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Photo Courtesy of the Panama Canal Company
VIVA EL CARNAVAL !
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell, St. Petersburg, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Heald, Prattville, Alabama
Seated: Raymond L. and Peter Whitney
Standing: Mrs. Gertrude Whitney, DeLand, Florida
Charles I. McGinnis, Lieutenant Governor of
the Canal Zone
Standing: Eugene I. Askew, President of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and Mrs.
Askew; Seated: Gaddis Wall, Vice-President and
Col. and Mrs. H. B. Crowley,
Standing: Mrs. Vera Jones,
Largo, Florida, Mrs. Essie Jones
and Mr. Luther F. Jones, Tampa,
Florida; Seated: Mrs. Georgia
Gwinn, Springfield, Missouri, Mr.
Alton Jones, Largo, Florida
Ex-Canal Zone Policemen and families taken at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Harned on
Thanksgiving Day-Standing: Mary Ann Love,
Millie Patton, Beulah Perry, Doris Harned, Dorothy
Hicks; Kneeling: Tom Love, Dick Patton, Mack
Hicks, Henry Perry, Dan Harned. The two children
are Eric and Tanya Love
he POanama 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
Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Wm. F. Grady
Sergeant-at-Arms, pro tern
J. F. Warner
Eugene I. Askew
Ross H. Hollowell
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
G. C. Lockridge
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Secretary to Committee
The CANAL RECORD is published by
the good and welfare of its members.
the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June and
September and twice in December.
MEMBERSHIP FEES $5.00 ANNUALLY. To receive the CANAL RECORD, all
persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $5.00. Entered as 2nd Class
matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class Postage paid at
Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.
PRINTED BY DIXIE PRESS, 634 2nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg. Florida 33701
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th St. South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St. Petersburg,
As of December 31, 1973, the Cost of Living Index was up 1.3
HR-9107 (this Bill would increase the annuity paid to
pre-October, 1969, retirees) was passed by the House three days
before Congress adjourned in December, and a slightly different
version of this Bill was passed by the Senate after it reconvened in
January. The House-Senate Conference Committee is working on a
compromise. Instead of computing annuities on the five high years,
this Bill provides that annuities would be figured on the high three
years-in line with the basis for computing annuities of retirees
after October, 1969. There is optimism that this Bill will be passed.
GOOD NEWS-The finally passed version of HR-9256, a
compromise worked out by a House-Senate Conference Committee,
was SIGNED by President Nixon on January 31, 1974. This Bill,
which is retroactive to January 1, 1974, provides for an increase in
the government's contribution to 50 percent in 1974, and 60 percent
in 1975. The Bill also allows pre-July, 1960, retirees to elect
coverage under one of the Federal Employee Health Benefit plans,
if they so desire. The Civil Service Commission will contact retirees
who are now eligible under HR-9256 in due time-William F. Grady,
Mr. Richard W. Abell
Mrs. Lucille Abernathy
Mr. Osmond N. Austin
Mr. Joseph A. Bialkowski
Mr. James E. Bryant
Mr. Rufus H. Burnette
Mr. Caleb C. Clement
Mr. Walter E. Colclasure
Mr. John E. Daniel
Mr. Norman B. Davison
Mrs. R. Alvera Davison
Mr. Norman E. Demers
Mr. Neil A. Doherty
Mr. John H. Diaz
Mr. Robert J. Douglas
Mr. John B. Farrow
Mr. Philip A. Hale, Jr.
Off. of Director
T. & T. Bureau
Mr. Roy A. Hall, Jr.
Mr. Robert G. Hammetter
Mr. Beauford J. Hartley
Mr. William W. E. Hoyle
Mrs. Ava 0. Howell
Mr. Donald D. Jacques
Miss Jennie G. Johannes
Miss Irene A. Ladrach
Mr. Donald C. Lewis
Mr. Richard H. McConaughey
Mr. Dale R. Meriwether
Mr. Alrick L. Nelson
Mr. Harold J. Moss
Miss Mary N. Orr
Capt. William H. Nehring
Mr. Luke C. Palumbo
Mr. Edward 0. Pike
Mr. Roland J. Rosinski
Mr. Irl R. Sanders, Jr.
Mr. Charles F. Stanley
Mr. George O. Tarflinger
Mr. Wilfred R. Waldrip
Mr. William E. Weigle, Jr.
Mr. Matthew J. Wilder
12/22 Admin. Services
12/29 Community Services
12/29 Gorgas Hospital
12/29 Gorgas Hospital
12/13 Community Services
12/28 Off. Director,
S & C S Bureau
12/10 Transit Operations
12/22 Transit Operations
Man, reading stock-market page, to wife: "Remember that
stock I was going to reitre on at 55? Well, my retirement age is now
350!"-Ed Arno in CHANGING TIMES, The Kiplinger Magazine.
Current retirees will receive the cost of living adjustment of
5.5 percent effective the first of January in addition to the benefits
of the 6.1 percent in annuities granted those who retired before
July 1, 1973.
Members of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., who
have been living on the Zone, MUST send in an address change, if
moving to the States. RECORDS will not be forwarded from the
Canal Zone to your address in the States.
OFFICERS FOR 1974
Eugene I. Askew ......................... Tel: 867-1822
Gaddis W all ..............................Tel: 894-6080
Mrs. Jean B. Mann .......................Tel: 867-7796
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward ................... Tel: 867-8742
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks.................... Tel: 345-7985
Charles Holmelin pro tem ................. Tel: 526-4680
William F. Grady (Lakeland) ...............Tel: 688-1023
Eugene I. Askew, Chairman ...............Tel: 867-1822
Gaddis Wall .............. ............... Tel: 894-6080
Ross H. Hollowell ...................... Tel: 726-1095
Mrs. Jean B. Mann......................Tel: 867-7796
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward,
Secretary to the Committee ............Tel: 867-8742
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks.................... Tel: 345-7985
G. C. Lockridge ....................... Tel: 525-7124
Troy Hayes ................ ...........Tel: 525-6183
Nolan A. Bissell, Chairman................. Tel: 525-3871
Howard H. Dworak .......................Tel: 343-6098
Joseph L. Hickey ......................... Tel: 446-5656
Mrs. Edith M. Jones ................... .. Tel: 525-5697
Daile D. Keigley, Chairman ................ Tel: 867-2501
Ralph F. Frangioni........................Tel: 442-5996
Nathaniel Litvin ...................... Tel: 866-1129
Mrs. Virginia Wood .......................Tel: 896-3275
Eugene I. Askew, Chairman ...............Tel: 867-1822
Gaddis Wall ...............................Tel: 894-6080
Mrs. Jean B. Mann, Secretary-Treasurer .... Tel: 867-7796
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward, Assistant .........Tel: 867-8742
G. C. Lockridge ............. ........... Tel: 525-7124
Edward A. Linney .........................Tel: 894-5128
Francis F. Hargy ................... ..... Tel: 894-2006
Gustaf A. Peterson ................... ...896-3420
Louis S. Hasemann ..................... Tel: 388-6191
1295 Rensselaer Avenue, Jacksonville, 32205
Alfred G. Dunham ........................Tel: 759-0009
4611 N.W. Eleventh Avenue, Miami 33127
M. S. Treadwell .. ........................ Tel: 841-4549
2505 Norfolk Road, Orlando 32803
Roger T. Williams ...................... Tel: 943-2016
Apt. 304, 3930 Crystal Lake Drive,
Pompano Beach 33060
Mrs. B. Donald Humphrey (Gladys Bliss) .... Tel: 958-5856
3444 24th Parkway, Sarasota 33580
Mrs. L. W. Motykiewicz (Pat Dodson).......Tel: 844-5220
6928 Dimarco Road, Tampa 33614
Mrs. Jack C. Sutherland, Chairman ......... Tel: 581-1188
Members of the Reception Committee
will be announced at a later date.
WANTED!!!!! REPORTERS on News from Orlando, Miami, and
other areas where Canal Zoners have located.
It is LATER than you may think!!! CHECK!!! Do you have a
BLUE MEMBERSHIP CARD with 1974 printed on the lower
lefthand corner? If not, THE MARCH ISSUE IS THE LAST
RECORD YOU WILL RECEIVE. DUES ARE DUE!
January 9-10, 1974
Twenty-nine States, the Canal Zone, and the Republic of
Panama were represented at the Reunion with a total of 733
ALABAMA Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Arnold; Mr. and
Mrs. W. M. Carnathan; Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Heald; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T.
Jordan; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Koontz.
ARIZONA Mr. and Mrs. Donald Judson
ARKANSAS Mr. and Mrs. Rufus C. Garrett
CALIFORNIA Mrs. Elsie Cousineau; Mrs. Norine Kaufer;
Mrs. Alberta Harris; Mr. and Mrs. Martin
Seiler; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Irving; Mr.
Leonard Landers; Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M.
Kenway; Mr. and Mrs. Christian Simonsen.
CANAL ZONE Charles I. McGinnis, Lieutenant Governor
of the Canal Zone; Mr. J. Winter D. Collins;
Mr. Gary Laatz; Mr. William Sullivan.
COLORADO Dr. and Mrs. G. Russell Wright
GEORGIA Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Dockery; Mr. and Mrs.
William A. Hadarits; Mr. and Mrs. W.
ILLINOIS Mrs. Lea K. Dugan; Mrs. Elsie Gibson; Mr.
and Mrs. Elmer J. Hack.
INDIANA Mr. Robert E. Bassett; Mr. and Mrs. James
KENTUCKY Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. McQueary; Mr. and
Mrs. Herbert Staples.
LOUISIANA Mrs. Linda Sue (Cunningham) Walker
MARYLAND Mrs. Raymond (Carol) Masino
MASSACHUSETTS Avis Dyke; Mrs. Danis Murray White.
MICHIGAN Mr. and Mrs. Jack Carey
MISSISSIPPI Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Adams; Mr. and Mrs.
Marian Armstrong; Mr. George D. Clark;
Mrs. Georgia Gwinn.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Key; Mrs. Ruth Boyd
Mendelsohn; Mr. Julius Petersen; Mrs.
Grace Sanders; Mr. and Mrs. John
Mr. and Mrs. Norman K. Anderson; Mrs.
Mrs. Kay Eldridge; Ms. Ellen Peter; Mr.
and Mrs. George Poole.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Blaney; Mr. and Mrs.
B. A. Herring; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence
Howell; Mrs. Margaret Orr; Mr. and Mrs.
Mrs. Jean Holmelin Kirk
Mrs. Helen Adler; Mr. and Mrs. Donald
Kane; Mr. Joe Lockman.
Mr. and Mrs. Donovan I. Geyer; Mr. and
Mrs. Archie Gibson; Mrs. May Reese (Pop);
Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Washabaugh.
Capt. and Mrs. A. B. Forsstrom
Mr. and Mrs. James D. Catron, Sr.; Mr. and
Mrs. John A. Everson; Mr. and Mrs.
Adolph Kapinos; Mr. and Mrs. Willard E.
Percy; Mrs. Grace Roach.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Berger; Mr. and
Mrs. Henry T. Carpenter.
Mrs. Maxine P. Dillman; Mrs. Peggy Ellis,
Ms. Bea Fernandez; Dr. and Mrs. Arthur
Mrs. May Cotton
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Wells
Mrs. Barbara Cunningham
Mr. John Keenan
* THE WAIL OF A GAL FROM THE ZONE
I'm homesick as hell for the wind in the grass
And palms againstt a blue tropic sky;
For white, frothing surf on a smooth tropic beach,
And a tropical moon riding high.
I long for the tinkle of ice in a glass,
Chop Suey on a balcony frail;
For the long sunny days of the dry season there,
And the glorious wet season gale.
I want to go back to a Carnival gay-
To confetti, confusion and joy . .
To happiness calm, and freedom from rush
And the love of a girl and a boy.
I'm homesick as hell for tropical ways,
And tropical folks I have known.
For bright tropic days, and soft tropic nights,
And all of the dear Canal Zone.
I'm loony, I'(n goofy, I'm crazy as hell,
I live in a tiresome village called "Bell",
I'm homesick, I'm bored, I've bats in my dome,
I belong in the tropics-I want to go HOME.
Author, Mrs. Mae McFarland, nee Mae
Wynne, daughter of oldtimer Joe Wynne
and Mrs. Wynne, written when she was
longing for her former home on the Zone.
Reprinted from the March 1954 RECORD.
The Setting: Warm weather, tropical vegetation, palm trees,
surf on the beaches, ICE TINKLING in the glasses, old friends and
co-workers reunited-all spell out the Annual Reunion in St.
Petersburg, Florida, on January 9-10, 1974.
The Time and Place with retirements over the years have
changed, but the tie that binds those who served on the Canal Zone
is constant and enduring. It's true, many former Zonians have a
dormant yen to return "home", the Canal Zone, but home doesn't
symbolize a geographical region, but of greater importance, is a
reunion with loved ones who shared the trials, tribulations and the
joy of serving their country far from homes in the States. Many Old
Timers still return each year to attend the Reunion; second and
third generations of ex-Zonians are happy, too, to be reunited with
schoolday friends as well as their parents' friends and, even with a
few, pedagogues who gave them the fundamentals of reading,
writing, and arithmetic.
Among the Old Timers attending the Reunion with
construction-day service was Mrs. Lea K. Dugan, of Springfield,
Illinois, who was the last Woman in the Canal service to retire
holding a medal for construction-day service. Born in Norway and
brought up in North Dakota, Mrs. Dugan went to the Canal Zone in
1908. From 1911 until her marriage in 1916, she worked in various
commissaries. She returned to the Canal service in 1942, and until
her retirement in December of 1955, worked with the Health
Bureau. She also had the honor of being decorated by Norway for
her volunteer work with Gorgas Hospital patients who spoke only
the Scandinavian languages. (Information from THE PANAMA
CANAL REVIEW, January 6, 1956).
Among the very young, progeny of first families on the Zone,
were two three-year-old children, wide-eyed with the excitement of
the occasion. Little Ann Jeannette Walker, daughter of Linda Sue
(Cunningham) Walker and granddaughter of Janet and Ross
Cunningham, like mom and her grandparents personally went to
the Registration Table and asked for a Reunion badge. The Walkers
from New Orleans were visiting the Cunninghams for three weeks.
Three-year-old Ray Dodson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Dodson and
grandson of Mrs. Marion Dodson, of Tampa, Florida, also proudly
exhibited his Reunion badge.
The 1974 Get-Together was a First Reunion for a long, long
lost friend and neighbor when the Editor and spouse were living in
the old dilapidated French quarters on Ancon Boulevard-1935,
shivers come with thoughts of those COLD SHOWERS. Francis
Birbaumer, a world traveler for many, many years has now settled
in Fedhaven, Florida. That Chagres Water is potent!
The officers and members of the Executive Committee wish to
express their appreciation to the officials of the Canal Zone who for
several years have attended the Reunions, and through their
cooperation and participation have contributed to the success of the
Reunions. J. Winter D. Collins, the son a veteran Old Timer, John
0. Collins, at all times keeps in touch with the Officers of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, sending them pertinent
information from the Canal Zone. His work as Retirement
Counselor has assisted many in making the right choice for that
transition from an employee to retirement life. Mr. Collins brought
1974 calendars for those who had failed to receive a copy in the
mail, copies of the SPECIAL REVIEW for the officers, and a little
"spark" from life on the Zone, CANAL ZONE MATCHES-made in
Sweden expressly for the Panama Canal Company. Our thanks!!
Approximately 450 attended the Annual Luncheon on January
10th-hopefully, your officers will be able to work out a better plan
in handling this highlight of the Reunion for 1975-"growing pains"
for until about two years ago, only 300 normally attended the affair.
After the Invocation by Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, Chaplain, President
Hollowell introduced the officers and guests at the head table-the
guest speaker, Colonel Charles I. McGinnis, Lieutenant Governor of
the Canal Zone and Vice-President of the Panama Canal Company;
J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement Counselor; Mr. William A.
Sullivan, Employees Services; Mr. Joseph Lockman, Manager of
the Canal Zone Branch, Mutual of Omaha; the incoming President,
Mr. Eugene I. Askew, and Mrs. Askew; Mr. Gaddis Wall,
Vice-President, and Mrs. Wall and Mrs. Ross Hollowell. Gary
Laatz, of the Canal Zone, who was in charge of showing the movie,
was also introduced. Other officers, committee members, the
photographers and representatives from State Societies-
California, Los Angeles area, Mrs. Virginia Seller and Mr. Chris
Simonsen; North California, Mrs. Norine Kaufer and Mrs. Alberta
Harris; northwest Arkansas and southern Missouri, Mrs. Georgia
Gwinn; Texas, Mrs. Peggy Ellis-were recognized. Those attending
from the Construction Day Era and past Presidents of the Society
stood for recognition.
Colonel Charles I. McGinnis, the guest speaker from the Canal
Zone, captivated his audience by his opening remarks on the energy
crisis with a jovial account of his landing difficulties at the Tampa
airport. "The Panama Canal," he stated, "Is a body of water
entirely surrounded by trouble! But the Canal Zone continues to
operate on a daily routine-Boy Scouts are still in business, ships
are going through the Canal, etc." Nostalgic scenes of the Panama
Canal were portrayed on the screen along with Colonel McGinnis'
vivid description of the Annual Cayuco Races through the Canal
from Balboa to Cristobal. Colonel McGinnis discussed eminent
changes. As tolls have remained the same for 60 years, with
expenses increasing faster than income, an increase just under 20%
is mandatory. New Housing is under way; the old Balboa Clubhouse
has been demolished and a new one is under construction; road
improvements are being made; the Elks Clubs have turned a page
of history, and Blacks are now admitted. He discussed the Security
Council meeting in March and the Treaty conferences-all in a state
of disorganized confusion. Changes probably ARE coming, but
nothing definite is anticipated in the near future. President Nixon
has proposed legislation to turn over to Panama both the old and
new France Field areas on the Atlantic Side to Panama. The
original proposal was recommended by U. S. Ambassador,
Ellsworth Bunker, the chief U. S. negotiator in the Panama Canal
treaty talks with Panama. The proposal, however, is subject to the
approval of Congress. Currently, there is a better mutual
understanding with Panama. There have been many key employees
retiring during the past year. The Panama Canal Pilots' Association
have changed their By-laws. Ships must at all times transit the
Canal. The wage scale is going up. To conserve energy, employees
are urged to use the railroad-not private cars. Christmas tree
lighting was cut to a minimum-only four lighted trees.
In conclusion, CHANGES ordinarily represent PROGRESS.
But with past and proposed changes, the Canal Zone continues to be
a fascinating place to live!
President Hollowell thanked Lt. Governor McGinnis for his
interesting and enlightening talk. Many members enthusiastically
expressed their appreciation to the Lt. Governor for his survey on
CHANGING CONDITIONS back "HOME."
Alas-had the Society had the magic powers of Aladdin and the
Wonderful Lamp, many wishes would have been granted:
Mrs. William J. Stevenson, Greeneville, South Carolina-"Had
hoped to attend this year's Reunion but due to the pressure of my
work as secretary-treasurer of our local chapter of N.A.R.F.E. have
little time for anything else." Mrs. Stevenson did go to California
last summer to visit her youngest son and his family whom she had
not seen in over fifteen years. While in California, Mrs. Stevenson
heard from Hazel Alsing, a former hurse at Gorgas Hospital and
had a telephone call from Edyth Kiefer. She spent the
Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with Martha and her family
in Decatur, Georgia.
Robert L. Dill, Seal Beach, California-"Sorry, the weather has
been too bad to attend the Reunion. Although most of those I knew
in the Zone are gone, occasionally, someone reminds me of the
months of living in Gorgona, Empire, Corozal and Balboa. Then I
remember names of the Calvits, Wrights, Wards, Eason, Shearer,
Swanson, Grier, year, even Governor Goethals, who rode the bus I
Mirt and Dona Bender, Orlando, Florida-to be so near, yet so
far-"Dona has been ill since the first of May, but thankfully now is
home from the hospital and recuperating pretty well now."
"I had great hopes of attending our wonderful Society
Reunion again this year, but an unexpected 'detached retina
operation' will prevent it. Thank God, it is over and I still have my
eye. My best regards to all and have Fun."-Berta Hunter Hazzard,
"I was sure I would be at the Annual Meeting this year.
However, I am now 80, and somehow get this and that at this time
of year which keeps me away from Florida. Best Wishes to
everyone! My eldest grandson, Bill Frizzell, is on a business trip to
Panama City during Christmas and New Years. This is his first trip
to Panama. I am anxious for his return to hear the news and his idea
of the Isthmus."-Mrs. Ethel Hodnett, Faison, North Carolina.
Dear Ex-Zonians: "Sorry I could not make it to the Annual
Reunion. I would very much like to see my old co-employees and
other friends from the Zone. However, should any of you come over
this way (Tampa), you will find me at 6918 Florida Avenue, Tampa
33604 where I have been the Adjutant for Seminole Post No. 111,
Inc., The American Legion, for about five years. I am in the office
forenoons only during weekdays. Best regards to all, including
Ross, Dotty Hanners, Rube Seidman, Nolan and the other-
Ex-Industrial Division, Ev Brandt
When Old Friends Meet again-Barbara J. Cunningham,
"For those of you who have not attended a Canal Zone Reunion
in Florida, you don't know what you've been missing! I attended
my first this year, and I'm sure it won't be the last. I lived on the
Atlantic side of the Isthmus in Gatun, and I think there were
enough of us to almost have had a reunion of our own! It has been
over ten years since I left the Canal Zone, and it was so wonderful
to see so many familiar faces. I think I only had to look at a few
name tags which were thoughtfully furnished by the reception
committee ..." Unfortunately, Mrs. Cunningham was unable to
attend the cocktail party as she had fallen down the stairs and
twisted both ankles so stayed home soaking her feet. But she was
determined not to miss the luncheon which she enjoyed very much,
particularly the talk by the Lt. Governor. While in Florida, Mrs.
Cunningham stayed with the R. B. Potters and Ross Cunninghams
in St. Pete, visited the Frank Cunninghams in Lighthouse Point,
and her mother, Mrs. Helen Farthing in Lake Wales. She flew home
via Houston, Texas, where she planned to spend several months
with Mike and family and then stop in Simi Valley, California to
visit the J. J. Griffins (Linda Jane Cunningham). "I just may have
been the furtherest from home at the Reunion, but I am glad I
decided to attend. The various committees surely deserve
honorable mention for everything went so smoothly. It was very
THE FORTY-THIRD ANNIVERSARY REUNION WILL BE
HELD AT THE Princess Martha Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida,
on January 8-9, 1975. Start Saving Gasoline Coupons NOW!
The marriage of Hugh C. Christie, of Ocala, Florida, and Clara
L. Robinson, formerly of Miami, Florida, took place in Ocala,
Florida, on April 13, 1973. They enjoyed an eleven-day trip to the
Panama Canal Zone and are now making their home at 1601 N.E.
50th Avenue, Ocala, Florida.
Mrs. Marie Coulthard, of Houston, Texas, and Mr. Claude S.
Howell, of Deltona, Florida, were married July 18, 1973, in
Kingsland, Georgia. Mr. and Mrs. Howell are residing in Deltona,
Florida-1345 W. Fowler Drive.
Miss Elizabeth Ann Foster and Mr. Richard Thomas Baltozer
were married August 31, 1973, in Balboa, Canal Zone. Mrs. Baltozer
is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Foster of Balboa. Mr.
Baltozer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Truman Baltozer, of St.
Petersburg, Florida, formerly of Diablo. The bride is a 1969
graduate of Slidell High School, Slidell, Louisiana, and has attended
Southwestern Louisiana University, and Louisiana State Univer-
sity at New Orleans. She is currently completing the academic
requirements for a degree in Medical Technology at Canal Zone
College. The groom is a 1965 graduate of Balboa High School and is
completing an Electrician apprenticeship.
Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Baumbach, of Clearwater, Florida, flew to
the Canal Zone to attend the wedding of their daughter, Mrs. Ruth
Baumbach Krziza, of Cardenas, Canal Zone, and Mr. Merrill E.
Lichti, of Cocoli, Canal Zone. The wedding was held at the Fort
Amador Protestant Chapel, followed by a reception at the Albrook
Officers' Club. They flew in Mel's private plane to Costa Rica for
Miss Kathleen Michele Lavallee, daughter of Mr. Wilfred
Armand Lavallee and the late Mrs. Lavallee, of Worcester,
Massachusetts, and Jeffrey Wendell Sears, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Earl Wendell Sears, of La Boca, Canal Zone, exchanged wedding
vows at Sacred Heart Chapel, Ancon, Canal Zone, on November 22,
1973. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sears are employed with the Division of
Schools in the Canal Zone and also are involved in graduate work.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert A. Shore, of Aiken, South Carolina,
announce the marriage of their daughter, Sandra Emily, to Robert
Paul Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Davis, of Ormond Beach,
Florida, on November 23rd at the South Aiken Presbyterian
Church. The couple reside in Miami, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Bradley (Linda Dixon) announce the birth
of a daughter, Jean Christine, on December 5, 1973, in San
Fernando Hospital, Panama. Jean Christine is the fourth
grandchild for Captain and Mrs. Lambert W. Kat, of Dunedin,
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Gifford (Ida Straus), of St. Petersburg,
Florida, announce the birth of their first child, a daughter, Lara
Ruth, on November 23, 1973. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Robert J. Straus, of St. Petersburg, Florida. The paternal
grandparents are Dallas Richard Gifford, of Heyward, California,
and the late Bonnie Virginia Gifford, of Tampa, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. David Horner of San Diego, California, announce
the birth of Rhonda Lynn on August 26, 1973. Mrs. Horner is the
former Nancy Cotton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. Cotton,
of San Diego. Mr. Cotton was formerly Postmaster at Balboa, Canal
Mr. and Mrs. Warren (Babe) Marquard, Jr., announce the birth
of a daughter, Juliet Rene, on September 10, 1973, in Houston,
Texas. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Rosemond, of El Paso, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Warren D. Marquard,
of Sunnyvale, California, are the paternal grandparents. Mrs.
Josephine Brennan, of Balboa, Canal Zone is the great-
Mrs. Robert S. Herr, of Avon, Connecticut, informed the
Society of the birth of her granddaughter, Laura Adams Murphy,
on February 13, 1973. Mrs. Richard F. Murphy (Charlotte Anne
Herr) was born and grew up in the Canal Zone.
Philip and Nicketta Stewart, of Largo, Florida, are happy to
announce the birth of a daughter, Nicole Maria, their second child,
on November 6, 1973. Grandparents are Fred and Vera Stewart, of
Mr. and Mrs. Owen C. Sutherland, of Novi, Michigan, announce
the arrival of their third son on October 24, 1973. The baby has been
named Curt Charles and joins brothers, Eric, 9, and Mark, 7.
The paternal grandmother is Mrs. Jack C. Sutherland, of
Clearwater, Florida, and the paternal great-grandmother is Mrs.
Gilbert B. Owen of Largo, Florida. The maternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Everett Wirgau, of Grosse Point, Michigan.
Mr. and Mrs. Norman W. Watkins, of Los Rios, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of their first child, Leanne Marie, at Gorgas
Hospital on December 5, 1973. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt, of Balboa. Paternal grandparents are Mrs.
Olga Watkins, of Miami, Florida, formerly of Gamboa, and the late
Mr. Homer Watkins.
As the Annual Audit of the books and accounts of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for 1973 was not completed
in time for printing in the March issue, the Audit will be in the
NEWS ST. PETERSBURG AND THE BAY AREA
Although the highlight of Bay Area News was the Reunion,
family gatherings, visits of friends, and travel brought pleasure to
Mrs. Wallace Bain visited her daughter, Pat and son-in-law,
Dr. Jack DeVore, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in the fall. She spent
the Christmas Holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Chris Skeie (Tita Bain)
and two grandchildren in Hollywood, Florida. Mrs. Bain has also
had guests in her home. Mrs. Dorothy Stevens, a next door neigh-
bor to the Bains when they lived on Amador Road, spent six weeks
with her. Other visitors were her brother and sister-in-law, Tom
and Catherine Jenkins, who spent ten days with Mrs. Bain. The
Jenkins were returning to their home in Malvern, Pennsylvania,
after visiting their daughter in Colombia.
Mrs. Charlotte Laurie visited in the Zone for six months during
the late summer and the fall. Mrs. Peggy Falk spent Thanksgiving
in Ohio with her son, Hank, and family; Mrs. Bonnie Thompson of
the Zone, was the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.F. Kleasner
in Gulfport, Florida in the fall.
Tuck Hummer, of St. Petersburg, and William Boehming, of
Tampa, left Halloween night by car for the Canal Zone. En route,
they spent several weeks in Mexico.
Mrs. Erna Hower, of St. Petersburg, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Renz, of Fairhope, Alabama, flew (on a 747) to Germany in
September for visits with their family and to meet all the "new
borns". They spent most of their time in Hamburg. They returned
in late October, and at that time Erna spent a week with Carla Renz
and Family in Chatham, New Jersey. Mrs. Hower reported that her
son, John Hower, is still at Case Western Reserve University in
Cleveland, Ohio. His two oldest children are now in college Mark
at Middlebury, Vermont, and Bridgitt, a freshman at the
University of Montana.
Christmas brought families to many homes in St. Petersburg -
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Summerford were hosts to their three sons,
their wives, two grandchildren and their dogs! The Holiday Season
was a full house at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Collinge, as both
daughters,Mrs. Donald Ulrich (Sarah) and children, and Mr. and
Mrs. J. Garrett Minke (Joyce) and family from Denver, gathered at
the Collinge home. Joel Essinger from Oklahoma and Miss Ann
Crowley, of Forestville, Connecticut, were guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Houston Esslinger. Cornelia Van Siclen, of New York, joined her
mother and two sisters who live in St. Petersburg, for the Holiday
season. Peggy Donovan, of South Bend, Indiana, spent the first
part of her vacation with her family, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Donovan.
Peggy's unusual mola skirt brought many comments from
mola-conscious friends! She returned to South Bend to celebrate
the New Year with friends there. Mrs. Robert Simpson and Family,
Chris, Debby, Sandy, and David, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida,
spent their vacation with Peggy and Tony Sylvestre. Friends were
delighted to see Mrs. Orlando T. Symonds, of Albuquerque, New
Mexico, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Nena McMillan. Mrs.
Jean Kirk, of Springfield, Ohio, was not only a Holiday guest at the
home of her mother, Mrs. Pauline Holmelin, but she also attended
the Reunion and planned to extend her visit to help her mother
celebrate her birthday in February.
Mrs. Lavinia Dahlhoff, of St. Petersburg, really hit the jackpot
- Thanksgiving with Dr. and Mrs. John E. Grasinger (Rolanda
Dahlhoff), and sons, Kurt and Eric, in Winter Park, Florida a
wonderful two-week visit! On December 4th, Mrs. Dahlhoff left St.
Petersburg for Ferndale, Washington, to spend the Yuletide
Holidays with her son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Dahlhoff -
the trip a Christmas present from her son. While in Washington,
they went to see Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith. Mrs. Smith was
Beverly Perra, and, naturally, they talked of the old days in
Panama. They also drove to Wholley, British Columbia, to shop and
see the country. Mrs. Dahlhoff returned on January 4th in time
to attend the Reunion and reported a wonderful, but COLD TRIP.
If other Christmas visitors to the Bay area have been omitted,
the Editor apologizes, but, for the first time in two years, the Allen
B. Wards took a ten-day vacation to Maine to spend Christmas with
daughter, Marilyn. The trip was WONDERFUL but some folks
must pay for their fun! Upon returning to St. Petersburg, the joy of
the trip was somewhat dissipated with some seventeen hours of
label work to get caught up before starting on the news for the
RECORD. Oh, for those carefree, paid Canal Zone Vacations!
Captain and Mrs. Howard Johnson were hosts to their son
and family, Lieutenant and Mrs. James H. Johnson and two
children, of Houston, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Begnaud, parents
of Mrs. James H. Johnson, over the Holidays.
Mr. and Mrs. James Reece (Janet Stockham) and two
children, of Charleston, North Carolina, visited their parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Roy Reece and Mrs. Geneva Stockham, in St.
Petersburg over the Thanksgiving vacation.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hicks returned in early January from a
trip to Houston, Texas, where they visited with Mrs. Peggy Ellis,
and then went to Corpus Christi, Texas, to see Mr. and Mrs. Ken
Kelley (Mary Alice Hicks) and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wright, of Montreal, Canada, visited
with Dick's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wells Wright, of St. Petersburg,
in early January. Mr. Gerold Cooper, a pilot for the Panama Canal,
spent two weeks with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerold E. Cooper,
in late January and early February.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay left in late January for an
extended visit in Hawaii, Walter's home state.
Merry Christmas in March! Greeting and news to friends from
friends of the "old days" were received too late for the December
issue. Our correspondence from many is a once-a-year pleasure -
the news which accompanies the prompt payment of their annual
"The Eberenz Family is still going strong. We had a couple of
hospital bills in 1973 but are now feeling fine. Our annual trip this
year was to Hawaii, where we visited four islands and enjoyed
tropical weather we became so used to in Panama. We spent two
weeks there and were lucky enough to be in Hawaii during Aloha
"All our children and grandchildren are also well. Marie, Alex,
Mable and Josephine live in Virginia now. John and his family are
keeping the name in the Canal Zone. We have ten grandchildren,
and Alex, who was married last December, and his wife are
expecting in February.
"I am still working for the Ford Motor Company, and Madeline
is a nurse at Fairfax Hospital. We, along with all the others, are
getting ready for a tough winter; we hope it won't be a bad as
Our regards to all our former friends and co-workers, and we
hope they all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year." Leo
Eberenz, Sterling Park, Virginia.
Greetings from Winter Wonderland, Cliff and Lucile
Torstenson, Grand Rapids, Minnesota "Since we are
undoubtedly the world's worst correspondents, we are taking this
opportunity and way to catch up a bit on our duties. Retirement is
really the greatest. For the past 21/2 years we have been busy doing
everything and nothing and having a wonderful time.
Last winter was remarkable. Mary and Bill came up in a
blizzard on December 29th, and that was the last snow of the
season, except for dustings that didn't require shoveling. Carol
attended Itasca State College here in Grand Rapids, and graduated
with honors from the Clerical Block program on June 1st.
"Curtis and Alberta George arrived for a visit in early July and
were here til mid-August. The day after they left, Cliffs brother,
Ai, and his nephew, Dave, arrived Al for a week and Dave for
two weeks. Tom and Cec Gove also flew up for an all-too-short visit
in early August. Right after Labor Day, we took a short trip to
Thunder Bay with Lucy's sister and her husband. After our return,
Lucy went into the hospital for what we thought was minor
surgery. She no sooner got home than she was called back for major
cancer surgery. She was home after nine days and has made a good
recovery, speeded by the lab report of 'prognosis very, very good'.
"Carol, who is working in Bloomington, a suburb of
Minneapolis, doing engineering drafting for Control Data
Corporation, moved into her own apartment on November 1st.
"Mary will get her R. N. in May, and her husband, Bill, got his
degree in accounting in September and is an accountant for
Winkley Company in Minneapolis. They still live in Falcon Heights,
but will be moving to a suburb of Minnneapolis in the spring into
the townhouse they are buying.
Schnapps had his 12th birthday in October. He is still the
jaunty fellow, but it is all too apparent that those years in the
tropics are now taking their toll. He lives on pills.
"All told, we've had a good year, and we hope you did, too. We
wish you all a happy holiday season and a good and prosperous
Our Christmas Greetings and that the New Year will be
a prosperous year from friends of long ago-the John T. Sanders,
Louisville, Kentucky. "We've attended the St. Petersburg Reunion
several times. We are doing real well and loving home life since
we're in high ages, John, 92, May, 83."
Mrs. Ruth Sill, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Mrs.
Bea Tyrrell, of Tyron enjoyed a magnificent trip to Scandinavia in
September and October of 1973. Ruth again renewed acquaintances
with cousins in Norway and Stockholm. Freddy Sill gave them the
"royal treatment" in London, and Ruth found his friends most
interesting. A delightful Baroness invited them to have tea with
her in the House of Lords. As her guests, they listened in on the
Mary and her five men were in Hendersonville for five days in
August. On December 28th, Ruth planned to fly to Winter Park,
Florida, for a week's visit with Helen Baker.
Mrs. James B. Wood (Martha Bradley)-5400 N. E. 49th
Street, Vancouver, Washington 98661. "My father, Fred W.
Bradley, still lives in Glendale, California, and is doing well. He was
sending the RECORDS to me as the generation now mentioned is in
my realm. So, I'll just pick up the tab where he left off. It's great to
keep track of friends and acquaintances made on the Canal Zone
through the RECORDS, and I, too, want to become a member.
Although we are scattered far and wide, the arrival of the CANAL
RECORD brings us all together again-and that warm cloak of
friendship soothes frustrations and loneliness. The northwest Canal
Zone population is not as large as in Florida-yet, it is growing.
Tom and Marilyn Marsh have settleddown in Oregon City, Oregon,
and Capt. J. P. and Ann Laurie Johnson are residing in Vancouver,
so, with the phone service still intact, a friendly Zone voice is not
We appreciate all news but in particular news from New
Members-Milt and Winnie Halley of El Paso, Texas-"The Halleys
are spending their third Stateside Christmas in El Paso-all of
them at different addresses. We greeted 1973 at Elks Lodge 187, as
we did the previous year and will do in 1974, God willing. They
always have a great New Year's Eve party, and we have a lot of fun
and plenty of dancing.
"Milt's resolution was to give up smoking. He was a slim 148
pounds, and then he started to gain. He resumed jogging a mile
each day and was holding his own until we accepted an offer to
manage another apartment complex last August. As with the one
we managed in 1972, we had the 'office' in our living room. Trying
to get the necessary help from the company's main office for
maintenance, grounds, etc. was just a series of frustrations, so we
gave it up. By then, Milt had grown to a plump 181, and Winnie had
slipped to a nifty 102. Two weeks after we moved, Milt's back went
out and turned into sciatic neuralgia. A few days later, his wisdom
tooth became abcessed and was pulled. His new jogging outfit is
still in the package but should see service by Christmas.
Winnie is digustingly healthy, being bothered only by some
nagging sinus headaches occasionally. She doesn't seem to have any
trouble keeping her figure but, just to be on the safe side, bought
one of those fancy jump-ropes with the weighted handles. It's fun
watching her work out in the morning!
Daughter Maureen, her husband, Capt. Dennis Rohler, and
two sons, Dennis and Bradley, spent a week with us last May. They
called and begged us to visit them in Lawton for Christmas, but we
were afraid of the weather and gas shortage combination. Capt.
Danny Michael, wife, Nicole, son, Eric, and new (last May)
daughter, Cristelle, left for his new assignment in Colorado Springs
after selling their home here. Capt. Rohler will be leaving next
June for a tour in Korea. Colleen and son-in-law, Neil Wheeler, are
expecting their first baby next March-so Winnie will be off for
Jacksonville with Milt unless he is working and can't go. Sue Halley
became Mrs. Bill Bailey last February. Both of them work for the
Sheraton in Biloxi. Mike Halley is still with the Air Force in Italy.
We've gotten cards from Spain, Greece, etc., which indicates he
gets around. He should be returning to the Canal Zone or maybe
the U. S. for discharge next April. We must not overlook little Tich
Halley, our tiny Chihuahua. She was mated on Halloween, is
obviously pregnant, and due to give birth on January 3rd which
also happens to be Winnie's birthday. We hope it doesn't happen on
New Year's Eve!
"With shortages, price increases, energy and other crises, 1974
looks like a rough year, but, with God's help, we hope all of you ride
it out successfully and happily. May He grant you a happy and
blessed holiday season."
Felices Pascuas y un Prospero Ano Nuevo-condensed from
Bob Worsley's annual Christmas letter. Mr. Worsley left the Zone
on November 4th for a short tour of Europe-the realization of a
long-dreamed-of trip. The outstanding countries visited from a
standpoint of interest were Egypt and Spain. "I had language
problems in all countries except Spain where I could speak their
language. The 15th century restored edifices are among the
wonders of the world-much money and construction ability went
into them, and they should last for many more hundreds of years."
His immediate family are fine-a close-knit family to be proud
of! Mr. Worsley was unable to make a trip to the States this past
year, but Helen and her family went to Panama. Bill and Vivian De
La Mater and Mr. Worsley are the only family left on the Isthmus.
However, they feel the senior Clarkes are part of the family (Matt's
husband's parents). "Of course I am here-a kind of fixture, senior
in everything I get into and enjoying my business and associations
with the many fine people here. My activities keep me in touch with
the community and help to make my life very interesting and
worthwhile. I continue active in Church, Masonry, Boy Scouting,
YMCA, Rotary, folk dancing. My swimming, badminton, climbing
ships, square and folk dancing keep me reasonably active . .
"Business continues good, and we have all the ships we can
finance and handle, and more ships coming along all the time."
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cannon (Janeth Vinton), of Brewster,
New York, enjoyed a Caribbean Cruise in January aboard the
QUEEN ELIZABETH II. After leaving New York, the British
luxury liner stopped at Port Everglades, the Virgin Islands,
Santa Lucia, Barbados and other islands in the Caribbean. Mrs.
Cannon is the daughter of Jane and Kenneth Vinton, of Green
Bay, Winsconsin. Mr. Cannon is with I.B.M. as Manager of
Information Systems at Division Headquarters in Harrison, New
Mr. and Mrs. Vinton spent Christmas with their daughter
Kayleen and family in Columbus, Indiana. From Indiana, Mrs.
Vinton flew to Brewster to take care of her three grand-
daughters-Vicky 11, Paula 8 and Lindy 6, while Janeth and Ed
In May the Vintons will return to Mountain, Wisconsin, their
summer home which will be open to all their relatives and
A Special Welcome to Mrs. John C. (Elsie K.) Claybourn, who
not only sent in 1973 and 1974 dues but wrote a long, detailed
letter-unfortunately the letter had to belcondensed for use in the
RECORD. It certainly is understandable why she "slipped" in not
sending in 1973 Dues.
In October of 1970, Mrs. Claybourn applied for admission to the
Goodwin House, Episcopal Retirement Home in Alexandria,
Virginia, but was informed that it was necessary to establish a
two-year residence requirement in Virginia before she could qualify
and then would have to wait for a vacancy. In April of 1971, she
moved from her spacious 7-room home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to a
two-bedroom apartment in Alexandria-to await the residency
requirement. Finally, in April, 1973, she was offered a large
efficiency apartment though she had wanted a two-bedroom
apartment. "So, once again, I whittled down my possession, a
difficult task, and accepted the large efficiency at the Episcopal
Retirement Home ... I just love it.here. Everything is so pleasant,
and the residents are all high-class cultured people . I am so
happy and satisfied, I wouldn't live any other place. We can enjoy
our keepsakes and the pieces of furniture that we have lived with
for so many years.
"We are just a 12-minute walk from a brand new Community
College where I am a student, working on my Masters in Liberal
Arts ... Then, I am painting again and portrait painting-the latter
is my hobby and therapy for me . This is such a wonderful
location as you have so many opportunities to improve your mind
and occupy your free time with worthwhile hobbies and pastimes
that are lucrative and rewarding, instead of sitting around and
waiting for Father Time to ring the bell to enter the Pearly Gates.
Keeping busy has always been my theory to Happiness, and it has
worked for me these 77 years!"
Mrs. Claybourn mentions seeing a great deal of some of the
former Officials of the Canal now living in the area-i. e. General
Edgerton, former Governor; General and Mrs. James Stratton;
General and Mrs. Raymond Wheeler; General Larkin's widow; and
many others, including Colonel Richard Morris Bush and his bride
of March 2, 1973, and General and Mrs. Charles B. Holle.
"May the New Year of 1974 bring lots of Florida Sunshine and
Happiness, Good Health and many days filled with interesting
happenings in your Sunshine State where my dear Johnnie and I
lived for 18 months-Cocoa, just a small uninteresting town, then."
The Claybournes left Florida in 1949 and went to India, Ceylon,
Egypt, Jerusalem, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, along the Mediter-
ranean, all over Europe, and the British Isles where Mr. Claybourn
had Consulting Engineering commitments and was profusely
decorated by these countries for his outstanding engineering
A "P. S." attached-"I had a phone call from Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Lowry-dear Bob, 'El Lobo Grande', the Sunshine
Mechanical Engineer of the Dredging Division, one of the most
valued employees of the Dredging Division and a very brilliant
engineer. Bob and his charming wife Monty had been in Australia
and around the world on a pleasure trip. He had a fine position here
in Washington, D. C. with the Army and then decided to retire to
1717 Gregg Avenue, Worland, Wyoming 82401-telephone
307-347-2686. My little girl scout, Bob and Monty's pretty daughter,
Dolores, is a beautiful opera singer, starring all over Wyoming with
her wonderful voice. Her younger sister, Roberta, is doing just fine.
Bob and Monty would like hearing from 'you all' who knew them."
Dorothy and Winton Webb, of St. Joseph, Michigan, and
formerly of Balboa, were hosts to their family over the Christmas
holidays in the original home place in Perry, Ohio, where four
generations were together.
Their son Ted, wife Mickey and twin granddaughters came
from Wichita, Kansas, where Ted is an engineer for the Cesna
Aircraft Corporation. Ted took his engineering at the University of
Michigan after leaving the Canal Zone.
Robert Webb, their youngest son, flew in from Lansing,
Michigan, where he is a trainee in Mall Management, having
completed his business training at Michigan State University in
News from George Russon, Yuma, Arizona-"Both my wife
and I are in good health, and we did a lot of traveling this past year.
We left Yuma at the end of April and headed for Texas . After
touring the Big Bend county, we went on to Langtry, Del Rio,,
Laredo and followed the Rio Grande down to Brownsville and up
the east coast of Texas to Louisiana and then on to Mobile and
Tampa, Florida. Visited friends there for a month and then headed
north to the mountains of northern Georgia and a beautiful place on
Nottely Lake. After a month there, headed back to Yuma, stayed
three weeks and then headed up the west coast to Astoria, Oregon
and based there for three months . Made a trip to Auburn,
Washington, to visit with my son, George, the dentist . .
"I read the article in the September issue by John K. Baxter. I
knew him well and what memories it brought back. Arthur Weil
and his "J" Street Country Club and the characters who gathered
there-'Slim' Hallett, Scud Emery, Broadway Jones, Joe Wynn,
Reed Hopkins, Ed Gallagher, Dinky Barnes, Whitey Schroyer,
'Benny the Jew' Abramovich, Bobo Jenkins, One-Round Hogan and
a host of others. All I can say is, "Those were the days!"
"So to all who remember me, I say 'Hello' and remember all the
Chagres Water we drank?"
Shep Clark reporting, Shelter Island, New York-"One year
and a half out of the classroom and into the home, and Evelyn is still
sane. We are grandparents for the sixth time. Karen had a boy
'Darrell' in August. Elaine and family were here in June for a week.
Warren attended a convention for most of the time. Grandpa tried
unsuccessfully to provide amusement for the children.
"We were richly favored by good friends visiting us. Marie and
Garton Lewis, Frances and Jim Walters and Jo and Ken Martin.
The Martins took us to Avon, Connecticut, where we had plans to
meet Charlotte Herr and travel through the New England states,
viewing the fall colors. It was complete relaxation for me as the
women talked perpetually. Had an enjoyable evening with
Charlotte Ann and family. The baby has complete control of the
"Evelyn rejoined the church of her childhood, and by a narrow
vote they accepted my credentials from the Union Church of
Balboa. We plan to be in the Canal Zone for the first two weeks of
January. The authorization papers to enter the Zone indicated they
would not admit paupers, but my sister-in-law agreed to finance our
stay. Possibly, we should remain for the winter under those
conditions. We will spend the Christmas holidays with Elaine and
Karen in Atlanta.
"Evelyn's class of 1927 had a reunion last summer. Three
members of the faculty attended unassisted. The revelations of
their activities shocked the moral fibers of a staid professor."
Unfortunately, the Clark's long planned trip back to the Zone
was cut short as Shep became ill and they returned to the States
where Shep was hospitalized.
Mrs. Betty Jorgenson, of St. Petersburg, sent in news from
Dr. and Mrs. Carl Ahlteen (Esther Miller), of Sault Sainte Marie,
Michigan. 1973 was a busy year for them. Mrs. Ahlteen's mother,
Mrs. George F. Miller, passed away in May. Friends from
Sweden visited them in June. They attended the Michigan
Chiropractic Conference in July and then made a trip to
California. On November 24, 1973, their daughter, Esther Lucille
Ahlteen, was married to Carl Bruce Campbell in Sault Sainte
Marie. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are making their home in Denver,
Colorado, where the bridegroom is engaged in construction work.
Ann and Frank Cunningham, Lighthouse Point, Florida-"We
had a wonderful trip to California, Arizona and Colorado and saw
many ex-Canal Zone folks. It was good to see them and talk about
the 'good days' we spent on the Zone."
The latchstring is out for any of the Canal Zone crowd who are
in the vicinity of Col. and Mrs. Donald K. Rogers, Shalimar, Florida.
"Rog" retired November 1, and I must admit we're enjoying all of
our 'Saturdays.' We built on the 18th fairway which is great in one
respect-he's away from home for lunch-but it's not too
comfortable sleeping with a man who wears golf shoes to bed!!!
"We designed our house and although Frank Lloyd Wright
doesn't have to worry, we're quite proud of it-after almost thirty
years of Base housing it's wonderful to have enough closet space.
"My sister, Betty Bitters, made the trip up the Mississippi on
the Delta Queen in November and then came by here and took
mother up to Washington with her for the holidays. Mother was 85
in October and is doing just great.
"If any of the Canal Zone crowd are out this way, stop by!"
News from Mrs. Flor E. Martin-Panama City, Florida. "My
husband Tommie and I resided in the Canal Zone for many years. I
was born in Panama. He was in the Air Force at Albrook AFB. He
retired in 1961 and continued working for the Air Force there until
he transferred to Tyndall AFB, Panama City, Florida in June, 1970.
I worked for the Schools Division for 12 years until I returned to
the United States due to illness two years ago. I started working in
September at Tyndall.
"We have three children who attended Canal Zone schools and
graduated from Balboa High School. Our oldest son, Tom, attended
Canal Zone College. He is now married and with the Air Force,
stationed at Carswell AFB, Fort Worth, Texas.
"Our other son, Albert, attended the University of Texas.
After serving in the Air Force he returned to the University of
Texas and graduated in August, 1972. He went to Officers training
at Lackland AFB, Texas, and now is also assigned to Carswell Air
Force Base, Texas.
"Our daughter, Doris, graduated from the University of
Dallas. She is married and has two children.
"We have several Canal Zone retirees in our area. W. M.
Trasavage, H. V. Ross, Douglas V. Schnepel and Stephen Hovan.
They used to be our neighbors when we lived in the Canal Zone."
A Year to Remember Vera and Steve Stevens, Ocala,
Florida. "This has been our 50th year (Golden Wedding
Anniversary March 22, 1973), and we have proceeded to live it up
while we can!! We left Ocala in June for the West Coast and visited
with our boys for about a month each. We also visited my sister in
Sacramento and friends en route.
"Johnnie Franklin, born May 23, 1972, easily captured our
hearts without a battle! We had not seen Johnnie before. So,
Marilynn and Jim have three children Jimmie, 14 in February,
Lori, 12 in January and little Johnnie now 19 months old. John has
three girls, Terri, 10, Diana, 7, and Pamela, 4. We miss them all,
big and little."
Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Webster returned to their home in
Kerrville, Texas, on November 13th, after spending a week with
their daughter, Nancy, and son-in-law, Len Lindenmeyer, in Sever-
na Park, an area known as North Cape Arthur, Maryland. The
Lindenmeyers have two daughters. While in Maryland, the
Websters toured the Baltimore area and visited the Naval
Academy at Annapolis.
Ed and I would like to wish the entire staff of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, and all our retired friends, a very Merry
Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Traveling curtailed for Mr. and Mrs. Curtis George! December
12, 1973 "Our travels since leaving Minnesota where we visited
with Cliff and Lucy Torstenson took us over to Pennsylvania,
where we stayed a month with my mother and sister.Visited our
daughter, Carol, in Wilmington, Delaware, and from there it was
only a short trip to Smyrna, Delaware, where we saw Starford and
"The cold weather stayed with us so we continued on our way
south, stopping off in Aiken, South Carolina, where we visited with
the Shores, the Percys, the Eversons, the Catrons and others.
After three days we continued on our way . We arrived in
Fairhope, Alabama, on November 17th and went to New Orleans
for the Thanksgiving holidays to visit our daughter, Beverly. While
there, we saw the Dinkgreves.
"The gas shortage may catch up with us and curtail our travels,
so we are staying in the Fairhope area for the time being."
In June of 1973, Mrs. Mamie E. De Behnke, of Huntington
Park, California, spent a delightful week in Florida with friends -
the late Mrs. Burton Hackett and Mr. Hackett, St. Petersburg;
Mrs. Dave Madison and Vera Smith, Tarpon Springs; and a
surprise visit from Mrs. Eulie Bennett from Jacksonville. She also
visited with the John Madisons in Clearwater and Mr. and Mrs.
Howard Dworak in Gulfport.
After 23 years, it was so nice to see old friends!
Harry and Virginia Pearl, of Ocala, Florida, wrote in early
January that they were visiting their children in California and
were sorry to miss the Reunion the first one they had missed in
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Townsend have joined the 199
memberships (many are couples) in The Panama Canal Society,
now residing in California. They have bought a home in El Cajon,
California, and will welcome one and all of their old friends from the
Canal Zone. "Wish we could join you all for the big, big days,
January 9-10. Hope you have wonderful days and maybe we can
make the next one. Happy Holidays!! Address 645 Mahogany Drive,
El Cajon, California 92021.
For many, many years, Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Knox, of Ruidoso,
New Mexico, attended the Annual Reunions. Their thoughts will
still be in St. Petersburg. "Wish we could come to the Reunion, but
it is getting too far for us to travel. Rowl and I celebrated our 40th
Anniversary, November 2nd, with a lovely reception and most of
our relatives were here to help us. Our daughter, Dorothy
Thornton, lives in Roswell now and comes to visit us often. Wish
more of you would stop as you go by. We are only a mile from
ANOTHER news letter from Ocala, Florida, a beautiful little
town located in the midst of rolling hills, in contrast to the flat lands
of other locations. With its growing Canal Zone population, it would
be appreciated if some Zonian would volunteer to send in a report
from Ocala for EVERY Record. Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Jenner, along
with 1974 dues, wrote their first contribution to the CANAL
RECORD. "We had a beautiful two months' drive out west our
first and a little under 10,000 miles. Stopped in Colorado and spent
ten days with our eldest daughter, Christie, her husband,, Bill, and
our little grandson, Mike. We then traveled on to Las Vegas and to
Southern California and a week with Joe and Ruth Bourgeois, in
Escondido, our old neighbors from Gamboa, Balboa and Diablo.
Their neighbor in the same apartment complex is Alice and Archie
French. Also visited and golfed with the E. M. Stones and Art
O'Learys. Camped one night with Jean and Harry Townsend and
then down to El Cajon, to see their new home. We also had a side
trip to Sun City and spent most of our day and the night with Mrs.
Inez Evans. We all had dinner with the Art Millers.
"We drove Route #1 the entire length of California, stopping at
Sunnyvale for a four-day visit with Jo, Mark and Johnnie
Marquard. We spent most of our time in scenic San Francisco.
Further north at San Luis Obispo, we stopped to see Rosie and Paul
Jones. Spent another wonderful four days in Seattle with the Don
"We took the northern route back to Wisconsin and Illinois to
visit with our relatives and friends. After many side trips on the
way south, got home in Ocala on June 1st.
Mrs. William H. Ward (Evelyn), Venice, Florida-"We are
looking forward to Christmas this year. It will be our tenth one in
Florida, and now all three grandchildren are in the United States in
school. Our daughter, Margaret Rybicke, will be leaving the Zone
for good in December, so we probably will all be together for the
holiday . .
"My husband was ill last winter and we did not get to the
Reunion. Maybe we can make it this next January."
Mr. and Mrs. James Dunn (Ivy and Jimmy), who for many
years taught dancing on the Canal Zone and also gave many benefit
shows both in the Canal Zone and the Republic of Panama, are new
members of the Society. "As we have made many trips after we
retired, we also moved from Houston, Texas, to Panama City,
Florida, last August. We just love this place as it reminds us of
Panama and the Canal Zone. We are very sorry that we cannot
attend this REUNION, but with God willing, we will be at the next
one. Please give our regards to all and wish them Health, Wealth
and Happiness." Check list of new members for their address.
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Epperson, Sr.-"Bill retired at the
end of June, having worked with the Navy since 1940. We are
temporarily living in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Plan to try the Gulf
Coast after the Christmas Holidays. Our son, Bill, Jr., remained in
the Zone-so we will return!"
The Samuel L. Souders, reporting from Houston, Texas-
"Myrtle and I are getting along very well at present. Myrtle had an
operation last month and is still weak. The doctor told her that she
must take it easy for four or five months.
"I already have 'dishpan hands' and believe I am about to come
down with 'House Maid's Knees."
News from Mrs. James E. Harrell, Windsor, North Carolina-
"We finally got into our new home in August of this year. Had a
family reunion in September and then in October had the C. V.
Russells from Sarasota, Florida, stop by. I think we are the only
retirees to live on the eastern shores of North Carolina; many are in
the mountain areas.
"The latch string is out to our Canal Zone friends at 102 Byrd
Street, Windsor; we are on the 13-17 Highway.
"Retirement hasn't slowed us down. I think we recharged
ourselves. The day is not long enough with Jim's Lions Club and
church work and my church work and club activities. We are quite
happy that our son Robert is with us for the holidays from the
Mrs. John E. Layport (Esther Hodges), Deltaville, Virginia-
"John and I had quite an experience in October in that we took our
motor home to New England for a month's trip. The trees and
foliage were gorgeous, and we were having a wonderful time when
I came down with a terrible gall bladder attack. We were miles
from a hospital but finally came to Rutland, Vermont, where I had
an emergency operation. We are now (November 20th) home, and
I'm making a good recovery.
"Our plans for this winter are vague-if they ration gas, I
doubt that we can drive our motor home to Florida as we had
planned. We do intend to come and spend most of the winter-if
there's any gas around."
NEWS FROM VIRGINIA-Frank H. Lerchen, Jr., who resides
in Fairfax, Virginia, near Washington, D. C., has offered to assist
anyone who would like to visit the new Washington Temple of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The new Mormon
Temple is expected to be open for public viewing on or about
August, 1974, and should remain open until approximately the end
of September, 1974. It is expected to be dedicated in October, 1974,
after which the only persons allowed in the Temple will be
Latter-Day Saints in good standing, and this will be allowed only
for the purpose of having a sacred ordinance performed for
themselves or for their dead ancestors. Since both members and
non-members are expected in large numbers, Frank is assisting on
a committee to house visitors or assist them in finding reasonably
priced accommodations. Many Mormon families who live near the
Temple have offered their own homes to visitors and this, too, can
be explored by calling Frank. His numbers are: Day-(202) 967-
2106, or evenings at (703) 573-2641 or (703) 836-3046. This will most
undoubtedly be the largest and one of the most beautiful of the
Mormon Temples in the world; and this is an unusual and limited
opportunity to visit one of the Temples. Frank adds . "My Canal
Zone background was especially influential in my acceptance of the
Mormon faith since I had lived in that area and witnessed the
civilizations that are mentioned in the BOOK OF MORMON. It was
easy for me to relate the stories found in that book which are a
record of the secular and religious history of the people of this
Mrs. George Egger, of St. Petersburg (new members of the
Society), attended the February 1st meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida. Her husband was in Venezuela. The Eggers will
move to Puerto Rico in March or April. George is a Project
Manager in charge of installing electric plants. Their son, Edward,
and wife, Jamie, are in El Paso, Texas, for six months. He is a
Second Lieutenant in the Army. In June, they will be stationed in
Germany for three years. They have just returned from a trip to
the Canal Zone where they spent Christmas with Jamie's parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Dabney B. Meeker, of Margarita.
News from Mr. and Mrs. Theo F. Hotz, Greensboro, North
Carolina. "1973 was another interesting happy year. Judy and
Roland (Massa) presented us with a new grandson in January, and
in February they opened their restaurant, 'El Gaucho' in Arlington,
Virginia. We went to Arlington for the grand opening. Tim and
Helen (Nita), Ted, 10 and Kristin, 8, were home for Thanksgiving
and all had a wonderful time together. Don, Anita and Sheryl (4)
were visitors in July. We were with them a year ago at Christmas
and again at Easter in Winter Haven, Florida. We keep busy with
church, bridge, golf, etc."
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hackett, of Raleigh, North Carolina,
expected to have an old-fashioned family Christmas. Doug, their
grandson, had a three weeks' vacation over Christmas-one week
extension because of the fuel crisis. "The hustling around, getting
ready for the arrival of school kids brings back pleasant memories
of past Christmas season."
Mrs. Helen L. Smith writes that she is very happy at the
Central Plaza Towers in Mobile, Alabama. From information in
brochures mailed by Mrs. Smith, living at the Central Plaza Towers
seems to offer just about everything that senior citizens might
desire-many recreational hobbies, superb health care, excellent
meals and religious activities for all faiths.
Mrs. Lillian Evans, of Greely, Colorado, wrote in late Novem-
ber that she did not plan on attending the Reunion in 1974-the
current energy crisis and disliking to travel alone. 1973 was
a year of travel for her. After the 1973 Reunion, Mrs. Evans and
Mrs. Helen Adler, of Panama, visited Della Meigs in Tampa and
Edna and Herbert Judson in Jacksonville. Mrs. Evans then
journeyed to Birmingham, Alabama, for a two-month visit with her
daughter Muriel and family. Later, she was a guest of the Schnake
family in Dickinson, Texas. After returning to Birmingham, she
drove with Muriel and her husband, Ed Neill, to Norwich,
Connecticut, where she attended her grandson, Bob Neill's
wedding on July 14th. Mrs. Evans returned to Birmingham and left
for home on July 26th to help with preparations for granddaughter,
Dianne Harrington's installation as Honored Queen of Job's
Daughters. In September, with daughter Norma and her husband,
Alfred Harrington, Mrs. Evans drove to Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
where they met daughter Muriel, her husband, and Ed Schnake and
all went on an eight-day West Indies cruise. On their trip home,
they visited Melba and Russell Kay in Athens, Georgia, and
Alfred's family in Abingdon, Virginia.
June, 1973, retirees, Marilyn M. and Alfred "Tom" Marsh have
bought a home in the great Northwest-Oregon (See new members
for their address). Marilyn, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. W.
Metzgar, of Miami, Florida, old timers who retired in 1949, was
born in the Panama Hospital. The Marshes have lived on the
Atlantic Side where Tom was working for the Power Branch. He
had been Chief of the station at Agua Clara-his last position was as
a Facilities Manager. Both of their daughters were born in Canal
Zone hospitals and are with them in Oregon-Edythe, the younger,
is at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and Billie
Marsh Wallace in Clatskanie, Oregon, with her husband.
While on the Zone, Tom received the Community Service
Award the first year it was given and was active in Masonic as well
as civic activities. Marilyn, also, participated in community affairs,
especially her work with the Girl Scouts and later the Rainbow
Girls. She was teaching Fifth Grade at the Fort Gulick school prior
to their retirement.
Upon their arrival in the States, they visited with the L. W.
Metzgar family in Miami and then traileredd" to California where
they visited with Tom's family, Mr. and Mrs. Augusta Marsh of
Riverside. When touring the Northwest, they chose Oregon as the
ideal place to retire. They have enjoyed the cool weather and visits
with the Grady Hardisons, of McMinnville, Mary Stephenson, of
Portland, and Jim and Mopsy Woods, of Vancouver, Washington
Our congratulations to Marilyn and Tom Marsh on celebrating
their Silver Anniversary last summer as expressed by Marilyn,
"25 happy years together and all spent in the Zone."
Ed and Grace Mac Vittie, Sun City, Arizona-The MacVitties
enjoyed a wonderful summer in the East at their apartment in
Williamsville. "Spent a week with F. R. 'Bob' and Agnes 'Pete'
Johnson at their cottage at Torch Lake. Other Zonians visited were
the Doolans in Quechee, Vermont, and Carl J. Browne and Blanche
Todd at their cottage in New Caanan, New Hampshire. Bob and
Pete came through on their way south and visited us in
Williamsville for a week, and we had a wonderful time seeing the
area and family. Marion Taylor came by for a day while traveling to
see her folks. Visited with Col. Theodore Casey in St. Louis. He was
in charge of the Post Exchange service during World War II.
Visited with Ira and Emma Solenberger in Kansas City-he worked
at.the Accounting Division prior to 1941. Emma is a sister of 'Pete'
Johnson. All in all, it was a wonderful summer. Prior to leaving Sun
city, we visited the Thorntons, Lerchens, Gilicks, and Relihans in
Tucson at the home of Ruth Puller (formerly of the United Fruit
Company at Brazos Brook). Upon our return to Arizona, we have
had dinner with Ben and Helen Chisholms who reside near us.
"Best wishes to all. If any come this way, have them call us."
Mrs. Lloyd E. Stevens, of Peoria, Illinois, wrote that her
husband is doing fine since having surgery for cataracts and is so
elated to be able to read, play cards and watch television once
again. "Hope this will find you all enjoying a happy holiday season."
Mrs. Wilhelmina E. Bohan, Blytheville, Arkansas, typed a note
with the use of only her left hand. She fell November and broke two
bones in her right arm-will get the cast off on January 6th. She
spent the holiday season with Betty and her family in Mountain
SFC and Mrs. William S. Loehr, of Lawrence, Kansas,
summarized the year, 1973, in their letter to the Society in
November. After spending Christmas with their four grand-
children, they headed south and celebrated the New Year with
Eulie and Marie Bennett in Jacksonville, Florida, and then attended
the 1973 Reunion in St. Petersburg. From Florida they drove to
Texas for the National Campers and Hikers Retiree Rally and on to
Ventura, California, returning home in March to do up their income
tax. On April 5th, they headed north and into Canada and traveled
on to Alaska where they spent several months. They arrived back
home on August 11th after a wonderful trip-no problems in over
25,000 miles. "Since September, Bill has been in and out of the V. A.
Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri-ended up minus a gall bladder.
Things are looking up now, and it is about time to head south again.
Plan on seeing all you lovely people in January." But, "The best laid
schemes o' mice and men . ." (Robert Burns)-according to our
out-of-state registration, they didn't make it. We hope it was due to
the energy crisis and not because of health problems!
November 15, 1973-Mrs. E. N. Belland, Rapid River,
Michigan-"Old Man Winter is breathing down our necks after an
exceptionally beautiful spring, summer, and fall.
"This past year has held sorrow for us; Neil's sister, Dorothy
Moynihan, of Washington, D. C. passed away suddenly on
September 4th; later in the month, Martha Gravella of Escanaba,
Michigan, died suddenly while returning from a visit to her
daughter Harriet's in Bergland, Michigan. Martha and her
husband, Frederick (Fritz) lived in Diablo Heights and Balboa in
the 1940's; Fritz worked at the Miraflores Filtration Plant.
"But we had some good times, too. In March we went to Los
Angeles via Amtrak. It was a fabulous vacation; seeing the U. S. A.
from a train window is an experience we heartily recommend. We
spent ten days in Laguna Hills with Mary and Wally (Charles)
Hammond; attended the annual dinner of the Panama Canal Society
of Southern California at Knott's Berry Farm where we enjoyed
one of the famous chicken dinners complete with boysenberry pie
and met many old friends. Neil had the privilege of meeting for the
first time the man whose place he took when he became an
admeasurer in Cristobal in 1950-Mr. Arthur Berude. We spent an
enjoyable afternoon with the Joseph Irvings and Buddy Phillips
and visited Irene and Ray Will in their lovely mountain-top home in
Laguna Niguel . .
"We went on to Phoenix where we visited my aunt, Helen
Kessler, a frequent visitor to the Zone. We drove out to Sun City
and visited Rhoda and Ray Brians and Ruth Kellar in their lovely
new homes. It was so good to see old friends and to bask in the
sunshine after a Michigan winter!
"Back home, we had a busy spring cleaning up outside, putting
in flower beds and a vegetable garden-and getting ready for
summer visitors. Rita and Perry Washabaugh stopped by on one of
their visits to their daughter, Theresa, who lives in lower Michigan.
They had just visited the Kerrville "colony" so we got caught up on
news of our friends there. Cec and Tom Gove from Margarita spent
a few days with us in August, and we enjoyed showing them
around, taking them picking blueberries and making blueberry
pancakes for them as well as hearing news of Zone friends. Our
nieces, Margaret Acker, who teaches in Curundu, and her sister
and husband, Sherry and Marty Eid, of Pensacola, Florida, visited
their parents Mary and Wally Hammond who have a summer
cottage next door to us so we had a real family reunion.
"While in Washington, D. C., we had dinner with Loretta
Cowden, Ruth Sawyer's sister, and Susan, Ruth and Pete's lovely
daughter; also dined with Chuck and Judy Poulson, ex-Margaritans
who now live in Arlington, Virginia. Called the Don Bolands in
Lanham, Maryland, and found that they'd recently returned from a
visit with the Earl Bolands in Curundu. "He who drinks of the
Chagres shall return!" We'd like, weather, health and gas rationing
permitting, to attend the 1974 Florida Reunion in St. Petersburg
and then return to the Zone for a visit-but will have to wait and
William H. Grant, Jr., St. Louis, Missouri-"During the year,
1973, I have been participating in the Masters Swim Program. It
consists of competitive races for adults in five-year age groups
from 25 to over 80. This rapidly growing program is sponsored
by the American Athletic Union . Many older people are
learning swimming and competing for their first time . The
health hazards and benefits have not been completely evaluated.
A book is being written on the subject . Because of the past
prominence of Canal Zone residents in swimming, I strongly urge
that retirees don't overlook this new physical activity. The basic
aim of the program is for health and pleasure. A change in
attitudes is needed to instill in our youths that competition is not
just for the young years but for life . Hope to see you in the
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Sieler, 22302 Capote Drive, Salinas,
California 93901-"In September, we bought a Cabana 28-foot
Motor Home and sold our home in Seaside, thinking we would be
free to travel and circle the good old U. S. A. and Canada for a
year. We planned on visiting all our relatives and friends and
then come back and settle down. Well! We no sooner had bought
the motor home and sold our home when the gas situation hit.
So, here we are, living in our motor home and waiting for the
gas situation to get settled. So, who knows we may or we may
not see you in 1974!
"Our daughter Bobbie Ann and husband Pete Buckalew and
their children Joey and Sharon are all well. Our eldest
granddaughter, Penny, is working in Florida.
"Bob and I are well and keep busy-all volunteer work! I
have resigned as 'Pink Lady' at our beautiful Carmel Community
Hospital. Once we settle down again, I'll go back to it. It really
made me feel that I was doing something for someone. Bob is the
Master of the Marina Grange #518. This keeps us plenty busy.
Yes, we still Square Dance.
"We are looking forward to seeing many of you sometime
during 1974. Best Wishes for a good 1974."
Mr. and Mrs. Waldemar R. Zirkman, New York reporting
from Hawaii. "Came here for the holidays on December 17, 1973,
and plan on staying for a few months. The weather on the
Mainland has been cold and icy. Although it is the rainy season,
they say there has never been so much rain and storms in this
area. But, at least, we do not need heat. Caroline had her third
child, Alysa Elizabeth on October 16, 1973. Richard phoned to
say they had no school in Sidney, Ohio, for two days as sleet and
ice was treacherous. He is busy with his programs, and we hope
to get to one of his concerts this year.
"Hope you all had Happy Holidays."
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Flowers, of Port Orange, Florida, report
that they now have seven grandchildren. Kaye (Flower/s)
McFarland, who lives in Augusta, Georgia, is a specialist 'in
internal medicine. Her husband is a pathologist. They have three
children. Lieutenant Commander Jack Flowers and Mrs. Flowers,
who reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia, have two children; Sue
(Flowers) Burke, who lives with her family in Birmingham,
Alabama, also has two children.
Mr. and Mrs. Flowers were in Europe last May for three
weeks during which time they visited nine countries.
Catsy (Taylor) Schafer brings us up to date on 1973 news-
"As Regent of Letitia Coxe Shelby Chapter, Daughters of the
American Revolution, of La Mesa, California, I attended the DAR
Congress in Washington in April. At the Overseas Chapter
Luncheon, I was happy to see Mrs. Mary Tassin, who had been a
member of the Panama Canal Chapter and was also a member of
the Canal Zone Branch of the National League of American
Penwomen when we both lived there. Mary left the Washington
area in May and moved to Louisiana-Box 362, Abita Springs
"While in D. C., I stayed with my sister in the "Poor Man's
Watergate" next door to that place and while going up in the
elevator, I met Mary Murphy who worked in the Army
Personnel Office at Amador. She has been with the U. S.
Embassy in various South American posts and left in June to be
Personnel Officer in Paris, France.
"On may way home, I visited my daughter and her family in
Racine, Wisconsin-Susan Taylor Pitney. This was their first
winter in snow country, and it was a thrill for the four children,
ages three to ten years.
"Upon returning to San Diego, I attended my son Michael's
graduation from Law School in May. He has just completed the
three-day California Bar Exams.
"Daughter, Layne, and husband, Tom Ashton, spent a week
in July in Tampa, but she said it was too hot to even go outside.
"I retired from the Balboa Naval Hospital on June 30th with
the Civil Service 6.1% increase, so hope to get to some of the
meetings and do some traveling.
"Doris Leeser, one of Vern's secretaries in the Army and Air
Force Exchange Service in the Canal Zone, had lunch with us
recently while visiting her two daughters here; and we have also
entertained for Frances Jones while she visited with Al and Iris
Days. We all had lots of fun giving Frances bridge and golf
lessons, hoping California will appeal as a retirement home."
Mr. Vernon E. Sauvan was presented a SIXTY YEAR
membership button in Lake Drummond Lodge #178 AF&AM
Portsmouth, Virginia, on 14 June 1973. Vernon was made a Mason
in Sojourners Lodge AF &AM in Cristobal, Canal Zone, in June,
Mrs. Vernon E. Sauvan (Ruth) was presented a FIFTY
YEAR membership pin by Victory Chapter #16 0. E. S.
Portsmouth, Virginia on 14 November 1973. Ruth was initiated in
Royal Palm Chapter O. E. S. in Cristobal, Canal Zone, in
October, 1923.-Mrs. Mary B. Sauvan (daughter-in-law)
Mr. and Mrs. Sturtevant (Polly) Todd, of Harbour Heights,
Florida, flew to San Diego in mid September for a visit with
their son Frank, his wife Sherlyn and children Suzy and Jody.
Frank is Corporate Curator of Birds for Sea World of San Diego,
Ohio and Florida. He is being sent to the Antarctic in October for
six weeks to study the wild life of the region, especially the
Adelie Penguins and their rookeries-quite a drastic change of
clime for Frank who was born and reared in tropical Canal Zone.
While we were in San Diego, daughter Joan Todd Rasor and
sons Eric and Johnny drove down from their home in June Lake,
California, to see her parents and brother. Unfortunately, Joan's
twin brother, John, and his wife Judy and children Sturdy and
Kathy couldn't be there to make the family reunion complete.
They had spent their two week vacation in Florida with their
parents in August but had to get back to their home in
Charlotte, North Carolina, in time for the opening of school.
Brandon, Florida, News by Ruth Belcher-"The James
Belchers and Al Bentons made a trip to Lake City, Florida, to
see how our friends, the Robert Proglers were doing. Bob had
just gotten home from Houston, Texas, where he was operated
on again. They both look well, but 'Kakie' misses the Canal Zone.
"The Belchers had a delightful visit with Rennie and Bobby
Ward and family at De Leon Springs and enjoyed the latest
addition to their family (a girl). They send their regards to all.
"Our house at 1217 Hummingbird Lane would love to have
the Zonites visit them. We have checked up and found out that
we are being neglected by our former friends who come up on
"We visited the Vandergrifts about two weeks ago. They are
both busy helping Joe's sister and husband build their house.
They also are building in Zephyrhills across from Joe and
CONGRATULATIONS John W. Yerkes has been named
president of the Spectrolab and Heliotek Divisions of Textron,
Inc., located in Sylmar, California. Textron is a multimarket
company with headquarters in Providence, Rhode Island. It has
35 Divisions and four manufacturing product groups: Aerospace,
Consumer, Industrial and Metal Products. It is also engaged in
creative capital investments through American Research and
Mr. Yerkes joined Spectrolab in 1967 as vice-president. He
has been chief executive officer since August, 1972.
Spectrolab and Heliotek, Sylmar, California, are leaders in
the design and manufacture of devices and systems for the
conversion or simulation of solar energy. Nearly one-half of all
US launched spacecraft have utilized Heliotek solar cells and
Spectrolab arrays to provide electrical power in space and with
the missions of Apollo 11 and 17, to provide energy conversion
systems on the moon. At Spectrolab, this successful technology is
now being applied to harvesting the limitless energy resource of
the sun to create solar power systems for use on earth. The
conversion of the suns radiant energy directly into electrical
power has minimal environmental impact and is safe, reliable and
maintenance free. It is ideal for remote or stand-by power
sources where failure of electrical power could have serious
Mr. Yerkes, a graduate of Balboa High School in 1952, holds a
B.S. Degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University
and a M.S. degree from Chrysler Institute of Engineering. He
lives with his wife and two daughters in Granada Hills,
California. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. David A. Yerkes, live in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The 1943 Class of Balboa High School will hold its 30th
Anniversity Reunion at the La Siesta Hotel in Panama City.
Plans include a hospitality night on February 1, the first evening,
and a dinner dance on Saturday night. On Sunday the group will
make a partial transit of the Canal aboard the LAS CRUCES.
There will be a farewell lunch on Monday. Fifty-one alumni plan
to attend: twenty-four from the United States and twenty-seven
from the Canal Zone and Panama.
William Diaz, of Texas, began the reunion plans in June,
1972, and Charles W. March, of Willingboro, New Jersey, took
over the project in January, 1973. The Committee was able to
contact 100 of the 145 graduates of the Class of '43, and their
vote-by-mail decision was to hold the reunion in Panama rather
than in the United States.
Two former BHS students who were unable to go to Panama
were inspired by word of the gathering to hold their own
mini-reunion. Col. Robert Erbe traveled from Hawaii and Lynn
Cook made the trip from Saudi Arabia for a meeting in Bangkok,
Before leaving the Isthmus for his retirement home in
Sarasota, Florida, Bernard I. Everson was honored for his work
in Scouting. Forty-nine years ago, when a student in the
Cristobal grade school, Mr. Everson joined Boy Scout Troop II in
Cristobal and began a career in scouting that has held his
interest and occupied much of this spare time ever since. He is
believed to possess the longest Boy Scout service record in the
Canal Zone and has some of the top scouting awards to his
credit, including the Silver Beaver Award.
Mr. Norman Demers, after 33 years of service with the
Transportation and Terminals Bureau, retired from the Canal
Organization and with his family are now making their home in
Largo, Florida. Mr. Demers, who started as a General Clerk,
through a series of promotions became Deputy Director in 1967.
Mr. Demers is the recipient of many honors, including the
Presidential Management Improvement Award, given on behalf
of the President of the United States to Mr. Demers and
members of his team in recognition of work on a study that led
to the conversion of the SS CRISTOBAL from a passenger-
freighter to a freighter carrying no more than 12 passengers
which resulted in a saving of more than one million dollars a
year. Earlier in 1973, he earned an Outstanding Performance
Award and Quality Step Increase. Mr. Demers, a member of the
Atlantic side community, has been active in church and
Mr. Demers is married to the former Cecile Gibson, who
worked more than 30 years with the U. S. Army and Navy,
concluding her service last year as Manager of the Central
Employment Office at Cristobal.
Mr. and Mrs. Demers will be accompanied by Mrs. Demers'
mother, Mrs. E. Nolte, widow of George M. Nolte, former Balboa
Yardmaster of the Panama Railroad at Balboa, when they sail
from the Isthmus on November 15th aboard the SS CRISTOBAL.
Mr. Donald R. Brayton, Manager of the Panama Railroad,
has been appointed Deputy Director of the Transportation and
Terminal Bureau, replacing Mr. Norman E. Demers.
A second generation resident of the Canal Zone, where his
father was employed in the former Commissary Divison, Mr.
Brayton was born in the old Colon Hospital and has spent most
of his life on the Atlantic side of the Isthmus. He is married to
the former Gladys Wertz of the Canal Zone. The Braytons have
two sons: Rodman, who is a member of the Police Division on the
Atlantic side, and Jack, who is in the Army, stationed in the
Robert G. Hammetter, who went to the Canal Zone to work
in April, 1942, left for good on December 15, 1973. Of those
years, he said: "It was a good 32-year stroke of luck." Mr.
Hammetter was originally employed with the Special Engineer-
ing Division, first on the Third Locks Project and then on the
Isthmian Canal Study. Later, he was employed at the Mount
Hope Printing Plant and stayed there until the plant moved to
Lo Boca in 1963. He worked his way up to the position of general
foreman of printing.
The Hammetters have one daughter, Robyn, who is now
Mrs. Max Suter, of Jacksonville, Florida, and works. as a social
worker for the State of Florida.
On the Zone, Mr. Hammetter was active in religious and
In spite of their fondness for the Canal Zone, the Hammettes
are looking forward to retirement. He has done a lot of
woodworking on the Zone and is taking some furniture he
made to his new home in Sarasota, Florida. He plans to have a
much-expanded shop for his favorite hobby where he can tackle
bigger and better projects.
Martin J. Hayes received a certificate and Master Key to the
Panama Canal in the grade of Gateopener Extraordinary from
Lieutenant Governor Charles J. McGinnis. Mr. Hayes, who
retired recently from the United States Army Forces Southern
Command, was recognized by the Panama Canal Organization for
33 years of service to the Isthmian community. In 1972, he
received a Public Service award from the Canal Zone Governor
for his participation and outstanding work in a variety of civic
and fraternal activities, including membership on the Governor's
Parole and Pardon Board, the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts
of America, the Canal Zone Draft Board, and as Vice-President of
the Combined Federal Campaign. Mr. Hayes and his wife,
Loretta, will make their retirement home in St. Petersburg,
The following news was sent in by Mrs. Gladys Humphreys
of Sarasota. As Gladys has been busy (see births) the following
items were received too late to classify-but NEWS IS NEWS
and our thanks to Gladys!
Miss Cheryl Ann McHendry and Michael Lodge Cain were
united in marriage on January 12, 1974, in the First Church of
the Nazarene in Miami, Florida. The bride is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Kenneth W. McHendry of Miami and a R.N. on the
nursing staff at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. Mr. Cain is
the son of Mrs. George L. Cain and the late George Cain, of
Coral Gables, Florida, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone. He was
graduated last year from the University of Miami in Coral Gables
with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and has
been employed with an established firm in Miami since his
graduation. The couple are residing in Miami.
Mr. and Mrs. David T. Mann, of Sarasota, Florida, and
former residents of Coco Solo, Canal Zone, announce the birth of
their second daughter and fourth child on January 10, 1974, at
Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The baby has been named Deannine
Lynne. She joins a sister, Deborah and two brothers, Donald and
Douglas. Mrs. Mann is the former Donna Jeanne Humphrey,
daughter of Mrs. Gladys Bliss Humphrey and the late Mr. B.
Donald Humphrey, of Sarasota. Editor-Gladys was at the
Reunion in St. Petersburg with plans on attending the luncheon
when the call came that her daughter had gone to the hospital.
Her plans were quickly changed and she drove back to
Sarasota-in time! She wrote, "I got back in time to be with her
and hear the baby's first cry at 3:45 p.m. and she is a beautiful
Over 125 friends and co-workers joined in a surprise
retirement celebration at the Elks Club in Brazos Heights
honoring Caleb C. Clement who retired in December from the
Atlantic Locks Division with over 37 years' service. Mr. Richard
J. Danielsen, Chief, Atlantic Branch-Locks Division, presented
Caleb a ship's clock with an engraved plaque from the group and
a monogrammed attache case was presented to him from the
Pipefitter's Club. Mr. James Wanio was M. C. for the evening.
Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Barfield, of Clermont, Florida, spent three
weeks during the Christmas holidays on the Canal Zone with
their son-in-law and daughter (Sarah), Colonel Gerald H. Cohen,
USA, retired, and Mrs. Cohen, and their granddaughter,
Elizabeth Carter, 14, of Ancon. Sarah is a second grade teacher
at the Curundu Elementary School. Another daughter and
family, Dewey and Susan Chelette and three children, of Monroe,
Louisiana, visited LeRoy and Doris in Clermont over the
Thanksgiving holiday. Their son, Tech. Sgt., L. L. Barfield, Jr.
(Mike), his wife, Theresa and their two children have been
residing in Okinawa since Mike's reassignment in May as an
Instructor with the U. S. Air Force.
It was a family reunion for Mrs. Roberta Gabel (Bobby
Jacques), of Tampa, when she was visited by her son, James, and
his family for three weeks late last year. While they were here,
Bobby had the pleasure of pinning his Major's leaves on Jim.
Major Gabel is an Intelligence Officer, Foreign Technology
Division, stationed with Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.
He and his wife, Sally, have two sons, Ken and Kris, and a
daughter, Karla Marie, born April 2, 1973. Bobby has six
grandchildren and little Karla is her only granddaughter. Visiting
at the same time was the family of her other son, Beau Gabel,
who is a Flight Engineer with TWA, flying out of Los Angeles,
his wife, Carole Gabel, and their sons, Dustin and Todd. Also
enjoying the family reunion, the first time the children had all
been together, was Bobby's only daughter, Tish Morton, who
lives in Tampa with her husband, Jack, and her son, Galen. Both
Tish and Jack are supervisors employed with the Division of
Youth Services, Department of Health and Rehabilitation, State
Recent visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Luke C.
Palumbo, of Coco Solo, were their son-in-law and daughter,
Donald and Sara Jane Reed, with their young son, Stephen
Charles, of Steilacoom, Washington. Don is stationed at McChord
Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washinton. He returned after a two
weeks' visit but Sara and young Steve remained for an additional
While in Florida on business late last year, Dr. James Moore,
of Englewood, Colorado, hosted a dinner and get-together for Mr.
and Mrs. Roger Orvis and Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Barnes, of
Sarasota, and Mrs. Roberta Gabel of Tampa whose friendship
dates back to the 1930's on the Canal Zone when Jimmy was
Director of the Y.M.C.A. in Balboa. He also served as President
of the Sailfish Club. He and his wife, Alice, left the Canal Zone in
1939. Dr. Moore is President, Century 21 Mercury Corporation in
Following the Reunion in St. Petersburg, Irma and Cliff
Wicks visited his mother, Mrs. Annabelle McFarlane, in Lehigh
Acres, Mrs. Gladys B. Humphrey in Sarasota, and the William J.
Boehnings in Tampa, before returning to their home in Pensacola,
Florida. Their daughter, Carol Young, employed with the Federal
Public Safety Commission, recently transferred from Tampa to a
new agency in Atlanta. She spent the Christmas holiday with her
parents. Irma's mother, Mrs. Lilly V. Fayard, of Gulfport,
Mississippi, also spent the Christmas holiday in Pensacola with
the family. Their other dauther, Vicki Wicks, returned in
December from a field trip to Peru and Ecuador with the
Anthropology class from the University of Florida. Vicki has just
completed her second year at the University.
Jon-Louis Dedeaux, son of Barbara (Egolf) and Louis
Dedeaux of Margarita, spent the Christmas holidays in the
United States. Jon, a freshman at Cristobal High School, flew to
California to spend Christmas with his cousins, Lt. Orrin F.
Clement, USN, and his wife, Carole. A highlight of the trip to
California included two "firsts" for Jon a snow ski trip and a
helicopter ride. After his visit in California, Jon flew to Miami
where he joined his uncles, Dick and George Egolf and a cousin,
Bruce Egolf, also of the Canal Zone, for the Orange Bowl Game.
NEWS-ALL KNOWN deaths will be printed in the Record.
Other news on non-members of the Panama Canal society of
Florida will be utilized on a space available basis. This does not
include parents or grandparents who send in news on family and
are members. Also, news from the States' reporters will be used
as sent in-with the exception of deleting identical news from
The Executive Committee is making every effort to hold the
line on DUES. We hope to avoid, at least for the time being, any
increase-in spite of increased cost of printing, mailing, supplies,
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
Prior to opening the meeting, the President announced the
marriages of Mrs. Edith Macaulay to Mr. Russell Jones and Mrs.
Margaret Hardy to Mr. Ross Hollowell.
The November 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 October meeting.
The following members and visitors stood for special
recognition as their names were called by the Editor, Mrs.
Ruth and Henry Bigelow-Pinellas Park
Frank R. Leves-Tampa
Daile Keigley-St. Petersburg
Dana and Steve Bissell-Ocala
Jewel and Tex Vestal-Houston, Texas
Mr. and Mrs. Francis F. Hargy-St. Petersburg
Keith and Maude Kelley-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Goodwin-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Disharoon-St. Petersburg
W. J. McKeown, Sr.-St. Petersburg
Helen and Joseph Cicero-Clearwater
Angus and Martha Matheney-Cape Coral, Florida
Betty Skelding-St. Petersburg
Ellen Tiernan-St. Petersburg
Betty and Barney Forgeson-Tierra Verde
Carl and Harriet Widell-Tampa
Grace Morris-Pinellas Park
Erma Forbes-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sharp-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Mary Sharp-Hamilton, Indiana
Ted and Wilma Knapp-Clearwater
Tyke and Edith Cotton-Largo
Ellen Jane Holcomb-St. Petersburg
The President welcomed the 126 members and visitors.
The minutes of the October 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 Editor, Mrs.
The Secretary/Treasurer reported on the financial status of
the Society and the Blood Bank. She also reported that on
October 23rd, 42 Eckerd College students donated blood to the
credit of our Blood Bank.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
increases in health insurance premiums are scheduled to take
effect January 1, 1974. Mr. Grady also announced the "open
season" from November 15th through the 30th, during which
time employees may change their plans or type of plans of health
insurance. Present employees retiring on or before December 31,
1973, will get the 6.1% cost of living increase of last July under a
bill approved by Congress and now waiting for the President's
signature. The September Cost of Living is up to 4.7/o. Mr.
Grady announced a special meeting to be attended by the
National President of NARFE at 1:00 p.m. at the Civic Center in
Lakeland, Saturday, November 3rd. The members were invited
to attend and directions to the Civic Center were given.
Eight members would celebrate birthdays in November. The
group sang Happy Birthday to them. Five couples would celebrate
Several members told of recent trips they had made and old
friends they had seen.
The President thanked the refreshment committee, and as
there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:30
Coffee, donuts and a social period was enjoyed by the group
following the meeting.
December 7, 1973
The December meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Ross
Hollowell, at 1:45 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 had passed
away since theNovember meeting.
Several members and visitors stood for special recognition as
their names were called by the Editor, Mrs. Margaret Ward. The
President welcomed the 113 members and visitors.
The minutes of the November 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 Editor, Mrs.
The Secretary/Treasurer reported on the financial status of
the Society and the Blood Bank.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the
Cost of Living was up 5.5%. He also reported that President
Nixon had signed the bill permitting employees retiring on or
before December 31, 1973, to receive the 6.1% Cost of Living
increase of last July.
Nine members would celebrate their birthdays in December
and three couples would celebrate their anniversaries. President
Hollowell extended best wishes on behalf of the assembled group.
The President thanked Mrs. Dolly Barbour and Mrs.
Eleanor Connor for serving on the refreshment committee with
Mr. Al Davis.
Sally Smith brought greetings to the Society from her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Hancock.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at
Coffee, donuts and a social period was enjoyed by all,
following the meeting.
January 9, 1974
The Business Meeting of the Forty-Second Annual Reunion
of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, was called to order by
the President, Mr. Ross Hollowell at 2:05 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 had passed away since the last reunion.
The President welcomed the assembled members and
introduced The Officers. Mrs. Peggy Ellis, Past President of the
Texas Society was introduced and -welcomed.
The minutes of the December meeting were read. As there
were no additions, corrections or omissions, the minutes were
approved as read
News of members and friends was given by the Editor, Mrs.
The Secretary/Treasurer reported on the financial status of
the Society and the Blood Bank.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the
Cost of Living increase for January will be 5.5%. HR 9256 is a
revised bill proposing increases in the Health Benefit Plan. It
provides an option for pre-1960 retirees, to elect to participate in
any of the health plans. The Civil Service Commission has
recommended that the President sign the bill. HR 9107 which has
been introduced, provides for a minimum Civil Service Benefit.
Another bill, SN 628 would restore full annuity to retirees who
have had reduced annuities to provide for SBP.
Ten members would celebrate birthdays during January.
The group sang Happy Birthday. Two couples would celebrate
anniversaries. They were congratulated and extended best
wishes by the President.
Mr. Buck Lockridge, Chairman of the Nominating Commit-
tee, presented the slate of officers for the coming year. They
President Mr. Eugene Askew
Vice-President Mr. Gaddis Wall
Sec/Treas Mrs. Jean Mann
As there were no nominations from the floor, Mr. Russell
Jones moved the nominations be closed. Dorothy Barbour
seconded. Motion carried. Mrs. Margaret Ward moved the slate
be unanimously elected. Mr. Peterson seconded. Motion carried.
The retiring President, Mr. Ross Hollowell, administered the
oath of office to the newly elected officers.
Mr. Hollowell then recognized Mr. Eugene Askew. Mr.
Askew thanked the members for the honor of being elected their
President. He commended Mr. Hollowell on his performance for
the past two years. Mr. Askew spoke of our extensive and
ever-growing membership which is scattered across the United
States and around the world. He assured the members that he
would do his best for all the members and requested that the
members send in news for the Record.
Mr. Hollowell requested that all the members keep the
Secretary informed of any address changes. He also announced
plans for the Cocktail Reception to be held that evening.
Mr. Bill Sullivan, Employees Services Chief gave a short talk
on Insurance and Employee Health Benefit Plans.
Mr. Joseph Lockman, Manager of the Canal Zone Branch,
Mutual of Omaha, explained reasons for increases in premium
Mr. Hollowell spoke of his past two years as President. He
thanked his officers and the members for their support and
extended best wishes to the incoming officers.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at
WELCOME to Mrs. Ann Collins (Kotalik) who is taking over
part of the work formerly done by the Recording Secretary-i.e.
typing of the labels for the five annual mailings (four Records
and the Annual Issue) and sorting mailing labels according to
postal regulations. The work of the Recording Secretary and
Record Editor was combined in 1969, but current circumstances
have made it mandatory for the Recording Secretary to be
relieved of label work.
All addresses, as in the past, should be sent to Mrs. Jean
Mann, Secretary-Treasurer, P. O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg,
Florida. Mrs. Mann not only needs the addresses for the
membership file but also in the fall when she compiles the
Annual Issue. She will forward all address changes and addresses
of new members to Mrs. Collins.
The Editor is responsible for the four issues of the Record
and the mailing of the Records and the Annual Issue. Mailing
stickers will be turned over to her by Mrs. Collins at the time of
Mrs. Collins, a member of a well-known Canal Zone family,
lived both in Balboa and New Cristobal. She originally worked
for the Commissary Division at Mount Hope. After the family
left the Zone, she returned during World War II and worked for
the Navy-at that time she met her husband, Cdr. C. J. Collins.
She is conscientious and since moving to St. Petersburg has on
many occasions offered to assist with Society work on a
voluntary basis. Mrs. Collins will be an asset to the Panama
Canal Society of Florida.
"If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these
acceptance speeches, there wouldn't be any inducement to go to
Source material from "Will Rogers-His Life and Times" by
Richard Ketchum, 1973.
Witth eep arrow
We announce the deaths of the following:
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Judge Edward I. P. Tatelman, 77, passed away in St.
Petersburg, Florida, on January 1, 1974. Judge Tatelman, a
Harvard graduate and a veteran of World War I, served as
Magistrate Judge, Cristobal District, from 1931 until his
retirement in 1958. While living on the Canal Zone, he was active
in community affairs, the Boy Scouts, and Masonic work. A
recognized expert on philatelic matters, the Judge returned to the
Canal Zone in 1959 to complete work which he was compiling on
Canal Zone stamps-the first time such a project had been
attempted. In 1961, he received the Eugene Klein Award of the
American Philatelic Congress after his illustrated book was
judged the most outstanding piece of philatelic research.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mildred Tatelman; one son,
Richard W. Tatelman, of San Diego, California; a daughter, Mrs.
Muriel O'Rorke, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; one sister, Mrs. Harry
Kaplan, Boston, Massachusetts; and several grandchidlren.
Mrs. Tatelman is currently in Honduras with her daughter.
News of the death of Mrs. Dorothy (Paul H.) Allen, of St.
Louis, Missouri, on April 14, 1973, was sent to the Society by
Miss Helen Dudak, of Orlando. Mrs. Allen's sister had written
Miss Dudak in response to a Christmas card sent to her sister.
Mrs. Violette Allen passed away on May 19, 1973. She was
the widow of Walter Allen who was chauffeur to the Governor
for many years. Before her marriage to Mr. Allen, she was
married to Mr. Arno Zeese, an employee of the Commissary
Division on the Atlantic side.-Information on death was sent to
Mrs. Macel Thompson from the Executor of her Estate.
Mr. Neil V. Branstetter, former Supervisor of Music with
the Division of Schools in the Canal Zone, died in the spring of
1972 in Clinton, Maryland. We regret the delay in reporting Mr.
Branstetter's death. Although we had heard rumors of his death,
we cannot report any deaths without verification. As the result
of a Christmas card sent to Mr. Branstetter, his only survivor,
his daughter Margaret, wrote that her father had passed away
four months after the death of her mother, Mrs. Evelyn
Branstetter on October 18, 1971.
Mrs. Marjorie A. Buechner was found dead in the 15th Naval
District's swimming pool in Fort Amador-exact date is not
known. She is survived by her husband, Master Sergeant Robert
E. Buechner, four sons, her parents in Mankato, Minnesota, four
brother and seven sisters.
Mr. Starford L. Churchill, Sr. passed away December 1,
1973, in Dover, Delaware after a long illness. Mr. Churchill
retired in August, 1959, after 33 years of service with the Fire
Division on the Panama Canal. He is survived by his widow, Mrs.
Dorothea T. Churchill, of Smyrna, Delaware; a son Starford L.
churchill, Jr., his wife and two grandchildren; and four sisters
who reside in Massachusetts.
Mr. Leo B. Clements, 71, died December 12, 1973, as the
result of a car accident in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Clements, a
former employee of the Municipal Division on the Panama Canal
Zone, had lived in Tampa for 20 years. He is survived by his
widow, Mrs. Mary B. Clements, of Tampa; two sons, Harry B.
and Leo B., Jr., of Long Island, New York; one daughter, Mrs.
Virginia Cooper, of Nobleton, Florida; two sisters and two
Mrs. Ethel Lillian Banan, 78, passed away on January 15,
1974, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Banan was born in
Massachusetts and moved to St. Petersburg 11 years ago from
Fort Lauderdale. She was a member of OES, Panama Canal
Zone. She is survived by her husband, Cecil M., of St.
Petersburg; a daughter, Mrs. Marion Goldstrohm, of Coral Gables,
Florida; and a sister, Mrs. Bernice Hollett, of Canada.
Mr. Bruce Bateman, Sr., 63, a retired civilian employee of
the U. S. Navy and a well-known resident of the Canal Zone, died
in Gorgas Hospital in late 1973. Surviving him are his widow,
Mrs. Carolina Bateman; three sons, Lou, Assistant to the
Warden at Gamboa Penitentiary; Bruce a member of the Air
7 Force stationed at Howard; and Jo~rnl~ -employed at the Space
Center at Houston, Texas; one daughter, Mrs. Nancy Sokoloski,
of Tacoma, Washington; and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Mildred K. Clisbee, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died in
Santa Monica, California, on December 6, 1973. She was formerly
employed as a Statistical Clerk at Gorgas Hospital. She is
survived by a brother, Carrol Kocher, of Weslaco, Texas, a
sister, Mrs. Virginia Limes, Westerville, Ohio, and several nieces
Mrs. Olivia Fowler Conklin passed away unexpectedly on
December 9, 1973, at her home in Rose Hill, Mississippi. Before
retirement, Mrs. Conklin was an employee of the Claims Bureau
of the Panama Canal Company at Balboa Heights. She is
survived by her husband, Dorman S. Conklin, Sr., a son Dorman,
Jr., his wife Judy, a granddaughter, Jennifer, and a sister, Mrs.
Opal F. Lundy, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
The December RECORD addressed to Mrs. John A.
Cummins, of Roswell, New Mexico, was returned marked
"Deceased, September 13, 1973." Details are not available.
Mr. Dashwood P. Darling, a former resident of the Isthmus
and son of the late Dr. Samuel Taylor Darling, of Canal
construction-day fame, died recently in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Mr. Darling was born in Gorgas, then Ancon Hospital, and
attended the Canal Zone schools before returning with his family
to the United States. He went back to Panama during World
War II as an employee of Panama Agencies in Cristobal and
remained there until 1951 when he was transferred to San
Francisco by the Grace Line. He is survived by his widow, Mrs.
Mary Darling, of Charlottesville, a daughter, Mrs. Mary Payton
Lloyd, and a son, Samuel Taylor Darling II, both of California.
Mr. Henry B. DeVoll_ 45, Marine Traffic Controller in
Cristobal, died Deemifiber 10, 1973, in Coco Solo Hospital. Mr.
DeVoll went to the Isthmus in 1946 with the U. S. Army as an
Armed Forces Radio Announcer. He was employed later by the
Panama Canal as a Marine Controller in the Navigation Division
in Cristobal where he has been stationed for the past 25 years.
Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Norma DeVoll, and a son Han
L. of Margarita; his mother of Sedalia, Missouri, and his
father-in-law, Ted Engelbright.
Dr. Charles Andrew Fairweather passed away on October
25, 1973, at his home in Reparto Chanis, Panama. Dr.
Fairweather, the son of Andrew and Christine Fairweather, was
well known throughout the Isthmian communities which he had
served for more than 50 years. Survivors include his sisters,
Amy and Elma Fairweather, a grandniece and two grand-
Miss Genevieve Gage died on January 16, 1974, in San Jose,
California. She was 95 at the time of her death. Miss Gage went
to the Canal Zone in 1908 and was employed there until her
retirement from the Property Bureau in 1938. She is survived by
a niece, Mrs. Ruth W. Brown, of Saratoga, California.
Mrs. Adele Holt Young, of Port Hueneme, California,
reported that her mother, Mrs. Clara Galliher died November 9,
1973, at the age of 92. She was the widow of Edward L. Galliher
who received a Roosevelt Medal for service during the
construction of the Panama Canal.
Mr. Clifford M. Glenn, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, died on
January 17, 1974, of a heart attack. Mr. Glenn was employed on
the Canal Zone by the Maintenance Division from 1940 to 1958.
He is survived by his widow, three daughters, and one son.
Mr. John F. Greening, of Santa Barbara, California, died on
January 1, 1974, of a heart attack, following a lengthy illness. He
retired from the Locks Division at Gatun in 1964, after nearly 35
years of service. He held the position of Senior Lockmaster at
the time of his retirement. His wife, Mrs. Frances Greening,
Mrs. Louise G. Grier, 81, passed away on December 3, 1973,
in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Grier moved to St: Petersburg
19 years ago from the Canal Zone. She is survived by two
brothers, Roy Glahn, Syracuse, New York, and Ralph Glahn,
Grosse Point Farms, Michigan.
Mrs. Marguerite L. Hanna, 84, passed away on December 13,
1973, in Shelton, Washington, where she has resided for the past
24 years. She is survived by her husband Pearl W. Hanna who
now resides at 7336 Fulbright Avenue, Canoga Park, California;
four sons, Robert, of Clearwater, Florida, Parker, of Kerrville,
Texas, Charles T., of Shelton, Washington, William, of Dallas,
Pennsylvania; two daughter, Mrs. Virginia M. Copello, of Canoga
Park, California, Mrs. Harriet E. Perkins, of Garden Grove,
California; and one sister, Mrs. Eva Gallison, of Hancock, Maine.
Mrs. Mattie B. Harris died on December 14, 1973, in New
Orleans, Louisiana. She is survived by a daughter Caroline K.
Pitcairn, of La Jolla, California; a son, Spencer B. Harris, Sr., of
New Orleans; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Mrs.
Guy Allen, of New Orleans, informed the Society that Mrs.
Harris (nee Berry) had lived in Gorgona where she taught school
before she married Mr. Henry B. Harris. They were all
Mrs. Patricia B. Hartwell passed away at her home in Vero
Beach, Florida, on November 19, 1973, after an extended illness.
Her ashes will be taken to the Canal Zone as she desired. She is
survived by her husband, Dr. P. B. Hartwell, Jr., of Vero Beach.
Mrs. Sue Hendrickson passed away in Spooner, Wisconsin,
on November 16, 1973. She is survived by her husband, Oliver, and
two sons, Peter and Gerard.
Mrs. Bernice Howard, 78, died in St. Petersburg, Florida on
January 30, 1974. Mrs. Howard, who was born in the Canal Zone,
came to St. Petersburg twenty-two years ago from the Canal
Zone. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charles W. Krout
(Lena Mae Howard), of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, a son Harland
Vance, Jr., of the Canal Zone, and four grandchildren.
A Christmas card sent to Mrs. Walter K. Howe, Pelham,
New York, by Mrs. Lucille Judd was returned, marked
Mr. Gilbert H. Hulcher, 79, a retired Panama Canal
employee, died at Gorgas Hospital on October 12, 1973. Mr.
Hulcher went to the Canal Zone in 1929 and was employed as a
plumber with the old Building Division until his retirement in
March, 1955. Since his retirement, Mr. Hulcher made his home in
Rio Hato, Panama. Survivors include a brother and a niece living
in the United States.
Cmdr. William Humphrey, 77, of Arlington, Virginia, died
suddenly on November 27, 1973, in Bradford, Vermont. Cmdr.
Humphrey, who went to the Arlington area in 1939, was a
veteran of both World Wars. After 42 years of naval service, he
retired in 1957. He is survived by his wife, Hazel W., of
Arlington; a daughter, Florence H. Belote, of Springfield,
Virginia; three sisters; and three granddaughters, including
Olympic swimmer, Melissa Belote.
Mr. Ernest M. Kieswetter, 81, passed away on November 30,
1973, in Gulfport, Florida. He was a retired employee of the
United States government, serving 33 years in Panama. Mr. and
Mrs. Kieswetter moved to Gulfport 21 years ago from the Canal
Zone. He is survived by his wife, Edith, of Gulfport, a daughter,
Mrs. Jean Mann, of St. Petersburg; three grandchildren and one
great-granddaughter, of St. Petersburg, and three sisters living in
Mrs. Clare Churchmore Kirchmer died on November 1, 1973,
at Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Kirchmer arrived on the Isthmus in
1943 to work as a civilian employee of the United States Army
on the Pacific Side. She later transferred to the Terminals
Division of the Panama Canal Company on the Atlantic Side where
she worked until she became ill in 1958. She was a tireless
worker for years at the Palo Seco Leper Hospital and the Asilo
Louise at Puerto Pilon. Her sole survivor is a sister, Mrs. Mary
Bultman, a retired employee of the Rodman Naval Base, now a
resident of the Cuidad Jardin, San Antonio, Panama.
Mr. William Lacey passed away on November 21, 1973, in
Asheville, North Carolina. Mr. Lacey was with Standard Oil in
Panama for several years and since his retirement the family
have resided in Beverley Hills, North Carolina.
Mrs. Beulah Dean Laughlin, 87, passed away on October 21,
1973, in Tampa, Florida. She was the widow of Richard E.
Laughlin, retired locomotive engineer with the Panama Railroad.
Mrs. Laughlin is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Clara Simpson, of
New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mrs. Marion Dodson, of Tampa.
Mrs. Winifred B. Lincoln, wife of Mr. Abe L. Lincoln, a
former employee of the Navy and Panama Canal Co., died on
November 20, 1973, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mrs. Lincoln
went to the Isthmus in 1933 and resided there off and on until
1965 when she retired as a civilian employee of the Air Force.
She is also survived by her four sons, A. Edwin Wilson, of Los
Rios, Donald W. Wilson, of Diablo Heights, Pat Lincoln, a
surveyor with the Canal Zone Engineering and Construction
Bureau, and John, of New Orleans, Louisiana, and three
grandchildren, all in the Canal Zone.
Mr. Enio Lindstrom passed away on October 27, 1973, in
Walnut Creek, California. Mr. Lindstrom retired from Panama
Canal service on December 3, 1950, and settled in Walnut Creek
where he was employed as a mechanical supervisor at the Walnut
Creek Cannery. In the Panama Canal, he was employed for about
thirty years with the Police Division from which he retired as a
lieutenant. He is survived by his wife, Alice, and a daughter,
Mr. James M. Little died on March 13, 1973, in Coventry,
Rhode Island. He was a retired employee of the Panama Canal
Dredging Division.-Information from Mrs. C. S. Van Gelder
Mrs. Edna Howard McIlhenny died November 27, 1973, in
Bethesda, Maryland. Mrs. McIlhenny went to the Canal Zone in
the late 1930's. During World War II, she served in France and
Germany as a Captain with the Army Nurse Corps. After thez-_
war, she returned to Gorgas Hospital until she and her husband
(George M. McIlhenny-death August, 1968) left the Isthmus in
the early 1950's. She completed work on a Master's Degree in
physiotherapy and joined the staff of the National Institute of
Health in Bethesda from which she was retired recently.
Lt. Col. Carl W. Markham, 84, who worked on the Panama
Canal during construction days, passed away in Miami, Florida,
on November 24, 1973. Col. Markham, a retired Colonel in the -
United States Army, had been a resident of Miami, Florida, since
1952. He held the Legion of Merit Award, and Commendation
Medal and Distinguished Service Award. He is survived by his
wife, E. Kitty Markham, three sons, Charles, Dudley and Roland;
four daughters, Marion, Evelyn, Rosalee and Carla; 24
grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Rose Marquard died on December 9, 1973, at
Newcombe Hospital in Vineland, New Jersey. For the past two
years, Mrs. Marquard had been living with her daughter, Mrs.
Mildred Finch. Mrs. Marquard was a resident of the Canal Zone
for over 30 years. She returned to the States in 1953 when her
husband, John C. Marquard, retired, making their home in
Vineland. Mrs. Marquard is survived by the following members
of her family: Warren D., Catherine Jobe, Eleanor Hood,
Dorothy Kahl, Robert J., Helen Pinkos, Jeannette and Mildred
Mr. Andrew Metzgar, of Venice, Florida, died suddenly on
September 8, 1973, of a coronary occlusion. Mr. Metzgar, an
employee on the Locks, had lived in Gatun, Canal Zone, during
his service with the Panama Canal. He is survived by his widow,
Mrs. Ilse Metzgar, of Venice, Florida.
Mr. A. O. Meyers, 78, retired Chief of the Canal Zone Police,
and a former well-known resident of the Canal Zone, died January
4, 1974, in a nursing home in Orlando, Florida. Chief Meyer went to
the Isthmus in 1916 and was employed by the Supply Division as a
clerk. He joined the Canal Zone force in 1917. He retired from
service in 1950 and has been living in Florida. Surviving him are his
brother, Sam R. Meyer, a retired employee of the Mechanical
Division, now living in Tampa, Florida; a niece, Mrs. Arthur
Mygard, of Balboa, and a nephew, Sam W. Meyer, an employee of
the Canal Zone Postal Division, living in Balboa.
Mrs. Lucille Frances Moody, 72, died in Miami, Florida, on
December 6, 1973. Mrs. Moody's late husband, Capt. Fred L.
Moody (death 1968) served as a boat captain in the Panama
Canal Zone and also in the construction of the Overseas Highway
to Key West, Florida. Mrs. Moody is survived by a sister,
several nieces and nephews.
A Christmas card to Mrs. Zulah Morgan, who has been in a
nursing home in Dayton, Ohio, was returned marked deceased.
Mr. Clarence O'Donnell, 64, died at his retirement home in
Clearwater, Florida, on December 14, 1973. Mr. O'Donnell retired a
year ago as an electrician with the Naval Civil Service at Rodman,
Canal Zone. Survivors are his wife, Agnes M. O'Donnell, of
Clearwater; a son Russell, of Clearwater; two daughters, Claire R.
of Chicago and Denise, of La Conners, Wisconisin.
Mr. Homer A. Sneckenberger, of Hagerstown, Maryland,
died at the Washington County Hospital on January 17, 1974. He
had been ill for two months. Information from his daughter Helen
I. Needy, of Hagerstown.
Mr. Robert J. Taylor, retired Director of Civilian Personnel
for the Air Force, died in Melbourne, Florida, on November 19,
1973. Surviving him are his widow, Carolyn Taylor; four
daughters, Tina and Kristin, of Melbourne, Florida, Lyndell
Krueger, of Dayton, Ohio, Jana, of San Diego, California; and one
son, Robert, Jr., of Lansing, Michigan.
Mrs. Harriet M. Trout, widow of Earl E. Trout, passed away
on January 9, 1974, after a long illness. She was a former
resident of Cristobal and Balboa, Canal Zone, where her husband
was employed with the old Commissary Division of the Panama
Canal Company. After his retirement in 1954, they moved to
DeLand, Florida. Mr. Trout died in 1959.
Surviving relatives include two brothers, Bernard White, of
Denver, Colorado, and Leon White, of Detroit, Michigan; two
sisters-in-law, Mrs. Walter (Helen) White, of DeLand, Florida,
and Mrs. George (Kathryn) White, of Redwood City, California;
two nieces, Mrs. Mary Jane Paulson, of Gatun, Canal Zone, and
Mrs. Halliday, of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Friends in St. Petersburg were shocked to learn of the death
of Mr. Bev Turner, of Newton, North Carolina, on January 19,
1974. Mr. and Mrs. Turner attended their first Reunion in St.
Petersburg, and, at that time, they joined the Society. Before
returning to North Carolina, Mr. and Mrs. Turner spent two
nights with Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene in Sarasota. Mr.
Turner, who worked for a company making boats, had gone to
South Carolina to a boat show and while there had a fatal heart
attack. Mr. Turner, who was formerly employed with the
Receiving and Forwarding Agency in Cristobal, is survived by
his widow, Kathryn ("Sis" Goodenough), and two daughters
Karalee and Patty.
Mr. Delaplaine A. Waddell, 55, a retired member of the
Canal Zone Police Division and a long-time resident of the
Atlantic side, died at his home in Margarita on November 18,
1973. Mr. Waddell went to the Isthmus in 1939 as a member of
- the United States Army and joined the Canal Zone Police in
1940. Surviving him are his widow, Mrs. Beth C. Waddell, an
employee of the Terminals Division in Cristobal, and a son,
D. A. Waddell III, who is with the United States Air Force
stationed in Sacramento, California. Also surviving are his
mother, Mrs. Roxie Waddell, of Toronto, Ohio, and a sister, Mrs.
June Barker, of Springfield, Ohio.
Mr. James W. Watson, a retired towboat Captain in the
Panama Canal, passed away on November 1, 1973, while visiting his
daughter, Catherine D'Andrea (Pudgie Watson).
Mrs. Watson has sold her home in Forest, Virginia, and will
make her home with her daughter in New York R.D. Box 54,
Hickock Road, Greenfield Center, New York 12833
Mrs. Catherine E. Williams, 90, a Canal Zone resident from
1910 to 1950, died in January in Pompano Beach, Florida. She is
survived by two sons, both retired Panama Canal employees, living
in Florida. Roger Williams is a resident of Pompano Beach, and
William E. Williams, Sr. lives in Fort Lauderdale. Mrs. Williams is
also survived by six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Mr. William Wiseman died January 13, 1974, in Ridgewood,
New Jersey. He was 81. Mr. Wiseman had lived in the Panama
Canal Zone for 15 years and had worked for Moore and
McCormack Steamship Lines in New York for more than 25
years as chief engineer. Earlier he had been port engineer.
He had been cited by the Panama Canal Zone Naval Reserve
during World War II for service beyond the call of duty.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Martha Wiseman, a stepson, Roy
VanNess of Ridgewood and three grandchildren, the Rev. Peter
VanNess of Tenafly, Paul William VanNess and David K.
VanNess, both of Ridgewood.
Mr. Ira L. Wright died on October 8, 1973, in Arthurdale,
West Virginia. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Effie Glen
Wright. Other details are not known.
Mrs. Virginia Wright, formerly of Los Rios, Canal Zone, died
on November 23 in Twin City, Georgia. She is survived by her
husband, B. J. Wright who retired from the Panama Canal Co.
service with the Locks Division in October. The couple left the
Isthmus exactly one month prior to Mrs. Wright's death. She is
also survived by a brother, Gradey Brown, a former Canal Zone
resident. During the years that the Wrights lived on the Atlantic
Side, Mrs. Wright was active in the American Legion Auxiliary and
the Crossroads Chapter of the Sweet Adelines.
Mr. Wright's address is Route 3, Twin City, Georgia 30471.
Mr. Edward A. Cox, 77, died February 5, 1974, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Cox has lived in St. Petersburg since 1958
when he retired as mechanical supervisor of the Power Branch,
Electrical Division (Atlantic Side) from the Panama Canal
Company. He was a member of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. and of both the National and Local chapters No. 17 of
the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He is
survived by his wife, Doris; a son, William H. Cox and family of
Coco Solo, Canal Zone; a sister, Mrs. Bonnie Witham, of Marietta,
Ohio; and one granddaughter. The family requests all memorials be
in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.
Mrs. Dorothy Kennedy, of Englewood, Colorado, sent in the
following clipping from the DENVER POST, January 6, 1974,
and made a personal comment: "I can remember when I was in
high school that Mr. Daniels was conducting his experiments in
developing the four-leaf clover and am happy to hear that his
hobby has turned into such a successful business.
"When a Danish firm wanted 250,000 four-leaf clovers for
use in making novelty Jewelry,The Associated Press sent out an
appeal for help on behalf of the Department of Agriculture. One
reader offered her collection of 18 four-leaf clovers, together with
eight five-leaf, and two six-leaf clovers, hardly enough. But AP
turned up the Daniels Clover Specialty Co. of Gulfport, Florida,
which grows and sells 2 million to 3 million four-leaf clovers
every year. Charles Daniels, now 85, has developed a plant which
produces a four-leaf clover about 75 per cent of the time. They
sell at $23.60 a thousand in lots of 10,000." Robert W. Jacobs,
Pauls Valely, Oklahoma.
DUES ARE DUE!!
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
The Christmas trees and festive decorations are down and
most of those who braved wintry weather and gasoline shortages
are once more settled comfortably in their snug homes.
Exceptions are the RECORD's regular reporter, Lenor Butz, who
with husband, Harry and daughter, Esther, are enjoying the
balmy breezes and warm weather of El Volcan in Panama,
visiting Harry's parents who are permanent residents of El
Volcan. The Butzes are due back in Northwest Arkansas
sometime in February.
Jessie Newhard left Bentonville in November to spend three
months in California, visiting Dr. Omar and Ann (Newhard)
Franklin and family and also LCDR. Andrew and Carol
(Newhard) Bleakley and family. While there, Jessie had a
cataract operation and is reported to be doing fine. They are all
looking forward to a visit from Mrs. Jean Bleakley, of Lake Park,
Paul and Andrea (Terrell) Oliver visited Glynn and Etta Fay
Terrell for a week before Thanksgiving, and they hardly got
around the corner before Glynn and Etta Fay headed for Austin,
Texas, to spend the Thanksgiving holidays with son, Lance, who
is a student at the University of Texas. On December 17th, they
took off for New Orleans to spend Christmas and New Year's
with Andrea and Paul. They also visited relatives in Mississippi.
On their return to Arkansas, they had a harrowing experience in
an ice storm in Little Rock and were mighty glad to arrive back
home in one (or two) pieces.
Alice and Herb Engelke say there isn't much to report in
their household as they were one of the few families staying
home in Bentonville for the holidays. Christmas Eve dinner
guests were, as usual, Edith and George Engelke and Mary Ann
and Bob Jackson. The regular New Year's Eve "bash" at the
Carl Newhard's was, of course, not held so Bruce and Dot
Sanders and other friends gathered to play cards, eat and greet
the New Year. Young Herb has an after school job as he is
interested in a car of his own when he can swing it!
Harold and Marguerite (Engelke) Grammer, with daughters,
Tracee, Leslie and Jennifer, went to Littleton (Denver),
Colorado, for the holidays with the Davis Family, (Harold's
sister, who was Rita's college friend). There was plenty of snow
for skiing and kid fun and no problem for a 4-wheel drive Scout
Dr. John L. Engelke enjoyed a Christmas visit the first in
many years, with his parents, George and Edith. John, who is a
teacher at Salem College, Salem, Massachusetts, later joined his
wife, Libby, for a skiing excursion at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Bob and Connie Engelke visited granddaughter Margaret
(Engelke) Gallardo and family and enjoyed seeing their grandson,
Todd, for the first time in Selma, Alabama, where Margaret's
husband, Charles, is a student pilot at Craig Air Force Base. A
most welcome Christmas visitor was Margaret's sister, Susan
Engelke, from Jacksonville, Florida.
Upon returning to their home in Dallas, in October, from a
trip to Ohio, Lisle and Valna Gorham stopped for an overnight
visit with Howard and Evelyn Engelke in Bentonville. Despite
their brief stay, they managed to see many old friends Carl
and Helen Newhard, Ross and Janet Cunningham, visiting the
Newhards, Herb and Alice Engelke, Wes and Virginia Townsend,
visiting the Engelkes, and Glynn and Etta Fay Terrell. Howard,
Lisle, and Carl were co-workers in the Communications' Branch
for many years. Evelyn's sister, Frances (Dwyer) Elmendorf,
husband, Bill, and their three youngest children, Kathy, Dwight,
and John, drove from their home in Spring Valley, Illinois, to
spend the Thanksgiving holidays in Bentonville. It was Bill's first
trip to the area, and he enjoyed seeing all the sights and meeting
the various members of the Engelke clan. Bill, who grew up in
the Canal Zone, is the son of Bob and Frances Elmendorf, former
employees of the Service Center and Communications Branch,
respectively. They now reside in California. Howard and Evelyn
flew to Silver Spring, Maryland, to spend their first stateside
Christmas with their son-in-law and daughter, John and Judy
Montanaro. The cold weather didn't dampen their happiness and
fun being with the grandchildren, Jim, Paul and Julie.
The Frank McGilberry family are still enjoying retirement in
their new home on Beaver Lake. Captain "Mac" is working
periodically with SEDCO as a test captain. He piloted the first
self-propelled oil drill ever built out into the Gulf of Mexico on
test runs. Leaving Rogers on December 13th, he went to Orange,
Texas, to test another oil drill. He was due back to spend the
holidays with wife, Betty, and daughter, Katie, but engine
troubles and bad weather altered the plans. He is due home for
his "Christmas in January" any day now. Despite this
disappointing event, he finds the work most interesting and plans
to continue with it whenever called.
Captain and Mrs. Harry Clayton moved into their new home
about eight miles out of Rogers, on Highway 12 East. Their home
is in an area called the "Crow's Nest", and their lot affords them
a magnificent view of Beaver Lake. Their address is 108 Crow's
Roost Place, Rogers, Arkansas 72756.
Captain and Mrs. Walter Cole have been in this area for the
past two months, looking for the right spot to settle. So far, they
haven't found it, and before the month of January is over, they
most probably will be heading for Arizona to look that area over.
The northern states didn't daunt Carl and Helen Newhard
from spending the holidays with their sons and families. Their
time was divided between Fort Wayne, Indiana, with Sam and
family and Battle Creek, Michigan, with Bruce and family. Carl
said he felt like a kid again by having a ball sledding with his
A lifetime dream is eventually becoming a reality for Ernest
(Mike) Mika, with the building of Ichiban Dojo, a judo training--
center-which also will be equipped with all types of gymnastic
training, handball courts and sauna baths. He has always
enjoyed working with youngsters and for many years the only
facilities from which he could work were his garage where
dozens of children learned judo in order to participate in local
and national events. Mike is married to the former Kathryn
Glass, daughter of Karl and Fern Glass, now retired and residing
in Diamond, Arkansas. Mr. Glass was a Canal Zone Police officer
for many years, at the Penitentiary in Gamboa. Mike and Kathy
have three boys and a girl and reside in Rogers. His judo
training started in the Canal Zone in 1950, while he was serving
with the Military Police. He later was with the Canal Zone Police
serving on the Atlantic side from 1957 to 1963.
As this is written, our zero temperatures and treacherous
ice storm of the week past have almost faded from our fickle
memories, as spring-like warmth and glorious sunshine brightens
our spirits. For all of you out there, from all of us here in the
Ozarks, we wish you a happier and healthier New Year! Etta
Fay Terrell, Acting Reporter.
Editor: Our thanks for "pinch-hitting" for Lenor, who does a
wonderful job in relaying news to us from the beautiful Ozarks of
Northwest Arkansas. I am sure all members would hate missing
the news from your section and your interesting write-up on
mutual friends will be appreciated by many.
Mrs. Frances S. Dorn, of Hot Springs, Arkansas News,
News, News, compiled from Christmas Greetings "I feel
proud to be remembered by so many and I felt I should send you
notes about them." We regret that because of space her
"manuscript" had to be cut.
We are all wondering how, and by whom, the Reunion was
attended. All this unusual weather and the Energy Crisis must
have kept a number from attending. Last year I attended with
Wilhelmina Bohan (Billie). A few weeks ago, Billie tripped on
steps and fell and broke her right arm; she says she is now
feeling fine and hopes the cast will soon be off. She spent the
holidays with Dr. and Mrs. Ben Saltzman in Mountain Home,
Arkansas. I spent Xmas here and enjoyed the letters and
greeting from my ex and present Canal Zone friends and other
friends from all corners of the U. S. and the world . .
I was saddened by the news of the recent demise of Louise
Glahn Grier in St. Petersburg, and Mrs. Frances Peirce Dingier
(Harry D.), of Tucson, Arizona, in late September. Adele
Bakewell Kolle, of Russellville, Arkansas, enjoyed visits with
kinfolks as you remember, she was a Home Economics teacher
in the Cristobal schools, and her husband was Capt. Kolle, a
Canal Zone pilot. I join the Lynn Cooks, of Rogers, Arkansas, in
anxiety of their son and family's safety in the trouble area of
Saudi Arabia. I spent two months in the summer in San
Francisco, enjoying its cool weather and its Centennial
Celebration of the Cable Cars 1873-1973. I didn't do much
traveling in the Bay Area, so made my friends visit me. 'Twas
very enjoyable to have Col. David and Mrs. Nanney (Lucille
Cook) come over from Palo Alto, to spend the whole day with
me. Their daughter, Suellyn, and husband and two children live in
Arkansas; Sylvia and husband, Dr. John Fitzgerald, live in
Menlo Park; Donald and wife are attending college; and David
Jr. and Mrs. live in Alaska. Mrs. Teresa Ball, who is recovering
from a brief attack of illness, still lives in Los Angeles, and her
son, John and family in the Castro Valley area. Several of his
daughters are married, living in the United States, except for
one in Germany. Mrs. Joseph Kneeshaw (Marion), is still
operating her knit shop in La Jolla and lives in Del Mar. Mrs.
Jean Mills (Mrs. Robert), of San Leandro, says she feels fine and
her son, Graham Brotherson and wife, also of San Leandro, paid
me a visit in San Francisco. While en route to San Francisco, I
stopped briefly in Los Angeles and visited with Mary Kate
Underwood, in Huntington Park. Van, her husband, is not very
well. Mrs. James McDonald (Mable), of San Jose, came to visit
me, and we enjoyed the beautiful performance of the Ice Follies
together. Her two sons and families live in nearby cities they
were Balboa school boys when their father, Major McDonald was
Director of the Arts and Crafts School in Panama. Mrs.
Cornelia Reimer, a former resident of Ancon, still resides in
Pasadena. She had to give up painting because of failing
eyesight. Mrs. Ora Fisher, Dove Prather's sister, now resides in
Ramona where she moved from Portland after retiring. Agnes
Reinkel Davis and husband still live in Burbank and enjoy short
trips around. Mabel Hutchings (Mrs. Robert), of San Leandro,
wrote about her sons and families; she's busy as usual, but her
experience in Peru, regarding her special work there in 1972,
was truly most interesting. Walter Houk and Mrs. (Anita Jenson)
and family are still in Woodland Hills their two children
growing rapidly and are excellent students in school. Walter's
father was my cousin and was employed in the Zone for awhile.
Walter is an artist and is one of the Editors of SUNSET. Anita's
parents were Old Timers in Balboa. Mrs. Charles Wahl (Rachel),
now with the Brazilian Embassy, says her husband, who broke
his hip, is slowly recovering. Mrs. Leigh Abrams (Lillian or
"Dinty"), had a most enjoyable trip this summer, especially
mentioning Indiana's Brown County scenery that attracted
me, as I was born a Hoosier! Mrs. Odin Loren (Edith Goodwin), a
former Canal Zone teacher in Cristobal, and her husband, who
was vice-consul and later, after their marriage, lived in Gatun and
was Consul in Canada and several South American countries.
Lately, they moved to Sarasota, where he passed away. She has
sold her condominium and lives in Asbury Towers, West
Bradenton, Florida. Walter Lindsay, of St. Petersburg, Florida, is
still experimenting in gardening. I surely would like to see the
citrus fruit tree that has several kinds of fruit on it, and, of
course, taste some! The Harry Corns report that Harry's health
is much better, and that they intended to spend the Christmas
Season in Hawaii where Carolyn and Donald would join them.
Mrs. Shirley Clymer and sister, Margaret Wiggins, seem to be
thoroughly enjoying their retirement in Fedhaven, Florida, and
recently went to California, to visit Mrs. Clymer's son and
family. Bronson and Celeste Powell seem happy in their Florida
abode and lately made visits to their two daughters and families.
Jack Reinig is now residing in Highland Park, Illinois, in Villa St.
Cyril, 1111 St. John's Avenue, Zip 60035, near his daughter,
Peggy's home (Mr. and Mrs. Ed Fucik). Last May, their daughter
married a young man she had met at Purdue University when
both were students there. Lillian Ross, of Woburn, Massachu-
setts, writes her usual interesting letter and seems to be in good
health. Mrs. Alan Broderick (Natalia Bender) teaches French and
Spanish in the high school in Ishpeming, Michigan, but lives in
nearby Negaunee. Her husband was on a brief business trip to
South America. Their son Tom and family were busy and her
daughter was traveling-Asia, Nepal, Japan, and other parts of
the Orient. She also led many student tours to Europe during the
summer. Natalie and brother Tom were Canal Zone products,
and with their parents, the Tom Benders, lived in Pedro Miguel.
A letter from Mrs. Tom Bender Sr., who resides in Rochester,
Minnesota, says that Tom Sr. is still a devoted gardener-so she
is a busy canner. Lowell Gilliam, a former Canal Zoner from
Arkansas, and family are still living in Malden, Missouri. They
return to Arkansas for visits to Hot Springs to see kinfolks and
inspect and keep planting pecan trees on their acreage. Donald
and Mrs. Judson, of Nogales, Arizona, paid me a surprise visit on
December 15, 1973. They came from Indianapolis where they
visited Dr. Walter Judson and family and then to Hot Springs to
take the baths. After visiting his parents in Jacksonville, Florida,
they attended the Reunion in St. Petersburg. Newsy Christmas
cards were received from Lt. Col. and Mrs. H. J. Christianson, of
Greensboro, North Carolina, and Grace McCray Rigney, who is
happy in her Ashland, Ohio, home which is shared with a niece.
Mrs. Edith Wicks wrote about her sister's death and several
tours she had taken to nearby places and in Canada. The
Franklin Pierces seem to be happy in their South Carolina home,
and the Clarence Kilbeys in Aiken intended to spend Christmas
with their daughter and family Mr. and Mrs. Ronald L. Seeley
(Jolie Ann Kilbey) in the Canal Zone. It seems that Clarence is
still a writer for local papers-how we remember his Canal Zone
and Panama articles! Ida Erickson and Myrtle Sundstrom
(Erickson) live in Hudson, Wisconsin, and wrote news about
some of our mutual friends-the former Cora Middleton (can't
remember the last name), but she and her husband reside in
London, England. Myrtle and some friends were here on a tour
of the Ozarks a year ago-it was so good to see her! John and
Doris (Pennington) Palmer, of Trenton, New Jersey, former
'Zonites' are always busy; she is still with the schools and their
son Leigh will soon graduate from Oklahoma University. Bill and
Grace Reinig, two daughters and son, Bill, Jr., all are now
married, and Bill and Grace are grandparents. Bill, Sr., lived
with his parents in Pedro Miguel and served in the Army way up
in Greenland during World War II. He was a musician and now is
in the postal service in New Rochelle, New York. Leon (Lt. Col.
ret.) and Nellie Carrington, who were in San Antonio, have
moved back to Forth Worth, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Ben
Armstrong like their new home in Walnut Creek, California. My!
At 94, what a letter he can type and what beautiful penmanship
he can display!! He is an avid "social fan" and attends lodge
meetings-hats off to his ability to do things and enjoy things
that many a "youngster" of 50 or 60 fears to attempt. My dear
friend and neighbor of Pedro Miguel days, Leonora Hartshorne
(Eugene), of Seattle, Washington, who still lives in her beautiful
home, had many guests in 1973. Mr. Walter Johnson, formerly of
the Chase Bank in Panama still is at home in Amherst,
Wisconsin. Mrs. Minnie Van Gelder (Arie J.), of Bellevue,
Washington, was a Zone and Panama visitor last year-and says,
"Things have changed a lot since they lived there, and it was
very hot" (but March always WAS). The Carl Zeeks moved from
La Mesa to Tulia, Texas, and described their new home and also
said that their ranch was producing a good cotton crop!
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Received a note from George Cassell. He does not get
around as much as he used to; he is sorry that he won't be able
to attend the Luncheon at Port's O' Call. He sends his best
wishes to all.
News from the Seilers-they had as houseguests, Mr. and
Mrs. Frank Violet, of Panama City, Panama, who stopped over
en route to Hawaii where they expected to attend a Deep Sea
Game fishing tournament. On their return trip, they again
stopped at the Seilers for a few days before departing for
Tampa, where they intended to visit with Frank's sister, Mrs.
Moody. After a few days' rest, the Seilers then flew to Denver,
Colorado, to visit with friends, especially, Mrs. Ruth Tomey, of
Cleveland, Ohio, who was at the home of her daughter, Barbara,
in Boulder. While in Denver, the Seilers also expected to see
Mrs. Irving Rasmussen.
In a note received from Helen and Bill Bierwagen, in Hemet,
it was learned that Bill is keeping himself quite busy with his
Lapidary hobby. According to what we hear and what we have
seen ourselves, Bill is considered a top man in that game. His
collection has been in quite a demand for shows lately, and he
has received many Cash Awards, Blue Ribbons and special
I also received notice that Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Waldorf from
Seminole, Florida, dropped in unexpectedly for a short visit. They
were visiting friends in the neighborhood. What a pleasant
Received a newsy letter from the Cameron Rosses. They
took a trip to Tucson, Arizona, to visit relatives. They were
home less than a week when they began extensive remodeling
and redecorating on their home. The contractor had completed
his part of the work so the balance of the work such as papering,
painting, etc. was up to the Rosses. After traveling around for
quite awhile, they decided to stay put. I think that they like
With a Luncheon coming up at the Port's O' Call Restaurant,
the Simonsens are busy people, not only with the Society work
but also with prospective houseguests. We had in fact four-Mrs.
Inez Evans from Sun City, Bob and Marjorie Miller from Sun
City, Mrs. Charlene Barnard (Bob and Marjorie's daughter) from
Tucson, Arizona. We enjoyed having them here.
Have received a note to the effect that Bill and Dot Allen
have returned from an extended tour through Canada and
Alaska. They had a fabulous tour through the Redwoods to
Vancouver. The Allens stored their car in Vancouver and took
the inland Waterway trip to Skagway, Alaska, then on to
Whitehorse via the Yukon R. R. and from there on to Fairbanks
via Dawson City. The beautiful scenery more than compensated
for the "low flying" turbulent bus ride. It was a worthwhile trip,
and they returned home, tired but happy.
On October 21, members of the Society got together and
enjoyed a no-host luncheon at the Port's O' Call Restaurant in
San Pedro. 108 members attended the luncheon. The motif was
supposed to be Hawaiian and quite a few showed up in becoming
costumes. "Leis" were given out at the door. Instead of the usual
Invocation, we had a great surprise. It was announced that
Captain Carl Wanke would sing the beautiful hymn "How Great
Thou Art" -it was beautiful. There wasn't a sound until the last
note had sounded. "Carl, you did it beautifully."
The next Annual Meeting will be held sometime the latter
part of March or early April, 1974. At this time the election of
new officers, President, Vice President and Secretary will be
Guests at the luncheon included Bill Zemer and his wife
Janet. Bill is the son of a well-known Canal Zone employee and is
now operating a Travel Bureau at San Juan Capistrano. Flo and
Art Berude reported having a wonderful time at Mortimer
Lockwoods' Birthday Party.
We were happy to see Kate Underwood at the Princess
Louise Luncheon in June but were sorry to learn that her
husband W. Van Underwood was not up to par.
Thelma Reppe is back home again after an enjoyable 31/
month vacation which was spent in the company of Wells and
Anna (Van Siclen) Wright. The first three weeks of the trip was
spent in Japan with Dick and Ginny Wright acting as hosts and
guides. The senior Wrights accompanied them to Hong Kong, and
from there they went on to Bangkok, Jaipur (India), Agra and
New Delhi. From India, Thelma went to Istanbul and Athens for
a ten-day stay, including a four-day Classical Tour. From Athens
she went to Zurich where she was met by Joyce and Roger
Collinge who were spending the summer in Europe. While there,
Joyce, Anna and Thelma enjoyed a two-week trip by car to
Switzerland. In June the Wrights and Thelma picked up a car in
Zurich and toured Luxemburg, France and Germany. On June
30th, Thelma flew from Zurich to New York-and on to
Columbus, Ohio, to visit her sister and family and then, finally,
back to sunny California.
During the summer Hedvig Sundberg had Janet and Ross
Cunningham as houseguests. Hedvig also had as houseguests,
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Jansen (Nellie Bruland), of Essington,
Pennsylvania. Both Chris and Nellie are retired and enjoy their
In early July, Martin and Virginia Seller had as their
houseguests, Emerson and Viola Fuller from St. Petersburg,
Florida. The Fullers were making a grand tour of the U. S. A. by
car. While they were in Los Angeles, they spent a day with Paul
and Mildred Kline in Tustin and also visited Mildred's mother,
Mrs. John F. Phillips in Laguna Hills.
Early in August, the Simonsens had a very pleasant visit
with the Leisys from Alabama who were in California visiting
with Henry's brother and wife of Long Beach. While they were
here, the Leisys and Simonsens paid a visit to Bob and Marjorie
Miller in Sun City. Before returning to Alabama, the Leisys
visited for several days with Harry and Vivian Corn in Wawona,
Yosemite Park. While there, they saw Bertha Selby who was
also staying with the Corns.
Other summer visitors at the Simonsens were Ruth's
brother, Glen Lasher, his wife Gladys and son Chris who drove
up their driveway on August 19th after completing the trip from
Panama by car. They had been on the road for exactly two
weeks. According to Glen, the road is in fine condition and they
had no problems with gasoline purchases. After a ten-day rest,
they departed for Tacoma, Washington, where they visited old
Canal Zone friends. From Washington they drove to Alabama
where their son Chris entered Auburn College. After a visit in
Miami, Florida, to see their daughter Betsy, who is a nurse, they
planned to sail from New Orleans back to the Canal Zone.-Chris
As the California Report arrived too late for the December
RECORD, the current report is a combination of that news and
subsequent items of interest.
Many of Will Roger's pithy observations are just as
pertinent and impertinent today as they were when he first
made them. For example:
"Income tax has made more liars out of the American people
than golf has."
"War is kind of like meat-you can't have it because you
can't afford it."
CANAL ZONE NEWS
After fourteen years, Dot and Bill Allen, of Seal Beach,
California, were back to the Zone on a visit and sent a detailed
report of the year, 1973 from Santa Clara Beach, Republica de
Panama where they were vacationing over the Thanksgiving
weekend. Their retirement theorem, "Make no plans, and there'll
be no disappointments has proved wonderful, exciting and
somewhat strenuous at times." The Allens had hopes of
attending the 1974 Reunion in St. Petersburg, but evidently
decided that "It was wiser and more patriotic to fly directly
home to California from their Zone visit."
News from the J. M. Slover family, of Diablo-"Jim and I
went to the States the last of July where we met our younger
daughter, Nancy, who had gone to the States in July. In August
we took her to Dallas where we hit most of the sightseeing spots
and then put her on a plane for home. The following week we
went to Monte Vista, Colorado, where we spent a week with the
Russel Hellmunds. While we were there, the Ostensos, former
Zonians, came by on their was back to Wisconsin in their
converted camper Greyhound bus. It was good to see them. In
September, our son and daughter (Marsha Hellmund) went to
New York for ten days to visit her twin sister, Linda, and
husband, Artie Payne. They got to Texas on September 6. We
left on the 10th for Phoenix, Arizona, as Marsha's grandmother
was very ill. While there, Jim, Jimmy Lee and I spent an
afternoon with Frank and Miriam Wagner in Sun City. We were
delighted to see both so well after Miriam's illness. We started
home the last of September and had dinner in Russellville,
Arkansas, with Pres and Pearl Trim. They really have it made
with a beautiful lake on one side of the house and a golf course
on the other. We flew from New Orleans on the 28th of
September. Jimmy and Marsha Slover returned home the 13th of
November with the wonderful news that we will be grandparents
the last of June. We have hopes that Russ and Virginia Hellmund
will be coming for the big event. (Editor, please NOTIFY the
Panama Canal Society necessary details when information is
available). The girls are fine; Susie works for the Army and
Nancy is a freshman at Canal Zone College.
Mrs. Ermine Highley, of Margarita, Canal Zone, attended
her son's (Les Highley) wedding in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on
September 14, 1973, to Jaime Annette Hall. Also attending from
out of state were my mother, Mrs. Eunice Willett, of
Elizabethtown, Kentucky, and brother Hal Willett of Manito,
Illinois, and Les's brother Fred from South Carolina. We all had
a wonderful time.
Billy and Imo Hampton vacationed in Texas in the fall and
enjoyed a short visit with Bill and Sadie Slaughter in Lakeland,
Florida, in late November on their way back to the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Rex Beck of Balboa spent a two-month
vacation in the United States. The Becks traveled extensively,
visiting relatives and friends throughout Florida as well as in
Virginia, Washington, D. C., New York, Massachusetts, and
Among the Holiday visitors on the Zone were, Miss Claude
Aycock, of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Miss Ethel Ferguson, of
Seminole, Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Shep Clark, of Shelter Island,
New York, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Hartman, of Sarasota,
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood, of St. Petersburg, Florida, left
January 22nd for a month's visit with their daughter and
son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Antonio Suescum.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell, of Clearwater, Florida, flew to
the Zone on January 26th for a two-week vacation on the Zone.
Mrs. Ila A. Crowell has been named the U. S. Army Forces
Southern Command's nominee for the Federal Women's Award.
One of many honors attained by the administrative officer of the
command's Data Processing Service Center in Corozal, Mrs.
Crowell has previously been recognized with the Meritorious
Civilian Service Award, Department of the Army Outstanding
and Sustained Superior Performance Certificates and Quality Step
Increases. The wife of Richard H. Crowell, senior lockmaster
with the Panama Canal company, the mother of five children and
grandmother of six, Mrs. Crowell serves as a USARSO Equal
Employment opportunity counselor, is chairman of the Training
and Education Committee of the Canal Zone Federally Employed
Women, and an active member of the American Society of
Military Comptrollers, the Association of the U. S. Army,
Soroptimist International and the Theater Guild. The Federal
Women's Award is offered annually to six outstanding career
women in the Federal Service to provide special recognition and
highlight the important work that women are doing in executive,
professional, scientific and technical positions.
Mrs. Marie Van Clief, American Red Cross volunteer with
55 years of service, sews five mornings a week making canvas
and denim slippers for patients of Gorgas Hospital who need
them. Last year, she made 600 pairs for distribution at Gorgas.
Bruce A. Quinn, who for the past four years has been staff
assistant to the Personnel Director, has been named Equal
Opportunity Employment Officer for the Canal organization. Mr.
Quinn was granted an Outstanding Performance Rating in 1973
and is a recipient of the Panama Canal's Honorary Public Service
Award for voluntary service to the community. In addition to his
duties as Staff Assistant to the Personnel Director, Mr. Quinn is
the instructor of drama at the Canal Zone College.
"MEET OUR MAN IN PANAMA", a feature article from
THE HARRELL LETTER, Volume 1, October, 1973, was sent to
the Panama Canal Society by Frank A. Baldwin, Panama Canal
A personal introduction of Emmett Zemer to current Zonians
and retirees would be perfunctory; we've known Emmett Zemer
for umpteen years! However, THE HARRELL LETTER does
bring us up to date on this Old Timer who retired from the
Panama Canal on June 30, 1957. Back in 1913, Mr. Zemer went to
the Zone when his Dad was an engineer with the Panama Canal
Company "to take a look at the Canal" and after 61 years, he is
still looking at it-and loving it! He had unbroken service from
1913 to 1957.
Mr. Zemer's second career began in April of 1970, when he
joined Wilson Harrell and Company in Panama-at age 75! "I
represent Wilson Harrell and Company down there, and by golly,
it's quite a territory." There is a huge U. S. Army commissary
with four big branches, an Army-Air Force exchange with a
dozen branches, a U. S. Navy exchange with two branches, and a
U. S. Marine Corps exchange service facility.
"Since joining us, Emmett has increased sales each year
roughly by 20%, and this year looks like he'll break 35% ... He
is without question the most organized district manager in our
sales force, and rates Number One in communications with his
division office and in resolving his sales problems and opportuni-
ties," says Frank Gates, Vice President for Sales.
Emmett visits the mainland every two years to see his
family, including four children and a number of grandchildren; to
visit the companies he represents in the Canal Zone; and to
participate in sales seminars and conferences at headquarters in
Frank Bates might have added that Emmett Zemer is proof
of the fact that a person is only as old as he thinks or acts. "At
78, Emmett Zemer is a bullish Harrell man, only three years old
in company terms-and 35% better! Just wait till he cracks 80!"
FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
Mrs. Alberta Powers Harris, of Oakley, California, has been
a visitor to Florida this past month, seeing old friends and
attending the Reunion in St. Petersburg. Last week she came to
Fort Lauderdale to visit with old pals, George and Kay Winquist.
Her hosts gave a supper party and invited the Gil Rowes,
Barbara Hutchings and Agnes Hearon. Gil and Millie Rowe also
had the same group in for an evening of fun. Mrs. Harris was
entertained at lunch by Barbara Hutchings and at a coffee by
Jimmy and Amele Hunter.
The Winquists, with their daughter Ann, attended the
Reunion, and on their return their daughter took off on a
The Cunninghams, Frank and Anne, also went to St.
Petersburg for the Reunion and were the guests of other
members of the Cunnipgham clan. Mrs. Barbara Cunningham, of
Auburn, Washington returned to Fort Lauderdale with them. On
her return to St. Petersburg she stopped in Lake Wales to visit her
mother, Mrs. Farthing. After a short visit with the Ross
Cunninghams, she went to Houston, Texas to visit her son and
family and while in Houston planned to have a cataract operation.
During the Christmas holidays, visitors to their families
were Chris Hearon, at the home of his mother, Mrs. William
(Agnes) Hearon; Ann, at the home of her parents, the George
Winquists; and Pam Rowe, with her parents, Gil and Millie
During the holidays, Gil, Millie, and daughter, Pam, gave
one of their annual Christmas dinners, with the Bryne Hutchings,
Barbara Hutchings, Chris and Agnes Hearon, Jimmy and Amele
Hunter and the Bob Simmons and their son, Bob, (relatives of
Gil's) as their guests.
Mrs. John J. Carey (Grace Jones), of Ann Arbor, Michigan,
who also attended the Reunion, visited her brother, Ed, and
enjoyed renewing old friendships from the Canal Zone days.
Captain and Mrs. Chet Hill and son, Mark, of Castine,
Maine, spent a month in Fort Lauderdale and were entertained
by their many friends among them, the Jimmy Hunters, the
John Connards, Dr. and Mrs. Jack Strumpf, the Ben Thomases
and many others.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baumbacks, of Clearwater, were the
guests of the Frank Cunninghams over the Christmas holidays.
Many parties were given over the holidays among them
was the lovely party which Bob and Pete Johnson of Plantation
co-hosted with Ed Jones fabulous food, fabulous people, and, of
course, most of them were from the good old Canal Zone.
Another party after Christmas was that given by Fred and Mary
Weade, in their new home in Coconut Creek. They were happy to
show off their two sons and, of course, their pride and joy, their
little grandson, who came in for more than his share of attention.
During the holidays, Gil and Millie Rowe had as their
houseguests his sister, Edith, and her husband, Tom Alley, of
Wilmington, North Carolina. No one had a better time than Edith
- seeing people of many years ago from the Zone. Agnes and
Chris Hearon entertained for the Alleys and had as their guests
besides the Alleys, Gil and Millie Rowe, George, Kay and Ann
Winquist, Barbara Hutchings, the Chet Hills and their son, Mark.
Stan Hamilton, of the Hotels Tivoli and Washington, spent
two weeks in the Canal Zone visiting friends and in particular his
daughter, Kay, who teaches second grade at Howard Air Base.
Her supervisor at the school is none other than an old friend,
Margaret Leigh. Stan reported that it was sad to see only a bare
space instead of the Tivoli Hotel, but pleasant to find the Hotel
Washington once more in splendor.
Alba D. (Buddy) Hutchings, on leave from the Zone, was a
guest at the home of his sister, Barbara Hutchings Slay and her
Ed Jones had a long vacation this past summer in his new
Ford Pinto. He visited friends in Virginia, Pennsylvania,
Connecticut, Michigan and Colorado. He attended a Canal Zone
reunion the last of July at the home of Bruce and Jackie
Onderdonk, in Glastenbury, Connecticut. He visited his neigh-
bors, the Hertgens, in Damariscotta, Maine, the Wentworths, in
Searsport and the Chet Hills, in Castine. He then visited with his
brother, Walter, and wife, in Virginia and made a stopover in
Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his sister, Grace, and her husband,
Jack Carey. He spent a week in Torch Lake, Michigan, with Bob
and Pete Johnson and from there drove to Gould, Colorado, for a
visit with his sister, Belle, and her husband, Earl Schroeder.
Belle's husband is a building contractor, and Belle runs a country
store Ed reported it was great fun selling in the store.
The Panama Canal Society of South Florida held it
semiannual luncheon at the Sheraton Holtel penthouse with John
E. Ridge, Jr., presiding. A good time was had by all, and the
election of officers for 1974 was held. Bob Johnson was
unanimously elected president. With Pete, his wife, at his side, we
all are expecting great things for this year.
During the Christmas holidays, the Jack Hutchings held
their annual Christmas Eve family dinner with uncles and aunts
- Byrne and Armella Hutchings, Jimmy and Amelia Hunter,
mother Barbara Hutchings, sister Barbara Ann Hutchings and
her husband, Donnie Slay, and his son, Steven Slay, niece, Sande
Carol Schmitt, with Michael Leonard.
The Dave Yerkes are proud to announce the birth of a
granddaughter, Patricia Andrea, on November 2, 1973, in
Madrid, Spain, to their son and his wife, the David C. Yerkes.
Maternal grandparents are John and Edith McAvoy, of Shawnee
Mission, Kansas. Barbara Hutchings
Addenda-Ft. Lauderdale News
Elsie and Frank Naughton-"What a year this has been!
Compared to the mind-boggling experiences we've faced in our
country and in the world, the Naughtons have been quiet and
stationary except for a short trip to Atlanta in June. Quiet, that is,
until recently when we broke out all over with travel plans. We just
returned from a quick circle trip to Sarasota, Largo and Orlando
where we had a wonderful Thanksgiving week seeing as many old
friends as was possible in our short time. Now, we're hoping
enough planes will stay in action for one to whisk us to Palo Alto for
Christmas with our families there and a wedding of our niece,
Nickie, on the 29th. Our cup surely runneth over, and we are truly
grateful . "
Pete and Bob Johnson-"Where has 1973 gone? This is our
second Christmas in the U. S. and now have been retired one year
and five months. Bob is fast finishing his apprenticeship
course:electrician, plumber, assistant cook, gardener. Had a
wonderful four months at our place at Torch Lake, Michigan, with
many visitors last summer. It was a busy summer, golfing,
swimming, water skiing and gardening. Even had a 9 x 12 vegetable
garden with tomato plants seven feet high-but very few ripe
tomatoes. Bob's still studying what happened? Pete's beginning to
paint again-feels she needs to keep moving after making World
Who's Who. Spent three weeks coming back via eastern U. S.,
seeing Lawlers, MacVitties, Relihans, Moomaws, Driscolls, Earl
Solenbergers, Minks-all spoiled us, but we loved it . "
DUES ARE DUE
NEWS FROM LOUISIANA
Mrs. Mary Eleanor Becker, who usually resides in the
Wynhoven Apartments in Marrero, has been traveling since
before Christmas. On December 8, she arrived at home of her
daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Milt Law, of Columbus,
Georgia. She thoroughly enjoyed Christmas shopping there for
the entire family including, of course (as any real animal lover
will agree), specially-wrapped gifts for Pepa (Panamanian partial
whippet) and Lady (a registered Irish setter). On December 23,
they received a call from Quay and Dorothy Watson who were
staying at the Holiday Inn. Quay is now retired from the U. S.
Army at Fort Clayton. Dorothy's folks live in Columbus. They all
got together that evening for a wonderful time. Quay and
Dorothy live in St. Petersburg where Quay has enrolled in
college. On December 24, they drove to Norcross, Georgia, to
spend Christmas with Eleanor's youngest granddaughter,
Catherine McIntire Spafford and hubby Richard. Cathy fixed a
wonderful turkey dinner plus. Valerie (McIntire) and Herschel
(Buddy) Dempsey, Jr., phoned that evening. They were not able
to join the family this year because Val is attending college
working on her Master's. Buddy works at the printing plant in
La Boca. However, Allan Steiner and wife Bonnie of Puerto Rico
will spend the holidays with them. Upon their return to Columbus,
they found a note from Marie and Bob Collins with the phone
number of Marie's niece, Eileen Burmaster Owen. They got
together for an old-fashioned gab-fest about when Marie and
Eleanor went to school together and about Carr Street in
Balboa when they lived across the street from one another and
how Bill Collins and Bertha-Jane were such great friends (their
chidlren). Eleanor expects to leave Columbus the first part of
February for Oklahoma to visit her late husband's nieces and
nephews for about two months before going on to Tulia, Texas,
to visit Carl and Christine Zeeck.
Richard Dinkgreve writes that he is recovering nicely and
slowly returning to normal in all respects. He has lost 15 pounds
since leaving the hospital in September and still must walk at
least three miles a day. The doctor wouldn't permit him to go to
the Pan Canal Reunion this year but did let him drive to Biloxi
for a visit with Via Mae's sister. This was Richard's first travel
of any distance since the heart attack.
October brought very sad news and Baldur and Olga
Norman of Ancon made a hurried trip to Seattle to attend the
funeral of their only child, Robert, who suffered a sudden and
tragic death. Details are not known. Robert was 34 and leaves a
wife and two very young sons. He had received some of his
education in the Cristobal schools. It was a terrible shock to all of
us. It happened on October 20, less than a month after Baldur
and Olga had visited Robert and his family.
The Dinkgreves have received several visits lately from
Curtis and Alberta George, who have been living in their travel
trailer in New Orleans since about December 17, awaiting good
news regarding the gas crisis. Two days before Christmas, Carl
Bretscher called. He and his wife and three sons were leaving for
a two-week visit in the Canal Zone. Carl was the former pastor of
the Lutheran Church on the Zone. This was their first return
visit since leaving several years ago. Shortly after the New Year,
Richard received a call from Frank Chris, of Miami, who is
retired from FAA. Frank was in Baton Rouge over the holidays,
visiting his daughter, Rosemary, and her family. Rosemary's
husband, Ralph E. Walker, was recently transferred to Baton
Rouge from Miami by the U. S. Weather Bureau. They live at
1065 Lakemont Drive and have three daughters April, 11; Jan
8; and Kris, 5 years old.
Miss Claudia Marie Hanbury, 4759 Earl Gros Avenue, Apt.
213, Baton Rouge, is among the 39 LSU students named to the 1973-
74 edition of "Who's Who Among Students in American Universi-
ties and Colleges." Claudia is a senior in the College of Business
Administration, with an overall 3.02 out of 4.0 average. Claudia
recently moved to an apartment off campus which she shares
with Witchall Djablis Noire, a black female Afghan puppy, which
she plans to show in Conformation. Claudia is the daughter of
Mrs. Louis Hanbury of Balboa.
After spending Christmas in Florida with his brother at
Jensen Beach, Abe Lincoln then traveled to Washington D. C. for
Bill and Gret Warren of New Orleans write that the personal
bright spots of the year for them has been their local
explorations a trip to the East Coast, and the friends who
visited them in New Orleans, including Tuck Hummer and Bill
Boehning, who came through on a trailer trip from Florida, down
through Latin America to the Zone; Jack and Clara Brayton; Al
and Ann Houston; John and Dorothy Everson; Heavy and Bertha
Carnathan; and a cousin, George Cowgill, an anthropologist
from Brandeis University, who was in New Orleans for a
convention. Their son, David Warren, and his wife, Dianne, are still
at Fort Eustis, Virginia, where Dave has put in 1/z years in the
Army and has another 11/ years to go to fulfill his Reserve
Officer commitment attached to his graduate school scholarship.
In August, Dave spent two weeks in the Zone with his platoon,
on jungle survival training. He enjoyed the trip but didn't have
much time to visit his old home area. Dave and Dianne were in
New Orleans for Christmas. Their daughter, Kathy Warren,
married James E. Lewark in January, 1973. They met at
LSU-NO while both were in school there. Kathy graduated in
May. Jim's folks and the Warrens gave them a trip to Panama
for Kathy's graduation and their honeymoon. Kathy and Jim
enjoyed it to the fullest, seeing where Kathy was born and
raised. Jim and Kathy moved to the New York area in October.
They are both at temporary jobs and still in the process of
getting settled. The Warrens continue to explore adjacent areas
within the range of weekend driving. They are both still working
at their regular jobs. They took a two-week vacation in
September and drove to Washington, D. C., for their first visit
there and saw the usual things all tourists see and enjoyed it
very much. They visited several friends and retired co-workers
from the Zone along their driving route and in the D. C. and
Norfolk areas. They spent a week at Fort Eustis with Dave and
Dianne and saw the sights in that area, such as Virginia Beach,
Revolutionary Colonial Williamsburg, Civil War St. Petersburg
Battle Fields, and the Thomas Jefferson home, Monticello, at
Charlottesville. They are now planning to take a vacation trip to
the Zone in the spring if they can get time off from their jobs.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF WESTERN NORTH
A very Happy New Year from all of us to all of you. Receiving
all the cards, notes, and letters from old friends made the
Holiday Season much brighter. We hear from so many just this
one time, but to know that one is not forgotten is good.
News from the Howe family: We had a wonderful time with
the three grandchildren. It was the first Christmas with them,
and Santa was very busy, believe me. Dan came home from
college for two weeks and is now back at N. C. S. U., in Raleigh.
Mac, Shirley's husband, is still in Korea will return about
September. Marion and friend, Carol Finn, are headed for the
Zone to visit with our son, Bill and wife, Cindy (Fade). I am
leaving for Florida, to visit my mother and sisters, whom I have
not seen in two years. Mother is in Fort Lauderdale also
Rosita (Suarez) and Marita (Loftus). Albita is in Marathon, just 40
Jean and Jack Dombrowski moved into their lovely home
the 14th of December, just in time for the holidays and are
happy as can be. They had their first houseguests early in
January Edna and Jim Million, who are retired and living in
Jacksonville, Florida. They had been in New Jersey visiting their
son, Roger, and came this way on their way home. They spent a
few days with Jean and Jack. The Millions renewed their
friendship with the Tillmans, the Hoenkes, and several other
Canal Zone friends.
Johnny Johnston had the misfortune to slip on the tile floor
in the bathroom and break his upper leg. He has been in the
hospital and is coming along right well. Betty (O'Rourke) is
staying with Rose for the time being. A card from Grace McCray
Rigney was received and she is still going strong. How do they
do it? I just returned after being with my son, Clinton, and his
lovely family for three weeks. The East Coast has had its share of
bad weather this year. They had a terrific ice storm just before I
got there, and the morning I left they had six inches of snow.
The children all loved the snow and wanted me to go out with
them and make snowballs, but I said, "No, thank you, I'll just
stay inside where it is warm."
Lorraine Wright, daughter of Bill and Louise Wright, and
granddaughter of Bruce and Mildred Harrell, was married to
Clifton K. Klamath, of Portland, Oregon, in October. They are in
Sierra Vista, Arizona, where he is an Instructor in Electronics.
Robin Wright is to marry Lt. Manuel Garcia, Jr., of Miami,
Florida, on the 26th of January. He will be out of the service in
March, and then they will live in the Miami area. He is an
Mrs. Frank H. Wright, wife of Colonel Wright, and mother
of Bill, died just before Christmas, in Annandale, Virginia.
I will finish this with a little saying that my niece wrote to
me during the holidays. "May the Good Lord take a liking to you
all." Margaret Wanlass, Secretary, Carmen Howe, President
Charles Hummer, Jr., Balboa, Canal Zone-"The energy
crisis has hit us hard, too. Gasoline prices continue to soar and
stations on the Zone are closed on Sundays. The people have
responded in their usual fine way, and we're seeing significant
reductions in home electrical use. With fuel oil prices climbing as
they are, these energy savings will be job savings, too. I'm very
much involved with the whole energy bit-having been appointed
the Energy Conservation Coordinator for the Company/Govern-
ment in addition to my duties as Environmental Coordinator. It's
busy work-but extremely interesting and rewarding."
FROM THE OUTGOING PRESIDENT
Now that my two years as President of the Society have
ended I want to take this opportunity to thank the Officers of the
Society, especially the Secretary, Jean Mann, for assisting me in
making them successful. Also I want to thank the Chairmen of
the Committees and their co-workers for their part in
accomplishing this success. I enjoyed very much serving the
Society and members as President.
My wife and I would like to include this little verse:
It's rough to be without a love ... a someone close to you
... It's a lonely road you journey . when it's not traveled by
two . life itself is without meaning .. when you have to walk
alone .. even a gay party seems like a barren zone .. nothing
seems to matter . .when no one's by your side . endless is
the pathway . rough is everyside . that's how it is when
there's no love . no one who understands . each thing you
feel you feel without . the use of heart or hands . so we all
are seeking . to find a someone who when rains of trouble
come... helps you find the sun . some of us have been lucky
. others still must seek ... for life without love is no life at all
S. look well, do not be meek.
Ross & Marge Hollowell
FROM THE INCOMING PRESIDENT
The recent successful annual reunion is past history, and we
are now entering a new year with some new officers and
committee members. We are going to strive to continue in the
highly successful way the Society has performed in the past.
Recent enrollment of new members has now pushed us past the
2400 mark. You, the membership, are the key to our continued
growth and healthy state. We solicit new ideas and suggestions.
Each year we profit from trial and experience. Continue to keep
us supplied with news in order that we may publish it in the
RECORD for the benefit of our far flung membership. At our
recent annual reunion we were unable to announce the dates for
our next reunion due to conflicting dates at the hotel. We can
now announce that the next reunion will be held at the Princess
Martha Hotel here in St. Petersburg on January 8 and 9, 1975.
Make plans to be with us on those dates. Eugene I. Askew
The personnel of the Panama Canal Society of Florida is
gradually changing-SAD, with the loss of some Old Timers, but,
REWARDING, in that many more of the second and third
generation ex-Zonians are becoming members. A few have
written that in the past the RECORD had no news of their
friends. As more and more news has come in from the younger
group, who, eventually, will be responsible for the "life" of the
RECORD, instead of casually scanning their parent's RECORDS,
many have joined the Society. We solicit news from ALL AGES
of former Canal Zonians. Information from Old Timers with many
interesting tales of those early days is history; we would like to
have a small part in recording that history, so Old Timers, send
in contributions on the old days. Others, who are still "making
history" are equally important in our efforts to make the
RECORD as comprehensive as possible.
Mr. Eugene I. Askew as the twenty-fourth President of the
Society officially began his two-year term on February 1, 1974.
The Society is fortunate in having as their President a man who
has for many years-even before his retirement-exemplified a
vital interest in the Society. His concern will always be what is
best for the Society. "Gene" Askew went to the Canal Zone in
1931 with the medical department of the Army and later in 1934
became affiliated with the Health Department in the Panama
Canal Zone. At the time of his retirement on October 31, 1969,
Mr. Askew was Supervisory Admeasurer with the Navigation
Department. His wife's family, Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kozak,
predates him on the Zone. The Kozaks went to the Zone during
the early construction days, and though Mr. Kozak had broken
service, they returned to the Zone during pre-World War II
days. Mrs. Kozak makes her home with the Askews in St.
Petersburg, and although she will be 90 in March, she still loves
working in her garden and is very active for that age. Three of
the Askews' four children are now residing on the Zone-Mrs.
Jack Goodwin (Nancy), whose husband is employed by the Canal;
Robert and Stevie are serving with the Armed Services on the
Zone. In addition, Nancy's two children, Fourth Generation
Zonians, will keep the President in close contact with current
Zonians for years to come.
Mr. Gaddis Wall, our new Vice-President went to the Zone
in 1937 while serving in the United States Navy. He joined the
Canal organization in 1940 as a locks' guard with the Gatun
Division and transferred to the Police Division later the same
year. At the time of his retirement in 1972, he was Chief of the
Police Division in the Canal Zone.
The Deadline Date for the June issue of the RECORD to the
printer is May 1. All News for the issue should be received by
the Editor at least ten days before that May 1 deadline. Please
bear in mind that that date is when the Editor should receive the
News which is originally sent to the Society box at the main
postoffice. It is impossible for the Editor to organize news for the
RECORD in the last three or four days- the only exception
should be NEWS which is of importance but NOT KNOWN ten
days before that Deadline Date. Only news of deaths will be
added to galley proofs!
JOINT STATEMENT BY THE HONORABLE HENRY A.
KISSINGER, SECRETARY OF STATE OF THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA, AND HIS EXCELLENCY JUAN
ANTONIO TACK, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF
THE REPUBLIC OF PANAMA, ON FEBRUARY 7, 1974-
Courtesy of J. Winter D. Collins
Reviewing previous negotiations which would abrogate the
treaty existing since 1903 and its subsequent amendments, the
document stated that the representatives of the two govern-
ments have reached agreement on fundamental principles which
will serve to guide the negotiators in the effort to conclude a just
and equitable treaty eliminating the causes of conflict between
the two countries.
"The principles to which we have agreed, on behalf of our
respective governments are as follows:
1. Abrogation of the treaty of 1903 and its amendments by
the conclusion of an entirely new interoceanic canal treaty.
2. The concept of perpetuity will be eliminated. The new
treaty concerning the lock canal shall have a fixed termination
3. Termination of United States jurisdiction over Pana-
manian territory shall take place promptly in accordance with
terms specified in the treaty.
4. The Panamanian territory in which the canal is situated
shall be returned to the jurisdiction of the Republic of Panama.
The Republic of Panama, in its capacity as territorial sovereign,
shall grant to the United States of America, for the duration of
the new interoceanic canal treaty and in accordance with what
that treaty states, the right to use the lands, waters, and
airspace which may be necessary for the operation, maintenance,
protection and defense of the canal and the transit of ships.
5. The Republic of Panama shall have a just and equitable
share of the benefits derived from the operation of the canal in
its territory. It is recognized that the geographic position of its
territory constitutes the principal resource of the Republic of
6. The Republic of Panama shall participate in the
administration of the canal, in accordance with a procedure to be
agreed upon in the treaty. The treaty shall also provide that
Panama will assume total responsibility for the operation of the
canal upon the termination of the treaty. The Republic of
Panama shall grant to the United States of America the rights
necessary to regulate the transit of ships through the canal, to
operate, maintain, protect and defend the canal, and to undertake
any other specific activity related to those ends, as may be
agreed upon in.the treaty.
7. The Republic of Panama shall participate with the United
States of America in the protection and defense of the canal in
accordance with what is agreed upon in the new treaty.
8. The United States of America and the Republic of
Panama, recognizing the important services rendered by the
interoceanic Panama Canal to international maritime traffic, and
bearing in mind the possibility that the present canal could
become inadequate for said traffic, shall agree bilaterally on
provisions for new projects which will enlarge canal capacity.
Such provisions will be incorporated in the new treaty in accord
with the concepts established in principle 2.
This JOINT STATEMENT is followed by the background
and current status of the Panama Canal Treaty negotiations.
Most of this information is well known-the benefits of the Canal
to the United States, Panama and the world-all since 1914 with
no increase in tolls. Panama's dissatisfaction with the Treaty of
1903 is reviewed along with changes since that date voluntarily
made by the United States to provide Panama with a greater
share of the economic benefits of the Canal and to remove certain
out-dated aspects, such as the right granted to the United States
to interfere, when it believed necessary, in Panama's internal
affairs. Negotiations in late 1964 and the proposed treaties of
1967 were reviewed-neither Panama nor the United States
ratified the proposed treaties. In 1970 negotiations were
reopened but were not productive. Negotiations entered a new
phase when Ellsworth Bunker, Ambassador at Large, was
charged by the new Secretary of State with the conduct of the
Although the United States and Panama have been in
agreement since 1964 that this Treaty should be replaced by one
that rejects the concept of perpetuity and accommodates the
sovereignty of Panama with the interests of the United States,
on the understanding that U. S. control and defense of the
Panama Canal would continue for a period of fixed duration.
Despite this agreement, the two delegations have been unable to
reach an agreement acceptable to both governments on these
major issues-(1) Duration, (2) Jurisdiction, (3) Expansion of
Capacity, (4) Land and Water Areas, (5) Defense, (6)
ADDENDA-NEW MEMBERS Since Annual Issue, 1973
Atwell, Mr. and Mrs. Howell W.................... ............. Box 373, Balboa
Blair, Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. ................................... Box 222, Gatun
Boxwell, Mr. and Mrs. John G. ........ .... ..................Box 1534, Balboa
Conley, Mr. and Mrs. Richard T .................................Box 1408, Balboa
Corco, Mr. and Mrs. Miguel ............................... Box 88, Balboa Heights
DeLeon, Mr. and Mrs. Alwyn ................................... Box 447, Balboa
Dolan, Mr. and Mrs. Edward V. ............... .............Box 1621, Balboa
Dunning, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. R. Jr. .............................Box 1026, Balboa
Etchberger, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Jr ..........................Box 219, Balboa
Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. John E. ...........................Box 476, Balboa Heights
Fulop, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas J ..................................ox 452, Curundu
*Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. ............................. Box 233, Gamboa
Harrell, Mr. Robert G........................... ............ Box 383, Balboa
Herrington, Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. .................... Box 477, Balboa Heights
Hogan, Mr. and Mrs. Richard C .............................. Box 301, Coco Solo
King, Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. ................................ Box 535, Balboa
MacKenzie, Mr. and Mrs. Edward ...............................Box 67, Balboa
*Moxon, Mrs. Esther G. ................................... ..Box 115, Curundu
Murphy, Mrs. Eloise ............... ................... .. .Box 1943, Balboa
Nadeau, Mrs. Grayce L. .............................. Box 311, Balboa Heights
Rainier, Capt. and Mrs. E. B. ................................. Box 1522, Balboa
Snider, Mr. and Mrs. James R ................................. Box 2829, Balboa
Stoakley, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E ............................... Box 303, Balboa
Taliercio, Ms. Katherine F.............. ....... ................ Box 465, Balboa
Thompson, Mrs. Bonnie K. ........... ........................ Box 2696, Balboa
Waddell, Beth ............... .......................... Box 1231, Cristobal
Wallace, Mrs. Helen G. ..................................... Box 1497, Balboa
Dansby, Mr. John G. ........................... Route 1, Box 425, Clanton 35045
Craig, Mr. and Mrs. James E.................. Route 4, Box 32, Tuscumbia 35674
Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Rob't. H ..................... 425 Jan Drive, Fairhope 36532
Brians, Mr. and Mrs. Rayburn I...... 11036 Balboa Drive, Box 124, Sun City 85351
Mdpyon, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Harry ........... 11337 Sundance Drive, Tucson 85715
Allen, Mr. and Mrs. James F. ............. 4905 Manor Avenue, Little Rock 72204
Willa, Mr. and Mrs. Leon S. ................ ................... Higden 72067
Balbirnie, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon.............. 237 Elm, Apt. 307, San Mateo 94401
*Bates, Mrs. Lois D. ............. Defense Attache Office, Opns & Tng (O&P Div)
FPO San Francisco 96620
Bjorneby, Mr. Arnold R.................... 740 Oakland Avenue, Oakland 94611
Bramin, Mr. Edwin F ................ 1522-A South Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91006
Days, Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. ............... 5248 Tipton Street, San Diego 92115
Farrington, Mr. and Mrs. Flavel .....................7632 Topanga Canyon Blvd.,
Canoga Park 91304
Foiles, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L..............120 Melville Avenue, Palo Alto 94301
Kelso, Mr. and Mrs. Lee W. Jr. ......... 1932 Running Branch Way, Tustin 92680
Klander, Mr. and Mrs. Harold K. Jr. 14902 Oaktree Circle, Huntington Beach 92647
Le Brun, Mrs. Marjorie F. ........................ 570 W. Yucca, Oxnard 93030
Lyman, Jesusita ..................... 1809 S. Campbell Avenue, Alhambra 91803
McGoff, Mr. and Mrs. Louis B. .................. 3042 Santa Fe Avenue, Apt. B.,
Long Beach 90810
Peterson, Miss Florence M ............ 404 Porter Street, Apt. 4, Glendale 91205
Robison, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. ..........7544 Genesta Avenue, Van Nuys 91406
Rodger, Mr. and Mrs. Irwin W............ 256-B Calle Aragon, Laguna Hills 92653
*Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. John........... 1116 Calle Almendro, Thousand Oaks 91360
Guenzi, Julia ................................913 Jefferson Ave., Louisville 80027
McNevin, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. ........... 2501 E. 104th Avenue, Denver 80233
Swinehart, Mr. Robert L. ................... .. .. . .. .32290 Routt C., Rd #38,
CONNECTICUT Steamboat Springs 80744
Eason, Mr. and Mrs. James T ............. 43 Beechwood Lane, New Haven 06511
Ahearn, Mr. James F ................ 1221 May Avenue, North Fort Myers 33903
Barnes, Mrs. Grover R......................c/o Helen Beil, 5337 60th Street No.,
St. Petersburg 33709
Beauchamp, Dorothy L ................... B-416 7705 Camino Real, Miami 33143
Beil, Mr. and Mrs. William A .......... 5600 63rd Way No., St. Petersburg 33709
Birnbaumer, Mr. F. F ............................ P.O. Box 264, Fedhaven 33854
Brandt, Mr. and Mrs. Evlyn W. ................220 East Powhatan, Tampa 33604
Buschman, Anthony ................ 1633 N.E. 48th Street, Pompano Beach 33064
Clinchard, Gene E ................... 6100 62nd Ave. North, Pinellas Park 33565
Coffey, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A ..........9422 Birmingham Drive, Lake Park 33403
Crouch, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan P. ........611 Glenwood Ave. So., Clearwater 33516
Disharoon, Mr. and Mrs. John........... 8421 55th Way No., Pinellas Park 33565
Douglas, Mrs. Charles B. ......................1000 Marine Parkway, Apt. 108-G,
New Port Richey 33552
Dolan, Mr. and Mrs. William E. ..............3685 Ariel Court, Jacksonville 32211
Doolan, Mr. and Mrs. Edward A ........... 637 South Owl Drive, Sarasota 33577
Dunn, Mr. and Mrs. James.................. 2175 Frankford Avenue, Apt. D-102,
Panama City 32401
Ebdon, Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. .................... 4138 Tee Road, Sarasota 33580
Egger, Mr. and Mrs. George H. .... 7525 38th Avenue No., Apt. 6, St. Pete 33710
Farley, Miss Monica ................441 33rd Street No., Apt. 214, St. Pete 33713
*Gramlich, Mr. and Mrs. Gregor.......4500 28th Avenue No., St. Petersburg 33713
*Gilley, Mrs. Frances T ................... .515 Jeanal Place, Tampa 33612
Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick B........7080 41st Terrace No., St. Petersburg 33709
Lippincott, Mr. and Mrs. Keith E. ...... 525 Avenue O, S.E., Winter Haven 33880
McClelland, Mr. and Mrs. E. F.................... 519 Breezeswept Ave., N.E.,
.Port Charlotte 33952
McLarnan, Mr. and Mrs. Richard S........30 Central Avenue, St. Augustine 32084
Munger, Rose F. .............................. 4005 Tacon Street, Tampa 33609
Nagy, Mr. and Mrs. A. C............. P.O. Box K-149, 88 Lake Padgett Drive,
Land O'Lakes 33539
Patten, Mrs. Merrill ..................... 2600 47th St. No., St. Petersburg 33713
Poell, Mary L ...................... 847 N.W. 3rd St., Lower Apt., Miami 33128
Reinhold, Mr. E. M. Jr............... 3207 Crystal Springs Rd., Zephyrhills 33599
Richardson, Mrs. Janet (Barnes) ........ 6095 17th Ave. No., St. Petersburg 33710
Sanborn, Mrs. Ethel Herman......... 1010 S.E. 10th Court, Deerfield Beach 33441
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse T. ...........421-D North Beach Rd., Englewood 33533
(Nov. 1 May 31)
Stephan, Mrs. Eva M. ...... ... 5620 Bonita Vista Way, Apt. 94, Tampa 33617
Thiel, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon E. Sr ............ 8435 Lofton Drive, Pensacola 32504
Waldrip, Mr. and Mrs. W. R................. Cordova Regency, 4311 Bayou Blvd.,
Apt. K-113, Pensacola 32503
*Wigginton, Mrs. Olive Lee ............ 5991 66th Terrace No., Pinellas Park 33565
Yudine, Mr. and Mrs. Solomon ...... 590 N.E. 169th St., North Miami Beach 33162
Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest W......... 6042 N. Lee St., Apt. 12-H, Morrow 30260
Holihan, Mr. and Mrs. Michael E............. 3150 Ebenezer Road, Marietta 30062
Clarke, Mrs. Walter R. (Norine Nash) .... 162 N. Signal Hill Road, Barrington 60010
Towne, Willena ........................ 2296 182nd Place, Apt. B-l, Lansing 60438
Welborn, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E........... 3926 W. 79th Street, Indianapolis 46268
Colelasure, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. ......1910 North 3rd Street, Garden City 67846
Alves, Mr. Walter H ......................... 106 Powell Street, Henderson 42420
Monroe, Mr. and Mrs. William G ............1112 Gilbert Drive, Bossier City 71010
Snow, Mrs. Betty Chan, RN............502 Dunmoreland Drive, Shreveport 71106
Thompson, Mrs. Clark.......................... P.O. Box 1399, Reserve 70084
Greenwood, Mr. Phil R ................... 9316 Harvey Road, Silver Spring 20910
Lindenmeyer, Mrs. L. R................. 175 Grosvenor Lane, Severna Park 21146
Adams, Mr. and Mrs. John W. .................. 19505 Sunderland, Detroit 48219
Clapp, Mr. and Mrs. Warner H. ............... 20 East Exchange St., Apt B-1106,
St. Paul 55101
Malmberg, Cornelia ................. 15 S. First Street, 1411-A, Minneapolis 55401
Marcum, Mr. and Mrs. George ............. 1420 South 8th Street, Brainerd 56401
Ramsey, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin F.........17396 Ingersoll Ave. N., Forest Lake 55025
Cassibry, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh W. ..... 3243 Nottingham Road, Ocean Springs 39564
Leach, Mrs. Dorothy ................ .c/o Van, 4700 Finley Street, Gulfport 39501
Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond L.................. Rt. 2, Box 187, Meridian 39301
Droste, Mr. and Mrs. John F ............... 10515 St. Michael Lane, St. Ann 63074
Morau, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle B ......................... Box 965, Saint Joseph 64502
Riley, Mr. and Mrs. Peter N .....................RFD-3, Box 167-A, Moberly 65270
Corbliss, Ms. Leah ...........................Silver Lake Road, Blairstown 07825
Jones, Mr. and Mrs. John C. .................. 805 Princeton Ave., Camden 08103
Warner, Mr. Carl W. ............... 804 Amherst Drive, N.E., Albuquerque 87106
Greenidge, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd ......... 272 Wyckoff St., Apt. 17-K, Brooklyn 11217
*Lasher, Mr. and Mrs. John P. ................ Box 116, Reeves Road, Marion 14505
Meade, Mr. John A ....................... 52 St. Nicholas Place, New York 10031
Ryszka, Mrs. Marie ................. 1301 McKinley Parkway, Lackawanna 14218
Sandiford, Mr. Stanley ......................... 537 Madison St., Brooklyn 11221
Satriale, Miss Leonida ................... 45-41 39th Place, Long Island City 11104
Talbot, Mr. Austin ........................ 1 Sherman Drive, Spring Valley 10977
Watt, Mr. Alexander ............................ 1608 Boulevard, Peekskill 10566
Alley, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas W. ... ...1915 E. Lake Shore Dr., Wilmington 28401
Roach, Ms. Grace Z .................... 929 Shellbrook Ct., Apt. 7, Raleigh 27609
Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Bev .............. ... 826 Hamilton Street, Newton 28658
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse T. ...... 19101 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights 44122
(June 1 October 31)
Towery, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde D. .....1315 Wilshire Boulevard, Oklahoma City 73116
Marsh, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Tom .... 19520 So. Central Pt. Rd., Oregon City 97045
O'Connell, Mr. and Mrs. John W ........... 1425 Cedar Street, Lake Oswego 97034
Bryan, Mr. Reuben C ...................... 1516 Church Lane, Philadelphia 19141
Carlton, Mrs. Gene S.................... 205 Highland Ave., Punxsutawney 15767
Childress, Mr. John H........... .................... RD 3, Latrobe 15650
Grau, Mr. Henry 0 ....................... 215 Wylie Street, Jersey Shore 17740
Salter, Mr. and Mrs. E. T. ............1472 Ft. Washington Avenue, Ambler 19002
Seise, Mr. and Mrs. Benigno ................... 112 Amparo Street, Catano 00632
Wolf, Mr. and Mrs. James L................. 10705 Pinedale Drive, Concord 37720
Baze, Mrs. L. M. ............................ 2446 Matland Drive, Dallas 75237
Cerda, Mr. and Mrs. Reyes ..................... 11505 Fairfield, Beaumont 77706
Chollar, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A.............. 2626 Sixth Avenue, Fort Worth 76110
Forsgren, Mr. Lester V .................... #29 Willow Way, Guadalupe Heights,
Halley, Mr. and Mrs. Milton J. .......... 200 Shadow Mountain #63, El Paso 79912
Irwin, Mr. and Mrs. John L. ............ 5718 Timberrock Drive, San Antonio 78242
Pinto, Mr. Thomas J ........................... 2108 6th Street, Brownwood 76801
Reif, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon C. Jr. ....... 1037 Pyramid Drive, Corpus Christi 78412
Rinaldo, Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore ...................... 413 Merrill, Houston 77009
*Claybourn, Mrs. John G. .......... Goodwin House, Apt. 913, 4800 Fillmore Ave.,
Helmerichs, Mr. and Mrs. Otto W ............. 8132 Garth Court, Annandale 22003
Purvis, Mrs. JohnW. .............. ................ .. Box 215, Strasburg 22657
Uderitz, Mr. and Mrs. George W.............. 937 Belleview Road, McLean 22101
Doherty, Mr. and Mrs. Neil A. ................Rt. 1, Box 183, c/o Woody Pierson,
Long Beach 98631
Johnson, Capt. and Mrs. J. P ..............712 N.W. 75th Street, Vancouver 98665
Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L ............. 402 North "G", Apt. 8, Tacoma 98403
Wood, Mr. and Mrs. James B ............. 5400 N.E. 49th Street, Vancouver 98661
Cooke, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M ................... P.O. Box 87-A, Lavalette 25535
Murphy, Mrs. W. J ...................... Route 1, Box 132, Harpers Ferry 25425
Department of State
Washington, D. C.
February 7, 1974
Dear Governor Parker:
The signing of a Joint Statement of Principles by the Govern-
ments of the U. S. and Panama today is an important step for both
countries in laying the basis for a new and modern treaty arrange-
On behalf of the Secretary of State I would like to take
this opportunity to assure you that this action in no way
changes the status of U.S. Government employees in the Canal
Zone. The Principles are intended to provide a framework for
future negotiations of a treaty which will be subject to Con-
gressional consultation and eventual ratification processes.
The Secretary and I fully recognize the vital contribution
that employees of the Zone and Company are making to the
continued efficient operation of the Canal, and are attentive
to the need to treat these employees fairly and judiciously.
Appropriate arrangements will be made to ensure that their
rights and interests are safeguarded. Whatever the changes
agreed upon in the final Treaty that will affect employees, they
will take place over a period long enough to obviate or minimize
Ambassador at Large
Dues THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I ........................................ ................ hereby transmit my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues of $5.00 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for the year
(Please return this bill with remittance.)
N am e .... ............................................................................
Street ............ ........ .................. ...................B ox........ B ox...
City ......... .................................. State....... .... Zip Code............
Dues for .............; 1971............; 1972............; 1973............; 1974...........
Amount Enclosed $.......................... Check.......... M.O........... Cash..........
Street ... ... ..... ................................. ............. Box..............
City .............. ............. ................ State............ Zip Code..........
Recorded: Date.......................................... Card No....................
DUES $5.00 Per Year Per Family, January 1 to December 31,
Canal Zone send money orders unless check is on a State's bank.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
ADDRESS CHANGES MUST BE MAILED TO THE SECRETARY-TREASURER
AT LEAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE MAILING DATES-March, June, September,
November, and December. The Post Office WILL NOT forward your RECORDS.
Please check the fine print on the Application for Membership Form. Give
your name or names as you wish listed in the ANNUAL ISSUE.
Dues P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Payment BLOOD BANK FUND
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
N am e ..... ...... ..............................
Street .................... ....... ..................... .. ........... Box..............
City ................ ........................... State............ Zip Code............
Dues for....... ......; 1971... .........; 1972........... ; 1973 ............; 1974............
Amount Enclosed $ ......................... Check.......... M.O........... Cash .........
Name ................. ................................................
City ............................ . State. .......... Zip Code...........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Application THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
for Box 11566
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ................................................ hereby apply for membership In the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $5.00 as my ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
dues for the year ................... $2.50 of this amount is for a Subscription to the CANAL
RECORD for one year.
Street.............. .................. ..... ............. Box..............
N am e tW ife) ......................................................................
Street................................... .......... ............Box........ Box......
City ............... ... .............. ............... State............ Zip Code...........
D division Em played .. ................................................................
R ecom m ended by ..................................................................
Approved by ........................................... ............. Date.............
Amount Enclosed $ ........................... Check.......... M.O.......... Cash..........
DUES $5.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
On your application give name as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Membership BLOOD BANK FUND
Residents of Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
N am e ...................................... ..........................................
Address................................ ............... ................ Box.............
City ................. .............................. State............ Zip Code...........
T telephone ...................................................................................
N am e ............................................................................
Address................................... ... .................... Box.............
City................................................. State............ Zip Code............
Amount Enclosed $ ......................... Check.......... M.O........... Cash..........
Aunroved by ................. .................................. Guard date..............
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
Mr. and Mrs. James L.
Dunn, Panama City, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Barney
Forgeson (Betty Conley),
Tierra Verde, Florida
Standing: Mrs. Elsie Gibson, Flora, Illinois, Mrs.
Allena McHan, Seminole, Florida
Seated: Mr. and Mrs. Joe Irving, Laguna Hills,
Mrs. Ruth Nielsen,
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon E. Thiel, Sr.,
Pals since Childhood Days in Corozal-
Vivian Hutchings, St. Petersburg, Florida
Herb Souder, Charlotte Harbour, Florida
Eugene Owens, Port Richey, Florida
Standing: Mrs. Mary Harrison, Largo, Florida
Seated: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Carpenter, Nashville,
Four Generations-Picture sent in by Mrs. Charles
Meketa, Los Alamos, New Mexico-Left to Right-
Jackie (Dorgan) Meketa, Charles Meketa, Elsie Dorgan
(holding great-grandson, Deneb Meketa), William J.
Dorgan, Jim Meketa
Standing in front, Monica Dorgan, granddaughter of Bill
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office