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Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
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Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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The Frank P. Witko Purchase Prize 1969
Vol. 5 March, 1971 No. 1


Officers of the Panama Canal Society of Florida with Lieutenant Gov-
ernor, Richard S. Hartline, of the Panama Canal.; Ross H. Hollowell, Vice
President; Colonel Hartline; Mrs. Virginia Wood, Secretary-Treasurer; Henry
E. Falk, President.

Captain Arthur T. Luther, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. William J. Dorgan, Berlin, New Jersey.

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Mrs. Selma Huff, Canal Zone, Mrs. Jo Hargy,
Charles Persons, Canal Zone.

St. Petersburg, Mrs.

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Barlow and Mr. and Mrs. John C. Schmidt,
Tampa, Florida.

Second Generation Zonians Class of 1932, Cristobal High School,
Joe Ebdon, Mrs. Gladys Bliss Humphrey, Mrs. Elsie Neely Smith, all of
Sarasota, Florida, and James C. Wood, St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

(A Non-Profit Organization)

To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships

P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733

H. Falk J. F. Warner
President Founder
Vice-President H. E. Falk
Mr. ViginiaP.Wood Ross H. Hollowell
Secretary-Treasurer ^vwt f
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Recording Secretary C. M. Banan
and Record Editor \Mrs. Virginia P. Wood
Mrs Harry V. Caln
rChaplain V. W. D. Goodwin
Win. F. Grady N. A. Bissll
Legislative Representative Albert McKeown
Charles Holmelin Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Sergeant-at-Arms Secretary to Committee

The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for
the good and welfare of its members.

The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June and
September and twice in December.

MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR MEMBERS $5.00 ANNUALLY, which includes $2.50 for
subscription to the CANAL RECORD. (To receive the CANAL RECORD, all persons MUST
BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $5.00.) Entered as 2nd Class matter at the
POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class Postage paid at Saint Petersburg,
Florida, Post Office.

PRINTED BY DIXIE PRESS, 634 2nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
414 22nd Avenue Southeast
St. Petersburg, Florida 33705

POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St. Petersburg,
Florida 33733.

Ancient Bridge, Panama Reproduced from the original Lithograph by Ella Fillmore Lillie,
Clearwater, Florida. The original drawing was made in 1910.

Vol. 5

No. 1

March, 1971

SECOND SPOUSE LAW President Nixon has signed into
law the so-called second spouse bill that considerably liberalizes
federal survivor eligibility provisions. The new law makes these
1. If an employee upon retirement takes a reduced annuity
in order to provide for survivor benefits and the spouse predeceases
the annuitant, the second spouse will receive the annuity, provided
the marriage has lasted two years or a child is born from the mar-
riage. The deductions for survivor benefits cannot be cancelled,
even if the retiree does not remarry.
2. The "dependency" clause has been removed. If a female
employee dies in service, her husband is entitled to survivor annuity
whether or not he is dependent on his wife due to physical or mental
3. If a retiree was unmarried at retirement but is married
before the enactment date (Jan. 8, 1971), the spouse will be eligible
for survivor benefits if the marriage lasts two years. The choice
must be made within one year after the new law has been in ef-
fect. Both men and women are included.
4. If an annuitant was not married at time of retirement,
is not married at time of enactment but subsequently marries, the
spouse can be designated as survivor annuitant within one year after
such a marriage. This type of marriage also must last two years
for the spouse to be eligible for survivor benefits. Both men and
women are included.
5. If an unmarried annuitant has designated a survivor an-
nuitant other than a spouse and subsequently marries, the annui-
tant will have one year to decide to designate the new spouse as
survivor annuitant and to have the annuity recomputed with the
lesser deduction necessary for survivor annuity. The two-year mar-
riage rule also applies.
6. Employees injured on the job and drawing injury com-
pensation benefits who return to their jobs will get credit for civil
service retirement purposes for the time they were absent.
7. Re-employed annuitants will be able to increase the sur-
vivor annuity benefits for their spouses by 55 percent of their sup-
plemental annuity. The cost to the retiree would be 10 percent of
his additional annuity.
For further information write to: The Bureau of Retirement,
Insurance and Occupational Health, U.S. Civil Service Commission,
Washington, D.C. 20415.


Mr. William J. Boehning
Mr. James A. Brigham
Mr. Henry J. Chase
Mr. Arthur C. Cherry
Mr. Thomas W. Drohan
Mr. Charles A. Dubbs
Mrs. Ruth A. Fishbough
Mr. Arthur N. Hiland
Mr. Joseph M. Hunt
Mrs. Helen T. Kat
Mrs. Florence C. Kellagher
Mr. J. Douglas Lord
Mrs. Amelia P. McGroarty
Mr. John M. Morrison
Mr. Carl M. Pajak
Mr. Kenneth S. Roscoe
Mrs. Helen L. Rushing
Mr. Delmas A. Swafford
Mrs. Daisy M. Tettenburn
Mr. Howard T. Tettenburn
Mr. Walter M. Trasavage
Miss Marguerite S. Tribe
Mrs. Helen C. Wallace
Mr. Edward B. Webster

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Facilities Eng. Division 21
Civil Defense Unit 22
Supply Division 37
Navigation Division 28
Industrial Division 26
Division of Schools 24
Gorgas Hospital 30
Locks Division 30
Navigation Division 30
Payroll & Machine Acctg. 22
Coco Solo Hospital 6
Facilities Eng. Division 29
Palo Seco Hospital 24
Locks Division 28
Accounting Division 30
Navigation Division 25
Division of Schools 24
Electrical Division 30
Payroll & Machine Acctg. 23
Dredging Division 30
Electrical Division 30
Railroad Division 25
Division of Schools 31
Community Services Div. 30

RETIREES, JOIN the 140,000 retired federal employees as-
sociated with NARFE (National Association Retired Federal Em-
ployees recently changed from NARCE).
Legislation accomplishments since the organization of NARCE
in 1921, and in particular from 1956 through 1970, PROVE beyond
any doubt that the far-reaching objectives of NARFE are not just
visionary; retirees are benefiting from the ever-constant work of
NARFE. Annuity increases, to name just ONE of the accomplish-
ments of NARFE's broad program, have been consistent since 1965.
The objectives of NARFE are to serve annuitants, potential
annuitants and their survivors, to sponsor and support beneficial
legislation, and to promote the general welfare of Civil Service an-
nuitants and their,families ...

January 14-15, 1971
Twenty-eight states, the Canal Zone, and the Republic of
Panama were represented at the Reunion. 653 officially registered,
with Florida represented by 550.
Out-of-State Registration
ALABAMA: Mr. Robert Arnold, Mr. and Mrs. P. L. Mosher,
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Willoughby, Mr.
Max Finley, Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. White ARKANSAS: Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Reif CALIFORNIA: Mr. and Mrs. Milton Wright, Dr.
and Mrs. C. C. Clay, Mrs. Mabel L. Hutchings, Mr. and Mrs. Martin
Seller, Mrs. Esther Currier and mother, Mrs. Henrietta Welch -
CANAL ZONE: Mr. J. Winter D. Collins, Lt. Col. R. S. Hartline,
Mr. Jerry Fleming, Mr. Daniel A. Lawson, Mr. John Corliss, Mr.
and Mrs. P. M. Disharoon, Jr., Mr. John Disharoon, Miss Rebecca
Nelson COLORADO: Dr. and Mrs. George R. Wright DELA-
WARE: Mr. M. F. Hollowell GEORGIA: Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur
Dockery, Evita Dockery ILLINOIS: Mr. Elmer J. Hack IOWA:
Mr. C. M. Monsanto KENTUCKY: Mr. Robert R. McQueary,
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Staples LOUISIANA: Mr. and Mrs. Ed-
ward Haydel, Mrs. Patt Foster Roberson, Mr. and Mrs. Richard
Dinkgreve, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Merchant, Mrs. Harold (Lottie)
Tinnin MASSACHUSETTS: Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Bigelow -
MICHIGAN: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Taake (Mary Mehl) MIS-
SOURI: Mrs. Ralph H. Otten NEW YORK: Mrs. Kay Eldridge,
Mr. and Mrs. George D. Poole, Mr. Louis Bradley NEW JERSEY:
Mr. and Mrs. John Whigam, Mr. and Mrs. William J. Dorgan -
NORTH CAROLINA: Mrs. Lucy McDaniel, Capt. and Mrs. B. A.
Herring, Mr. Robert Blaney, Mrs. Marge Orr OHIO: Mrs. Marie
Plath, Mrs. Leonore Schwab, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Light ORE-
GON: Mrs. Lillian Knight PENNSYLVANIA: Mr. Sylvester
Bubb, Mr. and Mrs. Donovan Geyer, Mr. Harry King, Mr. and Mrs.
Warren R. McNamee, Mrs. Edna Evelyn Willumsen REPUBLIC
OF PANAMA: Mrs. Helen Adler RHODE ISLAND: Capt. and
Mrs. A. B. Forsstrom SOUTH CAROLINA: Mr. and Mrs. James
Catron, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Clontz, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Green,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Drew, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey TEXAS:
Mrs. Peggy Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Dill VIRGINIA: Mrs. La-
vinia Dahlhoff, Comdr. William C. Humphrey WEST VIRGINIA:
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Tettenburn WISCONSIN: Mr. and Mrs.
George L. Grimm WYOMING: Mr. John W. Keenan.

Soreno Hotel, January 14-15, 1971
For two days of each year exuberant, enthusiastic ex-Zonians
gather in the Sunshine City of St. Petersburg, Florida, for the An-
nual Reunion. Their theme song could be, "Do You Remember?"
After two days of weaving around the mezzanine floor of the Soreno
Hotel, greeting old friends and neighbors, voices hoarse from con-
stant talking, perhaps a little smeared lipstick (those Kissin' Cou-
sins), tired, and weary, this unique group (unique in that there is
not another group like it in the world) reluctantly departed for their
homes in many states, Panama, and the Canal Zone another
chapter added to their book of life, "Zone Memories."
See Minutes of Scheduled Meetings for details on the An-
nual Business Meeting held on the afternoon of January 14th.
The Grand Finale, the Annual Luncheon, was the highlight
of the two-day conclave. The President, Captain Henry E. Falk,
after an opening prayer by the Chaplain, Mrs. Jay Cain, welcomed
the 303 attending the gala and inspirational luncheon. The guest
speaker, Richard S. Hartline, Lieutenant Governor of the Panama
Canal, was introduced, which was followed by introductions of all
dignitaries at the head table, Committee Chairmen, others who con-
tribute time to the Society, attending past presidents (Charles G.
Calvit, Troy Hayes, Keith E. Kelley, W. Dewey Goodwin, Ernest M.
Kieswetter, Cecil M. Banan, and W. L. Howard, representatives from
State Societies, Mr. Paul Warner, son of the founder of the Society,
and Old Timers (1904-1914 service).
Following an excellent luncheon served by the Soreno, tables
were cleared and chairs pushed back in preparation for the illus-
trated talk to be given by Lieutenant Governor Hartline. Mr. J. R.
(Jerry) Fleming, Chief, Photo Section, Graphic Bureau, Panama
Canal, coordinated timely illustrations on the double screen with
Lieutenant Governor Hartline's comprehensive, informative, and
witty lecture on the decade 1960 to 1970 in the Panama Canal and
the Republic of Panama. Colonel Hartline opened his talk by stat-
ing that it took a lot of "guts" for a fellow who had been on the
Zone less than three years to speak to the many present with long
years of service. Generally, the illustrated lecture was divided into
three main divisions changes in the Panama Canal and Panama
since 1960; things that haven't changed; and what to expect in the
future. Concise, up-to-date information with excellent slides of the
many changes depicted an entirely different Zone to all except recent
retirees. There were changes in governors, tolls, employees, wages,

highways, schools, Gorgas, the operation of the Canal, the old Com-
my, the new Teen Club, the replacement of the old ferry, etc. -
drastic changes to even retirees since the 1950's, but startling to the
Old Timers. Many felt that they were back "HOME" in the dis-
cussion on things that haven't changed. Col. Hartline stated, "Above
all, the skill and dedication of the Panama Canal employees, their
ingenuity, their community spirt, and the same high quality of life
yet existed Churches, Service Centers, Athletics, Fraternal Or-
ganizations, Dramatics, High School R.O.T.C. and Drill Teams, Pa-
rades, Boy and Girl Scouting, Summit and Morgan Gardens, Civic
Council and Union Meetings, etc. The Panama Railroad was still in
operation but modernized; there were still SLIDES, a never-ending
problem; there were no funds for needed and adequate housing -
still renovating old houses!" He drolly concluded this phase of his
talk with the remark, "It's an exciting place to live!" What to expect
in the future was touched on briefly. Definitely, there will be more
traffic with larger ships utilizing the Canal; there will be possible
curtailments of some current retail operations in the Zone as baker-
ies, laundry services, etc. The fate of the old Tivoli (built in 1921)
and the CRISTOBAL (whose days of transporting Zonians to the
States perhaps, are numbered) may be determined by the Board of
Directors' meeting on the Zone in late January. What to expect ap-
plies also to the outcome of the recommendations of the Atlantic-
Pacific Interoceanic Canal Study Commission and the possible con-
struction on Route 10 of a new canal in Panama.
Our heartfelt thanks to Lieutenant Governor Hartline for his
interesting and informative resume of the decade 1960-1970.
From the prolonged, enthusiastic ovation at the conclusion
of the lecture from the gentleman with less than three years' service,
it appears that retired Zonians liked "his guts."

SHE WAS MISSED! For better than a fifth of a century,
Mrs. Lucille Judd has attended the yearly Reunions and though
always too busy to circulate, her many friends were able to say
"hello" as she collected their money. Although in 1971, physically,
she was absent, she was actually there, not only in spirit, but her
name was indelibly stamped on the same efficient organization which
has characterized past Reunions. Mrs. Judd has been working at
home on Reunion affairs since November (at least) of 1970. Every-
thing was planned and efficient committees had been briefed by her.
Without her untiring efforts, without her wealth of past experience,

upholding past standards perhaps would have been very difficult.
And, while old friends chatted at the Soreno, Lucille, at home was
busy with current mail. January 14th and 15th weren't any differ-
ent than other days to her; there was work to do before the new
Secretary-Treasurer took over on February 1.
It was with deep regret that the Executive Committee of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. at their meeting on November
3, accepted the resignation submitted by Mrs. Lucille S. Judd as
Secretary-Treasurer. It was only the full realization that her health
had to be considered that the Board agreed to her request. A motion
was then made by Mr. Ross Hollowell, Vice-President, that Mrs.
Lucille Judd be given the title of Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. The motion passed una-
nimously. Mrs. Judd's name and honorary title will appear yearly
with the names of other officers in the ANNUAL ISSUE. Secretary-
Treasurer Emeritus will also be written on her yearly membership
Her responsibilities and long years of service are over; her
title LIVES ON.

"The fog comes on little cat feet" Carl Sandburg. Cats
were at play on the morn of January 11 when the SS CRISTOBAL
slowly and cautiously steamed up the Mississippi River to New
Orleans to discharge many ex-Zonians who had spent the Holiday
Season on the Zone. To some, docking seven to eight hours late,
perhaps was disconcerting, but not as frustrating as to Mrs. Virginia
Wood, the new Secretary-Treasurer of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, who expected to dock on time and arrive in St. Petersburg
the following day. With the Reunion on January 14th, TIME was
of utmost importance to her as she had expected to fully participate
on that Day of days. Arriving home late on January 13th, faced with
NO MAID, and a house to get in order as well as the many sundry
things that need attention after almost two months away, Virginia,
a product of those indomitable OLD TIMERS, DID attend the
Reunion perhaps, though, another Fog momentarily obscured her
vision. Full realization of the many responsibilities of the Secretary-
Treasurer, with no time for pre-briefing of the details involved,
dawned. But as the fog lifted over the Mississippi, so it will lift for
Virginia. Time-consuming details of the job requirements will be
mastered. She will have the help of the Executive Committee, and
certainly our members will give her time to pick up the reins; un-

fortunately, she will not have the advantage of an orientation pro-
gram. After the fog, comes the sunshine not only literally but
indirectly, for doing any work for a worthwhile cause will bring
personal rewards.
Virginia Preston Wood was born February 2, 1919, in Ancon
Hospital, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Preston, Storehouse
Foreman with the Panama Canal. Virginia attended the Canal Zone
schools, graduating from Balboa High School with the Class of 1936.
In 1939 she married another second-generation Zonian, James C.
Wood, the son of Ernest L. Wood, a longtime employee of the Com-
missary Division. Mr. and Mrs. Wood have two daughters, Ann who
is married to Dr. Antonio Suescum, resides in Coco Solo, Canal Zone,
and Nellie Lynn, who is currently living at home with her parents.
Virginia and Jim Wood moved to St. Petersburg in June of
1969. Jim retired from the Navigation Division (Admeasurer) with
34 years of service and Virginia from the 15th Naval District with
23 years' service.
Virginia Wood has many valuable contacts with Zonians.
Through her parents, who lived with the Wood family for years, she
knows many Old Timers; many of the age group of second-generation
Zonians graduating from high school in the 1930's are active mem-
bers of the Society; through her own children, she keeps informed
of the activities of third generation Canal Zone "brats"; and finally,
as Grandmother to Ann's three children (ranging from almost five
months to eight years in age), news of a fourth generation will help
keep her alerted to Zone happenings for years to come!

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Bruland of Balboa, Canal Zone, have
announced the engagement of their daughter Marie Elizabeth to First
Lt. John C. Mitchell, son of Mrs. Mary Ellen Mitchell and the late
John L. Mitchell, of Sheridan, Indiana.
Miss Bruland is attending graduate school at Emory Univer-
sity in Atlanta, Georgia. Lt. Mitchell, a graduate of Virginia Military
Institute, is stationed at Ft. Amador, Canal Zone.
The wedding will take place in late August in Indiana.

Recently wed at Holy Family Church in Margarita, Canal
Zone, were Miss Elaine Gabriel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund
P. Gabriel, of France Field, Canal Zone, and Tommie Neal Compton,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin J. Compton, of Gatun, Canal Zone.

Miss Jane Willa Hearne became the bride of Robert Girard
Krajczynski on December 19, 1970, at MacDill Air Force Base
Chapel in Tampa, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julian S. Hearne,
St. Petersburg, Florida, formerly of Gamboa, Canal Zone. The bride-
groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Krajczynski, of Philadel-
phia, Pennsylvania.
The bride is employed as a teacher at Howard A.F.B., Canal
Zone. Mr. Krajczynski is serving in the U.S. Air Force. The couple
will reside at Albrook Air Force Base, Canal Zone.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt of La Boca, Canal Zone, have
announced the engagement of their daughter, Janet Louise, to Nor-
man Wayne Watkins, son of Mrs. Olga I. Watkins and the late
Homer W. Watkins, of Gamboa, Canal Zone.
Miss Hunt, a graduate of Balboa High School and Canal Zone
College, is attending North Texas State University in Denton, Texas.
Mr. Watkins is employed by the Dredging Division in Gamboa.

Miss Carrie Lee Orr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Orr,
of La Boca, Canal Zone, and Mr. Henning J. Spilling, Jr., son of
Capt. and Mrs. Henning J. Spilling Sr., of Margarita, were united
in marriage at the Balboa Union Church in January.
The bride was born in the Canal Zone, attended the Canal
Zone schools and is presently a senior in Wintrop College in South
Carolina. Mr. Spilling is an employee of World Wide Divers Inc., of
Morgan City, Louisiana. The couple will make their home in Louis-
iana after May.

Mr. and Mrs. William R. Dunning, of Tampa, Florida, have
announced the marriage of their daughter, Vicki Runion to Dayle
W. Howe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dallas W. Howe, of North Miami
Beach, Florida, on October 3, 1970.
The couple is at home at 19241/2 Fig Street, Tampa, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Runnestrand, of Balboa Heights, Canal
Zone, announce the engagement of their daughter, Sarah, to Mark
Antin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Antin, of Miami Beach, Florida.
Miss Runnestrand, a graduate of Balboa High School and of
Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University, presently resides in
Princeton, New Jersey, andattends graduate school at Rutgers Uni-
versity in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Her fiance is a graduate of

Tulane University and is attending graduate school at the University
of Connecticut in Storrs.
The couple plan to be married in the Canal Zone next

Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Sharp (nee Frances Violette), of Balboa,
Canal Zone, have announced the engagement of their daughter Mary
Jean to Lt. Gordon E. Kauffman, USNR, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Gordon Kauffman, of Craigmont, Idaho.
Miss Sharp is presently a senior at Florida Atlantic University
in Boca Raton, Florida. Mr. Kauffman is a graduate of the Univers-
ity of Washington at Seattle and presently serving with the 15th
Naval District at Fort Amador. A July wedding is planned.

Major and Mrs. George R. Duncan (Betsy Mallory) announce
the birth of their first child, Daniel Barton, born November 23, 1970,
at West Point, New York. Mr. and Mrs. V. N. Duncan, of Lost Creek,
West Virginia, are the paternal grandparents, and Mr. and Mrs.
William Barton Mallory, La Boca, Canal Zone, the maternal grand-

Mr. and Mrs. Larry Gramlich of Balboa announce the birth
of a daughter, Jean Marie, on December 12, 1970, at San Fernando
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gregory P. Gramlich
of Balboa, Mr. and Mrs. Gregor Gramlich, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
former Gamboa residents, and Mr. and Mrs. Orville Evans, of Ocean-
view, Delaware, are paternal grandparents.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Pro-
back, of Troy, New York, formerly of Balboa.

Dr. and Mrs. John Edward Grasinger (Rolanda M. Dahlhoff)
announce the birth of their son, Kurt Wilhelm, on December 11,
1970, in Bethesda, Maryland.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Lawyer announce the birth of a
daughter, Karen Ann, on October 25, 1970, at Daytona Beach,
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wellington, of
Panama City, Florida. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Robert W. Lawyer, of La Boca, Canal Zone.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph LeBlanc (Diane Shore), of Canoga
Park, California, announce the birth of their second child and first
son on December 15, 1970. The baby has been named Stephan
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shore, of
Aiken, South Carolina. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Le Blanc, Sr., of Canoga Park, California.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. McNamara, Jr., announce the birth
of their first child, Catherine Marie, on November 20, 1970, at Fort
Gordon, Georgia. Mrs. McNamara is the former Marsha Sutherland,
and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. Suther-
land, of Belleair Bluffs, Florida. The paternal grandparents are Dr.
Robert J. McNamara, of Battle Creek, Michigan, and the late Mrs.
The young couple with their new daughter left Fort Gordon,
Georgia, early in January upon the completion of Mr. McNamara's
tour of duty with the U.S. Army and are residing in Battle Creek,
Michigan, where Mr. McNamara is attending college.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Grover Matheney (Freddieann Gallardo),
of Panama City, announce the birth of a daughter on January 4 at
San Fernando Clinic, Panama. The baby has been named Tamara
The paternal grandparents are Mr. Angus O. Matheney, of
Ottawa, Canada, and Mrs. Blanche A. Todd of Panama City. The
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carlos A. Gallardo of
Panama City.
The great grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Adler and
Mrs. Raquel de Gallardo of Panama City and Mrs. Jessie Matheney,
of St. Petersburg, Florida.

July seems to be a favorite time for members of one family
to arrive. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Scott (Priscilla Koperski), of Glad-
stone, Michigan, who have identical birthdays, July 15, 1943, became
parents of their second child, a son, Edward Keith Scott, on July
14, 1970. Their daughter, Caroline Rose Scott, was born July 5, 1966.
Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Evelyn Koperski, of Diablo,
Canal Zone, and Richard J. Koperski, of Orlando, Florida. Sharing
honors as great grandparents are Mr. L. A. Koperski, of Orlando,
former resident of the Canal Zone and Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Chambers,
of Northfield, New Jersey, who resided in Balboa, Canal Zone, for
ten years between 1936 and 1946.

Dr. and Mrs. Cody E. Staples, of Wilmington, Delaware, an-
nounce the birth of their second child, Lauren Elizabeth, on Decem-
ber 14, 1970. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Staples
and Mr. and Mrs. John L. Lish, of Louisville, Kentucky.

Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. Stewart announce the birth of a son,
Derrick Stephen, on September 25, 1970.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Stewart, of
Brandenton, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Wheeler III, of Ancon, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of their first child, Jeri Auth at San Fernando
Clinic on January 8.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Jack Warford, of
Curundu, Canal Zone, and the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Grace
Wheeler, of Westland, Michigan.

Jim Hickman REPORTING, STAR & HERALD, January
24, 1971 The Panama Canal Society of Florida had their annual
reunion in St. Petersburg recently and, from the large turnout of
happy faces, retirement must be wonderful IT IS ... On the first
day I renewed acquaintances with many former employees who were
in the lobby or bar and not taking part in the business meeting
being held.
Frank Miller, for many years Superintendent of Cold Storage
at Mount Hope and one of my former bosses, still enjoys two rounds
of golf a week in Fort Lauderdale. I filled him in on changes on the
Gold Coast and he told me about the activities of many former
employees living along Florida's East Coast. Frank, who retired in
1951, looks as good as he did when he left the Isthmus.
Zip Zierten, remembered by many who attended school in
Balboa, still has plenty of Zip. Tom Harper, ex-entrepreneur of the
Rainbow City Commissary, and now a resident of New Port Ritchey,
was enjoying himself knowing he didn't have to worry about price
changes. Jim Morris, who retired from the Dredging Division and
lives about a mile from me in Clearwater, gave me a blast for not
visiting him.
The Jones Boys George and Edwin are still George
and Edwin. I don't know what Edwin does for relaxation but George
loves those greyhounds at the St. Petersburg track ... and while on
greyhounds, Rube Seidman is George's partner at the track --still
on grey hounds, Shorty Melrose was over from Tampa, not aging a

day since he left the MTD in Ancon in 1951. Shorty and the late
Pop Stephenson ran a garage east of Tampa in the early 20's. A lot
of their customers were greyhound owners as the track was nearby.
Shorty and Pop went into the greyhound business, and in 1929
Shorty came to Panama and ran his kennel at the Kennelworth
track. The following year Shorty returned bringing Pop. The track
didn't open so they sent their dogs back to the States and went to
work for the canal.
Charlie Hummer, who returned from the Zone the day before
the meeting, said he had a short but enjoyable visit ... Del Swaf-
ford, only a few days out of the Zone after retirement, invited me
to some fishing in the Crystal River area Doug Lord and Bill
Boehning, two ex-Maintenance Division hands, looked like a couple
of Mid-Westerners after a Florida vacation.
Wilber Dockery, still enjoying his rum and cokes, down from
Georgia ... Buck McHan hale and hearty as was Charlie Holmelin
... Many more and all enjoying themselves.

Old Timers many of whom attend regularly, recent re-
tirees, and ex-Zonians from Florida and far-away states journeyed to
St. Petersburg for the Reunion see the list by States for names.
Among the familiar faces seen each year was that of Mrs. Ellen
Perkins who lives in the Crestview Nursing Home in Crestview,
Florida. Though confined to a wheel chair, she was able to make
the trip by car with Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Wicks, of Pensacola, Florida,
and thoroughly enjoyed reliving the "old days." Mrs. Henrietta
Welch, mother of Mrs. Esther Currier, of South Gate, California,
has the honor of being the oldest attending the Reunion 99 in
After the Reunion, Mr. Bob Arnold, of Fairhope, Alabama,
returned to Orlando with Mr. John J. Dudak and Helen Louise and
was their guest for several days before returning to his home.
Mr. and Mrs. Gustaf Peterson, of St. Petersburg, were hosts
to Mr. and Mrs. John I. Whigham, of Madison, New Jersey, who
were in St. Petersburg for the annual get-together.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reif, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, were
entertained by Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Baumback, of Clearwater, Florida.
Captain and Mrs. Julius Lusky, of Fort Myers, Florida, at-
tended for the first time since 1962. They report that their sons,
Julius and Charles, are living in Oregon.

Virginia and Martin Seiler, of Los Angeles, California, arrived

at Kennedy airport in New York December 19th on T.W.A. giant
747 jet. Their 9,500-mile trip in thirty days included fifteen days
in cold weather New York, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Wash-
ington, D.C., and Baltimore and fifteen days in warm weather
- Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Kingston, and Montego Bay, Jamaica,
Miami, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, and St. Petersburg to attend the
Panama Canal Annual Reunion, back to Fort Lauderdale and Miami
- and home by January 18, 1971.
After such a trip, Virginia Seller still had "mileage" in re-
serve. She graciously responded to a call for HELP at the Reunion
and devoted two mornings dispensing reserved luncheon tickets and
collecting the money. OUR THANKS!
While in St. Petersburg, the Seilers were the guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Emerson Fuller.

The normal connotation for the Reunion is JOY, but there
is Sadness, too. Old friends of yesteryear who could not make the
trip this year were MISSED. Our hope is for improved health, and
that we may be fortunate in seeing you again in 1972.
A letter from George Lee, Lake Como, Florida, informed the
Society that for the first time in ten years they would be unable
to make the Reunion. Gladys, who has not been well for a number
of years, fell and was at Putnam Memorial Hospital in Palatka, Flor-
ida, recuperating after a hip operation and a concussion as a result
of the fall.
When the Lees sailed on the S.S. ANCON on June 6, 1960,
for the States, an article written at the time referred to them as two
ambassadors of good will. Their aid in helping the farmers in the
El Valle area improve their crops is well known. In Balboa, too,
George and Gladys were active in community work. Gladys always
had time for "another job."

John Keenan, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, "made it." In De-
cember he was skeptical (in particular his family) as to whether he
should make the trip to St. Petersburg for the Reunion. Aside from
seeing old friends, John wanted to get away from cold and WINDY

Families and friends were united in many homes in the Bay
Area for that Wonderful Time of the Year the Holiday Season.
Among those fortunate in having guests were:
Mrs. Benjamin C. Judd Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rathgeber,

daughter Linda, and Mr. and Mrs. William E. Whilden (Penny Rath-
geber), all of Glassboro, New Jersey; Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright -
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wright (Ginny and Dick) from Montreal,
Canada, where Dickie is teaching; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan
- Peggy Donovan, South Bend, Indiana; Capt. and Mrs. Howard
Johnson daughter-in-law and baby granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann,
Pensacola, Florida, in early January. The Johnsons had spent
Christmas Day with their son and family in Pensacola. Lieutenant
(jg) Johnson had sea duty and was unable to be home in January
with his wife; Mrs. A. G. Matheny Mr. and Mrs. Angus Matheney,
Ottawa, Canada, who visited in Naples, Florida, had Christmas with
Angus's mother, then flew to the remote Island of Bequia in the
West Indies, returned to St. Petersburg for a few days before flying
to Ottawa on January 13; Mrs. W. A. Van Siclen, Sr. Miss Cor-
nelia Van Siclen, New York; Mr. and Mrs. William Bogle, White
Plains, New York, and the Lonnie Van Siclens, of Fort Lauderdale;
Mr. and Mrs. Z. K. Esler were happily surprised to have their grand-
son, Rick McDaniel and family with them on Christmas Day. The
McDaniels have recently moved from Wisconsin to Naples, Florida;
Capt. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley (Clearwater) son, Samuel H.
Rowley, Jr. and family from Jacksonville, Florida; The J. Bartley
Smith's entertained daughter Margie from Panama in their new home
in St. Petersburg; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph K. Frangioni (Clearwater) -
Capt. and Mrs. Ralph K. Frangioni, Nashua, New Hampshire; Mr.
and Mrs. Allen B. Ward Marilyn (Ward) Stackman, Cambridge,
Massachusetts; Captain and Mrs. Elmer G. Abbott Col. and
Mrs. Virgil Shaw, parents of their daughter-in-law, Barbara Abbott,
Salemburg, North Carolina; Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Mahoney -
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Beck (Helen Grimison), of Balboa, Canal Zone.
The Becks had earlier visited Mrs. Janice G. Scott in Miami; Mr.
and Mrs. Walter R. Malone (Bud and Betty) entertained Mr. and
Mrs. B. M. Parmentier, of Gamboa, Canal Zone, Mr. and Mrs. George
Walker, of Rodman, Canal Zone, and their daughter and son-in-law,
Janice and Lou Andino, of Atlanta, Georgia. The Parmentiers and
Andinos were guests of the Malones for Christmas; the Walkers
stopped in for a visit after spending Christmas with their daughter,
Mickey, and her family in Kentucky. Marion F. Hollowell, of Mil-
ton, Delaware, spent the Holidays with his brother and sister-in-law
Margaret and Ross Hollowell and niece Lois Jones and family in
St. Petersburg and left for home after the Reunion. Marion saw
many old friends during his stay in Florida.

For the Holidays many from St. Petersburg joined families
in other areas: Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Clisbee flew to Los Angeles, Cali-
fornia, for an extended visit with Mrs. Frank A. Clisbee; the Dewey
Goodwins spent the holidays with their son Joe and family in New
Orleans, Louisiana Joe, who is an electronic engineer with the
Navy had recently been transferred from the Canal Zone to New
Orleans; Mr. James Andrew Fraser visited relatives in Los Angeles;
Mrs. Nena McMillan enjoyed being with Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Sy-
monds and Alma and Tommy Burrows in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
and report that they are all fine and wished to be remembered to
their friends; the Keith Kelleys were in Miami with their son; Buck
Lockridge drove to North Palm Beach to see Mr. and Mrs. Ralph
Huls (Beth Lockridge) and the four grandchildren he made plans
to take his grandson, Graham, on a real hunting and fishing trip in
Minnesota next summer; Xmas time was a happy time for Peggy
and Tony Sylvestre with Mrs. Robert Simpson (Peggy Sylvestre)
and the four grandchildren on Choctawatchee Bay, Fort Walton
Beach; Gene Long flew to Washington, D.C., to be with David and
his family.

Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Zirkman, of New York, spent the holi-
days with Chp. and Mrs. Harold A. Rice (Caroline Zirkman) and
family in Atwater, California their first Christmas together since
1961 in the Canal Zone. Capt. Rice and his family are leaving Cali-
fornia for Hawaii on February 19th for a three-year tour at Hickam
Air Force Base.
Their son Richard and his wife Rozanne had a baby girl De-
cember 29, 1970, Stefanie Ann. They will leave Taiwan and return
to the States in May.

Mr. and Mrs. Theo. F. Hotz, of Greensboro, North Carolina,
enjoyed three family celebrations. They visited their son Tim,
daughter-in-law Helen (Nita) and the two grandchildren in Virginia
Beach, Virginia. After spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. Ro-
land (Judy Hotz) Massa in Accokee, Maryland, they journeyed to
Winter Haven, Florida, to be with Mrs. Hotz's son Don, Anita, and
one-year-old Sheryl for the New Year. While in Florida, they made
a brief visit to St. Petersburg to see Mrs. Paul Beck.

Mr. and Mrs. Shepard Clark, Patchogue, New York, were the
guests of their daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gallaway (Karen Clark)
and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Cook (Elaine Clark) in Atlanta, Georgia

during the holiday season. It was wonderful seeing the five grand-

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Grimes, of Pensacola, Florida, spent
Christmas with family in Evansville, Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. James
Mroch (Nancy Grimes) joined the family gathering in Evansville.

Mrs. Alice Hart, of Tampa, Florida, spent Thanksgiving with
her daughter, Leona, her son-in-law, Fred Lee (also from the Zone)
and their four active children at Merritt Island, Florida. At Christ-
mas time, she traveled to Fort Lauderdale to share the season with
her daughter Edna Musso, her son-in-law Joe, and their two children.
They had a joyous Christmas, especially when Leona, Fred, and chil-
dren came down for a real family holiday. All joined in for a phone
call to Dorothy, the third Hart daughter.

Margaret and Eddie Daggett, Dunnellon, Florida, spent
Christmas with Margaret and Walter Schapow in Margate. They
visited with Clarence and Tess Priest and Roy High, other Zonians
living in Margate. The Daggetts report everyone is in good health,
fine spirits, and that a wonderful time was had by all.

By boat and by plane ex-Zonians journeyed to their old
stamping ground, the Canal Zone In addition to the listing in
the December RECORD, Charles (Tuck) Hummer, Mrs. Margaret
Peterson, Mrs. Grace B. Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Harvey,
Mrs. Philip E. Briscoe and Dr. and Mrs. Ben L. Hull (former Chief
of Orthopedics at Gorgas Hospital), all of St. Petersburg visited
family and friends on the Zone over the holiday season.
Dr. and Mrs. C. C. Clay, of Seal Beach, California, after visit-
ing in Mexico and Guatemala in December, spent two weeks on the
Zone. En route home to California, they stopped over in St. Pe-
tersburg to participate in the Annual Reunion.
Lt. Col. and Mrs. Gordon Crabb, of Massapequa, New York,
were guests at the Tivoli Hotel in January.
Mrs. Ruth P. (Mrs. Roy W.) Perkins left Pensacola, Florida,
on November 5 for a month's stay on the Zone her first visit in
seven years.
Mrs. Geneva Shrapnell, of Seal Beach, California, was the
guest of her sister, Miss Genell Bliss, of Cocoli.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Leisy, Montgomery, Alabama, and
Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Corn, of Wawona, California, were Zone
visitors in January.

Mr. and Mrs. James Ditata (Kaye Dignam), of Youngstown,
Ohio, with their two children, were holiday visitors with Mrs. Di-
tata's mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Dignam of Diablo and her sister and
brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. M. Barsness, of Los Rios.
Mr. James McHugh, of Princeton, New Jersey, a former em-
ployee of the Maintenance Division, was the holiday guest of his
sister-in-law, Mrs. Ferne LeVee, of Diablo. The late Mrs. McHugh
(Elizabeth Kyleber) grew up on the Canal Zone.
William E. Johnson, retired Chief Engineer, Towboats, spent
Christmas on the Isthmus and left on the CRISTOBAL early in
January to settle in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Mr. Johnson has
sailed as engineer aboard both the CRISTOBAL and the PANAMA.
He is married to the former Mrs. Ellen (Greenleaf) Bailey, Secre-
tary at the Los Rios Elementary School.
Mr. and Mrs. Melvin F. Millard, Tarpon Springs, Florida left
for the Zone on December 10. It is three months "back to work"
for Mr. Millard with the Engineering Division again.

A former resident of New Cristobal, who left the Isthmus in
1949, plans to return for a visit in April with her family to renew
old acquaintances. She is Mrs. Darlene Edwards Hiatt, daughter of
the late M. A. Edwards, who was a foreman in the Cristobal Electri-
cal Field Office. She now lives in San Jose, California 2745
South First Street, No. 78.
Mrs. Hiatt will be accompanied by her family, mother and
aunt, who is Mrs. Jean Downing, widow of Dr. Irving Downing,
who was a physician in the old Colon Hospital.

Mrs. Jessie Harris, of St. Petersburg, Florida, is spending
two or three months on the Zone with her son Gardner, his wife,
Jean, and three grandsons. Johnny, who was seriously injured in
a car accident in October is still in Gorgas Hospital. He had an-
other back operation just before Christmas, but is paralyzed from
the waist down. He now has a cast on but will be in the hospital
for some time, yet.

Mrs. Marian Campbell received a wonderful Christmas sur-
prise! Her sister, Mrs. Raymond E. Minnix, of St. Petersburg, Flor-
ida, was in the Zone for a month (December 23 January 22) as a
guest of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Davis.

From the Ahlteens, Carl, Esther (Miller), Lucy and Eric,
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan "Carl has worked very hard this year

with the Michigan Chiropractors Association of which he is still sec-
retary. They have managed to get Blue Cross and Blue Shield to
cover Chiropractic Care in the state of Michigan. He is still very
busy also with the Lodge, Shrine Advisor to the DeMolays and Sec-
retary of the Trustees for the Central United Methodist Church ...
"Last year mother (Mrs. George Miller) lived with us up
here in the "Soo" after the untimely passing of my father a year
ago last February. It was a long, cold winter for her up here while
we were in school all day away from her sisters and life-long
friends. When summer came, she was ready to go back to nice warm
Illinois and home. Mother and I flew down to Charleston, and she
settled down in a private home of a childhood friend of hers at 1207
Monroe Street, Charleston, Illinois. She celebrated her 82nd birth-
day August 28th. This fall she suffered a slight stroke but is slowly
but steadily recovering. She is home again and gaining strength.
She loves to hear from her friends, but now she finds it difficult
to write clearly but she tries!" ...
Mrs. Ahlteen is teaching five Art Classes in Jr. High and has
two classes in the grade school. Lucy is a sophomore in High School
and keeps busy with ballet lessons, singing in the church choir and
teaching a Fourth Grade Sunday School class. Eric who is doing
well in the Eighth Grade participates in band, basketball and hockey.

A condensed synopsis of a report by J. Winter D. Collins,
Retirement Counselor, Panama Canal, on his trip to Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida, and other Retirement areas in southeast United States -
Mr. Collins arrived in Miami, Florida, on November 13 and spent
the evening with Ed Majilton, a fellow coin collector and son of
Capt. Majilton, the pilot. In Ft. Lauderdale he stayed at the Galt
Ocean Mile Hotel, the headquarters for the Southeast Florida Re-
union. With Mr. Baldwin, Mr. Runnestrand, and Mr. Jennings, he
had dinner at the apartment of Mr. LeRoy Magnuson, retired from
the Comptroller's Office. On November 15th over 200 former
Zonians attended the Reunion luncheon. From Ft. Lauderdale Mr.
Collins drove to Jacksonville, Florida, with Mr. and Mrs. Sam Roe
(Police). While in the Jacksonville area, he dined with Louis Hase-
mann and family (Postal) and also saw Charles Hollander (Main-
tenance). Raleigh, North Carolina, was his next stop where he met
former Zonians, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hackett (Schools) and Mrs.
J. C. Myrick. Traveling by bus from Raleigh to the Hendersonville-
Asheville area, he commented on the beautiful mountain scenery.
In Hendersonville he enjoyed a talk with Mr. and Mrs. Wendell

Greene (Comptroller). The Greenes and Mrs. Ruth Sill (Schools)
drove Mr. Collins to Asheville. Returning to Hendersonville, he
saw Bob and Mrs. Van Wagner (Personnel) and on November 20
he attended the Luncheon Meeting of the local group (Henderson-
ville and vicinity). He was quite impressed by the area. From
Hendersonville he flew to Mobile, Alabama, and from there drove
to Fairhope across the Bay where he visited Mr. and Mrs. Leroy
Koontz (Navigation and Health), Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Musselman
(Payroll), and Miss Ann Rickarby (sister of Ruth Rickarby). Mr.
Collins wrote, "that for those who want a small town near good pro-
tected boating water, Fairhope would be ideal." Returning to Mo-
bile, he enjoyed coffee with Mack (Sanitation) and Elsa Bailey (Per-
sonnel) at their home before departing by plane for Tallahassee.
Here he talked with Mr. Weatherly, of the Retirement Division of
the Florida Development Board. There is still a chance of a dele-
gate from Florida speaking in the Zone on "Florida as a Retirement
Area." In Orlando, his last stop, he had lunch with Mrs. E. W.
Hatchett and Miss Clary (Schools) and also called on Mr. and Mrs.
Max Conover (Maintenance) in Maitland.
In all areas visited, Mr. Collins discussed retirement with for-
mer Zonians, both receiving and giving pertinent information on re-
tirement. After twelve busy days, seeing old friends as well as
gathering data to help coming retirees, Mr. Collins wrote, "To me,
an ideal combination would be a home in, say, the Dunedin area of
Florida to use in the winter and a home in the Hendersonville area
for the summer. Maybe two families could get together on duplexes."
The daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Collins are as he states,
"spread all over: Crestina is in San Francisco, Marcia in Albuquerque
at the University of New Mexico, and Melinda at Pomona College
in Claremont, California."

Dr. and Mrs. Russell D. Steele, Cincinnati, Ohio, visited Aus-
tralia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands in the late fall. On
their return, they stopped in Claremont, California, to see Dr. and
Mrs. John Geerken (Ann Steele) and the four grandchildren.
Charles Steele is now serving with the military in Germany, Janice
is in Warner Robins, Georgia, and Jim still lives in Indiana.
The Steeles have traveled extensively in recent years and are
already contemplating a trip to Germany next summer if Charles
is still stationed there. Dr. Steele writes, "The following summer,
some place in Canada is going to see some of us. We have managed
to travel to various spots to see the total eclipses of the sun. Charles

and I went to Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1959. Jim, Charles and I
went to Hudson Bay in 1963. Last March Jim, his son Ray Lee
and Margaret's (Dot's sister) husband Harry Francke from Oak
Ridge, Tennessee, traveled to Florida, but at the last minute, because
of poor weather, moved through Georgia to South Carolina to see
the eclipse there. The next trip will be to Canada in 1972 anywhere
from the Alaskan border to Nova Scotia. Part of the fun is the
trip, but the spectacle itself is something that has to be experienced
and cannot be captured by pictures nor described in words."

Miss Claude M. Aycock, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina,
was the guest of Miss Caroline Hunt in St. Petersburg in late Janu-
ary. She saw many old Zonian friends in St. Petersburg and Sara-
sota during her all-too-brief visit.

Mrs. O. M. Ward, Allison Park, Pennsylvania, was a St. Pe-
tersburg visitor for a few days during the latter part of October.
She helped her daughter and her husband celebrate their 25th An-
niversary. She was sorry that time didn't permit looking up 'her
old friends.

Mrs. Ruth Sill, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, reports of
her wonderful week with Mary and family in Princeton, New Jer-
sey, and writes, "They are an exciting family of six. Freddie is being
transferred from Buenos Aires (he loved it there) to Mexico City,
where he will have wider responsibilities over all of Latin America."

The James G. F. Trimbles, Hicksville, New York write that
though 1970 brought illness she a stroke in March and he an
operation in June that both were now on the mend. They extended
an invitation to all who came their way to stop by for a visit.

Family news from Mrs. Ethel Hodnett, Faison, North Caro-
lina "My daughter and son-in-law Jean and Al Frizzell, are in
Dermstadt, Germany. They saw the Passion Play at Oberammagau
and stated that it was very impressive. Jean has toured Italy, the
Isle of Capri, Switzerland, and most of the cities and grand castles
in Germany." Originally, Mrs. Hodnett had planned to join them
for a year but has decided against making the trip.

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Simpson (Eloise Monroe), Walnut
Creek, California, enjoyed a fall trip to the eastern coast and Quebec.
En route, they saw many old friends along the way.

Dorothy and William S. Loehr, Lawrence, Kansas, took a trip
to Pacifica, California, in the fall and visited with George and Ger-
trude Fiest, formerly of Curundu, Canal Zone.

Jack and Mary Kennedy, of Brandon, Vermont, mailed in a
long, newsy Xmas letter on the "doings, comings, and goings" of the
Clan Kennedy. They keep busy with company old friends, school-
mates, and relatives and many trips. Jack reminisces about the
good time he had a year ago at the Reunion and regretted that he
was unable to attend in 1971. At 75, he writes that he is no longer
able to work eight hours a day, but now he is forced to content him-
self with a mere four to six hours a day. Mary Kennedy reported
on the children and their many activities. Peter at fifteen had sold
his first painting last summer. Amie and Kirtie are both doing well
in school and with their music piano. Amie has entered "Doo-
dles", her pony, in many of the 4-H shows this past year. As Amie
finally has grown too large for "Doodles", the Kennedys bought a
registered quarter horse, "Gambling Leo" for her, and Kirtie in-
heirited "Doodles". Besides "Doodles" and "Gambling Leo", the
Kennedy Clan have two cats, one dog, countless banty chickens, and
a dapple grey pony, "Jewell" who is now wintered at a friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Abell, Sr., Balboa, Canal Zone,
MUST carry a four-leaf clover in their pockets! The family are re-
gathering on the Canal Zone! Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Abell, Jr.
(Sandra Morency), formerly of Paterson, New Jersey, are located
in the Zone, address Box 3125, Balboa. They have one son, Ritchie
who is five years old. Dick is with the Electrical Division, Com-
munication Branch. Mr. and Mrs. Herman A. Erhart, Jr. (Rebecca
Abell) from Anaheim, California, are also home again address
Box 3656, Balboa. They have three children, Michael, David and
Debbie nine, seven and two. Herman is an engineer with the
Maintenance Division.
Both families are very happy to be back on the Zone and
NATURALLY the Abell Srs. are most delighted.

News from Edmund and Grace Mac Vittie, 10130 Forrester
Drive, Sun City, Arizona The Mac Vitties are enjoying Arizona
and get-togethers with Zonians in that area. In November the Rob-
ert Matheneys spent a month in Sun City checking to see if they
liked the area. The James Selbeys, the Ben Chisholms and the
Robert Matheneys enjoyed a dinner with the Mac Vitties and "we

really discussed the ol' times." The Chisholms expected to be in
their three-bedroom home by the end of November. Ben will have
to go back to the Zone on the first of January for five weeks and
then he will retire. In the meantime Hellen will be setting up the
house... We plan to stay out here for the winter and then return
to Williamsville for the summers. Grace and I have so far really
enjoyed our retirement, and we sincerely hope that others who can
will do the same. After 311/2 years on the Zone this land of the
great PX is really something ."

Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Argo, Laguna Hills, California, enjoyed
a six-week trip in the fall. They had hoped to drive to the southern
tip of Florida but got only as far as Tallahassee where they stopped
to see former friends from Gatun, the Percy Laurences and Walter
Watts. They stopped in Fairhope, Alabama, for a few days' visit
with Robert Arnold and Dorothy Montanye and then spent two
weeks with their younger daughter Grace and family in High Point,
North Carolina. They visited relatives and many friends in their
home State of Washington. En route home they made a short stop
with more relatives in Sacramento, California and a brief stay with
their older daughter Kay in San Jose, California. Kay works part
time and all three children are in school. Six weeks and 8,000 miles
was just not long enough to see as many old Canal Zone friends
as they would have liked.
Mr. Argo is back to driving the Minibus his fifth year.
"While we were in High Point, North Carolina, we drove to Roanoke,
Virginia to spend the day with Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dickey (Claire
White) and their little son Michael. The young folks had a full
day catching up on news while we did the same with Mr. and Mrs.
Tracey White who had come down from Charlottesville, Virginia, by
bus the previous day. Tracey was leaving within a few days for
a trip to Europe with a Shrine group.

UTOPIA as described by Mrs. Mary B. Journeay, Laguna
Hills, California The days go by with their various activities -
friends stopping by in passing, sometimes for a few hours and some-
times for several days; some bridge playing, most frequently in four-
somes; bus trips from the local travel bureaus to plays and music
and art exhibits in the Los Angeles area and to interesting nearby
areas such as a day in Palm Springs recently; the minimum of house-
work and cooking; a very little gardening with the plants and trees
in the tubs and planters in the patios; now and then seeing Canal

Zone friends in their nearby areas; some participation in church
and other groups; time to enjoy books; and time for rest and exer-
cise, which are so essential to my general health.
Milderd McMahon and I spent July in Europe, which brought
to fulfillment my longtime dream of attending the Passion Play in
Oberammergau, Germany. The presentation, the countryside, the
Bavarian Alps truly a real treat!
1970 also brought another highlight: the opportunity to be-
come a registered voter and to vote in the primary and in the gen-
eral election the first time since I left the States in 1935. How-
ever, after so many years, the impact of the election campaigns just
about bowled me over!! ...

Bill Lang, son of Mina Dee and twin brother to Pete Lang,
both of the Canal Zone, and nephew of Margaret and Ross Hollowell
of St. Petersburg has accepted a position as Executive Director of
the Oregon Nurses' Association in Portland, Oregon. For the past
twenty years, Bill and his family have lived in Washington, D.C.
Bill was associated with Labor and represented the Nurses' Associa-
tion in Washington, D.C., prior to his move to Portland, Oregon.

W. L. Hersh, St. Petersburg, Florida, to Mrs. Lucille Judd,
"No! I am not a dropout or intentionally delinquent, but the old
man is so occupied with routine chores these days that he just can-
not get about like he used to .."
Our CONGRATULATIONS to W. L. Hersh for his past con-
tributions to the Panama Canal Society of Florida. In the em-
bronic years of the Society he served as a Regional Representative,
in 1948, he was Corresponding Secretary, and President of the So-
ciety 1949-1950.
The "routine chores" mentioned above are vividly described
in a brief note enclosed in the Hershs' 1970 Christmas cards time
thus taken in spite of difficulties. That cherished and traditional
custom of sending the Christmas message to friends did not lapse.
He wrote, "A note to tell you Granny H. was in the hospital in July.
Since August 1, she has been home, bedfast too weak to get up.
We try to make her comfortable with an air-conditioner and a hos-
pital bed. Granny is 85 years of age. We have a nurse come in
daily for five hours to take good care of her; she needs to be spoon-
This old man (87 years) helps the nurse move Granny for
changes in bedding, etc. Then, he does grocery and other needed

errands while the nurse is here. Otherwise, he is house bound, much
occupied with housekeeping chores, wash machine, vacuum cleaner,
amateur cooking and burning food in general, man-of-all work.
So far has not developed House Maid's Knees, Paring Knife Finger,
or Dish Pan Hands but, he does get very tired."
Such is the Fortitude exemplified by that "elastic" term -
Canal Ditch Digger. May 1971 bring brighter days to Mr. and Mrs.
W. L. Hersh.

Fall visitors at the Bess and Walt Morton home in Prospect
Oregon, were their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. James R.
Morton, of West Covina, California, who after living in Balboa,
Canal Zone, for years, claim they have found Paradise in the States.
Jim is a teacher at Cal State (Accounting) in Los Angeles. An-
other son, W. H. (Wally) Morton and his family, Ventura, Califor-
nia, who is with the California Highway Patrol, also traveled to
Prospect, Oregon, to visit Wally's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Tellkamp (Margie Morton), West Covina, California, spent Thanks-
giving with Margie's parents. The Senior Mortons planned to spend
Christmas in California with their children.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon H. Dalton (Margaret) attended a Travel
Convention in Amsterdam in the fall. They arrived in Los Angeles
on November 10 and then left for Albuquerque, New Mexico, to visit
Gordon's parents before returning to Panama. Mrs. S. E. Liebeler,
mother of Margaret Dalton, returned to the Zone with the Daltons
for the Xmas Holidays. News from Mrs. S. E. Liebeler, Monrovia,

"Greetings from the Land of Whispering Palms and Dancing
Sun to Members of the Society. May all your undertakings now
and always be crowned with success. Here in Bambito, it has been
raining steadily night and day for the last thirty-six hours! This
Miserable Cycle has hampered the Road Gang immensely; still they
are carrying on determined to bring this project to a successful
end." Leonard T. Butz, Panama.

Miss Margaret Conner, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, writes that
she misses life in Fort Lauderdale "It may not be too long,
though, before the slower and more relaxed pace in this town is my
speed. So, there are compensations!" We are happy to report that
her mother's health has improved.

Mrs. William F. Bartholomew Hi "You All" This is
my annual report and do hope you will bring me up to date on you,
my good friends and kin.
Xmas 1969 found me right here, where I'm quite contented,
having fun. Though I did miss my families, it helped to be able
to talk to the Bartholomew, Jrs. in Missouri and the Kruegers in
the Canal Zone.
On May 8 went to Missouri to visit Bill, Jr. and family. I
enjoyed Mother's Day with them and stayed on for Kathi's high
school graduation on June 2.
From Missouri on to Maine, where three weeks were en-
joyed with my sisters, Ruth Taylor, Alice Preston and their families.
Ruth and Dick took me on many beautiful rides; Boyd Preston took
his Mother and me on a lovely two-day trip to Bar Harbor, and
we spent a day with Butch, Jehane and Tanya Preston in Burling-
ton, Massachusetts. One day we enjoyed a family get-together out
with the Walkers, Ruth Catherine Taylor Walker and family at a
lovely picnic area on Kennebunk Pond (lobster and all the trim-
After this trip I stayed put until September 7, when I again
took off this time for California. En route visited my Aunt Norma
Boyd and her family in Amarillo and had a wonderful time. Then
on to Santa Rosa, California, where I saw my sister-in-law, Helen
Stout and then to Pleasanton to see my niece, Bev Preston Olesek
and her family. Loved every minute of this. While there, Bev's
Mother (my sister), Alice Preston, came out from Maine to move
into her lovely mobile home in Sun Valley Mobile Estates, Liver-
more. Stayed on awhile to enjoy mobile living with her which was
a new experience for me, and I loved it.
On way home stopped to take in Disneyland. It's fantastic
and was fun, fun, fun. 'Tis truly a place for both young and old.
At this point I'm home to stay until May when there is a
strong possibility I may be going to the Canal Zone to visit the
Kruegers and be there for Marty's high school graduation.

Mrs. Erna Hower, of St. Petersburg, Florida, enjoyed a visit
of her son, Dr. John Hower and has family, of Shaker Heights, Ohio,
in August. In November, Erna visited with her niece Carla in
Chatham, New Jersey. She spent the Christmas Season visiting with
Gussie and Paul in Fairhope, Alabama, and with Mrs. John D.
(Viola) Stephens in Tallahassee, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. William Witt (Carla Renz) and daughters,
Paula, Lisa, and Lore, of Chatham, New Jersey, were hosts at a
reception in November to honor Mr. and Mrs. Paul Renz, of Fair-
hope, Alabama, on their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary. Co-hosts
were Dr. and Mrs. Paul Renz and children, Paul, Viki, and Nicholas,
of Norfolk, Virginia. Among the fifty-six present were Mrs. John
Hower, of St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. John Hower, Jr., of Shaker
Heights, Ohio, Mrs. Elliott (Connie) Johnson and daughters, Eve-
lyn, Dorothy and their families.

Kerrville, Texas News! from Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Davison -
"We haven't become real Texans, yet that takes a lot of doing
here. We like the hill country, and we Kerrville-settled Zonites have
our little get-togethers ... At a barbeque the following Zonites were
present: the Harold Chambers, Parker Hannas, James Hoversons,
the Fred Workmans from San Marcos, and Sue Smith from San An-
tonio. We had a wonderful time 'just a visiting'. The Edward Web-
sters and James Agees have joined us; it's a small bit of Margarita

Mr. and Mrs. David Kelleher (Betty Lou Watts) and six
children, of La Boca, Canal Zone, spent July and August as guests
of Mrs. Kelleher's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Watts, of Talla-
hassee, Florida. They also made a trip to Baltimore, Maryland, for
three weeks, visiting relatives on the Chesapeake Bay. They spent
a week at a cottage in Mexico Beach, Florida, before returning to
the Zone in September.

Dues and News from Benjamin A. Armstrong, San Francisco,
California As with many of our members across the country, Mr.
Armstrong regrets Mrs. Judd's resignation and highly compliments
her on the efficient manner in which she has performed her duties
as Secretary-Treasurer for many, many years.
On current northern California news, he writes, "Possibly you
have learned of the long illness of Harvey McConaughey (Oakland);
just talked with Grace and learned that Harvey had been in the
hospital four weeks ... he is getting stronger so Grace has hopes
that he will recover.
"On December 31st my license as a broker-dealer in securi-
ties expired, and I did not renew it, as I believe that age 91 should
be sufficient for such an activity, don't you? ...
"Had my driver's license renewed recently and can drive un-

til February 5, 1974. We made a trip back east in May for two
and one-half months, but I'm sorry to say had my first auto accident
in Geneseo, Illinois. A fellow hit me on the right front wheel and
smashed my car, a Wildcat only a year and a half old. Due to a
strike of teamsters could not get repair parts so had to buy a new
Bonneville, Pontiac only car available and continued on my
trip. It was the first accident I've had since 1919 when I bought
my first car ...
"The latter part of August I made a week's visit to Denver
via air to attend the 51st Conclave of the Grand Encampment oi
Knights Templar. An estimated 25,000 Knight Templars were
there. Attending the Convention were two past commanders from
the Canal Zone."

From Leo Welling, Santa Barbara, California "Enjoyed the
last RECORD but the deaths of old friends in the Death Notices
make me sad. I hit 81 in October and am badly handicapped but
have had long life of romance and adventure. The saying is 'that
the good die young', and if that is true, I have engaged in sufficient
sin to have reached a ripe old age.
"Walter R. Smith, who was Chief Clerk to Charlie Mann,
crossed the Great Divide over a year ago; he was quite a man, and
I correspond with his German wife in Germany.
"I regret that the annuity given by Act of Congress in 1944
remains the same no raise like other Civil Service annuitants
... I get the same $76.35 a month since 1944 ... My senators and
congressmen said they would support any Bill for the 1944 Civil
Service Annuitants when and if it ever came on the floor. Not
many of us left now, and I think it is shameful but billions to
give to kill our boys and destroy small nations like North Vietnam
that never harmed us in any way.
"Kindly send my 1971 card. I made check for $4.00 but am
attaching dollar bill as dues are now $5.00." THANKS FOR THAT
DOLLAR BILL too many others fail to send that necessary EX-
TRA DOLLAR with resulting headaches for the Secretary-Treas-

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Corrigan, of Pompano Beach, Florida,
stopped by to see Mr. and Mrs. Eric E. Forsman in Arlington, Texas,
in December. The Jack Corrigans were on a trip to Nebraska and
Mr. Forsman stated that one of these days they were going
to make the Reunion and once more "dig the Canal again!"

Vernon E. Sauvan, Chesapeake, Virginia, in a letter to Mrs.
Judd reminisces Memories "I have a photo taken at the 1962
Reunion showing a group of former Porto Bellans; Wallace Dunham,
Vernon Sauvan, Raymond Keene, and C. E. Van Fleet. Other Porto
Bellans, J. F. Everett and Joseph MacDonald, were at the Reunion
but were not available when the picture was taken. I believe I am
the only survivor of that group, and with the exception of Tom Jor-
dan, Dick Taylor, the Forstroms, and Mrs. Keene, there is no one
who would know me there now. I thoroughly enjoy each issue of
the Canal RECORD and although I seldom see the name of anyone
I know, I want to keep my membership even though I may never
attend another Reunion."

Annual News from Ben Kuller, Milwaukee, Oregon De-
cember was a busy month for the Kullers. "First of all Cessie
(Ayers) had been visiting sisters, Margaret Cannon on Long Island
and Eleanor Wirth and Frances Ayers in Virginia Beach. She re-
turned on December 4th in time for the wedding of the eldest
grandson, Tom Perry, to Margaret Charmley of Portland. Tom's
dad, Chuck Perry, had been on a five-week business trip all over
Europe for the General Accounting Office and barely made it back
in time for the wedding. Tom is the first of the twelve grand-
children to be wed. On December 9th Chuck and Jeannie (Kuller)
left for Mexico City where they visited Carlos and Thelma (Pucci)
Moreno. Thelma was a schoolmate at Cristobal High and daughter
of the late former Consul at Colon, Republic of Panama. They also
spent some time at Acapulco and are due home in a few days.
Meanwhile Cessie and I have been taking care of the rest of the
Perry kids! Daughter Pat (Kuller) Gill and husband Ray and their
three children are now settled in their new home in Bakersfield,

Mr. and Mrs. T. Dwight Ladd, Claridon-Troy Road, Char-
don, Ohio 44024, new members, bring us up to date on family news.
Mr. Ladd worked for the Commissary Division at Mt. Hope from
July, 1941, until June, 1953, with the exception of two years dur-
ing World War II when he served in the Navy. His wife, Eliza-
beth, taught for several years in the Margarita Elementary school.
Currently, the entire family are pedagogues. Mr. Ladd re-
tired from public school teaching in August, 1969, and is now teach-
ing part-time for Cleveland State University. Mrs. Ladd teaches
first grade and hopes to retire in about two years. Their daughter,

Carane (born in Colon Hospital) lives at home and is teaching Jr.
High English. Felicia (Mrs. David Dixon) lives in Minneapolis
where her husband is working on his Ph.D at the University of
Minnesota. She has been teaching in one of the Minneapolis
The Ladds see ex-Zonians occasionally. Cliff Utterback
(P. C. Press) lives in Piqua, which is near Dayton, and Rita and
Perry Wasabaugh have been frequent visitors. Their daughter Mary
Louise lives in Albion, Pennsylvania, which is only about sixty miles
Former Canal Zonians, contact the Ladds if in their area.

Agnes (Pete) and Bob Johnson, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone,
report news "This year saw many of our near and dear friends
leave for new homes in the States ... On the bright side, the young-
sters are beginning to set up their own homes; our nephew David
Solenberger married Judy Armstrong in June at a beautiful church
wedding in Prairie Village, Kansas. Toby Wilson, Lucille's son,
married Wendy Rein, a delightful English girl in a home wedding
here in October...
"Our two month's vacation at Torch Lake was fun this year.
Ruth and young Sam Puller, Vivian and Bill De La Mater, Emma
and Ira Solenberger, and Grace and Ed MacVittie came to share
our Shangri-la..."

It seems that most retirees manage to travel widely, and
Shirley and Dick Cox, of Charlottesville, Virginia, conform to that
image. The past summer they visited Eileen (Cowell), her husband
and two grandsons at SHAPE headquarters in Belgium. Father
Brian Cox was also there at the same time, and a small family re-
union was held before Brian emplaned for Baltimore, and Shirley
and Dick began a two-month Grand Tour of Holland, France, Spain,
Portugal, Italy, Austria, Germany, England and Ireland. Much ter-
ritory was covered in a short space of time, but no major city re-
ceived less than four days, and Paris, Madrid and Rome were lived
in for a week each. When they returned to Virginia, Shirley got
to work opening her private "readiness kindergarten" while Dick,
taking 18-year-old Kevin as co-chauffeur, drove to Phoenix, Arizona,
to visit Kathleen (Brackin), her husband and three grandsons. Then
at Christmas time, Shirley and Dick both drove to Eglin AFB, Flor-
ida, for a visit with Larry, his wife and three grandsons. Richard
E. Cox

Mrs. E. K. Keen, of York, Pennsylvania, writes that her son
Joseph C. Wood completed his degree for his Masters in Business
Education. He had attended Michigan State University for two
years twice a week after a long, busy day at the Westinghouse office
in Detroit. Joan and Joe have two young daughters and reside in
Troy, Michigan.

Mrs. L. P. Williams, 204 Southwood Terrace, Louisville, Ken-
tucky 40214, wrote the Society asking if she were eligible for mem-
bership. WELCOME! Mrs. Williams, better known to old friends
as Mrs. Emma Estes had lived on the Zone with her husband, the
late Frank D. Estes, for 14/2 years and Zonian ties were still strong.
"Since July 25, 1969, I have been Mrs. L. P. Williams. He
also is retired from government service and is a member of Narce."

Another new member had been under the misapprehension
that membership in the Society was open only to retired personnel
and upon having been "enlightened" have joined the Society with
information of interest. Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Crowell, Sr. have
been living and working in the Zone since October, 1951, and plan
to retire to Florida (probably the Dunnellon area) in another six
Richard H. Crowell, Sr. is a supervisory control house opera-
tor at Miraflores Locks. Mrs. Crowell works for the Army as
Budget Officer for Special Services.

Sunny Skies and Warm Friends with days of shoveling snow
over Mr. and Mrs. Rod Ely, formerly winter residents in Ocala,
Florida, have given up their home in Centerbrook, Connecticut, for
a permanent address in Ocala.

Mr. and Mrs. George Poole, of Schnectady, New York, are
winter guests in Florida, currently living at 3610 Bayshore Boule-
vard, N.E., St. Petersburg, Florida.

News from Mrs. Donald K. Rogers (Edythe Weisiger) -
"Rog is in Vietnam trying to clear things up and I'm here in
Hawaii trying not to feel guilty about spending a year on the beach.
Mother is with me and seems to have adjusted quite well. After
all, it's very much like Panama. We thought at first we would like
to finish our tour here (retire in '73) but it's an awfully busy
place not my pace at all."

Former Cocoli residents, Clyde and Mina Lee Towery, recent-
ly moved to 2301 Wisconsin Street, Joplin, Missouri, after Clyde
retired from Heckett Engineering Company at U.S. Steel in Gary,
Indiana. He worked for many years with the Locks Division at
Miraflores Locks as a control house operator. Their daughter and
son-in-law, Loisdene and Bill Smith, of Chesterton, Indiana, and
their four grandsons spent the Christmas holidays with them.

Major Henry A Pridgen, U.S. Army, is on duty in Okinawa.
He has been named battalion commander. His wife (Gay Edwards)
and their children, Leslie, Paula, and Bert will join him after the
Mrs. Pridgen is the daughter of Mrs. Willard E. Percy, Bal-
boa, Canal Zone.

SGT. William E. Hunter, son of Virginia Hunter (Pat Ryan)
Curundu Heights, Canal Zone, is presently stationed at Howard Air
Force Base, Canal Zone, with the Latin American District, U.S. Air
Force Postal and Courier Service.
He was formerly stationed at Castle Air Force Base in Merced,

Peter Thibodeau, son of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Thibodeau,
of Orlando, Florida, is attending graduate school at the University
of South Carolina and expects to receive his Masters in Education
(Counseling and Guidance) in June. His wife, Constance, will re-
ceive her B.S. in nursing in June from the same institution.

1905 Nurse Davis Recalls Days of Yesteryear on the Pan-
ama Canal Mrs. Amy Davis was honored on January 25 by the
All-States Nurses Association, Tampa, Florida, with a birthday party
in recognition of her long service (66 years) to the nursing profes-
Mrs. Davis vividly recalls her first nursing experience: "When
I graduated in 1905 from nurses training school in Vermont, I took
a Civil Service exam not to get a job, but to see if I could pass it.
They offered me a job on the Isthmus of Panama during construc-
tion of the canal, and it sounded exciting, so I took it. Medical
facilities there were designed to accommodate 'gold men' (Americans
employed in offices) and 'silver men' (the laborers) in separate
wards. Orderlies did most of the nursing, and we saw to it they
knew how. The nurses ran the wards." When the first blood pres-

sure instruments were put into use, Mrs. Davis remembers a gov-
ernment consignment of the instruments received by doctors in Pan-
ama, "No one knew how to use them, so the doctors practiced on
me," she said.
She and her husband, whom she met during her three-year
stay in Panama, moved to Tampa in 1931. She retired from nursing
in 1954. Now a widow, Mrs. Davis lives alone, except for Smokey,
a Persian cat. Mrs. Davis was 90 years of age on January 29, 1971.
She is alert and still very interested in the nursing profession.

Mrs. Maxine P. Dillman writes from El Paso, Texas, "It is
great to have Norine and family (MSG and Mrs. Charles A. Simms)
permanently settled so near. Makes up for all the years we were
apart while I was still on the Canal Zone. Norine's new address is:
9205 Turrentine, El Paso, Texas 79925.

Termination of 30 years service with the Panama Canal Com-
pany marked the retirement of Del Swafford on January 10, 1971.
Mr. Swafford went to the Isthmus in 1940 and served with the Elec-
trical Division until December, 1943, when he enlisted in the Sea
Bees. Following his discharge as a Chief Petty Officer in January,
1946, he returned to the Electrical Division.
Mr. Swafford, who sailed January 7 on the SS CRISTOBAL,
will make his home in Citrus County, Florida, where he has estab-
lished a home and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and
Chairman of the Citrus County Boosters Club where over 300 Zonians
are property owners. His mailing address is 3314 Bay to Bay Boule-
vard, Tampa, Florida 33609, telephone 813-835-0261. He has prom-
ised to provide the best in fishing, golfing, hunting and relaxation
to any visitors from the Zone.
Mr. Swafford presented Captain Joseph Kreig, Master of the
SS CRISTOBAL with a pair of bookends made from the original
rails on the Panama Railroad ties on behalf of retired Panama Canal
Company employees.

Dr. Graham B. Fairchild, Assistant Director of the Gorgas
Memorial Laboratory has retired. He and his family have settled
in Gainesville, Florida, where he holds an honorary professorship.
Dr. Fairchild joined the Panama laboratory in 1938 to work on sand-
flies. Little was known about these insects at that time. He de-
veloped a great amount of knowledge about these insects which add-
ed to general information and which helped to solve some of the

problems of the diseases which these insects transmit. He also con-
tributed importantly to the knowledge of a large group of insects
known as horseflies.

News from Mrs. Orville Jay Hine, Saugerties, New York -
"Janet, married to Bob Widell (son of Carl and Harriet Widell)
presented us with our first grandchild on October 6, 1970 Karen
Lillian Widell. Franklin is teaching in La Salle Boys High School
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this year. Jay entered the New Bruns-
wick Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church in America in
September in preparation for the ministry. Cheryl will graduate
from Middle Tennessee State University in June with English and
Agriculture majors. Jeanette and Orville continue their parish work
in the Saugerties Reformed Church as well as a real interest in the
Christmas Tree farm near Nineveh, New York.

November was a busy month for the Gene Askews of St. Pe-
tersburg. Daughter Nancy, her husband Jack Goodwin and grand-
daughter, Christy, visited for the first two weeks. Bob and Steve
were home from college for Thanksgiving and daughter Linda and
husband Vince Gomez came from Mobile, Alabama, and spent a
week at home. Nancy stopped overnight on her way back to the
Zone from North Carolina, so all the family were together for the
first time in three years. The boys were home again for Christmas
so the new house hasn't had much chance to be lonely.

Miss Dorothy M. Joule, a niece of Miss Mary E. Nagle,
Paterson, New Jersey wrote, "She is in reasonably good health but
unable to write because of poor vision. She greatly enjoyed the
many Christmas and birthday cards she received. Aunt Mary cele-
brated her eighty-eighth birthday on New Year's Day."

Mr. and Mrs. Earl R. Baltozer had as their guests for the
reunion Mrs. Ralph H. Otten, of Raytown, Missouri, and Mr. and
Mrs. William Merchant, Hineston, Louisiana.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith, former residents of New Cristobal
and Margarita, have retired to Tarpon Springs, Florida. Their old-
est daughter, Betty, is an airline hostess and recently visited them
before returning to California. Their daughter, Cookie, Mrs. Bobby
J. Herring and daughter makes her home in Tarpon Springs while
her husband is serving with the U.S. Army in Viet Nam. Another

daughter, Carolyn, and her husband Steve Glassman, live in Holly-
wood, California.

Mrs. Era L. Greene, of Anniston, Alabama, had her four
daughters and their families with her for the holidays Peggy Ann
(Lee) and Bill Luke from Eustis, Florida; Maj. Charles F. Clarke,
USA, his wife Huey (Lee) and two children, Denver, Colorado; Mary
Nell (Lee) and Keith Kulig and three sons, Atlanta, Georgia; and
Patsy (Lee) and David Moore and two children, Birmingham, Ala-

News of Mr. Hugh McGinnis, Town House, Apartment 717,
Ventura, California, a new member of the Society and a real OLD
Mr. McGinnis worked on the Zone intermittently from June
5, 1906, to March 31, 1942. His first job was that of a carpenter in
the Building Division working on the old hospital on Colon Beach.
Other jobs were building employees' quarters in Gatun, the court
house building in Ancon, shops at Mount Hope, quarters in Porto
Bello, Mount Hope on water works for Colon and the Zone, Mira-
flores, army barracks at Fort Amador, both the Ancon school house
and the nurses' quarters, Episcopal Church in Ancon and from 1922
until retirement on the Pacific locks. After retirement, he worked
temporarily for Tucker McClure on the Balboa Air Port.

Capt. and Mrs. Finley Meehan of Margarita have purchased
a retirement home in Kerrville, Texas. Their daughter and son-in-
law, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Morgan, live in Las Vegas, Nevada, and re-
cently moved into their home which they had built after their first
home burned to the ground shortly after Christmas in 1969. Mr.
and Mrs. Bruce Hicks, of Santa Barbara, California, visited Carla
and Earl in their new home during the Thanksgiving holiday week-
end. Carla and Judy (Palumbo) Hicks were classmates and close
friends at Cristobal High School.

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bryant, of Los Rios, Canal Zone, had
as their house guests from Tampa, Florida, their daughter and son-
in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Warren J. McGuire, and their two grandsons,
David and Michael, during the month of September, 1970. Beverly
renewed old acquaintances and the boys thoroughly enjoyed watch-
ing the ships being locked through the Miraflores Locks. All too
short a time, their visit had to be ended and they returned home
from a very quick ten days in the Canal Zone.

Mr. and Mrs. James E. Bryant, of Los Rios, Canal Zone,
flew to Colton, California, where they visited with their daughter,
Betty, and her family at Christmas time. Steve, their son-in-law,
and their two granddaughters, Bonnie and Sheri-Lyn, made the visit
very worthwhile. The Bryants returned home to the Canal Zone
on New Year's Day and now getting ready for another busy year -
active in their many clubs and lodges.

To the layman, the terminology "perceptual development"
probably has little or no meaning, but to Mrs. Ralph M. Huls (Beth
Lockridge), a teacher of first-year students at the non-graded, open
concept Eisenhower Elementary School in North Palm Beach, per-
ceptual development is a part of her every-day routine. Children
with perceptual problems (and they make up about 25 per cent of
all children entering school for the first time) have difficulty in
learning to read if there is poor eye-muscle coordination. The chil-
dren are of above average intelligence but need to develop muscle
coordination through various prescribed exercises used in the pro-

Delaware County (Pennsylvania) DAILY TIMES, September
28, 1970, in an article called "Pass It On" stated, "THE SECOND
MOST LIKELY PLACE in the world for a single American girl to
find a potential husband is the Panama Canal Zone, it's now said."
With his usual sense of humor, Eugene R. Owens, of Media, Pennsyl-
vania, sent in the clipping and added, "Mrs. Owens said it isn't a
laughing matter as she tried it and it worked!"

Two mothers of well-known members of the Canal Zone com-
munity and widows of former Canal employees were honored by the
Gatun Union Church at a special recognition-day service and pro-
gram on Sunday, November 29.
Mrs. Alice Clement, 96, had the honor of being the oldest
member of the Gatun Union Church, and Mrs. Ruth Egolf holds the
longest membership in that church 50 years. The Recognition
Day program included a special morning worship service and in the
evening a dinner was held to honor the ladies.
Rev. Leslie McKown was in charge of the program and Mrs.
Curtis George provided appropriate organ music. Ray Moore, chair-
man of the congregation, gave the statement of purpose of the oc-
casion and Mrs. Richard Pennington the presentation by the Wom-

men's Auxiliary. Letters from Gov. Walter P. Leber to Mrs. Alice
Clement and Mrs. Ruth Egolf were read and each was presented with
a book of letters and cards from friends and relatives. Mrs. Wes-
ley Townsend, daughter of Mrs. Clement, and Mr. Harry Egolf, son
of Mrs. Egolf, spoke on Memories of Early Days. Mr. Kenneth
Fugleberg presented two acolyte robes and twenty-four pew Bibles
on behalf of the whole church to the Gatun Church to commemorate
the day.
Special guests were Mrs. Clement's children, Virginia Clement
Townsend and Caleb Clement and their families and Mrs. Egolf's
children, Harry Egolf, Ruth Egolf Clement, Richard Egolf, George
Egolf, Barbara Egolf Dedeaux and their families and Emily Horine

Mrs. Doris G. Harned, wife of Canal Zone Police Officer
Daniel R. Harned and a well-known local artist has been named in
the 1970-71 edition of "Who's Who of American Women."
A member of the National League of American Pen Women,
Mrs. Harned was second vice president 1966-67 and first vice presi-
dent 1968-69.

From George L. Chapel, Arlington, Virginia Knowing that
my aunt would not tell any of this, I feel that in all fairness I should
pass it on to you. On January 12th, my aunt, Mrs. George E. Mat-
thew, of Apalachicola, Florida, was honored at a supper of the
Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce with over 100 in attendance.
She was cited for having "served the needy and deserving who could
not help themselves" in ways "too numerous to mention" as the ex-
ecutive secretary of the Franklin County Chapter of the American
Red Cross. Prior to that on December 29th, during my Christmas
vacation in Florida, the Rotary Club of Apalachicola honored her
for "tireless devotion to service on behalf of the people of this com-
munity" and presented her with a beautiful pocketbook bearing the
Rotary Seal. On December 31st, Mr. Robert Smith, meteorologist
in charge of the weather station at Apalachicola, presented to her
on behalf of the National Weather Service of the United States, a
medal struck at the Philadelphia mint, commemorating a century
of weather service in the United States and signifying appreciation
for her application of disaster and hurricane relief along the north
Florida coast through the American Red Cross. According to the
TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT, she "is no fair weather friend."
These acts of affection bring to a close fourteen years of effective

and dedicated service as the local representative of the American
Red Cross in Franklin County, Florida. Sabotaging her into having
to accept these awards was just as traumatic as it was in 1951 when
she was presented certificates of thanks at Balboa Heights for her
years of unusual, volunteer, peace and wartime service through the
American Red Cross and before that, the Cross of St. George in
Panama and the Canal Zone. Whether it was nurses aid, grey lady,
motor pool, loan closet, service to military families, the middle of
the night, or a wounded serviceman from Sydney, Australia or San-
dusky, Ohio, her selfless dedication has always remained constant.
The service of her late husband as Chief Meteorologist and Hydro-
grapher of the Panama Canal made the award from the National
Weather Service especially appropriate.
My aunt would never countenance my telling any of this,
but as John Donne wrote in his XVIIth Meditation, "No man is an
(island entire of itself); every man is a (piece) of the Continent, a
part of the (main);" and to this I add the thought, that every once
in a while the "main" likes to remind you of it.

The Distinguished Service Award, the highest performance
award given by the Canal organization to an employee, has been
awarded Howard T. Tettenburn, a pipefitter with the Dredging
Mr. Tettenburn, who has been employed with the Canal
organization for approximately thirty years, received the award for
outstanding performance of his duties and for his service to the
Isthmian community. The award and a check for $500 were pre-
sented to him by Gov. W. P. Leber.
During his years with the Canal organization, Mr. Tettenburn
has contributed time and money to many worthy causes. The fore-
most of these has been his contribution to Alcoholics Anonymous.
He has been the mainstay of the Alcoholics Anonymous program in
the Canal Zone for approximately twenty years and is also respons-
ible for the initiation of the same program in the Republic of
A loyal employee and outstanding community leader, Mr.
Tettenburn received an Outstanding Performance Award in 1967 in
recognition of his exemplary performance.
Mr. Tettenburn retired in December, 1970, and Mrs. Tetten-
burn, who was employed in the Payroll Branch, in January, 1971.
They have no definite plans as to where they will retire but plan to
travel to West Virginia and see if they can adjust to the cold

weather. If not, they will probably settle in Florida.
They have one son, Tom, a lieutenant in the Navy, stationed
at Pensacola, Florida and two grandsons.-Spillway Dec. 4, 1970

William H. Gaines, Zephyrhills, Florida Lt. Col. William H.
Gaines, Jr., and his wife, Lou Ellen (Zent), recently (November)
visited his parents the William H. Gaines of Zephyrhills, Florida.
Lt. Col. Gaines has just completed a three-year assignment as Com-
mander of the Air Force Station at Kaena Point, Hawaii, and as
Commander of the Air Force Squadron assigned there. He has been
recommended for the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal in recogni-
tion of outstanding management accomplishments during his tour
and for maintaining a mission effectiveness exceeding 99.5% over
the three year period. Lt. Col. Gaines and his wife are currently en
route to his new assignment at Norton Air Force Base, San Bernar-
dino, California, where Lt. Col. Gaines will be assigned to the office
of the Inspector General, Headquaters United States Air Force. He
has recently been advanced to the rank of Full Colonel and is Direc-
tor of Inspection, Communication Electronic Branch, Aerospace
Systems Technology Division.

U.S. Air Force Captain Kenneth R. Wheeler, son of Mrs.
Ruth Bollea, of Tampa, Florida, and W. R. Wheeler, of Balboa,
Canal Zone, participated in the Stragetic Air Command's elite com-
bat competition at McCoy AFB, Florida, November 15-20.
Captain Wheeler is an electronic warfare officer on the B-52
Stratofortress bomber crew from the 68th Bomb Wing at Seymour
Johnson AFB, North Carolina. He was selected by his commander
after screening of daily training records, readiness inspections and
periodic tests.
Captain Wheeler, who holds four awards of the Air Medal,
two awards of the Air Force Commendation Medal, has completed
87 combat missions in Southeast Asia.
Captain Wheeler is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. H. C.
Moody, of Tampa, Florida.

Politics, as defined by Patricia Maloney Markun in her re-
cently published book by that name, is the practical exercise of self-
government. The book is another in the First Book series published
by Franklin Watts, Inc. and intended to be an introduction to the
complex world of American politics for the junior reader.
Mrs. Markun, a former Canal Zone resident during her hus-

band's service with the legal department of the Panama Canal
Company-Government, covers many facets of politics from what
it is to who takes part, how people get what they want through
politics, how politics have changed, "dirty politics" and even looks
ahead to what politics may be like in the year 2000.
The author captures the interest of the reader through a clear
style and readily understandable explanations and examples. The
book is cleverly illustrated by Ted Schrader.

The First National City Bank announced the appointment
of Mr. Ralph Smith, Pro Manager, as officer in charge of the bank's
Balboa, Canal Zone branch in November.
After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a
Master's degree, Mr. Smith joined the First National City Bank in
December of 1969 and was placed into a special training program.
Mr. Smith is well known in Canal Zone and Panamanian circles.


Through January 1971
Now we are all back to normal again since the holidays and
the Reunion are in the past. I hope that all your Christmas gifts
were to your liking, that the trip to Florida proved greatly to your
satisfaction, and that you have been able to get a rest upon your
return home.
I am so sorry that it was not possible for me to be with you
all at the Reunion, but I am still under doctor's orders to stay put
for the time being and that is just what I am going to do after Mrs.
Wood takes over and I have my official audit. Life will really be
grand for me after twenty-three years. Then again I might miss
hearing from you all more than I realize now. However I shall always
be glad to hear from you, and I assure you that I will answer your
letters after receiving them.
We have had some real cold weather, but we seem to enjoy
it very much, staying in the house hasn't been nearly as trying as
I thought it would be, but it won't be much longer. I have a lovely
lady who is making her home with me for the time being and I enjoy
her very much. She is a friend of Harriette Shreves and her sister
Jewel, and we do get together and have many good laughs.
I want to thank those who were so kind to take on my duties

at the Reunion, and did such a good job. I certainly did and still
do appreciate it very much. The one perfect thing one can depend on
is that these Canal folks never let one down. I have certainly been
treated royally since my accident last May 3rd, and that is the
reason I have been doing so well.
When you send in your check for dues DO NOT ADD
10 CENTS IT IS NOT NECESSARY. TOO, you may use just
one check to pay your dues and Blood Bank.
Do not send checks on a Canal Zone or Panama bank as they
will be returned in favor of a Canal Zone Money Order. We cannot
accept them.
DUES ARE $5.00 NOW. It makes a great amount of work
and inconvenience when a member must be notified to send an ad-
ditional $1.00 before their membership card can be mailed.
Please advise in advance of mailing time for the Record and
Annual Issue any change of address.
Many thanks for all the beautiful Christmas cards and letters
- we are most appreciative.
Best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous 1971.

One hundred and twenty-five members and guests gathered
at the Gulfport Community Center for the scheduled November
meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida. The President,
Captain Falk, called the meeting to order at 1:30 and led the mem-
bers and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. As the
Chaplain, Mrs. Cain, was absent, Dewey Goodwin gave the Invoca-
tion. Thirty seconds of silent prayer were observed in memory of
those who had passed away since the October meeting. A special
welcome was given to the following members who had been absent
and to guests:
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hickman-recent Zone retirees now living
in Clearwater

Mr. and Mrs. Max Conover-Maitland, Florida
Miss Irene Ladrack-Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, vacation-
ing at her home in Seminole
Mrs. Charlotte Laurie-back from a visit to Ohio, Texas and
Mrs. Frances Days Jones-Canal Zone, visiting Della Noonan
in Sarasota
Mr. and Mrs. Gustaf Peterson-home from vacation in New
York and New Jersey
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hargy-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Ethel Nickel-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Catherine Walters and Delores Allen-California, both
former Canal Zone residents (1909-1922) who were the
guests of Mrs. Fred Engel, of Tampa, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Campbell-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Erma Forbes-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fuller-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Stan Specht-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Milton A. Smith-now a resident of St. Petersburg from
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Clemmons-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. George Wertz-Cristobal, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. George Martin-Clearwater
Mr. and Mrs. George Coleman-Gulfport
Mr. Bartlett Dewey-Lakeland
Mrs. Lois Hollowell Jones-St. Petersburg
Mr. Ross Cunningham-St. Petersburg
President Falk, after welcoming the members and visitors,
with deep regret, informed the members that Mrs. Lucille Judd had
resigned her position as Secretary-Treasurer due to her health. Her
resignation had been accepted at the Executive Committee meeting
on November 3. Mrs. Judd had served the Society for approximately
twenty-two years and was instrumental in the continued growth of
the Society. She will be MISSED.
The Minutes of the October meeting were read by the Record-
ing Secretary and approved as read.
A report was given by the Recording Secretary on deaths,
births, weddings, and general news of interest to members. See the
March RECORD for a digest of all news from correspondence.

The President reported that the Executive Committee had
chosen chicken and ham for the Reunion luncheon-with the ex-
pectation that the meal will surpass that of 1970.
The report of the Nominating Committee was read- Pres-
ident, Capt. Henry Falk; Vice-President Mr. Ross Hollowell; Sec-
retary-Treasurer, Mrs. Lucille Judd (the latter now will have to be
Mr. Cecil Banan reported on a letter from Dr. William H.
Clinchard, President, Panama Canal Society of Southern Florida,
who stated plans for the semi-annual luncheon on November 15th
at the Gait Ocean Miles Hotel. All are invited to attend.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, estimated
that by the end of October the Cost of Living would be up 1.9 per-
cent. Mr. Nixon has signed the Insurance Bill (H. R.16968) whereby
the Government now pays 40 percent of the cost, effective January
1, 1971. The 60-40 cost-sharing ratio shall remain constant with
future increases.
Mr. Grady closed his informative report with, "If you are
not a member of NARCE, you are starving the hand that feeds you!"
Happy Birthdays to Mrs. H. V. Howard, Sr., Mrs. Francis
Hargy, J. B. Clemmons, and Alfred Waldorf. Happy Anniversaries
to Mr. and Mrs. George Coleman (51st) and to Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Harrison (53rd).
As there were no suggestions or comments from the members,
the business meeting adjourned, and all enjoyed coffee and dough-
nuts, served by the Refreshment Committee, while chatting with

December 4, 1970
One hundred and six members and visitors assembled at the
Gulfport Community Center on Friday, December 4 for the monthly
meeting. Pre-Christmas cheer permeated the atmosphere as visiting
old friends were joyfully greeted by Floridians. The Recording Sec-
retary, who normally wanders among the group getting names of
visitors was deeply involved in writing receipts for 1971 dues, blood
bank, and luncheon tickets for the Reunion even with the re-
sulting confusion grateful for the prompt payment of 1971 dues. It
was only through the thoughtfulness of Mr. Ernest Kieswetter who,
realizing the situation, offered to get the names of special visitors
and made possible their recognition. Captain Falk called the meet-
ing to order at 1:30 p.m. and led the members and guests in the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Mrs. Jay Cain, Chaplain, gave

the Invocation which was followed by the recitation of the Lord's
Prayer by the group. Thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of
those who had passed away since the November meeting were ob-
served. The following stood for a special welcome as their names
were called by the Recording Secretary:
Mrs. Margart Fenton-Tampa, Florida
Miss Rita Goulet-Seminole, Florida, recently retired from
the Canal Zone
Mrs. Mabelle Walker-Cocoli, Canal Zone, who is visiting her
sister, Mrs. Gladys Humphrey in Sarasota, Florida
Mrs. Clara Saarinen-St. Petersburg, Florida
Miss Minnie Hennen-St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Bigelow, Jr.-winter residents of
Clearwater, Florida, from Massachusetts
Miss Beatrice Simonis-St. Petersburg, Florida
John (Bucky) Hall and daughter Jill-Sarasota, Florida
President Falk welcomed the members and visitors. At his
request, Dewey Goodwin, Keith Kelley, and William L. Howard,
all past presidents of the Society, stood for recognition.
The Minutes of the November meeting were read by the
Recording Secretary and approved as read.
Deaths since the November meeting were reported and a
resume given of news of interest to members. See the March REC-
ORD for details.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported
that he did not have any special good news. The Cost of Living had
gone up 2%. The name NARCE is to be changed to NARFE Na-
tional Association of Retired Federal Employees. The Health Bene-
fit Bill was explained along with some discrepancies in the Bill -
some will receive more than 40% from the Government, others less.
He referred members to the October issue of RETIREMENT LIFE
for complete explanations of benefit changes.
With Mrs. Vivian Michael at the piano, HAPPY BIRTHDAY
was sung to Charles Holmelin, Henry W. Bigelow, Jr., Mrs. Ella
Brown, Mrs. Ethel Murphy, Mr. Carl Widell, Mrs. Sally McKeown,
and Mrs. Vivian Michael.
Happy Anniversaries to Mr. and Mrs. William F. Grady who
were married thirty years ago on Christmas Day, to Judge and Mrs.
Carl Widell on their 43rd on December 17, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry
W. Bigelow, Jr. on their 39th, December 28, to Mr. and Mrs. Keith
Kelley, their 29th on December 24, and to Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Mc-
Tyier, their 66th on December 24th.

Capt. Falk discussed the cost of returned RECORDS and
urged everyone to send all address changes promptly. He urged all
to attend the Annual Reunion on January 14-15. He announced
that Mrs. Virginia Preston Wood had accepted the position of Sec-
retary-Treasurer of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
At the close of the business meeting, coffee and doughnuts
were served by the Refreshment Committee. Members and visitors
enjoyed chatting at this informal period of the meeting.

January 14, 1971
Capt. Henry E. Falk, the President of the Panama Canal So-
ciety of Florida, Inc. called the Thirty-Ninth Annual Business Meet-
ing to order at 2 p.m. Following the Pledge of Allegiance to the
Flag by the members, led by the President, Mrs. Jay Cain gave
the Invocation.
President Falk personally welcomed the members and guests
to sunny Florida and then asked that current or past officers of
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. stand for recognition.
Mr. R. LeRoy Dill, past president of the Houston, Texas Society,
reported on the recent (October, 1970) formation of the Panama
Canal Society of Texas, stating that they had 88 paid members to
date and expected many more. Mrs. Peggy Ellis, also a former
officer in the Houston, Texas, group and Mrs. Virginia Seller, Los
Angeles, California, a past officer of the Panama Canal Society of
Los Angeles were recognized.
The minutes of the December 4th meeting of the Society
were read by the Recording Secretary. As there were no omissions
or corrections, the minutes were approved as read. A brief report
was made on current news and deaths since the December meeting.
The President discussed the increased cost of printing the
RECORD and the ANNUAL ISSUE and stated that the price of
extra copies (both the RECORD and ANNUAL ISSUE), of neces-
sity, had been increased from fifty to seventy-five cents a copy.
returned because of failure of members to send new addresses is
The annual Financial Report for the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc. and for the Blood Bank was read by President Falk.
As there were no questions or comments, the Report was approved
as read.
Miscellaneous announcements were made: Members were
reminded that the Annual Luncheon on Friday was at 12:30. All

attending should have their luncheon tickets and give them to each
Hostess at their respective tables. All members and guests attend-
ing the Reunion were urged to register. The next monthly meeting
would be on Friday, February 5th at the Gulfport Community Cen-
ter. The Past Worthy Matrons meeting would be at the Princess
Martha Hotel on Saturday morning, January 16th.
As there was no unfinished business, the President, Capt.
Falk, called on Mr. William L. Howard, President of the Society,
1968-1970, to officiate in the installation of officers. The following
names of prospective officers for 1971 as submitted by the Nominat-
ing Committee (Albert McKeown, Chairman, Ralph Hanners, Dewey
Goodwin and Howard Dworak) were read by Mr. McKeown: H. E.
Falk, President, Ross H. Hollowell, Vice-President, and Mrs. Virginia
Wood, Secretary-Treasurer. As there were no nominations from
the floor, Mr. Dewey Goodwin made the motion that the nominations
be closed and asked for a unanimous vote for the officers as recom-
mended. The motion was seconded by Mr. Jerry Steiner and the
proposed officers were accepted by a unanimous ballot. Following
the taking of pictures of the 1971 officers, the candidates faced W. L.
Howard, President Emeritus, who administered the oath of office
to the candidates.
President Falk spoke on his second year in office, stating there
was much to do. He complimented Mrs. Lucille Judd on her long
years of efficient service to the Society. He then opened the meeting
for general discussion and called on Mrs. Virginia Seiler to speak.
She brought greeting to the Society from Governor Thatcher.
Martin Seiler spoke briefly of their trip and suggested that in
deference to Mrs. Judd's long record of service that it would be
appropriate to send her a letter of appreciation. Capt. Falk in-
formed the members that that had been taken care of. At the time
of Mrs. Judd's resignation the Executive Committee had voted that
she be given the title of Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus. (See March
Tom Jordan, of Mobile, Alabama, asked for recognition and
spoke of seeing many ex-Zonians on a trip north last summer-Al
Meigs, Jr., Stan Specht, Harry Loring and others.
J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement Counselor in the Canal
Zone, and always a VERY welcome guest at the Reunions (this
year marked his third consecutive visit) expressed his personal
pleasure in again attending the Reunion, stating he hoped to be
here for years. Mr. Collins spoke briefly on the following subjects.
1. Calendars--he has endeavored to see that all retirees are on the

mailing list to receive the yearly Panama Canal Company Calendar.
For those who were inadvertently omitted from the mailing list, he
had brought a supply of calendars and would check to see that names
were placed on the mailing list. 2. Through conversations last year
with members of the Houston, Texas, and California societies, it was
suggested that because repairs for the retired homeowner for minor
things is very expensive it would be expedient for the Canal to offer
a course on minor home maintenance in order to assist future re-
tirees. That course is to be started next week on the Zone. 3. His-
toric items should either be sent to the Canal Zone or the Army
Museum. Check with Mr. Collins as mailing said items may be
made with no cost to the donator. 4. Forms for subscriptions to the
SPILLWAY and the REVIEW were available for any desiring to

Paul Warner, son of John F. Warner, Founder of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, was recognized. Mr. Warner expressed his
gratitude to the Society for its growth and the fine manner in carry-
ing out the work initiated by his father and other charter members
on July 24, 1932.
President Falk led the members in singing Happy Birthday
to those celebrating January birthdays.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported
that as Congress is not in session, he had no pending legislation to
report. The Cost of Living was up 2.3%. The Second Spouse Bill
was passed on December 31 (vote 37 to 35) and President Nixon
had signed the bill. See the March RECORD for a full report.
Mrs. Virginia Wood, the incoming Secretary-Treasurer, was
introduced by Captain Falk. She spoke briefly to the group, stating
that she fully realized that replacing Mrs. Judd would not be easy,
but she assured the Society that she would make every effort to
carry on the work required by the Secretary-Treasurer.
A motion was made to adjourn and the meeting closed at 3:10.

Respectfully submitted
Margaret M. Ward.
Recording Secretary


DUES for 1971 are $5.00 per year PER family for the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. DUES for the Blood Bank (limited
to Florida members ONLY) are $2.00 for EACH adult and
$1.00 EACH for children under 18 years of age.

1971 DUES ARE DELINQUENT AFTER June 30, 1971. It is im-
possible to accurately delete names of unpaid members the
month before the September RECORD is mailed. We must
also NOTIFY THE PRINTER early in the month preceding
issuance of the RECORD of the number of copies required.
With the increased cost of printing, we CANNOT ORDER
MORE RECORDS than for members on the bonafide (PAID)
mailing list. PAY YOUR 1971 dues no later than June 30,
1971, and BE ASSURED that you will receive your Sep-
tember RECORD.

Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., P.O. Box
11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733, at the same time you
take care of other address changes. TIME Magazine requires
FOUR WEEKS ADVANCE NOTICE to insure delivery of
VANCE NOTICE. You will receive your RECORDS and the
TICE. We CANNOT send you a RECORD when an address
is changed later. RECORDS mailed to the wrong address
are NO LONGER returned to the Society the increased
cost of RECORDS has made that former fringe benefit finan-
cially PROHIBITIVE. It is YOUR responsibility to inform
us of an address change at least two weeks before mailing
dates March, June, September, December.


January 13-14, 1972, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Their lives are made forever mine;
What they to me have been
Hath left henceforth its seal and sign
Engraved within.

Mine are they by an ownership
Nor time nor death can free;
For God hath given to Love to keep
Its own eternally.
Frederick L. Hosmer

Mrs. JoAnne Corliss Bass, former Canal Zone resident, died
January 11, 1971, in Miami, Florida.
Mrs. Bass, who was born in Panama, spent her childhood in
the Canal Zone and was a graduate of the Balboa High School.
Surviving her are her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
John B. Corliss, Jr., of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone.

Patrick H. Boggs, 66, retired U. S. Navy fire inspector died
November 27, 1970, at Gorgas Hospital.
Mr. Boggs had been living in the Canal Zone since 1940. Sur-
viving him are his widow Mrs. Marlene W. Boggs; two sons Ralph
and James, and a daughter, Miss Kitty Boggs, all of the Canal Zone.

Gerald Brennan passed away on November 27, 1970, after an
illness of two and one-half years in Leesburg, Florida. He was re-
tired from the Dredging Division in 1960.
Mr. Brennan is survived by his widow, Bertha M. Brennan,
of Leesburg, Florida.

Mrs. Marjorie F. Brown, 55, a long-time resident of the
Canal Zone and wife of John C. Brown, an employee of the Motor
Transportation Division, died January 23, 1971, at Gorgas Hospital.
During the past 16 years, Mrs. Brown was an employee of
Smoot and Paredes in Panama.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, John V.
Brown, a member of the Canal Zone Police Division; a grandson,
Michael Brown; a sister and a brother, and her mother, Mrs. Edna
Piggott, of Miami, Florida.

Mrs. Ethel Browne, wife of Carl J. Browne, Deputy Director
of the Engineering and Construction Bureau of the Panama Canal,
died suddenly at her home in Balboa Heights on December 21, 1970.
Death was caused apparently by a heart attack.
Surviving Mrs. Browne are her husband, a son, David Browne,
of San Francisco, California, a daughter, Mrs. William Waylet, of
Grotton, Connecticut, and a brother, James Skinner, of Tucson,

Mrs. Barbara June Clarke, 49, wife of Howard L. Clarke, Jr.,
of the Panama Canal Industrial Division, and a long-time resident
of the Canal Zone, passed away at Gorgas Hospital on December 3,
1970, following a long illness.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Howard
L., III, of Miami, Florida; a daughter, Patricia Ann Clarke, of Mar-
garita; her mother, Mrs. Gladys Napoleon, of Gamboa; a brother,
Edward Napoleon, of Panama City; and a sister, Mrs. Connie Norris,
of Gamboa.

Howard L. Clarke, Sr.,-86, a retired employee of the Panama
Canal's Industrial Division, died at Gorgas Hospital on November
14, 1970. After retiring, Mr. Clarke was in charge of the Summit
Gardens golf course for several years.
He is survived by two sons, L. B. Clarke of Balboa and H. L.
Clarke, Jr., of Margarita, Canal Zone.

Mrs. Wallace Dunham died in Bradenton, Florida, on October
15, 1970. Details are not known.

Mr. Charles Fontaine, a civilian employee of the Logistical
Support Command at Corozal, died January 1, 1971, at his home in
the Canal Zone.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Margaret E. Fontaine; a son,
Charles, Jr., and two daughters, Shirley Jean and Mary Katherine.

Louis A. Gerhardt, 79, a retired master baker for the Panama
Canal, died November 26, 1970, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Marion Jefferson Goodin, Sr., was killed in an automobile
accident in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in September, 1970.
Mr. Goodin was employed in 1941 by the old M. E. Division
at Pedro Miguel Locks on S. I. P. work and later transferred to the

Dredging Division. He left the Canal in 1954 and returned to his old
home in Las Cruces.
He is survived by his widow, Marie, who resides at 807 North
Miranda Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico; a son, Marion Jefferson,
Jr. Mineral Wells, Texas; and his daughter, Mrs. Sam Maphis
(Coila), of Boulder, Colorado.

Raymond Oscar Hanner passed away February 1, 1971, in St.
Pe' srsburg, Florida. Mr. Hanner came to St. Petersburg 16 years
ago from the Canal Zone.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Elsie Hanner, St. Petersburg,
and two brothers, Jacob Hanner, Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, and
George Hanner, Montoursville, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Esther Hardwick, 76, passed away suddenly on January
25, 1971, in DeLand, Florida.
Mrs. Hardwick is survived by a son, Roger Hardwick, of
Lonf wood, Florida; two grandchildren, and two sisters.

Carl P. Hoffman, Sr., passed away November 24, 1970, in
Rochester, New York. Mr. Hoffman reported for work with the
Panama Canal on July 9, 1907.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Gertrude Bliss Hoffman
(Mrs. Hoffman was the principal of the Pedro Miguel white school
at the time of their marriage in 1910); a son, Carl P. Hoffman, Jr.,
and a daughter, Major Kathleen Hoffman Replinger, all of Roches-
ter, New York.

Clint M. Holcomb, 56, supervisory control house operator at
Pedro Miguel, died suddenly at this home on November 15, 1970.
He is survived by his widow Kathleen and one son, Vincent
15, who attends Balboa High School.

Frank Allen Joyner, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Henry
Joyner, of Panama City, was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident
December 11, 1970, in Huntington, West Virginia, where he was
attending his senior year in Marshal University.
Surviving young Joyner, besides his parents, are three
brothers, John Thomas, of Alabama, Charles Henry, who is with
the U. S. Army in West Germany, and Jeffrey Randall, of Panama

Anson Kinsman, 75, who retired from the Terminals Division,
Panama Canal, in 1956, died suddenly on September 28, 1970, of a
heart attack in Pt. Angeles, Washington.
Survivors are his wife Jean, of Pt. Angeles, Washington; two
sons, Richard and Vernon, of Seattle, Washington. Information
from Mrs. Daniel Rudge, Sequim, Washington.

William A. J. Kopp passed away in Yalaha, Florida, on
December 2, 1970. Details are not available.

Mrs. Helen A. Kromer, 83, widow of Wilson H. Kromer, died
December 2, 1970, in Silver Spring, Maryland
Mrs. Kromer (Helen Santee) was invited to the Panama
Canal Zone in 1916, soon after the Canal had opened, by Wilson
Kromer to "chauffeur his new car." Her performance won her a
lifetime marriage. For the next 27 years, they witnessed and were
a part of the historic events which unfolded in the development of
the crossroads of the world.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Kromer were prime movers in the estab-
lishment of the church on the Isthmus to be opened to people of all
denominations. The Union Church, as it is known, is active today
in Canal Zone communities.
After her husband retired as Comptroller of the Panama
Canal, the couple remained in their quarters as Mr. Kromer assumed
the position of USO Regional Director in Panama. They retired in
1943, due to Mr. Kromer's illness. After his death, Mrs. Kromer
moved to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, her birthplace.
Her survivors include two sons, Thomas S., of Yacht Haven
Virginia, and John W., Silver Spring, Maryland, and five grand-

Mrs. Mary Lavallee, 54, wife of Wilfred A. Lavallee, Panama
Canal Locks Division employee, died November 29th in Tampa,
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters,
Mrs. Mary Jane Klunder of Tampa and Miss Kathleen M. Lavallee,
now attending Missouri State Teacher's College, and one grandchild.

Mrs. Bessie S. Mann, 65, of South Pasadena, Florida, passed
away December 31, 1970.
She is survived by her husband Timothy John, of South Pasa-
dena; three brothers, William, Theodore, and Edward Sykes; a sister,

Mrs. Marguerite Batten, all of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Mercedes Oiler, a long-time resident of the Canal Zone,
died in January 1971 in Gorgas Hospital. She was 87 years old.
A widow, she went to the Isthmus from Barcelona, Spain, in
1906. She is survived by her sons, Charles, David, and Robert; and
her daughters, Mrs. Frank Lonedico and Mrs. Leo Ehreth.

A. P. Ridge, 81, a retired Panama Canal employee and a
former Panama baseball player, died in Los Angeles in November,
Mr. Ridge retired in 1950 after 42 years' service with the
Old Mechanical Division.
He is survived by his widow, Julia; a daughter, Virginia
(Dolim), both of Los Angeles; three sons, A. P., Jr., of Redlands,
California, Paul of San Mateo, California, and James of Panama
City; a brother Jack of Los Angeles, ten grandchildren and one

Anthony Ruffo, 90, passed away on December 11, 1970, in
St. Petersburg, Florida. He is survived by his wife Melanie of St.
Petersburg and one son, Edward, of New York.

Robert E. Seavey, Jr., passed away in Perth, Australia, on
December 9, 1970. Bob was a graduate of Balboa High School and
the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Bob had traveled all over
the world since leaving the Canal Zone. He loved Australia very
much and had intended making it his permanent home.-Mrs. R. E.

Lawrence J. Rossiter, 84, of Beverly Hills, North Carolina,
died January 22, 1971, in an Asheville Hospital.

Dr. Timoteo C. Suescum, 65, prominent Panama gynecologist
who was widely known on the Isthmus, died in November, 1970, in
Panama after a brief illness.
Surviving him are his mother, Ecuador; his wife, Mrs. Her-
minia A. de Suescum; two sons, Dr. Alfredo T. Suescum, now doing
post-graduate work in McLean Hospital, in Boston, Massachusetts;
Dr. R. Antonio Suescum, chief of the cardiology department of Coco
Solo Hospital, and a daughter, Mrs. Irma Ortiz.

Daniel J. Sullivan, Sr., 59, died January 26, 1971, in Tucker,
Mr. Sullivan who went to the Canal Zone in 1939 worked
with the Power Branch of the Electrical Division. He retired in 1965.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; a son Daniel, J., Jr.; two
grandsons, two brothers and four sisters. Information from Mrs.
Patt Roberson.

Harold D. Sutherland, former employee of the Industrial
Division and a long time resident of the Canal Zone, died January
16, 1971, in Detroit, Michigan. He was 76 years old.
Mr. Sutherland went to the Isthmus in 1931 and retired in
Surviving him are his widow, Florence of Detroit; two daugh-
ters, Mrs. Mary Jane McClellan, of Pleasantville, New York and
Mrs. Betty Malstrom of Chicago; one son Jack C., of Belleair Bluffs,
Florida; eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Hugh C. Turner, a former Canal Zone resident, died in
Hattiesburg, Mississippi exact date unknown. He is survived by
his brothers, Joseph Turner, formerly of the Canal Zone and now
residing in Hattiesburg, and John Turner, of Washington, D. C.;
and a sister, Mrs. Naomi Liebler, of Monrovia, California.

Arie Van Gelder, a former employee of the Dredging Division,
passed away in Belleview, Washington, on December 22, 1970. Ad-
ditional information is not known.

Captain Leo A. Walsh, of Rosendale, New York, passed away
on November 9, 1970. Information -from Miss Laurette M. Perry,
a cousin, who was with him during his illness.

Mrs. Alma T. Weaver died December 18, 1970, in Orlando,
She is survived by her husband, Henry D.; two sisters, Miss
Edna M. Thoman and Miss Liola R. Thoman, both of Hatboro,

Henry D. Weaver, 79, passed away on December 27, 1970, in
Orlando, Florida. He went to Orlando in 1952 from the Panama
Canal Zone where he had been with the canal authority.
Survivors are a sister, Miss Dorothy Weaver, Hendersonville,

North Carolina and a cousin, Edith Cuerten, of Winter Park, Florida.

Walter W. White, 77, former employee of the Panama Canal
Administration Branch died in DeLand, Florida, on December 2,
1970. He retired in 1952 after 39 years of canal service. After his
retirement, Mr. White served five years with the Mutual Benefit
Association (Credit Union) in Balboa.
Surviving him are his widow, Helen and a daughter Mary
Jane (Mrs. L. C. Paulson), of Gatun, Canal Zone, and six grand-

W. L. Wright, 81, a retired American businessman, formerly
of Panama City, died recently in Alicante, Spain.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Obdulia Wright, who re-
sided with him in Spain; two daughters, Mrs. James O'Donnell, of
Balboa and Mrs. James Coffey, of Faugerties, New York; two sons,
William F. Wright, of London, and Caleb L. Wright, of Yonkers,
New York.

Mrs. Anna P. Yocum, 87, died November 28, 1970, in St. Pe-
tersburg, Florida.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Edward D. Phipps,
of Baltimore, Maryland, Miss Margaret A. Yocum, of St. Peters-
burg, Florida, and Mrs. James S. Ferris, of Coronado, California;
and four grandchildren.

Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Loretta Burns,
92, of Flushing, New York. She was the wife of Thomas F., an
engineer, who was on the Zone during construction days.

Ewing C. Journey, a retired Army civilian employee of the
Transportation Corp at Balboa, passed away February 9, 1971, in
San Diego, California. Mr. Journey went to the Zone in 1917 as
an Army employee at Quarry Heights and retired in 1950 as port
engineer at Dock 17, Balboa.
He is survived by his wife Jane; a daughter, Mrs. Lucille
Davis, of Diablo, Canal Zone, a son, Ewing (Bud), of Poulsbo, Wash-
ington; a brother, Hayes Journey, of Chula Vista, California, five
grand children and four great grandchildren.

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Ross H. Hollowell ......................
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Charles Holmelin .......................
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Henry E. Falk, Chairman ................
Ross Hollowell .........................
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Mrs. Margaret M. Ward,
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W. Dewey Goodwin ....................
William L. Howard ......................
Albert McKeown .......................

Albert McKeown, Chairman ..............
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Edward A. Linney ......................

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The steady flow of summer visitors to and from this area has
dwindled to a light patter somewhat like our winter weather! It
is a good time of year to sit by the fire, knit, and browse through the
Spring seed catalogues or reminisce over the fall's activities.
On a frosty, cold Sunday, November 1st, 55 members of our
area society gathered at the famous Crescent Hotel in Eureka
Springs for our annual luncheon. It was a jolly gathering with a
special warm welcome extended to our new members, Alphilde
(Petie) and Carl Maedl of Springdale, and Reverend and Mrs.
Robert Wayne Jackson, of Bentonville. After the meal, the business
meeting was brief, as the same officers agreed to carry on for
another year, so the remainder of the time was spent "socializing."
To our amazement and no little consternation, we drove home in a
blizzard, which, fortunately, let up in an hour and proved no problem.
Since then, our members have more or less "dug in" for the
winter, though there are a few who adventure out beyond their
snug homes, like the Walter Reifs who are attending the 39th An-
nual Reunion of the Society in St. Petersburg, and visiting friends
in the area. The Herb Engelkes went to Council Bluff, Iowa, for
Thanksgiving with Doris and Dick Engelke. On the way, they
stopped to see Don and Virginia (Favorite) Neidt in Maryville,
Lance Terrell spent Christmas holiday vacation (4 weeks
of it!!, Lucky!) from the University of Texas with his parents, Etta
Fay and Glenn Terrell. He took an interesting side trip to the Wil-
laroc Museum at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, with the Carl Newhards.
Paul and Andrea (Terrell) Oliver were home for Thanksgiving, too,
and spent a week with the Terrells after Christmas.
Jessie Newhard reported that, though her life has changed,
she keeps busy, working at the local hospital in the Admissions of-
fice. At Christmas, John and Carole Albright, and three other grand-
children spent several days with her. The summer visits of her
father, two sisters, a brother-in-law, and Mr. and Mrs. Thatcher
Clisbee were a bright spot, too.
Helen and Carl Newhard had 21 guests to help them see in
the New Year at their home, mostly Canal Zone friends. A no-host
buffet was served as their first meal in 1971. Heard tell they had
some delicious empanadas! !
Reverend Jackson still lends a hand to the rector of St. An-
drews Episcopal Church in Rogers. Mary Ann and he moved to

Bentonville in July. He was originally at the Church of our Saviour
in New Cristobal '33-'45.
Imagine my surprise when the Ralph Shueys phoned us from
Neosho to give us the news! He said that the two Shuey families,
along with son, Ray A. Shuey, his wife and two girls from Nebraska,
had had a wonderful Thanksgiving together. Ray and Evelyn have
gone to the Rio Grande Valley for the winter with their trailer. They
stopped at the clinic in Temple, Texas, on the way, and are now
located at a trailer park in San Juan, Texas. The Ralph Shueys
expect to join them later.
Bill and Bonnie (Conklin) McClish spent Christmas with
Bonnie's parents, Joe and Glen Conklin. Their Henryetta Street
neighbors were given a few plantains as mementos from New Orleans.
Oh! Yum!
Petie and Carl Maedl had a perfect vacation in November,
missing all of the heavy weather on the way to Bozeman, Montana,
for Thanksgiving holidays with their relatives. They stopped, en
route, at Scott City, Kansas, to visit Forrest and Charlotte Bryan,
former Atlantic side residents of the Canal Zone, '38-'46, and Miss
Sally McLimans, in Sheridan, Wyoming. Their first Christmas as
retirees was a memorable one. James and Pat (Maedl) Krough and
their three children drove down from Edina, Minnesota, with Pat
Maedl and Vince Gutowski, of Granada Hills, California. Marvelita
Iglesias (a sophomore at Oklahoma Baptist University at Shawnee,
Oklahoma) completed the full house for a gay holiday though they
all became sick! Guess our perfect weather was too much of a shock
to them! !
Audra and John Dougan expect to spend some time with their
three grandchildren (Bryants) in Moberly, Missouri, while their
parents take a Caribbean cruise.
In September, Lynn and Maude Cook took a sight-seeing trip
in the Southwest, spending most of their time renewing friendships
in and around their old home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
They enjoyed chatting especially with Captain and Mrs. Hans
Schloming, formerly neighbors in San Juan Place, Ancon, and their
daughters, Isabel and Beatrice. Their Thanksgiving guests in Rogers
included Lucille Cook and Colonel Dave Nanney.
The Eldridge Burtons were highly elated over arriving in
Fayetteville, North Carolina, on the day on which their son, Robert

G. Crooks received his promotion to Master Sergeant. Congratula-
tions! Christmas at the Burtons was, indeed, a large family affair,
with Judy (Crooks) Daily, her husband and two children, Mary Jo
Yaeger and Mattilee White, Nannie Brown and Mary Cecil Lowe
gathered around the festive table. Mike, Jr. and his wife, Carolyn,
spent the holidays with her parents in Little Rock. Big news was
the marriage of Nancy (Crooks) Koepplinger's daughter, Susan, to
Frank Condova! How fast they do grow! !
Blanche Shaw said that she was getting along just fine and
had spent Christmas with friends in the country at Clifty, Arkansas.
Georgia Gwinn, of Springfield, Missouri, spent several days
with Harry and Lee Butz and their daughter at Thanksgiving. She
has flown down to the Canal Zone for a visit with her many friends,
including Mary Stewart and Barbara Clark.
Lee and Harry Butz shook the clean dust of Arkansas off
their feet and drove West in the latter part of September destina-
tion Reno, Nevada! !, taking in the southern rim of the tremen-
dous Grand Canyon, en route. They spent three delightful weeks with
their son, Harry, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Judy, seeing the fabulous
Virginia City, witnessing a real contest of the fastest gun in the
West and walking the streets where history was made, fortunes won
and lost. They saw Lake Tahoe and roamed around San Francisco,
shopping on the aromatic Fisherman's Wharf. They spent a few days
with Judy's parents in Richmond, California, dropping in for a chat
and dinner with Mary Hare (formerly Fort Gulick personnel di-
rector), who is now happily established in Walnut Creek, California,
with dog, Princess! The Butzes braved the whirling thruways and
freeways to zoom down to San Diego for a visit with Mildred and
Clem Genis, stopping on the way for a luscious lunch with Dot and
Ira Payne in Valley Center. It was not without regret that they
could not see everyone whom they knew in that area, but time was
short another time, they hope. Christmas was a happy one too,
for them, with Peter, Janice and infant son, Peter, Jr. and Esther
home for the holidays.
As editor and secretary of the Northwest Arkansas Society,
I extend my heartfelt appreciation to Mrs. Andrew Whitlock for
her fine cooperation in writing the December report for this area
and completing final arrangements and all that goes with it, for the
luncheon at Eureka Springs, in my absence. Muchas Gracias!
Lenor W. Butz, Reporter

Eva Hammer of Santa Maria is now a GREAT-GREAT-
GRANDMOTHER! Her great-granddaughter presented her with
Justin Watson on September 15. Ida Fuller and Eva were in Sacra-
mento in October to welcome the little fellow, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Watson. They visited relatives and friends all over that area:
could not resist a side trip to Nevada, but report "no luck." Arrived
home healthily tired, and after a good night's sleep, Eva said she was
as good as new.
Geneva Shrapnel wrote from Cocoli, where she was visiting
her sister, Genell Bliss spent the holidays there. She had just
returned from Hawaii where she visited her son, Dr. Bliss Shrapnel,
in Waianae, Hawaii, where he is still practicing medicine with the
Kaiser Foundation. Geneva had visited her daughter, Judith Shrap-
nel Scott in Groton, Connecticut, before going to the Zone. Judi
has twin boys 7 years old and a 9-year-old son. Geneva's next trip
will be to Australia where her grandson, Baron Shrapnel, is teaching
Lulu Lumby of San Diego wrote that Dorothy and Arthur
Cotton were enjoying their stay on the Zone with their family.
Their daughter Nancy, her husband and baby girl, flew down to
spend the holidays with the family. Al and Iris Day left on the same
plane with Nancy to spend Christmas with Al's sister Frances Jones;
they will spend some time in Costa Rica with their daughter before
coming home.
Jerry and Inez Evans, of Sun City, California, wrote that
they had made a trip to Indiana where they were "teenage sitters"
with their four grandchildren while Jerry and Peg Evans Darden
were in Hawaii. Peg's husband, an Air Force Pilot, is now home
after a year in the war zone: in January they were to leave for their
new assignment in Germany. They were in Germany from 1954
to 1958 and are quite happy about going back. In November, Jerry
and Inez drove to Arizona: enjoyed short visits with the Max Smiths
in Youngstown; Roger Griffiths in Phoenix; Ted and Emma Engle-
bright in Tucson; the Relihans and Lerchens in Green Valley. Then
in December they flew to Colorado to see the Bill Evans' family -
they had a happy weekend at the cabin in Estes Park. The altitude
was a little high for Jerry, so they stayed there only four days. While
in the area, they visited Jack and Lil Evans and their daughter
Norma in Greeley.
The Hilemans of Palmdale wrote that Russ had been in the
hospital nine times since June, 1970, for surgery and numerous

complications. Hope 1971 is better for him. He was home recuperat-
ing nicely Bea was holding the fort magnificently, doing a yoe-
man's job taking care of the family, the house, the business and
records (Charlene's Restaurant on Sierra Highway at 38611 N.,
Palmdale). Gregg, their 14-year-old son who made Eagle Scout in
December, has been notified by National Headquarters that he has
been chosen as one of 7000 Scouts to represent the U.S.A. at the
World Jamboree in Japan during July and August 1971. Russ took
Gregg east this past summer to spend time in Pennsylvania with his
father who as 85 years old; and daughter Patricia Ann (Hileman)
Lahr. Pat was born in Ancon Hospital, raised in Pedro Miguel,
Balboa and Cristobal. The Hilemans enjoyed visits from Grace and
Zula Brown; W. P. Quinn and family; Jack Clay, Dr. and Mrs. C.
C. Clay; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Cotton; Mr. and Mrs. Lester Brennan,
Charley Boyes and many others hope to see more friends up their
way in 1971.
Note from Trudy and Joe White, Richland, Washington:
Trudy says she has a "new hip" since last August, doing quite well,
getting around fine again.
Ted and Emma Englebright of Tucson wrote that their
weather was great winter folks arriving en masse. They had plan-
ned on coming out this way for the holidays, but Ted had surgery
on December 1, and they had to change plans. He is recuperating
nicely had to take it easy for awhile.
Eva Dyer of Santa Barbara wrote that she still enjoys her-
self at the Retirement Home has time to paint, sew and play
bridge. She was to have holidays with Bud and his family at Con-
cord, California. Her eldest grandson, Eric, was married last June
and Shirley's eldest girl is studying dancing in Hollywood.
Esther Currier and her mother of South Gate flew to Atlanta
for the holidays and hoped to attend the reunion in Florida.
Karl and Velinor Winquist are enjoying living in Portland,
Oregon. They get to see their son Jon, his wife Pam, and their ador-
able grandson quite frequently. The picture on their card (Mt.
Hood and Lost Lake) was so beautiful and inviting, they don't know
how near they came to having me up there!
Some folks might remember C. Stanley Mortimer, manager
of Singer Sewing Machine in Panama some years back. He and Joan
had three daughters (Joan passed on a few years ago). Stan makes
his home in Berkshire, England. Daughter Christine and husband
Alan of Lima, Peru, brought their new daughter Catherine Joanna
to see Granddad he says she is a real charmer. Daughter Eliz-

abeth flies for BOAC, and Lesley who is a teacher, travels all over
the world.
Mrs. Catsy (Taylor) Schafer of San Diego flew to San Jose,
Costa Rica, in September to visit her daughter and son-in-law, Susan
and Louis Pitney, and their four children. Louis, who is with John
Deere Company, had been transferred from Tunisia to Costa Rica.
While there, Catsy was entertained by Mrs. Dora Bennett, whose
late husband George was for many years head of the United Fruit
Company on the Zone and in Panama. Susan lives in Escazu, but
their mailing address is Aptdo 1371, San Jose. They would be happy
if lots of their friends would come to Costa Rica to see them. After
ten days in San Jose, Catsy and Sue flew to Panama and were guests
at the Hotel Tivoli for four days. In that short time they were able
to see many of their friends on the Pacific side. They spent one day
with Jack and Mary Coffey at their lovely home in Colon. Jack
bought the SEA HORSE, Capt. Parker's boat, and had it at Cristobal
Yacht Club for repairs. Catsy says the trip across the Isthmus was
nostalgic. At the invitation of Harry Egolf and Ron Seeley, of the
Canal Zone Heart Association, Catsy was able to attend three lectures
by the famed heart transplant surgeon, Dr. Michal DeBakey, of
Houston, Texas, who lectured for two days at Gorgas Hospital. She
also attended a dinner in Dr. DeBakey's honor at the Tivoli and
saw a movie of a heart transplant. This was of particular interest
as Catsy is the PM Charge Nurse in the Coronary Care Unit at the
Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego.
Anna Tonneson is still in Antigua making her home with
her daughter Florence and her husband likes it very much, says
it's like Panama.
Note from Helena Fitch said at 94 years young she was
getting forgetful and slowing down a bit. From what others tell
us, she's still going great.
Mrs. William Heltemes, Glendale, wrote that her husband is
in a convalescent hospital in Glendale has been in ill health since
1969. Ann says he is receiving excellent care, and the hospital is
conveniently located so she can visit him daily.
Some old Accounting Division folks may remember Margaret
Lipp (Mrs. Harry Francke, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee). She wrote
that their son Claude graduates in March and hopes to continue
studies in Bio-chemistry. Daughter Carole is a busy high school
senior and plans on entering the University of Tennessee in the

Anna Bickford wishes to be remembered to all old Canal Zone
Friends. Two years ago she broke her hip; is now able to walk again
fairly well. At present she is making her home at Roush's Guest
Home, 5309 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Carmichael; she still owns her
home in Sacramento. Ruth Bickford Pemberton lives at 620 Poin-
ciana Drive, Indian Lake Estates, Florida. Nathan Bickford lives
at 1426 E. Swift, Fresno 90704, California. Mary Katherine Bick-
ford Williams, MUSLO Box 87 FPO New York 09544, lives in Rabat,
Morocco with the American Embassy there. Mary Katherine
hopes to return to the States in another year. Her one son will
graduate from college in Corvallis, Oregon he will get his com-
mission in the Navy. Another son at Corvallis also will get his
residency there while he waits for his draft call. Her youngest son
graduated from a French College in Rabat in June. Her eldest son,
who lives in Paris, is married and has two children; he is a Rhodes
scholar and has his Ph.D in Astro-Physics.
"Chubby" and Milton Wright, Ontario, surely do get around;
if they don't have company, they load up their camper and head for
various parts of the country: Kansas, the Ozarks, Colorado, Zion
National Park, up the California coast; to Edmonds, Washington,
for hunting. They hoped to get to Florida for the reunion.
While out shopping recently, Hedy Seedborg and I were de-
lighted to meet Louise Martin Jones. She makes her home at Leisure
World, Seal Beach. We all had to confess that if Grace Brown
hadn't spotted us, we would have passed Louise on the street and
not known her nor would she have known us.
Had a pleasant weekend in Fallbrook, California, recently
with Margie and George Lynch. Margie worked at Gorgas and later
in Accounting (Bond Section); George was in the Dredging Division
at Gamboa. Their son Bill has a lovely family, two girls and two
boys, and is now a grandfather; daughter Betty Lynch Weise and
her husband live in Dallas; their married son in California, and a
daughter in college at San Luis Obispo, California.
Our President, David Smith, and his co-worker Roy Ballard,
worked hard on Knott's Berry Farm Float for the Pasadena Rose
Parade. It was beautiful they won the Governor's Trophy.
Expect to have our annual dinner at Knott's Berry Farm
on April 4, 1971. Anyone reading this who would like to come,
get in touch with David Smith or me glad to have you.
Thelma Reppe, Acting Secretary
1023 Appleton, Apt. 3, Long Beach
Telephone 432-8200

Greetings from the Mountains, where we have had no accum-
ulation of snow so far this winter. However, the nights do get right
cold, and our furnaces hum, but the days are usually gorgeous.
Just before the Christmas Holidays, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bentz
and Mrs. Ruth Sill took off for Florida. At Winter Park, Ruth left
them and joined Mrs. Ernest Baker (Helen Currier) for a few days
of reminiscing. She also saw quite a number of other Canal Zone
friends. She then journeyed on to Stuart, Florida, to be with the
Bentzes again at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Davidson (Joann Bentz)
and son Chad, where they had a joyous Christmas, returning home
the last of December.
Wendell and Mildred Greene have taken off for Panama. How
we all envy them. They will be at the home of the Medingers for
approximately two weeks. The Greenes didn't fly, but are leisurely
loafing on the decks of the Panama Railroad Boat just as we
all used to do.
Emma Luckey has been confined to the Hospital again, this
time with an attack of phlebitis. She is now at home and will cele-
brate her 91st birthday on the 6th of February. How nice to be
91 and still peppy.
Elsie Patterson has left for California where she will visit
with her sister Ann Jackson, her nephew Don Jackson and family
(Barbara Hatchett). She plans to be gone until some time in
Margaret Wanlass spent three weeks with Clinton and family
at their home on Long Island. While there, Bert Hiter, Bill and
family, came to visit with all of them. Bill is now working with
a concern in White Plains, New York, and living in Mahopac, New
York. Bert is with them for the winter and will return to their cot-
age in Colton, New York, come summer. Needless to say, there was
much reminiscing during their stay for it was their first meeting in
over seven years.
News from George Wardlaw Deeney, who is living now in
Wilson, North Carolina, is that on December 8 she fell while in the
home of a friend and broke her hip in two places. She was in the
Hospital for three weeks; then she was transferred to the Medic
Center where she will have to be for several months.
Marjie and Tom Kelley were home for the Christmas Holi-
days. Marjie went back right after Christmas, but Tom stayed un-
til after New Years. Margaret Wanlass, Secretary


Mrs. John Burke (Jane Lombroia) of Curundu spent the
Christmas holidays in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her son-in-law
and daughter Calvin and Joan Payne Cook. Bob Lombroia also
spent the holidays at the home of his granddaughter, and returned
to his home in Fort Lauderdale, accompanied by his daughter Mrs.
Dr. and Mrs. Strumpf of the Coral Ridge Towers had a joy-
ful Christmas surrounded by their family. Bob was here from Los
Angeles, and from Plymouth, New Hampshire, were Cesar and Doro-
thy (Strumpf) Noble and their baby son Ricky.
Beverly Des Londes is once again on the Isthmus to visit
her two sons and their wives, and to renew old acquaintances.
Mrs. Robert Wesley Hutchings, of San Leandro, California,
was a visitor to Florida during January. She was the guest of Byrne
and Armella Hutchings and the James M. Hunters. Byrne and
Armella had a family luncheon which included the Hunters, Bar-
bara Hutchings, Jack Hutchings, wife and four children and Donnie
and Barbara (Hutchings) Slay and their young son Stevie. Mabel
was in St. Petersburg for the Canal Zone reunion and from there
went to Cherry Point, North Carolina, where she visited with son
Bill Hutchings and family.
Our November 15th luncheon was a most pleasant one and
most successful one from the viewpoint of attendance. Some 190
people attended. The slides and lecture given by Paul Runnestrand
and Albert Baldwin were most interesting and informative. Albert
Baldwin brought his mother with him on this trip, and she was the
guest of the Leroy Magnusons.
The Frank Naughtons are off again on a trip this time
to the old home grounds in the Canal Zone where they will visit
with many friends.
Byrne and Armella Hutchings were in St. Petersburg recently
to attend the wedding of Jane, the daughter of the Julian Hearnes.
Although a little old, we still wish speedy recoveries to Rita
Gribbons and Florence Klipper who were in the hospital.
Mrs. Charles Persons was a visitor in the home of the Jimmy
Hunters when she arrived from the Canal Zone. After much travel-
ling in the U.S.A., Mrs. Persons will return to the Hunters for a
short visit before returning to her home.
David and Peggy Yerkes were the guests of the Henry Dono-
vans in St. Petersburg where they attended the dinner given in honor

of Mother Van Siclen's 84th birthday given by Lonnie and Betty Van
The Van Siclen's by the way, are now settled in their new
apartment in Plaza South in Fort Lauderdale.
The travelling Martin Sellers of Los Angeles have been in
and around Florida, visiting friends and attending the reunion in
St. Petersburg. As of this writing, they are the guests of Byrne
and Armella Hutchings.
The many friends of Mrs. A. Lyle Prather, now Mrs. William
Bray, accompanied by her husband Colonel Bray, went to New Or-
leans, Louisiana, and there joined by Dr. and Mrs. Gilder all took
a trip to the Canal Zone on the S.S. CRISTOBAL.
We are glad to report that Mrs. Stanley (Martha) Hamilton
is greatly improved and over the holidays had their daughter-in-law
and two children visiting.
Mrs. John (Mary) Carter, of Las Cumbres, Republica de Pan-
ama, has been in Lauderdale these past two weeks. She was called
here due to the death of her mother, Mrs. Patterson.
In early December there was a gay party at the George Win-
quist home celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary.
Alice Jordan Rogers, an old timer from the Zone, was in
Miami for a visit with her daughter Joyce and her family. She
was also the guest of Barbara Hutchings for a few days.
Gil and Millie Rowe had a delightful Xmas night party at
their home for many old Canal Zone friends. During the holidays
they entertained with a cocktail supper for Byrne and Armella
Hutchings, Dr. and Mrs. Strumpf, the Jimmy Lyons, Dr. and Mrs.
Earl Gerrans and her sister, Eddie Jones, the Paul Hertgens, Ed
O'Briens, Mrs. Bill Hearon and her son Christopher, the George
Winquists and their daughter Ann, the David Yerkes, Frank and
Elsie Naughton, the Murphys, brother-in-law and sister of Frank,
the James Hunters, Alice Rogers and Barbara Hutchings.
Among Fort Lauderdale folks who attended the reunion in
St. Petersburg were the Frank Cunninghams, the Gil Rowes, George
Winquists, Agnes Hearon, Barbara Hutchings and Eddie Jones.
Mrs. Ralph Otten (he was with Office Engineers, and she was
with the Transportation Section of the Railroad) is a houseguest
of Agnes Hearon. Barbara M. Hutchings


MRS. CICELY KNIBB ALLEN, 4221 Coliseum Street, New
Orleans, reports that during and before the Christmas season she
was happily busy making English, Canadian and Jamaican goodies
for friends. She made orange-lemon marmalade gumdrop cake, Scot-
tish shortbread; banana, carrot, date nut breads and, of course, pra-
lines which she learned to make since coming to live in New Orleans.
She hopes to see her grandson, Sgt. Charles Cooper, in February
when he has a furlough and will fly to California from Ft. Knox
to visit his parents, pick up car and drive back.
MRS. ELLA MAE DIDIER has moved from New Orleans
to 716 Fourth Street, DeQuincy, with her children, Brian, Kimberly
and Greg. She is with a corporation that offers inhalation therapy
on a contract basis to small hospitals that cannot staff or equip
themselves with this expensive equipment. She finds the work very
interesting and gets to travel a bit. She spent Thanksgiving and
New Year's in Sulphur Springs, Texas, with her sister, Edna. She
bought a Pinto last November and already has clocked over 5,100
miles on it. Her sister Yvonne and family (husband Ron Arabie
,and children Lorna Jane and Ronald, Jr.) still live at 2312 Rose
Drive, Gretna. Edna plans to visit the Zone in April with her adopt-
ed son, Robert L. Snyder, Jr., then return to the States with her
parents who will be coming up for vacation. Her brother, Ralph,
Jr., and his new bride (married June 26, 1970, at Bethesda's Naval
Chapel she's a Wave) plan to fly down this summer, too. Ella
also reports that Anne Stapler LoFranco recently finished nursing
school in New York City and resides at 573 Watchoque Road, Staten
Island, New York 10314.
DICK AND MARY FULLER, 72 Egret Street, New Orleans,
write that in October they took the CRISTOBAL back to the Zone
for two weeks and saw many old friends and really had a fine time.
DR. AND MRS. WAYNE GILDER sail January 15 aboard
the CRISTOBAL and will return February 9. Mrs. Gilder writes
that it will be wonderful seeing old friends again. They spent
Thanksgiving with Jim and Donnie Brady in Birmingham.
MISS CLAUDIA M. HANBURY, Box 16443, University Sta-
tion, Baton Rouge, daughter of Mrs. Louise Hanbury of Balboa and
sophomore in international marketing at LSU in Baton Rouge, was
recently selected runner-up in the LSU Block and Bridle Club All-
Student Rodeo Queen's Contest. She enjoyed Christmas on the
Isthmus, surfing, sunning and welcoming in the New Year at the

Tivoli. She is president of the Alpha Omicron Pi pledge class for
1970-71 and is also on the Social Affairs Union Committee and the
Sports Spectacular Union Committee. She plans to spend this sum-
mer back on the Zone.
VIVIAN AND EDWARD HAYDEL, Metairie, attended the
Panama Canal Reunion in St. Petersburg and are now expecting
the arrival of Evelyn and Bill Barrett from New York on their way
back to the Zone. The Haydels visited their son, Francis, and his
family in Memphis for Thanksgiving.
LOIS AND SIMON MANSBERG, Lafayette, vacationed in
St. Petersburg last summer and thoroughly enjoyed the time spent
with Zonians now living there. They spent a happy wedding an-
niversary with the Leonard Wolfords as their hosts. Jeanne Bur-
goon and her sister, Sylvia, with whom they spent a happy after-
noon in Sarasota, made it possible for them also to see the Dave
Gatzes and the Gus Schmidts. They also had a happy stopover in
Ocala with the Harry Pearls, at which time they visited their son,
Kenny and his wife, Carolyn, who were proudly showing their new
son to visitors. One of the best parts of all, writes Lois, was seeing
the sense of enjoyment with which each seemed to regard retire-
MRS. PATT FOSTER ROBERSON, 4875 Maribel Drive,
Baton Rouge, thoroughly enjoyed the 39th Reunion of the Panama
Canal Society in St. Petersburg in January. Unofficial Louisiana
delegation included Richard Dinkgreve, Metairie; Mr. and Mrs. Ed-
ward Haydel; Mr. and Mrs. Bill (Louise) Merchant, Hineston; and
Mrs. Harold (Lottie) Tinnin, Grand Cane. Patt was especially
happy to visit again with Mr. and Mrs. Nolan A. Bissell, Mrs. May
B. Clemmons, J. Winter Collins, Jack Corliss, Mr. and Mrs. Ken
(Audrey) Cox, Tommy Dee, Bill DeVore, Mrs. Pat Dodson Maty-
kiewicz, Captain and Mrs. Henry E. Falk, Max Finley, recently re-
tired, Mrs. Virginia Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Ross H. Hollowell, Mr.
and Mrs. William L. Howard, Mr. Jim Morris, Captain Cliff Ryter
and Mr. and Mrs. Allen B. Ward and to meet anew Mrs. Helen
Barrett, Frank L. Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Dill, Jerry
Fleming, Mr. and Mrs. Francis F. Hargy, Colonel Dick Hartline (Lt.
Governor of the Zone), Mrs. Kincaid, Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Linker,
Mrs. Bessie Lyons, Mrs. Edith Macaulay, Mr. and Mrs. Gus Peter-
son, Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Helen) Saarinen, Jerry Steiner and Mr. and
Mrs. Al (Cecelia) Waldorf.
MIKE WEADE, son of Captain and Mrs. Fred M. Weade,
Balboa, came deer hunting and visiting Zone friends in school at

LSU over the Thanksgiving holidays. Mike is a senior at East
Texas State University in Commerce, majoring in psychology. He
spent Christmas in Pasadena, California, with his fiancee, Miss Jan
Crecelius, daughter of Colonel and Mrs. Crecelius, formerly stationed
in Albrook.
MRS. ELLA E. WERTZ has moved from New Orleans to the
Wynhoven Apartments, 4600 Tenth Street, Marrero, Louisiana
70072, a truly gorgeous new apartment building for senior citizens
which also provides a wide variety of cultural, educational and social
activities for residents.
MARTA AND DAVID WOLF have moved to 4514 Paris
Avenue, Apt. A, New Orleans, since they returned from Europe last
DR. AND MRS. RICHARD W. YOUNG, 1135 Richland
Avenue, Baton Rouge, made the round trip as ship's doctor leaving
New Orleans October 23 and returning October 29. Among others
with them on the northbound trip were Mrs. Sarah Broad who was
accompanied by Mrs. Shirley West, having returned to the Zone to
settle J. B. Broad's estate; Major Wilfrid A. Menard, an Army (Cath-
olic) chaplain who was on 30 day's leave prior to reassignment to
Vietnam; and Brigadier General (retired) and Mrs. Herbert D. Vogel,
former Lt. Governor of the Zone, who were back on a visit. Patt
Foster Roberson, Louisiana Reporter

Ruth Sill, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was a recent
guest of Helen Baker in the Winter Park Towers. Many of Ruth's
Canal Zone friends had the opportunity of visiting with her at the
home of the Ralph Skinners at a morning coffee.
Nancy Hatchett spent several weeks visiting relatives in the
Reidsville area of North Carolina.
Bess Calloway is now commuting between Orlando and Pat-
rick Air Force Base where her son Vern has recently been transferred
from Belgium.
Giorgi Blessing of Winter Park is planning a trip to the Canal
Zone to visit her many friends living in that area.
The Hargys of St. Petersburg visited the Dudaks in Orlando
for Christmas. Francis was able to get several pictures of the turkey.
Ruth Erbe returned recently from a visit with her sons in
Louisiana and Texas.
Milton Treadwell and his wife Alvina are on their annual
automobile trip to the far west. They expect to visit relatives in

Arizona and, weather permitting, call on friends in California. -
Milton S. Treadwell

Congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
W. Hills who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on Janu-
ary 20, 1971. Among the more than one hundred friends and neigh-
bors who came to honor the popular couple, including their house
guests, Mrs. Harold I. Tinnin, Grand Cane, Louisiana, and Walter
Fender, formerly of Margarita, were out-of-town guests from Lake-
land and St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Robin Comer of Margarita and her sister, Mrs. Billie
Galloway, Balboa, on vacation visiting relatives, spent ten days in
Sarasota with their sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Dave Gatz
and Maxine and Bill Hitchcock. While here, Robin and Billie bought
a retirement home in Kensington Park and plan to move in later
in the year. In January, another sister, Mrs. Alice Jones, of Rose-
dale, Mississippi, also visited the Hitchcocks and Gatzes.
Florence and Charles Harrison enjoyed a family get-together
when their sons and their families visited them in the fall. Theresa
and Charles P. Harrison Jr., with their two children came from Gar-
land, Texas, and were here when Jean (Myers) and Tom Harrison
with their three children drove down from Wrentham, Massachusetts.
It is the first time the cousins had been together for a reunion.
Mrs. Leon V. Heim enjoyed a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Win. H.
Reavis, of Alamogordo, New Mexico, who were visiting her daughter
and family in Tampa. Mrs. Reavis, the former Edna Mae Westen-
dorf, and Helen were close friends on the Canal Zone.
The newest former Zonites to purchase homes in Kensington
Park are Mr. and Mrs. George Roth, formerly of Gatun, who moved
into their home in October. Also former Gatunites, Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Schwartz, who have been living in Miami for the past several
years, visited George and Tommy Roth, liked the area and the peo-
ple and also bought a home in the Park and moved in shortly before
Mrs. Jacoba (Co) Joustra flew to Holland late in Septem-
ber for a six-weeks' visit with members of her family and to attend
the 50th wedding anniversary of her sister and brother-in-law.
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Stroop Sr., flew to California late last
summer for several weeks' visit with Ruth's sister and Clyde's brother
and sisters and their families.

Ruth and Clyde Stroop sold their home in the Park and
bought a mobile home in the new Oakwood Manor development.
Their new address is: 129 Oakwood Boulevard.
Mrs. Nita Hartman of Miami spent a week with her sister
and brother-in-law, Joyce and Jack Clarke and with them attended
the P. C. reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Noonan have had many visitors in
recent months Mrs. Fred Perra (Cile) who was en route to the
Canal Zone after several weeks visiting with her children; in De-
cember, Mrs. Frances Days Jones of Balboa and Mr. and Mrs. How-
ard E. Finnigan of Colon; in January, Della's cousins, Mr. and Mrs.
Matthew Marola and Miss Jeanne Satriale of New York (Miss Satri-
ale worked at the Cristobal Commissary until her retirement); Mrs.
Helen Swearingen, on vacation from the Zone, spent several days
with Della and Joe and was also a guest at the home of former
Gatunites and neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. George Roth and Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Schwartz.
House guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain in January were
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Stepp, of St. Albans, Vermont. Charles and
Margaret spent several days in St. Petersburg with Mrs. Ann Pen-
nock before coming to Sarasota. In Sarasota they called on Mrs.
Estelle Dough, a former neighbor in Margarita and other friends in
the area. With their hosts they spent a day visiting friends in Fort
Myers and also stopped in North Port Charlotte for a visit with
Johnny and Dorothy Kozar.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Hitchcock flew to Cambridge, Mas-
sachusetts, in October for a visit with their son and daughter-in-law,
Bill and Jennifer Hitchcock and to greet their first grandchild, James
Cooper, born August 31.
Leonard and Arline Winerman, of Hackensack, New York,
spent the Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gus
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Field, of San Fernando, California,
spent three weeks of their fall vacation in Florida and were guests
of Zonella's sisters and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Barnes
(Ramona) and Gladys Bliss Humphrey. Before coming to Sarasota,
they spent a week in Merritt Island with her brother and his wife,
Curtis and Emily Bliss.
Mr. and Mrs. George Roth have enjoyed several visits by their
daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Robert Dockery, of Atlanta,
Georgia. Gladys B. Humphrey

An earthquake wasn't the only thing that shook up Zonians
in the first month of the year. The announcement of the closing
of the famed Canal Zone landmark, the Tivoli, and the coming con-
version of the SS CRISTOBAL to a freighter, though actually ex-
pected, gave finality to hopes that the discontinuance of such tradi-
tional establishments might be averted.
The earthquake, which occurred near midnight on January 20,
was the strongest earthquake in 88 years and jolted both sides of
the Isthmus. The tremor measured between magnitude 5 and 5.5
on the Richter scale. The Administration Building at Balboa
Heights was among large structures that showed cracks as a result
of the quake. Still standing is the famous Santo Domingo flat arch.
The arch, built by the Spaniards in the early 1700's, has been used
to indicate how free Panama has been over the past centuries from
any serious earth upheavals. Some of the bricks and mortar, how-
ever, fell to the floor below, and a slight crack appeared in the arch.
Sweeping cuts in the Panama Canal organization's budget
have been ordered by the Canal Company's Board of Directors. The
major reductions announced are:
Closing of the Tivoli Guest House within the next four
Changing the Company's ship SS CRISTOBAL to a freighter
with accommodations for only 12 passengers. In the future, com-
mercial planes will be used for transporting Canal employees.
Pending a final decision are: Establishment of a new food
service facility to replace those now operating at the Diablo and
Balboa Service Centers: Discontinuance of retail laundry and dry
cleaning services at the Ancon laundry.

Our Captain, the President, encountered some stormy weather
o'er the year, 1970. All past problems, hopefully may be relegated
to 1970 with clear sailing for 1971.
Along with our appreciation to Mrs. Judd for her long and
faithful service to the Society, it also seems fitting that words of
commendation should be expressed to other members of the Execu-
tive Committee who give so freely of their time without any mone-
tary remuneration. Without their dedication and willingness to at-
tend frequent committee meetings to solve problems, the storm
clouds would have been darker.
The President, Captain Henry E. Falk, has of necessity as-

sumed extra duties since his ship temporarily ran aground last May.
His First Mate, Ross H. Hollowell, has responded far beyond the
prerequisites of his position, and he has personally resolved many
time-consuming details necessitated by changes in spite of the
fact that only last April he suffered a heart attack with the doctor's
orders "to take it easy." William L. Howard, immediate past Presi-
dent and deeply involved in the welfare of the Society freely offered
his services and many valuable suggestions. As an ex-post office
executive, he worked diligently for our Second-Class mailing permit
which is a tremendous saving on the cost of mailing RECORDS and
the ANNUAL ISSUE. Dewey Goodwin, a versatile and valuable
member of the Crew and a runner-up with Mrs. Judd time-wise in
serving the Society (Vice-President, 1961; President 1962-64) has
been on many committees Nominating, Audit, Blood Bank and,
with his knowledge of parliamentary law, has steered the Executive
Committee in the right direction on innumerable occasions. Albert
McKeown, likewise, has worked with the Society since 1960 when
he was acting on the Nominating Committee, a committee he still
serves on as Chairman. From 1961-1970, he also served as Sergeant-
at-Arms at the monthly meetings. Nolan Bissell, a comparative
newcomer on the Executive Committee has worked both with the
Executive and the Audit Committees and has been invaluable in time
spent in facilitating a smooth transition of the work involved for the
new Secretary-Treasurer.
Our thanks also to the other members who participate at
each monthly meeting Mr. William F. Grady and Mrs. Jay Cain.
The Legislative Representative gives generously of his time and gaso-
line he drives approximately 125 miles on the round-trip from
Lakeland to attend each monthly meeting. His timely and informa-
tive reports on pending legislation are pertinent and interesting. The
inspirational, opening prayer given by Mrs. Jay Cain, Chaplain, in-
vokes contemplation by members on the many things we have to
be thankful for and, in particular, the blessing of friends.
Finally, an integral part of our monthly meeting is nourish-
ment to our bodies in the form of coffee and doughnuts so efficiently
served by the Howard Dworaks, Mrs. John Hower, and Cecil Banan.
These members have also given of their time in other fields. Mr.
Banan is a past president and until 1970 a member of the Execu-
tive Committee.
To the many others, as the Reception Committee for the
Reunion, Charles Holmelin, Sergeant-at-Arms, our reporters, and

individuals who send in the news, your contributions are just as es-
sential to the welfare of the Panama Canal Society of Florida as that
of your officers.
For 1971, TO ALL OF YOU, an old Gaelic Blessing comes
to mind:
"May the roads rise with you
And the wind be always at your back ..."
May 1971 bring Peace to a torn world and Peace and Tran-
quility in the Affairs of the Society with calmer seas during the
first year of a new decade.

Thanks to the Reporters for cooperating in getting news in
early for the March RECORD. The deadline for reporters for the
June issue is April 20.
TWENTY YEARS AGO the March, 1951, RECORD -
"We hope that members have by this time received the 1951 year-
book which represents plenty of work by Secretary-Treasurer Lucille
Judd, who compiled it. Additional copies 25c."
INFLATION March, 1971 the cost of the new ANNUAL
ISSUE, also entirely compiled by Mrs. Judd, will be increased from
the 1970 cost of 50c for extra copies to 75c. This increase to 75c
also applies to extra copies of the RECORD.

We regret errors either in the RECORD or the ANNUAL
ISSUE, but errors do occur to some extent in most printed matter.
Errors in an address book are probably more serious to members
than in the RECORD. Unfortunately, errors, unless jeopardizing
receipt of mail, cannot be corrected until the next issue of the address
book except for the mailing of RECORDS in June, September and
The following errors in the 1970 ANNUAL ISSUE have been
brought to our attention Our apologies:
Page 1-Mr. William L. Howard's name was inadvertently
omitted from the Executive Committee on Page 1.
Page 10-Mrs. Louise R. Morris, Bogota omitted before Co-
Page 18-Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Ames, Apartment 211 omitted.
Page 23-Mrs. A. E. Beck, 7475 19th Avenue North, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33710 omitted.
Page 50-Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Dewey, 5812 Piedmont
Drive, Alexandria, Virginia omitted.


Adams, Mr. R. K ....................... ............. Box 2275, Balboa
Cicero, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J ........................ Box 1069, Balboa
Crowell, Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. .................... Box 1736, Balboa
Deuermeyer, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon R. ............... Box 231, Gamboa
Gailey, Mr. and Mrs. Grady G. ................ Box 202, Howard A.F.B.
Shannon, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew ..................... Box 1369, Balboa
Stark, Mr. Leonard H. ............................... Box 614, Balboa
Stevens, Col. and Mrs. Robert A. ..................... Box 1361, Cristobal

Faris, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E ................. P. O. Box 305, Kingman

Koenig, Mr. and Mrs. Frank ................ P. O. Box 2083, Hot Springs

Bailey, Mr. William R. ............. 9148 Farrington Drive, Santee 92071

Drebing, Mrs. Barbara W. ............. 1171 Hanover Street, Aurora 80010

Boehning, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. .... 222 West Jean Street, Tampa 33604
Curles, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph ................... Box 27, Dunnellon 32630
Duncan, Mr. and Mrs. Richard D., Box 25D, Star Route 2, Dunnellon 32630
Fishbough, Mr. and Mrs. Leon .7804 Woodlynne Avenue S., Tampa 33614
Isaacs, Mr. and Mrs. Edward W.,
5801 Mangrove Street North, St. Petersburg 33703
Kellagher, Mrs. Florence C. ........ 7741 Venetian Street, Miramar 33023
Koperski, Mr. Richard J. ............. 1333 Vassar Street, Orlando 32804
Lord, Mr. and Mrs. J. Douglas .. 6700 14th Ave. N., St. Petersburg 33710
Maeurer, Mr. and Mrs. Harry B., 2045 Little Neck Road, Clearwater 33515
Page, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, 4111 27th Ave. North, St. Petersburg 33713
Reynolds, Dr. Gloria ............ 360 N.W. 65th Avenue, Plantation 33313
Sapp, Mrs. Margaret Hewitt, 5607 33rd Ave. North, St. Petersburg 33710
Summerford, Mr. and Mrs. Homer H.,
6460 Third Palm Point, St. Petersburg Beach 33736
Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Rupert, 211 North Bradford Street, Tampa 33609
Walbridge, Mr. and Mrs. Harry, 2248 41st Terrace S.W., Golden Gate 33940
Wheaton, Miss Jane ................ 187 Louise Street, Fort Myers 33905
Wheaton, Mr. and Mrs. John M. .... 187 Louise Street, Fort Myers 33905
Wiggington, Mrs. Olive Lee Beil, 5991 66th Terrace N., Pinellas Park 33565

Williams, Mr. and Mrs. L. P. (formerly Mrs. Emma K. Estes),
204 Southwood Terrace, Louisville 40214

Heintz, Mrs. Melba M. ........... 454 Jahncke Avenue, Covington 70433

Towery, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde J. .... 2301 Wisconsin Street, Joplin 64801

Tillman, Mrs. Charles D ...... 605 Erkwood Drive, Hendersonville 28739

Buehlman, Mrs. Kenneth L. (Anita Morales) 311 Pole Lane, Marion 43302
Ladd, Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Dwight,
12472 Claridon-Troy Road, Chardon 44024
Steele, Dr. and Mrs. Russell D. ..3685 Davenant Avenue, Cincinnati 45213
Walbridge, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. ........ 474 Parrish Road, Conneaut 44030

Johnson, Mr. Gerald J. ....................... Route 3, Kingfisher 73750

Salter, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene T., 2885 N.W. 153rd Avenue, Beaverton 97005
Coffin, Mrs. J. W. .............. 518 North Pershing Avenue, York 17404

Martinez, Mrs. Rosemary D. (formerly Mrs. Rosemary Reardon),
GPO Box 1119, San Juan 00936
Henderickson, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver .............. Box 268, Spooner 54801

NITY CENTER, 1:30 p.m., April 2 (always the first Friday of each
month unless otherwise notified.)


January 13-14, 1972, St. Petersburg, Florida.


Grumbling because getting at your Income Tax Returns is a Must?
THE TAX! Better brush up on your Bajan!


De h'income tahx come now; I vex;
I doan know what I doin' nex'
One time de h'evenin' papuh say,
"De nex' yeah, mahn, you gwine to pay!"
I feeling' bahd; I wish I daid;
Den h'income tahx bahk up ahaid;
I pay fo' dis yeah an' de nex';
De h'income tahx h'it make I vex.

De money feenish, I doan pay -
Wh' ahppen den? De judge gwine say,
"Gamboa jail doan full h'up yet;
"Birdspeed you swinging' de machet";
I t'inkin' h'it doan be so nice
Fo' heat de feesh-haids an' de rice;
No show, no beer, no lottery;
De h'income tahx h'it vexin' me.

Dat 'lil mahn f'um Miss-oo-ree,
I doan know what I done to he;
I doan take hall he things away;
I doan tell he him gwine to pay;
Him doan heat Commissary food;
De guhvumen' treat he so good;
Give he de boat fo' sail de sea;
De h'income tahx doan vexin' he.

Me shirt hall feenish, an' me pahnts!
I doan go h'out fo' buy de chance;
But now I t'ink I gittin plahn
Fo' beat de h'income tahx; yis mahnl
De 'ooman making' baby now;
I a'ohppy her be known' how;
Birdspeed I git big family,
Den h'income tahx doan bizness me.

Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I ..................................... .............. hereby transmit my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues of $5.00 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the year
........................ $2.50 of this amount is for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD
for one year. (Please return this bill with remittance.)
N am e ......................................................................................
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Dues for:..............; 1971............; 1972........... 1973............; 1974...........
Amount Enclosed $........................... Check.......... M.OC.......... Cash..........

Street ... ......................... ....Box .............
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Recorded: Date ..................................... ...... Card No....................
DUES $5.00 Per Year Per Family, January 1 to December 31,
Canal Zone send money orders unless check is on a State's bank.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs. Miss or Mrs.

Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 313733

N am e .... ..........................................................................

Street ................................. ......... .................... Box ............

City................................................ State............ Zip Code...........

Dues for: ..............; 1971............; 1972 ............; 1973............; 1974...........

Amount Enclosed $........................ Check.......... M.O.......... Cash..........

N am e ............................................................ ...............
City.............................................. State............ Zip Code............
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.

for Box 11566
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

I, .............................................. hereby app for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $5.00 as my ANUAL MEMBERSHIP
dues for the year ................... $2.0 of this amount is for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECORD for one year.

Street... .................. .................. ................ Box.......... .

N am e (W ife) .. .....................................................................

Street ............................. ........................... .. Box .............

City............................................... State............ Zip Code..........

Division Employed ..........................................

Recommended by ..... ................ ..................................

Approved by ......... .............................................. Date.............

Amount Enclosed $.......................... Check.......... M.O........... Cash..........
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
On your application give name as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.


Residents of Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Florida Only

Name.......... .................................................................
Address............................................................. Box.............
City ................... .. ............................ State............ Zip Code............
Telephone .....................
Nam e .................................. ............................................
Address ....................................... ..................... Box.............
City................................................. State............ Zip Code........

Amount Enclosed $.......................... Check.......... M.O........... Cash..........
Approved by ............................................... Guard date ................
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.

Mr. and Mrs. Warren McNamee, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Peterson, St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mr. and
Mrs. John I. Whigam, Madison, New Jersey.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Leroy Dill and Mrs. Peggy J. Ellis, Houston,

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Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schapow, Margate, Florida, and Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Reif, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Seated: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond W. Hills, Sarasota, Florida.
Standing: Mrs. Harold I. Tinnin, Grand Cane, Louisiana, Mr. Walter
R. Fender, Margarita, Canal Zone.

Miss Claudia M. Hanbury, daughter of Mrs. Louise Hanbury, of Balboa,
Canal Zone, astride Raftur, a full-blooded 19-year-old Arabian stallion. See
"News from Louisiana."

Mr. and Mrs. Burnice A. Herring (Georgia Hagler) and
daughters, Cheryl, Vikki, Christi, Danna, and Ronna, of Venice,

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Clontz, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Catron, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles L. Green, Aiken, South Carolina.

Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office




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