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THE PANAMA CANAL
As It Was In The Beginning Cut Near Empire, April, 1908
Annual Business Meeting of P. C. Society of Southern
California, March, 1974-Courtesy of Joan de Grummond.
Mrs. Moises de la Pena [Jean], Mr. David L. Smith [Past
President of Panama Canal Society of S. California 1966-
1971], Mrs. Juania de la Pena Magruder, Mr. Moises de la
Pena and Sara de la Pena.
Captain and Mrs. Carl P. Wanke [Ethel], Whittier,
California, Mr. Roy Ballard, Honorary Member, P. C.
Society of Southern California, Los Angeles, Mr. and Mrs.
Ronald B. Wanke [Peggy], Whittier, California.
Ill. Thomas C. Peterson, 330-Deputy of
the Supreme Council in the Canal Zone.
Seated: Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks and Mrs. Louise Bissell, St.
Petersburg, Florida-Standing: Mrs. Edith Jones, St.
Petersburg, Mrs. Mary Stacy, Treasure Island, Florida;
Mrs. Peggy J. Ellis, Houston, Texas.
Captain and Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley, Clearwater, Florida
Standing-"Skip" Rowley, Jr., Gatun, Canal Zone.
Mr. G. C. Lockridge, St. Petersburg, Florida; Mr. and Mrs.
Lee Kariger, Cypress, California.
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From Federal Employee News, Washington, D. C., July 15,
CHANGE OF HEART-The Senate has changed its mind and
agreed to go to conference with the House on legislation that
would eliminate the reduction in annuities that federal and postal
employees must take on retirement in order to provide survivor
benefits for their spouses.
The Senate previously had refused to go to conference, with
the result that House managers of the bill had decided to accept the
Senate version which would restore the reduction in annuities
when the spouse died before the retiree.
However, in response to pleas by government employee
unions and retirement groups, the Senate has agreed to go to
Conference. This doesn't mean that the Senate will agree to the
House bill in its present form which would abolish completely the
reduction in annuities that retirees now take to give spouses
survivor benefits .
However, the Senate apparently does want to help at least
those retirees who draw small annuities. Thus, it is possible that
a compromise could be worked out whereby annuitants drawing
less than four or five thousand dollars a year would not have to
take a cut in annuities for survivor benefit purposes.
William F. Grady, Legislative
Miss Grace Belden
Mr. Elmer W. Bierbaum
Mrs. Barbara A. Biggs
Mr. Oscar O. Brown
Mrs. Stella C. Butler
Mr. Leonard E. Caisse
Mr. Walter C. Cole
Mr. George Geffen
Mr. George A. Dimick
Mr. Oscar R. Hall
Mr. Eugene E. Hamlin, Jr.
Mrs. Kathryne B. Hamlin
Mr. Raymond F. Hesch
5/25 Gorgas Hospital
Mental Health Center
Mr. John W. Huson
Mr. Arnold W. Jackson
Mr. John J. Kolenda
Mr. Clarence E. Lambert Jr.
Mr. Henry H. Lee, Jr.
Mr. Kenneth L. Middleton
Mr. Donald C. Miller
Mr. Roy E. Miller
Mr. James A. Morrison
Mr. Lloyd D. Murphy
Mr. Upton W. Naron
Mr. Max Nissenbaum
Mr. Elmer J. Nordstrom
Mr. Arthur V. Nygard
Mrs. Marguerite M. Orr
Mr. Corneilius J. O'Sullivan
Mr. Miguel B. Picado
Mr. Wheary B. Poston
Dr. Leo M. Rettinger
Mr. Francis J. Reilly
Mr. Charles N. Sammons
Mr. Rex V. Sellens
Mr. James G. Slice
Mr. Jerome E. Steiner, Jr.
Capt. Thormod B. Tellefsen
Mrs. Jeanne M. Wheeler
Mr. Ewald A. Wiberg, Jr.
Mr. Frank T. Willoe
Mr. Chester A. Wiskowski
Mr. Ernest W. Zelnick
Util. & Dev. Staff
Budget & Rates
Palo Seco Hospital
HEALTH INSURANCE-HR-9256 permits pre-July, 1960,
Federal retirees to elect coverage under one of the Federal
Employee Health Programs. Application forms were mailed to
eligible employees by the Civil Service Commission. The
DEADLINE DATE for application for this insurance is
September 30, 1974. If you have questions about shifting your
health benefit enrollment from one program to the other, dial the
following toll free number in Washington, D. C.-800-424-8850.
Mr. and Mrs. Newton R. Cobb, of Curundu, Canal Zone, have
announced the marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth (Abit) to
Wallace F. Russon, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace F. Russon,
formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone, on February 22, 1974, in
Cristobal, Canal Zone. Mr. and Mrs. Russon are now residing in
Greensboro, North Carolina.
Miss Irene Corrigan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S.
Corrigan, former residents of Margarita, Canal Zone, of
Kerrville, Texas, to Mr. Steven B. Cheezum, Ens. USN, son of
Colonel and Mrs. Lynn Cheezum, of Silver Spring, Maryland, on
July 14, 1974, at the Base Chapel, San Diego Naval Base. The
bride is a graduate of Cristobal High School and St. Margaret's
School of Nursing, Montgomery, Alabama. She is stationed at
Balboa Hospital, San Diego, California, as a Lt. Jg. in the USN
Nurse Corps. The groom is a graduate of the U. S. Naval
Academy and presently assigned to the USS STEIN, stationed in
San Diego, California. The couple reside in their new home 7838
Nightingale Way, San Diego, California 92123.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Fisher, Dr. Charles A. Garcia and Mr.
and Mrs. William H. Hele announce the marriage of their mother,
Elsie Benjamin Garcia, to Dr. Perley Hartwell on April 6, 1974,
at the residence of Dr. Charles A. Garcia in Coco Solo, Canal
Zone. After a trip to South America, Dr. and Mrs. Hartwell will
reside in France Field, Canal Zone.
Miss Margaret Meigs, daughter of Dr. A. James Meigs and
granddaughter of Mrs. Della Meigs, of Tampa, Florida, and the late
A. E. Meigs, was married on June 29, 1974, to Mr. Laurence Rack at
the All Saints Episcopal Church in Princeton, New Jersey. Former
Canal Zonian residents who attended the wedding included Mrs.
Della Meigs, of Tampa, Florida; Margaret Meigs Molloy, of Denver,
Colorado, the bride's aunt, and Theo Hallin (Mrs. Heinie), the
bride's godmother, of Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Miss Mary Jane Paulson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leigh C.
Paulson, of Gatun, Canal Zone, to Mr. Charles M. Martin, of
Tallahassee, Florida, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Martin, of
Newberry, Florida, on May 18, 1974, at the Holy Family Church in
Margarita. The bride is currently employed with the Internal
Revenue Department of the State of Florida in Tallahassee. Mr.
Martin is employed with the Florida Telephone Company in the
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Boland, of Curundu Heights, Canal Zone,
announce the birth of their first child, a son, Erin Ray, on April 4,
1974, at Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Boland is the former Lynn
Degenaar of Balboa. The maternal grandmother is Mrs. Jessie
Degenaar, of Dunedin, Florida, formerly of Balboa. The paternal
grandmother is Mrs. Margaret Boland, of West Columbia, South
Carolina, formerly of Curundu, Canal Zone.
Twin sons, Kevin Ross and Keith Steven, arrived June 20,
1974, the first children of Diana and Alan Blomenkamp, of St.
Johns, Missouri. Diana was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, the
daughter of Lt. Col. William H. Grant, Jr., now of St. Louis,
Missouri. Lt. Col. Grant was also born in the Canal Zone. He is a
former Office Engineer employee in Balboa Heights, a landscape
architect, and retired Army Engineer Reserve Officer. His
father, Dr. William H. Grant went to the Canal Zone in 1907. He
worked on railroad construction equipment, became a conductor
and later served about fifty years as District Dentist in Ancon and
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Cone, Jr. (Myra Nichols), of
Springhill, Florida, announce the birth of their first child, a son,
on July 7, 1974, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida. The
maternal grandmother is Mrs. Dorothy Nichols, of St.
Petersburg, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J.
L. Cone, of Bartow, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Daugherty (Marysol J. Davis) announce
the birth of a son, Ralph Hough, in Miami, Florida, on February 2,
1974. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon D. Davis, of
Coral Gables, Florida, formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Daugherty, of Rolling
Hills Estate, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis C. French, of Fairmont, Minnesota, announce
the birth of a son, David Lewis, on April 19, 1974. The maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Edward Eilerston, of Kiester,
Minnesota. The paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Worden
E. French, of Castleton, Vermont.
Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Goodwin, Jr. (Nancy Askew), of Balboa,
Canal Zone, announce the birth of their third daughter, Kathryn
Michele, on July 29, 1974, at Gorgas Hospital. Maternal grand-
parents are Mr. and Mrs. Eugene I. Askew, of St. Petersburg,
Florida. Dr. and Mrs. C. J. Goodwin, of Fayetteville, North
Carolina, are the paternal grandparents.
Mr. and Mrs. George E. Haborak (nee Ceci Eggleston)
announce the birth of their third child and first daughter, Dana
Marie, born July 30, 1974, in Charleston, South Carolina. Pater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George A. Haborak, of
Trumbull, Connecticut, and the maternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. D. Maurice Eggleston, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
A Birth Announcement read: "Our little boy looks just like his
daddy, but we love him anyway!" Jonathan Lee Slover, the son of
Mr. and Mrs. James L. Slover, was born on July 11, 1974, in the
Canal Zone. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell
Hellmund, of Monte Vista, Colorado, who were on the Zone to greet
their grandson. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James M.
Slover, of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stephenson, of Golden, Colorado,
announce the birth of their first child, Kevin Bliss Stephenson, on
May 28, 1974, in Denver, Colorado. Mrs. Stephenson is the former
Marjorie Bliss. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D.
Bliss, Jr., of Campbell, California, former residents of the Canal
Zone. The paternal grandparents are Mr. Elliot Stephenson and
the late Mrs. Stephenson, of Valencia, California.
Captain and Mrs. Terry A. Stepp (U.S. Army), of Woodbridge,
Virginia, announce the birth of their second son, Michael William.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Stepp, of Valdosta,
Georgia. Maternal grandparents are Dr. H. W. Mitten, Jr., of
Oakland, California, and Mrs. W. J. Sheridan, Jr., of Ancon, Canal
According to the Panama Canal SPILLWAY-No Panama
Sugar Until December when the new crop is harvested. Sugar
suppliers informed Canal officials that short supplies of locally-
refined sugar are projected for the balance of this calendar year.
U.S. sugar, though more expensive, will be plentiful. A 5-pound
bag of U. S. sugar sells in the Panama Canal retail stores for
$1.09, while locally refined sugar costs 75 cents.
THE PANAMA CANAL
Dr. Richard H. Whitehead, Laconia, New Hampshire, July 3,
At 87 I am due to go to Boston Sunday for a checkup and
accordingly writing you regarding the June issue of the Canal
Record just received.
I was pleased that this issue featured the Goethals Memorial
and the Administration Building as Symbols of Stability.
As a member of the Goethals Memorial Commission,
appointed by the President, it was my honor to dedicate this
Memorial after which it was unveiled by Dr. Thomas R.
Goethals, son of General Goethals. For the Canal Record, I
enclose a copy of the dedication address. This was printed in the
Congressional Record on May 3, 1954, with an account of the
The closing lines are "By authority vested in me by the
Goethals Memorial Commission, under whose direction the wishes
of Congress have been complied with, I hereby dedicate this
memorial to all nations and all people.
The Canal has through the many years of its safe operation
been operated as a nonprofit enterprise in behalf of all nations and
all people. If Dr. Kissinger's agreement is implemented by
Congress it will no longer be. Furthermore its operation will be
easily sabotaged. A finger tip flipping a switch can unlease forces
that will destroy an aircraft carrier or wreck a lock.
As an investor over the years in the Panamanian economy, I
think nothing worse could happen to Panama, ourselves, and all
nations and all people than for us to give up the Canal or subject it
to dual control.
I made my final visit to the Canal in 1971 and in the presence of
the Governor and his staff laid a wreath on the memorial with a
IN MEMORY OF OUR CHIEF
GEORGE W. GOETHALS
WHO INSPIRED CANAL BUILDERS WITH
THE FAITH THAT MOVED MOUNTAINS
IN THIS WONDER OF WORK
Editor: The December, 1971, RECORD, reproduced a picture of
Dr. Richard H. Whitehead and Lawrence Adler, of Panama City,
Panama, placing a wreath on the George W. Goethals Memorial.
The successful lockages from the Pacific to Culebra Cut and return
were under the control of Dr. Whitehead, the testing engineer.
Lawrence Adler acted as chief control house operator.
Mr. A. G. Dunham, Miami, Florida writes, "I completed several
weeks ago writing to the 100 U. S. Senators and 435 U. S.
Representatives a personally typed letter to each of them, as per
copy enclosed. The replies, almost all favorable but not quite, are in
my Panama Canal Folder file, about two inches thick. I am very
well pleased with my efforts."
A copy of his letter follows: "Concerning U. S. Secretary of
State, Henry Kissinger's trip to Panama, and the signing of a new
agreement with Panama's Foreign Minister Juan Tack:
"I am opposed to any change from the previous agreement of
1903 for the security of the U. S. and for many other reasons. I am
one of the less than 700 citizens now living who have assisted in the
construction of the Panama Canal who have served three or more
years in the actual construction of the Panama Canal.
"I served almost 12 years from June, 1910 to February, 1922 -
four months at Culebra, two years in the Police Department, two
years at Pedro Miguel Lock site, and the balance of time in the
Land & Law Departments at Ancon. I am 86 years of age."
Direct benefits to the Republic of Panama from the Canal
Zone increased 7.9 during the past calendar year. The increase,
from $173.8 million in 1972 to $187.5 in 1973, is the highest in
recent years. It consists, for the most part, in an increase of
more than 10 percent in wages paid to non-U. S. citizens
employed in the Canal Zone but living in Panama The
Panama Canal Spillway, June 7, 1974.
THIS'N THAT FROM THE BAY AREA
The summer months brought many visitors to St. Petersburg
with joyous reunions of families and friends. Members attending
the June meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Florida were
delighted to see Marian Horter Connors, of Caracas, Venezuela,
who was in St. Petersburg participating in a sailing course held at
the Sheraton Inn.
Dorothy and Ralph Hanners enjoyed a few days' visit from
their daughter, Pricilla, and her husband, of Lakewood, Colorado,
Mrs. John Helm (Naomi Litvin), of San Francisco, California,
visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Litvin, in St.
Petersburg in July. Mrs. Helm, an honor graduate of Balboa High
School in 1960, received her Doctors' Degree in law in 1967 and
practices law in San Francisco. She had been in New York on legal
matters before coming to St. Petersburg.
The Editor was delighted on July 17th when Mrs. Lucille Judd
and daughter, Dorothy, called at her home for a surprise visit.
Dorothy, who teaches at the Abbott Academy in Andover,
Massachusetts, had vacationed in the Canal Zone, Guatemala and
Nicaragua and was returning to Massachusetts after a visit with
Mrs. Judd. Dorothy thoroughly enjoyed being back in the Zone and
took many trips which she had not taken when living there; she
was delighted with El Valle and her trip to the San Bias where she
purchased many Molas and expects to make one of the popular long
skirts with the Molas. Mrs. Judd looks wonderful and certainly
gets around very well.
Mrs. Robert Simpson (Peggy Sylvestre) and son David, of Fort
Walton Beach, Florida, spent a few weeks with her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. R. A. Sylvestre, in June.
Mrs. Robert P. Hargreaves (Mary), her daughter, Mrs. Luis H.
Marshall (Betty Jean Hargreaves) and grandson, Robert, of San
Antonio, Texas, spent four days in late June in St. Petersburg.
Before coming to St. Petersburg, they met Mr. and Mrs. Edward
Healy (Patsy Hargreaves) and five children at the Polynesian Motel
and all enjoyed Disney World. While in the Orlando area, they saw
old friends, including a call on Mrs. Francis J. Krause, of Altamonte
Springs. For former neighbors of the Dr. Hargreaves' family in
Corozal-Mrs. Jessie Matheney, Peggy and Tony Sylvestre,
Peggy Sylvestre Simpson and Betty and Jack Humphreys, as
well as with other old friends-the Gene Askews, Houston
Esslingers, Zip Ziertens, Allen Wards and Harry Dunn-many
happy memories were relived.
Mrs. Antonio Suescum (Anne Wood) and three children
arrived from the Canal Zone in late July to spend a month with her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Wood, in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Hummer, Jr., of Balboa, Canal Zone,
visited Charles' father in St. Petersburg on his vacation from the
Canal Zone. They also attended a Reunion at Notre Dame, and
while in Indiana, they called on Miss Peggy Donovan in South Bend.
Mrs. Norman Nifong (Kay), with her two little girls, ages two
and four, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Mrs. Howard W.
Hoover (Carol) of Palm Springs, California, were guests of
Captain and Mrs. Richard C. Sergeant in July-the first time
the family had all been together for quite a while. Craig Hoover
graduated from high school with honors this year and will matri-
culate at the University of Redlands in California in the fall.
Many from the Bay Area were away on summer trips -
Charlotte and Earl Dailey left on May 24th for a vacation in
North Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Eugene F. Kleasner traveled to
Washington for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Michael Zimmerman
(Jeanene Kleasner) and three children. While on the West Coast,
they expected to see Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Corn in Wawona,
California, and other friends. Mrs. Eileen Esslinger and Mrs. June
Krapf flew to Washington, D. C. over the Fourth of July for a
brief visit with their respective daughters who are working in
Washington, D. C. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reece write that they are
enjoying wonderful weather at their summer cottage in New
Hampshire. Mrs. John Hower visited her son, Dr. John Hower, his
wife Joan, and three children in Cleveland, Ohio, in the early
summer. Dr. Hower is a professor at Case Western Reserve in
In early July, Mrs. R. A. Sylvester accompanied her daughter,
Mrs. Robert Simpson, and grandson, David, when they returned to
their home at Fort Walton Beach, Florida. To some, Peggy's visit
might be characterized as all work and no play as she kept the
sewing machine "humming", making many outfits for grand-
daughters, Debby and Sandy. But, she loves to do it for them and
they appreciate it. The Simpson children all keep busy. Chris
has been in school this summer in Tallahassee. Both girls were
involved in the summer Recreational Program in the mornings and
worked with the Gymnastic Program from four until six each
afternoon. In addition, Debby spent two hours, three days a week,
working in the Handicraft Program for mentally retarded children.
About 40 children were enrolled in this program, and Debby
particularly enjoyed working with them. Fifteen-year-old David
Simpson kept busy with summer practice in baseball and football.
Mrs. G. Carter Orr plans on leaving St. Petersburg on August
16th for Shelter Island, New York, where she will visit her son,
Thomas Carter Orr, her daughter-in-law, and two grandsons for
two weeks. While on Shelter Island, she will also see old friends,
Mr. and Mrs. Shepard Clark. Seeing family and friends will be
wonderful, but Louise is also enthusiastic about her plans for a
two-week cruise on the GRITSHOLM (The Canada-Bermuda
Cruise). She will be joined in New York by a cousin, Lucille
Harrison, of Florida, and they will sail from New York up the St.
Lawrence River, making stops at four ports including Bermuda.
News from Mrs. Helen Cicero, Clearwater, Florida "Joe and I
motored to Miami Beach for the Elks' Convention on July 17th.
We enjoyed five happy days with friends from the Zone. Under-
stand we missed Gertrude and Dom Roberto and also Pauline
and Philip Downs-sorry about that. We spent time and enjoyed
the company of the Bill Carlins, George Folgers, Dick Culvers,
Bill Geoghegans, Dick Egolf and the Kenneth Colemans. A good
time was had by all. The Colemans drove back to Clearwater
with us and spent eight days doing extensive shopping. They
visited George and Margaret Martin and several others. They
left on July 22nd for Kerrville, Texas, to look into retirement
plans. Wish them luck."
In late May, Jessie Veit of St. Petersburg visited in Vermont
for two weeks. The countryside and mountains were so beautiful
with the fresh foliage on the trees, lilacs in bloom and the apple
orchards a sight with their pink blossoms. She attended her 50th
Reunion at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont. It was
fun and very rewarding-truly, a trip back to Nostalgia."
"For those who might be interested, the Ross Hollowells would
like to tell you all about their recent trip, including the Shrine
Convention in Atlantic City.
"We left Clearwater on Saturday morning, June 15th and
headed first to Hendersonville, North Carolina, where we enjoyed
several days' visit with the Tom Kellys, Emma Luckey, Joe
Muldoons, Ruth Sill, the Wendell Greenes and the Tom Colemans.
We also helped to celebrate the 18th wedding anniversary of the
Will Clarys (Gene Sexton).
"From North Carolina, we headed north and visited with
Ross's brother, Marion Hollowell, at Milton, Delaware. Marion is
fine, like all the good folks we visited and sends regards to all his
friends. We then proceeded to Lewes, Delaware, and the ferry to
Cape May and Atlantic City where Marion and two of his lady
friends joined us for the Abou Saad banquet at the convention a
really good time was had by everyone.
"Next, we hied ourselves to Gaithersburg, Maryland, and had
two delightful days with the Ed O'Connors (Shirley Smith) and
family and a delightful family they are!
"We then continued on to Pennsylvania to see some old friends
in West Newton, unknown to all our Canal Zone friends. What
"Royal Oak, Michigan, was next on our stops and Marge's
sister. We stayed here two weeks with side trips to other points in
Michigan to visit various relatives. All were glad to see us and
ready to assure us that they are tickled that we found each other
and are happy in our marriage.
"From a small town in Michigan, we cut across the state to
Ludington and a ferry to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Our main objective
here was to pick up three of Marge's grandchildren in Minnesota
and bring them back to Florida to see their Dad, Charles Hardy, Jr.
After 31/2 days of steady driving, we arrived at our destination of
Orange Park, Florida, Charles' home. A wonderful reunion was
witnessed Daddy and the kids were ecstatic, and at this
writing are still enjoying their visit. The children will fly back to
Minneapolis before school starts.
"We've been home a week now and just starting to get rested
up after a wonderful vacation and looking forward to other trips
soon." Ross and Marge Hollowell
Miss Judy Lindsay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter R.
Lindsay, of St. Petersburg, Florida, writes of Korea where she is
now teaching. Her letter entitled, "The Star of the Sea" Story, is
very interesting with a background description of South Korea, a
very poor country which for centuries has struggled for survival
and "now it is attempting to emerge from its past. You can almost
feel it growing. The people are strong, healthy and vital they
have to be in order to survive. While Christianity has failed
miserably in other Oriental countries, it seems to be flourishing
here... The largest Presbyterian Church in the world is located in
Of still more interest to friends of Judy and her family is the
"Star of the Sea Story a Children's home located in Inchon,
about 45 minutes down the expressway from Seoul. "Sister
Bernadette came to Korea 21 years ago. She is French Canadian
and speaks English and Korean with a French accent. Her original
mission was to teach French, but she did not find the job challeng-
ing enough and asked to be given a tougher assignment. And I
think she has found running an orphanage tougher than teaching
her native tongue."
Although Judy's description of the orphanage is intensely
interesting, the climax of her letter is expressed in her words. "I
have visited several orphanages and found them in about the same
condition. So, why am I so interested in this one? Well, it is here
that I found Anne Marie and Patrick Walter. Anne Marie will be
five the end of this month and Patrick turned two in April. They
are brother and sister and only came to the orphanage about two
months ago. In August, when I return from my summer vacation,
they will come to live permanently with me! Anne Marie is such a
bright, eager little thing... Patrick is beautiful, but he's somewhat
shy. He's yet to discover the outside world, but I have the feeling
that a few days in a sandbox will change all that! Both children are
fluent in Korean only-so, we communicate via pantomime and
cookies-long live cookies!
"You can imagine the trips to the orphanage, embassies,
agency, doctor, etc., that I am making these days. My apartment is
getting 'child proofed' and I am investigating a move to a larger
place. I have just found a puppy."
Grandparents-to-be, Jessie and Walter Lindsay are just as
enthusiastic as Judy on her decision to adopt the two children. -
News from Mrs. Lois Jones in St. Petersburg "Just want to
take the time to thank the Committee who ran the cocktail party at
the Reunion and tell them what a success I thought it was. I hope
you will continue to make this a regular part of the Reunion. My
daughter, Margie Jones, and granddaughter of Ross Hollowell and
the late Mrs. Margaret Hollowell, has joined the Army. See
Picture. She completed her basic training at Fort Jackson, South
Carolina, on April 3, 1974. Her brother, Ritchie and I took a quick
trip to see her graduate. She came home for 13 days' leave and is
now stationed in Fort Rucker, Alabama, where she is in TV and
communications. Margie really likes the Army and has met a lot of
new and wonderful friends. Both my sons, Charlie and Ritchie, are
working here in St. Petersburg. Ritchie plans to join the service in
September, and Charlie is presently taking a course in Real Estate.
Angie and Irving Spector and myself had Charlie Soukup and
family over for a barbecue when he was in town. Charlie is a
customs inspector on the Canal Zone and was our first neighbor
when we lived in New Cristobal. Harry and Jo Johnson's son,
Weddy, and wife, Linda, were here for two weeks from Baltimore,
Maryland. We had a nice get-together at my house, and the Friday
before they left Weddy cooked fresh crabs for us-Baltimore, style.
In the meantime, Harry and Jo's son, Harry, came home after a
year in Thailand. Of course, when Harry comes to town, it's like old
home week as Charlie, Ritchie and Harry grew up together from
the time we lived in New Cristobal until we moved to Coco Solo.
Also had a nice visit with my dear friend, Ann Marie (Schultz)
Falcone, and her two sons, Joe and Sam, from Cornwells Heights,
Pennsylvania. Ann and I went to school together on the Zone, and
we always enjoy pulling out my old Zonians and trying to figure out
where some of our classmates are. Ann's father, Warren Schultz,
lives in Pennsylvania not too far from where she lives. Margie
came home for the 4th of July weekend, and as her birthday was on
the fifth, we celebrated with a little supper at my house with her
Aunt Mina Dee and our good friends, Betty Skelding, Ellen
Teirnan, and Harry and Jo Johnson, plus some of Margie's friends.
About the middle of July, I took a trip to Fort Rucker to visit
Margie, and it was a lot of fun meeting her friends and co-workers.
Sometime in August, my sons and I are planning a trip to Panama
to visit my brother and wife, Free and Mary Hollowell, and their
Mrs. Jessie Degenaar, of Dunedin, Florida, is looking forward
to a visit from her daughter Joan and son-in-law, Lt. Commander
Gerald Durfee, and their two children from Puerto Rico for a short
visit before leaving for their new assignment in Naples, Italy,
where Jerry will be with NATO. While in the States, they expect
to visit with Joan's brother and family, Albert Degenaar, who are
in Greeneville, Tennessee, and also see her sister Lynn Boland and
her young son who will be visiting in Dunedin from the Canal Zone.
Patterns set by Zonians over the years, when normally every
two years it was pack-up time for a Stateside visit with families and
travel, remain strong even after retirement with leisure time to
visit those far-away places. A well-known Zonian, Mr. Jim
Hickman, writes, "From working in agencies, I learned we retired
folks have more time to enjoy life, and easy-going sea voyages are
desired by many. Many agencies don't shown much interest in
freighters-the reason being they know nothing about them." Mr.
Hickman who has been working in travel agencies since his
retirement in September, 1970, opened his own office at 1171
Lakeview Road, Clearwater, Florida 33516 on July 1, 1974, and will
specialize in passenger-carrying freighters and cruise ships.
The Canal Zone Organization of Northern California met May
18, 1974, at Breuner's Auditorium. There were thirty-four
members present. New officers elected were Chester Swanson
who remains as President; Mrs. Eloise Monroe Simpson was
elected Vice President, and Elizabeth Gunby, Secretary.
Mrs. Rocker and Mrs. Beard made Johnnie Mazzetti, and the
others brought salad or dessert. The food was delicious and there
was quantities of it.
Mr. Rocker showed slides of the Canal Zone locks from the
beginning of building them and some of the larger ships transitting
the locks with only inches to spare. Mrs. Simpson also showed
slides of the Canal Zone. Both were very interesting.
It was decided to hold one meeting a year in the future-either
in April or May.
Mrs. Eleanor Becker, of Marrero, Louisiana, visited with Carl
and Christine Zeeck from March 30 until June 1 in Tulia, Texas.
She went with them to Ardmore, Oklahoma, for their arthritis
checkup and then to Walsh, Colorado, for the Easter weekend with
Bill and Joyce (Zeeck) Mundell and their sons, Joe and Don.
Eleanor ran the gamut of weather, leaving Tulia in a dust storm,
rain in Oklahoma and four inches of snow in Oklahoma. While in
Texas, she attended home demonstration meetings with Christine
and a Mothers' Day luncheon sponsored by Kiwanis. They also
traveled to Terrell, Texas, to visit Christine's stepmother, Mrs. J.
M. Peterson, for seven days and where Eleanor celebrated her 65th
birthday. They spent three days in Lamesa, Texas, with
Christine's three sisters and attended home demonstration meet-
ings in Childress, Texas, to learn how to make wire trees. Eleanor
helped home demonstrations groups sell food and drinks to the
customers at the annual roping contests in Tulia. Ralph Leisy came
to visit the Charles Zeecks on May 27 in Tulia, and Eleanor joined
them for ice cream and cake. Ralph, who was born while his
parents were living in Pedro Miguel, now lives in Texas. His father
was the swimming coach at Pedro Miguel. Eleanor's grand-
daughter, Catherine McIntire Stafford, and her husband,
Richard, have moved from Atlanta to Dallas. Eleanor reports
that Frances Walker is back at the Wynhoven after spending a
year or so with her daughter, Pat, and family in Panama. Ella
Wertz, who is looking very well, is also at Wynhoven. She was
formerly from Ancon and retired from the old Coupon
Section.-Patt Foster Reporting.
News from Mary I. Tassin (P.O. Box 362, Abita Springs,
Louisiana 70420) to Patt Roberson, June 16, 1974-"It was a
pleasure to receive your letter and to have the names of nearby
ex-Zonians. Abita Springs, Louisiana, is only 30 miles from New
Orleans. My husband and I bought a house right next to the town
hall last June, and after remodeling it, we feel that it is an ideal
"By way of variety, we travel to False River (New Roads and
Jarreau, Louisiana) in our motor coach for fishing and camping
quite frequently. It's a glamorous spot and almost mosquito free.
"Your letter is the first one I have received, and I did appreci-
In April, Mr. and Mrs. R. G. Dinkgreve, of Metairie, Louisiana,
received a call from Curtis George who informed them that on the
day he was to leave for Alabama he had read a want ad in the
newspaper for an electrician to install power panels on launches and
tugs in a shipyard in Houma, Louisiana. Mr. George applied for the
job, was employed, and he and Alberta moved with their trailer to
Houma and are enjoying it very much. In May, the Dinkgreves
were visited by Audrey Bowman who was on a short vacation from
Balboa, and her mother, Mrs. Edna Benoit. In June, while on a
short stopover by plane, they were delighted to receive a call from
Rev. Dean Flora of Margarita. He and his family lived across the
street from the Dinkgreves in Margarita, and they were delighted
to talk to him for a few minutes. "He has been doing wonders with
the mission program of the Church of God in the Zone and Panama
since he took over in 1960. He is now considering a job with a
worldwide food organization which would take him away from
Panama. They will truly miss him if he does leave."
Mrs. Lera Hennessy, who retired from teaching at Balboa
Elementary School in 1964, proudly sent in news on her grand-
Leigh Hennessy, age 15, daughter of USL's trampoline coach,
Jeff Hennessy, Lafayette, Louisiana, was named the Most
Outstanding Athlete of 1973-1974 by the Board of Governors of the
Southern Amateur Athletic Union. Leigh came in first place as a
woman athlete. She is the third girl to win the Outstanding Athlete
Award. Starting in August, 1973, Leigh won the World's
Championship for ages 13 and 14 of the individual trampoline. She
then went on to win the synchronized championship in London and
placed 3rd in the World's min-trampoline Championship at
Johannesburg in March. She was a member of the World's USA
team that went to Russia in 1973 and was named All-American this
year as well as making the Southern Amateur American
Union synchronized team that will compete against Russia in
December. She has hopes of making the U. S. team that will travel
to Germany in September.
Jimmy and Ivy Dunn, former residents of the Canal Zone, now
living in Panama City, Florida, were featured in an illustrated
article published by the Panama City, Florida NEWS-HERALD.
The Dunns entertained a group at a party with a demonstration of
some of their old ballroom dance specialties, including a
demonstration of Panama's national dance, the Tamborito.
Mrs. Edward W. (Elsie) Millspaugh, of Fort Pierce, Florida,
returned in July from Concord, Massachusetts, where she visited
her daughter, Joan McCarthy, for a month while Jean's husband
was in Russia representing the American Optical Company. Mr.
McCarthy is the company's Foreign Service Representative in the
Medical Division, which handles heart equipment. While in
Concord, Mrs. Millspaugh received word that her son, Charles, had
been the recipient of an outstanding teacher award in the amount of
$2,500. Mr. Millspaugh teaches History, World Civilization,
Advance Placement Modern European History and Social Ecology
at the Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
News from Lou Hasemann, Jacksonville, Florida-"The
enclosed newspaper item with the title 'Another ex-Canal Zone
Youth Makes Good in the U.S.' will be of interest to many former
Zonians. Vic Dunaway is the son of Dan Dunaway former postal
worker in Balboa and Albrook Air Force Base. The Florida
Times-Union, Jacksonville, July 3, 1974, reports on the book 'From
Hook to Table' by Vic Dunaway. This book, published by the
Macmillan Publishing Co. Inc., New York, New York ($4.95) deals
not only with seafood recipes but the use of miscellaneous types of
fish-some of which erroneously have been 'blackballed' as
poisonous fish and thus not edible."
Mr. Hasemann reported on other news. Fred Hensler, former
dock foreman, Marine Division, Balboa, was in the Naval Hospital
in Jacksonville with double pneumonia. Lou Snedeker who had
been in St. Lukes' Hospital was now at home recuperating. Mr.
Hasemann saw Joe Drew, Jr., former plumber in the Balboa
district, when Joe installed some new fixtures in his bathroom. Joe
feels fine after recovering from a slight heart attack and is
considering on visiting the Zone in September.
Mrs. John H. Leach (Dorothy), formerly of Panama City,
Florida, asks old friends to phone her if in the Gulfport, Mississippi,
area. She had enjoyed several weeks' visit with her daughter,
Patricia Bjorneby, and her family and seeing old friends. On her
way home, she visited with the Meisingers in Miami. She also spent
several weeks with her daughter, Marion Papson and her husband,
Jim, in Hamburg, New York.
Harrietta L. Zackary, Chelan, Washington, reports that Miss
Myrtle Whaley is doing pretty well. She was in the hospital the last
of January but since then has been at home. Although her eyes are
not as good as they were, she still reads a lot and is interested in
what is going on. She has fond memories of her days on the Zone
and the many friends she made while there.
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Rager, Sr., of Orange City, Florida, report
a two-week visit in June from 1st Lt. and Mrs. H. L. Bean (Linda)
who are stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB, in Tucson, Arizona.
Their daughter, Barbara, celebrated her first birthday during their
"In July, we are going to visit our two daughters (Loa and
Leesa) and our son, Charles, Jr. in Pennsylvania. Loa and her
husband, Dan, have three children. Charles, Jr. and wife, Nina,
presented us with our fifth grandchild in November, 1973. Leesa
and her husband, Emerson, presented us with our sixth grandchild
on June 21, 1974.
"Hello to all fellow Zonians-our Welcome Mat is always out."
In July, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Ward, of Venice, Florida,
visited their daughter, Mrs. Margaret E. Rybicki, in Highland
Falls, New York, who had transferred from the Canal Zone to West
Point last December.
"We had a good time, but the altitude bothered us. Margaret
thoroughly enjoyed being in snow again after so long in the Zone.
She lived in heavy clothes and boots, and loves it."
A letter dated May 19th from Mrs. Yvonne H. Bakker, La
Mirada, California was received too late for the June issue of the
RECORD. In her May letter, Mrs. Bakker had informed us that she
was going in the hospital again for cancer surgery on May 20th. In
a recent letter, she wrote, "Still around and kicking since my last
letter, although minus 11/2 inches of the left ureter. Hopefully, the
operation will cure all the kidney infections of the last two years.
"In the meantime, a real exciting thing happened last month.
After inquiring several places, I found the granddaughters of
Hopalong Cassidy and his daughter. Mom has been so tickled.
After forty years or more, we've gotten in contact with a family
legend. We found that W. Jones Cassidy, known as "Hopalong"
died at the early age of 27 of consumption but left a daughter,
Lottie, who had three daughters-one deceased. Two of them,
Helen and Rachael drove all the way from Ponsford and New
Brighton, Minnesota, to visit us shortly after I got out of the
"What a family resemblance-first relatives I've ever met on
either side, and you could sure tell my sister, Maggie, and I
resembled Helen and Rachael. We're praying Mom can raise the
money to go visit Lottie, their mother, who lives in Bagley,
Minnesota. She (Lottie) has had a couple of heart attacks. Mom
has always dreamed of seeing her. They wanted me to come, but
can't make it on welfare money. But, if only Mom is able to go, I'll
"It's so darned frustrating not to be able to work and earn
money. Still never sell anything I make, although now I'm
crocheting bedspreads and hope they'll sell. My large 'Carnival
En Panama' framed rug is being shown in the Santa Fe Springs
Art Festival this weekend, plus a 'Cuna Pescaro' I made with
beans and miscellaneous. The rug was also shown at the La
Mirada Fiesta in May before I went to the hospital. Lots of
compliments and interest-but no sale."
Mrs. Lista Daniels reports (June 16, 1974) that she and her
son, Bob, had just returned to Dallas from New York after an
enjoyable seven days TAUCK tour of Washington, Williamsburg,
Virginia, and the Pennsylvania Dutch country. En route home to
Dallas, they stopped in Canton, Ohio, to visit friends. "Please
give my regards to all the members."
News from Virginia, Frank H. Lerchen, Jr. "In the March,
1974, issue of the CANAL RECORD, Frank Lerchen, Jr.
published an article concerning the new Washington Temple of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. More exact
dates for the public viewing have now been established, and
Frank would like to up-date the article. The new Mormon
Temple is now expected to be open for public viewing on
September 16, and it should remain open until approximately
October 26. It is expected to be dedicated in mid-November,
1974, after which the only persons allowed in the Temple will be
Latter-day Saints in good standing, and this will be only for the
purpose of performing sacred ordinances for themselves and
their families or for performing vicarious work for their dead
ancestors. Here, marriages are performed for time and eternity,
families are sealed together eternally, and our forefathers are
given the opportunity to receive the same ordinances as the
living so they can progress in the next life. For this purpose, the
Latter-day Saints zealously perform genealogy and enter the
records of their pedigree into the Temple."
Mrs. Margaret Morris, of Wallace, North Carolina, reports
lovely visits from her two sons and their families of the Canal
Zone. Son Charles' two daughters, Mercedes and Melissa, spent
a few weeks with their grandmother before being joined by their
parents in March. In May, Mrs. Morris joined her son Bob and
his family in Florida for two weeks and then returned to Wallace
with her four grandchildren, Rob, Carl, Bliss, and Vicki. After a
month in Europe, her son Bob and his wife Linda, visited her in
Wallace before returning to the Zone. Mrs. Morris also enjoyed
a visit during this time from her brother, Joseph Brooks, of
Sonoma, California. He was stationed on the Zone during the
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Morales, formerly of Balboa, Canal
Zone, joins two other former Zonian families (The Winfield
Irelands and the E. N. Milkeys) now residing in New Zealand.
However, Mr. Morales informed the Society that Mr. and Mrs.
Ireland were temporarily at 815 E. Alameda Street, Santa Fe,
New Mexico, to be near their son, Danny, who had suffered a
serious accident on the highway and is at St. Vincent Hospital in
Santa Fe. Their daughter, Martha is in the final year of Nurses'
training at Christchurch, and their son Conrad is in the
construction business in Auckland. Their son, Roy, decided to
visit the U.S.A. and is at present headed for Wyoming.
"The Morales family are similarly scattered. John Sr., wife,
Margaret Kuhn, and youngest daughter, Roseanna emigrated to
New Zealand. Their address is: 218 St. Vincent, Nelson, New
Zealand. John Jr., Lara and Jeanette remained in the Canal
Zone. Kenny is in the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson, South
Carolina, and Roy is a student at a theological seminary in
The reunion of the 1943 Class of Balboa High School in February,
1974, was briefly mentioned in the March issue of the RECORD.
Additional information of interest was printed in the SPRING,
1974, issue of the PANAMA CANAL REVIEW.
"The Class of 1943 was the first to graduate from Balboa
High School (new building). At the dedication of the school on
September 11, 1942, Frank Wang, then Canal Executive
Secretary said, 'May we use this establishment to build principles
and sound minds and to prepare those who will be leaders of
democracy.' Mr. Wang would be pleased to know that the school
accomplished this goal with the Class of 1943-a class of doers.
"Jack Miller is the senior partner in a New Jersey law firm
and was a state assemblyman for two years and a state senator
for six years. Betty Chan Snow is a psychotherapist and also
vice president of her husband's medical corporation, Psychiatric
Associates. Jimmy Kenealy is considered among the top trial
attorneys in Los Angeles. Marien Evans Goldstrom owns a
florist shop, and Jackie Gleason is one of her regular customers.
Agustin 'Beto' Arias is the manager of Cemento Panama. Paul
Fedde is the director of research and systems engineering for
Texas Gas Transmission Corporation, and holds a U. S. patent on
a compressor test instrument. Neil Heitman, who settled in
Alaska, travels approximately 20,000 miles by car or truck,
30,000 by air and 4,000 miles by ferry each year in the conduct-
ing of his various businesses. His wife, Jeanne, is sales manager
of one of his companies, and they maintain a home in Fairbanks,
an apartment in Delta Junction, and another home in Seattle,
Washington. Marie Canepa Heres and her husband, Alberto,
own and operate their own furniture and decorating shop in
Panama City. Jack Walters designs and builds manufacturing
machinery and computers and holds patents in his own name. His
favorite, a set of Christmas tree lights programmed to play
Christmas carols, sold 50,000 sets when first marketed. Isabelle
Zemer Lively is account coordinator for the largest printing firm
on the west coast. She often gives slide presentations and
lectures on Panama. Ernie Pierce, an engineering executive with
the National Cash Register Co., is a pioneer in postal automation.
Alejandro Briceno is a prominent Panama City physician. Henry
Townsend owns his own business in Colon. Bill March is a
realtor who developed one of the first condominium shopping
centers in the United States. Leon Dedeaux travels all over the
world as an engineering project officer for General Electric. Jim
Basque is a veterinarian in a Vermont town of 300 head of cattle
and 400 people. Jack Walters is a manufacturing specialist for
Lockheed Aircraft, and owns his own business as a secondary
construction-industrial consultant. He has to write a lot of
speeches and papers and said, 'I seldom start to write that I
don't remember Miss Schucbat. She taught me how to use
words.' There was.a poignant moment when Miss Schucbat, now
the wife of Rabbi Nathan Witkin, met the group at the Civil
Affairs Building, where the graduates gathered for a trip to
Miraflores Locks. When her former students greeted her, she
was surprised and pleased that they remembered her with such
"Sylvia Porter, the financial expert, recently defined the
terms, rich, affluent and upper-middle class as they are used in
American society. Using her definitions, four of the 1943
graduates who attended the reunion would be classified as rich
and many more affluent than simply upper-middle class."
The Class of 1943 plan their next Reunion in 1979.
"Thought you might be interested in this excerpt of 25 years
ago for the Canal Record-Mrs. Catherine Bahn, Arlington,
TRAP AND FIELD, June-25 Years Ago. "Capt. I. G. Hay,
perennial winner of Canal Zone ATA championships, came
through as expected. He had a bad day with 183x200 16-yard
target and an all-around score of 353/400, but no one was able to
take advantage of the opportunity to deprive him of the singles
and all-around titles. Mary Tassin and Jim Ramsey paced
women and juniors in the 16-yard clash, and Hank Hart latched
onto the doubles with 82 at the windy Cristobal Gun Club range.
Col. D. M. Craig had to win a shootoff with P. M. Disharoon, Jr.
before earning the handicap crown."
News from Paul E. Kuhn, Sr. Box 698, Jensen Beach,
Florida-a new member of the Society. "We just returned from
a four-day, three-night Air Panama flight. My Uncle Edward
Hunderlack was a Canal Digger under General Goethals when he
came out of the Navy. They lived in Old Cristobal on R. R.
Avenue. In 1915, my mother, grandmother and I visited my aunt
and uncle. In 1918, my father was appointed to go to the Zone to
inspect and kill cattle that were being used there or shipped to
France. We lived in Gatun, Mount Hope Beach and finally in Old
Cristobal next to the Union Church-all vacation quarters. After
the war, my father was in Cristobal Commy. We returned to
Cincinnati, Ohio. I now have retired from G. E. Jet Engine
Section and live here in Jensen Beach with my wife."
OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO SECOND
AND THIRD GENERATION ZONIANS
Illustrious Thomas C. Peterson, 330 was appointed as a
Deputy of The Supreme Council (Mother Council of the World) of
the Thirty-third and Last Degree of the Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite of Free-masonry, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A. in
the Orient of the Canal Zone in February, 1974.
Ill. Peterson was born in the Canal Zone on January 14,
1931, and is the first person born in the Canal Zone to be
appointed Deputy in the Canal Zone. He attended Canal Zone
Schools, graduating from Balboa High School in 1949 and receiv-
ed an AA Degree from Canal Zone Junior College in 1951. After
service in the U. S. Army, he received his A. B. Degree from
Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama. He did
graduate work at the Graduate School of Public Administration,
New York University. Ill. Peterson joined the Panama Canal
Company organization in September, 1956, and has been
continuously employed with the Personnel Bureau. He is
currently a Supervisory Personnel Staffing Specialist (Chief,
Local Recruitment and In-Service Actions Section).
Ill. Peterson's father, Charles H. Peterson, who passed away
in 1947, was a Charter member and the second Master of Sibert
Lodge, A.F. & A.M., Gatun, Canal Zone. He was a Charter
Member and Past Patron of Coral Chapter #3, O.E.S. and a 320
Mason in the Panama Canal Scottish Rite Bodies. Ill. Peterson,
thereby, becomes the first Deputy whose father also belonged to
the Scottish Rite Bodies in the Canal Zone. His mother, Mrs.
Margaret R. Peterson, of St. Petersburg, Florida, his wife (the
former Barbara L. Denier) and cousin (Kathyleen Miller) are past
Matrons of Orchid Chapter #1, O.E.S.
As a young man, Ill. Peterson was a DeMolay and is a past
Master Councilor of the Pacific Chapter (1948). He continued his
interest in DeMolay through the years and for his service to the
order he was awarded the DeMolay Legion of Honor (Active) and
Chevalier Award. He is the first Active DeMolay in the Canal
Zone to be appointed as Deputy of the Scottish Rite in the Canal
He has been active and interested in the International Order
of Rainbow for Girls. Two of his three daughters are officers and
members of Balboa Assembly #1 and his youngest daughter is
looking forward to petitioning when she becomes of age. Both
Ill. and Mrs. Peterson are active on the Rainbow Advisory Board
of the Balboa Assembly. Ill. Peterson has served as Rainbow
Dad on several occasions. He and his wife are holders of the
Grand Cross of Color.
Ill. Peterson has served the District Grand Lodge of the
Canal Zone since 1967. In 1973, he was District Senior Grand
Warden. He is also a member of the Canal Zone Masonic Relief
He is a member of the Balboa Union Church and serves on
the Board of Trustees. He belongs to Lodge 1414, B.P.O.E., the
American Society of Public administration; Canal Zone Chapter
AFGE; and the international Personnel Management Association.
Michael L. Hey, son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Hey (Barbara
Jones), of St. Louis, Missouri, received an appointment to the Air
Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado. He reported at
the Academy on July 1. Michael is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs.
Roland Jones, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Robert Warner Widell, formerly of the Canal Zone, and son
of Judge and Mrs. Carl A. Widell, of Tampa, Florida, was
awarded a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Stanford Universi-
ty, Palo Alto, California, on June 16, 1974. His field is Political
Science with special emphasis on Latin America. Dr. Widell is at
present an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Auburn
University. He is married to the former Janet Hine, daughter of
the Rev. and Mrs. Orville Jay Hine, a former pastor of the
Balboa Union Church. Dr. Widell graduated from Balboa High
School at the top of his class in 1962 and graduated Magna Cum
Laude from Duke University in 1966. He was a member of Phi
Beta Kappa. The following year Dr. Widell studied in Rio de
Janeiro on a Fullbright Scholarship followed by graduate work at
The Widells have two children, Karen who is three and a
half years old and Robert Jr., five months old.
Mrs. Mary Ellen Horine (Stacy), a former teacher of
remedial reading in the Canal Zone schools, was recently named
Teacher Of The Year for Watauga County, North Carolina. Mrs.
Horine is the wife of Dr. Larry Horine, who was for several
years supervisor of physical education and athletics for U. S.
Schools on the Zone. A first grade teacher at Hardin Park
Elementary School, Boone, North Carolina, Mrs. Horine represent-
ed Hardin Park, which has 50 teachers and then competed with nine
other schools in the county, including the high school.
In her interviews, it was noted that Mrs. Horine mentioned
her years of teaching remedial reading in the Canal Zone schools
and credited her experience on the Zone for much of the success
she has had teaching at Hardin. .
Dr. Jack B. De Vore, Jr., a former resident of the Canal
Zone, is co-author of a book, "The Methodology of Mass
Production in Career Education."
Dr. De Vore and his co-author, John A. Rolloff, wrote the
book because they believed the country's vast expertise in mass
production was totally ignored in the methodology used by
teachers. Reviews have said that the book is "Ideal for
incorporation into teacher-training programs an inspired, in-
novative scheme that should have a pervasive influence on the
mainstream of educational methodology."
Dr. De Vore is presently program coordinator of Industrial
Education at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
He has prepared correspondence course materials for the
University of Arkansas as well as published papers on
manpower, mass production techniques and vocational training.
Dr. De Vore is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack B. De Vore, of
Dunedin, Florida. He lives in Fayetteville with his wife (Pat
Bain) and a daughter.
Dr. R. Antonio Suescum, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, has
been appointed to the position of Director of Out Patients, the
position formerly held by Dr. Leo Rettinger (now retired) who
succeeded Dr. I. Robert Berger. Dr. Suescum, who is the first
Panamanian to head the Outpatient Clinic, is from a family of
physicians. His late father, Dr. Timoteo Suescum, was a
well-known surgeon in Panama, and his brother, Dr. Alfredo
Suescum, is a prominent psychiatrist on the staff of San
Fernando Clinic in Panama City.
Dr. Suescum's wife, the former Ann Preston Wood, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. James Wood, of St. Petersburg, Florida, has also
been the recipient of honors. She was elected President for
1974-1975 of the Canal Zone Medical Wives' Society. Ann has
also been active in the Inter-American Womens' Club, and on
May 31st Mrs. McGinnis honored her with a tea for her work
with the Club. Ann was presented roses in an antique bottle
which had been dug up from the Canal. (See Picture)
Richard K. Erbe, Jr. has been appointed to the U. S.
Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York. The Balboa
High School graduate is the third of Canal Zone Gov. David S.
Parker's nine nominees to receive an appointment. He will enter
the Academy in July along with Frederick J. Wainio, Jr. and
Jeffrey T. Lowe.
Richard Erbe is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard K. Erbe of
Balboa Heights. His father is Director of the Supply and
Community Services Bureau.
A student paper prepared on the Canal Zone by a former
resident of the Isthmus recently has been selected for inclusion
in the Air University Library at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, and the
library at the USAF Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy
at Gunter Air Force Station, Alabama.
The paper, entitled "The Panama Canal Zone-The Land
Divided-The World United," was written by S. M. Sgt. John E.
Schmidt, Jr., while he was a student at the academy at Gunter.
Staff Master Sgt. Schmidt did considerable research for the
paper, which deals with the history of the Panama Canal and
Canal Zone, the present status and includes a look into the
Staff Master Sergeant Schmidt, who is now stationed at
Albrook AFB, attended Canal Zone schools and is married to the
former Patricia Blitch, whose father once served as director of
Gorgas Hospital THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, July
Robert C. Baldwin, the son of Panama Canal Information
Officer Frank A. Baldwin and Mrs. Baldwin of Balboa Heights,
Canal Zone, recently completed a 2-week internship with the
Transportation and Terminals Bureau before returning to the
United States for his senior year at the U. S. Merchant Maritime
Academy. Mr. Baldwin is scheduled to graduate in June, 1975
from the academy. The academy requires cadets to intern for
two weeks with a steamship company or shipping agency to
familiarize themselves with on-shore activities of the maritime
industry. He received permission to fulfill this requirement by
interning with the Panama Canal Company ... He also spent two
days with local shipping agencies.
Upon graduation, Mr. Baldwin will receive a bachelor of
science degree, a Third Mate's license and a commission as an
ensign in the U. S. Naval Reserve .
Roanoke, Virginia (May 18, 1974)-J. E. Dorn Thomas, a
former resident of Gatun, Canal Zone, is pictured on a brochure,
"Tradewind" observing the final placement of the PANAMA
CANAL "MULE" on its display track at the Roanoke Transpor-
tation Museum. The Museum's towing Locomotive is one of the
original fleet of 40 units built by General Electric in Schenectady,
New York for the Panama Canal in 1914. Eventually over 100
"Mules" were in operation at the three lock locations within the
Panama Canal and remained in service until 1964. In 1972, the
"Mule" was uncovered by Mr. Thomas in storage in Schenectady.
He spent two years in working out the details which resulted in
its arrival for permanent display in Roanoke. This "Mule" (No.
U. S. 686) is one of only three units still in existence at this time.
It is now being restored to its original appearance by the City of
Roanoke and the Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway
Historical Society. When restoration is complete, the "Mule" will
be dedicated to the men and women who participated in the
construction and operation of the Panama Canal.
Mr. Thomas reports that after 27 months of work, that on
this past Mother's Day 'our' Mule arrived in Roanoke.
"I am using the term 'our' as I need your help and support
to keep it from becoming 'my' Mule The last hang-up in
saving this Mule from the scrapyard was raising $936 to pay to
have it moved and loaded into a railcar at Schenectady, New
York. Rather than wait to raise the money, I took out a personal
loan and paid the bill. Within three weeks after the Mule was in
Roanoke, restoration plans were underway. Even now, while it
is a pretty pink shade of rust, red lead and peeling gray paint, it
is on display at its permanent display site at the Museum.
"To date, since June, I have raised $400 by being the guest
speaker on the Panama Canal at every dinner and meeting I can
get invited to. With exhibits and slides I have tried to present
the historical side of the Panama Canal that this Mule
represents. To date, my efforts have kept me so busy that I
have not been able to get out-of-town fund raising started. I had
previously decided not to raise funds until I could be sure that
the 'Mule' could be saved. After all, 24 months of no movement
didn't give me much to claim success on. On the other hand, I
never worried about your support on the 'Save The Mule' project
when asked at the proper time.
The Mule is Saved
The Mule is on display at a Museum
The Mule will be restored
The Mule will be dedicated to the Men and Women of
the Panama Canal
"I must arrange to pay the bills due. Please, allow me to
invite, or ask, or plead for your participation in 'my' (converting
to) 'our' Project. My Motto has changed from 'Save The Mule' to
'Buy a Piece Of The Mule' with this request to send me a contri-
bution to the Fund.
"Your contributions can be made payable to 'Save the Mule
Fund, NRHS' or to me and sent to my address-4856 Westhill
Drive, S.W., Roanoke, Virginia 24018.
August 15, 1974, a memorable date in history, marked the
Sixtieth Birthday of the opening of the Panama Canal to
seaborne traffic. The accomplishments of the 10-year construc-
tion period, 1904-1914, were outstanding and spectacular-exca-
vation of the channel, the building of Gatun Dam, and the
construction of Gatun, Pedro Miguel, and Miraflores Locks. Ex-
cavation reached its greatest activity in 1908. During that year,
37 million cubic yards of earth and rock were removed.
The operating history of the Panama Canal since 1914 has
far more than justified the most optimistic predictions when its
construction was undertaken. Commercial vessels flying flags of
almost every nation in the world have transited the Canal.
"When 19-year-old John D. Gallivan IV, of Fairfax, Virginia,
enters the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in July, he will
be the fourth generation of his family to serve in the Army since
the Gallivans emigrated from Ireland in 1856. His father, John
D. III, an employee of the U. S. Geological Survey in Reston,
Virginia, served with the Army Corps of Engineers from 1943 to
1964 and helped design and build airfields in England and Europe
during World War II. John D. II, now living with the family in
Fairfax served in the Army infantry with the Pennsylvania
National Guards and, in 1910, helped dig the Panama Canal.
John D. I served with the army as a telegrapher and a
cavalryman in the Spanish-American War and took part in the
action at Cuba. He also was one the Army regulars who
volunteered for experiments by Dr. Walter Reed in the search
for the cause of malaria.
COME TO THE ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY REUNION,
January 8-9, St. Petersburg, Florida. Reservation Forms are in
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
May 3, 1974
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr.
Eugene I. Askew, at 1:37 p.m. Mr. Askew led the assembled
group in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The Chaplain,
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, read the resolution passed by the Senate
and House proclaiming April 30th as a Day of Prayer. She then
gave the Invocation which was followed by thirty seconds of
silent prayer in memory of those who had passed away since the
The President welcomed the 141 members and guests who
The following members and visitors stood for special
recognition as their names were called by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Margaret Ward.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Lloyd-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Sieler-Salinas, California
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Harvey-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Kapinos-Aiken, South Carolina
Mrs. Frances Baltozer-St. Petersburg
Mr. Frank T. Disharoon-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Ida Mead-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Minnix-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harrison-Bradenton
Mrs. Leah Dugan-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Leo M. Wilkes-Clearwater
Mr. George Chevalier-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Bud Esler-St. Petersburg Beach
Mrs. George Egger and daughter Brenda-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Della Noonan-Sarasota
Mrs. Blanche Briscoe-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Hills-Sarasota
Mrs. Frances Days Jones-Sarasota
Mr. Jim Campbell--Margarita, Canal Zone
Mr. Jim Hickman-Clearwater
Mrs. Julie Herrman-Clearwater
Mr. Irving Spector-Gulfport
The Secretary/Treasurer read the Minutes of the April
meeting. As there were no additions, corrections or omissions,
the Minutes were approved as read.
The Financial Reports of the Society and the Blood Bank for
April were read. As there were no questions, the report will
stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record
Editor, Mrs. Margaret Ward.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
effective July 1 retirees will receive a 5.8% Cost of Living
increase. This will be reflected in the checks received the first of
August. Mr. Grady also reported on S-1866 and S-3174, two bills
recently signed by the President.
Mr. Askew also reported that there is an IRS ruling, #72-520
allowing Canal Zone retirees to file under community property.
Retirement income credit may save retirees money by splitting
income. He advised that you consult your tax consultant as this
ruling is retroactive for 1971, 1972, and 1973.
Mr. Askew announced that because of the summer
recreation program it will be necessary to hold our July and
August meetings at the Princess Martha Hotel.
Seven members will celebrate birthdays during May, and
five couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes were
extended to all by the President.
Capt. Townshend announced that some progress is being
made toward the establishment of a museum. Support from the
Canal Zone government as well as Congress is being sought.
Mrs. Lillian Seiler, visiting from California, reported that she
was enjoying her first meeting and traveling and visiting old
Mr. Charles Fears spoke about NARFE and encouraged
members to join the local chapter.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at
Coffee, donuts and a brief social period were enjoyed by all
following the business meeting.
June 7, 1974
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr.
Eugene I. Askew, at 1:33 p.m. Mr. Askew 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 May meeting.
The President welcomed the 110 members and guests who
The following members and visitors stood for special
recognition as their names were called.
Mrs. Leah Dugan-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Clarence Van Fleet-St. Petersburg
Mr. Andrew Fraser-St. Petersburg
Mr. Dave Stevenson and son Davis-Panama
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schwartz-Sarasota
Marian Horter Connor-Caracas, Venezuela
Anna E. Buchter-Canal Zone
Mr. Fred Gel-Tampa
Mr. Irl Sanders, Jr.-New Port Richey
Mr. Yane Leves-Tampa
Mrs. Hattie B. Dixon-Toomsboro, Georgia
The Secretary-Treasurer read the Minutes of the May
meeting. As there were no additions, corrections or omissions,
the Minutes were approved as read.
The financial reports of the Society and the Blood Bank for
May were read. As there were no questions, the report will
stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record
Editor, Mrs. Margaret Ward.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported on current
legislation of interest to retirees. Senate Bill 628 which would
restore full annuity to a retiree in the event of the death of the
spouse has been bouncing back and forth between the House and
Mr. Askew announced that there would be a program on the
Panama Canal and the Canal Zone on June 23rd on NBC
(Channel 8) at 10 p.m. Mr. Askew also read a letter from Mr.
George Tochterman in the Canal Zone regarding the Little
League championships to be held in Gulfport, Florida, in August.
Mr. Tochterman requested members take boys into their homes
so that they could come to St. Petersburg early. Mr. Askew asked
that anyone willing to play host to the boys contact him after the
meeting. The suggestion was made that a collection be taken to
help defray some of the expenses for the boys.
The President introduced his wife, Mrs. Ethel Askew, who
presented an informative talk on various types of insurance open
to current retirees. The signing of HR-9256 by President Nixon
on January 31, 1974, permits pre-July, 1960 retirees to
participate in the Employees Insurance Program if they desire to
make a change from current insurance coverage. As many have
been uncertain of what course to take, Mrs. Askew made a
comprehensive study of the various plans in order to help
pre-July, 1960, retirees in making their decisions. Mrs. Askew
recommended that those interested in a change make a study of
the plans. The Uniform Government Insurance pays costs in
addition to Medicare. For residents of the St. Petersburg area,
Mrs. Askew suggested that they contact Mrs. Bixby with Aetna
in Tampa on the Uniform Plan. The NARFE Supplemental
Insurance is also a good plan.
Pre-July, 1960, retirees, if electing to change to the
Employees Program, are now eligible for three plans-Aetna,
Blue Cross and Mutual of Omaha. With Aetna, a choice may be
made on whether high or low option is needed. If covered by
Medicare, the low option plan should be sufficient. With the
Employees Program, the Government currently pays 50% of
insurance premium cost and will pay 60% in January, 1975.
Mr. Grady informed the group that they were going back to
the Canal Zone-the first time in 13 years. They were
enthusiastic about their coming trip on the ANGELINA LAURO,
an Italian registered coastal line ship which stops in the Canal'
Zone for one day.
Forty-seven dollars was collected from members for the
Little League baseball boys of the Canal Zone.
Mr. Askew thanked the Refreshment Committee for serving
the coffee and doughnuts.
July 5, 1974
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr.
Eugene Askew, at 1:30 p.m. Mr. Askew 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 June Meeting.
The President welcomed the 79 members and guests who were
The following members and visitors stood for special
recognition as their names were called:
Mr. Walter Hersh-St. Petersburg
Mr. P. W. Hanna-now of St. Petersburg
Miss Sandra Mann-St. Petersburg
Mrs. Teresa Goulet Wright-Cape Canaveral
Mrs. Mildred Tatelman-St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. John Schmidt-Tampa
The Minutes of the June meeting were read. After one cor-
rection, the Minutes were approved as corrected.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the financial report of the
Society and the Blood Bank. As there were no questions, the
report will stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record
Editor, Mrs. Margaret Ward.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported on current
legislation of interest to retirees. The Cost of Living was up
1.1%, and S-628 is still bouncing back and forth between the
Senate and the House. Effective 20 July, the Postal service will
pay 100% of life insurance premiums and 65% of health
insurance premiums for their employees.
Mr. Askew announced that on 7 July the program
"60 Minutes" aired on Channel 13 at 10:00 p.m. would have a
segment on the Canal and the Canal Zone.
Mr. Askew also extended an invitation to members to attend
the baseball game in which the Canal Zone team, American
Legion Baseball, would play at Al Lang Field on August 14th at
10:00 a.m. Sixty dollars was donated for the Canal Zone team.
One member would celebrate his birthday in July and two
couples would celebrate their anniversaries. Mr. Askew
extended best wishes from the Society.
The President reminded the members that we would meet at
the Princess Martha for the August meeting, after which we
would resume regular meetings at the Gulfport Community
Center in September.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at
Coffee and Danish pastries were served by the Princess
Martha, and a brief social period was enjoyed by all.
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
We regret an error in reporting the death of Mrs. David T.
Edwards, of Balboa, Canal Zone, in the June issue of the RECORD.
The March issue of the RECORD was returned to the Society with
the notation, "Deceased." We have recently been informed that
Mrs. Edwards is now living in Panama. Her address is: Apartado
8218, c/o Dr. Gaspar De Paredes, Panama, Republic of Panama.
WRitt Deep *orrow
We announce the beats of the following:
Dr. Victor R. Alfaro, a distinguished physician who was a
member of a prominent Panamanian family, died in a traffic
accident in Orangeburg, South Carolina, in which his wife was
seriously injured. Dr. Alfaro was on the staff of Gorgas Hospital
from 1945 to 1946.
Mr. Joseph Baker, 65, a former resident of Gamboa, Canal
Zone, died in a Richmond, Virginia hospital on May 29, 1974. He
is survived by his wife, Alice, and a son, Jacob (Jackie).
Mr. William Jacob Baldwin, 53, an employee of the
Terminals Division, died May 17, 1974, at Coco Solo Hospital
following an extended illness. He is survived by his widow,
Coleen, a son, Billy Joe, of Germany, a daughter-in-law, Linda
Young Baldwin and two sisters.
Mr. Eulie M. Bennett, 65, of Jacksonville, Florida, died
suddenly on June 19, 1974, in a local hospital. Mr. Bennett
retired from the Motor Transportation Division and had been a
resident of Jacksonville since 1945. Survivors include his wife,
Mrs. Marie M. Bennett, Jacksonville; a daughter, Mrs. Carrie
Little, of Ringgold, Georgia, a son, Leon Sharpensteen, of New
Orleans, Louisiana, two sisters, a brother and three grand-
Miss Genell Bliss. 83, a well known resident of the Isthmus,
died at Gorgas Hospital on July 9, 1974, after a brief illness. Miss
Bliss went to the Canal Zone in 1910, when she was employed by
the Joint Land Commission of the Panama Canal. She later
worked with the Army Intelligence Office during World War II.
Following her government service, Miss Bliss was a representa-
tive for Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics and traveled all over Central
and South America and later developed her own line of
cosmetics. For the past 14 years, she has made her home with
her niece and nephew, George and Maybelle Bliss Walker, at
Rodman, Canal Zone. In addition, Miss Bliss is survived by her
sister, Mrs. Geneva Bliss Shrapnel, of Seal Beach, California, and
a number of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. May F. Borkstrom, of College Station, Texas, passed
away on May 20, 1974, of a heart attack. Mrs. Borkstrom lived in
the Canal Zone from 1908 until she retired in 1960. She is
survived by her sister, Mrs. Lillian F. Farr, and her niece, Miss
Florence May Farr, both of College Station, Texas.
Mr. William Thomas Bowen, 85, of Coral Gables, Florida,
passed away on July 6, 1974. Mr. Bowen was a Canal Zone
employee from 1914 until his retirement in 1947. He is survived
by his wife, Aulean Pryor Bowen, a son, William Thomas Bowen,
Jr., of Charlotte, North Carolina; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy
B. Hicks, of Davidson, North Carolina, Mrs. Billie B. Martin, of
Miami, Florida, and Mrs. Jacquelyn Hall, of Gamboa, Canal Zone;
9 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Captain Ralph Stephen Crumb, 50, of Oyster, Virginia,
passed away in a Norfolk hospital on May 26, 1974. He was a
retired captain with the Panama Canal Company. Surviving
Captain Crumb are his widow, Mrs. Marjorie Alderson Crumb, a
daughter, Mrs. Nanette C. Newell, of Tuscon, Arizona, four
sisters, three brothers, and a granddaughter.
Mr. W. E. Dobson, a former employee of the Old Mechanical
Division died about June 20, 1974. Mr. Dobson resided in New
Port Richey, Florida. He is survived by a daughter.
Mrs. Eleanor Canby Fleming, 63, died June 4, 1974, at
Stanford University Hospital after suffering a massive stroke.
Mrs. Fleming was decorated by France and Panama for
strengthening U. S. relations with their countries. In addition to
her husband, Maj. Gen. Robert J. Fleming, Jr., former Governor
of the Canal Zone, Mrs. Fleming is survived by two daughters,
Mrs. Patricia F. Beasley, of Mountain View and Mrs. Patrick J.
(Eleanor) Skinner, of Palo Alto, California; six grandchildren and
Mrs. Grace Forsythe, of Margarita, Canal Zone, passed away
on June 14, 1974. She is survived by a son, Robert G. Forsythe
and two grandchildren of Gatun, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Ann Greene, wife of Leon Greene, of Panama City,
died on July 28, 1974. Mrs. Greene will be remembered for her
interest in Panamanian-American activities. She. was especially
active in the Panama Garden Club. During the early founding
years of Panama's private aviation, she was one of the first
women pilots, a carry-over from her activities during the war
years in the United States WASP organization. Mrs. Greene is
also survived by daughters, Theanne Kirby Weil and Jayanne
Slaughter, both of Dallas, Texas; sons, Capt. T. M. Kirby of the
Canal Zone and Robert K. Greene, of Panama City; and 15
Mr. William C. Grimes, 63, a retired Panama Canal
employee, died on May 27, 1974, at Pensacola, Florida. Mr.
Grimes went to the Canal Zone in July, 1936. In 1950, he joined
the Office of the Comptroller as an investigator and three years
later was promoted to the position of auditor. He is survived by
his widow and two daughters.
Mrs. Bonnie E. Harris, 74, of Homosassa Springs, Florida,
passed away on July 23, 1974, in Inverness, Florida. Surviving
Mrs. Harris are her husband, Frank D. Harris, who retired from
the Panama Canal Company several years ago, of Homosassa
Springs; two sons, Ralph D. Harris, of Gatun, Canal Zone, and
George G. Harris, of Jacksonville Beach, Florida; and four
Dr. Maurice E. Heck, 88, died on July 5, 1974, in Fairfax,
Virginia. When tuberculosis broke out in the Canal Zone during
World War II, Dr. Heck, an Army doctor, was named chief
medical officer of the City of Panama and was credited with
cutting the tuberculosis rate by one-third. Survivors include his
wife, Ethel, daughters, Barbara, Alice Murray, and Dorothy
Houlberg, all of Miami, Florida; Beverly Welther, of Falls
Church, Virginia and Margaret Frazer, of Napa, California; a son,
George W. Heck of Miami.
Mrs. Miriam Heite, of Massey, Maryland, died on July 30,
1974. She is survived by her husband Weimer and a son, Frank.
Information from a telephone call from her sister.
Mr. Mark Humphrey, son of Cdr. and Mrs. T. J. Humphrey,
of St. Petersburg, Florida died suddenly of a heart condition in
Washington, D. C. on May 21, 1974. He was the grandson of J.
H. K. Humphrey (deceased) who went to the Isthmus in
February, 1907. Mr. Humphrey was born in Ancon Hospital on
July 1, 1941. Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife and
two children, a brother and two sisters.
Mr. Leslie (Tex) Inniss, a retired employee of the U. S. Navy
at Rodman, Canal Zone, died recently. He is survived by his
widow, Mrs. Estella Inniss, a brother, three sisters and a son,
Leslie, Jr. who resides in the United States.
Mr. Edward R. Japs, 80, of Biscayne Park, Florida, passed
away June 28, 1974. Mr. Japs retired as Superintendent of
Storehouses, Panama Canal, twenty-one years ago. Survivors
include his wife, Mrs. Anna J. Japs, of Biscayne Park, and a
brother, Otto Japs, of Hopkins, Minnesota.
Mr. Bremer L. Jorstad, 49, of Bremerton, Washington, a
former employee of the Panama Canal organization, died on June
30, 1974. At the time of his death he was employed at the Puget
Sound Naval Shipyard. Mr. Jorstad is survived by his wife, the
former Nancy Kariger, a daughter, Britta, 14, and a son Lars, 11.
Mr. Louis A. Julian died in July in Gorgas Hospital following
a brief illness. He retired from his position with the U. S. Army
Post Engineers at Corozal on June 28, 1974. Survivors include
his wife, Mrs. Anais Chavez Julian and a daughter, Mrs. Louise
Smith, of Columbia, South Carolina.
Mrs. Mary M. Kelly, 81, died on June 9, 1974, in Mobile,
Alabama. She is survived by one son and six daughters among
whom are Mrs. Paul Mohl of Florida and Mrs. Phoebe K.
Hughes, both former Canal Zone residents. Mrs. Kelly had been
making her home with Mrs. Hughes in Mobile.
Dr. B. K. Levin, 60, Quarantine Officer for the Canal Zone
Health Bureau on the Atlantic Side, died at Coco Solo Hospital
on May 3, 1974. In addition to his duties as a medical officer, Dr.
Levin found time to give to his community. He was especially
dedicated to youth and assisting in the problems of youth. He is
survived by his wife, Trude; a son Kerellen Bernard (Butch)
Levin of Florida; stepchildren, Mrs. Sandra Campbell of
Connecticut and Luther Davis III, Colorado, and a sister.
Mrs. Sue Lutz died July 27, 1974, in Camden, New Jersey.
She is survived by two daughters, Ruth and Virginia.
Mrs. Mae M. McCloskey passed away on July 2, 1974, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. She is survived by her daughter, Mrs.
George Scott, of Plainfield, New Jersey, seven grandchildren,
and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Joseph E. Noonan, a well-known figure in steamship
circles on the Zone, died at the age of 69 in Sarasota, Florida, on
July 19, 1974. Mr. Noonan was a sports enthusiast and was also
one of the founders of the Brazos Golf Club. He is survived by
his widow, Mrs. Della J. Noonan (Raymond) and two sisters.
Mr. Carl M. Pajak, 55, a retired employee of the Panama
Canal died at Santo Tomas Hospital in Panama City following an
automobile accident on the Transisthmian Highway. The exact
date is not known. Mr. Pajak went to work for the Panama
Canal in 1942 and retired as an accountant in 1970. He is sur-
vived by his father and mother who reside in Brooklyn, New
York, a daughter, Mrs. George Black, of Los Rios, Canal Zone; a
son, Douglas, of Tennessee, three brothers and a sister.
Mrs. Catherine Pearl died on May 11, 1974, in St.
Mrs. Mildred C. Persons, widow of Charles L. Persons,
construction-day employee of the Panama Canal who later
pioneered the travel agency business in Panama and founded the
Persons Travel Bureau in 1919, died on June 8, 1974, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Mrs. Persons went to the Canal Zone in
1906. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charles E. (Red)
Smith, of Clearwater, Florida; two grandchildren and six
,reat-grandchildren, a sister and a niece. In accordance with her
wishes, Mrs. Persons' remains were taken to the Canal Zone to
3e deposited beside those of her husband in the Masonic Temple
.n the Canal Zone.
Mr. E. G. "Mr. Griff' Porter, 89, longtime city engineer for
Goldsboro, died on July 21, 1974, in Goldsboro, North Carolina.
Mr. Porter went to the Panama Canal to work in June, 1910. He
was made Superintendent of the Dredging at the Atlantic en-
trance to the Canal in 1916. Mrs. Betty Crawford, of Fort
Lauderdale, who sent in the clipping of Mr. Porter's death wrote.
"I am sure some of the Old Timers will remember 'Griff' Porter.
The short street by Gamboa Post Office, Porter Place, was
named for Griff as one of the early engineers with the Dredging
Division." He is survived by one son, E. G. Porter, III, of
Goldsboro and two grandchildren.
The Rev. F. Glenn Prunty, 56, a well-known American
missionary, died in Gorgas Hospital nine days after being
severely injured in a plane crash in Jaque, Darien province. He
is survived by his wife, Mrs. D. Lorraine (Billie) Prunty, two
sons, Carlos, of Panama City, and Gordon, of Portland, Oregon; a
daughter, Mrs. Glenda Beck, of Estacada, Oregon, a sister and a
Mr. Jack Carl Robertson, 48, died on July 15, 1974, at his
home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. In addition to his wife,
Mary, he is survived by two daughters, Beth Emery, Colusa,
California, and Jeanne Mross, Fort Walton Beach, Florida; a son
Norman, Hollowman AFB, New Mexico.
Mrs. Mathilda Runyan, widow of Dr. W. P. Runyan, passed
away on April 23, 1974, in Winter Park, Florida. She is survived
by two sons, Raymond, Jr., of Connecticut, and Paul, Madrid,
Spain, and five grandchildren.
Mr. John T. Sanders died June 10, 1974, at his home in
Louisville, Kentucky. He retired 30 years ago from the Louisville
and Nashville Railroad as coach carpenter. In 1909 he went to
the Canal Zone to work on the construction of the Panama Canal
and was on the Zone for twelve years. Mr. Sanders is survived
by his widow, Mrs. Nannie May Sanders, two daughters, two
sons, ten grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren.
Mr. Joseph H. Snyder, 71, former dockmaster of the
Cristobal Shops, died in New Port Richey, Florida, on February
1, 1974. He is survived by his wife, Audrey, two sons, Jim, New
Port Richey, and Jack, Vineland, New Jersey; three daughters,
Mrs. Marion Rice, Los Angeles, California; Mrs. Patricia Parsons,
Tampa, Florida, and Mrs. Judith Scarpa, North Palm Beach,
Florida; twenty grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Benjamin I. Thomas, 72, Pompano Beach, Florida,
passed away on July 11, 1974. He was a Life Member Master
Mates Pilots. He is survived by his wife, Helen; a son, Benjamin
I. Thomas, Jr., of New York City, New York; two daughters,
Mrs. Helen Merritt, of Cornwall on the Hudson, New York, and
Susan Thomas, of Manchester, New Hampshire; three grand-
children and three sisters.
Mrs. Gladys Thompson passed away on June 30, 1974, in
Amarillo, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Mr. J. C.
Thompson, of Amarillo.
Mrs. Anna Saphir Towery, died in Wheaton, Maryland, on
July 19, 1974. She had cancer of the liver and was a semi-invalid
from July, 1973, to the time of her death. She is survived by her
husband, Claude E. Towery, a son, two grandchildren, and a
Mr. Richard E. Vogel died at Gorgas Hospital, Canal
Zone-exact date not known. He went to the Isthmus in Decem-
ber, 1941, and worked as construction superintendent for the
Panama Canal Company and various other companies. He
participated in two of the major phases of the Panama Canal
widening project. He is survived by his widow, Herminia
("Miny"), sons, Dr. David A. Vallarino, of Queretaro, Mexico;
Elliston A. Vallarino, of Barcelona, Spain; three sisters and two
Mr. Zeb Ward, Jr., 60, Executive Vice President and
General Manager of Foster Construction (Panama), died in
Gorgas Hospital in the early summer of 1974. Survivors include
his wife, Edna; sister, Mrs. Bess Gallaher, of Augusta, Georgia,
and a brother Mac Ward, of Monroe, Louisiana.
Mr. George L. Willet, 93, an employee in the Canal Zone
1908-1943 died July 17, 1974, in Panama City, Florida. Mr.
Willett is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Adelaide Bushong, of
Panama City, a son Earl G. Willett, of Lutz, Florida; two grand-
sons and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Willett made his home
with his daughter, Adelaide.
Mrs. Grace Yarbrough passed away in St. Petersburg,
Florida, on June 20, 1974. She was buried in Hopewell Quaker
Cemetery located just out of Winchester, Virginia. She is
survived by her daughter, Mrs. Grace Wright Foley, of St.
Petersburg, Florida (827 14th Avenue North) and a son, Daniel
E. Wright, Jr., of Winchester, Virginia.
Mr. Ralph W. Zachary, Chief of Maintenance Foreman with
the Facilities Engineers, died on May 21, 1974, at Gorgas
Hospital. Mr. Zachary went to the Isthmus in 1939 as a member
of the U. S. Army Air Force and was stationed at France Field.
He retired from military service after World War II and went to
work for the Army Engineers at Corozal. Surviving Mr. Zachary
are his widow, Daisy, a son, Ralph, Jr., a college student in the
United States, and daughters, Susan and Eunice, who attend
Cristobal High School.
PC COLLECTS NEW TOLLS RETROACTIVELY-STAR
AND HERALD (July?-the complete date was not on the
The White House's approval of a 20 percent increase on
Panama Canal transit tolls-the first in the 60-year history of the
waterway-caught the Panama Canal Co. by surprise.
The official announcement of the approval by President
Richard M. Nixon of the tolls was made Thursday in Washington
and at Balboa Heights.
According to company officials, the Company had prepared
an advisory to all shipping agents here that as of Friday the
ships of their clients would have to pay the new rates.
Only when the Nixon document reached here on Thursday,
officials said, did the Company learn that the wording made the
increase effective as of midnight Sunday.
Officials said the advisory to shipping agents was hastily
re-worded. Shipping agents even more hastily got to their telex
machines to inform owners around the world up to 150 ships had
gone through the Canal since midnight last Sunday and owed 20
percent tolls retroactively.
The average toll charge until last Sunday was $8,000 per
vessel. Now the retroactive surcharge is $1,600 more.
Shipping agents said that their clients, except one in
London, authorized the new payment without comment.
During fiscal year 1974 which ended June 30, the Canal
operated at a loss of 12 million dollars; without the increase, the
deficit for the current fiscal year would be about 25 million
Company officials said each transiting ship was paying about
$800 less than it should to cover handling costs.
Newspaper clippings should be DATED for accurate
information. "Yesterday" in a clipping is meaningless at the time
the article is received. Preferably, pictures sent in should be
BLACK AND WHITE; they are more satisfactory for reprinting
in the RECORD.
RAMBLINGS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
The farmers in this heah area say, "Crops ain't what they
used to be-more bugs and wilt than nature intended, but what
cain ya expec' with a sun a-scorchin' up the land? And wot ya
can't raise, ya can't afford to buy-prices are so out of sight!!
Yessiree, Bub, times shore ain't wot they used to be!!"
Isn't this a familiar saying? So, tighten your seat belts-(it
don't bother us none) and join the ramblings of the clan in
Northwest Arkansas at the Blanche Shaw Picnic on Sunday,
Father's Day, on June 16th. It was a happy affair-more than 60
people attending. Newcomers to this gourmet occasion included
Mr. and Mrs. William Allen from Seal Beach, California, Mrs.
Elizabeth Sanders (Bruce Sanders' niece, California), Dr. and
Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. Fish, young Bruce Sanders, Sandy and two
sons from the Canal Zone, Mr. and Mrs. J. Holloway and son,
Kip, Linda and Bill Bailey from Mena, Arkansas, Ellen Osgood of
Maryland, and last, but not least, 11-month-old George Butz, son
of Jan and Peter Butz, of Catoosa, Oklahoma. An interesting film
was shown by Bill Allen about the island, Yap.
News gathered here was obtained through the courtesy of
Esther Butz for her mother, Lee, who was visiting her
92-year-old mother, Mrs. Esther Wonderly in Kingston, New
York. During her five week absence, Esther was the chief cook
and bottle washer, while husband Harry took care of the more
menial chores of cleaning and gardening!! We were sorry to hear
from Ralph and Marie Shuey that brother Raymond and Evelyn
were both under the weather. Evelyn had a cataract operation
and reportedly is doing fine. Earlier, Evelyn wrote a note to the
local reporter, too late for the June news, to the effect that they
saw their great-grandson before he was a month old!! Jeffrey
Scott Davidson was born in Wichita, Kansas, on March 8. His
mother, Lorraine (Shuey) Davidson and her mother, Jo Ann
Shuey of Gamboa, Canal Zone, brought the baby for a visit for a
few days with Ray and Evelyn. Ralph and Marie Shuey have had
their son, Ralph, wife, Marie and daughters, Laurie and Rosie
from Columbus, Nebraska, for a visit. While in this section, the
Shuey clan dropped in on the Herb Engelkes who were former
neighbors in the Balboa flats-eons ago!!
The Bentonvillans (?) are an active clan-no grass grows
under their feet!! Heard tell that Evelyn and Howard Engelke
attended the Boston-Texas ball game in Dallas, Texas. They
visited Lyle and Val Gorham and Lefty and Thelma Davis while
Glynn and Etta Fay Terrell enjoyed a visit in May from
their daughter, Andrea, and son-in-law, Paul Oliver, of New
Orleans. While here, the Olivers drove to St. Louis, Missouri, on
to Springfield, Illinois, and back to Bentonville via Fulton,
Missouri, where they saw the Winston Churchill Memorial. The
Senior Terrells later on attended the annual Terrell reunion in
At the Sip and Sew gathering, recently, we learned that the
son of Evelyn and Howard Engelke, William, was married to
Miss Denise Ariola in Pacific Grove, California on April 26. The
young couple took a short Caribbean cruise for their wedding
trip and are now at home at 1504 Aragon Circle in Salinas,
California 93901. "Bill" formerly resided in Balboa and is
presently employed by Inter-Harvest Corporation in Salinas.
To the joy of Judy's parents, Evelyn and Howard Engelke,
she and her husband, John Montanaso, of Silver Spring,
Maryland, with their three children spent two weeks in
Now, Jessie Newhard is another rolling stone and had a fine
trip out West to see her children. She stopped in Denver,
Colorado, en route, to see her son, John Albright and family, and
then on to Visalia to be with the Franklins (Ann Newhard).
While there, Jessie had a cataract operation-later pushing on to
San Diego to visit Carol and Andy Bleakley-and had a
wonderful time. When Jessie returned home, her sister, Mrs.
Ellen Osgood came for an extended stay. In May, she and three
friends had a wonderful trip to New Orleans, Mobile,
Montgomery and Nashville.
Mattie MacAulay said that everything was fine-just getting
a little older (but aren't we all?) and that her nephew, Lt. Col.
James Brooks has been transferred to Lowry Air Force Base in
Alice and Herb Engelke went on a short trip to Illinois while
young Herb was off to San Francisco to a National Convention of
the Future Business Leaders of America.
We were delighted to learn from Helen Newhard that their
granddaughter Kristine Newhard (daughter of Bruce Newhard),
of Battle Creek, Michigan, was awarded an American Legion
School Award for 6th Grade students. This award is given on the
basis of six categories-honor, leadership, patriotism, courage,
scholarship and service. Kristine is an all "A" student and
received a congratulatory letter from Representative Rosenbaum.
Congratulations from Northwest Arkansas, too, Kristine!!
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders report that things are humming
as usual at their household. In March, George and Laura
Tarflinger signed the guest book for a whistle-stop luncheon
visit. Nephew Bob (Capt. Robert Diaz, U. S. A. F.-son of Edith
(Sanders) and Fred Diaz, of Red Bank, New Jersey) with wife
Lavina and infant daughter stopped overnight en route from
Lowry AFB in Denver to Alabama where Bob had to report for
special military training.
In early April, Dorothy and Bruce drove to Milpitas,
California, to visit their son, Jack, daughter-in-law Connie
(Zemer) and their only granddaughter, Jennifer Lynne, 4. While
in California, they enjoyed a luncheon visit in Calistoga with Bill
and Natalie Clute whom they found in fine fettle and enjoying
their retirement. In Concord, the Sanders spent two nights with
Bruce's brother, Philip (Pinky) and his wife, Laura (Walston) and
daughter, Elizabeth. Bill and Myra Walston were there and
looked fine. Returning to Bentonville in early May, preparations
began for the visit of Bruce III, Sandy and sons Douglas and
Curtis from the Canal Zone later in the month. Niece Elizabeth
flew in from California for the first two weeks of their visit. On
one occasion, they all took refuge in the city air raid shelter
during a heavy downpour when a tornado was reported on its
way from the Oklahoma line. Happy to say, it didn't reach
Bentonville!! In mid-May, the Bentonville and Canal Zone
Sanders traveled to Michigan where they enjoyed a beach
cottage for two weeks with swimming and fishing. Rough
weather followed them on the way and while in Michigan, they
experienced the threat of another tornado. Can't get away from
The Jim Folsoms are glad to report that they are well
situated in their new home at 2701 Toni Avenue in Springdale
within whistling distance of the Charlie Malsburys. The latter
family has entertained the Greers, formerly from Margarita, who
retired a year ago and are hedge-hopping here and there with
their trailer and dog, Princess.
Captain and Mrs. Annen have moved from the Zone to their
new home at 64 Riviera Drive on Beaver Lake near Rogers-the
door latch is always open.
Linda and Bill Bailey said they had no special news but were
glad to be with Canal Zone friends again. There is a certain
"esprit de corps" which comes when one communes with former
Canal Zonians and "Do you remembers" start to fly!!
Theo Hallin retired last year after 22 years of teaching in
Arkansas. She and her husband, Henry, who celebrated his 80th
birthday last August are enjoying good health. Son David is a
piolot for Federal Express Co., based in Memphis. Daughter
Elizabeth is teaching at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
This summer, she is starting on her third degree at the
University of Minnesota. "Jimmy" Meigs' oldest daughter,
Margaret, who just graduated with honors in English from
Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, will be married on July
29th in Princeton, New Jersey, where the Meigs now live.
Pat and Jesse Hollaway have left the Zone after eight years
of service and are making their home in this section with their
youngest son, Kip. Their daughter, Sue, and son-in-law, Bill,
from Tulsa have been visiting them. The Hollaways will be at
home in Springdale.
News from Diamond City, Arkansas-Mr. Hank Thompson,
wife and two daughters are now living in Diamond City. It is
reported that Bill Hicks recently built on a lot there, and that
Mr. Courlis, former Electrical Division employee on the Atlantic
side, has purchased a lot, too. Business is picking up around
these parts, pardner!
Minnie Burton proudly announced that her daughters,
Nancy, Judy and she attended the graduation of Master Sgt.
Robert Crooks from the Sgt. Major Academy at El Paso, Texas.
As he will be in Korea for three months, his wife and three sons
will return to Mansville, Ohio.
The Eldridge Burtons enjoyed visits from their family-Judy
and her family from Austin, Texas, and Mike, Jr. and his family.
We live in such a central location that it is most convenient for
travelers to come see us from any point on the compass.
Frances and Andy Whitlock report that their son, Andy, was
appointed the new chief of the Dredging Division in the
On May 15, Carl and Petie Maedl, with another Springdale
couple, set out by car for New York where they left the car with
friends. They then flew to Europe for a 22-day Alpine-Rhine
tour. They especially enjoyed the beautiful mountain scenery in
Switzerland and northern. Italy. In Vienna, they visited the
school which their daughter, Pamela, attended during her junior
year of college. The most relaxing part of their trip was a 3-day
cruise down the Rhine River on the "Holland Pearl" from
Strasbourg to Rotterdam. On their way back to Arkansas, they
enjoyed visiting with former Zonians Paul and Alberta Evancoe,
of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, and with Ozzie and Clara Jorstad, Jon
and Susie Jorstad and two young sons, of Waynesville, North
Carolina. In August, they are expecting a visit from Pam and
her husband, Vincent Gutowski and Jennifer, age 2. Most recent
drop-ins have been Luke and Frances Palumbo who left the Zone
in July and are "prospecting" in the area. The Palumbos spent
several weeks in the East and will be back in Fayetteville in
Tom Robertson is staying with his parents, Georgette and
Tom, Sr., in Springdale while attending the summer semester at
the University of Arkansas. He has a year's leave of absence
from the Canal Zone and intends to continue his studies in the
fall at the University of Arkansas.
Dabney, Lynne Meeker, with daughter Debbie and son
Jimmy, dropped in on several friends in the area-enjoying the
trip with their comfortable trailer. The reporter is sorry to have
The Annual Fall Luncheon will be held on Sunday, October
20th at 1:00 p.m. at the Town and Country Restaurant near
Rogers, Arkansas, on Hi-Way 71. Please keep this date in mind
and return your card of notification, promptly. Also BRING
NEWS!!! If you are not on the mailing list and wish to attend,
call Jessie Newhard, 501-273-3384. It's a gay event-don't miss
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
On June 23, another Luncheon and make-believe cruise was
attended by 118 members and guests aboard the SS PRINCESS
LOUISE, permanently berthed at Terminal Island, Port of Los
Angeles. The Invocation was given by Virginia Seiler. Enter-
tainment was furnished by the "Progressions Group", a trio
consisting of Louise Jones, accordion, Mike Ditsler, guitar, and
Dana Crowder on drums. The group played some Spanish songs,
and all were very well received. Louise is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs..Gilmore Jones and granddaughter of Louise Jones and
the late Norbert Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Noble A. Phillips won the
door prize-one year's membership dues.
Frank Fitzpatrick reports that Chris and Ruth Simonsen,
though she had a recent bout with abdominal surgery, did a
lovely job of managing the fine details for the Luncheon.
Paul Kline, Past President, 1971-74, was absent for the first
time in nine years due to a business seminar; however we are
happy to report that Mildred Kline attended.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Stanley Butler were guests of Mr. and Mrs.
Lewis B. Moore. Mrs. Butler is the former Beverly Caruthers
DesLondes. Since Frank Fitzpatrick left the Canal Zone over 20
years ago, he was happy to see Beverly, a 1934 Balboa High
School classmate of his.
Mrs. Charlotte Laurie, now 87, of St. Petersburg, Florida,
was the guest of Raymond and Irene Will. Irene is Mrs. Laurie's
youngest daughter. Two other daughters, the late Kathryn
Hummer and Rosamond Doran, were also BHS classmates of
Frank. Mrs. Laurie and Mrs. Ethel Wanke enjoyed reminiscing
about the old days.
Mrs. Anna Ruth (Van Brocklin) Werkheiser was the guest of
Dorothy Hayward and Captain and Mrs. John Peterson were
guests of Robert K. and Ruth Adams.
Mrs. Wanke invited her son, George, and his wife, Janice,
and their daughter, Kar,en-making three generations of Wankes!
Also, another three-gneration family attending were the
Englebrights-Mr. and Mrs. Ted Englebright, of Tucson,
Arizona, their son and his family of Los Angeles!
Mrs. Marion Baer, Sr., of Daly City, who was unable to
attend the Luncheon wrote that she spent a month with her son,
Kenneth, in Aurora, Colorado, last summer. Her three
grandsons are growing up so fast-Skip (Kenneth) is a
sophomore at Denver University and David graduated from high
school this summer. Marion is kept busy with Lodge work and
Mr. Stanley W. Stearns wrote as follows: "As an 'old timer'
from the Zone, I had an experience I thought would be of
interest to ex-Zonians-it was while on an Around-the-World
Voyage aboard the M/V ESMERALDA of the Orient Overseas
Line. We left Los Angeles late last November, heading for the
Panama Canal-I had never made a complete trip through the
Canal though I made a trip by tugboat from Gatun to Paraiso in
early 1914, and in 1955 by excursion boat from Balboa to
Gamboa. This was to be a real experience, and it was.
"In 1970, I sent Mr. J. Winter D. Collins some negatives and
pictures taken during the construction days for use in the
Museum at Balboa. In 1971, on a visit to the Zone, he showed
me a few of the enlargements made from the 60-year-old
negatives, and they were great. He said he would return any
pictures they did not use.
"Just before reaching Balboa harbor, I sent Mr. Collins a
radiogram saying 'Greetings-Stanley Stearns now passing
through.' Before our ship reached Miraflores Locks, I was
delivered a package containing the pictures."
Mr. Stearns also mentioned that he showed these pictures to
several groups of passengers and talked on the Panama Canal
during the voyage. On the ship, they received a news broadcast
about Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger's visit to Panama to
discuss treaty negotiations, and this brought up questions of
concern to many passengers.
Mr. Stearns went on to say: "I wrote Mr. Collins from
Yokohama asking him to send me some basic facts on the Canal,
its operation, etc. and also, current information regarding the
treaty negotiations. I requested a sufficient number of brochures
for those passengers who had shown so much interest. Just
before leaving the ship in San Francisco, I was given a package
containing the material I requested, which included the February
issue of the Special supplement of The Panama Canal Spillway.
I turned the literature over to a passenger who had been very
interested in the Panama story and also a list of the passengers
who had listened to my talks. He assured me that they would
Mrs. James Merriman Lynch, Escondido-"It's too bad we
never get to the P. C. meetings. At last my broken leg has
healed, and my book of poems is at the printer's now after
months of work."
Mrs. Charles W. Hammond, Laguna Hills-"We were busy in
February, March and April with company. Then Wally was in the
hospital for a month in April and May, but everything is fine
with us now. My daughter, Peggy Acker of the Canal Zone, will
be with us for her vacation, and Wally's granddaughter, also
from Illinois. My other daughter lives in Pensacola, is married,
and gave me my first grandchild in January.
Mrs. Carl P. Wanke recently visited her oldest son, Carl, and
his family in San Jose, California for two weeks. Her grand-
daughter and great-granddaughter, 2-year-old Tanya, had visited
with her in Whittier for nine days, and she flew back with them
to San Jose. Mrs. Wanke is keeping busy with lots of outside
activities-hospital work, P.E.O. Association and Circle.
Mr. and Mrs. George D. Poole (Auristela), of Schenectady,
New York, wrote that they were in Boston during June
attending an Engineer Society Convention; then to Salem and
Gloucester to soak up colonial history.
Ted and Emma Englebright, of Tucson, Arizona--"We left
Tucson on June 18 and drove to San Diego for a few days' visit
with my sister, Mrs. S. A. Gustafson, who lives in Ocean Beach.
We walked out on the pier and enjoyed the large waves coming
in-reminded us somewhat of the beaches on the Zone. We all
went out for dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Robert (Chick) Daniels
and had a good visit talking over old times. Next day we drove
up to Los Angeles to visit our son and his family. They joined us
at the Society's Luncheon aboard the SS PRINCESS LOUISE.
The following day we drove up to Hollywood to visit Ann and
Tom Brennan. There we celebrated with a birthday dinner for
Ann and me.
Thelma Reppe and Hedvig Seedborg, Long Beach-Had a
great trip east in April-so good seeing old friends. Thelma flew
to Seattle for a few weeks in July to join friends and will drive
with them to Olympic National Park, Port Townsend and various
points of interest in that area.
Dorothy Hamlin and Esther Currier, who moved from
California to Florida, are now vacationing in California-Dorothy
with Clara Gilbert in Monrovia, and Esther with her Aunt Clara
in Southgate. They went from Florida to Connecticut to visit
Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Leffingwell (Janie Hamlin), then on to
Canada where they took the train across Canada, visited all the
lovely spots in the Canadian Rockies and Vancouver, and will
return to Florida the end of July.
Viola Bissell Shea, Burbank, would like to be remembered to
all her friends in the Society. She is very well and keeps quite
busy-rides her bicycle almost every morning.
Al and Ann Houston, San Diego, are enjoying another busy
summer in Kings Canyon National Park, California.
Estrella and Sara De La Pena and their sister, Juanita
Magruder, who moved to Los Angeles last December, recently
spent a month visiting their sister, Eva and her family in Mexico
City. In August, Juanita will go back east to visit her three
children, while Moises, Jean and daughter Jeannie will drive
with Estrella and Sara to EXPC '74 in Spokane and Canada for
about a month.
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Cunningham (Janet) of St. Petersburg
are driving west to see friends and relatives-among them,
daughter Linda Sue, and her daughter in Sacramento, and in
Long Beach, Hedvig (Sundberg) Seedborg.
Jack and Joan deGrummond, North Hollywood-In April,
Jack and I left California on our second trip to Panama since
retiring in September, 1971. On the way, as we did last year, we
stopped at New Orleans to visit my sister, Margaret Coffey, and
her son, Richard, Dorothy Ridge Tully and her mother, Mrs. Mae
Gowan Ridge who lived in Gorgona, Corozal and Balboa in the
early days. Then to Miami to visit my brother, John and his wife
Julie (Wilson) who toured us around the Miami area.
While in the Canal Zone, we visited my father, Jack Ridge,
and three brothers there: Vincent, Pat and Elbert and families,
as well as my nieces, Mary Ridge and Cathey Adams and her
Like last year, we saw visiting retirees returning to the old
stamping grounds as we did. This year there were Anne
Williams, Lemma Derr, Mahlon Davis and family. Among
retirees living on the Isthmus we saw Jim Hinkle, Sam Dubin,
Jim Doran, Stan Sudron, Leslie Clarke, Preston Minton, Bob
Graham, Florence Williams, "Buddy" Williams, Paul Coleman,
Mrs. Lulu (Fluharty) Logan, Mrs. Henri Skeie, Mrs. Hazel
DuVall, Emmett Zemer and others. Jack had an interesting chat
with Elias (the Greek) Anastaciado of Elias' Garage, about their
early days. Elias was an all-star basketball player, along with
several well-known Canal Zone fellows-now retired employees-
Carl Newhard, Wes Townsend, "Rusty" Jones, "Buster" Burgoon
(deceased), and others. He also spoke of hosting a party for
early-timer, "Babe" Schuber, now a successful businessman,
when he visited the Zone a few years back. At the American
Legion Club for lunch one day, we ran into Bill Wymer, back on
a business trip. Some will remember him from earlier Yacht
The general appearance of the Zone is the same. The
addition to the portecochere at the Administration Building being
completed will be great for weather protection for auto passen-
gers (even the Governor can use it!). The new Balboa Clubhouse
under construction is coming along and substantial street im-
provement around Balboa Heights Railroad Station is underway.
The new telephone building on Roosevelt Avenue is in operation,
and Engineering offices have taken over the old Exchange area
on the third floor of the Administration Building. New up-and-
down duplexes are going up on La Boca Road and in Margarita.
While we were there, the USARSO Headquarters announced
plans for a move to Fort McPherson, Georgia, with remaining
Zone functions to be under the 193d Brigade.
There are lots of co-worker friends still working in the Zone
whom we were pleased to see, but we missed the many who
have retired and gone. It's nice to go back to see friends and the
familiar scene, and everyone is most cordial and helpful. Being
retired does cut the umbilical cord as an employee, which has an
individual reaction within each of us upon returning. Still, it's a
great place. Although people on the Zone go about their duties
as always, there seems to be thoughtful consideration of possible
changes suggested by treaty negotiations. You still hear the
famous expression, "In so many months and days, I'll have it
The parishioners of St. Mary's Mission and friends from all
over the Isthmus honored Father John Kennedy with a Silver
Jubilee Dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary of his ordination
in May. We also saw Fathers Patrick Doran, Paul Loeven and
Our trips were mostly locally around the Canal Zone and
Panama. One of special interest was down the Inter-American
Highway past Pacora and Chepo to Canita, a townsite four miles
from the new Bayano River Hydroelectric Dam site, 65 miles
from Panama City by road. We saw the dam under construction,
which reminded Jack of Madden Dam construction on the
Chagres when he worked with Jerry Evans at Madden Dam
Commissary around 1933.
A good deal of our time on the Isthmus was spent at our
small beach place at Playa Coronado. My father spent several
days with us there. Coronado has really grown with new homes
going up all around. The new Clubhouse with a nice swimming
pool and an excellent golf course are completed, with some
surrounding golf-course villas underway.
Panama's Interior has continued to grow. New beach areas
are in development and towns are expanding. Particularly
noticeable are the large areas of new low-cost housing at
Chorrera. However, Panama City's development of these
housing and urban areas all over is remarkable. From way out
toward Tocumen Airport to Old Panama, San Miguelito, Pueblo
Nuevo, Caceres, Miraflores and Betania, expanding everywhere,
and on the Atlantic side at Sabanitas and out toward Portobello.
Colon has changed with new stores down Front Street opposite
the old ones; some low-cost apartments on the beachfront. The
most spectacular changes in Panama City are the many high-rise
buildings, business offices and apartments, from La Exposicion
and Bella Vista out past Campo Alegre. Imagine, if you can, how
several high-rise apartment buildings would fit on top of
Duque Heights in La Cresta which are 15 to 21 stories high.
Buzzards fly lower than that! And Paitilla looks like dominoes
standing on end with a new round Holiday Inn going up. A new
highway over a big fill (beyond power plant at San Francisco de
la Caleta) completely closes off the old, well-known restaurant
and waterfront in that area. A new shorter access highway to
the city is like a continuation of Tocumen highway continuing
straight across where it intersects the Trans-Isthmian Highway
at the Police Booth, opening up new areas being developed, and
winds up at the overpass on the Trans-Isthmian Highway near
Panama University. .
We adjusted our plans to return to California through
Central America, stopping at Guatemala, and made our
reservations through Gordon Dalton Travel Agency-we received
the usual good Dalton Treatment. We chatted with Gordon who
said he and Margaret would be leaving soon for their new home
in Pinehurst, North Carolina, where he plans to open a travel
agency-work in the mornings and play golf in the afternoons!
Our Guatemalan visit was very interesting, and we were
impressed by the friendly treatment we were given and the
beautiful countryside, called "The land of the eternal spring."
Our 3-day tour included Guatemala City, Antigua, Lake Atitlan
and Chichicastenango. While in Antigua, we stopped by for a
nice visit with Mrs. Vern Prier (Inga), formerly of the Atlantic
side, who now makes her home there. We had a pleasant time
talking about old times in the Zone and of visitors she receives
passing through We toasted the Fourth of July with fellow
tourists at the Mayan Inn at Chichicastenango while listening to
a Marimba band and their traditional music.
Our next get-together is tentatively scheduled for sometime
in November at the Ports O'Call Restaurant in Ports O'Call
Village in San Pedro-Joan R. deGrummond, Secretary-Treas-
CANAL ZONE NEWS
Mrs. Vivian S. De La Mater received a Special Acts Certifi-
cate and a cash award of $150 from Frank Castles, Civil Affairs
Bureau Director, and David A. Speir, Jr., Superintendent of
Schools. The Balboa High School teacher was cited for the
courage she displayed when she challenged a man about to enter
the school's typing room, causing him to flee. It was later learned
that the man and his accomplices were involved in a plan to
burglarize the typing room where 30 expensive typewriters were
located. Mrs. De La Mater was credited with the presence of
mind and quick thinking which routed the potential thieves and
saved the Schools Division the loss of valuable property.
Two retired pilots, Captain Fred M. Weade and Sidney W.
Peterson, both of Pompano Beach, Florida, returned to the Zone
in June to augment the pilot force during the Canal's peak
Dr. and Mrs. Larry Horine, of Boone, North Carolina, and
three children, Stace, Sherwood, and Mary Sheryl were Canal
Zone visitors in June.
Miss Nancy Boyd, daughter of Captain and Mrs. R. F. Boyd
of La Boca was one of 126 seniors to receive their degrees at the
144th commencement of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama,
on May 19th. Miss Boyd graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.
A. Degree in Spanish and was awarded the Miranda Medal for
excellence in the Spanish language. Spring Hill is the oldest
institution of higher learning in Alabama and the third oldest
such Jesuit institution in the United States. Miss Boyd will be
representing Spring Hill in Panama and the Canal Zone for those
interested in obtaining more information about the school.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pflanzer and their children Carl David,
Kimberley, Kathryn and Brian, of Rome, New York, vacationed
in the Canal Zone. Mrs. Pflanzer is the former Patty Cawl of
Balboa. The Pflanzers were the houseguests of Mrs. Pflanzer's
uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Rex E. Beck.
W. C. Williford, his wife, Tommy, and daughter, Nancy,
visited his sister, Mrs. Ann Pennock in St. Petersburg, Florida
in July. Mr. Williford is Chief Foreman, Buildings and
Maintenance Shops, Maintenance Division in Cristobal.
Virginia (Pat Ryan) Hunter, Junction City, Kansas, July 21,
1974-I left Junction City on June 21st and spent ten days in the
Canal Zone. My son, Bill Hunter, and his wife, Susan (Alves) met
me at Tocumen with my new grandson, Ryan, born on March
25th. What a lovely big boy he is! Stayed with my brother,
Fred J. Ryan (Bud) and Vera (Howell) in their lovely home in La
Boca. Saw many changes in the Canal Zone Had a corbina
dinner at the Rodman Officers' Club with my family. Spent a
day with Wren Stark before she and Jim (Scotty) Stark departed
for Ferriday, Louisiana. Had lunch with the women from the
USARSO Engineer Office at Albrook Officers' Club and later
visited the Engineer's office where I formerly worked. My son
and daughter-in-law had a lovely cocktail party for me at their
home in Albrook AFB and saw old friends such as Norman and
Agnes (Atkinson) Anderson, Chuck and Dottie Lavallee, Pat
LeBrun, Pauline and Doug Fulop, Sandy and Bill Brunner, my
nephew, Fred Ryan, and his wife, Wendy. Spent one day on the
Atlantic Side with Ruth Van Vliet who is now living in Margarita
with her daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Jack Corliss. We
went to El Valle to shop in the market. Looked around in
Coronada which is very beautiful now. While I was in the Canal
Zone, I bought a beautiful huaca called "The Rainbow", which
was made by Neville Harte. The organ is no longer at the
Panama Hotel-sure missed hearing that music. The hotel is
adding another wing, across the patio in the back-out where the
organ was located. Beautiful molas now hang on the wall. En-
joyed buying lottery tickets again and seeing some of my friends
on the corner by Morrison's store on 4th of July Avenue .
"On my return trip to Kansas, I stopped in Miami and
visited my aunt, Ruth Ryan (Mrs. Weldy Ryan) and then contin-
ued on to West Palm Beach and stayed with Colonel (Ret.) Jim
and Lorry Startt."
PERSONNEL CHANGES-Condensed from
THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAYS
When Walter W. Fade, former chief of the Dredging
Division left the Isthmus on May 27, he was planning his third
career. After 27 years of service in the Army and 7 years with
the Panama Canal, he retired to Gouverneur, a small community
in upstate New York where he will be raising livestock and
sheep on his 80 acres of farming land and in his spare time go
into contracting-mainly the rehabilitation and restoration of old
houses in the area. In addition to farming and contracting, he
plans to go hunting. He already has a date to go moose hunting
with Arthur O'Leary.
Mr. Paul L. Whitlock was named Dredging Division Chief,
succeeding Chief Walter W. Fade. Mr. Whitlock was born in the
Republic of Panama and is a graduate of Cristobal High School.
He has both a bachelor's and a master's degree in mechanical
engineering from Texas A & M. He and his wife, Mary Louise,
who was also born on the Isthmus, have three daughters and two
Mr. Curtis B. Darden, former Senior Customs Inspector at
Balboa, has been promoted to Chief Customs Inspector following
the retirement of Warner E. Hoyle.
Canal Zone Governor, David S. Parker, has announced the
appointments of Bruce A. Quinn and Paul A. Simoneau to be
Special Assistants to the Governor-President for Equal Oppor-
tunity and for Labor-Management Relations, respectively.
The appointments of two new division chiefs in the Canal's
Office of the Comptroller were announced in June. Duane M.
Perkins, who has been employed in the Comptroller's Office since
July, 1958, was named Assistant Comptroller-Data Processing
and Duane A. Rigby, who began his career in the Comptroller's
Office in 1961, is the new Assistant Comptroller-Systems. Mr.
Rigby was born and reared in the Canal Zone and attended Canal
FORT LAUDERDALE NEWS
Mrs. James (Virginia) Wood, accompanied. by her daughter,
Mrs. Robert Engelke, and her grandson, Robert, were the guests
of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Rowe of Imperial Point for a few days.
The visitors were in Lauderdale to meet Mrs. Ann Suescum (Dr.
Suescum) and her three children who will visit with the James
Woods in St. Petersburg for a month.
The George Winquists were in Nashville, Tennessee, for ten
days, visiting their daughter Ann and to help celebrate Ann's
Mrs. Alba D. Hutchings (Vally) was in Orlando recently for
the graduation of her son, Billy Hutchings from Boot Camp. Since
then, Billy has been sent to San Diego where he will further his
Captain Fred M. Weade and Captain Sidney W. Peterson,
retired pilots of the Panama Canal have returned to the Zone for
the summer months as replacement pilots due to the shortage of
pilots. Mrs. Mary Jane Weade, accompanied by her daughter,
Mary, also went to the Zone and will renew many old friendships
during the summer. The Weades live in Coconut Creek, and
Sidney Peterson is a resident of Pompano Beach.
Young Mike Weade, with his wife and young son, Jason, will
be returning to the Isthmus this fall. Mike will be teaching in
the Canal Zone schools.
Captain and Mrs. John Connard had as their guests during
the summer their son, John, wife and young son.
Jean Storey (Redmond), who has been a resident of Fort
Lauderdale for many years has left us for Merritt Island, Florida,
where she will live in a new house her son, John Redmond, has
purchased. John is a second generation Panama Canal pilot.
James M. Hunter and Byrne Hutchings both have been hos-
pitalized lately. We are happy to report that both are home and
The Panama Canal Society of Southern Florida held their
semi-annual meeting at the Governor's Club. A delightful
luncheon was served to some fifty-four folks attending. A most
interesting talk was given by our president, Bob Johnson,
regarding the future of the Canal and its improvements. After
the luncheon, most of the folks walked over to the gallery run by
Lee Lloyd, the daughter of the Lonnie Van Siclens, where Pete
Johnson had a display of her paintings.
Captain C. W. Ryter of Leesburg was the houseguest of the
James Hunters for a few days. He was here to attend the
funeral of Captain Benjamin I. Thomas.
Beverly Des Londes of the Coral Ridge Towers has been in
California since last Christmas. While there, she is building a
home near her sister Jessie. Bev plans to spend her summers in
California and winters in Fort Lauderdale. During the summer
months her son, Dannie Des Londes, and wife, Mary, have been
occupying Bev's apartment and taking summer classes. Both
Dannie and Mary are teachers in the Canal Zone schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Sydney Lindh of Merritt Island, accompanied
by their daughter, Frances, were the luncheon guests of Jimmy
and Amelia Hunter. They then drove to Miami to put Frances on
a plane to return to her home in Balboa, Canal Zone.
Edith McAllister and her sister, Connie Bishop, were in Fort
Lauderdale recently as the guests of Captain and Mrs. William E.
Thompson and their family. Edith gave us good news-she and
Bob will be settling around this part of the woods. We shall be
most happy to have them with us.
Kay McGinnis (Capwell) and her husband, Jim, of Quito,
Ecuador, have an apartment in Fort Lauderdale and during the
spring vacation had their children visiting here. At the same
time, Jim's mother was also a visitor.
Agnes Hearon and her son, Chris, of Richmond, Virginia,
took a month's tour through New England and visited their many
friends en route. Recently, Agnes entertained with a birthday
dinner for her son and had relatives and friends from Staten
Island as well as the Gil Rowes and Barbara Hutchings.
Again, I plead for news from this part of Florida. It is
difficult to send in news when there are so many things going on.
Everyone is truly interested, so, PLEASE, won't you phone and
give me the news.-Barbara M. Hutchings
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
All the States seem to be hot this summer, but it is
delightful here in the mountains. Days sometimes do go up into
the 80's, but the minute the sun goes down it is again cool.
We had a Picnic on the 6th of July at the CP&L Picnic
grounds with 50 present-not all were old-timers as a few were
guests. We had 13 children, mostly grandchildren of old-timers.
Carmen (our President) rose to the occasion and had peanuts
hidden all over the place, balloons hanging from the rafters, a
tub of water with apples in it for the little ones to dive for, and
many lollipops for prizes. The children were beautifully
behaved-not one fight amongst them. They policed the grounds
before we left and even the sternest sergeant would have had to
say, "Well done, nothing out of order." Don't tell me that all
parents have lost control of their offspring; there are many,
many who are still demanding with much love in the demands.
Clara and Ossie Jorstad came from Waynesville. It was so
good to see them as they had not been able to be with us for
some time. Clara gave the announcement of their latest grand-
child-Jonathan Kyle Jorstad, born May 22nd to Jon and Susie
Jorstad, of Waynesville, North Carolina. Paternal grandparents
are the O. E. Jorstads.
George and Joan Fitzgerald were with us. Joan had
remained here after their last trip, but George had to return to
work and flew back just to be at the Picnic. He is in Cincinnati
during the summer; he is Director of Marine Operations for the
Delta Queen S. S. Co. His address is 85 Versailles, Ohio 45240.
The Company is building a new Packet Ship; it is the only
overnight SS left on the river. When winter comes, they move
to New Orleans.
Mrs. Jim Pattison (Sis Coleman) arrived on May 25th from
the Canal Zone for a month's visit with her parents, Tom and
Barbara Coleman, and her sister and brother-in-law, Jean and
Jack Dombrowsky. Jean left while Sis was here to go to Florida
to be with her brother's wife who was not well.
Ross Hollowell and wife (Margaret Hardy) visited the Tom
Kelleys for two days on their way to Maryland to visit Ross'
brother Marion. While here, they entertained Gene and Wilton
Clary at Dinner at the new Coachlight Inn. They had a wonderful
Dr. Alan Bentz, who is working in the Research and
Developing Center of the U. S. Coast Guard, recently visited his
parents, Paul and Betty. He and his family have moved to their
new home in Stonington, Connecticut. Joann (Bentz), husband,
Dr. Davison, and son Chad will drive from Stuart, Florida, in
their new Motor Home about the 15th of August and be here for
a week's stay.
Bob and Alice Roche were gone for three weeks in the
spring. They went to Annandale, Minnesota, Alice's former
home. They visited in Rochester, Minnesota, and saw Dr.
Enrique Chaves who was at one time a pediatrician at Gorgas
Hospital. He is now at the Mayo Clinic doing Pediatric
Psychology. From Minnesota, they went to Wisconsin to visit
Bob's brother Ron who was on the Zone as Assistant General
Council from 1938 to 1943.
Clarence and Della Howell had their daughter Margaret
Howell Pope, her three daughters, Debbie, April, and Sherri at
the Picnic and also as guests, Della's brother, Alain Ingle, and his
friend, Al Brackman from New Jersey. We are sorry to hear
that Clarence will enter a hospital late in July for an operation
on his eyes. He has been suffering with Glaucoma for some time.
We all wish him good luck on the operation.
Hendersonville didn't know just what hit it the first week of
June. The "Big Day" was June 6th, Stella Howe's birthday.
What a memorable celebration it was as the D. P. Howe children
had their first complete reunion since 1929. From all corners of
the United States the children came to be with "Ma" for her
birthday. Chuckie (Murel) Johnston came from Idaho; Blanche
Rine from Indiana; and from Massachusetts came Dolly Fiske
who brought Stella's brother, Arthur Tupper, and sister, Edith
Resselar, along for the celebration; Roger and Kay Howe came
from Florida and the whole David "Mike" Howe family flew in
from Florida, too. Of course, Charlie and Carmen Howe were
already here to host the event in their home where Stella
resides. Their son Dan was home from North Carolina State
University to join in on the occasion along with two of their
daughters, Alice ('Peanut') Pridmore and Shirley McHenry and
family. There were four generations present. To witness it all
came Ruthie and Bill Tillman, very dear and close family friends.
The C. S. Howe home here will surely be marked as the "home of
reunions" as they hopefully plan, come October, to have their
first complete get-together in nine years. "Hold on to your roofs,
At present, Marion Howe Burchfield and a friend are here to
take Shirley and children to Massachusetts for a three weeks'
vacation-Carmen Howe, President, Margaret Wanlass, Secre-
September 1, 1974-129 Days until the Forty-Third Anniver-
sary Reunion (January 8-9, 1975) at the Princess Martha Hotel,
St. Petersburg, Florida!! Reservation forms for hotel accom-
modations and the Annual Luncheon are in the current issue of
the RECORD. Reservations for the popular reception on
January 8, 1975, are NOT necessary as there will be NO
CHARGE. As in the past two years, a cash bar will be available.
Hors d'oevres WILL NOT be served. With over 400 attending
the Reception in 1974, the available supply of snacks disappeared
all too quickly. Many, who were busy chatting with old friends,
did not think of food until it was too late. The Reception,
primarily, is a get-together with old friends. Thus, after discus-
sion by the Executive Committee, it was decided to eliminate
serving any food and the necessity of a charge.
The hotel can reserve only fifty rooms for Reunion guests.
Most hotels in St. Petersburg have annual commitments with
northern patrons who spend three or four months in Florida
during the winter season. Reservations will be made in other
hotels for the overflow, if desired.
Mrs. Jean Mann, Secretary-Treasurer, is now working on the
ANNUAL ISSUE for 1974. Copy is due at the printer in early
October and will be mailed (hopefully) the first week in
November. Changes of address should be sent in immediately,
and, if any corrections are necessary pertaining to individual
listings, notify Mrs. Mann. If sending a Christmas gift
subscription, memberships should be sent in so that names are
listed in the new address book.
Names of new members since the June issue of the
RECORD will also be listed in the ANNUAL ISSUE.
ANOTHER DEADLINE DATE-News for the December
RECORD SHOULD BE RECEIVED by October 20th-ten days
before the deadline date to the printer. PLEASE COOPERATE.
Every effort will be made to get in news, if of interest to our
readers. Normally it is impossible to include news after material
is at the printers and is not used unless we need filers because of
We would also appreciate pictures. Black and White
reproduces better than color.
Many thanks to the Reporters and others who send us news.
Your cooperation makes it possible for us to bring many
interesting and informative articles to the readers of the Record.
Too late to insert as a regular news item.
REMINISCING-Eugene R. Owens, Port Richey, Florida
"The arrival of the Canal Record is always looked forward to
with great interest. However, the June issue with the excerpt
from the SARASOTA JOURNAL was just the tonic needed to
rekindle memories of nostalgic days during the sanitary cleanup
and start of the I. C. C. construction of the Canal.
"I can still visualize the dockings of the Panama Railroad
steamships-the ANCON, COLON, PANAMA, ADVANCE,
ALLIANCIA and later the GENERAL GORGAS and the
GENERAL GOETHALS; the sighting of the ship out in the bay
making its way to the old wooden pier, No. 4; the rain beating on
the pier's corrugated iron roof (it always seemed to be raining on
the Atlantic side), and, when made fast, the lowering of the
gangplank and greetings to returning vacationers and new
"Greetings over, baggage and mail loaded on the Boat Train
Special, we started our return trip across the Isthmus with stops
at stations along the line-Mt. Hope, Frijoles, across the bridge
over the Chagres, Black Swamp and its floating railroad bed to
Gorgona, Matachin, San Pablo, Bas Obispos, Culebra, Empire
(the 10th infantry was stationed there), across the canal route to
the east side and Paraiso, Pedro Miguel (Mayor Boyd's town),
Miraflores, Corozal, Diablo Hill and across the mud flats to
Panama City; there was no passenger train service to La Boca,
and Balboa did not exist. From the old railroad station in
Panama City, the walk to Ancon and the hospital grounds to
Bishop's Hollow was just the thing needed to limber up after the
two-hour train ride.
"When there was an early boat docking, the train ride across
the Isthmus in the daylight was always interesting-the tropical
scenery, native huts, old French houses, rusting French engines,
four-wheel flat cars, excavating machinery, and dredges sitting in
large pits with no water around them. It was the intention of
the French to fill the pits with water and have the dredge dig
"I, like Mrs. Schwartz, remember arriving at our first living
quarters when we (Dad, two sisters and a brother) arrived at
Corozal. It was dark and, as usual, raining. Dad had left us at
the railroad station while he went to the QMD to get his assign-
ment for quarters. During his absence, we became alarmed by
the strange language spoken by people sitting on the platform of
the unlit station. Later, we learned that there was a Greek labor
camp across the tracks from the station and it was Greek we
heard-it still is Greek to me! The walk from the station up the
dark, muddy road to our quarters was miserable, but when we
learned that we had to sleep on mattresses on the floor because
there was no kerosene for the lamps and thus could not see to
put the beds together, that was the end of an imperfect day.
"The next morning we all went to the building in the rear of
our quarters to bathe and so forth, as there were no bathing
facilities in our quarters. We soon found out that the two other
families sharing our building, plus five families from the next
building, also had an interest in the building in the rear! Our
meals for a few days were eaten in the Bachelor's quarters
restaurant, usually referred to as the Hotel. When Dad got his
commissary book, we did our shopping at the Ancon or Pedro
Miguel Commy. The Pedro Miguel commissary was farther away
than Ancon, but we could get the 5:45 labor train to Pedro
Miguel and catch the noon P.R.R. passenger train home. To get
to Ancon, it was either walk there and ride back or ride there
and walk back-besides the butter melted softer. The
commissary had plenty of fresh vegetables; we even had the
choice of Heinz, Campbells or Van Camps-fresh out of the cans.
"The Sarasota group must have some interesting meetings-
would enjoy attending one, but will be satisfied to read more of
Balboa, Canal Zone
October 31, 1926
Secretary Herbert Hoover
U. S. Department of Commerce
Washington, D. C.
We, the club women of the Canal Zone, believe that the general
welfare of our country may be improved by attaching more
dignity and importance to the work of the wife and mother in the
We therefore request a little change in the phraseology in the
first sentence of paragraph 158 in "Instructions to Enumerators",
U. S. Census Bureau. We should like to have "Women doing
housework" changed to "Homemaker", and the word "home" to
be supplied in the blank corresponding space of Column 27.
We feel that such a little step will be most helpful in developing
the morale of "the hand that rocks the cradle."
President, Ancon Morning Musicale Club
President, Mothers' Association
President, Canal Zone College Club
Copies to Herbert Hoover, General Federation Women's Club,
Ancon Morning Musicale Club, Mothers' Association, Canal Zone
Mail should not be sent to the official Panama Canal Society
box with a request that the Secretary-Treasurer forward the
mail to a designated person. Such mail will not be forwarded by
the Post Office and necessitates addressing an envelope,
stamping and mailing. With the growth of the Society, your
officers are kept busy with routine work that must be done.
Membership has increased but personnel pertaining to the work
involved has not increased. Check your Annual Issue for
addresses. If there has been an address change, first-class mail
will be forwarded by the Post Office.
prepared on the basis of community property income.
For those of you who prepare your own tax returns, you
should obtain a copy of IRS Publication 524, preferably the 1974
edition, to determine if you qualify for community property
income. Any IRS office should be able to supply you a copy of
this publication. This reference, together with reference to
Revenue Ruling 72-520, should be cited on your amended return.
If your return is prepared by any one of the many commercial
firms specializing in personal income tax preparation, i.e. H & R
Block, Beneficial Finance Company, Sears, etc., you should
explain to them that your annuity was earned in the Panama
Canal Zone and ask them to check their references to Revenue
Ruling 72-520 and IRS Publication 524 to determine if you are
entitled to any benefits thereunder and if so, to prepare amended
returns to obtain refunds.
Members attending the Annual Reunion in January and
desiring to stay in a motel might find the EDGEWATER BEACH
MOTEL to their liking. This motel is in a quiet area on the
waterfront about one mile from the Princess Martha Hotel-
Ample Parking, Restaurant, Cocktail Lounge and Pool. Rate for
twin beds, Black and White T.V., Double Occupancy in Main or
West Building is $14.00 a day. The East Building is more desir-
able, and rates there are $20.00 a day, Double Occupancy with
two double beds and color T.V. If Ground Floor Room is desired,
be sure to so specify when making reservations.
For reservations, call 813-898-0811 or write Edgewater Beach
Motel, 631 North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
DUES $5.00 PER YEAR PE"AMETILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
On your application give name as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL
ISSUE- Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
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Mrs. Ann [Wood]
Suescum, Balboa, Canal
Miss Margie Jones, St.
Miss Judy Lindsay, Anne Marie and Walter, Seoul, Korea.
Four Generations-Seated: Linda Potter, St. Petersburg,
Anjanette Walker, New Orleans, Louisiana, Ross Cunningham,
St. Petersburg-Standing: Janet Cunningham Walker, New
Orleans, Russell Potter, St. Petersburg.
Balboa High School Graduates, Class of 1919-Mrs. Noreen Hall
Kaufer, San Jose, California; Mrs. Dorothy Browning Cantway,
Pinellas Park, Florida.
Three Generations-Seated: Melissa Haile, Mrs. Frances
Haile, Mrs. Pauline Holmelin, all of St. Petersburg.
Standing: Pauline A. Arnold, St. Petersburg, Mrs. Jean
Kirk, Springfield, Ohio.
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