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President Howard Linden Clarke, Jr.
President Says ................... 2 Salute to "Old Timers" ............ 39
From the Secretary's Desk ........ 2 News Features ................... 51
Editor's Lines .................... 3 Retirements ................... 62
Legislative Report ................ 5 Poem ......... ..... ........... 49
Minutes of Scheduled Meetings ..... 5 Weddings ................... .... 63
Registration-- Reunion ........... 9 Births .......... ............. 64
Reunion Report .................. 17 Deaths .......................... 66
Gov. H. R. Parfitt's Speech ........ 25 Sale and Locator ................ 104
August Luncheon Reservation Form .......... 103
CanalZone ........... 73 Florida .............. 86 Oregon .............. 96
Alabama ............. 73 Massachusetts ....... 93 South Carolina ....... 96
Arizona ............. 74 New York ........... 93 Texas ............... 97
Arkansas ......... .. 75 North Carolina ....... 94 Washington .......... 99
California ............ 77 Ohio ................ 95
Ramada Inn (South) 4 Vigilant Real Estate 21
Real Estate SHOWCASE 65 Hansen Marine, Inc. 35 Red Carpet Realty-- 100
PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS
DATES TO REMEMBER
18 JUNE Father's Day
4 JULY Independence Day
7 JULY 9:00 A.M. 'til Panama Canal Society of Florida Picnic War Veterans
Memorial Park, Bay Pines Hospital
4 AUG. 11:30 A.M. Social Hour 12:30 P.M. Luncheon, PCSoFL at Spoto's Villa,
12999 78th Ave. N., Seminole FL
1 SEPT. 1:30 P.M. Regular Monthly Meeting PCSoFL, Gulfport Community
Center Auditorium, 5730 Shore Blvd.
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Cover Photo: President Howard Linden Clarke, Jr.
Howard, the son of Howard L. Clarke, Sr. who worked on the construction of the
Canal on the Miter Gates, was born December 21, 1916, in the old wooden Ancon
Hospital. He lived at 1408-A Carr Street in Balboa, Canal Zone. Received his education in
the Canal Zone schools graduating from Balboa High School. Mr. Clarke served an
apprenticeship as Ship Rigger in the Balboa and Cristobal Dry Docks and upon
completion went to the Salvage and Diving School at Gatun, CZ. The diving career
extended through his Canal service and he was acting Diving Master and Salvage Diver
over extended periods. Mr. Clarke retired from the Panama Canal Company as the
General Foreman Rigger in the Cristobal Industrial Division after serving 36 years, 9
months and 6 days. He is a member of the B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge 1414 Cristobal, CZ.
Howard's hobbies are Ham Radio, golf and fishing.
Howard has a daughter, Mrs. Patricia Dunlap of Gatun, C.Z. and a son, Howard L.
Clarke III of Hollywood who has three children.
Mr. Clarke's wife, Emma Louise is from Union, New Jersey and worked in Coco
Solo as a High School Teacher.
President Clarke is always on the lookout for Canal Zone Ham Radio Operators that
have retired and are now living in the United States.
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
H. L. Clarke, Jr.
Jack F. Morris
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
William F. Grady
Paul M. Disharoon
J. F. Warner
H. L. Clarke, Jr.
Jack F. Morris
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Robert J. Roy
Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
J. Winter D. Collins
Liaison Officer for
the Canal Zone
The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
for the good and welfare of its members.
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June,
September, November and December.
MEMBERSHIP FEES $10.00 ANNUALLY. To receive the CANAL RECORD,
all persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $10.00. Entered as 2nd
Class matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class
Postage paid at Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.
PRINTED BY DIXIE PRINTING OF ST. PETERSBURG, 634 2nd Avenue
South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33733.
THE PRESIDENT SAYS ...
I take this opportunity to thank our past president Bob Roy and
all the dedicated officers and members for a job well-done in 1977-78.
With the help of all, I will try to live up to their high standards.
April 18, 1978 was a very sad day for our Society members, es-
pecially members having families living on the Zone. Having been
born there, it was doubly sad for me.
Arrangements have been made for the Society's annual picnic to
be held in shelters 3 and 4 at the War Veterans Memorial Park near
Bay Pines Hospital. Date for the picnic is July 7th from 10 A.M. until 3
P.M. Bring your own beverages but please remember LIQUOR IS
PROHIBITED in Pinellas County Parks. Pack your picnic basket with
a covered dish and all the utensils you will need. You might want to
bring along a comfortable lawn chair. Let's all join in the fun and good
fellowship with our ladies fine cooking.
On August 4th we will have our monthly meeting and luncheon at
SPOTO'S VILLA, 12999 78th Avenue North, Seminole. Happy hour
will be from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. followed immediately by the
luncheon. This is a beautiful place to meet and eat!
A canal! Wistful dream of the ages
Which baffled the prophets and seers;
'Twas the Yankees who finally built it
After four hundred twenty-some years!
PANAMA Yesterday And Today
by Sue Core
WOW, WHAT A RE-UNION!
See you at the picnic in July and the luncheon in August.
H. L. Clarke
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
The Reunion is over for another year and I would like to thank all
those who called and wrote to tell us how much they enjoyed the re-
We made some mistakes, yes, but we learn from our errors and
hope to correct them next year.
If you feel there is a better way to accomplish our objective a
reunion all will enjoy please send in your suggestions. We will con-
sider all reasonable ideas.
I am now experiencing a large influx of dues, a response to our
reminder notices. So do not be alarmed if it takes a few weeks to get
your dues cards back.
For those of you who have never attended, our July picnic is in
reality a mini-reunion. Hope to see a lot of you "out of owners" in
It was a fantastic reunion our group gets larger each year. I
was amazed to see some names on the registration list for I did not get
a glimpse of these people.
WANTED: More names and addresses of "Old Timers" and
articles of reminiscence dating back to the early construction days up
to the opening of the Panama Canal. We shall have a new section in
the Canal Record paying tribute to those who gave so much, for the
sacrifices to "dig the Ditch" and to you younger folks who were born
in the Canal Zone where living conditions were difficult for you and
your parents. We need a name for this section, so please submit
suggestive titles AND Please, submit stories, a few of which will be
printed in each issue.
Let's have another section in the Canal Record on interesting
happenings that took place after the Canal was opened to the present
day. Surely, members must have numerous human interest stories of
events on or off the job during your life on the Isthmus. Write them up
- submit them to the editor they will make interesting reading for
the members. AND, please submit a name for this section of the
Many of you showed a great interest and appreciated the door
prizes that were given away at the close of our business meeting at
the reunion. The following were contributors of the prizes: Ramada
Inn South, four dinner certificates, each for two persons, valued up to
$20.00 total value of at least $80.00; The Sand Dollar, dinner for two;
Howard Johnsons, South, dinner for two; Gigi's, two spaghetti
dinners; Holiday Inn South, dinner for two; Oyster Bar, two dinners;
Ponderosa, two steak dinners; Busch Gardens, three cases beer
(Light, Busch and Bud); Virginia Harris, 20 herb plants and Patty
Plunker, one 1978 Panama Canal Commemorative Plate, Third in
series designed by Al Sprague.
The Area News Reporters and I held a short meeting after the
Reunion Luncheon and I want you to know the names of your new
reporters so that you may submit news for the record through them.
Mrs. Martin A. Seiler (Florence) California
Mrs. Samuel H. Rowley (Sarah) Florida Upper Pinellas and
Mrs. John C. Schmidt, Sr. (Ruth) Florida Tampa and up.
Mrs. Roy A. Sharp (Frances) St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Vernon L. Clontz (Trudy) South Carolina.
Mrs. Ernest W. Zelnick (Ruth) North Carolina.
Mrs. Martha B. Woods Washington for Northwest.
Mrs. M. R. Roberson, Jr. (Patt Foster) Louisiana and surround-
Other reporters names appear on page 8 of Annual Issue -
Area News Reporters and others please mail your reports by
July 24th for the September Canal Record.
If you play a musical instrument, why not bring it along to the
July Picnic and we can make up a dance band and do a little dancing
under the shelter. Or just some good entertaining music by the Canal
Zone gang. Perhaps you bridge players may want to bring along a
table or two with chairs and cards and have a game of bridge. Let's
We hope you will attend our August luncheon at which time we
shall celebrate the 64th Anniversary of the opening of the Panama
Canal under the sole operation of the United States. We have a few
surprises for you so please fill out your reservation form (on the last
page of this issue), detach and submit with a check.
See you at the July Picnic and later at the August Luncheon.
Anna T. Collins
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
CLIP AND SAVE ----------CLIP AND SAVE ----------CLIP AND SAVE
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
HOW TO RESTORE TOTAL ANNUITY:
If you elected survivor benefits at the time of your retirement,
you are now having a certain percentage of your annuity withheld
each month offset the cost of an annuity for your spouse when you die.
Since October 26, 1974, those retirees who have lost their
survivor spouses are eligible to have that reduction for survivor
benefits restored to their annuities.
Should it become necessary to notify the Civil Service Commis-
sion of a change in your marital status caused by the loss of your des-
ignated survivor spouse by death or by divorce, send a letter to the
Commission with the following information: (Card Form marked "BRI
49-392 October 1974" is now obsolete).
1. Print your name and address (with ZIP code)
2. Give your CSA number and date of retirement
3. Give your date of birth
4. Give the date your marriage terminated
5. State reason for termination by death or by divorce
6. Enclose copy of spouse's death certificate or copy of final di-
7. Sign your letter (do not print)
8. Date your letter
Mail to: U.S. Civil Service Commission
Washington, DC 20415
WILLIAM F. GRADY
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, FL
3 February 1978
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Robert Roy at
1:35 P.M. Mr. Roy led the assembled group in the Pledge to the Flag.
The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks gave the Invocation which was
followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those who
had passed away since the January meeting.
The President welcomed the 128 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called: A.C. and Carmen Nagy Land O'Lakes;
Jack Clark Sarasota; Mr. and Mrs. George Poole Schnectady,
N.Y.; Emma Brown Tampa; George and Gert Allgaier St.
Petersburg; Grace Sanders Cary, NC; Mr. and Mrs. John McDowell
- Valhalla, NY; Lucky Wilburn Clearwater; Charles Smith St.
Petersburg; Agnes Jamke New Jersey; Stan and Ella Specht St.
Petersburg; Grace Carey Ann Arbor, MI and Mr. and Mrs. Paul
Ankrom Ellenton, FL.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the January
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, reported that the
Cost of Living was up 2.4% as of 31 December, and this increase will
be realized in the 1 April checks. Congress is so busy with the Panama
Canal Treaty debates and the Presidents energy bill that there has
been little action yet. The House has passed and sent to the Senate the
bill to restore annuities to divorcees if the marriage lasted twenty
Five members would celebrate birthdays during February and
three couples would celebrate anniversaries. Best wishes went out to
It was announced that Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morris were inter-
viewed for TV and the program would be aired Sunday 5 February at
10:30 A.M. on Channel 13.
Mr. Roy then played a record "Digging the Panama Canal" for
those in attendance. The record was well received. It will be available
for purchase at the Reunion.
The President then thanked the Refreshment Committee, Mrs.
Dolly Barbour and Mrs. Eleanor Connor, for their faithful service and
asked for a round of applause for them.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:15
3 March 1978
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Robert Roy at
1:30 P.M. Mr. Roy led the assembled group in the Pledge to the Flag.
The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the Invocation which was
followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those who
had passed away since the February meeting.
The President welcomed the 108 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called: Mr. and Mrs. John C. Schmidt Tampa;
Beatrice Harris Winford Lakeland; Grace Cary Ann Arbor, MI;
Gerald Fruth Clearwater; Margaret and George Martin -
Clearwater; Bob and Kelly Maynard Ft. Myers; Nick and Harriet
Elich Poison, MT; Angus Matheney Naples; Mildred Harper -
Holiday; Vera Smith Holiday; Flora Madison Holiday; Mary M.
Harrison Largo; Mr. and Mrs. Warren McNammee Davie; Helen
Rhodes Orlando; Anna Ruth Werkheiser Orlando and Esther
Currier St. Petersburg, FL.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the February
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. At the conclusion of her news report, Mrs. Collins
asked for volunteers to act as Area News Reporters.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the
Cost of Living was up .8% as of 31 January. Also the trade deficit was
the largest ever, in January 1978. Senator Eagleton, D-MO has
sponsored an amended bill that would deny government employes the
tax relief that would be granted all other Americans in the form of a
15% tax credit. This credit was proposed to offset the increases in
Social Security taxes. The Senate sub committee has approved the
house approved bill HR 3447, which restored the decrease in annuities
of unmarried government retirees when the person they designate for
survivor benefits predeceases them.
Six members would celebrate birthdays in March. Best Wishes
went out to all.
Mr. Roy thanked Dolly Barbour and Eleanor Connor for serving
so faithfully on the Refreshment Committee.
Mr. Roy then announced that we would have a meeting the first
Friday in April, but no meeting in May because it would so closely
follow the Reunion.
Virginia Harris announced that PBS FM 89.7 was broadcasting
the Senate debates on the Panama Canal Treaties. Interested persons
may call or write for scheduling to Mr. Palumbo, WUSF 4202 Fowler,
Tampa, FL 33620 Phone 1-974-2216.
Anna Collins thanked Dorothy Nichols for her help during the
mailing of the March Record.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:25
10- 1978 DUES $10.00 -
7 April 1978
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President Mr. Robert Roy at
1:30 P.M. Mr. Roy led the assembled group in the Pledge to the Flag.
The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the Invocation which was
followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those who
had passed away since the March 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: John E. Ridge, Jr. Miami; Marion
Hollowell Milton, DE; Cleo Burns Gloucester, VA; George and
Catherine Lowe Wilmington, DE; Mary Jane Cole Zephyrhills;
Gladys Humphries Sarasota; Mrs. George Felps St. Petersburg;
Robert Vache St. Petersburg; A. L. Lincoln Pinellas Park; Vance
and Georgia Howard St. Petersburg; A. K. and Kay Miller -
Sarasota; G. A. Warren Sarasota; A. C. and Carmen Nagy Land
O'Lakes and Mr. and Mrs. Warren McNamee Davie.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the March 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
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins. At the conclusion of her news report, Mrs. Collins
thanked Mr. Stan Guest and Mr. Nelson for bringing in gifts to be
used at the Reunion.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative reported that the cost
of living was .5% instead of .8% as of 31 Jan. It is 1.2% as of 28
February. The month of February set a new record for trade deficit.
Several Senate bills are still hanging fire and there has been no action
Six members would celebrate birthdays during April. The group
sang "Happy Birthday". Only Daile and Elizabeth Keigley would
celebrate an anniversary and best wishes went out to them.
Mr. Roy suggested a committee for the Cocktail Reception to
check tickets and control access to the dance. He named Mr. Howard
Clarke chairman of that committee.
Mr. Roy announced that instead of the July meeting, we would
have a picnic once again at the War Veterans Memorial Park on 7 July
from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Anna Collins told the group about Perry Washabaugh deserting
his wife in Tombstone, AZ. As the story goes, the Washabaughs
stopped for gas and Rita (a rock hound) strayed from the motor home
to look at some rocks. Perry completed gassing up and thinking Rita
was in the back, left Tombstone. He spoke to Rita several times and
when she didn't answer thought she was asleep. About 30 miles down
the highway the highway patrol pulled him over. Perry was
flabbergasted because he knew he hadn't broken any laws. The
patrolman asked if he was Perry Washabaugh and he said "yes". The
patrolman then asked him if his wife was with him. Perry again said
"yes". The officer asked where she was and Perry said "asleep in the
back". The Patrolman asked Perry to please wake her and of course -
no Rita. The officer said she was back in Tombstone. Perry asked the
officer if he had to go back and get her, and the patrolman said yes
because if he didn't they would have to arrest him for littering.
Mr. Roy thanked the refreshment committee Eleanor Connor
and Dolly Barbour.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:15
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
Forty-Sixth Anniversary Reunion Registrations
Donald R. Rudy, Viola M. Rudy, H. Lee Sampsell, Frances Sampsell, Rudy Gangle,
Marie Gangle, Henry Leisy, Etta Leisy, Jack Prather, Elsie Prather, Hazel Matthews,
Dolores Stewart, Stella Nita, Tony Nita, Paul Hayden, Johnny Mathews, Dottie
Mathews, Muriel Evans Neill, Buddy Thomas, Robert Lawyer, Ann Lawyer, Frank
Anderson, Rosemary Anderson, Bennett Williams, Judy Curtis, Pat Dodson Moty
Kiewicz, Leroy Koontz, Cybele Koontz, Max Finley, Bernice Finley, Jean Harris,
Leonard Brockman, Eleanor Brockman, Margaret Hern, John Hern, Muriel McGriff,
Corbin McGriff, Louis (Rathgeber) Hunt, Joe Hunt, Bud Yost, Dorothy Yost, Ida
Willoughby, Fred Willoughby, Kelly Wanio, Harry R. White, Marie Bailey, Lydia M.
Plaisance, Virginia Blount, Catherine Filo, Edwin Filo.
James A. Driscoll, Albert Turner, Rufus Lovelady, Gayle Kellar.
Earl Wrenn, Maxine Wrenn, Wilhelmina Bohan, Frances Palumbo, Luke Palumbo,
Karl Glass, Fern Glass.
A. Paul Jones, Rose Jones, Milton Wright, Chubby Wright, Lee Kariger, Lilybel
Kariger, Erma Forbes, Inez Evans, Vivian Corn, Chick Daniel, Louise Sprodlin, Joseph
E. Irving, Vera Grace Irving, Alice Christensen, Dot Allen, Bill Allen, Betsy Allen
Misner, Alice Johnson, Bud Bliss, Eleanor Bliss, Zonella Bliss Field, Thelma Reppe,
Sadie Nicchiarico, Ruth Straus, Rosemond Scott, Noble A. Phillips, Marion Phillips, Ann
Jones, Jay Jones, Bill White, Hedvig Seedborg, Vera Bolek, Alberta Harris, Alice
(Taber) Cullinani, Elizabeth M. Taber, Joseph Bourgeois, Ruth Bourgeois, Betty
(Brown) Quintero, Gladys Brayton, Donald Brayton, Carmela Reccia, John Finlason,
Shirley Finlason, Luis Finlason, Mona Finlason, Robert K. Adams, Ruth Adams, Martin
Seiler, Florence Seiler, Rusty Jones, Nita Jones, Joan Ridge deGrummond, Jack
deGrummond, Lyle deGrummond, Ruth Bauman, Wm. H. Lawson Jr., Betty Lawson,
Wilma Lawson Heles, Tom Rice, Marion Rice, Ray Will, Irene Will, Jim Will, Leroy
Leeser, Stephen Bissell.
CANAL ZONE -35
Bea Rhyne, Winter Collins, Ann Terwilliger, Albert Terwilliger, Patty Plucker, Lucile
Robison, John Milton Sanders, Mary Nell Sanders, Jay Foster, Jean Foster, Gov. H. R.
Parfitt, Mrs. H. R. Parfitt, Richard Danielsen, Betty Chan Snow, Elsie (Lawyer)
Woodruff, Marion Woodruff, Geneva Bliss Shrapnel, Rudy Burda, Julieta Burda, Rita
Will, Vera Ryan, Fred Ryan, Debbie Dekle, Dr. Frank Smith, Brian Wadsworth, Allan
Gaber, Tom Young, Ben Cope, Bill Gough, Rod Sellens, Dottie Humphrey, Bill Sullivan,
Max Guardia, Bill Neal, Vivian Neal.
Emmett Kiernan, Anna Kiernan, Lillian.
Lucy Driscoll Howe, Gerald E. Howe, Lillian Evans, L. Harrington, Norma Harrington,
Diane Harrington, Carol Saarinen Smith, Bill Smith.
Gerard Audy, Marion Hollowell, George Lowe, Catherine Lowe.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 6
Judith Hotz Massa, Frank McLeod, Marjorie Rosado Pike, Lillian Clarke, Woody
Babbitt, Dorothy Babbitt.
Robert J. Roy, Howard L. Clarke, Jr., Emmy Lou Clarke, Leslie Clarke, Jean B. Mann,
Edward J. Mann, Anna T. Collins, Cdr. C. J. Collins, Gene E. Clinchard, Jack F. Morris,
Grace Morris, Paul Disharoon, Olga Disharoon, Eugene Askew, Ethel Askew, Louise
Bissell, Mary Belle Hicks, Mary Stacy, Frances Sharp, Sarah Rowley, Dorothy Bryant,
Louise Barnes, Henri Skeie, Mildred Sutherland, Mary Orr, Kay Miller, Peggy Falk,
Mary Egolf, Mina Dee, Dorothy Yocum, Georgia Howard, Eleanor Buehler, Naomi
Frangioni, Gladys Humphrey, Maybelle Walker, Anne Pennock, Ralph Harvey, Virginia
Harvey, Viola Fuller, Russell Jones, Edith Jones, Nolan Bissell, Robert H. Hicks,
Clarence E. Priest, Tess Priest, Leonard Ruppel, Mary Ruppel, Dona Worstell, William
Hughes, Myrtle Hughes, Alton Jones, Vera Jones, Jack Kaplan, Pauline Kaplan, Hank
Perry, Beula Perry, Jean Barker, Linnie Turner, Margaret Wiggin, Shirley Clymer,
Billie Martin, Abe Lincoln, Daniel A. Lawson, Alicia Lawson, Earl Sears, Bea Sears,
Aggie Anderson, Norman Anderson, Marge Hollowell, Ross Hollowell, Hilda Harrold,
Chester Harrold, John A. Taber, Lillian "Carlie" Taber, Jim Bryant, Mary Harrison,
Bessie Lyons, Ruth Baltozer, Bea Leitner, Buck Lockridge, Frances Gilley, J. C.
Thompson, Kay Miller, Allen Miller, John McLain, Sr., Gladys McLain, Wesley
Townsend, Virginia Townsend, Annie Torbert Wainio, John Wainio, Ida Gaudette,
Bernice Cote, William Gaudette, Jim Hayden, William A. Gribbons, Rita Gribbons, Dan
Harned, Doris Harned, Roy Sharp, Jessica Matheney, E. N. Eberly, Doris Barfield,
LeRoy Barfield, Lamar Murray Leopold, Lester Leopold, Pete Wardlaw Clark, Frank
Lerchen, Martha Lerchen, Margaret Redmond, Glenn Redmond, Harriet Gorman,
Walter Gorman, Jim Wood, Virginia Wood, Harry Cain, Charlotte Dailey, Earl Dailey,
Joyce Collinge, Stan Guest, Ann Cunningham, Frank Cunningham, Richard Conley,
Gladys Conley, Leonard Landers, Frances Landers, Joseph Schafer, Marie Schafer,
Amelia McGroarty, Dave Rowe, Olma Holley, Bill Lierman, Neta Murwin, Reba
Alexander Higginbotham, Rodney Higginbotham, Edna Million, Jim Million, Rae
Newhard Ebdon, Joe Ebdon, Edith Eppley, Frances Days Jones, George Walker,
Charlotte Tully, George Tully, Gustaf A. Peterson, Bill Grady, Beth Grady, Nina
Jenkins, Ivan Jenkins, Mary Hummel "Isabelle", Marie Lindh, Fred Mohl, Trudi Mohl,
PaulMohl, Margie Mohl, Anna Wright, Anna Bartlett, Marion Greene, Rob Smith, Elsie
Smith, Tommy Roth, George Roth, Jerry Steiner, John A. Madison, Daniel J. Ianoale,
Aurora lanoale, Al Nelson, Inez Nelson, Daisy Nelson, Robert Hammetter, Dolores
Hammetter, Roger Williams, Dorothy Williams, Barbara Cunningham, Mary Louise
Parsons, Cy Fields, C. Stuart Townshend, Margaret Townshend, Doris Townshend,
George Hall, Elcy, Hall, Clara Saarinen, Beatrice Simonis, Josephine Sprague, Edna
Wertz, Florence Mallett, Ida Straus Gifford, Margaret Martin, George Martin, Monroe
Phillips, Marie Phillips, Mack B. Hicks, Dorothy Hicks, Pamela Adams, Amy Adams,
Bob Coulthard, Roger M. Howe, Kay Howe, Joe Hickey, Mildred Hickey, Sam Rowley,
Betty Crawford, Sidney Hayes, Jack Brayton, Clara Brayton, Margaret Fenton, Helen
Coughlin, William Hollowell, Edna (Skippy) Hollowell, Peggy Sherlock, June Edwards,
Ruth Endres Nielsen, Virginia Nessler, Alice Patten, Vivian Mikulich, Walter Mikulich,
"Tyke" Cotton, Edith Cotton, Betty Forgeson, Barney Forgeson, Nellie Wood Engelke,
Bobby Engelke, Millie Rowe, Bill Rowe, Helen Kat, Bert Kat, Perc Graham, Marion
Graham, Albert McKeown, Sallie McKeown, W. Dewey Goodwin, Phyllis H. Zipperer,
Borgie Hermo Misenheimer, Rex E. Beck, Helen Beck, Leo M. Wilkes, Edna M. Wilkes,
C. W. Wade, Evelyn Wade, Deborah Wade, Cecilia Waldorf, Alfred J. Waldorf, Betty
Jorgensen, Stan Specht, Ella Specht, Dick Mahoney, Flora Mahoney, Conroy Dockery,
Mary Lou Dockery, Mildred Harper, Elma Schiebe, Lyla Esler, Bud Esler, Dorothy
Catron, William Catron, Joyce Clarke, Jack Clarke, Daile Keigley, Elizabeth Keigley,
Bettie Turner, Troy Hayes, Evelyn Hayes, Alice Beck, Tom Gove, William Nickisher,
Rose Nickisher, Helen Cicero, Joe Cicero, Edith Spender, Eleanor Connor, Dolly
Barbour, Jim R. Shirley, Ruth Shirley, Herb Stapf, Marion Stapf, George Whaler,
Virginia Whaler, C. H. Shedlock, Lois Shedlock, Roger Hamor, Rosario Hamor, Melvin
Smith, Miriam Smith, Paul Saarinen, Marie Curles, Ralph Curles, William Barrett,
Evelyn Barrett, Edna Ward, Robert Bartram, Carol Bartram, Ed O'Brien, Eileen
O'Brien, Hugh D. Hale, Anne E. Hale, Yane Leves, Peggy Wertz, Joe Wertz, Mirt
Bender, Shirley Crook, Sadie Slaughter, Bill Slaughter, Bernard Everson, Fi Everson,
Roger Deakins, Violet Deakins, Myrtle Kennerly, Ernest C. Stiebritz, Edith Stiebritz,
Kay Taliercio, Johnnie Strickland, Mary Egolf, Harry Egolf, Edward Albin, Solveig
Albin, Ruth Bigelow, Henry Bigelow, Richard Temford, Helen Temford, Beverly
Buehler, Howard Buehler, Harry Jones, Nancy Jones, Duayne McNeil, Virginia Lyons,
Bell Lyons, Josephine Jones, Margaret Klasovsky, John M. Klasovsky, Charles
Lavallee, Dorothy Lavallee, William Keller, Maria Keller, Mickey Kaplan, Vida Kaplan,
Franca Palis, Tony Frangioni, Bill Wichmann, Joe Bongiorni, Claude Howell, Marie
Howell, Vance Howard, Shirley Magie, Bob Magie, Aaron Toscar, Joan Toscar, Rickie
Mallett, Charles Morency, Marie Morency, David Farnie Kaplan, Don Rogers, Charlene
Rogers, Nancy Wachsmuth, Walter Wachsmuth, C. Hensler, Grace Barnwell, A. C.
Nagy, Carmen Nagy, Mahlon Davis, Mary Davis, Fred Szymanski, Tosha Szymanski, C.
Bell, S. Bell, Bonnie Howell, Betsy Williams, H. Holcomb, M. Holcomb, Oscar Wenborne,
Marnette Wenborne, Tillie Fessler, PaulFessler, Isabel Gibson, Virginia Reese, Emmie
Richards, Bartley Smith, Madge Smith, John Hey, Barbara Hey, Lisa Wynham, Robert
Dailey, Jessie Dailey, Eileen Esslinger, Dorothy Neal, Elwin Neal, Edward A. Doolan,
Mary Doolan, Dian Brader, Fred Schwartz, Hannah Schwartz, Jean Wruck, Larry
Parks, Edna Hewitt Ogletree, Margaret Hewitt Sapp, Donald Humphrey, Dottie
Humphrey, H. J. Chase, Tom Jacks, Gloria Jacks, Joe Dongiovni, Bertha Scott, Barton
Scott, Regina Scott, G. Moore, Digan Bonneau, George Bonneau, E. Kalin, Arthur
Bullard, Janet Bullard, Clara Bullard, Arthur Bullard, Jr., Grace Schack Wilson, Joyce
Carling Hudson, D. L. Swafford, L. Abernathy, W. Albernathy, Agnes Coleman, Carol
Masino, Marion Dodson, Robert McAllister, Connie Bishop, Jim Marshall, Marion
Marshall, Catherine Hammond, Sherman Hammond, Nell Hickman, James Hale, Olive
Van Fleet, Chuck Long, Linda Long, Dr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Paolucci, H. G. Anderson,
Garnet Anderson, Al Bissett, Mariam Bissett, Marge Daniels, George Daniels, Marina
Madison, Paul Kunkel, Ann Kunkel, Dorothy Peterson, George Sausel, Bill Wheeler,
Jeanne Wheeler, David Senzer, Ruth Senzer, Lou Haseman, Irene Haseman, Hugh M.
Mitchell, Gordon Thiel, Sr., George Winquist, Katherine Winquist, Johana Freudig-
mann, Fran Orvis, Wilton Strickland, Jack Corrigan, Marie Corrigan, Charlie Taber,
Gaddis Wall, Byrle Wall, Max Conover, Alice Conover, Winston Abernathy, Lucile Ab-
ernathy, Leon Warren, Gretchen Warren, Bill Price, Louie Kleefkens, Virginia Kleef-
kens, Pas Parker, Gloria Parker, Maxine Dixon, William Dixon, Sibby Pittman, Simon
Jones, Robert Hicks, Shirley Smith, R. E. Parker, Vera Hills, Walt Fender, Fronia Fend-
er, Irene Ladrach, Jackie Linker, Connie Chase, Rita McAllister, Mac McAllister, Mil-
dred Patton, Gloria Foster, John H. Foster, Matt Shannon, Lydia Shannon, Elmer
Nordstrom, Walter H. Hobby, Elva Hobby, John B. Hall, Madge L. Hall, Della Noonan,
Fred Busch, Alvina Busch, Doris E. Cox, Almeda McCoy, Gerald F. Graham, Harlan P.
Crouch, Georgia Crouch, Dorothy Hamlin, Magaret Peterson, Fred Huldquist, Jane
Huldquist, Marie Neal, Gerald Neal, Harry Waldbridge, Mildred Waldbridge, Irma A.
Wicks, William Boehning, Gladys Boehning, John Ridge, Jr., Julie Wilson Ridge, Jack
Ridge, Sr., Clyde Willman, Eleanor Willman, Katherine McNamee, Warren McNamee,
Edna Campbell, Bellamy Abbott, Elmer Abbott, Bob Johnson, Pete Johnson, Rita
Hoyle, Warner Hoyle, Blanche Briscoe, Rita Webster, William K. Webster, Olga
Disharoon, PaulDisharoon, Gayle Fortner, Mavis Fortner, Nanomi Frangioni, Dorothy
Yocum, Ernest Yocum, Jack Morris, Grace Morris, Gerald Froth, Ida Froth, Robert
Hanna, Mary Hanna, Lloyd Peterson, Ruth Peterson, Janet Cunningham, Ross
Cunningham, George Allgaier, Gertrude Allgaier, Nina Warner, Margaret Warner,
Mae Hallett, Carlton Hallett, Carlton, Hallett, Jr., Judy Hallett, Louise Caldwell, Ray
Caldwell, Charlotte Eckert, Florence Harrison, Lois Woodruff, Dorothy Browning
Cantway, Shirley Woodruff Hicks, Harry Foster, Mary Foster, Warren Cain, Frances
Cain, Zip Zierton, Peggy Sylvestre, Tony Sylvestre, Joe Kuhn, Callaway Kuhn, Arthur
Schneider, Marie Dube, Fred A. Dube, Frederick B. Dube, Marie Dube Burns, Earle
Brown, Ruth Schmidt, John Schmidt, Emma Barlow, John Wheaton, Pat Snyder
Parsons, Buddy Parsons, John "Chuso" Parsons, Virginia Starke, Carl Starke, Kenneth
Daly, Alice Daly, Marie Schmidt Park, William Park, Ernest A. Erickson, Ethel Karran,
Wm. G. Dolan, Cecile Dolan, Pauline Holmelin, Muriel Whitman, Ruth Bollea, Peter
Bollea, Vernice Moody, Henry Moody, Dorothy Pate, Al Pate, Marie Wolf, Harvey
Sauter, Dal Heilman, Babe Heilman, Betty Underood, Mary Alice May Osgood, Irene
May, Erna Hower, Betty Skeelding, Rupert S. Turner, Jack Campbell (Dunedin),
Connie Clinchard, Tuck Hummer, Phyllis Hummer, Charlotte Laurie, Mike LaCroix,
Dot LaCroix, Blanch Hutchings, Esther Hutchings, Helen Saarinen, Eva Harte, Robert
Kosan, Pauline Downs, Phillip Downs, Janet Jenner, Hod Jenner, Anna White Tuthill,
Thelma Camby, Marilyn Harley, Paul Barnard, Paul Barnard Jr., Velia Hruska, Elmer
Hurska, Juanita McConaughey, Dick McConaughey, Max McCoy, Donald Jacques,
Balbina Jacques, Amy Paddock, Tom Dee, Florence Dee, Virginia Fishbough, Leon
Fishbough, Helen Muller, Alice Allen, Mazie Curtis Schwartzrock, Harry Colbert,
Graciellen Colbert, Lilly Seidman, Ruben Seidman, George Booth, Virginia Booth, Ida
Barlow, Merlena Searle, Ava Howell, Doris Edelen, Houston Esslinger, Betty Malong,
Zens Knapp, Gladys Knapp, Anna Knapp, Allie Knapp, Ray Schneider, Ann Schneider,
Marion Hannberg, Arnold Hannberg,Gene Clinchard, Robert Herrington, Dorothy
Herrington, Judi Cunningham, Eddie Cunningham, Milton Horter, Tommie Lou Horter,
Odessa Hearne, Julian Hearne, Mildred Hearne, Edward Walsh, Illa Mae Walsh, Conroy
Dockery, Mary Lou Dockery, Margaret Nordstrom, Don Miller, Ginny Miller, Marty
Hayes, Loutta Hayes, Mary Fritz, Henry Nagel, James Mable, Bee Mable, Carrie
Sanders, Irl Sanders, Sr., Burton Hatchett, Eleanore Wine, Tom Page, Charlot Page,
Philip Hale, M. L. Hale, Joseph Lukacs, Jean Lukacs, Edna Hummer, Ellen Shirer, Carl
Widell, Harriet Widell, Arthur O'Donnell, Geraldine O'Donnell, Dorothy Schnell, Ralph
Schnell, Marie Van Clief, Emma Brown, Arthur Butler, Stella Butler, Florence Beeson,
Lorraine Terry, James Horace Jones, Charlie Fears, Sally Smith, Paul E. Kuhn, Sr.,
Elizabeth Kuhn, Azilee Averitt Settle, Mary Jane Ward, Ruth Powell, Edith McAllister,
Dr. Thomas L. Burns, David N. Percy, Gay Burns, Irving Spector, Bud Erikson, Ana,
Vida Hamrick, Nellie Berger O'Neil, Mrs. Albert Evans, Alice Knapp, Bud Knapp,
Evelyn Slowick, Ruth Gomez, Louie Gomez, Barbara Hutchings, Barbara Ann
Hutchings, A. B. Sigfrid, Nick Degsus, Sis Bell, Sandra Chaflin, Pam Coloski, Louise
Saum, Gertrude Roberto, Don Roberto, Hattie Jones, Geneva Stockam, Roland Jones,
William Wigg, Sylvia Wigg, Slim Summerford, Frances Summerford, Wm. Catron, Ray
Wheeler, Mike Ferrara, Ann Terwilliger Ferrara, Kay Daniels, Fred Ebdon, Bev
Ebdon, Helen Musco, Victor Musco, Herb Spector, Angela Spector, Brenda Riser, Ted
Riser, Pam Spector, Marie Bennett, Anna Mills, Betty Smith, Dudley Smith, Joe
Lockman, Susan Cotton Sutherland, David Sutherland, Rusty Sutherland, Darleen
Sutherland, Fran Baltozer, Gloria Lord, Jack Campbell, Fern Campbell, Curtis Bliss,
Emily Bliss, Carol Peregay, Mickey Fitzgerald, R. W. Matson, Chris Felps, George
Felps, GailAvery, Don Avery, Chris Skeie, Irl Sanders, John Whidden, Betsy Whidden,
Rebecca Disharoon, Helen Corrigan, Sue Corrigan, Rosie Corrigan, Pete Corrigan,
Shirley Alexaitis, Jack Alexaitis, Sherry Alexaitis, John Alexaitis, Jr., Mary Ann
Palmer, Paul Alexaitis, Cheryl Alexaitis, Lois Jones, Roy Reyes, Charlotte Craig,
Norman Davison, Vera Davison, Nat Litvin, Mrs. Allie, Mrs. Sarah Flowers, Clye
Flowers, Leslie Anderson, Coryne Anderson, Greg Gramlich, Dick Gramlich, Vera
Smith, Walter McBride, Marjorie McBride, Flora Madison, Betty Forbes, Elmer
Forbes, William Bailey, Maggie Bailey, Louise Pustis, Curtis Bliss, Emily Bliss, Eva
Stephan, Gerry Fox, Melba Fox, Nelinda Matson, Warren Smith, Joe Ebdon, Levi Neal,
Pearl Neal, Pauline Arnold, Sally Smith, Paul Smith, Vonna Huldtquist, Ruby Boggs,
Roxie Peters, Bill Dunning, Timothy Collins, Doris Graham, C. J. Roy, Douglas Crook,
R. Brome, W. Brome, Mayor Corrine Freeman, St. Petersburg, FL.
Virginia Perra Conupp, Cecilia Perra, Willie Hadarits, Aurelia Hadarits, Mrs. R. N.
(Lee) R. Trower, Wilbur E. Dockery, Eva Dockery, Albert B. Collins, Anita Collins, Bill
Waldron, Nell Waldron, David Vaughn, Beverly Vaughn, Cassia Vaughn, David
Vaughn, Jr., Alda McLeod, Glen Wood Herring, Dorothy Clinchard, William A.
Clinchard, Peggy McKenzie, W. J. Dockery, Eva Dockery.
Betty Cavanaugh, Lindon Cavanaugh, Earl Engel, Hazel Engel, Bonnie Enbel Bell,
Elmer Hack, Flora Hack.
John P. Turner, Jim Cross, Eleanor Cross,Mary McCullough, William K. Ward.
Herbert Staples, Ethel Staples, Leila Mills, Hobart Mills, Thorton G. Madden, Caroline
George Folger, Rusty (Doris) Folger, Lottie Tinnon, Margaret (Ridge) Coffey, Dorothy
(Ridge) Tully, Patt Foster Roberson.
Mark James Driscoll, Sylvia Driscoll Anna Setzer, James Washabaugh, Gladys
Kennedy, Elsa Bailey, Honey B. Dimitriadis, George Dimitriadis, Eve Dimitriades,
John Dimitriadis, Ruth Van Steenberg, Charles Van Steenberg.
James E. Stuart, Ellen Seaman, Harry Seaman, Faith Mello,
Tommie Williford, William Williford, Francis Werlein.
Frank Castles, Ellen
NEW HAMPSHIRE 2
Hazel Richards, Howard Richards.
NEW JERSEY -10
Julius Petersen, Ann Taverna, Mary (Ridge) Gribbin, Jack Gribbin, Jane Curtis, Eddie
Curtis, Genevieve H. Squeri, Leah Corbliss, Florence Whigam, John Whigam.
NEW MEXICO 3
Royce Lewis, Sue Lewis, Tom Ebdon.
NEW YORK 20
Andrew Page, Ruth Everson, Louie Everson, Inez Cassidy, Elsie McDowell, John
McDowell, Maija Reed, Johnny Reed, Judy May Reed, Nealie Van Siclen, Thelma
Babbitt, Emma Noe, Robert Van Siclen, Wilma Reynolds Kirkpatrick, Tede Duff
Lyng, Carl Hoffman, Jr., Betty Hoffman, Carl Hoffman III, Arthur Cote, Helen Cote.
NORTH CAROLINA 23
Thomas Alley, Edith Rowe Alley, Richard S. Sandiford, Grace A. Sanders, Truman
Hoenke, Betsy Hoenke, Clara S. Jorstad, Betsy Williams, Luther Frank Jones, Essie B.
Jones, Jack Dombrowsky, Jean Dombrowsky, Della Howell, Clarence Howell, Bob
Blaney, Trudy Blaney, Eugene Hamlin, Capt. Howard Johnson, Emily Johnson, Pam
Rowe Harold, Joseph Harold, Ernest Zelnick, Ruth Zelnick.
Bob Ridge, Pat Ridge, Joffre Sauvageau, Margaret Sauvageau, Walter Campbell, Dolly
Campbell, Winton Webb, Dorothy Webb, Mack Walbridge, Adele Walbridge.
Lyle W. Warnke, Marge Warnke, Karl Schmidt, Florence Schmidt, Marilyn Marsh,
Tom Marsh, Edith Margaret Davis.
Perry Washabaugh, Rita Washabaugh, Bill Poole, Jack Poole, Jeanette Jans, Sue
Bruland, Gertrude Sterling, Donovan Geyer, Therese Geyer, Emerson Gilmore,
SOUTH CAROLINA 28
James O. Catron, Eletheer Catron, Charles L. Green, Nora Green, Adolph Kapinos
(Andy), Vern Kapinos, Tillie Hogan, Howard Hogan (Jim), J. D. Tate, Ethel W. Tate, B.
J. Hartley, Grace Hartley, Albert Shore, Leona Shore, Paul Badonsky, Leona Badonsky,
Jasper L. Myers, Hilda C. Myers, Lee Clontz, Trudy Clontz, Nellie Bruland Jansen,
Bernice Hill, William G. Hill, Olga Holmes, Arty Holmes, Dorothy W. Everson, John A.
Everson, Evelyn R. Condon.
SOUTH DAKOTA 1
Perry Washabaugh, Jr.
Nellree Berger, Ernie Berger, Dr. Myron Szczukowski, Lillian Szczukowski, Maxine
Carpenter, Henry Carpenter, Bebe Sanford, George Sanford, Jim Hicks, Ann Hicks, Pat
Hicks, J. Morton Thomson, Jr., Macel Thomson, Mim Hicks.
Thomas J. Egger, Ginger Egger, Dorothy B. Smith, Lloyd M. Smith, Gladys Turner,
Robert Turner, Betty Sebik, Edward W. Sebik, Val Schroeter, Bert Schroeter, Suzie
Schroeter, Edward Coyle, Ellen Coyle, Ted Birkeland, Polly Birkeland, Irene Wright,
Jean Spencer, Don Spencer, J. B. Fields, Annette Fields, Doris Chollar, Frank Chollar,
Marion Wells, Gloria Coulthard Holmlin, Gus Holmlin, J. D. Mitchusson, Nadine Cain,
Rose Casey, Bonnie Bell Howle, Chas. Howle.
Bea French, Worden French.
Leo Eberenz, Madeline Eb'erenz, Richard Cox, Shirley Cox, Ted Cook, Hamner Cook,
Cleo Burns, James Dalton, Helen Dalton, June Bunker Klemmer, John W. Purvis, Oscar
Ward, Jr., Catherine Ward, Kathryn Meissner, Russell Meissner, Stella Boggs De Moin,
Ruth Wallio, Rosalie Cook, Corrie Van Steenberg, Geri Whaler Grape, Leland Brooks,
Hazel Brooks, Ray Wells, Frances Wells, Katherine Staples, Mary Sibley, Helen
Swearington, George McWorter.
Jeanne Wood, Bill Wood, Mike Cunningham.
VAN COVER IS. B. C. CANADA 2
Ronnie Vockradt, Cecil Vockradt.
PUERTO RICO 2
Jay Cunningham, Liz Hastings.
Edith Jones, Ch.
Emmy Lou Clark
Mary Belle Hicks
The Ramada, the scene of the Reunion, was alive with old faces of
the gang from the Canal Zone. There was a bit of discussion on the
Treaties as some of the folks had worked diligently writing, telephon-
ing and sending telegrams to their senators to all the senators,
trying to persuade them not to give OUR CANAL ZONE AND
CANAL away. As you read on from the articles printed in the news-
papers and from some of our Roosevelt Medal holders, from people
who lived in the Canal Zone during the Construction Days of the
Panama Canal and from others, you will know how we all felt at the
There was a long line of members waiting to register with Edith
Jones and her committee. Another line in front of Mrs. Jean Mann,
who was assisted by her daughter, Sandy, to pick up luncheon and
cocktail tickets, plus pay dues. Winter Collins was also helping Jean to
sell bumper decals and Panama books. Mrs. Jay Cain was busy
giving out luncheon table assignments.
Dottie and Johnny Mathews from Fairhope, AL had a table set up
along the west wall of the banquet room with Bateas on display and
for sale. Elsie and Jack Prather, from Dothan, had many lovely
pictures done in water colors depicting the Canal Zone, Panama and
San Bias. Patty Plunker was up from the Canal Zone selling the 1978
Panama Canal Commemorative Plate, Third in the series designed by
Al Sprague and made by Patty.
Dottie Mathews displays her bateas.
Elsie Prather displays her pictures.
Patty Plunker [on right] displays Al Sprague's pictures and plates.
appy--S fathh'g T-^^^ay to qJou!
The conversation was just humming as members and friends
passed from one to the other renewing friendships until it was lunch
time. In the southern end of the room was a soup and sandwich bar.
Many of us partook from this bar and ate outside on the patio by the
pool where it was delightful with temperatures pushing to 70 degrees
and up. Others lunched upstairs or in the various restaurants along
Highway 19 or 34th Street.
Prior to the meeting the Lakewood High School Spartones lead by
Fred Eshleman entertained us with a Hit Parade of Songs from 1900
through the years. They were sensational. One boy Kenny Peters was
dressed as Shirley Temple and sang "Good Ship Lolly Pop". "She" also
flirted with Lloyd Peterson who was wearing extra large framed sun
glasses. Then a real live doll, Kim Stacy, imitated Betty Boop singing
"I Want to be Loved by you and Only You" sat upon member Max
Conover's lap. Did his face ever turn red the color of the lovely
vivacious singer's outfit. Sorry the camera did not catch this moment,
but we know it will always live on in Max's memory!! And the group
danced with our members as shown below.
Spartones Lakewood High School
Mr. Jack Morris, the
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Forty Sixth Anniversary Reunion
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Ramada Inn, South, St. Petersburg, Florida
28 April 1978
The business meeting of the 46th Annual Reunion of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr.
Robert Roy at 3:00 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. Roy then welcomed the members and guests
who were present. He also announced a schedule of events for the
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the March meeting.
As there were no additions, corrections or omissions, the minutes
were approved as read. As the financial report for March was read at
the April 7th meeting and the books for April had not been closed, the
Secretary/Treasurer read the financial report prepared by the
auditor for the year 1977.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that no bills
passed during this session that were any benefit to us. HR 8818 a tax
credit bill was introduced by Florida representative Skip Bafalis.
Members were urged to write their congressman about this bill. The
Cost of Living as of 31 March was up .8% giving us a 3 month total of
Mr. Roy then announced that the Executive Board recommended
that the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society be amended to
eliminate the May meeting (follows the Reunion by one week) and the
July Meeting (our annual picnic).
Mr. Roy then announced that the Executive Board had recom-
mended that in the future, reservations for Reunion functions be
accepted for members only prior to 1 March. The board believes that
our members should have priority in securing reservations to all the
reunion activities. After 1 March reservations will be accepted from
non-members. The only exception to this rule will be single members,
who will be allowed one guest.
Mr. Nolan Bissell, Chairman of the Nominating Committee pre-
sented the slate of officers for 1978. The slate was:
President Mr. Howard L. Clarke, Jr.
Vice President Mr. Jack Morris
Secretary/Treasurer Mrs. Jean Mann
Record Editor Mrs. Anna Collins
Mr. Bissell moved the nominations be closed and the secretary be
instructed to cast one vote for the unanimous acceptance of the slate.
Motion seconded. Motion carried.
Ten members would celebrate birthdays and four couples anni-
versaries during April. Best Wishes went out to all.
Mr. Roy thanked Mrs. Edith Jones and her committee for their
efficient handling of the Registration. Also, Mrs. Jay Cain for her
thankless job of handling seating arrangements for the Luncheon. He
expressed his appreciation to Dolly Barbour and Eleanor Connor who
so faithfully serve refreshments at each of our monthly meetings.
Mr. Eugene Askew was recognized and commended Mr. Roy on a
fine term of office as President of the Society. He reminded all that it
is no easy job preparing for each annual reunion.
A picnic and mini CZ reunion will be held at Merritt Island on
May 20th at the Kiwanis Park. All are welcome.
Forty-seven door prizes had been donated for our annual meeting
and a drawing was then held.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:00
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
After the meeting most of us were exhausted and needed a rest
before the big Lucho night . so off we dashed home or to our
respective hotel rooms. But one member, Virginia Harris of St.
Petersburg Beach, with the assistance of a friend, was busy
decorating a trellis, a background for Lucho and the tables for the
reception-dance. Virginia had prize winning hibiscus of many hues and
bougainvillea. Two lovely daughters of Bob Ridge from Ohio came to
Virginia's aid. The decorations were just gorgeous and it is a pity we
cannot afford colored pictures in the CANAL RECORD. Thank you,
Virginia. Your tedious efforts were much appreciated.
They are talking about
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The crowd welcomed Lucho Azcarraga in a festive manner. When
he played "Happy Days Are Here Again" (we needed this tune) there
were lots of cheers. The dance floor was crowded all evening the
room was crowded and the patio was crowded . 1312 people
registered and I wager there were at least 100 or more that did not
register. If we could have only stopped the clock and danced all night.
But it was an exhilarating night we enjoyed hearing and dancing to
Lucho's music and he had to depart. Jack Ridge, known to all, then
took over the organ and we continued to dance until after 1 A.M.
Saturday, over breakfast, was another reminiscent morning.
Who one did not see Friday morning, afternoon or evening, one tried
to see then, but it was difficult to visit with whom you wanted to, with
such a large crowd of people. All too soon it was time to go into the
Luncheon and one knew that the reunion was almost over.
Stan Guest, A. Nelson and Anna Collins picked up an assortment
of pen, pencils, sewing kits, etc. "give aways" from Home Federal
Savings and Loan, Franklin Federal, St. Petersburg Federal Savings
and Loan, Florida Federal Savings, First Federal Savings and Loan of
Clearwater, Landmark Union Trust, Central Plaza, Sun Bank,
Community Bank, Ellis Bank, Vigilant Real Estate, Custom Trim
Products Inc., Spotos, Arbys, Dixie Printing, Florida Power and
American Automobile Association. Rita Washabaugh and Anna
Collins had bagged these Thursday evening and prior to the luncheon,
Winter Collins, Perry Washabaugh, Jr. and Jim Washabaugh assisted
Anna in placing these litter bags with useful souvenirs, on the 775
luncheon guests chairs.
Our retiring president, Mr. Robert Roy introduced the head table
- Mr. Winter Collins, Mrs. Grace Morris, Mr. Howard L. Clarke, Jr.,
Mrs. Pat Parfitt, Mayor Corrine Freeman, Gov. H. R. Parfitt, Mrs.
Rosa Allie, Mr. Jack Morris, Mrs. Emma Lou Clarke, Mrs. Mary Belle
Hicks and Mr. R. H. Hicks.
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L. to R.: June Edwards, Ruth Neilsen, Peggy
ret Fenton and Helen Coughlin.
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Barbara Cunningham and "My Two Sons".
Gov. Parfitt talking to Roosevelt Med- Governor Parfitt
al Holder, Mr. Thomas J. Ebdon, Sr.
Mrs. Grady, Mr. Grady and Past
Pres. and Mrs. E. Askew
Gov. Parfitt, Mrs. Pat Parfitt, Past
President Rob Roy and Mrs. Rosa
Mrs. Rosa Allie, Mr. Jack Morris, Mrs. Emma Lou Clark, Mrs. Mary
Belle Hicks, Mr. R. H. Hicks and Mayor Corrine Freeman.
Mr. Roy then gave recognition to the following past presidents:
Mr. Troy Hayes, Mr. W. Dewey Goodwin, Mr. Ross H. Hollowell, Mr.
Eugene I. Askew and Mr. Gaddis Wall.
And to Mrs. Jean Mann, Mrs. Anna Collins, Mrs. M. B. Hicks, Mr.
Wm. Grady, Mr. N. Bissell, Mr. D. Keigley, Mrs. Jay Cain, Mr. Paul
Disharoon, Mrs. Edith Jones, Mrs. V. Harris, Mrs. Dollie Barbour and
Mrs. Eleanor Connor, all people who keep the homefront working.
Out of town Officers and Reporters were recognized as follows:
Mrs. C. Filo, Mrs. J. deGrummond, Mrs. J. Dombrowsky, Mrs. Ruth
Zelnick, Mrs. I. Wright and Mr. J. O. Catron.
Mayor Corrine Freeman presented Governor Harold R. Parfitt,
Governor of the Canal Zone, with the Keys to St. Petersburg and
made him an Honorary Citizen of the City. Governor Parfitt thanked
the mayor and said he would always cherish the City of St. Peters-
Then we settled back to hear guest speaker, Major General
Harold R. Parfitt, last Governor of the Panama Canal Zone. Gov.
Parfitt hails from Coaldale, Pa. where he was a basketball star on the
High School team. But his toughest job has been our Canal Treaties ..
where he played the role of an administrator providing information on
finances and related things to those who had to make the national
The Governors speech in part .....
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. At the moment I have very
mixed emotions about being here. In one sense I am happy. I have
been looking forward to this opportunity to renew old friendships and
to mix with a group who shares my deep feeling for the Panama Canal.
In another sense, this is a sad occasion. Regrettably, my timing is
poor. I feel like a Notre Dame Football coach speaking before the
Alumni Association after a winless season. There are just no words
adequate for the situation.
The Panama Canal Treaties are an overworked subject. With the
treaty debates on radio and the broad media coverage, perhaps you
know all the details. Those who feel so, will have to bear with me,
since I feel compelled to deal with the one subject which, above all
else, will dominate the future destiny of the Panama Canal.
I went to Washington within two weeks of my arrival to make
two recommendations to Secretary Callaway:
1. Urge early attention to employee matters in the Treaty Nego-
tiations and provide information (good or bad) as soon as deci-
sions were reached: and
2. Don't rock the boat.
Unfortunately, though considered valid, neither was able to be ef-
fectuated. For many reasons, employees were left to speculate on
their futures. It has only been fairly recently that we have been able
to divulge significant information to the employees and there still re-
main some final issues to be resolved.
Likewise, factors beyond control of management resulted not
only in rocking the boat but almost capsizing it. The major force in this
regard was a deterior-rating financial situation with four successive
years of recorded losses on the books. This necessitated a period of
austerity which was never really understood and most certainly un-
appreciated. Given the basic emotional state induced by the treaties,
the added aggravation of an austerity program was viewed as "salt on
the wounds" or "putting fuel on the flames". Obviously, management-
labor relations deteriorated.
Fortunately, cost cutting, a toll increase, and an upturn in traffic
have resulted in an improved financial situation. The Panama Canal
Company emerged from the red in Fiscal Year 1977, and we will do
substantially better than our most optimistic estimates this year. The
unusually favorable results are primarily the result of heavy move-
ment of North Slope Oil through the Canal.
Given this respite we moved into a new phase The Visitation
Many of you spent a lifetime in the Canal Zone and probably
never saw more than a handful of Senators. In contrast, during sev-
eral days on the Isthmus. Although there was a lot of work involved in
these visits, I believe they were helpful and indeed essential. Some of
our employees had a somewhat different perspective.
I would like to turn now to a quick review of the key provisions of
the Panama Canal Treaty. The dominant and all-encompassing change
under the treaty is immediate recognition of Panamanian sovereignty
and general territorial jurisdiction over the present Canal Zone.
Given this basic change, the status of the new Canal Commission
takes on the semblance of a business enterprise operating in a foreign
country. Obviously, it is somewhat more than that since the new
operating agency, The Panama Canal Commission, will be a United
States Government agency and will be granted extensive rights, par-
ticularly as they pertain to the management, operation, and mainten-
ance of The Panama Canal.
CHANGE IN FUNCTIONS
More specifically, the treaty will eliminate the Canal Zone Gov-
ernment and The Panama Canal Company and substitute therefore the
Panama Canal Commission. This agency will have no authority to per-
form most governmental or commercial functions. The operation of
schools and hospitals will be transferred immediately to other U.S.
Government agencies, now assumed to be the Department of Defense.
Other functions will be performed by the Panamanian Government
agencies or private interest in Panama. The total Police function and
the Operation of the prison system transfer after the thirty-month
Doug Crook and Chris Ske
Doug Crook and Chris Skeie
Victor Musco, Madalyn King, and Helen [Spector] Musco.
transition period. Similarly, The Postal, Commissary and Post Ex-
change Services for U.S. employees transfer after five years, during
which period they will be available from the U.S. Military.
REDUCTION IN AREAS
Aside from these changes in functional authority and responsi-
bility, there are major changes in area and facilities made available to
the Commission. A map was shown here the map that most news-
papers carried on the sad day after ratification of the Treaty de-
picted Canal operating area in gold and housing areas for U.S. citizens
in red. They represent about 42% of the areas now available to the
REDUCTION IN FACILITIES
As of June 10, 1977, the net book value of property, plant, and
equipment of the Canal enterprise was $567 Million. On the effective
date of the Treaty, an estimated $92 Million of these assets will be
transferred to Panama and $30 Million to other U.S. Government
Agencies. An additional $4 Million in assets will be transferred to
Panama during early phases of the Treaty. Property initially retained
by the Commission and additional acquisitions during the life of the
Treaty would also go to Panama at the conclusion of the Treaty. Our
current estimate is that the net book value of such property at
termination date would amount to $522 Million, making the total value
of transfers to Panama $618 Million.
PAYMENTS TO PANAMA
The Panama Canal Commission is obligated to pay Panama the
following out of Canal operating revenues:
A. 30c per Panama Canal net ton of shipping transiting the
Canal, adjusted biennially to reflect changes in the U.S.
wholesale price index for total manufactured goods, with
the first adjustment taking place after five years.
B. A fixed annuity of $10 Million.
C. $10 Million for certain specified public services to be pro-
vided in Canal operating areas and housing areas.
D. An additional $10 Million per year to the extent that
revenues exceed expenditures. In the event revenues in
any year do not produce a surplus sufficient to cover this
payment, the unpaid balance is to be paid from operating
surpluses in future years.
Obviously, these provisions of the treaty will have a tremendous
impact on the Canal enterprise. Time will not permit me to elaborate
at any length, but I would like to enumerate some of the problems as
they impact on operation, finances, and personnel.
The usual operational problems remain. They include: An ever
increasing and costly preventive maintenance program; weed infesta-
tion; capacity limitations as affected by fog and available water
supply; increased accident exposure due to size of ships and inflation;
and additional requirements for capital replacements and additions.
In the future operations will be influenced by:
A. Requirement to reply on a foreign government or private
enterprise for supporting services.
B. Reduction in lands, waters, and facilities.
C. Dilution of unilateral authority to make timely decisions
on a wide range of management matters.
D. Potentially competing national interests expressed
(1) Mixed Board of Directors;
(2) A U.S. Administrator until 1990 and Panamanian
(3) Numerous committees with extensive roles man-
agement by committee is generally inefficient; and
(4) Unions with collective bargaining.
As to finances, the essence of the problem is the extent to which
tolls must be raised to meet the additional financial commitments
imposed by the Treaty. Although precision is impossible, we have a
current estimate, the accuracy of which depends on
A. How dependable the estimates of traffic are
B. Whether or not changes are made to the Administration's
Our recent traffic projections, prepared by an outside consultant,
present a rather pessimistic outlook. The annual growth rate in PC
net tonnage for the period 1977-1981 is quite satisfactory 5.5%/. But
projected for the period 1981-2000 is a rather dismal 1.5%.
Our historical records show that where growth rate exceeds in-
flation results are favorable. Using a very modest 5% inflation rate in
the period after fiscal year 1981 there will be a need for a periodic tolls
increase. The favorable situation reflected through at least fiscal year
1980 is in most part the result of movements of large quantities of
North Slope Oil through the Canal.
This is the situation we face even without a treaty. With a treaty
tolls increases are required sooner and at a higher level. Assuming a
October 1, 1978, effective date for Treaty implementation, which is no
longer possible, the financial results would be as shown.
Byrle Wall, Ruth Adams, Mr. and Mrs. G. LeRoy Koontz.
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20-Year Reunion for brothers: the W. G. Woods of Washington and J.
Winter D. Collins, Mrs. Grace Morris, Pres. Howard
Clarke, Mrs. Pat Parfitt
A reduction of 28.6 Million in net costs, $20 Million of which derives
from the assumption that interest payments will be eliminat-
ed in accordance with recommendations of the Administration.
$66.8 Million in payments to Panama and $7.8 transition costs for
severance pay, repatriation costs, etc., for a net increase of $46 Million
Since we project a $9.3 Million profit in Fiscal Year 79 without a
treaty, the deficit to be made up from increased tolls is $36.7 Million.
Similar analyses for the period through Fiscal Year 1984 show that a
19.5% increase in tolls is likely to produce sufficient revenues through
Fiscal Year 1983. Thereafter, additional tolls increases would be
required every three years, ranging from about 8 to 13%.
In summary, conclusions as to finances have to be hedged, and I
have done so as follows:
1. The period 1979 through 1984 should not be a major problem in
that adequate tolls revenues can be generated to recover all costs
providing North Slope Oil revenue results as forecast. If they do not,
the financial pressure on the organization could increase.
2. Forecasts beyond this period are hazardous and very specula-
tive. All concerned must be alert to the possibility that the Canal
operation may not be self-sustaining in the out years.
Now turning to the main problem, which I refer to as the people
problem. This will be the crucial test for management. Lack of success
here is at best to condemn the organization to mediocrity and at worst
to fail to accomplish the mission.
The personnel impact of the treaty is estimated to be as follows:
4100 RIF's and other separations
2750 Transfers to Department of Defense
Obviously, this means a tremendous personnel workload, but,
more importantly, a certain amount of turmoil, disillusionment, and
Given the backdrop, there will be a great preoccupation of
employees with other issues to the possible detriment of job perform-
ance, to include:
Job opportunities and promotion potential because of
Foreign police authority and system of justice,
Loss of certain privileges, etc.
In the face of this, we must restructure and staff a new organiza-
tion; obtain cooperation of all employees; avoid problems in the
transfer of jurisdiction to Panama all the while efficiently operating
Were I not so confident of the basic strength of the Canal enter-
prise, I would be pessimistic for the future. I see many problems
ahead. But they are not unsolvable.
I addressed a letter to all of our employees in the aftermath of the
Senate's approval in which I said:
"My years with the Panama Canal and my close experience with
the people who operate it so well have given me a deep appreciation of
your loyalty, dedication, and competence. I am proud and grateful to
all of you for placing the operation of the Canal above personal consid-
erations and for continuing to set an example of efficiency during
trying times. I urge you to devote your continued efforts toward
maintaining the same high standards of service of which we are so
justly proud and upon which the maritime commerce of the world has
so long depended."
I am optimistic that, in keeping with the finest tradition of the
past, our employes will rise to the challenge and the Panama Canal
operation will continue to be outstandingly efficient.
Everyone enjoyed Governor Parfitt's enlightening speech. The
luncheon which consisted of Tomato Juice, Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Salad, Yankee Pot Roast with Oven Browned Potato, and Carrots,
Rolls, Rainbow Sherbert Parfait, Coffee and Tea was delicious. The
head table was beautifully decorated with tropical flowers by Virginia
Thus, the 46th Reunion came to an end Hasta Luego!
President Howard Clarke and Mrs. Lee Trower and
Barbara Chan Snow Mrs. Ida Campbell
CANAL COFFEE CUP...
Reprint from St. Petersburg Independent, Saturday, April 29, 1978
Charla Wasel Staff Writer
E. N. Eberly spent 24 years as a heavy equipment operator in the
Canal Zone before retiring to Chevy Chase, Md. in 1955. His philos-
ophy probably best represents the feelings of many former canal
residents. "The whole question of who should have the Canal Zone is a
a complex thing. When you boil it down, it comes to Panama wants
more out of the canal than it's getting. That's the sediment in the
Eberly has seen, and sympathizes with, the poverty of the
common Panamanians, and says, "Legally the people of Panama
deserve nothing, but morally they do." Yet, "as an American," he says
he feels the United States should have kept the canal. "It's a lifeline
between the east and west. But the whole thing has been mishandled
Eberly, as others, doubts if the common Panamanians will get
much out of the control of the canal. "The natives are wonderful,
wonderful people, but they are afraid to say anything. They don't care
about the canal, but that's because they know they won't get anything
out of it. It's the rich in Panama who get everything.
One local woman, a retired Canal Zone employee who asked not
to be identified, says "The news media has ignored the wealth in
Panama. Panamanians have always been presented as the poor and
oppressed. The media always shows the most impoverished sections
of Panama against our nice, clean Canal Zone. I'll tell you why we had
nice places to live because we kept them up. We clipped our grass,
picked up our garbage and worked to make our housing nice. But
there are homes in Panama that make ours there look like shacks."
Eberly sees plans to close all Army bases on Panama by the year
2000 as a major mistake. "We'd do better to close some of our bases in
the states than in Panama," he says.
"We should keep those bases down there that are necessary. It
won't do to fly down there if there is trouble. By the time our boys got
there, the country would be wrecked.
Eberly says he foresees troubles coming in Panama, too. "Russia
is down there and Castro has his boys in there, too. They're just
"But as far as the threat that (Panamanian leader Gen. Omar)
Torrijos would destroy the canal if the treaty wasn't passed, I don't
believe it. If Japan and Germany couldn't take the canal, Panama
The biggest problems are going to be between government fac-
tions. The politics in Panama are like a dog chasing his tail. One ruler
will get in and build his forces up and he's run out. Then another will
build up his forces and will be run out. They'll just keep playing ring-
around-the-rosy and the canal will be caught in the middle. The United
States will be caught, too."
Lou Hoseman, a 33-year Panama Canal Zone employee, remem-
bers seeing "Five presidents in one week at one period in Panama's
history." As many other former residents, he says he is bitter about
the turn of events.
"All of us (convention goers) are just like family. We worked
together and lived in the same neighborhoods together. And we were
sad together when we watched the canal given up. It's a blow to all of
Max Finley, a retired undertaker now of Fairhope, Ala. and his
wife Bernice spent 34 years in the Canal Zone. Their two boys were
born there, and a major part of their life was left there when they
retired to the states.
But, he says, "It came as no surprise to us that the treaty was
finally signed. We always knew it would sometime. Still, we're against
the treaties. I think everyone is."
"I'm against giving all that money to Panama ... it's not just the
canal we've given away, there's money involved, too. (The Panama
Canal Treaty provides for payments to Panama for tolls of an
estimated $40- to $50-million yearly and an annuity of $10-million and
up to an additional $10-million if canal revenues permit, according to
the U.S. State Department.) We're paying Panama to take the canal
The most prevalent observation of former Panama residents this
week has been that United States citizens have built the country from
"a backwoods village to a thriving country."
They say it was with the sweat and money of the United States
that schools, hospitals, stores and businesses have been built. "We
have built nice houses, a nice police division, post office, commissaries,
libraries and a museum and now those things are going to go to the
"I don't understand it," says the local woman. "I don't understand
why we worked so hard to build things up built things up that
benefited the Panamanians as well and are now just giving them up
so easily. We're 10th century Esau's we've sold our birthright."
Just as President Jimmy Carter, John and Dottie Matthews see
the relinquishing of the Panama Canal as the end of an era but with
regret. Matthews came to Panama as a civilian employee of the Army
and spent 171/z years there. A few years later his sister joined him and
in 1956 he brought Dottie to the Canal Zone. They were married in the
Balboa Union Church of Panama.
We loved Panama and left many friends there," says Dottie.
While in Panama, Dottie learned the native crafts and employs many
of the Indian designs in the handsome wooden serving platters she
makes as souvenirs.
"We love the people, but I'm afraid some of them are going to be
hurt now. Especially those of West Indian descent."
Others agree. According to them, the West Indians living in
Panama are, for the most part, hated. Former residents fear the
government will now try to remove them.
The Matthews watched the final stages of the vote for the second
treaty on television in their Fairhope, Ala. home.
"After the decision was made, I felt some of my life had gone out
of me," says Matthews. "My wife actually cried, although we had been
forewarned that it would happen.
"It's too late to complain now, but I'm very much opposed to the
treaty. I think it was a bad mistake and the United States will regret
it. You can't buy friendship."
Meanwhile, over meals and drinks, party-goers who normally
would be laughing are sadly shaking their heads and debating the
"I can't understand why the United States did what it did,"
Jackie Leiter complained over breakfast early Friday morning.
How can anyone watch the way the (radical Panamanian
students) burned and tore up our flag, and still give in to these
"I'm personally not for giving the Panama Canal Zone up either,
but we have to," answered table-mate and former Canal Zone nurse
Irene Ladrich. "Keeping it now would only be a problem."
"I think the U.S. thought of it as doing away with the last act of
colonialism," added another former nurse, Ann Taverna.
We are known for urging independence of countries. We couldn't
not do it."
And so the debate will go until Sunday when the convention
breaks up and Canal Zone residents and former residents once more
leave for home. A little wiser, a little sadder.
ST PETE CORRIGAN. JR MARINE, PHONE 365-770
SALES REPRESENTATIVE RES 955 8630
1201 N TAMIAMI TRAIL SARASOTA, FLORIDA 33580
Virginia Woods, Nellie [Woods] and Bob Engelke, Jim
Woods, Dr. Toni Alley, Edith Roe Alley, Milly Rowe and Gil
Rowe [in back]; Pam and Joe Harrold.
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Jack Ridge at organ with Betty Mrs. Clara Moore, Lucho and
Comley Forgeson and Rosamond Clara's granddaughter, Janet
NO DUES NO JUNE RECORD!
OLD FRIENDSHIPS, MEMORIES RENEWED
AT PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION
Reprint from St. Petersburg Times, Sunday, April 30, 1978
By Richard Koenig St. Petersburg Times Staff Writer
When Teddy Roosevelt came to Empire, a tiny American outpost
along what would become the Panama Canal, Lois Browning Woodruff
had not yet reached her teens. But her father put a sign in her hand
and told her to wave it at the President. The sign read: "We Have No
"It was the first and only time in my life that I picketed," Mrs.
Woodruff said Saturday.
She recounted the story in the lobby of the Ramada Inn South in
St. Petersburg during the annual two-day reunion of The Panama
Canal Society of Florida. Upward of 1,300 people attended the
reunion, some of them residents of Canada and Hawaii, and their
reactions to the recently ratified treaties with Panama ranged from
bitterness to resignation.
"We are sad," said Mrs. Woodruff, who arrived in the Canal Zone
in 1906 as the 7-year-old daughter of a railroad engineer. She did not
depart until 1950. She went on to live in Pinellas Park and now in
"We are very sad about the whole thing," she continued. "It's
tragic. But there's no use saying anything. It's done."
Of the canal societies in the United States, the one in Florida has
the largest membership, now 5,000. It was formed in 1932 on the
steamship Ancon a name that even new society members seem to
recall quickly as the ship was anchored in New York. "Zonians"
aboard the Ancon who planned to retire in Florida agreed to get
together "as often as circumstances permitted." This weekend's re-
union was the society's 46th.
The society's quarterly magazine, The Canal Record, is published
in St. Petersburg and edited by city resident Anna Collins. Every
three months she loads thousands of copies into her car and drives off
to the post office so that Zonians can keep up with births, deaths,
marriages and the latest changes in the treaties.
When you live in the Canal Zone, you are in an area 9 to 10 miles
in width and 50 miles long, and you just know everyone," she said.
"These people who are coming to the reunion some of them I went
to elementary school with."
Mrs. Woodruff, for instance, was quick to recognize John Ridge
Sr. of St. Petersburg. She once dated his brother, who would ride up
to her house on horseback. In fact, she remembers that in the early
years a young girl had a large field to play.
"There were so few young girls to go with that the girls had their
porches filled with lovely young engineers," she said. "It's nice to have
Ridge, a boilermaker from the Pittsburgh area, arrived in
Panama in 1909 at the age of 19. He says he got malaria eight times,
but was to stay in Panama for 43 years. Because he was one of the
early canal workers, he is called a "ditch digger," a description among
Zonians that amounts to an honorific. Mrs. Woodruff, in a mild and
genteel tone of voice, will refer to herself as a ditch digger.
"They would work overtime," she recalled. "It was their canal.
They loved it."
The weekend reunion ended Saturday afternoon with a luncheon,
where Canal Zone Gov. Harold R. Parfitt detailed the provisions of the
treaties documents that many society members viewed as
blueprints for the demise of a great achievement. As Zonians
refreshed old friendships, the treaties were portrayed as the work of
an ill-informed U.S. Senate, a radical band of Panamaniana students
and a dictatorial chief of government, Gen. Omar Torrijos Herrera.
"I have always been a staunch advocate of giving the Panaman-
ians more, but not of turning over the canal," said Fred Mohl of
Sarasota, a firefighter in the zone for 31 years, a part of the "front line
of defense" in the riots of 1959 and 1964, a member of American
charities contributing to poor Panamanians, and a man who has left
two sons and a father buried in Panama. "My heart is there," he went
on, "but I have to deal in reality."
A number of society members predicted that their ranks soon will
swell as Canal Zone residents opt for early retirement. About 3,700
American employees and their families will leave the zone eventually.
But if Americans cease to arrive in the zone, the numbers of those who
can reminisce about that unique small town must dwindle, and so
must the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
"There won't be any more canal society unless the grandchildren
keep it up," reflected John Ridge Jr., son of the "ditch digger." I
thought about that the other night."
WE SALUTE AND PAY HONOR TO
THE "OLD TIMERS"
Folks who lived in the Canal
Panama Canal 15 August 1914.
Mrs. William Ellis Aichele
Waretown, NJ 08758
Nan Martin Allan
823 SW 10th Terrace
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33315
*Mr. Fred W. Bradley
6150 East Grant Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85712
Dorothy Browning Cantway
Apt. 92,4100 61nd Ave. N.
Pinellas Park, FL 33565
Mr. John F. Carkeet
1723 Guese Rd.
Houston, TX 77008
*Mr. Stuart G. Carkeet
1615 Rodi Cove
Memphix, TX 38109
Mrs. Janet P. Cunningham
4136 Bayshore Blvd. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
*Mr. James T. Eason
43 Beechwood Lane
New Haven, CT 06511
*Mr. Thomas J. Ebdon, Sr.
4138 Tee Rd.
Sarasota, FL 33580
Mrs. David J. Evans (Lillian)
2126 -14th St.
Greeley, CO 80631
Mrs. Albin B. Forsstrom (Jessie R.)
2783 West Shore Rd.
Warwick, RI 02886
*Mrs. Ethel McCullen Hodnett
P. 0. Box 132
Faison, NC 28341
Zone prior to the opening of the
Mrs. A. J. Heinze (Aurelia)
Houston, TX 77005
*Mr. Gregor Gramlich
4500 28th Avenue N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
*Mrs. M. B. Huff, (Selma)
28 Overlook Dr.
Indiana, PA 15701
Mrs. Jane Hall Journey
Apt. 8,550 N. Madison Ave.
Winslow, WA 98110
Mrs. Norine HallKaufer
1428 Mt. Herman Dr., San Jose
San Jose, CA 95127
*Mr. Rowland Ketchum Knox
Ruidoso, NM 88345
*Mr. Leon A. Koperski
1333 Vassar Ave.
Orlando, FL 32804
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard E. Landers
6553 Gulfgate Place
Sarasota, FL 33581
Tillie R. Laurence
Quartzsite, AZ 85346
Mrs. Dorothea Westberg Fitzpatrick McNall
334 78th Avenue, Apt. 1
St. Petersburg Beach, FL 33706
Mr. John Floyd McTyier
336- 4th Avenue N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Lena C. Mills
"Old Timers" continued
817 West Kentucky Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603
Dorothy M. Pearson
1601 Mission Hills Blvd.
Clearwater, Fl. 33519
*Mr. Walter D. Peterson
Linda E. Potter (Wife of Russell B.)
4136 Bayshore Blvd. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
*Mr. Russell B. Potter
4136 Bayshore Blvd. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Mrs. Emma Roe Plummer
2312 S. Patrick Dr.
Garden Apts. #606
Satellite Beach, FL 32937
Mrs. Frank L. Piper (Ella S.)
1581 Northam Rd.
Columbus, OH 43221
Mrs. Fred C. Rose (Ruth P.)
420 NE 46th St.
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Mrs. Grace A. Sanders (Bruce G. Sr.)
Cary, NC 27511
Mr. Albert A. Shore
101 Gyles Rd.
Aiken, SC 29801
*Mrs. Edina S. Van Reed
651 W. Minn Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Mrs. Leon Welcherk (Josephine)
Houston, TX 77009
Mrs. Ethlyn C. Wood
1408 Golden Rain Rd., Apt. #5
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
Lois Browning Woodruff
1112 S. Magnolia Dr., Apt. R-5
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Mrs. Alice Curtis Allen
Dade City, FL
*Mr. J. Andrew Fraser
3875 -18th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Mr. Perc F. Graham
4246 96th Terrace N.
Pinellas Park, FL 33565
*Gertrude Buehler (Nee Roche)
NOW Gertrude Santasiere
Bl Pine, Cedar Glen City
R. D. 2, Toms River, NJ 08753
Pauline Kersey (Nee Roche)
Bl Pine, Cedar Glen City
R.D. 2, Toms River, NJ 08753
Mrs. Ethel McCann Mingus
1910 Boxton Ave.
Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360
Mrs. Myrtle Kennerly (nee Horn)
239 Trailorama Dr.
Venice, FL 33595
Mr. Otto C. Frick
P. O. Box 123
Smyrna, GA 30081
*Mr. John E. Ridge, Sr.
7505 SW 173rd St.
Miami, FL 33157
*Mr. Edward J. Vogel
1955 West 21st Place
Mrs. Janette Corrigan Dowgin
2357 Woodlawn Circle W
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Mrs. Vernice Moody (Violette)
3512 Palmira Ave.
Tampa, FL 33609
Mr. C. A. Monsanto
30 Rocky Shore Dr.
Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Col. Hugh M. Mitchell
5111 Rutland Court
Cape Coral, FL 33904
Mr. L. W. (Pete) Peterson
4771 N.W. 10th Court, Apt. 202
Plantation, FL 33313
Virginia Clement Townsend
525 N.E. 18th Ave.
Ocala, FL 32670
John P. Corrigan, Jr.
1967 S. Ocean Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
John A. Madison
1424 S. Hillcrest Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33516
605 West Jasper Rd.
Sterling Park, VA 22170
Richard P. Rohden
18 Spanish Main
Tampa, FL 33609
I,, f "i,
5150 10th Ave. N., Apt. 308
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
2036 N.E. 15th St.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304
Marie Holmelin Wolf
3526 Queen St. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Gerald DeLeo ("Budd") Bliss, Jr.
76 Llewellyn Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
Elizabeth M. Taber
Ruth Hopkins Whipple
433 S. Paul Dr.
Dunedin, FL 33528
Mazie Ethel Johnson Stetler
Flora, Ind. 46929
*Mr. Robert L. Dill
13824 Fresh Meadow Lane, Apt. 131
Seal Beach, CA 90740
*Roosevelt Medal Holders
indicated with an asterisk.
Dal Heilman, Karl Glass, James Catron, Mack Hicks, Stan Guest,
John McDowell, Robert Lawyer. BACK ROW: Bill Park, Gayle
Fortner, Andy Kapinos, Bill Gaudette, Howard Richards, Bill Hughes,
Herbert Staples, Sid Hayes, Jack Morris, George Tully, LeRoy
ABOUT THE "OLD TIMERS"
Mrs. John J. Crawford (Betty) informed us her sister Nan
Allan arrived in Cristobal, Canal Zone April 10, 1906. She went to
work immediately for the old Isthmanian Canal Commission as a clerk
in the Commissary Division. She is now a hale and hearty 89!
Martha B. Wood writes that her father, Fred W. Bradley,
Theodore Roosevelt Medal Holder #7407 is very much alive, and at
present residing at Devon Gables. He was there (naturally) prior to
the opening of the Panama Canal too. He retired from Canal Service
as Superintendent of the Pacific Branch of the Locks Division at the
end of August 1950, with 37 years 8 months and 29 days service.
Re names and addresses of living people that lived in CZ prior to
opening of the Panama Canal, I'll dd the names of Ethlyn C. Wood and
Lena C. Mills.
Living children of Walter S. Browning (deceased) employed
December 1905 and a Roosevelt Medal Holder with three bars are
Lois Browning Woodruff and Dorothy Browning Cantway.
James T. Eason writes that he served in the Panama Canal from
1909-1918 in the Quartermaster Dept. at Mount Hope Depost, Empire
and Balboa. "While there I found the work very interesting and made
many fine friends. I have always been and will always retain a strong
interest in the Canal. I was one of the organizers in the New York
Society of the Panama Canal Society which had over two hundred
members that met on the first Saturday Derby Day. In 1928 we
formed an Old Timers trip to Panama on the SS ANCON which was a
great success aboard the ship and the time in Panama and Canal
Zone." He hoped the treaties would be defeated. Mr. Eason was a
member of the Chagres Society of Six Years and attended the Dinner
of 1915 at the Strangers Club, Colon. Mr. Eason retired in 1965 from
business and became a Senior Citizen. He sends warm regards to all.
Thomas J. Ebdon, Sr. writes "I started working for the
Isthmanian Canal Commission on May 4, 1907 and retired from
Panama Canal Co. December 15, 1950. I was awarded the Roosevelt
Medal and still have it. Total service was 431/2 years."
Norma Evans Harrington writes that her mother, Mrs. David J.
Evans [Lillian]lived in the Canal Zone during the construction days.
Jessie R. Forsstrom writes "I arrived in Cristobal August 7,
1913. I witnessed the first water to enter Gatun Locks; first tug to go
thru the Locks and the blowing up of the Gamboa Dyke by President
Wilson. I am the widow of Capt. Albin B. Forsstrom, Roosevelt Medal
Holder who had arrived in Cristobal, September 9, 1909.
Mrs. Ethel McCullen Hodnett writes that she is a holder of the
Roosevelt Medal. She arrived in the Canal Zone September 1910 and
left there in 1921.
Mrs. M. B. Huff writes that she went to the Canal Zone in 1906
and is a Roosevelt Medal Holder. She is anxious to know how many
Roosevelt Medal Holders are still living.
Mrs. Norine Kaufer writes that Jane Hall Journey and she are
sisters who lived first at Empire, Canal Zone. Our father, Peter A.
Hall, deceased, was a Roosevelt Medal Holder. He was a custodian at
Camacho Reservoir from 1909 to 1919. Then to the Aqua Clara
Reservoir at Gatun, C.Z.
Gladys Knox writes that her husband, Rowland K. Knox is a
Roosevelt Medal Holder having gone to the Canal in 1910. I did not go
down until September 1929 to teach. We retired in September 1946 -
rather we came to the states then in the first Canal Zone boat out -
Rowland had retired in May, 1946. He was born May 6, 1884 and will
soon be 94. Not too well and very forgetful except about Panama days
- surely against giving it away.
Mabel D. Koperski wrote that her brother-in-law, Leon A.
Koperski had a Roosevelt Medal.
Leonard Landers writes that his father, Capt. James Landers
was a dredge master and holder of the Roosevelt Medal. Service
started in 1908 my mother and I went down in 1910.
My wife, Frances Wickham Landers was the daughter of C. A.
Wickham who went to the Isthmus in 1906 also a Roosevelt medal
Holder. We both went through school on the Zone. I was in the Balboa
High School Class of 1921 and Frances Class of 1922. Later in 1938, I
went back and was a Senior Chief Engineer on Tugboats in Dredging
Division until the early part of the War. I retired in 1964 from the
American-President Lines of San Francisco. Afterwards for several
years, was the company representative on the construction of 6 auto-
mated cargo ships in various shipyards. I wonder how many of the
BHS Class of 1921 are still around?
Dorothea F. McNall writes that she went to the Panama Canal in
April 1908. My father, John E. Westberg (a Roosevelt Medal Holder)
went to Panama Canal June 1906. I left the Canal in 1962 after I
retired. I went to school down there, graduated from High School in
1918, got married to Raymond Fitzpatrick in April 1920. After he died
in 1937, I got my job back with the accounting division. In 1948, I
married Glenn R. McNall and came to Florida in April 1962. I am very
upset about the Treaty. I lived there too long.
Mr. Gregor Gramlich went down to the Canal Zone as a young
boy and worked from 1911 until his retirement from the Dredging
Division in 1956 with 45 years service. Mr. Gramlich lived in Gorgona
and Empire, townsites that are not in existence anymore.
Ruth Nielsen's family went to Lascascade, Canal Zone in the year
and month of February 1907. There father, Mr. George N. Nielsen
died of malaria and kidney disease January 1916. Mr. Nielsen was a
close friend of Mr. Walter D. Peterson. He was a holder of the
Roosevelt Medal. My sisters Mrs. William Ellis Aichele and Dorothy
M. Pearson were with us. In 1919 we were the second family to move
to Gamboa. I had written to Senator Chiles and Senator Stone hoping
that our Canal Zone be saved for the original treaty as intended.
Mr. Walter D. Peterson who will be 102 this July 6th went to the
Panama Canal as a boilermaker and iron worker in 1906. Teddy
Roosevelt personally presented Mr. Peterson his medal and it has four
bars. Mr. Peterson retired in June 1937 after thirty years service.
(See Canal Record Vol. 10, Sept. 1976, No. 3).
Mrs. Ella S. Piper writes that she married Frank L. Piper on
July 6, 1911, who had come back to the U.S. on vacation from the
Canal Zone. The next day they sailed from Pier 65, North River, on
the S.S. Colon, and arrived in Cristobal July 13, 1911. We lived in
Cristobal and on Colon Beach until the canal opened. At that time we
moved to temporary quarters in Corozal along with many other and
waited for residences in Balboa to be completed. Those who worked in
the new administration building commuted daily. We moved to a
permanent residence on the Pacific side in 1916 and lived for the most
part on Ridge Road until my husband retired in 1944. Mr. Piper was a
holder of the Roosevelt medal. Mrs. Piper is 89 years old and is
anxious to see the names and addresses of those who respond.
Although she does not know many of the people mentioned in the
Record she still enjoys reading it very much.
Mr. Russell B. Potter left from New York on July 5, 1905, for the
Isthmus of Panama on board the SS SEGURANCA, chartered for that
one and only trip. Mrs. Potter, Linda Emma, went down in 1910 to
visit her sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whaler in
Empire. This is where the romance started. Later in Bay City,
Michigan on August 24, 1911, Linda Emma and Russell B. were united
in marriage. They lived in Empire until June 1914 when Mr. Potter
returned to the States and worked in Washington, DC. In March 1917
the Potters returned to Panama and Mr. Potter retired in 1946. But
back to 1914 when their daughter Janet P. Cunningham was born on
January 19th. To go to the hospital from Empire, one had to go by
train. It was after the last train left that Linda Potter decided she was
going to give birth to her child. The motor scooter was called out and
it took Mrs. Potter to Ancon Hospital, the original Gorgas Hospital,
where Janet was born. On the way back, Baby Janet was carried in a
suitcase as they crossed over the swinging bridge from the Railroad
Station to the town of Empire.
From the 1913 Year Book Society of Chagres, page 116 I quote
"The farewell of the Central Division is thus spoken of by Mr. E. V. L.
Finch, who was in charge of the files at Empire.
"Ever since the time when ex-President William H. Taft, then
Secretary of War, dubbed a former Division Engineer, as "Colonel
Yardage," the Culebra Division, subsequently re-named and enlarged
as the Central Division, had maintained and established an unprece-
dented record in excavation in the dry. With perfectly organized
forces, combined with exceptional efficiency demonstrated among all
classes of gold employees, and a predominating spirit of harmony and
cooperation between its various sub-districts, the Central Division
was a very potent factor in the ultimate completion of the Panama
Canal, especially during the last five years, under the supervision of
Lieut. Colonel D. D. Gaillard, U.S.A., as Division Engineer.
"In order that the passing out of the Old Division might be
fittingly and properly observed by the small few who remained, and
who cherished within their bosoms such sentiments as accompany the
consummation of a great work like the Canal, there was a gathering
on the night of October 9, in the deserted office building on the "Hill",
a building with a history of its own, handed down from the days of the
French. There twenty-five employees and ex-employees of the "oldest
division" toasted each other with speech and song, each man voiced
his thought of regret at the final dissolution, and the old time
Isthmanian spirit of fellowship prevailed. Each man wended his way
homeward with a feeling of one whose stewardship had been properly
accounted, and with a prayer in his heart for his stricken Chief,
Colonel D. D. Gaillard.
"The women, who had helped in their way in digging Culebra Cut,
provided a lunch for the last-night celebration. Five hundred sand-
wiches were eaten with utter nonchalance by the twenty-five men
who took part in the obsequies, and these same men washed them
down with two barrels of beer." And it goes on to list names of those
present R. B. Potter, Fred Whaler, Jack Whaler and the late
Francis Hirsch, among others. (See Canal Record Vol. 11, No. 5, page
67 for more on R. B. Potter and Andy Fraser.)
Mr. J. Andrew Fraser went down with his mother in 1908 three
years after Russell Potter arrived. Andy is a Roosevelt Medal Holder.
Mr. Perc F. Graham and his mother set sail aboard the SS
COLON in September 1908 to join his father, William Henry Graham,
a Roosevelt Medal Holder, now deceased, who had gone to Panama in
1907. Along San Salvador they ran into a hurricane. The captain was
given order via radio to go around the storm, however he felt he could
weather the storm. It was a nightmarish two to three days and the
passengers had to be tied into the upper bunks in their staterooms as
the ship had taken on water and had list to one side. Life boats were
lost, an engineer overboard and radio destroyed. They put into
Cristobal several days late with all their clothing dyed red as in those
days the staterooms were outfitted in red plush. They had been feared
"lost at sea". Even though the passengers all signed a letter of thanks
to Captain J. J. Clarke for bringing them to port safely, the captain
lost his license for disobeying orders and going into the storm. The
Grahams lived in Empire, Lascascade and Gatun and along the
Atlantic in Railroad cars converted into houses. The hectic sea voyage
did not scare the Grahams as they returned to the States several
times and then remained. Perc returned in 1924 where he and Mariam
lived in the old French quarters across from the Christian Science
Church and the old Clubhouse in Cristobal. These quarters were
outfitted with soft coal stoves. On October 1, 1959, Captain Graham
retired from the Fire Department in Balboa.
Emma Roe Plummer writes that she and her sister, Tillie Roe
Laurence went to the Canal Zone with their family in 1907. They lived
in Culebra on the bank of Culebra Cut. They lived in Gatun most of the
time. Their father was Martin Roe a Roosevelt Medal holder. Mr. R.
P. Plummer, Emma's husband, was a Roosevelt Medal holder also.
Mrs. Ruth R. Rose writes that she went to Panama with her
mother and two sisters to join their father, James J. Johnson, in 1910.
Mrs. Grace A. Sanders writes that she arrived on the Zone
October 6, 1910. Her husband, Bruce G. Sanders, Sr., went to the Zone
in June 1908 and at his retirement had 41 years 8 months unbroken
service with the Canal Zone Health Department. He was a Roosevelt
Medal holder with two bars.
Mr. Albert A. Shore was born in the town of Empire, Canal Zone
in 1909. He lived with his parents Charles Peter Shore (deceased) who
was a Roosevelt Medal holder and his mother, Madeline Shore in Em-
pire and Gatun.
Edina S. Whiteman Van Reed was employed by the Panama
Railroad Company from March 1908 to September 1914 as a telegraph
operator. She holds a Roosevelt Medal with three bars and was a
member of the Chagres Society, September 1914. She married James
H. C. Van Reed who worked during World War II in the dispatchers
office, Ancon for a short while. They continued to live on the Zone
until July 26, 1926, when her husband was transferred to the
PANAMA SS LINE in New York. From there sent to Port-au-Prince,
Haiti and remained there until our ships were taken for war duty. We
left Haiti by seaplane April 1942. Her husband died June 26, 1942 in a
New York hospital.
Mrs. Edith Carkeet writes that her husband, Mr. Stuart G.
Carkeet, is the holder of Roosevelt Medal No. 6024. He went to the
Canal Zone as a young boy with his parents in May 1909 and was
employed in 1910. Left there after the Canal was completed in 1915.
He is 82 years old. Stuart's younger brother and sisters, Mr. John F.
Carkeet, Mrs. A. J. Heinze and Mrs. Leon Welcherk all live in
Houston, Texas. All lived down in the Zone during the same period as
Stuart. They have enjoyed several very delightful celebrations in the
Zone given for the "Old Timers", The Goethal's Memorial dedication
and the Roosevelt celebration. Edith writes she is sorry they will miss
this, The 1978 Reunion.
Mrs. Stanley Mingus [Ethel McCann] informs us that she arrived
in Panama in November of 1905 with her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Walter McCann. She was 3 years old. Her brothers Charles was 5
years old. My father went there to work for the Panama Railroad Co.
as section Foreman.
Our first living quarters was in the old Washington Hotel which
were very crude accommodations. Our residences were in Colon, in
Railroad cars in Bohio, in our first adequate quarters in Gorgona, then
in Gatun and finally in Ancon, where we lived until August 1914.
When dad's position as Supervisor of the Pacific Division was
discontinued, he was the recipient of the Roosevel Medal and had
three bars added. While in Gorgona my brother Robert was born in
the Ancon Hospital in 1911. Both my parents, W. E. McCann and his
wife Mary, sons Charles and Robert are deceased. I am 76 years old or
young, and live in Spirit Lakes, Iowa with my husband of 49 years,
Stanley Mingus. I understand another member, Mr. George Lee is a
summer resident here.
Mr. Mingus and I have spent the last two winters in Venice,
Florida with Mrs. Myrtle Kinnerly (nee Horn). We were playmates in
Gorgona 70 years ago and have always kept in touch. She submitted
my name with a gift membership for which I am truly grateful.
Alice Curtis Alien was born in 1912 at the Old French Hospital in
Colon which was on the Breakwater.
Ethel was born May 3, 1888, named Mazie Ethel Johnson. She
graduated from Young American High School and Indiana University,
Bloomington, and taught school for four years until marrying her
husband. Elmer Stetler was a member of the 10th Infantry, assigned
to clearing out the islands around the proposed canal. In 1912 he took
an assignment working on the Canal, and because his next furlough
wouldn't be for a year, Ethel journeyed down to Panama alone, and
the two were married May 3, 1912. Ethel Stetler was there, through
the tormenting heat, mosquitos, disease and civil uprisings, calling the
Panama Canal Zone her home for 33 years.
She was in there in the thick of things when Teddy Roosevelt and
the United States proved to the world the seeming invincibility of the
American people, picking up the canal project after France had
miserably failed and completing an unprecedented engineering feat.
She remembers walking through the big ditch, while it was still
under construction, her young son on her back and her husband Elmer
by her side.
At 89 years of age, Ethel Stetler feels an emotional opposition to
the U.S. Treaties which gave the Canal to Panama. She said "You would
be too if you'd stayed there that long and gone through all we went
through." She remembers all the men who gave their lives working on
the Canal, and many more who have died since.... The above taken in
part from the Comet News, Florida, IND 12 April 1978.
Mr. Edward J. Vogel writes he is 91 years old and still able to get
along as well as can be expected at that age. He was awarded the
Roosevelt Medal for his construction days on the Panama Canal
during 1907 to 1910 and 1911 to December 1912.
Mrs. Vernice Violette Moody tells us her dad, Mr. Frank W.
Violette, deceased, was a Roosevelt Medal holder who went to
Panama to work on the Canal in 1909. In December 1910 she and her
family left Old Town, Maine and sailed from New York on board the
SS ALLIANCER. Thus Vernice, a child of ten years, spent her first
Christmas on the Isthmus. They lived in non-housekeeping quarters
and every time one turned around it seemed they moved again to
another townsite. Vernice attended schools in several locations
including Culebra, Empire and Balboa where she graduated from
Balboa High School. In 1914 Mr. Violette resigned and the family
returned to Old Town, but not for long as in 1915 they were back in
the Canal Zone. Vernice later met an army man and was married in
1918 to Mr. H. C. Moody. They remained on the Canal Zone until Mr.
Moody's retirement from the Canal in 1949 with 30 years service and
have made their home in Tampa, FL.
More construction day stories to follow in the September issue.
"Old Timers" who attended the luncheon and pictured above: Ruth
Hopkins Whipple, Myrtle Horn Kennerly, Dorothy Browning Cant-
way, Lois Browning Woodruff, Virginia Clement Townsend, John P.
Corrigan, Jr., L. W. Peterson, Hugh M. Mitchell, John A. Madison,
Ross Hollowell, Marion Hollowell, Leo J. Ebernezer, Elizabeth M.
Taber [L. A. Taber], Marie Holmelin Wolf, Richard Rohden, Albert
McKeown, Leonard Landers, Frances [Wickham] Landers, George
Winquist, Katherine Miller Winquist, Gerald DeLeo ["Budd"] Bliss,
A tribute to the Panama Canal on the 64th Anniversary
15 August 1978
THE PANAMA CANAL
To build a canal from the Atlantic to the Pacific,
Dreamed early explorers, and the idea was prolific;
Across the Isthmus of Panama was the narrowest place,
But there were tropical diseases, even mountains to face!
Some hundreds of years later, a company organized,
Dividends it hoped for were unmaterialized,
Misfortunes were encountered, so great they wrote "Finis:"
The French Company, forced to quit, went back across the sea.
Though their effort floundered, the scheme was not finished,
Distances between ports might still be diminished,
Uncle Sam was interested, a canal would be fine,
For North and South America could trade in less time.
With improved machinery and American engineers,
The work might be finished in an even ten years.
The negotiations were completed when Panama was free;
Nations tolls would pay alike: The Golden Rule at sea.
Yellow fever had been rampant, men had died here by the score,
The Isthmus was uninviting at the start in nineteen-four.
To rid the place of fever, the mosquito had to go,
Swamps and towns were both cleaned up, when Gorgas ran the show.
New towns and roads then were built, preparations took much time,
The peak of the construction was not reached till nineteen-nine.
The spirit then existing equaled patriotic fervor,
In a jungle land, remote from home, the Nation had men to serve her
In five years more, they finished the job, in August of fourteen;
The first transit of the Ancon much to the World did mean.
The route must be dependable, passable at all times,
The construction men would keep it so for all did know their lines.
A loyal spirit still persists and not without good reason:
The Canal is used by all the World, to shirk would be just treason,
The benefits of Democracy creates in men devotion;
The efficiency here gives evidence clear that it is plain emotion.
The mighty breakwaters built of rock offer haven from all storms,
The well kept grounds of all Zone towns, the tourists heart just warms,
Here join the majestic Rockies and the high and great Andes,
The back-bone of a continent, these green hills'tween the seas.
The channel markers, inland, curiosity in some, arouse,
A novelty too, when some pass through, are the occasional crocodiles,
And interesting also, is how a great ship can be raised
By the strange force of hydraulics everyone seems most amazed.
As a ship enters the Locks no confusion there prevails
It is towed along so quietly by small engines all on rails,
The huge gates close behind it, as between the walls it stops,
Then the water fills the chamber and the landscape fairly drops.
The top is reached, after three such lifts, each nearly thirty feet,
The time it takes is hardly more than the time it takes to eat,
Then high above the sea level, you cross fresh water lakes,
Where islands, for much wild game, a sanctuary makes
On through blasted canyons and past cliffs high and bare,
Go vessels of all nations with cargoes rich and rare;
Perhaps an occasional passenger may ponder the startled fright
Of the wild animals in the jungle as a big ship hoves in sight.
After descending again to sea level the terminal docks appear
They are modern and quite orderly and public cars are near;
The cosmopolitan cities of Colon and Panama,
The attractive stores and ruins of yore are really sights that awe;
At night the native music and perhaps an "Old Fashion" rye
Are said to inspire romance, if you're interested you might try
Thousands so see the Isthmus, they stop here merely for mirth,
The place has grown by leaps and bounds, the land now holds some worth;
The Canal alone has made it so but it's anniversary most recalls
To all the faithful builders, the name of George Goethals.
Contributed by Eugene E. Hamlin, Jr.
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Past Pres. Rob Roy and Gov. H. R. Parfitt, Mrs.
Pat Parfitt, Mayor C. Freeman and Mrs. Rosa Allie.
NEWS CONDENSED from THE PANAMA CANAL SPILLWAY
- in part dates appearing after each article for your information.
****Record crowds on both sides of the Isthmus watched as the
QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, the largest passenger ship to pass through
the Panama Canal, made her third transit of the waterway on January
24, 1978, arriving from New York on a 90-day voyage that will take
her to 28 ports in the Pacific.
At least 4,000 spectators gathered along the route of the Canal.
Another 1,935 visitors passed through the gates of Miraflores Locks,
and hundreds watched from Miraflores Bridge, Contractor's Hill and
other vantage points on the banks of the Canal. Making a smooth
transit in 7 hours 18 minutes, the QE2 broke her own transit time
record as she was locked through the west side of Miraflores Locks
and docked at Balboa for the first time. The 66,851 Ton ship once again
broke the Canal's toll record when she paid $69,660. Pilot Capt. Roger
Swain was "at the helm" for the first half of the transit and Capt.
Albert Wilder took over at Gamboa and brought her through to
Balboa. Two assisting pilots and eight towing locomotives were used
to put the QE2 through the Canal.... 3 Feb. 1978
****Michael S. Klipper, Assistant to the Chief, Division of Storehous-
es, was named Chief of the Inventory Management Branch of that
Division. He succeeds John H. Stevens, who retired. The Inventory
Management Branch is responsible for the procurement and inventory
of Company-Government supplies and materials for the Canal
operation and all other units in the organization. It includes over
37,000 items and approximately $15 million. Klipper was born in
Ancon and attended Canal Zone schools and after graduating from
Balboa High School went to Florida State University in Tallahassee,
where in 1965 he earned a bachelor of science degree in finance. He
joined the Canal organization in 1965. In 1973, after completing a
year's graduate study at Stanford University under the U.S. Civil
service Commission's Education for Public Management Program, he
was assigned Assistant Chief Inventory Management Branch. In 1977,
he was appointed Assistant to Chief, Div. of Storehouses.
... 17 Feb. 1978
****A modified version of the Canal administration's proposed early
retirement plan that supersedes the one of November 21, 1977, has
been made available to employees throughout the Company-Govern-
ment. The plan entitles a Canal Employee who is "involuntarily sep-
arated," i.e., who loses his job, to an immediate annuity if he has 20
years of service at any age or 18 years of service at age 48. Employees
who choose to retire, or "voluntarily separate," will receive an
immediate annuity with 23 years or service at any age or 18 years of
service at age 48. The special early retirement option will be available
to eligible employees for the life of the Treaty, including the 6 months
period between its ratification and entry into force.
****The second printing of the PANAMA CANAL REVIEW winter
edition will go on sale at Panama Canal retail stores the first week in
March. This edition, which many consider a "collector's item," sold out
shortly after being released and the demand continues locally while
orders continue to arrive from many areas of the United States.
****THE PANAMA PARADOX, a novel about a plot to block the
Panama Canal is currently on sale at the Balboa and Coco Solo retail
stores. The book's author is one Michael Wolfe, i.e. none other than
Graphics Branch writer Gil Williams. His book has received favorable
reviews in many publications, among them The New York Times,
Publisher's Weekly, and The Sun Francisco Chronicle.
... 24 Feb. 1978
(In the Bay Area St. Petersburg Library has this book on its shelf and
it is usually out but can be reserved. Haslam's Book Store, Inc. will
order a copy $8.95 which takes 4 to 5 weeks. Ed.)
****The grandson of the man responsible for the construction of
Gatun Locks, dam and spillway was on the Isthmus for the second
time since his birth at the Ancon Hospital in 1914. Col. Franklin R.
"Bill" Sibert is the grandson of Col. William L. Sibert, one of the seven
members of the Isthmanian Canal Commission chaired by George W.
Goethals at the time of the Canal was completed.
Like his grandfather and father before him and his son after him,
Bill Sibert is a graduate of West Point. On the little finger of his right
hand he wears his grandfather's class ring, inscribed "U.S. Military
Academy Class of '84." It is one of the few mementos of his
grandfather that was not destroyed in a fire 40 years ago.
Col. William Sibert was an engineering genius who came to the
Isthmus at the age of 47 after having worked on the famous Poe lock
at the Soo Canal in the Great Lakes area and worked on locks and
dams on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers. His son, Bill's
father, was married and stationed with the 10th Infantry in the Canal
Zone when the Colonel was completing work on Gatun locks. William
C. Gorgas was in charge of the Ancon Hospital when Bill was born, the
year the Panama Canal opened to traffic.
Sibert believes that the Canal was "built by men who weren't
afraid to speak their minds," and says his grandfather was that kind of
man. Bill pointed out that his grandfather's work was not completed
with the Panama Canal. Colonel Sibert went on to chair the committee
that recommended the construction of the Boulder Dam in Colorado
and was responsible for the building of the Alabama State Docks in
Bills' military career was in the infantry where he served in the
campaign in Europe during World War II. It as after he retired that
he returned to the Canal Zone since his departure at the age of 2. He
served here as associate director of the Florida State University
extension in 1963 and 1964. He now resides at Fort Walton Beach, FL
and made his recent visit to the Isthmus in the company of two U.S.
Congressmen to address Canal Zone residents on the Treaty issue.
****Dr. Mary V. Graham, Chief, Community Health Branch, Division
Public Health, receives a 20-Year-Length-of-Service Award and a 20-
Year Safety Award from the Health Director Col. Albert L. Gore at a
Director's Office.... 3 March 1978
****The fifth group of cadets from the Panama Nautical School to
undergo training with the Canal organization since 1973 will be
welcomed to the waterway on March 27 to participate in a 4-week
program ending April 21. Nautical school officials have requested that
the Canal training program be shortened to 4 weeks from 8 to allow
the students more time for their academic studies. This year 65 cadets
will undergo training provided by various units of the Marine and
Engineering and Construction bureaus. Situated in Paitilla, Panama
City, the Panama Nautical School opened in 1972 to provide licensed
engineers and mates for Panamanian flag merchant vessels. The 4-
and 5-year program currently has an enrollment of 175 cadets and will
graduate its second class of about 30 in April. ... 17 March 1978
****The Cayuco Dear Dick of Explorer Post 21 sponsored by the
Balboa Union Church finished first in this year's 25th Silver
Anniversary Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race held last weekend. It was
the most difficult race in 25 years due to wind and 7-foot high waves,
but the Dear Dick crossed the finish line in 6 hours 8 minutes and 53.2
seconds manned by Captain William Feller and crew members Mike
Wilson, Manuel Stinson and Mark Urback.
Just a few minutes behind in second place with a time of 6 hours
15 minutes and 21.1 seconds was Situation Hopeless of Explorer Post
10 from Gamboa, sponsored by the C.Z. Police Division. The cayuco
was crewed by captain Keith Fearon and Kenneth Fearon, Michael
Seitz and Ted Fahy.
Coming in third place was Due Process also of Post 21 and in
Fourth Place was NIC, last year's winner, from Post 12, Gatun. The
NIC still holds the record time of 5 hours 35 minutes and 41.8 seconds
set in 1977.
This year P.C. pilot, Capt. John Hoyne went along and coordi-
nated with the control tower to expedite the passage of the cayucos
through the locks. Thus the ceremony in Rodman was moved up 1
hour. About 300 spectators were on hand to see the winners receive
their trophies and see Lisa Soltesz crowned queen of the 25th Silver
Anniversary Ocean-to-Ocean Cayuco Race.
****R. W. Thomas C. Peterson has been officially installed as District
Grand Master of the Canal Zone Masonic District. He succeeds R. W.
Richard H. Kinsey. Peterson graduated from Balboa High School in
1949. He received an associate in arts degree from Canal Zone College
in 1951. After serving in the Korean Conflict he received a bachelor of
arts degree from Birmingham-Southern College and did graduate
work at the Graduate School of Public Administration, New York
University. Active in the Masonic fraternity in the C.Z. for many
years, Peterson received the Degrees of Freemasonry in Chagres
Lodge, A.F.&A.M. and served his lodge as Master in 1966. He is a
member of the Panama Canal Scottish Rite Bodies and has served as
Deputy of the Supreme Council, 33rd degree S.J., U.S.A., in the C.Z.
since February 4, 1974. He is also a member of the Canal Zone York
Bodies. Peterson is a Divan officer of About Saad Temple,
A.A.O.N.M.S., a member and Past Director of P.C. Court No. 18,
R.O.J. and a member and past Patron of Orchid Chapter No. 1, O.E.S.
He also is a member of Panama Chapter No. 35, National Sojourners
and a member of the Royal Order of Scotland. He has been active with
the Order of DeMolay in the C.Z. and holds the Chevalier and Legion
of Honor (Active) in that Order... .23 March 1978
****Dr. Mary V. Graham, Chief of the Panama Canal's Community
Health Branch and one of the most outstanding professional career
women in the Canal's service, is retiring today and will depart for the
U.S. in a few months. When she joined Gorgas Hospital in September
1957, Dr. Graham was the first woman pediatrician on the hospital's
staff. She also has the distinction of being the first woman on the staff
to be a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics. A native of
Tulsa, OK, Dr. Graham was in private practice there before coming to
the Isthmus. She holds a bachelor of science degree from the
University of Tulsa, a doctor of Medicine Degree from Tulane
University, and a master's degree in Public Health from the
University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health. Addition-
al to her official responsibilities Dr. Graham has volunteered her
professional services as a medical doctor to the health and well being
of the entire community. She has helped to establish such vital
services in the C.Z. as the Alcoholic Rehabilitation Program; initiated
the residency training program in Developmental Pediatrics for the
pediatrics residents of Gorgas Hospital; supervised and worked in the
Well Baby clinics in six Community Health centers in the C.Z.; and
introduced family planning services to two Latin American communi-
ties in the C.Z. Dr. Graham was instrumental also in the formation of
the C.Z. Foster Home Program and the Joint Committee for Infant
and Child Protection, and served as chairperson of the committee for
three years. Dr. Graham served on the Governor's Advisory
Committee on Youth, Family and Community Relations. The commit-
tee, active for several years in the 1960's, touched on such areas as
motorcycle safety and driver's training, pornographic literature in the
C.Z. retail stores, alcohol abuse by teenagers, child abuse and other
problems related to local youth. Dr. Graham has been a member of the
board of the Bella Vista Children's Home and medical advisor to the
home for 18 years; a member on the board of directors of the Canal
Zone Gilr Scouts; served on the Commission of Ministry, an advisory
group to Bishop Lemuel B. Shirley, Missionary Diocese of Panama and
the C.Z. She also has been a member of the Soroptimists for 12 years.
Dr. Graham was nominated in 1975 by the Canal administration to
compete with women in Federal service in the Federal Women's
Award Program. The following year, the Panama Canal distinguished
her with a Public Service Award with Silver Medallion. Dr. Graham is
a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American
Association of Public Health, The Medical Association of the Isthmian
Canal Zone and chairman of the Medical Legal Committee.
She plans to continue her medical profession on a part time basis
somewhere after she visits in New Orleans to renew old friendships
with some of her med school colleagues, then visit other cities where
she has been offered medical positions. Perhaps a trip to England.
And she will spend some time with her sons, Peter Van Overen, a
computer designer and programmer, a graduate from and associated
with the University of Houston in Texas; and Christopher Van
Overen, who is in the Coast Guard stationed at Sabine Pass, TX.
****Richard H. Egolf has been elected Exalted Ruler, P.C.Z. Lodge
No. 1414, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and will be
installed by District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Darwin Pope. An
active Elk for 17 years, Egolf has served on various committees, was
treasurer for 4 years and Leading Knight the past year. A member of
a well-known Canal Zone family, Egolf was born in Colon Hospital and
attended Gatun Elementary school graduating from Cristobal High
School and Canal Zone College. He worked part time while in school.
His first full time job was with the U.S. Navy at Coco Solo for 6
months before joining the P.C.'s Accounting Division in February
1944. With the Division since that time, Egolf is today Chief, Job
Order, Accounting Section.
His brother George is employed by the Water and Laboratories
Branch, Atlantic Area; sister Barbara Dedeaux is the administrative
officer of the Atlantic Maintenance Branch; brother Harry, former
Deputy Director of the Supply and Community Service Bureau, and
sister Ruth Clement, who was with the Electrical Division, have
retired and are now living in the U.S. Egolf and his wife, Mary,
formerly employed at Coco Solo Hospital, live at La Boca. They have
three daughters: Julia, Amy and Mary Ann Robertson.
****The Panama Canal paid tribute yesterday to 22 individuals and
organizations at the eighth annual Public Service Award Ceremony
held in the Rotunda of the Administration Building at Balboa Heights.
Three gold, seven silver and twelve bronze medallions accompanied
by their respective Public Service Award certificates were presented
to the honorees.
Recipients, members of their families and friends were welcomed
to the ceremony by Personnel Director Gordon M. Frick. Executive
Secretary J. Patrick Conley presented the bronze awards, Lt. Gov.
Richard L. Hunt, the silver awards, and Gov. H. R. Parfitt made the
presentation of the gold awards to Emily Butcher, Sister Gertrude
Marie Shaughnessy and Robert C. Worlsey. Ms. Butcher, former
Supervisor of Music, Latin American Schools, was recognized for 25
years of dedicated service in the field of music to all people of the
Isthmus. Sister Gertrude was recognized for her more than 30 years
of devotion to the countless thousands of young and old, the needy and
the sick of the Isthmian community. The Panama Government
honored Sister Gertrude with the Vasco Nunez de Balboa in 1976.
Worsley was honored for his outstanding service to the Isthmian
communities since construction days and especially for his participa-
tion in and support of the YMCA. He has served as secretary to the
Y's board of directors since 1924, been deeply involved with the
scouting movement both in the C.Z. and Panama and received the
Silver Beaver Award, scouting's highest award to scouting leaders.
He also received a merit medal for outstanding volunteer service to
youth sports groups in Panama and was awarded the Vasco Nunez de
Balboa by the Panama Government.
Silver award winners and the contributions that earned them the
honor are: Eugenia Bing, William De La Mater, Grace Gillespie, T.
Sgt. John J. Hansell, UAAF, Sandy Rose, The Reverend Waldaba H.
Stewart and S.Sgt. William A. Uhde, USAF De La Mater, for
serving as director, coach and manager of the C.Z. Government
Basketball League for 10 years; his work with the Twilight Baseball
League, serving as president, treasurer and manager; member of the
C.Z. Athletic Club from 1950 to 1965 and its president for 12 years;
member of the Campaign Committee of the CZ United Way since
1958; chairman of the United Way Annual Softball Tournament since
1975; and for being instrumental in establishing the annual Palm Bowl
Game and arranging for "The King and his Court" to come to the
Canal Zone.... 31 March 1978
Following are persons and organizations presented bronze
medallions: Stewart J. Brown for his dedicated service to the youth of
the community and especially for promoting swimming programs in
the Canal Zone; Elks Lodge 1414 youth programs for the past 25 years
and other community sponsored youth activities. The Canal Zone
Military Lodge No. 174; Lt. Col. and Mrs. Ruben A. Cubero; James W.
Dunn; Ray R. Dymond; Burton F. Mead; Lt. Col. Frank R. Newman;
Linda D. Olszewski; Quarry Heights Officers' Wives Club; Josephine
Ridge, for her many contributions to the C.Z. community through her
work with the Margarita Holy Family Church and her membership
since 1965 in the Coco Solo-France Field Civic Council and William G.
****The white amur, a fish that is capable of eating its own weight in
vegetation each day, may be a major part of the solution to the Canal's
aquatic weed problem. The Engineering and Construction Bureau
received a second shipment of the fish this month. The 200,000 white
amur fingerlings, just 2 to 4 inches in length, were grown at three fish
farms in Lonoke, AR, and transported in tanks aboard a flatbed truck
to Little Rock AFB. There the truck was driven aboard a C-130 cargo
aircraft, flown to Howard AFB, and driven off the plane out to a plant
set up at the old Paraiso Elementary School. Named after the Amur
River in its native Manchuria, the white amur feeds on hydrilla, a
weed to be covering about 12,000 of Gatun Lake's 100,000 acres, or 12
percent of the lakes surface. The Canal is using the white amur as part
of its overall strategy to control both floating and submerged aquatic
vegetation, along with such methods as time-release herbicides,
mechanical harvesting, and weed-eating insects. One of the advant-
ages of the amur over other methods is that the fish have an average
lifespan of 16 years. After being acclimated, the fish were transferred
by helicopter to three growout ponds, one near the Gamboa airfield
known as Calaminto Lake, a second in the backwater area of Dump
4 1/2 across from Gamboa, and the third north of the village of Laguna
on Gatun Lake. The first 3 weeks in the grow-out ponds, the amur
consume only minute zooplankton articles, but after that begin to eat
hydrilla. By 6 weeks they are eating two to three times their body
weight each day. In a year the amur weigh 5 to 6 pounds, and in 6 to 8
years they may weigh as much as 70 to 80 pounds, though the amount
of plant matter that they eat will have leveled off by that time.
According to Lt. Col. Phillips Custer, Assistant to the Director of the
E & C Bureau and the man who has spearheaded the white amur
project, redal control of the vegetation growth in Canal waters is
expected in about 5 years. ... 7 April 1978
****ROOSEVELT KIN VIEW TEDDY'S TRIUMPH Expressing
their delight at getting a close look at the Panama Canal, Cornelius
Roosevelt, grandson of Teddy, and his sister-in-law Frances Roosevelt
toured the Miraflores Locks last week and watched the transit of a
U.S. Navy missile launcher. Cornelius, an engineer with a business in
Washington, D.C., commented on the contrast between "the modern
navy and the old canal." He said the waterway looks exactly the same
to him as when he first saw it in 1932, and added, "Seeing it today, I'm
impressed all the more just to think it was built so long ago." One of
the sons of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., he has been across the Isthmus
many times before, "twice by car, twice by rail, and six times by boat
beginning in 1932." His last transit was aboard a freighter in 1964,
when he was transporting horseshoe crabs to a New York aquarium.
His only recollection of his grandfather is as a 4-year-old being taken
by him down to the pig sty to see the pigs, the kind of experience any
child might remember.
Frances Roosevelt is the widow of Cornelius' brother Quentin,
who died in 1949. She is a professional painter of landscapes and
portraits and the mother of three grown daughters. She lives on
Oyster Bay, Long Island, about a quarter of a mile from Teddy
Roosevelt's old home on Sagamore Hill, now a museum. She transited
the Canal for the first time in 1949 in her way to China with her
children. Her husband Quentin was in charge of a subsidiary of Pan
American Airways there. She was through once again in January of
this year as a passenger aboard the Royal Viking Sky, but says this is
her first time to see the canal "from the ground" and exhiberates, "It's
Despite the fact that their famous ancestor was responsible more
than any man for the construction of the Panama Canal, neither
Roosevelt is inclined to express a point of view on the current treaty
debate. Cornelius says he is "Still making up his mind," while Frances
says she has "strong feelings" but prefers not to share them. The
Roosevelt family, they say, is divided 50-50 on the issue. Asked his
reaction to the statement made by Path Between the Seas author
David McCullough that if Teddy Roosevelt were alive today he would
be in favor of the treaties, Cornelius quoted his outspoken aunt Alice
Roosevelt Longworth: "How interesting that they all know what he
would have said." Both Cornelius and Frances Roosevelt have nothing
but praise, however, for McCullough's book on the Canal, adding that
they introduced him to their aunt, Teddy Roosevelt's only child from
his first marriage. McCullough is said to be working on a book about
the past president.
Pursuit of a new hobby is what brought the Roosevelts to the
Isthmus this time. In the company of longtime friends Jane Burdick
and Peter de Florez, they went snorkeling and diving off the San Bias
Islands. De Florez is the son of famous inventor and early aviator Luis
de Florez.... 21 April 1978
c4appy Uatkei's 'Day to 9Jou!
The U.S. flag ship "Overseas Washington" makes its way through the Panama
Canal on April 24 laden with 63,954 long tons of Alaskan North Slope crude oil
destined for Puerto Rico, breaking the Canal's cargo record held by another
Alaskan oil tanker, the "Overseas New York." Not to be outdone, the "Overseas
New York" regained the number one spot just 4 days later when she transited
carrying 64,603 long tons of oil. During the month of April, North Slope transits
through the Canal averaged 2.4 per day.
..... May 5, 1978
We are in receipt of a letter from one Warren Henry Barrett who
was employed with the Isthmian Canal Commission and The Panama
Canal as a Clerk (stenographer and typewriter) in May 1913 until
April 15, 1919. Letter in part "I am searching for records that had
been misplaced for many years by the Veterans' Administration. I
was told perhaps someone in your organization might have been one
of the Balboa Shops employees who witnessed my induction into
military service, as I was in receipt of a draft call there and assigned
duty under Lt. Cdr. Gatewood, Superintendent Gatewood. My
records were lost. Anyhow, I'm having trouble in proving that I was
indeed Secretary to the Superintendent during World War I in the
Mechanical Division." . If anyone remembers W. H. Barrett and
may be able to help him, please contact him at Box 345, Ruidoso
Downs, NM 88346.
CONGRATULATIONS STEW! First, on March 30 he received
an Honorary Public Service Award in an impressive ceremony in the
Rotunda of the Administration Building. (See article Spillway 7 April
1978 this issue). Later in the week he was selected to be Honorary
Referee for the 1978 Balboa Relays.
Stewart J. Brown is pictured reviewing issues of the Athletic Journal,
Scholastic Coach and Strength and Health all of which feature articles
authored by him relating to the Physical Education and Athletics
program of the Panama Canal Zone Division of Schools. Stew's
"Wheel of Champions" appears in the background. The helm is
adorned with sixteen plates each symbolic of a Canal Zone Interscho-
lastic Varsity Championship he is the only coach in the history of
the Canal Zone Athletics to lead his teams to at least one champion-
ship in every major sport including the Pacific Twilight Baseball
League, the football Jamboree, the C.Z. Jr. College Basketball
Tournament, the Palm Brown and the Balboa Relays. With a student
body of 120 Stew's 1960-1961 Jr. College Green Devils were crowned
Champions in Football, baseball, basketball an unprecedented
An All-City guard in high school, Stew joined the Navy in April of
1941 and served 41/2 years at sea. He earned a Bachelor of Science in
1949, and a Master of Education Administration in 1950 from the
University of Pittsburgh, where he learned "T-formation" football
from its creator, Coach Clark Shaugnessy. His first coaching position
was at St. Justin's High School, in Pittsburgh, where Johnny Unitas
was a substitute on that championship team. After 3 years of coaching
at Taylor Allerdice H.S. in Pittsburgh, Stew came to the C.Z. to begin
his career at BHS in October 1952. Currently and during the past ten
years, Stew has been Supervisor of Swimming Pools and School
Safety. He is contemplating a summer retirement after having
completed 30 years of Civil Service in February of this year.
Catherine Brown is very proud of her husband!
Next issue of the Canal Record will feature in condensed form an
article written by a girl reared in the Canal Zone and a student at
Stetson College at DeLand, Florida Marjorie Blair, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Robert J. Blair of Port Orange, Florida.
Correction page 75 line 5 Should read Mrs. Inga Prier. March
We had ordered five cases of the book "PANAMA" editions
DeLroisse and they were all sold. We will again order these books.
Please send Name and address ONLY and number of books you would
like by mid July to Mrs. Jean Mann, Panama Canal Society of Florida,
Inc., P. O. Box 11566, St. Petersburg, FL 33733. When the books are
received, Mrs. Mann will send a postcard to you telling you how much
money to send for cost of book ($15.00), plus postage and insurance.
If you lost anything at the Reunion, please send a description of
the article to Mrs. Mann and she will send it to you if we have it in our
Lost and Found box. Thank you.
BHS-CHS-CZJC ALUMNI INDEX, prepared by Conrad Horine of
San Diego, is available for $2.00. New names and addresses, changes
or corrections are now welcome for the next issue, to be published
about the first of 1979. Information compiled in the directory is Name,
Last-first-Nickname-and Maiden; Address in full; Telephone; Home
and work; College or University attended Year-Major and Degree;
Occupation/Position: Company; Spouse: Last name-first-Nick-
name-maiden; Number of Children; Number of Grandchildren. If you
want to be included in this directory please send information and
Mr. Conrad S. Horine
5728 Barley Court
Bonita, CA 92002
The SECOND CANAL ZONE REUNION of the NORTHWEST
will be held August 19, 1978, Saturday, 11 A.M. to ? at Lewisville
Park, Section D Battleground, Washington. Bring yourself and a
picnic lunch for another good time. Same place as last year.
Read on for More Notices
BALBOA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968 will hold a TEN YEAR
REUNION on August 11, 12 and 13 of August in the Canal Zone. A
tour of BHS is planned, plus a picnic at Summit Gardens, Party at
Amador Officer's Club and a trip to Taboga on the launch or a giant
meeting on the Causeway. Those classmates and friends interested in
attending should contact Rae E. Hannigan, Box 2679, Balboa, CZ
immediately for all details, especially for group airfare from Miami.
Marjorie Vandervelde has done it again. Two books of children's
adventure with documentary background which deal with parts of
Panama: San Blas Islands and Darien Jungle will come off the press in
late May. Could It Be Old Hari? 30-page setting in Darien Jungle and
Sam and The Gold People, 40-page setting in San Blas Islands, both
designed with low-vocabulary, high adventure, making them easy to
read, photos by author. Both available for $2.00 plus 50 cents handling
- total $2.50 from: Velde Press, Box 418, Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536.
John Burgess, son of I. N. and M. J. Burgess, Oak Ridge, TN, has
been awarded a full 4-year Athletic Scholarship at Wake Forrest
University. John grew up in Coco Solo, C.Z. and started his football
career there in Little League.
* * *
Mrs. Lena M. Asbury
Mr. Robert N. Bowen
Mr. William M. Brown
Mrs. Thelma P. Carey
Mr. Hallis F. Chase
Mr. Daulton C. Cypert
Mr. Edward M. Fetherston
Dr. Mary V. Graham
Mrs. Mary T. Gurney
Mr. William I. Hollowell
Mr. Philip R. Lascala
Miss Katherine F. Taliercia
Mr. George M. Willingham
Coco Solo Hospital
Mary Lou Dailey McPherson and Peter Shea Lang were married
on February 11, 1978, in the Canal Zone. The wedding ceremony was
performed at the Balboa Elks Club among approximately eighty
wedding guests and followed by a lovely reception. Mary Lou was
attended by her Matron of Honor, Vicki Goodson and her two
daughters Patti McPherson, age 17, and Shannon McPherson, age 13.
Will Nickisher was Best Man for Peter.
Mary Lou is the daughter of Charlotte and Earl Dailey, of St.
Petersburg, Florida and Peter is the son of Mina Dee of Sarasota,
Florida, and the late Walter Lang. The Daileys and Mrs. Dee were in
the Canal Zone for the wedding.
Mary Lou and Pete are living in La Boca and their address is Box
1193, Balboa, Canal Zone.
Viola Stephens and Harry Whitehead, both of Tallahassee, were
married March 19, 1978, in the chapel of St. John's Episcopal Church.
The Reverend Dr. Philip Whitehead of Richmond, Virginia, son of the
bridegroom, performed the ceremony.
The bride was attended by her daughter, Dorothy Turner of
Pensacola. Don Whitehead of Atlanta, son of the bridegroom, was
Following the ceremony a family reception was held at the home
of the bride. After a wedding trip to south Florida, the couple will live
Miss Michelle A. Lawyer and
Stephen W. Schaaf, both of Hunts-
ville, Alabama exchanged wed-
ding vows at St. Mark's Lutheran
SChurch on March 4th at 2 p.m.
Parents of the couple are Mr.
and Mrs. Robert W. Lawyer of
; Dothan and Mr. and Mrs. Walter
SK. Schaaf of Valley Stream, New
I .- York.
The bride was given in mar-
riage by her father and her maid
of honor was Patricia Heilig, sis-
ter of the bride. Best man was
S, -" David Schaaf, brother of the
A reception was held in the
Fellowship hall of St. Mark's Luth-
After a wedding trip to Hawaii, the bride and groom are living in
Huntsville where he is a budget analyst and she is a secretary
working for the Army at Redstone Arsenal.
Mr. and Mrs. William K. Gruman (Mary Margot Torstenson) of
Shenandoah Village, Wayzata, Minnesota announce the arrival of
their first daughter, and second child, Gillian Marie, on January 10,
1978. Maternal grandparents are Captain and Mrs. Clifford V.
Torstenson of Wabana Lake, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
On April 5, 1978, Christina Liane was born to Gregory and
Charmain Michaelis in Houston, Texas. Proud grandparents are John
and Polly Michaelis of Kerrville, Texas and Mrs. Miriam Risberg of
Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Mr. Robert "Bud" Risberg of the Canal
Zone. Christina, the firstborn of Greg and Charmain arrived on her
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jon Engelke announce the birth of their
third child, Christopher Jon, on December 26, 1977. Maternal
grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood of St. Petersburg.
Paternlal grandparents are Mrs. Robert A. Engelke and the late
Robert Engelke of the Canal Zone. Paternal Great Grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Engelke of Bentonville, Arkansas.
Lt. [jg] and Mrs. Kenneth G. Fortner, CEC, USN, (DeLight
Nelson) of Chesapeake, Virginia announce the birth of their first child,
Charisse Marie, DeLight and Kenneth Fortner
a daughter, Charisse Marie, on March 27, 1978. Maternal grandpar-
ents are Rev. and Mrs. Elmer O. Nelson, presently residing in Bahia
Blanca, Argentina, on their four year missionary assignment. Patern-
al grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Gayle Fortner of Orange City,
Florida. Paternal great grandmother is Mrs. W. Mary Beall of Tampa,
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Collett, Jr. (Marty Stanley) of Lucinda, Penn-
sylvania announce the birth of their second daughter, Christine
Renee, on March 6, 1978. She weighed 8 lbs., 2 oz. and was 21 inches
long. Kelly Diane is Christy's big sister. Maternal grandparents are
George and Peggy Stanley of Marble, PA formerly of Curcundu
Heights, Canal Zone.
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hutchison of Ruston, LA announce the birth of
their second child, Michael Shannon, on April 18, 1978. Gary's mother,
Mrs. Donald Hutchison of Aiken, SC visited with her son and family
for 10 days to help with the two children.
Catherine (Whelan) and Eddie Filo are proud to announce the
birth of their second grandson, Matthew Adam, born March 29th to
Katie (Filo) and Bob Woods of Houma, Louisiana. Matthew joins his
brother, Chris. His great grandmother is Mrs. Helen Bell of Dothan,
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Spector of Gainesville, FL announce the
birth of a baby girl on March 19, 1978. Casey Lynn weighed in at 8 lbs.
10 ozs. The proud paternal grandparents are Capt. and Mrs. Irving
Spector of Gulfport, FL. The maternal grandparents are Mrs. Phillips
Hicks and the late Mr. Hicks of Daytona Beach, FL. Great grandma
Gussie Spector lives in Gulfport, FL.
Grandparents, Rita and Perry Washabaugh proudly announce
the birth of another grandson, Michael George, born 10 May 1978
weighing in at 7 pounds 91/4 ounces and 21-inches long. Mommie and
Daddy are William P. and Macel (Washabaugh) DeSalvo of 8278
Portsmouth Dr., Severn, MD 21144.
1- nOWCASc '
Witth Deep borrow
Wc announce the beathi of t4e following:
On April 8, 1978 Richard C. Brogie of Los Rios, Canal Zone,
passed away in Houston, Texas. He is survived by his wife Rose V. C.
Brogie and two sons. Mr. Brogie retired from Community Services in
1974 with 33 years service. Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary's,
Balboa on April 13, 1978.
Mrs. William V. Brugge (Sara A.) of Bayford, Va. passed away on
March 9, 1978.
Mr. John Kevin Bryant, age 24, died suddenly on April 7, 1978, as
the result of a fall in which he severely injured his head and ruptured
the aorta. Kevin was the son of Lieutenant and Mrs. R. K. Bryant
(Joan Dougan), both deceased. He is survived by his adoptive parents
(his great-aunt and her husband) Mr. and Mrs. K. H. Dickson, of
Moberly, Missouri; a sister, Mrs. Kathleen Cleaveland; a brother, Eric
Bryant, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. John L. (Audra) Dougan
of Springdale, Arkansas.
Maude H. Clinchard, "Mom" (to many who knew her well) born
June 20, 1878, died March 15, 1978 at Boca Raton Community after a
short illness. She was the widow of the late William H. Clinchard who
was retired captain of the Police and Fire Division of Balboa.
"Mom" and "Dad" left Iowa to homestead in South Dakota -
their next door neighbor lived 20 miles away. They lived in their little
sod house and for two years farmed and proved their land. Many a
time they were snowed in for a week at a time. "Mom" had many a
story to tell of this part of her life and if she could have written a book
it would have been interesting reading. They left South Dakota for
Nebraska where Dad joined the Omaha Fire Dept. and later moved to
"Mom" left Nebraska for the Canal Zone ifi October 1918, with
her three small children to join "Dad" who was then with the Canal
Zone Fire Dept. in Gatun. She was ready to turn around and go back,
for "Dad" could not meet her at the boat nor the train in Gatun. The
day was saved, one of the firemen, sent by "Dad", met her. He took
her to her strange new home on stilts to wait for "Dad". Time healed
everything and "Mom" became active in the community acted as
librarian, active in the Union Church and also, acted as Playground
and Kindergarten directress until a permanent one had been brought
from the States.
"Mom" worked in the Cristobal and Balboa Commissaries. She
loved people so was always very content in both places, for she met
many people and made many friends. She was active in the Church
Circle of the Union Church, was a Life Member of Orchid Chapter # 1,
O.E.S. and of Rebecca Lodge # 1, I.O.O.F., and a member of the
"Mom" lived in the Tivoli Hotel and was one of the "Rocking
Chair Gang". There she loved her life for she could sit on the front
porch and see many of her friends come and go, also, she made many
new friends. She was reluctant to leave her Tivoli "home" nine years
ago to make her home with her daughter and son-in-law in Boca
Raton, FL. She never really was happiest in Florida except she
was near her kids. Her heart was still on the "Isthmus" as she always
referred to the Canal Zone.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. J. A. (Constance) Wright of
Boca Raton, FL; two sons, Gene E., St. Petersburg, FL, Dr. William
H. Jr., Blairsville, Ga.; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren
and a nephew, Richard Ellis, Marshaltown, IA.
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Annie E. Davis on
April 22, 1978 in Sacramento, CA. She is survived by her daughter,
Mrs. Patricia LeBrun, with whom she made her home; a son, Douglas
Smith of Coral Springs, FL; several grandchildren and several great
Mr. Joseph V. Dudek, 80, husband of Alma Dudek, passed away,
May 1. He resided at 623 3rd St. No., St. Petersburg, FL, having
moved here 35 years ago from Balboa, Canal Zone. He was a retired
accountant. He was a member of Lodge 1224 BPOE, American Legion
Post No. 14 and Knights of Columbus. He is also survived by a sister,
Sophis Zeclinski of Kenmore, N.Y.
Mrs. Peggy J. Ellis, who would have been 84 years old 31 May,
passed away 11 May 1978 after a long illness in Houston, Texas.
Peggy lived in the Canal Zone for many years and was active in the
Girl Scouts: was Past Mother Advisor in Rainbows; Past Matron
Orchid Chapter 1946; taught Bible classes on both sides of the Isthmus
and was a member of the Daughters of American Revolution. Peggy
left the Canal Zone in 1951 and made her home in Houston where she
was a Past President of the Panama Canal Society of Texas. She is
survived by a son, Clyde Ellis, Jr.; a daughter, Joan Ellis Moser;
grandson, Richard and great-grandson, Zachery.
Mr. Raymond S. Euper of Gretna, LA passed away April 28, 1978,
after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Philomene.
Mr. Arthur L. Fessler, 92, of 1239 S. Indianapolis Ave., Tulsa,
Oklahoma died March 27, 1978. Mr. Fessler went to Panama just
before digging of the canal started as an employee of the Isthmanian
Canal Commission's material and supplies department. He later
transferred to the CZ health department and worked with physicians
who were fighting to stamp out yellow fever. He later worked on the
staff of the Tacua-Arica Plebiscitary Commission which in 1925
attempted to settle a boundary dispute between Chile and Peru.
Because of his ability to speak Spanish and his long association with
Latin America, he was one of four investigators who reported to Gen.
John Pershing, head of the commission. Mr. Fessler retired in 1942
from the canal with 36 years service. Mr. Fessler was a Roosevelt
Medal Holder. He is survived by his wife Effie; a son, Paul Fessler of
Clearwater; a daughter,Margaret of Tulsa; a stepdaughter; a stepson;
4 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grand-
Mrs. Cecilia W. French (nee Clarke) passed away on February 25,
1978 in Tustin, CA. She made her home on the Pacific side of the
Isthmus from 1906 to 1947. Her late husband, Archie W. French, Sr.
was Assistant to Executive Secretary of Gorgas Hospital. He retired
in the early '40's, and later managed the Curundu Movie Theater until
1947 when they moved to the States. Mr. French died in 1954. Mrs.
French is survived by her son, William R. of Santa Ana, CA, and
daughter, Zona Lang, of Tustin; also by several grandchildren and
great-grandchildren; a nephew, Jack W. Clarke, of Sarasota, FL
(Note: Mrs. French's son, Robert V. French, 62, passed away in
August 1977, in Dallas, TX).
Mr. Kenneth W. Hill, 53, of Prescott, AZ, died March 27, 1978.
Kenneth was retired from the U.S. Army and was also a detective on
the Canal with the Canal Protective Division. He is survived by his
wife, Acis; a daughter Patricia Hill of Williams, AZ; a daughter,
Sherry Hill of Long Beach, CA; a son, Kenneth W. II of Chattanooga,
TN and two brothers.
Mrs. Kathryn G. Hohmann, 79, of St. Petersburg died May 5,
1978. She had come from the Canal Zone where she was an Army
civilian employee 28 years ago. She is survived by a son, Roy G. of
Woodside, NY; a daughter, Mrs. Lois H. Engel of St. Petersburg and
Miss Eller Jane Holcomb of St. Petersburg passed away March
11, 1978. Eller Jane was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital for 10 years. She
later worked with the School Division and before retirement was with
the Division of Preventative Medicine. There are no known realtives.
Eleanor Home, 66, of Bradenton, FL, died April 2, 1978 at her
residence. She moved from the Canal Zone after retiring as a
registered nurse 20 years ago to Bradenton. Eleanor was active in
many civic organizations. She leaves a niece; six great-nephews; and
Mrs. Mary Anne Jackson of Bentonville, AR passed away
February 2, 1976. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Robert
Jackson of that city.
Mr. Welton E. Johnson, 84, passed away in Camden, NY, January
9, 1978, and was buried in Amherst, Wisconsin, his hometown. Mr.
Johnson recently made his home with his son Robert and his six
children, who are his survivors.
Mr. Patrick A. Kiley, 90, of Lawrence, MA passed away in
February after a long illness. He was employed by the Isthmanian
Canal Commission on the construction of Panama Canal locks in 1913
and the following year was contracted by the organization as a
wireman on the locks. Mr. Kiley retired as Assistant Supervisor of the
Miraflores Locks after serving 36 years. Mr. Kiley belonged to the
Glider Club, CZ Target Club, and many others. He was a honorary life
member of Knights of Columbus Council 1371 of Balboa, CZ. The
widower of Winifred A. Kiley, he is survived by a son, Daniel P. Kiley
of Balboa, CZ; three daughters, Sister Mary Veronica, known to the
lay world as Winifred Kiley, of the Sacramentine Nuns of Yonkers,
NY, Miss Patricia C. Kiley, and Catherine, wife of Edmond Daher,
both of Lawrence; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Willie La Branch, 77, died January 28, 1978 in South Beach,
OR. Mr. La Branch will be remembered as the Engineer on the
tugboat TABOGA. He is survived by his wife, Marie Louise.
Mrs. Mildred Larson, 73, passed away March 28, 1978, in
Flushing, NY. She was the widow of John Larson who worked as an
Electrician on the Gatun Locks. Millie is survived by a son, John R., a
sister and four grandchildren.
Mr. John A. McNatt, 67, of Panama City, R. de P. died on January
20, 1978 in his sleep. Mr. McNatt went to the Isthmus in 1935 and
worked for the Panama Canal Company until his retirement. He is
survived by his widow, Sonia Guizado de McNatt, his daughter
Blanquita Schield; two sons, John and Richard; three grandchildren;
and one sister.
Mr. David B. Marshall died suddenly on March 6, 1978, at his
home in Kerrville, TX. David was born in Colon, R. de P. and was em-
ployed as Harbor Foreman, Cristobal, CZ until his retirement in 1972.
He was a member of the Sibert Lodge AF&AM, Gatun; Abou Saad
Shrine Temple, CZ; and Elks Lodge 1542, Cristobal. David is survived
by his wife, Betty, who was a Dietician at Coco Solo Hospital before
her retirement; sons, John of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Edward L. of Van
Nuys, CA; and by two grandsons. A brother, Robert of Wisconsin also
survives. Funeral Services were conducted by Father Jack Fields,
formerly of St. Luke's, Ancon; and Masonic services were performed
by the Masons of Kerrville.
Mr. Fred Meisinger, 63, of Hallandale, FL, died February 7, 1978.
Fred was employed by the Terminals Division, Panama Canal
Company and Boyd Brothers Steamship Company in Cristobal for
many years. Immediate family survivors, formerly of the Canal Zone,
are his wife, Helen (Leach) and son, Michael.
Mr. Curtis Leo Mullins, 54, passed away January 29, 1978,
following his disability retirement on June 13, 1977. He was employed
by the Locks Division, Balboa, CZ, and worked at Miraflores Locks.
He also served in the U.S. Navy and was a Veteran. Born in
Connecticut, Curtis Leo was 3 months old when he moved to the Canal
Zone. After retiring, Curtis Leo and Gertrude and their four children
moved to Dothan, AL, where they bought a home. Funeral services
were held in Dothan on February 1, 1978. He leaves his wife, Gertrude
(Joustra) Mullins; sons Curtis, Jr., 16, Gerrit, 14, Brian, 12, and a
daughter, Karen, 8. He also leaves two brothers, Earl Mullins of
Gamboa, CZ, George Mullins of Juliette, GA, and a sister, Mrs. Betty
McCarrick of Margarita, CZ.
Mr. David Potts, 92, of Phoeniz, AZ, died recently. Mr. Potts
retired years ago from the Panama Canal Company. He is survived by
two daughters, Mrs. R. W. Griffith of Phoenix, and Mrs. D. E. Bruce
of Margarita, CZ; a son, David E. Potts of Hampton; one brother,
Harry Potts; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Wilmer B. Rogan, 77, 142 Menendez Ave., Apt. A, St.
Augustine, FL, died 9 May 1978 at his residence. He was a retired
structural design engineer. Funeral services were held in Roanoke,
VA. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ruth Preston Rogan, St.
Augustine; two daughters, Mrs. Paul Cimicata, Cookeville, TN; and
Mrs. Preston Warne, Philadelphia, PA; and one son, Michael Rogan,
Mrs. Jean Wallace Moodie Stevens, 88, formerly of the Canal
Zone, where she made her home with her son, John H. Stevens, died
in Titusville, FL Rest Center, on November 19, 1977. She was the
widow of Mr. Elbert C. Stevens, who was the USO Caribbean Area
Representative during the war years. They had been residents of the
Canal Zone since 1936 when Mr. Stevens was the YWCA Director in
Cristobal. She is survived by her son, two daughters, Leslie McClave
of Grand Rapids, MI and Jane Steele of Augusta, SC. Graveside
services were held at Corozal Cemetery.
Mrs. Muriel Stewart, 75, died April 22, 1978. Mrs. Stewart came
to St. Petersburg 23 years ago after having spent many years in the
Canal Zone. She was a member of our society. Muriel is survived by a
sister, Ethel P. Waters of Riverdale, MD; three grandchildren and
four great-grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Mrs. Minalee U. Towery, 72, passed away at Lourdes Hospital,
Paducah, KY on March 26, 1978 following a short illness. She and Mr.
Towery resided in Pedro Miguel and then Cocoli until their return to
the States in 1951 and were presently living in Marion, Ky. She is
survived by her husband Clyde; one son, Clyde D. of Oklahoma City,
OK; a daughter, Loisdene T. Smith of Butler, PA; six grandsons and
Mr. Harry L. Uhler, 79, of 4526 33rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg,
FL, died March 3, 1978. Mr. Uhler worked for a number of years in the
Canal Zone. He later lived in Denver, CO, and for the past 20 years
was a resident of St. Petersburg. Harry is survived by his wife,
Word has just been received that our member Mr. Robert E.
Walker of 242 Bell Avenue, Lodi, NJ 07644, passed away March 22,
1978. At this writing the only known survivor is his wife, Josephine
Walker of the same address.
Mr. Frank J. Williams, retired employee of the PC who has made
his home at the YMCA in Balboa for the past several years died March
8, 1978. He went to the Isthmus in 1914 and retired in 1948 as a
building superintendent in the old Maintenance Division. A bachelor,
Williams is survived by a newphew, John D. Stiles of Marbeth, Pa.
Funeral service was held at St. Mary's church, Balboa, interment at
Mr. Washington Paul Williamson, 74, of Franklin, Georgia,
passed away 9 January 1978. He lived on the Isthmus for many years
and was a member of Canal Zone Lodge #1542, BPOE. Only known
survivor is his wife.
Mrs. Mary Wir, wife of Paul Wir, died February 26, 1978 in
Panama. She had been hospitalized for about 20 days prior to her
death. Mary was a former employee at Balboa Gym. They had retired
to Las Cumbres, R. de P.
Mr. James A. Wood, of 5400 N.E. 49th St., Vancouver, WA died
March 21, 1978. He was born in Gorgas Hospital, October 24, 1921. His
Canal Service was with the Locks; Dredging; Mechanical and
Maintenance Division (Pacific and Atlantic) covering 30 years, 3
months; retired on disability August 20, 1971. He served his hitch in
the Navy during W. W. II. He was a member of Sibert Lodge
AF&AM; Scottish Rite AAONMS; Abou Saad Shrine Temple; and
VFW Post #3876. James is survived by his wife, Martha Bradley; one
daughter, Martha Napoleon, Bradenton, FL; one son, James B.
Vancouver, WA; four grandsons; and his mother, Ethlyn C. Wood of
Walnut Creek, CA.
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let )
perpetual light shine upon them. **
SACRED HEART CHAPEL MEDITATION
There's a place in a pew in the back of the church
where I sit for Sunday Mass
That is next to the window that faces the hill
nestling the Hospital Gorgas
The tropical foliage and slipped green grass
lend an air of beauty in bloom
As the Word of God's love for His children
blends His nature to this holy room.
Here is comfort and joy midst neighbor dear
with the girl of my life at my side to hear
How we're joined with our loved ones so far away
In their places at Mass on this sacred day.
As our voices acclaim in hymns of praise,
A hope for the future; a mending of ways'
I am caught in the rapture of the window's view
At the back of the church in my place in the pew.
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c es bom ...
Visitors to the Canal Zone in February were Hilton and Margaret
Hughes of Dunnellon, FL who visited their son, Bob Hughes and his
wife, Katie of Curundu. Bob's with IAGS Marg and Hilton spent a
week in Quinto, Ecuador. They saw many old friends on the Pacific
Side, including Anne and Julio Hernandez, Capt. Ralph ("Bud") and
wife Dottie Plummer and Mary V. Graham too. They'll barely get
back to Florida in time to get ready to leave for their summer home in
Bea Simonis and Irene Ladrack both former "jifes" at Gorgas
Hospital (Bea Supervisor of Nurses and Irene a supervisor of a
"Shift", I think) and Jackie Linker made a flying visit from Florida for
a week in the Canal Zone in early March. I'm not sure who they visited
or saw but those of us who had chance encounters with them were
very happy to see them.
Eunice Richards, who retired from PanCanal PIO a couple of
years ago, is now a proud homeowner in Jonesboro, Georgia (a suburb
of Atlanta) which makes a fine jumping off place to Dothan, AL and
Syracuse, NY where she looks in on friends and relatives.
Panama Canal Society of Dothan
April 18th was a day of sorrow here in Dothan, Alabama and I
know in many other areas of the United States. I know many tears
were shed. The day we lost the Canal Zone. I do hope that all of the
societies in the United States get together and stop the senators who
voted for the ratification of the treaty from being re-elected.
Many things have happened since you last heard from this area ..
One of our members and recent retiree, Curtis L. Mullins, passed
away on the 29th of January. Our sympathy to Gert (Joustra) and her
Maggie (Whelan) Janssen underwent very serious brain surgery
in Biloxi, Mississippi. The operation took over 11 hours. We are happy
to report that Maggie is progressing very well and looks wonderful.
Louise (Rathgeber) and Joe Hunt were in the Canal Zone for the
holidays. They visited with their daughters Jerry Farnsworth, Janet
Watkins, Jackie Hunt and their families. On their way back to Dothan,
they stopped in Thibodeaux, Louisiana for a visit with their son, Joe
and his wife Darlene (Woodruff).
Margaret and Jack Hern accompanied by Joan Belden went to
Jacksonville, Florida to see their ex-neighbor in the Canal Zone ..
Jean (Homelin) and Fred Kirk from Springfield, Ohio spent a few
days renewing old acquaintances (Colon Boys) with Rosemary and
Gertrude and Jim Snyder from the Canal Zone were in the
Dothan area looking it over as a possible retirement area. They spent a
week here before returning to the Zone. Gertrude's sister, Ellen
Shirer (Sarasota) accompanied them. Also here looking over the area
are Jean and Fred Linck recent retirees from the Atlantic side.
Easter Sunday many of the retirees from the Zone met at the
home of Kelly Wainio for an Easter brunch after church services.
There were about 60 present. The food was plentiful and oh so
delicious. Kelly provided the ham and other dishes and the rest of us
brought a covered dish.
Mrs. Hazel Duvall of Gorgona celebrated her 87th birthday on the
15th of April. Mrs. Duvall is presently visiting with her daughter, Dot
Benny and with her son-in-law, Bill. Willie and Bob DuVall (St. Pete)
were here for the occasion. Congratulations, Hazel.
Beth (Wainio) and Ted Deaton moved to New Orleans, Louisiana.
Beth is now working at the Tulane Medical Center. Fred Wainio, Jr.
will graduate from King's Point Merchant Marine Academy on the
26th of June.
We wish to welcome Edna and John O'Donnell (Atlantic Side) to
Dothan. They are our newest members. We are very happy to have
them with us and hope they love Dothan as much as we do.
We spent ten days with Katie and family in Houma, LA when our
second grandson, Matthew Adam was born. You can be sure that the
grandparents are very proud of their new beautiful grandson.
Those that are going to St. Petersburg for the reunion are very
excited about it and can hardly wait to dance to Lucho. We will be
seeing you all soon.
Remember ... vote those senators out of office.
Catherine W. Filo,
2nd Lt. J. Scott Graham, USAF (son of Doris and Gerald Graham)
and his wife Lucy (daughter of Anna and Joe Collins) left St.
Petersburg in March for Williams AFB, Chandler, AZ, where Scott
reported for active duty. They were very fortunate in being assigned
to base housing. After many long hours of classroom study, Scott
began flying in May. He is excited and anxiously awaiting his turn to
solo. They are both enjoying the social activities of newcomers and
military life. Lucy always helped with the mailing of the Canal Record
and asked that they be put on the mailing list to keep up with their
relatives and friends. Thus, Mom sent them a gift and we have two
new members to our Society.
George Russon, Yuma (George sent several clippings from
newspaper, letters he had written regarding Canal Treaty) ... I want
you to know that even though the Senate has ratified the treaties we
have not given up hope that all is lost yet.. The people of this state
are really up in arms about the Democratic Senator from this state,
DeConcini and a petition for his recall has now more than twice the
number of names needed for the people to get some action ... I have
been in communication with Senator Goldwater and am sending him
the same clippings I am sending you, as he had the courage of his con-
victions and voted against the ratification of the treaties and has told
me that any information I would forward to him, he was glad to get...
My wife and I are coming east at the end of next month and while in
Florida I hope to attend one of the meetings of the society.
NEWS FROM NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
While housebound during the early spring's bad weather, Carl
and Helen Newhard, Bentonville, AR, spent their time crocheting,
knitting, etc., and delighting in the news of their grandchildren in
Battle Creek, Michigan. Their son Bruce and wife Karen's oldest,
Martin, is a junior in high school and was elected to the National
Honor Society. He also excels in sports. His sister, Kristine, a year
younger, is also an excellent student and athlete, especially in
swimming and track. And the two younger children are also very
superior all-around students. Second son, Sam Newhard, and his wife
are in Tiffin, Ohio, and are kept busy taking their three girls to
gymnastic and swimming classes. Third son, Carl Newhard, Jr. and
wife have recently moved into Rogers, AR, from out in the country.
Early in February, Betty McGilberry left the ice and snow of
Rogers, AR, behind when she flew to California to visit with her
family and especially to be with her mother who celebrated her 88th
birthday. Betty spent two weeks in Merced with her family, then
visited an old college friend for a week in San Juan Capistrano. During
the three weeks of her California stay, the weather provided only ten
sunny days. Even so, it was dismaying to find cold weather and snow
prevailing when she returned home. Winter was tough, but now (in
April) Betty is hard put to keep up with the mowing of her lawn of
thick, vigorously growing grass.
Following a brief business trip to Florida and Georgia, Bill
Engelke stopped by for an Easter weekend visit with his parents,
Howard and Evelyn Engelke, in Bentonville, AR. Bill is still with
InterHarvest (United Brands) in Salinas, but he and Denise moved
recently and are now at home at 19346 Oakridge Drive, Watsonville,
Glynn and Etta Faye Terrell are feeling great. Glynn's doctor told
him he could have a garden this year so he is happy as can be. The
Terrells' back yard in Bentonville, AR, is fascinating they feed the
wild birds and the activities of the hundreds of their little guests is a
Bill and Margaret Hicks retired in January and arrived in
Diamond City, AR, on January 13th during a snow storm. Neverthe-
less, they are happily getting settled into their new home on the lake,
next door to Karl and Fern Glass. Karl has spent all his spare time
since January in getting signatures on petitions against giving away
the Panama Canal. Some 3200 people were real anxious to let their
senators know they were against the ratification of the treaties.
(Aren't the next elections going to be interesting to watch.)
The Bob Balcers are enjoying the visit of their daughter Susan
and her husband, Norman Pedersen, from Balboa. Norman will visit
his parents in Largo, Florida before returning to the Zone. Susan will
stay in Bentonville, AR, for possibly a couple of months.
Carl and Petie Maedl are also enjoying the visit of their daughter,
Pat, her husband, Jim Krough, and their three children, here from
Bill and Charlotte McCue from Bentonville, AR, met Morris and
Ruth Cherry from Salinas, California, at Sun City, Arizona, and spent
a week there. They played some golf, and saw Esther and Connie
Thompson. Then the McCues and Cherrys went to Green Valley for
another week. Saw Evelyn Judson, and Ellen and Forrest Wagner.
From there, they travelled to Nogales and to Tombstone, Arizona.
Back home again, the McCues are anticipating reliably warm weather
so they resume golfing.
And another visiting daughter Andrew and Fran Whitlock are
pleased to have their daughter Jacqueline from Indiana spend some
time with them in Fayetteville, AR.
Mike and Minnie Burton went to Ft. Campbell, KY, to visit
Minnie's son ComSgtMaj Crooks and his family, and then to Brandon,
Miss., to see Mike's son, Mike, Jr., and his family. Meanwhile,
Minnie's sister Mattie Lee White, and cousin, Mary Jo Yeager, both
from Houston, Texas, have been visiting their relatives in Fayette-
Tom and Georgette Robertson have as houseguests the elder (age
4) of their daughter's two sets of twins beautiful and delightful
children (boy and girl) guaranteed to keep grandparents agile. Son
Tom Robertson, Jr. is now working at Tinker AFB at Oklahoma City,
Walter and Addie Colclasure's two grandsons, ages 10 and 12, are
staying with them in Rogers, AR, have entered school, are playing
Little League, and love it here. They saw their first snowfall on the
day after their arrival in early March, and enthusiastically made their
Earl and Maxine Wrenn are among the hundreds who are driving
to the St. Pete reunion. They are collecting Lottie Tinnin in Louisiana
to ride along with them.
The Richard Condons affiliations with various organizations have
been keeping them busy in their home territory of Springdale, AR,
and they are looking forward to the summertime flow of Zonian
Lynn and Maude Cook have been visiting their daughter in
California, stopping en route in Arizona for other visits.
Lee Butz (Mrs. Harry) cracked a vertebra in one of those silly
household falls, and was moving about only with difficulty and
considerable forethought. The worst of the pain is over and she "can
sneeze now without hurting," so she was able to attend the 69th
annual spring convention of the Fort Smith District Women's Civic
Club. Lee is president of the Springdale chapter.
Pete Warner has retired again from Scott Paper Co. this time.
His co-workers honored him with a retirement dinner and 'roast' with
appropriate comments and mementos which included a truly hand-
some plaque inscribed from the plant's Maintenance, Engineering,
and Accounting Sections "for outstanding contributions in the field of
maintenance coordination," and an also appreciated brass trophy with
firmly mounted bottle of Maalox (full).
Red and Alice Nail finally got their motorhome, and as soon as we
get through loading it with everything from bandaids to smoked
oysters, we'll be on our way. Be seeing you God willing and the
creek don't rise. (Hmmm, guess I've been in Arkansas too long.)
Alice R. Nail
Benjamin A. Armstrong, Walnut Creek Esther is not well. She
has been in Rosamoor Manor, a near hospital going on three months.
Don't know if she will ever get well. She never lived on the lone....
Did you know Chester Swanson? He lives here and they know the
Progers. He is not well. Neither is Grace McConaughey. I will see her
tomorrow. Am living in Rossmoor alone now, sorry to say. Some -
about 8,000 people live here too many. Best wishes to all. P.S. Hope
you folks are interested in the new treaties to be voted on by U.S.
Senate signed by Pres. Carter and the renegade President of
Panama. The U.S. public is against the treaties. I am 98 years old.
Mary Cronan, Santa Maria Have been ill for a few weeks -
Before holidays had a visit with Charlie and Hazel Heim of Carson.
Talk about a fond reunion! They headed north to Aptos, to the 50th
wedding celebration of Mary and Fred Hatchett who were toasted by
the whole clan who seemed to arrive from every nook and corner of
America ... Charles and Hazel returned to Carson only to learn that
Charles needed leg surgery. He keeps house while Hazel works at
Sears, Roebuck & Co. They have had the Billy Lawsons and Keyhole
Tonnesons, Moy de la Penas and Bert Ascencios as visitors during the
holidays . Had a nice chat with Anita Kaufer. She is helping
daughter Sandy give Theodore Duane Severson a good start in life at
Ft. Ord where Sandy's husband is stationed. Stopped to visit Earl and
Bertha Dyer in Westlake Village. Barbara Dyer Ward was rated
leading realtor for her last years sales, etc. Everyone in the Dyer
family doing especially well. Danny Zitzman lives nearby to them ...
Our niece, Marianne Field Harkin moved to Liverpool, NY where her
husband is Kellogg Manager in that area. She said Dad, Cy Field, has
been visiting around the U.S. and went to Panama to visit with his
family at Coronado Beach and Margarita ... News of our children -
son, John and Valerie (Spencer) live in Wisconsin: daughter Celia and
Gary Miller in Michigan; son, Joe and Phyllis (Trim) in Panama City,
FL. All have children. Son Jim lives here with us. Willie attends
college and Mary graduates from high school this year. Bill still in
good spirits! Best Wishes to all.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The annual business meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Southern California was held on Sunday, April 9, 1978, at the Mission
Viejo Country Club and Inn, Mission Viejo, CA. 118 members and
guests attended the luncheon. The invocation was given by our
chaplain, Mr. Robert LeRoy Dill, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the
Flag was led by Mrs. Mildred Phillips Kline. Mr. David LeRoy Smith,
Chairman, Nominating Committee, presented the slate of officers for
the coming year:
President: William P. Quinn, Jr.
Vice-President: Martin A. Seiler
Secretary-Treasurer: Florence C. Seiler
The nominees were unanimously accepted.
David Smith, in representing the society, presented the outgoing
President, Frances E. Fitzpatrick, Vice-President, John R. deGrum-
mond, and Secretary, Joan Ridge deGrummond with Bicentennial
plates for having served as officers during the past four years, and
certificates of appreciation signed by the Board of Governors.
Mrs. Geneva Bliss Shrapnel was installed as Co-Chaplain, and
recited two very nice poems. The President introduced our new
members, and welcomed our guests.
Thomas F. McGuinness gave an account of the March 18th Canal
Zone Alumni reunion held at the American Legion Club, U.S. Naval
Station Panama area.
Conrad Horine announced proposed plans for another Canal Zone
alumni reunion this fall in Southern California. Details will be
furnished in our July Newsletter.
David Smith read the names of our recently deceased members,
and played and sang a hymn in their memory.
WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS 11 FAMILIES!!
Mr. and Mrs. Vincent F. Cerbone (Birdie Tedder Hele), 1512
Avenida Loma Vista, San Dimas, CA 91773. Birdie resided in the
Canal Zone from 1917 to 1970, and is a graduate of BHS '37.
(Recommended by Birdie's brother, Hampton F. Tedder.)
Mr. and Mrs. John F. Field (Zonella Bliss), 854 Orange Grove
Ave., San Fernando, CA 91340. "Zonie" lived in the Canal Zone from
1910-1928, and is a graduate of CHS '28. She again lived in the Zone
from 1946-47 when she was employed as a nurse at Gorgas Hospital.
She and Jack have since made several trips to the Zone to visit with
family and friends. (Recommended by Joan deGrummond.)
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Johnson (Wanda Harrington], 18237
Muirwoods Ct., Fountain valley, CA 92708. John arrived in the Canal
Zone in 1940, and is a graduate of CHS '42. He resided in Cristobal,
Balboa and Margarita. Wanda arrived in the CZ in 1941, and is a
graduate of CHS '45, and lived in Margarita and Cristobal. John was a
machinist with the Industrial Division. He and Wanda left the Zone in
1950. (Recommended by Conrad Horine.)
Mr. and Mrs. Ewing W. ("Bud") Journey (Harriet Johnson), Rt.
4, Box 457, Poulsbo, WA 98370. Bud lived in the CZ from 1921-1950,
and in Panama from 1950 to 1962. He is a graduate of BHS '40, and was
a CZ Inspector, U.S. Air Force, Panama Air Depot. Harriet lived in
Balboa from 1952-1954, and in Panama from 1954-62. She was a
teacher, CZ Schools Division. "Bud" changed jobs last April from an
Oil Heating Technician to Geoduck (King Clam) Boat Captain.
Commercial divers dive for the one to five-pound clams. They are
dredged out by high-pressure water nozzles in 18-60 feet of water."
Harriet is an elementary school librarian. (Recommended by Bud's
mother, Mrs. Jane Hall Journey.)
Colonel and Mrs. Edmund H. Lang (Zona French), P. O. Box 1352,
Tustin, CA 92680. Zona was born in the Canal Zone, and is a graduate
of BHS. She was employed in the Special Engineering Division for a
time. Col. Lang (Ed) went to the Zone in 1940 and was an Engineer,
Spec. Eng. Div. They left the CZ in 1947. Zona then worked at the
Pentagon while Ed was stationed at Ft. Belvoir, VA. (Recommended
by CDR Mary Price.)
Mr. Frank R. Leves, 3845 Third Ave., Apt. 7, San Diega, Ca
92103. Frank was born in the CZ and lived in Balboa from 1941-1966.
He is a graduate of BHS '59 and CZJC '63. He has been with Hine
Pontiac for 2 years; also plans to study at National University
beginning this summer. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Yane Leves
(Helen Van Clief), Tampa, FL, and the grandson of Mrs. Marie Van
Clief, who resides with her daughter, Mrs. Emma E. Brown, Tampa.
Emma retired with 30 years' service from US Army, Curundu, CZ.
(Recommended by Vern and Catsy Schafer.)
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. McGuinness (Helen Seaman), 18202
Muirwoods Ct., Fountain Valley, CA 92708. Tom lived in Balboa,
Pedro Miguel, Gatun and Curundu from 1936-1953. He is a graduate of
CHS '41, and was a Machinist with the Locks Division. Helen resided
in Curundu and Pedro Miguel from 1946-1953. (Recommended by Eva
Jeanne Doyle Hanson.)
Mrs. Marceline E. Rice, % St. John of God Hospital & Residence,
2035 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90018. Mrs. Rice is the
mother of members, Tom and Julian ("Bud) Rice of Los Angeles, and
Ed Rice of Costa Mesa. Her father was Tom Brady, who owned "The
Limits Bar" in Panama City. She and her father also owned "The
Tipperary Bar" in Panama. Mr. Brady, along with Mr. Bert Atwater
and the late Col. Dijan, built the Atlas Brewery there. Marceline was
married to Isaac "Ike" Rice, and they owned "The Rices' Cafe". After
his death in 1931, she purchased the Hotel International, which she
managed until she came to California in 1939. Her sister, Jeanne
Brady, came to California with Marceline. Jeanne passed away in 1969
in Monrovia, CA. (Recommended by Bette and Bud Rice.)
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Salisbury (Marilla Wales Pope), 5375 E. Falls
View Dr., San Diego, CA 92115. Marilla lived on the Pacific side of the
Isthmus from 1939-1951. She was a Clerk, Building Division, and a
teacher at Diablo School. She also taught Spanish at Diablo Clubhouse
for a number of years. Earl and Marilla recently spent two weeks in
the Zone visiting Gordon and Ruth Omland and other friends. They
enjoyed a train ride and a trip to Barro Colorado Island. (Recommend-
ed by Leo Krziza.
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schorsch (Nancy Sullivan), 1175 Winthrop
Lane, Ventura, CA 93003. Nancy was born in Gorgas Hospital, and
lived in Balboa from 1927-1949, and in Margarita from 1949-1951. She
is a graduate of BHS '45 and CZJC '47. She was a teacher, CZ Schools
(Margarita) from 1949-1951. She is the daughter of the late James P.
and Eleanor Sullivan. Carl has made eight visits to the CZ with Nancy.
Both he and Nancy are teachers in Ventura. (Recommended by Joan
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey W. Wright (Mary Jo Restaino), 515 Paseo
de La Playa, Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Harvey is the nephew of
members, Milton and Chubby Wright. He lived in Panama for 12 years
and is a graduate of BHS '42. He is an Engineer with Garrett
Corporation, and Mary Jo is a Real Estate Broker. They have six
children: oldest son is a doctor, serving his internship at Torrance
General Hospital; second son attends CAL State, San Diego; oldest
daughter is married and lives in San Francisco; daughter, Joan, is
teaching in Algeria, and two younger daughters attend high school
and live at home. (Recommended by the Milton Wrights.)
FARRINGTON, Mr. and Mrs. Flavel K., 20237 Londelius St., Canoga
Park, CA 91306.
MEIGS, Mr. and Mrs. A. James, Until July '78: 343 Jefferson Rd.,
Princeton, NJ 08540.
NEWS FROM OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS:
Mr. Benjamin Armstrong was happy to receive greetings for his
98th birthday on February 5. "Hope I'll be able to reach 99!" I was
Assistant Secretary of Balboa Clubhouse when I resigned and came to
San Francisco and engaged in Investment Securities; finally formed
my own company, as Broker and Dealer in securities for 42 years. I
moved across the Bay in 1970 to Rossmoor, close to Oakland. Have
just received a Shrine Pin, set with 10 diamonds, from Imperial
Potentate, Morrison, Chicago, with words, '50 Years', but I've been a
Life Member of Abou Saad Tempel, CZ, for 60 years. I go to see my
wife daily. I can still drive the car, and have my own home!"
Eleanor Barlow writes that her parents, the Herbert Barlows,
are fine. Eleanor, her sister, Martie Lisowski, and Martie's son,
Andrew, had a trip with the Los Angeles Geographical Society to
"Unusual" Iberia and France last summer. The Barlows extend their
best wishes to the society for 1978.
Don and Gladys Brayton spent the Christmas holidays in the CZ
with family and friends. Don's brother, Jack, and his wife, Claire,
retired in early February and Don and Gladys stayed on for his
retirement party. The Jack Braytons will reside in their new home in
Crystal River, FL.
Vivian Corn spent the Christmas holidays in Hawaii with her
daughter, Carolyn, who is working as State Botanist. In Mid-January
Vivian went with Carolyn into Diamond Head Crater, where the Sate
is planning to put in a State Park. They climbed the highest point of
Diamond Head "Carolyn intent on 'endangered species', and I was
intent on enjoying the fantastic view of the coastline, on a very
Bob and Mayme Dill enjoyed a vacation in San Bernardino in
early March. Mayme is coming along very well following two light
strokes a few months ago. Through contact with her doctor, Mayme
was seen during their vacation by the Visiting Nurses Association.
Bob and Mayme plan to attend our April luncheon.
Addie Monsanto Ellis "We really started the New Year off
right! Left the night of December 31 and flew down to St. Thomas,
V.I., to visit my brother and family. My uncle, C.A.M. Monsanto,
arrived from Iowa City, IA, a few days later, so you know we all had a
good time. Stopped to visit Norbert and Mary Jones in Puerto Rico on
our way home."
Ted and Emma Englebright will try to attend a few luncheons
this year. "All's well, but busy."
Inez Evans was so happy to have her son, Bill, and family of Estes
Park, CO, with her for a visit in March. Inez hopes to attend the
reunion in St. Petersburg.
Erma Forbes "I'm going to relate the terrifying experience we
had recently, as it is on my mind every time I go to the door. I was
reading in bed around midnight, and Ells was sound asleep. The
doorbell rang, so I got out of bed, called Ells on the way, went out and
peeked through the peep hole. Saw no one, so went back into Ells'
room and the bell rang again. This time he came out too, and still no
one was there. So I turned the light on and a colored fellow with
stocking cap on came out of the carport. We lifted up the kitchen
shade and asked him what he wanted. He asked if Tom was here, and
then wanted to know where Laguna Way was. We knew he was up to
no good, and when we didn't go outside, he whipped a pistol out and
pointed it towards my heart so fast I don't know where he had
concealed it before. I didn't see it at first, until the light hit it, but
those evil eyes above it I'll never forget. He could have shot me while I
was looking into his face if he wanted to. When this fellow saw we
weren't coming outside, he went in front and knocked the window
pane out. Meanwhile, I had jumped to one side, dropped the shade and
ran for the phone in the bedroom. Called Emergency, who connected
me with the Police. I never looked down the barrel of a gun before,
and I didn't like what I saw. I am sure the good Lord saved me. The
Sheriff was here in no time flat with shotguns. Four cars were in front
and search lights were playing all around. We heard sirens over on
another street and knew they had caught sight of someone. One fellow
had gone to another house to try to get them to open the door. He
wanted a car to get away. At 2:45 a.m., a call from the Police Station
- they said they had caught the robbers a Puerto Rican and two
colored boys, 17 years old. They caused a bit of destruction at the
store they robbed nearby and made the employees lie on the floor
while they rifled the cash registers. The Police said never to open the
door at any time for anyone unknown. Keep indoors at night, and if
you must go out, be sure there is another person with you."
Marguerite Wilkinson Wood and husband, Jim (H.R.) from
Batesville, TX, recently came West to get a new Revcon Coach at
Fountain Valley, CA. They stopped to see Jan Sampson Muralt and
David and family in San Clemente before coming on to Vista to see
Jay and Anna Mans Jones. They have a friend, Cecille Fitzgerald here
in Sun City, so they visited her then all of us had breakfast together
on March 11. It was such fun to see Marguerite again, as I had not
seen her in years. They went on to Phoenix to see Betty Wilkinson
Boetto before going home."
"Alice (Lola) Christopher had open heart surgery in Houston on
March 16. The operation was performed by Dr. Cooley. Melo Van
Hoose and Joe are in Houston with her."
Erma plans to leave for St. Petersburg on April 15 to visit her
friend, Luella Kirby, who was her neighbor there, and will have time
to see some of the folks who may not be at the reunion. "My sister,
Hazel, and her husband from Bradford, PA, have been out on St. Pete
Beach this winter, and after the reunion, we'll all drive back to
Wally and Mary Hammond "My daughter, Peggy Acker, got
reservations for us on the SS Cristobal, sailing February 24. This is
our first trip back since we left in 1969, so we're excited. We are
taking a Trailways bus to New Orleans, and will spend a day or so
with the Lloyd Ponsons, friends from the old Cocoli days. We'll be
with Peggy all of March, so will be able to share the Easter holidays
with her and Jeannette. We are also looking forward to spending a
good deal of time with our old and dear friends, Marguerite and
Adrien Bouche. We had a lovely surprise visit from Wally's son, Jack,
last fall. He had won the European All Navy Golf Tournament in
Malaga, Spain, so flew over to play in the National Tournament of Los
Alamitos. He didn't win there, but expects to be in it again next year.
Jack is a Marine LtCol with NATO, and lives in Naples with his
Berta Hazzard is happy to report that her son, Billy Hunter, is
much improved, following a long illness. He is now using a walker
most of the time, and soon should be able to coordinate his walking.
His wife, Vita, has been a wonderful help to him. Berta enjoys reading
about all our members in the Newsletters. We all wish Billy a speedy
Bill and Ellen Johnson are happy to report that Bill is recovering
nicely from a stroke in early December. He came home from the
hospital in January, and has made much progress, as he can now walk.
We're rooting for you, Bill, and hope to see you and Ellen at one of our
Jane Hall Journey recently received a book written by Sue Core
Odom, entitled "Away Down South in Dixie", and a very nice note
from Sue, "My sixth-grade teacher Bud had her also in sixth grade!"
Paul and Mildred Phillips Kline drove to Florida in December to
visit with relatives in Boca Raton over the holidays. They enjoyed it
so much, and were happy to miss the bad weather.
Dell Ryan Lynch From the Times-Advocate, Escondido, CA
Sun., Oct. 2, 1977 "Fellowship named for local women Escondido
branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)
has something to be especially proud of a member who has been
honored by the AAUW Educational Foundation. The foundation has
granted a $500 fellowship to a graduate student in the name of Dell
Lynch. This is a national foundation program and Mrs. Lynch's name
will appear in a book, 'Names Honored,' in which individuals are
honored by states . ." Mrs. Lynch writes that at the recent
celebration of their Pink Ladies Hospital Auxiliary's 20th Annivers-
ary, she was asked to compose the commemorative poem for the
luncheon held at the Miramar Officers' Club. She also won a blue and a
pink ribbon for poems entered in the Palomar Arts Festival 1978.
"Jim has been busy with flu cases. Niel's wife, Sharon, recently
received her Diplomate Certificate in Toxicology and was interviewed
by a True Detective magazine. The flier of our son, Niel's, first book is
"THE PENNY PINCHER'S SUPPLEMENT" to the guide-
books of Europe, by N. M. Lynch (Niel is the son of Dr. and
Mrs. J. M. Lynch, (Dell Ryan). This 224-page paperback,
available April 1st, offers hundreds of money-saving tips not
usually found in the standard guidebooks. $2.00.
Jim and Lester Meigs "We have been missing all the meetings
because we have been back in Princeton since last June. I really hated
to miss the BHS-CZJC Reunion last spring that was my 40th!! from
BHS. I am on leave from Claremont Men's College to work on a study
of the world financial system with William E. Simon at Booz, Allen &
Hamilton, a management consulting firm. We have rented the house
of a Princeton professor who has had the good sense to spend half of
his academic year in Australia and the other half in La Jolla. I am
commuting to New York, as I did for 14 years before we moved to
Claremont in '75. That is, I commute when the weather permits. We
will be in Princeton till mid-June, and then live in Manhattan till the
end of August. We should be back in Claremont by the time school
starts in September. My sister, Margaret (Mrs. R. W. Molloy), has
recently moved back to Denver from Washington. Her husband, who
retired from the Army several years ago, has just retired again this
time from Mitre Corporation. They see quite a few people from Pedro
Miguel around Denver. I hope to bring them to a reunion when they
visit us in California. (This winter in Jersey has made us confirmed
Grace Naylor is doing very nicely following surgery recently for
removal of a cataract and a lens implant. While recuperating, she
enjoyed a week's visit with her son, Dr. Graham Naylor, and family in
Glendora, CA, and a week with her sister, Edith, in Glendale. While in
Glendale, Grace was so happy to see her childhood friend, the former
Grace Cooper, whose father was manager of All America Cables &
Radio, Inc., in the Canal Zone many years ago. The girls had met just
one other time in the interim at a Panama Canal Society picnic in
Pasadena about 15 years ago.
Bob and Millie Provost enjoyed a delightful cruise in the
Caribbean in early December.
Millie Reccia will miss our April luncheon, as she plans to be in
Las Vegas to attend a wedding on the 8th. She hopes to be in New
York for her nephew's wedding on the 15th and then attend the
Florida reunion. "Della (Noonan) and I have our reservations for the
dance and luncheon."
Thelma Reppe will leave on April 11 for St. Pete (after attending
our April 9 luncheon). She'll visit with Anna Wright and attend the
reunion, and return home on May 4.
Hedy Seedborg will leave April 20 for Aiken, SC "then Nellie
Jansen and I will drive to St. Pete for the reunion. I'm looking forward
to this one!"
Martin and Florence Seiler are looking forward to attending the
Florida Reunion and seeing old friends. "We plan to include a cruise to
the Bahamas and a visit with cousins in Fort Lauderdale and relatives
in Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Once again my grand-
children are on the move Tish and Bob Nobel, both government
employees, recently were transferred to Phoenix, AZ. John (DDS,
USNR) and Vickie will be leaving Guam in June. John's next
assignment will be Whidbey Island, Puget Sound, WA. Kate is still in
Brazilia, but has a new name, having been married on December 16,
1977 to Adgenor Salgado, a native of Brazil. So far, no news of the
next move for my son, John (Rear Admiral, USN). He and Dorothy
are still in Hawaii. We hope when he retires, it will be California."
Hobart and Genevieve Stout were sorry to miss our December
gathering, but were getting ready for their trip to Florida. They met
their daughter, Barbara (BHS '40), in Fort Lauderdale for the
Christmas holidays and had a pleasant visit. "Hobart visited Roger
and Dorothy Williams in Pompano Beach they were having a
gathering of some Canal Zone folks on the following Friday evening.
We were sorry to miss them, as they were long-time friends of
Hobart, but we had already booked passage for San Juan for
Thursday. From San Juan, we went to New Orleans, and arrived
home in late January."
Ethel Wanke "My son, Carl, and his wife, Pat Kent Wanke, of
Cupertino, CA, enjoyed a two-week recently with Pat's brother and
his wife, Lloyd and Joanne Hatchett Kent, in Gamboa. They had a
marvelous time, and saw so many friends. Carl is now visiting with me
for a few weeks. Pat is working and could not get away at this time.
Carl plans to attend our April luncheon, along with my brother, Oscar
Brownell, and me. Ronald and Peggy Wanke's daughter and son-in-
law, Nancy and Dennis Ferlin, of Whittier, recently adopted a
21/-year old boy, David Michael Ferlin he has blue eyes, dark hair
and dimples! Ronald and Peggy's daughter, Marilyn, and her husband,
Kenneth Root, also of Whittier, hosted a buffet supper at their home
on March 12 also my birthday honoring her parents on their 30th
wedding anniversary. Over 50 relatives and friends, plus 10 little ones
and 4 older children enjoyed the celebration. Dick and Janice are
currently visiting with her sister, a missionary, in Guatemala."
Malcolm and Faye Wheller "Mano and Georgie Walker of
Sarasota spent the Christmas holidays with their daughter and son-in-
law, Jeannie and Jack Wagner in Walla Walla, WA. In January they
spent a few weeks with Mayno's Sister and brother-in-law, Zonella
and Jack Field, in San Fernando, CA. While in Southern California,
they spent a few days with us here in Rancho Bernardo. Jack and Joan
deGrummond enjoyed a luncheon visit and a mini 'J & J Tour' of the
'Valley' with Mayno and "Zonie", just before the Walkers flew home
on February 5. Olga Nordstrom and her son, Robert, also visited us -
they live in Colon, R.P. They were here for two weeks with Howard
and Peggy Finnegan in Ventura and us. Virginia and Harry Pearl of
Ocala, FL, also visited us and they look great. Their son, Ronnie, and
wife, Jeannie, just had a new baby boy in La Palma. Young Malcolm is
a partner in the Wall Street law firm of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed in
Los Angeles, and is a visiting professor of law at the University of
Iowa, Law School for the first semester.
Ray and Irene Will flew to the CZ on February 12 for a visit with
their family. On their return, they'll visit in Honduras with their
daughter and family then on to St. Petersburg to visit with Irene's
mother, Mrs. Charlotte Laurie, and other family members, including
Mr. and Mrs. Charles ("Tuck") Hummer. They plan to attend the PC
Society reunion, and look forward to seeing many friends.
Milton and Chubby Wright plan to leave on April 18 and drive to
Florida for the reunion. They will then drive to Missouri to visit
Chubby's family in Kansas City and area. "My 90-year-old sister had
the misfortune to break a hip in January. She seems to be doing all
right, and now at home, but with a fulltime nurse."
George and Jean Egger, Box 786, Fairfield Had a wonderful
year. Last summer we had most of the Egger family come see us.
Jamie, our daughter-in-law came back from Italy earlier than Edward
to have our third grandchild, Christopher Lee, at Shands in
Gainesville. Ryan, the older boy, is a real doll too. We were hoping
Lynn and Dabney could have come up at that time. Harold Egger,
George's brother, and his son were here twice during summer.
Brenda, our daughter, her husband and daughter Adrienne came over
for one month. We had all of our family together for the first time
since leaving the CZ. Next came Dick, George's brother, wife Sheila
and five children. They visited three weeks after spending two
months out to California and back. They also visited Bill and Margie in
Inverness. They drove down one day to see his nephew, David
Robertson and family in Tampa. George went to work in November
for J. A. Jones Construction Co. as Electrical Superintendent on off
Shore Power in Jacksonville to build Nuclear Floating Plants on an
island on the St. Johns River. He lives in Jacksonville during the week
and home on our five acres in Fairfield for the week-end. Christmas
Carol, Barbara, and I went to Houston for the entire school vacation
with Brenda, Donald and Adrienne. George came over for three days,
also Edward, Jamie, and our grandsons came down from Ft. Hood. We
had a marvelous time . The girls and I visited Mrs. Kotalik in
Nursing Home in Jacksonville at Easter vacation and saw Rita and
Perry there. Had a wonderful visit. Hope to see some of you this
summer. You will find us on first dirt road, 11/2 miles South of SR 329
and just off SR 225 to left.
John M. Klasovsky, Merritt Island Have just returned from
a months vacation in Panama enjoyed it very much in spite of all the
propaganda we've been hearing about the deterioration of relations
between our two peoples. Everyone in Panama was extremely
courteous, especially in the interior. We visited Boquete and Volcan,
shopped in David, drove to the Costa Rican border without any
trouble. We also made our first visit ever to the San Blas Islands, and
enjoyed every moment except that when we were packed into the
plane for the return flight and the pilot found out that the starting
battery was dead and had to borrow a battery from another plane to
start the two engines. I know my wife crossed herself several times
before and during the flight, but we made it safely back to Paitilla.
Frank and Anne Cunningham, Lighthouse Point We have just
recently returned from Hawaii where we visited on the large island of
Hawaii. We spent two days in Kona and had a grand visit spent one
afternoon with Marge and Bobby King. They have a beautiful home
and very happy. Kona reminded me of Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. Luis (Lucho) Azcarraga and their daughter Teresita
were the houseguests of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood during the
reunion week in St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. William G. Wood arrived on 22 April from their
home in Nine Mile Falls, Washington for two weeks visit and to attend
the reunion. They were houseguests of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Wood.
A reunion within a reunion as it had been 20 years since the brothers
had gotten together.
John and Julie Ridge planned to drive Jack Ridge, Sr. back to
Miami after the reunion. He will spend a few days with them there
before flying to the Zone for a month or two.
The Ridge family headed by Dad Jack, Sr., Jack, Jr., Bob,
Margaret, Dorothy, Mary and Joan held a Mini-Reunion while
attending the society's reunion.
Roy and Frances Sharp have had their daughter and two
grandchildren, Mary Kauffman, Anne and Earl visiting with them
since Christmas while daddy, LCDR Gordon E. Kauffman attended
schools in Idaho and Great Lakes. Gordon now has orders to the USS
WICHITA at San Francisco. The Kauffmans are now enroute to
Alemeda, CA where they will reside on the Naval Station.
Rita and Warren Hoyle have left St. Petersburg for points North
and will return in October to sunny Florida.
A no-Host Picnic was held at Fort DeSota Park on 2 May with
about 60 ex-Canal Zone folks there. Some of the out of owners there
were Ruth Bauman Yeilding, Irene Laurie Will, Webb and Mildred
Hearn and Jim Hearn, Jeanne and Bill Wood, Vivian Corn, Eunice
Olive Richards, Thelma Reppa, Rusty and Anita Jones, Hedy
Seedborg, Irene Wright, Lillian Ryan, Henry and Etta Leisy and
Eva Harte of Land O'Lakes was house guests of Helen and Paul
Saarinen while attending the Reunion.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Sieler of Salinas, CA were house guests of
Almena McCoy while they attended the Reunion. They also drove up
to Orlando and enjoyed a visit with Dolly Grey who at one time and
for many years was the 15th ND admiral's secretary. Almena was
Houseguests of Alton and Vera Jones in early March were Bob
and Kelly Maynard from Ft. Myers and Nick and Harriet Elich from
The John H. Stevens (Dorothy Alien) are all settled in their new
home at Titusville.
A retirement Party brunch for Kay Taliercio, who recently
retired from Grogas Hospital, was held at the Breckenridge Hotel at
St. Petersburg Beach, Sunday April 30, 1978, hosted by Clara
Saarinan. Several nurses who were in the area for the Panama Canal
Reunion attended. Those attending were: Irene Ladrack, Johnnie
Toth Strickland, Elizabeth Orwig Hoffman, Leah Orwig Sobot
(sister), "Holly" Hollewinske Squeri, Cecilia E. Waldorf, Kay Butler,
Virginia E. Nessler, Sheila McNamee Tayler, Leah B. Corleliss, Jackie
Linker, Kethryn McNamee, Ann Taverna, Sadie Nicchiarico, Edna
Ward, Evelyn Barrett, Betty Chan Sutton Snow, Jean Harris, Bea
Simonis, Dora (Ducky) Edelin. Kay was presented with Lemon and
Lime trees and money for "Kou" Manure. Her winter home will be in
Homassassa Springs, FL and her summer home in Palisades Park, NJ.
After the Reunion the Warren McNamees of Davie departed on a
tour of the Orient. We will hear more about it when they return.
Charlotte Eckert of Palmetto has taken off via auto with Florence
Harrison for New York. Her daughter Marie's son, Tom, was awarded
the Eagle Scout award and he will be graduating from High School 30
May. He will go to Virginia Military Institute on a full football
scholarship "we are very proud of him" writes Charlotte. Her
daughter Jacqueline's son, David is being married in June Diane
(granddaughter) will graduate June 24th from High School. She will
go to college in the Fall to study Physical Therapy. Charlotte will have
an active summer.
Angie and Spec, Gulfport It seemed funny not having our
reunion in January, but even so we had a great time in April. I
especially enjoyed the lovely polleras the ladies wore and the old
Panamanian songs that Lucho plays so well. Of course, we are lucky
having our son Herbie Spector and family living in Seminole, and our
daughter Helen and family living here in St. Pete. They keep in touch
with all the crowd they used to go to school with in Cristobal. It's
terrific to see the younger crowd dancing and having a good time ...
We were saddened to hear the news of Dave Marshall's death out in
Texas. Betty and Dave were our neighbors for many years in
Margarita. Also Evelyn Ward's death, a dear friend from Gamboa ...
Our son, Normie Spector and wife, Dawn had a baby girl in March.
They live in Gainesville, FL at present. We went to see our latest
addition after coming back from a visit to Virginia with our daughter
Sarah and hubby George West and three girls ... Had a surprise visit
from Ben Brundage in October and got caught up on all the news
about my old Towboat Gang in Cristobal ... Our good friends Harry
and Jo Johnson moved to Las Vegas, NV, we miss them as we were
neighbors on the Zone and also here in Town Shore Apartments ...
We wouldn't miss the reunion and we do think all the people that put
their time and effort into arranging our great party deserve a vote of
Jean Mann, our Secretary and Treasurer, who is an avid bowler,
will go to Miami on the 25th and 26th of May to bowl in the National
From the Fred Dubes Al and I attended the big reunion this
year at the Ramada Inn and enjoyed seeing all our friends again. June
Bunker Klemmer who spent a week with us enjoyed seeing friends of
years gone by from the Canal. Fred, our son, and our daughter, Agnes
Marie were with us too. Fred's wife is still in Texas and will join him in
the Fall where Fred will be stationed at Homestead Air Force Base.
She plans on teaching school in the Miami area. Fred has one more
year to go before retirement. Agnes Marie is a X-ray tech at Bay
Pines Veterans Hospital and has moved to a lovely condominium in
Seminole. We missed our grandson Timothy, who is doing a tour at
Spangdahlem, West Germany. He is vice president of the Eiffel
Wanderers and has already completed 500 KM of Volksmarching for
which he received many beautiful medals and plaques. Needless to say
he is really seeing a lot of beautiful Germany. In May, he is taking a
four day trip to Switzerland and in June he will take a four day trip to
France all with the Wanderers. Last New Year he took a trip to Paris,
France and had a ball, much to our delight.
Marge and Ross Hollowell left for North Carolina May 10th -
then to Michigan for the marriage of Marge's grandniece in May then
back to North Carolina for the summer. More news in October when
The Rowleys have had lots of company which they enjoyed. The
Jack Careys from Ann Arbor, MI stayed at their home in December
and January, dog sitting, while the Rowleys were in the Canal Zone.
Grace stayed a while longer with Agnes Tonneson Janke and Wilma
Reynolds Kirkpatrick also visiting. Then Davis Stevenson from
Panama came visiting for a few days followed by his daughter Lori
Lee with two of her college friends from Carrolton, GA, who spent
Easter holidays with us. The Ernest Van Horns, who retired to Hot
Springs, AR, were guests after visiting the Stanwood Spechts of St.
Petersburg. Then during the annual reunion, we met with our good
friends the Joseph Bourgeois of Escondido, CA and they stayed with
us before they went South to visit their many friends. During May
and June the Rowleys had a family reunion with their son-in-law
Davis Stevenson from Panama, their daughter and husband, the
James Gerharts and their son, Skipper with his family. We hope
grandson Kenneth Gerhart will visit after he graduates from the
University of Maryland and before he begins his active duty in the
Mrs. William Barlow at age 90 has just received her second
pacemaker at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa and is home and doing
great. She makes her home with John and Ruth (her daughter)
Major John C. Schmidt, Jr. and family are enjoying their second
year at Heidelburg, Germany where John will continue his tour with
the U.S. Army until 1980.
Marcela Schmidt, widow of Louis Schmidt, Jr., just left to go back
to San Jose, Costa Rica after visiting several months with John and
Ruth and visiting with numerous friends here in Florida.
Phyllis (Barlow) Lachmann from Toms River, NJ was here to
visit with her daughter, son-in-law and 2 grandchildren, John, Ruth
and her mother Mrs. Barlow.
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Vezina (Carolyn Barlow), who now make their
home in Kissimmee, FL visited in April with Ruth, John and mother.
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Bev and Fred Ebdon recently returned from a two month trip to
the West Coast camping in their motor home. They were accompanied
by Fred's father, J. J. Ebdon, Sr., who makes his home with them.
Their trip included a visit in Houston, TX with Joe's youngest son,
Bill Ebdon and wife, Susie (Fahnstock), and two of his sisters who are
in their 90's. In California, Joe visited his brother-in-law and wife, the
Stanley Ashtons in the Los Angeles area and later flew to Napa, CA to
join Fred and Bev who were visiting their son, Jim and family. They
returned home by way of the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and Arkansas.
Fred and Bev's other son, Paul Ebdon, Power House Operator on
the C.Z., was transferred in April to a government position at Grand
Coulee Dam in Washington and was joined in May by his wife and two
sons. With their departure it is the first time in 71 years that there
were no Ebdons on the C.Z.
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Smith enjoyed a three weeks visit by Rob's
brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Pauline Smith, and and their
sister, Mrs. Elva Smith Keenan from Washington, D.C.
Recent visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. (Mac &
Snookie) McCullough included former C.Z. neighbors, Bob and Betty
Boyer; also George Black and Mel Smith of Largo, FL. Netta Potts
Bruce, who was returning to the C.Z. following a visit with her sister,
Martha Potts Griffith, and other family members in Phoenix, AR
came to Sarasota with Nell Hickman and Mrs. Sherman Hammond of
Alberta Harris Powers (Pat) spent the month of April with Fran
Orvis and later flew to St. Marys, KA to visit her son-in-law and
daughter, Roy and Anita Holloday, before returning to her home in
Oakley, CA. Grace Jones Carey of Ann Arbor, Mich. also spent
several days with Fran early in April.
Houseguests of Joe and Rae Ebdon include their oldest son, Capt.
Thomas J. Ebdon, III, USAF, on leave from Holloman Air Force Base
in Alamogordo, N.M. Early in May they were joined by their other
son, Dick Ebdon, his wife, Kathy and their only grandchild, Geoffrey
Craig, of Wilmington, DEL. Rae's mother, Mrs. Edith Eppley, is also
enjoying the visitors.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hartman enjoyed a visit by Blanchie's
granddaughter, Cheryl Ann McIntire of Tulsa, OK, during the spring
break at the University of Tulsa, where Cheryl is a first year student.
Other visitors were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Watson of Panama City, R.P.
Blanche and Elva were co-workers on the C.Z.
Lee Worsley Schmidt, of Long Island, NY, spent a month in the
area as the guest of her sister-in-law, Mrs. John (Agnes) Schmidt and
later visited relatives in North Carolina.
Billie Galloway flew to Houston, TX for a visit with her daughter
and family, the Patrick Daniels in Clear Lake City. Billie remained
with her grand-children while Pat and Anna Katherine were on a trip
Sarasotans had an influx of houseguests as many were attending
the annual P.C. reunion in St. Petersburg and were invited to extend
their visit. There were many luncheons, picnics and parties honoring
these visitors, who included: Millie Reccia of Torrance, CA, guest of
her cousin, Della Noonan; Marion Wells of Kerrville, TX, visiting her
sister, Mary N. Orr, and with her visited the Roy Sharps and other
friends in St. Pete and also took a trip to Sanibel Island.
The John Halls hosted Madge's twin brothers from California,
Luis and Ramona Finlason of Oakland; and John and Shirley Finlason
of San Diego. Alan and Kay Miller had as their guests Ernest and
Nellree Berger from Signal Mountain, TN, and Ernie's sister, Nellie
Berger O'Neal from Sebring, Fl. Guests of the Walter Hartmans were
Blanchie's nieces, Stella Boggs DeMarr of Alexandria, VA and Anita
Boggs Collins and her husband, Albert from Port Valley, GA.
Rodney and Reba (Alexander) Higgenbotham of Jacksonville,
FL; Jack and Jean Dombrosky of Hendersonville, NC and the Rus
Meissners of Hayes, VA were guests of Jim and Edna Million; and the
Joe Ebdons hosted Capt. and Mrs. Howard Johnson of Henderson-
The J. O. Barnes' guests from California included Ramona's
brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss, Jr. of Campbell
and her sister, Zonella Bliss Field of San Fernando. The George
Walkers hosted Mabells brother and his wife, Curtis and Emily Bliss
of Rockledge, FL; and cousins, Bill and Dorothy (Hoffman) Alien and
daughter, Betsy, of Seal Beach, CA; and Carl P. Hoffman, Jr. and
wife, Betty, of Rochester, NY and son Pete from KY. Gladys B.
Humphrey hosted her son and family the Donald Humphreys of Palm
Bay, FL and her aunt, Geneva Bliss Shrapnel of Seal Beach, CA.
Approximately 40 members of the Bliss family attended a reunion
in Sarasota on Saturday, April 29, honoring Geneva Bliss Shrapnel, as
senior matriarch of the clan and Gerald D. Bliss, Jr., as patriarch of
the next generation. A program sharing their life's activities and
accomplishments was presented, including letters, scrapbooks, phone
calls, messages and tapes from absent relatives in Hawaii, Australia,
California, Colorado and other areas in the U.S.
A replica of the family crest and motto was presented to each of
the honorees as well as other gifts and mementos from those sharing
this special occasion.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Charlie and Sue Magee, Hyde Park We have just returned
from California after a three month visit with our daughters Suzanne
and Anne who have their homes in Northridge and Oceanside. We
flew to California to be with our family to celebrate our 50th Wedding
Anniversary and to be with them for the holidays. We enjoyed our
stay and had the great pleasure of seeing once again so many Canal
Zonites who attended our huge 50th anniversary party. We are back
in Boston and are pleased no end for having missed the "Big Blizzard"
... Last year it was our good fortune to tour the Alps in Switzerland,
Vatican, etc. in Italy and nearly all of Spain. Our son, Buddy, who lives
in Madrid, planned and prepared a most interesting trip and it was a
very thrilling two-months visit with him ... We so enjoy receiving the
"Record" and it does bring back many pleasant memories. We send
our best wishes and regards to all.
Capt. Daniel M. R. and June Haff, "Fiddler's Green", Argyle -
During the winter time "country life" comes to a standstill, so last year
Dan decided to try his "sea legs" once again. In February he had a six
weeks run to the Virgin Islands on the "American Heritage". Then in
May he attended the LNG School in Baltimore, a most interesting and
demanding course. An opening for LN's would not be forthcoming
until early this year, so on Sept. 26th he left for Subic Bay, Phillipines
where he boarded the USNS "Susquehanna" as Master, under Cove
Shipping Co., N.Y.C. The run has been mainly into Singapore, Japan
and including refueling maneuver under the Navy in the Indian
Ocean. A possibility of going to the Persian Gulf this month and then
he will be homeward bound. It has been a long winter here with icy
conditions and snow drifts. We have our two Holsteins, almost 2,000
lbs. each and the two Herefords about 1200 lbs. each. Ted, our 18 year
old son, has the care of those. A flock of chickens, three house cats and
a Great Dane Harlequin. We had a goose and gander but the goose
died and the gander turned extra mean and would not allow us our
own door so down the road he went.
Ted has applied to Ft. Schuyler, the N.Y.S. Maritime College and
is hoping to hear favorably this month.
We had a most enjoyable visit with Capt. Ted Jablonski and
family last 4th of July.
Became proud grandparents Sept. 3rd when Denise (Mrs.
Bernard Booye) had a girl Brooke Cameron. They are living in
Danelle and husband, Dennis Dougherty, (Chicago, Illinois, came
for the country's peace and quiet for a week in October.
Daniel completed his four years Coast Guard last August and is
with the Military Sealift Command.
Hope to see some familiar faces from the Zone this summer.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
This is such a beautiful time of the year and we are all enjoying
the lovely dogwood, azaleas and all the flowering trees and shrubs.
Among the houseguests of Betsy and Truman Hoenke in the first
months of this year were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rich of Vermont and
Mr. and Mrs. Hagedorn from Manchester, Conn. Also, the Merrill
Wills from Seattle, Wash., former residents of the C.Z., spent a few
days with them.
Edith and John Meeker, Balboa, C.Z., were overnight guests of
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick. Jim and Carol (Zelnick) Richmond and
children, Emily and Scott, stopped on their way to Florida to visit
Jim's parents and also on their way home to Simsbury, Conn.
Ruth Sill and Bea Tyrrell had a weekend tour of Charleston, S.C.,
and enjoyed it very much. Ruth, Mildred and Wendell Greene were
delighted to have a visit with Mary Kate Ferris, widow of Dean Ray
Ferris, while she was attending a conference at the Kanuga Episcopal
Center here. Dean Ferris was at St. Luke's Cathedral in Ancon for
Katherine and Russ Meissner will stop overnight with Jean and
Jack Dombrowsky in April and they will go to the reunion together.
John and Esther (Hodges) Layport spent five months in Florida
this winter and are now back home in their cottage at Carolina
Emily and Howard Johnson spent the month of February in St.
Petersburg, Fla., and had a wonderful time seeing all their friends
Bill Tillman is in the Canal Zone so Ruth and their daughter,
Shirley Crafton, went down in February to spend time with him.
Shirley stayed two weeks and Ruth was there a month. Ruth is going
back down the last of April.
Lillian and Bob Van Wagner were in Vero Beach, Fla. for three
weeks this winter.
Betty and Paul Bentz were in San Antonio and Rock Port, Texas,
for four weeks with Betty's three sisters. The Bentzes will leave early
in May for three weeks in Stuart, Fla. with their daughter, Joan and
Alice Roche spent two weeks with Betty and Paul Runnestrand in
Winter Park, Fla. in February. On my way home, I stopped and had
such a pleasant two days with Joan and George Fitzgerald at
Sullivan's Island, S.C.
Alice H. Roche, Reporter
T. Dwight (Tim) Ladd, Chardon I'm just as sick as I expect you
are about the developments in connection with the Canal Treaty.
Even though I was on the Isthmus only eleven years, I think I know
how the people still there, as well as their relatives in the states, must
feel. I did what I felt could be done in a small country town; I wrote to
both Ohio senators and our representative. The representative was
the only one who answered. I think he was in sympathy, but of course
he couldn't do much about it. Both of the Ohio senators, Glenn and
Metzenbaum, voted for the treaty. (That will help me in the next
election; at least, I'll know how not to vote.) . Elizabeth and I
survived one of the worst winters I can remember. Spring is late this
year; the trees and flowers are way behind schedule . We're both
doing well on our individual enterprises: Elizabeth's stationery,
decorated with tatting, which she makes and sells, is quite in demand;
and I've received a few checks for my writing efforts (enough to pay
for postage at least) . Former Zonian Maud Reynolds recently
retired from the same school in which our daughter Carane teaches,
about twelves miles from here. Carane went to Japan for two weeks
last summer, but is planning to go to summer school this year ... Our
daughter Felicia (Mrs. David Dixon) and our three grandchildren
were here the week after Easter. Dave was attending a conference in
Toronto but was able to spend a couple of days with us. He is director
of the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Nebraska
... As I keep telling people, the latch string is always out here, if
you're traveling this way. Elizabeth sends her best... Hasta la vista.
Mrs. Jules (Estelle J.) Lusky, Central Point I have just
returned from a very pleasant trip to Toronto, Canada, France, Spain,
Portugal and Morocco, Africa. It was one of the Unitors of the Club
Universe. My last two winters were spent on the Canal Zone doing an
independent study leading-up to the Treaties. Maybe the Canal
Museum could use some of the material. Am up to my neck getting the
house ready now to be put-up for sale. Hope to get a smaller one closer
to my two sons who now reside in the Portland area due to the high
crime rate in the States, it is not safe for widows to live alone, and how
does the government check the widows? Meeting older eligible
bachelors for social reasons is something else.
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
On March 16th thirty-two members and guests attended the
Spring luncheon of the Panama Canal Society of South Carolina at the
Heart of Aiken restaurant. Following the buffet luncheon, the new
officers were installed John A. Everson, President, Harry
Willenbrock, Vice-President, and Trudi Clontz, Secretary-Treasurer.
The next get-together will be a picnic on June 17th at the Aiken State
Easter visitors to the Kapinos household were Margaret Davis of
Azalea, Ore., and Patty and Don Bright and children of Atlanta, GA.
The following weekend, Carol Smith (Kapinos) and three children
made the trip from Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. Linda Edwards
(Kapinos) graduates in May from the University of South Carolina
with an Associate Degree in Nursing, and has accepted a position with
the Aiken Community Hospital.
In early February, Al and Lorna Shore had as a houseguest a
former Ancon-ite, Beatrice Hughes, now of Lake George, N.Y. Later
in February their daughters, Diane LeBlanc and Sandra Davis, came
north from Miami when Al was hospitalized for surgery.
A January arrival in Aiken was Evelyn Condon who moved from
Margarita to her new home on Cardinal Drive. After getting involved
in chores formerly delegated to the Maintenance Division, she is
entertaining her first houseguests, her sister and brother-in-law from
Mrs. Mary Stuart of Norfolk, VA spent a week with John and
Russell Percy had as February guests her daughter, Mrs. Henry
A. Pridgen of Lakeland, GA, and her brother-in-law David N. Percy of
Pennsylvania. In April her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
Wm. C. Willoughby of Huntsville, Ala. came by.
Mrs. Corliss P. Dean of Pasadena, Calif., formerly of Ft. Davis
and Gatun, visited Nora and Charles Green in March.
Bob and Billy Rowe's son Bobby and family have moved from
Virginia to Bittendorf, Iowa, and soon after the move, on March 1st,
Bobby and Donna welcomed a new daughter, Kelly Jean. Bobby Rowe
has been visiting Aiken weekends while attending school in Bruns-
Gertrude Smouse traveled to Morgantown, W.Va. to visit her
sister who is hospitalized, and drove back with her brother and sister-
Donald and Peggy Hutchison frequently have as weekend guests
their daughter, Diane Cox (Hutchison) and grandson Wally, who are
living in Summerville, S.S. Diane's husband is presently on sea duty.
The Clontzes were delighted to have as a March visitor their
former Ancon neighbor, Dr. Robert Hehn of Vancouver, Washington.
Lee and Bob made the most of a short visit spending most of the
time on the golf course.
Penny Lotterhos and daughter Karen visited her parents,
Eletheer and James O. Catron in early March, when Eletheer was
released from the hospital following surgery. In April the Catrons had
as houseguests Winnie, Ron, and Dennis Brome of Miami.
Paul and Leona Badonsky are back from Pittsburgh, where they
visited their daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Al Leitch and
grandson Bobby. Al is presently exchange professor at Carnegie
Mellon. Their son Leo is at home on two weeks leave, having finished
basic training at Ft. Jackson, S.C. He will report to the Canal Zone
Harry Willenbrock underwent his second session of open heart
surgery in April at University Hospital in Augusta, GA. Susan
Wiseman (Willenbrock) of Durham, NC spent a week in Aiken with
Frank Borden, Irving June and I took a two month trip to the
west coast, leaving Texas first week in November going to Big Bend
Park and even taking the horse back ride to the southern rim, then on
to Tucson, AZ where we visited ex-Canal residents, Elena and Henry
Bird several days. Enjoyed the points of interest around Tucson then
journeyed on to Yuma where we found more retired people gather for
the winter to enjoy the sunshine and warmth ... licenses from Canada
to Alaska. First of December drove on to California where we enjoyed
everything from the mountains to the sea shore ... We had tickets to
the Rose Bowl Parade and Game. Such a crowd ... they said it was the
largest ever. But the floats are out of this world. June just couldn't
imagine so many flowers of every kind ... Have purchased a RV so
hope to travel to Minn. and on up to Canada this summer.
Bart Elich, Austin We purchased a home in Barton Hills just a
few blocks from Eddie and Ellen Coyle. Eddie and Agnes Mulroy
bought a home in North Austin. Eddie is currently undergoing
treatments in Houston. Bert and Val Schroeter keep busy having
parties for Zonites living in Austin. They are excellent hosts. Bill De la
Mater and Frank and "Coci" Baldwin recently visited in Austin. Ed
and Grace Mac Nittie visited with the Elichs on their way to Buffalo.
Vic and June May moved from Austin to San Marcos to be near their
daughters Sandy and Vicky who attend Southwest Texas State
University along with other Zonites: Julie LeBrun, Deborah Elich,
Lynn Kujoth, Floyd Baldwin, Leslie O'Brien, Windship Dowell and
"Fullo" Albrego of Panama. Ricky and Debbie Horter attend the U of
Texas and live with their parents the Milt Horters in North West
Austin. Best regards to all.
Mildred and Bob Byrd and Anna Calvit of Kerrville visited with
Byrds' son in Houston then to New Orleans to put Helen Calvits car on
ship to be sent to Canal Zone. Dothan, AL was the next stop. Anna
stayed with her sister, and Sully O'Sullivan and family. Byrds with
Mrs. Byrd. While there the O'Sullivans had a buffet for the 3 guests of
honor where many ex-Canal Zoners attended. What a nice time was
had by all. Then the three headed for Niceville, FL to visit with Bob's
sister Carol and husband Leonard. Off then to visit with the Byrd's
son in Houston and returned home.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF TEXAS
The spring meeting of the Panama Canal Society of Texas was
held on Saturday, April 8, 1978 at Wyatt's Cafeteria in Houston, with
Dallas Thornton at the helm.
Tillie Levy's daughter, Charlotte Merryk, was our guest. She had
been in Houston to make sure that Tillie followed doctor's orders after
her second cataract removal! Her touch in playing "Happy Birthday"
for Genevieve Coakley gave every evidence of the accomplished
musician she is.
Genevieve (Mrs. Pat H.) and her sister, Lois Perrucca, were to
leave on April 13, for a visit to Italy, birthplace of her father. Pat's
business commitments kept him from accompanying them.
Irene Wright did not attend the meeting as she and her guest,
Lillian Ryan, had gone to Kerrville for a visit. No doubt they caught
up with some of the many Zone-execs who now make their home in
Kerrville some 51 at the last count not too long ago.
Peggy Ellis also was not present as she had a previous