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P resident Says ................................................. ...... ... 2
From the Secretary's Desk ...................................... .......... 2
E ditor's L ines .................................................. ..... .... 3
Legislative Report .................................... ........ .......... 3
Registration 45th Anniversary Reunion ............... ................. 4
Reunion Report .................................... ............. ........ 10
Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ........................................... 17
Notices ................ ................... ................... .......... 24
News Features ................................... ..................... 26
Recipe for the Year ............................................. ......... 62
Retirements ................................... .............. ........... 29
Deaths .................... .................................. ........... 31
Wedding Announcements ............................................39
Birth Announcements .............. ................... .............. 40
Sale and Locator .......... .............................................. 69
N ew M em bers ................................................. ...... .... 71
L ate N ew s ........................................... .................. 74
Canada ........................ 41 Massachusetts .................... 62
New Zealand ................... .42 Montana .........................62
Panama .......... ... ........... 43 New York ......................... 62
Canal Zone ........................43 North Carolina ................... 63
Alabama ........... ............43 Ohio ............................ 64
Arizona ........................ 45 Oregon ......................... 64
Arkansas ....................... 45 Pennsylvania ..................... 65
California ....................... 47 South Carolina .................... 65
Connecticut .................. ... 56 Tennessee ............ .......... 66
Florida .................. ....... 57 Texas ................... ........ 66
Iowa ........ ...... .......... 60 W ashington .................. ..... 68
Louisiana ....................... 61 W yoming ................ ........ 68
A Friend ...................... 41 Ramada Inn (South) .................70
Security Federal Savings and Loan ..71 Perry Marsh ...................... 29
Vigilant Real Estate ........... 10 Home Federal .................. .... 30
NARFE .......................... 71
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DATES TO REMEMBER
MARCH 17 St. Patrick's Day
APRIL 1 Regular Meeting PCSofFL, Gulfport Community Center, 1:30 PM
APRIL 3 Palm Sunday ***** Passover 1st Day
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Cover Photo: President Roy
President Robert J. Roy hails from the state of Maine. He was first employed by
the Pamana Canal in 1941 and retired in 1971 from the Power Branch as Operations
Foreman. Mr. Roy has two sons: Robert J. Roy, Jr. who is with the U.S. Coast Guard
in Miami, Florida, on board the SS DAUNTLESS and C. J. in the Canal Zone. Mr. Roy
resides in Clearwater, Florida.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Robert J. Roy
H. J. Clarke
J. F. Warner
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
William F. Grady
Paul M. Disharoon
Lucille S. Judd
Robert J. Roy
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
J. Winter D. Collins
Liaison Officer for
the Canal Zone
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THE PRESIDENT SAYS .
First, I would like to congratulate our Past President Gaddis Wall
and the Committee for the splendid work they did at the January Re-
union. I think it was a fantastic job well done. However, I realize that
some of our members were dissatisfied with the location of their table
at the Reception, and I can understand, especially the members that
were located in The Princess Room where they could neither see nor
hear Lucho as the loudspeaker system got disconnected. But believe
me, I say that the committee did the best they could in fairness to
everyone. At our next Reunion, if we can persuade Lucho to come
back, we will all be in one big Ballroom at the Ramada Inn.
We will have our annual picnic July 1st instead of our regular
monthly meeting. The June issue will carry all information regarding
time and place.
I look forward to serving as the 26th president of the most
friendliest society in the world The Panama Canal Society of Flori-
R. J. Roy
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
The 45th Annual Reunion is behind us and it was the biggest and
best ever. The St. Petersburg Times reported earth tremors were felt
on the 12th of January. I'm inclined to believe it was the 1,000 Pan
Canal Society folks who shook the downtown area during the reunion.
This was our first attempt to have Lucho entertain, and we have
learned thru experience how we can improve on handling the crowd
next year. Some folks were unhappy, but we laid down ground rules
for reservations and we had to stick by them ourselves. Next year, at
the Ramada Inn we will have lots more space and hopefully things will
I would like to explain Blood Bank membership for our Florida
members. The Blood Bank was founded many years ago, before group
insurance became so widespread. Now, for many, Blood Bank mem-
bership is a duplication of coverage. It is illegal to collect for blood
more than once, so if you are hospitalized and receive blood you may
not realize what transpires. If your insurance pays for the blood and
then our blood bank replaces the blood you used, you will not receive a
refund, but your insurance company will.
Medicare pays for all except the first three units. If you have the
Government Indemnity, this takes care of all expenses not covered by
Medicare. So you are covered already. If you are not certain about
your insurance, call your agent and ask. We do not like to encourage
our members to participate in a program from which they will derive
If you are a Blood Bank member and have received blood, you
must notify me (phone call or post card). It will do no good to show
your membership card to the hospital. I must sign a release form
before blood credits can be transferred. So be sure you notify me
when you need blood replaced.
If all of this is confusing and you need added information, call me
or write and I will be glad to try and explain it more clearly.
It was a terrific reunion the largest crowd ever. All I can do is
recommend to you, who were not here, to please come next April to
our 46th Reunion. Travelling conditions will be better (many folks had
to cancel because of being snow bound); more rooms available at
hotels and motels and St. Petersburg on a whole will be less crowded.
The renewing of old friendships will undoubtedly be greater in 1978.
Please forward your news for the June Record by 18 April. Keep
the information as concise as possible since the cost of printing the
Record has gone up.
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS
A 4.8 percent cost-of-living increase in annuities will go into effect
March 1 for federal Civil Service retirees. The higher rates will come
out in our April 1, 1977 checks. It will close out the entire year of 1976.
I have no record of any legislation by the new Congress as yet. It
seems that the members are still trying to organize.
There is one hangover from the last Congress. There is still an
effort to abolish the Senate P.O. & C.S. Committee. If this is done the
affairs will be handled by a new committee known as The Government
Affairs Committee. This group will handle several different matters.
There is no definite action on the matter yet.
Senator Henry Jackson, Democrat-Washington, had this warning
for federal and postal employees and retirees in a recent speech.
"I want to impress this on you. Watch out for your pension sys-
tem. They will go after it, and there is more at stake here than retire-
ment rates. There is the whole program, including survivor benefits
"The message is self-evident. Don't be distracted by the pay
issue, a temporary and recurring battle, to the point where perma-
nent irreparable damage is done, in the name of misguided fiscal re-
sponsibility, to the federal pension system."
Jackson's speech pointed up the growing campaign among con-
servatives in Congress to reduce government retirement benefits, on
the pretext that the retirement system would otherwise go broke or
the American taxpayer will be saddled with an enormous fiscal bur-
den. Last year they made a successful start, eliminating the one per-
cent "kicker" in annuity increases and restricting or eliminating disa-
bility retirement tax benefits.
Representative Joseph Fisher, Democrat-Virginia, a member of
the House Ways and Means Committee which writes tax legislation,
says he will sponsor a bill early 1977 to provide a "grandfather's
clause" for disabled government retirees who retired prior to last
January 1. The new tax revision law eliminates or curtails the up to
$100 sick leave tax exclusion for those retired on disability. Also,
Senator Robert Dole, Republican-Kansas, says he will sponsor a bill to
make the new sick leave tax exclusion effective January 1, 1977,
rather than January 1, 1976 as contained in the tax law.
William F. Grady
REGISTRATION FORTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION
January 12-13, 1977
Thirty-six states, the District of Columbia, the Canal Zone and
Republic of Panama were represented at the Reunion with a total of
1,098 officially registering.
Dottie and Johnny Matthews; Bertha and
Wilson Carnathan; Mary and Bob Arnold;
Cybel and Leroy Koontz; Bernice and John
Deming; Marie and Rudy Gangle; Maggie and
John Janssen; Margaret and Jack Hern; Muriel
and Corbin McGriff; Ann and Paul Hayden; Ida
and Fred Willoughby; Harry White; Hazel
Matthews; Jean Harris; Herbert Cooper; Mary
and Herb Taake; Marion E. and Emma Taake;
Lea Dugan; Marion Fleming; Page and James
Craig and Katherine and Edward Filo.
Randy and Dorese Waites and Wes and Eloise
Canal Zone 12
New Hampshire 2
New Jersey 5
New Mexico 3
Fern and Karl Glass and Evelyn and Howard
Marian and Tom Rice; Gladys and Donald R.
Brayton; Lilybel and Lee Karinger; Erma
Forbes; Frances Greening and Julia Shaffer.
Marina Nolan; Mary Ruth Clement; Charlene
Rogers; Gloria Corrigan; Mary Thrift; Kay
Taliercio; Winters Collins; Carolyn and Bob
Johnson; Gerry Cooper; Arton Swisher and
Mary Eleanor Becker.
Anna and Emmett Kiernan and Ann Crowley.
Jerry Audy; Catherine and George Lowe.
2 Dorothy and Woodie Babbett.
Cara and Jewett Tucker; Wilbur Dockery; Nell
and Bill Waldron; Carol Rukka; Cecelia Perra;
Virginia Perra Canupp; Eve Dockery; Bev
Dockery Vaughan; David Vaughn; Casehia
Vaughn; Helen and James Replogle and Ed
Flora and Elmer Hack and Eva and Ralph
Eleanor and Jim Cross.
Pat Hunter; Dorothy and Bill Loehr.
Ethel and Herbert Staples; Gardner Hayes;
Ruth Madden and Robert McQueary.
Abe Lincoln and Patt Foster Roberson.
Bernice and Samuel Johnson.
Marion Rayson; Carol, Ray and Dawn Masino;
Elena Schuber Maher; Chuck and Ruth Van
Dorothy and James Stuart; Ben McConaghy
and Paul Bernard, Jr.
Grace (Jones) and Jack Carey.
Lucille and Cliff Torstenson; Alice and Pete
Janice and Walter Dryja; Lillian and Shelby
White; Pat and Robby Adams
Marian Armstrong; Georgia Swinn and Kathy
Arleen and Howard Osborne.
Julius Peterson; Alice and Gene Lombard and
Florence and John Whigam.
Marjorie Gardiner; Sue and Royce Lewis.
New York 6
North Carolina 15
Rhode Island 2
South Carolina 34
West Virginia 1
Republic of Panama
Auristela and George Poole; Elsie and John
McDowell; Bob Van Siclen; Emma Townsend
Edith and Fred Diaz; Grace Sanders; Sis
Turner; Essie and Luther Jones; Lillian and
Robert Van Wagner; John Runck; Eugene
Hamlin; Tei and Moony Huff; Betty and Dick
Herring; Mary Jane Hoult.
Dorothy and Winton A. Webb; Alex Wilson;
Robert and Henrietta Truck; Jean Kirk; Dr.
Russell and Dorothy Steele.
Dane Percy; John Burkett; Rita and Perry
Washabaugh; Loretta Hayes; Father Michael
Wye; Martha and Charles W. Pickel.
Rita and Warner Hoyle.
Gertrude and Lee Clontz; Nora and Charles
Green; Verna and Audy Kapinos; Gertrude
Smouse; Dorothy and John Everson; Peggy
and Donald P. Hutchison; Hilda and Lee Myers;
Dorothy and Harry Willenbrock; Elsie
Blystone; Hazel and Bud Kilby; Ethel
(Westman) and DeWitt Tate; Leana and
William York; Eletheen and James Catron;
Willard and Russell Percy; Grace and B.J.
Hartley; Franklin Pierce; Albert and Lorna
Shore; Olga and Artie Holmes.
Margaret and Harry Francke; Macel and
Morton Thomson; Nellree and Ernest Berger;
Maxine and Henry Carpenter.
Jake Thompson; Grace and Dal Thornton;
Marguerite Orr; Thelma and Milton Davis;
Flora Belle Helmrichs; June and Vic May;
Edward Coyle; Gladys Turner; Mary Jo
Yaeger; Elizabeth and E. H. Davison; Bart
Elieh; Betty and Edward Sebik; Jane Madison
Emery; Val and Steve Gorham.
Maria and Bert Tabert.
Madeline and Lee Eberenz; John Purvis; Mabel
Cooke; Shirley and Richard E. Cox; Marian and
Harold Leibert; Peggy Nash; Lenore Knapp;
Wilhelmina Barnhart and Marjo Brenning.
Leon Greene; Daniel A. Pagenta and Betty
Former Governor and Mrs. W. P. Leber, Transportation and Terminals Director
Charles R. Clark, and Past-President Gaddis Wall
Jack and Grace [Jones] Carey -
May Hallett, Sonny Fraser, Mildred Hickey,
Barbara Cunningham and Alice Daly from Tele-
Robert Roy and Gaddis Wall
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Arnold AL
Howard and Arlene Osborn NH and
Sam Rowley FL
Elizabeth Rahl, Rita Wright and Olga David Percy PA, Willard Percy SC
Betty Malone and Vera Jones and Reg-
Betty Malone and Vera Jones and Reg-
Jean Mann and daughter, Sandy Jay Cain
Dorothy Matthews and her Bateas. Bul-
letin Board in background with news
Keith Kelley Past President, 1960-62
COMMITTEE FOR REGISTRATIONS
Betty Malone, Chairman
Mary Belle Hicks
Frances Sharp, Co-Chairman
Emmy Lou Clark
It was a record breaking reunion, with over 1,100 members and
guests, that we will never forget. It was a time to make new and
renew old friendships.
The 45th Reunion got underway early January 12th. At 9:30 A.M.
there were several long lines to register and Jean Mann's line to pick
up Reception and Luncheon tickets, plus pay dues, was very long. The
next line was in front of Jay Cain where one was given their luncheon
table assignment, which worked out beautifully no great rush or
push to the luncheon on Thursday. As the day progressed the crowd
grew and it was difficult to reach a person one saw from a distance.
Everyone was anxiously awaiting the evening cocktail reception.
The time had arrived Lucho dressed in a Montuna with a
pompom on his hat entered the lobby with members of his family and
the James L. Woods. The crowd swarmed around him, asking for
autographs, shaking his hand, a kiss now and then, as he worked his
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way to the stairway and finally got to the band stand in the Ballroom.
At this time, Lucho joined other Latins and he was introduced as the
"Great Lucho from Panama". When Lucho played it was just like we
all had never left the Isthmus all the familiar faces we all got a
little older but we still knew how to dance to Lucho's music. And the
band played on until one o'clock in the morning.
At 12:30 P.M. on the 13th about 550 of us gathered in the Ball-
room for a delicious luncheon. Mr. Wall introduced Mr. Winter Collins,
Col. Clark, former Governor and Mrs. W. P. Leber, Incoming Presi-
dent Robert Roy, Vice-President and Mrs. H. L. Clarke, other officers,
committee chairman and State Society representatives and Roosevelt
Medal Holders, Mr. Walter L. Hersh and Col. Hugh Mitchell.
Governor Leber spoke briefly on how happy he and Mrs. Leber were
to be with his old friends.
Col. Charles R. Clark, the Transportation and Terminals Director
of the Panama Canal Company, our guest speaker, brought warm
wishes from Governor and Mrs. Parfitt to everyone and said "The
Governor deeply regrets his absence, but the Board of Directors re-
scheduled their meeting for January 12-13th, at any rate, the Parfitts
are looking forward to joining you next year." The address was
illustrated with slides and was a very good presentation. Col. Clark
didn't pull any punches. He showed pictures of the Panamanian Dic-
tator Torrijos and some of the mob actions they have pulled off as well
as pictures of the automobiles they have blown up, etc. Of course,
there were a lot of slides shown on the Canal, of the town sites, the
railroad, the beautiful flowers and it sure brought back the memories
to all of us. And his talk was to all the members and from time to time
our members names were mentioned for their great accomplishments
or for their retirement date. "In these comparatively trying times on
the Canal you are on our minds for the legacy that you left to us who
try to carry on into leaner and more unfriendly times. We have had so
many key personnel leave the Canal that if you had not trained the
succeeding people so well we would have had difficulties in holding the
high standards for all to see. 1976 was a tremendously important year
for the Canal news that affected us, our thoughts, morale, work and
home life, thus "1976 on the Panama Canal". This was the way Col.
Clark opened his talk.
And in part The recession and the negotiations for a new
Panama Canal Treaty vied for top honors on the Isthmian news front
in 1976. At year's end, Panamanians were actually feeling the effects
of the economic slump unemployment was at a peak and prices
were soaring. The prospect for the new year was for more of the
same. Treaty negotiations would soon enter their 13th year and the
predictions from Panama were that a new canal treaty with the
United States would be ready by early 1977. A similar prediction for
1976 had failed ... this time, however, the predictions were accompa-
nied by warnings that violence would erupt if no treaty was forth-
Canal Zone residents' view of 1976 were concern and turmoil.
People problems and union demands were many. Employees contin-
ued to be subject to serious stresses and strains worried about their
future and status under the new treaty. 1977 is the year that Panama
has set as their deadline for a treaty; the year their patience runs out.
The chief of Government has said if Panama doesn't get a new treaty
he will do whatever is necessary to "liberate" the Canal Zone. "One
Generation will lay down its life" so that succeeding generations will
not have to put up with the "Hated" Canal Zone. Canal management
concerns ran heavily to a preoccupation with the red ink situation of
the canal books, concern for employees and their fears. The days of
the generous pot to finance the desires of the Canal and employee
wants are over. The name of the game is tight belt and austerity. In
spite of the problems, the Canal continued to do a good job that is still
a credit to you.
1976 was a year of Canal financial problems and dwindling tran-
sits, and increasing competitions from the Suez Canal... of threats
that a rail land bridge is to be constructed across Mexico and Trans-
Isthmian pipelines built across Costa Rica and Panama, all to be com-
petitive with the Canal, and it was the year that Columbia decided to
construct a small Canal across the Isthmus on the border with
Panama, the Atrato River route ... Of a growing feeling in Washing-
ton that the Zonians are a spoiled, pampered group who have had it
too good, too long. The feeling was not entirely dissipated by our sig-
nificant accomplishment of savings of 16 million out of the Fiscal Year
1976 budget. This has been quite a radical change for us from the days
that most people in Washington felt the Canal was about the hottest
thing going... It was generally the driest year of lowest rainfall, since
the French started keeping records ... It was the year of the "Sick-
Out" by about 700 employees which virtually shut down transits, a
rather bitter moment ... It was the year of the mothballing of the
famous "Las Cruces," and the company VIP inspection yachts ... And
a year of bitter rhetoric from Panama as she tried to shame the U.S.
into conceding... Of the combining the Civic Councils ... Of 158 U.S.
Retirements including a score of two of difficult-to-replace managers,
and of 57 percent more resignations than the average for the pre-
ceding three years ... It was the year we got a Financial Vice Presi-
dent, increasing the number of Company Vice Presidents to two ...
That President Ford approved a change to the rules used to measure
ships (after some flak from the carriers). And that his approval was
given to our second tolls increase in 62 years which hopefully will give
us Black Ink in Fiscal Year 1977 for the first time since 1973 ... It was
the year that another ship sunk in the Canal... And a year of virtual
bankruptcy of the economy of Panama, of increasing and debt and
fleeing investments, and of mounting problems for the government
... It was the year that outright terrorism came to the Canal Zone for
the first time, with a number of car bombings and bomb threats ...
Ant it was the year of the United States of America Bicentennial -
the people turned out in record numbers to support Canal Zone events
. Jack and Margaret Mullers' ashes scattered on waters of
Miraflores Lake ... Canal Zone born Reverend Patrick J. Doran dies
in Philadelphia, Pa .... Venerable Railroader, Don Brayton, retired
from his post as Deputy Director, Transportation and Terminals
Bureau after 37 years service in June ... Contract for 34 new homes in
Williamson Place to be followed by 24 next year Old wooden
structures torn down ... Figures for 1975 indicate that payments and
income from the Canal Zone pumped $253 million into the economy of
Panama... USS TARAWA first of a new breed of Navy Panamax as-
sault ships makes maiden transit ... Star and Herald price raised to
15 cents ... City of Panama marks 457th Anniversary on August 15,
1976 ... General Torrijos delivers major speech in Sri Lanka. Raises
Canal issue, gets strong support says treaty issue will go to U.N.
Next, claims two-thirds of U.N. support Panama ... No malaria cases
in Canal Zone for three years ... Panama Canal Distributes emergen-
cy and evacuation contingency plans to residents of the Canal Zone -
requests inventory of household goods ... After studies Canal Board
of Directors announce that Coco Solo Hospital will be retained .
"The SS CRISTOBAL" will be retained, but further studies will be
made Canal observed its 62nd Anniversary quietly with no
thought of retiring ... Fay Brown is named Chief, Northern District,
Motor Transportation Division Panama gets help from Canal
Power system during breakdown of Las Minas Power Plant... Rallies
banned in Panama and schools closed following student rampage along
Central Avenue. National Guard blames on hoodlums and "extrem-
ists." Canal Zone also gets blamed ... University of Panama closed
temporarily following student demonstration that resulted in clashes
with National Guard. Guard blames U.S. for riots. U.S. Ambassador
William Jorden denies U.S. involvement in Panama riots ... Aquilino
Boyd warns U.S. and Canal Zone against trying to destabilize Panama
Government, blames CIA... Foreign ministry denies Panama was
stop-over for Cuban troops enroute to Third World Countries ... Cof-
fee industry pioneer, Paul Duran, Sr., dies at 71 in September... U.S.
columnist William F. Buckley outlines conservatives' opposition to
Canal Treaty after three-day visit here. Creates lively debate ... As-
sociated Press story says Canal American employees "leaving their
jobs in record numbers" because of prospect that Panama will play
bigger role in running of Canal.. Canal Company refutes Panama's
statement that "The excess of yachts, golf courses, swimming pools
and privileges" adds to need for tolls increase ... Panama's Archbish-
op Marcos T. McGrath says Panama Canal employees "are entitled to
know what their work and residence and other conditions will be
under a future treaty" ... U.S. Address by Foreign Minister Aquilino
Boyd attacking U.S. results in lively exchange between U.S. Ambas-
sador W. Tapley Bennett and Panamanian Ambassador Jorge Illueca
... Ellsworth Bunker returns to resume talks on Canal Treaty ...
Hungarian President Losonczi arrived in Panama for three day visit
... U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) grants $9.5 mil-
lion loan to Panama for expansion of Health Programs ... Civil Suit
filed in CZ District Court seeks injunction to halt current negotiations
for new Canal Treaty, signed by CZ resident William Drummond;
Panama Foreign Ministry terms action "Alarming." Veterans'
Day parade is lead by Miguel Corco, 57 years with the American Le-
gion, and Tony Kicikas, 40 years with the Veterans of Foreign Wars
... William Drummond's car bombed at his home while he sleeps -
complete loss Terrorist bombings in CZ rise to seven; CZ probes
blasts security measures increased Governor Parfitt offers
$5,000 reward for bombers ... Three students of Curundu Jr. High
School held for bomb scares... Stringent security against terrorism
to continue in CZ cars, personnel being searched Captain Don
Dertien retires as Marine Director; successor is Captain Gallin. Don
and Tish will move to Titusville, Florida Venezuelan President
says Canal problem will be test of fire for U.S. President-elect Jimmy
Carter, pleads Panama cause before U.N .... "Wall Street Journal"
reports U.S. shippers shunning Canal... Man from La Chorrera fails
in attempt to rob Balboa Branch of Chase Manhattan Bank .
Torrijos says Panama will set up office to hear complaints of discrimi-
nation and persecution of Panamanians in Canal Zone 1903 Canal
Treaty burned at schools throughout Panama on 73rd Anniversary of
signing... Canal raises sunken cargo ship "TAIRONA" ... Columbia-
Panama agree on Canal Transit Rights for Columbia under a new
treaty ... Antonio Tagaropulos, former construction days waterboy
dies at 85 ... Congressman D.R. Bowen meets with CZ labor leaders
to hear complaints ... "Business Week" magazine says Canal has be-
come a "White Elephant" ... 18 American priests and nuns working
in Panama write President-elect Jimmy Carter urging new Canal
Treaty U.S. Agency for International Development active
programs in Panama now at $57.9 million... Methodist Church com-
mittee urges new Canal Treaty... The Company/Government fails to
make its 1977 United Way Campaign goal for the first time in most
employees' memory, 98% of goal Treaty talks resume with
Ellsworth bunkers arrival ... Pipe bomb goes off in hands of Mrs.
Rodriguez, wife of Air Panama pilot, while riding in Panama with her
husband. Guardia says parts were made in U.S.... American Federa-
tion of Government employees ask Congressman Derwinski to assure
protection for CZ workers in new treaty ... Derwinski says there will
be a treaty ... U.S. Attorney moves for dismissal of Anti-treaty suit
in CZ District Court Foreign Minister Boyd says after session in
Washington with Henry Kissinger, he expects new treaty early in
1977... Senators and Representatives ask to join CZ Anti-Treaty suit
as plaintiffs ... Cyrus Vance, former Canal Company stockholder, to
be new U.S. Secretary of State Methodist Pastors here urge
prayers to end CZ enclave Rodriguez says bomb explosions insti-
gated by anti-government exiles in Miami as part of subversive plot
... Canal issue said to be 6th on Carter's list of immediate actions ...
Three prominent Isthmians die Otto Hausmann, Frank J. Violette
and Philip L. Dade ... ."N.Y. Times" calls on U.S. President-elect
Jimmy Carter to clarify position on Canal Treaty says issue poses
political and diplomatic risks for Carter ... U.S. doubles import quota
for Panama beef... Omar Torrijos announces 5% Panama Sales Tax,
also big increase in phone and electrical rates and new taxes on beer
and cigarettes ... U.S. Commission on U.S.-Latin American relations
urge President-elect Carter to move for quick solution on Canal issue
. "N.Y. Times" lauds report favoring Canal Treaty .. Torrijos
refutes U.S. charge that National Guardsmen planted terrorist bombs
in CZ. Jack Anderson says Panama guilty ... Panama-U.S. seek Canal
neutrality formula ... Capt. Rodriguez, Air Panama Pilot, sentenced
to 15 years on subversion charge stemming from terrorist acts in
Panama ... Minimum wage increasing to $2.30 an hour in C.Z. Janu-
ary, 1977... Captain Edward K. Wilburn retires with almost 38 years
of service. He and Edna will settle in Clearwater, Fla. .Governor
and Mrs. Parfitt invite the entire company/government organization
to Christmas Open House receptions at the Governor's House on
three successive weekends... Dave Rose retires as Director of Posts,
completing a Rose family history on the Canal going back to 1900 ...
Frank Castles retires as Director, Civil Affairs Bureau, after 30 years
of service. He and Ellen will live at Cape Cod ... Jim Shirley retires as
Chief, Community Services Division, with 35 years of service. The
Shirleys will return to Punxsutawney, PA for awhile Mazie
Schwarzrock retired in December rumor has it she will take over
the Bingo Game at St. Pete! ... Flash report on Canal Business indi-
cates Company may have racked up one million in black for December.
Christmas present for Governor... 9 January was anniversary of the
'64 riots. Students invade Zone at Cristobal and Ancon burning of
U.S. flags reported at Ancon ... Canal employee morale is at all time
low Canal Board of Directors express concern to negotiators for
employee rights and protection under terms of any new treaty ..
New $4 million Marine Traffic Control Center opens for operations at
La Boca ... Panama says Carter to give treaty quick attention ...
Frances Sampsell retires. She and her husband will live in Dothan,
Alabama.. Canal house rents go up 5% ... Gasoline goes to $1.10
per gallon in Panama ... Alaskan oil will generate five or more Canal
transits per day for remainder of decade ... 1977 will be more of same
... First year of a Democratic administration with probable changes
in our board, tough problems with our finances ... The promised and
threatened year of a new treaty relationship and a militant stance
from Panama ... A year continuing personnel turmoil of 1976. And
that's the way it was .
Reprinted from St. Petersburg Times, Saturday, Jan. 15, 1977
REUNION NOW A LONELY OCCASION FOR PANAMA CANAL
By Patrick Tyler, St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer
In one sense, Walter Lewis Hersh said, he felt a little lonely as he
sat almost smack in the middle of 1,100 banquet guests Thursday on
the second floor of the Princess Martha Hotel.
At 93, Hersh, a regular at such reunions of the Panama Canal
Society of Florida, says, "I find on this occasion that almost all of the
people I knew are all passing off."
Indeed, there were only two other men in the hall wearing the
dull gray medal given in the name of President Theodore Roosevelt.
With a little bit of a smile, Hersh said that in those days, it almost
took a presidential medal to induce anyone onto the torrid Isthmus of
"They had some difficulty in building up the construction force
because the steamers would come into port and stay for five or six
days," said Hersh, of 2262 Eighth Ave. N.
"In that time, a lot of them decided they didn't like the place and
But Hersh, born in Quarryville, Pa., on Aug. 31, 1883, decided to
stay. Fresh out of what was then Penn State College, and with no
promise of a job, Hersh booked passage on a Hamburg steamer and
landed in 1910 at the age of 26.
"I think I borrowed the money to go down," he said. "This friend
of mine said they never turned anyone away down there."
His friend was right and Hersh put his electrical engineering de-
gree to work for 65 cents an hour as a wireman.
Within two years, however, Hersh was making $400 a month su-
pervising the construction of a 44,000-volt transmission line to parallel
the Panamanian railroad. In December 1912, Hersh arranged through
the U.S. government-owned Panama Canal Co. to have $30.00
deducted from his paycheck for Essie Althouse's passage from Lan-
caster, Pa., to the Canal Zone.
"We were high school chums," Hersh said of the woman he mar-
"People who went down there first were living in tents. They
were still excavating for the Gatun locks when I got there, and the
week I arrived they started to move men out of tents and into bar-
racks I was very fortunate in that."
By the time Essie arrived, family quarters were available and the
couple was married.
They reared two girls there. In 1927 Hersh left to take a job with
Allied Chemical Corp. He returned to the Canal Zone, however, in
1932 to supervise the construction of a hydroelectric plant at Madden
Hersh retired in 1945. "When you retire from the canal service,
the first thing they ask you is what your stateside address will be. So I
wrote the St. Petersburg postmaster and asked him to assign me a
box. It was number 602," Hersh read from his family records.
Now Hersh reads and goes to the reunions. "I don't have any par-
ticular hobbies, but I'm about smothered by reading material."
Thursday, Charles R. Clark, director of transportation and
terminals in the Canal Zone, was principal speaker. He recited the lit-
any of change since the days of Walter Hersh and Teddy Roosevelt
and, more recently, since political and economic turmoil catapulted
the issue of the Canal Zone into the 1976 presidential race.
Clark called the Panama Canal "the least understood of the inter-
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, FL
5 November 1976
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Gaddis Wall, at
1:40 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 October meeting.
The President welcomed the 133 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Abe Howard St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. Cicero Clearwater
Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Bissell Ocala
Shirley Finlason Gamboa
George and Gertrude Allgaier St. Petersburg
Leo and Edna Wilkes Clearwater
Vivian Michael St. Petersburg
Mike Parmentier St. Petersburg
Richard Rohden Tampa
Beth Skelding St. Petersburg
Ellen Tiernan St. Petersburg
Frank Disharoon St. Petersburg
Fran and Bill Stock Diablo
Henri Skeie Clearwater
Beatrice Simmonis St. Petersburg
Clara Saarinen St. Petersburg
Vonna Huldquist St. Petersburg
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the October
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.
Five members would celebrate their birthdays during November
- no one would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes went out to all.
Mr. Wall announced that the 1978 reunion would most probably
be held at the Ramada Inn on 34th St. So. (U.S. 19). He also announced
that the Executive Board proposes an increase in dues which will be
brought before the members at the Annual Meeting in January. This
increase would not become effective until 1978 if approved by the
Mrs. Anna Collins announced the plans for the December
meeting. Instead of doughnuts, the ladies were asked to bring Christ-
mas cookies. Also, the Spartones, from Lakewood High School will be
present to sing for us.
It was announced that we will not have Panama Canal Society
calendars next year.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:25
P.M. Coffee, doughnuts and brief social period was enjoyed by all fol-
lowing the meeting.
3 December 1976
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Gaddis Wall, at
1:40 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 November meeting.
The President welcomed the 131 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
William Cox St. Petersburg
Matt Shannon St. Petersburg
Abe Howard St. Petersburg
Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Woodruff Balboa, Canal Zone
Helen Sterzing Clear Lake, Iowa
Walter Hersh St. Petersburg
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the November
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 reports
will stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative announced that we
will receive a cost of living increase 1 April. There is of course talk of
much reorganization in Washington. There was no current legislation
Ten members would celebrate birthdays during December. The
group sang "Happy Birthday". Three couples would celebrate
anniversaries and best wishes went out to all.
Mr. Eugene Askew spoke of the Askews recent trip to England.
Mr. Wall announced he had talked to the manager of the Ramada
Inn, as a reunion hotel replacement for the Princess Martha in 1978.
Mr. Wall also explained that a dues increase will be necessary to keep
up the fine quality of the Record.
Mr. Walter Hersh, our oldest living past president, was called on
and spoke briefly.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:15
As a special treat for our December meeting, a Christmas Party
had been planned. The ladies brought cookies, and punch and coffee
were served. As an added treat, the Spartones, a singing group from
Lakewood High School entertained. The Spartones have been named
Sunshine Ambassadors by the Mayor of St. Petersburg because of
their many performances for people in and outside St. Petersburg.
Forty-Fifth Anniversary Reunion
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Princess Martha Hotel, St. Petersburg, Florida
12 January 1977
The business meeting of the 45th Annual Reunion of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr.
Gaddis Wall at 2:05 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 last reunion.
The President, Mr. Wall, then welcomed the members and guests
who were present. The officers and members of the Executive Board
were introduced. The President then introduced the attending Past
Presidents. Mr. Wall called on the attending Roosevelt Medal holders.
Only Mr. Walter Hersh was present. However, several widows of
Medal Holders were present and introduced. Among them were,
Florence Harrison, Marie Wolf, Anna Bartlett, Grace Sanders and
Attending Presidents of our Sister Societies were recognized -
Mr. James Catron, South Carolina and Mrs. E. C. McGriff, Dothan,
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the December
meeting. As there were no additions, corrections or omissions, the
minutes were approved as read. The financial reports of the Society
and the Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions, the
reports will stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins. Mrs. Collins also asked that information for the
Record be sent in at least two weeks prior to each deadline.
Bill Grady, Legislative Representative reported that there was
no current legislation to report as Congress has been in adjournment.
The Cost of Living as of 30 November was 4.5%/ and we still have
December. The increase will be realized in our 1 April checks which
will close out cost of living increases for the calendar year 1976.
Mr. Wall then introduced Mr. Winter Collins, Retirement
Counselor for the Panama Canal. Mr. Collins spoke briefly and told of
the recruiting efforts for future Canal Zone employees. He announced
jobs that have a critical shortage of personnel. Mr. Collins also
emphasized the importance of writing our congressmen and letting
them know our views.
Fourteen members would celebrate birthdays in January. The
group sang "Happy Birthday". Eight couples would celebrate anni-
versaries. Best wishes went out to all.
The Secretary read a communication from Bill and Elsie Dorgan.
It will be reprinted in the March Record.
Mr. Wall then announced that we had received a notice from
Dixie Printing that it would be necessary to raise the Cost per page
for printing the Record. The Executive Board has researched the
increased costs of running the Society and recommended that dues be
raised to $10.00 per year, effective in 1978. Jack Carey moved that
dues be raised to $10.00 in 1978. Fred Mohl seconded. Mr. Wall asked
for discussion on the motion. A vote was called for. Motion carried.
Mr. Wall announced that the 1978 Reunion will be held at the
Ramada Inn on 34th Street South (U.S. 19). Mr. Wall informed the
group that he had discussed our Reunion dates with many local busi-
nesses and the general consensus was it would be beneficial to all if
our Reunion was held in April. Judge Widell moved we hold our 1978
Reunion on the 28 and 29 of April. H. L. Clarke seconded. As there
was no further discussion a vote was called for. Motion carried.
Nolan Bissell, Chairman of the Nominating Committee presented
the slate of officers. The slate was:
President: Robert J. Roy
Vice-President: H. L. Clarke
Secretary/Treasurer: Jean Mann
Record Editor: Anna Collins
Mr. Bissell moved the nominations be closed and the Secretary be in-
structed to cast one vote for the unanimous acceptance of the slate.
Dewey Goodwin seconded. Motion carried.
Dorothy Pate requested that we give a round of applause to Mr.
Gaddis Wall, the retiring President. The assembled group complied.
Mr. Wall then administered the oath of office to the officers elect.
Mr. Roy spoke briefly.
Mr. Wall then asked Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative
to step forward. Mr. Grady has served as our Legislative Representa-
tive for the past eight years. In appreciation for his years of service to
the Society, Mr. Wall presented Mr. Grady with an engraved pen and
pencil set. Mr. Grady thanked the members and spoke briefly.
Mr. Wall then asked Mr. Daile Keigley to step forward. Mr.
Keigley has served as our auditor for five years and has recently been
appointed Budget and Auditing Chairman by Mr. Wall. In apprecia-
tion of his years of service Mr. Wall also presented Mr. Keigley with
an engraved pen and pencil set. Mr. Keigley thanked the members.
Erma Forbes brought greetings from all old friends in Southern
Mr. Wall thanked his staff for their help during the past year.
It was announced that our Past President, Mr. Abe Howard, was
very ill in St. Anthony's Hospital.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:30
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Much progress has been made on THE GATUN ROSTER since
our initial mention in the "Canal Record", September 1975, p 21. In-
tended for the children who grew up in Gatun, the list now has about
Walter L. Hersh Roosevelt Medal Lucho
Betty Jane Whaler
Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Kiernan CT Mrs. Barbara J. Cunningham FL
and son Michael E. Cunningham TX
Karl and Fern Glass AR
Mary Jo [Lowe] Yeager TX and
George Lowe ARK
Rudy and Marie Gaugle AL
Matt and Lydia Shannon FL
400 names. Most of us left the Zone when we graduated from high
school, or when our parents returned to the States, and this is our way
of locating classmates and friends we knew so well in Gatun. Some of
our Gatuners found jobs on the Zone after graduation, so we have sec-
ond and even third generation Gatuners on our Roster. Many States
are represented in the Roster, with highest count in the Canal Zone,
followed by Florida, California, Texas, then the Penn.-N.J.-N.Y.-Mass.
area, and the Va.-N.C.-Ga. area. We look forward to occasional
reunions and get-togethers which we will report to you from time to
time. A copy of the latest listing of the ROSTER may be obtained for a
dollar (checks payable to The Gatun Roster) from: The Gatun Gang, 5
John David Fisher (53) 1092 Larch Ave., Moraga, CA 94556.
CZ BRATS REUNION WEEKEND OF JULY 4, 1977 TAMPA,
How about all the former CZ brats spending a day or two (cocktail
party Saturday night, family-style picnic Sunday) reminiscing in
Tampa this summer. Tampa is only about an hour's drive from Disney
World, so this could be part of an ideal family vacation.
We'd like to go ahead with plans for the reunion, but need a more
definite idea of how many to expect. If you're able to come, drop me a
note at the address below. If not, drop a line or two telling what you
and yours have been doing, and we'll try to get out a newsletter for
Special 20-year note BHS and CHS Class of 1957 where are
you? Families, parents, friends (and classmates, too), please send
current addresses to Bobbie Schneider, 806 Bamma Road, Brandon,
Florida 33511. We hope to send out a letter to the 1957's as most of us
are proving pretty elusive.
See you in July!
"Dr. Jack De Vore, associate professor and program co-ordinator
for industrial education at the University of Arkansas, was recently
honored by Kansas State College at Pittsburgh as being one of eight
outstanding alumni of the 1966 class. De Vore, who has been at U of A
for five years, did his undergraduate and master's work at Kansas
State College and received his doctorate from Kansas State Univer-
sity at Manhattan." This article appeared recently in the Fayetteville,
Arkansas newspaper. Jack is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. De Vore,
Sr. of Dunedin, Florida.
It was noted in the Sarasota Journal January 17, 1977 that
Edward Doolan, former aide to the governor of the Panama Canal
Zone, would speak on "The Panama Canal Funnel for World Com-
merce" at a joint meeting of the Men's Club and the Sisterhood of
Temple Beth Sholom. Mrs. Joseph Watson is president of the Sister-
hood. President is Audrey and her husband is Joe, also retired from
the Canal and members of our society. Mary and Ed Doolan live on
CANAL SEALS BORROWED
During the recent Reunion our two Canal Zone seals disappeared.
They were made of wood, about 12-inches in diameter, and were dis-
played on easels near the registration table. WERE THEY
We are conducting an intensive investigation and persons having
knowledge that will assist us in locating these seals are requested to
write the Secretary/Treasurer, unsigned if you wish, giving informa-
tion you have and we will take it from there. Surely with some 1,100
persons at the Reunion our chances of locating these seals are good.
However, if we should receive these seals in the mail, no further
questions will be asked and we will consider the matter closed.
PLEASE PAY YOUR 1977 DUES [$7.00] TODAY TO INSURE
CONTINUOUS DELIVERY OF THE CANAL RECORD. IT WILL
MAKE IT EASIER ON YOUR SECRETARY/TREASURER AND
EDITOR THANK YOU.
An item of interest to our members who are Masons.
Wives of Masons should please note. A Masonic funeral service
team will be formed from Canal Zone Masons living in the St. Peters-
burg area. This action was requested by Sunshine Lodge of St. Pe-
tersburg and approved by the District Grand Master of the Canal
Zone. Anyone wishing to avail themselves of this service in our area
can contact our members Mr. Nathaniel Litvin, Mr. Ralph [Tony]
Frangioni or Gene Askew and we will put you in contact with the
Birthday Greetings to Mr. Benjamin A. Armstrong of Walnut
Creek, California, who celebrated his 97th birthday on February 5,
Bob and Ruth Straus of St. Petersburg celebrated their 50th
Wedding Anniversary on February 26, 1977.
The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
wishes to thank Antonia Lizardi for blood bank donation in her name
and Anna Boyle's.
NEWS CONDENSED from the PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY
- in part dates appearing after each article for your information.
James R. Shirley, retired January 1 after 35 years Federal Ser-
vice. All of Shirley's service has been with the Supply and Community
Service Bureau of the Panama Canal organization except for a few
years with the U.S. Army Exchange at Ft. Clayton and a tour of
World War II duty with the U.S. Navy Seabees. He was Chief of the
Community Services Division for 2 years, a period of sweeping
changes in the housing and grounds branches. Reflecting his excel-
lence of his many years, Shirley has received many citations including
a Superior Service Award and Outstanding Performance Award with
a Quality Step Increase. Shirley, with his wife Ruth, plan to look
around the States for a retirement home before returning to his home
in Punxsutawney, Pa ......... December 30, 1976.
Frank A. Castles, Civil Affairs Director retired January 1, after
30 years service. Castles began his Canal service as a math teacher in
the old Balboa Junior High School, building 707, in La Boca. His was
room number 2 and true to prediction by Mrs. Fred Sill, who was
teaching in the building, room 2 was the "lucky room", as those who
had taught there before had gone on to better things and had become
principals and administrators. In January 1947, he was named acting
principal of Balboa Junior High School, next year he was principal.
Then Principal of La Boca Junior-Senior High School, Canal Zone Ju-
nior College Extension at LaBoca and Diablo Heights Junior High
School and then in May 1961 Assistant Superintendent, U.S. Schools.
Castles was appointed Superintendent of School in March 1963 and
remained in that position until October 1973, when he was named Civil
Affairs Director. In 1960, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for
study in Norway and Italy, the first member of the Canal Zone Divi-
sion of Schools to receive such a grant. In 1968, he received a second
scholarship, this time to India. Castles also has taken a more active in-
terest in civic and community affairs. He has been chairman and mem-
ber of the board of the Canal Zone Chapter of the American Red
Cross, member of the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts, the TMCA
Committee of Management and chairman of the Educational Program
Committee, Rotary Club of Panama, the Combined Federal Campaign,
and the Mutual Benefit Association. He was honored this year with
the coveting Silver Beaver Award, Scouting's highest recognition to
an adult. Frank and his wife, Ellen, and daughter, Anne, will make
their home at Falmouth, Mass., on the southern tip of Cape Cod .....
December 17, 1976.
The two U.S. Army power barges that had been supporting the
Panama Canal since 1968 transited northbound recently and were
being towed to their new locations at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. The
Weber, rated at 21 megawatts, was built at a cost of $9 million and
uses both gas turbines and diesel engines to generate electricity. It
has three Fairbanks-Morse 12 cylinder diesel engines and two General
Electric gas turbines. It had been moored at Miraflores. The Sturgis,
which can provide 10 megawatts of power, uses a pressurized water
reactor coupled to a conventional steam-generating system and is ca-
pable of generating full power for 1 year without refueling. The Stur-
gis was stationed in Gatun Lake.
Gov. H. R. Parfitt credited avoidance of a serious confrontation to
the exercise of restraint by Canal Zone residents and Canal Zone Po-
lice personnel who were on duty January 9th when demonstrators
entered the Canal Zone and burnt the American Flag, raised the
Panama Flag and shouted the usual anti-yankee insults. The Governor
has requested that a formal protest be made to the Government of
Panama ... Jan. 14, 1977.
The Panama Canal Board of Directors recently met for their an-
nual winter meeting at Balboa Heights. They have approved and for-
warded to the Secretary of the Army a "Report on the Employee
Rights and Benefit Aspects of the Current Panama Canal Treaty Ne-
gotiations." The board also decided to continue the operation of the
steamship SS CRISTOBAL following a review and evaluation by the
Budget and Finance Committee. The Board adopted a total of three
resolutions as follows:
RESOLUTION NO. 1
WHEREAS, these negotiations involve many issues and deci-
sions directly affecting the careers and living conditions of Panama
Canal Company and Canal Zone Government employees and their de-
WHEREAS, the American and Panamanian employees of the
Canal enterprise have rendered long and faithful service in operating
the Canal efficiently for the benefit of all nations without discrimina-
tion, thus providing a vital link in the lanes of international commerce,
WHEREAS, the Board recognizes the importance of retaining
the unique skills and invaluable experience of these dedicated em-
ployees in order to maintain the high standards of efficiency that have
characterized the operation of the Canal as well as to help train future
generations of workers, and
WHEREAS, there are certain assurances that the U.S. Congress
or Executive Branch can make unilaterally to employees without
regard to any treaty;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Di-
rectors of the Panama Canal Company cause to be spread on the rec-
ords of the Corporation the assurance to all its employees that, con-
sistent with good management practice and applicable statutes, the
Board will endeavor to preserve existing employee rights and benefits
pending completion of the on-going treaty negotiations; and that the
Board strongly urges that appropriate agencies of the U.S. Govern-
ment take action to provide assurances of retention of the rights and
benefits to employees as long as the United States operates the Canal.
RESOLUTION NO. 2
WHEREAS, representatives of the Government of the United
States are currently engaged in negotiations with representatives of
the Government of Panama regarding a new treaty for the operation,
maintenance and defense of the Panama Canal; and
WHEREAS, the American and Panamanian employees of the
Canal enterprise have a vital interest in decisions resulting from these
negotiations which directly affect their rights, benefits and future
employment security; and
WHEREAS, it is recognized that treaties are never negotiated in
public, and therefore, the United States Government has felt itself
unable to keep Canal enterprise employees informed of many issues in
the negotiations and there has thus developed a climate of uncertainty
and apprehension exacerbated by continuing announcements in the
Panamanian press with no comment by U.S. Spokesmen; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Negotiators have publicly expressed the
intent to protect the benefits and interests of Canal enterprise em-
ployees and to provide them continued assistance through the difficult
and uncertain times ahead; and
WHEREAS, it is equally beneficial to management in maintain-
ing an efficient work force to provide employees with sufficient infor-
mation on matters pertaining to a treaty to allow the employees to
formulate personal decisions based on fact rather than rumor and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Di-
rectors of the Panama Canal Company cause to be spread on the rec-
ords of the Corporation the very strong recommendation to the Pres-
ident of the United States that employees of the Canal enterprise be
more fully informed of treaty issues and decisions directly affecting
their living and working conditions.
The third resolution commended Gov. H. R. Parfitt for his "extra-
ordinarily high order of leadership and management ability demon-
strated ... during one of the most difficult periods of the Company's
The next meeting of the Board is tentatively scheduled for April
23 in Washington ........ January 21 and 28, 1977.
Keep well read on these negotiations and remember to write your
Congressman, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515;
your Senator, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C. 20510 or President
Jimmy Carter, The White House, Washington, D.C. 20500 expressing
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Mr. Donald J. Bowen
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Mr. Joseph S. Ferrell
Mrs. Patricia Walker Flynn
Mr. John H. Foster
Mr. William H. Geoghegan, Jr.
Dr. Verne F. Goerger
Lt. Hugh D. Hale
Mr. John A. McLain, Jr.
Mrs. Frances F. Sampsell
Mrs. Ellen S. Shirer
Mr. Robert B. Vache
Mr. William A. Wickmann
Mr. Norman C. Anderson
Mr. Frank L. Borden
Mr. Francis A. Castles
Mr. Gilbert F. Chase
Mr. Curtis L. Coate
Miss Margaret L. Csighy
Mr. Curtis B. Darden
Mr. John Finlason
Mr. George A. Folger
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We announce tle deaths of the following:
Word was received recently from Mongomery, Alabama that
Mrs. Brenda H. Barthouse passed away. Mrs. Barnthouse owned
Brenda's Beauty Shop for many years in the old Hotel Tivoli and later
in the Gorgas Hospital complex, the present location, where she
worked until she took ill several weeks ago. She is survived by her
daughter, Mrs. Stephen Herschorn of Alabama; three grandchildren,
a brother, Dudley Humber.
Fred S. Baumback, 73, who retired as General Foreman, Paint
Shop, Maintenance Division, in February 1965, passed away Novem-
ber 23, 1976 in Clearwater, Florida. He was a member of the
Sojourners Lodge A.F. and A.M., Panama Canal Scottish Rite Bodies,
Abou Saad Temple, A.A.N.O.M.S., and Past Director of the Panama
Canal Court No. 18, R.O.J. Surviving him are his wife, Bessie, a son,
Edwin B. of Cardenas; three daughters, Ruth H. Lichti of Cocoli, Lois
C. Kocher of Dallas, Pa., and Ethel E. Messina, of Phoenix, Arizona;
eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Dorothy Miles Blaney passed away January 8, 1977, in Mt.
Pleasant, North Carolina. Dorothy spent many years on the Isthmus
and worked at Pier 18, Balboa. She left the Canal Zone in 1950. Until
recently the Blaneys had operated a Quality Motel. She is survived by
her husband, Robert L. Blaney of Mt. Pleasant.
Mrs. Jennie Brooks, mother of Mrs. Edith L. Spencer, who used
to live with Edith on the Zone for 25 years, passed away on 1 Decem-
ber 1976, in Miami. Other than her daughter, Mrs. Brooks is survived
by two sons, Samuel of Miami and Sherman of Tampa, Florida.
Mrs. Eloise Brown passed away on November 6, 1976, at her
home in Springdale, Arkansas, according to word received from Mrs.
Milton Wright, who has been in touch with Eloise's daughter,
Shannon. Eloise was married to the late Robert E. L. Brown, who was
employed in the Engineering Division, Balboa Heights, until his disa-
bility retirement around 1960. Miss Shannon Brown resides at 1999
Commonwealth Ave., Apt. 28, Brighton, MA 02135.
Mrs. Allene Cassell passed away on December 19, 1976, at Coco
Solo Hospital. She was retired from the Panama Canal but had a Beau-
ty Shop at Coco Solo up to the time of her death. Surviving are her
son, Laurel Highley of Margarita; four grandchildren, Leslie of
Gamboa, Fred and David of Margarita and Sharon Baugh of Houston,
Texas; 1 great-granddaughter and one sister, Mrs. Ina Neal of Delray
Mrs. Ethel S. Clarke, 89, passed away January 8, 1977, in
Sarasota at a nursing home. In 1908 she was married to John H.
Clarke, who worked on the construction of the Panama Canal. She was
a member of the Eastern Star and Rebecca Lodge in the Canal Zone.
She leaves a son, Jack W. Clarke of Sarasota, three grandchildren and
Word was received that Mr. James Coman, 80, died November
25, 1976. He worked for the Panama Railroad Company on the Docks
at Cristobal. He is survived by his son, Col. James Coman and two
Mr. Joseph M. Cooke, designing Engineer of the Panama Canal
Company from 1955 to 1962, passed away June 20, 1976. He is
survived by his wife of Lavalette, West Virginia.
Mrs. Daisy D. Cronk, 81, died on January 2, 1977, in Galesville,
Wisconsin after a long illness. She was a retired elementary school
teacher in the Canal Zone. She is survived by her sons, Gayle G.
Fortner of Gamboa, Canal Zone, Laurence T. Fortner of Pembroke
Pines, Florida, and one grandson, Ens. Kenneth Gayle Fortner, USN,
of Newport News, Virginia.
Philip L. Dade, 68, authority on Panamanian archaeology and re-
tired Chief of the Panama Canal Civil Defense Branch, died at Gorgas
Hospital December 8, 1976. He spent most of his life in Panama and
was employed for a number of years by the Star & Herald, The Asso-
ciated Press and the Panama American before joining the Canal or-
ganization in 1937. For more than 30 years Dade did extensive archae-
ological exploration in various parts of the Republic, especially in
Code, Herrera and Veraguas provinces. In 1972, he published a book
of 12 essays on the Pre-Columbian art and archaeology of Panama. A
number of his articles on this subject have been published by scientific
societies. A few years ago he classified the Yale University collection
of Panama ceramics. He was one of the founders of the Society of
Friends of the Panama National Museum, the founder of the Panama
Archaeology Society and was editor for five years of the Panama
Archaeologist. Dade co-authored a 550-page book on the History of
the Canal Zone Postage Stamps. His wife predeceased him several
years. Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Eric Schwartz of New York and
Mrs. Fran Darden, 54, of LaBoca, Canal Zone, died November 1,
1976. Mrs. Darden was a Canal Zone school teacher for 17 years, her
last assignment was Diablo Elementary. She was a member of the
Canal Zone College Club for 20 years. She is survived by her husband,
Curt Darden; two sons, Don of Alexandria, Va., and Mark of Raleigh,
N.C.; two daughters, Twila, of the Zone and Beth, a senior at Appala-
cian State University at Boone, N.C.; a brother Ed Knott, of Roanoke
Mrs. Estelle C. Decora, 88, passed away January 8, 1977 in West
Memphis, Tennessee. Estelle lived in the Canal Zone during the con-
struction days where her late husband worked for the Superintendent
of Schools and later in the Governors' Office. She is survived by one
son, L.G. Decora of Little Rock and one daughter, Mrs. H.G. Lanford
of West Memphis; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Mr. John I. Frank, Sr., 79, retired employee of the Panama Canal
died December 3, 1976, at the Gorgas Hospital. Mr. Frank was em-
ployed in the old Mechanical Division in 1939. He later transferred to
the Dredging Division and retired in 1963 as a toolmaker in the Indus-
trial Division at Cristobal. He was a veteran of World War I. In
addition to a son, John I. Frank of France Field, Mr. Frank is survived
by a daughter, Maryanne of Wickenburg, Arizona and three sisters
and one brother.
Mr. Archie W. French, 68, of Escondido, California, died January
25, 1977. Both he and Alice, his wife, were playing golf when Archie
became stricken on the golf course and he expired in the emergency
room of the Palomar hospital. Archie was born in Colon, R. de P. on
April 19, 1908. He retired in 1963 as a Welder/Lock Operator after 37
years service with the Panama Canal. He was a member of Darien
Lodge, AF & AM, Panama Canal Scottish Rite Bodies. His ashes will
repose in the Columbarium of the Scottish Rite Temple, Balboa, C.Z.
Surviving are his wife, Alice, his mother, Cecelia W. of Santa Ana;
brothers, William R., Robert V. and his sister, Zona F. Lang.
Mrs. Helen M. Fogle died June 23, 1976, in Whittier, California.
She is survived by three sons, Robert L. Johnson, Margarita, John C.
Johnson, Fountain Valley, California, and Donald W. Johnson, Pine-
brook, New Jersey and one daughter, Mrs. Helen M. Shafer of Whit-
Mr. William H. Gibson, Physical Education instructor and coach
at Balboa High School for the past 8 years, died December 16, 1976 at
his home in Balboa. He was 36. A member of a well-known family,
Gibson was born on the Isthmus, graduated from Cristobal High
School. Both parents had been teachers on the Atlantic side. He
attended Canal Zone College and graduated from Murphysboro State
Teachers College in Tennessee. He taught school several years in
Memphis and Franklin, Tennessee, and Curundu Junior High School
before being assigned to Balboa High. Surviving are his widow,
Camille; two sons, Hugh, 6 and Brett, 3; two brothers, Noel and
Charles R. of Gamboa; and his mother, Mrs. Mary E. Gibson of Flora,
Mr. Charles R. Gibson, 45, brother to William H. Gibson (see
above) died suddenly while at work on January 28, 1977 in Gamboa.
Charles was born in Galesburg, Illinois and went to the Isthmus as a
boy with his family. He attended the Canal Zone schools and served in
the U.S. Air Force before starting his apprenticeship at the U.S. Na-
val Station, Rodman. He had been with the Dredging Division for 18
years. Charles is survived by his wife, Marie, his son Charles R., Jr.,
daughters Hollie and Arden Joy of Gamboa, and Melody Ann Forrest,
of St. James City, Fla.; his mother and brother.
Mr. Charles P. Harrison, 87, died December 15, 1976, at Manatee
Memorial Hospital, Bradenton. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he went to
the Canal Zone in 1908. He retired as Scale Inspector in 1951. He was a
Roosevelt Medal Holder; 50 Year Life Member of Sojourners Lodge
Masonic Shrine, Cristobal, C.Z., Knight Templar, Life Member of
Medinah Temple. He leaves his wife, Florence Randall Harrison;
daughter Dorothy Knox of Sarasota, Florida; two sons, Thomas R. of
Wrentham, Mass., Charles P. Harrison, Jr. of Maitland, Florida; a
brother, T. W. Harrison, San Diego, California; a sister, Mrs. Evelyn
Schulz of River Forest, Illinois; 9 grandchildren and 7 great-grand-
children. Florence and Charlie Harrison were married 59 years ago,
November 28, 1926, at the Union Church, Cristobal, Canal Zone. Rev.
Abels performed the ceremony.
Mrs. Ulla K. Hart, member, of Thousand Oaks, California passed
away on April 27, 1976, according to word received from her sister,
Mrs. Brita Staaf.
Mr. Otto G. Hausemann, prominent business man of Panama died
recently in San Fernando Clinic. A native of Giliad, Texas, Mr.
Hausemann came to the Isthmus in 1928 from Mexico with Armour
and Company. He was manager of the Panama Armour organization
and held that position until his retirement 13 years ago. He is survived
by his wife, Winifred Ewing.
Mr. William T. Henry, Jr., 48, passed away December 20, 1976 in
Zephyrhills, Florida. He is survived by his wife Peggy and his mother,
Mrs. Belle Henry.
Mr. James D. Herblin of Gardenvale, Alabama, passed away
quietly Sunday morning, January 30, 1977. Graveside services were
held at Forest Hill Cemetery, Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Herblin
retired from the Comptroller's Office of the Panama Canal. He is
survived by his wife, Mrs. Marie M. Herblin; one niece and one
Mrs. Helen Van Guilder Howell, wife of Charles R. Howell who
presides over Panama Dispatch, died recently in Panama City. She
came to the Isthmus in 1948 and was a founding member of the Inter-
American Women's Club. Besides her husband, she is survived by two
sons, Charles Harding Howells and Matthew Van Guilder Howell and
a granddaughter Aura in Los Angeles.
Mr. Donald E. Judson, 63, of Nogales, Arizona, died after a mas-
sive heart attack, Sunday, December 12, 1976 in the University Hos-
pital, Tucson, Arizona. He retired from Panama Canal in 1969 with
over 30 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, his
mother, Edna Judson, of Orlando, Florida, and brother, Dr. Walter E.
Judson, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Major Tommy E. King, U.S. Army (Ret.) died December 9, 1976
in Panama. He was 85 years old. Mr. King was a veteran of World War
I and World War II. He is survived by his widow, Rosario Lince de
King, a daughter, Janet J. King of Panama; and a sister, Mrs. Edna
Samuels of Dallas, Texas.
Mr. William Cecil Merchant, 77, died on Saturday morning, Feb-
ruary 12, 1977 in Alexandria, Louisiana. He was a retired employee of
the Municipal Engineering Division having gone to the Canal Zone in
1933. Services were held on Sunday in Mount Moriah Baptist Church
in Hineston, Louisiana, with burial following in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Stanford Merchant of Hineston,
two brothers, J.Z. Merchant of Simpson, and Chester A. of Hineston
and a sister, Mrs. Carrie M. Nichols of Hineston.
Mr. Julius Miller, an executive of Tagaropulos, S.A. passed away
on his 67th birthday, December 28th, in the Gorgas Hospital. Mr.
Miller served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and went to
the Isthmus 20 years ago where he was active in the Panama Rotary
Club, Abou Saad Temple; Salvation Army and the Bella Vista
Children's Home. He is survived by a brother, David of Philadelphia,
Pa. and Bernard of Orlando, Florida.
Mrs. Lucile A. Pabon, 62, died Wednesday, January 19, 1977 at
the Fawcett Memorial Hospital. Born in Panama, she moved to Port
Charlotte in 1959 from there. She belonged to the Civic Association
and served formerly as a gray lady at the St. Charles School. She
leaves three sons, Johnny R. Pabon of Oklahoma City, OK, Eddie E.
Pabon of Louisville, KY, and Jerry W. Pabon of Port Charlotte; two
daughters, Mrs. Ruby L. Robinson of Franklin, IN, and Mrs. Doris J.
Perkins of Oxon Hill, MD; a brother in Panama; and 18 grandchildren.
Mrs. Angelina Boyd de Garcia de Paredes, 92, a distinguished
Panamanian matron, died recently at her residence in Panama City.
Funeral services were held at Cristo Rey Church. Surviving Mrs.
Garcia de Paredes are her children; Roberto, Juan and Roberto, Juan
Carlos, and Rogelio Garcia de Paredes, Mrs. Felipe Mota, Mrs. Gabriel
Sosa, Mrs. Alberto Arias and Mrs. Frank A. Baldwin.
Mr. Ernie Leslie Payne, 78, passed away in Vallejo, California,
December 6, 1976. Mr. Payne worked for the government service in
Washington, D.C. prior to working for the Panama Canal Company for
30 years. His wife, Evelyn, preceded him in death in 1975. Survivors
include three brothers, Emmett R. and Scoville, both of Aurora, Mo.
and Noel of Chokia, Ill. His sister, Ennice Huffman also survives.
Miss Judy Anne Pennington of San Jose, California passed away
January 7, 1977; cause unknown. She is survived by her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. James H. Pennington, Guthrie, Oklahoma, and her sister,
Mrs. John (Penny) Wells, Lakewood, Colorado.
Mrs. James Lawrence Perkins (Alice Smith), 92, of Pasadena,
California, died on November 23, 1976. Alice went to the CZ as a nurse
in 1908. Later, as yellow fever was being conquered, some of the
trained nurses were no longer needed, so Alice returned to the U.S.
for a short time. She returned and married "Jimmy" in 1910, making
their home in Cristobal. They returned to the U.S. in 1914. Mr.
Perkins died in 1959. Mrs. Perkins is survived by her son, James E.
Perkins, Mission Hills, CA; two grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs.
Marjorie Marr of Pasadena, CA.
Mr. Joseph A. Plaisance of Fairhope, Alabama died on December
16, 1976, after a lengthy illness. Mr. Plaisance lived in Cristobal
during early employment and then resided in Gatun where he was
Control House Operator, Atlantic Locks. He retired in June, 1972 with
over 28 years service. Surviving is his widow, Mrs. Lydia Plaisance of
Fairhope, and a son, Bryan, employed as a plumber, Cristobal, CZ.
Mrs. Grace T. Rowley, 101, mother of Captain Samuel H. Rowley,
died January 3, 1977, at West Hampton Nursing Home. Grace was
born in New York City and resided there all her life. Survivors other
than Samuel are one daughter, another son; 4 grandchildren; 7 great-
grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Mrs. Mildred J. Sauter, 66, of Holiday, Florida, passed away Jan-
uary 13, 1977. Mrs. Sauter spent 33 years of her life in the Canal Zone,
mostly on the Atlantic side, moving from the Canal Zone to Florida in
1973. She is survived by her husband, Harvey W. Sauter and a sister,
Margie Browne, Parker Dam, California. Her ashes will be scattered
over the Chagres River.
The postal authorities informed us that the December Record
could not be delivered to Mr. Louis T. Schuberg of Port Charlotte,
Florida for reason deceased.
Antonio Tagropulos, 85, philanthropist, died recently at his resi-
dence in Colon, the city where he made his fortune. A native of
Chalkis, Greece, Mr. Tagropulos went to Panama during the Canal
construction days and his first job was a water boy on the Atlantic
side. He took pride in his humble beginnings and offered himself as an
example of what hard work can accomplish. In a few years he was in
business for himself. He prospered rapidly and soon became a
prominent business figure on the Atlantic side. He was among the
major ship chandlers, but as his business expanded, became connected
with other business activities on both sides of the Isthmus. Tagaropu-
los, S.A., is now one of the largest food importing firms in the Repub-
lic and operates a fast growing chain of supermarkets on both sides of
the Isthmus. He received national recognition for his contribution to
the country's economic development. He held the Order of Vasco
Nunez de Balboa in the rank of Grand Officer and was declared a Me-
ritorious Citizen of Colon. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Stamatula
Kiapecos Tagaropulos; three daughters, Mrs. May Pschoyos, Mrs.
Elena Kitras and Mrs. Maria Kanelopulos; two brothers, Pablo Taga-
ropulos and Atalasio Tagaropulos, and a sister, Mrs. Athina Vrajopu-
Miss Ellen Mary Tiernan, of St. Petersburg died suddenly
Wednesday, February 16, 1977, after a short illness. Ellen was a regis-
tered nurse having retired from the Panama Canal 13 years ago. She
is survived by a brother, Charles Millan Tiernan of Lansing, Michigan.
Funeral Mass was 10 a.m. February 19, at Blessed Trinity Catholic
Church and interment in Memorial Park.
Mr. Frank J. Violette, 82, died December 8, 1976, in St. Peters-
burg, Florida. Mr. Violette was born in Old Town, Maine and went to
Panama in the early Construction Days. He was a contractor and a
holder of the Roosevelt Medal. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs.
Frances A. Sharp; a son, William A., of Balboa, Canal Zone; a sister,
Mrs. Vernice Moody, of Tampa, Florida; seven grandchildren; and
Mrs. Dakota Wunsch, widow of E. Henry Wunsch, died in Santa
Monica in November, 1976. Mr. Wunsch was President of the Panama
Canal Society of Southern California in 1950 and from 1957-58.
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them. **
Miss Ann Marie Leach and Mr. Juan Romera Santamaria were
married on January 3, 1977, in Reno, Nevada. The bride is the daugh-
ter of Mrs. Nancy K. Leach of San Mateo, CA, and Leroy L. Leach of
San Jose, CA. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. N.
Leach, Sr., formerly of the Canal Zone, and also of Norine H. Kaufer of
San Jose, CA, and the late Louis A. Kaufer, both formerly of the Canal
Zone. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Romera of
Madrid, Spain, and is employed at Control Data Corporation of Camp-
bell, CA. The young couple will reside in Los Gatos, CA.
Miss Anne Wheeler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond C.
Wheeler of New Canaan, Connecticut, and Charles H. Leffingwell, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Leffingwell, also of New Canaan, were mar-
ried on November 27, 1976 in a ceremony performed at St. Mark's
Episcopal Church. The bride's two sisters were among her attendants
and Craig Leffingwell of Avon, Connecticut was his brother's best
Charles was graduated from the University of Connecticut at
Storrs in 1975 and is employed by Banker's Trust in New York City.
Anne also attended the university and recently graduated from the
Katherine Gibbs School in NYC. After a trip to the Virgin Islands they
settled in Stamford, Connecticut.
left to right
Janie Hamlin Leffingwell, Charles, Anne and Hal Leffingwell
Mr. George Herbert Cassell of Redondo Beach, California and the
former Mrs. Lawrence Tounsend were married on Friday, January
21, 1977, by Reverend Mr. Robert Allen Tourigney in the chapel of
Saint Francis Episcopal Church of Palos Verdes Estates, California.
Mrs. Bremer L. Jorstad is now Mrs. Nancy L. Eide and living at
7726 Clover Blossom Lane N.E., Bremerton, Washington 98310.
Mrs. Becky Vanneman of St. Petersburg, Florida and Mr. Victor
C. Melant of Balboa, Canal Zone were married January 8, 1977 in St.
Petersburg. The newlyweds enjoyed the Cocktail-Reception dance
with Lucho and friends at the Princess Martha Hotel. After Vic's re-
tirement from the Panama Canal, the Melant's will make their home
at 2578 Pinellas Point Dr. South, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. A. Arlen Ahlstrom [Diane Ramsey] of Excelsior,
Minnesota announce the birth of their second son, Alan Anthony, on
October 15, 1976. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Erwin F.
Ramsey, Hugo Minnesota, formerly of Margarita, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Arthur Barkeim [Barbara Betcher], Winona,
Minnesota announce the birth of their first child, a son, Jason Brian,
born on October 18, 1976. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Orlan Betcher of Red Wing, Minnesota. Paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Barkeim of Winona, Minnesota.
John and Valerie Cronan [nee Spencer] of 302 Marlyn Lane, Wal-
lingford, Pennsylvania, 19086 announce the birth of a daughter,
Ashlee Marie born in December, 1976.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Boehmer of Lincoln, Nebraska announce the
birth of their first child, a son, born December 5, 1976. Grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Boehmer, DuBois, Nebraska and maternal
grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hewitt, Pawnee City, Nebraska.
Dr. and Mrs. Steven Dokken of Pawnee City, Nebraska announce
the birth of Lacey Lee on April 11, 1976. Grandparents are Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Dokken of Larkspur, Colorado and maternal grandpar-
ents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hewitt.
Major and Mrs. C. B. English [Andra Lee Nash] announce the
birth of their third son, Matthew Cory, on November 4, 1976, in the
Magee Women's Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. The grandparents are
Mrs. Milton Lee Nash of Norfolk, Va. and Mr. and Mrs. Edward
English of Ridgewood, N.J.
Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Nungester of Cardenas announce the
birth of their first child, a son, Jeb D., on January 3, 1977. The mater-
nal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James R. Shirley of Los Rios,
Canal Zone and the paternal grandmother is Mrs. William Nungester
of Findley, Ohio.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Zornes of Cardenas, Canal Zone, an-
nounce the birth of a son, Joseph Randal Zornes, 30 September 1976.
Maternal Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Wertz of Lees-
burg, Florida. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. Zornes
of FarFan, Canal Zone.
Charles Russel Slover arrived November 27, 1976, weighing in at
9 pounds 3 ounces. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. James L. Slover of Diab-
lo, Canal Zone and grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Russel Hellmund of
Monte Vista, Colorado and Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Slover of La Boca,
Louise and George Dimitriaelis announce the birth of their
daughter Elsa Despina born January 16, 1977 weight 6 pounds 61/2
ounces. Proud grandmother is Mrs. Elsa Reiman Bailey of Silver
Compliments of A Friend
NEWS FROM CANADA
Cecil and Verona Vockrodt, Victoria, British Columbia Our
summer has been a busy one even though our weather was not up to
par. Twenty guests stopped by.
The first to arrive was Dwight and Pat Van Evera, along with
Pat's brother Curtis Farley and wife Louise of Dillon, Colorado. The
Van Everas are living in Dillon temporarily until they move to their
home in Sedona, Arizona early next year. The four were on their way
to Alaska in a camper they were returning for a friend. From Dillon
they crossed Wyoming, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to Seattle
where they stayed with Harriet and Bud Journey, now living on the
Hood Canal. From Seattle they drove to Port Angeles where they
boarded a ferry for Victoria on Vancouver Island to visit us. Several
days were spent sight seeing the garden city of Canada, which includ-
ed the renowned Butcharts Gardens, the Provincial Museum, the Par-
liament Buildings, Craigdarroch Castle and the Empress Hotel. A
shopping spree was had, ending with tea and crumpets high on the
Malahat overlooking Saanich Inlet. They enjoyed the evenings on our
patio under the tall fir and cedar trees looking out across the water of
Haro Strait at the Gulf Island, watching the ships and log booms going
to and coming from Vancouver on the mainland, seeing the seals and
water fowl within a stones throw, breathing the cool crisp sea air and
reminiscing over a nice hot cup of coffee. When they left they took the
Alaskan ferry from Seattle through the scenic "Inside Passage" to
Haines, Alaska. Drove to Anchorage where they visited Mt. McKinley
National Park, then down the Kenai Peninsula to Valdez, the south
end of the pipeline. They flew to the Arctic Circle to Katzehue and
Nome, then home to Colorado after having traveled over 10,500 miles.
...Friends and relatives from Kansas and Washington spent several
days with us ....
Then Estrella and Sara de la Pena of Los Angeles, California with
their sister from Mexico and their lifetime friend, Mrs. Frances Seitz
from Oregon, called us. As they were finishing their dinner we put on
one of Lucho's records. Soon the furniture was moved, the rugs rolled
back and we had a real old time "Panama Fiesta." Lucho would have
been proud of us that night. The only things missing were Lucho y su
conjunto and more of our Canal Zone and Panama friends.... We had
a call from LeRoy and Sybile Koontz. They were in Victoria but
thought we lived on the mainland. We had a nice visit by telephone...
We have had several calls and a visit from Minnie [Rudge] Barnhart
who lives in Sequim, Washington.... In October Joe and Rose Casey
of Harlingen, Texas with their son, Richard and wife, Linda of
Tacoma, Washington visited us ....
In between guests we managed to complete the end wall of the
living room with its new fireplace in cameo marble from the Kootneys
in Canada and the new large fireplace chimney outside done in royal
courts stone from California. We look forward to having friends visit
us in 1977.
John and Margaret Morales, Nelson Margaret reports enjoy-
ing the beautiful view, variable climate, friendly people and relatively
leisurely life here. John was fortunate to have his turn to visit the
U.S. and C.Z. toward the end of 1976, Margaret having made it at
start of the year. Among many people regrettably by-passed by John
because of limited time was Phebe Neville in El Dorado, Arkansas.
REPUBLIC OF PANAMA
Herman N. Henriquez, Panama Mr. Claude Vas, Mr. Ferdinald
Griebien, Mr. Otto Hausman, and Mr. Antonio Tagaropolous are some
people who resided in Panama City and Colon who passed away
during the year who were friends of the Society members.
THE CANAL ZONE
Dorothy J. McCauley, Balboa I am writing from Pensacola,
Florida where I have spent Christmas with my son, Michael and his
wife, the former Vicki Sizemore. They are happy in the home they
bought on Data St. My youngest daughter, Marjorie, who is majoring
in Business at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, also spent
the holiday here. I leave December 29 to visit my daughter Sheila,
who is studying nursing at the Indiana University-Purdue University
Extension and working part time in a nursing home in Indianapolis...
I will also visit my mother, Mrs. Dorothy Bonham who is in a nursing
home in Terre Haute, Indiana.... When June rolls around, I plan my
first trip to California to visit my son, Dennis and his wife.... Several
retired Zonians are here in Pensacola which made the holiday season
very special the Lamar Sizemores, the Earl Sears, Webb Hearnes,
Mrs. Mary Grimes and others.
Marina Brustmeyer Nolan, Albrook Spent Christmas Holidays
with her son Francis Nolan and family in Lafayette, Indiana, where
Francis is attending Purdue University. The Nolan family also visited
Pete and Ruth Palanica, Plainfield, formerly of Curundu Heights. I
will be attending the Reunion.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF DOTHAN, ALABAMA
Greetings from not-so sunny Dothan. The Dothan Chapter held
their elections in June and Mrs. Muriel McGriff is our new president,
John F. Burke is vice-president and Catherine File is the Secretary-
October was a very busy month for Jean and Bud Harris as their
son, Marshall (CZ Police) married a lovely Alabama girl, Sandra
Cobia. Their other two sons Johnny from Tampa and Mickey from
Michigan came for the wedding and it was the first time all of the
Harris family had been together in a long while.
The City National Bank of Dothan held an outing for all of the
Canal Zone residents of Dothan. It was held at lovely Lake Eufaula. I
never thought I would see the day when a Zonian would refuse
shrimps but they were so full they could not take another one. They
knew that mouth-watering steaks were next on the menu. We were
greeted by beautiful hostesses from the bank and by the President
Bill Walker and his charming wife, Joanne. We all had a wonderful
Helen and Rex Beck visited Maggie and Johnny Janssen for a
week. We all enjoyed getting together again.
Our Christmas party was held at the Sheraton Inn. About 53
were present. We had a lot of fun singing "Twelve Days of Christmas
on the Isthmus".
The holidays came and went too quickly. Many of us had families
and guests for the holidays ... Cecil and Louella High had their son,
Cecil and family from Costa Rica; John and Jane Burke had Jane's
father, Bob Lombroia, from Ft. Lauderdale and their daughter Joan
from Charlotte, N.C.; Stella and Tony Nita had their daughter Mary
Ann from the Canal Zone and their daughters from the States; Elmer
and Marie Bierbaum had their daughter Theresa and family from Ft.
Benning, Ga. Elmer and Marie were very proud to show off their new
granddaughter; Bud and Jean Harris had their son Johnny from
Tampa and Jean's sister and step-mother from upstate New York;
Johnny and Terry Willis had their daughter Mary Mendez and child-
ren from Panama and their daughter Terry and husband Bud
Slaughter from Texas; Sully and Frances O'Sullivan had Margaret
Graham from the Canal Zone; Rosemary and Frank Anderson had
their son Frank from Tallahassee; Catherine and Eddie Filo had their
daughter Katie, grandson Chris and son-in-law Bob from Houma,
Louisiana. Maggie and Johnny Janssen went to Edwards AFB, Cali-
fornia to spend the holidays with daughter Pat Beck and family and
New Year's Eve with Maggie's brother Bud and family in Las Vegas.
Lucky Janssens. Margaret and Jack Hern spent Christmas on the
Isthmus with their son Jack and family and their son Dick and his wife
Ruth. Muriel and MacGriff with Muriel's father Sidney Moore trav-
eled to Columbus, Georgia to be with their daughter Geri and family;
Judge and Berniece Deming went to Ft. Benning, Ga. to visit with
their son Dennis and family. Dot and Bud Yost went to Jacksonvile,
Florida to spend the holidays with Betty and Sam Roe.
Olga Gettle arrived on the 13th of December to reside in Dothan.
Jessie arrived on the 31st. Their son Mike visited for a month. He is a
student in Pennsylvania. Kelly Wainio and daughters arrived on the
17th of January from Margarita, Canal Zone ready to settle in their
beautiful home in Dothan. We welcome them to our lovely city.
Eleven from Dothan attended the wonderful and gay reunion in
St. Petersburg. We all had a good time visiting with old friends and
dancing to the incomparable and fun-loving Lucho. It brought back
such wonderful memories. It was well worth the trip. Catherine and
Eddie Filo wish to extend a special thanks to their gracious host Bev
and Jim Brigman from Tampa. "It was great being with you again."
Ellen and Dan Rambo, Kingman We have both enjoyed the
Canal Record so very much this past year that it makes us both wish
we had joined a long time ago. We see so many people mentioned that
we know and it brings back many beautiful memories to us of the time
we spent in the Canal Zone and of the many good friends we enjoyed
there. Keep up the good work.
George and Eva May Russon, Yuma When the Record reaches
me I keep track of the few of us who are left who were my companions
during the time right after the construction of the Canal. I met and
worked with those men and women who were a real salty bunch but
they were the kind of people needed to build and operate the Canal.
The pattern they set was carried on by those who followed and I am
proud that I was one of the gang during my fifty years in the Canal
Zone. In March we went to Inglewood, California to help Eva's sister
who had a heart attack. Six months later we returned home and then
went to Auburn, Washington to visit our son George and family. Then
to Portland, Oregon where we visited with Eva's brother and other
relatives. Back to Portland, Oregon where we visited with Eva's
sister and then home. We are both in good health. Send best wishes to
all who remember us and maybe we shall see some of you this coming
Edith and George Engelke, Bentonville We wish to thank you
all for a job very well done on the Record. While we are of the (much)
older generation, and know only a few of the folks mentioned in the
news, we still enjoy the many articles in the Record. Best wishes for
your continued success and may 1977 be a good year.
Dr. and Mrs. B. N. Saltzman, Mountain Home Have been
turning a lot of heads with the Panama Canal Society license plate but
have not seen any others. Many think it's to champion the cause for
the U.S. to keep the Canal.
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
A hard winter was predicted for the whole country, and so far,
Northwest Arkansas has had its share of biting cold below zero
temperatures and seen the beauty of new-fallen snow. The weather
thusly promoted the mood for toasting one's toes by the fire than ven-
turing far afield. However, a few took advantage of the mildness of
early December and left for various points of the compass.
The Luke Palumbos flew to Tacoma, Washington to spend the
Christmas holidays with their daughter, Sara and husband, Bill Reed
and two grandsons, Steve and Spencer. They said that they had a ball
and their visit of 19 days was all too short.
Lee and Harry Butz left on December 15th to drive to Reno, Ne-
vada to spend the holidays with the son, Harry, Jr. [Ricky] and wife,
Judy. After Christmas, they drove down to Palos Verdes Peninsula to
visit Judy's parents. The young and old Butzs took a tour through the
Universal Studio on the day that they had a record attendance of
20,000!! In one of the scenes, Harry, Jr. was picked to portray the $6
(!!!) man. What a price drop! They toured the Farmer's Market in Los
Angeles and returned to Reno in a heavy snowstorm! A few days
later, Harry and Lee drove over to visit Mary Hare at Rossmoor,
Walnut Creek. Mary is fine and busy as a bee with two creative
writing courses and singing in a choral group. Princess, her boxer, is
as perky as ever. With news of Peter and his family in Catoosa, Okla-
homa and Esther in Springdale having succumbed to the chicken pox,
even to 3 month-old baby Jason, the Sr. Butzs returned to Springdale.
At the Sip and Sew Club meeting, Lee learned that Glen Terrell
was doing extremely well but that Cap't. Mac was in the hospital, un-
dergoing tests and treatment.
The Charlie Malsburys adventured out on January 8th by bus to
Little Rock where they hoped to catch a plane for Tampa, Florida.
They were looking forward to visiting the Busch Gardens as well as
attending the Canal Zone Reunion in St. Petersburg and meeting
Charlie's two uncles, Jimmy and Henry Shuber. When they reached
Little Rock, they learned that, due to bad weather, planes were
grounded on Sunday. A most miserable day was spent in their motel
as the gas for the entire city was turned off, due to a fuel shortage. In
the teens outside, it was not much warmer inside, where they huddled
under blankets to keep warm, even sleeping with their hats on at
night. To top it off, the restaurant, too, was closed, but the Malsburys
are always prepared. They dined on Figurines for breakfast, Lipton's
Cup O' Soup and crackers for dinner, and Figurines and hot tea for
supper. Monday morning, they learned that the planes were going
out, so they called a taxi. They waited and waited and waited -
no cab. After two hours, they decided to give up and return home.
Then, they caught a cab for the bus station, where they sat until 7
P.M., in an equally cold station, having to walk four blocks to a res-
taurant as the ones in the station were closed! They finally boarded
the bus which reached Fort Smith without incident, only to discover
that the road to Springdale was closed. After a final overnight in a
warm motel the Malsburys thankfully reached home safely.
Our next meeting will be held in June, on Father's Day when we
have the picnic at Agri Park, as usual, in Fayetteville. Don't forget
the date and everyone is welcome.
Lenor Butz, Reporter
Yvonne H. Baker, La Mirada Mom [Nettie Bertrand] was laid
up with the gout and with cataract problems. I am her chauffeur,
which I love, as I'm happy driving. Early in August I was able to make
a lovely "Sentimental Journey". Three days in Denver; St. Clair
Shores, Michigan to visit old friends. Then to my sister Lynn's in Long
Island. Next to Betty Roessing (who left the Zone in 1954) in Ashboro,
North Carolina. On to Mobile, Alabama to visit my daughter, LaRee.
In September Mom and I drove up to visit Rene in Northern Califor-
nia. My trip proved that one may take on a challenge and overcome
fear even though his health is failing.
At Reunion of BHS-CHS-CZJC Students, September 1976, in
Southern California L-R: Lee W. Kelso, Bob Bryan, Jack
Carey, Virginia Ridge Dolim, Tom Sullivan, Wyllis Rocker
Leonhard, Bill French [rear], and Ed Sullivan of the Class of
'38, BHS. Photo by George Metivier, BHS '51.
Belmina Lee [Mrs. Charles Wm.], Yucaipa Louise Tuttle, wife
of Dr. Howard K. Tuttle died recently in Fullerton. I have a "Believe
It or Not" story the good medico told me some years ago. Since many
of our readers no doubt saw the light of day with the aid of Dr.
Tuttle's surgical skill, there may be an interest. Shortly after the
Tuttles' retirement from Gorgas they established their home in Holly-
wood. In due time he received a summons to serve as a juror in the
Los Angeles Municipal Courts. Happy over the prospect that he was
at long last at liberty to contribute to civic affairs, he poshed all up and
departed for the Inner City. In a matter of a few hours he returned
crest-fallen. His story: "My first case in court and the first case on the
calendar. Plaintiff an apartment owner vs. tenant. When I was
questioned as to any knowledge I had of the plaintiff, I had to reply
that I suspect I did, since I was the first person to have laid eyes on
him... Billy Brathwaite, son of my Gorgas colleague, Dr. Brathwaite
. and hundreds of cases each month on the calendar!"
I have before me an interesting sketch of the Tivoli Hotel done by
Al Sprague which leads me to an inquiry regarding its history who
named it without giving it the benefit of a single FOUNTAIN. My
mind goes back to the many important people we met on the veran-
dah, then taking them sight-seeing, shopping or to our home. Two
particularly, since they are a bit historically apropo to the times of
today. Had a delightful hour with John F. Stevens on his first visit
since his engineering days as the Big Chief, 1905-1907. He had just re-
turned from rebuilding the Russian-Siberian Railroad. He related to
me that the Russian government had placed millions of dollars at his
disposal without the benefit of his signature or any formal contract...
The other Mrs. Grover Cleveland, then the wife of Dr. Thomas
Preston of Princeton .... Over after-dinner coffee and liqueurs one
evening told my husband Charles that as a young bride they were
married in the White House, she received iron-clad orders from
President Cleveland that never must she answer any questions
pertaining to affairs or to their personal life in the White House. The
following day at a small luncheon she hosted at the Tivoli, she told me,
amused at herself, that the previous evening she had told my husband
of her experiences that she had never told to anyone and more, it had
reminded her of things she had forgotten. She was a great First Lady.
As a recent biographer of Past Presidents Wives commented on her:
"By her fine tact and fault-less taste, she has won the title of being the
most popular of all the First Ladies". .
Gordon V. Balbirnie, Belmont We have enjoyed the Canal
Record very much. Hoped to attend the wing ding in Florida in Janu-
ary but our health is not up to it at this time. Kindest regards to all.
Nan and Ed Pihlgren, Sacramento We sold the motel at last,
and we are now renting half a duplex with hardwood floors so we can
use our "Oriental Rugs" that have been rolled up for the last 14 years.
We are all right Ed takes his heart medicine four times a day and
that keeps him going. We now belong to a senior citizen club and go
there quite often for lunch.
Edith W. Kiefer, Torrance The Canal Record is sure a joy to
receive. It's just like a long chat with old and dear friends, and keeps
us in touch with a wonderful part of our lives.
Robert C. [Chick] Daniel (Railroad) and Murel Daniel (US Army
Caribbean, G4 Section) Spring Valley Our daughter Donna (BHS
1962) and her husband Aldon Pierce and their two children, Christina,
5, and Adam, 21/2, spent the Christmas holidays with us. We celebrat-
ed their Eleventh Wedding Anniversary while they were here. Our
son Bob (BHS 1965) was also with us. Bob finished his Air Force ser-
vice as a captain and has now just completed his education at Pepper-
dine University with a juris doctor degree. It was wonderful to have
all the family at home again for Christmas.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Joan R. deGrummond
Our holiday season luncheon was held December 5 at Ports
O'Call, San Diego with over 146 members and guests. We had a ca-
tered lunch aboard a double-deck, paddle wheel tour boat. We toured
down the ship channel & harbor in perfect weather. Circling the
harbor, which is protected by a breakwater, with ships anchored
within, we were reminded so much of Cristobal harbor. The invoca-
tion was given by Mr. Robert Leroy Dill, and the Pledge of Allegiance
was led by Mr. David Leroy Smith. Our door prize was won by
Thelma Reppe an attractive Cuna Mola donated by Francis and
Joan Fitzpatrick, and artfully framed by their brother-in-law, Mr.
Marion Taylor. Young Steve Bissell and his wife, Anna, displayed
some of his enlarged, framed photographs for sale aboard the boat,
several of which were sold.
A warm welcome was extended to all of our guests: Frances
Anderson Goodwin, guest of her sister, Mildred Anderson; Ellen
Greenleaf Johnson and her son, Bill Bailey, guest of Grace Brown; Mr.
C.A.M. Monsanto, guests of his niece, Adelaide Ellis; Bill and Mary
Cryan Lade and Frank Cryan, guests of Bill and Eileen Cryan Finken;
Marion and Mary Fitzpatrick Taylor, guests of Francis and Joan
Fitzpatrick; guests of Archie and Alyce French: Mrs. Cecelia French,
mother; Mrs. Margaret French, sister-in-law; Bill and Boz French,
brother and sister-in-law; and Joseph and Ruth Bourgeois. Also, Bob
Carroll, guest of Jack and Ethel Hearn; Don and Bobbie Neville Best
of Arizona, guests of Mrs. Clara Neville; and Steve and Claudia Wood
Raber, guests of Warren and Evelyn Wood. It was a treat to see Mr.
Tom McGinn, Sr., member, of Santa Barbara he was accompanied
by his lovely daughter-in-law, Mrs. Tom McGinn, Jr. [Shirley].
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Bourgeois [Ruth Huber]. They resided in
Balboa and Ancon 1949-1970; Mr. and Mrs. William E. Johnson [Ellen
Greenleaf]. Ellen lived in CA in 1916 and from 1924-1975; Bill from
1942-43; 1952-54; and 1960-70. Ellen's son Bill Bailey lives in Santee
and another son, Richard Bailey resides in the CZ.
Mrs. Louis A. Kaufer [Norine Hall] is a member of the PCS of FL
as are the Johnsons; Nancy K. Leach, (CHS 1951); Mr. and Mrs. A.
James Meigs [Lester C.] who lived in Pedro Miguel and also members
of Society; Mr. and Mrs. Ralph S. Pearson [Carmen Velez] resided in
Curundu from 1948-1955.; Major and Mrs. Reginald Shinn [Dorothy
Bone], also members of the Society of Florida and Mrs. Cynthia Totty
(nee Evarts), sister of Mrs. Stan Sowa [Louise] of Anaheim.
NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS AND THEIR FRIENDS
Kelly Bauman Adams received a letter from Francis B. Coyle,
BHS 1938 "He had heard of our high school-Junior College reunion
last September, and found my name and address in the "Roll Call", in
December 1976 issue of the CANAL RECORD. Francis is the father of
3, grandfather of 6, and lives in Minneapolis. He would like to spark an
interest in such a reunion of former Zonians now residing in his area.
Phone; area code 612/722-0216 .... Edward G. Coyle, with his wife,
Ellen and their lovely family, left the CZ and live in Texas.
Emmett and Adele Argo traveled to Death Valley for four days in
January with a group from Leisure World, Laguna Gills.
Catherine Bahn, Arlington, Va. "This has been quite a year -
went to Egypt in February; Denver and Seattle in June; retired Au-
gust 31st then to Europe for September : the Amazon Valley in Oc-
tober, and to California for the holidays to visit my sister and her new
Ed Barnes, Devereaux, Ga. "In October drove to Syracuse to
visit my sister for 2 weeks; then to Boston to see my daughter, Bammi
- first time in 6 years, and we had a good time! She is doing well with
American Can Co. and has bought a lovely home in Framingham. I'll
drive to Miami and go to the reunion with Prentice and Lucille
Abernathy as I did last year."
Florence Berude "Seems as if almost everyone must have gone
to Hawaii this past year. I also flew to Hawaii in June as the guest of
my son and daughter-in-law [RADM and Mrs. John Berude] at their
home in Pearl Harbor. We explored every bit of Oahu and then had a
wonderful week on Kauai. I am still working four days a week as file
clerk in Saddleback Hospital. I enjoy the work, but it leaves very little
time for golf and social activities."
Don and Gladys Brayton "Our son, Jack, and his family were
with us for Christmas, and have left for his new assignment in Berlin,
Asa and Elsie Bullock, Millbrae, CA "The notice of the CZ
school reunion last September came at a time when we were about to
set off on a trip to Oregon to see Cynthia and her husband, and some
cousins in Victoria, BC. My sister, Mary, was with us she was on a
3-week visit from London, so we were 3 ex-CZ scholars, and it was a
pity we couldn't have attended. I hope it was a success and that some-
day there will be a 'next time'."
Dick and Bertha Capps, Shawnee, OK "We've had a busy and
interesting 1976. Our family now numbers 21, and we get together for
holidays and birthdays sure is fun. We went to Iowa in October to
visit old friends and former co-workers. I (Bertha) had surgery in
January and August, but am super fine now. We enjoyed the CZ pic-
nic in Fayetteville, but missed the luncheon in Rogers, AR."
Ralph and Rosemarie [Nickisher] Carr, San Jose, CA "1976
was a good year good health prevailing over all! Susie is living in
Modesto, about 2 hours from us, and is Display Manager for a big
chain department store. Tammy, 13, is becoming a teenager in style.
Rod, 12, is very active in sports. Ralph took the freshman football
team this year and they went 5-3 best in awhile. Yours truly is still
a 'domestic engineer' bowling twice a week and carting kids to their
respective games, etc. We have the whole family on skis now and
hopefully the snows will come better this year than last. Ray and
Carol have a cabin up at Bear Valley, a beautiful ski resort, that we
visit and it's great! Mom and Dad are now in Panama with Sally and
Will. They are moving to Florida permanently and I sure miss them."
Lola Cheeseman was sorry to have missed our 12/5 luncheon.
"Have had eye surgery and it's going to be a few months before I can
drive. Go to L.A. 3 times a week with someone taking me."
Frank and Betty Costanzo, Balboa, CZ spent Christmas in
Alabama again this year and this time they've had some really cold
Art and Dot Cotton "We'll be visiting our family in the Canal
Zone, and hope to be back to make the society's luncheon in April."
Dick and Shirley Cox, Charlottesville, VA are longing for the
tropics, now that the weather is so cold. They had a nice visit with
their son, Larry, and his family in Sacramento in September. They see
Brian, Kathleen, Eileen and Kevin as they are all within driving dis-
tance from Dick and Shirley.
Moises and Jean de la Pena and all other members are happy that
Jean is coming along so well following major surgery last fall! "All our
children and grandchildren were here for Christmas, so we had a
lively day. We have a new granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn, born
December 10, the second daughter of our youngest son, Richard, and
his wife, Carmen."
Inez Evans "Erma Forbes and I hope to attend our Society's
Spring reunion. Canal Zone friends are special fun and happy visits
when we meet. I flew to Denver on December 17 for grandson, Jerry
Evans', graduation from Colorado School of Mines. Since Bill and rest
of the family were there, it was a mini holiday reunion. Jerry has been
accepted for Naval Air training and expects to leave for Pensacola,
Florida in January. Al Bissett of Sarasota, FL, is presently in Hemet,
because of his sister's illness. Mariam plans to fly out till after the hol-
idays then if Al's sister is able, all three will drive back to Sarasota
Ned and Mary Fleckner, San Jose, Costa Rica returned home
in December from a three months' vacation through Central America,
Mexico, Los Angeles, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Miami, and a cruise
to the Bahamas. They enjoyed it very much.
Ed and Stella Frampton of Panama send their good wishes to
everyone "up north".
Florita Frost will undergo cataract surgery in late January. Her
niece and husband Olga [White] and Kenneth Stone of Berkeley will
be with her at this time for a visit.
Catherine Garrett was visiting with her two daughters in the
L.A. area for the holidays. She attended our April luncheon. Later
that month she lost one sister and in July, her other sister passed
away. Catherine is now residing in their home in Kern City, near
Wally and Mary Hammond "Jack Hammond, son of Charles W.
Hammond, was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps
on August 1, 1976. He left that month for a 5-month tour at the NATO
Defense College in Rome, Italy. From there he will go to Naples, Italy,
for a 3-year tour on the Strike Forces South Staff. His wife, Dee, son,
Michael, and daughter Tracy, are with him in Italy."
Jim and Nell Hickman, Clearwater, FL "We'll be enjoying a
touch of Panama in January as Lucho Azcarraga will be at the PC
Reunion in St. Pete. Some of you may remember when Lucho, then
known as 'Luis', played the piano in the late '20's in the Teatro Cecilia
on Avenida Central, Panama City; and during that era the late Dr.
Max deGross played the piano at the Balboa Clubhouse movie hall -
along came talkies and both were out of a job. For you folks planning a
trip in 1977, Lucho plans to be aboard the SS SANTA MERCEDES of
Prudential Lines on the September 10-November 2 cruise around
Al and Ann Houston spent the holidays in New Orleans then to
Panama to visit for awhile during the dry season.
Aileene Smith Hoyle of Redwood Estates, CA, is visiting in L.A.
with her brother, David Smith, and Roy Ballard. "My son, Paul, and
his wife, Joyce, moved to Norco, near Riverside, CA, in June. I was so
happy to be with Paula to celebrate her 6th birthday in May shortly
before they moved. In November, I visited them in their new home
and helped all I could while they awaited the arrival of Dawn Ramona
on December 2nd. God has given me much to thank Him for all my
boys, David, Brian, Paul and Gary, have good jobs, and 3 of them
lovely families and homes. Gary and I keep the old home fire
Hilton and Margaret Hughes, Dunnellon, FL spent last summer
in Maine where it was cool and wet, but they had a delightful time.
Did a lot of work on the cottage and grounds, so next year there
should be more time to play. "We are thankful for our continued good
health and everyday happiness."
Joe and Louise [Rathgeber] Hunt, Balboa, CZ "Lou retired
December 31st we will leave in March for a visit to New Jersey, and
then back to Florida to see where we will hang our hats. We're sure
we'll be commuters to CZ with the kids here."
John and Margaret [Whelan] Janssen recently bought a home in
Dothan, AL, and enjoyed having several visitors already from the CZ.
They flew home in time to travel to St. Petersburg for the reunion.
Lee and Lilybel Kariger expected to have their daughter, Nancy,
and her new husband with them for the holidays. "It will be a very
joyous Christmas with all six grandchildren together."
Norine Hall Kaufer visited with relatives in San Diego in early
December then visited for a few days with Bess Kenealy in N.
Hollywood. While here, she attended our 12/5 luncheon. "I had my
Christmas party in San Jose for my 3 families before going to Seattle.
I have 13 grandkids around San Jose that includes my son Ted's
two stepdaughters up from CZ and living nearby, one at Fort Ord
near Monterey. My daughter, Jane [Cochran] has seven, from age 26
down to 11 years. So it was a goodly collection. Then to Seattle to visit
with my sister, Jane Journey, and her family, Bud and Harriet
Journey, for the holidays."
Bess Kenealy is recovering very nicely from eye surgery on Nov-
ember 23, 1976. Her sons, Jim and Barry, and families live close by
and are of great help to Bess.
Ed and Grace MacVittie, Sun City, AZ "Just returned from a
fast trip to Florida to see the Johnsons and other mutual friends. One
week wasn't enough for us to get up to St. Pete Ed had to be back
- he is always busy. This year he is the Commandant of the Military
Order of World Wars. At golf, he is shooting in the high 70's. One of
his brothers always stays with us for February and has a 5 handicap,
so Ed is sharpening up his game to give him a fight! It takes me at
least 2 to get to his drive, and the women have a big advantage with
tees up ahead! But it's fun."
Lewis and Evelyn Moore "We had an eventful year, as our
elder granddaughter, Elaine, graduated in Law at UNM last May
and was married in Albuquerque the following week to a law student,
Peter Hebard of Philadelphia. The families converged from both
coasts for the affair. Afterwards, Lewis and I took off for 6 weeks in
Europe enjoyed the glorious Scandinavian scenery. We spent 3
weeks there on a Four Winds tour then to London, and while Lewis
toured Wales, I rusticated in the Cotsworlds with an English friend.
We wound up our trip with a visit to Dublin and tour of Southern
Lois Morgan, Toledo, OH "Still disliking winter weather and
winter driving snow and ice! Am trying to get back into painting
again Betty Dahlen Giguere wants some Michigan woodland scenes
for a 'nature center' she is 'gifting' at Jackson College in memory of
her mother and father. I was there last summer it's a beautiful
area. Am still volunteering at International Institute teaching English
to foreign born."
"Mort" and Bess [Stapleton] Morton, Prospect, OR, were in
Southern California for the holidays. "Mort" is so busy with Lions
things he is Treasurer and is campaigning for District Governor.
We went to Hawaii last June had a short visit with Lois de la Mater
Bates wish we could have talked longer; also talked to Janet
Koperski. Hope to spend some of our winter months over there when I
retire (2 years from April). Mom [Naomi Liebeler] is living at Leven
Oaks Hotel in Monrovia. She has been visiting with us, and in North
Carolina with my sister, Margaret."
Martha Paliwoda "I was happy to have made it to a Panama
Canal doings at last (12/5 luncheon), thanks to Hedy Seedborg who
took me. I stayed in Long Beach a week and had a fine time. I really
enjoyed seeing the few whom I knew, like the Wankes. I hadn't seen
Grace Naylor since we were in 8th grade together at Ancon School in
1920! I called Doris Cassell Hanson while I was down. I haven't seen
them in years. I was at her wedding when she and Bob were married
at the Balboa Union Church prior to 1920!"
Tom and Barbara Peterson, Balboa, CZ "Carol is 19 and at CZ
College; Diane is 16 and in the 10th grade, and joined a teenage square
dancing club; Elaine is 13 and keeps busy. They are still active in
Rainbow. We had a great summer vacation saw Tall Ships go up the
Hudson on July 4th."
George and Auristela Poole "Memories are wonderful for old
folks past 80! The Pacific and Atlantic Panama Canal Societies do lots
to bring back those happy memories! We go into winter quarters (St.
Pete) soon. Kind regards to all."
Mary Price Betty Price, my sister, and I were on a Caribbean
Cruise on the Royal Viking Sea for 12 days. "We'll go to Yucatan,
Jamaica, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It will be the first time I've been
back to Haiti since 1943 should be interesting. See you at our
luncheon in April!"
Mrs. Eugene Provost [Blanche] suffered a stroke in late Novem-
ber. She is now at home and coming along very well.
Bill Quinn and daughter, Jennifer, went to New Jersey in Novem-
ber to visit relatives and to attend the celebration of Lillian Wikoffs
90th birthday on November 22. Lillian, sister of Marion Wikoff Quinn,
had visited the CZ in 1932. "Robert Martin Quinn and his son, Robert
M. [Bob] of Miami, also attended. Bob is in the Navy and was on leave
prior to his assignment to the Submarine, Swordfish, based in Hawaii.
After visiting with many relatives, we returned to L.A. While await-
ing boarding time at Newark Airport, I phoned Julius Petersen of
Hillside, N.J. 'Pete' was for many years the Chief Engineer of the SS
Thelma Reppe "I spent Christmas in La Jolla with friends.
While there, drove to Lakeside (near San Diego) to see Ed and Agnes
[Tonneson] Jamke, and Anna Tonneson, who were there from
Tenafly, N.J., visiting Agnes' daughter, Sharon, and family.
Jack Tonneson, and Elwood and wife, Ronnie, and son, Arthur
Tonneson, were there for the holidays. They called Harry Townsend
and had a good visit, recalling friends from the Canal Zone. Best of
everything to all our members for 1977."
Jack Ridge, Sr., left North Hollywood in early November and
visited with Joe and Sue Ridge in Iowa, Ralph and Winnie Ridge and
Jack and Mary Ridge Gribbin in NJ, and John and Julie Ridge in
Miami then to the CZ for the winter months with Vincent and
Dottie Ridge in Coco Solo.
Our best wishes to Ernie Ross for a speedy, complete recovery.
Janice reported that Ernie suffered a stroke in late November.
Hedy Seedborg "We celebrated Thelma Reppe's birthday in
November with our friends had luncheon at the Shaker Mountain
Inn in Glendale, and then toured Glendale's new shopping mall, 'The
Chris Simonsen recently underwent eye surgery and is doing
very well. He and Ruth extend their best wishes to all our members.
David Smith would like to thank all friends for their prayers,
cards, candles, etc. which were real morale builders for him. "Due to
the fantastic innovative advancement in inquinal hernia surgery by
Dr. Carroll Bellis of Long Beach, I am rapidly recuperating at home,
even though surgery occurred December 9th, I was discharged from
the hospital the same day. Dr. Bellis' new method has gained
international reputation and I had to wait five months for my turn, as
he also has a heavy University lecture schedule.
Hampton and Clare Tedder had made hotel reservations to
attend the reunion in St. Pete but Hampton's mother, Mrs. Daniel W.
Tedder [Mattie] was scheduled for surgery on January 12 so had to
cancel out. Bill and Betty Lawson were to accompany the Tedders to
the reunion, but they had the flu and were unable to attend.
Ray and Irene Will "We traveled to the CZ in December to
spend Christmas with our family. There are four of them still living in
the CZ and Panama, and our daughter and family from Honduras
joined us there."
Lee and Grace [Shack] Wilson, Miami, FL "Plan to attend the
St. Pete reunion. Edith Shuey and her husband will be there. I heard
from Dot Parrish in Virginia; she and Ruthie Price are driving down.
It should be fun. Mother has had a case of shingles, but is doing better,
so she will go with us to St. Pete."
Milton and Chubby Wright "In early November we spent 2
wonderful weeks in Hawaii. It was a wonderful trip and we enjoyed
every minute of it. We had part of 2 afternoons and evenings with
Bobby and Marjorie King at Kailua-Kona."
Jack and Joan deGrummond enjoyed a week's drive in November
to Las Vegas, and to Zion and Bryce National Parks, Utah, returning
through Arizona in great, crisp, clear weather there were traces of
the first snows on the ground in the parks. Had a visit in December
with my brother, Joe Ridge, of Burlington, Iowa, who was in town on
business. Barney and Betty Comley Forgeson of Tierra Verde, FL,
traveled to to Hawaii for the holiday season with 40 other tour mem-
bers for two weeks. They were happy to see Lois de la Mater Bates,
Janet Koperski, and Bobby and Marjorie King; and during a luau one
evening, Erma Forbes, who was there with the Sun City (CA) Tour
Group, recognized Betty and Barney as friends she'd known in the
Canal Zone! On their return to L.A., the Forgesons' tour group spent
New Years Eve dining and dancing at the Hollywood Palladium with
Lawrence Welk and his Musical Family. After leaving the tour, Betty
and Barney and the deGrummonds met for a nice dinner visit on Jan-
uary 1st. Wyllis Rocker Leonhard of Pasadena drove the Forgesons to
view all the beautifully decorated floats, floral masterpieces, of the
88th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade at Victory Park, Pasadena.
They then planned to spend a few days in Woodland Hills, in the San
Fernando Valley, with relatives before returning to St. Pete in time
for the reunion. Alice Roche spent Christmas with her sister and fam-
ily in Denver, CO. She and her sister then traveled to San Francisco
and L.A., to visit with relatives. Jack and I spent a day with Alice
before she left for Tucson to visit family members for a few days on
her way home to Hendersonville, NC, via AMTRAK.
Janie Hamlin Leffingwell, New Canaan "The reunion at the
Krouse's lovely home was truly a great memory of 1976, but needless
Gene Hamlin, Dorothy Hamlin and Janie Hamlin Luffingwell
to say, our younger son's marriage was the highlight of the year for
us. (See Weddings) It was a joyful celebration especially with our
family here with us, Mother, our son Craig, and his wife, Jane, my
brother Eugene and his wife Faye, and my dearest friend from Balboa
High School days, Judy Mohr with her husband A.M. McDonald. Judy
and Gene had not seen each other for MANY years so we had a
mini-reunion. Our older son, Craig, is a second year dental student at
University of Connecticut in Farmington and Jane works for the
television studio in Hartford. Mother stayed with us through the holi-
days so they were special days for us. As I write this, the sun is shin-
ing brightly, the woods are covered with snow and it is 21 degrees.
We will think of all of you as you enjoy Lucho at the reunion. Hal and I
- we will drag out the cowbells and other noisemakers and have to
settle for my version of Lucho as I play some of the selections from
"Bailando en Panama" on the Wurlitzer. Happy New Year and good
health to all."
Jessie W. Degenaar, Dunedin "I made a visit to Italy in Octo-
ber to my daughter Joan and family in Naples. Joan and Jerry Durfee
have been in Naples for three years where LCDR Durfee has been
assigned to NATO command. I was busy every minute there are so
many fantastic places to see."
Mr. and Mrs. Sherman A. Hammond, Clearwater, FL.
Roberta J. Gabel, Tampa "Your "Sale and Locator Service is
fantastic! I hadn't even received my copy of the December CANAL
RECORD when I received my first response to my ad and that was
only the beginning! I heard from friends known long ago and made
some new friends. Calls and letters came from not only Florida but
as far away as Texas. Had a wonderful visit with Lucille Judd that
extraordinary, enthusiastic lady. What fun to talk with all who called
and to renew old friendships. Thank you with my very best wishes
for a most successful New Year."
Mary Belle and Bobby Hicks, St. Petersburg, flew out to Houston
to spend Christmas with their daughter, Mary Alice Kelley, and the
three grandchildren. Bobby flew back the 29th, but Mary Belle
changed her flight to January 8th in order to see Peggy Ellis. Peggy
had moved up to Gainesville, Texas, where she became ill December
10th. The family decided to bring her down to Galveston (Clyde's
home) where Peggy had surgery. She plans to remain in Galveston
several months to recuperate. Mary Belle returned home and enjoyed
Dottie Dennis Douglas, New Port Richey "You cannot imagine
how much I have enjoyed my 1976 Record. When it arrives I drop
everything to devote an hours' reading of "Pure gold info" of friends
scattered all over. I am an original "Mango Kid" of Zone born in 1913,
so looking forward to attending my first Reunion in January."
Anne and Frank Cunningham, Lighthouse Pt. "It is so good to
have my sister with us from Panama. We are awaiting her husband
who is bringing his boat up from Panama. We will be together for
Christmas. The Donald H. Spencers will live in Texas where they
have purchased a home. We hope to make the reunion and see "old
Sandra Hughes Claflin, Merritt Island "This has been a pretty
active year for us. I have been taking flying lessons, playing softball
and bowling. I'm on the Board of Directors of our local women's bowl-
ing association and was elected the local delegate to the Women's In-
ternational Bowling Congress Convention in Milwaukee during April
of 1977. I'm excited about going. Hope I'll bowl some while I'm there!
My husband and oldest son, Scott (13), passed their Scuba diving
course and love the sport. Now they're after me to be certified. Our
daughter, Forrest (10), is involved in Girl Scouts and really enjoys all
the activities. Brett (5), is in kindergarten and an untapped natural
resource for energy. I hope we will be able to attend the reunion.
Anne Beckley, New Port Richey "The newlyweds, Lawson and
Anna, came down from Richmond, Virginia, to spend Christmas with
me, arriving December 23rd and left on December 29th. It was good
to have family with me for the holiday. I was not able to make the
reunion, however three friends from Aiken, South Carolina did stop
by my home and spent a few days with me.
Byrle and Gaddis Wall, St. Petersburg "We spent the
Christmas holidays with relatives near Shreveport, Louisiana. We re-
ceived many Christmas greetings and wish to thank all our friends for
their kind wishes. It was a great year for Byrle and me. I enjoyed
working with the Society's board and committees, especially for the
Reunion and with all the members who continue to support the
Society. We are growing and will continue to grow into a greater
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Ebdon, Jr. and Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Million
recently spent five weeks touring in Europe. They spent a week in
Vienna, Austria, before going to visit Joe and Rae's son, Capt.
Thomas J. Ebdon III, USAF, stationed at Rhein Main Air Force Base
in Frankfort, Germany. Tom joined the group as they traveled in
Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, to the Swiss Alps and back
into Austria. At Brussels, Belgium they met with Sarasotans Bob and
Dolores Hammetter, also on a European tour.
Mrs. Co Joustra received a special gift from her daughter, Grace
Joustra, a trip to the Canal Zone to visit her older daughter and son-
in-law, Gertrude and Curtis Mullins and family of Balboa their first
Christmas together in years.
Mrs. Frances D. Jones spent the Christmas holidays in Balboa
with her daughter, Donna, and family, Capt. and Mrs. John Brophy
and daughter, Charlene. Frances later joined her sister-in-law, Mrs.
Iris Days, with her children, Timmy Days and Ann Haskell and their
families, in Mexico returning with them to California for a visit at Iris'
residence in San Diego.
Guests of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Barnes during the Christmas holi-
days were Barney's nephews, Greg and Jeff Carder, son of the Oscar
Carders and grandsons of Barney's sister, Mrs. Elma Carder of
Ridgeley, West Virginia. The boys, who were making their first trip
to Florida and their first plane trip, enjoyed deep sea fishing and the
many points of interest here.
Mr. T. J. Ebdon, Sr., who makes his home with his younger son
and family, William and Susie [Fahestock] Ebdon, arrived just after
the Christmas holidays from LaPorte, Texas for an extended visit
with his sons and daughters-in-law, Joe and Rae Ebdon and Fred and
Following the Reunion in St. Petersburg, many of the members
visited relatives and friends in the Sarasota area before returning to
their homes. Gladys and Tom Conley entertained Peggy Nash of
Norfolk, Va. and Mr. and Mrs. Willard Percy of Aiken, S.C. Other
Aiken guests included Dot and John Everson, who spent several days
with his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard "Emo"
Everson. Peggy and Don Hutchison of Aiken visited with the Joe
Ebdons and the Jim Millions... following the reunion and a visit with
Don's sisters, Doris Hutchison and Ruth Powell in St. Petersburg and
The Harry Cains hosted Dr. and Mrs. Albert Opp of Wildwood,
FL; while Della Noonan hosted Mrs. Fred Perra and her daughter,
Virginia, for several days before they returned to Gainesville, Ga.
Alien and Kay Miller had as their guests Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Berger
of Stone Mountain, Tn.
The Maurice McCulloughs [Mac and Snooky], who were attending
their first reunion, hosted Bart Elich of San Antonio, Texas and Mr.
and Mrs. Henry Hartz of Fort Myers.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hartman had as their guests, Blanchie's
brother and sister-in-law, George and Mabelle [Bliss] Walker, here for
a ten day visit and to attend the reunion. They will return from the CZ
early in February for permanent residence in their retirement home
Mary Orr who returned from a Christmas visit on the Canal Zone
just before the reunion had as her guest, her sister-in-law, Mrs. Rita
Orr of San Antonio, Texas; also Norma and Lew Braden, recent
Panama Canal retirees.
Mina Dee had her brother and sister-in-law, Robbie and Pat
Adams of Pass Christian, La. for several days.
Carl and Virginia Starke hosted Vic and June May of Austin,
Mrs. Beverly Turner (Kathleen "Sis" Goodenough) of Newton,
N.C. was the houseguest of Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Greene for
several days. Mike and Marion hosted a gathering of CZ friends at a
buffet in Sis' honor.
Joe and Rae Ebdon with her mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, spent
the Christmas holidays in Wilmington, Delaware with their son, Dick
Ebdon, and his wife, Kathy, and their young son, Jeffry Craig.
Thomas the III flew over from Germany for the Christmas week to be
with the family.
Enroute home for the reunion, Rae and Joe and Mrs. Eppley
visited Mr. and Mrs. Dean Eppley in Vienna, Virginia. They also
stopped in Hendersonville, N.C. to visit the Howard R. Johnsons, the
Ernest Zelnicks and Jack and Jean Dombrosky.
C. M. Monsanto, Iowa City "I spent a wonderful time here in
Ontario and all over the state of California with all my relatives since
October 18th. On the 20th December I am leaving for Iowa. Then will
go to St. Thomas, V.I. on December 28th and return via The Panama
Canal sometime in May. Hope to get on the SS CRISTOBAL to New
Orleans, the same as I did last May. Had a cruise with the Pan Canal
bunch of California."
REUNION REMINISCENCES Patt Foster Roberson, Louisiana
"Exhilarating" best describes the '77 Reunion for me. I just had
to write to share a few sweet experiences and emotions with you.
Long-time dear friends met me unexpectedly at the airport for there
was a bus strike. Later, they would deliver me back to the airport.
From that beginning of warm consideration and thoughtfulness,
things got better and better.
The Past Matrons invited guests to their meeting, so I went. That
was a happy event for everyone was so cordial and cheerful.
The general meeting went smoothly highlighted by the election of
officers. Anna Collins deserves a halo for her serenity and grace in
reading the dreaded death notices. I closed my eyes and held my
breath. The audience was absolutely still, except for occasional faint
gasps at the mention of a friend or acquaintance.
All else seems to fade beside the arrival and performance of
Lucho, a folk hero in his own time. I thought we got there early that
night. Lucho was merrily greeting guests in the lobby and when I
stole a kiss and inquired about his son, Frankie (a fellow BHS class-
mate), his cheeks were already covered with lipstick kisses. He told
me Frankie's daughter was getting married. Is that possible?! He has
cut a total of 32 records, I have 14. And, so we came from 35 states,
District of Columbia, Panama and the Zone, to see and hear this man
play. Even on crutches, in wheelchairs, with walkers just to be
there, to see Lucho, to hear Lucho and that incredible cowbell. You
could feel him coming from the applause of the crowd at the other end
of the ballroom. People jumped to their feet, waved, hollered,
whistled. Lucho responded with shouts, kisses, bear hugs. Finally he
reached the organ. He opened with a few bars of "Happy Days Are
Here Again", but shortly swung into "La Cocoleca" and the crowd
absolutely went crazy. I've never seen so many happy dancing people.
I was laughing and crying at the same time and so were many,
many others. It's a real wonder there weren't a few heart attacks.
Some time later for a brief moment, the few members present of BHS
'52 were together Arden Lou Cooke Swisher, Lowell Jones, Shirley
Karst Alexaitis, Jane Madison Emery, and me. We had all noticed our
former teachers there Miss Matthews in a lovely pink dress dancing
up a storm, Mrs. Ward in elegant molas and Miss Monroe (known by
some as Mrs. Simpson, so we hear, but forever more our own Chez
Eloise Miss Monroe]. The excitement and emotion of the evening
wiped me out by midnight with a big smile.
Next day the luncheon seemed slow to start, but the food was
good. The slide presentation was beautiful, but padded with tropical
flowers when the audio was on terrorist, very confusing. I hope the
Record will be able to reprint the monthly chronology that was
Someone said there's about 5,000 members in the PCS and 1,100
showed up, which was about 500 more than usual. It takes no genie to
foresee the success of Lucho's presence. I hope he comes every year, I
think we need each other. Too soon it was all over.
Margaret Straus's little sister, Ida, was there and wants to or-
ganize some kind of special meeting (like the Past Matrons had) for
the CZ Brats. Do you care? Let us know! Ida is Mrs. John A. Gifford,
1000-59th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. I'm still at 4875
Maribel Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70812. Let's get together!
James E. Stuart, Rockport We are planning to come to the Re-
union and will be attending another reunion on the Florida West
Coast. After the reunion we leave for Bermuda for one to three weeks.
Dot Rector, Great Falls Spent three weeks around Christmas
in California and just returned January 6th. I expect to be in Palson,
Mt., in May for a convention and plan to look up the Elichs. So few
folks around here to reminisce with about the Canal Zone. I hope to
get to a Reunion one of these years.
Frank F. Williams, Huntington Sta. "I retired for the second
time at the end of 1975 after reaching age 65. This time from the
Department of Labor of the State of New York where I was employed
nearly 11 years as an Unemployment Insurance Claims Examiner.
Virginia and I are both former employees of the Commissary Division.
We have decided to remain in New York despite the astronomical
taxes. Other than mowing the lawn and raking the leaves, we visited
the Canal Zone for about five weeks in February and March staying
RECIPE FOR THE YEAR
President Jimmy Carter is noted for his peanuts. Our President
has a famous beverage named for him.
Rob Roy Cocktail or Dry Rob Roy on the Rocks
2/3 Scotch Pour 1 part Extra Dry Vermouth
1/3 Italian Vermouth and 3 parts Scotch over ice.
1 Dash Bitters Twist of lemon peel.
Pour the above on crushed ice
in a cocktail shaker and serve.
with our nephew, John M. Eberenz in Gatun. Then in mid-June, we
flew to England for a visit of three months with our daughter, Ruth
who is pursuing a BS is Applied Physics at Sunderland Polytechnic
in Sunderland. We also visited Scotland and made a side trip to
Carole Chase, Elon College "I am an Associate Professor of
Religion at Elon College, a private college with an enrollment of about
2,150. I am the only woman in the religion department. I was ordained
a minister in the Presbyterian Church, U.S. The ordination took place
in my most recent "home" church in Richmond, Virginia, All Soul's
Presbyterian Church. This church has the unique distinction of having
had three women members become ordained Presbyterian ministers.
Charles and Maggie Brandl, Asheville I would like to enter a
three year gift membership for my daughter Frances Brandl Pope and
her husband Bill Pope. Frances was born at Colon Hospital and grew
up in the Zone. She graduated from Balboa High in 1956 and received
her BS in Nursing at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Later she returned to the zone as a nurse at Gorgas. There she met
Dr. Bill Pope who was then an intern. They now live in Garrett
County, Maryland where Bill is the County Health Director and where
Fran is involved in more activity than time permits and telling of.
Their sons Andy and Nick are two very cherished grandchildren.
With very best wishes to all of you fine staff people who give so gen-
erously of your time to provide so many of we former Zonians with the
pleasure the Society publications provide."
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA SOCIETY NOTES
Greetings from cold, cold North Carolina but it is good to know
that by the time our news is published beautiful spring will be here.
Our recent five inches of snow made Kerri Kent and Kathy Whitlock
ecstatic (their first) but the retirees for the majority were happy to
enjoy the winter scene from the inside.
In November, thirty-two members of the Panama Canal Society
enjoyed a luncheon at the Dutch Inn Motel in Hendersonville.
Maynard Huff brought the group up to date on the disturbances oc-
curring on the Canal Zone at that time.
NEWS FROM MEMBERS:
Ernest and Ruth Zelnick: Kenneth and Virginia Bartels (St.
Louis, Mo.) were their houseguests for several days in November. Dr.
Paul Zelnick (Houston, TX) spent Thanksgiving with his parents.
Truman and Betsy Hoenke: Roger and Jeanne Hoenke (Los
Gatos, CA) enjoyed a two weeks' vacation with Roger's parents in
Hendersonville at Thanksgiving.
Howard and Emily Johnson: spent Thanksgiving with their son
Jim and his family in Houston, TX. Jim has recently been promoted to
the position of Safety Director for the Western Oceanic Company
which will involve traveling periodically to Scotland, Alaska and other
places. He has also been promoted to Lieutenant Commander in the
Coast Guard Reserve. In January Rae and Joe Ebdon with Ruth
Eppley visited us.
Margaret Wanlass enjoyed a visit over the Christmas holiday
with her son Clifton and his family in Vienna, Virginia.
Florence Kelly had the pleasure of having her son Thomas Jr. and
family and daughter Marjore with her at Christmas.
Paul and Betty Bentz were with their son Alan and his family
during the Christmas holidays in Connecticut.
John and Esther [Hodges] Laport left in December for the
Hawaiian Islands, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sinapore and a two week's
cruise on the S.S. Prisendam circling Samatra, Java and Bali. They
also plan an indefinite stay in Australia, New Zealand and the South
Sea Islands, returning home to Hendersonville sometime in April.
Charles and Carmen Howe along with members of their family
held a family reunion at the home of daughter Shirley McHenery in
Columbia, South Carolina at New Years. Those included were son Bill
and his wife, Louella on vacation from the Canal Zone; son Danny,
wife Sheila and their son, Nathan. (Danny attends North Carolina
State University); daughter Marion Burchfield from Boston, Mass.
and daughter Alice [Peanut] Pridmore of Hendersonville.
Bob and Lillian Van Wagner attended the reunion in St. Pete
along with Marguerite and John Runck. Lillian reported this get to-
gether as having been an outstanding affair and how much they all
Jack and Jean Dombrotwsky enjoyed an afternoon's visit with
Elsie and Marion Woodruff and "Woody's" sister Mildred Garrison
and husband John of Charlotte, N.C. who happened to be passing
through Hendersonville in November. (Woodruffs up on vacation
from the Canal Zone.) The Donald Hutchisons of Aiken, S.C. and the
Ezra Smiths (Kerrville, TX) were also guests one day in November.
Jean Dombrowsky, Reporter
Helen M. McCarty, South Euclid "Sorry I cannot make the re-
union. My son, Homer, Jr. is working in Warren and won't be back in
time to take me. Received many notes from Canal Zone friends this
year. Have managed to stay out of the hospital this year."
Ben F. Kuller, Waldport "Hello to all our friends. We had a
family reunion to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary in June.
Pat and Ray Gill were up from Bakersfield and son Ben and family
arrived from New Orleans in their motor home. Ben liked it so much
out here they sold the house and rented a large U-Haul truck and
headed northwest. They now live here in Waldport and Ben is em-
played as an Industrial Engineer in Albany. They enjoy living by the
ocean but soon will move to Albany."
Bill and Elsie Dorgan, Chandler Hall, Buck Road and Barclay St.,
Newtown, 18940 "The above address will find us for awhile. Elsie
and I have had about four years of rough going and have wound up at
the above address. I'm in here mostly to be with Elsie and she is in
here because she is no longer stable and I can no longer take care of
her alone. No one can say how long this will last but for the time it
seems best. Kindly give our change of address but any replies to mail
will be scarce and we hope all our friends will understand. I do hope to
keep in touch with the Society if I get feeling better, time will tell.
Now do us a favor. At the next reunion say a cheerful "Hello, there!"
from us to all of them. As you can see I have difficulty in writing at
this time (I had a bad fall on Thanksgiving night) but am supposed to
be improving as I'll say good-bye and God Bless to all the Society."
Mary Jane [Sylvestre] Smith, 2409 Exeter Ct., Bethlehem, 18017
- "I would like to thank all of the people, many of them friends of my
parents Peggy and Tony Sylvestre, for their notes and prayers for my
daughter Jackie who had open heart surgery this summer. She is so
much better and it is wonderful to watch her as she acts like a healthy
eight year old ... Jackie and Jim, 16, are still with me but the older
three, Karen, Linda and Tony are married, in college, working, or a
combination of the three. We all live within fifteen minutes of each
other ... I graduated from BHS '53 and am wondering if anyone in my
class is a grandmother. My granddaughter is two today. Again let me
express my thanks to everyone and acknowledge my gratitude to
God, His loving Son, and the healing power of His Holy Spirit."
NEWS FROM AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
The second annual Christmas Party of the Panama Canal Society
of South Carolina was celebrated at the Holiday Inn, December 10th.
Thirty members and guests were present to enjoy dinner and danc-
ing. Harry Willenbrock was the chairman, assisted by V. Lee Clontz
and John A. Everson. Trudi Clontz and Peggy Hutchison handled the
decorations. Guests were William L. Catron and his wife, the former
Dorothy Harper from the Canal Zone, who now live in Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida. The younger Catron enlivened the evening with "Bajun"
stories told in thick "Bajun" accent. Music was furnished by William
Davenport of Augusta who is almost as good as Lucho. Dancers
whirled to the Mexican Hat Dance and also some shook down the
excellent dinner by participating in a conga line. All voted the evening
a success. The next affair will be held in the spring, possibly a picnic.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Shore had as guests for the holidays their
daughters, Miss Charleu, Mrs. Diane LeBlanc and Mrs. Sandra Davis.
Also son-in-law, Robert Davis, and John Jackson all from Miami,
Florida. Diane has recently graduated from the Southeast Florida In-
stitute of Criminal Justice. She is now a member of the Police
Department, Miami, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry F. Willenbrock have as their house guest
over the holidays their daughter, Mrs. Susan Wiseman of Durham,
Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Kapinos spent Christmas at Myrtle Beach,
S.C. as the guests of Captain and Mrs. Robert Smith [Carol Kapinos].
Joseph and Penny [Catron] Lotterhous visited Mr. and Mrs.
James O. Catron in January. Mr. Lotterhous was in the area attend-
ing a lawyers' convention at Atlanta, Georgia.
For Thanksgiving, Bruce and Shirley Morrow were guests of Bob
and Billie Rowe. The Morrows are enjoying retirement in Gordonville,
Virginia. Bob and Billie spent Christmas holidays with their son,
Robert, wife Donna and granddaughter, Stacy in Washington, D.C.
Robert was recently transferred from the Virgin Islands.
The Paul and Leona Badonskys holidays were happier with a visit
from their daughter, Paula, her husband, Dr. R. A. Leitch, and
17-month old grandson, Robbie. Their son Leo Badonsky was also
home for a few days.
Mr. and Mrs. V. Lee Clontz entertained several ex-Canal Zone
couples with a New Year's Eve Watch Party at their home. There was
much conversation plus bridge and canasta playing. The Guy Lom-
bardo TV show was watched until the final count-down for 1976. Hot
empanadas baked and served by Trudi were a hit of the evening.
On their way to visit Florida friends Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Martin
and son, Kevin, of Lake Leelanau, Michigan, visited with Bob and
Billie Rowe. The Martins were stationed at Fort Kobbe and had many
friends while residing on the Isthmus through their association with
the Redeemer Lutheran Church of Balboa.
Several couples travelled in convoy to the reunion in St.
Petersburg but then went their separate ways to visit friends in
Macel and Mort Thomson, Jr., Memphis "The reunion, in my
opinion, was a huge success. As Ned Neville said, "There is nothing
like this in the whole world where so many people who all know each
other are gathered together." We enjoyed it very much. I was glad to
see Father Wye again. The new meeting date of April was an excel-
lent idea and I just wonder why that wasn't proposed long ago. I hope
the new place will accommodate more people because I would expect a
bigger crowd at that time of the year."
Sue and Bill Graham, Kerrville "We always look forward to re-
ceiving the Record and usually drop everything and read it from cover
to cover. We would love to attend one of the Reunions, and so glad to
hear it will be held the last weekend in April from now on. Bill, a Tax
Consultant, enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue, can now
get away for the Reunions with this new date. We have been retired
and in the Texas Hill Country for four years. This winter has been a
most enjoyable one, as thus far, no snow or ice for Kerrville. Our son,
Will and his wife Kathy (nee Buns, Balboa, CZ) flew in from Olympia,
Washington on December 21st and stayed till January 13th. Will was
on his terminal leave after serving four years as Lieutenant, Infantry,
Ft. Lewis, Wash. We thoroughly enjoyed their visit and it was one of
the best Christmases ever. Donna and Larry Day (our daughter and
son-in-law) hosted a wonderful Christmas dinner at their home in San
Antonio. Along with our grandson, David Michael Day, those attend-
ing were Nancy and Jeanine Burns (Kathy's mother and youngest
sister who also live in San Antonio) and Harry L. Burns (Kathy's
uncle), who is retired and lives in the National Elks Home in Bedford,
Virginia. Later in the afternoon a call was put through to the Canal
Zone and the Burns family talked to brother Billy and sister Barbie
and to their father Bill Burns. Will and Kathy drove from Kerrville to
Amarillo to visit Aunt Kate, Mrs. Katheryne Gordon, for three days,
and while there saw some of the winter weather the Texas panhandle
gets snow and ice. Will and Bill played golf and were later joined by
Dale Bishop and Ted Young. Sue and Kathy "did" the Antique Shops
in Kerrville and Fredericksburg. Evenings were spent playing bridge
and having friends in. Among those who are ex-CZers was Parker and
Chita Hanna, Ethel and Joe Bialkowski, the Dale Bishops, Estelle and
Elizabeth Davison, Beth Waddell, Hazel Bucher and Iris and Dick
Hogan. Will and Kathy plan to remain in the Olympia area in their
beautiful home on the bay. We visited them during July and found the
area just as gorgeous as the first time we visited two years ago. We
went a different route coming home this time to see Crater Lake,
Reno, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. Could hardly get Bill away from the
slots at Vegas. We visited Dorie and Jim Dorsey in Denver and were
delighted to see them looking so good. Perc and Marion Graham from
St. Pete visited us this summer during August. We always look for-
ward to their trips West and hope they plan another during 1977. The
Washabaughs try to get to see us many times during the winter
before they head up North for their summers and we are looking for-
ward to their next visit in February to report on the Reunion and the
Lucho dance. Ruth and Caleb Clement stopped by for a "Hello" this
week on their way to El Paso both looking very well. They highly
recommend the Reunion and say it is wonderful to see so many people
who are so genuinely happy to see each other and the camaraderie is
something unique among the Canal Zone people at the Pan Canal Re-
unions. I have resumed oil painting classes and look forward to each
Harold and Clara Chambers, Kerrville "Had hoped to make the
Reunion this year, but it hasn't worked out that way. Please extend
our best to all and advise anyone traveling this way that the
"Welcome Mat" is always out for any ex-CZ folks to stop and visit
with us. We now have around 55 couples, a few widows, of ex-CZ folks
living in Kerrville. Know this Reunion will be the best ever!"
Ann Bartholomew, Lubbock "People like you are as dear as can
be, and ever so special to people like me. I do think of each of you so
very often. In January my CZ family, the Kruegers, called me asking
me to come for a visit. On January 23rd I flew down for a month. It
was great, and though there are many changes, one still has the
feeling of being back home. Their two children, Marty and Valerie are
in Nacogdoches, TX. Marty has a small nursery and Valerie is
attending Stephen F. Austin State University. In May I moved to
New Pioneer Retirement Hotel. One of my kin, Norma Boyd, moved
here too. Nice to have her. In Sept. I flew to California for a visit with
Alice and Jerry Drake, my sister and brother-in-law, and Alice's
children, Bev Olesek, Harry and Boyd Preston. We really went a gait
which made me realize "the ole gray ain't what she used to be." My
Missouri family, the Bill, Jrs., are fine. The four children are growing
up fast. I am planning on spending Easter with them "You all
Come" if you ever get this way.
Minnie [Rudge] Barnhart, Sequim "I will be attending the Re-
union in January and am very excited about it to see all my former
CZ friends and to hear Lucho. My sister, Jo Freudigmann, and
brother, Louie Kleefkens have made all reservations so that I may
stay at the hotel and have a longer visit with all my friends. Hope to
see the J.D. Tates from Columbia, SC. Haven't seen them since I left
the Canal in 1963 except for a visit in 1969 while visiting my daughter,
Margaret Teegarden, Renton "We spent the Holidays with our
son, John in Los Angeles. Our first Christmas away from home and it
John R. Keenan, Cheyenne "I wish all of you rich blessings in
1977. Sorry I cannot attend the Reunion, but will be thinking of the
huge gathering and will miss talking and listening of bygone days. The
Founders are now gone, but there are still charter members and I
knew them all."
MAIL YOUR 1977 DUES TODAY
Aw 1 -O SALE AND LOCATOR SERVICE O -4 -,
WANTED: By two ex-zonites: ROYAL DOULTON TOBYS, CHAR-
ACTER JUGS, COACHING SCENE CHINA, FIGUREENS and ANY
DICKENS WARE 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: BOOKS, PRINTED MATTER, etc. dealing with the
Panama Canal, Republic of Panama, San Bias Indians, Scots Darien
Settlement, etc., Good Condition only. Please write full description,
condition, price, etc., to: Hugh Craggs, Apartado 138, Chapala, Jal.
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.
WANTED: BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL ZONIANS to complete set
through 1938. WILL BUY 1913, 1915, 1919, 1921, 1926, 1928, 1929 and
1930. E.E. HAMLIN, Jr., Box 577, Carthage, NC 28327.
WANTED: SPODE China, Copeland-PATRICIA #596271. Also
FONDE VILLE, Ambassador Ware, English China, Reg.-U.S. Pat.
Office Imperial, Navy Blue band. Phone collect 813-526-4050 or write
Lucille S. Judd, 3535-19th St. No., St. Petersburg, FL 33713
WANTED: ROYAL DOULTON Tobies, Character Jugs, Figurines,
Pitchers, Music Boxes, COACHING AND HUNTING CHINA, DICK-
ENSWARE related items. Will pay 20% above other offers. Am also
interested in ORIENTALS. Write or call Claudy Howell (Pierce) 1205
Fountainhead Dr., Deltona, FL 32765, Phone 305-574-4346.
FOR SALE: Hand sculptured and painted San
Bias Indian woman, Mola, nose ring, earrings,
etc. Complete in Shadow box 6" x 8". Make
lovely gift. $12.00, plus postage. See photo.
Julie Herman, 1845 S. Highland Ave., Clear-
water, FL 33516. Phone 813/581-0109.
So many of our members are driving their automobiles to and from
across the country that the following may well be of interest to them.
It is copied from off the car dash of Freddie Mohl and his bride Trudie.
Why not clip this little prayer out and place it on your car dash.
Our Heavenly Father, we ask this day a particular bless-
ing as we take the wheel of our car. Grant us safe passage
through all the perils of travel; shelter those who accom-
pany us and protect us from harm by Thy mercy; steady
our hand and quicken our eye that we may never take
another's life; guide us to our destination safely confident
in the knowledge that Thy blessings go with us through
darkness and light, sunshine and shower, forever and
At the RAMADA INN ...
We are building a reputation, NOT resting on one!
AND, WE LOVE RETIREES.
3600 34th Street South St. Petersburg, Florida
THE SUNSHINE CITY
ow -N -o SALE AND LOCATOR SERVICE a ,o o
FOR SALE: Last Chance few copies hard-back book Panama
Potpourri left, from final printing. Early history of Panama, the birds
and animals, fishing and hunting, and travels throughout the Repub-
lic. Compiled from articles previously printed in newspapers and mag-
azines. Will bring back memories of "good old days" in the Canal Zone.
Shipped post-paid to U.S. addresses at $3.95 by author, C.W. Kilbey,
1623 Aldrich St., N.E., Aiken, SC 29801.
C. J. COLLINS SAVE
VICE PRESIDENT BY
BRANCH MANAGER MAIL
SAVINGS AND LOAN ASSOCIATION OF ST. PETERSBURG
2600 9th Street North
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33704
6818 Gulfport Blvd. South 7800 113th Street North 1599 U.S. Hwy. 19 South
St. Petersburg, Fla. 33707 Seminole, Fla. 33542 Clearwater, Fla. 33516
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-
NEW MEMBERS SINCE NOVEMBER, 1976, ANNUAL ISSUE
*Names inadvertently omitted in the Annual Issue
**Reinstated ***Incorrect address
Barr, Miss Helen E. ................... ........................ Box 598, Balboa
Booth, Mr. and Mrs. George J. ................................. Box 1885, Balboa
Bullinger, Mr. and Mrs. Daryl .............................. Box 1196, Cristobal
Chase, Mr. and Mrs. Hallis F. ................................... Box 107, Balboa
Corrigan III, Mr. and Mrs. John P. ............................ Box 506, Balboa
Donaldson, Mr. and Mrs. R. D .......................... Box 168, Balboa Heights
Dunlap, Mr. and Mrs. Royce .................. ............... Box 28, Margarita
Ebdon, Mr. and Mrs. Paul F. .............................. ..... Box 3161, Balboa
Farrell, Capt. and Mrs. Arthur .................................. Box 589, Balboa
Fealey, Mr. and Mrs. James J ............................... Box 3, Albrook AFS
Fox, Rhoda L................ ............................ Box 2059, Balboa
Galuska, Mr. and Mrs. Edward A ........................ Box 236, Balboa Heights
Garcia, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph ................ ............... .. Box 907, Balboa
Herr, Dr. and Mrs. Victor ..................................... Box 1682, Balboa
Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L ............................. Box 235, Margarita
Linares, Mr. and Mrs. Rolando A. J ....................... Box 488, Balboa Heights
Lohr, Mr. and Mrs. Bill M. ................. .................. Box 1765, Balboa
McCarrick, Mr. and Mrs. J. R ............................... Box 352, Margarita
McIlvaine, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin .................................. Box 429, Balboa
Martin, John F. ............................................... Box 871, Balboa
Nadeau, Mrs. Grace L. ............................... Box 311, Balboa Heights
Pincus, Mrs. Alice M. ................ ....................... Box 820, Balboa
Raymond, Mrs. Mary ........... ........................ ... Box 1098, Balboa
Shirer, Ellen S. ................ ........................... Box 2354, Balboa
Suisman, Alice E. ................ .......................... Box 515, Balboa
Swisher, Arden L. ........................................... Box 405, Balboa
*Tremblay, Helen M ....................................... Box 77, Albrook AFS
Clemmons, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. ........................ Box 3208, Hueytown 35020
Fleming, Mr. and Mrs. Luther V. (Marion Dugan)
1113 Brookmeade St. NW, Huntsville 35805
Akers, Harry, Jr ............................. 826 K St., Apt. 4, Anchorage 99501
Waites, Mr. and Mrs. W. R ............. 10908 W. Cherry Hills Dr., Sun City 85351
Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Lynn R ......................... 2114 S. 8th St., Rogers 72756
Johnson, Mrs. Elaine ..................... 704 Morningview Dr., Jonesboro 72401
Crook, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce D ....................... 594 Park Blvd., Ukiah 95482
Janko, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A .................. 1531 Los Altos Way, Salinas 93901
Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. (Stephanie Milburn)
2012 Ruhland Ave., Apt. 2, Redondo Beach 90278
McCauley, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis .......... 325 Rowland Blvd., Apt. 32, Novato 94947
Meigs, A. James ............................. 1044 Tulane Dr., Claremont 91711
Quintal, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph ................. 1346 7th Place, Port Hueneme 93041
Wirtz, Mr. and Mrs. Christian W. ............. 679 Los Ninos Way, Los Altos 94022
Darden, Curt ....................... Dardwood Lane, Box 7030, Tallahassee 32303
Dertien, Capt. and Mrs. Donald D .............. 3123 S. Casper PL, Titusville 32780
Dowgin, Mr. and Mrs. H. David ...... 2357 Woodlawn Cir. W., St. Petersburg 33704
Foster, Mr. and Mrs. John H ........... c/o 216 Columbia Dr., Apt. 3, Tampa 33606
Fussell, Mr. and Mrs. Norris F ................ 4907 Dolphin Dr., Lake Worth 33563
Harmor, Mr. and Mrs. Roger E ................... P.O. Box 1053, Inverness 32650
**Harrison, Charles P., Jr. .......... .... 170 Spring Lake Hills Dr., Maitland 32751
Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth C .............. 2927 S. Semorah #279, Orlando 32807
*Hudock, Dr. and Mrs. G. B ........................ 5891 SW 34th St., Miami 33155
Jones, Helen E. M ................. 190 E. Olmstead Dr., Apt. B-10, Titusville 32780
Jones, Mrs. Josephine .............. 2176 Winchester Rd. N., St. Petersburg 33710
Lawson, Mrs. Margaret W ................. 518 3rd Ave. S., St. Petersburg 33701
McClain, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert A .......... 4117 Anderson Rd., Coral Gables 33134
McNall, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn R ........... P.O. Box 6101, St. Petersburg Beach 33736
Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Richard H ................. 7512 Clearview Dr., Tampa 33614
Moulton, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph A., Jr ......... 2131 41st St. N., St. Petersburg 33713
O'Connor, Mr. and Mrs. John P ............. 417 Little John Rd., Mary Esther 32569
Rodgers, Mr. and Mrs. Tom ................ 3218 46th St. N., St. Petersburg 33713
*Shannon, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew
7164 Mt. Georgetown Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg 33702
Silverman, LTC Joseph ............................. Box 1058, Wauchula 33873
Tolp, Arthur R., Sr. ................................. Box 2073, Ft. Myers 33901
**Wiggins, Mr. and Mrs. Allen ................ 9416 SE Karin St., Hobe Sound 33455
Willis, Stanley H ..................... Box 370127 Buena Vista Sta., Miami 33137
Hoffman, Mr. and Mrs. George J., Jr ....... 3100 Mulberry Ave., Mt. Vernon 62864
Folger, Mr. and Mrs. George A., c/o W. Folger
2501 Metairie Lawn Dr., Metairie 70002
Pope, Dr. and Mrs. William W ............... 503 F St., Mountain Lake Park 21550
Castles, Mr. and Mrs. Frank A............... 111 Beebe Acres Rd., Falmouth 02540
Bowen, Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. ..................... Box 915, Ocean Springs 39564
Vorise, Dr. and Mrs. Robert ............. RFD-2 Rock Ridge Farm, Meredith 03253
Hughes, Mrs. Mary M ................ Haddon Hills Apt. 264-B, Haddonfield 08033
Sadowski, Mrs. Marian ..................... 527 Colorado Ave., Brick Town 08723
Hardy, Dora F ...... 5404 Montgomery Blvd. N.E., Apt. 510-A, Albuquerque 87109
Page, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew H. .................. 155 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn 11211
Diaz, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur F. ................... 1205 Haddington Dr., Cary 27511
Wheeler, Capt. and Mrs. Robert W. .... 1251-A So. Nevada, Grand Forks AFB 58201
Cronan, Mr. and Mrs. John ................... 302 Marlyn Lane, Wallingford 19086
*** Wye, Rev. Michael J., CM ................ 500 E. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia 19144
Geoghegan, Mr. and Mrs. William H., Jr. ...... 110 Waterman Ave., Johnston 02919
Reynolds, Mr. and Mrs. Paul D ................... 1902 Pine Log Rd., Aiken 29801
Wiggins, James T. ................................ Box 3992, Charleston 29407
Borden, Mr. and Mrs. Frank L ................... 2428 Woodoak Ct., Irving 75060
Coyle, Mr. and Mrs. Edward G ................ 2643 Barton Hills Dr., Austin 78704
Fernandez, LTC and Mrs. Edward ............ 2710 Speedway, Wichita Falls 76038
Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Henry H .................. 2804 St. Edwards Cir., Austin 78704
Marine, LTC and Mrs. Thomas C. USAF (Ret.)
6858 Whitby Rd., San Antonio 78240
Schroeter, Mr. and Mrs. Bert .............. 11715 Spotted Horse Dr., Austin 78759
Sebik, Mr. Edward W ....................... 110 Springwood, San Antonio 78216
Klemmer, Mr. and Mrs. Justus .................. 1616 Alaska Dr., Richmond 23224
Mackey, Mrs. Dorothy (Dot Parrish) ............. 608 Niblick Dr. SE, Vienna 22180
Brening, Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. ................. 9609 SE 7th St., Bellevue 98004
Kimberling, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn W. ........ 1727 NW Trillium Ln., Vancouver 98663
Miesse, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. .................. 8201 NE 94th Ave., Vancouver 98662
Lambert, Mrs. Margaret Hirsh .............. ......... Box 252, Charleston 25321
ADDRESSES FOR GENERAL INFORMATION
National Association of Retired Federal Employees
***"NARFE" Retirement Life
1533 New Hampshire Ave. N.W ........................... Washington DC 20036
LATE NEWS FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Chester and Adele Young, Camarillo, CA "We went on an
extended 'vacation' of four months. Drove 7,500 miles, and visited all
our kids: my sons, Richard Holt in Idaho, George Holt in Linden, CA,
and my daughter, Ruth Holt St. John in Atlanta, GA; also Chet's sons
in Chicago, IL, and Phoenix, AZ. It was a beautiful trip (a Bicentennial
tour in Philadelphia in July), and a CBMC Convention. We enjoyed
everything, but were happy to be back in 'Sunny' California and cooler
Rose and Paul Jones "Through the holidays we had a most
pleasant surprise a three-way hookup Russ and Edith
[MacAulay] Jones of Florida called Charles and Mary Emlaw, connect-
ing the call to us here in San Luis Obispo, CA. That was really fun
talking to St. Pete, International Falls, Minnesota, and S.L.O., all at
the same time! We spent many holidays together when on the Canal
NEWS from the PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY, Friday, Feb-
ruary 25, 1977.
CONGRESSIONAL GROUP TOURS CANAL ZONE, R. of P.
A group of prominent U.S. Congressmen and one Congresswoman visited the
Isthmus last week to better acquaint themselves with the Canal situation and the
background surrounding the Canal treaty talks.
The distinguished delegation met with Canal officials and visited with Gov.
H. R. Parfitt, who briefed them in the Board Room of the Administration Building
at Balboa Heights. They met also with Lt. Gen. D. P. McAuliffe, Commander-in-
Chief, USSOUTHCOM, and received a SOUTHCOM briefing and met with U.S.
Ambassador William J. Jorden. The Congressmen received an orientation from a
Panama Government official on the country's economy and plans for develop-
ment. A number of the Congressmen also held informal conversations with resi-
dents of the Canal Zone, visiting several of their homes.
During the 4-day visit, they attended social activities in their honor and made
a tour of Miraflores Locks, where they were briefed on the Canal operation by Lt.
Gov. Richard L. Hunt.
Members of the delegation that visited the Isthmus included Congressman
John M. Slack, Jr., from Charleston, W. Va., who is Chairman of the House
Appropriations Subcommittee for the Department of State and served as chair-
man of the group; Congressman Neal Smith of Altoona, Iowa, Congressman John
J. Flynt, Jr. and Griffin, Ga., Congresswoman Yvonne Burke of Los Angeles,
Calif., all members of the State Department Subcommittee; Congressman George
E. Shipley of Olney, Ill., of the House Appropriations Committee; Congressman
Eldon Rudd of Arizona, a member of the Interior Committee; Congressman
Robert Stump of Arizona, a member of the Public Works and Transportation
Committee; Congressman J. Kenneth Robinson of Winchester, Va., a member of
the House Appropriations Committee; Congressman Robert K. Dornan of Cali-
fornia, a member of the Panama Canal Subcommittee; and Congressman Ralph H.
Metcalfe of Chicago, Ill., Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Panama
Several of the wives of the Congressmen accompanied their spouses to the
Isthmus as did Congresswoman Burke's husband.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application for Box 11566 DUES
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) ....... ............
S street ................... ............ B ox ................
C ity ...................... ... S tate ............ Z ip C ode ........
Former PC Employment ........................... .. ............
Amount Enclosed $ ......... Check ......... .. M.O...... ..... Cash .......
DUES $7.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
DUES, effective January 1, 1976, ARE $7.00.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for BLOOD BANK FUND DUES
Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
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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
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Friendship is a Golden Chain,
The links are friends so dear,
And like a rare and precious jewel
It's treasured more each year...
It's clasped together firmly
With a love that's deep and true,
And it's rich with happy memories
And fond recollections, too ...
Time can't destroy its beauty
For, as long as memory lives,
Years can't erase the pleasure
That the joy of friendship gives ...
For friendship is a priceless gift
That can't be bought or sold,
But to have an understanding friend
Is worth far more than gold ...
And the Golden Chain of Friendship
Is a strong and blessed tie
Binding kindred hearts together
As the years go passing by.
HELEN STEINER RICE
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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