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Canal record
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Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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December 1973 No. 5
December. 1973 No. 5

Captain and Mrs. Perc F. Graham, St. Petersburg,
Florida Happy Golden Anniversary

Seated: Mrs. Helen Saarinen, St. Petersburg, Florida; Mrs. Jo Hargy, St.
Petersburg, Florida; Standing: Mrs. Kathryn McNamee, Davie, Florida;
Mrs. Jessica Maurer, Riverview, Florida

Mrs. Lucille S. Judd, Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus,
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.--March, 1973

Mrs. Ross H. Hollowell (Margaret Hardy), Clearwater, Florida; Mrs. Charles
L. Persons, St. Petersburg, Florida; Mrs. Parker C. Umpleby, Dallas, Texas

Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain, Sarasota, Florida

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Capt. and Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley, Clearwater, Florida; Beverly [Mrs. Skip
Rowley] and Renee

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

(A Non-Profit Organization)

To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships

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

Ross H. Hollowell

Eugene I. Askew

Mrs. Jean B. Mann

Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Recording Secretary
and Record Editor

Mm. Mary Belle Hicks

Wm. F. Grady
Legislative Representative

Mr. Reuben Seldman

J. F. Warner
Ross H. Hollowell
Eugene I. Askew

Mrs. Jean B. Mann

G. C. Lockridge

Troy Hayes

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, November and December.

persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $5.00. Entered as 2nd Class
matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class Postage paid at
Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.

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

HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th St. South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711

POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St. Peter!;burg,
Florida 33733.

Vol. 7

December, 1973

No. 5

The only definite thing to report is the fact that the Cost of Living is up
to 4.7. Since the August Index is above the 3 percent, we are virtually
assured of a cost-of-living increase, probably effective January 1, 1974, the
amount depending on later Index readings.
Proposed legislation on other bills appear to be at a stalemate. Check
the Minutes of the monthly meetings for additional information on current
FLASH!!--a possible ray of hope for employees who retired prior to 1969.
At a NARFE meeting in Lakeland, Florida, on November 3rd, the president
of NARFE, Arthur L. Sparks, reported that H. R. 9107, which would give all
retirees prior to 1969 a $300 annual increase in annuities is out of the Rules
Committee (by a narrow margin) and goes to the House the following week.
The House and the Senate are not in agreement as to the exact figure of the
proposed increase.--William F. Grady, Legislative Representative.


Mrs. Anna L. Barnes
Dr. Gordon R. Bartley

Mr. Joe G. Bingham
Mr. William R. Byrd
Capt. Carter M. Houston
Mr. Harry H. Jacks
Mr. Lawrence L. Jenrich
Mr. Louis E. Martin
Mr. Corbett L. Reeves
Mr. Burris J. Rice
Mrs. Marion B. Taylor
Mr. Thormod B. Tellefsen
Mr. Clarence R. Vosburgh



10/9 Schools
8/11 Gorgas Hospital
(Dental Off.)
8/9 Locks
8/19 Terminals
8/4 Navigation
9/29 Locks
9/1 Accounting
9/1 Maintenance
9/29 Dredging
10/14 Locks
9/15 Division of Schools
10/29 Transit Operations
10/25 Schools

The Annual Souvenir Calendars of Panama are again on sale by the Balboa
Union Church. To see one is to want one. They are beautiful! The cost of each
calendar is $1.25 and postage by regular mail is:
One (1) calendar-20c
Two (2) calendars-40c
Three (3) calendars-56c
Four (4) calendars, too many place in two envelopes
Air Mail One (1) calendar is 55c
They may be ordered from Balboa Union Church, Box 3664, Balboa, Canal Zone.




David S. Parker, Governor

Sending you holiday greetings, the Panama calendar, and news from the
Isthmus is a pleasure I look forward to each year.
Panama Canal records for size and tolls were broken this year when the
SAN JUAN PROSPECTOR made a southbound transit on April 7. She was
photographed in Miraflores Locks for our calendar picture. The vessel is
972.68 feet long, 106 feet wide, displaces 108,500 deadweight tons, and paid
$40,951.44 in tolls. Her tolls record was shortlived. On June 11, the TOKYO
EXPRESS paid $41,006, topping the record by $55.
There have been a number of recent innovations that make life more
pleasant for our employees. A new telephone system allows dialing between
the Balboa area in the Zone and Panama and the military reservations
without the troublesome prefixes. Air conditioning renovations are about
completed in most of the retail stores. Stateside hours of operation are a real
boon to employees who shop in Balboa where the supermarket is open seven
days a week from nine to nine. The Balboa Service Center--the landmark
Clubhouse of your days--will soon be torn down and replaced by a modern air
conditioned facility.
We have been working hard on the Canal to make improvements. The
Cut is being deepened to improve water supply. Curve visibility in Gatun
Lake has been improved just recently, and we continue to experiment with
ways of defeating the fog in Gaillard Cut. Toll collections in fiscal year 1973
reached the all time high of $113 million.
Mrs. Parker and I once again join in sending you best wishes for a happy
holiday season and a prosperous new year.

December 1973
Dear Retiree:

Again we have had an active year in retirements. In Fiscal Year 1973
(ending June 30, 1972), 184 U. S. citizens and 503 non U. S. citizens retired,
including three Bureau Directors and one Staff Director. Again, the Cost of
Living Adjustment of July 1 helped many make up their minds. It was 6.1
per cent this time. Looks like another one will hit about February or March
of 1974.
The Information Office published a special edition of the Panama Canal
Review containing reprints of articles printed between 1965 and 1973. These

articles have been reprinted based on the many requests for items appearing
in past issues of the Review. I am certain that you, as past residents of the
area, will find them to be interesting and rewarding. However, the Board of
Directors has ruled that they must be sold for $1.00 each.
This is a one-time publication. Place your order now by sending a check
or money order payable to the Panama Canal Company in the amount of $1.00
(regular mail) or $2.00 (air mail) for each copy, to the Panama Canal Review,
Box M, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone. Please indicate that this order is for
the Special Edition.
Hope to see many of you in St. Pete in January and again to one and all a
joyful holiday season and properous New Year.
J. Winter D. Collins
Retirement Counselor

P. S. If you don't belong already, join the Panama Canal Society.


Miss Rene Grace Bakker, the daughter of Mrs. Yvonne H. Bakker, of
Whittier, California, and Robert E. Bakker, of Howard A. F. B., Canal Zone,
and Airman 1st Class Paul Stein were married on August 18, 1973, in
Pensacola, Florida. Shortly after the honeymoon in Illinois (Paul's home
state), he was sent overseas to Birkenfield, Germany, near Bavaria. His wife
will join him in late October.

Miss Patricia Marie Gangle, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph A.
Gangle, of La Boca, Canal Zone, and Hugh Edwin Harvey, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Ralph E. Harvey, of St. Petersburg, Florida, were married on
September 15, 1973, at St. Mary's in Balboa. Mrs. Gail Harvey
McConaughey, of St. Petersburg, Florida, attended the wedding.

Mrs. Margaret Hardy, of Clearwater, Florida, and Mr. Ross H. Hollowell,
of St. Petersburg, Florida, were married on October 29, 1973, at the Baptist
Church in Orange Park, Florida.
Mrs. Hardy's son, Charles Hardy, Jr. and his wife Lucy were the only

attendants. Charles was also celebrating the date, October 29, 1973--his
retirement from the United States Navy.
Mr. and Mrs. Hollowell are residing in Clearwater, Florida--1386 Mission
Hills Boulevard.

Miss Catherine Ann Hoyle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William W.E.
Hoyle, of Balboa, Canal Zone, and Corporal Terry Allen Coleman, USMC,
were married on May 12, 1973, at Christ The King Church on the campus of
the University of Rhode Island at Kingston, Rhode Island.
The bride, a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of 1969, attended the
University of Rhode Island. The bridegroom, who is stationed at Quonset
Point Naval Air Station, attended schools in Oklahoma.

Irma Cecilia Jimenez, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Enrique Jimenez, Jr., of
Panama City, Republic of Panama, and William A. Baldwin, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Frank A. Baldwin, of Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, were married in the
late summer on the Zone.

Miss Eileen Mary Johnstone, daughter of Captain and Mrs. Henry K.
Johnstone, of Los Rios, Canal Zone, and Mr. Charles H. Legg, son of Mr. and
Mrs. R. Legg, of Belle Glade, Florida, were married on July 6, 1973, in
Pahokee, Florida. The bride is a graduate of Balboa High School and attended
West Palm Beach Junior College for one year. Mr. Legg is a graduate of
Gulfport High School, Mississippi, and is presently employed in Belle Glade.

The marriage of Russell M. Jones and Mrs. Edith L. Macaulay took place
in Sanford, Florida on October 19, 1973. The couple are making their home at
6549 20th Street North, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mrs. Bellamy Latz and Captain Elmer G. Abbott exchanged marriage
vows in St. Petersburg, Florida, on October 13, 1973, in St. Petersburg,
Florida. Richard and Barbara Abbott, of Falls Church, Virginia, and Charles
and Leslie Latz, of Los Angeles, California, attended the wedding ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Lovelady announce the marriage of their daughter,
Jackie, to Mr. Michael Val Hooper in Santa Ana, California, First Baptist
Church on September 7, 1973. The bride and groom flew to Hawaii for their
honeymoon. They are now at home at 12322 Country Lane, Santa Ana,
California 92701.
Jackie is a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of 1965, the Canal Zone
College, Class of 1967, and the University of Arizona.


CWC2 and Mrs. Michael W. Basham announce the birth of their first
child, a boy, Carl Austin, born on September 1, 1973, at Gorgas Hospital. The
maternal grandparents.are Mr. and Mrs. Richard Patton, of Dunnellon,
Florida, formerly of the Canal Zone. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Clayton S. Bradford of Balboa.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. DeTore, of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, announce the
birth of their second child, a boy, born on September 1, 1973, at Coco Solo
Hospital. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Elbert T. Chappell,
Jr., of Coco Solo. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R. E. DeTore,
of St. Petersburg, Florida, formerly of the Canal Zone.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Dolan of Balboa announce the birth of their
third child and second son, Timothy John, on July 28, 1973, at Gorgas
Hospital. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ralph L. Davis of
Diablo Heights. Mr. and Mrs. William G. Dolan, of Jacksonville, Florida,
formerly of the Canal Zone, are the paternal grandparents.

Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W. Field, Jr., announce the birth of twin sons,
Nicolas Charles and Jason Cyrus, born October 17, 1973, in Seattle,
Washington. The twins have an older brother, Jeremy Kirk. The maternal
grandparents are Mrs. Charles Kircher, of Youngstown, Arizona, and the late

Mr. Charles Kircher. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W.
Field, of New Port Richey, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Hockin announce the birth of their first child, a
son, Jaime Russell, born July 31, 1973, at Montclair, New Jersey. The
maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus W. Field, of New Port
Richey, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hockin of
West Orange, New Jersey.

Mr. and Mrs. George Stephen Hogg, of Radcliff, Kentucky, announce the
birth on September 5, 1973, of their first child, a daughter, Kathryn Marie, in
Radcliff. The baby's mother is the former Winifred Ann Stitch, of Los Rios,
the great-granddaughter of Mrs. Ora Moore Ewing of Panama.

Lieutenant and Mrs. Gordon E. Kauffman (nee Mary Sharp) announce
the birth of their first child, a daughter, Anne Frances, on September 25,
1973, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy
A. Sharp, St. Petersburg, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Gordon Kauffman, of Craigmont, Idaho. Paternal great-grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Violette, of Panama City, Panama.

Lieutenant U.S.N. and Mrs. George D. Lord (the former Ellen Douglas of
Los Rios, Canal Zone) of Hanford, California, announce the birth of their first
child, a son, Brian Douglas, on September 23, 1973. Paternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. J. Douglas Lord of St. Petersburg, Florida. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Douglas, of New Port Richey,
Florida. Great-grandparents are paternally Mr. and Mrs. George T.
McLintock and Mrs. Ruth Dwelle, all of St. Petersburg.
The McLintocks are happy to say the baby is their sixth

Mr. and Mrs. Grover Matheney, of Panama City, Panama, announce the
birth of a son, their second child, Alan Grover on July 20th, 1973. The
paternal grandparents are Mrs. Blanche Todd, of Panama City, and Mr.

Angus Matheney, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The great-grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Adler and Mrs. Raquel de Gallardo, of Panama City
and Mrs. Jessie Matheney, of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Williams (Betsy Bell, formerly of Gamboa)
announce the birth of a daughter, Dana Lynn, on September 14, 1973.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carlton S. Bell, of St. Petersburg,

Mr. and Mrs. Bill C. Winford (Marcia Dubbs), of Balboa, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of their second child, Melissa Jean, on August 17, 1973, at
Gorgas Hospital. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Dubbs,
of Aiken, South Carolina. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Homer L.
Winford, of Lakeland, Florida.


We have missed his regular attendance at the Pan Canal monthly
meetings. However, after seeing the Clearwater Sun SUNLIVING of
September 9, 1973, showing a picture of Timothy J. Mann, of South
Pasadena, and a young lad, with the caption under the picture, "A FRIEND
FOR A TROUBLED YOUTH," we extend our congratulations to Tim. Mr.
Mann, who is working with the Division of Youth Services, is connected
with the division's Volunteer Probation Friend program. He spends a
minimum of four hours a week with the youngster pictured with him in the
paper, helping him with homework, taking him on outings, or just spending
time with him such as cleaning Tim's sailboat. More volunteers are needed
to help the other 1,300 youths on probation in Pinellas County.
Mrs. Blanche Briscoe enjoyed a late summer visit to the Canal Zone
where she was the guest in the home of the Frank Sullivan family-- he is with
the Post Office at Albrook Field. She thoroughly enjoyed shopping, chatting
with old friends and eating native vegetables and fruits. After a short time at
home, Mrs. Briscoe left St. Petersburg the middle of September to visit her
daughter-in-law, Mrs. Philip E. Briscoe, Jr. and family. Her granddaughter,
Ruth Ellen Briscoe graduated Cum Laude on May 26, 1973, as a registered
nurse from college in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She is now working at the
Seventh-Day Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland. Ruth has served

at the hospital for many years as a Candy Striper in Volunteer work. Her
mother works at the same hospital. In October, Mrs. Briscoe plans to visit
her daughter in Cincinnati and will return to St. Petersburg in early
Captain Elmer Abbott spent a month in California in late July and early
August visiting family and many former Zonian friends. After his return to
St. Petersburg, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Abbott (Barbara Shaw) and three
children, of Falls Church, Virginia, were the guests of Richard's father.
Mr..and Mrs. John Hey (Barbara Jones) and three children, of Florissant,
Missouri, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Jones. In late August, Hattie and
Roland left for a vacation in their home state, Maine.
In May, 1973, Gus and Mabel Peterson took their annual two-weeks' trip
to the southeast coast of Florida where they visited friends and relatives.
In July, they went on a Caribbean cruise. On the 14-day cruise they
visited Caracas, Venezuela, and went sight-seeing at 10 different ports. It
was a very comfortable and interesting cruise.
Then, the middle of August they went to North Carolina for a stay in the
Great Smoky Mountains. The stay turned out to be for one month. They had
wonderful weather on all these trips and good companionship. So many St.
Petersburg residents spend their summers in North Carolina; we were
introduced to a couple who live only three blocks from us in St. Petersburg -
a Small World!
The Petersons also celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in
Mrs. Nena McMillan and her sister, Mrs. Orlando T. Symonds, of
Albuquerque, New Mexico, enjoyed a three-week trip to San Francisco and
Miss Jeannette Cox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Cox, of Coco
Solo, Canal Zone, spent the September 21st weekend with her
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Cox, of St. Petersburg. A graduate
of the Canal Zone College, Jeanette has entered Florida State University at
Tallahassee, Florida, where she will reside at Cawthon Hall while she is
finishing her education.
Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Baumbach, of Clearwater, Florida, celebrated their
Golden Wedding Anniversary last summer with members of their family,
Mrs. Ruth B. Krziza, Cardenas, Canal Zone; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Baumbach
and three children, Cardenas, Canal Zone; and Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Kocher
(Lois) and three daughters, of Dallas, Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Cunningham, of Lighthouse Point, Florida also attended the Anniversary
dinner at the PELICAN restaurant, Clearwater Beach. T/Sgt. and Mrs.
Joseph J. Messina (Penny) and three children were unable to attend as they
are now stationed at Anderson A.F.B., Guam.

This past June, Frederick and Ruth Baumbach, of Cardenas, Canal
Zone, grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Baumbach, accompanied them on
a tour up north to visit their families. Frederick is now residing with his
grandparents and attends All-Ways Travel Academy at night and is
employed at The Bank of Clearwater.
The Frank Cunninghams spent a few days with the Baumbachs on their
return trip from a six weeks' tour.
Mrs. Carlton S. Bell, of St. Petersburg, reports that their daughter, Miss
Bonnie Bell, had left Birmingham, Alabama, to join the staff of M. A.
Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas, where she will work in the
Anaesthesia Department. Mr. and Mrs. Bell enjoyed a six-week stay with
daughter Betsy. They welcomed their second grandchild and first
granddaughter (See Births). Betsy and Wayne Williams also have a son
David, 2'/2.

Perc and Marion Graham recently celebrated their Golden Wedding
Anniversary (see picture). Honoring the happy couple were their son and
family: Maj. (Ret.) and Mrs. Jerry Graham, their son Jerry and his lovely
wife Sheila, and Doris' parents, Dwight and Evelyn Van Evera. Doris and
Jerry's sons, Lee and Scott, are in Charleston, South Carolina. Lee is 2nd
Class Petty Officer in the Nuclear Power Program, and Scott is a 4-year
scholarship Cadet at the Citadel.
Perc and Marion were feted with a lovely dinner at Baumgardners. A
cake in their honor and champagne were served at the Jerry Grahams on
Patrician Point, commencing the happy occasion with many cards and lovely
gifts including a phone call from brother Bill Graham and wife Sue from
Kerrville, Texas.
Dwight and Evelyn Van Evera, of Pinellas Park, Florida, returned in
late October from a three-week visit to Maryland and Ohio, visiting relatives
and daughter Jean and family.
The Jerry Grahams and Perc Grahams returned recently from
Charleston, South Carolina, where they enjoyed a busy "Parents Weekend"
at the Citadel Academy, where son John Scott is a 4th Classman. Cadet
Graham is on a four-year Air force scholarship. They stayed with son Lee in
his lovely apartment and had a memorable three days, filled with parades,
luncheon, football game and the highlight of the weekend was when Cadet
Graham escorted lovely Lucy Collins to the Senior Ring Prom. Lucy is the
daughter of Cmdr. (Ret.) and Mrs. Joe Collins. Son Jerry and lovely wife
Sheila could not make the happy occasion. They reside in St. Petersburg,
also, where Jerry is furthering his education in Industrial Engineering. The
Jerry Grahams are proud of their sons and rightly so! Doris Graham.

August was a busy month at the Askew residence in St. Petersburg. It
brought a visit from daughter Nancy and the Goodwin family from Balboa.
Near the end of their visit, they were joined by sister Linda and young son
David, of Mobile, Alabama. The girls had not been together in three years
and had never seen each other's younger child. It was wonderful to have all
three grandchildren here at once.
In September, Gene and Ethel took off for Gene's high school reunion in
Tennessee. After so many years, he had quite a time identifying some of the
alumni attending. From Tennessee, they traveled through the beautiful hills
and mountains to North Carolina for several days of cool weather at
Highlands. After a visit with son Steve at Ft. Bragg, the vacation ended with
two very interesting days at Williamsburg and Jamestown.
Mr. and Mrs. Houston Esslinger flew to Washington, D.C. for a week's
visit with their daughter Mary in late October. Mary is the Editor of
ORIGINS, a publication issued by the News' Service Conference in
Washington, D. C.
Hawaii was the setting for two important events in the early fall for Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Sharp of St. Petersburg. Preceding the real highlight of their
trip was the family reunion. The Frank Violettes of Panama were in Hawaii
on a fishing tournament, James Violette is a student in Hawaii and
Lieutenant and Mrs. Gordon E. Kauffman (Mary Sharp) live in Honolulu.
While the family were gathered in the Fiftieth State, they celebrated
Jimmie's 24th birthday. For Frances and Roy Sharp, however, the climax of
their trip came on September 25th the birth of their first grandchild.--See
Complying with oft requested news items for the Canal Record, I'll
endeavor to do just that- Mrs. Robert J. Straus, St. Petersburg, Florida.
After spending December, January and February with my daughters,
Margaret (Edwards) and Dorothy (Moore) in Burbank, California, I came
home. only to fall in the shower which put me out of circulation for over four
months with a dislocated shoulder which was very painful to say the least. At
the present time, it is slowly getting mended.
In June, Dorothy and son "Cliffie" drove over in her Volkswagen. She
came over in less than four days and when she left she took her father
along; they made the return trip in even less time.
When Bob arrived back in St. Pete, he was met by our daughter, Mary
(Hollowell) who was up from the Zone with Freeland, Jr., Laurie and David.
While here, Freeland, Jr. attended a Boy Scout Jamboree in Pennsylvania.
I then decided to take a long delayed trip to see my brother, Clarence
and his wife, Rose, in Hudson, New Hampshire. I enjoyed the scenery around
the countryside in Hudson and Manchester.
In March, our youngest daughter, Ida (Gifford) returned to St. Pete from

Provo where her husband John attended classes at BYU. They are now
settled in St. Pete.
August was a busy time for our daughter Margaret; her eldest son, Paul,
who was attending BYU in Provo was called as a missionary by the Church of
Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (Mormon) to serve in Argentina. Then,
Bobbie left home to start as a Freshman at BYU. That leaves Susan at home
who attends Junior High in Burbank.
Lastly, our granddaughter, Mary Moore (Burleson), wrote telling about
an accident which she had had. She walked through the glass sliding doors at
her home and had to have a total of 30 stitches on her legs and hands. She
mentioned that the coyotes are coming out of the hills and eating the cats and
dogs in the neighborhood-she lives in Simi Valley, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Zierten made their annual trip north in the early
fall. They visited Emma's sister, Mrs. H. R. Brintlinger, in Barrington,
Illinois, Zip's family in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and spent two days with a
former teacher, Mrs. Delbert Stelmach (Sadie Haigh). Mr. Zierten also
attended the "B" Club Reunion at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois.
Old friends in St. Petersburg of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Zelnick (Ruth
Wright) enjoyed reminiscing over old times at a get-together in late October
when they were the guests of Captain and Mrs. Howard Johnson for a few
days. Thinking of eventual retirement (hard to believe as they seem just the
same as in the old days on the Zone-many, many years ago for many of us),
they have bought a home in Hendersonville, North Carolina, another popular
retirement area.
The bride and groom, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Harvey, of the Canal Zone,
were guests of Hugh's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Harvey, in September.
Mrs. Roy Stockham visited her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
James Reece, and her grandchildren in North Carolina and also flew to
Denver, Colorado, for a visit with her mother during the summer months.
Mrs. Thelma Reppe, of Long Beach, California, was the guest of Mr. and
Mrs. Wells Wright in October. Thelma looks wonderful! Retirement from the
tedious, time-consuming work with the California Society must be somewhat
like drinking from the Fountain of Youth!
Mr. and Mrs. Angus Matheney of New Mexico spent several weeks with
Mrs. Jessie Matheney in late September and October.
The November 2nd meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida
brought many members who had returned from northern climes after a cool
vacation and a change of scenery during the summer months. Mrs. Erma
Forbes, who spent most of the summer in Pennsylvania reported on her trip
by Greyhound Bus to Vancouver, British Columbia-all trains were on strike.
It was a beautiful drive and, of course, wonderful to see Jim and his family in
Vancouver. When they ran into snow on the return trip, Erma knew it was

time to pack up and head home to sunny Florida. Mr. and Mrs. Dewey
Goodwin had returned from an enjoyable three-month stay in Hendersonville,
North Carolina; they even brought back some delicious squash for "special"
friends. Jewel and Tex Vestal en route to Houston, Texas, after a trip around
the world stopped over in St. Petersburg. They expect to stay "put" in
Houston-at least until Christmas. Betty and Barney Forgeson (Betty
Comley), who recently purchased a home in Tierra Verde (across Boca Ciega
Bay from the main part of St. Petersburg) were among the 126 exuberant
former Zonians who attended the meeting. Mr. Forgeson retired from the
Navy Research Laboratory in Washington, D. C. last June. Getting the "jump
on Old Man Winter", Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bigelow had already deserted their
summer home in Westminister, Massachusetts, for their tropical winter
residence in Pinellas Park-a warm climate and very WARM FRIENDS-and
saw many friends at the meeting.
Among Canal Zoners visiting the St. Petersburg area in the fall were Mr.
and Mrs. Chester Harrold, Jr., Mr. Gardner Harris, Mr. and Mrs. H. L.
Clarke, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Stern.
Buck Lockridge returned to St. Petersburg in October after a two-month
vacation. He spent two weeks with his brother, Carroll, and sister-in-law,
Ruth, in Los Angeles and saw many old Canal Zone friends in the area. He
visited Forrest and Lola Cheeseman in their lovely home and had lunch with
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Kariger at the Marina Del Rey. Lee is still teaching. Buck
and brother Carroll spent three weeks fishing on Puget Sound in
Washington. Unfortunately, (at current prices of red salmon) salmon fishing
was not at its best at the time. Buck's sister-in-law went to Hawaii while they
were on the fishing trip. En route home, Buck stopped in Iowa for family
visits and then flew to Mobile, Alabama, for a visit with Colonel and Mrs. H.
B. Crowley.
On their return from a trip to Ireland, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Castles, of the
Canal Zone, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Caldwell in St. Petersburg in
late September. Their daughter, Ann Castles, is attending college at St.
Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Fuller traveled many miles over the summer
months. Leaving St. Petersburg in June, they visited the Lee Wrights in
Houston, Texas, and saw Mrs. Jane Knapp who lives with Miss Constance
Sundquist at Lake Jackson, Texas. After stopping in Denver for a visit with
friends, they drove through eastern Utah en route to Los Angeles. In
California they contacted many old friends from the Zone and then journeyed
on to Vancouver, Washington, where they saw the Andy Van Siclen family.
After making a stop in Tacoma, they headed back to Minnesota and then
home again in time to attend the October meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida on October 5th.

Mr. Roland Dahlhoff and his wife, Gail, from Ferndale, Washington,
visited Roland's mother, Mrs. Lavinia Dahlhoff in St. Petersburg in August.
Mrs. John E. Grasinger (Rolanda Dahlhoff) and her two little boys joined
her mother and brother for the family reunion. Rolanda and her husband,
Dr. John E. Grasinger are now living in Winter Park, Florida.
Dorothy and Albert Pate, of Gatun, Canal Zone were St. Pete visitors in
October. They planned to help Dorothy's mother, Mrs. Marie Wolf celebrate
her birthday on October 26th.
From Kerner and Foy Frauenheim in Seminole, Florida-Retirement in
Florida suits us fine. In April we flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to spend two
weeks with daughter Lola Marie and son-in-law Albert Jones (USN) and two
daughters, Tara and Lisa-beautiful place to vacation. They are now making
their home in Virginia Beach, Virginia. In May we drove to Houston for a
family gathering at our daughter Lynne's wedding. Lynne married Lt. Karl
Hoch, a pilot in the German Air Force and is now making her home in
Schwabisch Gmund, West Germany. Drove to Denver from Houston for Foy's
Nursing School's Class Reunion. While in Denver, had dinner with Mr. and
Mrs. Clayton Auble (Balboa Shoe Department). They have a lovely home
right at the foothills of the mountains in Lakewood. We also had lunch with
Ruby Robinson who some of you may remember from our bowling days in
In November we plan to return to Houston to lend a hand to son Gene
and Lynne (Wellington) when they move into their new home in Quail Valley.
Gene is employed with the accounting firm of Arthur Anderson. They have a
son and daughter. Son Neil is employed with the Police Department in
Margarita, Canal Zone.

Retirement to some may mean the rocking chair and a sedentary mode of
life but not to Kathyleen and Allen Miller, of Sarasota, Florida!! The Millers
left Sarasota July 1 and returned September 28. They motored to Danville,
Illinois, their former home town; out to Livingston, Montana, and Portland,
Oregon, and back to Colorado Springs where Allen climbed Pike's Peak
before they left for Arizona.
By now, Kathyleen and Allen Miller know a two-hundred-mile stretch of
the Colorado River like the backs of their hands. They've traversed it by
rubber raft, flown over it by plane, and in 1966, they took a Mule pack trip
along its banks, going part way, necessarily on foot! Their latest Colorado
River exploration was aboard a neoprene rubber raft. The 12-day adventure
began at Page, Arizona, where the group was taken by bus to Lee's Ferry,
about ten miles downstream from Glen Canyon which forms the Powell Lake.

Allen, who celebrated his 60th birthday on the raft trip, had a fellow
companion who was 80.
"We were a little apprehensive at times as we approached some of the
160 rapids," Kathyleen said, "But we learned from our guides that there are
no 'bad' rapids-only 'really good' white water Believe it or not, we both
gained weight those 12 days. We had marvelous breakfasts on shore before
starting out each day-pancakes, French toast. Sandwiches were packed for
lunch aboard the rafts, and broiled steaks were often on the dinner menus
ashore at night "
"When we reached the terminal point, Diamond Creek, at the end of our
raft trip," Allen said, "We were flown back over the scenic route. That 200
miles which took us 12 days by raft, was covered in an hour by plane."
-Condensed from Sarasota JOURNAL, October 8, 1973.

Mary Sheryl Horine, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. L. E. Horine (Mary Ellen
Stacy) is holding her own against local male competitors in such traditional
sports as football, basketball, skiing and track.
Most recently, the fifth-grade Hardin Park student, took second place in
the Optimist Club's annual Punt, Pass and Kick competition. The traditional
all-male competition was opened this year for girls for the first time. She
placed second even though she was handicapped by her birth date and had to
compete with 11-year-olds.
Mary Sheryl likes all sports but skiing is her favorite. Last year, she
received a pair of skis for overall competition in the county recreation
department's ski clinic-winning over both of her brothers, Stace, 15, and
Sherwood, 12, who are also active in sports.
But skiing wasn't the only sport she racked up trophies in last year. She
also took first place in the running broad jump and softball and softball
throw and second in the standing broad jump during the countywide Junior
Camp Day.
She is a member of the Boone Junior Tennis team and of a gymnastics
team. She owns a horse and loves to swim, water ski, play basketball, ice
skate and is even learning to play golf. -Information from the WATAUGA
DEMOCRAT, Boone, North Carolina, October 18, 1973.

Judge and Mrs. Carl A. Widell, of Tampa, Florida, visited their son, Carl
Widell, Jr. and family in El Paso, Texas, in April. While there, they attended
the promotion party when their son was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
They returned through Boone, North Carolina, where they have a cottage.
En route home to Tampa, they visited their son Robert and his wife (Janet

Hine) in Auburn, Alabama. Robert teaches political science at Auburn
On May 26th, the Widells went to the Canal Zone where Judge Widell
relieved Judge Baker and Judge Brown, returning to Tampa on Septem-
ber 22. Mrs. Charlotte Kennedy returned with them for a two-week
visit to Tampa. While on the Zone, the police in Cristobal took them on a
fishing trip in Gatun lake. Fishing was good! They caught about 19
bass-some as large as 7 pounds!
On their return, they went back to North Carolina to close up their
cottage. Their daughter, Barbara Hopkins, who is assistant Trust Officer at
the First National Bank, accompanied them to North Carolina.

Robert W. MacSparran, son of Mrs. Charlotte Page, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, joined the faculty at Whittier College in California in February of
1962 as a piano teacher. Since that time, he has played over 80 concerts for
the college either as a soloist or ensemble performance. He has appeared
several times as the soloist with the Rio Hondo Symphony as well as
performances with the La Mirada symphony and the Whittier Chamber
Symphony. He has also performed extensively throughout the South as a
vocal accompanist.
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Genis, of San Diego, California, formerly of Margarita,
drove to Whittier to hear one of Mr. MacSparran's concerts-ard were
thrilled! Mrs. Genis was one of Robert's first teachers.

Mrs. Lois D. Bates, reporting from Saigon-"As the check date shows,
we, working here, are too hard-working or manana fevered to inscribe our
letters on paper.
"I've been here since the signing of the cease-fire (28 January), working
in the Defense Attache Office, which took over when MAC-V pulled out. I'd
always be glad to hear from any Zonians (or their offspring) passing through
(office telephone 923-2909.)
"My mother, Ann De La Mater, is still in the Greenville Nursing Home,
Greenville, North Carolina 27834. Although she cannot read or respond, I
know she'd appreciate a card or note from any old friends. At least she's in
her home town where we have many wonderful relatives and friends.
"I intend to attend a Pan Canal Picnic whenever I return to the 'world'-any
one, anywhere!"

STAR AND HERALD, September 23, 1973 by Joyce Hill

"The Friendliest Couple" at Canal Zone College 27 years ago had a
chance to relive old times on September 19th when a delegation from the
College called on Panama's President, Demetrio Lakas, in the Presidential
President Lakas proved as friendly today as he must have back in 1946
when he received the accolade in the College yearbook, the CONQUISTADOR.
On hand to prove it was the female half, Juanita Borgis Karst, who resembles
much more her yearbook photograph than does the President.
Making a joke of the weight he has put on since schooldays, President
Lakas remarked that Greeks have a reputation for being good looking as boys
but not necessarily keeping their looks later on .
The occasion for the visit was the publication of the second issue of
SALTWATER PAPAYA, a general feature magazine that has replaced the
old yearbook. A picture of President Lakas and the then Miss Borgis appears
on the cover with a story chronicling President Lakas Canal Zone College
career on the back cover.
The friendliest couple who have remained friends over the years spent
almost 40 minutes reminiscing and filling each other in on the whereabouts of
their classmates. The College was much smaller then with only 98 students
compared to today's enrollment of 1,632, and student life was in Mrs. Karst's
words, "much more fun."
President Lakas, whose face lit up at the recollection of "raising hell in
the dorms," laughed at the memory of a prank he and some friends once
pulled on English teacher, Dorothy B. Moody. The College was then located
in a wing of Balboa High School where Miss Moody taught on the third floor.
She was dumbfounded to look up from her desk one day and see her car
whizzing along the corridor outside her room. The irrepressible boys had
carried the car up three flights of stairs. As Mrs. Karst remarked after the
meeting that if that were to happen today, they probably would be arrested.
"But things were different then." she went on. "We made our own fun
and everybody was part of the group." One example was the International
Relations Club to which both belonged. "It was really just an excuse to go
down to the El Rancho and dance and drink beer." .
Old friends are clearly still good friends for President Lakas.

Lee D. Goulet, of Fremont, Michigan, was recently appointed Vice
President in Charge of Latin America for Gerber Baby Foods.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain, of Sarasota, Florida, enjoyed a trip to
California in the late summer. En route, they saw many old friends in
Arkansas Alice and Herb Engelkee, Dot and Bruce Sanders, Captain and
Mrs. Frank McGillberry, Mr. and Mrs. Glynn Terrell and many others. The
Cains and Fran and Roger Orvis later drove to Sanibel Island where they
enjoyed shelling, (Sanibel is famous for its beautiful shells), fishing and
swimming. Tom Conley, a guest of the Orvises from the Canal Zone, was
with them on the trip.

Mrs. Francis J. Schewe, of Aberbeen, Maryland, sends Happy Holiday
Greetings to all her friends and would like to hear from those that still
remember her. God Bless Them All.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Leitner, formerly of Miami Shores, Florida,
after traveling from June until October, have returned to Florida and have
a new address 215 Seventh Court, Lake Park, Florida 33403.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Fretland sold their motel in Land o' Lakes,
Wisconsin. They bought an Airstream and made a trip across Canada and
down the East Coast. They are now, temporarily, in Wausau, Wisconsion.

News from Mrs. Helen Rhodes, Orlando, Florida "Colonel Howard D.
Rhodes, better known to all of his friends as 'Dusty', son of the late Charles
D. Rhodes and Helen Rhodes, is now serving as Director of Engineering -
Army at A R A D COM. ENT-AFB, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
"Dusty and family had several years in Europe three years were in
Belgium when Dusty was at NATO and one year in Vietnam. He returned to
Colorado Springs a year ago.
"Dusty and Gwyn have two daughters and two sons. Their oldest, Craig,
was born in the Canal Zone when Dusty was stationed at Ft. Sherman, is a
Virginia Military Institute graduate and has been in the Frankfurt, Germany,
area for two years. He is a First Lieutenant in the Army. The three children
at home enjoy the activities in school and sports in the area. Dusty and Bill
De La Mater met recently by chance at the Air Force Academy and, needless
to say, had a good visit.

"I am expecting to spend the holiday season with the family and my
sister and family in the Greeley, Colorado, area. I hope to see some of the
Canal Zoners in the Denver area and get back home for the Reunion which
is always so enjoyable, seeing so many of the Canal Zone friends who made
our years so happy times we'll always cherish.
"Happy Holidays to all. Come and see me in Orlando."
Mrs. Rhodes also reported that Anna Ruth Werkheiser lives only a half
block from her. Anna Ruth is retiring from her position at the end of
September. Although she plans to do part-time work, she will enjoy having
more leisure time.

A NEW MEMBER-Balboa High School, Class of 1946-Mrs. John T.
Weimer (nee Ruth Price), Bel Air, Maryland.
"My mother, Mrs. Jettie Price, is a subscriber to your Canal Record
magazine, and I've been borrowing her copies for a year now. Decided it's
about time I started subscribing and maybe through this can find out about
some of my past friends from the Zone with whom I grew up and went to
"I was born in Gatun, Canal Zone (at home), and graduated from Balboa
High in 1946. I keep telling my family-husband and three daughters-what a
wonderful life we had in the Canal Zone, growing up, and I hope to take them
there someday.
"Life here in Bel Air, Maryland, is the next best thing, though. We have
good schools, good climate and good neighbors. My mother, Jettie Price, who
worked in the Commissary division for many years lives close by in
Baltimore, and my sister, Marion Price Royston, also lives there. She's a
Medical Publications Editor at Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. My sister,
Connie Price Cain, is a wife and mother as I am, and lives in Morehead City,
North Carolina, with her husband and four children. We get together about
once a year.
"My father, former barber at the Ancon Clubhouse for many years, lives
in Iola, Kansas. We had a Price Reunion at my uncle Buck's in Newark,
Delaware, in August. It was nice getting together with relatives, but would
also be nice seeing or hearing from old friends from the Zone again." Check
the Annual Issue for address.

BHS Graduate, 1944-Richard Lombard, who was born in Ancon and
attended Canal Zone schools, has been appointed General Counsel of the
EXXON Corporation (formerly Esso and Standard Oil of New Jersey).
After graduating from Balboa High School, Richard attended Harvard
College and Harvard Law School. He had previously held the position of
General Counsel of various EXXON affiliates.

Richard's parents, Eugene and Alice Lombard, presently live in Toms
River, New Jersey. His father was Executive Secretary of the Canal Zone
from 1948 to 1956.

BHS Graduate, 1962-Jack B. De Vore, Jr. has received his Ph.D. degree
from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. Dr. De Vore now resides
in Fayetteville, Arkansas (1735 Wheeler Avenue 72701), and is an Assistant
Professor at the University of Arkansas. Dr. De Vore attended the Canal
Zone College for three semesters and then transferred to Kansas State
College, Pittsburg, Kansas, where he received his BS and MS degrees. After
teaching for two years in Richmond, Virginia, he returned to Kansas State
College where he received his EDS degree. He then accepted a position with
the University of Arkansas and was later granted a leave of absence so that
he might obtain his Doctorate. Dr. De Vore has had several publications and
is now awaiting the publication of a co-authored text book.
Jack is married to Pat Bain, a former Zonian, and has a seven-year-old
daughter, Tita Marie.

Canal Zoners, watching the Watergate hearings on Television noted a
familiar face in the man who sat behind Senator Edward J. Gurney of
Florida. They have been right since he is Robert Silverstein who served in
the Canal Zone from October, 1966 to September, 1968, as Assistant U. S.
Attorney with his offices in the Ancon Court building. After leaving the Zone,
he went to the U. S. Attorney's office in Miami and joined the staff of the
Watergate Committee in April of this year.

Mrs. Lillian Wills, Stratford, Connecticut, who spent thirty-two years in
the Canal Zone (she lived in Balboa most of the time but enjoyed a few happy
years in Cristobal) sent in information on her sons who were both born in the
Canal Zone and attended Zone schools through the grades and high school.
Don is now an Analytical and Designing Engineer for Chandler Evans and
Bob is Deputy Attorney General for the State of New Jersey. He graduated
MAGNA CUM LAUDE from Rutgers University.

Mrs. Lista Daniels and son, Bob, of Dallas, Texas, vacationed for two
weeks in California in late August and early September. They saw Helen and

Eileen Petersen in Los Angeles before going to San Francisco to join the
California Parlor Car Tours to Yosemite National Park, Carmel and
Monterey, and to Lake Tahoe and Reno.
Mrs. Daniels is interested in the names of anyone who might have
Chinese rugs for sale. Write her personally in Dallas, Texas, if you have any

Mrs. Charles G. Calvit, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sent in a
newspaper clipping from THE SENTINEL, University City, California,
August 26, 1973, on old timers from the Canal Zone. Mrs. Calvit wrote that
Mrs. Harrison was Mary Calvit before her marriage in 1909.
"They met in the Panama Canal Zone during the construction of the
Canal and they're still together. Thomas W. Harrison, now of University
City, went to the Canal Zone in 1906 as a machinist working on the canal. His
future wife, daughter of a blacksmith doing canal-related work, came with
her family in 1907. They met in 1908. They were married in Gorgona, Canal
Zone, August 19, 1909, and recently celebrated their 64th anniversary.
"Mr. Harrison had lived in Panama 48 years before bringing his wife to
California 19 years ago. Some of their descendants remain in the Canal Zone.
A daughter, a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren live in San Diego."

Mrs. Marian Boomer Taylor retires. Mrs. Taylor went to the Canal Zone
as a young child. Her father, Capt. George Boomer, was one of the original
pilots for the Panama Canal and during World War II was Assistant Port
Captain in Cristobal. Mrs. Taylor was married to the late Dr. Surse Taylor,
whose father was one of-the founders of the Samaritan Hospital in Colon. At
the time of her retirement, Mrs. Taylor was supervising clerk stenographer
in the office of the principal at Cristobal Junior-Senior High School. She is the
recipient of several Outstanding Performance Awards. Mrs. Taylor will make
her retirement home in Colon.

Mrs. Grace E. Brown, of Seal Beach, California, enjoyed a three-week
trip to Norway in July where she visited relatives.

Jackie Bishop reporting-"Howdy! Here's a little news from Texas-
Kerrville. Dale and I and our two children, Mark, 11, Jeanne, 6, arrived in
Kerrville on June 13th and liked it from the first day. When Dale decided to
retire on June 30th, we had to have a place to go to, and since we had been

hearing about Kerrville from former Panama Canal employees now living
here, we felt we would give it a try. It was all we had expected and more.
Kerrville is definitely NOT what the average person thinks of when he
pictures Texas. It is truly THE HILL COUNTRY, and the climate is lovely.
The native people couldn't be friendlier, and one feels very welcome here.
There are about 25 families living here who are former Panama Canal
employees. Among those we have seen here are the Jim Hoversons, Ed
Websters, Dave Marshalls, Harry Carlsons, Finley Meehans, Parker Hannas,
Joe Corrigans, Bill Grahams, Lloyd McConnells, Jack Burns, Jim Agees, E.
H. Davisons, Harold Chambers and most recently, the Bob Byrds and Lee
"Canal Zone retirees in this area are making a name for themselves. Sue
Graham was recently named President of the Newcomers Club of Kerrville,
and Bob Byrd is already active in Lions' Club work.
"Living in the States brings me closer to my parents, John and Kitty
Schmidt, who have been retired in Pasadena, Maryland, for ten years, but I
left behind my two brothers, Doug Schmidt of Corozal and John Jr. (Bill) who
is a S/MSGT in the USAF stationed at Albrook.
"Being a homeowner is a new and exciting experience for us. It is plenty
of work, but very satisfying when the day is done, and Dale can sit on the
porch and look out over his 'South 40' and almost see his newly planted grass
grow! Mark can't wait for it to get to the cutting stage-hope his enthusiasm
lasts! With all his yard work, Dale still finds time for an occasional golf game
with Bill Graham and enjoys the local and nearby courses.
"We are looking forward to visits from family and friends so we can show
them the great Texas hospitality we have received since our arrival here."

LeRoy Leach, of San Jose, California, and his daughter Ann Marie
visited for two weeks in August on the Canal Zone with his two sisters and
their families, Mrs. Mary Leach Robertson and Sheila and Dick Egger. He
also was entertained by old friends, Pat and Lanky Flores, Andrew Lim and
many others.
Mrs. Thelma L. Conover came back from Panama with the Leaches for a
short visit. Mrs. Conover is a Cristobal High School friend of Nancy Kaufer
One of his three sons, LeRoy II, had a cruise on the P & 0 M. S. "Spirit
of London" at the same time to Alaska with his maternal grandmother, Mrs.
Louis Kaufer--so the family traveled both north and south.

Albert J. Joyce, Sr. has returned to Sarasota, Florida, after an extended
visit on the Canal Zone. He lived part time with his son William and with his
daughter Eileen (Mrs. Charles Brown), but during his stay on the Zone he
was able to be with all his children. Mr. Joyce now has ten grandchildren and
one great-grandchild as his granddaughter, Teresa (Mrs. Leo Austin) had a
baby girl born last year.

Hoyt and Frances Byrd sailed from the Canal Zone on the S.S.
CRISTOBAL after Hoyt's retirement as an Administrative Officer with the
Division of Schools (36 years, 9 months' service). They visited Hoyt's brother
and wife, Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Lee Byrd, in Dothan, Alabama. Unfortunately,
their return trip was marred by unexpected illness and Hoyt had surgery at
the Emory University Hospital. He is now (September 20th) doing fine and
Frances and Hoyt plan to leave Atlanta about October 1st to visit their
daughter, Andrea, and her husband in Omaha, Nebraska. From Omaha, they
will go to Kerrville, Texas, to visit the Bob Byrd family and from Texas to
Florida--Ocala, St. Petersburg and other cities in Florida--where they hope
to see many friends from Canal Zone days.

Barbara J. Cunningham, Auburn, Washington--"I assume most of our
Canal Zone friends read in the June edition of the Canal Record about my
husband's death. It was quite sudden and unexpected and thus quite a shock
to all of us. Mike and Linda Jane were here four days for the Memorial
Service. Then, my mother, Mrs. Helen Farthing, of Lake Wales, Florida,
came to stay with me for several weeks until I could get moved temporarily
in with my son Jay. After getting the estate settled, I flew to New York on
June 28th to stay with my sister, Mrs. Martha Cowell, and family. On July
28th Martha and I flew to Houston, Texas, to visit Mike and family. Neither
of us had seen little 17 month-old Stephanie who the doctors call their little
'miracle child' --as indeed she is. She wasn't expected to live, but today she is
a healthy child and normal in every way including the 'I want. .' stage. My
sister was only able to stay nine days, but I remained until August 14th when
I flew to California to visit with the Griffin family for almost three weeks. I
arrived home on September 2nd. My one-pound Chihuahua flew everywhere
with me and was a good girl on the whole trip. I thought I'd be able to rest
up when I got home but have been so busy catching up with things here--and
four grandchildren. I did finally find a duplex to my liking and will move
about October 20th--2309 A "M" Street, N. E., Auburn, Washington 98002."

Mrs. Cunningham is considering a Florida vacation and attending the
Reunion in January.

Catherine L. Bahn, Principal Recommending Officer in the Science and
Technology Division, is the 1973 recipient of the Special Libraries Association
Geography and Map Division Honors Award for outstanding achievement in
geography and map librarianship.
Active in the field of geography most of her adult life, Mrs. Bahn has
served on various committees of the SLA Geography and Map Division and
has contributed many articles to the Division's BULLETIN, while also
serving as the BULLETIN'S book review editor. Other articles by Mrs. Bahn
have been published in the JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY and THE
In addition to her efforts in support of the SLA Geography and Map
Division, Mrs. Bahn has been active in the Science and Technology
Association of American Geographers, the Arlington Historical Society, and
the Carto-Philatelists. Since 1952, she has taught at the U. S. Department of
Agriculture's Graduate School, where, through her course "Library
Techniques: Maps and Charts," she has shared her high standards and
personal enthusiasm with her students ." From Library of Congress
Information Bulletin, July 6, 1973.

Midge and Lee Larrison, Perry, New York--"We enjoy the RECORD so
very much; the news and photos are superb! Midge and I have settled in our
old home town. It is a small hamlet set in the heart of the Genesee Valley.
This is old Indian country, and we are close to the South Entrance to
Letchworth State Park. The "Grand Canyon of the East", Route 39 runs
through our Main Street, and our street branches off it between the Fire
House and the Exxon Gas station. We are at the top of the hill--three houses
from the Medical Center. If any of you find that your travels bring you close
to this area, we would be more than happy to see you. Our phone is
716-237-3017, and a ring from a Zonian would be more than welcome at any
time. "Our fondest regards to one and all."

"The Washabaughs, Perry and Rita, are still traveling in their camper.
Since retiring in July, 1970, we have covered close to 110,000 miles. It had
always been our desire to visit Alaska, so in the middle of September of this
year we headed up the Alcan Highway--and what a trip that was! Got chased

off into a ditch by a wildly careening tank truck but were pulled out with
comparatively minor damage to the truck. Visited with my wife's brother,
Michael Kotalik, who lives in Anchorage and has a beautiful home there. On
our Alaska trip we had as our guest, Helen Barrett, whose late husband was
a Pacific Side Pilot on the Canal. The Alcan highway is a wonderful
experience and the scenery is beautiful, but with winter coming on and the
snows getting deeper, we figured it would be foolish to return that way. So,
we took the ferry back from Haines to Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
Even then, we had the chains on the rear wheels for many a mile, and at
times I wasn't too sure we wouldn't winter in Alaska!
We are planning on attending the Reunion in January, so hope to see all
our friends there."--Perry Washabaugh

It will be "Home again for Xmas" for Mr. and Mrs. Adrien Bouche, of
Raphine, Virginia, as they were making plans in late October for their annual
winter trip to the Canal Zone. They expressed the hope that all would have a
good Thanksgiving and a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Looking over
some old pictures, they came across one of Albert McKeown, his brother and
sister Emma and Mrs. Bouche's brother, Lt. Colonel Hess and Mrs. Bouche on
Colon beach in front of House #4 on the old Mechanics Quarters across from
the gate to the old Colon Hospital--"the date, 1910--brings back memories."

Diana Arndt, daughter of Rolf and Joan (Powell) Arndt and
granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bun Powell, of Dunedin Beach, Florida, was
chosen by the student body of Perrysburg High School to be their 1973
Football Homecoming Queen. Diana, who is a senior this year, will reign at
the Homecoming Game to be held October 19th and the Coronation Dance on
October 20th.
The Arndt family moved to Perrysburg, Ohio, two years ago when Rolf
was transferred by American Cyanide from Wallingford, Connecticut, to their
plant in Perrysburg, Ohio. They had lived in Connecticut for 16 years. Joan
graduated from Balboa High School in 1950.
Besides daughter Diana, there is Jim who graduated from Perry High
School in 1972; he is now working for Dynalite and also playing in a "rock
group." Their youngest son Rolf is a sophomore and plays linebacker and
fullback on the J. V. Team that is a 4-0 for the season. He also is on the
wrestling team and the summer swim team.

Joan works for the City of Perrysburg as assistant to the City Clerk and
the Tax Administrator.
Anyone traveling north on 1-75 through Toledo will go right through
Perrysburg and are most welcome to stop by and visit.

In May and June of 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Sullivan, of
Evergreen, Colorado, enjoyed an extended tour of Europe. The trip was a
long-dreamed of adventure, and they got to go down the Rhine and visit
many famous places that they had longed to see. They visited with their son,
Capt. Robert W. Sullivan and family in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

STAR & HERALD, October 7, 1973--After Despedida, What?

RETIREES TELL WHAT IT'S LIKE By Elizabeth Williams--"Don't
wait until the last minute make plans be prepared for the move
back." This advice for those facing retirement was one of the things I
gleaned from an investigation into what becomes of people who move back
to the U. S. from the Zone.
The despedida, that happy-sad affair that celebrates the worth of old
friends and associates who are leaving to make their home in the States, is a
popular Canal Zone custom. But after the excitement of parties and packing,
what then?
I consulted an expert, Winter Collins, Pan Canal Retirement Counselor,
who provides an affable link between the Canal Zone and its retirees. He has
a list of the names of former Canal Zone workers with whom he keeps in
touch by mail.
Looking for individual reactions to the experience of moving from the
Canal Zone to the States, I sent out 25 questionnaires to a random selection
of people. The response was prompt and generous. Following are the
questions asked and highlights from the answers.
When did you first come to the Canal Zone? Circumstances?
LeRoy Dill, of Seal Beach, California, started work here in 1911 as a
machinist employed at Gorgona. He is a "holder of a Teddy Roosevelt medal
for two or more years of employment during the Construction years."
E. B. Oberg, of Denver, Colorado, packed a lot into a brief answer:
"July, 1914--adventure."
How did you feel about moving to the States?

Most, but not all the respondents said they had looked forward to
returning to the States. Stewart Trail, of Lexington, Missouri, reported, "My
wife (grew up in the Zone) and she was not as anxious to retire and live in the
U. S. as I was." Don Howorth, of Fairhope, Alabama, answered,
"apprehensive, like most."
How do you feel about living in the States now?
"Greatest country on earth." "Delighted." The Clayton Aubles, of
Lakewood, Colorado, say they "thoroughly enjoy it--even shoveling snow off
the patio is no chore." There were differences of opinion, however. One man
said, "After 37 years in the Zone, almost everything seemed somewhat alien."
Do you have any advice for people here who are facing retirement?
In addition to the remarks quoted above, there were several people who,
like Arthur Schneider, of Fort Myers, Florida, pointed out that the climate of
south Florida is much like that of the Zone. Another advised, "Live any place
that appeals to you, but get out and make friends and be a part of the
What do you miss from the Canal Zone?
Roger Hackett, of Raleigh, North Carolina, said, "We especially miss the
comparative freedom of the Canal Zone from serious crimes, particularly ones
of violence." In a lighter vein, one mentioned "night life at a price we could
afford." "Boquete oranges, tomatoes and papaya." And nearly all said they
missed their old friends.
What were you glad to get away from?
Louis Hasemann, of Jacksonville, Florida, said he was "Glad to get away
from government routine and division cliques." Another said, "regimentation
. .it's a lovely place, but out of touch with reality." Many noted unrest in
Panama and the feeling toward U. S. Citizens. On the other hand, the
Llewellyn Zents, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, "don't know of anything that
(they were) glad to get away from."
According to Mr. Collins, the largest concentration of former Zonians is
on the west coast of Florida in the St. Petersburg area .
On Retirement: Many in the St. Petersburg area, if asked, would have
responded "TRY IT YOU'LL LIKE IT!!!" Editor

Borgie Misenheimer reporting on Winter Haven, Florida news Mrs.
Roy M. Misenheimer and Mrs. Harold Mueller (Lucille Kemp), of Baltimore,
Maryland, spent the month of July in Spain, Portugal, and Morocco, North
Recent guests at the Jack Chase home in Winter Haven have been Mr.
Dave Raymond from the Canal Zone; Mr. and Mrs. Prospero La Tour and

son, Tony, from Panama; Mrs. John Hallberg and granddaughter, Fort Lee,
New Jersey; Mr. and Mrs. John Hallberg, Jr., West Milford, New Jersey;
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Birchett (Phyllis Chase) and son, Mark, Vicksburg,
Mississippi; and Mrs. and Mrs. Bill Spencer, Palm City, Florida.

Greetings from Mr. and Mrs. George Thibodeau from Roan Mountain,
Tennessee "We are terminating our annual stay in these glorious hills and
plan to leave on October 10th for western New York and West Hartford,
Connecticut, for a brief visit with Julia's sisters. We plan to return to
Orlando via Columbia, South Carolina, for a short visit with Peter, Constance
and Matthew (born January 5, 1973). Peter is still pursuing his studies
toward a PhD. He is now working on an internship.

Dothan, Alabama News from Dr. J. L. Byrd, who retired from the
Canal Zone in 1953 after spending 36 years there as Health Officer One of
the highlights of the year for the J. L. Byrds was a trip to Washington State
and to Alaska. On July 26th, Dr. and Mrs. Byrd accompanied by Mr. and Mrs.
J. A. Anderson, also of Dothan, traveled by jet to Tacoma, Washington,
where Dr. Byrd and Mr. Anderson played in the National left-handers Golf
Tournament at Fircrest Country Club Golf course. The tourney committee
abolished the eighty and over flight and limited the senior flights to seventy
and over. Dr. Byrd came in seventh in his flight. He won the National
left-handers tourney at North Myrtle Beach in 1970 in the eighty-year-old
flight by 57 strokes. While in Tacoma, the Byrds and Andersons visited Mt.
Rainier National Park where they received Golden Age passports admitting
them to all National Parks in the United States free of charge for a year.
There was a lot of entertainment for us all while we were in Tacoma. The
host Club saw that the wives of the players were taken on tours around
Tacoma and to Gig Harbor, one of the largest and most important harbors
in the United States. There we visited many interesting shops and were
treated to a delicious lunch.
The three sisters of Mrs. Sue Core Odom (who lived in the Zone as a
teacher for many years and is now living in Dothan and a neighbor of the
Byrds) and their husbands entertained the Byrds and Andersons most
graciously by having us at the home of one of the sisters and her husband,
Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Passage, who live in Auburn, Washington. There we were
treated to a delicious Salmon bake with all the trimmings. We were served on
their patio where we had a gorgeous view of the beautiful snow-covered Mt.
Rainier at sunset.

At the end of the tournament, we realized we were as close to Alaska as
we would ever be-so, we decided to join a tour flight which took us to
Anchorage, over the Arctic Circle, on to Kotzebue, and then to Nome.
Kotzebue is a very primitive village of approximately 2,000 population
consisting of about 200 white Americans and 1800 Eskimos. In Kotzebue and
Nome, it is daylight six months of the year and dark the other six months.
We toured each city and town by bus. Two busses were on hand as the plane
landed at each place. We witnessed the blanket toss at Kotzebue which is
very interesting. In Nome we witnessed Eskimo dances performed by a
famous world-known Eskimo group of dancers. The temperature in Kotzebue
and Nome was a pleasant 60 and 70 degrees while we were there. In Nome
we visited a charming Jade shop which carried Jade and ivory made up into
necklaces, pins and rings. The Jade comes from a Jade mountain in Nome.
The Ivory is also local.
Dr. Byrd is a healthy active man at the age of 82 and still going strong.
He plays eighteen holes of golf every day in Dothan. The weather here is
perfect for golfing almost the year round.

Michael E. Smith, who has been a professor of social studies and physical
education in the Canal Zone College for the past several years was awarded
the Ph.D. degree in history by North Texas State University, Denton, Texas,
last August. At this time, his dissertation entitled, "A History of Canal Zone
College," was accepted. The Canal Zone College was founded in 1933 as the
Canal Zone Junior College. Although the Canal Zone College remains
essentially a two-year institution, the "junior" was dropped from its name
about 1964 for the purpose of bringing it in line with a large number of the
more than 1,000 U. S. junior colleges which had earlier made this change.
Dr. Smith's dissertation ran to more than 200 typed pages. He hopes to
make mimeographed copies available for purchase by those interested.
At Dr. Smith's request, Roger C. Hackett, Dean of the college from 1941
until his retirement in 1962, read his manuscript as he completed his
chapters, made various suggestions, answered the author's questions,
supplied additional information, etc.
Dr. Lauren Woodby, who was a faculty member of Balboa High School
and the Canal Zone Junior College from 1941 to 1952, except for military
service during World War II, has been a member of the mathematics
department of the University of Michigan at Lansing for the past 15 years.
He is now on a sabbatical leave and is currently a staff member of the
National Science Foundation, a Federal government agency in Washington,
D. C. His duties include addressing and conferring with mathematics teachers
in various parts of the country. On October 19th and 20th he met with the

Raleigh, North Carolina, math teachers at Meredith College; the following
week with a similar group in Atlanta. In Raleigh, he renewed acquaintance
with former Canal Zone Junior College Dean, Roger C. Hackett, whom he had
not seen since he resigned from his science and math instructorship in the
Canal Zone Junior College in 1952. -submitted by Roger C. Hackett

The 13-year old son of Mrs. Martha Lu Walsh and grandson of Dean and
Mrs. Roger C. Hackett, of Raleigh, North Carolina, matriculated as a
Freshman at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire, in
September, 1973. Doug was accepted for admission to Phillips Exeter by
virtue of his 89, 90, and 91 percentile rankings on the three parts of the
nationally administered SSAT (Secondary Schools Admission Tests). Doug's
percentile scores indicated his relative standing among all the students who
took the test last January, and not just among the ones who applied for
admission to Phillips Exeter. Making satisfactory scores on these tests is a
prerequisite for admission to all the better private schools in the United
Martha Lu and Dean Hackett planned to accompany Doug on the flight
to Boston and then on to Exeter on one of The Academy's busses.
Dean Hackett submitted statistics on their personal flight records; 45 to
50,000 miles by the Dean; Martha Lu's total about 20,000 miles; Doug's 8 to
9,000 miles all safe journeys!

"Music has charms to sooth a savage beast" William Congreve.
Music combined with the daily routine of a Gorgas Hospital physician,
according to a write-up in a local Panama paper, brought the query, "If I
come to see you, will I hear music or get an examination?"
The musical talents of Dr. Antonio Suescum, a specialist in internal
medicine at Gorgas Hospital had been known to his friends for a long time,
but it was not until he made his public debut as a musical composer in The
Spanish American Song Festival held at the La Salle School in Panama in
September that his avocation received public acclaim. One of his songs "Ven,"
(he composed both the music and lyrics), won the Second Latin American
Song Festival. He also entered another love ballad called "Nuestra Pasion" in
the contest. Recordings of his work have been made.
Dr. Suescum, a graduate of George Washington University Medical
School, lives now with his wife (Ann Wood) and three children in Ancon,
Canal Zone. Ann's parents, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood, live in St.
Petersburg, Florida.

Lou Hasemann reporting from Jacksonville, Florida
"Mrs. Fred Hensler was called to her mother's bedside in San Jose, Costa
Rica. While visiting Carmen, her mother had a heart attack, and the doctor
suggested that she return to Costa Rica as the high altitude would help in her
recovery. After three months in Costa Rica, Mrs. Hensler visited old friends
and neighbors in Panama City and Balboa before returning home.
Incidentally, Fred is holding his own and enjoying his TV programs.
"Charlie and Ruth Hollander flew to Maplewood, New Jersey, to attend
the wedding of Ruth's daughter. They also visited Ruth's brother in a
sanitorium; he is coming along as well as can be expected. Ruth and Charlie
had a marvelous time but are happy to be back home once more.
"I hear Helen Barrett is enjoying her bridge and seems to be real well.
"This may be news to some Old Timers-do any of you remember a
plumber by the name of Drew? He is a resident of the Bold City
(Jacksonville) and recently was appointed plumbing inspector for the Bold
New City. Since his heart attack, he has been instructed not to perform any
hard labor. Haven't seen him lately; however, I understand he and his Mrs.
are just fine.
"Irene and Lou had a letter from their daughter Irene (Mrs. John
Wilson), of Oildale, California, informing us of the promotion of John. He has
been appointed the supervisor of the Computer System of the Santa Fe
Railroad and will have his office in the Union Station, Los Angeles. His
territory extends from San Diego to San Francisco and from Los Angeles to
Barstow, Bakerfield and the middle San Joaquin Valley. The Wilsons must
move to the Los Angeles area. They finally found a suitable house in the
Thousand Oaks region of the Valley.
"I also am real happy to report that Mrs. Rosemary McCorkle (former
Rosemary Hollander) is back home and doing wonderful.
"We recently had a surprise visit from Dorothy Cotton and her husband
Ken Manthorne. They stayed for dinner, and then we yackedd' until
midnight. They were flying out the following morn for the eastern shore
and then to San Diego to visit Art and Dot Cotton and then back to Miami
for the return flight. We really enjoyed their visit and news from the Zone.
"Since being a Senior Volunteer worker with the Duval County Sheriffs
Office and attached to the county jail, I feel twenty years younger. These
three days a week have given me much pleasure. I am presently working
with Chaplain Bob Harbin and gaining knowledge by the bushel. Would
anyone believe that I would resort to this type of work?"

Francis A. Castles, Superintendent of the Canal Zone Division of Schools,
succeeds B. I. Everson who has retired as Civil Affairs Director. David A.

Speir, Assistant Superintendent, U. S. secondary schools, was appointed
Superintendent of Schools. The appointments were effective October 20,
Mr. Castles went to the Canal Zone in 1946, beginning his Canal career
teaching mathematics in Balboa Junior High School. Prior to his appointment
in May, 1961, to the position of Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Castles had
served as principal of Balboa Junior High School and the Canal Zone Junior
College Extension at La Boca. Prior to his appointment in May, 1961, to the
position of Assistant Superintendent, U. S. Schools he was principal of Diablo
Heights Junior High School. Since 1963, he has been Superintendent of the
Canal Zone Division of Schools.
In 1960, Mr. Castles was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study in
Norway and Italy, the first member of the Canal Zone Division of Schools to
receive a Fulbright grant. He was awarded a second Fulbright Scholarship in
1968, this time for study in India. In addition to his duties as an educator and
administrator in the Division of Schools, Mr. Castles has taken an active
interest in civic and community affairs.
He and his wife, Ellen, live at Balboa Heights. Their daughter, Anne, is
attending St. Leo College at St. Leo, Florida.
David A. Speir began his career with the Division of Schools on the
Canal Zone in 1951 when he accepted a position at Balboa High School.
Serving in the Division of Schools for more than 20 years, he has been a
teacher, counselor, assistant principal, principal and supervisor of instruction
before being appointed as Assistant Superintendent, U. S. Schools in July,
One of Mr. Speir's main interests in community activities has been
working with Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone. He and his wife, Peggy, have two
children; David III, an employee of the Canal organization, and Beth, a
student at Canal Zone College.

B. I. (Bernhard Ingvar) Everson, and better known to his friends as
"Emo," Director of the Civil Affairs Bureau since 1961, has retired from the
Panama Canal organization after 40 years of service. After November 1st, the
Eversons will make their retirement home in Sarasota, Florida.
Born in Norway of American parents, Mr. Everson went to the Isthmus
with his mother and brother in 1914 when he was two years old to join his
father, a chief operator of Dredge 86. In 1934, he was employed as a student
engineer with the Municipal Engineering Division. He later served an
apprenticeship as a machinist with the Mechanical Division, and upon
completion of the apprenticeship, he became assistant to the Superintendent

of the Motor Transportation Division and was promoted to Superintendent in
1948. In 1952 he was appointed assistant director of the Railroad and
Terminals Bureau (now Transportation and Terminals Bureau) becoming its
director in 1954. Seven years later he became Civil Affairs Director.
Mr. Everson was active in civic affairs both in the Canal Zone and the
Republic of Panama. He was a director of the Colon Rotary Club and a
member of the Panama Rotary Club. Mr. Everson was presented the
Meritorious Citizens Award of the City of Colon and is a holder of the Grand
Cross of the Eloy Alfaro International Foundation and the Chevalier Cross of
Lorraine. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve.
Mrs. Everson is the former Phyllis Anne Buechele of the Canal Zone. She
has been a member of the Inter American Women's Club and active in the
Cathedral of St. Luke. She also has been a Rotary Ann and a Red Cross
volunteer and has taken special interest in the patterning activities of the
Special Education program.
The Eversons have three sons: U. S. Army Capt. John Everson,
stationed in North Carolina; U. S. Army Lt. Randall Everson, stationed in
Germany, and Bernhard Jr., who graduated from Balboa High the past May.

Albert M. Jenkins, who has been Assistant Comptroller-Special
Projects since 1967, has been appointed Assistant Comptroller-Accounting,
succeeding Lawrence L. Jenrich, who recently retired.
Mr. Jenkins joined the Panama Canal in 1948 as a graduate trainee in the
Terminal Division. He transferred a year and one half later to the Office of
the Comptroller as an accounting clerk, advancing through the years until his
promotion in 1960 to Chief of the Internal Audit Branch. In 1967, he was
appointed Assistant Comptroller-Special Projects.
He and his wife, Wanda, who is a teacher at Balboa Elementary School,
have three sons: Bentley, who recently graduated from the University of
Pennsylvania Law School and will soon go into the U. S. Marine Corps as a
legal officer; Wat M., an engineering student at the University of Michigan at
Ann Arbor; and Albert S., an engineering student at Swarthmore College,
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Gordon M. Frick, who has been Deputy Personnel Director (Operations)
since 1960, has been appointed Personnel Director and Ronald L. Seeley,
Personnel's chief, Special Program Staff, has been named Mr. Frick's Deputy.
Mr. Frick succeeds Edward A. Doolan, who retired in June. After serving
with the U. S. Army at Quarry Heights, Canal Zone, from 1938 to 1940, Mr.

Frick joined the Personnel Bureau where he remained throughout his Canal
career with the exception of five years, 1942-1947, when he served with the
Army in Europe and in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
Holding the rank of colonel in the U. S. Army Reserves, Mr. Frick
retired recently after 34 years of service and as commander of a Military
Intelligence Detachment in the Canal Zone, he was awarded his second
Meritorious Service Medal.
Mr. Frick and his wife, the former Mercedes Arosemena, reside at
Balboa Heights.
A second generation employee, Ronald L. Seeley, joined the Canal as a
personnel assistant in the Personnel Bureau in 1957. His father, the late
Morris M. Seeley, went to the Isthmus in 1907 as an employee of the Health
Department. Mr. Seeley was born in Panama and attended Canal Zone
schools. He and his wife, the former Jolie Ann Kilbey, of the Canal Zone
have 2 children: a daughter Laura, who is a senior at Stanford University in
California, and a son, Glenn, a freshman at Canal Zone College. Mrs. Seeley is
employed in the Office of the Comptroller. The Seeleys live in Balboa.

The children, grandchildren and probably some great-grandchildren of
retired Zonians are counting the days until Xmas-eager in their anticipation
of the coming of Santa Claus on Xmas Morn and all the JOY that accompanies
the Christmas Season. To them, as with the children of the past, that Holy
Day is the highlight of the year. One is never too old to enjoy Christmas
Day-not because of gifts but because of what it symbolizes. Many of a
different generation, or to be more accurate-different generationS-are
eagerly awaiting two other days, January 9th and 10th. LOVE AND
FRIENDSHIP are common denominators of both Christmas and the Reunion.
Mrs. Jean Mann, Secretary-Treasurer, is receiving many reservations
for the two exhilarating days of the Reunion. A few are passed on to the
Editor as news for the RECORD accompanied by their reservations.
Mrs. Maxine (Maggie) P. Dillman, of El Paso, Texas, along with her
Reunion reservations, wrote: "Have made plans to visit son Richard and
family in Hollywood, Florida, during the Christmas Holidays so am happy to
include the Reunion activities with my plans. Am looking forward to meeting
old friends."
Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Lovelady, of Tucson, Arizona, have indicated that
they plan to attend the 1974 get-together.
Dorothy and Mike La Croix, recent retirees (April) sent in 1974 dues and
reservation forms for the Reunion. "This will be our first one. We have
purchased a home at 1575 Central Avenue, Merritt Island, Florida 32952. We
love your magazine, reading about all our friends both in the States and the

Canal Zone. We are looking forward to seeing many, many friends we haven't
seen since they left the Canal Zone."
Charles Lord, of Washington, D. C., a new member of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, who worked for the Mechanical Division as a Boiler-maker
from April 4, 1940, to January, 1950, wrote for information on Society events
during January and February. He and his wife plan to spend most of January
and February with his wife's sister in Bradenton. The big event of the year
will be the Reunion on January 9th and 10th. The Mechanical Division is
always well represented-and for Mr. Lord's information, the drive from
Bradenton to St. Petersburg is like a drive from Balboa to Madden
Dam-minus the jungle and plus more traffic!

THE REUNION-January 9-10. Reservations are "pouring in"- If rooms
are not available at the PRINCESS MARTHA, the hotel will make your
reservations at nearby hotels (within walking distance) at the same prices as
cancel reservations of winter visitors who have been coming to St.
Petersburg for the winter months for years; thus, it was impossible for the
hotel (or any other hotel) to reserve more than fifty rooms for the Panama
Canal Society. However, the Society IS ALLOWED extra rooms if there are
cancellations at the hotel for the dates, January 9-10. There were some
cancellations last year; hopefully, additional rooms at the Reunion
Headquarters will be available this year.

indicate the exact way you prefer your address listed in order that our files
are correct. With over 2,300 members, changes from "Mr." or "Mrs." to
"Mr. and Mrs." is time consuming. If there is a change in your marital
status, we are very happy to make the change! All address changes should
be sent to the Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Jean Mann, who not only must
have a correct file on the membership cards but also to list your names
correctly in the Annual Issue which is compiled by the Secretary-Treasurer.
Mrs. Mann sends the changes and list of new members to the Record Editor
who as Recording Secretary types the labels for the mailing of the five
annual issues. In sending in an address change with news for the Record,
please DO NOT include the address change along with the news in the
letter; WRITE the address change on a separate sheet of paper and then
enclose in the letter. The Secretary-Treasurer must make the original
address change; the news is forwarded to the Editor for the next issue of
the Record.


Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida

August 3, 1973

The August meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. was
called to order by the President, Mr. Ross Hollowell, at 1:35 p.m. The
President led the assembled group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the Invocation which was followed
by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those who passed away since
the July meeting.
The following members and visitors stood for special recognition as their
names were called by the News Editor, Mrs. Margaret Ward.
Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Clarke, Jr.-Margarita, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Knapp-Clearwater
C. W. Chase, Jr.-Seminole
Mrs. Charlotte Eckert-Bradenton
Diane Johnstone, granddaughter of Mrs. Eckert-Long Island, New York
Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Harrison, Sr.-Sarasota
Mrs. Mildred Neely-Sarasota
Mrs. Marion Greene-Sarasota
Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Stern-Margarita, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Gaddis Wall-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Fears-St. Petersburg
Lyman J. Benthall-Bradenton
Dr. and Mrs. Robt. Chapman (Dorothy Hicks)-Ethiopia and No. Carolina
Rev. Michael J. Wye, C. M.-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mrs. Anna Collins-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Starke and daughters-Sarasota
The 91 members and visitors were welcomed by the President, Mr.
The Minutes of the July meeting were read. As there were no
corrections, additions or omissions, the minutes were approved as read.
News of members and friends was given by the News Editor, Mrs.
Margaret Ward. Additional news of friends was given by members.
The Secretary/Treasurer reported on the financial status of the Society
and the Blood Bank.
Mr. Grady, the Legislative Representative, reported on current bills to
be introduced and also quoted several items from the FEDERAL NEWS

Two members would celebrate birthdays during August. Mr. Harry
Nichols played Happy Birthday, and best wishes were extended by the
The President thanked the individuals who served on the refreshment
committee for the meeting and Mrs. Anna Collins who volunteered for the
refreshment committee for the September meeting.
Mr. Hollowell gave information on the Reunion. He announced the cost of
the luncheon and the reception. He urged members to get their reservations
in early. If cancellations are received, money will be refunded. A plan for
taking tickets at the luncheon was discussed.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
Coffee and donuts were served by the refreshment committee, and a
brief social period was enjoyed by all.

September 7, 1973

The September meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. was
called to order by the President, Mr. Ross Hollowell, at 1:35 p.m. The
President led the assembled group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the Invocation which was followed
by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those who passed away since
the August meeting.
The following members and visitors stood for special recognition as their
names were called by the News Editor, Mrs. Margaret Ward.

Capt. and Mrs. William Rowe-Ft. Lauderdale
Mr. and Mrs. James Wood-St. Petersburg
J. M. Sanders-Margarita
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fender-Bradenton
Fred Engle-Tampa
Mrs. Emley Hunter-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Ruth Bain-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Della Noonan-Sarasota
Mr. and Mrs. William Park-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Egger-St. Petersburg
Jim Campbell-Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Kleefkens-Tampa
Mrs. Jo Freudigmann-Tampa
Mrs. Marie Fraser-Tampa
Mrs. Anna Bartlett-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Rose Kozak-St. Petersburg

Mr. and Mrs. Cy Field-New Port Richey
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Hickey-Clearwater
Mrs. Mina Dee-St. Petersburg
Ellen Tiernan-St. Petersburg
Betty Skelding-St. Petersburg
The 130 members and visitors were welcomed by the President, Mr.
News of members and friends was given by the News Editor, Mrs.
Margaret Ward. Additional news of friends was given by members.
The Minutes of the August meeting were read. As there were no
corrections, additions or omissions, the Minutes were approved as read.
The Secretary/Treasurer reported on the financial status of the Society
and the Blood Bank.
Mr. Grady, the Legislative Representative, reported on current
legislation and quoted from the FEDERAL NEWS DIGEST.
Five members would celebrate their birthdays in September and several
members would celebrate anniversaries. They were all given Best Wishes
and Good Health by the President.
The President once again announced information about the Reunion and
urged members to get their reservations in early.
Mr. Hollowell asked for volunteers for the Refreshment Committee for
October. Mrs. Anna Collins volunteered to take over for another month.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m.
Coffee and donuts were served by the refreshment committee, and a
brief social period was enjoyed by all.

October 5, 1973

The October meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. was
called to order by the President, Mr. Ross Hollowell at 1:35 p.m. The
President led the assembled group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the Invocation which was followed
by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those who passed away since
the September meeting.
The following members and visitors stood for special recognition as their
names were called by the News Editor, Mrs. Margaret Ward.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Harrold, Jr.-Balboa, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. George Egger-St. Petersburg
Ruth Powell-Largo, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Pate-Gatun, Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. DeTore-St. Petersburg

Mr. Gardner Harris-Balboa, Canal Zone
Mrs. Jack C. Randall-West Palm Beach, Florida
Mrs. Eleanor A. Connor-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Roger A. Orvis-Sarasota
Mrs. Adah Farr-St. Petersburg

The 110 members and visitors were welcomed by the President, Mr.
The Minutes of the September meeting were read. As there were no
corrections, additions or omissions, the Minutes were approved as read.
News of members and friends was given by the News Editor, Mrs.
Margaret Ward. Additional news of friends was given by members.
The Secretary/Treasurer reported on the financial status of the Society
and the Blood Bank.
Mr. Grady, the Legislative Representative reported that the cost of
living was up 3.3% as of 31 July. He also reported that 89,000 federal
employees retired in time to get the last cost of living increase. Mr. Grady
also announced that November 15 to November 30 is the new target date for
making any changes or additions to health insurance.
Seven members would celebrate their birthdays in October. The
members sang Happy Birthday to them. Mr. and Mrs. Troy Hayes would
celebrate their first anniversary, and they were extended Best Wishes by the
The Vice-President, Mr. Eugene Askew, announced that a special edition
of the Pan Canal Review entitled "Special Review-Panama" was available at
$1.00 per copy and may be ordered by writing to Box M, Balboa Heights,
Canal Zone.
Mrs. Jay Cain told members of her trip to California. Mrs. Emerson
Fuller reported on her trip out west, and Mr. Hollowell told the members of
his trip to North Carolina.
Mrs. Eleanor Connor and Mrs. Dolly Barbour offered to help on the
refreshment committee.
The Secretary announced that any changes of addresses or gift
subscriptions could still be added to the Annual Issue if they reached her
within the next two weeks.
Mr. Hollowell thanked the refreshment committee, and as there was no
further business the meeting adjourned at 2:30 p.m.
A brief social period with coffee and donuts was enjoyed by all.
Respectfully submitted,
Jean B. Mann

Vitl Urep vrrow

Let fate do her worst; there are relics of joy,
Bright dreams of the past, which she cannot destroy;
Which come in the night-time of sorrow and care,
And bring back the features that joy used to wear.
Long, long be my heart with such memories filled!
Like the vase, in which roses have once been distill'd -
You may break, you may shatter the vase if you will,
But the scent of roses will hang round it still.
-Author unknown-
Mr. Earl R. Baltozer, 79, died October 8, 1973, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
He moved to St. Petersburg 18 years ago from the Panama Canal Zone. He
was a retired cold storage foreman. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ruth
Baltozer, a son, Richard, of St. Petersburg, two grandchildren and two

Lyman J. Benthall, of Bradenton, Florida, died on October 29, 1973, of
an apparent heart attack in Phoenix, Arizona. He is survived by a daughter,
Alice L. Saltzman, of Thibodaux, Louisiana, six grandchildren and one
sister. Mr. Benthall was buried in Lynn, Indiana, where his wife, Alice 0.
Benthall (death January 16, 1967) is buried.

James H. Bowen, 52, retired employee of the Electrical Division and a
member of a well-known Canal Zone family died on October 8, 1973, at
Gorgas hospital following an extended illness. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Mr.
Bowen went to the Isthmus in 1928 with his family. His father was the late
Oliver Bowen, an employee of the Panama Canal. He attended the Canal
Zone schools and joined the Panama Canal apprenticeship program in 1943
as an apprentice wireman. During World War II, he served with the U. S.
Armed Forces and returned to the Panama Canal in 1946 as a wireman in
the Electrical Division. At the time of his retirement in 1972, he was test
operator foreman in the Electrical Division.
Surviving him are his widow Carol of Los Rios; two sons, James H. II
and Kevin D., Los Rios, and two daughters, Mrs. Sandra Christoffserson of
West Covina, California, and Mrs. Charlene Brogie, of Gamboa. Also

surviving are his mother, Mrs. Oliver Bowen, of Gilford, Connecticut; and
one granddaughter.

Oliver Bowen, who moved to Guilford, Connecticut, 22 years ago when
he retired from the Industrial Division of the Panama Canal, died on
September 27, 1973 at the Middlesex Memorial Hospital in Middletown,
Connecticut. He was born in Dundee, Scotland, and served with the 20th
Engineers of the U. S. Army in World War I.
Besides his wife, of Guilford, Connecticut, he is survived by a son,
James H. Bowen of the Canal Zone (James H. Bowen's death occurred on
October 8, 1972); four sisters in England; four grandchildren and one

Word was received that Mrs. Frank A. Clisbee died on November 19,
1973, in Los Angeles, California. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Docia
Zavitkosky, of Los Angeles, California, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Thatcher
A. Clisbee, of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Leon E. Dedeaux, Sr., 78, former building maintainer in the
Maintenance Division, died in Gulfport, Mississippi, on September 22, 1973.
Mr. Dedeaux was first employed by the Panama Canal in 1936 as a
carpenter in the former Construction and Supply Division. He was promoted
to foreman carpenter in the Building Division in 1940 and was made Leader
Foreman Building Maintainer in the Maintenance Division in 1955.
Mr. and Mrs. Dedeaux lived many years in Pedro Miguel and Balboa.
They left the Isthmus to make their home in Gulfport when Mr. Dedeaux
retired in 1957. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Caroline Dedeaux, of
Gulfport; two sons, Leon E. Jr., of Ballston Lake, New York, and Louis F.,
of Margarita, Canal Zone; and two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Pape, of
Monmouth, Illinois; and Mrs. Iris D. Hogan, of Margarita; 12 grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mary Douglas, mother of Robert J. Douglas, of the Cristobal Fire
Department, died on September 3, 1973, in the Canal Zone.

Mrs. Grace L. Dunn, 72, died October 20, 1973, in St. Petersburg,
Florida. Mrs. Dunn, a registered nurse, went to the Canal Zone in 1929 and
worked at Gorgas Hospital until her marriage in November, 1935, to Harry
A. Dunn. Upon Mr. Dunn's retirement from the Health Bureau in the Canal
Zone in 1964, they moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, the retirement home
of many of Mrs. Dunn's former colleagues on the nursing staff at Gorgas as
well as many old friends.
She is survived by her husband, of St. Petersburg, Florida; three
brothers, Harry Laughrey, West Sinsbury, Connecticut, Dave Laughrey,
Paramount, California, and Robert Laughrey, Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania;
two sisters, Mrs. Edith Anderson, Connelsville, Pennsylvania, and Mrs.
Judy Heavner, Kittanning, Pennsylvania; several nieces and nephews.

Elwin Feliz, 77, who was employed with the Panama Canal Engineering
Division as a heavy equipment operator from 1940 to 1951, died in Miami,
Florida, on September 28, 1973. On the Isthmus, Mr. Feliz is survived by a
daughter, Mrs. James J. Roddy of Diablo.

Mr. Walter M. O. Fischer, 70, passed away on October 26th, 1973, at
St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He became ill when playing
his violin on a program following a Scottish Rite Club dinner on October
25th. Mr. Fischer retired as a teacher with the Division of Schools in 1965.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Helen B. Fischer, a daughter, Mrs. John
Boling (Jo Ann) and two granddaughters, all of Cookeville, Tennessee.

Vendrize Edginton Foster, 79, passed away on October 22, 1973, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Foster moved to St. Petersburg 16 years ago from
the Panama Canal Zone after his retirement as Shipmaster with the Panama
Canal Company. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Naomi Aveline Foster, St.
Petersburg; three sons, Elton F. Foster, New Orleans, Peter W. Foster and
James V. Foster, both of Balboa, Canal Zone, 11 grandchildren and 1

Mrs. Anne V. Fontaine, 59, wife of Dr. Lewis Fontaine, former Chief of
the Gorgas Hospital Dental Service, died September 29, 1973, in South
Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Mrs. Fontaine went to the Isthmus in 1947 when
her husband was employed as a dental officer at Gorgas Hospital. She was
employed as a nurse at Gorgas in 1952 and remained until 1969 when Dr.
Fontaine retired. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son,
Lewis E. Fontaine, Jr., and a daughter.

Mr. William Clifford Fritz, 81, died at Montgomery General Hospital in
Olney, Maryland, on September 12, 1973. He lived on Haslemere Court,
Rossmoor, Silver Spring, Maryland. He was born in Canada and served in
the RCAF during World War I, and worked as a civil engineer in Rhode
Island and the Panama Canal Zone. He retired from the Panama Canal
Company in 1952. Mr. Fritz is survived by his widow, Ceridwyn Evans; two
daughters, Mrs. Bruce Reyle, of Fairfax, Virginia, and Mrs. John Garry, of
Beverly, Massachusetts; one brother, a sister, and six grandchildren.

Mr. Alfred Gloss, 68, who formerly lived in Gatun, Canal Zone, died
November 17, 1973, in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Mr. Gloss retired in 1967
from the Navigation Division (Marine Engineer) in the Canal Zone. He is
survived by his wife, Ethel, and a son, James, of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Julian Parker Hackett, 66, Rogers, Arkansas, died on September 24th
in a Rogers nursing home after suffering a stroke in October, 1972. He was
born June 9, 1907, in the Panama Canal Zone, where his father was a
building contractor. He was educated in the Canal Zone and worked over 20
years for the U. S. Government. He retired seven years ago as a U. S.
Government telephone communications cable installer.
He is survived by a son, Fred P. Hackett, employed in Germany; a
brother, Burton J. Hackett, St. Petersburg, Florida; a sister, Mrs. Woodson
F. Hocker, Hillsboro, California; and one grandchild.

Mrs. Louise Hartman passed away September 20, 1973, in Pasadena,
California. She resided on the Canal Zone for many years and had beauty

shops in Ancon and Pedro Miguel. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. William
Brugge, of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Word has been received that Mrs. Mary L. Herman, of Reading,
Pennsylvania, died September 12, 1972. She is survived by a son, Richard.

Mrs. Katherine M. Hirt, 91, widow of Frank F. Hirt, died September
4th at Gorgas Hospital. For the past two years Mrs. Hirt has been living
with her son, Frank E. Hirt, an employee of the Canal Zone Postal Division.
In addition to her son, she is survived by four grandchildren and one

Friends of Mrs. Ethel E. Keifer received news of her sudden death in
her new home in Darling, Mississippi, on September 14, 1973. Mrs. Keifer
retired in June of this year after 27 years of service with the U. S. Navy in
the Canal Zone. She was employed by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding,
Conversion and Repair (formerly Industrial Manager) prior to her
retirement. She is survived by two brothers and three sisters, all residents
of the United States.

Willard Kessler, father of Canal Zone Police Chief, William Kessler,
died September 3, 1973, in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania.

J. George Knecht passed away on September 22nd at the age of 85 in
Catonsville, Maryland. Mr. Knecht retired in 1950 as Electrical Supervisor,
Miraflores Locks. Survivors include a son, George B. Knecht, Catonsville,
Maryland, a brother, Andrew H. Knecht, Lutherville, Maryland, a grandson,
Dr. John G. Knecht, West Chicago, Illinois, a granddaughter, Mrs. Linda K.
Sholedice, Catonsville, Maryland, and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service was held at the South Washington Street United
Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia for John Herbert Knight, of

Colonial Beach, who died on August 12, 1973, in Fredericksburg. Mr. Knight
was a prominent Alexandria businessman for 40 years before retiring to
Crown Springs Farm in 1952. He is survived by his wife, Florienette C.
Knight of Colonial Beach; two sons, H. Edward Knight of Montrose and
John Robert Knight of Richmond; one brother and four sisters.

John H. Leach, 69, who reitred from the Canal organization in 1962
with 42 years of service, died October 24, 1973, in Panama City, Florida.
At the time of his retirement, Mr. Leach was a freight agent at the
Cristobal Freight House, a position he held for approximately 15 years.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Selby Leach; two daughters, Mrs.
Patricia Bjorneby of Coco Solo and Mrs. Marion Papson, of Hamburg, New
York; his mother, Mrs. Alvina Leach, of Miami, Florida; a sister, Mrs. Helen
Meisinger, of Miami; and six grandchildren.

Captain Bernard J. Linden, 52, a pilot with the Navigation Division,
died September 23, 1973, following an apparent heart attack. A native of
New York City, Captain Linden was first employed by the Panama Canal
as a towing locomotive operator with the Locks Division. He was
transferred to the Navigation Division as a tugboat operator in 1958 and
became a pilot in training in 1968. He is survived by two daughters who
attend college in the United States.

George McKnight, 71, a well-known figure to thousands of Panama Line
passengers when he was chief steward on the ships of the line, died August
6, 1973, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was retired from service in 1964.
Surviving him is his widow, Mrs. McKnight, who sailed aboard the Cristobal
accompanied by the ashes of her late husband, and in accordance with his
last wishes, the ashes were scattered in the sea off Yucatan.

Walter R. Malone, 60, passed away suddenly on October 2, 1973, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. He was a retired operating engineer of the Panama
Canal Zone. Mr. Malone is survived by his wife Betty, one daughter, Mrs.
Janice Andino, Pembroke Pines, Florida, one brother, Edwin A. Malone,

Covington, Louisiana, an aunt, Mrs. Marie Dunlop, St. Petersburg, and one

Catherine (Jackie) Mitchusson died suddenly on September 8, 1973, at
her home in Denison, Texas.
Mrs. Mitchusson was employed as a nurse with the Canal Zone Health
Bureau from August, 1942, until July, 1970. During the last several years of
her stay on the Isthmus, she served as a Public Health Nurse in the Balboa
Community Health Center. Mrs. Mitchusson was well known in
photographic circles for her excellent portraits of children.
She is survived by her husband John D., son Victor and several
brothers and sisters.

News of the death recently of Fedor M. Michaelson, who served as
manager of All America Cables in Panama for many years, has been
received by friends on the Isthmus. Mr. Michaelson, who had retired in
1940, is survived by his widow, Mrs. Concepcion Michaelsen, 7 children, 19
grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Henry D. Mosier, 59, former manager of the Corozal Commisary, died
in Indianapolis, Indiana in the fall. He is survived by his widow, Pauline,
whom he married on July 13 of this year. He had been a resident of the
Canal Zone for 27 years before returning to the States.

Gilberto Moya, 81, who was barber at the Tivoli Guest House for more
than 50 years, died recently in Balboa after an apparent heart attack. When
he was 21 years old, he arrived in Panama on his way to Mexico but decided
to stay on the Isthmus when he found that the barbers' concession in the
former Hotel Tivoli was about to be vacated. Later he had offers to manage
barberships in luxury hotels in Paris and Miami but he said he had made his
home and friends in Panama and the Canal Zone. After he left the Tivoli
several years ago, Mr. Moya took charge of the barbershop at the Balboa
Service Center. He is survived by his widow and two daughters; Mrs. Olga
Cadet and Mrs. Berta Zerbinati of Panama; five grandchildren and three

Maurice B. Nickel, 66, former Chief of the Panama Canal Industrial
Division passed away in August, 1973, in Walnut Creek, California,
following a brief illness. Mr. Nickel retired from service in 1969. Surviving
him are his father and two brothers.

Mr. Sam Patchett, 85, a former employee of the Panama Canal Building
Division died at Gorgas Hospital on September 18, 1973. Mr. Patchett
retired from Canal service in 1950 and made his home in Miami until the
past June when he returned to the Canal Zone to reside with his daughter
and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Calvit, of Balboa. In addition to Mrs.
Calvit, Mr. Patchett is survived by two other daughters; Mrs. C. J.
O'Sullivan, of Balboa, and Mrs. A. F. Kruzick, of Seattle, Washington;
eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Ellen J. Perkins, 90, of Crestview Nursing and Convalescent
Home, Crestview, Florida, passed away November 10, 1973, in Okaloosa
Memorial Hospital in Crestview. Born in Sweden, Mrs. Perkins was a
long-time resident of the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Perkins is survived by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ruth (Pickett)
Perkins, one granddaughter Mrs. Ruth Kendricks, four grandsons, Roy W.,
Ralph F., Richard C., and Raymond A. Perkins, all of Pensacola, Florida,
and six great-grandchildren.

Miss Lillian Lynn Pratt, 65, died on August 14, 1973 in Tampa
(Guernsey City), Florida. A former resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Miss
Pratt has been a resident of Tampa for three years. Survivors include three
sisters, Mrs. Aline Kesterson, Mrs. Opal Bowling both of Baker, Oregon,
and Mrs. Ruby McAdams, Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Herbert D. Rothwell, 74, of 7303 Hillcroft, Houston, Texas, passed away
on September 26, 1973. He is survived by his wife, Sarah, and three
daughters and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Jean Redmond. Funeral services were
in Houston, Texas. Interment was in Pembroke, Massachusetts.

Louis H. Schmidt, Jr., who retired in June as Manager, La Boca Gas
station, died on September 3, 1973, at Gorgas Hospital. During his 36 years
of service he had served at Gamboa, Balboa, and La Boca Service Stations.
At the time of his retirement, Governor David S. Parker presented Mr.
Schmidt with a master key to the Panama Canal and a certificate in the
grade of master marlin. Mr. Schmidt will long be remembered for his
exploits as an outstanding sportsman and deep sea fisherman. He
contributed greatly to the development of tourism in Panama.
His last journey was made in his boat, the CAIMAN, as services
were held for Louis Schmidt just off Taboga on September 5th where his
ashes were scattered over the water. He is survived by his widow, a
brother, John, and a sister.

Mrs. Mercedes Alegre Smith died September 21, 1973, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. She is survived by her husband, J. Bartley Smith, two
daughters. Mrs. Carl Neu (Carmen), Lakewood, Colorado, and Margie, of
Panama City, Republic of Panama; two sons, Paul of Mexico City, and Ralph
of Panama City; and 7 grandchildren.

Richard Lane Sullivan, 73, of Evergreen, Colorado, died in Denver,
Colorado, on August 13, 1973, after a short illness. Mr. Sullivan had
returned to live in his home in Colorado upon his retirement as General
Manager, Commissary Division (Supply Division) in 1958. He went to the
Canal Zone in 1935 as a teacher in Cristobal High School and transferred to
the Commissary Divison in 1937. Mr. Sullivan is survived by his widow, Ada
Sullivan, of Evergreen, Colorado; two daughters, Ada Lee Fretland, of
Wausau, Wisconsin, and Patti Sprengelmeyer, of Evergreen, Colorado; two
sons, Dick Sullivan, of Santa Rosa, California, and Robert Sullivan, a captain
in the Air Force in Sembach, Germany; and six grandchildren.

Tracy P. White, 68, retired employee of the Panama Railroad and long
time resident of the Atlantic side, died in Charlottesville, Virginia exact
date not known. Mr. White went to the Isthmus in 1946 as an employee of
the Panama Railroad as a signal maintainer. He and his family lived in
Gatun and in Margarita.
In addition to his widow, Mrs. Georgette C. White, he is survived by a

son, William White, with the U. S. Army at Amador; a daughter, Mrs.
Claire Dickey, of Standardsville, Virginia, and two grandchildren.

Mr. Robert L. Wilhite, of Winter Park, Florida, who retired in 1948
from the Bureau of Clubs in Ancon, Canal Zone, died on November 19, 1973.
He has been a member of the Panama Canal Society of Florida since 1948.
After retirement, Mr. and Mrs. Wilhite lived for a time in Mascotte,
Florida, in which city Mr. Wilhite was elected Mayor. They later moved to
Winter Park. He is survived by his wife, Hazel, of Winter Park.

George A. Wills, 71, of Lake Worth, Florida, died in Saugus,
Massachusetts, on October 21, 1973. Mr. Wills, who retired from the
Panama Canal Company in 1964 after over 40 years of employment was
visiting his brother, Herbert Wills, when he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Mr. Wills is survived by his wife, Mrs. Edna (Pape) Wills, of Lake Worth;
two sons, Donald Wills, of Suffield, Connecticut, and Robert Wills, of
Princeton, New Jersey; three brothers, Elliott Wills, of Tampa, Florida,
Arthur Wills, of Vista, California, and John Wills, of Largo, Florida; and six

Our apologies: The names of the following members who have passed
away since the 1972 Annual Issue was printed were inadvertently omitted
in the 1973 Annual Issue:
Mr. Joseph D. Bartecchi
Mrs. Esther Mac Sparran Cassell
Mr. Gilbert Furey
Mr. Thomas McHenry Jordan
Mr. Gilbert Owen
Mrs. Helen Rushing

The Canal Zone Past Matrons Association of Florida now has over 30
members, most of whom live in the Bay Area. They meet on the fourth
Wednesday of each month for luncheon and a brief meeting and are always
happy to welcome any visiting matron or past matron. The officers for the
current year are: Ethel Askew, President; Dorothy Hamlin, Vice-President;
and Mildred Sutherland, Secretary.


An early nip in the air has sent area residents digging out their winter
woolies and "Long Johns" and stocking up the woodpile. Some, rather
regretfully start to put away their fishing gear but eagerly oil and prime
their guns for fall hunting. Freezers and shelves groan under the weight of
garden produce, promising delectable dishes in the winter months. The
finny tribe have been vastly depleted in the streams and now frozen stiffly,
await their moment of splendor on the table! Many more people have had
gardens this year, and we all feel this added effort will result in improved
health-and hopefully, relieve the drain on the purse.
The flaming colors of fall once more remind us that summer has gone,
and with it, the many happy visitors who come through our area. As Fran
Whitlock remarked, "Where DID summer go?"
Fran and Andy Whitlock had a busy summer, starting off with a visit
from their daughter, Jackie Stringer. She spent a "safe and sane" Fourth as
well as a wonderful weekend at Lake Weddington, camping out in a log
cabin, fishing for brim and picking wild huckleberries in the woods for
breakfast. After about ten days, Jackie left for a visit to New Mexico with
her younger brother Ed, who is a sales representative for Alcon
Laboratories in Albuquerque. As Fran and Andy celebrated their 45th
wedding anniversary on the 31st of July (Congratulations!!), Ed made them
an incredible gift of a flight to Albuquerque for a ten-day vacation!! They
went to Santa Fe, lunched at Bishop's Lodge (7000' elevation) just outside
of Santa Fe and saw trees 300 years old, still bearing fruit. The greatest
thrill of all was a trip up the Sandia mountains (10,000' elevation) in the
same cable car that was stuck in mid-air for 24 hours some months ago, due
to an electrical storm throwing the car off the cable!! Fran wanted to take a
ride on the Ski Lift with Ed (on the other side of the mountain) but Andrew
said: "That's a 'no-no', great-grandmother." Paul Whitlock, Assistant Chief
of the Dredging Division (Pan Canal Company), visited his parents in
Fayetteville in August during a business trip for the Pan Canal Company.
Fran (who has just learned the art of casting a reel and of cleaning fish!),
gave a good accounting of herself in competition with Pablo and Andy on
Lake Weddington. In September, Jack, Gloria and Allen Brown visited
Jack's mother, Nannie Brown, in Fayetteville. Fran joined them when they
took in the Grape Festival at Tonitown and enjoyed dinner at Mary
Maestri's. Mary Jo (Lowe) and Fred Yaeger spent two weeks with the
Whitlocks while visiting with Jo's mother, Mary Cecil Lowe. Fred and
Andrew got their share of red ears and brim on Lake Weddington-and
finally filled Mary Cecil Lowe's deep freeze with squirrels after the season
opened on October 1st. George and Catherine Lowe arrived in time for the

Annual Luncheon of the Pan Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas on
October 21st, but Fran and her mother, Nannie Brown, had missed it. They
flew on the 20th to Merritt Island, Florida, to visit Pearl and Walter Brown
for "a spell", dropping in to see Louise and Willie Allen in Dunedin, Florida.
Fran helped her aunt, Bates Wieman, move from Springdale to
Fayetteville. Bud Huldquist spent a week with his mother, Bates Wieman,
before visiting his daughter, Nancy Whalen, and her family in Illinois. Anne
and Frank Cunningham spent an evening with the Whitlocks and Yaegers
after a few days' visit with Bates before returning to Florida.
Nancy Crooks Koepplinger, of Tucson, Arizona, spent a few days
visiting her mother, Minnie Burton, of Fayetteville. Nancy is busy teaching
piano lessons, doing some solo work and raising a family. Quite a program!!
Minnie Burton spent a week with her daughter, Judy Dailey, and husband,
Charles and children in Austin, Texas. Minnie and Eldridge departed for
McMinnville, Tennessee, visiting Mike Burton, Jr., who is associated with
Carrier Corporation, and their new baby daughter. Before returning to
Fayetteville in time for the luncheon, Min and Eldridge visited Eldridge's
nephew, Moyers Winn in Covington, George and Bob Crooks, Nickie and
two sons in Birmingham, Alabama. Bob will transfer to El Paso in
December for special schooling with the Army.
Jo Yaeger, Fran Whitlock and Bates Wieman enjoyed an hour at the
Northwest Mall when Bob Ralston (Lawrence Welk's pianist), delighted a
crowd of over 400 people with his lively music while demonstrating the
Thomas Organ and Piano. They were sitting on the front row and Jo started
tapping her foot to the beat, so vigorously that Bob finally turned to her
and said, "Take off your shoes, Baby, you're messing up my beat!" With
such music, who could resist??
Martha and Walter Reif drove to Fayetteville to see their friends and
visit Mozelle Reeke, stopping to see their son in Oklahoma before returning
to California where they now live.
In the latter part of July, the Carl Maedls, accompanied by another
couple from Springdale, embarked on a six-week trip to the western part of
the United States and Canada, and on up to Alaska. Leaving their car at
Olympia, they took the inland passage to Skagway, Alaska, then on to
Whitehorse, Yukon by train. They flew to Fairbanks and Barrow, by train
again to Mt. McKinley and Anchorage. The two couples explored the Kenai
Peninsula by car and ferried from Valdez to Whittier to get a close-up view
of the Columbia Glacier. On their return trip, they visited Banff, Lake
Louise and Glacier National Park. In South Dakota, they stopped to see the
house in which Carl was born and the area where his parents had
homesteaded. In October, Marvel Iglesias spent a short time with the
Maedls. She has recently completed forty years' work with the San Blas

Missions of Panama. Mrs. Iglesias is on a two-month tour and spoke of
having visited her daughter, Marvelita, and husband in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Gloria and Charles Malsbury flew to Washington, D. C. for a week's
visit with his aunt, Mrs. Lola Conger, a former resident of Panama City,
Panama. Mrs. Conger is the sister of Babe (Jimmy) Shuber, who retired as
Chief of Construction for the Navy in Norfolk, Virginia. Babe recently
moved to St. Petersburg, Florida. Some of you retirees may recall playing
basketball with him on the team which became famous-unbeaten. The
Malsburys also have made several trips to visit Charlie's aunts in Neosho,
Missouri. They keep active with their garden and Homer, who has had two
serious operations, but seems fine, now!
Al and Dorothy Pate, of Gatun, spent three weeks with Georgette and
Tom Robertson while looking for a home in this area. Their daughter,
Debbie entered the University of Arkansas as a Junior.
The Carl Newhards had Bruce (their eldest son) and wife, Karen, and
four children with them for two weeks in August. Since Bruce had just
returned from the Eastern Scout Jamboree in Pennsylvania, he enjoyed
"swapping" experiences with his father who had gone to the Valley Forge
Jamboree with the Canal Zone Troop in 1950. Over Labor Day, Sam
Newhard, wife, Ann, and daughters came to visit and get acquainted with
great-grandmother Eppley. Sam and Ann have recently moved to Ft.
Wayne, Indiana.
Helen and Carl Newhard took a trip to Sarasota, Florida, the last of
September to take Carl's mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, back home. She lives
with Rae (Carl's sister) and Joe Ebdon. While in Sarasota, they saw Bev
and Fred Ebdon, the George Roths, Harry Cains, Bill Gradys who were
visiting the Mike Greens and Jack and Jean Dombroski. From there, they
went to visit former Bentonville friends who now live in Vero Beach. During
their visit, Jean Bleakley came up to spend three days with them. The
Newhards spent a few days with the Harry Pearls in Ocala and had lunch
with the Wes Townsends. Later, they took in the jai-alai games which they
very much enjoyed.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders said that things have been humming at
their new home at 701 DeWoody Drive in Bentonville. Clearing, grading,
rolling, top-soiling and seeding their yard have taken up much of their time
and energy. However, they were delighted to have their older grandson,
Doug Sanders, of Los Rios, Canal Zone, fly up for a month's visit. It
involved fishing, picking blackberries and a ten-day trip to Michigan and
Canada. On the return trip, a whistle-stop visit was made at Columbus
Grove, Ohio, with Dorothy and Horace (Smitty) Smith. Smitty retired from
Customs a year or so ago and Dorothy from the Schools' Division where she
taught English at Cristobal High School. Harry and Jay Cain of Sarasota

surprised the Sanders with a 'phone call and popped in on them for a couple
of days much too short a time! The Cains were neighbors of the Sanders
for 13 years in Margarita prior to Harry's retirement from the Terminals'
Lolly (Sanders) and Fred Diaz, with Bruce's mother, Grace Sanders,
dropped in from Denver where they had been to see their new
granddaughter. Lolly and Fred spent the night, leaving the next day for
New Jersey, but Mom stopped off to visit Dorothy and Bruce. Grace said
that she had visited her grandson, Captain Robert Diaz, who is stationed at
Lowery Air Base and met her 20th grandchild, Emily Elizabeth Diaz, just 8
weeks old the day she arrived. She expects to fly to Tampa to spend the
winter with her daughter, Mrs. H. Kleefkens. She attended the Annual
Luncheon and enjoyed seeing old friends again.
The Bruce Sanders had many visitors during the summer. Among them
were Molly (Engelke) and Bobby Joe Williford and family from Margarita;
Al, Dottie (Wolf) and Debbie Pate, of Gatun; Barbara Shaw from Golden,
Colorado; Bruce and Karen Newhard and family from Battle Creek,
Michigan; Sam and Ann Newhard and family of Fort Wayne, Indiana;
Virginia Favorite of Margarita; Stan and Angela Warner of Balboa; and
Matt and Lydia Shannon of St. Petersburg.
Dorothy and Bruce hope to have their ham station in operation at this
writing so ham operators, tune in!!
Lee and Harry Butz spent a quiet, fruitful and vegetable-full
summer!! New vegetables raised with tremendous success were butter-nut
squash and broccoli. Harry's thumb is growing greener!! The Peter Butzes
enjoyed seeing many old friends who dropped in for a chat during the
Bruce Sanders, Jr. was re-elected President of the Pan Canal Society of
Northwest Arkansas with Mrs. Jessie Newhard again as Secretary and Mrs.
Lenor Butz, reporter. Sixty exhilerated members filled the pleasant room at
the Town and Country Restaurant in Rogers. The Panamanian and Canal
Zone Decorations on the flower-adorned tables helped to set the mood -f
the occasion. Newcomers to the luncheon included Mrs. Grace Eloise
Sanders, Janet and Ross Cunningham, Kay and Dick Potter, Virginia and
Wes Townsend and Howard and Evelyn Engelke.
We learned that Bill and Dolores Jarvis of Belle Vista are very active
square dancers as well as in other activities there. They had guests from
Balboa, Ena and John Fisher, who had been visiting their son in Oklahoma.
Howard and Evelyn Engelke recently returned to Bentonville after a
3-week trip north where they visited family and friends. Among these were
their daughter, Judy, and husband, John Montanaro, in Silver Spring,
Maryland. They spent the Labor Day weekend with Bea and Worden

French (recent retirees from Balboa to Castleton, Vermont) and their
mother, Mrs. Ida Mae Cotton. They traveled to Montreal and Quebec,
returning home via Spring Valley, Illinois, where they visited with Evelyn's
sister, Frances, and husband, Bill Elmendorf.
Congratulations are in order to Walter Wagner who is finishing a term
as Mayor of Mountain Home. Dr. and Mrs. Verne Goerger of Balboa, visited
with Dr. Ben and Betty (Bohan) Saltzman. Harry and Jean (Rocker) Allen
have been looking for and finally found acreage in that area.
Ralph and Marie Shuey spent the first six months of the year touring
the western states with T. G. and Ruth Madden. T. G. was a civilian
employee of the Army and Ruth worked with the Post Office during World
War II. The Maddens now live in Kentucky. The Shueys had a short visit
with Mrs. Neoma Compton who lives with her sister, Luella, in Mt. Carmel,
Illinois. Ralph A. Shuey and family now live in Columbus, Nebraska, where
Ralph is an engineer for Hinke Farming Co.
The George Engelkes stated that they had had a busy summer no
rocking chair brigade! They had houseguests, starting in June, including all
ages!!! Their granddaughter, Kathy Engelke and her girl friend dropped in;
and later, Virginia Favorite, daughter and son-in-law, Jimmy Lynn; Don
Neidt and family, of Maryville, Missouri; and lastly, Matt and Lydia
Shannon from Florida!!
But then it is due to the wonderful clear, smog-free air that we have
so much energy and stamina. The Lynn Cooks had their two children with
them during the summer. First came Lynn, Jr. and family who were on a
round-the-world trip from Saudi Arabia via the Orient to the U. S. In
Bangkok, they spent a pleasant day with former Balboa High School
classmate, Robert Erbe. After reaching California, they spent a few days
with Lynn's sister, Lucille and family. The return to Saudi Arabia was via
Europe. Later, daughter Lucille and husband, Col. David Y. Nanney, were
in Rogers for a few days while on a two-months' trip visiting relations and
friends throughout the Middle and Southern States.
Christmas Greetings to you all from us all and a Happy New Year,
too!! Lenor Butz, Reporter

Alas! Is "H'Income Tahx vexin' you?" Jim Orvis, who is retired from
the Air Force, is in school at the University of South Florida in Tampa
getting a B.A. degree in finance and is available for income tax service. Mr.
Orvis lives in Tampa. His telephone number is 1-988-6043. He will come to
your home to discuss any problems pertaining to Income Tax Returns.


Lt. Orrin P. Clement, USN and his wife spent two weeks visiting his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Caleb C. Clement of Gatun, and other members of his
family in September. Lt. Clement is stationed with the U. S. Navy at
Imperial Beach, California. Mrs. Clement was making her first trip to the
Canal Zone and met her husband's grandmother, Mrs. Ruth Egolf, of Gatun
and other relatives for the first time.
Mr. and Mrs. Clement's younger son, "Cubby", Pfc. C. C. Clement, Jr.,
a medic with the U. S. Army stationed at Schweinfurt, Germany, arrived
home in time for a family reunion before his brother and sister-in-law
departed for their home in California.

William R. Bailey and a friend, David Gee, of Santee, California, spent a
three-week visit in April with Bill's parents, Mrs. Ellen Johnson, of Diablo,
Canal Zone, and Mr. William C. Bailey, of Panama, Republic of Panama.

Mr. and Mrs. George Tochterman (Arlene McKeown), of Balboa, Canal
Zone, were on stateside vacation, and along with Mr. and Mrs. H.
Ledgerwood, of Punta Gorda, Florida (Arlene's Mom retired in 1965 from
the Ancon Payroll Branch), welcomed the Canal Zone American Legion
Baseball team in Salisbury, North Carolina. The team participated in the
Southeastern United States tournament in August. Both of the
Tochtermann boys, Gary, 17, and Steve, 15, were selected on the team. The
Canal Zone All Stars lost their first game to the North Carolina State
Champions, Rocky Mount, by a score of 6-4, and then lost their next game
to Florida by t scOre of 9-4. Despite the two successive losses, the Canal
Zone team gave a good account of themselves and never lost their poise.
Also attending the games were Bob and Jill Bowman, of Valdosta, Georgia,
who had travelled over to watch Bob's brother Ronny participate with the
Legion team. Bob, who graduated from Balboa High School, is an Air Force
Officer serving as an instructor in Valdosta. Prior to arriving in Salisbury,
the Tochtermans visited with former Canal Zone neighbors, Dr. and Mrs.
Larry E. Horine (Mary Ellen Stacy) in Boone, North Carolina. Throughout
their stay in North Carolina, they were impressed with the hospitality
shown by the people of Western North Carolina. From North Carolina, the
Tochtermans visited in Jacksonville, Florida, with Mrs. Tochterman's
brother Tom McKeown, and later visited Mr. and Mrs. Dan Harned, of
Green Cove Springs, Florida, and Mr. and Mrs. H. Ledgerwood in Punta

Gorda, Florida. A brief stop was made with former Canal Zonians Bea and
Henry Perry, of South Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mr. Tochterman is a Sergeant in the Canal Zone Police Division and has
been so employed for the past sixteen years.

Jane Compton Wagenbrenner, of Merritt Island, Florida, husband Bill,
and three children spent two fantastic weeks in Panama with Pat and
Lanky Flores, of La Boca and Las Guias. It was Jane's first visit back to the
Canal Zone in 22 years. While in Panama, they saw Curt and Jinger
Jeffries and Leona Hart Lee and family, recent transplants from Merritt
Island, Florida, back to the Canal Zone. -Submitted by Mrs. Ethel
Compton, Deerfield Beach, Florida.

CANAL ZONE BRIEFS gleaned from the weekly

Michael S. Klipper, who was one of two Panama Canal employees to be
selected last year for a year of university study under the U. S. Civil
Service Commission's Education for Public Management Program, has been
promoted to Supervisory Management Specialist and Assistant Chief of the
Inventory Management Branch of the Division of Storehouses.
A 20-year safety award was presented to John J. Alexaitis of the Locks
Division by Marine Director Donald A. Dertien. Mr. Alexaitis is a towing
locomotive operator at Gatun Locks.
The Marine Bureau has been reorganized in a manner that will provide
closer supervision for transit operations and port functions, which were
previously under the Navigation Division. Another major part of
reorganization is the establishment of the position of Deputy Marine
Director, to be held by Capt. Donald A. Franz, who had been Navigation
Chief. Chief of the new Transit Operations Division is Alvin L. Gallin. Capt.
Andrew Stohrer, Deputy chief, Navigation Division, has been named Chief,
Ports Division. The Locks Division, headed by Lawrence Barca, Jr., will
remain unchanged .
working in noise hazardous areas have been issued the muffs which are one
part of a Hearing Conservation Program put into effect by the Industrial
Health Branch of the Division of Preventive Medicine.
It took Harrison C. Estes 50 years to keep the promise he made to
himself in 1923 when he returned to the United States after spending

almost three years on the Isthmus with the U. S. Army. He went back in
September along with Mrs. Estes. He took with him a treasured photograph
album which enabled him to make "then and now" comparisons Mr. and
Mrs. Estes now live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was so impressed with
what he saw on the Isthmus, he is already making plans for another visit.
CHANGING TIMES-Remember the days when everyone donned
white suits when on the job? A touch of informality in men's wear in the
Administration building produced a collection of guayaberass" as modeled
by Gordon M. Frick, Acting Personnel Director; William S. Wigg, Assistant
Executive Secretary; J. Patrick Conley, Executive Secretary of the Canal
Zone; Lt. Gov. Charles I. McGinnis; and William L. De La Mater, Aide to
the Governor-Civic Council Staff officer. -Photo in September 28th
A total of 14,238 oceangoing ships transited the Panama Canal in the
Fiscal Year, 1973. This was the exact number of vessels in this category that
transited the previous year.


By the time one reads this item, we will have had, we hope, another of
our successful parties at the Sheraton Hotel Penthouse. The Panama Canal
Society of southeast Florida under the guidance of John Ridge, President,
will hold their last meeting of the year on November 18th. We had a
wonderful turnout at our spring luncheon and hope the same for this
The following appeared in the HOMETOWN NEWS from the Virginia
Military Institute: "Lexington, Virginia, Rafael B. Davis of 840 Granada
Grove Court, Coral Gables, Florida, is among some 360 fourth classmen
(freshmen) expected to enter the Virginia Military Institute on August
22nd. New cadets have a week of orientation on cadet life before beginning
academic classes. Davis was graduated from Coral Gables Senior High
School." Rafael is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon D. Davis, loyal
supporters of our organization.
Fred and Mary Jane Weade with their young daughter May moved to
their new home in Coconut Creek this past month. Visiting at their new
home is their sun Mike with his wife and baby son Jason. Mike, a recent
graduate of East Texas State, has recently accepted a position with the
Broward Schools. Son Freddie Weade also a Texas State graduate, will be
living in Colorado.

Rita Gribbons is still a patient in Holy Cross Hospital as the result of
an automobile accident in which she and her husband were the victims.
Their car was completely demolished. We wish a speedy recovery to Rita.
The death of Clifford Fritz was sadly received here by their many
friends. Mrs. Fritz was for many years secretary to Bishop Goodwin of St.
Luke's Episcopal church.
Beverly Des Londes recently moved into the Coral Ridge Towers and has
joined many other Canal Zone folks there.
Jack and Lila Strumpf had a wonderful vacation this summer. From
Fort Lauderdale, they flew to Los Angeles where they visited son Bob, and
then to Tucson, Arizona, to see daughter Dorothy, her husband and young
son. From Tucson, the Strumpfs took off for northern climes, visiting in
Victoria, Lake Louise, Vancouver and then back again for another visit with
Dorothy and, of course, to see their grandson.
During the summer holidays, the Gil Rowes had their daughter Pam
home for a visit. Ann Winquist also spent a few weeks with her parents,
Kay and George Winquist.
Chris Hearon was home for a couple of weeks visiting at the home of
his mother, Mrs. William Hearon. This summer Chris spent a delightful
time in Spain with a group of students from his school in Richmond,
Danny Des Londes and his wife Mary, both teachers in the Canal Zone
schools, spent the summer at the home of his mother, Beverly, and attended
summer school.
In August, Millie Rowe gave a birthday bridge party for Agnes Hearon.
Among her guests were Ruth Rubelli, Barbara Hutchings, Amelia Hunter,
Penny Oliver and four old friends of Agnes--all ladies from Staten Island.
Byrne and Armella Hutchings were the hosts for a few weeks this
summer of their son, Pat, his wife Jill, and their two sons. While here, the
boys stayed with their grandparents while Pat and Jill took a trip to
Panama and the Canal Zone. The young people reported a wonderful time,
and say they will not wait too long before going back to visit their friends
and home town.
Mrs. Alba D. Hutchings, Jr. (Vally), of Panama City, was a visitor for
a month in the United States. She spent some time here in Pompano Beach
with her mother-in-law, Barbara Hutchings, and then went to Tampa to visit
son Billy who is now a student at Gainesville. From there, she spent some
time with her son, Buddy, who lives in Clearwater, Florida, and attends an
automotive school in Largo. Later in the month, Ruth Torres, a close friend
of Vally's joined us for a week of shopping. Michelle Hutchings, after a
month's visit with her uncle and aunt, Jack and Phyllis Hutchings and her
four cousins, joined her mother on a trip to visit her brothers--and then on
home and to school.

While Pat and Jill Hutchings were visitors in Ft. Lauderdale, they were
entertained with a luncheon at the home of their uncle and aunt, the Jimmy
Hunters, and at dinner at the home of Barbara Hutchings. Barbara
Hutchings, Reporter.


Mrs. Guy (Cicely Knibb) Allen wrote on the morning after her 85th
birthday that she had received 30 cards from friends and loved ones here
and in Japan, Canada, Jamaica and England. Her children called from
California and Alabama and her granddaughter from Texas. Besides gifts
and flowers, she was honored at two birthday dinners to which she carried
her British birth certificate to prove her age to the disbelievers. In
mid-October, her daughter and son-in-law from California spent two weeks
with her. Mrs. Allen is staying busy filling orders for knitted items to be
ready in time for Christmas.
Mrs. Mary Eleanor Becker writes that, while the VFW Convention was
being held in New Orleans in August, Robert (Balboa fireman) and Dorothy
Knox phoned to let her know they were delegates from the Canal Zone Post
and Unit 2822 (Curundu). Dottie brought the sad news that Richard
(Dickie) Lester, who Mrs. Becker knew as a small child, had passed away of
cancer. Then Leonard Aguirre called to invite her to the Panama
Hospitality Night festivities. She stayed for most of the convention with
Rose Brogie (Auxiliary Post Unit President of 2822) at the Sheraton St.
Charles and didn't return to Wynhoven until her friends flew back to the
Zone. She is now regaining strength following a recent bout with
pneumonia. She writes, further, that Ella Wertz isn't too well, and Frances
Walker paid a short recent visit to Wynhoven. Sarah Minor has been in the
hospital on and off since last December; Ross, her husband, is well but
hasn't been driving recently. Mrs. Becker talked with Evelyn Wertz (wife
of Robert Wertz, son and daughter-in-law of Ella Wertz) recently. Evelyn
had been in the hospital in September for an operation. She is all right now
and the family is well. Mrs. Becker will spend the holidays with her
daughter and son-in-law, Melton E. and Bertha-Jane Law, at 5237 Orange
Drive, Columbus, Georgia. Milton has retired from government service and
recently moved from Tucker, Georgia, to Columbus.
Mrs. Bert J. (Edna) Benoit, writes that in June her daughter, Audrey
(Mrs. L. D. Bowman), and son, Ronnie, visited her. Later they took a trip
to Garland, Texas, to see Mr. and Mrs. Milton Davis and son Eddie. They
returned and went to Valdosta, Georgia, to see Audrey's son, Robert and

his family. Robert is a captain in the Air Force teaching officers to fly jets.
In Valdosta, they also saw Captain Dale Stevens and his family, also in the
Air Force. Dale is the son of Russ and Betty Stevens of Gamboa. Early in
October, Mrs. Benoit's granddaughter, Beverly (Bowman), and her husband,
Joe Wood, and their two young sons, Craig and Brian, spent two days with
her on the last leg of their home leave. Joe is assistant chief of the
Administrative Service Division. His dad, J. J. Wood, used to work in the
Internal Audit Branch. Joe and Bev started their vacation in Miami where
they saw Reggie and Bev Hayden, Joe and Angela (Valentine) Oliver, and
Reggie's mother, Elizabeth. Later Joe and Bev visited Robert and Edith
Dean in South Hill, Virginia, and then spent some time in Washington, D.
C., with Joe's mother, Isabel (Fajardo) Wood, and Joe's sisters, Ann and
Isabel. They also stopped in Georgia to see Bev's brother, Bob, where Joe
played golf with Bob and Dale Stevens. Bev and Joe also saw Jimmy and
Denise McKeown in Arlington, Virginia, and saw Pat, Peggy and Libby
Lane, who are all teachers in the Washington area.
Mrs. Juanita L. Blanshaft of Bogalusa writes that she lets her old
friends from the Canal Zone hear from her often by mail. She lived in the
Canal Zone for 22 years where her late husband was a doctor at Gorgas.
Richard and Via Mae Dinkgreve had a visit in July from Mrs. Audrey
Bowman and her mother, Mrs. Edna Benoit of Metairie. Shortly after her
visit, Baldur and Olga Norman of Ancon stopped in for a two-day visit on
their way to vacation in Seattle and Canada. Mr. Dinkgreve is now
recovering nicely from an acute heart attack brought on by high blood
pressure. He spent 72 hours in an intensive coronary care unit, 4 weeks in
the hospital and 4 weeks at home in bed before he was allowed to get up.
It so happened that the Normans stopped back in New Orleans on their way
to the Zone and took Richard and Via Mae on Richard's first outing since
the attack. They had dinner on the 42nd floor restaurant in the new
Marriott Hotel in New Orleans. While Richard was in the hospital, the
Dinkgreves also heard from Frank Chris of Miami, who was in New Orleans
as part of an extended tour of the central states and Alaska by plane.
Hayden Jones, of Rogue River, Oregon, also called.
Dennis Frederick (Skeet) Gilbert, Box 2191, Baton Rouge 70803, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Gilbert of Margarita, will be graduated from
Louisiana State University with a BS in civil engineering on December 21,
1973. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Chi
Epsilon, national honorary fraternity for civil engineers. He attended the
Canal Zone College and plans to return to the Zone after graduation.
Skeet's father is also in the news, having recently been appointed
production superintendent of the Industrial Division in Cristobal.
Joseph (Paul) Hawthorne of Bogalusa writes that he and his wife,

Verina, extend best wishes to all their old friends and remind them that
they live 72 miles north and east of New Orleans. Stop by if you have time!
Verina is visiting her mother in Boise, Idaho, for a few weeks before winter
sets in, while Paul remains at home recuperating from a recent minor heart
attack and maintaining his hobby of raising Chow Chows, one of the oldest
recognizable types of dog. Chows originate in China and are the only breed
in the world possessing a blue-black tongue. The Hawthornes recently had
a visit from Frank and Mrs. Werlein who reside in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
Frank was formerly a welder at Gatun Locks where Paul retired as towing
locomotive operator in 1962. They were also visited not long ago by W. W.
Rowland, who was on his way to Kentucky after retiring from Gatun locks.
Mrs. Lera B. Hennessy, 2909 North Eighth Street, West Monroe,
former Balboa Elementary school teacher, is justifiably proud of her
granddaughter, Leigh, Jeff's oldest daughter. A trampolinist on the U. S.
team, Leigh went to Russia this spring to compete in games in Moscow and
two other cities. In August, Leigh and all her family, Kay, Jeff Jr., and
their parents went to London, Amsterdam and Madrid. Leigh was again
competing in a trampoline meet in London under the auspices of A. A. W.
She won first in her age group (14-15 years old) and first with a college girl
in the synchronized event where two girls do exactly the same exercises on
two trampolines. Leigh's father, Jeff, Sr., is with the physical education
department at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette.
Mrs. William R. (nee Beverly George) Kendrick, New Orleans, writes
that her sister-in-law, Lotty (Schultz) George visited for a few days--up from
the Zone on a church convention. While in the States, Lotty also spent
some time with Helen in Nebraska and Pio in Washington, D. C. Bev's
parents are on their way to Pennsylvania via Canada and Minnesota where
they visited with the Torstensons, a retired pilot.
George E. Marcuse, president of The Radio Center in New Orleans and
in Metairie writes that he spoke to Albert and Pauline Motta of Colon
recently. Their daughter just had a little boy. They have three other
children and live in Pennsylvania. Sylvia and George plan to visit Panama
in January, where George is an Honorary Vice Consul. Their daughter,
Julie, attends Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
Orlando Sena of Chalmette writes that they had a delightful but short
visit from Helen and George Rahn. George was formerly with the Water
and Lab Branch. The Rahns live in Corpus Christi and stopped over on
their way to visit their daughter Denise and her husband, Ricky Wathern in
Charlotte, North Carolina. On their return, they stopped to visit with their
son, Bryon and his family in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Orlando and his youngest
son, Richard, spent several days at Disneyworld in Florida recently and had
a grand time. Orlando also recently visited with Julian Rodriguez

(Personnel Bureau) and Capt. Bill Lyon who were in New Orleans on a
recruiting mission. It's always good, says Orlando, to see some old friends
and catch up on the news of what's happening on the Zone.
Mrs. Ora Virginia Stich of New Orleans wrote of a recent trip to
Kentucky to visit her new granddaughter, Kathryn Marie, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. George Stephen Hogg. (See Births) Mrs. Hogg is the former
Winifred Ann Stich, daughter of Virginia Ewing Stich and the
great-granddaughter of Mrs. Ora M. Ewing of Panama City. Mrs. Stich also
enjoyed a brief get-together and dinner with Ruth Powell and her sister
who visited New Orleans in August.
Bill and Gretchen Warren of New Orleans phoned about their
September trip during which they covered 3500 miles in two weeks. They
left New Orleans for Washington, D. C. and much sightseeing. While there,
they visited with Ted and Betty (Freund) Stewart and with Betty's mother
who was up from the Zone. They also met W. C. (Curley) and Marion
Kouns who are remembered as being so active in the Scouts at St. Luke's in
Ancon. Curley is now retired from the active army and works for the
government as a geologist. They were all friends with Bishop R. Heber
Gooden, formerly of St. Luke's, now at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in
Shreveport, Louisiana. At Fort Eustis, Virginia, the Warrens spent a week
with their son, David, and took in Colonial Williamsburg. In Norfolk they
saw Anabel Myers, whose late husband was retired from the Engineering
Division in 1959. They drove back through Charlottesville to see Monticello,
the Shenandoah Valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Mountains are
always a thrill after the flat swamplands of Louisiana). The Warrens
stopped in Salem, Virginia, to see the Burman S. Spanglers. Burman
retired from Panama Canal in the early 60's and is now quite active in
senior citizens groups. The Spanglers are well remembered on the Zone for
their beautiful creche in the Gavilan area near Santa Claus Lane. David
Warren went to the Zone in August to participate in the jungle survival
training course. He was able to get away long enough to visit with old
friends, Jack and Clara Brayton--Jack is with the Transportation Division
and Clara with the post office at Quarry Heights. Father Webster and
his wife of St. Luke's, Jim and Margaret King--Jim is with maintenance, at
Gorgas and Margaret is secretary to the governor--and Anita, the secretary
at St. Luke's. Clara Brayton, by the way, is a matron for the Eastern Star
and will be attending their Triennial in Denver in November. On her way
back to the Zone, she plans to spend about ten days with her daughter,
Annette Godby Stocking, and her family in Houston, and then on to see the
Warrens in New Orleans.--Respectfully submitted, Patt Foster Roberson,
Louisiana Reporter.


It looks as though old man winter is on his way. Today the wind is
blowing, it is right chilly, leaves are falling, and raking time is here. The
countryside is beginning to be beautiful--it is the time to get out and drive
over the mountains and fill your soul with all the beauty of nature.
The Roches returned in September from a two months' jaunt up north.
They went to Winnipeg, Canada, and then drove east through Canada and
toured all the Maritime Provinces. When they returned, they had a
surprise visit from Ethel and Gene Askew and had a most delightful day
with them. They are expecting Paul and Betty Runnestrand, of Winter
Park, Florida, about the 23rd of October. Paul and Betty, after visiting
their daughter and son-in-law (Sara and Mark Antin) in Princeton, New
Jersey, then went to Duluth to visit his sister. On the way back, they
stopped in Chicago to visit her sister, and plan to come to North Carolina.
The Hoenkes just returned from Vermont where they had spent the
summer at their cottage. They now have as their guests, Ruth and Ernest
Zelnick, of the Canal Zone. Leo and Charlotte Cagley who live in Des
Moines, Iowa, dropped by the Hoenkes while passing through from
Charleston, South Carolina. They had been visiting their son Leo who was
born on the Canal Zone and is now working in Charleston. The three
families had a wonderful reunion as it was the first time in 18 years that
they had been together.
Jean and Jack Dombrowski are still with Jean's people, the Tom
Colemans. They are patiently waiting for their home to be completed.
They were in Florida for part of the summer visiting their two children and
the grandss". They also visited with Joe and Rae Ebdon for a week in
Sarasota and visited with Edna and Jim Million in Jacksonville. He was
with the Hydrographic Division. In August they visited Russell and
Kathryn Meissner in Hayes, Virginia. While there, they saw Jane and
Russell Weade.
Ruth Sill and Bea Tyrrell will return from their northern European
visit in just a few days--too late for the December Record news.
The Zelnicks have found a home that is just to their liking. We are
very happy to welcome them to our beloved North Carolina and to our
Wilton and Genie (Sexton) Clarey have come from Florida to live here.
Wilton is teaching Voice and also is in the Real Estate business. We hope
they stay with us for a long time to come.

Grandma Howe, who has returned from a visit with her daughter in
Indiana, is as peppy as ever and spends her time with her youngest
great-granddaughter--daughter of Shirley (Howe) and Mac MacHenry.
Clinton Wanlass, Sue, and children spent nine days with Clinton's
mother during the summer. Mary Sill, husband, and four sons were also
here for a vacation. Louise Harrell, husband Bill Wright, and four of their
children spent several days with Louise's mother and father, Bruce and
Mildred Harrell. They also went on to Maryland to see Bill's parents before
returning to Arizona.
Joe and Dorothy Muldom returned last week from a two-month stay at
their cottage in Maine. When the birds start flying south, they, too, pack
up and start back. It is nice to have them back-safe and sound.
Respectfully submitted, Margaret Wanlass, Sec'y., Carmen Howe, Pres.

AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA NEWS-Trudi and Lee Clontz, having
dreamt of driving to the West Coast for years, started out June 17, 1973,
despite rumors of fuel shortages, with the expectation they might have to
turn the car 'round and push it home-hopefully downhill. The trip was
planned to seu, more of the United States and visit old friends, not for lack
of ex-Zonians to reminisce with-since these are on the increase in Aiken.
The first stop was in Memphis, Tennessee, to visit with the busy Mort
Thomson family (minus John who is in the service)-then on to Russellville,
Arkansas, and the Pres Trims. Surprisingly, it was in Arkansas that they
visited a winery and tasted wines made of Arkansas grapes! Then, by way
of the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon to Lake Havasu
City (new home of the London Bridge) and a stay with Billy Howe and visits
to areas around the Colorado River. Next stop was Sun City, Arizona,
where Trudi and Lee saw the Chuck Stewarts and Frank Wagners--and
bumped into Ben and Helen Chisholm at a supermarket!
Escondido, California, was next and from there they went to San Diego
with the Archie Frenches and the Fosters from the Zone to see the Atlanta
Braves play (Hank Aaron obliged by hitting a home run)--and also saw
Moises de la Pena at the stadium. In Claremont, California, they managed to
catch up with Hilda and Lee Myers before their departure, by camper, to
the Grand Tetons. Following a trip to the Sequoia National Park, they went
on to San Jose where Bill Nickisher was watchingg" while Rose babysat in
the Canal Zone. In Palo Alto, they visited the Howard Smiths, and then
went via San Francisco, Santa Rosa (lunching with the Bill Blacks on the
Fourth of July), and Azalea, Oregon (with a brief stop to see Gil and

Margaret Davis), to the Oregon coast and on to Vancouver, Washington, the
new home of Dr. Bob Hehn, Ellen and the two boys. The visit there
included golfing for the men, shopping for the women, and sightseeing for
The trip east was made via Canada, including an overnight stay at Lake
Louise, a quick stop at Banff and visits in the eastern part of the States.
The weather, all told, was excellent the scenery superb and
luck was with them. They managed to miss getting stuck on' an
Albuquerque skyride by arriving a day late--and when the gas pedal came
apart on a California freeway, it happened in light traffic on a Sunday
afternoon and was put to rights temporarily with a bobby pin!! There was
only one bit of unfinished business. Traveling at a more moderate
gas-saving speed, they never did identify the two Canal Zone cars that
whizzed by westward--one just before Russellville and the other in the
southwest!-Trudy Clontz


The Panama Canal Society of Texas assembled on October 20, 1973, for
a luncheon and meeting. President John Terry extended a warm welcome to
all present and stated that he was very pleased to greet the largest
attendance our Society has had! Officers for 1974 were elected. Mr. and
Mrs. Howard Gee came from their home in College Station, Texas. Stopping
by for awhile were Mr. and Mrs. William Allen, who live in Dunedin,
Florida. They were visiting in Houston with their daughter.
Mr. Harry Egolf, Deputy Director of the Supply and Community
Service Bureau, in Balboa, Canal Zone, was in Houston, Texas, for medical
treatment. His lovely wife, Mary, accompanied him. Harry seemed to enjoy
visits and phone calls from his retired Panama Canal friends, now living in
Visitors in Fayetteville, Arkansas, during October, were Fred and Mary
Jo (Lowe) Yaeger. They have reported seeing many friends of the Canal
Zone days and being with their relatives. Fred spent some time hunting and
fishing with Andrew Whitlock. In November, the Yaegers will have George
and Katherine Lowe as house guests.
Myrtle and Lou Souder drove to Lake Jackson, Texas, to be with Mrs.
Herbert (Jane Calvit) Knapp. She makes her home with her niece, Miss
Connie Sundquist. Connie has just returned from Panama, where she
vacationed with her sister, Mrs. Joe Medlinger.
Mrs. Tharon (Haldeman) Mitchell, of Houston, flew to Dallas, Texas, to
be with her sister Mrs. C. R. (Betty Haldeman) Underwood and husband.

The Underwoods had come from St. Petersburg, Florida, to visit with their
son. Also, they did some baby sitting while Roy and Sharon Underwood
vacationed in Acapulco, Mexico.
Our Society was happy to have Mrs. Nathan Levy attending the
October meeting. She is recovering from a broken hip--now using a walker.
Mrs. Levy, a long-time Houston resident recently furnished interesting and
educational information on the history of the "Jewish Community" of
Houston. In her lifetime, she can recall the four communities. The Houston
CHRONICLE recently printed an article, "The Mobile Jewish Neighbor-
hoods," using Mrs. Levy's information.
It's great to be retired! Betty and Bob Rathgeber have returned from
an extensive trip to Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas and many interesting places on
the west coast of the U. S: A. They will have Mrs. Dot Yost, of Balboa,
Canal Zone, as a visitor, during November.
Irene and Lee Wright drove to Eagle Lake, Texas, to be with Alida
(Drew) Lenhart and husband during the month of September. "It's always
good weather when Canal Zone friends get together." Alida taught first
grade in the Balboa Elementary School.
In October, Dallas Thornton and his brother, "Tex" attended a football
game in Fort Worth between the Texas Aggies and Texas Christian
University. They were joined by brothers Bill and "Cowboy" Thornton and
sister Frances. After the game, there was a family reunion--the first in six
years--at the home of his sister. During July and August, Dallas and Grace
(Keegan) Thornton visited the John Spivey family in Charlotte, North
Carolina. Then, they went to Hendersonville to be with dear friends, Johnny
and Rose Johnston. Also, they saw Rose's sister, Betty O'Rourke and the
Tom Colemans. In Spartanburg, South Carolina, they were with Mildred
Morrill, her daughter Anne and family. All of these friends toured the cities
of Charleston and Williamsburg. The Thorntons now are planning to spend
the Christmas holidays on the Canal Zone.
Mrs. Herbert (Sarah Wright) Rothwell is now making her home with
her daughter, Mrs. John Redmond--570 Redwood Drive, Bollingbrook,
Illinois, 60439.
At this time, we wish to report that Mrs. Algernon Brown (lone
Kennedy) is a patient at RoseWood Hospital in Houston. We pray for our
sick and those in sorrow.
The more you love, the more you will find that life is good and friends
are kind. Only what we give away enriches us from day to day!
-Mrs. G. Lee Wright, Recording Secretary

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REUNION INFORMATION: Charles I. McGinnis, Lieutenant Governor
of the Panama Canal Zone, will be the guest speaker at the Reunion
The Annual Reunion of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, like many
reunions, is a joyful experience as old friends meet once again and reminisce
about the "old days." But the Reunion is more than personal pleasure in
momentarily turning back the March of Time. The Guest Speakers from the
Canal Zone have not only been informative in keeping retirees up to date on
new trends on the Zone but through their illustrated lectures have
reiterated the HISTORICAL significance of the Panama Canal and paid
tribute to retirees and current employees who have contributed to this
great engineering miracle. Those attending this climactic lecture experience
a renewed feeling of personal pride in having been a part of that great

From a Panama newspaper clipping [date unknown],
yellowed with age, under SANCOCHO-Recessional,
Aftermath of the Canal Investigation

Were they mocking you, the guardians,
Of our country's chiefest pride?
Were they mocking us, the living
And the countless ones who died?
Sneered they at our dear commander?
Sanitation overdone,
Robbed the deadly stegomyia
Of its fun.
Sanitation cost some dollars--
Let the reeking jungle grow,
'Till the death rate rises somewhat,
It's too low.
Alien negroes displace white men!
It was recommended so,
By our countrymen, insisting
We must go.
Our countrymen--God grant them light!
Saw naught but shipping toll,
Since a dollar's somewhat bigger
Than a soul.
'Round these "diggins" where we live;
Where the "Big Ditch" had its birth,
We've upbuilt a decent standard
For the earth,
Bread we've broke with half the world--
Given of our best:
By their brothers we've sent greetings
To the rest.
But our good intent is cheapened:
When we go, no band will play.
One by one, the old time faces
Pass away.
There be devious ways and cunning
In the politicians' code--
Harvest they what, toiling, sweating,
We have sowed.
But this meed is ours, enduring,
As we face the setting sun,
We've a pride above their cunning,
In the Biggest Job, well done.--Fred McKim

for Box 11566
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

I, ................................................. hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $5.00 as my ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
dues for the year ................... $2.50 of this amount is for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECORD for one year.

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

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

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

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

D division E m played .. ................................................................

R ecom m ended by .................................................................

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

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


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

N am e ...... ................... .................. ............... ......................
Address. ............ ....... ................... ..................... .. Box.............
City ............. .................................. State............ Zip Code...........
Telephone ....................... .................................. .............
N am e ... ..................................... ....... ..............................
Address ............................. ............................. Box ...............
City ............... ............................. State ............ Zip Code..........

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

Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I. ..................................................... hereby transmit my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues of $5.00 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the year
........................ $2.50 of this amount is for a subscription to the CANAL ItECOII)
for one year. (Please return this bill with remittance.)
N am e ............................................................. ...............
Street ........... ......... ........... ... ................ Box..............
City ................ ............................. State............ Zip Code...........
D ues 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.

Make your plans to attend the Forty-Second Anniversary Reunion,
January 9-10, St. Petersburg, Florida. The Committee is already at
work to make the coming reunion another SUCCESS.

Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

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

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

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

I ues for..............; 1971............; 1972............; 1973............; 1974...........

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

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

C ity .................. ............... .............. State............ Zip Code...........

DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.


JANUARY 9, 1974
7:30 P.M.
PRICE: $2.00 per person. Please reserve the following tickets:
N am e ..........................
N am e ... ..............................................

N am e ... ..............................................
N am e .. ..............................................
TOTAL: $..........

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

JANUARY 10, 1974
12:30 P.M.
PRICE: $3.50 per person including tax and gratuity. Please reserve luncheon
tickets for the following:

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

N am e ..................... ... ........................
TOTAL: $...........

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

4th Street at 1st Avenue, North
P.O. Box 1691
St. Petersburg, Florida 33731
SINGLE $12.00 DOUBLE $14.00 TRIPLE $17.50
Arrival Date ................... Departure Date ...................
Name ............. ............................................

Address .. ................... .......... City .....................


The Officers and the Executive Committee of the Panama Canal Society
of Florida wish all members a Merry, Merry Christmas and a Happy New
The year 1973 has been a successful year--due to the cooperation of old
friends and the addition of many new members. Second and Third
Generation Zonians seemingly are as proud as the Old Timers in having
been a part, however large or small, in the building or the continued
operation of the Panama Canal. That wonderful tie has and will endure over
the years!
The Reunion, hopefully, will bring NEWS for the March Record. Before
those busy, joyful two days, take the time to write information on YOUR
family and give it to the Editor at the Reunion.
My sincere thanks, again, to the reporters and to the many others who
thoughtfully send in news for the Record. The Deadline Date to the printer
for the March issue is February 1, 1974. News should be received, if
possible, by the Editor ten days before that deadline date.

Mrs. May Belle Clemmons, 82, died November 20, 1973, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Clemmons came to St. Petersburg four years ago
from the Canal Zone. Survivors include her son, Joseph B. Clemmons, Jr., St.
Petersburg; her brother, William Tutwiler, Pennsauken, New Jersey; four
sisters, Miss Lillian Tutwiler, Miss Sophie Tutwiler, Mrs. Florence Schoen,
Mrs. Ethel Egloff, all of New Orleans, Louisiana, two grandchildren, and four

Mrs. William H. Robertson, of Atlanta, Georgia, a member of the
Panama Canal Society, whose name was inadvertently omitted from the
Annual Issue, has been in a nursing home in Atlanta, Georgia for several
months. Her daughter, Mrs. Sara R. Klontz, 1737 Stony Creek Road,
Noblesville, Indiana 46060, requested that her mother's Records be sent to
her in Indiana and she would forward them to her until Mrs. Robertson had
a permanent address.

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Representative Group of Former Nurses

REUNION, 1973--Many more were upstairs!

Ruth Ellen Briscoe, Tacoma Park, Maryland

Mr. and Mrs. George D. Poole, Schenectady, New York




Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Bissett, Sarasota, Florida

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Mary and Bob Arnold, Fairhope, Alabama

Dorothea Westberg McNall, St. Peterburg, Florida; Robert Bassett,
Chesterton, Indiana

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

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




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