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President Says ........................................ ........... 2
From the Secretary's Desk ..................................... .......... 3
Editor's Lines ........................................................... 4
Legislative Report ...................................................... 6
Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ............... ........................... 6
Retirements ............ ..... .................... ............. 10
"Santa's Reveries" ...................................................... 13
News Features .................. ....................................... 14-21
Twenty Years Ago ...................................................... 21
Ten Years Ago ................. .................. ....... ............. 22
Recipes for the Holidays ................... .................. .... ...... 22
Deaths ......................................... ............ 25
Wedding Announcements ................ ............................. 32
Birth Announcements ................ ................... ................ 35
Statement of Ownership ............................ ..................... 89
Sale and Locator Service .............................................. 87-88
Late News ...................................... ............ 78
The Canal Zone .................. 36 Maryland ....................... 65
Alabama ....................... 37 New Jersey ..................... 65
Arizona ......................... 38 New York ....................... 67
Arkansas (Northwest) ............ 39 North Carolina (Western( ......... 67
California (Southern) ............. 41 South Carolina ................ .. 69
California (other) ................. 55 Texas ........................ 71
Colorado ........................ 57 Utah ........................ 74
Florida ......................... 57 Virginia ......................... 75
Georgia ........... ........... 65 Vermont ........................ 76
Kansas ......................... 65
A Friend ........................ 5 Ramada Inn (South) .............. 18
Security Federal Savings and Loan 10 Perry Marsh .................... 76
Vigilant Real Estate .............. 43 Home Federal ................... 49
NARFE ........................ 88 Peltz ............ ........... 24
DATES TO REMEMBER
DEC. 17, 1976 Hanukkah
DEC. 25, 1976 Christmas Day
JAN. 1, 1977 New Years Days
JAN. 12, 1977 REUNION
10:00 A.M. Get-Together
2:00 P.M. Business Meeting
7:00 P.M. Cocktail Reception
JAN. 13, 1977 REUNION
10:00 A.M. Get-Together
12:30 P.M. Luncheon
FEB. 4, 1977 Regular Meeting PCSoFL, Gulfport Community Center
FEB. 12, 1977 Lincoln's Birthday
FEB. 14, 1977 Valentine's Day
FEB. 22, 1977 Washington's Birthday (Traditional)
MARCH 4, 1977 Regular Meeting PCSoFL, Gulfport Community Center
PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS!
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
Gaddis Wall J. F. Warner EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Robert J. Roy Chairman
Vice-President Robert J. Roy
Robert J. Roy
Mrs. Jean B. Mann Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Secretary-Treasurer en as
Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. Anna T. Collins Eu e I.
Record Editor Charles C. Fears
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks Troy Hayes
Chaplain Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
William F. Grady Mrs. Anna T. Collins
J. Winter D. Collins
Alvin J. Davis Lucille S. Judd Liaison Officer for
Sergeant-at-Arms Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus the Canal Zone
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for the good and welfare of its members.
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THE PRESIDENT SAYS .
All arrangements have been made for the 1977 Reunion. Plan
now to be here in St. Petersburg on January 12-13, 1977, and meet old
friends from all over the country. Luncheon tickets and cocktail
party-dance tickets sold thus far indicate that this will be one of our
Official Society license tags and bumper decals will be on sale for
$2.00 and $1.50 each.
Since the Princess Martha Hotel has been sold to the Baptist
Church and will be delivered in May, 1977, the Executive Committee
has decided that the 1978 Reunion will be held at the RAMADA INN
SOUTH. This action was taken, pursuant to the Society's By-laws, at
the regular Executive Committee Meeting held October 8th. The
decision was unanimous.
The Ramada Inn is located on 34th Street South (Highway 19)
and is near a number of motels where overflow patrons may stay for
the reunion. It is a "convention" motel and has outstanding facilities
for our purposes, including a huge parking lot. About 150 rooms will
be made available to the Panama Canal Society. The motel is on the
city bus route and those who wish to ride the bus into the downtown
area will be well served.
Our By-Laws provide that the reunion must be held in January
each year, but the Executive Committee feels, and so voted at the
October 8th meeting, that the reunion should be held in April each
year. So, with Executive Committee guidance, we hope the member-
ship will vote at the Annual Meeting, January 12th, to hold the
reunion in April each year. The business of changing the By-Laws in
this connection will be put on the agenda at that time.
The Executive Committee feels and this is concurred in by the
Chamber of Commerce and a number of Hotel managers that the
best results will be ours in late April, after the tourist season is about
closed. Streets will be less congested, parking space more plentiful,
restaurants less crowded, and better conditions generally due to there
being fewer people in town. Hotel rates should be lower. April will
also give everyone a breather after the Christmas-New Year Holi-
days. We hope the membership agrees with our judgement and votes
to hold future Reunions in April.
DUES INCREASE NECESSARY
The Executive Committee unanimously approved raising the
dues from $7.00 to $8.00 a year commencing January 1, 1978. Inflation
is the cause and we feel we must have this additional money from dues
paying members in order to continue operation as we have in the past.
So be prepared to face this action at the Annual Meeting. A vote to
increase the dues is necessary, of course.
Please give some thought to friends who are not members of the
All Officers and committee members join me in hoping to see you
at the 1977 Reunion.
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
Once again our very capable Editor of the Record had to call me
and say "Where is your column for the Record? It's deadline time".
Poor Anna, she has to take the brunt of my complaints and
frustrations when I need a sympathetic ear. Now, it's time to "bend
your ears" a bit.
As I stated in the September Record, Table reservations for the
Luncheon will be handled by Jay Cain at the Reunion. Please, don't
write to Jay now, as she doesn't even know how the tables will be set
up, and until she gets the dining room chart, she won't be able to
assign any tables. If you wish to be seated with anyone special you
must all see Jay at the same time to get your assignments as she will
write your table number on the back of your tickets.
Many people have requested that they be placed with a certain
group at the Cocktail Dance. As I stated in the September Record,
mail is processed in the order that it is received and I can't very well
put a 20 October reservation with a 1 October reservation. That
wouldn't be fair.
Thank you to all who have sent in your 1977 dues along with your
reservations. This not only saves me time, but it saves us both
By the time you read this you will already have received the
Annual Issue. This year the printer changed to a new type and
therefore each and every name, address, and zip code had to be proof-
read. My daughter Sandi and I were both hoarse and cross-eyed by
the time we finished. I am sure that we have slipped up somewhere
along the way. So, if there is an error in your listing, drop me a card so
I can correct it.
To those of you who are ill, "Get Well Soon". To those of you who
have lost a loved one, "My Prayers are With You", and to all of you,
may you have a Very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
See you at the Reunion!
It is difficult to realize a year has passed since I have taken over as
your Record Editor. It has been an eventful bicentennial year full of
celebration, conventions, olympics and the presidential election. Mr.
Jimmy Carter is our President-Elect and we all wish him God's
guidance and His blessings.
We receive many letters, publications and copies of publications
regarding "Save Our Panama Canal". Congressman Flood has been
most helpful in sending all articles pertaining to the Canal Issue he has
received and copies of Congressional Records which I have put on
display at our monthly meetings. Please write your Senators and
Congressman conveying your feelings in this matter. And then pray
that the negotiations being made between the United States, OUR
UNITED STATES, and the Republic of Panama will be peacefully
I have enjoyed receiving all the letters and news events from our
members which I compile into the Record. Our organization was
formed "to preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships"
and I feel like I have gained hundreds, if not thousands, of new friends
this year by being your editor. Please keep the letters coming write
about your travels, your visitors, your exciting events, share with us
your joys, your sorrows or a new experience in retirement life, a joke
or two, a cherished poem; a favorite recipe to try or a picture of you
and your family and friends. Pictures print better in the Record if
they are a black and white print, however a good clear colored picture
with contrast will print too. Post mark your letters no later than the
22nd of January 1977 for the next issue.
We held a Membership Drive during 1976. Did you get a friend to
join our Society? If not, contact him today and perhaps he will even
see you at the Reunion. More members mean more operating money,
a bigger newsy Record with lots of pictures.
In another month we will a' congregate at the Princess Martha to
register, pay dues, get our luncheon and Cocktail-Dance tickets and
seating arrangements. Then we will renew our friendship with
Zonians we have not seen in many years or only since last year. The
Business Meeting is at 2:00 P.M. on January 12, 1977. May I ask you to
please re-read "The President Says" in this issue so you will be
prepared to discuss and vote on the questions. The big event of the
Reunion will be the Cocktail-Dance at 7:00 P.M. on Janaury 12th, with
our guest Lucho at the organ. Why not wear your montuno or pollera
and get us all in the mood to do the Tamborito. I am anxious to greet
all of you in downtown St. Petersburg!
I wish you all a Blessed Christmas, a healthy New Year and a safe
Anna T. Collins
I'M A NEW MEMBER
I see you at my meetings, but you never say "Hello" -
You're busy all the time you're there, with those you already know,
I sit amongst the members and yet I'm a lonesome guy.
The new ones are as strange as I, but you old members pass me by,
But, darn it, you folks asked us in and talked of fellowship -
You could just step across the room, but you've never made the trip.
Why can't you nod and say "Hello", or stop and shake my hand?
Then go and sit among your friends now that I'd understand.
I'll be at your next meeting, perhaps a nicer time to spend,
Do you think you could introduce yourself? I want to be your friend.
ENLIST IN OUR MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
GET A FRIEND TO JOIN OUR SOCIETY
Compliments of A Friend
After being bounced around in Congress for 20 months the bill to
exclude our 1% "KICKER" was passed late in September. Included in
the bill was an amendment introduced by Senator Lawton Chiles of
Lakeland. This amendment gives us the Cost Of Living increase twice
a year regardless of how little or how much it increases. The bill isn't
as bad as it sounds. For instance under the old bill the C.O.L. could
increase by 2.9% and stop there and we would be stuck with it
because it had stopped short of 3%
Under the present law the next C.O.L. increase will go into effect
March 1, 1977, and come out in our October 1st checks. The April 1st
check will include the entire year of 1976. As of September 30th it is
up to 3.8%. The October 1st check will include the first six months of
1977 and so on until the law is changed again.
Insurance rates (Except Aetna High Option) will increase sharply
again on January 1, 1977. You should have the figures by the time you
get your December Record.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Princess Martha Motor Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida
6 August 1976
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Gaddis Wall, at
1:35 PM. 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 June meeting.
The President welcomed the 77 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Bernice and Sid Hayes St. Petersburg
Katherine Hayes St. Petersburg
Laurie Stevenson Panama
May Webber St. Petersburg
Tim Dube Clearwater
Dorothy Hamlin Largo
Esther Currier St. Petersburg
Robert and Jean Stern Canal Zone
Jean R. Taylor Bay Pines
Gertrude Pearson Bay Pines
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the June 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.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the
Cost of Living was up 2.2% as of 30 June. The 1% kicker seems to be
safe for this year as all bills have been pigeon holed. Blue Cross and
Blue Shield has announced that it will examine claims more carefully
in the future.
Seven members had birthdays or would celebrate birthdays
during July and August and three couples celebrated anniversaries.
Best wishes went out to all.
Mr. Eugene Askew spoke about his recent trip.
The President then introduced Mr. Otto Nimtz of the Pinellas
Area Council Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Nimtz spoke briefly about
the program of estate planning offered by the Council and introduced
Mr. Samuel B. Brahm, Attorney at Law; Mr. Edward Evans, Trust
Officer, Union Trust National Bank; and Mr. T. Bruce McKelvey,
Certified Public Accountant. A short and amusing film was shown
pointing out the importance of estate planning. Mr. Brahm then spoke
briefly about wills, witnesses, out of state wills and executors. Mr.
Evans spoke of trusts, living trusts, and trusts for children and
charity. Mr. McKelvey then explained taxation as it applies to estates
and inheritances. The gentlemen then held a question and answer
session with the assembled group. Mr. Nimtz then summarized and
thanked the Society for their interest and attention.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:00
Coffee and Danish was served by the Princess Martha staff and a
brief social period was enjoyed by all.
3 September 1976
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Gaddis Wall, at
1:35 p.m. The president 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 August 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:
Lyla and Bud Essler St. Petersburg Beach
Mildred Neeley Sarasota
Mary and Harry Egolf Seminole
Peggy Ingalls Chicago
Betty Hodgen St. Petersburg
Wayne Wall Washington, D.C.
Julie and Gene Herman Clearwater
Mr. and Mrs. George Fears New York
Capt. and Mrs. Kenneth Roscoe Sarasota
The secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the August
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.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative reported that the cost
of living was up 2.7% as of 31 July. The 1% kicker will be retained for
now, the House failed to approve its elimination. A vote of 200 to 133
would be needed to eliminate it. HR 243 did not go through the rules
committee and needs 2/3 majority to pass. However, it can still be
brought up. If a bill goes through Rules committee it needs only a 1
Three people would celebrate birthdays in September and three
couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes went out to all.
Dorothy B. Cantway spoke on her recent visit to Arlington, Va.
and the Albert McKeowns told of their trip to North Carolina.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:15
Coffee and donuts and a brief social period was enjoyed by all
following the meeting.
1 October 1976
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Gaddis Wall, at
1:35 p.m. The President 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 September meeting.
The President welcomed the 98 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Gil and Milly Rowe Ft. Lauderdale
Dorothy Hamlin Largo
Liz Noonan Baltimore, Md.
Tate and Toodles Setzer Camp Springs, Md.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Nagy Land O'Lakes, FL
Gene and Julie Herrman Clearwater
Biff Clarke Canal Zone
Bertha Scott St. Petersburg
Gene Clinchard St. Petersburg
Bernhard Everson Sarasota
Bertis and Hayes Ranck Union, N.J.
Berty and Barne Forgeson Tierre Verde, FL
Virginia and Jim Wood St. Petersburg
Esther Currier St. Petersburg
Ada Farr St. Petersburg
E. R. Fuller St. Petersburg
Margaret Million Fenton Tampa
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the September
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 no questions in the report will
stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, was not present and
in lieu of his report a discussion was held concerning the law on cost of
Mr. Wall explained, once again, that the Society as an organiza-
tion cannot take a stand politically. However, we do encourage our
members to write to their congressman and make their views known.
The Vice-President, Mr. Robert Roy, spoke briefly. Then the
nominee for Vice-President for 1977, Mr. H. L. Clarke, was introduced
and spoke briefly.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:10
p.m. Coffee, donuts and a brief social period was enjoyed by all
following the meeting.
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Ross W. Andrews
Mrs. Norma E. Braden
Mr. Billy Brown
Mr. Louis C. Caldwell
Mr. George W. Coleman
Mr. Thomas J. Egger
Mrs. Gladys M. Ferrel
Mr. William J. C. Fusselman
Mr. Francis J. Garavanta
Miss Dora F. Hardy
Mr. Kenneth W. Hill
Mr. William G. Hill
Mrs. Marjorie B. King
Mr. John Montanye
Mr. Hubert C. Schroeter
Mr. Robert H. Stewart
Mrs. Lucille D. Wilson
Mrs. Dorothy C. Yocum
Mr. William R. Zemites
C. J. COLLINS
Palo Seco Hospital
Coco Solo Hospital
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2600 9th Street North
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33704
6818 Gulfport Blvd. South
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33707
7800 113th Street North
Seminole, Fla. 33542
1599 U.S. Hwy. 19 South
Clearwoter, Fla. 33516
HOW MANY OF THESE PEOPLE CAN YOU IDENTIFY?
THESE PICTURES WERE TAKEN AT THE PANAMA
CANAL SOCIETY'S SEPTEMBER 1976 MEETING AT THE GULF-
PORT COMMUNITY CENTER. SEE MARCH 1977 ISSUE FOR
MORE PHOTOS -+
While planning his itinerary for his annual circumnavigation,
Santa Claus was bothered by a perplexing situation.
He'd heard that the Zone was to be "given away"-
That many CZRs were reluctant to stay.
His thoughts wandered back to Decembers gone by,
And he began to enumerate after an exasperating sigh ....
"It wouldn't be the same without a visit to the Zone:
My trip's highlight in years gone by,
I could always count on a "WARMING" welcome,"
And with a chuckle his memories did fly ...
"I remember old Gatun and lugging my load
To the anxious children on Lighthouse Road!"
"New Cristobal had the best parties and that's a fact,
But that was before they paid income tax!"
"That quaint little town called Margarita
Where they call them sandflies-but they bite like mosquitoes!"
"France Field and Coco Solo with their concrete quarters;
Waiting inside for me, the excited little boarders!"
"All these Atlantic-Side Villagers would always boast
There's nothing quite like Christmas on the Gold Coast!"
"But then there was the Pacific Side with Diablo and Los Rios,
Corozal, Ancon, Gamboa, ay, Madre de Dios!"
"It would be a crime for me not to visit Gavilan and the Flats
And, of course, the Fishbowl a-teemin' with Canal Zone Brats!"
With a snap of his fingers in determined resolution,
Santa firmly established, "I've got the solution!"
"As my team and I pass over Washington, D. C.,
I'll let go with a thousand flyers for the Government to see!"
". .I, Santa Claus, of good character and well-known
Firmly protest a surrender of the Zone!"
"No more Canal Zone that's too much for this old guy!
The Zone is a tradition as American as apple pie!"
"No, there's no way that I'll ever miss a Christmas
Of filling stockings hung on 2 x 4's down on the Isthmus!"
Janet Sutherland Dupree
Gamboa, Canal Zone
Janet is a teacher at Gamboa School and is a Fourth
Generation Canal Zoner.
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Kiernan of Old Lyme, CT sent a clipping
from THE NEW YORK TIMES, Sunday, August 22, 1976 which reads
in part "Photography View Gene Thornton The Dizzy Game of
Defining 'Art' and 'Documentary'. It is a time of photographic
contrasts at the Museum of Modern Art. Or is it? Upstairs in the third
floor is a one-man show of art photographs by a young American, Nick
Nixon. Downstairs in a special projects galleries is a selection of early
20th century documentary photographs of the building of the Panama
Canal taken by Ernest "Red" Hallen. Ostensibly the two shows are
unrelated, and I shall begin by considering them separately .
Nixon's pictures are of people and some views of leafy countryside.
However, most of his pictures are distant views of big cities in the
bland ... the truth is Nixon does not seem very interested in subject
matter.... The same cannot be said for Ernest Hallen's photographs
of the construction and early days of the Panama Canal. Hallen was
the official photographer of the Canal from 1907 to 1937, and he
worked under specific instructions to record all significant aspects of
the Canal's construction and operation. His pictures are full of things:
men, machines, railroad tracks, gigantic trenches in the earth, ships,
steam shovels and monumental masonry, and in so far as they can be
said to be composed, they are composed to show off the appearance
and significance of the things depicted .... The selection of Panama
Canal photographs at the Modern, approximately 225 slides and prints
from among the more than 12,000 that Hallen made, consists of two
series showing the excavation of the Culebra Cut and the construction
of the Gatun Locks. They are unpretentious record shots, but because
of the subject matter some of them are really quite bizarre. Without
looking at the labels, we might suppose they depict the archelogical
excavation of ancient masonary walls or the construction of a set for a
colossal science fiction film. However, every photograph is labeled and
dated on the negative itself, so we are never in any doubt about what
we are seeing or about the photographer's intention to show it to us as
clearly and truly as possible. He has succeeded in this. When the
photographs are shown in sequence, as they are in the modern, we get
a very good idea of the progress of the undertakings they depict ....
Hallen is, in short, an early 20th-century photographic craftsman or
artisan hired to record a certain specific subject matter and earning
his living by doing just that, while Nixon is a late 20th-century
photographic artist supported in part by foundation grants and free to
follow his fancy wherever it leads. No two approaches to photography
could reasonably be thought of as being further apart, and yet there
are some striking resemblances between the two photographers'
pictures. Nixon seems to be a formalist with no interest in his subject
matter as such, his pictures have almost as documentary a look as
those of Hallen, right down to the names and dates that serve as their
titles. And though Hallen is no formalist, certainly not in the styles of
his own time, his pictures have a certain formal resemblance to
Nixon's. Like Nixon he frequently photographs from above, achieving
a result, a high horizon line, and his pictures are filled with so many
details that they often have a similarly random overall effect. .
Could it be that these two different photographers really do have
something in common? Was the official photographer of the Panama
Canal an American Agent who was really preoccupied with form in a
way that was ahead of his time, and is the young artist photographer
from Boston really interested in recording his city's look just like any
common commercial photographer?... Hallen is a true old-fashioned
primitive who looks modern only because academic modernists like
Nixon are trying to recreate his naive effects and turn them into pure
art. It is all a kind of dizzy game with mirrors, but since it is being
played at the Museum of Modern Art it is liable to wind up as real in
the art history books."
Mr. and Mrs. Harry C. Bradley observed their golden wedding
anniversary June 1, 1976 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Corinne
Woodson and Harry Bradley were married June 1, 1926 in St.
Genevieve's Catholic Church. Corinne was an elementary school
teacher. Harry was with the Panama Canal 1912 to 1914 during
construction of the canal. The Bradleys had three sons Jim, who
lives in Las Cruces; Charles, in Anaheim, California and Harry C. who
was killed in 1952, while serving with the Armed Forces in Korea. The
honored couple have 7 grandchildren. Both are very active in
community and church activities.
NEWS CONDENSED from the PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY
- in part dates appearing after each article for your information.
Lary Maskel, a graduate student of Duke University, Durham,
N.C., is in the Canal Zone for 3 months to do dissertation research on
the educational changes which have taken place in the Canal Zone
Maskel grew up in the Canal Zone and attended Canal Zone
College from 1966 to 1968. He has also studied at Franklin University,
Ohio State University and Florida Atlantic University where he
received a bachelor of arts degree in English and master of education
degree in curriculum and instruction. Maskel is the son of Virginia
Nessler, of Balboa, who was an X-ray technician at Gorgas Hospital
before her retirement. 24 Sept. 1976
Small pox vaccinations are no longer needed. Persons
entering the Canal Zone are no longer required to have a current
smallpox vaccination except when they have traveled in Ethiopia
within the past 30 days.
A similar rule is presently in effect in most other places, including
Panama and the United States. This change does not affect vaccina-
tion requirements for uniformed military personnel as set forth in
current military regulations. 1 Oct. 1976
The Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Company recently
adopted a resolution increasing rates of tolls for use of the Panama
Rates for ships carrying cargo or passengers will go from $1.08 to
$1.29 per Panama Canal ton; from $0.86 to $1.03 per Panama Canal ton
for vessels in ballast; and from $0.60 to $0.72 per displacement ton for
other specified floating craft.
The action by the Board of Directors is pursuant to law which
requires tolls to be established at rates sufficient to cover costs of
operation and maintenance of the Panama Canal together with the
facilities and appurtenances related thereto. This action was taken
after detailed review, including written and oral comments presented
in connection with a public hearing recently held in New York City.
The increase toll rates is subject to the approval of the President of
the U.S. and cannot be implemented before November 15, 1976. 2 Oct.
A new, convenient and inexpensive safety device has been
installed at all three sets of Canal Locks to provide both fast access for
emergency help for seriously ill or injured persons and for those who
must be taken off transiting vessels at the locks for prompt hospitali-
The Canal organization has acquired a total of six 10 1/-foot long
aluminum brows, which look to the non-mariner very much like
abbreviated gangways. Persons needing speedy medical attention -
be they passengers aboard ships, crew members or Canal employees
- can be carried off by stretcher over the brow to the lock sidewall
and placed into a waiting ambulance so that they may be rushed to a
hospital. Brows have been placed at each sidewall of all locks. They
require only a minimum number of men to handle and are easily
transportable by truck to any point on the sidewall.
While their use is anticipated on a rather unfrequent basis, it is
hoped that their availability will contribute to a speedier response to
medical emergencies. Recent cases of emergencies from transiting
ships involved serious injuries from shipboard or transit activities and
sudden physical collapses, usually associated with heart attacks.
Routine medical service will continue to be provided to visiting ships
while awaiting transit. 8 Oct. 1976
Gov. H. R. Parfitt presented citations on behalf of the President
and members of his own staff to Marvin Goebel and Dan G. Nellis of
the Motor Transportation Division, who suggested that their division
acquire a hose coupling machine to be used to make hoses for garbage
packers and power steering hoses. The suggestion resulted in savings
of approximately $10,000 a year. Hugh M. Thomas, Jr., employed in
the Electrical Division, suggested that a contract calling for the
replacement of all sidewall water tubes for Boiler No. 3 at Miraflores
Generating Station be modified by deleting replacement of 28 tubes
not located in the furnace area. This resulted in tangible benefits of
$48,567, a 12-day reduction in downtime of the boiler and savings in
the contract price. 22 Oct. 1976
Not too long ago unless you had a member of the huge Ridge clan
for a neighbor you couldn't be sure you were living in the Zone. Today,
Vincent D. Ridge is the head of one of the three Ridge families still
living in the Zone. He was born in Ancon Hospital in July 1920, the
third of John and the late Theresa Ridge's 11 children.
Over the years John's offspring not to mention an uncount-
able number of cousins grew up to work almost every Canal
activity. In the early 50's while the elder Ridge was still employed as a
boilermaker, his son John was working for the Maintenance Div.; Bob
for the Transportation and Terminals Div.; Vince for the Industrial
Div.; Bubba for the Marine Bunkering Div., and Pat was (and is) a
Canal pilot; a daughter Joan was the Governor's secretary and
another daughter Margaret, was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital.
A graduate of Balboa High School and C. Z. College, Vince
completed a shipwrights apprenticeship and went to work for the
Mechanical Div. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and after
1945 returned both to the CZ and the Mechanical Div. He was
promoted to his present position as General Foreman of Marine
Woodworking and Drydocking for the Industrial Division in 1958.
Vince is married to the former Dottie Sanders who came from
Allentown, Pennsylvania, to work as a nurse at Gorgas Hospital. They
have five children. Kevin, 16, is the only one still at home in Coco Solo.
The others are living in Pennsylvania: Eileen (Jones), 24, and Nancy,
21, in Reading; Susan, 22, in Allentown, and Michael, 18, in
Doylestown. Three girls have graduated from college and nursing
school, and Mike is a sophomore at Delaware Valley College majoring
Vince's father was a pioneer in local baseball as a player, manager
and umpire. He and his three brothers were all playing ball on the CZ
teams as early as 1910. Vince like his father played ball in high school
and joined the old Canal Zone league. The highlight of his career came
when he was selected to play shortstop on the CZ All Stars against
Brooklyn Dodgers Montreal teams when they came to the Isthmus
for spring training in 1947. Even being struck out by the famed Ralph
Branca with "the three fastest balls I've ever seen" is a treasured
Vince's interests are many, and many include his family. Dottie is
a member of the Sweet Adelines' chorus so Vince organized the
"Dischords" barbershop quartet and chorus. The two groups per-
formed in joint shows on both sides of the Isthmus before the "Dis-
chords" were temporarily disbanded for lack of a tenor.... Kevin is a
collector so Vince is too. They collect insects and butterflies. The
collection is now on loan to brother Mike who is using it for a class
project that involves classifying each species.... Snorkeling in search
of salt water fish is the new hobby. Vince also spends time working
with other kids. In 1972 he received a Bronze Public Service Award
for coaching and managing Little League and teenage teams.
He is a member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge 1542, Brazos Heights,
and the American Legion Elbert S. Waid Post No. 2, France Field. 29
COME TO THE REUNION
At the RAMADA INN ...
We are building a reputation, NOT resting on one!
AND, WE LOVE RETIREES.
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THE SUNSHINE CITY
"A LESSON TO US"
Commander Says Lt. Barrett Bore The Mark of a Soldier
By Linda C. Owens Metro Staff Writer Sept. 18, 1976, Columbia, South Carolina.
Lt. Mark Barrett's life and death will serve as an inspiration to
soldiers housed in the barracks dedicated to him at Ft. Jackson,
Friday, according to Maj. Gen. Richard L. Prillaman.
The Post's housing for the Second Basic Combat Training Brigade
was dedicated as Barrett Barracks in honor of Barrett, who was killed
in August by North Koreans in the Korean demilitarized zone.
Barrett's widow, Julie dressed in black dress and a red jacket,
was presented the Bronze Star medal, the National Defense Service
Medal and the Purple Heart. Major Gen. Bong-Chin Chang of the
Republic of Korea presented her with the Order of the Military Merit.
About 200 soldiers and visitors assembled for the ceremony,
which brought Mrs. Barrett to tears. Barrett's mother, Helen, also
Prillaman, commander of Ft. Jackson, said Americans felt "a
deep sense of grief at the loss of a dedicated young life."
But, Prillaman said, soldiers will accept what has happened
because "every soldier accepts he may give his life with his orders
whether he understands them or agrees with them That's the
mark of a soldier."
Prillaman told the group of a monument to the ancient battle at
Thermopylae in Greece which says, "Stranger, go thou and tell Sparta
we lie here."
He said professional soldiers and their families understand the
words not as a protest or an expression of self-pity. "We obey the
orders we are given we were faithful to our oath it's an
expression of pride in manhood and devotion to orders received," he
Prillaman said "Mark Barrett and his death represent a legacy to
us and a lesson to us." He said the marker outside the barracks will
say to every soldier, "Be prepared. Be ready."
He said the marker would be as a sentinel of Barrett saying, "I
too was a member of this battalion and you like me may be called on ..
Be ready, soldier. Be ready as I was."
Prillaman then turned to Barrett's widow and said, "We're proud
of Mark, Julie."
Tearfully, Mrs. Barrett helped Prillaman unveil the marker
which reads, "served Fort Jackson December, 1973, to July, 1976,
with Company E, 6th Battalion ... examining and entrance station,
killed in action, 18 August 1976, vicinity Truce Village, Panmunjom,
Korea, he exemplified duty, honor, country."
A memorial service for 1st Lt. Mark T. Barrett, was held at 3:00
P.M. 28 October 1976, at the ROTC Quadrangle behind Van Fleet Hall
at the University of Florida, Gainesville. A wreath was laid by the
Gainesville Army Reserve Unit at a pernament bronze plaque on
stone monument given by the Retired Officers Association of
Gainesville, which was placed in front of the Magnolia tree, a living
memorial, planted by the University of Florida.
The speakers were Lt. Bartrett's ROTC professor of Military
Science, Col. Charles D. McKeown, now executive director of the
Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, and Carl Sandeen, UF vice
president for student services. Local and state officials were repre-
sented at the service.
Mrs. Julie Barrett, Mark's widow, his mother Mrs. Helen Barrett,
most members of his family, many out of town friends and relatives
Mark was the recipient of an Army ROTC four-year scholarship
and elected to attend the University of Florida which he entered in
September 1969. While at the University, he was a member of the
Gator Guard (1971-1972) and served as a cadet Major in the Brigade
Staff (1973). In addition to ROTC activities, Mark was a Resident
Assistant in Murphree Area, a Student Government Senator, and a
member of University Squires. Mark graduated in 1973 with a
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was commissioned Second
Lieutenant, Infantry, U.S. Army the same day.
After completing the Infantry Officer Basic Course at Fort
Benning, GA he was assigned as a training Officer at Fort Jackson, 30.
In July of 1976 Mark Departed for a 13-month tour in Korea as a
member of the United Nations Command. He was killed in a clash with
North Korean Soldiers in the Demilitarized Zone August 28, 1976.
SKINNER RECEIVES FIRST STAR
Birmingham attorney Stanford J. Skinner has been promoted to
the rank of brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve, according to
Maj. Gen. L. Drew Redden, commanding general of the 121st Army
Reserve Command, Birmingham, effective 1 Aug. 1976.
Skinner is deputy commander of the 121st, the headquarters for
Army Reserve units in Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.
A native of Gatun, Canal Zone, Skinner was commissioned in 1944
through Infantry Officer Candidate School. After serving in World
War II as a platoon leader and supply officer, he left active duty in
1947 to earn his bachelor and law degrees at the University of
Skinner served in the Alabama National Guard from 1951 until
1964, when he joined the Army Reserve. His assignments with the
121st have included chief of staff and staff positions in personnel,
intelligence and operations.
He is past president of local chapters of the Reserve Officers
Association and the Association of the United States Army. He serves
as a director of the Aid for Retarded Children Association and is a
member of Shades Valley Presbyterian Church.
Skinner is senior partner in the law firm of Skinner and Large.
REMEMBER TWENTY YEARS AGO DECEMBER ISSUE?
Come Unto Me
Cadet JOHN MITCHELL McGINNIS
Co. B-1 U.S.M.A.
The world is at peace; And now today on the heels of war
Still are the drums Christmas comes again.
Soft from the shadow Across the snow and through the palms,
The message comes. The promise comes to men.
I bring you good tidings -
Tidings of joy! I
Once on a night A
A thousand years ago, V
The shepherds saw a sky A
Brilliant and aglow. A
And through the silence, I
Clear and strong, T
They stood amazed
and heard the song. y
I bring you good tidings F
Tidings of joy! r
A crowded inn with no more room, I
A stable and a star, T
A tiny child upon the straw,
And wise men from afar.
A life of giving hope,
And fighting back the gloom,
A fearless heart, a cross,
A garden and a tomb.
And all thought this the end,
The Master dead.
The women found the stone rolled back
The angel said,
I bring you good tidings -
Tidings of joy!
am the way,
'ome unto me.
Promise that rings
yith the hope that it brings
Ls it joyously sings
'hat the King of Kings
s the child/who comes
'o still the drums.
Ve are free,
ou and me!
[e proved by the cross
'hat death is no loss.
bring you good tidings -
'idings of joy!
Written December, 1945, five
months before his tragic death
on June 9, 1946. Our Septem-
ber 1976 Record carried the
death of John's mother, Mrs.
Marguerite Peck McGinnis,
who passed away July 6, 1976.
TEN YEARS AGO?
'Tis the night before Christmas, and all thru the casa
Not a creature is stirring, Caramba, que pasa?
The stockings are hanging, con much cuidado,
In hopes that St. Nick will feel obligado
To leave a few cosas aqui and alli
For chico and chica (and something for me).
Los ninos are snuggles all safe in their camas,
(Some in vestidos and some in piyamas).
Little cabezas all full of good things,
They're all esperando lo que Santa brings,
But Santa esta at the corner saloon
Muy borrachito since mid-afternoon
Mama esta sitting beside las ventana
Shining her rolling pin para manana.
When Santa returns to his home zigzagguendo
Lit up like a arbol of Christmas, cantando
She'll send him to cama con un heavy right -
Merry Christmas a todos y a todos good night.
3 1tM10 RECIPES FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2t fliN
Have the the following foods on hand ready to be served in a few
minutes when unexpected friends drop in over the holidays.
HOLIDAY CAKE, from the kitchen of Mrs. Robert J. Neely
Cut Ibs. ea. of candied pineapple,
citron, lemon, orange, cherry Mix together and add to the cream
1 lb. seeded raisins m
Cover with 1 cup brandy and let stand.
3 cups flour
2 cups of brown sugar 1 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup butter 2 tsp. baking powder
Add: 4 well beaten eggs 1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 can applesauce 1 tsp. baking soda
Sprinkle fruit mixture with Vz cup flour, add 1 lb. chopped nuts,
(walnuts preferred) add to batter. Put in large tubepan lined with wax
paper and bake in 325 degree oven for 11/2 to 2 hours. May be kept in
covered tin in refrigerator for weeks. Slices nicely.
HOLIDAY PUNCH, from the kitchen of Olga Disharoon
1 cup sugar
1%/ cups water
12 bottles strawberry syrup
6 bottles ginger ale
% quart strong tea
2 large cans pineapple juice
10 lemons (juice)
10 oranges (juice)
Pour tea over sugar and stir until dissolved, add lemon juice,orange
juice, and syrup mixed with water, add remaining ingredients and
chill. Serve in glasses garnished with orange slices.
CARIMANOLAS (10), from the kitchen of Olga Disharoon
4 Ibs. yuca
1 lb. pork chopped
/2 tsp. oregano
1 large ripe tomato
2 hard boiled eggs
pepper and salt to taste
hot pepper to taste
Peel yuca, boil in water with salt, put through grinder to make a
dough and add eggs. Fry pork with onions and tomatoes, add the
remaining ingredients and the hard boiled eggs which have been cut
in pieces. Roll out a small amount of dough. Fill with pork and shape it
like a football. Fry the balls in deep oil until golden.
RICE AND CHICKEN, SPANISH STYLE
from the kitchen of Olga Disharoon
1 Ib. rice
1 large chicken
/2 lb. spare ribs
1 Ib. squid
1 lb. shrimp, raw
4 cloves of garlic
% lb. onions
1 lb. fresh tomatoes
1 can peas
1 can tomato sauce
1 can pimiento
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup oil (regular or lard)
1 small bunch parsley
salt to taste
Heat olive oil and lard, fry garlic well. Take garlic out of oil. Fry spare
ribs in oil. Cut chicken in small pieces and fry that in oil. Add minced
onions, fry until brown, add parsley and tomatoes and cook for 15
minutes. Add 1/2 can of tomato sauce, shrimps and squid. Cook all this
together for 15 minutes, immediately add rice and rest of tomato
sauce and cover with hot water, sufficient to cook the rice. Let cook
for 30 min. Five minutes before removing from fire add peas and
pimiento. Remove from fire and allow to stand for three minutes
before serving. If this is cooked in a Spanish Clay cooking pot, it may
be served as is.
JOHNNY MAZZETTI, from the kitchen of Olga Disharoon
11/2 Ibs ground beef 5 cups of grated American cheese
2 Ibs. ground pork 1 can tomato paste
3 cups onions, chopped 2 cans tomato soup
6 cloves garlic 3 cups mushrooms, with juice
2 cups sliced sweet peppers
4 tablespoons oil 2 cups sliced stuffed olives
5 cups chopped celery 2 cans pimientos, chopped
2 large cans tomatoes 3 bay leaves
1 can Artura Sauce 1 bunch parsley
Salt & Pepper to taste 1% Ibs. wide egg noodles
Fry pork and beef in large skillet with oil. When it has cooked a while
add cloves of garlic thinly sliced, onions, and sweet peppers. Fry a
little and then add all the ingredients except noodles and cheese.
Simmer a while, boil noodles and drain. Grease large pan and mix the
above mixture with noodles, sprinkle grated cheese in layers and on
top. Bake in slow oven for 2 hours. (2750).
The Canal Zone Past Matrons' Association of Florida will hold its
January Meeting on the first day of the Panama Canal Society
Reunion, Wednesday, January 12, 1977, at 11:30 A.M. at the Princess
All reservations must be made with:
Mrs. Mildred Sutherland
1632 Lake Avenue, Apartment 1
Clearwater, FL 33516
No later than Sunday, January 9th. Guests are welcome!
PELTZ FAMOUS BRAND S S
526 CENTRAL AVENUE
STORES ALSO IN
CLEARWATER TAMPA LAKELAND
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We announce the beats of. the following:
Mr. Eddie J. Aanesen, passed away August 20, 1976, in Fairhope,
Alabama. He was retired from the Panama Canal with over 30 years
service. A merchant marine captain, who was born in Norway and
went to sea as a young lad, found batea painting very relaxing in his
retirement house in Santa Clara, prior to making his home in
Fairhope. We who have his works of art will truly treasure them. Mr.
Aanesen is survived by his widow, Mary E. Aanesen.
Mr. Frank Joseph Brennan, 56, died August 21, 1976 at the
Gorgas Hospital. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Mr. Brennan was a
welder in the Industrial Division and had retired in June of this year
following more than 36 years of service with the Canal. He had served
in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Surviving him are his widow, Doris M., a daughter, Angela
Keith; a son, Michael J., and a granddaughter, all of the Canal Zone.
Col. Henry Randolph Brewerton, U.S.A. (Ret.), died suddenly at
his home Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York. Col. Brewerton was born in
the original Ancon Hospital on Dec. 2, 1914, and graduated from
Balboa High School with the class of 1932. He was a member of the
Red, White and Blue Swimming Troupe and was one of the Canal
Zone's most active boy scouts.
Funeral services were held at the Old Cadet Chapel at the
Military Academy on June 15, 1976. Interment was at the United
States Military Cemetery at West Point.
Survivors are his wife, the former, Jeanne Huff, one daughter,
Jeanne Ridgely Brewerton; mother, Mrs. Ridgely Brewerton and one
sister, Mrs. P. K. Bush, the former Mathilde Brewerton. Col.
Brewerton's death occurred on June 11, 1976, the 36th Anniversary of
his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, June 11, 1940.
LTC William Francis Brown, USAF (Ret.), 74, died in June 1976
in San Jose, Costa Rica, following a long illness. "Brownie" was born
in Boston, Mass. Following a military career, he worked for several
years in the Accounting Department, Panama Canal, Balboa Heights,
retiring in March 1958. After living for a short time in Spain, he and
his wife, Gloria, made their home in San Jose, Costa Rica. He is also
survived by a sister in Massachusetts.
Mr. Eugene H. Bunnell, 61, a former Panama Canal employee,
died September 2, 1976 at Harrison Memorial Hospital, Bremerton,
Washington. Mr. Bunnell went to the Canal Zone in 1944 and was
harbormaster at Balboa when he retired in 1975. He was a member of
the Balboa Elks.
Surviving are his wife, lone; three sons, Carl of Hamilton, Ill.;
Roy of Port Orchard, WA.; and Ray of Bremerton; a daughter, Mrs.
Sandra Sladek of Lafayette, CA.; two brothers, two sisters and 11
Mr. Michael Hersh Crook, 36, of St. Petersburg, Florida, died
Sunday October 10, 1976, of burns suffered in an industrial accident
September 14 at the Weedon Island power plant of the Florida Power
Corp. Mr. Crook suffered first-, second-and third-degree burns over 75
per cent of his body when a circuit breaker he and two other men were
replacing exploded. Michael was born in Ancon, Canal Zone and came
to Florida 16 years ago. He was a control center operator for Florida
Power. A Navy veteran, he'was a member of Tampa Bay Arms
Collectors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers. He held a commercial pilot rating.
He is survived by his wife Shirley; two sons, David and Danny; a
brother Douglas; his mother, Mrs. Phyllis Crook; a grandfather,
Walter L. Hersh; a sister, Phyllis Fiore of Seattle, Wash. and an aunt
and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. W. I. Hollowell of Diablo Heights, Canal Zone.
Mr. Charles Thomas Daniels, 88, founder and first president of
the Daniels Clover Specialty Co., Gulfport, Florida died Sunday,
October 24, 1976.
Mr. Daniels worked in his father's greenhouse in New York
during his childhood, and there became interested in plants and
genetics. Later, while working as telephone wire chief for the Bell
System in the Canal Zone, he noted a patch of clover growing in his
newly planted lawn. He experimented with isolating sprigs with four
leaves until he had developed a plant that produced the traditional
"good luck" four-leaf clovers almost all the time. Known as the only
place in the world that grows four-leaf clovers, Mr. Daniels' business
was discovered by accident. A greeting card company heard of his
discovery and wired to ask for price and delivery of 1-million of his
unusual plants. The Daniels family replied that they could deliver, if
given enough time, and after such an auspicious beginning, business
thrived. He was a member of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Panama Canal
Society and the Hibiscus Society.
Mrs. Marion Daniels preceded Mr. Daniels in death on June 13th
of this year. They are survived by two sons, William Daniels of St.
Petersburg and Charles Daniels of Great Falls, Va.; a daughter, Mrs.
Marion Warwick of St. Petersburg; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-
Mr. William Diez of Chula Vista, California, died peacefully in his
sleep on September 17, 1976, according to word received from his
daughter, Gretchen Diez Evans, 323 Minot Avenue, Chula Vista, CA
92010. "My father had just celebrated his 85th birthday on September
3, and had had a full and happy life."
Graveside services were held September 2, 1976 in Tallahassee
for James Daniel Dunaway, 71. Prior to coming to Tallahassee, Mr.
Dunaway worked with the Panama Canal Zone government. For more
than 10 years, Dunaway wrote an outdoors column, with emphasis on
fishing for the Tallahassee Democrat. He was the father of Vic
Dunaway of Miami, one of the best known outdoor writers in the
In addition to his son, survivors include his wife, Maggie of
Tallahassee, and three grandchildren.
Mrs. Hattye L. Eaton, 94, died August 24th in Portsmouth,
Virginia. She lived for 30 years in the Canal Zone, and resided for 31
years in Portsmouth. She was the widow of Thomas E. Eaton whose
service began in 1906 during the "digging" days their longest
service was at Gatun Locks, but Mr. Eaton saw a lot of other places in
the 30 years they lived there. She was the mother of Mrs. Richard F.
Wood of Portsmouth, whose husband is general manager of The
Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star for Portsmouth and Chesapeake. She
was a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star in the Canal Zone.
Surviving, besides Mrs. Wood, are three grandsons, Richard F.
Wood and Thomas E. Wood, both of Portsmouth, and Donn H. Wood
of New York City; a niece Mrs. Reginal Shaw of Newburgh; and three
Mr. John C. French, Sr., 67, passed away 22 August 1976 in
Webster, Texas. He was employed for more than 42 years with the
U.S. Government. Joining the space program in the National
Advisory Committee of Aeronautics, at retirement he was the Deputy
Manager of Flight Safety Office at which capacity he served during
the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Programs.
Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Margaret J. French, Seabrook; son, John
B. French, Jr., Seabrook; daughters, Mrs. Diane C. Williams,
Snowden, Va., Mrs. Wendy A. Hilton, Houston, and Mrs. Ellen S.
Turner, Hampton, Va.; mother, Mrs. Cecelia French, Santa Ana, Ca.;
brothers, Robert French, Dallas, William French, Santa Ana, Ca., and
Archie French, Escondito, Ca.; sister, Mrs. Zona Lang, Scarsdale,
N.Y.; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Julia E. Garrett, died October 24th in Verona, New Jersey.
She was 88. Mrs. Garrett went to the Isthmus in July 1924 with her
husband Captain John A. Garrett, who passed away in 1947. She is
survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mildred B. Jelm of Verona and Mrs.
Juliana G. Vestal of Houston, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Lena McEntee of
Whippany, New Jersey; three granddaughters, Mrs. Dianne M.
Morris of La Boca, Mrs. Elaine V. Lewis of Balboa and Mrs. Brenda J.
Gurendel of Burke, Va.; and four great grandchildren.
Mr. James Martin Hunter, 72, of Pompano Beach, died Monday,
October 18th, following a sudden illness. Mr. Hunter came to Florida
15 years ago from Gamboa, Canal Zone where he had been associated
with the Panama Canal Company for 30 years as Tug Boat Master. He
was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church, Fort Launderdale,
Darien Lodge A.F.&A.M., Balboa, Canal Zone, A.A.S.R. Panama
Canal Lodge of Perfection, Abou Saad Temple, Balboa, Canal Zone,
and our Society. He is survived by his wife Frances Amelia Hunter;
sister, Mrs. B. O. (Gayle) Wells, Laguna Hills, Ca.; two aunts, Mrs.
Nan Allan, and Mrs. Betty Crawford both of Fort Lauderdale;
stepmother, Mrs. Berta Hazzard, Vista, Ca.
Mrs. Katherine S. Krause, 72, of Altamonte Springs, Florida
passed away September 27th. Katherine was a registered Nurse and
the widow of Francis Krause who retired from the Panama Canal in
1958 from the Locks Division. Survivor nephew, Adolph F. Krause,
Lt. Dominick R. LaPorta, Canal Zone Police, died October 11 at
his home in Margarita. He was 54. Lt. LaPorta served with the U.S.
Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. He joined the Canal Zone Police on
May 13, 1946 and was promoted to lieutenant in September 1968. He
is survived by his wife, Dinah, and two children, Debra 21, and
Dominick, Jr. 18.
Mrs. Margaret Loftus Leech, 88, formerly of Tampa, Florida, died
Thursday, August 19, 1976, in a hospital in Spring Lake Heights, New
Jersey. Margaret was the widow of Mike Leech, the butcher in the
Balboa Commissary for many years, and who retired from the
Isthmus in 1944.
Mr. Herbert H. Lewis, 74, died in Annandale, Virginia on October
4th after a long illness. Mr. Lewis worked for the United Fruit
Company for many years and three years with War Shipping
Administration in Cristobal during World War II. He was a member of
Elks B.P.O.E. #1542 Cristobal, Charter member and first President of
Cristobal-Colon Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Thelma, one
son, Commander Herbert H. lewis, Jr., and three grandchildren all of
Annandale, and one brother, Andrew Lee Lewis of Ft. Lauderdale,
Marie Litvin, 60 passed away Thursday, November 11th. Mrs.
Litvin made her home in St. Petersburg for the past three years after
her husband's retirement from the Canal Zone. She is survived by her
husband, Nathaniel, and two daughters, Naomi and Ruth Beder.
Mr. James Marchuck, 63, died August 28th in West Palm Beach,
Florida. Mr. Marchuck joined the Canal Zone Police Division in 1942
and except for a tour of duty in the U.S. Army during World War II,
served continuously until his retirement in January 1976. He was a
member of the Canal Zone Police Association and B.P.O. Elks Lodge
1414 Balboa. He is survived by his wife, Helen and a daughter,
Dolores, who lives in Norfolk, Virginia.
Mrs. Catherine E. Marczak, 52, of Miami, Florida died October 12.
Mrs. Marczak spent many years on the Canal Zone moving from
Gamboa to Florida seven years ago. She is survived by her husband,
Frank; two sons, Andrew of Athens, Ga. and Mark of South Miami
Heights; a daughter, Mrs. Constance M. Holihan of Marietta, Ga.; a
brother, Thomas Lutro of Cleveland, Ohio; and one grandchild.
Mr. Isaac Winslow Metzger, 89, passed away at Walker Method-
ist Health Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 17, 1976. Mr.
Metzger went to the Canal Zone in 1914 and retired in 1949 from the
Electrical Division as Electrical Supervisor of the Northern District,
The Panama Canal, after more than 36 years of service. He was a
member of Canal Zone Lodge A.F. and A.M., the Scottish Rite Bodies,
and Abou Saad Shrine Temple during his residence on the Zone and a
Life Member of Royal Palm Chapter O.E.S. He was a charter member
of Balboa Union Church and an active member in Cristobal Union
Church. The Metzgers spent 25 happy years of retirement in Miami,
Florida. Mr. Metzger is survived by his wife, Ruth T. Metzger, a son,
I. W. (Bill) Metzger of Minneapolis; two daughters, Mrs. R. F.
(Marjean) Koperski of Miami, Florida and Mrs. A. T. (Marilyn) Marsh
of Oregon City, Oregon; also seven grandchildren and two great
Mrs. Isabella A. Milloy, widow of the late James C. Milloy, died
on her 96th birthday at home, October 7, 1976, in West Harwich,
Massachusetts. Surviving Mrs. Milloy are four daughters, Mrs. Mary
M. Zemer of Panama and Misses Gertrude, Helen and Isabelle of
Massachusetts; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren and two
Mr. Otto A. Moore passed away October 14, 1976, in Tampa,
Florida where he had made his home for the past 17 years. Mr. Moore
worked for the Panama Canal during 1938 through 1943. He was in
charge of two War Bond Carnivals at that time. He later retired from
the U.S. Naval Ammunition Depot, Crane, Indiana with over 28 years
U.S. Government service. Mr. Moore is survived by his widow, Olive
Andrews Moore and two sisters.
Mr. Roger A. Orvis, 72, died October 13, 1976, at his home in
Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Orvis was Chief Accountant of the Industrial
Bureau of the Panama Canal when he retired in May, 1960 with over
35 years service. He was Past Master of Chagress Lodge, A.F.&A.M.,
Balboa, C.Z., a member of Abou Saad Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., Balboa;
the Sarasota Shrine Club, Scottish Rite bodies of Tampa, Sarasota
Elks Lodge 1519, and St. Andrew United Church of Christ. He leaves
his wife, Frances B. Orvis; two sons, James E. Orvis of Tampa, and
Robert G. Orvis of Canal Zone; a sister, Mrs. Vivian Rader of Boynton
Beach, and seven grandchildren.
Mrs. May M. Robertson passed away September 7, 1976.
Interment at Davis Cemetery, Mableton, Georgia. She is survived by
a daughter, Mrs. Sara R. Klotz of Noblesville, Indiana.
Mr. Robert F. Roche, 65, a long time Panama Canal Employee,
died August 25th in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Mr. Roche went
to the Canal in 1940 and worked for the Locks Division. He later
joined the Police Force and transferred to the Accounting Division. In
1959 he was assigned to the Claims Branch and was employed there as
Supervisory General Claims Advisor when he retired in November
1971. Prior to departing from the Zone he was presented with a
Certificate of Appreciation from the Canal Zone Chapter, Boy Scouts
of America for 20 years active and dedicated service. Mr. Roche was
the President of the Panama Canal Society of Western North
Carolina. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Alice Hazel Roche; a son,
Robert Roche, Jr. of San Antonio, Tx.; a daughter, Mrs. Noralie
Shobe of Balboa, Canal Zone; two sisters Misses Lorrene and Elva
Roche of Cincinnati; a brother, Paul Roche of Los Angeles, Ca., and
Mr. Paree L. Roland, a retired Panama Canal employee died at
Gorgas Hospital on August 25th. Mr. Roland retired in 1962 as
General Foreman, Public Works Branch, Maintenance Division. He
was a Carpenter's Mate with the U.S. Navy Seabees in World War II.
Mrs. Elsie Thiel Rowe, 77, passed away on August 30, 1976, in
Canoga Park, Ca. Elsie resided in Cristobal and Margarita for many
years with her husband, Captain Howarth V. Rowe, who preceded her
in death. She is survived by her granddaughter Linda Rowe Bloom;
two sons Capt. Howarth V. Rowe, Jr. of Raymond, Washington and
Col. James W. Rowe of San Francisco, Cal., nine grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren; two brothers, William and Fred Thiel of
Mr. Raymond B. Ward passed away December 15, 1975 in New
Orleans, Louisiana, from severe leukemia. He was a Roosevelt Medal
recipient. He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth, of Kenner, La., and
a daughter, Mrs. James A. Wier, Tabernash, Colorado.
Mrs. Betty E. Yudine passed away on September 17, 1976 in
Miami, Florida. She was a member of Orchid Chapter #1, O.E.S. of
Balboa, Canal Zone. Betty is survived by her husband, Mr. Soloman
Yudine of Miami, Florida.
Captain Howard Linwood Wentworth passed away September
28, 1976, following brain surgery, in Searsport, Maine. Howard
retired in April 1960, with over 18 years service as a Canal Zone Pilot.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Helen Wentworth of Maine.
Mrs. Josephine Brennan died on October 12, 1976 at the home of
her daughter, Mrs. Josephine Marquard of Sunnyvale, California. She
had lived on the Canal Zone for the past 47 years returning to
California in March 1976. Other than her daughter Josephine, she is
survived by James A. (Hymie) of Palo Alto and Charles A. (Chiley) of
Los Altos, California.
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them. **
Lawson David Beckley, son of Mrs. Anne Beckley of New Port
Richey, Florida, former resident of Balboa, Canal Zone and the late
Mr. Samuel Christopher Beckley, was married to Miss Anna Mary
Stewart of Richmond, Virginia on Saturday, July 10, 1976. The
evening candlelight ceremony was performed at half-past six o'clock
in the First Unitarian Church of Richmond. The Reverend David
Hicks MacPherson, officiated.
The honor attendants were Mrs. Elsie Marsh of Richmond,
Virginia and Mr. Samuel Beckley of New York, brother of the groom.
Following the ceremony, a wedding dinner was served at the
Richmond Hyatt House Hotel.
Mr. Beckley grew up and attended school in Balboa, Canal Zone.
He was graduated from the Canal Zone Junior College in May 1960,
and attended New York State University. He is now employed in
Richmond, Virginia. Miss Stewart, daughter of Mrs. Cathy Stewart of
Pikesville, Kentucky and the late Mr. Paris Stewart, attended Berea
College in Berea, Kentucky and George Peabody College for Teachers
in Nashville, Tennessee. She now teaches kindergarten in the
Richmond Public Schools. The couple will be at home at 5821-D,
Willow Oaks Drive, Richmond, Virginia 23225.
Picture of bride and groom with Samuel Beckley and his wife,
Christina L. Bates and Cloyd S. McIlvaine were married August
27, 1976, in the Immaculate Conception Church in Durham, North
Carolina. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Bates,
who left the Canal Zone in 1972. Christina, a graduate of Balboa High
School, Class of 1971, obtained her BA degree from Rollins College,
Winter Park, Florida, in 1975, and is employed by the Chamber of
Commerce, Durham, North Carolina. The bridegroom is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. Robert McIvaine of Balboa. He is a graduate of Canal Zone
College and this year completes his apprenticeship with the Electrical
Division. He is attending Duke University, College of Engineering, in
Durham. The newlyweds reside at 624 LaSalle Street, Apt. 5-C,
Durham, North Carolina, 27705.
Miss Leslie Suzanne Stroop and Mr. Robert Morgan Phillips were
married August 14, 1976 in Sarasota, Florida. The bride is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Stroop of 1907 Andrea Place,
Sarasota. Robert is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Phillips also of
Sarasota. The bride was graduated from Sarasota High School and is
employed as a secretary at the Sarasota County Sheriffs Department.
The bridegroom is with Phillips Auto Body and is a musician with the
rock band Prism.
Miss Kathy Lynn Schroeder became the bride of Thomas Dudley
Bolles Saturday, 14 August 1976, at a seven o'clock candlelight cere-
mony in the Skyline Country Club, Tucson, Arizona. A reception at
the club followed. The bride is the daughter of Col. Charles Robert
Schroeder and Mrs. Ruth Bozeman Schroeder.
Mrs. Bolles is a graduate of Balboa High School; a graduate of the
University of Texas at El Paso and received her Master's degree in
Special Education from the University of Arizona. She taught at Las
Cruces, Arizona and is now teaching in Tucson. Mr. Bolles also holds a
Master's degree in Education from the University of Arizona. He is an
assistant principal and teacher in Tucson.
Miss Alice Lee Nail was married to Steven R. Graves on August
15th at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers, Arkansas. A reception
followed the ceremony at the Bella Vista Country Club. The young
couple have purchased a home at 1818 W. Olrich St. in Rogers.
Colonel and Mrs. L. R. Burdick of the Presidio of San Francisco
have announced the marriage of their daughter, Gail Frances to Mark
James Johnson on June 26, 1976. The marriage took place at the Fort
Mason Officers' Club overlooking San Francisco Bay. Chaplain
Morgan (son of the Dave Morgans, formerly of Balboa) officiated at
the wedding. The bride is the daughter of Norma Nail Burdick and
granddaughter of the late Mr. W. V. Nall and Hazel Nall of Walnut
Creek, California. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James R.
Johnson of Seal Beach, California. The newlyweds will reside at Chico
where they will continue their education at the University of
Miss Eileen Frances Ridge and Stephen David Jones were
married on Saturday, August 7th, at the Immanuel United Church of
Christ in Shillington, Pennsylvania. Following the wedding, a recep-
tion was held in the Church Social Hall. The bride is the daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent D. Ridge of Coco Solo, Canal Zone and the
bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Jones of Shillington.
Eileen is a teacher and Stephen is employed by the State of Pennsyl-
vania in Reading.
Vince and Dottie Ridge and son, Kevin, attended the wedding,
along with daughter, Susan of Allentown; Nancy, who is on the
nursing staff of Reading Hospital; son, Michael, a student at Delaware
Valley College, Doylestown, Pa., and the bride's grandfather, John E.
Ridge, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Ridge and family, and Mr. and Mrs.
John D. Griffin (Mary Ridge) and family of Trenton.
Miss Sandra Kay Cobia and
Marshall Leon Harris were
united in marriage Friday, Oc-
tober 22, 1976, at Park Avenue
Church of Christ, in Dothan,
Alabama. Parents of the couple
are Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Cobia
and Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Har-
ris, all of Dothan. Mrs. Joe
McNeal of Pansey served as
her sister's matron of honor.
Five close friends of the bride
served as bridesmaids all
dressed in blue gowns and car-
ried bouquets of blue carna-
tions, pompons and baby
breath. A little flower girl was
dressed in blue and carried a
white basket with blue flow-
ers. David Dear of Margarita,
Canal Zone was best man and
Joe Croanan of Panama City and Steve Nehring of Tampa were two of
the five groomsmen. There was also a ring bearer. A reception
followed in the church fellowship hall.
The young couple will make their home in Margarita, CZ where
the groom is a police officer. A delayed honeymoon trip is planned to
San Jose, Costa Rica.
Mrs. Blanche Briscoe of St. Petersburg, Florida is proud to
to announce the arrival of her first great grandchild, Philip Ryan
Carney, born August 24, 1976. Little Philip weighed in at 7 pounds 5
ounces. His parents are Donna and Richard Carney of Cincinnati,
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Anthony Ressa (nee Christine Theresa
Cartotto) of Eagle Rock, California, are happy to announce the birth of
their first child, a son, Vincent Gregory, on June 24, 1976, in Burbank,
California. Maternal grandparents are Mrs. John deGrummond and
the late Gregory George Cartotto. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Michael M. Ressa of Spring Hill, Florida. The baby is the great
grandson of Mr. John E. Ridge, Sr. and the late Mrs. Theresa Boland
Captain and Mrs. Joseph M. Hunt, Jr. (nee Darleen Woodruff)
announce the birth of their third daughter, Kelly Rae, born Septem-
ber 30, 1976, at Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone. Kelly Rae is
being welcomed by her two sisters Lisa Michele and Joanne Marie.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Marion B. Woodruff (Elsie
Lawyer) of LaBoca, C.Z. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph Hunt, Sr. (Louise Rathgeber) of Balboa, Canal Zone. Captain
Hunt is with the U.S. Army, Adjutant General Branch, and he and his
family reside at Fort Amador, Canal Zone.
Born to Pam [Maedl] Gutowski and Vincent, a son, Frank on
October 2, 1976, at Van Nuys, California. This is their third child,
second son. Grandparents are Petie and Carl Maedl of Springdale,
Janet and Peter Butz of Catoosa, Oklahoma are the proud parents
of a son, Jason Ray, born October 29th weighing in at 11 pounds.
Jason is their third child and third son. Grandparents are Lenor and
Harry Butz of Springdale, Arkansas.
Mr. and Mrs. William Locke [Bonnie Marquard] announce the
birth of their second daughter Kelly Elizabeth on July 6, 1976, in San
Jose, California. The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Warren
D. Marquard of Sunnyvale and Mr. and Mrs. John Canfield of
Mary Eleanor Becker from Lakewood, Colorado writes "On June
24, 1976, I was presented with my third Great Grandson, Lance Lewis
Spafford born to Richard and Catherine [nee McIntire] Spafford.
Lance has a brother Dirk Richard who will be 2 years old on
November 27th. Maternal Grandmother is Bertha-Jane Law, and I am
the Maternal Great-Grandmother."
MAIL YOUR 1977 DUES TODAY
THE CANAL ZONE
The J. M. Slover family moved from Diablo to La Boca into a
lovely cottage in March. After 21 years in one house, it was quite a
move. We are expecting our second grandchild in October or the first
part of November, a girl we hope. Our grandson, Jonathan is quite the
young man of 2 and the idol of all our eyes. Our youngest, Nancy, is
now in college at the University of North Alabama in Florence,
majoring in English with a Creative Writing specialty. She had two
honors this past year. First, she sent one of her manuscripts to the
College Poetry Press and had one published in the Spring issue of
National Poetry Press. Then in July Nancy received a letter from the
editor, Dennis Hartman which reads in part "NATIONAL
POETRY PRESS receives about 300,000 manuscripts every year ...
about a thousand contributions from college students were published
in the "COLLEGE POETRY REVIEW" during the last year .
"PEGASUS" anthologizes the better selections from the various
"REVIEWS" and includes them in a hard-cover edition together with
a 50 word "About the Author" note.
Your manuscript: UNTITLED (IN NOTHING .) which
appeared in one of these biennials, is among the poems we would like
to publish in "PEGASUS". We would not reprint, however, without
your written permission."... We were surprised and delighted! I flew
up with her in August and we drove from New Orleans to Florence,
our first in Alabama. From there I went to Texas to visit with my
mother and then back to Florida to visit with the Buehler's and other
friends. Jim could not get off this year so was unable to go with us. He
got another Outstanding Award in June. We spend all our spare time
rock hunting and have some beauties. Susie is working for the Army
and bids good-bye for awhile to Dan in September. J. L. and Marsha
keep busy with the young man and J. L.'s trains and sometimes
Marsha has time for her rocks. All in all, it has been a good year for us.
S. Ann Slover.
Mr. and Mrs. James J. Evans, residents of the Atlantic Side,
vacationed during the months of July and August visiting several
parts of the United States. They spent several weeks visiting with
their son, George in Houston, Texas. George has been employed in the
insurance business in Houston for the past eight years. They then
drove to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to visit with Mr. Evans' mother,
Mrs. Lena Evans. While on vacation they visited with several former
Canal Zone residents Mr. and Mrs. James Driskell of Axis,
Alabama; Mrs. Loreto Cellucci of Inverness; Mr. and Mrs. Felix
Karpinski of Zephyrhills and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Yocum of Largo,
The Evans' attended their first meeting of the Panama Canal
Society while in St. Petersburg and were happy to reacquaint with
many of their former friends.
Johnny and Dottie Matthews Fairhope. Spent a wonderful two
weeks vacation in Alabama, Tennessee, and Williamsburg, Virginia.
On the way they stopped to see Canal Zone friends and relatives. In
Scottsboro, Alabama, they spent the night with Johnny's sister, Hazel
Matthews, who taught at Balboa High, and visited an old friend,
Maurice Nichols, who was a policeman at the Old Tivoli Crossing. On
to Bristol, Tennessee Virginia, to see Dottie's parents, Mr. and Mrs.
W. Herbert Roden, Sr. Dottie's mother surprised them by announcing
that in this Bicentennial Year, for her 55th Wedding Anniversary
September 21 gift, she wanted all four to go to Williamsburg, Virginia.
Back in the car and across the beautiful Virginia countryside, they
rode to Williamsburg, the old settlement preserved by Rockefeller
The Wren Building of the College of William and Mary was one of
the big items Dottie's mother did not want to miss and unlike some
dreams, this one lived up to expectations. They also saw the
President's House of the College of William and Mary that was
damaged during the siege of Yorktown. They looked at the Court-
house with its original brick made in 1770. They stood in awe at
Bruton Parish Church where Washington worshiped. They watched
the craftsman at work and wandered in and out of old buildings, big
and small, until upon turning in a lovely doorway they were met, not
by Thomas Jefferson or Patrick Henry or even one of their servants,
but by a real 1976 American who said, "I'M SORRY, BUT THIS IS A
PRIVATE HOME." They realized then that the lovely historical place
is still used by ordinary Americans. They toured Jamestown, an even
earlier shrine. Back in Bristol as Dottie was rejoicing over the
purchase of the record of, "A Concert of Eighteenth-Century Music"
performed by J. S. Darling on the Wren Chapel Organ at the college
of William and Mary, her father quietly presented his wife with
another copy of the same record a small, but lovely tribute to one
who has worked a lifetime teaching music and played the piano or
organ for any church or chapel.
Then to Scottsboro for another night with Hazel. They decided
against a visit to Trinity, Alabama, but learned that Ann and Ted
Marti from Balboa were happily retired and busy unpacking. Bill
Pullen is well after the long illness and death of his beloved wife, Lila.
In nearby Decatur, Alabama, Lydia Myers continues to add to the
community in her job at the hospital as she did so long at Gorgas.
Dottie and Johnny did stop at Selma, Alabama, to visit Vera and
Lewis Phillips. After listening to the glowing account of Williams-
burg, Vera said, "You should have called our daughter, Beverly in
Hampton Roads or Jo Ann Marti Roebuck who is nearby". But Johnny
said, "We never could visit all of our friends, could we?"
The Gardner Harris' entertained with a family reception after the
wedding of their son, Marshall on October 22, 1976. Gardner and Jean
retired last year from the Canal... she was a nurse at Corozal Mental
Health Center and he was a police officer. They are enjoying their
retirement home and life in Dothan.
Sun City ... Ed and Grace MacVittie write "Just had a wonder-
ful visit with the Matheneys, Doctor Robert and Evelyn who are here
in Arizona for a month. We just returned from a grand summer in the
East and saw Carl and Blanche Browne for two days in Avon before
they left for their motor trip through Central America on their way
back to Panama. Helen and Ben Chisholm are still here with us and we
enjoy seeing them each week during the winter session here in the
Valley of the Sun. In May I was elected Commander of the Military
Order of the World Wars, Sun City Chapter. We run the Flag Day
ceremonies and assist in the ROTC programs at the various schools in
the valley; we are also starting to place a Patriotic Education
Program in the schools. Golf and swimming keep Grace and me busy
along with our other hobbies. Retirement is a very busy time in one's
life. Best wishes for your upcoming reunion and maybe we will be able
to make it when we see the Johnsons this Fall or early Spring.
With the frost on the pun'kin and the corn in the shock, many of
the summer travelers returned home and in time for the Annual Fall
Luncheon and Business meeting on October 10th. About 57 people
were present at Bowen's restaurant in Fayetteville and new officers
were elected. President Bud Balcer and Secretary-Treasurer Char-
lotte McCue will carry on for 1977.
The brilliant splashes of color breaking the lush green of the
Ozarks have drawn many people to the area. Peggy and Carter
Houston, of Arroyo Grande, California, house guests of Ora Mae
Clayton of Rogers, have enjoyed the autumn and were at the
luncheon. Captain Houston is a retired Panama Canal pilot. Visiting
Georgia Gwinn in Springfield, Mo., Joe and Grace Irving, with
Georgia, dropped in on several friends in Springdale as they viewed
the lovely colors enroute.
More guests at the luncheon were Lynn Cook, Jr., son of Maude
and Lynn Cook of Rogers, Arkansas and a friend, W. I. Wellon. Beulah
Smithson, former nurse in the Canal Zone, was the guest of Max and
Earl Wrenn in Springdale. She too, attended the meeting, and liked
the area so much that she bought a house just two doors from the
Wrenns!!!! Welcome to the Northwest Arkansas, Beulah!
Polly and Stuart Trail, from Lexington, Mo. brought a long-time
friend, Virginia Gordon with them to the luncheon. They spoke of
having many visitors during the summer season, including the Koontz
from Fairhope, Alabama, Polly's sister, Louise from Montgomery,
Ala. and their son, George, from Houston, Texas.
Bud and Dorothy Loehr reported that they had recently visited
with Mrs. Ralph Otten of Roytown, Mo. The Ottens were formerly
with the architectural division in Engineering.
Mrs. Hallin said that Elizabeth Hallin, daughter, became a Second
Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps on August 20th. Elizabeth has
almost finished her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota and will
complete her degree in the Service. She is stationed at Quantico,
Virginia. Her brother, Captain David Hallin of the Marine Corps
Reserves and her mother attended the Commissioning. David is a
pilot for Federal Express of Memphis.
Ralph and Marie Shuey spoke of their recent trip abroad,
spending the summer in Germany, visiting Marie's sister in the Black
Forest. Most of their time was spent in changing her garage into
living quarters. On their return, the Shueys drove to Mt. Carmel,
Illinois to help a sick friend, Mrs. Neoma Compton.
Gloria and Charlie Malsbury decided to take advantage of the
good weather and flew to Colorado for a ten-day vacation in
September, visiting Denver, Colorado Springs and Estes Park. They
took several tours throughout the area, enjoying the beautiful Aspen
and spruce trees of the passes and slopes of the Rocky Mountains.
Dorothy and Bruce Sanders had many visitors and guests during
the season, including Reverend Theodore and Marion Franklin of
Rockford, Illinois. The Sanders also drove to Memphis to pick up Mom
[Aloise] Sanders early in August. Mom celebrated her 85th birthday
in Bentonville, attended the luncheon and left for California at the end
Other guests in the Northwest area included Mary Jo Yaeger,
visiting her mother, Minnie Burton, in Fayetteville, Bertie and Ted
Albritton from Ft. Worth, Texas, dropping in on area friends as did
Daniel and Mrs. Lawson from Florida, Jim and Mrs. Hoverson and
Elizabeth and Estel Davidson of Kerrville, Texas.
Dick Condon took a short trip to Ohio where he visited friends
and relatives for ten days, while Mary kept busy at home, having a
garage sale, which was most successful. Georgette Robertson had one,
too, with similar results.
Alice Nail spoke of her daughter (Alice Lee)'s wedding. (see
Weddings) She also mentioned the death of her mother, Mrs. Ruth
Pearce, on the 26th of July. She said that many of her friends will
remember her for her fine hospitality and wonderful apple pies! Alice
drove to Rock Island, Illinois, after the wedding to visit friends and
relatives for a week. Alice said that "Red" was still very much
involved in his business, Ozark Industrial Security, Inc. and very
happy with it.
Petie and Carl Maedl enjoyed a ten-day stay in London, in early
August, going with a group from their former church in Minnesota.
They stayed for a short time near "Big Ben" and were fortunate to
hear it strike a few times before it went "kaput"! They noted that the
severe drought had affected most of England. Later, daughter, Pam
Gutowski, who lives in Van Nuys, California, and two children
Jennifer and Carl visited the Meadls in August. During their stay,
Pam's sister, Pat Knough, husband Jim and their three children,
Todd, Webb and Leslie drove down from Minneapolis for a four-day
visit. Shortly after, Petie and Carl drove to Minneapolis to attend the
installation of Petie's brother, Reverend Carl Manfred in the
Normandale Lutheran Church, there. To top these activities off, Petie
flew out to Van Nuys for two weeks' visit upon the arrival of the
newest Gutowski, Frank, born on October 2nd.
Glenn Terrell had a massive coronary attack but pulled through
fine. He returned home after several weeks in the hospital only to
have to return for other complications. Etta Fay said that he was
improving and would appreciate a note.
So with winter hard on our heels, we all in this area wish our
readers and friends, near and far, God's blessings, a Merry Christmas
with Peace and good health in the New Year.
Lenor Butz Reporter
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Joan R. deGrummond
Our luncheon meeting on August 15th, the 62nd anniversary of
the opening of the Panama Canal, was a pleasant occasion and tuned
to the anniversary spirit. The invocation was given by Mr. Robert
Leroy Dill, and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mrs. Hedvig
Seedborg. The get-together was held in the Harbour View Room on
the fantail of the SS PRINCESS LOUISE, permanently berthed in the
shipping and boating channel at San Pedro. In view were passing
ocean vessels and private boating seen small amphibian planes
landing and taking off with tourist passengers.
Harbour View Room,
SS PRINCESS LOUISE,
Port of Los Angeles
ALLEN, Dolores Walters
ARGO, Emmett & Adele
and 2 guests
(Dtr:Kathryn Argo Molinaro &
son, Gerald, of San Jose, CA)
BALLARD, Roy W.
BIERWAGEN, Amos & Helen
G: Irma Revesz, Mother
In commemoration of the 62d
ANNIVERSARY OF THE OPENING
OF THE PANAMA CANAL
Sunday, August 15, 1976
BRAYTON, Donald & Gladys Wertz
G: Jack & Mary Brayton and
dtrs: Shannon & Jennifer
BRENNAN, Tom & Ann
BROWN, Grace E.
deGRUMMOND, Jack & Joan
G: Steve_ Anna Bissell
de la PENA, Estrella
de la PERA, Sara
de la PENA, Moises & Jean
DILL, Robert LeRoy & Mayme
G: Marguerite James
Larry & Dorothy Stone
DORAN, Thomas & Vivienne
ELLIS, Adelaide Monsanto
FITZPATRICK, Francis & Joan
G: Colleen Fitzpatrick
FOLGER, Elizabeth Hearn
FRENCH, Archie & Alyce
FRENCH, Willard & Marjorie
HALL, Carl & Katherine
HAMMOND, Charles "Wally" & Mary
HAZZARD, Berta Hunter
HEARN, Jack & Ethel
G: Richard & Esther Condry
HEARN, Roy & Olwen
IRVING, Joseph & Vera Grace
G: Bill & Irene McLaughlin, Texas,
& son,Bill McLaughlin,Palos Verdes
CORRIGAN, Jack & Marie, Pompano Beach, FL
(guests of the Jack Hearns)
TABER, Mrs. Elizabeth M.
HELLUMS, Mrs. Rose, New Orleans, La.
(guest of Dorothy Hayward)
KARIGER, Lee & Lilybel
KENEALY, Elizabeth J. "Bess"
KLINE, Paul & Mildred Phillips
LUMBY, Mrs. Lulu A.
McMAHON, Mildred A.
NAYLOR, Grace V.
PETERSON, Florence M.
G: Mrs. Arthur Peterson, cousin
PHILLIPS, Noble & Marion Hutchinson
G: Mrs. Clara Wood Neville
PRICE, Mary E.
G: Betty Price
RIDGE, Sr., Jack
ROSS, Ernest & Janice Cameron
G: Elizabeth Kling
SHEA, Viola Bissell
SIMONSEN, Chris & Ruth
G: Fay & Herb Thomas,
dtr & son-in-law
SMITH, David LeRoy
SOWA, Stan & Louise
UNDERWOOD, Mary Kate
G: Chris Mitchell
WALTERS, Mrs. Catherine H.
WILL, Ray & Irene
WRIGHT, Milton & Chubby
G: Eileen T. Petersen
YODER, "Buck" & Helen
COUSINEAU, Mrs. Walter C. (Elsie)
guest of Bess Kenealy
SPECIAL GUESTS; Mr. Ricardo D.
Sanchez, and members of the
PANAMANIAN FOLKLORIC GROUP of
SPEIR, Woodrow W.
We had a three-prize "Loteria" 2 wooden trays, "bateas",
colorfully painted with the seal of the Canal Zone, procured for the
occasion; also, an attractive commemorative plate of the Panama
Canal, molded from painting by Al Sprague, showing the dredge, US
CASCADAS, in Gaillard Cut with a passing ship. The plate was
donated by Mrs. Patty Thompson Plucker. Mrs. Plucker and Mr.
Sprague are Canal Zone residents and teamed up to make these
plates, a new design to be issued each year. The "bateas" were won by
Janice Cameron Ross and Hedy Seedborg, and the plate was won by
Mrs. Mary Kate Underwood. Our sincere thanks to Estrella de la
Pena, who is so helpful in handling ticket sales for raffles at our
On display were the Bicentennial Editions of the Panama Canal
Review; The Panama Canal Spillway; Balboa Union Church calendar;
and correspondence note cards with Canal bridge photo by former PC
employee, young Steve Bissell. Instructions for placing orders were
furnished. We also had a mounted display of colorful pictures, familiar
scenes in the Canal Zone and Panama. We appreciate the help of
Chubby Wright and Adelaide Monsanto Ellis in taking orders for the
Bissell note cards.
Entertaining our members and guests were the Panamanian
Folkloric group of Los Angeles in their montunos and polleras.
A warm welcome was extended to all of our guests, including
former Zonians: Marie and Jack Corrigan of Pompano Beach, FL, who
were visiting Joe and Lucille Ferguson Corrigan of Carlsbad, CA -
Jack and Marie were guests of Jack and Ethel Kriziza Hearn; Mrs.
Walter C. Cousineau [Elsie], whose late husband was the first
president of our society, 1921-22, was Bess Kenealy's guest; Fay and
Herb Thomas, daughter and son-in-law of Chris and Ruth Simonsen;
Miss Eileen T. Petersen, guest of Chubby and Milton Wright;
Kathryn Argo Molinaro and son, Gerald, of San Jose, CA; Jack and
Mary Brayton and daughters, Shannon and Jennifer Jack is the son
of members, Don and Gladys Wertz Brayton of Laguna Hills; Bill and
Irene McLaughlin of Texas and son, Bill, of Palos Verdes, guests of the
Joseph Irvings; and Mrs. Clara Wood Neville, guest of Noble and
A subject of interest at our meeting was correspondence from the
Panama Canal Society of Florida on the nomination to the Hall of
Fame for Great Americans of Canal construction-day Chief Engineer,
John F. Stevens. They asked that our members write to the electors
requesting a favorable vote; however, due to the limited time, as
ballots were in the hands of the electors, and the large number of
electors, the membership approved a proposal that our secretary,
representing the membership, write to the 150 designated electors
asking that they vote affirmatively. (Note: To comply with the
proposal at the meeting, a letter was written and sent to all the
electors requesting a favorable vote.)
Shown here is a copy of a letter from Governor H. R. Parfitt of
the Canal Zone to our society for the special occasion of our meeting,
They are talking about
VGILANT REAL ESTATE
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
and though it was dated and air-mailed on August 5, it was not
received until the day following our luncheon. We wrote to Governor
Parfitt expressing our appreciation for his thoughtfulness in sending
us his good wishes. I know you will personally enjoy reading his letter.
CANAL ZONE GOVERNMENT
BALBOA HEIGHTS. CANAL ZONE
.' OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
IN REPLY REFER TO: August 5, 1976
Mr. Francis Fitzpatrick
Panama Canal Society of
10658 Camarillo Street
North Hollywood, CA 91602
Dear Mr. Fitzpatrick:
I was extremely pleased to learn that the Panama Canal
Society of Southern California is planning to observe the 62nd
anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal on August 15th.
Activities such as these by retired Panama Canal employees
are an indication of the pride of accomplishment that has been
characteristic among so many of the men and women who have been
associated with the waterway in the past and serve as an
inspiration to those of us who strive to maintain the high
standards of efficiency that they have set.
Please convey my best wishes to all the members of the
Society on this occasion.
H. R. ParfJt
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Mrs. Pete Wardlaw Clark; Mr. and Mrs. William H. Finken [Eileen A.
Cryan]; Mr. and Mrs. Eric Kullberg [Virginia Hughes]; Mr. and Mrs.
William J. McLaughlin [Diane]; Miss Eunice Monroe; Mrs. C. Sydney
Neville [Clara E. Wood]; Mrs. Irene Doran Robertson; Mrs. Zula Lee
Smith [Brown]; and Mr. and Mrs. Dale W. Taylor [Shirley A.
NEWS from Members and Friends
Emmett and Adele Argo "In June, we enjoyed a 15-day trip to
the Hawaiian Islands, our first, with the Leisure World Hikers. Joe
and Grace Irving also went along. We spent a few days on each island,
and the flowers, fruits and tin-roof dwellings all reminded us of
Panama. We spent the last 4 days on Waikiki Beach, which was much
like L.A., with traffic, hotels and noise. To Emmett it was a wish come
true to see the ARIZONA Memorial. He had spent 2 years aboard the
ARIZONA during his Navy years in the early 20's. While we were on
the island of Maui we met Ralph and Marie Curies of Florida at the
Coco Palms Hotel one evening they had come over for the day for a
trip and dinner. It was good to see them and talk of old times in the
Zone till their plane took them back to Honolulu. In July and August
we again did some volunteer work for the Festival of Arts in Laguna
Beach. In September we drove to the East Coast to visit our daughter,
Grace Allen, and family in Jamestown, North Carolina. Grace
mentioned that Spike and Gail Lawrence of Raleigh, NC, spent a
weekend with them recently."
Grace Birkeland Brown thanked the Alumni Reunion Committee
for the successful party "You had a lot of planning and hard work on
this project, but it went over big so, congratulations! My sister,
Dorothy Harrie, and my daughter, Zula Lee Smith, and I certainly
enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces and to feel as if we were all back
on the Zone again on one of our own parties, as only the Zonians could
do. Hope there will be another one like this!"
Arthur and Dorothy Cotton "It's been a great summer! Fred
and family have been here, and Dottie, too. In August we visited in
New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maryland."
Bill and Mary Foley Cronan "Appreciated the interesting
invite to the Alumni Reunion with all details, maps, etc., but were
unable to attend at that time. Someday somehow somewhere, we
hope to meet all of you dear people again for a 'bajan' luau-out!
Hawaii, the land with grass skirts and gay hibiscus, sounds typical for
a future tropical U.S.A. reunion of ex-Canal Zonians."
Vivienne and Tommy Doran and his sister, Irene Robertson of
Santa Maria, enjoyed the reunion. In late September, Vivienne and
Tommy flew to Green Bay, WI, to join his brother, Jimmy Doran, who
was visiting with his daughter.
Inez Evans "Jay and Ann Jones of Vista and their guests,
Marian and Herb Stapf, came to see Erma Forbes, her Uncle
Ellsworth and me one nice day in August a good visit. The Stapfs
lived in Vista before moving to Florida a few years ago. My oldest
granddaughter, JIP [Jessie] Darden [Peg's and Jerry's daughter),
having finished college, U. of Maryland, in May Criminology major
- has been accepted at the Riverside Police Academy for more
training in that field. She visited me for awhile before entering the
Academy. My son Bill's oldest son, Jerry, also visited me recently
before returning to Colorado School of Mines Golden for last half
of his senior year. How lucky I am to have my two oldest grands here
for a visit."
John David Fisher sent the reunion committee the names of
several persons to contact for the party. He hoped to do some
advertising there for his "Gatun Roster".
Francis and Joan Fitzpatrick "In August, our family had a
lovely 7-day vacation at Shasta Lake. Though it was low, we had a
good time and all the young people succeeded in getting up on the
water skiis. Many fish broke the surface of the lake, while fishing, but
they remained in the lake, for we caught nothing. In early September
Joan and I flew to Baltimore for a week's visit with her mother and
Steve and Lucille Fulop "We took a delightful 3-week trip in
August to Canada and Alaska. Rode Amtrak to Seattle; motor coach
of 8 days through British Columbia and Alberta, stopping at Banff,
Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Columbia Ice Fields via Alaskan
Highway up to Whitehorse, where we took the narrow-gauge railway,
with spectacular scenery to Skagway. We boarded the French ship,
"RENAISSANCE", and enjoyed the inner-passageway back to Van-
couver. A side trip to Victoria was a highlight then to Seattle where
we spent a pleasant evening with Bea and Jim Harned who lived in
Curundu Heights. Came back to Oceanside on AMTRAK."
Martha Furey "We are all fine here in Sun City, Bob and Kelly
Maynard were here for a visit with Robert and Marjorie Miller. I was
so happy to see them. I worked with Bob in the old Building Division.
We have been sweating it out here, as it has been one of those times
where it goes up to 110! I had my granddaughter visiting me and we
went swimming every day."
Alberta Powers Harris "Recently enjoyed a holiday in Hawaii,
and was sorry to have missed the Alumni Reunion. My family has
grown considerably since I left the zone 23 years ago my 3 girls are
married and I now have 12 grandchildren from ages 5 through 22,
and one great grandson. Louise is just 4 miles from me, and Marion
about 70 miles in Petaluma. Anita, who was a Student Assistant in
the Accounting Department one summer, is in a small town, St.
Marys, Kansas, where she and her husband own and publish a
biweekly newspaper. I live in my own mobile home and love it! I have
been to Alaska, Hawaii, and plan on going on a Caribbean cruise next
year. I've also attended the Panama Canal Reunions in St. Petersburg
several times while living there, and once since living here. We have a
P. C. Society up here, but meetings are not too well attended, since we
all seem to live so far from each other. We had a meeting in July and
there were about 25 who attended out of a possible 75-100 it was
fun, though, reminiscing with those who did attend. Thanks again for
having the reunion, and even though I couldn't attend this one, do it
Berta Hunter Hazzard was so happy to have attended our society
luncheon aboard the PRINCESS LOUISE, and visit with our Canal
Zone group. Mildred and Paul Kline were so kind to invite her to go
with them. This past spring Berta had a lovely 5-week trip which
ended in Florida.
Norma and Conrad Horine, CHS '45, enjoyed the reunion. "I'm
sure glad someone finally organized something like this."
Mary Butler Journeay sent her best wishes to the Alumni
Reunion Committee for a very successful evening. "Beverly Neville
Fawcett was here in August, visiting with her mother, Mrs. Sydney
Neville, and we had a few good visits and had such good chitchat
about our mutual friends still living in the Zone and Panama. Aren't
we lucky to have lived there and worked in a place that gave us such
Norine Hall Kaufer and her daughter, Nancy Kaufer Leach of San
Jose, CA, "had a most enjoyable time at the CZ Schools' Reunion -
what fun we all had! After all, the CZ and Panama will always be home
to me after having lived there 50 years of my life! Bessie Kenealy, my
longtime BHS-days' friend, has invited me down to visit and attend
the society's December 5th luncheon. My sister, Jan Hall Journeay,
who now lives in Seattle, is happy I'll be able to see all of you,
including David Smith, and my dear friend, Viola Bissell Shea."
Mildred and Paul Kline are fine "and busy doing yard work -
it is endless, but we enjoy it when the weather is good." They are
looking forward to seeing the folks at our December 5th luncheon."
Leroy and Cybele Koontz, while visiting his sister in Westmins-
ter, CA, in July we were happy to see friends in Southern California.
Then on their way north they planned to visit with Olive and Earl
Unruh in Bakersfield, and hoped to travel through Canada before
driving home to Fairhope, AL.
Jack and Grace McCaslin Laurie were sorry to have missed the
reunion, but Grace, BHS '40, wrote, "Have fun I'll be thinking about
all of you Canal Zonites."
Dell Ryan Lynch "In June, I was included in the International
Who's Who in Poetry an English publication. Had a nice visit this
summer in San Diego with Belmina Lee, who was visiting a friend
there we all talked Panama for hours!"
George and Carol Metivier "My younger brother, Bob, and his
family came out to San Francisco from Rhode Island in August for
their 3-week vacation. Carol, our daughter Kelly, and I met them
there and had a wonderful time together."
Martha Jones Paliwoda said she enjoys hearing of long-time
friends through our Newsletters. "I received a nice letter from Mrs.
Hazel DuVall who enjoyed a visit in Gorgona Beach with the
deGrummonds in June. I would go back to the Canal Zone were the old
Tivoli still there! Stella and Ed Frampton of Panama City are fine.
Had dinner recently with Mrs. Anna McRae Bickford in the nursing
home. I plan to come down for the December luncheon."
George and Aurie Poole enjoyed their recent AARP-NRTA tour,
leaving Kennedy Airport aboard Iberia Air Lines for Ireland; then,
after winding their way through Europe, toured Spain Madrid,
Barcelona, and final destination: Torremolinos, for a 6-week stay on
the Sun Coast. "Enjoyed local tours, including one to Morocco.
Weather perfect like California and Florida. Then to Granada,
Cordoba, Seville and Cadiz on 4 day tours. Local bus and taxi service
excellent; AARP bus between three hotel areas. Kind regards to
those who remember us."
Thelma Reppe "had a delightful trip to Northern California in
July in the Mendocino Ft. Bragg area. Traveled the magnificent
Highway 1 in sunny, clear weather." In August, Thelma underwent
surgery for a detached retina. "My eye shows daily improvement, and
the retina seems well attached; muscles firming nicely. However, at
this time, I feel it best to cancel my NRTA-AARP trip to Austria,
Hungary and Yugoslavia with Anna Wright, Geneva Stockham, Bea
Sergeant and Carmen Eggleston." Best wishes to Thelma from all of
our members for a speedy, complete recovery!
Hedy Seedbrog had a wonderful month's visit in South Carolina
in July with Nellie [Bruland] and Chris Jansen, though Chris was just
getting over an operation he is doing very well now. "Hope they'll
soon be able to travel to California! Visited quite a few of the CZ folks
there: Dorothy and John Everson, Russ and Willard Percy, Althea
and Oddis Catron had a good visit, and talk, talk, talk! They all send
their regards. Everything is so green back there and the highways are
free of billboards and traffic just beautiful, green woods. Janet and
Ross Cunningham visited with me for a couple of weeks this summer.
It was great to have them with me."
Milton and Chubby Wright took in several baseball games in
L.A., and Anaheim this summer. Milton is feeling much better
following back therapy.
Jack and Joan deGrummond were so pleased to see Ethel and
Gene Askew of St. Petersburg, FL during their stopover in the San
Fernando Valley on their 72-day, 13,000-mile summer tour of the U.S.
and Canada. The Askews took the famous Universal Studios tour
aboard the GlamorTram to movie and TV stage sets. They later took
the "deGrummond tour" through North Hollywood, Toluca Lake,
Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and enroute visited with long-time
friends, Sara and Estrella de la Pena. Joan Ridge, daughter of Bob and
Pat Ridge of Columbus, Ohio, visited with us in late spring. Jack, my
father and I then drove Joan to Sequoia National Park for her summer
job. While there, we had a nice visit with Al and Ann Houston, who
were also checking in for their summer tour of managing the
restaurant, gift shop and lodging reservations at Grant Grove. Joan
enjoyed her summer work very much, and has been accepted for
work, handling reservations, for the winter at Giant Forest Lodge.
Her twin brother, Jerry, U.S. Navy recently visited with Joan and our
family during a short leave before going to esa.
Emmett and Adele Argo just returned from their annual trek to
North Carolina to visit daughter, Grace and family; then back to
Washington State, their home state; to San Jose, CA, and home -
8,289 miles. "We had a wonderful visit with our daughters and their
families. We are happy to report that Kathryn's husband has been
back at his job since March, following the replacement of a heart valve
last December. The Molinaros are a busy family: Kathryn works full
time; Tony is in college; Ann is a high school senior, plus working 27
hours a week in a photo shop; and Jerry is in high school. This trip was
one of the best no cold weather, except for some snow in Montana.
In Washington, we picked about 100# of apples to bring back to all of
Along Florida's Suncoast...
You're always close to HOME.
FOURTEEN CONVENIENT LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU!
REUNION OF BHS-CHS-CZJG STUDENTS, SEPTEMBER 18,1976
AT NAVY OFFICERS' CLUB, LOS ALAMITOS NAVAL AIR
STATION, LOS ALAMITOS, CALIFORNIA
(See Story Page 83)
ADAMS, Bill & Kelly Bauman-BHS 3129 Country Club Drive
Costa Mesa 92626
ALBERGA, Percival & Audrey-CHS 5435 Camino Real
and sons: Riverside 92509
ALBERGA, Douglas Lloyd-CHS
ALBERGA, Randolph E.-CHS
ATKINSON, Mr. & Mrs. V.
BARNES, Dorothy Messer-BHS '34 5838 Eberle St.
and Paul Gray Lakewood 90713
BASQUE, Dr. & Mrs. W. David 4305 Torrance Blvd.
BENTLEY, LT (jg) Joe & Pamela Muller
(Daughter of Walter Muller) BHS '38, CZJC '40
BRASSELL, Yolanda Revesz 7107 Sunnyslope Ave.
Van Nuys 91405
BRAYTON, Donald & Gladys Wertz
BROWN, Grace Birkeland-BHS '19
BRYAN, Jack & Marguerite-BHS '41 401 Linares Ave.
Long Beach 90814
BRYAN, Robert A. & Pat-BHS '38 5118 Vesper Ave.
Sherman Oaks 91403
CAREY, Jack & Ruth Ann Kupka 333 First St., Apt. B-114
BHS BHS Seal Beach 90740
CARTER, Nancy Norton 3623 Alcott Street
BHS '40 & CZJC'42 San Diego 92106
CHLAD, Joe & Erna Belle McCarty 14003 Recuerdo Drive
BHS '50 Del Mar 92014
CLARK, Pete Wardlaw and Dick Bates
CLAY, Jack-CHS '37 45532 Cedar
deGRUMMOND, Jack & Joan Ridge
BHS '40 CZJC
de la PENA, Estrella 729 S. Spaulding Avenue
BHS '33 Los Angeles 90036
DOIDGE, Marie Keegan
DOLIM, LTC Hank & Virginia Ridge
DONALDSON, CDR Robert & June 18244 Germain St.
CZJC Northridge 91326
DORAN, Thomas E. & Vivienne-BHS 1519 N. Altadena Drive
DORFMAN, Muriel Israel-BHS '42 5320 Holt Ave.
Los Angeles 90056
EPPLEY, Mrs. Dean Currently visiting with grand-
Resided in CZ over 50 years daughter, Ann Newhard
Franklin in Visalia.
FARRELL, Arthur W.-CHS '40 Canal Zone
Currently visiting in L.A.
FARREN, Eleanor Williams-CHS '46 P. O. Box 91
FIELD, John & Zonella Bliss-CHS '28 854 Orange Grove Ave.
San Fernando 91340
FINKEN, William & Eileen Cryan 550 Pacific St.
BHS '40 & CZJC '42 Tustin 92680
FISHER, John David-CHS '53 1092 Larch Ave.
FITZPATRICK, Francis & Joan-BHS '34 Moraga 94556
FLYNN, Pete & Rae-BHS 19735 Hiawatha St.
FRANCESCHI, Dr. Ernest & Doris 7635 Brookmill Road
BHS'45 & CZJC'47 Downey 90241
FRANKLIN, Dr. Omar & Ann Newhard 1604 Princeton
FRENCH, William & Meriem 1092 Smoke Ree Lane
BHS '38 & CZJC'40 Santa Ana 92705
GORDON, Vilma C. 6232 Parkhurst
Goleta, CA 93017
GUNN, Ken & Bea Reyes-BHS '49
HARRIE, Dorothy Birkeland-BHS 2609 El Paseo Dr.
HO, Henry & Mei Won-CZJC '50 3145 Armourdale Ave.
Long Beach 90808
HOOVER, Howard & Carol Sergeant-BHS '49 349 Cienaga Dr.
HORINE, Conrad & Norma-CHS '45 5728 Barley Ct.
HOYT, Gordon & Joan Kenney-BHS '43 432 Cedarhaven Way
HUTCHINGS, Robert W., Jr. & Marion 1018 Chaucer St.
JOHNSON, William & Ellen Greenleaf
JONES, Edward & Renee Harper-CHS'51 4f
JONES, Mrs. Norbert 13600 El D
(Louise Martin) BHS '30
KARIGER, Lee & Lilybel
CHS '29 CHS '29
KARIGER, Mrs. Robert (Nell)
KARLAN, Bernice Israel-BHS
KAUFER,Norine Hall-BHS '19
KELSO, Lee W. & Jean-BHS '38 1932 R
KENEALY, Barry & Jacqueline Weir 73
KENEALY, Mrs. Elizabeth J. Roberts
KENEALY, James N. & Michey-BHS '43
KLINE, Paul & Mildred Phillips-BHS
KOENIG, Patricia Leach-CHS '48
KRUZICH, A. F. & Irma Patchett-CHS '44 84
KULLBERG, Eric & Virginia Hughes
LASCHINGER, Richard & Janet Nesbitt 132]
CHS '39 & CZJC '41 R
LAWSON, William H. & Betty Chambers
LEACH, Nancy Kaufer-CHS '51
LEONHARD, Wyllis Rocker-BHS '37
LUNDY, James Leroy & Joan Horter
BHS '48 & CZJC '50 BHS '48 &
MAYS, Gerald E. & Joanne Reccia-CHS
845 Ainsworth Place
orado Dr., Apt. 37-G
Seal Beach 90740
running Branch Way
13 West Chester Rd.
10442 Riverside Dr.
4618 Placidia Ave.
N. Hollywood 91602
152 Benson Ave.
11 Juanita Dr. N.E.
Kirkland, WA 98033
1 Beryl St., Apt. 204
edondo Beach 90277
309 Patrician Way
1812 W. 244th St.
McGANN, John T. & Lois-CHS '40 12520 Lakewood Blvd., Apt. 1
McGINN, Thomas M., Jr. & Shirley 420 Via La Selva
CHS '47 Redondo Beach 90277
McGINN, William P. & Patricia-CHS '48 625 Via Del Monte
Palos Verdes Estates 90274
McGREGOR, "Mac" & Hope Bauman-BHS Albuquerque, N.M.
McKEE, Kiefer & Carol-BHS '43
McKEOWN, Alexander & Sheila-BHS '50
McLAUGHLIN, William J.-CHS
McMILLAN, Margaret Sullivan
BHS '40 & CZJC '42
METIVIER, George M. & Carol-BHS '51
MONSANTO, William J. M. & Betty
BHS '40 & CZJC '42
MORRISS, Richard & "Tookie" Christian 12
MULLER, George & Winifred-BHS '42
PEABODY, Raymond & Catharine Muller
PROVOST, Robert G. & Mildred-BHS
QUINN, William P. & Catherine-BHS
RICE, John "Ed" & Rose
RICE, Julian "Bud" & Betty-BHS '36
RICE, Thomas & Marion Snyder
RIDGE, John E., Sr.
Father of Joan Ridge deGrummond
ROBERTSON, Irene Doran-BHS
ROE, James-CHS '47
ROSS, Ernest & Janice Cameron
SASSO, Maritza w/Alberga party
St. Mary's School, Colon, RP
SCHORSCH, Carl & Nancy Sullivan-BHS
1175 Winthrop Lane
SCHULTE, George & Norma 14005 Palawan Way,
-CHS '47 Apt. PH-6, Marina del Rey 90291
SEEDBORG, Hedvig Sundberg-BHS
SHELTON, Geo. Dominic & Keko 22 N. LaSenda Dr.
BHS '34 & CZJC '36 South Laguna 92677
815 W. Chester Road
Granada Hills 91344
4157 Maritime Rd.
s Verdes Peninsula 90274
1309 Naulu Place
Honolulu, HI 96818
262 1/2 La Verne Ave.
Long Beach 90803
13602 Yellowstone Dr.
Santa Ana 92705
175 Bernardo Oaks Court
San Diego 92128
1102 S. Peregrine Place
3516 Michelle Drive
28040 Ella Rd.
ncho Palos Verdes 90274
243 N. Norton Ave.
Los Angeles 90004
1144 Mira Flores Dr.
Santa Maria 93454
P. O. Box 16094
Phoenix, AZ 85011
SIMMON, Stuart & Anne -CZJC '41
SMITH, David LeRoy-BHS
SMITH, Zula Lee Brown 13907
SNELLINGS, Nelson & Violet 5
Parents of Bob Snellings
SNELLINGS, Robert & Patricia CHS '46
SOWA, Stan & Louis I. Scott-CHS '44
SPEIR, Woodrow W.-BHS 808 San
STOKES, Montford & Bess-CHS '40
STROOP, Warren & Regina Rowe
STRUMPF, Al "Buddy" & Jerrye George
SULLIVAN, James & Carol
SULLIVAN, Thomas J.-BHS '38
TARANTINO, James & Bonnie Seibold
TAYLOR, Dale W. & Shirley Keepers
CHS '53 CHS '56
TAYLOR, Jack A.-CHS '47 & CZJC'49 4.
TEDDER, Hampton F. & Clare Venning
WANKE, George "Dick" & Janice-BHS
WANKE, Ronald B.-BHS
WILL, James & Diana
WILL, Ray & Irene Laurie
WINE, Chester & Joy
BHS '38 & CZJC '40
WOOD, Warren & Evelyn Belanger-BHS '41
7413 E. Cherokee
Van Owen St., Apt. 16
Van Nuys, CA 91405
849 Mark Twain Ave.
P.O. Box 2262
rdido, Anaheim 92804
ta Barbara St., Apt. 1
5832 Glady St.
South Gate 90280
460 Chaparral St.
Santa Maria 93454
2779 Sailor Ave.
San Mateo 94402
340 W. Scenic Dr.
Long Beach 90808
)09 Mt. Almagosa Dr.
San Diego 92111
P.O. Box 2128
10127 Tigrina Ave.
10513 Orange Dr.
5082 Princeton St.
10819 Cantlay St.
Sun Valley 91352
YEILDING, Dan H. & Ruth Bauman-BHS
114 E. Avenida de San Juan, San Clemente 92672
McKEE, Mark c/o Kiefer McKee
REED, George & Myriam Gill-BHS '39 9418 Hilmer Dr.
La Mesa, CA 92041
COLLINS, Hollis & Ann-CHS '44 207 S. Solomon Dr.
CAMPBELL, John & Sandra Davis-BHS '61 8764 Croydon Ave.
CHS '60 Los Angeles 90045
O'CONNOR, Edward & Shirley Smith-BHS 13942 Yankton Way
The Warren Marquards, Sunnyvale "Still enjoying our
retirement out here in Sunnyvale... Regards to everyone back there,
would love to make the Reunion, but this year will be spent seeing the
Erma Forbes, Sun City "I hope my requests for my room at the
Princess Martha and for the luncheon and reception are not getting to
St. Petersburg too late. I haven't received our Record yet. It seems
the Post Office in San Bernadino keeps the 3rd Class mail until they
can get around to sending it on to Sun City so Dot Cotton sent me the
reservation request from her copy ... Dot and Arthur Cotton and Lu
Lumby were up for lunch last Saturday, Sept. 25th. Had such a nice
get together. Inez Evans, Bob and Marge Miller were to see us too. A
few weeks ago Ann and Jay Jones and the Herb Stapfs had lunch
with us too, with Inez, Ella and I as the "cooks". You just know how
our tongues wagged ... A former neighbor of mine in St. Petersburg,
Luella Kirby, is flying here December 10th to spend a few days with
us and then the two of us are taking the Sun City Travel Club tour to
Hawaii from December 16th through 30th. I am surely looking
forward to the trip. I hope to arrive at Tampa on the 11th. Just hope
nothing prevents me from making the reunion as it convenes on my
birthday. Am looking forward to hearing Lucho Azcarraga again ...
October 20th four of us are going to Lawrence Welk's Welcome Inn for
lunch and then take the tour through the Julian Apple Country. It is
just a one day tour Please extend my greetings to the Panama
Canal Society when you meet again. I surely miss those meetings.
ENLIST IN OUR MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
GET A FRIEND TO JOIN OUR SOCIETY
Mrs. Vernon L. Schafer [Catsy] from San Diego took the
picture below while visiting in Laguna Hills.
Standing, left to right: Mrs. Beverly Fawcett, visiting from Canal
Zone and her mother Mrs. C. S. Neville
Seated: Mrs. Helen Yoder, "Buck" Yoder, and Mrs. Mary Journeay
Virginia Hughes Kullberg, Solana Beach "How thrilled I was to
be reading a Canal Record for the first time and to see names and
pictures of old friends! Lois [de la Mater] Bates I am going to write
to you Lois, Charlie Malsbury, Dorothy Hayward, my shorthand
teacher from B.H.S.?!; and Sue Core Odom, my darling third grade
teacher in Ancon?!. Shall forever be grateful to my old friend Petie
[Wardlaw] Clark, now living in San Diego also, for lending me her
copies and opening up this Pandora's Box of Wonderful Memories to
me. And, oh yes, the deGrummonds right here in California also!
I would love to be kept in touch with any and all California activities,
please and of course, am enclosing my membership, quite excited
Margaret E. Hanesworth, Palo Alto "Margaret Morris of
Wallace, North Carolina spent six weeks this summer in California
with her daughter, Margie and family. While there she was visited by
her son, Bob and family of the Canal Zone. A family reunion at Lake
Tahoe was the highlight of the trip. On the way home, she visited Ray
and Liz Adkins in Tennessee, formerly from Gorgona, Panama."
Mrs. James A. Wier, Tabernash "My husband (Major
General) is retiring from the Army with more than 36 years service. I
am sorry to be late with my 1976 dues. If possible, please send me the
back issues I have missed. I enjoy every copy. My mother Elizabeth
Ward who use to live in Gatun, now lives at the following new
address: Mrs. Raymond B. Ward, Waldon Memorial Health Care
Center, 2401 Idaho Avenue, Kenner, Louisiana 70062. She is feeling
quite well physically but is forgetful. She would enjoy visits from
friends who might drive through Louisiana, and notes. Thank you
Mary Eleanor Becker, Lakewood "I moved to Lakewood on
November 3, 1975. I was a 2nd Generation Canal Zone Employee. My
daughter Bertha Jane (attention Pat Thompson) a 3rd and my eldest
granddaughter, Valeria A. (McIntire) Dempsey is a 4th. Val is
married to Herschel W. Dempsey, Jr. and lives in Balboa. Buddy
works for the Printing Plant and is the son of H. W. Dempsey, Sr. of
Alabama (ex P.C. Policeman). Went to Colorado Springs the week-
end of July 23rd. Saw the Cave of the Winds and Santa Claus Lane -
the weather was beautiful. Went to Seattle, Washington to attend the
American Legion Auxiliary National Convention, August 20th
through 26th. While there I roomed with Grayce L. Nadeau (Balboa).
Lydia was N.E.C. Woman and I was a delegate representing the De-
partment of Panama Canal Zone. The night of States Dinner, Lydia
invited the Panama Canal Zone N.E.C. Man (John Oster) and Depart-
ment Commander George Martinez to join us. It was really wonderful
seeing these folks again after 5 years... I stayed over an extra day as
I had a luncheon date with Lenora Hartshore (former neighbor of ours
in Pedro Miguel). I had not seen Lenora since 1949. We had a
wonderful visit. Lenora took me to see her home which is really
beautiful. The flower gardens around the house were gorgeous ...
I've received confirmation of my reservation for January. Really
looking forward to the trip and seeing many familiar faces again. It is
5 years since I attended my first Reunion. My regards to all."
John and Grace Hotz, Kissimmee Mary and Jim Carpenter
from the Atlantic Side stopped by after having been in Chicago,
Illinois on July 4th, 1976, for the rededication of the Elks Memorial
Building to the memory of all of those who fought for the principles to
which the Declaration was devoted. Jim is the Exalted Ruler of Canal
Zone Lodge #1542, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the
United States of America at Cristobal. We gave Mary and Jim a tour
of Disney World, Sea World, Kissimmee, Kissimmee Elks Lodge and
many other places of interest.
Mrs. Esther Currier of St. Petersburg and Mrs. Dorothy E.
Hamlin of Largo toured Nova Scotia extensively this summer. Before
returning to the Suncoast they visited in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert McKeown, St. Petersburg spent the first
two weeks of August visiting in North Carolina. While in Henderson-
ville they saw Esther and John Laport [Esther Hodges], Mr. and Mrs.
Wendell Greene, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bentz, Mrs. Fred Sill, Mrs. Tom
[Tutie] Kelly and her mother Mrs. Luckey, who is 96 years old, and
the Muldoons. Then they ran into Ross and Margaret Hollowell who
also spent the greater part of the summer in the Carolinas.
Sarah and Sam Rowley, Clearwater "Since last September
when Sam had open heart surgery and a mild stroke, we have been
busy getting him well. He did so well that he went to Panama around
Easter to visit June and family in Panama City and Skip and Beverly
and family in Gatun. I had a marvelous six-weeks visit with Dorothy
and family in Berlin, Germany. Enjoyed touring Berlin, Western
Germany, Holland at Tulip Festival time, the Italian Riviera and
Switzerland. Back home again and summertime, Skipper, with his
family brought Sam home and we enjoyed seeing the family again.
Our granddaughter Lori Lee Stevenson came up for six weeks
spending most of the time with us and went to Tennis School at
Treasure Island. We are expecting Dorothy and family from Germany
for the Holidays. We wish all our friends Happy Holidays."
Pearl and Walter Brown, Merritt Island "We are looking
forward to January always the highlight of our year. We just
returned Monday, October 4th, from a tour of Ireland, Scotland and
England. While in the Shannon Airport, waiting to begin our tour we
met Eddie and Catharine Goodrich of the Canal Zone who were taking
the same tour! We had a delightful time together and enjoyed hearing
first hand all the news of the Zone. Will see you in January."
Helen and Rex Beck, Merritt Island "The Becks have had a
very busy year here in Merritt Island. After attending the Reunion in
St. Petersburg in Janury, we spent a short visit with Prakie
McGroarty in Homosassa Springs, before returning home. We
thoroughly enjoyed the Reunion and our visit in St. Petersburg with
Thora and Dick Mahoney, and other friends. In January we had as
visitors Maggi and John Janssen who had recently retired from the
Canal Zone and Mamie and Andy Van Siclen whom we hadn't seen in
almost 25 years.
In February we had a brief visit from our niece and nephew Patty
[Cawl] and Carl Pflanzer of Rome, New York.
In March our daughter-in-law, Patty [Janssen] Beck, along with
our granddaughter, Lara, and new grandson, Christopher Davis, age
2 weeks old, spent two weeks with us, while our son, Gene and other
grandson, Sean, motored to Edward Air Force Base, California, to his
new assignment. Patty and children stayed with us until Gene got
settled in a house on the base. Later in March our dear friend Edith
Spencer, along with her brother and sister-in-law, Sam and Billie
Brooks, all of Miami, spent a long week-end with us.
During the summer months our other son, Tommy Grimison, his
wife, Nancy and 8 grandchildren spent a month of their home leave
from the Canal Zone with us. They thoroughly enjoyed this area
especially the sailing, surfing and swimming. While here they visited
their cousins, Ed and Richard Scott and their families who were
visiting their parents in Cocoa Beach. Unfortunately our son Gene
couldn't be here at the same time, but early in September he managed
to spend a few days with us.
In late September, Cindy [Monaco] and Lou Seldon of the Canal
Zone spent a few days with us on their way back home. They had been
visiting relatives in Panama City, FL, and got their daughter Debbie
settled in school at Tallahassee. They expect to retire early next year.
We also had visits from Marian and Bob Bowen of Lakeland; Jiggs and
Mae Cross, Miami; Anne and John Redman, Canal Zone; and Bill and
Sylvia Wigg, Titusville. Our good friend Sydney Lindh had a heart
attack in mid-July and is getting along fine now. We plan to take a trip
in October to visit friends in Dothan, Alabama.
We wish all our good friends and fellow retirees a Very Happy
Christmas and a Prosperous New Year ... Looking forward to seeing
you all at the next Reunion."
News from the Schmidt [John C.] Sr. Family: The Year 1976
really started out in full swing for us as in January John was
hospitalized for a heart attack but fortunately he recovered very
quickly.... In February, my Mother [Mrs. William H. Barlow] who
has been making her home with us for the past four years had to have
heart surgery and ended up with a Pacemaker. At 88 years she truly
made a fantastic recovery.... In May, John took a trip to Cape Coral,
Florida and fell in love with a beautiful big home on a lake. We
uprooted and moved here. In August Ruth had to go into the
hospital for surgery but as of this writing is doing just fine and looking
forward to a visit in November or December from our son Major
John C. Schmidt, Jr. and family, enroute to his new assignment in the
southern part of Germany.... John, Jr. remarried in January 1975, in
Denver, Colorado to Alice Shaw. Now John's family consists of his two
girls Deanne 13, Pamela 11 and Stephen (Alice's son) 9. We visited
them in October 1975. Mother and Marcela Schmidt (Louis's wife)
from Costa Rica went with us ... Marcela travels extensively she
just returned from Central and South America.... That's all folks -
this is what helps to make that wonderful association of ours being
able to keep in touch with all our friends.... Ruth (Barlow) Schmidt.
Cliff and Helen Russell, Sarasota "Returned September 2nd
from a 19-day bus tour of Austria and Bavaria which was enjoyed very
much, realizing a desire to see Austria of many years standing, as well
as retracing steps taken about 20 years ago along the "Romantic
Road" in Bavaria; visiting Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, some interior
villages and lake area; the Grossglockner Pass, where it was snowing
at the top; Augsburg, the Ludwig "Fairy-Tale" castles; Rothenburg,
Nurenburg and Munich. Prices, especially in Austria, were from two
to three times higher than in the States, so except for souvenirs, there
was little shopping.
Pauline and Stanford Skinner, Miami "Our son, Stancy was
promoted to Brigadier General, effective 1 August 1976. We went up
to Birmingham, Alabama to the promotion ceremony and cocktail
party at the Club and on the return to Miami on August 14th we
suffered a severe automobile accident. Our car was utterly destroyed
and at this time we are 'recovering' and thankful to be alive and have
Stanford, Pauline and Stanford J. Skinner [Brig. Gen.]
Jim and Dot Bryant, Tampa "This summer we traveled 8,000
miles in our 28-foot motor home with our two grandsons from Tampa,
David and Michael McGuire. Our trip took us across the southern part
of the States for a visit with Dot's sister in Pala Mesa Village (near
San Diego); daughter Betty and family in Grand Terrace; and Jim's
brother and family in Rialto, all in California. On our way North, we
spent five days in the Valley of the Rogue State Park. What a
beautiful part of Oregon. We spent a part of each day with Dot's two
sisters in Rogue River, while one day was spent taking the two
grandsons and one granddaughter (from CA) Bonnie, on a Jet Boat
Ride up the Rogue River out of Grant's Pass. Heading North to
Portland and then East along the Columbia River, down through
Wyoming and Colorado, we saw the beautiful Rocky Mountain
National Park, and other points of interest along the highways. We
arrived back home in time for the 4th of July celebration, but missed
the summer picnic at Bay Pines. That grass sure grows while
vacationing, doesn't it? After tending to the lawn and flowers and
when the cooler weather sets in, we plan to be off again on another
trip, possibly to Alabama and points North. Have a trip to the Great
Smoky Mountains in mind. Hope to see you all at the Reunion in
Barbara J. Cunningham, St. Petersburg "I have been a regular
'gad-about' this past year. In April I spent almost three weeks in
Houston, Texas visiting son Michael and family, and I also visited with
Pauline Holland, Mike's mother-in-law, and with my daughter-in-law,
Jari Cunningham and the four children. Although Michael was busy
working and attending college classes, we did manage some outings to
San Jacinto and Memorial Parks and a day at Astro World. ... On
Mary S., Dorothy T. and Barbara C.
June 17th I flew to New York to visit my sister and family, the Paul
Cowell family. I stayed until August 12. I helped with the PTA
Bicentennial Fair which Martha was involved in. Spent one day at
Music Hall. I experienced my first hurricane there. On August 2nd
Jay's two sons, Danny and Jay, Jr. arrived from Houston to stay
overnight leaving for Puerto Rico the next day. While in New York, I
took a side trip to Mathews, Virginia for two weeks to visit former
Gatunites and friends Dorothy Theriot and Mary Sibley. We had 13
years of chatting to catch up on! We got in some bridge and drove
around Yorktown stopping at the famous seafood restaurant Nike's.
On August 12th, Sis and I flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico to visit
son Jay and his family. Jay is Chief Engineer at Roosevelt Roads
Naval Base, so was unable to get much time off, however we did see
the Rain Forest, went to a buffet at the Officer's Club and Sis and I
had a very profitable evening at the San Juan Hotel Casino. We saw a
wonderful show there which was comparable to Las Vegas. The hotel
is one of the oldest and is very lovely in decor. My grandsons went
back home looking like Indians from all the ocean swimming and
fishing they did. When Sis flew back to New York on the 22nd, we met
Rosemary [Reardon] Martinez and had an hour chat before take-off
time. On the 25th I escorted my grandsons to Miami where they
caught their flight for Houston, then I came home."
Margaret C. Yerkes, Fort Lauderdale "I am leaving November
18th to spend Thanksgiving with my son Bill and his family in Granada
Hills, California. While there we will attend "Big Game" at Stanford
U. where my granddaughter Kathleen is a freshman. On December
9th I will leave for Melbourne, Australia to spend Christmas with my
son David and his family Merry Christmas"
Auristela and George Poole, St. Petersburg Off on a AARP
6-week Tour sent post card from Poole Harbor on the southeast coast
of England and he wrote "Collins Lake is nearby"; from
Hotel-Cafe-Restaurant "De Pool", Amsterdam; Rome "Wonderful -
Wonderful Three of us wearing Shrine pins were blessed, all
medals included" and on to Spain "Kind regards to you all".
Tim and Anne Mann, South Pasadena "On July 8th we left with
cousin Ethel Alien and General Lafayette (poodle) on a six week tour
of the United States. We visited the French Quarter in New Orleans,
the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon, Boulder
Dam and Las Vegas, where Tim hit the penny machine for $50.00 on
the way to California ... After stopping at San Simion we took the
80-mile Suncoast drive to Santa Clara to visit Captain and Mrs.
Winthrop E. Terry, USN (ret.). Mrs. Terry, Tim's sister, is remem-
bered in the Canal Zone as Alma Mann, an olympic star. Alma and Tim
had great pleasure watching the Olympic diving on T.V. and estimat-
ing the points of each dive for her seven children and 21 grandchildren
. The Terry's entertained with many parties and tours of Golden
Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. Tim's birthday was
celebrated with three parties given by his nieces and nephews in
California ... On the Northern return trip, we became conscious of
"God" protecting us. We decided against staying in Reno Nevada and
missed a two foot flash flood on Route 93 outside Wells, Nevada.
When leaving Yellowstone Park, we lost our way and went by the
Tetons instead of Cody, Wyoming, which had sections of the highway
washed out. At Rock Island, Tim decided not to go to see the
dinosaurs and continued East. Two hours later, Rock Island Airport
was under two feet of water. If he had decided to see the dinosaurs,
we just would have made it to the Canyons around Loveland,
Colorado, where the disastrous flood killed so many With
gratitude and deep wonderment as to why we had been spared, we
continued to Woodmont Country Club near D.C. Bennie and May
Wong and Joe and Frances Kuge had a large dinner party for us the
next day after we had visited Ethel's grandchildren in Gaithersburg,
Md. Another week was spent in Richmond, Virginia and then home
without any near misses. The trip covered 7,980 miles.
Theresa G. Wright, Cape Canaveral In August flew out to
Alamogordo, New Mexico to visit her sister Mary's family, Mr. and
Mrs. Peter V. Zagone and to attend the wedding of her niece. Patricia
Anne was married to Paul Lambert Grubel, son of Mrs. Charlotte
Grubel of Albuquerque, on August 7th at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Jude's
Mission. The bride recently received a bachelor's degree in Electrical
Engineering from New Mexico State University. She is employed at
White Sands Missile Range. The groom will graduate from NMSU in
December with a degree in Electrical Engineering also. He will
receive a commission in the U.S. Air Force. Pat's two sisters, Mary
Angela and Theresa were bridesmaids and four brothers, Joseph,
Michael, Tom and Paul were ushers in the wedding. Theresa also
played a lovely hymn on the flute accompanied by the organ; Mary
Angela sang an "Ave Maria" during the ceremony. Following the
ceremony a luncheon-buffet reception was held at the Holiday Inn.
After the bride and groom cut the cake, Aunt Theresa was given the
honor of cutting the remainder of the wedding cake. Theresa is a
junior in High School and is First Flutist in the Symphonic band ...
Mary Angela is a 1975 graduate with a bachelor's degree in Music
Education from Eastern New Mexico University at Portales, N.M.
Her voice is just beautiful and she plays the piano. She is teaching
elementary school in Vaughn, N.M. On August 10th, Mary, Pete and
Theresa went on a mobile home trip through New Mexico and
Arizona. The millions of evergreens and mountains were unforget-
table sights. Near Clifton, Arizona we cooked out with Joseph Zagone
who is employed by the U.S. Forest Service having graduated in 1973
from NMSU at Las Cruces with a bachelor's in Business Administra-
tion. Michael A. is also a graduate from NMSU at Las Cruces with a
bachelor's in Financial Management and is employed as an accountant
U.S. Treasury Department in Albuquerque, N.M. Tom is living with
Michael and attending the state university there. Paul just graduated
from high school and is attending NMSU at Alamogordo ... I can see
why Theresa, Mary and Pete are so proud of these young adults ....
Theresa is still working at the Kennedy Space Center where she has
been employed since 1965.
Largo "Oliver [Pat] Paterson and children Robert and Esther
recently returned from a motor trip to Panama. The purpose of the
trip was to bury the cremated remains of his wife, Esther Modesta
Paterson at the Jardin de Paz Cemetery in Panama City. Mrs.
Paterson was a well-known Canal Zone school teacher and died at
Largo, Florida in January of this year.
The trip to Panama took ten days from Florida and "Pat" says he
purchased a new Ford Van for the trip. Fitted out with bunks,
captain's chairs, icebox, etc., the van proved to be the most desirable
vehicle for the trip. He says the border "hold-ups" are even worse
than on trips made before. The roads are fine all the way and the now
delightful new road over the highest part in Costa Rica takes the last
hazard from the trip. The return trip was made via California, a
complete trip of 15,000 miles. Pat will be glad to answer any questions
anyone may care to ask telephone or letter."
St. Petersburg All the Grahams Miriam and Perc and Jerry
and Doris went up to The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina the
weekend of November 5th to be with Scott Graham who is a senior
there. Lucy Collins and her dad went too, as Lucy is Scott's fiance.
During the Ring Hop at McAlister Field House Friday night Lucy
was given a "miniature" as they passed through the giant model of
The Citadel ring. Scott gave his mother a red rose. The senior class
received their rings at an impressive ceremony at Sumerall Chapel
the day before.
The visitors were very proud of John Scott Graham as the
Citadel's newspaper THE BRIGADIER dated Friday, November 5,
1976, carried the names of the 34 cadets that were chosen to be
honored as The 1976-1977 Who's Who in American Colleges and
Universities by one pictured cadet the caption read "Scott
Graham, India Company Commander, is a member of the 1977 Junior
Sword Drill. Scott is president of the International Relations Club, a
member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science Club, the Calliopean
Literary Society, and is vice commander of the Arnold Air Society."
Jim Replogle, Jr., Jesup "This has been such a hectic year that
I think I failed to send my dues in for 1976 so a check is enclosed. I had
heart surgery in July at Emory University where they replaced a
heart valve with one taken from a pig it has worked very well and I
have had no problems.... Our youngest son got his M.D. from Emory
in June and our daughter starts pre-med at Emory this month."
Bill and Dot Loehr, Lawrence "Thanks for the write-up in N.W.
Arkansas section. One mistake though My Rock Shop is 10' x 50'."
Evelyn S. Slowick, Hyattsville "I am sorry to be so late with a
new address. I have planned to spend the winter months in Florida
(Jan. to June). I will be at home to all my Canal Zone friends after
January the First to June 1977, at 691 Sunset Drive, Tarpon Springs,
Betty Rathgeber, Glassboro "Hope I'm not too late to tell you
of our wonderful and biggest Reunion we had this year.
The date was July 17th. The place Elkton, Maryland. Our host
and hostess were Lenord and Olive (Kalor) Krouse, at their summer
home on the Elk River.
Not only was this our reunion, but also a reunion of the Kalar
sisters. Harriet with husband, Frank McNeal from Charlotte, N.C.;
Jean with husband, Francis McAndrews from Moscow, Pa.; Dot and
her husband, Ray Kennedy from Englewood, Col. and of course, Olive
and Lenord Krouse.
This year we had so many new people, making this reunion the
biggest with about 78 to 80. It was wonderful for we all had name
plates and we could go up and introduce ourselves and meet the new
Lenord was a great host, taking those who cared to go out in his
boat and giving them a tour of the Elk River. My grandson, Kevin 41/z
years old, went with his grandfather and thought this was the
greatest event of the party.
Many brought old pictures and wanted others to identify some of
the people in them. Memories were really being lived all over again.
After dinner, we had slides of previous reunions. Oh how we, or
should say some, of us have changed. For the best of course!
We always enjoy seeing the films, especially seeing on film those
people who couldn't make it this year. We really miss all who were
absent. After the slides were over we all realized our wonderful day
was over and we will have to wait till next year. So until next July ...
Here is a list of those who attended:
Bill and Marge (Dennis) Bain and daughter Bonnie Woolwine from
Princeton, New Jersey; Helen (Anderson) and Clifton Brown from
Richmond, Va.; Jack and Gloria Brown and son, Allen from Northport,
N.Y.; John and Grace (Jones) Carey from Ann Arbor, Michigan;
Edward and Jane Curtis from Woodbury Heights, N.J.; Mrs. Jo
Dennis from Princeton, N.J.; Bryan Duff from Rochester, New York;
R. C. and Shirley (Jennings) Erickson from Mt. Holly Springs, Pa.;
Taylor and Thelma (Anderson) Grizzard from Richmond, Va.; Gene
and Faye Hamlin, Jr. from Carthage, N.C.; Bob and Marion Hazeldine
from Cranford, N.J.; Jean (Dennis) Herbert from Trenton, N.J.; Bill
and Mary Michaelsen from Croton-on-the-Hudson, N.Y.; Bruce and
Jackie Onderdonk from Glastonbury, Ct.; Bill and Muriel Poole from
Lansdowne, Pa.; Bill Price from Sarasota, FL; Jack and Betty
(Searcy) Rathgeber from Glassboro, N.J. and our daughters Louise
from Belford, N.J. and Penny Whilden and two sons, Kevin and J. J.
from Pitman, N.J.; Gene and Lilian Saphir from Bethesda, Md.; Augie
and Eleanor (Hammond) Schindeman from Ramsey, N.J.; Tate and
Toodles Setzer from Temple Hills, Md.; Laura Tarflinger from
Newark, Del.; Bernice (Rathgeber) Jackson from Des Plaines, Ill.;
Edward and Agnes (Tonneson) Jamke from Tenafly, N.J.; Edwin and
Helen Jones from Boca Raton, FL.; Walter and Harriet (Ottman)
Jones from Locust Grove, Va.; Frank and Elizabeth (Tonneson) Key
from Dumont, N.J., Glen and Wilma (Reynolds) Kirkpatrick from
Rochester, N.Y.; Jo (Dennis) Konover from Princeton, N.J.; Justus
and June Klemmer from Richard, VA; Harold and Janie (Hamlin)
Leffingwell from New Canaan, CT; George and Catherine Lowe from
Wilmington, DE; Norine (Rathgeber) Lucas from Brick Town, N.J.;
Tede Duff Lyvg from Rochester, N.Y. and Paul and Pat (Thompson)
Editor's Note: Betty Didn't you know we were having a
Membership Drive? Many of these folks do not belong to the PCSoFL!
Capt. and Mrs. Daniel M. R. Haff, Argyle "We retired from the
C. Z. Nov. '74 and returned to the Northland, wintering in the
previously unoccupied Haff family home, while finishing our house in
the Hills of Hartford that we had been building for SO many vacation
years. That summer of '75 we were visited by Capt. Wm. H. and Millie
Nehring of Penna., retired from the C. Z. in '73, and Capt. Wm. and
Carol Farrell, C. Z. and Capt. Jack and Klara McKeen, C. Z.
We moved into "Fiddlers Green" Sept. of '75 and settled down by
the fireplace. This summer and fall of '76 we have enjoyed visits from
Bill and Millie again, Capt. Ted and Joan Jablonski and family, Capt.
Pete and Emily Bolton. It is always so good to once again eyeball
congenial friends from the Zone.
Our children are not too near Danelle [Mrs. Dennis Dougherty]
lives in San Francisco, Calif. Denise, on a leave of absence from her
nursing career, is in the Aleutian Islands. Daniel, a dispatcher on the
locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, finishes his 4 years in the Coast
Guard this coming July and plans on a Sea career. Ted is a Jr. here at
the Hartford High School.
Instead of sitting by the fire this winter, Dan is hoping to once
again Skipper a Tanker.
We really enjoy the Canal Record that keeps us in tune with
familiar names, and we always look forward to seeing close friends
when they pass through this area.
GREETINGS FROM WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
The Society was deeply saddened at the unexpected death of the
President, Bob Roche. He was an inspiration to all retirees by his
active participation in community affairs, and many others share our
sorrow. Paul and Betty Runnestrand of Winter Park, Florida arrived
for the memorial services and remained with Alice for several days.
Relatives arriving were Bob Roche, Jr. (San Antonio, Texas) Paul
Roche (Los Angeles, California) Lorene and Edna Roche (Cincinnati,
Ohio) and Mrs. Edwin Sanden (Denver, Colorado), Alice will be
visiting her family for the holidays returning to Hendersonville after
the New Year.
Peggy Falk and Louise Wolf of St. Petersburg, Florida were
houseguests of the Howard Johnsons for several days in August.
During this time the four drove to Winston Salem, North Carolina to
visit Bea Sergeant. In September the Elmer Abbotts were overnight
guests of the Johnsons. Howard and Emily are leaving the middle of
October for a six week's cruise to the West Indies on the Freighter
"Socrates." It's the call of the sea for the former Captain.
The Wendell Green's, Paul Bentz' and Ruth Sill enjoyed a trip to
the Outer Banks during the month of September. In August Mary
Peck, her husband and four sons were guests of her mother Ruth Sill
for a two week's vacation, part of which was spent camping in the
John and Marguerite Runck were in New England for a two
week's vacation and stopped for a visit with Bea and Worden French
and Mae Cotton who are all very well and happy in Castleton,
The Bob Van Wagners hosted a gathering of friends in honor of
the Frank Lerchens and Ray Caldwells who stopped off in Henderson-
ville for a short visit while on a motor trip in September.
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Warner of Balboa, Canal Zone were in
Hendersonville on vacation and Wendell and Mildred Greene had the
pleasure of showing them the area for a possible choice for retirement.
Dick and Ba Crowell of Inverness, Florida vacationed in the area
and stopped to visit the Dombrowskys one afternoon.
Bea Tyrell of Tryon, North Carolina recently enjoyed a reunion of
happy reminiscences with four former nurses from the Canal Zone.
The affair was held at the home of George and Dot [Bell] Hooper in
Columbus, N.C. who were hosts to "Lindy" Byrnes, Becky Kendall,
and Ann Allnutt, their houseguests for several days.
The Ernest Zelnicks returned with a glowing account of their six
week's vacation on the Hoenke's island summer home in Vermont.
They were joined from time to time by their daughter Carol and her
family from Hartford, Conn., John and his family from Rochester,
N.Y. and by Paul from Houston, Texas who managed to get away from
his busy schedule as a medical doctor, for a short visit.
Betsy and Truman Hoenke are home after an absence of many
months. Their daughter Mrs. Diana Bauer returned with them and
they are happy to report that she is recovering nicely from her serious
automobile accident in New Orleans, La. last March.
This is a lovely time of the year with the trees in vivid colors, the
weather is crisp but not cold and ideal for planting of spring bulbs. We
now look forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas and with that in
mind wish everyone happy holidays and a blessed new year.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Another happy social affair of the Panama Canal Society of South
Carolina, a picnic, was held on August 29 at Virginia Acres City Park,
Aiken, S.C. The affair began at one p.m. There were 47 members and
The guests included: Mr. and Mrs. Ross Hollowell, Clearwater,
Florida; Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Downs, Holmes Beach, Florida; Mr. and
Mrs. W. L. Lewis, Curundu, C. Z.; Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Tate, Columbia,
S.C.; and Mr. and Mrs. G. Herring (a former Canal Zone boy who
had moved to the USA some years ago), from Augusta, Georgia.
A new member joined the group, Grady Gailey.
And then the tables were heaped with fried chicken, baked ham,
tasty salads, desserts, plus watermelon and chilled honeydew melons.
A fitting contribution by the feminine members of the society.
When the final piece of chicken had been dismembered, a
business meeting was held. Mrs. Lucille Drew gave the invocation, in
the absence of John A. Everson, chaplain, who was visiting in Florida.
President James O. Catron called for a reading of the minutes of the
previous meeting and a treasurer's report from Mrs. Olga Holmes,
The next meeting will be a Christmas party, exact date and
location as yet unknown. Mr. Harry F. Willenbrock was appointed
chairman for the affair.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned
about 3:30 p.m.
C. W. Kilbey
NEWS FROM AIKEN, S. C.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Redmond were houseguests of Mr. and Mrs. A.
Kapinos during the summer. The Redmonds were visiting from Port
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Drew visited his brother and wife, Mr. and
Mrs. John Drew, in November. The John Drews formerly lived in
Diablo Heights, Canal Zone, and are now residents of San Diego,
Mr. and Mrs. J. Lee Myers had as houseguests in October, Mr.
and Mrs. Paul Gordon. Mrs. Gordon is Lee's sister.
Mr. and Mrs. V. Lee Clontz visited Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,
in September. They were joined there by Mr. and Mrs. Max Garni of
North Carolina. Max is Mrs. Clontz's brother. During the month of
October, the Clontzs were visited by Mrs. Evelyn Condon, at their
home in Aiken. In the latter part of October, the Clontzs drove to
Siesta Key, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. James O. Catron enjoyed a western trip in
September which they highly recommend. They traveled by charter-
ed bus filled with National Association of Retired Civil Employees
from South Carolina enroute to the national convention held in Salt
Lake City, Utah. They traveled the northern route going, and the
southern route returning from the convention.
The trip included many points of interest, with stops being made
at The Hermitage, Grand Ole Oprey, Eisenhower Center, and Tru-
man's home and library. Five days were spent in Salt Lake City, and
the stay included sightseeing trips and enjoying the beautiful homes
and scenery there.
The president's breakfast and banquet was held in the Salt
Palace. After breakfast, the world's famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir
performed for the group. This was followed by a bus ride to the
Snowbird Resort for a special buffalo meat barbecue. For the brave,
this was climaxed by an aerial tram up an 11,000-foot high mountain.
Recognizing Mrs. Catron as a Canal Zonian by her jewelry, a lady
introduced herself to the Catrons as an ex-Canal Zone resident. She
and her husband, Mr. Hoop, had lived many years in the Canal Zone
and had retired from there in 1965. There was a lot of "catching up" to
do in the few minutes available.
While in Salt Lake City, the Catrons called Mr. and Mrs. H. H.
Tabert, who had retired there. They had lived in Gamboa and made
frequent visits to the Gamboa Health Clinic. At that time, Becky was a
very small girl, and Herbert, Jr. was in junior high. Mr. Tabert was
not at home but was in California visiting Herbert, now an airline
pilot. Becky is married. Mrs. Tabert had gone back to school and is
now a nurse. (Where have the years gone?)
The convention having ended, the travelers saw the Painted
Desert, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Caverns and
associated sites, and the Kennedy Museum.
On the last night of the trip, the group stopped at Meridian,
Mississippi. There the Catrons had a lovely surprise when they were
met by their daughter, Penny, and family, who had driven there from
Clinton, Mississippi, to visit them.
Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey were in the Blue Ridge and the Great
Smoky Mountains in October to enjoy the brilliant coloration of the
trees and shrubs. They stayed at Lambuth Hall, Lake Junaluska,
Tennessee. Side trips included a trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., and a visit
to the Biltmore Products outlet in Asheville, N.C.
The Christmas Party for the Aiken Panama Canal Society of
South Carolina is to be held on December 10 at the Holiday Inn.
Mr. and Mrs. John Gallagher and daughter, Mary Ann, also Miss
Jody Wainio, all of Margarita, Canal Zone were overnight guests of
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shore.
Mrs. Jo. F. McDonnell, of Somers Point, New Jersey, was a
recent visitor with the Shores.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shore and grandson, Stephen LeBlane,
motored to Canada and New York visiting family and friends.
Esther Zimmermann Wooddell, Austin "My parents are Mr.
and Mrs. Paul H. Zimmerman of 8543 Margarita, on Orchid Place. My
father is a foreman in the Industrial Bureau of Mt. Hope. My mother
works at Ft. Gulick at building 400 in the translation section. My
father has been an active member of the Margarita Elks Club for
many years and done a lot of cooking for Holidays and special
occasions at the Bohio" Esther recently joined our Society.
The Panama Canal Society of Texas had a covered dish luncheon
on August 28 in Houston, at the home of Florence and John Terry, to
honor Peggy Ellis and wish her well on her move to Gainesville,
Texas, in September. Peggy was one of the founders of our club in
1952, served as president for two years at that time, and has
continually been a strong supporter of our club. We all love Peggy and
shall miss her. Her Christian life has had an impact on many people.
Others present at the meeting were: Jessie Bush, Genevieve and Pat
Coakley, Mary Alice and Ken Kelly and daughters Jay and Marcia,
Pat Leishout, Lois Perucca, Loreatha Schumacher, Iva Standefer, Jo
Ann Stephenson, Grace and Dal Thornton, and Mary Jo Yeagar. Our
out-of-town visitors were: Imo and Bill Hampton from Willis, Texas,
and Catherine and George Lowe from Wilmington, Delaware. We
missed our regular members who were unable to be with us because
of illness: lone Brown, Tillie Levy, Hattie Marshall, Merle and Lou
Souder, and Irene and Lee Wright. Sincerely,
NEWS FROM KERRVILLE, TEXAS
On August 7th Bill and Vivian De La Mater stopped in Kerrville
at the summer ranch of the William T. Jarmon family. Bill Jarmon is
the Asst. District Director, Immigration and Naturalization Service in
San Antonio and has made periodic visits to the Canal Zone to conduct
hearings on applications of Certificate of Citizenship. While at the
Jarmons', Billy D. telephoned his old Canal Zone friends and asked
them out to the ranch for a get-together. As it happened, Bart
and Ruth Elich and their son, Tito, and daughter, Debbie, were in
town to look around the area and they also came to the gathering.
Sunday morning, Bart, Billy D, Dick Hogan and Dale Bishop got
together for a round of golf. Those attending the get-together at the
Jarmon ranch were Bob and Kathi Lessiack, Bob and Mildred Byrd,
Polly Michaelis, Anna Calvit, Bart and Ruth Elich, Jackie and Dale
Bishop, along with the De La Maters and the Jarmons.
In August Betty Marshall visited in Ohio with her parents, the
John T. Millards on the occasion of their 60th wedding anniversary.
Later Betty spent a week in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with her son, John,
and his family. John's twin Eddie of Van Nuys, California was unable
to attend the celebration. After Betty returned to Kerrville she and
David had Marion and Buddy Phillips as guests when they passed
through Kerrville on their way to the CZ for a visit.
James C. Hoverson, son of Jim and Helen Hoverson, with his
wife, Mary Lou, moved from San Antonio to Houston, Texas.
Elizabeth Davison just retired "again" as a nurse from Kerrville
Dick Hogan flew out to North Platte, Nebraska to attend the
wedding of his son, William, to Miss Kathy Mulliken of that city.
Bob and Mildred Byrd had Joe Smith and his family of Margarita
as visitors. The Smiths are going to live in Kerrville. John and Gladys
McLain of Margarita were also visitors at the "Byrd House", as were
George and Angela Burge of Margarita.
June Burns spent part of July and August at her summer cottage
on the lake in Ontario, Canada. While there she had a visit with Jo
Jack and Elizabeth [Hanna] Neal and son, Brian, from San Pedro,
California visited Elizabeth's parents, Parker and Chita Hanna in
August. Jack played in the Heart of the Hills Golf Tournament with
During the summer, John and Polly Michaelis had as their guests,
Norman and Ruth Lewter of El Valle, R de P, Al and Polly Zon of Port
Hueneme, California, and Emmett and Chela Collins of Reno, Nevada.
Olga Nordstrom of Colon, R de P, was in Kerrville for a visit in
August when she came to the U.S. to put son, Robert, in St. Mary's
University in San Antonio. She was entertained at dinner at the home
of Fred and Aline Cornels, formerly with Texaco in Panama. Other
guests were Dick and Iris Hogan and Iris's daughter, Mary Richmond.
Later, during her visit, Olga was the guest of honor at a luncheon
hosted by Iris Hogan and Chita Hanna. Other guests attending were
Polly Michaelis, Aline Cornels, Hazel Bucher, Mildred Agee, Jackie
Bishop, Elizabeth Davison, Helen Hoverson, Mildred Byrd, Betty
Marshall, Clara Chambers, June Burns and Ethel Bialkowski.
Dave and Betty Kelleher were in town for a visit in August and
spent a few very pleasant evenings with Jackie and Dale Bishop.
Earlier in the summer, the Bishops were surprised and delighted with
a visit from Kenny and Diane Morris and their children, Kenny and
Bob and Kathi Lessiack spent a few months at the Sands Motel in
Kerrville but are now happily located in their new home.
Wanda Mann of San Antonio spent a day visiting Canal Zone
friends in Kerrville recently.
On August 20th, the Reverend John H. Townsend was honored at
his home on the occasion of his 83rd birthday. His daughter,
Rosemary, with whom he resides, entertained some sixty guests at
an Open House party.
Mr. and Mrs. L. F. Kelly of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, along with
Mrs. Marguerite Orr of San Antonio, Texas dropped by the Bishops
house one day for a short visit.
Fred and Susan Raybourne and son, Loren, came to Kerrville
from their home in Austin to give the news that they are returning to
the Canal Zone where Susan will be on the nursing staff at Gorgas
Hospital. They will be missed in Kerrville where they occasionally
visited with Jackie and Dale Bishop and the Reverend and Mrs.
[Annette] John B. Fields.
The Hugh D. Hale family arrived in Kerrville to start building
their home. Hugh returned to the Canal Zone to complete employment
and plans to return in December to "settle down" to life in Texas.
Anne and daughter, Glen, are temporarily residing in Ingram, Texas
until their home is completed around the first of the year 1977.
In July Sharon Schmidt and daughter, Cheryl, were in Kerrville
to see the Dale Bishops for a few days before flying on to Arlington,
Texas where they stayed with Sharon's parents, Ken and Jo Booth.
Later, they joined husband, Doug, at his parents, John and Kitty
Schmidt in Pasadena, Maryland. Sharon returned to the CZ to get
Cheryl in school and Doug planned to visit the Booths, then on to the
Bishops in Kerrville where he will visit with his sister, Jackie Bishop
and his brother CMSGT John E. Schmidt, Jr., who is stationed at
Tyndale AFB in Florida and planned a few days stay at the Bishop's
In April and May, John and Kitty Schmidt stayed with their
daughter and her family, the Dale Bishops. Grandchildren Jeanne and
Mark were delighted to have them share the lovely spring weather
with them. Dale is employed twenty hours a week which leaves him.
plenty of time for his yard and golf. He is also a member of the School
Jackie Burns, son of June Burns and the late Jack Burns,
received his Masters Degree from the Sul Ross University in Alpine,
Texas in August. He is presently teaching at the Alpine High School.
In addition to this he is working with the Chihuahuan Desert
Research Institute, and he is President of the Kiwanis Club and of the
Teacher's Association in Alpine.
Leo Krziza reports that he has travelled 10,000 miles in the first
six months of 1976 in spite of working full time for three and a half
months. The West Coast, Michigan, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas
accumulated the mileage. He completed his academic pursuits late in
1975. Two years of studies at the local Schreiner College and
Southwest Texas State University (LBJ's alma mater) almost got him
into a teaching career but he said that teaching is not for him. Leo
enjoys working with Income Tax and is now an "enrolled agent" which
allows practice before the IRS. While Kerrville is small, he usually
prepares some 400 tax returns a year with the H&R Block Co. While
deep sea fishing has become an inactive hobby, hunting is still high on
the list for Leo. Of special note is the 100 pound, 8 point buck credited
to Leo on opening day of deer season. The deer and Leo had their
picture in the local paper and an appropriate write-up listing the
antler measurement at 15 1/8 inches. He still talks of finding "greener
pastures" or the greater activity such as in California but the clear
blue skies, comfortable weather and large open spaces allow him and
his jeep to spend many happy hours riding and hiking in this Hill
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Jean Bouche, Qrem "As you can see from the date on the
check, my intention was to get this money right back to you so as to
continue our membership in the Society through 1977. But, getting
organized after retirement is taking more time than I thought it
A visit from our son caused us to put most other things aside. We
hadn't seen him in over two years so you can imagine how thrilled we
were to have him with us. Adrian is a helicopter pilot (rescue) for the
Air Force and he and his wife, Beverly, are now stationed in Okinawa.
The Air Force sent him to Hill Air Force Base for a week of special
training and lucky for us, that base is in Utah and just about 80
miles from where we're living. Adrian took two weeks leave to visit
with us and to shop for items that are hard to find in Okinawa.
Our daughter, Jean, lives about three miles from us and it's been
a real joy becoming re-acquinted with our two granddaughters. After
being thousands of miles and many expensive phone calls apart for so
long, it's still hard to believe that we can see her little family every
day if we want to and talk on the phone as often as we like for no
additional charge to our bill.
The Orem/Provo area of Utah is very beautiful rugged
mountains to the East and lush and green in the valley. The place
abounds with farms and orchards, which is quite different from the
red sandstone deserts most people associate with Utah. Can you
believe that people beg you to come and get all the dark sweet
cherries you want because the trees are so loaded they can't possibly
use them all? And now, the apricots are bearing just as abundantly.
I've canned both for use next winter.
So far, we are quite happy living in the West. There are two other
Pan Canal families here the Herbert Taberts, who used to live in
Gamboa; and the Keith Lanes, who lived in Balboa. We're happy to be
able to keep up with the news of other Pan Canal people through the
Canal Record and are looking forward to the next issue.
Thanks for alerting us about the change in membership dues, I'm
only sorry that it has taken me so long to get the additional money to
Mrs. John R. Mallahan, Newport News "In response to your
card ... no, we haven't forgotten you, but we have been on the move
for the past several months. We left Tehran on March 21, New Year's
Day for the Iranians, and came back to the U.S. via the eastern route,
principally so that we could stop over in Guam to visit our daughter,
Melinda M. Hunt, her Air Force pilot husband, and their two little
sons, Patrick and Jeffrey. On the way, however, we spent five days in
fantastic Bangkok, then had another five days in Hong Kong where
the shopping was as great as all the travel ads claim. After ten days in
Guam with our daughter and family, we spent a most pleasant week in
Honolulu with friends from Buenos Aires. We know now why
everyone wants to go to the Hawaiian Islands. Then we flew to Los
Angeles and spent some time with friends, then on to Houston where
we spent several weeks visiting two of our sons, Robert and Donald,
both of whom work and live in Houston. We bought a new car in
Houston and came at slower than flying pace, to Newport News,
Virginia, where my husband is Principal Surveyor for the Newport
News office of the American Bureau of Shipping, the same company
for which he worked when we lived in the Zone. After the monotonous
sandy color and arid terrain of Iran, we find the beautiful green trees
and many wooded areas, as well as much blue water, in this area of
Virginia very delightful."
Charlottesville, Shirley and Dick Cox had just returned from a
two-week visit to Ft. McClellan, California, for a fortnight stay with
their eldest son, Larry, when the September issue of the Record
arrived with the wonderful news of the forthcoming January reunion.
All the necessary reservations etc. were immediately sent in and we'll
be there folks! Look for us at the Lucho affair and again at the
Jack Kennedy, Brandon "My family is a bit scattered at this
point. My son, Peter is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he keeps
busy selling Datsuns. My older daughter, Amie, married to a navy
man, is now in Honolulu with him and is enrolled at the University of
Hawaii. My youngest [Mary K.] Kirtie graduated from High School
last June. Like Amie, she completed the course in three years.
My wife, Mary has acquired an old historic house here in
Forestdale, where Thomas Davenport invented the electric motor in
1834. She is now basically engaged in restoring it. That and teaching
art in the elementary schools of Forestdale, Brando, Lecister and
Whiting keeps her on her toes, believe me!
I manage to keep plugging along, doing what I can to help out on
the home front. I shall be 83 next February, but try to keep active,
physically and mentally. If the Good Lord wills, I hope to make the
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Reunion next year. We'll see. My kindest regards to all the rest of the
old-timers. I look forward to the possibility of seeing them at the
Brandon, July 4, 1976
Jack Kennedy, Honorary Grand Marshall
with daughters Kirty and Amie
News from Sarasota
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Dixon celebrated their 25th Wedding
Anniversary with a host of friends on September 15, 1976. Out of town
guests included Bill's brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. William
Hadarits of Toomsboro, Georgia and Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. Pate and
Dorothy's mother, Mrs. Marie Wolf, of St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Mina Dee returned early in September from a trip to
Scotland. The trip was a gift from her son, Pete Lang of Balboa, who
had made the trip earlier in the year and wanted his mother to see the
birthplace of her parents and meet her mother's family. During the
three weeks, Mina visited in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunwoon and went
up to the area around Loch Lomond Lake.
Early in the summer Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Ebdon, Jr. and
Rae's mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, drove to Newark, Delaware for a
visit with their son and family, Dick and Kathy Ebdon and young son,
Other summer travellers included Frances D. Jones who spent a
week in Ocala with John and Mary Hare and Bill Lierman and Al
Miller who returned in October from a two week trip to Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs. John W. B. Hall enjoyed a visit with their son, John
"Buckey" Hall, who was returning to the Canal Zone following a
business trip to Washington, D.C.
Blanche and Walter Hartman returned in October following an
extended stay in the Canal Zone at their "Finca" on the Gamboa-Sum-
Jay and Harry Cain enjoyed a visit by his sister-in-law, Mrs.
George Cain, now living in Houston, Texas since her retirement from
Government service early this year. Nadine also visited George and
Berry Ray (ex-Gamboa) in Clearwater and Irene Ladrach and Jackie
Linker in Seminole, before flying to Miami for a visit with her son and
family, Mike and Cheryl Cain and young Jason.
Tommy and Michael Peregoy, 8 and 7 year old sons of Mrs. Carole
Walker Peregoy, who is presently residing with her aunt, Mrs. Gladys
Humphrey, spent the summer vacation in Richmond, Virginia with
their paternal grandparents.
Miss Mary N. Orr plans to go to the Canal Zone to spend the
Christmas holidays with her sister's family the Fred E. Wells. Mary
will return in January for the Annual Reunion. Fred and Marion plan
to leave the Canal Zone early next year for their retirement home in
Mrs. Della J. Noonan enjoyed a two week visit with her
sister-in-law, Miss Betsy Noonan of Baltimore, Maryland.
Mrs. Gladys Humphrey enjoyed as overnight guests, Mrs.
Clifford Wicks and her daughter, Vicki, who were returning from a
visit in Lehigh Acres to help her mother-in-law, Mrs. Annabelle
McFarlane, celebrate her 91st birthday. Irma and Vicki also visited
Bill and Gladys Boehning in Tampa enroute to their home in
Frank and Kathleen Fitzgerald, teen-age children of Martin and
Mickey [Walker] Fitzgerald of New Smyrna Beach, Florida had an
interesting summer vacation visit with their maternal grandparents,
George and Mabelle Walker of Balboa, C.Z. They enjoyed renewing
friendships made during their previous Canal Zone residency as well
as horseback riding, attending school for a day, sightseeing in the CZ
and Panama and deep-sea fishing with their aunt and uncle, Jeanne
and Jack Wagner of Diablo.
Excerpt from Mrs. Pearl Akers letter to Mrs. Peggy J. Ellis who
thought it would be interesting for the Record, along with Harry Jr.'s
citation Submitted by Mary Belle Hicks.
News from Pearl and Harry Akers, Jr. Anchorage, alaska "Oct.
11th, Harry and I drove into the mountains and to the ocean again,
this time to Seward. The beauty was everywhere so breathtaking,
we thought of "How Great Thou Art," and "I scarce can take it in". On
the way back, I drove the truck. Just a few feet ahead of us, a big
black bear trotted across the road. Quite a thrill". He came out of the
mountain woods. We drove west, then, on a new road we had not yet
taken, to a tiny town named, "Hope" (an abandoned placer Gold
Mining town), now a retirement spot, but quite "run down". At high
tide, the water rises up into the streets and to the steps of the
"Country Store". On the door there was penned a note: "Going to
Anchorage Thurs. Will shop for you". Land there is bringing nine
thousand dollars an acres. Unbelievable!! Land is sky high here, and
untouchable in Fairbanks.
A few mornings ago at 5:30 a.m. a pick up truck hit a grizzly bear on
the highway near here. The bear stepped out of the mountain woods
15 feet ahead of the driver. He couldn't stop. The car behind him hit
the bear also. It's hind legs were so badly injured he couldn't raise
himself up, so he dragged his injured body across the road and into the
ditch. The Troopers' report said the bear was 81/2 feet high and
weighed 900 pounds. I believed that, too, when I saw the picture in the
newspaper. It was pitiful. The truck damage was $4,000.00.
Our days are shortening now. Before long there will be days with
only four or four and a half hours of daylight.
The United States Department of the Interior Geological
Survey Division awarded Harry Akers, Jr. Petroleum Engineer a
monetary award of $750.00 for the period of service of 1 December,
1975 to May 1, 1976. The accommodation read in part .
Until recently, the bulk of the oil and gas lease sales in the Outer
Continental Shelf areas has been in the Gulf of Mexico. In the past few
months, however, million-acre sales were held off the coast of
California and in the Gulf of Alaska and more are planned in the near
future for the Atlantic and Alaska area. Due to Mr. Akers' knowledge
and experience in engineering and economic evaluation techniques, he
was called upon to assist the Western and Eastern Regional technical
personnel in developing evaluation procedures and economic models
to be used in evaluating the oil and gas tracts offered for sale. Because
each OCS area has economic and geologic factors that are unique to
that particular area, Mr. Akers was required to modify and refine
existing computerized evaluation models as well as develop new
techniques to accommodate these unique factors.
Working under very strict deadlines, Mr. Akers was able to
accomplish the necessary modifications in a timely fashion by working
many long days and weekends and through numerous trips to the
various Regional offices. In addition to his special assistance to the
other OCS offices, Mr. Akers' normal duties required that he
participate in the evaluation of a 700,000-acre sale in the Gulf of
Mexico during this period of time. Mr. Akers' efforts provided the
Survey with flexible, sophisticated evaluation models and techniques
which are necessary ingredients for the protection of public interest
during the leasing of mineral resources through competitive sales that
command hundreds of millions of dollars in bonus bids ... Mr. Akers
has few peers in both capacity and dedication to his work and has
made outstanding contributions in this area."
Mrs. T. W. Womble, Atlanta, Georgia "LCDR T. A. [Tony]
Womble of San Diego, California, has recently been assigned as Navy
National Representative to NATO with the Data Link Working
Group. In September he was in London for ten days and will be going
to Brussels in January for three weeks. He and his wife, Virginia (nee
Mauldin) with their two children have lived in Chula Vista, California
for a year."
Mr. and Mrs. James A. Wood, Vancouver, Washington -
"Despite a poor showing of summer in the Northwest our visitors
were many and such a pleasure to visit with each and everyone.
In June, Clarice Hewitt; Margaret Hardison; Mary Stephenson;
Clarice's two sisters; Margaret's friend and I gathered together at
lunch renewing our friendship and catching up on all the news.
In July, Glen and Gladys Lasher arrived, found and bought their
retirement home. "Atlantic Siders" will and are finding beauty in the
Northwest as we did and want to resettle in the area. Glad to have you
all. Sandra [McKay] Duval and family; Kersten [McKay] Dart and
family and Bertha McKay also arrived.
August brought Jim's mother, Ethlyn Wood; Curtis and Alberta
George and Curt's sister, Helen; Emma and Marion Taake; and Betty
Clarke from Gatun.
September arrivals were Tom Clarke, Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Clarke,
Jr. with Diana Evans' daughter Kelly, who spent half a day with us
and we all partook our first salmon together. It was delicious!
Received phone call and guess who Bob and Kelly Maynard were in
town! Naturally we got together, catching up on the news.
September also brought Ray, Lucille and Kathy Bush; Butch,
Connie [Lasher] Pennington and family and Bill Smith and family. As
you see, many good friends got together and we enjoyed seeing and
visiting with everyone.
We keep in touch with Ann Laura and JP Johnson; Evelyn and
Leonard Miesse too. My father Fred W. Bradley arrived last
December and was living at my sister Betty London's home until
August. He now resides in Tucson, Arizona where the weather is
more to his liking.
October, Tim Lasher dropped in. It's so very nice that more and
more Canal Zoners are settling in the Northwest. Someday we may
even have a Canal Zone Northwest Picnic to report for the Record.
The weather this summer could have been warmer and drier, but
it wasn't so our campouts were nil. Bertha McKay and Martha were
kept busy with visiting, canning and taking short trips.
My sister Betty had a short chat with Mrs. Andy Van Siclen -
they plan to drive to the Canal Zone for a visit. Peggy had a visitor in
Tucson Frank Gerchow. Dorcas and George Cooper are back in
Deming, Washington but were in Portland for a convention. Was so
nice to hear her voice again. Wonder whether we'll ever meet face to
I have a question. Does anyone know the whereabouts of ROY
BOGGS, formerly of Pedro Miguel??????
Any Zoners in the Tucson, Arizona area who know Fred W.
Bradley? We are sure he would appreciate a visit. He's at the Devon
Gables, "Lodge South" on Grant Road.
Closing, Wish you all Greetings for the Holiday Season and may
health and happiness be yours."
Mr. Eric E. Forman, Arlington, Texas "Both my wife, Helen
Henter and I have been in the hospital. Helen had cataract operations
and is doing real well. I had a hospital stay of eleven days (four in
intensive care) with a heart problem, the flu and pneumonia. But I am
up and around and doing real good. We are both very grateful. We
just want to tell all of our friends "hello" and hope they are well; hope
to make the Reunion in January. If we do come to St. Petersburg, we
will be with my brother-in-law, Ted Henter and his wife Emily, whom
I am sure you know. Again, our very best wishes to everyone." Eric
Almena McCoy, St. Petersburg, FL My daughter Judy
recently sent me a newspaper clipping from the Tallahassee paper -
Red Barber usually writes about baseball but "A couple weeks back
I spent a day and part of the evening in The Big Leagues. If the
Panama Canal isn't big league, then don't start looking around
because you won't find it.... The Santa Magdalena docked at Balboa
early in the morning. We were free to go ashore. Some one asked
Captain Ronald Mackenzie what time they should be back. "That's up
to you, I leave at 12 o'clock." He did. A couple missed the ship, had to
drive 50 miles by car across Panama to Cristobal and come aboard by
ladder from a small boat bobbing and tossing in the night in Limon
Bay. Big league baseball managers have trouble at times with
discipline, as do football coaches. Captain Mackenzie has no such
problem. He gives the orders "stop the engines ... full speed ahead".
His orders are obeyed at once. Casey Stengel, Bill Terry, and others
would be green with envy.
We of today with our atomic bombs, drug prescriptions, rockets,
automobiles and television don't know it all. When the U.S. started
construction of the Panama Canal in 1904, after the French had failed
to bring it off, we had some men who confounded the world. The
physical creation of the canal was then, and still is, to use Casey
Stengel's pet adjective "amazing".
We take so much of our civilization today for granted. But what
first defeated the French was disease. Yellow fever and malaria killed.
off workmen faster than they could be recruited. He praised John F.
Stevens and Gen. George W. Goethals. .. "I have seen excellent
examples of teamwork in the major leagues of sport. But I saw
nothing to approach the flawless blend of man and machine with the
raw power of nature as I did in the transit of the Santa Magdelena. I
have had a lot of big days in the big leagues home runs, stolen
bases, extra innings, no-hitters and even one perfect game but if I
had to name the big day in the big leagues, I'd have to say it was the
nine hours of going through the Panama Canal."
COME TO THE REUNION
Mr. Cornell Fritz passed away in Port Orange, Florida on 20 June
1976, of a massive coronary. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Mary
Mrs. Edna K. Lukacs, 75, of Margate, Florida, died Thursday,
November 18, 1976. She had been a resident of Florida since 1969
moving there from the Canal Zone. She is survived by husband Joseph
J.; daughter Mrs. Dolores Gerhart; five grandchildren and two
Mr. Fred Downing, 52, died of a heart attack recently in Cajon,
California. Fred was a cousin to Lillian (Marstrand) Powers of 11
Trap Circle, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32069.
Mr. Clarence Lester Skillman of 810 SE 1st Terrace, Pompano
Beach, Florida, died November 15, 1976. Mr. Skillman retired after
271/ years as a plumber with the Building Division. He is survived by
his wife Kate: one sister Mrs. Clara Donn, South Miami, Florida;
Brothers Douglas Skillman of Fayetteville, NC and Paul Caddington,
Inadvertently omitted from Southern California News before ROLL
CALL, Page 50:
On Saturday, September 18th, 192 former students of Balboa
High School, Cristobal High School and the Canal Zone Junior College
and their spouses met for cocktails, dinner and dancing at the Navy
Officers' Club at Los Alamitos Naval Air Station. Arrangements for
the party were made by CDR Thomas J. Sullivan, USN (Ret.) BHS
'38, CZJC '40; Ronald B. Wanke BHS '43; and Joan Ridge
deGrummond BHS '40. Evelyn Belanger Wood BHS '41, and
Marion Snyder Rice CHS, were a great help to the committee at
the party. Mrs. "Bess" Roberts Kenealy, as the earliest graduate at
the party, BHS '18, received a "Mola". This gift was donated by
Evelyn and Warren Wood. Also attending were Douglas Lloyd
Alberga, CHS '63, as the most recent graduate, received a basket of
tropical fruit from Hawaii; the graduate who traveled the farthest to
the party was Mrs. Margaret Sullivan McMillan, BHS '40, CZJC '42, of
Honolulu, HI. Also attending from out of state was Arthur W. Farrell,
CHS '40, who was in L.A. on leave. Also present were Mrs. Edith
Eppley, former CZ resident for over 50 years, who is visiting her
granddaughter and family, Dr. and Mrs. Omar Franklin [AnnNew-
hard] of Visalia, CA; and my father, John E. Ridge, Sr., who is visiting
I must admit that, at first, it was a bedlam of reunion greetings
for friends and classmates trying to catch up on news of each other! It
was the first get-together of this sort in Southern California. Folks
attending were a group who left the Canal Zone early to seek their
fortunes in the U.S. A good deal of research and correspondence was
necessary to locate and organize a meeting for former Zonians now
working in this area.
News from the William J.Brights of La Chorrera, Republic de Panama
I retired from the Department of Defense in April 1975 with over
48 years of service. I believe we made a wise choice when we decided
to live in La Chorrera. Diana and I are very happy here. It is cool and
quiet. We enjoy the short ride to Panama City.
We have Diana's sister, Bertha E. Scott, from St. Petersburg,
Florida, and her brother, Lt. Col. Thomas C. Marine (Ret. U.S.A.F.)
from San Antonio, Texas visiting us. We are having a wonderful time
reminiscing about the good old days in the Canal Zone when our father
was Postmaster of the Ancon Post office; and going through old
pictures our father took of the Canal during the construction days
when he owned the Marine Studio. It is very interesting to compare
those pictures with the ones of today. What a difference!
Tom left for Costa Rica the 15th where he plans to stay a few days
and then on home. Bertha is staying with us until the 16th of
December. We are planning to go to El Valle de Anton, Coronado
Beach, and La Villa de Los Santos.
Our house, "Villa Diana" is on the road to the Falls. We love
company so please come and visit us.
A bit of news from the Johnson's of Santee, California. It's been a
busy first year in retirement for us. Lots of visits by Bill's New
England relatives. In June my son, Richard Bailey of Balboa, CZ
brought my 4 year old grandson for a three week visit. My
daughter-in-law, Marlene, flew out from New Orleans to join us and
what fun we had taking Chrisy to Disneyland, Sea World and the San
Diego Zoo. In June Bill went East by bus to Massachusetts for six
weeks returning via Florida where he visited George and Marge
Daniels and Louise Barnes in St. Petersburg. Bea Rhyne from Balboa
spent a delightful day with us in May. We attended a Zone reunion
luncheon in December and a Balboa-Cristobal High School Reunion in
September. What fun reminiscing of days in the Zone! Pete Wardlaw
Clark (now of Pacific Beach, California) renewed our friendship that
dates back 40 years when we attended Cristobal High. Grace Brown of
Seal Beach has visited us several times along with her daughter,
Barbara Whipple, and Mrs. Rose Tracy, widow of PC pilot, Keith
Tracy. Catsy Taylor of San Diego and Grace and I recently lunched
together in La Jolla. Just returned from a 10-day trip by car and
trailer to northern California. We drove up the beautiful coast
highway, visited Hearst Castle, then through the redwoods to Eureka
returning via Lake Tahoe. Had a blow-out on Highway 395 causing the
trailer to jack knife but fortunately we were unharmed. We wish all
our Florida friends a happy and healthy New Year and hope they will
visit us should they get to southern California ... Ellen E. Johnson.
Michael J. Poletti, a graduate of Balboa High School and now a
sophomore at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio,
recently was awarded a 3-year Army ROTC scholarship. The
scholarship pays for all books, tuition and fees, plus a $100 per month
stipend.... Poletti, who has been active in ROTC special forces group
and the Pershing Rifle Co. I-1, was one of the 192 winners in an eight
state area. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis L. Poletti who recently
left the Canal after Mr. Poletti's retirement and make their home in
New Philadelphia, Ohio. Congratulations Michael!
Congratulations also go to Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Mann (Jean,
our Secretary/Treasurer) who will celebrate their Silver Wedding
Anniversary on 6 December 1976.
***And if you are cancelling your Cocktail-Reception reservation,
please do it as soon as possible so the people on the waiting list will
have a reservation.***
1977 DUES ARE DUE
The Colombian cargo ship TAIRONA, which struck the Cristobal
east breakwater and sank last April, was raised last week and moved
to a new resting place near Fort Sherman, away from the navigable
channels of the waterway.
Successful completion of the salvage job was the result of efforts
by the Industrial Division supported by the Dredging Division with
launch and tug assistance from the Marine Bureau.
The 265-foot TAIRONA was refloated and moved in a partially
submerged condition to 30 feet of water in a sheltered area outside the
Canal anchorage some 200 yards from the shore. Before she was
raised from the bottom only the top of her superstructure was visible
but now both the foredeck and bridge deck are out of the water.
Last week's successful attempt was the third try after two earlier
ones fell short due to failure of lift chains. Gusty winds and choppy
Atlantic waters also delayed completion of the salvage work. The
TAIRONA was laden with a cargo of 32,500 bags of salt bound for
Tumaco, Colombia, when she struck the breakwater while entering
the Canal for a southbound transit sinking nearby in 44 feet of water.
Marine Bureau floating equipment removed the vessel's crewmen,
including one who was hospitalized for treatment of a leg injury.
Presence of the ship did not reduce the Canal capacity but it did
limit the entrance channel between breakwaters to about 1,000 feet,
slightly more than half the normal width. As a result, it constituted a
significant hazard to navigation and shipping had to be restricted to
one-way traffic at the entrance as a safety measure. Also, buoys were
placed to mark off the safe channel through the eastern half of the
Compulsory pilotage was imposed for all vessels of 90 feet in
beam or greater but smaller ships were permitted to pass through the
entrance at the discretion of the master after obtaining permission
from the signal tower.
A total of 22 flotation devices were used to provide the buoyancy
to lift the ship from the bottom. The floats included four steel
pontoons belonging to the Locks Division which measure 20 feet by 24
feet by 20 feet, and 18 Navy, inflatable rubber pontoons measuring 10
feet by 7 feet. In the first two attempts to raise the ship, only the four
big ones were used. The pontoons were submerged at the site of the
wreckage and lines secured to them and the ship by divers. Next air
was pumped into the pontoons so that their buoyancy could act as the
lifting force to raise the vessel. 90 per cent of the water was pumped
out of the vessel's tanks to provide additional lift.
Industrial Division Chief E. M. Kennedy goes aboard to have a look.
The Panama Canal Spillway, Friday, November 19,1976
*- -0 SALE AND LOCATOR SERVICE O -
WANTED: 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, FL 32792.
WANTED by two ex-Zonites: ROYAL DOULTON TOBYS, CHAR-
ACTER JUGS, COACHING SCENE CHINA, FIGUREENS and
ANY DECHENSWARE CHINA and DOGS, CATS or HORSES.
Also Royal Worcester. Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Wempe, P.O. Box
125, Champlin, MN 55316. Phone 612-421-7586.
WANTED: LARGE WATER PITCHER, ROYAL DOULTON'S
HUNTING AND COACHING PATTERN. Willing to pay up to
$165.00. Phone Collect 813-832-4094 or write: Bobby Jacques Gabel,
3800 Barcelona, Tampa, FL 33609.
WANTED: BOOKS, PRINTED MATTER, etc. dealing with the
Panama Canal, Republic of Panama, San Blas Indians, Scots Darien
Settlement, etc., Good Condition only. Please write full description,
condition, price, etc. to: Hugh Craggs, Apartado 138, Chapala, Jal.
FOR SALE: Panama Canal Commemorative Plate features Dredge
Casadas in Gaillard Cut. Wedgewood Blue, high glaced finish. 1976
Edition $25.00, shipping cost included. Patty Plucker, Box 2177,
FOR SALE: Cachet First Day Covers of C.Z. 22c and 35c air stamps
with singles or Plate No. blocks. Also FDC 11c air with singles.
Reasonable, Col. R. A. Stevens, AF (Ret.), Box 1911, Balboa, CZ.
FOR SALE: Hand sculptured and painted San
Bias Indian woman, Mola, nose ring, earrings,
etc. Complete in Shadow box 6" x 8". Make
nice Christmas Gift or other present $12.00,
plus postage. See photograph. Julie Herrman,
1845 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater, FL 33516.
0 -as SALE AND LOCATOR SERVICE -N
WANTED: Scarce PANAMA PAPER MONEY COINS for collec-
tion and resale. PAY GENEROUS PRICES. Example: 1941 "Arias"
Banknote BUY PRICES: 1941-Balboa Av $35;Nice $75 and New
$150.... 5-Cent 1929, 32 FV $1; XF $3; B.U. $25. For more
information contact: COLLECTOR'S DEN, William H. Randel,
P.O. Box 173, Hatboro, PA 19040. Phone 315-675-8969.
Notes received regarding our Sale and Locator Service:
Mrs. Lynn N. Wright "Thank you so very much. I have bought
some China from Mr. Purvis in Virginia through his ad."
Mrs. L. Cheville, CZ "We have received some orders from the
states and do appreciate your help. Thank you."
Mrs. Robert H. Wempe, Mn. "Have rediscovered some old friends
through the ad."
Mrs. Blessing, FL "I think your idea of running paid want ads is
Bobby Gable, FL "The inclusion of the Sale and Locator Service is a
wonderful idea. My congratulations to you and all those others who
have strived over the years to make the P. C. Society of Florida such a
success. I know it hasn't been easy!"
GOOD MORNING, GOD
You are ushering in another day
Untouched and freshly new
So here I come to ask you, God,
If you'll renew me, too.
Forgive the many errors
That I made yesterday,
And let me try again, dear God,
To walk closer in THY WAY .
But, Father, I am well aware
I can't make it on my own,
So TAKE MY HAND and HOLD IT TIGHT
For I can't WALK ALONE!
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-
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE
STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT AND CIRCULATION
(Required by 39 U.S.C. 3685)
I. TITLE OF PUBLICATION
3. FREQUENCY OF ISSUE IA. NO OF ISSUES PUBLISHED B= ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION
FIVE TIMES A YEAR-uar. Jun, SOp, Nov & e ""NN (5) PRICE $7.00
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6. NAMES AND COMPLETE ADDRESSES OF PUBLISHER. EDITOR. AND MANAGING EDITOR
PUBLISHER (Name and Address)
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC., 5094 408t St. South, St. P Btersburg, F
EDITOR (Name and Address) ej
MRS. ANNA T, 0o0LLIS, 2301 Woodlawn Cir. Wet, St. PetMrurgl, FL 3T3704
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TH1E PAAMA CANAL SUCt~T U0 lU4).u, INC. 5094 40th St. South, St. Pet~bIxu F,
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II. PAID CIRCULATION
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VENDORS AND COUNTER SALES
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C. TOTAL PAID CIRCULATION (Sum of 10B1 and 10B2) 2,45 2,447
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Hall mail such matter at the rates provided under this subisctlon unless he files annually with the Postal Service a writtl request for permission
to mail matter at uch rafs."
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rtns presently authorized by 39 U. S. C. 3626.
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PSForm 3526 (Page ) 89
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RESERVATION FORM FOR COCKTAIL RECEPTION-DANCE
JANUARY 12, 1977
PRINCESS MARTHA HOTEL
$3.00 per person. Please reserve Seating Space and Tickets for ........... people.
Nam e ....................................
A d dress .................................................................
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
JANUARY 13, 1977
PRINCESS MARTHA HOTEL
PRICE: $4.25 per person including tax and gratuity. Please reserve luncheon
tickets for the following:
N am e ....... ............... .. .... ........
N a m e . . . . .
N am e ........... ................... ... .. ..........
Name ................. .............
TOTA L: $ ..................
E closed 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
Arrival Date ........................ Departure Date ..................
N am e ... ................................... ....................
A address. .. ................................ City ........... .. ............
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I, ............................................hereby transmit my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues of $7.00 in the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. for
the year (Please return this bill with remittance.)
N am e ...................................... ................... ... ........
S street ..................................................B o x ..........
City .................................. State ............ Zip Code ........
Dues for ..............;1976 ....... ; 1977......; 1978 ...... ;1979 ......
Amount Enclosed $ ............. Check.......... M.O........... Cash......
Street ........... ...... ........................... Box.................
City .................. State ........... ........... Zip Code............
Recorded: "Date ...................................... .Card No..........
DUES $7.00 Per Year Per Family, January 1 to December 31,
Canal Zone send money orders unless check is on a State's bank.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
ANNUAL DUES FOR THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.,
effective in January, 1976, will be $7.
Dues were last raised in 1971. Unfortunately, the Society is NOT immune to
inflation. Check the Minutes of the Annual Business Meeting, January 8, 1975, for
details of the action taken regarding the necessity of raising the annual dues.
P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
Dues BLOOD BANK FUND
Payment Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
N a m e .. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... ... ... .. ... ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. ... ..
Street ............ ..... ................. ............ Box .............
City ................................State ...............Zip Code ........
Dues for ..............;1976 ....... ; 1977 ......;1978.......; 1979......
Amount Enclosed $ ..............Check ......... M.O........... Cash .....
N am e .............................. ........ ...... Box ................
City ..................... State ......... ........... Zip Code ...........
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.
Name (W ife) ......................................................... .....
Street ........... ....... ........................... Box ...............
City .................. ......... State ................ Zip Code ........
Form er PC Em ploym ent ..................................... ..............
Amount Enclosed $ ......... Check ............ M.O............ Cash .......
DUES $7.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
DUES, effective January 1, 1976, ARE $7.00.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
fo. BLOOD BANK FUND
Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
Name ................................................ ....................
A address ........... ............... ............. B ox ...........
C ity ................................ S tate ............. Zip C ode .........
T elep hone ......................................................
Name ................................................ ....................
A d d ress ..... .................................................... .
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 SWEET OLD STORY
Down the tunnel long that Time hath built -
Thro'the circles smaller growing -
Past the doubts and fears
Of the arching years -
Toward the entrance dimly glowing
Doth memory speed on her way tonight
Back to childhood's dormitory,
Just to hear once more
With the faith of yore
The sweet old Christmas story.
All unbid, she'll slip in the trundle-bed
To the space twixtt down and feather;
And will lay her head,
As in time long fled,
Where the pillows meet together.
She will close her eyes at the face she sees
All ablaze with loving glory,
Asa mother sweet
Will again repeat
The dear old Christmas story.
The angels and shepherds again will play
Their parts in the drama holy;
The star will appear,
The wise men revere,
The Babe in the manger lowly.
Then Memory, like Mary, will ponder well
These things of the ages hoary;
And with tender art
Tell the softened heart
The old, old Christmas story.
Oh, the sweet old story!
The dear old story!
The old, old story to memory dear!
Hearts of the boldest,
The sternest, the coldest,
Grow warm o'er the story told once a year!
From Panama Patchwork
By James Stanley Gilbert
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
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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