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Vol. 3 DECEMBER, 1969 No. 5
Mr. William C. Birely, Mrs. Lauretta D. Prather, Mr. William .Jones,
Senator McCarthy-a thanks to the Senator and his Colleagues on the
passage of the new Retirement Bill
F. A. Castles, chairman, Canal Zone Chapter, American Red C-,tss,
presents Mrs. Charlotte Kennedy, American Red Cross First Aid In-
structor Trainer, a service award for having served 40 years as an
ARC volunteer. From left: Mrs. Maxine M. Logan, administrative
assistant, Canal Zone Chapter, ARC; Paul Ficzeri, First Aid chair.
man, Canal Zone Chapter, ARC; Mrs. Kennedy, and Mr. Castles.
See story under "News from Louisianua."
Mrs. Norine Hall Kaufer
San Jose, California
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Esler, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Widell, Tampa, Florida
Mrs. Albert B. Abreu, Ocala, Ilor;'-I
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(A Non-I-rofit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
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W. L. Howard
H. E. Falk
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Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
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Vol. 3 DECEMBER, 1969 No. 5
President and Mrs. W. L. Howard
The perennial Yuletide Message of "Peace on Earth and
Goodwill to Men," though timeworn, is still the constant objec-
tive of Mankind. Apropos at this Season of the year is a poem
which was printed in the December, 1951, Canal Record, written
by Maurice H. Thatcher, a man well known for his dedication
in helping his fellowmen.
Year after year, in prayer, we strive for peace;
But peace comes not: again the Horsemen ride
To magnify the woe; and, far and wide
The desolation spreads; and the tyrants seize
All-ruthless power, which folly would appease
Until all liberty is cast aside,
And in all lands and spheres truth shall have died,
And everything of noble progress cease
O that the Star of Stars may shine anew,
And wicked hearts be wrought in God's impress!
O that the nations should be moved to do
Those things, alone, that lift and heal and bless!
How long must Man a futile course pursue
Ere he shall find the Way thru righteousness?
Special Information for Survivors
1. After retiree is deceased, return all annuity checks to the
Division of Disbursement, United States Treasury Depart-
ment, Washington, D. C. 20226, with a note stating that the
retiree has deceased.
2. Mail a form No. 2800 WITH A COPY OF THE DEATH CER-
TIFICATE, to the Bureau of Retirement, Insurance, and
Occupational Health, U. S. Civil Service Commission, Wash-
ington, D. C. 20415. If the Retiree is covered by the FED-
ERAL EMPLOYEES' GROUP LIFE INSURANCE ACT, an
EXTRA copy of the death certificate will have to accompany
the form No. 2800.
3. The form No. 2800 can be obtained either from the Secretary-
Treasurer or the Legislative Representative UPON THE
DEATH OF THE RETIREE. DO NOT MAIL A COPY IN
AHEAD OF TIME. IT WILL BE A COPY WASTED. THE
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION WILL NOT FURNISH
THEM TO BE PASSED OUT IN ADVANCE. If a form is
used and the survivor happens to pass on first, it will be a
4. I suggest that all retirees clip this notice from the RECORD
and keep it in a safe place for future use.
Congress approves retirement bill. President Nixon's sig-
nature is regarded as certain by November 1st.
A one percent increase is added to the amount of an
automatic cost-of-living annuity adjustment each time an
adjustment is made.
Widows of federal employees who died or retired before
July 18, 1966, and who remarry, will continue to receive their
annuities if they are past the age of 60. This already is the law
for those who became widows or who will become widows after
All benefits in the bill go into effect the day the President
signs the bill. All other benefits in the bill apply to future
Legislative Representative William F. Grady
Mr. Jorge E. Aguas
Mrs. Helen E. Chisholm
Mr. Herschell W.
Mr. James A. Hoverson
Mr. Clarence Jacobson
Mr.. Paul W. Morgan,
Mr. Richard P. Patton
Mr. Peter Unrau
Mrs. Frances P. Walker
Mr. Edward H. Allen
Mrs. Margaret L.
Dr. William H.
Mr. Walter M. Hartman
Mrs. Kathyleen R. Miller
Mr. Maurice B. Nickel
Mr. Eugene Breakfield
Mr. Joseph B.
Mr. Martin R. Connolly
Mr. Albert W. Degen
Mrs. Audra C. Dougan
Mr. Billie B. Gray
Capt. Donald V. Howerth
Mrs. Maurine K. Jenks
Mis. Louise L. Jones
Mr. Donald E. Judson
Mr. Fred H. Lee
Mr. Ramel H. Masters
Mrs. Kathiyn W. McNamee
Mr. Ira N. C. Read
Mr. David H. Searle, Jr.
Mr. Stanwood O. Specht
Lt. Braxton W. Treadwell
Mrs. Edna P. Wills
Mr. Victor D.Young
Mr. Hiram E. Zwicker
tember, and October
Sea-Level Canal Sup. Div.
Off. of the Comptroller
Div. Aff. Bureau
Community Serv. Div.
Central Employment Off.
Division of Sanitation
On October 3, 1969, before the regular monthly meeting,
Capt. Falk, Vice-President of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, called the SPECIAL MEETING pertaining to the pro-
posed changes of the Constitution and By-Laws to order. The
proposed changes would eliminate the election of all officers
except that of the President, Vice-President, and Secretary-
Treasurer-all other officers would be appointed by the Presi-
dent with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee,
a procedure which was in the original Constitution. Capt. Falk,
after reading the regulations on the methods of changing the
Constitution and By-Laws and after assurance that a quorum
was in attendance, presented the proposed change to the Society
for a vote. The resulting vote was unanimous in favor of the
proposed change. Members of the Society will now vote on the
proposed change at the Annual Business Meeting held at the
Soreno Hotel on January 8, 1970.
PROSPECTIVE OFFICERS FOR 1970
PRESIDENT ............................ Capt. Henry E. Falk
VICE-PRESIDENT .................... Mr. Ross H. Hollowell
SECRETARY-TREASURER ............ Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Other Officers will be appointed by the President-Elect with
the advice and consent of the Executive Committee after elec-
tions of Officers and will be printed in the March 1970 RECORD.
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mrs. Era L. Greene, of Anniston, Alabama, has announced
the engagement of her daughter, Peggy Ann Lee, to Sgt. 1/c
William R. Luke, son of Mrs. Emma Kelly of Columbus,
Georgia, and the late Mr. Luke.
Miss Lee is a graduate of Cristobal High School and Canal
Zone Juinior College. She is presently employed as Clerk-Typist
3rd Army NCO Academy at Fort McClennan, Alabama.
A November wedding is planned in Anniston when Sgt. Luke
returns from his second tour of duty in Vietnam.
John G. Johnson, of Ventura, California, announced the
engagement and approaching marriage of his sister, Lois J.
Alexander, of Balboa, Canal Zone, to Major Donald L. Evitt,
of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Major Evitt is currently stationed at Tuy Hoa Air Force
Base, South Vietnam.
Mr. and Mrs. David J. Markun, of Washington, D. C., for-
mnerly of Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, announce the engagement
f' their daughter, Sybil, to Bruce Frank Tourville, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Tourville, of Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Miss Markum, a graduate of Balboa High School, is now a
junior majoring in Spanish and Sociology at the University of
Minnesota. Her fiance, a graduate of Stout State College in
Menominee, Wisconsin, is on the faculty of Minnehaha Acad-
emy, an independent school in St. Paul. A June wedding is
The Markun family left the Canal Zone in 1967, when Mr.
Markun resigned as general counsel of the Panama Canal to.
become a federal trial examiner with the Securities & Exchange
Commission in Washington, D. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Dobkin, of 130 Larkspur Drive.
Highland Park, Illinois, announce the engagement of their
daughter, Shelley Mara, to Dr. Michael Witkin, son of Rabbi
and Mrs. Nathan Witkin, long-time residents of Balboa, Canal
Zone, now of Houston, Texas.
The prospective bride attended Kendall College and is pres-
ently attending the University, of Illinois and working in the
Virology Department at Hektoen Institute for Medical Research
under a grant from the National Institute of Health.
Dr. Witkin, a Balboa High School graduate, attended Wash-
ington and Jefferson College where he graduated summa cum
laude. He took his medical degree at the University of Penn-
sylvania School of Medicine and his internship and residency
in Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina. He
spent a year as a Clinical Fellow in Endocrinology at the Scripps
Clinic and Research Foundation at La Jolla, California.
At present, Dr. Witkin is a Lieutenant Commander in the
U. S. Naval Reserve Medical Corps, stationed at the U. S. Naval
Hospital, Great Lakes, Illinois.
The wedding will take place on November 2 at the Ambas-
sador West Hotel, Chicago, Illinois.
Miss Theresa May Chmiel became the bride of Dennis
Michael Tully in St. Petersburg, Florida, on June 14.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Chmiel
and the bridegroom the son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Tully,
Jr., both of St. Petersburg. Paternal grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. George A. Tully, Sr., also live in St. Petersburg. The
maternal grandmother, Mrs. Robert E. Randall, resides in
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Tully are living in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Clancy, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
and of Monponsett, Massachusetts, announce the marriage of
their daughter Kathleen Helen to George Dennis Kelleher, the
son of Mrs. Thomas Kelleher, of Brockton, Massachusetts, at
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Monponsett, Massa-
chusetts, on August 31, 1969.
Mrs. Kelleher is a 1963 graduate of Cristobal High School
and is employed with the Travelers' Insurance Company, of
Boston, Massachusetts. Her husband served four years with
the U. S. Navy after graduating from Brockton High School.
He is employed at the Electric Boat Division of General Dy-
amics, Quincy, Massachusetts.
After a honeymoon in Canada, the young couple are at home
at 951 Warren Avenue, Brockton, Massachusetts.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry William Falck, Jr., of Sarasota, Flor-
ida, announce the marriage of their daughter, Deborah, to Mr.
Richard Anthony Hull, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Hull, of
Brazos Heights, Canal Zone, on June 12 in Gainesville, Florida.
The couple are residing in Gainesville where Mr. Hull is a
senior at the University of Florida. Mrs. Hull was an honor
student at the June commencement exercises, receiving a de-
gree in Bachelor of Science in Education from the University
Former Canal Zone Governor Robert J. Fleming, Jr., and
Mrs. Fleming have announced the marriage of their daughter
Eleanor Fleming Pace to Patrick James Skinner. The marriage
took place on June 27 in Palo Alto, California.
Ex-Governor Fleming and Mrs. Fleming now are residing in
Menlo Park, California.
Catherine Gregory, of Diablo, Canal Zone, and Robert R.
Boyer, of La Boca, were united in marriage Thursday evening,
September 11 in a candlelight ceremony at the Union Church
in Balboa. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Thomas (Dorcas)
Gregory, of Diablo. The bridegroom's parents are Mr. and
Mrs. Robert L. Boyer, of La Boca.
The marriage of Miss April J. Haff, daughter of Captain
and Mrs. Robert W. Haff, Jr., of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Arthur
J. Ocuto, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Ocuto, Sr., of
Balboa, was solemnized in June at the Naval Base Chapel in
The couple is residing in Jacksonville, Florida, where the
bridegroom is attending Naval Air School.
A candlelight ceremony in Dallas United Methodist Church
on Saturday, August 2, united in marriage Miss Janice Eileen
Hanna and Donald Edward Curtis.
The new Mrs. Curtis is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.
William Hanna, Dallas, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Edward M.
Curtis, Woodbury, New Jersey, are the parents of the bride-
Miss Cheryl Lynn Hall became the bride of Ronald Gayle
Downey in St. Petersburg, Florida, on September 6, 1969.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. (Jackie Bowen)
Lindley Marrett Hall, of St. Petersburg. The bridegroom is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Downey, also of St. Petersburg.
Both the bride and bridegrom are seniors at the University
of Florida in Gainesville.
Miss Bebe Holmes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J.
Holmes, of Los Rios, Canal Zone, and James Donald Willing-
ham, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Willingham, of Corozal, were
married on September 5 at the Fort Clayton Post Chapel.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and Charron-
Williams Business College in Miami. Her husband is a graduate
of Balboa High School and is now attending the University of
Arkansas. The young couple reside in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Montoursville, Pennsylvania,
was the scene on August 23, 1969, of the marriage of Miss Betty
S. Houtz, daughter of Mrs. H. Norman Yoder and the late
Francis Sullivan to Frank J. Gerchow, Jr. Mr. Gerchow is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Gerchow, 2803 Lincoln Drive.
The bride was graduated from St. Joseph's High School and
attended Lycoming College. Her husband was graduated from
Balboa High School, Panama Canal Zone, and Vanderbilt Uni-
versity. A registered professional engineer, he is chief engineer
of the materials handling division of Sprout, Waldron & Co.,
Miss Jerrilynn Hunt and James N. Farnsworth exchanged
wedding vows at a beautiful candelight ceremony at Sacred
Heart Chapel in Ancon on Saturday evening, August 9th. The
bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt of Bal-
boa. The bridegroom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Noel C.
Farnsworth of Diablo Heights.
Out-of-town guests were cousins of the bride, Darlene and
Randee Jackson, of Des Plaines, Illinois, John Rathgeber, U.
S. Navy, stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and brother of
the bride, Joseph Hunt, from Camden, South Carolina.
After a honeymoon in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Mr. and Mrs.
Farnsworth are at home in Ancon.
Judith Hotz Hydle and Roland Massa have announced their
marriage on September 6, 1969, in Accokee, Maryland.
Mrs. Massa is the daughter of Mr. Theo F. Hotz and the
late Mrs. Carol Hotz, of Greensboro, North Carolina.
Miss Lynda Faye Jones and Harold Gordon Pollock, Jr.,
were united in marriage on August 2 in LaGrange, North
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Frank
Jones, of Gamboa, Canal Zone. The bridegroom is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Gordon Pollock of LaGrange, North
The bride was graduated from Balboa High School and
King's Business College. She is employed as a Secretary at
Carolina Power and Light Company in Raleigh.
The bridegroom was graduated from North Lenoir High
School and is currently attending North Carolina State Uni-
On Friday, August 8, Paula Elena Ladd, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Dwight Helman Ladd, was united in marriage with
Reynold S. Tamashiro, son of Mr. and Mrs. Shigeru Tamashiro,
long-time residents of Okinawa.
The bride was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and the groom
was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both are graduates of Kubasaki
High School on Okinawa.
After a short honeymoon in Taiwan, the newlyweds returned
to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where the groom is stationed at
Kirtland Air Force Base.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Joseph Meyers, of Curundu Heights,
Canal Zone, have announced the marriage of their daughter,
Michele Jeanne, to Ricord Burton Winstead, son of Dr. and
Mrs. Maurice Burton Winstead, of Ancon, Canal Zone, on
September 2 at the Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon.
Judy Ann Oberholtzer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell E.
Oberholtzer, of Margarita, Canal Zone, and Richard S. Hebble
were wed in September in a double ring ceremony and Nuptial
Mass at Holy Family Church, Margarita. The bridegroom is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Hebble of Summit, New Jersey.
The bride is a graduate of Cristobal High School, Class of
1968 and attended Niagara University, Niagara Falls, New
York. Her husband is a 1963 graduate of Summit High School
and attended Farleigh Dickinson University. He is presently
stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Upon his discharge from
the Navy the couple will make their home in New Brunswick,
In a beautiful Greek Orthodox church service, Miss Elaine
Patargias and Charles E. Millspaugh exchanged wedding vows
in Hammond, Indiana, on July 5, 1969.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Charles Patargias, of Chi-
cago, Illinois. Mr. Millspaugh is the son of Mrs. E. W. Mills-
paugh, of Fort Pierce, Florida and the late Edward Millspaugh.
The couple are at home at 4501 N. E. 13th Avenue, Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, where Mr. Millspaugh is a history in-
structor in the Pine Crest Prep School.
Col. and Mrs. R. B. Reppa have announced the marriage ol
their daughter, Katherine Marnard, to Mr. Kervin Humphreys
McCaughey on August 23, 1969, Fort Myers Chapel, Arlington,
The marriage of Miss Pamela Ann Saunders, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. William Edward Saunders, of Newport News,
Virginia, and Russell Archer Weade, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs,
Russell Archer Weade, of Balboa, Canal Zone, was solemnized
June 28, 1969, at the First Presbyterian Church, of Newport
Mr. and Mrs. Weade reside in Newport News.
Gainesville, Florida, was the setting for the marriage of
Miss Joyce Elaine Seeley, formerly of Balboa. Canal Zone, and
Thomas William Parker, of Gainesville, Florida, on August 15.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Seeley, of
Balboa. She is a graduate of Balboa High School and attended
Canal Zone Junior College. She is presently employed by the
Domestic Finance Corporation in Gainesville.
The bridegroom, the son of Mr. and Mrs. N. Parker, of
Gainesville, attended the University of Florida. He is a Medic
in the Reserves and is employed with Aetna Finance.
Capt. and Mrs. Clarence H. Teller, of Gamboa, Canal Zone,
announce the marriage .of. their daughter, Miss Cristi Joyce
Teller to Mr. Lou Eric Hilzinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Levw
C. Hilzinger, of Margarita, Canal Zone, on August 9 in Gamboa.
The bride is a senior at Balboa High School. The bride-
groom, a graduate of Cristobal High Schol, is an apprentice-
mate, fourth year of the Dredging Division, Gamboa.
Miss M. Christine Tweddle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Har-
rison H. Tweddle, of Wilmington, Delaware, became the bride
of Lewis Wood at the First and Central Presbyterian Church
in Wilmington on August 16, 1969. Mr. Wood is the son of Mrs.
Joseph W. Wood, of Brockton, Massachusetts.
Mr. and Mrs. Wood reside at 509 Fireside Drive, Apartment
7, Lawrence, Kansas. 66044
Miss Jane Wilson and Joseph Edwin Parvin were united in
marriage in the First Christian Church at Williamston, North
Carolina, on August 23.
Mrs. Parvin is the daughter of the late Edna O. Wilson, of
Balboa, Canal Zone. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
David E. Parvin, of Williamston.
Of interest to friends in Panama and the Canal Zone is the
recent marriage of Miss Dianne Windham, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Roy Sanders Windham, of Oglethorpe, Georgia, to Mr.
Robert C. Walker, Jr., of Atlanta and the Canal Zone. The
double-ring ceremony was solemnized on June 8 in Oglethorpe,
The young couple reside in Atlanta where Mr. Walker at-
tends the Emory University School of Dentistry.
An honor student at the University of Georgia, Mrs. Walker
recently received her Master's degree in Educational Psychol-
ogy and is at present employed as a teacher in the Atlanta
Mr. and Mrs. William Allen Arnold, Gulfport, Florida, an-
nounce the birth of their first children, identical twin sons, on
June 28, 1969, at Mound Park Hospital in St. Petersburg, Flor-
ida. The babies have been named John William (after his
grandfather) and William Allen, Jr.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John William
Whitman (Mrs. Whitman is the former Muriel Holmelin), of
St. Petersburg. Mrs. G. R. Holmelin, of St. Petersburg, and
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Berry, of Shreveport, Louisiana, are the
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Baker, of Dallas, Texas, announce
the birth of their first child, a son, on August 31. The baby has
been named Gregory Scott. Mrs. Baker is the former Miss
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Wheeler, of
Margarita, and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Claude Gullahorn, of Fort Worth, Texas. The baby has two
maternal great grandmothers, Mrs. Florence Mallett, of Dune-
din, Florida, and Mrs. M. R. Wheeler, of Utica, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Barkowitz, of Balboa, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of their fourth child and third son on August
4 at Gorgas Hospital. The baby has been named Daniel Tobias
for his maternal grandfather, the late Mr. Daniel Tobias Read,
of Charleston, South Carolina.
The paternal grandmother is Mrs. Anna Barkowitz, of
Charleston, South Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Barbour, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
announce the birth of a granddaughter, Dorothy Elizabeth, on
September 20, 1969. The parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Moore,
Jr. (Florence Barbour), reside in Tampa.
Paternal grandparents are Henry B. Moore, Sr., of Tampa,
Florida, and the late Mrs. Henry Moore, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. John Bunnell, Jr. (Betty Jane Reif), of
Windsor, New York, announce the birth of a son, John, III, on
July 27, 1969. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Gordon C. Reif, Sr., of Margarita, Canal Zone. Mr. and Mrs.
John Bunnell, of Windsor, New York, are the paternal grand-
Captain and Mrs. William F. Brucksch, III, announce the
birth of their third child and second daughter, Karen Anne, at
Vandenberg A.F.B., California, on September 7. Mrs. Brucksch
is the former Kathleen McConaghy.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Mc-
Conaghy, of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, and the paternal grand-
parents are Dr. and Mrs. William F. Brucksch, II, presently
stationed in Saudi Arabia.
Lt. Colonel and Mrs. Milton F. Callero (nee Nancy Gibson)
announce the birth of their third child, a daughter, named CecN
Lochmann. Cecy was born on May 7 in Brasilia, Brazil. Co}.
Callero is the United States Military Attache in Brasilia.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Calci announce the birth of a son.
Frank A., Jr., on April 18, 1969. Mrs. Calci is the former Miss
Sharon Tully, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Tully, Jr., of
St. Petersburg, formerly of the Canal Zone.
Frank is a career officer in the Air Force, stationed in
Thailand. He returns to the States in December, of 1969, for
reassignment to Craig Air Force Base in Selma, Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Louis Clancy, of Folsom, Pennsylvania,
announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Amber
Rochelle, on August 6, 1969.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Voss, of
St. Petersburg, Florida. Amber's father, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Henry J. Clancy, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was born in
Margarita, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. David Horner, of San Diego, California, an-
nounce the birth of their first child, Michonne Nadine, on
October 7. Mrs. Horner is the former Nancy Cotton, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Cotton, formerly of the Canal Zone and
now residing in San Diego. The paternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Cyril Horner also of San Diego.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Esslinger, Forestville, Connecticut.
announce the birth of their second daughter on September 25.
1969. The baby has been named Amy Theresa,
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Esslinger, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
are the paternal grandparents.
Lt. and Mrs. Daniel J. Hanesworth are receiving congratu-
lations on the birth of a son on September 19, in Tucson, Arizona.
He has been named Daniel Brooks and will be called Brooks.
The paternal grandparent is Mrs. Marion Hanesworth of
Tucson and the maternal grandparent Mrs. Margaret F. Morris,
of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. W. C. McAllister (Rita Strauss), another proud grand-
mother, sent in the news of the birth of a petite granddaughter-
weight 4 pounds, 8 ounces at birth. Mrs. McAllister writes,
"My son Thomas and his wife Myra Nicholson made me a
grandmother. Theresa Marie was born on Easter Sunday, and
at six months she weighed in at 14 pounds!"
Captain and Mrs. James G. Mattey, Jr., of Ramstein
A. F. B., Germany, announce the birth of their first child, a
son, on September 19. Mrs. Mattey is the former Miss Peggy
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E.
Flynn, of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. James G. Mattey, of Wilkes-Barre, Penn-
Mr. and Mrs. Roger J. Million, of Daly City, California,
announce the birth of their second child and second son, David
Michael, on August 21. Mr. Million was formerly employed in
the Panama Canal Postal Division.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Wil-
moth, of Cocoli and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. H. J. Million, of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. William Barton Mallory, 111, of Memphis,
Tennessee, announce the birth of their first child, a son, on
October 28 in Memphis. The baby has been named Brian Lucas
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William
B. Mallory of La Boca and Mr. and Mrs. Neil Allison, of
December 1 Only Thirty-Eight Days Until THE REUNION
The Canal Zone Past Matrons are advancing their meeting
to Saturday, January 10th, the day after the Reunion luncheon,
to accommodate visiting Past Matrons. Time and Place will
be announced at the Reunion Business Meeting, Thursday,
January 8, 1970.
It's "flying high" for two Canal Zone lassies. Genevieve
Elizabeth Rose, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Charles,
Rose, of La Boca (Mr. Rose is Director of Posts for the Panama
Canal) and Bernadette Ann Babinecz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
George Babinecz, Balboa (her father is employed with the
Maintenance Division) are both air-line stewardesses.
Miss Rose-Pan American-is based in Miami, Florida.
Flight assignments take her to the Bahamas and Caribbean, as
well as to Latin America, and across the Atlantic to Lisbon,
Barcelona, the French Riviera, and Rome.
Miss Babinecz-TWA-now lives in New York where the
John F. Kennedy Airport is her home base, and she has re-
cently made trips to England, Spain, France, and Germany.
It's "stepping high" for Robert Worsley, Balboa, Canal
Zone, a well-Known shipping agent and Boy Scout leader! Pic-
tured in the STAR & HERALD as the PACE SETTER in a
tango. Mr. Worsley was featured in a stage show preceding a
routine movie at the Balboa Theater.
It was back home to the Zone for the following:
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Fulton, who now live in Palm
Beach Gardens, Florida, were Zone visitors for two months in
the early fall. They occupied the vacation quarters of the Arthur
O'Learys and visited with their son and daughter-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. James L. Fulton, of Los Rios.
Mrs. James Wright, the former Miss Phyllis Zemer, who
received an A. A. Degree from the Canal Zone College in 1947,
returned in the late summer for a visit to her alma mater. She
expressed surprise at the growth of the college and stated, "I
had excellent training at the Canal Zone Junior College." Mrs.
Wright, who completed her college work at the San Jose State
College, California, in 1950 received the award of the outstand-
ing woman graduate in the Business Department when she
Mrs. Wright was accompanied by her husband, James
Wright, Assistant Principal of Live Oaks High School in Mor-
gan Hill, California, and their eight-year-old son Jimmie. They
also have a daughter, Julie, age eleven.
Mrs. Geneva Shrapnel, of Seal Beach, California, arrived
in the Canal Zone late in September for a visit with relatives
and friends. She was accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Marcel
Janssen, also of Seal Beach.
Mrs. Gordon Sanders and her infant daughter, of Hollywood,
Florida, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dombrowski,
of Diablo Heights, and her parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell
Sanders, also of Diablo Heights in the early fall. The grand-
parents met their new granddaughter for the first time.
Mrs. Joseph Le Blanc, Jr. and her daughter Sandra Marie,
of Los Angeles, California, who spent several months with Mrs.
Le Blanc's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shore, of La Boca,
returned to their home in September.
Mrs. E. E. Chancellor, the former Shirley Williams, of
Eureka, California, spent three weeks with her sisters, Mrs.
R. P. O'Connor, Jr., of Balboa, and Miss Grace Williams, of
Margarita, in September.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Mohl, Pompano Beach, Florida,
visited Mrs. Mohl's sister, Mrs. Phoebe Hughes and her mother.
Mrs. Mary Kelly, of Cocoli, their son-in-law and daughter, Mr.
and Mrs. Harvey Baker, and other relatives in the Canal Zone
Zonians, too, are frequent visitors to the St. Petersburg
In June, Mrs. Robert Bright (Adamary Anderson) was a
dinner guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beck.
Danny Lawson, lockmaster at Gatun Locks, visited the
Tampa Bay area in late September. When in St. Petersburg,
he paid a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Straus.
Rufus L. Carey, on vacation from Balboa, was in St. Peters-
burg in September.
Irl and Dot Sanders, Jr., visited the senior Irl Sanders in
Largo, Florida, for three weeks in the fall. They were accom-
panied by Mrs. Philip Hale, of Washington, D. C., mother of
Mrs. Sanders, who is returning with them to the Zone for the
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Shannon were guests of the Earl Daileys
Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Zelnick saw many old friends while in
the Bay Area in October.
Mrs. J. Kuhn, of St. Petersburg, had as summer guests
her daughter, Mrs. Thelma Callaway Camby from Balboa and
her granddaughter, Marilyn Camby Harley from Michigan. In
July, Thelma flew to Missouri to be with her son Virgil
(Skeeter), his wife, and Scott, their son. Mr. and Mrs. Mullins
(Carolyn Camby) and two daughters from Indianapolis, Indi-
ana, joined the family at Skeeter's for a real reunion-grandma,
her daughter, and the grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brown were also browsing around in
the Sunshine City in October.
Mr. David Fred Mead, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, was an
October visitor in the Sarasota and St. Petersburg area.
In October Mr. and Mrs. Rex E. Beck (Helen Grimison)
were in St. Petersburg where they visited with the Jim Woods
and the Charlie Bitters. They saw the Dubes in Clearwater,
Janice Scott and Mae and Jiggs Cross in Miami, Mom (Jessie)
Grimison in New Smyrna Beach, and Alice and Max Conover
in Orlando. Helen retired from government service in February
after almost thirty years' service and is enjoying "loafing."
Rex still has a few years on the job, but when the time comes,
the Becks expect to retire somewhere in Florida.
Californians-Thelma Reppe and Hedvig Seedborg, after a
trip to the Bahamas, were visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs.
Wells D. Wright in early November.
Captain and Mrs. Irving Spector of Margarita returned to
the Canal Zone in September after a State's vacation to New
York and Virginia.
The past vacation season brought many Canal Zone friends
to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Cross, of Miami,
Florida. Included were: Mr. and Mrs. John W. Hare and
daughter, Cynthia; Mr. and Mrs. William S. Wigg and daughter,
Carol; Mr. and Mrs. Sydney L. Lindh and daughter, Frances;
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Beck; Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. bowen; wvr.
Joe Wood, Mr. Burton Mead, and Mr. Edwin Jones.
Mrs. Bertile Casanova, of Margarita, Canal Zone, spent a
month in the States visiting her sisters and other relatives in
New Orleans, many friends in Austin, Texas, and her grand-
daughters in Miami, Florida.
The prolific and interesting letters from Col. and Mrs.
William R. Tomey (Bill and Fern), Tampa, Florida, on their
current circle around the United States need more space than a
four-times-a-year publication can do justice to. From Florida in
their mobile camper to Virginia where they visited son Dick,
they traveled on to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Salt Lake in
Utah, Yellowstone, Canada, Oregon, and California. Visiting
relatives, sight seeing, chats with Herb and Jane Knapp, Port-
land, Oregon, and Virginia and Martin Seiler, Los Angeles, Bill,
baby-sitting a young cousin while the family were mountain
climbing, and Fern attending the spectacular and inspirational
"I AM COME" Pageant in Dunsmuir, California, gives a con-
densed preview of "The Tomeys on the Move."
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dunn flew to New York State in
October for a short visit with Harry's mother and other mem-
bers of his family. Before returning to St. Petersburg, they
stopped in Pennsylvania to see members of Grace's family and
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece, who spent the summer months at
their cottage in New Hampshire, returned to their home in St.
Petersburg in late October. Another trip-Christmas in Rome-
is planned by the Reeces. They will visit Mr. and Mrs. Philip
W. Thomas (Royna Reece) and four children who are living
For Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Howard, it has been pack and un-
pack since early in the summer. They were in Maryland for a
brief stay in June and again in September. Returning home in
October, they tarried only a short time before departing for
Seattle, Washington for a family visit'with Mr. and Mrs. Sandy
Ames (Mary Elizabeth Howard).
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beck who sought cooler weather over the
summer spent two months away. After visits with Mr. Ted Hotz
in Greensboro, North Carolina, relatives of Mr. Beck's in Har-
risburg, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Beck's sister in Ohio, in August
they went to Evanston, Illinois to see their daughter, Stephanie,
son-in-law, Stephen May, and grandchild, Amanda Lee. While
there, they helped the Mays move into a home which they had
Mrs. Elizabeth Taber, of St. Petersburg, who vacationed at
the Fontana Village Resort in North Carolina reported that the
scenery was beautiful, food wonderful, and that twice a day
they enjoyed the square dancing.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Clancy returned to St. Petersburg
in October after spending several months at their summer place
in Monponsett, Massachusetts. August brought the birth of their
first granddaughter and also the wedding of daughter, Kathleen
Helen-see weddings and births. After such exciting days and
the advent of cool weather, they were happy to be back to their
trailer in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Gustaf W. Holmelin, of Crosby, Texas, and
their sons, Victor and Gus, visited with their mother, Mrs.
Pauline Holmelin, of St. Petersburg and sisters, Mrs. John
Whitman and Mrs. David Haile. While in Florida, they were
also entertained by relatives, Mr. and Mrs. John Lynch, of
Later, Mrs. G. R. Holmelin and Mr. and Mrs. David Haile
(Frances Holmelin) and son, after spending a week in New
Orleans, were the guest of Gus and his family in Crosby.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Esslinger, who had attended a family
reunion in Houston's home state, Oklahoma, in August took to
the road again in October and headed for Connecticut to per-
sonally greet their second grandchild (See Births). They also
saw their daughter Mary in Washington, D. C.
Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin left in October for an extended visit
with Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Leffingwell, Jr. (Janie Hamlin) in
New Canaan, Connecticut. She expects to return to St. Peters-
burg before the Reunion.
Mrs. J. F. Everett will visit in Cincinnati, Ohio and in
Pennsylvania during the fall months.
Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge drove to North English, Iowa,
in September. Betty's mother, Mrs. Virginia Barker, celebrated
her 87th birthday in September.
The Ralph E. Shueys, after spending the summer in Idaho
with his brother Ray, were planning an early return to Florida
for the winter. After six years in the Air Force as a helicopter
pilot and two trips to southeast Asia, their son, Ralph A. Shuey,
is now out of the service and working as a mechanical engineer
for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Ralph married a girl from the Isle of Breton, Nova Scotia. They
have two little girls, Lori (3) and Rose Marie, born April 1, 1969.
Seeing their young grandson, Chris Simpson, on the football
field and granddaughter, Debby spurring the team on to victory
prompted the R. A. Sylvestres to make a two-week trip to Fort
Walton Beach, Florida, in early October. They were happy also
to see their daughter, Peggy, and the two younger grand-
After a summer in California, the Lou Hasemanns checked
in home in Jacksonville, Florida, for only a brief stay and
journeyed on to Washington, D. C. in August to baby-sit for
daughter Gayle while she had a physical check-up in the hos-
pital. Aside from the joy of family reunions as well as being of
help with the grandchildren, Irene and Lou have enjoyed their
trips-in particular, seeing many old friends from Zone days
We do miss Lou's newsy reports from the Jacksonville area and
hope that as soon as time permits, we will be brought up to
date on Zonian news from the "Bold City."
Mrs. Jack C. Randall (Mildred), West Palm Beach, Florida,
was a house guest in the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Wood,
St. Petersburg, in late October.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence H. True were visitors with the I. W.
Metzgers on the memorable occasion of Ike's eighty-second
birthday. Ike keeps busy and happy in his "Miami home."
When Mr. and Mrs. Metzger were in the Canal Zone last
spring visiting their children, the Scottish Rite Bodies of the
Canal Zone presented Ike with a beautiful fifty-year hat with
his name inscribed inside. He became a member of the Canal
organization in 1917.
During the past summer Bob and Marjean Koperski invited
the Metzgers to accompany them on a trip to Wildacres in the
North Carolina mountains. From there, they journeyed to Wis-
consin and Minnesota where they visited their son, Bill, and his
family in Minneapolis.
September 15-With fall and winter approaching, it was
"packing" time for Mrs. J. I. (Charlotte) Eckert and Florence
and Charlie Harrison. During the summer, Pennsylvania of-
fered ideal weather as well as many enjoyable hours with
families and friends. The Harrisons had visits from their grand-
daughter and family and spent some time wtih their son, Tom,
and family in Boston. Charlotte, too, enjoyed family reunions
with her daughters and grandchildren.
While in Pennsylvania, Mrs. Eckert saw John and Maura
Murray several times and reports that though his eyes are
very bad that he hasn't lost his wit and good nature.
William E. Dobson, New Port Richey, Florida, vacationed
in Portland, Oregon, during the summer. He also.attended his
grandson's wedding, Gregg Kocher to Paula Jo Lietz, of Los
Angeles, at Fort Ord.
October 9, 1969, The Panama Canal Society of Florida: "It
certainly was a pleasure seeing familiar faces and talking with
friends during my visit to St. Petersburg last July. Thanks for
letting me sit in on the July 4 meeting at Gulfport.
Please pass along the message at your next meeting that my
door is always open here in Alexandria, Virginia, and I welcome
calls and visits from the Society members. 'Mi casa es su
I am a construction engineer with the Government in Wash-
ington, D. C. and instruct flight training part-time at Dulles
International airport. Occasionally, I get a charter trip to St.
Petersburg and will drop by again to see you hopefully in the
near future. I am planning a visit to the Canal Zone around
February of next year."-Frank H. Lerchen, Jr.
Although a number of adventurous Zonians in recent years
have traveled the Pan American highway from Panama Canal
through Central America to the States, only Mrs. Marta Spoel,
Miss Ann Strickler, and Miss Helen Barr sent in a thirty-three
page, detailed account of their trip. Bumpy roads, narrow,
gravelled, winding, twisting mountain roads, flat tires, etc.,
failed to stop them from reaching their goal-THE UNITED
STATES. Dame Nature wasn't so kind when, after a visit in
Houston, Texas. they set out for the Carolinas and Washington.
The full fury of a midwestern winter-snow, ice, five above
zero weather-plagued them from Arkansas to Osage Beach,
Missouri. After visiting in Osage Beach, they headed east again
only to decide to turn back at Poplar Bluff, Missouri, with not
only renewed snow and ice but illness now undermining their
original plans. Returning to Houston and recuperating from
their strenuous efforts to defy the cold, rain, and sleet, they
packed the Chrysler and once again headed south-"Where the
hot winds of summer perennially blow." Safely back in the
Canal Zone, all agreed it was an adventurous trip which they
would never forget.-See Picture Section.
News from Lee Trower, Atlanta, Georgia, October 22:
"Have you heard you will be having another Gamboa couple
in St. Petersburg come the first of the year? Betty and Bud
Malone closed a deal a few days ago for a house in the north-
east. In the meantime. Betty will be spending her time between
Betsy Crawford (Fort Lauderdale) and the Andinos (daughter
and son-in-law) here in nearby Decatur, while Bud is doing a
job in Mexico.
"Joe is on the move also but not leaving Atlanta. It has
been so good to be here where he can pop in every few days or
call on the phone. I have no reason to regret the couple of years
I spent in St. Petersburg; indeed, I am grateful for them. If
Joe should ever move to the frozen north or some far away
place, I would probably be on my way back there. Joe's new
address is 3644 Kingsboro Road N. E., Atlanta, Georgia 30319.
"With fond thoughts, much love and best wishes for all for
the Happy Holidays now so close at hand."
News from Lauretta D. Prather (Mrs. A. Lyle), Washing-
ton, D. C.:
"Isn't it nice that the new retirement bill includes provision.
for widows remarrying and retaining their pension. I am sure
this will be a welcome release to many people.
"In reference to this I was at a luncheon with Mr. William
C. Birely (he was President of the firm I was with before we
merged with Mason & Company) and Mr. William Jones, Mana-
ger of our Maryland office when Senator McCarthy came over
to speak to us. This was prior to the President signing the bill,
and I had just asked the Senator to thank all the other Senators
ior we widows in the passage of these provisions. He laughed
and said, looking at the two young men I was with-'Were you
planning to marry soon?' I said, 'No!' and he said, 'My
suggestion would be that you wait until the President signs the
bill.' That is what we were laughing at. (SEE PICTURE in
"Many of the people who lived in Colon will remember Millie
McCarthy who taught in the Cristobal school. She married
Henry Ryer, who was in charge of the Texaco office. Henry
is now, I understand, a Vice-President of Texaco-and Millie is
Senator McCarthy's sister. I am sure she will be most agree-
ably remembered as a very lovely young woman."
Mr. and Mrs. Stanwood O. Specht (Mary Ella Jones)
FINALLY are bona fide residents of St. Petersburg-6723 29th
Street South, St. Petersburg 33712. "Three" would appear to be
an ordinary number but to some would-be retirees, it has been
almost like a checker game. Whose move is next? The juggling
of the Omnibus Bill in Congress caused several with completed
service to tarry, awaiting the outcome of that magic three-year
stipulation as a basis for retirement.
Milton (Mit) Parsons, the son of Mrs. Valley F. Bright,
Balboa, Canal Zone, is a Public Information Officer with the
3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, about twenty miles north
of Hue in Vietnam. At the time this information was received
(September), Mit had just spent the week escorting the cor-
respondents from the New York Times and the Washington Post
to the A Shau Valley. They were expecting a team of NBC
photographers the following day, and Mit would be out in the
field with them. Recently, he had been taking pictures on an
operation in the flat-lands out near the Street without Joy. He
is writing for their papers, "Screaming Eagle" and he also puts
out a daily paper.
Mrs. W. L. Barbour (Lynn Parsons), daughter of Mrs.
Valley Bright, is living in San Bernardino, California. Although
a graduate nurse and a dedicated homemaker, Lynn keeps
occupied with diversified activities while her husband, Bill, is
off on frequent trips-the squadron he is connected with at
Norton Air Force Base is operating with only fifty percent of
the necessary personnel so as Lynn writes, "It's fly, rest, fly."
After graduating with honors from a Modeling School-a course
she thoroughly enjoyed-Lynn is now teaching first grade at
the Sterling Baptist Church School. Happy Holidays are ahead
for it's home to the Zone for Christmas for Lynn and Bill.
Many thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Sinnott, new mem-
bers of the Society, who thoughtfully sent in some "vital
"I was a resident of the Canal Zone from March, 1935, to
February, 1952, and again from March, 1963, to December, 1965.
"The number of former Panama Canal employees retiring
to Leisure World, Maryland (now Rossmoor, Maryland), is
gradually increasing. We now have: Emmett and Katherine
Dye, Paul and Elva Keenan, Miss Margaret Whitman and her
mother, and Harry and Fran Sinnott.
"On a recent visit to the Sinnott's home by Loretta and
Marty Hayes, of Curundu, Canal Zone, a get-together was en-
joyed by the following: Margaret and Kim Chalmers, Dorothy
and Howland Brewer, Helen Aanstoos (widow of T. A. Aanstoss,
former printer of the Panama Canal), Loretta and Marty Hayes,
and Fran and Harry Sinnott. 'The five 'girls' were employees
of the United States Censorship in Cristobal during World
"With winter approaching, all of us Northerners wish we
were down in Florida or back on the Zone again." January
8th and 9th, REUNION, St. Petersburg, might be an excellent
time to consider a trip to Florida!
Mrs. W. C. Zeeck, Lamesa, Texas, reports on family news.
Their daughter, Joyce Zeeck Mundell, received her Masters'
Degree in Education from West Texas State University on
August 11. Congratulations!
Major Richard C. Zeeck, their son, is back from Germany
and is now in school to prepare him for a tour of duty in Viet-
nam. He is scheduled to leave the States on December 12.
Farming 480 acres of land and working with the South
Coast Insurance Company keeps Charles, the youngest son,
Former Rep. Maurice H. Thatcher, who was ninety-nine
on August 15, said he's thinking of quitting his law practice
and going into poetry.
"I've written about 1,000 quatrains in the Fitzgeraldc-Omar
style," he said, "and I've got a large body of sonnets in the
Italian and Shakespearean style, and some other poems; I'd
like to see them all in one volume." The August 12, 1969, CON-
GRESSIONAL RECORD printed the following recent sonnet by
YOUTH AND AGE
How may one keep his youth, despite the years?
Or face the East altho his sun be setting?
Or stay Time's pen, naught aiding or abetting
Its cruel graph which all too soon appears?
How shall dear Hope supplant the doubts and fears;
The sense of loss, the racks of sighing, fretting,
Which aging breasts are constantly begetting?
And what shall staunch the flow of silent tears?
None may reply; but Faith may well suggest
That never does life end, but it begins
With each new hour, whatever the Past may be.
The spirit's all-in-all, by it we're blest,
Or cursed; its force unquenched, the victory wins
O'er Time's advance and Death's dread regency.
Actually, Mr. Thatcher hasn't been too active in the prac-
tice of law in recent years, but has been busy working with an
editorial assistant, Charles Havlena, on his voluminous files
and press clippings. It is estimated there will be about 75
volumes, for Mr. Thatcher has had a busy as well as a long life.
Governor Thatcher, a slender, white-haired widower with
blue eyes and bushy white eyebrows, summed up a possible
recipe for his longevity, "I don't eat meat. I eat vegetables,
eggs, and milk. I don't drink; I don't smoke, and I don't drink
tea or coffee I'm a good sleeper, and I still get about eight
hours' sleep a night." To Charles Havlena, the real secret of
his longevity, perhaps, is his zest and enthusiasm for life.
Congressman Daniel J. Flood, of Pennsylvania, in speaking
to the assembled House of Representatives on August 12 closed
his talk as follows: "Young in spirit and mentally alert, and
possessing the abundance of genius, he still holds important
positions and continues to perform valuable services of bene-
ficent character. I believe that I reflect the feelings of my
colleagues and of all others who know Governor Thatcher .
when I say that our country is fortunate in having had for so
long a leader who has accomplished so much of lasting value."
Governor Thatcher closed an interview on his ninety-ninth
birthday with these humble words, "I don't lay any claims to
a great career I tried to be useful wherever I was, what-
ever I did."
The Western White House, San Clemente, California-Presi-
dent Richard M. Nixon, who sent a letter of congratulations to
Governor Thatcher, concludes, "So as you change careers on
your ninety-ninth birthday, I am confident that while Washing-
ton may be losing the services of a fine lawyer, America is also
gaining the work of a talented poet. I hope that you will accept
my best belated birthday wishes, and that you will match in
verse what you have achieved in law."
Governor Thatcher wrote friends that he is now "in the
movie-making business somewhat" and explains: "A California
film establishment is making a series of movies under the title
'It Couldn't Be Done.' One of the themes of the series is the
building of the Panama Canal, and since I am the only surviving
member of the Isthmian Canal Commission, I was thus called
upon to reminisce about the Canal and its construction."
The movie is expected to be shown on NBC and CBS tele-
vision stations next April.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kaufer, of San Jose, California, vaca-
tioned in Texas in September where they visited Mr. Kaufer's
brother and sister. His sister, Bernice Kaufer Womack, worked
for the United Fruit Company in Cristobal in 192( and 1921.
Mrs. Kaufer keeps busy with volunteer work at the Alexian
Bros. Hospital in San Jose.
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Engel and daughters, Diane and Laura.
moved from Woodside, New York, to St. Petersburg, Florida.
on August 1, 1969. Mrs. Engel is the former Lois Hohmann.
The Engels are living "just around the corner" from Lois's
mother, Mrs. Frank W. Hohmann. Their new address is 2900
Leslee Lake Drive. Mom Hohmann is most happy to have part
of her family close by and all enjoyed the reunion the last two
weeks of August when Roy, Marlys and baby Lianne, still of
Woodside, New York, visited both homes in St. Petersburg.-
Mrs. Frank W. Hohmann.
Clarence and Della Howell, Asheville, North Carolina, have
kept busy attending conventions over the summer months--
the N.A.R.C.E. State Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, in
the spring was followed in July with the state convention of
World War One Veterans' Organization of the United States of
America in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Clarence was
elected state commander of the Department of North Carolina,
Veterans of World War One. From September 26 to October 2,
they attended the national convention of World War One Vet-
erans held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
During the month of August, the Howells enjoyed having
the W. T. Bowens, of Miami, Florida, for a visit. Their daugh-
ter, Margaret and her family, were also summer visitors.
Here's a little South Jersey news:-Betty (Searcy) Rath-
In the spring we received a call from Grace (Jones) Carey
from Ann Arbor. Michigan, saying she and Jack were in Pitman
(next town to us), visiting their son and daughter-in-law. So
Edward and Jane Curtis and Jack and I went over and had a
May 30th-Mother arrived from Florida for Linda's gradua-
tion from Douglass College. As Joe and Louise (Rathgeber)
Hunt and family were in the States for their son's (Joey) grad-
uation from Fairleigh Dickinson, we had a family get-together
at Norine's home in Brick Town, New Jersey, along with Ed-
ward Rathgeber and family who live nearby. Dorothy Judd
came down from Andover, Massachusetts, and it was great
having both Mother and Dot here for a visit.
The Reunion Picnic was held this year on July 19 and was
hosted by Leonard and Olive (Kalar) Krouse at their summer
home at Carpenters Point, Maryland. Their place was perfect
for a picnic as the front yard is right on the water. Edwara
and Jane Curtis,.Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas and son Keith, and
Jack and I started out early to start our day of visiting, with
Jack and Grace (Jones) Carey close behind.
The kids of all ages had a wonderful time of swimming and
boating. Jackie Brown and Bryan Dufi brought their slides
from last year's picnic and various trips they had taken, so we
were well entertained and really did enjoy them so much.
Sure hope they do it again next year. After d wonderful (and
I do mean wonderful) day of visiting, swimming, boating, eat-
ing, etc., we all left late that night to the motel where most of
us were staying.
The next morning we all went back to Leonard and Olive's
for a last good-bye. We sure hated to break up a wonderful
time and can't wait for the one next year.
Here's a list of those who attended the Reunion: Frank and
Jean (Kalar) McAndrews, Moscow, Pennsylvania; August and
Eleanor (Hammond) Schwinderman, Ramsey, New Jersey;
Frank and Elizabeth (Tonneson) Key, Dumont, New Jersey;
Edward and Aggie (Tonneson) Jamke, Tenafly, New Jersey;
Edward and Jane Curtis, Woodbury Heights, New Jersey;
George and Catherine Lowe, Wilmington, Delaware; Jack and
Gloria Brown and family, Northport, New York; Charles and
Sibby (Hallen) Pittman, Verona, Pennsylvania; Catherine
(Tede) Duff Lyng, Rochester, New York; Jack and Grace
(Jones) Carey, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Bryan Duff, Rochester,
New York; Betty Bigelow, White Plains, New York; Jack and
Lorna O'Brien (Tede Duff's daughter). Randallstown, Mary-
land; David N. Percy, Greensburg, Pennsylvania; Norine
(Rathgeber) Lucas and son Keith, Brick Town, New Jersey;
Jack and Betty (Searcy) Rathgeber, Glassboro, New Jersey;
Mae Carr, Stanley, New York; and of course, the host and
hostess Leonard and Olive (Kalar) Krouse, Springfield, Penn-
sylvania and their family.
During the summer, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene R. Owens from
Media, Pennsylvania, paid us a visit after having seen our
name in the ANNUAL ISSUE. We had a nice visit and invited
them to our picnic next year. They had left the Zone in the
early 1940's. After their visit, we saw in the RECORD that he
had written Virginia (Ridge) Dolim asking about her father.
It sure is a small world, but it goes to show how well read and
enjoyed the RECORD is.
August 2 we drove to Dallas, Pennsylvania, for the wedding
of Donald Curtis and Janice Hanna. Donald is the son of Jane
and Ed Curtis, and Janice is the daughter of William (Satchie)
and Betty Hanna. Both fathers were from the Canal Zone. It
was a very lovely wedding and we wish them much happiness.
Well, folks, this is it for now. See you next year.
Flora and Elmer J. Hack, East Moline, Illinois, write that
the friends of their daughter, Mary Beth Hack, will be inter-
ested .in knowing that Mary Beth is teaching the third grade in
the Tucson, Arizona schools.
A second Annual Fourth of July Reunion, initiated in 1968
by an enthusiastic group of young ex-Zonians living along the
east coast of Florida, was held at the Travelodge Motel in
North Palm Beach. Eighteen families attended including
almost forty children in addition to Grandmothers and Bach-
elors. A Cocktail party on Friday night preceded the picnic
Ben Thomas, 170 Ludlow Street, New York City, flew down
especially for the Reunion; others attending were: Sal and Joy
Aleguas, Bruce and Sandra Claflin, Bill and Jane Wagenbren-
ner, Curt and Jinger Jeffries, Fred and Leona Lee, all of Mer-
ritt Island; Vera Aiken and Marge Donnelly, of Cocoa; Ethel
J. Compton, Deerfield Beach; Tommie and Joyce Davidson,
Lake Park; Bob and Sylvia Dolan, Palm Beach Gardens; Jerry
and Marcy Fox, Miami; Jerry and Shirley (Van Der Dijs)
Mills, Rockledge; Danny and Jean Kissam, Patrick AFB; Joe
and Edna (Hart) Musso, Plantation; Bob and Lynee Salter, St.
Petersburg; Mick and Nancy Stokes, Fort Lauderdale; Ralph
and Beth Huls, North Palm Beach.
A Third Annual Reunion is planned for next year with the
site to be announced later this year. Orlando and The Cape are
under consideration for this memorable event.-Beth (Lock-
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence E. Rienks (Joan Coffey) arrived in
Agana, Guam, in August where they plan to be until January
of 1971. Joan writes, "Guam is beautiful!! Its like a tropical
paradise, and I do love it. It is quite small about thirty-two
miles long and four to nine miles wide, but it has more beautiful
scenery than I have ever seen anywhere. The weather is very
similar to that of Panama-when it rains, it rains!"
Mrs. Ethel Otis Page, who grew up in the Panama Canal
Zone, moved to San Francisco, California, following her mar-
riage to Ralston Page. While living in San Francisco, Mrs.
Page donated much time to volunteer work at the San Fran-
cisco Junior League, participating in many worthwhile projects
and in its annual theatrical productions often writing
words and music and doing the choreography for many of the
After moving to southern California. Mrs. Page joined the
staff of Pasadena's Huntington Hotel as executive social direc-
tor, a position she held for sixteen years. It was in the early
forties that Mrs. Page began to teach bridge. She became one
of the first advocates of the Goren point count system over
the then accepted Culbertson method.
In encouraging residents to join the fall bridge classes, Mrs.
Page states, "Those who want to learn bridge always have
active minds and high IQ's, and they are fun to be with."
In addition to her enthusiasm for playing and teaching
bridge, the versatile Mrs. Page pursues hobbies of music and
poetry writing, and cooking. Currently, she is compiling a
cookbook for the Assistance League of Laguna Beach of which
she is a member.
On August 21, the Rt. Rev. and Mrs. R. Heber Gooden were
the hosts at a tea at the Quarry Heights Officers' Club for Mrs.
William G. Rowe. Bishop Gooden presented Mrs. Rowe the
Diocesan Medal in recognition of more than thirty years of
active service to the Cathedral of St. Luke and the Diocese.
Mrs. Robert F. Ausnehmer, as President of the Church
Women of the Cathedral, presented gifts from the women of
the Diocese in appreciation of Mrs. Rowe's outstanding work
with the women's organizations and Children's Home.
Mrs. Rowe's husband recently retired from Panama Canal
Company service. They are now making their home in Fort
Dr. and Mrs. L. E. Horine and family of Boone, North
Carolina, were the guests of Mrs. Horine's parents, Col. (Ret.)
and Mrs. S. J. Stacy, in Treasure Island, Florida, during the
summer months. Dr. Horine, who served for seven years as
supervisor of physical education for the Canal Zone Schools
before joining the faculty of the Appalachian State University
at Boone, North Carolina last September, has been appointed
as Chairman of the University's Health, Physical Education
and Recreational Department. Mrs. Horine, who will be re-
membered as Mary Ellen Stacy, will also be teaching in Boone
this year where their three children, Stace, Sherwood, and Mary
Sheryl are in school. The Stacys also had a visit of two weeks
from their son, Major Everett S. Stacy, who was recuperating
from an operation performed at Westover AFB, Massachusetts.
Both children spent Father's Day with their parents at their
new waterfront home on Paradise Island, Florida.
WELCOME TO FLORIDA! Miss Lillian L. Pratt, formerly
of Hot Springs, Arkansas, while perusing through the April
READERS' DIGEST became interested in an article describing
.Guernsey City, Tampa, Florida, the luxurious bayside colony
of de luxe mobile homes for people over fifty. She wrote for a
brochure and in July flew to Tampa for first-hand information.
Evidently, READERS' DIGEST had not exaggerated! She
writes, "Guernsey City is fantastic and words cannot express
how beautiful and attractive it is ."
Her new address is: Guernsey City, Boulevard 4, Lot 23,
Tampa, Florida. 33611
News from Cornelia and Irwin Parrill, Edwardsville, Illil
After a fifteen-month leave, the Parrills are back on sched-
ule again and unfortunately won't be able to take more time off
to attend the coming Reunion. Cornelia sends family news:
"Our son, Walter Dean, married Mary Ann Kucinick, of
Woodriver, Illinois, in a lovely wedding in Woodriver on August
16, 1969. He is working as Research Computer Programmer on
our Southern Illinois University campus here at Edwardsville.
He graduated with a Bachelors degree in August. His wife is a
senior this year in Special Education.
Our daughter, Rosa Lee and her husband Capt. Gene Hilin-
ski, are in Waterville, Maine, where he teaches R.O.T.C. in
Colby College, and she is Head Floor Nurse in a Waterville
Daughter, Irlene and husband Byron Fortrey and three
children live in a new home about five miles east of Centralia,
Illinois. Byron teaches drafting in the Centralia High School.
Irlene teaches kindergarten in the same school her children
So, all our children are out from underfoot and Irwin and I
are back to where we started thirty-seven years ago a two-
some. I've been indulging in many things I've never felt I had
time for before and enjoying it."
News from Mrs. Elsie F. Jackson, Alexandria, Virginia-
"Had an interesting trip to the Orient in May and June. Had
to get back to all the activities I am connected with." A clip-
ping from the WESTMORELAND NEWS, September 4, 1969,
verifies that Mrs. Jackson isn't the "rocking chair" type of
At the Republican Kick-off August 21, for candidates Holton-
Dawbarn-Obenshain, Mrs. Leonard D. Jackson was presented
the senior Republican Woman "Champ Award." As President
of the Potomac Council Republican Woman's Club, the mem-
bership increased from fifty-four to one hundred. At the forth-
coming national Federation 15th Biennial Convention to be held
at the Washington-Hilton on September 25, 26, and 27, the
Potomac Council and Commonwealth Club will receive the
"Gold Award" for their outstanding accomplishments.
Mrs. Jackson is also President of the National Homeopathic
Nurses Alumnae, past regent of Francis Wallis Chapter (and
present vice regent of the National Society of the Daughters of
the American Revolution); vice-chairman International Rela-
tions Department of'the Alexandria Woman's Club; member of
Board of Lady Manager, Alexandria Hospital and associate
member of Leedstown Resolutions Chapier, National Society of
the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Mrs. Joseph W. Wood (Lillie), Brockton, Massachusetts,
wrote that several Canal Zone folks and relatives were able to
attend the wedding of her son, Lewis. Mrs. Georgie Nehls came
from California. Other ex-Canal Zonians were Mrs. Anita Wood
Jones, Miss Anita Larson, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Keen (Marian
Wood) and Bernice Hopkins. It was wonderful seeing old friends
after some six years.
Bernice Hopkins, who was a dietitian in the Canal Zone
(Chief Dietitian at Gorgas Hospital during the pre-World War
II and early years of the War) is now at Cornell University in
Ithaca, New York.
Mrs. Wood concludes, "I do enjoy reading about Canal
Zoners. There is a bond between us that I doubt could be ex-
plained to stateside Americans."
News from Mrs. Frederick (Alberta D.) Grunewald, St.
Near the end of May, I flew to Dallas, Texas, where I was
the guest of Mrs. Anthony Fernandez and Mr. and Mrs. (Susie
Harrison) Parker Umpleby. With Bea Fernandez, I attended
the funeral service for a former Canal Zone pilot, Capt. Ster-
ling Miller. There I saw briefly Hattie Lee Hornbeak, a former
teacher in the Cristobal High School, Mr. James Fernandez and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fernandez. I went on to Houston and
Baytown, Texas, where I visited my daughter, Mary Margaret
Wynnemer, and her family. I was fortunate to attend the high
school graduation of my oldest grandchild. In San Antonio, I
was the guest of Mrs. Jesse Ellington, the widow of a former
Canal Zone Chief Health Officer. Her daughter Elizabeth
(Betty) is now teaching in the law department of the University
of Missouri in Columbia. Son Jesse is an engineer and Richard
has started his residency in medicine in Dallas. I then spent
some time in the Los Angeles area. I was the house guest of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Parker (formerly a nurse, Esther Alex-
ander) in Burbank. I met Fred Bradley again and had tele-
phone conversations with Elizabeth Hackett (now the wife of an
army officer), with Mrs. Arthur Berude (Flo), and Gus Hoecker
(formerly in the office of Colon Hospital). Charlie Parker was
in the hospital for surgery, but a recent report states he is
quite well now. Next, I went to San Francisco where I was met
by Mr. and Mrs. Donald Scott (formerly of France Field and
Curundu). We were guests of their daughter Joan and her hus-
band, the A. H. Bernards of Woodside. I had telephone con-
versations with Mrs. J. F. Prager of Berkeley and with her
daughter-in-law (widow of son Lewis) who lives in Calistoga. I
spoke with the college daughter of Dorothy Hoecker Welty.
Dorothy was camping with a group. In Palo Alto, I was a
luncheon guest and brief visitor of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Dodd
(Thelma Greene of the Bible House in Cristobal and Alan of
the PSNC). I saw briefly in her home Mrs. James Freeman
Jenness (widow of a former pastor of the Cristobal Union
Church) and Lucy Matchett (daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Archie
McDaniel, formerly of Cristobal). In Portland, Oregon, I phoned
Mrs. Dove Prather, formerly of the Pacific side. She is well for
a person who will be 102 years next January. Her sister, Ora
Fisher, said they are always glad to hear from people of
I went on to Washington where 1 visited relatives. Victoria,
British Columbia, and Glacier National Park were included in
the tour. As beautiful and interesting as so many places were,
the greatest real satisfaction was in seeing the friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Wynnemer (Mary Margaret Grune-
wald) and family are now at home in Summit, New Jersey. On
September 1, Dr. Wynnemer began work with the Standard Oil
of New Jersey with his office in the RCA Building in New
A ninety-seven-year-old gentleman, now a retired insurance
man, lives a comparatively quiet life in Waverly, Iowa. But
history which children now study in school was in part made by
The adventurous youth hopped a boat to Nome, Alaska, just
in time to take part in the big "Gold Rush" (1897-1899). After
"two summers and two winters" in the frozen north, Mr. Lauer
returned to Waverly but before long, he was on his way to the
torrid Tropics to help build the Panama Canal.
In Panama, Mr. Lauer talked his way into a job operating
a steam shovel. The highlight of his Panama stint was the day
Teddy Roosevelt rode a train along the construction route to
inspect the work. To catch the President's attention, Lauer
hung a canvas flag from his steam shovel, on which he inscribed
these words in grease: "We'll do our best to help you build it."
When President Roosevelt saw the inscription, he was so im-
pressed that he stopped and climbed aboard Mr. Lauer's steam
shovel. "He sat in the driver's seat and fiddled with the con-
trols," Mr. Lauer recalls.
After three years in Panama, Mr. Lauer returned to the
United States but again his urge for adventure took him to
Canada where he spent two winters. Since that time he has
lived a fairly settled life in Waverly with just enough travel to
pacify his wanderlust.
The Lauer home is filled with many mementoes of the past.
Two canes are displayed which Mr. Lauer made for his father
from Waycon wood, the same hard wood used to make railroad
ties in Panama. On a wall in his home hangs a plaque from a
French steam engine that was abandoned in the jungle in
News from Merritt Island, Florida Sandra Claflin
On Wednesday, September 10, 1969, Curtis Jeffries played
left field in a baseball game, pitting North American Rockwell
"Rockets" against Conrad's "Astros," a team consisting ol
fifteen astronauts including Pete Conrad, Gene Cernan, Dick
Gordon, David Scott, Tom Stafford, Al Bean and others. The
North American "Rockets" took the game 12-6.
Sal Aleguas, who was caught in the lay-off from Cape Ken-
nedy, has tentative plans to move to the Miami area.
The Musical Theater of Brevard will present "Mame" in
October with Sandra Hughes Claflin as one of "he members
of the cast.
Dean Mainert J. Peterson, of St. Luke in Ancon, Canal
Zone, ended a twenty-year career on the Isthmus on September
1 when he assumed his new position as rector of St. Mark's
Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dean Peterson served as a member of the Canal Zone
Council of Boy Scouts for the past twelve years. Two years ago,
he received the Good Turn Award from the International Boy
Scouts for his contributions to the cultural life of the Isthmus.
In 1960, he was presented with a Boy Scout Statuette from the
Canal Zone Council BSA, for his outstanding work with the
He has served as vice-president of the Bella Vista Chil-
dren's Home which is supported by the Episcopal Church in
Dean Peterson will be succeeded by Archdeacon Edwin C.
Webster, of Colon, Vicar of St. Margaret's Church in Margarita.
The Canal Zone Police Division honored Warden and Mrs.
D. V. Howerth at a retirement party on November 7.
Captain Howerth, who retired on October 31, was first em-
ployed by the Police Division in July, 1942. After a short break
in service he was reemployed in May, 1950 and promoted to
sergeant in August that same year. In June, 1961. he was pro-
moted to Police District Commander, Cristobal, and was ap-
pointed Warden at the Canal Zone Penitentiary in January,
Captain and Mrs. Howerth will make their retirement home
at Fairhope, Alabama.
Emma and Frank Violette, representing the Panama Marlin
Club, flew by Pan American jet liner to Hawaii to fish in the
Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament held on Kona
Island. Mr. Violette is Vice-President of the Panama Marlin
Club and has won many prizes from the Club as well as in
Panama's annual fishing tournaments. Mrs. Violette, who is
a recent newcomer to the fishing world, has also won many
prizes in both the Club and the Panama tournaments.
The George D. Pooles, Schnectady, New York, toured
Europe during the summer months, visiting Holland, Germany,
France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, and had stopovers
in England and Ireland.
News from Abbie Walker, Falls Church, Virginia Mr. and
Mrs. Bart Ledgerwood (nee Helen McKeown), of Punta Gorda,
Florida, were guests of the George D. Walkers in June when
en route to Michigan, Washington, and Alaska a belated
honeymoon for the Ledgerwoods who were married in March.
Arlene and George Tochterman and two sons were also guests.
Arlene is Helen's daughter and a niece of Abbie Walker.
SPILLWAY, August 22 Leo A. Gutting, who was a Canal
employee from 1913 to 1918, was an honored guest of the Colon
Bomberos at a ceremony commemorating the Bomberos' 72nd
anniversary in August. An electrical engineer, Mr. Gutting
worked at the Gatun Hydroelectric Plant and was a volunteer
fireman in the Canal Zone Fire Department and holder of
Badge No. 1.
After retiring in 1955 as manager of gas, water, and electric
utilities in Indiana for more than thirty-seven years, Mr. Gutting
now makes his home in Ottawa, Illinois.
Mr. Leonard Stark, who left Denver on September 13, seem-
ingly has discovered his "Utopia" in Mineral Wells, Texas.
Fabulous brochures sent by Mr. Stark feature luxury facilities
at budget prices at the new Baker Hotel, one of the now famous
Lavin retirement clubs operated on the theory that retirement
is not retirement from life but only retirement from worry and
W. Taylor Compton retired from Cristobal Customs as a
boarding officer in 1951. During World War II, he was a Major
in the Army Intelligence. The Comptons' retirement home was
in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
After Taylor Compton's death in January, 1960, Ethel went
to New Jersey to teach. She retired on June 30, and is now back
in the Compton home at 1106 SE 14th Drive, Deerfield Beach,
Taylor and Ethel Compton's children, Jane, Harry, and
Becky were born in Cristobal and attended Cristobal, Canal
Zone, schools. They are now living in three different states.
William and Jane Wagenbrenner are at Merritt Island, Florida,
where Bill is an engineer with North American Rockwell. Harry
is an architect in Lawrence, Kansas. Stephen and Becky Herzog
have their home in Toms River, New Jersey, where Steve
teaches chemistry and math in Toms River High School. Becky
is also teaching.
Along with her dues for 1970, Minnic Markham, of Sayre,
Pennsylvania, sends a note. The important news is the birth
of a great granddaughter after three great grandsons the
first girl in nearly one hundred years! A recent visit from Mrs.
G. O. Kolle, Russellville, Arkansas, was all too short but no
time was wasted in reminiscing about Canal Zone days and
We were glad to hear personally from Dan S. Jones, of
Miami, Florida. Mr. Jones, injured on a hunting trip when he
was thrown out of a jeep, reports that after twenty-three months
he is still in a wheel chair but GETTING BETTER all the time.
Thoughtfully, he sent in some interesting pictures. Many thanks,
and we hope for your continued recovery.
Condensed from a Press Release sent in by C. W. Kilbey,
Aiken, South Carolina.
James Brooks, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Brooks, Senior,
graduated from Cristobal High School about 1957. Mr. Brooks,
Senior, was then employed by the Panama Canal Company as
Chief Foreman in the Cristobal Freighthouse.
James Junior's prime love has always been music. He
attended Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on
the Ullrich Foundation Scholarship and later received a grad-
uate assistantship, receiving his Master of Musicology in 1965.
After college, he entered the U. S. Army as a First Lieutenant
and was later promoted to Captain. While stationed at Fort
Gordon, Georgia, he was one of the three founders of the
Augusta Opera Company which now presents operas regularly
in that community. His work in Augusta and elsewhere has
given him the opportunity to work with such people as Ignace
Strasfogel, Conductor of the Metropolitan Opera Company of
New York City and Stanley Levince.
Prior to his discharge from the Army, Captain Brooks was
awarded a $4,500 scholarship to complete work on his Ph.D. at
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. He is presently
enrolled there and has already conducted two contemporary
operas at that university. He is also continuing work on his
major instruments of piano and woodwinds as well as perfecting
his skill as conductor.
Information from Mrs. Daniel E. Wright, St. Petersburg,
Florida, "Just heard from the J. G. White Company of NA-
TIONAL CYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY that the
new issue of the reference work, Vol. 51, page 474, will have the
biography of Col. Daniel E. Wright. The volume is available in
the reading room in the St. Petersburg Public Library.
Mrs. Adam J. Dorn (Frances S), of Hot Springs, Arkansas,
who enjoyed two months in cool, brisk San Francisco, sent in
news of many ex-Zonians now living in California. She visited
Mrs. Teresa Ball who later wrote her of the passing in late
August of Al Kuebler, the husband of Mabel Wellings (deceased)
who was a Balboa teacher, 1919-1922. Although Pete Wilson is
not well "sorta" just slowing up Mrs. Wilson (Bernice M.)
is still a busy realtor in Santa Rosa. Mr. Isaac Andres, a real
OLD TIMER (1904-1905) is quite agile and very interested in
NARCE. Miss Edna Baer, a former Balboa High School Com-
mercial teacher (1919-1923), resides in Pasadena. Mrs. Dorn
was able to visit with Graham Brotherson, of San Leandro, who
reported the family was fine. She saw Guy Lord of San Fran-
cisco who keeps busy as ever and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Armstrong
who had just returned from a long trip to New England. Van
and Mary Kate Underwood entertained her at their home in
Huntington Park in Los Angeles. Mary Kate recently had grad-
uated from a Practical Nursing Course and was extremely
proud of her cap and diploma. Her daughter, Jo Ann Barr,
husband and children still reside in Lexington, Kentucky, where
Dr. Barr is a professor at the University at Lexington. Son
Bill and family have recently moved to San Juan, Puerto Rico,
where he is on a big construction job. In Palo Alto, Mrs. Dorn
.visited the Col. Nanneys (Lucille Cook). Their family is now
"all scattered." Suellyn Frye, her husband and two children
live in Hawaii. Sylvia's husband, J. W. Fitzgerald is in his
senior year in medicine at Stanford; young Donald Nanney was
working at a summer resort and Lieutenant David Nanney, Jr.,
and his wife were preparing for a trip to Hawaii. The Colonel
is now retired.
Mrs. Marvel Iglesias, San Blas missionary who was the
house guest of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond V. Hills in Sarasota,
Florida, in October, was the guest of honor at an afternoon get-
together for the following Canal Zone folks in the area: Mrs.
Michael F. Greene (Marion Neely), Mrs. Walter (Peggy) Pol-
lack, Mrs. Harry (Jay) V. Cain, Mrs. Charles P. (Florence)
Harrison, Sr., Mrs. Robert J. Neely, Mrs. Jacoba Joustra, Mrs.
Charlotte-Eckert, Miss Mildred M. Neely, and Mrs. Gladys B.
While in Sarasota, Mrs. Iglesias was the guest speaker at
the Tri-Par Woman's Bible Class and showed movies and slides
on the life of her late husband, Lonnie Iglesias, who passed
away five years ago.
Mrs. Iglesias, who had enrolled her daughter, Marvelita, in
the Oklahoma Baptist College in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and had
visited the American Bible Society in New York, was en route
to Panama after two months in the States.
In the 1950's Mr. and Mrs. Iglesias and Peter Miller started
working on the group translation of the New Testament into
the San Blas language. This work was recently completed and
the American Bible Society has just printed the first book,
Matthew, and sent it to Panama to be proofread by Mrs. Igle-
sias and Peter Miller.
Mrs. Iglesias works with the San Blas Indians at the Church
Student Center in Colon and lives in Puerto Pilon. Submitted
by Gladys Humphres (See Picture Section).
Washington, Sept. 29 Organization of a national commit-
tee to sponsor the election in 1970 of John F. Stevens to the
Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University was
announced today by Gregory S. Prince, chairman of the group
and executive vice-president of the Association of American
The committee, consisting of about 100 prominent men and
women throughout the United States, would honor Mr. Stevens
as "one of the outstanding transportation engineers of all times
who played spectacular and courageous roles in national and
international enterprises of major importance."
Mr. Stevens, who died in 1943, was the locator and builder of
several railroads in the United States and Canada, the discov-
erer of Marias Pass in Montana and the rehabilitator of Russian
and Manchurian railroads. His work while chief engineer of
the Isthmian Canal Commission won him great fame as the
basic architect of the Panama Canal.
Thomas F. Gibson, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F.
Gibson, former residents of Gatun and Margarita, recently re-
ceived a Superior Achievement Award from the National Aero-
natuics and Space Administration in recognition of his work in
the historic Apollo XI flight. The award was presented to Gib-
son by Chris Kraft, well-known NASA official.
Thomas is a 1955 graduate of Cristobal High School where
he excelled in science and athletics and was elected to the Hall
of Fame as the friendliest senior. Shortly after graduating from
Georgia Tech as a nuclear physicist, he went to work for NASA
in its computer program. He is presently working in NASA's
Flight Operations Division and is manager of the computer
systems which were aboard the Apollo XI spacecraft which
took astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael
Collins to the moon.
Thomas Gibson senior was a general foreman carpenter at
Gatun Locks before retiring from the Canal three years ago.
The Gibsons make their retirement home at Reston, Virginia.
August 29, 1969-"Cinema"-TIME Magazine
"It is hard to imagine a more beautiful movie than ALICE'S
RESTAURANT. Or a sadder one. Anyone who remembers
Arlo Guthrie's rambling, hilarious talking-blues record a couple
of seasons back will probably be surprised by this movie version.
All the favorite, funny episodes are still there But Director
Arthur Penn (BONNIE AND CLYDE) has woven these episodes
of laughter into a more sober framework and transformed a
charming shaggy-dog story into a melancholy epitaph for an
The Canal Zone's own Patricia Quinn co-stars with James
Broderick in this new 1969 release by United Artist.-See picture.
Miss Quinn is the daughter of Marc and Berta Quinn, for-
merly of Balboa but now residing in Cali, Colombia. She is
the granddaughter of the Patrick Quinns.
Bill Manush, son of Mrs. Mary Manush, of Portland, Maine,
has published a volume of verse, entitled "Cadence at Amiens
and Other Poems." The book bears the pen name RUFUS
RHYMAN and is available from Vantage Press, Inc., 129 West
3.1st Street, New York, New York 10001.
Miss Dorothy Y. Judd, the daughter of Mrs. B. C. Judd, St.
Petersburg, Florida, collaborated with Maria Olivia Munoz,
Thomas W. Kelly, and Jose A. Elgorriaga as authors of the
Spanish text, Espanol; lengua y cultural, Volumes I and II. The
text was published by the American Book Company in 1969.
Miss Judd is. Chairman of the Spanish Department at
Abbot Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; past president of the
New England Chapter of the American Association of Teachers
of Spanish and Portuguese; member of the Spanish Committee
of the National Association of Independent Schools.
James R, "Tim" Hotz, son of Theo. F. Hotz, former assist-
ant superintendent of U. S. Schools in the Canal Zone, received
a master's degree in Business Administration from the Gradu-
ate School of Business Administration of the University of
Tim, a graduate of Balboa High School, received his college,
degree from Ohio State. He is married to the former Helen
Nita, also of Balboa.
The Hotzes and their two children, Teddy, 6, and Kristin
Karol, 3, now reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Ray Caldwell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Caldwell, of Balboa,
has been awarded a University of New Mexico Fellowship and
will use it to attend the university at Albuquerque. The fellow-
ship will cover most major costs at the university.
Mrs. Agnes "Pete" Johnson has been named in the 1970-71
edition of "Who's Who of American Women" with world
notables. Mrs. Johnson is the wife of F. R. Johnson, Assistant
Chief of the Executive Planning Staff of the Panama Canal
Company. An educator and artist, Mrs. Johnson is a graduate
of St. Cloud, Minnesota Teachers College and has a B. A. in
Public School Administration from the University of Minnesota.
She studied art with several well-known teachers and at
the Minneapolis School of Art, the Kansas City Institute of Art.
and received a Master's degree in art from Columbia Univer-
sity. She has taught both English and art in Canal Zone
Schools, conducted her own art classes and has been and is
active in civic organizations. She served as Commissioner of
the Canal Zone Girl Scout Council, was a founder of the Isthmian
Branch of the National League of American Penwomen, and is
a Charter member of the Inter-American Women's Club of
which she served as president in 1967-68.
Mrs. George A. Tully, Jr., since retiring with her husband
George A. Tully, Jr. (Gatun Lake Patrol-retired 1961), has
been very busy as a career woman. She is the Interior
Decorator at Montgomery Ward in St. Petersburg and last year
placed in the top twenty decorators chosen from all of the
Ward Stores in the United States. Mrs. Tully, the former Char-
lotte Randall, was reared in the Canal Zone.
Captain Llewellyn "Butch" Zent, II, was recently awarded
the Distinguished Flying Cross and 1st Oak Leaf Cluster while
at MacDill AFB, Florida. Captain Zent was also awarded
twelve Oak Leaf Clusters to his Air Medal. The DFC and
clusters were awarded to him for heroism while flying close
support combat mission in support of a Special Forces camp
under enemy attack. His actions saved the camp from de-
struction and enabled allied forces to gain a major victory on
August 28, 1968. Captain Zent was stationed in Vietnam from
July, 1968 to June, 1969. Currently Captain Zent is stationed
at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida, undergoing advanced training
in the F-4C.
Army Major John C. Schmidt, Jr., the son of Mr. and Mrs.
John Schmidt, Sr., of Balboa, is assigned to one of the Army's
coldest posts in the world, the Arctic Test Center, located at
Fort Greely, 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks and 175 miles
south of the Arctic Circle.
A 1961 ROTC graduate of Texas Western College, El Paso,
Texas, Major Schmidt is serving as the Test Center's liaison
officer. He will be working in a land tortured by high winds
and temperatures which drop to minus 60 degrees in the winter.
A recipient of the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with Oak
Leaf Cluster, the 32-year-old soldier entered the service in June,
1961. He lives on the post with his wife, the former Barbara
STAR & HERALD, October 23, 1969
Fifteen members of the Panama Canal Scottish Rite Bodies
have been elected for special honors by the Supreme Council,
Southern Jurisdiction, United States of America, at its biennial
session in Washington, D. C.
These honors have been bestowed in recognition of faithful
and outstanding service to the Scottish Rite and Masonry in the
The list of honors is as follows:
Bernard J. Brown of Balboa, Robert R. Arnold of Fairhope.
Alabama and formerly of the Canal Zone, David McIlhenny of
Coco Solo, and Thomas C. Peterson of Balboa, holders of the
rank and decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of
Honor, have been elected to receive the Thirty-Third Degree.
Raymond E. Allen of Corozal, Roland Basmeson of Los
Rios, Paul Ficzeri, Eliezer D. Lugo of Curundu, Ramel H.
Masters of Erwin, Tennessee, formerly of the Canal Zone,
Joseph L. McDaniel of Balboa, Harold J. Million of Balboa, all
32nd Degree Masons, have been elected to receive the rank and
decoration of Knight Commander of the Court of Honor.
WHAT may be purchased in 1970 cheaper than in 1950?
As stated in the 1950 CANAL RECORD, luncheon at the Reunion
is quoted at $3.10 as compared to an even $3 at the THIRTY-
EIGHTH ANNUAL REUNION, January 8th and 9th, 1970.
Don't miss a BARGAIN!
REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
For period to and including October 30, 1969
Well, the last hurricane missed us, but for a time we were
sort of holding our breath. This year it seems that we have
been blessed with that sort of miss. We are most grateful.
Many visitors have visited with us, and we thank them all
for trying to be here at the time of our meetings on the first
Friday of the month. Too, they look around while they are here
and perhaps next year will make our fair city their permanent
This year the Annual Issue may be a little late in arriving
at your mail box, but the reason is that our Printer has moved
into other quarters and while they are still in the process of
moving everything is going on the same, with few exceptions.
They will have all new equipment and that is certainly worth
I have received some new GIFT memberships which will
be mailed out at the proper time, so please don't forget to drop
a "thank you" note to the folks as soon as possible.
Dues have been coming in beautifully, for which we are
most grateful. Many have mailed in their dues in preference
to standing in line at the Reunion to pay them, and to that we
say THANK YOU because it is tiring to have to wait in line to
pay dues when one is wanting to visit with friends. So, if you
do not want to stand in line put your check or money order
in the mail and I will get them back to you at once.
Again may I remind you that if one wishes to join the
Society in the middle of the year the dues for the following
year must be paid at the same time, thereby making the
amount $6.00. NO MEMBERSHIP WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR
A PERIOD OF 6 MONTH ONLY, or FOR SIX MONTHS IN
ONE YEAR AND SIX MONTHS IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
Dues are from January thru December one year is $4.00.
Since dues start in January it is respectfully requested that
you send them in now at any time as I have the 1970 and 1971
Please send in any changes of address the minute you know
what it will be. We are receiving too many returned Records,
for which I must pay the sum of ten cents, and many do not
have a change of address inserted on the cover. To date 26
Records have been returned and that is not necessary it is
carelessness on the part of the member. It has been decided
by the Council that these Records will not be returned unless
the member sends in the money to cover postage, and thereby
giving us their new address.
Reunion time is drawing near Soreno as usual, and we
are expecting a large number. Remember only 300 reserva-
tions gets yours in early so that you will be assured of a
luncheon. The dates are January 8th and 9th Thursday the
8th business meeting at 2:00 P.M. Luncheon on Friday at
12:30, both in the Ball Room on both days these hours being
early will give those who drive home an opportunity to reach
home before dark.
NO LUNCHEON RESERVATION WILL BE HELD AFTER
11:00 Friday the 9th, UNLESS PREVIOUSLY PAID FOR.
ROOM $ 8.00 plus 4 per cent tax SINGLE
$12.00 plus 4 per cent tax DOUBLE
These rates are SPECIAL for the Panama Canal Society of
LUNCHEON $3.00 tax and gratuity are included.
New memberships not in the Annual Issue because of their
late arrival will be listed in the March Record.
The regular December meeting will be held at the Gulfport
Community Center at 1:30 P.M. on December 5th first Friday
of the month.
The January meeting will be the Annual Reunion at the
Soreno Hotel on January 8th and 9th, 1970.
The February meeting will then be held at the Gulfport
Community Center on the first Friday, February 6, 1970.
In behalf of the President, Mr. William L. Howard, and the
Officers of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., we wish
you each and every one a Merry Christmas and a Happy New
LUCILLE S. JUDD
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING HELD AT
THE GULFPORT COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM
AUGUST 1, 1969
Eighty-seven members and guests gathered at the Gulfport
Community Center on August 1 for the scheduled monthly meet-
ing of THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA. After
opening the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag,
the President called on the Chaplain, Mrs. Alice Barnes, for the
Invocation. Thirty seconds of silent prayer were observed by
the assembled group. The following stood for special recogni-
tion as their names were called by the Recording Secretary:
Mrs. Eleanor Connor recently retired from the Account-
ing Department, Panama Canal, visiting Mr. and Mrs. L.
Wolford in St. Petersburg
Mrs. Elmer Dailey New Orleans, Louisiana, visiting her
son and family, the Earl Daileys
Major and Mrs. G. F. Graham and son, Lee-from Canada
who plan to make their home in Florida
Mrs. Hugh Thomas California, visiting her daughter Vir-
ginia Harvey and family
Al Pate-Gatun, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Daniels-St. Petersburg
Mr. Howard informed the Society of conflicting opinions
among the members pertaining to the monthly reading of
deaths-to some, this practice has become increasingly depres-
sive, and in a few cases members had stated they would dis-
continue attending the monthly meetings; to others, although
saddened by the news, they preferred knowing of deaths iii
order to notify friends, send their condolences, etc. The matter
was put before the assembled members for a vote; it was de-
tided to continue the practice of reading deaths at the regular
After welcoming the members and visitors, Mr. Howard
informed the Society that he had had no answer from General
Potter in reply to an invitation to speak at the November
The Minutes of the July meeting were read by the Record-
ing Secretary. As there were no corrections, the Minutes were
approved as read.
Mrs. Judd announced that 173 members had not paid their
1969 dues with this remark, "No Dues, No RECORD! New
members for the last half of the current year must pay a total
of six dollars-two for the remainder of 1969 and four dollars
for 1970 dues."
Reports on the ill were made as well as deaths since the
July meeting. News from Mrs. Judd's prolific correspondence
was read. Check the September RECORD for details.
Mr. William Grady, Legislative Representative, opened his
report with the statement that the first part of his news was
not good! A RECORD HEALTH PREMIUMS RISE SEEN-
Government employees next year may face the biggest increase
they have had to pay in premiums for health insurance. Civil
Service Commission officials say the continued sharp rise in
hospital and medical costs makes it quite likely that the in-
creases in premium rates in January may be higher than this
year's 18 percent average increase.
A Cost of Living increase in annuities is anticipated for
October 1 as the constant increase in prices is now one tenth
above the minimum necessary for an increase.
Happy August Birthdays to: Capt. Henry Falk, Mrs. Vivian
Stutzman Michael, Charles Calvit, Mrs. G. F. Graham, Ernest
Kieswetter, Mrs. C. T. Daniels, Edward Cox, Mrs. Howard
Dworak, W. L. Hersh, of St. Petersburg; and to Mr. I. W.
Metzger, Miami, Maurice Thatcher, Washington, D. C., and Al
Forsstrom, Rhode Island.
Following the business meeting, coffee and doughnuts were
served by the refreshment committee.
SEPTEMBER 5, 1969
The Panama Canal Society of Florida met September 5th
for their regular meeting at the Gulfport Community Center
Auditorium. The President opened the meeting with the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag. Following the invocation, given by
Mrs. Alice Barnes, Chaplain, thirty seconds of silent prayer
were observed in memory of members and friends who had
passed away since the August meeting. The following stood
for special recognition as their names were called by the
Bessie Macauley-Glasgow, Scotland-visiting Mr. and Mrs.
James C. Macauley in St. Petersburg
Mr. Harold Staples-Mr and Mrs. Staples are new mem-
bers of the Society now living in St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Deavours Absent for some time
Mr. Thomas Jordan St. Petersburg
Mr. Rufus L. Carey on vacation from Balboa
Mrs. Lewis A. Engel (Lois Hohmann) Mr. and Mrs. Engel
are new residents of St Petersburg from New York.
After personally welcoming the eighty-two members and
visitors, Mr. Howard informed the Society that General Potter
had tentatively accepted (barring unforseen conflicts with his
schedule) the invitation from the Society to speak at the regular
meeting in November.
The President then discussed a letter which he had received
from Martin S. Sawyer, Box 18, Cristobal, Canal Zone, who is
interested in exchanging his quarters with someone in Florida
during the winter months. Anyone interested should personally
contact Mr. Sawyer at the above address.
Mr. Howard personally welcomed Mr. Tom Jordan whose
name was inadvertently omitted when the above names were
called by the Recording Secretary.
The Minutes of the August meeting were read by the Re-
cording Secretary. As there were no corrections, the Minutes
were approved as read.
Some time ago, Mrs. Judd had been given a Royal Doulton
sandwich plate which the owner desired to dispose of for the
reasonable sum of $12.50. Until recently, there was no pur-
chaser for this beautiful bone china plate, but eventually, it
was sold for the $12.50. The owner was most grateful to Mrs.
Judd, explaining that she needed the money to get her glasses
changed. Had many realized the drastic need for $12.50, there
would have been no problem in selling the plate. The story
brings "home" the plight of many who retired long before the
days of high salaries. With the constant increases in the cost
of living, all too many are hard pressed to supply the basic
needs of life.
A late arrival, but most welcome, walked in during Mrs.
Judd's report Lucy Bates! After traveling here and-there
from Arizona, Lucy plans to remain in St. Petersburg until after
Mrs. Judd reported on engagements, weddings, illnesses,
and deaths. A letter from Bessie Dugan informed her that Miss
Mary E. Nagle was quite ill and was now in the White Birch
Nursing Home, 59 Birch Street, Paterson, New Jersey 07522.
Check the December RECORD for details.
Mr. William Grady, Legislative Representative, again
warned members that Health Insurance Premiums were going
up. A Cost of Living increase of at least 3.6 is due. There are
conflicting opinions as to whether this increase will be shown
on the November or the December pay checks.
Happy Birthdays to: Mrs. Gladys Humphrey, Mrs. Virginia
Harvey, Mrs. Dolly Barbour, Cecil Banan, Alton Jones, Keith
Kelley, Mrs. Jessie Grimison, Mrs. Charlotte Laurie, Mrs. Ruth
Baltozer, Mrs. B. T. Yocum, R. B. Potter, Mrs. Peggy Sherlock.
Congratulations on September Anniversaries to: The Bud
Eslers, 9-1, 21st; the Art Griers, 9-6, 44th; the William Gaud-
ettes 9-10, 38th, and the Perc Grahams, 9-29, 46th.
Doughnuts and coffee were served by the Refreshment
OCTOBER 3, 1969
Capt. Henry Falk, Vice-President of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, called the October meeting to order at 1:30
with a hearty WELCOME ABOARD to the eighty-three members
and visitors assembled. Following the Pledge of Allegiance to
the Flag, Mrs. Alice Barnes, Chaplain, gave the Invocation.
Members and visitors remained standing for thirty seconds of
silent prayer for those who had passed away since the Septem-
The Recording Secretary asked the following members who
had been absent from meetings for some time and visitors to,
stand for a special welcome:
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harrison, Sarasota, Florida
Mrs, Charles Eckert, Sarasota, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Irl R. Sanders, Jr., Canal Zone visiting the
Irl R. Sanders, Sr., in Largo
Mrs. Philip Hale, Washington, D. C. mother of Mrs.
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Shannon, Canal Zone visiting with
the Earl Daileys in St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. John Manning recently retired from the
Zone and new members of the Society
Mr. and Mrs. Thatcher Clisbee, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Beck, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. R. E. Minnix, St. Petersburg, Florida
After personally greeting the above members and visitors,
Capt. Falk asked the Recording Secretary to read the Minutes
of the September meeting. As there were no corrections, the
Minutes were approved as read.
Mr. William Grady, Legislative Representative, informed
the Society that it is now definite that retirees will receive a
4 percent Cost of Living Increase on the December checks. If
H R9825 (Senate version) clears the Senate and is signed by the
President of the United States by November 1, an additional
one percent will be added to this increase. The President has
stated that he will sign the bill if passed-even though he is not
in total agreement with all the provisions.
Capt. Falk thanked Mr. Grady for his excellent report and
now called upon Mrs. Judd for her usual summary of news-a
slight deviation in normal procedure as a result of an oversight
as this report normally follows her financial report. A summary
of current news from her report will appear in the December
Capt. Falk announced the resignation of Ross E. Hollowell
as Chairman of the Nominating Committee. The report from
the Nominating Committee on Officers for 1970, signed by Cecil
Banan, Acting Chairman, was read. They are: Capt. Henry E.
Falk, President; Mr. Ross H. Hollowell. Vice-President; Mrs.
Lucille Judd, Secretary-Treasurer. Other officers will be ap-
pointed in accordance with the new By-Laws to the Constitution.
The proposed slate of officers will be voted on at the Annual
Business Meeting at the Reunion.
Mrs. Judd reminded members that she is now receiving
reservations for the Reunion Luncheon and emphasized that
only 300 tickets were available.
Happy October Birthdays to: Both Mr. and Mrs. William
L. Howard celebrated their 75th birthdays in October the
Society wishes them good luck, happiness, and many more. And
to many other October birthdays-the same: Mrs. Carter Orr,
Mrs. Selma Huff, Mrs. Maude Kelley, Mrs. Charles Persons,
Mrs. Dow Walker, Mrs. Frances Schewe, Mrs. Marie Wolf, Mr.
and Mrs. G. C. Lockridge, Mrs. Grace Browne, Mrs. Alfred J.
Waldorf, and Mr. Ralph Harvey.
The usual excellent coffee, good doughnuts, and stimulating
conversation concluded the October meeting. Many thanks to
the Refreshment Committee for their Time and Good Will in
so efficiently serving the ever-growing group.
MARGARET M. WARD,
ANYONE HAVING? Royal Doulton, Spode, Copeland-
Rose Briar; Copeland-Patricia Rd. No. 59627] PLEASE
CONTACT Lucille S. Judd. Mrs. Judd also has a new supply
of the Panama Canal Society pins-price $2.10.
God's fingers touch'd him, and he slept.
"In Memoriam" Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Durham E. Allen, 60, died in Winston-Salem, North Caro-
lina, on August 28, 1969. Mr. Allen was employed by the Panama
Canal Police Department from June, 1935 to May, 1949.
He is survived by his wife, the former Louise Whidden, of
Balboa, now residing in Winston-Salem: two daughters, Mrs.
Sharon Allen, of Richmond, Virginia, and Mrs. Lucy Sheppard,
of Grissom Air Force Base, Indiana; and four sons, Leonard
and Nathan, of Van Nuys, California, Joseph, now serving in
Vietnam with the Marine Corps, and Michael of Winston-Salem.
Mrs. Edith S. Bailey, Harahan, Louisiana, passed away on
July 23, 1969, after a long illness. She is survived by her hus-
band, Lester F. Bailey, and a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Bunch.
Mr. Bailey now resides with his daughter at 1314 Camrose
Street, Richmond, Virginia.
Harry Bissell passed away on September 1 in Behrens'
Memorial Hospital, Glendale, California. Information received
from Mrs. Viola B. Shea, Burbank. California.
Vollie Stephen Bowen, construction-day employee and for-
mer well-known Canal Zone resident, died in Hot Springs,
Arkansas, in the late summer exact date unknown.
Originally, Mr. Bowen was employed by the Isthmian Canal
Commission as a policeman.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Mary Bowen, of New York
City; two sons, Robert S., an employee of the Panama Canal
General Audit Division; Donald J., Chief of the General Ledger
Branch; a daughter, Mrs. Marie McDevitt, of New York; six
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Max B. Bryant, a former employee of the Instrument Re-
pair Department, passed away on September 8, 1P69, in Dayton,
Ohio, where he had lived since leaving the Zone in 1945.
He is survived by his widow.
Archie H. Burn, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, died on July 31
after having suffered a heart attack. Information received from
Mrs. Raymond C. Hess, Rolla, Missouri, who stated that Mr.
Burn's niece had written to her father, Paul C. Curtis.
Mrs. Theodora (Winn) Campbell, who devoted her life to
teaching Americans and Panamanians, died on October 3 in
her apartment in Panama City. She was 79 years of age.
Mrs. Campbell went to work for the Canal Zone Schools
Division in 1920. After retiring with more than thirty-one years
service, she then joined the faculty of the Instituto Justo Aro-
semena and later transferred to the Pan American Institute.
Surviving Mrs. Campbell is her brother, John Windhausen,
who resides in the state of Washington.
Wallace Dunham, 79, died in Bradenton, Florida, on June
17th. After Mr. Dunham's retirement in 1950, he and Mrs. Dun-
ham made their home in Bradenton.
He is survived by his wife, Mary P. Dunham; two daugh-
ters, Margaret D. Grant, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and
Mary Ruth Gildeson, of Silver Spring, Maryland; three grand-
sons. and four great-grandchildren.
There was a short service at Odd Fellows Cemetery near
Dover, Delaware, where his remains were interred on June 26.
Mrs. Sarah "Dollie" Scott Cook, 96, mother of Miss Wilda
Cook, Pinellas County supervisor of elections, died on October
1, 1969, at a St. Petersburg nursing home.
Charles Fairbrother, a long-time Canal Zone resident and a
retired employee of the former Mechanical Division died at
Gorgas Hospital on July 28 following a long illness. He was
75 years old.
Since his retirement, he has been living with his son-in-law
and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Myers, of La Boca.
In addition to Mrs. Myers, he is survived by another daugh-
ter, Mrs. Warren LeGrys, of Phoenix, Arizona: a brother,
Thomas Fairbrother, of Elmira, New York, and four grand-
Mrs. Barbara Ely Frame, 36, of Washington, D. C., died in
Bangkok, Thailand, October 16, after a brief illness.
She was born in Ancon, Panama Canal Zone, daughter of
Rodney Ely of Centerbrook, Connecticut, and the late Marjorie
Golden Ely. She graduated from Bates College in Maine in
1954 and entered government service, spending three years in
Besides her father, she leaves her husband, William Frame,
in government service presently stationed in Saigon; two daugh-
ters, Miss Brenda Frame and Miss Sharon Frame; a son, Barry
Frame; two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Brening, of San Diego,
-California, and Mrs. Gloria Corrigan, of Balboa, Canal Zone;
a brother, John Ely, of Burlington, Vermont; her grandmother,
Mrs. John Golden of Great Falls, Montana, and several nieces
Funeral services were held Monday, October 27, in Center-
Waldo B. Gilley, 57, formerly chief foreman of the Main-
tenance Division, who retired in February, died in August at
Mr. Gilley went to the Canal Zone in 1940 as a foreman
in the Municipal Engineering Division. In 1952, he transferred
to Maintenance and in 1963 became chief foreman, buildings
and public works.
He is survived by his widow, Frances; sons. Waldo and
Jeffrey; daughters, Anne and Marilyn; and seven sisters and
Herbert A. Greame, 81, a former employee of the Panama
Canal, died August 23 in Staunton, Virginia, where he was
Mr. Greame went to work for the Canal in 1914 as a ma-
chinist in the Mechanical Division and retired in 1943. He was
living in Miami, Florida.
Mr. Greame is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Jimenez,
of Miami; five sisters and one brother, all living in the United
Mrs. Molly Lynch Gregg, 83, widow of Sgt. Eugene Gregg
of the Canal Zone Police, died on October 21 at her home in
Mrs. Gregg has been a resident of the Canal Zone since
1924. She has been making her home with her son, Eugene
Gregg, a teacher at Cristobal High School, since the death of
her husband in 1957.
In addition to her son Eugene, she is survived by another
son, Thomas, who is employed by the Panama Canal Locks
Division; five granddaughters and one grandson.
Mrs. R. C. Harvey, 11400 S. W. Walnut, Tigard, Oregon
97223, in a note to Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Straus, St. Peters-
burg, informed them of the death of Mrs. Rena Harvey on
August 16, 1969, in Laurel, Virginia. Mrs. Harvey formerly
worked at Quarry Heights and lived in the Canal Zone.
Mrs. R. C. Harvey, a daughter-in-law, also stated that her
husband had died in April and at that time his mother was in
Oregon for the funeral.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Jack D. Lamb (Florence Ross Lamb)
passed away during the past year. The Lambs retired in 1947
and went to Hot Springs, Arkansas, where they owned and
operated Lamb's Lake Rest. a fishing resort. Because of health,
they later moved to Seattle to be near Mrs. Lamb's son and
family, but as the weather was bad for his arthritis they moved
first to California and finally to a nursing home in Hammond,
Mr. Lamb, 94, a former machinist with the Dredging Divi-
sion, passed away on June 26 in Hammond, Louisiana. After
her husband's death, Mrs. Lamb's son, Robert Ross, transferred
his mother to a nursing home in Seattle, Washington, where
she died on September 12. Information from Mrs. Frances
Canal Zone Police Detective Sergeant Charles N. Little, 42
years old, died at Gorgas Hospital on October 24th.
The deceased became a member of the Canal Zone Police
Division on June 23, 1948, and was promoted to Sergeant on
November 11. 1965. At the time of his death, he was in charge
of the Canal Zone Police Youth Unit.
Survivors are Mrs. Pauline Schriftciesser Little and seven
children; also a brother, Richard, of Jackson, Michigan.
Fred Mack died Seotember 1. 1969, in Pakistan. He wa',
buried in San Diego, California. Mr. Mack, who formerly was
with the Standard Fruit Company in Cristobal, is survived by
his wife, Marian.
Daniel H. McLean died September 20, 1969, in Gary Indi-
ana, where he lived since his resignation from the Canal or-
ganization in April, 1947. He was 53 years old.
Mr. McLean went to work for the Panama Canal as a watch-
man in the Locks Division in 1.929 and later joined the Canal
Zone police where he was employed until March, 1941, when
he transferred to the Meteorological and Hydrographic Branch.
He was married to the former Alice Strauss. Mr. McLean is
survived by one son, Chris.
Mrs. Mina Kay Mock, 80, of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, died
in a Fayetteville rest home on October 24, 1969.
Survivors are three sisters, Mrs. B. W. Stiwt and Mrs. Flo
Johnstone of New Jersey and Mrs. John C. Shanks of Iowa.
Mrs. Mazie Curtis Newcomb died August 16, 1969, at the
Northern Virginia Methodist Hermitage in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mrs. Newcomb lived in the Panama Canal Zone from 1907
until 1919 while her husband who died in 1953 was manager of
laundry service during the construction of the Canal.
Survivors are a brother, Paul C. Curtis, Rolia, Missouri,
seven nieces, and four nephews.
Fred H. Olsen, 71, long-time resident of the Canal Zone and
a retired employee of the former Mechanical Division, died
October 25 at Gorgas Hospital.
Since his retirement in 1958, Mr. Olsen has been making
his home in La Boca with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert L. Boyer.
In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife. Mrs.
Josephine Olsen, of La Boca, and a son Martin L. Olsen, a
member of the Canal Zone Police. He also is survived by two
Robert M. Patchett, 48, former employee of the Panama
Canal organization died in Miami, Florida, on July 22 following
a long illness.
Mr. Patchett, who was educated in the Canal Zone schools,
was employed in 1941 in the Supply Division. After two years
of military service during World War II, he returned to the
Canal and completed his training as an apprentice plumber.
He later joined the Canal Zone Fire Division. Since 1950, he
has worked in Miami.
Surviving him are his father, Samuel C. Patchett, a former
employee of the Maintenance Division who was retired in 1950;
a son, Robert J., Jr.; three sisters, Mrs. Frances O'Sullivan
and Mrs. Anna Calvit, both of the Canal Zone; and Mrs. Irma
Kruzich, of Seattle, Washington.
Mrs. Emma Reppa passed away on October 1, 1969, in
Hendersonville, North Carolina, after a short illness. She is
survived by a son, Colonel Robert Reppa, and family, of Alex-
Maj. Gen. Clarence S. Ridley, seventh governor of the
Canal Zone (August 27, 1936 to July 10, 1940), passed away on
July 26. In 1921, Gen. Ridley went to the Canal Zone as Assist-
ant Engineer of Maintenance and returned again in 1932 as
Engineer of Maintenance under Governor J. L. Schley and was
closely connected with the construction of Madden Dam.
His widow, Mrs. Clarence Ridley, in a letter announcing his
death, remarked that he considered the years spent on the
Isthmus as the happiest in his career.
Mrs. Helen Russon, widow of Albert W. Russon, a former
employee of the Mechanical Division, Panama Canal, passed
away in Cleveland, Ohio, on September 29, 1969.
Mrs. Russon is survived by two daughters, Delores (Dolly)
who is married to Walter W. Campbell, 4561 Westview Drive,
North Olmsted, Ohio, and Mrs. Joseph Wright (Carol) who with
her husband live in Panama City, Panama.
Charles V. Scheidegg, retired employee of the Canal or-
ganization, died September 6 in Summit. New Jersey. He was
66 years old.
Mr. Scheidegg is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Kyle
Andress, of Balboa, and Mrs. William Henn, of Scotch Plains,
New Jersey; and by two sons, Richard, Edison, New Jersey,
and Raymond, of St. Cloud, Florida.
John A. Seville, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, passed away
on July 20, 1969. Information was sent in by his sister-in-law,
Mrs. Marian Greiner, Philadelphia.
Milton A. Smith, 84, a retired chief store keeper with the
Panama Canal Company, died September 7, 1969, in St. Peters-
He is survived by his wife, Janet E., who had been in St.
Petersburg with him since March; a son, Milton A., Jr., of
Atlanta, Georgia; and a sister, Mrs. Elsie M. Steitz, of Bath,
Jesse J. Speer, a Roosevelt Medal Holder, died at Gorgas
Hospital on August 11 at the age of 94.
Mr. Speer went to the Isthmus in 1907 and was employed
as a policeman for the Isthmian Canal Commission. He re-
signed in 1909 but was reemployed as a policeman ih 1915.
Later, he was promoted to Police Captain, a position he held
at the time of his retirement in 1937.
Mr. Speer is survived by his wife, Guillermina; one son,
Edgar Speer; and five stepsons.
Elmer Stetler, 85, Kokomo, Indiana, retired Chief Admeas-
urer of the Marine Division in the Panama Canal Zone, died
September 15, 1969, at -the Wright-Patterson A. F. Hospital near
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ethel Stetler; two daugh-
ters, Miss Elizabeth Stetler, Concord, California; and Mrs.
James (Alice) Nolan, Torrington, Wyoming; two brothers, Ray
Stetler, Kokomo, Indiana, and Cecil R. Stetler, Fort Myers
Beach, Florida; four grandchildren and five great-grand-
Elton D. Todd, well-known Pan American Director in
Panama, died in Panama City on October 2, 1969, after a short
Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Blanche Todd, and two
Mrs. Rosina Mahr van Hardeveld, a construction-day resi-
dent of the Canal Zone and the author of the book, "Let the
Dirt Fly," which told of her experiences in the Canal Zone,
died June 16 at the home of her son, Col. Jacob A. van Harde-
veld, in San Antonio, Texas.
In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs.
Janna Wilkins, of Tucson, Arizona; a sister, a brother; seven
grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Amanda Williams died on May 27, 1969 in Carrollton,
Ohio. Mrs. Williams was the widow of Lewis E. Williams who
was an employee of the Dredging Division in Paraiso. Mr. and
Mrs. Williams lived in Pedro Miguel for many years.
Mr. Arthur R. Grier, 77, passed away on November 15,
1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Grier was a foreman for
the dredging division of the Panama Canal. He moved to St.
Petersburg fifteen years ago.
Mr. Grier is survived by his wife, Louise, and his sister,
Mrs. Rebecca Price, Grand Junction, Colorado.
Mr. Arthur H. Soper died November 13, 1969, in Tavares,
Florida. Further information is not available at this time.
Mr. Samuel J. Deavours, Sr., 74, retired locomotive engi-
neer, Panama Canal Zone, died on November 23, 1969, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Further information is not available at
Mrs. Mabel H. Conley died on November 21, 1969, in Arling-
Mrs. Conley is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Betty
Forgeson, Annandale, Virginia; Mrs. Mary Jane Lacklen, Arl-
ington, Virginia; Mrs. Beverly Dilfer, of Panama City, Panama;
a sister, Mrs. Mary Hoch, Long Beach, California; five grand-
children and a great-grandson.
Memorial services were held in Fall Church, Virginia.
Private interment will be in the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Gertrude B. Ladd, age 62, wife of Dwight H. Ladd,
former engineer at Balboa Heights, died suddenly November 14,
1969, at their home in Naha, Okinawa.
While they resided on the Zone, Mrs. Ladd worked at various
times for the Schools Division, Housing Division, and Gorgas
Hospital. After leaving the Zone in 1954, the Ladds lived in
Dallas, Texas, and W. Richfield, Ohio before moving to Naha
where Mr. Ladd is presently employed by the main power
company there, R E P C.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Ladd is survived by her seven
children: Barbara (Ladd) Lulfs, Pompano Beach, Florida;
John and Bill Ladd, Carrollton, Texas; Nancy (Ladd) Bullock,
Waco, Texas; Joan (Ladd) Myers, Mayville, New York; Paula
(Ladd) Tamashiro, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Robert
Ladd, Naha, Okinawa.
Burial was in Carrollton, Texas.
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
Mrs. Cicely Knibb Allen, 4221 Coliseum Street, New Orleans,
writes that her daughter and son-in-law, Col. Lee Shumaker,
drove in from Calimesa, California, on October 14 for a week's
visit, bringing their two small dogs. Lee did a lot of needed
odd jobs around the house for which Mrs. Allen was most
grateful. She is 81 years old, and a widow and finds that get-
ting someone to do small jobs is often a chore. Her grandson,
Sgt. Charles Cooper, is back in Vietnam and is a bit disgusted
at what this country is doing to the morale of the lads overseas.
MIrs. Allen says that she keeps up the same old routine of
staying busy for which she is glad for it is "good for the soul."
Never is there a truer saying than that "Satan finds mischief
for idle hands to do." And, she adds, the weather now is just
right for old bones. All her "spread and family" are well and
she has just become a great-great-grandmother, courtesy of
We shall all miss Mrs. L. F. (Edith) Bailey (see deaths)
who was a frequent contributor to this section of the CANAL
RECORD. Mr. Bailey has moved from Harahan and is now
residing with his daughter, Marjorie E. Bunch at 1314 Camrose
Road, Richmond, Virginia 23229. Marjorie writes that he would
enjoy Christmas cards or letters from Louisiana friends and
acquaintances. Mr. Bailey is not too well, but is able to get
around with a walker and some help.
James V. Bartlett, Box 119, Balboa, and his son, First Lt.
Patrick A. Bartlett, U. S. Marine Corps, had a surprise meeting
with this reporter in Bristol, Tennessee, this summer. They were
on their way to New Orleans where Pat was due to return to
Vietnam, and Mr. Bartlett was to sail back to the Zone. They
had just enjoyed a happy visit with Dr. and Mrs. Richard M.
Garlitz and their children, Jennifer and Kevin, of Cumberland,
Maryland. Mrs. Garlitz is the former Barbara Bartlett. The
Garlitzes moved to Baltimore in September where Dr. Garlitz
will continue his practice of dentistry.
Mrs. Bert J. Benoit, 8724 Chaldron Street, Metairie, and her
children, Burt and Cheryl, visited the SS CRISTOBAL on Sep-
tember 6 to see the L. B. Wilsons and the Thomas E. Mallias
off. Mrs. Mallia is the former Ellen Wilson and a close friend
of Mrs. Benoit's granddaughter, Beverly Bowman. Ellen and
Bev were cheerleaders together at the Canal Zone College.
Sailing with the Wilsons was their son, Mark. Roy, their older
son, who had spent the summer vacationing with the family,
was there for the sailing and, after spending a few days in
Baton Rouge, flew back to Texas A & M where he is a junior in
chemical engineering. Sailing with the Mallias were their chil-
dren, Chris and Stephen Michael.
HURRICANE CAMILLE AND THE SS CRISTOBAL STORM
STORY: There were 98 children, 44 under 10 year old, aboard
the SS CRISTOBAL when she went aground on the banks of
the Mississippi River below New Orleans in mid-August as a
result of Hurricane Camille but none was injured and their
behavior was described as "extraordinary,' "excellent" and
"incredibly good" by passengers arriving at Tocumen from
New Orleans. Although the children were frightened, they re-
mained calm even as the ship shifted its position several times
once grounded, causing water to flow back and forth across
the corridors which had been covered with sheets, tablecloths,
towels, cardboard, and anything available to help prevent pas-
sengers from slipping. During the storm and after, the children
stayed close to their parents; at least two families made sure
the family stayed together. As the storm hit, they were seen
with a rope running through the life jackets tying parents and
children together Gary Tochterman, 13-year-old son of Mr.
and Mrs. George Tochterman of Corozal, found a dry spot in
the crowded lounge and wrote a letter to a young friend in
Texas. Here is the letter, which sums up well, a child's view
of the whole ordeal. "Dear Bob, I am writing this as Hurricane
Camille is battering the ship. We sailed as scheduled but
anchored at the mouth of the Mississippi because Camille was
in the way. Well, it came, and the eye passed about an hour
or so ago. We're run aground, too. It's calming down now.
The wind is only going 60 or so. It's been up to over 160 miles
per hour. At one point when the ship ran aground, everyone
ran and got life jackets and boy is everybody scared. I didn't
think I d be scared too much, but I was Yesterday, while we
were anchored, everyone was sort of excited but now everybody
wishes it were over. Our room is on the lower deck and the
ship is listing so much that it is only about 6 feet above the
water. I thought it was quite an adventure, and it is but I
wouldn't do it again You should see the lounge. Tables
and chairs are overturned. Water that has seeped in is on the
rug. People lying all over, and everything they have has been
laid down, blankets, and tablecloths, so people won't slip. You
should see when we tried to have dinner. We were just ordering
when we must have run aground and everything fell on the
floor and even people fell out of their chairs. All the food in the
galley ended up on the floor. Don't ever get in a hurricane.
I'm not exaggerating either Don't know when you will get
this but I just wrote it for the heck of it, and you don't always
get a letter written from a ship aground during a hurricane.
P. S. This is the biggest hurricane in this region since 1915.
What a time to experience a hurricane ON A SHIP. Your
friend, Gary." When the storm was over and the danger was
past, passengers retrieved suitcases which floated about in
three inches of water in many staterooms and began attempting
to dry out their clothes. Water had blown in around the port-
holes and a water main had burst, soaking clothes, bed linens,
and even the mattresses. "The CRISTOBAL took on the ap-
pearance of a shanty town with clothes draped from the railings
around the swimming pool, including at least two girdles," one
passenger said. Another added, "Though everyone was relieved
to be safe, we all were dirty, hot, sticky, and miserable and
longed most of all for a laundromat." But as the clean-up
began, with passengers pitching in to help the crew, a sense of
humor returned and a new drink called "Cristobal-on-the-
Rocks" was suggested to be served in the bar where the floor
was littered with a mass of bottles and glasses thrown from
their shelves at the height of the storm. Spaghetti and meat-
balls was served the night of the hurricane and the dining room
took on the appearance of a scene from a slap-stick movie with
spaghetti festooned from overturned chairs and tables. .
Although the galley was a shamble, stewards and waiters man-
aged, late in the night, to make and serve mountains of sand-
wiches to the passengers, who as they relaxed, suddenly dis-
covered that they were very hungry. The CRISTOBAL returned
to New Orleans under its own power on August 19. An inspec-
tion of the liner revealed no serious damage and the normal
sailing schedule was resumed September 6.
Miss Betsy Foster, 513 State Street, Apt. 8, Baton Rouge,
spent a few weeks this summer with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Gilbert C. Foster of Diablo Heights. It was her first trip back
to the Zone since Christmas, 1965, and she enjoyed seeing the
sights and shopping in Panama City. Betsy spent one day on
an outing to Taboga Island with Jeannie McKean, the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. John S. McKean of Balboa. She also spent a
weekend at Santa Clara Beach.
Dr. and Mrs. Wayne Gilder, 5923 Freret Street, New
Orleans, had a grand vacation in September with their son and
his family in Bethesda, Maryland, and with Mrs. Gilder's
sisters in Elmira, New York. When they returned to New
Orleans on October 4, Eunice Richard spent a couple of days
with them before sailing on the CRISTOBAL. Their daughter
and son-in-law, Donnie and Jim Brady, have moved from
Monroe, Louisiana, to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where the Gilders
plan to visit them and their five children this Christmas.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Joubert, Jr., 10215 Oliphant Road,
Baton Rouge, had a marvelous two-week visit to the Zone in
September the first since they left thirteen years ago. Mrs.
Joubert is the former Joyce Dugas. Joyce says that the Zone
is about the same (very pretty, green and neat) and also the
Interior, but Panama City has expanded tremendously: They
particularly enjoyed seeing old friends Eileen and Eddie Wilson,
Paul and Nita Karst, Pat and Frank Robinson, Earl Sears (Bea
Sears was Stateside so they missed her), Marie Urey, and Bill
and Angela Gonzales. Joyce took loads of movies and just
wishes they could have had another week to fit everything in.
Eileen Wilson took time off from work to chauffeur the Jouberts
in a visit to the Interior (particularly Santa Clara where many
of their happy memories remain) and the Atlantic side to
bargain for souvenirs. They were able to see Jean and David
Coffey briefly while in Margarita. The Jouberts stayed with
Joyce's brother, Ralph and his family, and are looking forward
to seeing them in Baton Rouge next summer to return their
hospitality. Joyce really enjoyed spending time with her teen-
age nephew, Ralph, and her two-year-old niece, Leanna, who
really "melted their hearts." (See picture elsewhere in this
Mrs. Wesley M. (Charlotte) Kennedy, who is currently
staying at the Quality Courts Hotel, 13552 Chef Menteur High-
way, New Orleans, Room 321, was requested by the American
National Red Cross to report to Gulfport, Mississippi, early in
September to help in the disaster work caused by Hurricane
Camille. She writes that she is with the Disaster Services at
Bay St. Louis, but staying in New Orleans. They drive the 55
miles twice a day, which makes for rather a long day. Just
prior to leaving the Zone, Mrs. Kennedy was presented a service
award for having completed 40 years as an ARC volunteer.
She has been a first aid instructor since 1929 and has taught
in Wyoming, Montana, New Mexico, Louisiana, Alaska, and the
Canal Zone. She also is a Red Cross Home Nursing Instructor
and is on call for disaster work with the ARC National Disaster
Services. Mrs. Kennedy also holds Civil Defense instructor
certificates for Light Duty Rescue, Firefighting and Home
Protection Exercises, and is a member of the U .S. Civil De-
fense Council and American Academy of Sciences. As a charter
member of the Women's Civil Defense Council, Region 3, she
has represented the Canal Zone at several conferences in the
United States. While she has never actually been a resident of
Louisiana, she "commutes" between the Canal Zone where she
lives with her son, Edward M. Kennedy, district engineer, At-
lantic District, Maintenance Division, and Lafayette, Louisiana,
where she visits her daughter, Dr. Patricia Rickels of the De-
partment of English, University of Southwestern Louisiana.
Her son-in-law, Dr. Milton Rickels, also teaches English at the
University and is a well-known student of American humor. He
and his wife are at work jointly on a study of the nineteenth-
century New England humorist, Seba Smith, to be published
in Twayne's United States Authors Series. Mrs. Kennedy has
done some first aid training for the Lafayette Parish Chapter
and was in Lafayette during Hurricane Hilda (November, 1964)
and Hurrican Betsy (September, 1965), so she stayed to work
with the Red Cross. In September, 1967, she was visiting the
Rickels when Hurricane Beulah hit the Rio Grande Valley, so
she went to McAllen. Texas, at the request of the Red Cross and
was there for three months. (See picture in this issue.)
Lottie and Harold Tinnin, Box 48, Grand Cane, write that
they had a wonderful two weeks in June at Riviera Beach,
Florida, with Harold's two brothers and their wives. The Earl
W. Wrenns from Margarita came to see Lottie and Harold in
May, and the four of them went to Waco, Texas, for Chris
Wrenn's graduation from Baylor University. Later, Max, Earl,
Chris, and Keith spent some of their vacation with the Tinnins
before returning to the Canal Zone. The Joe Rheney's spent one
night with Lottie while Harold was in the hospital. Ann and
Joe had been to Marshall, Texas, visiting relatives and were
on their way back home in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Bob
Dwelled came by for a short visit on his way to visit Ned in
Alice, Texas. The Tinnins are getting along fine. Lottie is
teaching kindergarten in a private school in Grand Cane and
Harold is holding down the "fort." Last year they gathered
about 1,400 pounds of pecans, but this year may get only 10
pounds. "Just one of those years," Lottie says. The Tinnins
really do enjoy having their friends come by and are now
awaiting the arrival of the Walter Fenders in November.
Arthur J. Wynne, accounting agent in the New Orleans
Office of the Panama Canal, and the man most Canal employees
saw or had some business with when entering or leaving New
Orleans, retired in July. After 28 years with the Canal organi-
zation, most of it spent in the Canal Zone, Art Wynne is now
making his home in Seminole, Florida. The son of a former
Canal employee, Mr. Wynne was born in Ancon, now Gorgas
Hospital, and attended the Canal Zone schools until he left for
the United States in 1924 to live with his family in New York
and New Jersey. He returned to the Isthmus in 1940 as a com-
missary assistant at Mount Hope and during World War II
served with the U. S. Navy. He was re-employed as a clerk in
the former Building Division in 1946 but was transferred the
same year to the Accounting Division. He remained in this unit
until his retirement and has been stationed in the New Orleans
office as accounting officer since 1962.
Patt Foster Roberson
NEWS FROM ORLANDO AND VICINITY
E. W. Hatchett, an Instructor in the Balboa High School,
spent a week with his mother, Nancy, prior to the fall opening
Jack Dudak and daughter Helen spent their summer vaca-
tion at Daytona Beach.
Frank Pierce and his mother, Lavina, have returned to
their home in Winter Park after a prolonged summer auto-
Hubert and Edna Judson entertained their son Donald and
family who passed through Orlando on their way to their new
home in Arizona. Donald retired recently from the Electrical
Division in Balboa.
Shirley Price recently entertained her niece from Washing-
ton state. Shirley covered the state of Florida from St. Augus-
tine to Key West and from Homosassa Springs to Busch
Gardens and Sanibel Island. Her niece was thrilled with the
Sunshine State but still likes the state of Washington.
Anita Weltmer has been traveling in Spain and Portugal,
Upon her return, she will reside in the new Kinneret Apart-
Edna Whitver has returned from a visit with relatives
and friends in the North. By her continuous meanderings over
the country she can disrupt more bridge games per week than
mother nature can interfere with ball games by her steady
rains. Edna is a baseball fan from wayback.
The Tezanos have returned recently from their latest trip
to Spain and are now planning a tour of South America.
Alma Weaver has made a splendid recovery after a brief
sojourn in the hospital. The Weavers are expecting a visit
from Alma's two sisters, who annually winter in New Smyrna
Eunice Cope returned recently to her home in Lucerne
Towers after an extended trip to the West Coast and Alaska.
She flew from Orlando to California and while in Oakland
visited Mrs. R. L. Fuller (Tish), nee Miss Benefeil, a former
Canal Zone teacher. The trip from Oakland to Seattle was by
bus over the redwood highway and from Seattle to Fairbanks
by charter bus over the Alaska Highway. While the gravel
road was rather rough, the beauty of the scenery compensated
for the inconveniences. The Alaskan cities which were dam-
aged by the earthquake are rapidly being rebuilt. The return
trip to Oakland was made by air. At Houston, a stop was made
to visit relatives and also to see a ball game in the astrodome.
Kathryn Swain is a patient at the Orange Memorial
Ralph Walker, retired from the Panama Canal School Divi-
sion, is the house guest of the Dudaks. He plans to also visit
his daughter in Tampa. Helen recently returned from a visit
with Mrs. Alice Brenner nee Alice Mitchell in Mansfield, Ohio.
The Thibodeaus have returned home after their vacation
in Tennessee. They also made an extended tour through the
Northeast and stopped at West Hartford, Connecticut, for a visit
with Julia's sister. Continuing on to Long Island, they called
on Shep Clark, formerly on the Zone and now teaching at
Patchogue and then on to Haverton, Pennsylvania, to see an-
other ex-Canal Zoner, Ken Martin. The next stop was Silver
Spring to see Jack Kromer whose father was at one time
Comptroller on the Zone. Their last stop was in Charlotte,
North Carolina to see their son, Peter.
M. S. Treadwell
NEWS FROM FORT LAUDERDALE
By the time you read this column the Canal Zone and
Panama folks will have had another of their semi-annual
luncheons for which we have become famous. This time it was
held in Deerfield Beach at the Cascades Restaurant on Nov-
The Julian Hearnes, of Gamboa, are visiting in the United
States again, and when in Fort Lauderdale were the house-
guests of the Hutchings-Byrne and Armella. The Hearnes have
many friends here, and among those entertaining for them was
the brunch Jimmy and Amele Hunter gave on Sunday, October
19th. Fourteen guests attended naturally, all talks go back
to the Canal Zone.
Bud and Betty Malone have been the houseguests of Betty
Crawford. Bud soon leaves for Mexico where he is employed.
Mrs. Edith C. Jones, of Jacksonville, Illinois, returned to
Fort Lauderdale recently to make her permanent home with
the Stanley Hamiltons (he of the Hotels).
The Hamiltons reported with pride the arrival of a grand-
daughter on August 8th-Katherine Ann the daughter of Major
and Mrs. Robert E. Hamilton of Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
Jordan Marsh will soon become a little Canal Zone-Stanley
Hamilton, Jimmy Brooks, and now Lloyd (Pete) Peterson are
The E. B. O'Briens of the Atlantic side have joined the
ranks of Floridians. They have bought an apartment at Arrow-
head, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The James Brooks had a wonderful summer with their
family visiting them-among them James, Jr., his wife, and
their young daughter, of St. Louis, Missouri. The young Brooks
also spent a week in Aiken, South Carolina, with the Bob
Hansens. Another visitor in the Brook's home was Mrs. Rita
Washabaugh, who returned to the Atlantic side after visiting
members of her family.
The Lloyd Petersons had another of their lovely diners
recently having as their guests the Stanley Hamiltons and their
daughter, the James Brooks, and Barbara Hutchings. The most
exciting part of the evening was Chervl Peterson showing off
her engagement ring from Robert T. Russell, Jr., son of the
senior Russells, from Curundu Heights. Lieutenant Russell is
at present attending graduate school at Louisiana Tech in
Ruston, Louisiana. Cheryl is teaching at the McArthur High
School in Hollywood, Florida. The Petersons were all excited
as they had received a promise from the Rev. and Mrs. John R.
Owen (Jayne Peterson) and family of Atlanta, Georgia, that
they would come to Fort Lauderdale for the Thanksgiving
Among Fort Lauderdale folks who have gone north for
the summer were Carl and Camille Cetti. They shall be missed
at the luncheon.
Danny Des Londes, son of Mrs. Beverly Des Londes, is now
a teacher in the Business Education Department of the Canal
Vally Hutchings, wife of Bud Hutchings, of the Canal Zone
was a visitor at the home of her mother-in-law, Mrs. Barbara
Eunice Olive Richard, of the Public Information office in
Balboa Heights was a states' visitor recently and spent a couple
of days as the guest of the Bruce Carpenters (he of Balboa
Dr. and Mrs. I. J. Strumpf spent their usual vacation in the
Carolinas and then went to Plymouth, New Hampshire, where
they visited their daughter Dorothy and her husband, Cesar
Noble. They are both teachers at the Holderness School. Bob
Strumpf flew from Los Angeles, and they had a wonderful
The John Connards have had a visitor-their daughter-in-
law Mary Dillon Conard, wife of Johnny, Jr., of Gatun, Canal
Zone. While here, Mary entered Holy Cross Hospital for the
arrival of a new baby daughter. Mary and the young lady are
on their way home now.
The David Yerkes are back from their trip up north. They
were thrilled with the news that Gloria, their daughter-in-law,
presented them with a grandson, named John David.
Peggy Corrigan De Leon, of Summit. was in Hollywood and
Pompano Beach visiting family, and to be with her sister, Kay
Corrigan Jones, whose husband Colonel John N. Jones died on
Mary Corrigan Herlihey and her husband, Admiral Joseph
Herlihey, had been on vacation in Europe but returned to be
with their family after the death of Colonel Jones.
The writer, Barbara Hutchings, is off to San Antonio, Texas,
to visit her old friend, Elizabeth Sudron. She will drive by car
with Beryl Thompson, of Mexico City, Mexico, who was here to
place her son in college in Melbourne. Mrs. Thompson was a
nurse at Gorgas while she and her husband and children lived
in Las Cumbres. Mr. Thompson was with Otis Elevator in
Panama City. Barbara M. Hutchings.
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
The first part of this report of Northwest Arkansas is being
written in COLORFUL COLORADO and I mean COLORFUL
COLORADO. The Aspens are a golden glory against the back-
drop of Majestic Mountains and the dark Evergreens-some
already white with snow.
Your reporter and husband Newell are guests in spacious
Qtrs. One, now occupied by Maj. Gen. James A. Wier and wife
Alice Ray. Gen. Jim is C. 0. of Fitzsimons General Hospital
located in Aurora, east of Denver. As of August 1st, they took
command but they feel quite "at home" as this is their third
tour of duty at this Hospital. First, he served in the Pulmonary
Disease Service from 1954 to 1960. Alice and Linda remained
at Fitzsimons while Jim was in Korea in 1960-1961. Then Jim
returned here as Chief, Dept. of Medicine and finally Executive
Officer until April 30, 1964. Now, after periods in Letterman
General Hospital in the Presidio, Vietnam, where he was pro-
moted to Brig. General, C. O. at El Paso and one year at the
Pentagon, they are now in Qtrs. One at Fitzsimons. Needless
to say, they are happy to be "back home."
Your reporter and husband Newell felt this change of
altitude in "mile high" Aurora and were limited in our activi-
ties. We well remember the admonition of the Martin Seilers
in 1938 to "slow down"-so we resorted to contact the few
remaining residents by phone.
Our first contact was with Lil Evans, of Greeley, Colorado.
It was wonderful to hear Lil tell of her husband, Jack, their
daughter Norma and husband Al Harrington and their three
children in Greeley, as well as the activities of her oldest
daughter Barbara and her husband now located in Colombia
and daughter Muriel and family of Tennessee. Then we got
hold of Dr. and Mrs. G. Russell Wright of Longmont. He has
recuperated from his recent illness and was ready to leave
the next Monday for a Symposium of Doctors in San Francisco.
Ilext, we contacted Mvrs. Aaelaiae Lewis and daughter sara of
Denver. They reported that all is well with them and they are
enjoying the company of many friends and relatives. Then,
we phoned the Clark and Thelma Petersons, formerly of Pedro
Miguel, who are retired now and have given up "Ham Radio"
contacts to go fishing in Colorado's lovely mountain streams.
Bit and Bill Kendrick are still working and looking forward to
retirement. Then we phoned the Roy Kennedys who were home
from Hawaii. It was the day after the big storm which struck
the mountains, Denver, and the nearby city of Aurora a death
blow. After Thursday afternoon temperature of 85 degrees, it
started to snow about 11 a.m. Friday. By 6:30 p.m. the heavy
wet snow rested on trees in full bloom. By morning the young
fruit trees and some of the older ones were broken. It stopped
for awhile and started in again; by Sunday morning the power
lines were down and sixteen inches of snow rested on the
trees-some split down the middle, a total loss. Your reporter
and husband left Monday morning. The mountains were cov-
ered with snow and the sun was shining. As we looked up to
the mountains it was a beautiful sight, but when we looked
down to the fallen trees, it was heart breaking. The streets
were clear and no sign of the devastating snow was to be seen
an hour east of Aurora.
Although we had planned to stay another week or so, we
were glad to get home to Sunny Arkansas and greet the rain
which left us five inches of much needed moisture. Here is
the news from Arkansas. Starting with the oldest family in
Bentonville, George and Edith Engelke had an enjoyable trip
east visiting relatives in Bethesda, Maryland and in Virginia.
Late in July, the Rev. Robert Jackson and his wife Mary Anne
from New Iberia, Louisiana, were here for a week. They were
in the Canal Zone from 1933 to 1945 at the Church of Our Saviour
in New Cristobal. Their son Robert and family live in Mary-
land. Bob is a teacher at Galludet College, a well-known col-
lege for the deaf. Father Bob is old enough to retire now and
they were looking around our area for a home. We hope they
Our son John from Massachusetts was in El Paso, Texas,
with a student congress and had a few days free. We met him
in Tulsa and brought him home for a wonderful visit. Son Paul
and family are still enjoying the farm life and have quite a
few cattle; he also does accounting. John teaches in Salem
College in Salem, Massachusetts. The phone rang one Sunday
afternoon, and it was my dear friend, Bea Fernandez, of Dallas.
She and some friends were in Arkansas on a little excursion and
were.on their way back to Dallas. I did not see Bea, but it was
wonderful to be able to chat with her.
Connie and Robert Engelke were happy to have son Bob
and his wife Mary Lou and children with them for several
weeks' visit in July. Bob is now Asst. District Commander of
the Balboa Police Station.
From Alice and Herb Engelke comes word that they had
as houseguests Myrtle and George ikemori, of Westminister,
California, whom we met during last summer's camping trip
to Sequoia National Park. They were on a cross-country camp-
ing and sightseeing trip East, and we were pleased to show off
our local areas. We drove to Camp Orr Boy Scout Camp in
Jasper County to see young Herbie who was away for a week.
Later we had Virginia and Wesley H. Townsend, of Balboa,
Canal Zone, Frank and Marvel Townsend, of Stillwater, Okla-
homa ,and Russell Favorite with son Stevie all visiting us at the
same time, so we had an evening of open house so friends could
drop in to chat. Bates Wieman brought Anne and Frank Cun-
ningham by to see us. We are anticipating a visit this evening
from Howard and Jean Gee of southern Texas who are spending
a few days' visit at Bella Vista. The men share an interest in
Canal Zone Lodge, A. F. & A. M., and Jean had both Engelke
girls, Marguerite and Mary Alice, as students in the Panama
City Ballet School.
News from Carl and Helen Newhard: Mrs. Edith Eppley,
Carl's mother, arrived in June from Visalia, California, to spend
some time visiting her sons Carl and Fred Newhard in Ben-
tonville. Helen and Carl's son Bruce, wife Karen, and four
children from Battle Creek, Michigan, spent two weeks in July
with them. They camped out at Prairie Creek on Beacon Lake
for the first few days. Then they came out here and took
short trips to Silver Dollar City, the rodeo at Springdale and
the Shepherd of the Hills country and play. Mrs. Mary Stuart,
of Balboa, Mrs. Georgia Gwinn, of Springfield, Missouri, and
Mr. and Mrs, Carl Maedl, of Coco Solo, have visited the New-
hards in the past month. Helen has been busy canning and
freezing while Carl keeps the freezer full of pan fish. They have
also been swimming in Beaver Lake as often as possible.
The Fred Newhards made an unexpected trip to Ohio the
last of April because of the serious illness of Jessie's mother.
While East, they visited with Mrs. Sophia Basham and Mrs.
J. E. Limes in Westerville, Ohio, and with Mid and Thatcher
Clisbee who were visiting there. They also spent a few days
with Fred, Jr. and his wife in New York State, Mrs. Brian
Aibright and daughter in Reston, Virginia (Brian was in Eu-
rope), John Albright and his family in Alexandria, Virginia,
and other relatives around Washington, D. C. They returned
the last of July. Since their return, they have entertained
Brian Albright and Heather. They were most happy to see
Fred's mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley who is with Carl and Helen
Newhard now and are looking forward to having her in their
home the last of September.
The Glynn Terrells have had a busy summer with visits
from kinfolks Etta Fay's brother, Philip Seigle and his wife.
Philip is no stranger to the Canal Zone as he spent most of his
childhood there. He left the Zone in 1931 and now resides in
East Lansing, Michigan. The newlyweds, Andrea and Paul
Oliver from New Orleans arrived at the Terrell household after
their vacation trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. They found
brother Lance of Dallas and all enjoyed a family get together.
In August, the Terrells journeyed to Prentiss, Mississippi, for
a Terrell reunion and just about got caught in hurricane Ca-
mille. They were staying in Jackson, Mississippi after leaving
Prentiss earlier in the evening. Although Camille had lost much
of its force by then, it was more than enough to keep everyone
awake throughout the night.
While her husband, two sons and mother-in-law kept her
home on Round Mountain bright, Mildred Makibbin Higgins
broke the shackles of routine, said farewell to the Ozarks, and
for three weeks-August 3-25-dwelt in the Panama Canal again.
She visited with her mother at the home of her brother, Henry,
who lives in Ancon; was entertained by brother George, his wife
Shirley and their two daughters, of Panama City; and got to
visit with brother Tom, Cristobal-side pilot. In fact on the final
night the entire Makibbin family were'together for the first time
in twenty-five years at a dinner party hosted by Mrs. Emily
Sullivan. Mildred said the trip was long to be remembered;
an added pleasure was that her childhood friend, Hayden
Hearne Filip traveled to and from the States on the same
Braniff Flight with her. Neither of them had been in the Canal
Zone for approximately twenty-four years. Besides being grate-
ful for the opportunity to go "home again," being pleased with
old friends and new experiences, Mildred was happy to have
an interview with Senor Nicasio Vargas who is with adult edu-
cation in Panama-an undertaking dear to her heart as she is
working with Laubach Literacy, of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Shortly after returning home, she was presented with another
grandson by daughter Linda and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Roger
Bryan Tisdale. The baby's name is Donald Lewis Tisdale.
Well, the Burtons with their friends got off before we left
for Denver the same day. They went to the double wedding of
their friends in the Valley Center Methodist Church in Valley
Center, Kansas on September 6. They were Mrs. Patricia
Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Olmstead, of
Wichita, Kansas, who was married to Jack Finalson and Miss
Lisa DuLany, of West Palm Beach, Florida, daughter of How-
ard DuLany, of West Palm Beach, who became the bride of
Frank Finlason. The girls acted as attendants for each other
and the two brothers served as each others best man. John and
Shirley Finlason, of Gamboa, Canal Zone, flew up for the
wedding. The groom's sister, Lois, a student in College in
Kentucky, also attended the wedding. Jack has been an em-
ployee of Cessna for several years. Now his brother Frank
will be employed by Cessna and will make his home in Wichita.
The Burtons left the first week in October for Georgia and
will return via Memphis, Tennessee, where they will be joined
by Mattielee White. Mattielee will return to visit with her
mother, Mrs. Nannie Brown, of Fayetteville. Mrs. Bates Wie-
man's son and wife, Bud and Vonna Huldtquist visited her in
October. Ann and Frank Cunningham, of Pompano Beach,
Florida, visited Bates in July. They had been to Canada and
had visited with Frank's family in Missouri before arriving
here. Judy and Chuck Daily and two children of Austin visited
Walter and Martha Reif took a hurried trip to California to
see their daughter Betty and her family of growing children.
The Reifs report that they got reacquainted with the grand-
children who are growing up rapidly. On the way home, they
stopped to see the Zents in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ruth Daniel
is a busy lady attending Conventions. She recently visited the
National Association of Retired Civil Employees in Mountain
Home, Arkansas, then went to Little Rock to visit the DAR
Board; on October 18th she went to a DAR District meeting.
Ruth is now Regent of the local Chapter. Ruth reports she saw
Mr. and Mrs. William McCue from Balboa, Canal Zone, who
were staying at the Bella Vista place fiom September 28th to
We are happy to welcome home for a short time 1st Lt.
David A. Hallin, son of Heinie and Theo Hallin. David is a
Naval Aviator and a Helicopter Pilot.
The Hallins were host to Andy and Kathy Jacobson and
little son Scotti on occasion of the first home game of the
University of Arkansas. Andy has been undergoing helicopter
training in Texas and will now go to Alabama for further train-
ing in the U. S. Army. It was fun to see H. M. and Irma Lock-
ridge, of Monrovia, California, stop by to see Herbert and Alice
Engelke. They also visited with Mr. Albert Wood, Alice's
father. Gardner and Bertha Hayes, of Margarita, Canal Zone,
stopped by the Herbie Engelkes for a short visit.
Yesterday, we had a grand time at the ninth Fall dinner in
Eureka Springs. E. R. and Bertie Albritton, o0 Fort Worth,
Texas, and John C. Myers, of Decatur, Alabama, brought C. E.
Darnell, of Brighton, Missouri, to the dinner. Mr. Darnell, like
Mr. Myers, was with the Armed Forces Civilian Corps. Charlie
and Gloria Malsbury are vacationing and looking for a place
to retire in the Ozark area. "They are visiting the Japmes
Folson home. We were happy to meet the J. H. Penningtons
and son Sam. and also to see the Clyde P. Gates (Sarah Ann
Wagner) and her father Walter Wagner. There were others
there for the first time but space is running short-so we say
to one and all "Hurry Back."
Mr. and Mrs. Harry (Lenor) Butz, of Springdale, are our
new officers-we hope for several years. They appear inter-
ested, capable, and looking forward to their new tasks. Harry
will be the President while Lenor will have all the work-
Secretary-Treasurer and in March will become the second
Reporter. Your present reporter has held the very pleasant
task nineteen years with her final report in March, 1970. I've
had a wonderful group to work with but the years are adding up
for me, and I feel happy to turn to a very fine person like
Lenor Butz to carry on the thrilling work of Reporter for the
And so we wish y'all "A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy
New Year." Let your Merriment and Happiness be the best you
have ever given, and it shall be returned to you A Hundred
Fold with His Love. Blanche E.-Shaw.
NEWS FROM LOS ANGELES
Dear Canal Zone Friends:
It is "share the news" time again, and I hope that you enjoy
reading our Newsletters as much as we do receiving your
letters and notes. We leel a part of your get-togethers all over
the state and county when you send them in for our report.
Thanks to all for this thoughtfulness. And so-o-o-o:
In accordance with our telephone conversation, I am send-
ing you the names of the people who were present at the
Monrovia Ex-Canal Zoners monthly pot luck and cards get-
together which met here at Laguna Hills on August 23rd. I was
the hostess for August and we held the affair at Clubhouse No. 2.
From Monrovia area: H. M. Lockwood (Mort and Irma);
Hank and Naomi (Stapleton) Liebeler; Mrs. Fred (Lil) Sund-
strom; Mr. and Mrs. Logan Taylor (Ann is a sister of Fred
Sundstrom); Mrs. Clara Gilbert and Mrs. Marion Seibold.
From Seal Beach: Helen Rhodes and Grace Brown.
From Laguna Hills: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Berude (Flor-
ence); Dr. and Mrs. James Martin (Edna); Mr. and Mrs.
Emmet Argo (Adele); Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hall (Katie); two
retired teachers, Mildred McMahon and Mary Journeay; Mr.
snd Mrs. Joseph Irving were invited but were leaving for
Illinois to visit their families; they were gone for a month; Mr.
and Mrs. Phillips, parents of Mildred Kline, were invited hui
he has been in poor health for some time, and Mrs. Phillips
recently had a fall and could not come but is recovering; Mrs.
Rowena Crooks, not an ex-Canal Zoner but a relative .and guest
of Naomi Liebeler and Grace Naylor.
From Dana Point: Thora Baubl'ts, a retired teacher.
From Tustin: Paul and Mildred Kline.
From Vista: Berta Buzzard.
The Berudes and I are the only old members of the Club
and have kept contact since moving to Laguna Hills. Flo Berude
made spaghetti (delish) and the rest of the food was brought
by the guests so the Monrovia group would not have to bring
the food down the freeway in the hot August weather.
Here is a little note or two: The Lockwoods left recently
for Peoria, Illinois, to visit their son and family and then on
to DeKalb to be present for the 50th Wedding Anniversary of
Irma's sister and brother-in-law. From there they were to go to
New York to visit their daughter, Ruth, before returning to
The Argos, of Laguna Hills, have left in their car for High
Point, North Carolina, to visit their daughter Grace and family
who are expecting their second child it will make five grand-
children for the Argos. To see Emmet and Adele, you wouldn't
believe they have all those grandchildren!
Hope this isn't too late for you. Have been very tied up
lately and am doing this after a hot afternoon at the Ladies'
Day on the Golf Course Grace Naylor.
News received from Mrs. Bea Drew, a former Canal Zone
neighbor, that Mrs. Grace Arnold passed away on February 4,
1969, after a lingering illness in Mt. Carmel, Illinois. Mrs.
Arnold was the wife of John E. Arnold, former employed by
the Mechanical Division. In compliance with her deceased hus-
band's wishes, the home was deeded to the Masonic Order for
the benefit of the Crippled Children's Hospital,
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Provost, Jr. vacationed in San Fran-
cisco where they visited Cmdr. James Laurent and in Wenat-
chee, Washington with Mrs. Carl Labonge Rehberg both
former Canal Zone friends. The return trip was made with
stops at Reno and a week at Lake Tahoe.
Mr. (Ducky) Clarence Bryan is in the Santa Monica Hos-
pital. He fractured ',is hip in a fall. Think, "Get Well", Ducky!
The same message applies to Gertrude Harrison Gibson who
is convalescing at home.
A call from our President, David Smith, states that Mrs.
Sallie Wimmer is recuperating nicely. We are happy to hear
that David is looking forward to our October picnic as busi-
ness kept him from attending our last one. Also, he tells us
ihat his nephew David is now in Vietnam.
Mrs. Mollie Brown spent the summer in the East, visiting
son Clif and his wife, the former Helen Anderson, of Rich-
mond, Virginia. Mrs. Brown also visited her grandson Bob and
his wife Dee in Norfolk, Virginia, and granddaughter Donna
and her husband Harold in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Bob and Almra Brown will be in Green Valley, Arizona, the
first week in November where Alma will have a private show-
ing of her rug designs and rugs made by her pupils. She and
Bob will celebrate their thirtieth wedding anniversary on No-
vember 4 with Nate and Marguerite Ashton in Arizona.
News from Archie French stated that he "bumped into"
Donald Dent on the golf course. Donald and his wife were visit-
ing in Rancho Bernardo to settle an estate of his brother-in-
law. Archie and Alyce went East in October to visit Zona and
Ed in Arlington, and then South to visit other friends. Archie's
mother will join them in Florida and travel back with them to
the West Coast..
San Clemente, California, was the sight chosen for an un-
usual wedding. On June 21, Nancy Yeilding, daughter of Ruth
Bauman Yeilding, became the bride of Steven Curtiss, of
Belmont, California, in the garden of Yeilding's Spanish home.
The rear courtyard of the home was decorated in brilliant
colors of Spanish motif for the reception following the marri-
age ceremony The bride wore a "Mexican Wedding dress",
of lace and cotton, and the entire wedding party wore Spanish-
Mexican attire for the affair. Many Canal Zone friends were
Our October picnic was not too well attended (World Series),
but those that came had a wonderful time visiting and catch--
ing up on news. It was concluded that we could enjoy more
than two picnics a year, so the Officers plan a meeting to pur-
sue expanding our festivities.
Kelly Bauman Adams became a grandmother for the sec-
ond time. On October 12, Kelly's daughter Alice had a baby
girl, Rebecca Lynne. Congratulations, Kelly.
Ruth Beauman Yeilding, Secretary-Treasurer
Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles
Mr. and Mrs. Roy F. Kennedy, Englewood, Colorado, en-
joyed a two-week vacation in Hawaii in September. Shortly
before leaving for Hawaii, Dorothy spent a long week-end with
daughter Beth and her family in Vancouver, Washington.
Luella and Denny Mullane enjoyed living in Mrs. Helen M.
Rhode's home in Seal Beach, California, while Mrs. Rhodes was
in Europe. The Mullanes have rented another place until Nov-
ember 15 while the owner is in Brazil. Luella writes that the
doctor finds Denny a young 82-only his eyesight is a drawback,
but that does not interfere with his getting around.
NEWS FROM HOUSTON, TEXAS
Organized May 8, 1956
OFFICERS FOR 1970
Mr. R. LeRoy Dill
P. O. Box 224
Coldspring, Texas 77311
Mrs. George Lowe, Sr.
8323 McAvoy Drive
Houston, Texas 77036
Mrs. G. Lee (Irene) Wright
5003 Madalyn Lane
Houston, Texas 77021
Mrs. Iva H. Standefer
123 Coronation Drive
Houston, Texas 77034
Greetings from SPACE CITY, U. S. A. and the 7th largest
city in the U.S.A. You all know that we Texans are known for
bragging! We have every reason to brag now, with Manned
Spacecraft Center, the Astrodome, Major baseball, football and
The Panama Canal Society of Houston had its Fall reunion
at Suzanne's Cafeteria on September 27, 1969. Following the
dinner, our 1969 President, Mrs. Jessie L. Bush, opened the
meeting with a welcome and thank-you to all former Canal
Zone residents for making the evening so enjoyable.
Mr. and Mrs. R. LeRoy Dill visited in southern California
during September. They reported a reunion with Mary and Will
Harrison who live in Canoga Park, California.
Mr. and Mrs. George Lowe, Jr., arrived in Houston from
their home in Wilmington, Delaware, to be with his mother,
Mrs. George Lowe, Sr., and his sister, Mrs. Fred (Mary Joe)
Mrs. Lisa Daniels and son, Robert, living in Dallas, Texas,
were in Houston during October to be with the children of the
late Howard Daniels. They visited with Irene and Lee Wright
while in this city, renewing a friendship dating back to the
1920's in Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Nathan (Tillie) Levy is back home after spending a
month with her son David, in Los Angeles, California. She re-
ports being with many of her friends of Canal Zone days.
Mr. and Mrs. David Tyssen (Carolyn Pollak) and daugh-
ters, Evelyn and Marilyn, of Clifton, Texas, were guests of the
Lee Wrights while en route to Sarasota, Florida, to vacation
with Carolyn's parents, Peggy and Walter Pollak, residents of
Mrs. Tharon Haldeman Mitchell spent the Thanksgiving
holidays in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her father, Ezra Halde-
man, and sisters, Mrs. Cal (Betty) Underwood and Mrs. Roger
Mr. Merle Lou Souder, son of Myrtle and Louie Souder, em-
ployed and living in New York City, flew to Houston in Sep-
tember to be at the bedside of his maternal grandmother, Mrs.
Ada (Sweetie) Long during her serious illness and death. He
will return to Houston to spend the Christmas holidays with
Bill McDougall and wife, Helen Rae (Souder) will have their
oldest daughter, Helen Anne, home for Thanksgiving and Christ-
mas. She is a second year student at the University of Texas
Mrs. Hattie Belle Rader Marshall has been in Houston with
her daughter, Melinda, and son-in-law, Jerry Irwin. She has
been taking speech and limb therapy and is gradually regain-
ing her health. Her goal is to return to St. Petersburg, Florida,
to make her home and be among her many friends.
Myrtle and Louis Souder reported a visit to Kerrville, Texas,
during the month of October. They supplied the news from this
city that: (1) Nellie Mae Toone has sold her home and now lives
in an apartment (2) Jack and June Burns are at Hillcrest Motel.
June is nursing at the Veterans Hospital (3) Clara May Cham-
bers and husband are enjoying retirement in Kerrville (4) Bud-
dy Phillips and wife of Balboa were visiting the Jack Burns.
Mrs. Mildred Frick and three children are now residents of
Pasadena, Texas. Living in the United States is exciting and
happy-especially being near the grandparents, Virginia and
DEATH-Mrs. Ada Lee (Sweetie) Long, the beloved mother
of Mrs. Myrtle Souder. passed on to her eternal home on Sep-
tember 2, 1969.
BIRTH-Dell Wells (daughter of June and Jack Burns) and
her husband announce the birth of their first baby, a son, on
October 26, 1969 in Lubbock, Texas.
The Houston Society promises to furnish news for the
CANAL RECORD during the coming year. Already we have
assigned reporters for duty in this city of more than a million
living persons and in action for the next issue. We Canal Zone
folks oI Houston look forward with eagerness to the news in the
CANAL RECORD and intend to do our share in the news field.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Irene Wright, Secretary
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Mrs. Robert J. Neely, of Sarasota, Florida, flew to Mem-
phis, Tennessee, to participate in a reunion of the Davis fami-
lies-the children of the late Herbert and Lillie (Neely) Davis.
Robert M. Davis, a pharmacist, drove from Gallatin, Tennes-
see with his wife and teenage daughter, Mary Ruth Bowman,
with college professor husband and three sons drove from
Durango, Colorado. The gathering of the clan was at the home
of Jane Guerhan, husband and three sons in Memphis. "Muz"
Neely had a wonderful time with these three grandchildren,
their spouses, and seven great grandchildren who were together
for the first time in over ten years. She was accompanied from
Sarasota by her daughter, Mildred, making it a four-generation
Jack and Louise (Heim) Saum, of Annandale, Fairfax
County, Virginia, who have been traveling and visiting friends
in the southern states, stopped by for a short visit with Mike and
Marion Greene. Mr. Saum, who was recently retired, was a
civilian employee with the Navy employed with the Public
Works Department at Coco Solo who left the Canal Zone with
his family nineteen years ago. Their daughter, Mrs. Karen
Reichard, a college professor with a Ph.D. in history returned
during the summer with her three sons from a year in Europe.
The family live in Lewiston, Maine.
Jack and Joyce Clarke had a visit by their son-in-law and
daughter, Larry and Linda Layman and two sons of Coco Solo.
They are racing enthusiasts and after a summer visit attended
the 500 Race at Indianapolis. They later visited the national
parks en route to Washington State to see Larry's parents and
visit friends in California.
Visiting in Sarasota at the same time were Bill and Sandy
(Woodruff) Weigle of Balboa with their two daughters. They
were the house guests of Lee and Guss Schmidt.
Tommy and Florence Dee had as their house guests during
October, Freddie Mead, of Balboa.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Congratulations to Mrs. Frances J. Schewe, 1618 N. Chapel
Street, Baltimore, Maryland, who celebrated her 91st birthday
on October 7 and (quote) "am proud to say that I am in good
health. I miss Florida and all of my friends very much .
I would be glad to hear from them."
Mrs. Era L. Greene, of Anniston, Alabama, spent part of
the summer on the West Coast with her son-in-law and daugh-
ter, Major and Mrs. (Huey Lee) Charles F. Clark, U.S.A., and
their two children Major Clark is assigned to Ledderman Hos-
pital at the Presidio in San Francisco. While in San Francisco,
Mrs. Greene also visited Mrs. Joyce Kulig, formerly of Colon.
Captain Martin F. Fitzgerald, U.S.A., with Mrs. Fitzgerald
(Mickey Walker) and their three children recently moved to
2501 N. E. 3rd Street, Mineral Wells, Texas. Captain Fitz-
gerald returned in August from a year in Vietnam. He has been
to the Primary Helicopter School at Fort Wolters,
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And auld lang syne?
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For auld lang syne! Robert Burns
A Happy New Year to Members in the Zone, the conti-
nental United States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and in twelve foreign
lands. The good old times (Scottish-auld lang syne) will be
toasted almost around the globe as many Zonian friends of
yesteryear gather to celebrate the end of another year and
another decade. We can be THANKFUL that, as the years
slip by, Zonian friendships do not dim, but rather with Time the
HOPEFULLY, many of those "auld" acquaintances will be
reunited early in the year, 1970 at the REUNION, Soreno
Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida, January 8th and 9th. Have YOU
made your reservation?
Many thanks again to ALL reporters for their excellent
cooperation in 1969.
Here's a TIP for an excellent New Years' Resolution -
reporters and individuals please have copy in for the March
RECORD by February 1, 1970.
Margaret M. Ward
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Public Affairs Office UNITED STATES SOUTHERN COM-
MAND, Quarry Heights, Canal Zone Fort Amador, Canal Zone,
August 6 Got one of grandfather's old uniforms World War
I vintage, maybe stashed in the attic? Perhaps some yellow-
ing photographs tucked into the corner of an ancient album? Or,
how about an old pistol or bolo knife kept as a souvenir and
now quietly rusting away in the shop?
"The U. S. Army Forces Southern Command (USARSO) is
starting a new museum," says USARSO historian William L.
Lewis, "and we could really use items like these to get it
underway. Our collection will eventually include artifacts show-
ing the history of the Isthmus from before the time of Columbus
up to the present day," he points out, "and, believe me, that
covers a lot of territory the American Indian period, Spanish
colonial days, and time after independence, the building of the
Canal, and all the years after."
"The emphasis is on the history of the U. S. Army in Pan-
ama and the Canal Zone," adds Mr. Lewis, who will be cus-
todian of the new museum. "In fact. the USARSO museum will
be the southernmost U. S. Army museum in the world."
"A great many people," Mr. Lewis comments, "have things
which would be invaluable to the museum." He stresses that.
all contributors will get credit for their help. For example, a
typical museum placard might read, "U. S. Army Field Gear
used in the Canal Zone in 1919, contributed by Master Sergeant
(Retired) John Doe."
The museum is located in Building No 352 at Fort Amador.
Anyone who has anything to contribute should call Mr.
Lewis at Fort Amador, 82-6226, or mail letters co' packages to
USARSO historian. Fort Amador, APO New York. New York.
Washington, August 13 A demand four limes the current
use of the Panama Canal is forecasted by the year 2000 for a
new Atlantic-Pacific sea level canal across the Central Ameri-
The Panama Canal now handles 80 million long tons of
commercial shipping annually. According to a report entitled
"Isthmian Canal Demand," by the year 2000, the demand will
be 355 million long tons.
The report was released by the Department of Transporta-
tion. A copy was sent to the Atlantic-Pacific Inter-Oceanic
Canal Study Commission, appointed in 1965 to examine the need
for a new sea-level Isthmian canal to replace the present lock-
type Panama Canal.
The governments of Panama and Columbia, in simultaneous
announcements, issued through their respective foreign minis-
tries, disclosed that both countries would work jointly in con-
nection with any possible new route for an inter-oceanic canal.
"The two governments propose to carry out an exchange of
information and studies, using data already known and others
that may come in the future, with the collaboration of the
United States of North America." STAR & HERALD. Sep-
tember 15, 1969..
COME TO THE REUNION
THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
TIME-January 8th and 9th, 1970.
PLACE-Soreno Hotel overlooking beautiful Tampa Bay at First
Avenue and Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida.
COST--Luncheon $3.00 per person which includes gratuity and
On the first day, Thursday, January 8th, registration will be
in the forenoon and the combined annual and monthly business
meeting in the afternoon. On Friday there will be a social
period in the morning before the luncheon at 12:30 p.m.. You
are urged to forward your reservations early as the hotel may
be forced to decline last minute reservations for the luncheon,
as only 300 will be made.
The primary purpose of the Reunion above all is to enable
former Isthmanians to get together, renew acquaintances and
discuss those gone but not forgotten days. You'll never know
how many true friends you have until you attend the Reunion
where they gather from every section of the country. We will
meet on the mezzanine floor of the hotel where there is ample
room with comfortable seats, or if you prefer seclusion with
former pals, there's the well-stocked bar on the main floor.
Don't miss the Reunion. You'll be sorry if you do!
Room reservations can be arranged at convention rates of
$12.00 double and $8.00 single, plus 4 per cent tax at the Soreno
Hotel. Those desiring reservations should remit $12.00 plus tax
for double and $8.00 plus tax for single room per day.
MAIL YOUR RESERVATION FORMS PROMPTLY. We
must have them not later than January 4th. Make remittances
payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Your reservation will be acknowledged by postcard, but
LUNCHEON TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED. They should
be claimed immediately upon arrival at the Reunion. No
Luncheon tickets will be held after 11:00 a. m. January 9th
unless paid for.
(Reservation form on separate page.)
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
Thirty-Eighth Anniversary Reunion
January 8th and 9th, 1970
Fill out and return this form with your remittance to the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, mailing it direct to:
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
P. O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33713
Please arrange reservations as follows -.
Reunion luncheon tickets for .............. persons, each, $3.00.
My party of ...... persons will find our own room accommoda-
tions. My party of ...... persons will need ....... single and/or
...... double rooms in hotel or private home for ...... days
beginning January ....... 1970. Enclosed is $8.00 for each single
room and/or $12.00 for each double room per day for deposit
on these reservations, plus 4 per cent tax.
There is enclosed remittance of $...... representing total
for all the above reservations.
My party will arrive by .. train; .. auto; .. bus; .. plane.
(Please indicate which)
N a m e ... .. .. .. .. .... ... ... .. .. ... .. .. .. .
A address ................. ...............................
Names and addresses of those in my party ...................
While at the Reunion our address will be: ................
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
for Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ................................................... hereby apply for membership In the
Punnana Canal Society of Flnrida, Inc., and enclose i.0O aa my ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
dues for the year .............. $2.00 of this amount is for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECOIr for one year.
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City .................. ........................... State .......... Zip Code ..........
D division Em played ......................................................................
Jkecnmmfnded by ......................................................................
Apprro 'ed by ................................. .... ..................... Date ........... .
Amount enclosed $ ...................... Check ........ M.O ......... Cash ........
1DUES $4.00 PER TEAR. Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone bakrs.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Florida Only Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
N am e ....................... .....................................................
Address .......................................................... Box ................
City .. ................. ... ............. .............. State.......... Zip Code ..........
T telephone ................................. ..... ...... ...... .................. ....
N am e ................... ............... .......... ...................
A ddr s ........................ ................................... ox B ...............
C ity ................................................. State.......... Zip Code ..........
Amount Enclosed $ ................. (Check) .......... (M.O.).......... (Cash)........
Approved by .... ............ ....... ...................... Guard date ................
DUBS: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 1 $1.00 per year.
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florido 33733
I, ..................................................... hereby transmit my AINVAL
MEMBERSHIP dues of $4.00 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the year
...................... $2.00 of this amount is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD
for one year. (Please return this bill with remittance).
N am e ..................................... ........................... .............. ...
Street ........................... ........................ Box ...............
City ......................................... ...... State.......... Zip Code ..........
Dues for: 1967.......... : 1968......... : 1909..........: 1970..........:1971....... ..
Amount Enclosed S.................. (Check)...........(M.O.)......... (Cash)........
Street ...................................... ................. Box ............
City ............................................... State.......... Zip Code .........
Recorded: Date .............................. Cnr No. ........................
DUES $4.00 PER TEAR, JANUARY 1, to DECEMBER 31, FOLLOWING
Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone Banks
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Name ..................................... I ......................................
Street ........................................................... B ox ..............
City. .............................................. State .......... Zip Code ..........
Dues for: 1967 ..........: 1968..........: 1969 ..........: 1970.......... : 1971...........
Amount Enclosed $t................. (Check)........... (M.O.).......... (Cash)..........
'na no .................. .................................... ...............................
City .............. .......................... State .......... Zip Code .......
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
MERRY CHRISTMAS, AMIGOS!
'Tis the night before Christmas and all through the casa
Not a creature is-stirring; Caramba! Que pasa?
The stockings are hanging con much cuidado
In hopes that Saint Nicholas will feel obligado
To leave a few cosas aqui and alli
For chico y chica y something for me!
Los ninos are snuggled all safe in their camas,
Some in vestidos and some in pajamas.
Their little cabezas all full of good things
They're all esperando que Santa will bring.
Santa esta at the corner saloon
Muy borracho since mid-afternoon.
Mama is sitting beside la ventana,
Shining her rolling pin para manana
When Santa returns to his home zigzagueando
Lit up like the Star Spangled Banner, cantando,
And Mama wil send him to bed con a right -
Merry Christmas a todos, y a todos Good Night!
'i'.iia iQuiinn. star ro'p ia ALCE''S l S'r.\Tl'.ANTl'
Mir. andi .Mirs. William Rose, E'.llsis. Flo'rida
.M11r. awlf Mrs. WVilliam .Allen and Mrs. FIlorentcr, V:1lld.t,
Mrs. Maria Spoel. Mss Ann Strickler, Houston. Texas, Miss Helen Bar-
sa*cn-r ms. D.L, Btl St.14IInt(is ueC.s *ei>.mat riDse-on
Anciwn Baseball Club "Champions," Panama Canal League, 1916-1917.
Contributed by Tommie Sawyer
Mr. and Mrs. Francis F. Hargy
St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. George L. Grimm, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mrs. Della Pilkerton, St. Petersburg, Florida
Ross Hollowell, Herb Souder, Johnny Haas
Mrs. Mina Dee, Margaret Hollowell. Viola Souder, Lena Haas, Lois .Jones
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. 0. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Clasi Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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