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MR. GADDIS WALL, PRESIDENT
P resident t S ay s ............................................................ 5
From the Secretary's D esk ......... .................................. 6
Editors Lines .......................... .. ................................ 6
Legislative Representative Reports ........ ........................... 7
Registration 44th Anniversary Reunion .......... ..................... 8
Reunion Report ................. ... ....... ..... .................... 10
M minutes of Scheduled M meetings ........ .............................. 22
Important Facts .................................................. 28
Retirements ............... ..................................... 30
Deaths .................... .......................... .......... 32
W wedding A nnouncem ents ......... .................................. 39
Birth A nnouncem ents ......... ............................................ 40
Korea ........................ 41
New Zealand ............... .... 41
Canal Zone ........... .......... 41
A labam a ............. .......... 42
A rizona ................... 45
A rkansas ............ ........... 45
California ........... ........... 47
Southern California ........... ... 50
Florida ....................... 53
H aw aii ................... 61
Idaho ........................ 62
Illinois ........................ 62
Maine .............. .......... 62
M aryland .........................
M innesota ........................
M issouri .........................
N ew Y ork ........................
North Carolina ....................
O hio .............................
O region ...........................
South Carolina ....................
T exas ............................
Houston, Texas ...................
V irginia ..........................
W ashington ......................
W yom ing .........................
Audit Report ................................................... 76
New Members ................................................... 79
COVER PHOTO: President Wall
President Gaddis Wall retired from the Canal Zone Government June 30,
1972, and he and Mrs. Wall moved to their present address in St. Petersburg. He
had 36 years and 7 months service and had been a member of the Panama Canal
Society for many years before retirement.
While in the Canal Zone he was a member of the Canal Zone Police Division,
having worked through the ranks from Police Private to Chief of Division,
receiving his appointment to head the Division in July 1968.
He and Byrle have two married sons; Wayne David and wife, Ruth and
James Randolph Wall and wife, BeBe, who reside in Washington, D.C. and
Jacksonville, Florida, respectively.
President Wall is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, University of
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Robert J. Roy
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Anna T. Collins /
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks (
Wm. F. Grady
Alvin J. Davis
J. F. Warner
Robert J. Roy
Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Charles C. Fears
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Secretary to Committee
The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., for
the-good-and welfare of its members.
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June,
September, November and December.
MEMBERSHIP FEES $7.00 ANNUALLY. To receive the CANAL RECORD, all
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.
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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.
ROSS HOLLOWELL ADMINISTRATING OATH TO NEW OFFICERS
ANNA COLLINS, JEAN MANN, ROBERT ROY AND GADDIS WALL
ALTON JONES, VERA JONES, GENE HAMLIN
DOROTHY HAMLIN AND FAYE HAMLIN
OFFICERS FOR 1976
Gaddis Wall . ........... Tel: 894-6080
Robert J. Roy ....................... Tel: 446-4550
Mrs. Jean B. Mann ..................... Tel: 867-7796
Mrs. Anna T. Collins ................... Tel: 894-8484
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks .................. Tel: 345-7895
Alvin J. Davis .............................. Tel: 392-4579
W F. Grady (Lakeland) ................. ..... Tel: 688-1023
Gaddis Wall, Chairman ................. Tel: 894-6080
Robert J. Roy ............................ Tel: 446-4550
Eugene I. Askew ...................... Tel: 867-1822
Charles C. Fears ...................... Tel: 894-6133
Troy Hayes .......... ................... Tel: 822-6381
Mrs. Jean B. Mann ..................... Tel: 867-7796
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks .................. Tel: 345-7985
Mrs. Anna T. Collins ................... Tel: 894-8484
Nolan A. Bissell ........................... Tel: 525-3871
Howard Dworak ....................... Tel: 343-6098
Joseph L. Hickey ............................. Tel: 446-5656
Mrs. Edith Jones ............................. Tel: 525-5697
Edward A. Linney .............. ........... Tel: 894-5128
BUDGET AND AUDIT COMMITTEE
Daile D. Keigley, Chairman .................... Tel: 867-2501
Mrs. Ethel Askew .............. ............. Tel: 867-1822
Nathaniel Litvin .......................... Tel: 866-1129
Mrs. Virginia Wood, Alternate .................. Tel: 896-3275
Gaddis Wall, Chairman ........................ Tel: 894-6080
Robert J. Roy ................................ Tel: 446-4550
Mrs. Jean B. Mann, Secretary-Treasurer ......... Tel: 867-7796
Mrs. Anna T. Collins, Assistant ................. Tel: 894-8484
Troy Hayes .............................. Tel: 822-6381
AREA NEWS REPORTERS
Mrs. Catherine Filo .................. 1506 Springhill Terrace
Dothan, AL 36301
Mrs. Lenor Butz ..................... 700 Henryetta
Springdale, AR 72764
Mrs. Joan R. deGrummond ............ 10658 Camarillo Street
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Mrs. Barbara Hutchings ............... 2922 N.W. 48th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309
Mr. Louis Hasemann ................ 1295 Rensselaer Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Mrs. Gladys Humphrey ................... 344 24th Parkway
Sarasota, FL 33580
Mrs. Alice Roche .............. ................ Box 873
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Mr. C. W. Kilbey ............ .......... 1623 Aldrich N.E.
Aiken, SC 29801
Mrs. Irene Wright .................. .... 5003 Madalyn Lane
Houston, TX 77021
Mrs. A. Dale Bishop ........................ 120 Timber Lane
Kerrville, TX 78028
Mrs. Betty Malone, Chairman Registration Tel: 896-5459
Mrs. Grover R. Barnes Mrs. Donald Humphrey
Mrs. Fred Baumbach Mrs. Russell Jones
Mrs. Nolan Bissell Mrs. George Martin
Mrs. Howard Buehler Mrs. W. T. Pennock
Mrs. Harry V. Cain Mrs. Margaret Pennok
Mrs. Ralph Frangioni Mrs. Margaret Peterson
Mrs. Jack Sutherland Mrs. Ray H. Schneider
Mrs. Ralph Hanners Mrs. Roy A. Sharp
Mrs. Ralph Harvey Mrs. Sherwood Stacy
Mrs. Ted C. Henter Mrs. Alfred J. Waldorf
Mrs. Robert Hicks Mrs. James C. Wood
THE PRESIDENT SAYS .
First, I want to commend President Askew, Officers and
Committee Chairmen for the good work they did at the January
We have decided to have our July 1976 meeting on the second
Friday JULY 9th to make way for Bicentennial celebrations that
will be held during the 4th of July week-end.
JULY PICNIC: Mr. Jack Narrows, Superintendent for War Veterans
Memorial Park, near Bay Pines Hospital, has reserved Shelters Nos. 1
and 2 at the park for The Panama Canal Society on July 9th from 10:30
A.M. to 2 P.M. So, instead of having our July monthly meeting as
usual, we will have the picnic and a "briefed-down" meeting. Members
should bring covered dishes, paper plates, utilities, napkins, etc. No
alcoholic beverages are permitted in the park. Bring a folding chair if
you so desire. It is easy to find the park... Take Tyrone Blvd. WEST;
after crossing bridge onto Bay Pines Blvd. (same street), take the first
left into the park. Shelters Nos. 1 and 2 are located on the second left,
after entering the park.
LUCHO! Over the years we have had many members requesting that
we bring LUCHO ACARRAGA to play at the reunion. We have made
the decision to book him and we know he is anxious to come. We hope
to see Lucho soon and complete the arrangements. A nominal charge
will be collected to pay the bill.
RESERVED TABLES AT REUNION LUNCHEON: Following nu-
merous requests we have decided to reserve tables for our next
reunion luncheon. See Jean Mann's comments in this issue.
BUMPER DECAL: Soon we hope to sell an all-weather bumper decal
in addition to our Society Tag. The sticker design is very attractive,
same colors as the tag, about five inches in diameter, showing the
Canal Zone Seal surrounded by "Panama Canal Society".
Since 20 states must display license plates on both front and rear
of their cars, we feel members in these states will be especially
interested in securing a decal. Further, why not use a decal on the
rear bumper in all states so your friends can see you coming and
going? What about travel trailers, motor homes, golf carts, boats,
etc.? Surely, you can find a place for both a Panama Society Tag and
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
Now that the frantic rush of Christmas and the Panama Canal
Society Reunion is over, I would like to thank the many members who
sent Season's Greetings to the Society. Also appreciated were the
many compliments sent to the Officers for their fine work.
As I enter my fifth year as your Secretary, I want you to know
that I enjoy the work now even more than I did four years ago. I have
been able to renew many old friendships and have located many
classmates from "the good 'ole days at BHS". Since 1971 we have
increased our membership from 2100 to over 2500, and the number is
The only frustrating part of my job, is when I go to the Post
Office and receive PS Form 3579 (Notice of Undeliverable 2nd Class
Mail). This tells me you have moved, or gone on vacation. It does not
tell me whether the change is permanent or temporary. So let us
know when you move, and if your are going on an extended vacation,
we will be glad to hold your Record until your return. Just a post card
or a note will take care of it for you.
At the next annual reunion we will attempt to have a reserved
seat for each person attending the luncheon.
Please allow me at this time to wish you all a happy, healthful and
prosperous New Year.
In keeping "The Spirit of '76", let us all wear our name tags that
we received at the reunion to our monthly meetings ... everyone will
know who we are ... and if you are from an area outside the Bay Area
and attend our monthly meetings, please sign our guest book!!!! Thank
J.Winter D. Collins, Retirement Counselor, has requested that all
retirees forward to his office a change of address. This past year many
annual greetings were returned to his office marked "MOVED". Who
knows, The Canal may decide to send a calendar next year and you
won't get yours. The address:
J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement Counselor
Panama Canal Company
Balboa Heights, Canal Zone Thank You ....
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
The cost of living has reached 5.4% which will come out in our
April 1st checks.
A hearing has been held on one bill that will have some effect on
remarried survivors. The bill if passed into law will provide the
1. It will restore annuity to survivors who remarried prior to July
18, 1966, if they had reached age 60 at the time.
2. It will restore annuity to survivors who remarried prior to July
18, 1966, who were not 60 years of age at the time provided the
second marriage has been terminated by death or divorce.
Several bills have been passed and sent to the President for
approval. They are as follows:
H.R. 1535 to raise the annuities of Lighthouse Service widows
from $174 per month to $200 per month.
H.R.6851 to provide a $270 per annum increase in the annuities
of Lighthouse Service retirees who retired before
October 1, 1972.
H.R. 6642 to permit requested withholding from Civil Service
annuities. NARFE hopes to have Annual dues deduct-
ed which should avoid so many drop-outs.
H.R. 10284 to repeal Sec. 1862 (c) of the Social Security Act, thus
maintaining Medicare as prime carried in coordina-
tion with the FEHB plans.
H.R. 10355 to increase by 8% the pensions of non-service-con-
nected disability veterans, their survivors and de-
pendents, while increasing the income limitations for
such veterans by $300 per annum.
William F. Grady
Mr. William F. Grady, Reporting;
I JJean Mann in foreground, Record-
"ing at 1976 Reunion.
REGISTRATION FORTY-FOURTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
January 7-8, 1976
Thirty states and the Canal Zone were represented at the
Reunion with a total of 742 officially registering.
Mr. Harry White; Mary and Robert Arnold;
Jean Harris; Hazel Matthews; Ida H. and Fred-
erick C. Willoughby; Lillian Turner; Dottie and
Johnny Matthews; Muriel Neill; Mary and Herb
Taake; Stella and Anthony Nita; Lois and Jack
Smith; Paul Hayden; Rosemary and Frank
Anderson; Edward and Catherine Filo.
Neva and Jim Folsom.
Joan deGrummond; Agnes Puck; Christine Be-
chiel; Pat Boggs Lord; Lilybel and Lee Kariger;
Dot and Art Cotton.
Sid Hayes; Mabelle Bliss Walker; Gladys, Ray
and Dean Dodson; Helen Adler; Margaret and
A. John Janssen; Don Dertien; J. Winter D.
Catherine and George Lowe
Nelva Herring; Fred Mohl; Jewett and Knott
Tucker; Ed Barnes; Helen and Jim Replogle;
Aurelia and Wm. A. Hadarits.
Elara and John Bruland.
Eleanor and Jim Cross; Robert Bassett.
Flora and Elmer Hack; Hazel and Earl Engel.
Ethel and Herbert Staples; Leila and Hobart
Mills; Bob McQueary.
Pat Ryan Hunter.
Mary D. and James K. Stark; Abe Lincoln.
Evelyn Slowick; Rene and Jack Kromer.
Grace Jones and Jack Carey.
Marion Armstrong; Dova Antill.
Leah Corbliss; Julius Petersen.
Betty and Carl Hoffman; Auristela and George
Dot and Bob Blaney; Betty Herring; Jean and
Jack Dombrosky; Robert L. Worley, Jr.; Cath-
eryn S. Worley; Dorothy Anne and David
Chapman; Della and Clarence Howell; Faye and
Eugene Hamlin; Dick Herring; Esther and John
Dorothy and Winton Webb; Grace Picken-
paugh; Jeane Holmelin Kirk; Robt. L. Snyder;
"Alimo" Bob Ridge and Pat Ridge; Joan Ridge;
Hazel and Alexander Wilson; Robert and Henri-
etta Triick; Elizabeth and Dwight Ladd.
Rita and F. Washbaugh; Caroline and Emerson
Rita and Warner Hoyle.
Verna and Andy Kapinos; Gertrude Smouse;
Grace Roach; Lorna and Albert Shore; Russell
and Willard Percy; Mildred Morrill; Peggy and
Donald Hutchison; Hilda C. and Jasper L.
Myers; Gertrude and Vernon Clontz; Eletheen
and James 0. Catron; Dorothy and Harry Will-
Nellree and Ernie Berger.
Flora Belle Helmricks; Mary Jo Yaeger; Gloria
Coulthard Holmelin; Gus Holmelin; Fred B.
Duke; Bernard Everson, Jr.; Annette Fields;
Rev. J. B. Fields; Rabbi Nathan Witkin; Helen
Witkin; Peggy J. Ellis.
Ceri Fritz; Jennie and Nubern Stephens; Doro-
thy and Fred Maurer.
Mamie and Andy Van Siclen.
Washington, D.C.-2 Dorothy and Woodford Bobbitt.
There was a little chill in the St. Petersburg's air on the morning
of January 7, 1976, when everyone was "GWINE TO DE BIG
REUNION" but the sun was shining and we saw hibiscus, jasmine,
poinsettia, oleander, flame-of-the-woods, bougainvillea and other
tropical shrubs in bloom on our way down to the Princess Martha
Hotel. In Williams Park, across from the hotel, the palm trees were
swaying in the breeze and it looked like a scene just anywhere in the
good old Canal Zone. It appeared all were early risers for the lobby
was crowded and Viola Fuller with her registration committee was
busy welcoming our guests. The noise pollution grew in the air as the
day commenced and everyone had an exciting time renewing old
friendships and catching up on their children's graduations, marri-
ages, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We all just talked
and talked and moved on to another former Zonian that we had not
seen in years.
The official registration figure was 742, but it is the consensus
there were more present as many people did not wear a name tag and
the Registration Desk was just downstairs in the lobby... Many folks
came to the reception in the evening after the committee went off
duty... Why there were four generations of the Gus Holmelin family
there. Jean Holmelin Kirk, Springfield, 0.; Mr. and Mrs. Gustaf
Holmelin (Gloria) from Crosby, TX; Frances H. Haile and daughter
Melissa; Muriel H. Whatman and Mrs. Pauline Holmelin all of St.
Petersburg. First reunion for Jean and Gloria, Frances and Pauline
have been coming since 1952 and Muriel since 1955.
The mercury climbed from 56 degrees to 77 degrees which made
it very pleasant for our friends that came from the balmy twenties and
below in the midwest through to the eastern states where snow and
sleet was reported. In the evening many enjoyed the dancing to taped
Panamanian music; ladies were beautifully dressed wearing mos-
quetas and Panama's golden huacas; a sip or two of liquid refresh-
ments and the nostalgic reception came to a close about midnight.
Just like Dry Season showers, on Thursday, January 8, 1976,
after we arrived in the full sunshine the treacherous rains came and
turned the temperatures down again. But this did not keep the 422
guests away that attended the luncheon. Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks,
Chaplain, gave the Invocation after which President Askew intro-
duced the officers and guests at the head table the guest speaker,
Captain Donald a Dertien, Marine Director of the Panama Canal
Company; Mrs. Askew; Mr. J. Winter D. Collins, Retirement
Counselor; Mr. Gaddis Wall, incoming President; Mrs. Wall; Mr.
Robert J. Roy, incoming Vice-President, and Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks.
Other officers, committee members, representatives from the State
Societies were also introduced. Roosevelt Medal Holders were asked
to stand Frank Violet (1910); Hugh Mitchell (1905) and Harry White
(1908). President Askew asked wives or widows of Construction Days
to stand and be recognized.
President Askew introduced Mr. A. John Janssen, who is the
Canal Zone representative of the Bicentennial Canal Zone Project
Windjammer '76. Mr. Janssen told us the Explorer and Sea Scouts of
the Canal Zone have been working long hours refurbishing and
outfitting the "Chief Aptakisic" so that she may enter under the
command of George Brisbin and a crew of Scouts from the Canal Zone
into the procession of more than 100 sailing vessels from many
countries. As the vessels enter New York Harbor on July 4, 1976, the
ships will be reviewed by the President of the United States.
Approximately $30,000 will be required to outfit this 53 foot
ferro-cement, two masted schooner. The Zonians have come through
with $20,000 and $10,000 is still needed for outfitting. Mr. Janssen
asked that all contributions of $17.76 or more be sent to:
CANAL ZONE PROJECT WINDJAMMER '76, INC.
P. 0. BOX 156
BALBOA, CANAL ZONE
Our guest speaker, Captain
Dertien is a native of Michigan;
early education at Muskegan
High School, and holds a Mas-
ters Degree in Business Admin-
istration from George Washing-
ton University. Capt. Dertien
joined the Navy in 1941 and was
at Pearl Harbor on December 7,
1941. He saw extensive combat
service in the Pacific Theater,
later in Japan and Korea, where
he was Chief of Staff to the
Commanders Naval Forces, Ko-
rea. After many assignments,
Capt. Dertien was appointed
Marine Director in the Canal
Zone. Following his retirement from the Navy after 27 years of
Service, Capt. Dertien was appointed Chief of the Panama Canal's
Executive Planning Staff. In August 1973, Capt. Dertien was
reappointed as Marine Director which is the first time a civilian has
held that position ... Capt. Dertien is married to the former Patricia
M. Fitzpatrick and they have four children Paul, James, Patricia
Highlights of Captain Dertien's speech while colored slides
were shown; "Governor Parfitt is unable to be here and sends his
regards. He intends to meet with your group but cannot meet around
9 January of any year due to the events of 1964. In my short 91/z years
with the Panama Canal it has been a privilege to serve with many of
you. Additionally, it is inspiring to see so many of you retaining such
an active interest in the Canal organization. .. 1975 is best described
as a year of change. We still have a fine, well coordinated work force,
the soundness and flexibility of the Canal organization have been
sorely tested with the constant requirement to adapt to changes.
In early 1975 the issue of equal leave for non-U.S. citizens arose
as the result of concerted efforts by an AD HOC Committee of
non-U.S. citizen employees and local labor unions, with support of the
Washington level. The system adopted was to equalize annual leave
for ALL employees plus a 11/z hour per pay period allowance for most
U.S. employees for home leave travel. The 40 hours of travel time
allowance remains effective for U.S. employees.
In late May 1975, the Comptroller General of the U.S. released a
report to the Panama Canal Subcommittee of the House Merchant
Marine and Fisheries Committee concerning a study of the personnel
policies and practices of the Canal organization. Although the CG's
report was generally favorable there were some observations made
which admittedly deserved further consideration. In meetings with
Congressional members before Governor Parfitt took up his new
assignment, he promised that serious review and consideration to
change would be given to any areas where inequities in treatment of
employees existed or appeared to exist. Some of the areas which the
GAO addressed in detail were costs and basis of Company/Govern-
ment pay plans, including the tropical differential and tax factor pay-
ments; leave and related benefits; employment practices, including
U.S. recruitment and minority employment and employment of
women; security positions; and Canal Zone housing and schools. These
are the areas now receiving very careful study and plans are being
formulated, subject to final approval, for making significant depar-
tures from current and past practices.
Potential changes in the Canal Zone are proposals presented
recently by the Governor to U.S. and Latin American Civic Councils
and Labor Unions. These changes, if implemented, would have far
reaching effects. They include reducing the number of security
positions in the organization, phasing out the Latin American School
System and merging all U.S. and non-U.S. communities in the Canal
Organizational changes the establishment of the Canal
"Protection Division, which brought the entire 210-man work force of
security guard personnel assigned to various Company/Government
units, including the Locks Guards, under one division.
A new branch was established in the Engineering Division to
place greater emphasis on the prevention of earth slides in Gaillard
Cut. The new unit, named the Geotechnical Engineering Branch,
covers the fields of geology, soils engineering, and foundations, and in
addition to landslide surveillance, it is responsible for the stability of
the locks and dams and for the control of widespread erosion problems
along the Canal. The step was initiated as a result of the East Culebra
Slide in October 1974.
A program of selective dredging was begun in Gaillard Cut and
Gatun Lake which will deepen the Canal one foot by this March. This
is the first part of a three-phase project which will lower the channel
bottom a total of three feet by 1979.
A new ship scheduling concept that can save users of the water- -
way thousands of tons of fuel yearly has been developed. This
prescheduling system allows the large, fast, expensive ships to
conserve fuel by reducing speed to avoid arriving on days when they
cannot transit. The scheduled date for transit is confirmed by radio.
Concern about the effects of earthquakes on Gorgas Hospital has
resulted in a project of improvements which will cost $1.4 million.
These improvements will strengthen the building to help it resist
earthquakes. As you may recall we had some slight damage in
Modernization of the Marine Traffic Control system is expected
to be in operation in April/May time frame With increased
emphasis of LEARNING SPANISH, a new Spanish Language
Laboratory has been inaugurated. The laboratory was developed as
part of the total immersion Spanish program; however, an increasing
number of employees and dependents have been using the lab in a
self-study program. These employees each average about three hours
each week, most of the time on off-duty hours Replacing Old
Balboa and Diablo Service Centers is Balboa Cafeteria, a modern air-
conditioned facility with a capacity forever 300 persons. Services
include a cafeteria line, short order line and bakery counter complete
with background music.... On the Atlantic side there is a new Com-
munity Center in Gatun which contains the Post Office, Movie
Theater, Convenience Food Outlet, and a Vending Snack section. The
Engineers did a fantastic job in designing this much needed service in
the old school building .. Due to the austerity program, it has been
necessary to curtail some services. Reduced retail store hours and cut
back on such things as grass cutting and similar services.
Congressman Ralph H. Metcalfe, of Illinois, was designated
Chairman of the Panama Canal Subcommittee of the U.S. House of
Representatives Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries,
succeeding Congressman Robert L. Leggett. Changes in key
personnel included the appointment of Mr. Jack L. Gregory, a former
Captain in our police force, as Chief, Canal Protection Division; the
reassignment of Jack Ruoff as Manager, Marine Bunkering Division;
the detailing of Capt. Richard Dickins from the U.S. Navy, as Chief,
Transit Operations Division (the Pilots and Marine Traffic Control
Groups); the assignment of Col. John Plunkett from the U.S. Army as
Director, Engineering and Construction Bureau; Vice Colonel Albert
Romaneski who was reassigned by the Dept. of the Army and
subsequently retired; the retirement of Harry Egolf, (Harry's here
today) as Deputy Director, Supply and Community Services Bureau,
the promotion of Mr. Bart J. Elich to General Manager, Supply
Division, Vice Mr. Raymond P. Laverty who was promoted to Harry's
job.... A NOTEWORTHY TRANSIT in 1975 was that of the QUEEN
ELIZABETH 2 which broke a record, that had stood for 36 years,
when she transited in March. This luxurious cruise ship is 963 feet in
length and has a beam of 102 feet, became the largest passenger ship
to transit the Canal. She also broke the toll record for Passenger ships
paying at $42,077.88.
1975 Was International Woman's Year
... A woman was appointed as Assistant to the Marine Director;
two women attorneys are working in the General Counsel's Office.
The program really got to Dwight McKabney, and for the first time
women are holding such jobs as Marine Traffic Controller, Ship
Boarding Officer and Police Officers where we currently have three.
Two women student assistants were assigned to work aboard our tugs
last summer and a former WAC, Virginia Keller, was Parade Marshal
for the Canal Zone Veteran's Day parade A full-time position of
Federal Women's Program Coordinator for the Canal organization
was established ... The Company completed a two-and-one-half-year
long water quality study last year. The data is now being used to
support a Canal Zone Water Quality Program for both the fresh and
sea waters in and near the Zone. This year a study will be made of the
Canal Zone air environment. Financial Problems Historically,
transits through the Panama Canal have increased since the opening
in 1914 when we had about four ships a day. Traffic increased until the
early thirties during the depression. Since then transits broke records
almost every year except for the World War II period. As recent as
1973 the continued growth in Canal traffic was sufficient to offset
rising inflationary costs. The closing of the Suez Canal in 1967, and the
Vietnam War, which peaked in 1968, generated sufficient transit
revenues to more than offset rising costs. In Fiscal Year 1973 the
Panama Canal Company recorded its first loss from operations .
$1.3 million. The full necessity of the toll increase was further
demonstrated in Fiscal Year 1974, when a loss of $11.9 million was
incurred by the company. A 20 per cent increase went into effect on
July 8, 1974. Because of the world economic situation the increase
WAS not adequate to fully recover all costs of operation and
maintenance of the Canal, and in Fiscal Year 1975, the loss was about
$8.9 million. During Fiscal Year 1975 we averaged 37.8 transits a day.
For the first six months Fiscal Year 1976 we averaged only 33.5 ships
a day. Average transit pays $10,000 in tolls; thus if traffic is down one
ship per day, $3.7 million a year is lost. Multiply this by 4 ships less
per day, and we could end up with $15 million less in tolls for Fiscal
Year 1976. Factors which have increased costs significantly are pay
raises, cost of materials and leave parity for non-U.S. citizens.
Opening of the Suez Canal in June of 1975 is also having an adverse
impact the full effect has not yet been felt. In July 1975, the
Panama Canal Company took action to implement a change in they/
rules for the measurement of vessels. The rule changes (9 in all) were
designed to more equitably distribute the tolls burden and to bring
measurement practice more nearly in line with modern ship construc-
tion and technology. The most controversial change is to charge for
deck cargo which today is not included in the measurement rules.
Hearings were held in Washington last October and proposed changes
have been submitted to the President of the U.S. for approval with an
effective date of February; this may not be met due primarily to the
deck cargo problem. Failure to approve the changes will result in
decreased revenue ... Governor Parfitt stated back in October and I
quote, "The Canal organization cannot rock along for a year with a
traffic level of 34 ships a day instead of the 39 that was estimated. If
the worst of the predicitons is borne out, a modest adverse impact on
some employees will be unavoidable." .. We have made some of the
manpower adjustments by attrition. Our Retirement Counselor,
Winter Collins, my colleague, has done an excellent job in checking all
Bureaus for potential retirees and a number of additional retirements
were effected as a result of his efforts. This has reduced Forced
Separations The number of crews at Gatun Locks has been
reduced from 7 to 5, from 5 to 4 at Pedro Miguel, and 6 to 5 at
Miraflores. (A lock crew consists of about 33 employees.) There is
currently underway, or completed, reductions-in-force affecting some
237 positions, 184 of which are in the Marine Bureau If the
economic situation worsens consideration will have to be given to
more widespread reductions Some maintenance projects have
been deferred for instance, the painting of Thatcher Ferry Bridge
at a cost of $250,000 We are also looking at the possibility of
placing the Canal on a 16-hour, Vice around-the-clock basis the
pre-1963 mode of operation. However, traffic would have to drop 3 to 4
ships a day, to about 30, before such measure is feasible; there would
be some increase in costs due primarily to an additional towboat re-
quirement ... Some of our needed capital improvements have been
deferred as a result of operating losses reducing available cash. As I
am sure you are aware, the cost of new equipment is astronomical.
For example, a tug could be purchased for some $700,000 in the late
1960's. Today its replacement cost is well over $2 million. .
You all can recall the days in the Canal Zone when relations with
the Government of Panama were excellent. This is no longer true. On
October 11, 1971, the head of the Panama Government, Brigadier
General Omar Torrijos, in a speech delivered in Panama denounced
the recognition of the Governor of the Canal Zone. Since that date,
there has been no direct communication between the last two
Governors and General Torrijos. Communication is conducted, how-
ever, through a liaison officer, Gabriel Lewis Galindo, a member of a
prominent Panamanian family, who has considerable influence at the
highest level in the Governmental affairs of Panama. In daily
operations there is direct communication with the operating levels of
the Panama Government and its autonomous agencies in such areas
as: water, power, communications, fire, and police. An Actions Coor-
dinating Committee, consisting of Panama Canal, AID, and the U.S.
Armed Forces, works directly with various organizations in the
Panama Government in diverting excess materials and equipment to
charitable or Government organizations. We also assist in medical
training plus considerable support to their embryo effort to train
merchant marine officers. This latter school is patterned after our
Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy in New York.
The message that I would like to leave is THAT WE ARE
COOPERATING WITH THE PANAMA GOVERNMENT AT THE
OPERATING LEVEL .. .You are all aware that the current treaty .
negotiations were started in 1964 after the riots just 12 years ago
tomorrow. A draft treaty was prepared in 1967 that was never
ratified by either country. From then until the present effort there
have been a series of treaty attempts. The current negotiations
started on February 7, 1974, when Secretary of State Henry A.
Kissinger and Minister of Foreign Relations Juan Antonio Tack
signed an 8-point agreement of principles In summary, these
points are: The 1903 Treaty and its Amendment will be eliminated
and the treaty covering a lock canal shall have a fixed termination
date; U.S. Jurisdiction over Panamanian territory will be terminated
and said jurisdiction returned to Panama; and Panama would grant
the U.S. for the duration of a new treaty the right to use the lands,
waters and airspace which may be necessary for the operation,
maintenance, protection and defense of the Canal. Panama would have
a just and equitable share of the benefits from the operation of the
Canal, would participate in the administration, and assume total
responsibility for the operation of the Canal upon termination of the
treaty. The Republic of Panama would participate with the U.S. in the
protection and defense of the Canal in accordance with the new treaty
and the two countries would agree bilaterally on provisions for new
projects which will increase Canal capacity Since this agreement
was signed, Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, who represents the U.S.,
has had numerous meetings with the Panamanian treaty negotiations.
Most of the meetings have been held on the Island of Contadora in the
Perlas Island ... There is great concern within the Canal organization
over treaty matters. This coupled with financial and other day-to-day
concerns, could have a cumulative and potentially very adverse effect
on employee productivity. We are making every effort to encourage
greater candor on the status of treaty negotiations and to improve
communications between the U.S. treaty negotiators and employees.
In September Ambassador Bunker briefed Civil Council and Union
Leaders on the Isthmus. In this meeting Ambassador Bunker stressed
that his intention was to negotiate a treaty that would protect the
employee's rights and interests and which would seek to both satisfy
legitimate Panamanian aspirations and be most protective of U.S.
national interests ... In June 1975, a committee of six Civic Council
leaders met with Congressman Metcalfe at the oversight hearings in
Washington and delivered a paper on the impact of a new Panama-
U.S. treaty on Canal Zone residents. The committee was instrumental
in obtaining a statement from the State Department that there would
be no attempt to circumvent the U.S. Congress in granting further
concessions to Panama by Executive Order ... On the Status of Ne-
gotiations, Ambassador Bunker noted that agreement had been
achieved between Panama and the United States on several general
issues including Panamanian participation in the operation of the
Canal, defense of the Canal, and on certain aspects of jurisdiction
under a new treaty. He states that many details on these questions
have not, however, been agreed to. The negotiators still have to
achieve general agreement in such key areas as economic benefits to
Panama from the Canal, the land and water areas necessary to carry
out United States responsibilities for the operation and defense of the
Canal, a U.S. option to expand the present canal or construct a
sea-level canal, and the duration of any new treaty ... On the specifics
of any agreements with Panama, Ambassador Bunker reaffirmed his
strong belief in the need for confidentiality in these negotiations. He
also noted that specific agreements already achieved may have to be
modified as the treaty negotiations proceed in order to assure a
balanced final treaty. The Ambassador told the Canal Zone audience
that it was impossible to give an accurate estimate as to when a treaty
would be ready for signature. Nor could he predict when it might be
submitted to the Congress for ratification or the effective date for
such a treaty Ambassador Bunker reiterated the State
Department's position to our employees that, prior to Senate
ratification of a treaty, there would be no attempt to transfer by
executive agreement to Panama jurisdictional functions such as
police, fire, postal services, educational facilities, etc. Since the
Ambassador's September meeting, the U.S. and Panamanian negotia-
tors have continued to meet. I understand that progress on resolving
differences over details and on general issues has been slow.
Ambassador Bunker's caution on the unpredictability of when a new
treaty may be ready for signature apparently remains valid .
Ambassador Bunker's briefing and subsequent meetings of State
Department and Panamanian officials with the Canal Zone groups
have helped maintain a useful channel of communications between
employees and those currently involved in the delicate task of shaping
a new treaty arrangement .. You have been reading in the papers
that certain U.S. and Panamanian officials have made statements
concerning "guerrilla warfare" or "Vietnamese type war" if a treaty is
not agreed upon or not ratified. These statements have added to the
apprehension among residents of the Canal Zone. The Governor has
tried to persuade U.S. spokesmen to refrain from voicing such
viewpoints as we feel these statements only serve to encourage that
type of activity. We intend to continue to operate the Canal on a
business-like basis and to plan for those activities and improvements
which will be needed in the future to keep the Canal a viable
international utility. Although the Canal enterprise is subject to
serious stresses and strains at this time, we are confident that it will
continue to function efficiently and effectively in accordance with its
long-established record for excellence. To this end, Company manage-
ment intends to work in harmony with all its employees and keep the
ships moving through the Panama Canal just as you did. Mr.
President, this completes my prepared statement. "
President Askew thanked Captain Dertien for his most informa-
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Matthews of Fairhope, Alabama, present-
ed to our Society Mr. Askew and Mr. Wall graciously accepting a
Batea decorated with the Seal of the Canal Zone "in remembrance of
our Nation's 200th Birthday and our first attendance at a Panama
Canal Society of Florida's Reunion." Dottie and John were beautifully
dressed in Panama's Pollera and Montuno that Dottie made under the
direction of Mrs. Lucille Taylor of Panama City, Republic de Panama.
We all thank the Matthews for making such a generous gift and the
batea will be on display at our meetings.
Thus, the Forty-Fourth Reunion came to a close.
1976 DUES ARE NOW PAYABLE
ABOUT PEOPLE AT THE REUNION
There were six former members of the original Red, White and
Blue Swim Team at the reunion this year. The group, who opened at
Madison Square in 1921, was: Heneritta [Wilson] Triick, Anna
[Knapp] Snyder, Marie [Farrell] Collins, Edward Albin, Andrew Van
Siclen, and Mary Jo [Howe] Yaeger. For Mary Jo Yaeger, it was her
first reunion and she says it was wonderful.. Mrs. Adler (Lawrence)
hasn't missed a reunion since they started in the early 1950's Miss
Hazel Matthews, former teacher at Balboa High School, attended for
the first time. Hazel lives in Scottsboro, Alabama and is a sister to
Johnny Matthews Also first reunion for Rabbi and Mrs. Nathan
Witkin and Rev. and Mrs. J. B. Fields of Texas. Rev. Fields was
saying he was one of the first graduates of Cristobal High School in
1920 .. Mrs. Jessie Matheney was telling us she visited her son, Dr.
Robert Matheney and his family on the Isthmus for Christmas .
Others who spent the holidays on the Zone were Madge and Gene
Kleasner, Virginia and Jim Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sharp ... Marie
and Monroe Phillips from Winter Haven, Monroe was with the
Electrical Division, Miaflores, attending their fifth reunion .
Dorothy Nichols of St. Peteresburg, a faithful reunion member,
renewing many friendships ... Mrs. Maude Clinchard and Mrs. Edith
Eppley, both in their nineties were just as jovial as ever, enjoying old
friends Chatted with Hilda Crouch of Bradenton and the Harlan
Crouchs of Safety Harbor. Surprised that they had six girls and one
boy and still have two girls at home (that is what keeps them so
young) ... Mrs. Lois Magner of Bradenton said she has been coming to
the reunions since 1957 Dorothy and Wolford Bobbitt, Washing-
ton, D.C. Dottie a nurse and Wolford was with the Third Locks just
joined the Society and were attending for the first time ... Pat Ryan
of Englewood looking just great attending her fifth reunion An
oldtimer Bob McQueary from Lexington, Kentucky, played ball with
Colon and Balboa back in the twenties and thirties. He was in the
Navy and worked with FAA for a total of 43 years of government
service ... Viola and Herby Souder have been attending the reunions
since 1961. Viola worked for the 15th Naval District and Herbert
worked for the Army. They both looked younger than ever .. Mae
Webber of St. Pete for 19 years has attended all but two reunions ...
Mrs. Marian Armstrong of St. Louis, Missouri, who was visiting with
Alice Beck, looked just stunning. Mariam still knows how to dance to
that good Panamanian music. She would like to live down here but like
all mothers, prefers to be near her two girls and families Carrie
and Earl Sanders visiting with many old timers even though Earl has
been quite ill... Dottie Matthews, Fairhope, Alabama, who has been
working on Bateas for twenty years has turned her hobby into a
business and had her bateas on display very attractive .Pat and
Bob Ridge, with daughter, Joan, from Columbus, Ohio, were here for
their first reunion they came in Betty and Carl Hoffman's mobile
home. Art Schneider and Capt. John Wheatons were visiting the
Alton Jones during the reunion ... Also from Ft. Myers were Kelly
and Bob Maynards Art Cherry of Clearwater former Towboat
Skipper was really doing his share of visiting ... Mary Hare of Ocala
was busy showing pictures of their grandson Clara and Hugh
Christie of Ocala were also here for their second reunion since retiring
in 1969. .. The Walter Lauries looked wonderful and Walter said his
mother, Charlotte Laurie, was in Panama visiting daughter, Rita Will
... Fern and Jack Campbell talking about the latest cruise to Freeport
. Abe Anderson and Rosemary from Dothan, Alabama really
enjoyed their visits with many old friends. "Abe", Frank is interested
in getting up a group to have a Class Reunion from Cristobal High
School Classes 1936, 1937 and 1938. If any of you folks are interested
drop a line to Frank and perhaps someday we. can have a reunion .
Eleanor and Jim Cross from Indiana were enjoying the reunion too. ..
Leila (Lyons) and Hobart Mills from Louisville, Kentucky did a lot of
visiting with old friends And there were a few hundred more
people there having a wonderful time. If you have not attended a
Panama Canal Society of Florida Reunion you have missed an exciting
two days of renewing friendships and reminiscing of days gone by in
the Canal Zone. Plan on attending our union in 1977.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. wishes to thank
Congressman Daniel J. Flood for his continuing interest in the Canal
Zone. On December 9, 1975, Mr. Food spoke for 60 minutes on
"Panama Canal Surrender Proposal: A Major Geopolitical Pearl
Harbor" in the House. A copy from the Congressional Record -
House H 12155 was at the disposal of all our members who attended
the reunion to read. Thank you, Mr. Flood.
PAY YOUR 1976 DUES TODAY
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
7 November 1975
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Eugene Askew
at 1:45 p.m. Mr. Askew led the assembled group in the Pledge 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 October meeting.
The President welcomed the 113 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Eve Stephan Tampa
Mahlon Knox Sarasota
A. L. Lincoln Metairie, La.
Joanna Freudigman Tampa
Erma Forbes St. Petersburg
Leslie Clarke Canal Zone
Also present but not recognized was Stanley J. Guest, ex-Canal
Zone Policeman and a new member of St. Petersburg.
The minutes of the October 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
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Margaret Ward.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that there was
little to no action on any pertinent bills in Washington. He also
reported that the Ford administration is still trying to get Congress to
abolish or modify the "one percent kicker". The Administrations rec-
ommendation is due next month. Mr. Grady announced that "Open
Season" on health insurance has been extended to 31 December.
Erma Forbes, Frances Sharp and Mary Orr, all commented on
the stiff tariff that is now imposed at the Costa Rican border on all
Canal Zone born citizens driving north.
Ten members would celebrate birthdays during November. Best
Wishes were extended to all.
Mr. Askew thanked the Refreshment Committee for serving.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:20
p.m. Coffee, donuts and a brief social period was enjoyed by all.
5 December 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 to the
Flag. In the absence of the Chaplain, Mrs. Jay Cain gave the
Invocation which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in
memory of those who had passed away since the November 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:
Dorothy Gerhart Berlin, Germany
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Willoe Largo
Maxine Madison St. Petersburg
Til and John McConaghy St. Petersburg
Joan Powell Arndt Perrysville, Ohio
The minutes of the November meeting were read. Tariff was
amended to read "immigration restrictions". The minutes were
approved as corrected.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the financial report of the Society
and the Blood Bank. As there were no questions, the report will stand
In the absence of the Record Editor, news of members and
friends was given by Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the cost of
living was up 3.3% as of 31 October. The 1%/o kicker and the 5%
maximum on cost of living increases seems to have been tabled for
this session. H.R. 10284 which stipulates that Medicare will remain
the prime carrier for health insurance for another three years passed
the full house.
Mr. Askew announced the resignation of Mrs. Margaret Ward as
Record Editor effective 31 December 1975. Mrs. Anna Collins has
been appointed to succeed Mrs. Ward.
The President then discussed the schedule for the upcoming
reunion in January.
Mr. Askew then announced that we had finally received the
calendars, and they were available for a $1.00 donation, $1.50 if
The President then thanked Mrs. Dolly Barbour, Mrs. Eleanor
Connor, and Mr. Al Davis for serving on the refreshment committee.
Five members would celebrate their birthdays during December.
Only Beth and Bill Grady and your secretary would celebrate
anniversaries. Best wishes were extended to all.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:05
p.m. Coffee, donuts and a brief social period was enjoyed by all
following the meeting.
FORTY-FOURTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Princess Martha Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida
7 January 1976
The business meeting of the 44th Annual Reunion of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc., was called to order by the President,
Mr. Eugene I. Askew, at 2:05 p.m. The President led the assembled
group in the Pledge to the Flag.
The President requested that all remain standing for thirty
seconds of silent prayer in memory of all who had passed away since
our last reunion. The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, then gave the
Mr. Askew then read a quotation by Edgar Guest about friends.
He then dedicated the 44th Annual Reunion to friendship.
The President then announced that as of this day, 7 January, we
had 2,471 paid memberships in the Society. Considering Mr. and Mrs.
as one membership, about 4,000 people belong to the Panama Canal
Society of Florida.
Mr. Askew then introduced and welcomed Mr. Winter Collins,
Retirement Counselor for the Panama Canal Company. He also
announced that a serious incident in the Canal Zone over the week-end
had prevented the Lt. Governor from attending as planned. However,
Captain Donald Dertien, Head of the Marine Bureau, would attend in
The President then introduced the officers. He gave special
thanks to Mrs. Lucille Judd, Secretary/Treasurer Emeritus, and Mrs.
Margaret Ward, immediate past Record Editor, for their many years
of service to the Society.
Mrs. Gilbert Owen, widow of construction worker Gilbert Owen
Representatives of our Sister Societies across the United States
were called on to speak. The following spoke and brought greetings:
North Carolina Mr. Clarence Howell
Arkansas Mr. Jim Folsom
Texas Mrs. Peggy Ellis
South Florida Mrs. Anna Cunningham
South Carolina Mr. Jim Catron
The Minutes of the December meeting were read. Mrs. Madison's
name was corrected from Maxine to Marina. The minutes were
approved as corrected.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
The Secretary/Treasurer gave the financial statement of the
Society and the Blood Bank. As there were no questions the Report
will stand for audit.
Mr. Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the Cost of
Living was up 4% as of 30 November. With the 1% kicker we will
realize a 5% increase in our April 1st checks. There wasn't much
legislation in our favor during this past session, but there wasn't any
against us either. Mr. Grady stressed that all members should write
their congressmen and protest passage of the bill putting a 5% cap on
cost of living raises and abolishing the 1% kicker. Congress was in
session 165 days last year. NARFE is ready with a battle plan to fight
the 5% maximum and 1% kicker bill.
Mr. Askew then announced an amendment to the Society
constitution as proposed by the Executive Board. The President read
Article 8 of the Constitution which gives provisions for amending the
constitution. With no objections voiced the Record Editor will remain
an elected officer. In the By-Laws the Executive Board proposed that
the Record Editor be made a voting member of the Executive Board.
Mr. Bissell so moved, Mr. McKeown seconded. Motion carried. As a
budget is necessary for the efficient operation of the Society, the
Executive Board proposed that our Auditor be named Chairman of
the Budget Committee and in conjunction with the Secretary/Treas-
urer, prepare for presentation to the Executive Board, a quarterly
Budget. Mr. Bissell so moved, Mr. Bryan seconded. Motion carried.
Mr. Askew then called on Mr. Nolan Bissell, Chairman of the
Nominating Committee to present the slate of officers for the coming
year. Mr. Bissell announced for:
President Gaddis Wall
Vice-President Robert Roy
Secretary/Treasurer Jean Mann
Record Editor Anna Collins
Mr. Bissell moved that the nominations be closed and the
Secretary be instructed to cast one vote for the unanimous election of
the slate. Mr. McKeown seconded. Motion carried.
Mr. Ross Hollowell, past president, was called on to install the
After the installation, Mr. Askew called on Mr. Wall to say a few
words. Mr. Wall stated that he and the officers are looking forward to
a good year. He assured the group that the Executive Board, Officers
and members residing locally will not forget the concepts of friendship
on which the Society was founded. He expressed best wishes to all the
society members for the coming year.
Mr. Askew then called on Mr. Winter Collins. Mr. Collins spoke
on the austerity program now in effect in the Zone. There has been a
RIF in pilots and more RIFs are rumored between now and June. Mr.
Collins also advised that changes of address for any Canal Zone
mailings be sent directly to him instead of elsewhere. He also urged
the members to write to their congressmen and voice their opinions
about the treaty.
Mr. Askew then thanked the officers and members for their
support during the past two years. He then called on Mrs. Margaret
Ward, immediate past Editor of the Canal Record, and presented her
with a gift from the Officers and Executive Board. Mrs. Ward has
served faithfully for over ten years and her work has been
appreciated by all.
Mr. Askew then thanked Mr. Harold Fraser for his generous
donation to the Blood Bank.
The President then explained that the Society cannot take a
stand on political issues. We must act as individuals and let our wishes
be known to our individual Senators and Representatives.
Mrs. Margaret Ward asked to be recognized. She stated that she
had been fortunate and had received most of the things in life that she
wanted, but she never had a huaca. "Now I have one" she said as she
displayed her gift.
Mr. Poole moved that Mrs. Joan deGrummond, Secretary of the
California Society be recognized. Mrs. deGrummond was not present.
Mr. Wall was recognized, and asked all members to help us gain
Twenty-one people were present who were attending their first
Reunion. The President said he hoped they would join us for many
Seven people would celebrate birthdays in January and four
couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best Wishes went out to all.
Mr. Askew made a plea on behalf of the Secretary and Record
Editor, that people send in changes of address promptly. He reminded
folks of the Cocktail Reception at 7:30 in the evening, and the
Luncheon at 12:30 the next day. He also stated that calendars and
tags would be available after the meeting.
Mr. Askew then bid farewell to the 198 members and guests who
were present. Meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
DUES AND MEMBERSHIP CAMPAIGN FOR 1976
The "Spirit of '76" is all around us. During our bicentennial year
let us all have one of our former neighbors from the Zone join The
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
The Society receives many letters like the following:
"Enclosed check for 1976 dues. This is one dues check I don't mind
sending out as I really don't know where I can get more for my money
than receiving the Canal Record and reading about old friends and
keeping up with Canal activities. The very best to you and the Society
for the New Year. Respectfully, Bill Badders" Alameda
We are forced to operate on a very strict budget, so please send
in your 1976 dues of $7.00 TODAY.
Do remember to fly Our Flag.
GOD BLESS THE FLAG
God bless the flag. Let it float and fill
The sky with its beauty; our heart strings thrill
To the low sweet chant of its wind-swept bars,
And the chorus of all its clustering stars.
Did you know that in the Construction Days FIFTY-FIVE PER
CENT of the employees QUIT before they had worked on the Panama
Canal six months and average service of all who left Mechanical
Division prior to February, 1912, was less than one year or 11.4
months. Our Fathers stayed and toiled ... You stayed and worked.
Let's don't give Panama Our Canal!
WRITE YOUR CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS TODAY
FIRST CLASS MAIL
First Class Mail will Fly to, From Canal Zone ... All domestic
first-class mail from the United States to the Canal Zone and from the
Canal Zone to the United States, its territories and possessions will be
airlifted to its destination effective, January 10, 1976. This will mean
that the applicable postage rate for a letter to the Canal Zone will go
by air for 13 cents. Postal cards will be 9 cents. (Taken from The
Panama Canal Spillway, Jan. 9, 1976.)
RETIREMENT INCOME CREDIT
We wish to remind you that a Canal Zone retiree may be eligible
for tax benefits under IRS Ruling 72-520, which allows both husband
and wife to receive retirement income credit on a community property
status. The spouse must have been married and living in the Canal
Zone; must not be drawing Social Security in excess of $1,524; or
already drawing such a benefit as a Federal Retiree in their own right.
The amount of credit varies due to the circumstances. Thirty years is
necessary for full benefit, 15 years would half this amount, etc. If
eligible, it is possible to get refunds for the past three years, but do
file before April 15, 1976, or refund for one of these years will be lost.
Use Schedule R of Form 1040 for filing for this credit, enclose a brief
note citing your case and refer to IRS Ruling 72-520. If in doubt,
contact a professional Income Tax Consultant who will be happy to
help... not a bad idea for most of us who find income tax work a little
Helpful Information for Retirees (Condensed from Retirement
Life, Dec. 1975). Survivors four-step procedure to collect benefits
under the Civil Service Retirement Act:
1. Return any uncashed annuity checks to the United States
Treasury Department, Washington, D.C. 20226. The Treasury
further suggests that the word "Deceased" be written on the
envelope itself along with the date of death of the recipient be-
fore dropping the envelope back in the mail for return to
2. Notify the Bureau of Retirement, Insurance, and Occupational
Health, United States Civil Service Commission, Washington,
D.C. 20415, of the death of the annuitant;
3. Complete an application for survivor benefits, which will be
sent to the survivor as soon as the Bureau of Retirement,
Insurance, and Occupational Health learns of an annuitant's
4. Obtain a certified copy of the annuitant's death certificate to
enclose with the application.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ethel and Herb Staples on their
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY (Copied from the Courier-
Journal, Louisville Times, Sunday, January 18, 1976) Mr. and Mrs.
Herbert L. Staples of Louisville, married Jan. 29, 1926, in the Panama
Canal Zone, are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Mr.
Staples was a police officer for the Panama Canal Co. until his
retirement in 1949 and Mrs. Staples, the former Ethel B. Wainio,
worked for the federal government until her retirement in 1970. The
couple has two children, Mr. Cody E. Staples of Wilmington, Del. and
Mrs. Theodore P. Kroll of Fairfax, Va. and four grandchildren.
A little verse to share sent in by Mrs. Phebe G. Neville, El
"I like my Bi-focals
My dentures are fine!
My up-lift is good -
But I do miss my mind!!!!"
Mr. Jerry F. Begley
Sgt. Edward C. Blount
Mr. Eugene H. Bunnell
Mr. Bart J. Elich
Mr. Charles A. Elliott
Miss Virginia E. Favorite
Mr. William T. Hampton
Mr. Arwin J. Janssen
Mrs. Margaret M. Janssen
Mr. Keith J. Lane
Mr. Thurman W. Napier
Mr. Albert F. Pate
Mr. Thomas W. Petersen
Mr. Donald R. Rathgeber
Mr. Rodney R. Seeley
Mr. Russel V. Severance
Mrs. Dorothy A. Stevens
Mr. Herman R. Wakem
Mr. James W. Windham
Mr. John G. Bing
Mr. George A. Black, Jr.
Mr. John G. Boswell
Mrs. Clara K. Brayton
Mr. Donald R. Brayton
Mr. Thomas J. Burbine
Mr. Rudolph Burda
Mr. Robert C. Calvit
Mrs. Edna B. Campbell
Mr. Rufus L. Carey
Mr. John G. Carlson
Mr. Ralph J. Dugas
Mr. John F. Frensley, Jr.
Mr. Herbert A. Greene, Jr.
Mr. Christian J. Gundersen
1975 DIVISION YEARS
10/14 Locks 25
12/27 Police 32
12/30 Ports 24
10/31 Supply 35
11/08 Locks 07
12/31 Schools 18
12/26 Transportation 29
12/20 Office of Financial
Vice President 34
12/20 Office of Financial
Vice President 29
10/31 Locks 23
12/31 Storehouses 34
12/22 Locks 41
11/08 Electrical 28
12/16 Marine Bunkering 28
10/30 Ports 19
12/27 Locks 27
12/20 Board of Local Inspectors
12/20 Locks 21
11/30 Motor Transportation 33
1976 DIVISION YEARS
1/3 Admin. Services -
Printing Plant 38
1/3 Motor Transportation 36
1/3 Locks 34
1/6 Postal 32
1/3 Transportation and
1/3 Internal Security 34
1/3 Supply 22
1/3 Construction 36
1/31 Coco Solo Hospital 29
1/31 Locks 35
1/3 Ports 22
1/3 Maintenance 36
1/10 Railroad 36
1/3 Marine 36
1/3 Transit Operation 31
Mr. William T. Halvosa, Jr.
Mrs. Katherine G. Headrick
Mr. John E. Hotz
Mr. Elmer J. Hruska
Lt. Edward J. Husum, Jr.
Mr. Walter D. Johnston
Mr. Charles T. Kaufman
Mr. William H. Keller, Jr.
Mr. Robert L. Knapp
Capt. Robert W. Lawyer
Cdr. David W. Lowe, Jr.
Mr. Maurice L. McCullough
Mr. Roderick N. MacDonell
Sgt. James A. Marchuck
Mr. Teddy A. Marti
Lt. Cato May
Mr. Victor H. May, Jr.
Mr. Donald C. Parker
Mr. Burton L. Powell
Mr. Joffre R. Sauvageau
Mr. Douglas S. Smith
Mr. John R. Thomson
Mr. William S. Wigg
Mr. Earl W. Wrenn
Mr. Kenneth F. Scanlon
Capt. Henry K. Johnstone
Capt. Karl T. Nehring
Capt. Paul A. Uyeshiro
Capt. Travis A. Williams
Palo Seco Hospital
Congratulations to Al Pate on his completion of 41 years, 11
months and 11 days service. May God bless you and all the other
retirees with many happy and healthy retirement years.
December and January set a new record high for the number of
Panama Canal employees to retire during a 2-month period. As of
January 12, a total of 312 employees had already retired or filed
documents for their retirement by the end of this month. This figure,
which includes at least 50 U.S. citizens, tops a retirement total of 300
recorded for November and December 1965. The record number of
retirees at this time will figure favorably in the reduction-in-force
actions which are being taken by the Canal organization as part of the
austerity measures being adopted as a result of the decline in ship
traffic. Condensed from The Panama Canal Spillway, January 16,
With oeep *arrow
ie announce the beats of the following:
Mr. Sydney S. Albritton, 73, died at his home in Las Cumbres on
January 4, 1976. He went to work as a helper at the Mechanical
Division in 1920 and was an inspector for elevators and cranes at the
Industrial Division when he retired in 1964. Mr. Albritton also worked
at the 15th Naval District for 7 years. He is survived by his wife,
Berta; two children, Jeanne Bennett of Las Cumbres and John H.
Albritton of El Cangrejo; five grandchildren; his mother, Rosaura, of
Hot Springs, Arkansas; three sisters, Mrs. Carrie Lucas, Nonie Smith
and Thelma Koenig.
Mr. Cecil Maurice Banan, 78, a former President of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. (1966-1968), died on December 25, 1975,
in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was a World War I Air Force Veteran
and a retired captain of floating cranes in the Panama Canal Zone.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Carole Banan; two brothers, Horace
Banan, Juniper, Florida, and Leslie Banan, of Bradenton, Florida; one
sister, Mrs. Jessie Bretz, Valley Stream, Long Island, New York; a
stepson, Wade McLean II, St. Petersburg, Florida; and a niece, Mrs.
Marion Goldstrohn, Coral Gables, Florida.
Mr. James J. Belcourt, a retired railroad man, died in Daytona,
Florida. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by the United
States Government on the Canal Zone. He is survived by his widow,
Mrs. Rhea Belcourt, of Port Orange, Florida, one brother and three
Mrs. Ruth (Womack) Brown, 65, passed away in Los Gatos,
Califoria, on October 14, 1975. She was the wife of William G. Brown,
former Assistant to the Health Director, Balboa, Canal Zone (retired
in 1961). Survivors include her husband; two sons, Richard Brown, of
Texas, and Wayne Brown, of Georgia; two daughters, Ruth Prillinger
and Marion Mack, both of Saratoga, California; and eight grandchil-
Dr. Jesse Lee Byrd, 84, who for 36 years was a health officer in
the Panama Canal Zone, died in Dothan, Alabama, in November. Dr.
Byrd went to the Canal Zone in 1917 with the United States Army,
and he retired as health officer in 1953. At the time of his retirement,
he was awarded the Order of Balboa Medal by the Panamanian
government. Two years before his retirement, Dr. Byrd had retired
as Colonel in the Army Medical Corp Reserve. He went to Dothan,
Alabama, in 1957 and had retired twice as Houston County health
officer and consultant. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Marie Rice
Byrd, Dothan, Alabama; two sons, Robert Byrd, Kerrville, Texas, and
Jesse Lee Byrd, Jr., Murfreesboro, Tennessee; a daughter, Mrs. L.
W. Hirsch, Niceville; a step-daughter, Mrs. John Hanlon, Summer-
ville, South Carolina; one brother, four sisters, four grandchildren and
Mrs. Viola Carpenter, well known to many on the Atlantic Side,
died on October 17, 1975, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr. Richard E.
Cox who reported the death states that Mrs. Carpenter had visited
the family several times when they lived in New Cristobal in the early
Mr. John H. Clarke, 90, passed away in Sarasota, Florida at a
local nursing home. Prior to his retirement Mr. Clarke had construc-
tion service and worked with the Supply Department for the Panama
Canal. He leaves his wife, Ethel S.; a son, Jack W. of Sarasota; two
grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Virginia P. Colston, 79, passed away in Hagerstown,
Maryland, on October 7, 1975. She was a retired school teacher,
teaching in Berryville, Virginia, and the Panama Canal Mission
School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert D. Colston.
Mrs. Colston is survived by one son, Richard D. Colston, of Hagers-
town, Maryland; two granddaughters and one sister.
Rev. Leon S. DeSmidt, pastor of Gatun Union Church during the
World War II, passed away in December 1975, in Troy, N.Y. He is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. Neale Mucklow of Richmond,
Virginia, and Mrs. Audrey Benson of Troy; six grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Alfred G. Dunham, 88, died in Miami, Florida, on December
29, 1975. Mr. Dunham served from June, 1910, to February of 1922 on
the Canal Zone. Resisting a burglar, resulted in his murder. Other
details are not known at this time (January 5, 1976). He is survived by
his widow of Miami, Florida.
Mr. Albert Hugh Evans, 77, passed away suddenly on 24
November 1975, in St. Petersburg. He was administrative assistant in
the Executive Department of the Canal Zone having retired with 39
years service 15 years ago. He is survived by his wife, Sophie L.; a
daughter, Mrs. Mariam Blair; a son, Albert, Jr.; and four grandchil-
Mr. Hezekiah P. Forrest, a former Panama Canal Employe, died
December 17, 1975, in Norfolk, Virginia. He was a towboat master in
1924 and was Senior master of the Craneboat Atlas when he retired in
1948. Mr. Forrest is survived by his son, Capt. Paul R. Forrest, Sr., of
St. James City, Florida, six grandchildren and nine great grandchil-
Word has been received of the death of Miss Olga Frost of
Arcadia, California. Miss Frost's parents went to the Canal Zone in
1905. Miss Frost began her teaching career in the Canal Zone in 1914
and retired after thirty years service. Miss Frost is survived by her
sister, Florita and a niece and nephew of Arcadia.
Miss Anne Veronica Gibson, 58, passed away Tuesday, February
10, 1976. Anne was born in the Canal Zone, one of four generations,
daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Archie M. Gibson. After leaving the
Canal Zone in 1950, she made her home in Cortland, New York with
her family. In 1958 she came to St. Petersburg where she resided at
2020 Oxford Street, North. Anne was employed with the Federal
Government. She is survived by one brother, Archie, Erie, Pennsyl-
vania; one sister, Isabelle, St. Petersburg; and several nieces and
Mrs. Martha W. Goodwin, 68, wife of William D. Goodwin, a
former President of our Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(1962-1964), passed away February 4, 1976. Martha was a retired
registered nurse from the Gorgas Hospital and came to St. Peters-
burg 18 years ago. She was a member of Bethlehem Chapter 169 OES.
Other than her husband, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Bessie
White, Phoenix, Arizona; a step-son, Joseph H. Goodwin, Farfan,
Canal Zone; two sisters, Mrs. Myra Lonberger, Sun City, Arizona,
Mrs. Roberta Droege, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania; 7 grandchil-
dren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. John G. Haky, who retired from the Electrical Division in
1968, died on January 4, 1976, in Munhall, Pennsylvania. He is
survived by his widow, Marie, and three daughters, Diane Jolliffe,
Barbara Maxwell, and Helen Jean Haky. All are living in Munhall,
Pennsylvania, except Diane, who lives in Beltsville, Maryland. -
Information from Richard Dinkgreve, Metairie, Louisiana.
Mrs. Josefa Genoveva (Bebita) Hall died on November 1, 1975, in
the Canal Zone. She is survived by her husband, Mr. George M. Hall,
of the Canal Zone, and her parents, Mr. Santiago Anguizola and Mrs.
Mr. Joseph C. Hannigan died in Brockton, Massachusetts, on
November 10, 1975. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Agnes E.
Hannigan, one son, Joseph, and five daughters. Prior to his retire-
ment, he was employed as a machinist in the Canal Zone for 35 years.
Mrs. Aloha Slocum Hammer passed away in a hospital in
Staunton, Virginia, on October 26, 1975. Mrs. Hammer was a graduate
of Cristobal High School. She is survived by her husband, Charles
Hammer, of Elkton, Virginia.
Mrs. Melba M. Heintz passed away on December 9, 1975, in St.
Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington, Louisiana. She was the widow
of the late Harry C. Heintz, Sr. former employee of the Commissary
Division. She is survived by two sons, Harry C. Heintz, Jr. of
Springfield, Ohio and Lionel L. Heintz of Wichita, Kansas; two
grandsons and one great-granddaughter.
Mr. William E. Johnson, 60, died suddenly on November 22, 1975,
in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is survived by his wife, and sons (details
Mrs. Marion Jones passed away on October 15, 1975, in Rogue
River, Oregon. She had been ill for a number of years. Since the
retirement of her husband, Hayden Jones, in 1964 the family has lived
in Rogue River. Besides her husband, Mrs. Jones is survived by a
daughter, Sandra. Information from Richard Dinkgreve, Metairie,
Mrs. Dorothy Jones, wife of Captain A. P. Jones, retired
Transportation and Terminals Director of the Panama Canal, died
suddenly Christmas Day at her home in Long Beach, California.
Surviving her, besides her husband, are three sons, Todd and Grey, of
California and Douglas of New Orleans, and a daughter, Mrs. Laurie
Lewter of Gatun, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Ada Kenyon passed away February 16, 1976, in Fremont,
Michigan where she made her home with her granddaughter and fam-
ily. Her late son, Karl Ruoff, was employed by the Commissary Divi-
sion. Mrs. Kenyon is survived by two granddaughters; Mrs. Bob
Berger (Beverly) of Margarita, Canal Zone and Mrs. Leo Goulet
(Carol) of Michigan; and three great grandchildren.
Mr. Fred W. Lawrence died August 22, 1975. He retired 15 years
ago from the Corps of Engineers, Panama Canal Zone and a former
civil engineer for the City of Pinellas Park. He is survived by his wife,
Helen, a son, Russell, of the Canal Zone; a daughter, Mrs. Richard
Ester of the Canal Zone; and two sisters.
Mrs. Alice Lindstrom, wife of the late Captain Enio Lindstrom
and mother of the late Miss Jane Lindstrom, died onJune 21, 1975 in a
Walnut Creek, California nursing home.
Miss Jane Lindstrom, 51, of Walnut Creek California died
suddenly on April 13, 1975. She was a graduate of the Class of 1942,
Balboa High School, and lived on the Canal Zone most of her life with
her family, the late Captain and Mrs. Enio Lindstrom. Captain
Lindstrom was with the Police Division, on both the Atlantic and
Pacific side of the Isthmus. The family moved to California upon
Captain Lindstrom's retirement in 1951. Jane was employed with a
stock investment company in Oakland. Her remains were cremated
and ashes scattered at sea.
Mr. William B. Lloyd passed away in the Gorgas Hospital after a
long illness. Mr. Lloyd was the Budget Officer of the Engineering and
Construction Bureau. Surviving Mr. Lloyd are his widow, Mrs.
Mercedes Arias Lloyd, two daughters, Mrs. Modesto Moreno of
Panama City and Mrs. Robert Snick, of Philadelphia; and two
brothers, John and Raymond Lloyd.
Mrs. Florence Maslin, 91, widow of the late Henry Maslin, of
Largo, Florida, died January 26, 1976, in a Seminole Hospital after a
short illness. Mrs. Maslin is survived by two daughters, Marjorie
McBride and Winifred O'Mahony; six grandchildren and nine great-
The Annual Issue mailed to Mr. William A. Morgan, of Palm
Harbor, Florida, was returned, marked "deceased". Other information
is not known.
Mrs. Esther M. Vieto Paterson, 47, of Seminole, Florida, died
January 12, 1976. She was a former school teacher from the Canal
Zone. She is survived by her husband Oliver G.; a son, Robert; and a
daughter, Esther all of Seminole.
Mr. John F. Phillips, 95, died December 3, 1975, at the Beverly
Manor Convalescent Hospital, Laguna, California. A former employee
of the Canal, Phillips was a charter member of the Panama Canal
Employees Mutual Benefit Association. He is survived by two
daughters, Mrs. Paul E. Kline of Tustin, California, and Mrs. Fred J.
Gerhardt of Maracaibo, Venezuela, and one son, Noble A. Phillips of
Laguna Hills; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He
was a holder of the Roosevelt Medal. After his retirement for 15 years
he owned and operated the "Phillips Cottages" in Santa Clara,
Republic de Panama.
Mrs. W. E. (Lila) Pullen, 72, died January 26, 1976, in a Decatur,
Alabama hospital. Lila was retired from the Finance Department of
the U.S. Army. She was a member of the Fern Leaf Chapter 4 Order
of the Eastern Star, Ancon, Canal Zone. She is survived by her
husband, W. E. (Bill) Pullen of Trinity, Alabama; a daughter, Mrs.
Ted (Ann) Marti, also of Trinity; a sister, Mrs. Florence Ship of
Athens, Alabama; three grandchildren and seven great-grandchil-
Mr. Albert N. Rehear, 91, a retired marine engineer, died
December 2, 1975, in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. Robert E. Rogers (Buck) of Miami passed away December 14,
1975. Mr. Rogers was a World War I veteran and worked as a
Railroad Engineer in the U.S. for 19 years before going to the Canal
Zone in 1942. Buck retired from the Panama Railroad August 31, 1959.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa, of Miami; a brother, Ernest
Rogers, Hinton, West Virginia and a sister Dallas Blevins of Shady
Mrs. Kathryn C. Scanlon, 48, of Balboa, died as a result of injuries
suffered in an automobile collision on November 11, 1975. She is
survived by her husband, Kenneth; three daughters, Kathryn E.
Pappin of Fort Dix, New Jersey; Theresa A. Scanlon of Albuquerque,
New Mexico, and Glenda Smith of Jacksonville, Florida; a son,
Kenneth P. Scanlon, Jr. of Balboa; her mother, Mrs. A. M. Causey;
two brothers and a sister.
Mrs. Laura D. Snedecker, 95, of West Palm Beach, Florida passed
away January 23, 1976. She was the widow of the Late Captain C. C.
Snedecker, Spanish American War Veteran and Engineer on the
construction of the Panama Canal. She is survived by several nieces
and nephews; Curtis H. Bliss (Cousin) and his wife, Emily of
Rockledge, Florida attended the funeral.
Mr. Ernest Lee Stahler, Jr., 35, of Oxnard, California, died of
leukemia on September 22, 1975. Ernest was born in Gorgas Hospital,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Stabler (Tex and Sis). He is also
survived by his wife, Sandra; two daughters, Susan Renee and
Christina Marie; a sister, Mrs. Margaret E. Fuller, Orlando, Florida
and his grandmother, Mrs. Sue Elsie Stahler of Hemet, California.
Mr. Stanley W. Stearns passed away on November 3, 1975, in San
Mateo, California, according to word received from his daughter, Mrs.
Vincent Hurley (M. Dorothy). Mr. Stearns was an "Old Timer" and
had worked in Clebra Empire and Ancon from 1909-1914. He leaves
several children and grandchildren who will always have an interest
in the Canal.
Mr. Ralph N. Stewart, 81, of 6911 10th Street North, St.
Petersburg, passed away Monday, February 16, 1976. Mr. Stewart
was in the U.S. Navy prior to working with the Commissary Division
in the Canal Zone. He is survived by his wife, Muriel; a daughter, Mrs.
George Black (Muriel); three grandchildren and four great-grandchil-
dren. A son, Teddy, preceded Mr. Stewart in death.
James K. Thornton, older son of Mr. and Mrs. James Thornton
(Dorothy Knox) passed away January 17, 1976, in Gainesville, Florida.
James is also survived by his wife and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Rowland K. Knox.
Mrs. Margaret Tysinger of McCall, South Carolina, passed away
February 5, 1976, at the Charlotte North Carolina Airport. Margaret
was going to New York to be with her brother who was going to have
surgery. Margaret was the widow of Joseph Tysinger and is survived
by two brothers, Dick and Ed Tatum; a sister Jessica; another
brother Jim preceded her in death.
Mr. Charles C. Walcott of Hollis, New York, passed away on
November 24, 1975. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in New
Haven, Connecticut. Mr. Walcott is survived by his widow.
Mrs. Mildred Arvilla Ward, 92, died November 26, 1975, in St.
Petersburg, Florida. Her husband, the late William Henry Ward, Jr.
was employed by the Isthmian Canal Commission from 1906 through
1914 and continued working for the Panama Canal until April 1941,
when he retired. He was re-employed in 1942 and retired again in late
Dr. E. Dorothea Witt, a Medical Missionary to the Belgian Congo,
who lived in Gatun and went to high school in Cristobal during the
Construction Days, died 12 November 1975 at Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Dr. Witt is survived by one sister, Mrs. Esther Stubbs of Bradenton,
Florida and six nephews and nieces.
1976 DUES ARE NOW PAYABLE
Miss Kayleen Ruth Alexander and Mr. George Kenneth Black
were married on November 15, 1975, in Jacksonville, Florida. The
bride is the daughter of Mrs. Daniel Logan Alexander and the late Mr.
Alexander. Floral arrangements for the wedding were done by Louis
C. Hasemann, Jr., formerly of Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. Ethel Helen Daniel of Youngstown, Arizona, recently
married Emil T. Munson. The newlyweds are making their home at
12406 East Cherry Hills Drive, Sun City, Arizona 85351.
Miss Carolyn A. Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Davis, of
Garland, Texas, and Kenneth L. Smith, son of Mr. Cecil Smith and the
late Mrs. Elizabeth Smith of Salina, Kansas, exchanged wedding vows
on December 27, 1975, at First Lutheran Church, Garland. The bride,
a graduate of Balboa High School, Canal Zone College and East Texas
State University, is a vocational adjustment coordinator with the
Garland Independent School District. The bridegroom, a graduate of
Kansas State Teacher's College in Emporia, Kansas is employed by
Western Electric. The Smiths will make their home in Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Ada Sullivan and Mr. James Person were married on
January 12, 1976, and are living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mrs.
Person's children Dick Sullivan, Patti Spregelmey and Ada Lee
Fretland all attended the ceremony with their families.
Miss Mickelle Pelke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Pelke of Long
Beach, California was married to Mr. Dennis Forsgren, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Lester V. Forsgren, Kerrville, Texas on April 19, 1975. Dennis
graduated from Cristobal High School Class of 1967.
Miss Christine Theresa Cartotto and Mr. Michael Anthony Ressa
were united in marriage in an afternoon garden wedding on December
25, 1975, at the home of the groom's parents in Spring Hill, Florida.
The Reverend Paul H. Clemons officiated at the double-ring cere-
mony. Parents of the couple are Mrs. John R. deGrummond of North
Hollywood, California, and the late Gregory George Cartotto; Mr. and
Mrs. Michael Mario Ressa.
Many out-of-town guests attended the reception. The young
couple are employed in Los Angeles and will reside in Eagle Rock,
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hooper announce the birth of a son, Michael
Jake, on October 30, 1975. Mrs. Hooper is the former Jackie Lovelady
who was born and reared on the Canal Zone. She is a graduate of
Balboa High School and the Canal Zone College. Paternal grand-
parents are Rufus and Ida Lovelady, long-time residents of the Zone,
now living in Tucson, Arizona.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Forrest, Jr., of St. James City, Florida,
announce the birth of their first child, a son, born on January 1, 1976,
in Fort Myers, Florida. The baby has been named Damon Bray.
Sharing honors as grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Gibson
of Gamboa, Canal Zone, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Forrest, Sr., of St.
James City, formerly of Gamboa.
Birth: Baby John E. Rathgeber, Jr.
Mother: Nancy Janecka Rathgeber
Father: John E. Rathgeber
Born: May 13, 1975
Where: Houston, Texas
Grandparents: Betty (Morrison) and Robert Rathgeber
Judy and Frank Janecka
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Sanders (Connie Sue Zemer) of Los Gatos,
California, announce the birth of their second child, a daughter,
Jacqueline Tanelle, on January 19, 1976. Maternal grandparents are
Mrs. Ruthelma (Terry) Zemer of Balboa, Canal Zone and William
Zemer of Dana Point, California. Maternal great-grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Zemer of Panama, Republic de Panama.
Maternal great-great-grandmother is Mrs. James C. Milloy of West
Hardwich, Massachusetts. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Bruce G. Sanders, Jr. of Bentonville, Arkansas and Paternal great-
grandmother is Mrs. Bruce G. Sanders, Sr. (Aloise) of Cary, North
Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Scott (Priscilla Koperski) announce the
birth of their third child and second son, Russell John, on May 20,
1975. Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Evelyn R. Koperski, Balboa,
Canal Zone and the late Richard J. Koperski of Orlando. Maternal
great-grandfather is L. A. Koperski of Orlando, Florida.
Jessie and Walter Lindsay report a Happy Christmas in Korea
where they are now living with daughter Judy and the two
grandchildren. A 20-pound turkey for Christmas dinner was shared
with one of the other teachers. "Being with Judy is like a gift from
heaven. For years, we have been so far away from her and now to be
making our home with her and to get to help raise these wonderful
kids is almost too much to believe. We do miss St. Petersburg and
friends but here is where we really belong ."
John A. Morales, Nelson, New Zealand "We enjoyed the
September issue very much many nostalgic memories e.g. item
on Mr. and Mrs. M. A. (Ruth) Alexander recalled my monthly
Saturday morning visits to their home on Barnaby Street in Balboa to
settle my accounts as the proud 'STAR AND HERALD' delivery boy
of a route in Ancon in the 1930's!!
"Under 'small world' heading, I met Captain and Mrs. Elmer G.
Abbott (Bellamy Laatz) on a train in Melbourne, Australia. They were
on a round-the-world cruise; I, on my way to join my wife, Margaret
Kuhn who had flown here with our youngest daughter, Roseanne. The
latter had just recently left this beautiful, yet subtly xenophobic and
'male chauvinist' country, to join her brother, Roy Thomas, for studies
at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri. Mar-
garet visited my sister Nesta (Lee) Kennedy La Montagne and
husband, Bob, in Honolulu on her stopover to Auckland, Wellington
and Nelson a year ago last January. Margaret's sister, Betty Kuhn
Keene passed away in Bakersfield, California, on May 29, 1974.
"Back to the Morales Clan I enjoyed farewell visits with
brother James (Cholo) in Baltimore, Maryland; sister Electra Stapler
and daughter Anne, Staten Island, New York; sister Anita Buehl-
mann, Marion, Ohio, and brother Ralph, Cristobal, Canal Zone."
Canal Zone Police Sergeant, George R. Tochterman, was promot-
ed on December 2, 1975, to Sergeant-in-Charge, Gamboa, Canal Zone,
to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Sergeant James A.
Marchuck. Sergeant Tochterman joined the Canal Zone Police
Division in February, 1958, and was promoted to Sergeant in August,
1970. He is married to the former Arlene M. McKeown of Balboa, and
all his Police service has been in the Balboa District. The Tochtermans
have two sons, Gary, a junior at the University of Rhode Island, and
Steve, a freshman at Canal Zone College.
From left to right is Bob
(Squeaky) Helmerichs, Elmer
Orr, who was on a six weeks M.
vacation to the fatherland, and ..
Henning Spilling, Sr., Panama
Canal Pilot. ,
"For those interested (Take
note X-Cdr. Wheeler and Cy
Fields) this days' catch was a
most poor one. Generally, the
catch amounts to roughly forty
to sixty, all weighing in between
two and five pounds each. To
catch bass that size, it is neces-
sary to go far into the Lake, past
the Escobal area. For your in-
formation Willie, the boat de-
picted in the photo is the one Don Bruce and I purchased from the sale
of the one we purchased from you. And Cy for your info, the snook are
running at the North end as well as the river. Looks like the greatest
year ever for snook fishing Bob Helmerichs."
Notes from the Canal Zone via Crossroads Dec. 1975, B.P.O.
Elks Lodge #1542. "Curtis Coate and wife Margaret will be in the
States on vacation looking for a retirement home somewhere
around Southeast Texas area .., and from '1542's Memory Lane' Did
you know??? Brother Jimmy Campbell, who just left the Isthmus a
couple months ago, was a charter member of our lodge and was,
besides a noted baseball player and manager; was in 1931, the
President of the Atlantic Side Basketball League. Brother Jim and
wife, Edna now reside at 4108 Tee Road, Sarasota, Florida 33580."
DOTHAN, ALABAMA NEWS
The holiday was almost perfect for Catherine and Eddie Filo as
they had their daughter Katie, husband Bob and precious grandson
Chris with them from Houma, Louisiana. Maggie and John Janssen
(Catherine's sister) were also here. They just retired and are looking
for a place to settle. Catherine's brother Fenton (Boulder City,
Nevada) was to come, but because of last minute illness in his wife's
family they were unable. Eddie, Jr. is a police officer in the Canal Zone
and was unable to come also. We want to welcome a new Dothanite in
our midst Charles Kaufman, wife and two children. Charles
worked at the Hydraulic Plant at Madden Wye. Annabelle and Alfred
Henderson bought a home here but they are not quite ready for
retirement. Margaret and Jack Hern, Louella and Cecil High spent
the holidays in the Canal Zone visiting family. They spoke of the many
changes in personnel and in the Canal Zone. Berniece and John
Deming (Magistrate Court) also bought a home here. They have to go
back to Lincoln, Nebraska and get their household goods. We should
expect them sometime in the spring. We are so happy they settled
here. Bud and Jean Harris had as their guests Chris and Herb
Newhouse (Police) from Phoenix, Arizona. We certainly had a good
time swapping stories about the old days on the Police Division.
Catherine and Eddie Filo are going to the Canal Zone for a 10 day
visit. More in the next issue. Hasta luego Catherine Filo
The following has been condensed from Sue Odom's Christmas
1975 News Letter.
Friends dropping by are always a red-letter day on her calendar.
Among Canal Zone folks mentioned were Larry Callaway, Carmen
Smith Neu with her husband Carl and their two boys, and Ralph and
Miriam Kirkpatrick and four 'kids'.
"I've written four books since I've been here and during my
odd moments (and most of my moments ARE odd). I am fooling with
the creation of 'Sue's Zoo'. With the help of Ann Lesley, I am also
working on a kid book, 'Children of Dixie' .. somewhat like 'Children
of the Cruces Trail'. Just now, I'm digging away at the story of Dr.
John D's life.. for his Alma Mater, Emory University. They asked
me to do it for their historical archives .. and it has me backed in a
corner. Summing it all up, my life is a hectic one. Not a smidgeon of
glamour in the whole lay-out, but it sure ain't dull!!!!!!
On September 23rd, the hurricane (Eloise) warning brought a
phone call from Bob Coulthard, formerly of the Zone, who asked Sue if
she had room for a refugee. Bob, now living in Atlanta, had gone to
Panama City on the Gulf the week before and had bought a home and
business right on the beach. His family was to move down that
weekend. He had been awakened at three o'clock that morning and
told to get out of that area immediately. "The whole hundred
thousand population had done as he did ... headed north at headlong
speed. No place on the way north to stay that wasn't chock-full, so he
drove on to Dothan. I told him that I had a little guest cottage out
back. As I ran to put sheets on and towels out, I realized there was a
definite storm brewing and just as I had the cottage ready, the
electricity snapped off ... Bob drove up and we proceeded to live
through a pretty bad time no electricity, no TV, no radio, no phone,
no newspaper, no mail And the day had turned black as night.
Winds of 130 MPH are something to go through ... I'd had nine big
pine trees cut down in June and that was what saved my home ... I
was lucky to have a kerosene lamp, and a can of Spam on the shelf!
Potato chips, a few fresh tomatoes, bread, and milk in the refrigerator
made up our three-times-a-day menu for three days! Bob left
Thursday for Panama City, and I hate to think what he must have
found when he got there.
If any of you are ever in this neck of the woods, please stop in. I
have plenty of room .. and wouldn't you be just awfully welcome!"
Mr. and Mrs. Curtis H. George "We have finally decided to
settle down and have purchased a mobile home in Fairhope, Alabama.
We still have our Travel Trailer and will visit when we feel like taking
"This past year, we left New Orleans on February 12th and
travelled westward through the Rio Grande Valley and to Kerrville,
Texas, where we stopped for a week to visit with the Hoversons, the
Byrds, the Marshalls, the Mareks, and the Agees. We stopped in El
Paso where we visited with Mary Alice Thomas and family. In Tucson,
Arizona, we contacted and visited the Englebrights and talked with
the Wrays on the phone. We then headed for San Diego where we
visited with the Harry Townsends, the J. Bourgeoises and the Paul
Ackermans. Saw the Argos in Laguna Hills. While stopping off in
Hemet, we had the trailer repaired, and then started eastward,
stopping off in Las Vegas for a couple of days on our way to Belview,
Minnesota, to visit our daughter Helen and husband, Gordon Boswell,
and a new arrival, a baby daughter (Ashly). All of us went up to
Wabana Lake for a vacation and a visit with Captain and Mrs.
Torstenson. Saw our son Danny and his wife, Charlotte, and three
boys safely settled in Madison, Wisconsin, and then headed south for
New Orleans and a short visit with our daughter Beverly and family;
also saw the Dinkgreves in New Orleans. We then returned to
Eva and George Russon, Yuma, Arizona "We left Yuma on
May 6th to get away from the desert heat and were gone for almost
five months before we returned home, and while away we circled the
United States. We first went to Tampa, Florida, where we stayed one
month, and while there attended the June 6th Panama Canal Society
meeting at Gulfport and renewed acquaintances and hashed over old
memories with former members of the Police Force and students
whom I had taught to drive. We then went to northern Georgia on
Lake Nottely and were there for two months wonderful weather!
We were only a few miles from the North Carolina and Tennessee
borders, and we drove all over the area and enjoyed as fine scenery as
you will find anywhere in the U.S. From there, we went to Cherokee,
North Carolina, to see the Indian pageant, "Unto these Hills" it was
well worth the trip. From there, we headed across country to Auburn,
Washington, where we-.spent two weeks with my son George and
family. We then went to Astoria and Portland, Oregon, to visit Eva's
brother. We headed south to Inglewood, California, to visit Eva's
sister and then back home. This writing finds the two of us in good
health and enjoying life. We wish the same to all the rest of the retired
Panama Canal people."
Mrs. Frances S. Dorn of Hot Springs, Arkansas, sends her
"Thanks" to the many members and friends who sent her Holiday
Greetings and wishes of good health. Poor health does not permit her
to answer all these notes so she sends her "Best Wishes to all for a
Healthy New Year and Happy Christmas 1977. With Love."
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
Thanksgiving brought us a fleecy snow, which was gone in a few
days, and yes, we did have a white Christmas!! The cold snap in these
"heah pawts" has kept most of the retirees close to their fires, with
only a few hardy travelers, braving the elements.
Fran and Andrew Whitlock drove to St. Louis to spend
Thanksgiving with their daughter Andre Collins and while they were
there, daughter Jacqueline Stringer flew down to join them.
Bates Wieman, of Fayetteville, said that her two sons, Bud and
Fred Huldquist, have been up on business, overseeing the construc-
tion of 10 new tugs for the Panama Canal. Their new title is Port
Engineer. Fred had visited Bates in November and reported the
purchase of a home in Seminole, Florida where he and Jane expect to
retire, when that time comes! Bates said that she had heard from the
Walter Reifs who are still living in California in a large trailer and may
come East, this summer.
Jim and Viva Folsom attend-
ed the Canal Zone Reunion in
January and saw more people
there than they ever dreamed
that they knew! Their trip of 12
days included a stop-over on the
way down, to visit Jim's folks in 4
Mary and Dick Condon drove to Weaubleau, Mo., stopping by to
see Georgia Gwinn in Springfield, en route. At Weaubleau, they met
ex-GI Wendell Allen of Washington, D.C. who was visiting his mother,
there. Later on, the Condons drove to Lottie Tinnin's where they met
Maxine and Earl Wrenn, just retiring from the Zone. Report is that
Lottie is just fine and as chipper as ever! The Wrenns expect to be at
home in Springdale and will soon be a part of our growing Canal Zone
group in this area.
Etta Fay and Glynn Terrell, of Bentonville, spent two weeks
through the holidays with daughter, Andrea and son-in-law, Paul
Oliver in New Orleans. They then drove on to Mississippi and found
all of their relatives doing well. They also visited Avery Island where
not only is Tabasco Sauce made, but harbors a bird and wildlife
Bruce Newhard, with his wife, Karen and four children, of Battle
Creek, Michigan, spent a week over the New Years' with his folks,
Helen and Carl Newhard in Bentonville. During his visit, brother Carl,
Jr. and his wife, Helen Faye, dropped in several times.
Luke and Frances Palumbo were delighted to have their
daughter, Judy Hicks, of the Canal Zone, visit them for 10 days during
the holidays. Frances, who had spent two months in the hospital, is
now home and doing well, we're happy to report!
Charles Malsbury, who had to have emergency surgery, is now fit
as a fiddle. Gloria is trying to fatten him up and lose weight herself,
quite a task!!
Carl and Petie Maedl traveled to Texas and Mexico in January
with another couple. They spent some time in San Antonio and
McAllen, Texas, a few days at the Big Bend National Park and took an
8-day tour by train, through the Copper Canyon in Mexico.
Esther Butz is now an accredited Commercial Artist, having
completed her correspondence course with the Art Instruction School
of Minneapolis, Minn. She just recently attended a Nurserymen's
Convention in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Our next Canal Zone get-together will be the Blanche Shaw
Picnic on Father's Day, June 20th at Agri Park Pavilion in
Fayetteville. Bring eating utensils, a covered dish, a few extra chairs
and your appetite. The time is from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., and the event is
open to all Canal Zone families, Service personnel and their guests. -
Lenor Butz, Reporter.
Bea and Earl Sears from Corona del Mar. "Dear Friends -
We've been camping since leaving the Zone on April 15, 1975. Three
months in Central America didn't give us half the time to see and do
what we wanted. With reluctance, we left Costa Rica after a month
which was divided between camping at Singing Rivers, Tres Rios and
on the beach at Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste Province. The next month
flew by with most of our time wandering around El Salvador such
beautiful country and exciting Guatemala (Atitlan, Chichicastango,
Antigua, Tikal). We only scratched the surface of Mexico falling
hopelessly in love with Oaxaca in the Sierra Madre del Sur and Ajujic
on sparkling Lake Chapala. Throughout most of Central America we
found the people, the climate and their simple way of life enchanting.
Meeting fellow campers from all over the world was fun too the
friendships we made were based on sharing experiences, camping and
car problems and all the happiness that goes with the simple joy of
The rest of 1975 was a change of pace with Earl in the hospital on
two different occasions, nursing my mother (Ruth Bathmann) through
a series of attacks of congestive heart failure. We also had many fine
times visiting with Canal Zone retirees throughout the U.S. We're
still looking for a place to live and soon will head for Florida could
be we're saving the best for last? Fond regards"
Mrs. Jerome F. Evans "Being at the 1975 Reunion, meeting many
friends, was an exciting and happy experience for me. How I wish I
could be there this year. I just returned from two weeks in our 50th
State, visiting on four of those beautiful and interesting islands. Now I
must stay home for awhile Always enjoy reading the Panama
Canal Record and appreciate all the labor that goes into it and the
annual address book. Sincerest best wishes for a good 1976. Inez
Ellen and Bill Johnson, Santee -
"To sunny California
We came last Fall,
Bag and baggage
Two dogs and all.
We've settled into the town of Santee.
And never been busier, believe you me!
With housework and yardwork
And gadding around,
There's so much to be found.
We think very often,
Of our years in the Zone,
We even refer to it still,
But this new way of life,
Retirement, that is,
Leaves little time,
For the Zone, to be missed.
But, Ah, the memories beyond compare,
Of the friends and relations,
We left back there!
Dot and Bill Allen, Seal Beach write-"We continue our church
activities, bridge, ping pong, Repertory Theatre and sharing the
beautiful color films on loan Dwight Nichols' Panama, Crossroads of
the World and Ed Kalau's Yap, Paradise In Need Bill is Deacon,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Member and occasional director of
the choir at Leisure World Christian Church. He is president of L. W.
Orchestra, plays trombone in El Bekal Shrine Band. Dot plays "King
Reverse" with the gals at rehearsals still bowls with Twinks in
Security Pacific Bank League Bill is to be installed 1st Vice-Presi-
dent of L. W. Chapter of NARFE Dot is acting Treasurer of the L.
W. DAR Chapter January Surgery for Dot Urologist
removed a "gem"; February We both battled a virus 10 day
Easter visit by Margie Nichols Grace; March reunion with five
former classmates at Faith Academy of Angels Simpson's at Biola
College; April Peter Horn, Jr. personally delivered his home-made
noodles and cookies from Los Gatos; May Western Shrine
Convention, Tucson. Celebrated our 40th Anniversary on the 15th;
June Shrine Band Beef Bash; July Disneyland; August We
headed east Phoenix with Dot's sister Kat Replinger and Dottie
Engler; dinner with Kate Davis, Bliss family friend. On to Oklahoma
City and saw George and Eleanor Bird; Arkansas Bob and Virginia
Hursh, Fayetteville met us on arrival in Bentonville at Margie Nichols
Grace's for dinner at Bella Vista Country Club; Missouri turn
signals had to be replaced on to Louisville, Ky/Jeffersonville, Ind.
Lovely dinner and overnight with Carl P. Hoffman III, nephew.
Rochester, N.Y. joined Carl, Jr. and Betty Hoffman aboard their
motor home in mid-August 1,000 Islands Montreal Quebec,
New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island St. Ann's Parish (Lobster
dinner in church basement) Nova Scotia Halifax St. John, N.B.
- Crossing into Alexander, Maine, we realized we now have visited
all 50 states, both U.S. territories, all 6 districts of the Trust Territory
of the Pacific, all provinces of Canada, except Newfoundland, all
countries of Central America, most of the Caribbean countries and
four countries of the Far East. We continued across New Hampshire
and Vermont. Spent a delightful hour with Lillian Ryan and her sister
Mary in their Jay, New York home. Ohio two weeks with Dorothy
and Win Webb and stopped over with Peg McSwegin in Canton;
Albuquerque Dinner with Will Lea Hoffman, nephew. September
- Guamaian wedding; Betsy recuperating from emergency surgery;
October Jerry Bliss, son Jon and friend dropped by briefly enroute
home to Campbell from some races in Mexico. We don't see cousin
Zonie and Jack Field as often as we'd like but do manage to chat -
which pleases "Ma Bell"; November Joined Cousin Mayno and
George Walker from Canal Zone spending day in Leisure World with
Aunt Neva Shrapnel Attended Catsy Taylor Shafer's clever
luncheon of Canal Zone brats in San Diego so nice to see Verne able
to get around after his surgery While Betsy and Ernie enjoyed
Nebraska snow with Guam friends, Bill, Dot and Bill's cousin Leorena
Baldwin Weis had Thanksgiving dinner in Twinks' apartment .
Father Time has been applying the old brakes this year but all in all
we're pretty good for the shapes we're in but those dern shapes
don't seem to be improving! Bestest love,;;;;;;;;;;;;
Mrs. Robert W. Hutchings "On October 29, 1975, I moved from
San Leandro, California to Sacramento (255 Selby Ranch Road #5,
Sacramento, California 95825) to be nearer my son Robert and his
family. I sold my nice home on the hill overlooking San Francisco Bay,
but I have a lovely apartment here just a few minutes from Robert up
American River Drive in Carmichael."
David and Roy The Songsmiths from Los Angeles write they
are celebrating their thirty year anniversary of singing and working
together. Mary Orr of Florida stopped over here enroute to Hawaii;
Blanche and Howard Wimmer also shared time with them. Bob Griffin
and Don Winfrey take up their time and sharing memories and
kindnesses. They extended their Best Wishes to all in the New Year.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Joan R. deGrummond
Holiday Luncheon 134 members and guests enjoyed our
luncheon on December 7th at Ports O'Call Restaurant in San Pedro.
Invocation was given by Robert Leroy Dill and the Pledge of
Allegiance was led by Thelma Reppe. A special welcome was given to
members of Redwood City in Northern California, Evelyn and Donald
Judson, who came from Nogales, Arizona. Aileen Hoyle, sister of
David Smith attended the luncheon. Also, Shirley Persons Smith of
Clearwater, Florida, who was visiting her daughter and family,
Shirley and Ed O'Connor in Westminster.
Member, Bill Zemer, of Sandpiper travel Service, presented a
new film of Panama. Assisting Bill were Messrs. Jose Costa, Air
Panama's Senior Sales Representative, Western Division and Alfredo
Tamayo, District Sales Manager. The Songsmiths, David Leroy Smith
and Roy Ballard, presented a program of Christmas Carols and were
joined by everyone.
New and Reinstated members welcomed were Mrs. Harold
Brassel (Yolanda Revesz); Mr. anjd Mrs. Ellis D. "Jack" Carey (Ruth
Ann Kupka); Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Edward Doran (Vivienne
Hamilton); Mrs. Whitman P. Garrett (Catherine Levy Roberts); Mr.
and Mrs. George Metivier (Carol); Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. O'Connor
(Shirley Smith); Mr. and Mrs. Al "Buddy" Stumpf (Jerrye George).
News from our Members and Friends
Charline [Miller] and J. Laurens Barnard "There was an unexpect-
ed trip in September a week in Schlitz (the real beer), Germany -
scientific meetings held in a well-preserved, medieval, walled town. A
second week in Amsterdam in very old libraries."
Florence C. Berude "My oldest granddaughter and her husband
have been transferred from Cleveland, Ohio, and have purchased a
home in Cypress, California. I'll look forward to the holidays with Tish
and Bob Noble and their two youngsters."
Anna MacRae Bickford "Another year to start on my 90th, and how
rapidly and pleasantly it has all passed. We all enjoy the reports of the
Canal Zone and friends and associates. One member of the family,
Mary Katherine passed away on July 2, 1975. She passed a full, happy
life and put up a fight to continue doing so. She was employed at the
American Embassy at Rabat Morocco, North Africa when she was
taken seriously ill. She was a graduate lawyer of Oxford University in
England, and an interpreter and translator at the Embassy. I was
privileged to be with her nearly two years in Morocco.
Donald and Gladys [Wertz] Brayton Don retired on January 2, and
he and Gladys planned to sail on the SS CRISTOBAL for New Orleans
on February 5. They will make their home in Rossmoor Leisure
World, Laguna Hills.
LTC William F. Browne [Brownie] Apartado 6350, San Jose, Costa
Rica, celebrated his 74th birthday on December 13th. He is rallying
around after an operation in 1975. Says he certainly enjoys hearing
from his friends.
Donald and Delia Dent wrote that they were not moving around as
easily as they did a few years ago. They were glad to note Ruth
(Bauman) and Dan Yielding are back in the Society.
Virginia [Ridge] and Hank Dolim were back in Hawaii for
Christmas with their daughter, Diane, and her family. "My mother
decided not to make the trip this year. She is fine, though, and enjoys
her beautiful retirement resident in Belmont, California, near my
brother, Paul Ridge. Hank is looking forward to retirement from
Northrup in January I'll continue with FAA for awhile. We will
have to move sometime this year as, after 23 years, the airport is
going to have to buy our house. Hopefully we will attend a meeting
Inez Evans Erma Forbes visited with me for a few weeks in
October while she was getting her home ready to occupy when she
returns here this Spring. Erma, with her Uncle Ellsworth, will be
permanently located at: 28070 Northwood Drive, Sun City, CA
92381." Inez and Martha Furey planned to travel to Hawaii with the
Sun City Travel Club from December 15-29, and would be visiting four
Mrs. Helen Fitch who will celebrate her 100th birthday in May of
this year, has decided to make the Orinda Convalescent Home her
permanent residence. "The wheelchair is my main transportation it
is faster than my walk, so I'm able to ride all over the place and visit so
many people. The location is beautiful. I'm renewing my membership
for I enjoy hearing about Canal Zone people. They're doing interesting
Dr. and Mrs. Willard F. French [Marjorie] recently visited in the
Canal Zone with their family and friends.
Dorothy Hayward visited her niece and her husband in Ajijic,
Mexico, and toured several cities and towns with them. Ajijic is a tiny
native Indian fishing village with cobblestone, narrow streets on the
northwest shore of Lake Chapala. "During my 6-week stay, my
relatives educated me in some of the ways of life in Mexico, through
an interesting tour, aided by the well-known book on how to travel in
Mexico on $5 to $10 a day. Our route took us to Mexico City, Puebla,
Oaxaca, Veracruz and Queretaro. On Thanksgiving Day we left for
the States driving through Guadalajara to Mazatlan, Ciudad
Obregon, Guayamas and Sonoyta, with a few overnight stops. We
entered the U.S. a few miles west of Yuma. Reached their home in
Palm Desert in early evening which was really relaxing. The following
day brought me home to Long Beach before continuing to Whittier to
visit their married daughter and family."
Mrs. Russell Hazzard [Berta] "I recently returned from a wonderful
18-day Caribbean cruise. Our group flew from Los Angeles to Miami.
Jimmy and Amele Hunter, Betty Crawford, and my nephew and wife
of West Palm Beach, were at our ship, PACIFIC PRINCESS when we
sailed we had 3 hours to visit in Miami! That was a happy time! We
had wonderful weather on our trip, except from Gatun Locks to
Balboa, where it was like a flood. No one could go ashore and we didn't
arrive until 8:30 P.M. (4 hours late). It near broke my heart not to see
our old home. I did get to see Robert Burns and Captain Peter Bolton,
Al and Ann Houston returned home to San Diego in late October
from another busy summer's work at Grant Grove, in Sequoia Kings
Canyon National Park area.
Rose and Paul Jones "Had a nice note from Esther Currier of
Florida. She and I worked in Commissary Division for George
Engelke for several years. Tells me that her son-in-law, Buck Post
(Doris Currier's husband) suffered a few heart attacks in 1975. Esther
lived in Southern California for several years and was a member of
Blanche and Eugene Provost extend greetings to all friends from
the Canal Zone. This past year was enjoyed visiting old friends from
the Zone and Navy ones once stationed in Balboa. While visiting a
granddaughter in San Jose attended the Santa Clara Fair; also the
races. It was great to enjoy our two great-grandchildren. We made a
4-day visit to the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas where we attended the
dinner show ... During August and September our son, Robert and
his wife, Millie, drove to Georgia to visit their son, Robby, who will
graduate this year from Georgia Tech. They also visited old friends
from the Post Office in Zone who are now in Georgia. Dr. Robert G.
Provost has been chosen to appear in the Bicentennial Memorial
Edition of Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans by the
American Biographical Institute Our daughter, Lolita Packard,
has put in a busy year. She was elected to "Who's Who in American
Women (ninth edition 1975-1976)" as Business Manager to Vel's
Parnelli Jones Ford and other Enterprises. She spent March and
April in England and Spain with the above named racing team (driver
Mario Andretti). Then more travels. Last month her daughter Bobbi
presented us with another great-grandaughter Christina Anne
Hogancamp ... It is natural that we cherish the honor and recognition
given to Lolita and Robert for their success in business.
Thelma Reppe traveled to Columbus, Ohio in early November for a
12-day visit with her family, and to help her sister and brother-in-law
celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary.
Hedy Seedborg "Janet and Ross Cunningham recently visited with
me took them to so many places and still have a note pad full of
future plans for next year! In July, Nellie (Bruland) and Chris Jansen
visited with me.
Milton and Chubby Wright took a 3-week trip to Midwest in
October, and visited in California, Washington and Missouri. Got to
see most of Chubby's relatives and many long-time friends. The trip
down Lake of the Ozarks was beautiful with all the fall colors. We
stopped at an apple orchard and got some of those good Missouri
apples to bring home with us.
Jack and Joan deGrummond following Tina's wedding I visited my
sister, Margaret Coffey in New Orleans; attended the PCS Annual
Reunion in St. Petersburg and visited with Julie and John Ridge and
my father, Jack Ridge, in Miami for a few days then to Trenton,
New Jersey, to visit my sister, Mary Gribbin, and brother, Ralph
Ridge, and their families. Plans included taking in some of the
Bicentennial celebrations in the Philadelphia area. Jack's sister,
Madge Freese, retired from the staff of Los Angeles County Museum
of Art early this month.
We are happy to announce that EARL R. McMILLIN, formerly of
the Office of the General Counsel, Panama Canal Company, has
opened his office at:
First National Bank Building
215 Madison Street Suite 1202
Tampa, FL 33602
Telephone: (813) 223-1676
for the purpose of practicing law. Our very best wishes go to you,
On December 17, 1975, four
generations were present at the
graduation ceremonies of the St.
Petersburg Junior College
Nursing Department. Among
the graduates was Sheryl Mann
Allegretti, daughter of Ed and
Jean Mann, and granddaughter
of Mrs. Edith Kieswetter of
Gulfport. Also present to see
her mother graduate was two
year old Nichol Christine Alle-
gretti. Mrs. Allegretti was born
in the Canal Zone and is present-
ly employed at Bayfront Medical
Center, St. Petersburg.
Eva Stephan, formerly of Curundu, Canal Zone, now residing in
Tampa, writes "I just returned from Atlanta, Ga. where my daughter,
Eve, was married to Carson Williams. The reception was held at Fort
McPherson Officers Club. Beverly Buehler was maid of honor and
Mary Lou Donley attended the wedding. It was good having some
Canal Zonians there! Eve and Carson will live in St. Louis, Mo., where
both are auditors with the U.S. Army James Stephan, my son,
whom you probably all remember when he attended school in the
Zone in a wheelchair, now resides in Tampa and has a position with
the Internal Revenue Service in St. Petersburg I may go to
Panama this winter for a visit. Come see Yours Truly! -
Attending the Reunion from
St. Petersburg, was Mrs. John
G. McCoy who really knows how
to get involved in community
life and stay fit during her "Re-
tirement Years". I first met
Almena in 1931, when we all
lived at 1424 Car Street, Balboa.
Almena was the young bride of
the late John G. McCoy who was
with the Personnel Bureau and
later with the Mechanical Divi-
sion. The McCoys retired in
1954 to Orlando and in 1965,
moved to St. Petersburg.
This is when Almena became
interested in dressing dolls for
the Christmas Toy Shop Project, Inc. (1655 16th Street South). She
dresses so many dolls and has other people dress dolls that her
guestrooms gradually fill with hundreds of dolls, until she takes them
to the St. Petersburg Women's Club for the Beta Womens Club Doll
Show, which is held on the first Sunday of December of each year.
Then the dolls are off to the Toy Shop for distribution to the needy
children of lower Pinellas County.
Other than dressing dolls, Almena goes down to the Toy Shop
every Tuesday, from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M., throughout the year, and
paints refurbished toys. This is where we renewed our friendship,
after almost forty years, down at the Toy Shop when Almena asked
me "If I wasn't the Kotalik girl from Car Street whose mother used to
bake such delicious coffee cake?"
We salute you Almena McCoy as one of the greatest volunteers of
the Panama Canal Society.
I cordially invite other members of our Society to join Almena to
try their talents out at the Toy Shop volunteers are greatly
Anna T. Collins, Editor
When Mrs. Edith Eppley celebrated her 93rd birthday in late
November she was honored with many gifts and cards of congratula-
tions. One of the highlights of the day was the birthday greeting she
received from President Gerald Ford.
Mrs. Jacoba (CO) Joustra returned after the Thanksgiving
holidays from a visit in Middletown, New York, with her daughter and
family, Bill and Catherine Melville and children.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Orvis made a trip to Washington, D.C. just
before Thanksgiving. On November 20th, the ashes of Fran's father,
Major James E. Smith, U.S.. (Ret.), were interred in Arlington
National Cemetery with military honors. The Orvises spent a few
days visiting with Fran's cousin and his wife, Paul and Lois Newhous
in Silver Springs, Maryland, before returning to Sarasota.
Mrs. Della J. Noonan had as her houseguest, her nephew, James
G. Raymond, Jr., son of the late James G. Raymond. Jerry, a
consultant at Ames Community College in Greeley, Colorado, flew
down to spend a week during the New Years holiday.
Mrs. Mina Dee flew to Portland, Oregon, to spend Thanksgiving,
Christmas and New Years with her son and family William and Mary
Jo (Cole) Dee and children.
Miss Mary N. Orr spent the Christmas holidays in Houston,
Texas, with her brothers, Robert and Mattes Orr and their families.
During her three weeks visit Mary also visited Irene and Lee Wright
and other Canal Zone friends.
Also in Houston for the holidays were Bill and Myrtle Hughes for
a visit with their son and family, Tom and Lorna Hughes and sons.
Following the reunion, Anita and Paul Thompson were the guests
of Blanche and Walter Hartman.
Mrs. Billie Galloway returned to Sarasota on New Years Eve
following a Christmas visit with her daughter and family, Pat and
Anna Katherine Daniel and three children.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Ebdon, Jr., with Rae's mother, Mrs.
Edith Eppley, drove to Neward, Maryland to spend the Christmas
holidays with their son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Kathy
Ebdon and young son, Geoffry Craig, who was celebrating his first
Christmas. Christmas turned into a Family Reunion when Rae and
Joe's other son, Capt. Thomas J. Ebdon III, U.S.A.F., arrived for a
surprise visit with the family. Capt. Ebdon, who is stationed at Rheim
Main Air Force Base in Germany, returned to Sarasota with his
parents and grandmother and after attending the Canal Zone Reunion
returned to Germany.
Mrs. Frances D. Jones returned early in January following a five
week visit on the Canal Zone visiting her daughter, Dona, Captain and
Mrs. John Brophy, and daughter, Charlene, of Diablo Heights. En
route to Sarasota Frances visited in Ocala with Mr. and Mrs. John
Hare, who accompanied Frances home and attended the reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. George A. Walker flew to California to share the
Thanksgiving holidays with Mabelle's sister and brother and families,
John and Zonella (Bliss) Field of San Fernando and Gerald D. (Budd)
Bliss, Jr., his wife, Eleanor, their children and grandchildren. They
also visited her aunt, Mrs. Geneva Shrapnel and cousins, Bill and Dot
(Hoffman) Allen of Leisure World, Seal Beach. They came to Sarasota
to visit their children and other members of the family for the holidays
and to attend the reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Watson enjoyed as their guests, Rabbi and
Mrs. Nathan Witkin of Houston, Texas, and with them attended their
Mrs. Charlotte Herr of Avon, Connecticut, was the houseguest of
Mrs. Billie Galloway and her sister, Mrs. Robin Comer, for ten days,
and with them enjoyed her first reunion.
Jim and Edna Million of Jacksonville, Florida and Jeanne and
Jack Dombrowsky of Hendersonville, North Carolina visited the Joe
Ebdons and attended their first reunion.
Mrs. Cornell E. Fritz (Mary Phelan) Port Orange "In spite of
all the worldly turmoil, this has been a good year for us and ours. I
have been very poor on keeping in touch, but I have been busy
learning the art of being a home keeper. I am now very contentedly
married to a wonderful and loving man. Cornell and I are enjoying
each day as it comes as a new experience, truly believing that life can
be beautiful. We are not retired folks; he works full time as a security
officer, and I work three days a week at Halifax Hospital Center in
Daytona Beach. In May, sons Jim, from Los Angeles, and Chuck, from
Guam, came home to meet Cornell. Chuck is Station Manager for
Continental Air Lines in Guam; Jim is a Sales Agent for same in L.A.
International Airport both handsome, slender mustached men. In
June, daughter Lisa, and son-in-law, John McCarragher and two boys
were home. John is Supervisor of Cabin Maintenance for Continental
Air Lines at O'Hare in Chicago. Lisa is a Supervisor at a company
making plastic containers for sterile solutions used in Respiratory
Therapy in hospitals. This company is also sending her to college. In
August, Jim returned for two weeks, during which time he flew to the
Canal Zone to visit my daughter Sharon and hubby Don DeStaffino,
who is a sergeant in the Balboa Police Department, and their three
sons. The middle of October, Cornell and I left on our vacation trip (a
wedding gift from Jim). We drove to see friends in West Palm Beach
and then flew to Miami and Panama to visit Sharon and Don. Sharon
was sick with pneumonia so we did not get around to see old friends.
We flew back to Miami and then on to Los Angeles for a two-day visit
with Jim and our new daughter-in-law, Cindy, and new grandson, Paul
. We then went to Schaumburg, Illinois, and spent two days with
Lisa and John. From there, we went to Ohio for a two-day visit with
Cornell's sister and then flew back via Chicago to West Palm Beach
and home. We do hope your year has been as full and happy as
ours, and that this new year will find this world more at 'Peace Among
Guest Columnist, Jenny Henke condensed from a Titusville,
Florida newspaper, September 10, 1975.
"Titusville is becoming something of a mecca for former federal
employees retired from duty with the U.S. government in the Panama
Canal Zone At a dinner meeting of the Lunar Chapter of the
National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), we
found a table full of them and learned that more are on the way."
The following former Zonians are now living in Titusville: Ruth
and Rufus O'Neal, retired to Titusville on April Fool's Day, 1974;
Roger Deakins and wife, Violet, appear to hold the longevity record in
Titusville. "I wanted to build a rocket," he said. So Roger Deakins
worked for TWA four and a half years. After the Deakinses, came
Kay and Roger Howe who moved to Titusville four years ago. Tom
and Ginny Miller moved here 16 months ago. Then came a boatful -
Peter K. Hale, 14 months ago; Joe and Connie Young arrived in
March; In June, Thelma and Dick Stoudner joined the rest; the first
week of August, the Stoudner's cousin, Carol Bowens, and her son,
Kevin, 16, moved to Titusville from the Canal Zone. "You either retire
or expire in the Canal Zone," says Carol. "But you don't quit." Carol's
fiance, Phil Whitney, another ex-Zone employee also is a current
Titusville resident. Margaret and Elmer Nordstrom also retired to
Titusville after 36 years of federal service, the last 16 years of them
spent in the Zone.
Like the Canal Zone, the nation's capitol also has supplied
Titusville with a steady supply of new residents. "We loved the peace
and quiet and the climate," explained one of the retirees."
News from Lehigh Acres Brenda (Cunningham) Estrada Berg
visited her mother, Virginia (DeYoung) Simpson, and step-father,
Clay Simpson, from November 20th to the 23rd. Brenda lives in
Mexico City with her husband, Alfonso, and their five children. Her
address is: Calle de la Odisea #56, Fraccionamiento Res. "Axemiatla",
Mexico 20, D.F., Mexico.
Elmer Orr, who was born in the Canal Zone and worked for the
Canal organization for 40 years before retiring from the office of the
Comptroller in 1972, transited the Panama Canal for the first time last
week. Just before ending a 6-week visit with Canal Pilot, Capt.
Theodore M. Kirkby, the awful truth came out, and his host had old-
timer Orr aboard the tanker "Ogden Willemette" for a transit the
next night. Mr. Orr is making his retirement home in Tallahassee,
Florida The Panama Canal Spillway, November 7, 1975.
Anne Cordts Leslie from Cape Coral writes "I wish someone
would take the 'obea' from my doorstep!" She has been hospitalized 15
times in the last 21/2 years. While in St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in
Houston had a visit from Irene Stewart Wright, also Rabbi Nathan
Witkin. Spent a couple of weeks in Austin with the Graydon Holmes
- formerly of Curundu Melba and Dan Snyder drove down from
College Station to visit me while in Houston Hospital. This is the third
year in a row that I have been unable to come to the Reunion!"
Bobby and Duke Clark (Atlantic Side), of DeBary, had as their
house guests for a week in December, the Joe Barbaros of
Middletown, N.J. Joe will be remembered as the popular golf pro at
Brazos Brook ... The Clarks also had as their guests early in January
Duke's sisters, Marion Springthorpe and Ruth Rhode, of LaGrange-
ville, N.Y. Marion and the late Captain Arch Springthorpe were
residents of Cristobal for many years.
FT. LAUDERDALE NEWS
The Southeast group of the Panama Canal Society met at Pier 66
on November 16th. It was a grand gathering of old friends and thanks
go to Bob Johnson for making all the arrangements. We missed Pete
Johnson who is home recovering from a serious operation. Paul
Runnestrand gave a most comprehensive report on the treaty.
The Frank Castles recently stayed at the Dehlinger apartment
while enroute to the Zone. They were enthusiastic about the purchase
of a house in Falmouth, Cape Cod... Pat Hutchings, son of Byrne and
Armella Hutchings, was east on business and took a short trip to visit
his parents.... Earlier this summer the Gill Rowes were in Charlotte,
North Carolina, visiting their daughter Pam and her husband. Later
they were joined by the Jim Woods of St. Petersburg, and they
motored up thru Alabama and Tennessee The Ed Jones, after
having been away all summer, returned to their abode, found the heat
too much and took off for the Carolinas to find a summer place ... The
Jones had Ronald and Eleanor Weade as their house guests. The
Runnerstrands were houseguests of Lonnie and Betty Van Siclen;
Leon Greene, who came to the luncheon with Dr. and Mrs. Strumpf,
was their guest... We were delighted to have Mr. and Mrs. Clarence
True of Miami. Also welcomed were the Abernathys and Pete Rosado;
Dr. and Mrs. Louis Fink; Toby Wilson and wife; Hazel Welby telling
everyone about her recent trip to California visiting many relatives;
Bea (Lucas) Leightner drove down from Lake Park to attend the
luncheon; E. N. Stokes has been working in Port Everglades with the
Port Authority as Director of Engineering retired recently with 18
years. He will continue as a consultant... Mattie Lee White, a real old
timer, was the houseguest of Lonnie and Betty Van Siclen while she
was visiting in Florida. Many parties were held in her honor one being
a luncheon at the home of Mille Rowe. Three generations were off on a
jaunt to Europe. They were Barbara Hutchings, her daughter,
Barbara Ann Slay, and Barbara's daughter Sande C. Schmitt. Eight
days were spent in London and the country side, and then off to
Greece for another ten days.... We all miss Bev DesLondes who sold
her apartment in Coral Ridge Towers and moved to California to be
near her sister Jessie. The Frank Cunninghams were off for a summer
trip, as well as Dr. and Mrs. Strumpf. The George Winquists were in
Nashville to help daughter Ann pack for their Germany tour of duty ..
The James M. Hunters went to visit Genevieve Felps Peggy
Yerkes visited two aunts in Seattle and later went to Los Angeles to
visit with Pegg's son Bill and family .. While Mr. and Mrs. Roberto
Obarrio of Panama City, R. de P. visited in this area Agnes Hearon
entertained many Zonians at a dinner party Before the meeting
closed, Bob Johnson who has been president for two years, declined
the office of presidency. After much discussion, the Murray Klippers,
who had held office before, agreed to chair the next meeting in the
George and Kay Winquist's daughter Ann W. Lain visited with
them prior to joining her husband in Germany ... Tommy and Edith
(Rowe) Alley of Wilmington, North Carolina, were the houseguests of
the Gill Rowes over the holidays. On Christmas day the Rowes held
their annual dinner and had as their guests, the Tom Alleys, Agnes
Hearon and her son, Chris, Pat and Armella Hutchings, the Jimmy
Hunters, Barbara Hutchings, and the George Winquists Agnes
Hearon has had as her houseguests Charles and Bonnie Chandler of
Alexandria, Virginia. The Chandlers were stationed in Ft. Clayton
from 1935 to 1940 ... The Eddie Jones entertained in their Plantation
home the Van Siclens, the John Pettigils, Dr. and Mrs. Strumpf, the
Gill Rowes, Agnes Hearon, the Paul Hertgens, the Bob Johnsons,
Barbara Hutchings, the Fred Weades and daughter Mary and other
neighbors ... On December 28th the Gil Rowes entertained with a
cocktail buffet in their lovely home. Their guests were the Tom
Alleys, Agnes Hearon and son Chris, Dr. and Mrs. Jack Strumpf, the
Frank Naughtons and her sister Mrs. Smith, the Henry Donovans
(houseguests of Betty and Lonnie Van Siclen), the Donnie A. Slays
(Hutchings), Betty Van Siclen, the John Pettingills and the Ed Jones .
. Ruth and Lloyd "Pete" Peterson recently returned from a three
week trip to Europe, visiting Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and
Switzerland. The highlight of the trip was going back to Pete's
birthplace in Ronne Bornholm, Denmark. Pete left Denmark when he
was six years old so had many relatives to meet.... Among the local
folks who attended the Canal Zone reunion in St. Petersburg were the
Frank Cunninghams, the Jimmy Hunters, the Gil Rowes, the George
Winquists, the Ed Jones, and the Lloyd Petersons.
The Society was sorry to learn from a letter written by Lou
Hasemann on November 16 (too late for the December RECORD) that
he had been ill, but happy that he reported that he was "gradually
gaining strength and that thing called Pep". He also reported that
Charlie and Ruth Hollander were feeling pretty good, and that Charlie
wished to be remembered to his many friends on the Zone.
Mr. Hasemann had been presented a placque from the Officers
and staff members of the Duval County Sheriffs department of the
County Jail. The citation read: "Presented to Louis Hasemann in
recognition for outstanding volunteer service from the Officer's Staff
of Duval County Jail, 1975."
Mr. Hasemann reported that Emily Snedeker was fine and
seemed to improve each day. She wished to be remembered to all of
her Zonite friends.
Ruth Straus of St. Petersburg writes that Bob had a check-up at
the Ochsner Clinic and as a result he had surgery followed by radia-
tion treatments. Our daughter, Mary came up from the Zone and
daughters, Margaret Edwards and Dorothy Moore came out from
Burbank, California. After the treatment, we went to Burbank. We
had Thanksgiving Dinner at our granddaughter's home in Encino -
Kathie Deppe (Moore). For Christmas we had a get-together at our
granddaughter's, Mary Burleson (Moore) home in Simi Valley. Mary
has a boy and a girl, which makes us great-grandparents We
returned to St. Petersburg in time for the Reunion While in
Burbank Bob had a phone conversation with Fred Bradley. Fred is in
his 80's and says he does not get around like he used to ... The high
point of 1975, was the return of our grandson, Elder Paul Edwards
who spent 2 years in Argentina as a Missionary for the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He is completing his second year at
BYU in Provo, Utah. His brother, Robert is also a missionary.
WELCOME NEWS a missed plane!!! Lois (de la Mater) Bates,
430 Kaiolu, Apartment 1009, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815.
"Been trying to write but crippled for lack of my typewriter plus
being too tired at night to face paperwork! I got out of Vietnam in the
evacuation and was one of the fortunate American women employees
to do so since about 36 of my best friends were killed on the C54
aircraft that began Operation Babylift out of Saigon women,
couples, some teenagers and so many babies plus many other
adults. I missed the plane which left early and took the next one to the
Philippines ten minutes later I even got some of my household
goods, though all the best things were taken and all jewelry stolen,
etc., but it is wonderful to be alive and in Hawaii.
"My brother Bill, and his wife, Vivian, De la Mater, were here
recently with the Hugh Norrises. What a grand reunion with also Bill
and Jan (Koperski) Taylor, the Bob Kings on Big Island, and my son
Paul. My daughter lives in California, and my dear mother is still in a
hospital in Greenville, North Carolina about seven years now. I
visited her and all our wonderful Worsley relatives there, after
getting out of Vietnam.
News, John Bruland, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho "We have enjoyed
life here in Idaho, and this summer we were pleased to have visits
from Eddie and Helen Jones and Emo and Fi Everson. Eddie and
Helen's visit was a surprise, and we were certainly happy that we
were home when Eddie called us from downtown Coeur d'Alene. They
only spent a couple of days with us, but it was certainly nice seeing
them and meeting Helen. Emo and Fi were with us for two weeks, and
while they were here we took a trip to Banff, Lake Louise, Vancouver,
British Columbia, and Seattle. We are looking forward to visiting
them in Florida in January. Emo, Fi, John, Dorothy, Clara and I are
planning on attending the Forty-fourth Anniversary Reunion."
Retirement News from the Irwin H. Parrills, Edwardsville,
Illinois from Cornelia "Irwin and I have certainly been busy since
he retired September 1, 1974. We spent three weeks on a trip to
Maine to see our daughter this fall. We have been on several short
trips in Illinois. One was a campout and trail ride. I don't ride, but
Irwin took one of our half Arabs and really enjoyed himself. I visited
with other wives who didn't ride. We just got back from a weekend in
Las Vegas. Had a wonderful time. Saw the Mitzie Gaynor, Robert
Goulet and LeRoy Van Dyke shows. Hope to get back to Florida again
Maine News from Mrs. M. C. (Jean C.) Hill "We don't have too
much news. Chet's cruise for the State of Maine was aborted, and he
spent two months in Baltimore. When he returned to Castine, we had
a busy summer with all the activities at the Academy plus our son's
marriage on August 30th to Patty Stilphen from Deerfield, Illinois.
They are living in Allston, Massachusetts, and I know Mark would
love to see any Canal Zone people coming that way. We had a great
visit from Mary Jane and Fred Weade with their daughter in August.
Fred and I played in the member guest tournament although we
didn't do too well. After the wedding and a trip to Radar School for
Chet, we had a visit from Hilton and Margaret Hughes. We also had a
visit from Eloise and Shannon Brown. Eloise is living in Arkansas, but
Shannon is working in Boston, but she and Mark have gotten together
"Our big news now is the return of our older son and family from
Hollylocks, Scotland, the 25th of this month (November). They will be
stationed in Norfolk, and he is going to be assigned to the carrier JFK.
"We have seen Jiggs and Helen Wentworth occasionally not
nearly enough, but we wave across Penobscot Bay to them. Capt.
George Smith stopped by as did the McKeens this summer.
"Spent a week with Rich and Honor Hebenstreit in Warren, New
Jersey. He was the engineer on the Thatcher Bridge."
Jo Frances McDonnell, Somers Point reports that she has
changed positions and is now a Nursing Consultant, New Jersey State
Department of Health, Southern Region. She enjoyed trips to Russia
and England this year as well as her annual visit to Aurelio and Willie
Hadarits in Toomsboro, Georgia, and the Albert Shores in Aiken,
South Carolina. She also visited in Kerrville, Texas, and was pleased
to see so many Canal Zone friends.
Isaac and Ruth Metzger from Minneapolis The scene outside
our window is snow-covered and we shall have a white Christmas
after more than fifty years in the tropics, thirty of them in Panama
and twenty five years in Miami, Florida. Last Spring Marjean and Bob
Koperski arranged a beautiful Farewell Surprise Luncheon in their
home for us. My sister, Edythe Tebbets and our son, Bill Metzger,
came from Minneapolis to attend the church wedding of our grandson,
William Metzger Koperski, and his lovely bride, Jean, on March 29th.
After the wedding we drove to Minnesota and we are at home at
Springtime was beautiful. Summer was punctuated with many
happy week-ends with family to the Cabin in Wisconsin. Marjean
came to see us in August. In September we accepted an invitation to
visit Marily, Tom and Ede Marsh in Oregon City, Oregon, and to see
our first great-grandchild, and his parents, Lester and Billie (Marsh)
Wallace. It is a joy to get better acquainted with our grandchildren,
Debbie and Paul, here in Minneapolis. Bill and Doris help us with all
our needs and problems and see that we are comfortable. Also, we are
most grateful to my sister, Edythe Tebbets for her untiring response
to our every need.
To each of our dear friends a Healthy, Happy New Year .
Captain and Mrs. C. V. Torstenson, Grand Rapids "Holiday
Greetings! We hope 1975 has been as good for you as it has been for
us. We thoroughly enjoyed our six months back on the Canal Zone and
returned home in March in time to be caught in two blizzards.
"In mid-May, we went to Norway for a month. This time we went
up almost to the Arctic Circle and located some more of Cliff's
relatives on his father's side of the family. Over Labor Day, we had a
gathering of the clan with Mary and Bill coming up from Minneapolis,
Carol from California, and Chris Torstenson from Michigan. In
mid-November, we went to Michigan for Nancy and Bob Torstenson,
Jr.'s wedding. From there, we headed south, then west to spend
Turkey Day with Carol in California.
"Needless to say, we are now back in snowy Minnesota and
looking forward to the holidays. We wish you all a joyous Christmas
and a prosperous New Year."
News from Polly and Stewart Trail, Lexington "We took a
17-day trip east and south, leaving here on November 14th, and the
weather was perfect. We visited the J. M. Thomsons (Macel Goulet) in
Memphis, my sister Louise, in Montgomery, Alabama, and my
brother Guy and family in Fort Valley, Georgia. We then drove to
Fort Lauderdale, Florida to visit Agnes Hearon where we also saw
the Gil Rowes and the Murray Klippers. We went to Miami to visit an
old-time school friend of mine and her husband, Bona Ungar Barker.
Bona left the Zone in 1934. Then we crossed over to the West Coast
and went north to Holmes Beach where we visited Phil and Pauline
Downs. While there, we saw the Dr. Bob Bergers and went up to
Seminole to see Mary and Harry Egolf and to St. Petersburg to see
Jim and Virginia Wood. Mary was my Maid of Honor, Jim, our Best
Man when we were married in 1939. We then went to Fairhope,
Alabama, to visit Cybele and Roy Koontz and on to Houston, Texas,
for Thanksgiving with our son, George. The day after Thanksgiving
Cybele called to tell us her mother (Iretta Austin) had died that
"It was a great trip and it was so nice to see so many old friends
and find them so nicely situated."
Dues and News from Ralph E. Shuey, Neosho "Marie and I are
doing fine and both in good health. Keep busy around the house and at
our church. Our son Ralph and family drove up in October and
attended the Annual Dinner of Northwest Arkansas where he met
many friends whom he had not seen since his last trip to the Canal
Zone in 1963. He is doing very well as a Construction Engineer with
Lindsy Irrigation Company. We expect them home for Christmas.
"Marie and I plan on a trip to Germany next summer to visit her
sister in the Black Forest."
GREETINGS: Mr. and Mrs. Shepard S. Clark, Shelter Island,
A well-worn path runs through our thoughts
With lighted lamps along the way,
That mark the memories we share
Of many a happy bygone day.
And now that Christmas time is here
Those lamps are shining bright
With memories and thoughts of you
Aglow with friendship's light.
"The past two Christmas Holidays have been spent in Atlanta
and the Canal Zone. Both have been marred by the flu, strained back,
etc. We are going to see what demon will confront us on the Island this
"Elaine, Karen and families visited us in August. It was the first
time the daughters have been home together since leaving the Canal
Zone. Bridge was a nightly event with the high stakes going to, you
guessed it, Dad. The girls visited the night spots while the old folks
visited the bedroom.
"We had a nice visit and interesting trip with Charlotte Herr in
October. The ears of our Canal Zone friends must have been ringing.
"If I have been delinquent with my correspondence, it is because
the Internal Revenue Service thinks, 'My Time Is Their Time'."
Gladys Knox from Ruidoso, New Mexico "Rowland has been ill
and we just brought him home from the hospital December 19, 1975.
"Before I had time to get things done, I proceeded to fall and
break my right hip on Jan. 2, 1976. Our daughter, Dorothy and her
husband came on December 14th to help with daddy. I'll be in the
hospital for another six weeks."
GREETINGS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
We are happy to have Emily and Howard Johnson here to live in
Hendersonville. Their new address is 60B Cedarbrook Drive. Lillian
and Bob Van Wagner and Marguerite and John Runck went to
Findlay, Ohio, to spend Thanksgiving with Bob, Jr., and family. .
Betty and Paul Bentz enjoyed a white Christmas with their son, Allen,
and family in Stonington, Connecticut Mrs. Elizabeth Ellington
(Widow of Dr. Jesse Ellington, former Health Officer in Panama City)
visited the Bentzes on her way home to San Antonio, Texas, after
spending Christmas with her son in Columbia, South Carolina .
Margaret Wanlass spent the holidays with her son, Clinton, and
family in Memphis.
Charlie Howe drove to Florida with Dan, Dan's wife, Sheila, and
Peanut, (Alice Pridmore). They stopped to visit with the Roger
Howes and the C.A. Rines (Blanche Howe) in Titusville. They also
visited with Carmen's family in Ft. Lauderdale before Charlie put
Dan, Sheila and Peanut on the plane for the Canal Zone. There, they
spent the Christmas holidays with their brother Bill in Margarita and
the L. M. Kents in Gamboa. Carmen stayed home with her
four-month-old grandson, Nathan. On the return trip, Charlie stopped
at Plant City, Florida, to visit his brother Dave (Mike) Howe and
family. Marion Howe came from Boston and accompanied Charlie,
Carmen and Nathan to Columbia, South Carolina to spend Christmas
with Shirley (Howe) MacHenry and family.
Toi and Maynard Huffs daughter and son-in-law, Edith and Jack
Willoughby, from the Zone spent the holidays with them. Jack's
mother and father were also there for a few days. Linda came from
Indiana for the holidays and Toi's sister, Edith Hampel, from
Philadelphia spent Christmas with them.
Ruth Sill's son, Fred, flew from London, England, to spend the
holidays here with his mother Bea Tyrrell spent the holidays in
Boulder, Colorado, with her sister and family Mr. and Mrs.
Kenneth Bartels (formerly Ft. Clayton) from St. Louis, Missouri, were
the house guests of Ruth and Ernie Zelnick over New Years .. Betsy
and Truman Hoenke's house guests for the holidays were Rae and Joe
Ebdon, Rae's mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, and the Ebdon's son, Capt.
Thomas Ebdon, who flew in from Germany. The Hoenke's daughter,
Diana Bauer, from New Orleans, was with them for the holidays also.
Jean and Jack Dombrosky went to Florida for the Reunion.
They will visit with their son, Dale, and daughter, Barbara, and their
families and friends.
Now it is time to start planning our flower and vegetable gardens
and get ready for spring activities.
Alice H. Roche, Secretary
Mrs. Helen M. McCarty South Euclid Always look forward
to receiving the Record and usually drop everything when it arrives
and read it from cover to cover. Even though there are many new
names, I still find the happenings of those I remember and some I
knew personally. Would love to attend one of the Reunions but not
able since my husband passed away 10 years ago. It is usually
February or March before I get down to see several Canal friends on
the coast from Daytona Beach to the west coast from Fort Myers up to
St. Petersburg, Largo, Tarpon Springs and Ocala.
Bob Ridge from Columbus writes for a bumper sticker to be
sent to one of his friends in New Hampshire. After the reunion they
drove on down to Miami to visit with his father, brother John and
sister Joan Marie. "I don't like this Ohio weather very much. I may
take a look at North Carolina mountain area soon."
The Ben Kullers, Waldport "Hello Good Friends! How the time
does fly! Again, we are looking forward to the December issue to learn
of friends and even 'Commissary acquaintances'. We are interested in
everyone of them!
"We had a nice visit with daughter Pat Gill in Bakersfield,
California, early in the year. Cissie went down in February to be there
during Pat's major surgery, and I joined her in April for another three
weeks. Pat now is fine again. On the first of June, son Ben arrived
from New Orleans with wife and her two children for a two weeks'
visit. Daughter Pat and her eldest daughter drove up from Bakers-
field for the reunion. This was the first time she had seen her brother
since 1953. Cissie and I had seen him in 1959 in Cleveland. It was a
most enjoyable reunion. In July, Cissie left Waldport, accompanied by
granddaughter, Anne Perry (Jean's daughter) for Virginia Beach.
After a month, Anne came home alone by air and was very proud of
herself. Cissie stayed on to take care of sister Eleanor Wirth who had
major surgery for cancer.
Best Wishes to All."
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
To you, the top of the morning
On this grand St. Patrick's day!
And may the luck of the Irish
Be with you on your way!
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA ACTIVITIES
C. W. Kilbey
Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Mueller (Carolyn Smouse) and son, John,
were house guests of Mrs. Gertrude Smouse over the Thanksgiving
holiday season. The Muellers live in Michigan and were glad to be in
the warmer climate of Aiken for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Badonsky recently visited in Moberly,
Missouri, with Mr. and Mrs. Peter Riley, formerly of Diablo Heights.
To make the grand circle tour, they next traveled to Irving, Texas, to
visit Mr. and Mrs. Earl (Katherine) Wood. The Badonskys were away
from Aiken for some weeks, as they also visited with Dr. and Mrs. R.
A. Leitch and grandson in Athens, Georgia. Mrs. Leitch is the
Badonskys' daughter. A visit with their son, Leo, in Atlanta, Georgia,
completed the tour.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Drew left Aiken on November 21st for a
visit with their son, Dr. Russell Drew, and family in Washington, D.C.
They plan to stay in Washington over the holidays. While they are
there, the son and wife will fly to Lake Tahoe, California, for the
skiing, and Lucille and Charles will act as babysitters for the
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bokalis (Vicki Hutchison) were recent
houseguests of Peggy and Don Hutchison in Aiken. The Hutchisons
are occupying rented quarters awaiting completion of extensive
alterations to their home.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Everson have just returned to Aiken from
an extended visit in Florida. While there, they saw their son, Robert,
as well as many old ex-Canal Zone friends and some relatives.
Eva Gardner has recently undergone eye surgery at an Augusta
hospital. A sister from "up north" is staying with Eva until she has
fully recovered. Latest information is that she is coming along just
Mr. and Mrs. James 0. Catron
were recent visitors to Florida.
They are again absent from
Aiken on a visit to the home of
their daughter and family in
Mississippi. They plan to stay
for the Thanksgiving holiday.
SrMr. Catron is president of the
Panama Canal Society of South
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey and daughter, Charlotte, were recent
visitors to the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Luken, Jr. at their farm
near Nicholasville, Kentucky. Mrs. Luken is the former Christine
Kilbey. The Lukens have three children: Renee, Audrey and Wayne.
Glenn Seeley, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Seeley, of Balboa Heights,
Canal Zone, came from Durham, North Carolina, where he is a junior
at Duke University, to be with the family for a few days. He rode to
Kentucky with Tony Dover, also a former Canal Zone resident, who is
working for his Masters at Duke. The visitors helped find and hull
black walnuts, feed the chickens, horses and other animals, and
enjoyed the beauty of the fall foliage when coming and returning
through the Blue Ridge, Great Smoky, and Cumberland Mountains.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rowe had as recent house guests, Mrs.
Rowe's sister, June, and her husband, Sam Blevins, of North Ridge,
California. The Blevins drove their motor-home from the Far West to
make the visit. While in Aiken, the couple were honored by a
gathering at the Rowe home on November 23rd to which a number of
local ex-Canal Zone folks were invited.
Harry Willenbrock recently underwent surgery at the local
hospital. Happy to relate that he has fully recovered.
The Panama Canal Society of South Carolina held its first annual
Christmas Party at the Ramada Inn, Aiken, S.C., the night of
December 19th. There were 34 persons in attendance, 30 members
and four guests. A B.Y.O.L. happy hour opened the affair with lots of
yakking about the "good old days" with a tasty buffet later. Society
officers and wives, J. 0. Catron, president; V. L. Clontz, Vice
President; John A. Everson, Chaplain; and C. W. Kilbey, Reporter,
were present. Caroline Holmes got married the next day which
prevented Mrs. Olga Holmes, Secretary-Treasurer, and husband from
attending The President thanked the committee (J. A. Everson,
Bill York and Art Blystone) for the lovely affair and announced there
would be a business meeting in February.
About 20 persons from the Aiken ex-Canal Zone colony attended
the Reunion in Florida in January.
In September, Trudi and Lee Clontz made a long dreamed-of-trip
to Switzerland flying to Amsterdam. Boarding a Rhine liner for the
five-day cruise from Rotterdam to Basel and then a seven-day bus
tour of Switzerland. Surprisingly, the Rhine trip involves a series of
lockages as the ship nears Basel. The weather was exceptional, and
they ascended to Gorvatsch, Connergrat and the Jungfrau in sunshine
- even had a peek at Mt. Blanc. After the bus tour, they revisited
Trudi's relatives outside Basel.
Good luck followed them to New York where they missed
"Eloise" by a few days. Spectacular fall foliage on the drive home via
New Jersey and Pennsylvania made a fitting finale to an excellent
Kerrville Jackie Bishop Dale, the children and I continue to
enjoy our life in Texas Hill Country. We have had many visitors: Bill
and Barbara Wichmann, of Los Rios, Canal Zone; Catherine and
George Lowe, of Wilmington, Delaware and George's sister, Mary Jo
Yaeger, of Houston, Texas. In November, Dale's daughter, Edie from
Lake Tahoe, California, came to visit with us. Jeanne and Mark liked
having their 'Big Sister' around. Edie and I drove to Austin to look
over the University. One night we all drove to Fredricksburg for
Mexican food. Edie left for the East Coast just before Thanksgiving.
The Bishops joined Sue and Bill Graham for a Thanksgiving trip
to Rockport on the Texas Gulf Coast. While in Rockport we visited the
community of Key Allegro, Texas' finest Waterfront Residential
Community. It is truly a beautiful sight and one doesn't know which is
more impressive, the homes or the boats docked in the marina beside
the home. We saw the art exhibit at the Meredith Long Gallery which
was especially interesting to Sue as she has become an amateur
painter since she came to Kerrville three years ago. Sue is an amateur
by artists' standards, but we who know her are impressed by her
talent. Another interesting day was spent aboard the motor vessel
"Whooping Crane" on a trip into the sanctuaries of the Arkansas
National Wildlife Refuge to see the nearly extinct whooping cranes.
We were fortunate to see about 20 of the great white birds while on
the four and a half hour trip. Our Thanksgiving dinner was lots of
fresh seafood! On the way home we stopped at Padre Island and
Corpus Christi a fun trip for all.
There are about 40 Canal Zone families living in Kerrville and
although we do not get together regularly, or have a formal
organization, we do see one another from time to time, especially
when a Zonian comes to town. My folks, John and Kitty Schmidt,
spent the holidays in the Canal Zone with my brothers, Doug and
John, Jr. (Bill) and their families.
Kitty Schmidt and
iL Jackie Bishop
GREETINGS FROM SPACE CITY, U.S.A., HOUSTON
The Panama Canal Society of Texas had their Fall meeting at the
Furr Cafeteria, on October 11, 1975. The Officers for 1976 were
nominated and elected all the Officers for 1975 will serve for
another year. Grace and Dallas Thornton were appointed to select our
meeting places for 1976. Our Christmas party was a covered-dish
luncheon at the home of President Loreatha Schumaker.
Myrtle and Lou Souder had their son, Murriell, from New- York
City visiting them in September. While here Lou had eye surgery so
Murriell's presence was a great help in many ways. A month later Lou
had the second eye surgery and is now recovering rapidly. Souders
will have a family get-together during the holidays. Bill and Helen Rae
(Souder) McDougall have announced the coming marriage of their
daughter, Patty Lou on January 9, 1976.
Grace and Dallas Thornton have just returned from Kingsville,
Texas, where they were with Marcela (Heres) and Pedro Vallarino.
They will spend Christmas with Grace's sister, Marie (Keegan)
Doidge and her family, in Brea, California. Mr. John P. Doidge died on
May 23, 1975, after a long illness, survived by two sons and one
grandson. He was a retired officer from the U.S. Army. Mary Belle
Hicks of St. Petersburg, Florida, was in Houston, during September,
to be with her daughter, Mary Alice Kelley, while recuperating from
major back surgery. Bobby Hicks came over later, flying to New
Orleans; then by train to Houston. Mary Belle and Bobby celebrated
their wedding anniversary while in Houston.
Joyce and Roger Collinge of St. Petersburg, Florida, were guests
of Irene and Lee Wright, while awaiting to board their ship bound for
Europe. All of the Texas relatives had a reunion a few days after
Tharon (Haldeman) Mitchell spent Christmas in St. Petersburg,
Florida, with sisters Betty Underwood, Joyce Collinge and Gail
Hollingsworth. Betty and Bob Rathgeber and daughter, Sue, visited
Betty's sister, Lorraine and family in California, and had a stop in
Lake Tahoe. Rathegebers could not stay away too long from their new
grandson born to John E., Jr. and wife Nancy on May 13, 1975. (Louise
(Rathgeber) and Joe Hunt were in Houston, with Betty and Bob
Irene and .Lee Wright flew to Columbus, Ohio to attend a
cousin's wedding and visit with relatives. Then on to Chicago, Illinois,
to be with Lee's sister, Mrs. Sarah Rothwell. She now lives with her
daughter, Jean and John Redmond and their son Douglas, and
daughter, Carole. The Autumn colors were beautiful! We picked
delicious and crab apples from Redmond's trees. Now the Wrights are
gathering pecans from their trees. Mr. and Mrs. Obrin Medley of
Groves, Texas came to see the Wrights, as did Mrs. Virginia Dixon; all
worked for Personnel Division.
George and Catherine Lowe, of Wilmington, Delaware, paid their
annual visit with Mary Jo (Lowe) Yaeger, during October. Some of
their days were spent with retired Canal Zone friends and relatives in
Fayetteville, Arkansas. Saw Fred Huldquist. Went to the Panama
Canal luncheon in Rogers, Arkansas. Then, a few days in San Antonio
to see "The Alamo" and other historical places; a stop in Kerrville to
see the Dale Bishops. Mary Jo also had Shirley and Charles
Cavanaugh and Stuart (Buddy) Wallace and family stop by for a visit.
Mattie Lee (Brown) White spent the month of November in Las
Cruces, New Mexico, with her daughter Jean Ann McGinn and family.
Colonel Charles McGinn recently retired from the U.S. Air Force.
We are happy to report that Forrest (Beaver) Young, retired
from the Locks Division, is recovering rapidly from recent heart
surgery, performed by Dr. Denton Cooley.
In closing, this reporter regrets that there was no report from
Houston in the last issues of the Canal Record. My husband
underwent major surgery in June and was again seriously ill upon our
return from trip North. My time has been devoted to his return to
good health. At this time, he is improved. All of the Panama Canal
Society of Texas look forward to the news in each issue of Canal
Record, made possible by all reporters from every direction of the
United States of America.
Seasons come and seasons go! Time changes many things but not
the joy and special cheer that lasting friendships bring!
Irene E. Wright, Recording Secretary
Another new address for Mrs. 0. K. (Mary E.) Worley Box 191,
Bandera, Texas 78003 "This second move of the year caught me-a
little by surprise. Had sold the home in the spring and moved into a
neat small duplex, I thought, for a long stay. But, the young owner
moved away, sold, and a new owner wanted to live in. About the same
time, my sister in Bandera-of-the-Hill-Country found an interesting
old fieldstone house, beautifully located, for rent so here I am, only
25 miles from that colony at Kerrville but haven't even been over to
"In between moves, had two wonderful trips a three-week tour
by Charter bus with the group from Austin through the Dakotas,
Great Lakes, into Canada and back via Detroit and St. Louis. Two
weeks after returning from that, three of us flew to Seattle and took
the newest of the Ferry Line up Inside Passage to Skagway on to
Lake Bennett, back to Juneau, to Glacier Bay National Park, and a
stop in Vancouver on the way home."
Mrs. Lista Daniels and Bob returned to Dallas in early December
after a five-day visit in St. Petersburg and Miami with friends from
Canal Zone days. She is still interested in obtaining more Royal
Doulton Hunting and Coaching Scenes mug and cups and saucers,
an Eight Immortals Chinese rug for the wall and also floor rugs.
Retired Canal Zoners are hard working, versatile folks!! SALEM
TIMES-REGISTER, October 30, 1975, printed an article of interest to
RECORD subscribers. "A group of Senior citizens gathered at the
home of Burman Spangler last week. Calling themselves the 'South
Salem apple butter experts' they set out to prepare the delicious
mixture passed down from their parents and grandparents The
apples used for the batch were Northern Spys, or Yankee Spys as Mr.
Spangler likes to call them, from Bent Mountain. Stamens are also
suitable, but it is of utmost importance that good cooking apples are
"The apples are stirred in a copper kettle cleaned with vinegar
and salt. The mixture must be continuously stirred for 14 consecutive
hours. The stirring process also must be smooth or the apples will
"This particular group started stirring early in the morning and
were still going at it as the sun set in the west. 'It's dawn to dusk
work,' one of the ladies said, 'but it's a good time .'
"The yield for this batch was to be 30 to 35 delicious gallons of
apple butter .. The senior citizens combine the work with a covered
dish dinner, and everyone has a good time."
Mr. Spangler commented, "sure is good on hot biscuits and
Leon and Madeline Eberenz, Sterling Park "We have had
another good year. Alex and his wife gave us grandchild No. 12, a
beautiful baby girl on March 10th missed my birthday by one day!
Our trip this year was to Quebec in July, and we enjoyed it very
much. The only one to run up a doctor bill this year was me a
three-day stay in the hospital. John and his family remain in the Canal
Zone. Mable and her family were transferred from Virginia Beach to
Jacksonville, Florida, and they moved into their new home early this
month. Marie's husband retired from the Navy and now is employed
in Virginia. Josephine and her three children are still in Sterling and
so is Alex, so we have three of our children and seven of our
grandchildren very close. Madeline, my wife, who has been working
for ten years at the Fairfax Hospital, is retiring in February, and I am
still loafing and playing golf. We had our first snow today (December
8), but the weatherman is telling us that we will have golfing weather
this weekend. We are all looking forward to a good Xmas, and we wish
all the members a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.
The Russell Weades, Newport News, report news in a Christmas
letter condensed. Since retirement in 1972, the Weades have
enjoyed traveling and seeing many ex-Zonians. On a trip to Penn-
sylvania, New England, and Ohio, they saw Arleen and Howard
Osborn, Hazel Richards, Bea and Worden French, and May Cotton.
The same year, they also visited with Ruth and Clayton Auble, in
Denver, Colorado, where they saw the great mountains for the first
time. They wrote, "I am sure God goes there for vacations. It is the
most beautiful spot I have ever seen, and the Auble summer home is
Since retirement, the Weades have had many visitors Emily
and Peter Bolton; Howard and Arleen Osborn; Jean and Jack
Dombrowsky; Carl and Catherine Meissner; Edith Dean; Ralph and
They have also enjoyed family reunions with Fred and Mary Jane
Weade, and Helen and Ed Jones. A wonderful time was had when the
Archie Carrolls spent part of their vacation with the Weades.
After a trip to Alaska last summer with a friend, Russell flew
back to join his wife who was visiting with the Clayton Aubles while
he was on the Alaskan trip.
Last August, the Weades bought a weekend retreat in Walnut
Isle which is 29 miles north of Nags Heads, North Carolina. Their
Coachman trailer is anchored on the lot, and they have their own dock
on the Canal leading to Currituck Sound. They stated that they had
not been sure that they would like that type of life but had become
real converts and were now avid fishermen. "Anyone within the sound
of this letter, come and visit us."
They report that Russ, Jr. and his wife Pam have two children -
Rusty is five, and Caroline Randolph (Randy) is a year old. Russ is a
federal pilot with the Norfolk Navy Base and loves it. They live near
us at Ship Point.
Season's Greetings from Mrs. James A. Wood (Martha Bradley),
Vancouver "Our visitors have been Kersten (McKay) Dart and
family who now reside in Portland, Oregon; Jesse Bunker, wife and
Mrs. Henry Hamilton (former resident of Gamboa); and Mrs. Scott
(Bertha) McKay. We kept Bert (McKay) busy during her visit with
camping, canning and sight-seeing. We would have covered more
territory, dropping by to say hello to old friends along the way, but
the weather provided us with four days of miserable rain, wetting
tent, sleeping bags and spirits. We returned to Vancouver to dry out.
Had a dry camp-out with Capt. J. P. and Ann Laura Johnston, though.
Received a phone call from Roy Bush and family, former Gatun
residents who have left the San Diego area for Tacoma, Washington.
They plan to drop by in the near future, weather permitting.
"My father, Fred W. Bradley, is well and holds his own in
Glendale, California. He spent a couple of weeks visiting my younger
sister, Peggy L. Bradley, in Tucson, Arizona. Betty (London), my
middle sister is still residing here in Vancouver, Washington."
Dues and wishes from Mr. John R. Keenan, Cheyenne -
"Enclosed is a check for $7.00 for dues for 1976. Sorry to say I will
miss the Reunion this year, the first in about 10 years, as I have
always looked forward to the occasion of seeing and talking to those I
knew and worked with on the Canal. There are not many left on this
earth around my age, who were on the Canal in the early days. Sorry
to read about Mr. Homelin and Whitehead and others, George Jones,
etc. passing on. Glad I had the opportunity to visit with Mr.
Whitehead at the Soreno Hotel and later at Princess Martha Hotel. I
had not been too well early in summer, but doing better now. I do not
want to take a chance on travelling too far from home.
"I trust all things will work out well this coming year that the
new year brings rich blessings to each one, especially to the world in
general, which is going through perilous times.
P.S.: I look forward to receiving each issue of Canal Record."
TO ASSURE DELIVERY OF THE JUNE ISSUE
CANAL RECORD PAY YOUR DUES TODAY
MAY ALL THE HAPPINESS AND JOY
OF EASTER DAY BE YOURS
St. Petersburg, Florida
February 2, 1976
Mr. Gaddis Wall
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Dear Mr. Wall:
The audit committee has completed its examination of the books and
accounts of the Panama Canal Society for the period January 1 through
December 31, 1975. The results of that audit is presented herewith in
the form of a single statement showing beginning fund balances, receipts
and expenditures during the year and fund balances at December 31, 1975
for both the Society and Blood Bank.
As stated in our report last year, operating expenses of the Society
for the three-year period ended December 31, 1974 exceeded receipts for
the same period by some $5,200.00. This operating deficit was covered by
transferring $4,000.00 from the savings account in 1972 and reduction in
checking account balances in 1973 and 1974. At the 1974 annual reunion
the Society voted to increase annual membership dues from $5.00 to $7.00,
effective January 1, 1976.
Membership dues collected in 1975 ($15 thousand) exceeded collections
in 1974 ($11 thousand) by $4 thousand, due primarily to collection of
1976 dues in advance at the new rate. As a result of this increased
cash flow, total receipts for 1975 exceeded expenditures for the same
period by some $1 thousand. Expenditures for 1975 increased over 1974
by less than $1 thousand. In addition to increased cash flow from
membership dues, the last remaining Certificate of Deposit of the Society
was redeemed and added to other available cash for operations, thus
reducing the Society's savings account to less than $1 thousand.
With a membership of some 2,500, the new annual dues rate should
result in increased 1976 income over 1975 by just under $2 thousand.
If there is no substantial increase in operating expenses, the present
annual membership dues of $7.00 should be adequate to cover operating
expenses and hopefully, a modest increase in Society cash reserves.
The cost of maintaining the Blood Bank was approximately $1,500.n'
over last year, due primarily to one case requiring an unusually large
quantity of blood.
The audit committee would like to take this opportunity to express
its appreciation to Mrs. Jean Mann, Secretary-Treasurer, for her
cooperation during the course of our audit and to commend her for
maintaining an exceptionally neat and accurate set of records and accounts.
i Respect ful emitted
Virriha Wood Nt haniel Litlin,
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Statement of receipts, expenditures and fund balances for the period
January 1 through December 31, 1975
Fund balances at January 1, 1975: Society Blood Bank Total
Checking accounts....................................................... $1,344.92 $1,303.96 $2,64 8
Certificates of deposit................................................. 3,000.00 3,000.00 6,000.00
Savings accounts......................................................... 688.21 2,060.36 2,748.57
Petty cash................. ............................................ 150.00 150.00
Total fund balances at January 1, 1975 ........................... 5,183.13 6,364.32 11,547.45
Dues ................................................................... 15,637.61 1,521.05 17,158.66
Annual reunion (luncheon and reception)................................ 1,944.00 1,944.00
Sales of Panama Canal Society auto tags and calendars................ 965.79 965.79
Interest on savings accounts.......................................... 82.04 286.12 368.16
Miscellaneous.......................................................... 71.68 71.68
Total receipts for the year...................................... 18,701.12 1,807.17 20,508.29
Salaries.................................................... ........ 6,660.00 6,660.00
General and administrative expenses of Blood Bank, fund transfer.... (800.00) 800.00
Canal Record........................................................ 6,396.00 6,396.00
Annual reunion (cost of luncheon and reception)...................... 1,700.65 1,700.65
Taxes (Social Security and Unemployment Compensation)................ 924.66 924.66
Postage.............................................................. 781.90 781.90
Office (supplies, telephone, etc.)................................... 603.35 603.35
Monthly meetings (hall rental, hospitality, etc.)................... 534.17 534.17
Cost of Panama Canal Society auto tags and calendars................ 728.01 728.01
Maintenance of Blood Bank............................................ 1,782.00 1,782.00
Miscellaneous........................................................ 26.09 26.09
Total expenditures for the year.................................. 17,554.83 2,582.00 20,136.83
Fund balances at December 31, 1975:
Checking accounts.................................................... 5,409.17 423.48 5,832.65
Certificate of deposit............................................... 3,000.00 3,000.00
Savings accounts..................................................... 770.25 2,166.01 2,936.26
Petty cash............... ............................................ 150.00 150.00
Total fund balances at December 31, 1975............................... 6,329.42 5,589.49 11,918.91
SCHOOLS, HOUSING TO BE CONSOLIDATED Condensed
from The Panama Canal Spillway February 13, 1976. U.S. and Latin
American schools and housing in the Canal Zone will be consolidated
and the number of security positions significantly reduced, Gov. H. R.
Parfitt recently told labor and civic council representatives. The
Governor also outlined a series of austerity measures already taken;
some which are being considered; and other areas of the operation
which are being analyzed in an effort to offset a sharp decline in Canal
traffic and tolls revenues. Changes to be initiated immediately:
-Reduce retail services in Rainbow City and Margarita. -Convert
Gamboa and Paraiso retail stores into "Superette" operations with
more limited inventory of merchandise. -Limit Balboa and Cristobal
post offices to a 5-day operation while continuing to distribute mail to
boxes on Saturdays and Sundays. -Close the Gatun Swimming Pool.
-Mothball the vessel Aanayansi Tu along with the already retired
Blue Runner and tour launch Las Cruces. The Governor allayed fears
that there were plans to completely eliminate tropical differential....
The schools would be consolidated without degrading the quality of
education in Canal Zone schools. The first phase, which will proceed at
once, involves a limited number of students and no teacher transfers.
The second phase is scheduled for March 1977 after a plan has been
developed. Parfitt pointed out that only non-U.S. Teachers who are
fully qualified by subject matter and English language fluency will be
eligible for transfer. There will be no relaxation of accreditation
requirements. Seniority rights will be maintained and no permanent
U.S. Teacher will be terminated. .. Under housing consolidation,
Non-U.S. citizens assigned family quarters in the Canal Zone who are
paid at the NM-7 or equivalent level and above may compete with
eligible U.S. Citizens for any quarters.
APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS
"God took the fragrance of a flower.. .The majesty of a tree.. .The
Gentleness of morning dew.. .The calm of a quiet sea.. .The beauty of
the twilight hour.. .The Soul of a starry night. .The laughter of the
rippling brook.. .The grace of a bird in flight.. .The tender care of an
angel.. .The faith of the mustard seed. .The patientce of eternity. .
The depth of a family's need.. .Then God fashioned from these things.
. .A creation like no other.. .And when His masterpiece was through..
He called it simply MOTHER." Author Unknown.
*HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS* *
NEW MEMBERS SINCE NOVEMBER, 1975, ANNUAL ISSUE
*Names inadvertently omitted in the Annual Issue
Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Norman ...................... Box 637, Balboa
Burns, Mr. and Mrs. Jean D ........ ..... ............. Box 131, Balboa Heights
Blount, Mr. and Mrs. Edward C .................... Box 395, Margarita
Brayton, Mr. and Mrs. John ................................ Box 548, Balboa
Bright, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Wm. J. .................... Box 316, Albrook AFS
Coffey, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John B .............. ............... .. Box 301, Balboa
**Coleman, Mr. and Mrs. Paul J ................... ..... Box 85, Balboa Heights
Connard, Jr., Captain and Mrs. John J ................. Box 1431, Balboa
Cummings, Mr. and Mrs. Stanton L ......................... Box 105, Margarita
Dugas, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph J ............. .................. .. Box 1680, Balboa
Egolf, Katherine E ........... ........................ .. Box 1524, Balboa
**Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Charles R ..................... Box 233, Gamboa
Gundersen, Captain and Mrs. Christian J. ..................... Box 2293, Balboa
**Hall, Mr. George M ................. ................... .. Box 462, Ft. Amador
Henderson, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred D .......... ......... .. Box 2494, Balboa
Kleefkens, Mr. and Mrs. Walter H .................... Box 2694, Balboa
M cCauley, Dorothy J .............. ....................... Box 3294, Balboa
McGlade, Mr. and Mrs. John ........ .................... Box 957, Balboa
Morse, Mr. and Mrs. Warren W ..................... Box 1599, Balboa
**Moxon, Mrs. Esther G .... ............... ..... Box 577, Albrook AFS
Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Burton L ..................... Box 415, Margarita
Ramey, Jr., Otis M. ......... ......................... Box 1073, Cristobal
Riley, Mr. and Mrs. James W ........ .................. .. Box 3381, Balboa
Robertson, Jr., Mr. Tom C .............. ..................... Box 607, Balboa
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Douglas S ..................... Box 336, Coco Solo
Vowell, Mr. and Mrs. Charles ........................ Box 272, Balboa
Wahl, Mr. and Mrs. William M. (Bud) .......................... Box 431, Balboa
Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. Travis J .......................... Box 44, Balboa Heights
Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Charles J ........... ......... .. Box 113, Balboa
Aanesen, Mr. and Mrs. Eddie J .................... P.O. Box 456, Fairhope 36532
**Craig, Mr. and Mrs. James E. ............. 100 Col. Willson Dr., Tuscumbia 35674
Freund, Mr. and Mrs. E. M ..................... 306 Gaston Ave., Fairhope 36532
*Harris, Mr. and Mrs. Gardner ............... 1208 Scenic View Dr., Dothan 36301
*Harris, Mrs. Jessie G. .............. 107 E. Woodland Dr., Apt. C-6, Dothan 36301
Lowe, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. David W. ............ 906 Buena Vista Dr., Dothan 36301
Marti, Mr. and Mrs. Teddy A. ......................... P.O. Box 7, Trinity 35673
**McGowin, Mr. and Mrs. William ................. 204 Walker St., Prattville 36067
Cotton, Mrs. Wendell G .......... ............... .Box 3025, Fairfield Bay 72153
Malcuit, Maj. and Mrs. B. F. ....... 2013 Cedar Creek Rd., North Little Rock 72116
**Clark, Mrs. D. J. (Pete Wardlaw). 5155 W. Point Lomar Blvd., #14, San Diego 92107
Gunn, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth T. (Bea Reyes) ...... 545 Moss, Paso Robles 93446
Lewis, Donald C ........................... 1575 Oak Dr., Apt. F-18, Vista 92083
Lord, Mrs. Pat Boggs ................... 919 Turquoise Apt. 1, San Diego 92109
Lundy, Mr. and Mrs. J. Leroy ................. 2605 Calle Del Oro, La Jolla 92037
Pennington, J. A ............ .. ...... .. .. 485 Daiseydell Ct., San Jose 95129
*Sieler, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. .................. 22302 Capote Dr., Salinas 93901
Tedder, Mr. and Mrs. Hampton ................. 9568 Carillo St., Montclair 91763
Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm L. ......... 734 Tuplip Drive, Grand Junction 81501
Wells, Mrs. John (Penny Pennington) .......... 860 S. Klineway, Lakewood 80226
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Bobbitt, Mr. and Mrs. Wolford ...... 3804 Albermarle St. N.W., Washington 20016
Wall, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne D. .............. 760 11th St. S.E., Washington 20003
Allie, Rosa M ................... 2429 Ecuadorian Way Apt. 63, Clearwater 33515
Black, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. George A. ........ 6911 10th St. N., St. Petersburg 33702
**Cain, Mrs. George L ..................... 400 Garlenda Ave., Coral Gables 33146
Clarihew, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. .. 6081 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg 33710
**Coffy, Mrs. Dolares ............ 96 Dawn Dr. North Halifax, Ormond Beach 32074
Coloski, Mrs. Pamela Hawthorne ..... 2316 Sunrise Dr. S.E., St. Petersburg 33701
**Corrigan, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Peter T. ............. 2070 Orchid St., Sarasota 33579
Crook, Mr. and Mrs. Michael ............ 2391 52nd St. N., St. Petersburg 33710
Garcia, Mr. and Mrs. Jose .................. P.O. Box 1024, Daytona Beach 32015
Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald F. ...... 4255 13th Lane N.E., St. Petersburg 33703
Guest, Mr. Stanley J. ............. 7898 Causeway Blvd. N., St. Petersburg 33707
Jacks, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. ....... 307 Lake June Rd. N.W., Lake Placid 33852
Jacques, Mr. and Mrs. Donald D. .............. 704 Bungalow Terr., Tampa 33606
**Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Dan S. ..................... 465 N.W. 87th St., Miami 33150
Lawyer, Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. .... 401 N.E. Armory Circle, Port St. Lucie 33452
Lyons, Mrs. Henry R. (Peggy Mummaw) .... 4551 N.W. 1st Ave., Gainesville 32607
McGuire, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent A. ........ 1445 14th St. N., St. Petersburg 33704
Macdonnell, Mr. and Mrs. R. N. ......' 17 N.W. 168th St., North Miami Beach 33169
Martin, Louie S ..................... 3154 Paradise Path, Sebring 33870
**Metzgar, Mrs. A ...................... 237 Sourano Rd., Venice 33595
Murphy, Capt. John J. S. ............ 24 Zamora Ave. Apt. 11, Coral Gables 33134
O'Donnell, Mrs. Agnes ..................... 10899 90th Ave. N., Seminole 33542
O'Neal, Mrs. Nellie (Berger) ......................... P. 0. Box 86, Lorida 33857
Paterson, Oliver G .......................... 12092 105th Ave. N., Largo 33540
**Ridge, Sr., Mr. John E. ....................... 7505 S.W. 173rd St., Miami 33157
Sergeant, Mr. William M ................... P.O. Box 1096, St. Petersburg 33731
**Schack, Mrs. Grace S .......................... 2353 S.W. 13th St., Miami 33145
Stephens, Mr. and Mrs. Nuhern Z. (winter) ...... 6008 Nashua Ave., Orlando 32809
Storm, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn E ..................... 100 Easy St., Melbourne 32935
Trainor, Mrs. Alice ..................... Rt. 5, Box 186, DeFuniak Springs 32433
Van Vliet, Mrs. Ruth ........... 3800 62nd Ave. N., Apt. 202, Pinellas Park 33565
Wall, Mr. and Mrs. James R. .............. 7356 Coral Sea Rd., Jacksonville 32210
Wigg, Mr. and Mrs. William S. ............... 3020 N. Casper PI., Titusville 32780
**Hadarits, Mr. and Mrs. William A ................ Rt. 2, Box 18, Toomsboro 31090
Williamson, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. ..................... Box 1408, La Grange 30240
Winfrey, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry (Margaret Mahoney) .......... 430 Village Green Ct.
Bates, Mrs. Lois DeLaMater .............. 430 Kaiolu, Apt. 1009, Honolulu 96815
McCullough, Mrs. Mary ......... 413 Washington Park Blvd., Michigan City 46360
Rogers, Mrs. Alice J .................... 523 E. Ohio St., Bluffton 46714
**Turner, Dr. and Mrs. J. P. ............... 115 East Washington St., Goshen 46526
**Jarrell, Mrs. Emma L. ........................ Prompt Succor Nursing Home
Prudhomme Lane, Opelousas 70570
Maguire, Mrs. James G. (June to Aug.) .................... 130 East Grand Ave.
Old Orchard Beach 04064
Slowick, Mrs. Evelyn ..................... 7301 24th Ave., Hyattsville 20783
Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. ....................... Box 44 H, Haswood 20776
Carlson, Capt. and Mrs. John G. ..................... P.O. Box 142, Marion 01738
Sauvageau, Mr. and Mrs. Joffre R. ................... 105 Leach St., Salem 01970
Barkeim, Mrs. Brian ..................... Rural Route 1, Winona 55987
Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. Leavell F ................... P.O. Box 464, Hattiesburg 39401
Werlein, Francis W ........................... 2402 11th St., Pascagoula 39567
Williford, Mr. and Mrs. William C. c/o Mrs. J. Newman, Rt. 2, Box 153, Enid 38927
Sanzari, Mr. Gilbert .......... 1405 E. Vegas Valley Dr. Apt. 392, Las Vegas 89109
*Dunn, Capt. and Mrs. Maurice ................ 10 Church Towers, Hoboken 07030
Smithlin, Mr. and Mrs. Frank B. P.O. Box 14518 MCCA, Albuquerque 87111
McNamee, Mr. and Mrs. Terrance ............. 1108 Linda Lane, Charlotte 28211
Wilder, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur T. .. 126 3rd St. S.W., Long Beach, Southport 28461
Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. ............ Route #1, Box 125, Pioneer 43554
Kirk, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Frederick E ...... 1322 Providence Ave., Springfield 45503
DeLany, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. ............... 246 West Bridge St., Morrisville 19067
Poole, Mr. and Mrs. William R. ......... 142 W. Baltimore Ave., Lansdowne 19050
Mahoney, Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. ......... 1113 Ridgetop Dr., Chattanooga 37421
Arthur, Mrs. Margaret A. (Spreadbury) ........ 508 Sacramento Dr., Austin 78704
Helmericks, Mrs. Flora B ............................ 5614 Edith, Houston 77036
Landreth, Mrs. A. J ......... ................... .. Box 604, Bandera 78003
South, Mrs. Anne Reilly ...................... 3620 Hopetown Dr., Dallas 75229
**Tyssen, Mr. and Mrs. David C ...... ..................... .. Clifton 76634
Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Travis A. ................. Route 3, Box 40, Dekalb 75559
**Wright, Mr. and Mrs. G. Lee ................. 5003 Madalyn Lane, Houston 77021
Young, Mr. and Mrs. Francis T. .................. 51 Hilltop Dr., Kerrville 78028
Stephens, Mr. and Mrs. Nuhera Z. (summer) .................... 5139 N. 15th St.
Bunker, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Y. ........ Rt. 2, 9518 N.E. 134th St., Vancouver 98662
Bush, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. ........... 1020 South Vassault #8, Tacoma 98465
Moonlight on the water
Calls lovers to its shore,
Its silv'ry light keeps saying,
"It's you that I adore."
Sailboats on the water
Add to lovers' delight
As palm trees whisper love songs,
In the magic of the night.
Taken from the Caribbean 1938
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application for Box 11566
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I ........... ............ ..... ....... hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society -f Florida, Inc., and enclose $7.00 as my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues for the year ..................... which entitles me to a
subscription of the CANAL RECORD for one year.
N a m e (W ife ) ...........................................
S tre e t .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... B o x
City .................. ........ State ................ Zip Code ........
Form er PC Em ploym ent ...................................................
Amount Enclosed $ ..... .. Check .. ....... M.O............ Cash.
DUES $7.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
DUES, effective January 1, 1976, ARE $7.00.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for BLOOD BANK FUND
Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
N a m e . . . . . . . . .
A address ........ ...... ... B ox .............
City ........ ....... .......... State ............. Zip Code .........
T e le p h o n e . . . . . . . .
Name .......... ........ ......................................
A d d re ss .. . . . . . . .
City ........ ............... State ............. Zip Code .........
Amount Enclosed $ ........... Check .........M .O. .......... Cash.........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
FORM TO ORDER SOCIETY PLATE
Please mail to
City_ State Zip Code_
Society Tag, $2.50 ea., Number wanted
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
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.)
N a m e . . . . . . . . .
Street ............. ............... ... .......... Box .............
City ............. ................ State ............ Zip Code ........
D ues for ..............;1976 ........ ; 1977 ...... ; 1978 ...... ;1979 ......
Amount Enclosed $ ............. Check .......... M.O........... Cash ......
Street ............ .............................. Box.............
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.
ANNUAL DUES FOR THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.,
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.
P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Dues BLOOD BANK FUND
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
N a m e . . . . . . . . .
Street .............. ................... ......... Box .............
City ......... ................. State ......... ..... Zip Code ........
D ues for .............. ; 1976 ....... ; 1977 ...... ; 1978....... ; 1979 ......
Amount Enclosed $ .............. Check ......... M .O........... Cash .....
Name ............ ............................ Box ................
City ..................... State ........ ........... Zip Code ...........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
3 GENERATIONS EBDONS
T. J. EBDON, JOE EBDON and TOM J. EBDON
3 GENERATIONS HICKS
Top L to R: BOBBIE HICKS, DOROTHY HICKS CHAP
Bot. L to R: MARYBELLE HICKS, DAVID CHAPMAN
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. 0. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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