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BOQUETE, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA
Church Service and Reception at the White House, Sunday, March 7,
1971, Governor Maurice H. Thatcher shaking hands with the President.
(Secretary of Gov. Thatcher, Mrs. Jackie Newman, shown).
OUR BIRTHDAY CONGRATULATIONS TO GOVERNOR
THATCHER-101 on August 15, 1971
THATCHER-l10l on August 15, 1971
Former FIRE DIVISION PERSONNEL-Annual Reunion, January, 1971
Seated, from left: Carleton F. Hallet who went to the Canal Zone in 1923
and was with the Fire Division from 1943 until 1961; James Cullen, em-
ployed as a plasterer in the Building Division in 1914 and was with the
Fire Division from 1922 until he retired in 1950; Edward Albin started as a
checker on the Locks in 1934 and was with the Fire Division from 1936
until he retired in 1967; Perc F. Graham started work on the Canal in 1917
and was with the Fire Division from 1925 until he retired in 1959.
Standing, from left: Clarence Howell, service from 1930 until retirement in
1957 as a fire lieutenant; Ernest "Tighe" Cotton, who was born in the
Canal Zone, started work as a boy in 1929 and was with the Fire Division
from 1937 until he retired as district commander in 1970; and John A.
Taber, who was born at Colon Hospital and whose first job was as helper
in the Electrical Division, joined the Fire Division in 1934 and retired as
district fire commander in 1961.
Charles R. and Richard A. Jones, sons of Mrs. Charles E. Jones (Lois
Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Chapman (Dorothy Hicks) and children, Priscilla,
Jonathan and David
RIe Panamna 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. E. Falk J. F. Warner
Ross H. Hollowell
Mrs. Frances Summerford
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
and Record Editor
Mrs. Harry V. Cain
Wm. F. Grady
H. E. Falk
Ross H. Hollowell
W. L. Howard
Mrs. Frances Summerford
W. D. Goodwin
N. A. Bissell
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Secretary to Committee
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ABOUT THE COVER
The Cover Sketch of BOQUETE, located in the mountains
of Panama, was reproduced from a Canal Zone note card, sketched by
Al Sprague, a Canal Zone youth with outstanding artistic ability.
Boquete, the center of Panama's coffee industry, with its delightful
climate, has been and is a favorite vacation spot for Canal employees
and their families. There are four local Zone scenes and three other
drawings depicting typical Panamanian scenes in the series.
Al Sprague is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Sprague,
former Canal Zone residents who now reside in St. Augustine,
Florida. After completing his high school work in Balboa, Al attended
the American University in Washington, D.C. where he obtained his
B. A. Degree in Art in 1962. He taught in Williamsburg Junior High
School in Arlington, Virginia, for four years and completed his work
on his Masters Degree in Art in 1966. Al returned to the Zone where
he taught art at Curundu Junior High until 1969 when he trans-
ferred to Balboa High School.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, regretfully
reports that there is no news on legislation pertaining to retirees. See
the Minutes for the May and June monthly meetings of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. on proposed legislation.
Congress has many "irons in the fire." NARFE has only one
- YOU, the Retiree. See the August issue of RETIREMENT LIFE
on recent bills introduced in Congress sponsored by NARFE in their
constant efforts to secure a better deal for federal employees.
NARFE urges YOU "to write, write, write your Congressmen,
as you have never done before, beginning shortly after Labor Day
and keeping the letters flowing into Washington for the next 60
Are you one of the
146,000 federal retirees who are members
Mr. Robert K. Adams
Mrs. Doris T. Acheson
Mr. Carrol F. Anderson
Mr. Leslie O. Anderson
Mrs. Dova D. Antill
Mr. James V. Bartlett
Mr. Lionel L. Barfield
Mr. August I. Bauman
Mr. Edward N. Belland
Mr. Ernest E. Berger
Mr. Arthur Bernstein
Mr. Morty K. Blanchard
Mr. Kenneth R. A. Booth
Mr. Robert S. Bowen
Mrs. Rhoda S. Brians
Mrs. Adamary A. Bright
Mrs. Ethel W. Brown
Capt. Howard Buehler
Miss Thelma L. Capwell
Mrs. Helen M. Cicero
Mr. Leslie B. Clarke
Coco Solo Hospital
Budget and Rates
Office of Director Marine
5/29 Gorgas Hospital
5/29 Payroll & Machine Acc't
Mr. Loring C. Cooper 7/31
Mr. George T. Darnall Jr. 5/31
Mr. John R. DeGrummond Jr.
Mr. James R. Doran 7/31
Mr. James L. Dunn 5/31
Mr. Lionel L. Ewing 5/31
Mrs. Fronia Fender 5/31
Mrs. Shirley K. Finlason 5/31
Mr. Joseph E. Flynn 5/31
Mr. Charles A. Garcia 5/31
Mr. Curtis H. George 5/31
Mrs. Dorcas W. Gregory 5/29
Mr. Perley B. Hartwell Jr. 5/29
Mr. Sidney Hayes 5/31
Mrs. Betsy R. Hoenke 5/15
Mrs. Margaret E. Hughes 5/29
Mr. Horace F. Jenner 5/29
Mrs. Josephine W. Jones 5/31
Mr. Edward E. Kennerd 5/31
Mr. John M. Klasovsky 6/30
Mr. Anthony J. Kucikas 5/29
Mr. Arnold J. Landreth 5/30
Mr. Jules A. Lelaidier 7/31
Mrs. Ferne E. Levee 5/15
Mr. Lloyd S. McConnell 5/29
Mr. Charles S. Malsbury 5/31
Mr. Walter E. Marek 5/12
Miss Hazel P. Matthews 5/28
Mr. Russell C. Meissner 5/31
Mr. Marvin D. Metheny 5/31
Mr. John D. Mitchusson 7/31
Lt. Fredrick A. Mohl 5/8
Miss C. Eunice Monroe 5/28
Mrs. Dorothy H. Neville 5/29
Mr. Wilbert L. Ney 5/31
Mr. Luther M. Norwood 5/29
Mr. Howard W. Osborn 5/29
Major Fred E. Perra 5/29
Capt. John T. Peterson 5/31
Mr. Edward F. Pilley 5/29
Mrs. Katherine T. Pilley 7/26
Facilities Engineering 38
5/29 Accounting 40
Coco Solo Hospital 27
Cristobal Magistrate's Court 29
Coco Solo Hospital 20
Pers. Bureau -Off. of Director 28
Facilities Engineering 32
Facilities Engineering 38
Facilities Engineering 30
General Audit 27
Facilities Engineering 21
Facilities Engineering 30
Facilities Engineering 30
Facilities Engineering 33
Mr. Peter S. Porrello
Mrs. Ruby E. Radel
Mr. George Rahn
Mr. Ernest B. Rainier
Mr. Alvin A. Rankin
Mr. Bruce G. Sanders Jr.
Mr. Martin L. Sawyer
Mrs. Ruth C. Sawyer
Mr. Orlando Sena
Dr. David Senzer
Mr. Richard B. Simpson
Mr. Robert C. Stanley
Mr. Ernest C. Stiebritz
Mrs. Inez C. Swafford
Sgt. Howard J. Toland
Mr. Clifford V. Torstenson
Mr. Richard M. Vosburgh
Miss Mary J. Ward
Mr. Merrill T. Webster
Mr. Malcolm R. Wheeler
Mrs. Mary K. White
Mr. Russell T. Wise
Mrs. Evella C. Wright
5/1 Off. of Gov.-Safety Branch 32
5/31 Coco Solo Hospital 32
5/31 Facilities Engineering 36
5/31 Navigation 33
5/29 Navigation 38
5/29 Customs 35
5/15 Navigation 35
5/17 Navigation 28
5/31 Pers. Bureau-Operations Div. 29
5/27 Gorgas Hospital 26
5/29 Fire 33
5/29 Electrical 28
5/29 Locks 27
5/29 C.Z. Mental Health Center 07
5/31 Police 32
6/30 Navigation 29
7/1 Dredging 11
5/1 Pers. Bur.-Off. of Director 21
5/31 Locks 21
5/27 Supply & Comm. Svc. Bur.-Off.
of Director 37
5/29 C.Z. Mental Health Center 25
5/31 Off. of Director, Eng. &
Cons. Bureau 30
In October of 1970 Governor and Mrs. Leber gave a showing
of his drawings and paintings of the Panama Canal locks overall
which he covered in 1968 and 1969. The Company bought the draw-
ings and paintings which are now on permanent display around the
rotunda of the Administration Building and in the Board Room and
Al was married in August of 1962 to a Virginia girl, Barbara
Whitla, who also has a B. A. Degree in Art from the American
University. The Spragues have two children, Mark (5) and Kassie
(3). Their address is Box 2635, Balboa, Canal Zone.
At the Executive Committee meeting on June 15, President
Falk read a letter from Mrs. Virginia Wood resigning her position as
Secretary-Treasurer of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
effective July 31, 1971. Mrs. Wood's resignation was accepted with
The Society is fortunate in having Mrs. Frances Summerford
assume the work of the Secretary-Treasurer. Although born in
London, England, Mrs. Summerford considers Panama her home.
She, too, has imbibed of that potent Chagres Water! Frances Sum-
merford lived in the Canal Zone until her husband, Homer H.
Summerford, known as Hank or Slim, retired in 1964 from the
Police Division at which time the Summerfords went to Cordele,
Georgia, where they bought and operated a farm. They have three
sons, all born on the Canal Zone; Roark, a teacher in Rome, Georgia;
Duncan, who is in the Air Force; and Jody, a senior at Georgia
Mr. and Mrs. Summerford moved to St. Petersburg in October
Regretfully, it is FAREWELL to Virginia and THANKS for
a job well done. To Frances-a hearty WELCOME from the Com-
mittee. Members will find her cooperative, friendly, and well-just
another dedicated ex-Zonian who will at all times fan the flame that
binds all who served
"Away down south in the Torrid Zone
North latitude nearly nine..."
ENGAGEMENTS AND WEDDINGS
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dugas, of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone,
announced the marriage of their daughter Leslie Ann to Dr. Richard
W. Firth, Jr., son of the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Richard W. Firth, of
Sewickley, Pennsylvania, on May 29, 1971, in Houston, Texas.
Miss Dugas was born in Panama City. She graduated from
Balboa High School in 1966. She attended Canal Zone College and
Dominican College in Houston. After study in Florence, Italy, under
Dominican's Junior-year-abroad program, she received a bachelor of
Arts Degree, majoring in fine arts.
Dr. Firth received a bachelor of arts degree in 1966 from
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, where he also did graduate
work. Recently he received a doctor of philosophy degree in Ocean-
ography from the University of Texas A and M.
The couple reside in Clifton, New Jersey, where Dr. Firth
has accepted a position as senior consultant scientist with Envicon
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Fulop, of Sun City Center, Florida,
announce the marriage of their daughter, Rosanne, to Mr. Joseph
Garcia, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Jose Garcia, of Daytona Beach,
Florida at Ancon, Canal Zone, on July 16, 1971.
The bride is a graduate of the Canal Zone College and is
presently employed in the Claims Branch of the Comptrollers Office
in Balboa Heights. The bridegroom is a member of the Canal Zone
The couple reside in Diablo Heights, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. John G. Haky, residing at 4529 Mapledale
Drive in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and formerly of the Panama Can-
al Zone, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Barbara
Ann, son of Mrs. Nellie Maxwell, of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, and
the late William R. Maxwell.
The bride-to-be was born in Colon and is a 1968 graduate
of Balboa High School. She is presently employed by Dravo Corpora-
tion in Pittsburgh. Her fiance is a 1968 graduate of West Mifflin
North High School and is currently employed by Mesta Machine
Company in West Homestead.
A spring wedding is planned.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Helmerichs, of Gatun, Canal Zone,
have announced the engagement of their daughter, Cinda Kay, to
Robert Bjarne Spilling, son of Capt. and Mrs. Henning J. Spilling,
of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Miss Helmerichs and Mr. Spilling are both 1970 graduates
of Cristobal High School. Miss Helmerichs is now attending Prospect
Hall College in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and will graduate in January.
Mr. Spilling has been attending Canal Zone College and plans to
continue his education at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
No date has been set for the wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. Jenkins, of Billings, Montana, have
announced the engagement of their daughter, Mary Lou, to Milton
G. Parsons, son of Mrs. Dorothy Bright, of Diablo Heights, Canal
Zone, and the late Leon G. Parsons. Miss Jenkins is attending the
University of Montana. A graduate of Balboa High School and
the University of Montana, her fiance is doing graduate work at
the University. The wedding is planned for late summer.
Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Larkin announced the marriage of their
daughter, Stella Larkin, to Mr. Bruce Seaton, both of Arcadia, Cal-
ifornia. Stella is the daughter of Elaine (Sullivan) Larkin.
Information from Mr. and Mrs. Jack Carey
The marriage of Mrs. Samuel Francis Mason, III, to Mr.
Howard Linden Clarke, Jr., both of Margarita, took place on May
29, 1971, at the Margarita Union Church.
Following the reception held at the Elks Club in Brazos
Heights, the bridal couple left for a two-month vacation in the
Mrs. Clarke teaches at Cristobal Junior Senior High School,
and Mr. Clarke is employed by the industrial Division of the Panama
Captain and Mrs. Ernest B. Rainier were married on May 15,
1971, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Halvosa, Jr., of Los
Rios, Canal Zone. The ceremony was attended by family and close
Captain Rainier is retiring from his position of Port Captain
of Cristobal. Mrs. Rainier, the former Louise Chandler White, is a
teacher at Curundu Elementary School.
Miss Susan Frances Sale, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond
L. Sale (Louise Murwin) and Wayne Jay Whittemore, son of Mrs.
John S. Whittemore, and the late John S. Whittemore, all of Jack-
sonville, Florida, were married May 1, 1971, at Saint Luke's Epis-
The bride is a graduate of Jacksonville University. Her
husband is employed with the Delta Air Lines and they are currently
making their home in Jacksonville.
Susan's paternal and maternal grandfathers (deceased) both
worked on the Panama Canal. Grandfather Alex Sale, during con-
struction days, was in charge of all steam shovel repairs in the
Pacific Division, and Grandfather Roland Murwin was operator and
captain in the Dredging Division. (See Picture)
Mr. and Mrs. Roy A. Sharp, of Balboa, Canal Zone, announce
the marriage of their daughter, Mary Jean Sharp, to Lt. Gordon E.
Kauffman, USNR, of Panama City, Republic of Panama, formerly of
Craigmont, Idaho, on July 2, 1971, at the Sacred Heart Chapel,
Ancon, Canal Zone.
The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and Florida
Atlantic University. The bridegroom is a graduate of the University
of Washington, Spokane, Washington, and is presently serving with
the Navy in the Canal Zone.
The bride's maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Violette, of Panama City, Republic of Panama.
Miss Mary Carol Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James
E. Thompson, of Pensacola, Florida, and Lt. (jg) Orrin Pierce
Clement (USNR), son of Mr. and Mrs. Caleb C. Clement, of Gatun,
Canal Zone, were married on May 29, 1971, in St. Thomas More
Catholic Church in Pensacola, Florida.
Mrs. Clement was graduated from Pensacola Catholic High
School and until her marriage was employed with Southern Bell
Telephone and Telegraph Co., Pensacola.
Lt. Clement graduated from Cristobal High School in 1965
and received his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education
from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater. He is presently serving
with the United States Navy and is stationed at the U. S. Naval
Air Station, Imperial Beach, California.
Out of town guests included the groom's parents, Ruth (Egolf)
and Caleb Clement, of Gatun; Mrs. Gladys Humphrey, of Sarasota,
Florida; and Lt. (jg) Wallace Brians, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rayburn
L. Brians, formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone, who served as best man.
They reside at Villa Granada Apartments, 550 Oxford Street,
Apt. 647, Chula Vista, California.
Mrs. Patrice C. Wallace, of Balboa, Canal Zone, announces
the engagement of her daughter, Patrice Marie, to Robert R. Will,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond R. Will of Margarita. Miss Wallace
is a graduate of Balboa High School and is now attending the Canal
Zone College. Her fiance is a graduate of Cristobal High School and
was recently discharged from the U. S. Army. He will start an ap-
prenticeship with the Panama Canal Co. in July. No date has been
set for the wedding.
At seven o'clock in the evening of August sixth, nineteen
hundred and seventy-one, Miss Nellie Lynn Wood, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. James C. Wood, of St. Petersburg, Florida, became the
bride of Robert Jon Engelke, son of Captain and Mrs. Robert A.
Engelke, of Balboa Heights, Canal Zone. The wedding took place at
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg.
Out-of-town guests were: Capt. and Mrs. Robert A. Engelke,
parents of the groom, and Mrs. Ann Suescum, sister of the bride,
from the Canal Zone; Miss Pamela Rowe, Charlotte, North Carolina;
and from Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Rowe, Fort Lauderdale; Mr.
and Mrs. Adolph Willy, Delray Beach; Mrs. Robert L. Simpson, Fort
Walton Beach; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crowell, sister of the groom,
Daytona; Miss Susan Engelke, sister of the groom, Jacksonville;
Mrs. Jack Randall, West Palm Beach; and Mr. and Mrs. John R.
La Capra (Janice Spencer), Winter Park, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis M. Andino (Janice Malone), of Decatur,
Georgia, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, on April
9, in Decatur. The baby has been named Jacqueline Marie.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Walter Malone,
formerly of Gamboa and now of St. Petersburg, Florida. The pater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Agosto Andino of Panama City.
Mr. and Mrs. Eddie L. Crews (Estelle Davison) announce
the birth of their daughter, Doneen Deborah, on March 15, 1971, at
South St. Paul, Minnesota.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Estle (Dave)
Davison, of Kerrville, Texas, formerly of Margarita. The paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lee Crews, of Mexico, Missouri.
Mr. and Mrs. Danny George of Balboa announce the birth of
their third child and third son, Derek Albert, on June 17, 1971.
Mrs. George is the former Charlotte (Lottie) Schultz, daugh-
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert U. Schultz of Balboa. The baby's pater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Curtis H. George of Gatun.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Griffin (Linda Jane Cunningham), 905
Kenwood, Burbank, California, announce the birth of their second
child, a son, John Joseph Griffin III, who was born on May 22, 1971.
Paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Griffin, are both
deceased. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joshua A.
Cunningham, of Kent, Washington.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry B. Gross, Jr., of Goldsboro, North
Carolina, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, on
March 8, 1971, selected and adopted on May 3, 1971. The baby has
been named Phyllis Marie.
Mrs. Gross is the former Miss Beverly Phillips and the mater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James L. Phillips, of Diablo,
Canal Zone. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Henry B.
Gross, Sr., of Selma, Alabama.
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Kessler of La Boca, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of their fifth child and fourth son on May 8, 1971,
at Gorgas Hospital. The baby was named Brian Edward. Mrs. Kessler
is the former Miss Marguerite Flynn, daughter of the late Mr. and
Mrs. Peter Flynn.
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Mahoney, of Chattanooga, Tennessee,
announced the birth of their first child, Jennifer, on May 19, 1971.
The paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Mahoney,
of St. Petersburg, Florida, stopped in Chattanooga to welcome
their grandchild en route home from a trip to Europe.
Capt. and Mrs. Robert O. Smith (Carol Kapinos) announce
the birth of their third child, Mark Daniel, on May 24, 1971, in
Aiken, South Carolina. The Smiths have two other children, Melissa
Marie and Andrew Robert.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Smith, of
Curundu, Canal Zone. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. A.
Kapinos, of Aiken, South Carolina.
The Smiths are stationed at Howard AFB, Canal Zone.
2nd Lt. and Mrs. Alan Wells, of Bryan Air Force Base, Texas,
announce the birth of a daughter, Chandra Lee, on July 16, at Bryan.
Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Katherine Melanson and Mr.
Theodore Melanson. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Fred Wells. All are of Balboa.
Mr. and Mrs. E. John Wiedenhoff (Alice Chambers) an-
nounce the birth of their first child, William Matthew, on June 6,
1971, at Fort Worth, Texas.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Cham-
bers, of Kerrville, Texas, who were in Fort Worth with Alice and her
husband for ten days helping with their new grandson.
For one born on August 15, 1870, looking back over those
one hundred and one memorable years certainly would be like turning
the pages of history in the making. By 1870 the background had been
laid for many of the events and problems of the Twentieth Century.
Maurice H. Thatcher who celebrated his 101st birthday on August
15th not only has lived through the drastic changing times of the
Twentieth Century, but through his life's work has won for himself
his niche in history. An article in the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES,
June 22, 1971, in concise words depicts the Canal's first Governor
as he is today.
"Back around 1910, Gov. Maurice Thatcher, clad in a starched
suit of white duck, closed up saloons in the Panama Canal Zone and
jailed importers of ladies of easy virtue.
"Today, almost 101, supported by a cane that belonged to
the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Mr. Thatcher is still fighting for
his beloved Canal Zone.
"His luxuriant moustache is long gone; his cheeks are sunken
and his dark hair thinned and grown snow white."
"But at least once a year the last surviving member of the
Commission that built the Panama Canal inches his way along the
marbled corridors of Congress, seeking funds for tropical disease
research in Panama and other worthy causes.
"When he comes to see you, it's like GEORGE WASHING-
TON talking to you about what you ought to do on an amendment
to the Constitution," says an awed Capitol Hill veteran.-See Picture
THIS N' THAT-THE BAY AREA
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Alexaitis (Shirley Karst), of Gatun,
Canal Zone, spent five weeks in June with Shirley's mother, Mrs.
Henrietta Karst, in St. Petersburg and enjoyed the Florida sunshine.
Jack is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Alexaitis, old timers on the Canal
Zone-Quarantine and Immigration Division.
Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Orr (Tom and Pat) and two sons were
visitors at the G. Carter Orrs in their new condominium for five
days in early June. They packed some of the Orr's excess possessions
which space prohibited using in smaller quarters to take back to
the T. C. Orr home on Shelter Island, New York.
Mrs. Frank A. Clisbee, of Los Angeles, California, was the
guest of her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Clisbee,
of St. Petersburg in June.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene I. Askew drove to Cookeville, Ten-
nessee, for the graduation of their son, Bobby from the Tennessee
Polytechnic Institute on June 5. Bobby received his BS Degree in
Industrial Engineering. In September Bobby is due to report to the
Fort Belvoir training station in Virginia. En route to Tennessee,
the Askews visited their son, Stevie, at Clemson University. They
returned to St. Petersburg by Mobile, Alabama, where they saw
their son-in-law and daughter Linda, Mr. and Mrs. Vince Gomez.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Goodwin (Nancy Askew) and daughter Christy
will arrive in St. Petersburg from the Zone about July 26 for a visit
with Nancy's parents and her grandmother, Mrs. Otto Kozak.
Mrs. A. E. Beck left St. Petersburg on July 15th for Iowa
and Minnesota where she will visit her sister and nieces and nephews.
She plans to be away for about a month.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles (Chuck and Dorothy) Lavalee, of
Curundu, Canal Zone, attended the Shrine Convention in Miami
and then journeyed to St. Petersburg where they enjoyed chatting
with Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell, Mrs. Bernice Howard (St. Peters-
burg) and the Tony Frangionis of Clearwater and many other former
Zonians in the area.
Mrs. Anthony Ruffo left St. Petersburg in early June for
Italy where she plans to make her home with her sisters. Her friendly
smile will be missed at the monthly meetings.
Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Jones and children, Luther and Becky,
from Gamboa, were visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alton E.
Jones, Largo, Florida, in early June. Captain and Mrs. Ernest B.
Rainier and two sons, of Balboa, Canal Zone, were houseguests of
Vera and Alton Jones in July.
Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Ridge and four children were guests of
Mrs. Ridge's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Kleefkens of Tampa in
June. While in Florida, the two young Ridge boys attended baseball
camp at the Al Lang Field for two weeks.
Frank Leves visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Yane Leves,
in Tampa in June. Frank is with the Merchant Marines and is
"Somewhere" on the high seas again. Charlie Leves works with the
Dredging Division on the Zone.
Mrs. Emma Brown of the Canal Zone was a guest at the
Leves home in early July.
Mrs. Louise Grier has sold her home in St. Petersburg and
moved to Suncoast Manor, 6909 9th Street South, Room 406, St.
Petersburg. Unfortunately, soon after moving, Mrs. Grier fell and
broke her hip and after a few weeks in St. Anthony's Hospital is
now in the infirmary connected with Suncoast Manor. She is very
happy and contented in her new home. Among her callers in July
were her nephew, Bob Grier and his wife from the Canal Zone, who,
after visiting her mother in Orlando, were guests of Mrs. Bessie
Lyons of Clearwater.
Houseguests of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan in early June
were their daughter, Peggy, South Bend, Indiana, and Col. R. Selee,
Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Grimes, of Pensacola, Florida, visited
Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Kleasner in St. Petersburg and Mrs. Delmore
Whitver, of Orlando, Florida, in May. Mrs. Michael Zimmerman
(Jeanene Kleasner) and three children, Susan, Michael and Eliza-
beth from Salem, Washington, spent a month during the summer
with her parents. Time passed all too quickly for the family ge:t-
together. One highlight of Jeanene's trip was seeing Peggy Donovan
at the Tampa International Airport on the night of her departure.
Jeanene and Peggy have been friends since childhood and both were
graduates of Balboa High in 1956. Unfortunately, Peggy was leaving
St. Petersburg for South Bend, Indiana, shortly after Jeanene's
plane arrived, but the Donovans went to the airport early. Peggy
and Jeanene did a lot of reminiscing in one all too brief hour!
Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin left St. Petersburg June 7 for visits
in North Carolina with Faye Hamlin's family and in South Carolina
with Miss Jane Hamlin. Her son, Eugene E. Hamlin, Jr., Canal
Zone, who was in the States on business, made a brief stop in St.
Petersburg to see his mother. In late August, Mrs. Hamlin plans to
go to New Canaan, Connecticut, for an indefinite stay with her
daughter and son-in-law (Janie Hamlin), Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Lef-
In late May Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Harvey entertained their
son Hugh and his fiancee, Miss Christopher Bryant, of Tuscon,"
Arizona, formerly from the Zone. Norman Watkins and his fiancee,
Janet Hunt were also guests in the Harvey home.
In May, Miss Jane Holcolm attended her niece's wedding
and visited her brother and his wife in Columbia, South Carolina.
She left St. Petersburg the last of June for a trip to Ontario, Canada,
by car with a friend.
Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Sylvestre, of St. Petersburg, attended
the graduation exercises of their grandson, Christopher (Chris)
Simpson, from Choctauhatchee High School in June. At the
Awards' Assembly Chris received the award for being the most out-
standing student in the English Department for the entire three
years of high school. He plans to enter Florida State University in
Tallahassee in the fall and upon the completion of his undergraduate
work probably will enter law school. Christopher is the son of Mrs.
Robert L. Simpson (Peggy Sylvestre), of Fort Walton Beach,
Florida. Debby Simpson, who will be a senior in high school this
fall, will be captain of the cheer leaders for the school. She is also ac-
tive in competitive gymnastics. The younger daughter, Sandy, gradu-
ated from the eighth grade in June and is in training for competitive
water skiing. David, the youngest of the Simpson children, will be
in the 7th grade. Last year he was active in athletics and was on the
winning basketball, football, and baseball teams. Sandy and David
are also taking golf lessons. The children-scholars and athletes!
Just like Mom's school days! Peggy keeps busy with substituting,
chauffeuring the four children, bowling, committees, and often a
house full of guests-the latchstring is always out for old friends.
Miss Ann Crowley, of Forestville, Connecticut, visited her
sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Houston Esslinger, in St.
Petersburg in May. Early in June the Esslingers flew north to
Forestville where they were Ann's guests. Their son, Andrew, his
wife Phyllis, and two daughters also live in Forestville. With Mary
Esslinger, of Washington, D.C., joining the family group, with the
exception of Joel (Oklahoma) who was unable to attend, all the
family were together.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Krout (Lena Mae Howard), of Camp
Hill, Pennsylvania, were guests in July of Mrs. H. V. Howard, Sr.,
of St. Petersburg.
Margaret (Stevens) and Lloyd Spradlin and their three chil-
dren, Tracy, Brett and John, were summer visitors in the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Wally Bain in St. Petersburg. The Spradlings were on
their way back to the Zone after vacationing in the United States.
Margaret and her parents, Dorothy and John Stevens were next door
neighbors of the Bains on Amador Road for many years.
Mr. and Mrs. Daile D. Keigley, of St. Petersburg, left July 21
for a visit with relatives in Caruthersville, Missouri. Their daughter,
Elizabeth Ann (Mrs. Anthony Holshouser) will teach in Kentucky
next year. Her husband completes his work on his degree at Murray
University in Kentucky in August.
Vera and Elmer Stevens, of Ocala, Florida, were overnight
guests of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Jones, of St. Petersburg, on June
18. Both are now fine though Vera has had her ups and downs over
the past year. They reported on their two sons.
Major and Mrs. James Stevens (Marilyn Abreu) have been
transferred from England A.F.B., Alexandria, Louisiana, to MOU
Air Base near Mountain Home, Idaho. Jim is assigned to a tactical
unit that flies the F-111 planes.
John Stevens, a pilot on the carrier Independent, is leaving
shortly for the Mediterranean area. His wife and three children will
remain in Norfolk, Virginia, while he is away.
Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Chapman (Dorothy Hicks) arrived
at Tampa Airport on June 15th for a furlough of three months. They
have just completed their tour of duty on the Mission Field in Sedde,
Wallame, Ethiopia. Upon their return to the field, Dr. Chapman
will be assigned to Sudan Interior Mission Headquarters, which is
in Addis Abbaba. The three children, Priscilla, Jonathan, and David
will attend Bingham Academy, which is the S. I. M. school for all
missionary children. During their furlough, they will be travelling
and visiting in Alabama, North and South Carolina, West Virginia,
Ohio and Illinois. In between visits the Chapmans will be staying in
St. Petersburg with Dorothy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H.
Mr. and Mrs. Nolan Bissell left St. Petersburg June 21 for
Rome, New York, where they visited their son at Griffith Air Force
Mrs. Robert (Gladys) Turner, of Dallas, Texas, dropped by
to see the Walter Lindsays in St. Petersburg when en route to Texas
from a trip north. The Lindsays are expecting their daughter, Judy,
who has spent the summer months travelling in Australia and New
Zealand, home in early August for a visit before she returns to her
teaching and counseling position in Japan.
June was pack-up time for the Roy Reeces of St. Peters-
burg who escape Florida's warm summers each year and enjoy four
or five months of cool New England weather at their summer home
near Gilmanton Iron Works in New Hampshire.
David and Sally Long and two children, of Washington, D. C.,
were guests of David's mother in St. Petersburg in July.
Captain and Mrs. Robert A. Engelke, Balboa Heights, Canal
Zone, were overnight guests of Mr. and Mrs. James Wood in St.
Petersburg on June 1. After visiting family in Florida-their son,
Bobby, in St. Petersburg, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Crowell (Kathy
Engelke) in South Daytona, and Susan Engelke, a legal secretary
in Jacksonville they went to Bentonville, Arkansas, for more re-
unions with family and friends. After a trip to Baltimore, Mary-
land, where Mrs. Engelke's mother lives, they returned to Florida to
be with their children and to complete necessary arrangements for
Margie Engelke who will enter her sophomore year at the University
of South Florida this fall. The climax of their summer trip in 1971,
however, was welcoming a new member into the Engelke family-
Nellie Lynn Wood (see Weddings).
There is no doubt about it-Zonian retirees just ARE dif-
ferent; they definitely are NOT in the proverbial "rocking chair"
category. Freed from the working-day limitations of the past, they
TRAVEL. For many, it was SEE AMERICA, combined with re-
unions with families and friends. For others, travel ranged from a
world tour, trips to the Orient, or a casual jaunt to Europe.
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Johnson, of St. Petersburg, sailed from
Port Everglades, Florida, on June 21st on a trip around the world.
Dr. and Mrs. Irving J. Strumpf, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
reported a wonderful three months on their trip to the Orient.
Judge and Mrs. Carl A. Widell, of Tampa, Florida, who re-
turned late in May, report in detail on their trip to the Orient. They
visited Tokyo, Nikko, Kamakura, Atami, Hakone, Kyoto and Ta-
karazuka in Japan, Taipei, Taiwan; Manila, Philippine Islands;
Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Bangkok, Thailand and Hong
Kong before returning to Hawaii.
Several days were spent in Hawaii with LTC and Mrs. Wil-
liam Rathbone (Marjorie Widell) and grandchildren, Nancy, Susan
and Bill, Jr. A week was spent on the outer islands of Maui, Kauai
and Hawaii. While in Hawaii, they had dinner with Mrs. Christine
Tull, formerly employed by the Canal Zone Schools. Mrs. Tull is
retiring from the University of Hawaii this year and expects to at-
tend the Panama Canal Society Reunion in January.
The Widells also spent three weeks in Palo Alto, California,
with Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Widell (Janet Hine) and daughter
Judge Widell stated, "We enjoyed seeing Japan at Cherry
Blossom time and found the entire trip most enjoyable; however, the
prettiest sight of all was Yosemite National Park, California, in
Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Argo, of Laguna Hills, California, en-
joyed a two-month trip by ship to the Far East during the summer.
Their daughter Kay and her family from San Diego were expected
home on August 8. In September, Mr. and Mrs. Argo plan to drive
east to see their daughter Grace and family in North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Mahoney, of St. Petersburg, Flor-
ida, left Tampa International Airport on May 15 for a wonderful
trip to Europe. They visited thirteen countries before returning
home on June 22. En route, they stopped in Chattanooga, Tennes-
see, for a visit with their son Patrick, his wife, Nancy and Jennifer.
Mrs. Roy Misenheimer, of Winter Haven, Florida, and Mrs.
Harold Mueller (Lucile Kemp), of Baltimore, Maryland, spent a
month in Europe this summer. They visited the Scandinavian Coun-
tries, Vienna, Yugoslavia, Greece, Spain and Portugal.
Lucile's son, Harold Mueller, Jr., who was also traveling in
Europe, was in a motorcycle accident in England and is now re-
covering nicely at his home in Baltimore.
The senior Muellers were long time residents of Gatun and
retired from the locks' division in the early forties.-Borghild H.
Misenheimer, 1490 N. Lake Mirror Dr., Winter Haven, Florida 33880
For Miss Marie Weir, counselor at the Canal Zone College
and an inveterate summer traveler, six weeks of the summer of 1971,
were spent in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Finland. She spent
a few weeks in St. Petersburg before and after her vacation abroad.
Miss Weir returned to the Canal Zone early in August for registra-
tion of fall students in the college.
Known as "Seward's Folly" or "Seward's Icebox" in 1867,
Alaska, the 49th State (1959) of the Union, entices traveling Zon-
ians as a vacation spot.
Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Cunningham, Lighthouse Point (note:
their former city address was Pompano Beach; their street and num-
ber are the same, but their area was recently incorporated with
Lighthouse Point), Florida, left in July for a six-week trip, part of
which was spent in Alaska. They flew to Seattle from Miami and
took a boat through the Inside Passage of Ketchikan, Juneau, Skag-
way, Whitehorse, and on to Fairbanks by motor coach and train.
Their tour also included a visit to Nome, and then a flight north
over the Arctic Circle to the Eskimo village of Kotzebue. After a
visit to Anchorage, they returned to Seattle by plane.
The Cunninghams on June 27th drove to Miami Beach where
they attended a cocktail party and banquet at the Hotel Seville
given by Abou Saad Temple of the Canal Zone. The Shrine Con-
vention was held during the following week on the beach. They saw
many familiar faces and many new ones from the Zone as well as
Puerto Rico along with several couples from St. Petersburg and
Mr. and Mrs. Julian Hearne of St. Petersburg, accompanied
by Miss Ethel Ferguson, of the Canal Zone, left on June 28 by car
for Alaska. En route they visited Dess and Ethel's brother in
Washington. In Washington they were advised not to tour Alaska
without reservations so plans were changed, and they enjoyed a de-
lightful vacation in Canada. They plan to return to St. Petersburg
in August, and Miss Ferguson, who is a counselor at the Curundu
Jr. High School, will fly back to the Zone.
Mrs. Nena McMillan and Mrs. Geneva Stockham, of St.
Petersburg, Florida, chose Hawaii, that'prosperous and popular pa-
radise of the Pacific, for a trip. They left in late May. After a
most enjoyable vacation in Hawaii, they returned to Los Angeles
where they parted. Mrs. McMillan visited Mr. and Mrs. Orlando
T. Symonds and Alma and Tommy Burrows in Albuquerque, New
Mexico, before returning to St. Petersburg. Then, she flew to Ja-
maica for a week. Mrs. Stockham journeyed to Denver, Colorado,
and vicinity for a visit with her mother and other relatives, and
then flew to Akron, Ohio, to see Mr. and Mrs. James Reece (Janet
Stockham) and her two grandchildren.
SEEING AMERICA-18 states in 36 days! Ruth and Wally
Bain and Mary and Leo Clements left St. Petersburg in early May
and saw many friends, relatives and historical sites.
In New Orleans they visited with Mary's sister, Florence Mc-
Laney-and ran into Elmer Orr and family at "Fitzgerald's Res-
taurant" on Lake Ponchartrain.
Then on to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to visit with Jack and
Pat DeVore (Pat Bain) and granddaughter, Tita Marie. Called on
Bates Wieman and Lenor and Harry Butz in Springdale; it was good
to see old friends once again.
While in Houston, Texas, a visit to the "Astrodome" was a
must-and it was BIG AND BEAUTIFUL!
St. Louis, Missouri, came next-and a visit with Ann and
Jack Bain and the grandchildren-Steven (now in college), Daniel,
Julia Ann and little Laura Ellen. A trip to the top of the "Gate-
way Arch" (all 630 feet of it) was breathtaking-seeing Missouri
on one side and Illinois on the other.
Stopped off in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to see Dr. and Mrs.
Jaime Curtas (Ruth's niece, Kathleen Jenkins)-and caught them
just in time as they were leaving shortly for a vacation in Europe.
Malvern, Pennsylvania-next on the agenda-and a stay with
Catherine and Tom Jenkins-just two miles from Valley Forge-
and beautiful country and very historic. Toured Philadelphia-and
there is so much to see there-Liberty Bell, Independence Hall,
Daniel Boone's early home, etc.
More visiting in New Jersey with Marie and Joe Strus and
their children, Joe Jeanne and Denise. They live in Piscataway -
and a big family barbecue was enjoyed on their lovely lawn-the
grounds lined with Blue Spruce, Pine, and Maple trees plus Pear,
Apple, Peach and many others. Marie is also a niece and lived
on the Zone with her parents for many years.
Another trip to New Jersey-but this time to Manaque-for
the christening of John Patrick Jenkins, Jr.-and another family
get together. Little John Patrick is the son and first child of Sue
and Jack Jenkins.
It was a good and safe trip all the way-and a good time was
had by all!-Ruth Bain
TO THE CANAL ZONE-Dr. Roger C. Rowe, Jr., who was
graduated from Balboa High School in 1963 and attended Canal
Zone College, and graduated from the School of Veterinary Me-
dicine, University of Pennsylvania, was on the Isthmus visiting
friends in June.
While attending Canal Zone College, Dr. Rowe worked dur-
ing his spare time at the Corozal Animal Hospital with Dr. Russell
Pierson. During his high school years, Dr. Rowe often accompanied
Dr. Abelardo de Gracia, Panama veterinarian, on visits to the In-
terior of Panama to treat animals.
After his visit on the Isthmus, Dr. Rowe planned to go to
the University of Guelph in Canada, where he will serve a one year
Dr. Rowe's parents were long time residents of Curundu
Heights and are now making their home at Wolcott, New York.
Mrs. Tobi Bittel, former Canal Zone resident, spent several
weeks in May visiting relatives and friends on the Isthmus. For
the past two years Mrs. Bittel has made her home in Las Palmas,
Canary Islands, where she is a member of the staff of the LAS
PALMAS SUN and a feature writer for the London EXPRESS and
the Manchester GUARDIAN.
Mrs. Martin F. Fitzgerald and her three children, formerly
from Fort Knox, Kentucky, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
George Walker, of Cocoli, Canal Zone, while Captain Fitzgerald
completes his tour of duty in Vietnam.
Mr. and Mrs. Christian S. Skeie (Tita Bain), of Fort Lauder-
dale, Florida, spent two weeks in July in the Canal Zone. They were
the guests of Chris's mother, Mrs. Henri Skeie, of Skyway, Las Guias,
Panama, and also visited Mr. and Mrs. Leonard T. Butz in the Vol-
can, Panama. In Balboa, Tita and Chris visited Dorothy and John
Stevens and saw many old-time friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Herb Newhouse, of Burbank, California, who
retired in 1962 (police and nurse) returned to the Zone for their first
visit "back home" in July. They found the changes over the past
nine years almost unbelievable. En route home they stopped in St.
Petersburg in early August where they saw Lyla and Bud Esler and
other friends. They planned on flying to New York before returning
Mrs. Mae McCloskey, of St. Petersburg, Florida, was the
guest of her daughter, Mrs. George Y. Scott and family in Curundu,
Canal Zone, in May.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Fulop, Sun City Center, visited the
Canal Zone in July to attend the wedding of their daughter (See
Weddings). While on the Zone Mr. and Mrs. Fulop were the guests
of Dr. and Mrs. Willard French of Balboa Heights for three weeks.
Richard G. Taylor, of Alfred and Cape Elizabeth, Maine,
was discharged in June from the Maine Medical Center after hav-
ing his aortic valve replaced in a three-hour open heart operation
on May 18. Though called by the other patients and his family,
"the 84-year-old wonder," Mr. Taylor lauds the Maine Medical
Center stating, "I don't think people in Maine realize what they've
got here." The Portland, Maine, EVENING EXPRESS, June 7,
1971, stated that the Medical Center affirmed that he is one of the
oldest persons in the United States to have this type of surgery
and the eldest in Maine.
A personal letter to Mr. and Mrs. William L. Howard, of St.
Petersburg, is of interest from this Old Timer-one of the few re-
maining "ditch diggers" who was the recipient of the Roosevelt
Medal for construction-day service. If medals were awarded for
service to mankind, Dick Taylor would recommend the highest pos-
sible Award to the Maine Medical Center-their excellent facilities
in the Cardiac Unit and their wonderful skilled surgeons are out-
"Doubtless you have heard that I recently went into the shop
for an engine overhaul. The professional mechanics who performed
the work were first of the opinion that I was too old a model for
that kind of a job, and after searching the records they could find no
similar case history of a chassis as old as mine having been given
the 'treatment.' Nevertheless, my own chief adviser finally con-
vinced the chief engineer that I was worth the trouble and expense;
this was later confirmed by tests which people versed in this kind
of rehabilitation know how to apply. My cylinder head was re-
moved May 18th, and after putting in new valves, spark plugs and
battery I was discharged from the shop and came home June 4th.
Glad to report that the new appliances are operating satisfactorily,
according to those in the know, and I can tell by the walks I take
each day that I am gradually but steadily returning to my rated
"So, if any inquiring friends down there are interested, you
can give them the real dope. Seriously, it would be difficult for me
to express my gratitude for having been given this ultimate in bene-
fit from medical science and skill.
"Best wishes to you and all good friends there."-Dick Tay-
Ruth Taylor added a note, expressing their gratitude and
thankfulness for the results of the operation and stated they were
leaving fori their summer home-six weeks late this year. "Dick can
'putter' around out there-no strenuous activity for another three
months. I am still his chauffeur, but perhaps when he sees his doc-
tors again on the 8th, they'll give him the green light."
News from Mrs. R. E. Hileman, Palmdale, California-"Just
a line to let you know we are still around. Rus has been out of the
hospital for three weeks now from conjunctive heart failure. He
is recouping slowly-wish we could get to one of your gatherings,
but with the business and Rus's health, we really are tethered to
"Our 14-year-old son Gregg will leave for the World Scout
Jamboree in Japan on July 22. Guess he will do the family travel-
ling for this year."
From Sara and Larry Keegan, Balboa, Canal Zone, July- 16.
Things are really hopping in the Keegan household this summer.
Two of our grandchildren arrived on the Isthmus on June 17-Andy
and Michelle Kidd. Andy is 7 and Michelle is 4.
On June 28 Mr. and Mrs. James A. Kidd announced the ar-
rival of their third child and second son, named Laurence Joseph.
On the 5th of July Mrs. Kidd arrived home to the Canal Zone with
little Larry at the ripe age of 8 days. On the 12th of July Mr. Kidd
arrived for two weeks.
Mrs. Kidd is the former Laurie Jo Keegan, daughter of Sara
and Larry Keegan, of Diablo, Canal Zone.
Laurie and the children will stay for the summer, and Jim
will return sometime in August to take the family home to Wood-
lynne, New Jersey 08107 which is home now. The street address
is 138 Parker Avenue.
Best wishes to all from the Keegans and the Kidds.
Major Dale S. Cockle, of Arlington, Virginia, has received
orders for duty in Vietnam and is scheduled to arrive there about
the middle of October.
While Major Cockle is out of the country, Mrs. Cockle will
reside at her father-in-law's home at 314 W. Cherokee Street, Pharr,
Texas 78577. George D. Cockle passed away suddenly last Novem-
Major and Mrs. Cockle plan to leave Virginia in late August.
Welcome to Florida! Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Staples, for-
merly of Louisville, Kentucky, have a new address-1318 Lee Court,
Leesburg, Florida 32748. They purchased the home in Leesburg
formerly owned by the Gerald Brennans. Mrs. Brennan is now
living in Covington, Louisiana-Rt. 5, Box 200-A, Zip 70433. Al-
though still quite busy getting settled, the Staples were certain that
they were going to love their new home. Their son, Cody, from
Wilmington, Delaware, was on hand to assist them in moving.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Cox, of St. Petersburg, are proud
to announce that their granddaughter, Jeannette Cox, graduated
from Cristobal High School with an outstanding record of achieve-
She won a scholarship of $500 from the Caribbean College
Club and first place award from the Soroptimist Club, of Colon, Re-
public of Panama, for an essay in their Citizenship award contest.
Jeannette is a member of the National Honor Society of the Canal
Zone Chapter; member of French Club; Student Advisory Commit-
tee; Philosophian Society; Nurses Aide; Pink Girls, who had to work
125 hours at Coco Solo Hospital and also be interested in the medical
profession to become a full fledged "Pinke"; she also worked on the
year book for each of her four years and in her senior year served
This summer she is taking a course in Spanish and Spanish
Culture at the University of Madrid, Spain, with a group of stu-
dents from all nations.
Jeannette lives with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William H.
Cox at Coco Solo and plans to enter the Canal Zone College in Sep-
Mrs. Olive Ward has moved from Allison Park to 595 Calais
Drive, Apt. 22, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15237. She writes, "I shall
only be about ten minutes' walk from my daughter instead of four
miles away from her and nearer to my church and new friends that
I have made. I do miss seeing my old Canal friends in St. Peters-
burg, especially those from Gatun and the Atlantic side. Hope all
members are well and be sure to say hello to them for me.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Larson, of Boynton Beach, Florida, visited
their son Jack, daughter-in-law Mona, and their four children in
Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, in June. They also visited with
Mary and Frank Sweek in Flushing, New York.
Tidbits that might interest the Canal Zone Family and relat-
ing to the travels of Alice Hart-reported by Leona Hart Lee. "This
summer saw her visiting daughters Leona (Mrs. Fred Lee, Jr.),
Dorothy (Mrs. A. B. Holder), and Edna (Mrs. Joseph Musso). She
visited Merritt Island when Fred and Leona asked her to watch
their four children while they went to Puerto Rico for their Fifteenth
Wedding Anniversary for a week. G'ma kept the house running
smoothly, playing cards with all comers.
"She visited Georgia in time to help Dorothy pick and freeze
garden goodies-plus she helped to eat lots of fresh blackberries!
"At Edna's in Fort Lauderdale, she visited in time for Edna's
birthday. She then returned to Tampa for peace and quiet-until
News from Mary Plummer Thomson-"I am the former Mary
Plummer, of Gatun, Canal Zone-one of the Plummer twins. I am
married to Claude A. Thomson, and we live in the Tumwater Canyon,
near Leavenworth, Washington. Our address is Star Route, Box
155, Leavenworth, Washington. We have one son, Billy, who is 15
years of age.
"This summer, William M. Wood and his wife, Marilyn and
three children motored up from Redwood City, California-down
on the peninsula from San Francisco, where they have resided for
the past six years at 1662 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Redwood City,
California 94061. Marilyn is my cousin-her mother was my father,
Mr. R. P. Plummer's oldest sister, Mrs. C. V. Nugent, who passed
away in February of this year.
"Bill Wood will be remembered as a son of Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Wood, of Gatun, Canal Zone. They formerly lived in Hous-
ton, Texas, where he was the Vice President and then President of
the Panama Canal Society of Houston. During their visit here, we
just talked and talked about Panama, read all of the old issues of
the RECORD, and in general caught up on all we could about the
good old days on the Canal Zone.
"We tried to enlarge our "Panama" get-together by calling
George Herman Jr., who lives in Richland, Washington. At first,
we looked forward to getting together with George and his sister,
Sue Jones (Herman) and her husband Jack who happened to be
visiting her brother. They are from San Antonio, Texas. Our plans
failed to materialize, and Bill and his family had to return to Cali-
fornia. Maybe George will get down to visit us some time later,
as he now has my telephone number.
"My mother, Mrs. E. R. Plummer, will be here to visit us
the first week in August, and I can hardly wait to see her.
"I sure do enjoy reading the RECORD which I receive from
my mother, as there are times when I get very lonesome for the good
old days in the Canal Zone."
Lt. and Mrs. Frederick A. Mohl and their son Steven are
happy in their new home in Albany, Georgia, where the weather is
"just like back home in the Canal Zone."
Their eldest son, Kenneth Mohl is a resident of Albany and
is employed at the Marine Supply Center as an electronics tech-
nician. Steven is a senior in high school. He is an ardent golfing
enthusiast and is looking forward to trying out for the high school
From the E. N. Bellands, Rt. 2, Rapid River, Michigan,
"We're in camp here in upper Michigan watching our new house
go up. It's an exciting experience; the house is framed now so last
night after the carpenters left we walked around picturing the rooms
and enjoying our views of the woods and lake from our 'windows'-
just holes yet!"
A note was received from Helen (Henter) and Eric Forsman,
Arlington, Texas. The Forsmans, longtime members of the Society,
sent greetings to all their friends who would remember them-in par-
ticular, George Tully, Zip Zierten, and Charley Holmelin were
As a result of moving and getting settled last fall, their 1970
dues arrived too late for the ANNUAL ISSUE. Their current ad-
dress, which WILL be in the 1971 issue is 1600 Jones Drive, Apt.
250, Arlington, Texas 76013.
Our Congratulations to the following on your Wedding An-
Mr. and Mrs. S. Orville Specht, of 27 Hillis Street, Portland,
Maine, 65th on June 20, 1971. Many relatives and friends honored
them on that special day.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert B. Owen, of Teakwood Village, Largo,
Florida, 56th in June, 1971.
Mr. and Mrs. Cecil M. Banan, of St. Petersburg, Florida, 50th
on June 29.
Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Ames (Mary Howard), of Foster City,
California, celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary by taking a
two-week trip to Japan. Their Anniversary is June 22, but they
took the trip early due to vacation commitments. They planed
over and back on the Boeing 747 and had a very wonderful trip.
Mrs. John R. Mallahan, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, former-
ly of the Canal Zone and New Orleans, Louisiana, was a Zone visitor
in May. While on the Zone she was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam B. Mallory of La Boca.
Mrs. Mallahan, who later was joined by her husband in Texas,
attended the graduation of sons Richard and Robert from Texas
A & M on May 8th and the wedding of Richard to Miss Susan
Collins of Beaumont, Texas, on May 15.
The Mallahans lived in Balboa from 1956 to 1966; Mr. Malla-
han was the American Bureau of Shipping representative in Balboa.
He is now the area principal for Argentine, Chile, Uruguay
The Mallahans enjoyed a family reunion at their son's wed-
ding in Beaumont where they were joined by son Donald of Hous-
ton, daughter Melinda, and grandchild, Patrick, from Marquette,
Michigan, and Mr. Mallahan's mother.
May visitors in the home of Mrs. Margaret F. Morris, of Wal-
lace, North Carolina, were her daughter Margie Morris Hanesworth
and grandson, D. Brooks, formerly of Tucson, Arizona, and now living
at 742 Barron Avenue, Palo Alto, California. Dan has a job with
the Southern Pacific Railroad in San Francisco.
Mrs. Morris' son, Charles, his wife, and three daughters, from
the Canal Zone were also May guests. Melanie, born last October
in Panama "came especially to see her Grandmother for the first
time."-Margie M. Hanesworth.
In a letter dated June 19, Vernon E. Sauvan, of Chesapeake,
Virginia, quotes page 79 of the June RECORD, asking for news from
our membership and writes, "I am taking you at your word." Our
thanks; we DO WANT to hear from ex-Zonians wherever they may
"All my service on the Isthmus was at Navy Radio Stations-
1911-1912 at Porto Bello, 1913-1914 at Colon. I returned to the
Zone in 1920 and served at Darien and Balboa Radio Stations until
"Since the death of Captain Luther and Mrs. Keene, the
only members who would remember me are: Dick Taylor (Maine),
Tom Jordan (St. Petersburg), Al Forsstrom (Rhode Island), Betty
Crawford (Ft. Lauderdale), and Mrs. Lucille Judd (St. Petersburg).
"I would like very much to attend one more Reunion but
travel is very tiring for Ruth who is slowly recovering, following
successful radiation therapy for a malignancy."
Mr. Sauvan enclosed a carbon copy of a previous letter mailed
to the Society but we have no record of the original. In that letter
Mr. Sauvan mentioned he had met a Mr. C. D. Dameron, of Ur-
banna, Virginia who had been employed in various Clubhouses on
the Canal Zone and now is the owner and operator of URBANNA
LODGE AND HOTEL in Urbanna. Mr. Dameron is a member of
Sibert Lodge AF&AM in Gatun, Canal Zone, and is a County Su-
pervisor in Middlesex County, Virginia. Mrs. Dameron is the for-
mer Mary Harbert who, before her marriage, was a teacher in the
Canal Zone Schools.
Fishing for sharks!! Bonnie Crowell Hebert, of Jacksonville,
Florida, reports news-"Thought you'd be interested in what some
of us in Jax do. My husband, Ed, is Vice President of the Florida
Shark Club, and we try to camp every other weekend and fish for
sharks. So far, he hasn't caught any this year, but over Memorial
Weekend one of the members caught a 14 foot 2 inch Hammerhead
shark in St. Augustine. The club does a tremendous amount of good
for the community in catching these sharks. The cities don't like
to admit there are sharks close to shore, but there are. Over 400
sharks were caught by the Club last year in the Jax-St. Augustine
area. The kids (Paul, 5, Jennifer, 1) love to camp, and Paul already
wants to catch a shark.
"I have been elected President of West Jacksonville La Ser-
toma, and we are the only club on the Florida East Coast. Ed is
very active in Sertoma and just completed a stint as a member of
the Board of Directors for his club; he was also a charter member.
With all the plans of La Sertoma, I feel I'll be gray by age 25 when
my term is over.
"I have lost my beautician, Leslie Roe. She has quit the
beauty game and now works as a medical secretary for a local doctor.
I'll never find anyone else who can cut my hair like Leslie.
"I notice that "Sparky" Selden is a member of the Society
now. The last time we saw him was about six years ago when he
was in Jax for reserve duty and came to a party at Ed's house. I
thought I saw him once at a local beach shop but since I was 8
months pregnant, couldn't get out of the car fast enough to see if
it were he or not.
"We are looking forward to a visit sometime in the late sum-
mer from my parents, Dick and Ila Crowell, Balboa. My sister
Jacque attends Canal Zone College, and Pam just graduated from
Balboa High School and plans on attending college in Louisiana.
Rich and his wife (Kathy Engelke) recently moved into a new home
in Daytona Beach. Dawn and family still live in New Jersey and
were in Florida for a few weeks in January.
"Last summer we enjoyed a visit with the Harveys in St.
Petersburg and hope to come down again sometime.
"Sure wish the Jax people would have some sort of picnic
or something to get together. I understand the town is crawling
Mrs. Berta H. Hazzard, of Vista, California, enjoyed a three.
day visit in July when Helen Rhodes and Naomi Liebeiler were her
guests. "We had fun every moment."
Sarasota, Florida, was the scene of a recent reunion (June) of
the family of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Dorgan Sr., of Berlin, New
Jersey. It was the first time in 25 years that the entire family had
been able to arrange to be together at one time.
The William Carlins (Jeannine Dorgan) with their four
daughters travelled from Balboa; the William J. Dorgan Jr. family
with two sons and two daughters arrived from Wassenaar, Nether-
lands, and the Charles Meketas (Jackie Dorgan) with a son and a
daughter came from Los Alamos, New Mexico, to join the senior Dor-
gans and complete the reunion.
The families made the Aloha Kai Apartments their head-
quarters for the week-long get-together and enjoyed the sun and sand
and visits to many of the attractions in Sarasota and nearby St.
Petersburg.-Mrs. William J. Dorgan.
Joan (Coffey) Rienks reporting from far-away Guam-"We
still think Guam is the loveliest little island in the world, and we're
very happy here.
"Clarence and I have bought a small two bedroom home in
Liguan Terraces, and we are very happy with it. Of course there's
a lot of work to be done (it's brand new) like planting flowers, grass,
putting up fences and putting in a driveway, but it's an awful lot of
fun. Eventually we are hoping to build a larger home, but I'm afraid
that's in the distant future.
"We went to Japan in April for a week and had a ball. We
were able to see the cherry blossoms in bloom, Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo,
and a small fishing village named Yashigojima. Japan and its people
are truly beautiful. We don't know when, but we plan to return.
"We are also planning on going home to the Canal Zone to
see my family-Jack and Mary Coffey and sister Mike, her family,
and brother John and his family plus our friends. It's been over two
years since I've been to the Canal Zone and three for Clarence. Also,
they, the family, haven't met Alex, our little boy.
"Alex is growing like a weed and will be a year old this month
"If anyone should come to Guam, please stop in to see us. Our
home address is: 74 Adelfa Ct., Liguan Terraces, Hawaii Kai kaiser.
We'd be glad to see them." See picture.
News from Mrs. R. K. Knox (Gladys), of Ruidoso, New
Mexico-"We are still regretting the fact that we didn't get to the
reunion last January, but I doubt if we can come many more times,
if any. After all, Mr. Knox is 87 years old, and it is a long trip. I
have to do all the driving; he won't fly either. He is really in good
health and works in his garden every day.
But he has had a sad year. It was quite a shock to him to
hear of his son's death, especially when he had not seen him for so
long-since 1958." See deaths.
Mr. and Mrs. Joshua A. Cunningham, of Kent, Washington,
had numerous guests during the summer months. Mr. and Mrs.
S. R. Cunningham, of St. Petersburg, Florida, visited from June 3rd
to the 9th. Their traveling companions were Mrs. James A. Walker
(their daughter, Linda Sue) and granddaughter AnJanette, of Sacra-
mento, California, who stayed at the home of Michael E. Cunning-
ham and family in Auburn, Washington.
With the usual rainy weather in the Evergreen State, picnics
were out of the question so Barbara Cunningham cooked for four-
teen practically every evening, which included Mr. and Mrs. Jay A.
Cunningham and four children, of Kent.
Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Cunningham, of Lighthouse Point, Florida,
flew to Washington and stayed with the Josua A. Cunninghams from
July 6th to the 19th. After an enjoyable trip to Alaska, they flew
back to Washington July 23rd for an eleven-day visit with the Wash-
ington Cunninghams before flying back to Florida.
On July 7th Mr. and Mrs. Jay Cunningham and four children
took Frank and Anne and grandma, Barbara, on a trip to Deception
Pass and Whidbey Island. The weather was made to order, and all
enjoyed the exceptionally wonderful view of all the mountains-the
Olympics and Cascades, including majestic Mt. Rainier. Then on
July 8th the Jay Cunningham's daughter, Adina, celebrated her 6th
birthday and guests for dinner (which grandma Barbara prepared)
included the Michael Cunninghams and great-uncle and great-aunt,
Frank and Anne Cunningham.-Barbara Cunningham.
Mrs. Roland V. Murwin (Neta), of Jacksonville, Florida,
sent in family news-"Buzz Murwin, son of Mrs. Neta Murwin and
the late Roland V. Murwin, retired from the U. S. Navy three years
ago and with his wife and two children, Becky and Roland III, make
their home in Jacksonville where Buzz is a teacher in a Tech High
School." Mrs. Murwin hopes to get in touch with other ex-Zonians
in the Jacksonville area.
Leonard T. Butz, Bambito, El Volcan, Chiriqui, R. de P.
On July 31 the Revolutionary Government of this country
opened the road from El Hato, Volcan, to Cerro Punta, a distance of
a little over 10 miles. This can be considered one of the greatest dis-
plays of advancement that Chiriqui has ever had-an open door to
her immense possibilities. Already, valueless lands have come to a
wonderful importance-the possibilities are unlimited with a climate,
correct rainfall, and temperatures most agreeable (maximum 70-73,
minimum 46-54, the year around) and with the finest of roads ..."
Mr. Butz reported some eye troubles but hoped for improve-
ment. He closed with, "Send my good wishes for the continued suc-
cess of the Society and the RECORD. The magazine is very helpful
to ones who did help OUR GREAT NATION in controlling the two
oceans-God Bless America, and you dear people also."
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Hanners of St. Petersburg visited
their daughter, Priscilla (Nelms), and family in Denver in June. At
that time Priscilla's oldest daughter, Susan, was visiting from LaJolla
From Denver the Hanners travelled to the Grand Tetons,
Yellowstone Park, and Mt. Rushmore, over into Ontario, Canada,
and then to Midland, Michigan, where they spent two weeks with
their son, Howard and family.
Johnny Harris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Harris, of
Balboa, Canal Zone, who was seriously injured in a car accident on
October 7, 1970, has returned to the Zone after treatment in Warm
Springs, Georgia. The family are very pleased with Johnny's pro-
gress. He is able to get around alone in the wheelchair but, with
canes, he requires the help of another person. In spite of terrific
physical handicaps, Johnny hopes to enter Canal Zone College in
In June Mrs. Irene M. Smith (Irene Stade), of Denver, Colo-
rado, visited her mother, Mrs. Myrtle L. Stade, in Santa Cruz, Cali-
fornia, who has been a patient in a hospital for several months. The
Stades lived on the Zone (Cristobal) from 1937 through 1945. Mr.
Stade, who died in 1944, is buried at Mt. Hope. Mrs. Smith writes of
her mother's many friends on the Zone and those who now live in the
States. Although she has kept in touch with many of them, perhaps
some do not know about her illness. She would enjoy cards or letters
from old friends. Her address is % Cabrillo Convalescent Hospital,
2990 Soquel, Santa Cruz, California 95060.
Mrs. Smith lives in Denver, Colorado-2754 South Golden
Way 80227. Her husband Doral E. Smith formerly was on the Zone
Police Force. Mrs. Smith reported that they occasionally see Jim
and Alice Wier and reported the Wiers were in the process of build-
ing a mountain home.
Mrs. William H. Robertson (May M.) Atlanta, Georgia-"Re-
gret to say I started the year off with a break instead of a bang. Fell
and broke my hip in January, but I'm now able to get around and
do many things for myself.
I've enjoyed visits this summer by my daughter, Sara Klatz,
of Noblesville, Indiana, with her oldest son, Lee, and my granddaugh-
ter Shirley Whiteside, of Long Beach, California, with her two sons,
Dan and Andy."
May 24, 1971-Sorry, but this Jacksonville news by Lou
Hasemann arrived too late for the June RECORD-"Seems like I
haven't been on the job here of late by sending in some news of local
members and former employees of the Canal. I have been doctoring
once a week which takes time and loads of patience. I do, however,
have some items which I believe are of interest to the members scat-
tered around the States:
"Had a wonderful newsy letter from Whitman Garrett, for-
mer Gatun Lake police officer. Whit and his wife moved from Jack-
sonville and reside temporarily in Bakersfield, California. Seems as
if they decided to purchase a trailer and do some real traveling. They
depart from Bakersfield June 5 en route to Wisconsin, then on to
Canada, and plan on being back in Bakersfield around October or
November. Incidentally, Whit is feeling just fine and eager in making
"Ruth and Charley Hollander are just fine. Irene and I see
them pretty regularly. Pearl and Carrie Brown are well again after
a siege of virus. They seem to be enjoying the life of retirement.
"Heard by the grapevine that Mr. and Mrs. Barnhart and son
plus Mrs. Carmen Hensler are driving down to Key West, Florida,
for a week's vacation. Carmen wants to see if her old Navy quarters
are still operating at the local submarine base. Fred was stationed
there on the old S boats (anyone remember them)-one exception
being Lou Hasemann who had 612 years' service on various subs in
the S class.
"Mr. and Mrs. Lew Snedeker are driving to Washington, D. C.
on the 27th to visit their son and also to attend the graduation of
their grandson. Last Saturday morning Emily tripped on a broken
piece of concrete and had a bad fall. The writer hopes that the acci-
dent will not cancel their long awaited trip.
"I see Sam Roe, Jr. ever so often. When working at the Cum-
berland Campus of the Jacksonville Junior College, he drops in to
say hello with a bit of news from the local fronts. Seems to me as if
he has lost some weight-looks good on him.
"Irene and Lou Hasemann really are enjoying their twin
grandsons from Maryland. With them around, our house is never
without some excitement. Gayle is employed by the Florida State
Board of Health as a secretary in the engineering branch. She likes
her position and has made many new friends. She is feeling very
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond F. Masino (Carol Coleman Christian-
sen), who have resided in Hialeah, Florida, for the past year are re-
turning to Washington, D. C. Mr. Masino, who had been with the
Miami Regional Office of the Bureau of Customs, has been trans-
ferred back to Washington.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Barber (Lynn Parsons) and baby daugh-
ter, Dorothy Ann, have moved from San Bernardino, California, to
1637 Wingfield Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23361. Bill has left MAC
and again is with TAC at Langley A.F.B. and apparently happy to
be leaving the jets for propeller planes. Their telephone number is
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Sanders, of Louisville, Kentucky, send
greetings to members. June 24, 1971-"We had a wonderful trip to
Texas visiting my relatives. It is very great we're able to travel
a long distance though we've been great travelers during our 63
years of married life. John will be 90 on September 7, and I will be
83 October 19th. We spent twelve years on the Canal Zone-left in
"We're enjoying life fine. Our four children live close; we have
ten grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren."-May Sanders.
Truman H. Hoenke, who has been Chief of the Locks Division
since March 4, 1966, retired from Panama Canal service in July.
An employee of the Locks Division since 1948, Mr. Hoenke is
a graduate civil engineer and has been with the Canal organization
since 1939 when he was hired as a student engineer in the former
Mr. Hoenke has been given two superior service awards and
an outstanding performance award in recognition of his exemplary
performance of his duties.
Mrs. Hoenke, who recently was employed as an administrative
officer in the Canal Zone Police Division Headquarters, and Mr.
Hoenke will live in Vermont and North Carolina (Box 1091, Hender-
sonville 28739) where they have homes.
News from R. C. Worsley, Balboa, Canal Zone Our Agency
business for shipping (principally tuna boats) continues to be very
active. There are now six of us working, and we are busy trying to
keep everyone happy. Our Sales' section does very well, supplying
principally special items for boats, plus an active line of perfumes
I celebrate my 81st birthday on August 6th. Friends have
set up a reception and party for me at the YMCA. The program will
be mostly folk dancing, tango, etc., sponsored by the Pan-Amigos of
which I am a member. Also plan to do a mile swim on my birthday.
This I do at Amador Beach.
My sister, Mrs. Ann DeLaMater, is still in the nursing home
in North Carolina, where she has been for two or three years after
suffering a stroke which left her almost helpless.
My health continues good, and I seldom have a night at home.
Work regularly in Masonry, Church, Boy Scouting, YMCA, Rotary,
and in the folk dance groups.
Col. Richard S. Hartline has completed his tour of duty as
Lieutenant Governor of the Canal Zone and left the Isthmus in July.
The Lieutenant Governor will be succeeded by Col. Charles
R. Clark, who has been Engineering and Construction Director since
The Hartlines will return to Washington, D.C., where he has
been assigned as chief of the Engineer Strategic Studies Group in the
office of the Chief of Engineers.
Miss Linda Rathgeber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack E.
Rathgeber, of Glassboro, New Jersey, who formerly taught mathema-
tics at the J. P. Stevens' High School in Edison, New Jersey, has
accepted an assignment to St. Mathius Girls School in the parish of
Christ Church, which is a couple of miles from Bridgetown, Barbados.
Her address is: Peace Corps Trainee, Eastern Caribbean Program,
% American Embassy, Bridgetown, Barbados.
ABOUT PEOPLE submitted by Gladys Humphrey -
Mother's Day was celebrated with a reunion of the Fayard family
at the home of Cliff and Irma Wicks in Pensacola, Florida. Present
at the family gathering were their mother, Mrs. William R. Fayard
Sr., of Gulfport, Mississippi; George and Gloria (Fayard) Mihacevich
with their son and daughter, Steve and Jody (they live in the same
block as Cliff and Irma); their brother, William R. Fayard Jr., of
Triangle, Virginia; the son and daughter of the late Paul and Thelma
(Fayard) Henley, Miss Robin Henley of Gulfport and Roddy Henley,
his wife and two children, of Citronelle, Alabama; the Wicks' daugh-
ters, Carol Young, of Alexandria, Virginia, and Vicki Ann Wicks.
Mrs. Ellen Perkins, of Crestview, Florida, was also present.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stahler (Tex and Sis) visited Mr. and
Mrs. Wicks in May en route to their home in Melbourne, Florida,
following a trip to California.
Major James Orvis retired from the U.S. Air Force the last
of June and is planning to attend the University of Florida to work
on his degree. Major Orvis is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Orvis
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Perkins celebrated their first wedding
anniversary with a champagne party at their home in Pensacola,
July 6. Mrs. Perkins is the former Barbara Ann Hite, of Washing-
ton, D.C. The young couple invited the guests who had attended
their wedding to share the top layer of their wedding cake with them.
Among those present were Ralph's mother, Mrs. Ruth Perkins; his
paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ellen Perkins; Mr. and Mrs. C .C. Wicks,
who took the place of the bride's parents at the wedding; and other
members of his family and close friends.
Carol Young, of Alexandria, Virginia, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. C. C. Wicks, who is Staff Writer for the Office of Product
Safety with Consumer Specialist, has been employed with the Food
and Drug Administration since September, 1968. She was previously
employed with the Public Health Service for more than eight years.
As staff writer, Carol has written numerous articles in the Food
and Drug Administration official magazine as well as in the news-
papers and has also appeared on T.V. Her most recent article, "Play
Safe in Toyland" appeared in the March, 1971 issue of FDA. Other
articles include "Closing the Loophole on Dangerous Fireworks"
which she co-authored with Dale C. Miller, and "National Injury
Currently on display at the "Sierra Artists" Gallery, Mariposa,
California, are paintings of talented local artist, Vera Bolek, whose
painting "Storm Clouds" won a first place award at the Mariposa
County Fair last year.
Vera's career as an artist began two years ago while she and
Stanley were wintering on the desert. She met an artist who en-
couraged her to try her hand at painting. Her formal training consists
of a few lessons from Earl L. Rogers and from Thelma Travis.
Most of her painting is done while she and her husband vaca-
tion with their trailer in the deserts of southern Arizona and Mexico,
although in order to capture rapidly changing colors, she has worked
from colored slides. Among the various paintings that can be viewed
are her "Old Adobe" as well as the award-winning "Storm Clouds."
All new members rate an "A" in cooperation-keeping con-
tact with fellow Zonians-but a new member who also sends in
news of herself and family merits a big A plus in an old school teach-
News from Mrs. T. W. (Fostine L.) Womble, a recent addi-
tion to our membership, is very much appreciated.
Tony, her son, a graduate of that "super" Balboa High
School class of 1959, married Virginia Mauldin whose parents also
lived in Balboa-her father was Sam B. Mauldin who died in 1967.
Gaye, the mother, moved to Clayton, Georgia. Tony and his wife live
in Annapolis, Maryland, (address: 820 Chestnut Tree Drive, Rd. 4
Zip 21401) where he is Candidate Guidance Counselor for the Naval
Academy. He graduated from the academy in 1963. He served in
Vietnam for a year-March, 1968 to February, 1969. While there, he
was awarded the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross for Gallan-
ty. He will receive a new assignment the first of the year-currently
he does not know where he will be sent. He is a Lieutenant Com-
mander. Virginia finished her Master's Degree in library science
from Emory University while Tony was in Vietnam.
Betty, Mrs. Womble's daughter, is married to Reyes Cerda
and lives in Killeen, Texas. They have two children, a girl and a boy.
He is with John Hancock Life Insurance Company, and she is work-
ing for the Army in the Data Processing Division. Their address is
1703 Puddo Lane, Killeen, Texas, 76541.
Mrs. Womble is housemother for girls at Oglethorpe Univer-
sity, Atlanta, Georgia-5424 Glenridge Drive, NE, Atlanta, Georgia
30342. She writes, "The challenge of being Mama Womble is great."
Mr. and Mrs. Jack U. Saum, former Virginians, have joined
the ex-Zonians in the St. Petersburg area. Their new condominium
address is: 5000 Gulf Boulevard, Apartment 302, St. Petersburg
Beach, Florida 33706.
Settled! "At last we have a permanent address. We have
bought a duplex at 4022 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana
70122. Both of us keep real busy and often wonder about the de-
finition of the word RETIRED!-Mr. and Mrs. Leon M. Warren.
A new job-Jo Frances (Mrs. Bernard J.) McDonnell, "I have
accepted a position as Director of Public Health Nursing for Atlantic
County, New Jersey. Shall be very pleased to welcome any friends
from the Canal Zone who might be travelling in this area." Her new
address is: 498 Sara Ann Court, Linwood, New Jersey 08221.
Back to school-"My family and I will be spending a year
in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where I will be attending the Uni-
versity of North Dakota while on a sabbatical leave from the Canal
Zone School Division." Kenneth O. Fugleberg of Gatun-new ad-
dress, Portland, North Dakota 58274.
Robert L. Dwelle, Ithaca, New York-"Effective September
1st, my address will be changed to: 2137 Sunset Drive, Ames, Iowa
50010. I am going to be on a twelve months sabbatical-study leave
and will be a student at Iowa State University working on my Mas-
ters in Landscape Architecture. At my ripe old age it promises to be
quite a memorable year. I am most enthusiastic about the opportun-
ity to go back to school to work toward the advanced degree and
surely do appreciate the fact that Cornell University is being so good
to me on this score. I will start classes this fall quarter and will be
at Iowa State through the summer sessions of '72. September 1, 1972,
will see me back here in Ithaca at my regular address.
School's Out!-from Dr. J. Stuart McNair-"I am retiring
from teaching on June 30, and after August 1 my mailing address
will be: Box 56, Winnebago, Illinois 61088. This ends 43 years in
the classroom, so there will be some adjustment to a new type of life
after this summer.
Found-a lost member-Mrs. James T. Wells (Wilma
George) in moving around had lost contact with the Society. Now,
that she is again settled, she is back in the "fold" and writes, "I
have been to Florida several times the past year but never seem to
be able to make it for the Reunion. Every year I have hopes. I am
nursing here in Lewes, Delaware, this summer-516 Kings Highway,
Zip 19958. My daughter Hayden Wells is in Europe teaching with
the Maryland University Extension Schools, and my son James Troy,
is an Emergency Room Technician at George Washington Hospital.
Mrs. Leonard (Isabel) Wolford has bought a mobile home in
Zephyrhills, Florida. Her new address is: Tree Lane Village, No. 1506
6th Street W., Zephyrhills, Florida 33599.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dube have bought a condominium in
Clearwater. Their new address is 2070 Parkway Boulevard, Apart-
ment 36, 33515.
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin A. Rankin, May retirees, have sent in the
following permanent address: 7001 Citrine Lane S.W., Tacoma,
Washington 98498. They write, "This is surely a beautiful area."
Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Fender, formerly of Margarita, now
reside in Melbourne, Kentucky 41059-Box 102, River Road.
Mr. and Mrs. B. M. Parmentier, of Gamboa, will retire in
October, 1971. They have bought a home in St. Petersburg-1197
37th Avenue, N.E. 33704.
TRAGEDY strikes in the worst traffic accident in the history
of the Canal Zone. Early on the morn (6:15) of May 24th a bus
from Chorrera to Panama carrying 43 passengers went out of con-
trol on the Thatcher Ferry Bridge and plunged 160 feet into
the tank farm area of La Boca killing 38 persons and seriously in-
juring 5 others.
Mr. Freeland R. Hollowell, Acting Foreman, Motor Trans-
portation, received the following letter of commendation from Char-
les F. Fears, District Police Commander for his participation in re-
"I am taking this opportunity to thank you for the outstand-
ing contributions you made at the scene of the tragic bus accident
which occurred on Thatcher Ferry Bridge on May 24, 1971.
"The actions you took that morning on your own initiative
were of immeasurable assistance in the saving of lives and the re-
moving of bodies of the dead victims from the wreckage.
"Specifically, when you first became aware that a serious acci-
dent had occurred, you immediately called your organization from
your residence and had a wrecker dispatched to the scene. You ac-
companied the wrecker to the La Boca Tank Farm, the scene of
the catastrophe, and without any instruction, you immediately had
the wrecker placed in a strategic position and lifted the collapsed
roof of the bus so that the victims trapped in the bus wreckage
could be removed. You then assisted in the removal of the accident
victims from the bus.
"Your alertness, quick thinking, and devotion to duty was
in a great part responsible for saving the lives of the few who sur-
vived. I commend you for a job well done."
The above commendation was sent to Mr. Hollowell through
R. W. Adams, Superintendent, Motor Transportation Division who
added his thanks and congratulations "for the exemplary manner
in which you responded to this tragic emergency.
"Your prompt and effective actions, which were so important
in saving the lives of those who survived the accident, reflect con-
siderable credit to the Panama Canal Company and the Motor Trans-
portation Division, as well as to you personally."
The letter of commendation was placed in Mr. Hollowell's
Mr. Hollowell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross H. Hollowell,
of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Bruce G. Sanders, Jr., who was chief of the Canal Zone Cus-
toms and Immigration Service until his retirement (May 29, 1971),
has been named a Kentucky Colonel, according to a letter from the
Honorable Louie B. Nunn, who in informing Mr. Sanders of his com-
mission says, "It is with pleasure that I welcome you on my staff to
the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. Many distinguished in-
dividuals throughout the world have been so recognized in consider-
ation of some outstanding achievement. Certainly, you deserve to be
included in their rank of Colonel."
Mr. Sanders, who was born at Ancon Hospital, attended
schools on the Atlantic side and was graduated from Cristobal High
School in 1932. He joined the Canal organization in 1936.
In addition to his Customs' duties, Mr. Sanders was active
in community affairs-Canal Zone Selective Service Board, scouting
activities, work in the Margarita and Union Church of the Canal
Zone, amateur radio.
Mr. and Mrs. Sanders make their retirement home in Benton-
ville, Arkansas-814 Eighth Street, N. W. 72712.
Capt. R. A. Engelke, Assistant District Police Commander in
the Balboa District, has been promoted to Inspector in the Police
Headquarters located in the Civil Affairs Building in Ancon.
A member of the Police Division since 1948, he is a third-
generation Canal Zone resident. Both his grandfathers worked for
the Canal organization and his father, Robert A. Engelke, was Ad-
ministrative Assistant in the Dredging Division.
He was born in Ancon and attended the Balboa schools, grad-
uating from Balboa High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II, attended Canal Zone College, and was employ-
ed with the U.S. Army prior to joining the Police Division.
During the time that he has been with the Police Division, he
attended the University of Louisville (Kentucky) Southern Police
Institute; the Keeler Polygraph School in Chicago, Illinois; the Traf-
fic Law Enforcement Traffic Institute at Northwestern University
and the Fingerprint School in Seattle, Washington ... SPILLWAY,
June 11, 1971.
Robert A. Wainio, former Chief Customs Inspector in Cristo-
bal, succeeded Bruce G. Sanders (retired) as Chief of the Canal
Zone Customs Division on May 30.
Mr. Wainio, who has been with the Customs Division since
1947, was born at Ancon Hospital and attended Canal Zone schools.
He was graduated from Balboa High School in 1940 and attended
North Carolina State University and also studied under the Florida
State University and Canal Zone College extension programs.
The Wainios have two sons; Richard A. who is majoring in
psychology at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, and John
C. who is married and completing his last year in law school at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mrs. Wainio is a recrea-
tion specialist at Margarita Elementary School.
Panama Canal special achievement awards are a family af-
fair with the Palumbo family on the Atlantic side. Luke C. Palumbo,
counselor at Cristobal High School, has been awarded a Distinguish-
ed Service Award, the highest award granted an employee by the
Panama Canal. His wife, Frances, who is a recreation specialist at
the Coco Solo Swimming Pool, and his son Luke T., a science teacher
and Department Chairman at Cristobal High School, were each
presented Outstanding Service Awards.
A vital member of the Atlantic side community since he ar-
rived on the Isthmus to assume duties as a physical education teacher
in 1943, Mr. Palumbo was presented the award in recognition of his
superior accomplishments and outstanding service to the community.
The Canal's highest honor and a check for $500 were presented to
him by Gov. David S. Parker in a ceremony held in the Governor's
Board Room at Balboa Heights ...
An official statement issued by the Coco-Solo-France Field
Civic Council declares: "If anyone deserves the title of Mr. Atlantic
Side, it is Luke C. Palumbo." Spillway (condensed) May 28, 1971.
Capt. Ernest B. Rainer, the Panama Canal's first civilian Port
Captain and an employee of the Marine Bureau since 1939, was pre-
sented the Panama Canal Distinguished Service Award, the Canal's
The award, accompanied by a check for $500, was given Cap-
tain Rainer on the eve of his retirement by Gov. David S. Parker in
a special ceremony in the office of the Marine Director at Balboa
In the citation accompanying the award, Captain Rainer was
credited with exceptional handling of marine services to vessels,
supervision of shore support and administrative services, and cultiva-
tion of the fine spirit of cooperation which the Canal enjoys with its
principal customers in the shipping industry ...
At the Annual Community Awards assembly of Cristobal
High School, held on May 13, Mrs. Adamary A. Bright, Girls Coun-
selor at Cristobal was presented with an Outstanding Service Award
by Dr. C. L. Latimer, deputy Superintendent of Schools.
Mrs. Bright, who retired this year, has the longest service at
Cristobal High School of any of the Faculty staff, having served
since 1935. The students of CHS indicated their regard for Mrs.
Bright by dedicating the High School Yearbook to her at the as-
sembly and presented her with the first copy printed.
A former Canal Zone resident is making it big as a popular
TV personality among the small fry in Central Florida.
Paula Leftridge Slaughter, daughter-in-law of Mrs. Frank Os-
trander of Los Rios and a 1964 graduate of Balboa High School,
writes, produces, and stars in an educational program beamed into
third grade classroom over WMFE-TV, Channel 24 in Orlando,
Her program, called "Inside-Outside," is a primary health ed-
ucation course and covers such subjects as body structure and func-
tion, personal hygiene, safety, nutrition, community helpers, social
relationships, and family life.
Paula's show, made palatable to the third grade set by the
introduction of such characters as a bicycle-riding mouse to demon-
strate safe biking practices, is becoming so popular that often she is
pointed out by children on the street and even gets asked for her
But the real proof of the program's popularity came when
she asked her young viewers to suggest a name for the cycle-riding
rodent and received thousands of letters from her fans.
A pretty, blue eyed blonde, Paula has lived on both sides of
the Isthmus. She is the daughter of Mrs. Alice Angiotti, a former
Canal Zone teacher. While Paula was attending Balboa High School,
her husband to-be was enrolled at Cristobal High School. They were
married in Hawaii when he was on rest and recreation leave from
duty in Vietnam, and she was on a cruise as a student aboard the
floating University of the Seven Seas.
She later graduated from Texas Women's University with a
degree in political science and is now working on her masters degree
in education at Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida. Her hus-
band, who is a graduate of Rollins, is a management trainee with
Eckert Drug Co., in Orlando. They have a baby daughter named
Stacie Ann who recently made her television debut-on her mother's
program, naturally.-SPILLWAY, June 11, 1971.
Former Balboa Student Gets Top Post in U.S., Ithaca, New
York-Don Michael Randel, assistant professor in the Department
of Music at Cornell University has been named editor-in-chief of
the "Journal of the American Musicological Society." The publica-
tion was edited at the University once before from 1948 to 1951, by
Donald J. Grout, now the Given Foundation Professor of Musicology,
Mr. Randel has also been named associate professor of music
at Cornell. The appointment becomes effective July 1. He has been
an assistant professor at the University since July, 1968 ...
Medieval music, particularly the liturgical chant in Spain,
and Renaissance music are his areas of specialization.
Sgt. Richard A. Williams, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard
A. Williams, Sr., of Balboa, has received the Army Commendation
Medal for his outstanding performance while serving as Secretary to
the Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 6th Infantry, Berlin Brigade
from November 3, 1969, to April 21, 1971. Sgt. Williams, a graduate
of Balboa High School and former captain of the Canal Zone College
football team, entered the Army in April, 1969. The citation stated
that during his service in Berlin, he was known for "complete trust-
worthiness and reliability in the preparation of all command corre-
spondence and efficiency reports. His exemplary military bearing and
performance of duty earned him the respect and admiration of all
those with whom he worked."
David J. Markun, Jr. has been initiated into Cum Laude
Society at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D. C. David,
the son of Mr. and Mrs. David J. Markun, who lived for many years
in Balboa Heights, was one of eight seniors chosen for this honor.
He will be graduated from Sidwell Friends on June 5 and will attend
Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the fall. David
was born in the Canal Zone and attended schools in the Zone through
the eighth grade.
Six members of the Balboa High School Class of 1971 received
appointments from the United States service academies. They are:
Robert C. Baldwin, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; Russell C.
Stevens, Jr., U.S. Air Force Academy; Fred P. Bremer, U.S. Naval
Academy; Michael Coman, U.S. Air Force Academy; Edwin Mur-
dock, U.S. Military Academy; John E. Nelson, III, U.S. Merchant
Robert K. Adams, a recent retiree from the Panama Canal
as harbormaster in Balboa, received prior to his departure, a merit
award given him by the Panama Maritime Preparatory School.
During the years that Mr. Adams held the position of harbor-
master, he was of great assistance to the young students of the
Panama maritime school by allowing them to study methods used for
operating floating equipment in Balboa Harbor.
Capt. Axton T. Jones, Transportation and Terminals Bureau
director, was presented the National Weather Service Public Service
Award by W. H. Metivier, Jr., Port Meteorological Officer of the
National Weather Service in Cristobal, in recognition of the many
years ships of the Panama Canal have supported the National Wea-
ther Service's Cooperative Marine Weather Observation Program.
In a letter to Captain Jones, the director of the National Weather
Observation Service, Silver Spring, Maryland, noted that Panama
Canal ships for more than two decades have played an important
role in providing forecasts and warnings for people living in coastal
areas of the east and gulf coasts of the United States. The award is
to be placed aboard the SS CRISTOBAL.
Captain Charles K. Cross, Jr., was recently awarded the Air
Force Commendation Medal at a ceremony held at Randolph Air
Force Base, Texas. The citation with his award read, in part: "Cap-
tain Cross distinguished himself by meritorious service while assigned
to the 381st Strategic Air Command Missile Wing, McConnell AFB,
Kansas, from July 22, 1969 to February 6, 1971. During this period
Captain Cross' outstanding professional skill, knowledge and leader-
ship contributed immeasurably to the flying safety of the unit, and his
active participation in community affairs has contributed signifi
cantly to Air Force relations with the community."
Among his decorations awarded during his year in Southeast
Asia (1968-69) are the Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf
cluster for heroism and extraordinary achievement, the Air Medal
with ten oak leaf clusters, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with
Bronze Palm, and the Purple Heart. Serving as an instructor pilot
and flight examiner in the UH-1F "Huey" Helicopter Gunship pro-
gram, Captain Cross flew 988 combat missions and 543 hours of
flying time in the Republic of South Vietnam where he was assigned
to the 20th Special Operations Squadron near Nha Trang.
Captain Cross is a native of Balboa, Canal Zone, and gradu-
ated in 1962 from Balboa High School. He received a BEd degree
in biology in 1966 from the University of Miami, Florida, and re-
ceived his Regular Air Force commission through the Air Force
ROTC at Miami.
He married the former Judith Tacconelly, of Houston, Texas,
and they have a daughter, Alana Lorraine. They presently reside in
Schertz, Texas, while Captain Cross is undergoing special flight train-
ing in the Northrop T-38 Talon at Randolph AFB, Texas. Upon com-
pletion of his training at Randolph AFB, he will report to the 41st
Aerospace Rescue/Recovery Squadron at Hamilton AFB, California.
A canceled check, dated December 1, 1970, with the amount on
the check ($5) underscored and the following note was received after
the mailing of delinquent notices.
"The underscoring is mine-just to present the question. ;
do not have a card, but the enclosed copy of our check, #433, will
serve to answer the questions. Somewhere along the line someone
pulled a 'boo-boo', but be of good cheer-even the experts do it. Not
long ago I had to send Uncle Sam a copy of a check to prove we
didn't owe any incomee tahx!' So-good luck." L. W. Lewis, Hen-
dersonville, North Carolina.
Our apologies to Mr. Lewis and to other members, who
through error on our part, received unjustified delinquent notices.
It is human nature to be somewhat disgruntled when dunned for a
bill that has been paid. We appreciate all the understanding notes
received, giving either 1971 card numbers or sending canceled checks.
"Boo-boos" DID slip in.
But, if our Uncle Sam can "goof" with all his well-paid staff
and his computers, it is understandable how the Society with only
two on the working staff, is guilty of "boo-boos." The regrettable
errors were in posting ONLY. The payments ARE recorded in the
We welcome corrections on all matters pertaining to the
Society at all times, and again thanks to those who through their
letters have helped the staff put "our house" in order.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
May 7, 1971
President Falk called the May meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.
and lead the 103 members and visitors in the Pledge of Allegiance to
the Flag. As the Chaplain, Mrs. Jay Cain, was absent, Dewey Good-
win gave the Invocation. Thirty seconds of silent prayer were obser-
ved by the members in memory of those who had passed away since
the April meeting. The following visitors and members who had
been absent for some time stood for special recognition as their
names were called by the Recording Secretary.
Mrs. Bernice Howard, Sr.-absent for some time
Theodore Knapp-Long Island, in Florida for the month of
Timothy Mann-St. Petersburg, a special welcome to the new
Mrs. Frances Summerford-St. Petersburg Beach
Mrs. George Roth-Sarasota, Florida
Captain Falk welcomed the members and visitors and jovially
remarked that "he just forgot to attend the April meeting, but that
it was good for the Vice-President to get some practice before he
takes over next year." He personally recognized Harry C. Nicholls
(Dodge Agency) who arrived after the special recognition.
The Minutes of the April meeting were read by the Recording
Secretary and approved as read.
Before reporting on current news to members, Mrs. Wood
stated that she had heard from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harrison. They
were visiting in Texas, and he was feeling fine. Reports were made
on some local members who were ill. See the September RECORD
for details on deaths, births, and current news of interest from mem-
bers and their families.
The Legislative Representative, Mr. William F. Grady, report-
ed that the Cost of Living increase of 4.5 was final and would be re-
ceived by retirees on the July 1 checks. He reported that the Civil
Service Commission had asked Congress for delayed Annuity hikes.
Currently, the automatic increases for retirees based on the cost of
living index applies to present government employees only if they
retire before the increase goes into effect. Under the CSC's proposal
to Congress, employees could retire at a later date and still get the
annuity increase. Under the proposed new method employees would
not be penalized for retiring at a date later than May 31. The pro-
posal would also help the government by eliminating "bunching" of
retirements as happens under the current law.
Rep. Jerome Waldie, D-California, has scheduled hearings on
April 21 and 22 on whether the government rather than private
carriers should underwrite federal employee health insurance. Waldie
charged that the Civil Service Commission has not been "hard-nosed"
enough in dealing with Blue Cross-Blue Shield and the other health
insurance carriers. Among other criticisms Waldie wanted to know
whether the rapid increase in employees' premiums costs has been
met with a commensurate increase in benefits and whether the CSC
had actively sought greater benefits. He also criticized the CSC for
not keeping records on the employee claim disputes it adjudicates.
Chairman McGee of the Senate Civil Service Committee, has
scheduled hearings starting May 12 to increase the amount paid by
the government on Health insurance and to add dental and orthodon-
tic treatment, nursing care, eye glasses, periodic physical checkups
to the insurance covering government workers. The government's con-
tribution would be increased from 40% to 75%.
Mr. Grady urged members to write their senators and con-
A letter was read by President Falk on Dr. G. A. (Gus) Mel-
lander, 1952 graduate of Balboa High School and currently professor
of Latin American History and Political Science at York College in
Pennsylvania, who has recently published a new book, The UNITED
STATES IN PANAMANIAN POLITICS. A copy of the book was
shown to the assembled group.
Happy Birthday was sung to Mrs. Randall Ford, Mrs. Bessie
Lyons, Mrs. W. B. Boggs and others. Several also had had Anniver-
saries since the last meeting.
The meeting was opened to members for discussion. Mr.
Knapp was called on to say a few words.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Kuhn displayed a beautiful rug which
reproduced the official Panama Canal seal.
The City Manager of Gulfport spoke briefly to the group,
stating he hoped the Panama Canal Society of Florida would con-
tinue meeting at Gulfport Community Center for many years.
A short social period followed the business meeting and mem-
bers enjoyed coffee and doughnuts served by the Refreshment Com-
June 4, 1971
The President of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Capt.
Henry Falk, called the June meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. After wel-
coming the 121 members and guests, he led the group in the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag. Mrs. Jay Cain, Chaplain, gave the Invoca-
tion which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory
of those who had passed away since the May meeting. The following
members who had been absent from monthly meetings and guests
stood for special recognition as their names were called by the Re-
Mrs. Diane Wertz-Canal Zone, visiting her parents, Capt.
and Mrs. Kenneth S. Roscoe, in Sarasota, Florida.
Mrs. Lavinia Dahlhoff-St. Petersburg, formerly of Arlington,
William McKeown-recently back to St. Petersburg from an
extended stay in the Canal Zone
Alrich Nelson-Balboa, Canal Zone, visiting John A. Madison,
Mrs. Marie Wolf-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Beverly Rowley and daughter Renee-visiting Capt. and
Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley, Clearwater
H. A. Kleefkens-Tampa
Elbert Ridge-a son-in-law of Mr. Kleefkens, who with his
wife and four children are guests of the Kleefkens
Mr. and Mrs. Richard DeTore-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Page-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Carol Coleman Masino-Hialeah, Florida, visiting her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Coleman, of St. Petersburg
Mrs. Blanche Briscoe-St. Petersburg
Frank Leves-visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Yane Leves
The Minutes of the May meeting were read by the Recording
Secretary and approved as read.
Mrs. Virginia Wood, Secretary-Treasurer, reported on deaths
and current news since the May meeting. See September RECORD
for details. Mrs. Wood had received information from members who
wished to dispose of Royal Doulton (Hunt and Coach pattern) china
and announced that anyone interested should check at the desk for
addresses and contact the individuals personally. A letter was read
describing Judge and Mrs. Widell's trip to the Orient.
A letter from Mr. Bill Young to Capt. Sam Rowley was read
which discussed H. R. 5083 which proposed to exempt the first $3,000
of Civil Service Annuity from Federal Income Tax.
The age limit for donating blood has been changed from 60
years to 65. Anyone who wished to contribute should go to the Com-
munity Blood Bank and ask for Mrs. Adcock. Donors should inform
her that the Panama Canal Society of Florida's account should be
credited for the blood donation.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported
that 4.5 Cost of Living increase would be on the July checks. The
provision to include new retirees (after June 1) on the cost of living
increase died a "sudden death." Permitting federal employees to
also be covered by Social Security was ruled out as contributions by
employees to both funds would be too expensive for the average em-
ployee. Currently, there appeared to be no tax relief; it was doubtful
if any action would be taken on the $3,000 deduction of Civil Service
Annuities from income tax this year. Hubert Humphrey, Democrat,
Minnesota, with Senator Frank Moss, Democrat, Utah, had intro-
duced another bill to liberalize federal retirement benefits. Their bill
proposed exclusion of the first $3,000 in income tax: elimination of
survivorship reduction during periods of non-marriage of retired
employee; raise annuities for federal retirees and increased govern-
ment payments to the Federal Health Insurance benefits.
Members sang Happy Birthday to Mrs. Florence Harrison,
Mrs. Elizabeth Grady, Mrs. Lorraine Anderson, Mrs. Helen Madison,
Mrs. Blanche Briscoe and Capt. Sam Rowley. Anniversary congrat-
ulations to Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Banan, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hardy,
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hargy, and Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Owen (56th).
President Falk called on Judge Carl Widell to speak on their
recent trip to the Orient. See the September RECORD for details.
Mr. Elbert Ridge, who manages the Little League in Margar-
ita, spoke briefly.
Capt. Falk announced that he was still looking for volunteers
from surrounding areas to check data on housing in their respective
areas. This information would be sent to Mr. Doolan to assist in the
Canal Zone retirement program.
Mrs. Grady announced that friends in Lakeland wanted a
large home in St. Petersburg. The family needed four bedrooms and
were willing to pay from $50,000 to $60,000 for a desirable home in
the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area.
Mrs. Blanche Briscoe reported on a recent trip. In Cincinnati,
Ohio, she visited her daughter and in Washington, D.C. her son. She
had a wonderful time, but she still had vivid memories of her recent
trip back home to Panama.
Coffee and doughnuts were served to members following the
July 2, 1971
President Falk called the July meeting to order at 1:30 p.m. He
announced that as the Flag had been stolen, members should stand
and face the normal position of the Flag and pretend that, as normal-
ly, the Flag was in position. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Mrs. Jay
Cain, Chaplain, gave the invocation which was followed by the re-
citation of the Lord's Prayer in unison. Thirty seconds of silent prayer
in memory of those who had passed away since the June meeting
were observed. The following members who had been absent from
monthly meetings and guests stood for a special welcome as their
names were called by the Recording Secretary.
Robert L. and Dorothy T. Blaney-Mt. Pleasant, N. C.
Clair and Mary Ewing-Dunedin
Mrs. Jessie Degenaar-Dunedin
R. E. Parker-Dunedin
Mr. Dave Raymond-back from Washington
Mr. Robert J. Roy-St. Petersburg
Carl and Virginia Starke and daughter Sandra-Margarita,
Cy and Lois Mansberg-Lafayette, Louisiana
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hills-Sarasota
Mrs. Lillian Sander-a sister of Mrs. Vera Hills, Sarasota
George and Glee Brawand-Balboa, Canal Zone
After personally greeting the members and guests, the Presi-
dent called on the Recording Secretary to read the Minutes of the
June meeting. As there were no corrections, the Minutes were ap-
proved as read.
Mrs. Wood reported that Mrs. Louise Grier was in the hospital
with a broken hip. Deaths since June meeting were reported. Other
current news on engagements, weddings, births, and items of general
interest were read. See the September RECORD for details.
President Falk asked Vice President Ross Hollowell to read
the citation his son, Freeland Hollowell, of Balboa, had received as
a result of his initiative and responsibility on the rescue work on the
May 24th accident on Thatcher Ferry Bridge which took the lives
of 38 Panamanians.
The Legislative Representative, Mr. William Grady, informed
the Society of a group of entertainers-all of whom worked at a
bank. As the entertainment is of a patriotic nature it was suggested
that possibly at some future date, it might be worth considering hav-
ing the group at one of the regular meetings. Capt. Falk was in favor
of having the program if satisfactory arrangements could be made.
Mr. Grady had no news on legislation-except, he presumed
all had received fatter checks in July as a result of the Cost of Living
increase. No action had been taken on any proposed bills.
Happy Birthdays to: Mrs. Lucille Judd, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey
Goodwin, Mr. Albert McKeown, Mrs. Cecil Banan and Mr. Gustaf
Mr. Carl Starke, of Margarita, Canal Zone, spoke briefly and
expressed his pleasure in seeing so many old friends at the meeting.
He stated that in a year or two that they would be joining the group
in St. Petersburg for their retirement home.
Mr. George Jones of St. Petersburg arrived late at the
After the business meeting the ninety-five present enjoyed
coffee and doughnuts while they chatted with old friends in the area
and out-of-state visitors.
THOUGHTS ON THE APPROACH OF MY BIRTHDAY
Harvey A. McConaughey
It seems that it was only yesterday
Life lay all before me, bright and gay-
Where have the swift years gone?
Now I find that I am old,
The fires that once flamed high grow cold-
Dusk has succeeded dawn.
And soon will come the summons, stark,
That beckons me into the dark-
Earth will know me no more.
But my Redeemer bids me see
That this experience, death, will be
No blank wall but an open door.
Harvey A. McConaughey was born April 21, 1886. He passed
away on May 11, 1971. Only a brief notice of his death appeared in
the June RECORD as information was not available in time for
printing. Along with the above poem Mrs. Grace McConaughey sent
a copy of the tribute paid her husband at the services. His friends
and co-workers already know of his distinguished career on the Zone.
Upon retirement to Oakland, California, in 1948 he continued active
in church and community work. Rev. Justin P. Follette closed his
long discourse at the services by quoting the tribute to Harvey Mc
Conaughey and his wife Grace which was printed in the Bulletin of
the Balboa Union Church, April 4, 1948. The closing lines were, "Our
consolation is that some good Methodist church in the Berkeley area
will profit by our loss. Moreover, such fine friends, and such faithful
servants of Christ, can never be really lost. In our hearts, as with
thousands whom they have influenced here, they will live-always!"
As Harvey A. McConaughey lived, so he died-with faith in
"that open door."
Robert L. Barrett, Sr., of Pinellas Park, Florida, passed away
on July 4, 1971. Mr. Barrett was a radio officer for the U.S. Merchant
Survivors include his wife, Loretta, a son, Robert L. Jr., a
daughter, Mrs. Mary O'Donnell, all of Pinellas Park; his mother,
Mary E. Barrett, St. Petersburg; and a sister, Sister Mary Ruth
Barrett, Baltimore, Maryland.
LeRay William Berdeau, 83, a retired engineer who was on
the U.S. Army construction team building the Panama Canal, died
in Palm Beach, Florida, on July 26, 1971.
Mr. Berdeau, a graduate from Cornell University in 1911,
went to work in the Canal Zone as a roadman and advanced to assis-
tant engineer in the dredging division. He was promoted to a major
in the Army Engineers.
After World War I, he was a consultant to harbor building
and oil drilling operations around the world. He re-entered the Army
during World War II, served in Army intelligence, and retired as a
colonel in 1945.
He is survived by his wife, Eppes F. H. Berdeau, of Palm
Panama Canal Society of Florida correspondence to Mr. Ed-
mund T. Bleakley, Sr., Hialeah, Florida, dated July 12, 1971, was
returned marked "deceased." Additional information is not known.
A tragic car accident on July 13, 1971, near Marianna, Florida,
took the lives of two Canal Zone employees, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J.
Boatwright, of Balboa Heights. The Boatwrights had vacationed in
Florida and at the time of the accident were en route from Miami to
New Orleans to return to the Zone. Mrs. Joyce Boatwright, 48, was
killed instantly. Critically injured, Mr. Boatwright was taken to the
University Hospital in Gainesville where he passed away on July 25,
1971. Services and interment were held for Mrs. Boatwright on July
18 in Perry, Florida, and for Mr. Boatwright on July 27 also in Perry.
Mr. Boatwright was employed on the Pacific Locks, and Mrs.
Boatwright was a clerk stenographer in the office of the Director of
Posts in Ancon.
Survivors are a daughter, Louise Henrietta Boatwright, and
two sons, Robert J. and William, all of the Canal Zone, and a daugh-
ter, Mrs. Betty Joyce Hermann, of Florence, Kentucky.
Mrs. Charles Brown, 5420 Lyons View Drive, Knoxville,
Tennessee 37919, informed the Society of the death of Charles Mel-
ville Brown on April 3, 1971, at the age of 83. She wrote, "I believe
he was one of your oldest members of the Society."
William H. Bruce, Sr., 87, a former employee of the Panama
Canal's old Mechanical Division and Dredging Division, died in Tren-
ton, New Jersey, on June 5, 1971. Mr. Bruce went to the Canal Zone
in 1930 and retired in 1946.
He is survived by two sons, William H. Bruce, Jr., of Penning-
ton, New Jersey, and Donald E. Bruce, of Margarita, Canal Zone;
two daughters, Mrs. Everett Ballard, Lake Zurich, Illinois, and Mrs.
Edwin Boyce, Carmel, New York, ten grandchildren and eleven great-
Mary Dorothy Butcher, who worked at Gorgas Hospital from
1937 to 1944 passed away in Arizona (date unknown). In 1944 she
left the Zone to join the Air Force. Since her retirement in 1964, she
has been living in Arizona.
She was buried with full military honors at Ft. Bliss National
Cemetery in Texas.-Information from Miss Jennie G. Johannes
Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Ruth Rader Campbell, of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed
away in Tampa General Hospital on June 6, 1971.
Mrs. Campbell, a member of a well-known Canal Zone family,
moved to St. Petersburg in 1967 at the time her husband, Jack
Campbell, retired. She was the daughter of the late Mrs. Corrine
Mornhinweg (death, October, 1968).
Survivors include her husband, Jack K. Campbell; one sister,
Mrs. Hattie Belle Marshall, of Houston, Texas, and several nieces
Elwyn Chevalier, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard I. Chevalier,
of Gorgas Apartments, Ancon, died at Gorgas Hospital on June 7.
Mr. Chevalier served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964
and was stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and at Fort
Knox, Kentucky. He had been a resident of the Isthmus for the past
He is survived by his parents and one brother, Richard, of
Mesa, Arizona, and two sisters, Mrs. Jay Cherroux, of Fort Worth,
Texas, and Mrs. Sharon McGahee, of Charleston, South Carolina.
Mrs. Carrie Tiernan Clark, of Long Beach, California, pass-
ed away on July 31, 1971. Mrs. Clark was a nurse at Gorgas and
Cristobal hospitals from 1917-1945.-Information from Mrs. Thelma
Oliver C. Culp, 72, died May 26, 1971, at Memorial Hos-
pital in Fort Myers, Florida.
Mr. Culp had been a Union Plumber since 1923 and was a
member of the National Association of Sanitary Engineers.
John W. Dwyer, 55, died suddenly at his home in Margarita
on May 23, 1971, following a brief illness. He was employed with
the Postal Division on the Atlantic Side.
Mr. Dwyer went to the Isthmus at an early age and grew up
and was educated in the Canal Zone.
Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Mary Dwyer and two sisters,
Mrs. Howard Engelke of Balboa and Mrs. William Elmendorf of
Illinois, and several nieces and nephews.
Rodney B. Ely, who retired as Chief of the Panama Canal
Survey Branch in May, 1964, passed away in Ocala, Florida, on July
14, 1971, following a long illness. Mr. Ely, who went to the Canal
Zone in 1927, did considerable work on international and military
Besides his widow he is survived by a son, John R. Ely, of
Burlington, Vermont; two daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Brenin, of San
Diego, California, and Mrs. Gloria Corrigan, of the Canal Zone and
Burial was in Centerbrook, Connecticut.
A tribute from a friend, "No one ever had a word to say
against Rod Ely."
Jerome Fargo Evans, 76, who retired from the Commissary
Division of the Panama Canal in October, 1956, passed away at Loma
Linda University Hospital in Sun City, California, on July 31, 1971,
after a brief illness.
Mr. and Mrs. Evans, who have been residents of California
for the past fourteen years, have resided at 28146 Northwood Drive,
Sun City, California, for eight years.
Survivors are his wife Inez of Sun City; a son, William C., of
Estes Park, Colorado; a daughter, Margaret Grey Darden, of Mack-
enbach, Germany; a sister, Jessie R. Corbett, of Pasadena, California;
and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. Constance Bridget Farrell, 68, died at Gorgas Hospital
in June of 1971. Mrs. Farrell went to the Isthmus in 1920 and was
employed by the U.S. Navy at Rodman for many years until her
retirement in 1965.
She is survived by a son, Arthur W. Farrell, an employee of
the Panama Canal, and two granddaughters, Kelly and Sheila, all of
Mrs. Maryann Gorishek, 31, wife of William H. Gorishek,
United Press International newsman formerly stationed in Panama
died suddenly in June in the British Hospital in Buenos Aires. The
Gorisheks, who were married on the Isthmus in 1967, were expecting
their first child late in the month. Doctors were unable to save the
Surviving Mrs. Gorishek, besides her husband, are her mother,
a sister, and a brother.
Maj. Rodger W. Griffith, 65, former Chief of the Canal Zone
Police Division, died in a Phoenix, Arizona, hospital on June 10 fol-
lowing a short illness.
Maj. Griffith began his police career on the Atlantic side in
1927 after serving a three-year tour of duty with the U.S. Army at
Fort Davis. He first worked on the Cristobal piers and then was a
motorcycle patrolman and a police boarding officer. After several
years as a desk officer, he was promoted to lieutenant in 1940 and
made a station commander in Gatun. He became Chief of the Police
Division in 1955.
In addition to his widow, he is survived by a son, Rodger, Jr.,
of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a daughter, Mrs. Hazel Berry, of
Phoenix and five grandchildren. Also surviving him is a brother,
Ralph, of Phoenix.
Mrs. Alice T. Gundersen, 50, wife of Capt. Christian J. Gund-
ersen, died at Gorgas Hospital June 15, after an extended illness.
In addition to her widower, Mrs. Gundersen is survived by a
son, Lloyd Tom, of Houston, Texas, two daughters, Harriet Chris-
tine Worley, of Federal Way, Washington, and Esther Lily Shrader
of Houston; five grandchildren, her father, Tom Andreasen, and a
brother, Edwin Andreasen, of Florida.
Mrs. Martha Hamilton, 59, wife of Stanley Hamilton, passed
away on March 7, 1971, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mrs. Hamilton
was well known on the Canal Zone and was a past president of the
Inter-American Women's Club and past president of the Girl Scouts
in the Panama Canal Zone.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a son Robert B.
Hamilton, Vietnam; daughter Miss Kay Jean Hamilton, Fort Lau-
derdale; mother Mrs. Edith Jones, Fort Lauderdale; three brothers,
and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Jessie L. Bush, of Houston, Texas reported the death of
her aunt, Mrs. Thomas E. Herman, at her home in Jacksonville,
Florida. Her husband was stationed at Cristobal and Pedro Miguel
during Construction Days.
Lt. Albert I. Hermanny, a retired employee of the Canal Zone
Police Division died on July 18, 1971, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin,
following a long illness. He was 49.
Lt. Hermanny went to the Canal Zone in 1941 when his father
went to work for the Dredging Division. He first worked in the Dre-
dging Division as a dispatcher. After duty with the armed services
during World War II, he returned to the Canal Zone and joined the
police force in 1948. He was retired last July on disability following
a heart attack.
In addition to his wife, Ann, he is survived by four sons, Eu-
gene, now in school in Texas; Thomas, with the U.S. Air Force in
Alaska; Joseph and Albert Jr., and a daughter Rita, all living in
Fond du Lac at 546 East 8th Street since his retirement.
Miss Florence Jacobs, principal of the Ancon Elementary
School for more than 25 years, died in the Peekskill, New York hos-
pital in July. She was 79 years old.
One of the most popular members of the teaching staff, of
the Division of Schools, Miss Jacobs went to the Canal Zone from
Michigan in 1924. Her first assignment was in Gatun. She taught in
the elementary schools for three years until she became principal at
Ancon in 1927.
She retired from service in July, 1954. Since that time she
was living in Long Island, New York.
Arthur Chester Koepke, father of Captain Lyle L. Koepke
USN (ret.) of Panama died recently in Lakewood, Florida. He was
90 years old.
In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter Mrs. Wal-
ter I. Foss, of Bay City, Michigan, and Lakewood, nine grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.
Grandchildren living on the Isthmus are Henry B. Twohy,
Larry Koepke, Mrs. Candy Helin, Mrs. Taffy Corrigan and Miss
Frederick E. Knox died of a heart attack in Washington, D. C.
on June 15, 1971. Besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Knox, of
Ruidoso, New Mexico, he is survived by four daughters; Mrs. Teddy
Santiago, of District Heights, Maryland; Kristine Knox, Los Angeles,
California; Kimberly Knox, District Heights, Maryland; and Susan
Elizabeth Knox, of Boston, Massachusetts.
Mr. Knox was reared in the Canal Zone.
Graveside services and interment were in Ruidoso, New Mex-
ico, on June 22, 1971.
Mrs. Nelson Crane Magoon (Josephine) passed away on May
16, 1971. The Magoons were residents of Gatun for many years, and
Josephine worked in the Cristobal Commissary. Just prior to his re-
signation, Nelson transferred to the Dredging Division at Gamboa
where he remained for several years.
After leaving the Zone, the Magoons resided in San Leandro,
California, where Nelson was employed as a master machinist with
the local Coast Guard Station. They moved to Lakewood and then to
Leisure World, Seal Beach, where Nelson passed away. Josephine has
been residing in small apartments but toward the end had to resort
to a nursing home.-Information from Lou Hasemann
Pioneer Panama travel guide, James Leon Price, known to
thousands of tourists in Panama as "Jungle Jim" died on July 7,
1971, at the San Fernando Clinic in Panama.
Mr. Price ran a tourist excursion business with emphasis on
Indians and the jungle. Born in Lebanon, Virginia, he grew up in
Montgomery, Alabama, and was a graduate of Auburn University. He
resided on the Isthmus for 40 years during which he promoted guided
tours to the San Blas Island, Darien jungles, and other regions of
the country. He became a member of the Explorers Club of New
York after a trek from Panama across the continental divide into
Survivors include his wife, Emily; a daughter, Mrs. Edelin
Alvarez of David, Chiriqui; son James K.; and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Clara Huber Purvis, wife of John W. Purvis, former em-
ployee of the Grounds Maintenance Branch of the Community Serv-
ices Division, died July 26, 1971, in Strasburg, Virginia, following a
Mrs. Purvis went to the Canal Zone as a small child and at-
tended Canal Zone schools. After her marriage, she remained in the
Canal Zone until her husband's retirement three years ago. She was
employed for many years with the U.S. Army in the Canal Zone.
In addition to her husband, she is survived on the Isthmus
by her sister, Mrs. Florence Huber Nash, a niece, Mrs. Helen Nash
Corrigan, and two nephews, Edward and Timothy Corrigan. Another
sister, Mrs. Helen Wimsatt, lives in Washington, D. C.
William F. Rabiteau, 79, of St. Petersburg, Florida, a retired
Panama Canal employee, died July 9, 1971. Details are not available.
James J. Reccia, 63, a retired Commissary Division employee,
and one-time resident of Margarita, Canal Zone, died at his home
in Torrance, California, on July 4, 1971.
His wife Carmela Anna, more popularly known as "Millie,"
survives him and was also employed by the Panama Canal. Other
survivors are his son Ralph and a daughter, Mrs. Joan Mays.
Mrs. Reccia's new address is 3828 West 226th Street, Apt.
17, Torrance, California 90505
William A. Schwable, 76, passed away on April 19, 1971, in
Deerfield Beach, Florida, as the result of a heart attack. He had been
ill for some time.
Mr. Schwable retired from the Canal Zone in 1958 after 18
years with the Industrial Division, 15th Naval District Headquarters,
Fort Amador. He also served for three years at the Naval Gun Fac-
tory, Navy Yard, Washington, D. C.
He is survived by his wife Mabel and a sister.
James Heywood Selby, 64, died on July 14, 1971, in Phoenix,
Arizona. Mr. Selby went to Phoenix five years ago from the Panama
Canal Zone, where he retired as chief of plant accounting for the
Panama Canal Company in 1965. He had been with the Canal since
1930 and had worked for Standard Fruit Co. in Honduras as an ac-
countant from 1927 to 1930.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth, of Phoenix; two sons,
James, of Atlanta, Georgia, and Richard, of Lowery AFB, Colorado;
a daughter, Virginia Entrekin of Whitefield, Mississippi; two step-
children, Mrs. Herb Boetto, of Phoenix, and John Wilkinson of Seat-
tie; two brothers and five sisters out of the state and five grand-
Albert H. Shockey, an employee of the Panama Canal on the
Pacific Locks, passed away April 14, 1971, in Waynesboro, Pennsyl-
vania. Details are not available.
News has been received of the death of Henslee S. ((Lee)
Smith in Dallas, Texas. Date of death is not known.
Mr. Smith was employed at Rodman Naval Station in 1956
and transferred to the Police Division at Balboa in 1960. He later
transferred to the Cristobal Police Division.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Isabelle, of 2117 North
Henderson, Dallas, Texas, and a brother E. Vance Smith Jr., of
Colon, currently employed with the Maintenance Division, Cristo-
bal, Canal Zone.
Thomas C. Sullivan, Sr., passed away in March in Arcadia,
California. He is survived by his wife, Estelle (Cody) Sullivan, one
son, Edward, of Arcadia, California, and a daughter, Mrs. S. A. Lar-
kin.-Information from Jack and Ann Carey.
Lt. Jack Charles Sutherland passed away on July 30, 1971,
in Clearwater, Florida. Lt. Sutherland retired from the Police Division
in 1968 with 33 years of service with the Panama Canal.
Survivors are his widow, Mildred (Owens), a son, Owen C.,
of Detroit, Michigan; two daughters, Mrs. Janet DuPree and Mrs.
Marcia McNamara; and two sisters, Mrs. Samuel G. McClellan of
New York and Mrs. Robert Malstrom of Chicago.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Despite a lovely sunny June day, a good location at Recrea-
tion Park, Long Beach, and ample notice not very many folks (45 to
be exact) turned out for the picnic on June 13. It was great seeing
those who did attend-but disappointing to have such a small group,
especially after Mildred and Paul Kline had prepared lots of coffee!
Guess the distances in our area are too great, or else picnics aren't
very popular any more.
Dorothy and Arthur Cotton, San Diego, attended the picnic
with Lu Lumby and Elizabeth Jones. The Max Conovers, of Mait-
land, Florida, visited the Cottons in May.
Yvonne Bakker was at the picnic with her mother for a very
short time. She has been very ill, and is still recuperating from major
surgery. Her mother, Nettie E. Cassidy Bertrand, lived on the Zone
(1922-1938 and 1946-1952), and is a member of Orchid Chapter OES
in Balboa. Yvonne was born at Gorgas Hospital in 1929, lived on
the Zone until 1938; then back again 1951-1969.
Capt. and Mrs. Howard L. Smithies of Seal Beach Leisure
World celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in March. They
stopped by the picnic grounds just to say hello-both are doing well.
Elizabeth Taber of Inglewood attended with daughter Alice
Cullinane and granddaughter Peggy. All look wonderful as always,
enjoyed seeing old friends, and are just as full of pep as ever.
Emma Englebright of Tucson, Arizona, had surgery in May,
so she and Ted were unable to come over for the picnic.
Lu Lumby reports that Margaret Long, widow of Frank Long,
who was a telephone operator at Cristobal, has been living in Atlantic
City since leaving San Diego about 8 years ago.
Greg Hileman, son of Bernice and Russ Hileman of Palmdale,
left July 22, 1971, for the World Boy Scout Jamboree in Japan. He
is an Eagle and Bronze Palm Scout, and thrilled to get the trip to
Japan. He is fascinated with stories of Panama, has never been
there but hopes to go one day.
Marion and Clair Clay of Seal Beach Leisure World enjoyed
a trip to Carmel and Los Gatos, California, recently.
Thomas and Mary Harrison, and Gertrude Gibson have moved
to 6313 Erlanger Street, San Diego.
David and Thelma Hollowell of Imperial Beach are new mem-
bers. He is aboard the KITTYHAWK as Maintenance Officer. David
enlisted in the Navy at Coco Solo; brother Bill was to retire from
the Water Department, Pacific Side, in June; sister Victoria lives in
Salinas, California and his sister Hope is still on the Zone. Their
father, Cooper Hollowell, arrived on the Zone in 1908, and retired
with 40 years of service. Their maternal grandfather, William B.
"Stormy" Jordan went to the Zone in 1906 and retired in 1933.
Thelma writes that the Hollowell-Jordan family take great pride in
Canal Zone history and never tire of reminiscing about the old days.
David and Thelma visited the Zone in March, 1970, and she was
fascinated with the Canal and with the country.
One of our new members is Sheila Gilbert Bolke. She was born
on the Canal Zone, attended Balboa High School and Junior College-
she was executive secretary to the Commanding Officer of Amador
AFB in 1958-1959. Her father, Dennis Gilbert, is still on the
Zone; her grandfather was John F. Gilbert. Sheila lives in Encino,
California, with husband Don, and sons Darryl age 6, and Brian age
Berta Hazzard of Vista writes that she is recovering from a
broken hip. She had hoped to attend the March meeting, but the
death of a dear friend's husband prevented her coming. Fred and
Catherine Hunter come to see her often, and she spent some time
with them in Riverside after they had returned from a 2-month
trailer trip on the Gulf of Mexico and south Texas. Billy and Vita
Hunter live at Pacific Beach, about 35 miles from Vista so Berta
sees them often.
Mrs. Frank Clisbee (Rae) enjoyed a visit in Connecticut with
Ann (Docia's daughter) and also with relatives nearby. She got to
see an old Zone friend, Hilda Howe in Pelham. Then she went on to
St. Petersburg to be with Thatcher and Mid Clisbee and reports a
wonderful time seeing old friends there.
Flo and Arthur Berude were in the east-first picnic they'd
missed in California in many years. They visited their son, Capt.
John B. Berude and his family: one of the highlights of their trip
was being on hand for the recommissioning of the USS LUCE and
hearing John give the welcoming address and credits to various
people who had taken part in the work on the ship. John is currently
Commander of the U.S. Naval Shipyard at Philadelphia. While there,
the Berudes got to visit with Cap. Al and Jessie Forsstrom in their
beautiful country place in Cranston, Rhode Island: found them both
well. This time the Berudes flew instead of taking the train .
Note from Dell and James M. Lunch, Escondido: she had
surgery on a kneecap recently. Their son Neil and his wife Sharon
live near Cal State, L. A. going to graduate school there. Sharon is
a toxicologist for the L. A. Sheriff's Department, and Neil is a Civil
Service Social Worker, counselling non-criminal ex-addicts. Dell still
writes poetry, enters contests, and sometimes wins places.
Letter from Alice Foote Cheney (daughter of Leonard and
Mary Foote), 921 S. Citron No. 3, Anaheim, California 92805. She
would like to get in touch with old friends (Fern Morgan, Jean Mor-
gan, Ruth Brown, Phyllis Lewis, Mary Jackson, Woodrow Speir were
some names mentioned). She mentioned having seen Kathleen Hol-
comb, recently arrived from Pedro Miguel.
Charles and Jean Anne (White) McGinn are enjoying a
month traveling in Europe. During their absence, their five children
are with their grandparents, Edith and Tom McGinn, in Santa Bar-
Helen Fogle at Montebello writes that David is in the Con-
valescent Hospital at Montebello, confined to a wheel chair. She
and her daughter Helen Shafer were driving home from the hospital
when they were hit by another car. Helen S. was bruised; Helen F.
was hospitalized for 14 days-concussion, and neck, shoulder and
back injuries. Her son Robert Johnson and family from Margarita,
Canal Zone, were in California for a few weeks and had a wonderful
visit. His daughter Terry is in school in Carlsbad, New Mexico-her
trip to California was a graduation gift.
Mildred Kline of Tustin and her mother Mrs. John Phillips
of Laguna Hills enjoyed a trip to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to attend
a family reunion in July.
Stanley Stearns of Aptos wrote a very interesting account of
his recent sojourn to Central America. He flew to Mexico City where
he met his niece and nephew to be with them for the dedication of
one unit of the boys' dormitory at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos
(Our Little Brothers and Sisters), an orphanage and school in Cuer-
navaca. This is a community consisting of an orphanage for babies, a
school for pre-kindergarten through 6th grade at Acolman outside
Mexico City, a school at Cuernavaca, and a farm south of Cuernavaca
where produce is raised for the orphanage community. This is men-
tioned in a book SOCIAL CHARACTER IN A MEXICAN VIL-
LAGE, by Erich Fromm and Michael Maccoby: much of the support
for the orphanage comes from benefactors in the United States.
Mr. Stearns spent five months in Mexico, Guadalajara, Zihua-
tenejo, and Cuernavaca. He drove with friends to Honduras-then
on to Managua, Nicaragua by bus. From there he flew to San Jose,
Costa Rica-then on to Panama. Since the Tivoli Hotel had closed
its doors, he found a place at the Las Vegas Apartments across the
street from El Panama Hotel. He had a number of meetings with
Winter Collins-saw some of the enlargements of negatives and
pictures he had sent for the Museum being established; called on
Edward A. Doolan, visited Miraflores locks-went on a sightseeing
tour of the Zone, drove across the Thatcher bridge; and visited the
museum on Naos Island. After a wonderful three weeks in Panama,
he flew back to Los Angeles and then on home-was gone about
Note from A. E. Jamison-he and his wife Clotilde are enjoy-
ing life in Oceanside, California. He went to the Zone in 1920, work-
ed in the Property Bureau for two years; after eight months back in
the United States; he returned to the Zone, worked for Bureau of
Statistics; worked in Panama from 1927 to 1930, and then back to
the Municipal Engineering Division. At the time of his retirement
in 1956 he was Administrative Assistant in the Balboa Field Office
of the Maintenance Division.
Capt. and Mrs. Roy L. Hearn have moved to 2003 Bayview
Hts. Drive, Space 105, San Diego: hope Roy doesn't tangle with any
Claude and Anna (Saphir) Towery drove to California from
Maryland and visited Docia (Clisbee) Zavitowsky. They, along with
Rae Clisbee and Martin and Virginia Seiler spent time together; they
planned on seeing Mrs. Needham while in this area.
Martin and Virginia Seiler entertained Frank and Emma Vio-
lette in July-the Violettes flew up from Panama and stopped a few
days on their way to Hawaii for a fishing tournament.
Mrs. Ewing Journey (Jane) plans on returning to her home
at 5943 Gullstrand, San Diego, in August after her stay in Poulsbo,
Washington, with Ewing's son Bud and his family. During her stay
there, sister Norine Kaufer came up from San Jose; they saw Minnie
Rudge and her daughter Pat Nellis, who was up from the Zone on
vacation. Jane talked by phone with Lenore Hartshorne, Pat Boggs,
Roland Dahlhoff and Ted Wolford. Bud's wife Harriet, children,
Andy and Molly were on the Zone visiting Cele and Ralph Davis and
Bonnie and Eddie Dolan and family.
The date and place for our fall get-together has not been set.
Anyone in this area in September, contact Paul Kline, President, or
one of the officers for information.-Thelma E. Reppe, Secretary.
PREMIER-NEWS FROM CLEARWATER, FLORIDA
In order to bring members of the Society as much diversified
news as possible, we have felt for some time that more news from our
neighbor, Clearwater, the chosen retirement home for many, many
retirees, would be of interest to our readers. Unlike Aladdin and his
magic lamp, wishing brought no immediate, tangible results until
this issue-some genie must have extrasensory perception! Our ap-
preciation to Mrs. W. G. McBride, Box 4412, Clearwater, for send-
ing an informative digest on happenings in and around Clearwater.
FLO MALLET was in the Canal Zone a month for her grand-
daughter's wedding on May 26 (Marie Wheeler to Fred Pertik).
Grandsons Ray and Oscar Wheeler will visit her for one week prior
to spending two weeks with their Aunt and Uncle, Dick and Joan
Wheeler, near St. Augustine.
LOUISE and WILLIE ALLEN had as houseguests their-
daugher, Betty Ann Hansen, and her two children from May to July
13. During this time, all five flew to Houston to visit another daugh-
ter and son-in-law, Florence and Jerry Mann and then to Estes Park
for a two-week vacation. On July 14, their third daughter, Margaret
Rinehart, and six children arrived from the Zone for a month's vaca-
tion. Husband Les will join them here for the last two weeks, leaving
FLORA AND DAVE MADISON Dave is doing much
better after his last stroke. Flora and Dave were able to join Dave's
brothers, Tom and Allen, and their families for a week's visit with
family in Mississippi. Tom's daughters, Lela and Toki, also went
VERA AND BOB SMITH had their daughter, Donna, and
granddaughter, Michelle, age 5, as houseguests while Donna's hus-
band, M/Sgt. Bobby Herring, served his year in Vietnam. Bobby is
back, and they are looking forward to their next assignment in Fort
Leonard Wood, Missouri.
ORA AND BUD ERICKSON-Ora's dad, Robert J. Huntoon,
had a bad fall but is recovering nicely. He resides at present in the
Old Soldier's Home in Bennington, Vermont. We know that he would
love hearing from old friends. Ora and Bud's daughter and son-in-law,
Barbara and Paul Adamson, are arriving for a visit with their chil-
dren, Paul Jr., Kimberly Ann, Barbara Jeanne and Alice Marie. The
Ericksons were in Guntersville, Alabama this summer visiting John
and Mildred Wood, formerly of the Mechanical Division.
CAPTAIN E. J. ERIKSEN, his wife, Kitty, and daughter,
Ruthie, are due back shortly from a six-week visit with relatives in
CY AND GENNA FIELD with daughter, Marianne, are at
present living in Gulf Harbors.
GERTRUDE KEUTER'S granddaughter, the former Mary
Ann Sellars, was married July 10 to Dennis Allan Davis. Mary Ann
is a Senior at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Dennis, a
recent graduate of the University, is presently employed by the
State of Florida. Gertrude is busy planning her next trek-hopefully
in October to include this time Hawaii, Hong Kong, Japan and
MARIE AND KEN BAILEY are at present vacationing in
MARIE AND ROSCOE COLLINS spent June in Parsippany,
New Jersey, visiting their son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Rose-
marie Collins, and four grandchildren. On the way back they stopped
in Columbus, Georgia, to visit the Taylor Owens. She is the former
FRED AND BESSIE BAUMBACK have had as houseguests
for two months their grandson, Frederick Baumback of Curundu,
who is getting ready to return to the Zone and the Canal Zone
College. Prior to this, they visited daughters and sons-in-law, Mr.
and Mrs. D. A. Kocher, of Dallas, Pennsylvania, and S/Sgt. and Mrs.
Joseph Messina, of Eglin AFB, Florida- also the Kirbys in Aiken,
Top of the World, the beautiful new condominium complex
in Clearwater, has three new ex-Canal Zone residents-Marie and Al
Dube, Frank and Rosa Allie and the Art Cherrys.
MARIE AND CHARLIE CONNOR of Greenbriar, formerly
of Gamboa, have their son Bob of Texas visiting.
WALTER AND MARJORIE MCBRIDE entertained son
Peter and his fiancee, Jo Anne Giambrone, of Rochester, New York,
for a week early in July. Peter and Joe Anne plan a March wedding in
Rochester where both are employed by Kodak. Other houseguests
were Mr. and Mrs. Leo Austin of Miami; Mrs. Austin is the former
Teresa Brown of Balboa.
The SHERMAN HAMMONDS of Clearwater are hosting
their son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Pat, and children. Bob has
recently joined the Oldsmar Police Department. Pat is the former
Pat Daly, daughter of Ken and Alice Daly of Balboa.
The OTHAR BROWNLEES have sold their home in Louis-
iana and at present are residing in the Kapok Trailer Park in Clear-
GEORGE AND MARGARET MARTIN have decided to
make Clearwater residency permanent with the purchase of a home
for George's orchids. While George was recuperating from his hospi-
talization in May, he had visits from Del Waddell, of Margarita, and
Jim Hickman, of Clearwater, John Kozar, of North Port Charlotte,
George Brawand of Balboa vacationing at St. Petersburg Beach,
Roscoe Collins of Clearwater, Lloyd Spradlin of Balboa, daughter
Margaret Ann from Ohio and son Jerry from Balboa.
JIM (SMILEY) MORRIS and family are visiting his parents
Jim and Shorty Morris, in Clearwater for the summer.
MARGE AND GENE SHIPLEY with her parents, the Gil
Owens, are planning a fall visit in California with their daughter
and son-in-law, Lieutenant and Mrs. William Shafer.
The Scottish Towers in Dunedin is home to two ex-Zonites-
Helen and Bert Kat and Jack and Dee DeVore. Helen and Bert
have hardly found time to hang their hats yet as the past few
months have been spent traveling to visit family and attend Donald's
graduation from Kings Point. Donald is at present with Cleveland
Cliff Iron Company, shipping on the Great Lakes. Happy sailing,
The ERNEST COTTONS, Tykie and Edie, are happily ful-
filling their dreams of a lovely waterfront home with mooring for
Tykie's boat. Houseguests since June, enjoying the lovely surround-
ings have been: Tykie's mother and aunt, Ida Mae Cotton and
Beatrice Fernandez; when they left for home, Lois Cotton arrived
for a week's stay en route to the Zone to visit her new grandchild,
number four for George and Sue Cotton of the Canal Zone's finest.
In mid-July Lee and Kay Cotton and two children arrived for a four-
day visit. On August 10 Edie's mother, Agatha Wikran, will be
arriving for an definite stay.
The DICK PARKERS of Dunedin will be hosting Mrs.
George Gercich and her daughter Cathy the last two weeks of August.
Cathy is entering St. Leo's College. In September Dick's brother,
Don, and Albert (Twig) Terwilliger will be here to visit.
The Shriner's Convention in Miami in June was well repre-
sented by ex-Zonites. Clearwater was represented by the Sam
Rowleys and the Ralph Frangionis. Sara and Sam Rowley were
accompanied by houseguests, daughter and son-in-law, June and
Davis Stephenson of Balboa, and son and daughter-in-law, Skipper
and Bev Rowley of Jacksonville. They all returned to Clearwater
July 2nd for a short visit before Skip and Steve had to be back to
work. On July 6th son-in-law Jim Gerhart arrived for a short visit
prior to going to Arizona on military training. He has since returned
to the Zone and vacationed with his family in South America.
Dorothy and baby Susanne hope to visit Sam and Sara in October.
Ralph and Naomi Frangioni drove back to Clearwater from
the convention with Rus and Betty Stevens of the Dredging Division.
(Betty is Army Staff Librarian for the Canal Zone area). The four
stopped by to visit Clarence and Tess Priest en route to Clearwater.
Rus and Betty continued back to the Zone via San Antonio. Chuck
and Dottie Lavallee stopped by the Frangionis before returning to the
Zone, and in July the Frangionis hosted Roscoe and Dolores Cleve-
land (IAGS Panama) for dinner one week and the following week
had as dinner guests Bill and Lynn Batters, of Annapolis, Maryland,
and Elena and Buck McHan of Seminole. July 18th they visited
son Bill (Captain Ralph K. Frangioni, Jr.) at Patrick AFB. Bill and
family are transferring on August 24th to Elgin AFB for new assign-
We feel that JOE AND MILDRED HICKEY have set some
sort of a record in houseguests in their year in Clearwater, so just
for fun we're listing them: If anyone feels they can beat this, send
the list in, and we'll gladly pass on kudos.
In February, daughter Diane's husband and his cousin and
brother spent one week. In March, Diane and cousin's wife spent a
week. Diane and husband live in Tewksbury, Massachusetts with
their two children, Cheryl and Michael.
Son Tom came back from Vietnam to spend the month of
April at home and had a friend of his from New York City for a
While Tom was at home, the Hickeys had as guests for the
day and dinner two former Canal Zone boys-Ralph Bender, now
living in Orlando with his mother and sister, and Ito Madison and
his wife who live in Tarpon Springs.
Louise Pustis, formerly from the Canal Zone and her two
boys, Tom and Stephen, came from Texas where Tom was graduated
from college and spent several days with Hickeys at which time
Louise bought a lovely home in Clearwater. They then left for Fort
Walton Beach to be with son Joey while they await delivery of their
furniture from the Canal Zone.
Daughter Barbara and her husband and three children arrived
to spend the month of June. Barbara worked as a nurse at Coco
Solo Hospital while her husband was in the Air Force in Korea.
Brandt Irion, son of Doctor and Mrs. Irion, of Coco Solo, stayed
for a few weeks also in June and then returned to his home in the
Canal Zone for the summer.
Jim Washabaugh, formerly of Margarita, who is stationed in
the Navy at Pensacola, spent a weekend in May with young Joe.
Jim Kunkel, son of Ann and Paul Kunkel, who is stationed
in Mississippi, spent a weekend at the Hickeys. Ann and Paul are
now living in Zephyrhills, Florida, and are frequent visitors in the
Barbara and husband have bought a home in Warner Robins,
Georgia, and will live there while husband, John, is stationed at the
Air Force Base there. Mildred and Joe plan to visit son Tom in
Germany and June Barlow Riesz in Holland in September.
Other guests who spent the day and had dinner were: Mr.
and Mrs. Barlow, Sr., formerly of Balboa and now living in Tampa,
and daughter and son-in-law, Ruth and John Schmidt, also living
in Tampa. Emma Barlow from St. Petersburg; Louis and Marcella
Schmidt on vacation from Balboa; Louise and Willie Allen, Dollie
and Jerry Steiner and Flo Mallett from Dunedin; Flo and Dave
Madison from Tarpon Springs; Thelma Bull; and Ken and Marie
Bailey; Marie and Charlie Connor, formerly of Gamboa; Marge
and Walter McBride; Nora and Charles Green, Aiken, South Caro-
Had visits from June Barlow Riesz; Alyce and Ed Friedrich
who have returned to make their home in Panama; Dot and Bob
Herrington from the Canal Zone; Gertrude Keuter and granddaugh-
ter Pat, now living in Dunedin; and George and Margaret Martin of
Clearwater-our thanks to Mrs. George A. Martin for her assistance
in typing and to all others in Clearwater for their timely contributions
to NEWS FROM CLEARWATER.
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
MRS. GUY CICELYY KNIBB) ALLEN, 4221 Coliseum
Street, New Orleans, writes nostalgically that sixty-one years ago on
July, she was married in Empire by her grandfather, Rev. J. H.
Sobey, who was chaplain of the ICC. Since she also had to be married
by law which at that time was recognized by Panama, Mr. E. Gudger
married them in his office in the courthouse. Consequently she has
two certificates-one by law, the other by church. The Aliens lived
in bachelor quarters at the foot of the hill where the disbursing of-
fices were. As they were not American citizens, they could not get
regular quarters. She was married on the broad porch and had only
two yellow roses for the ants had eaten all the others. Her grand-
daughter, Barbara, who is married to a distinguished professor in
water pollution at Vanderbilt, has just gotten her M.A. in designing
arts and, as she made such an excellent record, her husband is sending
her to Europe for six weeks where he will join her in Poland.
Barbara's father was Mrs. Allen's pilot son who was killed in WWII.
As an old timer, Mrs. Allen is deeply concerned about affairs in the
Canal Zone and Panama. She keeps very busy helping people, is an
expert at knitting, works on altar linens for her church and has just
discovered that a lovely jelly can be made from pyracantha berries-
if you can pick them before the cedar waxwings clean the trees!
DR. AND MRS. WAYNE GILDER, 5923 Freret Street, New
Orleans, write that they had a very pleasant month of May in New
York State and Maryland. In July they had all their children: Josh,
Marjory, Nancy and Donnie, with nine of their 19 grandchildren
with them for a short time. In September, they hope to go to Mar-
jory's in California, if Mrs. Gilder's health permits. Dr. Gilder work-
ed in Colon Hospital.
MISS CLAUDIA MARIE HANBURY, Box 16443, University
Station, Baton Rouge, has been elected commander of a new women's
drill team to be formed under the sponsorship of the LSU ROTC
cadet corps. The new group is the first military marching group to
be organized at LSU for coeds. The drill team will perform during
halftime at LSU's home basketball games and at ROTC reviews.
In judging applicants and selecting members for the new drill team,
Claudia will work in cooperation with LSU cadet representatives
of the Arnold Air Society, national honor society for cadets in the
Air Force ROTC program, and the Pershing Rifles, honorary pre-
cision drill team ranking first in the South. Claudia, a sophomore
in international marketing, has entered a variety of extracurricular
activities on the LSU campus. She is a newly chosen member of the
LSU Tiger Band's Golden Girls, a precision dance group which per-
forms dance routines with the band during halftime shows at LSU
home football games. The Canal Zone coed is also a member of Angel
Flight, honorary service auxiliary to the Arnold Air Society. Angel
Flight members also serve as official hostesses for a variety of Uni-
versity events. As a member of Angle Flight, Claudia was one of four
delegates who represented the LSU group at a national Angel Flight
conclave this spring in Miami. Claudia served earlier this year as
president of her pledge class in Alpha Omicron Pi social sorority,
and has now been initiated as an active member of the chapter. She
was a queen for the LSU Block and Bridle Club's annual student
rodeo, and is a member of the LSU Union's social affairs and sport
committees. A graduate of Balboa High School, Claudia is the daugh-
ter of Mrs. Louise Hanbury of Balboa.
MRS. EDWARD G. (VIVIAN) HAYDEL, 4917 Kent Avenue,
Metairie, writes that Father Michael J. Wye, C.M., of Philadelphia
(formerly of St. Mary's Mission in Balboa), on vacation through the
Southern states spent a weekend with them. While in the New
Orleans area, he visited Mr. and Mrs. Brian Smyth (Bunny DiBella).
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond S. Euper of Gretna came over one evening
to see Father Wye. He also enjoyed telephone "visits" with other
friends in the area: Robert and Ursula Thompson, Margaret Ridge
Coffey and Dr. and Mr. Wayne Gilder. July 3 was Mr. Haydel's
birthday and their son, Norman and his wife and five children joined
them for a barbecue to celebrate the event.
GEORGE E. MARCUSE, 2601 South Claiborne Avenue,
New Orleans, well-known to many Zonians, writes that at his busi-
ness, The Radio Center, they see lots of folks from the Zone, either
picking up their cars or catching the boat rather than flying. They
always drop by to buy a few appliances to be shipped down to them.
George says that besides their low prices to folks in the Zone, they
offer easy terms and factory warranty. This makes it much better and
cheaper deal than they can get from anyone in the commy or Panama.
Sylvia and George visit the Isthmus every February for two weeks
and naturally always see their old friends. George says that it's
always a thrill to go home again. He is honorary vice consul to the
Republic of Panama.
MRS. GRETCHEN R. WARREN, 4022 Franklin Avenue,
New Orleans, writes that her son, David R. has graduated from
Tulane University and is married. Daughter, Kathy Ann, is attending
LSUNO completing her degree as an English major. Kathy also
attended LSU in Baton Rouge studying journalism.
Patt Foster Roberson
NEWS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
On the 25th of April we had a picnic at the C. P. & L. picnic
grounds in Skyland. Seventeen members were present, and we had
a grand time. Two new members joined our group-Ruth and C. D.
"Bill" Tillman who are now living in H'ville. "Bill" has a machine
shop on the Asheville Highway. Tony and Edith Nard from Ocala,
Florida, who were visiting the Tillmans, were also with us; from here
they went to Virginia.
Betty and Paul Bentz have gone to Colorado to spend the
month of July with Betty's sisters in the Grand Tetons. Mr. and
Mrs. Bill Ryerson, with their daughter and son-in-law, the Merton
Clareys (Jean Sexton) spent the month of June in H'ville.
They came up from Miami to enjoy the cool weather. Both the
Johnny Johnstons and the Bob Van Wagners are celebrating their
50th wedding anniversaries during August. All three of the Johnston
boys, with their families will be here. Young Bob Van Wagner and
family will come from Ohio. How wonderful to have lived to celebrate
50 years together.
Capt. and Mrs. Lloyd Kent and daughters Laurie, Carrie,
and Bonny, from Pedro Miguel visited the Charley Howes for a
month. The Dean Kellys from Gamboa passed through H'ville and
stopped to see them for the day. They also had Bob and Marie
(Wright) Gibson and family for an afternoon. Mr. and Mrs. Chas.
Salmon (Marie), from Los Rios, visited with them for a day; Rose
Critzer of Margarita visited them for a week. Peggy Roberts and
her sister in law spent a week at Maggie Valley. Sgt. Dennis
McHenry and family visited the Howes for six weeks while Dennis
attended school at Ft. Jackson. Mrs. McHenry (Shirley) is the
daughter of the Howes.
The Hoenkes from Balboa, who have bought a home here,
will be coming up in August. Mr. Hoenke is retiring. They will spend
a week here and then go on to Vermont for a month at their summer
cottage. They will then return to H'ville to live. We welcome them.
The Parmentiers came through H'ville and visited with the Tillmans
and then went on to St. Pete where they plan to live. Capt. Howerths,
now retired, who lives in Fairhope, Alabama, spent a week in H'ville;
he had his two sisters from New York with him. They spent some
time with the Tillmans.
Doris Coolidge, a nurse at Gorgas (now retired) has spent
the last two years with the Peace Corps in Afghanistan. She
came to see Bea Tyrrell of Tryon. They took off for Washington to
see Burnetta Gillet who was a Physiotherapist at Gorgas. The
three then went to Wilmington, Delaware, to get Rebecca Kendall,
a former nurse at Gorgas, and then to Red Bank, New Jersey, to
visit George and Dot Hooper, also a Gorgas nurse. Can't you hear the
Clarence and Della Howell have been traveling here and there
for some time. In February they attended the midyear convention of
the Rainbow Division of Veterans in Charleston, South Carolina.
In April they were in Roanoke, Virginia, attending a regional meeting
of World War I veterans and from there they went to Charlotte to
baby-sit for daughter Margaret who went to the National Bowling
tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. They attended the NARFE State
Convention at the beautiful Kanuga Lodge in H'ville. In June they
attended the State Convention of World War I Veterans at High
Point, North Carolina. There Della was elected the State Depart-
ment President of the Auxiliary to World War I Veterans-the
State has 37 auxiliaries and over 1000 members. The Howells will
be seeing a lot of the old "North State" this year. They will be in
Houston for the National convention of World War I Veterans in
Margaret Wanlass, Sec'y
Wendell Greene, Pres.
NOTES FOR THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY FROM ORLANDO
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Tezanos drove to New Orleans,
Louisiana, for a visit with friends and relatives and then to Hot
Springs, Arkansas, for the baths. While there, they were with a
number of Canal Zone friends. On their return trip they ventured
into Tennessee and returned to Orlando, making another stop in
Milton Treadwell is glad to be home again after a sojourn in
Florida Hospital, where he let the doctors operate-not once, but
twice! He made a rapid and remarkable recovery, and all his friends
are happy to see him home and well.
Mrs. Ernest Erbe (Ruth) enjoyed a visit from her son, Dick
and his wife and their two children from the Canal Zone during June.
In July two of her granddaughters from Virginia-daughters of her
son, Phil, were with her. During this stay they celebrated the 10th
birthday of Amy, youngest of the two girls. Late in July Mrs. Erbe
left on a trip to Europe with planned visits to Italy, especially Rome
and Florence; to Athens, Greece, and to London.
Other travelers reporting on happy trips were Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph Skinner, who enjoyed a trip to Mexico, and Mrs. Nancy
Hatchett, who visited with family members in Reidsville, North
Carolina, in June.
John J. Dudak and daughter, Helen Louise, visited with
Kay and Allen Miller at their newly constructed home in Sarasota.
The Millers are recently retired from the Canal Zone and say they
are enjoying Florida living. During July the Millers also had the
pleasure of a visit from their two daughters, Martha Karen Young
and Marjorie Barnett. -Many thanks to Helen Louise Dudak for
sending in Orlando news. With her home and outside work, she keeps
busy and actually doesn't have free time to gather and write up the
local news. We would MISS news about our Orlando members.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF TEXAS
Greetings from Space City, U.S.A.-As Apollo 15 journeys to
the moon, with residents of Space City, Astronauts Worden, Irwin
and Scott, the entire world awaits their landing and offers prayers
for a successful mission as well as a safe return to earth. Manned
Spacecraft Center is host to numerous visitors and newscasters from
around the world!
The Panama Canal Society of Texas held a buffet supper
and business meeting on June 19, 1971, at Young-Chow Restaurant.
As always there was great fellowship and exchange of news of Canal
Zone friends. Among our members was Mrs. George F. Welsh from
Marshall, Texas. She was the houseguest of Florence and John Terry.
Rabbi Nathan Witkin gave the invocation and Mr. John Terry the
benediction. Our Society will once again meet on the third Saturday
in October. You'all come!
After being retired 21 years from Panama Canal service,
Irene and Lee Wright returned to the Canal Zone. They were guests
of Miss Mary N. Orr in Balboa. Many changes had taken place dur-
ing this absence. New quarters in Balboa Flats, La Boca, Pedro
Miguel and Paraiso were noted. Also, that offices and homes were
air-conditioned. BUT, with the changes, to find so many friends still
employed on the Canal Zone will be a treasured memory of Irene
and Lee. Darien Lodge, A.F. & A.M., in Balboa honored Lee with
the presentation of his 50-year Masonic Veteran's Medal. The Dis-
trict Grand Master, Nathaniel Litvin, presented the award. The
meeting was declared "Brother George Lee Wright Night". This was
an historic occasion for Darien Lodge since this was the first such
presentation made to a member in person in the lodge room.
Mrs. Edith Mathieson, of Balboa, visited with the John Terrys
when en route to the Canal Zone after a vacation with relatives and
friends in Oregon, California and Texas.
Our Society President, Pat Coakley, Jr. and wife, Genevieve,
have just returned from Greece and Italy and a cruise of the Med-
iterranean, also. In August, Mrs. Pat Coakley, Sr., of Grand Rapids,
Michigan, will be in Houston with Pat, Jr. Prior to coming to Space
City, she will be in Colorada Springs, Colorado, with son, Major
James Coakley (Ret. U.S.A.F.) and family. "Sweet Alice"
will be among those present when Jimmy receives his Master's degree.
He plans to embark on a teaching career.
From Kerrville, Texas, Mrs Terrell Toone (Nellie May) came
to Houston for, a check-up at the hospital in this city's well known
Medical Center. While in town, Nellie May was the guest of the Lee
Wrights. Her many friends will be happy to hear that once again
she is enjoying good health.
Visitors in August at the Lee Wrights will be Mrs. Lillian
Ryan of Balboa and Mrs. Elsa Bailey, of Mobile, Alabama. Mrs.
Ryan has recently retired from the Panama Canal service and will
make her new home in Jay, New York.
Of all the good blessings the years of life lend, none brings
richer joys than the gift of Canal Zone friends.-Irene E. Wright,
ANOTHER SURPRISE! Texas IS in the spotlight-While
the astronauts make history, news came in on Kerrville, Texas,
compiled by Al and Dorothy Pate, of Gatun, Canal Zone, who spent
six weeks in Kerrville while their daughter, Debbie, was attending
"On May 31, 1971, Clara and Harold Chambers and Cheta
and Parker and Hanna were co-hosts for dinner and get-together for
Sue and Bill Graham and daughter Donna, and for Dorothy and Al
Pate and their daughter, Debbie. The following Zonites were present:
Juanita and Ed Webster, Mildred and Jim Agee, Jim Hoverson
(Helen was in Kentucky attending her niece's funeral), and Dave
Davison (Elizabeth was in Minnesota taking care of her first grand-
child-a little doll with red hair and blue eyes). This enjoyable affair
was held at the Parker Hanna's delightful home-where the deer and
even the buffalo roam. They have a newspaper article and picture of
proof that they have had a buffalo in their yard.
On July 5th Helen and Jim Hoverson had a picnic at Lady
Bird Park, Fredericksburg, Texas. Those present were: James Hover-
son, their son; Laura Fields, Helen Hoverson's sister from Kentucky;
Clara Chambers; Cheta and Parker Hanna; Mildred and Jim Agee;
Pat and Walter Marek and their daughter, Leslie, who is home for the
summer from Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia; Anita and
Al Collins with their children, Mark and Aleta, vacationing from
the Canal Zone; Dorothy, Al, and Debbie Pate.
Cheta and Parker Hanna left on July 6th for Shelton,
Washington, to visit P. W. Hanna, who retired as Chief Engineer of
Cristobal Harbor tugs in 1949 and then to Seattle, Washington, to
see their son James and his wife Sandra.
Rita and Perry Washabaugh made their third trip through
Kerrville on June 1-2 while Sue and Bill Graham were visiting the
Florence and "Mac" McConnell just moved into their new
home, and they are both busy getting things in order. Is is a pleasure
to see two people working hard but happy.
While in Texas, we enjoyed a visit with Mrs. R. T. Toone
(Nellie May) and Mrs. J. B. Fields.
Zonites who have happily found Kerrville as a retirement
home, thank Clara and Harold Chambers. Ex-Zonians currently
living in Kerrville are: Juanita and James Watson, Helen and Jim
Hoverson, Juanita and Ed Webster, Elizabeth and Dave Davison,
Mildred and Jim Agee, Florence and Mac McConnel, Pat and Walter
Marek, Rev. and Mrs. J. B. Fields, Rev. and Mrs. Townsend, Mrs.
Nellie May Toone, Clara and Harold Chambers, Cheta and Parker
Hanna, and Mrs. Muriel Haywood.
Future residents are: Betty and Dave Marshall and Dorothy
and J. Finlay Meehan, and there will be more once prospective re-
tirees see and know this unique town." (Editor-Our thanks to
Kerrville visitors, the Al Pates. We do hope that they have stimu-
lated some Kerrville Zonian to send us a quarterly synopsis of
"doings" in and around Kerrville. Let's keep Texas on the map!
The next deadline for the RECORD will be November 1, 1971.
Get material for printing to us before that date.
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Entertainment at the installation of officers of the 5th Wheel
Club, with Fran Orvis, outgoing president presiding, included a fash-
ion show by one of the local stores. In connection with the fashion
show, Mildred Neely, past president, read a brief resume of the
"Chiquera" collar made in Panama by the Indians, as Fran's daugh-
ter-in-law, Lotty Orvis, of Balboa, modeled several. The officers
and members who had a "Chiquera" wore them, and others were on
display. Lotty, who also modeled some of the store's fashions was
asked by the owner to be one of her regular models. Welcome Wagon
Club members no longer eligible for membership due to length of
residency may join the 5th Wheel Club.
Mrs. Jeanne Burgoon was a delegate to the National Bowling
Tournament and Women's International Bowling Congress (WIBC)
held in Atlanta late in April and participated in the tournament.
Mildred Neely, who is active in the Sarasota Bowling Leagues, drove
to Atlanta with Jeanne. In May, Jeanne and Mildred drove to Palm
Beach for the Florida State Women's Bowling Association meeting.
Jeanne was a delegate and both girls participated in the tournament.
Members of two Canal Zone sewing groups met for a picnic
lunch and get-together at Lake Seminole in June. The affair was
arranged by Mrs. Madge Hall of the Sarasota group and Mrs. Vera
Jones of the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area group. Those at-
tending from Sarasota with Madge included Miss Mildred Neely,
Mrs. Matilda Neely, Mrs. Edith Eppley, Mrs. Rae Ebdon, Mrs.
Marion Greene, Mrs. Kay Miller, Mrs. Hannah Schwartz, and Mrs.
Those from the other club with Vera Jones included Mrs.
Gloria Madison, Mrs. Aura Erikson, Mrs. Carlee Taber, Mrs. Sara
Rowley, Mrs. Mildred Harper, Mrs. Genevieve Field, Mrs. Edna
Wertz and her daughter, Mrs. Marie Wertz Ayala; Mrs. Alena
McHann and her three granddaughters, Andrea, Allison and Valerie
Mr. and Mrs. George Roth and Mr. and Mrs. Michael F.
Greene were among out-of-town guests attending the wedding of
Miss Robyn Jeannine Hammetter, daughter of Mr .and Mrs. Robert
G. Hammetter of Balboa, and Mr. Max Murhee Suter on July 10 in
Gladys B. Humphrey spent a week in Pensacola with Cliff
and Irma Wicks, and with them attended the Clement-Thompson
wedding on May 29 and also visited with Ruth and Caleb Clement
who flew to Florida for their son's wedding. In July, Gladys and her
granddaughter, Debbie Mann, spent a week in Palm Bay with her son
and family, Donald and Dotti Humphrey. They were joined by Mr.
and Mrs. Wicks who drove down from Pensacola in their camper for
the Apollo 15 Moon shot and a tour of the Space center.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Ebdon, Jr. and Rae's mother, Mrs.
Edith Eppley, moved into their new home at 4216 Tee Road the
last week in July.
Sarasotans have enjoyed visits by their families, vacationers
from the Zone, and former Canal Zoners during the early part of
Visitors at the home of Capt. and Mrs. Kenneth S. Roscoe
included their daughter, Diana, Mrs. Leonard Wertz of Balboa.
Diane also visited her husbands parents, Mr. and Mrs. George
Wertz in Dunedin. Mrs. Thomas Dugan (Lorraine Urey) with her
daughter, Tricia, spent several days with Diane and her parents in
June. Lorraine has been visiting relatives in Dunnellon and will
return to the Canal Zone later.
Richard Roscoe and his wife, the former Sandra Tortorici,
visited his parents for several weeks in July. Richard is an engineer
on a ship and has completed three months at sea and is now on 40
days' leave. His wife is on the teaching staff with the Canal Zone
Schools Division. Richard and Sandy will return to the Canal Zone
for the balance of his leave.
Sandy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Tortorici of Margarita
and their son, John, were overnight guests of the Roscoes in July.
They have been visiting Ruth's sister and family, Mr. and Mrs.
William J. Park in St. Petersburg.
Allen and Kay Miller, who arrived in April for permanent
residence in their new home on Tee Road, had as their first overnight
guests their daughters, Mrs. Stephen (Martha) Young, of Portland,
Oregon, and Mrs. Richard (Marjorie) Barnett, of Colorado Springs,
Colorado. The girls spent two weeks with their parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Starke of Margarita with their daughter,
Cassandra, spent part of their annual vacation in Florida. While in
the Sarasota area for several days, they called on the George Roths,
the John Halls and Joe and Della Noonan. They also attended the
July meeting of the Panama Canal Society in St. Petersburg their
first one and Carl said they are looking forward to returning.
July visitors at the home of Mike and Marion Greene were
Lynn and Bill Badders of Annapolis, Maryland. While here, the
Greenes planned a reunion of Coral Chapter O.E.S. members living
in Sarasota. Of the thirteen members present, nine were past matrons
Marsha Collins of Coco Solo arrived in July for a summer
visit with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clarke. Joyce and
Jack drove to Miami to meet 11-year-old Marsha when she arrived
by plane and visited with Joyce's sister, Mrs. Nita Hartman, before
returning to Sarasota.
Harry D. Raymond, who was visiting his daughter and family
in Fort Myers, following a business trip to Washington, D.C., spent
a day visiting friends in Sarasota.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Orvis with their children, Bobby, Carl
and Nita, arrived in May for a six weeks' visit with Bob's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Orvis. On June 24 they met Gladys and Tom
Conley of Balboa in Miami and after watching the Shrine parade,
they went to the Airport with Bob and his family who returned to
the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. George Walker of Cocoli made a ten-day trip
to Sarasota in June to sign papers on their newly completed home
on Tee Road and visit Mabelle's sisters, Gladys Humphrey and Mrs.
Ramona Barnes and her husband, Barney. Their daughter, Mrs.
Thomas Peregoy (Carole), and sons Tommy and Michael, arrived
from Richmond, Virginia, two hours before her parents for a surprise
visit. They were joined a few days later by Georgie's brother-in-law
and sister, Walter and Blanche Hartman of Gamboa.
While here the visitors spent a day in St. Petersburg with
Betty and Bud Malone, former Gamboaites, and Mrs. Betty Jorgen-
sen and her daughter, Shirley. Later, the Walkers and Hartmans
drove to Ormand Beach for the weekend to attend the wedding of
their nephew, James DeMarr, son of Col. and Mrs. Don DeMarr.
Don and Stella (Boggs) DeMarr returned to Sarasota for a day's
visit before returning to their home in Arlington, Virginia.
Gladys B. Humphrey
FROM THE EDITOR
The response from members whose memories were "jogged"
by a little slip of white paper notifying them that they were delin-
quent has been most gratifying. Each mail brings a surprising and
welcome number of those $5 checks the lifeline for the continued
existence of the Society. To prevent a reoccurrence on June 30, 1972,
- it IS easy to forget several members sent in checks to cover
1972 and some even 1973 dues. Your promptness in paying is ap-
preciated; reinstatements after the September issue of the RECORD
are very time-consuming and the Secretary-Treasurer is busy with
work on the ANNUAL ISSUE.
Dues for new members for the balance of 1971 are $2.50, but
1972 dues must be paid at the same time, making a total of $7.50
($2.50, balance of 1971 and $5 for 1972). Membership is not ac-
cepted for a six-month period. New members for 1971 will receive
the September and December RECORDS and the 1971 ANNUAL
The RECORD is NOT AN ADDRESS book; primarily, the
RECORD brings you news and the yearly ANNUAL ISSUE lists
all current addresses of members. Without sacrificing news in gen-
eral, it is impossible to list the many address changes in the quarter-
ly digest of news. Changes are listed in the RECORD, when pos-
sible, on new retirees, when other news is also sent in, and when
specifically requested by the member.
IT'S SEPTEMBER! Compilations and corrections in ad-
dresses by the Secretary-Treasurer is underway. All changes of ad-
dress should be received by the Secretary-Treasurer no later than
October 15. 1971 delinquent members will NOT be listed in the new
ANNUAL ISSUE. Delinquent members (1971 dues) who have been
reinstated by October 15 will be listed.
The 1971 ANNUAL ISSUE SHOULD BE IN THE MAIL BY
Reunion forms will be in the December issue. But, if members
wish to make reservations before receipt of the December RECORD,
write directly to the Secretary-Treasurer for luncheon reservations
and to the Hotel Soreno (First Avenue and Beach Drive North
33701) for hotel reservations. Rates at the hotel for the 1972 Re-
union are $9 for a single room and $13 for a double.
We do not receive news from several areas in the United
States where many former Zonians have located. SEND IN NEWS
- we like information on as many fellow Zonians as possible. Al-
though saddened by death notices, the individuals who thoughtfully
send in clippings help us in keeping members informed. It is always
wonderful to have news of retirees their families, homes, travels,
friends, etc. remember that as YOU like to know about others, in
reverse, there are just as many who would like to know ABOUT YOU.
The DEADLINE for the December RECORD to the printer
is November 1. Your copy should, if possible, be received at least
ten days in advance of that date.
I wonder neathh what ban
His worthless life began,
And where he learned to say,
As I hear him every day:
No one has ever heard
Him say another word;
He may know more, 'tis true,
But he'll only answer you:
Each day he tramps the town
Tho' the rain is pouring down,
With the mud up to his knees,
Greeting every one he sees:
He sleeps beneath the pier -
If you listen, you can hear
The echoes grumbling deep
As he murmurs in his sleep;
The fate in store for him
Must be a synonym
Of the woeful wretchedness
His only words express:
-Gilbert, PANAMA PATCHWORK
PANAMA TO SEEK PAY FOR PC USE OF WATER -
PANAMA AMERICAN, June 4, 1971 Panama will demand
compensation for the water consumed in the operation of the Panama
Canal as well as for the use of its geographical position as a site for
the waterway, according to negotiators Fernando Manfredo and
Carlos Guevara Lopez.
In a television interview over Channel 2, Manfredo and
Guevara pointed out that water for putting the ships through the
Canal comes from the Chagres River basin, which is a Panamanian
natural resource. Fifty-two million gallons of water are dumped
into the sea each time a ship transits.
As to the lands in the Canal Zone, they pointed out that there
are 242,500 acres of land with commercial value in use plus 167,500
acres of land submerged under Panama Canal waters.
Discussing Panama's geographical position as a natural asset,
the negotiators said this resource is not quantifiable.
In addition to direct benefits, the negotiators said, Panama
is entitled to indirect benefits resulting from activities such as dock-
ing of ships and sale of supplies to vessels.
The United States, they pointed out, has received direct
benefits from the Canal, not the least of which is a subsidy for its
maritime trade through low Panama Canal tolls.
In the discussions on compensation, negotiator Manfredo said,
consideration will be given to what each country has furnished for
the Canal enterprise. In this connection, he mentioned the United
States investment in the waterway.
From the political viewpoint, according to negotiator Guevara,
the main objective for Panama is to recover the jurisdictional rights
in the Canal Zone. He said these rights, granted to the United States
in the 1903 treaty, have been abused by the United States for pur-
poses not provided for in that treaty.
The interviewer asked negotiator Guevara how a new Panama
Canal treaty would be ratified by Panama, whose constitution re-
quires legislative approval of all treaties.
He replied that he has heard authorized spokesmen of the
Revolutionary Government say that with or without a National
Assembly, a new treaty would be submitted to the people directly
for approval a plebiscite.
Washington, July 1 (AP) The Congressional Record car-
ried today a full reprint of a May 25 story in the Panama Star and
Herald on a bus accident that killed 38 persons. The reprint was
made at the request of Representative Daniel Flood of Pennsylvania.
In remarks accompanying the reprint, Flood expressed concern
over reports in Panama that the accident, occurring on the Thatcher
Ferry Bridge, was attributable to faulty bridge construction.
"This impressive bridge", Flood said, "built at a cost of 20
million of our taxpayers' money to supplant the Thatcher ferries
and to satisfy Panamanian demands for a quicker passage over the
Canal is being condemned by Panamanian demagogues as a failure
in bridge design induced by pecuniary considerations of Canal Zone
"This is but another instance, and a tragic one, where these
self same people of Panama seek to ignore facts and hold the United
States responsible for an adverse situation caused by Panamanians
Flood said the facts have established that the blame for the
accident was attributed to carelessness by the bus driver. He said
the May 25 story in the Star and Herald offers partial documentation
for what he said are the facts.
AMONG "OUR" SOUVENIRS Gene Owens, Media,
Pennsylvania Dear Editor: The covers of the Canal Record have
always been interesting, but the one on the June issue really had
a nostalgic appeal "HOTEL TIVOLI 1907-1971."
Just the two words and two dates marking the beginning and
the end of another landmark, rekindled many old memories. Tivoli,
Queen of the Zone hotels and the last of the three (Tivoli, Wash-
ington and Aspinwall). The Queen of construction period centers of
diversion Diversion from a six-day (9 hours) work week Where
the "Zone Society" met twice monthly to dance Where the ladies
exchanged gossip Men bragged of how they would "Run the
Works" if they were in charge and where we, the young folks, ate
ice cream and drank punch and fell asleep before the evening was
Could the Tivoli talk, what tales it would tell! How it hosted
the dances -served luncheon ($1.25), dinner ($1.75) and room ac-
comodations (1st grade $4.00 single and $6.50 double). The July
4, 1912, riot in Panama City how the riot disrupted the 4th of
July celebration being held in the ball park adjacent to the Tivoli,
causing the Marines, who at the time were giving a wall scaling
demonstration, to be dispatched to the City and quell the disorder.
How it had observed the capers of the children as they arrived by
train at the old P.R.R. station in Panama and walked the then
nameless road from the station past the Tivoli and up the hill to the
school on the hill (1907-08).
Yes, there she stood for sixty odd years observing the changes
taking place the shanties in San Miguel and Guachapeli disappear
- Belle Vista grow from brush-covered fields to a real Belle Vista -
the Old Ancon Hospital buildings with their tin roofs and screened
in verandas and forty-bed wards turn into the modern Gorgas Hos-
pital then Curundu River as it meandered through the mud flats
that covered the area from Ancon, Sosa and Diablo Hills into what
is now Balboa, Curundu and Diablo Heights. Gone are all the old
scenes and replaced by modern scenery but not the memories.
The past is but a memory soon to be forgotten, the present to
be enjoyed and behold, the future no one knows or can be foretold.
From one of Jim Hickman's columns in the STAR AND
HERALD One of my agents sent me a flyer on the Tivoli souve-
nir Sale with the comment, "Shades of Pete Christian," which
means nothing unless you can remember when Ed Doolan was the
Personnel Bureau. Pete Christian owned a bar at the Limits, just
around the corner from Jimmy Dean's, and well patronized by the
employees of the old shops in the Drydock areas.
Pete served meals, which meant he had to buy food serving
items; then someone thought of giving a high class atmosphere to
a beer joint. It wasn't long before all of Pete's silverware had his
initials on it. Then some money-hungry employee suggested the
Panama Canal stop putting PC on clubhouse silverware.
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
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.)
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City ............................................. State............ Zip Code..........
D ues for..............; 1971............; 1972............; 1973............; 1974............
Amount Enclosed $........................... Check.......... M.O........... 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.
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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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.
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
for Box 11566
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ............................................. hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $5.00 as my ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
dues for the year .................... $2.50 of this amount is for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECORD for one year.
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DUES $5.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
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.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Residents of Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
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DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Clarence Rienks and baby son, Alex, Apra
Heights, Agana, Guam
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred S. Holt, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Mr. and Mrs. A. Paul Jones, Jr., San Luis Obispo, California
Mrs. Wayne Jay Whittemore (Susan Sale), Jacksonville, Fla.
Former Nurses of the Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Kuhn, St. Petersburg, Florida
Capt. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley, Clearwater, Florida
and Mrs. Harry T. Lacy, Largo, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Irving Stow and Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Cunningham, Lighthouse Point, Florida.
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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