Vol. 6 DECEMBER, 1972 No. 4
Vice-President of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Eugene I. Askew, and
Mrs. Ethel Askew.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Orvis, Sarasota, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. George Poole, Schenectady, New York, and St. Petersburg,
The Schmidt Family, taken at the USAF Academy, Colorado, September, 1972
Seated: Mr. and Mrs. John E. Schmidt, Pasadena, Maryland
Standing: Left to Right -- John E. Schmidt Jr. (Bill), Ruth Ann, Kathleen, Mrs.
Patricia (Blitch) Schmidt, John C. and Tracy Lee.
THE SEPTEMBER PICNIC--The Panama Canal Society of Western North
Row 1 -- Left to Right -- Tommy Sawyer, Grandma Howe, Conrad Dodsen,
Row 2 -- Charles Howe, Wendell Greene, Ross Cunningham, R. B. Potter
Row 1 -- Eugenia Sawyer, Bea Tyrrell, Mrs. Potter (Linda), Margaret Wanlass,
Betty Bentz, Lillian Van Wagner, Mary Sill, Row 2' -- Mrs. Conrad Dodsen,
Carmen Howe, Ruth Tillman, Mildred Greene, Ruth Sill, Row 3 -- Janet
Cunningham, Stella Howe (Grandma)
he Panama Canal Society o Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Ross H. Hollowell
Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
and Record Editor
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Wm. F. Grady
J. F. Warner
Ross H. Hollowell
Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
G. C. Lockridge
Ralph L. Hanners
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
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.
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persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $5.00. Entered as 2nd Class
matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class Postage paid at
Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.
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HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St. Petersburg.
The following information from FEDERAL EMPLOYEES'
NEWS DIGEST, INC., Washington, D.C., October 23, 1972, pro-
vides an accurate picture on current legislation:
DOWN THE DRAIN-As we predicted earlier, Congress had ad-
journed without taking action on bills to liberalize government em-
ployees' use of annual leave, provide earlier retirement, permit em-
ployees to retire after a cost-of-living annuity raise goes into effect
and still get the increase, raise annuities of retired employees, etc.
HEALTH PREMIUMS CUT SHARPLY-The Civil Service Com-
mission has announced sharp decreases in the health insurance pre-
miums paid by the 80 percent of federal and postal employees cover-
ed under the two government-wide health insurance plans.
Starting next January 1, government employees covered under
the Blue Cross-Blue Shield high option plans will pay about 19 per-
cent less in premiums. Most of the Blues' 62 percent of government
subscribers are under the high option plans. Those under the low
option plans will have their premiums reduced by 15 percent.
Employees covered by Aetna will pay 13 percent less in pre-
miums under high option coverage and those under low coverage
will pay about 5 percent less. As in the case of the "Blues", the
overwhelming number of employees Aetna covers are under the
high option plans.
The surprisingly large decreases in premiums ordered by the
CSC undoubtedly was influenced in large part by the intense in-
vestigation the past year of the government's health insurance pro-
gram by the House Civil Service Insurance sub-committee headed
by Rep. Jerome Waldie, D-California.
Benefit liberalizations are also provided under the new con-
tracts starting January. Changes in the Blue coverage include an
increase in the number of hospital benefit days and in-hospital
medical care under low option from 30 to 90. Also the maximum
supplemental benefit under low option is increased from $20,000 to
$25,000. Aetna increases the lifetime maximum benefit for high
option from $50,000 to $250,000, for low option, from $20,000 to
Also, doctors charges for vasectomy are no longer excluded;
services by optometrists for the eye care coverage permitted will be
covered. Double coverage limitation will apply to a person covered
by "no fault" auto insurance ..
BIT THE DUST Another bill that failed of enactment this
year would have decreased government employees' health premiums
still more by increasing the government's contributions. William
F. Grady, Legislative Representative
DATE DIVISION YRS.
Mr. James H. Brown Sept. Electrical 29
Mrs. Ethelywnn D. Bruland Aug. Preventive Medicine 17
Capt. Hubert D. Clayton, Jr. Aug. Navigation 20
Mrs. Marjorie K. Gailey Aug. Schools 19
Mr. Thomas L. Gregg Sept. Locks 23
Mr. Julius Grigore, Jr. Sept. Industrial 20
Mr. James C. Hicks Sept. Maintenance 14
Mr. Thomas B. Idol Oct. Dredging 35
Mr. Raymond A. Letourneau June Central Employment Office 24
Mr. Paul L. Smith Sept. Locks 30
Mr. Russell A. Weade Aug. Navigation 27
Mrs. Beatrice J. Winford Sept. C. Z. Mental Health Center 21
Mr. K. C. Zimmerman, Jr. Sept. Veterinary Medicine 24
ANOTHER RETIREMENT: Old No. 1, the generator that
sent the first electric power from Roosevelt Dam to the Salt River
Valley, has been moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to become a monument
to our pioneer hydroelectric days. In due time Salt River Project
executives will have it mounted on a suitable site to remind one and
all how its electric business started. Its extraordinary history fully
warrants this recognition. Before it ever came to Arizona, it was
used for delivering power during construction of the Panama Canal.
Research data on Old No. 1 uncovered the following information.
Mrs. George V. Ritchey, of Phoenix, Arizona, sent a column from
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC wheh this machine was to be re-
placed on the uncertainty of the origin of Old No. 1 to Richard
Taylor, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, who had worked on the Canal Con-
struction until retirement. Mr. Taylor, in turn, contacted A. C.
Garlington, Newberry, South Caroliha, another Panama veteran,
who retired as chief engineer in 1950.
From these sources we confirmed the fact that Old No. 1 in-
deed is a veteran of the "Big Ditch" construction days. Mr. Garlihg-
ton wrote: "I arrived oh the Isthmus December 1, 1910. At that
time both the Gatun and Miraflores generating stations were in full
operation (for building the Canal). The Gatun plant was decom-
missioned in 1912, prior to the canal opening in 1914. There is no
question but that the unit installed at Roosevelt Dam was one of
those used in the old Gatun plant The three steam-powered
generators were no longer needed at Gatun when its hydroelectric
plant was put in operation."
Old No. 1 has been replaced, not because it was worn out after
60 years of use, but because the project is installing a larger genera-
tor there and at the same time ending production of 25-cycle
A MERRY CHRISTMAS
This year our calendar picture is a reproduction of the painting
by Daniel Mieduch of the first Panama Railroad train. Over a cen-
tury after the first traih ran, oh August 1, 1972, we began scheduled
air-conditioned service on all 14 of our daily passenger runs. This
marks the first time in the 117-year history of the road that this
comfort has been offered routinely.
The new cars (second-hand) were purchased from the Union
Pacific Railroad last winter. Trucks were modified from standard
(4'x81/2") to wide (5'x0") gauge, ahd the seating arrangement in
each car was changed to accommodate 64 passengers. Seven such
cars were procured for use on special as well as regular runs, increas-
ing the pleasure of making the historic trip on the first, fastest, and
shortest transcontinental railroad in the world.
Other Cahal Zone changes include the construction of 5 new
three-bedroom duplix houses, 3 in La Boca and 2 in Margarita, and
several improvements in highway design to help the flow of our
ever-increasing volume of automobile traffic.
This year many more employees have joined the ranks of the
retired, including several top level personnel. We have seen the big-
gest turnover of bureau directors in a single year in the history of
Again Mrs. Parker and I send you best wishes for the holiday
season and for a prosperous year 1973.
David S. Parker
Happy Holidays to Members from the President, Ross H. Hol-
lowell, and Officers of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
This past year has been active. Many of your ex-fellow workers
retired. In fact 173 U.S. citizens and 442 non-U.S. citizens joined
your ranks. The 4.8% cost of living adjustment of July first helped
many to make the big decision.
I had the pleasure of seeing many of you at the Reunion in
St. Pete last January. Hope to see many more next month at our
new meeting place.
The Governor has established a Housing Assistance Counselor
service to help employees obtain housing in Panama. Mr. Doolan,
the Personnel Director, assigned the duties to me in July. It has
been quite successful.
In July I spent two weeks leave in the States, visiting Miami
Beach, Santa Fe and Denver, where I picked up some good retire-
ment information .
Remember to keep in touch with your Senator and Representa-
tive. There is lots of legislation pending that may help or hurt you
and yours. You have the vote, use it!
I wish you all a joyful holiday season and a contented New Year.
J. Winter D. Collins
ABOUT THE COVER-The 1973 Panama Canal Calendars picture
a reproduction of the FIRST Panama Railroad train. The Decem-
ber issue of the RECORD portrays the modern trains now crossing
the Isthmus daily. See Governor David S. Parker's Christmas Letter
in this issue to retirees for information on the changes made on the
historic Panama Railroad trains.
PROSPECTIVE OFFICERS FOR 1973
PRESIDENT ............................. Ross H. Hollwell
VICE-PRESIDENT ........................ Eugene I. Askew
SECRETARY-TREASURER .............. Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Other officers will be appointed by the President-Elect with
the advice and consent of the Executive Committee after elections
of Officers and will be printed in the March 1973 RECORD.
THE FORTY-FIRST ANNUAL REUNION, PRINCESS
MARTHA HOTEL, St. Petersburg, Florida, January 10-11. Your
Officers and the Executive Committee are making plans for one of
the BEST REUNIONS in the history of the Society. All Reunions
have been a wonderful two days for those attending old friend-
ships of yesteryear are deep and everlasting. CHECK THIS ISSUE
FOR RESERVATION FORMS. As the Princess Martha can ac-
commodate many more at the Annual Luncheon, we do not antici-
pate disappointment of members unable to get luncheon tickets -
a situation which greatly distressed your officers at the 1972 Re-
union. Members, however, should make reservations as an estimated
number of those attending must be given to the hotel in advance.
No reservation will be held after 11 a.m. on January 11, 1973, unless
paid for. If, after making ahd paying for your reservation, you find
it impossible to attend, a refund will be mailed.
Mr. J. Patrick Conley, Executive Secretary of the Canal Zone,
will be the guest speaker at the Annual Luncheon on January 11,
1973. His lecture will be illustrated by slides shown by W. E. Burns,
Chief, Graphic Branch, Balboa Heights, Canal Zohe.
REUNION PARKING If the lot connected with the Princess
Martha Hotel is filled, and it is likely to be-"The early bird gets
the worm"-park your car in any Municipal lot or on the street.
Stickers should be available for your cars; members attending the
Reunion WILL NOT BE CHARGED FOR PARKING BEYOND
THE STIPULATED TIME. If your car should by error be tagged
for parking, simply present the parking ticket at the office of the
Princess Martha, and the charge will be taken care of.
Your officers believe that officials attending the Reunion from
the Zone should have the opportunity to see and chat with all at-
tending the Reunion. They do not come to St. Petersburg to see
a select few, or perhaps be left with nothing planned on the first
night of the Reunion. On January 10, 1973, at 6:30 p.m.., a No-
Host cocktail party will be held at the Princess Martha Hotel for
honored guests at the Reunion. Admission to the cocktail party
will be $1 per person which includes canapes and snacks; Individuals
must take care of any liquid refreshments (soft drinks or alcoholic)
individually at a cash bar.
Make your Reunion PLANS NOW! Mail in the printed forms
in the back of this issue for hoetl reservations, the cocktail party,
and the luncheon. If you are not interested in the three events,
send the forms pertaining to your individual plans but do it
promptly, if possible.
Miss Beth Ann Baglien, daughter of Mr and Mrs. David Baglien,
of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, to Carl Williams, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Schuber Williams, of Clarksville, Georgia, on August 15, 1972,
in Gainesville, Georgia. Mr. and Mrs. Williams are making their
home in Tallulah Falls, Georgia, where Mr. Williams is a teacher-
coach for the Tallulah Falls School. Mrs. Williams, a 1972 grad-
uate of Canal Zone College, will continue her education at Western
Caroliha University where she will major in Library Science.
Dr. and Mrs. I. Robert Berger, of Holmes Beach, Florida, an-
nounce the marriage of their daughter, Roberta M. to James Tucker,
Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. James Tucker, of Miami, Florida.
Dr. Berger is former Chief of the Out-Patient Department of
Miss Alberta Ann Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. O.
Brown, St. Petersburg, Florida, to Warren Emmett Runnels, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Johhie Rodgers (hee Virginia Minnix) on July 1, 1972.
The bridegroom is employed at Metro Enterprises. The couple re-
side in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Miss Helen Bruce, of Buffalo, New York, to Hal Gibson, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Noel Gibson Jr., of Gamboa, Canal Zone, on Oc-
tober 18, 1972, at the home of the bridegroom's parents in Gamboa.
The bridegroom is a second year apprentice with the Industrial Di-
vision of the Panama Canal Company.
Miss Cynthia Mary Bullock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Asa C.
Bullock, of Millbrae, California, to Ronald Orlan Carter, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Orlan Carter, of Redwood City, California,
on September 2, 1972. Mrs. Bullock attended Mills High School,
Millbrae, California, and the College of San Mateo. Her husband,
an alumnus of Sequoia High School and Canada College, is a stu-
dent in San Jose State College in which city the newlyweds will
make their home.
Miss Susan Lucille Fischer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred
L. Fischer, of Long Island, Kansas, and John Robert Wise, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson E. Wise, of Bryan, Texas, on July 19, 1972,
in Phillipsburg, Kahsas. Don Meli, formerly of the Canal Zone,
now from Annandale, Virginia, was one of the groomsmen. The
bride graduated from high school in Long Island, Kansas, and grad-
uated from Wichita Busihess College in Wichita, Kansas. She is
employed by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth,
Texas. The groom graduated from high school in Balboa, Canal
Zone, ahd holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Texas
A. & M. University, College Station, Texas, as well as a master's
degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
In May, he completed two years of military service with the rank
of 1st Lieutenant, having served with the U. S. Army Corps of
Engineers in Fort Worth. He is now employed with Southwestern
Laboratories in Fort Worth.
Miss Marcia Courtney Collins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John
Winter Davis Collins, of Balboa, Canal Zone, was married to Dr..
Johh Howard Schwartz, son of Mr. and Mrs Albert John Schwartz,
of Salina, Kansas, on Saturday, August the twelfth at the Cathedral
of St. Luke in Ancoh, Canal Zone. Marcia is the granddaughter
of Mr. and Mrs. John O. Collins and Mr. and Mrs. Frederick O.
Wyss, of Sante Fe, New Mexico. Dr. Schwartz is a doctor on the
staff of Gorgas Hospital. Dr. and Mrs. Schwartz reside in Ancon,
Miss Marianne Catherine Field, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus
W. Field, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone, and Mr. Russell Eu-
gene Hockih, of West Orange, New Jersey, at Our Lady of Lourdes
Catholic Church, West Orange, New Jersey, on October 7, 1972.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Reverend Michael
Wye, C. M. for many years in the Canal Zone, was Co-Celebrant
at the Nuptial Mass. Former Canal Zone friends now living in New
York, New Jersey and the Florida area attended the wedding. Both
the bride and the groom are 1971 graduates of St. Leo College,
Florida. Marianne has a degree in Elementary Education and Mr.
Hockin in Business Administration. The young couple are residing
at 168 "C", Meriline Avenue, West Paterson, New Jersey.
Miss Diane Elizabeth Graham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert
D. Graham, Bradenton, Florida, and Donald Kay Bensen, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Benseh, Cristobal, Canal Zone, in Braden-
ton, Florida, on June 9, 1972. The couple are making their home
Miss Dorothy Eileen Harper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Tom
Harper, of Tarpon Springs, Florida, and William Leonard Catron,
son of Mr. and Mrs. James O. Catron, of Aiken, South Carolina,
formerly of Gamboa, Canal Zohe, on September 23, 1972, in New
Port Richey, Florida. The bride, formerly of Margarita, Canal
Zone, is a Stewardess for Delta Airlines. Mr. Catron, formerly of
Gamboa, Canal Zone, is employed by Thermal Air Contractors of
Miami. The couple reside at 5555 N. W. 5th Street, Apt. 39, Miami,
Mabel M. Hall and Dr. Gilbert M. Stevenson announce their
marriage on September 11, 1971. Their address is: 4005 Broadview
Drive, Anacortes, Washington 98211.
Miss Alice Louise Howe, of Hendersohville, North Carolina,
daughter of Mr and Mrs. Charles S. Howe, of Hendersonville, former
Canal Zone residents, and Jack Wesley Pridmore, of Etowah, North
Carolina, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe W. White, on September 1, 1972.
Miss Sherry Payne, of Gamboa, Canal Zdne, was the Maid of Honor.
The bride attended school in the Canal Zone and spent her senior
year at West Henderson High School from which she graduated.
The groom graduated from West Henderson and attended Blue
Ridge Technical Ihstitute.
Miss Sheryl Christina Mann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward
J. Mann (Jean Kieswetter), of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Nicholas
Allegretti, son of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Allegretti, of Hasbrouck
Heights, New Jersey, in St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 14,
1972. The bride, who was boin in the Canal Zone, is a graduate
of Lakewood High School and attends St. Petersburg Junior College.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Hasbrouck Heights High School
and Patterson State College. He is currently employed in St. Pe-
tersburg by Head Start. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kieswetter, former-
ly of the Canal Zone, are the maternal grandparents.
Miss Elizabeth Ruth Rohrer, and Kenneth Vincent Field on
August 4, 1972, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Sullivan, Mis-
souri. Kenneth is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W. Field, of New
Port Richey, Florida, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone. Kenneth
graduated from Cristobal High School, Class of 1968, and from the
University of Missouri at Rolla. He is employed as a mechanical
engineer with Westinghouse.
Miss Kathleen Ann Ruff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin A.
Ruff, of Niagara Falls, New York, and Richard C. Ebdon, son of
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Ebdon, Jr., of Sarasota, Florida, formerly of the
Canal Zone, on August 26, 1972, in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr.
Ebdon was born and educated in the Canal Zone where his father
was Superihtendent of the Locks' Divisioh when he retired in 1970.
Captain Thomas J. Ebdon, Webb Air Force Base, Texas, was best
mah for his brother. Mr. and Mrs. Ebdon will live at 10 Furman
Court, Greenbridge, Newark, Delaware. The bride is a DuPont cus-
tomer service representative, and Mr. Ebdon is a technical market-
ing representative with the same company.
Miss Nancy Elizabeth Sauvna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Vernon Sauvan, of Chesapeake, Virginia, and Bruce Damon Free-
man, of Easton, Connecticut, on August 5, 1972, in Portsmouth, Vir-
ginia. Mrs. Freeman was the fourth bride to wear the wedding
gown her mother purchased for her marriage to Arthur Sauvah on
December 23, 1942. In 1946, Mrs. Sauvan's sister was married in
the dress. Then, it was sealed up until January 14, 1967, when the
Sauvans' older daughter Mary Ruth was married to Michael E.
Tilley in the dress. Once again, Mrs. Arthur Sauvan's wedding dress
is carefully wrapped in blue tissues and boxed to await possibly an-
other generation before answering the call of the aisle.-VIRGINIA
PILOT, August 6, 1972.
Miss Stella Patricia Tremblay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed-
ward Tremblay, of Curundu, Canal Zone, to Thomas Lloyd Hanna,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Hanna, of La Boca, Canal Zone, on
August 31, 1972. The young couple grew up in the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Hanna works in the office of Dr. J. Ibanez in Balboa. Mr.
Hahna is in Electrohics with the Panama Canal Company.
Miss Susan Edith Van Kirk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd
B. Van Kirk, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and George Glenn Martin, son
of former Balboa Police Inspector, Captain at Headquarters, and
Mrs. George Martin, now residing in Clearwater, Florida, on July 8
14, 1972, in Balboa, Cabal Zone. Both the bride and bridegroom
are graduates of Balboa High School, and Mrs. Martin attended
Canal Zone College. Mr. Martin is employed as an apprentice for
the army. The couple make their home in Cocoli, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey H. Altman (Kathleen Johnstone), of Belle
Glade, Florida, their first child, a son, J. Matthew Altman, on Sep-
tember 22, 1972. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. W.
Altman, of Belle Glade. The maternal grandparents are Captain
and Mrs. Henry K. Johnstone, of Balboa Heights, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Brake (Carolyn Bliss), of San Jose,
California, their first child, a daughter, Kristen Rachelle, on October
16, 1972. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss,
Jr., of Campbell, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Dale A. Dombrowsky, their second child ahd
second son, Jason Eric, on July 15, 1972, in Lakeland, Florida.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Zupp, of Laurens,
South Carolina. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. A.
Dombrowsky, of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone. Paternal great-grahd-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Coleman, of Hendersonville,
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gerhart, of Curundu, Canal Zohe, a son,
Brian Whitfield Gerhart, at Gorgas Hospital on September 3, 1972,
Maternal grandparents are Captain and Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley, of
Clearwater, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert
W. Gerhart, of Encinitas, California. The maternal great-grand-
mother is Mrs. Ambrose E. Rowley, of Quoque, Long Island, New
Lieutenant and Mrs. James H. Johnson, their second child and
first son, James Hartford Johnsoh, Jr., born in Houston, Texas,
on July 14, 1972. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. C. E.
Begnaud, of Port Arthur, Texas. Captain ahd Mrs. Howard John-
son, of St. Petersburg, Florida, are the paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Kirkland, a son, William Alberto, on
September 12 at San Fernando Clinic in Panama City. The ma-
ternal grandparents are Sra. Aminta Brin de Navarro and the late
Dr. Alberto Navarro. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Wil-
liam E. Kirklahd. Little William Alberto is the fourth member,
in succession, in the Kirkland family to bear the name William.
Mr. and Mrs. Brian K. Lewis, a daughter, Nicole Rena, on July
8, 1972. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George (Marie
Helstedt) Loudon, of Syracuse, New York. Nicole is the second
child born to Brian and Bonnie Loudon.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Rienks (Joan Coffey), their second
child and first daughter, Monica Elizabeth, born on September 12,
1972, in Guam Memorial Hospital.
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon L. Sanders, of Margate, Florida, their
second daughter, Jennifer Lynn, on October 3, 1972. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. John A. Dombrowsky, of Diablo
Heights, Canal Zone. Paternal grahdparehts are Mr. and Mrs.
Maxwell S. Sanders, of Inverness, Florida.
Dr. and Mrs. Louis P. Valli (Kersten McKay), their first child,
a daughter, Nicole, born October 4, 1972, at Sutter Memorial Hos-
pital in Sacramento, California. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Scott McKay, of Anderson, California. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Valli, of San Jose, California.
Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson, of Oildale, California, their second
child, a son, Timothy Scott, at Bakersfield California, on November,
4, 1972. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hase-
mann, of Jacksonville, Florida. The maternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Vern Wilson, of Oildale, California.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida received a letter from
Dr. Richard H. Whitehead, of Laconia, New Hampshire, written
September 16, 1972, and we were indeed sorry to learn of his major
operation last May but delighted to receive the news that he is
well on the road to recovery, feels fine, and has resumed his active
life. At 85, Dr. Whitehead maintains his interest in the Panama
Canal as well as in mahy other projects to serve the best interests
of the United States. Dr. and Mrs. Whitehead are looking forward
to celebrating their 65th Wedding Anniversary next July.
In September Dr. Whitehead received the following personal
letter from Richard Nixon, President of the United States:
"Through the courtesy of several of your friends and
admirers, I have learned that you have not been feeling
well, and I just want you to know I am thinking of you.
I hope you are resting comfortably, and I am confident
that your remarkable spirit and determination will help
you regain strength and have a quick return to better
health. Your devoted service to your country has been
admirable, and I send you my very best wishes for the
Dr. Whitehead's dedicated and outstanding contributions to his
country both on the Canal Zone and in the United States have
been reviewed in two earlier issues of the RECORD, and on sev-
eral occasions in the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. Another tribute
is paid to one of "the builders of the Panama Cahal" in a "Salute
to a Great American" which appeared in the August 15, 1972,
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD. In this report, Dr. Whitehead
reiterates his position on the Panama Canal. "After over 50 years
of service, we have a fine, modern canal We should hang on
to it and give up no measure of control. We have served well all
of the nations using it, and traffic has developed beyond anticipation
of the capable builders. The best course to take, with the nation's
unsettled economy is to leave the Canal alone and keep our rights
News from Margaret (Stahler) and Joseph Fuller-Joseph and
I and our oldest son Joseph, Jr., enjoyed a week in the city of
New Orleans, Louisiana, where Joseph and I attended the Na-
tiohal Convention of the Grotto. We were there along with others
from St. Petersburg representing the Selama Grotto which is our
local Grotto. While we were attending meetings, our son was en-
joying himself at Lake Pohchartrain, and then we all took a tour
of the French Quarter and of course the famous Bourboh Street.
We also went for a ride on the S. S. President, the world's largest
side wheel sightseeing steamer, an educational and enjoyable cruise
of the great Port of New Orleans (second largest port in the U. S.)
Returning home, we stopped in Pascagoula, Mississippi, to visit
with Ruth and Len Scranton and talked about way-back-when.
Sorry, we couldn't stay long as we promised Joanna, Marcus,
Michael and Margaret that we would get home to take them to
Bahia Honda State Park in the Florida Keys to spend a week. The
paternal grandparents, Otis and Josephine Fuller, were babysitting
while we were ih New Orleans. We all had ah enjoyable time in
the Keys where we did some Scuba Diving and caught some delicious
Margaret's parents (Sis and Tex Stahler) sold their home in
Melbourne, Florida, and are traveling out to California to spend
some time with Tex's parents. The Stahlers spent a couple of weeks
in Hendersonville, North Caroliha, visiting relatives and friends and
then went to Illinois to visit their son Ernest, Jr., for a week. Their
trip would not have been complete if they had not have stopped
in Deming, New Mexico, to take pictures and stay overnight at
Margaret and Joseph's small rahch. The Stahlers' new address is
P. O. Box 460, Hemet, California 92343. Joseph's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Otis C. Fuller, have sold their home in St. Petersburg and will
be residing at 2704 Huntihgdon Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland. We
will all miss them, especially the grandchildren. If you get up that
way, drop in and say Howdy!
Joseph and Margaret took a trip to Knoxville, Tennessee, over
the Labor Day weekend to the Southeastern Grotto Convehtion
where they stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Knoxville. We would
like to see all you Masonic Brothers come out and get active in the
Selama Grotto where we are all working to help the cerebral palsy
children. We know there are a lot of you out there that belong
to the Pan Canal Society. Give us a call, and we will be glad to
have you come on out to the Grotto.
News from Lois M. Jones-Had a busy summer. In August,
Lois, Margie, Richard ahd Kim Flaherty, Richard's girl friend, spent
three days and two nights in the Contemporary Motel in Disney
World. We saw everything in the park and loved every minute
of it. The rooms were lovely. We were on the side where we
could see the monorail coming out of the main hotel headed for
Dishey World. We also had dinner at the Polynesian Motel. It
is beautiful, too.
My brother Freeland Hollowell and family were up from the
Zone for a short vacation. They, too, took in Disney World.
Margie went along to show them all the attractions which she
thought they would enjoy. The entire family enjoyed the trip.
On August 23, Mom ahd Dad had a dinner to help my brother
celebrate his birthday.
Lois, Margie and a friend, Lori Parker, took a trip down to
the Miami Sea Aquarium; that is really a wonderful place to take
the children. Another trip we took was to attend a Rainbow meet-
ing at Daytona Beach. The middle of September, Lois and Margie
journeyed to New Bedford, Massachusetts, to attend the wedding
of my niece. Margie was one of the bridesmaids-a thrill for her
as this was the first time she had ever had that honor. It was so
good visiting all our relatives up North. Hadn't seen them for about
We had a surprise visit from our friends, Frank and Dora Wil-
loe, of the Canal Zone. They were spending a couple of days at
the Princess Martha Hotel. Frank is a Tug boat engineer on the
Canal. They were very impressed with St. Petersburg and voiced
their desire to settle here.
Charles, my son, has finally had his cast removed and is getting
alohg pretty well, considering the terrible ordeal he has been
through. He had a motorcycle accident in April of this year.
Dorothy and Ralph Hanners spent a few weeks visiting with
their son Howard and family in Medfield, Massachusetts, in the
month of October. The autumnal foliage was at its peak ahd was
thoroughly enjoyed, both in Massachusetts and in New Hampshire.
Howard, a graduate of Harvard, was recently transferred by Dow
Chemical from Midland, Michigan, to its Massachusetts head-
quarters in Chestnut Hill. We visited the Fogg Museum where
the collection of glass flowers is fabulous. When the men who made
the flowers died, the secret for making them died with them.
News from Angie and Irving Spector, Apt. 402, Dover Bldg.,
Towne Shore Condominium, 3114 59th Street S., Gulfport, Florida-
Our son Normie graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca
Raton, Florida. Normie came to visit us for a month, and on
September 10th we drove up to Richmond, Virginia, to visit our
daughter Sarah and son-in-law George West and grandchildren
Angela, Michele and Sherry. We also visited Herbie Spector ahd
his wife Pam and our other granddaughter, Debbie. While we were
there, Spec's brother Bill and his mother, Gertrude Spector of New
York City came down to see us for a couple of days. We are
pretty well settled in our new apartment and like it very much.
We would love to see some of our old friends from the Canal Zone.
Mr. G. C. Lockridge (Buck) plans on leaving St. Petersburg
on November 30th to visit his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and
Mrs. Carroll Lockridge, in Los Angeles. He will return home just
before the Christmas Holidays.
Mrs. John D. Stephens (Viola), of Tallahassee, Florida, at-
tended the wedding of Sheryl Mann to Nicholas Allegretti in St.
Petersburg on October 14th. While in St. Petersburg, she was the
guest of Mrs. Erna Hower, old friends since Gamboa days.
News from Jo Johnson, St. Petersburg, Florida-"We returned
to the States in May, 1971. Living in Japan for 31/2 years are the
most memorable days of my life. Although my husband was in
Vietnam most of the time, I managed to keep well occupied. There
are many U. S. Military Bases in Japan, and we had privileges the
same as a Colonel in the Army. For me, it was luxury living! Harry
was a Captain of a Tahker carrying JP5, and he worked for MSTS
Far East Division. I had an opportunity to visit other countries
in Asia when Harry had vacation leave. We enjoyed two weeks
in Hong Kong and five days in Taiwan. I went to Korea to be with
my husband when the "Chattahoochee" (the tanker) was there for
a complete overhaul-two weeks of learning how different two
countries are in the Orient, ahd two weeks courting Harry again.
Our oldest daughter, Linda, worked in an Enlisted Men's Club
as cashier; she also worked in Kishini Army Base in the library and
then as a bookkeeper in the Kishini Military Hospital. Linda mar-
ried Terry Breitenstein who was in the Army stationed in Yoko-
homa. They have two boys, Michael who is two years old and
Scott, four months. Michael was born in Yokusaka, Japan, in a
military hospital. How well I remember! I was with Linda the
day she delivered, and Terry was also. The Breitensteins live in
Woodstock, New York-12 Meadow Court, Terry's hometown.
Daughter Jennie and my son Harry graduated from Nile C.
Kinnick High School in Yokohama. Jennie (our little actress)
performed very well in high school plays and on the stage in Bill
Chickerihg Theater in a Talent Show. She won second prize. She
worked in the Marine Inspectioh Office for MSTS after graduation.
Jennie is now working for Bank Americard, The First National Bank
of Maryland. She is living in Baltimore, 3106 East Fairmont Ave-
hue. I'm sure J. J. would like to hear from her Canal Zone friends.
Harry had Karate lessons in Japan and received the second
Brown Belt. He was also with the wrestling team in high school.
One year ago this past September, Harry entered into the Air Force
and received his second stripe this past May, just six months after
Basic Traihing. Harry is stationed in Wichita, Kansas, McConnell
Warren, our oldest son (better known to every ohe as Weddy),
didn't join us overseas. His job didn't permit the change. We
often wish Weddy could share the experiences we had. He is still
our favorite mailman. Weddy finally took the plunge ahd married
Linda Jacobs this past April. Linda is a secretary in one of the
Social Security Buildings in Baltimore. The Love Birds live at
1313 Taylor Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21234.
My husband and I are living alone now in Gulfport, Florida,
since this past April. Fay Stanford from Balboa visited us in
June. It was great to see her again, but hubby Bill was missed,
although we felt his presence when we talked of the good times we
had with the Stantords. Art and Peg Cherry stopped by and in-
vited us to have dinner with them. We did on the day Hurricane
Agnes started her wicked blows. The Cherrys have a lovely apart-
ment at the Top of the World in Clearwater. See my old friend,
Lois Jones, often, and just recently we had cocktails and dinner
together at the Country Club Theater in St. Petersburg. Helen
Musco (Spector) and I have been to Bihgo several times, but how
unlucky can you be ?? The Johnsons, the Specters, the Hollowells,
and Lois Jones with son Charlie had a gay time at the Elk's Lodge,
Madeira Beach, one Friday night in July.
My husband decided to take relief from domestic life and
is on another Tahker-since August 24th. I decided to visit with
my children and grandsons up north. Weddy steamed crabs (my
favorite seafood) the first day I arrived. He, his wife, Linda, Jennie
and I went to the Crab Palace ohe night and had all the crabs you
can eat for $3.00. Jehnie and her friend, Sandy, invited me to see
Little Norma, a midget singer who has a great voice and appears
in a Western Night Club. I had fun at Linda's parents' beach house
-a beautiful ocean view. I always enjoy Baltimore (my home--
town) and enjoy being with my family.
I saw my grandson, Scott, for the first time in Woodstock,
New York. He is sweet and cuddly. Weddy drove me with his
wife and Jennie along. They stayed for the weekend, and I stayed
longer. Linda looks well and is as sweet as always. At this time,
I am looking forward to a visit with my son, Harry, in Wichita. Will
leave on the 10th of October and celebrate Harry's 20th birthday
on the 20th. My husband should be back from his voyage around
To all our friends in the Canal Zone or elsewhere, come see
us-Town Shores, Fairfax House #302, 5935 30th Avenue. South,
Gulfport, Florida 33707."
Christmas, 1972, will be a happy holiday season for Captain
and Mrs. Johhson. They are expecting their daughter Jenny from
Baltimore, Maryland, and their youngest son Harry from Wichita,
Kansas, to help them celebrate their first Christmas in their new
home in Florida.
The D. Maurice Egglestons enjoyed having their children as
summer and fall guests. Ceci (Mrs. George E. Haborak) of Charles-
ton, South Carolina, was home in early August. Dan and family
came in September, ahd Bob, his wife and son, John, spent a week
with Bob's parents in early October before going on to California to
visit his wife's parents. The Bob Egglestons planned to tour the
Northwest and Canada before returning to the Zone by Mexico and
Guatemala. Mrs. D. Maurice (Carmen) Egglestoh plans a California
trip in November.
After spending the summer in North Carolina, Mr. and Mrs.
Ross Cunningham checked in at their home in St. Petersburg for
only a couple of days and were off again to the Midwest.
Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Neville, of Seminole, Florida, journey-
ed to Wisconsin in the early fall. While they were away, Mrs. Bel-
lamy Latz, of the Canal Zone, occupied their new condominium ahd
enjoyed many social gatherings with former Canal Zone friends in
the Bay area.
Bea Minnix, of St. Petersburg, spent several weeks visiting her
twin sister, Lillian Haggan, in Kentucky in September.
The Emerson Fullers, who sold their trailer, traveled during
the summer with daughter Nancy and her husband Bob Whitaker
into Canada for three weeks. They left St. Petersburg in June and
returned September 11.
Mrs. Thelma Camby with her daughter Carolyn Muller and
two children drove up from the Canal Zone in July for a visit with
Mrs. Camby's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kuhn. The Kuhn's
daughter, Mrs. Du Vail, and family who were in the States on a
two-month vacation were also guests in the Kuhn home.
AIC Winchell Pennock was home on a three-day leave from
Sacramento, California, visiting his mother, Mrs. Winchell T. Peh-
nock and sister, Mary Ann Pic, in August. He left September 25th
for Italy where he has a two-year term of duty.
Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Krziza (Ruth Baumback) enjoyed a trip
to Alaska during the summer and visited Ruth's parents ih Clear-
water before returning to the Canal Zone.
A group of ex-Zonians from the Largo-Seminole area gathered
on September 30th for another one of their picnics. A number of
the group belonged to the Margarita Sewing Club on the Zone, but
the picnic is open to all-beihg a Canal Zoner is sufficient. It is a
pot-luck affair and the date usually spontaneous-whenever there
is the urge to get together. Those who attend report a wonderful get-
together with old friends from Canal Zone days.
Mrs. Henry Falk visited Henry's sisters, Mrs. Clarence Fedde-
mah, of Collinswood, New Jersey, and Mrs. Grace Schmidt, Free-
port, Long Island, in the early fall. Peggy plahs another extended
trip and will visit Henry E. Jr. and family of Sylvania, Ohio, and
Murray, his new bride, and children ih Portland, Oregon.
Mr. and Mrs. John Fawcett, of the Canal Zone, saw old friends
during a brief visit in St. Petersburg in August before returning to
the Canal Zone. The Fawcetts vacationed in the British Isles during
the summer months.
The Earl Daileys had a busy summer. They were in the Canal
Zone in July and in the early fall enjoyed square dancing in North
Carolina. Mary Lou is now living in the Canal Zone. Their son,
Bobby, is with his parents and working in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Piper, of 1581 Northam Road, Columbus,
Ohio 43221 and family-Raymond T., 20; June-el, 18; Oliva, 15, and
Laura, 11; visited Mrs. Lucille Judd in September. They also called
on Mrs. Louise Grier, who is a patieht in the Suncoast Manor in-
firmary, where she makes her home. Mr. Piper is the son of Mrs. Ella
S. Piper and the late Frank L. Piper.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Marker, former Zonians, of Charleston,
Illinois, were visitors in St. Petersburg August 3-7, seeing old friends
and neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. William W. Wood and former co-
workers from the Division of Schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Krout (Lena Mae Howard), of Camp
Hill, Pehnsylvania, visited Mrs. Bernice Howard in May. Vance
Howard, of the Canal Zone who was in the States to attend the
Shrine Convention, visited his mother before returning to the Zone.
Vance and his mother flew to Camp Hill to see Lena Mae and fam-
ily ih the late summer. Mrs. Vance Howard (Georgia), who had visit-
ed her family in California arrived in St. Petersburg on October 26th
for a week's visit with Mrs. Howard.
Jane Wheaton studied for six weeks this past summer at the
University of Valencia and theh toured Spain for two weeks. She is
now a Senior at Florida State University.
Her parents, Captain and Mrs. John Wheaton, of Fort Myers,
Florida, left for a month's vacation in Chile in September and will
stop over in the Zone for a few days before returning to Florida.
The travelling Washabaughs are still at it and have covered a
little over 76,000 miles since retiring in 1970. Our latest jaunt took
us from Omaha, Nebraska, where we had been staying for the arrival
of our eleventh grandchild on June 23rd, at Offutt Air Force Base.
Theh we headed out west, stopping to visit Captain and Mrs. John
W. Anderson in Medford, Oregon. Then, a bit further north, in
Eugene, Oregon, we spent the night with Holly Hebert and his wife.
Holly was formerly Chief Admeasurer in Balboa. The next hight
found us with our old neighbors from Margarita, Grady and Mar-
garet Hardison, in McMinhville, Oregon. In company with the Hardi-
sons, we drove up to Portland, calling on Mrs. John Stephenson, and
then across the river to Vancouver, Washington, where we had a
pleasant visit with Captain J. P. Johnson, a recently retired Canal
Zone pilot. Then we drove over to Shelton, Washington, and saw
Pappy Hanna and his wife. Pappy retired many years ago as Chief
Engineer of the Canal Tug "Tavernilla". Next, we crossed into Can-
ada and came east over the Kings Highway. The trip up the Fraser
River Canyon and through Lake Louise and Banff is most beautiful,
but the rolling wheat fields of Manitoba and Saskatchewan get a bit
boring. Crossed back into the United States at International Falls,
Minnesota, and then spent a few days with Neil and Norma Belland
in Rapid River, Michigan. The Bellands are enjoying their beauti-
ful new home on the Shores of Lake Michigan. Following a visit
with our daughter Theresa Harvey and her family in Saginaw, Michi-
gan, we returned to Pennsylvania for a breather. We plan a trip up
through eastern Canada before we head south for the winter. We
plan to attend the reunion in St. Petersburg in January.-Frances
In August, Mr. and Mrs. Jack (Jackie) Larson and their four
children, of Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, spent their vacation
with Jack's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Larsoh, of Boynton Beach,
John E. Schmidt Jr. (Bill) reporting from the USAF Academy,
Colorado-In August my folks, Johh and Kitty Schmidt, from Pas-
adena, Maryland, drove out to the USAF Academy in their new
car. This was a real "first" for my folks. I don't believe that they
have ever made a trip like this by themselves, and it turned out to
be a very nice experience for them. My Dad was reluctant to leave
his flowers and lawn for a month, but he did bring along a large
box of his very famous tomatoes for us to enjoy. It was wonderful to
have my folks with us and every minute of the day was filled with
some sort of excitement. We made several very hice trips up into the
mountains which, at this time of the year, is very spectacular. Dad
has a little trouble with his breathing at this altitude, and we had
to skirt some of those very "high" mountain passes. On the way
back from Leadville, the famous silver mining town of years ago,
we had to go over Loveland Pass which is the top of the Continental
Divide (a few inches short of 12,000 feet)-this is one of the most
spectacular views. We stopped on the top and when my Dad looked
down and saw just how far we had come UP, he had only one com-
ment, "Get me off this mountain." It was just too much for him and
his breathing and so down we came and drove on into Denver for a
very nice dinner at the Alpine Village Inn. Another trip we made was
to Central City. Most of you will recall this mining town as one of
the richest gold areas in Colorado, and, of course, it has the very
famous "Face on the Barroom Floor". We stopped in the bar and
had a little "pan liquid" and gave Dad a chance to rest his legs and
for Mom and Pat to look around at all the very fine furnishings of
It is a shame that my folks live so far from us here in Colorado
because we really enjoyed them, and my children just loved to have
their grandparents spoil them and "just be there". The weather
was very nice during their visit even though on several occasions it
got right cold and you could see the snow on Pikes Peak when you
looked out our back door. I kept telling Dad "don't worry, that's at
14,000 feet, and we are only 7,200." All he could remember was that
last year when they arrived at the Academy on the 16th of Septem-
er with my brother Douglas and his family we were having a bliz-
zard, and for the entire week they were here we had snow on the
ground. There is a saying here in Colorado, "If you don't like the
weather here, just wait a minute--it will change."
Regardless of the weather, the altitude or any other thing
you can't change, it was great to have my folks with us for a month.
They drove back to Maryland a different route so they could see
more of the country and arrived safely home on the first of Septem-
To bring you up to date on the Schmidt Jr. household, we are
in our 9th year here at the USAF Academy ahd expect to leave here
next September for another assignment. It appears that it might be
in Montgomery, Alabama, since I have been alerted for instructor
duty with the new Senior NCO Academy being formed at Gunter
AFB. As I ehter my 22nd year in the Air Force after enlisting at
Albrook AFB in 1951, I will be promoted to Senior Master Sergeant
in October of this year. I don't have any firm plans for retirement
so I guess I will be around for another 8 years as I want to make
Chief Master before I retire. It appears that my son John will be
following my footsteps in the Air Force since he has applied for ad-
mission to the USAF Academy with the class entering in July, 1973.
At this time, it looks favorable for his acceptance, and of course
that makes us very proud and happy. After having seen eight classes
graduate from this wonderful institution and to have beeh so closely
associated with the Cadet Wing, it will be a proud moment when
John enters the Academy.
Our oldest daughter Kathleen has graduated from high school
and is now employed with the Army/Air Force Exchange Service.
Dan, our oldest son, is now married to the former Jean Mione of the
USAF Academy, and they both are working in Colorado Springs and
doing nicely. Tracy Lee and Ruth are in grade school, and, of
course, that means that Pat and I will be having children with us for
some years to come. I think that is good "planning" since the young-
est will be graduating from high school when I hang up my uniform
in about eight years. Pat, as some of my old friends will recall when
she was in BHS in 1952, is still just as pretty-ih fact the old saying
of "not older-just better" is certain true in this case. Our house
is just like it was when I was a young boy in Pedro Miguel-full of
life and lots of excitement with our children and their frieInds. Never
a dull moment and Pat is the mainstay and the one who keeps the
sanity among us. How lucky I was to have Col. and Mrs. Blitch
come to the Canal Zone back in the 50's to be the Director of
Gorgas Hospital and bring Pat for me to marry .
Would love to hear from any of the old gang from my BHS
Class of 1950 or any other that might be reading the RECORD.
Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Winslow Metzger celebrated their Fiftieth
Wedding Anniversary in August. With them in Miami for two
weeks of festivities were Tom and Marilyn (Metzger) Marsh and
daughter, Edythe March, of Margarita, Canal Zone; Bill and Doris
Metzger and their children, Debbie and Paul, of Minneapolis, Min-
nesota; and Ruth's sister from Minnetonka, Minnesota. Bob and
Marjean (Metzger) Koperski and Bill Koperski, who live in Miami,
hosted several of the get-togethers which were enjoyed by all. All
the children arranged a beautiful Golden Anniversary Reception at
Plymouth Congregational Church where eighty-five friends and rela-
tives greeted Ike and Ruth and signed the Guest Book. The children
presented their parents with a washing machine and drier, and many
friends remembered them with beautiful cards and gifts.
The Metzgers have lived in Miami since Ike's retirement in
1949 after thirty-six years with the Electrical Division on the Pan-
ama Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Koperski flew to Danville, California,
in July to visit Bob's mother, Mrs. R. A. Koperski (Mabel) and Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Elliott (Barbara Koperski). From there, Bob and
Marjean took a sightseeing trip by camper through California, Ore-
gon, and Washington into the Canadian Rockies, visiting Banff, Lake
Louise, and Jasper National Park. They stopped in Milwaukee, Ore-
gon, to attend the wedding of their niece, Billie Ruth Marsh to Les-
ter Howard Wallace on August fifth.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester H. Wallace, of Oak Grove, Oregon, are
planning a Christmas visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. T.
Marsh, of Margarita, Canal Zohe. Billie was born in the Canal Zone.
and graduated from Cristobal High School. Both Lester and Billie
are seniors in Linfield College in Oregon and will graduate and re-
ceive Teacher's Certificates in January.-The Metzgers, Miami, Fla.
"John and Betty Muller drove out West, leaving home in De-
Land, Florida, on September 8. Their first stop was at the home of
brother Bill and Jean Muller, Beverly, and Dean in Garland, Texas.
Next, we stopped at the home of our daughter, Mrs. Pete Wright
(Joan), in Minco, Oklahoma, where we saw the latest grandsoh-
he gets cuter every time we see him. We then stopped in Albuquer-
que, New Mexico, to see Mrs. Margaret Muller, Adriehne Muller
Neuhaus and Kathryn Muller Peabody with all of Kitty's family,
Gail, Margana, Jaquelin and Martin. The trip was mainly taken
for the Triennials of the General Grand Council, Royal and Select
Masters International and the General Grand Chapter, Royal Arch
Masohs, International at the Hotel Sahara in Las Vegas, Nevada.
John was representing the Chapters and Council of the Canal Zone.
We met while in Las Vegas and had a pleasant reunioh with Vic
and Margaret Robison, formerly of Albrook Air Force Base in the
Canal Zone. After an eventful ahd wonderful week in Las Vegas, we
drove to Anaheim, California, to see brother George and wife Wini
Muller and their three children, Peggy, Richard and Douglas. On
our return trip, we stopped at Lake Havasu to see the London
Bridge in the Arizona desert. It was fantastic! After miles and miles
of riding through the Mojave Desert, we stopped in Kerrville, Texas,
to see The Rev. and Mrs. John B. Fields, Jr. We spent three very
pleasant days with them.
It was about time to be getting back to our nice little condomin-
ium in DeLahd, so to end the trip of five weeks, we speht the last
long miles just traveling."-Mr. and Mrs. John W. Muller.
Lou Hasemann, reporting from the BOLD CITY (Jacksonville,
Florida)-"Mrs. Fred Hensler recently spent some time in San Jose,
Costa Rica. Her mother was up here on vacation and was suddenly
stricken with a heart attack while visiting Mr. and Mrs. Dick Mallett,
of Greeh Cove Springs, and was rushed to the local hospital. Sihce
she was from a high altitude, the doctor recommended that she re-
turn to her native lahd for recovery. Mrs. Hensler visited all her rela-
tives while in Costa Rica. I'm happy to report that Fred is doihg
real well, however, still inactive.
Ruth and Charley Hollahder have recovered from their recent
battle with illness. Ruth is feeling real well ahd tackling her daily
chores like a youngster. Charley keeps busy watching ball games and,
of course, the Sunday Pro football Games. Both send regards to
their many friends around the States and "down yonder."
Emily and Louis Snedeker are back On the active list once more
after a siege of illness. Emily has been doctoring at the famous
Urology Clinic in the Bold City, and incidentally this is the same
Clinic Lou Hasemann is "doctoring". The McIver Clinic is famous
throughout the southeastern region and a place worthwhile investiga-
tihg-especially those suffering from kidney, bladder and internal
Mrs. Gayle Tolbert (nee Gayle Hasemann) and her twin sons
Mark and Marshall are just fine. The twins are growing like weeds
ahd quite adjusted to Florida weather and traditions.
Here is a Special Announcement-Mr. and Mrs. Mike Barnwell
(Gracie Hensler, formerly from Balboa) were presented with a baby
girl, born in September ih St. Vihcents Hospital.
Pearl and Carrie Brown are enjoying life and getting around
the State. Carrie still is interested ih the bridge club which also
includes Helen Barrett, formerly of Balboa.
Lou Hasemann has been performing volunteer work at the
local county jail. Lou is performing special duties in the central
control section with the crisis intervention bureau.
Irene and Lou recently had a hice letter from Teadorra Dise-
fano, formerly of Pedro Miguel. Teddy is presently in Columbus,
Mississippi, attached to the School of Nursing MSCW.
If any old timers know the address of Charles Mocus, formerly
with the Bureau of Posts, Air Mail section, Balboa, please contact
Lou Hasemann who is anxious to contact him.
Irene and I are anxiously awaiting news from our daughter Irene
in Oildale, California. We are expecting an addition in the grand-
children league sometime around the 24th of October."
Mrs. Jessie Degenaar, of Dunedin, Florida, returned in late
October to her home from a visit with her daughter and son-in-law,
Lt. Commander ahd Mrs. Gerald Durfee, (Joan Degenaar) in San
Juan, Puerto Rico. The Durfees were transferred to San Juan in
April, 1972, from Monterey, Califorhia, where Jerry received his
Master's Degree from the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey.
He is now on the Commuhications Staff of the Commander, South
Atlantic Force. Lt. Commander ahd Mrs. Durfee will be stationed
in Puerto Rico for a tour of two years.
Florida WELCOMES two well-known Zone retirees who had
originally chosen other States for their retirement home. The new
address of Dr. and Mrs. I. Robert Berger (from Virginia) is: 7506
Gulf Drive, Apartment B-2, Holmes Beach, Florida 33510. Mr. and
Mrs. Kerner E. Frauenheim who chose La Mesa, California, also will
be Florida residents after October 1-6583 Grand Bahama Drive,
News from Roger C. Hackett, former Dean of the Canal Zone
College, how residing in Raleigh, North Carolina-Fortunately, Dean
Hackett, who was hospitalized the last of August for minor surgery,
is now doing fine and reports the same for the family. However, his
apt comments on the cost of medical care, both for himself and a
minor illness of his grandson, Lyon Walsh, are of interest. His grand-
son was billed, among other items, for 50c for FOUR aspirins. "I
suspect that the cost to the hospital was quite possibly less than Ic
each. The other part of the 50c I suppose was overhead and service.
Aside from what I have related above, we have all maintained pretty
good health since my retirement ten years and one month ago. Hope
I can say the same thing at the end of another decade (if I can say
anything at all!), but, I, of course, realize that the chances are not
so good." Perhaps, Dean Hackett is basing his assumption of life
expectancy as a result of recent research on his part, "A few days
ago we got to talking about the Canal Zone school people that we
knew who have 'passed to that bourne whence no traveller re-
turns.' One name would suggest another, and after a time I decided
to write down the names of the approximately 30 that we had come
The Hacketts bought a cottage in Long Beach, North Carolina,
in 1969 and enjoy spending their vacations at the cottage.
Bobbie, Martha Lu and Roger send Best Wishes to friends.
NEWS FROM NEW JERSEY-Betty (Searcy) Rathgeber-
This has been a very full year so far. Our grandson arrived on Feb-
ruary 9th and is the apple of our eye. Linda came home at Easter
time from her Peace Corps assignment in Barbados, West Indies, to
see her new nephew and visit with the family.
Saturday, July 29th, we had our annual Canal Zone reunion at
the home of our daughter Penny and husband Bill here in Glass-
boro. We had a wonderful turn out, starting at 10 a.m. Those who
came were: Frank and Jean (Kalar) McAndrew, Moscow, Pennsyl-
vania; Leonard and Olive (Kalar) Krouse, Springfield, Pennsylvan-
ia; Eleanor (Hammond) Schwinderman, Ramsey, New Jersey (Au-
gust couldn't make it as he was in Mexico on business); Frank and
Elizabeth (Tonneson) Key, Dumont, New Jersey; Frank and Pat
Key, Jr., Willingboro, New Jersey; Agnes (Tonneson) Jamke, Ten-
afly, New Jersey (Ed was on business in Germany); Edward and
Jane Curtis, Woodbury Heights, New Jersey; Bill (Satchie) and
Betty Hanna, Dallas, Pennsylvania; Glen and Wilma (Reynolds)
Kirkpatrick, Rochester, New York; George and Catherine Lowe,
Wilmington, Delaware; Jack and Gloria Brown and son Allen, North-
port, New York; Catherine (Tede Duff) Lyng, Rochester, New
York; Jack and Grace (Jones) Carey, Ann Arbor, Michigah; John
and Mary Carey Jr. and four children, Pitman, New Jersey; Lt. Col.
Henry and Jean Brewerton, Cornwall on the Hudson, New York
(Did you all see Henry as a judge at the swimming competition at
the Olympics on TV?); Bryan Duff, Stanley, New York; Bruce and
Jackie Onderdonk, Glastonbury, Connecticut; Norine (Rathgeber)
Lucas and son Keith, Brick Town, New Jersey; Bernice (Rathgeber)
Jackson, Des Plaines, Illinois; Bill and Midge (Dennis) Bain, Prince-
ton, New Jersey; Josephine (Dennis) Konover, Princeton, New
Jersey; Tate and Toodles (Warren) Setzer, Washington, D. C.;
Culbert Shedlock, Trenton, New Jersey and St. Petersburg, Florida;
and the five of us.
We had a wonderful time visiting, with some singing all the old
school songs. In the evening, Jack Brown showed slides of previous
reunions and a clam bake they had at their home in Long Island.
Bryan Duff also showed some slides. About 11, we broke up, some
heading home and others to a motel. Sunday morning about 20
met for coffee and rolls, saying bye til next year. This is such a
wonderful weekend, one we all look forward to, seeing each other
again and getting caught up on all the news. If anyone would like
to be included next year, let us know.
To the ones that missed it this year, we all missed you and
hope to see you at the reunion next year.
In August, Jack and I took a trip to Maryland to visit Jane Cur-
tis' auht and uncle with Jane and Eddie. Theh Jack and I drove
to Springfield, Virginia, and visited with Walter and Harriet (Ott-
man) Jones-they were unable to attend the reunion. We had a
wonderful visit with them and saw a lot of Washington and Vir-
October 6th was a great day in the home of Ed and Carol Rath-
geber with the arrival of their son. Eddie Jr. arrived with a great
performance, weighing in at 11 pounds. He will have a lot of mother-
ing, having five sisters.
Yes, we have had a very full year.
When mailing in her dues for 1973, Mrs. Frances Schewe wrote
that she wouldn't be able to send any Christmas cards to her friends
this year. Her hands do not work too well. She will be very glad to
hear from friends who still remember her. She wishes them all happy
holidays. She just passed her 94th birthday.
Mrs. Charlotte Eckert, of Bradenton, Florida, enjoyed a two
week visit from two of her grandchildren in the fall. The children,
Tom and Tracy Trobridge, 12 and 13 years old, made their first
flight alone from Washington D. C. to Sarasota. Their parents are
Marie and Gerry Trobridge, of Glenelg, Maryland. Mrs. Eckert's
daughter, Marie Trobridge, grew up on the Canal Zone and is a
graduate of Balboa High School and Iowa University. "We had a
ball, and they reported to their parents- 'It was a grand visit and
Gram is real mod. "Now, I ask you, is that a compliment? I'm not
HEP to these 1972 children. Anyway, we all enjoyed them!" See
News from Abbie K. Walker, Falls Church, Virginia. "The en-
closed obituary (Lyle Womack) will sadden the hearts of all those
old timers who knew Lyle as my brothers and I did. They will also
recall his marriage to Ruth Elder, who with Capt. George Halde-
man attempted to fly the Atlantic but crashed near the Azores in
The Barton C. Woodruffs, Lois and B. C., of Arlington, Virginia,
send regards to old timers who remember them. I had a nice chat
with them recently, renewing the old days. I'm sorry to relate B. C.'s
eyes are failing him rapidly.
Ruth and "Chuck" Van Steenberg, of Silver Spring, Maryland,
said to tell Dan and Barbara Kiley of Balboa a big hello from them.
Ruthie has just recovered from a serious spleen operation. A cheery
card from old friends would help. Their address is 2510 Briggs
Chaney Road, Silver Spring, Marylabd.
Mrs. Mary B. Slocum, formerly of Falls Church, is now in a
nursing home in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mrs. Rosetta Millette-"Etta" to us-flew to Kansas City,
Missouri, October 4th to spend some time with her son and daugh-
ter-in-law, Tom and Thelma Millette. "Etta" lives in Arlington,
Virginia, with her daughter, Mrs. Rosemary Gilliard who send greet-
At this writing, the Walkers are expecting a visit from our
nephew, wife, and son, Charles and Nina DeTore, on vacation from
Coco Solo, Canal Zone.
A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL and Please God, a
BETTER New Year for everyone.
Wilma and Slim Bauman returned from an extended trip to
Greece and Turkey in late May and were happy to receive friends
and relatives from the Canal Zone as guests in their home in Fair-
hope, Alabama. Among the guests were Mr. and Mrs. Russell T.
Wise, Mrs. Norman Smith, Mrs. Charlotte Herr, Mr. and Mrs.
Harry C. Egolf, Mr. and Mrs. Earl W. Sears and Mr. and Mrs.
James W. Hearne and son John.
Many ex-Canal Zoners attended the wedding of Cynthia Mary
Bullock in Millbrae, California, in September. The reunion of old
Canal Zone friends, some of whom had not see each other for years,
was as much cause for celebration as the wedding itself. Attending
were: Dr. and Mrs. Louis H. Crowl, Sacramento; Miss Mary Darley,
from London; Mr. and Mrs. Alan N. Dodd, Palo Alto; Mr. and Mrs.
Donald F. Scott from Calistoga and their daughter, Mrs. Alfred
Bernard from Woodside; and Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell T. Smith,
REMINISCING-J. Floyd McTyier, St. Petersburg, Florida-
"I have been reading with much interest the September issue of
the RECORD and a very sad thought came to my mind-namely, I
am the only living member of the original staff of the YMCA Club-
houses erected on the Canal in 1907 that were begun during the ad-
ministration of Mr. Stevens and completed after General Goethals
took over. The list of the original staff members were: A. Bruce
Minear, General Director; William H. Baxley, Director of Culebra
YMCA Club; Merten J. Stickel, Cristobal-Ancon; Ralph R. Wolf,
Gorgona; and myself, Empire. Yes, the first four have passed on. Mr.
Floyd C. Freeman, who joined the Staff after all the buildings were
completed as Associate General Director, died in 1969.
So, I, almost 92 years of age, am the only survivor. We were all
listed as members of the National YMCA Staff of New York. At the
conclusion of my two years' term, Mrs. McTyier and I returned to
New York where I completed 40 years' service as a YMCA Secre-
tary and have been retired 30 years. I am still active as President of
the Retired YMCA Chapter for the Southern area of Florida. ..
The YMCA Clubhouses did serve a good purpose on the Canal
and were there at the request of President Roosevelt. I knew him
personally and was on the reception committee who greeted Col.
Goethals when he arrived in Cristobal."
"Paul and Blanquita (McNatt) Schield gave a cocktail buffet
party at their home on 30 September. Among the out-of-town guests
were ex-Zonites Jill Hutchings (Mackaig) and Beverly Shaw (Tib-
betts). During the 1950's, Beverly worked for the Army, and Jill
was a legal secretary for PCC General Counsel's Office. Jill and
Patrick Hutchings have a delightful hilltop home in the Palos Verdes
Peninsula, Los Angeles.
Robert and Beverly Shaw were expecting his parents, Col. and
Mrs. Shaw to arrive from Santa Clara, Panama, for a three-week
visit. It was a lovely evening with close good friends.
Coincidentally, another old friend of ours, Judy Hoopes, called
from the San Francisco Airport en route to Saigon for another year.
Judy is assigned in Saigon by the Army and finds time to have Viet-
namese foster children. Her parents and two brothers, David and
Ed, live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Back in Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, newly retired Jack and
Sonia McNatt were happily building their dream house off 50th
Street, Panama, near most of Sonia's relatives-a real family com-
pound. A housewarming family reunion is in the works for early
1973."-Blanquita Schield, Livermore, California.
Ed and Grace Mac Vittie reporting from Arizona: "This sum-
mer we had a wonderful visit with F. R. (Bob) and Pete Johnson
who are now in Plantation, Florida, at their summer cottage located
at Torch Lake. T. G. (Gerry) Relihan also joined us there, and we
played golf, swam, toured the country, and drank cocktails on their
lovely lawn overlooking the Torch Lake. On our way back to Sun
City, we stopped in Roanoke, Virginia, and spent a wonderful eve-
ning with Frances Moomaw had a grand time at the Hotel Roa-
noke and a marvelous dinner. Frances looks very good, and I re-
commend that all her friends stop by and say hello. Ih Fairhope,
we were the guests of Max and Bernice Finley. Saw the Russel
Wises, Slim and Wilma Bauman, the Koontzes and many others.
The community in Fairhope is growing, and it was impossible to
see all the gang in the three days we were there.
"It is grand to be back here for the winter and golfing daily.
Hope to get down to Green Valley to see the Ashtons, Lerchens,
Browders and many others. Had news from Phil and Dot Thornton
from Rome, Italy, where they are touring the country. They spent
a few days with the Kells, formerly of the Payne and Wardlaw
BEST WISHES from our household and may those coming
through Sun City stop ih and say hello. A grand welcome sign is
Josh and Barbara Cunningham, of Kent, Washington, had
summer visitors who went traveling with them. Barbara's sister
and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Cowell, of Hicksville, Lohg Is-
land, visited awhile in Washington, getting re-acquainted with Mr.
and Mrs. Jay A. Cunhihgham and four children. On August 26th,
the Cunninghams and Cowells drove to California. They stopped
in San Francisco for some sight-seeing and then went on to visit
with the Cunningham's daughter, Linda Jane, and family. The J. J.
Griffins recently bought a house in Simi Valley. All of the family,
including one-year-old Johnny and three-year-old Barbie, enjoyed
swimming in the backyard pool. The Cowells flew back to New
York via a 747 Luxury Liner on August 31st, and Josh and Barbara
stayed until September 8th. Barbara drove the 1100 miles home
as Josh had had an eye operation August 2nd.
Upon arriving home, there was a letter from the Michael E.
Cunninghams with good news. In February, Mike had been trans-
ferred to the Canal Zone for a tour of duty as an air traffic con-
troller at Albrook Air Force Base. Mrs. Virginia Cunhingham and
children joined him there the last of March. Stephanie (born March
6th) became ill in May and was in and out of Gorgas Hospital.
Finally, in June she was admitted to the Children's Hospital in
Houston, Texas, where she remained until early August. Virginia's
letter says that the doctors are impressed with Stephanie's recovery
and steady improvement. Stephanie has had chicken pox, pneu-
mohia, virus, and something else not yet determined although hun-
dreds of tests have been taken. During this trying time, employees
and co-workers of the FAA have been most understanding and
helpful. Mike was able to get a transfer to Houston, Texas, so
the family could be together. Their address is: 5218 Milwee Apt.
#37, Houston, Texas 77018. We are so happy to get the news
that Stephanie is home, also.
Jay and "Jari" Cunningham have also had summer visitors and
problems. Mr. and Mrs. Guertin Trachier visited in July and Au-
gust. Mrs. Trachier arrived in July to help baby-sit grandchildren
Leah, Adina, Jay Jr., and Danny. Adina had heart surgery ahd
Danny, a badly burned arm. Both are doing well now.-Barbara
William J. McKeown is again on the Canal Zone. He writes
that he took a trip from the Zone to San Jose, Costa Rica, but
stayed only two days as it had changed so much since his visit there
ih the 1940's. "I just didn't enjoy it. You take your life in your
hands trying to cross a street; the traffic is so heavy. My regards
OLD FRIENDS MEET-Bill Deming and Steve Bailey laugh
over old times as Steve collects a B.A. degree from Gustavus
Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. Bill, who has completed
an enlistment in the U. S. Army, came from Bimiji College to at-
tend Steve's graduation. Both grew up in the Canal Zone. Steve
is the son of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Bailey; Bill's parents are Judge
and Mrs. John Deming.
Dues payments brings news of old friends: Mr. W. T. Melanson,
Belmont, Massachusetts, who retired from the Industrial Division
in January, 1958, sent in dues for two years along with best wishes
to old friends. He states that he is in fairly good health, except for
emphysema-"due to not stopping cigarettes until four years ago.
Both my wife and I appreciate receiving the Canal Record every
quarter and wish they came more often-but, do realize that is not
Mrs. Raymond C. Hess (Mary C.) reports on her Dad when
paying his dues-"He is now 87 years of age and in reasonably good
health for that many years. He had a couple of hospital trips this
past year but seemed to bounce back from each far better, I know,
than I will at his age. However, he did not quite feel up to his
usual summer trip East to visit other relatives or his dear and be-
loved State of Virginia and his many friends there.
My sister, Agnes, who has lived in Pennsylvania for a good
many years, is how in the process of a retirement move to South
Carolina. She came out to visit us for a couple of weeks along with
her husband Jim. We all hope that with spring and nice weather
that we can go for a visit and see her new home.
I retired oh June 30th after more than 25 years of Govern-
ment service--partly to keep an eye on Daddy. I had intended to
work a few years longer, but the President's special concessions for
early retirement, I was able to retire this year. I am really ehjoy-
ing every minute of it ahd wonder now how I ever had time to work."
THANKS to two wonderful ham operators Mary Jane
(White) Paulson, Gatun, and Walter Campbell, Clearwater, Florida
-from the Al Pates of Gatun. "For a couple of years, they have
been making phone patches for retired Canal people between the
Zone and Florida. I don't have the exact number, but it is terrific.
Walt Campbell is confined to a wheel chair and is in pain constantly,
but to talk to him one would never know it. He is a tremendous
person. Walt's address is 1975 Green Hill Drive, Clearwater, tele-
New members, Captain and Mrs. J. Grigore, Jr., USNR, for-
merly of Fort Amador, Canal Zone, are new Florida residents -
Venice. They planned to leave ih November for three or four months
in Gema, Ghana, where Captain Grigore has an assignment with the
International Executive Service Corps.
Captain Grigore has written a book, "Coins and Currency of
Panama" which has recently been released.
John C. Wainio, a 1962 graduate of Balboa High School, has
been admitted to the North Caroliha State Bar. Mr. Wainio is the
son of Robert A. Wainio, Chief of the Canal Zone Customs Division,
and Mrs. Waihio, of La Boca. After being graduated from Balboa
High School, Mr. Wainio enrolled in the University of North Caro-
lina from which he was graduated in 1966 with a degree in inter-
national studies and political science. After serving with the U. S.
Marine Corps in Vietnam as an infantry lieutenant, he resumed
his studies upoh being discharged. After graduation from the Uni-
versity of North Carolina law school, he took up duties as a trust
administrator with a Durham, North Caroliha, banking firm. John
is married to the former Sandra Weigle, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William Weigle, of Margarita. She is a business teacher at North-
ern High School in Durham.
Sam W. Maphis, a former second generation Panama Canal
employee who worked with the Marine Bureau from 1966 to 1968,
has used his two years with the Canal to help earn his master of
science degree from the University of Colorado. As Staff Assistant
to the Marine Director, Mr. Maphis served as a member of the
1967 Navigation Improvements Panel headed by A. L. Gallin, then
chief of the Navigation Division and presently Chief of the Indus-
trial Division. This panel made a study of possible physical im-
provements to the Panama Cahal to achieve ultimate Canal capa-
city. One of these was concerned with cutting the time that ships
spent in Canal waters by using various methods of ship transit
Mr. Maphis based his master of science thesis on the formula-
tion of a computer model to evaluate traffic flow through the
Panama Canal ... In preparing his thesis, he made use of a com-
puter at the University of Colorado in developing a scheduling
procedure to give better service to the ever increasing number of
ships arriving at the Canal for transit.
Sam Maphis is the son of two former Panama Canal employees.
His father, the late Sam Maphis, was connected with the Canal
Zone Customs and his late mother was an employee of the Per-
sonnel Bureau. After graduating from Balboa High School, Mr.
Maphis received a degree ih mechanical engineering from the Uni-
versity of Colorado and served with the U. S. Army Corps of En-
gineers before joining the Panama Canal organization. He is pre-
sently City Engineer for the city of Boulder, Colorado.
Cohnie Clinchard, who was graduated from Balboa High School
in 1969, has completed her studies at Palm Beach Junior College
in Florida where she recently received an academy of science de-
gree in dental hygiene. In addition to graduating with honors,
Miss Clinchard passed both state and national board examinations
in her field. She is currently employed in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Connie is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William H. Clihchard, of
Lake Worth, Florida, who left the Canal Zone three years ago when
Dr. Clinchard retired after serving as a dentist at Gorgas Hospital.
Walter G. Brown, Jr., a graduate of Balboa High School, Class
of 1961, was recently awarded a master's degree in economics from
the University of Florida in Gainesville. His master's thesis was
on the Panama Canal and its impact upon the Republic of Panama.
Mr. Brown went to the Isthmus before writing his thesis to obtain
first hand information. After graduating from the University of
Florida, Walter entered the U. S. Air Force and took flight training
at Craig, AFB, Alabama. After graduation as a pilot, he remained
at Craig as an instructor pilot. Upon discharge from the Air Force
with the rank of captain, he resumed his studies at the university.
Mr. Brown's father, a third generation Canal employee, retired
from Canal service in the Industrial Division in 1970. Both the
father and the grandfather of the senior Walter G. Brown were
construction day employees. Walter Jr. has recently taken a posi-
tion with Maas Brothers in Tampa, Florida.
Members of the Flynn family and relatives were very proud
and had a most delightful time in Athens, Georgia, last August 16th.
Marilyn L. Flynn, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Peter G. Flynn,
longtime residents of the Canal Zone, received her Doctor's Degree
in Education from the University of Georgia, at Athens on that date.
Dr. Flynn, born on the Canal Zone, is a graduate of Balboa
High School and received her Bachelors Degree from Bradley Uni-
versity, Peoria, Illinois. She has two Masters Degrees-one from
Bradley University and one from San Fernando State College in
California. Dr. Flynn was one of the first teachers appointed when
"Special Education", which has been her major study, was initiated
in the Canal Zone Schools.
Out-of-town guests attending her graduation at Athens were
Capt. and Mrs. William Kessler and family (Mrs. Kessler is Dr.
Flynn's twin sister (Babe) of the Canal Zone); Dr. and Mrs. Charles
P. Farley, Jr. and family (Mrs. Farley is the former Joanne Flynn),
of St. Louis, Missouri; Mr. and Mrs. John Geerer (Mrs. Geerer,
Marilyn's cousin, is the former Betty Jane Kenealy) and Marilyn's
aunt and uncle, Lt. Col. and Mrs. Gordon H. Crabb, of Massapequa,
Dr. Flynh's other sister, Mrs. Charles S. Stough (the former
Jeanne Flynn) ahd her husband, Col. Charles S. Stough (Ret.)
reside on the Canal Zone but spend all their leisure time at their
lovely home "Poco Loco", at Coronado in the Republic of Panama.
Marilyn's brother, Peter Flynn, resides in Northridge, California,
with his wife Rae, and three lovely daughters.
There were many lovely parties given in Marilyn's honor before
graduation, and on the evening of graduation a reception and cock-
tail party was given at Tara Hall for fifty guests.
Dr. Flynn has accepted a professorship at Illinois State Univer-
sity of Normal, Illinois.-submitted by Ellen (Roberts) Crabb, Mas-
sapequa, L. I., New York, who added a personal note-"We hope
to really make the Reunion this year. Something has always in-
terfered in the past with our attending. I am the "Oldtimer" mem-
ber in our house. I also graduated from Balboa High School-the
year we'll leave unmentioned!"
George Wallace Loudon, son of Mr. ahd Mrs. George Loudon
(Marie Helstedt, Colon Hospital) of Syracuse, New York, is now
studying for his Doctorate at the University of Nebraska.
Beth (Lockridge) Huls, from Jupiter, Florida, has been named
to the NATIONAL EDITION OF OUTSTANDING ELEMEN-
TARY TEACHERS. Beth teaches learning to disabled children
at the Eisenhower Elementary School, Palm Beach County. The
Volume gives a complete biography of these teachers with emphasis
oh Leadership and Community Service.
Beth is the daughter of G. C. Lockridge, of St. Petersburg,
Frank S. Todd, who helped build the zoo at Summit Gardens
in the Canal Zone, has been appointed corporate curator of birds
for Sea World, Inc., ih San Diego, California. Frank was born and
raised in Panama.
Mr. Todd will be responsible for the health, care and acquisition
of birds for Sea World of San Diego, Sea World of Ohio and Sea
World of Florida-the latter scheduled to open late next year. He
will also serve as a consultant in the design of flight cages for the
For seven years Mr. Todd was curator of birds at the Los
Angeles Zoo. He helped establish the new Los Angeles Zoo's large
exotic and native bird collection, hold five "first breeding" records,
including the first hatching of toucans in captivity in the New World
and the first successful breeding of the harpy eagle. He has worked
on numerous television segments of "Animal World" for Bill Burrud
Productions and has authored articles for both technical and popular
Mr.. Todd lives with his wife Sherlyn and a daughter and son
at 888 Polland Street in San Diego.
Canal Zone swimmer Bob Connor has been named head swim
coach at the University of Oklahoma, effective October 1. Mr.
Connor was previously a physical education instructor at West Texas
State University in Canyon, Texas. He graduated from Balboa
High School and attended the University of Oklahoma on a swim-
Bob Connor was a champion swimmer during his high school
years in the Canal Zone and was awarded the Henry Grieser out-
standing swimmer award twice. While an undergraduate at the
University of Oklahoma, he was selected to the All-American College
Swimming Team in 1958. He received his bachelor of science de-
gree from the University of Oklahoma in 1961 and his master of
education degree from West Texas State in 1967.
Mr. Conhor is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Connor,
formerly of Gamboa and now residing in Clearwater, Florida.
Red carpet Cluber, Jack Campbell, earned Life Membership in
the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce by signing better
than 50 hew Chamber of Commerce members since Oct. 1, 1971.
Jack Campbell, Associated with John Cyrus Realty, Inc., was re-
sponsible for 52 new members.
Captain Axton T. Jones, who went to Cristobal as Port Captain
in 1959 and stayed on as Transportation and Terminals Director,
retired from service October 13, 1972. His successor is Col. Charles
R. Clark, former Lieutenant Governor and Special Assistant to the
As a prominent citizens and good friend of Panama, Captain
Jones has been honored by the Government of Panama with the Or-
der of Vasco Nunez de Balboa in the grade of Comendador. For his
cooperation with the business community of Colon, he has received
honors from the Colon Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agri-
culture. As a gesture of appreciation and gratitude for the assistance
and friendship offered Cunas employed in his bureau, the San Blas
Indiahs presented him with a set of specially made molas. He was
made an honorary fire captain by the Colon Fire Department, given
a Medal of Valor and a Citation for Meritorious Service by the
American Legion and made an honorary member of the Coloh Con-
After leaving the Isthmus in October, Captaih and Mrs. Jones
plan to tour the United States by trailer before settling in Cali-
fornia. Their current address is: 507 Sunset Avenue, Woodland,
Arthur J. O'Leary, Deputy Comptroller of the Canal organ-
ization for the past thirteen years, retired at the end of October.
Mr. and Mrs. O'Leary will make their new home in San Diego,
California-17302 Bernardo Oaks Drive 92128.
Mr. O'Leary first went to work for the Canal in 1951. Upon
his employment with the Canal, Mr. O'Leary became part of the
team which successfully accomplished the fiscal reorganization of
the Panama Canal Company and later was chairman of the special
task force for feasibility studies that led to the installation of the
computer in 1965. Arthur O'Leary has served as the Comptroller
of the Canal Zone United Fund since its inception and has taken
an active part in many civic and social activities of the community.
He has been the recipient of various awards under prior Governors
and recently was honored with special awards by Governor David
Also retiring from a special position of her own is Mrs. O'Leary
who since 1953 has been the organist at the Balboa Union Church.
In addition to playing the organ for all church services, weddings,
funerals, baptisms, and other occasions, Mrs. O'Leary promoted the
rebuilding and modernizing of the organ. In addition to her church
responsibilities, Mrs. O'Leary has for many years taught piano and
orgah and has inspired and developed a large class of enthusiastic
orgah and piano students. She has performed numerous organ
concerts on the Isthmus including the dedication of the new Moller
organ at the Cathedral of St. Luke's at Ancon.
The O'Learys have a son, Arthur, a graduate of the University
of California who is employed by International Multifoods, of Min-
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
August 4, 1972
Hot weather and summer vacations curtailed attendance at the
regular monthly meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc., held at the Gulfport Community Center Auditorium on August
4th. Eighty-seven, the lowest attendance at monthly meetings this
year, were present. The meeting was opened by President Hollowell
at 1:30 p.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Following
the Invocation, given by the Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, thirty
seconds of silent prayer were observed in memory of those who had
passed away since the July meeting. As their names were called
by the Recording Secretary, the following visitors, guests in the
Bay Area, and members who had been absent from monthly meet-
ings stood for recognition by the members.
Miss Dorothy Hahnigan-after October 1, Miss Hannigan's new
address will be Brockton, Massachusetts.
Mrs. Mildred Randall-West Palm Beach
Freeland Hollowell-Canal Zone, visiting his parents, Presi-
dent and Mrs. Ross Hollowell
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Caldwell-new residents of St. Petersburg
Mrs. June Stevenson and two children-Canal Zone, visiting
Capt. and Mrs. Sam Rowley, of Clearwater
Mr. Jack Rand-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Si Mansberg-Lafayette, Indiana
President Hollowell welcomed the members and guests. With
a new loud speaker and cooperation from the office at the Commu-
nity Center in curtailing outside hoise, President Hollowell expressed
his hope that all could hear without the confusion of the July
The Minutes of the July Meeting were read by the Recording
Secretary. As there were no corrections, the Minutes were approved
Mrs. Mann reported on Weddings, Births, Illnesses, Deaths ahd
news of interest from correspondence. A thank you note was read
from Mrs. Edward J. Cullen. The Secretary-Treasurer read the
names of the thirteen new members who had joined the Society in
Mr. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
the Cost of Living was up .6 of one percent since the August first
Cost of Living increase. On the bill to increase government con-
tributions to federal employee's health insurance premiums, the Ad-
ministration indicates it would support the Senate-approved bill that
would raise the government's present 40 percent contribution to 45
percent next year and then to 50 percent the following year, but
the Administration strongly opposes the House-passed bill that
would increase the government's contribution to 55 percent next year
and then raise it by 5 percent increments annually until the gov-
ernment's share becomes 75 percent. Though neither the House nor
Senate has passed legislation proposing annuity increases for fed-
eral retirees and their survivors such measures are now in the works.
Hopes for such legislation have been bolstered by President Nixoh's
signing, albeit reluctantly, the 20 percent Social Security increase
measure approved by Congress. Administration officials say the
President probably would be agreeable to a modest increase for
federal retirees-perhaps a 5 to 7 percent increase ...
Members sang Happy Birthday to Mrs. Ethel Askew, Mrs.
Dot Dworak, Mrs. Dorothy Hanners, Mr. Ernest Kieswetter and
Mr. Edward Cox. Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kieswetter celebrated their
47th Ahniversary and Mr. and Mrs. Randall Ford their 52nd ih July.
President Hollowell reported on their wonderful trip to Scot-
land-it was Mrs. Hollowell's first visit back home since she went
to the Canal Zone.
Currently, there were no definite plans concerning the group
trip to Panama. Possibly, it might be better to wait until after the
Reunion when there would be more time for planning. Mrs. June
Stevenson informed the Society of a Shrine trip from Tocumen to
Bogota over Washington's Birthday. Possibly members desiring to
go to the Zone might also be interested in that trip.
Members were invited by the President to speak on any recent
trips they had taken. As there was no response, the business meet-
ing was adjourned.
Coffee and doughnuts were served by the Refreshment Com-
September 1, 1972
President Hollowell called the September meeting of the
Panama Canal Society, Inc. to order at 1:30 p.m. Following the
Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, Chaplain,
gave an inspirational prayer. Thirty seconds of silent prayer were
observed by the assembled group in memory of members and friends
who had passed away since the August meeting. Seventy-five at-
tended the meeting.
As the Recording Secretary called the names of visitors and
members who had not been able to attend regular meetings, the
following stood for a special welcome by the group:
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sharp-recent retirees from the Zone, now
making their home in St. Petersburg.
Captain and Mrs. George Martin-Clearwater
Philip E. Briscoe-Takoma Park, Maryland, visiting his
mother, Mrs. Philip (Blanche) Briscoe in St. Petersburg
Carter Orr-St. Petersburg
Charles Hummer-St. Petersburg
Fred Mead-Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin J. Davis-recently from the Canal Zone,
now residing in Seminole, Florida
The President personally welcomed the members and visitors.
The Minutes of the August meeting were read by the Recording
Secretary. As there were no corrections, the Minutes were ap-
proved as read.
Current news was reported by the Secretary-Treasurer. Check
the December RECORD for information on weddings, births, deaths
and miscellaneous news.
Eugene I. Askew reported on a letter he had received from
Elmer Hack, of East Moline, Illihois. His mother who is 92 is now
in a nursing home.
As the Legislative Representative was vacationing in Wisconsin,
there was no news to report on the progress of any legislation per-
taining to Canal Zone retirees. Mr. Grady planned to return in two
Members and visitors sang "Happy Birthday" to the following
who celebrated their birth dates in September: Mrs. Virginia Harvey,
Mrs. Dorothy Hanners, Mrs. Ralph Frangioni, Mr. Cecil Banan,
Mrs. Ruth Baltozer, Mrs. Doris Cox, and Mrs. Howard Dworak.
Happy Anniversaries to Mr. and Mrs. Bud Esler, Mr. and Mrs.
Albert McKeown, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Schneider, Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph Hanners, Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Baumback, Mr. and Mrs. W. R.
Dixon, and Capt. and Mrs. Sam Rowley.
Regretfully, President Hollowell announced the resignation of
Mr. Cecil Banan as Chairman of the refreshment committee. Cecil
Banan has served efficiently on the committee for a number of years
and should be congratulated on the prompt and efficient service
from the kitchen at the Panama Canal meetings. He will be missed
by all. President Hollowell personally congratulated Mr. Banan on
a job well done. The President called for volunteers to take over
Mr. Banan's work. No one appeared interested, but Mr. Ernest
Kieswetter offered to take over the job until a replacement could
There was further discussion on the proposed charter trip by
air to Panama. Members interested were urged to sign up for the
trip which probably will not be scheduled until after the Reunion.
At the conclusion of the Business Meeting, coffee and dough-
nuts were served by the Refreshment Committee.
October 6, 1972
President Hollowell called the October meeting of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida to order at 1:30 p.m. The meeting was
almost an advance "teaser" of what to expect at the 1973 Reunion.
Members who attend regularly, members who have been absent,
some of whom were on vacation, new retirees to the Bay area, visitors
from the Canal Zone and other locations a total of 132 gay, ex-
uberant Zdnians who gathered at the Gulfport Community Center
Auditorium for the meeting exemplified that dynamic fellowship
characteristic of Zonians past and current.
President Hollowell led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance
to the Flag. After the opening prayer, given by Mrs. Mary Belle
Hicks, Chaplain, thirty seconds of silent prayer were observed in
memory of members and friends who had passed away since the
As the Recording Secretary called the names of visitors and
members who had not been able to attend regular meetings, the
following stood for special recognition:
Ruby Ford-retired hurse from Gorgas, now living in St. Peters-
Mrs. Harry Linker-St. Petersburg
Miss Rita Goulet-St. Petersburg
Mrs. George Daniels-Belleair Bluffs, Florida
Mrs. Ruthie Krziza-Los Rios, Canal Zone, visiting the Baum-
backs in Clearwater
Frank ahd Ann Cunningham-Lighthouse Point, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Spencer-Ancon, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Ted Henter-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Burton Mead-St. Petersburg
Chief and Mrs. Gaddus Wall-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Edith Spencer-St. Petersburg
Mr. ahd Mrs. T. C. Knapp-Clearwater
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kuhn-St. Petersburg
Captain Stuart and Margaret Townshend-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Helen Rhodes-Orlando
Mr. and Mrs. Matt Shannon-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Bea Minhix-St. Petersburg
Mr. Louis Eucker-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Barnard-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Josephine V. Johnson-Gulfport, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Orr-St. Petersburg
Miss Jane Holcomb-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Francis F. Hargy-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Emerson Fuller-St. Petersburg
The President welcomed the members and all "first-timers" at
the monthly meeting and expressed the hope that all return for
The Minutes of the September meeting were read by the Re-
cording Secretary. As there were no corrections, the Minutes were
approved as read.
Current news was reported by the Secretary-Treasurer. See
the December issue of the RECORD for details. Members
were sorry to learn that Mrs. Blanche Shaw, of Fayetteville, Arkan-
sas, had fallen but glad to know that she was with her daughter in
Colorado until she regains her health. The names of new members
since the September meeting were read. A Thank-You note was read
from Dr. Marjorie and Mrs. Nina Warner, of Bradenton, Florida.
The Legislative Representative, Mr. William Grady, reported
that Blue Cross-Blue Shield in addition to the increase in rates had
then cancelled some coverage. A group from Miami organized and
sued Blue-Cross-Blue Shield and won the case. Check if there is
any discrepancy in individual coverages. The Cost of Living as of
August 31 was reported up 1.2 percent. Antagonism between postal
and federal employees' unions has affected a compromise on the bill
to increase government contributions to the health insurance pro-
gram of government retirees. Mr. Grady predicts that the bill "pro-
bably will go to sleep." WRITE your representatives on bills af-
fecting federal retirees. Mr. Grady complimented Mrs. Marion
Greene of Sarasota as a CHAMPION letter writer on such matters.
President Hollowell announced that Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
had been appointed to fill the vacancy left by Captain Falk's death
on the Executive Committee. Mr. Hollowell urged members inter-
ested in the trip to Panama to sign up; the trip will not be scheduled
until after the Reunion. Possibly another trip will be arranged to
Disney World but 38 must sign up for the trip before arrangements
could be made. Again, it would be a one-day trip. Hotel reserva-
tions are difficult to get.
Happy Birthday was sung to members ahd visitors having birth-
days in October.
Members who had been on trips were asked to speak. See the
RECORD oh News About People.
President Hollowell again thanked Cecil Banan for his efficient
work in connection with the Refreshment Committee for several
years. He then expressed his appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest
Kieswetter and Mrs. Erna Hower for taking over after Mr. Banan's
Margaret M. Ward
Mitl eep onrrtow
We announce the deaths of the following:
Commander Joseph E. Andrews, U.S. Navy (retired), was
killed on October 17, 1972, in Panama in a head-on collision with
a taxi fleeing from a Natiohal Guard patrol car. Commander Ah-
drews entered the military service in 1942 as a pilot with the U.S.
Navy. He served in the Caribbean at a number of stations, includ-
ing Coco Solo in the Canal Zone from 1955 to 1957. He returned
to the Isthmus in 1965 as Chief of Regional Affairs in the Public
Affairs Office of the U.S. Southern Command. In 1969, he was
transferred to the 15th Naval District at Fort Amador as military
assistance officer. He retired from active duty in June, 1970, and
made his home in the Las Cumbres area. Surviving him are his
wife, Mrs. Bernice Ruth Andrews and five children.
Grover R. Barnes, Panama Canal locks employee, died sud-
denly on September 17, 1972, at his home in Balboa. Mr. Barnes
had been with the Canal Company since 1940 and was employed as
a welder on the locks since 1944. Surviving Mr. Barnes are his
widow, Mrs. Barnes of Balboa; a daughter, Mrs. Joan Lawrence,
of Houston, Texas, and two sons, Grover R. and James M., of Balboa.
Also surviving are five grandchildren; a sister and his mother who
live in Florida.
Mrs. Lillian Kingsland Bassler 79, wife of Captain Robert E.
Bassler, retired, died recently in Tampa, Florida. Surviving in addi-
tion to her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Timothy Woodruff, of
Panama City, a son, Col. Robert E. Bassler, Jr., U.S.A., of Virginia,
and six grandchildren.
John R. Bauer, 58, a guard supervisor on the Locks Security
Force, Marine Bureau, and resident of Balboa, died at Gorgas Hos-
pital on September 26, 1972. Mr. Bauer is survived by his widow,
the former Elsa Castillo, of Panama, two sobs, Roy and Edward,
a daughter, Gracie, one brother and six sisters.
Florence M. Bingham, 76, wife of William L. Bingham, former
chief of the Gatun Meteorologic and Hydrographic Branch, died
November 4, 1972, in Miami, Florida. Surviving her are her widower,
William L.; one son, William G., of Corozal, Canal Zone; two grand-
children, William Jr. and Deborah.
Mr. Daniel Bottonari and his oldest son, Thomas, were killed
instantly on Route 51, south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Octo-
ber 15, 1972. Mr. Bottohari was employed for several years in the
Mechanical Division in Cristobal, leaving there about 1949. Thomas
was born in Colon Hospital and was a graduate of Harvard. He had
just returned from a year's trip in Europe. Thomas was the grand-
son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas V. Kelly, of Zephyrhills, Florida. Their
daughter Mary (Kelly) Bottonari was a graduate of Balboa High
School, Class of 1943.
James Brown, of Lincoln, Rhode Island, passed away August
30, 1972, after a short illness. He retired from the Lighthouse
Division in 1951. He is survived by his widow, Eva H. Brown, two
sisters and two brothers.
Charles G. Calvit, 83, died November 4, 1972, in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Since his retirement from the Panama Canal, Mr.
Calvit has spent his summers ih Philadelphia and lived in St. Peters-
burg, Florida, during the winter months. Mr. Calvit was President
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida from 1953 to 1955. He is
survived by his wife, the former Miriam Nealey; a daughter, Mrs.
Virginia Pearl of Ocala, Florida; two sons, Paul Calvit, of Orlando,
Florida, and Robert Calvit, of the Canal Zone; seven grandchildren
and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Bertile O. Casanova, widow of Charles M. Casanova, for-
mer employee of the Mechanical Division, died at Coco Solo Hospital
on October 29, 1972. She had been a resident of the Isthmus since
1913. Surviving her are one son, R. C. Casanova, of Margarita,
and two granddaughters who live in Miami, Florida.
Mrs. Frederica O. Chase, wife of C. W. Chase, Jr., Assistant to
the Director of the Engineering and Construction Bureau, died
Wednesday morning, September 27, 1972, at Gorgas Hospital fol-
lowing a brief illness.
Mrs. Chase has been a well-known resident of the Canal Zone
since 1935 when she went to the Isthmus as a bride.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, John
P. Chase, of Woodbrook, Pennsylvania; and C. W. Chase III who
is stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Hood, Texas; and a daughter,
Carole F. Chase, a student at Duke University in North Carolina.
Mrs. Maria Julia Coburn, 85, widow of the late Merton A.
Coburn, a former employee of the Industrial Division, died Septem-
ber 1, 1972, at Gorgas Hospital. She is survived by her daughter,
Mrs. Mary Bristol, of Los Rios, with whom she has been living in
recent years; her son-in-law, Edgar Bristol; and three grandsons.
Mrs. Ethel Dayrel, 83, widow of Bertrand Dayrel, died on Oc-
tober 1, 1972, in Kent, Washington. Mrs. Dayrel had lived for 54
years on the Isthmus where her husband was employed with the
Panama Canal Company with the Motor Transportation Division.
She left the Canal three years ago to make her home with her son
Donald in Kent. He is her only survivor.
Henry Ehrman, 68, member of a prominent Panamahian family
and an employee of the Panama Canal Engineering Division for
more than 36 years, died in a hospital September 16, 1972, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Born in Panama, Mr. Ehrman attended schools
in Panama and in the United States and was employed by the Pan-
ama Canal engineers after he completed school. He made his home
in the Canal Zone. He was retired from service this year and was
living in Panama City. Surviving him are his widow, Ana Victoria
Arias de Ehrman; his son Henry Ehrman Jr.; and a daughter, Miss
Robert Fletcher, a former Zone employee, died in Dawson,
Georgia, on September 29, 1972. He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Verna (Steen) Fletcher, a former teacher oh the Canal Zone; a son,
Robert; and a daughter, Martha. Additional details are not known.
Mrs. Marjorie K. Gailey, wife of Grady Gailey, died August 28,
1972, at Gorgas Hospital. She was a teacher at the Fort Kobbe
Elementary School. Besides her husband, she is survived by a son,
Steven; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kines, and a brother.
Paul Whitman Garret, 63, died in San Antonio, Texas, on Oc-
tober 19, 1972. Mr. Garret formerly lived in Gatun, Canal Zone.
He is survived by his widow, Catherine Garret, of Kern City, Cali-
fornia. The Garrets moved to California from Jacksonville, Florida,
Mrs. Susan Gilbert, 76, widow of the late John F. Gilbert, and
a long time resident of the Canal Zone, died October 17, 1972, in
Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Gilbert is survived by six children, most of
them living on the Isthmus. They are sons, Dennis A., John F., Jr.,
and William J.; ahd daughters, Mrs. Mary Urey, Mrs. Mildred Pat-
ton, and Mrs. Stella Bounuri.
Mrs. May Jones, wife of Russell M. Jones, of Sanford, Florida,
died October 28, 1972. Information reported at the November 3rd
meeting of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Gulfport, Florida.
Mrs. Louis A. Hack (Augusta), 92, died in East Molihe, Illinois,
on November 5, 1972. Mrs. Hack is survived by two sons, Elmer
J., of East Moline, Illinois, and Louis H., of Cumberland, Mary-
land; ohe daughter, Mrs. Bertha McKay, of Anderson, California;
three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Kathleen H. (Clancy) Kelleher died August 20, 1972, in Boston,
Massachussetts, as the result of a kidney transplant. She was the
wife of G. Denhis Kelleher and mother of Sean Kelleher. She was
the daughter of the late Helen Clancy and Henry J. Clancy, of St.
Petersburg, Florida. She is also survived by a brother, Henry L.
Clancy. Mrs. Kelleher was a graduate of the Class of 1963, of Cris-
tobal High School.
John W. Kirchner, 81, a veteran sea captain, died October 23,
1972, in Bakersfield, California. Captain Kirchner joined the Pan-
ama Line in 1932 and remained with that company, except for the
duration of World War II, until his retirement. In 1939 Captain
Kirchner commanded the SS Ancon which sailed through the Pan-
ama Canal on the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Canal.
During World War II he was in command of hospital ships for the
Army. He returned to the Pahama Line in 1946, commanding the
SS Ancon again and the SS Cristobal before his retirement in 1956.
Captain Kirchner is survived by his widow, Willie, and a niece,
Perce Banks of Long Beach.
John J. Kotalik, Jr., 56, who was storage officer at Naval Supply
Facility, Rodman, until his retirement in 1968, died July 16, 1972,
in El Paso, Texas. He was employed with the Post Office Depart-
ment, Cristobal; served with the U.S. Navy and was later a civilian
employee of the Navy. Surviving him are his widow Carmen M.
Kotalik, El Paso, Texas; children, Sgt. John J. Kotalik, III, U.S.A.F.,
Newport News, Virginia; Mrs. Richard Morse of Balboa, Miss Bar-
bara Kotalik, El Paso; and two grandsons. Also surviving him are
his mother, Mrs. John J. Kotalik, Sr., Jacksonville, Florida; four
sisters, Mrs. John T. Barrett, Jr., Jacksonville; Mrs. F. Perry
Washabaugh Albion, Pennsylvania; Mrs. C. J. Collins, St. Peters-
burg, Florida; Mrs. William Graham, Margarita, Canal Zone; and
a brother Michael Kotalik, Anchorage, Alaska.
Joseph T. Kozlowski, 49, former administrative aide in the of-
fice of the Director of Canal Zone Postal Division, died November
6, 1972, in Manville, New Jersey, following a long illness. Mr. Koz-
lowski, who went to the Isthmus with the U. S. Armed Forces, was
later employed as a postal trainee with the Postal Division. In 1951
he was employed as a postal clerk and in 1965 was promoted to
Administrative Aide. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Modesta
Kozlowski, and six children.
Mrs. Alberta Lizotte, 72, retired nurse at Gorgas Hospital, died
October 16, 1972, in Burlington, Vermont. She was employed at
Gorgas Hospital as a staff nurse in 1950 and retired from service
in 1965. She is survived by her son, Robert, of Burlihgton, Vermont.
Mrs. Isabel Estrada McGeachy, widow of Albert V. McGeachy,
one of Panama's outstanding newspapermen, died in September in
the home of her daughter, Mrs. George Coleman, with whom she
has been living since the death of her husband. Besides Mrs. Cole-
man, she is survived by her son, Guillermo McGeachy, of Panama
City, and a daughter, Mrs. Esther Smith, of Los Angeles, California.
Mrs. Thomas McGinn (Edith) passed away on September 12,
1972, in Santa Barbara, California, after a long illness. She is sur-
vived by her husband and four sons.
Fred Meissher, 91, passed away in Hayes, Virgiia, on No-
vember 6, 1972. Mr. Meissner retired from the U. S. Army with
the rank of Captain ih 1931. Survivors are a son and daughter-in-
law, Mr. and Mrs. Russell C. Meissner, former residents of Los Rios,
how residing in Hayes, Virginia; a grandson, Carl Meissner, of La
Boca, Canal Zone; a granddaughter, Adele Meissner, of San Antonio,
Texas; and four great-grandchildren of La Boca, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Gertrude H. Mullins, 70, a long-time resident of the Canal
Zone, died recently at Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Mullins went to the
Canal Zone in 1924 with her husband, the late George W. Mullins,
who was a member of the Canal Zone Police Division. She is sur-
vived by her sons Earl E. Mullins, Gamboa; George W. Jr. and
Curtis L., both of Balboa; and a daughter, Mrs. James R. McCar-
rick, of Margarita.
John Joseph Murray, 90, former employee of the Dredging Di-
vision and a construction era employee, died September 28, 1972, in
Emporium, Pennsylvania. Mr. Murray went to the Canal Zone as
a machinist with the Isthmian Canal Commission in 1906. He was
transferred to the Panama Railroad Division in 1914 and later to
the Dredging Division. He remained with this unit until his re-
tiremdnt in 1944 as supervisor master dipper dredge operator. Be-
cause of his knowledge and experience, he was retained on the
permanent staff, advancing to construction engineer. Later, he was
an executive in charge of much of the wartime construction at the
Canal. He received the Theodore Roosevelt Medal for his contri-
bution to the early construction of the Panama Canal. His last visit
to the Canal Zone was in 1958-1959. He is survived by his widow,
Mrs. Maura Murray and a sister, of Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania.
Ralph Neville, former employee of the Canal Zone Fire Division
in Balboa, died August 4, 1972, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Born in
Ancon in 1913, Mr. Neville was the son of a construction-day em-
ployee. He attended Canal Zone schools and held a number of sum-
mer vacation jobs with the Panama Canal. He was employed by the
Fire Division in Balboa from 1938 to 1954 when he resigned. Sur-
viving him are his mother, Mrs. Phoebe Neville, of Junction City,
Arkansas; a son, James, of Memphis, Tennessee; and two daughters,
Shirley and Gail.
Herman Panzer, 57, an employee of the Panama Canal Locks
Division at Miraflores, died recently at Gorgas Hospital. A resident
of Diablo Heights, Mr. Panzer had been employed with the Panama
Canal for 27 years. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Lilyan Panzer,
and a son, Robert.
Lt. Thomas J. Polite, of the Canal Zone Police Force, died on
October 21, 1972, at Gorgas Hospital. A resident of the Zone for
over 30 years, Mr. Polite lived in Margarita with his wife, Mary Jane,
ahd two younger children, Sarah and Richard. Two older children,
Thomas and Debra live in the United States. In place of flowers,
donations are being sent to the Thomas Polite Memorial Fund, in
care of the Margarita Union Church. The funds will be used to
assist youth who find themselves ih difficulties. This cause was
close to Lt. Polite's heart.
Mrs. Edith M. Rowe, 90, widow of Captain S. G. Rowe, a
former pilot of the Panama Canal Organization, died in Wilmington,
North Carolina, September 13, 1972. She is survived by her daugh-
ter, Mrs. Edith Alley, of Wilmingtcn, North Carolina, a son, Wil-
liam G. Rowe, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and one granddaughter,
Pamela Rowe, of Charlotte, North Carolina.
R. B. Sager, 75, structural engineer formerly employed with the
Panama Canal Engineering Division, died at his home in Gulfport,
Mississippi, in September of 1972. Mr. Sager joined the Panama Ca-
nal Company as an engineer in 1939 and was assigned to special
engineering projects during World War II. He was in the Civil En-
gineering Branch for many years and following his retirement in
1959, he was reemployed to work as an engineer on the construction
of the Thatcher Ferry Bridge. He left the Isthmus in 1963 and with
the exception of a year as a consulting engineer in Alaska following
the earthquake, he has made his home in Gulfport. Surviving him
are his son, R. B. Sager, Jr., and a daughter Mrs. Jacquiline McDon-
nell, wife of Lt. Patrick McDonnell of the Cristobal Police; and
John C. Smith, a World War I veteran and a retired employee
of the Panama Canal, died recently in Gorgas Hospital. Mr. Smith
is survived by his wife, Blanca Rosa, and his children; Maribel, John
Richard, of Seattle, Washington, and Frankie, of Orlando, Florida.
William Hugh Sorrell, Sr., of Jacksonville, Florida, died in a
local hospital in October. Mr. Sorrell had lived in Jacksonville since
1959. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a
retired musician with the Navy. Survivors include his widow, Mrs.
Katharine G. Sorrell; a daughter, Mrs. Mary C. Scott of Jackson-
ville; two sons, William H. Sorrell Jr., Fort Lauderdale, and James
Andrew Sorrell, Jacksonville; four sisters and five brothers.
Sanford O. Specht, age 88, died October 31, 1972, in Portland,
Maine. Mr. Specht was employed by the Canal in 1914. He retired
with twenty-five years' service as Foreman Machinist, Mechanical
Division, Balboa, in 1946. He is survived by his wife, Marcia; a
daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Chisholm, of South Portland, Maine; and
a son, Stan 0. Specht, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Specht celebrated their 66th wedding
anniversary in June.
Mr. Specht was a life Member in Masonic Order AFAM 114,
of Bath, Maine; a member of the "Plus 60 Club of Portland"; also
held memberships in NARFE and the Panama Canal Society of
Mrs. Mary Lee Kelley Stouffel, whose "Kelley's Ritz" night-
club on Central Avenue, Panama, became internationally famous,
died in September in a nursing home in Pineville, Louisiana. "Kel-
ley's Ritz", in its heyday in the Thirties was Panama's classiest
night spot. Mrs. Stouffel was the supposed inspiration for Cole
Porter's "Panama Hattie", a successful Broadway musical.
Dow R. Walker, 90, retired mechanical engineer in the Panama
Canal Zone, died on October 23, 1972, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
After retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Walker (Mrs. Walker passed away
oh November 11, 1970) lived in Asheville, North Carolina, before
moving to St. Petersburg. Mr. Walker is survived by one brother,
William M. Walker, Clearwater, Florida.
Paul H. Warner, 75, the son of John F. Warner (death, Jan-
uary 12, 1955), the founder of the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
died dn September 10, 1972, in Bradenton, Florida. As his father
before him, Paul Walker participated in community life on the Zone
and in his retirement life. It is fitting to quote the last paragraph
of a letter to the Panama Canal Society from John F. Warner, writ-
ten on January 11, 1955. "Memory has painted a beautiful picture
of the rich friendships that were made and developed oh this Great
Ehgineering Project, and as we go on down the pathway of life, let
us ever strive to lend a helping hand, let us try and carry our visions
and efforts in a high plane, and as the Great Book of Life is closed,
may our good friends feel that their lives have been enriched by this
splendid friendship and association." Paul Warner has enriched the
lives of many.
Mr. Warner is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nina Warner; a
daughter, Dr. Marjorie Warher, and his mother, Mrs. Grace H.
Warner, all of Bradenton, Florida.
"We all were saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Henriette
Welch, of South Gate, Califorhia. She had happily celebrated her
100th birthday in May, 1972. Her daughter, Esther Currier, wrote
that Mrs. Welch enjoyed the trip to Atlanta and Florida in June.
She enjoyed seeing her new great-great grandchildren in Atlanta.
She entered a South Gate Hospital oh August 20 and after surgery
she passed on August 31, 1972. Both of Esther's daughters (Doris
and Donna) were in California ahd proved to be a great comfort."-
From Thelma Reppe, California Report.
G. Dorrance Wickham, 73, died September 6, 1972, in Wilmihg-
ton, Delaware, after a long illness. Mr. Wickham had been a resident
of the Wilmington area for 20 years. He was a meteorologist for
the U.S. Weather Service retiring in 1955. He is survived by his
wife, Mrs. Myrtice M. Wickham of Wilmington; two sons, Robert
Dorrance, of Houston, Texas, and Francis Chandler of New York;
a sister, Miss Frances A. Wickham, of Sarasota, and three grand-
Anha M. Wikingstad, 89, widow of former Panama Canal Pilot,
Captain K. M. Wikingstad, passed away in Sweetwater, Tennessee,
September 29, 1972. Graveside services were held at Memorial Park
in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is survived by her two daughters,
Ruth (Mrs. L. G.) Lakey, Maryville, Tehnessee, and Helen (Mrs.
K. M.) Ethridge, Sweetwater, Tennessee.
Randolph M. Wikingstad, 57, former assistant superintendent
of the Terminals Division, died August 16, 1972, in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Wikingstad, who was a second generation Panama Canal em-
ployee, was born in Paraiso, Canal Zone. He attended the Canal
Zone schools and worked for the Canal organization on summer
student jobs. He was employed as a clerk in 1932 with the Receiving
and Forwarding Agency in Cristobal and served with the U.S. Army
during World War II. He retired in 1966 because of ill health.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nancy H. Wikingstad, of Co-
lumbus, Ohio; his mother, Mrs. K. M. Wikingstad, Sweetwater,
Tennessee; and two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Lakey, Maryville, Tennessee,
and Mrs. Helen Ethridge, Sweetwater, Tennessee.
Lack of available space prohibits the printing of a poem written
by Nancy Wikingstad on August 18, 1972.-Editor.
From Frank F. Williams, Huntington Station, New York "I
should like you to publish the passing of my mother Mrs. J. Nellie
Williams, 85, who died July 20, 1972, at Frankfort, Michigan, after
a long illness. She made many friends on the Isthmus during three
separate visits to my then home in Margarita during the early 1950's.
She is survived by myself, another son, Ward W. Williams, of Royal
Oak, Michigan; a daughter, Mrs. Robert Page, of Birmngham, Mich-
igan; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren."
Lyle Womack 70, a former employee of the Dredging Division,
an amateur explorer and lion tamer, and the son and nephew of the
founders of the Womack American Whiskey Co. in Panama, died at
his home in Prineville, Oregon, September 10, 1972. Mr. Womack
died from a skull fracture caused by a kick from a pet burro two
months before his death.
Mr. Womack lived both in Panama and the Canal Zone during
the 46 years of off and on the Isthmus residence. His father, an old-
time railroader brought him to the Canal Zone from Pennsylvania
as a child in 1907. He was graduated from Balboa High School with
the class of 1920. After high school, he studied agriculture at the
University of Iowa. Mr. Womack went to the South Pole with the
first Byrd expedition and later worked at a lion farm in California.
On his return to the Zone, he took an active part in the foundation
of the famous beer gardens on the Pacific side. He resigned from
the Dredging Division in 1953 and returned to the West Coast.
Surviving him are his widow, the former Louise Tucker; a son
Lyle and a daughter Lyla Lou.
PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS of the
Panama Canal Retired Employees of Florida Blood Bank Fund
Article IX-Blood Disbursements
Satisfactory evidence that blood has been administered to any
member in good standing in any recognized hospital ih the United
States or the Canal Zone must be submitted to the Secretary-Treas-
urer. Upon such proof, the Fund will immediately replace from the
St. Petersburg Community Blood Bank of Florida any and all such
blood used for transfusions or make direct payment where replace-
ment is not possible.
We propose that Article IX be amended to read as follows:
Satisfactory evidence that blood has been administered to any mem-
ber in good standing in any recognized hospital in the United States
or the Canal Zone must be submitted to the Secretary-Treasurer.
Upon such proof, the Fund will immediately replace from the St.
Petersburg Community Blood Bank of Florida any and all such blood
used but not paid for by Medicare or Medical Insurance, or make
direct payment where replacement is not possible.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Are y'all right? Sure hope so, folks!
After a dry but beautiful summer, the welcome rains came to
freshen the trees and woodlands to a bright green. With a few cold
snaps, the trees burst into a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors, each
seeming to outdo the others. The air is so fresh, crisp and clear that
a deep breath makes you feel like a million! !
On just such a day, Sunday, October 15th, to be exact, the
Annual Fall Luncheon and business meeting of the Northwest Ar-
kansas Society was held at the Town and Country Restaurant in
Rogers, Arkansas. Seventy-four people gathered from all points of
the compass to renew the threads of acquaintances and weave a net-
work of news ...
Ed and Mildred Higgins said that they are getting ready for
retirement by remodeling and adding to their present home on Round
Mt. at Starsong. They are looking forward to family reunions and
friends' visits, so call area code 442-6815 if in the vicinity y'all
In June, Petie and Carl Maedl enjoyed a visit from their daugh-
ter and son-in-law, Pat and Jim Krough and three grandchildren
from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later, the Maedls took a six-week
trip to the West Coast, visiting briefly with Dora Hardy near Albu-
querque and in Gallup, Margaret and Claudio Iglesias, former mis-
sionaries to the San Bias Indians. They also dropped in on Mar-
velita (Iglesias) and her husband, Don Deyas in Las Vegas, finding
them busy and very happy. The Maedls spent several weeks in Van
Nuys, California, with their daughter, Pam and son-in-law, Vince
Gutowski and newest grandchild, Jennifer, arriving on her six-weeks'
birthday! 'Pam is currently working as a teacher's aide in special
education while Vince is attending college in Los Angeles. Heading
north, Petie and Carl took in Crater Lake, Oregon, where it was
snowing at the time. Driving on to Washington, they visited Alma
and Pat Petterson at their beautiful retirement home overlooking
Puget Sound at Grapeview. Alma was an old family friend of Carl's
back in Minnesota, and she and Pat had lived in Panama City from
1962-66. Pat was employed by the Tradex Corporation. They visited
with family and friends in Montana, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
Shortly after returning to Springdale, the Maedls went to Ft. Worth,
Texas, where Carl attended the NARFE National Convention as a
delegate from the Fayetteville chapter.
John P. Dougan, his wife, Marie, and daughter, Anne Marie,
visited John's parents, John and Audra Dougan in Springdale for
two weeks. While here, they made a trip to Maryville, Missouri,
their former home, and to Moberly, Missouri, to visit the three Bryant
grandchildren. The Jr. Dougans returned home to Washington after
Hurricane AGNES had visited that area.
Summer is the time for house guests, and everyone enjoyed
many visitors, hereabouts. Mrs. Elmer Nordstrom (Margaret Flynn)
stayed with the William McCues in Bentonville for a week. En route
back to the Canal Zohe, they stopped off to see the Roger Howes in
Titusville, Florida. Ruth and Morris Cherry from Salinas, California,
also spent a fortnight with the McCues, who entertained them royal-
ly with bridge and organ-playing.
Don't you just love surprises? The Bruce Sanders had their
share this summer and were delighted to have with them Mrs. Grace
A. (Mom) Sahders. She was the one surprised when she landed at
the Kansas City Airport to find her grandson (Taz) Captain Robert
Diaz and his wife, Lavina, from Topeka as well as the Carl Newhards
and Bruce and Dorothy to meet her! The next surprise was the
arrival of Bernice Hill, who had been visiting her son and daughter
in Louisville and Cincinnati and was en route back to the Canal
Zone. She decided that she was so close it would be a good idea to
drop in oh them To top it off, two days later, son Jack and wife,
Connie (Zemer) Sanders with little two-year-old Jennifer drove over
from San Jose, California. This made four generations together, for
most of the month of August. During this time, "Mom" Sanders
celebrated her 82nd birthday, one long to be remembered. Dorothy
and Bruce said that, after everyone left, their house was painfully
quiet, and only the many decisions involving the building of their
new home kept them occupied. Drop-in visitors included Kay and
Roger Howe from Titusville, Florida, Georgia Gwinn, Springfield,
Missouri, the Altoh Jones from Florida ahd the Jarvises from Balboa
who are considering this area for retirement.
John H. and Florence Terry visited Red and Alice Nail in Sep-
tember during their vacation from current jobs in real estate and
hospital work, respectively in Houston, Texas. James Pennington,
too, stopped for a "Howdy", saying that he gets "itchy" feet ohce
in awhile and enjoys a tour here and there! !
Ernest G. (Mike) and Kathryn (Glass) Mika have moved from
Pine Bluff to Rogers, Arkansas. Mike is a former Canal Zone
policeman, while Kathryn is the daughter of Karl D. Glass, retired
from the Canal Zone penitentiary in Gamboa and now living in
Diamond City, Arkansas. Their three boys, Mike, 17, Pat, 16 and
Tim, 13, and daughter Kathleen, 7, are all now students in Rogers'
schools. The boys are all Jr. Judo champions while Kathleen is a
potential gymnastic champion. Mike is now associated with Red
Nail in the security business, established by Red several years ago.
Robert K. and Ruth (Westman) Adams who left the Zone in
'71 are considering this area for a permanent home. They've been
traveling around the country, accompanied by their Pekinese friend,
Chiho, in a 28-foot Airestream and are now looking for a place big
enough for a garden and pony.
In August, the Terrells traveled to Mississippi for the annual
Terrell reunion and then went on to New Orleans for a visit with
Andrea (Terrell) and Paul Oliver. Plenty of sea food added to
the zest and enjoyment of the trip, in addition to returning with
some plantain. This is one of the few items we miss up here, though
we can get good avocados and beautiful mangoes in the local stores.
Fern and Karl Glass, Shirley and Tom Marine, Verna Peeler,
Maxine and Harold Austin with Valerie, Mike and Paul Welch, with
daughter Paula, Peggy J. Ellis and Dr. Elizabeth Thomas were all
newcomers to the luncheon and received a warm welcome.
Peggy Ellis said that she was visiting relatives in Fayetteville,
and saw so many former neighbors and friends at the luncheon.
Her niece, Dr. Elizabeth Thomas, who teaches in the University of
Arkansas and who worked, formerly in the Zone in 1945, was her
guest for a very pleasant visit with "us fine folks" ...
The Walter Reifs have purchased a Travel-Aire trailer and will
be nomads for quite a few months in the hear future. They are
heading for the Road Runner in Scottsdale, Arizona, and points
The Canal Zone "Sip and Sew" Club (unofficially so named by
the editor!) meets monthly and has enjoyed surprise visits from
Ruth Adams, June Borden, Bernice Hill and "Mom" Sanders. Bob
and Ruth Adams, Alberta and Curtis George, Gordon Diermeyer
and Electa and the Leo Eberenzes dropped in to see various friends
in the area. Janet and Ross Cunnihgham were the most recent
visitors and spent five days as the guests of the Carl Newhards.
New officers for the year 1972-1973 are: Mr. Bruce Sanders,
Jr., President; Mrs. Jessie Newhard, Secretary-Treasurer; Mrs.
Harry Butz, Sr., Reporter.
As this will be read near Christmas, may we extend Merry
Christmas Greetings to y'all and wish you a year full of happy re-
tirement days! -Lenor Butz, reporter.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
California's loss is Florida's gain: Esther Currier plans to re-
sign from her position and will go to St. Petersburg, Florida, to
live around the first of 1973 to be nearer her family.
Raymond and Irene (Laurie) Will, recently retired, have pur-
chased a home at 29642 Quigley Drive, Laguna Niguel, California
92677, and are in the process of getting settled.
Mr. and Mrs. George Poole, of Schenectady, New York, en-
joyed a bus tour with a senior citizen group, all over Canada. Hope
they will take advantage of the tours offered and come to California
one of these days.
Neil Lyhch, son of Dr. and Mrs. James Merriman Lynch of
Escondido, recently was selected as one of 11 trainees for the
1972 class of Assistant Director trainees under the Directors Guild
of American Producer Training Plan, which plan is administered
by the Association of Motion Picture ahd Television Producers.
Neil will be working on the "Irohside" program at Universal Studios.
Trainees will receive two years of on-the-job training and classroom
instruction which will prepare them as second assistant directors
and unit production managers. All trainees were tested at U. S. C.
in five hours of aptitude tests, and each faced a panel of ten for
individual questioning before being chosen. Neil's training in Social
Work was a great help ih the examinations.
New members, Amos and Helen Bierwagen of Hemet, are active
in the local Rockhound Club, and they are working with the Robert
Millers of Sun City to put together a series of photographs of
"Canal Stones" for publication in the LAPIDARY JOURNAL. As
former members of the Canal Zone Gem and Mineral Society, they
continue to hear from that club each quarter.
Mrs. Anthony Walters (Catherine) and daughter Delores W.
Allen, enjoyed a Scandahavian trip during July and August, 1972.
They went with a trip sponsored by L. A. Geographical Society:
Eleanor Barlow, Martie Lisowski and son Andy were with them on
the trip. Martie and Eleanor were the first white twins born on
the Zone-daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Barlow. Martie's
son Andy is a senior at Cal. Poly, Pomona, where Martie is one of
Hedwig (Sundberg) Seedborg ahd I had a marvelous trip to
Norway, Swedeh and Denmark. Can't decide which we like best; the
majestic fjords and farms of Norway; the prosperous farms, castles,
and exciting Stockholm; or Denmark's Fairy Tale Country and won-
Mr. and Mrs. Gus Hoecker wrote that their grandson, Donald
Byrd, from the Zone is how in school in the United States.
See by the papers that the Panama Government has purchased
from Boise Cascade Corporation of Idaho the Boise-owned Utility
Compania Panamena de Fuerza y Luz-it is understood the price
agreed on was $22.2 million.
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Russell Sr., 2614 N. 41st Avenue,
Phoenix Manor, Arizona, celebrated their golden wedding anniver-
sary in July, 1972. They met in Gatun, Canal Zohe, and were
married there on July 18, 1922-have two children, James M. of
Phoenix, and Elena F. Condon, of Pewaukee, Wisconsin: and four
grandchildren. Mr. Russell retired after 41 years with Armour &
Co. as office manager and controller. He then went to work for
the state tax commission for six more years. Mrs. Russell was a
nurse at Panama Hospital for ten years.
Mrs. Josephine Huff, of Globe, Arizona, sent me the clipping
on the Russells-also one regarding "Old #1 Generator", and ah ar-
ticle on Mrs. Andrew Rodriguez which follows.
Mary Rodriguez, formerly of Ash Fork, Arizona, and how in
the Zone where her husband is stationed with the U. S. Air Force,
wrote her friend Julia Zozaya of Phoenix nationall vice president of
League of Latin American Citizens) regarding the desperate heed
of the Quaymi Indians. When Mary heard of the situation, she
rallied support from NCO Wives' Club in the Canal Zone and man-
aged to get contributions of food, clothing, school supplies and gar-
den tools, and helped deliver supplies to the Reservation. Mary
has used her Spanish language to be a helpful friend on a person-
to-person basis among the underprivileged Indians ahd has con-
tributed much time and energy to improve America's image with
host nationals and to promote friendly relations between the Ameri-
can military and civilian communities. Mrs. Rodriguez is the
mother of six children and was nominated for USAF-SO Military
Wife of the year 1972; she serves on youth advisory councils, is a
den mother and baseball team mother, and is involved in Hostessing
exchange students who visit the Canal Zone. She is learning the
Quaymi Indian method of beadwork collars, a knowledge which she
hopes to share some day with Arizona Indians.
Joan and Jack DeGrummond, of North Hollywood, are
thoroughly enjoying their retirement. They celebrated their first
anniversary on August 14th at brother Lyle's home in North Holly-
wood. Joining them were Cherry DeGrummond, now 89 years of
age, Lyle and his daughter, Lynn, sister Madge with her daughter
and son-in-law and their baby, and Joan's daughter, Christine
Cartotto. In July, Joan and Jack, Lyle and Lynn DeGrummond
enjoyed another trip to northern California in their camper. They
have also kept busy seeing various local sights ...
The DeGrummonds were on an orientation trip to the San
Diego area, ahd while there they enjoyed a pot-luck supper in the
Recreation Room of the new Baltimore Apartments where Foy and
Kerner Frauenheim have been living since their retirement early
this year. They were joined by Faye and Malcolm Wheeler, Iris
and Al Days, Dorothy ahd Arthur Cotton, Jean and Moises de la
Pena, Juanita ahd Earl Stone, Mildred and Clem Genis, Alice and
Archie French, Ann and Al Houston, Catherine (Taylor) and Ver-
non Schafer. The Frauenheims will be leaving soon for Seminole,
Florida, and their new golf-course-condominium; they expect to re-
turn to California from time to time to visit relatives and friends.
Marion and Bill DeVore, of Sarasota, Florida, and Lilybel
and Lee Kariger, of Cypress, California, were visitors at the De-
Grummond's home. Joah says they have been in touch with War-
ren and Evelyn (Belanger) Wood of Sun Valley.
Mrs. Chloe Ford is now living at Parkdale Manor, Maryville,
Missouri, 64468-happy to be near her sons and family.
Ernest and Janice (Cameron) Ross visited their son-in-law and
family in Thomaston, Maine. Janice tried to contact Eleanor Con-
nor, who lived in Rockland about four miles away but learned from
her sister, Marie Johnson, that Eleanor had left the month before
to make her home in Florida. Janice was ih "home territory" in
Maine as her parents, Charles and Florence Cameron, had a summer
home there, and they all spent many happy summers in Maine in
the past. She learned of the death of an old friend, Florence Nel-
son, in September. The Rosses enjoyed the fall foliage-had in-
tended going to Nova Scotia but felt it was too cold for them. They
returned to Long Beach via Quebec and Montreal-with a stop at
Virginia and Martin Seiler flew to New Jersey in October for the
wedding of one of Martin's nieces; they also saw friends in Wash-
ington, D. C., and family in Baltimore and Pennsylvania.
In October, Thelma Reppe flew over to Houston, Texas, to
visit the P. A. Whites. While there, she saw Mrs. Lee (Irene) Wright,
Mrs. Fred (Mary Jo) Yaeger, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Rathgeber (Betty).
We drove to Memphis where we were guests of Mrs. Forrest Dye
Eulah: then on to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where we visited with Fran
and Andrew Whitlock, Nannie Brown, Cecil Lowe, Minnie and Mike
Burton, Bates Weiman-and with George and Catherine Lowe who
were visiting his mother. They planned to drive to Texas for a visit
with Mary Jo and Fred Yaeger before returning to their home in
Delaware around Thanksgiving time. She called Mrs. Gus Kolle
(Adella) when we passed through Russellville, Arkansas.-Thelma
Mr. and Mrs. Paul D. Boostrom, of Temple Terrace, Florida,
were houseguests of Mr. Boostrom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald
N. Boostrom, of Gamboa, in August. Mr. Boostrom is a student
at Hillsborough Community College, where he is specializing in
Business Administration. Mrs. Boostrom, the former Linda Kemp,
will enter her senior year at the University of Southern Florida
where she is majoring in Special Educatioh, Mental Retardation.
She is a daughter of Col. and Mrs. Eugene A. Kemp, who were
formerly stationed in the Canal Zone and are now at Lowry Air
Force Base, Denver, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. William Monsanto and sons, William and Steven,
of Santa Ana, California, spent three weeks in the Zone in August
as guests of Mr. Monsanto's sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Harvey G. Rhyhe of Balboa. Mr. Monsanto grew up in the Canal
Zone. This was his first visit to the Canal Zone in 21 years.
Mrs. Leo Goulet and her daughters, Beverly and Stephanie,
of Fremont, Michigan, visited Mrs. Goulet's sister and family, Mr.
and Mrs. Robert Berger, of Margarita, in August. After a business
trip to South America, Mr. Goulet joined the family for a two-week
visit. The Goulet family are former residents of the Canal Zone
and Panama. Mr. Goulet is general manager, Latin American Divi-
sion, of Gerber Baby Foods.
Mr. and Mrs. John Roebuck and their two sons, Jonathan and
Teddy, were the guests of Mrs. Roebuck's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Ted A. Marti, of La Boca, in September. The Roebucks are from
Mr. and Mrs. Earl V. Almquist, former residents of Cocoli and
then Farfan, Canal Zone, and now of Kailua, Hawaii, spent three
weeks revisiting familiar scenes and visiting old friends on the Zone.
Earl Almquist, who was with the U. S. Navy oh the Zone, is an
electronics engineer, head of the Installation and Maintenance En-
gineering Division of the Naval Shore Electronics Engineering Ac-
tivity, Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Mrs. Almquist, who was a
member of the Canal Zone's nursing staff, was a popular member
of the nursing staff at Palo Seco Hospital. While on the Zone,
Mrs. Almquist and her husband made a special visit to Palo Seco
Hospital to greet ahd chat with patients who were delighted to see
her once again. This was the first visit to the Isthmus by Mr.
and Mrs. Almquist since they left the Zone six years ago for Hawaii.
Their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee McAuslin,
Jr. and two children reside in Gamboa. Another daughter, Sue,
is married and resides in the United States. Their only son, John,
and youngest daughter, Lisa, are still in school in Hawaii.
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis B. Jeffries (Jinjer Reinhardt), formerly
of Merritt Island, Florida, have returned to the Canal Zone where
Curt is working for the Navy.
News from Mina (Adams) Dee--Hi, had a wonderful summer
with all my guests. Ih June, Paul Olsen's wife and daughter visited
me. Paul is the son of Emil (Duke) Olsen, who with his two broth-
ers, Oscar and Frank worked here for a number of years. I'm sure
some of you remember them. Olga and Peg loved it here and were
very impressed with the hospitality shown them by my friends. In
July, Chris, one of my grandsons, came down for a month, ahd then
my son Bill and two of his children, Cathy and Walter, joined us.
His son Tommie spent six weeks with me last year. Bill is the Execu-
tive Director of the Oregon State Nurses' Association. The Nurses'
Association here brought him down to give a series of lectures.
Bill is married to the former Mary Jo Cole. They and their four
children live in Portland, Oregon. My other son, Pete, is Industrial
Buyer for the Division of Storehouses. He and his wife had re-
turned from their vacation. Pete's daughter, Helen, was here for
the summer and is now attending Vassar College. It was wonder-
ful being all together again.
I'll be retiring in May of 1973 and will be looking forward to
seeing you all then.
Mr. and Mrs. Adrien M. Bouche, Sr., of Raphine, Virginia,
plan on returning to the Canal Zone for their annual winter visit.
They leave Virginia in early November and send greetings to old-
Martin J. Hayes, U.S. Army Forces Southern Command's
deputy Facility Engineer, received the USARSO'S Management
Achievement Award, recognizing his degree of professional com-
petence and contributions to the Command's Apprentice Training
Program. Mr. Hayes, who entered the Federal Service in .1938,
and his wife, Loretta, reside in Curundu Heights.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Wertz, of Leesburg, Florida, visited
their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Zornes, of
Balboa, Canal Zone, for three weeks in late October and early
November. Their visit was occasioned by the arrival of their first
grandson, Jeffrey Shane Zornes, who was born on October 15, at
San Fernando Clinic. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wertz are former Canal
Zone residents who retired from government employment last year.
Arlene (McKeown) Tochterman and her son Steve, of Balboa,
spent three weeks in August visiting in Florida. They were guests
of Mrs. Tochterman's mother, Mrs. Helet Ledgerwood, in Punta
Gorda and also visited with her brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs.
Thomas McKeown, in Jacksonville. Before returning to the Canal
Zone, they journeyed to West Palm Beach to watch son Gary
Tochterman and the rest of the Canal Zone American Legion All-
Star Baseball team participate in the Southern District Baseball
Tournament. The Canal Zone boys did themselves proud by beat-
ing the Alabama State Champions before being eliminated in, the
tournament. Mrs. Tochtermah is the wife of Sgt. George Tochter-
man, Canal Zone Police, assigned to Balboa.
Capt. and Mrs. Sam Rowley spent six weeks in the Canal
Zone in September and October. "Spent most of the time enjoying
our hew grandson, Brian Witfield Gerhart--see Births. His 2/-
year-old sister, Suzanne, thinks he's tops. But, just before we left,
we had to put him in the hospital for surgery. Have just heard that
he is doing fine. While we were on the Zone, Sam and I were feted
at the El Panama on the occasion of our Fortieth WEDDING AN-
NIVERSARY by our daughters and their husbands-Mr. and Mrs.
Davis Stevenson and Mr. and Mrs. James Gerhart. We also helped
our granddaughter, Lori Lee, to celebrate her thirteenth birthday
by going on a trip by Perlas Airline to Cantadora, an island in the
Perlas region. It is a new development and is indeed very lovely.
Had a lovely three bedroom house-wall to wall carpet, air condi-
tioned-even had a small Honda car at our disposal. Lori was very
happy with such a hice birthday present from her parents."
En route home, the Rowleys saw Sam's mother who is not too
well at this writing.
Three key promotions were recently announced in the Com-
munity Service Division.
James R. Shirley, who was superintendent of the Housing
Branch, has been hamed assistant division chief; James DesLondes
has been promoted from housing manager of the Southern District
to superintendent of the Housing Branch; and John R. Haner, for-
mer facilities maintenance representative, moves up to Mr. Des-
Londes' prior job.
Mr. Shirley went to the Canal Zone in 1939 when he went to
work for the post exchange section for the U. S. military forces.
He joined the Panama Canal Housing Branch in 19 12 and has re-
mained with the branch in various capacities ever since, except for
three years during the World War II which he spent in the U. S.
Mr. DesLondes, who was born in the Canal Zone, is a 1956
graduate of Balboa High School. After serving two years with the
U. S. Army, he returned to the Isthmus to attend Canal Zone Col-
lege and later entered private business in Panama City. He first
went to work for the Canal organization in 1964 when he joined the
Police Division. Later that same year he transferred to the Housing
John R. Haner came to the Canal organization five years ago
from Tumaco, Colombia, where he was in private business. Pre-
viously, he was in business in other parts of Latin America, Israel,
Iran and Pakistan.
Mrs. Elsie L. Woodruff is one of seven women selected to
serve on the U. S. Army Forces Southern Command's Federal Wom-
en's Program Committee. Mrs. Woodruff, a second generation
Zonian, was born, raised and educated in the Canal Zone. Upon
graduation from Balboa High School, she was employed by the U.S.
Navy for two years and then for one year with the Army Engineers
at Fort Kobbe. After spending six years in Texas, Mrs. Woodruff
returned to the Canal Zone in 1952 and was re-employed by the
U. S. Army Chemical Corps at Fort Clayton. In 1963 when the
Technical Services were deactivated, she transferred to the Material
Management Office, known as the Logistical Support Command.
Since 1969, Mrs. Woodruff has been employed in the G4 Office as
a budget analyst and is the Chief of the USARSO Division, Army
Mrs. Woodruff resides ih La Boca with her husband, Marion,
who is an employee with the Panama Canal Locks Division. She
has two daughters, Linda and Darleen, both of whom are married
and living in the United States, and one granddaughter.
Joseph J. Cicero, a sergeant in the Panama Canal's Locks Se-
curity Force, Pacific side, was honored in the fall by his high school
back home in Atlantic City, New Jersey. As one of five members
of an elite group of the school's former athletes, Mr. Cicero was
inducted into the newly established Holy Spirit High School's "Hall
of Fame," which recognizes the outstanding athletic accomplishments
of its alumni. A graduate of the class of 1928, Mr. Cicero went back
to his old high school for the special occasion and was the first one
to be presented the Hall of Fame plaque.
Mr. Cicero had a brilliant career in sports when he went to the
Panama Canal in 1945 and played baseball with Balboa, Cristobal
and Diablo, also managing the latter team. He liked it so well he
decided to stay and was employed as a property inspector in the
Administration Building at Balboa Heights. He had played football
and basketball, and for 24 years he earned his living playing base-
ball with the Boston Red Sox, the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadel-
phia Athletics ...
A Canal employee with more than 26 years' experience to his
credit, Mr. Cicero will be retiring at the end of November. He and
his wife, Helen, a payroll and deduction clerk in the Payroll and
Machine Accounting Branch until her retirement last year, will make
their home at Clearwater, Florida.
They will leave behind a son, Joseph L., who was active in
sports in Balboa High School and Canal Zone College and is now a
foreman in the Maintenance Division; two daughters: Mrs. James
W. Morris, whose husband is a tugboat captain on the Canal, ahd
Mrs. Theodore W. Finneman, whose husband is a sergeant on the
Locks Security Force on the Atlantic side; and 12 grandsohs and
one granddaughter. Several of the boys, of course, play baseball
on the Little League teams in the Canal Zone.
Ah extensive air and sea search for William Wirtz, Jr., of Mar-
garita, a foreman with the Industrial Division, and his two sons,
one aged 7 and the other 9, failed to find the missing three who
had left the Balboa Yacht Club on Saturday, September 30th in
their outboard motor boat, the Moby Dick, for Taboga where Mr.
Wirtz owns a house. They had planned a two-day fishing trip.
The search was begun after the father failed to show up for work,
and his two sons did not report to school. Later, the gas tank of
an out-board motor and a 5-gallon gasoline can were picked up by
Panama National Guard patrol launches searching for William Wirtz
and his two sons. Mr. Wirtz's neighbors in Taboga Island identi-
fied both the tank and the can as belonging to the Moby Dick,
Mr. Wirtz's boat. As of November 1, no clue as to what happened
to the father and two sons is known.
Mickey Walker Fitzgerald, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George
A. Walker of Cocoli and three children speht the last year in the
Canal Zone while her husband, Captain Martin F. Fitzgerald, was
on duty in Vietnam and the three months he was stationed at
Corozal. The family moved to Daytoha Beach in August, follow-
ing his discharge from the service.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hartman, of Sarasota, Florida, went to
the Canal Zone in last September. They plan to return after the
FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
On November 12, 1972, the Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Southeast Group, will have had another of their famous luncheons at
the Reef Restauraht. About 150 people as a rule attend the fall
party, and I am sure this one under the guidance of Joseph Lukacs
will be successful.
Two new couples from the Zone have joined us-Bob and Pete
Johnson have moved into their new home in Plantation, and Tom
and Marion Scott in Pompano Beach. We wish them much hap-
piness in their new homes and lives.
Robert W. Chahdler and wife Dottie of Panama City have
been in Lauderdale as the houseguests of the Tom Scotts. Bob
is with Texaco. When they leave here, they will go to Hawaii for
Frank and Elsie Naughton of the Coral Ridge Towers gave a
luncheon recently in honor of Bob and Pete Johnson. Among their
guests were the Gil Rowes, Byrne Hutchings, the Jimmy Lyonses,
the Jimmy Hunters, Tom and Elsie Oglesbee, Barbara Hutchings,
Kay and George Winquist and Ed Jones.
Although a little late, we want their many friends to know that
Bill Simpson, son of Lew and Gene Simpson, was married to Carola
Eiburn. Nickie Stokes, an old schoolmate, and his wife Nancy Sasso
Stokes were their witnesses. Bill is with the Connecticut General
Insurance Company with their office in Miami.
Another new resident to Fort Lauderdale is Miss Thelma Cap-
well Cappy to her many friends. She was a nurse at Gorgas
Hospital and later at Corozal Hospital.
Agnes Hearon and son, Chris, enjoyed an interesting June va-
cation on Staten Island, New York, and in New Englahd, where they
saw several ex-Canal Zone friends. They spent several days with
Captain and Mrs. Howard Wentworth at Searsport, Maine, where
Barbara Wentworth Pendergast and family also live. They visited
with Jean Hill and son, Mark, in Castine. Captain Chet Hill was
on a cruise with Maihe Schoolship, the "State of Maine", formerly
the S.S. ANCON. In East Middlebury, Vermoht, they visited The
Reverend and Mrs. John Smith and young daughters, Allison and
Kirstin. At Crystal Lake, New York, they spent a night with the
B. Ortons, former residents of Gamboa. They enjoyed luhching with
Herbert and Ruth Bathmann and Besebel Tobin at the Bathmann's
home in Glen Rock, New Jersey. After two days in Richmond where
Chris is on the faculty of St. Christopher's School (711 St. Chris-
topher's Road), they drove to Fort Lauderdale, stopping en route
for a brief visit with Cliff and Ceri Fritz who live in Port St. Lucie
and are preparing to move to the Washington, D.C. area.
George and Kay Winquist, accompanied by their daughter Ann,
spent a week in Jamaica. Ann is attending school in Tennessee -
and hopes to teach next year.
Barbara Ann Hutchings, her daughter Barbara Slay, and the
latter's daughter, Sande Carl Schmitt, were ih Panama in July to
attend the wedding of Alfredo Maduro and Coki Zeimetz, the daugh-
ter of the Zeimetzes of Panama. Mr. Zeimetz is head of the Grace
Line and his wife was a Butler from Colon.
Frank and Ann Cunningham have enjoyed a couple weeks visit-
ing with Ann's sister Gene and her husband Don Spencer.
Miss Frances Wickham, a winter resident of Sarasota, Florida,
and one of the real old timers of the Zone, was a visitor in Lauder-
dale, accompanied by an old family friend, Leonard Landers, of
Escondito, California. Mrs. Agnes Hearon entertained with a lunch-
eon for the visitors, and Mr. and Mrs. Gil Rowe had them as over-
Bev. Des Londes has moved to her new apartment in the Em-
bassy Towers, 2701 North Ocean Boulevard, Apartment 11, Fort
We are sorry that Sam Craig had to have another operation
and was a patient at Holy Cross Hospital. We wish him a speedy
The Fred Weades with their daughter Mary have been "a going"
family this summer. First, Mary Jane and her sister, Ruth Ugarte
Greene (husband Captain F. B. Greene, U.S. Navy, in Norfolk,
Virginia) took a trip to Spain, the country of their father. Two days
after her return, Mary Jane and family took off for Texas to visit
their sons, Fred Jr. and Mike. The boys are students at East Texas
State. From Texas, the Fred Weade Srs. and family went to Mexico
where they reported having a wonderful time.
Sidney Peterscon, second generation Panama Canal pilot, re-
cently retired, was the guest of Hugh Maloney till he found an
apartment of his own. Happy landings, Captain Peterson. -Barbara
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
MRS. GUY CICELYY KNIBB) ALLEN, New Orleans, writes
that lots of nice things have happened to her recently. On October
3, she chalked up 84 years, ahd her Sunday School class (she is the
leader) gave her a party, complete with green punch, tea, coffee,
sandwiches and a huge birthday cake. Everyone brought a lovely
gift. Her son and his wife have bought a home in Enterprise, Ala-
bama, not too far away. Mrs. Allen is busy these days knitting
things for Christmas and making orange marmalade which she sells
in local stores.
MRS. BERT J. (EDNA) BENOIT, Metairie, was visited by
her daughter, Audrey (Mrs. Larry Bowman), and Audrey's son, Ron-
nie, in July and August. All three visited Larry's folks in Rome,
Georgia, and with Audrey's son in Biloxi, Mississippi, where they
met the newest member of the family for the first time. Robert and
Jill, he is a Captain in the Air Force, now have a son, their first
child, born in July. Audrey now has two grandsons ahd Edna has
two great-grandsons. Edna really enjoyed their visit, although Ron-
nie spent a good deal of his vacation with his brother in Biloxi, and
hated to see them return to the Canal Zone.
MR. AND MRS. RICHARD G. DINKGREVE, Metairie, write
that in August they had a visit from Frank J. Chris, of Miami. He
was visiting his late wife's sister in Metairie and had previously
visited relatives in Chicago. He formerly worked with the Federal
Aviation Agency as an air tower control operator at the Miami Air-
port retiring last year. Frank and Richard worked together in
the Electrical Division office in Balboa in the 1940's, and this marked
their second visit in twenty years. Frank spent a day with the Dink-
greves and, after quite a chat about old times, they dined in a local
restaurant and took in Bourbon Street, ending the evening with
coffee in the French Market. In August, the Dinkgreves also had
a visit from Edna Benoit and her daughter, Audrey Bowman, who
was on a vacation from the Canal Zone. Richard and Edna went
with Audrey to bring her car to the Port of Embarkation, seeing
about 40 Zonians but only recognizing the Palumbos.
MRS. RAYMOND S. EUPER, Gretna, writes that their daugh-
ter, Jo Ann, hopes to be home for the Christmas holidays. She was
in Honduras for two months last spring and is now working with
the Alverno Child Development Center in Milwaukee.
MISS CLAUDIA M. HANBURY, Box 16990-A, Baton Rouge,
was elected Region 7 Delegate in June to the Collegiate Liaison
Committee of Alpha Omicron Pi, social sorority. She will attend the
Executive Committee meeting in March at Mt. Hope, Illinois, and
the International Convention in Miami in June. She is parliamentar-
ian of the LSU AOPI Chapter. She is also secretary of the LSU
marketing Club, which is the student chapter of the American
Marketing Association. In February, she will serve as chairman of
the Angel Flight-Holmes Bridal Fair. Claudia worked this past
summer as a manpower secretary for the U.S. Southern Command
Headquarters in Quarry Heights and went to the Canal Zone College
for a course in algebra and trig.
MR. AND MRS. GEORGE E. MARCUSE, 4012 Vendome
Place, New Orleans, have their youngest daughter, Julie, enrolled
this fall at LSU as a freshman in home economics and merchahdis-
ing. Their older daughter, Barbara, is a senior in business at the
University of Oklahoma. George, formerly of Colon, is an Honorary
Vice Consul, Republic of Panama.
MRS. ROBERT R. MUNDINGER, 529 Boyd Avenue, Baton
Rouge, was in Ft. Gulick in September to attend the dedication of
the U.S. Army School of the Americas Headquarters building in
memory of her son, the late Col. Robert G. Mundinger, commander
of the U.S. Military Group ih Guatemala, who died in a helicopter
crash near Coban, Guatemala, in February. She was accompanied
by the Coloeel's widow and two daughters. Gen. George V. Under-
wood, Jr., commander-in-chief of the U.S. Southern Command,
Quarry Heights, presented to the widow for safe-keepihg the Legion
of Merit awarded to CoL Mundinger. Many dignitaries from Guate-
mala, Peru and Panama attended the ceremony. Col. Mundinger
assumed command of the U.S. Military Group ih Guatemala in
August, 1970. His previous awards include the Meritorious Service
Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with
two Oak Leaf Clusters, and awards from the United Kingdom,
France and Korea. Col. Mundihger was graduated from Princeton
and the LSU Law School. During WW II, he was assigned to the
OSS in occupied France and occupied China. He practiced law in
Baton Rouge and re-entered the Army in 1951 during the Korean
MRS. PATT FOSTER ROBERSON, Baton Rouge, hopes to
be recovering satisfactorily from major surgery by the time you read
this. Her term as President of Our Lady of the Lake Hospital Auxi-
liary ended in October at a large luncheon where the administration
presented her with a lovely silver bowl, personally engraved, in ap-
preciation for her services to the Hospital. The Executive Director
and the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Hospital Association
have announced her appointment as Southeast District Director to
the Louisiana Hospital Association Committee oh Auxiliaries, and,
in this capacity, she attended the American Health Congress in Chi-
cago in August. She has resumed studies toward a master's degree
which she hopes to receive in May.
MRS. LEON M. (GRET) WARREN, New Orleans, phoned
to say summer was a busy time with visits from Mrs. Clara Kelsay
(oh vacation from her job in the Quarry Heights post office); Mrs.
Thorna Freund (on vacation from her job in the Corozal Finance
office); Mrs. Hattie R. Hall, an Army retiree, now residing in Clarks-
ville, Texas; Johh and Dorothy Everson, of Aiken, South Carolina,
and the Edwin Stevensons of the Cabal Zone. The Warrens spent
Thanksgiving with their son, David, ahd daugher-in-law, Dianne,
in Ft. Eustis, Virginia. Over Labor Day weekend they drove to
McAlleh, Texas, sightseeing with an idea of perhaps making their
home there. Daughter, Kathryn, is majoring in English literature
at Louisiana State University, New Orleans.--Patt Foster Roberson,
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The Panama Canal Society met for a picnic in September.
There were 17 members and four guests present. The guests were
Mr. and Mrs. Potter (Russell ahd Linda) and Ross and Janet Cun-
ningham who have been vacationing at their summer home near
After eating and much chatting, Wendell Greene called the
meeting to order. He thanked the Officers who had worked with
him for their cooperation during the time that he had been Presi-
dent. Then, he called on the Nominating Committee to give their
choice or slate which they had come by, by twisting the arms of
those asked uhtil they could resist no longer. The slate reads:
President, Carmen Howe; Vice President, Bob Roche (No work
to be included in the job); Secretary, Margaret Wanlass; Treasurer,
There being no further nominations from the floor, the vote
for the slate was approved.
Paul and Betty Bentz are leaving soon for Jensen Beach and
Stuart, Florida, where they will sped two weeks visiting their two
and a half year old grandson, Chad Paul Davidson, and his parents,
Jean and Murray Davidson. En route, they will stop over a couple
of days in St. Petersburg.
The Howe family was quite busy the last few months, getting
ready for Alice (Peanuts) and Jack Pridmore's wedding that took
place on September 2, 1972. The reception was held at the Howe
home after the church wedding. Sherry Payne from Gamboa was
Alice's Maid of Honor and three girls from Hehderson West High,
from which the couple had both graduated, were bridesmaids. Marion
Howe Burchfield and Carol Finn came from Massachusetts to help
with the wedding arrangements.
Mr. and Mrs. William Payne ahd soh John, of Gamboa, were
in H'ville for two weeks visiting their daughter, Sherry, and seeing
North Carolina. Also Captain and Mrs. Charles Steven from Gam-
boa and their daughter Lihda with baby stopped by oh their way
to California for a short visit. School is in full swing now so that
means lots of football. Dan Howe is a Senior at West High and is
on the Varsity Team.
Ruth Zelnick has been living in the Hoenke house while look-
ing for a place to retire. Truman and Betty Hoenke returned to
H'ville on the first of October after spending five months on their
Island in Lake Champlain where they had a busy summer remodel-
ing their vacation home. They enjoyed visits from former Zonians:
Commander (Ret.) and Mrs. James Spalding (nee Virginia Lutz)
and their soh Richard, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, as well as Rae
and Joe Ebdon, of Sarasota, Florida. Ruth and Ernest Zelnick, of
Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, visited in September and enjoyed the
During the summer, there was a family reunion when Roger
Hoenke and his wife, Jean, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Diana
Hoenke Bauer, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, spent several weeks
together on the Island. The Hoenkes have left for a short trip to
Ethel Dodsen, usually chipper and bouncy, has been slightly
under the weather. She, however, took time out to get to the library
and drew out five Tomes-subject: Antiques. She now is reading,
"Livihg with Ahtiques", and as Conrad says, she gets out of bed,
walks around the living room and has that gleam in her eye that
spells "trouble". We hope that she recovers right soon from both
Again, we are in one of the most glorious portions of the entire
year. This year is especially beautiful; the trees are brilliant in their
gorgeous reds, yellows, ahd greens. The Harrels, a friend of theirs
and I drove over the mountains into Tennessee to Gatlinburg and
Cosby. We were gone all day and the constantly changing "pic-
tures" were almost breathtaking. Nowhere can the world be more
beautiful, and we will have lovely pictures in our minds to last us
until we have another Fall.
Ruth Sill tells me that Freddie is going to make it home for
Christmas. Fred is so busy flying all over Europe, South America,
ahd parts of the United States that he can't be spared the time for
many visits with his mother. He headquarters in London, but I fear
it is just a spot to stop and regain a bit of energy to go on to the
next wonderful adventure. We are all right proud of him.
You probably have heard that Sue has a new book published.
It is "Birds of a Feather" and is of experiences she has had with
various birds. Sue will never lay her pen down, and how happy
we are that she won't!-Carmen Howe, President, Margaret Wan-
SURPRISE, SURPRISE the shrill ring of the doorbell at
10 p.m. on the night before the deadline for hews brought a special
delivery letter-Gladys Humphrey reporting SARASOTA NEWS!
We appreciate information once again from the Sarasota clan.
Miss Becky C. Burks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R.
Burks (Esther Neely) was installed Worthy Advisor of Sunshine
Assembly No. 108, Order of the Rainbow for Girls on September
16th in New Port Richey, Florida. She was installed by her sis-
ter, Mrs. Julie Burks Dumois, PWA, visiting from Zaragoza, Spain,
and following the installation she was presented a gavel for her use
during her term-a gavel which has a family history dating back to
1931. Becky is the tenth member of the family to use it. It was
first used by her grandfather, Robert J. Neely, and later by an
uncle, Michael F. Greene, when they presided as Worshipful Master
of their Masonic Lodge, A. F. & A. M. It was also used by her
grandmother, Mrs. Matilda J. Neely, and three aunts, Lillie Neely
Davis, Marion Neely Greene and Mildred M. Neely when each was
Worthy Matron, O. E. S.; a cousin, John H. Smith, when he was
Master Councillor, Order of DeMolay; and her cousin, Robbin Smith
Larsen and her sister, Julie B. Dumois, Rainbow Worthy Advisors.
Becky's grandmother, Mrs. M. Neely and her aunt Mildred of Sar-
asota, attended the ceremonies.
Visiting at the home of Billie Galloway and her sister, Robin
Comer, were Billie's daughter, Mrs. Anna Kathryn Daniel, and her
daughters, Kathy and Tricia from Houston, Texas. Later, Billie's
other two grandchildren, the daughters of her son, Joe Galloway,
came from Atlanta, Georgia, to visit their grandmother. They were
accompanied by another sister, Mrs. Alice Jones, of Rosedale, Mis-
sissippi. Sharing the activities with the visitors were Billie's other
sisters and their husbands, Ruth and Dave Gatz and Maxine and
In September, Jay and Harry Cain drove north to visit rela-
tives in Delaware and visit with Mr. and Mrs. Larry Cellucci, former
Fran and Roger Orvis had a three-week trip visiting friends in
Connecticut and with Star and Dorothea Churchill in North Carolina.
Mrs. Jacoba Joustra and her daughter, Grace, returned in Oc-
tober from a two-week vacation in New Jersey visiting with another
daughter and son-in-law, Catherine and Bill Melville and their five
Other travelers included Mrs. William E. Hughes who spent
three weeks in Houston, Texas, with her son, Tom Hughes, his wife,
Lorna, and their children. While in Houston, Myrtle also visited
with Roy ahd Irene Leeser.
Tihsie and Barney Barnes drove to Phoenix, Arizona, for a
visit with Howard and Mildred Turner and their sons. Before
returning home, they visited Barney's sister, Mrs. Elma Garder,
and family in Ridgeley, West Virginia.
Donna and David Mann with their three children spent ten
days in West Fairlee, Vermont, with Dave's grandmother, Mrs.
Viola Magoon, ahd other relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. George Roth had as their house guests, Charles
and Carmen Turner, former Gatunites, who arrived from Alabama
for a visit with George and Tommy, the Harry Cains and other
friends in the Sarasota area.
Mr. and Mrs. William H. DeVore had as house guests, Mr. and
Mrs. Walter Johnston of Gatun. Evelyn and Walter were return-
ing home following a two-month's vacation with their daughter,
IPam, and family in Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene had as guests Mr. and Mrs.
J. B. Clemmons, Jr., his mother, Mrs. J. B. Clemmons, Sr., of St.
Petersburg, and the Clemmons' daughter-in-law and two grandchil-
dren, Mrs. Stuart Clemmons, Christie, 31/2 and Michael, 16 months,
who had arrived by plane from California for a two-week visit late
in the summer. Also sharing their visit were Marion's mother,
Mrs. J. R. Neely; her sisters, Mildred Neely, and Elsie (Neely)
and Rob Smith, with the Smiths' 5-year-old grandson, Danny Lar-
sen of Plant City.
Mrs. Helen Swearihgen, who recently retired, and is now mak-
ing her home in Orlando came to Sarasota for several days in Oc-
tober and was the house guest of Joe and Della Noonan. Helen and
Della were co-workers at G. M. O. Supply Division. While here, she
was also entertained by Fred and Hannah Schwartz, former Gatunite
Jack and Jean Dombrosky, of Diablo, on vacation from the
Canal Zone, visited their children and families in Lakeland and Fort
Lauderdale, and spent several days in Sarasota with Rae ahd Joe
Joe and Ann Rainey visited the Harry Cains and later drove
to North Port Charlotte to visit Johnny ahd Dotty Kozar.
Mrs. Anthony (Marie) Raymohd and her sister, of New York
City, summer visitors in Fort Lauderdale, visited her sister-in-law
and her husband, Della and Joe Noonan. Della and Joe also had
a short visit from another sister-in-law, Mrs. Frank (Arlene) Ray-
mond of Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. William Lierman (Charlotte McGlade), of Granite
City, Illinois, spent a few days in November with Elsie and Rob
Smith. Earlier in the year, they made arrangements for a retire-
ment home in the Glen Oaks area here and plan to move in before
the end of the year.
Gary Lutz, son of Henry Lutz of Sarasota and a graduate of
BHS came to Sarasota late in the summer and is how enrolled at
Manatee Junior College.
Mr. and Mrs. Clifford V. Russell, of Sarasota, sent in the fol-
lowing news: "Helen and Cliff Russell returned October 24th from
a six-week's tour of Europe. We went by train to New York and
sailed on the SS Hamburg, German-American Line on September
14th. Had ten wonderful days at sea with stops at Funchal, Ma-
deira, and Lisbon-leaving the ship at Genoa. We took the train
to Florence and bus to Rome via Perugia and Assisi. After a few
days in Rome, we flew to Madrid where we picked up a bus tour
to Segovia, Avila and Toledo. Returning to Madrid, we took an-
other tour to Granada, Sevilla and Cordoba. Flew from Madrid to
Lisbon where we stayed a few days and then flew to Miami via San
Juan, Puerto Rico. Of all the places visited, we liked Florence,
Italy, best of all; the highlight of the trip, unquestionably, was
the visit to the Alhambra and general life in Granada. Except for
Florence and Lisbon, the weather generally was cold and rainy, but
we managed to get around and see most of what we wanted to see,
although somewhat handicapped by Helen falling over a scale in
Rome and injuring a knee which limited her ability to walk and
WE DO WANT NEWS, but we cannot print any information
unless the source is indicated. A notification of a death was received
but only the death notice (in longhand) was in the envelope with
no clue to the identity of the sender nor place mailed. Please co-
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL FROM THE OFFICERS
OF THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA
On October 26, 1953, the Panama Canal Society of Florida
reached the 1,000th mark on Membership. Membership in October,
1972, is about 2,225. As our Society grows, problems of incorrect
addresses become not only more frustrating but more EXPENSIVE.
Under our Second Class Mailing Permit, the RECORD will NOT be
forwarded to a new address even if a change of address has been
filed at the Post Office. The respective local post office, tears off
the mailing address on RECORDS INCORRECTLY ADDRESSED
and mails only that part of the RECORD to the Society with a
charge of ten cents for that service-those ten cents count up with
the almost unbelievable number of returned RECORDS received.
The estimated cost today of each RECORD is about $1. We CAN-
NOT MAIL YOU ANOTHER RECORD IF YOU FAILED TO
GIVE US AN ADDRESS CHANGE. Simple mathematics explain
how a $5 membership fee will not stretch to cover more than the
five issues mailed annually. The ONLY time we can mail another
RECORD is IF WE MADE A MISTAKE in your address. The
Recording Secretary was chagrined when a September RECORD
was returned. The name of the addressee was correct; the street num-
ber, city, and state were correct, but the third digit in the Zip Num-
ber was a typographical error a 4 instead of a 5. Another REC-
ORD was sent to the member involved New retirees, members
going on vacation, write us to put a HOLD on your RECORDS
until you have relocated unless someone is personally taking
care of your mail.
Mrs. Jean Mann, Secretary-Treasurer, has completed the work
on the 1972 ANNUAL ISSUE the ANNUAL ISSUE has always
been compiled by the Secretary-Treasurer, a custom dating back to
1950 when the work was done by Mrs. Lucille Judd. Every effort
has been made to insure accuracy on all addresses. All address
changes should be sent to (or phoned to) the Secretary-Treasurer.
WANTED the address of the William J. Cronans, Cali-
fornia. Mail to the General Delivery address in Santa Maria has
been returned twice to the Society. Members who use General
Delivery as an address should know that the post offices will hold
General Delivery mail for only ten days. Mail not picked up at
the expiration of that period is returned to the sender.
The Deadline for the March Issue of the RECORD is February
1. ATTENTION, REUNION VISITORS plan to leave news
with the Editor oh your family, travels, retirement life, etc.
Words to contemplate for 1973 by Christopher Morley "If we
discovered that we had only five minutes left to say all we wanted
to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling
other people to stammer that they loved them. Why wait until the
last five minutes?"
PRINCESS MARTHA HOTEL
1st Avenue & 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida
JANUARY 10, 1973-Get Together ................ 10:00 A.M.
Business Meeting ............ 2:00 P.M.
No-Host Cocktail Party ...... 6:30 P.M.
JANUARY 11, 1973-Luncheon ................... 12:30 P.M.
HASTA LUEGO EN 1974
ENJOY REUNION 1973 Pictures long after the Reunion is
just another Memory to add to those of the Good Old Days. Photo-
graphers will again be busy on the two mornings of the Reunion.
New retirees, members attending the Annual Reunion for the first
time, the many faithful Canal Zoners who never miss the highlight
of the year PAUSE FOR A FEW MOMENTS FROM REMINISC-
ING Visit the Photographers!
NOSTALGIC MEMORIES Christmas on the Isthmus -
In December, 1914, a short time after the Canal opened, the com-
missary featured durable toys of wood and iron and gourmet foods
were the order of the day for a holiday dinner. Toys listed for sale
included donkey engines, all wood perfection art dolls, iron fire
engines, trains, trucks, etc. The cold storage department offered
grouse, pheasant, and partridge at $1.30 a pair.
Today, few Isthmian tables are likely to feature grouse, pheas-
aht or partridge, and plastic has replaced iron and wood in most
toys, but much of the atmosphere of early day Christmas remains.
There is still the blending of customs from Europe, North America,
and Central and South America which produces truly international
celebrations as it did during the construction days of the Canal.
The people of the Isthmus, for generations, have been enthus-
iastically trading customs during the holiday season and adapting
tropical plants and local products in a way that added a unique
flavor to Christmas on the Isthmus. The beauty of tropical plants
are utilized in their Christmas decorations silvered palm fronds,
wood roses sprayed silver or gold, and gilded jacaranda pods or
croton leaves are common as part of holiday centerpieces. Poinsettias
growing in profusion, often to a height of over six feet, give a familiar
Christmas look to the local scene for those from temperate climates
where the potted poinsettia is a traditional Christmas decoration.
The Canal Zone Christmas musical, which for many years was
held in front of the Administration Buildihg, is no longer presented,
but music is still an important part of the local Christmas scene, with
carols sung in Spanish and English and traditional music played on
a variety of instruments. Perhaps one of the reasons the outdoor
musical was discontinued is that even as the dry season gets under-
way, there are sudden showers. There is a story that once as the
choir reached a crescendo in the famous Haydn composition, "The
Heavens are Telling," the rain came so suddenly that there was no
time for the audience to dash for shelter. However, though the filmy
white gowns of the girls and the starched white shirts and trousers
of the boys were soaked, the director kept the choir and orchestra
performing until the end of the number.
For many in the old days, books written by Sue Core Odom
immortalized the Holiday Season on the Zone. Her "Christmas on
the Isthmus" and "Kris Kringle at the Crossroads", depicting Santa
in his plane for toys for good girls and boys are still read to grand-
children and great-grandchildren at the Yuletide Season.
Retirement has brought the more traditional Xmas to Zonians
- many of whom on their first Christmas back in the States go all
"out" to acquire a beautiful, symmetrical tree without the old
Commy hassle and sometimes even buying two trees to be able to
splice out branches on the other ...
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REUNION DIRECTIONS-If traveling south by car, take the
Fourth Street Exit off Interstate 4. Continue on Fourth Street
to First Avenue North (downtown St. Petersburg). Turn right
on First Avenue North for entrance to the Princess Martha
Parking Lot. If space is not available, ask the attendant for a
convention sticker. Happy, happy Reunion! !
RESERVATION FORM FOR NO-HOST COCKTAIL PARTY
JANUARY 10, 1972
PRINCESS MARTHA HOTEL
PRICE: $1.00 per person. Please reserve the following tickets:
Nam e ............. ......................................
N am e ....................................................
N am e .....................................................
N am e .. ... ..............................................
Enclosed is $............ check......... M.O.......... Cash.........
representing total for all persons listed above.
Return form to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
RESERVATION FORM FOR LUNCHEON
JANUARY 11, 1973
PRINCESS MARTHA HOTEL
PRICE: $3.00 per person including tax and gratuity. Please reserve luncheon
tickets for the following:
N am e ........................... ......................
N am e ....................................................
N am e .... .................................... ...........
N am e ..... ......................................... ......
Enclosed is $................ check......... M.O.......... Cash.........
representing total for all persons listed above.
Return form to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
CLIP AND SEND THIS ROOM RESERVATION BLANK
WITH DEPOSIT FOR ONE NIGHT DIRECT TO:
PRINCESS MARTHA MOTOR HOTEL
4th Street at 1st Avenue, North
P.O. Box 1691
St. Petersburg, Florida 33731
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
PLEASE RESERVE FOR ME THE FOLLOWING:
SINGLE $10.00 DOUBLE $12.00 TRIPLE $15.50
Arrival Date ................... Departure Date ...................
Name .... ...........................................................
Address ................................... City ......................
A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR
God grant us this year a wider view
So we see others' faults through the eyes of YOU-
Teach us to judge not with hasty toungue,
Neither THE ADULT ... nor THE YOUNG,
Give us patience and grace to endure
And a strong faith so we feel secure,
And instead of remembering, help us forget
The irritations that caused us to fret,
Freely forgiving for some offense
And finding each day a rich recompense
In offering a friendly, helping hand
And trying in all ways to understand
That ALL OF US whoever we are
Are trying to reach "an unreachable star"-
For the GREAT and SMALL ... the GOOD and BAD,
The YOUNG and OLD ... the SAD and GLAD
Are asking today, "IS LIFE WORTH LIVING?"
And the ANSWER is only in LOVING and GIVING-
For only LOVE can make man kihd
And KINDNESS of HEART brings PEACE of MIND,
And by giving love we can start this year
To lift the clouds of HATE and FEAR.-
From LOVINGLY, Poems for all Seasons by
Helen Steiner Rice.
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
(Please return this bill with remittance.)
Name .. ................................... ......................................
Street ..................................... ........ ...... ............... Box ...........
City ......................................... ... State........... Zip Code............
Dues for..............; 1971............; 1972............; 1973............ ; 1974...........
Amount Enclosed $ ........................ Check......... M.O........... Cash..........
Street ................... ............................................ Box. ............
City ................................................ State............ Zip Code...........
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.
1973 Dues ARE DUE, January 1, 1973. Compiling and mailing delinquent
notices is not only TIME CONSUMING BUT ALSO ADDS TO OPERAT-
ING COSTS on mailing charges unfortunately such costs have skyrocketed
in recent years! After receipt of Delinquent Notices and the consequent
failure to receive the June issue, a majority of members send in dues payments.
File cards which have been removed from the active membership list must
then be replaced. DON'T BE ON THAT "D" LIST in 1973.
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
Name ................................. .........................................
Street. ............... ...... ............................................. Box............
City ........................................ ... State............ Zip Code...........
Dues for..............; 1971 ...........; 1972...........; 1973............; 1974...........
Amount Enclosed $......................... Check.......... M.O.......... Cash..........
Name ...... ...... ..................... ........ ............................
ity .......... ... ...... ... ............... State. ........ Zip Code .......
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
for Box 11566
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ........................................ hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $5.00 as my ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
dues for the year
Street................ ......... ......... ......... ................. Box................
Name (W ife) ........ ...... ....... .. ....... ................................... .. .
Street................. ........................ ...... ........... Box................
City............................................... State............ Zip Code.........
Division Employed .....................................................................
Recomm ended by .................... .. ..................................................
Approved by ................... ....................................... Date..............
Amount Enclosed $.................... ..... Check............ M.O........... Cash..........
DUES $5.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
On your application give name as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Residents of Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
N am e ...... ...................................
City ......... .................................. State........... Zip Code..........
Telephone .................................................... ... ..........................
Name .............................................................. .........
Address ........................... .... ....... ..... ..... ... .......... Box................
City .......... ............. ...................... State........... Zip Code...........
Amount Enclosed $.......................... Check......... M.O........... Cash..........
4ooroved by ..................................................... Guard date..............
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Mrs. Ella S. Piper, Columbus, Ohio
George and Marie (Helstedt) Loudon,
Syracuse, New York
Mrs. John (Gertrude) Pearson, Petaluma, California, Mrs. Julia (Nielsen)
McKenzie, Charlotte Harbor, Florida.
Jim Hardwick, formerly raced dogs in Panama now
raises cattle, greyhound dogs and a nice garden in
Three Generations -- Marie Bailey, Elaine Bailey Kennedy, Therese Kennedy,
Tracy and Tom Trobridge, children of Marie and Gerry
Trobridge; grandchildren of Mrs. Charlotte R. Eckert, Braden-
CANAL ZONE ROCKETTES (?) of the early 1930's Left to
right (some are maiden names, some married names) -- Bobby
Jacques, Rae Newhard Ebdon, Virginia Engelke, Vi Stroop,
Charlotte Dailey, Lill Marstrand, Alice Curtis
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petesburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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