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About The Cover
Bayfront Center, auditorium-arena complex on Tampa Bay in
St. Petersburg, can be host to three functions at the same time.
While Louis Amstrong plays his magic music in the auditorium,
a basketball game draws the sports crowd in the arena just
across the lobby, and a banquet meeting can be in session on
the upper floor.
Vol. 3 JUNE 1969 No. 2
The cost of living continues its upward trend-to date, the
largest increases in eighteen years.
Most of the proposed bills affecting retirees are still in
Committees, but some encouraging action has been taken on
the omnibus civil service retirement bill. IThe bill would
strengthen the financing of the civil service retirement system
and at the same time liberalize annuities of federal workers.
Employees would pay 7 percent of their salaries effective
January 1, 1970, instead of the present 6Y percent.
The government also would pay 7 percent in payroll con-
tributions, plus large annual payments over the next 30 years
to put the fund on a sound financial basis.
The subcommittee's new bill provides these added benefits
1. Annuities would be computed on the high-three-year
average salary rather than the present high-five.
2. Unused sick leave would be used for service credit to
3. An additional 1 percent would be added to all future
4. Annuities of surviving spouses who have remarried since
July 18, 1966, would be continued or restored under certain
The bill was approved by the House Civil Service Commit-
tee and House approval is expected within the next few weeks.
The Senate Democratic leadership favors enactment of the
bill. Sen. Vance Hartke, D.-Ind., Chairman of the Senate Civil
Service Retirement subcommittee, predicts that Congress will
approve the bill by August 1.
The benefits provisions of the bill go into effect on date of
enactment. The financing provisions wouldn't go into effect
until January 1, 1970.
William F. Grady
Mr. Paul Badonsky
Mr. Frank Borsellino
Mr. William J. Carson
Mrs. Eleanor A. Connor
Mr. Robert C. Daniel
Mr. Frank H. Dibble
Mrs. Maxine P. Dillman
Mr. John Fettler
Mr. Edward J. Friedrich
Mr. Waldo B. Gilley
Mr. Ben B. Gupton
Mr. Emmet T. Harper
Mr. Robert C. Heald
Mr. Charles T. Hedman
Mr. John E. Jennison
Capt. Lambert W. Kat
Mr. William J. Kilgallen
Mrs. Ida M. McDade
Mr. Scott J. McKay
Mr. John F. Manning
Mr. Robert H. Miller
Mr. Ira M. Payne
Mr. Robert G. Rowe
Miss Mildred H. Slater
Mr. Arthur W. Smith
Mrs. Fannie M. Sosa
Division of Schools
Office of Dir. (Mar. Bur.)
Public Health Nurse
Comm. Service Division
Division of Schools
Adm. Service Division
Mrs. Pauline L. Todd
Mr. Alfred J. Waldorf
Mr. Richard T. Bailey
Mr. Elwood G. Bissett
Mrs. Tobi C. Bittel
Mr. Vernon L. Clontz
Mr. Gardner Hayes
Mr. Vincent J. Huber
Mr. Thomas F. Hunt
Mr. Raymond J. Kielhofer
Mr. Alfred E. Osborne
Dr. E. P. Shirokov
Mr. James C. Wood
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APOLOGIES are in Order Someone "Goofed" TWICE.
The cover picture on the March Record is one of several
sent to the Society by W. R. McCann, Hopewell, Virginia. In
his letter Mr. McCann wrote, "Recently, while running through
some dusty drawers, I ran across the attached photographs of
the residence of the man who gave his life to the construction
of the Panama Canal. David D. Gaillard was a hero. Think-
ing that you might enjoy looking at his home, I send you these
photographs of his lovely home." The Panama Canal Society
of Florida appreciated these pictures and regret that "courtesy
of Mr. W. R. McCann" was omitted.
On page 5 under ALABAMA in the March issue the num-
ber 12 appears after the name of the state. Only 10 names
are listed! The two missing from the list but NOT MISSING
anything at the 37th ANNUAL REUNION were Mr. and Mrs.
Oscar R. Swanson, Fairhope, Alabama. On page 59 of the
Record, Mr. Swanson is listed under the year 1912 as one of
thirty-two Old Timers attending the Reunion and answered
that roll call at the annual luncheon. The Swansons have been
faithful Reunion visitors.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Badonsky of Diablo have announced the
engagement of their daughter, Paula Ann Badonsky, to Robert
Alan Leitch, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Leitch, of Pitts-
Miss Badonsky was graduated from Balboa High School
and Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, with a B.S. degree
in elementary education. She is now employed by the DeKalb
County Board of Education in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. Leitch received a B.S.E. degree from Cornell Univer-
sity and his M.S. degree in industrial administration from
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr.
Leitch is currently employed by the University of Tennessee
and working on his doctor's degree.
A June wedding is planned in Atlanta.
Mrs. Ellen Bartels, of Elgin, North Dakota, has announced
the engagement of her daughter, Patricia Jean, to Lt. Carl N.
Berg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis N. Berg, of Cocoli, Canal Zone.
Miss Bartels is a graduate of the University of North
Dakota and is a medical technologist at St. Luke's Hospital
in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Lt. Berg is a graduate of Balboa High School and attended
Canal Zone College. He also attended the University of North
Dakota and is currently stationed at Chanute AFB in Illinois.
Miss Mary Jean Beeby, daughter of Pastor and Mrs. W. H.
Beeby, of Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, and Peter A. Abbey,
son of Mrs. Jane M. Abbey, of Ossining, New York, were mar-
ried at a candlelight service on December 6 at the First Baptist
Church, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School, King's
College, Briarcliff Manor, New York, and Columbia University
School of Nursing, New York. Mr. Abbey is a graduate of
State University College, Farmingdale, New York, and is pres-
ently with Grey Advertising, Inc., New York City.
Among the 125 guests attending the ceremony were
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Christopher, of Quito, Ecuador, former
Canal Zone residents.
In a military wedding in January, 1969, Miss Jean Boswell,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John G. Boswell, of Diablo Heights,
Canal Zone, was married to Charles R. Green, Jr., Lieutenant
U. S. Army, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Green of Caracas, Ven-
The bride is a graduate of Canal Zone College and is em-
ployed by the Panama Canal Company. Lt. Green is a 1965
graduate of Tulane University and is currently with the 3rd
Civil Affairs Gp. (Airborne), Ft. Clayton, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett A. Collins, of La Boca, Canal Zone,
announce the engagement of their daughter, Priscilla Victoria,
to Lt. James M. Raines, son of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Sullender,
of Ojai, California.
Miss Collins is a 1964 graduate of Balboa High School, at-
tended Canal Zone College, and is presently employed at Post
Engineers, Corozal, Canal Zone.
Lt. Raines received a Bachelors degree in psychology from
Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California, and is currently
assigned to Headquarters 4th Missile Battalion, Fort Clayton,
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene G. Davis, of Saluda, South Carolina,
announce the recent marriage of their daughter, Ame, to Rich-
ard Hoyle, son of Mr. and Mrs. William W. Hoyle, of Balboa,
The bride will graduate from Furman University in Green-
ville, South Carolina in June. Mr. Hoyle, who is in his junior
year, is completing his studies as a political science major at
The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Stuart A. Dodson, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
have announced the engagement of their daughter, Carol
Lynne, to Robert M. Suarez, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward P.
Suarez, of Curunda and Fort Lauderdale.
The bride-elect was graduated from Granby High School
and attended Old Dominion College, Norfolk, Virginia.
Her fiance was graduated from Balboa High School and
attended Florida Atlantic University. He was graduated from
the Canal Zone College and is at present with the U. S. Army
Aviation at Hunter Field, Georgia, as a Flying Cadet.
Mrs. Russell A. Edwards and Willard E. Percy were mar-
ried February 21, 1969, at St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon.
Mrs. Percy was formerly employed by the Payroll Branch.
Mr. Percy is Chief, Industrial Training Staff.
The couple plan to spend the summer in Aiken, South Car-
olina at their home "Tip Top Ranch."
Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Falck, Jr., of Sarasota, Florida,
have announced the engagement of their daughter, Deborah,
to Richard Anthony Hull, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hull, of
Brazos Heights, Canal Zone.
Miss Falck will graduate in June from the University of
Florida. Mr. Hull is a 1966 graduate of Cristobal High School
and is currently attending the University of Florida.
James J. Fallon, Canal Zone, and Florence Kane Rosen-
blatt, a former Cristobal girl, were married in June of 1968.
Mrs. and Mrs. L. H. Fennel, of Balboa, Canal Zone, have
announced the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth, to Mr.
Paul Michael Gough, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Gough, of
Sutton, Warwickshire, England. Mr. Gough is doing physics
research at Southampton University, England, where Miss
Fennel is studying for her B.A degree.
Miss Colleen Huson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John William
Huson of Margarita and Richard De Los Huntsman, son of
Mrs. Larry Fowler of Ashton, Idaho, were married December
7, in Provo, Utah.
Miss Jane Hesters, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grady L.
Hesters, of Albrook Air Force Base, and Jerry Wayne Wor-
sham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil R. Worsham, of Howard Air
Force Base, were married on December 20 at a candlelight
service at the Curunda Protestant Church.
Mr. and Mrs. E. Guy Huldtquist, of Margarita, Canal Zone,
have announced the engagement of their daughter, Nancy Kaye,
to John P. Whalen, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Whalen,
of Des Plaines, Illinois.
Miss Huldquist is a senior at Trinity University in San
Antonio, Texas. Mr. Whalen is a senior at Illinois State Univer-
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Hewitt of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, have
announced the engagement of their daughter, Rosalie Ann to
Mr. Larry Dean Boehmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Boeh-
mer of Dubois, Nebraska.
Both are students at the University of Nebraska.
A June wedding is planned.
Miss Carolyn Lucia Holgerson, daughter of Mrs. Anton
Ludwick Holgerson and the late Anton Ludwick Holgerson of
Balboa, became the bride of Henry Bell Twohy at a candlelight
ceremony at the Sacret Heart Chapel in Ancon on March 17.
Out of town guests were the Misses Nellie Holgerson and
Lacy Hinkle, both of Arlington, Virginia.
After a round-the-world honeymoon cruise on the SS Arcadia,
the couple will make their home at 794-B, Balboa.
Miss Elizabeth Ann Keigley and Anthony Lee Holshouser
were married at the Eastwood Memorial Methodist Church on
April 5th in Caruthersville, Missouri.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daile D. Keigley,
of Balboa Heights, Panama Canal Zone. Mr. Holshouser is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Holshouser, of Dallas, Texas.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
The couple will live in Murray, Kentucky, where they attend
Murray State University.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Lasher, of Gatun, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the marriage of their daughter, Constance Joyce Lasher,
to Richard Lewis Pennington, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard
E. Pennington, of Gatun, on January 24, 1969, in the Gatun
Mrs. Pennington is a 1964 graduate of Cristobal High
School. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary
Education in 1968 from Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown,
Mr. Pennington is a 1963 graduate of Cristobal High School.
After serving with the United States Navy for four years, he is
now with the Canal Zone Police Force.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Lawyer, of Balboa, Canal Zone,
have announced the engagement of their daughter, Patricia
Ann, to Mr. Edward J. Kelly, of Wetmont, New Jersey.
Miss Lawyer graduated from Balboa High School, attended
Canal Zone College and is presently employed by the Defense
Department in Ke Flavik, Iceland.
A June wedding is planned.
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Menges, of Margarita, Canal Zone,
announce the marriage of their daughter, Evelyn, to Sgt. Svy
Willis on March 11 in the Virgin Islands. The bride is a grad-
uate of Cristobal High School with the class of 1968.
The couple plan to make their home in Frankfort, Germany,
where the bridegroom will be stationed with the military for
Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Oberholtzer of Margarita, Canal
Zone, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Judy
Ann, to Richard S. Hebble, of Summit New Jersey.
Miss Oberholtzer is a graduate of Cristobal High School,
Class of 1968 and attended Niagara University, Niagara Falls,
New York. Mr. Hebble is a graduate of Summit High School,
Summit, New Jersey, Class of 1963. He attended Farleigh
Dickinson University, Rutherford, New Jersey, and is presently
stationed with the U.S. Navy in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. An
August wedding is planned.
In a beautiful candlelight service amidst a Christmas set-
ting wedding vows were exchanged by Miss Katherine Jane
Pennington and Robert Allen Bassett on December 21, 1968, at
the Gatun Union Church, Gatun, Canal Zone.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lewis
Pennington, of Gatun. Mrs. Bassett is the son of George V.
Bassett of Cleveland, Ohio, and the late Mrs. H. Schmidt
Mr. Bassett served with the United States Navy for eight
years and is now employed with the Bethlehem Steel Corpora-
tion. They are at home at 730 Broadway, Bethlehem, Penn-
Mr. and Mrs. James N. Sener, of Curunda, Canal Zone,
have announced the engagement of their daughter, Beverly
Ann, to Reagan Arris Page, son of Lt. Col. William H. F. Page,
U.S.A.F., currently on tour of duty in Bangkok, Thailand, and
Mrs. Elizabeth Page, of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.
Miss Sener is a 1967 graduate of Balboa High School and
is presently a Sophomore at the Canal Zone College. Mr. Page
is a 1966 graduate of Balboa High School and attended Canal
Zone College and Florida State University, Canal Zone Branch.
He is currently stationed with the United States Air Force at
Laredo AFB, Texas.
A late August wedding is planned.
Miss Janice Dean Spencer, daughter of Mrs. Edith L. Spen-
cer, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and the late Leslie M. Spencer,
became the wife of Captain John La Capra, United States Army,
son of Mr. and Mrs. John La Capra, of Melbourne, Florida,
on March 8, in the Fort Amador Chapel Annex.
Mrs. La Capra, who attended Canal Zone schools, received
her Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University in
Tallahassee. Capt. La Capra was awarded his Bachelor of
Science degree in Industrial Management at Georgia Institute
of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, and his Juris Doctor at the
University of Florida in Gainesville. He is currently serving
with the United States Army at Headquarters, USARSO, Fort
Amador, Canal Zone.
Miss Bernice Swafford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E.
Watts, of Cardenas Village, Canal Zone, was married to Mr.
Charles Dixon Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Clark, of
Las Vegas, New Mexico, December 18, 1968.
The bride was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, attended Canal
Zone Schools, graduated from Bob Jones Academy, Greenville,
South Carolina, and is presently attending New Mexico High-
lands University. Mr. Clark is also attending Highlands Uni-
The recent marriage of Miss Gwendolyn Maiyde Todd to
Mr. Charles Feldman has been announced by her father, Mr.
Elton D. Todd, of Panama City.
The bride, a 1966 graduate of Balboa High School, also
attended the Canal Zone College. She is employed as a Stew-
ardess for National Airlines.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. Charles Feldman and
the late Mrs. Feldman.
Mr. and Mrs. Feldman reside in Miami Springs, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Toler, of Baileysville, West Virginia,
have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Sue
Ellen Toler, of Baileysville, to MTSN James F. Cook, U. S.
Navy, stationed at Virginia Beach, Virginia, son of Mr. and
Mrs. James N. Cook, of Corozel, Canal Zone.
The bridegroom-to-be was graduated from Balboa High
School in the Class of 1967. He has just received his orders
and will be stationed aboard the nuclear submarine Alexander
Hamilton, operating out of Charleston, South Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Wellington of Panama announce
the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Jane to WO
Robert A. Lawyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Lawyer, of
La Boca, Canal Zone. Jane is a graduate of Balboa High School
and is presently a senior at East Carolina University in Greens-
ville, North Carolina. Robert, also a Balboa High School grad-
uate is an instructor pilot at the Army Aviation Center, Ft.
Rucker, Alabama. A July wedding is planned.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Vache of Gatun, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Donna, to Peter
James Fish, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Fish of Delmar, New
Miss Vache is a 1965 graduate of Cristobal High School.
She attended the Albany Business College and is presently em--
ployed as a stenographer with the New York State Police,
Albany, New York. Mr. Fish is an Industrial Arts Teacher at
Catskill Junior-Senior High School, Catskill, New York.
An August wedding is planned.
Mr. and Mrs. C. York, of Los Rios, Canal Zone, have an-
nounced the engagement of their daughter, Nancy Lee, to
Perry Coffey, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Coffey, of Flint, Michigan.
Miss York and Mr. Coffey are both students attending the
University of Miami, Miami, Florida.
An August wedding is planned.
Word has been received of the marriage in Sarasota, Flor-
ida of Mrs. Helen G. McKeown, a former Canal Zone resident,
to Mr. Hobart Ledgerwood, of Punta Gorda, Florida.
Following the ceremony on March 14, they took a brief
wedding trip to Jacksonville and St. Augustine and are now
at home to friends in Punta Gorda.
Mrs. Ledgerwood was employed for many years in the
Pay Roll Branch of the Panama Canal Company.
Miss Beverly Jean Dockery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Wilbur J. Dockery, Sr., of Austell, Georgia, and Ensign David
Eugene Vaughn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Vaughn, of Hunts-
ville, Alabama, exchanged wedding vows before the altar of
the Church of the Incarnation in Atlanta, Georgia on April 20,
Mrs. Jerry Dockery, sister-in-law of the bride, was matron
of honor. Peter Macaluso served as best man. Bridesmaids
were Mae Macques, of Margarita and Atlanta, and Evita
Dockery, the bride's sister. Ushers were Jerry Dockery, the
bride's brother and Richard Vaughn, brother of the groom.
The bride is a graduate of Cristobal High School. Ensign
Vaughn was graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology
and is serving in the United States Navy.
The couple are residing at 810 N. Polk Street, Beeville,
Texas, where Ensign Vaughn is a student pilot in Advance
Flight Training, U.S.N.
One night, as old St. Peter slept,
He left the door of Heaven ajar,
When through, a little angel crept,
And came down with a falling star.
Mr. and Mrs. James Forbes, of Vancouver, British Col-
umbia announce the birth of a daughter, Heather Mary, on
March 5, 1969, in the Vancouver General Hospital. Heather
joins two sisters, Sue and Carol, and a brother, Jamie, in
the Forbes' family.
Mrs. Raymond E. Forbes, of St. Petersburg, Florida, is
the paternal grandparent. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Penman,
of New York, are the maternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hohmann, of Woodside, New York,
announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Lianna
Kari, on February 22, 1969.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cyrel Brown,
of Milaca, Minnesota. Mrs. Frank W. Hohmann, of St.
Petersburg, Florida, is the paternal grandmother.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Collins, Jr., of Margarita, Canal Zone,
are sharing honors as grandparents with Mr. and Mrs. G.
M. Kovack, of Sharon, Pennsylvania. Their grandson, George
Michael, was born on February 13 to Judi and Bob Collins.
Mr. Collins, formerly of the Canal Zone, is now serving in
the U. S. Army, and is stationed at Fort George Meade,
Mr. and Mrs. Randall L. Deakins, of Gamboa, Canal
Zone, announce the birth of twin sons on February 24 at
Gorgas Hospital. The babies have been named Timothy
Cash and Thomas Carver Deakins. The twins' middle names
are great maternal family names.
Maternal grandparents are the Rev. and Mrs. Jenkins.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roger Deakins,
John Oscar, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Manning,
of Washington, D. C., was christened on Sunday, December
22, at St. Mary's Church in Balboa.
Mrs. Elizabeth Brown is the maternal grandparent and
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Manning are the paternal grand-
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald F. Fox, of Miami, Florida, announce
the birth of a son on January 23. The baby has been named
Keith Karl. The maternal grandparent is Mrs. Wilhelmina
Rudge, of Sequim, Washington, and the paternal grandpar-
ents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald L. Fox, of La Boca, Canal
Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Gibbs, of Corozal, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the birth of their second child, Warren Francis, on
February 12 at Gorgas Hospital.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fran-
cis Reimann, of Las Cumbres, and Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Gibbs,
formerly of the Canal Zone and now residing in the United
Mr. and Mrs. Robert McConaughey, of Balboa, Canal
Zone, are the parents of a daughter, Stacey Lynn, born Feb-
ruary 12, 1969.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Harvey,
St. Petersburg, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Richard McConaughey, of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Peregoy, of Richmond, Virginia,
are the parents of a second son, Stephen Michael, born on
March 5, 1969.
Mrs. Peregoy, the former Carole Walker, is the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Walker, of Cocoli, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. John V. Wilson, of Oildale, California, an-
nounce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Julie Jay, on
April 2, 1969.
Mrs. John,Wilson is the former Irene Estelle Hasemann,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis C. Hasemann, of Jacksonville,
Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Steiner, Jr., of Clearwater, Florida,
announce the arrival of a baby girl, Michele Lee, on February
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Hunnicutt,
of Los Rios, Canal Zone. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Steiner, of
Dunedin, Florida, are the paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sellers (the former Rose Hensler)
announce the birth of a daughter, born March 19, in St. Vin-
cent's Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Eggleston, Jr., announce the birth
of their second child and first son, Daniel Maurice Eggleston
III, on November 29, 1968, in Monterey, California.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Aken
of New Philadelphia, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Eggleston,
Sr., of St. Petersburg, Florida, are the paternal grandparents.
Little Daniel Maurice III is the first grandson on both:
sides of the family.
Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Pic announce the birth of their first
child, a son, Robert L., on January 9 at St. Anthony's Hospital
in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Pic, the former Mary Ann Pennock, is the daughter
of Mrs. Winchell T. Pennock and the late Mr. Pennock, of St.
Petersburg. The baby is Mrs. Pennock's first grandchild. The
paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Pic, reside in Gulf-
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Maale, of West Palm Beach, Florida,
are receiving congratulations on the birth of a son, Randall
Adam, born January 20. Mrs. Maale, the former Joy Randall,
is the daughter of Mrs. Jack C. Randall, of West Palm Beach;
and the late Mr. Randall. The maternal grandmother is Mrs.
Ann Maale, also of Wc:t Palm Beach.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Smith announce the birth of a son,
Rafael Fernando, on November 13th, 1968, in Albuquerque,
Mrs. Smith was the former Clarita Thayer, of Panama City,
Panama. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. Bartley
Smith, formerly of the Canal Zone. The baby and first grand-
son was named after two brothers of Mrs. J. Bartley Smith.
Sgt. and Mrs. Charles C. Adams announce the birth of
their first child, a daughter, on March 18, at Gorgas Hospital.
The baby will be christened Amy Jo Kristian.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mrs. Rosalia Adams,
of Panama City, and Mr. and Mrs. Mack B. Hicks, of Balboa,
Canal Zone. The baby's mother is the former Miss Pamela
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Griffin, of North Hollywood, California,
announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, born March
18, 1969. Barbara Ann was named for her two grandmothers.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joshua A. Cunning-:
ham, of Auburn, Washington (formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone).
Paternal grandparents are deceased.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Leo Mullins of Balboa announce the
birth of their first daughter,, Karen Diane, on April 15th at
Mrs. Mullins, the former Gertrude Joustra, is the daughter
of Mrs. Gerrit Joustra, of Sarasota, Florida, and the late Mr.
Joustra, former Canal Zone residents. The paternal grand-
mother is Mrs. George Mullins, Sr., of Balboa. Mrs. Gerrit
Joustra flew to the Canal Zone and was on hand to greet her
Mr. and Mrs. Charles DeTore announce the arrival of their
first child, a boy named Curtis Elbert, on March 24 ...
Maternal grandparents are the Elbert :Chappells. of Coco
Solo. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard E.
DeTore, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
"Ike's Last Visit to the Isthmus," the caption above a pic-
ture in the April 3, 1969, Spillway shows the former President
in 1956 when, as the 35th President of the United States, he
returned to Panama to attend the historic meeting of the Pres-
idents of the American Republics. Major Eisenhower and his
wife Mamie had lived in the Canal Zone from January, 1922
until September, 1924. Mr. Eisenhower returned again in 1946
as a 5-Star General after leading Allied Forces to victory in
World War II. With Ike's death on March 28, 1969, a nation
and a world mourned for the passing of a "great American."
Excerpts from THE PANAMA REVIEW, dated September
7, 1956, not only should serve to perpetuate the memories of
Zonians of Ike's last visit to the Zone, but also, perhaps stimu-
late individual memories.
Although it was raining, a typical tropical down-pour, on
that day in 1956 when Ike drove through the Canal Zone with
Governor W. E. Potter, visibility was enough for the President
to exclaim, "What a change!" Old Canal Zone towns had been
razed and new ones had appeared since 1924. Hilltops had
been leveled off and carriage-wide streets rebuilt into broad
smooth roads. Most of the termite-eaten, dreary, grey quarters
had given way to pastel-colored, ranch-type concrete homes or
trim frame houses in attractive surroundings. Gardens bloom-
ed where, years ago, no one tried to grow as much as a hibis-
cus. Thirty-two years DID make a difference!
Major and Mrs. Eisenhower were stationed at Camp Gail-
lard from 1922-1924. In those days, Camp Gaillard was a good-
sized Army Post on the west side of the Canal. In 1956, it was
just a grass-grown memory. Likewise, the physical differences
in the span of time between 1924 and 1956 were great. The
attractive community of Margarita had been a hog farm op-
erated by the Supply Department; Gatun in 1924 was a hodge-
podge collection of frame quarters which the Canal Adminis-
tration was considering possible abandonment; Gamboa con-
sisted only of a few houses, the penitentiary, and a hydro-
graphic station; Paraiso was the headquarters for the Dredg-
ing Division; there -was no Diablo Heights and Albrook Field
was a swampy fill where planes from France Field made occa-
sional trial landings, to relate only a few of the changes.
There were many differences other than physical a
considerable change in the civilian population, over twice as
many children in the Canal Zone schools, the handsome post
office building, even self-service in the Commy, and the use of
cash instead of the old commissary coupon books!
When the Eisenhowers lived at Camp Gaillard, a trip to
Ancon, Balboa, or Panama City was a much more complicated
affair than in 1956. They had to first get from the Army Post
to a point opposite Pedro Miguel by automobile, and then put
their Buick on an Army ferry in order to reach the east side
of the Canal. Once at Pedro Miguel, they had two choices.
They could drive into town or they could take a motor car
which was known as the "Toonerville Trolley." For many
years its conductor was jolly Tom Shirley. If their ultimate
destination was Panama City, where Mrs. Eisenhower might
buy a jade or crystal at Chung King's or some other Panama
City emporium of those days, they might choose to make the
Balboa-Panama City lap by "trams" which during the 1920's
ran every few minutes down Balboa Road and into the heart
of the capital city of Panama.
During the 1920's, there was much of interest to see. In
January, 1924, over 60 ships of the Pacific Fleet, including five
battleships, made the north to south transit of the Canal in
three days about half the time which had been planned. In
July of that same year, two British battleships, the HMS HOOD
and the HMS RENOWN went through the Canal and tied up at
Pedro Miguel to receive visitors. The HOOD which grossed
over 44,00 tons, paid $22,400 in tolls still a Canal record for
any ship (SPILLWAY, written September 7, 1956). On Sep-
tember 7, 1923, two F5L seaplanes from Coco Solo returned to
their Canal Zone base after a history-making 2,00-mile round
trip to La Guaira, Venezuela. The planes, blazing the way for
the air mail service to come four years later, took 37 flying
hours to make the round trip.
Even back in the early days, the Isthmus was about as
sports-conscious as it was in 1956. Major Eisenhower's 42nd
Infantry had a crack swimming team which won several events
in the 1923, July 4th celebration at Cristobal. The Canal Zone's
RED WHITE AND BLUE TROUPE was busy developing
Olympic material, like Adelaide Lambert (Ballard), who won
the Woman's National Swimming Championship in 1923, and
Josephine McKim, who went on to the Olympics in 1928.
There were a few Canal Zone golf courses at Gatun,
Miraflores, and the Panama Golf Club with its thatched-roofed
clubhouse. All drew the same kind of enthusiastic golfers as
jam today's more modern courses.
If, in the 1920's the Eisenhowers walked to the hillside be-
side the Canal not far from their old Camp Gaillard Quarters,
they looked upon two great hills on either side of Gaillard Cut.
Today, Gold Hill still rears almost sheer from the waters of
the Canal, but Contractor's Hill has given way to the hand of
man. It is no longer almost a perpendicular mass of rock; it
has been reduced to a flight of giant stairsteps.
Editor, PRO TEM Thus, in those thirty-two years be-
tween the Eisenhowers' first and last visits to the Canal Zone,
Ike's words, "What a Change" exemplified the passage of
Time. Time, too, takes its Toll. March 28, 1969, added the
name of another illustrious American to a long list, who, since
George Washington took office as our first President on April
30, 1789, have left their indelible mark on a great nation founded
on the principles of liberty and justice for all.
Then, go away if you have to go,
Then, go away if you will!
To again return you will always yearn
While the lamp is burning still!
You've drank the Chagres water,
And the mango eaten free,
And, strange tho' it seems 'twill haunt your dreams -
This Land of the Cocoanut-Tree! J. S. Gilbert.
Dr. and Mrs. Irving Strumpf, Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
returned to the Canal Zone in late February. While in the
Zone, they were the house guests of Mr. and Mrs. John Mitch-
usson, of Los Rios.
Mr. and Mrs. Rodney B. Ely, of Florida and Connecticut,
enjoyed a two-week visit in March with their daughter and
son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Corrigan, of Balboa. Un-
fortunately, a tropical storm with high seas and a "rolling
ship" on the Elys' return trip resulted in a freak accident
aboard the Cristobal when Mrs. Ely was injured in their
cabin. However, time has healed bruises but Memories
Mr. and Mrs. Jack F. Morris, of Lutz, Florida, visited the
Marion B. Woodruffs in Balboa. They arrived February 11 on
the Cristobal. The Robert Turners, of Dallas, Texas, and the
Jim Selbys, of Phoeniz, Arizona, were ship companions.
Mr. and Mrs. James Crafton and two sons, Danny and
Rusty, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, were guests of Mrs.
Crafton's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Tillman, of Gamboa, in
March. Mrs. Crafton is the former Miss Shirley Tillman.
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Klipper, of Pompano Beach, Florida,
spent a month on the Canal Zone. Former Canal Zone resi-
dents, the Klippers visited their son-in-law and daughter, Mr.
and Mrs. Charles McArthur, of Los Rios, and their son and
daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Klipper, of Ancon.
Mr. and Mrs. J. 0. Catron, of Aiken, South Carolina, visited
friends and relatives in the Zone. Mr. Catron retired from the
Police Division of the Panama Canal three years ago. Mrs.
Catron worked for years as a Gamboa dispensary nurse. Their
son, William L. lives in Margarita.
Lt. and Mrs. Melvin L. Harvey and their daughter, Rita
Marie, of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, visited Mrs. Harvey's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Perry Wasabaugh, her grand-
mother, Mrs. John J. Kotalik, of Margarita, Mr. and Mrs.
William Graham, and Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Molinaro in Febru-
ary. Mrs. Harvey is the former Theresa Ann Washabaugh.
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Schofield, of Zephyrhills, Florida,
formerly of Gatun, visited their daughter, Mrs. Jacquelyn
Cassidy and their granddaughter, Joselyn, of Gatun, in January.
Mr. and Mrs. John E. Schmidt, of Pasadena, Maryland,
spent the months of December and January on the Canal Zone
visiting their daughter Jackie and family (Mr. and Mrs. Dale
Bishop and Mark and Jeanne), and with their son's family
(Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Schmidt and Cheryl).
The following former Canal Zone residents visiting on the
Isthmus attended the NARCE MEETING at the Tivoli Guest
House: Mrs. Esther Horine, Seal Beach, California; Mrs. Lea
K. Dugan, Springfield, Illinois; Mrs. Marie V. Wolf, St. Peters-
burg, Florida; Mrs. Helen L. Smith, Huntsville, Alabama, Mrs.
Geneva B. Shrapnel, Seal Beach, California; Mrs. M. B. Huff,
McLean, Virginia, and Mrs. L. Lyons, Clearwater, Florida.
It was Mrs. Lyons' first visit to the Isthmus in twenty-four
HOME for the first time in seven years! Joe Reynolds
and his wife spent several weeks in March with his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Reynolds, Balboa, Canal Zone. Joe
will be remembered as a former outstanding athlete at Balboa
High School and Canal Zone College.
The Eric Forsmans, of Arlington, Texas, returned to the
Canal Zone in February for a short visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Metzger, of Miami, Florida, visited
their daughter Marilyn (Mrs. T.) Marsh and family in the
Canal Zone in April.
Eugene C. Lombard, former Executive Secretary of the
Canal Zone, attended a conference of Catholic Relief Services
delegates in Panama. After thirty-seven years as an employee
of the Canal organization, Mr. Lombard retired in 1965. Since
his retirement, he has been a director of the Catholic Relief
Services Mission, first in Honduras and more recently in
El Salvador. Although many persons talk about the "good old
days," he said he found that each generation of Canal em-
ployees' working conditions and benefits are now better than
ever. In this connection, Mr. Lombard listed incentive awards,
health insurance, improved retirement plans and many other
things adopted in the eight years since he was Executive
He was accompanied to the Zone by his wife, the former
Alice Quinn of Balboa.
Capt. Arthur Taylor Luther, 88 visited the Zone in February.
Capt. Luther spent forty years in the service of the Panama
Canal organization. His first nine years were spent in the
construction operations of the Canal. Shortly after he was
made a pilot, disastrous slides blocked the Canal. From Sept-
ember, 1915 to April, 1916, Capt. Luther went back to work
for the Dredging Divvision. When the Canal was again opened
to commercial traffic, Capt. Luther returned to his work as
a pilot. It was during World War I that Capt. Luther was
dubbed "speed merchant" when he handled as many as three
battleships in Balboa Harbor in one afternoon.
After the Pearl Harbor attack, Capt. Luther piloted the
aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Yorktown through Gaillard Cut at night
and in heavy fog. Following the Dredging Division tug Chagres,
he sneaked through on what he calls his "secret" channel in
the Cut. Capt. Luther recalls this feat as the highlight of his
career on the Canal.
While on the Zone, Capt. Luther was honored by a lunch-
eon-meeting hosted by the Canal Pilots' Association.
Father Charles Gabriel Stouter of the Vincentian Order,
who went to Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon in 1920 returned
to the Zone in February after an absence of forty-five years.
He recalls his years of work on the Isthmus as most gratifying
in spite of the struggle mostly financial to carry on his
many projects for the benefit of the community.
While visiting in the Canal Zone, Panama City, and the
Interior, Father Stouter reminisced with members of the Crede
Cahoun family, the Ridges, Charles Williams, and his old
friend, Charles Blanchard of Rio Abajo, and many others.
When asked why he returned to the Canal Zone for a visit,
Father Stouter answered, "I used to retire every night. Now
I am retired night and day so I have come to see my old friends
who still remain on the Isthmus rather than wait to see them
Donald E. Musselman, former head of the drama depart-
ment of the Canal Zone College and a well-known member of
local dramatic groups, will return to the Isthmus in May to
direct "Showboat," Jerome Kern's classic extravaganza that
has been chosen as the 1969 United Fund benefit production.
Mr. Musselman left the Isthmus in 1964 after spending ten
years as drama instructor in both the Balboa High School and
the Canal Zone College. With. Mr. Victor Herr as codirector,
Mr. Musselman was responsible for many outstanding produc-
tions during his career on the Zone. He also directed the bi-
lingual production of "South Pacific," the Theatre Guild's
record holding production.
At present, Mr. Musselman is with Florida Southern College
in Lakeland where he directed "The Lark" and Sardon's
"Let's Get A Divorce." A Florida newspaper called this last
play a technical masterpiece.
The annual post-Easter exodus of Florida's winter visitors
meant "au revoir" to many friends. Those returning home
were: Mrs. Marie Plath and Mrs. Leonore Schwabb, Hamilton,
Ohio; Miss Beatrice Gardner, Woodstock, New York; Mrs. Fred
H. Hodges, Weaverville, North Carolina; Capt. and Mrs. A. B.
Forsstrom, Cranston, Rhode Island; Mr. and Mrs. William C.
Fritz, Warwick, Rhode Island; Mr. and Mrs. George L. Grimm,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Mr. John E. Keenan, Cheyenne, Wy-
oming; Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Calvit, Philadelphia, Pennsyl-
vania; Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Corn, Wawona, California, Mr.
and Mrs. Rodney Ely, Centerbrook, Connecticut; Mr. William
T. Johnston, Rexford, New York; Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Hill,
Camden, Maine; Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Monsanto, Iowa City,
Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Levi Neal, Brewer, Maine; Dr. and Mrs.
R. H. Whitehead, Laconia, New Hampshire.
One of the joys of "Florida Living" is a constant influx of
old friends and relatives during all seasons of the year. The
following were spring visitors to this area: Miss Claude Ay-
cock, Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Miss Ann Alnutt, Chevy
Chase, Maryland; Miss Gertrude A. Smith, Ansonia, Connec-
ticut; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Mikulich, Balboa, Canal Zone.
Easter vacation visitors in Fort Lauderdale and St. Peters-
burg; the James H. Selbys, of Phoenix, Arizona; Mrs. H. Clyde
(Lena) Ingersoll, Denver, Colorado, who spent a month in
Clearwater, saw many friends from other Florida areas; Mr.
Bob Glade made a brief stop in Clearwater en route to Texas;
Mr. and Mrs. Julien S. Hearne, Gamboa, Canal Zone, accom-
panied by Mr. Hearne's father, Mr. Jim Hearne, were St.
Petersburg visitors in late April and early May. In anticipation
of retirement in the spring of 1970, the Hearnes purchased a
home in St. Petersburg. Mrs. Gladys Baldwin, Quincy, Florida,
and Mrs. Ruth Powell, Canal Zone, visited Mr. and Mrs. T. A.
Clisbee, St. Petersburg in May. Hugh Harvey flew in for a week's
visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harvey in April. Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Hummer and family visited Chuck's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Hummer (Catherine and Tuck) in St.
Petersburg in May. Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Wardlow and son, of
Balboa, Canal Zone, visited their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Earl Baltozer and Mr. and Mrs. George McLintock in St. Peters-
burg. Mrs. Wardlow is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Baltozer, Diablo, Canal Zone. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Blair from Sher-
wood, Oregon, new members of the Panama Canal Society,
were overnight guests of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hicks in early
May. Mr. and Mrs. Ernie L. Payne, Napa, California, and Mr.
and Mrs. George T. Darnall, Jr., Los Rios, Canal Zone, were
also St. Petersburg visitors in May.
Had James F. Burgoon, Sarasota, Florida, recently de-
ceased (January 22, 1969), deliberately planned to write his own
Memorial, he could not have written anything more inspiring
for those who knew him than a short article which appeared in
the American Legion magazine for March.
Under LETTERS To The Editor, the following article was
signed by Mr. Burgoon:
Sir: In your October 1968 issue you published an article
entitled, "Are We Going to Give Away the Panama
Canal?" I have read many articles and heard many
people speak about this question. However, these writ-
ers and speakers may not have given the subject the
proper title, as you did. You swept away all the smog
and, in clearing the air, exposed the facts. Whatever
your source of information, it was certainly authenic
to the smallest detail. .
Thus, perhaps, his last public writing pertained to a con-
troversial issue but an issue which Mr. Burgoon was well
qualified to defend-both from the HEART and from first-
hand knowledge of the many factors involved.
Eugene S. Shipley, former Canal Zone police chief, has
accepted a position on the security staff of the Bank of Clear-
water, Florida. Mr. Shipley joined the Zone police in 1940 and
was appointed chief in 1961. He retired last year.
A Shriner and avid saltwater fisherman, Mr. Shipley and
his wife, Margaret are living in their new home at 703 Shady
Mr. Andrew Page, towboat engineer in the Navigation
Division was the winner of two cars (both Chevrolet Nova
sedans) in an Elks Lodge charity drawing in Elmhurst, New
York, in March.
Mr. Page attributes his luck to the fact that he had been
selling tickets for his late brother who was a member of the
lodge and had been stuck with eight of the books.
Since he already had a car, he took a trip from the Zone
to the States to dispose of his winnings. The April 15 annual
report to Uncle Sam will take "a good hunk" of the money he
realized from the sale of the cars!
The intangible ties that bind ex-Zonians are not just a
vague sentimental reaction characteristic only of the retiree
who, perhaps, IS inclined to relive memories of the past.
Having also sipped of the "Chagres Water," the progeny
of the retirees likewise take precious time from the demands
of an intricate and conflicting modern world for GET-TO-
GETHERS. In July of 1968, approximately forty-five young
people gathered at Merritt Island, Florida, and they hope to
make the reunion an annual affair. In February, 1969, a gather-
ing of youthful ex-Zonians now living in the vicinity of Wash-
ington, D.C. met for dinner at Kay Bridge Sirloin and Saddle
Room. Originally, the idea was conceived by Elaine (Lombard)
Newland and Barbara (Fritz) Reyle as they returned home
from a Christmas party at Helen (Pretz) Leyden's home, but
it was Buck Millet who actually organized the successful affair.
Those attending the function were Josie (DiBella) and Lee
Hughes, Margie and Bill Metivier, Elaine (Lombard) and Ross
Newland, Teresa and Buck Millett, Helen (Pretz) and George
Leyden, Georgia (Hagler) and Burnice Herring, Barbara
(Fritz) and Bruce Reyle, Gloria (Glaze) Curtis, Joanna and
Carl Glass, Emma (Menzel) and Francis Shaffer, Charlotte
and Leon Herring, Bernard Toner, Ruth (Millett) Gilead, Joan
(Evans) and Bob Burton, Joan (Sprague) and Joe Kilgallen.
Other Washington area people who weren't able to attend
were: Nancy (Coleman) and Bill Grubbs, Gloria (Stein) and
John Crandall, Marion and Jack Hilliard, Barbara (Norris)
Screen and her husband.
Buck is planning a Canal Zone picnic and beach outing on
the Chesapeake Bay this coming summer. Any Canal Zone
"brats" (that is really an endearing term) from the Washing-
ton area should phone Buck Millett (588-0466), if interested.
Star & Herald, March 5, 1969
Thousands of Isthmians, down the years, and guests from
all over the earth, have enjoyed the flowers and plants at the
garden maintained by Mrs. Pat Morgan on the bank of the
Canal near Corozal.
Only a few weeks ago the Episcopal diocese conducted its
annual spring festival there. Visitors have likened the place
to a Garden of Eden.
But a few days ago, the serpent struck.
Mrs. Morgan was down on her knees working in one of
the anthurium beds when a fer de lance bit her finger. She
rushed to a nearby faucet to wash away the blood she sucked
out from the wound, but fainted a short time later. Her body
struck the pipe and broke it. The sound of gushing water at-
tracted her helpers, who rushed Mrs. Morgan to the hospital.
A close call, friends gratefully say-for the fer de lance
can be deadly.
PRESCRIPTIONS OR RECIPES-both inherently serve a
common goal-proper nourishment for the body!
The versatile Dr. Bob Koenig is rated as TOPS both as a
physician and as a "Chef Extraordinaire."
Dr. Koenig first became interested in gourmet cooking
while doing his internship at the New Orleans Marine Hospital.
It was there that the classic French foods held a special appeal
for him. Chinese doctors who served with him during his stay
in Panama as clinical director and Chief of Medical Services
at Coco Solo Hospital introduced him to Chinese cooking.
A native southerner, the doctor loyally lists turnip greens,
chicken and dumplings, and Mexican foods (he lived in San
Antonio, Texas as a child) as also favorites.
In the culinary art, Dr. Koenig frequently uses shortcuts
in his gourmet cooking as soup mixes, powdered marinades,
and canned foods.
Shortcut gourmet recipes from Dr. Koenig, full-time physi-
cian and part-time gourmet chef, who now lives in Marshall,
Texas, appeared in the March issue of Southern Living.
Mrs. Raymond E. Forbes, of St. Petersburg, Florida, left
March 8 for Vancouver, British Columbia for a visit with her
son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James Forbes. From
Vancouver she will go to Riverside, California, to visit her
daughter, Joan and family and then on to Bradford, Penn-
sylvania for the summer months. St. Petersburg friends will
welcome Erma back in November.
The Canal Zone Bar Association has elected Albert J.
Joyce, Jr., as its president for 1969. Mr. Joyce, a graduate of
Balboa High School, class of 1950, is in the private practice
of law in the Canal Zone.
Miss Maida Watson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Watson,
of Golf Heights, Canal Zone, is attending the University of
Florida at Gainesville. Miss Watson is teaching Spanish at the
University on an assistanceship while taking her Master's
Degree in Romance Languages at the Graduate School of Arts.
Mrs. Alice Barnes, Chaplain, The Panama Canal Society
of Florida, vacationed in Canada in April. She arrived in a
snow storm with a cold 16 degrees above zero weather!
Jacob F. Krause, Jr. better known to his friends as Jeff,
has resigned from the Air Force and is now living in Tampa,
Florida, where he is Branch Manager for Planned Security
Consultants, Inc. His telephone number is 988-8998. A social
call from Canal Zone folks would be most welcome.
William Barton Mallory III (Bart), who graduated from
the University of Tennessee Law School in March is now af-
filiated with the law firm of Heiskell, Donelson, Adams, Wil-
liams & Wall, of Memphis, Tennessee.
The Admiral's House-313 Fourth of July Avenue, Ancon,
Canal Zone. Do you remember it? It was the summer of
1933 that Louise Hanna, Alice Parsons and Verna Steen bearded
the Lion in his den-The Chief Quartermaster, Roy Watson, at
that time-and convinced him that school teachers deserved
better housing than old 203 Ancon was affording them-and that
a vacant house, even an Admiral's former quarters, would be
acceptable in spite of the fact that the rental was a bit stagger-
ing! In September, Myrtle Whaley and Frances Miller were
met at the Balboa Railway station when the "Teachers' Special"
arrived, and escorted to their new dwelling. Later on, Dr.
Dorothy Moody, of the Canal Zone Junior College faculty
joined the group. At one time Eleanor Durett was also a mem-
ber of the household.
Many happy days were spent there and many good parties
were enjoyed as there was spacious room for entertaining.
Many humorous incidents occurred-one in particular comes
to mind-the squabble with the Municipal Engineering Division
when they decided to cut down the row of Royal Palm trees in
the front of the house in order to widen Fourth of July Avenue.
We were able to save six or eight of the palm trees, and as
a sop to our wounded feelings the Governor shared his heart
of palm salad with us!
Of that happy group, Dr. Dorothy Moody and Louise Hanna
have gone to their eternal home. Alice Parsons married Ray
Harris, a Major in the Army. They are now retired and living
in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Eleanor Durrett worked with the
Girl Scouts in the Zone and later in their national headquarters
in Washington, D.C. She joined the Waves, and when she retired
as a Commander in that group, she settled in San Francisco.
The latest report from her was she was operating a book shop
there. Frances Miller has been associated with the Red Cross
and is in charge of their Lima, Ohio, office.
Myrtle Whaley went to the Isthmus in September, 1924, as
an English teacher in the Balboa High School. Books were her
first and last love, and she was instrumental in building up
the school library. She was later head Librarian at Balboa High
and gave hours and hours of her time to students seeking as-
sistance. When she retired in 1943, she went back to her old
home in Chelan, Washington. She and her French poodle, Gigi,
are the sole occupants of a beautiful three story, fourteen-
room home overlooking Lake Chelan.
Now Verna, the last of that group, married Bob Fletcher
and now they live the leisurely life of retired farmers at Bob's
home place, three miles west of Parrott, and ten miles from
Dawson, Georgia. Their daughter Martha graduated from
Wellesley College, Boston, Massachusetts. She works for the
Defense Department in Washington, D.C. and says her work is
fascinating and every day a challenge. She lives at 3033 New
Mexico Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. Their son, Robert, has
his Civil Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and is associ-
ated with Eastern Engineering Company in Atlanta, Georgia.
He is married and living in Decatur, Georgia.
And so, the Admiral's family is scattered-but what fond
memories we all have of those goneby days and all our good
friends who enjoyed the Admiral's House with us.
-Verna Steen Fletcher, Dawson, Georgia
Mrs. Elsie Fowkes Jackson, Alexandria, Virginia, left
April 15 for Los Angeles and a tour of the Orient which included
Tokyo, Koto, Bepper, Hiroshima, Osaka Japan, Taiwan, Ma-
nila, Singapore, Hong Kong and Honolulu.
Mrs. J. L. Fulton (Kathleen) writes that they were unable
to attend the Reunion because of illness-the flu. Jim, Jr. and
his wife, Patti and little Jennie spent Thanksgiving and Christ-
mas with their parents and sailed on January 10 from New
Orleans for the Zone. The senior Fultons hope to visit them
sometime during the next year.
Dorman, his wife Jane, and Lisa have gone to Hawaii as
Dorman was transferred recently. Thus, a trip to our 50th State
is another MUST with instructions to find them a grass shack,
and they'd be right over! Dorman visited his parents before
going to Hawaii while Jane and Lisa visited her family in Mil-
Jim, Sr. is still working for the City of West Palm Beach
as Internal Auditor. In another year, he will draw his Army
Retirement and probably will then choose to be among the
Mr. and Mrs. Ray M. Smith returned to their home in Gatun
in March after a three-month trip to the States. They spent
Christmas in North Carolina with their daughter, Diana Rae
Davis and her two sons. Her husband is in Vietnam.
The Smiths also visited their son Wayne who is a junior at
the University of California in Santa Barbara. In California,
they also saw Mrs. Bruce Hick (Judy Palumbo, of Coco Solo).
Paul L. Nave, M.D., a new member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, and formerly of the Gorgas Opthalmology
Department will enter practice in St. Petersburg as a junior
partner of Dr. Daniel M. Lev. Dr. Nave will arrive in St. Peters-
burg in late July or early August.
Mrs. Ann De La Mater, retired employee of the Canal Zone
Division of Schools, recently was presented the Book of Golden
Deeds award of the Greenville, North Carolina Exchange Club,
according to an article in the Daily Reflector of Greenville.
Since retiring in 1954, Mrs. De La Mater until recently de-
voted almost all her time to various charitable activities in
Greenville. Her many time-consuming activities included: part-
time secretary to the Pitt County Mental Health Association; do-
nating time to the Eastern Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease
Association; the Trainable School for Retarded Children; work-
ing in various Heart Fund activities, serving on the board of
directors of the Tuberculosis Association; the East Carolina
Sheltered Workshop; the Salvation Army and Operation Sun-
She also took an active part in the Daughters of the Ameri-
can Revolution, the Women of the Moose, the Pitt County His-
torical Society, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Green-
ville Woman's Club.
Mrs. De La Mater went to Panama in 1912 to visit her
brother, Robert Worsley who still lives in Panama. She mar-
ried and remained on the Zone until her retirement. Her son,
William, is budget coordinator of the Executive Planning Staff
of the Panama Canal and lives in Los Rios.
Her daughter, Mrs. Lois Bates, also a former resident of
the Isthmus, is private secretary for the commanding officer of
a military group in Formosa.
The RECORD travels farther and farther from home base.
New members of the Society, Mr. and Mrs. Winifield S. Ireland
give Poste Restante, Nelson, New Zealand, as their new ad-
Mr. Ireland was with the Bureau of the Posts in the Canal
A half-century ago, the Class of 1919, of Balboa High School,
gave a play, "Just Jones." In looking over mementos cherished
over the years, Eugene R. Owen, Media Pennsylvania, came
across the original program with the cast as follows:
Francis Kerr Jones
Hubert Langlois Ebenezer Goodly
Manuel Quintero Antony Goodly, D.D.
Charles Watson Richard Heatherly
Vivian Hutchings Thomas Holder
Vivian Hutchings Wiliam Bigbee
Earl Palmer Henry Fuller
Margaret Campbell Mrs. Goodly
Lucille Koperski Marjorie
Margaret Hollowell Minerva
Dorothy Browning Cissy
Ruth Seavey Alvina Starlight
Julia Nielson Helma
Mr. Owen writes, "I believe it would be interesting to
know where the students of the Class of 1919 are today-the
names of the Girls in the cast appear in the Canal Record now
and then, but I have not seen any of the Boys' names in print."
Hopefully, "Boys" your memories, too, will temporarily revert
to the Year, 1919, and perhaps more data may be obtained
concerning that memorable YEAR when you had reached the
yearned-for status of a "Mighty Senior" at Balboa High.
From the memoirs of our senior citizens to those who must
shortly assume the role of active citizens, another play, Wil-
liam Shakespeare's romantic comedy, "A Midsummer Night's
Dream" was produced in April, 1969, by the Balboa High School
Drama Club. Space prevents the listing of all names in the
large cast. The leading role of Theseus, Duke of Athens, is
played by Jim Latimer and that of his bride, Hippolyta, the
Queen of Amazons, by Carmen Hernandez. Marsha Makibbin
and Stella Trembley have roles as lovely young maidens. Their
mixed-up lovers, Lysander and Demetrius, are played by
Loonie Johnston and Lawrence Senzer. Paul Willenberg and
David Poock are members of the royal court. Ada Beechner
has the role of Titania, queen of the fairy world, and the ruler-
king of the forest is portrayed by Bill Hesters. The wily Puck
is played by Edward Lee.
THE YEAR, 2019-just pondering-will some 1969 graduate
by chance come across an old program, yellowed with age,
dated fifty years back, and perhaps cogitate, as Mr. Owen did
as to what had happened over the years to various members of
Hopefully, the answer is YES.
1969 is a year of triumph for Marsha Makibbin as she
crowns her acting career with a lead in "Midsummer Night's
Dream." Marsha, a senior, has shown her talent for dramatic
productions throughout high school. This year Marsha is presi-
dent of the Thespians Club and also had the female lead in
Frank A. Castles, chairman of the Canal Zone Chapter of
the American Red Cross, at their annual meeting in February
presented Mrs. Marie A. Van Clief, the senior member of Red
Cross Volunteers in the Canal Zone, with a Red Cross Certifi-
cate of Appreciation for 50 years service and a 50-year pin.
Mrs. Van Clief retired from Canal service in 1956, after
working in the Accounting Department. She joined the Red
Cross in 1919 and became a member of the Lifesaving Corps
of the American National Red Cross, teaching classes in life-
saving. In 1925 she received the honorary service medal with
rescue bar for saving three persons from drowning.
As a member of the Red Cross War Fund Committee, Mrs.
Van Clief received a citation for selling more than a quarter
million dollars in War Bonds.
Mrs. Van Clief has been chairman of the Production Service
of the Canal Zone Chapter since 1958. Members of this group
collect, manufacture and distribute items obtained by the chap-
ter through community resources. Mrs. Van Clief is chiefly
concerned with sewing and mending and her specialty is mak-
ing slippers for patients at Gorgas Hospital who need them.
Mrs. Van Clief is still active, spending at least three morn-
ings each week working at the Chapter House in Ancon.
1917-World War I-Leslie G. Worthington, a soldier of
twenty-one, en route to Europe from Sydney, Australia, who
was aboard the Transport, THEMISTOCLES, with other mem-
bers of the troop, tossed notes overboard at Gatun Locks asking
the finders to write their mothers back home in Australia say-
ing that they had seen them and they were well.
March, 1969-Mr. and Mrs. Worthington, who were making
a trip around the world aboard the ORSOVA arrived in Balboa
on March 14. The first person to greet the Worthingtons was
Gary Dunsmoor, an employee of the Panama Canal Personnel
Bureau. It was Gary's grandmother, the late Mrs. Alex Low-
ande, whose husband was an employee at Gatun Locks at that
time, who had picked up one of the notes and mailed it to the
mother in Australia. Mr. Worthington presented Mr. Dunsmoor
the letter written by his grandmother in 1917, saying it had made
his late mother very happy.
From the desk of Perry Starbuck-KIWANIS INTERNA-
TIONAL, New York District Governor-1969
"I retired from IBM in January and this year 1 am devoting
full time to KIWANIS. I am finding that being Governor of the
New York District, which comprises all of New York State,
really is a full time job. There are twenty-four Divisions in the
District where I am required to make an official visit and other
functions of the three hundred and fifteen Kiwanis Clubs which
really keep me on the go.
Emma travels with me most of the time, and there is real
enjoyment in meeting and making friends with so many
people in all parts of the state."
Two well-known Zone teachers from the Pacific side, Mrs.
Maxine P. Dillman and Miss Mildred H. Slater, retired offi-
cially in February but completed the school year as Rehired
Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Capps, Coffeyville, Kansas, re-
port that Kansas winters seemed "perfect" to them after the
penetrating cold of Iowa. Their son, Ronald, who is Manager
of the Sherwin Williams Plant in Coffeyville, was elected "Boss
of the year for 1968." Congratulations!
Bob Hull, Arlington, Virginia, sailed for Europe on March
13 for a month's holiday. He planned to see Henry and Kath-
leen Greiser while in Ireland.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Neumann, of Kenosha, Wisconsin,
sent in clippings from the Kenosha News commemorating their
50th Wedding Anniversary. Pictures of the Neumanns with the
caption, "Then and Now" showed a dual set of pictures-the
happy newly-wed couple and fifty years later-still happy!
Unfortunately, newspaper pictures cannot be duplicated for
the Record. Sorry.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Howard, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
spent three weeks in March on the East Coast, visiting with
many old friends in the Pompano-Lauderdale area and seeing
Mr. Howard's sister, Mrs. C. K. Lambert, Sr., of Adelphi,
Maryland, who has been with her daughter, Mrs. Francis L.
Hilliard in Hollywood since January. During his visit to the
East Coast, the President, his wife, Mrs. Howard, and Mrs.
Lambert were guests of honor of several members of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida at a buffet luncheon given at
the Crystal Lakes Golf and Country Club on Sunday, March 16.
This Club is located in the Crystal Lakes section of Pompano
Beach. The following members of the Society were present:
Roger and Dorothy Williams; Ann Williams; Gretchen Melan-
son; Alice Smith; Mr. and Mrs. Murray Klipper; Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Cunningham; Mr. and Mrs. John J. Connard; Carl and
Camille Cetti; Gary and Wilma Lockman, and Marie and Jack
Eva S. Hammer, 455 Hobbs Lane, Santa Maria, California
93454, has written a letter requesting information, if known, of
the current address of Frank Rowley or Rowlinski, a former
engineer on a locomotive crane on the Canal Zone.
Mr. Rowley resided in Corozal until 1914 when he left the
Mr. T. V. Hammer, her brother-in-law, residing in Los
Melinos, California, is very anxious to get in touch with Mr.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen May and daughter, Amanda Lee, of
Evanston, Illinois, visited Mrs. May's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Paul L. Beck in St. Petersburg, Florida. Stephen is a member
of the faculty at Northwestern University. All enjoyed the
change in climate and the Florida sunshine.
While preparing for a career in the medical field in the
early 1940's, Walter C. Friday, Jr., the son of the late Dr.
Walter C. Friday, Sr., received financial aid from Panama
Canal Zone B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 1414.
In March, 1969, Lodge 1414 received a check of $2,000 from
Dr. Walter C. Friday, Jr., now practicing in Burlington, Iowa,
to use as the Lodge wished. The Lodge voted to set up a Dr.
Walter C. Friday, Sr., Student Assistance Fund. After receiving
word that the money would be set up in a fund, Dr. Friday
sent $2,000 more, bringing the total to $4,000.
Older residents of the Isthmus, especially those who lived
on the Pacific side in Balboa, remember "Doc" Friday as he
and "Doc" Keen handled all ills and ailments for many years
at the Balboa Dispensary.
Young Dr. Friday was born on the Isthmus, attended
school in Balboa, and after graduation from Balboa High School
received his degree in the United States.
Upon receiving the money, Exalted Ruler Steward J. Brown
of Lodge No. 1414 said, "Although Elkdom does not expect its
deeds to be rewarded, it is, nevertheless, heart-warming to be
so well remembered by one we have helped and to realize that
men of Dr. Friday's mettle exist."
Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Baumbach, of Clearwater, Florida,
really "hit the jackpot" in December and January. What a
wonderful family reunion with Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Baum-
bach and children, Frederick, Ruth, and Raymond, of Curundu,
Canal Zone, and Staff Sergeant and Mrs. Joseph J. Messina
(Penny Baumbach) from Valparaiso, Florida, and daughter,
Kim, all home at the same time for the holidays.
The F. S. Baumbachs spent a week the middle of March
with Penny and family in Valparaiso.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph K. Frangioni and Mrs. Bernice Brad-
ley, of Silver Spring, Maryland, arrived in Clearwater, Florida,
on April 26th for a two-week visit with Mr. and Mrs. F. S.
The Frangionis not only enjoyed seeing old friends during
their stay in Clearwater but also checked on various locations
for eventual retirement to Florida.
Mrs. Barbara Cunningham, of Auburn, Washington, spent
two weeks at the home of the J. J. Griffins in North Hollywood,
California, getting acquainted with her new granddaughter,
Barbara Anne. She returned home in time to participate in an
Easter egg hunt at Auburn Park with the three children of Mr.
and Mrs. Jay A. Cunningham. On April 13, Barbara and Josh
helped grandson Michael Alexander Cunningham celebrate his
first birthday. Other members of the family present were Mr.
and Mrs. Jay Cunningham and Leah, Adina, Jay Jr., and
Michael's mother, Mrs. M. E. Cunningham. Michael's father
was unable to attend as he is in school in Oklahoma.
News and a new address from Andrew A. Whitlock-Apart-
ment 648, 9100 Burdine Street, Houston, Texas 77035
"After nine years of the joy of home-ownership, we have
moved into an apartment after selling our home. Frances is
delighted with less housekeeping to do, the joy of having a
swimming pool right at home, and I'm glad to be rid of paint-
We both are enjoying part-time work: Frances teaches
Spanish at a private kindergarten in Memorial Drive Town and
Country Village, and I work three days a week at Oshman's
Sporting Goods Store in the same area."
Mrs. John Hower, who left St. Petersburg on May 3rd for
a five weeks' vacation, visited her son, Dr. John Hower, his
wife, Joan, and three children in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Hower,
after teaching at the Sorbonne in Paris on a year's leave of
absence, is back at Case Western Reserve University in Cleve-
Before returning to St. Petersburg, Mrs. Hower was the
guest of her niece, Mrs. W. Witt (Carla Renz), and her family
in Chatham, New Jersey. From New Jersey she journeyed to
Norfolk, Virginia, where she saw her nephew, Dr. Paul Renz,
his wife, and children. Dr. Renz is the Director of the Special
Education Center at Old Dominion College in Norfolk.
The President of the Panama Canal Society of Florida and
Mrs. W. L. Howard left April 28th on a three weeks' trip to
Washington, D.C. and nearby places. They were accompanied
by Mrs. Adelaide Lambert and her daughter, Mrs. Frances
Hilliard. Mrs. Lambert, who lives in Adelphi, Maryland, had
spent the winter months visiting her daughters in California
Mr. and Mrs. J. Bartley Smith, after completing many
rewarding years of service on the Zone, sailed April 24 on the
Cristobal for New Orleans.
Temporary headquarters for the Smiths will be the Roy
Reece home in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Reeces left St.
Petersburg in late May for their summer home in New Hamp-
Mr. and Mrs. Smith expect to visit their son, Ralph and
his family, in New Mexico. Before returning to St. Petersburg,
the Smiths plan a trip to California and then back to Boston
Class of 1955 of Balboa High School plan a Reunion in
September-Mrs. A. J. Kosik (Nina Brown) has written letters
to former faculty members and friends informing them of the
plans for a Reunion of the "famous" Class-the one that defied
authority and conducted a full-fledged Skip Day to Goofy Lake
during Senior Week in 1955. Each letter would be of interest if
printed, but the following letter to Mrs. Lucille S. Judd touches
the heart-strings of all age groups. Thank you, Nina, for your
letters; the Class of 1955 may be assured of the full cooperation
from your ex-faculty and your friends.
"Some time ago, my mother (Emma Brown) entered a
subscription/membership for me in the Society, mostly, I
think, to stop me from thumbing through hers! I've found it
most interesting and currently, especially, most useful.
I graduated from Balboa High in 1955 and lo these four-
teen years later, we have decided to have a reunion-we don't
wish to wait for 1970 as fifteen years away from innocence
would be cruel to our memories of each other as "kids"-some-
how there seems to be a tremendous span of time between
fourteen and fifteen years out of high school! The Canal Re-
cord's Annual Issue has been indispensable to me as I try to
track down the "gang" through their parents or their own
In my search for my classmates and their parents, I've
read many names which have meant much to me in my life.
Both sides of my family have been here a long time (Fred and
Nina Brown from Pedro Miguel and Charles and Marie Van
Clief in Balboa) and our roots and hearts are here. To go
through the Record and see familiar well-known names was
wonderful and brought back many memories. I remember my
"Aunt Jay" Cain so well; and Frank and Jo Aspesi from the
Williamson Place days in Balboa; "Zip" Zierten was always
Balboa High to us; the Collinges, where I spent so many hours
with Sara; Helen and Lee Beil who gave me sanctuary when I
skipped school to listen to the World Series at their house be-
hind the Balboa Post Office; Bob and Marie Collins and Ed and
Mary Phelan who are so very special to me and, oh, so many,
many more. .
There is, too, the news from my age group-Curt and
Ginger Jeffries, the Huls, etc., and I enjoy reading what is
going with them. I especially appreciate your citing the girls'
maiden names as sometimes it gets confusing not knowing
who's married to whom!
As the cliches go, "Home is where the heart is" and
"there's no place like home"-to any of us who've had a drop
of the Chagres trickle down our throats, home is the Zone.
Whether any Zonian ever return to see what evils nature and
the government hath wrought, "home" remains in our hearts-
and it seems that is the important place for anything as dear."
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood, enroute from New Orleans
to St. Petersburg, were house guests of Mrs. Robert L. Simpson
(Peggy Ann Sylvestre) in Fort Walton Beach, Florida on April
29th and 30th. Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Simpson (Eloise Monroe),
of Walnut Creek, California, who were visiting Wes's son
(temporarily in Fort Walton on business) joined Peggy, her
family, and the Woods at a dinner party on April 29th.
Deborah (Debby) Simpson, Peggy's oldest daughter, had
just received the good news that she had been selected a Cheer
Leader. With keen competition and having had only one year
in the school, this was indeed an honor. Congratulations,
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Carl LaBonge (Virgil Besser), of Alex-
andria, Virginia, surprised St. Petersburg friends (the R. A.
Sylvestres and the H. A. Dunns) with a short visit on April
Lt. Col. LaBonge, a one-time member of the Balboa Police
For.e;, held a.reserve commission in. the U~nited States Army
and returned to active duty in 1941. Since the late 1950's, the
LaBonges have lived in Alexandria, Virginia. Carl is still
working for the Government in Washington, D.C. They join that
ever-increasing group, who, looking forward to retirement,
visit the Sunshine State.
A picture of two men in a boat to an ordinary viewer would
mean nothing. But when the two men are Mr. Victor Holmelin
and Mr. Red Hallen, and when it is realized that this insignifi-
cant-looking boat was the FIRST BOAT IN GAILLARD CUT,
the picture along with informative information which was sent
in by Charlie Holmelin, of St. Petersburg, is of great interest,
in particular to Old Timers.
Mr. Holmelin writes: "The photo of the blowing up of the
Gamboa Dike in the 25th and 50th Anniversary books was taken
by Mr. Red Hallen, Official photographer of The Panama Canal,
from this boat.
The photo enclosed was taken by Mr. Harry Greenwood,
showing the pump station and the dike to the left rear, from
the cut. side.
This boat was built by some boys in Empire, Canal Zone.
Mr. Harry Hartman, in charge of the wood shop, cut the bow
piece for it. Two of the boys who aided in making the boat
were Leon Hartman and Charlie Holmelin-names of others
are not remembered.
In the early part of the 1913 school vacation, when there
was little water in the cut, the boat was lowered into the cut,
down about 125 feet of stairs in back of the Empire power plant.
When the dike was blown up, there was a difference of
three to four feet of water lower in the cut than that of Gatun
One of the first boats through the opening of the dike was
the boat owned by the Hunting Club of Gorgona, which tied up
at the stairs in Empire."
Mid 'June is the' anticipated' date -for the gathering of the
clan at:the home'-f':Mr. and Mrs.' Daniel M. Eggleston in St:
Petersbtrg. From California; Maryland, and the Canal Zone
the three "grown-up" Egglestons will join their parents,, Car
mencita, Teresa, and Tony for a happy reunion.
The senior Egglestons have a beautiful new water-front
home to show, but Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Eggleston, Jr,
(Danny and Deborah) from Monterey, California also have
something very special, as yet unseen by the family-see sec-
tion on BIRTHS! Danny is working on his masters degree at
the Naval Graduate School in Monterey.
From Maryland, Cecilia (Ceci).Eggleston, now Mrs. George
E. Haborak, with her husband, an assistant professor of math-
ematics at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, will join the
family circle. Professor Haborak will receive his doctorate
degree in June.
Robert E. Eggleston, who works in the Comptroller's
Office in the Canal Zone, also plans to be home with his parents,
two brothers, three sisters, a niece, and a brand new nephew,
Daniel Maurice Eggleston III.
Elsie and Frank Naughton, Paul and Marguerite Hertgeni
Helen and Jimmy Lyons, Lonnie and Betty Van Siclen, and
their daughter, Lee Lloyd took time from their busy life in Fort
Lauderdale for a one-week Caribbean cruise aboard the BO-
HEME. Leaving Miami on April 19, they spent the first night
in the Bahamas and then sailed on to picturesque St. Thomas,
Virgin Islands, and to San Juan, Puerto Rico. St. Thomas offered
entertainment and bargains galore, especially cigarette and li-
quor prices. Cigarettes were $1.40 a carton and an unlimited
number could be brought back.
Seeing San Juan again was somewhat of a disillusionment
to Jimmy Lyons who, years before going to the Zone, had
taught there. Jimmy expressed his sentiments in a terse sen-
tence, "The old saying 'You can never go back' couldn't be
truer." There were compensations, however. They took the
nightclub tour and saw a terrific show at the Americana Hotel.
Searching-all too often in vain-for; a four-leaf clover is
not uncommon. Poetry, tradition, and common usage have at-
tached particular meanings to a great many flowers. Su;h
tached particular meanings to a great many flowers.
... "Four-leaf clovers are worth more than their weight in
gold," says C. T. Daniels, formerly of the Canal Zone but now
residing in St. Petersburg. "An ounce of four-leaf clovers will
sell for $90. An ounce of pure gold is only $32." Mr. Daniels is
certainly an authority on this subject as the founder of a com-
pany which wholesales 3-million four-leaf clovers a year!
When a lad of ten, Mr. Daniels worked in his father's
florist shop in New York. Perhaps, his father's remark that a
person who could discover a way to grow the almost unheard-
of four-leaf clover could make money left an indelible impres-
sion with the youth.
Success didn't come the easy way-unfortunately, usually
clover has three leaves. But in the 1930's when he was working
for the government in the Panama Canal, Mr. Daniels began
to have success with his breeding.
Friends and the family began enclosing the "good luck"
symbol in greeting cards-some even designed personal cards,
utilizing the symbolism of the four-leaf clover. Eventually, one
of these personal cards reached a greeting card company. In
1938, a cable from Rustcraft Publishing Company in Boston
requested delivery price on one million four-leaf clovers. Caught
with only one small box of clover, through hard work and the
help of the entire family, in six months production was greatly
increased. Other hurdles were overcome. It was W. F. Daniels,
C. T.'s son, who devised the special green dye which now keeps
four-leaf clovers green after they've been picked. A special
formula to prevent the leaves from crumbling was developed,
Unfortunately, those who are desirous of possessing the
elusive "good luck" clover might as well be reconciled to the
fact that the four-leaf is still as difficult to find as the proverbial
"needle in the haystack." The Daniels' Company sell their
clovers only to Jobbers or Novelty firms.
THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW, November 3, 1950-
People You Know-GROWN-UP ZONE BOYS
"In the Canal-Railroad organization of today there are
many local boys and girls who grew up and received most of
their education on the Isthmus. .. They form a living link
with the colorful and stirring events of Canal Construction
period. In the second appearance of the feature PEOPLE YOU
KNOW, the pictures and biographical sketches are presented
of three of the several hundred grown-up Canal Zone boys who
now help run the Canal aid Railroad. They are: -Phil-Thornton,
Alton White, and Jim Wood." '
TIME MARCHES ON-the last of the three designated for
the write-up in the November 3, 1950, REVIEW to retire is Jim
Jim was only four years old when he arrived on the Isth-
mus from his native home in Mobile, Alabama. His elementary
and high school education (Class of 1932) was received in
Cristobal. Employed first as a civilian with the Army, Jim, in
his career with the Canal organization, worked as a Zone police-
man, Customs Inspector, Boarding Officer, and as an Ad-
measurer with the Navigation Division, Pacific Side.
February 28, 1969, was a red-letter day in the Wood's
family. Jim's wife, Virginia Preston Wood, retired on the same
day from her position with the 15th Naval District. Virginia
and Jim sailed from the Zone on April 24 on the Cristobal for
New Orleans en route to St. Petersburg where they will join
the ever-increasing number of contented retirees. Nellie, the
younger daughter and Virginia's father, Harry F. Preston, Sr.,
will follow as soon as the Woods are permanently located.
From "Grown-up Zone Boy" to the status of Senior Citizen
likewise applies to another new resident in St. Petersburg. Mr.
Earl O. Dailey, astronomer and electrical engineer, who re-
tired from the Canal Zone organization in January, lived most
of his life on the Isthmus. Earl attended the Canal Zone schools
and received his degree in electrical engineering at Tulane
University in New Orleans.
Although employed as an electrical engineer, Earl became
interested in astronomy as a youth and became an expert in
this field. He helped manage the Canal Zone observatory at
Miraflores and taught extension courses in astronomy for
Florida State University at the Canal Zone College.
Mr. and Mrs. Dailey (Charlotte Wahl), spent about six
weeks traveling before settling down in their home in St.
Petersburg-5145 Huntington Circle, N.E., Zip, 33703. Mary Lou
McPherson and two little girls, Patti Ann and Shannon, are
in St. Petersburg with Mary Lou's parents.
It will be "Swing your partner and promenade" for Char-
lotte and Earl. Avid square dancers for many years (in the
Zone they were members of the Star and Circle Square dance
club), they expect to continue with their hobby in St. Peters-
Mr. Donald Judson, Power Systems Dispatcher, who re-
tired in March, is another "Grown-up Zone Boy." He started
work at the age of 13 as a boy on the Dredging Division rolls-
summer vacation job. Also a graduate of Balboa High School,
Mr. Judson joined the Electrical Division in 1933 and has held
various positions on the Power Branch when he was not work-
ing in South America or the United States.
Mrs. Ida McDade, Public Health Nurse, Division of Pre-
ventive Medicine, on the occasion of her retirement, was
honored by the Salvation Army.
Mrs. McDade saw a dream fulfilled in the opening of the
Sabanita Hogar Dr. Eno, a home for girls on the Transisthmian
Highway which officially opened on August 16, 1967.
During her service as a member of The Salvation Army
Atlantic Sabanita Committee, she encouraged, aided and "stuck
with" this project.
Mr. and Mrs. James F. McDade, Jr., who left the Canal
Zone in late February, are now living in Miramer, Florida-
7741 Venetian Street, Zip, 33023.
STAR & HERALD, March 3, 1969
In the amateur division of the Panama Open Golf Tourna-
ment, the mighty mite, Grover Matheney, powered a three
under par 69 to grab his THIRD Panama Open honors.
Grover Matheney placed tmrteenth in his first Open when
he was 16 years old. In 1963, he was second by one stroke to
the winner, Charlie MacMurray. Then he kept busy at college
and came home to win in 1967 and 1968. He says that he will not
lose his title until someone is willing to work harder than he
does to win.
Mrs. Louise Wilkinson (Sully), Donna, Texas, writes that
she is still working as a school nurse. Thirteen years ago when
she started working, she was the only nurse for six schools.
Now, there are three nurses. Although hoping to retire next
year, at the time of her letter she was uncertain-a substantial
raise in salary meant "thinking it over."
Les keeps busy as a substitute teacher in bookkeeping and
enjoys his work. Don now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he
is senior ground engineer for American Air Lines. Jan's
family (Jan Sampson Muralt) live in San Clemente, California.
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Yates (Mr. Yates, Chief, Employ-
ment and Placement Branch, retired in February) are making
their home in Clearwater, Florida-Box 4775, Zip 33518.
Another February retiree, Mr. Robert G. Rowe whose plans
are indefinite has given a temporary State's address: 706118
West 82nd Street, Los Angeles, California, 90045.
Mr. Richard K. Soyster has: notified the Society that .he is
retiring from the Police Force on July 15, 1969,.but is sailing on
the June 15th boat. His temporary address is: 102 North Palm
Avenue, Kissimmee, Florida, 32741....
Mrs. Lillie Wyle Wood has purchased a house in Brockton,
Massachusetts. Her new address is: 115 Bouve Avenue, Brock-
ton, Massachusetts 02401.
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Grimm visited Mrs. Norman
Holton (Marie Grimm) in Austin, Texas. On May 14th the
Grimms celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and on
May 15 Mrs. Grimm had a birthday. Congratulations!
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Hicks went to Banner Elk, North
Carolina in April for ten days to baby-sit" while Dorothy and
Bob (Dr. and Mrs. Robert Chapman) went to a missionary
conference in New York. Dr. and Mrs. Chapman are returning
to Ethiopia the middle of July after a two-year furlough from
Timothy Lane, 18-year-old graduate from Balboa High
School in May, 1968, joined the Pirates' Farm League for spring
training at Bradenton, Florida. His coach, Herbert Raybourne,
Balboa High School, sent in young Lane's name. His mother,
Mrs. McNair C. Lane, is an employee of the Division of Schools
and his father of the Locks Division. "'
The James V. Ekholms, Ithaca, New York, are building a
new home-the same city but a different hill! From one of
their upstair's windows with the aid of binoculars, they are
able to keep tab on the progress made on their new home.
They expect to be settled by July and write, "So if any of the
Zonites come this way, the latchstring is out as always-at
Sara reports that she had a good visit with her father,
John L. Ferguson, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, in March
and expects him to visit them in the new house when is is
completed. He is well and keeps reasonably busy. En route
home from North Carolina, the Ekholms had breakfast with
Ida and Bob McLavy.
After July their address will be: 201 Cliff Park Road,
Ithaca, New York 14850.
A letter from J. W. Tannehill states they have moved from
Pasadena, California, to Apartment D-3, 222 West Fir Street,
Brea, California 92621.
Robert H. Miller, Housing Project Manager, Superintendent
Housing Branch since 1963, retired in March after nearly
thirty-four years Canal service. The Millers will make their
retirement home in Fairhope, Alabama.
James R. Shirley, manager of the Housing Branch, North-
ern District since 1964, has been appointed Superintendent of
the Housing Branch.
Edward B. Webster, assistant housing manager at Balboa,
was named housing manager at Cristobal.
Arnold S. (Jim) Hudgins has been named Chief Foreman
Electrical Navigational Aids of the Panama Canal's Dredging
Division, succeeding Jesse De Witt Tate who retired in January.
Upon retirement after more than 25 years United States
Government Service, Dr. Lewis E. Fontaine, Chief, Dental
Service, Gorgas Hospital, was presented a Superior Service
Award by Col. H. H. Ziperman, Panama Canal Health Director.
Present for the ceremony was Maj. Gen. Robert B. Shira,
Assistant Surgeon General and Chief of the Dental Corps, U.S.
Army, Washington, D.C. Maj. Gen. Shira was stationed in the
Canal Zone from 1941 to 1947 and was Dr. Fontaine's first boss.
L. A. Ferguson, Supply and Community Service Director
presented John F. Manning, General Manager of the Supply
Division since 1966 a Superior Service Award at his retirement
party held in the Supply Division Office in Balboa. The Man-
ings plan to live in Florida.
Raymond P. Laverty, Jr., who has held the position of
Assistant General Manager of the Supply Division has been
appointed General Manager.
News from the Ray W. Clarkes, Marshalltown, Iowa-
'Marjorie and I are retired again; she from the Marshalltown
Community Schools and I from the position of Marshall
-'ounty Superintendent of Schools.
It may interest you to know that Dr. Donald Skinner, from
ihe Canal Zone Junior College is located here as Superintendent
of Area VI Vocational and Community College School System
and is doing well ."
Mrs. Lista Daniels and her son, Bob, Dallas Texas, took
a trip to Cincinnati, Ohio and to St. Louis, Missouri in late
They visited with Mrs. Arthur Plath and her sister, Mrs.
Leonore Schwab in Hamilton, Ohio and with George and Ann
-lagan and Mrs. Lillian Thompson in Dayton.
Mrs. Geneva Bliss Shrapnel, widow of Peter F. Shrapnel,
former Chief of the Panama Canal Administrative Branch, who
ilew to the Canal Zone for the Christmas holidays with her
,ister, Genell Bliss, her niece and nephew, Mabelle B., and
George A. Walker, of Cocoli, returned to her home in Leisure
WJorld, Seal Beach, California, on April 19th. While on the
,.anal Zone, she enjoyed visiting her many friends in Panama,
Santa Clara, and the Canal Zone whom she had not seen since
her last visit in 1956. On her return to the States she was met at
the Los Angeles airport by her grandson, Baron Shrapnel, his
wife, and her great grandson, Mark Shrapnel. Geneva's son,
Dr. Bliss C. Shrapnel is on the hospital staff of Kaiser Medical
Foundation in Honolulu, Hawaii. He and his wife, Adeline,
live in Waianae, Hawaii.
Mrs. George A. Walker, of Cocoli, flew to to Richmond,
Virginia in March to visit her son-in-law and daughter, Thomas
and Carole Peregoy and be present to welcome a new grandson,
Michael Darrin. While in the United States, Mrs .Walker also
visited another daughter, Mrs. Mabelle (Mickey) Fitzgerald and
three children in Keyser, West Virginia. Capt. Fitzgerald has
been in Vietnam since July and is presently stationed at Bien
Hoa. Mickey, who recently flew to Hawaii, spent several days in
California visiting her aunts and uncles Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D.
Bliss, Jr. and family in Campbell and Mr. and Mrs. John F.
Field in San Fernando. She also spent a day with a Balboa High
School classmate, Claudia Davis Allsup, her husband, and three
children in San Jose.
Gladys B. Humphrey and Ramona B. Barnes of Sarasota
met a cousin for the first time when Katherine Haynie O'Brien
of New York City came to Sarasota to visit friends. Katherine's
father, Walter T. Haynie was Secretary to Col. Gaillard in 1908;
her mother, Gladys Bliss Haynie, was a teacher in the Canal
Zone schools in the early construction days.
Katherine was formerly Vice President of Foote, Cone and
Belding, a prominent advertising agency on Madison Avenue
in New York City. Mrs. O'Brien made her first return visit to
the Canal Zone in 1963, accompanied by her husband, Neil, a
writer, to visit her aunt, Genell Bliss. While there, the couple
were interviewed on the local T.V. station.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Thompson (nee Anita Rankin), of
Punta Gorda, Florida, spent a month on the Canal Zone as
house guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hartman, of Diablo
Heights. On their return to the States they visited Anita's
brother, Rev. Carlos B. Rankin, C.S.C., Archbishop of Curley
High School in Miami, Florida.
A Superior Service Award and a check for $500 were pre-
sented to Jack W. Rocker, Chief Engineer aboard the Panama
Canal tug John F. Wallace for distinguished service beyond his
duty as chief tugboat engineer. The presentation was made by
Capt A. L. Gallin, USN Marine Director, in his office at the
Administration Building. Mr. Rocker was cited for the award
in recognition of his quick action in severing a towing wire
aboard the tug John F. Wallace which was endangered by the
hawser from a super vessel which it was assisting through
Sp5c. Paul W. Richards, 20, son of Balboa Police District
Commander Capt. and Mrs. Howard C. Richards, during re-
cent ceremonies at Fort Davis, was awarded three medals for
service in Vietnam. Now attached to the 193rd Aviation Com-
pany at Albrook, AFB as training NCO, Richards received the
Bronze Star, Army Commendations Medal, and Air Medal.
The fourth highest award for bravery in action, the Bronze
Star Medal was awarded for his action in March, 1968, while
with the 145th Aviation Battalion as helicopter crew chief.
Maj. John D. Hayes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Hayes,
,of Margarita, Canal Zone, was recently awarded the First Oak
Leaf Cluster and Citation for outstanding performance of duty
as Field Medical Service Instructor, and as chairman, Medi-
cal Committee, U.S. Army School of the Americas, Fort Gulick,
Major Hayes of the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, at-
tended Canal Zone school and graduated from the University of
Southern Mississippi in 1958. He is presently with the 1st Air
Cavalry Division in Vietnam.
Sgt. James W. Harness, formerly of the Canal Zone, who
was killed in combat in Vietnam (March Record, page 62) is to
be awarded posthumously the Silver Star for gallantry in action
and the Bronze Star medal for outstanding meritorious service.
The citation with the Silver Star Award reads, "Sergeant
Harness' personal bravery, aggressiveness, and devotion to
duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military
service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th
Infantry Division, and the United States Army. .."
The Bronze Star Medal was awarded for outstanding mer-
itorious service in connection with ground operations against a
hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam during the period
October 15, 1968 to November 13, 1968.
SM. Sgt., John E. Schmidt, Jr., of the United States Air
Force has been awarded the Bronze star for distinguished ser-
vice as NCOIC of the Command Briefing Section, Hq. United
States Military Assistance Command in Vietnam.
Sergeant Schmidt spent his childhood in the Canal Zone,
and after graduating from high school in 1950, he enlisted in
'the Air Force and was assigned to the Disaster Control Offices
of the Caribbean Air Command. During the next ten years he
supervised'various educational and training positions at several
After serving in the United States Air Force Academy for
four years, he was assigned to the United States Military As-
sistance Command, Vietnam. After a year's service there, he
returned to the Academy and was put in charge of Special
Projects NCO for the Directorate of Instructional Technology,
the position he now holds.
Sergeant Schmidt and his family reside at the Air Force
Academy in Colorado.
Capt. Lansing T. Hewitt, a member of the Army ROTC
faculty at the University of Arkansas was presented a Silver
Star, and two Bronze Medals on February 11 for heroism and
gallantry in Vietnam.
The Silver Star, the nation's second highest military decora-
tion, was presented for his actions in a battle on February,9,
1968, when Captain Hewitt's unit came under intense enemy
fire. With complete disregard .for his own safety, Captain He-
witt personally directed the fire of his men to cover the extrac-
tion of the wounded.
Captain Hewitt is married to the former Anita Willingham,
whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Willingham, live in Bal-
boa, Canal Zone.
Three Canal Zone Youths Named to Honor Roll-U.S.
Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York.
Midshipman Russel K. Griffall, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.
Griffall, is a third year student at the Academy. His mother,
Marsha Griffall, is an employee of the Personnel Bureau and
his father is a retired U.S. Army master sergeant. Midship-
man Griffall was appointed by former Canal Zone Gov. Robert
J. Fleming in-1966.
Midshipman Fred W. Gemmell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred
Gemmell of Balboa, was appointed to the Academy from the
Canal Zone last year by Gov. W. P. Leber and entered in July
of 1968. He is studying marine engineering. His father is a shift
foreman at the Miraflores Generating Station.
Midshipman Francis J. Garavanta, Jr., son of Mr. and
Mrs. F. J. Garavanta of Balboa, who will graduate from the
Academy this year, was appointed by former Gov. Robert J.
Fleming, Jr. Upon graduation in June, Midshipman Garvanta
will be licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard as a Third Assistant
Engineer in the Merchant Marine, receive a bachelor of science
degree and a commission as Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
Douglas H. Hartline, son of the Lieutenant Governor of the
Canal Zone and Mrs. Richard S. Hartline, has received a presi-
dential appointment to the United States Military Academy
at West Point. Young Hartline, who is a student at Balboa High
School, has been notified to report at West Point in July to
enter the class of 1973.
Cadet Lewis Fontaine, son of Dr. and Mrs. Lewis Fontaine,
South Yarmouth, Massachusetts (formerly of Balboa, Canal
SZone), was one of the ten students designated as Distinguished
Military students by the Army ROTC Detachment at the
University of Massachusetts.
Major Orlando F. Smith, U.S.A.F., son of Mr. and Mrs. J.
Palmer Smith, John's Island, South Carolina, who recently
returned from a year's duty in Vietnam, has been assigned as
"The Director of Operations and Material" to the Chief of Staff
for Civil Engineering of the Headquarters A.F. Reserve, Rob-
bins A.F. Base, Georgia.
1st Lt. Llewellyn Zent, who received the Canal Zone
Governor's appointment to the Air Force Academy in 1962,
has been awarded the Air Medal and a citation for meritorious
achievement while flying over Vietnam.
Lieutenant Zent is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Llewellyn Zent
of Santa Fe, New Mexico, former Canal Zone residents. He
was graduated in the upper half of his class at the Air Force
Academy in 1966.
He is due to -return from- Vietnam in Juine-and is to-be
stationed in Tampa, Florida for advanced training.
James E. Dykes, son of Mr. and Mrs. James M. Dykes, of
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has been commissioned a second
lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from Officer
Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.
Lt. Dykes, selected for Officer Training School through
competitive examination, is being assigned to Webb Air Force
Base, Texas, for pilot training.
Lt. John C. Everson, son of Civil Affairs Director B. I.
Everson and Mrs. Everson, is recuperating at the U.S. Navy
Hospital at Corpus Christi, Texas, from shrapnel wounds he
suffered March 28 in the Demilitarized Zone of Vietnam.
Lieutenant Everson, a graduate of Cristobal High School
and Pennsylvania Military College, has been in the U.S. Army
since June, 1967, assigned to the 5th Infantry Division, Mech-
anized. He recently received the Bronze Star and V. clasp for
bravery in action. He was assigned to Vietnam in July, 1968.
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
Through April, 1969
Summer is just around the corner, and those coming up
from the Canal on leave will find that our new meeting place
is really lovely-it is in Gulfport at the foot of 58th Street South
--left side of street, and meetings are the first Friday of each
month-June meeting will be the 6th; July the 4th (this is not
an error, but true) August 1st; September 5th-then the tourists
will be coming and going-October 3rd; November 7th, and
December 5th. We do hope that you will make your plans to
be with us on at least one of the meeting dates. The address is
5730 Shore Blvd. South.
We have had 1728 pay their 1969 dues-around 500 being
rather slow-so be sure and get the dues in or you will not
receive the September Record-538 have paid their Blood Bank
dues, which also leaves .around 45 or 50 yet to pay-Of course
you realize that if your dues are not paid in the Society you
will not receive any. benefits from. the. Blood -Bank-and I1 sin-
cerely hope that you will not need a transfusion.
This year the membership card in tan-the Blood bank
card in white. If you do not find one in your purse or wallet-
better get one there. Of course you all know that the Blood Band
is for FLORIDA members only-However, if you are a resident
of Florida and go away on a vacation, need an operation which
requires blood, the Society will be in a position to transfer the
credit to any other State.
Many of our members have left for Northern vacations,
and we miss them more than they realize. Will be glad when
they get back home-My granddaughter, Linda Rathgeber is
graduating June 4th from Douglas College (Rutgers) in New
Brunswick, New Jersey, and I am going to be there for the
occasion-I leave here May 30th and will return June.14th-
so if you send in your dues and the card doesn't come back to
you as soon as you think it should, please be patient-I will send
it to you as soon as I return.
Many new members are coming in .and we are delighted
to. have them, also there are quite a few who are retiring and
coming to St. Petersburg, and Florida, as a whole to make their
homes. Some purchase homes which are already built, but
many are building their homes as they have been planning for
many years, then some are going to make their homes of the
future in apartments. Just think-no grass, and with that comes
the thought that all they have to do when they want to go on a
vacation is just lock the door and walk out-sounds wonderful.
Since the first- of the. year we have taken in eighty new mem-
bers, There were 2,250 Records printed for March, and of this
amount 2,215 were mailed.:
DDues are $4.00 annually (January thru December) and for
Florida members--Blood bank $2.00 each for adults, and $1.00
each for children (under 18 years).
When you know you are going to make a change in address
-LET US KNOW so that your Record can be sent to the right
address. If you do this your mail will not be returned to the
; -'Have a 'nice. summer;, and we will 'see -you 'ipon your
Lucille S. Judd,
:MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING,
Held At The Gulport Community Center Auditorium,
February 7, 1969
The President of The Panama Canal Society of Florida
opened the February meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to
the Flag. After the Invocation, given by Mrs. Alice Barnes,
Mr. Howard asked that all visitors or members who had not
been at meetings regularly stand as their names were called by
the Recording Secretary. The following stood for special recog-
Mrs. Ernestine Maxwell-a new Member of the Society.
living in St. Petersburg
Mrs. Marie Plath-Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. Leonore Schwab-Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. C. E. Van Fleet-St. Petersburg, Florida
SMrs. Dorothy Hamlin-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Reginald D. Armstrong-a visitor from St. Louis,
Miss Helen Sterzing-a sister of Mrs. A. E. Beck from
Clear Lake, Iowa
Mr. and Mrs. Ewart Martin-Bedford, Quebec, Canada.
Mr. Martin is a brother of Mrs. Barnes.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Shaffer-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Anderson-Swoope, Virginia
Mr. and Mrs. Alton Jones-Largo, Florida
The President informed the Society of a need for voluntary
help in transporting cancer patients to and from the cobalt
center. Any amount of time-even as little as one or two days
a :month-would be greatly appreciated. Phone the American
Cancer Society if you have free time to devote to this worthy
Mr. Howard called the attention of the members to the
tremendous-number of deaths in the St. Petersburg area. during
November, December, and January. .He .personally had .at-
tended the funeral services, but felt strongly that more than
just three or four, the average attendance, should, out of re-
spect for the families, attend the services.
Clarification on those eligible for the reduced rate on the
Cristobal to the Canal Zone came as a result of a request from
a gentleman from Kentucky, named McCreary, who had former
service in the Canal Zone His 'letter'ras turned over to Mr.
Runnestrand and answered by Robert S. Jeffrey, Administra-
tive Assistant. The rate is given only to employees who retire
with immediate annuities and cannot be given on a basis of
past service .or from another agent on the Isthmus other than
the Canal Zone Company or Canal Zone Government.
A letter from Edward A. Doolan, Personnel Bureau, thank-
ing the Society for courtesies extended to Mr; Runnestrand,
Mr. Burns, and Mr. Collins was read.
Mr. Howard personally thanked all committees in so ably
assisting in making the Reunion a success-many believe the
1969 Reunion was the best in our history.
The Minutes of the January meeting were read by the
Recording Secretary. As there were no corrections, the minutes
were approved as read.
Mrs. Judd reviewed many letters which she had received
since the January meeting with pertinent tries of interest from
many old friends. A long list of recent deaths were read. Check
the March Record for details from this correspondence. Mrs.
Judd reported that she has six gold band glasses to dispose of.
If interested, check with her. Many new names have been added
to the Membership in the Society since the first of the.year...
After thanking Mrs. Judd for her report, Mr. Howard also
extended a belated (his words) welcome to the ONE HUNDRED
FORTY-FIVE MEMBERS AND GUESTS present at the meet-
ing-a red-letter day, as all previous attendance records were
broken! Any information on Thomas Mitchell, a construction-
cuay employee, who stood at the Reunion Luncheon when Old
Timers for the year, 1905, were asked to stand, would be ap-
pJeciated as the Society has no record as to where he currently
is living, etc.
Mr. William Grady, Legislative Representative, reported
that according to the Federal Employees' News Digest, Febru-
ary 3, 1969, Federal employees who retire on or before Feb-
ruary 28 and all current retirees or their survivors will get a
3.9 percent increase in annuities-the increase to go into effect
March 1, 1969. Check the March Record for 'utrent proposed
bills. The Civil Service :Coinmission: will. study. insurance rates
in order to check if'lueh -rates are tod high.
The President called for thirty seconds of silent prayer in
memory of those who had passed away since the last meeting.
Happy Birthdays to: Mrs. Shep Shreves, Mrs. Viola Fuller,
Mrs. Matilda Neely, Mrs. Charlotte Eckert, Mrs. J. W. B. Hall,
Mrs. Doris Deavours, Mrs. Anna White, Mr. Raymond Hills,
Mr. Albert M. Rhear (85), Mr. John Keenan (80), and Mrs.
Following the business meeting, coffee and doughnuts were
served by the Refreshment Committee. With such a wonderful
attendance, it was almost like the Reunion with happy voices
permeating the air.
March 7, 1969
The March meeting of The Panama Canal Society of Flor-
ida was called to order by the President at 1:30 p.m. on the
seventh. Members of the Society stood as Mr. Howard led in
the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Mrs. Alice Barnes, Chap-
lain, gave the Invocation. Members were requested by the
President to remain standing and at this time observe thirty
seconds of silent prayer for those who had passed away since
the February meeting. As the names of visitors or those ir-
regular in attendance were called by the Recording Secretary,
the following stood for special recognition:
Mr. James Campbell-Sarasota until May and then back to
the Canal Zone
Mrs. Marie Plath-Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. Leonore Schwab, Hamilton, Ohio
Miss Minnie Hennen-Cumberland, Maryland
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bartram-Tampa, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Owen-Jacksonville, Florida
Mr. Howard welcomed the one hundred and four members
and guests in attendance at the meeting and expressed his hope
that the excellent attendance record of the past few months
The President reported that the Auditing Committee had
checked the Society's accounts on March 4 and reported that
all was in order. He then read the auditor's letter. The Secre-
tary-Treasurer was highly commended for her accurate and
Mr. Howard referred to a letter from William B. Godfrey
who lives in California. Mr. Godfrey, who retired in 1948, had
not taken the opportunity to pay into his retirement fund and
now wished a second chance and was willing to pay back all
that was due. In this matter, he wished to have the support of
the Society. As individuals, members of the Society are in
sympathy with his request but as a policy of the Society such
action would be construed as political which is contrary to the
Constitution and By-Laws. Therefore, the Society could not go
on record in support of Mr. Godfrey's proposal. The President
suggested that individuals write their Senators, Congressmen,
and the Civil Service in his behalf.
When Mr. Howard learned that Clearwater, Dunedin, and
Largo members had not as yet received the Record which was
mailed on March 4, he requested that all members who had not
received the March issue give him their names in order that he
could check with the Post Office in an effort to facilitate better
service in the future.
The Minutes of the February meeting were read by the
Recording Secretary. A member, inadvertently, confused the
name Van Fleet with Van Vliet. Mrs. Ruth Van Vlief, Diablo,
Canal Zone, will be added to the February list of visitors.
As the March Record with late news had been mailed ear-
lier in the week, Mrs. Judd's report from correspondence con-
tained only news not covered in the Record. Mrs. Judd reported
on illnesses of members and deaths since the February meet-
ing. A special welcome was given to the Irl Sanders who are
now living in Largo.
Mrs. Judd emphasized the necessity of proper authoriza-
tion before payment may be made to members receiving blood
from the Blood Bank.
Mr. William Grady, Legislative Representative, reported
no action had been taken on any of the pending Bills in Con-
gress. The Cost of Living continues to rise.
The House Post Office and Civil Service Committee Chair-
man, Honorable Thaddeus J. Dulski, on January 15, introduced
two bills of great interest to NARCE membership:
H.R. 3661 provides for the restoration of full annuity or per-
mits the retiree to name a second spouse as survivor, if the
originally named spouse has predeceased the retiree and se-
cond spouse has attained the age of 60.
H.R. 3662 provides an increase in all Civil Service annuities
and survivor annuities on a graduated scale in accordance to
These bills are still in the Committees.
Rep. Claude Pepper, D-Florida, has sponsored a bill (H.R.
6529) to guarantee retired federal employees and their spouses
or dependents a minimum annuity of $200 a month.
Internal Revenue Service and the Civil Service Commission
are combining to enforce federal income tax payments by re-
tired government employees. The CSC for the first time is fur-
nishing a retiree and survivors a Form, 1099, showing them
what they received in annuities during the year. Within the
next few years, the CSC expects to begin an automatic with-
holding deduction system.
The National President of NARCE, Thomas G. Walters,
expects to testify in the immediate future on two retirement
bills, H.R. 3661 and H.R. 3662. Retirees affected by these two
bills should write Mr. Walters as definite names and informa-
tion might be the turning point in favor of the above described
Happy Birthday was sung to Mr. William F. Grady, Mrs.
Helen Hamlin, Mr. J. F. Everett, Mr. Charles Harrison, Mr.
Ralph Hanners, Mr. George Chevalier, Mr. G. A. Peterson,
Mr. H. Snyder, Mr. Albert McKeown, Mr. Paul Barnard, Mr.
Henry Glancy, and Mr. Levi Neal.
The coffee and doughnut line moved quickly as the effici-
ent refreshment committee (Mr. Banan, Mr. Dworak, and
Mrs. John Hower) served the large group who attended the
April 4, 1969
The President of The Panama Canal Society of Florida
opened the April meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the
Flag. As Mrs. Alice Barnes, Chaplain, was vacationing in
Canada, Mr. Howard gave the Invocation which was followed
by thirty seconds of silent prayer for those members and
friends who had passed away since the March meeting. The
following members stood for special recognition as their names
were called by the Recording Secretary:
Mr. and Mrs. Earl O. Dailey-recent retirees and now at
home in St. Petersburg
Patti Ann and Shannon McPherson-grandchildren of the
Mr. and Mrs. James Campbell-Coco Solo, Canal Zone
Mr. Ben J. McConaghy-Welcome to St. Petersburg from
Mr. Howard Walling-Seattle, Washington
Mrs. Walter E. Benny-absent for some time
Capt. and Mrs. Perc F. Graham-absent for some time
Mr. Howard extended a cordial welcome to the eighty-one
members and guests present at the meeting.
The Minutes of the March meeting were read by the Re-
cording Secretary. As there were no corrections, the Minutes
were approved as read.
As a result of the discussion at the March meeting on the
delayed delivery of the Record to other Pinellas County loca-
tions, Mr. Howard personally conducted a survey on the time
from the date mailed to the date received of some Records
from California to the northeast. Jokingly, he remarked that
Largo, Dunedin, and Clearwater residents had better move to
St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, and hard to understand these
Records are sent outside Pinellas County to Tampa for dis-
Mrs. Judd announced that the Society had had seventy
new members since the first of the year. There have been three
News of engagements, weddings, birth, and deaths were
reported. See the June Record for details. Mr. Howard Walling
from Seattle, Washington, is in St. Petersburg to be with his
mother, Mrs. W. Earl Walling, wno is ill. It was reported that
Mrs. C. W. Krout (Lena Mae Howard) from Camp Hill, Penn-
sylvania, also is in St. Petersburg visiting her mother, Mrs.
H. V. Howard, Sr. who has not been feeling up to par.
Mr. William Grady, Legislative Representative reported
that as yet nothing had been done on a number of Bills still in
Committees which are of interest to retirees.
The Federal Employees' News Digest of March 10, 1969,
gives a discouraging report made to the Civil Service Commis-
sion to the effect that Health Premiums are going up with no
end in sight for the sharp increases in premiums levied on
government employees every year for their health insurance
coverage. The only relief that government employees can look
to is for Congress to raise the government's contributions to
the premiums' costs. When the program started, the govern-
ment paid 38 percent of the total premium cost. Now is pays
only 25 percent.
Perhaps a few eyebrows were raised; there were many
smiles and a few open chuckles when Mr. Grady stoically re-
ported on an article from the Washington Post pertaining to
Thomas G. Walters, President of NARCE, who appeared before
the Retirement Subcommittee, February 28 in support of vari-
ous Bills to do away with many inequities in the current Re-
tirement laws. "Marriage," he declared, "should be encouraged
among the elderly, as the natural most desirable way of life."
Later, talking with a reporter, Mr. Walters explained what he
really meant to say-thousands of men and women retired from
the federal service find it necessary to "live in sin" in order
to make ends meet. He pointed out that under the present law,
the widow of a civil servant who retired before July 18, 1966,
loses her own Survivors' annuity if she remarries Fre-
quently, a retiree's widow will meet a lonely widower, and
they will decide to pool their monthly checks and cohabitate.
Thus, Mr. Walters believes it is a bad situation and that new
and fairer laws should be passed. One thing is CERTAIN,
however; NARCE HAS THE INTEREST of the retiree at heart.
Happy April birthday was sung to Mrs. Leora Walling and
Mrs. Allen B. Ward.
Mr. Howard informed the Society that many on the east
coast of Florida had misunderstood regulations pertaining to
the Blood Bank. A member of the Society is not entitled to Blood
unless also a member of the Blood Bank. Membership in the
Society is mandatory to belonging to the Blood Bank. The cost
for this privilege is $2 for each member of the family in addi-
tion to the $4 fee for membership in the Society.
Coffee and doughnuts were served by the Refreshment
Committee and all enjoyed a short social session.
Margaret M. Ward
This life of mortal breath
Is but a suburb of the life elysian,
Whose portal we call Death. -Henry W. Longefellow
Harry H. Allen, Sr., a resident of the Canal Zone since 1910
and one of few remaining Roosevelt Medal Holders, died March
3 in Balboa at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr.
and Mrs. John H. Stevens. He was 88 years old.
Surviving him in addition to his daughter are his son,
Harry H. Allen, Jr., of Diablo Heights, six grandchildren, and
seven great grandchildren.
Mrs. Lucille Anderson, former Canal Zone resident, died
on January 11 in Pharr, Texas. She was 75 years old.
Mrs. Anderson is survived by her husband, Andrew W.
Anderson, a son, Kenneth W. Anderson, of Safety Harbor,
Florida, and a daughter, Mrs. Walter E. Marek, of Margarita,
Canal Zone and by five grandchildren.
John Herbert Briggs, Sr. passed away March 14, 1969, in
San Antonio, Texas. He was 85 years of age.
Mr. Briggs went to the Canal Zone during construction
days and held the Theodore Roosevelt Medal of Honor.
Survivors are his widow, Harriett, and four children by a
previous marriage, John Jr., Pauline Mayhue, Dorothy Mac-
Nutt and Adah Briggs.
William A. Clark, 72, of Jacksonville, Florida, died March
8. Mr. Clark resided in the Canal Zone for thirty years where
he was an engineer with Civil Service.
Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Rena K. Clark, Jacksonville,
and a sister, Mrs. Dennis Murphy, Toledo, Ohio.
Patrick S. Coakley, 77, Chief Power Dispatcher of diesel
generation on the Panama Canal until his retirement in 1953,
died February 21 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Mr. Coakley was an employee in the Panama Canal Engi-
neering Division for thirty-six years.
He is survived by his wife, Alice, who was one of the first
teachers in the Canal Zone; two sons, Maj. James, USAF,
Colorado, and Patrick Jr., of Houston, Texas; a sister, Mrs.
Daniel Fleming of Maiden, Massachusetts; two brothers, Bart
of Maiden and Philip, of Los Angeles, California, and four
Mrs. Rosalie A. Demers, 72, died April 5, 1969, in Tarpon
A native of New York City, Mrs. Demers had lived in
Tarpon Springs since her retirement from the Panama Canal
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Mildren L. Dwyer, New
Selkirk O. Ellenwood, former employee of the Panama
Canal, died December 29, 1968, at the age of 68. He lived on
the Zone from 1905 to 1921 and from 1929 until 1935. He resigned
in 1935 and made his home in Los Angeles, California, until his
This belated news was sent in by Mrs. Roger T. Williams,
Pompano Beach, Florida, who had received a Christmas card
from his widow, Vida. Other survivors are his daughter, Rosa-
lie, a granddaughter and three great grandsons.
Miss Bernadette Goulet, 17-year-old Balboa High School
student, was fatally injured on March 20 in a motor-bike acci-
dent in Fort Clayton. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Normand J. Goulet, of Balboa.
Besides her parents, Miss Goulet is survived by two broth-
ers, both of whom are students in the Canal Zone.
Malcolm A. Johnston, Jr., 57, Chief of the Panama Canal
Payroll and Machine Accounting Branch, died February 15 of
an apparent heart attack. He was found by a neighbor in his
car at his home in Diablo Heights.
He is survived by his widow, Matilde.
Funeral services for Reed E. Hopkins, well-known former
resident of Panama and the Canal Zone, who died in Clearwater,
Florida, February 23, were held March 3 at the Ancon Masonic
Mr. Hopkins is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Lew W.
McIlvaine and Mrs. Ruth Whipple, both of Clearwater, and by
his son, Reed E. Hopkins, Jr., of the Canal Zone.
Robert H. Luce, a retired employee of the Mechanical
Division, Cristobal, Canal Zone, died March 10 in Glendale,
Walter Luppy, age 65, died suddenly on March 7 in Pompano
Beach, Florida, where he has lived since his retirement in 1952.
Mr. Luppy was employed by the Building and Municipal
Engineering Division of the Panama Canal Company from
1939 to 1952.
He is survived by his widow Virginia C. Luppy, of Pom-
pano Beach; two brothers, Karl Luppy of Deerfield Beach,
Florida, and Arthur Luppy of Short Hills, New Jersey.
Lt. (jg) James Berkeley McLendon, of Roanoke, Virginia,
was killed on February 17 in an aircarft accident near York,
He was formerly a police sergeant in Cristobal and Mar-
Lt. McLendon is survived by his widow, Andrea Dart
McLendon and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James B. McLendon,
Jr., 3410 Collingwood Street, N.E., Roanoke, Virginia.
Mrs. Roberta L. McNeil, wife of Mr. Duayne T. McNeil,
died at their home in Bradenton, Florida, on March 17, 1969.
She was a retired personnel clerk for the 15th Naval District.
Mrs. McNeil was a niece of "Tillie" Malloy Baldwin who owned
and ran the Hotel Aspinwall on Taboga Island for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Duayne T. McNeil; a daugh-
ter, Mrs. Edith L. Le Blanc, of Gatun, Panama Canal Zone;
an aunt, Mrs. N. A. Congdom, of Bradenton, and two grand-
George Miller, of Charleston, Illinois died on February 27,
1969, at the Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois.
He is survived by his widow, Verna; and his son-in-law and
daughter (Esther), Dr. and Mrs. Carl Y. Ahtieen, Sault Ste.
Marie, Michigan, and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Agnes O'Donnell, widow of John T. O'Donnell, and a
well-known former resident of the Canal Zone, died in February
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after a brief illness.
Mrs. O'Donnel resided in the Zone from 1928-1953.
Surviving her are six sons, Jack, James, and Paul, who
live in the Canal Zone; Robert, of California, Daniel, Ohio, and
Thomas, currently serving in Vietnam; and one daughter,
Maria, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The six sons were the pallbearers.
Information has been received of the death of an Old Time
Canal Construction employee, John D. Palm on February 6,
in Jonesville, New York. Mr. Palm had been living in Jonesville
with his son, John, Jr. Information was received from W. L.
Hersh, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mrs. Martha Gifford Randolph died April 22, 1969, at Wes-
ley Woods Health Center in Atlanta. She was a resident of
2469 Hillsdale Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 72, a native of
Marietta, Georgia, a graduate of Emory University and a for-
mer librarian in the Canal Zone.
She was the widow of the late Edward Sidney Randolph.
Surviving are three brothers, Richard O. Gifford, Eugene Gif-
ford and Charles P. Gifford, all of Marietta; a niece, Mrs. D.
B. Dugger, Jr., of College Park, Georgia; a nephew, Thomas
H. Gifford of Marietta.
Mrs. Mary Louise Engelke, 97, widow of the late Harry N.
Engelke and member of a well-known Canal Zone family, died
April 9, in Bentonville, Arkansas after an extended illness.
Mrs. Engelke went to the Canal Zone in 1911 and returned
to the United States to make her home in Bentonville in 1965.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Susie A. Jennings
of Silver Spring, Maryland; and Mrs. Virginia E. Favorite.
of the Canal Zone; and six sons, George N., Robert A., and
Herbert O., of Bentonville; Harry W., of Glendale, California;
Richard W., of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and Howard S., who is
Chief of the Panama Canal Communications Branch and lives
in Balboa; 27 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and one
Earl C. Orr, former employee of the Supply Division and
a member of a well-known Canal Zone family, died on April
20 in Newton, North Carolina. He was 58 years old.
A second generation Canal employee, Mr. Orr was born
in the former Colon Hospital and attended the Canal Zone
Schools. Since his retirement in 1966, he and his wife, Marjorie,
lived in North Carolina.
In addition to his widow, he is survived by his daughter,
Mrs. Mary Armisted, and two sons, Earl F. and John; a sister,
Mrs. Russel J. Jones; and his brother, Elmer B. Orr, Chief of
the Collection Section, of the Office of the Comptroller.
Joseph L. Gwinn died May 1, 1969, at St. Johns Hospital in
Springfield, Missouri. Additional details are not available.
For some time many friends of Mr. Frederick G. Swanson,
Tyler, Texas, have asked news of him. To many the usual
Christmas card failed to arrive; he did not attend the Reunion.
Mrs. Lucille Judd wrote his office seeking information but
received no answers to her inquiries. On April 23, Mr. Benjamin
A. Armstrong, who also was concerned, wrote Mr. Swanson
and received the sad news which he immediately sent to Mrs.
Judd from Mr. Swanson's former secretary that Mr. Swanson
died July 1, 1968. He was buried in Wichita Falls, Texas. No
other details are available.
Mrs. Bertha H. Sandberg, 71, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
died March 24, 1969. She was born in Norway and came to St.
Petersburg seventeen years ago from the Panama Canal Zone.
She is survived by her husband, Anders; a sister, Mrs.
Brnt Bruun, of New York, and several sisters in Norway.
Miss Mary Lester Stakelum, 87, a retired nurse, passed
away on March 7, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Survivors are several nephews and nieces.
The name of John Surany, a Colon businessman for thirty-
five years, is well-know to many, both from the Atlantic and
Mr. Surany, a Hungarian by birth but a naturalized Pana-
maian citizen, was stabbed April 5 just inside his store in Colon
by a disgruntled former employee who had been fired over a
year ago. Mr. Surany, barely alive when his secretary entered
the store, was pronounced dead on his arrival by ambulance at
Coco Solo Hospital.
Mrs. Lillian Grey died May 2, 1969, in Maitland, Florida.
Mrs. Grey, who at one time was a Zone resident has been living
with her sister Dorothy. Information received from Viola Fuller,
Harry B. Whitney, 60, who retired from Panama Canal
service in April, 1968, died at his residence in Roanoke, Vir-
ginia, on March 13, 1969 after a long illness.
Mr. Whitney, is survived by his widow, Noemy, a daughter,
Grace, sons, Harry and Billy, of Roanoke, and son James
Whitney, of Fort Clayton.
John Harold Ward, 70, a retired electrician for the United
States Government in the Panama Canal Zone, died March 6,
1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Survivors include his wife, Olive, St. Petersburg; his
daughter, Mrs. Jean Gaches, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, six
sisters, and two grandchildren.
Harold A. Whitehead of 496 Oak Manor Drive, Fairfax,
California, a steamship officer, died February 28, 1969, after a
He is survived by his widow, Kathryn Clark Whitehead
(former librarian at Balboa High School) of the home; and a
sister, Mrs. Margaret W. Butterworth of Wallasey, England.
John Wynne Weller, 56, died April 19, 1969, at Bay Pines
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Mary Wynne Weller,
Clearwater, and sister, Mrs. Jane Witul, Fairfax, Virginia.
Funeral services were held in Princeton, New Jersey.
A former Canal Zone Police officer, Sgt. George V. Rit-
chey, died in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 26. Funeral services
were held in Phoenix on March 29.
Sgt. Ritchey, formerly station commander at Cocoli, re-
tired from the Canal Zone Police in 1950 after 27 years of
Dr. John M. Wilkerson, the first civilian superintendent of
Coco Solo Hospital and a well-known former Atlantic side
resident, died in the Bay Pines Veterans Hospital in St. Peters-
burg, Florida, on April 20. He was 62.
Dr. Wilkerson joined the staff of Colon Hospital as a medical
officer in 1943 while he was still in the Army. He was promoted
to Chief of the Medical Service and in 1954 was made Superin-
tendent of Colon Hospital succeeding Dr. Wayne Glider. He was
retired from service in 1957 because of poor health.
Surviving him are his widow, Helen;; a son, John, of In-
dianapolis, Indiana, and two grandchildren.
Will Ray Price, retired foreman of the Panama Canal
Printing Plant and former well-known resident of the Canal
Zone, died in Sunnyvale, California on April 16 following a
He was retired in 1965 but remained with the printing plant
until May, 1966, when he and his wife Dorothy left the Isthmus
for Sunnyvale, California.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter.
Mrs. Viola M. Egger, 72, of Cristobal, Panama Canal Zone,
passed away on May 6, 1969, in Panama.
Surviving are five sons; William H., George H., Thomas
J., Harold F., Richard O., all of the Canal Zone; a brother,
Harry Keun; a sister, Mrs. Bernice Prutsman, both of Corning,
New York; 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
See reports from New York and the Los Angeles Societies
of the Panama Canal for additional deaths.
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
Mrs. Cicely Knibb Allen, 4221 Coliseum Street, New Orleans,
writes that she has a new great-granddaughter which brings
the total to five-three boys and two girls. She expects visits
this summer from both her son and daughter and their families.
Her son is a career soldier stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia, and
he has just been promoted to Sgt. Major, one of the highest
noncommissioned ranks. Mrs. Allen is, of course, very proud of
him. In preparing for the arrival of her family, she is keeping
busy making marmalade and shortbread cookies.
Mrs. Ella Morales Didier, 3600 Pittari Place, New Orleans,
writes that Beverly Kendrick enjoyed a recent trip to the
Zone to see her parents and returned with them on the S.S.
CRISTOBAL. Her brother, Ralph Morales, is at Missouri South-
ern University in Joplin. He traveled through Sulphur Springs,
Texas, for their sister, Mrs. Robert L. (Edna) Snyder and son,
Robbie, for a quick trip to New Orleans with Bruce and Ella
over Christmas. It was the first Christmas in about six years
when so many of the family had been together. Yvonne had a
son, Donald, Jr., on December 18. Their father and Luella were
unable to leave the Zone to join them for Christmas. Ella is
now studying psychiatry at Charity Hospital in New Orleans
and plans to graduate on June 27.
Mrs. Murray Ralph Roberson, Jr., (the former Patt Foster
of Diablo Heights), 4875 Maribel Drive, Baton Rouge, enjoyed
a recent visit with Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Turner of Maywood,
Illinois. Mrs. Turner is the former Jean Harris of Pedro Miguel.
Returning from a Florida vacation, the Turners spent a few
days in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, taking in some French
Quarter nightlife and reminiscing over high school days in
Balboa and Cristobal. They also saw the Louisiana State Uni-
versity student production of the musical, "How To Succeed in
Business Without Really Trying." (A family portrait of the
Turners may be found elsewhere in this issue.)
David R. Warren, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon M. Warren
of 878 Morgan Avenue, Balboa, was recently initiated into the
Tulane University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's top
honor society. Warren is a senior at Tulane University in New
Orleans, studying both Latin American affairs and Spanish.
He spent last year at the University of Madrid, studying under
the auspices of the Tulane University-Newcomb College Jun-
ior-Year-Abroad Program. Warren has received a scholarship
from the Department of Graduate Studies at Tulane and plans
to continue his education there in Spanish, taking Italian and
Portuguese as his second and third languages. Mr. and Mrs.
Warren and their daughter, Kathy (who is a sophomore at
Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge), will attend War-
ren's graduation exercises in late May. A graduate of Balboa
High School, class of 1965, Warren attended Balboa Elementary
School and Colegio La Salle in Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. William Wray, formerly of 1729 Diane Drive,
Marrero, write that they have moved to Arizona. They took a
trip there in January and bought a home in Douglas. While on
the trip, they spent ten days with Fred and Ida Willoughby in
Huntsville, Alabama. On their way, they motored up the Nat-
chez Trace Parkway and recommend that beautiful drive to
anyone! Their new address is 2602 Sixth Street, Douglas,
Patt Foster Roberson
Kathryn Ann Warren
La. Student Reporter
March 25, 1969-News from Lou Hasemann, Jacksonville, Florida
"Here is some interesting news from the Bold City of the
South, namely, Jacksonville. Mrs .Charles Hollander is pre-
sently in Riverside Hospital, having suffered a slight heart
attack last Sunday. Charlie called me this morning and advised
me that Ruth is resting comfortably and would probably be
confined for several days.
Fred Hensler, formerly Docking Foreman, Marine Division,
Balboa, is entering the Veterans' Hospital at Gainesville for
treatment and rest. Fred has been suffering for a long period
with Parkinson's disease, and this confinement should benefit
him greatly. I understand there is a new medicine available
which has proven beneficial to many patients.
On Sunday morning, Mr. Robert Sellers was rushed to the
hospital, apparently a heart attack. After examination, it
proved to be a water clog around his heart. I'm happy to report
he is recovering and resting comfortably.
Mrs. Charles Tolbert, of Oxon Hill, Maryland and twin sons,
Mark and Marshall, are spending some time with the Hase-
manns. Mrs. Tolbert is the former Gayle Hasemann. The
Tolberts spent a week in Nassau, Bahamas, while Irene and Lou
baby-sat and really had a ball. The Tolberts also helped the
Hasemanns celebrate their 37th wedding anniversary.
We have plans in formulating a Bold City Branch of the
Organization. Hope to get some assistance from Sam Roe, Jr.,
Winthrop Garrett, Charlie Hollander, and others in this area."
April 3, 1969-A second letter within ten days from Lou Hase-
mann is understandable. See Section on BIRTHS. Congratula-
tions to the grandparents!
More news by the grapevine-Mr. Hasemann also reported
on a letter he had received from P. W. Gardner, formerly of
Cristobal and now residing in Wyoming, Delaware, who wrote
of a surprise visit from Furpo Churchhill and his wife. The
Churchhills had sold their home in Asheville, North Carolina,
and were looking for a place near the water-doctor's orders
for Mrs. Churchhill because of an allergy.
In closing, Lou added that Fred Hensler although still in
the Veterans' Hospital at Gainesville was doing nicely.
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
A local writer referred to Spring as a Fickle Hussy. Not
so! Spring is a blythesome lassie flitting hither and yon scat-
tering showers of gentle rain and gradually loosening the grip
of Winter. On Easter Sunday afternoon the Ozark hills and
valleys burst forth in glorious colors of the rainbow, signifi-
cant of the renewal of Life. Trees and grass showed a tender
green and flowering shrubs and fruit trees blossomed forth,
true to Life on this Earth, and Man knew deep within that Life
You, dear reader, may or may not-according to your
nature-enjoy these reports, but the real fun is in gathering the
news. This time our news-gathering party started with a com-
bined celebration of your reporter's and husband Newell's
birthdays (18 days apart) held at the unusual and plush Bella
Vista Country Club four miles from Bentonville. Our hosts were
Bob and Virginia Hursh. The lovely surprise put us in a mood
of joy, even later when greeted by those gathered at the home
of our secretary, Jessie Newhard where the comment "News?
I haven't any news!" was heard. One only has to join the crowd
with ears open, and the news takes care of itself. Grandma
Engelke, whom the writer has known since 1918, was released
from her ailing body at the age of 97-see Deaths .There will
be services in Ancon, Canal Zone.
Miss Andrea Faye Terrell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glynn
Terrell, of Bentonville, Arkansas, became the bride of Paul
Hilton Oliver, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hilton Oliver, Sr.,
New Orleans, Louisiana, in a double ring ceremony on March
14 at the Munholland Memorial Methodist Church, Metairie,
Louisiana. Miss Terrell was given in marriage by her father.
Other members of the wedding party were Miss Carla McHugh,
the maid of honor; Mr. Mel Oliver, brother of the groom, the
best man; and Mr. James Barger, the usher, all of New Or-
After a short honeymoon to Lake Charles, Louisiana, and
Houston, Texas, the couple are now at home at 4222 Orleans
Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana.
On their way to attend the above wedding of their daughter,
the Glynn Terrells stopped to visit relatives in Mississippi.
After their daughter's marriage, they, along with the Carl
Newhards headed for St. Petersburg, Florida, the former to
visit the Ralph Harveys in their beautiful new home, while the
Newhards visited with the Ross Cunninghams. Naturally, there
were get-togethers with other ex-Zonites, including the Randall
Fords, the Dave Madisons, and Elizabeth Jorgensen, Etta
A visit to Busch Gardens and Cape Kennedy was enjoyed
before the Newhards left for Ocala to visit the Harry Pearls
and the Terrells to Seminole to spend the weekend with the
Buck McHans. While in Seminole, the Dick Parkers, of Dunedin,
in their lovely home, entertained the Terrells along with the
Dave Madisons, the John (Bud) Ericksons, the Buck McHans,
and the Jack Tabers with their daughter, Alice. The gorgeous
home of the Bud Ericksons being built in New Port Richey was
visited for a hearty approval. The Terrells and the McHans
drove to Port Charlotte to inspect some property there and
visited the Stephen Lessards (Industrial Division) at North Port
Charlotte. Many happy memories of seeing old friends again
will live indefinitely. Flora Madison, Ruth Ann Parker, Aura
Erickson, and Etta Fay all belonged to a sewing club that was
formed in 1950 on the Atlantic side when the Industrial Division
was transferred from Balboa to Cristobal. This club is still in
existence but most all of the original familiar faces are now
seen in different parts of the United States. The Terrells left
Florida on the 24th of March after picking up the Newhards in
Ocala, and the two couples then visited Chattanooga and Nash-
ville before returning home.
Mattie MacAulay has returned from a three-month visit
with her nephew, Lt. Col. J. B. Coman, Jr. and his family,
Albrook Field, Canal Zone. She reports that she saw many more
old friends than she had expected she would find there; and
that, after having been there for a few weeks, it seemed almost
as if she had never been away.
Mrs. J. A. Marmouget, Librarian, Rogers Elementary
Schools, has been rotating the excellent pictures and material
on the Panama Canal that were passed out at the last Eureka
Springs meeting by John A. Michaelis, of the Magistrates
Court, Balboa. It was used on the Library bulletin boards and
a sixth grade class used it afterward. J. A. Marmouget is
Commander of the Veterans of World War I, Barracks 1785,
On a trip to Springdale with Mildred Higgins, your reporter
and Mildred stopped in to see Carrie Mathues who, although
not feeling too well, reports with enthusiasm on the goodness
of her neighbors.
Your reporter, Blanche Shaw, is in the hospital with a
broken leg-the accident having occurred the day before her
birthday of April 15th. They were having coffee in our local
Holiday Inn with Carl and Christine Zeeck of Lamesa, Texas,
formerly neighbors in Pedro Miguel) who were passing
through our Ozarks to see the Bill Kellers of Rogers. As a
consequence, I (Mildred Higgins) will now try to faithfully
report any news that has recently derived from the Fayetteville
"Zonites." Eldridge and Minnie Burton have been happily
engaged in helping Nannie Brown and Bates Wieman to find
apartments and re-establish themselves in this city, having
decided to move from Houston. Mrs. Brown has taken up resi-
dence at 225 E. Maple and Bates, so far, is settled only temp-
orarily. The Burtons also report having had Mr. Richard LeVee
as a house guest. Mr. LeVee recently finished his electrical
apprenticeship with the Army on the Canal Zone.
The Walter Reifs visited relatives and friends in Chicago
during the month of March-are resting on their laurels now-
glad to be home and in good health. Walter is now employed as
Project Director of our Community Adult Center.
The visit of Peggy Ellis, of Houston, Texas, was refreshing
as a group of local former Zonites met for a luncheon.
Ruth Daniel reports no traveling news, but she is to be
installed as regent of the Marion Chapter of the DAR on Satur-
day, May 3rd.
The Robert Hursh's have had a Canal Zone guest. R. B.
"Bo" Mathews (employed by the Panama Canal Accounting
Department for about three years) lives in Diablo and his wife
teaches Physical Education. To use up extra leave, he decided
to come stateside-visited his folks in Maryland and then came
on over to visit the Hursh's. Happy to say, he is much im,
pressed with Northwest Arkansas.
HEINIE HALLIN REPORTS HIS FAMILY STILL BURST-
ING WITH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES-Elizabeth, singing with the
Uarkettes, Theo, out of town on school function when we phoned,
and David, still in Pensacola.'Heinie says he will be glad when
school is over. Asked if he intends to go somewhere then, he
replied, "I don't Know, I'm just a buck sergeant in this Army!"
-his usual jolly self. Elizabeth has been tapped for the Mortar
Board, National Honorary Society for senior women, also Play-
ers National Forensics Honor Society. She is also President of
Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha.
As for the Higgins'-Ed and I had a marvelous trip in our
Dodge over to Atlanta to see our daughter, Patricia, and family
-on up to New Jersey to visit another daughter, Sherry, and her
family, and then on to Connecticut to visit with son David
(whose submarine is in port) and his wife, Susie. Got in touch
with Hayden Hearne Filip by phone while in Birmingham,
Alabama, and also saw the Bob Hardmans while in New Jersey.
These are both ex-Zonites. Hospitality from children and friends
something wonderful! On the way back to Arkansas, stopped in
Pennsylvania to visit relatives we had not seen for many
years. One of these, Osgood Garman (brother to Cora Makib-
bin) lived in the Canal Zone for a short time. A week after Ed
and I finished our journey, "Bos" Garman passed away in his
home at Amity Hall, Pennsylvania, quietly in his sleep on the
night of Easter.
Your reporter is grateful for the help of Mildred Higgins and
others in getting out this report, and reminds y'all of our
Picnic on Sunday, June 15, Agri Park, Highway 112, at noon,
just north of Fayetteville. Come and join us.
Blanche E. Shaw
Mildred M. Higgins
NEWS FROM LOS ANGELES
The annual Panama Canal Society luncheon meeting was
held at Knott's Berry Farm in the famous Chicken Restaurant
on Sunday, March 16, 1969. As planned!! it turned out to be a.
beautiful, warm, sunny day and 97 members and guests at-
For this year's program, our President, David Smith,
planned a very unique and entertaining one. The business
portion was conducted during the luncheon. The meeting was
opened by the President. Virginia Seiler, President Emeritus,
gave the Invocation. Thelma Reppe, Past Secretary, led the
assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Special Guests,
Dorothy and Andy Devine, and David Bond were introduced,
and then the members were called upon to introduce their
The President then called on holders of the Roosevelt Medal
to stand and Ruth Bryan, Ducky Bryan, and William Heltemes
were the only three having received the "medal" that could-
be present and they certainly received an ovation justly due.
After the Secrtary's report, Mr. Paul Kline, Chairman of the
Nominating Committee read the names of the officers selected
by the Committee:
President David L. Smith
Vice President Archie French
Secretary-Treasurer Ruth Bauman Yielding
Nominations were then requested from the floor. As there
were none, it was moved, seconded, and a unanimous vote
made for the proposed officers. The President then introduced
the new Secretary, Mrs. Dan Yielding and her sister (Assistant
Secretary) Mrs. William (Kelly Bauman) Adams. Virginia
Ridge Dolim, the out-going Secretary, was commended for her
excellent work during the past two years.
That portion of the business meeting was then adjourned
and for the entertainment program we reassembled at the
new and most beautiful Independence Hall Theatre, the use
of which our honorary member, Walter Knott, so graciously
offered. This eliminated any difficulty in viewing the wonderful
program and most of all, allowed unlimited time for visiting
among ourselves. The peals of laughter-hum of voices-all
so glad to see former co-workers and friends-reliving the "old
times" and reminiscing about the Panama Canal days were
all evident that a break in the meeting was used to great ad-
The following program with our President as Master. of
Ceremonies was a real highlight of our meeting. Thorougly.
enjoyed by everyone the program has been the subject of many
congratulatory notes. It certainly will make the next annual
meeting a "hard act" to follow.
It opened with everyone singing the Star Spangled Banner.
Virginia Dolim read the names of deceased members and then
a moment of silence and benediction was held.
Walter Knott, founder of Knott's Berry Farm and honorary
member of the Socety, welcomed the members for the third
consecutive year. Mr. Knott also spoke on the Farm's augmen-
tation of Ghost Town, last June 1968, which created a greater
entertainment value for their many friends and visitors at a
nominal admission charge. He also warmly emphasized that
all other areas of the Farm, parking, restaurants, and gift
shops were last year's recipients of the Society's "Integrity and
Devotion to American Ideals and Humanities Award."
Television and recording personalities "The Songsmiths"
David Smith and Roy Ballard sang a group of songs including
the popular "Woman Gwina Cotch You"-always a request. At
that time Roy Ballard was unanimously elected an Honorary
Member for his work and devotion to the Society.
David Bond, a distinguished actor of motion pictures, tele-
vision and stage, read several of the famous and well-remem-
bered poems from Gilbert's "Panama Patchwork" and con-
Oluded reading a poem "Panama Canal Zone" by David Smith.
David Bond has been very active with youth groups in the
performing arts and the Society presented him a "Public Ser-
vice Award" for unselfish devotion of his art to public service,
Mr. Bond's response was a classic "Guiding young people
in art is like the opening of the locks on the Panama Canal
that the members operated. We can open the channels so that
they can find their way clear to go through."
Andy Devine, the famous stage, screen, and television star,
was escorted to the stage by Virginia Dolim and Ruth Yielding.
President David Smith assisted by out-going Vice President
Hedvig Seedborg, presented Andy with the Society's Annual
Award for Integrity and Devotion to American Ideals and Hu.
inanities for his extensive work with many civic non-profit and
In accepting the award, Andy in his distinctive graveily-
voice, said how fortunate we folks were in having been part
of a great work like the Panama Canal; that the children and
grandchildren of the original workers there could look back
with pride at their forebears' achievement, knowing what they
had to go through in the early days in Panama. He added that
how much different it might be for many, say 50 or 60 years
from now, who could only look back at their parents or grand-
parents taking part in futile protests and riots, burning school
property, preventing those who wanted an education from
achieving their goal. He wished they would all go on building
for the future so that our grandchildren will have the happy
and proud memories that we have as a legacy of our forebears.
With those words he received quite an ovation from our mem-
He also mentioned that he had just completed arrangements
for having his two-year old granddaughter accepted in the
D.A.R.; his mother was a long-time and active worker in that
worthwhile organization and he wanted to give his grand-
daughter something of the past which she could cherish.
Mr. Devine is currently co-starring with Walter Brennan
and Pat O'Brian in Paramount's soon-to-be-released "Over the
To conclude the program, Hank Dolim showed the film
"The Last Trip of the Queen Mary" including its stop in
All in all it was a wonderful day for all who attended. This
report may seem long but the program seemed short as it
was so enjoyable.
What next???? BE SURE YOU PLAN ON ATTENDING
OUR NEXT LUNCHEON !
WE TOO GET LETTERS the following was very inter-
esting and I'm sure will bring back memories to many of the
"old timers." I'll quote some parts of it:
"Read with concern your report, in the March Panama
Canal Record of the illness of Larry Ridge. Many years ago,
let's say about 1914, as a teenager on the Zone in the village of
Corozal I admired the Ridge Boys, Steve, Jack, Larry and
Leo. They played baseball for the Corozal team on the mud
flats, and I mean baseball-later Jack played a lot of ball in
'From the Ridge in your name I take it that you are the
daughter of one of the Ridge Boys, probably Larry. When I
knew the Ridges on the Zone none of them were married. How-
ever it is probable that I knew your mother, may even had
gone to school with her. My mentioning of school brings to
memory the location of the "Annex" you mentioned in your
March report-the old wooden P.O. Building in Balboa near
the junction of Balboa and La Boca Roads. I remember that
location when there was no town of Balboa and the road was
called La Boca Road. About where the P.O. was, there used
to be a bridge over a river; I believe it was the Curundu. The
road and river ran along the foot of Sosa Hill toward the Com-
missary and Clubhouse; then the river turned up what is now
the Prado to about where the old Police Station was and then
left toward Diablo Hill. I knew that part of the Zone pretty
we64, as I had a cayuco and travelled all the rivers from
Miirflores and Cocoli to the Far Fan River across the canal.
The next time you see Mrs. Virginia Seiler .(Winquist) ask
her, for me, how her brother George is and if she remembers
the Owens family from Corozal; she should as she lived up the
Diablo Road from us, as did the Moore brothers, Knapps,
Souders, Pauls and others whose names I see in the Record
now and then. Before closing I would appreciate a word
on how Larry is responding to treatment.
Hasta La Vista Su Amigo (signed) Eugene Owens, 241
Indian Lane, Media, Pennsylvania 19063"
Wasn't that a most interesting description of the real OLD
BALBOA? I can only remember a house on the Prado was
sinking at one time and they "said" a river had once run down
the Prado !
To answer Eugene Owens-my Father, Larry Ridge, is
doing quite well. He had to go back to Daniel Freeman Hos-
pital and had his right leg amputated above the knee on April
10th. He came through the operation just fine; the leg is healing,
and he is learning to get around in a wheelchair at the Convales-
cent Hospital. Now he has a. good excuse to never miss a, TV
.Another on the sick list-Mrs. Sallie Wimmer was in St.
Joseph's Hospital in Burbank-our best wishes for her speedy
ANOTHER REAL OLD TIMER-Isaac H. Andrews, 1668
Market Street, San Francisco 94102 writes "Enclosed you
will find another year's dues. Please excuse me for being so
late. I like to be on time.
"Plenty of rain up here, but its nothing like the weather
they have back East in New England. We used to have some
rain while building the PANAMA CANAL, especially while
"TEDDY" was down inspecting the Canal. Probably there are
a lot left who remember that he came down on the Battleship
"Louisiana." The "Cut" was flooded and the bottom dropped
out of "BLACK SWAMP!" and now the Locks are too small
to. let the aircraft carriers like the "Forrestal" through. My
grandson, William W. Andrews was on the Forrestal off Viet
Does that bring back memories? AS A REMINDER -
have you paid 1969 dues?
Captain John B. Berude, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Arthur Berude. who is at present stationed at Long Beach
Naval Ship Yard has received orders to go to Sasebo, Japan
in early April. His wife Dorothy and two children will accom-
pany him and they are all looking forward to the new assign-
A SAD NOTE: "Enclosed are my 1969 dues along with a.
bit of news-sad, I'm sorry to say. John A. Pathuir, a long-
time employee of the Panama Canal passed away at his home
in Los Angeles on February 5th and was buried on February
7th. He would have been 95 on April 18th. Masonic funeral
services were held at Reese Mortuary with burial at Rose-
lawn Cemetery where his wife was laid to rest in 1945. John
had not been well for the past ten years. He was loved by all
who knew him. I thought our many friends would be interested
in this item.
.: .. .: e: :Sincerely, Rachel Clisbee"
Captain and Mrs. Henry P. Dolim, Jr. announced the birth
of a son, Scott Michael, on April 10th at Williams Air Force
Base Hospital. Scott is Goldie and Larry Ridge's first Great-
Grandson. Captain Dolim is now a T-38 Instructor at Williams
and with his wife Charlee are settling in their new home in
For those CANAL RECORD Readers anticipating being
in California during JUNE-please inquire from your California
friends or the new LOS ANGELES SOCIETY Officers about
the exact date and place-we expect it to be either June 15th
or 22nd at PALMS PARK in Whitter-CHECK on it and hope
you can arrange to come-we always have such a good turn-
ADIOS as outgoing Secretary this is my last "News-
letter." I have certainly enjoyed my association with and meet-
ing all the Panama Canal and Zonites-some old friends-and
especially those new acquaintances. It has been a wonderful
experience, and I am sure RUTH BAUMAN YIELDING, the
new Secretary, will appreciate and enjoy receiving your notes,
letters and news as I have.
Virginia Ridge Dolim
Past Secretary 1967-1968
NEWS FROM FORT LAU'DERDALE
Sande Carol Schmitt, daughter of Barbara Slay, and grand-
daughter of the writer, who is a stewardess for National Air
Lines, spent her two-week vacation in Panama and the Zone,
visiting her uncle and aunt, Buddy and Vally Hutchings and
family. While there, she spent Semana Santa (Holy Week) in
the interior, and reported a wonderful time, but all too short.
Louis. and Ruth Gomez (Chase Bank) were visitors to the
home of Barbara Hutchings. They had spent part of the winter
in Trinidad during carnival week, and while here, they did a
little house hunting. We three spent a day in Naples visiting
Lew and Gene Simpson, former Panama residents. Gene will
be remembered as an active member of the Theater Group as
well as treasurer of the Women's Club.
Elizabeth Sudron, who now resides in San Antonio, Texas,
was a visitor to the home of Barbara Hutchings. She enjoyed
visiting with old friends from the Zone, and we all tried hard
to convince Her i fh-~t this was the place' for her.' '' ':: -
7 : .. .. .. . .
Word from Annette and Jack Fields state that the Rev.
Fields will retire, effective June first, and their new address
will be Box 1585, Kerrville, Texas. Annette writes at the end
of July they will go to New Jersey where Jack will baptize
their new granddaughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cunningham entertained with a din-
ner at the Rampart Restaurant in honor of Frank's birthday.
Guests were the Murray Klippers, Beryl Thompson, and Bar-
bara Hutchings. Mrs. Thompson will be remembered as a
resident of Las Cumbres and a part-time nurse at Gorgas
Hospital. She and her husband now reside in Mexico City where
he is the representative of the Otis Elevator. Beryl has her
mother and daughter living in Fort Lauderdale so we hope to
see her again soon.
Bev Des Londes had her son Jimmy with his two little
boys as guests. Jim took the older boy on a trip to California
to see his mother, and then returned to Fort Lauderdale where
the family spent the rest of the vacation together.
Nita Hartman, of Miami, went to the Zone on the Panama
Line recently. She reported a wonderful time, as all do. On her
return on the ship, she had an accident during a storm at sea
and was cut by glass from a flower vase. Fortunately, Dr.
Strumpf was on board and lent a hand in "sewing" Nita. At
his suggestion, she went to the Ochner Clinic for a check-up,
and then returned to her home accompanied by her sister
Joyce. Am glad to report that she is doing fine now.
Bea Lucas, now Mrs. Ed Leitner, of Miami, has gone to
work for CAA and reports that two other Canal Zone folks are
working there, too. One of them is Nita McKeown's sister, the
other, the Terry gal from Gamboa, whose father is a tug boat
Nena Byrne, wife of Archie Byrne of Tropical Paints in
Panama, was a visitor at the home of the Bruce Carpenters
(City Bank, Balboa). While here, she spent the Easter holidays
with her son Terry, and a gathering of the Byrne clan at the
home of Nell Jablonsky.
Clarence Perkins, who was with General Tires in Panama,
many moons ago, has been quite ill with a heart attack. He
has been a patient at Broward General Hospital in Lauderdale;
his wife Ruth was glad to report that he showed some improve-
The Stanley Hamiltons entertained at their home recently
for the Lloyd Petersons, the James A. Brooks (R & F Agency,
Cristobal), Barbara Hutchings, and their daughter Kay, who is
now a teacher in the Pompano Beach area, and Mrs. Hamilton's
mother. This was their first party in their new home in the
We are happy to report that our old friend, George Win-
quist, is improving after a serious stomach operation. George is
up and about, and he and Kay enjoyed the Easter visit of their
young daughter, a student from Vanderbilt University, Nash-
ville, Tennessee, and two of her school chums.
Miss Margaret Conner, ex Canal Zone school teacher, and
now a resident of the Coral Ridge Towers, has been visiting her
family in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Hurry home, Margaret.
Betty Crawford has as her guest her friend Betty Malone,
while Walter R. (Bud) is at present working in Mexico.
Byrne and Armella Hutchings have had many visitors from
around her part of the country. They entertained at many
family parties for Gene Long's sister and brother-in-law, the
Charles Herzogs, of Austin, Minnesota and also Dr. and Mrs.
W. H. Rucker, of Minneapolis, Minnesota. With the latter
couple, Byrne and Armella went on a three-day cruise to
Jimmy and Amele Hunter had as a visitor for a few days
Mrs. Charles Persons, of Panama City, Republic of Panama.
She is at present a house guest of her niece, Mrs. George G.
Felps in St. Petersburg. The Hunters later went to St. Peters-
burg for a visit with Mrs. Felps and Mrs. Persons and to cele-
brate the 30th wedding anniversary of the James Martin Hunters.
Fred and Catherine Hunter, of Riverside, California (he is
Berta Hazzard's son), have been visiting around Florida and
renewing acquaintances with friends from former days in the
Zone. In Fort Lauderdale they visited his half-brother -Jimmy
Hunter and Amele. Many things have been planned for them,
and they are happy to be here.
Frank and Ann Cunningham have as their guests, his
brother and sister-in-law, Ross and Janet Cunningham, of St.
The David Yerkes had a crowd in recently to honor their
daughter-in-law, Gloria, and of course, the granddaughter,
Peggy Ann, whom we had not seen since she was an infant.
She is adorable and managed to withstand all the cooing and
fondling. David, Peggy Ann's daddy, is marketing manager for
Armstrong Cork Company and is a frequent visitor to Lauder-
dale on his travels to the Islands, Central America, and Pan-
Barbara M. Hutchings
NEWS FROM ORLANDO AND VICINITY
Leon A. Koperski of 1333 Vassar Avenue is in Honolulu
visiting his daughter and son-in-law, Col. Taylor, who retired
recently from the Air Force and makes his home in Hawaii.
Bess Callaway and Edna Whitver had a nice visit with Mrs.
H. Clyde Ingersoll of 1410 Poplar Street, Denver, Colorado while
she was in Clearwater.
Mrs. E. W. Hatchett spent several weeks in Reidsville,
North Carolina, visiting her sister and brother-in-law.
Mrs. Giorgia M. Blessing of Winter Park has recently re-
turned from a visit with friends in Panama City and the Canal
Major Al and Dorothy Meyer have moved from the High-
land Lake Apartments, Marks Street, to the Gurtler Court
Apartments on Lake Ivanhoe Boulevard.
Herbert and Edna Judson recently were the unfortunate
victims of an accident while driving in Orlando. Both were
taken to Orlando Memorial Hospital. Herbert was released
after a few hours, but Edna required a rather lengthy con-
In May, Edna Whitver was a member of a tour to Hawaii.
On her return from the Islands, she visited acquaintances in
San Francisco. Later, she went to Las Vegas to recuperate.
Mrs. Ed A. Levy of Altamonte Springs had her son and
daughter-in-law from Arlington, Virginia, as guests. A brand
new grandchild was the chief attraction during their visit in
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos recently visited relatives
and friends in New Orleans. They returned to Orlando but left
in June for the Baths at Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Mr. Franklin F. Pierce was a recent patient in the Winter
Mrs. Helen Baker has contributed much to the entertain-
ment of the occupants of the Winter Park Towers through the
muscial talent of herself and friends. She recently received a
film of the Canal Zone which she showed to the residents and
her Canal Zone friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis F. Hargy of St. Petersburg visited
the Tezanos recently.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Wilhite attended the NARCE
Convention in Clearwater.
Margaret Wiggin and Shirley Clymer visited Francis Clary
and Katy Swain in May. M.S. Treadwell
NEWS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Wagner spent Easter holiday
visiting their son Robert and family in Ohio.
Much to the disappointment of their friends, Starford and
Dorothy Churchill have sold their Asheville home and have
moved to Smyrna, Delaware (12 miles from Dover). Their
address: P.O. Box 176, Zip 19977. We shall miss our faithful
Esther Hodges will arrive May 3 to become a resident again
in her lovely home in Weaverville. We are quite ready to give
her a real welcome home.
Mrs. Ray Mitchell is very ill as a patient in Bradford Hos-
pital in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Again President Brandl of our Panama Canal Society gave
us another fine program of slides of Canal Zone scenes, at our
April 26th meeting. Some of these scenes brought back nos-
talgic memories to all of us.
Dr. Alan Bentz and wife Anne with sons Drew and Bryan,
visited Alan's parents, Paul and Betty, April 19-24. Daughter
Joan and husband Murray Davidson spent the winter in St.
Croix, Virgin Islands, and will be in San Juan, Puerto Rico
several months before returning to their home in Stuart, Florida.
Easter morning Paul and Betty Bentz, accompanied by
Ruth and Mary Sill, Elsie Patterson, and the Wendell Greenes,
drove to Summerville and Charleston, South Carolina for a
two day viewing of the early spring blooms in Edisto Gardens
and other spots of beauty.
Mr. Fred Sill spent his vacation with his mother in Hen-
dersonville in February returning to Buenos Aires, where he
now makes his home.
The Thomas Colemans had as their guest, granddaughter,
Mrs. Gordon Sanders, recently. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders are now
located in Hollywood, Florida.
Western North Carolina is all "abloom" with blooming
shrubs and the beauty of spring flowers. Picnic time is soon
to be here!
President Charles Brandl
Secretary Mrs. George B. Ward
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
During a three weeks' trip recently, Jay and Harry Cain
visited former Zonites. They first drove to Houston, Texas, to
visit David and Nina Brown and family, returning by way of
New Orleans where they ran into Robbie Adams (Storehouse).
They spent several days there to take in the Mardi Gras. In
Mobile, Alabama, they were guests of George and Mae Wal-
dron, formerly of Margarita, and in Florida they stopped for
short visits in Tallahassee with the P. J. Barkers and with
Walter and Ethel Laurie in Eustis.
Mr. and Mrs. David Gatz enjoyed as house guests during
the Easter holidays, Ruth's nephew and his wife, Joe and
Karen (Clark) Galloway, of Atlanta, Georgia, with their two
daughters, Kari Jo, 4 years, and Anna, 8 months old. The
family also visited another uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs.
William C. Hitchcock, during their week's vacation.
Mr. and Mrs. John W. B. Hall were visited by her brother
and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Finlason of Tarpon Springs
and her mother, Mrs. Jessie Finlason. Other recent visitors at
the Hall home were Madge's nephew, Frank Finlason, of
Boca Raton, a college senior majoring in Oceanography, and
Miss Lisa Ann DuLany of Lake Worth.
Madge and John also had a visit with Capt. Frank Gorman,
who was returning to his home in Port Charlotte, following a
visit with other friends in Lake Wales. Capt. Gorman, travel-
ing in his camper, was returning home by way of St. Peters-
burg and also stopped in New Port Richey to see Capt. and
Mrs. E. J. Eriksen.
Capt. James E. Orvis, son of Roger and Fran Orvis, re-
cently completed a tour of duty in Vietnam and has been as-
signed duty at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Campbell spent two and one-half
months in Sarasota in their newly completed home in Kensington
Park at 4108 Tee Road. Edna and Jimmy were house guests of
Madge and John Hall for several days while completing the
paper work on their home. Jimmy has been retired from Pan-
ama Canal service; his wife, Edna, is Operating Room Super-
visor at Coco Solo Hospital.
While in the States, Edna flew to Ohio when the Operating
Room Nurses Association held their Annual Congress in Cin-
cinnati February 24 through February 27. The Campbells first
overnight guests in their new home were Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Lutz and her niece. Mr. Lutz, civilian employee with the U.S.
Navy on the Atlantic Side, has been living in Barranquilla,
Colombia, since his retirement last year and more recently
has been living in New Jersey.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Harrison, Sr. enjoyed a visit by
their youngest son, Charles Jr. and his wife, Theresa, who were
on a business trip to Florida and spent several days in Sara-
sota before returning to their home in Garland, Texas.
Visiting the Harry Cains during March were Harry's
youngest brother, Warren Cain, and his wife Frances, of
Cinnaminson, New Jersey. During their two weeks' vacation,
they also visited two other brothers, Edwin Cain in St. Peters-
burg and with George and Nadine Cain in Coral Gables.
Warren, Field Engineering Branch Manager of I.B.M. was
assigned in charge of Research for I.B.M. in Delaware just
before starting his vacation and will soon be moving with his
family to Wilmington, Delaware.
Clyde and Ruth Stroop had as their house guest, Clyde's
sister, Mrs. Ethel Pitman. Ethel had been visiting her daughter,
Mrs. Grace Pittman Dessler and children in Tampa and came
to Sarasota for several days before returning to her home in
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hitchcock, who spent ten days in
New Orleans early in March, left recently to drive to Rosedale,
Mississippi for a visit with Maxine's sister, Mrs. Alice Jones.
Mrs. Gerrit Joustra has returned to her home in Sarasota
following a three weeks' visit with her son-in-law and daughter,
Leo and Gertrude Mullins and three sons, of Balboa. Mrs.
Joustra went to the Canal Zone to be with the family and was
on hand to welcome a new granddaughter, Karen Diane. She
planned her trip to arrive April 10 for. a double celebration, the
8th wedding anniversary of the Mullins and the 6th birthday
of their son, Gerrit.
Mrs. Ethel Clarke returned to the Canal Zone late in April
after a five weeks' visit with her son and daughter-in-law,
Jack and Joyce Clarke.
When Jay and Harry Cain visited Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Linker at their home in Seminole, they were surprised to see
Dr. and Mrs. Albert Opp, old and dear friends. The Cains
hadn't seen Doc and Helen since 1946 and spent the afternoon
reminiscing about "the good old days on the Canal Zone."
Doc, formerly a vet at Mindi Dairy, is working for the Govern-
ment as Federal Meat Inspector in Wildwood, Florida.
Gladys Humphrey spent two weeks in Keyser, West Virginia,
at the home of her niece, Mrs. Martin Fitzgerald, and stayed
with the three Fitzgerald children, Frankie, Kathleen, and
Patrick, when Mickey flew to Hawaii to be with her husband,
Capt. Fitzgerald during his week's R and R Leave.
Mrs. Charlotte Eckert of Tri-Par Estates left in April for
an extended visit in Wilcox, Pennsylvania.
Stan and Marian Yost, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, who
are vacationing in Venice, visited many of their friends in the
Sarasota area during April.
Other visitors in the Sarasota area were Mr. and Mrs.
Harry Corn of Wawona, California, who called on several of the
former Zonites and Helen and Felix Williams who were en
route to Key West in their trailer. The Williamses were neigh-
bors of the Harry Cains and the Joustra family during the S.I.P.
days in the 1940's, when Felix was employed with the old
Maintenance Engineering Division. He now has his own business
in Wise, North Carolina. Gladys B. Humphrey
NEWS FROM NEW YORK
The New York Society of the Panama Canal held its 45th
Annual Reunion on Saturday, May 3, with a luncheon at the
Brass Rail Restaurant, 521 5th Avenue, New York City.
Vice-President Dr. Edward Salisbury presided.
After a standing toast to "The President of the United
States," Dr. Salisbury welcomed the ladies present and also
those who had traveled a considerable distance to be with us.
A very pleasant "refreshment Hour" was spent before the
Luncheon in reminiscence of days of old, on the Isthmus.
During the refreshment hour, an album of photographs of
those who had attended the Reunion Dinners of the Society,
from the first Reunion in 1925 to 1941, was on display. The
album was presented to the Society by Mr. William McCann, of
Hopewell, Virginia. The photos were mounted in a most practi-
cal manner as to prevent "curling" of the photos. Those present
had quite a time viewing the pictures, and in many instances,
noting with sadness, the number of old friends who had passed
away. A vote of thanks was tendered Mr. McCann for his kind
At the conclusion of the Luncheon, interesting talks were
made by Dr. Salisbury and William Russell. The Secretary
read letters received from Col. Goethals and Col. Sartor. It
was with deep regret that those present learned that Col. Goe-
thals and Col. Sartor would not be with us, due to ill health.
Col. Sartor requested that under the circumstances, he be re-
lieved of the duties of President of the Society, which the mem-
bers reluctantly agreed to. Harry Case also was unable to be
with us due to his physical condition. A toast, with the hope
for improvement in health in the near future was offered.
The following were present at the Reunion: Miss Virginia
Aranda, New York City; Maurice and Betty DePutron, Jersey
City, New Jersey; James T. Eason, Wilton, Connecticut; Fred
and Fred Jr. Einermann, Ramsey, New Jersey; Mr. and Mrs.
John J. Fitzpatrick, Brooklyn, New York; John J. Hanson,
Cranford, New Jersey; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hartwig, Brook-
lyn, New York; Miss Marguerite Herrick, New York City;
Ivor Jones Jr., Glenside, Pennsylvania; Edward Maltby, Brook-
lyn, New York; Donald MacIntyre, Madeira Beach, Florida;
William McCauley, Bronx, New York; Miss Margueritta Mac-
key, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Eugene Owens, Media, Penn-
sylvania; Mrs. Abby Robinson, Springfield, New Jersey; Man-
ning and Arnold Rupp, Brooklyn, New York; William E. Rus-
sell, Bronxville, New York; Dr. and Mrs. Edward I. Salisbury,
Manhasset, Long Island, New York; Mrs. Betty Schweit, Wan-
tagh, Long Island, New York; Mrs. Harry Speicher,
Springfield, New Jersey; George J. Starr, Bronx, New York.
It was with profound sorrow that the death of the following
members, during the past year, was announced.
Harold Delevante, at Brooklyn, New York, May, 1968
Ivor Jones at Glenside, Pennsylvania, July, 1968
Floyd Freeman, Midland, Michigan, August, 1968
Harry Speicher, at Springfield, New Jersey, February, 1969
Patrick Farrell, at Brooklyn, New York-date not available
Fred Swanson, at Tyler, Texas-date not available
For the year 1969, the following were elected:
President ........................ Dr. Edward I. Salisbury
Vice-President .. ............................ George J. Starr
Secretary-Treasurer ...................... John J. Fitzpatrick
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
William E. Russell
Maurice B. DePutron
James T. Eason
Ralph H. Sartor
At the close of the Meeting, Dr. Salisbury thanked those
present, with the hope that we would all be present at the next
John J. Fitzpatrick
LOST-STAR & HERALDS! From late November until
mid March, we received no issues of our "hometown" paper
-probably the result of the shipping strike which closed major
United States ports on the East and Gulf Ports. When the long-
awaited bundle of STAR & HERALDS finally arrived, with
eager anticipation for NEWS, the outside wrappings were
ripped off. Joy turned to chagrin-the papers were December
issues! Since March, the STAR & HERALDS have been re-
ceived intermittently but are approximately six weeks late.
NEWS pertaining to the military, political, crime, and even
campus riots is just plain, stale news with this lapse of time,
but personal news of our members and their families is never
too late. Not being clairvoyant, some news in the current issue,
IS LATE NEWS, but with some things in life, the old axiom of
"better late than never" justified using belated news in the
Personal friends and friends of the Society in general les-
sened our dilemma by sending in clippings. Unfortunately, that
source for material, though very much appreciated, was not
a complete record.
Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Hanners who do-
nated copies of The Panama Canal Review dating back to
1950, to the Society and to Mr. Francis Hargy for his assistance
in obtaining the Cover Picture.
Our SPECIAL THANKS to Virginia Ridge Dolim, retiring
Secretary of the Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles, 1967-
1968, who, for her two years of service, has been dependable and
efficient. She closes her "career" with the June issue of the
Record with a Masterpiece! We'll miss her excellent and in-
formative coverage of southern California news.
Our SPECIAL THANKS also to Blanche Shaw, a faithful
commentator on news from our Arkansas friends, who, in spite
of a broken leg, with her usual dedication to the Society, sent
in her report-assisted by Mildred Higgins.
Your officers deeply appreciate ALL Reporters and their
news-it IS a time-consuming job. The Society long ago out-
grew its mother state-Florida. It is universal; it belongs to
all states (except headquarters are in St. Petersburg), and
wherever there are ex-Zonians, we'd like the News.
August 1, 1969 (EARLIER IF POSSIBLE) is the DEAD-
LINE for the September Record.
Margaret M. Ward
Record Editor, PRO TEM
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida
FLASH-a dark gray gentleman's hat, reported lost after
the May 2 meeting of the Panama Canal Society, has been
found. Owner, please contact Mrs. Lucille Judd, phone number
UNDERGROUND PAPER COMES OUT IN BHS-Star & Herald
The first issue of React, a new "underground" newspaper
appeared late in March in many of the homerooms of Balboa
The editors of React stated their aims this way: "With
this paper, we hope to break the bonds of administrative cen-
sorship imposed upon the Parrakeet. We do not mean to re-
place the Parrakeet as a school paper, but to supplement it.
We hope to interest the students in school affairs, to involve
them, to get them to "React."
The first edition was devoted mainly to the problem of the
cafeteria which is due to open next fall. Originally, the cafeteria
met with student approval but now threatens to cancel all
lunchtime functions, according to the paper .
Butane gas leaks from the chemistry labs have filled the
college building basement with gas more than once, the new
paper reported. In case of fire, would four of five hundred
students be able to get out of the cafeteria quickly enough with
only two narrow exits?
Dissension pertaining to the new cafeteria at Balboa High
School was amicably settled after a series of individual meet-
ings by the Parents' Committee, the students voting through
their home rooms, and the faculty. Three alternatives were
presented to these groups. They were: (1) an open lunch
period of 50 minutes with the use of the cafeteria optional; (2)
four closed, 35-minute lunch periods with the overflow eating
in the wooden building next to the cafeteria; and (3) convert
the cafeteria area to some school uses other than a cafeteria
and continue with the present open lunch schedule.
Another group that exhibited considerable interest in the
cafeteria was the Pacific Civic Council.
Frank A. Castles, Superintendent of Schools, has announced
that Balboa High School will have an open lunch period with
optional use of those facilities. Mr. Castles stated that while the
decision had been his responsibility, he was grateful for the
recommendations he had received.
A team of demonstrators of A Quaker Action Group ar-
rived in Panama City from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in
March to conduct a two-day vigil at Fort Gulick in the Canal
Zone as a protest against the use of the Canal Zone for train-
ing U.S. Forces for the Vietnam war at the U.S. Army Jungle
Warfare School. Action was conducted outside the gates of
It was exactly forty years ago on February 6 when a new
trail in aviation was blazed across the horizon and the famed
"Lone Eagle" of the Atlantic, Charles A. Lindberg, was relaxing
in Panama after having made the Pan American World Air-
ways' inaugural flight from Miami.
The tiny beginning with a 100-mile-an-hour S-38 amphibian
was to mark the transition of a great change in transportation
to the Isthmus, which was traditionally a crossroads of sea
commerce, to stand out today as one of the world's most im-
portant and greatest air crossroads.
In the months that followed Lindbergh's return after land-
ing his 8-passenger S-38 in Panama, Miami was a three-day
trip, and this was done once every two weeks, including over-
night stops at Managua, Nicaragua, and Belize, British Hon-
Today, Pan Am's jet clippers span the 1,900 miles between
Tocumen International Airport and Miami in just two hours
35 minutes, which will be cut to only 40 minutes in the next
year or so, while the Panama to Los Angeles run will only be
one hour, 32 minutes compared to 7% hours at this time.
Archbishop Marcos G. McGrath was sworn in as Chancel-
lor of Santa Maria University on March 11. The new Chancellor
gave a special inaugural address in which he outlined the poli-
cies of the University and its dedication to carry out its social
and cultural functions for the benefit of all Panama.
"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" is apropos
concerning the Record. A tribute to fast delivery of the United
States mail appeared in the April 6 edition of the St. Petersburg
Times-a postal card mailed and postmarked March 25 p.m.,
Kalua Konc, Hawaii, was received in Largo after covering
5000 miles and a mail transfer between planes with only one
day intervening. The March Record mailed on the morn of
March 4 was received in Largo, Clearwater, and Dunedin on
March 7-a distance of less than 20 miles!
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.
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BLOOD BANK FUND
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Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ........................................ hereby transmit my ANNUAL
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....................... 2.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD
for one year. (Please return this bill with remittance).
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Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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Mr Victor Holmelin and Mr. Red Hallen
Mr. Victor Holmelin and Mr. Red Hallen
Louise Merchant, W. Palm Beach, Florida,
Florida, Audrey Kincaid, Decatur, Georgia,
Florida, Helen Barrett, Jacksonville, Florida
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Dorothy Rose, Eustis,
embers of the Canal Pilots' Association
captain Arthur T. Luther and
Officers of the Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles congratulate
Award Recipients for 1969. (Left to right) Ruth Bowman Yielding,
Secretary elect, David Bond, Award recipient, Virginia Ridge Dolim,
Secretary, David LeRoy Smith, President, Mrs. Dorothy Devine, wife
of Andy Devine, Andy Devine, top award recipient, and Hedvig Sund-
berg Seeborg, Vice President.
David LeRoy Smith (left) President of the Panama Canal Society of
Los Angeles, joins Mr. and Mrs. Andy Devine in displaying the
"American Ideals and Humanities" award trophy, presented to Andy
Devine by the Society.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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