by Island Hospital urging doc-
tors to locate here, Gil thought we should visit his brother in
Washington and take a look at Anacortes."
One look and the Stevensons knew it was the place for them.
They were fortunate in finding a house which they could occupy
in six months-the necessary time needed to wind up details of
It was after the Stevensons moved to Anacortes that she
was finally convinced that she must do something about her
"mild" case of diabetes. The news was bad, and she had to
reconcile herself to the loss of her leg. She was fitted with her
artificial leg in July Because of her courage and stamina,
she can walk now with just the aid of a cane.
She not only spends her mornings in therapy, she spends the
rest of almost every day helping others as a hospital volunteer.
Edward M. Browder, former Assistant Engineering and
Construction Director, who retired in 1964, stopped in the Canal
Zone on a round-the-world cruise aboard the P&O Liner, Orsova.
Returning to familiar scenes-in particular, his old desk in the
Balboa Heights Administration Building-he was greeted by
many former co-workers still serving "time" with the Canal
Enroute from California to Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Browder
stopped in Tucson, Arizona, for a chat with Mrs. Lawrence
Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Stanwood, of New Orleans, Louisiana,
and former residents of the Canal Zone, were holiday guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Walter R. Malone, of Gamboa, after thirty-three years
of service, retired from the Dredging Division in December,
1968. The Malones have a home in Baytown, Texas, but, as yet,
were undecided on a permanent location. Mr. and Mrs. Malone
visited their daughter, Janice Malone Andino and family near
Decatur, Georgia. While in that vicinity, they saw Lee Trower
on several occasions.
Capt. Richard A. McClean, former Panama Canal pilot who
retired in 1965, has joined the staff of the Tampa, Florida Port
Authority as Harbormaster, according to an article in the Un-
iontown, Pennsylvania Herald.
Mr. Kenneth Vinton, Green Bay, Wisconsin, who retired
from the Division of Schools in the Canal Zone in 1963, was a
Zone visitor in January, renewing old acquaintances and re-
visiting "old haunts in the bush." Mr. Vinton is the author of
the well-known book, Jungle Whispers.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Corn drove from their home in Wa-
wona, California, to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where the Henry
T. Leisys of Albuquerque met them. In the Corn's Dodge cam-
per, the two couples drove to St. Petersburg, Florida, where
they attended the Reunion. After a two-week stay in St. Peters-
burg. Mr. and Mrs. Leisy drove to Montgomery, Alabama, with
their son, Henry Joe, who had driven to St. Petersburg for them.
After a visit in Montgomery, the Leisys will return to Albu-
The Corns, enjoying Florida's mild winter climate in con-
tarst to the cold of Yosemite, as well as a host of old friends,
plan to remain in Florida until April. Their St. Petersburg ad-
dress is: 518 63rd Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33705.
Mrs. Richard Duncan (Betsy Mallory), who has been re-
siding with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William B. Mallory, La
Boca, Canal Zone, will leave the Zone on February 3 for Cali-
fornia. After visiting Jan Sampson Muralt for ten days, Mrs.
Duncan will leave on February 15 for a two-week stay in Syd-
ney, Australia where her husband, Lt. Richard Duncan, on R&R
leave from Viet Nam, will meet her. Upon returning to the
States, Betsy will go to Knoxville, Tennessee, for her brother
Bart's graduation from the University of Tennessee Law School
on March 18. After visiting Dick's parents in West Virginia and
other friends in the States, Betsy will meet her parents in Min-
nesota in June where they have a new cottage at White Earth
Dick will return to Viet Nam until June when he expects to
report to West Point where he will be in the mathematics de-
partment for about two years.
That old recuperative leave-or as later designated home
leave-undoubtedly must have injected something into the
blood stream of retirees. How they do like to travel. And, in re-
verse, how we do like their NEWS!
Chubby and Milton Wright, leaving California June 22 tra-
veled some 11,475 miles with no problems-not even a flat tire!
Heading east in their Camper through the Grand Canyon, Petri-
fied Forest and Painted Dessert, they stopped in Kansas to say
hello to Eva Jones. Onward to Missouri where they visited Chub-
by's family and thence to Michigan to Milton's home. In both
places they indulged in fresh fruit, cobblers, fried chicken and
steaks-so typical of Midwestern hospitality. They continued
north and east to Niagara Falls ("fabulous," they wrote), Mon-
treal, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and to Cape Breton-the farthest
point east and the most beautiful and unusual of all.
Heading now toward home in California via the Trans-Can-
ada highway, they made stops at most of the major cities along
the way "To Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper, Glacier, and Re-
velstoke National Parks in the Canadian Rockies-they were
magnificent We went across to the Fraser River Canyon
and down to Hope, British Columbia, and into the U.S.A. at
Washington." Coming down the coast of Washington and Ore-
gon, they arrived home in California after eight weeks of travel.
Many thanks for your letter-also thanks for my lesson in geog-
raphy. I had my Atlas open all the way!
Mr. and Mrs. Max Conover, Maitland, Florida, left early in
December for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Colin MacDonald in
Indonesia. Mrs. MacDonald is the former Maxine Conover.
Among the recent visitors to the Canal Zone over the holi-
days were Col. and Mrs. Milton Cohen. He was formerly with
the Health Bureau. The Cohens, parents of Dave Cohen of the
SCN-TV staff, enjoyed the warm weather and golf during their
The J. E. Irvings (Grace and Joe) send greetings in a newsy
account of their first year of retirement. To quote, "This has
been a big leisure year for the Irvings. On January 2, we re-
ceived the key to our new manor in Leisure World, Laguna Hills,
California. Our household arrived from the Canal Zone the first
of February and what an ordeal! Boxes 'n more boxes-we still
have some which have not been unpacked .. We love our little
manor and know of no other place we would rather be .
Gary received his Master's Degree at the University of Ari-
zona in February and is working with 'General Precision Sys-
tems Inc.' at Glendale, California. He is also enrolled in classes
at U.C.L.A., working on his Doctorate Degree We are ex-
pecting to be grandparents by the end of this year. Grace has
The Irvings enjoyed a motor trip to Illinois in September,
renewing contacts with many old friends-the Joe Gwinns in
Missouri, the Canal Zone group in Bentonville and Spartanville,
Arkansas, and Elsie Gibson in Illinois. Early in November, they
went to Knoxville, Tennessee, where they visited with Lois and
family, Lillie and Howard Harris, and Dot and Star Churchill.
"We reached home November 16, and we are now back in the
swing of Leisure World."
Holiday Greetings from the John H. Leaches, Panama City,
Another busy year for the John H. Leaches in Panama City.
We worked our third summer as desk clerks at THE CHATEAU
motel on Panama City Beach-from March till October. During
the summer, our 'Red Carpet', or Welcome Mat greeted our
Canal Zone families and friends. Pat and Dick and family spent
several weeks with us, following their second trip up the Inter-
American highway John's family, Helen and Mike Meisin-
ger, and John's mother, Alvina Leach, were also here several
weeks. Pat flew up in October for Marion's wedding to James
J. Papson, Air Force, of Buffalo, New York. They are living in
Panama City until he is out of the service next October ."
Stanley Yost sends news from East Gloucester Massachu-
setts. Marian Yost, so well remembered by ex-Zonian parents
before the Yost retirement as having started their "prodigies"
on the road to higher achievements in the educational world,
faithfully continues her contributions with her kindergarten
work. December 20 found her busy directing a Christmas play
for the children (no time to write Christmas cards), and then
vacation from school until after the New Year. Early in Decem-
ber, the Yosts drove to Guilford, Connecticut, to see Lucille and
Donald Hendricks-Donald and Stanley were boyhood friends
from Meriden, Connecticut. With the news of Mr. Hendrick's
death, the Yosts attended the services held December 23 and
from Guilford drove to Northboro, Massachusetts, for Christ-
mas with their daughters. After Christmas, they planned on
stopping in Meriden, Connecticut, for the New Year. While in
Connecticut, they expected to see Captain and Mrs. Robert G.
Rennie in New Milford.
In September, 1968, Mrs. Robert W. Hutchings, San Lean-
dro, California, traveled by World Airways to Europe as a mem-
ber of the Explorer's Club, of San Francisco. After many ex-
cursions to various parts of Great Britain, the group journeyed
to the Netherlands. From there they took a trip down the Rhine
by boat to Switzerland with tours to Innsbruck, Salzburg, and
Vienna. After stops in many historical cities of Italy and France,
they returned from Brussels, Belgium, to Oakland, California.
Mrs. Edith K. Wicks, Polk, Pennsylvania, has enjoyed many
trips during the year, 1968. A bus trip in January to Florida, an
Easter visit with her sister in Washington, D.C., and during the
midsummer a 32-day bus trip to Alaska were vividly described
in her letter. Accompanied by her niece, Mrs. Wicks visited
many of the major cities in Alaska. Returning by Yellowstone
and Mt. Rushmore (the high spot of the trip), Mrs. Wicks wrote,
"It was a nice trip but 32 days was a long time to be getting up
and out early every morning."
Major Hugh A. Turner visited his mother, Mrs. William M.
Reavis (Edna Mae Turner) for several days in Alamogordo,
New Mexico, prior to his departure for Ubon, Thailand. His
wife, Carolyn, and daughter, Kelly, will remain with Mrs. Tur-
ner's parents, Colonel and Mrs. Fred Carson in Montgomery,
James J. Dolan, who is a graduate of Balboa High School in
the Class of 1967, is enrolled at Northrop Institute of Technology
in Inglewood, California, where he is preparing for a career as
an aviation maintenance technician. Upon completion of this
program, he will be qualified to take the examinations for his
Airframe and Powerplant Certificate issued by the Federal
Northrop Tec is often called "the college of the space age,"
because it has graduated almost 10,000 young men for careers
in the aerospace and electronics fields.
Mr. Dolan is the son of the Chief of the Canal Zone Fire
Division and Mrs. Dolan of Balboa Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Caldwell, Maintenance Division, Balboa,
Canal Zone, had a nice Christmas present-their son, Ray, who
came home from Spain to spend the holidays with them. The
younger Ray is a naval officer, and previously served in Viet-
Ruth and Wally Bain of St. Petersburg, Florida, had as their
house guests, Dorothy and John Stevens of Balboa during the
month of November. They returned to the Canal Zone via the
SS Cristobal on December 5th. While in the States, John took a
trip to New York to see a friend that he had grown up with in
Turkey, and Dorothy flew to Miami to visit with Madeline Keep-
ers. As the Stevens liked the State of Florida, perhaps they will
decide to settle here upon retirement in the next few years.
Mrs. Grace M. Rigney (formerly from Mexico) and her
niece. Virginia Halliwill, have a new home-Route 4, Box 667,
Ashland, Ohio 44805 and will live together. "We think it is the
perfect set-up," writes Mrs. Rigney.
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Grimm, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are
spending the winter months in St. Petersburg, Florida.
With deep regrets, Sue Core Odom wrote she would not be
able to attend the Reunion. Dr. Byrd had major surgery in Oc-
tober and, as yet, was unable to make the long drive. Sue keeps
BUSY as of yore. She has almost completed another book,
Builders of Men for the Boys' Club in Dothan, Alabama, and
once again is writing a newspaper column-just for FUN.
Miss Beatrice S. Gardner, Woodstock, New York, is spend-
ing the winter months at the Ormond Hotel, Room 511, Ormond
Beach, Florida. Canal Zone friends in the vicinity of Ormond
Beach contact Bee for a hearty welcome.
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Monsanto, Iowa City, Iowa, are winter
visitors in St. Petersburg. Mrs. W. H. Young, the sister of Mr.
Monsanto, from Scarsdale, New York will join them. All plan to
remain in Florida until the end of April.
Snow, with near Zero weather, is the chilling news from Ben
Kuller, Milwaukie, Oregon. Their daughter, Pat Gill and family
have moved from Reseda to Bakersfield, California. They ex-
pect to visit in Milwaukie this coming summer. The Kullers
spent Christmas with their daughter Jean and family-the
Charles Perrys-at Waldport, Oregon, on the coast where the
weather was milder.
Emmett and Adele Argo, Laguna Hills, California, wrote
glowing news of a round-trip in September to the Canal Zone on
the Cristobal. On the day that they arrived, over a hundred
came to the Richard Pennington's home in Gatun to the "open
house" in honor of the Argos.
Their older daughter, K and family, have moved from New
Jersey and now live in San Jose, California. Grace and family
are still living in North Carolina.
The C. P. Hoffmans, Rochester, New York, after many
years of faithful attendance to the annual Reunions, were unable
to make the trip this year. Mrs. Hoffman has been ill since her
return from Florida last spring, and Mr. Hoffman is recovering
from a cataract operation. Their daughter, Kathleen, from
Arizona, has been in Rochester to take charge during the ill-
nesses of her parents. Hopefully, 1969 brings better health!
A. G. Dunham, Regional Representative, Miami, Florida,
Mr. Dan S. Jones, former President of the Panama Canal
Society of Southeast Florida, has asked me to advise you that
he is now a patient at the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation,
Warm Springs, Georgia, Room 304. News from old friends will
be appreciated. He was injured while on a hunting trip over a
year ago, and he has been an invalid ever since. He hopes ther-
apy will improve his condition.
George Russon writes of Arizona's invigorating climate-
warm, dry air and mild winters. Shivering, when thinking of
the current northern winter, he concludes that Yuma is a great
place to live.
In February and March of 1968, the Russons spent fifteen
days at the Tivoli in Ancon. On this visit, Mrs. Russon saw
where George had spent fifty years of his life. They also made a
trip to the San Bias Island with "Jungle Jim."
Leaving St. Petersburg on October 1, W. J. McKeown, Sr.
visited his brother, Al and family in Las Vegas enroute to Fed-
eral Way, Washington, where he stayed for a month with his
son, Billy. From Washington (the weather was too cold to tarry
longer), he drove to Alpine, California, where he saw another
brother. After his 9,000-mile journey, he is now located at 2735
Firestone Boulevard, South Gate, California 90280.
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Lundy, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, spent
six weeks on the Canal Zone in late August and September with
Elizabeth after the untimely death of her husband, Luther Ed-
ward Davis. "Believe me, the old Canal Zone isn't what it used
to be!" according to Mrs. Lundy.
Flying from Japan to Hong Kong and returning by "The
Fenwick and Lindsay Slow Boat from China" tour with a stop-
over to Taiwan was described in a letter from Judy Lindsay to
her parents, the Walter Lindsays of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Judy paints a vivid word picture of Hong Kong-"dirty, but
not too dirty, somewhat unfriendly, yet the streets seemed safe
day or night; many American and British troops were seen on
the streets-some being entertained by Chinese girls, but many
looking sad and lonely; cars have the right-of-way, people are
expendable Mao's mug and sayings are plastered on many
a wall and are constant reminders that Red China is near. In
fact, an hour's drive through the New Territories takes you to
a hill overlooking the border ."
From Hong Kong, the group of thirty-two went by ship to
Taiwan. The ship, though clean and comfortable, adheared to no
time schedule. Arriving in Taiwan five hours late, the group
divided, some taking the overland trip by bus (including Judy)
At Keelung, in northern Taiwan, they rejoined the ship. "I
thoroughly enjoyed being on the ocean again, but I am afraid
my enthusiasm was not shared by all of our group. The ship
began pitching when we left the breakwater, and it did not quiet
down until we reached the waters between Okinawa and Japan.
I loved the feeling of the ship leaping and shuddering through
the water. It was like riding on the back of a dolphin .
Japan looked slicked up and Ajax clean after Taiwan. As we
rode along in the Bullet train back up to Tokyo, we marveled at
the neat stacks of rice, the well-groomed tea fields, and the
quaint, clean, thatched farm houses scattered across the coun-
try side. It was good to be home again."
1968 in Restropect by Dr. George R. Wright, Longmont,
Well, here we are with 1968 near ready to take its place in
history! And we might say that it sailed along very well with us.
As I may have told you last Christmas, I took a year's
leave of absence from the Clinic in 1967 and traveled for the
American College of Surgeons. On the first of January this year
I returned to practice all full of vim and vigor, but by March we
decided to make a trip to West Africa to visit Edna's daughter,
Stephanie. So, the first of April, Edna and I took off in a big Pan
American bird and flew to Africa, landing in Dakar, then on to
Monrovia, and finally to Accra, the capital city of Ghana. Ed-
na's daughter was in Nigeria and Ghana for about 2Y years
with the Peace Corps, and we felt it would be a wonderful
chance iu visit her in a place quite foreign to our way of living.
(It certainly was!) After some considerable land travel in West
Africa, we flew to Rome, thence to Paris, London, New York.
and finally back home ..
In September, my daughter Marjorie, her husband Pete,
and their two children, Tracey Ann (5) and Eric (1) were trans-
ferred from Colorado to Oklahoma City. This rather jolted the
grandparents since it was a little more difficult to spoil grand-
children at that distance than it was when they lived near us
here! However, we did make a trip or two to Oklahoma; then a
trip to San Antonio to attend a sectional meeting of the Ameri-
can Urological Association. We came back from there all full of
energy to get caught up on our work, when lo and behold, I had
a heart attack on October 30, and had to be hospitalized until
November 22. Since then I have been home trying to ignore my
need to get back to my practice, and trying to rest properly and
follow orders! At this writing, I feel I will probably be back, at
least part time, soon after the first of the year.
Marjorie and her family are coming for a few days at
Christmas; Stephanie is home from Africa, and Diane (Edna's
other daughter) and her husband live here in Longmont, so it
looks as though we will have a full house!
Busy and "on schedule" as we have been-we are nonethe-
less happy and very pleased to be able to wish all of you a
Happy Holiday Season and the best of everything in 1969.
Katherine Faulkner (nee Raymond, CHS, '39) is researching
for a historical novel and would be interested in hearing from
any present or former Canal Zone residents who are willing to
complete a questionnaire on aspects of Canal Zone life, and the
construction and operation of the Canal.
Mrs. Faulker particularly wants to hear from those who will
share contents of memoirs, diaries, personal anecdotes.
Drop a card and ask for a questionnaire to: P.O. Box 691,
Tice, Florida 33905.
Pat Quinn, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marc Quinn, for-
mer Canal Zone residents, who has appeared in Balboa High
School productions and Theatre Guild plays, is appearing in the
film "Alice's Restaurant," directed by Arthur Penn. Penn di-
rected both the Broadway and the screen versions of "Bonnie
and Clyde" and "The Miracle Worker."
The premiere of "Alice's Restaurant," a major production
of the 1969 film year, will take place next year in New York.
Miss Quinn appeared in the Broadway play by Maxwell
Anderson, "The Golden Six," and in the film "The Chase" with
Marlon Brando. She has been in a number of Television produc-
tions, the most recent being "Judd for the Defense."
Although cast to appear in another film to be directed by
Arthur Penn, Miss Quinn is planning a trip to the Canal Zone
early in 1969.
Brian, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Cox, Charlottesville,
Virginia, was ordained a priest in the Josephite Fathers on June
1. After celebrating his first Mass at home, Brian, with his par-
ents (taking advantage of that special retired employee rate
on the Cristobal) returned to the Canal Zone where the young
priest visited the churches he knew as a boy. In the wonderful
three weeks spent on the Zone, old friendships with ''literally
hundreds of friends were renewed." They were house guests of
the Tom Burbines in Margarita, the Norm Davisons in Balboa,
Estella Eno in New Cristobal, and the George Marceaus in
Santa Clara. They visited Wes Townsend at the time he was in
Gorgas Hospital, saw Eddie Zwigard (now honorary alcalde of
Capira), and had breakfast with Bishop Mark McGrath in San-
tiago de Veraguas.
While they were in Panama, Kevin, the youngest, joined his
brother, Larry's Explorer Post on an expedition to Philmont
Scout Ranch. Larry, a Captain in the Air Force, is returning
East for reassignment to Arlington, Virginia. Kathleen, with
their two sons, will join her husband, Lawrence Brackin, in
Phoenix, Arizona, in January. Eileen and her husband, Major
Geoffrey Cowell, are stationed in Belgium. They have one son
and expect an additional member of the family early in 1969.
Velta and Clyde Sharp sent their best wishes for a Happy
Holiday Season from St. Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles. They
now have home mail delivery! Five retired couples are living
on the island, and another home has been started for a couple
expected the latter part of 1969.
There are no hotels, restaurants, cocktail lounges, swim-
ming pools, etc. These modern luxuries are not missed; a won-
derful beach fulfills any need for relaxation. Fairly good TV
reception and a portable radio keep them in touch with the out-
For the first time in twenty years, on July 4, 1968, the Mar-
quard family gathered for a family Reunion, held at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Finch (formerly Mildred Marquard), in
Vineland, New Jersey. The Reunion was a surprise for the mo-
ther, Mrs. Rose Marquard, who celebrated her 75th birthday on
that day. Those attending the Reunion were: Warren D. Mar-
quard from Margarita, Canal Zone; Mr. and Mrs. R. Hood (El-
eanor) from Nashua, New Hampshire, with their son; Mrs.
Catherine Jobe, from Olean, New York, with her daughter and
her family; Bobby from Canada and his sons; Mr. and Mrs.
George Pincos of Vineland, New Jersey (Helen) and three chil-
dren; and Jeannette of Vineland, New Jersey. A sister and a
brother of Mrs. Rose Marquard with their families also at-
tended the gala family Reunion.
Frank F. Williams, Huntington Station, New York, for-
merly of Margarita, Canal Zone, will complete four years work-
ing for the State of New York, February 8-as an unemploy-
ment insurance claims examiner for the Division of Employ-
ment in the Bay Shore, Long Island office.
His wife, Virginia, is enjoying her retirement and has abso-
lutely no intention of reentering the labor force. Their daughter,
Ruth Johanna, is now a junior in the Holy Family High School.
Recently Richard and Shirley Cox with their youngest son,
Kevin, were overnight guests.
December 9, 1968-News form Leo J. Eberenz, Sterling, Vir-
We have been busy working, but not too busy to keep us
from taking a two-weeks tour of Northwest Canada. The tour
also included a trip to San Diego where we visited our oldest
daughter, Marie, Mrs. Tom Lindsay. Our other daughter, Ma-
ble, Mrs. Al Cannaday, who is now in Memphis, Tennessee,
visited us, with her family, earlier this year. Our son, John and
his son were here with us for two months; they are keeping the
Eberenz name alive in Panama. It all started when my father
went to Panama in 1907.
Helen and Walter Fischer send Greetings from Cookesville,
The Fischers made a trip to Wisconsin when Helen's father
passed away on Good Friday at the age of 94. In July, accom-
panied by their daughter Jo Ann and her family, they returned
to Wisconsin for a visit with relatives and friends.
September 28 was a memorable day for the Fischers as they
moved into their new home-their first. From April, when they
purchased the lot, until the final completion of the house,
seemed an interminable time. But, they are very happy in their
own home and Walter enjoys his small garden.
Dr. Mary Graham, currently on leave from the Health De-
partment, Canal Zone, in her own inimitable style wrote the
You will notice that we've moved from the Cross Roads of
the World to Hippie Land.
Since this is the greatest thing that has happened to us in
years, I feel duty bound to bring you up to date. Some time last
year I decided to take myself and sons off on a jaunt I'd been
considering for some time-like to Berkeley. After coping with
miles of red tape, I finally managed to finiggle my way into the
School of Public Health and became the lucky recipient of a
U.S. Government scholarship. This makes it possible for us to
live slightly above the poverty line in WW 2 multifamily housing
in an apartment complete with creaking floors, a bathroom with
brass fixtures but no shower, and two "compact" bedrooms
(which means you climb on the bed to have enough room to
open the dresser drawers!). It is furnished with a few choice
pieces of pre-Salvation Army furniture but is quite livable now
that we have dolled it up with a few mix-matched curtains, a
secondhand rug, and a few psychedelic prints and mobiles.
Pete's motor cycle parked out front entrance enhances the ef-
fect. The consensus is "Our pad aint bad" and it furnishes a
home base from which we shoot off in all directions to school
and to work.
I'm in Graduate School with my sights set on a Masters in
Public Health. The work is pretty tough for I've been out of
school a few too many years, but I'm enjoying it and UC. The
work certainly doesn't resemble anything remotely related to
Public Health as I know it, but Berkeley is known for being afar
out, so either I'll be leading the pack by a mile, or I'll have
missed the boat completely by the time I finish. At this point,
it is anybody's guess for it appears that the Government is going
to be taking care of us medically from the womb to the tomb, so
some place in the scheme there must be a small niche with my
name on it. Rather than worry unduly, I just watch the hippies
go by. They are a sight to behold-long haired, bearded, bare-
footed, and unwashed. The females are addicted to mini-skirts
and bright colored hose of Camelot gowns of velvet or drapery
material. And everybody has a dog. It is the doggy-est campus
I've ever seen.
Pete and Chris have after school jobs-one in a hardware
store and the other in a Jewish delicatesen that sells kosher salt
even. They are anxious to return to the Canal Zone, but who can
tell what may turn up by September when my leave of absence
expires?? I love the cold weather and being back in the States,
but I can't say I love doing the cleaning and the laundry! If the
boys weren't such a tremendous help, I would have flunked out
before this. They are a marvelous pair and two of the most
enjoyable people I know .
John W. Muller, a new member, thoughtfully sent in vital
statistics with his membership dues. Mr. Muller was born in
Pedro Miguel, Canal Zone, on October 18, 1914. After completing
the Zone schools, including the Jr. College, he received his B.S.
in Civil Engineering at Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa.
In 1936, he started work with the Municipal Engineering
Division and has worked for the Canal ever since except for a
two-year break to complete college and twenty-six months in
the Navy during World War II.
Currently, Mr. Muller is with the Engineering Division and
will be eligible for retirement in 1970 with fifty-five years and
thirty-two years of service-that decision will have to be made
Mr. and Mrs. Muller will celebrate their 25th wedding An-
niversary in 1969. They have one daughter, Mrs. C. J. Wright,
who lives in Minco, Oklahoma.
Mr. Muller's mother, a long-time member, lives in Albu-
querque, New Mexico.
Terrell C. Deakins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger L. Deakins
of Titusville, Florida and former Canal Zone residents, received
the silver wings of an Army aviator and was appointed a war-
rant officer upon graduation from the Army Aviation School at
Fort Rucker, Alabama on September 24, 1968. General Vernon
Bowers, was present to pin his nephew's wings.
Warrant Officer Deakins, a third generation Canal Zonian,
attended Canal Zone schools. He graduated second in his class
of 250 at the Fort Rucker school. His wife is the former Miss
Sue Mathison of Balboa.
Pvt. Alford O. Roos, of Gamboa, Panama Canal Zone, re-
ceived the American Spirit Honor Medal at the graduation ex-
ercises of a Ft. Gordon basic combat training brigade, Ft.
The medal, given at the end of each training cycle to a
soldier who best exemplifies the qualities of honor, loyalty, and
initiative, was presented by an Augusta business man active in
Pvt. Roos graduated from Balboa High School in 1962 and
attended Canal Zone College where he received an associate of
arts degree in engineering. In 1968 he received the bachelor of
arts degree in history from New Mexico State University.
Cadet Richard D. Hoyle, a junior at The Citadel, and son
of Mr. and Mrs. W .W. Hoyle, of Balboa, Canal Zone, was among
the selected cadets who comprised this year's training cadre.
Members of The Citadel cadre, who received a week's in-
tensive training before the freshmen cadets arrived, made up
schedules and arrangements for receiving, processing and
training the new plebes. The cadre also has been conducting a
specialized training of the 600 cadets of the freshman class.
Cadet Hoyle holds the rank of cadet staff sergeant within
the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. He is on the Dean's list,
majoring in political science, and is enrolled in the Army ROTC
Program at The Citadel.
William Barton Malloy III received the coveted honor of
being selected as one of the superior trial attorneys in the fall
session of Trial Moot Court, which is conducted for Senior stu-
dents at the University of Tennessee Law School. Students act
as counsel in actual case fact situations. Two judges from the
Third Circuit Court for the State of Tennesee direct the sessions
and preside in the trials.
Selections of the trial attorneys were made on such bases as
case preparation, oral delivery, general courtroom demeanor,
witness examination technique, presentation of argument to the
jury, and particularly the ability to think quickly and react
properly to the unexpected situation.
In the fall quarter program, names of students in the order
of their selection were published in the U-T Lawyer. Bart, in
his section, was listed first.
Bart, a graduate of Balboa High School and the University
of Virginia, will graduate from the University of Tennessee
Law School in March. He is a member of Phi Delta Phi legal
fraternity. After receiving his law degree, he hopes to enter
private practice in Tennessee.
Bart is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Mallory, of La
Boca, Canal Zone.
Cadet Robert H. Hughes, Fourth Classman at the U. S. Air
Force Academy in Colorado was placed on the Commandant's
List at the end of the first semester, according to information
received from the Office of the Registrar.
The Commandant's List recognizes cadets who excel in
military performance and athletic participation. Cadets whose
names appear on the list are granted additional privileges ac-
cording to their class and are recognized for this distinction by
an insignia on the left breast pocket of the uniform.
Cadet Hughes is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hilton F. Hughes
of La Boca and received his Canal Zone appointment following
nomination by Gov. W. P. Leber.
Headlines from The Panama Canal Spillway -Gorgona's
Virginia Dare returns after 40 years. If, perchance, you've for-
gotten your history lessons, Virginia Dare was the first white
child of English parents to be born in America.
Mrs. Benjamin O. Wells, the former Gayle Hunter Alex-
ander, was born in the old Gorgona Hospital in 1906, the first
daughter born to American parents in that Canal construction
area. Mrs. Wells attended Santa Familia convent school in
Panama City from the age of four until she was thirteen when
she was sent to high school in Hartford, Connecticut, more
fluent in Spanish than English.
She returned to the Isthmus the summers of 1924 and 1925,
and after graduating from college in 1926, she went to work
for the Canal organization as a kindergarten teacher and play-
ground directress at the Ancon and Balboa Elementary Schools.
In 1929, Gayle Hunter Alexander married Benjamin 0.
Wells, a U. S. Naval officer, at St. Luke's Cathedral, and they
made their home in the submarine base at Coco Solo until 1931
when they left for the United States.
Her husband retired as a rear admiral at the end of World
War II and then worked for the Atomic Energy Commission at
Los Alamos, New Mexico for twelve years.
Rear Adm. Benjamin 0. Wells, USN (retired) accompanied
his wife on the Isthmian visit both were amazed at the growth
and progress which had taken place over the years.
News from Mrs. G. Lee Wright, Houston, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Dill, of Coldspring, Texas, were
with relatives in Clayton, Georgia, for the Thanksgiving holi-
days. While in Clayton, they had a pleasant conversation with
former Governor George Wallace. From Georgia, the Dills
journeyed to St. Petersburg especially to see Ezra Haldeman, a
friendship formed in Gorgona. A few hours were also spent
with Mrs. Lucille Judd.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Calvit of St. Petersburg, visited with
relatives in Houston, Texas, and with his niece, Miss Connie
Sundquist, of Lake Jackson, Texas, during the Christmas holi-
While on a trip to Missouri, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio,
Irene and Lee Wright had a grand reunion with their former
Canal Zone neighbors Pat Coakley, Sr. and his "Sweet Alice,"
who live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Pat Sr. has been very sick
for several months. Cards from friends would certainly make
his days happier. Pat, Jr. is Film Editor for CBS television sta-
tion, Channel 11, in Houston.
Mrs. Mildred Frick was flown from the Canal Zone to
Methodist Hospital, in Houston, Texas, for neuro-surgery. Mild-
red received great consolation from the many visits of Rabbi
Nathan Witkin, who devotes most of his time with patients in
the Houston Medical Center. Until physically able to return to
her home in Balboa, Mrs. Frick was with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Potochny, of Pasadena, Texas.
Mrs. Blowdin Turbyfill has joined the ranks of the retired
in Houston and is enjoying the plays, symphonies, etc. She
flew East to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with her son and
Irene and Lee Wright visited with Mr. and Mrs. William
Lenhart in Eagle Lake, Texas 60 miles from Houston. Many
will remember Mrs. Lenhart as Miss Alida Drew, first grade
teacher in Balboa Elementary School.
Harlie Stroup, formerly with the Locks Division on the
Pacific side, was guest speaker at the January meeting of the
Magazine Club in Clifton, Texas. His topic was "Panama Canal
Zone Living." Mr. Stroup recently retired from his position as
Electrical Inspector for the city of Fort Worth. He and his wife,
Freida, now live at Lake Whitney, Texas.
After completing nearly thirty-three years of United States
Government service, John Davisson Hollen, Chief of the Panama
Canal's Executive Planning Staff for the past fifteen years has
retired. Accompanied by his wife, Dorothea, he sailed from
Cristobal Thanksgiving Day and drove from New Orleans to
their 100-year-old home in Adel, Iowa. They have spent the
last three summers in the reconstruction of this house and en-
joy the life of gentlemen farmers on eleven acres of good Iowa
Mr. Hollen joined the Canal organization in 1952 as Chief of
the Plant Inventory and Appraisal Staff. He became Chief of
the Executive Planning Staff the following year.
In addition to his dedicated official duties, Mr. Hollen served
as chairman of the Boy Scout Camping Committee, as a mem-
ber of the Executive Board of the Canal Zone Council, as chair-
man of the council of the Balboa Union Church, president of
the Canal Zone Society of Professional Engineers and secretary
of the Zone chapter of the American Society of Military Engine-
Warren Cook, assistant professor of biology, New York
State University College, Plattsburgh, New York, has made
head-line news in THE FACULTY TIMES for two consecutive
Late in 1968, Professor Cook participated in a three-week
course at Georgia State College, Atlanta, Georgia, under a grant
from the Federal Water Pollution Control Administration. He
is back in the news because he received a $15,000 pre-doctoral
fellowship from the National Science Foundation to complete
his studies toward the Ph.D. in biology. The National Science
Foundation pre-doctoral fellowships are among the most diffi-
cult fellowships to obtain in this country.
Professor Cook will attend the State University College of
Forestry at Syracuse University where he has initiated studies
leading to the doctor's degree in yeast ecology.
In addition to his many research activities, which have in-
cluded work with an electron microscope in the National Re-
search Council of Canada in Ottawa, Mr. Cook has been active
in curriculum development at Plattsburgh and was, in a large
measure, responsible for the initiation, development and con-
duct of the newly-approved bachelor of science degree program
in medical technology.
Warren Cook served with the Armed Forces in the Canal
Zone and married Miss Elaine Clark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Shepard Clark, Patchogue, New York, formerly of the Canal
Zone. Mr. Clark was an instructor in the Canal Zone College
until his retirement in 1968.
The Most Reverend Father Mark McGrath, a member of a
well-known Isthmian family, has been appointed Archbishop of
Mr. Ralph E. Harvey, who retired in December after thirty-
four years' Government service, was presented a Panama Canal
Master Key Certificate and Key to the Locks by Governor W. P.
Leber in recognition of his volunteer participation in the Canal's
Civil Defense radio communications program. His valuable
contribution without pay was in no way related to his position
of Accounting Assistant for Steamship Deposits in the Agents
Accounts Branch of the Panama Canal's Accounting Division.
Mrs. Virginia Harvey was also presented a Master Key.
Mr. Harvey is a licensed amateur radio operator, and in
January, 1957, volunteered his service as a radio operator for
civil defense communications. He was appointed Chief Radio
Officer for the Canal organization's Civil Defense in May, 1959.
The Harvey's are making their home in St. Petersburg,
The Gerold E. Coopers sailed November 14 from the Canal
Zone on the SS Cristobal for New Orleans. After checking vari-
ous retirement areas, they are now located in St. Petersburg,
Florida, where they have purchased a home.
Mr. Cooper went to the Isthmus in 1931 while in Army serv-
ice and was stationed at Corozal. His first employment with the
Dredging Division was in 1941. Through promotions, he attained
the position of Master, Dipper Dredges. Mr. Cooper had more
than twenty-three years service all with the Dredging Divi-
Mrs. Cooper (Ethel Getman) went to the Isthmus as a child
of about two. She started school in Gorgona, completed her Zone
education at Balboa High School, and graduated in 1933 from
the University of Alabama. An accomplished musician, she
served as Dean of the Isthmian Chapter of the American Guild
Edward B. O'Brien, Jr., Superintendent of the Panama
Canal's Terminals Division, who retired December 31 after
thirty-four years' Government service, was honored at a num-
ber of retirement ceremonies prior to his departure on the SS
Cristobal on January 3.
One of the most colorful ceremonies took place in the office
of Capt. Axton T. Jones, Transportation and Terminals Bureau
Director, when the General Cuna Chiefs of the San Blas Dis-
trict presented Mr. O'Brien with a mola and a scroll bearing
a resolution which described his assistance to their people.
The scroll was signed by Yabiliquina, First General Chief,
San Blas District, and Olotebiliquina, 2nd General Chief, San
The molas bore two eagles which, the Chiefs explained,
stand for the "greatness, liberty, and fraternity of the people
and human peace." The eagle holds in its claws a snake repre-
senting evil, depicting the defense of the people, their well-
being and progressive development.
Mrs. O'Brien was employed in 1939 as a playground super-
visor with the Old Clubhouse Division. She later served for some
time as a teacher in Cristobal High School.
Mr. and Mrs. O'Brien plan to make their future home in
San Diego, California.
Frederick J. Waino, assistant to the Director of Transpor-
tation and Terminals Bureau, has been appointed Superintend-
ent of the Terminals Division, succeeding E. B. O'Brien, Jr.
J. Bartley Smith, Chief of the Electrical Division since 1951.
retired from service at the end of January with more than
forty years of service.
In those forty years, Mr. Smith has seen the electrical
needs of the Panama Canal soar as both Canal traffic and the
use of industrial and home electrical appliances have grown
The spurt in the use of electrical appliances followed the
1959 completion of the multi-million dollar power conversion
project under which the Panama Canal power system was
changed from 25 to 60 cycle current. Mr. Smith was project en-
gineer for this program from 1957 to 1959 on loan from the
Electrical Division. He resumed his duties as Electrical En-
gineer in 1960.
During the many years of residence on the Isthmus, Mr.
Smith and his wife, the former Mercedes Alegre, of Panama,
have been active in the social and civic affairs of both Panama
and the Canal Zone. The Smiths, as well as their four children.
speak both English and Spanish fluently. Mrs. Smith has been
known for her skill in cooking Panamanian dishes and often has
given demonstrations of her prowess before members of the In-
teramerican Women's Club, visitors, and local residents. An ac-
complished amateur artist, she studied oil painting on the
Isthmus and is now painting with acrylics, an art she learned
during a recent visit to Mexico.
The Smiths will remain on the Isthmus for a few months
before leaving for Florida to make their home.
Constant W. Chase, Jr., Assistant Electrical Engineer of
the Panama Canal since 1962, has been named Chief of the
Electrical Division succeeding Mr. J. Bartley Smith.
At the same time, it was announced that Richard R. Potter,
Jr., presently Chief of the Engineering and Planning Staff and
Budget officer, had been appointed assistant electrical engineer
to succeed Mr. Chase.
Capt. Donald A. Dertien, Panama Canal Marine Director
and senior naval officer on the Governor's staff since 1967, took
over his new duties as Chief of the Panama Canal's Executive
Planning Staff on January 2.
He was succeeded as Marine Director by Capt. Alvin L.
Gallin, U. S. Navy, who has been Chief of the Panama Canal
Navigation Division since July, 1967.
Miss Ruth U. Rickarby was awarded a 40-year retirement
certificate which was presented by Rear Admiral George P.
Koch, Commander, U. S. Naval Forces Southern Command, and
Commandant Fifteenth Naval District, Canal Zone. The award,
signed by the Secretary of the Navy, is presented to federal
government civilian employees completing more than 40 years
federal service. Miss Rickarby, a resident of the Canal Zone
for many years, was employed as an intelligence analyst in the
Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at Fort
Two Army Logistical Support Service employees, both resi-
dents of Curundu, were recently honored at Corozal-one for her
suggestion and the second for earning 1,000 hours of sick leave.
Mrs. Thelma Camby, budget officer, who received a Depart-
ment of the Army (DA) Suggestion Certificate and a $15 cash
award, and Joel Thompson, commissary officer, received a DA
Sick Leave Certificate.
The largest single cash award ever given a Panama Canal
employee for a suggestion accepted by the Incentive Commit-
tee was given in January, 1969, to Capt. John M. Stuart, a
Panama Canal pilot.
A check for $1,200 was presented Captain Stuart for sug-
gesting a method of using two pilots instead of four to take
through the Canal certain large vessels, with beams between
80 and 95 feet. It was estimated that the system would reduce
total annual pilot transit jobs, representing a cost reduction to
the Canal of approximately $75,000 a year.
Because a method of using radios instead of hand signals
had been devised, Captain Stuart felt that two pilots forward
would be unnecessary in addition to the two stationed on the
bridge constructed aft.
Dr. Rogelio Arias, assistant chief of the Obstetrics and
Gynecology Service at Gorgas Hospital since 1952 recently be-
came the first Latin American physician to be certified by the
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a nationally
recognized specialist in his field.
Previously, citizens of other countries practicing outside the
United States had been excluded from the American Board of
Ob-Gyn oral exams. A doctor who has passed this test and been
certified by the Board is considered to have attained one of the
highest achievements in his profession.
A 1943 graduate of George Washington University in Wash-
ington, D.C., Dr. Arias served his internship at Santo Tomas
Hospital in Panama City and at Jose de Obaldia Hospital in
David. He joined the staff of Gorgas in 1959 and became assist-
ant chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology in January 1952.
L. Brodie Burham, now of Tarpon Springs, Florida, former
Chief of the Employee Utilization and Development Staff of the
Personnel Bureau, returned to the Canal Zone to conduct a 2-
week Defensive Driving Program to 200 Canal Employees which
opened October 28.
In addition to the Defensive Driving Course, Mr. Burnham
conducted a 16-hour Defensive Driving Instructors' Course for
twelve Canal Organization employees.
The Defensive Driving Course will be made a part of a con-
tinuing program for all employees who operate Canal organiza-
tion vehicles, or who are required to operate such vehicles in
the conduct of their primary job requirements.
Mrs. Era L. Greene, of Anniston, Alabama, accompanied
by her sister-in-law and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse
Watson, spent two weeks in Texas with her son-in-law and
daughter, Major Charles F. Clark, USA, and Mrs. Clark (Huey
Lee), and their two children. Major Clark is assigned to Fort
Sam Houston and has been attending Hospital Management
School. While in Texas, the group attended the Hemisfair in
Mrs. Martin F. Fitzgerald (Mickey Walker), with her three
children, have moved from Fort Benning, Georgia, to 123
South Main Street, Keyser, West Virginia, where they will
reside while her husband is serving in Viet Nam. Mickey has
returned to Potomac State College in Keyser to resume her
studies (she attended school there in 1959-60) and will graduate
in May as a Medical Secretary. She recently made the Dean's
List and ranked in the upper ten percent of the student body.
SBefore going to Viet Nam in October, Lieutenant Fitzgerald
was sent to the Jungle Warfare Training School in the Canal
Zone. Mr. and Mrs. George A. Walker, of Cocoli, attended
the exercises at the end of the course and were present when
their son-in-law was graduated as Jungle Expert and promoted
to Captain at the same time. Captain Fitzgerald is a company
commander with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry and is sta-
tioned near the DMZ.
Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm R. Wheeler returned to the Canal
Zone in January after a three-month vacation in the States.
Stopping first in San Antonio, Texas, they visited their son-in-
law and daughter, LeMoyne and Dolores Hall, and their two-
year old daughter, Pamela Lee. Lemoyne is employed in San
Antonio with I.B.M. They later drove to California to visit
their son, Malcom, and his wife, Lynne, in Palo Alto. Malcom
is in his last year at Stanford Law School where he made the
Malcolm and Fay visited other relatives and friends in
New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey. In Florida, they
visited Jim and Kay Fulton, of Palm Beach Gardens, and with
Mr. and Mrs. LeMoyne Hall, Sr. (parents of their son-in-law),
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
THROUGH JANUARY 1969
Now that the holidays are over I do hope that everything
has been just as you would have wished.
We did enjoy visiting with so many of you folks at Reunion
time, and bringing ourselves up to date.
As usual there was something to keep many away this
year the flu bug came to Florida and sat down for a rest before
going further south to get folks in a bad state. I am glad to say
that it has sort of faded away and many of our ill folks are
getting back to normal. e
We served exactly 300 at the luncheon and all seemed to be
relaxed and comfortable. The luncheon was exceptional de-
licious, well served, and plenty of everything. Following was
Fresh Pineapple and Grapefruit Sections
Roast Top Sirloin of Beef Demi Glaze Sauce
Baked Idaho Potato Mixed Garden Fresh Vegetables
Lime Gelatine Salad on Crisp Lettuce
Hot Rolls and Butter
Lemon Chiffon Pie
Coffee, Tea or Milk
Now I am going to ask you folks again Please do not
add 10 cents to your checks the Bank does not require this
any more although the bank does require the addition of 45
cents on Canal Zone checks that is checks drawn on a Canal
Zone or Panama Bank.
When you send in your dues one check is sufficient for
both Society Dues and Blood Bank made out to the PANAMA
CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC., as we are sending in
check to cover the full amount to the BLOOD BANK.
DUES in the Society are $4.00 annually and $2.00 each for
membership in the Blood Bank. Children's dues in the Blood
Bank are $1.00 per year. There is no payment for the Canal
Record ONLY. To obtain a Canal Record, one must be a mem-
ber of the Society, and this entitles one to receive the Canal
Record. Some have been sending in the amount of $2.00 stating
that this is for dues for the Canal Record. If you wish the
Canal Record send in the $4.00 and become a member of The
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
When you move please send in your change of address -
don't expect the Post Office to do it for you. They don't know
whether you are on a vacation or are in a new location. This
we must know if the Record is to be mailed to the proper
We meet at the Gulfport Community Center Auditorium,
5730 Shore Blvd. South at 1:30 P.M. This is 58th Street -
Take busses 1 and 2 from Williams Park in St. Petersburg.
Thanks for the many Christmas Cards believe me -
they are greatly appreciated.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year, and a most prosperous
Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
The Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
November 3, 1968
Ninety-four members and guests of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida attended the scheduled meeting held Novem-
ber 3 at the Gulfport Center Auditorium. The meeting was
opened by the President at 1:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegi-
ance to the Flag. After the Invocation given by Mrs. Alice
Barnes, Chaplain, a special welcome was given to the following
visitors and members who had been absent.
Col. and Mrs. Sherwood Stacy Treasure Island, Florida
Mrs. Erma Forbes Welcome back to St. Petersburg after
a summer in Pennsylvania
Mrs. R. V. Potter absent for some time
Ross Cunningham absent for some time
Mrs. Roscoe Collins Clearwater, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Baumback Clearwater, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barnard winter residents of St. Peters-
burg from Rhode Island
Mr. and Mrs. Walt Milligan recently from Guatemala
Vance Howard visiting his mother, Mrs. H. V. Howard,
Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Johnstone Largo absent for some
Mrs. Martin Nickel St. Petersburg Welcome back after
an absence of three months
Miss Mary Stakelum St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Alice Hall Sarasota, Florida
Mrs. J. I. Eckert Sarasota, Florida
The President personally welcomed the members and visi-
tors of the Society and expressed his hope that all would con-
tinue to attend the monthly meetings. Mr. Howard informed
the Society that the book, Panama Potpourri, written by C. W.
Kilbey, Aiken, South Carolina, was published by the Vantage
Press, Inc., 120 West 31st Street, New York 10001. Any members
interested in obtaining a copy should write direct to the pub-
lishing company and enclose $3.95 for the book. Although a 40%
discount would be allowed the Society if it were possible to give
a luncheon ,dinner, or reception for the author who at the time
would autograph copies, such action by the Society is prohibi-
tive and would jeojardize the status of the Society as a Non-
The Minutes of the October meeting were read by the Re-
cording Secretary and approved as read.
Mrs. Judd reported there had been one hundred thirty-
seven deaths since the beginning of this year. From the Tampa
Tribune, October 29, 1968, was news (too late to appear in the
December Record) of the death of Walter Bossard, Lakeland.
Mr. Bossard was a retired fireman from the Canal Zone. Check
the December Record for details of other deaths.
Timely information was given by Mrs. Judd on illnesses of
members as well as their progress. Miscellaneous news from
correspondence concerning many ex-Zonians was reviewed by
the Secretary. The free examinations given in Pinellas County
for Glaucoma and Diabetes was emphasized; call 896-0644 for
details. Several cards and letters were read from travelers.
Many notes with 1969 dues and luncheon reservations enclosed
have been received and appreciated. Such early returns help
alleviate the pressure of work involved for the Reunion which
comes so soon after a busy Holiday Season. Members of the
Society were informed that the Past Matrons' Club would meet
January 11, 1969. In the year 1968, the salutation of most letters
to our Secretary-Treasurer would probably be "Dear Mrs.
Judd". Imagine her surprise to open a letter with the very in-
formal, "Hi, Pigtails, tow-head of yesteryear, 1911!" An old
friend of the family back in the Empire days, Harry E. King,
now of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, thus opened his letter
to Mrs .Judd when sending his check for dues and for the lunch-
eon at the Reunion.
Mr. William Grady, Legislative Representative, had nothing
to report on legislation. Bills will have to be reintroduced in the
new Congress. The Cost of Living Index, now at 122.2 must
reach 122.6 before the mandatory increase. Quoting from Fed-
eral Employees' News Digest, September 16, 1968. Thomas G.
Walters, President of NRCE had recently told the Democratic
platform committee that using the federal poverty standard of
$3,000 per year, that three out of four retired federal employees
and their survivors live in poverty! Mr. Grady reminded mem-
bers that the election law in Florida had changed and now in-
stead of a 12-month required residence in Florida that if a move
had been made from another state, they were eligible to vote
for a President but ineligible to vote for state or county officers.
The President called for thirty seconds of silent prayers
for deaths since our last meeting.
Happy Birthday was sung to Mrs. H. V. Howard, Sr., Mrs.
Alice Barnes, and Mrs. Roscoe Collins.
A very comprehensive talk was given by Mrs. Gertrude
Sumner, field representative of Social Security. Although she
briefly traced the origin and early history of Social Security,
her informative talk on the whole was divided into two parts -
the many beneficial changes invoked by the 1967 amendments
and Medicare. Under Medicare, Mrs. Sumner gave valuable in-
formation on both Part A (Hospital Insurance) and B (Medical
care) explaining services now rendered as well as methods of
collection by the individual.
Following the talk, the Refreshment Committee served
coffee and doughnuts. A short social time followed with mem-
bers as always just happy to be together.
December 13, 1968
Eighty-one loyal members and visitors momentarily put
aside the hustle of Christmas shopping, finishing cards, and all
that precedes the Holiday Season to attend the regular monthly
meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida at the Gulf-
port Community Center Auditorium. The meeting was opened
by the President at 1:30 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegi-
ance to the Flag, with Mr. Howard officiating, Mrs. Alice
Barnes, Chaplain, gave the invocation. As names were called
by the Recording Secretary, the following members and visitors
stood for a special welcome by the Society.
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Hill Maine winter residents
Mr. Harry King Pennsylvania in St. Petersburg for
the Annual Reunion
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Grimm Wisconsin winter resi-
dents of St. Petersburg
Mr and Mrs. Fred Dube Clearwater
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Harvey St. Petersburg recently
from the Canal Zone
Mrs. Della Pilkerton St. Petersburg absent for some
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence W. Chambers new residents of
Mrs. Charlotte Laurie St. Petersburg welcome back
from a prolonged visit in the Zone
Mr. Leo Lessiack New Jersey visiting in St. Peters-
burg before going to the Canal Zone to see his son, Robert
Mr. Stan Specht Canal Zone until April when Mr. and
Mrs. Specht will be permanent residents of the Petersburg
After a cordial welcome to all members and guests, Mr.
Howard informed the Society that a new contract had been
made to continue holding the monthly meetings at the Gulf-
port Community Center Auditorium through the years, 1969 and
1 Q7 -- hopefully, all will continue to be able to attend the meet-
ings and enjoy the companionship of old friends! The President
reviewed his personal correspondence pertaining to his ever-
constant "dream" of leaving nothing undone to promote the
welfare of the Society. His hope of having the Governor of the
Panama Canal Zone speak at the 1969 Reunion failed to ma-
cerialize. Official duties made it mandatory for the Governor
to be in the Canal Zone at the time of the Reunion. Instead, the
Society is fortunate in being able to have Mr. Paul Runnestrand,
officially representing the Governor, attend the Reunion. At
eight p.m., on January 9, at the Soreno Hotel, Mr. Runnestrand
will show slides from Panama. J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement
Counselor, representing Edward A. Doolan, Personnel Director,
Panama Canal, will attend the Reunion on a fact-finding sur-
vey. Information gained from members representing different
sections of the country will be valuable with first-hand statistics
on the inevitable adjustments normally necessary with the pass-
ing of the "old way" of life on the Zone as well as vital infor-
mation on miscellaneous retirement communities.
The Minutes of the November meeting were read by the
Recording Secretary. A correction was made as the time stated
should have been 1:30 and not 2 p.m.
Many Christmas cards addressed to the Society were read
and as always the accompanying personal news of families was
enjoyed by the members. Miscellaneous news pertaining to
health, deaths, births, address changes, weddings, etc. were re-
viewed by the Secretary-Treasurer. Details will appear in the
March Record. Many members from colder climes are again
wintering in Florida. Welcome back! A special greeting was
sent from the Society to Mrs. Charles L. Persons now residing
in the Canal Zone and just out of Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Shreves
expressed her thanks to the Society for cards received during
her recent illness.
Due to a minor car accident, Mr. William Grady was unable
to attend the meeting but sent the Legislative Report to Mr.
Howard. Retirees will receive a Cost of Living Annuity Increase
(probably at least 4%) on the April 1 paycheck. Blue Cross and
Blue Shield in the state of New York are initiating a new pro-
gram whereby insurance will cover such dental expenses as
dentures and other costly health hazards. If this proposed pro-
gram works out in New York, the Government health program
for retirees will probably also be covered. In the meantime,
however, those retirees now under the Government Health Pro-
gram will have to pay more for their share in this insurance
Happy December Birthdays to: Capt. Elmer Abbott, Mrs.
Ella Brown, Capt. Arthur Luther, Mr. Earl Beck, and Mrs.
Ethel Murphy, Florida, to Capt. H. P. Forrest, Virginia and to
Mr. Leo Lessiack, a visitor to Florida who attended the Decem-
In keeping with the approaching Holiday Season, a Christ-
mas tablecloth was used on the front table. Mr. Howard thanked
the donor of the cloth with the remark he would not have to
sleep that night on a used sheet. He also thanked the Coffee
Committee for their untiring efforts to serve the Society so
quickly and efficiently. The President stated that memos had
been sent to all State Societies, asking them to emphasize the
visit of Mr. Runnestrand in their respective areas. The average
attendance for the year, 1968, was 91-an excellent record.
At the conclusion of the business meeting, coffee and dough-
nuts were served by the Refreshment Committee.
Margaret M. Ward
The Thirty-Seventh Anniversary Reunion
Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida
January 9-10, 1969
The Panama Canal Society of Florida convened at the
Soreno Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida, on January 9, 1969, for
the Thirty-Seventh Anniversary Reunion. During the two days of
of the Reunion 552 registered, representing 29 states. Lines were
long at the registration table. Thus, many with that old manana
approach (I'll register later), chose to utilize precious time in
chatting with a host of old friends-of greater importance than
marking time in the seemingly never-ending line. What a grati-
fying MORNING-January 9, 1969! The ties of Zonians are deep
and everlasting. The intangible bond among former co-workers
of THE PANAMA CANAL FAMILY certainly was exemplified
by the peals of laughter, the joy of meeting once again, and the
constant hum of voices-reliving gone-by days.
The President of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
called the Annual Business Meeting to order at 2 p.m. After the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, led by Mr. Howard, the Chap-
lain, Mrs. Alice Barnes offered a short prayer. The President
welcomed approximately 225 members who conscientiously left
the chit-chat in the Lounge to attend the meeting. Mr. Howard,
especially welcomed those who had journeyed from the frozen
north to sunny Florida (mink stoles, coats, sweaters, etc. were
tossed on the back of chairs) and expressed hope that all would
have an enjoyable stay.
Mr. Howard informed the Society that because of the cur-
rent political situation, Governor W. P. Leber of the Canal Zone
was unable to attend the Reunion as he had hoped to do. Paul
M. Runnestrand, Executive Secretary, instead, was attending
the Reunion as an official representative and that evening would
give an illustrated lecture on the Panama Canal at the Soreno
Hotel. William E. Burns, Chief of the Graphic Bureau, Panama
Canal, accompanied Mr. Runnestrand to assist in the showing
of the slides. Mr. J. Winter Collins, Retirement Counselor, Of-
ficially representing Edward A. Doolan, Director Personnel
Bureau, was attending the Reunion on a fact-finding commis-
sion. Mr. Runnestrand and Mr. Collins were introduced to the
members; Mr. Burns was not present at this meeting. Current
or past officers from affiliated chapters of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida were asked to stand for recognition; only
two were present-Mrs. Virginia Seiler, California and Lt. Clar-
ence D. Howell, North Carolina. Time prohibited calling on
Mr. Paul Warner, Bradenton, Florida, son of John F. War-
ner, Founder of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, spoke
briefly of the year, 1932, when his father with about a dozen fel-
low Zonians met in the Social Hall of the Steamship Ancon and
founded the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Their first meet-
ings were held in the homes of individuals in St. Petersburg.
Thus, from this small nucleus of those who "cared enough to
keep in touch," the Society has grown to an approximate mem-
bership of 2,150 members.
Paul Davis was introduced and thanked for his splendid
articles in the St. Petersburg Independent, covering news of the
The Minutes of the December 13th meeting were read by
the Recording Secretary and approved as read.
Mr. William Grady, Legislative Representative, reported
that he and Mrs. Grady were now O.K. after a minor car acci-
dent. Even if an accident is NOT your fault, he warned, file a
report with the State Highway Patrol. As yet, with a new Con-
gress, Mr. Grady had nothing to report on legislation. A Cost of
Living increase on annuities will be added to April paychecks.
Check the Legislative Report in the March Record for details
on hoped-for legislation in 1969.
Mrs. Judd reported on current illnesses, deaths, weddings.
and news in general of interest to members. Cards were read
from those who were unable to attend the Reunion-many with
colds or the Flu.
Happy January Birthdays to: Janet Cunningham, Erma
Forbes, Mrs. John Hower, Vera Jones, E. B. Cain, Bill Mer-
chant, Mirt Bender, William C. Humphrey, Mrs. James Brad-
ley, Mrs. Mary Weller, Jack Mennell, Bill Dorgan, Mrs. Edith
Kieswetter, and A. G. Dunham. The Society also wishes a spe-
cial Happy Birthday to an esteemed far-away member-Mrs.
Dove Prather who will be 101, January 25.
Mr. Cecil Banan, President of the Society, 1966-1968, who
officiated in the installation of officers, read the names of of-
ficers as selected by the Nominating Committee under the
chairmanship of Ross Hollowell.
President William L. Howard
Vice-President Capt. Henry E. Falk
Secretary-Treasurer Lucille S. Judd
Recording Secretary Margaret M. Ward
Record Editor Margaret M. Ward PRO TEM
Mr. Banan asked for nominations from the floor. As there
were none, Mr. Charles Homelin made the motion that the nom-
nation be closed and asked for an unanimous vote for the pro-
posed officers. The officers were then sworn in.
Mr. Dewey Goodwin summarized briefly the proposed new
By-Laws. Postal regulations pertaining to Second Class mail-
ing and ambiguous wording necessitated the changes as pro-
posed. Mr. Goodwin made a motion that the By-Laws as ac-
cepted by the Executive Committee be adopted. The motion was
seconded by Mr. Albert McKeown and passed unanimously.
The business meeting adjourned at 3:10.
Margaret M. Ward
Two hundred and ninety-eight members and friends of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida gathered at the Soreno at
12:30 on the second day (January 10) of the Reunion for the
Annual Luncheon. Following a prayer, offered by Mrs. Barnes,
the President warmly welcomed those present, speaking briefly
of the close and deeply sentimental bond among all Zonians.
Mr. Howard then called for "Old Timers" or Construction
Day Employees to stand and to give names and addresses. The
following thirty-two OLD TIMERS stood for this important
1905 Russel B. Potter Florida
Thomas Mitchell no address
Capt. Arthur T. Luther Florida
Carl J. Clapp North Carolina
1906 Paul Warner Florida
Charles Calvit Florida
1907 Mrs. Lucille S. Judd Florida
J. F. McTyier Florida
L. J. Hennessy no address
Thomas M. Jordan Florida
1908 Mrs. Pearl Marshall Florida
J. Wendell Greene North Carolina
Harry R. White Alabama
Andrew Fraser Florida
Charles Harrison Florida
1909 Harry Ottman Florida
George McCullough Alabama
Mrs. Virginia Seiler California
1910 Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin Florida
Harry E. King Pennsylvania
W. L. Hersh Florida
Mrs. R. B. Potter Florida
1911 Mrs. G. C. McCullough Alabama
George Chevalier Florida
1912 Dr. R. H. Whitehead New Hampshire
Oscar Swanson Alabama
1913 Timothy J. Mann Florida
1914 Mrs. Anna Bartlett Florida
Francis F. Hargy Florida
John R. Keenan Wyoming
I. W. Metzger Florida
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks Florida
The name, John O. Collins, was familiar to many Old Tim-
ers, as Mr. Collins went to the Canal Zone in May of 1908, as a
lawyer. His personality and wit endeared him to those who knew
him. At the luncheon, Mr. Howard introduced his son, J. Winter
D. Collins, the new Retirement Counselor in the Canal Zone and
the guest speaker. Friendly and happy to share the Reunion
with old personal friends, Mr. Collins gave an informative talk
on the development of the counseling program, a program de-
signed to eliminate some of the guess-work and the previous in-
security all too often felt when old and familiar ties were broken
-at ages when adjustments are difficult.
Mr. Howard also introduced Paul Runnestrand, Executive
Secretary, and a guest who spoke briefly to the group. Dr. R. H.
Whitehead, guest speaker for the 1968 luncheon, stood when his
name was called by the President. Time prevented recognition
of other venerable guests.
In addition to our speakers who gave us "food for thought,"
TO THE SORENO, we must also express our appreciation for
excellent food-well served.
Because I could not stop for
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality. -Emily Dickinson
Memorial services were conducted at St. Luke's Cathedral,
Ancon, Canal Zone, January 2, 1969, for Mrs. Patricia Enos
Alves, 47, who died in her home in La Boca, December 29.
Mrs. Alves is survived by her husband, Sgt. Walter H.
Alves, Jr., of the Canal Zone Police Division; by four children,
Thomas, Susan, Pamela, and Patricia; and her mother, Mrs.
William A. Enos, Hamilton, Missouri.
Mrs. Margery R. Barton, 48, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
January 8, 1969. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Miss Bar-
ton moved to St. Petersburg twelve years ago. Surviving her
are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keith E. Kelley, St. Petersburg,
Gaylord Stanley Briggs, 78, died January 20, 1969, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Briggs, a retired storekeeper for the
Panama Canal Zone, came to St. Petersburg seven years ago
He is survived by a brother, Willis, Miami, Florida.
Stonewall Jackson Bull, 65, died November 6, 1968, in Brad-
enton, Florida. Before his retirement, Mr. Bull worked as a
mechanical supervisor for the Panama Canal Locks. Survivors
include his wife, Harriet Viola Bull; a son, Major George M.
Bull, U.S. Air Force; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Bell Manning and
Mrs. Julia LaGrone, both of Norfolk, Virginia, and three grand-
Notification of the death of Mrs. J. H. Bornefeld, on July
20, 1968, in Houston, Texas, has been received from her daugh-
ter, Mrs. Glorida Bornefeld Wilson, Midland, Michigan.
Mr. Walter W. Carlson, a former employee of the Dredging
Division, Gamboa, Canal Zone, passed away on December 16,
1968, in Tampa, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Stella
Mrs. Josephine Colston, age 65, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
passed away January 15, 1969.
Mrs. Colston, who was born in France, came to St. Peters-
burg thirteen years ago from the Panama Canal Zone. She is
survived by her husband, Marshall A., St. Petersburg and one
sister, residing in France.
Merton A. Coburn, 80 years of age, who resided in Los Rios
with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Bris-
tol, died October 16, at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. Coburn worked for the Panama Canal's Mechanical
Division, Balboa, from 1929 until his retirement in 1960.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maria Julia Coburn and one
daughter, Mrs. Mary Bristol, both of Los Rios.
Mrs. Eva Cole, 76, passed away in St. Petersburg, Florida,
December 28, 1968. Mrs. Cole moved to St. Petersburg sixteen
years ago from Detroit, Michigan.
Survivors include three sons, Paul, of Fairborn, Ohio, John,
of Hudson, Massachusetts, and Charles, of Fuchu Air Station,
Japan; a sister, Mrs. Peg Kanners, Detroit, Michigan, and five
Mrs. Mary McAuliffe Hall, wife of the late Peter A. Hall, a
retired Canal Zone employee, passed away in San Diego, Cali-
fornia, December 15, 1968.
Mrs. Hall, who went to the Canal Zone in 1915, nursed at the
old Santo Tomas Hospital and worked at Dr. Herrick's Clinic in
Survivors are two daughters, Norine H. Kaufer of San Jose,
California and Jane H. Journey, of San Diego; three grandchil-
dren and fifteen great grandchildren.
Mr. Russell T. Hazzard, after a long illness, died October
28, 1968, in Vista, California. No other details available.
Funeral Rites were held in La Crosse, Wisconsin, December
6, 1968, for Oscar Johnson, retired Panama Canal general fore-
man lock operator, Locks Division, Pacific side, who died in
Gorgas Hospital, December 2.
After retirement, Mr. Johnson was manager of the Pedro
Miguel Boat Club, and he had resided at the Club. He is sur-
vived by two sisters and two brothers, all residents in the
William Keepers, 86, died January 15 in St. Petersburg,
Florida. Mr. Keepers, a retired electrician with the Panama
Canal Zone Company, with twenty years of service, was a vet-
eran of the Spanish-American War, World War I and II.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Pent Keepers; three
daughters, Mrs. C. N. Bohannon and Mrs. R. O. Simon, both of
St. Petersburg; Mrs. William Egger, Coco Solo, Canal Zone;
two sons, William C., Miami; Herman, Spartanburg, South Car-
olina; a brother, Harry Barnes, Three Rivers, Michigan; ten
grandchildren; six great grandchildren.
Rollin E. McConnell, 75, Red Hook, New York, died October
30, at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, New York. He
was a retired Civil Service employee of the Commissary Divi-
sion of the Panama Railroad in the Panama Canal Zone.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ruth Mills McConnell; two
daughters, Mrs. Murray Van Ness of Red Hook and Mrs. David
Whipple of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; four grandchildren; one sister,
Mrs. Merton Buyea of Hamilton.
Mr. W. S. McNeal III, husband of Helen Keene McNeal, died
December 15, 1968, in Atlanta, Georgia. He had been ill only a
Donald J. Hendrick, who retired in 1950 after serving 30
years in the United States Government Service (manager of the
Hotels Washington and Tivoli, Canal Zone), died December 19,
after a long illness, in New Haven, Connecticut.
From 1950 until 1960, Mr. Hendrick was employed by the
Guilford -Trust Company, Guilford, Connecticut.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lucia E. Hendrick, of
Guilford, Connecticut; two sons, Leslie L. of Guilford and Lt.
Comdr. Donald J. Jr., of Mobile, Alabama; a daughter, Mrs.
James H. Brown, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and nine grandchil-
Sgt. James Harness, formerly of Ancon, Canal Zone, was
killed in action in Viet Nam, on November 14, 1968, less than a
month after reaching the war zone from the United States.
Survivors include his wife and a daughter; his mother, Mrs.
Janet Harness Laschinger; a sister, Helen, and an uncle, Ray-
mond Nesbitt, of Diablo, Canal Zone.
News of the unexpected death of Captain George K. Hud-
gins. a retired Panama Canal pilot, has been received. Captain
Hudgins, who was 64 years old, retired in May, 1962, after 29
years' service with the Panama Canal.
Surviving Captain Hudgins are his wife, who resides in
Mathews, Virginia, where they have lived since his retirement,
and a son, George, Jr., an employee at Gatun Locks, and three
Joseph L. Hummer died December 28 at Gorgas Hospital
after a long illness.
His survivors include his widow, Ines; sons Robert, Joseph
and Tommie; daughters Joann Haugen, Bette Hemmenway and
Debbie Hummer, and six grandchildren. He is also survived by
his brother, Charles W. Hummer of St. Petersburg, Florida,
formerly of the Canal Zone.
Argus N. Mann, 77, brother of Greta E. Mann, of Braden-
ton, and Mrs. Grace Truitt, of Sanford, North Carolina, passed
away November 6 in Manatee Memorial Hospital. He has been
ill for a long time.
Mrs. Olena E. Neff, wife of J. K. Neff, died suddenly on
November 25, 1968, in Sacramento, California. Memorial ser-
vices were held at the Church of the Valley, Fair Oaks, Cali-
Joseph H. Norbury died December 25, 1968, in St. Peters-
burg, Florida, after a long illness. Mr. Norbury was-a retired
chief plumbing inspector for the Municipal Engineering Divi-
sion who, after twenty-five years of service, came to St. Peters-
He is survived by his wife, Florence, and a daughter, Mrs.
Joan F. Cosseboom of Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
Ralph H. Oliver, 85, passed away December 12, 1968, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Oliver, a retired architect, moved to
St. Petersburg thirteen years ago from Chicago.
He is survived by his brother, Chauncy of Hinsdale, Illinois.
Funeral services were held January 2, 1969, at the Bayview
Chapel, Berkeley, California, for Edward B. Pearson who died
December 30, 1968, in Oakland, California, at the age of 79.
Survivors are his wife, Marie Pearson, a son, Bradley
Pearson, and a brother, Walter Pearson.
James Stevens Engelke died very suddenly on Thanksgiving
Day in North Hollywood, California. He is survived by his wife,
Francis, and one daughter, Mrs. Eric Traub of Van Nuys, Cali-
fornia and one granddaughter.
Six days after the death of her husband, Mrs. Engelke was
called to Cleveland, Ohio, because of the death of her mother.
Mrs. Berkeley C. Mitten passed away on January 20, 1969,
in Baltimore, Maryland. She was 79 years of age. Mrs. Mitten,
the widow of Harry William Mitten, Sr., who was a Canal Zone
dentist for many years, was buried in Westminster, Maryland.
Survivors are her daughter, Mrs. Billie Mitten Hoy, Or-
lando, Florida; a son, Dr. Harry Mitten, Jr., Oakland, Cali-
fornia, five granddaughters and one great granddaughter.
John Henry Rhyne, a former resident of Margarita, died
December 23, in Whitney, Texas.
Mr. Rhyne was a resident of the Canal Zone from 1953 to
1961 during which time he made his home with his son-in-law
and daughter Lt. and Mrs. L. L. Largent of Margarita.
In addition to Mrs. Largent, he is survived by two sons,
Harvey G. Rhyne, Canal Zone Probation and Parole Officer;
and John H. Rhyne, Jr., of Seabrook, Texas; and another
daughter, Mrs. Elsie Combest of Waco, Texas.
Mrs. Lulu May Craig, mother of Samuel L. Craig, Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, passed away January 2, 1969, at Manor
Pines Nursing Home of Fort Lauderdale. Mrs. Craig had lived
briefly in Panama during the construction of the canal and was
the wife of Walter C. Craig of Balboa and former employee of
the Tivoli Hotel.
Survivors are a son, Samuel L. Craig, Fort Lauderdale,
with whom she had made her home for the past two and one-
half years; a daughter Margaret Jacobson, of Bellmore, Long
Island; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
Mr. Harry M. Brown, of Pompano Beach, Florida, father
of Mrs. Virginia Craig, Fort Lauderdale, died on December 14,
1968. Mr. Brown, together with his wife, Charlotte, had visited
the Isthmus on several occasions.
Edward Sydney Randolph, 78, died at his residence, on Oc-
tober 16, 1968, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Randolph was a
retired U.S. Government employee of the Panama Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Gifford Randolph, Bator
Rouge; a son Edward Sydney Randolph, Jr., Ft. Worth, Texas;
a daughter, Mrs. James H. Price, Chuquicamata, Chile; two
sisters, Mrs. Albert G. Cage, Superior, Wisconsin and Mrs. Carl
T. Linderholm, Silver Spring, Maryland.
Mr. William Rohrbach, age 68, died November 20, 1968, in
Maitland, Florida. Mr. Rohrbach, with over 39Y2 years of Civil
Service (10 years in Chicago and the balance in the Panama
Canal Zone), retired as Marine Superintendent for U.S. Army
Carib. Sector, Balboa, Canal Zone in 1957. He is survived by his
widow, Mathilda K. Rohrbach, of Maitland, Florida, and three
sisters, Mrs. Edward Pevitts, Sr., Miss Betty Rohrbach, both of
the Chicago area, and Mrs. George Disque, Ingleside, Illinois.
Christian S. Skeie, towing locomotive operator on the Paci-
fic Locks and a well-known resident of the Canal Zone, died
November 13, 1968, at Gorgas Hospital. Mr. Skeie had lived on
the Isthmus since he was two years old.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Henri Skeie, a public
health nurse; a daughter, Mrs. Selma Klipper, of Ancon; a son,
Christian S., Jr., of St. Petersburg, Florida; his father, Christ-
ian O. Skeie, La Boca, Canal Zone; and one grandson.
Following a long illness, Leslie M. Spencer, Systems Ac-
countant in the Office of the Comptroller and a well-known resi-
dent of the Canal Zone, died October 24, at the age of 54.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Edith Spencer of Balboa;
two daughters, Miss Janice Spencer of Balboa and Mrs. Valerie
A. Cronan, of Camp Lejune, North Carolina; a brother, Thomas
E. Spencer, Chief of the Claims Branch; his mother, Mrs.
Charles Spencer, of Boston, Massachusetts; and his mother-in-
law, Mrs. Jennie Brooks, who has made her home with Mr. and
Mrs. Spencer in Balboa.
James Francis Burgoon, 62, Kensington Park, Sarasota,
Florida, died January 22, 1969, in Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Cleanfield, Pennsylvania, and moved to
Sarasota in 1962 from the Panama Canal Zone where he had
lived for 55 years. He was a retired Civil Service employee.
Surviving are his wife, Jeanne C. Burgoon; a daughter,
Mrs. Raymond Timm, Hallandale; a son, Gregory Burgoon,
Sarasota, and a sister, Mrs. Marie Smith, Bloomington, Indi-
Lowell Coy Hostetler died suddenly August 9, 1968, at his
home in Boynton Beach, Florida. He is survived by his wife,
Mrs. Clarice (Dettor) Hostetler and two sons, Ronald and Alan.
Mr. Hostetler was principal of Lantana Junior High School,
John W. MacGillivray died September 24, 1968, at the age of
94 in Inglewood, California. A long-time resident of the Canal
Zone, Mr. MacGillivray was Manager of the Balboa Commis-
sary when he retired. After his retirement from the Canal Zone,
he was representative of Sears Roebuck and Company in the
Republic of Panama.
Mr. MacGillivray was born in Nova Scotia but became a
citizen of the United States as a young man and went to the
Zone in the early days. Here, he met and married Mary Flem-
ing, one of the early school teachers in the Canal Zone; she first
taught in Paraiso. She died in 1964.
Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Mary Keene; a granddaugh-
ter, Kathleen Keene, and a grandson, Terence Keene.
Captain C. W. Stewart, retired Inspector, Fire Division,
Canal Zone, died January 15, 1969, in the V.A. Hospital in Dal-
Funeral services and interment were held at Waxahachie,
He is survived by his wife, Bernadine, and a son, T. N.
Capt. Henry B. Majilton, 77, who came to St. Petersburg
twenty years ago from Catskill, New York, passed away on
January 4, 1969.
Capt. Majilton was a retired pilot on the Panama Canal
Zone. He also helped in the construction of the Canal.
He is survived by his wife Bess; one son, Dr. Edward A.
Majilton, Miami, Florida; two sisters, Mrs. Marion Harrold,
Memphis Tennessee and Mrs. Rose M. Hubbard, Madeira
Beach, Florida; and three grandchildren.
Dr. William W. Braithwaite, Corona Del Mar, California,
died October 26, 1968, at the age of 86 in his home. He went to
the Isthmus in 1913 and served as District Physician of both
Cristobal and Balboa, and as Assistant Chief of Medical Clinic
of the old Ancon Hospital. He left the Zone in 1926 and settled
Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Gladys Braithwaite, a former
language teacher in Balboa High School; a son, William, Jr., of
Beverly Hills, California.
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Taylor, wife of Albert L. Taylor, died in
Punta Gorda Hospital on December 11, 1968.
Mr. Taylor was employed with the Navigation Division in
Balboa until August, 1959, when he retired and with his wife
settled in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by her husband, a son in Danbury,
Connecticut, and two sisters living in New York and New Jer-
Funeral services for James C. Treakle, 85, who passed away
December 24, 1968, were held at the Palms Memorial in St.
Petersburg on December 27. Mr. Treakle came to St. Peters-
burg twenty-four years ago from the Canal Zone. Survivors in-
clude a sister, Mrs. O. H. Eure, of Norfolk, Virginia, and a
brother, K. M. Treakle also of Norfolk.
Mrs. Anna Ferguson, 79, widow of the late Capt. Leo Fer-
guson, died November 27, 1968, in Coco Solo Hospital.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Joe Corrigan and
Mrs. Bud McIlhone.
Mrs. Robert Wervey (Marjorie Hallett) passed away De-
cember 3, 1968, in Alliance, Ohio. Mrs. Wervey was born in An-
con Hospital on December 29, 1916, the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. L. Forest Hallett, Sr.
Survivors are her husband, Robert J. Wervey, two sons,
Peter Wervey of Sebring, Ohio, and Carl Wervey of the home
address; a daughter, Miss Barbara Ann Wervey of the home
address; and her mother, Mrs. Ida Hallett, of Quincy, Massa-
Mrs. Edna Olcott Wilson, of Balboa, Canal Zone, who was
employed as a counselor at the Curundu Junior High School,
died at Gorgas Hospital on October 24, 1968, after a long illness.
She went to the Isthmus in 1953 and had been with the Canal
Zone Division of Schools since that time.
She is survived by one son, Duke Wilson, who is attending
Texas Christian University at Fort Worth, Texas. She is also
survived by her father and by five brothers who reside in the
Mrs. Helen A. Evans, widow of Leslie R. Evans, former
Chief of the Panama Canal's License Section, died in Buhler,
Kansas, October 24, 1968.
Mrs. Evans began her Canal service January 9, 1942, as a
clerk stenographer in the former Correspondence Bureau. She
resigned from her work in the Office of the General Counsel in
She is survived by two sons, John and Paul Evans.
Arthur J. Farrell, 71, a former resident of Balboa and a re-
tired Panama Canal employee, died December 26, 1968, in Co-
lumbus, Georgia, where he had made his home for the past
Mr. Farrell spent most of his life in the Canal Zone. He re-
tired in 1953 from the Panama Canal Motor Transportation Di-
vision as an automotive engineer.
He is survived by one son, Arthur W. Farrell, of Balboa,
Canal Zone; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Collins, of Clearwater,
Florida, and Mrs. Ruth Burmester, of Columbus, Georgia, and
by two grandchildren.
Belated news of the death of Ovo Kelsey Worley on March
31, 1968, in Austin, Texas, has been received.
Mr. Worley was employed with the former Municipal En-
gineering Division at Gatun from 1940 to 1943; he then worked
several years for the U.S. Navy and was reemployed by the
Canal Organization in 1950. After he retired from service in
1960, he lived in Austin, Texas.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary E. Worley, of Aus-
tin, and a brother, E. S. Worley, of Mercedes, Texas.
A Panama-born architect, Ralph K. Zimmerman died sud-
denly November 27, 1968, in Piedmont, California. He was 42
Mr. Zimmerman attended the National Institute and the
Canal Zone College.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Zimmerman; his
mother, Mrs. Beatriz Moscoso Zimmerman, of Panama City;
two brothers, Paul H. Zimmerman, of Margarita, and William
H. Zimmerman, of Panama City; and a sister, Mrs. W. K. Bell,
of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Mrs. Verna D. Zane, wife of Colonel Robert R. Zane, died in
Hollywood, Florida, on January 4, 1969, following a long illness.
Prior to her marriage to Colonel Zane, Miss Darone was a
member of the Nursing Staff of Gorgas Hospital, Canal Zone.
Entombment was in Hollywood Memorial Gardens Ceme-
tery. She is survived by her husband; a sister, Mrs. Mary P.
Small, York, Pennsylvania; a step-daughter, Mrs. Henry J.
Richter, Oxon Hill, Maryland, and four grandchildren.
Albert V. McGeachy, Editor Emeritus of The Star & Herald
and dean of Panamanian newspapermen, died in Gorgas Hos-
pital, November 17.
Born in Panama City, he became a self-taught journalist.
During what he himself recalled as a wild youth, he went to
work in La Boca, during Canal construction days. A friend en-
couraged him to apply for a job with The Star & Herald, which
was in need of an English-speaking cable writer. Within a few
years he had mastered the profession, and he became editor, a
post he was to hold with honor and distinction for 35 years.
In recognition of his contribution, through his editorials, to
hemisphere understanding-principally in the field of relations
between the United States and its neighbors-he was awarded
in 1944 the Maria Moors Cabot prize by Columbia University.
Surviving Mr. McGeachy are his wife, Mrs. Isabel Mc-
Geachy; a son, Guillermo McGeachy, and two daughters, Mrs.
Esther Smith, of Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Hilda Coleman,
Margarita, and nine grandchildren.
Max Boggs, retired refrigeration engineer, formerly em-
ployed at Mount Hope, died at Gorgas Hospital on January 22,
1969. He was 78 years old.
Mr. Boggs was employed by the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion in 1910 as an iron worker. He was transferred to the Canal
organization in 1914 and spent most of his service with the for-
mer Commissary Division on the Atlantic Side. He retired in
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Zona Dowell and
Mrs. Anita Collins of Coco Solo and Mrs. Stella De Marr, of Ar-
lington, Virginia; 11 grandchildren and one great granddaugh-
News has been received of the death of Raymond A. Fuller,
75, on January 24, 1969, in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Fuller was em-
ployed in the Mechanical Division of The Panama Canal about
1912 to 1915.
John Powell, a former resident of Balboa and employee of
the Panama Canal Engineering Division, died January 3 in
Coco Beach, Florida. He was 59 years old.
He is survived by a son, James S. Powell, of Sarasota, Flor-
ida,and three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. George Engelke,
of Bentonville, Arkansas and Mrs. John Glancy, of San Diego,
California; and two brothers, Arnold Powell of Portland, Ore-
gon and Bronson Powell of Santa Rosa, California.
Pinckney G. Hogan, former wireman employed by the Pan-
ama Canal Electrcial Division, died December 25, 1968, in a
hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.
Surviving him are his widow Mrs. Mamie hogan, who was
employed by the Accounting Division; and a daughter, Mrs.
Gay Barton, of Dallas, Texas.
Vernon F. Kepford, Jr., retired employee of the Storehouse
Division of the Supply and Community Service Bureau, died in
Gorgas Hospital January 8 following a long illness. He was 42
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Gladys Keprord and his
daughter Lea, of Panama City. Also surviving are his mother,
Mrs. Dorothy Kepford, of Rantaul, Illinois and three sisters, all
living in the United States.
Robert M. Bright, a retired employee of the Supply Divi-
sion. Balboa, died January 25 at Coco Solo Hospital.
He is survived by his widow, Adamary, of France Field.
and his mother, Mrs. Wilbur Dace of Odin, Illinois.
Mrs. Kathryn Johnson died December 25th in the Canal
Zone. Her husband, Jack Johnson, passed away on February 2,
1969, also in the Canal Zone.
Survivors are a son, Jack Johnson and grandson, of San
Jose, California; a daughter, Lois Johnson Alexander, and
three children of the Canal Zone.
Meade Bolton, retired chief architect of the Panama Cani,
recently died in Pasadena, California.
Mr. Bolton went to the Panama Canal Zone in 1917, and
with the exception of two years in service during World War I,
he resided in the Zone until his retirement in 1950. He designed
many well-known buildings in the Canal Zone and in Panama,
i.e., the Scottish Rite Temple, St. Luke's Cathedral, the British
Legation in Panama, and many schools, hospitals, theatres, etc.
Mr. Bolton is survived by his wife Helen; a brother, Theo-
dore Bolton, Coconut Grove, Florida; and a sister, Mrs. Harlan
Manchester, of New York.
Lawrence W. Hennen, age 85, passed away February 14,
1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Hennen came to St. Peters-
burg sixteen years ago from the Panama Canal Zone, where
he had been employed with the Locks Division.
Survivors are his widow, Elizabeth Hennen and two sisters,
Miss Minnie Hennen, Cumberland, Maryland, and Mrs. Mary
Louise Bryant, Detroit, Michigan.
Mrs. W. H. Peterson died at her home in Santa Ana, Cali-
fornia, on January 29, 1969. Survivors are her husband, Capt.
W. H. Peterson, a pilot on the Canal prior to his retirement;
and two sons, Clarence, of Hollywood, California, and Sidney,
a Panama Canal pilot.
Two Canal Zone outstanding swimming figures, Eddie
Wood and Edna Wilson, were honored at the Annual Thanks-
giving meet in Balboa.
The Eddie Wood trophy for the outstanding boy swimmer
was presented by Mrs. John C. Fawcett, a niece of Mr. Wood.
Mrs. David A. Speir presented the Trophy for the outstanding
girl swimmer, Edna O. Wilson.
Eddie Wood (1913-1963) was one of the great swimmers
from the Canal Zone in the late thirties. He competed in the
Olympic qualifying meets in the United States, but an unfortu-
nate injury kept him from participating in the Olympic Games.
Mrs. Wilson, who passed away recently gave years of tire-
less work with the young swimmers of the Canal Zone. She orig-
inated Balboa Pool's present swim team, the Barracudas. As
teacher, official, and friend she was instrumental in shaping the
lives of thousands of Canal Zone youngsters.
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
This is written on the 21st day of January of the new year
1969 A.D. Like millions of others, we viewed on T.V. the inaugu-
raation of a new President of the United States of America.
There is new Hope in our hearts and with new Ideas, a renewed
Faith, new Strength, and Courage to go "Forward Together"
that we may bring Peace to the World. We can, if we measure
our actions and reactions by the Golden Rule-Leaders and fol-
When you read this, the lovely colors of spring will be visi-
ble. Meanwhile, we content ourselves and find beauty in the
grey skies (the sun is shining up yonder), the trees, bare of
leaves, revealing their shape and sturdiness to carry next sum-
mer's glory; the yellowed grass making a lovely carpet as we
gaze across the fields to the distant hills, clothed in purple haze.
This, dear reader, is Tranquil Acres.
We appreciate the many Christmas Cards received-a little
disappointed when they just had your name, but delighted when
we found a note or letter and sometimes a picture. Our Holiday
season was a Joyous one. I sensed a feeling of quiet Joy as I
gathered the news, accompanied by Bob and Virginia Hursh; in
the home of the new President of our Society, Herbert Engelke
of Bentonville, we were served good, hot coffee and delicious
dainties by the First Lady, gracious Alice Engelke. They were
hosts on Christmas Eve to the Engelke Clan living in Benton-
ville, composed of George and Edith, Robert and Connie, and
the fast growing Herbie.
Helen and Carl Newhard, Sr. and Helen and Carl Newhard,
Jr. had Christmas dinner with brother Fred and Jessie New-
hard and their visitors, Lt. Cdr. and Mrs. Andrew Bleakley, Jr.,
(Carol Newhard) and young sons, Andrew and David, who spent
ten days with them while enroute to their new assignment in
The Old Year was given a gentle shove into history and a
toast to welcome the New Year, followed by a buffet supper,
was enjoyed in the home of Carl and Helen Newhard, Sr. and
shared with Fred and Jessie Newhard, Glynn and Etta Faye
Terrell, and other friends.
We are happy to report that Earnest Williams is the newly
elected President of Benton County Chapter No. 493, of NARCE
and Carl Newhard is Secretary-Treasurer. All retirees should be
members of the one and only Organization that works for their
benefit. Earnest looks wonderfully young after almost twenty
years of Retirement. Activities in Church, Civic, Club, and So-
cial affairs claims the interest of many. Etta Faye is Secretary
of Qui Vive Club and the local Extension Homemaker's Club.
We admired the Shillcraft rug depicting the Panama Canal Seal
made by Herbert Engelke, Sr. and given to Herbert, Jr. for
Christmas. We learned that Carl Newhard made a similar rug.
We missed seeing George and Edith Engelke. They were
busy with grandsons, Michael and Benjamin, as their son Paul
and his wife Jan are dividing their time taking care of Jan's
ailing parents in Forest City and Paul's work in Siloam Springs.
They reported that Mr. and Mrs. Eric Fagerberg of Tampa
stopped to see them on their way home from Christmas in Kan-
The Carl Newhards enjoyed a visit from Dorothy and Bruce
Sanders, Jr., of Balboa, Canal Zone, in November, who just be-
fore Christmas visited the Joe Gwinns in Springfield, Missouri.
They found that Joe is a patient in St. Johns Hospital. We are
all pulling for you, Joe!
In November, Andrea Terrell toured Mexico and, like all
tourists, returned home to relax and enjoy home cooking. At
this time, Mr. and Mrs. Glynn L. Terrell of Bentonville an-
nounced the engagement of their daughter, Andrea Faye, to
Paul Hilton Oliver, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hilton Oliver,
Sr., of New Orleans, Louisiana. The bride-elect was born in Ah-
con, Canal Zone, and is a graduate of Cristobal High School and
Northwestern State College of Louisiana. Miss Terrell is on the
nursing staff of Ochsners Foundation Hospital in New Orleans.
Mr. Oliver is employed by the Louisiana State Highway Depart-
ment. The wedding will be solemnized at the Mulholland Me-
moral Methodist Church in Metairie, Louisiana, on March 14.
From Springdale, Harry and Lee Butz send the following
interesting news: Peter Butz is engaged to Janice Beck of Ant-
lers, Oklahoma-announced on Christmas Day. There are no
immediate plans for the wedding as they both intend finishing
their education at Oklahoma State Tech first. Harry Butz, Jr.
and Judy will visit us on January 19th for a week. They are re-
turning from a visit to Harry's grandparents in the Volcan Pan-
ama, having flown from Reno, Nevado, where they live. The
Bruce Sanders, Jr. hosted them during their stay on the Zone
with Mr. and Mrs. James Hagen, showing them around on the
Atlantic side where Harry spent most of his childhood. Glenn
and Jo Conklin took a short hop of ten days or so to visit the
Florida reunion, visiting many interesting places enroute. Car-
rie who has had a long siege of illness, is recuperating slowly
and company is appreciated.
We have seven former Canal Zone residents living in Fay-
etteville. For the Holidays each family was busy being visited
or going visiting. Walter and Martha Reif went over to Okla-
homa City to enjoy the Holidays with their son and family Wal-
ter, Arda and grandsons, Walter and Randy Reif, ages 11 and 8
respectively. Ruth Daniel spent a Joyous Christmas with her
step-son, Robert E. Daniel and family in Big Spring, Texas.
Ruth is loved as "Grandma Ruth" by the four Daniel children
ranging in age from two months to fifteen years.
The rest of us stayed home. The home of Robert and Vir-
ginia Hursh, always a pleasure to visit because of unusual de-
cor, was beautiful both inside and outside with lights and the
symbols of the real meaning of Christmas-now, almost for-
gotten by the casual people of our country. The Burtons, known
to us as Mike and Minnie-better known on the Zone as Burt
and Minnie-had a lively Christmas. Minnie's daughter, Judy
Crooks Daily, husband Charles and two lively youngsters were
here for several days. Frank Finlayson came up from the Uni-
versity of Miami, Florida, enroute to see his brother Jack Fin-
layson i nWichita, Kansas. He stopped at the Burtons to thaw
out; then accompanied by Mike Burton, Jr., they continued on
to see Jack who is an Aereonautical Engineer. The Burtons
went to Covington, Georgia to watch on T.V. the football game
being played by Arkansas and Georgia in the Sugar Bowl in
New Orleans. Mike, Jr., is a student at the University of Arkan-
sas and a cousin living in Covington is a student in Georgia.
Was it fun? You picture the scene and guess.
It is always exciting in the Higgins hospitable home on
Round Mountain. Their daughter, Tricia Higgins Canderday,
with husband Charles and their bouncing two-year-old daughter
Tina of Atlanta, Georgia, brought Joy at Christmas time. The
house is always filled with folks of all ages for Grandma Higgins
is part of Ed and Mildred's home. As many as sixteen are often
seated at the large oak table that was a wedding gift to Ed's
Grandmother. Their oldest daughter, Sherry Higgins Downing
and husband of Sewell, New Jersey, welcomed their sixth child,
Richard Dvan Downing on the 23rd of January, 1969. By the
time you read this, their youngest daughter, Linda, will be Mrs.
Roger Tisdale. Roger recently returned from serving four years
in Vietnam. They will be settled on Roger's 165-acre Ranch not
far from Round Mountain in the Community known as Tisdale
On Christmas Eve, Heinie and Theo Hallin, assisted by
daughter Elizabeth, held a happy Homecoming Party for their
son, 2nd Lt. David Hallin, home for the Holidays. David is sta-
tioned near Pensacola, Florida. David, who left in June, is a
recent University graduate, and a newly commissioned officer
in the Marine Corp. Now he is a Pilot and a seasoned Marine
officer. As a member of the Naval Air Base Training Command
Choir, he has traveled far and wide and high, having just re-
turned from a trip to Iceland. David possesses a pleasing Bass
voice and enjoys group singing. Among the guests were the
Newell Shaws and their house guests, Brig. Gen. and Mrs.
James A. Wier (Alice Ray) and their daughter Linda. The
Wiers arrived on Sunday, the 22nd of December. We all had a
happy time doing last minute shopping, visiting friends and
Gen. Jim even found the time to give a talk on Pioneer Doctors
to our Community Adult Center. We wished them "A Merry
Christmas and God Speed" as they left at 6:20 a.m., Christmnas
Day for Louisville, Kentucky to visit with Jim's Mother.
We did not see but we talked with Peggy Ellis of Houston
when she came up in November to be with her recently be-
reaved 90-year-old brother-in-law. Mina Mock of Prairie Grove
has gone on an indeifnite vacation to visit relatives and friends
which may include the East Coast, the West Coast and Iowa. the
old Home State.
President Herbert Engelke wishes me to remind y'all of our
annual Picnic to be held on Sunday, June 15th, in Agri Park on
Highway 112 just west of Fayetteville. When you plan your va-
cation trips East or West, stop by and enjoy good fellowship for
"Old Time's Sake."
Blanche E. Shaw
NEWS FROM LOS ANGELES
Como Esta Usted-We of the Los Angeles group must all be
concerned only with our weather-or the flu! NEWS from our
members has really been quite scarce. I only wish I had another
"Queen Mary story" to relate. However, on December 9, 1968,
my husband, Hank, and I did attend the first reunion of those
who made the trip from Southhampton around Cape Horn to
Long Beach. The reunion was a lovely dinner at the Lafayette
Hotel in Long Beach. It is hoped that our reunion next year will
be held on board the Queen-if she is ready by then.
Larry Ridge has been on the "sick list" for the past several
months because of a bout with the Hong Kong flu and his diabe-
tes acting up. He was in Daniel Freeman Hospital from Decem-
ber 17th to January 13th and now is at the Playa del Rey Conva-
lescent Hospital, 7716 Manchester Boulevard, Playa del Ray,
Our thanks to Archie French for keeping us in mind for any
news of former Panama Canal employees. His note brought this
news which I'm sure will be well covered in the "Record."
However, it is well worth any duplications-so here it is.
"On January 21st, a former Zonian and teacher will be cel-
ebrating her one hundred and first (101) birthday-Mrs. Dove
Prather, one of the most beloved teachers in the Canal Zone
Schools. I do believe there are many in the Los Angeles Panama
Canal Society who were students of Mrs. Prather. Have written
the Canal Zone Schools and have heard from them-a story
about her will be in one of the "Spillways." Mrs. Prather now
lives in Portland, Oregon, and her address is: 1517 N.E. Han-
cock Street, Portland, Oregon 97212."
I know many of her former students all have some special
fond memories of Mrs. Prather-one I can vividly remember
was when I was in her Fourth grade class in what was then
called the "annex"-that old wooden building that had been the
"K of C Hall" right next door to the old wooden Post Office on
Balboa Road. (You have to be an old timer to follw THAT des-
cription). Well, our class had a school garden on the side of the
building and Mrs. Prather had us raise Green Peppers. When
we harvested our crop, she selected the three most beautiful
biggest ones, polished them all up and sent a committee of stu..
dents-I was one-to take and present the Green Peppers to
Mrs. Ben Williams. I'll always remember that important event
of Mrs. Prather's class.
Mr. Leo A. Ortman passed away on December 2, 1968. Mr.
Ortman had worked on the Canal from 1912 to 1915 as a Machin-
ist in the Marine Division at Paraiso. In 1915, he came to Los
Angeles and has made this his home. He is survived by his wife
who resides at 2850 East 6th Street, Los Angeles 90023.
Our next meeting wil Ibe the Annual Luncheon and Election
of Officers to be held in March, 1969-hope to see many attend
VIRGINIA RIDGE DOLIM, Secretary
9580 La Tijera Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045 Area Code 213, 670-3031
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
Mrs. Cicely Knibb Allen, 4221 Coliseum Street, New Orleans,
writes that she keeps busy cooking foreign food for Southerners
and really enjoys it. Her Sunday School class gave her a nice
Christmas check which she applied with other monetary gifts
toward the purchase of a new Coppertone stove. She lost her
only sister, who lived in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada,
only five days before Christmas. Mrs. Allen had not seen her
sister in twenty years and is now the only one of her original
Mrs. Ronald Arabie, 2312 Rose Drive, Gretna, the former
Yvonne Morales of Margarita, writes that her son, Ronald Jo-
seph, Jr., born December 18, already weights 9 Ibs., 2 oz., and
is 21 Y" tall. Her daughter, Lorna Marie, was four years old on
January 29. Yvonne is a licensed beautician but had to give it
up for awhile and does plan to set up her own business as soon
as she and Ronald buy their new home. Ronald is a mechanic
at Helbe's Bakery in Gretna. He got his honorable discharge
from the Army National Guard last June following two active
and four reserve years. Yvonne's brother, Ralph A. Morales,
Jr., from Missouri Southern and her sister, Edna Snyder with
her six-month's-old son from Texas, spent the Christmas holi-
days in Gretna with the Arabies.
Franz G. Berg, Route 2, Box 232, Plaquemine, has just fin-
ished his first semester at Louisiana State University in Baton
Rouge. Franz is a transfer student from the Canal Zone College
and is now classified as a junior in the College of Business Ad-
ministration. Franz travelled to the United States up the Inter-
American Highway in a Volkswagen. Before registering for the
fall semester last year, he visited friends and relatives in Min-
nesota, North Dakota, Kentucky and Winnipeg, Canada. Over
Easter vacation he will drive up to Elgin, North Dakota, to
serve as best man at his brother's wedding on April 7. His bro-
ther, Carl, is a second lieutenant in the Air Force. The bride is
Patricia Bartels of Elgin, a medical technologist. The newly
weds plan a honeymoon trip to Puerto Rico with a tentative
side-trip to the Canal Zone to visit Carl's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Curtis L. Berg of Cocoli.
Richard G. and Via Mae Dinkgreve, 5105 Elmwood Park-
way, Metairie, write of enjoying a delightful visit early in De-
cember from Robert Daniels and his mother, Lista. They were
on a sightseeing weekend trip to New Orleans. Richard and Bob
worked together in the Electrical Division for many years. Bob
is now working for the electric power company in Dallas.
Shortly after Christmas, Del Swafford paid the Dinkgreves a
visit and he and Richard sampled the night life the famous New
Orleans French Quarter has to offer. The next day, Richard
took Del to the ship where he met several people the Dinkgreves
had known on the Zone. One was Richard's ex-office worker,
Mary Nell Sanders, and her husband, Milton (John). The Dink-
greves also recently enjoyed a telephone visit with Mary Gus-
sick, who was on her way back to school in St. Louis. Mary's
father was the Lutheran Church pastor in the Canal Zone and
is now located in Guatemala. At an in-between-plane visit at
New Orleans International, the Dinkgreves enjoyed chatting
with the present pastor of the Lutheran Church, Reverend Carl
Bretscher. They also had their semi-annual visit from George
and Edna Wertz, who, with Don and Gladys Brayton ,are now
on their way to the Canal Zone via the Inter-American High-
Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilder, 5923 Freret Street, New Orle-
ans, spent two weeks with Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Brady in Houston
at Christmas and planned on visiting Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Gor-
don in Belvedere, California, for the month of February, which
means that they will miss the fabulous Mardi Gras in their
Mrs. Mattie B. Harris, 2535 Esplanade Avenue, New Orle-
ans, writes that her daughter and son-in-law and their three
children who live in California spent Christmas in New Orleans
with Mrs. Harris last year. Shortly after Christmas, Emily, the
older girl, and her father left New Orleans to join Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Cole for a tour of Europe. Mrs. Harris recently had a
card from Emily who was then in Norway, on a skiing trip.
Carol, Mrs. Harris' daughter, and the other two children, Sally
and John Glenn, left New Orleans in time to go back to school
Mrs. Edward G. (Vivian) Haydel, 4917 Kent Avenue, Metai-
rie, writes that her son, Francis, and his wife, the former Jean
Saarinen, both graduates of Balboa High School, are now living,
with their four children, in Memphis, Tennessee, where Francis
is the district sales manager for Allstate Insurance. Francis
brought his family to New Orleans over the Christmas holidays
for a much enjoyed visit. Also living in New Orleans is another
son, Norman Haydel, who, like his brother, graduated from Bal-
boa High School, as well as Louisiaan State University in Baton
Rouge. Norman is married and has five children, including
twin boys. He works as an engineer for the Corps of Engineers.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Haydel have enjoyed visits recently from
Mrs. Maybelle Clemmons of Balboa, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred J.
Waldorf of Los Rios, Mr. Paul Saarinen and Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam R. Carlins, Jr., of La Boca. They saw the Waldorfs off on
the Panama Line and met many old friends on board. They plan
to make a trip to the Canal Zone later this year.
Mr. and Mrs. Blance C. Iverson, 3650 Nicholson Drive, Apt.
2159, Baton Rouge, enjoyed a two-day visit with Mr. and Mrs.
Jack Gregory and their children, Jackie and Allen, over Christ-
mas. The Gregorys were on their way back to the Canal Zone
where Jack works for the Police Division. He had taken a year's
leave of absence to attend Florida State in Tallahassee.
Mrs. Herbert J. Joubert, Jr., 10215 Oliphant Road, Baton
Rouge, the former Joyce Dugas, writes that she and her hus-
band spent two weeks in Dallas recently while Herb attended
specialized training at the Outboard Marine Corporation. The
trip was mostly business, but they were able to get away long
enough to enjoy trips to Six Flags Over Texas, the Ice Capades
and the Texas State Fair. Joyce's brother, Leroy Dugas, of
10012 Bunting Drive, Baton Rouge, attended a special session of
IBM training recently in Endicott, New York. He and his family
drove up and, on the return trip, visited with Leroy's brother,
Norman, in Annapolis, Maryland.
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Kendrick, Jr., 2217 Lyndel Drive,
Chalmette, and daughter, Kim, thoroughly enjoyed a recent
visit to the Canal Zone. Mrs. Kendrick is the former Beverly
George, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis H. George of Gatun.
While on the Zone, they were honored at a welcome-home din-
ner and party given for them by the Robert Hummers of Los
Rios. It marked the first time that many of Bev's Canal Zone
school chums had met her husband, Bill. Mr. George treated
the Kendricks to four wonderful days of fishing at Las Perlas.
They also ran into Bev's Uncle Bob Arnold, who was spending
a week's vacation on the Zone and who had only arrived fol-
lowing a hijacking side-trip to Cuba via National Airlines. They
returned to the States with Bev's parents aboard the Cristobal.
The Georges spent Christmas with their son, Daniel H. George,
and his family in Decatur, Alabama, and New Year's with
Helen and her husband in Wyoming. They also visited for a
week with Carol and her family in Delaware. While the Georges
were in Chalmette, Bev drove them over to Fairhope, Alabama,
at the invitation of Bob Arnold, to look for a prospective re-
tirement home. No absolute decision was reached, but pros-
pects seemed inviting. The Georges returned to the Canal Zone
on January 10 for their last two-year hitch before retiring.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Mallahan, 6970 Canal Boulevard,
New Orleans, are happy to report that they are now settled in
an apartment just a few blocks from Lake Pontchartrain. Since
they lived in New Orleans for several years before moving to
the Canal Zone in 1956, they are enjoying renewing old acquain-
tances as well as making new friends. Mrs. Mallahan says that
one of the nicest things about living in New Orleans is that
many Zone friends come through town on their State-side visits
and they have the pleasure of seeing them. Their three sons
remained in Texas (where the Mallahans lived after first leaving
the Zone) and will continue to attend their respective univer-
sities there. The twins, Richard and Robert, are sophomores at
Texas A&M, while Donald attends Lamar Tech in Beaumont.
Their daughter, Melinda, who graduated from Balboa High
School, was married last year at the Duke University Chapel,
from which university both she and her husband graduated.
Her husband, David J. Hunt, is now undergoing the rigors of
officer training at Lakland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and
Melinda plans to join him when he receives his commission.
Mr. Mallahan is very happy and very busy with his new duties
as Principal Surveyor for the New Orleans office of the Ameri-
can Bureau of Shipping. Mrs. Mallahan is a hard-working stu-
dent at Lousiana State University in New Orleans, hoping, she
says, to graduate before she reaches retirement age. Mr. and
Mrs. Mallahan would be so happy to see or hear from any of
their friends when they come to, or go through New Orleans.
Mr. George E. Marcuse, honorary vice consul, Republic of
Panama, and president of The Radio Center, Inc., located at
2601 South Claiborne Avenue, New Orleans, enjoyed recent
visits from Mr. and Mrs. Irl Sanders, Jr., of Margarita, and
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dade of Coco Solo, whose daughter,
Desha, is a freshman at Louisiana State University in Baton
Rouge. Mr. Marcuse regularly gets letters from old friends
and acquaintances in the Canal Zone requesting parts for elec-
trical appliances including motors, thermostats, washers and
refrigerators. Of course he is always happy to furnish prices
before taking orders. His store is only five minutes by cab from
the downtown area of New Orleans and bus service from St.
Charles and Canal carries visitors right to and from his front
door. One service of interest to many grateful Zonians is that
he will readily cash personal and government checks for Zon-
ians even if no purchase is made. Mel Permutt is the store
manager. Another thoughtful gesture on Mr. Marcuse's part
is that, if The Radio Center does not have a particular part,
the store personnel will happily tell the customer where to get
it. In 1955, Mr. Marcuse was made an honorary vice consul to
the Republic of Panama because of his many kindly deeds for
citizens of that country as well as Zonians. The Radio Center
is right on the way to Ochsner's Clinic and Hospital and Mr.
Marcuse has even assisted Zonians in having tests run and
getting reservations at the Brent House. On April 1 (his dau-
ghter's birthday) he plans to open another new appliance store
at 3815 Veteran's Highway, New Orleans, where he will handle
all the latest electrical appliances in 15,000 square feet of space.
It will be the largest store of its type in the United States and
will feature a domed roof similar to the AstroDome in Dallas.
MARDI GRAS "THE GREATEST FREE SHOW ON
EARTH" IS EARLY THIS YEAR. FEBRUARY 18 IS THE
DAY. YA'LL COME!!
Patt Foster Roberson, Lousiana Reporter
NEWS FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Our society held a business and social meeting on January
19, 1969, at The Sailboat Club, Lake Merritt, Oakland. Elected
as officers for 1969 were:
Norman E. Rocker President
Phillip Thornton Vice President
Mary Birnbaumer Secretary-Treasurer
Celeste Powell Reporter
In spite of the heavy rains, floods and the flu, 38 attended
the get-to-gether. Ben and Esther Armstrong, our newly wed
couple, were given a round of congratulations. Ben worked in
the Canal Zone from 1910 to 1928 and was employed in the club-
Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Neville, of Los Altos, left in Novem-
ber for an extended trip. They spent Thanksgiving with their
daughter, Mrs. Donald Best (Bobbie) and her family in Phoe-
nix, Arizona. Driving on to New Orleans, they sailed on the
Cristobal for the Canal Zone to spent the Christmas holidays
with their other daughter, Mrs. John Fawcett (Beverly) and
family. They returned to New Orleans in January and proceed-
ed to St. Petersburg, Florida, for a visit with Mrs. Neville's
brother, William Wood and Mrs. Wood and numerous frienrs.
Their sister, Anita Wood Jones, joined them there. The Nevilles
returned home in February via Phoenix.
Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilder spent the month of February
with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gor-
don in Belvedere, California.
Mr. and Mrs. C. O. Kelly, formerly with Payne & Ward-
low, are spending a prolonged vacation in the West Indies, Ca-
nal Zone, and will be visiting the Phil Thorntons in Mill Valley
in March. The Kellys live in Sussex, Engand.
Mrs. Barbara (Evans) O'Shaughnessy, of Washington, D.C.,
had a brief visit in December with Harold and Ruth Duncan.
From San Francisco, she went to Greeley, Colorado, to visit
her parents, Jack and Lillian Evans and sister and brother-in-
law, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Harrington. Barbara also stopped
over in Urbana, Illinois to visit her son and his wife, Mr. and
Mrs. Harvey Parker and new grandson, Neil Parker.
Mrs. Merrill H. Judd, of Los Altos, spent the holiday sea-
son in the Holy Land, returning on New Year's Day.
Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson (Eleanor Fitzgerald), form-
erly of San Francisco, are now residing in Sydney, Australia
where George has accepted a position with an American firm
for three years. Eleanor writes that Christmas in the land of
"down under" was hot and humid like the Canal Zone.
Dr. and Mrs. David Basque, of Torrance, California, after
attending a Doctors' convention in San Francisco were the
guests of Mr. and Mrs. William Black of Santa Rosa. Myrtle
and Bill spent the Cristmas holidays with their son Billy and
family in San Jose, California.
Sara and Verne Mitchell have sold their home in Oakland
and are now living in Sunnyvale near their daughters. Verne
has not been very well and just recently had an emergency
operation for appendicitis. He is now in the Cuesta Grant Con-
valescent home in Mountain View.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bryan, Jr. (Clare Haines) and two
children of Pacifica flew to Baltimore to spend Thanksgiving
with Clare's mother.
Frank and Alice Bryan, of Santa Rosa, with their daughter,
Peggy Bryan Anderson, took a tour of California during Thanks-
giving week. Among the places they visited, was Death Valley
with a tour of Scotty's Castle. They spent the Christmas holi-
days with their son Frankie and family in Pacifica. Mrs. Glenn
Cramer, of Los Rios, Canal Zone, was a welcome guest of the
Bryans for a few days in January.
Mr. and Mrs. Bronson Powell of Santa Rosa have been busy,
too. We enjoyed a three-weeks visit from Mr. and Mrs. R. C.
Arndt (Joan Powell) and three children of Wallingford, Connec-
ticut, last August. Part of the time was spent in Glendale visit-
ing Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Fulton (Celeste Powell) and two child-
ren. This was the first time Joan and Celeste had been together
in fourteen years. The Powells flew to Ochos Rios, Jamaica,
in October for an enjoyable vacation. We spent New Years'
week in Glendale, with daughter Celeste and family and had
ringside seats for the Rose Parade on New Year's Day.
Mr. and Mrs. Christian Wirtz spent the holidays visiting in
New York and Connecticut. They returned in time for Chris to
make a farewell speech to the society at the January meet-
ing as outgoing president.
CELESTE POWELL, Recorder
810 Yulupa Avenue, No. 20
Santa Rosa, California 95405
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Fran and Roger Orvis returned to Sarasota in January
following a two-months visit with their son, Robert Orvis, and
family of Diablo. The trip was a Christmas present to his par-
ents from Lottie and Bob.
Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady, of Lakeland, were week-
end guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene,
when Mike and Marion held their traditional tree trim and buf-
fet supper. This was the twentieth annual tree trim, a custom
started in the Canal Zone in 1948. Beth and Bill were guests at
the first party and have been present at all the other ones.
Guests at the J. O. Barnes' residence Christmas afternoon
were Mrs. Robert Fletcher (Claudia Howell) of Pleasant Hills,
California, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Howell.
Claudis came to spend the holidays with her parents who had
moved early in December from North Carolina to 1345 Fowler
Street in Deltona, Florida 32763.
Joyce and Jack Clarke returned in November following a
visit with his parents and other members of their families in
the Canal Zone
Mr. E. C. Stroop, Sr. flew to Parkersburg, West Virginia
in December to be with his daughter, Karen, following the death
of his son-in-law, William W. Wolfe. The family have been fre-
quent visitors to Sarasota. Our sympathy goes out to Karen
and the children, Vicki, Johnny and Ruthanne.
Mrs. Gerrit Joustra and her daughter, Grace, who moved
into their new home in October, had their first house guests
when Bill and Louise Merchant drove from West Palm Beach
for a week's visit. Other weekend visitors were Ruth and Earl
Baltozer of St. Petersburg.
In January, Mr. and Mrs. William Burk (Esther Neely), of
Point Pleasant, New Jersey, visited her mother, Mrs. Matilda
J. Neely and her sisters, and brother-in-law, Mildred Neely and
Marion (Neely) and Mike Greene.
Mrs. Thomas Fels, general chairman for the Venice Area
Orchid Society's Fifth Annual Orchid Show, scheduled for early
February, and her husband, awards' chairman, were recently
pictured in the Sarasota paper with three other committee
Before returning to their home in Austell, Georgia, after
the Canal Zone Reunion, Wilbur and Eve Dockery and daughter,
Evita, visited in Sarasota with Mr. and Mrs. Peter T. Corrigan,
Sr. (Helen Nash).
Two Canal Zoners were installed when the Kensington Park
Civic Association held their installation of officers for 1969.
Bill Hughes, first vice-president and Marion Greene, re-elected
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. B. Hall enjoyed as house guests for ten
days their son and daughter-in-law, Bucky and Anne Hall with
their children, Will and Jill. The family were driving to New
Orleans to return to their home in Margarita following a three-
months' vacation during which they visited Ernest and Esther
Prudhom in Oklahoma; the M. K. Baileys (Bill and Linda) in
Mina, Arkansas, and with relatives in Washington, D. C. and
Laporte, Pennsylvania. Madge and John Hall spent several
weeks in October in Laport with their son and family.
Jan and Harry Cain have enjoyed visits by Harry's brother,
Edwin Cain, who moved from New Jersey to St. Petersburg
during the latter part of 1968.
Benjamin Brundage returned to the Canal Zone following
the holidays after a six-weeks' visit with his mother, Mrs.
Emily Brundage of the Citrus Grove Trailer Estates in Brad-
Mildred Neely and her mother, Mrs. Matilda J. Neely, had
as their house guest during January, Mrs. Bess Keneally, of
Covina California. Bess attended the Reunion with them and
later visited other friends in Miami.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clarke enjoyed a visit by Joyce's sister
Mrs. Nita Hartman, of Miami, who attended her first Reunion
Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Leeser, of Houston, Texas, who had been
visiting Roy's sister here, spent a week at the home of Bill and
Myrtle Hughes and went to the Reunion with them.
Denise Russell is a member of the Youth for Christ Group
and its choral group, The Singing Valiants, which recently
made their first LP record, "There is More to Life." Dee's
picture, with the club president, executive director and choral
director, was in the paper during the first week of circulation
of the record. She is the daughter of Mrs. Richard Morse
Gladys B. Humphrey
NEWS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Our president, Charles Brandl, has planned a series of
programs to be given at our indoor meetings. These pro-
grams will be built around the general titile of "THIS WAS
YOUR LIFE," showing films from his fine collection made
from time to time over the years he lived on the Isthmus.
The first program will be "WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY CEL-
EBRATION ON THE CANAL ZONE"; others are "A DAY ON
THE ZONE," "RECREATION ON THE CANAL ZONE" and
"LANDMARKS AND MONUMENTS ON THE ZONE."
There have been fewer social gatherings among our mem-
bers due to the risk of spreading the "flu."
Mrs. Frank Reppa spent the holidays with her son and
family in Washington.
Mrs. George Ward Spent Thanksgiving with son George
and family in McLean, Virginia. She reports Washington is
still beautiful except for some of the "ruins" of riots which
we read about.
Dorothy and Starford Churchill visited the Hobart Mills'
in Louisville, Kentucky in October. They were glad to find
Hobart recuperating from a recent operation. They also visited
Grace and Joe Irving who were visiting their niece in Knox-
ville, Tennessee. The Christmas holidays found them in Penn-
sylvania with their son and family, enjoying especially, grand-
son, Star III and granddaughter Yvonne.
Betty and Paul made a one month's auto trip during Sep-
tember and October to Colorado, Nebraska, Iowaa, and Indi-
ana, visiting relatives and friends. One of the highlights of the
trip was a three-day mountain trip out of Denver. They were
ecstatic over the great expanse of golden aspen at the peak
of autumn color.
On December 19, the Bentzes, accompanied by Ruth Sill
and Miss Mary Sill (Fred's sister), left for Florida. They
spent two weeks in St. Petersburg where they saw many
friends. They also visited Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Vero
Beach. Enroute home, they visited their daughter, Joan David-
son and her husband who have just bought a home on the St.
The Wendell Greenes also attended the Canal Society Re-
union in St. Petersburg.
Charles Brandl, President
Mrs. George Ward, Secretary
NEWS FROM ORLANDO AND VICINITY
Mr. Jack Swain, American Embassy, Bohn, Germany,
spent the holidays with his mother, Mrs. Kathryn Swain.
The Treadwells drove to Sun City, Arizona, in December
to be with Alvina's sister and her sister's husband for the
holidays. The day after Christmas they were entertained for
dinner by Mrs. Ralph B. Ogan, nee Anita Bappert, formerly
a first grade teacher at Pedro Miguel.
Mrs. Vern D. Calloway had as her house guest, Mrs. Fred-
erick Grunewald, of St. Paul, Minnesota. Fred was formerly
P.R.R. agent at Cristobal, and Alberta was a teacher in the
Cristobal Grade School. Alberta had visited her daughter Mar-
garet and family in Houston, Texas, and also attended the
Annual Reunion in St. Petersburg.
Wendell and Mildred Greene, accompanied by Elsie Pat-
terson and Bea Tyrell, were visitors in the City Beautiful dur-
ing the holidays.
Mrs. Ed A. Levy, of Altamonte Springs, had as her house
guests, her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Doris Maduro Leonard, wife of
David Leonard, of Aruba and Mrs. Eleanor Lindo Perkins, of
Hollywood, Florida. They were also entertained by Mrs. Tillie
Runyan of Winter Park.
Elsie Patterson and Bea Tyrell spent several days with
Edna Whitver. Marjorie Clark, of Paltaka, joined them. Need-
to say, these four had a real Gal-fest.
Paul and Betty Bentz drove through Orlando after several
weeks visiting in South Florida. Accompaning them were Ruth
Sill and Fred's sister Mary. Among those entertaining them
were Helen Baker and Major Al and Dorothy Meyer.
Ruth Creasy spent several weeks as the guest of Shirley
Price after celebrating the holidays with the Elmer Orr family
in the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Ruth Erbe was delighted by a visit from Mrs. George
Matthews and her son George. Mrs. Matthews lives in Apala-
Herbert and Edna Judson of Lucerne Towers were visited
by Mrs. Lawrence Adler, Edna Forbes and Bernice Howard.
On Christmas Day the Robert Meyer Motel, Orlando, pro-
vided a sumptuous feast for the following regular group of
friends accustomed to dining together on holidays: Herbert and
Edna Judson, Tillie and Louise Runyan, Shirley Price, Al and
Dorothy Meyer, Ruth Erbe, Edna Whitver, Ethel Murphy, and
George and Julia Thibodeau of Baltimore Drive, Orlando,
have AGAIN retired George from the Martin Company and
Julia from the Post Exchange Service, Orlando Air Force Base.
They plan to leave soon for the mountains of northeast Tennes-
see for their annual vacation.
Miss Beatrice S. Gardner of Woodstock, New York, is
spending the winter at Ormund Beach. She was recently the
guest of honor at a luncheon given by Nancy Hatchett.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Taylor, of Alfred or Cape Eliza-
beth (depending on the season), Maine, to escape the Wintery
blast of that state are wintering with Mrs. G. Edgar Murphy
in Winter Park,
Milton S. Treadwell
NEWS FROM SPACE CITY HOUSTON, TEXAS
Wish that you folks in Florida would send us some sun-
shine! It appears that Canal Zone rainy weather has arrived
in our town and we are looking forward to seeing the sun soon.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Dill of Cold Springs enjoyed a
wonderful trip to Florida in the fall. While there they visited
for a short time with Mrs. Lucille Judd.
Mrs. Jo Ann (Standefer) Stephenson and son Marc and her
mother, Mrs. Iva Standefer spent Thanksgiving week in Mex-
ico City. They had a wonderful time sightseeing and vacation-
Mrs. Nathan (Tillie) Levy had her daughter and son-in-law,
Charlotte and Oswald Merynk and their sons, Ross and Mark,
of New York City spend the Christmas holidays with her. In
January, her son David Levy arrived for a short visit enroute
home from a business trip. David just returned to this country
two months ago after spending several months in Iran and
Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Souder had their son Lew home for the
holidays. He welcomed the Houston weather after the snow
and ice of New York City where he is once again living after
spending a two-year assignment in Germany. We were all
glad to have him with us.
Mrs. Peggy Ellis is recuperating from a siege of the flu
which caused her to miss the Reunion in St. Petersburg this
month. Peggy spent Christmas holidays with her son Clyde
and family in Galveston.
Early in January, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Wise of College
Station visited a short time with Mr. and Mrs. John Terry.
They were on their way to New Orleans to board a ship for a
trip to the Canal Zone.
Mr. Bennett J. Williams, a former Canal Zone employee,
has written John and Florence Terry that he will start on a
trip around the world leaving Port Everglades, Florida, in
March and returning to his home in Fairhope, Alabama, via
Los Angeles in June. He plans to spend three weeks in Europe
and four days in Japan, making short visits to many other
places en route. We all wish him an exciting trip!
In November, Bill and I spent DAD'S WEEKEND in Austin
with our daughter, Helen. It was great fun attending the activ-
ties and touring the campus and to top the day off, Texas beat
Last week we had a surprise visit from Robert (Bob) Carey
who was visiting with his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara
and Bruce Houma. We had a wonderful time catching up on
the almost twenty years that had passed since we had last
seen each other. Bob brought us up-to-date on the sea level
canal project, his family and other friends we shared on the
Canal Zone. Bruce is a student at the University of Houston
and Barbara plans to enter this semester to continue her
studies. Bruce mentioned that the University of Houston has
become a popular school for Canal Zone graduates. Yea Cou-
It is great sadness we report the passing of Mrs. Maude H.
Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy had made her home here in Houston
with her daughter, Mrs. A. S. (Al) Brown for the past many
years, and she will be missed by all that knew her.
Hope that in the next issue we can bring you more news -
the holidays have kept our reporters a wee bit busy. When
you plan your trips remember Texas has lots to offer so try
to squeeze this State in your travels. Until the next issue -
Rae McDougall, Secretary
The moving finger writes; and, having writ
Moves on: Omar Khayyam, Rubaiyat
Thus, 1968, a year generally synonymous with joys and
heartaches, progress and frustrations, must now be relegated
in proper proportion to history. Changes from the beginning
of time have interrupted the status quo, but changes, which
perhaps were inevitable though momentarily difficult to under-
stand without the perspective of time and unbiased points of
view, have characterized the history of nations, states, organ-
izations, and even individuals.
Thus, we, the Panama Canal Society of Florida at the be-
ginning of the year, 1969, faced changes in our official "family."
Yesterday is the Past. We, your officers and Executive Com-
mittee, are dedicated to carry on the traditions of John F.
Warner and his successors, who, with almost uncanny premon-
itions, realized the depth of mutual understanding among Zoni-
ans and had the foresight to lay the foundations of the Society.
It is our sincere hope that our united efforts will increase and
strengthen our growing Society.
We hope for your continued cooperation. Without the flow
of news items, not only from the affiliated State Societies, but
also from a host of individuals who take of their time to send
in news of mutual interest to our members, our personal efforts
would be in vain.
We want to thank both Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockrige for
seven years of service to the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Betty became Record Editor with the March, 1962 issue. Buck
was appointed to the position of Legislative Representative in
September of the same year and served as Vice-President
during the past year, 1968.
Muchas Gracias both to dedicated reporters and to many
members for sending in timely news for the March Record.
Mark in RED INK the date, May 31, 1969, on your calendars
-the DEADLINE for the JUNE RECORD.
Record Editor, PRO TEM
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Plans made by Lil and Jack Evans, of Greeley, Colorado, to
have Christmas in Birmingham with Muriel and family, and
then drive to St. Petersburg to attend the Reunion abruptly
changed when on November 21, Jack had a slight stroke. After
three weeks in the hospital, he was still in a nursing home but
he expected to return to his home shortly.
-Letter written December 30, 1968.
Mrs. J. W. Manush, Portland, Maine, sent Greetings, stat-
ing also that while visiting in New York, she saw "Fiddler on
the Roof" and very much enjoyed the play. She is happy ;"
Maine and likes the change of seasons.
Mr. and Mrs. George F. Miller, of Charleston, Illinois, cr..,-
brated their 50th Wedding Anniversary, November 30, 19oi.
They were married in the Baptist Church in Balboa, Canai
Zone. Their daughter, Esther Lucille Ahllien and her husband,
Dr. Carl Y. Ahllien and two children helped them celebrate
that important day. Other friends and relatives came for Open
J. Dan Dunaway, Tallahassee, Florida, sends personal
greetings to the Society. He is ending two years as President of
the NARCE chapter and continues to write his outdoor column
in the Tallahassee Democrat.
The owner of Mitsui O. S. K. Lines of Japan and its 4,000
crew members expressed their gratitude for medical services
at the Canal with a gift of Japanese dolls to Panama Canal
Health Bureau officials.
A pair of "old happy couple" dolls, symbolic of the pinetree
spirit of ever-youth, long life and happiness, was presented
Health Bureau Director Col. H. Haskell Ziperman and Gorgas
Hospital Director Col. Lawrence W. Jackson by William Boyd
Bros. Steamship Agencies, local agents for the Japanese line
at the Panama Canal.
The "old happy couple" dolls, made of quality ceramic,
exquisitely dressed according to Japan's traditional NOH dance
story called Takasago and displayed in a glass case, are to be
exhibited in the main lobby of Gorgas Hospital.
Mitsui O.S.K. and its affiliated companies, operating from
250 to 300 ships-bulk carriers, oil tankers, refrigerated cargo,
log carriers, and other specialized vessels of all kinds of world
trade-constitute one of the largest steamship companies of the
world. Approximately 35 ships of Mitsui O.S.K. transit the
Canal each month. From time to time, crew members of these
ships are in need of medical attention.
"Many crew members of the Mitsui O.S.K. Lines have been
saved and have recovered through your medical services,"
stated Capt. T. Mishima, general manager of the Marine De-
partmenth of the line, in a letter to Gorgas Hospital officials.
He noted that in all instances where seamen had received
medical treatment at the hospital, they were well satisfied with
the prompt and kind service.
Hot food in a matter of minutes or even seconds is possible
with the new microwave oven that will go into operation Dec-
ember 23 in the Gorgas Hospital Luncheonette.
The latest method of heating food-ten times faster than
conventional ovens or ranges-actually improves the flavor.
The oven being installed in the Gorgas Luncheonette is the
first to be put in use in the Canal Zone. Similar equipment is
planned at other sites and places where there are self-service
The new oven permits microwaves to pass through the food
but does not heat the glass, plastic, china or paper container.
Metal containers cannot be used. The food in a covered cass-
erole, for instance, will be hot, but the dish will be warmed
only by the heat of the food.
During a fishing trip to Pinas Bay recently, Cmdr. Paul
Hopkins, USN (retired) landed a black marlin his first -
weighing approximately 485 pounds. It took about three hours
to bring in the big gamester.
Members of the fishing party aboard the charter boat
Carreta were R. E. Angemuller, Hubert Hart, Jody Chamber-
lain, Bob Douglas, and John Janssen, all Panama Canal em-
ployees. Among them they caught two 90-pound sail fish, two
50-pound amberjack, and several dolphins, with at least three
or four of them weighing between 40 and 50 pounds.
Upon returning to New Orleans, Cmdr. Hopkins had a
real fish story to tell the boys!
A 7.5 Million-dollar hotel in Panama City is planned by Pan
American World Airways in the next three years.
At a press conference in the Ministry of Agriculture, Com-
merce and Industries, the PAA Director General in Panama,
Elton Todd, announced the hotel project. Todd was accom-
panied by R. E. Smith, PAA Vice-President.
The proposed hotel will have about 300 rooms plus conven-
tion facilities; the site has not yet been chosen, but the Paitilla
and Via Espana areas are under consideration.
A shortage of hotel accommodations has been cited as a
setback to the development of tourism in Panama, particularly
in the rapidly approaching era of the super-jets.
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
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.
Street ... .................................. ................... Box ...........
Name (Wife) .....................................................................
Street ................... ..................... ................. Box .............
City .................. .......................... State .......... Zip Code ......
Division Employed ..................... .............................................
Recommended by ...................................................... ..... .....
Approved .by ................................... .................. Date .............
Amount enclosed $. ...................... Check ........ M.O. ........ Cash ........
DUES $4.00 PER T AR. Add 45e to checks on Canal Zone banks.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for Memership BLOOD BANK FUND
Florida Only Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Addr ............................................... ................. ..........
A ddress ............ ........... ................. .... .. ........ B ox .....
City .......................... ................. State.......... Zip Coi ..
N a m e .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
Address .................. .. ..... ................................. Box ...
Cty ........................... ... .. ........... State.......... Zip Code ..
Amount Enclosed $.................. (Check).......... (M.O.)............ (Cash)...
Approved by ............................................ Guard date ...............
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
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 yea
..................... $2.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD
tor onte year. (Please return this bill with remittance).
N am e ............................... ..........
Street .............................................. ............... B ox .............. .
City ..................... ......... ....... ............ State.......... Zip Code ..........
Dues for: 1967..........: 1968......... : 1969.......... : 1970.......... :1971..........
Amount Enclosed $.................. (Oheck).......... (M.O.).......... (Cash)........
I'ORMER ADDRESS "
street ...... .................................. .................. Box ................
City .............................................. State.......... Zip Code .........
recorded: Date .............................. Card No ............. ...........
DUES $4.00 'PER YEAR, JANUARY 1, 1969 to DECEMBER 31, FOLLOWING
Add 45c to check on Canal Zone BaksI
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Street ................. ............. Box ..............
City ............................................. State .......... Zip Code ..........
Dues for: 1967.......... : 1968.......... : 1969 .......... : 1970..........: 1971.........,..
Amount Enclosed $.................. (Check)......... (M .O.).......... (Cash)..........
Cit ............................................. State .......... Zip Code ...........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Clldren under 18 $1.00 per year.
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