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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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St. Petersburg, Fla


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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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Vol. 4 MARCH, 1970 No. 1

Edward A. Doolan, Director Personnel Bureau, Panama
Canal Mrs. Lucille Judd, Secretary-Treasurer, Panama
Canal Society in the background

Henry E. Falk, President 1970-1972
Wm. L. Howard. President 1968-1970

Ross H. Hollowell, Vice-President

J. W. D. Collins, Retirement Counselor, Panama Canal

Herb Knapp, Portland Oregon, Martin Seiler, Los Angeles,
Mrs. Dove L. Prather, Portland, Oregon Happy 102nd
Birthday on January 25. 1970

R. L. Dill, President, Panama Canal Club of Houston, Texas,
and Mrs. DiP

74e Paama ?na/l Society o 46/uda, Ynoc.

(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P.O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733

J. F. Warner
H E. Falk Founder

Boss H. Hollowell
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Recording Secretary
and Record Editor

Mrs. Harry V. Cain
Wm. F. Grady
Legislative Representative
Charles Holmelin

The CANAL RECORD is published by tl-e Panama Canal
the good and welfare of Its members.

H. E. Falk
Ross H. Hollowell
W. L. Howard
C. M. Banan
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
W. D. Goodwin
K. A. Bissell
Albert McKeown
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Secretary to Committee

Society of Florida, Inc., for

The CANAL RECORD is published live times each year, once in March, June and
September and twice in December.
MEMBERSHIP FEES-FOR MEMBERlS--$.00 .NNUALLY, which includes $2.00 for
subscription to the CANAL RECORD. (To receive the CANAL RECORD, all persons MUST
BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $4.00). Entered as 2nd Class matter at the
POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Sencnd Class Postage paid at Saint
Petersburg, Florida Post Office.
St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida
HEADQUARTERS of thcr Panama Canal Society, Inc.
"535 lth Stre.'t, North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33713

POSTMASTER: Change of address sl'ould ble enlt on 'FORM
Petersburg, Florida 31733.

3579 to Box 115.6, St.

March 1970 No. 1

March 1970

No. 1

A Historical Description
Of The Seal Of The

The corporate seal of the Panama Canal Company was de-
signed by the Engineering Division of the Panama Canal Company.
The Panama Canal Company was established on July 1, 1951 pur-
suant to Public Law 841, 81st Congress and replaced the Panama
Railroad Company and the The Panama Canal. The following de-
scription of the seal is quoted from the Bylaws of the Panama Canal
"A view of a lower lock chamber of the Panama Canal,
showing the bow end of a ship of the Panama Line in an upper
chamber, behind a closed gate, flanked on the left by a control
house and on the right by a towing locomotive and three lamp
standards. The ship colors to be gray hull with white trim,
white superstructure, gray kingposts, and buff funnel with
gray stripes. The lock walls, control house and lamp standards
to be white with purple shadows. The control house roof, lock
gate and towing locomotive to be dull red. The sky to be azure
with gray smoke. The water to be azure blue and to bear the
navy blue. All to be encircled with a silver band edged in navy
blue and containing the inscription, 'PANAMA CANAL COM-
PANY 1950,' in navy blue letters."
This epoxy reproduction of the corporate seal was made from
a press designed by the Army Map Service in Washington, D.C.
The detailed painting was done on the Isthmus in 1969. This repro-
duction is number 5 of a total of two hundred.

A Historical Description
Of The Seal Of The

The seal of the Canal Zone Government was designed by Mr.
Gaillard Hunt of the Department of State in 1905. It was approved
for use by the The Panama Canal by the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion on February 5, 1906. The execution of the final design was
done by Tiffany's in New York the same year. The first known
official description of the seal was included in Executive Order
2208 issued by President Woodrow Wilson in 1915 which designated
a flag for the Governor of the Canal Zone and which contained the
following description of the seal:
"The seal consists of a shield, showing on base a Spanish
Galleon of the Fifteenth Century under full sail coming head
on between two high banks, all purpose, the sky yellow with
the glow of sunset, in the chief are the colors of the arms of
the United States. Under the shield is the motto: 'The land
divided; the world united.' "
The seal was slightly altered in 1938 when three stars were
added to the outer circle, which includes the words, "Seal of the
Canal Zone Isthmus of Panama," and by direction of Acting Gover-
nor Herman W. Schull, Jr., the colors in the seal were changed in
1956. The new color scheme was prepared by Mr. Franklin Kwai
This epoxy reproduction of the seal was made from a press
designed by the Army Map Service in Washington, D.C. The de-
tailed painting was done on the Isthmus in 1969. This reproduction
is number 63 of a total of two hundred.

January 28, 1970-There is nothing of interest to report at this
time. Congress has reconvened, but with the Health, Education and
Welfare Bill being vetoed by the President, I don't think that we
can expect much from Congress until that Bill is cleared up one
way or the other.
Bills H.R. 3661 and 3662 (see Minutes from the Annual Busi-,
ness Meeting, January 8, 1970 for description of bills) are at least
still alive.
William F. Grady
Legislative Representative

November, December, January

Mr. Eugene I. Askew
Mr. John P. Bidwell
Dr. Arthur W. Brown
Mr. Walter G. Brown
Mr. Roscoe S. Burgess
Mr. Joseph W. Casey
Mr. John B. Coffey
Lt. Henry C. DeRaps
Mr. Charles B. Douglas
Mr. Wilmer L. Downing
Mr. Samuel Dubin
Capt. Charles L. Foley
Mr. Oscar L. Hakanson
Mr. Howard B. Harrison
Mr. Donald A. Hause

Mr. Julian S. Hearne
Mr. William H. Hele
Mrs. Frances E. Hunnicutt
Mr. John Kozar
Mr. William R. LaChapelle

Mr. Yane Leves
Mr. Sydney T. Lindh
Mr. Everett H. Lippincott
Mr. William J. McLaughlin
Mr. Richard J. Mahoney
Mr. John W. Muller

Navigation Division
Industrial Division
Corozal Hospital
Industrial Division
Railroad Division
Electrical Division
Administrative Service Div
Police Division
Electrical Division
Accounting Division
Division of Storehouses
Water Transportation Div.
Locks Division
Dredging Division
Transportation &
Terminals Bureau
Dredging Division
Customs Division
Police Division
Police Division
Retail Store Dep't
Locks Division
Industrial Division
Terminals Division
Locks Division
Construction Division
Engineering Division




Mr. Harry E. Musselman Accounting Division 34 years
Mr. Elmer B. Orr Accounting Division 39 years
Mr. Harold I. Perantie Chief, Adm. Service Div. 30 years
Mr. William K. Price Navigation Division 27 years
Mr. William G. Rowe Navigation Division 36 years
Mr. Albert A. Shore Electrical Division 29 years
Mr. John R. Smith Electrical Division 34 years
Mr. Preston M. Trim Locks Division 27 years
Mr. Morris Waxman Budget & Rates Division 21 years
Mrs. Glendora A. Dorsey Terminals Division 23 years
Mr. Richard D. Duncan Fire Division 22 years
Mrs. Grace E. MacVittie Accounting Division 18 years
Mrs. Virginia E. Sigfrid Supply Division 27 years
Mr. Howard G. Anderson Locks Division 28 years
Mr' Mario Calleja Engineering Division 30 years
Mr. Albert W. Degen Terminals Division 26 years
Mr. Oliver H. Hendrickson Locks Division 24 years
Mr. Elmer Kanz Engineering Division 30 years
Mrs. L. Irene B. McLaughlin Motor Transportation Div. 20 years
Mr. Edward G. Moran Postal Division 31 years

Fifty years ago on May 22, 1920, President Woodrow Wilson
signed into law the first Civil Service Retirement legislation. This
legislation was the result of a long ten-year, uphill fight. On the
evening of May 27, 1970, active and retiree organizations, including
NARCE, together with the Civil Service Commissions and high
ranking government officials, will sponsor a mammoth celebration
at the Statler-Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. Thomas G. Walters,
President of NARCE, has been named Chairman of the observance
committee. Check RETIREMENT LIFE for more information.


January 8-9, 1970
Thirty states, the Canal Zone, and the Republic of Panama
were represented at the Reunion. 587 officially registered with
Florida represented by 485.
Out-Of-State Registration
ALABAMA: (8) Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. White, Mr. and Mrs.
Oscar R. Swanson, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. McCullough, Mr. and Mrs.
Paul Renz ARKANSAS: (1) Mrs. Frances S. Dorn CALI-
FORNIA: (9) Mrs. Elsie Cousineau, Mrs. Olive Wigginton, Mrs.
Berta Hunter Hazzard, Mrs. Anna Ruth (Van Brocklin) Werk-
heiser, Mrs. Helen Rhodes, Mrs. Geneva Shrapnel, Mrs. Grace Nay-
lor, Mrs. Docia Smith, Mrs. Mary Lou Bryant CANAL ZONE:
(5) Governor W. P. Leber, Mr. Edward A. Doolan, Mr. Winter
Collins, Mrs. Olga Disharoon, John Disharoon CONNECTICUT:
(2) Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Souder DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:
(2) Mrs. Pearl Stevens, Beulah Propst GEORGIA: (6) Mr. and
Mrs. Wilbur Dockery, Mrs. Lee Trower, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mc-
Leod, Capt. Frank McLeod, Jr. ILLINOIS: (2) Mr. and Mrs.
Elmer Hack IOWA: (2) Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Monsanto KAN-
SAS: (2) Mrs. Mabel Duncan, Mrs. Phyllis McDonald KEN-
TUCKY: (4) Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Staples, Mr. and Mrs. Robert
R. McQueary LOUISIANA: (1) Pat Foster Roberson (Mrs. M.
R., Jr.) MAINE: (2) Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Hills MARY-
LAND: (1) Mrs. Adelaide Lambert MASSACHUSETTS: (3)
Mrs. Ida Hallett, Capt. and Mrs. E. O. Swinson MICHIGAN: (2)
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Whitaker MONTANA: (2) Mr. and Mrs.
Nick Elich NEW JERSEY: (3) Mr. Julius Petersen, Mr. and
Mrs. William J. Dorgan NEW MEXICO: (5) Mr. and Mrs. R. K.
Knox, Capt. and Mrs. H. V. Rowe, Butch Zent NEW YORK: (1)
Capt. Francis Gorman NORTH CAROLINA: (4) Capt. and Mrs.
B. A. Herring, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Howell OHIO: (4) Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Campbell, Mrs. Marie Plath, Mrs. Lenore Schwab -
OREGON: (2) Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Knapp REPUBLIC OF
PANAMA: (4) Mr. and Mrs. Frank Violette, Miss Genell Bliss,
Mrs. Helen Adler PENNSYLVANIA: (5) Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Gilmore, Mr. H. E. King -
RHODE ISLAND: (2) Capt. and Mrs. A. B. Forsstrom SOUTH
CAROLINA: (5) Mr. and Mrs. James O. Catron, Mr. and Mrs.
Adolph Kapinos, Mrs. Iva Crawford TEXAS: (4) Mr. and Mrs.
R. L. Dill, Mrs. Peggy Ellis, Mr. Fred Dube VIRGINIA: (6)
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Cook, Mrs.
Catherine Bahn, Mrs. Lavinia Dahlhoff VERMONT: (1) Mr.
Jack Kennedy WYOMING: (1) Mr. John Keenan WASH-
INGTON: (2) Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Van Siclen.

Actually, the 1970 official registration figures are inaccurate.
Possibly, the long lines for registration were prohibitive to many
who wanted only to chat with friends. Pictures taken by the pho-
tographers and luncheon tickets reveal many names of members
who are not on the official registration list.
REUNION, 1971 The Society will attempt to eliminate the
long registration lines. For an accurate count, PLEASE REGIS-

Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida
January 8-9, 1970
January 8, 1970, Headlines in the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES,
"Winter Stores Florida in Deep South Freeze."
The first morning of the ANNUAL REUNION dawned clear
and COLD, but hearts beat a little faster in anticipation of another
Reunion. The Soreno was aglow with WARMTH and laughter as
over 600 exuberant ex-Zonians registered during the two-day con-
clave. Many came from afar-Panama, Canal Zone, the West Coast,
New England; some were first timers; a number have for years
faithfully attended the ONLY nation-wide organized gathering of
those former dedicated Panama Canal Employees from the rugged
"ditchdiggers" to the personnel of the vast and complicated organi-
zation of later years. Many, too, though absent, attended in spirit
as letters have been received; they had planned to attend, but ill-
ness or inclement weather necessitated a last-minute change of
plans. Those familiar faces were MISSED!
Photographers, Mr. Francis Hargy and Mr. Gustaf Peterson,
assisted by Mrs. Peterson, worked diligently both days of the Re-
union taking pictures to perpetuate those memories of yesteryear.
See the section of the March RECORD on minutes of the
monthly meetings for a report on the Annual Business Meeting held
at two p.m. on January 8.
Tickets for the Annual Luncheon held on Friday, December 9,
were at a premium as many who had failed to make reservations
could not be accommodated, though a few who patiently waited for
last-minute cancellations were fortunate. After the Invocation
given by the Chaplain, Mrs. Alice Barnes, President William L.
Howard greeted the members of the Society and gave a special
welcome to the distinguished guests, W. P. Leber, Governor of the
Canal Zone, Edward A. Doolan, Director, Personnel Bureau, and
J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement Counselor, and to members who
had founded the Society. After the main course, Construction-Day
Employees (1904-1914) were asked to stand for special recognition.

Mr. Howard then introduced W. P. Leber, Governor, the Pan-
ama Canal, as the guest speaker from "Wisdom Hill." To the as-
sembled guests, Governor Leber gave an inspiring and informative
lecture, accompanied by contrasting slides, which emphasized the
changes in the Canal Zone, Panama, and the operation of the Canal
since that history-making day, August 15, 1914, when the S.S.
ANCON made the first trans-Isthmian voyage through the Canal-
an accomplishment which transcended even the Space Program of
1969 with its resulting successful moon flights. Concise details of
problems and solutions involved in keeping the Canal OPEN at ALL
times to ALL nations-the perennial slides, increased tonnage,
widening of the Cut, obsolete equipment, overhauls, ample water
supply, size and new types of ships, etc.-were vividly portrayed
by words and accompanying slides. However, of greater importance
than these changes, necessitated by an ever-expanding and chang-
ing world, was the emphasis on the "Good Job the original Plan-
ners did" for today, 1970, the Canal in spite of persistent problems
still functions for the greater good-"The Land Divided-the World
United." The Panama Canal Company, never satisfied with the
status quo, has for fifty-five years looked ahead and anticipated
needs so as not to get caught short. Currently, the urgent need to
develop the Canal to its maximum capacity is a far-range program
under constant study with plans still in the formative stage as to
the best methods necessary to continue putting ships through the
Canal with precision.
At the conclusion of his address, Governor Leber presented
two plaques to the President of the Panama Canal Society of Flor-
ida on behalf of the Canal Organizations-one Seal depicting the
Panama Canal Company and the other, the Canal Zone Government.
The Seals were hand painted by a little girl at Palo Seco.
Those who were fortunate in hearing Governor Leber's resume
of the Panama Canal, 1914-1969, felt a resurgence of pride and a
renewed dedication to "our continuing interest in THIS CANAL."
We deeply appreciate the privilege of having Governor Leber as
our guest speaker and hope that in future years we may have a
sequel to "Observations from Wisdom Hill."

Capt. Arthur Luther, 90, of St. Petersburg, Florida, one of the
old-timers whose service dates back to early construction days de-
clared that he'd be around for next year's Reunion.
R. K. Knox, 89, and wife, 73, who were in the Zone in 1910,
came from Ruidoso, New Mexico, to attend the gathering. Mr. Knox
supervised coaling plants in the early days which long since have

been replaced by modern fuel oil for power. His wife was a school
teacher in the Zone.
Capt. Charles Lillie,' 89, was in the Canal Zone around 1906. He
was captain of the fire department, which had stations in several
points in the Zone. He recalls that the trucks were horsedrawn, and
the clamor of gongs drew crowds as they dashed off to quench a
Being in a wheel chair in no way marred the happiness of Mrs.
Ellen Perkins, Just being a part of the spontaneous gaiety justified
her long trip from Pensacola, Florida. Mrs. Perkins, the wife of a
former Canal Zone policeman (Roy C. Perkins) from Pedro Miguel,
lives in the Crestview Nursing Home, Crestview, Florida, and,
though confined to her wheel chair, keeps busy. She collects old
Christmas cards and makes them into attractive baskets with cro-
cheting around the edges.
The paths of two old friends, separated not only by miles but
also by time, crossed again at the Reunion. Jack Kennedy, Brandon,
Vermont, and Carl Younkin, Pinellas Park, Florida, met for the
first time in fifty-four years at the Reunion.-See Picture Section
Robert (Bobby) Engelke, perhaps, was the only adult at the
Reunion with the distinction of being a fourth generation Canal
Zoner. Bobby, who is with the United States Army, is stationed in
Tampa but lives in St. Petersburg. Bobby just plainly enjoys Canal
Zone folks! His parents live in the Zone where his father, Police Lt.
Robert A. Engelke, is Assistant District Police Commander, Bal-
boa; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Engelke, reside in
Bentonville, Arkansas. His great-grandmother, Mrs. Mary Louise
Engelke, widow of Harry N. Engelke, passed away on April 9, 1969,
in Bentonville, Arkansas, at the age of 97. 'Tis said that there'll
always be an Engelke in the Canal Zone schools; now, hopefully,
there'll always be an Engelke at the annual Reunions!
Two boys-third generation Canal Zoners-John and Frank
Disharoon are living in St. Petersburg attending Florida colleges.
John attends St. Petersburg Junior College and Frank, the Univer-
sity of South Florida. Their mother, Mrs. Paul M. Disharoon, Jr.,
came up from the Canal Zone for a visit here and attended the Re-
union. They are at the home of Paul M. Disharoon, Sr., their grand-
father, aged 77, and an old Canal veteran. Paul M. Disharoon, Jr. is
foreman of a power branch in the Zone.
Capt. Llewellyn Zent, II, better known to many as just
"Butch," who is now stationed at MacDill A.F.B. in Tampa, was
another representative of the younger generation who was seen
chatting with old friends at the Reunion.

Webster's definition of reunion-"to come together again"-
was literally true for Mrs. Adam J. Dorn (Frances S.) of Hot
Springs, Arkansas. Among the many friends she saw, several were
from old Pedro Miguel days. Mrs. Leigh Abrams (Lillian), now, of
Clermont, Florida, and her husband were old friends and neighbors.
It was great to visit other Pedro Miguelites, Mrs. Robert Barnes
(Alice) and her daughter Janet, Mrs. Frank Richardson, and to
meet her husband and son John T. She hadn't seen any of them
since long before Janet's marriage. They were all old friends when
Robert was Red Tank Commissary Manager. Mrs. Dorn met Minnie
Hennen and her sister, Mary Louis Bryant, St. Petersburg, also
former residents of Miguel. She visited with Jessica and Louise
Maurer, of Riverview, Florida, and with Flo Mallett and her sister
Kathryn Kerr Madison, of Dunedin. There were many others, and
Mrs. Dorn was very enthusiastic about EVERYTHING at the Re-
union but "above all, the address and presentation of material by
Governor Leber of the Canal Zone was the best I've ever heard or
seen. Having lived for fifteen years right beside Pedro Miguel
Locks, his vivid description was of super interest to me."
Another FIRST at the 38th Annual Reunion-"Merrie Eng-
land" was represented by Mrs. Robert Beers (Mitzie Siegel, for-
merly from the Canal Zone), who, with her husband Robert Beers
and two children, attended the Reunion with Mr. and Mrs. Jerome
E. Steiner, of Dunedin, Florida, Mitzie's aunt and uncle.
Orphaned in 1951, the Siegel children were brought up in the
Steiner home in the Canal Zone. After completing high school and
two years of business college, Mitzie worked for the State Depart-
ment in Washington, D.C. After other foreign assignments, Mitzie
was sent to Singapore where she met a young Britisher, Robert
Beers, who was with the British Royal Marines. They were married
in England in 1965 and live near London.
Currently, the Beers' family are on a month's tour of the
United States; it is Mr. Beers first trip to this country. They have
been the guests of the Jerome Steiners and Mitzie's brother, Larry
Siegel-well-known in the Canal Zone as an outstanding swimmer-
who is personnel manager of the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. They
plan to go to San Antonio, Texas, to visit with Mrs. James Kearns
(Pat Steiner) and then to California to see Kathleen, also a daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Steiner, before returning to England.
They CAME-by land and by sea-Captain Frank Gorman,
New York and Florida, accompanied by Al Bissett, of Sarasota,
sailed his boat, FIDDLER'S GREEN, from Fort Myers to St. Pet-
ersburg and return for the REUNION.

Among the families and friends in St. Petersburg who were hosts
to out-of-state Reunion visitors were:
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. Cooper-Governor W. P. Leber, Balboa
Heights, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Dworak-Mrs. Ida Hallett, Quincy, Massa-
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Schneider-Mr. and Mrs. Herbert R. Knapp,
Portland, Oregon
Mr. and Mrs. Emerson R. Fuller-Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Whitaker,
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Mrs. John Hower-Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. Renz, Fairhope, Alabama
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hicks-Mrs. Peggy Ellis, Houston, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Howard-Mrs. C. K. Lambert, Sr., Adelphi,
Maryland and Mrs. Frances Hilliard, Hollywood, Florida. Mrs.
Lambert is spending the winter months with her daughter,
Mrs. Hilliard.

Our THANKS to W. E. Burns, Chief, Graphic Bureau, the man
behind the scene of action, who so efficiently coordinated his slides
with Governor Leber's lecture at the annual luncheon.

At the Reunion, Mr. Collins, Retirement Counselor for The
Panama Canal, requested that the President furnish him the names
of the "Old Timers" or Construction Day Employees-the period of
the building of the Canal between 1904 through 1914. Only those
who actually worked in the Construction-Day period and the names
of their wives are presently wanted, as Mr. Collins desires to com-
pile some statistics for future use. All those who are in this cate-
gory are requested to send to the Secretary-Treasurer their names
and addresses, and if you know any Retirees-1904-1914 service-
who are not members of the Society, please ask them to write this
information to the Panama Canal Society of Florida. When a suf-
ficient period of time has elapsed, the names will be sent to Mr.
We are sorry that the receipt of the ANNUAL ISSUE and the
December RECORD has been delayed for so many of our members,
but delivery of both issues to the Society was delayed due to diffi-
culties suffered by the Printer and, consequently, were not delivered
to the Society until very late. The ANNUAL ISSUE was mailed
December 9, 1969, and the December RECORD was mailed Decem-
ber 22, 1969, at the St. Petersburg Post Office; your Society cannot
understand why they were not delivered by the Post Offices at the
point of the members' homes until now. We realize that they were

mailed during the rush season for all Post Offices, but that does
not seem to be any reason for the unreasonable delay in their de-
livery. We have checked with St. Petersburg Postal Officials, and
they are attempting to try and trace them by route. They cleared
the Tampa and Jacksonville terminals (where sacked mail is trans-
ferred to trains), but after that we know nothing. So, please be
patient with the Postal Officials and maybe by the time you get
this RECORD you will have received the December issue. Our
deepest regrets.
W. L. Howard, President Emeritus

The Officers and Members of the Executive Committee of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida were not only chagrined but in-
dignant at the luncheon served by the Soreno Hotel on January 9,
1970-an event climaxing the otherwise successful 38th Annual
On January 10, Mrs. Lucille Judd, Secretary-Treasurer, mailed
a letter of complaint to Mr. John F. Noyes, General Manager of the
Soreno, emphasizing that the "lovely luncheon" as promised not
only deviated from the Swiss steak as ordered but in general was
not edible. The luncheon was humiliating to the Society and cer-
tainly was not a credit to the Hotel.
Mr. Noyes, in his reply, written on January 13, stated that
they, too, were embarrassed and sorry about the luncheon. They
had acted in "good faith" in ordering PRIME meat, which evidently
wasn't received by the Hotel. In offering his apologies, Mr. Noyes
also expressed his gratitude for Mrs. Judd's letter, stating, "It is
only through good friends like yourself that we know about the
inefficiencies that creep into our business and can take the neces-
sary steps to correct them."
Enclosed in the above letter was an adjustment on the bill pre-
sented by the Soreno for the Luncheon. Members of the Executive
Committee at a meeting on January 20, 1970, voted that the ad-
justed refund given to the Society should be placed in the General
Fund of the Panama Canal Society of Florida.

Barbara Candice Andresen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred
Andresen, of Oakland, California, was married to Michael B. Rudge,
son of Mrs. Daniel H. Rudge, of Sequim, Washington, and the late
Mr. Rudge on September 20, 1969, at Cuthbert's Episcopal Church
in Oakland, California.
Mrs. Michael Rudge is a senior at the University of California
at Davis, majoring in Political Science (City Management). Mr.
Rudge graduated from Cristobal High School and received a Bache-
lor of Science degree in Marine Engineering from the California
Maritime Academy and is now employed with Magnus Chemical Co.,
of San Francisco.
After a two-week honeymoon to Guaymas, Mexico, the couple
now reside at 801 Alvarez Avenue, Apt. #10-3, Pinole, California

Albrook Air Force Base was the scene of recent ceremonies
uniting Miss Cynthia Fade and Charles William Howe in Holy
Matrimony on October 24, 1969.
The bride is the daughter of Colonel Walter W. Fade, United
States Army, retired, and Mrs. Fade, of Gamboa, the Panama Canal
Zone. Charles William Howe is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Howe, of Gamboa.
Mrs. Howe is a graduate of Stillwater, New York Central
School, Class of 1968. She also attended Canal Zone College. Mr.
Howe is a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of 1966. Mr. Howe
is now in his fourth year of machinist apprenticeship with the Pan-
ama Canal Company.
They are at home to family and friends in Margarita.

Constance Mary Hallier, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Todd Hallier, and Peter Gaillard Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs.
John Palmer Smith, Jr., John's Island, South Carolina, have an-
nounced their engagement.
Miss Hallier is a senior at Purdue University, Lafayette, In-
diana. Mr. Smith received his B.A. degree (ChE) from Clemson
University, Clemson, South Carolina and his M.S. in January, 1970,
from Purdue University where he is currently studying for the
Ph.D. degree.
After a late summer wedding, the couple will reside in La-
fayette, Indiana, where they both will study at Purdue in the Grad-
uate School.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer I. Hess, of Wooster, Ohio, announce the
marriage of their sister, Mrs. Esther W. Hodges, of St. Petersburg,
Florida and Asheville, North Carolina, to Mr. John E. Layport, of
"Little Cedarville" Deltaville, Virginia, Saturday, January 17th,
1970, in the Presbyterian Church, of Allendale, South Carolina. Rev.
Eubanks, a former Chaplain in the Army, presided.
After an extended honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. Layport will be
at home for the summer in Deltaville, Virginia.

Miss Linda Dawn Miles became the bride of Richard Graves
Nichols on November 15, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Miles, of
St. Petersburg, Florida. The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Richard
G. (Dorothy) Nichols and the late Mr. Nichols, also of St. Peters-
The bride is a graduate of Dixie Hollins High School and is
employed by Honeywell, Inc.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Dixie Hollins High School,
attended St. Petersburg Junior College, attends Clearwater Techni-
cal Education Center and is employed by Sears, Roebuck and Co.
The couple reside in St. Petersburg.

Mr. Franklin F. Pierce and Miss Willie W. Cox were married
on November 21, 1969, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Williams
in Winter Park, Florida. They are now residing in Winter Park.

Mrs. Alvin Lyle Prather and Colonel William Patrick Bray,
United States Army Retired, announce their marriage on Saturday,
the twenty-fourth of January, 1970, at Saint Matthew's Cathedral,
Washington, District of Columbia.

Mrs. Marion Seibold and Dr. C. C. Clay, of Long Beach, Cali-
fornia, were married in Las Vegas on November 19, 1969.

Miss Molly Ann Sharp and Daniel Leslie Jenkins were joined
in marriage November 1, 1969, by the Reverend Robert Hubbard,
Pastor of the Curundu Protestant Church.
Mrs. Jenkins is the daughter of the Reverend and Mrs.
Hafford Sharp, of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Mr. Jenkins is the
son of the Reverend and Mrs. Joseph Jenkins, of Las Cumbres,
Republic of Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins are employees of the Division of Schools,
Panama Canal Company.

The marriage of Miss Pam Williams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Williams, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Herbert Spector, son
of Captain and Mrs. Irving Spector, of Margarita, Canal Zone, took
place in November in Richmond, Virginia.
Mr. Spector was born and educated in the Canal Zone and
attended college in Oklahoma. He is connected with a refrigeration
and air-conditioning firm in Richmond as an engineer.

Mr. and Mrs. Marion B. Woodruff (Elsie Lawyer), of La Boca,
Canal Zone, announce the engagement of their daughter, Darleen,
to Joseph M. Hunt, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt (Lou-
ise Rathgeber), of Balboa.
Miss Woodruff is a 1968 graduate of Balboa High School and
is presently enrolled in her second year at the Canal Zone College.
Mr. Hunt is a Balboa High School and Canal Zone College graduate
and obtained a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Fairleigh
Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, in May, 1969. He is
presently employed as an Industrial Engineer by Dupont in Camden,
South Carolina.
A June wedding is planned.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred (Inez Berg) Clark, of Cocoli, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of their third child, a daughter, Trina Michelle,
born on September 12, 1969, at Gorgas Hospital.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Curtis L. Berg, of
Cocoli. Paternal grandparent is Mrs. Bertha Clark, of Dozier, Ala-

Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Crowell, Jr., of Daytona Beach, Flor-
ida, and former residents of the Panama Canal Zone, announce the
birth of their first child, a daughter, Erin Louise, on October 25,
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Engelke, of
La Boca, Canal Zone. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Richard H. Crowell, Sr., of Balboa.

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Engelke announce the birth of a daugh-
ter, Laurie Elizabeth, their second child, born October 6, 1969. Mrs.
Engelke is the former Laurie Ann Will.
Maternal grandparents are Howard and Rita Will, and the
paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Howard S. Engelke, Balboa,
Canal Zone. Mrs. Charlotte C. Laurie, of St. Petersburg, Florida, is
the great-grandmother.

One hour later at the same hospital (Coco Solo) a son, Joseph
Raymond, their second child, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Victor Puta-
turo. Mrs. Putaturo is the former Darnell Will.
Maternal grandparents are Raymond and Irene Will, of Gam-
boa. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Putaturo. Mrs.
Charlotte C. Laurie, of St. Petersburg, is the great-grandmother.

Mr. and Mrs. James L. Fulton, Jr., of Los Rios, the Panama
Canal Zone, announce the birth of a daughter, Constance Katrina,
at Gorgas Hospital on November 9, 1969.
Mrs. Fulton is the daughter of R. H. Teague, of Ocala, Florida.
Her mother is Mrs. Hendrick Teague, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Fulton, Sr., former
Panama Canal residents who are now living in Palm Beach Gardens,
Mr. and Mrs. George E. Haborak (Ceci Eggleston), of New
Carrollton, Maryland, announce the birth of their first child, a son
named Christopher Joseph, on October 16, 1969.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. D. Maurice Eggleston,
formerly of La Boca, the Canal Zone, and now residents of St.
Petersburg, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Victor A. Herr, of Balboa, Panama Canal Zone,
announce the birth of a daughter, Melisande, on November 16, 1969,
in Gorgas Hospital.
Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Hanns Rosen, of Cologne, Ger-
many, and the late Hanns Rosen of that city. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Loyal Chester Herr, of Everett, Washington.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen James, of Portland, Oregon, announce the
birth of a daughter, Soneja Rene, on September 29, 1969.
Mrs. James, the former Cheryl DeRaps, is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Henry C. DeRaps of Gatun, Canal Zone. Little Soneja is
Hank and Gloria's first grandchild.

S/Sgt. and Mrs. Joseph J. Messina (Penny Baumbach) an-
nounce the birth of their second child, Joseph, born in September.
They have a daughter, Kim.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Baumbach, of
Clearwater, Florida, and the paternal grandmother is Mrs. Martha
Messina, of Akron, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald E. Mead (Patricia Dee) are the parents
of a baby girl, Selene A. Mead, born November 23, 1969, in Gorgas

Hospital. Little Selene is the first baby girl in the Mead family for
some time.
Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Dorothy Radcliff, of Mama-
roneck, New York and Thomas J. Dee, of Sarasota, Florida. Pater-
nal grandparents are D. Fred Mead and the late Mrs. Lillian
(Wright) Mead. The paternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Ida Mead,
of Balboa, Canal Zone.

Carol and Ed Rathgeber, Silverton, New Jersey, just had their
fifth girl on January 17, 1970-guess there just wasn't meant to
be any boys in that part of the Rathgeber family-at least not yet!
News received from Norine Rathgeber Lucas, Brick Town, New

Mr. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley, Jr. (Skipper) announce the
birth of a daughter, Renee Kersten, born on January 5, 1970, in
Jacksonville, Florida.
Paternal grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley,
of Clearwater, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Saum announce the birth of their second
child and first daughter, Andrea Louise, on August 4, 1969, in
Arlington, Virginia.
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack U. Saum, of
Annandale, Fairfax County, Virginia.

Dr. and Mrs. Paul N. Schield (Blanquita McNatt) announce
the birth of a son on October 1, 1969, in Phoenix, Arizona. The
baby has been named Dag Anders.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John A. McNatt,
of Balboa, Canal Zone.

Mr. and Mrs. Terry Allyn Stepp, of Gainesville, Florida, an-
nounce the birth of their first child, a son, on November 8, 1969.
The baby has been named Terry Allyn Stepp, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Stepp are living in Gainesville where Mr. Stepp'
is completing his final year of Law School at the University of
Florida. Upon his graduation, Mr. Stepp will enter the U.S. Army as
a First Lieutenant.
Mrs. Stepp is the former Miss Sheila Mitten. Maternal grand-
parents are Mrs. William J. Sheridan, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and
Dr. H. W. Mitten, Jr., of Oakland, California. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Thornton A. Stepp, of Miami Lakes, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Charles Townsend, of Stillwater, Okla-
homa, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Joyce
Carol, born December 2, 1969.
Mrs. Townsend is the former Marvel Davison, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Norman B. Davison, of Balboa. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Wesley H. Townsend, also of Balboa.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Winfrey, of College Park, Georgia, an-
nounce the birth of a son on January 13. Mr. Winfrey is employed
in the main office of Coca-Cola in Atlanta. Mrs. Winfrey is the
former Margaret Mahoney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Mahoney, of La Boca, Canal Zone.

O land of palm and mountain peak,
Of never-fading green!
Of oceans twain and storied main,
The undisputed queen!
O land whose fond enchantments bind
The stranger's heart to thee;
Here be it known, we frankly own
Thy gracious sovereignty! Panama Patchwork
Not only during the Holiday Season but all through the year,
ex-Zonians return to that land which James Stanley Gilbert in one
of his poems referred to as "The Paradise of Fools." Time has
dimmed any unpleasant memories (cockroaches, for example) of
this tropical land; we recall with nostalgia those wonderful years.
Mrs. Frank B. Coyle, Sr. left her home in Ames, Iowa, on No-
vember 4 for a three-month visit with her son, Edward Coyle and
family, of Diablo Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Watts, Tallahassee, Florida, planned to
sail on the CRISTOBAL on December 5 for a visit with their daugh-
ter, her husband, and the six grandchildren-Mr. and Mrs. D. I.
Kelleher, La Boca-for a two-month stay.
Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Pope, Keyser, West Virginia, after seven
years of retirement, made a trip in 1969 to visit their son and his
family, Darwin E. Pope who lives in Margarita. Darwin works for
the locks in Gatun.
Mr. and Mrs. William Allen, Dunedin, Florida, spent the holi-
days with their three daughters who are still on the Zone-Mrs.
Elizabeth Hanson and two children, Mrs. Mary Lou Whitlock and
five children, and Mrs. Margaret Rinehard and six children. En
route to Panama, they stopped in Houston, Texas, to see their

fourth daughter, Mrs. Florence Mann and her husband, Jerry, and
also plan on seeing them again when they return to Florida via
Mr. David Potts, Newport News, Virginia, planned to sail on
the CRISTOBAL in December to spend Christmas with his daugh-
ter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Bruce, of Margarita.
Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon D. Davis, Coral Gables, Florida, were
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Nagy, of La Boca, Canal Zone,
in October.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Kleasner, St. Petersburg, Florida, left
December 15 for an extended visit with Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy
Thompson (Bonnie Kleasner) and family in Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. Roland Massa (the former Judy Hotz), of Wash-
ington, D.C., after touring Central America arrived in the Canal
Zone about December 12. The couple, who both work for the Voice
of America, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. William L. Lewis, of
Miss Claude Aycock, who enjoyed a trip to the British Isles in
the early fall, packed again in January for a six-week visit on the
Zone. Miss Aycock, who was accompanied by her brother, occupied
Helen Owen's apartment as vacation quarters.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Harvey, of St. Petersburg, returned
from a holiday visit in the Zone on January 8-just in time to at-
tend the Reunion! They visited their son-in-law and daughter, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert McConaughey, their son, Hugh, and their many
In October, Mary and Ed Phelan, Port Orange, Florida, spent
ten days with Sharon (Phelan) and Don Staffino and their two
little boys in Balboa. A week before they arrived, their son-in-law,
Don, had moved his family into the SAME old cottage on Plank
Street that Mary and Ed Phelan had called home for twenty years!
To even add more to their enjoyment, Lisa and John and two sons
from Chicago were in the Zone visiting his mother; also Sharon
(Chuck's Sharon) and two girls were visiting her parents. Chuck,
El Segundo, California, flew down for the weekend. So, except for
Jim, all the family were together for one Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Murray Klipper, Pompano Beach, Florida, former
Canal Zone residents, were the guests of their son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McArthur, of Los Rios, and of their
son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Klipper of Ancon
in January. They planned to remain on the Zone about a month.
After a seven-year absence, Alton White, who retired in 1963
as chief of the Panama Dredging Division, returned to the Isthmus
with Mrs. White for a visit in January. The Whites now live in
Houston, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey, of Aiken, South Carolina, visited
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Seeley (Jolie Ann Kilbey), of Balboa in
January. Mr. Kilbey until his retirement was employed by the Pan-
ama Canal Company as superintendent of the Service Center
Mr. and Mrs. Christian Simonsen, Anaheim, California, write
that they are leaving Los Angeles on January 16 for a three-week
trip to the Zone. They plan two weeks on the Gold Coast visiting
Mrs. Simonsen's brothers, John and Glenn Lasher. The third week
will be spent at the historic Tivoli where they hope to see many
friends on the Pacific side.
Albert J. Joyce, Sr., Sarasota, Florida, made his annual trip
to the Canal Zone in early December for a two-month visit with his
children. He reports on family news. The day after he left the Zone,
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Joyce, Jr. had a new baby boy-the fourth son.
His son, Bill, has two boys and his daughter Eileen two girls and
one boy.
Sarasota was well represented with Zone visitors: Mr. and Mrs.
Dave Gatz made their first trip back to the Zone in thirteen years
when they flew down to spend the holidays with Ruth's sister, Mrs.
Billie Galloway, of Balboa, and Mrs. Robin Comer, of Margarita.
Florence and Charlie Harrison spent Christmas with their daughter,
Dorothy, and family, the Robert Knoxes, of Balboa. Tommy Dee
and his wife, Florence, after attending the Reunion, left by plane
for a visit with his daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Mead.
-Gladys Humphreys
Mr. and Mrs. Adrien M. Bouche, Sr., Raphine, Virginia, cele-
bated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on June 14 with their
son George and family in Dallas, Texas. Late August brought the
threat of high water to their Virginia home as a result of erratic
CAMILLE. The Bouches left Raphine on November 1 to drive to
New Orleans where they sailed on the seventh on the S.S. CRIS-
TOBAL for the Canal Zone. With many, many, old friends on board,
they thoroughly enjoyed the voyage back to the Isthmus.
Mr. and Mrs. Adrien M. Bouche, Sr., are pictured in the Novem-
ber 30th edition of the STAR & HERALD in front of the central
building of the YMCA of Panama camp and conference center with
the following write-up. "YMCA CENTER OPENS-the Bouche
family are the donors of this lovely property that is located in the
Chilibre area of Panama. A familiar face on the Isthmus, Adrien
Bouche retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1960 with over
forty years of service. He was a regular employee from 1912 and
was awarded the Roosevelt Medal for those who have had two or
more years of construction day service. The Bouches are currently

visiting their families who reside in the Canal Zone. They are Ad-
rien M. Bouche, Jr. who is with the Navigation Division and Mrs.
Robert E. Budreau who is with the executive planning staff. An-
other son, George, resides in Dallas, Texas. The YMCA camp is
currently being used by different community groups from both
Panama and the Canal Zone. The Camp was opened November 15
with thirty young adults from the Panama National Volunteers
taking part in a two-week training program."

Taken from the Gospel according to CAMILLE
In the beginning it came to pass that I was to journey forth
to the Canal Zone to teach another year: And seeing the multitudes
departing, I looked at my travel orders and read-"Go ye therefore
unto New Orleans, and get aboard the ARK Cristobal, which is in
The word had gone forth that a storm was brewing in the
Atlantic, but I had made many trips around hurricanes, and I was
not afraid to go. The cabin was comfortable, the food good, and the
service commendable.
And it came to pass that on the afternoon of August 15, we did
sail for the mouth of the Mississippi, into the Gulf of Mexico, where
a teacher sitteth on the right side of her bunk and talketh of the
approaching storm called CAMILLE.
At the end of the second day of languishing in the muddy
Mississippi, Camille did come upon us. And the winds came and beat
upon our ship, and the rains poured in through the blown-out port-
holes !-And we were sore afraid!
And it came to pass at midnight, that a steward passeth by
with half a sandwich, for we had fasted through the dinner hour.
He saith unto us, "Thou shalt pick up thy suitcases, lest they be
filled with water!"
Lo and behold I cast my eyes toward the floor and ppith unto
my cabin mate, "The water doth muddle in the corners, and runneth
out the door."
Seeking my new shoes, which I had removed to keep dry, I
saw them gently float past and out by the door. Swirling along
behind came my new hat-And it was my only hat. Quickly letting
go of my half sandwich, I grabbed for my hat. My heart leaped up
when I saw my small portion of food floating toward the door. In
my anguish, I cried out-"And this, too, shall pass away!"

The winds continued to blow and beat upon the ship, and there
was much weeping and wailing, but no gnashing of teeth. One
group of teachers off in the distance were heard softly singing,
The rain did beat down faster, and the wind blew harder,
casting our ship upon the rocks-And there was darkness round
Seeking a way to detract my mind from the perils of the sea,
I picked up a book entitled: BY THE STILL WATERS by James
Allen. I called aloud-"Let there be light!"-But, there were no
Looking toward the bathroom, from whense runneth my cabin
mate, I heard her say unto me, "The plumbing speweth forth evil
smells, and the bathroom stinketh. Let us away!"
Casting aside these evils, we went out to get a breath of fresh
air. As we journeyed forth, we came upon a group of new teachers
making their first trip to the Zone. Seeing some in mini-skirts I
saith unto my friend, "It shocketh one of my age to see some girls
dressed thus. They look CHIC-yet, I say unto you, that even Cleo-
patra, in all her glory, was not arrayed like on of these!" My friend
answereth, "Yes, yet the skirt doth seem to surround the property
without obstructing the view!"
As dawn approached many teachers could be seen hanging out
their clothes to dry. There was constant chatter about what would
happen next-would we get off the rock and sail forth to Panama-
or would we return to New Orleans? But the Captain saith unto us,
"Let not your hearts be troubled. Neither let it be afraid. Knowest
thou not that the Schools Division will take care of you? They will
neither let you rest, nor miss the first day of school. They pre-
parest an airplane in the presence of all these other passengers
just to fly you back on time. Believest Thou This?"
Now in my youth, and on my last airplane ride, I had vowed
a vow unto the Lord that if He would just sit me down easy this
one time, I would not try to fly so high again. That vow had been
kept all these years. But-when the voice of the Schools Division
was heard to say, "Go ye into this airplane and fly to the Canal
Zone!" I felt that I was truly between the Devil and the Deep blue
And so it came to pass that I made a new covenant, making
the old vow obsolete.
About nine o'clock we heard a cry from the dining room stew-
ard saying a small feast had been prepared. He saith unto us. It

sitteth before you, but there is no choice. A small boy cried out for
a choice-But the steward saith unto him, "If the food offend thee,
cast it out!"-And the boy did eat of the food.
Growing restless as we sat upon the rocks waiting for help,
one teacher expressed a desire to go ashore. But a ship's Officer
saith unto him, "Thou canst not walk upon the water!" And it was
While flying down I was asked many questions by the new
Teachers-"Will someone meet us-Will there be a place to stay-
How will we know where to go?"-And I saith unto them-"Seek
ye first the air-conditioned school room that was promised us and
all these things will be added unto you!"
Now, on the Zone is a God-fearing man, known as The Gover-
nor of the Canal Zone. On hearing of our trials and tribulations
during the storm, he did write us a letter-saying "Blessed are
they who rode out the storm aboard the Good Ship Cristobal-For
they shall be comforted-and They should teach in an air condi-
tioned room the rest of their days on the Isthmus!"
After a week of teaching we received a small slip of paper,
which said, Thou shalt not fold. Neither shall thou spindle nor
mutilate-And we looked at the figures upon the paper and saw
that some were no good.
In the meantime, Camille bloweth itself out-And doubly
dying did go down to the deep sea from which it sprung-
Thus endeth the reading of the Gospel according to CAMILLE.
-The paraphraser, Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson Rowley, originally went
to Gatun in 1937. In 1944, she married a navy lieutenant, Frank
Rowley. After the war they went to California, but he was killed
in a car accident within a couple of years. Mrs. Rowley then re-
turned to the Zone and taught for many years in Gatun-the last
few years she has been a first grade teacher in Margarita. She has
one daughter, Carolyn, who married Richard Dillon whose parents,
the John Dillons, lived in Gamboa for many years. Mrs. Dillon is
not living but Mr. Dillon resides in South Weymouth, Massachu-

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard F. Woods, formerly of Balboa, Canal
Zone, who retired to Lehigh Acres, Florida, wrote, "We are looking
forward to many happy retirement years, happy, too, in the thought
that we are surrounded by the same considerate and understanding
friends with whom we had spent so many years."

At Christmas time, All Roads Seem to Lead Home; there can
be no greater JOY than having children and grandchildren home
for the holidays. Among those who visited parents in the Bay Area
were: Barbara and Richard Abbot and family, Falls Church, Vir-
ginia; Staff Sergeant and Mrs. Joseph J. Messina (Penny Baum-
bach) and children, Valparaiso, Florida; Edwin Baumbach and
family from Curundu, Canal Zone, Mr. and Mrs. John Hey
(Barbara Jones) and three children, Florissant, Missouri; Miss
Dorothy Judd, Andover, Massachusetts; Miss Peggy Donovan,
South Bend, Indiana; Mr. and Mrs. Angus Matheney, Ottawa, Can-
ada; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ulrich (Sara Collinge) and three children,
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey; Gerold R. Cooper, with the Merchant
Marines as second mate on the Lykes Line; Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Wells Wright, Bloomington, Indiana; Miss Cornelia Van Siclen,
New York; Mr. and Mrs. William Bogle (Matilda Van Siclen), White
Plains, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Van Siclen, Vancouver,

Dr. Macon Craig Michaux and family flew from New Jersey to
Palm Beach, Florida, for the Christmas holidays. Mrs. Ethel M.
Michaux, of St. Petersburg, Florida, joined her son and his family
for a delightful visit.

Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gerhart (Dorothy Powers Rowley)
were October visitors in the home of Dorothy's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley, of Clearwater. The Gerharts, who live in
Curundu, Canal Zone, had just returned from a European trip. In
December, Mr. and Mrs. Davis Stevenson (June Rowley) and child-
ren Lori Lee and Davis, of Panama, spent the holidays with the
Rowleys. June stayed over for the Reunion. Sam's ninety-four-year-
old mother flew to Clearwater from Long Island to spend several
months with the family.

Holiday guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood
(Virginia Preston) were: Mrs. Harry F. Preston, Jr. (Alice Boyd),
of Portland, Maine; Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Preston, III and their
fifteen-month-old baby; and Boyd Preston, who is a freshman at
the University of Maine.
Harry F. Preston, Sr. makes his home in St. Petersburg with
his daughter, Virginia and son-in-law, Jim Wood.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Tomford and two sons, Richard and
Dennis, spent the holidays with Dorothy and Charlie Bitter, of St.
Petersburg. Helen Tomford is a sister of Dorothy.

Jim Stuart, Newton Highlands, Massachusetts-THE LATEST
DOPE-"After I retired from the Panama Canal on April 23, 1968,
it was suggested by one of the men at work (Dick McConaughy)
that I find a nice widow in The States and get married again. To
that I said, 'I would if I could find a rich widow with one foot in the
grave. Only then would I consider it.' I did, and she is-only she
does not have one foot in the grave, and she is not rich. I did in-
herit seven instant grandchildren though when I said, 'I do.'
"Dorothy is a grand person, blonde, 5' 61/2", 140 pounds, about
my age. We were married in Dorothy's St. Paul's Episcopal Church
here in Newton Highlands on July sixth. We met when we got off
the plane in Bergen, Norway, on May 26, for a three-week Ameri-
can Express Tour of Scandinavia. We had a grand time with only
thirteen people in the group-five couples, two widows (one grass)
and me. We wound up the tour at the Europa Hotel in Copenhagen
and the Tivoli Gardens.
"Following our wedding, we went to Quebec City for a short
honeymoon. We returned to Dorothy's waterfront summer cottage
in Rockport, Massachusetts, on Cape Ann for the balance of the
summer ."
The Stuarts planned to be in Taxco, Mexico, for the month of
February. Beyond that, they had no fixed plans except they expect
to be in Rockport each summer from May until September. "Mar-
ried life is really great The Welcome mat is always out."

David Smith, Los Angeles, California-For Fellow "Song-
smith", Roy (Ballard) and me, continuing our association in Public
Relations through Roy's position as personal representative for
Walter Knott, and as an associate film producer, the work makes
increasing demands on our time and effort. Our latest elation was
again winning the Sweepstakes Award for our float "Frontier
Christmas" in the Santa Claus Lane Parade on Thanksgiving Eve
in Hollywood ... We are all concentrating now on the Tournament
of Roses New Years' Parade, where Knott's have for the first time
made an entry, entitled "July 4th" in keeping with the theme
this year of "Holidays around the World" .
Aileene, David and his finance, Eileen Thomas, Brian and
Gary were here for two weeks last summer, one of which we spent
at Lake Arrowhead where we had a grand reunion with our dear
friends, Trula and John Reid. I must confess, I was a miserable
"host", as just before they arrived I had "slipped a disc" in my
back that has taken long in "getting over." But what a wonderful
bunch they are; they put up with me and saw that "Uncle" was
not left out of anything! David, an A. F. Sergeant now, left in

September for his final year to be stationed in Saigon, Vietnam....
Out-of-town visitors always highlight our year, as did long
time "show biz" friends, Harold and Janie (Newcome) Lewis from
Chicago; had a grand "remembering whening" with us and Ellie
Knowles, who is now a resident. My cousins, Flo and Bruce King,
also from Chicago added a bright memory for us all. Stan St. John,
of Toronto, Canada, is practically a commuter and always welcome.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Bartley Smith were St. Petersburg visitors
in November. En route to California, the Smiths stopped in Lake-
wood, Colorado, to see Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Neu, Jr. (Carmen
Smith). Mr. Neu is working for the Gates Rubber Company in
Denver. The address in the ANNUAL ISSUE for the J. Bartley
Smiths is obsolete. Until they have a permanent address, send
mail c/o Carl H. Neu, Jr., 8169 West Baker Avenue, Lakewood,
Colorado 80227.

News from Mrs. Mildred C. Persons, Balboa, Canal Zone-I
have been reasonably well but am just out of the hospital where
it was touch and go for a few days--but being the tough gal I
am, I weathered the storm.
I have a new great-grandson born the 12th of October.
Shirlita went to Miami to get him the day after birth and brought
him home to a house filled with love. Shirley's four lovely children
squabble over who shall care for Patrick Francis. Mary Margaret
bought him an A to Z zebra striped stroller, painted bright orange
and black. Shirley, the grandmother, said she thoughtfor a baby
it .should be done in more delicate colors. Eleven-year-old Mary
Margaret replied, "Gramm, you just do not understand; the men
today are so MOD!"

Mrs. Troy W. (Ellen) Earhart, Hannibal, Missouri, wrote that
she had enjoyed a very nice Christmas with her only sister, and her
three children and their families. Although she had planned to have
her usual Open House for "kith and kin" (usually 38-40) and had
set December 28 as the date, snow, sleet and freezing rain neces-
sitated a postponement of plans. In closing, Mrs. Earhart wrote,
"I'm as usual, a few more achey arthritic joints from time to time
but NOT BAD for 72 years."

B. F. Kuller, Milwaukee, Oregon wrote that they spent a week
at Christmastime with their daughter, Jean (Kuller) Perry and
family at Waldport, Oregon, on the beach. Their daughter Pat
Gill and family spent a month with them in Milwaukee. She and

Ray are building a new home in Bakersfield, California.
Mr. Kuller reports that his sister Agnes passed away recently
after a long illness. Some of the old timers will remember her. She
was a Balboa High graduate of about 1916 and of the Jefferson
Medical School as a nurse. Later, in the early to mid 1920's, she
was a nurse in the operating room with Dr. Earhart at Gorgas.
She later married and lived in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania for many
years until her death.

Mrs. Dorothy Joule, a niece of Miss Mary E. Nagle, has asked
that Miss Nagle's new address be given in the RECORD. Miss Nagle
now is in a nursing home which probably will be her permanent
address: White Birch Nursing Home, 59 Birch Street, Paterson,
New Jersey 97522. Since last summer, Miss Nagle has had a
siege of bad health including bilateral cataract surgery. She is now
feeling much better and in good spirits.

Ernest and Naomi Curling celebrated their 50th Wedding
Anniversary on October 7. The Frostproof (Florida) Chapter of
O. E. S., of which Naomi is a past matron, gave a lovely party at
the Curling home.
Ernest has been bedridden for the last eighteen months but
enjoyed having all his friends come in to see him. The Curlings
received many lovely gifts-some especially for Ernest, since there
isn't much he can enjoy.
Their daughter, Joyce Hudson, came from Coral Gables for
the memorable occasion. Shelia and Richard Heath telephoned them
to wish them a Happy Anniversary from Gatun, Canal Zone, where
they have been living the last three years.
Their grandson, Donald Sebastion, who has been in Vietnam
for the last two years is home now and living with the Curlings.

Many will remember the Lipzinski brothers. Louis who was
a good athlete, played five sports in high school, and he also played
on the local professional baseball team. Todd participated in golf
and was the Amateur Champion of Panama in 1941.
The brothers, who live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, continue
to play considerable golf, and Todd has a five handicap at the
Sunnybrook Golf Club.

Another Reunion-A group of ex-Canal Zoners gathered in
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thatcher A. Clisbee in St. Petersburg,
Florida, on January 29, to welcome an old friend, Dr. H. W. Mitten,
Jr., of Oakland, California. Some of the guests remembered Dr.

Mitten as a well-known dentist on the Pacific Side; others had
known Herb as a proficent golfer. Another group, sons and daugh-
ters of the early pioneers to the Isthmus, had known him first as
just Junior, a name still applied to him when he graduated from
Balboa High School in 1930. Time reverted back to the late 1920's
and the 1930's for those former Zone children, many of whom are
now grandparents. To Virginia and Jim Wood, Earl and Charlotte
Dailey, Charles and Catherine Hummer, Cdr. and Mrs. T. J. Hum-
phrey, Joyce Collinge, and the Clisbees, it was, "Do you remember
this and that?"
Dr. Mitten, Jr. was in Florida to participate in the Second
Annual International Senior Champions' Golf Tournament held at
the Belleview Biltmore Hotel near Clearwater during the last week
in January. Another well-known, former Isthmian golfer, Paul
Moran, also entered the tournament and met many old friends at
the Clisbee home.

THE DOTHAN EAGLE, December 2, 1969-The home of Mrs.
John D. Odom will be opened to the public as a "Holiday House",
by the Gladiolus Garden Club next Saturday and Sunday afternoon
-2 'til 6 p.m. each afternoon.
The Gladiolus Club, of which Mrs. Odom is a member, will
decorate for Christmas from the front walk throughout all the
rooms, including the guest house. The Odom home is filled with
accumulated treasures collected by Mrs. Odom and her late hus-
band, Dr. Odom, during many years of travel. There are priceless
tapestries, paintings, ancient carvings and china. All will be blended
tastefully with Yuletide decorations.
Mrs. Odom is known for her gracious hospitality, and her
home is considered one of the most fascinating and interesting
ones in the city.
Mrs. Odom (Sue Core), in a personal note wrote, "This turned
out to be quite a bash-over four hundred here. This is a very
talented group and the way they be-doodled this place was really
something!. ..
"In September, I gave as a Memorial to Dr. John D. a four-
patient 'Intensive Coronary Care, facility to our big General Hos-
pital here. Has room for three patients in the multi-patient space,
and a mobile unit which is used in a room across the corridor but
monitored by the same control panel. It is in constant use-often
all four units. Has already saved lives and will keep on doing so
-and I am very happy about it!
"Have had many friends visiting during the year-surely, one
of the most precious fringe benefits from our years in Panama ...!"

Mrs. J. M. Thomson, Jr. (Macel Goulet) writes that her mother
had been hospitalized in New Mexico with pneumonia when visit-
ing Mary. Although she is recovering and is out of the hospital,
she had been unable to send. her usual Christmas notes.
The Thomsons enjoy life in Memphis very much. John is in
his third year at Memphis State University on an Air Force ROTC
scholarship. Mary, who has been very active in school activities,
was captain of the cheerleaders: and a football queen; she grad-
uates from high school this year. Gary is in the high school band
which has won honors in various competitions in the mid-south.
Elaine is a "marcher" in Jr. High, and Regina is in the 6th grade.
Macel's brother, Arthur, and his five children visited them in
Memphis last summer after visiting Mary in New Mexico. His
oldest boy, David Goulet, is a student at the University of Miami,
and Arthur, the second son, is a student at Indiana University.
Canal Zone visitors during the past year include Polly and
Stewart Trail, Cybele and Leroy Koontz, Jincy Hunt Tipton, and
the Robert Bergers. They were expecting Betty and Paul Bentz
and Rose and Ken Hellums to stop shortly after Christmas.

Mrs. Charlotte C. Laurie and her sister, Kathryn Wynne, left
Florida on September 7 for a trip to Europe. They reported having
a wonderful time and visited ten countries. They returned to St.
Petersburg the last day of September.

Mrs. Donald K. Rogers (Edythe Weisiger)-We really are en-
joying Richards-Gebaur AFB-and Kansas City is Great. "Rob"
became Base Commander here last month; he is working hard but
loves every minute of it.
Mother flys in tomorrow from Washington where she has been
visiting my sister, Betty Bitters ...
Kansas City is half way between here and there-so stop in.

Carl and Ethel Wanke, Whittier, California-Again, it is time
to kick in my four feet in order to qualify my membership and
privilege to receive that most interesting and informative CANAL
Ethel and I are fine, enjoy our three sons, their wives, and our
ten grandchildren-three of whom are now married and have added
to the Wanke Clan. Two of our sons live here in Whittier. Our eldest
son, Carl A. resides in San Jose---forty miles south of San Fran-
cisco. We are again flying up to visit them on January 9 for a week.
In October, we visited sister Dolly (Gertrude W.) for a month
as we do yearly. She was formerly Chief Dietitian at Gorgas (as
Mrs. Mosher).__ On our return here we spent two weeks at "Pine

Crest", our second or mountain home in the San Bernardino Range
6350 feet elevation and just eighty-six miles from our home. It
is available for all our family which now numbers "21", and all
enjoy our visit, especially during the winter season and snow

Ethel Hodnett, Faison, North Carolina, writes that she is now
living all alone in her big, 100-year-old house. "It gets lonesome at
Her youngest grandson, who lived with her while going to
Mt. Olive College, decided to enlist and "get the Army out of his
life. He has been in a year and has done very well and is now in
officers' training school in South Carolina. He married Becky Sims,
of Alexandria, Virginia, a lovely girl from one of the old Virginia
families ..."

A note from Inez and Jerry Evans, Sun City, California, was
brief with a self-explanatory postscript to the letter-"Inez broke
her right wrist because Jerry left the Vacuum Cleaner in the mid-
dle of the floor. So, Jerry has to sign for both!"

Good health and lots of Arizona sunshine is the news from
George Russon. George writes, "This past year we have gadded
around a bit. Made a trip to Europe by boat (through the Canal)
and flew back, took a look at the Grand Canyon, made several trips
to Los Angeles and visited my sister, Mrs. Fred Sundstrom, who is
now living in Monrovia, California."

Leaving their home in Douglas, Arizona, in September Mr. and
Mrs. William Wray took a trip to northern New York, Pennsyl-
vania, through the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains, and on to
New Orleans. On their way, they had some grand visits with old
friends and neighbors from the Zone-the Wilsons, Sam and Retha;
the Densons, Jim and Florence; the Geyers, Don and Therese and
the Willoughbys in Alabama. Two weeks after returning home to
Douglas, they left for California, visiting friends and relatives in
San Diego. They spent one day with Capt. and Mrs. Roy L. Hern
and had Thanksgiving dinner with Harry and Betty Westervelt in
West Covina. They returned to Douglas just in time to get ready
for a wonderful Christmas as the children and grandchildren were
all home-the first time all had been together in thirteen years.

Elizabeth Zirkman, New York, reports they are doing fine-
in spite of the USUAL heavy snow storms. They visited daughter

Caroline and family in Atwater, California, in September. Richard
is still in Taiwan as he was asked to extend his tour and be re-
assigned to Taiwan. He is Chief Administration Officer at the Air
Base Group and became Captain on December 15, 1969, an ap-
pointment which enabled his wife, Rosanne, to join him in Taiwan.

Vera and Elmer Stevens left their home in Ocala, Florida, in
October and headed West on what turned out to be an 8,000-mile
trip of nearly six weeks' duration. The prime object of their trip
was to visit their son Jim and his family in Arizona. After four
years of being only a half-day's drive from Ocala, Jim has been re-
assigned to Vietnam for another tour of duty and was in Arizona
in preparatory training. Marilynn (Abreu) and the children will
return to their Valdosta home for the duration.
John Stevens' term of shore duty, following his return from
Vietnam, will soon expire, and he will probably be at sea again
within the coming year.

John R. Keenan, Cheyenne, Wyoming, had a busy summer
traveling in the Rocky Mountain country. After returning to Wy-
oming, he then journeyed to Illinois for a visit with Janet and
Howard. He returned to Cheyenne in October at the time of their
first heavy snowstorm. ,Happily, sunny Florida and his many
friends in St. Petersburg was his next trip. For a number of years
he has spent the winters in Florida and attended the annual Re-

Mr. and Mrs. Keith L. Swartzell moved from Owatonna, Min-
nesota to Muscatine, Iowa, on December 8, 1969. After six months
in Iowa, they expect the Company to send them to Antigua to
supervise the building of a sea water conversion plant.

War-torn Vietnam, a long, long way from home, brought a
glimmer of joy to four Balboa High School graduates. Meeting in
Vietnam in the fall were two 1962 BHS graduates-Capt. Dale A.
Stevens, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell C. Stevens of Gamboa, and a
graduate of Oklahoma University, who is weather officer with
Detachment 2, 30th Weather Squadron stationed at Tan Son Nhut
and Lt. Robert D. Bowman, son of Mrs. Audrey B. Bowman, of
Balboa, a graduate of Georgia Tech and now a pilot with the 9th
Special Operations Squadron at Bien Hoa.
At a later date another chance meeting occurred when 1st Lt.
Milton G. Parsons, the commanding officer of the 25th Public In-
formation Detachment, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), son

of Mrs. Dorothy S. Bright, of Balboa, and CWO Michael W. Basham,
son of Mr. and Mrs. C. S. Bradford, of Balboa, met when Lt. Par-
sons, traveling to a northern firebase, discovered CWC Basham was
piloting the aircraft. CWO Basham, who went to Vietnam with his
aviation unit in 1968, holds the Air Medal with several oak leaf
clusters. The two are close friends of long standing.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack DeVore, Jr. are living in Pittsburg, Kansas,
where "Jackie" is teaching at Kansas State College. Patricia (Pat)
DeVore is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace C. Bain, of St.
Petersburg, Florida.

Mrs. Anna Wikinstad, formerly of St. Petersburg, Florida, has
been in the Sweetwater Nursing and Convalescent Home, Sweet-
water, Tennessee 37874 since October. Her daughter, Helen W.
Etheridge, lives in Sweetwater. Ruth who lives in Maryville, Ten-
nessee, is only forty minutes from Sweetwater. Randy lives in
Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Bigelow, Washington, D.C. were St.
Petersburg visitors February 4-6 inclusive. They met many old
friends at the February 6 monthly meeting at Gulfport.

W. R. McCann, Hopewell, Virginia-In 1969, the world's popu-
lation has remained unchanged by activities in the McCann clan.
Peter McCann, of Hilton, New York, who had a call by Uncle Sam
for a tour in Saigon, was returned quite wholly and without holes.
Travel interested many of the clan. Lynne, (sister of Peter),
who on occasion doesn't mind a trip around the world, was content
this year with a tour of the Scandinavian countries and other places
thereabouts in Europe.
Frank and Virginia McCann, with Lynne, motored from Hilton
and paid a nice visit to me in March. Canada also interested them
with tw6 or three trips. Their house on the shore of Lake Ontario
has been reconstructed into a charming abode, especially in sum-
mer time.
I do not recall all the doings of William (Bill) Newcomb Mc-
Cann at Hilton. He keeps busy and tried for the Navy, but he was
rejected for.a minor ailment of which the family had no knowledge.
Ray McCann, of Palo Alto, California, visited me twice, once in
early May when he was accompanied by daughter Anne of Wash-
ington and granddaughter Lynne from Hilton. Ray and his good
wife Katherine recently toured Mexico for three weeks by auto-
mobile ..

Daughter Anne and her travel buddy, Mary Ellen Padin, de-
voted half of August and a third of September touring Norway,
Sweden, Denmark, etc. .. Where next? I know me not.
From the midwest contingent, I have little news; but that in-
frequent news is all to the good, informing me that I should write
once in awhile-at least between birthday cards. Indication is that
health is always good around Chicago, especially when they have a
chesty mayor. I have a lovely niece there, Janet E. Davies who
writes me that in another year she will finish college. I hope that
her sister, Nancy Lee, will follow in her footsteps .

Capt. and Mrs. William T. Halvosa, III (the former Sue Mable)
and their three children have returned to the States from their
three-year tour of duty in Germany. They report a marvelous time
during their stay in Europe as they were able to travel to many
countries-Spain, Portugal, Paris, France, London, England, Den-
mark, Norway, Holland, Rome and the Vatican in Italy, to the Aus-
trian mountains where they both learned to ski, extensive tours of
West Germany, and even behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin.
Billy was released from the Air Force September 29, 1969 and
is now employed with National Airlines flying out of Miami.
Sue and the children are spending a little time with her par-
ents Mr. and Mrs. James A. Mable, until their furniture arrives in
Miami from California and New Jersey. Billy has located many
former Canal Zone ."kids" in Miami and is always happy to hear
from their many friends from the Zone.
Billy and Sue are both graduates of Balboa High School, the
Class of 1958.

Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Cook, of Clarksville, Virginia, and Mr. and
Mrs. Martin (Pete) Sawyer and daughter Susan, of the Canal Zone,
were January callers in St. Petersburg at the home of Gus and
Mabel Peterson.
Susan is a student at the American University in Washington,

Viola and Herb Souder, Tolland, Connecticut-In their letter
dated January 2, the Souders wrote they would be unable to attend
the Reunion as Viola was recuperating from an eye operation. They
later changed their minds and drove through from Connecticut in
spite of the cold, wintry weather. Mr. Souder sent in family news:
"I am being kept busy now as I was elected to the office of Depart-
ment Commander of the Veterans of World War I for the State of
Connecticut. Viola and I attended the convention out in Milwaukee

in September, and after a week there we went to Farmington, Mich-
igan, for a month visiting Herb, Jr. and his family.
We spent the 11th, 12th, and 13th of November in Alexandria,
Virginia, as guest of the National Commander V.W.W.I. While
there we visited Mr. and Mrs. George Walker (Abbie McKeown). .

Bob and Billie Rowe, Aiken, South Carolina-Seems like a lot
of Canal Zone people are now living in Aiken; we do like it and
looking forward to our first Christmas in the States in twenty-
eight years.
Would like to have a little note in the RECORD that Bob and
I are most happy that our son Robert and his wife Donna came
through Aiken in July after Robert's tour of Navy (he was in Key
West, Florida). They were going to Denver, Colorado but seems as
if they also like South Carolina and consequently are now living
in Columbia, South Carolina, where he is working for the Internal
This Saturday (December 5) I am having a get together for
another visitor formerly from the Canal Zone, Hilda and Lee Myers
who now live in California. Other guests from Aiken are Paul and
Leona Badonsky, Chuck and Lucille Drew, and Harry and Dorothy
Willenbrock. It will be a real old Canal Zone time.
Bill and Ruth Verner came to see us in October. They live in
Fort Lauderdale, and it was nice to see them .

Sister Eileen Neumann, Madison, Wisconsin, a new member, is
anxious for news of former classmates and friends, many of whom
she has lost track of over the past twenty years. A graduate of
Balboa High School in 1947, Sister Neumann is currently attending
a twelve months' course at the State Board of Health Laboratory
in Madison in the field of Cyto-technology and hopes to obtain
certification in this field. She is a registered medical technologist
and has a B.S. in this area.
Both her father, Henry or "Hank" as he was known in the
Zone and her Uncle Charles were members of the Canal Zone Police
force for many years and retired in the early 1950's. The Henry
Neumanns live in Quincy, Washington, where her oldest brother
Danny is employed. A sister Rosemary and family are in Gurnee,
Illinois; her younger brothers, Johnny and Eddie live in Onalaska,
Washington. Last summer a family reunion was held at the Charles
Neumanns who live in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Year, 1969, brought both Joy and Sadness to Golda and
George Parkman. January, 1969, found them separated-Golda in

Port Hueneme, California, and George dodging rockets again in
Vietnam. Happily, however, their retirement had been, set for
February 9, 1970, which meant that they could start planning for
their "dream home" on a lot in Yucca Valley which they had pur-
chased in 1967.
George returned home on March 7 and reported for duty' on
March 27. In April they moved to temporary quarters in Anaheim.
In June the contract was signed for the construction of their
home which was completed in October. The Parkmans plan to move
about January 25, 1970-after their retirement. The new address
is: 56744 Java Drive, Yucca Valley, California 92284.
The saddest event of the year was the passing of Golda's Mom
on November 7-"that was indeed 'Black Friday'."

The year, 1969, found Mrs. William F. (Ann) Bartholomew,
Sr., Mineral Wells, Texas, ON THE MOVE. Mrs. Bartholomew
spent Christmas of 1968 with her Canal Zone family-the Kruegers
(Barbara, Buck, Marty and Valerie). Although it had been eleven
years since she had made her home in the Zone, it still seemed
"home" to her. In mid February she visited friends in Hot Springs,
Arkansas. Easter found her in Missouri with the Missouri family,
the Bartholomew Juniors (Juanita, Bill, Kathi, Glen, Holly and
In May, after a sojourn of nine months in Abilene, she moved
to Corpus Christi. After much pondering, another move was made
in July-back to the Crazy Water Hotel, Room 639, Mineral Wells,
Texas-and she has no regrets.
While living in Corpus Christi, the Kruegers visited Mrs.
Bartholomew and they all had a glorious time. Shortly after re-
turning to Mineral Wells, the Bill Juniors arrived for a short visit.
In early October she enjoyed a trip to the Ozarks (Eureka
Springs, Arkansas and Silver Dollar City, Missouri).

Colonel Edwin Bishop, Jr., of Colorado Springs, Colorado, re-
tired on January 31 of this year. At present, Colonel and Mrs.
Bishop (Sue Ewing) plan to remain in Colorado as their son Ed is
attending Colorado University in Boulder.
Their daughter, Jo Anne, is expecting her third child in Feb-
ruary. Sue plans on being in California to greet the new arrival-
hopefully a girl as Jo Anne has two boys.

Colonel and Mrs. Robert W. Molloy (Margaret Meigs) are now
at home at 9853 West Hawaii Drive, Lakewood, Colorado 80226.

Colonel Molloy retired from the Army on October 30, 1969, at
Fort Myer, Virginia-"a beautiful retreat parade by the Old Guard,
including their fife and drum corps in colonial uniforms." Margaret
and their young daughter, Katherine, attended the ceremonies;
daughters, Virginia and Barbara, were at the University of South
Florida-Virginia is a graduate student.
After a brief visit to Tampa, Colonel Molloy went ahead to
Denver to work for Martin-Marietta and to buy their new home.
After a longer visit with Mrs. A. E. Meigs, Margaret and
Katherine joined Colonel Molloy in Colorado.

Ronald E. Pearl, son of Harry and Virginia (Calvit) Pearl,
Ocala, Florida, is now serving in Vietnam (Sgt. E-5) with the 1st
Infantry Division. Sgt. Pearl's wife Jeanne and daughter Sharon
reside in Tustin, California.

News from Catsy Taylor Schafer, San Diego, California-At
Thanksgiving, we had a dinner party for William D. "Bill" Taylor,
my former father-in-law, on the occasion of his 85th birthday. He
retired as Postmaster at Balboa in 1946 after forty years' service
and came to San Diego with us in 1964. He has his own bachelor
quarters and still plays a good game of contract bridge.
In October, the Schafers and Iris and Al Days enjoyed a fas-
cinating ten-day trip to Mexico.
Their son, Michael, who returned from Vietnam in March
works for Tatco ship builders during the day and goes to Western
State University College of Law at night.

Mrs. Roy J. Misenheimer, Winter Haven, Florida, spent Christ-
mas in Hawaii and New Years in Los Angeles. In Los Angeles, she
saw the Rose Bowl Parade and game on New Year's Day. She talked
by phone with Mildred McMahon, Mary Journeay, and Ann and Jay
Jones. While in Hawaii, Borgie chanced to meet in one of the stores
former co-workers with the Division of Schools in the Zone-Max
Ackerman and his wife Frances, both of whom are now teaching
in Hawaii.

Leo Eberenz, Sterling, Virginia, brings us up to date and re-
ports nine grandchildren, distributed as follows: Marie (Mrs. T. L.
Lindsay), Los Angeles, California, two sons; Mable (Mrs. A. Can-
naday), Memphis, Tennessee, a daughter and two sons; Josephine
(Mrs. Wayne Sharp), Sterling, Virginia, two daughters and a son;
John Eberenz, Balboa, Canal Zone, a son; and "Alexander Eberenz,
no one has hooked him yet, and he is living with us and working for
the Ford Motor Company in nearby Hernden, Virginia."

1969 was a busy year for Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Snyder, Boca
Raton, Florida. During the summer, they took a trip to Chicago to
visit Mr. and Mrs. Thomas LaDuke (Jane Snyder). In Cape Cod,
they saw their son, Joseph R., at his summer home, and in Liv-
ingston, New Jersey, Joe Snyder, Jr. In New Jersey, they were
the honor guests at a family picnic, "There were thirty-one of our
family present and not a hippie among them!)"

News from Lola Cheeseman, Brea, California The year, 1969,
had been somewhat "hectic." "Cheesy had a heart attack in August
and didn't go back to work until November 17." Many family mem-
bers had visited them in the fall wonderful to see them but
difficult to get back to the old routine again.
Lola's mother, who was 86 on January 5 is doing very well.

Carol L. Christiansen, New Carrollton, Maryland This past
summer was a busy one here. I moved into a larger home in July
and shortly thereafter my parents, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Cole-
man, of Gulfport, Florida, arrived to visit. They were with me
until the end of August when they went on up North to visit my
sister, Agnes Coleman Eastwood, of West Collingswood Heights,
New Jersey, and my brother, George E. Coleman, Jr., of Borden-
town, New Jersey. After spending some time with them, my par-
ents returned to Maryland the end of October. Before leaving my
home on October 28 to return to Gulfport, I hostessed a Golden
Wedding Anniversary and Housewarming Party for my parents
whose 50th anniversary was on November 17.
I attended the picnic this past summer down by the Bay Bridge
and was very glad to see some familiar faces in the group. One of
these days I hope to be able to attend some of the other reunions
in other areas if the time and work permits. It was also good to
see Richard (Dick) Egolf again on the 13th of December at the
home of Nellie Holgerson and Lacey Hinkle in Arlington, Virginia.
Thanks again for a wonderful reminder of the "good old days"
and if any of my friends from the Zone are in the area of the
Nation's Capital, I have a lovely three-bedroom home with plenty
of room as there is only myself and my daughter. As they say,
"you-all come, here now."

The wild-eyed (their expression). Kennedy Clan from Brandon,
Vermont, sent in a newsy volume on family and friends. Alas, an
Editor's Lament lack of space necessitates condensation of their
interesting report.

Mrs. Kennedy (Mary) teaches art at the Elementary Schools
in Brandon, Forestdale, and Whiting; she also gives lectures and
demonstrations on spinning and dyeing from natural sources.
This past year Mrs. Kennedy lectured and demonstrated for the
Brandon Historical Society, the Vermont Weavers' Association, the
Osterville, Massachusetts, Historical Society, and others. The high
point was teaching a Spinning Workshop for the State of Vermont
at the Putney School on December 6.
The children are growing up Peter is a high school fresh-
man, Amie in the sixth grade, and Kirtie, the fifth.
Even with a constant house full of guests, there was time for
trips. After visiting in Wasington, D.C. in April where the Ken-
nedys saw many old Canal Zone friends, they drove to Fort Meade
where Major Hal Gibson is the director of the Army Field Band.
When that group learned that Mr. Kennedy had brought some of
his own band compositions (written in Panama years before), they
turned the Band over to him and, "let me go to town! I put them
through the march I had written for the firemen in Panama, 'Que
Viven Los Bomberos' and the patrol 'Patrulla Panamena' which I
had composed in honor of the Policia National and dedicated to
their former Commandante (and later, Presidente), 'Chichi' Re-
mon." Mr. Kennedy loaned other music to them, including the over-
ture, "El Tres de Noviembre" which he had written in honor of the
founders of the Republic of Panama .
In July, Mr. Kennedy attended the annual reunion of the 5th
Infantry Regimental Association, his old outfit (World War I).
"There, to my great delight, I encountered Mrs. Paul (Alberta)
Roth of Tampa, Florida, and Mrs. Johnny (Gertrude) Yarbrough,
of Decatur, Georgia Also there, to my great surprise and joy,
I ran into a chap, Bill Strauss, who along with me and 62 other
recruits, sailed from New York on December 10, 1914, to join 'D'
Company of the 5th Infantry, at Empire, Canal Zone. We got to-
gether and sure pulled names, places, dates, and incidents out of the
Belated Congratulations for that 76th Birthday, February 12,
1970, to Jack.

A retirement party for Mr. and Mrs. Eugene I. Askew was held
at the Albrook Officers' Club on December 13.
Mr. Askew, an admeasurer with the Canal organization first
went to the Isthmus in 1931 while serving with the United States
Army. He was on detached duty with the Board of Health Labora-
tory until 1933 when he accepted a. position with the United Fruit
Co. in Honduras.

He returned to the Isthmus in 1934 and worked at the Gorgas
Memorial Laboratory in Panama. Later in the year, he joined the
staff of Gorgas Hospital as an X-ray technician. He transferred to
the Quarantine Division in 1948 where he remained until July,
1954, when he became an admeasurer.
Following retirement, the Askews will live in their new home,
2593 70th Avenue, South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33712.
Ethel and Gene arrived in St. Petersburg on December 29, but
Ethel will fly to the Canal Zone at the end of January in order to
complete her thirty years' service with the Canal. After attending
to business matters in St. Petersburg and visiting relatives in Ten-
nessee, Gene will return to the Zone in April to help in the final
packing and to be present when his youngest son, Stevie, graduates
from Balboa High School.
The family, including Ethel's mother, Mrs. Otto Kozak, prob-
ably will return to St. Petersburg in late May.

Julian S. Hearne, Chief of the Panama Canal Dredging Division
since 1963, retired October 31, 1969 after thirty-nine years of ser-
vice with the Canal, most of it with the Dredging Division. He will
remain on the Isthmus until March as a temporary employee.
The son of an employee of the Dredging Division, Mr. Hearne
went to the Isthmus as a child and attended Canal Zone schools. He
was graduated from Balboa High School in 1927 and was employed
for a year as a student recorder in the Dredging Division before
entering Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. He
attended college and worked for the Panama Canal until he received
his degree in civil engineering in 1939.
In 1940 he was made assistant supervisor in the field opera-
tions section of the Dredging Division. He spent several years in
the Engineering Division as chief of the Hydrographic Survey
Branch and returned to the Dredging Division in 1959 as assistant
chief. He succeeded P. Alton White as chief of the division in 1963.
Mr. and Mrs. Hearne will make their home in St. Petersburg,
Florida, when leaving the Zone in March.

Walter E. Trout, who has been Deputy Warden at the Canal
Zone Penitentiary for the past year, has been appointed Warden to
succeed Capt. Donald V. Howerth, who has retired.
Born in the former Colon Hospital in Colon, Mr. Trout is a
second generation Canal employee. His father, the late Lemuel B.
Trout, was employed in the Panama Canal Electrical Division Com-
munication Branch. Lt. Trout lived on both sides of the Isthmus,

attended schools in Panama and the Canal Zone and learned to
speak Spanish fluently. He also attended the Canal Zone College.
An ardent golfer, Lt. Trout is past president and vice president
of the Gamboa Golf Club and organized the Annual Wally Trout
Open at Gamboa. The tournament became so popular during the
past nine years that it was moved to the larger Summit Hills Golf
He has been active with the Girl Scouts and the Teenage Club
in Gamboa, both sponsored by the Gamboa Golf Club members. He
is a member of Elks Lodge No. 1414 of Balboa and is a member of
the Shrine Abou Saad Temple in Balboa.

The Panama Canal SPILLWAY, January 2, 1970
Isthmians were given an opportunity to see, first hand, the
elaborate spacesuit of the type worn by Neil Armstrong and other
astronauts participating in the United States Apollo space program.
The suit was brought to Panama by John Bateman, a former
Canal Zone resident, employed as a spacesuit systems engineer by
ILC Industries, which has the contract to provide spacesuits for
the entire Apollo Program.
Bateman's visit to the Isthmus with the spacesuit plus its as-
sociated hardware and equipment resulted through the efforts of
C. J. Roy, public relations chief of the American Pacific Sportsmen
Association. Roy planned and coordinated the project with Bateman
and Crew Support Systems of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center
in Houston, Texas.
John Bateman, a graduate of both Balboa High School and
Canal Zone College, also brought a 7-foot scale model replica of the
Saturn 5 launch vehicle which has been used from the Apollo 8
mission through the Apollo 12. The three-stage rocket will be used
also for Apollo 13 and possibly through to the Apollo 20.
Mr. Bateman, who works at ILC Industries field office in
Houston, is married to the former Pamela Oeding, daughter of Col.
E. C. Oeding (Retired), former JAG officer at Fort Amador. His
father is a retired Navy employee and a brother, Lewis, is employed
by the Canal Zone Police Division. An older brother, Bruce, is in the
Air Force (Alaska), and a sister, Nancy, is in the United States
Foreign Service, Quito, Ecuador.

The Panama Canal SPILLWAY, January 2, 1970
The Argo, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography research ves-
sel, which recently completed under water exploration operations
in the South Pacific, was docked in Balboa during the Christmas

She arrived here with a crew and a number of scientists and
research men aboard including John T. Wohlforth, Jr., a former
Canal Zone resident and a graduate of Balboa High School who is
now working as a research engineer with Lockheed Martin Aircraft
in California. He joined the ship in Tahiti and left it here to fly
back to the United States.
Wohlforth was born in the Canal Zone where his father was a
member of the Ancon Police Division. After graduation from Balboa
High School, he attended the U.S. Maritime Academy in Kings
Point. He then served in the U.S. Navy until 1952 .

Somerset MESSENGER GAZETTE Dr. Macon Craig
Michaux, of Bridgewater, who is attached to the 194th Medical De-
tachment, was promoted to Colonel in the New Jersey National

Colonel Gustav J. Braun, Jr., U.S. Army was awarded his
second Legion of Merit by Major General W. W. Vaughan, Com-
manding General TASCOMEUR, Worms, West Germany, at cere-
monies prior to Colonel Braun's departure for Taegu, Korea. Col-
onel Braun was commended for his outstanding performance as
Deputy Chief of Staff-Comptroller, 1967-1969.

Lt. (jg.) Gordon C. Reif, of Margarita, Canal Zone, received
his Navy "Wings of Gold" from his wife, the former Roberta Pat-
erson, Diablo, on completion of advanced flight training at the
Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, Texas. Lieutenant Reif is a
graduate of Cristobal High School and Louisiana State University.
Following Christmas leave in the Canal Zone, the couple will move
to the Naval Air Station at Norfolk, Virginia, where Lieutenant
Reif will be stationed.

-SPILLWAY, December 19, 1969
Don Michael Randel, a 1958 graduate of Balboa High School,
has recently written a book entitled, "The Responsorial Psalm Tones
for the Mozarabic Office," the first study on the subject to appear
since 1930.
The book is based on the conclusions of a two years' study and
research in Spain of music neumes, the symbols used in the nota-
tion of the Gregorian chant and the ancient liturgy used by the
Christians in Spain before the 12th Century.
Mr. Randel, who is assistant professor in the Department of

Music at Cornell University, was graduated from Princeton Univer-
sity with high honors in 1962 and received his master of arts and
doctor of philosophy from the same university. Awarded both a
Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and Danford Fellowship, he accepted
an honorary Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. His research in Spain was
through a Fulbright grant.
Don is the son of Clay Randel, general agent of the Maryland
Casualty Company of Panama.

Through January 1970
Holidays being over I feel that you all are having a sort of
relieved feeling and are getting some rest which you all deserve. I
hope that you have all gotten everything that you wanted and are
enjoying yourselves.
We all enjoyed your visits during Reunion time and bringing
us all up to date. It is wonderful to have this chance to see you folks
and chat again-some to tell about their families, others to rebuild
the Canal.
Sorry that we couldn't have had more pleasant weather for
you all, but we really couldn't help that-at least we didn't have
snow, and I hope we never do.
Many who had hoped to come cancelled at the last moment,
either illness or for some other reason. Roads were very bad, and
they just couldn't run the risk of an accident. Perhaps next year.
We had 300 at the luncheon, and all seemed relaxed and glad to
be among their friends. The Governor's talk was really wonderful.
No one missed one word and each expressed the hope that he would
come again, and soon. The Canal, past and present-made us feel
that we had all been there in the best days, at least we saw many
things that the more recent employees were not able to see.
I am going to ask you again-PLEASE DO NOT ADD 10 cents
to your States checks-the bank does not require this any more.
At our Board Meeting last month it was decided NOT to accept
any checks from banks in the Republic of Panama or on the Canal
Zone. The Clearing House makes a charge of 99 cents on a $4.00
check and $1.33 on an $8.00 check. In the future we will only accept
Canal Zone Money Orders, or checks on a STATE BANK. Checks
from Panama and the Canal Zone will be returned. PLEASE SEND
To the members of Florida-Please send in ONE CHECK only
to pay for your Society dues and Blood Bank dues. This check to be
We send in ONE check to cover the full amount to the BLOOD

WHEN YOU MOVE please send in your change of ad-
dress-don't expect the Post Office to do it for you-This is your
responsibility-if you want your Records to come to you at the
proper address.
Thanks for many beautiful Christmas Cards-we do appreciate
Best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous 1970.
Lucille S. Judd

November 7, 1969
Vice-President, Captain Henry Falk, called the November meet-
ing of the Panama Canal Society of Florida to order at 1:30. After
welcoming the 103 members and visitors, Captain Falk led the
group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Following the Invo-
cation, given by the Chaplain, Mrs. Alice Barnes, thirty seconds of
silent prayer were observed in memory of those who had passed
away since the October meeting. Visitors and members who had
been absent for some time stood for special recognition as their
names were called by the Recording Secretary. Those welcomed
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Barnard-winter residents of St. Petersburg
from Rhodes Island
Mr. and Mrs. George A. (Mayno) Walker-Cocoli, Canal Zone,
visiting Mrs. Gladys Humphrey in Sarasota
Mr. and Mrs. George Coleman-Gulfport, Florida
Mrs. Erma Forbes-winter resident of St. Petersburg
Mrs. Nan Emslie-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Jack F. Morris-Lutz, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sutherland-Belleair Bluffs, Florida
Mr. Leo Lessiack-a visitor for several weeks in St. Petersburg
prior to returning to the Canal Zone
Mrs. Irene Ladrack-a nurse at Gorgas Hospital, Canal Zone,
visiting her home in Seminole, Florida
The Recording Secretary read the minutes of the October meet-
ing. As there were no corrections, the Minutes were approved as
Mrs. Judd reported seven new members since the October
meeting-a total of 136 since the first of the year. The monthly


report on current news-illnesses, deaths, births, weddings, etc.
will appear in the March issue of the RECORD. Mrs. Judd again an-
nounced that she had many calls for Royal Doulton. She also has an
incomplete set of Doulton (60. pieces-Primrose pattern) to sell-
price $50. An interesting and amusing article entitled "Learn Rules
Before Driving in Panama," sent in by Eugene Owen, Media, Penn-
sylvania, was read. President Howard who left St. Petersburg with
Mrs. Howard by plane on October 28 for a visit with his daughter
and her family (Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Ames), Seattle, Washington,
sent greetings to the Society members.
SMrs. Judd reread a letter from former Governor Potter in
which he had informed the Society last August that he would be
happy to speak at the November meeting. No additional information
had been received from Gov. Potter, but he did not attend the meet-
Erma Forbes brought greetings to the Society members from
many friends whom she recently saw in Hendersonville, North
Captain Falk personally greeted the return of our winter resi-
dents ("Snowbirds" as northerners who seek sunny Florida during
the cold winter months are affectionately called).
Lois Hohmann Engel graciously responded to Captain Falk's
suggestion that the singing of Happy Birthday would be even better
if accompanied by the piano. Happy November birthdays to Mrs.
Florence Ruggles, Mrs. H. V. Howard, Sr., Mrs. Alice Barnes, Mrs.
Vera Hills, Mr. Henry Hudson, Mr. Leslie G. Lord, Mr. Al Waldorf,
Mrs. Grace Morris, Mrs. Mayno Walker, Mrs. Betty Jorgensen, Mrs.
Grace Thomas, Mrs. F. M. Regan (Ohio).
Happy Wedding Anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harrison,
Sarasota, Florida, who will .celebrate their 52nd Anniversary on
November 28.
Mr. William Grady, Legislative Representative, announced that
President Nixon signed the new retirement bill on October 20 with
the comment "girls start looking around to see whom you want."
For details, see the Legislative Report in the December RECORD.
Two Florida representatives, Ralph D. Turlington and Ralph C.
Tyre sent telegrams requesting that Mr. Nixon should not sign the
Bill, claiming it was inflation! Strange, the raising of the President,
Vice-President, Speaker, etc. was not placed in such a category but
a mere one percent for the retiree was classed as inflation!
Following the business meeting, coffee and doughnuts were
served by the Refreshment Committee.

December 5, 1969
The Panama Canal Society of Florida met December 5th for
their regular monthly 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 ob-
served in memory of members and friends who had passed away
since the November meeting. The following stood for special recog-
nition as their names were called by the Recording Secretary.
Mrs. Helen M. Rhodes-formerly of Seal Beach, California
Mrs. Anna Ruth (Van Brocklin) Werkheiser-formerly from
Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Pearson-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Fred H. Hodges-a winter resident of St. Petersburg
from North Carolina
Judge and Mrs. Carl Widell-Tampa, Florida
Mr. Daile Keigley-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. Howard personally welcomed all members and visitors and
expressed his pleasure in being back after spending five weeks in
Seattle with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Ames.
The President reviewed his correspondence with former Governor
Potter in regard to his speaking at the November meeting and re-
gretted Governor Potter's failure to notify the Society if he couldn't
attend the meeting; many members had expected Mr. Potter to
Members were informed that Governor Leber of the Canal
Zone had tentatively accepted an invitation to be the guest speaker
at the Annual Reunion Luncheon on January 9. Mr. Edward A.
Doolan, Personnel Director and J. Winter Collins, Retirement
Counselor, will also attend the Reunion.
The Recording Secretary read the Minutes of the November
meeting. A correction was made on the Anniversary date of Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Harrison, Sarasota, Florida. Instead of their 42nd,
they celebrated their 52nd Anniversary on November 28.
Mrs. Judd reported on current news since the November meet-
ing. See the March RECORD for a condensed review from her
correspondence-weddings, births, travels, etc. Many thanks to
members, who in sending dues and Christmas cards, take the time
at this busy season of the year to send in family news for the

After thanking Mrs. Judd for her report, the President asked
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, for his report. He announced
that in accordance with the new Retirement Bill that the Cost of
Living increase would be 5%. Other bills affecting retirees are still
pending (HR 3661 and HR 3662) and probably will be revived in
the January session. Mr. Grady explained that with the new Re-
tirement Law that widows (on or after July 18, 1966, and who were
sixty when remarried) MUST apply for a renewal of their annuities
lost because of remarriage; it is NOT automatic. Application must
be made to the Civil Service Bureau.
Accompanied by Mrs. Vivian Stutzman Michaels at the piano,
the members sang Happy Birthdays to: Mrs. Esther Hodges, Mr.
Earl Beck, Capt. Elmer Abbott, Mrs. Ella Brown, Mr. H. P. Forrest,
Mrs. Ethel Murphy, Capt. Arthur Luther and Mr. Leo Lessiack.
December marked the last regular meeting for Mr. Howard as
President of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. He expressed his
heartfelt appreciation for the wonderful and record-breaking at-
tendance during the past year.
Mrs. Judd informed members that she had new Panama Canal
Society pins. Unfortunately, the price had increased from $1.25
when the last shipment was purchased to $2.10-inflation!
Following the business meeting, coffee and doughnuts were
served to the ninety-seven members and guests present at the meet-

Soreno Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida
January 8-9, 1970
The President of The Panama Canal Society of Florida called
the Annual Business Meeting to order at 2 p.m. After the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag, led by Mr. Howard, the Chaplain offered
a short prayer, which was followed by thirty seconds of silent
prayer for members who had passed away since the December
After a warm welcome to the 236 (a record for attendance)
present, Mr. Howard gave a special welcome to two officials from
the Canal Zone, Edward A. Doolan, Director, Personnel Bureau, and
J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement Counselor and to Robert L. Dill,
President of the Panama Canal Club, of Houston, Texas, and Mrs.
Dill. He informed the members that Governor W. P. Leber had been
delayed but was expectedin St. Petersburg that evening and would
be the guest speaker at the luncheon on Friday. The President re-

quested that all guests who had been in the Canal Zone during Con-
struction days, 1904-1914, give their names to him after the meet-
ing for special recognition at the Annual luncheon.
Mr. Howard expressed his pleasure in having had the honor of
serving the Society for the past two years as their President. In a
concise summary of the year, 1969, Mr. Howard reviewed facts per-
taining to the Society. The average attendance at the eleven
monthly meetings (exclusive of the Reunion) was 93 with February
breaking all previous records with 145. Five Executive Council
meetings were held to transact business that could not be done by
the telephone.
Inflation also has taken its toll on the cost of the operation of
the Society, thus, necessitating a revaluation of expenses. The cur-
rent printer has stated that the cost per page will increase. Other
printers have also been checked on the cost of printing the RE-
CORD and the ANNUAL ISSUE. After reviewing all expenses of
the Society, the President informed the members that at the Exe-
cutive Committee meeting on December 31 he had recommended
that dues for 1971 should be raised to $5. Under new business, the
members assembled at the annual business meeting would be asked
to vote on an Amendment to change the By-Laws in order to
authorize this increase. The Reserve fund which has accumulated
over the past years has averaged only about $110 per year surplus,
but for the current year, it is expected that expenses will exceed
The out-going President thanked all Committees for their co-
operation during the past year. He highly complimented William F.
Grady on his unselfish dedication as Legislative Representative
and others who had worked to promote the welfare of the Society.
The Minutes of the December meeting were read by the Re-
cording Secretary and approved as read.
Mr. Grady reported that all legislation was currently at a stand-
still until Congress reconvenes on January 19. He reviewed the
provisions of the new retirement bill and stated that NARCE de-
serves entire credit for the enactment of this Bill. NARCE works
for ALL. HR 3661 (allows retirees who have lost his spouse to
either cancel his deductions for her or to list a second wife) and
HR 3662 (retirees are tied to active employees; if active employee
gets a salary increase, the retiree would get the same percentage
in an increase) probably will be reintroduced in January.
Mr. Grady also reviewed correspondence concerning the in-
volvement of Florida Representatives, Ralph C. Tyre and Ralph D.

Turlington who wired President Nixon, asking him to veto the
Retirement Bill on the grounds of inflation. Although a retraction
was made (after the Bill was signed) their original action reflects
on their judgement as law makers in Florida. Voters from their
respective districts TAKE HEED!
The Thirty-Ninth Annual Reunion will be held at the Soreno
on January 14-15, 1971-one week later than the 1970 Reunion.
Happy January Birthdays to: Mrs. James Bradley, Mrs. Mary
Weller, Mrs. Edith Kieswetter, Mr. Bill Dorgan, and our special
congratulations to Mrs. Dove L. Prather who will celebrate her
102nd Birthday on January 25, 1970.
Edward A. Doolan, Director, Personnel Bureau and J. Winter
D. Collins, Retirement Counselor, spoke briefly to the group. Mr.
Doolan referred to the work being done by the Retirement Coun-
selor, stating that the work was one of the most interesting of all
projects in recent years. Maintaining contacts with retirees will help
those who will be leaving active service in future years. The re-
sponse to questionnaires has been wonderful and will be helpful in
filling the gap between the active employee and the retiree. Mr.
Doolan extended a cordial welcome to retirees returning to the Zone
on the CRISTOBAL. Mr. Collins spoke on two subjects-(1) Calen-
dars-Last year he had promised to see that all retirees received
the annual Panama Canal Company calendar. The number mailed
out for 1970 was doubled that of 1969. Write in if you did not re-
ceive-and want-a calendar. (2) He discussed the Army Museum
recently opened on the Causeway to Fort Amador. William Lewis,
who is the Curator and historian, is anxious for mementos. Send
articles if available. Credit will be given for donations.
The President thanked Mr. Doolan and Mr. Collins and ex-
pressed the appreciation of the Society for their presence at the Re-
As there was no unfinished business, the election of officers
was next on the agenda. Mr. Howard, who officiated in the installa-
tion of the officers, read the names of prospective officers as se-
lected by the Nominating Committee.
President __-----_------ Capt. Henry E. Falk
Vice-President ____________ Ross H. Hollowell
Secretary-Treasurer ______ Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Mr. Howard asked for nominations from the floor. As there were
none, Judge Widell moved that the nominations be closed. The
motion was seconded by Mr. Dewey Goodwin, and the vote in favor
of the selected officers was unanimous. The three elected officers
were then sworn in.

Procedure for raising the annual dues followed:
Your Executive Committee, meeting in formal session, December
21, 1969 received and accepted from the President, a recommenda-
tion that an amendment to Article 4-DUES be made to read as
1. The dues of the Society shall be $5.00 a year by calendar years
and shall entitle members in good standing to receive the Canal
Record and Annual Issue.
2. Dues shall be considered payable in January of each year and
members will be considered delinquent on February 1st in any
calendar year.
3. New members will be accepted after July 1st in any year for
$2.50 in dues for the balance of that particular calendar year PRO-
VIDED the following year's dues are paid in advance at the same
4. This amendment of the By-Laws is to be effective January 1st,
Your Executive Committee, in accordance with Article 8 of the
Constitution, and By-Laws, now presents the aforesaid amendment
to the membership for consideration and vote of acceptance or re-
jection in the form of a motion, that the amendment be adopted.
This motion made by the Executive Committee as presented to the
membership by Mr. Dewey Goodwin at the Annual Business meet-
ing of the Society, was read by the President. The motion was sec-
onded by J. J. Cullen, Keith Kelley, and George Chevalier. A vote
was taken of the 236 members present and passed and is accord-
ingly adopted. The vote was unanimous.
Captain Al Forsstrom,o Cranston, Rhode Island, after being
recognized by the President, remarked that he was spending a few
months in Florida and stated, "Honest Abe was singing his Swan
Song" and he then asked that all stand in appreciation for his out-
standing work in the past two years as President of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. As the Members stood, their enthusiastic
applause indicated total agreement with Captain Forsstrom.
Respectfully submitted,
Margaret M. Ward
Recording Secretary
Happy Anniversaries to the Raymond Hills, Sarasota, Florida,
the 49th on January 20, 1970; the Newell Shaws, the 52nd on Jan-
uary 23, 1970, and belated Congratulations to Grace and Frank
Regan who celebrated their 60th Anniversary on November 20,

God calls our loved ones, but we lose not wholly
What He hath given;
They live on earth, in thought and deed, as truly
As in His heaven. -John Greenleaf Whittier

William W. Ackerman, 77, died November 25, 1969, at Bay
Pines Veterans' Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Ackerman is survived by his wife, Katherine, Largo, Flor-
ida; a granddaughter, Miss Amanda K. Ackerman, Louisville, Ken-
tucky; two brothers, Howard, Melvin-on-Hudson, New York; Joseph
Wantaugh, Long Island, New York; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Hoff-
bauer, Long Island, and Mrs. Reggie Riggotti, New Port Richey,

Albert E. Baldwin, 81, Colonel in the Salvation Army, died on
December 13, 1969, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Baldwin was
comptroller at the Soreno Hotel and manager during the year, 1969.

William Bolz passed away on November 11, 1969, in Newport
Beach, California. Information sent by Mrs. Jess Harmon, Costa
Mesa, California, who wrote, "He looked forward to getting news
of your Society. He was a wonderful friend and neighbor."

George L. Capwell, who served as General Manager of the
Panama Power and Electric Company (Fuerza y Luz Co.) from 1946
to 1953 died recently in New York City.
Mr. Capwell, who was reared in the Canal Zone, was a member
of the 1921 class of Balboa High School. After his service in Pan-
ama as Manager of Fuerza y Luz, he was transferred to the Ecua-
dor Electric Co. as President and General Manager.
Funeral services for Mr. Capwell were held in Salamanca, New
York. Surviving him are his wife, Janet, San Diego, California, and
other relatives.

Information has been received of the death of Kit Carson, a
former Romance Language teacher in Balboa High School and the
Junior College, on Thanksgiving Day, November 27 in Akron, Ohio.
Mr. Carson left the Zone in 1948.

M. A. Colston passed away on December 16 in St. Petersburg,
Florida. Additional information is not available.

Alexander Dombrowsky, former employee of the Panama Canal
organization, recently died in Miami, Florida. He was a Construc-
tion Days employee, a Roosevelt Medal Holder and had retired from
the Mechanical Division in 1938. After residing in Los Altos, Cali-
fornia for one year, he and his family moved to Miami, Florida.
He is survived by his widow, Edna, three sons, Edward F.,
M.D., Dallas, Texas; Alan H., Miami, Florida, and John A., of Di-
ablo Heights, Canal Zone; eight grandchildren and three great-

Mrs. Lucille Woodson Dougherty, who had been secretary to
the Commander, .U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, before
leaving the Canal Zone in March, 1966, died in the hospital at
George Air Force Base, California, on September 23.
Her husband, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. William E. Dougherty,
also had served in the Canal Zone.

Thomas N. Etchberger, 84, retired employee of the Dredging
Division and a well-known former resident of the Canal Zone,
passed away on December 1 in Williamsburg, Virginia, after a
month's illness.
Mr. Etchberger went to the Canal Zone in 1916 as an employee
of the Dredging Division. With the exception of one four-year
break in his service, he had continuous service with that division
until his retirement in 1967.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Katherine Etchberger,
Norge, Virginia; three sons, Thomas N., of Los Rios, Canal Zone;
William C., of Williamsburg; and James L., of Jacksonville, Florida;
one granddaughter and three grandsons.

Nila E. Elliott, 66, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, passed away
November 17, 1969, at her home. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott have made
their home in Fort Lauderdale since retiring from the Canal Zone
four years ago.
Mrs. Elliott is survived by her husband, Joseph; one brother
Mr. Carl Herr, New Jersey; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Keeney, New

Capt. Don C. Gray, 83, a winter visitor from Jacksonville, died
January 10, 1970, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
He was a retired dredging engineer. Capt. Gray is survived by
a daughter, Mrs. Rodney Turner, of Jacksonville.

Daniel F. Haggerty, former employee of the Federal Aviation
Agency, died at Gorgas Hospital on December 4 following a long
illness. He was 45 years old.
Mr. Haggerty went to the Canal Zone in 1944 with the F.A.A.
and remained with that agency until 1964. He later was employed
with the Panama Canal Office of the Comptroller and the Sea Level
Canal Support Division.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Teresa Haggerty, of Diablo;
a son, Liam Patrick; and a step-daughter, Mrs. Kathy T. Schult,
of Fort Lewis, Washington.

J. Edward Hebert, formerly field manager in Panama for the
Atomic Energy Commission and well known on the Isthmus, died
on November 31 at Idaho Falls, Idaho.
He is survived by his wife Carol and seven children who are
living in Idaho Falls.

Hazel M. High, 63, a former employee of the Office of the
Comptroller died November 30, at Margate, Florida, after a long
Mrs. High was the wife of Roy High, who was employed as a
pharmacist at Gorgas Hospital. She was employed as a clerk-typist
in the Treasurers' Office in 1958 and resigned when her husband
retired in 1964.

Charles F. Hinz, 74, former postmaster at Balboa Heights, died
October 4 in San Fernando, California, after a brief illness.
Funeral services were held on October 7 in the Veterans Ad-
ministration Cemetery, West Los Angeles, where he was buried
with full military honors.
Mr. Hinz went to the Isthmus in 1924 with the U.S. Army and
was stationed at Ft. Randolph. The following year he was employed
as a postal clerk and remained with the Postal Division during his
thirty years service with the Canal.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda, his son, Charles, of Mar-
garita and three sisters.

Funeral Mass for Lester D. Hummel, former Canal Zone school
teacher, who died in Brownsville, Texas, was held on December 9,
1969, at St. Mary's Church in Balboa.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary D. Hummel, of Curundu,
Canal Zone; one son, Michael D., of Curundu; his mother, Mrs.
Nellie Kunzler, three sisters and one brother living in the United

Mrs. Frances E. Hunnicutt died at Gorgas Hospital January 16
after an extended illness. For the past fifteen years she was em-
ployed as a secretary for the Canal Zone Police headquarters in the
Civil Affairs Building.
She is survived by her husband, Lee, and a son, Lee, Jr., who
live in Los Rios, and a daughter, Mrs. Ellen Steiner, of Balboa, and
her parents.

Miss Katherine Jessup, a well-known former English teacher at
Balboa High School, died in Norfolk, Virginia, on December 3, 1969.

Mrs. Georgia Rae Johnson, 64, wife of Captain Samuel E.
Johnson, passed away on December 16 in a Portland, Maine, hos-
pital. She had been ill for three years.
Surviving are her husband, a retired canal sea pilot; a daugh-
ter, Mrs. Anna L. Ayasse; and two grandchildren, Samuel G. Stone
and Marcy Anne Stone, all of East Hartford, Connecticut.

Miss Virginia Jones, aunt of Mrs. Catherine Winquist, died in
the late fall. Further particulars are not available.

Mr. James Z. Knapp, Sr., 88, died in Gorgas Hospital on Jan-
uary 6, 1970. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks,
St. Petersburg, Florida; Mrs. Alice Fowler, Cullman, Alabama; Mrs.
Virginia Nelson, Birmingham, Alabama; and two sons, Robert Lee
Knapp, of Balboa, and Zeno Knapp, an employee of the U.S. Navy
in Cocoli.
Burial was in San Jose, Costa Rica on January 10, 1970.

John S. Lipzinski, 91, machinist and hostler for the Panama
Canal until his retirement in 1941, died January 6, 1970, at his
home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Mr. Lipzinski went to the Isthmus on February 10, 1910, and
worked two years in the early construction period. He resigned and
returned the same year with his bride in 1913.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; two sons, former employees
of the Canal Zone, Louis J. Lipzinski and Thaddeus (Todd) Lip-
zinski, both of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

James A. McAvoy, an executive member of the Foster Con-
struction Company since 1962, died of an apparent heart attack on
November 23 in Miami, Florida. He was 53 years of age.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Edna McAvoy who wishes to

express her deep appreciation for the condolences received from
their many friends in Panama and the Canal Zone.

James Campbell Macaulay, 74, died December 15, 1969, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Born in Dumbarton, Scotland, Mr. Macaulay
has lived in St. Petersburg for five years after his retirement from
the Panama Canal.
He is survived by his wife, Edith L. Macaulay, one brother,
John Macaulay, Michigan City, Indiana; two sisters, Mrs. Agnes
Young, Condorrat, Scotland; Mrs. Mae Inglis, Edinburgh, Scotland;
and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Charles Neumann passed away on January 18, 1970, in
Kenosha, Wisconsin. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Charles
Neumann. Details are not available.

Information has been received of the death of Nicholas Palat
on August 15, 1969, in Greece. He was 73 years old.

John A. Patheier, 95, recently passed away in Los Angeles,
Mr. Patheier, who was born in Denmark in 1874, was a natura-
lized United States citizen and went to work for the Canal in 1907
as a time keeper for the Isthmian Canal Commission. He held
several positions during his career with the Canal organizations
working on both sides of the Isthmus and was in the Executive
Department of the Office of Engineers at the time of his retirement
in 1932.

Henry V. Pilot, 75, died November 18, 1969, in Hot Springs,
Arkansas. Mr. Pilot, who worked as operator in the Miraflores
Power Plant retired from the Panama Canal in 1950.
He had no known survivors.

Mrs. Beryl Prendergast, widow of Jack Prendergast, and a
well-known former resident of the Canal Zone died in August in
California after a brief illness.
Mrs. Prendergast is survived by her son James, of Santa Cruz,
California. Information from Mrs. Jackson Pearce, Balboa, Canal
Zone, niece of the deceased.

Mrs. Virginia C. Sheppard died November 8, 1969, in Jackson-
ville, Florida. Survivors include a daughter, Miss Martha Sheppard
and several aunts and uncles, all of Jacksonville.

Raymond A. Terry passed away in Bradenton, Florida-exact
date not known except his death occurred in the fall of 1969. He
moved from St. Petersburg to Bradenton, Florida, about a year ago.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie Terry, of Bradenton.

Mrs. Anna D. Thomas, 74, retired employee of the Canal or-
ganization, died October 6, 1969, at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Anna O'Neal, in Fort Worth, Texas.
She was the widow of Charles Thomas, also a former Canal
employee. They lived in Gatun and in Balboa during their stay on
the Isthmus.
In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Thomas is survived by two
sons, Charles, of Pennsylvania, and Dorn, of Roanoke, Virginia,
and twelve grandchildren.

Harold I. Tinnin died November 19, 1969, in Grand Cane,
Louisiana. He is survived by his wife, Lottie.

Mrs. Freda Wallace, Norfolk, Virginia, passed away on De-
cember 31, 1969, after a long illness.
She and her husband, Capt. James T. Wallace of the Dredge
Cascades were residents of the Canal Zone from Construction days
until Capt. Wallace passed away in Gorgas Hospital soon after his
Memorial Services were held in Norfolk, January 2, 1970, and
the ashes were returned to the Canal Zone for burial in Corozal
Mrs. Wallace is survived by several nieces and nephews, one of
whom is Mrs. Iris Hodges Santee, of Milton, Massachusetts.

Charles F. Williams who died on November 15, 1969, at Gorgas
Hospital, Canal Zone, at the age of 92, was credited with raising
over half a million dollars for religious and civic enterprises on the
One of the few residents of the Isthmus with Panama Canal
construction service, Mr. Williams went to the Canal Zone in 1905
as a pipe fitter with the Isthmian Canal Commission. He was trans-
ferred to the former Mechanical Division in Balboa and was retired
in 1939 as a chief planner after 34 years of unbroken service.
Mr. Williams was the last surviving Spanish-American War
veteran in the Canal Zone. He was the recipient of the Roosevelt
Medal for Panama Canal Construction service and was honored by
Pope Pius XII with the Order of St. Gregory for his charitable
Surviving him are a son Charles J., of La Boca with whom he

made his home; and four daughters, Mrs. Herman J. Henriquez, of
Panama; Miss Anne E. Williams, of Pompano Beach, Florida; Mrs.
Arthur H. Soper, of Tavares, Florida; and Mrs. Colin H. Lawson, of
Brazos Heights, Canal Zone. He also is survived by ten grand-
children and nine great-grandchildren.

General Robert E. Wood, retired board chairman of Sears
Roebuck & Company, died at 90 on November 6, 1969, in Lake
Forest, Illinois.
He had been in poor health since before his last birthday, June
13, according to his wife, Mrs. Mary Butler Hardwick Wood.
All of his five children, two of whom were born in Panama
where he participated in the building of the Panama Canal, survive.
The son, Robert W., lives in Palestine, Texas; a daughter Mary,
Mrs. Hugo V. Neuhas, Jr., in Houston. Living in Lake Forest are
three other daughters: Anne, who is Mrs. William H. Mitchell;
Frances, who is Mrs. Calvin Fentress; and Sarah, who is Mrs. A.
Watson Armour, III.
A 1900 graduate of West Point, he later served ten years in
Panama and rose to chief quartermaster in charge of all purchasing
and distribution of supplies. During World War I, he was head of
the army transport service, directing all port, water terminal, and
shipping activities in France and England. Promoted to brigadier
general at 39, he became acting quartermaster general.
Returning to civilian life in 1919, Gen. Wood served as vice-
president of Montgomery, Ward & Co. for five years before begin-
ning his long association with Sears in 1924. As vice-president,
president, and later board chairman of Sears, he led the firm from
a strictly mail order house to a combined retail store and catalog
distribution system of international scope. He founded All State
Insurance Company, a Sears subsidiary, in 1931.
He was one of the first to recognize the tie between corporate
and civic duties as shown in his famous comment: "Business must
account for its stewardship not only on the balance sheet but also
in matters of social responsibility."
The long list of his civic honors attests to that personal code.-
November 6 and 7 copies of the newspaper, CHICAGO TODAY,
sent to the Panama Canal Society courtesy of Edward J. Vogel,
Chicago, Illinois.

Word has been received that C. L. Bryan (Ducky) died at his
home in Santa Monica, California, in late January, after a long
illness. Details are not available at this time.

Conrad Godfred Didrickson passed away on January 22, 1970,
in Twentynine Palms, California, after a long illness. He is survived
by his widow, Inga.

Mrs. Charlotte Kirby Ferguson, 95, widow of Harry Lee Fer-
guson, an early employee of the Panama Canal (1908-1935), died
in Coronado, California.
Survivors are a son, Harry Lee Ferguson, Jr.; a daughter, Mrs.
Kirby Ferguson Baker, of Coronado; four grandchildren, and six

George F. Husted, 50, water and systems operator at the Pa-
cific Branch of Water and Laboratories Branch, died in Gorgas
Hospital following a brief illness.
Born in the Canal Zone, Mr. Husted attended the Zone schools.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Frances Husted, and two
sons, George and Gilbert, of Diablo Heights. Also surviving him are
two sisters, Mrs. Dora Legrys, of New York, and Mrs. Florence
Pierson, of Balboa.

Francis X. Kerr, 68, a former Panama Canal engineer and a
long-time resident of the Isthmus, died on January 10, 1970, in
Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. Kerr went to the Canal Zone as a child in 1908 and at-
tended the Canal Zone schools. He joined the Engineering Division
in 1926.and remained there as an engineer and estimator until 1952.
He was recently employed by the Dillon Construction Company in
the Canal Zone and made his home in Cocoli.
Surviving him are his widow, Lia, a son Francis, Jr., and a
daughter, Lydia, all of the Canal Zone.

Frank McGuinness, 49, a former employee of the Panama Rail-
road and well known in the Canal Zone, died in California in Jan-
He is survived by his widow, Amalia; a son, Frank, Jr.; his
mother, Mrs. Martha McGuinness; and two brothers, Thomas, of
Los Angeles and Robert, of Diablo Heights.

Henry E. Falk ----------------------------Tel: 343-4886
Ross Hollowell ---------Tel: 862-1360
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd------------------------ Tel: 526-4050
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward ----------------- Tel: 867-8742
Mrs. Harry V. Cain ----------- --- Tel: 958-7993
Charles Holmelin ------------------ -- Tel: 526-4680
W. F. Grady -------T--- ----- Tel: 688-1023
Henry E. Falk, Chairman ---- -------- Tel: 343-4886
Ross Hollowell ------ ------------- -Tel: 862-1360
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd -------------- -----Tel: 526-4050
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward ------------Tel: 867-8742
Secretary to the Committee
Cecil M. Banan ------------ --------Tel: 343-2436
Nolan A. Bissell --- ---------------- Tel: 525-3871
W. Dewey Goodwin ____________- Tel: 342-5691
William L. Howard---- -------------- Tel: 343-5059
Albert McKeown --- ---------_---- Tel: 347-8725
Albert McKeown, Chairman --- --------- Tel: 347-8725
Howard H. Dworak --------------------- Tel: 343-6098
W. Dewey Goodwin ______--- Tel: 342-5691
Ralph L. Hanners ----- -------------- Tel: 867-5926
Nolan A. Bissell, Chairman ------------ Tel: 525-3871
Ralph K. Frangioni --- -------------- Tel: 442-5996
W. Dewey Goodwin ___ ------- Tel: 342-5691
Henry E. Falk, Chairman ---- --------Tel: 343-4886
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer -----Tel: 526-4050
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward, Assistant -------- Tel: 867-8742
W. Dewey Goodwin _. .__ Tel: 342-5691
William L. Howard ----------------- Tel: 343-5059

Edward A. Linney ----- ---------------Tel: 894-5128
Francis F. Hargy ------- --------- Tel: 820-9484
Gustaf A. Peterson -- ---------------- Tel: 896-3420
Paul H. Warner -------------- -------- Tel: 746-6449
401 West 42nd Street, Bradenton --- __ 33505
Louis S. Hasemann ___ __- ___ Tel: 388-6191
1295 Rensselaer Avenue, Jacksonville ________ 32205
M. S. Treadwell -------- ---------- Tel: 841-4549
2505 Norfolk Road, Orlando -------------_ 32803
Alfred G. Dunham ---- ------------ Tel: 759-0009
4611 N.W. Eleventh Avenue, Miami ------- 33127
Roger T. Williams ----------------------- Tel: 943-2016
Apt. 304, 3930 Crystal Lake Drive
Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale ________ 33060
John W. B. Hall -------- -------- Tel: 958-4866
3538 24th Parkway, Sarasota -------- 33580
Mrs. Thomas J. Sherlock -- ------------ Tel: 935-3862
805 Whatley Avenue, Tampa ---------- 33604
Mrs. James C. Macaulay, Chairman -- ------Tel: 525-5697
Members of the Reception Committee will be
announced at a later date.

Mrs. Maxine Dillman, El Paso, Texas, reports that she is en-
joying her retirement and especially likes El Paso, the people and
the climate. Over the Christmas holidays she spent ten days with
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Luckett in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mr.
Luckett was with the Atomic Energy and on the Sea Level Canal
Project in 1967 and 1968. While at the Luckett's she enjoyed "re-
hashing" old times with the Ralph P. Johnsons and Mr. and Mrs.
Cotton. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Cotton were with Special Engineers
soon after Diablo was built in the early 1940's. "The highlight of
my trips to Albuquerque is always a visit with Etta and Henry
Leisy. They seem never to change and are eternally happy. To sit
in front of their cozy fireplace with logs crackling and the scent of
pinon in the room was a new experience to me after forty-eight
years in the Tropics."

We had a wonderful visit with our daughter, Beth, and family
in Vancouver over the Christmas holidays. Son, Lee, who has signed
up in VISTA for another year, drove down from Seattle, where he is
stationed, to be with us. It certainly did make the holiday much
nicer with the granddaughters seeing what Santa brought.
News from the Charles Krouts, of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania,
(Lena Mae Howard) is that their daughter, Barbara, became en-
gaged and will be married next summer. Their son, Tripper, is
teaching biology in a high school about forty miles away.
Norma Harrington, of Greeley, Colorado, writes that her dad,
Jack Evans, is in a nursing home just a few blocks away. We hope
he is getting along by now and will be able to go home shortly.
June (Bunker) Klemmer, of Richmond, Virginia, tells us that
her oldest daughter, Joyce, is finishing college this year and hopes
to continue after that at night school to get her Master's degree.
Daughter, Angela, is working for American Machine and Foundry
Company. Son, James, is attending Junior College. Their daughter,
Judy, has two daughters. They live very close so June says they see
them often and get to spoil the babies. Her mother, Myrtle Bunker,
enjoyed a visit this summer from Jack and Lucille and daughter,
Jackie, who were on a vacation from the Zone. Mrs. Bunker lives in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with Ruth Ann and Frank. Son,
Chester and his wife, Louise, live nearby in the same town.
News from Longmont, Colorado, from the Bob Hendersons
(Mary Jane Phillips) is that their daughter, Kayleen, was married
in May two days before she graduated from Colorado State College.
She and her husband are living in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he
is finishing his last year in Veterinarian Medicine, and she is
teaching a special education class. Their son, Rob, has been studying
at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida (ocean-
ography) but will probably transfer to Colorado State University
in Fort Collins, Colorado, because of the damp climate. Their daugh-
ter, Judy, is studying at Colorado State University also; so, for the
first time in about twenty years, Bob and Mary Jane are alone

Jean (Hall) and Bob Neikerk have moved from Flagstaff to
Tempe, Arizona. Their new address is 1418 E. Broadmor Drive,
Tempe, Arizona 85281. They are enjoying their new 3-bedroom, 11/2
bath, family-room home so very much after having lived in a

Shirley (Jennings) and Bob Erickson write from Mt. Holly
Springs, Pennsylvania, that Shirley hasn't been very well the last
few months. Jackie, their oldest daughter, with her one-year-old,
lives near them while her husband is in Vietnam. Their son Eric
and his wife and two-year-old son, live about twenty miles away-
so, they feel fortunate that they get to see them often. Daughter,
Sandy, and her husband have been living with Shirley and Bob
while Sandy awaits her baby. Sandy had a heartbreaking experi-
ence in the loss of her first baby just three days old, so our prayers
are with her as she looks forward to this baby.
Olive (Kalar) and Len Krouse visited the Roy Kennedys in
Colorado on their way home from a convention in Los Angeles last
Betty (Sutherland) and Bob Malstrom write from Chicago
that their daughter, Juanita, is getting married May 31, and their
son, Bobby, will be married on July 25 so they're going to have an
exciting year. Daughter, Lina, graduates from high school this year
and son, Hal, from eighth grade. Ed is in college and their baby,
Betty, is in kindergarten. Son, Bobby, is stationed at White Sands,
New Mexico. Being drafted, interrupted his plans to attend Mich-
igan Law School. -Dorothy Kennedy, Englewood, Colorado

Greetings to our friends in the East from those of us who went
West. There are many wonderful reasons for living out here in the
West, but it certainly is a long way from the East. So you all must
know what a pleasure it is to read about you and your families in
your CANAL RECORD-Thus we keep in touch.
Dorothy (Wertz) Cotton, writes that she and husband Arthur
became grandparents to Michanne Nadine Horner, born in June to
daughter Nancy and David Horner, and their daughter from the
Zone and husband, Mr. and Mrs. K. L. Manthorne were with them
through a month of the holiday season. Also, Mr. and Mrs. George
Wertz are visiting in San Diego for six months. We hope to see all
of them at our annual meeting in March.
Alyce and Archie French report a wonderful trip enjoyed by
them beginning in October and ending in November. They went to
the East Coast, visiting Archie's sister, Zona, and her husband in
Arlington, Virginia and then to Sarasota and Seminole, Florida.
Heading west, they stopped in Houston and Dallas, Texas, to see the
rest of the French clan and then back home to California.

Thelma Reppe, the traveler who seems to travel the mostest
of us westerners, reports on her trip with Hedvig Seedborg.
October 24 to November 17, 1969, was literally packed with the
joy of seeing many, many, old friends and new places for Thelma
Reppe and Hedvig (Sundberg) Seedborg, Long Beach, California.
After leaving Los Angeles, the two temporarily parted. Hedy
flew to Philadelphia where she visited Nellie (Bruland) and Chris
Jenson, and Sue and Jeannette Bruland. She then went on to New
York, where she visited old family friends, among them Emma
(Falk) Hoey, Harriett (Falk) Hermann, and Leo Falk, Jr. Their
dad, Leo Falk, was an old-timer with the Dredging Division.
Thelma flew to Nashville, Tennessee, where she visited Bebe
and George Sanford. "We gabbed, had a hard time remembering
names and took in many places of interest thereabouts." After a
visit in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, with her family, Thelma
and Hedy met in Miami and from there flew to Nassau: "doing all
the things tourists are supposed to do-ate seafood, drank rum
punch, and enjoyed listening to the folks talk; the countryside was
so like Panama. It sounded good to hear the dialect, hear calypso
music, and the steel drums.
Their next stop was Fort Lauderdale, where they were the
guests of Betty and Lonnie Van Siclen. While they were there, Ruth
(Hodges) and Arthur Beard stopped by to see the Van Siclens and
their daughter, Lee and her husband; they had been childhood
friends in Gatun. The Beards, who live in northern California, were
in Florida attending a convention. Anna and Wells Wright from St.
Petersburg joined them at Lonnie's. They enjoyed seeing many
ex-Zonians at the Van Siclens-Armella and Byrne Hutchings, Elsie
and Frank Naughton, Gerry and Roy Magnuson, Peggy and Dave
Yerkes and their two charming aunts. Thelma celebrated her birth-
day there-for the third time-in Columbus and also in Nassau-
"so that birthday I won't soon forget."
As they drove to St. Petersburg with the Wrights, they
stopped at Cape Kennedy to tour the Space Center and were there
on the Sunday before the Apollo 12 lift-off. The weather on lift-off
day "was not as beautiful as the other days we enjoyed in Florida,
but it had to rain and blow and show off like California does some-
"In St. Petersburg, we were guests of the Wrights-they were
stuck with me the whole ten days. Half of Hedy's time was spent
with Janet (Potter) and Ross Cunningham. Their ten days in St.
Petersburg was reminiscent of the social whirl so characteristic of

Zone days-dinners and cocktail parties at night, a coffee party in
the morning, luncheons and bridge luncheons-the bridge part gave
Thelma an opportunity to have a long chat with Marie (Stapf)

Though "wined and dined" by night, during the day there was
time for trips. On November 31, Janet Cunningham drove Hedy to
Sarasota where they visited with Myrtle and Bill Hughes. On
another trip to Clearwater, Hedy saw a friend whom she hadn't
seen since the 1920's-Helen Theil who lived in Balboa many years
ago. Anna Wright drove Thelma all around to see old friends-
Elizabeth Taber, Pearl Marshall, Tuck and Catherine Hummer
(where she just missed seeing her cousin, Elizabeth Hambelton
Morris). Thelma had a trip to Sarasota with Irene Donovan, Viola
Fuller, and Anna Wright. While there they telephoned Jean Bur-
goon, but didn't get to see her. Thelma also phoned her old Panama
Bosses-Henry Ward and Henry Hudson. She also had a long talk
by phone with Lucille Judd, "who does such a marvelous job for
the Society. ."
Somehow, there were still spare moments. "I did manage to get
in two swims with Wells Wright in the warm waters at Gulfport;
also one day we went for live crabs which Wells prepared for us.
On the last Sunday, we picked up Mrs. Van Siclen (who by the
way looks younger and has more pep than anyone!) and drove to
Clearwater where we called on Bess Lyons and then on to dinner at
a beautiful place right out over the water where we watched the
gulls swooping about. As the travelogues used to end with a beauti-
ful sunset, so did my vacation come to a close." Space prevents the
printing of Thelma Reppe's interesting and detailed letter "in toto."
Kelly Bauman Adams' daughter Anne became the bride of Mr.
A. Athanassakis, of Santa Barbara, December 20, 1969. Kelly and
her husband Bill and daughter Lynne were joined by their daughter
and son-in-law, Alice and Wayne Phillips, of Huntington Beach, to
attend the lovely ceremony. Bill Adams, Jr. and his wife Molly also
arrived for the marriage-making it a complete family affair.
FROM SAN CLEMENTE (Home of the Western White House)
Ruth Bauman Yeilding tells of a real family affair which took
place at the Yeilding home on Christmas Day. Not only did all the
Adamses arrive but also Hope Bauman McGregor from Albu-
querque, her husband Mac, son Jerry, daughter Kath, son-in-law
Jack and granddaughter, Marni. There were quite a few Baumans
attending school back in the Canal Zone, and they, plus respective

husbands, wives, and children can make quite a gathering-28 in all
for a wonderful Christmas Day.
We are anticipating the arrival of Mr. Winter Collins, Retire-
ment Counselor of the Canal Zone, as this newsletter goes to press.
Those of us who knew Winter in our school days are looking for-
ward to his visit-about January 24th.
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that 1970 will
be good to all.
Ruth Bauman Yeilding

The Gerald O. Parkers are busy people. All report being well
and enjoying Christmas.
The Frank Koenigs recently moved to their new all-electric
home in the country. They have with them two grandchildren-
daughters of their daughter in Houston. Their son is working in one
of the Banks of America in San Francisco, California.
Mr. Jack Reinig stayed "put" at home this Christmas. Usually,
he has spent the holidays with the Ed Fucik's (daughter Peggy)
family in Highland Park, Illinois. Their son and older daughter are
in college in Boulder, Colorado. The younger daughter is in Purdue
University in Indiana. Son William and family live in New Rochelle,
New York. The wedding of their daughter Barbara will take place
in March.
The Ed Pipers, old timers who lived in Pedro Miguel, are as
usual and so is Mother, Anna Piper (Mrs. William J.), who is in a
Rest Home. She will soon be 92! Maj. Marion Piper, her grand-
daughter, A.F.B. has recently been assigned to Goose Bay, Labra-
Wilhelmina Bohan, of Blytheville, Arkansas, is busy at the
A.F. Base there. She spent Christmas with Dr. and Mrs. Saltzman
and family in Mountain Home, Arkansas.
Because our list of Canal Zoners here has been so depleted with
many deaths and with a few moving to other areas, our local Canal
Zone meetings have been discontinued.
Thanks very much to Blanche Shaw for favors shown me-and
for your interesting and ardent reporting-so sorry to have you
leave that field. Now, keep well and relax in your "retirement."
Frances S. Dorn

Before I present the news, I would like to announce, as Secre-
tary and on behalf of the Canal Zone Society of Northwest Arkan-
sas, that we have voted to call our annual June picnic, "The Blanche
Shaw Picnic." Enough cannot be said nor written to show our grati-
tude and appreciation to Blanche Shaw for her nineteen years of
fine reporting and faithful work for the Society. We therefore have
chosen this way to extend our heartfelt and sincere thanks to a
wonderful person whose excellent accounts have made interesting
reading. This year, The Blanche Shaw picnic will be held on Sunday,
June 21 at 1:00 P.M. at Agri Park.
As a last gesture of assistance, Blanche has written up the
Fayetteville news, and so she writes:
First of all, I'll tell you the news that on November 24, 1969,
at the Square Dance Class of Fayetteville Community Adult Center,
the Class was treated to a lovely occasion to witness the marriage
of Ruth Daniel and Howard H. Hagaman. The following Monday,
we saw them board the plane for Bethesda, Maryland, where she
and Howard met the rest of Ruth's family. Back home a few days,
they then were off to be guests of former Canal Zone friends of
Ruth's in Topeka, Kansas. They returned after Christmas, happy
and enthusiastic about their life together. Ruth was a Doer and she
rarely turned down an organization which asked for help .
Ruth's last report was the glad news that Howard, who had been
hospitalized recently, was recovering nicely. That same evening,
not feeling well herself, after leaving her husband, she called her
doctor, who put her in the Intensive Care unit, immediately. Ruth
quietly passed away at 5:30 A.M. on January 14th. The whold town
was shocked.
We rejoice with Minnie Burton who is thrilled over the safe
arrival of a grandson, Jeffrey McKenzie, born January 17th, 1970,
to Sgt. and Mrs. Robert Crooks, of Fort Gqlick, Canal Zone. Jeffrey
is Minnie's seventh grandchild and her-another, Nannie Brown's
twenty-eighth great-grandchild! She is happy, too, in the news that
her daughter and son-in-law, Mattielee and Alton White are enjoy-
ing a trip to the Canal Zone .. Her son, Walter (Pearl) Brown is
retiring from the Zone in April to Houston, but his family in the
Ozarks are hoping he will find a home here.
Walter and Martha Reif go back and forth to Oklahoma City
quite often to be with their son, Walter and his family. Walter and
Martha are employed by our Council on Aging and keep things
humming down at the Adult Center.
The Hullin family report that 1st Lieut. David Hullin was home
from his base in North Carolina for ten days over the New Year

Holidays. Elizabeth, who graduates in January, will enter the teach-
ing bloc until Easter vacation and then go to the Little Rock Dis-
trict for her teaching experience.
As for the Shaws, all is well, except for the Winter illness of
Cabin Fever, which will soon pass.
Thank you, dear readers, for bearing with my news for the past
nineteen years. I now pass you on to a younger and more efficient
news gatherer, Lenor Butz. -Blanche E. Shaw

Lenor Butz reports: Minnie Burton and Bates Weiman drove
to Austin, Texas, to spend two weeks babysitting for Minnie's
daughter, Judy Crooks Dailey, who was operated on. Judy, who re-
covered quickly, spent Christmas with her parents and is now back
at work. While down in that general area, they visited Mary Jo
Yaeger, Fred, Mary Cecil Lowe, and Francis and Andrew Whitlock
in Houston. Bates, as you know, is back in Springdale, now, and
enjoys her small but very compact apartment. Her son, Bud and
daughter-in-law, Vonna, visited her this fall and found Bella Vista
a very attractive area.
It is always a joy to hear good news, and the Higgins' family
are happy to report excellent health and that some of their married
children were home for Christmas. Son David Higgins has
terminated his service with the Navy (8 years) and is on his way
to Fayetteville with his wife, Susie. He hopes to settle in the Ozarks
-we hope so, too.
Robert Hursh may have retired from the Canal Zone, but like
most men, he must keep his hand in something! He is enjoying his
3-day-a-week job with the Brennan-Boyd Construction Company
where he assists the General Superintendent in expediting and co-
ordinating the work of the sub-contractors The "Mrs." reports
that she keeps busy and out of trouble! We women never retire,
do we?
'Way up North in Bentonville, Alice and Herb Engelke say that
their pipes were frozen this winter from the below zero weather!
In fact, the snow was so heavy that it bogged down Ralph and
Maria Shuey on their way home after having visited their son and
family in Nebraska for the holidays, who stopped by to see the
Engelkes on January 2. George H. Favorite of Margarita, now a
Pvt. E-2 at Camp Rucker, Alabama, visited his Uncle Herb and
Aunt Alice and Herbie for several days before Christmas. He was
en route to be with his sister, Ginny Lynn (Mrs. Don Neidt) of
Maryville, Missouri, on a holiday leave.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harris
and son Edward livened up the Christmas holidays for the Fred

Newhards by a week-end visit. Jessie and Fred shared their guests
with other Canal Zoners in that section and many happy hours were
In October, Glynn and Etta Fay Terrell enjoyed a two-week
visit from Edna and George Wertz, formerly of Margarita, Canal
Zone, who have been really seeing the United States in their cozy
trailer. The Wertzes are now temporarily settled in an apartment in
San Diego. The Terrils made a short trip to New Orleans to cele-
brate the first Thanksgiving with the newlyweds, Andrea (Terrell)
and Paul Oliver. Son Lance was home for his Fill of turkey and the
fixin's for a second Thanksgiving dinner ...
Carl and Helen Newhard keep busy and well, full of vim and
vitality. They spent the month of October, traveling and visiting in
Toledo, Ohio, and Battlecreek, Michigan. In Toledo, they had a gay
time, being with their son, Sam and his wife and getting acquainted
with their new granddaughter, Carolyn, whom they had never seen.
On to Battlecreek, Michigan, where son Bruce and his wife with
their four children eagerly awaited their arrival .
Jo and Glen Conklin were happily surprised when their daugh-
ter, Bonnie and her husband, Bill McClish from New Orleans popped
in to see them. The Conklins enjoyed a Thanksgiving spree with
Dorman and Olivia Conklin at their home in Rose Hill, Mississippi.
We are glad to welcome the Dougans to Northwest Arkansas
and Springdale. Audra had to return to the Zone for a few months
to finish her work, so John bussedd" around the country, visiting
his brother in California, a sister in Omaha, and his son, in Easton,
The Butzes have been busy planting trees, flowers (hope they
come up!) and enjoying their summer visitors from the Canal
Zone. Barbara Clark spent several days with them and seemed quite
impressed with our area. Carl and Petey Maedl, with their daugh-
ter, Pam, dropped in for a look-around, and grapevine says that
they may settle right here in Springdale. They also welcomed the
Wes Townsends, Matt and Lydia Shannon, George and Edna Wergz
and a very quick one from Mary Hare. They were really surprised
to see the Albrittons and Malsburys at the October dinner of our
Society, held at fascinating Eureka Springs.
Esther, daughter of the Butzes, is happy with college life at the
University of Arkansas-even though the famed Razorbacks
DIDN'T win the Sugar Bowl!
Eldridge Burton, Jr. was married to Caroline Kanakis on
Thanksgiving Day, November 27th at the home of his parents,

Minnie and Mike Burton, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Caroline, the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Kanakis, of Monmouth, Okla-
homa, is majoring in Science at the University of Arkansas where
young Mike is studying to be a mechanical engineer. They are at
home at Carlson Terrace, Apt. 2-208, University of Arkansas,
Peter L. Butz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Butz, Sr., of
Springdale, Arkansas, was married to Janice Beck, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. George Beck, of Calumet, Oklahoma. The ceremony took
place at the home of her uncle and aunt in El Reno, Oklahoma.
They are at home in Tulsa at 1403 South Rockford Avenue, Apt.
Reporter, Lenor W. Butz

Our group had their semi-annual get-together on the 18th of
January at the Sailboat Clubhouse in Oakland. In spite of the rainy
weather about fifty-five attended the meeting. After lunch, election
of officers for 1970 was the first order of business. Elected for
another term were:
President ---------------- Norman E. Rocker
Vice-President ------------ Philip S. Thornton
Secretary-Treasurer ---- Mrs. Mary Birnbaumer
Reporter ------------- Mrs. Celeste C. Powell
We would like to take this opportunity to extend our apprecia-
tion to the Legislative Committee of the Panama Canal Society who
worked so diligently on the recent Bill granting additional benefits
to Civil Service retirees and their widows.
Mr. John Winter Collins, Retirement Counselor, Personnel Bu-
reau, with his busy schedule throughout the United States attended
the meeting and addressed the society with news of interest for all
retired employees. After the meeting we were delightfully enter-
tained by the "One Thousand Oaks," a Senior Citizens' orchestra,
of Berkeley, California, who played all the old favorites for our
dancing and singing pleasure.
We missed Marie and Ed Browder who were on a trip to Hawaii
and Myrtle and Bill Black who were unable to attend as Bill
entered Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital the next day for surgery-
happy to say he recuperated rapidly and was able to return home
in two weeks.
The earthquake that hit Santa Rosa the first of October was
a headliner for 1969. The Blacks and the Powells were in the East
when it happened and were spared the nightmare of three hard hits.
We all had damage but not as bad as expected from all reports. If

it isn't a quake here, it is rain and wind as we have been having
heavy floods, but at least we have no snow to shovel and not much
Ruth and Harold Duncan of Saratoga visited the Jack Evanses
and the Harringtons (Norma Evans) in Greeley, Colorado in
Ruth Sill and Bee Tyrrell, of North Carolina, and Frances Dorn,
of Arkansas, were visitors in San Francisco in September.
In September and October, the B. B. Powells made a trip to
Connecticut with a stop-over in Kansas City, Missouri, to visit the
George Clarks. We spent two weeks in Wallingford, Connecticut
with daughter Joan and family. Bun's nephew, John Engelke, of
Boston, Massachusetts, was an overnight visitor while we were
there. Had a most enjoyable visit and luncheon at the home of Anna
and Mickey Kiernan.
The Bill Blacks spent six weeks in the East during September
and October. They visited Bill's relatives in Providence, Rhode
Island and then on to Boston, Massachusetts to see Myrtle's sister,
Grace Hanson.
Mary Birnbaumer of Palo Alto had a wonderful twelve-day
trip to Alaska in September, traveling via Seattle, Washington,
Victoria, Vancouver, and up the Inward Passage to Skagwayand
return by boat.
Grace and Ed MacVittie visited the Phil Thorntons of Mill
Valley in November.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Armstrong of San Francisco made a four
months and 11,000 mile trip to the east coast during the early sum-
mer. They visited Professor R. H. Whitehead, first Superintendent
of the Pacific Locks who now lives in Laconia, New Hampshire.
The Professor had broken his ankle when he fell in his private
boathouse on Lake Winnepesaukee and was unable to do much
entertaining. He is now engaged in studying plans for a new canal
across the Isthmus.
Stanley Stearns of Altos really gets around. On a recent trip to
Daytona Beach, Florida, he ran into William Humburg. Both Bill
and Stanley were on the Isthmus from 1909 to 1914. Stanley said he
first met Bill in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1967 while both were
enjoying a winter away from the cold climate. Bill is staying at the
Riviera Hotel in Daytona Beach and plans to be there until Septem-
ber and would enjoy a visit from anyone in the area. He is 95 years
old but still attends the Machinists' Conventions every year. Bill
first met Colonel Gorgas in Cuba before the building of the Canal
and has many interesting stories to tell.

Peggy (Bryan) Anderson, of Oakland, flew to Europe for the
month of October. Mrs. Glenn Cramer, of Balboa, Canal Zone, ar-
rived by freighter and they met in Frankfurt, Germany. The two
had a ball touring in Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Yugo-
slovia, and Italy.
Alberta Harris has solved the housing problem. She bought a
12' x 50' trailer and when she moves, her house goes, too. Her
address is 35 Cayuga Street, Eagle City, Oakley, California. Alberta
says her daughter, Marion Harris Buol, has moved to San Rafael,
California, where her husband is employed in the Post Office de-
partment. Daughter Louise Harris Bradshaw lives in Antioch, Cali-
fornia, where her husband Charles is Pastor of the Immanuel Bap-
tist Church. Anita Harris Halladay and her husband Ray now live
on a hundred-acre farm in Louisburg, Kansas.
Mrs. Helen Yoder of Los Altos, spent the holidays and the
month of January with her family in the Canal Zone-the Bob
Adams of Balboa, and the Roger Adams and Bob Lessiacks of
Balboa Heights. It was their last reunion in the Canal Zone as
Ruthie' and Bob Adams are retiring in the near future and will
spend two years traveling around the United States in their trailer
-which is unique in that they are not making a bee-line for Flor-
The Sydney Nevilles of Los Altos spent the holidays with their
family in the Phoenix, Arizona, area.
The Rusty Joneses have more Canal Zone friends visit them
than anyone we know. The J. Bartley Smiths came from Denver,
Colorado where they were freezing and stopped by on their way
back to San Diego.
The Verne Mitchells are comfortably settled at Pilgrim Haven,
a very nice retirement home in Los Altos.
Mabel Hutchings of San Leandro spent the Christmas Holidays
with her son Robert and his family in Carmichael, California. Dur-
ing the afternoon of the 25th, Major William Hutchings and family
telephoned from their home in New Bern, North Carolina and there
was a family reunion via telephone. Miss Demaris Hutchings has
completed her training as a dental assistant and is now employed by
Dr. Favero, of Carmichael.
Ruth and Bill Brown of Saratoga had their son Dick and family
from Elmira, Oregon, home for the holiday season.
Mrs. Frank O. Bryan, Jr. of Pacifica flew to Baltimore, Mary-
land in December to spend a few. lays with her mother, Mrs.
Elizabeth Haines and family.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. James P. Young, Jr., of Bal-
boa, Canal Zone, on Jim's becoming a pilot for the Canal. Jim is

married to the former Mary Sullivan, daughter of Mrs. Eleanor
Sullivan of Los Altos.
Isaac Andrews of San Francisco was given a round of applause
at our January meeting. Mr. Andrews went to the Canal Zone in
1905; he is 91 years old and never misses a meeting of the Society.
The Bun Powells bought an apartment condominium and moved
into their new home in January-address is 300 Stony Point Road,
Apt. 156, Santa Rosa, California 95401.
Celeste Powell, Reporter

MRS. CICELY KNIBB ALLEN, 4221 Coliseum Street, New
Orleans, writes with justifiable pride of her grandson, Staff
Sergeant Charles K. Cooper, U.S. Army, who has been awarded the
Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device for actions in Vietnam. He is
the son of Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. M. L. Shumaker, of Calimesa, Cali-
fornia. Sgt. Cooper has served in the U.S. Army for twenty years.
He is a veteran of the Korean War and has been in Vietnam since
October, 1966. He had previously received two Bronze Star Medals
for Meritorious Service. Sgt. Cooper whose time expires in Vietnam
July 18, 1970, hopes for another foreign tour. Some of his vim and
vigor no doubt comes from his grandmother, Mrs. Allen, who was a
recent victim of an attempted mugging on the streets of New
Orleans. Literally, with tooth and nail, she drove off her teenage
assailant and successfully escaped injury and a robbery. Mrs. Allen
will be 82 years old this year.
FRANZ G. BERG, 335 East Boulevard, Apt. 3, Baton Rouge,
spent a week in Florida recently visiting his brother and sister-in-
law, Mr. and Mrs. Stan Berg, Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Franz
and Stan are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Berg, of Cocoli.
JOSEPH C. BREMER, JR., 1900 Perdido Street, Apt. C-84,
New Orleans, is studying his second year of medicine at Louisiana
State University Medical School, New Orleans. After graduation in
1972, he plans to complete his internship at Gorgas Hospital in the
Canal Zone .
MR. AND MRS. GILBERT C. FOSTER of Diablo Heights spent
the Christmas holidays with their daughters, Betsy and Patt, in
Baton Rouge. Charles R. Foster, a nephew, was also present. The
Fosters had planned to drive north in their new Volkswagon
camper, but foul weather forced them to turn back. Mr. Foster
runs the Sosa Hill Quarry for the Maintenance Division in the Zone.
MR. AND MRS. DANIEL H. GEORGE, Route 2, Box 145-A,
Madison, Alabama, stopped over in Baton Rouge recently to visit
Miss Betsy Foster. The Georges, along with their sons, Danielito

and Deran, were on their way to the Zone for a vacation. Mrs.
George, the former Lottie Schultz, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert U. Schultz, of Balboa, and Mr. George is the son of Mr. and
Mrs. Curtis H. George, of Gatun.
MRS. SIMON B. MANSBERG, 114 South Normandy Drive,
Lafayette, writes that she and her husband enjoyed a real treat
with a visit from Ann and Roy Lattin, who stopped by last May on
their way by camper to Alaska from their home in DeLand, Florida.
Si has retired within the past few months, and the Mansbergs hope
to celebrate their new freedom by driving to St. Petersburg to enjoy
a little Canal Zone chatter. They have loved their several years in
Acadiana, but as Mrs. Mansberg puts it, there is just nothing in
this world so exciting, at least for this ex-Zonian, as seeing another
JAMES V. McGIMSEY has moved from Stanton Manor, New
Orleans, to the Home for Incurables, 612 Henry Clay Avenue, New
Orleans, and wishes to take this means to inform his many friends
that letter writing has become a real chore for him. Mr. McGimsey
has been in the hospital for most of the past two years and would
welcome letters from former Zone friends.
MR. AND MRS. JOSEPH NOONAN, 4107 Prudence Drive,
Kensington Park, Sarasota, Florida, were happily met quite by ac-
cident on Highway 90 west of Mobile by this reporter early in
January. The Noonans were on their way to their new home in
Sarasota from Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans where
Mr. Noonan had undergone surgery. Mrs. Noonan is the former
Della Raymond, well known in the Canal Zone as the sister of Dr.
Raymond of the Raymond Clinic in Panama.
MRS. MURRAY R..ROBERSON, JR., Baton Rouge, enjoyed
attending the 38th Reunion of the Panama Canal Society in St.
Petersburg on January 8 and 9. Mrs. Roberson is the former Patt
Foster, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Foster, of Diablo
Heights, and Louisiana reporter for the Canal Record. Among
those she was especially happy to see again were Jimmie Morris'
dad, formerly from Gamboa and, from 12-family days in Diablo, the
parents of Bobby Priest and Allen Bissell. A delightful chat was
also enjoyed with Nick Elich, who used to work with Patt's dad at
the Sosa Hill Quarry and now lives in Polson, Montana Every
member should make an effort to attend this happy annual
Patt Foster Roberson
Louisiana Reporter


Time Marches On-1970 means Farewell as President of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida to William L. Howard and Wel-
come to Captain Henry E. Falk. Our hearty thanks to Mr. Howard
for his dedication to the Society. With Captain Falk at the helm,
our course is charted for a successful voyage o'er the years, 1970-
Sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O "Society," strong and great!
March also means Farewell to Blanche E. Shaw, our veteran
reporter from Northwest Arkansas, who has spent many, many
hours over many years collecting news of our Ozark friends and to
their past President, Herbert O. Engelke, for his whole-hearted co-
operation. Welcome to Mrs. Harry (Lenor) Butz as the new re-
porter and to Harry Butz, the new President.
We also wish to express our thanks to Mrs. Jessie L. Bush, the
past President of the Panama Club, Houston, Texas. Mr. R. LeRoy
Dill, the 1970 President, like a TRUE TEXAN, promises bigger and
better things from the Lone Star State. Welcome to Mrs. G. Lee
(Irene) Wright as the new Secretary.
Members, please send news to your area reporter; it is a great
help to them to get unsolicited news. In areas where there is no
designated reporter, send items direct to Box 11566, St. Petersburg,
Pictures are always welcome. However, colored pictures,have
proven unsatisfactory in duplicating for the RECORD. If possible,
send glossy black and white prints.
April 30 is the DEADLINE for the June RECORD. As all copy
must be at the local printer May 1-always THIRTY DAYS before
the date of issue of the RECORD-a few days earlier would be
appreciated as all duplicate material must be deleted.

Margaret M. Ward
Record Editor
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733


Spillway, November 28, 1969 The last blast on the multi-
million dollar Panama Canal Cut widening project was fired at
11:37 a.m. November 20, marking the end of the Oman Construc-
tion Company contract for widening the 3-mile Bas Obispo-Las
Cascadas Reaches from 300 to 500 feet ...
The entire project is scheduled for completion in July, 1970, or
approximately one and a half years ahead of the original contract
schedule. The speed-up in the work was started in February, 1968,
following a modification of the contract with the Oman Construc-
tion Company.
The modification provided for the use of an ammonium nitrate
blasting slurry which was more efficiently and less expensively
used to achieve a type of breakage which could be handled by the
Panama Canal dredges .
Widening of this section of Gaillard Cut is the last of a series
and one of the largest contracts in the long-range plan to widen the
8.3-mile Cut. The program was actually started in 1954 when a
$3,391,000 contract was awarded to the Tecon Corporation of
Dallas, Texas, for the removal of some two million cubic yards
from Contractor's Hill.
The entire Cut widening work has cost the Panama Canal or-
ganization approximately $50 million since 1954, and is considered
one of the major improvements to the waterway. In addition to re-
moving the navigation hazards in the vital Gaillard Cut area, the
final completion of the work in July will permit two-way traffic
through the Cut for nearly all types of ships.

Through December 1970 (Rev. 10-69)



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Balcer, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. ...- .... --.. ---..---- Box 13, Gatun
Cicero, Mrs. Helen M ........... ---------- ----- Box 1069, Balboa
Lawson, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. ....................- .....- Box 25, Margarita
McConaughey, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. .- (Gail Harvey) Box 334, Balboa
Oster, LTC John F. USAR RET .............. ---------- Box 285, Balboa Heights
Robison, Mrs. C. Lucile .......... -----.-- Box 141, Balboa
Sanders, Mr. Irl, Jr. .-......-...... --- --- ..- -- ....Box 485, Margarita
Sanders, Mr. John M ........ ------------- Box 61, Margarita
Stuart, Mrs. Mary P. .....--.------.------------...- Box 127, Balboa Heights
Thornton, Mr. and Mrs. Dallas B. ............... --- ---....- Box 559, Balboa
Unrau, Mr. Peter ........ ..... --------------------.-.. -- .- Box 1564, Balboa

Musselman, Mr. and Mrs. H. E.
208 Grand Avenue, Fairhope -.. .-. --- ---36532

Dunning, Miss Sylvia E.
2404 Loring Street, Wesley Palms, San Diego .-..........._...-.. ..... 92109
Moore. Mr. Lewis B.
6g6 AVest 9th Street, Claremont --.........- .. .......... --....... 91711
Naylor, Mrs. Grace
896-B Ronda Sevilla, Laguna Hills ..............__.._.. ......----- 92653
Stroop, Mr. R. B. H., Jr.
1050 Colusa Avenue, Sunnyvale -.. -..----.. .... -----.-94086

Bell, Mr. and Mrs. Carlton S.
3700 Poplar Street, N.E., St. Petersburg ............. _........ ---- 33704
Bull, Mrs. Thelma H.
1412 6th Avenue, Tarpon Springs .----........... ...... ..--- -..... 33589
Christie, Mr. and Mrs. H. C.
1601 N.E. 50th Avenue, Ocala --..~................... .... 32670
Clemmons, Mrs. May B.
2038 Kansas Avenue, N.E., St. Petersburg -----. --........----- _- 33703
Erickson, Mr. and Mrs. John
115 Park Lane, Gulf Harbors, New Port Richey .---....... 33552
Hardwick, Mr. B. R.
Box 298-A, Summerfield -...-- ----- -....---....-- -..... ~-- 32691
Hennen, Miss Minnie F.
111 12th Avenue North, St. Petersburg -..---.. ... --.... .... .. ...... 33701
Matykiewicz, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. (Pat Dodson)
6928 Dimarco Road, Tampa -- ---.....----........-- 33614
Mihacevich, Mr. and Mrs. George (Gloria Fayard)
Route 2, Box 806-P, Pensacola ..... ..... --- -- .. ... ....- ....... 32506
Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. Richard, Jr.
6551 40th Avenue North, Apt. 10, St. Petersburg ......-.... ........ ...... 33709
Riley, Mr. and Mrs. J. J.
3333 N.E. 34th Street, Fort Lauderdale ..----........ .... .. 33308
Welby, Mr. and Mrs. Frank
1837 Fillmore Street, Hollywood --.................---...... ......._ 33020


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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Beers (Mitzie Siegel) and two children,
London, England

Mrs. George Winquist, Mrs. James Wood, Mrs. W. R. Rowe
W. R. Rowe, George Winquist, Jim Wood

Mrs. John Hower, St. Petersburg, Florida
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