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Canal record
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Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
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Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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Panama Canal Society of Florida
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Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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St. Petersburg, Fla

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

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THE GEORGE W. GOETHALS MEMORIAL


December, 1971


No. 5


Vol. 5
































Dr. Richard H. Whitehead, of Laconia, New Hampshire, and Lawrence Adler,
of Panama City, Panama, placing a wreath on the George W. Goethals Me-
morial "In Memory of our Chief who inspired the Canal Builders with a Faith
that Moved Mountains"


Representatives from the "Old Mechanical Division"

























Mrs. John D. Odom (Sue Core),
Dothan, Alabama


The Kalar girls-Dot Kennedy, Olive Krouse, Harriett McNeal
and Jean McAndrews, taken at Beech Mountains, North Caro-
lina, at the McNeal cottage


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William L. Howard, St. Petersburg, and Ernie L.
Payne, Napa, California


Mrs. J. I. Eckert and Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Harrison, Sr., Sarasota, Florida









The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

(A Non-Profit Organization)


To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships


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


H. E. Falk J. F. Warner
President Founder

Ross H. Hollowell EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Vice-President H. E. Falk
Chairman
Mrs. Frances Summerford Ross H. Hollowell
Secretary-Treasurer
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward / W. L. Howard
Recording Secretary !i- -.i -1 -
nd Record Eitor Mrs. Frances Summerford
and Record Editor .\ 'I -, -
Mrs. Harry V. Cain W. D. Goodwin
Chaplain
N. A. Bissell
Wm. F. Grady
Legislative Representative Albert McKeown
Charles Holmelin Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Sergeant-at-Arms Secretary to Committee


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



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


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


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

HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
6460- 3rd Palm Point
St. Petersburg Beach, Florida 33706


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


Vol. 5 December, 1971 No. 5







LEGISLATIVE REPORT
Legislation pertaining to retirees remains in a state of limbo.
Apparently, Congress is busy with more (?) pressing matters.
The Civil Service Commission has announced an extension of
the open season for the federal employees health benefits program
to December 31. The open season was scheduled for November 15
to 30 but because of the wage-price freeze and lack of definite guide-
lines at this point, the CSC extended the period during which Fed-
eral employees can change plans or the type of plans.
Meanwhile, the CSC said that this year's health benefits for
all plans will continue unchanged during 1972. However, premiums
charged employees will be raised for most plans starting in January.
The new premium rates will be announced when the wage price
freeze situation is clarified.
William F. Grady, Legislative Representative
RETIREMENTS


Mr. Burnell F. Dowler
Mr. Luis De Leon
Mr. Bud R. Emery
Mr. Thomas V. Frost
Mrs. Louise E. Griffon
Mrs. Elizabeth Hayden
Mr. Truman H. Hoenke
Mr. George J. Mercia
Mr. John A. Morales
Mr. B. M. Parmentier
Mrs. Katherine T. Pilley
Mrs. Alice H. Roche
Mr.. James A. Wood


1971
10/31
7/26
8/21
8/3
5/31
10/31
8/14
9/22
8/31
10/8
8/26
10/30
8/20


Division Yrs.
Electrical 30
Navigation 31
Navigation 30
Locks 13
Coco Solo Hospital 29
C. Z. Mental Health Center 15
Chief, Locks 32
Dredging 11
Off. Comptroller, Acct. Div. 40
Dredging 31
Schools 10
Off. Comptroller, Acct. Div. 30
Maintenance 30


FLORIDA SENIOR CITIZENS: Residents who are 65 or older
and who have been Florida residents for five consecutive years to
the 1971 filing date can claim an additional $5,000 homestead ex-
emption on taxes levied by the district school board, according to
an amendment passed by the state legislature.
Check your individual counties for date of filing for exemption.
Registrants must show birth certificate, Medicare card or other sub-
stantial evidence of age; a voter registration card, five years prior
tax bills, homestead exemption receipts or other proof of five years
of continuous residency. An affidavit attesting to the proof of age
and residence should also be filed with the tax assessment de-
partment.
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CHRISTMAS 1971
Never a Christmas morning,
Never an old year ends,
But someone thinks of someone,
Old days, old times, old friends.

Dear Retiree:
Since my appointment this year as Governor, I am reminded
daily of how much all of us who work to keep the Panama Canal
running efficiently owe to those of you who came before us. From
early construction days to the present; planning, building, mainten-
ance, and improvements have never ceased.
Many of you who are now enjoying retirement played import-
ant roles in the improvement programs that have enabled us to
keep pace with the growing demands of world maritime traffic. One
of the programs is pictured on our 1972 calendar which features an
aerial view of Bas Obispo and Las Cascadas Reaches of the recently
widened Gaillard Cut. The cut-widening project, which took many
years and cost some $60 million, is the largest single improvement
undertaken. As you perhaps know, it was completed in August 1970.
Those of you who keep up with developments in the Canal Zone
through THE PANAMA CANAL REVIEW and THE PANAMA
CANAL SPILLWAY are familiar with the problems we face and
what we are doing to solve them. Making sure there is enough water
for the operation of the locks, meeting power demands, and devising
new methods to speed ships through the Canal in the shortest pos-
sible time are our constant concerns.
To all who have helped to maintain the high degree of efficiency
for which the Panama Canal is well known, a joyful yuletide and
a prosperous New Year.
Sincerely,
David S. Parker, Governor

ABOUT THE COVER The monument of "heroic size" au-
thorized by Congress in August, 1935, was completed just 18 years
later (1953) with formal dedication in April of 1954. It is located
at the foot of the Administration Building steps facing the Prado.
The monument is symbolic in its concept. The 56-foot high shaft
of Vermont marble represents the Continental Divide and the basins
on either side represent the Panama Canal Locks with water pouring
from them to join, symbolically, the waters of Gatun Lake with the
Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The shaft rises from a circular reflect-
ing pool 65 feet in diameter.







PROSPECTIVE OFFICERS FOR 1972
PRESIDENT ......................... Mr. Ross H. Hollowell
VICE-PRESIDENT ...................... Mr. Eugene I. Askew
SECRETARY-TREASURER ........ Mrs. Jean Kieswetter Mann
Other officers will be appointed by the President-Elect with
the advice and consent of the Executive Committee after election
of officers at the annual Reunion and will be printed in the March,
1972, RECORD.

DECEMBER at this time of the year, the children may be
counting the days until Xmas but many retirees are again look-
ing ahead to that indescribable, glorious, rejuvenating, unique gath-
ering in St. Petersburg the ANNUAL REUNION, January 13-14,
1972. Make your plans to attend; revived memories of Zone days are
a potent tonic for all!
David S. Parker, Governor of the Panama Canal Zone, has ac-
cepted an invitation to be the honored guest of the Society and will
speak at the Annual Luncheon on January 14, 1972.
Luncheon reservations should be made to the Secretary-Treas-
urer, Mrs. Frances Summerford, P.O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg,
Florida 33733.
Hotel reservations should be sent directly to the Soreno Hotel
- First Avenue and Beach Drive North 33701.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU January 13-14, 1972.

RESERVATION FORM FOR LUNCHEON
JANUARY 14, 1972
SORENO HOTEL
12:30 P.M.
PRICE: $3.50 per person including tax and gratuity
Please reserve luncheon tickets for the following:
N am e .....................................
N am e ............................
N am e ....................................
Name ...... .............................
TOTAL: $ .............
Enclosed is $........ check........ M .O......... Cash........
representing total for all persons listed above.







LACONIA EVENING CITIZEN, Laconia, New Hampshire,
August 14, 1971
On June 20, 1914, the Grace Line S. S. SANTA CLARA was
the first commercial steamship to try out the locks of the Panama
Canal. The successful lockages from the Pacific to Culebra Cut and
return were under the control of Dr. Richard Whitehead, the test-
ing engineer. Among the many involved, Lawrence Adler acted as
chief control house operator. Through the many years the two men
have remained close friends with frequent visitations. Dr. White-
head, who after completion of the Canal was Superintendent of the
Pacific Locks, left the service in 1916. In spite of his busy career
in the States as engineer, industrial administrator, economist, author,
history scholar and humanitarian, he never lost his interest in
Isthmian affairs and has for years carried on his private campaign
against hasty action in approving a new canal treaty with the Re-
public of Panama. Lawrence Adler remained on the Isthmus and
after retiring from the Panama Canal has been active in business
in Panama City.
On June 4, 1971, Dr. Whitehead, now residing in Laconia, New
Hampshire, visited Panama as the guest of the Lawrence Adlers.
The two Old Timers spent several weeks together going over the
economy of Panama, visiting banks and industries, the free trade
Zone in Colon, the Canal Zone and the Canal.
Dr. Whitehead as "Pioneer Electric Mule Wrangler" was
thrilled by watching the new powerful towing locomotives handle
30,000 to 40,000 ton ships through the Pedro Miguel locks for which
he once was responsible. The two octogenarians, representing the few
canal builder survivors, laid a wreath on the Goethals Memorial in
the presence of Governor Parker and his staff see Picture.
Dr. Whitehead's visits and conferences developed the following:
1. There is no city in the United States that is having the boom
of Panama City. Panama has become a billion dollar G.N.P. econ-
omy.
2. Panama City is on the cross roads of the Western Hemisphere
and the free trade area of Colon is highly successful and cramped
for space.
3. Part of the unusual prosperity is due to the flight of capital
from other countries seeking safety in a dollar economy under the
umbrella of the United States as a result of our control of the
Panama Canal.
4. Panama has full employment, developed construction and in-
dustrial skills and industry, a high standard of living, and a promis-
ing future.







5. The statements in our press several years ago about our canal
workers having home and living conditions denied Panamanians is
plain ridiculous. The luxury apartments in Panama by the hundreds
are not surpassed anywhere, and Panama is a relatively small city.
Regarding the Panama Canal, Dr. Whitehead strongly disagreed
with the Commission's original Report recommending the building
of a sea level Canal, and that the Canal currently was inadequate.
A sea level Canal, he says, is a pipe dream and took no account of
the unusual currents from high tides of the Pacific. He is, however,
in agreement with the final commission report recommendations -
first not to convert the present canal into a sea level canal; and sec-
ondly no canal will be practical to build that can handle all super-
ships; and thirdly it is unsafe for navigation to have canal currents
in excess of two knots.
An unusually capable Canal Governor, W. P. Leber who retired
a few months ago, widened the Cut from 300 to 500 feet at a cost
over the years of $95 million taken from the Canal revenues. This,
just completed, will help with other measures to reduce passage time
from seven and five tenths to six and five tenths hours. It has also
eliminated surges in the Cut when drawing water at Pedro Miguel
locks. The Canal is now handling more traffic, larger ships and put-
ting them through in less time than ever before. "It is sheer bun-
combe to say the present Canal is obsolete. It is in its present state
a vital national asset."
The Adlers and the Whiteheads plan to meet in Islamorada,
Florida, next January at the Breezy Palms where they had an en-
joyable interlude last winter.
Dr. Whitehead also sent the Society a copy of an article written
by him on the Canal which was presented by the Hon. Thomas J.
McIntyre of New Hampshire, for printing in the CONGRESSION-
AL RECORD, Proceedings and Debates of the 91st Congress, Second
Session. In this, he discusses in detail the "Battle of the Levels" on
lock versus a sea-level Canal. Dr. Whitehead is definitely opposed
to a sea level Canal but would favor a supplementary lock Canal in
Nicaragua and states, "Someone else may become interested in Ni-
caragua as we are giving up our rights there because the Commission
stated the Nicaraguan route was impractical. The impractical route
was of their own selection and made no use of the low pass or of
Lake Nicaragua. Instead of considering routes closer to our shores,
the Commission has spent our money on routes 100 and 200 miles
further away from our present canal."
He states, "We and Panama need each other. Joint ownership
or control, or board representation will only create friction, and re-







sult in more difficulties If we act firmly and justly in main-
taining our exclusive rights it will be for their good as well as ours."

ABOUT PEOPLE
"Recollection is the only paradise
From which we cannot be turned out"-Anonymous
WEDDINGS
Miss Alice Baggott, daughter of Mrs. Henriette F. Baggott,
formerly of Curundu, now residing in Boynton Beach, Florida, and
Benjamin Gundlach, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gundlach, of Boyn-
ton Beach, on October 9, 1971. Mr. and Mrs. Gundlach are both
1971 graduates of Florida Atlantic University. She is planning on
substitute teaching and working on her graduate degree in Educa-
tion in guidance and counseling. Mr. Gundlach is teaching at the
Jacksonville High School.
Miss Marie Elizabeth Bruland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
R. Bruland, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and John Charles Mitchell, son
of Mrs. Mary Ellen Mitchell and the late John L. Mitchell, of Sheri-
dan, Indiana, in Sheridan on August 21, 1971. The bride is a gradu-
ate of Mills College, Oakland, California, with a master's degree in
teaching from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Mitchell is
a graduate of Virginia Military Institute and is now attending Indi-
ana University graduate school of Business Administration in
Bloomington, Indiana, where the young couple reside.
Miss Carolyn Jean Capps, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William
E. Capps, of San Leandro, California, and Donald Cook Nanney,
son of Col. (USAR) and Mrs. David Y. Nanney (Lucille Cook), of
Palo Alto, California, on September 5, 1971, at Fallen Leaf Lake,
California where the young couple met during summer vacations.
Don is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Lynn R. Cook, of Rogers,
Arkansas. He is a Stanford University graduate, an ROTC recipient
of a Distinguished Military Award, and he has entered the Univer-
sity of California law school at Davis. The bride is a Regents Scholar
and is also at the Davis Campus. The young couple reside in Davis,
California.
The marriage of Mrs. Joan Cartotto, daughter of John E. Ridge,
Sr., of Balboa and John Raymond deGrummond, son of Mrs. Cherry
R. deGrummond, of North Hollywood, California, took place August
14, 1971, in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul M. Runnestrand in Bal-
boa Heights, Canal Zone. Mr. deGrummond, who retired as Treas-
urer of the Panama Canal Company in August, and Mrs. deGrum-
mond sailed on the SS CRISTOBAL on September 16 and will make
their home in California.







Miss Janet Lynn Crecelius, daughter of Lt. Col. and Mrs.
Charles E. Crecelius, of Pasadena, California, and Michael J. Weade,
son of Capt. and Mrs. Fred M. Weade, of Balboa, Canal Zone, on
July 12, 1971, in Pasadena, California. The groom is currently at-
tending East Texas State University, and the young couple will
make their home in Commerce, Texas, while he is at the University.
Miss Carol Ann Harter, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John G.
Harter, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Stephen B. Parker, son of Canal
Zone Governor and Mrs. David S. Parker, on August 3, 1971, in the
garden of the Governor's house at Balboa Heights. Both the bride
and the groom were June graduates from Stanford University in
California.
Miss Nellie Holgerson, daughter of Mrs. Anton Ludwick Holger-
son and the late Mr. Holgerson, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Terry
C. Armstrong, son of Mrs. Robert Armstrong and the late Mr. Arm-
strong, of Brooklyn, New York, on June 25, 1971, in Arlington,
Virginia.
Miss Margaret Ruth Irwin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
Lowery Irwin, of Houston, Texas, and Francis William Corrigan on
February 5, 1971, in North Hollywood, California. Mr. Corrigan's
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Corrigan were Atlantic-side residents
and now live in San Diego, California. The bride and groom reside
in Texas.
Miss Mary Lou Jenkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert C.
Jenkins, of Billings, Montana, and Milton G. Parsons, son of Mrs.
V. F. Bright, Diablo, Canal Zone, and the late Leon G. Parsons on
August 28th in Billings, Montana. Mr. and Mrs. Parsons are stu-
dents at Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. Mr. Par-
sons is doing graduate work after leaving the Military Service as a
Captain in the Army and having served a year in Vietnam.
Miss Carolyn King and C. Randall (Randy) Coate, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Curtis L. Coate, of Gatun, Canal Zone, on June 25, 1971,
in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Coate are both employed with the
Ohio Bell Telephone Company and live in Columbus.
Miss Pamela Maedl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Maedl,
formerly of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, and now living in Springdale,
Arkansas, and Vincent Gutowski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Gu-
towski, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on July 21, 1971, in North-
ridge, California. Mr. and Mrs. Gutowski will make their home in
Van Nuys, California. The bride is a recent graduate of Gustavus
Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Mr. Gutowski is em-
ployed by the RCA Corporation in Burbank, and he is attending
La Pierce College.







Mrs. Marlene Mitts, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Mr. Richard
C. Bailey, of Diablo, Canal Zone on September 1, 1971, at St. Mary's
Church in Balboa. Mrs. Bailey, who is employed as a nurse at Gorgas
Hospital, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Read of 213 Sena
Drive, Metairie, Louisiana. The groom is the son of Mrs. William
E. Johnson, of Diablo, and Mr. William C. Bailey of Santa Clara,
R. P. He is also a third generation Zonian, being the grandson of
the late Ruth and Cecil C. Bailey of Cristobal who went to the Isth-
mus in the early construction days.
Miss Bobbie Jean Packard, daughter of Mrs. Charles Packard,
of Torrance, California, and Frank Hogancamp, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Wayne Hogancamp, of Gardena, California, in Redondo Beach, Cali-
fornia. The bride was given in marriage by her grandfather, Eugene
Provost, Jr., of Long Beach. Mrs. Hogancamp graduated from San
Francisco Medical College, University of California, and is now em-
ployed as a Dental Hygienist in Long Beach and Torrance. The
groom, a graduate in mechanical engineering of Loyola University,
is employed by North American Rockwell Aerospace Facility. The
welcome mat is out to greet their friends at their new home in
Torrance, California.
Miss Barbara Ann Rudge, daughter of Mrs. Daniel H. Rudge,
of Sequim, Washington, and Steven Ray Halko, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Peter Halko, of Port Angeles, Washington. The bride attended
Canal Zone schools and is a 1966 graduate of Pt. Townsend High
School, Pt. Townsend, Washington, and a graduate of Central Wash-
ington State College and taught school last year in Sequim,
Washington. The bridegroom, a graduate of Port Angeles High
School, is attending the University of Washington, majoring in For-
estry Management since his return from military service with the
U.S. Navy. The couple are residing at University Trailer Park,
Space #2, 2200 88th N.E., Seattle, Washington.
Miss Sara Gove Runnestrand, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul
M. Runnestrand, of Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, and Mark Leigh
Antin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace M. Antin, of Miami Beach,
Florida, on July 31, 1971, at Balboa Heights. Mr. and Mrs. Antin
reside in Princeton, New Jersey.
Miss Lynn Sharp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sharp, of
Central City, Kentucky, and James A. De la Pena, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Moises De la Pena, of San Diego, California, in Central City
on July 3, 1971. The bride graduated from Grossmont College in
June and is employed as a Dental Assistant. Mr. De la Pena has
been attending Grossmont College since his return from Vietnam
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and will continue his studies there and at San Diego State. The
young couple are at home in La Mesa, California.
Miss Winifred Ann Stich, daughter of Mrs. Virginia Ewing
Stich, of Los Rios, Canal Zone, to George Stephen Hogg, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harold Hogg, of Lafayette, Louisiana, on
August 21, 1971, at the Cathedral of St. Luke in Ancon.
Miss Mary Linda Wells, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E.
Wells, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Guy Michael Fealey, son of Mr.
and Mrs. James J. Fealey, of Curundu Heights, on June 19, 1971,
in the Balboa Union Church. The couple reside at 983 Leslie Lane,
Hanford, California, where the groom is currently serving with the
United States Navy.

BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce R. Claflin (Sandra Hughes), of Merritt
Island, Florida, their third child, second son, Brett Russell Claflin,
on September 10, 1971 his maternal grandmother's birthday.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William E. Hughes, of
Sarasota, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William
Claflin, of Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde P. Gates (Sarah Ann Wagner), of Jones-
boro, Arkansas, their first child, Walter Ellis, on July 13, 1971.
Grandfather Walter Wagner, retired Chief Power Dispatcher was
discharged from the same hospital the same day after a Cataract
operation. Sarah Ann is presently on the teaching staff at the Uni-
versity of Arkansas School of Nursing. Walter Wagner
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Todd Klunder (Mary Jane Lavalee), of
Atlanta, Georgia, their second child, a son, Ryan Joseph, on Septem-
ber 6, 1971, at San Fernando Clinic. Mrs. Klunder is the daughter
of Mr. Wilfred A. Lavallee, of Los Rios, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Lotterhos (Penny Lou Catron), of
Oxford, Mississippi, their first child, a son, Joseph Edward Jr., on
September 25 ,1971. Maternal grandparents are Mr .and Mrs. James
O. Catron, of Aiken, South Carolina, formerly of Gamboa, Canal
Zone. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Lotterhos, of
Crystal Springs, Mississippi.
Mr. and Mrs. Landis C. Major (Ellen Matheney), El Cangrejo,
Panama, a daughter, Laura Carlisle, on July 16, 1971. Maternal
grandparents are Mrs. Elton D. Todd, of Campo Alegre, Panama, and
Angus Matheney, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Edwin F. Major, of Honolulu, Hawaii. Maternal
great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Adler, of Panama,







and the paternal great-grandparent is Mrs. Angus G. Matheney, of
St. Petersburg, Florida.
Dr. and Mrs. Carl D. Mowery, Jr. (Karen Coate), of Murray,
Kentucky, a son, Carl D. Mowery III, on August 17, 1971. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Curtis L. Coate, Gatun, Canal Zone,
and Mr. and Mrs. Carl D. Mowery, of Miami, Florida, are the
paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel G. Newhard, of Toledo, Ohio, their second
daughter, Nancy Ann, on September 14, 1971. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Howard Martin, of Syracuse, New York,
and the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Newhard,
of Bentonville, Arkansas.
Mr. and Mrs. Cleston J. Wright (Joan Muller), of Minco, Okla-
homa, their second baby boy, Jesse Joe Wright, born on September
30, 1971, in Oklahoma City. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. John W. Muller, of DeLand, Florida. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Cleston H. Wright, of Cougar, Oklahoma. The
maternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Janet C. Wilkinson, residing
at the Lutheran Retirement Home in DeLand, Florida. The paternal
great-grandmother is Mrs. Jack A. (Margaret T.) Muller, of Al-
buquerque, New Mexico.

Greetings to you all Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus -
Mrs. Lucille Judd
I have been asked to send you greetings in the December
RECORD to bring you up to date on myself.
As you know in May, 1970, I had my downfall! This was
caused by watering the azalea bushes and throwing the hose back
off the walk not being satisfied with just throwing the hose, I
also threw myself. This shattered my left leg between the hip and
knee 33 stitches on one side of the scar and 36 on the other -
poor sewing, don't you think? I was in the hospital for one month
and then two months flat on my back at home. In September I
entered St. Petersburg General Hospital for ten days for therapy.
You should have seen me getting in and out of the whirl-pool it
was spectacular! Moby Dick and I vied for honors.
Next came the wheel chair, and I must say I did a fine job of
going around the house, scraping paint off here and there. The doors
were just the right width, but my steering wasn't up to par.
At Christmas my daughter Betty and family were here just
think, five of them, Jack and Betty, Penny and her husband, and
Linda whom you all met the summer before. Dorothy couldn't make
it at Christmas time as she had been here in the summer for my
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birthday. We all had a grand time. Needless to say, we had a "gab
fest" from morning until night all through the holidays. Believe me
it was like a tomb after they left.
I am now the proud possessor of a quad cane instead of the
walker and I get around fine. Oh, by the way, I have had the painter
in and no more scraped spots.
Haven't been out because of necessity I must stay close by. My
doctor seems to think I must continue to take the medicine for the
time being. He is wonderful and comes out to the house to see me
every month and continues to give me a good report.
When I entered the hospital, my Olds was put in storage. If I
had used my head, I would have sold it then. Now I have sold it
and purchased a new car, which is also an Olds Cutlass. It is cream
color with dark blue upholstery. It is parked in the carport, and I
hope to be able to drive very soon. I don't have to walk to drive, and
since sitting is my specialty most of the time I feel that it will work
out perfectly.
This is about all I have to tell you about me. My granddaughter
Linda Rathgeber is now stationed in Barbados with the Peace Corps,
but the surprise is that my other granddaughter Penny Whilden is
going to present me with a great-grandchild next March.
I do want to thank you all for the many cards and letters as
well as the many phone calls I have received since I fell. You have
all been wonderful, and I do appreciate it so much. Merry Christmas
and a Prosperous 1972 to you all. Love to you all, Lucille.

THIS N' THAT THE BAY AREA The late summer and
early fall months brought many visitors to the Bay Area. Among
the August travelers from the Canal Zone were Mrs. Mina Dee who
visited the Ross Hollowells in St. Petersburg; Mrs. Don Brayton
was the guest of Edna and George Wertz in Ozona; Irl Sanders, Jr.
flew from the Zone to see his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Irl R. Sanders
in Largo. In September, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Henter were guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Houston Esslinger and, planning for retirement in
January, they bought a home in northeast St. Petersburg; Mr. and
Mrs. Ned Neville visited in Clearwater and were the guests of Mr.
and Mrs. Harold Zierten in St. Petersburg. They, also, have bought
their retirement home a condominium in nearby Seminole. Mr.
and Mrs. Chester Harrold, Mr. and Mrs. William Hampton, and Mr.
and Mrs. E. W. Zelnich were in the area and saw many old friends.
The summer and fall months are routine travel months for
many seeing families and far-away places. The Thatcher Clisbees
drove to California for a visit with Mrs. Frank A. Clisbee in Los
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Angeles. En route they saw Alma and Tommy Burrows in Albu-
querque, New Mexico. The Stan Spechts left St. Petersburg on
August 29th for New Jersey where they attended the annual get-
together of Canal Zoners in that area and then on to New England
to see family. Henry and Irene Donovan visited their daughter in
South Bend, Indiana, saw friends and relatives in the Boston area,
and spent several delightful days with the Roy Reeces at their Hide-
Away New Hampshire home. The Wells Wrights spent a busy month
in October, first going to Montreal to see their son Dick and his
wife Ginny. Dick and Ginny are both teaching at McGill University
and are very enthusiastic about their work. The junior and senior
Wrights all drove to Hanover, New Hampshire, where they were
met by the Roy Reeces; all enjoyed a football game Dartmouth
is Dickie's alma mater. After a few days with the Reeces, Anne and
Wells visited Anna's sisters Matilda in Poughkeepsie and Cornelia
(Neely) in New York. Virginia and Roy Reece, who spend about
five months of the year at their summer home in New England, re-
turned to St. Petersburg in late October. In October Eileen and
Houston Esslinger drove to Oklahoma for family visits their son
Joel returned to St. Petersburg with them for a two weeks' vacation.
"Travelling" (it was Hawaii last May) Mrs. Nena McMillan and
Mrs. Geneva Stockham, of St. Petersburg, flew to London in Sep-
tember for a busy two weeks seven plays in that brief span of
time as well as enjoying many historical sites. Grace and Harry
Dunn of St. Petersburg, taking a short vacation in October in the
Homosassa Springs area, were surprised and delighted when ques-
tioned, "Aren't you from the Canal Zone?" Magic Words! The
Elmer E. Stoakleys were also vacationing and visiting friends in
that area. Mr. Stoakley is retired but she has another two years
with the Balboa Post Office. Captain and Mrs. Howard Johnson, of
St. Petersburg, who sailed from Port Everglades, Florida, on June
21st for a trip around the world returned in late October. They left
the ship and flew back part of the way, stopping in California to
see old friends there. They reported a wonderful trip but were
happy to be home again. Emily remarked, after talking of far-away
places they visited, "I'm just thankful I was lucky enough to be born
in the United States." The Gerold E. Coopers of St. Petersburg
enjoyed a vacation in New England during the late summer.
The Howards, of St. Petersburg, Abie and Mary, spent two
months on the West Coast of the United States this year, visiting
with their daughter, Mary E. and son-in-law, Sandy Ames, and they
report that they had a wonderful time. Visiting first in Seattle,
then Portland and San Francisco, they enjoyed the "Hippie Coast."






While in San Francisco, they contacted Elsie Halliwell, Elvira Byrne,
and Evelyn and Ernie Payne. Evelyn and Ernie drove to Foster
City, picked them up, and took them to their home in Napa for a
visit of four days, with a side trip into San Francisco for luncheon
with Elsie Halliwell at her apartment which was attended by the
following Old Timers, Ernie and Evelyn Payne, Elvira Byrne, Jeanne
Brown, Helen Patterson and her sister. Helen married Bill Schrumm,
of Swift Packing Company fame. After living in Europe, they have
now retired and are looking for a place to settle on the West Coast.
The Paynes drove them to interesting places around the Napa Valley
area. En route back to Foster City, they stopped in San Francisco
for lunch at Elvira Byrne's apartment. On the Labor Day weekend,
the Ames, Howards, and Miss Pine, Mary's sister, enplaned on Pan
Am's 747 for a three-day stay in Honolulu. They stayed at the
Hilton Hawaiian Village, rented a car and took trips around the
entire Island, visiting Pearl Harbor with a trip to the ARIZONA
memorial. Mr. Howard had not remembered that Admiral Isaac
Kidd, who used to be Port Captain at Cristobal, was in command at
the time the ARIZONA was sunk and lies beneath the waters with
the rest of his crew who did not escape. Abie used to play golf with
Ike on the old Gatun Golf Club course. He also talked with Dr.
Julian Roche Hunt of Balboa Dispensary fame who was very pleased
to hear from him time did not permit seeing Dr. Hunt personally.
They then returned to the mainland on a 707 due to mechanical
trouble of the 747 a wonderful trip and many fond memories of
Hawaii to be thought of during the years to come. Mary and Sandy
had the Paynes, Elvira Byrne and Elsie Halliwell to luncheon at
their apartment in Foster City, and the Howards returned to their
home in St. Petersburg on September 28th after spending a week
in Seattle with Sandy's mother and seeing all the sights and sounds
of the Northwest again.
Tony and Peggy Sylvestre, of St. Petersburg, visited their
daughter, Mary Jane, and family in Easton, Pennsylvania, for three
weeks in August and September. They arrived in time for Jackie's
third birthday which was, also, the day of her adoption into the
family.
En route to Pennsylvania, they stopped in Arlington, Virginia,
and spent a couple of nights at the home of Mrs. Carl A. LaBonge
(Virgle). While there, they enjoyed a pleasant evening with Mr.
and Mrs. Larry Broggini (Margaret Alley) and Mr. and Mrs. James
A. Dalton (Chubby and Helen). Larry is now engineer in charge
of the Library of Congress Building, and Chubby is with the FAA
as he was on the Zone.
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Besides little Jackie, the Smiths have four other children. Karen
is seventeen and Linda is sixteen. Both girls are accomplished
pianists; Karen is a twirler with the band and Linda plays in the
band. Karen plans to make, educational music her career in college,
and Linda expects to devote her time in studying to do social work.
Tony is thirteen and Jimmy, ten. Both boys are active in scout-
ing and sports.
Mary Jane keeps busy with her reading group and is a member
of the choir at her church. K. C. is active in the scouting move-
ment and with the sports in connection with the boys' activities. All
the family like camping and have combined this activity with sight-
seeing to a number of historical places of interest. At the moment
Jackie keeps busy loving and being loved by all.-See Picture

Florida-bound by November 1-News from Erma Forbes on Oc-
tober 10th stated that with the weather report for the following day
at a COLD 30 degrees, it was time to be heading south to sunny
Florida-hopefully, she would be at the November 5th meeting.
Since leaving St. Petersburg last May, Erma has journeyed to Penn-
sylvania, British Columbia, the West Coast, and back to Pennsyl-
vania. In Pennsylvania, she enjoyed picking strawberries and mak-
ing many quarts of jam. On her return she had red raspberries and
blueberries which Ells had frozen. Three weeks in Vancouver, British
Columbia, with her son Jim and family was a happy time-except
for receiving the sad news while there of the death of a long-time
friend and Canal Zone neighbor for twelve years-Jerry Evans. She
enjoyed her grandchildren Heather and Jamie who were happy to
have grandma with them. In Washington, Oregon and Idaho she saw
Ray's family and went to a Forbes reunion at Cascade Lake, Idaho,
on August 15. En route to her daughter's (Joan) home in Riverside,
she stopped for a couple of days with Alice Bryan. Bill and Myrtle
Black had brought Alice down to meet her at the San Francisco
airport and had them for dinner that night. When visiting the
Harold Duncans in Saratoga, Mary Birnbaumer entertained at a
bridge luncheon where Erma saw more Canal Zone folks-Helen
Judd, Clara Neville, Ruth Adams, Nita Jones, and Helen Yoder.
Mary's daughter, Phyllis, had lunch with them, but as she was work-
ing, couldn't stay. "Had a real nice gabby time!" Both weather (114
degrees one Sunday) and smog were bad when she was in southern
California. Joan's children are growing up fast. Jodie is now al-
most 14 years old; Todd is almost 12, and Stevie is going on 5. Joan
still works for the Public Health and Chuck sells insurance. She
spent several days with Inez Evans and while there were dinner
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guests of the Bob Millers and had lunch in San Diego with Art and
Dorothy Cotton, Mildred and Clem Genis, and Aunt Lu Lumby.
Erma had a nice telephone chat with Anne and Jay Jones. They
also went to Hemet, California, to see friends at the Mobile court
where Erma and Ray had lived. Jerry Evans is buried in the same
cemetery. While in Hemet, she saw Bill and Helen Bierwaten, for-
merly of Curundu. Erma flew to Fresno to see Dr. and Mrs. Icke,
and while she was there Murial took her to Yosemite to see Harry
and Vivian Corn. Harry was recovering from a kidney infection but
was feeling better when Erma was there. A telephone call to Vivian
in October revealed that Harry had again been in the Valley Hospital
but was now home. The doctor hoped to clear up the infection with
antibiotics. Vivian keeps very busy but is her usual efficient, cheer-
ful self.

Joan and Betty Muller, of DeLand, Florida, spent a week in
Minco, Oklahoma, in early October with their daughter Joan Muller
Wright and family-in particular to greet their new grandson.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. Staples, of Leesburg, Florida, visited
their son Cody and family, of Wilmington, Delaware, and daughter
Gretchen Kroll and family in Fairfax, Virginia, in October. They
have been busy since moving to Florida in July and have had many
visitors-Mrs. Staple's brother, John E. Wainio and family, of
Curundu, Canal Zone, were August visitors; Gretchen and family
were home in early September and another brother, Robert A.
Wainio and his wife, stopped for several nights in September en
route north to New Jersey.

The Henry W. Bigelows, of Westminster, Massachusetts, expect
to be in Clearwater by November 10th. Hopefully, their new house,
10463 Azalea Park Drive, Pinellas Park, Florida, will be ready to
move in. They plan to spend winters in Florida and return to Mas-
sachusetts each summer. They report that Sally has just begun a
two-year program at the University of New Hampshire in Animal
Science Technology. She resigned her job with the animal research
firm in August to go back to school.
The D. J. Paoluccis (Deputy Personnel Director) hope to be in
their home in the Clearwater area-Imperial Point-by Thanksgiv-
ing.
OUR THANKS to Mrs. Ruth Conner Warner, of Balboa, Canal
Zone, for the following letter. Her salutation, "My Friends" in-







cludes the Officers, the Executive Committee and the numerous
other committees as well as individual members who care enough
to give freely of their time in preserving those wonderful and en-
during ties of Canal Zone days. She writes, "May I congratulate
you on your communique nonpareil-the CANAL RECORD. This
endearing document has brought me hours of nostalgia, tears of sad-
ness, and moments of sheer delight. I devour its contents-my only
source of news about so many who mean so much to me. And
through it, I have become closer to those whom I remembered casual-
ly. So a million thanks and a warm abrazo to those wonderful people
who contribute so much to make the CANAL RECORD possible-
and especially to Mrs. Lucille Judd for her illimitable efforts and de-
votion throughout the years ."
Mrs. Warner not only offered her assistance but sent in the
following news of interest to members:
A career with Sperry and Grumman has moved the Bob Fre-
dettes (Doris Conner) and their ten children from Long Island to
California and back. This has not discouraged their love of pets,
and the caravan provides accommodations for all, including a horse
van.
Jeanne (Halvosa) and Jeff Connelly, with son Jeffry, have been
transferred to Kauai, Hawaii, the beautiful garden isle of the Hawai-
ians. Jeff is with the FAA and Jeanne is a Youth Counselor.
Sue (Mable) and Billy Halvosa and their children Kelly, Will,
and Jeffery vacationed in the Canal Zone during September with
Billy's parents, Ruth (Conner) Warner and Bill Halvosa. Billy has
been with Braniff flying through Panama, and these nostalgic trips
prompted him to bring his family home for a visit. They live in
Miami.
Agnes (Conner) Dalton recently visited Pensacola and Panama
City, Florida, in search of a future retirement site. She is with the
Internal Revenue Service in New York. She plans on visiting other
areas in Florida on her next vacation.

White Earth Lake in northern Minnesota was the setting for
a get-together of Canal Zonians during the summer. Mr. and Mrs.
Leslie Wilkinson, of Donna, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Sosted,
of Punta Gorda, Florida; and Mr. and Mrs. William B. Mallory, of
the Canal Zone, vacationed at their respective cabins on the Lake.
Mr. Buck Lockridge, of St. Petersburg, and his grandson, Graham
Huls, North Palm Beach, after visiting relatives in Iowa, joined the
group at White Earth Lake for a wonderful six weeks of fishing,
boating, and exhilerating companionship. (See Picture) White Earth
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Lake is "home" to Buck for when on the Zone the Lockridges owned
a cottage (built by Buck) on the Lake and spent many enjoyable
summers there. The Sosted's daughter, Karen and family; Mrs. R.
Duncan (Betsy Mallory) and baby son, Daniel Barton; and Mr. and
Mrs. William B. (Barty) Mallory III and baby son, Brian, joined
their families for part of the vacation.

Mrs. Margaret F. Morris, of Wallace, North Carolina, spent
three weeks with family and friends in California in September.
Although most of her visit was with her daughter, Margie, her hus-
band Dan and son Brooks, she managed to see her two brothers,
Joe and Robert. She also visited former Canal Zone resident, Mrs.
Marie Boynton and her daughters, Myrna and Edna, and Mrs. Jean
Gerrans, now of San Carlos.

Mr. Derwood Dennis, who is a "Construction Day" employee
on the Panama Canal (1909-1941) would love to hear from any of
his friends from the Canal Zone. On October 27th, he will celebrate
his 92nd birthday. It would be nice if he could hear from his old
friends even if the cards should arrive late. He is a wonderful old
gentleman, an inspiration to all who are associated with him. His
current address is: Carol's Nursing Center, 1000 North Stone Street,
DeLand, Florida 32720-from Mrs. Ann Lattin, DeLand.

The Right Rev'd. Reginal Heber Gooden, 61, Bishop of Panama
and the Canal Zone since 1945, has resigned his jurisdiction, and
will assist the Bishop of Louisiana beginning next February. THE
ANGLICAN DIGEST, 4th Quarter, 1971.

A camping tour was enjoyed in early August on the east coast
of Florida by William E. Johnson, retired Dredging Division en-
gineer, now residing in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and Mrs. Johnson
while the latter was on vacation from the Canal Zone.
They enjoyed seeing many old friends including Mr. and Mrs.
Gil Rowe, Eddie Jones and Mr. and Mrs. Clay Simpson. Mrs.
Johnson also visited her son, William R. Bailey in Santee, Califor-
nia, and while on the West Coast had the pleasure of seeing a few
more old Canal Zone friends including Mrs. Grace E. Brown, Mr.
and Mrs. Al Days, Mr. and Mrs. Clem Genis, Mrs. Keith Tracy
and Mrs. Louise Jones.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson also enjoyed an overnight visit with Mr.
James McHugh and Mrs. Fern LaVee in Princeton, New Jersey.







Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Stevens, of Ocala, Florida, drove to Ver-
mont in August. En route they stopped with son John and family
in Norfolk, Virginia. John, his wife and three little girls planned to
join his parents in Vermont later in August.

Mrs. Else McLaren, of Jacksonville, Florida, visited her daugh-
ters, Phyllis Barkley, of Athens, Georgia, and Virginia McWilliams,
of Tuscumbia, Alabama, during the summer months.
James D. Hicks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Hicks (Edith
McLaren), of Jacksonville, Florida, and grandson of Mrs. Elsie Mc-
Laren and the late Capt. David McLaren, graduated from Georgia
Tech on September 3rd and was commissioned an Ensign the same
day. Jim is stationed on board the USS Lexington, Pensacola, Flor-
ida-from Edith E. Hicks.

In 1971 Emma and Perry Starbuck journeyed from their home
in Vestal, New York, by car to San Francisco where they attended
the Kiwanis International Convention. En route they visited South
Dakota where they saw the PASSION PLAY at Spearfish, Yellow-
stone and Grand Teton National Parks, Crater of the Moon National
Park and Sun Valley in Idaho and other interesting places. At Lake
Tahoe they heard Lawrence Welk and his orchestra one night and
Liberace another. While in San Francisco they toured places of in-
terest and then drove down the beautiful coastal highway heading
home via the southern route. They visited many friends and rela-
tives along the way.
Perry enjoys retirement-if his busy schedule merits that ter-
minology-and manages to keep busy when not travelling. He is
a tax consultant with the H&R Block Company and managed an of-
fice for them during the 1971 tax season. He is now teaching 38 stu-
dents in two classes getting ready for the 1972 season. Incidentally,
Emma is taking the course and "naturally is one of my best stu-
dents."

THE CHATTANOOGA TIMES, Sept. 3, 1971-SHE'S COM-
ING HOME TO RETIRE AFTER 25 YEARS IN THE CANAL
ZONE-" I guess the nicest part of living in that crossroads of the
world is the interesting people that you meet," says Nellree Berger
of her 25 years and one month in the Canal Zone .. You are drawn
together with peoples from all over the world." The interview with
her home town paper described in detail pertinent facts about the
Canal Zone-government, the locks, housing and native costumes.
She stated, "After living in government housing for so many years
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being a homeowner takes some getting used to. Monthly bills must
be paid; they are not simply deducted from your monthly check!"
Mrs. Berger illustrated her talk with postcards from a leatherbound
book she had compiled. "I started making the books as gifts," she
explained, "then others wanted them so I at first made them at
cost; then it got to be a business before I left." In all, she created
about a thousand of the books which provide a lovely study of the
culture, history and present-day life in the country ..
Through membership in the Pan Canal's Camera Club, Mrs.
Berger made many field trips not only to the interior of Panama
but to many parts of South America. Mrs. Berger was active in
many vocal groups in the Zone and participated in several summer
productions given for the benefit of the United Fund. She closed
the interview with the statement, "It is an interesting life, but I was
ready to come back."

News from the Crossroads of America-Jean Barker, Indian-
apolis, Indiana-I have had several visitors this summer and thought
you might want to have the news.
Ruth Diver, retired from U. S. Army-Quarry Heights J-2, visit-
ed me last month. She plans to settle in Washington, D. C. area
after travelling for nearly two years.
Mrs. Anna Boyle, former 15th Naval District employee and now
retired, visited me in August. She lives in Philadelphia with her
daughter, Arditha. Arditha graduated from Cristobal High.
The James Boukalis family from Balboa spent a week with
me (August 21). They left to take Cynthia to school at Wichita
Falls, Texas, and will return on their way east to visit their families
in Worcester, Massachusetts.
So you see yours truly has been busy cooking, etc., etc. It is a
little hard to work and entertain, but it is always good to see the
Zonians.
My boss has a son on the Canal Zone Police (detectives) so
I hear some Canal Zone news through the Armons. The son married
Jose Tunon's daughter, Bunny. They visited me last winter while
on leave. I never got so homesick in my life as I did after they left.
I expect Del and Lucy Charters here any day. He worked for
PX (foods) Ft. Clayton, and she was Co's Secretary at Ft. Amador
for years.

Dot Hoffman Allen (Mrs. William Henry Allen), October 22,
1971, sent an informative letter on her family. Bill and Dot Hoff-
man Allen are completing their twelfth year on Guam in the Mariana
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Islands (5500 Miles WSW of Hawaii, 1500 miles due E. of Manilla,
Philippines, 1500 miles ESE of Okinawa and 1500 miles SSE of
Japan). Bill is the Navy's Special Assistant on Island-Wide Power.
Dot taught math in George Washington High School for a few years
after the killer typhoon KAREN until she developed an acutely
pernicious allergy to the government of Guam!
Daughter Betsy Allen Misner is legal secretary in charge of the
office for a prominent Guam law partnership; 6 ft., 7 in. Ernie
Misner is manager of Naval Magazine Officers' Club Guam.
Daughter "Li'l dividend" Twinks (Nella Nan Allen) graduated
in February, 1971, from Chapman College, having spent her sopho-
more term aboard their World Campus Afloat. While accumulating
her credentials in 31/2 academic years to graduate cum laude, she
was also elected to "WHO'S WHO in American Universities," THE
GRAY KEY, Student Council Officer and served each year as the
captain of the victorious "Powder Puff Football team. She is pre-
sently completing the executive management trainee program for
college graduates with the Security Pacific National Bank. She
enjoys her friends, her townhouse apartment in Tustin, California,
swimming, tennis and skiing (both water and snow) and manages
to squeeze in a graduate seminar.
Any day now-within the next five years ('cause Bill will be
70 by then!)-Dot and Bill will retire from Guam to a motor home
on the mainland with the tall quonsets-they plan to follow the sun
as whim dictates after 30 years in the Tropics. The Allens hope to
participate in many of the various Canal Zone reunions-hopefully,
in St. Petersburg for the 1973 Reunion. The Misners' request that
the Allens remain aboard Guam until after the completion of the
Misner tour plus the lure of the "Environmental & Morale Leaves"
(Australia, for the holidays, possibly)-both these factors help to
delay any definite retirement commitments by the Allens.
Dot and Bill Allen enjoyed a delightful visit with Will Arey,
a former Panama Canal Public Relations Officer, now a U. S. Travel
Service Executive, when he was on Guam for the Pacific Area Travel
Association Seminar in July. Joan Coffey Rienks and Alex occa-
sionally drop in to see the Allens en route from the Commissary
on Guam.
Mrs. William H. Allen is the granddaughter of the late Ella
Mae Bliss and a daughter of Gertrude Bliss Hoffman and the late
Carl P. Hoffman; and a sister of Major Kathleen E. H. Replinger
and C. P. Hoffman Jr.
From 1941-1948 the Allens lived in Diablo Heights where Bill
was with the Special Engineering Division, 3rd Locks; from 1948-
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1952 they lived at Ft. Davis and in Curundu Heights with Bill work-
ing for USARCARIB Utilities and from 1954-1959 at Rodman and
the 15th Naval District at Fort Amador where Bill was with the
Navy as Co-Ordinator for the conversion from 25 to 60 cycles. Dot
also worked with Pan Canal organizations part of their stay on the
Isthmus.

A summer's fishing trip to Hawaii was interrupted by the sud-
den illness-a severe heart attack-of Mrs. Violette. Mr. and Mrs.
Frank Violette flew to Miami where she entered the Doctors' Hos-
pital. After five weeks in the hospital, Mrs. Violette spent another
two and a half weeks with friends before the doctor permitted her to
fly back to Panama. The Violettes returned to the Zone on Sept. 16.

Mrs. Hazel V. Welby, of Hollywood, Florida, drove to New York
the early part of July and flew from there to London. Other coun-
tries toured included Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland and Ire-
land. She returned in August after a wonderful trip.

News from New Zealand Mrs. Ernest Milkey (Phyllis
Schjeveland) reporting: "Well, we have been living in New Zealand
for nine months now, and we really enjoy it. We lived in an apart-
ment in Wellington when we first came but now have our own home
in what they call the Golden Coast area. It is beautiful here and
according to the paper and the people this is the best summer and
winter New Zealand has had in over a century. We are just going
into spring now, but we have had roses, camellias and several New
Zealand flowers in bloom all winter. We have also had grapefruit
and lemons in our yard for the past two months. The temperature
today is in the high 50's and even during the coldest part was in the
40's, 50's and even 60's. Food here is much less expensive; we pay
nothing for prescription medicines and only $1.25 for a doctor's of-
fice call and $2 for a house call. Taxes are nil compared to those in
the States, and there is no tipping in restaurants, hotels, or any-
where.
"We have a beautiful home, we think, with lots of windows to
let in light and sunshine. The rooms are all large (living room 15x28
with windows and glass doors from floor to ceiling opening into a
concrete patio along the longest wall). Wall-to-wall carpeting
throughout the house makes it very easy to take care of. We have
three bedrooms so please tell our Canal Zone friends we have lots
of room and would love to have them visit any time.







Please remember me to anyone who may still remember me. We
hope to visit the States one of these days, so perhaps we will get to
Florida and will see some of you." The Milkey's address is: 95
Alexander Road Raumati Beach, New Zealand.

Pat Geddes Flores, Helen Kissam Ericson and Jane Compton
Wagenbrenner, Cristobal High School Class of 1951, had a three-
day, twenty-year Reunion at the Wagenbrenner home in Merritt
Island, Florida. Children present were: Lori Flores, 14; Suzanne
Ericson, 15; Eric Ericson, 12; Dean, 10; Tiffany, 7, and Wendy,
4, Wagenbrenner. Wendy Flores and Kris Ericson did not attend the
reunion.

Mrs. Baggott, a new member in 1971, reports: "I, Henriette,
moved to Boynton Beach, Florida, in August, 1970, after a very
pleasant trip on the Grace Line. My daughter Alice, who then was a
senior at Florida Atlantic University, accompanied me. March, 1971,
having quite a bit of the Chagres water in my system, I made a trip
back to the Canal Zone to visit with my daughter Maxine, her hus-
band Jon and two children and spent an enjoyable 30 days there.
At Easter time, my son Frank, accompanied by his wife Suellen and
son, flew from Massachusetts where he is stationed to spend part of
the Easter vacation with me and part with Suellen's folks in Coral
Gables. Alice, who graduated on the Dean's list in June and her
boy friend spent three weeks in the Canal Zone with Maxine and
family. They brought Maxine's two children back with them who
stayed here for one month ... In August, I took them back to the
Zone and spent a month there. I had to get back to help Alice who
is getting married in October.
My son Robert, known to most of his friends in the Canal Zone
as 'Rue', is now a first lieutenant stationed in Germany. He and
his wife, the former Terry Harris of Clayton, are the proud parents
of Robert Gordon Baggott, Jr., born in February, 1971.
Arthur James, my third son, just got back from Vietnam.
He received the Bronze Star while there. He is stationed at Fort
Leavenworth, Kansas. He and his family will spend his furlough
here with me."

Off to Santa Claus Land-News of Harry Akers, Jr., July 28,
1971, through the courtesy of Mrs. Peggy Ellis, of Houston, Texas-
"Here is what I expect to be doing. Next Monday, I'll be starting
work with the Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, of Colum-
bia University. For the first six weeks, I'll be in training for the







job I'm scheduled to do during the following four months. It will
be an assignment in the Arctic Ocean, less than 400 miles from the
North Pole and will involve making a large set of geophysical meas-
urements. The exact location is an iceberg, "Fletcher's Ice Island
T-3", which has been under surveillance since 1947 and continuously
inhabited since 1962. Winter temperatures generally range between
-30 and -400 F., they tell me, with an extreme of -700 F!
Well, it is a job, and it will keep me going for another six
months, while I keep my resume circulating. I have applied to the
Civil Service Commission for a chemist's position and have even sent
my application to the Canal Zone!
Mother and I did take a trip out West early this month-to
Colorado and then down into New Mexico as far as Belen. On our
return trip we passed through Dalhart, but that's as close as we
came to Houston .
My next stop, after a few weeks, will be the Arctic Ocean-and
afterwards, well, only the Lord knows for sure Since my return
from the Arctic is nearly six months away, something else may
"break" in another area. I have even heard from an engineering
firm in Mexico which is interested in seeing my resume.

Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Leffingwell, Jr. (Janie Hamlin), of New
Canaan, Connecticut, and Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin, who has been with
Janie since early summer drove to Dalton, Massachusetts, to visit
Ruth Reynolds Drake, an old neighbor from 1411 Las Cruces, Bal-
boa, days. Janie had not seen Mrs. Drake since 1929. She retains
many fond memories of her childhood on the Zone, and all had fun
looking at old snaps of some of the neighborhood gang-Peggy Sealy,
Mary Jane White, Ted Marti, Gene and Janie Hamlin, and the
Mitchell girls-a DELIGHTFUL day of memories.

Mrs. Earl Beck, of St. Petersburg, and Mrs. John H. Tyrrell, of
Tryon, North Carolina, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. George Hooper,
Red Bank, New Jersey, in October.

Summer visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua A. Cun-
ningham, of Kent, Washington, were their daughter, Mrs. J. J. Grif-
fin, and grandchildren, Barbara Anne and John Joseph III, of Bur-
bank, California, for two weeks in August. While the Griffins were
there, Mrs. Jay Cunningham's family visited for a week. Mrs. Guer-
tin Trachier arrived by bus from Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Mr.
Guertin arrived with their daughter and family, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne
Smith and Debbie in a camper from Bloomington, California.







In September, Capt. Howard Buehler, former assistant port
captain, Balboa, and William Gordon, former Panama Canal launch
captain, participated in the rescue of two Colombia seamen who were
found floating in a small rowboat off Colombia.
Capt. Buehler, who retired from the Canal service in July, has
been employed as master of the Esso Andina, a small tanker trading
between Guayaquil and Aruba. Mr. Gordon has been his third
mate. Capt. Buehler. who was en route from Guayaquil to Aruba
to load aviation gasoline, proceeded with the survivors to Aruba
where they were taken to the hospital. Both are expected to survive.

Hedvig Seedborg and Thelma Reppe, of Long Beach, California,
flew up to San Francisco in August. While there, they saw Agnes
Tonneson Janke of New Jersey, her mother Anna Tonneson and
brother Jack who were in San Francisco visiting Agnes' daughter
Sharon and her husband Bill-awaiting the arrival of a new baby.
Christina was born on August 7. Nita and Russell Jones from Palo
Alto drove them to the Napa-Sonoma valleys-beautiful country.
Nita meets with a group of ex-Canal ladies to play bridge once a
month; Russell joins the men for poker. They are enjoying seeing
their three granddaughters grow up-daughter Nita and her husband
and family live in Palo Alto.

Highlights in recent months for Mrs. Frances S. Dorn, of Hot
Springs, Arkansas, were a two-month trip to California and a very
pleasant time in Arkansas in October. With headquarters in San
Francisco, Frances made brief visits in Los Angeles and in San Diego
and vicinity. "I was able to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Ben Armstrong
who later took a trip to Alaska by boat in the Inner Passage. I
didn't get to visit with any of the Santa Rosa folks nearly all
were busy entertaining grandchildren while their parents were on
vacation. I had a fine visit with the Nanneys in Palo Alto (Lucille
Cook and husband) so glad to find the Colonel enjoying better
,health. The Nanneys and Dr. and Mrs. Fitzpatrick (Sylvia Nanney)
were all excited over the coming wedding of Donald Nanney on
September 5 (See Weddings) and the expected arrival of Mrs. Lynn
Cook, of Rogers, Arkansas. I spent a most pleasant day with Mrs.
Teresa Ball in Los Angeles and also with Mr. and Mrs. W. Van
Underwood in Huntington Park. All were well, but Mary Kate
Underwood was busy nursing her mother who is quite ill. They re-
ported that their daughter, Jo Ann Barr, and her husband, Dr.
Thomas Barr, of Lexington, Kentucky, and son Bill Underwood and
family were all O.K.







I had a most pleasant time in Northwest Arkansas on October
17 was a guest of the L. R. Cooks (Lynn and Maude) and at-
tended their Pan Canal Society's Annual Fall Dinner at the Town
and Country Restaurant in Rogers. Almost a hundred ex-Canalers
attended a most delicious dinner and a wonderful get-together -
nearly all from Arkansas but several from Missouri and Oklahoma. I
was so glad to again meet so many of my former Canal Zone friends
and neighbors. All were given sheets of paper with a heading show-
ing Uncle Sam pointing at a ship in the Canal and saying, 'Let's
Keep Our Canal.' I wrote to our Congressmen and especially dwelt
on that subject LET'S KEEP OUR CANAL!"

Happy Retirement to Mr. and Mrs. Wesley H. Townsend who
have joined seven other members of the Society now living in pic-
turesque Ocala, Florida Mr. and Mrs. Elmer B. Stevens, Mr. and
Mrs. E. C. Stiebritz, Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Pearl, Mr. and Mrs.
John W. Hare, Mrs. Rodney B. Ely, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Coplan,
and Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Christie.
Wesley Townsend retired in 1964 as Chief of the Surveys Branch
of the Engineering Division but remained on the Isthmus until his
wife, Virginia, retired this year from the Canal Zone Division of
Schools. Mr. Townsend, who served 34 years with the Canal has
been active in Boy Scout work, starting as early as 1915 when he
was living in Gatun. He has been a commissioner of scouting in the
Canal Zone Council of the Boy Scouts of America and for years has
made trips into the Panama jungles where he lived among the
Indians in the Pequini and Chagres areas. In fact, he is an honorary
chief of the Choco Indians. He has been an active member of the
order of the Arrow and has received the Silver Beaver Award, the
highest award the Council can bestow on a Scouter. He was an
active leader in the development of Las Cruces Trail and is one of
the originators of the annual cayuco race.
Mrs. Townsend (Virginia Clement) was also active in commun-
ity organizations.
Late News brought a change of address for Mr. and Mrs. John
M. Klasovsky, formerly of Gatun and now also a new resident and
another member of the Society living in Ocala.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dean who retired to their home town in
South Hill, Virginia 326 Pettus Street write, "For us, retire-
ment is a beginning for a busy and wonderful life. Their daughter,
Frances, who is married, lives in Minnesota where her husband is
enrolled in the University of Minnesota.
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Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Meissner, recent retirees to Virginia, arrived
in Hayes the first day of June with Mrs. Meissner's 90-year-old
father who makes his home with them. Their son, Carl, his wife
Dottie, and four children from the Zone accompanied them to help
in getting settled. Carl and his family returned to the Zone by way
of California the later part of July. The Meissners were planning
on remodeling their home but also wondered if the cold weather
would be too much for them after forty years of tropical climate.
They plan to try it for a year, and if it is too cold will fly south
to either Florida or back to Panama for the winter months.
"We are near Williamsburg right in historyland so we
hope our Canal Zone and States friends will stop by to visit us when
they are touring Virginia."
Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Roche are retiring at the end of
October. Mr. Roche is Assistant Chief of the Claims Branch, and
Mrs. Roche is Chief of the Cash accounting section in Agents Ac-
counts. Each has more than 30 years of service in the Office of
the Comptroller.
Mrs. Dorothy S. Bright, an employee of the Electrical Division,
is retiring in November. After December 1, her address will be 651
Aberdeen Road, Apartment K-7, Hampton, Virginia 23361. Her
daughter (Lynn Parsons) and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Barber
and baby daughter also live in Hampton, Virginia.

St. Petersburg INDEPENDENT, August 26, 1971 Russell
Pender is 83 and has lived. He is involved in writing his autobi-
ography which is now up to four volumes. He was born in Charlotte,
'North Carolina, the son of a textile engineer. Pender the Younger
tagged after his dad picking up electrical engineering knowledge, and
by the time he was 17 he was in charge of the motive power depart-
ment of a textile mill in Gonzolez, Texas. He engineered the founda-
tions for the Huey Long Bridge over the Mississippi River in New
Orleans, lived in Cuba, rebuilding an electric plant till he had a
little trouble with a revolution. He also ran into another revolution
in Mexico. He has received a few shocks in the electric field but
has never been burned "I'm lucky I'm alive. Electricity needs
respect ." Mr. Pender has mined diamonds, found a rich coal
seam, raced a pacing horse, set up electric plants all over the world.
He and his wife Pauline (LaCroix) have lived in the Crossroads
Mobile Home Court in St. Petersburg for 17 years where Pauline
buys material for the 35 women who meet there on Tuesdays to sew
for good projects. Mr. Pender writes, studies, invents tri-power







electric reading glasses because his eyes are not as good as they
once were. He says that not only should we think about all the
splendid free air here but free sunshine, wind, cooling or warm
breezes, rain, changing seasons, good climate, beautiful sunsets, day
and night skies .
Mr. Pender worked in Panama during the early 1930's, and his
wife Pauline has had service in the Panama Canal Zone.

Sgt. Bruce Lovelady, a former resident of the Isthmus and a
graduate of Balboa High School, is presently in Wilford Hall USAF
Hospital at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, where he is under-
going treatment for wounds suffered in Thailand when a grenade
was detonated in the lounge of the NCO Club at Udorn Air Field.
Bruce is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Lovelady, former residents
of the Canal Zone, who are now living in Tucson, Arizona. He was
born in Gorgas Hospital, was educated in the Canal Zone schools,
and graduated from Balboa High School in 1963. He attended the
Canal Zone College one semester prior to enlisting in the Air Force
in 1964. He served in California, Taiwan, Louisiana, and Texas
prior to being sent to Thailand in November, 1970. He was injured
September 1 and was evacuated from Thailand September 11 -
The Panama Canal Spillway, September 24, 1971

CONGRATULATIONS
Mrs. Sue Core Odom honored as Dothan, Alabama's unanimous
selection for WOMAN OF THE YEAR! Along with sending the
headlined newspaper account, Sue, personally briefed us on the
background of the honor. "In this tri-state area, the big 'carnival'
is The Peanut Festival which lasts a week and really is big 'doins'
-ends up with a two and half mile parade with dozens of gorgeous
floats with marching bands from all over the area. Mixed up in this
parade is an open car carrying the 'Man of the Year' and the 'Woman
of the Year'. There are about thirty or more clubs and each one
nominates a candidate. However, after my name was put in every-
body backed off general attitude 'Who Me? Run
against her? Not for all the rice in China!' So, the whole group of
clubs just went in together and there I am!" At the Annual
Business and Professional Women's banquet, on October 26, when
accepting the award Mrs. Odom drolly remarked, "I'm not so sure
about this business of being the only nominee. It reminds me a
little of What's-His-Name over in Vietnam."
The Gladiolus Club, who originally proposed Mrs. Odom, ex-
pressed in concise words why she was selected "Her love of her
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fellow man is without limit ." Her concern for the welfare of
others is exemplified by Sue's many, many unselfish and time-con-
suming projects which the Dothan paper discussed in detail. There
is a coronary care unit at General Hospital furnished by Mrs. Odom
which bears her husband's (Dr. John D. Odom) name; she contri-
buted an 85-acre tract of land to The Haven, a rescue center for al-
coholics. She provides for a bakery to keep residents of The Haven
supplied with cakes, pies and cookies as well as providing for the
weekly delivery of large boxes of bread to the needy. Another of her
gifts to The Haven were flags of the U.S.A., Alabama and the Con-
federacy. Sue has provided material gifts and established a savings
account for the Dothan Boys' Club. She has spent many hours on
needlepoint making the insignia for the vestibule of the Boys'
Club, the large "Heritage Group" needlepoint which hangs in the
reading room of the library, and "House Blessing" hanging for the
corridor of Wesley Manor, a retirement home in Dothan. Hanging
in the Fine Arts Building at George C. Wallace State Technical
Junior College is a life-size portrait of the late Gov. Lurleen Wallace,
Mrs. Odom's gift to the college.
How understandable it is that other potential candidates for
the honor of Woman of the Year responded with "Who Me? -
run against her?" Canal Zoners have long known and admired peppy,
vivacious, interesting Sue Core Odom. Many own some or all of the
fifteen books she has written, mostly about Panama. Sue's zest for
life did not subside as a retiree content after many active years
on the Zone as a school teacher, writer and active in working with
many Zone organizations to a complacent retirement with finally
free time for personal activities. Her love for all humanity has and
still motivates her busy life. See picture.

James Marshall, Jr., an Account Executive with Nabers, Crane
& Siver, Inc. Insurance Agents, St. Petersburg, Florida, was honored
on September 22 by the Insurance Institute of America (IIA) for
placing first in a nationwide insurance examination.
Mr. Marshall's achievement earned an Institute Award and a
$50 savings bond at the IIA's 1971 Annual Awards Luncheon in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Nabers, Crane & Siver Account
Executive received the top grade in competition with 482 other in-
surance men who took the IIA potential evaluation examination,
Management and Human Resources", at testing centers throughout
the nation.
The May exam was the last of a six-test series successfully
passed by Mr. Marshall to complete in one-year's time the usual
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3-year Risk Management Course for the title of Associate in Risk
Management, IIA. He was also recently designated a Charter Prop-
erty Casualty Underwriter (C. P. C. U.) by the American Institute
for Property and Liability Underwriters, Inc.
Charles Frederick Denton, a 1959 graduate of Balboa High
School, has been named dean of the School of Social Sciences at
Fresno State College, at Fresno, California.
Mr. Denton attended McGill University in Montreal and the
University of Americas in Mexico City, where he graduated magna
cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in Economics and Inter-
national Relations. He earned his master of arts at Texas University
where he also was awarded a doctor of philosophy in 1969, specializ-
ing in Latin American studies. He has been an assistant professor
at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, for the past two years.
After considerable research in Central America and Panama,
and as the result of a Fullbright-Hays Graduate Fellowship, Mr.
Denton wrote a book entitled, "The Politics of Bureaucracy in
Costa Rica." Among his articles of interest is "Interest Groups in
Panama and the Central American Common Market" which was
published in the Journal of Inter-American Economic Affairs.
Mr. Denton is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Denton who
reside in Panama. His father is Chief, Rates, and Analysis Branch
and Cost Control Officer, in the Canal's Office of the Comptroller.
Seven No Trump bid and made in the Mississippi Valley Re-
gionals in St. Louis, Missouri, not only enabled Mrs. William W.
Wood (Jo), of St. Petersburg, Florida, and her partner to win the
Mixed Pairs event but gave Mrs. Wood the needed red points to
attain the coveted status of LIFE MASTER-the "summa cum
laude" in bridge.
Edythe Louise Bishop, a senior student at East Carolina Uni-
versity in Greenville, North Carolina, was one of thirty-seven stu-
dents from the University selected to appear in the 1971-72 edition
of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and
Colleges." She is the daughter of Mrs. Connie Bishop and A. Dale
Bishop, of the Canal Zone.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
August 6, 1971
In spite of hot weather and many on vacation to cooler areas,
eighty-five members and guests attended the regular monthly meet-
ing of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., in Gulfport on
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August 6. After calling the meeting to order at 1:30 p.m., the
President, Captain Henry E. Falk, announced that as the Flag had
not been replaced, the normal Pledge of Allegiance would be omitted.
Mrs. Jay Cain, Chaplain, gave the Invocation which was followed by
group recitation of the Lord's Prayer. Thirty seconds of silent prayer
were observed in memory of those who had passed away since the
July meeting. As names were called of visitors and members who had
been absent by the Recording Secretary, the following stood for
special recognition by the Society.
Mr. George Chevalier-St. Petersburg
Capt. Elmer Abbott-St. Petersburg
Captain Dick Sergeant-St. Petersburg
Mr. William W. Wood-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Mina Dee-Canal Zone, visiting the Ross Hollowells
Mr. William F. Long-Hollywood, Florida
Mrs. Don Brayton-Canal Zone, visiting Edna and George
Wertz
Irl Sanders, Jr.-Margarita, visiting his parents of Seminole
Mr. Ed Isaacs-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Daile Keigley-St. Petersburg-her first meeting. During
the school term, she is busy teaching.
Mrs. Mildred Randall-West Palm Beach, Florida, visiting Mrs.
Charlotte Eckert and Mrs. Florence Harrison of Sarasota
Capt. Falk introduced the new Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Fran-
ces Summerford and then personally greeted the guests and mem-
bers.
The Recording Secretary read the Minutes of the July meeting.
As there were no corrections, the Minutes were approved as read.
Mrs Summerford reported on illnesses and deaths of members
since the July meeting. A brief digest of news of interest was given.
Details on news and deaths will appear in the December RECORD.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, had nothing
to report on legislation as Congress was not in session. The Cost of
Living had increased again in June. The Consumer Price index
figure was 121.5. The next increase will be triggered when the Con-
sumer Price Index reaches 123.4 and holds for three consecutive
months. Mr. Grady stated that on the additional $5,000 Homestead
Exemption (Florida only) that property owners must have lived in
Florida for five consecutive years and must apply for the exemption
between January and March. Bills affecting Civil Service annuitants
will be reported after pending hearings by Congressional committees.
iMr. Grady read a letter from Florida's senator C. W. (Bill) Young,
who, through a misunderstanding failed to meet with representatives







of the Florida Federation of Chapters of NARFE at a meeting in
Washington, D.C. in June. He later did meet with the group.
Members and guests sang Happy Birthday to the following:
Mr. Ernest Kieswetter, Mrs. Ethel Askew, Mr. Dave Madison, Capt.
Falk and Mrs. Dot Dworak.
Captain Falk gave a special welcome to Mr. and Mrs. Francis
Hargy, late arrivals at the meeting.
Coffee and doughnuts were served to members and guests fol-
lowing the business meeting.

SEPTEMBER 3, 1971
The September meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc. was called to order by the President, Captain Henry E. Falk, at
1:30 p.m. who lead the assembled group in the Pledge of Allegiance
to the Flag. Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, substituting for Mrs. Jay
Cain, Chaplain, who had injured her hand, gave the invocation
which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of
those who had passed away since the August Meeting.
After welcoming the 107 members and guests in attendance, the
President asked the recording Secretary to read the name of visitors
and members who had been absent from meetings. The following
stood for special recognition as their names were called:
Robert Dailey-visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Dailey
in St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Blaney-Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina,
visiting in Dunedin
Jack and Suzanne Lubera-Miami, visiting Capt. and Mrs.
Kenneth S. Roscoe, Sarasota
Mr. and Mrs. F. Harvey Smith, Jr.-Inverness, Florida, visiting
Edna and George Wertz, Ozona, Florida
Davis Stephens-Canal Zone, grandson of Capt. and Mrs. Sam
Rowley. Davis is attending school in Fort Lauderdale
Mrs. Grace Thomas-Gatun, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Hickey-Clearwater
Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fuller-back from a summer vacation
in Michigan
The Recording Secretary read the Minutes of the August meet-
ing. As there were no corrections, the Minutes were approved as read.
Illness of members, deaths, births, weddings, and news of gen-
eral interest were reported by the Secretary-Treasurer. Thank you
notes were read from Mrs. Rodney Ely, Mrs. Inez Evans, Mrs.
Madeline Corn, and the Carey family. Mrs. Summerford reported
on the highlights of a letter from Dr. Richard Whitehead, of Laconia,






New Hampshire, who, with Mr. Lawrence Alder of Panama had
placed a wreath on the George W. Goethals Memorial in June. See
the December RECORD for details.
As Mr. Grady was vacationing in North Carolina, there was no
legislative report.
Happy Birthdays were sung to: Mrs. Virginia Harvey, Mrs.
Ruth Baltozer, Mr. Cecil Banan and Mr. Alton Jones.
Congratulations on their anniversaries to the following: Mr.
and Mrs. Gustaf Peterson who were celebrating their 48th Anniver-
sary the following day (September 4); Mr. and Mrs. Albert
McKeown; Mr. and Mrs. Bud Esler; Capt. and Mrs. Sam Rowley;
Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Schneider; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hickey; Mr.
and Mrs. Ralph Hanners.
Captain Falk then opened the meeting to members who had news
to report. George Chevalier announced that the Tivoli had been sold
for $100 to a contractor to tear it down and to re-landscape the
area-jovially adding that nothing was in the contract as to what
to do with the termites!
Mrs. Grace Thomas spoke briefly to the group.
Coffee and doughnuts were served and all enjoyed just chatting
with old-time friends.
OCTOBER 1, 1971
Ninety-five members and guests attended the October 1 meeting
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. After calling the regular
monthly meeting to order at 1:30 p.m., the President, Capt. Henry E.
Falk, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. He
welcomed the Chaplain, Mrs. Jay Cain, who had been absent at the
September meeting. Following the Invocation given by the Chaplain,
thirty seconds of silent prayer were observed in memory of those who
had passed away since the September meeting.
The Recording Secretary called the names of visitors and mem-
bers who had been absent from regular meetings. The following stood
for special recognition.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Orvis-Sarasota
Mrs. Agatha Wikram-Harbor Hills, Largo-Mrs. Wikram is
making her home with her daughter, Mrs. E. L. (Edith)
Cotton and is enthusiastic about life in Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Harrold-Balboa
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Slaughter-Lakeland
Mrs. Bob Roy-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Page-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. William Hampton-Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Parker-Dunedin
Mr. Daniel A. Lawson-St. Petersburg ,







The Recording Secretary read the Minutes of the September
meeting. As there were no corrections, the Minutes were approved
as read.
Mrs. Summerford reported on deaths, illnesses, weddings, births
and news of general interest. Details will appear in the December
RECORD.
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, stated he
had nothing to report on pending legislation. With the price freeze,
even if the Cost of Living rose to the required 3%, it appeared doubt-
ful that retirees would receive the raise-under current policies.
Mr. Grady read excerpts from letters received from Senator
Lawton Chiles, Congressman James A. Haley, Florida, 7th District,
and Wilbur D. Mills, Arkansas, Chairman on Ways and Means.
Mr. Grady had personally written many letters concerning the con-
troversy on whether the United States should relinquish control of
the Panama Canal as demanded by Panama. The letters received
indicated the writers were not in favor of a give-away. Lawton Chiles
does not feel that the U.S. should relinquish its sovereignty; House
Resolution 345, introduced by James A. Haley, provides for the pro-
tection of our rights in that area.
A Bulletin from the Florida Federation of NARFE commenting
on the enactment of the additional Homestead Exemption for Florid-
ians listed the names of Senators who voted NO on the final passage:
Jack Bell, Ft. Lauderdale; David C. Lane, Ft. Lauderdale; Henry B.
Saylor, St. Petersburg; Charles H. Weber, Ft. Lauderdale, and
Harold S. Wilson, Clearwater. NARFE suggests thanks to Repre-
sentatives and Senators who supported the bill and "DON'T FOR-
GET" those who voted NO when election time rolls around. Also
two Resolutions are pending before the Senate of the Florida Legis-
lature SJR 118 would provide a referendum in March, 1972,
which would propose the repeal of the $5,000 Homestead Exemption
and SJR 120 would give authority for the Legislature, if granted,
also authority to nullify it at their will .
Mr. Grady vividly described his trip to North Carolina.
The members and guests sang Happy Birthday to: Mrs. Gladys
Humphrey, Mrs. Nan Emslie, Mrs. Marie Wolf, Mrs. Frances Sum-
merford, Mr. William L. Howard, Mr. Gene Askew, Mr. and Mrs.
William Slaughter.
Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hicks who celebrated
their 40th Anniversary.
Capt. Falk called on Roger Orvis for a brief talk. Mr. Orvis
indicated they were very happy in their retirement home in Sarasota.







Coffee and doughnuts were served, and members and visitors
did a lot of talking about the old days as well as retirement life.
Respectfully submitted,
Margaret M. Ward
Recording Secretary


Witl4 ip omrrnm
We announce the deaths of the following:
Captain Robert A. Allan, 64, former Assistant Port Captain in
Cristobal, died in Long Island, New York on July 17, 1971. In ad-
dition to his widow, Mrs. Agnes Allan, he is survived by his daughter,
Mrs. Jean Vorisch, who lives in Massachusetts, and two grand-
children.

Charles H. Apple, 77, passed away on October 1, 1971, in De-
Land, Florida. He is survived by his wife, Metta of DeLand; one son,
Charles H. Apple, Jr. of Casselberry; and two grandchildren.

Lester F. Bailey died September 4, 1971, at Patrick Henry
Hospital, Newport News, Virginia. Mr. Bailey was buried in New
Orleans, Louisiana, with his wife at Lakelawn Mauseleum Cemetery.
In recent years he has resided with his daughter, Mrs. Marjorie
Bunch and her family RD 1, Box 418-A, Gainesville, Va. 22065.

Mrs. Mabel G. Bath, 52, formerly of St. Petersburg and a former
recreation teacher in the Canal Zone, passed away September 10,
1971, in Oakland Park, Florida. Immediate survivors are a daughter,
Mrs. Christine Nunez, of Oakland Park; and three sons, Wayne, of
Darien, Connecticut; Frederick, of Rockville, Maryland; and Charles,
of Charleston, Mississippi.

Mr. Francis J. Brennan, 70, passed away October 2, 1971, in
Palo Alto, California. He was employed by The Panama Canal from
1927 until his retirement in 1947. Immediate survivors are: Mrs.
Josephine Brennan and Frank Jr., both of Balboa, Canal Zone;
James A., of Palo Alto, California; Josephine E. Marquard, of Sun-
nyvale, California; and Charles A. of Los Altos, California.
From Warren D. Marquard

Adrien M. Butcher, head of a well-known Canal Zone family, a
construction-day old timer and a World War I veteran died in







New Jersey at the age of 99. He began work in Panama with the
Isthmian Canal commission as a machinist in 1907. After serving
in World War I, he returned to the Canal Zone and was employed
on the locks until his retirement in 1934. Surviving him are two
sons, Adrien Bouche, a retired locks employee living in Brownsburg,
Virginia; Henry Butcher, also retired from the locks and living in El
Hato, Republic of Panama; a daughter Mrs. Jeanne Elia, of Cali-
fornia; a granddaughter, Mrs. Robert Budreau, of La Boca, and
three grandsons, all employees of the Canal organization and resi-
dents of the Pacific Side.

Ellis D. Carey, an employee of the Dredging Division in Gam-
boa, Canal Zone, for 34 years died at Jackson Memorial Hospital
in Dade City, Florida, on August 21, 1971. Immediate survivors are
his widow, Ann C. Carey, of Zephyrhills, Florida; two sons, Ellis D.
Carey, of Seal Beach, California; and Robert Carey, of Panama City;
a daughter, Mary Jean Kammerer, of Randolph, New Jersey; and a
granddaughter, Barbara Homa, Houston, Texas.

Mrs. Edna F. Carson, 65, wife of William J. Carson, Sr., passed
away in Miami, Florida, on September 29, 1971, after a brief illness.
Mrs. Carson was employed by the U.S. Army at Fort Amador from
1950 until 1968. In addition to her widower, Mrs. Carson is survived
by a son, William J., of Miami; a daughter Jean C. Heddaeus, of
Albrook AFB and six grandchildren.

Floyd L. Corn, 68, a retired machinist with the Army Corps of
Engineers, died in Pinellas Park, Florida, on August 16, 1971. He is
survived by his widow of Pinellas Park.

Mrs. Louise Cox, 79, a former resident of Gatun, Canal Zone,
died at her son's home in Gamboa, Canal Zone, on September 9,
1971. She is survived by her children Nellie, Clifford, Victor, Noel,
a daughter-in-law and several grandchildren.

Jessee Crawford, 70, formerly of Gamboa, Canal Zone, died on
August 4, 1971. After leaving the Isthmus, the Crawfords made their
home in Benson Lake, British Columbia, where Mr. Crawford was
employed by the Mannix Company Ltd. Survivors are his wife,
Helen, a daughter Beverly Ann McClennan, of Charleston, West
Virginia; and sons Jessee Wayne, of Oakland, California; and Jerry
Lee, of Sarnia, Ontario.







Eugene K. Derr, 70, a retired civil engineer, died on September
27, 1971, in Orlando, Florida. He is survived by his widow, Lema P.;
a son, Major William R., Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and three
grandchildren.

Captain Joseph Fredette, who will be remembered as a Thatcher
Ferry Pilot from 1939 to 1952, died in Woodhaven, New York on
September 29, 1971. Until his retirement a few years ago, he was
a New York Tugboat Captain. He is survived by his wife Catherine,
sons Raymond and Robert, and daughter Marie Rada; 16 grand-
children and one great-grandchild. The family is at 226 Paulanna
Avenue, Bayport, Long Island, New York.

Mrs. Beverly Githens Dresbach, 68, of Eureka Springs, Arkan-
sas, died in October of 1971. She was the widow of Glen Ward
Dresbach, a poet who died in June of 1968.

Mrs. Anna V. Golden, 94, died on August 15, 1971, in Great
Falls, Montana. Mrs. Golden had been in remarkably good health
until she fell on June 21 and broke her hip which led to further
complications. With her husband, John A. Golden, she spent 20
years in the Panama Canal Zone 1908-1934. Two years ago Mrs.
Golden moved to Great Falls to live with her daughter, Mrs. Eliz-
abeth G. Washburn. Survivors besides Mrs. Washburn are four
grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. She was buried in
Boston beside her husband.

Hubert Hart, 54, an employee of the Locks Division at Gatun,
Canal Zone, died suddenly on August 19, 1971, at his home in Gatun.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Ulla K. Hart, of Gatun, and his
mother, Mrs. Anna Cizkowski, of Helmetta, New Jersey.

Gordon R. Jackson, 81, a retired employee of the Panama Rail-
road, died August 19, 1971, in Gorgas Hospital. There were no
survivors on the Isthmus.

Mrs. Clara Jacobson, wife of Clarence Jacobson, who retired
from Panama Canal service in 1969, died in the late summer in Sea
Girt, New Jersey. She is survived by one son, Andy, a helicopter
pilot, stationed with the Air Force in the States.

Jennie P. Johannes, 83, died on October 24, 1971, at Gorgas
Hospital. She went to the Canal Zone during the Construction Days.







She was the widow of Guy Johannes, former Chief of Police. She
made her home with her daughter, Roberta, in Diablo. She is
survived by three daughters; Eleanor Hanners of New Mexico; Jen-
nie Johannes of La Boca, Roberta Paterson of Diablo, one son, Guy
Johannes, Jr., of New Mexico, seven grandchildren and two great-
grandchildren.

Arthur Chester Koepke, father of Capt. Lyle L. Koepke, USN
(ret.), of Panama, died in Lakewood, Florida. Mr. Koepke was a
frequent visitor to the Ithmus. In addition to his son, he is survived
by a daughter, Mrs. Walter I. Foss, of Bay City, Michigan, and nine
grandchildren.

Richard John Koperski, 55, passed away in Orlando, Florida,
on October 16, 1971. The deceased was a third generation member
of a well-known Canal Zone family and grew up in the Canal Zone.
He was employed for many years by the Storehouse and Commissary
Divisions and was retired from the General Manager's Office in 1962.
Mr. Koperski is survived by his father, Leon A. Kopersky, Orlando,
Florida; one daughter, Mrs. Priscilla K. Scott, Gladstone, Michigan,
and two grandchildren.

Mr. Joseph M. McGovern, of St. Petersburg, Florida, passed
away on August 25, 1971, in Newark, New Jersey. Details are not
known.

Mrs. Ella Gray McTyier, 89, died on October 28, 1971, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Survivors include her husband, John Floyd
McTyier, St. Petersburg; her daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Gray Babcock,
Swansea, Massachusetts; her son, Floyd Kendrel McTyier, Glenarm,
Maryland; and four nephews.

Mrs. Florence MacKenzie passed away on October 2, 1971, in
Monroe, Michigan. Mrs. James Ilgenfritz, Monroe, Michigan, a sis-
ter of the late I. Albert MacKenzie, informed Mrs. Herbert L. Staples
of the death.

Mrs. Nelle M. Mitchell, 82, died on November 1, 1971, in Brad-
ford, Pennsylvania. In 1914, Mrs. Mitchell went to the Panama
Canal Zone where she taught school for 13 years. In 1929 she married
the late Albert R. Mitchell (death August 28, 1962) in the Canal
Zone. Mrs. Mitchell also at one time was employed as a postal clerk
at Gamboa, Canal Zone. In 1949 the Mitchells returned to Hender-
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sonville, North Carolina, where she made her home until 1968 when
she moved to Bradford to live with her sister, Mrs. Katherine Luke.
Besides Mrs. Luke, she is survived by another sister, Mrs. Rose
Conwell of Smethport and a brother, Bernard C. Shea, of Cyclone,
Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Edna Mohl died on October 20, 1971, in Albany, Georgia.
She was the wife of Frederick A. Mohl, who retired last May after
long service with the Fire Division of the Panama Canal Co. Sur-
viving, in addition to her husband, are two sons, Kenneth and Steven,
both of Albany and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Ruth B. Neckar, 67, died on September 29, 1971, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. She was a retired publication and distribution
officer for the U. S. Air Force at Albrook Field, Panama. She is
survived by her husband, Alfred J.; two sons, Rev. Charles A. Moya,
of Lansing, Michigan, and Alfred J. Neckar, Jr., of Van Buren, Ar-
kansas; three daughters, Mrs. Mary J. Weade, of Fort Lauderdale,
Florida; Mrs. Ruth U. Green of Norfolk Naval Station, Virginia;
and Mrs. Patricia N. Coleman, of Curundu, Canal Zone; and 15
grandchildren.
Mrs. Bess M. Owens, wife of Eugene Owens, died suddenly on
October 11, 1971, at her home in Media, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Owens
went to the Zone in May, 1920, with several nurses from the West
Side Sanitarium, York, Pennsylvania, to join the nursing staff of
Dr. Herrick's Panama Hospital. On May 18, 1922, she married Mr.
Owens, a Zone policeman, at the Balboa Baptist Church. Besides
her husband, she is survived by a son, Wayne of Chicago; two daugh-
ters, Juanita Moyer, of Malvern, Pennsylvania; June Long, Seaform,
Delaware; and 13 grandchildren.
Gerald O. Parker, 64, a former food supervisor for Gorgas Hos-
pital in the Panama Canal Zone, died on October 27, 1971, in Hot
Springs, Arkansas. He has been a resident of Hot Springs for the
past ten years. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary D. (Peggy)
Parker, of Hot Springs; one son, Gerald O. Parker, Jr., of South
Bend, Indiana; one daughter, Mrs. Coleen Doucet, of Hot Springs;
and six grandchildren.

John M. Paterson, 83, of Gulfport, Florida, a retired machinist,
died August 15, 1971. He is survived by his wife, Gertrude, of
Gulfport, a son, Oliver, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and five grandchil-
dren.







Mrs. Elsie Patterson, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, passed
away on October 3, 1971, after a brief illness. Her nephew, Don
Jackson and wife (Barbara Hatchett) were with Mrs. Patterson dur-
ing her illness. Besides her nephew, she is survived by a sister, Mrs.
Ann M. Jackson, of Sunnyvale, California.

Otis A. Pritchett passed away on September 7, 1971, in Los
Angeles, California. Information sent by Alfred G. Dunham, Miami,
Florida.

Rubelio D. Quintero, 55, Chief of the Panama Canal Electrical
Branch of the Engineering Division died suddenly on August 30,
1971, in the Canal Zone. Surviving him are his widow, the former
Betty Brown of Balboa; his mother, Mrs. Hilda Piza de Quintero
of Panama; a sister and three brothers, all of Panama.

August T. Schmidt, 76, former Administrative Assistant of the
Supply division and a well-known orchestra leader on the Zone, died
in Sarasota, Florida-exact date not known. In addition to his
widow, Emma, he is survived by a stepdaughter, Mrs. Arlene Schmidt
Winnerman, of Deer Park, New York.

Earl M. Seagrave, 77, a retired electrical engineer, died August
18, 1971, in Lakeland, Florida. Immediate survivors include his wife
Anna, one son, Earl M. Seagrave, Jr., Charlotte, North Carolina; one
daughter, Mrs. Susan Brizendine, Reno, Nevada; one stepdaughter,
Mrs. John A. Sadowski, Bricktown, New Jersey.

Mrs. Harriett H. Shreves, 78, widow of Shepherd J. Shreves
(death January 6, 1968), died October 6, 1971, in St. Petersburg,
Florida. Survivors include her brother, Herman Werren, Ranson-
ville, New York, and her sister, Mrs. Julia Oliver, St. Petersburg,
Florida.

The September RECORD for Mr. A. H. Shockey, Waynesboro,
Pennsylvania, was returned marked "deceased." Details are not
known.
Jesse Holman Stevenson passed away October 19, 1971, in
Mexico City, Mexico Information from Mrs. Robert N. Stevenson.
Mrs. Laura E. White, 79, of Summerdale, Alabama, passed
away in Foley Hospital, Foley, Alabama, on August 19, 1971. She
is survived by her husband Harry R., of Summerdale, Alabama.







M. Patricia (Peggy) Wilkinson, 54, passed away at her daugh-
ter's home in Balboa on September 4, 1971. She is survived by her
husband, retired M/Sgt. Herman S. Wilkinson, one daughter, Emily
Wilkinson; two sons, William of Margarita and Herman Jr., of
Colon, and four grandchildren.

Mrs. Annie M. Zitzman, a former Canal Zone resident, passed
away on September 29, 1971, in Thousand Oaks, California. She
was the wife of D. C. Zitzman, an employee of the Accounting Di-
vision of the Panama Canal Co., who retired in 1966. Surviving,
in addition to her husband, is a daughter, Mrs. Ellen McIsaac, of
San Francisco, California.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHEAST ARKANSAS
Holiday Greetings to you all! May the Spirit of Christmas,
which is PEACE, the Gladness of Christmas which is HOPE and
the Heart of Christmas which is LOVE bless your lives in 1972!!
With the advent of autumn and winter in the air, the Canal
Zone "farmers" in this area have shaken the dust and hay seed from
their jeans, given a high shine to their Western boots and cocked
their Cowboy hats at a jaunty angle as they sit, tilted back in their
chairs, smugly viewing and reviewing the results of their summer
activities. The traveling members have been equally as happy as
they recount varied and interesting places they've visited and folks
they've seen. The many who attended the 2nd Annual Blanche
Shaw Picnic (over 74 members and their guests) on June 20th at
Agri Park, Fayetteville, Arkansas, enjoyed exchanging news, a beau-
tiful day and delicious food.
We have three newcomers to our area Charles and Gloria
Malsbury (with dog, Homer) in Springdale, Bruce and Dorothy
Sanders (with Ham gear) in Bentonville and Frank and Betty Mc-
Gilberry and daughter, Katie, in Rogers. They all have been busy
getting settled and seeing friends and relatives.
The Sanders went West to visit their son, Jack, Connie (Zemer)
and new granddaughter, Jennifer Lynne, in San Jose, California.
During a very enjoyable three-week stay there, they saw Phil and
Laura Sanders and family; Myra and Bill Walston in Concord; Jean
(Walsh) Kaufman in Palo Alto; Bud and Eleanor Bliss in Camp-
bell; Phyllis (Zemer) Wright and family in Morgan Hill; Isabel
(Zemer) Lively in Sonoma; and Bill and Natalie Clute in Calistoga.
Since their return, Dot and Bruce have received many friends at
their home including Al and Marie Bierbaum, of La Boca, Frank
and June Borden, of Los Rios, and Travelling Grandmother, Mrs.







Grace A. Sanders, the Senior Mrs. Sanders. "Mom" recently left
the Canal Zone after 61 years and is making her home in Red Bank,
New Jersey. She spent two weeks with Bruce and Dot en route to
California and, after a month with Phil and Laura of Concord, is
returning to Red Bank to pack up for a winter with the H. A.
(Louie) Kleefkens in Tampa. They were saddened to learn of the
death of their daughter-in-law's (Sandi) father, Lt. Col. Douglas
Clinely, USAF, retired. Col. Clinely was stationed at Albrook AFB
from '56-'60 and had retired to Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
The Dick Capps from Shawnee, Oklahoma, say it's "Good to
be here!" Jim and Quanda Pennington, of Guthrie, Oklahoma, were
surprised by a visit from Daniel Klotz and family at Easter. Dan
is presently employed as a welder in the Denver area. Karl and
Fern Glass also dropped by for a brief visit last year.
The Ralph Shueys were glad to have Thornton and Ruth Mad-
den stop by. Thornton used to be a civilian employee of the Army
at Corozal while Ruth worked in the Post Office. They retired last
fall and now live in Kentucky. A week after the Maddens left, Marie
and Ralph took off with their trailer for the Rio Grande Valley of
Texas and the Big Bend National Park where they stayed for two
weeks. Later, their son, Ralph and wife, Marie, with two daughters
arrived from Malcolm, Nebraska, to spend a week over Decoration
Day. Soon after, Mrs. Neoma Compton, Miss Luella Schucker,
Mrs. Phyllis Schucker, Ninia and her two girls from Mt. Carmel,
Illinois, came to spend two nights with them. Never a dull moment!!
The rest of the summer was spent by the Shueys in entertaining Air
Stream friends, finally taking off with the R. O. Shueys for the
mountains and fishing in Idaho until mid-September. On their re-
turn, daughter Edith and Mrs. Lovell (Edith's mother-in-law), of
West Palm Beach, Florida, paid them a visit as well as Bill and Marie
Dunlop.
Theo Hallin is still as busy as ever, teaching 9th Grade Eng-
lish in Fayetteville while her son, Lt. David, U. S. Marine Corps,
has returned from 11/2 months at Da Nang, South Vietnam, and is
now a flight instructor in Meridian, Mississippi. His sister, Liz,
attended graduate school at Purdue University in Indiana and is
now teaching.
The Walter Reifs were delighted to have J. B. and Mildred
Webster (retirees from Fort Myers, Florida) as their guests for a
week. Their daughter, Betty Jane Clark, and granddaughter, Sandra,
spent a week with them, too, during which time they drove to Okla-
homa City to visit son, Walter and family. In August, the Reifs
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drove to Illinois to attend the Golden Wedding Anniversary of
Walter's sister.
Bates Wieman had a visit from her younger son, Bud Huldt-
quist, wife Vonna and their family, Nancy (Huldtquist) Whalen,
husband John and their baby girl, Kamber. This made four genera-
tions in one Very small apartment, but a happier time never was
had! Fred, the older son and wife, Jane flew from New York Sep-
tember 6th to tour Europe, and Bates is anticipating a first hand
account of the trip from Fred in October.
News!! News!! to top all. The Eldridge Burtons, Sr. drove to
Austin, Texas, just to see grandson, Chuckie (Judy Crooks Daily's
son) play in the Little League and to cheer him on to victory, 26-7!
They also reported that Master Sgt. Bob Crooks was appointed as
advisor to a National Guard Unit in Birmingham, Alabama. Michael
Todd (son of Nancy Crooks Koepplinger), Air Force, in Alabama,
was sent to Vietnam after a short home leave. The senior Burtons
announced that Leo and Ruth Krziza from the Canal Zone, visited
them to look over the Fayetteville-Springdale-Bentonville area as
possible retirement locations. Ruth saw her first LIVE football
game while visiting them. Living close to a University has many
fine advantages!
It is difficult to condense news for two periods (sorry to have
missed sending news for September issue) with such active people!
Bear with me a while longer! Mr. and Mrs. George Lowe are visit-
ing in Fayetteville for two weeks and then expect to go to Houston,
Texas, for two more with the Fred Yaegers, and then going on to
Florida to see the Lee Beils and Jimmie Morris. Fred and Jo Yaeger
will visit the Whitlocks and Aunt Nannie Brown.
In May, the Fred Yaegers, of Houston, Texas, visited the An-
drew Whitlocks and celebrated at the Whitlocks with a family
reunion, attended by Nannie Brown, Mary Cecil Lowe, Minnie and
Eldridge Burton, Sr., Caroline and Eldridge Burton, J. and Bates
Wieman. In June, Andree Lee (Whitlock) Collins, of St. Louis,
Missouri, spent a week with the Whitlocks, during which time Ed-
ward Whitlock from Albuquerque, New Mexico, attended the Canal
Zone Picnic on Father's Day. In the month of July, Dr. Durwood
Stringer flew Jacqueline (Whitlock) and their two youngest chil-
dren, of Mishawaka, Indiana, to Fayetteville where Jackie and the
children spent a two-weeks' vacation. In August, Andrew and Fran
drove to Houston, Texas, to visit the Fred Yaegers for ten days.
The Whitlocks keep busy at home with bowling and gardening, both
flower and vegetable. Nothing tastes so good as produce from your
own back yard!







The Carl Newhards enjoyed having the Charles Steppes and
Mrs. Ann Pennock stop by for a chat in April. The Perry Washa-
baughs also stopped by in May, and both families visited many other
families in this area. Janet and Ross Cunningham spent several
days with the Newhards in May on their way west. Later in Sep-
tember, Carl and Helen visited with them at Table Rock Lake where
they had a cottage. In August on their way to the West Coast to
visit their son, Ronnie and his wife, the Harry Pearls, of Ocala,
Florida, stayed with Carl and Helen. They took several short day
trips to Roaring River for a delicious trout dinner and to Miles Musi-
cal Museum in Eureka Springs.
What a joy it is to see old friends! The George Engelkes had
Maxine Reinhold, daughter, Shirley and son Richard, Jr., of White
Bear Lake, Minnesota, as their guests for a week in late June. Their
son, John, wife, Libby and daughter visited them for a week in
August. John teaches Chemistry and Astronomy at Salem College
in Massachusetts.
Alice and Herb Engelke have really had a busy, busy summer.
Their camping trip, with their new little house-trailer, started across
Kansas to Colorado Springs for a visit with Clara and Luther Inte-
'mann (he was with Office Engineers in the early '40's) and their
family, and then on to many of our country's National Parks as
well as Canada's-The Rocky Mountains, Grand Tetons, Yellow-
stone, Glacier, Waterton Lakes, Baniff, Jasper, Mt. Ranier and Crater
Lake. After the latter two parks on the west Coast, Alice and Herb
had a long-overdue visit with friends of many years, Jean and Bruce
Crook, Ukiah, California. They were fortunate enough to meet their
son, Bruce, Jr. and family as well as daughter, Elizabeth, of Oak-
land and her family. They also visited in San Mateo with Herb's
friend of bachelor days-James Everett Heady. They then went to
South California to see Mary and Harry Engelke in Glendale where
they headquartered while visiting many other friends and relatives.
Daughter Marguerite Grammer lives in Scottsdale so they had an-
other two weeks with them before returning to Arkansas. The Gram-
mers' two older girls, Tracee and Leslie, went back with them for
several weeks.
Late summer has brought the Herb Engelkes visits from Celes-
tial and Richard Carter, of Huntsville, Alabama, Phyllis Albritton
Peniche, of Dallas, Texas; and Deats and Jack DeVore. "Les"
Carter taught 6th grade in Margarita while Richard was employed
at Mt. Hope for the Commissary Division. Now their days are filled
with the joy of having daughter Mary (Molly) Alice and Bob Willi-
ford from Margarita on leave with two small sons, Bobby and David.







Fishing wasn't as good as Bob had hoped for! They will return home
October 17th.
The Ernest Williams spent the month of August in Maryland,
visiting family and friends. The Terrells drove to New Orleans in
August to visit Paul and Andrea (Terrell) Oliver. From there, the
four went to Prentice, Mississippi, for the annual Terrell reunion.
The Carl Maedls, of Springdale, have had a full summer, too,
with their trips North, East and West, and a productive vegetable
garden. They drove to California in July to attend the lovely wed-
ding of their daughter, Pamela to Vincent Gutowski in Los An-
geles (see weddings). Jim and Grace Pfau stopped by for an over-
night in early August on their return to the Canal Zone. Besides
trips to Minnesota and California, the Maedls also drove to Waynes-
ville, North Carolina, to visit Clara and Ossie Jorstad at their beauti-
ful home in the Smoky Mountains. Still active in music circles, the
Jorstads are also busy with oil painting, rug making, and taking
care of their extensive property. En route to North Carolina, the
Maedls enjoyed a visit with Maxine and Henry Carpenter in Nash-
ville, Tennessee. While there, they took a tour of the warehouse
in which Henry constructs and stores sets for TV shows. Marvel
Iglesias from Panama will be an October visitor with the Maedls and
will attend the annual fall luncheon of the Northwest Arkansas
Panama Canal Society in Rogers. In November, the Maedls plan to
go to Edina, Minnesota, to spend Thanksgiving with Jim and Pat
(Maedl) Krough and three grandchildren.
Francis Dorn, of Hot Springs, writes that Jack Reinig is re-
covering from his coronary and that he has sold his house and
moved to 435 Orange Street, Hot Springs. Ann Bartholomew moved
into Hot Springs again to the Park Hotel on Fountain Street.
The Harry Butzes are expecting a visit from their son, Harry,
Jr. and his wife, Judy, from Reno, Nevada, in October. The latter
couple is making a cross-country tour from Reno to Kingston, New
York, to visit his 89-year-old grandmother Wonderly and other re-
latives, stopping off en route to see various National Parks. On
their return, the young couple will stop to visit in Springdale, and
will attend the North Texas University of Arkansas football game
with the rest of the family which includes brother Peter, and his
wife, Janice, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and sister, Esther, from the
University, Ma and Pa Butz.-Lenor Butz, Reporter.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Only a small group of folks managed to get out to the picnic
at Recreation Park, Long Beach, on October 2. It was a truly beau-







tiful day, and we had a lovely location. Those who came had a good
time, but we missed many of our old-timers and regulars.
We are going to try and work up a pot-luck or some kind of
an affair at Laguna Hills Leisure World and are planning on our
annual dinner in March 1972. Anyone in our area in March, con-
tact one of the officers or members about time and place.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hammond of Laguna Leisure World had
as their guest Mrs. Mildred Eid from Hyde Park, New York. Mr.
and Mrs. Milton Wright had their guest, Bryan Rutledge; Addie
Ellis was with them-Red stayed home to mind the store. Lilybel
Kariger was there-Lee was off flying. Grace Naylor, Flo and Arthur
Berude came up from Laguna Leisure World; Bob Provost and his
dad Gene attended-Blanche was busy elsewhere; Dave and Pauline
Rapparport dropped by, as did Ruth and Jack Carey, Chris and
Ruth Simonsen, Tom Sullivan; Virginia and Martin Seiler, Hedvig
Seedborg, Paul and Mildred Kline, David Smith, Roy Ballard and
Thelma Reppe enjoyed a picnic lunch together.
Betty (Clement) Smith drove down alone from San Gabriel-
first time out since her recent treatments. Her nephew, Lt. (jg)
Oren Clement is still stationed at San Diego. She reports her sister
Virginia, and Wesley Townsend now live in Ocala, Florida, and that
Frank and Marvel (Davison) Townsend are at 201 Landsdown
Drive, Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Mrs. Victoria (Hollowell) Allen of Salinas was a guest at the
home of David and Thelma Hollowell, Imperial Beach. She flew
down to see them and to attend the picnic; they enjoyed seeing
folks, especially Lilybel Kariger, an old friend.
Janet (Nesbitt) Laschinger drove up from San Diego to attend
the picnic. She reported that Fern Horine Dabill was a recent
visitor in the San Diego area-with Conrad Horine at Imperial
Beach. Janet told of her trip east-alone in her Toyota, she drove
to Dallas to see a granddaughter; to lola, Kansas, to see Mrs. Victor
Carruthers and daughter Mary Ann Honey (they were next door
neighbors in Cristobal). She continued on to Rhode Island, New
Jersey and thereabouts to visit friends and relatives. In Washing-
ton, D. C. she visited her mother. (Janet now has her mother in
a rest home at Encinitas, California). After a visit with Jim Har-
ness and family in Virginia, she drove to Clearwater, Florida, to see
her daughter Helen and her grandson and then back home.
Chris Simonsen re-retired: this time after 11 years at Martin
Luther Hospital in Anaheim, California as Chief Engineer. They
are planning on a trip to Arizona, Texas, Louisiana and Florida.







In the Rose Parade from Pasadena, on New Year's Day, look
for David Smith as one of the young men on Knott's Berry Farm
float. He and his friend Roy Ballard showed drawings at the picnic,
both of that float and the one for the Hollywood Parade which takes
place before Thanksgiving in Hollywood. They helped design the
floats. David is to be at the piano in the Hollywood Parade float.
The Milton Wrights missed the Southern California heat wave
by going to San Francisco. While there, at Fisherman's Wharf,
they were in Ripley's "Believe it or not Museum"-spotted some
familiar faces and found that it was Dick Stoudnor and his wife on
vacation from the Zone-enjoying the sights of California. The
Wrights also traveled to Hemet Lake, Borrego-Anza Country, San
Diego, Ensenada, and back through Long Beach where they toured
the QUEEN MARY.
Naomi Liebeler, of Monrovia, had a long stay in Oregon with
her daughter (Bess Morton) and family.
Irma Lockwood is recovering from a corneal transplant-surgery
was performed in August. The Monrovia group were to be guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Hoecker at the Eleven Oaks Hotel for their
get-together in October.
Stanley Stearns of Aptos, California, is completing arrange-
ments for another long trip late this year. We hope he will send
us an interesting account as he did on his previous trip to Mexico.
We heard from Adele (Holt) Young; she joined our Society
through Mr. Earle Ward of Port Hueneme. Adele said she knew
Victoria Hollowell (neighbors in Gatun, across from the Egolfs),
knew the Jerome Evans family, Dorothy Cotton, and the Conovers.
She and her three children left the Zone in 1952 after the death of
her first husband, Lee Roy Holt, a Ferry Boat Captain in La Boca.
She still belongs to the Coral Chapter #3 OES and enjoys their
newsletters. Adele retired two years ago when Oxnard Air Force
Base was closed and is enjoying retirement very much with her hus-
band who retired from Western Electric (Tel. & Tel. Pioneer).
They live at 138 West Alta Green, Port Hueneme, California, in an
adult condominium; they say their climate is delightful.
Addie and Red Ellis are enjoying their new granddaughter.
Kimberley Lynn Jones was born to Gilmore and A. Camille Jones
on August 26, 1971. Paternal grandmother is Louise Jones, of
Seal Beach. Both Gil and Camille were born in Gorgas Hospital
and grew up on the Zone.
Leon and Elizabeth Edwards have moved to Ben Wheeler,
Texas, and have a mobile home on his mother's land; they enjoy
being near his mother, sister and brother Jack. Leon is working for







the American Party in Texas and is also connected with New Method
Foods, of Belton, distributors of dehydrated food products. They
hope to get out to Oceanside, California, to see their son, three
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Mrs. James M. Lynch (Dell Ryan, of Escondido, a well-known
poet, has been included in the 1972-73 "Who's Who of American
Women." Her biography is also to appear in the Publication TWO
THOUSAND WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT
Letter from Delia and Donald Dent from England: they spent
the time from Mid-March until mid-September in Scotland and Eng-
land. Saw nearly everything in Scotland and were at York for cele-
brating the 1900th anniversary of the visit of Roman Emperor
Hadrian to that city in 71 A. D. They were in the Cotswold country
in the spring; then in Painswick-latter is a retired London business-
men's retreat-they come out there, buy pretty stone houses with
a few acres and have horses to ride. The Dents were to go on a
Rhine River cruise and then to Portugal for the winter. They said
they would skip the Alps as they were too old to ski-but that I
doubt! They will receive mail c/o Lennox Country Club, Estoril,
Portugal, through March 31, 1972-and after that-who knows?
Anyone know the whereabouts of Georgianna Carnwright, How-
ard Moore, or Terry Arnold? Janet Laschinger, Ruth and Jack
Carey were reminiscing at the picnic and asked about them.
Note from Herbert H. Barlow of Los Angeles-he was present
at the first Panama Canal Society picnic at Sycamore Grove, Cali-
fornia, in October 1921; he is a 50-year member-was unable to at-
tend the 1971 picnic but hopes to see us in 1972.
Do contact one of our officers, or a member, if you are in South-
ern California in March-and plan on meeting with us. Thelma
Reppe, Secretary, 9023 Appleton, Apt. 3, Long Beach, California
90802 Tel. 432-8200.
CANAL ZONE NEWS
The Distinguished Service Award, the Panama Canal's highest
honor, was presented Truman H. Hoenke on the eve of his retire-
ment as Chief of the Locks Division by Capt. Robert O. Mink,
Panama Canal Marine Director. In addition to the Distinguished
Service Award, Mr. Hoenke received the Master Key to the Panama
Canal Locks in the grade of Honorary Keeper of the Keys to the
Locks. The citation accompanying the Distinguished Service Award
mentioned that during the 32 years Mr. Hoenke had been employed
by the Panama Canal the number of ships using the waterway had
increased from 6,945 to 15,348 and that during this time service
to Canal users had improved.
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Lawrence Barca, Jr., who has been Superintendent of the Pacific
Branch of the Locks Division since March, 1970, was promoted to
Chief of the Locks Division, succeeding Truman H. Hoenke. For
his outstanding contributions to increasing lock efficiency, Mr. Barca
was given Supervisor Service Awards in 1966 and 1969 and an Out-
standing Performance Award in 1970.
Victor H. Higgins succeeded Lawrence Barca, Jr., as Superin-
tendent of the Pacific Branch of the Locks Division. Mr. Higgins
went to the Canal Zone in 1951 as a meteorologist with the U. S.
Air Force at Albrook A.F.B. He worked for the Postal Division
in 1957 but left the Isthmus to complete his education at the Uni-
versity of Arkansas. He returned to the Canal Zone in 1962 where
he went to work as a general engineer in the office of the Chief of
the Locks Division. Since 1969, he has been Assistant to the Su-
perintendent on the Pacific side.
John R. deGrummond, who worked his way up from the job
of "boy" with the old Commissary Division, to Treasurer, retired
on August 20. The treasurer was born in the former Colon Hospital
in New Cristobal, the son of Canal oldtimers who went to the Zone
during the early construction days. Mr. and Mrs. deGrummond (see
weddings) sailed on the SS CRISTOBAL on September 16 and
motored through the south en route to California where they will
make their home.
Mr. DeGrummond was succeeded by Cecil Kovel, another long-
time Canal employee who has served as Assistant Treasurer for the
past four years.
Mrs. Clark Teegarden, of Seattle, Washington, and her cousin,
Miss Joan Haw, of Sacramento, California, were house guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Ray D. Wilson in Balboa. It was the first visit to
the Zone in 25 years for Mrs. Teegarden (Margaret Haw) who was
reared in the Canal Zone where her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer
Haw, were both employed by the Panama Canal Company until their
.retirement in 1950. Mrs. Teegarden was employed at the Balboa
High School Library. Her husband was an architect with the Panama
Canal Company. Since 1946 the Teegardens have lived in Seattle
where Mr. Teegarden is an architect. Mrs. Teegarden's father,
'Elmer P. Haw, has lived for the past year and a half in the Judson
Park Retirement home in a suburb of Seattle.
October 13th-our first Xmas Greeting was sent to all from
Marguerite and Adrien Bouche, Raphine, Virginia, who were getting
ready for another trip to the Canal Zone.
News from the Division of Schools-Mrs. Dova A. Antill, who
retired last May, is now dorm "mother" at the Canal Zone College.
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Mrs. Frances Graham, a mathematics instructor at Balboa High
School for the past 24 years, was selected as faculty sponsor to the
ROTC of Balboa High School and was given the honorary rank of
Colonel at a ceremony held at the office of Frank T. Rivera, di-
rector of Army instruction.
Robert F. Ausnehmer, of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, won a
1971 Plymouth Duster, first prize in the Balboa Elks Lodge 1414
annual charity raffle. R. A. Stevens, a retired Panama Canal Com-
pany employee living in Panama City, won second prize, a seven-day
trip to Medellin and Bogota, Colombia. A $200 gift certificate was
presented to John Foster, of La Boca, Canal Zone, as third prize.
Proceeds of the raffle will be used to continue support of such local
benevolent projects as the Helen Keller School of the Blind in
Bethania, international youth activities, etc.
Col. Richard S. Hartline was awarded the Legion of Merit
(First Oak Leaf Cluster) in recognition of exceptionally meritorious
conduct in the performance of outstanding services while serving
as Lieutenant Governor of the Canal Zone Government.
The demolition of the Tivoli was put up for bids. As the
highest bid was $90, the Committee decided to turn it over to the
Panamanian Government for demolition. Ernesto de Diego D.,
Mayor of the City, had made a request for the demolition and re-
storation of the site. All salvage material will be given the munici-
pality of Panama to assist in the Mayor's program to provide im-
proved housing conditions in the city.
Dear Friends:
Another year has passed and the Holiday Season is here again.
Much has happened this past year! The Tivoli is no longer a
part of life in the Canal Zone; Retail activities of the Ancon Laundry
have ceased; Treaty negotiations are active again; after a fall off last
winter, transit continued level with indications of a further slight
fall off in the future; we have a new Governor and Lieutenant Gov-
ernor; many long time employees retired this past year.
Several bills affecting Federal Retirees are pending in Con-
gress. You should, for your own personal well-being, keep in close
touch with your Congressman and Senators to push enactment of
these bills into law. Remember you now have a vote, unlike the
situation while you lived in the Canal Zone. Use this power to
protect yourselves and your loved ones.
I wish you a joyful holiday season and a prosperous New Year.
J. Winter D. Collins
Retirement Counselor






NEWS FROM COLORADO
We moved in April to a new house, just three blocks from where
we used to live-address 2910 S. Corona, Englewood, Colorado
80110. Our first house guests were Ed and Helen Curry of Washing-
ton, D. C. Ed worked in the Accounting Department in the 1940's
and is now with the Department of Agriculture working as an audi-
tor. He had an assignment in Denver for two weeks so Helen came
along for the ride for one week. They spent a weekend with us and
several days with John and Ginny Bartlett. John also is an ex-
Accounting Department employee and now works for Shell Oil Com-
pany. We had a wonderful visit with the Currys and got together
with them and the Bartletts for an evening of fun and reminiscing.
We spent a week in August with my sister and brother-in-law,
the Mark McNeals (Harriett Kalar) at Myrtle Beach, South Caro-
lina, after spending a weekend at their lovely new home in Char-
lotte, North Carolina. Harriett's two married daughters with their
families, and youngest daughter who attends the University of North
Carolina, spent the week at the beach with us. Roy and Mark love
it there because of the numerous golf courses they get to play. The
following week we had a reunion with my other two sisters, Jeanie
McAndrews and Olive Krouse, spending it at Beech Mountain, North
Carolina, at the McNeals' new mountain home. (see picture). This
was the first time we had been able to get together since 1957 at
my mother's funeral. Jeanie's husband, Mac, and Olive's son, Steve,
were with us too; unfortunately, Olive's husband could not make
it. We had a wonderful time together and got firsthand details on
the McNeals' and Krouses' recent trips to the Far East, as well as
seeing slides of their journeys.
Olive's son, Steve, is entering Hill Academy in Pottstown, Penn-
sylvania, this year. Jeanie's youngest son, Dennis, is a freshman
at Villanova, while her oldest son, Briggs, just received his Ph.D.
at Penn State and is now assistant principal at a high school in
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Son Brian and daughter Helen are both
teaching in Pennsylvania.
On August 29th we attended an impromptu Canal Zone get-
together at Bob and Margaret (Meigs) Molloys'. Margaret's mother
was visiting for a month from Tampa. The Molloys recently moved
to 840 S. Kline, Lakewood, Colorado, and found that their new
neighbors were John and Penny (Pennington) Wells. Penny at-
tended school in the Zone on the Pacific side. Her father was a
policeman at Gamboa, Pedro, and Balboa. Penny is teaching
Spanish in the Denver school system. We found we had many
mutual friends. Norma and Al Harrington came from Greeley, laden







with corn from the farm for everyone, and Ed and Sue Bishop drove
up from Colorado Springs. Jim and Alice Wier couldn't attend as
Jim's mother, aunt, and uncle were visiting them. They have been
busy all summer working on their retirement home in Tabernash,
Colorado. Their favorite hobby is skiing, and their home will be
near Winter Park, a great skiing resort.
We'd love to have more ex-Canal Zoners join our group, so if
anyone lives in the vicinity, let us know-Dorothy Kennedy.

PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON, D. C.
On Saturday, October 16th, the Panama Canal Society of Wash-
ington will hold its annual luncheon-meeting at the Cosmos Club
with Capt. Miles P. DuVal, Jr. (U.S.N. Ret.) presiding.
The topic of discussion will be the proposed completion of the
third locks project in the Canal Zone begun in the 1940's but stopped
by World War II. Legislation is now pending in both Houses of
Congress for such completion.
Gov. Maurice H. Thatcher will introduce Sen. Strom Thur-
mond, U. S. Senator from South Carolina, who will present and
discuss the subject; Cong. Daniel J. Flood will give some responsive
remarks to the presentation of Sen. Thurmond. Appropriate music
will be furnished and distinguished guests will be present, among
them former Governor of the Panama Canal and Mrs. Walter P.
iLeber. Mrs. Aileen Gorgas Wrightson, daughter of General Gorgas,
and Mrs. Gaillard, wife of Col. D. D. Gaillard, Jr., will also attend.
Recognition will be paid to Gov. Thatcher, sole surviving mem-
ber of the Isthmian Canal Commission, who reached his 101st mile-
stone on August 15th of this year. A poem relative to his anniver-
sary date appears on the printed program of the meeting.
Re-election of the present officers is expected to be made: Capt.
DuVal as President, Gen. Charles G. Holle as Vice-President, and
Richard B. O'Keeffee as Secretary.
With best wishes to the officials and members of the Florida
Society, I remain, Maurice H. Thatcher.
THE LAST MILESTONE
By Maurice H. Thatcher
Twelve months and more beyond my hundredth year-
And I survive! I seek to carry on
The many tasks I have, with mind yet clear
And mem'ry firm, and nought of zeal agone-
So far as I can note. Kind friends assurance make
That these dear attributes with me remain







With undiminished force. Meanwhile I take
Some liberties with Nature's role to gain
The goals that I have set for usefulness,
Which toil and dedication may achieve.
My hope has been that modest deeds might bless
Some most in need, and worthy to receive.
Thus have I wrought and I have sought to know
How best to serve a world of care and woe.

From the Past Presidents of the Panama Canal Society of
Washington, D. C.-In order to bring our Panama Canal Society
members up to date on the history of the Canal, attention is called
to the book, "THE PANAMA CANAL by Donald Barr Chidsey.
This book is very interesting because it contains information not
available in older books written over a quarter of a century ago.

FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
By the time you read this, the southeast group of Florida's
Panama Canal retirees will have held another of their luncheons
that have been so popular these past two years. This year the func-
tion will be under the direction of our new President, Joseph Lukacs
and his secretary, Mrs. Henriette Baggott. Am sure this will be as
successful as the ones in the past.
Bob and Pete Johnson, of Balboa Heights, who need no in-
troduction to most Canal Zone folks, were in Fort Lauderdale re-
cently and were the house guests of the Tom Oglesbees (of Fuerza
y Luz in Panama) and the Frank Naughtons. While here, they con-
tracted for a new home to be built in Plantation, and we welcome
them among our residents here.
Murray and Florence Klipper of Lighthouse Point were off on
another jaunt this time to visit a brother and sister-in-law in
Canada, and then off they went to Israel. Am sure they had another
wonderful time.
Nita Hartman is back in her home in Miami after an emer-
gency trip to the Zone to be with her niece, Mrs. R. Quintero (Liz
Irwin Brown). Ruby, as he was known to many, was with the Office
Engineers for many years. He died suddenly of a heart attack.
We are happy to report that David Yerkes is home once more
and doing very well from reports from the family. Dave had a hip
operation, and during that time both the boys were able to get here
and see their Dad.
A most enjoyable party was held at the Gilbert Rowe residence
in late October in honor of Kay Winquist's birthday. Among the







guests invited to celebrate were the Frank Naughtons, Helen and
Jimmy Lyons, the Jimmy Hunters, Byrne and Armella Hutchings,
the Bob Simons (relatives of Gil's), Agnes Hearon and Barbara
Hutchings.
Barbara Hutchings was a visitor at the home of Ruth and Louis
Gomez in Mendon, Massachusetts, in the late summer. Got there
with the tail end of a hurricane, but the trees were, starting to turn
to their autumn colors, and they were a magnificent sight.
We were sorry to learn that Mrs. Edith Rowe, wife of Captain
Rowe, pilot of the Panama Canal, and mother of Gil Rowe, met with
an accident and broke her hip while at the home of her daughter
Edith Alley.
We welcome to Fort Lauderdale Mrs. Fred Weade (Mary Jane)
and her young daughter as permanent residents at Palm Aire, a
lovely apartment complex. Captain Weade retires next January and
will join his family here.
Word from Elizabeth Sudron of San Antonio reporting another
exciting trip around the world.-Barbara M. Hutchings.

NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
MRS. CECILY KNIBB ALLEN, New Orleans, celebrated her
83rd birthday on October 3. She's enjoying excellent health and
keeps busy baking, preserving, babysitting and knitting. Two of the
children she babysits with gave her a white orchid so she was "power-
fully dressed up" for Sunday church where the minister gave her a
kiss-the wonderful advantage of being 83 years young! She is also
active as a Circle Bible Study Leader.
PAM CROWELL, a freshman, majoring in elementary educa-
tion at Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana, writes that she
spent an enjoyable weekend in Baton Rouge recently visiting Zonian
friends: Skeet Gilbert, Tim deSandro and Marilyn Hare, all stu-
dents at Louisiana State University. Also John Spilling, who is cur-
rently working in New Orleans, came up for the get-together. Pam
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Crowell of Balboa. An-
other Zonian at Centenary is GLADYS CUEVAS who is a fresh-
man in business administration.
ELLA MORALES DIDIER, Metairie, recently enjoyed a brief
visit from her mother, Mrs. Ralph A. Morales, who was on her way
to be on hand for the birth of her grandson, Ralph, III, at Bethesda
Hospital, Maryland. Ella also had as recent houseguests her sis-
ter Edna Snyder and son Robbie, awaiting the reassignment of Mr.
Snyder in Special Forces. In August, Ella completed four weeks of
Intensive Care Training and now works on that unit at the East
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Jefferson General Hospital, the South's newest and most up-to-date
medical facility located in Metairie. She became a Bahai in April
and, as a result, does lots of traveling with her three children.
RICHARD AND VIA MAE DINKGREVE, Metairie, write
that in late August they had a visit from Audry Bowman of Balboa
and her mother, Edna Benoit She and her son Ronnie were visit-
ing with Edna, who lives near the Dinkgreves. She also made visits
to her son Robert, who is a captain in the Air Force stationed in
Biloxi, Mississippi, and other relatives in Georgia. In June the
Dinkgreves had a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wood of Balboa; she
is Audry's daughter Beverly. Mrs. Charles Clark, who is working
for a bank in Miami, spent three weeks' vacation with the Dink-
greves in August. Mary left the Isthmus in 1952 with her two sons
after the death of her husband, who had been working with the All-
American Cable Company in Balboa. Charles, her youngest son,
plans to get married in November. Tommy, the elder, who was born
on V-J Day in 1945, is a carbon copy of his father in looks, ways
and manners. Mary and Tommy made their first return visit to the
Isthmus in August of last year.
MRS. R. S. (PHIL) EUPER, Gretna, writes that while in the
Peace Corps in Honduras, their daughter Jo Ann edited the Manual
for Peace Corps Volunteers, taught at Lincoln University and ac-
cepted a grant to attend the University of Kansas in Lawrence
where she has completed her studies for a Ph.D. degree. Jo Ann
is now editor of The Journal of Music Therapy and has entered
community living with the Franciscan Order of Teachers in Omaha,
Nebraska.
DENNIS (SKEET) GILBERT, Baton Rouge, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Dennis A. Gilbert of Ancon and a junior in civil engineering
at Louisiana State University, was recently invited to speak to the
LSU Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers on the op-
erational structure and characteristics of the Panama Canal. Part
of his speech was based on first-hand experience working for two
years as a student assistant in the Civil Engineering Soil Section,
Pan Canal, while attending the Canal Zone College.
CLAUDIA HANBURY, Baton Rouge, has been named an hon-
orary Lt. Colonel and Tiger Battalion Sponsor for the LSU Army
ROTC and will march in reviews and parades with the cadets. She
is also forming a women's drill team, sponsored by the Pershing
Rifles and Arnold Air Society of the AF-ROTC. Instruction on drill
itself will be given by the LSU Pershing Rifles, the cadet drill team
of ROTC cadets. All other assistance needed will be given by the
Arnold Air Society of AF-ROTC. Claudia spent this past summer on






the Zone as a student assistant in the Admeasurer's Office. She is
the daughter of Mrs. Louise Hanbury of Balboa.
MARILYNN VIRGINIA HARE, Baton Rouge, a junior major-
ing in economics at LSU, has become engaged to John Rodman
Spilling. The announcement was made by Marilynn's parents, Mr.
and Mrs. John W. Hare, of Ocala, Florida, formerly of Balboa,
where prior to retirement in March, 1971, Mr. Hare was Special
Services Officer for the Panama Canal Company. Marilynn was
born in Panama City and graduated from Balboa High School in
1969 and the Canal Zone College in 1971. John is the son of Cap-
tain and Mrs. Henning J. Spilling of Margarita and graduated from
Cristobal High School in 1968. He attended Canal Zone College and
will be entering LSU soon. He is currently working as a junior
draftsman in New Orleans.
ROBERT R. HILL, of New Orleans, along with this reporter,
has been named to furnish up-to-date information on possible re-
tirement areas in Louisiana upon request by Canal employees about
to retire. The appointments were made by J. Winter D. Collins, Re-
tirement Counselor, Personnel Bureau, Panama Canal Company.
MRS. SI (LOIS) MANSBERG, Lafayette, writes that they
recently spent six weeks in and around St. Petersburg trying to
decide where they might wish to settle when they move there next
summer. They attended the July meeting of the Panama Canal
Society and enjoyed seeing the familiar faces and hearing about old
friends.
MR. AND MRS. STANLEY D. McEACHARN, Delhi, write
that Mr. McEacharn has now retired from the drug business of
which he has been part owner for 26 years. They have been enjoying
their cottage on Lake Bruin along with their son, a registered drug-
gist working for Eli Lilly in Lafayette, his wife and "the most won-
derful granddaughter in all the world" guess who's proud?!
MRS. BILL (LOUISE) MERCHANT, Hineston, writes that
they enjoyed a recent visit from Bill and Gret Warren, who retired
to New Orleans from the Zone, and from the Henry T. Leisys from
Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Leisy was physical education director
of schools in Balboa.
PATRICIA KENNEDY RICKELS, Dept. of English, Univer-
sity of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, writes that she has just
been promoted to the rank of Professor at the University, where
she has been a member of the English Department faculty since
1957. She graduated from Cristobal High School in 1944, Canal
Zone Junior College in 1946, University of Washington in 1948 and
received her M.A. in 1951 and Ph.D. in 1961, both from LSU in
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Baton Rouge. She has been active in the teaching of American folk-
lore and Black literature in the U.S. at Southwestern and has re-
cently published works in both fields: a chapter entitled "Memories
of Lead Belly" in American Negro Folklore, a book edited by Dr.
J. Mason Brewer of East Texas State University; and a book (co-
authored by her husband, Dr. Milton Rickels) entitled Richard
Wright, a study of America's best known Black Writer, author of
Native Son and Black Boy, published by Steck-Vaughn Company of
Dallas. She is the daughter of Mrs. Wesley M. (Charlotte) Ken-
nedy, well-known Zonian active in American Red Cross and Civil
Defense work.
MRS. PATT FOSTER ROBERSON, Baton Rouge, was re-
cently elected President of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital Auxiliary
(better known as "Pink Ladies"). There are about 500 members in
the Auxiliary doing volunteer work in nearly every department of
the hospital. She was also recently re-elected secretary-treasurer of
the LSU Journalism School Alumni Association and serves on the
LSU Alumni Council from East Baton Rouge Parish. She is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Foster, of Oxford, Georgia,
formerly of Diablo Heights.
MRS. BILL (GRET) WARREN, New Orleans, writes that son
Dave is teaching a Spanish course at Tulane University in New
Orleans and working as an assistant in the Language Lab. He is
due to receive his Master's degree in January, 1972. Kathy is an
English major at LSU in New Orleans. Bill is working as Mainten-
ance Superintendent at Carrollton Shopping Center, and Gret is
working in the accounting section of the K & B Drug Store main
office on Camp Street. Bill and Gret have been to Hineston twice
to visit the W. C. Merchants, who retired ten years ago. Bill also
keeps in touch with Ken and Rose Hellums in Gretna. The War-
rens are still working on the remodeling of their duplex and are busy
now with painting and laying wall-to-wall carpeting.
DR. AND MRS. DAVID L. WOLF, formerly of New Orleans,
now reside at 5024 Southwest Slavin Road, Apt. 24, Portland Ore-
gon 927201. Mrs. Wolf is the former Marta Calleja. David gradu-
ated May 29 from medical school, and they moved to Oregon.
David's first six weeks as an intern were a bit difficult since Marta
rarely saw him, but things have quieted down a bit now, and they
are busy unpacking and getting used to their new surroundings -
Patt Foster Roberson, Louisiana Reporter

NEWS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
On September 29th we had a picnic at Skyland with 30 mem-






bers present. President Wendell Greene welcomed Mr. and Mrs.
Howerth, of Fairhope, Alabama, who were visiting the Tillmans. It
was a gorgeous day for a picnic even the Yellow Jackets realized
its beauty and were out in swarms. John Ferguson and wife were
able to attend the picnic as John is on an Engineering project in
Asheville at the present time.
Brooks Alan Bentz (21), of Stamford, Connecticut, eldest
grandson of Paul and Betty, made a short stop in Asheville to see
them the early part of September. Brooks and a buddy of his were
driving to Alamosa and Denver, Colorado, via Winter Haven, Florida,
New Orleans, Louisiana, etc. for a short vacation prior to the open-
ing of the school year at the University of Connecticut where Brooks
is a senior. His younger brother, Drew Alan, entered the same
school in September as a freshman. Paul and Betty, with Ruth Sill,
will leave October 14th for Stuart, Florida, making their fifth trip to
that area in less than a year. Their daughter Joan and family have
their home in Stuart. Ruth will visit Helen Baker in Winter Park
for a few days and then fly to New Jersey for a short visit with
daughter Mary and family before returning home.
Ethel and Conrad Dodson are making the "scene' 'once more.
Last winter Ethel was ailing but found no fun in that and decided
by spring to get well. She is now teaching herself to play the Spanish
Guitar, Mandolin, and has a small modern Electric Organ that she
is making sweet sounds with. Conrad mentions that when he is
making his own particular noises with the lawn mower, that all
windows get closed from the inside. Ethel thinks it unfortunate that
folks aren't made like Octopuses then she could be a one woman
band. Between trips and summer house guests from various places,
it has been a good year, taking everything into consideration. "It
doan vex! De nex yeah, mahn, soon come!" "The Busy Dodsons!"
In July, Howard and Arlene Osborne stopped for an overnight
visit with the Tom Colemans en route to their home in Massachu-
setts-Howard had just retired from the Panama Canal. Also, the
Pattison family spent a few days visiting with Louise's mother and
father prior to the departure of Jim for the Zone where he has ac-
cepted a position with the Graphic Branch of the Company Govern-
ment. In September, Louise, with son Jimmy, returned to H'ville for
a short visit before leaving to join Jim on the Zone. Jean Dom-
browsky, another daughter, spent a weekend in Hollywood, Florida,
visiting with her daughter Barbara, her husband, Gordon Sanders,
and little daughter; she then visited a few days with son Dale, his
wife Carolyn, and their five-year-old son Scotty in Lakeland, Flori-
da. From Florida she flew up to H'ville to see her folks until Sep-






tember 18th when she returned to the Zone. Jack stayed home to
keep the ships from getting stacked up in the bay, but they will
both be up again next spring.
During the month of July, the Howells had their three grand-
daughters for a visit, and daughter Margaret and her husband were
up in August for a few days. September found Della and Clarence in
Houston, Texas, attending the National Convention of World War I
Veterans and Auxiliaries. On their way out, they visited with Mrs.
Harry Heintz (Melba) in Covington, Louisiana. In October they
will attend the fall reunion of South Carolina's Chapter of Rain-
bow Veterans, being held at Camp Wampee near Charleston. They
are looking forward to having Joe and Ann Rheney visit them in
October. The Rheneys are now making their home in Fort Myers,
Florida.
Dorothy and Jo Muldoon are back from Maine where they
have spent two months at their summer home. While there, they
took a trip to Prince Edward Island and had a wonderful time.
Clinton Wanlass and family spent two weeks with his mother
during August. While here, all went up to Banner Elk to see "The
Land of Oz", which is on top of Beech Mountain. How the children
loved the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow.
Again the Kelleys are off to see the children. Mom Lucky, who
will be 92 in February goes with them every time and is as chipper
as either Tom or Tudy. How wonderful to reach that age and have
a perfectly clear mind.
We were all so saddened by the illness and death of Elsie Pat-
terson. It was somewhat of a comfort to know, though, that she
did not suffer, and that it was not a long illness. It is hard to see
our members leaving us one by one.
This year the Fall Coloring is much later than usual. It is now
just beginning to show itself in all its grandeur the next two
weekends will be the time to go over the mountains and OOh and
AAh every inch of the way, for nowhere else in the world is the
coloring more spectacular. We all wish everyone of you could see it.
The Hoenkes are back from up north where they have a sum-
mer home. The Zelnicks from the Canal Zone came to visit them
for a couple of days, and while they were here the Greenes had the
Hoenkes and the Tillmans at the Country Club for dinner. The
Guy H. Hoenkes of Ohio came to help the T. Hoenkes get settled
in their new home.
An Old Timer, Minot Cotton and wife Katherine, have been
visiting his sister, Mrs. Van Wagner and her husband for a week.
They have just moved into a retirement home in New Jersey.






Ethel (Getman) and Pete Cooper of St. Petersburg spent a
few days here visiting the Bill Tillmans. Other recent guests at the
Tillmans were Bill Rogers of the Canal Zone who inspected Bill's
Machine Shop and Janie and Walter Dryja who spent one day
with them.
The Charles Howes have had Dick and Betty Herring, of
Salemburg, North Carolina, formerly of Gamboa, visiting them. They
were accompanied by their daughter Joyce, husband and two sons.
- Margaret Wanlass, Secretary; Wendell Greene, President
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
The Reverend and Mrs. John H. Smith with their daughters,
Allison and Kirsten, of Middlebury, Vermont, enjoyed a three week
summer visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Smith. They
also visited Reverend Smith's grandmother, Mrs. Robert J. Neely
and his aunts and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene and Miss
Mildred M. Neely. The Reverend Smith is Rector-in-Charge of
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Middlebury.
New residents in the area are Blanche and Walter Hartman,
formerly of Diablo and Gamboa, who arrived early in October. Mr.
and Mrs. Fred Ebdon moved into their new home on Tee Road in
October. Fred and Beverly have been staying with Joe and Rae
Ebdon until their house was completed. Fred, who will retire from
the Electrical Division later in the year, returned to the Canal Zone
for a few weeks but will be back to celebrate Christmas in their new
home. Joe and Fred drove to Austin, Texas, for a visit with their
parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Ebdon, Sr. and with their younger
brother and family, Bill and Susie (Fahnestock) Ebdon in La Porte,
Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Sawyer, former Gatunites, are now
living in a South Strathmore Villa.
Mrs. James Grobaski (Margaret Knox), of Randolph, New
York, with her two children, Ronnie Sue, 3 and Kenneth, 15 months,
spent two weeks with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles J.
Harrison. This was the first time Charlie and Florence had seen
Kenneth, their youngest great-grandson. Robert Knox came from
West Palm Beach for the weekend to visit his grandparents and be
with his sister for the first time in ten years.
Zonites on vacation from the Canal Zone visiting in the area
included: Miss Jenny Johannes, on the nursing staff at Gorgas
Hospital, who was the houseguest of Allen and Kay Miller also
visited other friends; Joe and Della Noonan had as guests her niece
and nephew, Al and Marie Bierbaum, of Balboa, and Mr. and Mrs.
Norman Demers, of Margarita, who were staying in Clearwater; Rob
and Elsie Smith hosted Ernest and Ruth Zelnick, of La Boca; Mike
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and Marion Greene enjoyed a visit with Tom and Virginia (Huff)
Egger, of Margarita; Mike and Dorothy LaCroix, of Margarita,
stopped overnight to visit Fred and Hannah Schwartz and George
and Tommy Roth.
Mr. and Mrs. John Hall and two children vacationed with
Buckey's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. B. Hall and later drove
north to visit Ann's family in Washington, D.C. and in La Porte,
Pennsylvania, and with Buckey's aunt in Boston. In September,
John and Madge Hall spent several weeks in the north and on their
return were accompanied by John's sister, Miss Dorothy Hall, who
will make her home with them.
Mr. and Mrs. Cyril DeLapp, of Dallas, Texas, spent the holiday
weekend as houseguests of Mr. and Mrs. George Roth. During their
short visit, George and Tommy held a barbecue and get-together of
former co-workers in the Police Department and other friends.
George and Margaret Martin and Marge McBride drove over from
Clearwater for the occasion. The Greenes also entertained the visi-
tors.
Bill and Myrtle Hughes returned in October from a three-week
trip to Texas to visit their son, Tom, and family in Houston and
with Bill's relatives in Dallas. En route home, they stopped in De-
Lisle, Mississippi, to visit Mae and John Fahnestock. In Septem-
ber they were on hand to welcome their youngest grandson, Brett
Russell Claflins, while visiting their daughter Sandra and family
in Merritt Island.
Mrs. J. H. Clarke returned to the Canal Zone in October fol-
lowing a two months' visit with her son and daughter-in-law, Jack
and Joyce Clarke.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kunkel, of Zephyrhills, Florida, spent the
weekend in Sarasota with Ann's sisters, Mrs. Jeanne Burgoon and
Mrs. Sylvia Bennett. Their son, Jimmy Kunkel, serving in the U.S.
Army, recently stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi, spent two weeks'
leave with his parents before leaving for his new assignment in
Greece.
Bill Price, of Silver Spring, Maryland, visited Joe and Rae
Ebdon for several weeks. While here, Bill with Fred and Bev Ebdon
and Harry and Jay Cain drove to Inverness to spend the day with
L. "Mac" and Barbara MacPherson. Mac recently retired from the
Terminals Division.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dockery (Marilyn Roth), of Atlanta,
Georgia, en route home from a trip to the Canal Zone, visited Mari-
lyn's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Roth. While in the Canal Zone,
they were houseguests of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wrenn, of Margarita.
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Earlier in the year, Marilyn and Bob flew to Europe for a ten-day
tour of Ireland. Bob is employed with Delta Airlines, and Marilyn
is with Southern Airways in Atlanta.
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Barnes and Gladys B. Humphrey enjoyed
a short visit by their niece, Mrs. Jack D. Wagner (Jeanne Walker),
Chief X-Ray Technician at Gorgas Hospital, who was en route to
the National Convention of X-Ray Technicians in New Orleans
where she was this year's representative from the Canal Zone. She
also visited her sister, Carole, and family, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas
N. Peregoy and sons in Richmond, Virginia, before returning to the
Canal Zone. Gladys B. Humphrey
PANAMA
PANAMA AMERICAN, October 13, 1971 On the 11th,
thousands of Panamanians flocked into Panama City from the In-
terior. Although activities at Cinco de Mayo Plaza were peaceful
(Brig. Gen. Omar Torrijos had arranged street dancing and other
activities for the people) in the General's speech before approximate-
ly 180,000 Panamanians, he pledged that he would lead any popu-
lar movement to win control of the Canal Zone for Panama if cur-
rent treaty negotiations with the United States failed. "When Pana-
ma feels disappointed at the negotiations table, when they deceive
us, when we note that they will continue to deceive us, I will come
here, and I will tell you: People of Panama, they are deceiving us -
and now there is only one recourse left and that recourse is for
one generation to offer their lives so that other generations will
find a free country ."
THE WASHINGTON POST, October 17, 1971 Panamanian
strongman Omar Torrijos has made it clear that he wants not only
jurisdiction over the United States controlled Canal Zone but also
a reduction in the size of the United States military contingent in
the area, insisting that the American idea of defending the canal has
led to too many unacceptable situations, one of them the "exagger-
ated presence of United States troops in Panama .." The General
also objected to the presence of the United States and Air Force
schools from which hundreds of Latin Americans graduate each
year. These training camps, the general said, "have nothing to do
with defending the canal." His attitude is puzzling; most of the Na-
tional Guard who act as police and army in Panama and are Torri-
jos's power base, are trained at Southern Command schools Gen.
Torrijos has himself taken special courses offered by the Southern
Command Most political observers here agree that Panama's
strongman has been using tough language against the United States






in his public speeches to strengthen his own position in the country
and Panama's position at the current canal negotiations in Wash-
ington.
PANAMA AMERICAN, October 20, 1971 The United States
and Panama have reached general agreement of a new Panama Canal
treaty that would include giving sovereignty over the United States
administered canal to Panama State Department spokesman,
Charles W. Bray, confirmed in part that the negotiations were mak-
ing progress But members of Panama's negotiating team were
more optimistic and more specific. Among the points they said
had been decided were:
1. Jurisdiction over the canal will be ceded to Panama.
2. Provision of the 1903 Accord that gave the United States
a lease on the Canal Zone in perpetuity will be eliminated.
3. Panama will have a higher share of the revenues of the
operations of the Canal.
4. The United States will continue to have the responsibility
for the military protection of the canal.
According to the general agreement outlined by the Panamanian
delegation, the transfer of the Zone to Panama would be accom-
plished in principle over a period of gradual transition which still
has to be worked out. The Panamanian negotiators said Panama has
agreed that the U.S. administer the operations of the Canal with the
condition that Panama will have the right to some fiscal control
over those operations. As part of the agreement, the United States
WOULD be able to maintain its military bases in the Zone .
SThe Panamanian officials also said that if Panama should agree
to the construction of a new transoceanic canal by the United States
on Panamanian territory, it would have to be dug by conventional
rather than nuclear means ...

The canal, which was opened in 1914, now brings in $100 million
a year in tolls, according to U.S. officials. Of this Panama gets
direct payments of $1.93 million a year. The situation, U.S. offi-
cials say, is not quite as inequitable as it might look at first
glance. They say that Panama gets approximately $160 million a
year in direct spending and local employment, which is $60 million
more than the United States receives in tolls.
In the 1903 treaty Panama was given $10 million down and
$250,000 a year. October 24, 1971, Marilyn Berger, Washington
Post Staff Writer
Ratification ???? September 23 (AP) Washington The
former Chairman of the Panama Canal Zone Subcommittee, Leonor
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K. Sullivan, reported that she had been informed by U.S. negotiators
that the plan involves the yielding to Panama all control except
for the water way itself. Testifying before the House Inter-Ameri-
can Affairs Subcommittee, Mrs. Sullivan said: "I hope none of us
will fall prey to this type of fuzzy thinking. Obviously, the Canal
cannot be operated from the water itself without the necessary land
appurtenances and facilities." Mrs. Sullivan stated that high Pana-
manian officials have made promises to the people of Panama which
she does not believe the officials will be able to deliver. As a result,
the frustration, disappointment and anger of the people of Panama
will be manifested in riots and anarchy directed against the United
States' presence in Panama U.S. Rep. Durward G. Hall stated
that Cuban agents have been training Panamanian guerrillas as
part of a plan to wrest the Canal Zone from United States control.
Rep. Hall said that Russian technicians have been reported to be
arriving in Panama "no doubt to train Panamanians in the opera-
tion of the Canal." Rep. David Dennis, (Indiana) also testified in
support of a hard-line stand by the United States negotiators .

Condensed from THE WASHINGTON POST, November 1,
1971 End Looms for Zonians' Way of Life "What will hap-
pen to us if they give the Zone back to Panama?" concerns many
current Zonians. Much of Washington's problem with Panama over
the canal is what to do with the 50,000 inhabitants of the 500-square-
mile Canal Zone... Many civilian employees of the Panama Canal
Company and the zone government came in the 1930's and 1940's,
and their children and grandchildren have never lived anywhere
else ... Even if the United States continues to operate and defend
the canal, they fear that the expected end of U.S. sovereignty over
the Zone will bring many changes. According to officials of the Pana-
ma Canal Co., many Americans and even Panamanian employees
have indicated that they would not work in the Zone under Pana-
manian laws. A solution must be found, like early retirement .
but many of the native Zonians, who refuse to live in Panama, don't
feel that they belong to the United States either. A Zone policeman
reportedly said: "I was born in the Zone, and I have always lived
and worked here. Of course, I am a U.S. citizen, but that's all.
This is my country and now they want to take it away. .."
Panamanians compete fiercely for jobs in the Zone, where the
minimum wage is $1.60 an hour. A few blocks away in Panama it is
only 40 cents.
"The Zone's self-sufficiency has long rubbed Panamanians
wrong. They resent the Zone Police, the courthouse, the U.S. shops,
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the 'foreign' stamps of the U.S. post office and the special license
plates for Zone cars all right in the heart of their own country .. ."
Several insist that Panamanians are not anti-American A
Panamanian publisher said it was not the Americans in general, but
"the attitude of the white, old-time Zonians that has caused the
hard feelings. They've been here so long, they think the Zone is their
country. They act like colonialists, hold the best jobs and fight to
keep things as they are. 'The syndicate of old-timers,' we call them
here ."

If the older Zonians see the Panamanians as a threat to their
privileges, the American high-school students do not seem to care
about the outcome of the latest canal negotiations. They said they
liked living in the Zone and get on fine with the Panamanians .
They are carefree and like the many sports available in the Zone.
"But there's nothing else happening here. So we just get stoned on
grass most of the time. You know, Panama Red. Strong stuff, and
no trouble getting it. It just grows wild. Everywhere."


EDITOR
WEARY of snow, sleet and ice? PLAN a January vacation to
Florida. Orlando, (about 100 miles northeast of St. Petersburg),
offers the new fabulous Disneyworld and the Sunshine City, the
FORTIETH ANNUAL REUNION OF THE PANAMA CANAL
SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, January 13-14 just like driving the
round trip from Cristobal to Balboa in the GOOD OLD DAYS -
even to seeing tropical flowers and swaying majestic palms!

INFLATION The increased cost of printing, supplies, and
mailing the Records and the Annual Issue has necessitated some
slight changes in the RECORD. We expect to continue to bring
you all the news received with the exception of engagements. Often
an engagement is printed in one RECORD and in the following issue,
the wedding with some unavoidable duplication of news. Occa-
sionally, too, an engagement is broken. By condensing long articles
and some revision of the format to save space, we hope to curtail
expenses.

Our THANKS to all reporters for their informative reports for
the RECORD. We realize that tabulating and writing up the ma-
terial is time-consuming, but it is through your efforts that we are
able to bring our readers diversified news from the many localities
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where ex-Zonians have settled. We appreciate, too, the thoughtful-
ness of many individuals who take the time to mail in clippings of
interest to all.
The DEADLINE for the March RECORD is January 31, 1972.
All reports from reporters should be in ten days earlier duplicate
news must be checked. We appreciate all news in before the final
DEADLINE as it facilitates figuring the number of pages for the
RECORD as well as utilizing the material in proper sequence.
DON'T EXPECT news to be printed which is received after the
deadline date the only exception is news on deaths which will
be added until receipt of the first proof from the printer.
A MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL.


PLEASE READ THIS -
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THE RECORD
1. Permanent address change let us know at least two
weeks before our mailing dates March 1, June 1, September 1
and December 1.
2. Temporary address change a forwarding address left
with the Post Office does NOT APPLY to the RECORD OR
ANY SECOND CLASS MAIL. Your RECORD is not returned
to us just a forwarding address. We cannot mail a second
RECORD. In the three months' interval in mailing the next
RECORD, often the Post Office address is no longer accurate.
On temporary changes, have someone take charge of your mail,
or write us to put a HOLD on your RECORD.
3. ADDRESS CHANGES received after November 1, 1971,
will not appear in the 1971 ANNUAL ISSUE. A supplementary
list of addresses of new members will be printed in the March,
1972, issue of the RECORD.

ATTENTION
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WITH THIS ISSUE. PAY 1972 dues NOW.
Delinquent notices will be mailed the first of April.
Members who have not paid their 1972 dues WILL NOT receive
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editor of the RECORD: He commented, "I'm sure all the grandmas
and grandpas would get a kick out of it as I did."
NATURAL RESOURCES
Children are better at some things than us;
At eating a sandwich and leaving the crust.
At skipping on sidewalks and not touching cracks,
At reaching mosquito bites down on their backs.
They're whizzes at loosening a tooth till it wiggles,
And able to cut up a worm while it wriggles.
Though Children, admittedly, may have their troubles,
They chew gum the longest and make the best bubbles.
They all have two stomachs, so if one should hurt
From meat and potatoes, there's room for dessert.
And what's more amazing, these marvelous tricks
Most children have mastered before they are six.
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Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
for Box 11566
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

, .................................................... 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.





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for
Membership BLOOD BANK FUND

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

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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.)
Nam e .................. ............................... ...............................
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Amount Enclosed $.................. Check........ CheckM........... M.O ... Cash..........

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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.

















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Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
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DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.







'Twas a night to remember THIRTY YEARS AGO on a
hot Sunday afternoon December 7, 1941. News that the Japanese
had bombed Pearl Harbor and set off World War II reached the
Canal Zone shortly after two p.m. siesta time for many; others
were at the beach, or relaxing in some other way on that day of
rest. Airplanes took to the air! Panama City and Colon authorities
began a quick and effective roundup of Japanese. By 11 p.m. 130
of the estimated 300 Japanese in Panama City were being held,
while work was rushed on a temporary internment camp in the Bal-
boa Quarantine Area. Censorship of radios and cables was imposed.
Military police lined the border between the Canal Zone and Pan-
ama. Families rushed to make preparations before all current was
turned off at 7 p.m., but the switch was pulled fifteen minutes
earlier, at 6:45, resulting in many having to complete their work
in the dark. Clubhouse restaurants closed; movies were cancelled.
Friends and neighbors congregated in homes awaiting news some-
what fearful that the overall plan of the Japanese included the vital
Panama Canal. Rumors were rampage.

The first marriage license recorded on the Cristobal court books
as serial No. 1 of book No. A-i, dated February 8, 1905, was issued
to Louis De La Pena and Emilia Manlinis, both of Bohio, and later
the parents of Moises De La Pena, acting Postmaster at Balboa
Heights. Mr. De La Pena was a Sanitary Inspector under Col. W.
C. Gorgas. Couched in old-fashioned terminology and signed by
M. C. Rerdell, Municipal Judge, Cristobal, the Certificate reads:
"This is to certify that Louis De La Pena, of Bohio, Canal Zone,
and Emilia Manlinis, of Bohio, Canal Zone, were by me, in pursuance
of the authority vested in me by law as Judge of the Municipality
of Cristobal, Canal Zone, Isthmus of Panama, duly and lawfully
joined in wedlock and declared husband and wife."

CONSIDERATION-We recently heard about an editor who ex-
plained away the mistakes that crept into his publications with the
following notice: "If you find errors, please consider that they appear
for the benefit of those readers who always look for them. We try to
print something for everybody!"
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ham Huls, West Palm Beach, Florida, at White
Earth Lake in Minnesota


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daughter Mary Jane Smith and family in Easton,
Pennsylvania-Tony, R. A. Sylvestre, Mary Jane,
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Sanders, Largo, Florida


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