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Vol. 12 SEPTEMBER, 1978 No. 3
President Says ............................................... .......... 2
From the Secretary's Desk .............................................. 2
Editor's Lines .......................................................... 2
Legislative Report ...................................................... 3
Meet Jack Campbell ..................................................... 4
Minutes of the Scheduled Meeting .............. ......................... 5
PicnicReport .............. .................... ............ ........... 6
LuncheonReport ......................... ............. 6
Bajun Letter ................................................. .......... 12
"Memories" by L. M. Scull ........................ ............................. 13
"They Wait the Signing" by Ernest St. Laurent ................................. 16
Condensed News from The Panama Canal Spillway ............................ 16
DITCHDIGGERDAYS ................. .................. ............. 21
ISTHMUS EPISODES ................ .................... ............. 36
Congratulations ............................................ ............ 41
Retirements ................................................ 40
Weddings ...................................... ............ 41
Births ................ ................. ............... .... .......... 42
Deaths ................ ..... ................... ...................... 44
Sale and Locator .............................................. ......... 78
CanalZone .................. ..... 49 Louisiana ........................ 68
Alabama ............. .......... 50 M issouri .................. ..... 71
Arkansas .............. .......... 51 NewHampshire .................. 72
California .................. ...... 55 North Carolina ................... 72
Florida .............. ........... 60 SouthCarolina .................... 75
Iowa .............................. 68 Texas ............. .......... 76
Vermont ............................ 77
Ramada Inn (South) -12 Hansen Marine, Inc. 39
Real Estate SHOWCASE 43 Vigilant Real Estate 3
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DATES TO REMEMBER
26 SEPT. Aiken, S.C. Meeting
6 OCT. 1:30 P.M. Regular MeetingPCSoFL, Gulfport Community Center
3 NOV. 1:30 P.M. Regular Meeting PCSoFL, Gulfport Community Center
Panama Independence Day
23 NOV. THANKSGIVING Let us all give thanks for HIS blessings.
1 DEC. 1:30 P.M. Regular MeetingPCSoFL, Gulfport Community Center
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.
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POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33733.
THE PRESIDENT SAYS .
We had a good time at our picnic but it was shortened by a
Florida downpour. The ladies did a fine job with the good food and
taking care of the cleaning up. We all chipped in and had the shelters
clean as a pin before we left.
Our Luncheon at Spoto's Villa was well attended, 139 well
pleased members and guests. It was an outstanding affair with deli-
cious food and excellent service. After the regular meeting there was
a slide presentation by Mrs. Florence Mallett, honoring the 64th
Anniversary of the Opening of the Panama Canal. Our Record Editor,
Anna Collins, raffled off a pretty batea and an assortment of spirits.
I would like again to thank all of our members for attending the
Picnic and Luncheon and special thanks to the members who helped to
make each a success. Events like these are among the happiest mem-
ories of my past years of belonging to the Society. Anyone who
doesn't take part in these affairs is missing much enjoyment. Society
members who do the organizing and other needed work deserve a big
vote of thanks. One great reason why it's fun to belong to the Society
is our capacity to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, such as bringing
our members together for a Picnic or Luncheon, joined by guests from
near and far.
I have asked our members to notify the officers and the Sunshine
Committee, Emmy Lou Clarke, about anyone being in the hospital or
who needs a ride to our meetings or events. If you can lend a hand, do
it. Remember, individual responsibility has assured success and good
fellowship. Let us promote the welfare of our members.
H. L. Clarke
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
After a busy summer the time has come to start work on the An-
nual Issue. Again I plead with you to get any Change of Addresses to
me prior to 1 OCTOBER. Even though you may not be moving for a
month or so, I can list your new address. If you wish to correct your
listing as it now appears, the same deadline applies.
In the June issue I requested a Title for the section on Old Timers
and for another section with human interest stories taken place on or
off the job while living on the Isthmus. Only two members responded.
Thus I have chosen DITCH DIGGER DAYS and ISTHMUS EPI-
SODES, both titles submitted by Pat Foster Roberson of Baton
Rouge, LA. "Thank You" to the members whose articles appear in the
June and September issues. Many members have written in stating
how much they enjoyed the June Record because of the Old Timers
Section. Let's have a few stories in this section each issue so keep
your stories coming.
I wish to congratulate the Panama Canal Society of Dothan Ala-
bama's new officers and wish them a great year.
May I bring to your attention that the "Sale and Locator Service"
ads are $2.00 and $6.00 with a picture or logo featured. Most of the
folks have had great success with their ads. Please remit your check
payable to the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. along with your
ad so I will not have to send a bill to you Thank you.
Anna T. Collins .
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
HR 3447 and HR 3755 are now at the White House awaiting final
action of the President, after receiving full Senate approval on June
19th. Both bills will become law if they just lay on the President's
HR 3447 would achieve two objectives: 1) restore full annuities to
single retirees pre-deceased by a designated "insurable interest" sur-
vivor; and 2) give a one year period after a post-retirement marriage
in which to opt for continuation or rescission of original surviving
HR 3755 provides restoration of annuities to survivors who lost
their survivor benefits by remarrying before July 18, 1966.
William F. Grady
They are talking about
VIGILANT REAL ESTATE
RFAI TOP' JIM McCONAGHY, C.R.B.- Owner
MEMBER CANAL SOCIETY
Three Offices to serve you in the Clearwiter, St Petersburg Area
5503 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg. Florida
2468 State Rd. 580, Clearwater. Florida Phone
11990 Indian Rocks Rd.. Largo. Florida 347-3161
MEET JACK CAMPBELL
The Executive Board of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
wishes to introduce to you our new official photographer.
John Raymond Campbell, Jr. [JACK]
5263 25th Ave. No., St. Petersburg, FL 33710 (343-4855)
Born: Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Campbell, St. Petersburg, Ida and
Resided: Gamboa, C.Z.
Education: Graduated Balboa High School and Dallas Baptist Col-
lege, Dallas, TX National Aviation Academy (Pilot
Training) (Private Pilot Mult: Engine Rating.)
Work: For a period of 8 years was in the jewelry business and
worked as an Assistant Manager and Manager of a
Jewelry Dept. and during this time he received a "Dia-
mond Master Certificate" from Diamond Masters of
America. Later he became involved in Banking and
worked as a Section Manager for the Credit Card Dept.
of Commerce Union Bank in Nashville, TN.
Affiliations: National Rifle Association; National Pilots Association;
Member of the American Institute of Bankers; Notary
Public for the State of Florida and a member Florida
Hobbies: Flying, Hunting, Model Airplanes, Music plays the or-
gan, guitar, banjo and accordion Stereo and Tape Re-
cording. Practiced Photography as a hobby for many
Now: As of December 1977 started professionally as a Photog-
Some of the Reunion pictures appearing in the June issue of the
Canal Record were taken by Jack. Jack will be available at all of our
special meetings and at the Reunion to take pictures for the Record
and members may purchase pictures from him. All pictures of the 4
August 1978 Luncheon appearing in this issue were taken by Jack.
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, FL
2 JUNE 1978
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Howard L.
Clarke at 1:40 P.M. Mr. Clarke led the assembled group in the Pledge
to the Flag. In the absence of the Chaplain, Mrs. Emmy Lou Clarke
gave the Invocation which was followed by thirty seconds of silent
prayer in memory of those who had passed away since our last meet-
The President welcomed the 108 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called: Connie Wright Pinellas Park; Tom and
Alma Burrows Gulfport; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dube Clearwater;
Ida McDade San Diego, CA; Nan Emslie St. Petersburg; Dova
Antil Midenmines, MO; Grace Schack Wilson Dunedin; Biff
Clarke, Balboa, CZ; Richard and Gwen DeTore St. Petersburg and
Buddy Thomas Alabama.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the April meeting.
As there were no additions, omissions or corrections the minutes were
approved as read. The financial reports of the Society and the Blood
Bank were read. As there were no questions the reports will stand for
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 increased .5% in Jan., .7% in Feb., and .7% in March,
for a three month increase of 1.9%. HR 3447 the bill to restore full
annuity to single retirees passed the subcommittee and main commit-
tee and now goes to the floor.
The Secretary, Mrs. Jean Mann moved that the Society play host
to Dolly Barbour and Eleanor Connor at the August Luncheon
meeting. Mrs. Anna Collins seconded. Motion carried.
Seven members would celebrate birthdays in June. Eight couples
would celebrate anniversaries, including the Ernest Yocums who
would celebrate 40 years on 12 June. Best wishes went out to all.
The President, Mr. Clarke, then thanked all those who helped
make the recent reunion a success. He thanked the members for elect-
ing him president and for having confidence in him. Mr. Clarke
remarked that there's no place like the Zone, and although there may
not be a Panama Canal Zone in the future, there will be a Panama
The members and guests who were present were informed about
the July picnic. It was suggested that people bring instruments for a
sing-a-long, perhaps have a plant exchange, etc.
Information on the August luncheon will be in the June Record as
well as directions for finding Spotos Villa.
Jack Morris, Vice-President, spoke on the next reunion. He
stressed the need for people willing to serve on committees for the
Volunteers were called for to help Anna Collins with the August
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:25
Jean Mann, Secretary/Treasurer
7 JULY 1978
July came in hot and humid much like Panama thus we had a
small gathering of 98 members and friends enjoy our picnic at War
Veterans Memorial Park, Bay Pines, Florida. We had a Flag
Ceremony led by President, Howard Clarke; an invocation by our
Chaplain Marybelle Hicks. The food was delicious, especially the em-
panadas, arroz con polo, the chilled watermelon and the desserts! The
friendship enjoyed by all will always be cherished.
Mrs. Georgina Henderson Seel of St. Petersburg and her sister,
Mrs. Hereitta C. Henderson Wolf of New Port Richey, two "old
timers" joined us. Bill and Jean Violette recently retired from the
Canal Zone and now residents of Seminole, FL were there too. Other
out of town members and friends were Pam Crowell, Wauchula, FL;
Dick and Ida Crowell, Inverness, FL; Jack and Anna McGlade and
Hattie and Frank McLaughlin, Floral City, FL; Malcolm and Jean
Stone, Bob Johnson, Charles E. Leves, James and Diane Bradley,
Jack and Fran Hern, David A. Speir, III, and Katherine Egolf all from
the Canal Zone; Rosemarie Carr, San Jose, CA; Margaret and Jack
Hern, Dothan, AL; Theresa Hicks, Gainesville, FL. Other members
were from Clearwater, Seminole, Largo, Gulfport, St. Petersburg,
Sarasota, New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Pinellas Park, Tampa
and Kenneth City.
4 AUGUST 1978
The luncheon at Spoto's Villa in Seminole was certainly delicious
and well served. Those of you who did not come really missed a lovely
meal and an entertaining afternoon. Immediately after the luncheon,
the business meeting was held at which time President Clarke read
Ethel Askew reading Poem
Florence Mallett Gene Clinchard
narrating her slides talking Bajun
I President and Mrs. Howard Clarke
LUNCHEON COMMITTEE: L. to R. Mabelle Walker, Gladys Humphrey, Dottie
and Al Pate, Ernest Yocum, Sara Rowley, Ethel Askew, Dottie Yocum
SS ANCON August 15,1914
the letter from his friend "Bocas". (See following page.) The crowd all
had a good chuckle! The program was then turned over to the Chair-
man, Anna Collins who stated we were gathered to celebrate the 64th
Anniversary of the Opening of the Panama Canal. Mrs. Ethel Askew,
the daughter of an "old timer", was introduced and read several
verses from Maurice H. Thatcher's "Builders of The Panama Canal".
As Ethel was returning to her place, Anna mentioned that Ethel's
father's name, 0. Kozak, and Anna's father's name, J. J. Kotalik,
appeared next to each other in the Year Book Society of the Chagres.
Gene Clinchard then told a Bajun joke about The Counting of the
Beans! More laughter was heard. And- the highlight of the afternoon
was when Mrs. Florence Kerr Mallett, an "Old Timer" gave us a
beautiful slide rendition of the Panama Canal Zone Yesterday and
Today featuring some of the tropical flowers. It was a colorful
hour's visit to Panama and most appreciated by all. We then had a
drawing for a batea with the Canal Zone seal painted by Dottie
Matthews of Fairhope, AL which was won by Pat Hicks, a guest from
Gainesville, FL. The other prizes were won by Olga Disharoon and
Edna Wertz. The guest list follows:
Rosa Allie Jack Campbell and Ida Campbell
Ethel and Eugene Askew C. W. Chase, Jr. and 2 guests
Dolly Barbour Emme Louise and Howard Clarke
Emma Barlow Gene Clinchard
Louise Barnes Anna T. Collins and guests:
Anna J. Bartlett Pat and Bill Hicks
Alice Beck Bernadette Collins
Louise Bissell Rita Draina
Pearl and Walter Brown Jennifer Thomas
Kay and William Butler
Mrs. Henri Skeie making
an appeal for Lucho
L. to R. Anna Bartlett, Dot and Bob Herrington, Harry and Mary Foster, Marie Dube,
Marie Burns, Fred Dube and Henri Skeie
Margaret and George Martin, Helen Kat, Marge McBride, Evelyn Barrett, Helen and
Dick Tomford, Florence Mallett and Jeanne Wheller
Catherine and Sherman Hammond
Members enjoying Panama Canal Slides
Gladys Humphrey and Mabelle Walker
Mrs. Georgina Seel and
Daughter Jean S. Hodge
Sam and Sara Rowley
Mrs. and Mrs. Gordon Crabb Betty Malone
(Ellen and Gordon) Florence Mallett
Mina Dee Jean Mann
Olga and Paul Disharoon Tim Mann
Philip and Pauline Downs Margaret and George Martin
Marie and Fred Dube and guests Jessie Matheney
Marie Burns Vivian and Walter Mikulick
Mrs. D. Maurice Eggleston Walter and Mary McBride
(Carmen) Mildred Neely
Mary and Harry Egolf and 2 Dorothy Nichols
guests Della Raymond Noonan
Mary and Dick Egolf Mary Orr
Lyla and Bud Esler Dottie and Al Pate
Ethel Ferguson Ann Pennock
Mary and Harry Foster Bronson Powell
Joyce and Charlie Fears Richard Rohden
Mocha and Jerry Furth Sara and Sam Rowley
Dewey Goodwin Rob Roy
Beth and Bill Grady Clara Saarinen
Marion and Mike Greene Margaret Hewitt Sapp and Edna
Madge and John Hall H. Ogletree
Catherine & Sherman Hammond Taresa N. Sandidge
Mildred Harper Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Schneider
Sid Hayes (Anne and Ray)
Evelyn and Troy Hayes Georgina Seel and Jean Seel
Odessa and Julian Hearne and Hodge
2 guests Ruth and James Shirley and
Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Henderson guest, Ruth Whipple
Dot and Robert C. Herrington Beatrice Simonis
Mary Belle and Robert Hicks Henri Skeie
Jane and Fred Huldtquist Carl Starke
Gladys Bliss Humphrey Laura and Elmer Stoakley
Edith and Russell Jones Helen and Richard Tomford and
Elizabeth Jorgensen guest, Evelyn S. Barrett
Mrs. Jacoba Justra Mabelle and George Walker
Mrs. Lambert Kat (Helen) Edna Wertz
Maria and William Keller Virginia and Jim Wood
Selma Klipper Marie Wolf
Sallie and Albert McKeown and Jeanne Wheeler
guest Muriel Holmelin Whitman
Ted and Wilma Knapp Constance and John Wright
Dottie and Ernest Yocum
Just know this letter will be of interest to our membership. It was
written to our President, Howard Clarke, who is known as "Bugle"
from the Carr St. days by his friend "Bocas", Charlie Leeser of Balboa.
Guachapali No. 2
To: The President of the St. Petersburg Society
for Old People Retired from the Zone
I am writing this letter to tell you that you and the people dem is a
Gang of Teef.
After the last Party in April Gone I did send in me HAPPLICA-
TION to join the Society and what happen, de people gone wid me
money and don't send nothing not even a bare paper to till me dat de
cash me check.
I believe in truth dat de is drinken Rum wid me money and dat de
did dump me application in de Garbage Pan. No joke about dat.
I am begin you to conduct a investigation into dis matter and
find out who gone wid me loot and why I don't receive me membership
I don't want to report you to Mr. Carter in Washington because
he will send de F.B.I. to put your RASS in jail and cause your wife to
I hope to hear from you pretty soon as General Torrijos is getting
ready to cast all we gringo backside out of de Zone and if I don't have
me membership card I can't live in the States.
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
Sitting to-night by my fireside,
watching the flames cherry glow,
Never a care for the winds without,
nor the hills covered with snow.
Watching the sparks go soaring,
up through the chimney wide,
Drowsy and dreaming and thinking,
here by my own fireside.
And as the flames mount higher,
and the heat waves twist and curl,
The smoke sails out through the chimney,
and my thoughts begin to whirl;
They carry me back to the tropics,
back to the years long passed,
Back to the job we did so well,
back to the friendships that last.
I drift with the tides of memory,
further and further away,
I see a streak like a furrow,
as it winds through the rock and clay,
Starting and stopping and starting again,
just around the bend.
Then as my fire grows brighter,
mid the crackle and pop of the flame,
I look again for that little streak,
surely it can't be the same;
I see a ditch growing daily,
longer and deeper and wide -
While an army of men appearing like ants
are sending the rock for a ride.
Hundreds of trains and shovels
are making the dirt fly,
Dynamite blasting and crashing,
driving the rocks to the sky;
Danger and death 'round the corner,
waiting for each one and all,
The Canal must be dug and the job must be done,
no matter who may fall.
Now mid the flames I see faces,
faces of many I knew,
Some are still fighting the battle of life,
while others have long passed through,
Passed on through earth's great mystery,
on through darkness to light,
Wherever they are, I want them to know,
of them I am thinking tonight.
I throw on more logs, I light the old pipe,
and go back to dreaming once more,
Mid the smoke and the flame, I can see it again,
just as I did of yore.
Back to the office, back to the shop
I wander and dream not in vain.
For there in his place still hitting the ball,
I can see each old friend again.
Then after the day's work is over,
and the tropical night creeps down,
We meet in the clubs, the poolrooms and pubs,
in each little oldtime town.
We dance and we sing, we drink and we play,
living each day as it goes,
Thinking not of tomorrow but happy to-day,
caring not which way the wind blows.
Now the fire glows bright and the pictures change
and I see another sight;
I see great dams and inland lakes
and locks all bright and light.
And I see a wonderful river,
joining sea and sea -
And monster ships go rushing through,
it is not like it used to be.
And now as the fire grows dim
and the coals in the fireplace die,
I seem to hear a voice I knew in the days so long gone by:
"Our work is now well finished,
our hair has long been gray -
We'll leave youth to carry on,
for we have had our day."
For fear we oldsters might forget
we'll get together now and then-
We'll eat and drink and dance and sing
and dig the Canal all over again,
So now my dreams are over,
the fire is burning low -
I'll never dig a Canal again
but tomorrow I'll shovel snow.
[L. M. Scull]
Taken from The Panama Canal Societies of the United States
Souvenir Yearbook and Directory Facts and Fancies Up to Date
PANAMA CANAL AND WORLD FRIENDSHIP
By H. LA FONTAINE
Senator of Belgium
Professor of International Law
Recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
A European scheme, an American achievement! How much more
impressing, if it would have been an international scheme and a world
achievement! As it is, with its locks and its forts, it may become and
certainly is, in the mind of worshippers of might and war, the Dardan-
elles and the Bosphorus of the Western Hemisphere.
May never its doors be battered by submarine torpedoes and may
its guns remain silent! May never human blood redden the stones of
its sluices! May humming birds and the butterflies on its borders
never be frightened by the thunder of bursting shells!
I dream of goodwill, of open hands and of open hearts. Others
dream of preparedness, of hatred and slaughter. America dreams
also; she dreams to be the peacemaker and the mediator in this world
where war is maddening rulers and peoples and hurling them in a
vortex of unheard-of crimes. She will make perhaps some suggestions
and talk of freedom of the seas and of freedom of the rivers, of open
straits and of open canals.
Is there not some inconsistency in having the Panama Canal, un-
like the Suez Canal, bristling with the most up-to-date implements of
murder and to speak of peace to others when you are preparing for
war, not against a given foe, but against all the nations alike? I see
already ironical smiles appear on the lips of the diplomats in the for-
eign offices of the world.
What a lesson, splendid and striking of highest morality and far-
sightedness, if America would propound the internationalization of
the Panama Canal, despoiled of its strongholds and offer to all the
States, small and powerful, to share with her the cost and manage-
ment of this highway between the seas and to own together, for the
centuries to come, the key of this majestic portal linking, across the
new world, the Old World and the Oldest World.
An individual thought, weak as a winged seed in the grip of
storms, may it land somewhere in the soul of men!
Taken from The Year Book Society of the Chagres
1916-17 "Builders of the Panama Canal"
Your Editor has pondered over the previous article, thus I want all of
you to read or re-read the article and wonder why perhaps the next
to the last paragraph could not have come to pass rather than ..
THEY WAIT THE SIGNING -
Presented on a platter
They gave it all away;
It really doesn't matter-
Those dreams of yesterday.
Loaded with sacrifice and tears
With land bought for a price.
The ditch we owned these many years-
We now must sacrifice.
They gave away our great canal-
Who play the greedy game.
Though millions in their heart rebel
They wait the signing of the "Shame".
ERNEST ST. LAURENT
NEWS CONDENSED from The Panama Canal Spillway in part -
dates appearing after each article for your information.
****For First Look at Canal President Jimmy Carter To Visit Zone
Tomorrow President Jimmy Carter will arrive at Tocumen Inter-
national Airport at 3 o'clock this afternoon for a 23-hour visit to Pana-
ma City and the Canal Zone.
Soon after his arrival the President and Panamanian Chief of
Government Omar Torrijos will exchange the instruments of ratifica-
tion of the new Panama Canal treaties in a ceremony at the Nuevo
Panama Gymnasium. After the ceremony, they will speak to the thou-
sands of Panamanians expected to gather at the Fifth of May Plaza.
Accompanying President Carter will be Mrs. Rosalynn Carter
and a group of high government officials. On Saturday, the President
will come to the Canal Zone where Gov. H. R. Parfitt will escort him
on a flyover of the Panama Canal. Landing at Fort Clayton, Carter will
speak to a crowd of Canal Zone residents at Jarman Field before going
by car to Miraflores Locks for a firsthand look at the Panama Canal
and a short briefing. The President will lunch with a small group of
CZ residents before returning to Panama to prepare for an early-
afternoon departure from Tocumen.
Scheduled to witness the exchange of ratification documents are
the presidents of Mexico, Venezuela, Columbia, Costa Rica and the
prime minister of Jamaica.
President Carter is the fifth U.S. President to visit the CZ. The
first was Theodore Roosevelt who came to the Isthmus in 1906 to
inspect progress on the waterway's construction ... William H. Taft
came in 1909 as president elect, and again in 1910 and 1912 ... In 1920,
President Elect Warren G. Harding spent 5 days in the Canal Zone ...
Franklin D. Roosevelt made five trips to the Isthmus beginning in
1934. He returned in 1935, 1938 and was here twice in 1940. While on
the Isthmus in July 1956 to attend a conference of the Organization of
American States, President Dwight D. Eisenhower came to the Canal
Zone to see the Panama Canal. Eisenhower had served as an Infantry
major at Camp Gaillard from 1922 to 1924. .. .16 June 1978
****NEW CABOOSE on Panama Railroad. The Panama Railroad
added a new caboose to its rolling stock at a ribbon-cutting and dedi-
cation ceremony on 30 May. The refurbished and modernized red,
white and blue car was christened the "Jeanne B" in honor of Jeanne
Bense, the senior woman Railroad Division employee.
Mrs. Bensen lived during her early years at both Frijoles and
Monte Lirio train stops with her father, a PRR track foreman. She
started her own railroad career in 1953 and is presently employed as a
clerical assistant in the PRR manager's office. Mrs. Bensen is the wife
of E. H. Bensen, Marine Bunkering Division Manager.
The caboose can carry 16 passengers. It was obtained from the
Terminal Railroad Assoc. of St. Louis and renovated by the Div. at a
cost of $15,176.92 16 June 1978
****President Carter Visits Canal Zone, Is Briefed by Governor
Parfitt President Jimmy Carter came to the CZ last Saturday, the
day after he arrived on the Isthmus to exchange instruments of
ratification of the new PC treaties with Panamanian Chief of
Government Omar Torrijos. Gov. H. R. Parfitt and Lt. Gen D. P.
McAuliffe, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Southern Command, met the
President when he reached Paitilla Airport for a flyover of the Canal.
During the round trip flight across the Isthmus, they briefed him on
PC and military operations.
Gov. Parfitt also accompanied the President during the remain-
der of his activities on the Canal Zone.
EXCERPTS From President Carter's Speech
I come here with a sense of history, a sense of appreciation for
what you have accomplished and are accomplishing for our country; a
sense of gratitude to you.
** ** ** ** **
My life would be easier if every Government employee showed
the same consistent combination of efficiency and talent as your group
does and we all appreciate the superb performance.
** ** ** ** **
The Senate of the United States has acted, and the Treaties are
now a fact. I am not here to justify them, or to suggest that if you
understood the Treaties better that you would like them. I know that
you understand them, because for you, they are not just a distant and
impersonal foreign policy abstraction, but something that alters your
lives in a direct and immediate way.
You know, as I do, that a great deal will change as a result of
these Treaties. A few of you will be leaving the only place on Earth
you have ever called home. That is a hard and a painful thing to do.
The adjustments and uncertainties that you now face will not be easy.
I understand that, I understand, too, why you love this place.
Seventy-five years ago, Americans came here as builders. In quiet
ways, often unrecognized, often unappreciated, we have been builders
ever since. For all the rest of your lives, every one of you will be
proud, and justifiably so, to have been part of this Canal, proud of
what you have built and protected and loved.
That is evident, not only from what you say, but what you do. The
care and affection which you continue to show in the operation of the
Canal is clear evidence of the deep feeling which you and the
American people have for the Canal. So I come here today not to win
you over to the decision made by me and the American Congress, but
because there are two things that I want very much to say.
First, the American people and I appreciate what you are doing
here and, second, the American people and I care what happens to
In the millions of words spoken and written about the Treaties,
our appreciation and our concern have not been clearly expressed.
We have tried to demonstrate these sentiments in the Treaties as
well as in the separate agreements and the annexes.
The rights of American workers will be protected.... 23 June 1978
****Gov. H. R. Parfitt accepted a trophy naming him Canal Zone Man
of the Year by the Canal Zone Dept., Reserve Officers Association of
the U.S. The presentation was made by Maj. Gen. J. Milnor Roberts,
USAR (Ret.), ROA Exec. Director, at the Association's Annual "Man
of the Year" Award Dinner. Gov. Parfitt was cited for his "Consistent,
exceptional and tireless efforts in behalf of national defense, interna-
tional relations, the youth of our Nation and the CZ community." It
was also noted that "Governor Parfitt has led the CZ community
through two very trying periods, always making the interest of the
employees and their families his primary concern." 30 June 1978
****Employees Commended in Letter From Deputy Secretary of De-
fense. A letter received by Gov. H. R. Parfitt from the Honorable
Charles W. Duncan, Jr., Deputy Secretary of Defense, is reprinted in
part below. Secretary Duncan accompanied President Jimmy Carter
on his recent visit to the Isthmus.
Dear Governor Parfitt,
The occasion of the President's recent trip to Panama to sign the
treaty ratification documents provided me a first-hand view of the
Canal enterprise and the tasking requirements placed on the men and
women who are responsible for its successful operation. Both Presi-
dent Carter and I were impressed by the engineering feat that the
Canal represents and the dedication and perseverance of the employ-
ees under your general supervision. I commend you and your staff for
the work entailed in making the visit such an outstanding success.
I feel confident that the expertise and enthusiasm displayed
throughout the visit will carry through to the critical months ahead
when we all will be faced with the task of planning for and implement-
ing the new Canal treaty. The successful completion of the treaty
process in no way diminishes the importance of your primary task of
moving ships through the Canal. In fact the challenge your organiza-
tion faces in continuing the efficient operation of the waterway, while
at the same time training Panamanians to assume eventual responsi-
bility for this mission, is of vital importance to the United States, to
Panama, and to maritime interests throughout the world. Let me as-
sure you and your dedicated employees that we in Defense will be
sensitive to your needs and responsive to your requirements.
****Healthy Trees Replace Admin.'s Sick Banyans The grounds of
the Administration Building are in for a new look. As old decayed and
diseased ridden banyan trees die and are removed, the mango and
umbrella trees planted to complement the majestic banyans, will also
disappear. Two "Pride of India" trees have been planted across the
circle in the rear approach to the Admin. Building. Fifteen yellow
poinciana trees now border the drive up the hill on Heights Road.
Both types of trees bloom late in the dry season. The mango and
almond trees will not be removed until the new foliage reaches ade-
quate height. New bougainvillea and chalca shrubs will also be planted
around the Goethals Memorials.
****Colonel John R. Simmons Appointed Director Canal Zone Health
Bureau. He succeeds Col. Albert L. Gore who has been assigned to
Fort Lee, VA.
****Friday Departure for SS Cristobal. The vessel will leave Cristobal
on Friday at approximately 3 p.m. and dock at approximately 8 a.m. in
New Orleans on Tuesdays.
****Richard K. Erbe, Jr. At June graduation exercises at the
United States Merchant Marine Academy, Richard K. Erbe, Jr. was
awarded a 3d mate's merchant marine license and a commission as an
ensign in the naval reserve in addition to a Bachelor of Science degree.
The Hon. Juanita Kreps, Sec. of Commerce, addressed the 245
members of the class, the first coeducational class in the Academy's
history and their guests. Erbe is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Erbe of
Balboa Heights. His father is Director of the Supply and Community
****CZC Magazine Saltwater Papaya 'Tells It Like It Is' in Zone -
The "Saltwater Papaya's" common theme of most of the stories is to
show what the Canal Zone is really like, in terms of the people who
live here, before the Treaty changes came along. With a bright green
cover featuring a collage of CZ artifacts that will disappear with the
implementation of the Treaty, it carries articles and pictures dealing
with the human element in the CZ: fun on the Fort Amador causeway,
women apprentices, astrology on the Isthmus, a picture story on
Treaty-related graffiti and other stories that editor Clea Efthimiadis
says are both humorous and serious. The College's photography class
and members of the Isthmian community contributed photographers.
The magazine costs $1.30 and is available at Balboa, Coco Solo,
Gamboa, and Balboa Heights magazine sections and at the College
bookstore 14 July 1978
****Canal Zone-to-Panama Dollar Flow Increases 7 Percent to $261
ESTIMATED GROSS PAYMENTS AND INCOME FLOW TO THE
REPUBLIC OF PANAMA FROM THE CANAL ZONE, 1976-1977
[In Thousands of Dollars]
1. Wages and salaries paid to Panamanian resi-
dents employed in the Canal Zone ..........
2. Retirement and disability payments to Pana-
manian residents ........................
3. Direct purchases in Panama by U.S. Govern-
m ent agencies ...........................
a. Goods .................. .... .......
b. Services .............................
4. Purchases of goods in Panama by private or-
ganizations operating in the Canal Zone .....
a. Petroleum .........................
b. All others ............................
5. Contractors' purchases in Panama of goods
and services for Canal Zone projects .......
6. Expenditures made in Panama by residents
of the Canal Zone ........................
Subtotal ... ....... ................
7. Panama Canal annuity ...................
... 2 June 1978
****Last week, Dredging Division personnel retrieved one of the
several thousand white amur fish which were deposited in a
grown-out pond in the vicinity of Gamboa. It weighed in at a full 2
pounds and was 14 34 inches long. In addition to their amazing growth
rate, the loose and floating particles of hydrilla in the grow-out pond
are visible evidence of their spectacular feeding activities. When the
fish eat all of the hydrilla in the pond and grow to a sufficient size to
survive the large predatory fish in the lake, they will be released to
Gatun Lake. (See June 1978 Canal Record ... Ed.) ... 21 July 1978
****Colonel Ralphael J. DiNapoli Succeeds Simmons as Director of
Gorgas Hospital and assumed his new duties last week. He succeeds
Col. John R. Simmons who recently became CZ Health Director. He
hails from Brooklyn, N.Y. and has a bachelor of arts degree from Col-
lege of The Holy Cross, Worchester, MA, a medical degree from State
University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn and a
master degree in Public Health from Harvard. ... 21 July 1978
DITCH DIGGER DAYS
WE SALUTE AND PAY HONOR TO
THE "OLD TIMERS"
Mrs. William F. Bartholomew (Annie I.)
P.O. Box 2249
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Mrs. J. E. Cruise
233 Vermont Ave.
Clarksburg, WV 26301
*Mrs. Walter Dugan (Lea K.)
2211 Country Club Ave., N.W. #616
Huntsville, AL 35805
Mrs. O. M. Ewing (Winnie Craddock)
Mr. Theodore C. Knapp
2034 Kenmore Drive
Clearwater, FL 33516
Mrs. L. W. Lewis (Marion R.)
309 5th Ave. West, Apt. 3-B
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Mr. Lothrop H. Loring
Harbor View Rd., Box 358
Yarmouth, ME 04096
Mrs. Fred C. McKelvey (Louise McLaughin)
962 Franklin St.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Mrs. Florence Mallett
200 Glenneslane, Apt. 209
Dunedin, FL 33528
Mr. Jack F. Morris
3576 97th Ave. N.
Pinellas Park, FL 33565
*Mr. Harrison J. Schofield
1830 San Francisco
San Antonio, TX 78201
Mrs. Raymond Schneider (Anne Knapp)
1060 40th Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Mrs. Georginia Henderson Seel (Mrs. Robert)
2945 28th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Mrs. Clark Thompson
P.O. Box 424
Springfield, LA 70462
Mrs. Henrietta Henderson Wolf
1110 E. Monroe St.
New Port Richey, FL 33552
Mr. Stuart G. Carkeet
1615 Rodi Cove
Memphis, TN 38109
* Roosevelt Medal Holders indicated with an asterisk.
The column "about the Old Timers", June Canal Record, was
most enjoyable to me. I might say I, too, am the daughter of a con-
struction time employee. My father, Alien S. Boyd, who lost his life in
the line of duty on the Canal on 1 November 1926, went there in 1908.
My mother, Ethel Boyd, sister, Ruth Boyd Taylor (now deceased) and
I, Annie Boyd Bartholomew joined him there in November 1908. A
very small cottage in Culebra was our first home and later we moved
to Pedro Miguel. My sister, Alice Boyd (Preston) Drake was born in
Pedro Miguel on 1 January 1914. Needless to tell you how I feel about
the Treaty with this background. Best wishes to all!
From the Sunday Exponent-Telegram, Clarksburg, West Virgin-
ia, Sunday, May 28, 1978. Page 1 headline: Mrs. Cruise Back from
Panama; Found Changes; Visited Sister; Mrs. Ewing Went There in
A former Gilmer County resident who went to Panama in 1907 as
a young bride still resides there and she recently had a visit from her
sister, Mrs. J. E. Cruise of 233 Vermont Ave., Clarksburg, who for-
merly taught school in Balboa, Canal Zone.
Mrs. O. M. [Winnie Craddock] Ewing, now 92 years of age, the
former Gilmer Coutian who went to Panama in 1907, is getting along
well in Panama and still likes the people and the country, her sister,
Mrs. Cruise, found.
Mrs. Cruise taught two years in the United States Government
schools in the Canal Zone and for her the return to Panama contained
First, she had not seen her sister in 20 years and the two weeks
visit with her was a very pleasant one. She was surprised too by the
growth of Panama City, now a metropolis with many skyscrapers and
Mrs. Ewing, the former Winnifred E. Craddock, is the oldest
daughter of the late former Mayor Joe Craddock of Clarksburg, and
she has figured prominently in the educational life of the people of
Panama. She has known many public figures there.
For a number of years she was a resident of the famous Hotel
Tivoli, which was frequented by dignitaries from Panama and many
other countries, including the United States.
Former President Teddy Roosevelt of the United States went to
Panama in 1904 to determine the progress of the canal, and Alice
Longworth was there in 1909. Mrs. Ewing recalls the visit of Alice
Longworth, and her husband attended a ball in Alice Longworth's
Mrs. Ewing also formerly taught school in Panama and for 25
years she was a Canal Zone College dormitory supervisor, working in
the respective dormitories for men and women. When she completed
25 years as a Canal Zone dormitory supervisor, she was presented a
Master Key to the locks by Gov. W. P. Leber in a ceremony in his
office in the Administration Building. The Master Key was accompa-
nied by a certificate signed by Gov. Leber, naming Mrs. Ewing
"Honorary College Housemother." Three generations of the Ewing
family were present for the ceremony. They were Mrs. Ewing's two
daughters, Mrs. Otto Hausmann and Mrs. Virginia Stich, and Mrs.
Ewing's granddaughter, Miss Ann Stich.
The president of Panama, Demetrio Basilio Lakas, went to visit
Mrs. Ewing at the Hotel Tivoli in 1969 after he had been in office one
year. He arrived with guards and guns, and Mrs. Ewing told him that
they made her nervous. "They do me too," he replied, "But they won't
go away." The President had been an occupant of one of the dormito-
ries where Mrs. Ewing was housemother. It was as a dormitory
supervisor that she met many persons who later became internation-
The Canal Zone sent the head of the Intelligence and four high of-
ficials to greet Lakas while he was visiting Mrs. Ewing, and the Pres-
ident said, "I'm visiting Mrs. Ewing, not the Zone."
The president of Panama, at her invitation, had lunch with Mrs.
Ewing. About 2:30 he told her he had to leave but would return. At
3:30 he returned with a police escort and brought her a large bouquet
The Hotel Tivoli was built in nine weeks to house former U.S.
President Teddy Roosevelt during his visit to Panama. The famous
and infamous stayed there. It was renowned as the Grant Hotel.
On her second period of residency at the Tivoli Hotel Mrs. Ewing
lived there until the hotel was prepared for demolition. As Governor
Parker of the Canal Zone was sealing the door behind her, the scene
was televised by Walter Cronkite's crew. She was interviewed by
them at the foot of the stairs and the occasion was televised in the
United States as the end of an era.
Mrs. Ewing was one of those who made the first transit of the
Panama Canal and she vividly remembers how impressed she was on
Oct. 10, 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson pushed a button in
Washington and Gamboa dike was blown up, Culebra Cut flooded and
the two oceans joined right before her astonished eyes.
Vying for interest with that event, though, was the visit of Alice
Roosevelt, daughter of former President Roosevelt, which was the
talk of the town.
Mrs. Ewing remembers well her visits to Clarksburg and the
years she spent as a resident of Glenville.
Mrs. Cruise found the plane journey to and from Panama much
easier than the boat travel when she went there many years ago to
teach school. She very much enjoyed her visit with her sister, Mrs.
Ewing, and with other relatives, and she was impressed with the
rapid growth of Panama City and other locations in Panama. Once a
relatively small city, it is now a modern municipality. "The changes in
Panama are great," Mrs. Cruise says.
Mrs. Lea K. Dugan writes to tell us that she was born in Kris-
tiansand, Norway; immigrated to the United States with her mother
when she was 6; and the family homesteaded in Washburn, North
Dakota. Her oldest sister, Anna Elizabeth, married Peter Johnson
and moved to the Canal Zone with him. In 1909, 16 years old, Lea
traveled from Bismarck, North Dakota to Gorgona, Canal Zone alone
to join her sister who was ill. In 1911 she took and passed her first
Civil Service examination and was employed by the Commissary Di-
vision, moving to Empire, Culebra, and Corozal while employed. In
1916 she married Walter C. Dugan in San Jose, Costa Rica: early in
the morning a civil service was performed by the Mayor of the City
(but in Spanish); early in the afternoon another civil service was per-
formed by the American Consul in San Jose; they finished the day's
activities by being married for the third time that day in the parson-
age of the Episcopal Church in San Jose and celebrated with "high
tea." Lea and Walter Dugan both earned Roosevelt Medals: hers for
two years of service, and his for four years of service prior to the
opening of the Canal. They moved to Ancon when they were married;
then to the "flats", and spent 19 years on the Prado, living above the
"Pete" Huffs the entire 19 years, living on Plank Street when Walter
was retired (37 years service).
Lea served her church, Balboa Heights Baptist Church, as Presi-
dent of the Missionary Society; she is a Past President of the
American Legion Auxiliary; she served as Worthy Matron of Orchid
Chapter No.1 in 1925, and many will remember her as an outstanding
bridge player and one who spent many hours working for the Red
Cross. It was while serving as Worthy Matron that she was appointed
to be the first Supreme Deputy of the Order of Rainbow for Girls in
the Canal Zone by Rev. Mark Sexson, founder of that order. She insti-
tuted the three assemblies in the Canal Zone: Balboa, Pedro Miguel
and Cristobal. Later she was appointed Supreme Inspector (a Member
of the House of Gold) and, in 1964, was installed as Supreme Love of
the International Order of Rainbow for Girls and has filled that office
to the present time.
It was while working in Gorgas Hospital that LEA was able to
assist many Norwegian as well as Danish, Swedish, Finnish sea-
men who were hospitalized. She acted as interpreter between doctor
and patient as well as nurse and patient and in many other ways
helped these men who were sick and so far from home. In 1954 King
Haakon of Norway recognized this volunteer service by awarding to
her the St. Olav Medallion (comparable to the Distinguished Service
Lea and Walter Dugan had two daughters, Marion and Lucille,
both born at Ancon Hospital. Walter died in 1950 but Lea stayed on
until her retirement in December of 1956, working in the Diet Kitchen
at Gorgas Hospital at the time. She first moved to Springfield, Illinois
but found the winters too cold for her and so moved to St. Petersburg
until 2 years ago when she moved to Huntsville, Alabama. Lucille is in
the Huntsville Nursing Home; Marion and her husband, Luther
Fleming, live in Huntsville; she also has 2 granddaughters and 3
great grandchildren living nearby.
At 84 she is in good health, enjoys living in Huntsville with so
much family near her and is looking forward with great anticipation to
the next Reunion in St. Pete!
I have been reading "About the Old Timers" in the June Canal
Record and I have decided that my Father's name, Alfred E. Rogers,
should be added to the list. He went down in 1905 and was employed
as a locomotive engineer, pulling carloads of dirt from The Cut. He
was a Roosevelt Medal Holder, with Bars. He died in 1924, at Gorgas
Hospital, of malaria. His grandson, Alan Rogers Lewis, now has the
medal and displays it in his home, with pride.
Having gone to the Canal Zone in 1909, as a child, I might be
classed as a Young "Old Timer". We lived in Ancon, later in Balboa,
after that town was built. I went to school in Ancon, worked in the
Accounting Dept. at "The Building" for 12 years, and married L. W.
[Duke] Lewis, who retired as Chief Quartermaster, 1913-1950.
My memories of growing up in the Canal Zone are: riding horse-
back, picnics at Taboga, climbing Ancon Hill, sea trips on The Panama
ships, in fair and stormy weather, riding in carametas, Carnival, Ice
cream sodas at the Clubhouse, sight-seeing trips through The Cut,
dining and dancing at the Tivoli. As teen-agers, we spent many happy
hours in Panama walking on Central Avenue, horseback riding in the
fields outside the City, swimming at Bella Vista Beach, Band Concerts
at Plaza Central, strolling on The Sea Wall, all with no sense of fear. I
understand such pleasures are not possible any more. What a shame.
And also, talking Bajan, looking for the winning lottery ticket,
shopping at the commy, served by courteous West Indian clerks all
that and much more. I shall always be grateful to my Father for
making it possible for me to live those many happy years in the Canal
I hope you will hear from many more Old Timers. I enjoy reading
The Record so much it brings back memories of "Down Home".
Marion Rogers Lewis
Mr. Jack F. Morris, the Society's Vice-President for 1978-79 lived
in the Canal Zone from February 1910 to January 1918.
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Sievers of San Antonio, TX sent in the follow-
ing taken from page 2-B Sunday, June 25, 1978 THE SAN ANTONIO
LIGHT "Canal Builder Irate At Panama Pacts by Don Heath".
Harrison J. Schofield's blood boils when he thinks about Panama
being in control of the Canal Zone.
HARRISON J. SCHOFIELD
has a number of mementoes
from his days in Central
America helping to build the
Panama Canal, and the canal,
like the special letter of com-
mendation and the photo al-
bum he displays here, has a
special place in his heart.
"It's not as though they gave Texas to Mexico," Schofield said,
but in its way it's just as bad, and it makes me angry."
Schofield will be 90 Wednesday and, ironically, Wednesday is the
76th anniversary of the Spooner Act, which paved the way for the
construction of the canal.
The Panama Canal is part of Schofield's life.
"I spent some of my youth helping to build the Panama Canal,"
said Schofield, a native of Bellevue, KY.
Schofield and his wife, Louise, came to San Antonio in 1946 after
he spent 20 years as a grocer in Akron, Ohio.
Seated on a couch in his home at 1830 San Francisco, Schofield
glanced over mementoes of Panama and recalled those days digging
the canal, which took 10 years to build from 1904 to 1914.
He recalled the gangs of Greek, Italian and Indian laborers wait-
ing for the train to take them back to their barracks.
The barracks were screened in to protect the men from
mosquitoes, carriers of infectious yellow fever and malaria. On tables
in mess halls stood bottles of quinine as added protection from the dis-
eases. Black men with tanks of oil strapped to their backs sprayed the
marshes to kill larvae.
Schofield was 21 when he quit his job with a railroad company in
Ohio and boarded a ship bound for Panama. A friend had told him of
the opportunities there.
For three years he worked on what he affectionately calls "one of
the world's greatest great wonders," the Panama Canal.
Schofield earned $125 a month while working in Panama, and
sent most of it to his parents in Akron.
"When I think of the American lives lost building that canal. .."
Schofield said as he put away a letter of commendation from the
Panamanian Canal Commission, his Canal Zone medal (Roosevelt?
Ed.) and a picture album recording his adventures there.
"Now they have given it away." he said. "It's unbelievable."
Mrs. Georgina Henderson Seel and her sister, Mrs. Henrietta
Henderson Wolf are the daughters of William Delos Henderson and
nieces of Fred Fahrbach, both men having gone to Panama in 1903.
Their father had fought in the Spanish American War and then mar-
ried their mother, Christine Fahrbach, in 1901. Mrs. Henderson and
the girls left New York by ship for Panama in 1904. They lived in
Colon, Culebra, Gorgona, Val Pariso, Pedro Miguel, Panama City, and
many other townsites, as the work was done we would move along.
They remember their father walking around on crutches as a result of
having broken both legs in line of duty. When the Canal was com-
pleted their father went to the Panama-Pacific International Exposi-
tion in San Francisco, February 20, 1915 quote from The Jewel
City by Ben Macomber "The Panama Canal, a landmark in human
progress Its influence through changes in trade route San Fran-
cisco determines, in spite of the great fire, to celebrate its completion
- Millions pledged in two hours Congressional approval won The
Exposition built by California and San Francisco, without National aid
- Only two years given to construction Fifty millions expended."
. The Panama Canal has stirred and enlarged the imaginations of
men as no other task has done, however enormous the conception,
however huge the work... Its building is of such signal and far-reach-
ing importance that it marks a point in history from which succeeding
years and later progress will be counted. It is so variously significant
that the future alone can determine the ways in which it will touch and
modify the life of mankind." Mr. Henderson helped build the Canal,
the Canal was his life and he had to go to the exposition. Mrs.
Henderson did not want to explore the West so she and the girls re-
turned to the Northeast. The sisters have many pictures, letters, a
jewel box, and even a machete that was stored away in a trunk of
S"Peter McGill Push" with Bill Henderson
i ri' r-^ third from left
SMr. and Mrs. William Delos Henderson
With Georgina and Henrietta
The Canal Cut
at Pedro Miguel
The great Culebra Cut
[dotted line shows amount
of dirt removed]
Second Street Cristobal
My father, Peter Francis Corrigan was in the Canal Zone, em-
ployed several years, when our Mother, Ann Quinn Corrigan and my
brother, John Girard and I, Janette Corrigan arrived aboard ship in
Cristobal. "Jack" was 5 years of age and I was 3 years old. We shortly
embarked for Portobelo and my recollections of any travel from
Portobelo was by Tugboat. I can almost remember the smell of the
Tug especially the paint, orange or harsh yellow.
Portobelo was an old town of Pirates a few years before the es-
tablishment of housing accommodations where we civilian employees
were housed away up on the hill overlooking river and bay. One activ-
ity of the high hill vital to Canal construction side was a rock quarry
where stone was crushed ... where we suffered one casualty father
of a family. In an effort to recall the housing area, I assume there may
have been 14 or 16 buildings. Some housing families of 2 or more chil-
dren of school age and a few with infants. On the far side of the town
was our school house where 10 or more children attended. Far below
our hillside houses, was situated the Community building where all
the towns people enjoyed social gatherings for various holidays,
school plays and card parties. In order to get up the hill or down to
Commissary Landing pier we had the use of wooden steps, 150 or
more, with a wooden railing. A pastime outing for activities and ex-
citement possibly on a Saturday, a good hike was planned. The hus-
bands, wives and children likely all had basket lunches for each re-
spective family. Some of the men with firearms revolvers and/or
rifles all consciously aware of possible snakes, or dangerous ani-
mals. For me and likely all the children it was a gay outing of fun. One
point of interest: On the ground level and far side of the hill was an old
fort with apparently many nooks and crannies, and as I remember,
upon the top of the fort I saw an enormous snake! That was about the
time my sister Mary Joseph arrived and Jack may have accompanied
Mother to hospital in Colon Beach it was July 5, 1910.
Sometimes the community en masse boarded flat railroad cars -
with sides we passengers brought chairs, cushions, blankets and
towels as well as basket lunches, babies and our Daddys and set off to
some remote sandy beaches with palm trees and actually some orange
trees wild! It was a gala day of fun, laughter, swimming, good
lunches and pleasant memories. Especially with Mother and baby sis-
ter Mary Jo and the old fashioned bathing suits where the dear
mother and children didn't get sunburned badly.
My impression was that the San Blas Indians were not very much
further away from where our beach party was and I hated to miss any-
thing. Everything was an adventure to me.
Old Portobelo was another adventure. The journey was accomp-
lished via cayuco a hewn out log I think with cross boards for
sitting. I have no conception of the width of the river. I was game to
go on any jaunt. There were tremendous turtles 150 possibly 300
pounds upon the sandy shore sunning. I don't recall a pier or dock. I
guess we just grounded our cayuco. There is, I hope, still standing or
hovering over the village an ancient Catholic church where we occa-
sionally attended Mass. The statues were garlanded with jewelry and
rosary beads especially the Virgin Mary statue. The altar cloth was
beautifully embroidered linen featuring roosters and chickens! The
roosters sported their beautiful colorful plumage.
The San Blas Indians frequently came into port presumably for
trade which kept them going. When their loads were pineapples,
the fragrance was wafted to us on the hilltop. Ambrosia was the only
name for their pineapples!
One day we almost lost Mary Jo down the bubbling stream to the
far side of the hill. Shortly after that episode we took the tugboat to
Cristobal. The new abode in Cristobal was an upstairs apartment in
a two family building with the stairs outside open. I had to act as
guardian angel for Mary Jo who was a busy bee up and down those
stairs. School was near the Washington Hotel.
A year later we took flight and were located in Gatun by this
time Mary Jo was two years old. Mother presented Father with a
beautiful daughter, Ann Evangeline on July 5, 1912 a birthday
present for Mary Jo.
The Gatun community was open and loving all participated in
social activities. Jack and I hated to leave Portobelo and now loved
Gatun. Our memorable venture at Gatun was when Papa invited us to
see the Canal with locks and great turbines in the walls as I Under-
stood what I had seen. Mother, with babe in arms, Mary Jo, Jack and I
traversed a swinging bridge north to south at Gatun Locks. As I
recall, the gates in the area were installed and we not only walked the
floor level, we also saw the inner workings and water control systems
of the famous Gatun Locks!
Our next venture was to Balboa where Jack and I were finally in
school for a spell. We were located on Balboa Road in housing accom-
modations with neighbors of long standing acquaintance, Mr. and
Mrs. Charles Williams. A family of girls and much later a son,
"Bud". Eleanor and I really hobknobbed together, offering on the the
spot assistance being Father McDonald's two right hands! hur-
riedly called upon to be Sponsors at christenings of infants by proxy.
Eleanor and I even managed to be present at weddings even at
those of glamorously gowned and high (stove pipe) hat affairs.
Eleanor and I were witnesses to the best man, upon returning to his
seat in church, accidently sitting on his own shining high hat! (before
the years of the collapsible high silk hat.) We went up the steps of the
Administration building or walking on grass with our roller
skates in hand we utilized the terrace to display our feats of ac-
complishment in skating.
On one quite memorable stroll with a cousin, Kay Corrigan, we
visited our paternal Grandmother up on Ancon hill in the house of
Uncle Joe who was away with family on vacation. Grandfather
Corrigan was in men's ward hospitalized and she wished us to visit
him. After a very pleasant visit and good lunch with Grandmother we
went a-visiting in Ancon hospital to see a jolly Grandfather Corrigan.
It was quite a walk and naturally very hot, so after we saw
Grandfather and other jolly sick gentlemen in the ward, I suddenly
fainted. I was put to bed and Kay was deserted so left and headed
home. I was later taken to the Contagious Ward with diphtheria.
Brother Peter was also there with the measles. Picture me relegated
to the Porch! Praise be my incarceration was over in time to view
the Carnival Parade prior to Ash Wednesday. Peter was home too.
My next visit to the hospital I was accompanied by sister Mary
Jo. We climbed the hill to Ancon Hospital not noting the heat. We had
the pleasure of admiring the beautiful roses in the gardens near the
hospital. Mary Jo was a cute little girl five years younger than I -
and of course the Gentleman, a gardener, gave Mary Jo a beautiful
rose to take to Mother, who had our new baby brother Joseph for us
to see. Suddenly it was necessary that we be ushered into Emergency
as Mary Jo, upon smelling her lovely rose, had a nose bleed evi-
dently a bee enjoying the rose objected to being disturbed and
created for all of us a bit of excitement.
We also lived in a pleasant cottage or bungalow overlooking a
grove of trees where guava trees were accessible behind the house
and one was star apple. Shading our cottage was a great avocado tree
where the fruit as well as iguanas fell on the roof day and night. At
this home we (Jack and I) helped build a tree house. One day a police
officer arrived astride his lovely horse to admire our accomplishment.
He departed with giving advice "girls should not climb trees, nor be
up in trees!" This home was at the "Limits" with the military barracks
up the hill.
We returned again to New Cristobal and First World War was
threatening. War Bonds and other inducements were offered the
public to raise funds. At this opportunity our father, Peter F.
Corrigan, indulged us children with a trip aboard a ship through the
Panama Canal! What a wonderful experience!!
An interim of our life in the Canal Zone: we three girls attended
sister's school in Panama City "El Collegio de la Santa Familia". In
the Panama area we did get into the Pacific Ocean our feet anyway!
Then we spent time at the "Savanas" at summer retreat for the pupils
of El Collegio. One of the treats here outside the grounds were
great crops of sugar cane. Arriving by trolley service we debarked
near a simple very interesting sugar can press drawn (man-powered)
by Bullocks. At one arrival time we were more or less greeted by a
young colt quite recently dropped making good use of his unfamiliar
Our next trip on the Panama Railroad Steamship Line took us
back to New York and New Jersey to schools, college and academy.
Carnival time approaching in 1948 I was again in Panama,
Canal Zone, with my husband H. David Dowgin, as guests of Aunt
May and Uncle Ed Welch and enjoyed a two week visit with them
seeing former areas and abodes. Also visited El Valle. On Ash Wed-
nesday eve at the "Club" we all enjoyed a very pleasant gala evening
surrounded by many happy joyous people including many cousins and
aunts and uncles. Fortunately, a pollera was loaned to me by a cousin.
During the coming week we had a fishing expedition in the Pacific
Ocean. We were with Uncle Ed at the Helm. Our catch of red snapper
was both plentiful and beautiful despite the profession of ravenous
shark accompanying us expectantly. The feast we enjoyed at the
house after Jerry prepared the fish and Aunt May's beautiful dining
spread and memories of the sea going experience in the Pacific was
most gratefully appreciated.
We treasure all the experiences of a delightful, rewarding trip
and vacation. I thank all concerned for our delightful and rewarding
visit feted David and myself while a visitor in what I cherish more or
less as my Homeland!
Brother Peter F. Corrigan served in the Air Force as a Glider
Pilot transporting tanks and men in Holland-Belgium areas. Pete also
participated in Anzio Beach invasion in France. With his familiarity
with the French language, he helped other young men to communicate
with the residents even if for water, if not food! possibly assisted
in helping get food and shelter for others when needed. Among vari-
ous fortunate encounters with the French, Pete found a lovely, large
home ransacked and more or less deserted and eventually met mother
and daughter owners of the domicile, whose husband and father had
been taken away by the Germans.
Madame Vasseur and daughter, Aline were of great comfort for
Pete and the young soldiers both in South of France and Paris, where
Aline and her mother had an apartment.
When Pete did come home, he brought his lovely wife with him
and also pictures of the country home, a lovely place, and some views
of the "gentle people" of the area as the happy couple traversed the
streets for all of them to see and be glad for. Eventually, we learned
from Aline that elderly relatives of the Vasseur family had a relative
named DeLesseps of the Suez Canal fame!
Living now in Florida St. Petersburg with my husband, I
have happily re-met friends of my early life in the Canal Zone. Many
cousins too are here, and lately a girl chum, Ruth Jenkins, now Mrs.
William Bain, a lovely grandmother!
Mrs. Florence Mallett went down to the Canal Zone in 1908. Her
dad, A. L. Kerr was a conductor for the railroad. Mr. Kerr used a
motorcycle as a means of transportation. He had a Mexican Hairless
dog that he was so very proud of, as the dog was smart. The Kerrs
lived in Gatun and Cristobal and in 1914 moved to Balboa on Tavernilla
Florence has two children, Richard, known as a champion
swimmer, and Jean Wheeler; 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grand-
Lothrop H. Loring wishes to be remembered to the Old Timers.
He is now 94 years old and does enjoy the Canal Record.
Mr. Stuart Carkett, Memphis, TN You have honored me very
kindly as the 6th name on page 36 under "We Salute and Pay Honor to
The "Old Timers". However, my address has been incorrectly shown
as Memphis, Texas when it should have been Memphis, TENNES-
SEE. It would be nice if a correction could be run for which I would
very much appreciate.
May I say that even though I am a real "Old Timer" I still remem-
ber many of those who served on the Canal during my residence there
(1909-1916). I look forward to receiving each succeeding issue of the
Canal Record and enjoy reading it from cover to cover expecting
somehow to find some news about someone whom I knew on the Canal
60 or 70 years ago.. With best wishes to all the few "Old Timers"
left as well as to all of you "not so old ones".
In 1907 Edward Knapp (now deceased) took his family to live in
the Canal Zone during the construction days. As a matter of fact,
Anne [Mrs. Raymond Schneider], the youngest of the children, was
born in Panama. They lived in Old Corozal and Balboa where all the
children attended and graduated from the Balboa schools. Anne has
her father's Roosevelt Medal. Anne was a charter member of the Red,
White and Blue Swimming Troupe one of 22. Ted was not a
member, but holds many gold medals for his swimming champion-
ships. Some people may remember Herbert who worked on the Zone
until he left to start his own plumbing/contracting business in Panama
City. Theodore left in 1925 to attend Iowa State College and never did
return. He worked in the Balboa post office for about five years.
Mrs. Clark Thompson of Springfield writes that her husband
joined the Panama Canal crew as an electrical engineer in 1910 and
remained three years in construction and four more years in mainten-
ance working from Empire down the line to Ancon and Balboa. Their
first home was a four-family and their last was a cottage on the bank
above Culebra Cut. Mr. Thompson passed away eight years ago at
their home called San Francisco, a gorgeous old plantation home 32
miles up the Mississippi River from New Orleans on the historic River
Road. They restored San Francisco and kept it open to the public for
20 years. Mrs. Thompson expects to make the 1979 Reunion as one of
our distinguished "Old Timers" and bring along her oldest son, Clark
Jr., who was born on the Zone.
A DRYDOCK FOR "PEARL"
By Stanley Howard Willis
In 1938, the Panama Canal was in full swing getting ready for
who knew what, the Jap invasion, the fifth column, which was teem-
ing throughout South America and with Panama infested with Nip
and Kraut "business men", the Canal had a problem.
I was then a shipfitter first, at Balboa, CZ, and if you don't know
what a shipfitter is, he is like your Doctor; something wrong he is
there, with his little bag of tricks, to remedy same, and get the ship on
its way, to wherever.
Once you work on the Canal and are on the Pacific side, you are a
"native" and even the thought of going to Colon, was the equivalent of
going to Devils Island or the rain forests of some tropic country; it
always seems to be raining in Cristobal, Colon, the Atlantic side of the
Anyhoo, with great trepidation, Mr. Sterling, the major domo of
the Canal's mechanical division, told me, get with it, in Colon, and
there is a dry dock there, to be taken apart and brought on to Balboa,
for dry docking and re-assembly. Yeah man, sure, but no buts, get
on that choo choo and hit the dry dock.
Arriving in Cristobal, I was given a launch and crew and told to
go to the Coal Dock, and look this project over. Well, if you were told
to take a five story building apart, move it fifty miles, and re-assem-
ble, you have a vague idea as to what this monstrosity looked like.
Boarding, I was greeted by a full captain, a spit and polish gent
with Navy written all over the place. Entering this huge area, and it
was huge, size of a football stadium, I could just visualize poor old
Jonah when he awoke in the innards of the Whale. My first thoughts
were to heck with this, back to Broadway, but with a little study of the
blue prints that were in profusion topside, it didn't look too tough,
Efficient help has always been a problem on the Canal, as at this
and past times. NO one was even allowed to think of picking up a mall
or wrench unless he was on the Gold Roll (white, and 100% Ameri-
cano) as the Labor, mostly imported from Barbados, were just that,
Now, you must remember, that the width of the Locks, is just
around 50 or 52 feet, and this dock spanned on the beam, probably
100; so, the prints showed that the side walls were connected by steel
plates, about the size of a man, 6 or 7 feet, were 11/4 inches thick, and
secured to the two walls by 11/4" BOLTS. Great. Some fun, all you had
to do, was to get down twixt the walls, and unbolt, mark the plates,
for re-assembly on the Pacific end. At the time, air wrenches were
just coming to their potential value, and thus one big problem was
The next, was HOW do you get these three huge upright walls to
stand up for Canal Transit? NO dice, floating side-ways, so Mr.
Morgan, the master machinist, doped out the use of narrow Bargest
flat decked and supported by huge wooden beams. Thus, the three
pontoons would fit through the locks with no problems, and the transit
began. The biggest problem was in Culebra Cut, the tough slide area
in mid Canal, that has been a problem since 1915 when they had a slide
that closed the ditch for 7 months or so.
However, the crew and skipper, who had quarters top side, did
find it rather inconvenient when literally hundreds of snakes popped
out of the bush, landing all over the big side walls, and disrupting
things in general.
Finally, the entire project arrived at Balboa and with the blue
print and efficient Machine Division, the thing was put back in AA-1
shape and with a couple of seagoing tugs, the Navy crew and skipper,
was off to Pearl Harbor.
Now, if you see a re-run of the Pearl Harbor Raid, you might take
note that the very very first HIT, was on the S/ Shaw, a tin can (De-
stroyer) that was the Canal Drydocks first paying customer, and the
Shaw and drydock was the first bomb blasted target on the Pearl
Destroyer [Shaw] exploding in dry dock
PILOT REALIZES BOYHOOD DREAM
by Rey Minger
Condensed from a recent issue of the Star and Herald. A 32-year love
affair with flying describes Kenneth M. Jorgensen's years of effort
and patience to achieve a boyhood ambition. Jorgensen, resident of
Balboa and hydrologist with the Panama Canal Company, became in-
creasingly involved in his avocation from his first ride in 1945 to his
FAA rating in 1975.
Ken, who was born in Ancon in 1929, had his first real taste of fly-
ing at Paitilla Airport in 1945 when he logged an hour and a half in a
Piper Cub J-3. The Piper Cub was and still is the "basic trainer". A
tour in the Army Air Corp brought him in touch with airplanes again.
Ken enlisted in the CZ and took basic training at Howard Field. Later
he was stationed at Albrook Air Base where he spent some time as
crew chief on a "one of a kind" Boeing B-17 called The Swoose. The
Swoose was the personal aircraft of General Brett, a name familiar to
those who remember the Army Air Corps. Ken was aboard the plane
while the flight crew practiced touch-and-goes at Isle del Rey in the
Perlas Islands. Later as a member of the 20th Troop Command
Squadron, Ken took part in the Berlin airlift.
In 1952 Ken obtained an amateur radio license call letters KZ5KJ,
and then bought his first large boat the same year. In early 1974,
when several close acquaintances appeared with their pilot's licenses,
he was catalyzed into action.
Ken sold his fourth and last boat and bought an airplane. The
plane was a Beechcraft Bonanza a high performance aircraft with
retractable landing gear and variable-pitch propeller. The Bonanza
isn't recommended as a trainer, but Ken began his lesson in it, and
proceeded to work toward an FAA pilot's rating.
Ken recalled an especially exciting take off from Chitre, Panama.
He was on a solo cross-country flight one of several required as a
student. He had made an uneventful landing, had his log book signed
and was just off the ground on his way back to Gamboa, when his door
popped open. The vacuum created by the air rushing past the door
sucked several charts out of the cockpit.
He continued to climb while closing the door with one hand. The
man in the tower called just about the time the door popped open. He
wanted some input for a flight plan perfect timing. So with the radio
blaring, the wind roaring around the door, and the plane continuing to
climb, Ken worked methodically to resolve the problems one by one.
Ken said he imagined the guy in the tower must have looked
twice when he saw the charts and papers flying out of the cockpit.
In July of 1975 Ken completed his flight training and received his
pilot's rating. A year later he got his Airframe and Propulsion license
which entitles him to perform his own maintenance.
Ken's most memorable flight was a spur-of-the-moment trip to
see his mother in St. Petersburg, FL. He decided to take the shortest
route to Florida across the Carribean. After gathering all his
emergency provisions, life raft, vest, etc. he loaded up and set out.
In a small, general aviation aircraft, the pilot has to plan several
refueling stops. The usual route and the one Ken chose, is Panama to
San Andres Island, San Andres to Grand Caymen, and over Cuba to
Key West, FL.
On the first leg of his trip, the automatic pitch changing
mechanism on the propeller failed. This caused the engine speed to
vary a bit and be a nuisance. He repaired this in San Andres and made
a smooth flight to Grand Cayman where he prepared to fly over Cuba.
Cuba requires advance notice of ones plans to overfly, and specifies
that the pilot wait for acknowledgement and official permission. All
the pilot has to do then is contact Radio Havana as he approaches.
North of Cuba, Ken flew into ugly weather which forced him
down to 1200 feet. Suddenly he heard a knocking sound. When
something like that happens, you're just too busy to get scared you
get scared later when you have more time for it, Ken commented. The
noise turned out to be some charts caught between the seat and the
door. Vibration was causing them to rattle. On to Key West at 1200
feet off the deck, a beautiful landing, and a well deserved night's rest.
The next day, weather forced him to divert to Sarasota. Later
that afternoon he continued on to St. Petersburg. The end of a suc-
cessful single-engine, single-handed flight across the Carribean -
quite an accomplishment.
While in Florida, Ken found a twin-engine Cessna 310 airplane
which he traded in for the Bonanza. His only problem on the flight
home came when he inadvertently selected the wrong radio frequen-
cies for Radio Havana. He approached the Cuban coast twice, but had
to turn back because he couldn't raise the authorities. When he finally
got them, it was too late to go on so he turned back and crossed the
island the next day.
Ken has an interesting philosophy about over water flying. "I find
it very restful. You always know you're going to land if you're forced
down," he said.
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Mr. Howell Ware Atwell
Mr. Robert M. Barber
Mr. John K. Brayton
Mr. Michael J. Burza
Mr. Gregory P. Gramlich, Jr.
Mr. Fitz H. Grant
Mr. Haakon Hason
Mr. Robert Lord Holden
Mr. Walter Leandor Ilund
Mr. Ralph D. James
Mr. Albert Mc. Jenkins
Mr. Herschel N. Johnson
Mr. Lawrence J. Keegan
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Kosan
Mr. Arthur L. Logan, Jr.
Mr. John F. Martin
Mr. Fred Miller
Mr. Leigh C. Paulson
Mr. John M. Purvis
Mr. Robert L. Rankin
Mrs. C. Lucile Robison
Mr. Charles R. Salyer
Mr. Donald H. Secrest
Mr. John W. Urey
Mrs. Mary G. Urey
Mrs. Lillian M. Vogel
Mr. Robert A. Wainio
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Public Health 33
Port Captain, Balboa 26
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Administrative Services 36
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Director's Office 31
Executive Planning Staff 32
Q. During his campaign, Jimmy Carter stated very emphatically that if
he were elected President he would not relinquish control of the
Panama Canal. What were the exact words of that Campaign promise?
Mrs. E. R. B., Portland, Ore.
A. According to The Baltimore Sun of May 21, 1976, Carter said: "I will
never relinquish actual control of the Panama Canal by this country...
There is a need, however, to continue negotiating with Panama... for a
joint sharing of the Canal Zone."
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BELOW LISTED
MEMBERS AND TO ALL OTHER MEMBERS WHO WILL
Raymond and Viola Taylor celebrated their 60th Wedding Anni-
versary on Saturday, May 20, 1978 at their home: 2000 22nd Avenue,
The Camlu Apartments, Pasco, Washington 99301. Refreshments
were served in the dining room from two in the afternoon 'til four
fifteen, on Saturday. Their three children, Ralph, Roy and Ardys and
their families and other members of the Taylor clan enjoyed a family
dinner on Sunday, May 21st at the home of a granddaughter, Mrs.
Homer Boothe, 3719 W. Park Street, Pasco.
Mr. and Mrs. William Black of 1229 Pacific Avenue, Apartment 3,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404, will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary
on September 20th. They will be celebrating with their son, daughter-
in-law, and 2 grandchildren, the Blacks of 1017 Shadow Brook Drive,
San Jose, CA 95120.
Albert and Sallie McKeown celebrated their 50th Wedding Anni-
versary with a host of friends at a cocktail and dinner party at the
Sand Dollar Restaurant, St. Petersburg, Florida, on Friday, Septem-
ber 1st at six o'clock.
Barbara and Tom Coleman on their 60th Wedding Anniversary
The Joseph Paul Hawthornes on their 50th Wedding Anniversary
Frances and Andrew Whitlock on their 50th Wedding Anniversary
Marie and Fred Dube on their 43rd Wedding Anniversary
Dottie and Ernest Yocum on their 40th Wedding Anniversary
Petie and Carl Maedl on their 40th Wedding Anniversary
Catherine and Eddie File on their 30th Wedding Anniversary
Miss Marion Koperski and Steve E. Case were married April 30,
1978 at 1:00 P.M. at the Union Congregational Church in Avon Park,
Florida. A reception was held at the Koperski's summer home in Avon
Park. The young couple both are employed at Walt Disney World.
After a honeymoon in Hawaii they are at home at 7211 Lake Floy Cir-
cle, Orlando. Present at the wedding ceremony were: Parents of the
bridal couple, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Koperski of Miami, FL and Mrs.
Mary Case of Winter Haven; Marion's grandmother, Mrs. Ruth
Metzger, the brides' Uncle Bill Metzger and his daughter Debbie and
her great aunt Edythe Tebbets, all of Minneapolis; her Uncle Tom and
Marilyn Marsh from Oregon City; the brides' brother Robin, with his
wife Sara Jane and her brother Bill with his wife, Jean, from Miami.
Susan McCullough and James Lee Burk were married May 12,
1978 in judges chambers in the Sarasota County Courthouse. The
bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice L. McCullough of 3966
Breezemont Drive, Sarasota. The bridegroom is the son of James
Burk of Phoenix, AR and Detroit, Mich. and Mrs. Marilyn Burk of
Walled Lake, Mich.
Mary Ann Palmer of the Canal Zone was maid of honor and
Joseph McGee of Sarasota was best man.
After a wedding trip to Michigan, the couple will make their
home in Walled Lake, Mich.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Anthony Ressa [Christine Cartotto] of
Bellflower, CA, announce the birth of their second child, Stephen
Michael, on June 11, 1978. Stephen joins his brother, Vincent
Gregory, age 2. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Michael M.
Ressa of Spring Hill, FL. Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Joan R.
deGrummond, N. Hollywood, CA and the late Gregory George
Cartotto. Maternal great grandfather is Mr. Jack Ridge, Sr., of N.
Baby Boy, Keith Thomas, 6 lbs., 13 oz. was born July 12, 1978 to
Janet [Huson] and Russel T. Herrington of Tallahassee, FL. Grand-
parents are Elinor and Edward Huson of Tallahassee and Dot and Bob
Herrington of Clearwater, FL.
Louis and Wilma Engelke, Balboa, Canal Zone, are the proud
parents of their first child, Wilma Evelyn Engelke, born June 10,
1978, in Panama, Republic of Panama. Paternal grandparents of the
baby are Howard and Evelyn Engelke, Bentonville, Arkansas.
On June 16, 1978, Calvin M. Landrum III was born. He is the sec-
ond child of Mack and Sylvia Landrum, Jr. of .Gatun, Canal Zone.
Maternal grandparents are Karl and Fern Glass, Diamond City,
Kerry Beth Shrapnel was born June 8, 1978 to Mr. and Mrs.
Baron Shrapnel in Canberra, Australia, where Mr. Shrapnel is on the
teaching staff at the local school.
Paternal grandparents are Dr. and Mrs. Bliss C. Shrapnel of
Hawaii. Proud great grandmother is Mrs. Geneva B. Shrapnel of Seal
Beach, CA. Kerry Beth is the first girl in the Shrapnel family in two
generations. She has two brothers, Mark Baron, 10, and Michael Bliss,
Jerry and Doris Graham announce the birth of their second grand-
child, Alex Forman Graham, weight 7 lbs., 13 oz., born 11th of August
1978, in Knoxville, TN. Parents are Jerry and Sheila Graham, Jr. Jerry
is studying for his Master's degree at the University of Tennessee.
Jerry and Doris' second son, Ensign Edward Lee and his wife
Robie, gave the Graham's their first granddaughter, Natatie, born
December 1976, at Oklahoma City, where Lee was attending college.
Proud paternal great-grandparents of these two babies are
Mariam and Perc Graham.
Mr. and Mrs. Russell E. Hockin (Marianna Field) of Liverpool,
New York announce the birth of their third son, Garrett Thomas, on
August 3rd. Garrett joins brothers Jaime, 5, and Ryan, 3. The maternal
grandparents are Mr. Cy Field and the late Genevieve Field of New
Port Richey, FL. Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell
Hockin of Pt. Pleasant, NJ.
We had 194 delinquent members at press time. Our society was
organized to preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships. It
is my belief that our Society should grow bigger and better since the
Canal Treaty has been signed. If you should know a former member
who did not pay their dues, please encourage them to do so and also
contact your friends to join the society. We must keep in touch. It is
only at our Society Reunions that a stranger looking in will say "Who
are those people? Everyone seems to know everybody."
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We announce tye beatls of tle following:
Mr. John J. Alexaitis, Jr., member, 44, of 5420 26th Street South,
St. Petersburg, passed away June 28, 1978. Jack was the son of Alice
Gillespie and Dr. John J. Alexaitis, a quaratine doctor on the Atlantic
side of the Isthmus for many years. John retired on disability, 19 March
1976 with 23 years service from the Canal as Lock Operator. He was a
member of the Elks Club No. 1542 and a veteran of the Korean conflict.
Survivors include his widow Shirley Karst; two sons, John J. Jr. and
Paul F., and a daughter Sheri L. Alexaitis, all of St. Petersburg; four
sisters, Frances, Puerto Rico, and Cecilia, Lucy and Ursula, all of
Mr. Harold A. Bailey of Calimesa, CA died on February 27, 1978 after
a brief illness. He worked for the Cristobal Division of the United Fruit
Company for over 30 years as Pier Superintendent and was well known
and had many friends with the Canal and Steamship companies. His
widow Gladys and a daughter Naomi, also of California, survive.
Word has been received from the sister of Mrs. Bertha M.
Brennan, member, passed away suddenly the morning of 25 July 1978,
at her residence in Covington, LA.
Mrs. Ella Irene Brown, member, who lived in the Canal Zone for
many years, passed away May 28, 1978 in Rockledge, FL. Ella lived in
St. Petersburg for 18 years prior to moving to Cocoa Beach. She was a
member of the Orange Blossom Rebekah Lodge No. 5, Pinellas Park
Chapter 234 OES, Past Noble Grands Association District 12 of Florida,
Past Matrons Association of Florida and Coral Palm Chapter OES No.
23, Cristobal, CZ. Survivors include a daughter Doris LaQuire of Cocoa
Mr. George H. Cassell of Redondo Beach, CA died on 11 June 1978,
just a few days before his 85th birthday. He was a gentle man and we
"old timers" will remember him as our Quartermaster in the Canal
Zone. He retired from the Panama Canal in 1953 with 41 years service
and made his home in California. He was President of the Panama Canal
Society of Southern California in 1956 and at the time of his demise was
a Honorary member of their Board of Governors. He is survived by his
widow, Virginia Townsend Cassell of 422 Miramar Drive, Redondo
Beach, CA 90277, and his sister, Mrs. Robert Hanson (Doris) of
Mr. Walter Stephen Cassidy, 57, was killed in an auto accident
recently, which left his wife in a critical condition. He is survived by two
children, Walter Leland Cassidy, II, and Kathleen; one grandson; his
mother, Nettie E. Bertrand; four sisters, Lynn Huffer, Mildred Johns,
Maggie Pollock and Yvonne Cassidy.
Mr. Shepard S. Clark, member, of Shelter Island, NY passed away
11 March 1978. Mr. Clark taught business and accounting at the Canal
Zone Junior College, Balboa. He is survived by his widow, Evelyn; two
daughters, Karen and Elaine and two brothers.
Mr. Donald Elma Dent, member, of Bon Air Retirement Hotel,
Augusta, GA died 14 June 1978. A native of Grove Park, FL, Mr. Dent
retired from the Panama Canal as an accountant. He and Mrs. Dent
members of our society, attended many reunions in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Delia Steele Dent of Augusta is the only known survivor.
Mr. Gayle G. Fortner, member, 51, of Orange City, FL passed
away on July 18 in Seminole Memorial Hospital, Sanford, FL after a
short illness. He retired from the Police Division, CA, in July 1977.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Wm. C. Wittmer, Orange
City United Methodist Church and Rev. John A. Toth, formerly of
Gatun, CZ. He is survived by his wife Mavis; a son Kenneth G. of
Chesapeake, VA; one granddaughter; and a brother, Laurence T.
Fortner of Pembroke Pines, FL.
Mrs. Jessie G. Harris, member, 79, of Dothan, AL, passed away 22
June 1978. Mrs. Harris lived in the Canal Zone from 1940 to 1959 at
which time she moved to St. Petersburg, FL. She was an active
volunteer of the RSVP of the Southeast Alabama Medical Center and
was a member of the Panama Canal Society of Dothan. She was also a
member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Orchid Chapter I of Balboa,
CZ. Survivors include one son, Gardner R. of Dothan; one sister, Mrs.
Lyla M. Esler, St. Petersburg Beach; three grandsons, Marshall L.,
Harris, Margarita, CZ, John R. Harris and Michael G. Harris, Dothan.
Word has been received that Mr. Roy Knoop, a former resident of
the Canal Zone, died 11 June 1978 in Troy, OH. The survivors are two
sons, Roy Edwin of the Canal Zone and Robert of Kirkland, WA.
Mr. Simon B. Mansberg, member, 76, of Lafayette, LA, passed
away 19 May 1978. He was a longtime resident of the Panama Canal
Zone and resided in Lafayette for the past 13 years. He graduated in
1924 from Tulane University School of Architecture. For the past six
years, he held partnership with Architect and Associates Inc. of
Lafayette. Si has been the oldest practicing architect in southwest
Louisiana. He was also an active member of the Lafayette Lions Club.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Lois Aspeden Mansberg and one brother,
E. N. Mansberg of New Orleans.
Mr. Francis H. O'Connell of Calle 3, A 5-7, 3rd St., Heredia, Costa
Rica, passed away recently. Francis retired from the Panama Canal as a
Heavy Equipment Operator 21 years ago. He was attached to a
Construction Battalion during WWII and was a member of the
American Legion Post 10 of San Jose, Costa Rica. He is survived by his
wife, Abigail, of the same address.
John W. Purvis, member, 69, of Strasburg, VA died Thursday,
July 13, 1978 in Strasburg. Funeral Services were held at Stover
Memorial Chapel with the Rev. John K. Underwood officiating. Grave-
side services by Spurmont Lodge NO. 98, A.F.&A.M. were conducted
at Riverview Cemetery.
Mr. Purvis, born August 29, 1908, son of the late Joseph Willard
and Effie Rae Fisher Purvis, was married to the late Clara Huber
Purvis. He was retired from the Grounds Maintenance Branch of the
Community Services Division, Pacific Side in 1969.
Mr. Purvis served in the Construction Battalion, USN in WWII;
was a member of Strasburg Moose Lodge No. 403; Spurmont Lodge No.
98, A.F.&A.M.; Blue Ridge Shrine Club, ACCA Temple in Richmond;
American Post 77, Strasburg; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ancon, CZ;
and Army Lodge A.F.&A.M., Balboa, CZ. He was a 32nd degree Mason.
Mrs. Marjorie Widell Rathbone, 43, passed away in Tampa, FL re-
cently. She was a native of West Palm Beach and was a teacher.
Marjorie spent four years in the Canal Zone while she was in college and
visited her parents, Judge and Mrs. Carl A. Widell, now of Tampa.
Other than her parents, she is survived by a son, William A. Rathbone,
Jr., two daughters, Nancy Ann and Susan Waren Rathbone all of Ponte
Vedra Beach; two brothers, LTC Carl A. Widell, Jr., Oklahoma City,
OK and Dr. Robert W. Widell, Auburn, AL; sister, Mrs. Barbara W.
Hopkins, Tampa; several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Robert H. "Bob" Rathgeber, member, 60, died suddenly on 22
May 1978 at his home in Houston, TX. Bob was born in Ancon, Canal
Zone, and was employed by the Terminal Division until his retirement
in February 1971 when he and his family moved to Houston. Bob was a
member of Darien Lodge and Elks Lodge 1414 on the Canal Zone. He is
survived by his wife, Betty Morrison; daughter Susan Rae; sons Robert
H., Jr. and John E., and four grandchildren living in Houston. Brothers
Jack E., Edward and sister Norine Lucas living in New Jersey; sister
Bernice Jackson of Des Plaines, IL and Margaret Ruoff of the Canal
Zone and Louise Hunt of Dothan, AL.
Mrs. Ruth Breneman Reese, member, 72, passed away 23 July
1978 in Camp Springs, MD. Ruth was the daughter of a Roosevelt
Medal holder and wife of Lawrence Reese (Bugs). She worked in the
Administration Building for a time. Ruth spent most of her life in the
Canal Zone and Volcan until moving to Wilcox and Kane, PA. She is
survived by her sister, Laura Mohr, Wilcox, PA; cousin, Helen
McGoldrich of Palm Harbor, FL and a niece (Louie Sommer's
daughter), Virginia Mrs. Jessie Moorefield of 5611 Lansing Dr.,
Camp Springs, MD 20031, with whom she spent the last year of her life.
Mr. George F. Reichel, Jr., 61, Whitehall, MI, passed away 9 July
1978. He served in the US Navy and Merchant Marines until 1952 when
he joined the Canal forces as a Dredge engineer out of Gamboa and later
moved to Balboa where he worked as a chief engineer on the tugs. He
retired in May 1976 with 24 years service with the Panama Canal. He
travelled extensively and made a trip back to the CZ via Central
America where he took too ill to return home without help. He is
survived by his two daughters, Mrs. Jack Allison (Jerry) of Suffolk, VA
and Mrs. Robert J. Slagle (Irene) of Muskegon, MI; two sons, Alan C.
Reichel, US Air Force of Fayetteville, NC and George F. Reichel, Jr.,
US Navy, Portsmouth, VA; two sisters and one brother.
Mr. Henry Schuber, member, of Keystone Heights, FL passed
away 2 May 1978.
Mr. Wilton Thomas Strickland, member, expired 3 July 1978 in
Tampa, FL. Wilton retired 26 June 1973 from the Motor Transporta-
tion Division in the Canal Zone with over 29 years service. Survivors
include his widow, Ninfa E. Strickland of Tampa.
Mr. William S. Walston, member, 65, died on 19 June 1978 in
Concord, CA, after a brief illness. He was born in Ancon, CZ and retired
in 1968 after 34 years service with the Police and Dredging Divisions.
He is survived by his wife, Myra Davis Walston of Concord; two sisters,
Rubio Suddaby of St. Petersburg, FL, Melba Ludford of Norfolk, VA;
two daughters, Laura Sanders of Benicia, CA, Leilani Collins of Quarry
Heights, CA; and three grandchildren, Randy and Elizabeth Sanders
and Myra Collins.
Mr. John E. Weir, of 4155 London Road, Jacksonville, FL, passed
away 2 July 1978. He was a native of the Panama Canal Zone and had
resided in Jacksonville for the past 12 years. He had been manager of
the Mayflower Hotel. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Lee Weir;
two daughters, Patricia Ann Adams and Laura Jean Rapsomanikis; a
step-daughter, Camille Daniels; two sons, James Edward Weir, and
John E. Weir, Jr.; a step-son, James E. Hardee; and two brothers,
James and Kenneth Weir.
Mr. Robert W. White, 78, passed away suddenly on 6 July 1978 in
Henderson, NC. Bob, as he was known by his many friends in the Canal
Zone from 1925 to 1955 when he retired from the Mount Hope Oil
Handling Plant. He was a meat cutter for the Commissary Division for
the first almost twenty years he was in the Zone, and was most
instrumental in the start-up of the Delicatessen Section there. The
Whites went to Grand Rapids, MI from Panama, and resided there for
about a year when they moved to Pensacola, FL where he opened a
Seafood Market and Delicatesssen while Jo went back to work for the
Navy. After he retired, they moved to Virginia Beach, VA for a couple
years and then to Henderson, NC, where they have lived for the past 15
years. He is survived by his wife, Josephine and daughters, Mary W.
Holtzclaw of Henderson, and Anna W. Tuthill of Orlando, FL; six
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Walter J. Wilkinson, 76, passed away 21 May 1978 in
California. He retired from the Panama Canal Zone and resided in St.
Petersburg for many years. Survivors are his daughter, Rita Faye
Dempster, Yorba Linda, CA; son, F. E. Wilkinson, New Mexico, and
several grandchildren. Memorial Services were conducted by Veterans
World War I, Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Petersburg 27 June 1978.
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them. **
THE TOUCH OF
HIS WONDERFUL HANDS
How blest to know He who created
Each rose and each new budding tree,
In loving compassion has said,
"My grace is sufficient for thee!"
Whatever the heartache or sorrow,
How good to know God understands,
And that there's new hope for tomorrow
In the touch of His wonderful hands!
jew8 Btow .
R. G. [Bob] Worsley Conditions in Panama have eased up since
the signing of the treaty. Many things can happen during the next
fifteen or twenty years. My company is registered and operating in
Panama, so we will not be affected. We are very busy now. Larry
Layman, Linda, and their two boys are moving to San Diego in June,
where Larry will become associated with the Customs Bureau in that
port, by transfer from the Canal Zone Customs. Linda is daughter of
Jack and Matt Clarke. Larry has been leader in civic and athletic
activities for a long time. Union Church is going strong, with the best
program in its history, good leadership and fine attendance. The same
can be said about Scouting here in the Canal Zone. We are expecting
one of our former fine leaders, Red Townsend, for a visit and check up
on our Scouting program. Many people are leaving for new positions
- I am wondering if they would not be better off to remain here under
the favorable housing and working conditions.
Taken from Dr. William H. Beeby's Missionary Letter Service of
30 March 1978 in part Imagine our surprise in San Diego when
Dottie and Ken called from the Canal Zone saying, "You just can't
miss the parties for the Beeby's you've got to be in on them." "Al-
right, send us our entry permits we'll come down on Thursday."
Just to inform the Hampton's that we'd be going, we called Bill and
Imo in Houston. With that, Bill and Imo said, "Well, we'll come down
A Tuesday evening Despedida in early March at the Amador
Officer's Club had over 300 people from the churches and community
turn out for a buffet. It was a testimony of the extent of the outreach
of 32 years of ministry of the missions radio and church work of all the
different language groups and races. Few farewells ever gather 26
preachers to Despedida that is not sponsored by a preachers organiza-
tion. The San Blas pastors lead a special recognition providing a gift
for Pastor Beeby. The Chinese Mission, the Panama Baptist Conven-
tion, the West Indian Missions and nine churches had recognition for
the Beebys. The big event of course was the Church Dinner with 300
in attendance. This was held immediately following the Sunday morn-
ing worship service in the Activities Building. What beautifully
decorated tables large spring-colored paper flowers made by ladies
of the church were placed on multi colored tablecloths. Ricardo Lay
spoke on Pastor's HOXO work, Jim Kennedy reminisced on the vari-
ous building and refurbishing jobs completed while Pastor and Jean
have served at First Baptist. Fred Lee was master of ceremonies for
the gathering. Pastor and Jean wore their new montuna and montuno
outfits for the occasion. These were gifts from Jean's Bible Study
Group and Pastor's Sunday School Class. The church presented them
with an original pen and ink drawing of Balboa Heights First Baptist
Church. Along the side of the room there was a large framed bulletin
board on which there were pictures depicting the early years of both
Pastor and Jean, Pastor's college years and early ministry, his years
in New Guinea as a Chaplain during the war, early family pictures of
their children, and then their years with us from 1946 through 1978.
Dottie Manthorne and Jackie Ward were responsible for this display
under the careful supervision of LaLa Christopher.
"The Old Chagres River" to the tune of "Red River Valley" was
sung by the Good News Singers and a farewell song to the tune of
"Aloha" was sung by all present, as leis were placed around the necks
of the Beebys. The words to both songs, appropriate to the Beebys,
were written by LaLa Christopher and Charlotte Wilson.
A three day trip to Boquete and the Volcan with Pastor and Jean
was another highlight for Art and I. Pastor was making one last trip
to the missions near the Costa Rican border.
Mrs. Arthur Cotton
AILIGANDI HOME REFURBISHED Mrs. Lonnie Iglesias has
gone out of retirement and moved back to her home in Ailigandi, San
Bias to encourage and assist in the work of the island. Rev. Milton
Morris is overall director of the San Bias work.
Jack and Joan deGrummond, Balboa We're visiting my three
brothers, Vince, Pat and Elbert in the Canal Zone since 26 June. My
dad is doing well, and enjoying his visit with his cousins in Pittsburgh,
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan held election of officers for
the year 1978-1979 at their June 14th meeting.
President ........................ Dr. Russell E. Pierson
Vice President .......................... Charles Belden
Sect.-Treasurer ....................... Catherine W. Filo
June 22nd was a day of sorrow for the members of our Society as
Mrs. Jessie Harris passed away after a month's illness. (See obituar-
ies) She will be greatly missed by all of us and at the Southeast
General Hospital where she did volunteer work two days a week. Our
sincere condolence to the Harris family.
Dothan is abounding with grandchildren of the Canal Zone retir-
ees. This was evident when Frances and Lee Sampsell held a no-host
swimming party at their home on the 4th of July. There were about 65
present. I never saw so many children.
Pat [Janssen] Beck and two of her three children are now visiting
with Maggie and Johnny Janssen. She will be joined by her husband,
Maj. Rex E. Beck, Jr. and son Sean about the 1st of August. Gene will
be stationed at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. This will please Maggie and
John as they will be one and a half hours away.
Jack and Margaret Hern had their son Dick and daughter-in-law
Ruth for a visit. They also have son Jack and daughter-in-law Fran
with their children Johnny and Mitch. Johnny is in the future Masters
of America Golf Tournament. We wish him good luck.
Berniece and John Deming had their son Billy and wife Annette
[Violette] and son John, wife Karen (Schmidt) and their two children
for a week's visit. We enjoyed having them here. They were enter-
tained by the Beldens, Janssens and Filos.
Dr. Russell Pierson and his mother, Florence, had Billy, Frieda
and family for a visit. They bought a home here in Dothan but are not
ready for retirement as yet.
Catherine and Eddie Filo celebrated their 30th wedding anniver-
sary with a party at their home. There were about 75 present. Katie
(Filo) and her family from Houma, Louisiana came for the occasion.
We wish to welcome the following families to Dothan: John and
Flossie Fallon and children who moved from Georgia, Mrs. Dorothy
Beauchamp who moved from Miami, FL and Mrs. Richard Patton
(Mildred) who will be moving in August. She formerly lived in
Dunnellon, FL. We are very happy to have you here with us.
Last but not least we wish to thank the reunion committee for a
job well done. Those of us who went had a great time and we would
not have missed it for the world. We are all anxiously awaiting the
Catherine W. Filo
Bud and Betty Balcer were visited by their daughter and
son-in-law, Susan and Norm Pederson, of Balboa, CZ. Norm stayed
only a week before continuing to visit his parents in Florida; Susan,
recuperating from a period of illness, stayed over for two months.
Norm liked the area, and while here, visited with Pete Warner,
Rogers, AR. Susan and her parents enjoyed her stay immensely. They
went to Shreveport, Louisiana, over Memorial Day weekend to see
Susan's brother, Paul Rhoads and his wife, Melissa. Prior to her
arrival in Arkansas, Susan had been to a hospital in Houston, Texas,
for possible heart surgery; fortunately none was necessary. She left
Arkansas in mid-June to visit Norm's folks for a couple of days before
Bill and Charlotte McCue have moved from their very comfort-
able, but traffic-bound, home on Hiway 71 and are now in a new home
at 1212 N.E. 10th Street, Bentonville, AR, 72712.
Howard and Evelyn Engelke took trips to Spring Valley and
Chicago, Illinois, and Silver Spring, Maryland. In Chicago, they
attended a 3-day AOAI (Amateur Organists Association Internation-
al) Convention at the Hyatt-Regency Hotel, where they enjoyed
concerts by many of our country's top organists. It was a wonderful
experience, and one which they hope to repeat in the future. After
Chicago, they visited for about two weeks with daughter Judy
Montanaro and family in Silver Spring, and later attended the high
school graduation of their niece, Kathleen Elmendorf, from St. Bede's
Academy in Spring Valley. Kathleen is the daughter of William El-
mendorf and Frances Dwyer Abraham.
Carl and Helen Newhard's visitors over the Fourth of July were
from Ohio son Sam, wife Ann, and three daughters, Carolyn (9),
Nancy (6), and Wendy (3). The Springdale, AR, rodeo was a highlight
the whole family enjoyed. Leonard and Ruth Scranton, of Pascagoula,
Mississippi (he was with the Industrial Division, CZ) stopped for an
impromptu visit with the Newhards en route from a northward trip.
The Terrells were called to join them and all enjoyed renewing ac-
Glynn and Etta Faye Terrell attended a Terrell reunion in Pren-
tiss, Mississippi in June. From there, they went to New Orleans to
visit daughter Andrea and her husband Paul Oliver for a week. The
Terrells and Olivers vacationed together at Grand Isle during the
visit. Back home again, Glynn has been gardening, Etta Faye canning
and freezing (though sometimes the labors overlap).
June and July were family months for Bruce and Dorothy
Sanders. "Mom" (Grace [Aloise] Sanders), accompanied by Fred and
Lolly (Edith Sanders) Diaz, all of Cary, North Carolina, and Bill and
Bernice (Sanders) Hill, of Aiken, South Carolina, were first to arrive
for an all-too-short week's visit. A two-car motorcade carried all to
Branson, Missouri, to take in "Shepherd of the Hills" outdoor theater
and "Silver Dollar City" nineteenth century activities. Grandson Doug
Sanders, recently graduated from Balboa High School, motorcycle
from San Diego a few days before his parents, Sandy and Bruce
Sanders, HI, and younger brother, Curt, arrived from Balboa for their
biennial vacation visit. The pontoon boat Las Cruces II was busily
engaged carrying the several sets of the Clan Sanders in and around
Beaver Lake. While the fishing was in no way productive, the sight-
seeing and swimming was great, and so all had a good time. In early
August, Gaddis and Bryle Wall of St. Pete, Florida, signed the
Sanders' guest register, and were indoctrinated in the virtues of NW
Ark retirement in general, and Bentonville in particular.
Harold and Gerry Harp, of Balboa, CZ, have bought a home in
Bentonville, preparatory to eventual Stateside retirement. The Harps
and their four teenage children have toured a bit of the north central
US this summer in the camper they acquired in Georgia.
The grandsons of Walter and Addie Coclasure have become very
active Rogers citizens. Danny and Freddy Coclasure are both engaged
in baseball leagues, summer school courses, and vacation travels with
their grandparents. The Coclasures have a fine place for visiting, and
extend a blanket invitation to Canal Zone friends who are just coming
through or are looking for a place to establish a home.
Jerry and Pat Detamore, following Jerry's retirement a few
months ago, spent a leisurely two months touring Central America in
their pick-up camper, and another month ambling from west coast,
US, to Georgia, where youngest daughter, Cathie, and her husband
Jerry Denton, and small granddaughter, Heidi, have a home. In July,
the Detamores bought a fifth-wheeler trailer (in Missouri) and for an
indeterminate time, plan to enjoy retirement and make their home
wherever the trailer and personal whim take them. Meanwhile, their
mailing address is P.O. Box 384, Ellenwood, Georgia 30049.
Pete and Sue Warner report that son Stuart G. R. Warner has
again made the Dean's List at Arizona State University, Tempe,
Arizona, and will receive his BA in January 1979. Visitors Max and
Bernice Finley stopped in on their return to Fairhope, Alabama from a
trip to visit relatives in Kansas, and Fernando and Ann Martinez and
four children of Balboa, CZ, also paused for an overnight visit en route
eastward from a stay with relatives in Oklahoma.
Beulah Smithson drove to New Mexico in June for some sight-
seeing, and while there, visited Lola O'Daniel in Albequerque.
In July, Carl and Petie Maedl visited with their daughters, Pat
Krough and Pam Gutowski, their husbands, and the six grandchildren
in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Gutowskis drove out from Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, for the reunion, and to help celebrate the Maedls
fortieth wedding anniversary.
Harry Butz maintains the neatest, most prolific garden to be
hoped for. He is aided by daughter Esther Butz whose primary
interests are along the lines of landscaping, commercial art, engineer-
ing drafting, and most recently, the French horn. Lee Butz spent a
month in the east visiting her mother in response to an emergency
call, and at age 96, her mother has recovered from her illness and is
playing duets, Scrabble, and solitaire with gusto!
Peter Butz, wife Janice, and three boys drove east in July to visit
Grandmother Wonderly and other relatives. They also did some
sightseeing, taking in Niagara Falls, Washington, DC, etc.
Tom and Georgette Robertson's children and grandchildren
visited them for the Fourth of July son Tom Robertson, Jr., and
daughter Pam and her husband, Bernie Malcuit, and their five
children. All the kids, big and little, went to the Springdale Rodeo, one
of the biggies of such events, during the visits. Tom, Sr., recently
completed a stint as Project Manager for the office expansion of
Moore Company in Springdale. Grace and Joe Irving visited the
Robertsons in time to accompany them to the area's annual picnic of
former Zonians (and visiting Zonians) in June.
Earl and Maxine Wrenn report that they had a wonderful time in
St. Pete at the reunion. And then in May, Jimmy and Joan Collins
stopped by for three days on their way to their son's graduation in
Missouri. In June, the Van Horns came up from Hot Springs to
accompany them to the PC picnic.
Andrew and Frances Whitlock have celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary and celebrated and celebrated! Son Paul
Whitlock, Chief of Dredging Divison in the Canal Zone, visited his
parents in the latter part of June. Daughter Andrea Lee Collins flew
in from her home in St. Louis, Missouri, at the same time. Andrea
again visited in July, and arranged a family get-together to celebrate
the Whitlock's anniversary a little early because of Andrea's
business commitments at home. Daughter Jacqueline Stringer un-
fortunately couldn't make it because of her business complications.
Frances' aunt, Mattie Bates Wieman, gave her a surprise party to
celebrate the happy 50th at the Old Wire Road Kaffee Klatch weekly
meeting. And friends and other clubs' members gave the Whitlocks
another surprise party while Andrea was here to help celebrate.
Fiftieth anniversaries are becoming traditional in the family: Frances'
grandparents, William F. and Mattie J. Morrison celebrated their
50th wedding anniversary in the Canal Zone; her parents, Walter G.
and Nannie Brown, observed theirs in 1954 in Fayetteville. Andrew
and Frances are both healthy and obviously happy. Andrew has been
persistent in raising vegetables and fishing, despite this summer's
Bates Wieman went to Seminole, Florida in June to be with her
son, Fred Huldtquist, following his heart attack. She reports that Fred
is recovering well. Granddaughter, Nancy Huldtquist Whalen, with
her two children, visited in Fayetteville for the Fourth of July. Later
in the month, Nancy and the children accompanied her husband John
Whalen, employed with the Caterpillar Company, from their home in
Eureka, Illinois, to Hong Kong, China for a three-to-five year stay.
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Ernest and Lois Van Horn have finally settled in their new home.
Their first CZ visitors were Maurice and Harriett Teawinkle, who
now reside in Spokane, Washington. Bill Henderson and family, of
Gamboa, CZ, later stopped in for a visit. The Van Horns were pleased
to renew some old acquaintances at the June picnic of the PanCanal
Society in Fayetteville, which they attended while they were guests
of Earl and Maxine Wrenn. Ernest and Lois extend an invitation to all
their CZ friends to stop by when in the Hot Springs area.
Diamond City, Arkansas
Bill and Margaret Hicks, formerly of Gamboa, CZ, and retired as
of Dec. 31, 1977, are now living in their new home on Bull Shoals Lake,
and loving it. Their next-door neighbors are Karl and Fern Glass, so
they are very much "at home".
Ralph and Marie Shuey are spending the summer visiting Marie's
family in Germany.
Ray and Marie Shuey are doing their States-wide traveling this
year in a new minihome which is a gem of convenience and comfort.
Norine H. Kaufer, San Jose I had a nice trip to Minot, ND to
see my granddaughter Sandra Kaufer Severson, her husband Tim and
my first great-grandson. Then on to Toronto, Canada to see old
friends of mine, the Sibberts who used to live in Redwood City, CA.
Nancy K. Leach, my youngest daughter of Burlingame, CA had her
old school friend, Dr. Frances Wong Peters and her husband and two
children for dinner, July 2nd. During the afternoon Jim Sullivan of
Mateo came by with Pat and Dan Nellis (Pat Rudge) up from Panama,
and their family. Not even planned, there were five members of the
Class of 1951, Cristobal High School there Nancy, Frances, Jimmie
S., Pat and Dan Nellis. Lots of fun!
Ruth Straus, Burbank Formerly a resident of St. Petersburg,
returned home in early May from a visit with her daughter Ida and
son-in-law John and granddaughter Lara. I went to Washington, DC
with friends from Latter Day Saints of St. Pete on a chartered bus to
visit the new temple. It was beautiful both the landscape and the
building. Since I am Mormon I did work while there. John was in an
automobile accident and was hospitalized 3 weeks with 2 broken bones
in hip and knee. Then John spent 2 weeks at home recuperating and is
getting around fairly well. Attended the reunion at Ramada Inn with
daughter, Ida. There was much laughter in the air all around us, but
sadness in our hearts to hear about "the Panama Canal deal". What
will we give away next.
David LeRoy Smith, Los Angeles Martin Seiler is improving, I
am happy to report. Of course "Flo" is really busy as a nurse and an
official secretary has not been elected (or drafted)! What a wonderful
gang this P.C. Society gang are! We are all trying to get letters and
reservations out, but for all the work, we manage to have a good time
just being together!
Joan and Jack deGrummond are still in Panama but will be back
for our luncheon in August. We do hope to have our Secretary and a
Treasurer before but that remains to be seen.
The only news I have is a report on W. Van Underwood as his
wife, Mary Kaye called me. He is in the St. Frances Hospital in
Lynwood, CA. He is a life member of the Ancon Masonic Order, and
would like to hear from some-of his Masonic Brothers.
Today has been a most enjoyable day at the home of Bill and
Katherine Quinn in Palos Verdes. The gang that Bill has in the letter
showed up and all ask me what I'm doing when I tell them, one and
all send their best wishes and greetings! Thanks again for the won-
Greetings From Your President
I am deeply honored to be selected for the presidency and to be
included in the list of people that have come before me. As with any
job of leadership, much credit must be given to those who do the work
of keeping track of income and expenses, membership, newsletter,
luncheon arrangements, etc. Recently, I have come to see first hand
the magnitude of the secretary-treasurer job. Except for the support
of some enthusiastic and able people, I felt I had the whole load. David
Smith, Roy Ballard, Thelma Reppe, Hedvig Seedborg, Francis and
Joan Fitzpatrick, Paul and Mildred Kline all jumped in to help get this
letter and luncheon reservations out.
The jobs of secretary-treasurer and vice president are open.
During the next luncheon, Aug. 13, 1978, the floor will be opened to
nominations for the offices. A letter from Florence Seiler, following,
will explain the circumstances. I ask each one to have in mind someone
to nominate. I would also like you to consider a separate newsletter
publisher job to relieve the secretary-treasurer from this burden.
Please notice that Roy Ballard has agreed to handle the luncheon
reservations. Send the slips to him, not to Joan deGrummond.
Welcome New Members
As of this writing, few new applications are in my hands. I'm sure
that more will be with us on the day of the luncheon, and I will an-
nounce the names at that time.
Mrs. Linda W. Wier of 15163 Sherman Way, Apt. 6, Van Nuys, CA
91406. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Marion B. Woodruff (Elsie
Lawyer), BHS and CZJC Grad. living in California since Jan.
Mrs. Fred C. McKelvey [Louise McLaughlin] of 962 Franklin St.,
Santa Monica, CA 90403, Tel. (213) 828-3600. Lived in Culebra,
Corozal, and Ancon 1907-1918.
Jack C. Clay of 45532 Cedar, Lancaster, CA 93534, Tel. (805) 942-9742.
Lived in Cristobal 1924 to 1950, was a machinist in the mechanical
div. Jack is a renewed member, and we have seen him at most of
the past activities. Welcome, Jack!
Inquiries for membership were received on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Al.
S. Zon of 2590 Neptune Place, Port Hueheme, CA 93041, and Mrs.
Change of Addresses
Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Dill
1380 West Florida, Space 36
Hemet, CA 90740 Tel. (714) 652-4734
Mrs. J. J. Reccia (Carmela "Millie")
25162 Charlimda Drive, Apt. J-139
Mission Viejo, CA 92675 Tel. (714) 770-8125
Mrs. Donald E. Judson (Evelyn A.)
1510 San Luis
Green Valley, Ariz. 85614 Tel. (602) 625-1402
Mrs. Grace Brown left on June 12th for a vacation visit with her
daughter and son-in-law, Bobbi and Fred Whipple of Medford, Ore-
After all these many years I finally made it to the Florida reunion!
It was all and more than I had anticipated! Martin and I left Los
Angeles on April 24th and returned to Laguna Hills on May 28th. In
St. Petersburg we were guests of Almena McCoy (written up in a re-
cent issue as "The Doll Lady"). We found one bedroom filled with re-
conditioned dolls her pet charity project. We visited briefly with
Shirley Price and Bess Calloway in the Orlando Towers. We were
overnight guests of Helen Bellinger, former Gorgas Hospital Nurse
who recently moved from Laguna Hills to a beautiful new home in
New Smyrna Beach. Helen would love to see any former Canal Zone
friends. We had lunch in Maitland with Dolly Grey (Fifteenth Naval
District). We visited Ed Light in St. Petersburg, watched a ball game
on T.V. with him and then enjoyed a delicious home cooked split pea
soup dinner. At the reunion we renewed friendships with people
whom we hadn't seen for twenty years and learned later that there
were others there whom we would loved to have seen.
In the Fort Lauderdale area we were luncheon and happy hour
guests of Barbara Hutchings, visited Armella and Byrne Hutchnip and
were luncheon guests of Amelia Hunter. Another day we drove to
Deerfield Beach to see my former Cristobal neighbor, Ethel Compton,
peppy as ever. We enjoyed a bus tour to Key West and a part-way
cruise to Nassau air conditioning units not working forced us to
head back to Miami, where we just missed a hurricane.
Besides visiting with relatives along the way, we attended a large
family reunion of the Seller Clan in Baltimore. We went by bus to
Watsontown, Pennsylvania and the beautiful surrounding country
area where we visited many of Martin's cousins and he relived child-
hood memories. I think I now have all of Martin's relatives properly
identified. We ended our vacation on a very happy note before our
flight back to Los Angeles. With Martin's sister, Dorothy Coll, who
spent a year on the Zone, and her husband of East Brunswick, New
Jersey, we went to New York to see the Rockettes and the award
winning stage play "Annie".
I am so glad now that we were able to crowd so much fun in our 36
day vacation. It appears now that my tenure as Secretary of the
Panama Canal Society of Southern California is to be short-lived. On
June 13th Martin suffered a massive heart attack. He has been given
marvelous care in our excellent Saddleback Hospital here in Laguna
Hills. The pacemaker which was implanted on June 30th is now func-
tioning and he may be released to come home on the 6th or 7th of July.
It will be several months before he can resume all of his former activi-
For that reason I have asked to be relieved of the secretarial
duties. I understand that two good Samaritains, Thelma Reppe and
Heidi Seedborg with David Smith's and Bill Quinn's help, will fill the
void. Martin and I are so grateful for the concern expressed by our
Florence Beruede Seller
Yvonne H. Cassidy, La Mirada Latest news of the Bakker and
Cassidy families: Ross and Kathy Huffer presented grandma Lynn
("Sister Cassidy") Huffer with her first grandchild. A boy, named
after both grandfathers, Paul William Frank Huffer. Weighed in at 8
pounds. Born April 28, 1978 Jon Eger [Sonny] Bakker is living
with his oldest sister LaRee in Biloxi, MS. LaRee hadn't seen him in
ten years since she came to the states and married. My daughter
Melody and her husband, Greg Leach, went down to Biloxi and visited
with LaRee in May. It was a happy reunion. Melody "borrowed"
LaRee's second daughter Jennie for three weeks. Lisa, the eldest, will
visit her aunt in July. Rene is still in Anchorage. Mom is doing fine at
home now. A grown foster son, Jerry West is living with her. I
finished my first year of Junior College. Decided to settle on writing
as a major and woodworking (furniture) as a minor. Made myself a
two shelf magazine cabinet for my first project for my many craft and
needlework magazines. Have settled down to perfecting rag dolls,
needlepoint and afghans. I still need Batea designs. Mrs. Monsanto,
from the Canal Zone, sent me a book on "pre-Columbian designs", which
The San Francisco Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area had its first Canal Zone Alumni re-
union April 29, 1978 at the S. F. Airport Hilton. Our Manana Commit-
tee, headed by Pat Leach Koenig (CHS '48), put together a grand ban-
quet and ballroom dance which kept many of us visiting and dancing
until past 3 A.M. the next morning.
Class Of CHS 1948 A full one-fourth of your classmates were at
this banquet, and we considered this an unofficial 30-year class reunion.
Class members attending were: Bill Badders, Jack Gill, Bill McGinn,
Bill McLaughlin, Phil Sanders, Frances Adam Meyer, Vilma Bejarano
Gordon, Barbara Brown Whipple, Pat Kuller Gill, Pat Leach Koenig,
and Norma Nail Burdick.
Rounding out a warm and congenial assemblage were members of
many other classes from CHS, BHS and JC, plus some lively retirees;
total attendance approached 130. Pictured are the Manana Committee,
responsible for the gala event: Back Row, 1 to r: John David Fisher
(CHS '53), Mary fisher, Roger Weidoff (CHS '42), Owen Rose, Laura
Walston Sanders (BHS '56), Phil Sanders (CHS '48); Front Center:
Ruth Lenore Weidoff, Pat Leach Koenig (CHS '48), Norma Johnston
Rose (BHS '44).
Special entertainment for the evening included "authentic" Pana-
manian folk dances with brightly colored polleras; featured dancers
were Ruth Menzel Maloney (BHS '48), Rosie Nickisher Carr (BHS '45),
Kathy Mansuh Benson (BHS'49), and Norma Johnston Rose (BHS '44).
Also stirring plenty of memories was a 35 MM slide show reviewing
many former and current scenes of the Zone and Panama, put together
by Roger Weidoff (CHS '42) and John Fisher (CHS '53).
We want everyone to know about the great gang of alumni in the
San Francisco area, and we invite your interest and participation in
Stopping overnight in San Francisco July 24th, were Caleb
Clement and wife Ruth Egolf Clement on their way to Guam and a visit
with their son, Orrin and family. Pictured with the Clements for a quick
get-together are: left to right, Richard Egolf, Exalted Ruler of the Elks,
and in the States for the Elks convention in San Diego, Caleb and Ruth,
Pat Leach Koenig, and John David Fisher.
Clements plan to visit in Guam for about a year; a climate delight-
fully similar to that of the Zone.
John David Fisher
Henri Skeie, St. Petersburg On May 21, Louise Barnes and I
set out for Kerrville, TX via Dothan, AL, Pensacola, FL and Houston.
If you haven't been to these places you should go.
Dothan is a lovely sprawling city of rolling hills and many won-
derful Canal Zone people. We spent two nights with Jean and Bud
Harris got re-acquainted with their sons, John and Mickey and
Mickey's lovely wife, Ann Marie Jean showed us most of Dothan, all
the houses are made of brick and are huge. We were lucky to visit
with many friends and to see their lovely homes. One of the highlights
was a visit with Sue Core Odom She very graciously autographed
copies of her books that we bought ages ago in the Commissary. Her
home is beautiful, full of Toby jugs and figurines. She is a lovely,
charming person... We had empanadas at Catherine and Ed Filo's...
Cocktails with Frances and Lee Sampsell, a no-host luncheon at Kings
Inn attended by many long time friends ... visited with Dot and Bill
Benny ... took a picture of Hazel DuVall (Dot's mother) in her first
pantsuit to take to Betty Webster at Santa Clara Beach. Hazel looks
wonderful, was planning a trip on to Chicago before returning to Pan-
ama... Talked on the phone with Sam and Betty Roe. Sam is doing
well. They are much happier living in Dothan.
In Pensacola we visited Isabel Hummel (Mary). She is retired
from the Naval Hospital there lives on Bayou Grande and travels all
over in her new R.V. (22 footer) which is fully equipped for 5 people.
We talked her into going on to Kerrville with us in her camper. This
was a new experience for Louise and me but we caught on fast soon
learned how to hook up to sewage, lights and water at the K.O.A.
Camps. We stopped every day for lunch at roadside areas ate tons
of lettuce and fruits which we could buy cheaper than in Florida.
In Houston we stopped with Louise's daughter Jo Ann ... While
there we had lunch with Mary Jo Yaeger and Matt White ... Talked
on the phone with Florence Terry and Grace Thornton.
In Kerrville we were again impressed with the lovely hills and
different shades of green. (I wish we had a few hills around St. Pete).
We could see why all our friends fell in love with what they call "the
Heart of the Hill Country." We visited with Marilyn and Wade Carter.
Their four children, Rene, Wade Jr., Kim and Vanette were all home
and we met Rene's fiance Attended an Arts and Craft Fair ...
saw several CZ friends including the Les Johnstones who were exhib-
iting their lapidary clocks, wind chimes, book ends, etc. made from the
beautiful rocks from Panama and the Canal Zone. Then son, Lionel,
(former Balboa High student) who plays the part of Michael in "Anoth-
er World" was a guest star at the fair ... We also visited with Jackie
and Dale Bishop... Marion and Fred Wells... The Feeleys ... Helen
and Ezra Smith ... Each home we visited was lovely, with many re-
minders of the Canal Zone and Panama and full of the warmth of CZ
On the way home we picked up Jo Ann, her teenagers, Robert
and Tammy plus Duke, a Schnauzer, who demanded his face be wiped
after each meal with a cloth towel. That was a camper full... all of us
were glad to get back home safely and still on good terms ... We bring
greetings from all the people we saw to friends in St. Petersburg.
Mrs. Wallace Bain, St. Petersburg Last of July and during
August visited her brother Thomas Jenkins and family in Philadel-
phia, PA then to Malvern, AR to see Pat DeVore and on to
Missouri to visit with the Jack Bains, her son and family.
Aurestela and George Poole, FL and NY In May stopped over
to visit old Canal Zone friends in Chattanooga, TN and then on to
Nashville to see and hear the Grand Old Oprey. Send regards to all.
Keith and Florence Swartzell, Melbourne We've been on an
extended trip thru the Mid-West and in New Jersey visiting my sis-
ter, Agnes Jamke, and mother Anna Tonneson. My mother was 97
years old on her birthday in March and is still doing very well. Best
wishes to all!
Barbara J. Cunningham, St. Petersburg I am writing this from
the "Cunningham Chalet" at the Old Mill Apartments in Flat Rock,
NC. Janet and Ross invited me to share their vacation this summer.
Janet's folks, Russell and Linda Potter, and their grandson Richard C.
are also here. By the end of July and first part of August they expect
to have a houseful. Arriving will be Tom and Chris with son Benjamin
from Denver, CO; Dick, Lynn, and daughters Janet, Ruth and Laura
from FL and Ed, Judi and children Jennifer and Suzanne from St.
Pete. The country here is beautiful and the mountain air is refreshing
and cool, a welcome change from home. There are so many things to
do that my "crafts" aren't getting done as I expected.
Emma Barlow, St. Petersburg Over the Christmas Holidays I
visited my daughter Shirley Bernat and family in Atlanta, GA. My
daughter Mrs. June Riesz flew to Atlanta over New Years for a short
visit. This was the first time in 17 years that both daughters were
visiting at the same time. In May, I flew to Virginia for two weeks
visiting June and family. A broken ankle did not curtail the trip nor
the Canal Zone reunion the beginning of the month.
Kathleen Sassara, Port Richey Sorry to have missed the re-
union. We always enjoy seeing old friends. We had a busy year doing a
lot of traveling. We drove to Alaska which we do almost every year
for the summer months. Then back South for about a month then put
out to sea. Our son Chuck bought a 40-foot sailboat and he was kind
enough to ask "Papa" Chuck and I to be his sailing buddies. We sailed
for four months. It was great fun. His wife Ana was the Admiral on
the sailing ship "Resolute". Chuck is back home in Alaska now and our
son Dick has been living on Vashon Island off Seattle, WA. He is into
the fishing industry. Chuck still with the aircraft business does
quite a bit of bush flying ... Sorry of course about the Canal. We did
what we could. Was glad to see Sen. Stevens from Alaska voted
against the treaty. Our regards to all.
Anne Tuthill, Orlando I just received my first issue of the
Canal Record and would like to provide more information for the
"New Member" than what I provided with my membership applica-
tion Anna White Tuthill, 2120 E. West Oak Ridge Rd., Orlando, FL
32809. Daughter of Robert W. and Josephine White, who retired from
Mount Hope Fuel Handling Plant in 1955, presently living in Hender-
son, NC. I graduated from Cristobal High School in 1940. I have 3
children: Patricia Chedden Will of Tucker, GA, James and Mert
Tuthill of San Diego, CA and 5 grandchildren. I retired from Civil
Service with 281/2 years service in San Diego, August 1977 and am
now working for Martin Marietta Data Systems, Orlando as a Com-
puter Systems Designer. I really enjoyed the reunion and all the pic-
tures I took there. It was great and I really look forward to next year.
The Robert Hickses had a busy summer. In May they flew out to
Houston, TX to see their daughter Mary Alice [Hicks] Kelley and
family. Mary Alice's daughter, Marcia, was a high school honor grad-
uate. Then on May 26th, Mary Alice's son, Mark Kelley married Hope
Slay of Houston in a lovely wedding ceremony. Mary Belle and Bobby
visited until May 30th. When Bobby flew directly back to St. Pete and
Mary Belle flew on to Birmingham, Ala. for a visit with her 2 sisters,
Virginia [Knapp] Nelson and Alice [Knapp] Fowler. While in Birming-
ham, Virginia and husband Sandy celebrated-their 50th Anniversary.
Alice's husband had died in March, so she and Mary Belle drove down
to St. Pete June 9th. On June 26th, Mary Belle, Bobby and Alice drove
up to Banner Elk, N.C. for a short visit with Dorothy Anne [Hicks]
Chapman and family, and to attend their grandson Jonathon's high
school graduation. He was also an honor graduate. After a short visit,
the three drove Alice back to Alabama, and Mary Belle and Bobby
took the Amtrack from Birmingham to St. Pete, arriving home July
4th. On July 19th, the Chapmans arrived in St. Pete for a week's visit
with Dorothy's parents.
Mrs. Ida Campbell of St. Petersburg with her son Bill and grand-
daughters Theresa and Kathy of Dunedin enjoyed a two week vacation
during August in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Helen and Paul Saarinen had a busy summer. Paul visited his
niece, Carol Saarinen Smith and husband, Bill in Colorado. The Alden
Fuelchers of Corozal, Canal Zone were houseguests while en route to
their lodge in Ocala Forest. From Walton Beach came the Skievaskis
for a short visit. Then Helen and Eva Harte of Land O' Lakes, two
"Rock Hounds" took off for Spruce Pines, North Carolina to a Rock
Mildred Sutherland, Clearwater I enjoyed a reunion of my
three children and their families in Michigan early in July. My daugh-
ter, Janet DuPree with her two children, Jill (11) and Dodd (10), (on
vacation from the Canal Zone) motored with me to Michigan with in-
teresting stop-overs on the way North Stone Mountain in Atlanta,
GA; Opryland in Nashville, TN; and Mammouth Caves in KY. We
arrived in Michigan for the Fourth of July weekend and joined my
son, Owen and his wife, Ann Sutherland of Rochester, MI, with their
three sons, Eric (13), Mark (11) and Curt (5), and my daughter,
Marsha and her husband, Robert McNamara of Brighton, MI with
their two daughters, Cathy (8) and Lisa (2). It had been three years
since all the families were together and it was a fun time for all, espe-
cially the youngsters. We were all happy to have my sister-in-law,
Mary Jane and her husband, Griffin McClellan of Seminole, FL, at the
McNamaras for a cookout on July 16th.
Left to Right: Owen Sutherland, Janet DuPree, Ann Sutherland,
Marsha and Robert McNamara
Owen has been with Burroughs Corporation of Detroit for four-
teen years; Bob McNamara is with the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor; and
Janet will return to the Canal Zone where she teaches Kindergarten.
She has been at Gamboa Elementary School for eight years.
News from Frances Sharp
Vic Herr from the Volcan has been the guest of the Vic Melants...
Hope and Tom Burrow are now living at 5900 Shore Blvd. So., #612,
Gulfport, FL 33707. Also, Frances' brother and family, the William A.
Violettes from Balboa are now living at 7595 Pine Valley Lane,
Seminole, FL 33542.... Dorothy and Ted Neville have moved back to
their Seminole residence from San Antonio, TX.... Joyce [Halderman]
and Roger Collinge had their daughter Sarah and family for the sum-
mer. Then they went to Wisconsin for a family reunion.... The Richard
Mahoneys had their daughter Maggie for a visit and then took a trip to
the Orient.... The Walter Mikulichs will leave in September for Michi-
gan where they may make their home.... The Ralph Harvey's son
Hugh was here for a visit while Ralph was in the hospital for surgery...
happy to say Ralph has recuperated nicely.... Belle and JB Clemmons'
daughter-in-law Joan flew in from California for a visit.... Viola and
Emerson Fuller were on a trip to South Carolina, Washington, DC and
Michigan.... Irene and Henry Donovan visited with the Howard John-
sons in Hendersonville, NC.... Frances and Roy Sharp just returned
from a trip to the Galapagos Islands off of Ecuador and from Machu
Picchu, Peru The Lost City of the Incas in the Amazon.
Sara Rowley, Clearwater Just spoke to Julie Shaffer, who is
now staying with her mother, Marge Shipley of Countryside, Clear-
water, and she told me her husband, Lt. Cmdr. William H. Shaffer is
now in Sicily until December 15, 1978. He left July 8th, so Julie and
her son Billy will be with Marge until his return.
Sam and I have had a busy summer with some of our family visit-
ing. Our latest guest was our grandson, Kenneth R. Gerhart who is
now a brand new Lt. in the Army and is stationed in Ft. Sill Oklahoma.
Also with us were our very good friend, Mrs. Lee Brown with her son
Patrick, from San Francisco, CA. Now I'm getting ready for my trip to
Hawaii in October with Abou Sadd Shrine. My sister-in-law Joyce
Gunn [Mrs. Landen] is going with me. We hope to visit with our two
aunts in Santa Monica, CA before we leave for Hawaii.
Jane and Fred Huldtquist of Seminole wish to convey their
thanks to all their friends who sent get-well cards, gifts, letters of
good wishes and to all who prayed for Fred's recovery following his
heart attack. Fred is up and around and was able to attend the August
Susanna and Richard Morse with daughter Michelle of El Paso,
TX arrived at Susanna's Aunt Theresa's The C. J. Collinses in St.
Petersburg after travelling in the heavy Texas flood area. They spent
an hour in Kerrville with Susanna's Aunt Sue the W. R. Grahams
at the height of the storm. However, they made it through to Houston
where they met Richard's mother, Mrs. Warren W. Morse of the
Canal Zone, at the airport, who took their older child, Michael, down
to the Zone with her. The Morses also left from Tampa for the Canal
Zone where Susanna and Rick will attend the Balboa High School
Class of 1968 Ten Year Reunion on August 11, 12 and 13.
The Editor wants you all to know she had two good helpers with
the mailing of the June Record Louise Barnes and Henri Skeie I
just love those volunteers!
Clara Saarinan would like you all to know that the Brunch given
for Kay Taliercio in April at the Breckenridge Hotel was a No-Host
affair ... Clara was only the gal that got the party together!!
Registering folks at Canal Reunion: Chairman
Edith Jones, Olga Disharoon, Sara Rowley,
Dorothy Yocum and Mary Egolf
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
John and Gladys McLain had a two week visit with their son-in-
law and daughter, Jerry and Judy Saucier, in Chapel Hill, N.C. They
later drove to Illinois to attend the graduation exercises when their
son, Douglas, received his Masters Degree in Music from Northwest-
ern University in Evansville. Doug and his wife, Cindy, moved to
Sarasota last month as he has been employed as Director of Bands at
Sarasota High School.
Mary N. Orr enjoyed a June visit by her nephew, Fred E. Wells,
Jr. and his bride, Tricia, of Perth, Australia. During their 10 day stay
they visited the many Florida attractions in the area, including a trip
to Sanibel and Disney World.
They visited his parents, Fred and Marian Wells in Kerrville, TX
and other relatives in the area. His brother, Alan, who recently moved
to Atlanta, flew in to join the family group. Fred and Tricia flew to the
Canal Zone and spent two weeks with his brother-in-law and sister,
Guy and Mary Linda Feeley in Diablo.
Both Fred and Tricia are Marine Biologists employed by the
Western Australia Museum in Perth and while in the U.S. spent sev-
eral days in Washington, D.C. in connection with their employment.
Della Noonan had an informal coffee when Sol and Ethel
[Barnett] DeVito of Ft. Myers were visiting. Guests included CHS
graduates and many of Ethel's classmates. The day was spent remi-
niscing about the "good old days" at CHS and catching up on the
whereabouts of other classmates.
and his music.
_at Reunion '78
Jim and Edna Million; Bill and Myrtle Hughes, and Harry and Jay
Cain spent a week together in Frankfort, N.C. mining for rubies and
other stones. Later they continued in their own cars to visit relatives
and friends in the north.
Visiting Mina Dee during the summer were her granddaughter,
Helen Lang, and a girl friend from New York. Following a two-week
visit the girls flew to the C.Z. for ten days.
Earlier in the year, Olga Olsen of West Collingsword, N.J. made
her first trip to Sarasota for a two week visit with Mina.
Walter and Blanche Hartman with George and Mabelle Walker
drove to Fort Valley, Ga. for a visit with Blanche and George's niece
and family, Albert and Anita [Boggs] Collins. Anita's sister and her
husband, Col. Don DeMarr, USA, retired, and Stella [Boggs] came
down from their home in Arlington, Va. to visit with the group.
Summer guests of John and Gladys McClain included her brother
and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Watson of Balboa; her cousin,
David Robles and his wife, Marge [Neal]; and Dave's parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Jacob Robles of Panama. Also Mr. and Mrs. Paul Quackenbush of
Balboa with their three children.
Mina Dee returned late in July from a trip to Pensacola to visit
Mr. and Mrs. William C. McAllister (Rita Strauss).
In July Gladys Humphrey spent ten days in Palm Bay with her
son and family, Donald and Dotti Humphrey and daughters, while
Jimmy Palumbo, his wife, Karen, and daughter, Angelina, were
visiting from the C.Z. En route, they had visited Alex Stearns and
family in Toledo, OH. Jimmy and family also visited their former C.Z.
neighbor, Mrs. Mary Jane Cole, in Zephyrhills, before returning to
visit his parents, Luke and Frances Palumbo, in Fayetteville, Ark.
and her parents in Iowa.
Luke Palumbo, his wife and two sons, of Margarita were house-
guests of Gladys Humphrey late in July, while en route from Miami to
Fayetteville. Both Luke and his brother, Jimmy, are on the teaching
staff at Cristobal High School.
Gladys B. Humphrey
Barbara [Hatchett] Jackson writes that Anna Jackson suffered a
mild stroke on Mothers' Day and was recuperating in Saint Alphonsus
Hospital. I am sure she would appreciate hearing from her Canal Zone
friends. Her address is: Route 4, Boise, Idaho 83702.
Cicely Knibb Allen of New Orleans, who will be 90 in October, has
become a recording artist. An organization connected with the famous
Cabildo has arranged for Mrs. Allen to cut a tape telling all about her
early life in Panama where they were living as missionaries and the
U.S. made payments in $20 gold pieces. Mrs. Allen's British grand-
father walked and boated across the Isthmus to show where the Canal
should go and she has a small son buried on the Zone. Over the years,
Mrs. Allen has remained a faithful and dependable contributor and
subscriber to the CANAL RECORD. She gets around with the help of
a walker now and a pinched nerve behind her right ear has deadened
her hands so she cannot write much, but what she does write is truly
Mrs. Raymond Euper of Gretna wishes to take this opportunity
to acknowledge with thanks the many cards and telephone calls she
received following the recent death of her husband. Personal re-
sponses will be forthcoming. Her daughter, Sister Jo Ann Euper,
came to be with her for the first three weeks. Any friends who might
be interested in dropping Jo Ann a line can reach her in care of the
Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, 1501 South Layton Boulevard, Mil-
waukee, Wisconsin 53215.
Rusty and George Folger of New Orleans write that they really
enjoyed their first C.Z. Reunion in St. Pete. It was quite traumatic
seeing so many friends from past years, some they hadn't seen or
heard from in 15 years. They spent the week after the Reunion in
Largo, FL, with family and had a complete ball for two days at Disney
World, taking in everything except the merry-go-round. The Folgers
bumped into Rosemary and Abe Anderson of Dothan, Ala., on Main
Street. Since returning to New Orleans they have had many visitors
and house guests from the Zone. Mrs. Owen [Gerda] Smith stayed
with them one night after George helped her put a car on the ship,
then took her to the airport for her first stay in the Tropics. The
Folgers picked up Elsie and "Woodie" Woodruff at their daughter's
home in Thibodaux, La., and enjoyed their five-day stay before taking
them to the airport. Elsie and Rusty did lots of shopping and played
"Elks Club Rummy" between swims in the pool, eating New Orleans
seafood and dining on Chinese flaming platters. Ed Fetherston, newly
retired Atlantic-Sider, called the Folgers one day from downtown and
has since joined them in living at the Parc Fontaine. Next came a sur-
prise call from Victor Herr (Cerra Punta). George helped him put
some things on the boat and brought him home for a fast refreshment
before goingto the airport. Young Freeland Hollowell, a return visitor
from last summer and recent graduate from school in Helena, Ark.,
hopes to start working out of New Orleans soon. Rusty says it sure is
great having a young male around the house again, reminding her of
when Gary and Wayne lived home. Free is busy helping George re-
build a boat that the Folgers recently bought and which George hopes
to get in the water before the shrimp season ends. George hits Missis-
sippi on Airline business once a week and cooks for the complex on
Monday. Since he started, the lounge business has doubled as have
the number of Monday night diners. Wayne works a few nights at the
club and Rusty helps out in the office when they are shorthanded.
Summer pool parties are in full swing and the Folgers have initiated a
group who enjoy eating Johnny Mazetti for the first time. They hope
to see Dick and Mary Egolf and Carolyn and Bob Johnson at the Elks
Convention in San. Diego, after spending a few days with family in
Garden Grove, Calif. The Folgers are thrilled to announce the arrival
of the first baby on Rusty's side of the family in over 16 years -
Kristen Ann, born to Rusty's niece, Sharon [Murphy] Kirkby, wife of
Capt. Tim Kirkby, Pacific Side Pilot.
Joseph Paul Hawthorne writes that he arrived in the Zone in 1925
and held numerous jobs on both sides before retiring from the Atlantic
Locks in 1962. He and wife, Verina, live in Bogalusa, La. Paul visited
his brother Harry and wife Gladys in San Jose, Calif., for the 50th
wedding anniversary and family reunion. Verina spent May with her
family in Boise, Idaho. The Hawthornes have been visited by John and
Nellie Graves of Melbourne, Fla., and recently by Tom Lawson who
had much news of friends on the Zone. The Hawthornes stay busy
with frequent trips to New Orleans, caring for their chow-chow dogs
and redecorating and painting their home. Paul admits missing the
skin diving he enjoyed so much on the Zone.
Roger and Kay Howe of Titusville, Fla., made a "pit stop" in
Baton Rouge recently long enough to have your reporter out for a de-
licious dinner and lots of pleasant talk. The Howes were on their way
to a week's visit with daughter, Mary (BHS '64) Howe Kippenhan and
husband, Kurt, of Houston. Then it's on to Las Vegas, San Francisco,
Seattle, back to Houston and home where they stay busy playing golf
and are avid TV sports fans. Kay gets in a bridge game now and then
Tommy Jordan and his family have settled down at 12510 Park
Vale Avenue, Baton Rouge, La. 70816, after six months in California
and 31/2 years in Ft. Lauderdale. But for the next few months, Tommy
(CHS '51, CZJC '58) will be on the job near Dhahran, Saudi Arabia,
laying two miles of underground extra-high-voltage cable for L. E.
Myers Co., Chicago, a high-voltage transmission line contractor. Upon
his return, Tommy plans to go into the electrical contracting business
in Baton Rouge. He is married to the former Doris Ford of Baton
Rouge and has a son, Brian, 8. Kim, a daughter by a previous mar-
riage, just finished stewardess training and is flying with American
Airlines. Tommy is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Jordan, Society
members living in Mobile, Alabama.
William G. Monroe of Bossier City is remembered as author of "It
Was Fun While It Lasted", a book about the Zone that flourished
there awhile. He retired in 1967 and for the past nine years has taught
Sunday School at the Waller Baptist Church. He and his wife, Virginia,
still enjoy hearing from old Zone friends: John and Henrietta Wink-
losky, Marvin and Edith Methery, John Michales, E. H. Halsall and
Julian Hall, among others. He has especially fond memories of bull
sessions with other authors on the Zone Olive Brooks, Sue Core,
Amy McCormick, Jim Price and Kenneth W. Vinton. In 1936 he was in
the Civic Council Minstrel Show "Shanghai Bound" with Carl Wanke,
L. F. Hallet and Cecil Banan.
Patt Foster Roberson of Baton Rouge has had a busy year thus
far with a long weekend at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington,
two weeks on an art and architecture study tour of the Soviet Union,
the Pan Canal Reunion in St. Pete and the BHS Reunion on the Zone.
In the offing is a business trip back to D.C., a pleasure trip to Cancun
in the Yucatan and assorted side trips to professional conventions and
conferences in keeping with the role of a university professor. The
BHS Reunion was especially nice, making it with high school chum,
Jean Harris Turner of Chicago, and being chauffeured about and
humored along by very special friend, Wilma Hidalgo. After seeing
old beaux, meeting wives and children, home takes on a new quiet-
ness. The coming and going layovers in Atlanta were especially en-
joyable being met by my sister, Mrs. Betsy Foster Berg [Franz Berg,
formerly of Cocoli] of 59-D Tree View Drive, Decatur, Ga. 30034.
Betsy is a legal secretary and Franz, an apprentice carpenter.
Mrs. Ding Stich of New Orleans writes that Dr. Mary Graham
came by in June and they had a great gab-fest. Carl and Blanche
Brown were with Mrs. Stich a few days sorting packages prior to
journeying everywhere, mostly Hong Kong. She enclosed a news-
paper clipping from the Sunday Exponent-Telegram, Clarksburg, W.
Va., about her mother's [Winnie Ewing's] youngest sister's visit to
Panama. (See text of article elsewhere in this issue.)
Wren and Jim Stark, Monterey Thought our friends might like
to know our son, LTJG Jimmy Stark, Jr., is now on board the carrier
USS ENTERPRISE on way out to the Indian Ocean for a short tour.
He is a Navigator-Photographer aboard one of the ships bomber-ob-
server planes. Our daughter, Chrissy, is completing advanced training
in drug detection at the dog school at Lackland AFB, TX. Afterwards
she joins her husband SSG Gary DeBaun and daughter, Katie, at their
home at Norton AFB, CA. Chrissy is a dog handler in the AF Law
Patt Foster Roberson
Marian and Edwin F. Witthofft, Ferguson I am enclosing a pic-
ture of our four generations.
Mother Debra Lynn [Weich], Grandmother Arden Weich
[Armstrong] holding Ryan Michael Lynn, Born February 18,1978,
and Great-Grandmother Marian Witthofft [Armstrong].
Father of the baby is Michael Lynn. We think he is a beautiful
baby, which he is, and very good. Andrea Bogue (Armstrong) baby
sits her nephew quite often and so does Grandmother Arden.
Great-grandmother doesn't get a chance. Oh well, I had my day!
Sorry we didn't get to the Reunion this year, but my husband
does not like to travel. Quite content to tend his vegetable garden, fish
pond where we now have four fantail fish and I think we have gone
into the snail business they multiply so fast! He also likes flowers -
so with summer finally in full swing up here we are quite busy all of
the time. We all send our best regards to all Canal Zone people and
know you had a wonderful time at the Reunion. Maybe next year for
us, who knows???
Agnes S. Allan, Meredith The enclosed is a clipping from The
Meredith, NH News:
JEAN VORISEK JOINS LACONIA REALTY FIRM Century
21 Keewaydin Properties is pleased to announce that Jean E. Vorisek
has recently joined their real estate staff. Jean has completed the
Century 21 training program in Burlington, Mass. and she is an asso-
ciate member of the Lakes Region Board of Realtors.
Jean was born in Margarita, Canal Zone, where her father Cap-
tain Robert A. Allan, was a pilot and later assistant Port Captain of
the Panama Canal. She attended St. Lawrence University in Canton,
New York, where she majored in sociology and fine arts. While at St.
Lawrence, she met and married Robert Vorisek, who is now a dentist
at the Inter-Lakes Medical Center in Meredith. They and their two
sons, Fritz and Kurt, have lived in New Hampton for six years. They
also raise standard bred race horses at their "Rock Ridge" Farm. For
a year now, Jean has served as a member of the New Hampton Plan-
ning Board. She is also New Hampton's representative to the Lakes
Region Planning Commission and is currently a member of the Citi-
zen's Participation Committee. During the past year, Jean has been
working as an independent sub-contractor doing architectural draft-
ing and designing for local contractors and architects.
Jean's mother has purchased a home in Center Harbor and moved
there from Huntington, Long Island, New York.
Margaret Morris, Wallace I have enjoyed a busy year with vis-
itors. My son Charles' four children from Panama spent Christmas
with me, and I travelled back with them for a month's stay in Panama.
After my return, my daughter Margie and husband Dan Hanesworth
visited from California. Also from California were my two visiting
brothers, Joe and Robert Brooks who were both stationed in the
Canal Zone at one time.
I am proud to share the good news that my grandson, Rob Morris
of Balboa, Canal Zone, has received an appointment to the Naval Aca-
demy at Annapolis. He reported there on July 6th.
Henri E. Moehrke, Wilmington I am enclosing a photocopy
which reads in part. SAINT PAUL'S EPISTLE SPIRITIUS GLADIUS
June 1978 St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wilmington, N.D.
28401 David Axtmann Moehrke, son of Mr. Henri E. Moehrke,
recently completed a course in Marine Engineering in Oakland, Cali-
fornia. He successfully passed the United States Coast Guard exami-
nation and was granted a Second Assistant, Unlimited Horsepower
Marine Engineer's License. He is now stationed in Japan as a civilian
engineer on the U.S.N.S. NAVASOTA. Mr. Moehrke, you can be
really proud of your son's achievement!
I and David and Dorothy A. Moehrke (deceased January 14, 1974)
were long time residents of Gamboa, Canal Zone.
Gene Hamlin, Carthage We were up in the Poconos recently
(7/22) at a small reunion of mostly ex-CZ brats. The majority of the
group left the CZ not long after graduating from high school. This
makes five in a row for us. Next year it is planned to have a 3 day, 2
night arrangement at the same motel. Anyway it was fun as usual -
always some new faces from way back such as Todd Lipzinski and wife
who drove in from Grand Rapids, MI and an old friend of mine from
LaJollo, CA, Capt. W. W. Jones, USN (Ret.). I went to a huge flea
market just off exit 23 of the Penn. Turnpike the day after the reunion
and got a nice book re PC plus about 10 or 20 early days picture post
cards. Got two other books in Philadelphia too.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
On July 8th, the P.C. Society of WNC had a picnic at Lake Julian,
with an attendance of 60, beautiful weather and wonderful food. It was
so nice to have so many visitors to the area with us, including the
Russell Potters, Ross and Janet Cunningham and their daughter,
Barbara and grandson Richard, Ross and Margaret Hollowell, Max
and Alice Conover, Emily Price, Mildred Morrill, Llori [Kent] and Jay
Gibson, their son Lee (houseguests of Carmen and Charlie Howe),
Edith [Huff] and John Willoughby (visiting her parents, Antoinette
and Maenner Huff). Also there, were comparative newcomers to the
area, Emmy and John Dover. Many of us will remember Emmy from
the Public Information Office.
Barbara and Tom
Barbara and Tom Coleman celebrated their 60th Wedding
Anniversary on June 22nd (see picture). They were guests of honor at
an open house given by their daughter, Jean Dombrowsky and
"Bricky" Pattison at the Jack Dombrowsky residence. Out-of-town
guests included Peggy and Don Hutchison from Aiken, S.C., and Bea
and Jerry Williams from the Canal Zone. "Bricky" Pattison spent the
month of June with the Colemans.
Mildred and Wendell Greene, Ruth Sill, Bea Tyrrell, Ruth and
Ernest Zelnick attended the festivities at the wedding of Ann
Medinger and George Stillman in Greensboro, N.C., on July 2nd.
Fred Sill came from London to spend five days with his mother,
Ruth Sill. From here, he flew to the Canal Zone to attend the 25th
reunion of his class of Balboa High School, then on to Rio de Janiero,
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick spent a week on Jekyll Island, Ga., in
June. They were joined by their sons, Paul and John and their fami-
lies. John and his family came to Hendersonville to visit his grand-'
mother, Mrs. Mae Zelnick, before returning to Tulsa, Oklahoma. In
July, Ruth and Ernie left for a six week stay at St. Alban's Bay, Vt.
J. Bartley Smith, St. Petersburg, was giving his sister and broth-
er-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mills of San Diego, a tour of the
Southeast when he stopped over in Hendersonville and visited with
Marian Lewis and the Howard Johnsons.
Emily and Howard Johnson drove to Shelter Island, N.Y., where
they visited Pat and Tom Orr. From there, to Wareham, Mass., to see
Barbara Paige, on to Castine, Maine, where they were guests of Chet
and Jean Hill. On their way home, they visited Betsy and Truman
Hoenke, who are spending the summer on their island in Vermont.
Betty and Paul Bentz had their grandson, Chad Davidson, from
Stewart, Fla., with them for a week in July.
We are sorry to report that Mrs. Mae Zelnick has broken her hip,
but she is recovering nicely in the Extended Care Unit of Pardee Hos-
Alice H. Roche
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
Aiken State Park was the site of our June 17th picnic, attended
by 29 members and 13 guests. Among the guests were Charlotte
Mullins [Kilbey], her husband Mike and sons Clayton and Colin, and
Linda Santiago [Childs] a former X-ray technician at Gorgas, now of
Charlotte, N.C. After numerous trips to the "pot luck" buffet table,
supplemented by hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by our chefs
Hartley and Catron, a short business meeting took place at which it
was decided our next get-together would be a dinner meeting on
Tuesday, September 26th.
In June Ernest and Edie Stiebritz of Ocala stopped to see Lorna
and Al Shore. The Shores also had as houseguests Sandra Davis and
her husband Bob of Miami.
Roy and Kathy Watson of West Palm Beach, Fla. visited Dorothy
and John Everson the first week in June.
As Paula Leitch [Badonsky] and family have now moved back to
their home in Athens, Ga., Paul and Leona did not have to travel far to
help their grandson Robby celebrate his 3rd birthday on July 8th.
However, in May they drove to Pittsburgh to greet their newest
grandson Jeffrey Adams Leitch, who arrived May 16th, the date of
their wedding anniversary.
Ed Lotterhos, age 7 (almost), flew in from Mississippi recently to
spend three weeks with his grandparents, Eletheer and Jim Catron.
We are glad to see Gertrude Smouse back from a two month stay
in Morgantown, W.Va., following her sister's release from the hospi-
On June 20th, Lucille and "Chuck" Drew celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary with a dinner at the Houndslake Country Club
given by their son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Diane Drew of
Ruston, Va., attended by friends and relatives. Among the relatives
present were John and Esther Drew, Joan Mayuiers [Drew], Donald
and Maxine Drew, all of California, and grandchildren Cheryl Gebler
[Drew] of Norfolk, Va., and Craig and Shelley Drew of Albuquerque,
N.M., presently stationed in Athens, Ga.
Traveling in their new trailer, Dorothy and Mack Hicks of Jack-
sonville visited the Kapinos and Holmes families the weekend of July
8th and departed with a load of good South Carolina peaches.
Virginia and Thomas Machak and daughter Shelby of Aliquippa,
Pa. visited her parents, Nora and Charles Green, the latter part of
Peggy Hutchison traveled to Ruston, La. to baby-sit her grand-
son Shane and to welcome a new addition to her son's family, Michael
Shannon, born April 18th. In July Peggy and Don drove to Hender-
sonville, N.C. where they were houseguests of Jean and Jack Dom-
browsky, and attended a party in honor of the Thomas Colemans' 60th
Bob and Billy Rowe are now on a two week visit to their families
in Los Angeles, Calif.
Hazel and Bud Kilbey are presently entertaining their grand-
daughter, Renee Luken of Kentucky.
While in Lakeland, Ga. for three weeks with her daughter Gay
Pridgen [Edwards], Russell Percy attended the wedding of her grand-
daughter, Leslie Ann Pridgen to David Hawley in Cordele, Ga., and
visited with her other daughter, Ann Willoughby [Edwards] of Hunts-
ville, Ala., who also spent some time in Lakeland.
Nora Green, Evelyn Condon, Peggy Hutchison, and Trudi Clontz
"graduated" from Clemson on May 25th after attending Senior Citi-
Among those who stopped in Aiken while homeward-bound from
the Reunion, were Anna and Mickey Kiernan who visited the Hutchi-
sons and Willenbrocks, and Marian and Bud Phillips who stayed with
Peggy and Don Hutchison about a week.
Nellie Jansen is now back for a stay in Aiken after much travel-
ing, which included a trip to the Reunion, and visits with friends in the
St. Petersburg area.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF TEXAS
Lew and Myrtle Souder's son, Murrill of Plains, New York, was a
recent visitor helping Lew to celebrate his birthday he forgot to tell
us which one? Lew sustained a light stroke earlier this month but has
recovered beautifully, and his neighbors have taken over the lawn
mowing job which felled Lew!
Mrs. Hattie B. Marshall has moved from Houston to 2457
Kingsglen Court, Dunwoody, Georgia 30360.
Since our last report, our dear friend Peggy Ellis died. Our or-
ganization has lost a loyal supporter and we mourn her loss.
The regular meeting scheduled for July 15 actually was a farewell
at the home of John and Florence Terry for Dal and Grace Thornton
who are moving to Lancaster, Texas, and for Rabbi and Helen Witkin
who are to leave for Sarasota. Unfortunately, Helen had already gone
to her new locale and the good Rabbi had to pinch-hit for his successor
and was unable to be with us.
We dispensed with the formality of a routine meeting.
Ten guests joined us and that added to the festivity of the occa-
sion. Included were Mr. Marion Holloway of Milton, Delaware, who
was in Houston for eye surgery (you know we do have the best (?),
Rose Wright, Forrest Young, Barbara Smith, Anna Mae Carkeet, and
two of the youngest generation, Holly Standefer, granddaughter of
our Iva and a Carkeet granddaughter, Voanna Humes. Richard and
Suzanne Turbyfill of Glen Ridge, N.J. were also with us. Had we
known earlier, we might have prevailed upon Suzanne to sing for us as
we understand she "performs at the Met". She would have had to sing
a capella though as John has not yet mastered the harmonica.
Vic and June May, recently moved to Houston from San Marcos,
were with us and are our new members. We welcome them and look
forward to their being with us often in the future.
Mary Carkeet saw to it that John came to our gathering since he
must use a walker we do take tumbles. He is making good progress.
Mary Jo Yaeger plied Lew Souder with many questions regard-
ing the old, old days on the Canal, questions that her brother wanted
answered for the records he continues to compile. Lew is a veritable
vocal historian and his tales are fascinating. Being an advocate of "oral
history" I've urged the support of his family for taping his anecdotes.
They will be of even greater value in the years to come.
Mrs. Jessie L. Bush
Jack Kennedy, Brandon Again I was
honored by my old hometown, this time, having
been selected as Grand Marshall of the Memo-
rial Day Parade. (Jack enclosed a copy of the
Brandon "Dateline" which described the
throngs of Brandonites and visitors who gath-
ered for this annual parade and listed the
various organizations who participated. Many
pictures were also printed, one of which is
shown. Ed.) For a little town of 3,500, the local '
folks did a really great job.
Yesterday, "Fathers' Day", I was thrilled to receive phone calls
from my daughters: Annie, in Honolulu, HI and Mary K. "Kirtie" in
South Carolina. Made me feel great, believe me!
It's been over seven years since my one and only visit to Florida,
but I still live in hopes of getting down at least once more if only to
see dear old friends for a few all-too-brief moments. My best regards
to all the membership and officers of the Panama Canal Society.
*- SALE AND LOCATOR SERVICE -.,
BUTTONS wanted by collector. Will pay cash! (For example -
most are worth at least $1.00 ea.) Am interested particularly in
Satsuma, Cinnabar (red lacquer), carved bone (ivory) any old and
interesting, any size or quantity. Contact or send to Mrs. Charles
W. Krout (nee Lena-Mae Howard), 845 Wynnewood Road, Camp
Hill, PA 17011.
WANTED: Boda Swedish Crystal, RUTT or ROSA pattern. Com-
plete set or any piece of the two patterns. Call or write Loisdene T.
Smith, 102 Coventry Drive, Butler, PA 16001.
WANTED: OLD YEARBOOKS, BHS, CHS, CZJC, CZC. Don't
throw them away. Make them a part of a permanent collection to be
used in developing the Alumni Index. And OLD CANAL RECORDS
from before SEPTEMBER 1955. Tell me what you have and I'll make
you an offer. Contact Patt Foster Roberson, 4875 Maribel Drive,
Baton Rouge, LA 70812.
WANTED: "Old Leeds Spray" Royal Doulton china. Extra pieces or
remnants, especially cereal bowls, cups and saucers, and dinner
plates. We're trying to build up our China set after years of use and
breakage. Write to John David Fisher, 1092 Larch Ave., Moraga,
COLLECTOR WANTS: (1) CZ Brass hunting license, (2) Red,
White and Blue Troupe emblem, (3) "OucChiChi" dance program,
(4) 1930 B.H.S. Zonian, (5) $7.50 Commy book cover Gene
Hamlin, Box 577, Carthage NC 28327.
WANTED: Canal Zone and Latin American vehicle license plates
... Older the Better ... Please describe condition and your asking
price. Ann Gueriero, Box 645, Balboa, Canal Zone.
ADDRESS LABEL HERE
TEMPORARY E PERMANENT E
MAIL TO: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS:
Area Code 813
H. L. Clarke 347-4702
Mrs. Jean Mann 867-7796
Mrs. Anna Collins 894-8484
Jack Morris 577-3588
Friends will notice... A Society Tag on the front of your car or a
Society Decal on your car rear bumper. If you do not have either one,
please order from our Secretary/Treasurer, order form in each issue of
the Canal Record.
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THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application for Box 11566 DUES
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I .................... .............. hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $10.00 as my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues for the year ....................... which entitles me to a
subscription of the CANAL RECORD for one year.
N am e (W ife) ...................................... ............ .......
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Amount Enclosed $ ........ Check ............ M .O............Cash .......
DUES $10.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
DUES, effective January 1, 1978, ARE $10.00.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for BLOOD BANK FUND DUES
Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
Name ...... ........................... ............................
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City .................. ......... State ............. Zip Code.........
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Amount Enclosed $ ........... Check ......... M .O.......... Cash.........
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
FORM TO ORDER SOCIETY PLATE
Please mail to
City State Zip Code_
Society Tag, $2.50 ea., Number wanted
Society Decal, $1.50 ea., Number wanted
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
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