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LUCHO IS COMING
The Panama Canal Society of Florida,' Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Robert J. Roy
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Wmin. 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
the good and welfare of its members.
Canal Society of Florida. Inc., for
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.
PRINTED BY DIXIE PRINTING OF ST. PETERSBURG, INC., 634 2nd Avenue
South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th St. South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St. Petersburg.
President Says ................................................ ......... 3
From the Secretary's Desk ................ ............................ 3
Editor's Lines ..................... ............................ 4
Legislative Representative Reports ............... ....................... 5
Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ................ ........................... 8
Retirements ............................................................ 11
Picnic Report ..................................................... 12
John F. Stevens ............ ..... ....................................... 19
News Features .................................................... 22-30
Book Reviews ........................................................... 30
D deaths .................................... ................... ..... ..... 31
Wedding Announcements ................. ............................ 39
Birth Announcements ................ ................... ............... 41
Sale and Locator Service ................. ................ .......... 64
The Canal Zone .................. 42
New Zealand .................... 43
A labam a ... ................... 44
Arizona .................. ..... 46
Arkansas (Northwest) ............ 46
California (Southern) ............. 49
Connecticut .................. .. 52
Florida ...................... 52
Maine ............... ......... 57
A Friend .................. .... 6
Princess Martha Hotel ............ 7
Security Federal Savings and Loan 10
New M exico ..................... 57
North Carolina ................... 57
North Carolina (Western) ......... 58
Oregon ........................ 60
Pennsylvania .................... 60
South Carolina ................... 61
Tennessee ...................... 62
Texas ........................ 62
Virginia .................... .63
Vigilant Real Estate .............. 55
W e Realty .................... 61
NARFE ................... ..... 65
PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS!
DATES TO REMEMBER
OCT. 1, 1976 Regular Meeting, Gulfport Community Center, 5730 Shore Boulevard
OCT. 4, 1976 YOM KIPPER
OCT. 12, 1976 Columbus Day
OCT. 31, 1976 Halloween
NOV. 2, 1976 ELECTION DAY Be sure to cast YOUR vote.
NOV. 2, 1976 Panama Independence Day
NOV. 5, 1976 Regular Meeting PCSoFL, Gulfport Community Center
NOV. 11, 1976 Veterans Day
NOV. 25, 1976 Thanksgiving Day
DEC. 3, 1976 Regular Meeting
JAN. 12-13, 1977 REUNION You all come!
COVER LUCHO AZCARRAGA
THE PRESIDENT SAYS .
The Picnic on July 9th was a great success. We had over 200
people and the food was excellent, thanks to the ladies. From this
response it seems we should have a Picnic every July. Any comments?
See the list of persons who attended a sort of small reunion. Thanks
to the Vice President and members of his committee who were in
charge of this affair.
Lucho is coming! So come to the reunion January 12, 1977, ready to do
the tamborita. See Jean Mann's remarks in this edition of the
RECORD on reservations.
We have created a new office in the Panama Canal Society and
have named Winter Collins Liaison Officer for the Canal Zone.
Thanks, Winter, for serving us well in the Zone.
MAILING ADDRESSES ARE PRIVATE
At times we receive letters from persons asking for the names
and addresses of society members and sister organizations through-
out the United States. Our Panama Canal Society here in Florida has a
strict policy not to release the names, for many good reasons, and we
urge all society organizations and members to follow this policy.
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FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
Just four months until the 1977 Annual Reunion. Your officers
and Executive Board are striving to make this a memorable one for
We will attempt to have a reserved seat for everyone attending
the luncheon. This will be handled with the assistance of the very
capable Jay Cain of Sarasota, and seats will be assigned by Jay at the
For the Cocktail Reception-Dance the evening of the 12th, we will
have Lucho at the organ. He and the band will be positioned on the
north side of the Main Ballroom which is adjacent to the Georgian
Room, the two rooms making a "T" so that he will be visable to all.
There will be seating (at tables of 8) for approximately 200 persons in
the Main Ballroom, where Lucho will be performing. Seating will also
be available in the Georgian Room. It is assumed members will want
to get together with their friends and reserve a table or two. The first
200 paid reservations will be assigned in the ballroom, however in
fairness to all our members who receive this September Record at
different times of the month, NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE AC-
CEPTED PRIOR TO 1 OCTOBER. Any requests arriving at our P.O.
BOX prior to 1 October will be processed after those arriving on 1
October. See the reservation form in the back section of this Record
for your convenience.
As is usual at this time of year, I anticipate a flood of mail.
Between 50 and 75 pieces of mail a day is not unusual. Therefore,
please be patient if it takes a couple of weeks to receive a reply, mail
is, and will continue to be processed as it is received.
Hope to see you at the Reunion!
The past three months have certainly been busy for all of us with
the Bicentennial celebrations, house guests, watching the Democratic
Convention and the Olympics from Canada via TV. My eye balls are
protruding and I hope they hold out for the Republican Convention.
Which reminds me ... I read in the St. Petersburg Times the other
day in Dick Bothwell's column "the difference between GOPS and
DEMS Democrats buy most of the books that have been banned
somewhere. Republicans form censorship committees and read them
as a group Republicans consume three-fourths of the rutabagas
produced in this country. The remainder is thrown out .
Republicans usually wear hats and almost always clean their paint
brushes Republicans employ exterminators. Democrats step on
the bugs Democrats eat the fish they catch. Republicans hang
them on the wall... Republican boys date Democratic girls. The boys
plan to marry Republican girls, but they feel they're entitled to a little
fun first Republicans sleep in twin beds some even sleep in
separate rooms. That is why there are more Democrats The
author of this profound analysis is unknown. It appeared in the
Republican Congressional Committee newsletter some years ago."
We are now in the third quarter of our Membership Campaign for
1976 with 140 new members. However, 137 members are on the
Delinquent List. This more than offsets our new membership. If YOU
know of any of our former members please ask them to send in their
1976 dues so their name and address will appear in the Annual Issue
which goes to press on 1 October. We do not like to drop a member
and I know they will miss the Record,
If any member is contemplating a move, please notify us by
mid-September of the change of address in order to have your new
address in the Annual Issue. Even though you do not move until
December or January, if you know your new address, please submit
the change of address and we shall be very happy to send your Annual
Issue and the December issue of the Record to your current address,
but your new address will appear in the Annual Issue so that all your
friends will have it for future use.
The picture on the cover needs no explanation for you all know
Lucho. I am really excited over his acceptance to our invitation to join
us at our Forty-Fifth Reunion in January 1977. For your convenience
there are forms in the back section of this issue for the Cocktail-
Dance, the Luncheon and Hotel reservations. Make all your plans for
the 1977 Reunion EARLY.
And the St. Pete members are still talking about the great time
they had at the picnic on July 9th. So many out of town members and
guests it was just like another reunion. I would like to have a Pot-Luck
luncheon at one of our monthly meetings for there were so many
delicious dishes at the picnic we'll see about that.
News deadline for the December Issue of the Record is your
postmark of 20 October Thank you,
Anna T. Collins
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
Blue Cross-Blue Shield, which insures more than 60 percent of
federal workers has given out the word that claims in the future will
be subject to closer scrutiny. Other insurers are expected to follow
suit. We should take steps to protect ourselves if we do not want to be
confronted with large and small medical-hospital bills they thought
were covered by insurance. Thomas Tinsley, director of the Civil
Service Commission's bureau of retirement and insurance suggests
we take the following steps:
Employees should carefully examine the official brochures de-
scribing their insurance plans. They should look especially for "exclu-
sions" (benefits not covered by insurance). They should be alert to
phrases such as "Medical necessary" ... "where medically necessary",
etc. Here Tinsley notes that roughly 90 percent of all claims rejected
by insurers in the past have been on the ground that tests, procedures
or services were not medically necessary. Under the new, tighter
claims rules, rejections will be even more numerous.
*Employees should not hesitate to question physicians or
hospitals about the medical necessity of the things they order.
Many physicians and hospitals go overboard ordering the
unnecessary on the theory it doesn't matter because insurance will
pay. That no longer will be true.
*Employees should make sure they are not ordered into hospitals
for lab tests. X-rays and other procedures that can be performed on an
outpatient basis. This is an all too-common reason for rejection of
*They also should be cautious about special duty nursing services
- another familiar ground for claim rejection.
*If they have questions about what their insurance covers or
doesn't cover, they should not hesitate to consult with their physicians
- or their insurers.
An October 1 pay raise of 5.16 percent slightly higher than the
cap proposed by the President and congressional committees is
being considered by pay experts.
Those federal and postal retirees who also qualify for social
security benefits and there are quite a few of them received a 6.5
percent increase in social security pensions effective July 1. Mean-
while, House and Senate conferees on the State Department
authorization bill have voted not to eliminate the one percent add on in
retired foreign service personnel annuity increase unless this is also
eliminated for federal and postal retirees.
Dan B. Wicker, Sandrum, S.C. writes "Some have claimed that
our Country's troubles come mainly from our sending too many cheap
politicians to Washington. Each congressman costs $315,000 annually.
In this election year it seems about time to let all of these expensive
Washington politicians go back home to live and find out how the rest
of us are coping with the chain store check-out counter. November
1976 is an excellent starting date to replace them. Perhaps the People
can never hope really to stop the nonsense that goes on in the halls of
the Washington Congress, but it is certainly within the means at our
disposal to have regular changes of the ones who are making it."
William F. Grady.
Compliments of A Friend
It will be a pleasure for us to serve you as a guest, and we know
you will enjoy our comfort, service and many activities.
We're in the busy, appealing heart of St. Petersburg, the
big-little city on Tampa Bay. Sunshine, fresh air and a relaxed
social climate have made our town a favorite resort, and the
Princess Martha's central location and many amenities make
your first visit the first of many.
We're near downtown shopping, the Bayfront Center (the site
for shows, concerts, the circus and much more), the Art
Museum and financial and professional offices. A short walk
takes you to the Municipal Pier, charming boutiques, and the
green waterfront park.
Our complete hotel services are rounded out with a full round of
social activities right on our own premises, fine restaurants,
and rates that include food service, if desired.
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MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, Florida
7 May 1976
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Gaddis Wall at
1:32 p.m. Mr. Wall 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 April meeting.
The President welcomed the 84 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Dick Roden Tampa
Fred Mead recently retired
Charles Hummer St. Petersburg
Stan Guest St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Mable Port Richey
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the April meeting.
As there were no additions, omissions or corrections, the minutes
were approved as read. The financial reports of the Society and the
Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions the report will
stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Our Legislative Representative, Mr. Bill Grady, was not present,
however Mr. Wall announced that the Cost of Living was up .7% as of
Eight members would celebrate birthdays during May, and three
couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes of the group went
out to all.
The President then made the following announcements:
We have acquired 134 new members for the year 1976.
Lucho will play at the 1977 Reunion Cocktail party.
The July meeting will be a picnic at the War Veterans Memorial
Park on 9 July.
To help defray expenses, future Records will carry a limited
amount of advertising.
We will have a speaker at the August meeting. The talk will be on
Wills, Trusts, and Estates.
Mr. Wall then thanked the refreshment committee for serving.
He thanked the members and guests for attending the meeting, and as
there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m.
Coffee, donuts and a brief social period was enjoyed following the
4 June 1976
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the Vice-President, Mr. Robert
Roy, at 1:35 p.m. Mr. Roy 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 May meeting.
The Vice-President welcomed the ninety-nine members and
guests who were present.
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Fields New Port Richey
Bun and Celeste Powell Dunedin
J. T., Mike and Janet Richardson St. Petersburg
Fred Meade St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. George Coleman Gulfport
Ethel Ferguson Seminole
Jimmy and Amelia Hunter Pompano Beach
Florence Mallet Dunedin
Edna Wertz Ozona
Kaye Buckhart Camp Springs, Md.
Toodles Setzer Camp Springs, Md.
A. S. Zon California
June and Vic May Austin, Tx.
Jeanne and Bill Wheeler New Port Richey
Mary Louise Parsons Tampa
Walter Kleefkins Canal Zone
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the May meeting.
As there were no additions, omissions or corrections, the minutes
were approved as read. The Financial reports of the Society and the
Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions the report will
stand for audit. The Secretary then reported that the cost of the June
Record was $1,310.40.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the
Cost of Living was up 1.1% as of 30 April. The bill restoring full
annuity to single retirees has passed the House. The 1% kicker is still
being kicked around. There have been four bills introduced to abolish
it, all with different alternatives.
Six members would celebrate birthdays during June. The group
sang Happy Birthday to them. Three couples would celebrate their
anniversaries. Best wishes went out to all.
Mrs. Briscoe showed some Bateas that she had purchased and
informed the group that she would be willing to take orders if any
member wanted them.
Mrs. Collins displayed some charcoal sketches and note paper by
Al Sprague. These were also available to anyone who might wish to
Mr. Roy thanked the refreshment committee, Eleanor Connor
and Dolly Barbour, for serving. He thanked the members and guests
for attending and reminded all about the picnic to be held on the 9th of
July in lieu of the July meeting.
As there was no further business the meeting was adjourned at
2:15 p.m. Coffee, doughtnuts and a brief social period was enjoyed
following the meeting.
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
C. J. COLLINS SAVE
VICE PRESIDENT BY
AND M AIL
BRANCH MANAGER MAIL
SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION OF ST. PETERSBURG
2600 9th Street North
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33704
6818 Gulfport Blvd. South 7800 113th Street North 1599 U.S. Hwy. 19 South
St. Petersburg, Flo. 33707 Seminole, Fla. 33542 Clearwater, Fla. 33516
Mr. John J. Alexaitis
Mr. Robert J. Blair
Mrs. Virginia W. Blout
Mrs. Catherine J. Boswell
Mr. Adrien M. Bouche, Jr.
Mrs. Norma E. Braden
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Costanzo
Mr. Robert Lessiack
Miss Kathleen M. McGuigan
Mr. Alden C. Muller
Mr. George F. Reichel
Mrs. L. Sybil Riesch
Mr. Oliver L. Riesch
Mr. Clair C. Shreffner
Mr. Theodore R. Yost
Mr. Frank J. Brennan
Mrs. Evelyn R. Koperski
Mrs. Lillian E. Jenkins
Mrs. Gladys A. Conley
Mr. Gordon H. Cyr
Mr. John F. Gilbert
Mr. Paul D. Givonetti
Mr. Enoch L. Hooper
Mr. James P. MacLaren
Mrs. Jeanne B. Mathews
Mr. Donald R. Rudy
Mrs. Frances P. Smith
Mrs. Julieta A. Burda
Mr. Stanton L. Cummings
Mr. Richard H. Evans
Mrs. Sara L. Gordon
Mr. Charles Grenda
Mr. John H. Poole, Jr.
Mr. Jack W. Rocker
Mr. Albert J. Wanner
1976 Division Years
3/19 Locks 23
5/31 Locks 27
5/28 License 22
5/22 Motor Transportation 25
5/ 3 Transit Operations 29
5/22 Supply 27
5/22 Office of Financial
5/31 Office of Financial
5/ 8 Electrical 21
5/20 Ports 32
4/22 Gorgas Hospital 26
5/23 Office of Financial
5/ 8 Railroad 25
5/22 Canal Protection 31
6/21 Industrial 36
6/ 5 Public Health 27
5/29 Schools 16
6/ 5 Supply 34
6/ 1 Locks 30
6/23 Police 28
6/12 Locks 12
6/ 4 Fire 32
6/ 5 Sanitation 34
6/14 Schools 10
6/19 Postal 32
6/ 4 Accounting 25
6/30 Gorgas 24
7/31 Locks 30
7/31 Electrical 25
7/12 Schools 17
7/31 Ports 40
7/31 Electrical 42
7/30 Ports 34
7/ 7 Electrical 21
PICNIC WAR VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
BAY PINES, FLORIDA
9 July 1976
It was a beautiful bright sunny day and the warm breeze blew
across the alligator pond into the shelters. Our Vice-President, Robert
Roy, posted the U.S. Flag and the Society's flag earlier in the
morning. After the crowd had gathered, at 11:00 a.m. President Wall
led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Mary Belle Hicks gave the
Invocation and we paused for a moment of silent prayer in memory of
members who have passed away.
The two tables were covered with an abundance of gourmet food
which disappeared in a hurry with over 200 hungry members and
guests. One couple from New York planned their summer vacation
when they read in the Record we were having a picnic in July. Some
folks did not sign the guest book, however, below is a list of those
attending as appeared in our Guest Book:
Gaddis Wall; R. J. Roy; Jean Mann; Byrle Wall; Mr. & Mrs. Skip
Rowley and daughters Renee and Adrian from Gatun; Mr. &
Mrs. Fred (Al) Dube, Clearwater; Marie (Dube) Burns, Largo;
Robert Dailey, Pinellas Park; Mr. & Mrs. B. V. Hutchings; E. D.
Dailey; Matt and Lydia Shannon; Betty Malone; C. W. Chase,
Jr.; Charlotte & Earl Dailey; Jack & Carlie Taber, Seminole;
Janet & Ross Cunningham and granddaughter Anjanette
Walker; Mrs. R. B. Potter; Bill & Kay Butler, Clearwater; Vera
Smith, Holiday; Lois Smith, Alexander City, AL; Bill & Jeanne
Wheller, New Port Richey; J. A. Madison, Clearwater; Arthur &
Elsie Blystone and son Marvin, Aiken, SC; Mr. & Mrs. Al
Waldorf, Seminole; Edward & Solveig Albin; Flora Madison,
Tarpon Springs; Ruth & Caleb Clement and son, Caleb, Jr.,
Pensacola; Mary Ruth Clement, Balboa, CZ; Katherine Egolf,
Balboa, CZ; Mary and Harry Egolf, Seminole; Kerner & Dot
Frauenheim, Seminole; Betty & Barney Forgeson, Tierra Verde;
Anne Wood Suescum and children Virginia Ann, Guillermo and
Antonio, Panama; Virginia & Jim Wood; Nellie & Bobby Engelke
and Angela and Robert; John & Elsie McDowell, Valhalla, New
York; Troy & Evelyn Hayes; Pete Hale, Titusville; Mr. & Mrs.
William J. Park; Jack & Lori Smith, Alexander City, AL; Ray
Caldwell & Wife; Dick & Thora Mahoney; Ivan & Nina Jenkins,
DeLand; Capt. & Mrs. S. H. Rowley; Mrs. Lois Shedlock;
Culbert Shedlock; Col. and Mrs. C. Underwood; John & Tel
McConaghy; Thelma Callaway Camby; Mr. & Mrs. Kuhn;
Charles & Betty Fears, John Fears, Marian Fears, Waterbury,
CT; Bessie Lyons, Clearwater; Ruth Baltozer; Mary Belle &
Bobby Hicks; Ann L. Pennock; Howard & EmmyLou Clarke;
Dorothy K. Nichols; Helen Stern; Henri Skeie, Clearwater;
Mary Lou (Dailey) McPherson and daughters Patti & Shannon,
Balboa, CZ; Jackie Linker; Mina Dee, Sarasota; Irene Ladrach,
Seminole; George Rae, Clearwater; Blanche Briscoe; Frances D.
Jones, Sarasota; Jean R. Taylor; Gertrude J. Pearson; Roy &
Frances Palmer, Atlanta, GA; Bill & Beth Grady, Lakeland;
Berry Jorgesen; Dorothy C. Barbour and granddaughter, Dor-
othy E. Moore, Tampa; Della Noonan, Sarasota; Bill & Gladys
Weigle, Titusville; Marge & George Daniels, Belleair Bluffs;
George & Jean Egger and two children, Fairfield; Hobart &
Mary Andrews, Fairfield; Louise Barnes; Robert & Irene Barnes
and family, Balboa, CZ; Mr. & Mrs. Larry Quinn, Balboa, CZ;
Alton & Vera Jones, Largo; Harry & Nancy Jones, Kansas City,
MO; Dorothy B. Cantway, Pinellas Park; Kevin and Billy Barnes,
Balboa, CZ; Mary N. Orr, Sarasota; Berniece & Sidney Hayes;
Alice Beck; Helen Beil; Caroline Beil Tennenoff and Wendy
Tennenoff, Pinellas Park; Olive Beil Wigginton, Pinellas Park;
Jan Wigginton; Wm. & Cheryl Beil; Maria, Sherry, Donna &
Billy Beil; Lavinia Dahlhoff; Edith & Tyke Cotton, Largo;
Mildred Harper, Holiday; Mr. & Mrs. Earl Sanders, Sr.,
Clearwater; Mr. & Mrs. I. R. Sanders, Jr., New Port Richey;
Betty Letourneau and daughter, Paulette, Bradenton; Edna
Wertz, Ozona; Dan & Lois Paolucci, Largo; Co Joustra,
Sarasota; Grace and Jack Morris, Pinellas Park; Jack E. Taber,
San Rafael, CA; Alice J. Taber; Helen and James Marchuck,
West Palm Beach; Sandy Mann; Anna and Joe Collins, Tim and
The park was beautiful, the food very enjoyable and the
friendship shared by all was golden. We thank Vice-President Roy and
his committee for planning this lovely get-together. At 1:30 p.m. we
were all on our merry way.
One of the delicious pies sampled at the St. Petersburg picnic was
1/2 C. Bisquick /z C. Sugar 4 Eggs 2 C. Milk
1 Can Coconut (31/2 Oz.) 1 t. Vanilla 3 T. Butter
Put all ingredients in blender and blend. Pour into 9-inch
buttered pie pan and bake till custard sets. 400 Degrees F. for 25
^B -^ ^i^. *
Robert Roy Vice President
Dolly Barbour and Grand-
daughter Dorothy E. Moore of
Solveig Albin, St. Pete; Jeanne Wheeler, New Port Richey; Tyke
Cotton, Largo; Frances D. Jones, Sarasota; Edith Cotton; Jack
Taber, St. Petersburg; Edward Albin, Bill Wheeler.
Robert Roy Earl Dailey
Ross Cunningham, Janet Cun-
ningham, and Grand-daughter
Mary Ruth Clement, Anna Collins, Caleb Clement, Jr., Ruth and
Caleb Clement, Pensacola.
Mary Belle Hicks, Rob Roy, Gaddis Wall participate in Flag
Bill Grady John McDowell, Valhalla, N.Y.
Byrle Wall, Jackie Linker, Jean R. Taylor
The Gerard J. Welch, Family, Canal Zone
Anna, Editor and Joe Collins
[on lunch break]
The Kerner Frauenheims ..
Bill and Gladys Weigle, Titusville, FL and The Rufus O'Neals
The Police Group Charlie Smith, John McDowell, Charlie Fears,
John Fears [Charles' Brother] and Gaddis Wall.
MORE PEOPLE HAVING FUN...
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The Hall of Fame for Great Americans
JOHN FRANK STEVENS
HONORARY CHAIRMEN Pleas reply to the writer or to the
Hon. John A. Volpe SECRETARY
FORMER SECRETARY OF TRANSPOTATION Herbert R. Hands
Hon. Edmund S. Muskie 345 East Fort)-seventh Street. Suite 1800
ov s N*T h oM utIN" July 21, 1976 New York, New Yok 10017
Hon= Kenneth M. Curtis
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Hon. Daniel J. Flood
CONGRESSMAN FROM PENNSYLVANIA
Dr. Melville Bell Grovenor The Editor
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOAII
NATIONAL CGEOCArPC oC".r Canal Record
Adm.John S. McCain.Jr. Panama Canal Society of Florida
FORMER U.S. COMDR. IN CHtU, PACIFIC BOX 11566
Adm. Ben Moreell
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CHAIRMAN Dear Editor:
John M. Budd
MOM.r s.sEtI N,, UCIuW oro TH.r .,c. n I At the suggestion of the author we are pleased to
VICE CHAIRMEN provide a copy of a brochure or John Frank Stevens.
.Ihomas M.Cornt We hope that you will make it available to interested
SECRETARY, PANAA CANAL CO.MPAN persons. If additional copies are desired, please let
Dr. Donald M. Dozer me know.
PROFESSOR OF HISTORY EMERITUS
UNIVrsITY OF CALIFtNIA. SANTA BARBARA
Capt. Miles P. DiiVal, r. We hope that Stevens will be elected tc the Hall
nIroIAN or THE rPAAMA CANAL of Fame for Great Americans. If you wouldd wish to help
PA.ST aSA. K.NEWVORKAcAoDEMYOFiNcr us in this, we will be glad to send you a name and ad-
Hon.JohnH. Reed dress list of the Electors so that you could also contact
FORMER CH.AIMAN, them.
NATIONAL TANSPORTATION .-ET' BOARD
Dr. Ralph A.Sawyer
.FORR CHAIRMAN. COVERNINL. BARD Sincerely,
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF rVUssI /7
Cap. C. H, Schildhauer
NAVAL OFFrICR AND FORMER AVIATION OFFICIAL
Vice Adm. T. G. W. Scltle
FORMERAMVPHI.ousCOMNMADE. rPACFIC Herbert R. Hands
Brig. Cm. Herbert I). Vogel Secretar"
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EXECtrIV DIR -rOR
AMERICAN SlILETV Or CIIV. NCIN rIr Enclosure
a Ci~oAor viriiENsE Enclosure
Dr Ford Lewi Battles
PH.D. PROGRAM COORDINATOR
UNIVERSITY OF PrI UncH
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PROFEsMR, AIR UNIVERSITY
MAXWFLL AIR FORCE BASE
Neal FitzSimons, C.E."*
HISTORIAN, AMERICAN SOCIETY Or CIII FNlrCIFTR
Dr. Ralph W. and Muliel Illdy
HISTORIANS OF THFE GREAT NORTHERN KAILWAS
V* ice Chairman
The Brochure received is beautifully written giving all the
accomplishments of John Frank Stevens and I knew you would all
agree with me when I wrote "I know that our members will want
Stevens to be elected to the Hall of Fame for the Great Americans for
we have and do honor Stevens as the Chief Engineer, Isthmian Canal
Commission." Therefore, it is felt that our members would mail a few
post cards to the Electors expressing his desire to have them vote
John F. Stevens into the Hall of Fame of Great Americans. I know you
will not let me down. Please do not delay in mailing your letter or post
card for there are only a few days remaining to contact these Electors.
Thank you Editor.
List of the Electors of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans
as of June 10, 1976
Thomas N. Armstrong, III, Director
Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Ms. Helen Frankenthaler
173 East 94th Street
New York, NY 10028
4316 37th Avenue N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
Dr. Raymond B. Allen
4136 Wadsworth Court
Annandale, VA 22003
Sylvia A. Earle
California Academy of Sciences
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118
Dr. Norman Hackerman
President, Rice University
Houston, TX 77001
Dr. John Platt
205 Washtenaw Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Dr. Albert W. Tucker
37 Lake Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540
Dr. William S. Carlson
4047 Newcastle Drive
Sylvania, OH 43560
Norman Cousins, Editor
488 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Dr. Rufus C. Harris, President
Macon, GA 31207
Dr. Benjamin E. Mays
3316 Pamlico Drive S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30311
Dr. Irvin Stewart
2939 Van Ness St. N.W., Apt. 921
Washington, DC 20008
The Honorable Robert B. Anderson
1290 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
The Honorable LeRoy Collins
Ervin, Varn, Jacobs & Odom
305 South Gadsden St.
P. O. Box 1170
Tallahassee, FL 32302
Dr. Elvis J. Stahr, Jr., President
National Audubon Society
950 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Dr. Charles P. Taft
1071 Celestial Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Dr. Donald C. Carroll, Dean Glenn E. Watts, Secty.-Treas.
The Wharton School Communication Workers of America
E-111 Dietrich Hall CC 1925 K St. N.W.
University of Pennsylvania Washington, DC 20006
Philadelphia, PA 19174
Robert McCormick Figg, Jr.
Peter Grimm, Chm. of the Board 1522 Deans Lane
William A. White & Sons Columbia, SC 29205
51 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017 The Honorable Robert A. Leflar
Malcolm Harned, President 1717 West Center Street
Cessna Aircraft Company Fayetteville, AR 72701
P. O. Box 1521 Mary McCarthy
Wichita, KS 67201 Castine, ME 04421
NEWS CONDENSED from the PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY
- in part dates appearing after each article for your information.
"Mr. Railroad" Brayton Closes Long PC Career Donald R.
Brayton, Deputy Director, Transportation and Terminals Bureau,
since December 1973 and Manager of the Railroad Division since 1962,
has retired and will depart the Isthmus next Wednesday.
Brayton, who served for 37 years, will make his home in Laguna
Hills, Calif. with his wife, Gladys. He takes with him the Canal's
Distinguished Service Award, which Gov. H. R. Parfitt presented to
him last week, and the Presidential Certificate of Management
Improvement Award which he received last year. Brayton is the first
member of the Panama Canal to receive the coveted plaque for
individual achievements. Don was born in Colon Hospital and is a
second generation resident of the Canal Zone, attended Canal Zone
schools and graduated from Cristobal High School. He later attended
Texas University at Austin. First employed in 1939 he held positions
as clerk, train collector, station agent, conductor, yard master,
supervisory railroad specialist and acting manager before he was
named manager in 1962. He was active in many community organiza-
tions. He will return to the Isthmus to visit their son, Rodman, who is
with the Police Division.", June 4, 1976.
Emmett Zemer Again in Role of 'Mr. 4th of July' Zemer was
named "Mr. Fourth of July" by the Independence Day Committee in
recognition of his 40 years of dedicated efforts to community
activities. He was co-chairman of the 4th of July celebration for the
first time in 1933 and three years later became chairman held the
job for 25 years The Zemers celebrated their 54th wedding
anniversary on July 15th. Mr. Zemer retired 20 years ago and Mrs.
Zemer is also retired from the Canal. Mr. Zemer says he has always
considered the 4th of July the outstanding day in history and thinks it
is important that American youngsters recognize it for the special day
it is." June 25, 1976
"The Canal Zone wrapped itself in red, white and blue, lit up its skies
from ocean to ocean, and marched on rain-drenched streets with
streaming colors, pride and song. Thousands of Americans and their
Panamanian neighbors smiled and said Happy Birthday. It was
America's 200th Fourth of July."
"Gross payments and income flow to the Republic of Panama
from the Canal Zone, set a new high of $253.1 million during 1975
and showed an increase of approximately 5 percent over the previous
year. Last years' increase is reflected mostly in the wages and salaries
paid to Panamanian and non-U.S. citizen employees of the Canal Zone
who reside in the Republic of Panama ... The total of $253.1 million in
payments to Panama includes the Panama Canal annuity paid to
Panama by the United States which was increased in 1974 from $2
million to $2.3 million in accordance with the official price of gold
which was increased due to the devaluation of the U.S. dollar." July
"Cornelia E. Van Siclen, descendant of a well-known Canal Zone
family that came to the Isthmus from Brooklyn, N.Y., in construction
days recently was elected Vice President at Duffy-Mott Co., Inc., New
York City. Duffy-Mott is a subsidiary of American Brands, Inc ....
Cornelia joined Duffy-Mott as a secretary to the president of the
company in 1951 and advanced to administrative assistant, Govern-
ment Regulatory Matters in 1973 She attended Pennsylvania
State University and Katherine Gibbs School and also served two
years in the U.S. Navy.... Miss Van Siclen's father was a pilot on the
Canal and her brother, William A. (Lonnie) Van Siclen, Jr. retired in
1966 as Chief of the Locks Division." July 9, 1976
"A prominent banker, Hugh H. Chapman, an attorney, Harold R.
DeMoss, Jr. and a business executive, Charles W. Durham have been
appointed to be members of the Panama Canal Board of Directors.
Chapman was also named to the Budget and Finance Committee. The
new board members replace Einar Viren, Albert B. Fay and Frank E.
Jorgensen." July 23, 1976
"Panama Canal transits, tolls, and cargo all registered declines
during Fiscal Year 1976, which ended last month. The decreases have
been attributed primarily to the prolonged effects of the world
recession and the recent opening of the Suez Canal.
The latter event results in an estimated loss of $4.1 million in
revenue and some 350 transits due to ships diverting away from the
Panama Canal to Suez during FY 1976." Friday, July 30, 1976.
A below average rainfall trend that began at the start of this year
has continued into late July, dropping the level of Madden Lake to a
record low. The 1976 accumulated average rainfall from 19 telemet-
ered stations in the Gatun Lake watershed was a shade over 25 inches
from January 1 through the third week in July, or 35 percent below
the historical average. June rainfall was 20 percent below normal. The
first three weeks of July rainfall was 65 percent from the normal for
that period. Even more striking was the amount of water that flowed
into the Gatun Lake basin during the first three weeks of July, which
was 81 percent below average. As a result the level of Madden Lake
was down to 193 feet to keep the Gatun Lake level at an acceptable
height. This was the first time in history that Madden dropped below
200 feet. The Balboa area had accumulated 7.34 inches of rain through
the first 3 weeks of July, 44 percent above normal through that date.
Unfortunately, this excess in precipitation did not flow into the Gatun
Lake watershed and was of no value for shipping or electrical
generation. July 30, 1976.
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It will be interesting to know that Al Sprague has designed a
china plate, the first of a series of annual plates of the Panama Canal
and is now for sale. It is a commemorative plate depicting the Dredge
Cascadas at work in the Gaillard Cut, antiqued in Wedgwood Blue
with a highly glazed finish. The molds for this plate will be destroyed
at the end of 1976. The cost of the plate is $25.00. See Sale Page for
And it was reported that a hailstorm of minor proportions struck
Panama one afternoon tearing limbs from trees, and zinc roofs were
dislodged on many homes. Many thought it was the end of the world,
others felt it was a change in climatic conditions and that snow would
come to Panama! Particularly hit by hailstones were suburban areas
such as La Gloria, Villa Caceres and Rio Abajo. Hail storms are
unusual on the Isthmus.
The headlines of several newspapers recently read like this
"FOSTER MOM HAS LOVE ENOUGH FOR ALL" and they were
referring to Melissa (Downing) Dolan. Bill, Melissa and their six
children who now live in Arlington, Florida are very busy taking care
of tiny infants who have no mother, no home of their own. Mrs. Dolan
is a foster mother and she has taken care of five infants during the last
18 months. Sometimes the babies enter the Dolan household when
they are only three days old for a day, for two weeks or four
months. When the babies arrive at the Dolan home, they immediately
become one of the family. "We love the babies as our own and I think
they can feel the love shown to them," she said. "One of the hardest
parts of being a foster mother is seeing the child leave home. It's both
a happy and a sad time. They will never be aware of me, so just
knowing that I could help them a little is my greatest reward," Mrs.
Will a Republican Delegate at the Convention in Kansas wed a
Democrat??????? Maybe not, but William Lyons, a delegate to the
Democratic Convention from the Canal Zone wed Virginia Keller a
Republican who appeared overwhelmed by excitement. After
knowing each other for 15 years, Lyons and Virginia were married on
July 14th in a penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park,
witnessed by delegates attending a reception for the Canal Zone and
Guam. They spent their honeymoon watching Jimmy Carter receive
the Democratic presidential nomination.
It was the first wedding of the Convention, planned for many
months, but it wound up as a last-minute event. The couple arrived
under the impression the waiting period for marriage in New York
was three days. When they found the process took 10 days they were
thrown into a turmoil. But New York City, eager to play the perfect
host, waivered regulations and the committee persuaded acting
Supreme Court Justice Irving Kaplan to officiate. Charles Stough,
head of the CZ delegations, gave the bride away and novelist Richard
Koster, Democratic National committeeman from the Canal Zone was
Five houses were destroyed in two towns of Darien Province on
Sunday, July 11th when earthquake shocks were recorded at 11:54
a.m. and again at 3:42 p.m. The first registered 7.0 and the second
measured 7.1 on the Richter Scale. National Guard headquarters said
three houses collapsed in Jaque and two houses fell down in Yaviza. In
Panama City, residents in many high-rise buildings evacuated their
apartments both times. National Guard headquarters said no reports
of deaths or injuries had been received. Canal Zone Police reported no
damages or injuries.
Best Seat in the Fleet These were the headlines by Bill
Caldwell, Staff Writer 29, June, PORTLAND TELEGRAM, in the
part "The State of Maine training ship for the Maine Maritime
Academy at Castine and manned by her cadets, has seen far more of
the Tall Ships in this race than anyone else.
We are carrying the press corps. Most are photographers. The
top deck, above the bridge, is their world. Hundreds of thousands of
dollars worth of equipment is here from before dawn until after
sunset. The amount of still film shot is beyond reckoning. In addition,
movie and TV cameras and videotape cameras, for closed circuit TV,
are also at work.
Captain M. C. Hill, skipper of the State of Maine, handles this
vast vessel skillfully. To satisfy the demands of fussy photographers,
Capt. Hill holds this huge vessel in almost fixed position so the picture
takers can get the exact lighting effects they want, especially at dawn
Midshipmen are getting priceless experience in ship handling at
extremely close quarters.
Capt. Hill brings the State of Maine extremely close to each of the
Tall Ships, as they seek the winds and currents to fill their huge sails.
Hill circles them, but never steals their wind, the unforgivable sin in
the world of yacht racing.
For 17 years, Capt. Hill was a pilot in the Panama Canal, handling
huge ships in small spaces. Every amateur and professional seaman on
the Tall Ships speaks with amazement about the expert ship handling
of the State of Maine.
Capt. Hill sits in his special chair on the bridge or walks out to the
bridge wings, and quietly issues his orders. His voice is slow, soft, but
decisive, and above all, clear. A midshipman follows Hill and relays his
orders to the helm and to the engine room many decks below.
We have come slowly upon and circled every Tall Ship at least
twice. The sight of these beaufitul ships, with tens of thousands of feet
of sail up, is unforgettable. The ships are lovely. They are immaculate.
Aloft high on the yardarms are cadets, waiting for commands from the
sailing master on deck.
We come dead in the water every other day so Prof. Donald
Dorset, a marine biologist from the University of Maine, can put his
net out and gather specimens of microscopic sea life. Dr. Dorsey takes
them to his oceanographic laboratory. He puts just a single drop
under a microscope and that drop contains a new world of crowded,
vigorous, elaborate and beautiful life.
Maine cadets yell out to friends on some of the Tall Ships."
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CENTENARIAN
Walter D. Peterson was 100 years old just two days after we
celebrated the Bicentennial of the United States. He was born in
Copenhagen, Denmark, on July 6, 1876. Came to the United States
with his parents in the year of 1885 and made his home in Jamestown,
He drove a delivery team for a grocery store in his early teens.
November 13, 1898, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was sent to
Cuba and was involved in the Spanish American war under the
leadership of Teddy Roosevelt. Mr. Peterson served as a private in
the Hospital Corps. He was always a great admirer or Theodore
Roosevelt whose aggressiveness inspired the building of the Panama
Mr. Peterson worked on the construction of the Panama Canal as
a boilermaker and iron worker from 1906 and has four bronze medals
each representing two years' construction service. The first one has
an engraving of Teddy Roosevelt, personally presented to Mr.
Peterson, whose name is engraved thereon. Mr. Peterson is one of the
few "Canal Diggers" living today.
Mr. Peterson retired in June 1937 from the Panama Canal after
thirty years of service. He and Mrs. Peterson lived in Hollywood,
Florida until Mrs. Peterson passed away in 1949 at the age of 70 while
visiting her family in the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Peterson had six children, all married and retired
from Panama Canal service. Four are deceased: Mildred Stone,
Walter G. Peterson, Robert G. Peterson and Doris Riley. He has two
sons living nearby, Lloyd W. and Herbert K. Mr. Peterson has ten
grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.
Other than a loss of hearing the centenarian enjoys good physical
and mental health.
Members of the Peterson family, and friends of the Wilton Arms
Senior Citizen Residence of Plantation, honored Mr. Peterson at noon
on his birthday with a party. Mr. Peterson received many greetings
and wishes to express his sincere thanks to all of you who sent cards.
He was very happy and much surprised to receive a letter from
President and Mrs. Ford expressing congratulations on his happy
THE GOLDEN YEARS
Irene and George Lee Wright celebrated their 50th Wedding
Anniversary on June 1, 1976. Their marriage was performed by
Reverend Marshall of Balboa Union Church in the bride's parents
home at 1465-D, Balboa Flats back in 1926. All the Houston relatives
gathered for dinner at Vargo's Restaurant. Mrs. Sarah (Wright)
Rothwell, flew in from Bolingbrook, Illinois. Sarah is Lee's sister and
was Irene's attendant. Another celebration was held in Clifton, Tx.,
with Carolyn (Pollak) Tyssen, Davia and two daughters, and several
other friends. We all boarded the BRAZOS QUEEN, a stern paddle
riverboat, in Waco, Texas. A delicious dinner was enjoyed while
cruising down the river and the Captain and his crew presented the
Lee Wright's with a plaque making them Honorary Members of the
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hatchett, Fort Valley, Georgia, also
celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on July 11th with a host
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Van Evera
Evelyn and Dwight Van Evera, Pinellas Park, recently celebrat-
ed their 50th Wedding Anniversary. The Van Evera's enjoyed a
champagne dinner at Sieples Garden Seat, Clearwater, a prominent
Bay Area restaurant. The celebration was a joyous and memorable
occasion for the Van Evera's and family.
Just off the Princeton University Press is A Guide to The Birds of
Panama by Robert S. Ridgely, illustrated by John A. Gwynee, Jr.
($15.00) which will be of great interest to our members. Frances and
Roy Sharp have just received a complimentary copy since they were
really instrumental in Ridgely writing this book. As you may know,
Frances and Roy have been bird watchers for years and are members
of the Audubon Society. The Sharps met and worked with Ridgely
when he was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army stationed in the Canal
Zone. In fact, the Sharps name appears in this book several times.
Ridgely recently received his Masters Degree in Zoology from Duke
University and is in South America where he is engaged in research
for his doctorate.
The Republic is smaller than North Carolina but 883 species of
birds have been sighted in Panama during the last century. Thus to
this rich and diverse bird life Robert S. Ridgely has provided a
comprehensive, fully illustrated field guide for both amateur and
professional bird watchers; An authoritative, up-to-date checklist of
Panama's birds; Color illustrations of almost 650 species with key
identification points shown on facing page; More than 50 line drawings
accompanying the text; Illustrations of virtually all of Panama's
resident landbirds; Precise descriptions facilitating identification and
differentiation of similar species; Transcriptions of vocalization;
Includes special sections on climate, migration, and conservation; and
extended coverage through Middle America from Costa Rica
through Nicaragua north to the Honduras. One could spend hours
thumbing through this colorful informative book learning the
names of birds you see or had seen in Panama.
JUNGLE BABY by Tobi Cannon Bittel
Vantage Press Inc. N.Y., N.Y. $5.95
Of the many off-beat life styles (swinger, Hippie, Jet set) one
reads and hears about today, it is indeed refreshing to come across a
novel that deals with such down-to-earth, simple, clean living as does
this novel by Tobi Bittel.
This is a delightfully, charming book about a young couple (Dick
and Linda) who with their young daughter (Dee Dee) leave the "wild
city jungle" of Managua, Nicaragua to forge a new life in the Central
American jungle village of Alamicamba. Dick's engineering know-how
is helpful in his rice growing venture and his young wife's positive,
cheerful outlook help make their new life sound more simple than it
This well written, easy-to-read book has the clean fresh smell of
the woods and would appeal to young and old readers alike. It has
adventure, excitement, and even suspense as this young family
strives to settle in their new life style. My only disappointment in the
book was that it ended too soon! I am hoping that we can look forward
to another novel by this author and soon!
About the Author:
Tobi Cannon Bittel has worked as a newspaper reporter, women's
page and society editor, translator for the U.S. Army, writer for the
Panama Canal Information Office in the Canal Zone, and at one point
simultaneously wore the hats of writer, translator, proofreader and
make-up person in short, was most of the staff of a Canary Island
weekly publication. She now roams the world as a free-lance writer.
For the past five years she has lived abroad, most recently in Turkey
and Greece. A widow with a married daughter, Mrs. Bittel lists travel,
archeology and foreign languages as her hobbies. Rosalie
Keglovich, Guest Writer.
Wit4 Beep Borrow
We announce the beattl i of tie following:
Capt. Edward H. Alien, USNR, who was Panama Canal Chief,
Locks Overhaul and Maintenance from 1956 to 1969, died June 5th at
the Veterans Administration Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y. He was 60.
Surviving Captain Allen are his widow, Mrs. Marcia Allen, three
sons; two step-sons; two step-daughters; and a grandson. Interment
was at Arlington National Cemetery. Mrs. Allen's address is 3800
Rippleton Road, Cazenovai, New York.
Mr. Irving Anthony, 91 year old resident of Panama passed away
on July 15th. He first went to the Isthmus with his wife, a nurse, in
1919 where both were employed as attendants at Corozal Hospital.
Mr. Anthony retired from the Gorgas Hospital in 1947. Surviving him
are a number of nieces in Pennsylvania and Florida.
1st Lt. Mark Thomas Barrett, 25, and Capt. Arthur G. Bonifas,
33, were killed August 18, 1976 by North Korean army guards at
Panmunion, Korea. Both men were assigned to the United Nations
Command. About thirty ax-wielding North Korean army guards
brutally killed the two U.S. Army officers in an argument over a tree
trimming work detail. These officers were peacefully supervising a
work detail in the neutral zone when they were subjected to this
cowardly attack totally without warning.
Mark was born in Ancon, Canal Zone, son of Helen Kotalik
Barrett of Jacksonville, Florida, and the late Capt. John F. Barrett.
He was a distinguished ROTC military graduate of June 1973 from the
University of Florida. He attended Army Infantry officers school in
Ft. Benning, Ga., and was assigned to Ft. Jackson.
Burial was held with full military honors in Columbia, S.C.
Survivors include his mother; his widow Julianne Reiner
Barrett of Columbia, S.C.; four sisters, Susan Cecil of Silver Springs,
MD; Joan Molinaro of Los Rios, CZ; Mary Hare of Greenville, S.C.;
Sally Barrett of Jacksonville, FL; two brothers, John R. Barrett of
Orlando, FL; Matthew Barrett of Jacksonville, FL; paternal grand-
mother, Mrs. Mary Barrett of MD; maternal grandmother, Mrs.
Susanna Kotalik of FL, and two nieces.
Mrs. Ruth Carpenter Bathmann, 79, of Glen Rock, New Jersey
passed away March 19th. She had lived in Balboa, Canal Zone from
1940 to 1957. She was a member of the Canal Zone College Club and of
the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Bathmann is survived by her two
daughters, Mrs. Patricia Jones of California and Mrs. Beatrice Sears
of Pensacola, Florida; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
News has been received of the death of Jerry F. Begley, 57,
on May 8th at Kingsport, Tenn. Mr. Begley retired from the Locks
Division as a electrician in October 1975. He is survived by his wife
who resides at 1045 Riverside Avenue, Kingsport, Tenn.
Mr. John Charles Brown, a former employee of the Panama
Canal's Motor Transportation Division, died July 4th in Miami,
Florida. He is survived by his widow, Gloria, of Panama City, and his
son, John and Grandson John of Balboa.
Mr. Archie Byrne died in May at the San Fernando Clinic after a
brief illness. Mr. Byrne will be remembered as being a paint
contractor and later in boat building on the Isthmus. He is survived by
his father, Michael Byrne; his wife, Mrs. Nena Vallarino Byrne, and
two sons, Joseph H. and Terry.
Mr. John F. Buckley, retired from the Wholesale Shoe Depart-
ment of the Commissary Division in 1955 passed away May 14th in
Bradford, Mass. He was 85. He is survived by his wife, Melina Buckley
of 239 South Main St., Bradford; a son, John, who is sports editor of
The Evening Gazette, Haverhill, Mass; and four grandchildren.
Mr. Hugh C. Christie of Ocala, Florida passed away on June 26th.
Mr. Christie went to the Canal Zone in 1942 and retired from the
Locks Division with 28 years service in 1969. Mr. Christie is survived
by his widow, Clara L. Christie and three step-children.
Mr. John A. Cooper, the Panama Canal's Deputy General
Counsel, died May 20th. He was 57. Mr. Cooper was a graduate of the
University of Chicago and received his law degree from Northwestern
University in 1943. He is survived by his widow, Nancy; son John A.
Cooper, Jr. of Eugene, Oregon, and two daughters, Helen Haywood of
California, and Mary Cooper, also of Eugene, Ore.
Mr. Brian Edward Corrigan, 34, died 19 June in Sarasota Memor-
ial Hospital, Sarasota, Florida, following an extended illness. Eddie
was a fourth generation resident of the Canal Zone and an employee of
the Panama Canal Company. He served in the Navy during the Cuban
Crisis; was a member of Elks Lodge 1414, Balboa. He is survived by
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter T. Corrigan, Sr. of Sarasota, Florida;
three brothers, Peter T., Jr. of Sarasota; Timothy J. of Los Rios and
Michael J. of Knoxville, Tenn.; his wife, Susan, of Daytona Beach,
Florida; two daughters, Eddy Lynn and Cassie Lynn Corrigan of
Margarita; twin sons, Timothy Brian and Michael Peter of Daytona
Beach and two step-sons, Glen and Robert Walker of Daytona Beach.
Mrs. Lavinia R. Dahlhoff, 71, of St. Petersburg passed away July
13th. She retired as a telephone operator from the Panama Canal.
Lavinia is survived by her son, Roland, Ferndale, Wash., a daughter,
Mrs. Roland Grasinger, Gaithersburg, Md. and two grandsons.
Richard Daniels, grandson of Lista Daniels of Dallas, Texas, died
on June 13th as the result of a tragic automobile accident in Houston.
Ricky was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Howard Daniels of Houston
and the nephew of Robert Daniels of Dallas, Texas.
Mrs. Bernice K. Davison passed away on June 7th in Lincoln,
Nebraska. While living on the Zone she was supervisor of the women's
residence hall of the C.Z. College for three years. She is survived by
her daughter Mrs. John Marshall of San Antonio, Texas.
Mrs. Caroline L. Dedeaux, 78, widow of the late Leon E.
Dedeaux, died on June 19, in Kerrville, Tx. Surviving Mrs. Dedeaux
are four children: Leon E., Jr. of Schenectady, N.Y., Louis of
Margarita, Iris Hogan, Kerrville and Dorothy Pape, Monmouth, Ill.;
12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Word has been received that Mr. Donald W. Dickerson died
suddenly in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he was vacationing with
his wife and children. Funeral services and burial took place in Fort
Lauderdale. Mr. Dickerson was a long-time resident of Panama and
founder and president of Donald W. Dickerson, Inc. a large distribut-
ing firm on the ISTHMUS.
Father Patrick J. Doran, C.M. died on June 20th at St. Vincent
Seminary Infirmary in Philadelphia, Pa. He would have been 71 on
July 31st. Born in Brooklyn, Father Doran was raised in Pedro
Miguel, coming to the Canal Zone as a young boy with his parents
during construction days. He was ordained by Dennis Cardinal
Dougherty in May 1934 in Overbrook, Pa. After ordination, Father
Doran returned to the Isthmus and served at churches at Bocas del
Toro and at St. Mary's Mission from 1972 to 1974. Surviving Father
are a brother, James and a sister, both residing in the United States.
Mrs. Illona Eirigh, wife of Byron Eirigh of Colon, died April 29 in
Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Eirigh was well known for her master bridge
and was a member of the Elbert S. Waid Unit No. 2 Legion Auxiliary.
Mr. Lester Victor Forsgren, 64, of Kerrville, Tx. victim of a
two-car collision on Sunday, July 4th. Mr. Forsgren retired as a
machinist from the Panama Canal; was a member of Cristobal Lodge
1542, B.P.O.E. and life member of National Associaton of Retired
Federal Employees. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Rosalie
Forsgren; two sons, Dennis Victor of Los Angeles, California and
Victor of Kerrville.
Mr. Rufus C. Garrett, 72, died June 6th. Mr. Garrett retired from
the Canal as a heavy machine operator. He is survived by his widow,
Mrs. Ellen Garrett of Hot Springs, Ark.; a brother, George of
Arlington, Tex.; a sister, Mrs. Matilda Hopkins of Oklahoma; and
several nieces and nephews.
Mr. William B. Godfrey, 90, died suddenly at home, in Santa
Paula, California, on July 12, 1976. Mr. Godfrey went to the Canal
Zone as a Civil Engineer in 1913, and retired from the Municipal
Engineering Division in March 1948, after 35 years service. He also
served with the Army Corps of Engineers in World War I, and was a
member of the American Legion for 57 years; Master of Army Lodge,
F. and A.M. in Balboa, C.Z. in 1949, and served as president of Rotary
International in Panama. He worked as City Engineer in Santa Paula
from 1954 to 1958. Mr. Godfrey is survived by his wife, Rena, of Santa
Paula; daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Brandt of Indianapolis, and four
grandchildren; two brothers, Dr. George Godfrey of Arizona and Fred
Godfrey of Texas.
Funeral services for Mrs. Grayce H. Gravatt, 82, were held
recently at the Sacred Heart Chapel in Ancon. Mrs. Gravatt came to
the Isthmus during World War I. Surviving her are her daughter,
Mrs. Grayce L. Nadeau, of Balboa; a son, Grover J. Gravatt of Castro
Valley, Calif.; nine grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
Word has been received from Mrs. Laura Greenidge of Brooklyn,
N.Y. that her husband Lloyd Greenidge passed away on June 6, 1975.
Mr. Thomas H. Kelley, Henderson, N.C. passed away July 29,
1976. He is survived by his widow, Florence (Tootie); three children,
Margie Seagers, Thomas H., Jr. and Pat Kappe and three grandchil-
Mrs. Lillian M. Knight of Portland, Oregon passed away on May
2nd. This information was received from Mrs. W. T. Henry of
Zephyrhills, Fla., a long time friend of Lillians, who was informed by
Mr. George Vernon Kirkland, 63, former chief, Contract Inspect-
ing Branch of the Construction Division died June 17th at Gorgas
Hospial. Mr. Kirkland was with the U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S.
Army Engineers before joining the Canal organization from which he
retired in August 1973. Surviving him are his widow, Mercedes and
daughter, Nora of Panama City and daughter Jeanette McReynolds
living in Germany; five brothers; three sisters and nine grandchil-
Rev. Joseph Konen, C.M., 63, former pastor of St. Mary's Church,
Balboa, died on May 9th, in St. Mary's Hospital, Birmingham, Al.
Father Konen was ordained in Philadelphia in 1939 following which he
travelled to China where he spent the next 13 years in missionary
work until he was assigned to St. Mary's. It is suggested that friends
who wish to remember Fr. Konen contribute to the Cancer Fund.
Mr. Leo Lessiak, 85, died July 20 at Ocean Grove, New Jersey.
Mr. Lessiak was a retired employee of the Hamburg American Line.
He is survived by his son, Robert of Kerrville, Texas; two grandchil-
dren, Susan Stabler of Margarita and John Lessiak of Kansas City,
Mo. and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Maynard Lindberg, 60, passed away on 20 July in Baltimore,
Maryland. Mr. Lindberg will be remembered on the Zone as a
policeman in Balboa during 1940 through 1958. He is survived by his
widow, Leona Thomas (Gamboa), two sons, William and Bruce and
Mrs. Marguerite Peck McGinnis, 81, of St. Petersburg, Fl.,
passed away July 6th. Mrs. McGinnis moved from Balboa Heights 18
years ago. She is survived by her husband, Edwin M.; a nephew, John
Peck, Eglin AFB, and a niece, Lillian Fruedenberger, of St. Peters-
Col. James D. Mayden, USAF (Ret.) passed away June 18th in
Biloxi, Miss. He is survived by his wife, Peggy MacMurray Mayden of
28 Hickory Hill Circle, Biloxi, Miss. 35932 and three sisters.
Mrs. Matilda Josephine Neely, 90, a long time resident of the
Canal Zone, died on June 29, at Sarasota, Florida. Mrs. Neely was a
member of the Cristobal Woman's Club and a matron of the Order of
Eastern Star at Cristobal. Surviving her are four daughters; Mildred
Neely, Mrs. Marian Greene and Mrs. Elsie Smith, all of Sarasota, and
Mrs. Esther Burks of New Port Richey, Fl. Also surviving Mrs. Neely
are a sister, Mrs. Elsie Cousineau of West Covina, Ca.; 12 grandchil-
dren and 18 great grandchildren.
Mr. Craig Sydney Neville, 78, of Laguna Hills, Ca., died June 7th.
Mr. Neville went to the Canal in 1923 and retired from the Accounting
Branch in 1955. Surviving him are two daughters, Mrs. Bevery
Fawcett of the Canal Zone and Mrs. Barbara Best of Phoenix, Ar.
Mrs. Helen Catherine Petersen died on May 26th at Hollywood
Presbyterian Hospital, Los Angeles, Ca. Helen had been employed in
the Claims Branch, PCC, Balboa Heights, until her retirement in 1951.
She was the widow of Frank J. Petersen, Jr., who was with the Postal
Division on the Pacific side until his death in 1940. At her bedside
were her daughters, Sister M. Loretta, O.S.F. (Mary), of St. Matthias
Convent in Columbus, Ohio, and Eileen Therese Petersen of Los
Angeles. Helen is also survived by a son, Thomas William Petersen,
who recently retired from the Electrical Division, Balboa, and seven
Funeral services for Robert Read, 31, were conducted recently at
St. Mary's Church in Balboa. Mr. Read attended Canal Zone schools
and served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966. Surviving him are his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira N. C. Read, of Panama City; a brother,
Steve; and two sisters, Mrs. Joan Dupehen, of San Francisco, Ca., and
Mrs. Janet Dudly of Palo Alto, Ca.
Mr. Vernon Evans Sauvan, 86, passed away in Portsmouth, Va.
on April 14. He saw service with the U.S. Navy from 1913 to 1917; and
1921 to 1924 at the U.S. Radio Station in Darien, CZ. He was elected to
Sojourners Lodge A. F. & A. M., Cristobal, CZ and was a sixty year
member of the craft at his death. He is survived by his son, Arthur V.
Sauvan of Chesapeake, Va; a brother; two granddaughters; and two
Mr. Philip W. Seigle died in East Lansing, Michigan on July 18th.
He was an Isthmanian Canal Employee and retired from the Motor
Transportation Division in 1931. Surviving Mr. Seigle are a son
Richard of Yale, Michigan; a daughter, Mrs. Ellis Dickson, East
Lansing; four grandchildren and a sister Mrs. Glynn Terrell of Bent-
Mr. Benjamin Suisman, 71, a longtime Canal Zone resident and
retired Panama Canal employee, died June 22 at the Gorgas Hospital.
He was well known for his activities in Canal Zone and Panama sports
circles and a member of Elks Lodge 1414. He is survived by his widow,
Alice; son, Robert and two daughters, Dolores and Eileen; a sister,
Mrs. David Bosenblum of Atlantic City, N.J.
Mr. Clarence R. Taht, 76, of Lynnwood, Washington, died May
27th. Mr. Taht retired in 1961 from Miraflores Filtration Plant. He is
survived by his widow, Ruth; two sons, Robert C. of Rodman, CZ and
Richard H. of Lynnwood, Washington; four grandchildren and four
Mr. Frederick J. Wainio, Assistant Director, Panama Canal
Transportation and Terminals Bureau, and Manager of the Water
Transportation Division died May 19th after collapsing at his office.
He was 50. Member of a well-known Canal Zone family, Mr. Wainio
was born on the Isthmus and had over 33 years service with the Canal
organization. He was a member of the Elks, Tarpon Club, Cristobal
Yacht Club, the Brazos Brook Club and the Cristobal-Colon Rotary
Club. Surviving are his widow, Kelly; two daughters, Jody of
Margarita and Beth Ann, Tulsa, Okla; a son, Frederick, Jr., is a
midshipman at the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y.; a
brother, Robert, Chief of the Customs Division; brother John, a
retired Army employee living in Florida; sisters Gretchen Melanson
and Alice Smith of Florida, and Ethel Staples in Kentucky.
Mrs. Mary A. Welch, 85, passed away recently in the Canal Zone.
She went to Panama in 1908 residing there until 1948 when her
husband Edward F. Welch retired. In 1971, Mrs. Welch returned to
the Isthmus to reside with her daughter, Delores of Cucrundu. She
was a charter member of Court 447 of the Catholic Daughters of
America. Surviving Mrs. Welch are three sons, Paul E. Welch, of
Long Meadow, Mo., Edward E. Welch, of Lakeland, Fla., Gerard F.
Welch of Balboa and two daughters, Ann Sawyer, of Alexandria, Va.,
and Dolores, and nine grandchildren.
Mrs. Lottie Mae Westendorff, widow of the late Henry A.
Westendorff, passed away February 16th in Jolly Acres Skilled
Nursing Home, Orangeburg, South Carolina. She went with her
husband to the Canal Zone in August 1919 and resided in Balboa until
his retirement from the Panama Canal in 1938. She is survived by one
son, James W. Westendorff of Aiken, S.C.; one daughter, Mrs. Bill
Reavis (Edna Mae), Alamogordo, New Mexico and three grandchil-
Mr. Clifford Claude Wicks, 64, of Pensacola, Fl., passed away on
July 15th. Mr. Wicks was a retired Chief Warrant Officer of the U.S.
Navy; and a member of the Naval Lodge No. 24, the Retired Officers
Association. He is survived by his widow, Irma Fayard Wicks; two
daughters, Vicki of Pensacola and Carol Young of Atlanta; his mother,
Anna Belle McFarland of Lehigh Acres, Fl.; a sister, Vivian Bortis of
Beatrice, Neb.; two brothers, J. P. Wicks of Lehigh Acres, and
Donavan Wicks of Lancaster.
Mr. Timothy L. Woodruff, 69, of Panama died recently at the
Gorgas Hospital. An Engineer officer with the U.S. Army he served
four years in Europe during World War II. He had been a resident of
Panama since 1946. Surviving are his widow, Marjorie K. Woodruff;
two sons, Timothy L. and John E. Woodruff; two stepsons, Warren P.
Baker of Bogota, Columbia, and Robert E. Baker of Fairfax, Va.; and
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them. **
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Miss Margaret Ellen Follis, daughter of Mrs. Marivada Connally
and the late Thad F. Connally, and Richard Henry Carpenter were
married at the home of the bridegrooms parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry
T. Carpenter, Nashville, Tenn. at 7:30 P.M. on March 16, 1976. The
bride was escorted by her brother, Dr. Thad F. Connally of Bowling
Green, Ky. She wore a champagne-colored satin dress and carried
spring flowers. Miss Doratha E. Connally, sister of the bride, served
as maid of honor, and John G. Logan, III, was best man. A reception
and buffet followed. After their return from a wedding trip to
Montego Bay, Jamaica, they will be at home in Nashville.
Kathy Carter and Michael C. Fulop were married on April 16,
1976, in St. Petersburg, Florida. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Katzler of Cincinnati, Ohio. The bridegroom is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Fulop, Oceanside, California, and is a graduate
of Balboa High School, the class of 1963. They will reside in Bear
Creek Estate, Florida. Michael is working for the U.S. Veterans
Hospital in Tampa.
Miss Sandra A. Kaufer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore L.
Kaufer, and SP4 Timothy Dwane Severson, son of Mr. Dwayne
Severson of Everett, Washington and Mrs. Peter Schwan of Minot,
North Dakota, were married on April 24 at a 7:30 P.M. double ring
ceremony at Holy Family Church, Margarita.
The bride who was given in marriage by her father wore a gown
of white quiana. Sandra was attended by a maid of honor and four
bridesmaids; a ring bearer and flower girl. Timothy had a best man
and four groomsmen.
Following the church ceremony a reception was held at the
The young couple are making their home in Colon until leaving
for Ft. Ord, California.
On Friday, April 16th, Robert T. Thomas, Jr., son of Mary Alice
Thomas and the late Robert T. Thomas, formerly of Gatun, Canal
Zone, now of El Paso was married to Mrs. Carolynne Anne Proctor,
formerly of Adelaide, Australia. Bob is employed as Sales Supervisor
for the El Paso branch of American Automobile Association.
Miss Dawn Marie Heck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Heck
of Lake Worth, Florida and Norman Spector, son of Captain and Mrs.
Irving Spector of St. Petersburg, Florida and formerly of the Canal
Zone, were married on Saturday, May 15. Following the ceremony a
reception was held at the home of the bride's parents.
The young couple are making their home in Gainesville, Florida.
Mrs. Richard P. Ramirez
Miss Mary Grace Thomas, daughter of Mary Alice Thomas and
the late Robert T. Thomas, formerly of Gatun, Canal Zone, now of El
Paso, Texas was married to Richard P. Ramirez on Saturday, August
14th at the Episcopal Parish of Christ the King in an afternoon
ceremony by Father William Martin.
She was given away by her brother, Robert T. Thomas, Jr. The
reception was held at the home of the bride. She is presently
attending the University of Texas at El Paso and is a junior majoring
in education. Her husband, Richard, just graduated from the
University of Texas at El Paso with a BS in Business Administration
and is employed by Goodyear Service Stores.
At four o'clock in the afternoon, June 19, 1976, Debra Elaine
Wilford became the bride of George Francis Adair. The wedding and
reception was held at the home of her father and his wife, Mr. and
Mrs. Robert M. Wilford in Campbell, California. Lisbet Ann Wilford
was her sisters' bridesmaid and Jerry Adair was best man for his
Mrs. Carol E. Harvey came from Coco Solo, Canal Zone to be with
her daughter. Other out of town guests were Mrs. Emily V. Harris,
paternal grandmother of the bride; Mrs. Norine Kaufer and Nancy
Leach and James Roe, all former residents of the Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Thomas Day, San Antonio, Texas, announce
the birth of their first child, a son, David Michael, born on June 3,
1976. Mrs. Day is the former Donna Marie Graham of Margarita.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William R. Graham of
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher I. McLean of Charleston, S.C. announce
the birth of their first child, Daniel Richard, born May 16, 1976, at the
Charleston Naval Hospital. The baby was named for his two
grandfathers. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard K.
Smothers of Pensacola, Fla. Paternal grandparents, Mrs. Alice
Strauss Stroop of Pasadena, Tx. and the late Daniel McLean.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. McNamara announce the birth of their
second child, Melissa Ann, on April 20 in Clearwater, Florida.
Maternal grandmother is Mrs. Jack C. Sutherland and the maternal
great-grandmother is Mrs. Gilbert B. Owen, both of Clearwater. Dr.
Robert McNamara of Battle Creek, Michigan is the paternal grand-
Mr. and Mrs. James O. Catron, Jr. of Madison, Florida announce
the arrival of their second child, Stephen James, on May 26, 1976.
Mrs. Catron is the former Sylvia Thomas of South Carolina. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Catron, Sr. of Aiken, South
Carolina, formerly of Gamboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Morse of El Paso, Texas, announce the
birth of their second child, first daughter, Michelle Delaine, born on
June 20, 1976. Mrs. Morse is the former Susanna A. Kotalik of Far
Fan. Maternal grandmother is Mrs. Carmen Kotalik of El Paso and
the paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Warren W. Morse of
Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Lester Wallace (Billie Marsh) of Clatskanie,
announce the birth of their second son, Steven Allen, born May 23,
Longview, Washington. The baby weighed 8 pounds 11 ounces and is
21 inches long. Grandparents are Marilyn and Tom Marsh of Oregon
City and Mia and Chuck Wallace of Oak Grove, Oregon. Great-grand-
parents are Ike and Ruth Metzger of Minneapolis and Agusta Marsh
of Riverside, California.
Mr. and Mrs. Alan H. Wells (Kathy Jane Melanson) of Bryan,
Texas, announce the birth of their second daughter, Krista Renee, on
April 22, 1976. Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Katherine E. Melson
of Diablo Heights and Theodore D. Melanson of Corozal. Paternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Wells of Balboa. Dr. and Mrs.
Antenor Quinzado of Panama, R. de P. are the maternal great
THE CANAL ZONE
Mrs. T. L. Kaufer of Margarita writes on March 28th a bridal
shower was given by Mrs. Marty Rivera and the bridesmaids for
Sandra Kaufer at the Elks Club at Brazos. The co-hostesses were
Norine L. Kaufer, Julie Robertson, Lucy Blout and Chabila Ser Felice.
Thirty-seven friends attended. Delicious refreshments, including a
beautiful cake, coffee and punch were served.
A second shower was given at the Elks Club, April 12th for
Sandra Kaufer by Sheila Egger, and aunt of the bride-to-be. This was
a surprise lingerie shower. The theme on the cake was "Get Me To
The Church On Time". It was attended by 17 of Sandra's friends.
Daniel A. Pagenta a few events from the Canal Zone and
Panama ... First, news of the First Baptist Church, Pastor Beebe has
just returned from one of his trips to India. The remodeling of the
Church basement and Sunday School rooms are proceeding on
schedule Recent visitors, Lloyd and Ruth Peterson were here
visiting their daughter Sherrel and their son-in-law Bob Russell. The
Cottons, Art and wife, were here visiting Dotty and Ken Manthorn.
The Church Good News Singers made a recent trip thru Panama over
a period of one week stopping at various towns on the Interamerican
Hi-way where they gave concerts sponsored by the local churches. Bill
and Imo Hampton are now living in Willis, Texas. Dan and Ida
Pagenta were able to visit them during the month of April and found
Bill and Imo very happy. Yolanda Gutierrez, daughter of the
Pagenta's is now visiting Panama and her husband, Bryan Homles,
will be joining her shortly. This will be Bryan's first trip to Panama
and we are looking forward to showing him all of the sights and
introduce him to all our friends. Yolanda and Bryan are missionaries
attached to the Bethany Fellowship Group in Minneapolis, Minn. I
have noticed a great many beautiful honeydew melons being sold in
the market and along the street here in Panama. This is the first time
I have noticed such a large number being for sale for many years. The
cantelope, pineapple and avocados are all in season, are very
abundant, and we are enjoying them immensely. .. Best Personal
Mrs. Barbara Hallen Matthews, Whitianga "I thought it would
be of general interest to all subscribers of the Canal Record,
especially the older retirees, to learn that the Museum of Modern
Art, 11 West 53rd St., New York, N.Y. is staging an exhibition of my
fathers photographs. The exhibition will open on August 9th and run
through October 3rd. The title is "Projects: Panama Canal Photo-
graphs by Ernest "Red" Hallen."
Many of the members of the various Panama Canal Societies
across the U.S. will have known "Red" personally and the photos will
bring back old and treasured memories.
My sister, Mrs. Priscilla Hallen Pittman of Boynton Beach,
Florida and I, residing in New Zealand for the past twenty-two years,
are enormously proud of this exceptional recognition to our father
who died in 1947."
Panama Canal Society of Dothan
"Summer has been a real busy time in Dothan. Visitors and more
visitors from the Canal Zone and all over the States. Margaret and
Jack Hern had their grandchildren, Johnny and Mitch from the CZ
and they were later joined by their parents, Jack and Fran Hern. Dick
and Ruth Hern were also visitors after returning from a European
trip. Vivian and Walter Mikulich visited with the Frank Andersons
on their way to their retirement home in Seminole. Jean and Bud
Harris had Annie Rathgeber and daughter Judy from the CZ and
Annie's sister-in-law, Noreen, from New Jersey. Bud and Dot Yost,
who recently retired from the CZ, held a family reunion in their new
home. Those attending were Ted and Karen Yost, Betty and Bob
Rathgeber from Houston, Texas, Sam and Betty Roe from Jackson-
ville, Florida and the Yost's families from the States. Judge and
Berniece Deming, who moved to Dothan from Lincoln, Nebraska, had
their sons Billy and his wife from the CZ and John and Dennis and
family from the States for a visit. Dave and Evelyn Lowe had their
daughter, Linda, for a short visit. Louella and Cecil High had their
daughter, Grace Lawrence, from the CZ. Catherine and Eddie File
had their daughter Katie and grandson from Houma, Louisiana. They
also had Steve and Dana Bissell from Ocala and the Bill Waldrons
from Albany, Georgia, over for dinner one night. The Freeland
Hollowells from the CZ also shared a dinner with them. The Lester
Wiles from the CZ spent a few days with the Filos, also Dee
DeStefano. They worked with Eddie on the police force. Art and Elsie
Blystone and son from Aiken, SC also stopped by.
The following have bought homes here in Dothan in recent
months: Maggie and Johnny Janssen; Don and Vi Rudy; Berniece and
John Deming; Charles and Esther Kaufman; Bud and Wanda Yost
(moved from Jacksonville); Bill and Dot Benny and Lee and Frances
Sampsell (still in the CZ).
The Panama Society of Dothan met in the Community Room of
the City National Bank for a covered dish supper. New officers were
elected as follows: Mrs. E. C. McGriff, President; John Burke,
Vice-President; Mrs. Eddie Filo, Secretary. The Canal Zone group
made a trip to the nuclear plant which was followed by a lunch at the
Olympia Spa which was hosted by the First Alabama Bank of
Catherine Filo, Secretary
Mrs. Dorothy W. Montanye, Fairhope "I am sending this
application for membership in the Society for my son, Kenneth J.
Montanye. I know a lot of you folks remember him for he grew up on
the Zone and finished his apprenticeship in the Mechanical Division,
then went to Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy, then into the
service. He married Ruth Myers, a nurse at Gorgas. He is now
working for Travelers as a Marine Engineer and lives in Vernon, Ct.
When they come down here he always gets the Record out and goes
over them from cover to cover. His birthday is coming up very soon
and I thought this subscription would be very acceptable."
Henry T. Leisy, Montgomery "Etta and I had been
housesitting in LaBoca from 1 May to 13 June for Bill and [Tutty]
Marion Mallory while they were taking in the sights in Europe. Really
enjoyed the trip especially since our sons Bob and Ralph with wives
Delores and Rita were our guests for a brief spell. During their stay
Bonnie Thompson took us across the bridge to Rodman where we all
enjoyed Lucho who was, as always, up to his crowd pleasing
renditions. Later we visited with gobs of other former Pedro
Miguelites, of course, the younger set; to mention some: Bill and
Betty Dunning, Gayle and Mavis Fortner, Carl and Dotty Meisner,
Jim and Mary Young, and Mrs. Frances Sampsell, former teacher
there and now with Headquarters of the Division of Schools .... while
about town, ran into R. B. Shaw and Ginger Young (Coffey), and
Becky Earhart (Abel), Clarence Sykes with his Dad, Al. Deutch, who
is now 81 years old, but still working with the PanCanal-Contractor
at Section I. The highlight of our visit there was a most successful
Peacock Bass fishing trip with Wally Teal of Gamboa, who took us to
the upper regions of Gatun Lake. Before returning we stopped at the
Borrow Colorado landing and had a short introduction to biologists
there. What a treat! While nearing Gamboa, said Hello to Lloyd Kent,
Master of the SAN PABLO, pushing a huge steamer toward the Cut.
Was he ever surprised offered us a ride to the Pedro Miguel Locks.
We ended the day with Wally's wife, Sandra, preparing our catch in
the most delicious manner. Since Wally and Sandra are from our
hometown of Montgomery it will be hard to reciprocate when they
come to town on vacation! Also visited with Vonnie Jones. Her
oldest boy, David just graduated from high school. Libby and
husband, Charles Murray, were there for a real enjoyable visit. They
are building near her mother in Hattiesburg. We had a wonderful trip
back less than three hours to Miami and same to Montgomery. In
Miami saw the MacIlvaines who were heading for a vacation in
Switzerland to cool off.
Mrs. Martha A. Griffith, Phoenix "We, my father and I have
just returned from two weeks in Hampton, Va. where we visited with
my brother Dave. My Dad, David Potts, did very well on this trip (he
will be 91 on the 19th of November) but we were glad to get back to
Arizona (even if it is hot). My sister and brother-in-law, Don and Netta
Bruce, are still in the CZ and we visited them earlier this year. My
father has made his home with me for the past 2 years. He came to
stay right after I retired from the General Service Administration
with over 30 years of service."
"Hi-ya, are ya all right?" was the happy greeting exchanged
among the 100 members and their guests, attending the Annual
Blanche Shaw Picnic on Father's Day in Agri Park, Fayetteville, Ar-
kansas. The cool sunshiny day was perfect for such an outing and
news flowed easily as the tasty dishes were hungrily devoured.
We were delighted to welcome newcomers and guests from near
and far. Among the latter were Margaret and Ross Hollowell from
Florida, and from the Canal Zone, Jim and Karen Palumbo and
daughter, Russell and Ann Favorite with their three children, and Mr.
and Mrs. Willard Huffman and son, Willie, guests of the Stephens.
Newcomers who now live in this area are Maxine and Earl Wrenn,
Springdale, Mrs. Virginia Favorite, Bentonville, Mrs. Mary Stephens
and daughter, Kathy, Harold Grammer, Bentonville, Lyle and Ruth
Mertz, Bella Vista and Judy Prince, Bentonville.
Parked near the entrance of the picnic area was a fine new
Motor home, belonging to Dot and Bill Loehr. Bill said that the old
Mobile Traveler had gone 98,000 miles, before he turned it in. This
included two trips to Alaska since he retired from the Food and Drug
Administration in December, 1972. Dot has a ROCK SHOP in a 5' x 10'
mobile Classroom parked in the backyard of their home at 819 Maple
St., Lawrence, Kansas, 66044. What an interesting life they have had.!
Addie and Edgel Colclasure are enjoying retirement in Rogers,
Ark. Much of their time is spent in the garden, trying to urge the
tomatoes to grow faster! However, having imbibed in the Chagres,
the desire to return to the Canal Zone will become a realization in
November when they expect to visit with the Gatun Colclasures, son
Randy and family. Daughter Marian teaches 6th grade in Memphis,
Tennessee and younger son, David attends the University of
Arkansas, studying electrical engineering.
The Luke Palumbos in Fayetteville, are having a "guest" summer
with visits from Canal Zone family and friends. Over a period of time,
these will include James and Karen Palumbo, with daughter, Luke T.
and Algo Palumbo and children, Judy [Palumbo] and husband, Bruce
Hicks and Mary Lou and Paul Jeffries and son, Doug. Luke has found
his garden productive fun, and his thumb growing greener as his
Jesse Holloway remarked that he is still making CRAFTSMAN
wrenches at Moore, Co. while son, Kip is joining the Navy.
Jessie Newhard noted that she had just returned from a month in
the Canal Zone with her friend, Elizabeth Rowley. She is recovering
nicely from double cataract operations. She thoroughly enjoyed a visit
from Fred, Jr. Newhard and his wife from Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Carl and Helen Newhard have had quite a jaunt to Battle Creek,
Michigan and Fort Wayne, Indiana, visiting sons Bruce and Sam and
their families. While there, Carl went fishing with the boys at the
opening of the bass season and caught about 50!! What lure did you
Frances and Andrew Whitlock's daughter, Audre Lee Collins and
granddaughter, Frances from St. Louis visited them in Fayetteville in
June for ten days.
Herb Engelke of Bentonville, announced that he was going to
take a trip to Europe in July for two weeks, visiting Austria and
Switzerland. With him at the picnic were his daughter, Marguerite
and husband, Harold Grammer with their three children and son,
Herbie, with his fiance, Judy Prince. We were all invited to the
wedding of Herbie and Judy on August 7th at the Methodist Church in
Bentonville. Herb, Sr. plans to go to the Canal Zone in October to visit
his daughter, Mary Alice Wiliford and family in Margarita, returning
home in the first of the year. Happy traveling, Herb!!
Virginia Favorite is enjoying a visit from her son, Russell and his
wife, Ann, and their three children for several weeks in June.
Karl and Fern Glass, Diamond City, Ark. spent a most enjoyable
21/2 months during the winter of '76, visiting their son, Daniel and
family in Gamboa and daughter, Sylvia and husband, Mack Laudrum,
Jr. and family in Coco Solo.
A long chat with Lyle and Ruth Mertz, formerly of Panama,
informed us that, as of February 1, 1976, they had moved to 15 Paxton
Lane, Bella Vista, Ark. 72712 where they are thoroughly enjoying
The Balcers and the McCues drove west to San Diego and then
north to Salinas, Calif. to visit Morris and Ruth Cherry, contacting
several friends, including Art Cotton, A. Paul and Rose Jones.
Another trip took them to Ohio and Elmira, N.Y. to visit folks from
Scotland. En route home, they stopped to see Bud's folks in Iowa.
Jeffrey Jarvis, son of Dolores and Bill Jarvis of Bella Vista,
Arkansas, has been working for an aviation company as a Flight
Instructor and Charter Pilot in the Greater Miami area. He graduated
with a bachelor of Science Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University at Daytona Beach, Florida, prior to entering this work.
Georgi Gwinn of Springfield, Missouri, surprised us with the
announcement of her forthcoming trip to Alaska. When asked for
more details, said Georgia, "Continued in the next issue!" We'll be
waiting to hear .
In early June, Captain and Mrs. Arthur Cherry of Clearwater,
Florida, spent 5 days visiting Frank and Betty McGilberry in Rogers,
Arkansas. The Cherrys also visited the Martin Annen family and Ora
Clayton during their stay. They are en route to Vancouver, Washing-
ton, to visit Captain and Mrs. J. P. Johnson. They were so impressed
with our area that they are giving some thought to making a move and
it is very possible that they might drop their anchor here. Ship ahoy!!
En route home in the Spring, Harry and Lee Butz stopped by to
see Ann and John Turner, former neighbors in the Balboa "flats", now
living in Bethesda, Maryland. They look well, and took them to see
their daughter, Joanne, husband and four children. Later on, in
Nashville, Tennessee, they had lunch with Maxine and Henry
Carpenter who told them that their son, "Rich" was married. (See
Peter Butz, wife Janice and two sons flew to Panama to visit his
grandparents, Bruna and Leonard Butz high in the mountains of
Chiriqui, the Volcan, for three weeks. Pete's former school chum, Paul
Richards (police force) and his wife met them at Tocumen and
entertained them for several days at their home in Balboa.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders report that their son, Bruce III and
grandson Curtis of Los Rios, Canal Zone, checked in at the Bentonville
"finca" in Mid-May in time to help celebrate Grandpa's birthday.
Bruce's wife, Sandy, and other son, Douglas, arrived a couple of weeks
later. Although their visit was somewhat curtailed by Dorothy's
necessary operation, the Canal Zone Sanders nevertheless were
enabled to enjoy and appreciate again life in the "Land of Opportun-
ity"; they took off for a trip to Yellowstone, the Pacific Northwest and
California before returning to Bentonville. (Reporter's note: Sixteen
year old Doug found an opening for work at Yellowstone and snatched
up the opportunity for the summer!!)
Charlie Malsbury spent four days in Dallas, Texas, visiting and
reminiscing with Mrs. Lister Daniels and son, Bob about former Canal
Zone days. Mrs. Daniels retired from the Commissary Division while
Bob used to be Administrative Officer for the Balboa Electrical
Division. For the last twenty-three years, Bob has been working with
the Texas Power Co. Upon returning from Dallas, Charlie picked up
Gloria and took off for Branson, Missouri where they saw "The
Shepherd of the Hills" play. While in that area, they toured "Silver
Dollar" City and visited the School of the Ozarks.
The Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon this Fall will be held
on October 17th at 1 P.M. at Bowen's Restaurant in the Northwest
Arkansas Mall on Highway 71, south of Springdale. Watch out for
notification by phone or card. Don't forget this important event! Come
back, now, you all!
Lenor Butz, Reporter
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS:
In May, Douglas and Pauline Fulop visited Steve and Lucille
Fulop in Oceanside, California. They both work in the Office of the
Comptroller, PanCanal Company and live in Los Rios. They were on
their way back to the Canal Zone after touring the United States for
Mrs. Sallie Wimmer of Northside is at home recuperating after
seven weeks in the hospital.
Paul and Mildred Kline returned last month from a wonderful
vacation in Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. Mr. Kline's brother of
Columbus, Ohio, met them in Colorado.
We were quite happy to have Mrs. Martha [Jones] Paliwoda
rejoin our society. The distance between our meeting sites and her
Long Beach home made it quite difficult for her to attend our sessions.
A recent visit with Mrs. Anna Bickford (who is currently in a
Mennonite nursing home in Reedley, CA) and a look at Anna's April
newsletter rekindled interest in the society. Martha wrote that
travels in 1973 involved visits with Susan Pender Bellinger of
Charleston; Ruth Bickford Pemberton of New Orleans, and Olgo
Balderach of Galveston., Mrs. Paliwoda concluded by writing that she
will try to get down to one of the dinners in the near future.
Virginia Dolim wrote us an informative note "Hank retired
from Northrop Corporation in January... We bought a town-house in
Rancho California for a weekend home ... We finally found a duplex
and will be moving to it about July 7th. Herk, (her son) Capt. H. P.,
Jr., is serving an unaccompanied tour of duty in Korea flying F-4's."
Mrs. Doris C. Hanson wrote to us early in May to inform us of her
new address. They moved from Apartment 64 to Apartment 63. She
adds that "someday Bob and I will go to a luncheon." Her brother
George Cassell cannot attend because he does not walk too well. In
any case, we send our best regards to all.
Mrs. Julian Rice has been sick for a year, but is feeling somewhat
better. Her husband, Bud Rice, has had a very busy year in his work.
At the same time, Bud's mother is recuperating from her second hip
Joan and Jack deGrummond are currently visiting in the Zone
and Panama. They report that there is some new housing in the CZ
and construction in Panama City. They stayed a week at their house in
Coronado and returned to document the bicentennial celebration -
the 4th of July Parade. They ended up taking pictures of the parade in
the rain, but the sun did come out for other afternoon activities.
Fireworks in the evening were cancelled because of the continuing
storm. The deGrummonds mentioned that it was enjoyable to see
family and many friends still down on the Isthmus. They are expected
to be back in Los: Angeles the latter part of July.
L-R: David LeRoy Smith, Aileene L-R: Mildred McMahon, Estrella de la
Smith Hoyle, Mrs. Elizabeth Taber, Pena and Bess Kenealy.
and Roy Ballard.
Joan Ridge deGrummond
and dad Jack Ridge.
L-R: Mrs. Geneva
William H. Allen,
Shrapnel, Dorothy Hayward,
Kathryn Breuckener, and
L-R: Mrs. Donald Judson [Evelyn], Erma Forbes,
Bess Kenealy, Martha Furey and Inez Evans.
Mr. & Mrs. Noble A. Phillips
[Marion Hutchison], Laguna
L-R: Mrs. Forrest Cheeseman [Lola], Mrs.
Arthur Endicott [Evelyn], Mr. and Mrs.
Austin F. "Buck" Yoder [Helen Adams].
Pictures were taken at Panama Canal Society of South California Spring
Luncheon at Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park, CA, on April 11, 1976.
Fred Mohl, Rockville writes that Ann and Joe Dolan with their
daughters, Suzanne, Bridget and Ginny of Balboa were their house-
guests. One day they browsed through the beautiful Enfield Mall in
Ellington and talked about the Zone until it was time to retire. The
following day we went to Harwinton to visit Ann's friend, Ellen
Smith, who she had not seen since the 8th grade. Ellen's father served
in the U.S. Army and was stationed on the Zone. Fred and Trudi are
planning a trip to the west coast to visit Trudi's mother; then to
Denver, Colorado to see Janice and Tom Rusk. They plan on spending
the winter in Ft. Lauderdale where they hope to see old friends.
Regards to Gaddis Wall, Charlie Fears and Troy Hayes.
President Wall received a post card from Past President Askew
- "We are here after 9,000 miles; 6 U.S.A. National Parks and 2 in
Canada; 4 times over the Continental Divide; saw the upper end of the
Missouri; took a snowmobile ride on a Canadian glacier. Should be
able to give a brief report at the August meeting."
Visitors to the Alton and Vera Jones' home in Largo were their
son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Nancy.
Beatrice B. Sears, Pensacola Earl and I are now permanently
established and very happy. We look forward to visits from lots of
friends from the Canal Zone and those already living in the U.S.A. ...
We're enjoying being homeowners but what a learning experience.
Right now our attention is centered around the "care and feeding" of a
bug infested lawn! Still make time to glue ourselves to the TV to see
our first good coverage of the Olympics. Best wishes to all and
hope we can see many of you at the reunion in January."
Frances and Roy Sharp, St. Petersburg tells us the William
Violets from the Canal were up and spent six weeks vacationing on
the beach. While here, their son, Jimmy Violet, came from Seattle,
Washington to visit with his parents. The Sharps daughter, Mary
Kauffman and two children, Anne and Earl visited for two weeks at
this time.... Might say they had a Family Reunion. Mary's husband,
LCDR Gordon E. Kauffman, is enroute from duty in Japan to the War
College in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with six months at Monterey, Cali-
fornia, before departure. How lucky can one be! Harry Wertz of
Crestview is recovering from a stroke. ... Walter and Jesse Lindsay,
with their two naturalized children from Korea, for five days.. Dad,
Frank J. Violette doing fairly well.
The Ross Hollowells of Clearwater write from Hendersonville,
N.C... The traveling Hollowells are back in North Carolina for the
summer. In May we went to Hawaii, the most beautiful of all the 50
states, and had a really marvelous time on one of the Brown Tours of
St. Pete. A friend of Marge's son, Charles Hardy who lives in
Honolulu, took us all over the Island of Oahu so of course we saw
things that the regular traveler never sees. After the tour we wound
up at his house and he surprised us with a telephone call to
Gainesville, Florida to Chuck. On the way back we stopped over in
L.A. and visited with Shirley O'Connor and family. Their home is
lovely. The children were home this time and Michael had just
graduated with honors from college. We had lots to tell her mother,
Shirley Smith who now lives in Clearwater not too far from us....
After a few days rest we took off to Northwest Arkansas where we
attended a picnic for P.C. retired saw George and Edith Engelke
and all the Engelke family plus Carl and Helen Newhard, Minnie and
Eldridge Burton, Mr. and Mrs. Butz, the Maedl's, Luke Palumbo and
many others Again we were home only a few days when we
packed up for Hendersonville to spend three months. Attended the
local picnic held July 16th at Lake Julian where we saw friends we
hadn't seen in 20 years or more. A really delightful time was had by
all .... Next month we plan on being in Aiken, S.C. for their summer
meeting and will report about that at a later date Best wishes to
Capt. and Mrs. Ralph Curies, Dunnellon While vacationing in
the Hawaiian Islands 24 May thru 1 June with Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Zerban, we were pleasantly surprised to run into former Zonians,
Emmett and Adele Argo on the Island of Kauai. We had dinner at the
Coco Palms Hotel and caught up on the latest news from California
and the Canal. While on the Island of Kauai, we made the cruise up the
Wailua River to see the Fern Grotto. Other trips included the City of
Hilo, Hawaii National Park and Kilauea Volcano on the Island of
Hawaii. On the Island of Oahu the Aloha Tower, the Polynesian Cul-
tural Center and a cruise to Pearl Harbor. On 30 May we visited
former Canal Zone friends, Frances Farrell Vigleimo with son, Mark
and daughter, Emily; Frances' mother, Mrs. Eleanor McQueary.
Frances gave us a real Sightseeing tour of Oahu and then stopped at
her home. We lunched at the Kahala Hilton Hotel, more sightseeing
and then she took us back to our hotel, the Outrigger East, as Frances
was in a concert that evening. Her husband, a professor in the
University of Hawaii had gone to Japan just prior to our arrival. Mrs.
McQueary was secretary to John G. Claybourne, Superintendent of
the Dredging Division in Gamboa for many years. Frances grew up
with our daughters, Barbara, Edna and Margaret in Gamboa."
Old friends, the Hugh Norris', Lin Halls' and Bill De La Mater
were up from the Canal Zone for a brief visit with the Jim
McConaghys' of Clearwater and the Jerry Grahams' of St. Peters-
Mr. and Mrs. Russell Jones, St. Petersburg We spent six
weeks sightseeing and visiting friends in the West and Mid-West.
Visits were made with former Zonians, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Nita in
Dothan, Al.; Miss Rachel Martindale and Mrs. M. Kelly Harris in
Green Valley, Ar.; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jones of San Luis Obispo, Ca.,
and Mr. and Mrs. Garth Jones of Orange, Ca. Garth is now an
engineer with Rockwell International, developing the Space Shuttle.
We also visited with Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hanners who are spending
the summer in Denver, Co. So good to see all of them. Visits were also
enjoyed with relatives in Indiana, Wisconsin and friends in Tennessee.
Rita Goulet, St. Petersburg Leo and Carol were here two
weeks ago but only overnight. They were on their way home after
having driven to Miami together with Carol's sister Beverly and her
husband, Bob Berger. Leo, as you may know, is Vice-President Latin
American Division of Gerber Baby Food. Just today I received a letter
from Beverly, their eldest daughter. She is working for Gerbers in
Fremont, but only for the summer. Beverly graduated from Univer-
sity of Michigan with B.A. degree in History this past May and will
enter University of Michigan Law School in the fall. Their younger
daughter, Stephanie, graduated from Fremont High School in 1975
and has just completed her freshman year at Central Michigan
University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., majoring in Spanish and French.
Marie and Fred [Al] Dube, Clearwater took a delightful 15 day
tour to the British Isles in June. Everywhere you could see were
flocks of sheep grazing on the beautiful green rolling hills, covered
with clover, dandelions, buttercups and daisies. Many other flowers
were in full bloom and we have never seen so many gorgeous, colorful
gardens. We were impressed with the countryside of Ireland and
Scotland and thoroughly enjoyed all the tourist attractions in
England. Fortunately for us, but not for them, they had a drought
while we were there so we missed all the London fog. Enjoyed the trip
so much we are ready to go back again.
Timothy E. Dube, son of Marie Agnes
[Dube] Burns and grandson of Fred and Marie
Dube, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force last April.
He took his basic training at Lackland AFB,
San Antonio, TX, where his uncle Fred is
stationed as an Air Force Instructor. After
basic training Tim was sent to Sheppard AFB,
Wichita Falls, TX, to attend Technical School
for Aircraft Maintenance. Training completed,
Tim is now stationed at MacDill AFB, Tampa,
They are talking about
REALTOR' JIM McCONAGHY, C.R.B. Owner
MEMBER CANAL SOCIETY
Three Offices to serve you in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg Area.
5503 38th Avenue North Phone
St. Petersburg, Florida 347-3161
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Jay and Harry Cain on a five weeks vacation north visited
Harry's brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Cain and
other relatives in South Jersey. Also drove to Myrtle Beach, to visit
ex-CZers, Howard and Tillie Hagen and Mrs. Ann Pennock of Tampa,
who was visiting her son, Winchell T. Pennock, Jr., Sgt., USA, and his
family. They all spent some time in Cherry Hill, SC, with Ruth
Albertson, now retired.
Miss Mary N. Orr had as her houseguest for three weeks, her
sister, Mrs. Fred E. Wells, who was returning to the Canal Zone
following a visit in Bryan, TX. with her son and family, Alan and
Kathy Jane Wells and their daughters, Chandra and Krista.
During her Sarasota visit Mary and Marion attended a celebra-
tion at the home of Roy and Frankie Sharp of St. Petersburg,
honoring her father, Frank Violette on his 82nd birthday.
Mary Orr was hostess for the morning coffee group of 27 which
included several out-of-town guests: Florence Mallett of Dunedin;
Edna Wertz of Ozona; Florence Madison of Tarpon Springs and Aura
Erikson of New Port Richey.
Frances Days Jones had an informal open house to welcome Edna
Thirlwall Tipton, who was her houseguest visiting from Margarita,
CZ, following a visit with Dick and Dona [Eaton] Wood of Portsmouth,
Summer visitors with Mrs. Gladys B. Humphrey included Luke
Palumbo and family of Coco Solo, CZ, her nephew, Fred R. Walker of
Cardenas and her niece and family, Jack and Jeanne [Walker] Wagner
and two daughters of Diablo Heights. The Wagners had been visiting
with Jack's parents, Ellen and Forrest Wagner, formerly a civilian
employee at Corozal, now retired and living in Green Valley, AR, and
with Vicki Baldwin Pedersen and children in San Diego, before
coming to the Florida area.
Curtis and Emily Bliss of Rockledge, Fl., entertained on July 4th
at a family gathering which included the above-mentioned relatives
and another niece and family, Mabelle [Walker] Fitzgerald and
children from New Smyrna Beach, Fl. The Blisses are new members
of the P. C. Society and welcome friends to call them (305-652-2792) or
visit when in the area.
Sarasotans were happy to welcome two new Zonite families as
permanent residents: Mr. and Mrs. M. L. McCullough (Mac and
Snookie) and their daughter, Susan, from Balboa; and Mr. and Mrs. H.
J. Million who have, been living in Jacksonville, Fl. since their
retirement several years ago. Both families have moved into the Glen
Sarasota travelers during the summer included: Alan and Kay
Miller who recently returned from three weeks tour of London; Roger
and Fran Orvis took the Elks cruise to the Bahamas; Blanche and
Walter Hartman are spending the summer months on the Canal Zone;
Marion and Al Bissett left for a month's visit in the Scandinavian
countries. Grace Joustra and two of her co-workers enjoyed a holiday
tour to Nassau during their vacation.
Mrs. Jackie Linker of Seminole, FL. accompanied Mrs. Gladys
Humphrey on a visit to the C.Z. with Gladys' brother-in-law and
sister, George and Mayno Walker of Balboa. Gladys had previously
been with Mrs. Irma Fayard Wicks and daughters of Pensacola during
her recent bereavement due to the serious illness and death of her
husband, Clifford C. Wicks. While in Pensacola she also visited with
Caleb and Ruth [Egolf] Clement, new retirees in that area.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Jean and Chet Hill, Castine I joined Chet in Newport by way of
Marion where I had dinner with Jack and Dell Carlson who have just
retired and are looking for a place to put down stakes. While in
Newport Chet and I attended the dinner given for the Captains of the
Tall Ships at the Belcourt Castle. Very elegant affair. We also ran into
Vernon Whitehead who was vacationing in Portsmouth so Chet asked
him to attend the reception of the TV State of Maine on the 31 of June.
Chet led the Tall Ships to New York and was the Press Ship in the
Hudson River before returning to Castine, Maine on the 8th of July.
This is all part of the cruising schedule for the Maine Maritime
Academy Cadets.... In February we had a great trip to Jekyll Island
where we saw Dick and Kaye Potter along with Rosemary and Abie
Anderson and the Wertz. A great get together. Stopped in Jackson-
ville and had lunch with Edna and Jim Million on our way back. It is a
Lloyd and Esther Stevens, Carlsbad We have moved and don't
want to miss our issue of The Record. We sold our home in Peoria as
we decided that all the lawn mowing and snow shoveling just isn't for
us any more. We have a nice apartment here and plenty of room to
share with any of our Panama friends who are in the area or passing
through. Both of us are in good health at this time but slowing down
just a little. We spent the month of April traveling a week in
Carlsbad making arrangements for a place to live and then in Tucson
and Phoenix visiting our son and family (a new granddaughter with
three brothers). On our way from Phoenix up to Boulder we stopped
in Santa Fe to visit Lew and Lorraine Zent. We always enjoy visiting
with them. Perhaps we will see them oftener now since they won't be
quite so far from us .... The "Latch" is always open so drop by -
Clarence and Della Howell, Asheville Della sent a clipping from
The Asheville Citizen Friday, July 2, 1976 which reads in part
"Clarence D. Howell of 114 Beverly Road was recently named
National Fourth Regional Commander of the World War I veterans
and Mrs. Howell was named Auxiliary President. Active for many
years in World War I Veterans and Auxiliary work, the Howells will
be installed with other national officers at the National Convention to
be held in Minneapolis, Minn. September 3-9." "Della, some of our
friends would like to know how we spend our time.... Hope to see you
in January at the reunion. Regards to all."
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Howell
GREETINGS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Alice H. Roche
The Panama Canal Society of WNC had a picnic at Lake Julian on
July 16th. Among the 40 who attended, those from out-of-town were
the Ross Hollowells, who are spending the summer in Hendersonville;
Bea Sergeant, daughter Kay and her three children, guests of Howard
and Emily Johnson; and "Bricky" Pattison and her son Jimmy, who
are spending the month of July with her parents, Barbara and Tom
Clara Jorstad gave two informal talks on the Panama Canal in
May, one for the Waynesville Chapter of NARFE and another for
Clyde Women's Club. She was invited to play in the Western Carolina
University Festival Orchestra for a three weeks' session in June,
during which eight concerts and an opera were presented in various
communities of Western North Carolina. She will also be participating
in Waynesville Folk Festival in late July in the arts and crafts show,
as well as acting as a judge for the music competitions.
The Paul Bentzes have had several visitors, including Pat and
Dave Markun from Washington, D.C., and Dorothy and Bob Bowen
from Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Ruth and Ernie Zelnick are spending six weeks on the Hoenkes'
island in Vermont. They will be joined there by their family.
John and Esther [Hodges] Layport recently returned to Carolina
Village from a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Yellowstone
National Park. In September they are leaving for Bavaria, Austria
and Hungary and in December, they are going on an extended trip to
Hawaii and the South Pacific.
Charlie and Carmen Howe drove to Florida in June and visited
David [Mike] and Linda Howe in Plant City, Carmen's mother and
sisters in Ft. Lauderdale and Roger and Kay Howe in Titusville. On
July 11th, they went to Ft. Valley, Ga., to help Vida and Joe Hatchett
celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary.
Eula and Herbert Driscoll drove up from Greenville, S.C. and
visited with the Paul Bentzes, Wendell Greenes and the Bob Roches.
Ruth Sill went to Princeton, N.J. for a week to visit her daughter,
Mary Sill Peck and family. Mrs. "Dan" Daniels [Barbara], who was at
Carolina Village to visit her parents, brought Ruth a luscious mango
from their tree in Miami, Fl. "Dan" will be remembered by Scouters
as a former Scout Executive for the Canal Zone Boy Scout Council.
Don and Edna Howerth visited Ruth and Bill Tillman for several
days in June.
Jean and Jack Dombrosky's son, Dale, his wife Lynn and three
sons spent a few days with them in July. Their daughter Barbara and
three daughters are spending the summer with them. Peggy and Don
Hutchison stopped to see them on their way back from Canada.
Henry and Irene Donovan and Virginia Reece spent several days
the last of May with Emily and Howard Johnson. The Johnsons' son,
Jim, wife Margaret, and two children from Houston, Texas spent two
weeks with them in July.
Captain Frank A. Baldwin, Jr. was an overnight guest of Bob and
Alice Roche in June. Frank was on his way to the Canal Zone where he
will have his next tour of duty at Ft. Amador.
Mrs. Marilyn Marsh, Oregon City Mr. Isaac Metzger has been
seriously ill in Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn. following
a stroke. Marjean Koperski of Miami, Fl. and Marilyn Marsh went to
Minneapolis and it was the first time the family was together since
1972. Bill Metzger lives in Minneapolis and the Senior Metzgers
moved to Walker Memorial Residence a year ago. It was a happy
reunion since Mr. Metzger showed remarkable improvement.
Rev. Michael J. Wye, C.M., Philadelphia I talked with Father
Wye before taking the Record to press and learned that his health is
improving after another flare-up. Father Wye has been transferred to
the Provincial Mother House so for all his friends the address is Rev.
Michael J. Wye, C.M., 500 East Chelton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
19144. Father hopes to put the Reunion on his 1977 agenda.... Editor
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
HOLDS SPRING PICNIC
The Panama Canal Society of South Carolina had its spring
get-together, a picnic, at Virginia Acres Park, Aiken, on May 1, with
The meeting was opened with a prayer by John A. Everson,
The covered-dish luncheon was enjoyed by all. Hunger satisfied,
the group was called to order by James O. Catron, Sr., president at 2
p.m. The president thanked those who had prepared the food for its
variety and tastiness. Chairman of the By-laws Committee, John
Everson, reported that the by-laws were in process of being typed.
Under new business, it was voted that another picnic would be
held at the same location on August 29. V. Lee Clontz and J. L. Myers
are in charge of plans.
Mrs. Gertrude Smouse spent the month of April visiting her
brother, sister and families in West Virginia. She reports a very
Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Myers are frequent travelers to Florida to
visit their son and family. On June 12th they brought back
grandchildren for a lengthy visit.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Drew had as houseguests during the
Masters Golf tournament in March, Mrs. Drew's sister, Mrs. Justice
and her two brothers and their wives: Mr. and Mrs. Walter DeZur and
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond DeZur.
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey enjoyed the brief visit of their eldest
grandson, Glenn D. Seeley, of Balboa and Durham, N.C. in early May.
Young Seeley was enroute from Duke University after completing his
junior year, to spend the summer with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. L.
Seeley of Balboa Heights. R. J. Seeley was in the U.S. on official
business so met Glenn in New Orleans prior to sailing home on the SS
CRISTOBAL. The Kilbey's also had a week's visit from their youngest
daughter Christine and family, the Wm. Luken, Jr. children, Renee,
Audrey, and Wayne, in July. Rene and Audrey remained with their
grandparents and the Kilbeys drove them back to Kentucky.
Mr. and Mrs. Don Hutchinson's son, Gary and family paid them a
visit before the Hutchinsons left for a Washington, D.C. area vacation.
Mr. and Mrs. John A. Everson toured Williamsburg, Yorktown
and other historical points of interest while they were in Norfolk, Va.
visiting with Mary Stuart.
Mr. and Mrs. James O. Catron, Sr.'s three children, James O., Jr.,
Penny, and William, recently spent an enjoyable visit with them.
Penny with the children Ed, age four and Karen age 20 months, spent
a week while husband, Joe, was on reserve duty in Charleston. He
returned to Aiken and took his family back home to Mississippi.
William and wife, Dorothy [Harper], from Ft. Lauderdale spent a long
weekend Bill and Dad spent most of the time on the golf course.
James O. Jr., and wife, Sylvia and daughter Kristin spent the Easter
holiday and then returned to Madison, Fl.
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REALTOR' Jack Campbell
MEMBER PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
WE REALTY REALTORS
720 Pasadena Avenue S. Days 381-0303
South Pasadena, Florida Eve. 347-8163
I hear from Macel and Mort Thomson, Memphis, occasionally and
want to congratulate them on their children's educational achieve-
ments. It is only fitting that I spread the news for the proud parents.
John M. received his master's from the University of Minnesota
in English and is transferring to the University of Iowa in Iowa City to
work on his Ph.D.
Mary is a Registered Pharmacist at the Baptist Hospital in
Gary graduated from Memphis State with B.S. in Biology.
Elaine attends Memphis State majoring in Accounting.
Regina graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in
Memphis and will attend Memphis State University this fall.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF TEXAS
Greetings from the Lone Star State: Our Society held its Spring
meeting on April 24, 1976, at Wyatt's Cafeteria. Following the
luncheon and business meeting, Mrs. Lee Wright showed colored
slides recently received from the Governor of the Canal Zone, through
the help of our very own Retirement Counselor, J. Winter Collins.
Slides that Irene Wright had obtained from Mrs. Emmett Zemer were
also shown. Think there were quite a few members who became a wee
bit homesick to be on the Canal Zone once more.
Mrs. Walter Pollak of Sarasota, Fl., recently visited with her
daughter, Carolyn Tyssen and family, in Clifton. They all enjoyed a
trip to Carlsbad Caverns.
During July, Irene and Lee Wright entertained the Tyssen
family. There were hours spent at Astroworld, shopping, Galveston
for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico, plus a night at Windmill Dinner
Theater for the performance of Tom Poston in "Plaza Suite".
Margaret Coakley, the daughter of James Coakley, Major (Ret.)
USAF, flew into Houston from her home in Colorado Springs, CO, to
be with her aunt and uncle Genevieve and Pat Coakley. A few days
ago, Pat and Genevieve returned from Grand Rapids, MI, where they
visited Pat's mother, "Sweet Alice" and toured Canada.
Iva Standefer, Treasurer of our Society and her daughter, JoAnn
Stephenson, vacationed at the Diamond Lodge, owned by First
Methodist Church of Houston, located in San Juan (9,200 ft. elevation)
and about 20 miles northwest of Durango, Colorado. Iva's son, Luke
and family joined them at Diamond Lodge.
Several of our members have been and still are on "sick list."
Tillie Levy is improving. Dallas Thornton was a hospital patient for a
week. He and Grace [Keegan] are now enjoying their new townhouse.
Lew Souder underwent surgery during July. Rabbi Witkin is doing a
marvelous job at Houston Medical Center.
Irene E. Wright
Carole Chase, Richmond News from a letter sent to Marie
Weir, Gulfport, Fl.
"Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!... On Sepember 1,
1976, I will begin my appointment as Assistant Professor of Religion
at Elon College in Elon College, North Carolina. My specific
assignment will be to teach theology and ethics. I have taught one
course for 5 semesters here at Virginia Commonwealth University (a
course in Introduction to the New Testament).... I am planning to be
ordained in the Presbyterian Church, U.S. sometime in November
1976. I will do this under the Extraordinary Clause route which
exempts me from having to know Hebrew and Greek, and from having
to have a degree from a theological seminary. At present it looks like I
will get all the required work done for the July 27th meeting of
Hanover Presbytery. This means, for those of you who are not
familiar with ordination procedures, that I will be examined on my
knowledge of the Bible, Theology, and the Book of Church Order as
well as my Christian Experience. I will have to preach a sermon
before presbytery .. then be approved at the October presbytery
meeting. My father came to see me for a weekend on the way north to
Pennsylvania and a visit with my brother, John. Daddy looks good
and feels good. He took three friends and me out to a steak place for
CANAL OBSERVED 62nd BIRTHDAY
Sunday, Aug. 15th marked the 62nd anniversary of the opening of
the Panama Canal, to the seafaring nations of the world.
On August 15, 1914, the SS Ancon, the old cement carrier of con-
struction days, began the first official transit of the waterway carry-
ing 200 guests. She made the historic transit in 9 hours and 40
- SALE AND LOCATOR SERVICE A -
WANTED to buy anything made by Royal Doulton, especially
Toby Mugs. Also Cloisine. Phone Collect 305-668-6846 Claudia
Howell (Pierce) 1205 Fountainhead Dr., Deltona, Florida 32763.
WANTED 6 OR 8 Dinner Plates and Cups and Saucers to
Hunting and Coaching Age. Write Mrs. Lynn N. Wright (Bess),
1818 McDuffie, Houston, Texas, 77019.
WANTED Green Praise by Wedgwood Dinner Plates, cups and
saucers anything. Phone Collect 813-894-8484 or write Anna T.
Collins, 2301 Woodlawn Circle West, St. Petersburg, FL 33704.
Book for Sale. The POLLERA OF PANAMA by Dora P.
DeZarate $4.00, limited edition of Women's National Dress of
Panama. Airmail $1.70; Regular $.75. Dr. Cheville, Box 3207,
Balboa, Canal Zone.
WANTED to buy: The book BIRDS OF THE PANAMA CANAL
ZONE by Mrs. Sam Grier, or any book about birds of Panama. G.
M. Blessing, 1111 S. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park, Florida 32792.
WANTED Royal Doulton Toby Jugs, Character Jugs, old dogs
and figurines. Will pay $450. for Red haired Clown, $300. for
white haired clown and $300. for large Devil and top prices for
others any size, including 11/4 inch teenys. Write Mrs. Robert
H. Wempe, P. O. Box 125, Champlin, Minn. 55316 or Call (613)
FOR SALE PANAMA CANAL Commemorative Plate fea-
tures Dredge Casadas in Gaillard Cut. Wedgewood Blue with
highly glaced finish. 1976 Edition $25.00, shipping cost included.
Patty Plucker, P.O. Box 2177, Balboa, C.Z. or c/o Shirley Rowe,
5826 North West 27th Street, Gainesville, FL 32600. Tel 52-6725
and 904-377-2399, respectively.
Members attending the Annual Reunion in January and desiring
to stay in a motel might find the EDGEWATER BEACH MOTEL to
their liking. This motel is in a quiet area on the waterfront about one
mile from the Princess Martha Hotel Ample Parking, Restaurant,
Cocktail Lounge and Pool. Rate for twin beds, black and White T.V.,
Double Occupancy in Main or West Building is $16.00 a day. The East
Building is more desirable, and rates there are $18.00 Single and
$20.00 Double Occupancy with two double beds and color T.V. If
Ground Floor Room is desired, be sure to so specify when making
For reservations, call 813-898-0811 or write Edgewater Beach
MOTEL, 631 North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
Just off the press August 2, 1976 The House rejected a move
that would have eliminated the 1 per cent cost-of-living "kicker"
payment to federal pension recipients!!
Keep informed of federal annuitant legislative goals, efforts and
results through the monthly magazine of National Association of Re-
tired Employees. Write directly to Mrs. Christine Earisman, 5850 -
18th Street North, Apt. Ivy No. 5, St. Petersburg, FL 33714 for mem-
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES
J WHAT IS THE COST?
VAN Less than 2 cents daily. National membership is $5.00
State membership is FREE
Chapter membership averages $2.00
** ELIGIBILITY ** *
I am a retired Federal Employee.
I am the spouse of a living member of NARFE.
I am a present employee, eligible for optional retirement, with five years of service,
and who has reached the age of fifty.
I am interested. Please have the nearest Chapter contact me.
RESERVATION FORM FOR COCKTAIL RECEPTION-DANCE
JANUARY 12, 1977
PRINCESS MARTHA HOTEL
$3.00 per person. Please reserve Seating Space and Tickets for ........... people.
N a m e . . . . . . . .
A d d re ss .. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .
TOTAL: $ ... ...............
Enclosed is $............Check............M .O............ Cash ...........
representing total number tickets.
Return form to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
RESERVATION FORM FOR LUNCHEON
PRINCESS MARTHA HOTEL
PRICE: $4.25 per person including tax and gratuity. Please reserve luncheon
tickets for the following:
Nam e ..... ...
Name .... ..
Enclosed is $ ... ...... check ........ M .O........... Cash
representing total for all persons listed above.
Return form to The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
CLIP AND SEND THIS ROOM RESERVATION BLANK
WITH DEPOSIT FOR ONE NIGHT DIRECT TO:
PRINCESS MARTHA MOTOR HOTEL
4th Street at 1st Avenue, North
P.O. Box 1691
St. Petersburg, Florida 33731
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
PLEASE RESERVE FOR ME THE FOLLOWING:
SINGLE $14.00 DOUBLE $17.00 TRIPLE $20.50
A arrival D ate .............. .. D departure D ate .....................
N a m e ... . . . . .
A address .................. ......... ... C ity .........
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.)
Name .................................... ....................
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)
Street .......... ............................. ......... Box .............
City .................. .. ......... State ...............Zip Code ........
D ues for .............. ;1976 ....... ; 1977 ......; 1978....... ; 1979......
Amount Enclosed $ ............ Check ......... M.O........... Cash .....
Name ............ ....................... Box ..............
C ity .................. S tate ......... ......... Z ip C ode ...........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
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 of 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 am e (W ife) .................. ................... ............
S tree t ...................................... ........ B ox .................
C ity ................. ......... .. S tate .............. Z ip C ode .......
Former PC Employment ..................... ....................
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 am e ..................... ............................
A address ............. ...... ......... ..... .. ............ B ox ...........
City ............................. State............. Zip Code.........
Name .................................... ....................
C ity ................................ S tate ............. Z ip C ode ...... ..
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
Society Decal, $1.50 ea., Number wanted
THE LAND OF THE COCONUT-TREE
AWAY down south in the Torrid Zone,
North latitude nearly nine,
Where the eight months; pour once past and o'er,
The sun four months doth shine;
Where 'tis eighty-six the year around,
And people rarely agree;
Where the plaintain grows and the hot wind blows,
Lies the Land of the Coconut-Tree.
'Tis the land where all the insects breed
That live by bite and sting;
Where the birds are quite winged rainbows bright,
Tho'seldom one doth sing!
Here radiant flowers and orchids thrive
And bloom perennially -
All beauteous, yes but odorless!
In the Land of the Coconut-Tree.
'Tis a land profusely rich, 'tis said,
In mines of yellow gold,
That, of claims bereft, the Spaniards left
In the cruel days of old!
And many a man hath lost his life
That treasure-trove to see,
Or doth agonize with streaming eyes
In the Land of the Coconut-Tree!
'Tis a land that still with potent charm
And wondrous, lasting spell
With mighty thrall enchaineth all
Who long within it dwell;
'Tis a land where the Pale Destroyer waits
And watches eagerly;
'Tis, in truth, but a breath from life to death,
In the Land of the Coconut-Tree.
Then, go away if you have to go,
Then, go away if you will!
To again return you will always yearn
While the lamp is burning still!
You've drank the Charges water,
And the mango eaten free,
And, strange tho' it seems, 'twill haunt
your dreams -
This Land of the Coconut-Tree!
From Panama Patchwork
by James Stanley Gilbert
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office
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