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

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Vol. 9 December, 1975 No. 5

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.




Officers of the Panama Canal Society of South Carolina at
their first social event, a picnic, on September 21, 1975. From
left to right: James O. Catron, President; John A. Everson,
Chaplain; Mrs. Charles J. [Olga] Holmes, Secretary-Treasur-
er. V. Lee Clontz, Vice-President, was on a vacation in
Europe; C. W. Kilbey, Reporter, was busy taking the picture.

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Front Row: Walter J. Jones, Locust Grove, Virginia; Mr.
George A. Jones, Jr., [deceased].
Back Row: Mrs. Belle Jones Schroeder, Gould, Colorado;
Edwin (. Jones, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grace Jones Carey,
Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Presentation by Eugene I. Askew, President [right] of a
complimentary Panama Canal Society License Plate to Mr.
James Mable with Vice President, Gaddis Wall on the left at
the October Meeting in St. Petersburg.

Mrs. L. E. Horine [Mary Ellen Stacy] pins the Eagle Scout pin
on her son, Sherwood, at ceremonies in Boone, North Carolina,
August, 1975. Looking on are Sherwood's father, Dr. L. E.
Horine; sister, Mary Sheryl; and grandparents, Col. and Mrs.
Sherwood J. Stacy, of St. Petersburg, Florida. The Horines'
oldest son, Stace, was absent.

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Corrigan, Jr., Pompano Beach, Florida,
and Mr. and Mrs. Owen Corrigan, Port Charlotte, Florida.

The Birthday Club started thirty years ago in Cocoli, Canal
Zone. Front Row: Verna Kapinos, Aiken, South Carolina;
Delta Sampsell, Frederick, Maryland. Back Row: Ruth Mad-
den, California, Kentucky; Helen Beil and Louise Barnes, St.
Petersburg, Florida.

Mr. and Mrs. James Bryant, Tampa, Florida; Art Blystone
and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Reynolds, Aiken, South Carolina.

he Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

(A Non-Profit Organization)

To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships

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

Eugene I. Askew
Gaddis Wall
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Record Editor
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Wm. F. Grady
Legislative Representative
Charles Holmelin
Sergeant-at-Arms, pro tern

J. F. Warner
Eugene I. Askew
Gaddis Wall
Ross H. Hollowell
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
G. C. Lockridge
Troy Hayes
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Mrs. Margaret M. Ward
Secretary to Committee

The CANAL RECORD is published
the good and welfare of its members.

by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for

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

persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $7.00. Entered as 2nd Class
matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class Postage paid at
Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.

South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.

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

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

Vol. 9

December, 1975

No. 5

"At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year. Thomas Tusser
William F. Grady, our conscientious Legislative Representative,
not only CHEERS members with news of the Cost of Living increases
and other pertinent legislation involving retirees but also shares old
recipes which, perhaps, to some, may add to that Christmas CHEER.
From TROPICAL COOKING by Gladys R. Graham:
"This concoction was the standby of an old-timer resident of
Boquete, high in the Volcan region of Panama. He was an ex-Texan
and an ex-Canal employee. The drink made with grapefruit or orange
juice; he called it by the above name, swearing that was the one
beverage directly responsible for Methuselah's great age 969
years!! Two variations are given:
3/4 cup grapefruit juice 3/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons honey or 1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons rum 2 tablespoons rum
"Mix and chill. Serves one. It is a smooth beverage, a marvelous
pick-me-up after a hard day on the trail and excellent for colds. You'll
wonder what happened to the rum unless you drink two on an
empty stomach, and you'll suddenly discover that it was right there all
the time.
"Note: I use a 6 oz. can of frozen grapefruit juice (concentrated)
3 cans of water
6 tablespoons of honey (orange blossom)
8 tablespoons of white rum (4 ounces)
and end up with 32 ounces of Methigulum to keep on hand in the
refrigerator! SALUD, Bill."
On Legislation, Mr. Grady stated that he had nothing to report -
Congress has been on vacation!!!


Mrs. Evelyn S. Barrett 9/27 Accounting 20
Mr. Wade V. Carter, Jr. 7/31 Locks 27
Mrs. Mildred A. Cook 9/12 Admin. Services 14
Mr. Robert H. Crane 7/29 Industrial 24
Mr. Norman M. Currier 7/29 Transit Operations 33
Mrs. Yolanda Diaz 8/07 Coco Solo Hospital 13
Miss Maymie R. Edwards 7/31 Schools 22

Lt. James A. Lowe 9/08 Fire 33
Mr. John J. McConaghy 7/26 Storehouses 41
Mr. Harvey G. Rhyne 7/10 Probation and
Parole Unit 39
Mr. Odus J. Short 9/05 Maintenance 16
Mr. Joseph Silverman 7/25 Gorgas Hospital 19
Mr. Frank B. Smithlin 9/08 Ports 11
Lt. Thomas N. Stewart 9/27 Fire 31

Remember those state-side vacations when a Canal Zone license
plate often resulted in renewed contacts with folks who had lived on
the Zone or who, perhaps, had relatives living there. Retirement with
required State's license plates normally has resulted in a loss of
identity; we are officially Floridians, New Yorkers, etc. Through the
efforts of Gaddis Wall, Vice-President of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. and Mr. James A. Mable, of Port Richey, Florida, a
license plate for the front of a car as illustrated on the Cover again
identifies retirees with the Panama Canal. The officers of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. appreciate the many hours of work done
by Mr. Mable who designed the plates.
These plates are available to all current Zonians and to Retirees.
If not mailed, the cost is $2; if mailed $2.50. Write to Mrs. Jean Mann,
Secretary-Treasurer at Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733 for
more information.
For members who are interested in the Society tags, the
following form with check should be sent to The Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc., Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733.

Please mail to


Street Box

City State Zip Code_

Society Tag, $2.50 ea., Number wanted

Total enclosed

Glassplate Negatives of Canal Oldtimers are still available. The
December, 1974, issue of the RECORD printed an article on negatives
and prints dating from 1904 through 1945 which were salvaged by
Mrs. Gene White Litton and Mrs. Anna Calvit. They are negatives
taken by Panama Canal Official photographers I.D., passports, etc.
Mrs. Calvit, who had charge of mailing negatives or prints to retirees,
has retired. These negatives were turned over to Charles Williams,
Box 113, Balboa, Canal Zone. When writing Mr. Williams, give full
name (if female, full maiden name also). If the name is on the list, the
negatives will be mailed to them. The only charge will be actual cost -
i.e. postage plus 35 cents for packing material. If there is no photo
with the negative, one will be made for about 15 cents each. As 12,000
glass negatives take up a lot of room, these negatives cannot be kept

PRESIDENT Mr. Gaddis Wall
Other Officers will be appointed by the President-Elect with the
advice and consent of the Executive Committee after election of
Officers and will be printed in the March, 1976, RECORD.

Miss Jennifer Rose Collins became the bride of Dale O. Thomas
on Saturday, August 2, 1975, at St. Raphael's Catholic Church in St.
Petersburg, Florida.
The bride is the daughter of Cmdr. and Mrs. Charles J. Collins, of
St. Petersburg, Florida. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Glenn E. Thomas, of Garfield Heights, Ohio.
The bride is a graduate of St. Petersburg High School and St.
Petersburg Junior College. The bridegroom is a graduate of Garfield
Heights High School and Cuyahoga Community College. He is
employed by Custom Trim Products Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas are residing in St. Petersburg. See Picture.
Miss Judy Hearne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julian S. Hearne, of
St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mr. Robert Martin were married on
August 8, 1975, in Orlando, Florida. They are living in Orlando. "This
makes the third "Bob" for the J. S. Hearnes."
Mr. and Mrs. F. W. McAndrews (Jean Kalar) announce the
marriage of their daughter, Helen, to Robert D. Salamone, on August
16, 1975, in Moscow, Pennsylvania. Both Mr. and Mrs. Salamone are

school teachers and will make their home in Delmar, New York.
Out-of-town guests at the wedding included Mr. and Mrs. Roy F.
Kennedy, of Englewood, Colorado, and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Krouse,
of Springfield, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Krouse are
sisters of Mrs. McAndrews.

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Andino (Janice Malone), of Pembroke Pines,
Florida, announce the birth of their third child, a son, Kenneth
Raymond, on September 29, 1975. The Andinos have two daughters,
Jackie and Nikki. Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Walter R. Malone
and the late Walter R. (Bud) Malone, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. A. Andino, of Hollywood,
Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Fewell, Jr. (Christine) announce the
birth of their first child, a daughter, Anna Catherine, born on July 23,
1975, in Hastings on the Hudson, New York. Maternal grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Huff, of Brevard, North Carolina. From
the North Carolina Report.
Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Griffin (nee Linda Jane Cunningham), of Simi
Valley, California, announce the birth of their third child, a son, named
Joshua Timothy, on November 5, 1975. Paternal grandparents are
deceased. The maternal grandparents are Mrs. Barbara J. Cunning-
ham, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Mr. Joshua A. Cunningham
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Howe (Sheila) announce the birth of their
first child, a son, Nathan Paul, born on August 29, 1975, in
Hendersonville, North Carolina. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Howe and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Ernest Hollingsworth, all of Hendersonville, North Carolina. From
the North Carolina Report.
Lieutenant and Mrs. Gordon E. Kauffman (nee Mary Sharp)
announce the birth of their second child, a son, Earl Roy, on October
11, 1975, in Yokosuka, Japan. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Roy A. Sharp, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Lee F. Kennedy, of Vancouver, Washington,
announce the birth of their first child, a son, named Wesley Kalar
Kennedy, born August 7, 1975. Paternal grandparents are Roy and
Dot Kennedy, of Englewood, Colorado. The baby is the great-grand-
child of the late John D. and Helen Kalar.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Leitzes (Betsy Dykes) announce the birth of

a daughter, Sarah Bosley, on March 25, 1975, in Irvington, New York.
Mrs. James M. (Frances) Dykes, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is the
maternal grandmother.
LCDR and Mrs. T. A. Womble (Virginia Anne Mauldin) announce
the birth of their second child, a daughter, Melanie Gayl, on August 6,
1975, at the Oakland Naval Hospital. The maternal grandmother is
Mrs. Samuel B. Mauldin, of Clayton, Georgia. The paternal grand-
mother is Mrs. T. W. Womble, of Atlanta, Georgia.


Mrs. Barbara J. Cunningham, of St. Petersburg, Florida, reports
that she had summer visitors, her niece, Bonnie Cowell, and Bonnie's
fiance. Bonnie is the daughter of Barbara's sister, Mrs. Martha
(Farthing) Cowell, who lived for several years with the Cunningham
family in Gatun, Canal Zone. They were in St. Petersburg from July
10th to the 14th. On August 21st, Mrs. Jay Cunningham and son,
Danny, arrived from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In October, Barbara
left for Houston, Texas, to visit her son, Mike and family. From
Texas, she flew to California to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Jack J. Griffin
(Linda Cunningham) in Simi, California, and to be with Linda at the
birth of Barbara's tenth grandchild no news on that yet! Other
visitors to California were Mrs. Anna Wright who was the guest of
Mrs. Thelma Reppe, and Buck Lockridge who made his annual trip to
California to see his brother and to fish for salmon in the Northwest.
After returning to St. Petersburg, Buck visited his daughter, Beth,
and family in the Palm Beach area. Ethel and Pete Cooper drove to
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in September to see Mrs. Bea
Sergeant. Miss Margaret Whitman flew to Silver Spring, Maryland,
to visit her brother, Merle and family in Rossmore Leisure World in
October. The Houston Esslingers went north to Forestville, Connecti-
cut, on October 22nd to see their son, Andrew, his wife and the two
grandchildren and other relatives in the area Joel Esslinger, their
son, who lives in Oklahoma, joined them for the family reunion.
Virginia and Jim Wood, of St. Petersburg, and Millie and Gil Rowe, of
Fort Lauderdale, were North Carolina visitors in the fall; they also
drove to Tennessee while on their trip. The Zip Ziertens drove to Zip's
alma mater, Bradley University, in Peoria, Illinois, in October; they
also saw other friends and relatives in Illinois. Mr. and Mrs. Ivan L.
Jenkins, formerly from Maryland, attended the September meeting of
the Panama Canal Society in St. Petersburg; the Jenkins are now

living in DeLand, Florida. Albert Pate, of Gatun, Canal Zone, was a
St. Petersburg visitor in late August and early September. Mr. and
Mrs. Chester Harrold, of Balboa, Canal Zone, were also St. Peters-
burg visitors in the fall. Friends and family of Mrs. Hattie Marshall, of
Houston, Texas, were delighted with a week's visit from Hattie in late
August. She particularly enjoyed being with her son, Jim, her
daughter-in-law and the three grandchildren. The Ralph A. Sylvestres
flew to Easton, Pennsylvania, in the early fall for their annual visit
with Mr. and Mrs. K. C. Smith (Mary Jane Sylvestre), their
grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Joyce and Roger Collinge plan to sail from Jugoslavia for the Great
Lakes either late September or early October after another delightful
six months' vacation. After seeing daughter, Sara, and family, the
Collinges plan to drive out to Denver, Colorado, for a week's visit with
Joyce (Mrs. Gary Minke), their son-in-law and grandchildren in
Denver, Colorado and then home "TO SETTLE DOWN!!" by
Mrs. Bonnie K. Thompson, of Balboa, Canal Zone, arrived in St.
Petersburg on September 31st for a visit with her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Eugene F. Kleasner. In October, the Kleasners and Bonnie
enjoyed a trip to North Carolina. They stopped in Pensacola, Florida,
to see Mrs. Mary Lynn Grimes.
The Walter Lindsays were busy when in St. Petersburg packing
and storing their household possessions before leaving for Korea
where they will make their home with their daughter, Judy, and their
two grandchildren. Before leaving in October, Walter helped Roy
Sharp build a place for his orchids which he had given to Roy. The
Lindsays were guests in the Sharp home for a few days before leaving
St. Petersburg. Walter and Jessie will be missed by St. Petersburg
Captain and Mrs. Perc Graham, Doris and Jerry Graham, and
Lucy Collins, left St. Petersburg on October 30th to attend Parents'
Weekend at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, where John
Scott Graham, son of Doris and Jerry Graham, is on the Drill Team.
Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. S. J. Stacy, of Treasure Island, Florida,
returned in early August from Boone, North Carolina, where they
attended the graduation of their daughter Mary Ellen Horine (Stacy)
from Appalachian State University with a Specialist Degree (Ed. S.)
in Higher Education and Administration. They also attended the
Eagle Scout Ceremony of their fourteen-year-old grandson, Sherwood
Horine, at the Methodist Church in Boone. Colonel Stacy presented
his grandson with the scout handbook with which he began Boy
Scouting in 1914. See Picture.

The Horines visited in Treasure Island for a few weeks in July.
Miss Ellen Thomas, a reading consultant and reading teacher at
the University of Chicago Laboratory School, was the guest of Miss
Marie Weir in Gulfport, Florida, for several weeks in August. Miss
Thomas, the author of "Improving Reading in Every Class" who was
assisted by H. Alan Robinson, former president of the International
Reading Association, has been busy revising and bringing her original
book (published in 1972) up to date. Relaxation from her summer's
work was provided by renewing old friendships in the area and sailing
(she brought her collapsible canoe with her) on Boca Ciega Bay.
News from Mrs. Irving Spector, Gulfport, Florida "Our son
Herbie and wife Pam and two daughters, Debbie and Carol Mae
moved to Florida in December. Herbie works for Honeywell in
Tampa; they are settled in their new home in Pinellas Park. Spec and
I made a trip back to Panama the first since we retired. We enjoyed
seeing many of our old friends and spent some time with Johnnie and
Edna Burkett in their new retirement home in Coronado Beach. We
also spent some time with Charlie and Vera Soukup who live in
Balboa. We had a surprise visit while there from Anona Kirkland; she
writes the society column for THE STAR AND HERALD. Sarah and
George West and three girls from Richmond, Virginia, and Normie
Spector from Boca Raton, Florida, were here during the summer, and
it was a happy time for us all. Helen and Vic Musco and family, who
live in St. Petersburg, and Herbie and family also joined the family
reunion. My grandson, Teddy Mathews, from Norman, Oklahoma,
came to spend some time with us he fell in love with Florida. Many
of you folks will probably remember his Mom, my daughter, Sonny
Spector, from Gamboa days. She is a registered nurse in Oklahoma.
I have really enjoyed my life here in Florida and am very happy.
Have many old and new friends here. We live in Towne Shore
Apartments in Gulfport; it's a beautiful spot." Angie Spector.
News from Lois Hollowell Jones, St. Petersburg, Florida "My
daughter Margie and I went to Panama in February to visit my
brother Free and wife Mary and family. We had a grand time seeing
all the familiar places. Free arranged a trip through the Canal; I had
been before, but it was a first for Margie. While on the Zone, we
visited my cousin, Pete Lang and wife Jimmie; they had corvina for
us. Then Uncle Willie Hollowell and wife Skip had us over for a little
shindig it was the first time that I had tasted fried yucca Oh, so
good! Free and Mary also treated us to a delicious Chinese dinner at
Pan-A-Chino... My brother has a lovely boat and took us up to the
lake one day and then over to Taboga. Margie had never been there,
and it was quite a treat. We also got a chance to go to the annual Elks'

Picnic at Summit Gardens and saw quite a few people we used to
know. The day we left, Free got us fresh michas to bring home. My
son Charlie met us, and the first stop was the store for some butter for
the michas. So many say that they don't want to go back, but it is well
worth it, especially when you have a wonderful family to show you
"Last summer we had my brother and family here in mid-July
until the end of August. Also Margie came home for a week's leave for
the first week in August. Free and Mary and family took a side trip to
Miami Springs where Laurie was in an International Swim Meet.
Also, they got a chance to see Babe and Dal Heilman in Altamonte
Springs, Florida. While in St. Petersburg, Mary visited her folks,
Ruth and Bob Straus. Her sister Margaret Edwards was here from
California. It was the first time that Mary had seen her sister in ten
years. Before Free left, his older son, Free Jr., planned a surprise
birthday party for his Dad; it was a little premature because his
birthday was the day after they left New Orleans on the Panama Line
for home.
In the meantime, my cousin, Pete Lang, was here visiting us and
many of his friends in the area. My Aunt Mina Dee had gone to
Panama to spend six weeks while Pete was here to take care of Pete's
house and dog. We missed not having her with us but she still has
relatives and good friends in the Zone, which made her trip a pleasant
one. In October, she was off to New York to spend a couple of weeks
with her granddaughter, Helen Lang.
Talk about a small world my son Rich lives in the Porto Cadiz
Apartments, close to Harry Johnson, son of Jo and Harry Johnson.
They grew up on the Canal Zone and went to school together. Harry is
out of the Air Force and is going to Junior College here in St.
Petersburg. All their friends gave a surprise party for Harry and my
son Charlie's birthdays. Harry was 23 on October 20th, and Charlie
was 24 on October 21st. It's nice to see the younger generation getting
settled here especially the ones from the Zone ."
ANNUAL CANAL ZONE REUNION, Northport, Long Island,
New York, submitted by the Sam Rowleys of Clearwater, Florida.
"We met at Jack and Gloria Browns in Northport on July 28,
1975, before noon. There were forty-three of us besides our host and
hostess and some of Jack's wonderful neighbors who got into the
spirit and were a big help to the Browns and guests. We all spent the
entire time out in Jack's backyard which was perfect for the occasion.
Had a lovely lunch out under the trees and saw Jack building the huge
bonfire which was used for our barbecued chicken that evening as well
as something to sit around in the late evening while we talked until

the wee morning hours! Had some gorgeous corn on the cob, beautiful,
big tomatoes and a clam-eating contest. I don't know who won, but
they didn't stop until the big sack was empty. Gloria and Jack did
themselves proud. Then, we found out that we must all come to
breakfast the next day, and Gloria had done it again! It was a beautiful
breakfast with one of my favorites Cuiche Lorraine. YUM YUM!
Then it was time to say "Adios y Hasta Luego" and off we all went our
separate ways until next year that is if HE be willing, we will meet
again at Olive and Len Krouses.
Those attending were: Agnes (Tonneson) Jamke, Tenafly, New
Jersey; Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas, Brick Town, New Jersey; Eleanor
(Hammond) and August Schwinderman, Ramsey, New Jersey; Wilma
(Reynolds) and Glen Kirkpatrick, Rochester, New York; Marion and
Bob Hazeldine, Cranford, New Jersey; Faye (Brewer) and Gene
Hamlin, Carthage, North Carolina; Catherine and George Lowe,
Wilmington, Delaware; Muriel and Bill Poole, Lansdowne, Pennsyl-
vania; Marge (Dennis) and William J. Bain, Princeton, New Jersey
and daughter, Mrs. Bonnie (Bain) Woolwine; Toodles (Warren) and
Tate L. Setzer, Temple Hills, Maryland; Laura (Cunningham) and
George Tarflinger, Newark, Delaware; Betty (Searcy) and Jack
Rathgeber, Glassboro, New Jersey; Bernice (Rathgeber) and Drew
Jackson, Des Plaines, Illinois; Jo (Dennis) Konover, Princeton, New
Jersey; Liz (Tonneson) and Frank Key, Dumont, New Jersey; Jean
(Kalar) and Francis McAndrews, Moscow, Pennsylvania; Olive
(Kalar) and Len Krouse, Springfield, Pennsylvania; Mary and Bill
Michaelsen, Croton, New York; Jane and Eddie Curtis, Woodbury
Heights, New Jersey; Helen (Michaelsen) McGurn, Hauppauge, New
York; Joseph W. Ludlum, Denville, New Jersey; Betty and Fred
Banan, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Tede (Duff) Lyng, Rochester, New
York; Sara (Pyle) and Samuel Rowley, Clearwater, Florida.
"We missed some familiar faces the Henry Brewertons, the
Bruce Onderdonks, the Jack Careys, the Stanwood Spechts, the
Walter Jones and many others."
NEWS from the Rowleys "It's been a long hot summer, and we
enjoyed having some of our family with us. Our daughter, Dorothy
Gerhart, of Berlin, Germany, came to spend a few weeks with us with
her two children, Suzanne and Brian. Later, she flew to Panama to
visit her sister, June Stevenson, and her brother, Skip Rowley, in
Gatun. After she left, her son, Kenneth, visited us before he, too, went
to Panama. Not long after our daughter-in-law, Beverly Rowley with
her two children, Renne and Adriane, came up from the Zone to spend
some time with us and her parents in St. Petersburg. Then we started
our annual trek to Long Island to see Sam's mother. On the way, we

stopped in Melrose, Florida, to visit the Wallace Thrifts, who had
some of their family from the Zone visiting them. We visited the
Jimmy Hudgins in Mathews, Virginia, for a few days. Had a
marvelous time, enjoying them and all the scrumptious crabs, clams
and oysters the last out of their own front yard which happens to be
the Chesapeake Bay. They hope to be in their lovely new home by
Christmas. Also saw Leland Brooks; Hazel was in Texas. Also had the
good fortune to be able to talk to Ruth Hudgins, Cleo Burns and Mary
Croft. Then on up to Long Island where we visited Sam's sister and
were able to enjoy Mrs. Rowley's company for the week. She hasn't
changed much in spite of the fact she is months over her 100th
"After leaving Long Island, we stopped in Newark, Delaware, for
a few days with a cousin of Sam's. We learned that Mary, our cousin,
had by chance met some folks in a store one day who knew us. They
were Zonians the George Tarflingers, who also live in Newark.
Small world, eh? We then went to Charlotte, North Carolina, where
we visited Rose McDaniel and her family. They wish to be
remembered to their friends. Our last stop was in Ponte Vedra,
Florida, to see my brother, Landen, and his wife, Joyce Gunn.
"And then it was back to lovely Clearwater which was hotter
than ever but HOME!"
Family get-togethers reported by Mrs. Vera Smith, of Holiday,
Florida. Mrs. Smith was accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Flora
Madison, of Tarpon Springs, on her trips.
"Hello, Fellow Zonians: We had a wonderful visit with each of my
daughters, Betty Smith, Carol Smith Glassman and Donna Smith
Herring also known to friends as Cookie."
They spent two weeks with Carol in Palas Verde, California,
visiting many points of interest in Los Angeles and spent a weekend
in Encenada, Mexico. They then flew to San Francisco to see Betty
who lives in Hayward, California, and it was another two weeks of
sightseeing in the San Francisco area. On Memorial Day, Carol and
Steve joined them at Betty's and all took a tour of the wine country
where Steve, at that time, was Public Relations man for the Winerys.
From California, they flew to Honolulu where daughter Donna
met them with Leis. They spent an enjoyable six weeks in Honolulu,
visiting the many points of interest. Donna has two girls, Michele, 9,
and Kathy, 3.
Their trip was cut short by two weeks. The oldest son, Dudley
Smith, who is a TSCT in the Air Force had just received orders to go
to Germany. Before going overseas, he visited his mother. Dudley has
a family of five. Her son, Eddie Smith, and family from Colorado

Springs, Colorado, also were home for two weeks. Ed works for St.
Francis Hospital as a bioelectrician.
Mrs. Smith's youngest daughter, Ruthy Smith Enigh, and son
Robert, Jr. are living at home.
Mr. James M.Hearne, who retired from the Panama Canal in
1946, celebrated his 91st birthday in Birmingham, Alabama. His son,
William, who worked in the Canal Zone at one time, lives nearby. He
started the celebration with a family dinner party on September 23rd.
His daughter, Hayden Filip, who lives with her father, entertained a
large group of old friends and relations on September 26th. The
following were present: Webb and Mildred Hearne, recent retirees
who live in Pensacola, Florida, and their sons, John, James and wife
Millie. Jimmy Hearne is on the Canal Zone Police Force. Julian and
Des Hearne from St. Petersburg, Florida, also attended the birthday
Julian and Des Hearne spent the month of August in Tacoma,
Washington, visiting with their daughter, Jane and family (the Bob
Krajczynskis and David who is two plus). "We enjoyed the beautiful
and varied scenery of that area but were glad to return to sunny
Florida." Des Hearne
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Jones (Helen Weade Brown), of Fort
Lauderdale, Florida, enjoyed a delayed honeymoon in the late
summer. In Virginia and Maryland, they visited Helen's folks also
Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Jones in Lake of the Woods, Virginia. In
Michigan, they saw the Bob Johnsons in Torch Lake and the Jack
Careys in Ann Arbor. Journeying on west they saw the John Brulands
in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, friends of Helen's in Spokane, Washington,
and Eddie's sister Mrs. Belle Jones Schroeder in Gould, Colorado.
While in Gould, they also saw Eddie's sister-in-law, Mrs. Louise Jones,
of Seal Beach, California, and Belle's granddaughter, Cathy Medlins,
who was visiting from Connecticut. On their trip, they particularly
enjoyed Lake Louise and the Canadian Rockies.
BUSY though retired!! Mrs. Patsy Ryan continues a hobby which
she and her husband (now deceased) originally became interested in
when living on the Zone cutting and polishing Canal gems. Both
studied gemmology from the Gemmological Institute of Great Britain
and continued with their hobby after locating in Englewood, Florida.
Mrs. Ryan is still in the active business of fine gems, traveling all over
the world buying them and then designing beautiful pieces for her
clients. At one time Mrs. Ryan was President of the Gem and Mineral
Club of the Panama Canal Zone.
She enclosed a picture sent to her from Ann Calvit, Balboa, Canal
Zone, of her late husband and a group of fellow magicians taken at the

home of Frank H. Lerchen on September 19, 1952.
Mrs. Ryan closed her letter as follows: "In all, a lot of my
happiness stems from my thirteen years in the Canal Zone. I am so
News from the James Bryants of Tampa, Florida "What a
wonderful visit we had at the Reunion, greeting many friends we had
not seen in several years. Paul and Gloria Reynolds and Arthur
Blystone, of Aiken, South Carolina, were our house guests during
January, and we certainly enjoyed their visit. In February, Dorothy's
sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Norman C. Mills, of Rogue
River, Oregon, were visitors to Florida. As it was their first trip to
Florida, we were busy most of the time. In April, we drove to Aiken,
South Carolina, to see friends and spend a few days with the Paul
Reynolds' family. Paul was very ill so we cut our trip short in order for
him to receive doctor's treatment. The Arthur Blystones (Elsie
Arruda) and son, Marvin, visited our home over the Memorial holiday
"We are now the proud owners of a Starcraft Tent Trailer and
made a trip to Prattville, Alabama, the first part of September. We
spent a few days with Ruby and Mac McGowin at their lake cottage on
Lake Mitchell. Mac and Jim did some bass fishing and sorry to say, the
big ones got away. While in Prattville, we visited with Bob and Myrtle
Heald at their Bridge Creek home. They certainly have done wonders
remodeling their home since Bob retired in 1969.
"We travelled on to the Great Smoky Mountains but were rained
out and did not get to camp as we would have liked. The mountains
were beautiful, but the cold and damp weather ran us out. On our way
home, we stopped off in Aiken to visit with the Reynolds' family.
Stayed and enjoyed the picnic planned by the members of the newly
formed chapter of South Carolina ... We arrived home on September
22nd just ahead of Hurricane Eloise!
"We will have visitors again in October. Dorothy's sister, Mrs.
Maudie Hillis from Rogue River, Oregon, will visit with us for a couple
of weeks. This will also be her first trip to Florida.
"Will see you all at the Reunion in January, 1976. Until then -
Good Health to All." Dorothy.
Lou and Irene Hasemann, of Jacksonville, Florida, had the honor
of entertaining Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Manthorne, of Corozal, Canal
Zone, and Ken's mother. "They drove up from Orlando just to spend
the day with us. Dottie and Ken both looked well rested and
apparently the States' vacation has done them a world of good."
Mrs. Virginia Naylor Sullivan, whose death is reported in this
issue, was born in the Canal Zone in 1925 and graduated from

Cristobal High School in 1941. Upon completion of her college
education, she taught for many years two years in the Canal Zone
schools. At the time of her death, she was a teacher in high school in
Duarte, California, and had been given the honor of "Teacher of the
Year" for the last three consecutive years. A scholarship has been
established in her honor at Duarte High School by contributions from
former and current students.
Family News from Robert L. Ridge, July 28, 1975, Mirror Lake,
New Hampshire (winter address, Columbus, Ohio).
The 18-year-old twins, Joan and Jerome keep busy. "Joan is now
working at the Supply Division for the summer and will enter college
in January. She wants to work with the physically handicapped.
Jerome (Jerry) is now in the U.S. Navy, having graduated from Boot
Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois, and from Aviation Structural Mechan-
ics' School in Memphis, Tennessee, on July 23rd with the highest
marks (91) in his class. He is now on his way to a base in California.
"Our daughter, Rebecca, is working with the U.S. Post Office in
Beechwold, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, for the summer. Becky wants
to study for one year at the Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School.
"Regina, our second daughter, is now in Colombia for a
Transcendental Meditation Convention. When she returns, she hopes
to continue as a companion to Mrs. Hazel May DuVall at Gorgona
Beach. Regina plans to study design and production of jewelry.
Rachel, our 12-year-old daughter, won the school Spelling Cham-
pionship for the second year at St. Cecilia's Parochial School. Out of 44
schools in the past two years, she placed eleventh and twelfth in
Diocesan Finals. She wants to be a horse breeder. We have lots of fun
here in New Hampshire taking her around to the horse farms.
"We haven't had any word from the Ridges on the Moon lately.
As I told everyone in the Canal Zone on the First Moon Landing, we
found out that we had relatives on the Moon. Everyone remembers
what Neil Armstrong said before he took the big leap for mankind -
'Look at all those Ridges on the Moon.'
"I plan to try to write some true stories on my life in the Canal
Zone as a young boy, school life and my escapades with my kayaks,
baseball, etc."
"Dear Beautiful People:
"I used the above salutation because I really do not know to
whom I should address this application to join The Panama Canal So-
ciety of Florida. Most of the people in the Zone were not strangers -
only friends we haven't met.
"Two weeks ago, I met my sister Ruth Conner Warner at
DeLand, Florida. We drove to Ormond Beach where we visited

Dolores Coffey and the George Metzgers and then on to Jacksonville
where we visited Helen Barrett and family. With each visit, we
recalled the many friends we had in the Canal Zone.
"Since my return to Brooklyn, I have made up my mind to join the
Society so I can keep in touch with friends. For the past fifteen years I
have been working for the Treasury Department in New York City.
"God willing, I hope to attend one of your Reunions." Agnes
Conner Dalton, 690 10th Street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 11215.
News from Louis B. McGoff "I am living in Long Beach,
California (6333 Donney Avenue, 90805), and like it very much. There
are a number of retired employees living out here. My ex-boss,
Captain Axton Jones lives in Long Beach; Millie Reccia lives in Seal
Beach; her deceased husband and I worked together for the
Commissary Division at Mt. Hope. My daughter has just married and
lives at the Vandenberg Air Force Base.
"I am living a quiet life. I could work but am not feeling too good
so am just taking things easy. .
"Best of luck to all my friends and hope to hear from you soon."
Bennett J. Williams, Fairhope, Alabama, keeps busy travel-
ing!!! "The Dues Notice was in a bushel basket of mail which we
collected on our return home after a Travel Trailer tour which began
on March 18th. I enjoy reading the news items in the CANAL
RECORD and hope to attend one of the Reunions some day.
"I remarried after the death of Julia and am seldom at home as
we have been around the world several times on ships and in between
times take our twenty-foot trailer around the United States and
Canada. On our last trip we visited with John and Florence Terry in
Houston, and they helped us arrange a train trip into Mexico. Herb
and Mary Taake mowed our lawn until they left for their summer
home in Michigan. Dorothy Montayne visits with us real often, and
Bob Arnold tries his best to keep me home long enough to take a few
parts in the Mobile Scottish Rite.
"I guess I'm slowing up, and of course 'my mind's gone.'
"Helen Smith called me from Mobile last year after reading my
comments in the Mobile Register with regard to keeping the Canal
under U.S. control. At least, I am not going to keep silent when the
TV presents such biased points of view. .. ."
News from Janie Hamlin Leffingwell, New Canaan, Connecticut
- "As for the Leffingwell family, we have not dried out as yet from
the unusual rain this year But, we still enjoyed the spectacular
beauty of the fall season. Our older son is now deep into his studies in
dental school, and he and Jane live in a most charming suburb of
Hartford, Connecticut. Our younger son, Charles, graduated from the

University of Connecticut in May (cum laude), and is now employed in
an international department of a large bank in New York City.
"Although Hal and I were unable to attend the Reunion at the
Browns during the summer, we did enjoy a visit from my brother and
his wife, Faye and Gene Hamlin, and also Muriel and Bill Poole.
"As I finish this, the rain is pouring down, and I do love its sound.
But... it can never sound the same as the tropical rains beating down
on the tin roofs as it did when I lived on Amador Road! One last bit of
nostalgia... I bought plantain in Spanish Harlem (New York City) a
few days ago. Oh what a feast I had!! Such memories!!!
"A HELLO to all."
A news letter was received from Mrs. Yvonne Bakker, of Mirada,
California. Her daughter, Rene, and son-in-law, Paul Stein (Air
Force), who had been in Germany, visited her for two weeks in
September before leaving for reassignment to Communications
Satellite in Point Arena, California. On September 17th, her eldest
daughter, La Ree, had her third baby girl which she named Yvonne
Hope Lowery. Naturally, they had hoped for a boy!! Her youngest
daughter, Kathy Lynn, was operated on in June at the Shriners
Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to correct her fused toes.
Kathy Lynn, who was 16 in October, lives in the Canal Zone with her
father and two brothers and sisters. Mrs. Bakker has not seen them in
over six and a half years due to her cancer treatments. As she is on
State disability, she cannot afford a trip to see them.
Her mother, Nettie E. Bertrand, now 80, has been quite
disturbed over the rapes and murders of elderly women and plans on
selling her home and moving to Minnesota to be with members of the
Cassidy side of the family. Mrs. Bakker reports that she will miss her,
but that her mother needs her freedom as she has been tied down
helping her.
Mrs. Bakker has been attending various Adult School classes and
taking a counseling class to determine whether she can ever hold a
steady job or be trained for a job she could do at home. Although her
lower pelvis is slowly deteriorating, it will be awhile yet before she's
wheelchair bound.
She also reported that she had won a Special Recognition Award
for a needlepoint "Water Goddess" which she designed in the Santa
Fe Springs Art Show in June. She is also taking her third semester of
"Deaf Sign" Language to help her in her colostomy counseling
volunteer work.
Our congratulations to Yvonne Bakker for her grit and determin-
ation. There has never been any element of self-pity because life has
thrown her a number of tragic situations. Yvonne Bakker not only

utilizes every possibility to be self sufficient, but she also constantly
works to help others!!
News from Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Pope, Keyser, West Virginia
- "We are sorry that we didn't get to attend the Reunion in 1975, but
we flew to the Canal Zone to spend Christmas with our son and family,
Darwin E. Pope. Neither of us have been well. Mr. Pope has to use a
walker to get around also has a pacemaker for his heart. I also have
a heart condition. I doubt if we will make the Reunion in 1976."
Courtesy of B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1542, Cristobal, Canal Zone: The
following news was sent to the Lodge by Dick Condon who retired
from the Pan Canal in July.
"I stomped ashore here at Cristobal off the old United Fruit
Company's S.S. JAMAICA on January 7, 1942; had sailed out of New
York. Came down as Telegraph Operator for the railroad and in 1943
transferred to the Fire Department. In July, 1956, took a year's leave
without pay to attend schools in Los Angeles. Transferred back to the
railroad in October, 1957, to the position of Train Dispatcher. Kept
two opposing trains from using the same piece of track at the same
time until retirement. Expect to spend retirement eluding wife's
'work lists' by scrounging the local dump, attending lodge meetings,
shooting pool or just 'goofing off '."
The Condons are living in Springdale, Arkansas See ANNUAL
ISSUE for address.
Mr. C. W. Kilbey, of Aiken, South Carolina, keeps busy though
retired. He is still doing some writing and has an article in the October
issue of Coinage Magazine on leper colony money in the Canal Zone.
"Also have a profile on a local man sold to Sandlapper Magazine. Have
done an outdoors report column on hunting, fishing, etc. for 21/2 years
for the local paper. I was doing a lot more but have slowed down."
Louisiana News from Richard and Via Mae Dinkgreve, Metairie,
"In May, we received a call from John Whigman, formerly of the
Electrical and Locks Divisions, who have been living in New Jersey
for many years. He and his wife made a flying visit to New Orleans
and were treated to rain for the two days they were here a typical
tropical visit for them hot and wet!!
"In August, Dick and Mary Condon arrived in New Orleans to
pick up their car from the pier for their trip to Arkansas. We were in
Biloxi for our monthly visit with Via Mae's sister, Zonabel, when Mary
called our home in Metairie. Our daughter then called us, and we
returned in time to have dinner and a five-hour visit with them. He
retired from the Railroad Division at the end of July, and she resigned
from the School Division. They will live in Springdale, Arkansas,

having bought a house there some time last year. The weekend after
their visit, the Rev. Arthur Meyer, formerly pastor of the Lutheran
Church in the Zone (1959 through 1965) arrived for a three-day
training mission at the Algiers Naval Station. He is a Chaplain with
the rank of Lt. Col. in the Air Force Reserve. He is now Pastor of a
church in Norfolk, Virginia, and lives in Virginia Beach. We were able
to have lunch and a two-hour visit with him at the International
Airport while he was waiting for his plane back home.
"September brought Audry Bowman and her son, Ronnie. She,
Ronnie, and her mother, Edna Benoit, drove to San Antonio, Texas,
where Ronnie will attend St. Mary's University in that city. Later on,
Audry, Edna, Via Mae, our daughter Sylvia, and granddaughter
Patricia went to the new Louisiana Superdome to see the Ringling
Brothers Circus. The dome is a beautiful but awesome structure and
will be an attraction for tourists for many years. Late in September,
Curtis and Alberta George arrived for a visit with their daughter
Beverly and her family. We had dinner and a long visit with them.
"We truly enjoyed the visits and telephone calls from our friends
of the yesteryears which we spent in the Zone and hope that we will
have many more visits or calls from them and others in the future."
The Hellmunds, from Colorful Colorado "In May, Russel and I
drove to Hoboken, New Jersey, to see our son-in-law, Arthur Payne,
Jr. get his Ph.D. in Physics and to bring him and Linda back to
Colorado in time for James Hellmund's graduation from Adams State
College. Patricia Sue Payne was born on June 23, 1975, in the Alamosa
Community Hospital.
"When she was four days old, Nona and Ed Garrett stopped in on
their way to visit Ted and Daryl Downing near Steamboat Springs to
celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.
"In July, Dr. and Mrs. Richard Ostenso and their four youngest
children came in their Greyhound bus, beautifully converted to a
mobile home. They had left Ned and a friend in the Rocky Mountain
National Park for a backpacking trip.
"Our son, Paul, a Landscape Horticulture student at Colorado
State University, worked for the summer at Adventures Unlimited
Ranch as gardener and counselor and brought 25 kids to visit farms in
our vicinity, and as they were unable to get into a camp ground,
twenty-five sleeping bags decorated our front lawn that night!
"In August, Paul sang at the wedding of Russel's niece. All the
relatives came from Phoenix.
"Bob and Elaine Donaldson came to see their first grandchild.
Before they left, Jim and Marsha Slover and Jonathan arrived.
"After the Donaldsons left, Jim and Ann Slover spent several

days with us. We are certainly enjoying our grandchildren.
"Russel and Arthur have gotten in some good backpacking trips
- beautiful mountains to climb all around us." Virginia Hellmund
Mrs. Lista Daniels, of Dallas, Texas and her son, Bob, spent a
short vacation in Pennsylvania where they visited relatives and
enjoyed the beautiful fall foliage. While waiting for their plane at the
Pittsburgh airport to return to Dallas, Bob talked to John Haky who
worked with him at the Electrical Division in Balboa.
"Mrs. Margaret Morris, of Wallace, North Carolina, enjoyed
several family visitors during the month of August. Her daughter,
Margie, of Palo Alto, California, and children, Brooks and Holly,
visited for a month. They joined Robbie and Carl Morris, grandsons
from Balboa, for a nice stay in Wallace." M. E. Hanesworth
Gustavo A. Mellander, A.A., A.B., M.A., Ph.D. has been elected
as the Second President of the Passaic County Community College,
Paterson, New Jersey, effective August 1, 1975.
Our First Christmas Greeting (September 17, 1975) comes from
Mrs. Frances J. Schewe, Aberdeen, Maryland. "Still around at 97 -
just waiting for the bell to hit. I do want to wish my friends a Merry
Christmas and a Happy New Year. I sure would like to hear from
some of them."
The RECORD was instrumental in bringing two former BHS
graduates together in a land far, far away from the scenes of their
childhood Korea!! Mary (Smith) McGough, daughter of J. Palmer
Smith, of Johns Island, South Carolina, read a former article in the
RECORD on Judy Lindsay who is a school counselor in Korea, and
contacted her. Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lindsay, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, were visiting in Korea. It is an odd coincidence that the
Lindsays lived in front of the Smiths in Korea, and years ago they
lived in front of the Smith family on Ridge Road in Balboa Heights,
Canal Zone, for ten years!!
Mary, who was born and raised in the Canal Zone, is also an
educational counselor in Korea with the Armed Forces. She has a
Masters' Degree in Spanish and psychology. Jim, her husband is a
Major in the U.S. Army and is a consultant on the missiles in Korea.
He has received glowing reports from the General for his work in
Korea, and they hope for a promotion. However, the army is cutting
back, especially reserve officers.
In a letter to her family, Mary wrote: "Every day there is more
news in the paper about further developments along the DMZ in
Korea, but actually there does not seem to be as much concern as they
say. Everyone goes about their daily living just as we would in the
United States, fully confident that in a crisis our departure would be

quickly expedited .
"David, 10, is on a baseball team his father is an assistant
coach. He has had his best year yet in school has a fantastic teacher.
He wants to become a doctor and is already working to meet the
necessary requirements.
"For the summer, both children have given up Taequando
(karate) to allow time for other things, Pam, 13, is progressing well in
piano in spite of a language handicap. During the summer Mary hoped
to have Pam study both oil painting and oriental brush painting. Pam
enters junior high in the fall.
"Unfortunately, wherever we go in Korea, we draw crowds and
constant staring at us. Once we learn to ignore this, we are able to
enjoy ourselves. .
"I walk to work and back, and my route takes me through a local
Korean village which each day gives me something more to enjoy and
appreciate of the beauty of these people. They are so simple and hard
working and have so little. It makes this very spoiled American a bit
more humble each day. .. ."
The family plan a trip to Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and
Taiwan in September.
LTC and Mrs. Dale S. Cockle, Centreville, Virginia "I am
currently serving an unaccompanied tour with the U.S. Army in
Korea as the Communications Electronics Officer on a team working
with the First Rep. of Korea Army (FROKA) in Wonju. My wife Betty
and son John remained in Centreville, Virginia, where we lived on my
previous tour with the Defense Communications Engineering Center
in Reston, Virginia. During my 30-day 'mid-tour leave' in August, I
met Betty and John who were already on the road in San Antonio,
Texas, from where we visited family at Fort Hood and Pharr. We also
had a short but very enjoyable visit with the Chambers of Kerrville.
Then we pulled our travel trailer back to Centreville via New Orleans
- John really enjoyed Bourbon Street. The last week of my leave was
spent working on Betty's 'honey-do' list, compiled during my absence
since Februry and enjoying the neighborhood activities. I'll be re-
turning home for good next January to take command of the East
Coast Telecommunications Center in Frederick, Maryland, via a
school at Fort Knox, Kentucky. For those of you who are Ham Radio
Operators, I'd sure enjoy a contact. I operate here as HL9WC on 30
Meters and hear stateside around breakfast time on the East Coast."
Fletcher R. Gregory, of Sapulpa, Oklahoma wrote that they are
interested in obtaining dinner plates and other pieces in the Royal
Doulton Hunt and Coach pattern. He stated that because of their
health they never venture far from home, but anyone who comes their

way will always be welcome.
NEWS FROM KERRVILLE, TEXAS "On Saturday evening,
July 22, 1975, a 'get-together' of a large group of ex-Panama Canal
employees, arranged by John Litton and Kenneth Coleman, was held
at the Kerrville Elk's Club on Junction Highway, at the regular
Saturday night Steak Dinner put on by the Elks.
"Those present were: J. B. and Martha Edwards; Bill and Bea
Jensen; Marvin D. Matheney; Benny and Anna Calvit; Harry and
Rachael Carlson; Joe and Lou Corrigan; Dale and Jackie Bishop; Dan
and Ramona Ireland and son, Dan Ireland; John Michaelis; Moises and
Jean De La Pena (visiting from California); E. H. Davison; Robert and
Berle Grier; Richard and Iris Hogan; Clara Chambers; George and
May Smith; Lester and Rosalee Forstren; Bob and Mildred Byrd; Leo
Kriziza; Kenneth and Pat Coleman and daughter, Dottie Coleman;
and John and Jean Litton. The Bialkowskis, Joe and Ethel, were also
at the Elk's Club, but were with a different group.
"A lot of reminiscing about times in the Canal Zone, plus
swapping of news about other friends, still living in the Canal Zone, or
retired and living elsewhere in the United States was done, and a very
enjoyable evening was had by all. Besides the delicious steak dinner
and all the trimmings, dancing was enjoyed following the dinner.
"Another ex-Canal Zoner there with another group was Dorothy
Huff Smith.
"Robert and Berle Grier, listed above, are still living in the Canal
Zone, but were visiting in Kerrville and were able to be present that
evening." Clara Chambers
The Editor received another interesting letter on Canal Zoners in
Kerrville, but the letter was not signed, and there was no return
address on the envelope. Unsigned mail cannot be printed in the
RECORD. A check may have been enclosed which would be
identification as to the source of the news. Checks are handled by the
Secretary-Treasurer; news by the Editor. Mail has been heavy 1976
Dues are coming in; many are making reservations for the Luncheon
at the Reunion; Time-consuming work on the ANNUAL ISSUE was
necessary. If a check was enclosed and information was inadvertently
omitted before sending the News to the Editor, please understand
that it was not intentional. JUST WRITE US AGAIN WITH MORE
Henry V. and Martha Ross reporting from Panama City, Florida
- "There are several people in this area who are retired, moved away
or are away from the Zone temporarily. Retired people include
ourselves, Hank and Marty Ross, two kids, Mike and Karen; Mr. and
Mrs. E. Martin; Mr. and Mrs. Walter M. Trasavage.

"On temporary duty here are Joe and Phyllis Cronan. Joe's father
is a retired Pan Canal police officer and Phyllis's parents still live in
Balboa, Peston Trim and family. Mike and Debbie Dolan are stationed
at Tyndall AFB here in Panama City. Mike's father, Joe, is still in
"We had quite a list of visitors during the month of July. The
future golfers of America come to the U.S.A. to play in the Miracle
Strip Tourney and the Dothan, Alabama, tourney of future Masters.
This year, there were six young men plus three grown-ups. The
chaperones for the golfers were Mr. and Mrs. Bob Waggoner from
Margarita, Canal Zone.
"We had all the Canal Zone people over to our house for a
cook-out of 'burgers, hot dogs, salad, beer for big people and soft
drinks for the young golfers.
"The group included: Mike McShane, Fort Amador, Canal Zone;
Kevin Bowen, La Boca; Steve Waggoner, Margarita; Mike Gleichman,
Panama City, Republic of Panama; Tim Conners, Virginia Beach,
Virginia; John Bowman, Fort Davis, Canal Zone; Mr. and Mrs. Bob
Waggoner (Steve's mother and father); Gene Conners, Ret. Capt.
U.S.N. 15th Naval District, Fort Amador; Joe and Phyllis Cronan,
Tyndall AFB (formerly from Margarita and Balboa); Janet Branden-
berg, daughter of 'Brandy', former Chief Foreman, Industrial Divi-
sion, Mt. Hope, Canal Zone.
"Everyone had a good time. There were empanadas, fine wine
from the Canal Zone and Liars' Dice. We hope to see the young golfers
again next year.
"Letters and Xmas cards from our old Canal Zone friends will all
be answered."

Sherwood Horine, the son of Dr. and Mrs. L. E. Horine (Mary
Ellen Stacy) was awarded the honor of Eagle Scout in Boone, North
Carolina, in August. Sherwood, an eighth grader, is also a member of
the Boy Scout fraternal organization, Order of the Arrow, obtaining
the rank of Brotherhood at the spring fellowship, 1974. He attended
the National Jamboree at Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania, in 1973,
and has attended Boy Scout Camp at Raven Knob for the past three
summers. In 1972, he received the 50-miler award and in 1973, the
historic trails award. Sherwood also participates in other sports -
All-Star Midget League football team; member of the Boone ski racing
team, Boone Junior tennis and swimming teams; Hardin Park
basketball team; and was a member of the band in the sixth and
seventh grades. See Picture.

ASHEVILLE CITIZENS-TIMES, September 21, 1975 "Air
Force Reserve Airman Linda A. Huff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Maenner B. Huff, of Brevard, North Carolina, has graduated at
Lackland AFB, Texas, from Air Force basic training. She will receive
specialized training in the information field at Fort Benjamin
Harrison, Indiana, before returning to her AFRES, unit at Willow
Grove, Pennsylvania.
Cathy Neville, a 1971 graduate of Balboa High School and a 1975
graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, is now
employed as a teacher in that city. She is teaching first grade in a pilot
program called Bolar (Bilingual Oral Langauge and Reading). The
Mexican-American children are taught to read in Spanish and the
Anglo children are taught to read in English. Both groups are taught
to speak each other's language.
Cathy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Neville, formerly
of the Canal Zone, and now living in Seminole, Florida.
Miss Jane Wheaton, daughter of Captain and Mrs. John M.
Wheaton of Fort Myers, Florida, graduated from the College of Arts
and Sciences of Florida State University in June, 1975, with a Master
of Arts Degree. She is now teaching modern languages in Marianna
High School, Marianna, Florida.
Dr. Alfred E. Osborne, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E.
Osborne, Sr. of Panama City, Panama, has been awarded the
Outstanding Faculty Award for 1974-1975 by the Graduate School of
Management at UCLA. This award was established by the School's
Alumni Association to give recognition to the outstanding teacher for
the year and includes a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize.
Prof. Osborne, who has been teaching economics and finance at
UCLA for three years, received his academic training from Stanford
University. He was one of the most outstanding students at Balboa
High School in the Zone; he graduated in 1963.
Mr. Osborne's father is Alfred E. Osborne, retired Assistant
Superintendent of Canal Zone Schools in charge of Latin American
Schools, and presently a member of the Continental Board of
Counsellors of the Baha'i Faith in Central America. His mother is
Ditta Shirley Osborne, sister of Bishop Lemuel B. Shirley of the
Episcopal Diocese in Panama and the Canal Zone.
CORRECTION by Pat Ritch, 6210 Cheyenne Drive, Lawton,
Oklahoma. "I probably wrote my letter too hurriedly, and my mind
was ahead of the pen. On page 22 of the September issue my letter
should have stated that Beth Waddell's son, Wally, and my sister,
Beverly (Egger) Dykes were in the same class at CHS." Editor -
Thanks for the correction.

Princess Martha Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida
1 August 1975

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Eugene Askew,
at 1:35 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 July meeting.
The President welcomed the 90 members and guests who were
present and reminded all that the September meeting would be held
at the Gulfport Community Center.
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called by the Editor.
Mr. and Mrs. James Hunter Pompano Beach, Florida
Bill and Sue Graham Kerrville, Texas
Pearl Hanna St. Petersburg
Walter Hersh St. Petersburg
Mrs. Ida Mae Mead St. Petersburg
Mrs. Barbara Cunningham St. Petersburg
The minutes of the July meeting were read. As there were no
additions, corrections, or omissions, the minutes were approved as
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. William Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
the Cost of Living was up .8% as of 30 June. He also announced that
there had been no action, other than committee hearings, on any bills.
Mr. Grady then explained how the Cost of Living is figured.
Five members would celebrate birthdays in August. Mr. Askew
offered Best Wishes to all.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:20
p.m. Coffee and Danish pastries were served by the Princess Martha
Hotel, and a brief social period was enjoyed by all.

5 September 1975

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of

Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Eugene I.
Askew, at 1:40 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 August meeting.
The President welcomed the 105 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Jenkins Maryland soon to be Florida
Ruth Van Fleet Canal Zone
Mrs. Ida Mae Mead St. Petersburg
Betty Robertson Canal Zone
Stanley Guest St. Petersburg
Clara Moore St. Petersburg
Martha Souter St. Petersburg
Alberta Reisch St. Petersburg
Mrs. Jay Cunningham and Daniel Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Albert Pate Canal Zone
Mike Parmentier St. Petersburg
The minutes of the August meeting were read. As there were no
additions, corrections, or omissions, the minutes were approved as
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. William F. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that
the Cost of Living was up 2% as of 31 July. HR 7053 was passed. This
bill will restore full annuity to the single retiree whose beneficiary
predeceases him. During the last open season for health insurance,
Blue Cross and Blue Shield had a net gain of 43,858, and Aetna had a
net loss of 10,000.
License plates for the Panama Canal Society will soon be on sale,
and the Vice-president, Mr. Gaddis Wall, is now taking orders for the
Ten members would celebrate birthdays in September and seven
couples would celebrate anniversaries.
The President thanked the refreshment committee, and, as there
was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:10 p.m.
Coffee and donuts and a brief social period were enjoyed by the
members following the business meeting.

3 October 1975

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Eugene I.
Askew, at 1:35 p.m. Mr. Askew led the assembled group in the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag. In the absence of the Chaplain, the
Invocation was offered by Mrs. Jay Cain and was followed by thirty
seconds of silent prayer in memory of those who had passed away
since the September meeting.
The President welcomed the 108 members and guests who were
Mr. Askew then called on the Vice-President, Mr. Gaddis Wall, to
say a few words. Mr. Wall spoke of a visit he and Mrs. Wall made to
the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Mable in Port Richey, Florida. At
that time, they discussed the various design possibilities for a Panama
Canal Society personalized license plate. Mr. Wall then showed the
members the finished product, and President Askew presented Mr.
Mable with a complimentary plate made from his design.
Mr. Wall then spoke on the subject of calendars. We have been
notified that the Panama Canal Company will no longer be sending the
calendars to retirees as they have in the past. Mr. Wall asked how
many would be interested in a Panama Canal Society calendar much
the same as the Pan Canal calendars. A show of hands indicated
approval of the plan, and Mr. Wall will inquire further into details for
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called by the Editor:
Shirley Persons Smith Largo, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hanners recently returned from North
Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell recently returned from North
Mr. and Mrs. Gustaf Peterson recently returned from North
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Knox Sarasota, Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Chester Harrold Canal Zone
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Harrison Palmetto, Florida
Mr. James Campbell Sarasota, Florida
Ellie and Jim Feeley St. Petersburg
June (Rowley) Stevenson and son Canal Zone
The minutes of the September meeting were read. As there were
no additions, corrections, or omissions, the minutes were approved as

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.
In the absence of the Legislative Representative, Mr. William
Grady, Mr. Askew announced that the cost of living as of 30 August
was 2.1 or 2.2%, depending on the adjustment necessary after an
error was found in the 2% increase announced as of 31 July.
President Askew then called on Mr. Ross Hollowell to report on
his recent trip to North Carolina. Mr. Hollowell talked of their trip and
told of the ex-Canal Zoners which they had visited.
Four people would celebrate their birthdays during October -
among them, our President, Mr. Askew, who was celebrating his
birthday on the Panama Canal meeting day. Two couples would
celebrate their wedding anniversaries during October. Best Wishes
went out to all.
Mr. Askew thanked Dolly Barbour, Eleanor Connor, and Al Davis
for serving on the refreshment committee.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:15
p.m. Coffee, donuts, and a brief social period were enjoyed by the
members following the business meeting.

Respectfully submitted,
Jean B. Mann, Secretary-Treasurer

The Balboa Union Church Calendars for 1976 are now available:
Cost: $1.50 each plus postage as follows: Regular mail for one: 26c; for
two: 42c; for three: 58c. Airmail for 1: 65c; for 2 or 3: $1.30. Write
Mrs. Lucille Kane, Balboa Union Church, Box 287, Balboa, Canal Zone.
Please send money orders or include the 10c bank exchange fee for
checks drawn on United States banks.

The Past Matrons' Association will hold its January, 1976,
luncheon and meeting at the Princess Martha Hotel at 11:30 A.M. on
January 7, 1976, the first day of the Reunion. It is hoped that all
visiting Past Matrons will attend and guests may also be invited.
Reservations should be definite by January 5, 1976, and should be
made with Ethel Askew, 2593 -70th Avenue South, St. Petersburg,
Florida 33712. (867-1822).

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ite announce tre beats of te following:

Mr. Melville R. Alexander died on September 10, 1975, in
Jacksonville, Florida, after a long illness. Mr. Alexander was a
graduate of Texas A & M, and for 37 years was a structural engineer
with the Panama Canal. He retired in 1950. Survivors include his wife,
Mrs. Ruth Alexander; a daughter, Mrs. Reba Higginbotham, of
Jacksonville; one son, Milo R. Alexander, of Vienna, Austria; a sister,
Mrs. Julia Stolz, of San Antonio, Texas; 13 grandchildren, and 10
Mrs. Grace Anderson, wife of Captain Wesley Anderson, passed
away on October 31, 1975, in Vero Beach, Florida. Other details are
not known.
Mr. Lawrence H. Baker, 77, died on September 8, 1975, in South
Pasadena, Florida. He was a retired electrician with the government,
Canal Zone, and a Navy veteran of World War I. He is survived by his
wife, Eva; a son, Capt. Lawrence Baker, Jr., of South Merritt Island,
Florida; three sisters; two grandchildren; and two great-grand-
Mr. Walter E. Boyd passed away at his home in Englewood,
Florida, on September 8, 1975. He was a civil engineer for The
Panama Canal from 1913 to 1916 and was employed in the Dredging
Division on survey work in the slide area of Gaillard Cut where daily
soundings were made to determine depth of the navigable channel for
the passage of ships. He served as an Army Lieutenant during World
War I. From 1921 to 1951 he was chief engineer of the Massachusetts
Department of Mental Health and then retired. Surviving are his
wife, Mrs. Ruth W. Boyd and a sister, Miss Bernice Boyd, both of
Englewood, Florida. Information from Richard G. Taylor.
Mrs. Stella Bradney, 94, died on September 22, 1975, in Seminole,
Florida. Mrs. Bradney moved to Seminole a few months ago from the
Canal Zone. She was a retired civil service clerk in the Canal Zone.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary Egolf, of Seminole,
Florida, and Mrs. Anna Wedwaldt, of Wallingford, Vermont.
Mr. Hugo Bycroft, 70, a former employee of the Chiriqui Land
Company, (retired in 1972) died recently. He is survived by his widow,
three daughters. Rita, Patricia and Lydie and a granddaughter.
Mr. Harry H. Corn passed away on October 25, 1975, in Bend,
Oregon, where the Corns were visiting their son Don. Mr. Corn was

employed by the Postal Division in the Canal Zone for many years. He
is survived by his widow, Mrs. Vivian Corn, of Wawona, California; a
daughter Caroline, who lives in Hawaii, and his son, Donald, of Bend,
Mr. Frank J. Dolan, 73, of St. Petersburg, Florida passed away on
October 5, 1975. He moved to St. Petersburg ten years ago from the
Panama Canal Zone where he was a lock operator for the Miraflores
Locks in the Canal Zone. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen B.
Dolan; two daughters, Mrs. Rita D. Scobie, Jacksonville, Florida, and
Mrs. Helen B. Clark, of Wayne, New Jersey; three sons, Frank J., of
Pompton Plains, New Jersey, Donald J., Santa Cruz, California,
Robert E., of Irmo, South Carolina; 16 grandchildren and three
Chaplain (Col.) Harold F. (Mike) Donovan, U.S. Army (retired),
died on September 3, 1975, at Brooke Army Medical Center. Father
Donovan served as Command Chaplain of the U.S. Army Caribbean at
Fort Amador during the period 1955-1958.
Captain Albin B. Forrstrom, of Cranston, Rhode Island, a veteran
seaman who not only helped dig the Panama Canal but later served as
a senior pilot on the Atlantic side for 16 years, died on August 26,
1975, in a Rhode Island hospital after a heart attack just two days
after his 85th birthday. Captain Forrstrom had a versatile career on
the Panama Canal freight checker on Panama's Cristobal docks and
a dock superintendent of the Atlantic dredging division. By the time
World War I broke out, Captain Forrstrom had earned his second
mate's papers and graduated from Utmark's Nautical Academy in
New York and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy Auxiliary
Reserve in 1918. He was assigned to the Canal Zone because of his
knowledge of the area. In 1923, he was offered the harbormaster's job
at Cristobal, the first step toward a pilot's position.
Captain Forrstrom is survived by his wife, Jessie, of Cranston; a
son, William W. Forrstrom, of Warwick, Rhode Island; a brother, T.
H. Forrstrom of Clearwater, Florida; a sister, Mrs. Theresa Mac-
Adam, of Largo, Florida, and four grandchildren.
Mr. Roy B. Frost, 80, died August 10, 1975, in San Carlos,
Panama Province. Mr. Frost went to the Isthmus in 1941 and retired
in 1964. Surviving him are a daughter, Miss Grace Frost, of
Rochester, New York; a son, James Frost, of Newark, Delaware; a
brother and two grandchildren.
Mr. Harry M. Gaeb passed away on May 23, 1975, in Cincinnati,
Ohio. He was a graduate of Balboa High School, Class of 1931. He is
survived by his widow, Mrs. June Gaeb and a sister Mrs. Phillip
(Marcella) Green. Information from Elmer J. Hack.

Mr. Armando J. Gasperi, Jr. passed away on September 29, 1975,
in Jacksonville, Florida, as the result of a massive heart attack. Mr.
Gasperi had resided in Jacksonville for the past three years after
moving from the Canal Zone following his retirement. He is survived
by his widow, Mrs. A. J. Gasperi, Jr., of Jacksonville.
Major Robert Glud, a Balboa High graduate with the Class of
1954, died October 11, 1975, at Clark Air Force Base in the
Philippines. Surviving Mr. Glud are his wife Barbara and two
children, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Glud, now residing in Citrus
Heights, California, and a sister, Louise.
Mr. Zade Whitlock Green, a twenty-year resident of Latin
America and the Canal Zone died in September, 1975, at Gorgas
Hospital. He is survived by his widow, Rebecca Aronoff Green, and
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Zade Green, of Fallbrook, California.
Mr. Green was recognized as an authority on Latin America in
the political/military intelligence field. By his own choice, his
incentive awards and other special recognition were never publicized
over the years. He was recognized by the following awards:
Outstanding Performance Ratings in 1964, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973,
1974, and 1975; Quality Step increases in 1967 and 1975; Letters of
Commendation in 1969 and 1971; and Sustained Superior Performance
Award in 1969 ....
Mr. Robert R. Hill, 50, accounting officer in the New Orleans
office of the Financial Vice President of the Panama Canal organiza-
tion, died recently after a prolonged illness. He began his continuous
service with the Panama Canal as a purser on the SS CRISTOBAL in
February, 1958, and was promoted to accounting officer in 1969.
Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Lena, and daughter, Sheryl, who
live in Pearl River, Louisiana.
Mr. George Akin Jones, Jr., 71, passed away on August 22, 1975,
in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Jones retired as Administrative
Assistant with the Terminals Division in the Panama Canal Zone after
35 years of service. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sarah Ann Jones; two
brothers, Edwin Jones, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and WakLer J.
Jones, Fredericksburg, Virginia; two sisters, Mrs. Isabelle Schroeder,
Gould, Colorado; and Mrs. Grace Carey, Ann Arbor, Michigan; a
stepdaughter, Mrs. Faye Danenburg, Temple Terrace, Florida; a
stepson, Larking Tyler Wadsworth, Raleigh, North Carolina; and five
Mrs. Bess D. Majilton, 80, passed away on October 12, 1975, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. She moved to St. Petersburg eight years ago
from Balboa, Canal Zone. She is survived by many close friends.
Mr. Morris Mirrop, who retired in 1953 as Administrative

Assistant of Gorgas Hospital, died on August 12, 1975, in Gorgas
Hospital. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Rose Mirrop, who resides
with her daughter, Jan Mirrop, in Corozal, Canal Zone.
Mrs. William G. Mummaw, of Gainesville, Florida, passed away
on July 7, 1975, while visiting a granddaughter in Louisiana. The
Mummaws went to the Canal Zone in January, 1941, and Mr.
Mummaw retired in November, 1960. Mrs. Mummaw is survived by
her daughter, Mrs. Peggy Lyons, of Gainesville, Florida, and seven
grandchildren. Her only son, Bill, met a tragic death in New Orleans,
Louisiana, where he was in school about a year ago.
Mr. John Christopher Myers, 70, passed away at his home in
Decatur, Alabama, on June 26, 1975.
In 1941, after being rejected by the Army, Mr. Myers went with
the Healy Construction Company to the Panama Canal to work on the
third locks. When construction was stopped on the locks, he was
employed by the U.S. Civil Service to set up and maintain diesel
generators used by radar during the war. After the war, Mr. Myers
was put in charge of the motor pool in the Zone and later grounds and
maintenance. He retired in 1965. Mr. Myers is survived by his widow,
Lydia, of Decatur, Alabama, a sister, and two brothers.
Mrs. Olive M. Nessen, 90, died August 11, 1975, in Texas. Mrs.
Nessen went to the Canal Zone in 1951, where she made her home
with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Winn, Jr., of
Cardenas Village. On July 1st, she was admitted to a nursing home
near Fort Worth, Texas. Mrs. Nessen is survived by her daughter,
Margaret Winn, of Cardenas Village, Canal Zone; a son, Paul B.
Nessen, of Des Moines, Iowa, four grandchildren and five great-
Mr. Baldur Norman, of Seattle, Washington, died October 15,
1975, after a short stay in a hospital. He retired from the Locks
Division on December 29, 1974. He is survived by his wife, Olga
Norman, and two grandsons who live in Seattle. Information from
Richard Dinkgreve, Metairie, Louisiana, who wrote that in October of
1973 she lost her only child, Robert, in a tragic gun accident, and now
it is her husband who goes so suddenly.
The Rev. Paul Herbert William Olander, 79, of Satellite Beach,
Florida, passed away on October 29, 1975, at Patrick AFB Hospital.
Rev. Olander was the Pastor of the Margarita Union Church from
1954 to 1959.
Survivors include his wife, Marion M. Olander, of Satellite Beach;
two sons, Charles P. Olander of Texas and J. David Olander of
Satellite Beach; a daughter, Marion M. Bradow, of Ohio, a brother and
seven grandchildren. Sandra Claflin, of Merritt Island, who sent in the

obituary, wrote: "Many of us are richer for having known him, and he
will be greatly missed."
Mrs. Della G. Pilkerton, 85, a former nurse on the Canal Zone,
died in Oak Spring Nursing Home in Warrenton, Virginia, on
September 17, 1975. She is survived by a brother, Walter Golden, of
Marshall, Virginia; and two sisters, Mrs. Janie Budd of Marshall and
Mrs. Ethel Budd, of Front Royal, Virginia.
Lt. Colonel Kenneth M. Pitman died after an automobile crash on
the National Highway near San Carlos, Panama, on September 1,
1975. It is believed that he suffered a heart attack after the accident.
Colonel Pitman was widely known in the Canal Zone. His father,
Warren Pitman, was a well-known employee of the Panama Railroad.
Colonel Pitman is survived by his wife, Marilynn and two children.
Mr. Charles Robert Progler, 67, of Lake Park, Florida, a retired
Control House Operator, Gatun Locks, died September 22, 1975, in a
local hospital. He is survived by his widow, Kathleen; two daughters,
Mrs. Eugene Straley, and Mrs. Cecil Bennett and six grandchildren.
Interment was in Ripley, West Virginia.
Mrs. Emma H. Shaw passed away on September 30, 1975, in
Bradford, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Shaw went to Gatun, Canal Zone, in
1908 to join her husband who was employed by the Isthmian Canal
Commission as a Locomotive Engineer during the construction of the
Panama Canal. The Shaw family resided in Gatun until 1913 when
they returned to their home in Bradford, Pennsylvania. J. Edward
Shaw, her husband, died April 19, 1965. Mrs. Shaw is survived by a
niece, Elizabeth Ferguson, of Bardstown, Kentucky, and two neph-
ews, Wayne H. Thessen, Bradford, Pennsylvania, and Charles
Thessen, of Franklin, Kentucky.
Mrs. Virginia Naylor Sullivan passed away on June 5, 1975, in
Duarte, California. Mrs. Sullivan was the daughter of Mrs. Grace
Naylor, of Laguna Hills, California, and the late William G. Naylor,
formerly of the Gatun Locks. Besides her mother, Mrs. Sullivan is
survived by a brother, Dr. Graham Naylor, of Glendora, California,
and three children; a daughter Helen, who is teaching children at the
American Embassy Building in Moscow, Russia; two sons, James,
Berkeley, California, and Mark who is with the El Monte, California,
Police Department where he has been training with the Police Cadets
while attending college at Covina College where he graduated this
year. Information from Mrs. Quinn Smith, Borrego Springs,
California, an aunt of the deceased.
Mr. George O. Tarflinger, 61, a former Panama Canal Company
employee, died at his home in Newark, Delaware, on September 25,
1975. Mr. Tarflinger, who retired in December, 1973, began service

with the Panama Canal in 1929 as an oiler. In 1934, he transferred to
the Refrigeration Department and from 1941 until his retirement was
general foreman for refrigeration and air conditioning. Surviving in
addition to his wife Laura are two daughters, Mrs. Richard Duson and
Mrs. Greg Konersman, all of Newark; two sisters, Mrs. R. N. Trower
and Mrs. C. Lucile Robison and several grandchildren.
Mr. Melvin F. Tinkler, 60, of Whittier, California, died on
September 26, 1975, following a long illness. Mr. Tinkler is survived
by his wife, Judith, and a daughter, Nancy. Information from the
California Report.
Mr. Milton S. Treadwell, 82, passed away in Orlando, Florida, on
August 27, 1975, after a long illness. Masonic Service was conducted
on August 29th. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elvina (Freeman)
Treadwell of Orlando, Florida.
Mr. Robert G. Turner, 48, died in his office at the Railroad
Division Freight Office, Ancon, Canal Zone. Mr. Turner was a 1944
graduate of Cristobal High School. He was well known in local and
international archaeological circles and had a special interest in
pre-Columbian artifacts of Central America. He is survived by his
father, Albert G. Turner, of Tucson, Arizona, who retired from the
Canal organization in 1962.
Retired Navy Commander, Arthur Alexander Verner, died at the
age of 68, in Delray Beach, Florida, on July 26, 1975. He was
commissioned USNR in May, 1936. He was called on active duty in
June, 1941, and served in Costa Rica, Columbia, Panama, Chile, and in
many European countries. He was awarded the Bronze Star National
Defense Star American Area and European Area Star German
Occupation and Victory medals.
Commander Verner was a retired Vice President of the Interna-
tional Division of the Kelly Tire Springfield Co., Cumberland,
He is survived by his widow, Gertrude R. Verner, who on
September 5th presented Commander Verner's ashes to the Captain
of the U.S.S. SHENANDOAH, to be scattered at sea in accordance
with his wishes. A Memorial Service was held in Northern Ireland,
where he was born.
Dr. Richard H. Whitehead, 88, a doctor of engineering, inventor,
economist, author and scholar, died September 9, 1975, in Guilford,
Connecticut. Dr. Whitehead, who resided in Laconia, New Hampshire,
had been living at the home of a son during the past months.
Dr. Whitehead, who helped build the Panama Canal, piloted the
first ship to pass through the Canal and served as the superintendent
of the Pacific Locks from 1912 to 1916. He also served as a consultant

to naval research laboratories and to General Lucius D. Clay during
the American occupation of Germany. Until his retirement in 1961,
Dr. Whitehead was president and director of the Laconia manufactur-
ing company, Scott and Williams, Inc. He was also a former president
of the People's Savings Bank in Laconia, New Hampshire.
He is survived by three sons, John F. Whitehead, George G.
Whitehead and Richard H. Whitehead, Jr., all of Guilford, Connecti-
cut; one brother, 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
In accordance to his last wishes, Dr. Whitehead's ashes, together
with those of his wife, are to be dispersed over Gatun Spillway by his
Editor: The Panama Canal has lost a valuable friend in the death
of Dr. Richard Whitehead. For many years he has opposed Panama's
demands pertaining to the control and operation of the Panama Canal.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., too, has lost a friend. At all
times he has been very cooperative with the Editor and was
interested in the Society.
Miss Ann Dixon Warner died suddenly on September 23, 1975, in
Schenectady, New York, where she was employed by the General
Electric Company. She was the daughter of Louis C. and Phyllis
Kelley Warner. Miss Warner was born in 1922 in the Canal Zone and
attended elementary and high school (graduated BHS, 1939) in the
Canal Zone. Her parents (both deceased) retired to Pinellas Park,
Florida. Her maternal grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Philip Kelley
who went to Panama in the early years. Survivors are her sister and
brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Robert K. Gilchriest (Eve), an uncle,
Keith Kelley, of St. Petersburg, Florida, and two nephews. Informa-
tion was sent to Janie Hamlin Leffingwell from Judy Mohr McDonald.
Mrs. Margaret A. Wickett, of Clearwater, Florida, died on
August 16, 1975, in a local nursing home. She moved to Clearwater
twenty-four years ago from the Canal Zone. Survivors include three
sisters, Garnett Barga, Port Richey, Florida, Barbara Smith, Warren,
Michigan, and Litha Denny, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Word was received on the Isthmus of the death from a heart
attack of Leonard Worcester, 66, a long-time Isthmian resident who
was well known in educational and in the Ancon Theater Guild circles.
In 1947, he became manager for the English language radio station
HOG, a position which he held for 11 years. Prior to his retirement in
1971, Mr. Worcester was professor of English Literature at the Albert
Einstein High School at Paitilla. He is survived by his wife, Natalie, of
El Cangrejo.
Mrs. Earl Worley, the former Harriet Gundersen, 33, of the Canal
Zone, died suddenly in her home at Valdez, Alaska. Mrs. Worley was

the daughter of Capt. C. J. Gundersen, deputy chief, Transit
Operations and grew up in the Canal Zone. Mrs. Worley and her
family had been making their home in Alaska where Mr. Worley is a
city engineer of Valdez. In addition to her father and her widower,
Mrs. Worley is survived by three children of Valdez; a brother Lloyd
Gundersen and a sister Mrs. Esther Shrader, both of Houston, Texas.

[With apologies to Isaac Watt]

How doth the busy little maid
Improve the dirty clothes!
She rubbeth them with all her strength
Until the washboard shows.

She spreadeth them upon the grass
Where little insects play.
"It makes them clean and white," she says
In her decided way.

She starcheth them without restraint
Until they stand alone,
And when you touch a collar's edge
It cutteth to the bone.

And then she eateth up a steak,
Your Sunday dinner's hope;
Asketh for five bucks in advance
And carteth off the soap.

by T. Dwight Ladd

WANTED A copy of the book, "The Jungle Whispers" by Mr.
Kenneth Vinton. Unsuccessful efforts have been made to purchase the
book at numerous bookstores. Perhaps, some member of the Society
has the book and would be willing to part with it. Contact Mrs. Clare
A. Pappendick, 8620 66th Street North, Pinellas Park, Florida 33565
- Telephone 544-1843.


The brilliant fall colors and bright warm weather brought 72
adults and 2 children out to the Annual Fall Luncheon of the Panama
Canal Society of Northwest Arkansas. The delicious meal was served
at the Town and Country Restaurant in Rogers, Arkansas, on October
12th at 1 p.m.
President Robert Hursh presided at the business meeting.
First-comers, Richard and Mary Condon of Springdale, Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph Shuey, Jr. and two children, of Amarillo, Texas, and Mr. and
Mrs. Richard Capps, of Shawnee, Oklahoma, were heartily welcomed.
Officers for 1975-76 were elected as follows: Mr. James Folson,
President, Mrs. Frank McGilberry, Secretary-Treasurer and Mrs.
Harry Butz, Sr., Reporter. The nominees for 1976-77 were presented
as Mr. Robert Balcer, President, Mrs. William McCue, Secretary-
From all reports, everyone has had a busy, happy summer, with
gardens most productive and welcome visitors galore!! In September,
the Charlie Malsburys of Springdale were pleasantly surprised by a
brief visit from Captain and Mrs. Bill Horn who were in the States
visiting relatives. A few days later, Bill and Gladys Weigle, Canal
Zone retirees now living in Titusville, Florida, arrived! They were
taking a short trip to visit family and friends and spent three days in
Rogers, during which time, they visited the McGilberrys. Charlie
mentioned also that James (Babe) Schuber, who recently married a
former schoolteacher from Indiana, is now living at 2606 Estey
Avenue, Naples, Florida, 33940.
Mary and Richard Condon arrived in Springdale on August 23rd
and have been busy repainting and renovating their home at 2019
Ranch Drive. Dick was with the R. R. and Fire Division for 33 years,
while Mary taught in the Canal Zone schools for 24 years.
Mike and Paul Welch, formerly of Springdale, have been
transferred to Massachusetts by his company, the Moore Drop Forge.
Dr. Jack and Patti (Bain) DeVore and daughter are busy and now
live on Wheeler Street in Fayetteville. Patti said that she expects her
mother, Mrs.Wally Bain, of St. Petersburg, Florida, for a visit this
Harry and Lenor Butz were delighted to see the Ed Websters of
San Antonio, Texas, for an evening's visit. Carla and Jack Taber, too,
surprised them with a phone call after a 700-mile trip that day.
Dagmar, Dan, Karen, and David Merrick were overnight guests of the
Butzes on their way to a conference. To top it off, Lee had an uplifting

phone call from Mary Clark who, with her husband, Maurice, of
Beeville, Texas, were on their way to Oklahoma in their 29' trailer.
Maurice was formerly an employee of Continental Refinery.
The Butzes' highlight of the year was a visit from their son,
Harry, Jr. (Rickey) and his wife, Judy, whom they hadn't seen for four
years!! The Jr. Butzes and their Schnauzer, made the trip from Reno,
Nevada, in a 21' Robinhood motor home to spend two weeks in
Springdale with their parents and sister. During their stay, the
Butzes' younger son, Peter, wife Janice, and two grandsons completed
the family reunion and spent four exciting days together!!
Frances and Luke Palumbo, of Fayetteville, spent the month of
August in the Canal Zone and had a great time, visiting their three
children, families and friends. They returned to Fayetteville for two
days before again taking off for Laurel, Maryland, to attend their
niece's wedding. On their way home, they spent some time with
Luke's folks in Ohio. I do believe a new name for the Canal Zone
retirees should be "Gypsyonians"!!
Bill and Charlotte McCue drove to Ohio for a two weeks' stay
with Bill's folks where a cool 280 greeted them! "Chuck" and Donna
Petersen from the Canal Zone stopped in for a three-day visit at the
McCues' home in Bentonville. Perhaps many of the readers will recall
Chuck's dexterity at both the organ and piano he's still going
The Andrew Whitlocks, Eldridge Burtons, Bates Weiman and
Nannie Brown were all happy to welcome Catherine and George Lowe
from Wilmington, Delaware, and Mary Jo Yaeger, of Houston, Texas.
Catherine and George attended the luncheon in Rogers, too.
Robert Wayne and Mrs. Jackson of Bentonville had their son,
Robert (Bobby) Hyde Jackson, and 12-year-old granddaughter for a
wonderful visit in August. Bob teaches at the Gallaudet College for
the Deaf in Washington, D.C.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders report that Mom (Grace) Sanders,
better known to old-timers as Aloise, arrived in early August for her
annual visit and to celebrate her 85th birthday. Later, Mom will
continue on to California, Florida and the Canal Zone. Rita and Perry
Washabaugh stopped by for an all too short period, departing within
the hour for North Dakota. That same afternoon, Peggy and Harvey
Smith from Inverness, Florida, rolled in to visit friends and to join
Mom and others in helping Dorothy and Bruce celebrate their 40th
Anniversary. In September, Larry Callaway and Dorothy Beau-
champ, both of Miami, Florida, stopped by to lunch and reminisce.
Ralph and Marie Shuey, from Neosho, Missouri, were happy to
have their son, and wife and granddaughters from Amarillo, Texas,

visiting them. Brother Ray and Evelyn could not attend the Luncheon
due to Ray's not feeling too well. The Ray Shueys have been very
busy with entertaining trailer friends, so felt they should stay home
and rest.
"The Luncheon was great", remarked Bertha and Dick Capps
from Shawnee, Oklahoma. They spent a night with the Herb
Engelkes, toured Pea Ridge Military Park and then went to their farm
in Southwest Missouri for four days. At home, the Capps find life fun
and busy, with the days too short, especially with eight grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren living near by!
Alice and Herb Engelke had daughter, Molly, and son-in-law, Bob
Williford and two sons with them for a three-week visit this summer.
Prior to their visit, Bob took two courses on Mercury Motors at the
Eau Claire, Wisconsin, factory after visiting his brother Terry and
family in Dayton, Ohio. On their way back to Miami where they
enplaned to the Canal Zone, the Willifords visited Jim Williford and
family in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
Peg and Harvey Smith, of Inverness, Florida, were welcome
visitors to the Engelkes as were the Jack Tabers, of Largo, Florida,
Jean and Bruce Crook, of Ukiah, California, and Bruce's sister of
Yazoo City, Mississippi.
Bud and Betty Balcer made a ten-day trip in early September to
Bud's home town of McGregor, Iowa, where he visited his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Balcer, former residents of Curundu, Canal Zone.
On the way, the Balcers stopped for the night in Moberly, Missouri,
and spent some time with the Pete Rileys. The Balcers also expect to
visit their son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Melissa Rhoads, during
the month of October in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The Eldridge Burtons, too, have been scurrying here and there
this summer. In July, Minnie visited her daughter, Nancy Crooks
Koepplinger in Tucson, Arizona. Then, in August, Minnie's brother,
Jack Brown, wife Gloria and son from Northport, New York, visited
them, staying with Minnie's mother, Nannie Brown. Later on, Mike
Burton, Jr., wife Caroline and daughter from Miramar, Florida,
visited them for a week.
Master Sgt. Robert G. Crooks, son of the late Homer Crooks and
Minnie Burton, returned to his wife and family in Mansfield, Ohio,
after a 13-month tour of duty in South Korea. His next duty station is
Fort Lewis, Washington, where his family will join him. On their way
to see Bob and family in Ohio, the Burtons visited Mike's sister in
Clinton, Missouri, stopped overnight in St. Louis and had a short visit
with their niece, Andree Lee Whitlock Collins.
Minnie's sister, Mattielee White and cousin, Florabelle Helmer-

ichs, from Houston, Texas, spent several days with them in
Carl and Helen Newhard made the acquaintance of their seventh
grandchild, Wendy Dawn, when her parents, Sam and Ann Newhard
and two sisters drove to Bentonville in August. Carl's mother, Mrs.
Eppley is another welcome guest and has divided her time between
Jessie and the Carl Newhards.
Jessie Newhard spent an interesting few weeks with her son,
John, and family in Colorado. She then went on to see her
daughter-in-law, Esta Lee Albright, and granddaughter, Heather, in
New Mexico and went with them to their new home in Palo Alto,
California. While there, Jessie visited with Elsa Bullock and went on
to Visalia, California, where she stayed with her daughter, Ann, and
husband, Omar Franklin and three grandchildren. "Omar feels better
than he has for years," Jessie remarked.
Etta Fay and Glynn Terrell had their usual busy summer with the
garden and visits from their children. Daughter, Andrea Oliver, of
New Orleans, arrived, but her husband Paul couldn't get away. Son,
Lance, of Austin, Texas, came home for a sixteen-day visit his first
return in three years! Annie (Pearre) Webb and husband, Norman,
also drove over from Pine Bluff, Arkansas, for a short stay. In
September, Andrea and Paul Oliver stopped by the Terrells to drop
off their cat and dog while they toured Kansas City, Missouri, Omaha,
Nebraska, and Rapid City, South Dakota, taking in Mt. Rushmore in
the Black Hills.
Lynn Cook, Jr. and family, of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, spent their
annual vacation with the Cooks in Rogers. Before leaving the United
States for home, they spent a few days in Palo Alto, California, with
Lynn's sister, Lucille, and family and enrolled their daughter in a
private school for girls in Pennsylvania to further her high school
With the close of a wonderful year at hand, we all from this area,
wish our readers a very Happy New Year with God's Blessings. -
Reporter, Lenor Butz.


Our summer luncheon was held on August 17th in the Captain's
Ballroom aboard the SS PRINCESS LOUISE. 126 members and
guests enjoyed the make-believe cruise around Terminal Island. The
invocation was given by Robert Leroy Dill. The Pledge of Allegiance
was led by Mrs. Thelma Reppe. The following guests were former
Panama Canal employees: Austin F. ("Buck") and Helen Yoder (Bob

Adams' mother). The Yoders belong to the PC Society in Northern
California. They moved to Leisure world, Laguna Hills, last Decem-
ber. Mrs. Charlotte Laurie, St. Petersburg, Florida; Rita and Howard
Will, Canal Zone; and Bill and Janet Zemer, of San Juan Capistrano,
who were guests of Ray and Irene Will. Howard and Icilda Weeks,
formerly of Cristobal, were guests of Ross and Isabel Aguirre.
Hampton Tedder and Bill Lawson were joined by their families a
total of 11. Victoria Hollowell Allen, a member, came from Salinas to
attend with her brother and sister-in-law, David and Thelma
Hollowell. Mrs. Elizabeth Taber's guests were her sister, Gertrude
Murray, and her son Jack Taber and his wife Carlie, of St. Petersburg,
Florida. They planned to visit Jack's sister, Audrey, in Lindsay during
their California visit .
The Songsmiths, David Smith and Roy Ballard, played and sang
some enjoyable songs one in memory of our dear Virginia Winquist
A warm welcome was given to new members, Mr. and Mrs.
William Zemer, San Juan Capistrano, California. Bill was born in
Gorgas Hospital in 1923 and lived in the Zone until 1941. He returned
to the Zone from 1948 to 1954 as a teacher in the Canal Zone schools.
He then taught in U.S. schools until 1971. He and Janet now own
Bob and Ruth Adams "Howie was here visiting this summer
with her new baby Gerry and Ray joined us later."
Lucho Azcarraga y su conjunto played in their usual grand style
on September 8th at a promotional program entitled "Panama
Spectacular" for promoting Panama tourism. Mrs. Azcarraga and
their son, Frankie, accompanied Lucho on this trip which included
similar programs in San Francisco, Dallas and Houston.
Florence Berude "I have gone back to work on a part-time
basis in the Medical Center and Hospital Laboratories. I am off on
Tuesday so that I can still play golf on Ladies' Day. It's a rewarding
feeling being on the Saddleback Hospital payroll, but I've had to omit
much of my volunteer work. In June, I received my 1,000-hour pin,
Saddleback Hospital Volunteers. Previously, I had the 1,000-hour pin
for the Laguna Hills Medical Center. I still serve in the Intensive Care
Unit on Saturdays.
My son RADM John B. Berude, was transferred to Honolulu,
Hawaii, on June 16th. His new assignment will entail much travel to
Pacific stations. My grandson, Lt. John A. Berude, U.S. Naval
Reserve, has reported for dental duty in Guam."

Francis and Joan Fitzpatrick "A recent family reunion and
visit to London and Ireland was thoroughly enjoyed by: Mary Fitz-
patrick Taylor, Marion Taylor, Eileen Fitzpatrick Lebow, Mort
Lebow, and Paul and Francis Fitzpatrick. They visited London for
four days, crossed the Irish Sea by steamer and motored through
Ireland.... The 15-days' trek through Ireland wasn't long enough and
already ideas are being generated for a repeat performance. Joan and
Colleen Fitzpatrick spent the autumn days visiting family and friends
in Catonsville, Maryland country."
Olga and Florita Frost "Olga has been a patient at the
Methodist Hospital in Arcadia for the past several weeks for tests and
treatment. Her niece, Olga White Stone, of Berkeley, and nephew,
Walter White, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, have been visiting with
Olga and Florita."
Mary B. Journeay "In June, Beverly and John Fawcett spent a
day here at Laguna Hills with Mildred McMahon and me while they
were visiting with his mother and brother in Coronado. It was great to
see them and to hear of mutual friends and the activities on the Zone."
Ed and Shirley Smith O'Connor and their family moved this
summer to Westminster, California, from the Washington, D.C. area.
Ed, as Commissioner of Immigration and Naturalization for the
Southwest Region, serves Texas, Oklahoma, Utah, New Mexico,
Nevada, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Mexico City and Guam. Shirley's
mother, Shirley Persons Smith, was in Panama in August and had a
wonderful visit with friends.
Thelma Reppe Hedvig and Thelma left Long Beach on August
26th for a six-week trip; they flew to Vancouver, British Columbia,
where they boarded the Canadian Pacific train for a trip across
Canada to Montreal and then went to Halifax where they joined a tour
- visited Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, the Gaspe Peninsula and the
Prince Edward and Cape Breton Islands. After leaving the tour at
Halifax, they flew to the Washington, D.C. area for five days. They
then went to Aiken, South Carolina, where they visited Nellie
(Bruland) and Chris Jansen for a week. While there, they saw the
John Eversons, Russel Percys and Mr. and Mrs. James Catron. They
flew back to California on October 6th. Mrs. Wells Wright (Anna Van
Siclen), of Gulfport, Florida, visited with Thelma in Long Beach after
a visit with Nita and Russel Jones in Palo Alto.
Jack Ridge, Sr. enjoyed his second visit to California this year.
He attended the August 17th meeting of the Society. He enjoyed
touring the area with the deGrummonds and took in some games at
Dodger Stadium. With Joan and Viola Bissell Shea, he visited Mrs.
Charles Lee (Belmina) in Yucaipa. Mr. Ridge flew to Pittsburgh,

Pennsylvania, on September 7th to see the "Pirates" in action and
then went to Trenton, New Jersey, to visit his daughter, Mary
Gribbin, and son, Ralph, and their families. He is now visiting in
Miami with John and Julie Ridge.
Janice and Ernest Ross "We recently had as visitors for
several weeks my husband's daughter, Diane, and her husband, Terry
Eisert, of Miami, Florida, and their two children. It was the first time
we had seen grandson, Scott Allen. Diane spent some of her early
years on the Canal Zone where she attended Ancon Grammar School."
Catsy Schafer "Lillian Taylor Doyle and I had the pleasure of
attending a bridge luncheon at the Coronado Shores vacation
apartment of Col. William and Lauretta (Prather) Bray during April
and later entertained them at dinner when Mrs. Elbert J. (Becky)
Brown (Grace Line, Cristobal) came down from Hemet. Also, Vern
and I were happy to see Pete and Bob Johnson from Plantation,
Florida, who were house guests of Ora and Art O'Leary at Rancho
Bernardo.... Left May 25th for five weeks in Holland with daughter,
Sue (Taylor) and Lou Pitney and four grandchildren at Wassenaar,
near the Hague. For Sue's birthday, we took off (sans kids) and flew to
Scotland for four days.... Then, her ten-year-old daughter returned
to California with me for a month. In the meantime, July 12th,
daughter Layne (Taylor) and Tom Ashton arrived from Lima, Peru,
for three weeks to play some golf and shop. On August 11th,
Captain Elmer and Bellamy (Laatz) Abbott, of St. Petersburg,
Florida, and her mother, Mrs. Frankie Priest, came by for lunch...."
David Leroy Smith "On July 29th, Miss Mary Orr, of Sarasota,
Florida, and Mr. Frank Violette, of St. Petersburg and Panama, on a
trip to Hawaii for judging a fishing contest, stopped over in Los
Angeles and were joined at dinner by Martin Seiler, Roy Ballard and
myself. Mary was a high school chum of my sister, Aileen Hoyle, and
we were next-door neighbors in Balboa ... Friends will be happy to
learn that 'Aunt Sallie' Wimmer is greatly improved. She is now 84...
On November 9th, my oldest nephew, David Hoyle, of San Jose,
California, will visit me for a week with his family which includes my
two grandnephews. My sister, Aileen, of Redwood Estates, California,
will arrive December 1st for her winter visit."
Thomas J. Sullivan "The following were present at the Sullivan
Family reunion in Ventura, California in July: Mary Sullivan Young
and husband, Jim, and five of their children, Canal Zone; Margaret
Sullivan McMillan, Hawaii; Jim Sullivan with his wife and two
children, San Mateo, California; my two sons and I, Monrovia,
California; Nancy Sullivan Schorch, who lives in Ventura hosted the
reunion. My mother, Eleanor Sullivan, who lives in a retirement home

in Ventura, enjoyed seeing her children and grandchildren."
Ethel Wanke "I went with my brother, Oscar Brownell, in his
trailer for a month (two weeks with relatives in Santa Cruz and two
weeks in San Jose with Bud and family). While with Bud, I went to
Mt. Herman with another son and his wife for four days then all
back to Bud's."
Faye and Malcolm Wheeler "Dolores, LeMoyne and two
children were here from San Antonio for one week; it was wonderful
seeing them. Betty Malone, of St. Petersburg, Florida, visited us for
one week also."
Chubby and Milton Wright "We had a call this summer from
Bobby and Marge King on their way to Hawaii to build their new
home ... Milton and I plan to leave October 1st for a trip back East."
Evelyn (Belanger) and Warren Wood, Sun Valley, California, left
October 3rd for a two-week visit in the Canal Zone. This is their first
trip back to the Zone in 24 years. They have fond memories of the
Canal Zone. They left the Zone in 1951. Evelyn's mother, Mrs. Linda
Belanger, lives near them.
Jack and Joan deGrummond "Jack's mother, Cherry deGrum-
mond, of North Hollywood, enjoyed her 92nd birthday on September
19th with a family dinner. Jerome Ridge, AMS-3, USN, son of Bob and
Pat Ridge, of Columbus, Ohio, is stationed at Lemoore Naval Base,
California. He visited with us while my father was here. Jerry then
left on a training cruise. Steve and Allegro Cartotto, Joan's son and
his wife, recently spent their vacation in the Zone, visiting Allegro's
family, Wallace and Maxine Woodruff and their son, Lento of Balboa,
and Allegro's sister, Largo, who was visiting the family at the time.
Jack and I spent three days in September in San Diego, which
included our first visit to Sea World. In October, we revisited
Yosemite National Park and then followed Highway 49 from Mariposa
through the Mother Lode Country, visiting old-time gold towns along
this 'Golden Chain' highway. This area has interesting scenery and
history." Joan R. deGrummond, Secretary-Treasurer.

Richard K. Erbe, Supply and Community Service Director,
received the Superius Safety Award which was presented to him by
Governor H. R. Parfitt for his bureau's achievement of having worked
1,511,000 manhours without a disabling injury from March 27, 1975, to
August 4, 1975.
At a special ceremony held immediately following the recent
meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Canal Zone United Way,

Governor Harold R. Parfitt paid tribute to Judge Guthrie F. Crowe,
for his many years of participation as one of the key leaders in the
Canal Zone United Way. In recognition and appreciation of Judge
Crowe's numerous contributions to community life during his many
years of service in the Canal Zone, Governor Parfitt presented the
Judge a framed "Resolution of Appreciation" on parchment, express-
ing the sincere gratitude of the Canal Zone United Way for 18 years of
outstanding leadership as Chairman of the Admissions Committee,
and the Panama Canal Honorary Public Service award with Gold
Medallion with a citation recognizing the countless hours he has
devoted to the welfare of the Isthmian community... Condensed from
A surprise farewell party and luncheon was given on September
28, 1975, by Mrs. Anita Kaufer at her home in Margarita, Canal Zone,
for Mrs. Louise Weiselogel, who is leaving shortly to live in Florida.
The friends of Mrs. Weiselogel who were present were: Arlene
Fall, Grace Holtz, Clare Welty, Elenore Blair, Kitty Enoch, Ceci
Ubben, Margaret Coates, Virginia Blount, Pat Finneman, Sheila
Egger, Elaine Riennlon and Ronnie Coleman, Bernice Hill, Bobbie
Spilling, Elsie G. Hartwell, Rita Will, Betty Barr, and Mary
The lovely gifts from all the ladies included a complete set of
dishes and some beautiful linens Submitted by Mrs. Louis A.
Kaufer (Norine Hall), San Jose, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Robinson and three children, of Diablo, Canal
Zone, spent a month in July and August motoring and camping along
the way from the Canal Zone to the United States. They entered the
United States at Brownsville, Texas, and then went to New Orleans
where Mrs. Robinson's (the former Patsy Kelly) sister (Elaine Kelly)
and dentist husband, Dr. and Mrs. Wing Houser, flew in from
Anaheim, California to spend the weekend with them in New Orleans.
The Robinsons then travelled on via Tallahassee, Florida, where
they visited one afternoon with Viola Stephens and then on to Sanford
to visit two of Frank's aunts and finally arrived in Fort Myers to the
anxiously awaiting parents of Frank Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Robinson
who retired several years ago from the Canal Zone. They spent two
weeks with them before flying to Miami for a few days shopping and
then back to the Zone.
Their children are Frankie, 19, who is in college and did not
accompany the family, Lisa, 16, Mark, 14, and Brian 9. The family
thoroughly enjoyed their trip and would like to do it again.
Many old timers will remember the Robinsons and the Kellys -
Max Kelly of the All America Cable Company and his wife, Verna,

who was formerly a nurse at the Panama Hospital (Verna Zumbrun).
Daniel A. Pagenta, Balboa, Canal Zone "The many ex-members
of the First Baptist Church, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone, will be
interested in knowing that Pastor and Jean Beeby celebrated their
35th Wedding Anniversary on October 5, 1975. Also our Scout Troop
24 had another Eagle Court of Honor. Mr. Jim Hattrick, Gulf Oil
manager and member of the Canal Zone Scout Council, was the
principal speaker. The Church Brotherhood also had a fish fry. The
fish was Gatun Lake rainbow bass caught by the members.
"Also, we wish to announce the engagement and coming wedding
of Yolanda Gutierrez, daughter of Ida Pagenta and Daniel Pagenta
(stepdaughter) to Bryan Holmes, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The
wedding will be at Bethany Fellowship in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in
December exact date to be announced later.
"I sure hope to get to the annual meeting!"
Robert E. Daisey, a marine engineer with the Ports Division, is
carrying on two proud traditions. On the one hand, he represents the
third generation of a family of marine engineers which stretches back
to the last century. On the other, he typifies the dedication to
excellence which has marked the seamen charged with getting ships
through the Panama Canal efficiently and safely since the early days
of this century.
The official newspaper of the National Marine Engineers'
Beneficial Association (MEBA) said in 1967 that "the seafaring
Daiseys, Lockwoods, and other branches of the family probably have
earned the well-deserved reputation of being the most consistent,
dedicated adherents of the profession of Marine Engineering to date
in the American Merchant Marine," adding that this claim might even
extend to the world.
According to the story, members of the family have sailed every
waterway of the world, every type of steam vessel from tugs to the
great ones ... There were Daiseys on freighters that brought supplies
to the Isthmus for building and maintaining the Panama canal.
The line of seafaring marine engineers begins at least as far back
as Grandpa, Samuel Cabe Daisey, whose son Abraham's career
included service on the famous LEVIATHAN .
Whether helping superships navigate the Canal or joining forces
to help in emergencies, the towboats are a vital part of Canal
operations. And behind their dependable, efficient operation are
dedicated, knowledgeable marine engineers, like Bob Daisey. -
Condensed from THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, July 3, 1975.


A community effort is underway to refurbish and to outfit a two
(2) masted Schooner to participate in one of the major events of the
Bi-Centennial in the United States. "Operation Sail 76" will feature
commemorative races, a parade in review of participating sailing
vessels and port visits at host cities. Approximately 100 vessels will
participate. Among them will be some 25-35 tall ships. The "parade in
review" of sailing vessels up the Hudson River will be a memorable
Canal Zone participation will begin with the Bermuda to
Newport, Rhode Island leg of the race which goes from England to
Portugal to the Canary Islands and thence to Bermuda. After New
York City 4th of July 1976 celebrations, the Schooner will begin the
return trip south. Visits are planned at several Bi-Centennial -
Operation 76 host cities.
We, in the Canal Zone, have a decidedly maritime heritage.
Therefore, it is most fitting that we join in this salute to the maritime
heritage of our great nation as we celebrate her 200th birthday.
Join the Canal Zone Windjammer '76 Club today!! Make your
check in the amount of $17.16 payable to "C. Z. Windjammer '76
Fund". A commemorative certificate, suitable for framing, will be
issued to all charter members of the C. Z. Windjammer '76 Club. A
scroll containing the names of Club Members and institutional plank
owners will accompany the vessel. Copies of this document will be
among papers deposited at host cities for inclusion in bi-centennial
Checks can be forwarded via an organization to which you belong
or directly to: Clyde Willman, treasurer, C. Z. Project Windjammer
76, Box 156, Balboa, C. Z.
The Schooner, Chief Aptakisic, will be manned by C. Z. adults and
Sea Explorer Scouts. During the year of preparation and training, we
hope that many of you will lend a hand even though you may not be
able to make the trip. Long after the bi-centennial, your investment
will continue to bear fruit. The boat will be of great use to the Scout
community and to adults interested in sailing. Hundreds of young men
and women Sea Scouts and adult advisors can be trained during the
useful life of this investment.
Submitted by J. Winter D. Collins.


Clarence and Della Howell of Asheville attended three conven-

tions during the summer. In July, as Clarence was ending his year as
State Commander, they were in Durham, North Carolina, for the
convention of World War One Veterans; in Roanoke, Virginia, for the
National Rainbow Division of Veterans Reunion, and in Kansas City,
Missouri, for the National Convention of World War One Veterans. In
between conventions, they took an extended sightseeing trip to
Florida, accompanied by their daughter Margaret and three grand-
Betty and Paul Runnestrand visited Bob and Alice Roche for a
few days in August. In late September, the Roches left for a visit with
relatives in Wisconsin and Minnesota. They plan also to travel to St.
Louis, Missouri to enjoy the autumn color trip on board the "DELTA
George and Joan Fitzgerald returned to their home in Saluda for
an occasional weekend throughout the summer as George, who is
associated with the "DELTA QUEEN," is based in New Orleans and
Cincinnati. Recently, their son Curtis, a Panama Canal Pilot, while on
vacation with his wife and son, was with them in Saluda.
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick took a quick trip to Dayton, Ohio, in
August to enjoy a family reunion with Ernie's relatives. In Septem-
ber, John and Edie Meeker overnighted with them en route to Europe
from the Canal Zone. In early October, the Zelnicks drove to St. Louis,
Missouri, to enjoy a week's visit with the Kenneth Bartels. Kenneth
recently retired from the Armed Forces Motion Picture Service.
Shortly after the Zelnicks returned home, the Edward Goodriches, up
on vacation, overnighted with them. Ruth and Ernest belong to a
Garden Club, and at one of the meetings Ernie showed slides of
Panama and the Canal Zone which were enthusiastically received.
They plan to visit their daughter Carol and family in Hartford,
Connecticut, and son John and family in Rochester, New York, in
November. While with Carol, they will care for their grandchildren,
Scott and Emily, while Carol and Jim celebrate their tenth wedding
anniversary with a trip to Bermuda.
Recent houseguests of the Bob Van Wagners were Carl and
Blanche Browne up on vacation. Jim and Ethel Tate, of Columbia,
South Carolina, made a special trip to see the Canal Zone visitors, and
while in Hendersonville the entire group was entertained by the
Bob and Gladys Turner overnighted with the Dombrowskys in
September on their way home to Dallas, Texas, after spending the
summer in their cottage in Maine.
Truman and Betsy Hoenke returned to Hendersonville in October
after spending the summer months on their island in Lake Champlain.

Among their summer guests were former Canal Zonians. In August,
after spending a few days as houseguests of the Dombrowskys, the
Jim Millions, of Jacksonville, Florida, joined the Joseph Ebdons, of
Sarasota, Florida, and the three couples drove to Vermont to enjoy
several wonderful days on the Island. The men fished from dawn to
dusk while the women bridged and one day took in the Trappe Family
Lodge. The Hoenkes were also visited by the Joseph Martinezes
(Rosemary Reardon), of Puerto Rico. Their daughter Diana Bauer,
who is doing medical research in New Orleans, enjoyed vacationing
with her parents in July.
In October, the Hoenkes were visited by Mr. and Mrs. Ben
Williams (Blanche Miller) who were on their way home to Memphis,
Tennessee, after vacationing in North Carolina. They left the Canal
Zone in 1944, so it was quite a reunion for Blanche and Betsy who had
been classmates in Balboa High, and for the Williamses to visit with
Ruth and Bill Tillman.
Carmen Howe and her sister Rosita Suarez, of Fort Lauderdale,
Florida, spent two weeks in October visiting relatives of their father
in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, whom they had not seen in over 30 years.
Marion Howe Burchfield joined them in Boston on the return trip. A
family reunion was held for Rosita while in Hendersonville bringing
Daniel Howe, wife Sheila, and infant son, Nathan, from Raleigh where
Dan attends North Carolina State and Shirley Howe McHenry and her
family from Columbia, South Carolina.
The Paul Bentzes, Wendell Greenes, Ruth Sill and Bea Tyrell
have returned from their trip to the West Coast. They arrived home
exhausted, but thrilled with all that they saw and did. Bea visited the
Jack Hearnes and the widow of Dr. Tuttle while in the Los Angles
area. Since home, they have all enjoyed seeing several friends coming
to view the beautiful fall scenery the Robert Bowens (Dorothy), of
Lakeland, Florida; the Morton Thompsons (Macel Goulet), of Mem-
phis, Tennessee, and the Robert McAllisters (Edith), of Lehigh Acres,
Florida. The McAllisters were houseguests of the Wilton Clarys (Gene
Sexton) for several days.
After leaving Vermont, the Dombrowskys visited the Russell
Meissners for the Labor Day weekend. The Meissners had arranged a
special surprise as their other houseguests were the Donald Hutchi-
sons (Peggy) who recently retired to Aiken, South Carolina.
Bill and Ruth Tillman had several houseguests during the
summer. Jeannie Sanders of Gamboa enjoyed a week's visit with them
in July; the Donald Boostroms visited them several times, and
recently Don and Edna Howerth arrived in their Airstream travel

trailer en route home to Fairhope, Alabama. The Howerths had
traveled over 10,000 miles to the West Coast, returning through
Canada to the East Coast before coming to North Carolina. Rose
Critzer from Margarita was the houseguest of both the Charles Howes
and the Bill Tillmans.
Maynard and Toi Huff of Brevard enjoyed visits from their son
Donald and family during the summer and daughter Edith and her
husband Fred Willoughby. Fred attended college in Murfreesboro,
Tennessee, located near enough to Brevard for frequent visits. Edith
and Fred are teachers on the Canal Zone. Fred's parents, who now
live in Huntsville, Alabama, were recent houseguests of the Huffs.
Maynard and Toi were with Christine and her husband for two weeks
in August after the birth of Anna Catherine in July. Another daughter
of the Huffs, Linda, is presently stationed with the Air Force in Fort
Benjamin, Indiana.
Mrs. Tom Coleman (Barbara) was hospitalized for several days in
September but has made a wonderful recovery and is almost
completely well again.
Many of us have enjoyed gardening throughout the summer -
both vegetables and flowers but now it is leaf raking time instead.
However, this is truly the area of enjoyable four seasons, and we
always have something to look forward to as each one changes. -
Jean Dombrowsky Reporter.


Mrs. Jeanne Burgoon helped her granddaughter, Laura Jeanne
Timm, celebrate her 13th birthday. Jeanne drove to Orlando to meet
her daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Karen) Timm and Laura when they
flew from their home in Hollywood, Florida, and with them spent
several days at Disney World. Her birthday dinner at the "Top of the
World" was climaxed with the hostess and waiters singing "Happy
Birthday" as they brought in the lighted cake.
Guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. David Gatz were his
grandson, Capt. Alan Monteath, USAF, with his wife and two
children. Capt. Monteath, who had been assigned at the Air Force
Base in Valdosta, Georgia, as an instructor, was recently transferred
to Williams AFB, Phoenix, Arizona.
Bruce Quinn, of Balboa, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Marc
Quinn, of Cali, Columbia, spent several days in Sarasota and while
here visited with Joe and Audrey Watson, Mrs. Della Noonan and
Miss Grace Joustra. They later visited friends in Tampa and on the

Florida East Coast. After their Florida visits, they flew to New York
to visit their daughter, Patricia, and another son, Marc Quinn. Bruce
flew back to the Canal Zone, but his parents remained for a longer
Early in the summer, Mr. and Mrs. Harry V. Cain returned from
a five-week trip north with relatives in New Jersey and friends in
Virginia. En route home, they visited former Canal Zoners and
neighbors, Marjorie and Howard Harrison, in Woodleaf, North
Carolina, and with Felix and Helen Williams in Wise, North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hartman returned to Sarasota early in
October after spending three and a half months on the Canal Zone.
They were the guests of Blanche's brother and sister-in-law, George
and Mabelle Walker, in Balboa for two weeks before moving into their
"finca" on the Gamboa road. Also visiting the Hartmans and Walkers
were Blanche and George's sister, Dora Walker Chatburn and her
husband, Laurie Chatburn, of Salinas, Ecuador, and their daughter,
Mrs. Mabel Chatburn Stempel, who flew over from England. Another
sister, Mrs. Isaac Sasso (Mary Walker) of Colon visited during the
Miss Grace Joustra flew to Middletown, New York, for a
two-week vacation with her sister and family, Bill and Catherine
Melville and children.
Roger and Fran Orvis visited with Mrs. Robert (Martha) Messa,
of Del Rio, Texas, when she was visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.
H. Coxwell at their home in Venice.
Miss Mary N. Orr enjoyed a three-week visit with her sister, Mrs.
Fred Wells, of Balboa. While she was here, Mary and Marion spent a
weekend in St. Petersburg as guests of J. B. and Belle Clemmons,
Ralph and Virginia Harvey and Roy and Frances Sharp.
Other visitors to Sarasota included Ivan and Nina Jenkins, who
were returning from a visit on the Canal Zone, and with Mary
attended the September meeting of the Panama Canal Society. They
drove to DeLand to complete final arrangements on a Mobile Home
before returning to Maryland.
In August, Mrs. Frances Days Jones joined her daughter and
family, Capt. and Mrs. John Brophy, of Diablo Heights, and young
daughter, Charlene, at his family's home in Maine for four weeks of
their vacation. Early in October, John, Dona and Charlene spent
several days in Sarasota with Don's mother before flying back to the
Canal Zone.
Mrs. Billie Galloway and her sister, Mrs. Robin Comer, while on a
trip to the Carolinas, visited Mrs. Grace Roche in Raleigh, North
Carolina, and with Mrs. Mildred Morrill in Spartanburg, South

Carolina. They also spent some time at the Blowing Rock in Asheville,
North Carolina. Before returning home, they visited for two weeks in
Atlanta with Billie's son, Joe Galloway and his two daughters.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Clarke enjoyed a visit by Joyce's brother,
Richard K. Bell, of Panama City, Florida.
Rae and Joe Ebdon returned early in October from a two-month
trip north, visiting Mr. and Mrs. Truman Hoenke and other friends in
Hendersonville, North Carolina. They later drove to St. Albans,
Vermont, and were joined by Jeanne and Jack Dombrosky of
Hendersonville, and Edna and Jim Million, of Jacksonville, Florida,
for several weeks' vacation in Betsy and Truman's summer cabin.
Rae's mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, accompanied the Ebdons to
Hendersonville and after a short visit there went on to Virginia,
Pennsylvania and Delaware, visiting relatives. Mrs. Eppley went to
Bentonville, Arkansas, where she visited her son and daughter-in-law,
Carl and Helen Newhard and Mrs. Jessie Newhard.
Mr. and Mrs. John W. B. Hall enjoyed a visit by their son and
family, John (Bucky) and Anne Hall with their son and daughter, Will
and Jill, who were returning to their home in Balboa after a two and a
half month vacation. They also visited with Anne's family in
Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Other visitors at the Halls were
Madge's brother and sister-in-law, John and Shirley Finlason, of
Gamboa, who were also returning to the Canal Zone from their
vacation. They also spent several days with Johnny's brother and
sister-in-law, Frank and Billie Finlason in Tarpon Springs.
Capt. and Mrs. Kenneth Roscoe returned in October from a
month's visit on the Canal Zone with their children and their families.
The newest residents in Kensington Park are Jimmy and Edna
Campbell Edna retired from the nursing staff at Coco Solo Hospital.
The Campbells bought their retirement home several years ago and
have vacationed here often.
Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Barnes spent a month in Ridgeley, West
Virginia, visiting Barney's sister, Mrs. Elma Carder, and his nephews
and their families.
Jay and Harry Cain spent a long weekend in Coral Gables,
Florida, visiting Harry's sister-in-law, Mrs. George (Nadine) Cain, and
with their nephew, Michael Cain, his wife, Sheryl and infant son,
Mrs. Mina Dee visited her granddaughter, Miss Helen Lang of
Cardenas Village at her apartment in New York City. Helen recently
enrolled in college in New York City. Gladys B. Humphrey.



The first social event of the newly formed Panama Canal Society
of South Carolina, a picnic, was held at Virginia Acres Park, Aiken, on
September 21 beginning at one p.m. It was a very successful affair
with 25 members and 18 guests present.
The members and guests present were mostly residents of Aiken.
Beaufort Hartley, however, came from West Columbia, South
Carolina, bringing his mother, an 84-year-old young-at-heart lady.
Other out-of-towners included the James Bryant family from Tampa,
Florida, who were visiting locally. Also from out of town was the
Mullins family Charlotte, Eddie, and sons Clayton and Colin from
Grovetown, Georgia. Charlotte is the middle daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
C. W. Kilbey and was born in the Zone.
John A. Everson, Chaplain, opened the affair with a prayer; then
all present attacked their picnic lunches.
The largest family represented was that of Mr. and Mrs. A. L.
Blythstone. Including children, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren,
they totaled eight.
Vice-President and Mrs. V. Lee Clontz were absent. They were
on a trip to Europe, Switzerland and West Germany being the areas in
which they spent the most time.
Following luncheon, a business meeting was held. Olga Holmes,
secretary, read the previous meeting's minutes, which were approved
as read. She also reported on the condition of the treasury (she holds
down both chairs).
James O. Catron, President, called on C. W. Kilbey for a resume
of events leading up to the formation of this chapter of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida. This was done. He also called on John A.
Everson for a report on progress for a Christmas party. There was
considerable discussion on this, and a committee of three was
appointed to handle details.
Under "good of the order," Mr. Everson suggested a drive for
new members to get in all local or nearby persons who have worked or
resided in the Canal Zone or are friends of the Panama Canal.
The meeting was adjourned until the next affair, the Christmas
Party exact date and location not yet available. C. W. Kilbey,

Robert G. Rowe had a hernia operation on September 26th. He
was confined to the hospital for several days but is recovering

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Finger visited the Harry Willenbrocks for
two weeks recently. Mrs. Finger is Harry's sister, and they are
residents of New York.
The Willenbrocks, incidentally, will leave Aiken within a few
days for a visit to relatives in Ohio and Illinois. They plan to be gone
for about two weeks.
Judge and Mrs. Carl Widell of Florida stopped briefly in Aiken
with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Drew. They were en route to their summer
home in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.
The Drews and Hilda and Lee Myers later stopped with the
Widells for dinner while passing through North Carolina. Dinner was
served on the Widells' patio porch where a beautiful view down a deep
mountain valley added spice to the food.
Hilda and Lee Myers were visiting their son and family in
Carrabelle, Florida, in late September. They knew that a hurricane
(Eloise) was brewing offshore but thought it was coming ashore
farther west. Then word was had that Eloise was to hit land near
Carrabelle. They took their three grandchildren and headed inland
through very heavy rain and strong winds. The son and wife stayed
home to "batten down the hatches." They stopped their journey in
southern Georgia and later returned to Carrabelle, where damage
was found to be slight mainly from the pouring rain. But it was a
very exciting night, to say the least. They had almost started from
Florida to drive to Alabama and would have been right in the center of
the hurricane.
Jim and Julia Boukalis and son, Kenny, from the Canal Zone
visited the Don Hutchisons in Aiken for three days in August.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Hutchison visited the Russell Meissners in
Virginia over Labor Day. The Jack Dombrowskys from Henderson-
ville, North Carolina, also visited them.
Mr. and Mrs. William Luken, Jr. and children, Renee,Audrey and
Wayne, were recent visitors to the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. W.
Kilbey, Aiken, South Carolina. Mrs. Luken is the former Christine
The Luken family live on a 50-acre farm they have purchased
near Nicholasville, Kentucky. They raise cattle, hogs, chickens, and
lots of hay. They also have a riding horse or two and a pony (what else
in Kentucky "horse country"?.) But Bill is just a part-time farmer; his
principal employment is in a computer bank-clearing facility in
Lexington, Kentucky about 20 miles from the farm.
The Kilbeys plan to return the visit in late October and will stop
en route to enjoy the beautiful fall coloring in the Blue Ridge and
Great Smokies Mountains.

AIKEN STANDARD, October 1, 1975 Headlines "Aiken's
Panama Canal Society Is 'One Big Family' If, perchance the
reporter, Debby Wendel, could drop in at the Annual Reunion,
January 7-8 in St. Petersburg, Florida, she would be amazed at just
how large a family our Aiken retirees are affiliated with. The reporter
mentioned several typical Panamanian customs which had been
adopted by the 'Americanos.' Some families brought empanadas and
several of the men wore guayaveras. The exchange of Canal Zone
stories was of interest. C. W. Kilbey remembered when gasoline was 8
cents a gallon and turkey 8 cents a pound! An abundance of tropical
fruits, wild game, and excellent salt-water fishing are only a few of the
natural attractions, according to Mr. Kilbey. For Charles Blystone,
who grew up on the Canal Zone and now is in his 20's, "it was a
juvenile's dream. There was always boating, fishing and teen clubs for
young people I don't ever remember being bored. .. ."
Adjustments come with retirement "The first big difference is
to remember to pay my bills," said John Everson with a grin. "While
working for the U. S. government and living in the Canal Zone, living
expenses such as rent, telephone and utility bills are automatically
taken out of periodic paychecks!"

Many letters and newspaper clippings have been received by the
Society pertaining to the Panama-United States negotiations concern-
ing the future status of the Panama Canal. It is impossible to include
all the material received in the RECORD. However, Mrs. Loreatha
Schumacher, President of the Panama Canal Society, Houston, Texas,
writes that their members ARE writing to Washington voicing the
people's viewpoint on the matter. She enclosed a very interesting
copy from a Icoal paper, THE TRIBUNE, Houston Edition, July 31,
1975, a paper which IS HELPING voice the opinion of the people
concerning giving the Canal to Panama. Among the Headlines are:
Kissinger plans Canal surrender; Panama Won't Discuss Pay for U.S.
Assets; Kissinger to Legislators: Hands Off Canal Zone Talks;
QUESTION: Who gave the Canal to Henry ... and what gives him the
right to give it away? Surrendering to blackmail is no substitute for
statesmanship. A brief statistical background is given the money
paid by the U.S. taxpayers over the years and the tremendous value
the Canal is to the economic welfare of the people of Panama. ..
All patriotic citizens are urged to write or wire President Ford
and their senators and representatives, urging them to ACT NOW to
stop Henry Kissinger and the State Department from transferring
de-facto sovereignty of our Canal to the government of Panama.

The full page resume of this grave and alarming situation was
signed at the bottom by several former Canal Zoners, other concerned
Americans, and the Panama Canal Society of Houston, Texas.
Hopefully, individuals in all other sections of the country will
PROTEST just as vehemently as those descendants (some of them) of
the Battle of the Alamo (1836) where some 800 Texans defeated 3,000
"Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword."
Edward Bulver-Lytton

Excerpts from Strom Thurmond, United States Senator, South
Carolina, June 23, 1975 Theodore Roosevelt summed up America's
special feelings about the Canal in 1918. "The Panama Canal must not
be internationalized. It is our Canal; we built it, we fortified it, and we
will protect it, and we will not permit our enemies to use it in war."
But now, believe it or not, this uniquely American possession and
responsibility is in serious danger and jeopardy. To put it bluntly, our
own government has recommended that the time has come to transfer
control and sovereignty of the Panama canal to an openly Marxist,
unstable Central American "republic" Panama. The real issue here
is not U.S. versus Panamanian control, but continued U.S. sovereign-
ty over the the Canal Zone versus U. S. S. R. domination ... We have
nothing to apologize for regarding the Panama Canal and the Zone. In
1903, we signed a treaty with Panama acquiring "in perpetuity
sovereign rights, power and authority over what was to become the
Canal Zone. The total cost of purchasing all rights was $161,938,571,
making the Canal Zone our most expensive territorial acquisition. ...
In 1904 the jubilation of the Panamanian people about our acquisition
of the Canal Zone was unanimous. Today, their extensive employment
and other income from the Canal Zone sources totals about $190
million annually, giving Panama the highest per capital income in
Central America. From 1904 through 1971, the total investment of
U.S. taxpayers in the Canal enterprise was $5.7 billion and is now
approaching $6 billion. .
The prestigious American Council for World Freedom has
informed me that it is prepared to coordinate, in cooperation with
knowledgeable military and civilian experts, a series of research and
information projects to get the facts about the Panama Canal to the
Congress, the news media and the American public at large ... Those
of us in Congress who oppose any surrender of the Panama Canal

urgently need this help and support.
I ask you to send your tax-deductible contribution $1,000, $500,
$100, $50, $25 whatever you can to the American Council for
World Freedom today .
I am informed that anyone who makes a tax-deductible contribu-
tion of $25 or more will receive a copy of the special report of the
ACWF Task Force on the Panama Canal. It will be, I am sure, an
invaluable and historic document for every patriotic American.

Dear Members,
You have all recently received your 1975 edition of the Annual
Issue. We make every effort to list your name exactly as you specify;
however, it is sometimes necessary to delete unnecessary portions of
addresses, such as the names of apartment complexes, or the
developers name for an area within a city. In most cases where we
have made a deletion, I have checked with the post office, or referred
to our zip code book to verify that the deleted portion was not
necessary for mail delivery.
Each page of the Annual Issue costs $22.00, and your officers are
making every effort to keep our expenditures within our income.
In addition to added costs, we have the problem of a long drawn
out address on the small mailing labels, which are typed by hand. As
of 1 November, we have 2,420 members, each of whom is mailed five
publications each year.
Needless to say, this is your organization, and we wish to satisfy
you in every way possible. Let us hear from you. Your suggestions are
always appreciated.
Jean Mann, Secretary-Treasurer


REMEMBER when children chanted at the close of a school year:
"No more pencils; No more books,
No more teachers' dirty looks!"
The Editor, who has submitted her resignation, effective Decem-
ber 31, 1975, after almost a decade working for The Panama Canal
Society of Florida, Inc., is exuberant, too, with the realization that
soon there will be time for neglected friends as well as personal

"No more Deadlines; No more frustrations,
No more controversial situations!"
However, the PLUS side of the ledger far outweighs any minor
personal sacrifice. The ten years with the Society has been VERY
rewarding in many ways but particularly, in adding so many
wonderful Canal Zone Retirees to my list of friends. It has been a JOY
to get to know the many Atlantic Siders with whom I had had no
contacts when on the Zone. All have added many links in the chain of
new friends.
The Reporters from organized groups have been a great help in
sending in versatile news from every section of the country. The list of
individuals who thoughtfully took the time (and a postage stamp) to
send in news is too long to list but MY THANKS!!!
In summary, however, the Record is what ALL of you who have
been so cooperative have MADE IT!!!!
Mrs. Anna (Kotalik) Collins as the new Editor will be able to
bring more diversified news to you not only from a younger gener-
ation but from the many contacts through her family and friends -
family ties date back to Construction Days.
The DEADLINE for the March Record to the Editor is
approximately January 20, 1976. Get current news in as early as you
can. There is always much work for the Editor after the Reunion.
Getting news before the Reunion will facilitate the work for Mrs.
Collins who has a February 1, 1976, deadline with the printer. The
current Editor will write up all news which is received in November
and December.
Again, THANKS and as Will Rogers stated, "I never met a
man I didn't like" as Editor, I can say that I have never met a Zone
retiree that I didn't like! But, Zonians ARE SPECIAL FOLKS!!!!


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12:30 P.M.
PRICE: $4.25 per person including tax and gratuity. Please reserve luncheon
tickets for the following:

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Return form to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

4th Street at 1st Avenue, North
P.O. Box 1691
St. Petersburg, Florida 33731
SINGLE $14.00 DOUBLE $17.00 TRIPLE $20.50
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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.

Application Box 11566
for St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

I, .................................. hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $7.00 as my ANNUAL

MEMBERSHIP dues for the year ................... $2.50 of this amount is
for a subscription to the CANAL RECORD for one year.

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

Am ount Enclosed $ ......... Check ............ M .O............ Cash .......
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
DUES, effective January 1, 1976, ARE $7.00.

Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
Name ................................................ ....................
Address.................................... Box ...........
City ..................... ....... State............. Zip Code........
Telephone .............................. ........................
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City ............................. State............. Zip Code.........

Amount Enclosed $ ........... Check ......... M.O.......... Cash.........
Approved by ................ ................. Guard date .............

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

Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

I,....... ............... ............... hereby transmit my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues of $7.00 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for
the year (Please return this bill with remittance.)
Name ......... ........... ......................... ...
Street .. .................................. ......... Box .............
City ....... .... .. .......... State........... Zip Code ........
D ues for ....... ... ..;1976 ....... ; 1977...... ; 1978 ......; 1979 ......
Amount Enclosed $ ............. Check .......... M .O........... Cash .

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

Recorded: Date ...................................... Card No..........
DUES $7.00 Per Year Per Family, January 1 to December 31,
Canal Zone send money orders unless check is on a State's bank.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.

effective in January, 1976, will be $7.

Dues were last raised in 1971. Unfortunately, the Society is NOT immune to
inflation. Check the Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting, January 8, 1975, for
details of the action taken regarding the necessity of raising the annual dues.

Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

(Florida Residents Only)

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



Zonians living in Ocala and surrounding communities gathered
again for the semi-annual covered dish picnic at Lake Waldena in the
Ocala area in October 28th. Attending were: Adah Boughner; Ruth
Warner; Ida and Dick Crowell; Mildred and Dick Patton; Beula and
Henry Perry; Pat and Roy Hesh; Bill and Virginia Spencer; Harry and
Virginia Pearl; Howard and Garnet Anderson; Ralph and Marie
Curies; Jan and Hod Jenner; Joe and Connie Young; Peggy and Joe
Wertz; George Bates; Frances Malone; Mell and Jim Fox; Dana and
Steve Bissell; Lucille and Steve Fulop; Nell and Bill Waldron; Walter
and Ethel Laurie; Ivan and Connie Johnson; Juanita and Wheasy
Poston; Vera and Elmer Stevens; Bill and Ida Gaudette; Miss B. Cote;
Robert and Florence Geddes; West and Virginia Townsend; Tiny Ely;
Margaret and John Klasovsky; Ernie and Edith Stiebritz; Sylvia
Renfroe; Miss Edith Stiebritz; Dr. H. B. Cooey; John and Betty
Muller; Elmer and Laura Stoakley; Clyde and Sarah Flowers; Les and
Coryne Anderson; Damon and Bernice Shaw; Carol and Shirley
Anderson; John and Mary Hare; Mr. George Lee.
"It is always nice to see and get together the next gathering
will be April 27, 1976 same place, same time." Virginia Pearl

Mr. Charles V. Holmelin, 76, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
November 14, 1975. He came to St. Petersburg 21 years ago after
retiring as an electrician from the Canal Zone. He was a World War I
Army veteran.
Mr. Holmelin, as Sergeant-at-Arms for the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, Inc., will be missed by members of the Society. His friendly
greeting of visitors and members attending the monthly meetings
continued long after his terminal illness was detected. He made an
all-out effort to attend all meetings with his sister, Mrs. Marie Wolf,
and Mrs. Dorothy Pate, of Gatun, Canal Zone, who has been in St.
Petersburg with Mrs. Wolf and Mr. Holmelin since early January,

Sister Jo Ann Euper S.S.S.T., daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Raymond Euper, of Gretna, Louisiana, is in the 1975-1976 "WHO'S
WHO of American Women" and also the International WHO'S WHO
in Music (1975).

"We retirees in Dothan have been so busy this summer with
visitors, church work, trips and play that we have not really had a
chance to retire. We all feel that we are too young anyway!! Our
newest addition to Dothan were Stella and Tony Nita who arrived in
September. They are happily settled in Dothan and are an asset to our
community. We welcome them. Three more families have bought
homes here but will not retire until one or two more years. They are
Bud and Lois Thomas, Jesse and Olga Gettle and Henry and Sylvia
Goldmann. The Frank Costanzas have bought property with inten-
tions to build.
"There were many visitors this summer. Bud and Jean Harris
hosted the five boys from the Canal Zone who played in the Junior
Golf Tournament here in Dothan. They also had the McBrides (Marge
and Walter from Largo), Jackie, June and Polly Jicha, Canal Zone
nurses who worked with Jean, and Charlie Belden from Ancon. Jessie
Harris moved here from St. Petersburg to be near Bud and Jean, and
she really loves it here. Lynn Wheeler was a welcome visitor at the
John Burke's household. Bob Lombroia also visited with the Burkes
(Jane Lombroia). From St. Petersburg, we had Ralph and Virginia
Harvey who visited with Jack and Margaret Hern. They drove up
with Bud and Lois Thomas (visited with Frank and Rosemary
Anderson who bought a home here. Bob and Marie Collins from
Clearwater were also overnight guests of the Andersons. It was good
to see Bob and Marie after such a long time. They both look
wonderful. Dick and Juanita McConaughey from Ocala, Florida, were
overnight visitors with the Nitas. They were on their way to
California to visit with Ruth and Rene Conlan. Too bad the Filos
missed them. Speaking of Catherine and Eddie Filo, they had as
guests Jessie and Olga Gettle who bought a home here with intentions
to retire at the end of 1976. Kay and Travis Wallace with Kay's
daughter, Gloria Maisano, from New Orleans, spent a few days with
us. The Wallaces are very much interested in Dothan and plan to
return very soon. Fran Hern from the Canal Zone brought her
grandfather-in-law, Sidney F. Moore (Panama Canal retiree) to put
him in a nursing home. He will be close to his daughters Margaret
Hern and Muriel McGriff. Fran's parents, Ted and Dot Yost (Dot runs
the Balboa Heights' cafeteria) also bought a home here and plan to
retire early next year. Our lovely city of Dothan is certainly growing
by leaps and bounds with business and Zonians." Catherine Filo


When the silver moon is shining on the jungle
And the trade winds softly whisper through the trees,
Then the memories come thronging, and I feel a surge of longing
For a little town where life is lived with ease.
There the sharp-filed teeth gleam out in smiles of welcome;
Each montuno has a friendly word for you,
And you quaff your cold cerveza at some small cantina's mesa
While they do the tamborito in Ocu.

While the unshod feet are slapping out the rhythm,
Graceful limbs beneath the tumbahombres sway,
For the beautiful muchachas are as thick as cucurachas
And a languid glance is often thrown your way.
Though I've seen a lot of most attractive places,
There is nothing else that I would rather do
Than to spend all my mananas in the country of bananas
And to watch the tamborito in Ocu.

I may wander from the land of palms and sunshine,
For a government employee's life, you know,
Is a vale of tears and sorrow, here today and gone tomorrow,
And when you have to go, you have to go;
But someday I will travel through the jungle
To where the mighty mountains touch the blue;
Then I'll find my old chiquita, if she's still a senorita,
And we'll do the tamborito in Ocu.

by T. Dwight Ladd

Mrs. Dale O. Thomas [nee
Petersburg, Florida.

Capt. and Mrs. Sam Rowley,
Clearwater, Florida.

Jennifer Rose Collins], St.
Jennifer Rose Collins], St.

"The Songsmiths," Roy Ballard
and David Leroy Smith Cali-
fornia Luncheon, April, 1975.


Mr. John C. Myers [deceased],
Decatur, Alabama.

Capt. and Mrs. Jack H. Hearn [Ethel Krziza], Carlsbad,
California, and Capt. and Mrs. Roy L. Hearn [Olwen], San
Diego, California. California Luncheon.

L-R:William D. Hardie; Arthur J. O'Leary, San Diego,
California; and Capt. Axton T. Jones USN [ret.] California

Mrs. Pat Ryan, Englewood, Florida.

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Magicians get-together, [1952] at home of Frank H. Lerchen,
Diablo Heights, Canal Zone [L R] Pat Ryan; Col. Craig
Smyser; Russell T. Wise; Mr. Lerchen; and Major Greg

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

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




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