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Two OLD TIMERS AND SPOUSES Jack and Lil
Evans, Greeley, Colorado, Blanche and Newell Shaw,
Fayetteville, Arkansas, Colorado Picnic, July 12, 1970.
(Left) Mrs. H. L. (Frances) Smithies, Walter Knott,
Cordelia Knott, Mrs. Roy (Olwen) Hearn, David LeRoy
Smith, and Mrs. Jack (Ethel Hearn); (Back left) Cap-
tain Roy L. Hearn, Captain Howard L. Smithies, and
Captain Jack H. Hearn The Pilots' Association Hon-
ors Walter Knott.
ihe Panoama Caal Society4 G4 i4da, yJYc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
H. E. Falk
Ross H. Hollowell
Mrs. Lucille 8. Judd
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
and Record Editor
Mrs. Harry V. Cain
Wm. F. Grady
J. F. Warner
H. E. Falk
Ross H. Hollowell
W. L. Howard
C. 31. Banar,
Mrs. Lucille S. Judd
W. D. Goodwin
%. A. Bissell
Mrs. Margaret 3. Ward
Secretary to Committee
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ABOUT THE COVER
The Thatcher Ferry Bridge with the Canal Zone Junior College in
Mrs. Alba D.. Hutchings, Mr. and Mrs. Murray Klipper,
Mrs. W. A. Gribbons taken at the South Florida Lunch-
eon at Gait Ocean Mile Hotel.
ir.. cht; i h ,. P .nL, Nuith,.eest rkan,.n ,, June
ABOUT THE COVER
The Canal Zone Junior College was conceived as a desirable
addition to the local school system sometime in the 1920's, but the
public interest that hurried it into existence became increasingly loud
and insistent in the depression days of the early Thirties. To hasten
action, the Pacific Civic Council devised a slogan, "A Junior College
in the Canal Zone by October 1, 1932." The College actually opened
its doors in September, 1933, and enrolled a total of 65 students in
its first year of operation on the third floor of the old high school
building (later Balboa Grade School). In 1934 the College moved into
their own building. With the dramatic changes of the early Sixties,
the College was moved to a new campus, located on the east bank of
the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal in the very shadow of the
Thatcher Ferry Bridge. The campus is composed of a main classroom
building (the old La Boca Junior College), an auditorium, a small
classroom building, a 20,000 volume library (new in 1967), a gym-
nasium, a men's dormitory and a women's dormitory. For the school
year, 1969-70, full-time enrollment was 370 with 841 enrolled for
The Thatcher Ferry Bridge, which not only reunited "The Land
Divided," but also facilitated overland traffic within the Republic of
Panama and completed the final major link in the Pan-American
Highway between the United States and Panama City, towers ma-
jestically in the background of the college. The bridge replaced the
inadequate ferryboat system initiated on September 1, 1932.
After the old ferry system passed into history, the name of the
man, Maurice H. Thatcher, who played a major role in having it es-
tablished, will be permanently memorialized in the name of the grace-
ful and functional structure which replaced it. As a personal memento
for Mr. Thatcher, President Kennedy gave him the pen with which he
signed the bill naming the bridge.
The PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY of Washington, D.C. has
planned a special anniversary luncheon to be held on August 15, 1970,
marking the one hundredth birthday of the Honorable Maurice H.
Thatcher sole surviving member of the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion and that Society's Honorary Life President. Governor Thatcher
will be the honored guest. An appropriate tribute to his remarkable
achievements over the years is planned.
The House has approved the bill to have the government pay one-
half the total cost of federal employee health insurance premiums.
The government's present contribution is 24 percent, which means
government employees pay the remaining 76 percent of health
The Senate has pending before it a bill approved by its Civil
Service Committee that would increase the government's contri-
bution to 40 percent, with employees paying the other 60 percent.
The administration has proposed that the government's contribution
rates be fixed at 38 percent.
Thomas G. Walters, President of NARFE, at a meeting in Sara-
sota, Florida, on August 8 stated that it was his belief that by the
end of the 91st session of Congress that the Health Benefit Bill will
be passed with the government's contribution between 40 and 50
percent. He also is of the opinion that the Second Spouse Bill will be
approved. The House has completed hearings on this bill and a
hearing before the Senate will be held shortly. William F. Grady,
CANAL RECORD, SEPTEMBER, 1960, under LEGISLATIVE
REPORT "With all the pay increases given to workers in private
industry, the new increases for postal and classified workers, all
tend to force up the cost of living and further reduce the purchasing
power of our annuity dollars." The recommendation in 1960 was for
retirees to join NARCE.
Confucius Say: He who whispers down a well
About the goods he has to sell
Will never make as many dollars
As he who climbs a tree and hollers.
"A lot of us have been whispering too long; let's stand up and
holler." signed by Bill Bartlet
Bill Grady AGREES with Bill Bartlett. Now is the time for
all good members to come to the aid of retirees who have been sub-
jected to unjust discrimination. "HOLLER" by writing your Con-
gressmen to support both the Health Benefit and the Second Spouse
Bills. It DOES help.
Mrs. Ethel K. Askew (5-16) Accounting Division 30 years
Mr. Camillus T. Askew (6-15) Dredging Division 35 years
Mr. James E. Agee (7-31) Coco Solo Hospital 20 years
Mr. Carmine Ammirati (7-29) Maintenance Division 26 years
Mr. Kenneth L. Bailey (7-11) Industrial Division 30 years
Mrs. Doris L. Barfield (7-31) Coco Solo Hospital 20 years
Mr. Carlos Ballou (4-9) Terminals Division 32 years
Mrs. M. Lucille Behre (4-17) Coco Solo Hospital 9 years
Mr. James Belcher (6-23) Locks Division 16 years
Mrs. Helen J. S. Bellinger (6-30) Gorgas Hospital 26 years
Mr. Rayburn L. Brians (7-25) Navigation Division 30 years
Mr. Ronald M. Brome (7-16) Police Division 30 years
Mrs. Anna E. Calvit (7-31) Navigation Division 28 years
Mr. Eulus C. Clemons (7-31) Locks Division 33 years
Mr. Peter T. Corrigan (7-28) Community Services Div. 35 years
Mrs. Edith W. Cotton (5-16) Maintenance Division 23 years
Mr. Ralph Curles (7-31) Navigation Division 30 years
Mrs. Elizabeth H. Davison (5-19) Coco Solo Hospital 19 years
Mrs. Juanita Day (7-31) Supply Division 24 years
Mr. Cyril D. DeLapp (7-31) Police Division 28 years
Mr. Cyrus W. Field (7-31) Industrial Division 38 years
Mrs. Bernice R. Finley (7-25) Electrical Division 23 years
Mr. Gilbert C. Foster (6-20) Maintenance Division 30 years
Mr. Gerald J. Fox (7-25) Maintenance Division 30 years
Mr. William H. Gonzales (7-31) Dredging Division 27 years
Mr. William C. Grimes (7-31) General Audit Division 36 years
Mrs. Mary E. E. Hanna (7-31) Gorgas Hospital 21 years
Lt. Rob't J. Helmerichs (7-31) Police Division 35 years
Mr. Joseph L. Hickey (7-9) Industrial Division 35 years
Mr. Alfred Houston (7-31) Supply Division 29 years
Mr. Domingo D. Hinds (4-30) Industrial Division 19 years
Mr. Charles S. Howe (7-27) Dredging Division 31 years
Mr. James E. Huddleston (5-2) Electrical Division 31 years
Mr. Edward W. Isaacs (7-24) Customs Division 29 years
Mr. Robert D. Kelly (7-31) Operations Division 30 years
Mr. Hermanus A. Kleefkens (7-16) Navigation Div. 34 years
Mr. Paul Kowalchik (7-31) Engineering Division 16 years
Mr. Paul A. Kunkel (7-25) Industrial Division 31 years
Mr. Charles R. Klumpp (6-30) Locks Division 30 years
Mr. Charles Kurmer (6-30) Construction Division 30 years
Mrs. Dorothy J. LaCroix (7-17) Terminals Division 21 years
Mr. Daniel A. Lawson (4-30) Locks Division 33 years
Mrs. Beatrice E. Lee (5-31) Administrative Serv. Div. 30 years
Mrs. Elizabeth Luhr (5-21) Division of Schools 22 years
Mr. Walter G. McBride (7-27) Police Division 33 years
Mr. John F. McDowell (7-8) Police Division 28 years
Mr. Joseph McHugh (7-31) Procurement Division 20 years
Mr. Carl F. Maedl (7-1) Division of Schools 31 years
Mr. Joseph A. Maganini (5-2) Navigation Division 22 years
Mr. Warren D. Marquard (7-31) Supply Division 37 years
Mr. George A. Martin (7-27) Police Division 32 years
Mrs. Helen L. Meisinger (6-22) Terminals Division 35 years
Mr. Harold J. Million (7-31) Engineering Division 30 years
Mrs. Catherine J. Mitchusson (7-31) Div. Prev. Medicine 30 years
Mr. John H. Moses (7-31) Division of Schools 23 years
Mrs. Hazel M. Myers (5-4) Supply Division 13 years
Mr. Thomas M. Page (4-20) Locks Division 29 years
Mr. Jackson J. Pearce (7-14) Community Services Div. 30 years
Mrs. Mary L. Peterson (7-25) Industrial Division 30 years
Mr. Robert G. Peterson (7-25) Navigation Division 35 years
Mr. Charles R. Progler (4-30) Locks Division 16 years
Mr. Thomas B. Rainey (7-11) Dredging Division 31 years
Mr. Charles W. Rager (5-19) Locks Division 30 years
Mr. John F. Rice (7-2) Fire Division 30 years
Mr. Howard C. Richards (7-30 Police Division 34 years
Mr. William F. Robinson (6-16) Supply Division 38 years
Lt. George J. Roth (7-31) Police Division 28 years
Mr. Robert J. Roy (6-17) Electricial Division 28 years
Mr. Howard L. Sampsell (7-31) Lock Division 38 years
Mr. Kenneth R. Shepherd (7-25) Navigation Division 32 years
Mrs. Elsie N. Smith (4-4) Accounting Division 29 years
Sgt. Jock E. Smith (7-31) Police Division 28 years
Mr. Earl M. Stone (7-29) 7-29 Customs Division 28 years
Mrs. Mary M. Taake (5-21) Division of Schools 23 years
Mr. John C. Thompson (7-31) Dredging Division 30 years
Miss Flora Varon (7-31) Gorgas Hospital 24 years
Mr. Leon M. Warren (7-31) Engineering Division 32 years
Mr. Francis P. Washabaugh (7-25) Navigation Div. 31 years
Mr. Frank Wilder (7-31) Internal Security Office 28 years
Miss Josephine P. Withers (2-21) Division of Schools 24 years
Mr. Richard L. Williams (4-30) Locks Division 17 years
Mr. Fred L. Workman (7-8) Coco Solo Hospital 30 years
Mr. William H. Wynne (6-13) Coco Solo Hosiptal 19 years
Mr. Ramiro Zaldivar (6-30) Operations Division 16 years
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
A double-ring candlelight ceremony united Miss Helen Genevieve
Douglas and Robert Charles Irwin on March 21, 1970, in the Con-
cordia Lutheran Church, of San Antonio, Texas.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Charles H. S. Douglas, Sr.,
of Brownsville, Texas, and the late Mr. D,.-lJ.i-. Parents of the
bridegroom are Mr. and Mrs. John L. Irwin of San Antonio, formerly
residents of Balboa and Coco Solo.
The former Miss Douglas is a graduate of Brownsville High
School. The bridegroom graduated from Cristobal High School, Canal
Zone, and attended the Canal Zone Junior College.
Among the out-of-town guests at the wedding were Mr. and
Mrs. Jerry G. Irwin (Melinda Marshall) and sons, Galen and Leland,
and Mrs. Hattie Marshall, of Houston, Texas.
Miss Barbara Howard Krout, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Wilver Krout, of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, was married on June
13, 1970, to William Henry Ritcher IV. The bridegroom is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Ritcher III, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsyl-
The bride, a graduate of Camp Hill High School, attended the
University of Maryland. Her husband, a graduate of Cedar Cliff
High School, attended Harrisburg Area Community College.
Attending the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. H. V. Howard Jr.,
Tracy and Terry Howard of the Canal Zone, and Mrs. Bernice S.
Howard from St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Lucien A. Lacourse, of Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
have announced the engagement of their daughter, Marie, to Captain
Ralph K. Frangioni, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph K. Frangioni, of
Miss Lacourse is a graduate of St. Louis Academy and is em-
ployed as a secretary by the United States Air Force and L. G.
Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts.
Captain Frangioni is a graduate of Balboa High School; The
Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina; and attended graduate school
at the University of South Carolina. He is in the United States Air
Force, stationed at L. G. Hanscom Field, Bedford.
An August 1 wedding is planned.
The marriage of Miss Marilyn Helen Roth, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. George Roth, of Gatun, Canal Zone, to Mr. Robert Owen Dock-
ery, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Dockery, of Austell, Georgia, was
performed at a candlelight service on March 15 in the Gatun Union
After a wedding trip to the Virgin Islands, the couple are now
at home at 3142 Desert Drive, Apartment 8, East Point, Georgia.
Out-of-town guests included Miss Evita Dockery, sister of the
bridegroom; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schwartz, of Miami, Florida; Mr.
and Mrs. Roger Orvis, of Sarasota, Florida; and Mr. Frank Lever,
of Atlanta, Georgia.
Mrs. Betty R. Schleer and Mr. James D. Mac Lean announce
their marriage on Saturday, the ninth of May, Nineteen hundred and
seventy at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Clifton, New
In a beautiful double ring military ceremony at 2 p.m. on July
4, 1970, at the Ortega United Methodist Church, Miss Julia Marie
Shipley became the bride of Lt. William H. Schaffer USN with the
Rev. John A. White, officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene S. Shipley,
of Clearwater, Florida, and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
William A. Shaffer, Livonia, Michigan. The groom is presently sta-
tioned at Moffet Field, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer will make their home in Sunnyvale, Cali-
Miss Darleen Woodruff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion B.
Woodruff, of La Boca, Canal Zone, and Mr. Joseph M. Hunt, Jr., son
of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt, of La Boca, were united in mar-
riage in an evening ceremony on June 13 at Sacred Heart Chapel
in Ancon, Canal Zone.
Out-of-town guests included Mrs. Herbert G. Garrison, Jr.
(Mildred Woodruff), of Charlotte, North Carolina, aunt of the bride;
Mr. and Mrs. Jack F. Morris (Grace Lawyer), of Lutz, Florida, uncle
and aunt of the bride; Miss Susan Rathgeber and Kim Lee Rathgeber,
Houston, Texas, cousins of the bridegroom; Carey Neal Hagler, of
Fayetteville, North Carolina; Phil A. Ashley, of Columbia, South
Carolina; and former Canal Zone residents Louis Engelke, U.S. Navy,
stationed at San Diego; Richard Ebdon, Wilmington, Delaware, and
Miss Paula Craig, of Dallas, Texas.
Mr. Hunt is presently employed as an Industrial Engineer by
Dupont in Camden, South Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Benny, Jr., of Balboa, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of their second child and first son on April 25
at Gorgas Hospital. The baby has been named William Edward.
The maternal grandmother is Mrs. Edward H. Bittle, of Las
Palmas, Canary Islands. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
William L. Benny of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. John P. Corrigan, III, announce the birth of their
fourth child and second daughter on May 19 at Gorgas Hospital. The
baby was named Jolene Mary.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Rodney B. Ely, of
Centerbrook, Connecticut, and the paternal grandparents, Mr. and
Mrs. John P. Corrigan, Jr., of Pompano Beach, Florida.
Captain and Mrs. Charles K. Cross, of McConnell Air Force Base,
Wichita, Kansas, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter,
on July 3, 1970. The baby has been named Alana Lorraine.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Cross, of
Dr. and Mrs. Murray Davidson (Joan Bentz) of Stuart, Florida,
announce the birth of a son, Chad Paul, on May 2.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Bentz, of
Asheville, North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Gibson of Gamboa announce the birth
of a daughter, Arden Joy, on April 22 at Gorgas Hospital.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John A. Wright, Jr.,
of Deerfield Beach, Florida. The paternal grandmother is Mrs. Mary
E. Gibson, of Flora, Illinois.
Lieutenant (jg) and Mrs. James H. Johnson announce the birth
of their first child, Elizabeth Ann, on May 21, 1970, in Port Arthur,
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Begnaud,
of Port Arthur, Texas. Captain and Mrs. Howard Johnson, of St.
Petersburg, Florida, are the paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Mays, of Lomita, California, announce the
birth of their second child and first son, Jeffrey Martin, born
February 13, 1970.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Reccia, of Tor-
rance, California. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Al Mays,
of Denver, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Millspaugh, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida,,
announce the birth of a son, Mark Charles, on April 9, 1970.
The maternal grandparent is Mr-. Annette Patorgias, of Chicago,
Illinois. Mrs. Elsie Millspaugh, of Fort Pierce, Florida, is the paternal
Mr. and Mrs. John Roebuck, Jr. announce the birth of their
second son, Theodore Donathan, on May 4 at Gorgas Hospital.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ted A. Marti, of Balboa.
His maternal great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Pullin,
formerly of the Canal Zone and now of Trinity, Alabama, and the
maternal great-great grandmother, Mrs. Annie Matthews, of Athens,
Alabama. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John Roebuck, of
Lt. and Mrs. Robert O. Smith announce the birth of their second
child, Andrew Robert, born February 6, 1970, at the Aiken County
Hospital, South Carolina.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. A. Kapinos, of Aiken,
South Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Smith, of Curundu, Canal Zone,
are the paternal grandparents.
Lt. Smith has recently returned from a tour in Vietnam. He is
now stationed at Howard AFB, flying C-118s.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Wardlow (Dianne Baltozer), of Balboa,
Canal Zone, announce the birth of their second child, a girl, April
Rene, on June 20.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Baltozer, of
Diablo Heights, Canal Zone. Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wardlow, of Sar-
dinia, Ohio, are the paternal grandparents. Mr. and Mrs. George
McLintock and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baltozer, of St. Petersburg, Flor-
ida, are the great-grandparents.
THIS'N THAT FROM THE BAY AREA
Mr. and Mrs. Luke C. Palumbo, Sr., of Coco Solo, Canal Zone,
spent almost a week in June with Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Beck in St.
Petersburg. Mr. Palumbo is an instructor at Cristobal Junior-Senior
High School, and Mrs. Palumbo teaches swimming at the Coco Solo
pool. Mrs. Gladys Humphrey from Sarasota, her son Donald, and his
wife, spent an evening with the Becks and Palumbos. The Palumbos
had a busy summer planned visiting relatives in New Jersey,
Maryland, Missouri, and their children who now live in Iowa, Cali-
fornia, and Washington.
Mr. and Mrs. Victor A. Herr (Mr. Herr is Supervisor of Music,
Division of Schools, Canal Zone) and baby daughter, Melisande,
stopped in at the Donald Musselman home in St. Petersburg for a
hello in June. Another ex-colleague from school-teaching days on the
Zone to drop by for a short visit with the Musselmans was Mr.
Seymour Barkowitz, assistant principal, Curundu Junior High School,
with Mrs. Barkowitz and the two younger children. Donald Mussel-
man, former speech and drama instructor at Balboa High School and
in the Canal Zone Junior College, is now teaching at the St. Peters-
burg Junior College.
St. Petersburg claims another well-known Isthmian family -
the J. Bartley Smiths. After a year of "roaming", the momentous
decision has been resolved; construction of their new home on
Venetian Isles, St. Petersburg, is underway.
Judy Lindsay, on vacation from her teaching and counseling
position with the United States Army Air Corps in Tokyo, Japan,
spent several weeks with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay.
Before returning to Japan, Judy planned to visit friends and rela-
tives in Illinois, Washington, and Oregon. Judy went to Okinawa in
1964 to teach and at the end of the year was transferred to Tokyo.
She is very enthusiastic about Japan and her work.
Dr. and Mrs. Antonio Suescum (Ann Preston Wood) and two
children, of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, spent several weeks in June with
Ann's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood. Mr. and Mrs. Lana
Simms (Priscilla Navarro), of Columbia, South Carolina, were also
guests of the Woods for a few days in June.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A. (Tony) Sylvestre of St. Petersburg,
had a real family reunion. In late June, they met Mr. and Mrs. K. C.
Smith (Mary Jane Sylvestre) and five children, of Easton, Pennsyl-
vania, at the home of Mrs. Robert Simpson (Peggy Ann Sylvestre) in
Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Peggy's water-front home with a boat
for water skiing, etc. was a wonderful outlet for the nine grandchil-
dren. The Smiths returned to St. Petersburg with the Sylvestres on
July 13 for a week with just Mom and Dad. Before leaving for
Pennsylvania, they saw many friends of Zone days now living in
Mrs. Jack (Betty) Rathgeber, of Glassboro, New Jersey, ar-
rived in St. Petersburg early in June when her mother, Mrs. Lucille
S. Judd, was discharged from the hospital. Betty kept busy; aside
from just chatting with her mother, she was nurse, cook, and gen-
eral housemaid even to a wholesale job of cleaning and polishing
the family silver. Jack Rathgeber, accompanied by Mrs. Norine
Rathgeber Lucas, Brick Town, New Jersey, arrived on June 28.
Miss Dorothy Judd, a Spanish teacher at Abbot Academy, Andover,
Massachusetts, arrived on the same day from Atlanta, Georgia,
where she had attended a three-day Advanced Placement Conference
for Foreign Language. Betty and Jack left for New Jersey on July
9, and Dorothy will "keep the home fires burning" until she has to
return to Massachusetts about August 15. Betty plans to return to
St. Petersburg at that time to be with her mother again.
Mrs. Frederick (Alberta Dodds) Grunewald, of St. Paul, Min-
nesota, was a St. Petersburg visitor in June. She reported that she
had spent the Christmas Holidays with her daughter, Mary Margaret
and family in Summit, New Jersey. Dr. Donald Wynnemer had ac-
cepted a position in the New York City office of the Standard Oil
Company as a Technology Advisor in the Gas Coordination Depart-
ment. Mrs. Grunewald also visited Miss Louise Mack in her home in
Mr. and Mrs. Victor Gomez (Linda Askew), Mobile, Alabama,
were the guests of Linda's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Askew, over
the Fourth of July. Bobby and Stevie Askew are both home for the
summer months. Bobby will complete his undergraduate work at
Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, Cookeville, Tennessee, this coming
year, and Stevie will enter Clemson University in South Carolina as
a freshman. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Goodwin (Nancy Askew) and daugh-
ter are living in the Canal Zone.
Mrs. A. H. (Jessie) Matheney moved to the new Lutheran
Residence, Apt. 806, 608 Park Street South, Pasadena, Florida, in
July. Her son, Angus 0. Matheney, Ottawa, Canada, flew to St. Pe-
tersburg on moving day to help his mother get settled; shelves were
built, pictures were hung, and the many time-consuming details' in-
volved in moving were taken care of. Jessie also enjoyed a brief visit
with her other son, Dr. Robert G. Matheney, Chief, Division of Vet-
erinary Medicine, who arrived from the Canal Zone in early July.
While in the States, Dr. Matheney made a trip to San Francisco where
he saw Bill Brown (Saratoga, California) formerly from the Health
Department in the Zone and Dr. Emitt Litterel, a psychologist, who
at one time was stationed at Corozal Hospital.
After a vacation in New Canaan, Connecticut, visiting Mr. and
Mrs. H. W. Leffingwell, Jr. (Janie Hamlin), Mr. and Mrs. Eugene
E. Hamlin, Cristobal Canal Zone, were guests of Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin
for ten days in July. Mrs. Hamlin expects Janie on August 3 for a
two-week visit. Later Mrs. Hamlin plans on going to Georgia for
Cold Weather but Warm Hearts Mr. and Mrs. John C.
Schmidt, Sr., after visiting Mrs. Schmidt's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
William H. Barlow, of Tampa, Florida, left on May 28 to visit their
son and his wife, Major and Mrs. John C. Schmidt, Jr. (Barbara
Armstrong). Major Smith is assigned to one of the Army's coldest
posts in the world, the Arctic Test Center, located at Fort Greely,
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph M. Huls (Beth Lockridge) and four children,
of North Palm Beach, Florida, spent the weekend of August 1 with
Beth's father, Mr. G. C. Lockridge (Buck), in St. Petersburg. Beth,
who is attending summer school, will receive her M.A. Degree in
Elementary Education at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton,
Florida, this summer. Buck plans to leave St. Petersburg on August
7 for Los Angeles, California, to visit his brother and sister-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Lockridge.
Summer vacation meant a family gathering in the St. Petersburg
home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel M. Eggleston, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. George
E. (Ceci Eggleston) Haborak and son Christopher, of Annapolis,
Maryland, and their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Daniel M. Eggleston, Jr.
and children, Stasi and little Daniel Maurice II were July guests.
Ceci had almost a month at home, but her husband, a professor at
the Naval Academy, had only two weeks. Mrs. Daniel M. Eggleston,
Jr. and children are living with her parents in Adelphi, Ohio, while
Major Eggleston is serving in Vietnam.
In early August, Mr. and Mrs. Eggleston will be hosts to Mrs.
Eggleston's sister, Martha Hele Sides, her husband Charles, and
daughter Michelle, of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard W. Hoover (Carol Sergeant) and two sons,
of Antioch, California, were guests of Captain and Mrs. R. C. Ser-
geant in July. The Hoovers flew to New York from the West Coast,
picked up a new car, and drove to Florida. En route they stopped in
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Nor-
man Nifong (Kaye Sergeant).
Since their arrival in St. Petersburg in May, retirement for Mr.
and Mrs. Julian Hearne hasn't been exactly symbolical of a carefree
life with unpacking, fixing up their new home, and houseguests. They
are fortunate in having two of their daughters living in Florida.
Judy Hearne is a medical secretary at Orange Memorial in Orlando,
and Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Baldwin (Diane Hearne) live in Jacksonville
where Diane's husband is with U.S. Gypsum. Jane, who teaches in
the Zone schools, is spending her vacation with her parents. Dess's
sister, Miss Ethel Ferguson, a counselor at Curundu Junior High
School, will be an August guest. The Hearnes' St. Petersburg address
is: 4230 13th Way, N.E. Zip 33703.
Vice President, Ross Hollowell, who had a heart attack on
April 28, has made a speedy recovery, but he is still under the
Freeland Hollowell, Sr. from the Canal Zone flew up to be with
his father during his critical condition, and his wife Mary (Straus)
with their three children came the following week. They spent their
vacation in St. Petersburg and sailed back to the Canal Zone from
New Orleans on the SS CRISTOBAL on July 10. While in New Or-
leans, they visited with their aunt and uncle, Robbie and Pat Adams,
and cousin Rob Roy.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Lang (Pete and Jyme) spent four days
with their aunt and uncle, the Ross Hollowells in July. They also
visited with Jyme's folks in Magnolia, Mississippi. Pete's twin broth-
er Bill, who lives in Washington, D.C., is a lawyer and represents
the Nurses' Union.
Marion Hollowell, of Milton, Delaware, spent a week with his
brother and sister-in-law, the Ross Hollowells, in St. Petersburg in
June. Mr. Hollowell, who recently lost his wife (Doris Hollowell)
expects to settle in St. Petersburg at a later date.
Scott, Mathew, and Tori Abbott, children of Richard and Bar-
bara (Shaw) Abbott, of Falls Church, Virginia, spent a month during
the summer with their grandparents, Capt. and Mrs. Abbott. It was
two round trips to Falls Church for the senior Abbotts as they not
only picked up the children but drove them back home.
Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Ferguson, of Balboa Heights, Canal Zone,
were the guests of Capt. and Mrs. Abbott on the weekend of August
1. The Fergusons are vacationing at their home in Orlando.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Esslinger enjoyed visits from two of their
children for two weeks in August. Mary and Sunshine (her dog)
flew down from Washington, D.C. and Joel from Bartlesville, Okla-
Hot weather, family visits, or just a yen to get away brought
the usual summer exodus from St. Petersburg: Mr. and Mrs. Emerson
R. Fuller, who left on June 10, planned to join a Travel Trailer Club
for a six-week trip to Canada.
Mrs. Genevieve Long spent the month of June in Washington,
D.C. with her son David and family. While in that area, she saw Ann
Allnut in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan left by car after the Fourth of
July rush for Indiana and Massachusetts.
Miss Caroline Hunt journeyed to her home state of North Carolina
for family visits as well as seeing many old friends in that area.
Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Peterson left August 1 for a three-month
tour of New Jersey, New York, and the Northeastern states.
Louise and Carter Orr had a wonderful month with their son
and his family, the T. C. Orrs, in their lovely new home on Shelter
Island, New York. They were also delighted to see the Shepard Clarks
who spend the summer months at their home on the Island. It was
almost a family Reunion at the Clarks. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gallaway
(Karen Clark), of Atlanta, Georgia, and children were guests of
Karen's parents. Dick and Alice Clark from the Canal Zone and an-
other brother of Shep from Ohio, were also at the Shep Clark home.
Capt. and Mrs. Henry Falk enjoyed a month's stay in Scotland in
June. Mr. and Mrs. Henry (Hank) Falk, Jr., of Sylvania, Ohio, met
them in London. Through a cousin of Mrs. Falk, as a representative
from Scotland, the Falks were fortunate in being able to attend a
session of Parliament which was of great interest. After returning
to St. Petersburg for a few weeks, Capt. and Mrs. Falk were off
again on July 8 for Beaverton, Oregon, for a visit with son Murray
and the children.
Ethel and Cecil Banan went north to attend two family gradua-
tions. Mrs. Banan's grand-nephew, Charles Burton, graduated from
high school in Falls Church, Virginia, and her grandson, Karl Gold-
strohm, received his degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, on June 13.
Mrs. Nena McMillan flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a
summer visit with Mr. and Mrs. Orlando T. Symonds and Mr. and
Mrs. T. E. Burrow.
The Misses Ellen Tiernan and Betty Skelding have returned
from a delightful visit in California where they journeyed to at-
tend the wedding of Ellen's niece, Patricia Tiernan in San Lorenzo.
After the wedding they travelled with Bob Tiernan and his wife to
Sacramento to visit other Tiernan relatives and a-hoped-for visit with
Mrs. Alice Burkle, aunt of Hattie Marshall and Ruth Campbell, but
unfortunately she was away from home that day. From Sacramento,
they went to Reno, Nevada, for an enjoyable two days of making
the rounds and then to Lake Tahoe to see the Lawrence Welk Band
on their summer tour. On the return trip to San Lorenzo they visited
Carmel and Monterey. Later, they flew to Los Angeles to visit with
Sister Martina, who at one time was Superior of Maryknoll Convent
on the Canal Zone. While there, Sister Martina was admitted to
Queen of Angels Hospital for tests and surgery. Many of Sister
Martina's friends on the Canal Zone and Panama will be saddened
to learn of her death there on July 20th. Betty and Ellen plan to
drive North in mid-August, visiting relatives in Ohio and Michigan.
They plan to return to Florida in early November.
Mrs. Bernice S. Howard enjoyed seven weeks during the summer
with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Krout (Lena
Mae Howard) and grandchildren in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. See
weddings for an important event during her visit. She also saw her
grandson, Tracy, who is now at West Point. Tracy told her he was
kept busy from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., but he thought he'd hold out
until Xmas. He had made the rifle and the wrestling teams at West
Point. The proud grandmother reports, "Tracy looks good in the
News from other summer travelers:
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Lyons, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are
spending the summer in Plattsburgh, New York, where they have
the apartment of Dr. J. Stuart McNair. A cool sixty to seventy de-
gree weather was reported.
Dorothy and Philip Thornton, of Mill Valley, California, visited
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sinnott in Rossmoor, Maryland, (Leisure World)
Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Dent, San Diego, California, are off to
the "Old Country" again and request that the RECORD be sent to
them in England.
Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Ames (Mary Howard), who now are living
in San Francisco, spent the Fourth of July in Tokyo, Japan, flying
over and returning by the new 747 Boeing. Mr. Ames is Contract
Manager of the Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco who are the
contractors for the new Rapid Transit System in the Bay Area.
Mary works for Air West Airlines.
Three weeks BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN proved to be an
interesting vacation for Miss Marie Weir, Counselor in the Canal
Zone College, and Miss Elizabeth Roberts, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Their tour took them to Moscow and Leningrad in Russia, to Poland,
Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Rumania and to both East and
West Berlin. They enjoyed their trip but would not care to return.
Upon their return to New York, City, they met Miss Ellen Thomas,
of the University of Chicago. Miss Thomas at one time taught at
Balboa High School. Miss Weir left St. Petersburg for the Canal Zone
on August 6.
Mrs. George A. Hooper (Dot Bell), Red Bank, New Jersey, and
her sister, Evelyn Bell, Lynchburg, Virginia, visited a niece in
Scotland in June.
Mrs. Borghild Misenheimer, of Winter Haven, Florida, and
Mrs. Lucille Meuller, of Baltimore, Maryland, toured Europe together
this summer by plane and bus. Both of them taught together in
Gatun, Canal Zone, in the late 1930's and lived over the old Gatun
post office near the railroad track. On the plane returning from
Paris they, by chance, ran into Amanda Huddleson who was the
principal in Gamboa from 1951-1953. Miss Huddleson now teaches in
Mrs. Mary B. Journeay and Miss Mildred McMahon, of Laguna
Hills, California, toured Europe for twenty-one days in July.
Mrs. Herbert Knapp (Jane Calvit) plans to make her home with
her niece, Miss Constance Sundquist. Her address after Labor Day
is: 109 Persimmon Lane, Lake Jackson, Texas 77566.
MEMORIES And a Trip to the Zone
Mrs. Melville R. Alexander, of Jacksonville, Florida, was a
visitor in the Canal Zone in May her first trip back since her
husband retired twenty years ago. Mr. Alexander was a Structural
Engineer in the Office Engineers Division.
"It was quite a thrilling experience to return after that time.
I loved the new type housing, but somehow the air conditioning closed
out the tropical setting and atmosphere of the tropics I loved so
much. Who could ever imagine riding down the Prado in an air con-
ditioned car and being TOO cold. I stayed with my grandchildren,
Cathy, Ricky, and John Alexander and their mother, Mrs. Lois
Alexander Evitt. I had the pleasure of attending Cathy's graduation
from Balboa High School. Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Higginbotham (Reba
Alexander) and Mrs. Neta Murwin, were also with me on this visit
in which we enjoyed renewing old friendships and seeing old familiar
places. Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Million with whom they stayed held an
open house for us, and many dear friends called." Mrs. Alexander
extends an invitation to friends to stop by to see them if in the
Ruth and Clarence Taht, Alderwood Manor, Washington, flew
to the Canal Zone in early March their first visit since retirement
in 1961. A month was all too short to spend with their son, Robert and
his wife Bettie (Shytle) in Far Fan and with their granddaughter
(June Taht) and her husband Walter Lober in Fort Kobbe, and two
"Meeting up with several retired friends from Pedro Miguel
days high-lighted the trip along with other lovable friends of by-
gone days. Thatcher Bridge was a most fascinating attraction since
we had not seen it completed before retiring."
The Tahts are very happy in the state of Washington. Dick
and family are neighbors, and they visit with Lenora Hartshone quite
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Wagner and her five children, of Albion,
Pennsylvania, spent a month in the Zone in the late spring visiting
her parents, the Francis Perry Washabaughs and other relatives.
Wayne Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray M. Smith, of Gatun,
Canal Zone, who graduated from the University of California (Santa
Barbara) in March, returned to the Canal Zone in May. He spent
several days in the San Blas Islands before putting a pack on his
back and "taking off" for a tour of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and
Brazil. Wayne will begin his postgraduate studies in September at
the State University of New York in the area of Ecology and Evolu-
Miss Trudy Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Wright,
of Boca Raton, Florida, visited the Canal Zone the latter part of July
with friends and relatives and to meet her new niece.
Margie Jones, daughter of Lois (Hollowell) Jones spent about
three weeks in the Canal Zone visiting with family and friends.
Margie left New Orleans on the SS CRISTOBAL on July 10 with
her aunt and uncle, Freeland and Mary Hollowell. Lois Jones and her
two sons, Charles and Richard, drove to New Orleans to see Margie
off. Margie will be installed as worthy Advisor of the Order of Rain-
bow for Girls, St. Petersburg Chapter No. 5 in September.
Helen Keller, who was blind from infancy, wrote, "Literature is
my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses
shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends
S. ." Mrs. Charles L. Persons, Fort Clayton, Canal Zone, as revealed
by her letter, also has discovered a new world. "You know, of course,
that I am blind. The doctors declared me legally, officially, and medic-
ally blind some months ago. It is a dreadful thing, and sometimes
I think I cannot take it much longer, but people are kind and try to
be helpful. For some months, I have had some excellent readers,
so do keep up with the local news on the radio you get what the
Army wants you to hear. I also get the 'Talking Books' from the
Library of Congress, and they are marvelous. The record player and
the books are free, but you can subscribe to any number of publica-
tions. I have THE READERS DIGEST and THE NEWS WEEK,
and I do enjoy them. I have also had MADE IN THAILAND, OMAR
KHAYYAM, with a marvelous introduction by Fitzgerald, CHEAPER
BY THE DOZEN (never saw the play), MODERN FREEDOM, LIFE
OF DAMON RUNYON, and a number of others on order including
a recent book by Pearl Buck.
Mrs. Huggins, the wife of the Chief of USARSO, has been so
very wonderful to me, as has Mrs. Hartline, the Lt. Governor's wife
whose father is also blind. We exchange material.
I am lucky to have lived so long and to have had such an
interesting and rewarding life. I have much to be grateful for."
After living in Land O'Lakes, Wisconsin, since 1961, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert M. Fretland have purchased the Holiday Lodge and
Country Club at Wyeville, Wisconsin. "Wish us luck!" they write.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold I. Perantie, recent retirees, have located
in Dunedin, Florida 1483 Santa Clara Drive, Zip 33528.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew A. Whitlock, after eleven years in Hous-
ton, Texas, have joined the increasing number of retirees settling in
the beautiful Ozark Mountains (sometimes referred to as "Little
Switzerland") their new address is 213 N. Fletcher, Fayetteville,
Their youngest son Edward, who recently graduated with honors
from the University of Texas in Liberal Arts Plan II, is presently
working in Houston.
"My Aunt, Mary Cecil Lowe, came to visit my mother, Nannie I.
Brown, in June and liked it so well here she stayed renting the
other side of the duplex where Nannie lives. The landlady made a
secret door through Nannie's kitchen closet so these two dear sisters
can visit without going outside. This is the kind of hospitality we
find in Fayetteville a lovely place to live. Fayetteville is full of
surprises; it was 58 degrees on the Fourth of July, and we had to
wear sweaters when we sat out on our patio to watch the evening
sun go down!" Mrs. Andrew (Frances B.)Whitlock.
Mrs. David S. (Mildred) Smith, Fort Clayton, Canal Zone, sent
1971 dues and her most sincere greetings, stating, "I read each
issue of the RECORD from 'kiver to kiver' as soon as one arrives,
and I enjoy them all very much.
"I am still enjoying being in the Canal Zone, living with daugh-
ter, Mariemma and family."
P. Pete Monaco, venerated in Panama City, Florida, for his
many contributions to community life in that city since his retire-
ment from Government Service in the Canal Zone in 1960, sent in a
gift subscription for his grandson, Lt. Louis L. Seldon, Jr. and in-
formation of interest. Lt. Seldon's parents are still working in the
Canal Zone his mother in the treasurer's office and his father
with the electrical division. Lt. Seldon, who was born in Panama
Hospital in Panama City, joined his grandparents in Panama City,
Florida, only four months after their arrival. After completing his
last two years of high school work in Panama City, he then attended
the Gulf Coast Jr. College and Florida State College. While in college,
he joined the Navy as a naval aviation cadet. After training in Pen-
sacola, Florida, and Corpus Christi, Texas, he earned his wings. He
is now a a pilot, stationed in Jacksonville, Florida. On June 7, 1969,
he married a Jacksonville girl. After vacationing in the Zone with his
wife in May, he was scheduled to fly on a Good Will Tour around
the South American Continent.
Mr. Louis C. Hasemann, son of Lou and Irene L. Hasemann, has
purchased the Flower Shop in Jacksonville, Florida. Lou has been
with the Flower Shop for the past several years and has established
a reputation as an expert floral designer.
From R. W. Blades, Dallas, Texas In January of this year
Paul E. Blades, the son of Robert W. and Hazel I. Blades, who retired
from the Canal Zone Government on December 31, 1967, was ap-
pointed Chief Counselor for the Narcotic Aftercare Program, spon-
sored by the National Institute of Mental Health, which is underway
at Caruth Memorial Rehabilitation Center in Dallas, Texas.
Paul received his B.S. degree in Sociology from the East Texas
State University and is nearing completion of his M.S. degree in
Personnel Guidance and Counseling.
Mrs. E. Millspaugh, Ft. Pearce, Florida "Mr. and Mrs. E. J.
McCarthy (Joan Millspaugh), after living in Washington, D.C. for
twenty years are moving to Los Altos, California, where Mr. Mc-
Carthy will be the Regional Manager for Smith & Kline Instruments
in Palo Alto, California.
"In August, Joan and Elsie Millspaugh flew out to California.
Elsie expects to stay with her daughter and son for several weeks.
While in California, she plans to visit her old friend, Mrs. Hazel F.
Nall, and her family in Walnut Creek."
The Ralph E. Shueys join Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Shuey in Neosho,
Missouri "Marie and I have just bought a home in my old
home town of Neosho, Missouri about two miles from Ray and
"We attended the Northwest Arkansas picnic and enjoyed so
much seeing old friends. Hope to go in our trailer to Idaho in the
fall for trout fishing. Our new address is: Ralph E. Shuey, 315 South
Lincoln Street, Neosho, Missouri 64850.
Lieutenant (jg) and Mrs. James H. Johnson and baby daughter
are moving from Port Arthur, Texas, to Pensacola, Florida, on Sep-
tember 1. Lieutenant Johnson, a member of the United States Coast
Guard, has been assigned duty in Pensacola.
For Rosa J. Shay, Monroe, Michigan, it's work, work, work
helping a sister run the farm which is four miles from her apartment.
"I drive the tractor truck and do anything which has to be done. We
had to work hard to get things planted It has rained for the last
two days and nights so I'll stay home and catch up on my own work."
ORCHIDS, by Eunice Richard condensed from the May, 1970,
issue of PANAMA CANAL REVIEW.
Orchid collection in Panama is not new. One of the first botanical
collectors on record to visit Central America and Panama was Luis
Nee, botanist of the celebrated Spanish voyage around the world
from 1789 to 1794. Mr. Nee visited Panama and is known to have
collected plants on Ancon Hill.
Some of the early orchid collectors on the Zone were Mrs. D. D.
Gaillard, wife of the division engineer in charge of the Central Dis-
trict; Mrs. H. H. Rousseau, wife of a member of the Isthmian Canal
Commission; and Mrs. Maurice Thatcher first chief of the Canal
civil affairs. Although theirs were amateur collections, they were of
considerable interest to visitors.
The late C. W. Powell, a construction-day employee of the Pana-
ma Canal, is credited with providing scientists with the first major
part of their knowledge of the orchids of the Republic of Panama.
The Powell orchid garden, which existed in Balboa from 1914 until
the beginning of World War II, was known to orchid growers all
over the world. After the Powell orchid graden was a thing of the
past, the interest among local orchid growers has not diminished.
Canal Zone Orchid Societies exist on both sides of the Isthmus.
Some of the fine local orchid collections were started by Harry
A. Dunn, former medical chief technologist at Gorgas Hospital who
was one of the pioneers in the orchid growing business in the Canal
Zone. Before retiring in 1965, he had one of the finest orchid col-
lections on the Isthmus. As the roadside collection of orchids became
a thing of the past, Mr. Dunn took a ten-day trip each year to the
Chiriqui Province and collected as many as 1,500 orchid plants. It
was his opinion that the Province of Chiriqui was the finest place in
the world to get orchids, mainly because the area includes three
varieties of climates tropical, temperate, and cold.
The Dunn collection was broken up when he left the Isthmus in
1965. But Mrs. J. R. (Alice) Clark got her start in the orchid business
when her sister--in-law gave her five orchid plants from the Dunn
garden. Since then, Mrs. Clark has traded, purchased, and produced
plants that cover two trees, fill one greenhouse, and grow along the
side of the hill behind the house in a profusion of white, yellow, and
purple. Her garden is on the side of the hill and is in the line of march
for tourist taking the Ancon Boulevard route to tour the Canal Zone.
Canal Zone Police Inspector Capt. George A. Martin is another
veteran orchid grower. He started his collection of plants in 1950
when he was living on the Atlantic side and had obtained some from
the Gatun Lake region. Although he began with native blooms, he
has branched out into the hybrids and the imported plants, many of
which he obtained through trading.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Tooke of Los Rios are also avid orchid
growers in the Canal Zone, and presently Mr. Tooke has a collection
of approximately 2,000 wild and hybrid orchids.
Congratulations to Mrs. Cora Williams, widow of J. L. Williams,
a former civilian employee of the Army in the Canal Zone on her
92nd birthday on July 28, 1970. Mrs. Williams lives with her daughter
and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Shobe, former Zonians, at 702
West 15th Street in Birmingham, Alabama.
Mrs. John Bunnell (Betty Jane Reif) wrote in asking for informa-
tion as to how to join the Society, stating that she would like to keep
up on Zone friends and local happenings. Mrs. Bunnell, the daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon C. Reif, Sr., who was raised in Margarita, left
in 1966 to attend college in the States. She met her husband when
both were attending school in Fort Lauderdale. A graduate of Alfred
Tech, Alfred, New York, Mr. Bunnell is currently a college teacher
at Broome Technical Community College in Binghamton, New York.
Their young son, John Joseph Bunnell, III, celebrated his first birth-
day on July 27. Mr. and Mrs. Bunnell's address is: R.D. #3, Windsor,
New York 13865.
A brief note from Mr. and Mrs. Leo M. Conley gave family
news. Leo is still in Civil Service stationed at Elmendorf A.F.B.,
Anchorage, Alaska. Their daughter Betty works on the Air Force
Base as registered clerk for Base Procurement. Connie, who has been
attending college in Colorado, is expected home soon.
Miss Susan E. Alves graduated May 11 from the University
of Kentucky with a B.A. degree in political science and is now work-
ing in Louisville, Kentucky, with the American Life and Accident
Insurance Company. She writes, "If anyone from the Canal Zone is
in Louisville, please stop in 4561 South 2nd Street, Louisville
40214. My brother Tom will marry Ruth Johnson from Hopkinsville,
Kentucky, on June 20 in Hokpinsville. Ruth, who is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson, graduated from the University of
Kentucky in May, 1970, with a B.S. in nursing. Tom is the son of
Mr. Walter H. Alves, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and the late Mrs. Walter
H. Alves. He graduated in 1969 from the University of Kentucky
with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and is employed with the
Naval Ordinance in Louisville My father and youngest sister,
Patti, plan to attend the wedding. My other sister, Pamela, who will
be a sophomore at the University of Kentucky next year, will return
to the Canal Zone with my father and sister for the summer.
I really do miss the Canal Zone and everyone there. Of all the
places I've been, I've never found any other place as great or people as
Contented retirees "We just love St. Pete, and our friends
tell us we must work for the Chamber of Commerce. Our son Gary,
who is a graduate of Balboa High School, made the Deans' List at
Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas, for the spring quarter.
He is now entering his junior year .." Mrs. Carl H. Pickenpaugh,
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Jack and "Deats" De Vore returned to their home in Dunedin
early in June from Kansas where they attended the graduation
exercises at Kansas State College. Jack,Jr. received his EdS degree.
The Senior De Vores accompanied Jack, Pat (Bain), and daughter
Tita to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where Jack has accepted an Assist-
ant Professorship at the University of Arkansas. Jack's contract calls
for a year's leave after teaching two years so that he may obtain
Jack and "Deats" visited with the Paul Morgans, the Herb
Engelkes, and the John Leaches en route to Arkansas.
Paul (Buddy) W. Morgan, Jr. was ordained a minister at the
Clay Street Christian Church in Nashille, Tennessee, on May 31, 1970.
Paul was born in Gorgas Hospital and attended Canal Zone schools.
He received his B.A. degree from Florida State University and his
Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is now
working on his Doctor of Divinity degree.
Paul is married to the former Stacia Ann Walsh, daughter of
Capt. and Mrs. James Walsh of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Morgan, Sr., of Quincy, Florida, formerly
of Balboa, and Mr. and Mrs. William Brown (Peggy Morgan), of
King George, Viriginia, attended the Ordination Service.
Miss Margaret Ann Martin, daughter of Capt. and Mrs. George
Martin, of St. Petersburg, Florida, recently was graduated Magna
Cum Laude from the University of Portland in Oregon.
During the commencement at the University of Portland, Miss
Martin was cited as the outstanding graduating accountant student
by the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants .
This summer Miss Martin will attend advanced Spanish classes
for six weeks at Saltillo, Mexico, as an exchange student. Following
this, she will become affiliated as an accountant with Peat, Marwick
& Mitchell in Dallas, Texas, September 1.
James McKenny Will, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond R. Will,
of Margarita, was awarded the Bachelor of International Management
Degree by Thunderbird Graduate School of International Manage-
ment, Phoenix, Arizona, (formerly The American Institute for For-
eign Trade), an affiliate of the American Management Association,
is the only school in the United States devoted exclusively to training
students in all phases of international management.
Rosemarie Parker, daughter of Col. and Mrs. James C. Parker,
of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and granddaughter of Mrs. William
P. Hunt, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was graduated in May from
Roy J. Wasson High School, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Rosemarie is the recipient of a scholarship from the University
of the Pacific California and the United States Army Merit Schol-
Certificate of Merit was also awarded Rosemarie by the National
Merit Scholarship Corporation and a special achievement award from
the high school for having been on the honor roll for five consecutive
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Smith (Loisdene Towery), of Chester-
ton, Indiana, and their sons, Ralph and Richard, drove to Chandler,
Oklahoma, to pick up their other boys, Randall and Owen, who had
been attending Bo Belcher's International Baseball School. En route,
they visited with the Ralph L. Fehrings, of Venezuela, in Neosho,
Missouri, and then spent a few days in Oklahoma City with Lois-
dene's brother Clyde and his family. They were guests of the Towerys
at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, on July 6 in their private space
box and had a wonderful time. Bill was promoted to Superintendent
of Heckett Engineering Company at Republic Steel in Chicago and
commutes to and from work as so many other people do who enjoy
the dunes area. Loisdene Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Cook (Elaine Clark) and three children
are moving to Atlanta, Georgia, in September where Warren has
accepted a position at the University of Georgia. Two sisters are
looking forward to being together again for the Cooks will be living
in the same apartment complex as Mr. and Mrs. Joe Galloway (Karen
During the past year, Mr. Cook has been at Syracuse University,
Syracuse, New York, working toward his PhD. Course requirements,
exams, and research have been successfully completed, and he will
now begin work on his dissertation.
Richard "Dick" Maduro is dispatch and production manager for
Mayflower Moving Company in Gainesville, Florida, where his wife,
the former Lois Anne MacDonald, organized the occupational therapy
department of the new Veterans' Administrationhospital.
They settled in Gainesville in 1966 after Mr. Maduro returned
from a public relations job in Tokyo for Tupperware of Japan.
Mr. Maduro, a paraplegic since a motorcycle accident when he
was eighteen, at forty-five is still active in sports for the physically
handicapped. Now a director of the U.S. Wheelchair Sports Associa-
tion, he'll compete in shot-put, discuss, and table tennis at its New
York meet June 11-14. In the 1964 Paralympics Games in Tokyo,
he won two gold medals in basketball and silver and bronze medals
in discus and shot-put. On an Australian tour in 1966 to demonstrate
wheelchair sports, he told disabled veterans, "A paraplegic, if he has
the will, can lead a happy, useful life, taking his place in both sports
Belated Congratulations! Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Taylor sent
in their picture "Here's how we look fourteen years after retire-
ment. See Picture section. We had this picture taken for our golden
wedding anniversary in 1968. All of our kids were home; many others
"Our oldest son, Raymond Ralph Taylor, who was in the post-
office in Diablo Heights for about ten years (1941-1951) is now with
a huge ordinance firm in Santa Clara County, California.
A note from Mrs. Donald F. Giglio (Cecilia Meriwether) in-
formed the Society that they left Lackland AFB in San Antonio,
Texas, in April and are now at the USAF Academy in Colorado where
her husband is now a professor of English. As he had graduated from
the Academy, it is like being back home for him.
Al Lombana, a former Canal apprentice, and his wife Judy, both
received their doctor of philosophy degrees recently at Florida
State University, Tallahassee.
They feel they did it the hard way. Both have highly respon-
sible full time jobs-Judy is a full time State Department of Educa-
tion employee and Al is dean of students at Tallahassee Junior
Al was born in Panama and is a graduate of Balboa High
School. He served an apprenticeship as an electrician with the
Canal. After a stint in the U. S. Army, he received his bachelor
of arts degree at the University of South Florida, Tampa.
His father, Alfredo Lombana, is a retired employee of the
Panama Canal Accounting Division and now lives in St. Petersburg,
Florida. A sister, Mrs. Grace Welch, lives in La Boca with her
husband, Gerard, an employee of the Executive Planning staff .
THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, July 2, 1970.
Charles W. Hummer, Jr., a chemical engineer who has been
working with the U.S. Navy at Rodman for the past ten years, has
been employed by the Panama Canal organization as an oil pollution
control officer working for the Marine Director.
Mr. Hummer's employment is another step in the long range
plans made by the Canal organization to develop an oil pollution
control program able to operate in accordance with the Federal
Water Quality Improvement Act of 1970.
This program is designed to prevent, detect, control, and cleanup
oil pollution of waters in the Canal Zone ...
Mr. Hummer is well qualified for his new position. He is ac-
quainted with the Isthmus, having been born on the Zone and at-
tended the Canal Zone schools. His father Charles A. Hummer, Sr.,
was retired about two years ago from the Engineering Division of
the Panama Canal.
Charles, Jr., received a degree in chemical engineering from
Notre Dame University and has been working in the Canal Zone
with the Navy since his graduation. SPILLWAY, June 26, 1970.
James H. Pfau has been appointed Principal of Cristobal Junior-
Senior High School succeeding Carl F. Maedl who retired July 1, 1970.
Mr. Pfau went to the Canal Zone in 1953 as a science teacher and has
been Assistant Principal of Cristobal Junior-Senior High School
More than one fourth of a million ships have passed through
the Panama Canal since Hermanus A. Kleefkens, supervisory marine
traffic controller in Cristobal, started working as a controller in the
Cristobal Port Captain's Office. As a marine traffic controller, he
has had a hand in scheduling most of them for transit.
Mr. Kleefkens went to the Isthmus with his family at the age
of two. His father, Herman Kleefkens, Sr., was a chief tugboat
engineer with the Canal. The family lived in Paraiso and Gamboa
but spent most of their time in Cristobal. Mr. Kleefkens, Jr. attended
the Canal Zone schools, worked on summer jobs in high school, and
was employed as a clerk in the Marine Division in 1936.
After retiring from Canal service in June, Mr. Kleefkens left
the Canal Zone for Tampa, Florida, on July 16.
After keeping a weather eye on Isthmian rainfall and Canal water
supply for nearly thirty years, Harold "Jim" Million, Assistant Chief
Hydrographer, has retired to Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. Million, a second generation Canal employee, had been with
the Meteorological and Hydrographic Branch since 1941 when he
was employed as a tracer. He has been Assistant Chief Hydrographer
since 1964 and acted as Chief Hydrographer while T. C. Henter was
on loan to the Sea Level Canal Support Project.
Born in Gatun during construction days, he attended the Canal
Zone schools and studied engineering at Oregon State College. He
worked for awhile in the United States, married a Canal Zone girl
(Edna May Smith) and returned to the Isthmus in 1941.
After some twenty-five years of helping others retire from the
Canal organization, Robert D. Kelly, employees relations clerk, is
now closing out his own career.
Joining the Canal organization as a clerk in 1941, Mr. Kelly has
spent all of his Canal service in Personnel and since 1946, after
serving for three years in the Navy, has worked exclusively in the
field of retirement Through the years he has kept up with the
latest legislation and rule changes governing retirement and within
the Employees Services Branch is recognized as the authority on
these matters ...
As to where Mr. Kelly will make his retirement home, he has
not decided. A bachelor, Mr. Kelly plans to visit his brother in
Columbus after leaving the Isthmus and make his decision later.
He is considering settling in Florida but said he may end up back
in the Republic of Panama. THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY,
July 17, 1970.
April 25, the birthday of John F. Stevens, was declared John F.
Stevens' Day by Governor Kenneth M. Curtis, of Maine, Mr. Stev-
ens' home state. Mr. Curtis, who is honorary chairman of a committee
to elect Mr. Stevens to the Hall of Fame, issued a proclamation listing
Mr. Stevens' qualifications for this honor in particular, "Mr.
Stevens has been credited as being the basic architect of the Panama
Canal as well as one of the pioneers of railroad development to the
In addition to other qualities, Mr. Stevens was blessed with a
sprightly wit. Even his official reports made good reading. "There
are three diseases in Panama," he said. "They are yellow fever,
malaria, and cold feet; the greatest of these is cold feet." Excerpts
from SPILLWAY, June 26, 1970.
USARSO historian, William L. Lewis, custodian of the museum
at Fort Amador received artifacts, photographs, and valuable infor-
mation to the USARSO museum and historical records from Hans
W. Tschudin, a retired colonel now living in Maryland.
Mr. Tschudin wrote to Mr. Lewis after reading in the Army
TIMES about the USARSO historian's quest for information and arti-
facts relating to the past of the Army in the Canal Zone.
What did the troops have for Christmas dinner in the Canal
Zone during World War I? What kind of uniforms and dog tags did
they have? What were their duties, and what kind of training did
i ey get?
"These are some of the things we found out from Hans W.
Tschudin," says Mr. Lewis.
Persons interested in the museum should write to Mr. Lewis
at: USARSO Historian, APO New York, N.Y. 09834
THIRD ANNUAL REUNION MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA
The East Coast Members of the Panama Canal Society had a
smashing success in our Fourth of July Annual Reunion. This year
sixty-nine adults and many children came to help make it such a
good time. The cocktail party, held on July 3, was at the home of
Sal and Joy Aleguas of Merritt Island. This was well attended, and
we all managed to consume about 50 or 60 homemade empanadas (by
Claflin-Jeffries-Aleguas association), a delicious crab casserole, many
deviled eggs, chips 'n dips, and other nibblers. We had a great time
rehashing old "Bajun" jokes, which, no matter how old, are still
funny. On Saturday Morning (more like noon), we all met at Ki-
wanis Island for our picnic. This lasted until about 5 p.m., when rain
clouds began threatening yours truly and trailing family didn't
make the car before the sky opened! Everyone polished off the re-
maining 50 or so empanadas, the Jeffries whipped out their Lucho
tapes, and everyone began walking funny in time to the Latin beat.
I had forgotten to mention that my mother, Myrtle Hughes, loaned
us her Pollera for a decoration at the cocktail party. She spent many
long hours sewing her pride and joy, and we all appreciated the loan.
Out-of-state guests were: Walter and Pearl Brown, Houston,
Texas; Ed and Gloria Johnston, Falls Church, Virginia; Ben Thomas
New York City; Bud and Vonna Hambelton Huldtquist, Margarita,
Canal Zone; Bruce True, Fremont, California. Those attending from
Florida: Dr. and Mrs. William Clinchard, Lake Worth, and daughter,
Connie; Paula Holgerson Decker, Opa Locka; Ray and Carol (Cole-
man) Masino, Hialeah; Joe and Edna (Hart) Musso, Plantation; Jerry
and Marcy (Rudge) Fox, Angela (Valentine) and Joe Oliver, Cal-
vin and Jenny Fishbough, Reggie and Beverly (Boyett) Hayden,
Ruth Fishbough, Miami; Vera Aitken, Lucy Weller, Bob Jordan,
Cocoa; Russel and Margaret (Denny) Bartholomew, Tony and Eliza-
beth Hosemann, Bill Neal, Cocoa Beach; Bob and Vanice Quinn,
Richard Levee, Hialeah; Nancy Donaldson, Coral Gables; Jim and
Millie Aleguas, Titusville; Donald and Dottie Humphrey, Palm Bay;
Bob and Janice (Brownlee) Dailey, W. Palm Beach; Jerry and Peggy
Pabon, Port Charlotte; Gladys B. Humphrey, Bill and Myrtle (Pier-
son) Hughes, Sarasoto; Alice Hart, Tampa; Dick and Lynn Cunning-
ham, Satellite Beach; Ralph and Beth (Lockridge) Huls, N. Palm
Beach; Don and Jon Ryter, Winter Park; Len and Jackie Hall, St.
Petersburg; Fred and Leona (Hart) Lee, Beatrice Lee, Sal and Joy
Aleguas, Curtisand Jinjer (Reinhardt) Jeffries, Jane (Compton)
Wagenbrenner, Bruce and Sandra (Hughes) Claflin, Merritt Island.
We (Claflin-Jeffries-Aleguas association) had a meeting and vot-
ed unanimously to have the next reunion in Miami. Hope to see you
there. Sandra Hughes Claflin.
Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Hoffman, Rochester, New York 60th on
Mr. and Mrs. George Cassell, Redondo Beach, California 50th
on June 28.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin McGinnis, Columbus, Ohio 50th on
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Adler, Panama City, Panama 50th on
May 8, 1920 Mr. Adler went to the Isthmus in 1912 as a result of
answering a newspaper advertisement. He worked for the Panama
Canal until his retirement in August of 1945 as Superintendent of
the Miraflores Control House. But, it was retirement from the Pana-
ma Canal only; he has kept busy over the years in several business
enterprises in the Republic of Panama. He is still active but did
veto having Open House for their friends on the occasion of their
Golden Anniversary. He still goes to the office for a half day but
enjoys a well-earned semi-retirement for the balance of the day. Mrs.
Adler continues to be active with Balboa Women's Club, Salvation
Army, the Inter-American Women's Club and the Union Church.
She recently received her 50-year pin from the Order of Eastern Star,
of which she is a past matron.
Carl F. Maedl, Principal of Cristobal High School since 1965, who
retired July 1 after nearly thirty-two years of service, was honored
on May 11 by Canal dignitaries, school officials, students, and other
members of the Isthmian community who gathered at Cristobal
High School to celebrate "Carl F. Maedl Day."
A highlight of Carl F. Maedl Day, the first time an educator
in the Canal Zone has been so highly honored, was the retirement
awards program held at the Cristobal Junior-Senior High School
auditorium at which time Mr. Maedl's many contributions to the
school, community, church, and civic organizations were recognized.
Heading the many expressions of recognition and appreciation
of service was the presentation of a Distinguished Service Award
to Mr. Maedl by Acting Gov. R. S. Hartline, who also presented him
a Master Key to the Locks in the Order of "Schoolmaster Extraordi-
nary." A check for $500 accompanied the award. A key also was
presented to Mrs. Maedl who was a teacher at the Margarita Ele-
Other awards of appreciation for his outstanding work were
presented by representatives of the following organizations: the
YMCA, Margarita Union Church, Cristobal-Colon Rotary Club, Coco
Solo Civic Council, the Boy Scouts, and the Student Association
of Cristobal Junior-Senior High School.
Of major significance during the program was the presentation
of a diploma by Frank A. Castles, Superintendent of Schools, who
noted that Mr. Maedl had seen 3,500 students graduate, and now it
was his turn.
The Maedls will make their retirement home in Springdale, Ar-
At the Reunion of the Alumni of the Illinois Institute of Tech-
nology on May 23, in Chicago, Dr. Richard H. Whitehead, of Laconia,
New Hampshire, was given the annual award for "Professional
Achievement." Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Whitehed, Jr., of Guilford, Con-
nectitcut, and Dr. and Mrs. R. H. Whitehead, Sr. attended the pre-
Details of Dr. Whitehead's career were written up in TECH-
NOLOGY AND HUMAN AFFAIRS, Winter, 1970, Vol. 1, Number
4. Excerpts from this review follow. "At an age when most men are
enjoying their retirement and doing nothing more exhausting than
studying moves in a backgammon game, Dr. Richard H. Whitehead is
immersed in several important projects. At 83, Dr. Whitehead's
breadth of interests contrasts sharply with today's tendency toward
technological specialization. In fact, it is quite reasonable to compare
him with the classical Renaissance concept of the 'complete man.'
This octogenarian is, simultaneously, an engineer, industrial
administrator, economist, author, history scholar, and humanitarian.
One characteristic of this multi-faceted man is his consuming inter-
est in whatever he tackles .."
After graduating (1908) from Lewis College in Maine, Dr.
Whitehead worked for the Chicago Telephone Company and for
Commonwealth Edison Company until 1912 when he left the States
for Panama as a testing engineer for the Isthmian Canal Commis-
sion. His boss was Colonel (later General) George W. Goethals. Two
months after his arrival in Panama his wife and two children joined
him. "Our third child, named George Goethals Whithead, was born
in Pedro Miguel. Goethals was so pleased that he let the baby travel
through the Canal aboard the old U.S.S. MISSOURI, the first battle-
ship to cross the Canal." Dr. Whitehead chuckles as rerecalls that
when his wife had to change the baby in an officer's cabin, an admiral
boomed: "What a hell of a disgrace to the Navy to change the
britches of a baby aboard a U.S. battleship." Dr. Whitehead's story
of the Panama Canal and General Goethals is told in the book OUR
FAITH MOVED MOUNTAINS published in 1944.
Dr. Whitehead's career after leaving the Zone has been both
productive and varied; he was connected with the Goethal's engi-
neering firm in New York; he worked for the New Haven Clock
Company, becoming president and general manager; in 1945 at the
request of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he visited the Black Forest
area of Germany to inspect German plants. Two years later he re-
ported on the German economy and recommended steps for its reha-
bilitation. He was sent back to Washington to represent the German
economy in the Marshall Plan project. Eventually, he returned to
engineering as a consultant engineer and for ten years worked for
Scott and Williams, a firm manufacturing circular knitting equip-
ment in Laconia, New Hampshire. In 1951 he became president of
the firm. After his retirement he served as president of the Laconia
National Bank for two years.
Inspector Charles C. Fears has been named District Police Com-
missioner, Balboa, to succeed retiring Capt. H. C. Richards.
Mr. Fears has been with the Police Division since November 29,
1942. Prior to his promotion, he served as inspector at police head-
quarters for two years and headed the Police training program.
He was born and educated in Connecticut and has taken courses
in various police subjects at Florida State University, Canal Zone
Branch, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Engineer School of In-
structor Training, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. His hobbies are photogra-
phy and flying.
Mr. Fears is married to the former Betty Saffo. They have two
children, Elizabeth Goldstein who is married and living in Lima,
Peru, and a son, Charles, also married, who is living in Fanwood,
Harland V. Howard III was presented the Legion of Valor
Bronze Cross for Achievement which was awarded for exceptional
scholastic excellence in both academic and military scholarship and
outstanding military and academic leadership. A second year ROTC
cadet, Harland won the Department of the Army Superior Cadet
Decoration and an award for cadet NCO competition. He also won an
award for maintaining the second highest average in the ROTC class
at Balboa High School, and he has been nominated and has accepted
the Governor's appointment to the U.S. Military Academy. He also
received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy and a
4-year ROTC scholarship.
Harland is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. Vance Howard, Jr., of
Walter Knott Honored David L. Smith, President, Panama
Canal Society of Los Angeles comments, "Mr. Knott has been such
a champion of the American way of life, and his continuing interest
in our Society has added much to our morale. Mr. Knott says Canal
Zoners are his kind of folk!"
Walter Knott was presented a framed certificate of Honorary
Membership in the International Organization of Master, Mates and
Pilots, Incorporated by the Panama Canal Pilots Association. Mr.
Knott is the first and only Honorary Member of this exclusive broth-
The Pilots' Association was organized about three months after
the opening of the Panama Canal and is the largest single United
States Marine Pilot Force. In all other parts of the world, the pilot
is merely the advisor of the vessel, but Panama Canal pilots are in
complete charge of navigation of the vessels they are piloting and
are fiercely proud of their record.
Mr. Knottwas elected by unanimous vote by the Panama Canal
Association in recognition of his continuing interest in the Panama
Canal, his firm belief that the Panama Canal must remain under
American control, and his considered interest in the Panama Canal
Society of Los Angeles of which he and Mrs. Knott are Honorary
Presenting the certificate in behalf of the Association and their
President, Captain A. L. Wilder, during a special luncheon at Knott's
Berry Farm, were Captain Howard L. Smithies (retired), Captain
Roy L. Hearn (retired), and Captain Jack H. Hearn (retired) of the
Panama Canal Pilots' Association.
Representing the Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles was
their President, David LeRoy Smith, along with the wives of the
Master Pilots and Mrs. Walter Knott. Press Release, May 17 -
(See Picture Section)
Although the Knott's Berry Farm attraction in California is
well known, just who is this non-Zonian who has endeared himself
to the Panama Canal Society of Los Angeles and achieved the
above honor? The caption HE COOKED HIS WAY TO MILLIONS
appeared in the St. Petersburg TIMES on March 2, 1970. The bio-
graphy of Walter Knott reads almost like a Horacio Alger story in
his climb to a fortune. During the Depression, friends urged Walter
Knott to default on payments on his 10-acre berry patch but Mr.
Knott would say: "A man keeps his word."
Knott's Berry Farm is 50 years old, a 150-acre 20-million-a-year
tourist attraction with shops, restaurants, and amusement park
plus a replica of Independence Hall. Mr. Knott, now 80, presides over
his domain much as he did when his four children sold berries for a
nickle a box and his wife served customers chicken on her wedding
After four fruitless years working the black Mojave Desert
area, the Knotts moved to the fertile Orange County, and Mr. Knott
put all his savings into berry acreage. In the early 1930's he persuaded
his wife to sell her berry pies to the berry customers. A little later
they sold dinners to the pie customers. By 1940 the Knotts were
serving more than 400,000 chicken dinners a year.
To give the dinner customers something to do while waiting for
a table. Mr. Knott built a Western ghost town, the first in a suc-
cession of attractions. Today the farm employs 1500 persons and
serves two million dinners a year.
At 80, he is still active. "I don't play golf; I don't play bridge,
and I don't particularly like to travel much. What would I do with
myself if I quit work ?"
At a surprise ceremony, Ray Caldwell, superintendent of Con-
struction and Maintenance, Pacific District, received a Distinguished
Service Award, the Canal's highest award in recognition of outstand-
ing performances and service to the community. The award, accom-
panied by a $500 check, was presented by Gov. W. P. Leber. Mr.
Caldwell has 35 years of service with the Federal Government, 30 of
it with the Canal organization.
Peter T. Corrigan, facility maintenance representative of the
Housing Branch, Community Service Division, who has over 35 years
of service with the Panama Canal organization, received an Outstand-
ing performance Award from H. C. Egolf, acting deputy Supply and
Community Service Bureau director, for his exceptional ability to
plan, organize, and execute several maintenance and custodial pro-
grams in sensitive areas of the housing operations as well as many
emergency problems. A check for $200 accompanied the award.
Lewis B. Moore, who was retired from the Panama Canal in
1953 as Supply and Community Service Director, is one of the fifteen
engineers selected by Parsons & Co., of Los Angeles, California, to
design a sewage treatment plant for the city of New York.
Mr. Moore, a member of a prominent Isthmian family, is a well-
known engineer and has been involved with a number of engineering
projects in the Far East, Korea, Central America, and Colombia since
he left the Panama Canal.
Mr. Moore went to the Isthmus with his family as a small boy.
He attended the Canal Zone Schools and was employed by the Canal
organization in 1916.
He and his wife, the former Evelyn Rigby, have been living in
Mr. and Mrs. Guy R. Lord, Jr. have each received their degree
of Doctor of Medicine at the June 1, 1970, commencement at Duke
University, Durham, North Carolina.
Dr. Lord was born in Panama Hospital and graduated from
Balboa High School in 1961. The young couple are both interning
at Ben Tau General Hospital, 1502 Taub Loop, Houston, Texas 77025.
REPORT ON SECRETARY-TREASURER
Through July, 1970
Members will miss Mrs. Lucille Judd's informal chit chat, the
data on the "State of the Society," and the ever-necessary constant
reminders on this and that which have appeared in the RECORD for
something like twenty years. If you need the REMINDERS, turn
to page 38, of the June RECORD. There isn't much we can do about
the other phases of her normal report. Typing while lying in bed is
something yet to be mastered! Time will resolve this dilemma.
Injured by a fall on May 4, Lucille is "minding the doctor" and
although now permitted up in a wheel chair for a few hours each
day, she is still unable to resume her old, busy routine she is work-
ing at her desk for a few hours each day.
Mail to 3535 19th Avenue North may instigate postmen on that
route to ask for another raise the voluminous number of Get-
Well and also Birthday Cards so addressed must have been stag-
While Jewell Oliver was away, Harriet Shreves stayed with
Lucille for a few weeks. Sometimes, it was almost like a party (in
the bedroom). One day the Eastern Star friends brought sandwiches
for lunch and enjoyed a day with Lucille. Then, an early family birth-
day party (Dorothy, July 7 and Lucille, July 14) was held on the
eve before Betty and Jack Rathgeber left for New Jersey.
It is difficult for Lucille not to be able to write or TALK -
to all of you to thank you personally for the many cards, flowers,
telephone calls, etc. which she has received. Thus, utilizing HER
PAGE in this issue of the RECORD seems the best way just to em-
phasize her deep appreciation for your thoughtfulness.
Mildred and Wendell Greene drove to Lexington, Kentucky, in
July to spend some time with their nephew Kenneth (son of Edward
L. Greene, Balboa High School Class of 1917) and his family. The
Kenneth Greenes were visiting Mrs. Greene's mother, Mrs. Kathryn
Roberts, a member of the faculty of the University of Kentucky.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
GULFPORT COMMUNITY CENTER AUDITORIUM,
May 1, 1970
The Panama Canal Society of Florida met May 1st for their
regular monthly meeting at the Gulfport Community Center Audi-
torium. The President, Capt. Falk, opened the meeting with the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag which was followed by the Invocation
given by Mrs. Harry V. Cain. Mrs. Cain led the members in the reci-
tation of the Lord's Prayer. Thirty seconds of silent prayer were
observed in honor of members and friends who had passed away
since the April meeting. The following members who had been
absent for some time and visitors stood as their names were called
by the Recording Secretary.
Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Wicklander Mrs. Wicklander was con-
nected with X-Ray at Colon Hospital when her husband was in the
service on the Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Helen) Saarinen St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Helen Glahn New York, visiting Mrs. Louise Grier
Capt. Eriksen New Port Richey, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Beck St. Petersburg, Florida
Mrs. Lucille M. Flenniken St. Petersburg, Florida
Capt. Falk personally greeted the 113 members and visitors in
attendance an excellent turn-out. He informed the Society that
he and his wife, Peggy, were joining the many globe-trotting retirees
in late May a month's vacation in Scotland and Europe. If the
Vice-President is unable (Mr. Hollowell is still in the hospital recup-
erating from a heart attack) to officiate at the June meeting, one
of the former presidents of the Society will preside while he is away.
The Minutes of the April meeting were read by the Recording
Secretary and approved as read.
Mrs. Judd reported on current news which will appear in the
Welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Leslie G. Lord, of St. Petersburg -
late arrivals at the meeting.
The Legislative Representative, William F. Grady, reported
that as of March 31 the Cost of Living Index had increased 3.4
above the last increase. Thus, retirees should get their increase on
the August 1 check with the additional 1% as stipulated by the
Retirement Law last October. Mr. and Mrs. Grady had attended the
NARCE Convention in Miami on April 14, 15, 16th but had received
no information of benefits to the retiree. He announced that Carl
Setje was elected President at the Convention.
Happy Birthdays to: Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin, Mrs. Peggy Falk,
Mrs. Margaret Peterson, Mrs. Hattie Jones, Mrs. Bessie Lyons, Mrs.
Randall H. Ford, Mrs. Jacoba Joustra, Mrs. William Boggs, and Mr.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fuller who were
celebrating their 44th Wedding Anniversary on May 1.
Following the business meeting, members and visitors chatted
over coffee and doughnuts efficiently served by the Refreshment
June 5, 1970
Eighty-six members and guests assembled at the Gulfport Com-
munity Center for the scheduled monthly meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. Former President, Mr. William L. Howard
officiated as Captain Falk was vacationing in Scotland. Although
Vice-President, Mr. Ross H. Hollowell, reported in for a short time,
he was unable to attend the meeting; he had only recently been
discharged from the hospital after a heart attack, and the doctor
had told him "to take it easy." A third officer, Mrs. Lucille Judd,
after a month's stay in the hospital as the result of a fractured hip,
is now home, but it will probably be some time before she is able
to attend the monthly meetings.
Mr. Howard opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to
the Flag which was followed by the Invocation given by Mrs. Harry
V. Cain, Chaplain, who then led the membership in the recitation
of The Lord's Prayer. Thirty seconds of silent prayer were observed
in memory of those who had passed away since the May meeting.
The following members who had been absent for some time and
guests stood for special recognition as their names were called by
the Recording Secretary:
Mr. Bartlett G. Dewey Lakeland, Florida
Mrs. Clara Saarinen temporarily in the St. Petersburg area,
occupying the home of Miss Irene Ladrack in Seminole.
Mrs. Dorothy Nichols St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Hollowell Canal Zone, visiting family in
Mr. Alvin J. Davis Balboa, Canal Zone WELCOME as a
new member of the Society
Mr. William S. McKee Hialeah, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. H. Doyle Snyder Fort Myers, Florida
Mrs. Frederick Grunewald St. Paul, Minnesota
After welcoming the members and guests, Mr. Howard called
on the Recording Secretary to read the Minutes of the May meeting.
The Minutes were approved as read.
The financial report was not available at this time.
A recap of currentnews since the May meeting was given by the
Recording Secretary. Certainly, the members missed Mrs. Judd's
jovial and spontaneous wit. Details of the news will appear in the
Happy June Birthdays to the following: Mrs. Philip E. Briscoe,
Mrs. Elizabeth Grady, Lyla and Bud Esler, Capt. Sam Rowley, Mrs.
Charles Harrison, Mrs. Doyle Snyder, Mrs. Helen Madison.
Mrs. Harry V. Cain of Sarasota suggested that the Society
present Mrs. Lucille Judd a gift in appreciation of her outstanding
work in the Society over many, many years. Members were in agree-
ment with the suggestion, and a gift will be selected for her.
The Legislative Representative, Mr. William Grady, reported
that there had been no action on H. R. Bills 3661 and 3662. Although
it probably will be September before retirees receive the Cost of
Living increase, Mr. Grady stated it would be at least 5.1 percent -
Mr. Grady reported on a NEWS LETTER from the State
Federation of NARCE pertaining to Homestead Exemption. By a
vote of 38 to 8, the State Senate has passed and sent to the House
SJR 557, a bill which would grant to those Florida citizens, age 65
or over and to those totally disabled, an additional $5,000 Homestead
Exemption, provided they have resided in Florida for five years.
Those voting "No" are as follows:
Jack Bell Broward Collier Monroe Counties
Wilbur H. Boyd Manatee Hardee Highland Counties
John L. Ducker Orange Seminole Counties
David C. Lane Broward Collier Monroe Counties
T. Truett Ott Hillsborough County
Henry Saylor Pinellas Pasco Counties
Chuck Weber Broward Collier Monroe Counties
Harold Wilson Pinellas Pasco Counties.
The bill is now pending in the House Committee on General
Legislation. Should the House approve the bill, it would then go on
the November ballot and if ratified will become effective at midnight
December 31, 1971.
Mr. Howard read an article from the STAR & HERALD, May
17, 1970, to the effect that President Nixon had named Daniel W.
Hofgren as special United States representative for negotiating with
Panama on a new treaty.
Following the business meeting coffee and doughnuts were
served by the Refreshment Committee.
July 3, 1970
The Panama Canal Society of Florida met on July 3 for their
regular monthly meeting at the Gulfport Community Center. In spite
of the fact that many members had gone north for family visits
and vacations for the summer and that others were taking advantage
of the long Fourth of July weekend, sixty-six attended the meeting.
The President, Capt. Henry L. Falk, opened the meeting with the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The Invocation was given by Mr.
Dewey Goodwin as the Chaplain, Mrs. Harry V. Cain, was unable to
attend the meeting. Thirty seconds of silent prayer were observed
for those who had passed away since the June meeting. There were
only three visitors Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rathgeber, Glassboro, New
Jersey, and Mrs. Norine Rathgeber Lucas, Brick Town, New Jersey.
Capt. Falk welcomed the members present and gave a special
greeting to the visitors. Betty Rathgeber arrived in St. Petersburg
when her mother, Mrs. Lucille Judd, was discharged from the hos-
pital. The President stated that he was happy to be back after a
month's vacation in Scotland. He also welcomed the Vice-President,
Ross H. Hollowell, who is back "on the job" after a heart attack in
The Recording Secretary read the Minutes of the June meeting.
The Minutes were approved as read.
Current news since the June meeting was reviewed by the
Recording Secretary. The names of many deaths were read. See the
September RECORD for details.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
the proposed Homestead Exemption Law (of interest to Florida
residents) was suffering what apparently is a "slow death" in the
State Legislature. After passing the Senate and sent to the House,
the bill was not taken up for consideration, and currently the Leg-
islature has adjourned. There has been no action on other bills of
interest to the retiree. Good news from NARCE is that the annuity
increase, due on the September 1 checks, will be 5.6%..
Happy Birthdays to: Mrs. Lucille Judd, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey
Goodwin, Mr. Albert McKeown, Mrs. Cecil Banan, Mr. Gustaf Peter-
son, and Mr. Joseph M. McGovern.
Doughnuts and coffee were served. For many, "Meeting Day"
is the highlight of the month to be able to see old friends of Zone
days and to exchange mutual news of family and friends is indeed
Margaret M. Ward
In Memoriam by Gene Owens, Media, Pennsylvania I enjoyed
my June visit (via the Canal RECORD) with many former Zone
friends and while it was an enjoyable one, the six-line obituary of
Vern Mitchell was sad news.
Any "Old Timer" will recall that during the early days on the
Canal the P.R.R. boats took nearly as many men back to the "States"
as they brought to the Zone. This was due largely to living conditions
and boredom. After a hard day's work and on Sundays, the men had
nothing to entertain them except a trip to Panama City and the
resulting next morning "hangover."
With the building of clubhouses some diversion was had for the
week-day evenings, but Saturday night was another thing. Several
talented young men, Vern and Ray Mitchell among them, would put
together a form of entertainment on Saturday nights that had enough
appeal to compete with the Panama City trip and with no Sunday
It was men like Vern Mitchell who helped make life bearable in
those early Canal digging days and reduced the passenger list on the
boats returning to the States. As a "teenager" I remember the
Mitchell boys performing on the "Flying Rings" both were accom-
plished gymnasts and fine gentlemen.
Just add these thoughts to the six lines on the passing of a
real "Old Timer."
0 how sweet it will be in that beautiful land,
So free from all sorrow and pain;
With songs on our lips and hearts in our hands.
To meet one another again Ellen H. Gates
Daniel Logan Alexander, 37, of St. Louis, Missouri, died May
21, 1970, of a heart attack in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was en
route home after attending the funeral of his uncle, W. R. Alexander,
in San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. Alexander, a graduate of Balboa High School (1950) and of
Texas A. & M. University, had been with South Western Bell Tele-
phone Company for the past sixteen years.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Gertrude (Foreman) Alex-
ander, two daughters, Kayleen and Carolyn, and two sons, Mark and
Glenn, all of St. Louis; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melville R. Alex-
ander, of Jacksonville, Florida; two sisters, Mrs. Jeanette Clement,
of Hagerstown, Maryland, and Reba Higginbotham, Jacksonville,
Florida; one brother, Mylo Alexander, Calcutta, India.
Burial was in Jacksonville, Florida.
Isaac Andrews, 92, of San Francisco, California, passed away
on June 27, 1970. Details are not known.
Mrs. Pilar M. Asparren, 91, widow of Reben Asparren, a Pana-
ma Canal Construction-day employee, died April 17 at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Dolores Coffey in Fort Clayton.
In addition to Mrs. Coffey, she is survived by four other daugh-
ters; Mrs. Juanita Young of De Bary, Florida; Mrs. Mercedes Anzola,
Mrs. Julie Ann Palm, of Panama; and Mrs. Menia Metzger, of Day-
Augusto S. Boyd, Jr., one of Panama's leading businessmen and a
member of a distinguished Panamanian family, died May 10 by
electrocution in the swimming pool of his country home in Cermeno,
near the town of Capira. He was 52 years old. Mr. Boyd had gone into
the pool with a water-massage appliance and ordered a houseboy
to connect it. An apparent short-circuit in the message appliance
sent the fatal electrical discharge into his body. He died instantly.
Mrs. Ruth Farrell Burmester, 70, died June 22 in Columbus,
Georgia, following a long illness.
Mrs. Burmester went to the Canal Zone in the early 1920's and
was employed in 1941 as a clerk in the Motor Transportation Di-
vision. She was retired in 1951. Her late husband Raymond Bur-
mester was an employee of the Terminals Division.
Surviving her are a daughter, Mrs. Eileen Owens, of Columbus,
Georgia; a sister, Mrs. Marie Collins, of Clearwater, Florida; and a
grandson. Also surviving is an uncle, Thomas Farrell, who lives in
Lt. Col. Paul W. Colby died in Clearwater, Florida, on May 24,
1970. At one time Lt. Col. Colby worked with the OFFICE OF EN-
GINEERS in the Canal Zone.
E. B. Curling, 70, died on June 8, 1970, at his home in Frostproof,
Florida. He had been ill for several years.
Mr. Curling, a native of South Norfolk, Virginia, moved to
Frostproof twelve years ago after retiring as a machinist for the
United States Government in the Canal Zone.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Naomi Curling of Frostproof;
two daughters, Mrs. Joyce Hudson, of Coral Gables, Florida, and
Mrs. Sheila Heath of the Canal Zone; seven grandchildren including
Donald Sebastian of Frostproof; a brother Leyman O. Curling;
and two sisters, Mrs. Mittie Drew and Mrs. Grace Olah, of Norfolk.
Clifford E. Currier, 74, died June 20, 1970, in Redding, Cali-
Mr. Currier first went to the Canal Zone in 1918 and was re-
tired from the Dredging Division in 1952.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Hazel Currier, of Redding;
two daughters, Mrs. Doris Post, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mrs.
Donna Gude, of Atlanta, Georgia; five grandchildren; and a sister,
Mrs. Helen Baker, of Winter Park, Florida.
David E. Dickson passed away on June 25, 1970, in a hospital
in Portland, Maine, after a brief illness.
Mr. Dickson was a Lockmaster in the Locks Division and re-
sided in Pedro Miguel for twenty-eight years.
Surviving are his wife, the former Eva Seybert; a son, David
E. Dickson, Jr., of Bangor, Maine; two daughters, Mrs. C. D. (June)
Cox, of Seattle, Washington, and Mrs. F. J. (Donna) Hudson, of
Corpus Christi, Texas; a brother, John Dickson, of Arlington, Vir-
ginia; and five grandchildren.
Glenn C. Dough, 59, died on June 3, 1970, in Sarasota, Florida.
He had lived in Sarasota for the past year, moving from the Pana-
ma Canal Zone where he had lived for the past thirty years. He had
retired as a shipwright with the Panama Canal Company.
He leaves his widow, Estelle Dough of Sarasota; two daughters,
Mrs. Jean Judge and Mrs. Elizabeth Stroop, both of Sarasota; four
brothers, Horace, Lee, Worden, and Wynne, all of Manteo, North
Carolina; and a sister, Mrs. Matilda Rogers of Manteo.
Alfred J. Gauvin, 56, passed away on May 24, 1970, in Balboa,
Canal Zone, after a brief illness.
Mr. Gauvin went to the Canal Zone in 1935 as a member of the
United States Army. During World War II he enlisted in the Army
Air Corps and served with the ETO. Employed with USARSO in
several capacities, his last assignment was that of management
analyst with Maintenance Management.
He served as Commander of Panama Canal Post No. 1, Amer-
ican Legion, in 1955-56 and was elected Commander of the Canal
Zone American Legion in 1958. He also was associated with the local
scouting program, starting as cubmaster, and at the time of death
held the post of Neighborhood Commissioner.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Rene Gauvin; son, Michael;
daughter, Michelle; sister, Mrs. Helen Swanson; and two brothers,
Ralph and Roe.
Mrs. Zelda Glassburn, 60, died on July 27, 1970, in St. Peters-
burg, Florida. Mrs. Glassburn was the daughter of Capt. Daniel E.
Eggleston, a former Canal Zone pilot, and the widow of Major Robert
D. Glassburn. A retired civil service examiner clerk, she came to St.
Petersburg (Redington Shores) ten years ago from the Panama
She is survived by a son, Paul D., of Largo, Florida; a daugh-
ter, Constance G. Dawson, of Middletown, Rhode Island; her mother,
Mrs. Maude Eggleston and a brother D. Maurice Eggleston, of St.
Petersburg; two sisters, Mrs. Homer M. Truitt (Jeanne Eggleston),
Tampa, Florida, and Mrs. Charles E. Beall (Irene Eggleston), who
recently moved with her husband to St. Petersburg from Charlotte,
North Carolina; and five grandchildren.
Capt. William C. Hearon, 71, passed away in Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, on June 16, 1970. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Agnes
Hearon, of Fort Lauderdale, and a son, Chris, of Richmond, Virginia.
Services were held on June 20, 1970, in Staten Island, New York.
Captain Hearon's death came suddenly only a few days after
they had moved to Fort Lauderdale from Staten Island, New York.
Mrs. Doris Hollowell died on May 30, 1970, in Milton, Delaware.
She is survived by her husband, Mr. Marion F. Hollowell, of Milton.
Mrs. Mamie J. Fagan Hunt passed away on April 29, 1970, in
Daytona Beach, Florida.
Her only survivor is a daughter, Mrs. R. D. Holliday, of New
South Wales, Australia.
Paul E. Kelsay, former control house operator in the Panama
Canal Locks Division, died May 25, 1970, in Houston, Texas. Funeral
services were held in Enterprise, Oregon, May 30.
Mr. Kelsay went to the Isthmus more than 40 years ago and for
a number of years was in business in Panama dealing in neon signs
and other products. He later joined the Canal organization as a locks
operator on the Pacific Locks and was promoted to control house op-
He is survived by his widow Mrs. Clara Kelsay of La Boca; a
daughter, Mrs. Carol Pruitt, of Sacramento, California; a son Peter,
of Eugene, Oregon; a stepdaughter, Mrs. William Stocking, of Sea-
brook, Texas; two sisters; and eight grandchildren.
Herbert R. Knapp, 71, died July 2, 1970, in Portland, Oregon.
Mr. Knapp was born in Guatemala and went to the Canal Zone
with his parents (Edward H. Knapp, his father, was also a Panama
Canal employee) in 1908. After serving an apprenticeship for several
years, he resigned and went into private business in the Republic
of Panama. He later returned to work as a Plumbing Inspector for
the United States Department of Engineers (United States Army)
and was retired from that service in February, 1963.
He is survived by his wife, Jane (Calvit) Knapp; a sister, Mrs.
R. M. Schneider, St. Petersburg, Florida; two brothers, T. C. Knapp
and E. E. Knapp, Long Island, New York.
Mrs. Ruey L. Lawson, 52, of Margarita, Canal Zone, was killed
in a car accident near Tampa, Florida, on June 14. She is survived
by her husband, Daniel A. Lawson, of Margarita, a recent retiree
from Gatun Locks.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawson were vacationing in the States and had
called on St. Petersburg friends the night before the tragic accident.
Mrs. Lawson was employed as an elementary teacher at Fort Davis,
Sangster E. Liebeler passed away on July 4, 1970, of a heart
attack in Arcadia, California.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi; brothers, Lloyd, North Da-
kota; Ray, Minnesota; Oscar, Del Mar; sisters, Pearl Liebeler, La
Mesa; Estella Dudley, Massachusetts; Edna Backes, La Mesa, and
Salome Cheatley, Huntington Beach.
Mrs. Anita Lindell, a long-time resident of the Isthmus, died
at Gorgas Hospital in May.
Mrs. Lindell, who had been making her home in Los Rios with
her daughter, Mrs. Rhoda Fox, is also survived by two sons; Otto
William Helmerichs, formerly Chief of the Central Employment Of-
fice and now living in Annandale, Virgina, and Robert J. Helmerichs,
Chief of Detectives, Cristobal District, and a resident of Gatun.
James J. McDade, 58, died in Hollywood, Florida, on June 14,
Mr. McDade worked with the United States Government for
twenty years in the Canal Zone before moving to Miramar a year ago.
Survivors include his wife Ida; a brother, Charles, of Chicago;
three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Mooney, of Freehold, New Jersey; Miss
Alice McDade of Chicago; and Sister Frances Assisi, of New Jersey.
Mrs. Ernestine Maxwell, 66, passed away in St. Petersburg,
Florida, on July 21, 1970. Mrs. Maxwell left the Zone with her hus-
band (deceased) in 1939. He had been a civilian employee at France
Mrs. Lillian Murray, 91, died on June 9, 1970, in St. Petersburg,
Florida. Mrs. Murray was born in Scotland. She moved to St. Pe-
tersburg nine years ago from San Francisco, California.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Henry Falk, of St. Peters-
burg; a son, James, of Sebastopol, California; and five grandchildren.
Paul A. Pearson, 79, retired captain of a drillboat for the Dredg-
ing Division of Panama Canal Company, passed away on July 21,
1970, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Pearson came to St. Petersburg nineteen years ago from
Gamboa, Canal Zone. He is survived by his widow Hazel S. Pearson,
St. Petersburg, and by one brother, Clarence, of Chicago, Illinois.
Harry F. Preston, former employee of the Storehouse Division
and a Canal employee during construction days, died June 19 in St.
Petersburg, Florida. He was 89 years old.
A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Preston went to the Canal
Zone in 1907 to work with the Isthmian Canal Commission during
the days that the construction of the Canal was in full swing. After
the Canal was completed, he remained with the Canal organization
as an employee of the Storehouse Division until his retirement in 1943.
After his retirement, he and Mrs. Preston moved to Colombia
where he joined his son, the late Harry Preston Jr., in the construc-
tion business. After Mrs. Preston's death in 1962, he lived in the
Canal Zone with his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. James
Wood. For the past year he had been living in St. Petersburg, Flor-
ida, with Mr. and Mrs. Wood.
In addition to his daughter, Mrs. Virginia Wood, he is survived
by another daughter, Mrs. Ruth Rogan, of St. Augustine, Florida;
eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Mr. Carl M. Ruoff died July 11, 1970, in Fremont, Michigan,
after a brief illness. He was 70 years old. He is survived by two
daughters, Mrs. Robert Berger (Beverly), of Margarita, Canal Zone,
and Mrs. Leo D. Goulet (Carol), of Fremont, Michigan, three grand-
children, and two brothers.
Mr. Ruoff was retired from the Commissary Division. He was
on a vacation trip from the Canal Zone where he made his home
with his daughter and had recently visited friends in the Tampa
area before going to Fremont to visit the Goulets.
Burial was in his home town of Hannibal, Missouri.
Austin Earl Salter passed away in Tarpon Springs, Florida, on
June 8, 1970.
Mr. Salter retired from the Panama Canal Company after 271/2
years of service as General Foreman, Electrical Division.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Alleen Salter, Tarpon Springs;
one daughter, Mrs. Colleen McDowell, Gardenia, California; two sons,
Eugene T. Salter, Beaverton, Oregon, Robert E. Salter, St. Peters-
burg; three sisters, Mrs. Roland Harville, Alamo, Georgia; Mrs. Otis
Samples, Lyons, Georgia; and Mrs. Elmer Padgett, McRay, Georgia;
four brothers, V. A. Salter, Conyers, Georgia; J. E. Salter, Comfort,
Texas; J. G. Salter and W. E. Salter, both of Plant City, Florida;
Mrs. Charlotte B. Shedlock, 74, passed away on July 5, 1970,
in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Shedlock was a retired clerk for the
United States Government.
She is survived by her husband Harry A.; a son Culbert, Bord-
entown, New Jersey; a brother Floyd McMann, Newburgh, New
York; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Harold M. Staples, 70, died July 1, 1970, in St. Petersburg,
Florida. Mr. Staples moved to St. Petersburg eight months ago from
Santa Monica, California. He was a retired superintendent of main-
tenance of Norton AFB, San Bernandino, California.
He is survived by his wife Mable C.; a son Jack E., of the Canal
Zone; two daughters, Mrs. Michael Battaglia, of Paulsboro, New
Jersey, and Mrs. Marjorie Scott of Blackwood, New Jersey; and nine
Mrs. Elizabeth S. Wallace, 84, a resident of the Canal Zone
since 1919 and a member of a well-known local family died on April
8, 1970, in Gorgas Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Scotland, Mrs. Wallace was a resident of Boston during
her youth. She joined her husband, the late John C. Wallace, in
Balboa in 1919. In recent years, she has been living with her son
Stuart in Balboa.
In addition to her son in Balboa, she is survived by another son,
John C., of Miami, Florida; a daughter Miss Elizabeth Wallace of
Balboa; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Ruth M. Wempe passed away on June 25, 1970, in San
Jose, California. Mrs. Wempe went to the Canal Zone June 19, 1906,
and worked with the old I.C.C. as a telephone operator. It is believed
that she was the second woman employed by the I.C.C. In 1915
she married Henry J. Wempe (deceased 1939).
Surviving Mrs. Wempe are four sons, Robert H. Wempe, Anoka,
Minnesota; Albert F. Wempe, Lombard, Illinois; Martin H. Wempe,
Albuquerque, New Mexico; Thomas E. Wempe, Los Gatos, California;
and five grandchildren.
Albert Edward Wood, 92, passed away on May 20, 1970, in
Bentonville, Arkansas. He was employed by the United States Gov-
ernment on the Canal Zone construction in 1912 and retired after
27 years on Gatun Locks as senior lockmaster.
After residing in Los Angeles, California, for twenty years after
his retirement, he went to Bentonville in 1964 to make his home with
his daughter, Mrs. Herbert Engelke.
Survivors in addition to the daughter include three grandchil-
dren and five great-grandchildren.
Arthur J. Wynne, 61, passed away on May 21, 1970, in Seminole,
Mr. Wynne moved to Seminole ten months ago from New Or-
leans, Louisiana, where he was an accountant with the Panama Canal
Company in New Orleans and The Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Madeline; one brother, James F., of
Miami, Florida; two sisters, Mae J. McFarland, of Fresno, California,
Gertrude Schoonmaker, of Shadow Lake, New Jersey.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
"Hi-ya--ya all right?" are common greetings in this area and
always spoken with a warm smile!
On Sunday, June 21st. these phrases were flying as former
Zonians gathered at Agri Park in Fayetteville for their Annual
Picnic. Over 85 guests and members gathered to honor Blanche
Shaw whose radiant smile of welcome and happiness brightened still
further the joy of a clear, cool day. To add a dash to the colorful
group, Alice Engelke and son, Herbie, dressed in their native Pan-
amanian fiesta garb. Before the groaning board of tantalizing foods
collapsed, the hungry people filled their plates and soon recipes were
going the rounds along with gay banter and smacking sounds of
After the repast, the Ed Higgins' family presented an interesting
and varied program in honor of Blanche Show, including original
poems, songs, accompanied with a guitar by the young Higgins' son
and an amusing impersonation by Ed. He also sang to the tune of
MOTHER a song, the words of which he wrote to fit Blanche's per-
sonality and ability.
"I've been around for quite a spell
And Yes! I've been to school,
Hard knocks I took right with the rest
And I'm nobody's fool.
And yet, some educated folks,
Supposed to be so swell,
Would fail if they were called upon
An easy name to spell.
Now, if you'd like to put me to a test,
There's one dear name that I can
Spell the best.
B-is for the Beauty of her Spirit
L-'s for Love she has for everyone,
A-means she is always there to serve you,
N-means simply, Nothing's left undone.
C-is for her cheerful smile and laughter,
H-means Hope, and
a E-'s for Energy.
Put them all together, they spell Blanche
A name that means Ability."
With the introduction of guests and newcomers, we welcomed
Mr. and Mrs. (Pattie Bain) Jack DeVore and daughter, Tita, who
are now living in Fayetteville at: 1900 W. Garland. Mr. G. N. Duke
and son, Larry and his family made their initial visit to our picnic.
Mr. G. N. Duke lives in Winslow, Arkansas, while Larry, who is now
an Insurance Inspector with Retail Credit Co., lives in Little Rock.
New, too, is Mary Cecil Lowe, who came to visit her sister, Nannie
Brown, and decided to stay! Such is the magnetism of Northwest
Arkansas! Her new address is 223 East Maple Street, Fayetteville,
The summer is a reunion time of old friends, for certain, and the
welcome mat is out for all. The W. T. Nails have been delighted to
see both Zonians and ex-Zonians, like the Pete Betchers with daugh-
ter, Barbara and friend, Shannon Montauye; the Jim Amasons and
the Red Townsends. Nor are they alone. John and Audra Dougan
were happy to see Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Carnathan, of Prattville, Ala-
bama, with two of their granddaughters, all of whom made the trip
in a trailer, sightseeing along the way. Early in May, Mrs. John
Patrick Dougan and baby daughter arrived from Easton, Pennsyl-
vania, for a two-week visit and again, in July, with her husband.
Welcome smiles, too, greeted Maxine and Henry Carpenter, of
Nashville, Tennessee, Andy and Fran Whitlock, Charlie and Theresa
Harrison and two children of Garland, Texas, Mid and Thatch Clis-
bee from St. Pete, and Fred, Jr., and Sandy Newhard, of Pough-
keepsie, New York, when they knocked on the Carl Newhard's door in
Bentonville. Sam, Ann, and daughter, Carolyn Newhard, spent a week
with them in June and took time to visit the George Washington
Carver Memorial in Diamond, Missouri. Fred, Jr., and wife, Sandy
stayed with Mrs. Fred Newhard, Sr. during their vacation in Ar-
Visitors to the Herb Engelkes in Bentonville included Vi-
ginia and Wes Townsend, Deats and Jack DeVore, of Dunedin,
Florida, and Janet and Howard Keenan, of Western Springs, Illi-
nois, who were quite impressed with their first visit to Arkansas.
Just recently, Herb and Herbie Engelke, with another couple, sailed
down the Buffalo River on a "float" trip, traveled 78 miles in a
canoe to the Buffalo State Park. That's one way to keep cool!
George and Edith Engelke mentioned the happy visits from Mr.
and Mrs. Richard Reinhold and two children from White Bear Lake,
Minnesota,and Robert and Mary Anne Jackson, of New Iberia, Louis-
iana. Lance Terrell from Dallas also visited his folks, Etta Fay and
Glynn over Memorial Day. Edna and George Wertz, the perennial
travelers, stopped by for two weeks and just missed Our Tornado
of the year, by one hour! Hope this close shave does not critically
influence their consideration of our area for a permanent residence!
The Folsoms are still in the cattle ranching business on a small
scale though it means hard work. They also have had a bountiful
garden, so that, while one tills the soil, the other cans and freezes -
"til" it's done! Robert is in Georgia, working on the tobacco harvest.
The Folsoms extend an invitation to all to stop by for a visit -
address: Route 2, Monett, Missouri, 65708 phone 417-498-3701.
Buzz-Buzz! and still the news flows on! Bud Huldquist visited
his mother, Bates Weiman in Springdale for a week and to see other
members of the TRIBE. (Living in former Indian-occupied territory
well permits the real use of this word!) The Andy Whitlocks moved
to Fayetteville on June 27th. To help them get settled came Fred
and Joe Yeager from Houson, and while here they caught 17 trout
at the local Ozark Trout Farm. A tasty meal of hickory barbecued
trout followed. The Whitlocks then drove to St. Louis to visit Andre
Whitlock Collins for a few days before proceeding to Mishawaka, In-
diana, to attend the wedding of Cassie Lou Stringer, daughter of Dr.
and Mrs. D. D. Stringer (Jackie Whitlock), on August 15th, to
Mr. John Reese. The newlyweds intend to return for their Senior year
at Indiana State in the fall.
The Eldridge Burtons, Sr. made a quick trip to Austin, Texas,
to visit Judy Crooks Daily while Mike, Jr. spent six weeks as a ROTC
cadet at Camp Eagle, in Oklahoma. Mike, Jr. and Carolyn then flew
to the Bahamas for a week's vacation and relaxation.
Carl and Alphilde (Petie) Maedl, recent retirees, arrived with
bag and baggage and spent a few days in Springdale with the Sr.
Butzes before driving on to Edina, Minnesota, to visit Mr. and Mrs.
(Pat Maedl) James Krough and friends. Pam, their younger daugh-
ter, who spent a year studying abroad, just returned in time to help
her parents settle in their beautiful new home: 701 Henyretta Street,
The Sr. Butzes have also enjoyed the visit of the Henry Car-
penters, Townsends and Wertzes and proudly showed pictures of
their first grandchild, Peter Leonard Butz, Jr., weighing in at 9 lbs.
6 oz. Peter and Janice Butz, the beaming parents, recently spent a
week at Gran Tara in Oklahoma. Lee and Harry are enjoying their
gardens and the produce thereof, while daughter, spent seven weeks
as counselor and assistant business manager at the North Arkansas
Girl Scout Camp near Huntsville, Arkansas. Lee bussedd" it to Kings-
ton, New York to spend three weeks with her mother and to visit
her brothers living nearby.
With the success of the Blanche Shaw Picnic fresh in our minds,
we are anticipating an equally exciting event in our annual dinner
on October 18th at Eureka Springs. Watch the mail for further
information concerning this event.
Lenor W. Butz, Reporter
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF LOS ANGELES
About sixty folks gathered at Recreation Park, Long Beach, for
a picnic on June 28. It was a beautiful day, and all enjoyed visiting
and eating delicious food. If anyone missed the picnic (having gone
south instead of north of 7th St.), we are truly sorry the notices
were incorrect! As they had to go out in such a hurry, it is surpris-
ing that they got mailed at all. Our Secretary, Ruth Yeilding, was
called to the Zone when her Mother was injured, so David Smith,
President, had to call out the substitutes (Virginia Dolim, Virginia
and Martin Seiler, Hedy Seedborg, Thelma Reppe) to prepare, address
and mail the picnic notices.
Out of town visitors were: Mr. and Mrs. Bremer Jorstad (Nancy
Kariger) and their children, Brita and Lars, from Bremerton, Wash-
ington, where he has been employed at Puget Sound since 1969. They
are visiting the Lee Karigers in Cypress, California. Lee retired as
Admin. Officer, Locks Division, and Lilybel from Schools in 1968;
they are enjoying their leisure and new life in Cypress. Their son
Bob lives in Long Beach, where he is Physical Education Director
at a senior high school.
Harry and Vivian Corn have been in the Los Angeles area while
Harry has been under treatment; they stayed down for the picnic, but
are anxious to get back to their home at Wawona (near Yosemite
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hammond (Mary Acher) are newcomers
to our group. They retired in May, 1969 (Pedro Miguel Locks 1942-
68 Dredging Division 1963-69), and have traveled around since then.
After spending some time at their home in Michigan, they moved
to Leisure World, Laguna Hills, in March, 1970. They will leave soon
to spend three months in Michigan and will return to California for
the winter. Mary's daughter, Sherry Acher Eid, graduate of Bal-
boa High, 1961, and Canal Zone College, 1963, taught 9th grade at
Curundu High School. Sherry is living in Santa Ana while her
husband is in Vietnam (Air Force).
Diana Laska De Pietro, who taught at Los Rios and Fort Kobbe
schools is currently living in Sacramento. Her husband Capt. De
Pietro formerly of Albrook Field, left for Vietnam six weeks ago and
is flying out of Da Nang.
Fred Schweitzer think he said he was 94 years old came to
the picnic by bus! He worked on the breakwaters at Toro Point and
Coco Solo, having gone to the Zone in 1910, and left in 1916. He lived
for a while in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has been in Long Beach for
Chris and Ruth Simonsen attended the picnic. They spent three
weeks on the Zone recently as guests of Glen and Gladys Lasher
(Ruth's brother and sister-in-law). They enjoyed a stay at the
Tivoli Guest House and saw many old friends. Chris was recently
awarded a Distinguished Service Plaque by the Lutheran Hospital
Society of the Los Angeles Area at the 50th Anniversary Dinner.
He is employed by the Lutheran Hospital Society as Superintendent
Betty Clement Smith told us that Wes and Viriginia (Clement)
Townsend had been in Oklahoma to see their son Frank receive his
PhD at Oklahoma State University in May. The Townsends visited
Herb and Alice Engelke in Arkansas and journeyed to Florida before
returning to the Zone.
Milton and Chubby Wright recently traveled to Missouri to
attend the 50th wedding anniversary of Chubby's sister and brother-
in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Karl Herfort. All of the members of the orig-
inal wedding party were in attendance at the anniversary party.
Jack Clay, also Dr. and Mrs. Clay (Marion Seybold) attended
the picnic. Jack had a fine vacation in Northern California, Oregon,
Washington, and Idaho and saw a number of old friends. In San
Mateo, he saw Bud Strumpf, Bill and Jean Wood in Clarkston, Wash-
ington, Bill and Dot Hoverter and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hoverter in
Sacramento (Rancho Cordova).
Clarence and Annie Malin of Monrovia (Mechanical Division
1940-48) were late arrivals at the picnic with son Craig (a graduate
of Cristobal High School, 1942), and family.
We missed some of the familiar faces who were not with us but
did enjoy seeing Arthur and Flo Berude, Martin and Virginia Seiler,
the Lockwoods, Sank and Naomi Leibeler, Bob and Alma Brown,
Mollie Brown, Bill Blackburn, Grace Naylor, Jack and Linda (Cun-
ningham) Griffin, Helen and David Fogle, Carl and Katie Hall, Mr.
and Mrs. Jos. Irving, Mr. and Mrs. Van Underwood and family, John
and Wanda Johnson, Bob Provost, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Provost,
Mrs. H. L. Smithies, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Quinn, Robert and Marjorie
Miller, Conrad Horine, Hedy Seedborg, and others.
The next picnic will be held probably in early October we
hope the notices will be CORRECT and ON TIME!
Mr. and Mrs. Will Harrison of Canoga Park are on an extended
trip to the east. They visited Charlie Calvit in Philadelphia and were
to visit Will's sister (a frequent visitor to the Zone) in Chicago.
Berta Hazzard of Vista was getting ready to move into her
new home. While shopping at the grocery store, she fell and broke
her hip. She is hospitalized at this writing but knowing Berta, she'll
be out in no time, good as new.
Anna Tonneson flew to Antigua, British West Indies, to be
with her daughter Florence and her husband for an extended visit.
She says it is lovely and green like Panama.
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Charles McGinn (Jean White) and their five
children left Torrance for their new post at Holliman Air Force
Base, Alamagordo, New Mexico, the later part of June. Prior to their
departure, they visited Charles' folks in Santa Barbara (Edith and
Tom McGinn). They also said goodbye to Bun and Arden McGinn and
their two children who are being transferred by his firm to the Mid-
west. They also visited Jean's folks, Mat and Alton White, in La
Mesa and their grandmother, Mrs. D. P. White, before going on
to their new home.
Ross and Janet (Potter) Cunningham of St. Petersburg are on
an extended trip of the United States and Canada. They were guests
of Hedy Seedborg in Long Beach. It was a busy week; Hedy had
time off from work, and their activities included Marineland, Whaler's
Village, Newport, Knott's, Farmer's Market, called on Virginia and
Martin Seiler and Rae Clisbee, dinner at Thelma Reppe's, a trip to
Padua Hills for Mexican food and entertainment and between
times, they enjoyed steaks prepared by Ross in the patio at Hedy's
house. They visited relatives in San Diego and North Hollywood
prior to their departure for Seaside, California, and points north and
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Griffin (Linda Cunningham) are new mem-
bers of the Society.
Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Lockwood, of Monrovia, California, have
donated Caribbean and Zonian Yearbooks dating from 1920 to 1946
to the Panama Canal Museum on the Canal Zone.
Grace and Harvey McConaughley, who are living in a condo-
minium in Oakland, have been on the sick list Grace with a broken
hip and Harvey with a heart attack, but both are recovering sat-
GREETINGS TO ALL from the Panama Canal Society of Los
Angeles, California Compiled by Thelma Reppe and David LeRoy
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Our summer picnic was held June 28th at Huddart Park in
San Mateo County. We had a good turnout and were happy to see so
many new faces. Among those attending were the Bath sisters -
Mildred Bath Morton, Flora Bath Murphy, and Barbara Bath Rhodes.
Louise and Charles Sorrell (recently retired) were there with Harold
and Charlotte Sorrell from Sacramento and Phil and Laura (Walston)
Sanders from Concord. Mrs. Frank Finch from San Francisco at-
tended with Ed and Marie Browder. Dr. and Mrs. Cecil Rice, of
Ridgemanor, Florida, came with Mary Birnbaumer. The Rices had
also been visiting Dr. and Mrs. Chester Swanson. Others were Gale
and Caroline Arnold of Menlo Park and Jack and Ann Rocker and
daughters Erica and Erin, of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, who came
with Mary and Norman Rocker. Bingo was enjoyed with white ele-
phants as prizes. Wine for our drinking pleasure and a bottle of
champagne and wine for bingo prizes was furnished by Julius Russell.
We were saddened to hear of the death of Isaac Andrews of
San Francisco which occurred the day before the picnic. Isaac was
92 years old and one of our most faithful members.
How lucky can you get? Mrs. Fred (Mary) Hatchett, while at-
tending a duplicate bridge tournament in Los Angeles, won a cruise.
She took her trip in January and went through the Panama Canal
where she was able to see many old friends.
Colonel and Mrs. George Bull (Martha Zent) visited Don and
Barbara (Hatchett) Jackson in Sunnyvale. They had a great time
reliving the good old days in Pedro Miguel.
Frank Jr. and Claire Bryan of Pacifica had a trip to London,
England, for a few days in March with a United Airline group.
Capt. William Leonhard, home from Vietnam, visited with
his grandparents, Norman and Mary Rocker before reporting for a
tour of duty in the Canal Zone.
Erma Forbes, of St. Petersburg, Florida, had quite a trip on
the West Coast in May and June. Here is a resume of her journeys.
Her first stop was in Riverside, California, to visit with daughter
Joan Forbes Astrin and family, then on to Sun City to see Inez and
Jerry Evans, Inez's mother, and the Robert Millers. Along with the
Evans and the Millers, we met with Jay Jones of Vista, the Art
Millers from Escondida, the Art Cottons and Clem Genises from
San Diego, the Dr. Frenches from the Canal Zone, and the Herb
Stapfs for a no host luncheon at Lawrence Welk's Welcome Inn near
Escondido. On my way north, I visited with Vivian and Harry Corn
in Monrovia before they went to their home in Yosemite for the sum-
mer, and then to Coalinga to see Dr. and Mrs. Icke, and on to Sara-
toga to visit the Harold Duncans. Ruth entertained her bridge club
so I was able to see Mary Birnbaumer, Mary Rocker, Helen Judd,
Helen Yoder, Florine Prager, Ethelyn Wood, Marie Wetzel, Nell
Irwin, Hanna Beard, Clara Neville and Neva Baker. The Duncans
drove me to Santa Rosa to Alice Bryans where the Bill Blacks, Peggy
Bryan Anderson, and the Bun Powells all met for a delicious lunch.
I continued on to Ray's relatives in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho
and then to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to visit son Jim
and family before returning to Bradford, Pennsylvania for the rest
of the summer.
The Gale Arnolds of Menlo Park had as their guests the Rev.
J. B. and Annette Fields, of Kerrville, Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. George Clark, of Kansas City, Missouri, spent a
few days in Santa Rosa visiting his sister and brother-in-law, Bun
and Celeste Powell, on their way back from a trip to Hawiaii.
Billy and Sally Black of San Jose have had a busy summer. Both
attended summer school and are working for their Masters degree.
In August with their two children, they headed east with a stopover
in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and then on to Pine Bush, New York,
to visit Sally's parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Van Etten. Before return-
ing home, they also visited Bill's relatives in Boston, Massachusetts.
A farewell party for Roger and Mary Million of Daly City was
held at the Domino Club in San Francisco. Attending were Mr. and
Mrs. Harold Sorrell, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Black, and Mr. and Mrs. Stu
Clemens. Roger is going to New York City for the Westinghouse
Electric Co., Export Dept. Mary and children will be in Florida with
Edna and Jim Million (Jacksonville) before joining Roger in New
York. Celeste Powell, Reporter
Dot and Roy Kennedy attended the wedding of Juanita Mal-
strom, daughter of Bob and Betty (Sutherland) Malstrom, to Robert
Middleton, of Chicago. The wedding took place on Sunday, May 31,
and was followed by a reception for about 200 guests at the Lions'
Club banquet hall.
Betty's sister, Mary Jane, and brother-in-law, Griffin McClen-
nan from New York, Jack Sutherland (Betty's brother) and his
wife, Milly, from Florida and Owen Sutherland and his wife, Ann,
from Detroit attended the wedding. Betty's father, who was in the
hospital in Detroit, was missed by everyone. All these former Canal
Zonites stayed at the same motel and really had a ball. It was great
fun being together and catching up on all the news of each other's
This was the first time in twenty-one years that Dot and Roy
had seen the Malstroms, and the first time that Betty had gotten
together with her own three bridesmaids at her own wedding (Mary
Jane, Milly, and Dot), so we all had a lot to talk about.
Congratulations to Denver police captain, Doral Smith, husband
of the former Irene Stade of Cristobal, who was just promoted to
the position of division chief of the Denver Police technical services
The Smith's oldest daughter will graduate from college in Au-
gust. Their son is a senior in high school, and another daughter, a
junior. They plan to go to California to visit Irene's mother who
has not been well. Irene is back to work now but still recuperating
from major surgery which she underwent several months ago.
News from Roy and Gladys Graham is that they had three
weddings in one year. Three of their sons got married and the other
engaged. Two of the boys are in the Navy, one in the Army, and their
other son is working in the Midwest. Their daughter is a nurse at
Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder, Colorado. Both Roy and
Gladys are working full time as well as keeping up the farm.
An impromptu Canal Zone picnic was held at the home of Gen-
eral and Mrs. (Alice) James Wier at Fitzsimons General Hospital
in Denver on July 12, 1970. Alice's parents, Blanche and Newell
Shaw, and brother Ray and family (Barbara and sons Mark and
Alan) were in Denver visiting them the Shaws from Arkansas
and Ray and family from the Canal Zone. They all did a wonderful
job in rounding up so many old friends in so short a time. Forty-one
persons were there.
Sue (Ewing) and Ed Bishop drove up from Colorado Springs.
Sue tells me their daughter had a third son in February, and that
she went to California to be with her when the baby was born. Ed
is enjoying his retirement and is getting to be quite a gardener.
Ed's mother, Mrs. Anna Bishop, from San Antonio, Texas, was visit-
ing them and also came to the picnic.
Also from Colorado Springs came Roger Griffith and his wife
and two children. Roger's father was on the police force in Balboa,
and Roger grew up on the Pacific side. Roger's wife is from Austral-
ia. She met Roger on a tour of the United States while in Phoneix,
and they got married there. Roger is now working for AT&T.
Doris (Brotherson) Hand from Concord, California, who has been
visiting her daughter in Boulder, Colorado, and helping her take care
of her new baby daughter, born June 25, was also at the picnic. It sure
was a surprise to learn from Bob and Margaret (Meigs) Molloy that
they had been living in Lakewood, Colorado, for about six months.
Bob has retired from the service and is now working for the Martin
Company in Littleton, Colorado. With Bob and Margaret were their
daughter, Kathy Lu, and Margaret's mother, Della Meigs, who was
visiting them from Tampa, Florida.
It was good to see Lena Ingersoll of Denver at the picnic, as
well as Mrs. Loretta M. Marshall, also of Denver, and her son and
his wife, Dr. and Mrs. (Dot) Robert Marshall of Boulder. Sara Lewis
of Denver was at the picnic, but her mother, Mrs. Adelaide Lewis,
was unable to attend.
The Al Harringtons (Norma Evans) and children, David, Diane,
and Doug, came from Greeley and brought with them Norma's par-
ents, Lil and Jack Evans. We were all so glad that Jack could make
the trip and to see him looking so well.
All the way from their farm in Lafayette, Colorado, came Roy
and Gladys Graham and their daughter. Their address is 10405
Isabelle Road, Lafayette, Colorado 80024. The Grahams got in touch
with Fred and Doris Brown in Greeley and invited them to the picnic.
Fred has been on a year's sabbatical from the Canal Zone School
Division and has been attending Northern Colorado University at
Greeley. So, the Browns came to the picnic with their sons, Freddy
and Conrad. They are anxious to return to the Zone and will leave
on the boat from New Orleans on August 7.
The last to arrive at the picnic were Colonel and Mrs. (Betty
and Roy) LeRoy O. Travis, who live right at Fitzsimons General
Hospital. Roy is Prof. Director, OCHAMPUS, at Fitzsimons, and
they live at Quarters Bldg. 16, Apt. 1, and their telephone number is
22171. Roy was stationed at Gorgas Hospital, and they lived in the
Fishbowl in Ancon while they were on the Zone.
Needless to say, a good time was had by all, and there was much
picture-taking going on. All I can say is, it's too bad the Shaws don't
visit the Wiers more often, because it sure is wonderful to see them,
to have reunions, and to get caught up on everyone's doings. Come
back soon, Blanche and Newell, and thanks to the Wiers for getting
us all together.
- Dorothy Kennedy
NEWS FROM FORT LAUDERDALE
On Sunday, May 24, 1970, the South Florida group held another
of their semiannual luncheons at the Gait Ocean Mile Hotel. These
gatherings are getting bigger and bigger and such fun that I believe
everyone is looking forward to them. Over 130 attended the lunch-
eon. Many outside folks were there among them the Sidney
Lindhs, Mary Louise Warren Wills of Tampa, her sister Isabel (Tood-
les) Warren Setzer, of Washington, D.C., and Gene Sexton Clary
and her husband.
Byrne and Armella Hutchings had a surprise weekend visit from
their son Pat who was in the South on business. Pat and his family
will arrive here the middle of August for their annual vacation.
Miss Frances Clary of Orlando visited the Byrne Hutchings,
Gil and Millie Roe, and Elsie and Frank Naughton. The Naughtons
have just returned from their trip around the world.
The David Yerkes entertained recently for Father Townsend,
of Kerrville, Texas, who was formerly in St. Lukes' Cathedral, An-
con. Their guests were all old friends and church goers. The Yerkes,
accompanied by Peggy's aunts, Mid Damback and Gladys Gulick,
will be off to Spain on August 5th to visit with the Yerkes' son
David and family who now live in Spain. They will sail on the
QUEEN ELIZABETH from New York and return on the SS
Mrs. Elmer (Dorothy) Orr was an overnight visitor to their
apartment in Cypress Island. She was accompanied by her daughter,
Cathie, who will enter Florida State in Tallahassee this fall.
Barbara Hutchings' daughter-in-law, Mrs. A. D. (Vally) Hutch-
ings, accompanied by her young daughter Michelle, spent a month in
Lauderdale. Michelle, however, soon left Grandma and moved in bag
and baggage with her new-found cousins, the Jack Hutchings' four
children. Alba D. Hutchings (Buddy) was also a visitor at his
mother's home. He returned to the Zone after attending a Business
Management Course in Chicago for a week.
Florence Klipper, who has been in the hospital for a few weeks,
is better and has returned to her home. The Klipper's son-in-law and
daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mc Arthur, and their children who
have been vacationing in the States, were here for some time while
Florence was in the hospital. They have returned to the Canal Zone.
Jack and Marie Corrigan have returned from visiting relatives
in Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. One of the highlights of their
visit was seeing their daughter Juanita and her family.
Gretchen and Babe Melanson of Miami and Roger and Dotty
Williams of Crystal Lake were in Maitland on July 2nd to attend
the wedding of their friend, Kay Rohrback, to Otto J. (Joe) Fischer.
Mr. Fischer was in Panama years ago with Armour & Company.
Mrs. Agnes Hearon, whose husband Bill recently passed away,
has returned from the North and is making her permanent home in
Imperial Point, Fort Lauderdale.
Before many departed for the North for the summer months,
Ed Jones was host to a wonderful party at his home. Many neigh-
bors, as well as the Paul Hertgens, Jimmy Hunters, Dave Yerkes,
Leroy Magnusons, Gil Rowes, Earl Geranses, George Winquists,
Lonnie Van Siclens, Jimmy Lyonses, Barbara Hutchings, Helen
Colin, and Bob Lombroia attended.
Rita Lowry Wills visited the James Brooks' family in Fort Lau-
derdale. In August Mr. and Mrs. James Brooks Jr. and children, St.
Louis, Missouri, will visit his parents. While here, they will take a
short trip to Puerto Rico to visit old friends. Young James is at-
tending Washington University in St. Louis, working on his doc-
torate in music.
Nicky Stokes and Nicholas Brooks are in business in IBM,
called the Caribe Sales Company.
The Stan Hamiltons took a short vacation in July, stopping in
Toomsboro, Georgia, to visit William and Aurelia Hadarits and then
on to Waynesville, North Carolina, where they visited the O. E.
Jorstads. The Hamiltons regretted having to leave before a Sunday
Canal Zone gathering the North Carolina July picnic. They stopped
again at the Hadarits on the return trip, and while at their home
they saw Joe McDonald, a nurse from the Canal Zone. Kay Hamilton,
who is a teacher in the Broward Schools, has been in the Canal Zone
most of the summer visiting old friends. She was the guest of the
Howard Hagans of the Atlantic side. Kay hopes to return via Fort
Hood, Texas, to visit her brother, Major Robert Hamilton and family.
There has been much excitement in the life of Bev. Des Londes
recently. Jim Des Londes was married in Jackson, Missis-
sippi, to Linda Anderson. They are now living on the Atlantic side.
On June 6th, Dannie Des Londes was married at the Park Temple
United Methodist Church to Mary Grindstaff. Mrs. Des Londes was a
physical education teacher in Margate, Florida, before her marriage.
Both have returned to Balboa, Canal Zone, whbre Dannie is teach-
ing. Bev has now taken off for a long vacation, going to Indiana,
Illinois, down to Texas, and on to California where she will visit her
sister and other Canal Zone folks in that area.
Lonnie and Betty Van Siclen have sold their home and are now
temporarily in the apartment of Bev Des Londes on Birch Road.
Oliver and May Bowen, of Guilford, Connecticut, have been the
house guests of the Hans Pedersons of Fort Lauderdale. The Bowens
were in Florida to attend the wedding of their granddaughter Sandra,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Bowen (Carol Hendricks) who
married Steven W. Christofferson on June 14th in Tallahassee. After
visiting in Orlando, they went to Cape Coral to see May's nephew and
family, the Thomas McFeeleys. In Miami, the Bowens spent some
time with Mr. and Mrs. William (Thirza) Russon and were also the
luncheon guests of the William Bowens.
Dr. and Mrs. Jack Strump are off to northern climes in par-
ticular to get to know their new grandson, Richard Lawrence, baby
son of Mr. and Mrs. Cesar Noble (Dorothy Strumpf).
Another new arrival to Ft. Lauderdale is the Weade family from
the Zone (Fred and Mary Jane). They have bought a place in Pal-
maire. Welcome to the fold.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Lewis Simpson, Sr. have moved from Naples,
Florida, to Pompano Beach (Crystal Lake) and will be neighbors of
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Williams. Lewis was formerly with Metro Gold-
wyn in Panama and Gene was active in Little Theatre work.
Dr. and Mrs. Bill Clinchard, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Watson, and the
Jimmy Hunters have been chosen to take over the management of
the luncheons; it's time for new blood in the organization!
The next luncheon will be held on Sunday, November 18th, at
one p.m. at the Gait Ocean Mile Hotel. South Florida folks, guests
and others, who want to attend, please notify the James Hunters
at 935 E. 9th Avenue, Apt. 14, Pompano Beach, Florida 33060.
Prizes will be given for various events. Barbara M. Hutchings
Dr. and Mrs. William H. Clinchard and daughter Connie, of
Lake Worth, Florida, attended the Reunion of the Northeast Pana-
ma Canal Association at Merritt Island and reported meeting many
of the second and third generation of Canal Zoners and enjoyed their
Miss Connie Clinchard, a graduate of Balboa High School Class
of 1969, has been accepted to the Dental College of the Palm Beach
Junior College of West Palm Beach and will begin her training as a
Dental Hygienist in the fall term. Connie was an honor student in her
first year of college and was elected to the college honorary Society.
Our congratulations are extended to this fine representative of our
Canal Zone Schools.
Dr. Clinchard, formerly of the Ancon Dental Clinic and a recent
retiree from the Panama Canal, has been employed with the Palm
Beach County Health Department as an X-Ray Technician with the
Mobile Unit for tuberculosis detection throughout the County. He
reports that his work is very interesting and a contrast from looking
into the mouth.
A family reunion to celebrate Father's Day, Mom's 92nd birth-
day, and Bill's birthday was held at the home of the Dr. Clinchards
in Lake Worth on June 21, 1970, and was attended by Connie and
Johnny Wright, daughter Trudy, Mom Clinchard of Boca Raton, and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hooker and daughter Janice, of Bradenton,
Florida, a sister of Dorothea Clinchard. Mrs. Maude H. Clinchard
(Mom), wife of Capt. Wm. H. Clinchard, of the Balboa Fire Depart-
ment Tor many years received many congratulations on her 92nd
birthday (June 20) and is looking forward to many years of ac-
tivity. She is living with her daughter Connie in Boca Raton, Florida.
- News submitted by Dr. Clinchard.
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
MRS. CICELY KNIBB ALLEN, 4221 Coliseum Street, New
Orleans, writes that her grandson, Staff Sergeant Charles K. Cooper,
U.S. Army, is back from Vietnam and currently stationed at Fort
Knox, Kentucky. Another grandson, his wife and her brother were
recent houseguests of Mrs. Allen from California.
MRS. ELLA MAE MORALES DIDIER, 3726 Vermillion Boule-
vard, Apt. A, New Orleans, was graduated from the New Orleans
Charity Hospital School of Nursing held at the Tulane University
Auditorium on June 26. During her last semester, her mother, Mrs.
Ralph A. Morales from Margarita came up to help care for the three
young Didier children. Mr. Morales arrived July 15 to visit for several
weeks with Ella and her family and with his other daughter, Mrs.
Yvonne M. Arabie of 2312 Rose Drive, Gretna, and her family, hus-
band Ronald and children Lorna Jane and Ronald, Jr. Ella's uncle,
John Morales, of Balboa is expected to visit soon before going on to
Baltimore. His wife, Margaret, is head dietitian at the psychiatric
center in Corozal and recently spent a few days in New Orleans with
their two youngest children, Roy and Rose Ann.
MR. AND MRS. GIL C. FOSTER he recently retired from
the Maintenance Division were in Baton Rouge recently to get
acquainted with their new son-in-law, Franz G. Berg, formerly of
Cocoli, who married their younger daughter, Betsy, in April. Meet-
ing the boat when the Fosters arrived were Mr. and Mrs. Chester
A. Foster (Gil's brother), of Howells, New York, and their three
children, as well as Franz and Mrs. Murray R. Roberson, Jr. (the for-
mer Patt Foster and sister to Betsy). The Gil Fosters have no im-
mediate plans for establishing a residence and are currently spending
some time with Gil's elderly mother in New York. Mail can reach
them in care of Mrs. Roberson, 4875 Maribel Drive, Baton Rouge,
MRS. WAYNE GILDER writes that Nancy Bookout and four
children came from Venezuela for a two-week visit in July. Lt. Col.
Bookout could not come. Nancy Brady and five children also arrived
from Birmingham to visit the Gilders. Her husband, Jim Brady,
will drive down later. Jack Gilder's family (seven children) plan to
come down from Bethesda, Maryland, in August. The Wayne Gilders
had a marvelous time with Marjorie Gordon's family in Belvedere,
California, in May.
ROBERT H. HUGHES, Box 20092, University Station, Baton
Rouge, enjoyed a week's visit recently with Charlie Myers, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Myers of La Boca. Charlie stopped off in
Baton Rouge on his return to the Zone to attend the Canal Zone
College. He had shipped out on a freighter earlier to ports in the
Philippine Islands, Vietnam, and China prior to flying back to the
United States. Bob is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hilton F. Hughes of
MRS. HERB J. JOUBERT, JR. (the former Joyce Dugas), 10215
Oliphant Road, Baton Rouge, writes that the Dugas family had an
almost complete family reunion during June. Ralph and family from
the Canal Zone spent two weeks with LeRoy, Dot (Broadbent), and
Joyce, who all reside in Baton Rouge. Sorely missed was brother
Norman who could not make it here from Annapolis. The Jouberts
had seen Ralph, wife Ida, son Ralph Jr., and daughter Leanna on
their visit to the Zone last October, but it was the first time together
in five years for the rest of the family and the first time to see
Ralph's daughter Leanna who is only three years old. Ralph and
family flew Stateside in May to attend the graduation of their daugh-
ter Leslie from Dominican College in Houston, then to Oklahoma to
visit daughter Linnette (Captain and Mrs. Gordon Humbracht) and
their two granddaughters whom they were seeing for the first time,
and then to Baton Rouge. Leslie flew to Baton Rouge from Houston
to spend the weekend with everyone. Leslie is planning to get her
masters in art in Italy next year. They had all seen the Humbrachts
(Linnette) in February when they stopped in Baton Rouge on their
way from Biloxi, Mississippi, to a new duty station at Tinker AFB
in Oklahoma. While Leslie was there, they had an outing at the
Joubert camp at Head of Island and boated to Lake Maurepas for
some swimming and outdoor cooking.
GLORIA LELAIDIER, 1900 Perdido Street, New Orleans, writes
that she is vice-president of the sophomore class and was one of
the representatives from the Louisiana State University School of
Nursing convention recently held in Miami. She spent the summer
with her parents, the Jules A. Lelaidiers of Coco Solo and worked
in radiology at the Coco Solo Hospital. Next year she will be presi-
dent of the LSU Association of Student Nurses.
MR. AND MRS. WILLIAM C. MERCHANT of Hineston write
that they and their visitors have been thoroughly enjoying their
large vegetable garden which they planted this year as a hobby. They
spent a few days in Dallas just before canning time and now have
their deep freeze filled with a fine assortment of frozen vegetables,
plus various types of pickles and preserves on the shelf, hopefully
enough to last until next spring. They plan to visit the G. 0. Parkers
in Hot Springs in October, back to Dallas for Christmas, and then
attend the Canal Zone Reunion in St. Petersburg in January.
MRS. LOTTIE C. TINNIN of Grand Cane writes that she has
recently enjoyed visits from Canal Zone friends including Keith
Wrenn, who is a junior at Baylor University; Francia and Walt
Fender, of Melbourne, Kentucky; Maxine and Bill Dixon of Mar-
garita; Mary and Leonard Long, of Mercedes, Texas; Edna and
George Wertz of the USA (they live in a trailer and tour the coun-
try); and Ann and Joe Rheney, of Spartanburg, South Carolina. -
Patt Foster Roberson, Louisiana Reporter.
Helen Dudak and her father, John Dudak, enjoyed a few days'
visit from Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Bowen (May) the middle of June.
The Bowens now reside in Guilford, Connecticut, but flew to Talla-
hassee to attend the wedding of their granddaughter on June 14.
The Bowens and the Dudaks had been neighbors in Balboa during
the war years. It was a fine reunion after almost twenty years. From
Orlando, the Bowens traveled to Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Miami,
visiting friends and relatives. They returned to their home the mid-
dle of July. While the Bowens were in Orlando, they also had a re-
union with Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey Lewis, formerly of Balboa and now
a dentist in Orlando.
Mrs. Helen Rhodes and Mrs. Anna Ruth (Van Brocklin) Werk-
heiser, who came to live in Orlando from California last year, also vis-
ited with the Dudaks, and it was pleasant to recall Canal Zone days.
The Treadwells returned from their West Coast trip on January
20. They found the entire South Coast as well as the far West
covered with smog.
Mrs. E. W. Hatchett (Nancy) visited relatives in North Carolina
during the summer.
Shirley Price has returned to Orlando after an interesting tour
to the West Coast. She flew from Orlando to Seattle, visited with
relatives and attended the graduation ceremony of her niece as an
R.N. She then stopped overnight in Portland, Oregon and was the
guest of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Cain (Gladys Hubbard) formerly a
principal in the Cristobal Elementary School. In Oakland, she was
the guest of Mrs. R. L. Fuller (Tish Benefiel). In Napa, she was the
overnight guest of Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Payne. Evelyn's sister, Mrs.
Elvira Burns, was also a guest. In the evening Chester and Noella
Singren and Mrs. Clyde La Claire called. The last three days in Cali-
fornia were spent in Arcadia with the Misses Olga and Florita Frost.
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin F. Pierce of Winter Park are planning to
Lera B. Hennessy of West Monroe, Louisiana, was the house
guest of her sister Kate (Mrs. Skillman), Pompano Beach and the
Treadwells early in July. Lera was a former teacher in the Balboa
Elementary school. Her son Jeff is in the Physical Education Depart-
ment in the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louis-
iana. Her daughters, Kathy and Lera, both reside in Monroe, Louis-
Mrs. Frederick Grunewald, of St. Paul, Minnesota, was the guest
recently of Mrs. Vern Calloway in Winter Park and of Mrs. Louise
Franklet at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Guy Hill, in Altamonte
Lt. Col. Vern Calloway, Jr. has returned from a tour of duty with
the European office of Aerospace Research at Brussels, Belgium. He
is now stationed at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. Milton S.
NEWS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Our July meeting was a picnic at the beautiful home of Mr. and
Mrs. O. C. Jorstad near Waynesville. Not only are the Jorstads sur-
rounded by beautiful rolling green hills, rhododendron and other lovely
trees and plants, but when one enters their living room, Mt. Pisgah
is the prominent scene from their picture windows.
President Brandl gave news of volume of the shipping through
the Canal and of the proposal to Congress for another Canal, not dis-
counting the use of atomic energy. The Ferns visited the Brandls re-
cently and regretted that they are not located in North Carolina!
S. The Howells have their attractive granddaughter, Debbie Pope,
of Winston Salem, North Carolina, visiting them. The Howells were
busy during the early spring. In April theyattended a regional Dis-
trict Meeting of World War I Veterans in Baltimore, Maryland, taking
with them their granddaughter April. On their return trip they
stopped over a day in Raleigh. While Clarence attended a Veteran's
meeting, Della and April toured the Capitol Buildings of their state.
Della and Clarence also attended the State NARCE convention being
held in Greensboro, North Carolina. The first of May found them
baby sitting for daughter Margaret while she attended the National
bowling tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
We were glad to see John Jorstad spending his vacation with
his parents. John is a teacher in a Chattanooga, Tennessee, high
school The Stanley Hamiltons, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, were
recent visitors with the Jorstads.
B. Tyrell and Ruth Sill, still imbued with wanderlust after their
last autumn trip through the Canadian Rockies, went on to San
Francisco where they enjoyed seeing many friends of Panama days;
they flew to Mexico in April. They were guests of Grace McCray
Rigney who now lives in Ashland, Ohio. Here they were joined by
Sue Core Odom, of Dothan, Alabama. Needless to say, Panama days
Eva de la Pena Gil and her three handsome sons added much
to their enjoyment of Mexico.
After the too short visit of Mrs. Frank (Ellen) Castles and
daughter, Anne we are hoping Anne will be returning to attend
school in our mountains next fall.
Mrs. George Ward and sister, Mrs. M. M. Weymouth of Mainu
enjoyed a twelve-day cruise to the West Indies and Virgin Islands,
March 21 to April 3. The islands were beautiful and tropical plants
were at their loveliest. Little shops were much like Panama's on a
small scale. If one wishes to enjoy perfect relaxation as well as good
food, a cruise on a Dutch luxury liner is the answer.
In June, Betty and Paul Bentz, of Asheville, North Carolina,
spent a week in Jensen Beach, and Stuart, Florida, where they be-
came acquainted with their new grandson, Chad Paul, born on
the 2nd of May to their daughter Joan and her husband, Dr. Murray
Davidson. On July 8, the Bentzes were joined by B. Tyrell, of Tryon,
Mildred and Wendell Greene, Elsie Paterson and Ruth Sill, of Hen-
dersonville, and Mary Sill of "Deerfield" in Asheville. They journeyed
by two cars to "Crabtree Meadows" 50 miles northeast of Ashe-
ville on The Blue Ridge Parkway. There, they picnicked and spent
a delightful day together celebrating Mildred's birthday.
The next meeting of our Canal Society will be September 12
at Carolina Power Recreation area when we elect new officers.
I. Ward, Secretary
Charles Brandl, President
Dues for 1971
Effective January 1
Too many checks for $4.00 for 1971 Dues have been received
in spite of notices in the March and June RECORDS. To an individ-
ual such an error may seem trival, but to the Secretary-Treasurer, it
is monumental; it entails Double correspondence and bookkeeping
Dues for the remainder of 1970 are $2.00, but the prospective
member must also pay 1971 dues membership is not accepted
for a six-month period.
Address Changes of Members
Your December RECORD
We're not like the little boy who called "Wolf" in AESOP'S
FABLES. We need HELP NOW. A tremendous number of June
RECORDS were returned to us (10c for each RECORD) marked
"moved, address unknown," or a change of address was given by the
Post Office. We CANNOT remail those RECORDS. It is YOUR
responsibility to notify us in advance of a change of address. We
would appreciate your cooperation.
If moving and address is unknown, NOTIFY the Society to
HOLD your RECORD until further notice.
Do you have a GREEN (1970) Membership Card? If not -
don't see RED when your name is omitted from the 1971 ANNUAL
ISSUE (address book). DUES MUST BE PAID NO LATER THAN
OCTOBER 1, 1970, for listing.
Robert J. Kocher, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Kocher, of Dallas,
Pennsylvania, has been appointed to West Point. He was a graduate
of the 1970 Class of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania High School and
was Valedictorian of his class. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs.
F. S. Baumbach, of Clearwater, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Baumbach and three children from
Curundu, Canal Zone, and S/Sgt. and Mrs. Joseph Messina and two
children from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, were summer visitors
in the home of the Senior Baumbachs in Clearwater. Other visitors
were Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cunningham, of Pompano Beach, Florida.
THE PANAMA CANAL
STAR & HERALD May 17, 1970 President Nixon today
named Daniel W. Hofgren as special U.S. representative for nego-
tiations with Panama on a new Canal treaty. He will have the rank
of ambassador and will collaborate with ex-Secretary of the Treas-
ury, Robert B. Anderson, the chief U.S. negotiator in the talks .
The talks are aimed at arriving at a new agreement to replace
the 1903 treaty between the two countries on the operation of the
Panama Canal by the U.S. government.
WASHINGTON (AP) May 27, 1970 Two high-rankinig
House Democrats objected today to any new negotiations with Pana-
ma affecting the Panama Canal.
Chairman Edward A. Garmatz of the House Merchant Marine
Committee and Representative Leonor K. Sullivan, Chairman of the
Panama Canal Subcommitee, told President Nixon that Congress will
resist any executive, attempts to relinquish U.S. sovereignty over the
In a letter to the President, the two House members expressed
concern over a White House announcement of May 16 of the ap-
pointment of Daniel Hofgren as Ambassador for Inter-Oceanic Canal
negotiations "for the purpose of reaching new agreements regard-
ing the Panama Canal to replace the original 1903 treaty."
The letter said that Ambassador Robert B. Anderson of the
Atlantic-Pacific Inter-Oceanic Canal Study Commission has promised
a final report on the need for a new sea-level canal by December, 1970.
George L. Chapel, Secretary-Treasurer, Panama Canal Society,
Washington, D.C., submitted a press release compiled by the COM-
MITTEE FOR CONTINUED UNITED STATES CONTROL OF THE
PANAMA CANAL which had been sent to the Honorable Members
of the Congress of the United States. Unfortunately, space prohibits
printing the complete text of this historically factual, comprehen-
sive, timely review of the Panama Canal from its birth (Hay-Paunce-
fote treaty of 1901) to June, 1970.
Paragraphs one through eight explicitly give detailed informa-
tion on early treaties involved in the actual construction of the Canal
with emphasis on the full sovereign rights given to the United States.
The gross total investment of the United States in the Panama Canal
enterprise, including its defense, from 1904 through June 30, 1968,
was $6,368,009,000; recoveries during the same period were $1,359,-
931,421, making a total net investment by the taxpayers of the
United States of more than $5,000,000,000. Except for the grant by
Panama of full sovereign powers over the Zone territory, the United
States Government would never have assumed the grave responsi-
bilities involved. A review of the Third Locks Project, abandoned be-
cause of urgent war needs in May, 1942, and the current program
for the enlargement of Gaillard Cut (scheduled to be completed in
1970) was discussed both were steps toward the major modern-
ization of the existing Panama Canal.
As the result of canal operations during the crucial period of
World War II, there was developed in the Panama Canal organization
the first comprehensive proposal for the major operational improve-
ment and increase of capacity of the Canal. Detailed provisions to
carry out this much needed program are enumerated. Competent,
experienced engineers have officially reported that all "engineering
considerations which are associated with the plan are favorable to
it." Solutions to current problems are listed including the statement
that such "can be constructed at 'comparatively low cost' without the
necessity of negotiating a new canal treaty with Panama. In contrast,
the persistently advocated Sea-Level Project at Panama, initially
estimated in 1960 to cost $2,368,500,000 exclusive of indemnity to
Panama has long been a "hardy perennial," and according to former
Governor of the Panama Canal, Jay J. Morrow, it seems that no
matter how often the impossibility of realizing any such proposal
within practicable limits of costs and time is demonstrated, there
will always be someone to argue for it despite its engineering
impracticability. Moreover, any sea-level project will require a new
treaty or treaties with countries involved and this would involve
a tremendous cost which must either be reflected in tolls, or be whol-
ly borne by the United States tax payers.
Paragraph nine is currently of vital interest. Starting with the
1936-39 Treaty with Panama, there has been a sustained erosion of
United States rights, powers, and authority on the Isthmus, culminat-
ing in the completion in 1967 of negotiations for three proposed new
canal treaties that would: (1) Surrender United States sovereignty
over the Canal Zone to Panama; (2) Make that weak, technologically
primitive and unstable country a partner in the management and de-
fense of the Canal; (3) Ultimately give to Panama not only the ex-
isting Canal, but also any new one constructed in Panama to replace
it all without any compensation whatever and all in derogation of
Article IV, Section3, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution. This
provision vests the power to dispose of territory and other property
of the United States in the entire Congress (Senate and House) and
not in the treaty-making power of our Government (President and
The conduct of our Panama Canal policy over many years within
the Department of State has been and is yet engaged in efforts
which will have the effect of diluting or even repudiating entirely
the sovereign rights, power and authority of the United States with
respect to the Canal and of dissipating the vast investment of the
United States in the Canal Zone project. Such actions would event-
ually and inevitably permit the domination of this strategic waterway
by a potentially hostile power that now indirectly controls the Suez
Although there have been extensive debates in the Congress
over the past decade on the retention by the United States of its
undiluted and indispensable sovereign right and the major mod-
ernization of the existing Panama Canal, unfortunately, these ef-
forts have been complicated by the agitation of Panamanian extrem-
ists, aided and abetted by irresponsible elements in the United States
which aim at ceding to Panama complete sovereignty over the Canal
Zone and, eventually, the ownership of the existing Canal and any
future canal in the Zone or in Panama that might be built by the
United States to replace it ...
Starting on October 27, 1969, more than 100 Members of Con-
gress have sponsored resolutions expressing the sense of the House
of Representatives that the United States should maintain and pro-
tect its sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the Panama Canal
The final paragraph emphasizes that not only is the Canal a
priceless asset but it is essential for interoceanic commerce and
Hemispheric security. Efforts to wrest its control from the United
States conform to long range Soviet policy of gaining domination
over key water routes as in Cuba, which flanks the Atlantic ap-
proaches to the Panama Canal, and as was accomplished in the case
of the Suez Canal. The real issue as regards the Canal Zone and Canal
sovereignty is not United States control VERSUS Panamanan, but
United States control VERSUS Communist control This is the
subject that should be debated in Congress, especially in the Senate.
Prompt action is urged for (1) Adoption by the House of Repre-
sentatives and the Senate of pending Panama Canal sovereignty reso-
lutions (2) Enactment by the Congress of pending measures for
major modernization of the existing Panama Canal.
The Press Release to Congress was signed by fourteen distin-
guished gentlemen economists, business executives, university pro-
fessors, historians, lawyers, engineers, etc. Edwin J. B. Lewis, Presi-
dent, Panama Canal Society, Washington, D.C. and Professor of
Accounting, George Washington University, was one of the signers.
It's unique: it's universal; it's almost fantastic how ex-Zonians
get together. Picnics and luncheons Arkansas, California, Colorado,
southern Florida, North Carolina. Seeing names of old friends in at-
tendance at these get-togethers triggers a chain of thoughts, and
momentarily we escape from the problems of today's world to the
happy days of yesteryear. Zonians are congregated in other areas;
WE'D LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU, TOO.
Our deepest appreciation goes to President David LeRoy Smith
and Thelmas Reppe for sending in such a newsy review of our south-
ern California friends. Thanks to all reporters for their copy and to
those in St. Petersburg and elsewhere who are so willing to phone
or mail in the news the lifeline for the RECORD.
Newspaper clippings should be DATED for accurate informa-
tion. "Yesterday" in a clipping is meaningless at the time the article
is received. Preferably, pictures sent in should be BLACK AND
WHITE; they are more satisfactory for reprinting in the RECORD.
THE DEADLINE FOR THE DECEMBER RECORD is Novem-
ber 1. Webster "deadline, the time after which copy is not accepted
for a particular issue of a publication." Actually, our copy MUST
be turned over to the printer on the first. Individuals should send in
news at the time it occurs; the week before the Deadline should be
reserved for those inevitable, last-minute events.
CLEANLINESS IS BEAUTIFUL TO PANAMA THE MI
AMI HERALD, May 8, 1970 Panama's military regime is adopting
an increasingly puritanical stance, whereby cleanliness has become
beautiful and the opposite is forcefully frowned upon It en-
compasses all types of uncleanliness, from the bedraggled personal
appearance and long hair sported by foreigners to many facets of
Panamanian life as well. And it has been a huge success although
to the occasional embarrassment of top government officials here.
Take the case of the four Italian sailors. The four sailors were crew-
men of the Italian navy vessel RAFAELLO, which docked on the
Atlantic coast for an official visit. The four, including the ship's
doctor, stepped ashore. And all four got their long hair trimmed on
the spot by makeshift National Guard barbers. Brig. Gen. Omar
Torrijos, National Guard commandant, was to have been the guest
of honor at an affair aboard the ship, but when he appeared, the
crew refused to serve him. Torrijos and other government officials
retreated from the ship in embarrassment ...
If the National Guardsmen, all of whom wear their hair closely
cropped, have moved forcefully to "prevent hippies from running
over our country," they have moved just as sternly to do away with
immorality and uncleanliness on a national scale. A drive to stamp
out "filthy magazines and smut" from the newsstands is now under
way, as is a campaign against drug addiction. Youths are forbidden
to enter theatres where restricted movies are shown unless they can
present a "cedula" or identification card, proving their above-limit
And in a material sense, this capital city has never looked
cleaner. Litter barrels by the hundreds have been scattered through-
out the city's streets to prevent garbage from piling up by the side-
walks, as frequently happened in the past.
"We want to make Panama a nation where children and our
children's children will be proud to live, but the campaign to keep
our streets clean is only a part of it. More important is the mental
health and welfare of the nation; that is why we don't want filthy
persons here We don't want those persons here because we don't
want our children to be contaminated by such miasma ."
Mrs. Miriam Bauman, who made her home with her son, Phillip
Bauman, in Margarita, died on June 26, 1970. She was 74 years old.
Mrs. Bauman was the widow of Fred Bauman, formerly maintenance
foreman with the Old Building Division in Balboa.
In addition to Philip, she is survived by another son, Fred J.
Bauman, Jr., of Orlando, Florida; two daughters, Mrs. Kelly Adams,
Costa Mesa, California, and Mrs. Ruth Yielding, of San Clemente,
California; 16 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Lynn Bellinger, retired employee of the U.S. Army engineers
at Corozal and a resident of Ancon, died recently at Gorgas Hospital,
following a brief illness.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Helen Bellinger, a former
nurse at Gorgas Hospital, and now living at 1131 Saxon Boulevard,
Deltona, Florida 32763; two sons, Lynn, of Nassau, New York, and
Wayne, of Dickerson, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. John Boysha, of
Biloxi, Mississippi, and Mrs. Barbara Crosby, of Rensselaer, New
York; his mother, Mrs. Bessie Bellinger, of Rochester, New York;
two sisters, and 13 grandchildren.
Mrs. Anna G. Raymond, wife of the late Vincent G. Raymond,
died on July 10 at her home after a long illness. She was 81 years old.
76 She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Theresa Bennett, of 589
County Line Road, Amityville, Long Island, with whom she made
her home for the past 13 years, and Mrs. Marie R. Bierbaum and
three grandchildren, of La Boca, Canal Zone.
Mrs. John E. Demorest of 124 Delaware Road, Kenmore, New
York, 14217, reports the death of her brother, Colonel Ralph H.
Sartor on May 9, 1970.
After graduating from Purdue University in 1907, Ralph went
to the Isthmus and served there until 1917 when he entered Military
Service. He was on active duty in World War I from 1917 to 1919.
He was again called to active duty by the Army in World War II,
and served from 1942 to 1945. He retired from the Army in 1963 with
the rank of Colonel.
His employment in the United States was with the Truscon
Steel Company and the Republic Steel Company. He retired from
civilian activity in 1953 and built a home in the Chesapeake Bay area
in St. Michaels, Maryland. There, he developed Drum Point into
Ralph was the first Secretary-Treasurer of the New York So-
ciety when organized in 1925 and later served as President from
1959 to 1969. In 1969 he reqeusted that he be relieved of the duties
of President due to his physical condition. Ralph had been one of the
most faithful and active members since 1925, and it was with deep
regret that the members accepted his resignation as President. His
passing, I am sure, will be considered a personal loss to his many
friends of the construction days on the Canal. John J. Fitzpatrick,
Secretary-Treasurer, New York Society
David P. Howe, head of a well-known Canal Zone family and a
retired employee of the Atlantic Locks, died in Miami, Florida -
exact date unknown, probably in July. He was 81 years old.
Mr. Howe was employed in 1923 by the Panama Canal Locks
Division as a locks operator and in 1946 was made assistant super-
visor. He was retired in 1951. After his retirement, he went to Florida
where he and his wife lived in Pembroke Pines.
In addition to his widow Stella, he is survived by three sons,
Roger, assistant designing engineer in the Engineering Division;
Charles, who recently retired as Chief of the Operations Branch of
the Dredging Division; and David, who lives in Miami; three daugh-
ters, Mrs. Blanche Rine, of Kok'omo, Indiana; Mrs. Murial Johnston,
of Couer d' Alene, Idaho; and Mrs. Dolly Fiske, of Wellington, Mas-
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 Eritda Inc.. and eneloW 4.00 as my ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
dues for the year .............. $2.00 of thin amount Is for a Subscription to the OANAL
RECORD for one year.
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Amount enclosed $ ..........-............... Check -...-.......... M.O. ......-... Cash ._--.....
DUES $4.00, 1970 $5.00, 1971
New Members must pay $2.00 balance of 1970 plus $5.00 for 1971
Application P C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Florida Only Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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DUUS: Adults $.00 per year. Children under 1t8 1.00 per year.
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
1, ...................................................... heeby trn mit my ANNUAL
KMMBBRI HIP dues of $4.00 In the Panama Canal Society of Florids, Inc. for the yo
..................... $.00 of this amount is for a subearlption to the CANAL rECORD
t.r one year. (Please return this bill with remlttance).
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DUM $(4.00 PIR TRAB JANUARY 1. to DMECMBER 31. FOLLOWING
Canal Zone-send money orders unless check is on a State's bank.
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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Standing: Mrs. Mildred Randall, West Palm Beach.
Seated: Mrs. Antoinette Maale, West Palm Beach, and
Mrs. Charlotte Eckert, Sarasota, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Cox, St. Petersburg,
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Alfred G. Dunham taken in 1913, on the Pedro Miguel
Lock Site a view of the bull wheel which manipu-
lated the lock gates.
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Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Taylor,
Kennewick, Washinaton taken in 1961
MIr. antd Mrs. E. G. Bissett,
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Shuey; Mr. and Mrs. I. O. Shucy;
and Mis L NI -uppel.
Mr. and Mrs. Franklin F. Pierce,
Winter Park, Florida.
Mlr and Mrs Marion B Woodruff 'Elsie Law\er,
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt, Sr. (Louise Rathgeber)
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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