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A1. 4 JUNE, 1970 No. 2
(Courtesy of the Panama Canal Company)
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The Star at the Blanche Shaw Picnic. June 21, 1970
Photograph, April, 1970
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Smith, Walnut Creek, California and Mrs. Helen Hammond, St.Petersburg, Florida
<1e Pagaoa nal Socie4 4 Qol da, )nc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
H. E. Falk
Ross H. Hollowell
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
and Record Editor
Mrs. Harry V. Cain
Win. F. Grady
J. F. Warner
H. E. Falk
Ross H. Hollowell
W. L. Howard
C. M. Banana
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
W. D. Goodwin
N. A. Bissell
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Secretary to Committee
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ABOUT THE COVER
The Panama Canal tug Gorgona is raised to the surface by
crane Hercules on April 3 after it had blocked the north entrance
to the east lane of Miraflores Locks for some 14 hours. The tug
sank after being struck by the southbound Liberian bulk carrier
Venus Union. The tug crew jumped to safety.
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BERRY FARM Left to right: Virginia Seiler, Robert Provost, Mildred Kline, David L. Smith, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.,
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Rep. James Corman, D-California, has sponsored a bill to per-
mit lower health insurance premiums for government employees
and annuitants at a special rate based on coverage for two persons.
Under the present system, a man and his wife with no children
in the household have to take the same self-and-family plan as say,
for example, a couple with five children, and therefore pay the
same health premiums.
Many couples who are childless or whose children are grown
and no longer living at home complain that it is unfair to make
them pay the same premiums as couples with dependent children.
The House Civil Service Insurance subcommittee has tenta-
tively set an executive session to approve a bill to increase the gov-
ernment's contribution of the total federal employee health in-
surance premiums costs and thus reduce the premiums that em-
ployees have to pay.
The federal and postal employee unions during recent hearings
held by the subcommittee urged that the government pay the en-
tire cost of health insurance premiums starting in 1973, with the
government's share to be 50 percent in 1971, 75 percent in 1972,
and 100 percent starting in 1973.
However, the administration said such a plan would cost an
additional $850 million a year and is much too costly. Instead, the
administration proposed that government's 24 percent contribution
be increased to 38 percent of total high option premiums starting
The House Civil Service Insurance subcommittee headed by
Rep. Dominick Daniels, D-N.J., has approved a bill to have the gov-
ernment contribute 50 percent of the cost of federal employees'
total health insurance premiums, starting next January 1.
The 50 percent figure would be based on the average high
option premiums of the six largest federal employee health insur-
As of March 31, 1970 the Cost of Living had increased which
automatically means a 3.4 percent increase on annuities. Some
sources estimate this amount will be decreased by one-tenth on one
percent due to a slight decline in prices. Annuitants should get the
increase on their August 1 check though, possibly it could be
September 1. An additional one percent increase as provided in the
Retirement Bill of October, 1969, will be added to the Cost of Liv-
William F. Grady, Legislative Representative
A STITCH IN TIME .
As the result of some sad but true stories in regard to hospital
insurance, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. F. Grady, both dedicated to the wel-
fare of the Retiree, have composed the following suggestions per-
taining to INSURANCE INFORMATION.
1. If you have hospitalization insurance (like Aetna, Blue Cross,
NARCE, etc.) be SURE to emphasize that you have insurance
OTHER THAN Medicare when you are admitted to a hospital.
Most hospitalization plans cover a longer hospital stay than Medi-
care does. Be sure that your doctor and the hospital know about
this extended hospital coverage.
2. Make a list of ALL the insurance coverages you have, giving
the kind (hospitalization, accident, life, etc.) the name of the com-
pany and the address to which claims or questions should be sent.
In case of sudden illness or accident, this list will help your family
or friends take care of you. Keep this list where it can be found
EASILY in an emergency.
"A little neglect may breed mischief; for want of a nail the
shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want
of a horse the rider was lost."
POOR RICHARD'S ALMANAC, Benjamin Franklin
February, March, April
Mr. Joseph W. E. Bourgeois (3-31) Navigation Div. 21 years
Add.: Box 313, Escondido, California 92025
Mr. Lawrence C. Callaway, Jr. (2-10) Inter. Security 22 years
Add.: Box 1044, South Miami, P.O., Florida 33143
Mr. William A. Cawl (1-20) Supply Division 34 years
Add.: Box 605, Balboa, Canal Zone
Judge John E. Deming (3-17) Magistrates' Courts 25 years
Add.: 912 Peachtree Road, Apt. E, Claymont, Del. 19703
Mr. Thomas J. Ebdon, Jr. (3-2) Locks Division 31 years
Add.: 242 Dawnview Lane, San Antonio, Texas 78213
Mr. Ernest E. Faris (2-28) Electrical Division 35 years
Add.: General Delivery, Kingman, Arizona 86401
Mrs. Bertha E. Hayes (4-30) Terminals Division 19 years
Add.: General Delivery, Lexington, Kentucky 40502
Mr. Lealand A. Larrison (4-8) Postal Division 30 years
Add.: % D. M. Brown, 42 Cummings Avenue, Windsor, Conn.
Mr. Edumund R. MacVittie (5-22) Engineering Div. 31 years
Add.: 10130 Forrester Drive, Sun City, Arizona 85351
Retirement certificate issued in April
Mrs. Thora S. Mahoney (3-7) Office of Gen. Counsel 23 years
Add.: Box 11392, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Mr. Herbert W. Rose (2-7) Railroad Division 30 years
Add.: 212 E. Eucalyptus St., Ojai, California 93023
Mrs. Clara Z. Saarinen (4-7) Gorgas Hospital 30 years
Add.: % Mrs. B. Z. Moore, 83 Deerfield Road
Windsor, Connecticut 06995
Mr. Frederick W. Smith (3-31) Electrical Division 32 years
Add.: Box 876, Inverness, Florida 32650
Mr. Leonard B. Wilson (2-25) Locks Division 37 years
Add.: 820 Tennessee Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33312
DUES, 1970 $4.00
DUES, 1971 $5.00 (effective Jan. 1)
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss, Jr., of Campbell, California,
announce the marriage of their daughter, Marjorie Eleanor, to
Andrew Allison Stephenson on December 12, 1969, in Tokyo, Japan.
The bride is a graduate of Campbell High School and Hendrick
Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Abilene, Texas. A Captain in
the United State Air Force, she is currently assigned as a Flight
Nurse with the 56th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Yokota
Air Base, Japah.
Mr. Stephenson's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Elliott 0. Stephen-
son, of Rye, New York. He is a graduate of Rye High School and
attended Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute, Troy, New York, be-
fore entering the United States Air Force where he is a sergeant
assigned as a Medical Technician with the 347th Dispensary, John-
son Air Base, Japan.
The couple will complete their tour of duty in August and plan
to attend Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, in Septem-
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Bowen, of Corozal, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Miss Sandra Lea Bowen,
to Mr. Steven W. Christofferson, son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. C. B.
Christofferson, of Salt Lake City, Utah, formerly of Albrook Field,
Miss Bowen is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver
Bowen and Mrs. D. J. Hendrick, of Guilford, Connecticut. The
young couple are graduates of Balboa High School. Miss Bowen
attended Canal Zone College and is presently a student at Florida
State University where she is also employed as Secretary to the
Dean of Education.
Mr. Christofferson, who is a senior in pre-med at Florida State
University, will graduate with a B.S. Degree in Biology. He plans
to enter Medical School in the fall.
The wedding date is set for June 14 at St. Johns' Episcopal
Church in Tallahassee, Florida.
On March 21, 1970, Mrs. Carol L. Christiansen, of New Car-
rollton, Maryland, and Mr. Raymond F. Masino, of West Hyatts-
ville, Maryland, were married at a private ceremony at the home of
Miss Nellie Holgerson and Miss Lacey Hinkle in Arlington, Vir-
gnia. A reception for family and friends was held at the home of
the bride in New Carrollton. Following a ten-day trip to Miami,
Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Masino were temporarily at the New Carroll-
ton address. May 1, 1970, they moved to 62 E. 58th Street, Hialeah,
Mrs. Masino is a former employee of the Federal Power Com-
mission in Washington, D.C. and Mr. Masino was recently trans-
ferred to the Miami Regional Office of the Bureau of Customs.
Miss Mikki Louise Dall, daughter of Clayton Weldon Dall, of
Brewton, Alabama, and Mrs. Ronald Armstrong, of Palmetto, Flor-
ida, and Philip Stephen Stewart, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Ste-
wart, of Bradenton, Florida, were married on December 19, 1969,
at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, Palmetto, Florida.
The groom was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, and was graduated
from Balboa High School in 1966. He is currently attending the
University of Florida in Gainesville.
Mr. and Mrs. L. Robert Gordon announced the marriage of
their daughter, Carolyn Louise to Gary Elbert Barnum, Lieutenant,
United States Air Force, on February 19, 1970, in San Antonio,
The Gordons are former residents of Curundu Heights, Canal
Zone. He was a buyer for the Caribbean Army Air Force Ex-
change at Fort Clayton from 1959 to 1964. Mrs. Elaine Gordon
worked in the Canal Zone Library as an assistant librarian part
of that time.
Mr. and Mrs. William M. Jensen, of Los Rios, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Jean Marie, to Randall
L. Schriver, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Schriver, of Sherrill, Iowa.
Miss Jensen is a 1968 graduate of Balboa High School and a gradu-
ate of Dubuque Beauty Academy in Dubuque, Iowa. Her fiance has
been attending the University of Dubuque since his discharge from
the United States Army.
A May wedding is planned.
Captain and Mrs. Henry K. Johnstone, of Los Rios, Canal Zone,
have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen S.
Johnstone to Mr. Jeffrey H. Altman, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W.
Altman, of Belle Glade, Florida.
Miss Johnstone is a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of
1968, and is presently attending the University of South Florida as
a Sophomore. Mr. Altman graduated in March from the University
of South Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and plans
to continue his education in the field of Speech Pathology.
A fall wedding is planned.
Miss Peggy Ann Lee, of Anniston, Alabama, became the bride
of William Robert Luke, son of Mrs. Emma Kelly, of Eustis, Flor-
ida, in an afternoon ceremony on January 3, 1970, at First Church
of Christ in Eustis.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Era L. Greene, of Anniston,
Alabama, who flew to Florida for the wedding, and the late Cecil
Lee. She is a graduate of Cristobal High School and the Canal Zone
College. Until her marriage, she was employed with the 3rd Army
NCO Academy at Fort McClellan, Alabama.
Mr. Luke, a Sergeant in the United States Army, was recently
discharged from active duty, following his return in November
from his second tour of duty in Vietnam.
The couple are living in Grand Island, Florida, where Mr. Luke
Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Lynne
Magner and Thomas Austin McDonald on December 29, 1969, in
Bradenton, Florida. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neil
Magner, of Mexico City, Mexico, and the bridegroom is the son of
Mrs. Pauline McDonald and the late Mr. J. McDonald, of Fort
Both Mr. and Mrs. McDonald are attending Purdue University.
Among those attending the wedding were the bride's parents,
her sisters, Paula and Priscilla, her grandmother, Mrs. Nelson W.
Magner (Lois Greene), Mrs. Ben I. Hall (Nancy Magner) and
daughter, Patricia, Miss Frances Greene and Mrs. Gordon Sanders
(Barbara Dombrowski) with her baby daughter, Carol Lee.
Mrs. Hazel Mae Meyer and Mr. Theo F. Hotz were married
in Fort Thomas, Kentucky on November 28, 1969.
Mrs. Meyer's daughter-in-law, Mrs. Donald Meyer, and James
R. (Tim) Hotz, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, son of Mr. Hotz, were
the attendants. Donald Meyer escorted his mother down the aisle.
Mr. Theo F. Hotz, well known on both the Atlantic and Pacific
sides as a former principal of both Zone high schools and later
Assistant Superintendent of Schools, has lived in Greensboro, North
Carolina, since his retirement and teaches part time at High Point
Sherian Marie Meeker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dabney
Meeker, or Margarita, Canal Zone, will marry Gregory Joseph
Phillips on June 12 at St. Chritopher's Episcopal Church in Fort
Worth, Texas, where the two are graduating in May from Texas
Wesleyan College. Miss Meeker's major is elementary education.
Mr. Phillips, son of Dr. and Mrs. Donald Phillips, of Fort Worth,
plans to enter Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in the fall.
The groom-to-be is a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fratern-
ity and president of the Student Association. Sherian, a graduate
of Cristobal High School, is president of the Student Education
Association and a member of Autiss Sorority at Texas Wesleyan.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Rathgeber, of Diablo Heights, Canal
Zone, announce the engagement of their daughter, Donna Anne
to SP4 R. Ronald Crump, son of Captain and Mrs. Ove V. Hultin,
of Los Rios. Both are graduates of Balboa High School and have
attended Canal Zone College. Miss Rathgeber recently completed a
Data Processing Course at Durham Business College in Houston,
Texas, and is presently residing in Glassboro, New Jersey. Her
fiance attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, before en-
tering the United States Army and is now stationed in Gelnhausen,
Germany. Wedding plans will be announced at a later date.
Mr. ad Mrs. Eugene S. Shipley, of Clearwater, Florida, an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Julia Marie, to Lt. Wil-
liam Harry Shaffer, S. S. N. (Res.), son of Mr. and Mrs. William
A. Shaffer, Livonia, Michigan.
Miss Shipley is a graduate of Balboa High School and Ringling
School of Art, Sarasota, Florida. Lt. Shaffer is a graduate of Henry
Ford College, Dearborn, Michigan. He is presently stationed at Mof-
fett Field, California.
A Fourth of July wedding is planned in Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss III,of Saratoga, California, an-
nounce the birth of a daughter, Jenny Ellen, on November 29, 1969.
Little Jenny joins a sister, Beth Ann, five years and a brother
John David, three years.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss, Jr.,
of Campbell, California. Jerry Bliss is an Engineering Supervisor in
the Electronic's Division of Philco Company in Sunnyvale, Cali-
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Boatwright, Jr., of Diablo, announce the
birth of their second son, Darren Lee, on January 29, 1970, at Gor-
gas Hospital. Mrs. Boatwright is the former Vicki McCoy. Mater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs Robert A. McCoy, of Curundu,
and paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Boatwright,
of Balboa Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. Jay A. Cunningham, Sr., of Auburn, Washing-
ton, announce the birth of a second son, Daniel Guertin Joshua,
born on Friday, March 13.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. Guertin A. Trachier, of Wash-
ington, D.C. and Mrs. Mariam Trachier, of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joshua A. Cunningham, of
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Eberenz, of Balboa, announce the birth
of their second child, a daughter, Xan Marie, on February 26, 1970.
Mrs. Eberenz is the former Michelle Goguen, of Gatun. Mr. and
Mrs. Albert E. Goguen are the maternal grandparents. The pater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Eberenz, of Sterling Park,
Virginia, formerly of Diablo, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin M. Field, of Wilmington, North Carolina,
announce the birth of their second son, Christopher Vincent, on
February 15 at the New Hanover Hospital.
The maternal grandparents are Mrs. Rae Brock and the late
Mr. Brock, of Kingston, North Carolina. The paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W. Field, of Margarita, Canal Zone.
The Godparents at Baptism, by proxy, were his aunt, Miss
Marianne C. Field who is attending St. Leo College, St. Leo, Flor-
ida and his uncle, Kenneth V. Field at the University of Missouri,
Mr. and Mrs. James Ford of Panama City announce the birth
of a son on March 1, 1970, at San Fernando Clinic. The baby will
be named Mark Thomas.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Mer-
ton Ford, of Panama City, and Captain and Mrs. Joe H. Floyd, of
Charleston, South Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gerhart of Fort Kobbe announce the
birth of a daughter on March 1 at Gorgas Hospital. The baby will
be named Suzanne Katherine.
The maternal grandparents are Captain and Mrs. Samuel H.
Rowley, of Clearwater, Florida. The paternal grandparent is Mr.
Robert W. Gerhart, of Ensenida, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Hatchett of Ancon proudly announce
the arrival of their second child, a daughter, Melinda Arline, born
on March 30.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Fisher,
of Balboa Heights, Canal Zone and Mrs. Edward Hatchett, of Or-
lando, Florida, and the late Mr. Hatchett.
The caption, "Another Small Wonder," appeared above a
sketched picture of a Volkswagen on a three by four folded card.
Inside, pertinent information was announced:
Jennifer Paige curb weight, 9 lbs, 7 oz. Shipment date,
March 29, 1970 Designers, Bonnie and Ed.
Thus, Jennifer, the first daughter but second child of Mr. and
Mrs. Ed Hebert (Bonnie Crowell) was introduced to family and
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crowell, of
Balboa, Canal Zone. Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Hebert, of Jacksonville,
Florida, are the paternal grandparents.
Incidentally, Mr. Hebert is a V.W. salesman!
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Hinkle, of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of a daughter on April 8, 1970. The baby has
been named Karin Michelle.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Huff, of Roseville, Michigan, announce
the birth of their first children, twins, on March 2 in Detroit,
The babies have been named Kirsten Louise and James
The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Maenner B. Huff,
of Balboa. The paternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Selma Huff, of
Balboa, Canal Zone.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Duquette,
of St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
Mr. and Mrs. Z. K. Esler, of St. Petersburg Beach, Florida,
have a new great-granddaughter, Brenda Faye, born December 20,
1969, to Rick (grandson) and Kathleen McDaniel in Streator, Illi-
Ricky started his elementary education in the Canal Zone but
moved to El Paso, Texas, in 1954 where the family lived at Fort
Bliss until an assignment in Germany in 1959. They returned to
Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where Rick graduated from high
school. After taking an apprentice-course at General Telephone,
he is now with Henkel & McCoy.
Mr. and Mrs. David L. Moore, of Fairfield, Alabama, announce
the birth of their second child and first daughter, on February 10,
1970. The baby, who has been named Heather Lee, has a brother
Brendan, 2 years old.
Mrs. Moore, the former Patsy Lee, is the daughter of Mrs.
Clarence A. (Era L.) Greene, of Anniston, Alabama. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Moore, of Ensley, Alabama.
Mrs. W. Moore, of Eufala, Alabama, is the baby's great grand-
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Nifong, of Winston-Salem, North Caro-
lina, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Christina
Joy, on February 19, 1970.
Mrs. Nifong is the former Kaye Sergeant, daughter of ex-
Balboa Port Captain and Mrs. Richard C. Sergeant, of St. Peters-
Mr. and Mrs. Lou Pitney (Susan Taylor) announce the birth
of their fourth child and third son on February 11, 1970, in Carth-
age Tunisia, North Africa.
Maternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Lillian Noonan Doyle; the
great-grandfather is William David Taylor, retired Balboa Post-
master, 1946; the Grandmother is Mrs. Catherine Schafer. All
reside in San Diego, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ress (Helen Hasemann), of National City,
California, announce the birth of a baby boy, Eric Edward, at the
Naval Hospital, San Diego, California, on March 31.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Louis C. Hasemann,
of Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ress, of Russell Gulch,
Central City, Colorado, are the paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Francis C. Richardson (Janet Barnes) announce
the birth of their second son Michael Avon, on March 2, 1970.
Mrs. Robert I. Barnes, St. Petersburg, Florida, is the maternal
Mr. and Mrs. John Riesz (June Barlow) announce the birth
of their second child, a baby girl, Elizabeth Ann, in Holland where
Mr. Riesz is connected with the American Embassy.
Mrs. Emma Barlow, of St. Petersburg, Florida, is the maternal
Who said they are old ?
Some Isthmian Old Timers gathered on March 7 on the patio
of the Tivoli Guest House and threw a party that was as lively as
the best in the roaring days of Panama Canal construction.
Under the tropical moon and stars, they reminisced about the
"good old times" and danced to Panama's "pindin" music rendered
by Los Panaricos.
The gathering brought out a surprising large number of "sen-
ior" Old Timers septuagenarians and octogenarians whose names
makes up a distinguished roster of citizens who have played an
important part in the development of the Isthmian community.
There was Senorita Aminta Melandez, 84, of Colon, honored
with the title of Founder of the Republic for her brave role in
Panama's independence movement in 1903.
And Senor Hermy Henriquez, 80 years a resident on the
Isthmus with half a century of Panama Canal service.
And Mrs. Winifred C. Ewing, who arrived on the Isthmus in
1907 and has given a lifetime of service to the community, includ-
ing 25 years as House Mother at the Canal Zone College.
And Mrs. Charlie Persons, formerly the better half of Persons
Travel Bureau, on the Isthmus for 64 years.
And Don Miguel and Dona Alicia Corco, resident on the Isth-
mus for 70 years.
And the phenomenal Bob Worsley, 79 years young and with
59 years of business activity on the Isthmus. Young Bob treated
the large crowd to a superb performance of the "tango" with a
partner 50 years his junior.
The names are well-know and evoke a bustling era in Isthmian
history the hard years of the construction of the Big Ditch:
Mr. and Mrs. Adrien Bouche, Mr. and Mrs. Al DeLeon, David
Potts, Ida Cotton, Frank Violet, Ora V. Stitch, Virginia Clement
Townsend and Frances Days Jones.
Numerous family groups that included second and third -
generation members attested to the length of Isthmian residence of
some of the old timers the Egolfs, the Corrigans, the Coffeys,
the Williamses, the Albergas, the Frenches, the Ridges and the
One Old Timers' table brought together Mrs. Hazel M. Duvall,
Mrs. M. B. Huff, Mrs. Ora Stitch, Horace Jones, and Mrs. Marie A.
Among the "junior" Old Timers those with a mere 40 years'
service were John B. Coffey, Miguel Corco, Howard Finnegan,
Stella Frampton, Julian S. Hearne, and John Everson.
The Fire Division was well represented by Chief and Mrs.
William G. Dolan, Tyke and Edith W. Cotton, Ray and Jeanne
Wheeler, and Lt. and Mrs. Fred Mohl. Not to be outdone, the
Police Association had its own group of guests headed by Police
Officer No. 1, Sid Hayes.
A special guest was District Judge Guthrie F. Crowe, who may
not qualify as an Old Timer with only 18 years' service in the Canal
Zone, but who has been hailed as the "people's champion."
Detective Lt. Bob Helmerich served as master of ceremonies
and performed in a top-flight manner keeping the large crowd in a
gay mood with his old-time repartee.
Dean Glen Murphy's group of college beauties headed by Kathy
Thomason, who served as Secretary of the Old Timers' Committee
and Mary Best, Susie Hite, Debby Oliver, and Sara Rodriguez did
an outstanding job of secretarial duties, receptionist, ticket col-
lecting and ushering.
The entire staff of the Tivoli Guest House General Manager
George Brawand, Assistant Manager Kerner Frauenheim, Maitre D'
Glenn Plucker, chefs, headwaiters, waiters, bus boys, gardner -
all cooperated to make possible a truly unforgettable party.
It was a real Ball! The Miami Herald, Panama Edition
The Welcome Mat Is Always Out In St. Petersburg Capt. Sam
E. Johnson, of Hiram, Maine, visited friends of Canal Zone days in
St. Petersburg and other Florida cities in March.
Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Whitman, of Washington, D.C., were the
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright in late March. Mr. Whitman
flew to the Canal Zone on March 30 on a business trip. Mrs. Whit-
man remained at the Wrights and met Miss Margaret Whitman
and her mother, Mrs. M. Whitman, who arrived by plane from Sil-
ver Spring, Maryland, on April 2. Old friends are delighted that
Margaret and Mrs. Whitman are joining the St. Petersburg Canal
Mrs. Robert G. Rennie (Margaret), New Milford, Connecticut,
and her sister, Mrs. Helen Winfield, of New York, were guests in
the James C. Wood's home in March. Many will recall Mrs.
Margaret Rennie as the First Woman to be elected president of a
Canal Zone Civic Council (March, 1952). She also served on many
committees and was particularly active in working for better hous-
ing on the Zone. Retirement seemingly only transferred her con-
stant and untiring endeavors to better the community where she
lives for she is now active in civic work in New Milford. From St.
Petersburg, Mrs. Rennie and her sister drove to Fort Lauderdale
and on south renewing many old friendships in other Florida
Capt. and Mrs. Stewart Townshend, Massapaqua, New York,
saw many old friends in this area and attended the March meeting
of the Society at Gulfport.
Mrs. Frank (Alice) Bryan, Santa Rosa, California, was the
houseguest of Mrs. Erma Forbes in April.
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Burns, Redart, Virginia, were visitors
in the home of Mrs. Sara B. Christner in early April. Mr. Burns, a
marine engineer, went to the Zone in 1951 and retired in 1962. Mrs.
Burns (Cleo) will be remembered by Isthmian golfers as having
won the Isthmian championship several times, and in 1962, her last
year on the Isthmus, she won the Panama Golf Club championship.
Mrs. Frances Sharp and her father, Mr. Frank Violette, Balboa,
Canal Zone, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay for a few
days in April.
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hollen, Adel, Iowa, vacationed in Florida
in March. In Fort Lauderdale, they were the guests of Mr. and Mrs.
W. A. Van Siclen, Jr. Staying at the Sheraton Inn in St. Petersburg,
the Hollens saw many, many old friends. Mr. Hollen joined that
intrepid group of Panama Canal golfers who every Thursday cross
the beautiful Skyway Bridge and on to the Palmetto Golf Course
for golf. When winter winds, accompanied by drifting snow, sweep
across the Hollen's eleven-acres in the Hawkeye State, perhaps wist-
ful memories of that day of days may instigate a return visit.
Mrs. Clara Saarinen, head nurse of the operating room, Gorgas
Hospital, who retired in April, visited in St. Petersburg when en route
to California. She occupied the home of Miss Irene Ladrack in Semi-
nole while in this area.
Mr. and Mrs. Allen K. Miller, on vacation from the Zone, visited
various Florida cities in April.
Mrs. Norman Nifong (Kaye Sergeant) and infant daughter,
Christina Joy, were visitors at the home of her parents, Capt. and
Mrs. R. C. Sergeant, in April. Mr. Nifong joined his family in St.
Petersburg for a few days.
Daniel M. Eggleston, Jr., spent a few days in April with his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Eggleston. Danny recently completed
his work for his Masters Degree at the Naval Graduate School in
Miss Agnes Sugrue, of Valley Stream, Long Island, former
head nurse at the Margarita Hospital, visited Jane Holcomb, Erma
Forbes, and Eileen Esslinger (all former nurses on the Zone) in April.
Miss Sugrue was also engaged in Public Health work on the Zone.
Mrs. May Rackow, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a sister of Mr. Al
Waldorf, was a guest in the Waldorf home in Seminole in May. Mrs.
Rackow will spend the summer in Minneapolis, Minnesota return-
ing to Fort Lauderdale for the winter months.
Mrs. Helen Glahn, of New York, visited Mrs. Louise Grier in
Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Wicklander met old friends at the May meet-
ing of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. Mrs. Wicklander was
connected with X-Rays at Colon Hospital when living on the zone.
Mrs. 0. K. Worley, Austin, Texas, writes that she "loves the
way the 'Ex-ers' get about. She plans to join in the fun this summer
and be off to Germany for the Passion Play, via the Scandanavian
countries, Austria, and Bavaria.
Mr. and Mrs. James V. Ekholm, Ithaca, New York, enjoyed
a spring vacation in Mexico. They returned to their home in time to
take care of the perennial spring yard work.
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Vernon L. Schafer (Catsy Taylor) flew to the
United States Territory of Guam in February to visit Lucy and Del
Charters, formerly of Curundu Heights. Mr. Charters and Col. Schaf-
er were both with the USAR Caribbean Army and Air Force Ex-
change Service at Fort Clayton during the late Fifties and early
While in Guam, the Schafers made a trip to the fabulous city of
Hong Kong. Upon their return to Guam, Dot (Bliss family) and Bill
Allen had the Charters and the Schafers for a steak dinner at the
Naval Officers' Club. Dot and Catsy went sight-seeing the next morn-
ing but got back in time to see Joan Coffey Rienks (daughter of Mary
and John Coffey, Canal Zone printer). Joan and her husband like
Guam so well they plan to build and have already bought their prop-
erty. He is a civilian employee of the Navy.
The Schafers stopped in Hawaii for a few days before returning
Mr. and Mrs. William H. DeVore, Sarasota, Florida, left April 2
for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kariger in Cypress, California.
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Thibodeau, of Orlando, Florida, are va-
cationing for about five months in the Tennessee mountains Route
1, Roan Mountain, Tennessee 37687.
Janet and Ross Cunningham left St. Petersburg early in May
on their annual summer trek. From Florida they traveled to Cali-
fornia and Seattle, Washington, for family visits and in particular to
see young Daniel Guertin Joshua Cunningham (see births). From
Washington, the Cunninghams travel to Louisville, Kentucky, where
they will visit Mr. and Mrs. Hobart A. Mills and also attend the Na-
tional Square Dancing Convention. Arriving in Massachusetts in July,
the Cunninghams expect to tarry in that historical state for three
months before returning to their home in the Sunshine City.
Capt. and Mrs. R. C. Sergeant plan to leave St. Petersburg on
May 20 for an extended vacation in the Scandanavian countries.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Collinge left St. Petersburg on May 7
for visits with family and friends in Houston, Texas. From Texas,
the Collinges will drive to Denver, Colorado, to see Mr. and Mrs.
Garry Minke (Joyce Collinge) and their three grandchildren.
Before moving from Rossmoor Leisure World of Maryland to join
the many friends in the Florida Sunshine State at St. Petersburg,
Margaret Whitman with twenty-nine Rossmoor residents enjoyed a
two week Caribbean cruise aboard the MS VICTORIA. On March
first, they left the blustering cold weather for fourteen days' travel
with stops at seven of the West Indian Islands. Of the islands visited,
St. Thomas and Curacao were the general favorites of the group.
While the trip was pleasant, to an ex-Canal Zoner, it lacked the ex-
citement of our own Panama Line Caribbean cruises when we came
up to the States on leave especially back in the days when we
made the stop in Haiti. -Margaret Whitman
Mr. Earle Brown left St. Petersburg in early May for a two-
month vacation in Mexico.
Mrs. Robert P. Hargreaves, San Antonio, Texas, left April 6 for
a month's visit in South Bend, Indiana, with Mr. and Mrs. Edward M.
Healy (Pat Hargreaves) and the five grandchildren. After returning
to her home in Texas, Mrs. Hargreaves plans to leave for Europe on
June 3, with Norway as her first stop. A highlight of her trip will be
seeing the Passion Play at Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps; the
Play is performed every ten years by the peasants, originally in ful-
fillment of a vow made during a plague in 1633. Norway, Austria,
Switzerland, Rome, and Paris are on her itinerary before returning
to San Antonio on June 24.
Mrs. James D. Motherway, Jefferson, Maryland, is bound for
Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England the last of May. While in Ire-
land, she hopes to say "hello" to the Henry Griesers. Mrs. Mother-
way writes, "I am trying to keep this old farm going Improve-
ments run into real money more to do. I hate to give it up as it
is pretty out here in the valley where there is plenty of fresh air and
freedom besides, it was our home place. My family has occupied
it for over eighty years."
In May the Carl P. Wankes, of Whittier, California, are flying
across the continent to Baltimore, Maryland "and there sojourn for
awhile with my brother and his wife. Then, we'll be airborne to
Chicago and be met there by Ethel's cousins who are all farmers
at Janesville, Wisconsin. After a stop of several weeks there, we'll
again enplane for Montana where sister Gertrude, a rancher and land
owner, is domiciled ."
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Verner, Delray Beach, Florida, plan a
trip north in July and August -a combination of business and plea-
During a cross-country trip in their camper, Mr. and Mrs. R. B.
H. Stroop, Jr., of Sunnyvale, California, new members of the Society,
visited Hayes' brother Edward C. (Red) Stroop and family, and other
former Zonites in Sarasota. The Stroop family left the Canal Zone in
1951, and early last year Hayes was retired from the Dole Pineapple
Company in California. His wife, Dorothy, who was employed with
N.A.S.A. at Moffett Field was also retired recently.
Their daughter, Carolyn; her husband, Thomas Kiernan, an ex-
ecutive on the board of All State Insurance; and their three teen-age
daughters live in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Their son, Warren (Buddy)
Stroop is an electronics Technician with Lockheed at Vandenburg Air
Force Base. He, his wife and three children, live in San Rosa, Cali-
Mrs. Erma Forbes left St. Petersburg early in May for California
where she will visit Joan and family in Riverside. After a trip to
Vancouver, British Columbia, to see her son James Forbes, her daugh-
ter-in-law, and the grandchildren, Erma will spend the remainder of
the summer in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Gladys Humphrey, our energetic reporter from Sarasota took
time in February for relaxation after all the "hustle and bustle"
characteristic of the holiday season and the Annual Reunion. She
flew to Dallas, Texas, for a visit with her niece, Mickey Walker and
family, Mr. and Mrs. Martin F. Fitzgerald and three children, in-
Her next stop was the Los Angeles area where she spent an en-
joyable two weeks with her sister, Zonella, Mr. and Mrs. John F.
Field in San Fernando, California. Mrs. Humphrey and her sister
visited their aunt, Mrs. Geneva Shrapnel, who was in the hospital at
Huntington Beach. Mrs. Shrapnel had broken her elbow a few days
after returning to California from a holiday visit in Sarasota and
attending the Reunion in St. Petersburg. They also spent an afternoon
with Lee and Lilybel Kariger who are thoroughly enjoying their love-
ly new home in Cypress only a short distance to where their son
Bob and family live.
She then flew to Campbell, California, for a final two weeks'
visit with brother Bud and family Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss,
As all veteran reporters the news take precedence over priv-
ate lives Mrs. Humphrey utilized spare moments from her family
visits to send in news for the RECORD!
A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY
Mrs. Lewis B. Moore, of Claremont, California, and a former
Isthmian resident, was the house guest of Miss Ruth Rickarby, of
Bella Vista, Panama, in March. Mrs. Moore also visited in Cali,
Mrs. Noel E. Gibson (Elsie), of Flora, Illinois, visited her three
sons and enjoyed seeing old friends while vacationing on the Zone
in February and March. The two older boys have always lived on the
Zone, but the youngest and his wife, Bill and Camille, are now teach-
ing on the Zone. Bill is to be head football coach at Balboa High next
In February, Marge Anderson (Mrs. "Andy"), of Clearwater,
Florida, was the house guest of Mr. and Mrs. Fay M. Brown, Mar-
garita, Canal Zone. It was her first trip back to the Zone since leaving
ten years ago. She reported a marvelous time, visiting friends and
"touring" the Zone and Panama once again.
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn R. McNall, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida,
visited friends and relatives on the Zone in April.
"There Is No Place Like Home" and the Zone will always be
home to the J. Bartley Smiths. After almost a year in the States,
traveling and visiting Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Neu, Jr. (Carmen Smith)
in Denver, Colorado, the Smiths returned to the Zone in the spring
of 1970 for family reunions with daughter, Marjorie, and son, Ralph
and his family as well as seeing a host of friends both on the Zone
and in Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wells Wright (Dick and Ginny) will fly
to the Zone on June 7. A week will be all too short for Dickie to
introduce his wife to the scenes of his childhood and adolescent years.
While on the Zone, they will occupy the quarters of Miss Marie Weir.
Dick has a grant to study in Chili during the summer so will fly
south from the Zone, and Ginny will return to Indiana. Announcement
of her part of the trip was a Happy Birthday Surprise to Ginny on
Mrs. Grace E. (Birkland) Brown, of Seal Beach, California,
widow of the late Capt. Samuel Brown, Assistant Port Captain in
Cristobal, visited the Canal Zone in the spring after an absence
of fifteen years.
While on the Isthmus, Mrs. Brown was the house guest of Mrs.
Ellen E. Johnson in Diablo and was feted at a number of dinner
parties and luncheons given by her old friends. During her visit she
spent time in Boquete, Santa Clara, Taboga, and made a partial
transit of the Canal from Gamboa to Balboa. She also visited many
old haunts on the Atlantic Side.
The Chambers of Commerce of California and Florida have been
competing with each other for years, but E. Morris Cherry, a retired
Canal Zone policeman, plays no favorites. He and his wife, Ruth,
travel back and forth in their trailer, usually spending the summer
in California and the winter in Florida.
This year, however, it got colder in Florida than it did in Free-
mont, California, so the Cherrys went back to the Canal Zone for
the first time since his retirement in June, 1964.
When they aren't traveling, the Cherrys often stay with their
daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Critchfield, who with her husband and four
children, live in Freemont. A son, Edward Morris, lives in San Jose,
California, and is a member of the California Highway Patrol. An-
other son, Albert W., is in Santiago, Chili, with LAGS. Both attended
the Canal Zone schools. -SPILLWAY, February 13, 1970.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Orvis returned to Sarasota, Florida, in
March from a month's visit on the Canal Zone with their son, Bob,
his wife, Lottie, and their children.
Rev. P. J. Doran, C. M., (son of Thomas J. Doran, Dredging
Division, 1910-1934, deceased November, 1956) has been visiting his
brother James R. Doran, Diablo Heights, Canal Zone. Father Doran
went to the Canal Zone after a very lengthy illness. He arrived in
December, 1969 and is still on his recuperation leave. Father Doran
went to the Isthmus with his family as a boy of seven years and
spent his grade school years in the Canal Zone schools. After the
eighth grade, he attended St. Joseph High School and St. Joseph
College in Princeton, New Jersey. He attended St. Vincent Seminary
in Germantown (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania, until his ordination
in June, 1934. After his ordination, he spent many years as a mis-
sionary in the San Blas Islands. He was then transferred to the
United States where he worked in Auburn, Alabama, and Philadel-
phia, Pennsylvania. He is enjoying his stay in Panama and his illness
has lessened, thanks to the many prayers of his friends both in the
Canal Zone and in the States. -sent in by Mrs. W. 0. Robertson,
1144 Mariflores Drive, Santa Maria, California 93454.
REUNION WHEN? JULY 4 WEEKEND Although
initiated by so-called ex-Canal Zone brats in 1968, last year parents,
grandparents, and anyone who had been fortunate enough to imbibe
of that Chagres water attended this Reunion with enthusiastic reports
of a wonderful weekend. The following information has been re-
The East Coast members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
will once again host their annual 4th of July reunion. This year
Merritt Island will be the site for the get-together, starting on Friday,
July 3rd with a cocktail party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sal
Aleguas of 1525 Phyllis Drive, Merritt Island. This will start at 8:30
and will be B.Y.O.B. We would appreciate it if everyone planning to
attend will send us $1.50 so that we can provide mixes and ice and
nibblers. There will be lots of Lucho music, and we hope to have
empanadas and seviche. If you would like for us to reserve a baby-
sitter for you, please give us lots of notice, and we would be happy
to do so.
On the 4th of July (Saturday), we will have a picnic on Kiwanis
Island, which is located on the north side of the East Merritt Island
Causeway (520) on the way to Cocoa Beach. We'll be there from
11:00 a.m. so pack up your picnic baskets and ice chests and be there.
We would like to have as many of the ex-Canal Zone brats
attend as we can contact, and since we have had such a great turn-
out at the last two reunions, we know you'll enjoy seeing some of
your old school friends. Try to make plans to come.
We would appreciate it if you would contact either of the organ-
izers and let us know for sure whether you can make it or not, and
if you need accommodations overnight, we'll try to help.
Hoping to see you,
Sandra Hughes Claflin Jinjer Reinhardt Jeffries
285 Antigua Drive 1640 Pluto Street
Merritt Island, Florida 32952 -
News of Former Canal Zonian Lieutenant Commander Gerald
A. Durfee, USN, will arrive from overseas May 8th from one year
service in Vietnam. LCDR Durfee served as the advisor to the
Commanding Officer of Coastal Group 28, a junk force base, located
in Phan Thiet, RVN. As an advisor he participated on all operations
undertaken by the Coastal Group. Some of these were medical civic
action patrols into neighboring villages and hamlets, psychological
warfare operations, and night amphibious landings into enemy-held
territory on search and destroy missions. In all, he has been credited
with over 40 night combat operations. LCDR Durfee was cited re-
peatedly for his courage under fire and many other acts of valor. He
has earned eight medals, some of which are two Bronze Star Medals,
two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses and the Vietnamese Medal of
He has received his orders to the Naval Postgraduate School in
Monterey, California, where he will undergo a two-year course of
instruction leading to a Masters degree in Communications Manage-
ment and Computer Technology.
LCDR Durfee is the son of Mrs. Emma Fresia Durfee, of
Panama City, and Mr. Jerome 0. Durfee, of Las Vegas, Nevada.
He is married to the former Joan Degenaar of Balboa. Both Joan
and Jerry were born in the Canal Zone and are graduates of the
Balboa High School Class of '57. Jerry was an appointee from the
Zone to the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point,
New York, and graduated with the Class of '61.
Mrs. Durfee and her two young children, Lesli and Lonny, have
been living in Dunedin, Florida, while LCDR Durfee has been in
Vietnam. -Mrs. Jessie W. Degenaar, Dunedin, Florida.
SPILLWAY, March 6, 1970 "Pert BHS Grad is Quoted By
Time as Legal Expert" The March 2, 1970, issue of TIME in a
general nationwide summary of opinion on the controversial trial of
the so-called Seven quoted Mrs. Namoi Litvin Helm as follows: "She
felt the judge in the case had to do something, but that four years
in prison for acting up in a courtroom was a long time when you
consider what some people get for an actual crime of violence."
Mrs. Helm, a young San Francisco attorney, is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Litvin of Ancon. Mrs. Helm was graduated
from Balboa High School in 1960 with one of the highest grade
averages in the history of the school. After graduating in 1964 from
Mills College in Oakland, California, with a degree in music, Mrs.
Helm decided to continue her studies at the Hastings College of Law
in San Francisco. She obtained a doctor's degree in law in 1967 and
began the practice of law in San Francisco as a partner of Melvin
Belli, the well-known California trial attorney. Recently, she opened
her own legal office and specializes in general litigation. She is
married to John Helm, a bank manager employed by the Bank of
America in San Francisco.
Isaac H. Andrews, San Francisco, California, who at 95 faithfully
attends the northern California meetings, sent in the following news.
His son William still works at the Navy Yard at Kittery, Maine, as
an electrician. His grandson (William's son), who was on the FOR-
RESTAL, a carrier off Vietnam, is now in Navy Reserve on a special
project shared by United Air Lines, Pratt & Whitney, and the
United States Government to evaluate causes for plane accidents.
His other grandson, Harry J. Godfrey III graduated from the
Coast Guard Academy. and is now commanding Officer of a Cutter
patrolling the coast of Vietnam, trying to stop the smuggling of
arms and ammunition in to the Reds.
Mrs. R. M. Fretland (Ada Lee Sullivan), Land O'Lakes, Wis-
consin, reports on her family. Dick Sullivan, a brother, is now flying
for the United Air Lines; he and his family have just bought a home
in Santa Rosa, California (5041 Carriage Lane). Bob Sullivan is
a lieutenant in the Air Force, stationed in Lubbock, Texas. He and
his wife, Ann, expect their first child in April. Her sister, Pat
Sullivan, is finishing her Lab Technical training in Denver, Colorado.
Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Sullivan, who live in Evergreen,
Colorado, are fine.
Mrs. Fretland felt that friends of Les Davis, former YMCA
Director in Cristobal, might like his address. He lives at 7726 Brent-
wood Drive, Brentwood Court, Apt. #9, Stockton, California 95207.
He has been quite ill and would appreciate hearing from Zone friends.
News from Mrs. Nathan Witkin, Houston, Texas Michael
and Shelley, who were married in November, will remain in the
Chicago area until he completes his tour of duty in July, 1970, with
the Navy at Great Lakes Naval Hospital as Internist and Endocri-
nologist. They then plan to settle in Lexington, Kentucky, where Dr.
Witkin will affiliate with a clinic and the University of Kentucky
Sam, who was drafted in July, 1969, into the United States
Army, is now stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The Witkins
are grateful in having one of their sons near.
Judy, who was very ill again during the past year, is again
rebuilding her strength.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger C. Rowe, Wolcott, New York "This is
our first year as Canal Record members. After receiving our first
issue of the RECORD, we could hardly wait to read about folks
who we do not regularly hear from. We thoroughly enjoyed all of
the small items sent in, telling about individual members of the
families and thought some of our acquaintances might enjoy knowing
We have just completed our third year in our States' home.
Though retired from official daily employment, we certainly are not
retired from activity. We find lots to keep busy with in our com-
munity and on our 40 plus acres. Roger, Jr., is scheduled to graduate
from the University of Pennsylvania in June, 1971, as a Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine. Virginia (Ginny) is working as the private
secretary to the District Manager of the Durkee/Glidden Corp. in
Wolcott, New York. All of us are happy, doing the things we like
Parked for awhile "You will be surprised to hear that the
wandering Shueys, Ray and Evelyn, have partly settled down in
Neosho, Missouri, Ray's home town.
"We have bought two acres of land just outside the city limits;
there's a nice building on the place, 28x38, has a bedroom and bath
in one end, double overhead garage doors in the middle and work
shop area on the other end.
"It is a very nice set-up in connection with our Airstream trailer
which we intend to keep until we can't travel any more.
"We decided that Missouri was centrally located and we can
go west or to Florida and not have so far to go. Of course with Edith
in West Palm Beach, we will be coming to Florida for the worst of
the winter months .
"Ralph and Marie will be staying awhile with us while they
look for a place to buy, here or down Arkansas way.
"We are going to have a couple of trailer hook-ups for friends
who have travel trailers CANAL ZONERS WELCOME! Our
address is Rt. 4, Box 58, Neosho, Missouri 64850." -Evelyn Shuey
Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Davis (Marge and Ken) have retired! They
have sold their motel in Mountain Home, Idaho, but are remaining
in Mountain Home 865 N. 7th East, Zip 83647.
Mrs. H. W. Beers, Jr. 72 28th Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia
30309 informed the RECORD of the death of her uncle, James V.
McGimsey on February 24, 1970, and wrote, "Since he was the only
man allowed to live on the San Blas Islands, I thought your editor
might like the enclosed article which was published in La Nacion in
"James V. McGimsey, retired Panama Canal employee and the
'Robinson Crusoe' of the San Blas Islands, was among the passengers
sailing this morning on the ANCON.
"He told friends before his departure that he is leaving his
island paradise on Maua, one of the San Blas Archipelagoes to return
to the United States permanently. He hopes to renew acquaintances
with some of the people and places he has not seen since he entered
the Canal service just 44 years ago (1905). He retired from the
Canal service as Cashier at the Colon Water Office in September,
1936, and most of the years since have been spent in the San Blas ...
"A short time after he retired, he made arrangements with two
San Blas Indians, known only as Jake and Charlie, who own the entire
Island of Maua, to make his permanent home on the lonely but
beautiful little island. The Indian brothers were at one time employed
by Robert Wilcox, pioneer trader in the San Blas Islands.
"Mr. McGimsey built a comfortable and solid cabin which he
gradually improved with all modern conveniences, including an
electric refrigerator. Jake, the only other inhabitant of Maua, became
his man 'Friday'. The Canal construction era veteran carried the
'Robinson Crusoe' romance even further by naming his small launch,
"His home in the San Blas became a popular visiting place for
fishermen and other visitors from the mainland where Mr. McGimsey
entertained hospitably in true tropical fashion.
"Even before he went to the San Blas Islands to live, Mr. Mc-
Gimsey was known to be one of the most avid and successful fisher-
men on the Gold Coast. His isle of retirement furnished the perfect
grounds in the San Blas area."
Mr. McGimsey, who has been living in New Orleans, has kept
informed of Canal friends through his membership in the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. His last correspondence was a short note
and a change of address in January.
We are delighted to report news from Mr. and Mrs. Carl P.
Hoffman, of Rochester, New York. They have been missing among
Florida's winter visitors for the past two years. Although Mrs.
Hoffman has been in and out of the hospital or confined to the home
most of the time for the past two years, and Mr. Hoffman is just
home from the hospital on April 4 after a nine-week confinement for
major surgery, they are already making plans to attend the Reunion
Their daughter, Major Kathleen Replinger, is still with them in
Rochester. Welcome as a new member of the Society to their son,
Carl P. Hoffman Jr. and family of Annandale, Virginia.
Isabel O'Donovan-Rossa, New York, sent a note with her dues
reminiscing about the old days. To her the RECORD "has always
been like having a visit with old friends in distant spots throughout
the country as well as a contact with patients she had at Gorgas."
Francis P. Washabaugh, Cristobal, Canal Zone, a new member
of the Society who has been employed as an Admeasurer in the
Navigation Division at Cristobal, expects to retire July 30, 1970,
after 21 years and 7 months of government service.
Mr. and Mrs. Washabaugh plan to purchase a camper and travel
for a year or so after retirement touring the United States,
Canada, and driving to Alaska. Eventually, they probably will settle
in the western part of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Washabaugh was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, and is the
oldest son of Frank Washabaugh, now deceased, who was a Roose-
velt Medal holder and construction-day employee. When he retires
and leaves the Zone at the end of July, it will be the first time since
1909 that there has not been a Washabaugh on the Panama Canal.
After July 30 when the Washabaughs will sail on the SS Cris-
tobal, mail should be addressed to them in care of their oldest daughter
whose address is: Mrs. James W. Wagner, Box 38, Albion, Pennsyl-
Mrs. Oliver Bowen (May M.) writes that in spite of four inches
of snow accompanied by sleet and high winds on Easter Sunday
that they enjoy living in Guilford, Connecticut, a town founded in
1639. Mr. Bowen retired in July, 1951 machinist, Industrial Bureau
after living on the Canal Zone for twenty-five years.
"As I look back, I think we were down there at the best time."
Mr. and Mrs. Richard (Dick) Capps have a new address 612
W. Wallace, Shawnee, Oklahoma 74801.
Dick retired January 30. Moving from Kansas to the Sooner
State was like going home as the Capps had lived in Shawnee many
years before going to the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Norbet A. Jones (Louise), who has retired from Panama
Canal Service, left the Isthmus on April 23 for California where her
son Gil and his family are located. At the time of her letter, she
had not decided where to locate permanently.
News March 20 from Mr. Robert D. McNew, Bull Shoals,
Arkansas. "I am retired now (effective March 7). Had been working
for the Army Engineering Corps at the Bull Shoals Power Plant
since leaving the Canal Zone. I will probably be down that way before
I settle down, although my first trip will be to the Pacific Coast.
Have a daughter in the State of Washington, a son and several other
relatives in California, a son in Kansas, a daughter in Missouri, a
son in Lakeland, Florida, and my youngest is in the Navy Medical
Corps now en route to Japan. So, you see, I have a lot of territory
"Still winter down here in these Ozarks 30 degrees last night,
and we have snow on the ground ... Do you know any one who would
like to buy a home here and have fun building snowmen and throw-
ing snowballs ?"
Congratulations to Mrs. John A. Cummins, Roswell, New Mexico
- "My husband in 1959 was a Charter Member and Secretary of
NARCE, Chapter 731, and I now have his job (for free) here in
From Joseph P. Musso. Plantation, Florida "Alice Hart, of
Tampa, Florida, spent two weeks in February visiting her daughter,
Edna, and her family who live in Plantation, Florida. We are still
trying to decide if Grandmother enjoyed the children most, or vice
Pictured in the PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, April 17, were
Harold J. Million and Gordon R. Million, father and son, who are
proudly examining the citizenship certificates issued to them recently
by William T. Jarmon of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization
Service. Assistant Chief Hydrographer Million, second generation
Canal Zone resident, and Gordon, third generation were among the
160 Canal Zone residents expected to receive proof of U.S. citizenship
certificates during the certificate issuing period from April 13
through April 24. Gordon is 17 years of age and a junior at Balboa
Congratulations to Capt. and Mrs. E. D. Carey, Zephyrhills,
Florida, who celebrated their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary on April
6. "We were fortunate in having our family here for the event. Jack
Jr. came from Long Beach, California, Bob from Panama, Mary
Jean (Carey) Kummer and daughter, Mary Ann, from Dover, New
Jersey, and my sister and brother-in-law, Isabelle and Wally Wolford.
It was the first time in twenty-three years that we were all together
and the first in fifteen years that Jack and Mary Jean had seen each
Vacation news submitted by Andrew J. Smith, Curundu Heights,
Canal Zone The Smiths spent six weeks in the States last fall.
They visited friends and relatives in Wadsworth, Ohio, in Albama,
and in New York. In Hampton, Virginia, they saw Bill and Rosalie
(Cook). Bill retired from the Army (stationed at Fort Gulick), and
Rosalie was formerly employed in the Machinery Accounting Branch
at Balboa Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Yocum also had a two-month fall vacation
in the States. After visiting relatives and friends in Wadsworth,
Ohio, they drove to Nashville, Tennessee, where they saw many old
Canal Zone friends Mr. and Mrs. Henry Carpenter (Margarita),
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Wagner (Balboa), and Mary Worley (Balboa).
In Fairhope, Alabama, they visited John and Dorothy Mathews (Cu-
rundu), Bob Arnold (Fort Gulich), and Dorothy Montayne (Gatun).
Continuing on to Austin, Texas, they visited Mrs. Sumner Ewing,
a sister of Ernie's, and Clarence (Pep) and Grace McIlvaine.
January, 1970 Pete Monaco in a note apologizing for late
dues (to many members it isn't late until September and then it's
too late) wrote, "Sorry I'm late with my dues. After living for thirty-
seven years in God's country how can anyone forget those that share
the same with me?
"Remember me to all my friends in St. Pete. I have moved into
a one-bedroom apartment. My new address is Park Place, Apt. 63,
924 Florida Avenue, Panama Cty, Florda 32401. If anyone from
there come up this way, call me at 763-8310."
Harold L. Anderson, who held the position of Chief in what was
known as the General Services of the Administrative Services Branch
from 1950, has been promoted to Chief, Administrative Service Di-
vision, succeeding Harold I. Perantie who has retired after more than
thirty years Canal service.
Mr. Anderson went to the Canal organization as an employee in
the Correspondence Bureau of the former Executive Department in
1940. His career was interrupted from 1943 to 1946 when he went
into the military service in the U.S. Navy. Upon returning to the
Panama Canal, he served as an administrative assistant in the Execu-
tive Secretary's Office until 1950 when he transferred to the Admin-
istrative Branch as Chief of the General Services. In 1965 he was
promoted to Assistant Chief of the Diviison.
In addition to his official duties, Mr. Anderson has taken a
prominent part in community activities.
Harold I. Perantie went to the Panama Canal in 1939 and was
employed in the Executive Department. He has held a number of
positions and has headed the Administrative Division since 1954.
During his early years in the Canal organization, he was employed
as Executive Assistant in the Office of the Executive Secretary. His
Canal service was interrupted by military service from 1944 to 1945
when he served in the U.S. Navy.
Mr. Perantie also has held the position of Deputy Director and
Director for Selective Service in the Canal Zone over a period of
Mr. and Mrs. Perantie left the Isthmus on March 26. Their
immediate plans include extended travel in the United States.
Bruce G. Sanders, Jr., Chief, Customs Division, has been named
State director for the Selective Service in the Canal Zone. Mr. Sanders
had been deputy since 1967 and succeeds H. I. Perantie, who retired
after more than thirty years of service with the Canal organization.
Appointed deputy to Sanders was R. L. Seeley, Chief, Employ-
ment-Management Relations Staff, Personnel Bureau.
Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Ames (Mary Howard), formerly of Seattle,
Washington, have a new address 620 Comet Drive, Apartment E
106. Foster City, California 94404.
Diane Comstock, of St. Petersburg Beach, a niece of Grace
Connor and daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Connor of old Canal
Zone days is teaching in Dunedin, Florida. She also teaches Spanish
From Mrs. Mary C. Hess, Rolla, Missouri "Dad surely looks
forward to and enjoys every word in the magazines that he receives,
telling about the Panama people. Guess once a Zonite always one. He
seems pretty good and really enjoyed Christmas. Since he is living
in his own small apartment, he does get the biggest kick out of
receiving gifts such as bath towels, bath mats, kitchen clock, and
other household type articles ..."
Mrs. Hess is interested in a few pieces of chinaware that was
available in the early days in Panama. She would especially like
Wedgewood or Royal Doulton "That is what I recall best that
mother owned; one thing that is so vivid in my memory as a child
is a Blue Wedgewood fern dish that Mother always kept on the side-
board complete with fern. I would like one of those above all, but any
piece that I could get, I would surely prize."
News from M. C. Brassfield, New Orleans, Louisiana "Well,
I am working on my first job in the States since I was a kid sixteen
years old. I am a Security Guard for a local agency. If I go another
three years, I'll have an income and can return to Panama.
"I have a fellow from California occupying my place, and that
allowed me to get away. I would have gone back to Venezuela on
those Boom & Bust cycles, but no one can any longer get into
Venezuela for the sole purpose of working and coming away.
"My place in Panama is right on the Pan-American Highway
about five miles from Santa Clara ."
Mrs. John G. Claybourn, Ann Arbour, Michigan, was made a
member of the Ann Arbor Women's Painting Association. She was
very pleased at having received this coveted honor. "You have to
submit three original paintings that you had accomplished outside
of the painting class, and needless to say I was very thrilled when
the President called me and told me I was accepted for my talent
and efforts. I guess the shock was too much for since then I have
been resting on my laurels ."
News from Mrs. William J. (Charlotte) Lierman, Granite City,
Illinois. "We've just had a memorable week. Our daughter, Sandra,
and her husband and twins have been here since Good Friday. Our
son, Bill, is home on leave from McChard A.F.B., where he is a
C-141 pilot. It's the first time we have all been together in several
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Rager have given Box 316, Muncy,
Pennsylvania 17756 as their new address after April. Mr. Rager is
retiring with 30 years' service as of May 19.
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hicks (Judy Palumbo) moved from South
San Francisco, California, where Judy was an elementary teacher,
to Goleta on the California West Coast. Judy's sister, Sara Jane
Palumbo, is a Dictaphone Typist in San Francisco.
Lou Hasemann reporting from Jacksonville, Florida, April 18,
1970 The first and most IMPORTANT item requires a cross
reference See Births!
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hensler flew to San Jose, Costa Rica, for a
four to five month sojourn. I'm very happy to report that Fred is
doing nicely, and that new medication has helped him very much.
According to messages received, both are enjoying the change of
Mr. and Mrs. Winthrop Garrett have their plans all set for the
cross-country move. Mrs. Garrett retired from the United States
Army Corps of Engineers. They expect to reside in Kern City,
California, where Win has his sisters and their daughters nearby.
Talked to Sam Roe, Jr., and he and his family are getting along
extremely well. They have adjusted to this area and apparently are
Ruth and Charlie Hollander have had their ups and downs this
past winter with colds and a bout with K 0 Virus. Talked to them
yesterday, and both seem on the road to full recovery. The Mike
Attards, formerly of the All American Cable Company, spent the
night with them en route to the southern part of the state.
The Brown sisters, Carrie and Pearl, are permanently settled
now and love their new surroundings. They have adjusted to state-
side living; however, they do miss the Zone and their many friends.
Recently, Ann Wiliams spent a few days with them. Ann was up
here on business.
Carrie and Helen Barrett, formerly of Balboa, have been playing
a lot of bridge and apparently creating some attention as experts.
Emily and Lou Snedeker have been ill; however, they are on the
road to recovery. Emily had some foot trouble and has been doctoring
for a spell. Poor Lou has arthritis in his hands and shoulder and
tells me some days it's really rough.
Ernest E. Faris, supervisory clerical assistant in the Electrical
Division, retired in February after more than thirty-five years of
Federal service, most of which has been with the Panama Canal
Mr. Faris and his family have been making their home in the
Canal Zone since shortly after his arrival on the Isthmus with the
U.S. Navy in 1938. He has been a Canal employee since 1941.
He and his family were active members of the Union Church
where he served as Sunday school teacher, elder, financial secretary,
chairman of the church council and vice president of the Union
Church of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Faris join twenty-eight other families who are
members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida in making the
Grand Canyon State their retirement home. Their address is: General
Delivery, Kingman, Arizona 86401
Judge John Deming, Magistrate of the Balboa Court since 1955,
retired in March after twenty-five years of Federal Government
A native of Nebraska, where he was in private legal practice
before being appointed Balboa Magistrate, Judge Deming is a grad-
uate of the University of Nebraska and a United States Army veteran
of World War II ...
During the fifteen years that Judge and Mrs. Deming lived in
the Canal Zone, they took an active part in the civic and social affairs
of the community. Their three sons, John, Dennis, and William,
attended Canal Zone schools, and Mrs. Deming was active in the
Red Cross and the Mutual Benefit Association.
Judge Deming, who left the Isthmus on March 12, will be
succeeded in June by Col. John Baker, upon his retirement from
the United States Army.
During the time between the departure from the Canal Zone
of Judge Deming and the arrival of Col. Baker, Carl A. Widell, Tampa,
Florida, who has acted as relief magistrate in the Canal Zone, will
be temporary Magistrate in Balboa.
ROOMMATES Watering her azaleas in the late afternoon
of May 4, Mrs. Lucille Judd, in manipulating the long hose, stepped
into a hole and fell. Assisted to the house by strangers passing by,
Lucille had them telephone Mrs. Jewell Oliver, a sister of Mrs. Har-
riett Shreves, for assistance only to learn that Jewell was making
arrangements for Mrs. Shreves to enter the hospital another
fall. So friends of some forty years now occupy the same room
at the Bay Front Medical Center in St. Petersburg Lucille with
a fractured hip and Harriet, a broken shoulder.
We hope for a speedy recovery for both of them. As always,
thinking ahead, Lucille quips, "I'll have those azaleas dug up and
replaced with gravel."
News from the Harvey McConaugheys by Grace "We are
very happy and keep busy in our new home in Oakland, California.
Although called the Baptist retirement home, there are fine people
living there from many denominations. Harvey is president of the
Men's Club. I WAS active in our church and two social clubs. Harvey
and I both belong to a Study Club (I'm president). Recently, it was
our turn to give the program. Harvey talked on the "Territorial
Expansion of the U.S.A. I talked about the first state, Delaware,
that ratified our Constitution.
"On July 29, 1969, I fell on a very crowded bus in San Francisco
and injured my hip. I am now walking with only one cane. Soon,
I'll discard it. Praise be!
"Grandson Bob McConaughey, wife Gail, and their two children
will visit us in June. They fly to New Orleans, pick up their car and
will visit us and other relations all over the United States ."
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Ebdon, Jr., recent retirees from the Canal
Zone, will occupy the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thatcher Clisbee 1157
Eden Isle Boulevard, N.E., St. Petersburg, 33704 for approxi-
mately two months. The Clisbees leave St. Petersburg on May 12 for
a vacation in Texas and Ohio.
In early March, Edmund R. MacVittie, Chief of the Architectur-
al Branch, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the
Panama Canal organization's highest honorary award, and a check
for $500 which accompanied the certificate was presented to Mrs.
Mr. MacVittie, who has thirty-one years of service with the
Panama Canal, has been Chief of the Architectural Branch of the
Engineering Division since 1965 when he was promoted to this po-
sition to succeed David A. Yerkes who retired .. In recognition of
his outstanding record of performance of his job with the Canal,
he received an outstanding award in 1967. SPILLWAY, March 6.
Retirement home for Mr. and Mrs. MacVittie is in Sun City,
Arizona 10130 Forrester Drive. Zip 85351.
A plaque of the Good Government Award was presented to
Pete Monaco, a former Canal employee, by the Jaycee of Panama
City, Florida, in recognition of his service in the community. Mr.
Monaco, who went to the Canal Zone in 1923 as a machinist, retired
in 1950. He was previously honored by the mayor of Panama City
who proclaimed Saturday, October 25, 1969, as "P. P. Pete Monaco"
Lawrence Barca, Jr., formerly assistant to the chief of the Locks
Division, has been made Superintendent of the Pacific Branch of the
Locks Division, succeeding T. J. Ebdon who has retired.
Mr. Barca went to the Canal Zone with his family when he was
a child. He attended the Canal Zone schools, served an apprenticeship
as a coppersmith with the Canal and went to the Canal Zone College.
He later attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New
York, where he received a degree in mechanical engineering in 1951.
He returned to the Canal Zone in 1952 as a mechanical engineer
on the Pacific Locks and during the past seventeen years has had
experience in various administrative, engineering, and staff assign-
He was selected to attend the 5-month management intern
program sponsored by the Civil Service Commission and was given
three Superior Service Awards in 1959, 1966, and 1969.
In the latest of actions to promote better understanding between
the Administration and Canal Zone youth, Gov. W. P. Leber has
announced the assignment of Cleveland C. Soper III as Youth Council
Mr. Soper, current chief of the Laboratory Section in the Graphic
Branch, has been active in numerous civic affairs relating to the.
youth of the community. Operating from the office in the Balboa
Service Center previously occupied by the Veterans Administration,
Mr. Soper will work directly with members of the Canal Zone Youth
Cleveland C. Soper III, 35, was born in Akron, Ohio, but he has
spent most of his adult life in Panama and the Canal Zone. An Air
Force veteran, he attended Canal Zone College and Ohio University
at Athens, Ohio. He and his wife Odilia (Winberg) have two children.
F. Harvey Smith, Jr., retired from the Canal organization
recently with more than thirty-two years of service with the Electric-
al Division, most of which was on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus.
Mr. Smith was a member of the Cristobal Gun Club for many
years and its president for at least fifteen years. He was known
throughout the Canal Zone for his skill with the pistol.
Mr. Smith received the Master Key to the Panama Canal from
Col. Charles R. Clark, Engineering and Construction Director. The
Master Key certificate appropriately bears the title, "Jefe Electric-
ista, Sector Atlantico."
Vance Howard became the new Chief of the Panama Canal
Electrical Division's Power Branch in January. Mr. Howard was
born in Ancon and served during World War II with the United
States Navy. He has been supervisor of generation and transmission
at the Balboa Substation since 1964 and replaced John R. Smith,
who retired recently from his position as power chief. His mother,
Mrs. H. V. Howard, Sr., resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Robert R. McCoy, who went to the Canal Zone with his parents
as a boy and who has been Chief of the Miraflores Power Station
since 1966, succeeded Mr. Howard as supervisor of generation and
Both Mr. Howard and Mr. McCoy are graduates of Balboa High
School and both completed a four-year course with the Panama
Canal apprentice program as electrical apprentices.
Richard D. Hoyle, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warner W. E. Hoyle, of
Balboa, a graduate of the University of South Carolina Naval and
Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps, was recently commis-
sioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps at
ceremonies held at the university's Naval Armory. Lieutenant Hoyle
also received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the
Lieutenant Hoyle, who is presently residing at Saluda, South
Carolina, with his wife, Ann, and infant daughter. Lee Kathryn,
soon will return to Quantico for a 21-week basic officer course prior
to assignment to a Marine Corps station or post.
Miss Sarah G. Runnestrand, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul M.
Runnestrand, of Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, graduates June 1 from
Sophie Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, Lou-
isiana, with a B.A. degree in political science (cum laude, Phi Beta
Kappa). She is a designate of the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Foun-
dation and will begin postgraduate studies in September at Columbia
University in the area of Soviet politics.
The Panama Canal SPILLWAY, March 20, 1970
The United States Army bronze star for outstanding meritorious
service in connection with military action has been awarded to Sgt.
Ronald E. Pearl, former resident of the Isthmus and a graduate of
Balboa High School and the Canal Zone College, who is now serving
in Vietnam with the First Infantry Division .
Ronald Pearl is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Pearl, former
residents of Balboa and Las Cumbres, who now live in Ocala, Florida.
After graduating from the Canal Zone College, Ronald Pearl attended
the University of Southern Mississippi. He received a master's degree
in business administration and was employed by North American
Aviation in Whittier, California, at the time he was drafted in 1968.
His wife and infant daughter are living in Tustin, California.
PO 2 La Rue Christoph (U.S. Navy), son of Vern Christoph, of
Balboa, and Mrs. Carolyn Christoph, of Margarita, received the Joint
Service Commendation Medal from Brig. Gen. Albert H. Smith, Jr.,
Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel, Military Assistance Command,
Vietnam, in March. The medal was awarded for outstanding perform-
ance of duty with the Secretary Joint Staff, U.S. Southern Command
in the Canal Zone.
His wife, Susan, and three sons live in Houston, Texas.
Grover Matheney not only is the first golfer to hold the Panama
Open, Panama Golf Club Championship and the Isthmus Amateur
Championship (sponsored by Mercurio Jewelers) at the same time,
but he also has the distinction of being the first golfer to win his
FOURTH straight Panama Open Amateur championship. As de-
fending champion in the 1970 Panama Open, Grover proved that he
possessed every quality that a champion is made of when he diligently
worked the 18-hole Panama course over to win for the fourth time.
After his third win in 1969, Mr. Matheney had remarked that he
would keep the Panama crown until somebody worked harder to win
than he did.
In a sportsmanlike gesture, Grover Matheney, after accepting
the prize donated by Pan American World Airways, in turn donated
the trophy to the Panama Golf Association in the name of his late
stepfather, Elton Todd, to be used as a trophy in a tournament to
raise funds to help the young Isthmian golfers who will travel to the
United States this year to play in the Jaycee tournament.
Jennie Widere, veteran St. Petersburg business woman active
in many civic projects received the St. Petersburg Advertising Club's
Silver Medal Award on April 29 at special ceremonies at Holiday Inn
The local woman was credited with "40 years of service" from
1929-70, and she's still going strong. She was selected for the award
for her contributions to the printing industry and demonstrated
creative ability. -St. Petersburg INDEPENDENT, April 30, 1970.
Mrs. Widere prints both the RECORD and the ANNUAL ISSUE
for the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
A notice appeared in the December issue of the RECORD that
Vol. 51, J. G. White Company, NATIONAL CYCLOPEDIA OF
AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY with a biography of Col. Daniel E.
Wright was available in the reading room of the St. Petersburg
Public Library. Delivery of this Volume was delayed but, according
to correspondence received from Mrs. Wright, as of April 19, 1970,
this volume is now available in the public library.
George D. Cockle, Pharr, Texas, sent in information on his
sons. The older, Lt. Col. George Robert retired from the service
on December 31, 1969, and he will join his family in Salinas, Cali-
fornia. Major Dale Sherwood Cockle, a West Point graduate, is
presently serving at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. "He has
been alerted for duty in Vietnam in the near future, providing
'Changing Times' does not change the outlook."
DUES ARE DUE
REPORT OF SECRETARY-TREASURER
Through April, 1970
Seems almost impossible for summer to be so near better
weather here is most welcome and the air conditioners are coming
into their own again. Our days are in the 70's and 80's and believe
it or not we just had a 90 degree reading.
We are awaiting friends coming our way for some of the summer
months, and I assure you they will have a warm welcome -
Don't forget we are now meeting in Gulfport at the foot of 58th
Street South left side of the street meetings are the first Friday
of each month TIME 1:30 P.M. DATES June 5, July 3,
August 7, September 4 Please make your plans accordingly. We
all want to see you and visit with you. THE ADDRESS IS 5730
SHORE BLVD. SOUTH.
We have had 1,771 pay their 1970 dues; 85 pay their 1971 dues
- Blood Bank 582 have paid for 1970 and 9 for 1971.
Please send in your dues for 1970 at your earliest convenience
as time is growing short -
DON'T FORGET THAT DUES FOR 1971 WILL BE $5.00, in
accordance with the decision made at the Reunion this year.
It is also necessary to remind you that unless your dues are
paid in the Society you will not receive any benefit from the Blood
Bank. I sincerely hope that you will not need the services of the
Blood Bank, as it would, of necessity have to be refused.
Many of our members have left for their homes up North, and
we are missing them already. We will be glad when you return home.
Please, I beg of you, when you leave home advise me of your
change of address Also when sending in an application for mem-
bership state if the person is Mr., Mrs. or Miss. This quarter
we have had much mail returned this is not necessary. The Post
Office places a "change of address" on some pieces of mail, but we
have to know if it is a vacation address or a change. We really aren't
mindreaders, although at times I wish I had learned this art.
Dues for 1970 $4.00, Blood Bank $2.00 each for adults, and
$1.00 each for children under 18 years of age. Dues for 1971 $5.00.
Have a nice summer, and will see you upon your return.
Lucille S. Judd
IMPORTANT TO: Florida Blood Bank Members To avoid
misunderstandings at a time of need two regulations of the Florida
Blood Bank Membership are quoted below:
GUARD PERIOD New members, and members reinstated
for not maintaining continuous good standing in the Fund as provided
under Article VII, Par. 2, of the Bylaws, are not eligible to receive
any benefits from the Fund unless he or she have paid the assess-
ment AT LEAST THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE NEED FOR
DONORS OF BLOOD Members or non-members who are
donors of blood for credit to the Fund's blood reserve at the St.
Petersburg Community Blood Bank will be paid the sum of $10 (orig-
inally this figure was $5) by the St. Petersburg Community Blood
Bank, an incorporated organization acting as agents for donors to the
fund, by order of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Fund.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
GULFPORT COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM,
February 6, 1970
The Panama Canal Society of Florida met February 6th for
their regular monthly meeting at the Gulfport Community Center
Auditorium. President Falk opened the meeting with the Pledge of
Allegiance to the Flag which was followed by the singing of AMER-
ICA by the members. After the Invocation, given by Mrs. Jay Cain,
Chaplain, the Lord's Prayer was recited.
As names were called by the Recording Secretary, the following
stood for special recognition.
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Beck St. Petersburg
Mrs. Helen Sterzing Clearlake, Iowa
Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Bigelow, Jr. Washington, D.C.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanwood 0. Specht St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Tony Raymond New York City
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Noonan Sarasota, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Nick Elich Polson, Montana
Mrs. Maybelle Clemmons St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Bell St. Petersburg
Mrs. Marie Plath Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. Leonore Schwab Hamilton, Ohio
Mrs. Lucille M. Flenniken St. Petersburg
T. J. Humphrey St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schroeder Deleware City, Deleware
Mrs. John A. Mennell St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Monsanto Iowa City, Iowa
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Van Wagner Hendersonville, North Caro-
The Minutes of the January meeting (Reunion) were read by
the Recording Secretary and approved as read.
Current news pertaining to illness, deaths, engagements, wed-
dings, address changes, etc. were reported by Mrs. Judd. Details will
appear in the June RECORD. Two resignations were reported. Some
members have reported that they had not received their Old Timers'
checks. Mrs. Judd had contacted several agencies in an effort to
find out why these checks had not been received and to prevent a
reoccurence. A note from Mr. Robert L. Dill, President of the Pana-
ma Canal Club of Houston, Texas, was read, thanking Mr. Howard
for courtesies extended to him and his wife at the Reunion.
Correspondence with the Soreno Hotel regarding the luncheon
served at the Annual Reunion was read. The Manager of the Soreno
had made the only adjustment possible after the luncheon had been
served -a refund of $150 to the Society. At a Board Meeting on
January 20, it was decided to place the amount of the refund in the
January 14-15 has been reserved for the 1971 Reunion.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, announced that the Cost
of Living continued its upward climb and was now well past a 2%
increase since the last raise. He indicated that health insurance cost
would probably double in ten years. HR 3661 and 3662 are still
alive. Walter Thomas, President of NARCE, will seek average in-
creases this year of 15% the increase which was passed for
Social Security last fall. Mr. Grady discussed a booklet entitled
"Questions and Answers About Insurance." Mr. Grady believed the
booklet was well worth possessing. It is available on request in several
localities in St. Petersburg, the address is 412 12th Avenue North;
in Bradenton, 905 Sixth Avenue West 33505, and in Tampa, 800
Twiggs Street 33602.
Happy Birthday was sung to Mr. John Keenan, Mr. Earl Baltoz-
er, Mrs. Viola Fuller, Mrs. Charlotte Eckert, Mrs. J. W. B. Hall, Mrs.
Doris Deavours, Mrs. Matilda Neely, Mr. Raymond Hills, and Mr.
It was announced that Mr. Charles Holmelin is the new Sergeant-
Coffee and doughnuts were served to the one hundred and twenty-
three members and guests.
March 6 1970
The President of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Capt.
Henry Falk, called the March meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. After
the President led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag,
the assembled group sang AMERICA. Following the Invocation, given
by Mrs. Harry V. Cain, Chaplain, thirty seconds of silent prayer for
members and friends who had passed away since the February meet-
ing were observed. Capt. Falk welcomed the 109 members and visitors
present at the March meeting. Members who had been absent for
some time and visitors stood as their names were called by the Re-
cording Secretary for special recognition. Those present were:
Linda Sue Walker (Linda Cunningham) St. Petersburg, Flor-
Mr. Gilbert Owens Largo, Florida
Mrs. Ann Pennock St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Jack Austin Springfield, Massachusetts
Mrs. Dow Walker St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Madison Clearwater, Florida
Mr. Jack Rand St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. William Schwarm Palm Harbor, Florida
Mr. Malcolm Gatheral New Jersey (S.S. ANCON)
Mr. and Mrs. G. Carter Orr St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Baumbach Clearwater, Florida
Capt. and Mrs. Stewart Townshend Massapequa, New York
Eugene I. Askew St. Petersburg, Florida
The Minutes of the February meeting were read by the Record-
ing Secretary and approved as read.
Current news on weddings, births, illnesses, and deaths were
reported by Mrs. Lucille Judd. Interesting and informative letters
from many old friends of Zone days were read. See the June RECORD
for details. Dues for 1970 continue to come in. Brochures from various
sections of the State are constantly being received, offering facilities
for the next Reunion.
The resignation of Mr. Cecil Banan, past president of the Pana-
ma Canal Society of Florida, 1966-1968, from the Executive Board
was announced. Mr. Banan, a dedicated worker for the Society for
many years, has given generously of his time in serving on many
committees. As a past president and board member, he will always
be welcome to attend Board meetings. He has agreed to continue his
efficient service on the Refreshment Committee.
William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, informed the mem-
bers of the Society that to date no action had been taken on HR
3361 and HR 3662. In 1971, retirees will have the option of having
Income Tax deductions made from monthly annuities deductions
will be VOLUNTARY and may be made on annuities only.
Happy Birthdays to: Ed Light, Rose Kozak (Canal Zone), Alice
Beck, Lee Wright (Texas), Bill Grady, Jack Rathgeber (New Jer-
sey), Helen Hammond, C. P. Hoffman (New York), Ezra Haldeman,
Stora Everett, and Newell Shaw (Arkansas).
Coffee and doughnuts were served by the Reception Committee
following the business meeting.
April 3, 1970
One hundred and eleven members and guests gathered at the
Gulfport Community Center for the scheduled monthly meeting of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida. President Falk opened the
meeting with Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The group, accompan-
ied by Mrs. Vivian Michael at the piano, sang "God Bless America."
Mrs. Harry V. Cain, Chaplain, led the recitation of the Lord's Prayer.
The following members who had not attended regularly and guests
were asked to stand for special recognition as names were called by
the Recording Secretary.
Mrs. Bruce R. Claflin (Sandra Hughes) Merritt Island, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Noonan Sarasota, Florida
Mr. Levi Neal Brewer, Maine
Mr. and Mrs. Dave Madison Tarpon Springs, Florida
Mrs. Della G. Pilkerton St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Jessie Matheney St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dailey St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. Charles W. Hummer St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. Jack Campbell St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Z. K. Esler St. Petersburg, Folrida
Mr. Joseph M. McGovern St. Petersburg, Florida, formerly
from New Jersey
Capt. Falk welcomed the members and guests.
The Minutes of the March meeting were read by the Recording
Secretary and approved as read.
Mrs. Judd urged all retirees with service dates between 1904-
1914 to notify her or Mr. Howard immediately in order that the total
list could be sent to J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement Counselor. She
summarized news since the March meeting births, deaths, wed-
dings, address changes, etc. Mrs. Judd urged members to send in
correct address changes; all too many Records are returned with the
Post Office giving the new address. A change of address SHOULD
BE the responsibility of the member involved.
Welcome to Mr. and Mrs. James H. Burns (Leona and Herman),
of Redart Post Office, Virginia, who arrived too late for the special
recognition of guests.
William F. Grady, Legislative Representative reported that an
increase in the Cost of Living should occur either on the August or
September checks. H.R. 3361 and H.R. 3362 were due for a hearing
three weeks ago, but because of the postal strike Mr. Grady had not
received the last NEWS REPORT so had no information on the two
Mr. Grady informed the Society that the Government had an-
nounced a revision in the base year used as a yardstick. The Bureau
of Labor Statistics said comparisons in government figures will soon
be made with the 1967 instead of the 1957-59 average now in use.
The new base will take effect by next January at the latest. As a
result, the figures on the cost of living and other reports will appear
lower. The new index would mean it cost $11.33 in January to buy
the same goods and services that could be purchased for $10 in 1967.
The old index means it cost $13.18 in January to buy goods worth
$10 in 1957-59. Cost of Living increases would come less often by
President Falk asked Mrs. Virginia Harvey to inform the Society
on news she had received in the morning by HAM from the Zone.
The Gorgona was sunk in the Miraflores locks by a freak accident.
Happy Birthday was sung to the following: Mrs. Lincoln, Sara-
sota, Florida; Ross Hollowell, Mrs. Jessie Matheney, Mrs. Della A.
Pilkerton, Mrs. Annie Conley, of St. Petersburg; Mrs. A. G. Dunham,
Miami; Jack Taber, Largo; Mrs. C. P. Hoffman, New York; Martin
Seiler, California; Mrs. Blanche Shaw, Arkansas; and Frank Ger-
Coffee and doughnuts were served by the Reception Committee
following the business meeting.
Margaret M. Ward
Mr. and Mrs. Wladimer Ishoy (Wally and Ditty, of Panama,
will arrive in St. Petersburg on May 28 for a eight-day visit with
old friends from the Zone.
Mr. Ishoy, Danish Consul General, and Mrs. Ishoy will fly from
St. Petersburg to Denmark on June 6 where they will spend some
time on home leave. Their arrival in Denmark coincides exactly with
the arrival in Copenhagen of Mrs. Robert P. Hargreaves from Texas.
Ditty Ishoy and Mary Hargreaves are old friends from nursing days
at Gorgas Hospital. It has been years since the two have seen each
other. Ditty's comment on this unexpected reunion in Wally's native
land was, "What a coincidence! It seems as if the good Lord had
a hand in it." SKOAL!
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Mahoney are new residents of St.
Petersburg. Their address is: P.O. Box 11392, St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Saarinen, who arrived in St. Petersburg in
January, now have a permanent address 2429 Woodlawn Circle,
East, St. Petersburg 33704.
When all is done, say not my day is o'er
And that through night I seek a dimmer shore;
Say rather that my morn has just begun,
I greet the dawn and not a setting sun,
When all is done. Paul L. Dunbar
Kyle Charles Andress, 61, Palmetto, Florida, a former locomotive
operator in the Panama Canal Zone, died on March 23, 1970, at
Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Florida.
Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Louise Andress; a son, Kyle C.
Andress Jr., of the Panama Canal Zone; a daughter, Mrs. Leonard
Pillsbury, of Snead Island; two brothers, Samuel E., of Fort Pierce,
and Leslie H., of Palm View; eight grandchildren; and three great-
Col. Bennett Aycock, 61, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, died on
April 19, 1970. He retired in 1957 from the United States Army.
Survivors include two sons, Sgt. Thomas B. Briner, U.S. Army,
Scoffield Barracks, Hawaii; and J. Randy Aycock, of Hepzibah,
Charles E. Bradley, 54, former employee of the Panama Canal
Locks Divison, died recently in Concord, North Carolina, after a
Mr. Bradley went to the Canal Zone in 1942 to work as a ma-
chinist in the former Mechanical Division. He left the service in
1945 but was reemployed in 1950 as a machinist on the Pacific Locks.
He retired in 1965.
He lived in Pedro Miguel and in Balboa and was well known
locally for his collection of tropical snakes and animals.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Evalia Bradley, of Concord,
and two young sons.
Mrs. Marion Sukford Carr, widow of C. C. Carr (death, 1952,
St. Petersburg), passed away on April 13 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In the early days Mr. Carr worked for the United States govern-
ment for four years, becoming superintendent of schools in the Pana-
ma Canal Zone. Mrs. Carr's father, Capt. Sukford was captain on
one of the old Panama boats years ago.
Mrs. Carr is survived by a daughter, Mrs. James C. Fausch,
three grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
Michael A. Eberenz, 22, Navy Torpedoman, 3C, who was sta-
tioned aboard a nuclear submarine in Portsmouth, Virginia, was
killed in a traffic accident in Hampton Roads, Virginia, on March
Young Eberenz was born in the Canal Zone, the son of Mr. and
Mrs. David Eberenz, and lived with his parents on the Atlantic Side
where his father was a civilian employee of the Navy. The family
moved to New Jersey where Michael completed his education and
enlisted in the Navy in 1967.
He is survived by his parents, Wayne, New Jersey; two sisters,
Mrs. Theodore (Diane) Gaugher and Miss Sylvia Eberenz at home
and a brother, David, of West Paterson, New Jersey. He was a
nephew of Leo Eberenz, for many years English Sports Editor of the
STAR AND HERALD.
Maurice W. Fox, 86, of Oak Park, Michigan, died on February
28, 1970. Mr. Fox, a real estate broker, was the retired president of
the Maurice W. Fox & Company, a position which is now held by his
son, Charles F. Fox. Prior to that, Mr. Fox held one of the original
Ford dealerships in Detroit. His career also included nine years as
an engineer working on the Panama Canal.
He is survived by his wife, Esther; a son, Charles F.; and daugh-
ters, Mrs. H. Nevill (Phyllis) Geake and Mrs. Aheurin (Irma) Jones,
as well as five grandsons and two great-grandchildren.
John W. Glancy, former Chief Customs Inspector in Cristobal,
who retired in 1957 after nearly 30 years of service, died in January
in the United States Naval Hospital in San Diego, California. He
was 69 years old.
A well-known resident of the Atlantic side where he spent most
of his years of service with the Canal, Mr. Glancy was active in civic
and fraternal affairs and was a member of the Cristobal-Colon Rotary
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Kathryn S. Glancy, of San
Miss Eva G. Gordon, of New York City, New York,
died February 19, 1970. Miss Gordon was a nurse at the Corozal
Hospital before her retirement. Information from Mrs. Macon A.
Turner who had received a letter from Miss Gordon's niece, Esther
Mrs. Lena B. Graham, 91, died March 8, 1970, in St. Petersburg,
Florida. Mrs. Graham has resided in St. Petersburg since 1959 when
she came here from Balboa, Canal Zone.
She is survived by two sons, William, of the Canal Zone; Capt.
Perc F., of St. Petersburg; several grandchildren and great-grand-
Clayton C. Grimes, Realtor, died February 12, 1970, in Tampa
Florida. He was 55 years old.
Mr. Grimes has resided in the Tampa area since 1948. At one
time he worked with the Bureau of Clubs and Playgrounds in the
Panama Canal Zone.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy B.; two daughters, his moth-
er, and a brother, all of Redington Shores, Florida.
Mr. Aram H. Hatch died in Miami, Florida after a series of ill-
nesses during the past thirty-six months. Mr. Hatch was born in
Aintab, Cilicia. He was a naturalized United States citizen and a
graduate Cum Laude of Harvard College with a degree in Chemistry
and an M. A. degree from Harvard University. He was employed
as a chemist in the Miraflores Filtration Plant and later designated
chief of the Water and Laboratories Branch. He retired in May of
He is survived by his wife, Dorothea in the Elmwood Nursing
Home, Nanuet, New York 10954; his son Aram H. Jr. of 1 Wood-
cock Road, West Nyack, New York, and two grandsons.
Mrs. Charles A. Hearne, 89, of Corpus Christi, Texas, died
January 28, 1970 following a long illness. She was the widow of
Dr. C. A. Hearne who was Chief of the Quarantine Department of
the Panama Canal for many years. Dr. Hearne passed away in 1956.
She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Jack Skinner (Mary
Virginia Hearne) and two grandchildren.
William H. Hele, 58, Canal Zone contraband control inspector
and a member of a well-known Isthmian family, died suddenly on
February 27th at his home in Diablo Heights of an apparent heart
Born in Gorgas Hospital in 1911, Mr. Hele attended the Canal
Zone schools and was employed in 1929 with the Dredging Division in
a summer student job. In 1931 he was employed by the Engineering
Division and later joined the commissary inspection unit. He had
been connected with the Customs Division since 1956. Mr. Hele was
retired with nearly 40 years of service in October, 1969, and at the
time of his death was working on extended duty. He was to have
left the service in April.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Birdie Hele, who is employed
by the Electrical Division and three sons, Hampton W., of Tarrytown,
New York; Daniel, of Monte Clara, California; and Lawrence J., a
student in Balboa High School. Also surviving him are a brother,
Albert Hele, of Howard Air Force Base; and three sisters, Mrs.
Carmen Eggleston, of St. Petersburg, Florida; Mrs. Alice Glaze, of
San Bernardino, California; and Mrs. Martha Sides, of Virginia
Beach, Virginia; and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Carolyn J. Henry, wife of Sa-Fair Henry, former Industrial
Relations Officer with the U.S. Navy at Rodman, died February 28
in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Mrs. Henry was a well-known resident of the Canal Zone, having
lived in Cocoli during the many years that her husband was employed
by the Navy. She was employed by The Panama Canal Personnel
Bureau as a clerk from 1955 to 1960.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Edward,
who also is living in Florida.
Mrs. Kafhryn C. Hummer, 52, wife of Charles W. Hummer,
passed away on April 7, 1970. Mrs. Hummer moved to St. Petersburg,
Florida, two years ago from the Panama Canal Zone.
Other survivors are one son, Charles W. Jr., Panama Canal
Zone; her mother, Mrs. Charlotte Laurie, St. Petersburg, Florida;
one brother, Walter G. Laurie, Eustis, Florida; three sisters, Mrs.
Dorothy Frungillo, Newark, Ohio; Mrs. Irene Will and Mrs. Rita
Will, both Panama Canal Zone.
George F. Husted, 50, water and systems operator at the Pacific
Branch of Water and Laboratories Branch died January 27, 1970, in
Born in the Canal Zone, Mr. Husted attended the local schools
and completed an apprenticeship as a boilermaker in the Canal
Zone apprenticeship program.
Surviving 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,
Mrs. Anita Wood Jones, a member of a well-known family on the
Canal Zone, died April 23, 1970, in Oswego, New York.
Survivors are Mrs. Clara Neville, a sister, Los Altos, California,
and a brother, William W. Wood, St. Petersburg, Florida.
William J. (Bill) Kilgallen, former Administrative Officer of
the Panama Canal's Marine Bureau and a leading light in the local
Theater Guild, died January 25 in the Wyoming Valley Veterans
Hospital in Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, following a long illness.
Mr. Kilgallen went to the Isthmus in November, 1948, and was
employed with the United States Army Civilian Personnel. In No-
vember, 1954, he transferred to the Canal organization and was
employed in Personnel until he joined the Marine Bureau in October,
He is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren; four
sisters, and one brother, all living in the United States.
Joseph I. Kincaid, a United States Marshall for the Canal Zone
from 1953 to 1969, passed away on November 11, 1969, in Decatur,
Georgia. He had thirty-five years of government service.
He is survived by Mrs. Audrey Kincaid who wrote, "He loved
life and people so much and especially golf. I'm sure many of the
members will remember him because of his love for this sport." He
is also survived by one son, Joseph H. Kincaid who is with the Post
Office in Decatur, Georgia, and one daughter, Mrs. Mary Lee Sullivan
and two grandsons, of Clarkston, Georgia.
Mrs. Thelma T. Kruse, 64, Sarasota, Florida, died April 2, 1970,
at her home. Mrs. Kruse has lived in the Sarasota area since leaving
the Panama Canal Zone in 1963.
She was a member of the Fern Leaf Chapter No. 4, OES, Ancon,
She leaves a son, Jesse T. Kruse of Tampa; a brother, Jess
Tucker, Jr., of Bradenton; and her parents, Major and Mrs. J. G.
Tucker of Bradenton.
Masonic funeral services were conducted at the graveside at
Corozal Cemetery on March 12 by Isthmian Lodge AF & AM for
Robert G. Laatz, district engineer of the Pacific District of the
Panama Canal Maintenance Division, who died March 11. He was
61 years old.
A native of Terre Haute, Indiana, Mr. Laatz went to the Canal
Zone in 1941 as a principal engineering aide in the former Municipal
Engineering Department. He was transferred to the Maintenance
Division of the Engineering and Construction Bureau in 1952 and
was promoted to District Engineer in June, 1965.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Bellamy Laatz, who is a
teacher in the Balboa Elementary School; two sons, Robert Jr., an
employee of the Panama Canal Electrical Division and Charles, an
employee of the Flying Tigers Airlines in California and two grand-
Lt. Col. Carl A. Labonge, Alexandria, Virginia, passed away on
February 23, 1970, at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Lt. Col. Labonge, a one-time member of the Balboa Police De-
partment, has lived in Alexandria, Virginia, since his retirement
from the United States Army. He was retired on disability in De-
cember, 1969, from his position as Administrative Officer for Sur-
geons in Washington, D.C.
He is survived by his widow Mrs. Virgil (Besser) Labonge, of
Truxton Laquire, a son-in-law of Mrs. Ella A. Brown, St. Peters-
burg, Florida, died as the result of a freak car accident near Dade
City, Florida on April 24.
When he was taking the children to school, a scrap of paper
blew into the car and caused him to lose control of the car.
Mr. and Mrs. R. Glenn Lewis, Cerro Punta, Chiriqui, Panama,
were the tragic victims of the disastrous floods which struck the
Boquete-Volcan area on the night of April 8, 1970. The Lewises were
the only American casualties reported among the small American
colony in Boquete. Both bodies were recovered from the Chiriqui
Mr. Lewis was the founder of Lewis Service in Panama City.
Mrs. Virginia Parsons Lewis went to Panama as a member of the
United States Peace Corps about seven years ago. After serving for
three years, she returned to the United States to terminate her ser-
vice and then returned to Panama to marry Mr. Lewis.
Mrs. Lewis is survived by two sons by a previous marriage,
Frederick, who resides in Florida and Lynn, Shepard Air Force Base,
Temporary committal services were held in David with burial
at a later date at Cerro Punta at which time a formal funeral will
be held. The cemetery was donated to the community by Mr. Lewis,
but at the time of the deaths was inaccessible. A memorial service
for Mr. and Mrs. Lewis was held at the Sea Wall Methodist Church
Mrs. Helen A. Lipzinski, widow of John S. Lipzinski (death,
January 6, 1970), passed away on April 6, 1970, at her home in
Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Survivors are two sons, Louis J. Lipzinski and Thaddeus (Todd)
Lipzinski, both of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Mrs. Bessie L. (Betty) Lockridge died on February 23, 1970, in
St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Lockridge, who was born in Texas,
came to St. Petersburg in April of 1961, when Mr. Lockridge retired
from the Division of Schools, Canal Zone. Mrs. Lockridge had been
active in organizations on the Canal Zone (past president of the
Panama Canal Zone College Club and a past commissioner of the
Canal Zone Girl Scouts). She continued her interest in outside ac-
tivities in St. Petersburg and in March of 1962, became the Editor
of the RECORD, Panama Canal Society of Florida, a position Mrs.
Lockridge held for seven years. She resigned from this position in
late December, 1968.
She is survived by her husband, G. C. Lockridge, St. Petersburg;
a daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Huls, of North Palm Beach, Florida;
a sister, Mrs. Bernice McKristy; her mother, Mrs. Virginia Barker,
both of Iowa; and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Josephine McCullough, 78, of Birmingham, Alabama, was
killed instantly as a result of a car accident on April 27, 1970. The
accident occurred just outside of Birmingham.
Mr. and Mrs. McCullough, who had attended the Reunion, had
later gone to California for a month and had returned to Birming-
ham on April 16. Information of the accident was sent to Mrs. Mary
Weller in Clearwater by Mrs. McCullough's sister.
Bernard J. McDonnell, Canal Zone Customs Inspector in Cristo-
bal, collapsed and died suddenly on January 29 while attending a
meeting of the Royal Palm Chapter of the Eastern Star in the
Masonic Temple Building in Cristobal.
Born in Pennsylvania in 1921, Mr. McDonnell went to the Canal
Zone in 1947 and was employed in the Hotel Washington as a hotel
assistant. He joined the Canal Zone Police Division in Cristobal in
1953 and remained with that unit until 1967 when he joined the
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Josephine McDonnell, who is
employed as a public health nurse in the Canal Zone Division of
Preventive Medicine; a brother, Lt. Patrick McDonnell, of the Cris-
tobal District of the Police Division; two sisters, Mrs. Bridgett White,
Mrs. Margaret Schwitzer and a brother, John McDonnell, all residents
of the United States.
Edward D. McKim, 74, who served as a member of the Board
of Directors of the Panama Canal from 1951 to 1953, died in Omaha,
Mr. McKim is survived by his widow, Mary; a son, Laurence, of
Des Moines, Iowa; and two daughters, Mrs. James L. Flood, of
Denison, Iowa, and Miss Ellen McKim, of St. Louis, Missouri.
Mr. James V. McGimsey, 93, a construction-day worker on the
Panama Canal, died in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 24, 1970.
Mr. McGimsey retired from the Panama Canal in September,
1936. From 1936 to 1949, he lived in the San Blas Islands. In recent
years he has lived in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Mrs. Margaret J. Mann formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone, widow
of John W. Mann died December 28, 1969, in St. Petersburg Beach,
Florida. She was 91 years old.
Mrs. Mann lived on the Zone from 1913 to 1936. Her husband
passed away in 1955 in Richmond, Virginia.
Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. W. E. Terry, of Santa Clara,
California; her son, Timothy J. Mann, of St. Petersburg Beach, Flor-
ida; seven grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
Abram V. Mitchell, 86, formerly of Oakland, California, died
recently in Los Altos, California.
Mr. Mitchell, a native of Michigan, lived in the Canal Zone from
1907 to 1946, when he moved to Oakland.
Survivors include his widow, Sara; daughters Vera Smith, of
Sunnyvale, and Jean Smith, of Menlo Park; a son, Donald, and six
Mrs. Walter Meroney, a former member, died January 16, 1970,
in Greer, South Carolina. She was the mother of Mrs. Robert Taht
and Mrs. Larry Keegan of the Canal Zone.
Mrs. May Muller, 75, died March 13, 1970, in St. Petersburg,
Florida, after some twenty-five years' service with St. Petersburg
Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Paul Karst, Mrs. Ernest
Swenson, and Mrs. Dallas Martin, all of St. Petersburg.
Charles Neumann, 76, passed away on January 18, 1970, in
Kenosha, Wisconsin. Information from his daughter, Bernice Stoner
- "Dad had been in ill health for the past couple of months He
went out to shovel snow, did just the sidewalk in back of the house,
came in, sat down and collapsed. He died instantly."
Fred Alton Newhard, 65, died at his home in Bentonville, Ar-
kansas, on April 3, 1970.
At the age of five, Mr. Newhard went with his parents to the
Panama Canal Zone. For forty-one years, he was employed as a lock
master for the Gatun Locks in the Canal Zone. He retired in July,
1964, and moved to Bentonville to make his home.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jessie Park Newhard, of the
home; two daughters, Mrs. Ann Franklin, Visalia, California, and
Mrs. Carol Bleakley, Middleton, Rhode Island; a son Fred A. New-
hard, Jr., Hope Farm, New York; his mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley,
Bentonville; a sister, Mrs. Ray Ebdon, until recently of the Canal
Zone; a brother, Carl Newhard, Bentonville; and a step-brother,
N. Dean Eppley.
Roy Weldon Perkins, 56, died March 5, 1970, in Pensacola, Flor-
He was a native of New York but had resided most of his life
in the Panama Canal Zone where he was employed by the Terminal
Division until having to retire because of ill health.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Ruth A. Perkins; four sons,
Ralph, Richard C. and Raymond A., all of Pensacola, and Roy W.
Perkins, of Mobile Alabama; one daughter, Mrs. Ruth Kendrick, of
Pensacola, and his mother, Mrs. Ellen Perkins, of Crestview, Florida.
Mr. Irvin Rasmussen, of Denver, Colorado, passed away on April
11, 1970, after a long illness.
He is survived by his wife, Devera, 3916 South Yosemite
Street, Denver, Colorado 80237.
Mrs. Carol Rigby, a former employee of the Electrical Division
and member of a well-known Canal Zone family, died in Goleta,
California, on March 11, 1970.
Born in Evanston, Illinois in 1910, Mrs. Rigby went to the
Isthmus with her family and lived most of her life on the Isthmus.
She was married to A. Bronson Rigby, who was employed as a loco-
motive engineer by the Panama Railroad.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters,
Molly and Patsy, and a son, William, all of whom live in the United
States, and six grandchildren. Also surviving her is her sister, Mrs.
Evelyn Rigby Moore, also a resident of California.
Mrs. Emilie Sommer, a former Canal Zone school teacher and
employee of the USARSO Office of Civilian Personnel at Corozal, died
December 22, 1969, at her home in Redmond, Washington, after a
She is survived by her sister, Miss Esther R. Amundsen, 1124,
E. Sammanish Road, Redmond, Washington.
Information has been received of the death of Mrs. Rosalie
Stoddart, of Walterboro, South Carolina, on March 9, 1970. Details
are not available.
January 26, 1969, Mr. L. E. Van Valkenburgh, Sr., Fayetteville,
New York, sent information to the Society to be placed on file until
needed hopefully, he wrote, there would not be a need to publish
the statistics for some time. Regretfully, a wire was received on
April 30 informing the Society that Mr. Van Valkenburgh, Sr., had
died on April 29, 1970. In respect to Mr. Van Valkenburgh's wishes,
the contents of his letter of January 26, 1969, as written, follows:
BORN Hackensack, New Jersey, May 1, 1890
Employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission September 14,
1912, as an Erector, Pedro Miguel Locks
RETIRED February 1, 1943, Mechanical Supervisor, Pedro
Willed my body to the Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, New
Upon by death, there will be a Memorial Service at the Union
Church, Fayetteville, New York
SURVIVED BY: Daughter, Mrs. Donald P. Barner (nee Valeria
Van Valkenburgh), Fayetteville, New York; Son, L. E. Van
Valkenburgh, Jr., Silver Spring, Maryland; Stepdaughter,
Mrs. A. L. McLain, Branford, Connecticut; Stepson, Henry E.
Kerns, Warwick, Rhode Island; nine grandchildren.
Frank Welby, a retired employee of the United States Navy
and a former Panama Canal employee, died in Hollywood, Florida,
December 22, 1969, after a long illness.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hazel V. Welby.
George F. Welsh, former head of the unit now known as the
Employment and Placement Branch of the Panama Canal Personnel
Bureau, died on January 29, 1970, in the Veteran's Hospital in
Shreveport, Louisiana. He was 62 years old.
Mr. Welsh was employed by the Canal organization in 1940 as an
interviewer in the Personnel Bureau and during the next three years
served as labor inspector. He left the Canal in 1943 but was re-em-
ployed in 1945 as a personnel technician. In 1950, he was promoted
to Chief of the Employment and Utilization Division.
He retired at the end of May, 1959 and left the Isthmus with
Mrs. Welsh and their son, Frank, to make their home in Kissimmee,
Florida. Later they moved to Marshall, Texas.
He is survived by his widow Marie and his son Frank, both of
whom live in Marshall.
Ben M. Williams, 82, superintendent of schools in the Canal
Zone for 22 years, died on April 24, 1970, at the Veterans Adminis-
tration hospital in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Williams headed the Canal Zone school system of more than
10,000 students from 1926 to 1948. While he was superintendent, he
helped to found Canal Zone Junior College.
In 1946, the Pan American Society named him an honorary
member in recognition of his help in promoting friendly relations
between Panama and the Canal Zone.
Mr. Williams has made his home in Washington, D.C. since
his retirement in 1948. He was a past president of the Panama Canal
Society of Washington, D.C.
He is survived by a son, Ben C. Williams, who resides at 2903
Menley Drive, Lansing, Michigan 48910.
Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery beside his wife,
Edith Caldwell Williams, who died in 1961.
Dr. Charles J. Zinn, 65, a former member of the Panama Canal
Board of Directors, died at his home in Washington, D.C. on March
5, 1970. A prominent lawyer, Dr. Zinn was a member of the board
from 1961 until he resigned on June 24, 1969.
Dr. Zinn, who visited the Canal on several occasions, was a mem-
ber of the Governor's Committee on Revision of the Canal Zone Code.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Charles J. Zinn, 4201 Cathed-
ral Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20016.
NEWS FROM NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
So much has been going on up here in our delightful, popular
area, that we are bursting out all over like Spring!!
Etta Fay and Glen Terrell had the Bentonville Zonians in for
a "press conference," and here is the report. Alice Engelke said that
she had just returned from Little Rock where she had been attend-
ing a 3-day Episcopal Church Convention of the Diocese of Arkansas,
the evening before our "get-together" While she was away,
Herbie, Jr. attended the State Band Festival at Hot Springs for two
days, with the Bentonville Jr. High Band. Though left to "mind the
house," Herb, Sr. had no grounds for complaint as he had recently
returned from an 8-week trip, by boat, to the Canal Zone, from mid-
January to mid-March. While there, he welcomed a new grandson,
David William, to the Molly and Bob Williford home on February
2nd. Edith, George, and Alice Engelke drove to New Orleans to meet
Herb, Sr., and were delighted to see Ginny and Harry Pearl, Mary
Belle and Bob Hicks, and Pete Hale. The Hellums were also meeting
the ship, so you can well imagine what a happy exchange of chit-
chat there was! Marie and Ralph Shuey have been looking for a
house both in Bentonville and Neosho, Missouri, where Evelyn and
Ray Shuey already live. Decisions!! Decisions!! Herb, Jr., is also a
recent candidate for De Molay, and they could not have a finer young
man! George Engelke underwent cataract surgery in Kansas City,
Kansas, a the University Medical Center. He has done well, and
Edith and he will soon be home.
Ruth Reynolds (Alice' cousin) and Leon Drake from Dalton,
Massachusetts, spent some time with Herb and Alice in late April.
Helen and Carl Newhard are busy Helen said that Sam, their
son, has a new address, at: 4544 Sadalia Road, Toledo, Ohio, 43623 -
their new home. They will be glad to see anyone so do drop in!
Carl said that fishing is good for bass, crappie and catfish, for which
he and Glenn Terrell angle.
Rae (Fred Newhard Sr's sister) and Joe Ebdon, recent retirees
from Balboa, have been visiting with the Newhards in Bentonville
and are looking for a place to live. Also, other visitors to the area
were Fred Newhard, Jr., and his sister, Ann with her husband, Dr.
Omar Franklin and their three fine children. Fred, Jr. is a chef at
Millbrook, New Jersey, at a home for mentally retarded children.
The Northwest Arkansas Society was indeed saddened by the sudden
death of Fred A. Newhard, Sr.
Fresh off the press Heinie and Theo Hallin are enjoying a
visit from their son, David, a Lieutenant who is home for a short
time before leaving for Okinawa and Vietnam. Elizabeth, their
lovely daughter, has found life interesting as a Student Teacher in
Newell and Blanche Shaw are eagerly looking forward to the
Annual Picnic on June 21. They expect to have Major General and
Mrs. James A. Wier (Alice Ray) as guests along with their son,
Ray Shaw, from the Canal Zone. He, his wife, Barbara and two
grandsons, after a brief visit here, will return to Denver with the
Wier family. They anticipate getting together with the former Canal
Zonians now living in Denver and Greeley, Colorado.
Ed and Mildred (Makibbin) Higgins are delighted to have their
son, David and his wife Susie, and Cora Makibbin (Mildred's mother)
visiting them at this time. All are well and working hard.
Nothing is so exciting as being a grandparent, and Minnie and
Eldridge Burton had the joy of having their infant grandson, Jeff-
rey McKenzie to spoil for two weeks, with proud pa, SFC Robert G.
Crooks and Ma, Nikki, officiating.
Bob's sister, Judith, together with her family, drove up from
Austin, Texas, to visit in Fayetteville at the same time. Mike, their
other son, and his wife, Caroline Burton, completed the happy family
reunion. There were four generations represented when Nannie Brown
(Minnie's Mother), Minnie, Bob, and Jeffrey were together!!! Bob has
just had a transfer of station from Fort Gulick, Canal Zone, to Fort
Bragg, North Carolina. Mike and Caroline drove to Little Rock,
Arkansas, later to spend Easter with Caroline's family.
We are indeed a novel group, as indicated by a notice from
Robert and Virginia Hursh! "Coffee stop open 24 hours 1/2
mile east of Highway 71 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Come and chat
- old friends and new acquaintances welcome -" How about it ?
Martha and Walter Reif just radiate with bounce and health
and think nothing of a short hop to Oklahoma City to help celebrate
their son, Walter's, birthday.
I dropped in on the Cooks in Rogers at their "Villa Toboga"
and learned that Lynn, Jr. with wife and daughter are now in Saudi,
Arabia! Lynn Jr. is working as a petroleum physicist for Arabian-
American Oil Co. En route to their destination, they had an inter-
esting trip through Germany, Switzerland, Greece, and Egypt. Oddly
enough, at the same time that Lynn was in Cairo, Egypt, his nephew,
David Nanney (son of Lynn's sister, Lucille) with his wife, were in
Jerusalem and he didn't know it! David and Mrs. Nanney were
on a Round-the-World trip which they began last September.
NEWS NEWS Bruce and Dorothy Sanders of Balboa have
recently purchased a lovely house in Bentonville and Petie and
Carl Maedl of Margarita are settling right across the street from
Lenor and Harry Butz, with the Joe Conklins next door!!
Lee and Harry are still delighted with Northwest Arkansas
and report that all is well in their family. Harry, Jr. and wife, Judy,
have bought a new home in Reno, Nevada address: 4720 Persim-
mons Drive-89502. They are planning to "show" their two Schnauz-
ers in San Francisco Dog Show. Pete and Janice are frequent visitors
in Springdale, while daughter Esther is trying hard to be a Rem-
One last notice Come one come all to our Annual Blanche
Shaw Picnic on Sunday, June 21, at 1 P.M. -Lenor Butz
Mr. J. B. Lewis has been elected as President of the Panama
Canal Society of Washington, D.C. for 1971.
NEWS FROM FORT LAUDERDALE
The Benjamin L. Thomases have as their guests, her mother,
Mrs. N. R. McLellan, of Freeport, Long Island, who was accompanied
by her daughter, Ruth Flight, of Thornwood, New York, and her
daughter-in-law, Florence McLennan, also of Freeport. The visitors
had a gay time visiting all the places of interest, as well as a trip
to Key West. While here, Mrs. McLellan celebrated her 90th birth-
Betty Crawford and her sister Nan Martin Allan had a dinner
party for the Thomas' guests, and included the Jimmy Hunters and
The Lloyd Petersons had a dinner party recently in honor of
Lloyd's father and his sister Mildred, and included the Stanley Ham-
iltons, their daughter Kay, Mrs. Hamilton's mother, Mrs. Jones, the
Jimmy Brooks, their daughter Cheryl, and Barbara Hutchings. The
topic of conversation, of course, was the coming marriage of their
daughter, Cheryl, to Robert T. Russell, Jr.
Robert Klipper, the son of the Murray Klippers, of Pompano,
Florida, who graduated from Florida State with a B.A. degree, is
now spending some time with his parents.
The Gil Rowes have had a series of visitors among them Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Simmons of Brooklyn and their son Robert. While
here, the Simmonses bought a home near the Winquists and will be
moving here this summer. Mrs. Simmons is Captain Rowe's sister
and Gil's aunt.
Another relative of the Rowes, Gil's cousin, W. C. Heron (Bill
and Agnes) who lived in Balboa and Gamboa while Bill was a pilot
there, was charmed by this part of the country and bought a home
in Imperial Point.
Pamela Rowe, daughter of the Gil Rowes, who had been working
in Fort Lauderdale since her graduation, has left the "nest" and is
now in Charlotte, North Carolina. Pam went to school in Charlotte
so she feels right at home once again.
Mrs. Archie Byrnes (Nena Vallarino) visited her son Terry,
who attends college in Fort Lauderdale, during the Easter vacation.
She was a guest in the home of the Bruce Carpenters. Nina also
took a trip to Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, to visit with relatives
of the late Ruth Byrne, who was her mother-in-law.
The George Winquists (Kay) have lost their daughter who is
off to try her wings. Ann, who graduated last year from Vanderbilt
University (Kay's school too) has returned to Nashville, Tennessee,
to work with the Cain Sloan organization in preparation for their
Management Training Program.
The J. Robert Millers, Kay and Allen, who have been U.S.
visitors this year, ,spent some time with their relatives, the George
Winquists. Another visitor at the Winquist home was Mrs. W. B.
(Ruth) Shutt, of Raleigh, North Carolina.
By the time this goes to press, Barbara and Tommy Peterson
and their three daughters will have paid a visit to the George Win-
quists. They have been on vacation, and of course visited his mother,
Mrs. Margaret Peterson, of St. Petersburg.
Dr. and Mrs. Earle Gerrans of Balboa were the guests of Bob
Lombroia for a few days. They retired from the Zone (dentist) and
have bought a home in Fort Lauderdale. We welcome them to our fold.
Dorothy and Cesar Noble were Easter vacation guests of her
father and mother, Dr. and Mrs. Jack Strumpf. The Nobles are teach-
ers in the Holderness School and live in Plymouth, New Hampshire.
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Gomez (Ruth and Louis) spent a week with
Barbara Hutchings. They had spent a short vacation in Santo Do-
mingo and were en route to their home in Mendon, Massachusetts.
Vera Sudron Aiken of El Coco was a visitor to this part of
Florida. She spent some time with the John Connards, with her old
school pal, Gladys Sullivan, her sister Ellen, and a week with Barbara
Margaret Conner, an ex-school teacher from the Zone, and now
a resident of the Coral Ridge Towers is leaving us to return to her
home town in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to make her home there.
Margaret's mother has been ill, so she feels she should return to
Friends of Frank and Elsie Naughton will be interested to learn
that they have been away on a three-month world cruise. They have
been flying from place to place and when last heard from were in
Shirley Persons Smith of Fort Clayton was a visitor to Florida
at the home of Charlie and Margaret Hardy. The gals came to Fort
Lauderdale to visit and were the luncheon guests of the Jimmy
Colonel and Mrs. William P. Bray (the former Lauretta Prather)
spent a ten-day holiday in Fort Lauderdale. The Brays, who, were
married on January 24th, are looking for a place to spend their
The Van Siclens, Lonnie and Betty, who live in the Landings,
have sold their home and soon will be moving into an apartment in
Plaza South. Meanwhile, I hear they will do a little travelling before
going into their new place.
Many of our local folks will be taking off for the north and
cooler climes. The James A. Lyons are off, and soon the Paul F.
Hertgens will follow.
Margaret Fennie (Mrs. Robert), of New Milford, Connecticut,
accompanied by her sister, Miss Helen Winfield, Flushing, New
York, were the guests of the David Yerkes for a week.
David Yerkes, Jr., accompanied by his wife Gloria and their
two children Margaret and John, are now residents of Madrid, Spain.
David is with Armstrong Cork. Barbara M. Hutchings
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
MRS. CICELY KNIBB ALLEN, 4221 Coliseum Street, New
Orleans, writes that her grandson, Staff Sergeant Charles K. Cooper,
U.S. Army will be back from Vietnam July 15 and will no doubt again
ask for foreign duty. Her daughter-in-law is recovering nicely follow-
ing the successful removal of a malignant kidney by surgeons at
Walter Reed Hospital.
First Lt. PATRICK A. BARLETT, USMC Reserve, spent a few
days in Baton Rouge recently en route to the Canal Zone to visit his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. James V. Bartlett of Balboa. While in Baton
Rouge, he was the house guest of Mrs. M. R. Roberson, Jr. From
the Canal Zone, he leaves for a two-week vacation in Europe and re-
turns to Vietnam for his final six-month tour. Upon his return to
the U.S. later this year, he plans to do graduate work in business
administration at LSU in Baton Rouge. He already holds a B.S.
in civil engineering from Georgia Tech. Just prior to his visit in
Baton Rouge, Patrick spent a few days in Baltimore visiting his
sister, Barbara (Mrs. Richard M. Garlitz) and her family, Jennifer,
4; Kevin, 3; Kyle, 6 months old. Barbara's husband is a practicing
dentist and is studying to specialize in orthodontia. From Baltimore,
Patrick passed through Atlanta to see Janet Smith, 4396 Rolling
Hill Road, SW, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith, formerly of
Curundu, now retired and living in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Janet
teaches business courses at Therrell High School in Atlanta. Patrick
also saw Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Voigt, of Fox Rest South, Apartment
14, 13106 Larchdale Road, Laurel, Maryland, who were in Atlanta
visiting Nick's parents, M/Sgt. and Mrs. Howard Voigt, formerly
of Albrook Air Force Base.
MRS. AMY DAILEY, 314 Houma Boulevard, Metairie, writes
that she is doing all right following a bad fall in December. Carl
and his wife are going on a two-week trip, so Mrs. Dailey will go
to St. Petersburg to stay with Earl. Charlotte's brother and his wife
are coming up in the fall and plan to take her mother and father
back with them.
MISS ELIZABETH ANN (BETSY) FOSTER, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Foster, of Diablo, became the bride of Franz
Gilbert Berg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis L. Berg, of Cocoli, Canal
Zone, on April 21 at an evening ceremony in Baton Rouge. Witnesses
were Mrs. M. R. Roberson, Jr., sister of the bride, and Charles Rob-
ert Foster, a cousin of the bride. The bride is a graduate of Louisiana
State University, Baton Rouge, and employed as a legal secretary.
The groom also attended LSU and is employed at Associated Grocers.
The couple is at home at 513 East State Street, Apartment 6, Baton
MR. AND MRS. DANIEL H. GEORGE, and sons, Doran, 4, and
Daniel, Jr., 6, Box 145-A, Route 2, Madison, Alabama, returned re-
cently from a three-week vacation in the Canal Zone visiting their
parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. U. Schultz of Balboa, and Mr. and Mrs.
Curtis H. George of Gatun. While in Baton Rouge, they were the
house guests of Miss Betsy Foster. In the Zone, the Georges enjoyed
a costumed carnival dance at the Hilton and spent five days fishing
in the Perlas Islands with Danny's father. They also visited Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Hummer of Balboa and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Phillips
of Los Rios. Lottie graduates from Athens College, Athens, Ala-
bama, in May with a degree in secondary education.
DR. AND MRS. WAYNE GILDER, 5923 Freret Street, New
Orleans, left recently to visit their daughter, Marjorie Gordon and
family in Belvedere, California, for a month. Mrs. Gilder is looking
forward to seeing San Francisco and vicinity friends. Dr. Gilder
worked in Colon Hospital while on the Zone.
MR. AND MRS. L. F. "BUD" HALLET, JR., 331 Yolanda Lane,
Shreveport, write that they celebrated their 25th anniversary April
6. Bud's mother, Ida, visited with them for about six weeks and
has returned to Dallas. Bud is Lay Advisor for the Order of the
Arrow, an honor campers society of the Boy Scouts. They have been
working at the Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital where there
are always some children from Panama. They recently enjoyed pre-
paring and serving a plantain dish especially for these children.
Miss JEANNINE HERBERT, whose address is now c/o Service
Club Branch, HQ-USARV-SSD, APO San Francisco 96375, was a
recent guest of her sister, Mrs. Herbert L. Myers at the G. Locke
Paret Ranch in Lake Charles. Mrs. Myers is the former Katherine
Hebert (BHS, 1953; U. of S. W. Louisiana, 1957). Jeannine is direc-
tor of the Free World Service Club at Tay Ninh, and this is her
second tour of duty in Vietnam. During her first tour at Phuoc
Vinh, she had a happy meeting with Capt. Doug Priester (BHS,
1962). Jeannine graduated with a B.A. in recreation from the Uni-
versity of Oregon, 1966. Previous to her assignment in Vietnam she
was in Korea for 14 months. She has talked with Mit Parsons (BHS,
1962) and seen Bob Bowman (BHS, 1962) several times. Katherine
and her husband have two children, Randy, 9, and Michael, 6. She
teaches kindergarten at Kinder and plans to visit her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Holly Hebert, Route 2, Box 319-A, Eugene, Oregon,
and her sister, Mary Hebert Hilden (BHS, 1958) and three children
in Hillsboro, Oregon, in June. Mary and her family lived in Brazil for
three years prior to returning to Oregon. Mary graduated from the
University of Oregon in 1962.
THE REVEREND AND MRS. ROBERT WAYNE JACKSON,
who were with the Episcopal Church on the Canal Zone from 1933
to 1945 expect to retire August 31, 1970. Their current address is
116 West Lawrence Street, New Iberia, Louisiana, and they plan to
to retire to 800 D. Street, N.W., Bentonville, Arkansas.
MISS PAT PRATCHETT, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A.
Pratchett of Panama City, graduates from Louisiana State Univer-
sity, Baton Rouge, on May 30, with a major in Spanish and a minor
in French. Her immediate plans are to attend the wedding of Eddy
Benitez, formerly of Fort Clayton, and William Coy, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Richard W. Coy of La Boca, in Miami on June 1. Her cur-
rent forwarding address is Box 1379, Albrook AFB.
MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM G. SNYDER, formerly of New
Orleans, have left for the Canal Zone where Bill has accepted the
position of minister of youth and assistant to the pastor of the First
Baptist Church, Balboa Heights. Bill, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert L.
Snyder of Balboa Heights, graduated from Southwest Baptist Col-
lege, Bolivar, Missouri, last year, and since then he has been engaged
in graduate studies at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Semi-
nary. Their new address is Drawer B, Balboa Heights.
MRS. LOTTIE C. TINNIN, Box 48, Grand Cane, wife of the late
Harold I. Tinnin, wishes to take this means to express her thanks to
each one of their friends in the States and Canal Zone for their kind
remembrances and prayers at the time of Harold's death on Novem-
ber 19. Mrs. Tinnin says that friends are jewels and she treasures
MR. AND MRS. PAUL F. ROBINSON, Box 4581, Northwestern
State College, Natchitoches, are back in school following a Christmas
trip to the Zone. The couple were married September 26 at the home
of a fraternity brother in Hemphill, Texas. Mrs. Robinson is the
former Karen Eugenia Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Allen
of Opelousas, and Mr. Robinson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William
F. Robinson of Balboa ... Mr. Robinson is a junior and is majoring
in business. Mrs. Robinson is a senior, a journalism major, and presi-
dent of the Panhellenic Council.
MR. AND MRS. DAVID WOLF, Decatur Street, Apartment 3,
New Orleans, plan a summer vacation in Europe. Upon their return,
they will travel to various hospitals to look over the internships avail-
able. Mrs. Wolf is the former Marta Calleja of Cocoli.
DR. AND MRS. RICHARD W. YOUNG, 1135 Richland Avenue,
Baton Rouge, will once again sail on the SS CRISTOBAL, this time
for two voyages. Dr. Young enjoys these trips to the Zone in his
capacity as ship doctor. Patt Foster Roberson, Louisiana Reporter
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
Dear Friends in the East:
Our annual luncheon meeting was held at Knott's Berry Farm
in Buena Park, California, on Sunday, March 15, 1970. President
David L. Smith called the meeting to order and called on members to
introduce guests. The following business was then concluded by
by the membership:
1. Motion was passed to change our annual meeting date from
March to April.
2. Motion was passed to schedule a third picnic annually and
suggested location be midway between San Diego and Los
3. Motion passed to increase membership of Board of Governors
and proposed selection from Executive Officers.
4. Elected the following officers for year March, 1970 to April,
President David L. Smith
Vice President Bob Provost (Picnics)
Vice President Bill Quinn (Membership)
Sec. Treasurer M. Ruth Bauman Yielding
President David Smith reported on a special Board meeting held
at his home on January 25, 1970, with special guest, Mr. Winter
Collins, Retirement Counselor from the Canal Zone. The membership
was informed of a Museum being established as a joint military
civilian venture, to be located near the causeway at Fort Amador.
It will house historical material relative to the building of the Canal
and early days. Anyone having early-day mementos desiring to
donate them to the Museum, please send to Mr. Winter Collins at
Balboa Heights. Mr. Bill Lewis will be Historian and Curator of the
Following lunch, the membership adjourned to Independence
Hall (Mr. Knott's Famous repoduction) for a program which includ-
1. Presentation of a special Public Service award to Mr. Roy
2. Presentation of Humanities award to Mr. Efram Zimbalist, Jr.
3. Challenging and entertaining remarks by Mr. Walter Knott.
4. Pre-release viewing of a beautiful film produced by Mr. Knott
which "star" America, her heritage, growth and promise.
Thus ended our annual meeting, and we close with greetings
from our members to yours.
M. Ruth Bauman Yielding
Sec.-Treas. Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles
114 East San Juan, San Clemente, California 92672
P.S. If any Canal visitors are planning a western visit this sum-
mer, please notify us; they may wish to attend our picnic in June
We certainly want to see THEM.
THE NEW YORK SOCIETY
The New York Society of the Panama Canal held its 46th An-
nual Reunion on Saturday, May 2nd. with a Luncheon at the Brass
Rail Restaurant, 521 Fifth Avenue, New York City. President Dr.
Edward Salisbury presided.
After a standing toast to the "President of the United States,"
Dr. Salisbury welcomed the ladies present and also those who had
traveled considerable distance to be with us. A very pleasant "re-
freshment hour" was spent before the Luncheon in reminiscence of
days of old on the Isthmus. During the refreshment hour, the album
of photographs of those who attended the Reunion Dinners of the
Society from the first Reunion in 1925 to 1941 was on display. The
album was presented to the Society by Mr. William McCann, of
Hopewell, Virginia. Those present had quite a time viewing the pic-
tures, and in many instances, noting with sadness, the number of
old friends who had passed away. A vote of thanks was tendered Mr.
McCann for his kind contribution.
At the conclusion of the Luncheon, interesting talks were
made by Dr. Salisbury and William Russell. The Secretary read
communications from Col. George R. Goethals, Watertown, Massa-
chusetts, Gov. Maurice H. Thatcher, Washington, D.C.; William
Kennedy, Miami Shores, Florida; Harry E. Case, Trenton, New Jer-
sey; John Hanson, Cranford, New Jersey; Donald MacIntyre, Ma-
deira Beach, Florida; Mrs. John F. Sweek, Hollywood, Florida;
Eugene Owens, Media, Pennsylvania; Henry Schwalenberg, Balti-
more, Maryland; and Harry Bortin, Sr., San Francisco, California.
All sent their best wishes and expressed their regret at their inabil-
ity to be among those present. A letter was also read from Mrs.
John E. Domerest of 124 Delaware Road, Kenmore, New York 14217,
that her brother, Ralph Sartor was in poor condition, and that it
appears that Ralph will be unable to attend future meetings of the
Society. All at the Reunion were extremely sorry to learn of Ralph's
The following were present at the Reunion: Mrs. Virignia
Aranda, of New York City; Maurice DePutron and daughter Betty,
of Jersey City, New Jersey; James T. Eason, of Wilton, Connecti-
cut; Fred Einermann, of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts; Mr. and
Mrs. John Fitzpatrick, of Brooklyn, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Hartwig, of Brooklyn, New York; Miss Marguerite Herrick, of
New York City; Miss Margueritta Mackey, of Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania; William McCauley, of Bronx, New York; Manning Rupp,
of Brooklyn, New York; Arnold Rupp, of Beltsville, Maryland; Wil-
liam E. Russell, of Bronxville, New York; Dr. and Mrs. Edward I.
Salisbury and Dr. Edward M. and Mrs. Salisbury, of Plandome, Long
Island, New York; and Mrs. Betty Schweidt, of Massapequa, Long
Island, New York.
It was with profound sorrow that the death of the following
members during the past year was announced:
Martin Schwalenberg at Towson, Maryland December 28, 1969
Edward Maltby at Brooklyn, New York date not known.
For the year 1970, the following officers were elected:
President Dr. Edward I. Salisbury
Vice-President George J. Starr
Secretary-Treasurer John J. Fitzpatrick
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
William E. Russell Maurice B. DePutron
James T. Eason Ralph H. Sartor
John J. Fitzpatrick Secretary-Treasurer 67
NEWS FROM ORLANDO AND VICINITY
Mrs. Ed Levy of Altamonte Springs was delighted to have her
brother Wilbur and sister-in-law, Sally Hicks as her guests in April.
They lived in Balboa for several years. Wilbur was later transferred
to the Signal Office in Washington where he remained until his
retirement the first of the year.
Lela Mae Holden, who formerly taught in Balboa and Ancon, is
enjoying her retirement in the Winter Park Towers. Much is done
there to provide entertainment and activities for the residents. Lela
recently entertained several of her cousins from New York state.
Helen Baker is a member of the activity committee of the
Winter Park Towers. She not only obtains talent for the entertain-
ment of the residents but participates in the performances. Recently,
Mr. Manley Duckworth, pianist, and Mr. Wachel, violist, presented
programs. There is always a very appreciative audience.
Ruth Creasy was the house guest of Shirley Price in April.
Ruth, a former teacher in the Canal Zone Schools, had been visiting
the Orrs in Balboa. After an enjoyable visit with Shirley, she re-
turned to her home in Auburn, Indiana.
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Pierce of Winter Park have returned
from an extended automobile trip to the west coast.
Edna Whitver sold her lovely lakeside home on Cherokee Drive
and moved into the Baptist Terrace Apartment. She recently en-
joyed a visit from her sister, Mrs. Swearingen, who drove from
Chicago with her son Bill and his family. During the Easter holi-
days Edna, with friends, drove to Key West and later visited with
the Kleasners in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Nancy Hatchett expects her son, E. W., a teacher in the
Balboa schools, to visit her in Orlando during the summer vacation.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos made a trip to Buenos Aires,
Argentina, to visit Anthony's brother and sister-in-law. He wanted
to spend Christmas, New Years, and his birthday with his brother
- the first time in 53 years. They stayed seven weeks in Buenos
Aires, then went to Lima, Peru, for a week. In Lima some hoodlum
stole Vera's purse. After Anthony was hurt running after the thief,
they decided to get back home. Shortly after arriving in Orlando,
they received word that Vera's brother was critically ill in New Or-
leans. He died March 25th, and the Tezanos arrived back in Orlando
on March 31st. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Tony and Vera.
Vern Calloway, Jr., Lt. Colonel, United States Air Force, who
has been stationed in Brussels, Belgium, with the European Office,
Aerospace Research, as Staff Judge Advocate, will be transferred to
Patrick Air Force Base in Florida on July 1, 1970. -M. S. Tread-
NEWS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Mrs. Inez Ward, Secretary of the Panama Canal Society of
Western North Carolina, returned from an ocean cruise with her
sister to discover that her home had been burglarized. In the attend-
ant anguish and confusion, she wasn't able to get out her usual
report of the Western North Carolina Society activities and she
asked me to pinch-hit for her.
On April 18, 1970, we had a very pleasant gathering at the
Dutch Mill in Hendersonville. About 25 members were present for
this, our first meeting, since winter. As usual, an animated exchange
of news and information relative to mutual friends preceded the
luncheon. This was followed by a slide show featuring a recent trip
to the Canal Zone and Panama, showing many once familiar scenes
and people as they appear today. In deference to the spring theme
of the meeting, a special show with taped commentary on Birdlife
in the Canal Zone was enjoyed by all who happily recognized so
many of the beautiful feathered neighbors from their former home.
Plans are in preparation for a special meeting to be held in
July. We have been invited to gather at the rural estate of Mr. and
Mrs. Jorstad near Waynesville for a traditional mountain-style pic-
nic. Any member or friend of the Society who expects to be in the
area about that time is cordially invited to join us. Announcements
in the local news media will be made prior to the happening.
About the only significant change recently in our membership
is the loss to us of Mrs. Esther Hodges who has sold her home in
Weaverville, North Carolina and is moving to Deltaville, Maryland.
We will miss her greatly.
Charles Brandl, President
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Mr. and Mrs. David L. Gatz had as their house guest in March,
Mrs. Daniel H. Rudge (Minnie Kleefkins), of Sequim, Washington,
who was returning to her home following a visit with relatives on
the Canal Zone. Ruth entertained with a coffee for Minnie when for-
mer Canal Zone friends and neighbors stopped for a visit.
In April, David and Ruth also enjoyed a short visit with their
nephew, Joe Galloway, of Atlanta, Georgia, who over-nighted while
in the area on a business trip.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain spent several days in April on the
East Coast with Harry's brother, George; his wife, Nadine, and their
son, Michael, at their home in Coral Gables.
Early in the year, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Schmidt had as house guests
for two weeks, their son-in-law and daughter, Leonard and Arline
Winerman, of Deer Park, Long Island. Arline, a graduate of Balboa
High School and Duke University recently decided to return to school
for her Masters Degree in a New York College; she earned the de-
gree in January, and she is now an elementary teacher on the staff
in Long Island.
Lee Schmidt says that her sister, Ann De La Mater, is still in
the Nursing and Convalescence Home in Greenville, North Carolina,
and would enjoy receiving cards and notes from her friends.
Following a ten-day visit with Mr. and Mrs. Al Bissett, Mrs.
John M. Brown (Kay) returned to her home in Durham, North
Carolina. Al and the late John Brown were co-workers in the Com-
Mr. and Mrs. John Kozar, who recently moved into their new
home in North Port Charlotte, visited Jay and Harry Cain. Both
are now retired Johnny from the Cristobal Police Division and
Dorothy from the nursing staff at Coco Solo Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hitchcock returned late in April from
a three-week visit to New Rochelle, New York, to be with Bill's
sister, who has been hospitalized. Before returning to Sarasota, they
spent a weekend in Richmond, Virginia, with their son and his wife,
Bill and Jennifer Hitchcock. The young couple will be moving to the
Boston area in July as Bill has been transferred by his company, the
Prentiss-Hall Publishing Company.
In April Mrs. Jacoba (Coe) Joustra and her daughter, Grace,
spent several days in St. Augustine.
Henry C. Lutz and his wife, Nancy, came to Sarasota during the
Easter holidays to see how work is progressing on their new home
at the corner of Prudence Drive and Tee Road in Kensington Park.
Henry, a civilian employee with the Navy at Coco Solo, is now re-
tired but has been working in Persippany, New Jersey. They plan
to move into their new home during the summer or in early fall.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain and Gladys Humphrey visited
Jackie and Harry Linker in Seminole and also drove over to Largo
for a short visit with Alton and Vera Jones and their house guests,
Cleo and Jim Burns, of Redart, Virginia. -Gladys Humphrey
PANAMA CANAL CLUB OF HOUSTON, TEXAS
GREETINGS FROM SPACE CITY, U.S.A.
The Panama Canal Club of Houston enjoyed a wonderful Canal
Zone "get-together" and covered dish luncheon, on March 21, 1970,
at the beautiful home of President LeRoy and Mayme Dill. They
live in the Big Thicket, surrounded by Sam Houston National Forest.
Since this was Spring-time in the Lone Star state, the members not
only enjoyed the delicious food but also the viewing of the dogwood
and redbud trees abloom; the oaks and pines, displaying their many
shades of green. A discussion was held on forming a state-wide so-
ciety of Texas. Committees will report on progress of this project
at our next meeting, which will be June 20, 1970, at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hogue in Coldspring, Texas. A sincere invitation
is issued to members of the Florida Society as well as former Canal
Zone residents now living in Texas or our other states.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Brown, who recently retired from Pan
Canal service, have become members of our Houston Club. They
make their home at 5900 Bissonnet, Apt. 638, Houston, Texas 77036.
Mr. and Mrs. Mercom Weeks came from Lufkin, Texas, for our
meeting in March.
Dr. and Mrs. Durward D. Stringer (Jackie Whitlock), of Misha-
waka, Indiana, flew to Houston in their private plane in March for a
visit with the Andrew Whitlocks. Jackie acts as co-pilot for her hus-
band. Eddie Whitlock came home from his studies at the University
of Texas for the family reunion. Eddie will graduate on May 30th
with a B.A. Degree in Liberal Arts (Plan II). The Whitlocks now
have 15 grandchildren. Their oldest grandchild Charlann Collins
(daughter of Andree Lee Whitlock Collins) was married to Dwight
C. Elam, Jr., on January 10, 1970, at United Methodist Church in
St. Louis, Missouri. They are presently living in Beeville, Texas,
where Dwight is serving in the U.S. Navy. Linda Sue Collins will
reign as Sports Queen for 1969-70 and is treasurer for her Senior
Rufus and Ida Lovelady, of Tucson, Arizona, came to Texas in
April for the arrival of their new grandson, Shawn Lovelady, who
was born to Bruce and Donna Smith Lovelady on April 16, 1970.
Born on the Canal Zone and a graduate of Balboa High School, Bruce
is stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas,
with duties of Training Instructor. While en route to Hot Springs,
Arkansas, Rufus and Ida Lovelady were guests of John and Florence
Fred Hatchett, former employee of Pedro Miguel Locks and Ben
Lomand, of California, paid short visits with Mary Joe and Fred
Mrs. David Racine (Kitty Lowe) and two children visited in
the home of Mrs. George Lowe, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kelly (Mary Alice Hicks) are now living
in Pasadena, Texas. Mr. Kelly is Educational Director for South
Houston Baptist Church. Their new address is: 3344 South Burke
Street, Pasadena, Texas 77504.
Mrs. G. E. Dixon (Virginia) and Mrs. Lee (Irene) Wright, for-
mer employees of the Personnel Bureau (Wage & Classification) had
a reunion in Houston in February after 20 years had elapsed.
Mrs. Myrtle Morgan accompanied her daughter from their home in
Naples, Texas. All celebrated this reunion as dinner guests of Vir-
ginia at Trader Vic's, in the Shamrock Hotel.
Miss Mary N. Orr, of Balboa, Canal Zone, arrives in the Space
City the last week in April to be with her brothers, Mattes and Bob
and their families.
Mrs. Peggy Ellis is away on one of her annual bus jaunts. Mrs.
Josephine Nunally is once again living in Houston.
Adios for this issue of the CANAL RECORD. Again to re-
mind you all, Houston Panama Canal Club will meet on June 20,
1970. Perhaps some of our Canal Zone folks will surprise us by at-
tending this meeting. And, remember, Houston is the location of
Manned Spacecraft Center, where the three astronauts of APOLLO
XIII mission, were guided safely back to this wonderful earth and
Irene E. Wright, Secretary
A brief supplement to the Texas report from President LeRoy
Dill "A note from Mrs. Lillian F. Farr, 415-A Stasney Street,
College Station, Texas 77840: 'I certainly would like to attend a re-
union in Houston, providing my health would allow it.'
"Our President LeRoy Dill said his prayers have been answered
many times, and he is asking the Supreme Architect of the Universe
to do something about this."
LATE NEWS DEATHS
Mrs. Margaret Cleo Blackburn, widow of Samuel Blackburn,
died in Bellflower, California, on May 3. She was 71 years old.
The late Mr. and Mrs. Blackburn were long-time Isthmian resi-
dents until the retirement of Mr. Blackburn from the Canal Zone
Police in the early 1950's. He was stationed in Cristobal.
Survivors include two sons, Samuel, Jr., and William P. Black-
Mrs. Annie Maud Conley, 89, passed away on May 10 in St.
She is survived by a son, Leo M. Conley, two granddaughters,
Betty and Connie Conley, of Anchorage, Alaska; two sisters, Mrs.
Ethel Fife, Boston, Massachusetts, and Mrs. Gertie Collins, Garden
Paul M. Disharoon, Sr., 74, passed away on May 8, 1970, in
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Disharoon moved to St. Petersburg in 1958, after retiring
as Chief Marine Engineer from the Panama Canal Company.
Surviving are his son Paul, Jr., of the Canal Zone; two grand-
children, Frank and John Disharoon; two brothers, John, of Cape
Charles Virginia; and Roy, of Norfolk, Virginia.
Mrs. Bessie Jones, member of a large and well-known Canal
Zone family, died at Gorgas Hospital on May 13, 1970. She was 78
Mrs. Jones went to the Canal Zone in 1914 with her husband, the
late Simon Jones, who was employed with the Electrical Division.
She had lived since that time in the Canal Zone and recently made
her home with her daughter, Mrs. Arlean Spivey, of Margarita.
In addition to Mrs. Spivey, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs.
Ella Specht, of St. Petersburg, Florida; and three sons, Russel, of
Palo Alto, California; Hayden, of Rogue River, Oregon, and Simon,
of San Mateo, Florida, and a number of grandchildren and great-
grandchildren. She also is survived by a brother Windsor Grier, of
Mrs. Ellis McTucker (Polly) died recently in San Diego, Cali-
fornia. Mr. McTucker was a real Old Timer; he was Superintendent
of Maintenance on the Panama Railroad for many years, Atlantic
Division, and Polly's father was Mr. Marshall Steele, who worked in
the same department. During construction days, they lived in box
cars near Gatun. -Information from Mrs. Lulu Lumby, San Diego,
Mrs. Eva P. Smith, former Supervisor of the Admitting Office
at Gorgas Hospital, died suddenly at her home in Hickory Hill, John's
Island, South Carolina, on May 6. 1970.
Born in Colombia, Mrs. Smith's father was owner of a coffee
plantation operated by her brother William Flye. She met and mar-
ried her husband in Santa Marta, Colombia, where he was an engineer
with the United Fruit Company.
They went to the Canal Zone shortly before World War II when
he took a job with the Canal as sanitary engineer and later was made
Chief of the Division of Sanitation.
During the war, she became the Canal Zone's first lady cus-
toms inspector. She resigned in 1944 and was employed in 1951 as a
clerk in Gorgas Hospital and later was made supervisory clerk.
In addition to her widower, she is survived by three sons, John
P. III, Orlando, and Peter, and a daughter, Mary. All live in the
United States. She is survived also by a number of grandchildren.
Mrs. Phyllis G. Turner, 70, passed away in Tucson, Arizona, on
Mary 8, 1970. Mrs. Turner lived in the Canal Zone from 1939 to
1963 and was a member of the Royal Palm Chapter #2, O.E.S. and
the Cristobal Chapter of the Rebekahs.
She is survived by her husband Albert G. Turner of Tucson and
a son Robert of Cristobal.
Otis C Myers, formerly a member of the Panama Canal Engi-
neering Division, died March 28 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was
74 years old.
Mr. Myers went to the Canal Zone in 1932 as an inspector of
the Madden Dam project. Later, he joined the Engineering Division
as surveyor. He also worked for the Municipal Engineering and
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Anabelle Myers and a son,
Otis C. Myers, Jr., of Norfolk, Virginia.
DRY SEASON BUT THE RAINS CAME Torrential rains
and rampaging rivers spread destruction and misery over the entire
western half of Panama. The floods struck the night of April 8
after fifteen inches of rainfall in two days swelled rivers and streams.
Hardest hit were the Boquete area in the highlands of Chiriqui
Province and the lush Changuinola Valley in Bocas del Toro Province,
near the boundary with Costa Rica. The situation turned into a
disaster on April 9 when an 111/2 inch deluge pushed flood water
still higher in the Bocas del Toro area.
Both Boquete and the Changuinola Valley in Bocas del Toro
are rich farming areas. Boquete is the center of the nation's coffee
industry and is one of the major suppliers of potatoes, onions, and
vegetables all reportedly ruined. Live stock and construction
equipment were carried away by the torrents. Changuinola is one
of the two principal banana-growing areas of the country. Banana
plantations worth $4-million have been ruined, according to Bobby
Walker, Manager of the Bocas Division of the Chiriqui Land Co.,
Panama subsidiary of the United States owned Fruit Co. In the
Boquete area alone, 72 houses were swept away by the swollen river.
It was estimated that about 25,000 acres were under water in the
Floods also were reported in the Aguadulce area of Cocle Prov-
ince, in central Panama, where salt beds melted and tomato planta-
tions were lost, and at Pacora and Chepo, in eastern Panama Province,
where extensive livestock and farm losses occurred. Scores were
Roads were washed away, bridges were out, power, telephone,
and water installations in the two stricken areas were extensively
damaged, and the Chiriqui Land Company's railroad, which is prac-
tically the only system of transportation in the Changuinola Valley
was wiped out at many places. Adding to the woes of Chiriqui Prov-
ince was a spectacular five-hour fire at the Esso Company tank
farm at the Port of Pedresal, about four miles from David occurng
just as the tanker Grete Terkol had finished discharging gasoline.
The official death toll in Chiriqui was eight, including a retired
American couple living in Bambito (see deaths). The National Guard
reported twenty-two confirmed deaths in the Changuinola; there may
Massive rescue and relief operations were set up with rescue
centers in Boquete, the Volcan, and Cerro Punta. Food and medicines
were dropped to marooned communities by helicopters. Helicopters
also rescued an estimated 1500 persons who had spent up to two
days on roof tops.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida wishes to express their
deepest sympathy to all families in the afflicted areas.
Hundreds of Canal young people, assisted by adults, helped
collect items from Canal Zone homes for distribution to victims of
the recent floods in western Panama. The program was a Canal Zone
Youth Council project. Virtually every street in every townsite of the
Canal Zone was canvassed for food, clothing, and other items vitally
needed by the residents of the flood stricken areas.
Saint Mary's Mission in Balboa also aided in the collection and
boxing of necessary supplies to aid in alleviating the suffering of
the hundreds of survivors who are homeless and without sufficient
food, clothing, medical supplies, etc.
The amount of cargo moving through the Panama Canal during
the first nine months of the Fiscal Year, 1970, amounted to a record
87,765,276 long tons, according to official figures released by the
Panama Canal this week.
The cargo came to nearly eight million more than the 79,789,362
long tons which was moved through the Canal during the same
period in the Fiscal Year, 1969.
The big increase was in commercial cargo while U.S. Govern-
ment shipped cargo was down more than two million long tons from
the total of 5,660,210 during the nine months of Fiscal Year, 1969.
The official report confirmed unofficial statistics compiled earl-
ier that 11,085 oceangoing ships had used the Canal during the first
nine months of this fiscal year. March traffic was high with a total
of 1,300 oceangoing transits and a daily average of 41.9 ships. -
SPILLWAY, April 17, 1970.
REPUBLIC OF PANAMA DECREES BAN ON LONG HAIR- -
Canal Zone residents are reminded of an executive decree, signed
recently by President Demetrio Lakas, prohibiting the entrance into
Panama of men wearing extra long hair and who are slovenly in
The Panama National Guard is enforcing the decree and all are
cautioned that no one is exempt from the law. SPILLWAY, April
COMMENTS ON RECEIPT OF THE RECORD-"Well, I retired
twenty years ago and since then have wandered over the United
States, mainly in California and Montana. Through all those years,
I never missed my copy of the Canal Record, and the last one I re-
ceived was December, 1969. I am still looking for the last issue, and
if you can assist me in any way I assure you that it will be highly
appreciated." Capt. Carl P. Wanke, Whittier, California.
"For some unknown reason, probably the mail strike, I have not
received my March issue of the Panama Canal Record. The only thing
that I can think of that could be missed more is my pension checks .
"When the Panama Canal Record makes its quarterly appear-
ance at this address, it is just like a visit from many of the people
whose names appear in the issue I sure have missed their spring
visit." Eugene R. Owen, Media, Pennsylvania.
Many thanks for your letters; we regret any member not re-
ceiving a RECORD. Checks have been made here with the Post
Office. RECORDS were mailed from St. Petersburg on the morn of
March 3. Carbon copies are made of each mailing label your names
are on the carbon copies of addressed labels for the March RECORD.
In addition, a count is made of labels before receipt of the RECORDS
in order to notify printer of the number of copies needed. A count
of RECORDS is made at the time label is attached all 2,248 copies
mailed in March which checked with the original label count.
WHAT HAPPENS??? That old slogan that the "Mail Must Go
Through" at the time of the picturesque Pony Express Days seem-
ingly has been superseded by lackadaisical inefficiency.
WE TRY RECORDS should be mailed out during the first
week of the quarter. Notify the Society if your RECORD is not
received within a reasonable time.
Many Thanks to all reporters for their excellent reports for
the June RECORD. We would also like NEWS from areas which are
not represented by reporters. Many thanks for clippings sent in
from individuals notifying us of deaths and general news of interest
to our members.
August 1, 1970, is the DEADLINE for the September RECORD.
Margaret M. Ward, Record Editor
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
1 When sending in a check for dues please be sure to sign it.
2 No checks on Panama Banks will be acknowledged in the future,
as the bank charge is from 99 cents to $1.04 to cash a $4.00
check. These checks will be returned and it is requested that
Canal Zone Money Orders be used in all cases. States bank
checks will be accepted at all times.
3 It is essential that the ZIP code be placed on all applications
for membership, except outside the United States.
4 It is also requested that stamps be placed on mail coming to
the Society. Many have been received here lately without
stamps and the stamp and penalty must be paid for by the
5 If you go on a vacation please advise the person with whom
you have left mailing directions NOT TO RETURN THE
RECORDS we must pay 10 cents for their return and then
in a short time the member returns home and we are in no
position to know whether the change is temporary or per-
manent. It becomes necessary to make record changes to go
back to the proper address. This is totally unnecessary, and
makes entirely too much confusion and work.
6 No RECORDS will be sent to other addresses unless the change
has been received in advance of mailing the RECORD.
7 ALL CHANGES must be received prior to mailing the Record
which usually is March 1, June 1, September 1, and De-
8 Please state, in the case of a member whether the title is "Mr.,
Mrs. or Miss."
9 In the future all changes must be made by the member NOT
THE POST OFFICE. Mrs. Lucille Judd.
1970 From Phoenix Elks Tracks, Lodge No. 335 apologies to
the memory of Joyce Kilmer, author of that beautiful poem "Trees."
I think that I shall never see
A thing as ugly as a knee.
Above whose gnarled and knotted crest
The mini hemline comes to rest.
Or one that's even worse than that.
When padded with repulsive fat -
A knee that may in summer wear
Nothing at all but be quite bare.
Behind whose flex there oft remains
A net of blue and broken veins
Some knees continue to perplex:
How can they form the letter "X"
While in another set one sees
A pair of true parentheses?
Some nuts write verses such as these.
But greater nuts display their knees.
1929 From THE ZONIAN, Balboa High School
1st Balboa Girl: Is my dress too long?
2nd Balboa Girl: No, Why?
1st Balboa Girl: It just got caught in my garters.
Upon reaching 80 last year, historian Arnold J. Toynbee
"To be mortal is not by any wholly disadvantageous. When I
catch myself resenting not being immortal, I pull myself up short
by asking whether I should really like the prospect of having to
make out an annual income-tax return for an infinite number of
years ahead." READER'S DIGEST, April, 1970.
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
tor Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
1, ..... .................................... ............ hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Finrida, Inc.. and enclose $4.00 as my ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
dues for the year .............. $2.00 of this amount is for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECORD for one year.
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Amount enclosed $ ............. ......... Check ........ M.O. ........ Cash ........
DUES $4.00 PER YEAR. Add 45c to checks on Canal Zone banks.
Canal Zone-send money orders unless check is on a State's bank.
Application P C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Florida Only Box 11565, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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DUMB: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
1, .................... .................................. hereby tranm mit my ANNUAL
MEMBIERHIP dues of $4.00 In the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the yer
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tor one year. (Please return this bill with remittance).
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Canal Zone-send money orders unless check is on a State's bank.
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
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DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Mrs. Catsy Schafer,
San Diego, California at Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Harbor,
Mr. and Mrs H. Mortimer Lockwood and grandchildren. Beth and James.
Mrs. Blanche Briscoe.
St Petersburg. Florida
Fellow Golfers for somef
Forty Years Keith Kelle?.,
Cecil Bana, Dewey Goodwin,
Richard(Dick) Colston, B.H.S.
graduate, 1947, and family,
Hagerstown, Maryland \
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Mr. James V. McGimsey
- "CRUSOE" of San Blas -
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Springfield, Missouri John Wheaton, Fort Myers, Florida
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