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President Says............................................................... 2
From the Secretary's Desk..................................................... 2
Editor's Lines............................................................. 3
Legislative Report ......................... . .............................. 4
Minutes of the Scheduled Meeting............................. ................. 5
Reflections ................................... .................... 8
Sunshine News ..................................... . .................. 8
Condensed News from The Panama Canal Spillway.............................. 9
Ditch Digger Days ............... ......... ........................ 17
Isthmus Episodes ..................................................... 21
Retirements ................. ................................... 26
General News .................................. ................ 26
Notice ................. ...... .. ...................................... 28
Reunion Reports ................ ...... ............................ 28
Weddings ................ ...... .... ... .......................... 31
Births ............... ..... ..................................... 33
Deaths ................. .... .... ................................. 35
Sale and Locator ................ ................................... 71
Canal Zone ......................... 40 Louisiana ........................... 56
Alabama ........................... 40 New York .......................... 58
Arizona ............................ 42 North Carolina ...................... 59
Arkansas ........................... 43 South Carolina ...................... 60
California ........................... 45 Texas .............................. 62
Florida ............................. 47 Virginia ............................ 66
Ramada Inn (South) 34 Velde Press 70 Vigilant Real Estate 16
PLEASE PATRONIZE OUR ADVERTISERS
DATES TO REMEMBER
24 DEC. Hanukkah Begins Sundown
25 DEC. Christmas Day
25 DEC. Hanukkah
1 JAN. New Years Day
5 JAN. Regular Meeting PCSoFL, Gulfport Community Center
2 FEB. Regular Meeting PCSoFL, Gulfport Community Center
12 FEB. Lincoln's Birthday
22 FEB. Washington's Birthday (Traditional)
2 MARCH Regular Meeting PCSoFL, Gulfport Community Center
Cover: The Christmas Tree, based on pre-Columbian art, was sketched by our
member, artist Julie Herrman of Clearwater, Florida at my request. Editor.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
H. L. Clarke, Jr.
Jack F. Morris
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
William F. Grady
Paul M. Disharoon
J. F. Warner
H. L. Clarke, Jr.
Jack F. Morris
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Robert J, Roy
Eugene I. Askew
Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks
Mrs. Anna T. Collins
J. Winter D. Collins
Liaison Officer for
the Canal Zone
The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
for the good and welfare of its members.
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June,
September, November and December.
MEMBERSHIP FEES $10.00 ANNUALLY. To receive the CANAL RECORD,
all persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $10.00. Entered as 2nd
Class matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class
Postage paid at Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.
PRINTED BY DIXIE PRINTING OF ST. PETERSBURG, 634 2nd Avenue
South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33733.
THE PRESIDENT SAYS...
With my term in office more than half over, I think a short report
on the Society is in order. Our Society now has more members than
ever before and we are growing. From a small handful of members in
the St. Petersburg area we are now an International Society with
members in most of the States and in different parts of the world.
As we grow, we learn from the past and we hope to guide and im-
prove the Society in the future. Through a number of polls taken in the
St. Pete area, the Executive Committee learned that the majority of
members requested a change in our Reception-Dance location and a
change in music. We have followed the dictates of the members. The
Vice President, Mr. Jack Morris, will give you a report on these
Our Sister Societies are growing and the officers and members of
these Societies deserve a vote of THANKS. Our Area News Reporters
are doing a fine job getting up to the minute news to the Record Editor
by the cut off date.
The Executive Committee has resolved quite a number of prob-
lems. The most important decisions were finalizing the plans for the
1979 Reunion and trying to up-date the Constitution and By-Laws. The
Founding Fathers of the Society did a fine job on the Society's Consti-
tution and By-Laws but they did not foresee the changing times and the
changing size of the Society. We hope to have the revised Constitution
and By-Laws in the March Record and to have them voted on at our
Annual Meeting in April.
Your officers have been working very hard to have the best
Ballroom and the very best orchestra in St. Pete. I hope to personally
welcome each and every one at our Reunion April 27 and 28,1979.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
FROM THE SECRETARY'S DESK
Some of you members may not be aware of the fact that the Record
Editor and the Secretary have each given up a room in their respective
homes for the sole purpose of conducting Society business. As the
secretary, I maintain and am custodian for all the files and important
documents, therefore my home address is listed as the Headquarters.
It is not fair to put the burden of all the Society mail on mv
mailman. Therefore we maintain a post office box for Society mail. It is
also much safer in a locked post office box than in my mailbox which is
PLEASE send society mail to:
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, FL 33733
Reunion time is fast approaching and many of you have already
sent in your requests for reservations. Please be patient. With reser-
vations, dues renewal, and Christmas, I may get behind. At this time of
year mail often averages 60 or 70 pieces per day. It is all processed and
taken care of in the order it is received, and I'll take care of you as soon
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All.
When the Rain Tree has showered its gold; the last of the avocados
on the tree are falling to the ground and the red bird and blue jays are
singing so early in the morning, then we in St. Petersburg know
another year is slowly coming to a close. Many, many compliments have
been received from around the States and Canal Zone regarding the
format of my Canal Record, thus I want to pass on to all members and
area reporters who submitted news, letters of reminiscence and
travels, etc., my heartfelt appreciation and to thank each one of you for
sending information to make the Canal Record such an enjoyable
magazine. The news in the Record is one way of keeping in touch. Let us
keep the articles coming in, in a condensed fashion and meet my dead-
line, so that I may edit and compile the articles and get the Record to
the printer on time. . The first day of the month before each issue.
May I request that the folks who request a Notice of a Reunion to
be printed in the Record follow through with a report and a few pictures
to me so that we may know the result of the affair? I know members
were disappointed they did not get a report on the Reunions held in the
Canal Zone in July and August.
It is noted that the following area Reporters were omitted from the
Mrs. Sara Rowley 2248 Morningside Dr., Clearwater, FL 33516
Mrs. Frances Sharp 2600 Pinellas Pt. Dr. S., St. Petersburg FL 33712
Mrs. Ruth Schmidt 4701 Onyx Place, Tampa, FL 33615
Mrs. Patt Foster Roberson 4875 Maribel Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70812
Mrs. Trudy Clontz 837 Brandy Rd., Aiken, SC 29801
Should anyone be interested in covering the Northeast or the Mid-
west, please contact me.
Deadline for the March 1979 Canal Record data is your postmark,
January 23rd or if typed double spaced, ready for editing, it must reach
me no later than January 30th. Thank you.
May God grant you all a Happy Holiday Season and may you be
blessed with good health throughout the New Year.
Anna T. Collins
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
Persons who at one time received survivor benefits as the widow
or widower of a deceased federal employee or retiree, and who lost en-
titlement to the monthly benefit as the result of a remarriage on or
before July 18, 1966 may now qualify and apply for restoration of said
benefits under the provisions of newly-enacted P.L. 95-318.
Restoration of survivor benefits will be effective October 1, 1978,
to all survivors who remarried before July 18, 1966 if the survivor was
over age 60 at time of remarriage, or under age 60 but now again
widowed or single as the result of death, divorce or annulment.
Effected individuals may now apply to the U.S. Civil Service Com-
mission for restoration of survivor benefits provided by P.L. 95-318.
Letters of application should be addressed to:
U.S. Civil Service Commission
1900 E Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20415
Letters should state simply, "I wish to apply for restoration of sur-
vivor benefits as provided in P.L. 95-318." This statement should be
followed with the additional information: 1) former name of survivor
(name to which original survivor benefits were directed); 2) CSF
number assigned to survivor and/or CSA number of the retiree spouse
who elected the survivor benefits; 3) name of federal retiree spouse,
along with other information such as his or her date of birth and date of
Survivors who were not yet age 60 at the time of their remarriage
must also provide proof of termination of the second marriage, such as
death certificate of second spouse, or decree of divorce or annulment.
All who came under P.L. 95-317 received official notice from the
Civil Service Commision as to what to do.
William F. Grady
IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SEND A GIFT MEMBERSHIP OF THE
CANAL RECORD TO A FRIEND, DAUGHTER OR SON FOR
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, FL
1 SEPTEMBER 1978
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr. Howard L.
Clarke, Jr. at 1:30 P.M. Mr. Clarke led the assembled group in the
Pledge to the Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the In-
vocation which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in
memory of those who had passed away since our last meeting.
The President welcomed the 80 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition as
their names were called:
Leo and Edna Wilkes Clearwater, FL
Tom and Lucille Jordan Mobile, AL
The S. F. Mason Family Coco Solo, CZ
In the absence of the Secretary/Treasurer the minutes of the
August meeting were read by Mrs. Anna Collins. 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
by our Auditor, Mr. Daile D. Keigley. As there were no questions, the
reports will be filed.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins. A letter was read from Marie E. Wick of Bremerton,
WA, who attended the Great Northwest Canal Zone Reunion on 19
August 1978, who stated that when she looked at the June Record and
read the Reunion report she immediately sent in her membership ap-
plication for the full year of 1978.
A letter from Dolly Barbour was also read, thanking the Society
for the August luncheon she enjoyed so very much.
The President thanked Mrs. Barbour for serving on the Refresh-
ment committee; he also thanked Eleanor Connor and welcomed her
back from a three month vacation.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative reported that the 4.8%/o
Cost of Living for the first half of this year reported by NARFE in July
was in error. The August issue of "Retirement Life" carried the correct
figure of 4.9%. The President has enacted into law HR 3447 and HR
3755. New Public Law numbers are PL 95-317 and PL 95-318, respec-
tively. The Civil Service Commission will circulate information on the
new benefits available through PL 95-317, along with instructions on
how to file applications. CSC cannot, however, contact survivors who
might be effected by the provisions of PL 95-318 since the files on these
possible beneficiaries were closed when their original survivor benefits
ceased some 12 or more years ago. NARFE will do an "outreach" pro-
gram on this new law to inform persons how to file for restoration of
their survivor benefits. Meanwhile, Carter has gotten part of his re-
form plan enacted into law, his reorganization plan abolishing the Civil
Service Commission became effective 10 August when Congress failed
to veto the plan. The new law established the Office of Personnel Man-
agement to operate the government's personnel system. The law also
creates an independent merit systems protection board to hear gov-
ernment employees appeals on adverse actions. Also the federal labor
relations authority is established to operate the government's labor-
management program. The three new agencies will go into operation
not later than January 1. The Senate Finance Committee has approved
a bill giving tax credit breaks to many present and future federal and
postal retirees aged 65 and older, the savings ranging up to $450 a year
for single retirees and $650 for married ones filing joint returns. This
bill will mainly benefit federal and postal workers and other public em-
ployees who are not under social security or who receive only minimum
social security benefits and are in the lower and middle income brack-
It was reported that Bill M. Price formerly of the Police and Fire
Department and now a resident of Sarasota, FL is a patient in the Sara-
sota Memorial Hospital.
Two members present would celebrate birthdays and two couples
present would celebrate wedding anniversaries during the month. Best
wishes went out to all.
Mrs. Clarke announced a set of 10 postcards from the Panama
Pacific International Exposition which cost $1.25 a set, are on display
and all members desiring a set may please sign for them. If enough
people are interested we shall order the cards.
The President stated he wrote a letter to the Honorable C. W.
"Bill" Young concerning the relocation of the Murals on the dome of the
Administration Building, antique equipment at the Balboa Railroad
Station, and the items in the Canal Zone Museum. Congressman Young
replied that he understands Mr. Clarke's concern and an effort to
receive information on the disposition of these items will be made and
upon receipt be forwarded to Mr. Clarke.
As there was no further business the meeting was adjourned at
Anna T. Collins
Acting Recording Secretary
GOOD WORDS COST NOTHING, BUT ARE WORTH MUCH.
7 OCTOBER 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. The Chaplain, Mrs. Marybelle Hicks, gave the Invocation
which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of
those who had passed away since our last meeting.
The President welcomed the 110 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition as
their names were called:
Mrs. Willie Daniels
Mr. and Mrs. Hadarits Tomsboro, Ga.
Shiela McNamee Taylor
Grace Thomas California
Mr. and Mrs. McNamee
The President offered a few well chosen remarks about the upcom-
ing reunion and the movement afoot to bring Lucho.
Mrs. Anna Collins read the minutes of the September meeting, as
there were no additions, corrections or omissions the minutes were ap-
proved as read. She then read the financial reports of the Society and
the Blood Bank. 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 was 1.2% as of 31 August. President Carter signed PL 95366
allowing federal annuities to be part of property settlements in divorce
cases. A Life Insurance bill for older members of congress who are
retiring this year and in the future was passed on the day it was intro-
duced without any committee hearings or floor debate at all another
case of Congressional Grab. The bill now goes to the Senate.
Mr. Jack Morris offered a few reunion remarks and informed the
members that all reunion information will be in the November Annual
Nine members would celebrate birthdays and three couples would
celebrate anniversaries during October. Best Wishes went out to all.
Mr. Clarke commended Mr. Jack Morris on his efforts in planning
the reunion. Mr. Morris has a big job.
Mr. Clarke called for a round of applause for Dolly Barbour and
Eleanor Connor for their continuing work serving refreshments.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:20
Some Zonians have mastered "Bajan" to the point of proficiency. A
kindred amusement is the exchange of endless glossaries of West
Indian idioms. The West Indian, as well as the Zonian, enjoys this ex-
Here are some examples:
"Ripeness" (She don't ripe enough to be
a good maid)
"Shower Stick," "Keep-Dry" or "House
From: CHRISTIAN COOPERATION AT THE WORLD'S CROSS-
By: Robert H. Rolofson
[Emma Louise Clarke]
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. officers and members
wish a speedy recovery to all members who are ill or not up to par, We
hope you will continue to improve and that we will see you soon.
NEWS CONDENSED from the Panama Canal Spillway in part -
dates appearing after each article for your information.
****Charles Morris, management analyst in the Canal's Executive
Planning Staff for the past 6 years, has been appointed Chief of the
Canal Protective Division. He succeeds J. L. Gregory who recently left
the Canal service to accept a position in the U.S. Morris came to the
Isthmus as a youngster when his late father was employed in the old
Mechanical Division. His mother, Margaret Morris, was for many years
employed in the Division of Schools' recreation program and retired in
1970. Morris went to Bradley University and was graduated in 1960
with a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts. He was granted a master's
degree in public administration in 1974 by the University of Oklahoma
and has completed additional graduate studies at the University of
Minnesota and American University.
****Maxine M. Logan, administrative assistant of the Canal Zone
Chapter of the American Red Cross, who recently completed a long ca-
reer with the local organization, was presented the Panama Canal
Master Key Award by Gov. H. R. Parfitt at a ceremony held in the Gov-
ernor's office at Balboa Heights. Mrs. Logan served as a volunteer of
the Chapter for 8 years prior to joining the organization in 1962. Mrs.
Logan is the wife of Capt. Arthur L. Logan, Port Captain, Balboa who
retired recently after nearly 27 years of service with the Canal. Captain
Logan received the Master Key Award in the grade of "Master
Mariner." Capt. and Mrs. Logan make their retirement home in Titus-
****Viron P. Vaky, recently nominated by President Carter to be
Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, has been
named a member of the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal. Vaky
replaces Terence A. Todman, who has been appointed to serve as
United States Ambassador to Spain. Vaky also was nominated by the
President to be a member of the board of directors of the Inter-Ameri-
can Foundation. Vaky joined the Foreign Service in 1949.
****Penny Robles has been named administrative assistant of the C. Z.
Chapter of the American Red Cross, succeeding Maxine Logan. A
native of Arizona, Mrs. Robles and her husband, Ruben, a civilian em-
ployee of the 470th Military Intelligence Battalion, have been in the CZ
since 1965. Mrs. Robles has a bachelor of arts degree from the
University of Arizona where she majored in English.... 28 July 1978
****The honored guest last month at the Balboa High School reunion of
classes 1950-55 held on the Isthmus was Harold "Zip" Zierten, who met
Gov. H. R. Parfitt during his stay. Zierten, now retired and living in
Florida, was at one time a teacher, boy's guidance counselor, and assist-
ant principal of BHS during the years 1929 to 1959. He was accomp-
anied to the well-attended reunion by his wife Emma.
****Steve Fetherston, outstanding swimmer of the year on the
Atlantic side, was the recipient of the Grieser Award at the annual
Division of Schools Fourth of July Swim Meet held at the Gatun Pool.
Presentation of the award was by George Gerich, principal Coco Solo
and Margarita schools and Louise D. Russon, supervisor of the Gatun
Pool. Steve is the son of Capt. (Ret.) and Mrs. Edward Fetherston of
Margarita.... 4 August 1978
****New physicians at Gorgas Hospital include 14 interns, 4 residents.
One husband wife team and six women physicians are among the 14
new first year postgraduate physicians. Dr. Isabel Marie Cordoba de
Reyes, beginning a first year residency in Pediatrics, was born in
Panama. Her husband Dr. Ricardo R. Reyes, a first year resident in
Internal Medicine, was born in the Canal Zone. Both received medical
degrees from the University of Panama in 1976. They served
internships at the Centro Medico in Penonome and at Santo Tomas
Hospital in Panama City. Dr. Isabel Reyes comes to Gorgas from the
Children's Hospital in Panama.
***Next Tuesday will mark the 64th anniversary of that first
memorable transit of the SS Ancon. Since August 15, 1914, through the
first 9 months of fiscal year 1978, a total of 533,022 vessels of all
categories, flying the flag of all maritime nations, have arrived at the
Canal from the four corners of the world. They carried a multitude of
cargoes weighing a total of 3,077,464,401 long tons.... 11 August 1978.
****Two major Canal maintenance projects started by Engineering
and Construction Bureau this week. The installation of the new
softnose at Gatun Locks and the project to stop erosion from beneath
the Miraflores center approach wall are being tackled during the same
general time frame to minimize the backlog of ships that could result
from the lane outage. Ten PC Company divers working in two shifts are
now at work putting nylon bags filled with cement grout in place
between the caissons, or pillars, that support the center wall. The
cellular wall, constructed on what was originally flat land, is itself stab-
ilized with dirt and rock fill from the original Canal excavations. The
71/2 foot in diameter caissons beneath the wall reach through the earth
to a solid rock base. Earth around the caissons has gradually been
eroded away by the action of ship propellers and the fill within the wall
has also begun to leak out. At this time erosion on the east lane has
progressed to where corrective action is required. The installation of
the newly built softnose on the south approach wall of the Gatun Locks,
west lane will take place tomorrow. The old timber floating softnose at
Gatun was demolished this year by a transiting vessel. ... 18 August
****Mrs. Charlotte B. Kennedy was doubly honored last week when
Gov. H. R. Parfitt presented her a Master Key Award in the grade of
"Community Leader" and a "Certificate of Appreciation" from the
American Red Cross in recognition of 50 years in faithful volunteer
service in the Red Cross. She will make her home in Louisiana, but she
is already planning to return to the Canal for Christmas to be with her
son Edward M. Kennedy.
****Barbara Shaw, secretary to the Director, Supply and Community
Service Bureau for the past 41/2 years, has the distinction of being the
first CPS, Certified Professional Secretary, in the Canal organization.
Attainment of the CPS rating, recognized as the capstone of the
secretarial profession, follows Barbara's completion of approximately 2
years of grueling studies and her successful passing of a 2-day exami-
nation in various areas of competence, including business psychology,
financial analysis, business law, data processing, economics, leadership
and management, office procedures, business mathematics, communi-
cation skills and typing and shorthand.
Barbara took the examination at the Canal Zone College with
Davis B. Baglien serving as proctor. The Institute for Certifying Secre-
taries, Kansas, MO has advised that it will continue to list the CZ
college as a testing center for any aspirants to the CPS certification.
***Graphic Branch has produced a new film, "Tairona" Operation,
dealing with the raising of the ship sunk in the Atlantic entrance to the
canal. Prints of this 16mm color-and-sound film may be taken on short
loan from the branch by interested groups. Running time is about 30
minutes.... 25 August 1978
****Twenty-three key executives of the Canal organization have been
appointed to the task of developing the preliminary plans that will pave
the way for the implementation of the Panama Canal treaties in
Heading the list as the U.S. chairman of the Binational Working
Group is Lt. Gov. James H. Tormey. Other members of the group are J.
Patrick Conley, Executive Secretary; Hugh A. Norris, Director of the
Executive Planning Staff, and Deputy Director Gerard J. Welch;
James E. Ferrara, Assistant Executive Secretary; and Gary P.
Dunsmoor, Chief of the Treaty Planning Division.
Twenty-three subcommittees, composed of representatives of
agencies of the Company-Government and the Government of the
Republic of Panama, will be responsible for the planning and
developing work programs and appropriate schedules in the initial
collaboration between the two countries before the entry into force of
the treaties next year.
1. Land and Water Subcommittee James E. Ferrara
A. Surveys Subcommittee R. J. Risberg
B. Land Use Licensing Subcommittee Joseph J. Wood
C. Public Facilities Subcommittee Richard K. Erbe
Coordinates plans and preliminary measurement and mapping for the
turnover of lands.
2. Public Facilities Subcommittee Charles R. Clark
A. Ports Subcommittee Jack M. Ruoff
B. Railroad Subcommittee Frederick R. Call
Coordinates the study of plans and scheduling to ensure the orderly
transfer to Panama of the port and railroad areas and facilities from the
date of entry into force of the Treaty.
3. Housing Subcommittee Richard K. Erbe
Coordinates plans and procedures for the transfer of Panama Canal
4. Commercial Services Subcommittee Richard K. Erbe
Coordinates plans for the transfer to Panama of commercial installa-
tions and services currently managed by the Panama Canal Company,
such as the cafeteria, retail stores, and theatres. Plans for the continu-
ation of these services with other agencies.
5. Business Activities Subcommittee Robert S. Jeffrey
Coordinates plans on matters concerning the continued operation
under Panamanian jurisdiction of existing business activities in the
present Canal Zone in accordance with the Treaty.
6. Non-Profit Organizations Subcommittee Robert S. Jeffrey
Studies procedures to assure the continued provision of services by or-
ganizations and individuals engaged in non-profit activities in accord-
ance with the Treaty.
7. Health and Sanitation Subcommittee John R. Simmons
Discusses a range of health-related matters, including: environmental
health standards, quarantine responsibilities, sanitation of food service
establishments, malaria surveillance, and plans for the transfer of
health facilities to the Department of Defense or to the Government of
8. Social Security Subcommittee Gordon M. Frick
Coordinates plans for providing coverage by the Panama Social
Security Fund to employees of the former Panama Canal Co. or Canal
Zone Government or new Panama Canal Commission.
9. Utilities Subcommittee J. J. Plunkett
A. Power Subcommittee F. A. Lee
B. Communications Subcommittee C. H. Harrell
C. Sewers Subcommittee F. Martinez
Coordinates the study of plans and the establishment of work schedules
for the transfer to Panama of utility distribution systems within areas
relinquished to Panama.
10. Garbage, Trash Collection and Street Cleaning Subcommittee
Richard K. Erbe
Plans for transfer to Panama of responsibility for garbage and trash
collection and street cleaning in the Canal operating area and housing
areas. Establishes operation standards and levels and frequency of
11. Schools Subcommittee M.P.Gordon
Coordinates plans for the transfer to the Government of Panama of
certain school facilities.
12. Postal Services Subcommittee M.P. Gordon
Plans for the transfer of postal services for U.S. employees to the De-
partment of Defense and for the transfer to Panama of some Canal Zone
13. Fiscal Matters Subcommittee M.P. Gordon
Coordinates plans on the guarantees and responsibilities established
by the Treaty on the importation privileges of the Commission, its
employees and contractors.
14. Roads and Streets Subcommittee J. J. Plunkett
Coordinates plans for the maintenance and lighting of roads and streets
within the Canal operating areas and housing areas. Coordinates the
transfer of roads and streets, the Thatcher Ferry Bridge, and the
responsibility for maintenance of those facilities to the Republic of
15. Fire Protection Subcommittee M. P.Gordon
Develops planning for the transfer of Balboa and Coco Solito fire sta-
tions to Panama and coordinates functional cooperation and respons-
ibility for fire protection in the Canal area.
16. Employee Documentation Subcommittee Robert S. Jeffrey
Coordinates plans on matters concerning entry and departure of U.S.-
citizen employees and dependents.
17. Licensing and Registration Subcommittee Robert S. Jeffrey
Studies procedures concerning the licensing of vehicle operators and
registration and inspection of vehicles, vessels and aircraft.
18. Judicial Subcommittee J. Patrick Conley
Coordinates the handling of judicial matters during the 30-month trans-
ition period from entry into force of the Treaty and ensures the
compliance with procedural guarantees provided in the Agreement in
19. Claims Subcommittee Walter D. Bjorseth
Coordinates plans concerning the settlement of claims and develops
procedures for intergovernmental settlement of claims as provided for
in the Treaty.
20. Personnel Subcommittee Gordon M. Frick
Coordinates planning on matters concerning: employment with the
Panama Canal Commission; increasing the participation of Panamanian
nationals in the operation of the Canal; and the handling of labor-man-
agement relations of the Panama Canal Commission.
21. Police Subcommittee M. P. Gordon
Coordinates planning for the provision of police protection, including
joint patrols, in the Canal Zone operating area, housing areas and the
Ports of Balboa and Cristobal during the 30-month transition period;
and for the transfer to Panama of the Canal Zone Penitentiary.
22. Environmental Subcommittee Frank H. Morris
Develops plans for the creation of a permanent joint commission on the
environment that will recommend conservation measures to both the
U.S. and Panamanian governments; and serves as the point of c contact
between the PCC and the Government of Panama in solving environ-
23. Liaison Subcommittee Hugh A. Norris
Facilitates communication between the Government of Panama's
Office of the Executive Secretary and the Canal organization.
The plans and schedules prepared by committees will be
submitted as recommendations to the Binational Working Group no
later than March 31,1979. Final plans will be forwarded by the BWG for
formal approval by a binational Coordinating Committee that is to be
established as provided for in the Panama Canal Treaty and the
Agreement in Implementation, Article III.... 1 September, 1978
****While the Canal organization is blessed with a share of husband
and wife employees, it isn't every day it nets a doctor and lawyer team.
Ioana and Demetrio Tagaropulos were put on the payroll this summer.
Ioana is an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel and
Demetrio is staff urologist at Gorgas Hospital. Both were born and
raised in Panama and attended CZ schools. Their parents are well-
known in Panamanian business circles... .8 September 1978
****A six-man consular action team (CAT) recently spent a week in
Panama consulting with U.S. Embassy, Panama Canal and Southern
Command officials to make plans for expanding the Consular Services
which will be provided when the U.S. Embassy assumes consular
responsibility for the Canal Zone. The CAT team headed by Stanley
Carpenter, Senior Inspector of the Department of State, met with
Ambassador William J. Jorden, Acting Gov. James H. Tormey,
Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Southern Command, Lt. Gen. Dennis
P. McAuliffe and other U.S. and Panamanian officials and groups
involved in the transition.
U.S. Consul in Panama, Harry A. Quinn, explained that prepara-
tions are underway to assure that resources will be available to take
care of U.S. citizens' needs when the PC Treaties become effective and
the CZ Government ceases to exercise consular authority, beginning
October 1979. At that time, the U.S. Embassy will assume 25,000 more
Americans than it now has in its consular area. Quinn explained that
such consular services include the registering of births, the reporting of
deaths, the provision of notarial services for use in the U.S. and the
issuing of passports. In October 1979 all U.S. citizens residing on the
Isthmus except for active duty military personnel, will be required to
have passports. The Embassy in Panama will have to issue up to 20,000
There is no legislation in the U.S. Congress which would give
special immigrant status to certain Panamanian employees and
retirees of Government agencies and their dependents who may wish
to immigrate to the United States. The consulate has been processing
an average of about 3,000 Panamanian immigration cases a year. If
pending legislation is passed, as many as 75,000 Panamanians could
eventually be eligible for special status.
****Actor Peter Graves, star of the popular television series Mission:
Impossible visited Miraflores Locks last week accompanied by his wife.
Their guide, Robert Byrne commented later "I've met a lot of actors out
here, but those two are the nicest and most sincere." The Graves were
on the Isthmus for the first time to participate in Panama's 16th
International Film Festival.... 15 September 1978
****Col. Charles R. Clark, Director Transportation and Terminals
Bureau, has been decorated with the Order of Vasco Nunez de Balboa in
the rank of Grand Officer by Panamanian President Demetrio Lakas.
The award was made during a banquet at the Presidential Palace.
President Lakas said he was making the presentation in recogni-
tion of Col. Clark's cooperation with the people of the city of Colon,
which has fostered better relations and friendship between the
residents of the Atlantic communities.... 22 September 1978.
****At the top of the winding staircase on the third floor of the Civil
Affairs Building is located the Canal Zone Philatelic Agency. With the
publicity given to the Canal Treaty negotiations and the anticipated
termination of the Canal Zone Postal Service, the Philatelic Agency is
doing a record amount of business these days. Sales have increased ap-
proximately 500 percent in the last year. Normally 50 inquiries or re-
quests per month are received, but now that figure has jumped to about
300. Requests are received in writing from all over the world in many
languages, by telephone from the U.S. and by people who walk into the
office. The agency has an order blank entitled ""Order for Stamped
Paper" which lists the Canal Zone stamps and postal stationery
available to customers. The stamps are sold at face value and are in
mint condition. With a Withdrawal Sale of Canal Zone Stamps,
Stamped Envelopes and Postal Cards is programmed, a press release,
identical to those associated with a new stamp issue, is provided to
publisher and patrons on the Philatelic Mailing List. Prior to the
discontinuance of the Canal Zone Post Service, an extensive withdraw-
al sale is foreseen.
DUES ARE PAYABLE NOW. $10.00 FOR 1979
SS Cristobal Sailing Schedule
Through December 1979 (Rev. 9-78)
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Lv. New Orleans
Fri. Sept. 29
Fri. Oct. 13
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Fri. Nov. 10
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Fri. Dec. 8
Voyage No. Lv. New Orleans
458 Fri. Jan. 5
459 Fri. Jan. 19
460 Fri. Feb. 2
461 Fri. Feb. 16
462 Fri. Mar. 2
463 Fri. Mar. 16
464 Fri. Mar. 30
465 Fri. Apr. 13
466 Fri. Apr. 27
467 Fri. May 11
468 Fri. May 25
469 Fri. June 8
470 Fri. June 22
471 Fri. July 6
472 Fri. July 20
473 Fri. Aug. 3
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475 Fri. Aug. 31
476 Fri. Sept. 14
477 Fri. Sept. 28
478 Fri. Oct. 12
479 Fri. Oct. 26
480 Fri. Nov. 9
481 Fri. Nov. 23
482 Fri. Dec. 7
The ship will sail upon completion of cargo opera-
tions. Approximate time can be obtained on sailing da N
b\ calling: In the Canal Zone, Terminals Division.
Cristobal 43-1622. In New Orleans, Water Transporta-
tion Division (area code) (50.4 947-4417.
... 29 September 1978
They are talking about
VIGILANT REAL ESTATE
REALTOR JIM McCONAGHY, C.R.B. Owner
MEMBER CANAL SOCIETY
Two Offices to serve you in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg Area.
5503 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida Phone
2468 State Rd. 580, Clearwater, Florida 347-3161
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DITCH DIGGER DAYS
WE SALUTE AND PAY HONOR TO
THE "OLD TIMERS"
Mrs. E. D. Carey (Ann Cody) Mrs. Madeline Shore
2 Chestnut Hill Rd. 1312 Williams Dr.
Randolph, NJ 07801 Aiken, SC 29801
Mrs. Julia McKenzie nee Nielsen
Harbor View Tr. Pk., Lot 63
Charlotte Harbour, FL 33950
Ann C. Carey writes that she enjoyed all the articles in the Record,
but being a real "Old Timer," The Ditch Digger Days brought back
many happy memories of persons whom I have not heard of for many
My father (Michael J. Cody) was a Roosevelt Medal Holder. He
arrived on the Zone in February 1908 and was employed by the
My mother and her four children arrived on December 6, 1908
after quite an eventful and really very bad experience. We were ship-
wrecked just off Sandy Hook on Thanksgiving Day due to an unusual
amount of fog. An English freighter rammed into our ship the S.S. Fi-
nance. Five people were drowned. The S.S. Advance picked us up and
we continued to Panama.
Some things were not too pleasant for the adults in those days,
such as having drinking water delivered. We could not drink the tap
water. We were permitted only 20 lbs. of ice a day and everyone knows
in the tropics that was a problem. However, there are so many happy
memories that I could write a book.
My father retired in 1927, my husband retired in 1954, and my son
Bob will retire soon. I also have many other relatives on that list.
I enjoyed reading Pete Corrigans' account of New Porto Bello since
I remember his folks very well. I visited my Aunt there several times,
Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Sweeney. It was a small place, but people were like
one big family.
I have enjoyed our time stateside, but being a widow, it is some-
times very lonely, but I thank God for my three wonderful children and
my two sisters and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Seavey (Alice
Cody) and Estelle Sullivan (Cody). Please give all the C.Z. people my
Julia McKenzie writes that her father, Christian L. Nielsen,
arrived on the Canal Zone in September of 1906 and worked there until
retirement age in 1933. I have his Roosevelt Medal with all bars. Upon
retirement they were privileged to live aboard a houseboat on the edge
of Pedro Miguel Locks where their greatest pastime was to wave the
flag at the ships in transit!
Mother and I joined my father on the Zone in April of 1907; they
both passed away on the Zone and following my father's death in 1960 I
left there, having nothing to keep me there any longer.
We lived first in Gorgona, then Culebra, Old Cristobal, Corozal and
finally ended up at 711-C on the Prado in Balboa. I remember a trip
through Culebra Cut on a labor train before the water was in, and
swimming across the Canal at the Corozal swimming hole before the
Canal was opened to traffic.
I graduated from Balboa High School in 1919, married "Chip" Hart-
man that year, and in 1921 our daughter, Julie, was born; and years
later, in 1945, after her marriage to Robert E. Gayle, Jr. (now a retired
Navy Commander living in Cape Coral), their daughter, Christie, was
the fourth baby and first girl born at the new Coco Solo Hospital. (They
plan to join the Society in January.)
"Chip" died in the late '20s and in 1943 I1 married Henry "Mac" Mc-
Kenzie, a Refrigeration Engineer at Mt. Hope, who passed away on
Pearl Harbor Day 1959.
Many letters have I written to the papers and Senators, etc., re-
garding Carter's give-away of our Canal a disgraceful event has
taken place. I also remember: The day President Wilson blew up the
dam and the waters met what a memorable occasion! The night the
quarters at Toto Point burned down; also the fire which destroyed a
large portion of Colon; and the night at the Tivoli Hotel when the Duke
of Windsor (then the Prince of Wales) danced nearly every dance with
Carolyn Granberry! And many, many, many more things too numerous
to mention. The memories are both beautiful and sad, but for one who
does occasionally dwell on the past, there could not have been one of
which we could be more proud.
When John A. Madison retired in 1967 as general foreman, locks
operations, with 40 years service, he had been present for historic
moments in the Panama Canal History ... so went the article in the
Spillway. Madison was aboard the SS Ancon for its transit through the
Canal August 15, 1914, officially opening the waterway. He was 7 at the
time. Madison was lock operator in 1939 when the ship made a partial
transit in observance of the silver anniversary of the Canal opening.
And in 1964, he was lockmaster at Miraflores when the Las Cruces,
filling in for the old Ancon, transited during the 50th anniversary cele-
John was 2 years old when he went to the Zone, the son of a
Panama Railroad section foreman, and worked for the Canal organiza-
tion during the summers of 1919 and 1920, serving as a messenger be-
tween Old Cristobal and Mount Hope. Bicycles were available, but he
was too small for them and would skate the 2 miles between the two
points. His first full time work with the Canal was as a machinist
apprentice in the Mechanical Division. He moved to the Locks Division
in 1939. The Madisons make their home in Clearwater, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. William C. York of Aiken, SC and formerly of the
Canal Zone, hosted a 90th birthday party for Mrs. Madeline Shore, Mrs.
York's mother, on August 13, 1978. Mrs. Shore is the wife of the late
Charles P. Shore, holder of the Roosevelt Medal. She was a resident of
the Canal Zone from 1960 to 1972 as well as during the Construction
Former Zonians attending the party were Mrs. Norma Holder of
Augusta, Georgia, granddaughter of Mrs. Shore, Mr. and Mrs. Albert
Shore of Aiken, son and daughter-in-law of Mrs. Shore, and Mr. and
Mrs. Robert Rowe of Aiken.
My immediate family, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Holmelin, brothers Gus
and Charlie, and myself, Marie, arrived in Empire in 1910. The French
quarters to which we were assigned was located on a hill right next to
where the Canal was being dug. Local folks told my mother that many
French families had died from malaria in the house and when mother
saw all the cockroaches and lizards running wild around the house, her
reaction was to return to the States on the next boat regardless of the
fact my father had been waiting for our arrival for a year.
Gus, a friend, Charlie, Mrs. Holmelin, Mr. V. Holmelin, and friend in
With persuasion, we stayed my brother Charlie, got a job, after
school being a "water boy", bringing drinking water to the construction
workers on the Canal. Brother Gus went on to the Panama Railroad
Line as an apprentice and later became a licensed Engineer. At seven-
teen, I worked in Vibert Dixon's merchandise store, selling books,
magazines, and candy.
For entertainment, horseback riding was one of the few sports for
young single adults. Never having been on a horse, I accepted a date
with a young man to ride horseback from Empire to Corozal down the
middle of Culebra Cut. Needless to say, I took the train back from
Corozal to Panama and my friend had two horses to return alone.
While the blasting was going on to cut through the land, rocks
would fall on the roof of our house and each time, my mother thought it
was time to leave. But we moved to a two-family house in Colon near the
Washington Hotel where I could walk to my job in the newsstand at the
Colon Railroad Station.
My Dad, Victor R. Holmelin, followed in a rowboat, behind the first
ship that went through the Canal.
Mr. Victor Holmelin with friend in rowboat.
I met my husband, Frank Wolf, when I was employed at the Com-
missary in the sheets-pillow department. Frank purchased so many
linen items that I thought he must have a large family. No, Frank was
just purchasing items each day in order to "talk" to me. Yes, it worked.
I married Frank and we had two daughters and spent 44 years of our
lives on the Canal Zone.
On October 25, 1978, Marie Wolf celebrated her 85th birthday at
the home of Dorothy and Albert Pate, her daughter and son-in-law,
with a small family gathering. Daughter, Rose Alexander from
from Palmetto; two granddaughters, Karen and Charlene from
Bradenton and two great-grandchildren.
LOVE IS NOT ONE OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD, BUT THE
SUM OF THEM ALL.
Scene in Colon
George Russon, Yuma, AZ While reading over my Canal Record
I read the history of the Boyd family as given by Anne Boyd Bartholo-
mew. I met them all when I first came to Pedro Miguel in 1916 and Bill
Bartholomew was a good friend of mine. The Corrigan family I also met
and knew. Jack Corrigan was a policeman stationed at Ancon and I was
the desk officer on the shift he worked and also at that time he was quite
a ball player, playing for Balboa. We were also good friends. Reading
over the Record brought back many great memories of what I consider
the Golden Years of the Canal history.
In 1925 during my off duty hours I began giving driving lessons and
I built up a very good reputation in the art of teaching people how to
drive cars. The following was published on April 9, 1939 in the Panama
American which at that time was owned by Harmodio Arias. Nelson
Rounsevelle who founded the paper and was the editor and publisher
was the one who wrote the article.
"In a lifetime of critical OBSERVATION, I have noted that to most
men, it is an EXPENSIVE PASTIME to take WOMEN FOR A RIDE.
The exception that PROVES THE RULE called out here last week.
Women PAY this exceptional man to GO RIDING WITH THEM. Lit-
erally hundreds of attractive (and otherwise) women in the Canal Zone
and Panama PAY BY THE HOUR to ride with GEORGE RUSSON,
Ancon POLICEMAN who has almost a monopoly in TEACHING
women to drive.
So SOUGHT AFTER ARE RUSSON'S services, that women fig-
uratively STAND IN LINE for a chance at his services as a TEACHER
in the ART of driving an automobile expertly and without getting ar-
rested. RUSSON has a great WAY with autos and women, and men
TOO. Husbands who would SHOOT any other man who took their
wives for a RIDE will unhesitatingly TRUST THEIR WIVES TO
Straight laced mothers who guard their daughters during every
wakeful hour and who frown upon every other MAN'S proposals to go
for a ride, actually HIRE Russon to go for long drives with them.
OLDISH women, even those who turned grey during the HORSE
AND BUGGY generation, go gleefully behind the automobile STEER-
ING WHEEL with Russon by their side. NUNS, whose lives are de-
voted and dedicated to an AVOIDANCE of men and other SECULAR
things, go unhestitatingly on long drives to the interior, chaperoned
and PILOTED by Russon, sublimely CONFIDENT that no untoward
thing can happen to them or the car, as long as RUSSON is at the wheel.
Russon and his AUTO PUPILS are frequent visitors at SANTA
CLARA, our gardens, flowers, a dairy and zoo being a sort of ATTRAC-
TION ALONG THE ROUTE as he teaches the girls to navigate the
CURVES along Panama's National Highway."
The week before this article appeared in the newspaper four Nuns
accompanied me on a trip to the interior. At Santa Clara we stopped to
see Betty Webster and Nelson who had a casino there. We did not go
into the casino, but to a house in the rear where we were served cookies
and Coca Cola. I gave many Nuns lessons and often took them on trips
to the interior, especially the Franciscan Sisters from St. Francis
Studio in Balboa. I think this is what inspired Nelson to write the above
article. I am writing an article I call "Memories of Fifty Years on the
Canal Zone" and when I get it finished will try to have it printed.
To all my friends who remember me I wish them the best for the
coming holidays and may the coming New Year be good to them. Now
that the Canal has been given away, I hope the spirit of those who built
the Canal and those who followed in the years since, will never die and
continue to flourish through our Society.
- THE BIG COLON FIRE
By Stanley Howard Willis
The verandah of the Hotel Washington, in the city of Colon in the
Republica de Panama, was one of the real fantastic edifices in South
America. Built in the early days of the Canal operation, it catered to the
Zonites as a recreation area plus all the sundry politicos on Junketeer-
ing visits to the Big Ditch. During the Dry Season it is paradise in the
tropics with the sultry monsoon breezes wafting off the Atlantic gulf
and it was a "natural" air conditioning mecca. Plus a fantastic swim-
ming pool, right on the Gulf side, with the salt spraying over the guests.
Surrounded by motley ghetto-like buildings housing thousands of the
Canal workers, the flats were mostly provided with small or medium oil
and kerosene stoves, which was to prove disastrous in the flash confla-
gration that was to destroy the city of Colon.
Stan Willis, then working for the Canal with a friend, Roon Wiff,
took a week-end at the Hostelry, and were enjoying a few Mint Juleps
on the Washington porch, when at 4 P.M., the dreaded shouts of "Fire,
Fire, Cudado, Peligro," went the tropic air surrounding the hotel. The
breeze off the Gulf by this time, was gusting in gales, and by the time
the hapless Bomberos, the Colon Fire lads, got their antique pumper
hooked up, half the area was a blazing inferno. The kerosene stoves in
each flat supported each other and when one went, it set a chain
reaction in the next building. Plus the fact that, the Colon Pumping sta-
tion had NO energy to pump any water, so, the Bomberos simply took
things in stride, busted into every cantina and club in the flame-path
and of course, liberated the Scotch and Monkey rum, consuming same
on the spot.
By 8 P.M. most of the city was in ruins. Willis had alerted Electra
Morales, who ran a column called "Electra" in the Panama American
and in turn alerted the Panama City Bomberos, who rigged up a string
of flat cars on the railroad and set off for Colon. By 10 P.M. the flames
were up the way to the YMCA, on the edge of the Canal Zone. By luck,
the Locks were then being fortified and a group of rough Army and
Navy, plus the Dynamiters, blasted out the buildings and partially
blocked the spread of the inferno. Bilgray's tropic bar and the denizens
of Cash Street, seeing the flames edging away, kept right on wheeling
and dealing "to hell with the fire, get the Yankee dolla, man."
Amazingly there was not a single casualty, nor even a person hurt
and when you figure the entire city flat on its posterior, that was some-
thing. Stan did a front page story for the Panama American and told
about the GI's clearing out the furniture of a building and holding a
huge dresser yelled "Hey pal, catch this". Crash bang, no dresser!
Finally the Bombers from Panama City arrived and if you don't
think they had much macho, think again. They got their little old dyn-
amite sticks and "d y n a m i t e !" and snuffed out the fire. The Lassies
on Cash Street were unharmed, Bilgray's kept open 24 hours and the
drinks and food were on the house. The Zonites came out in force, the
Army set up a tent city for the homeless and the most amazing thing,
this happened on the 13th of the month, a Saturday what do you
think? Every mother's son in Panama and Colon played "13" in the
Loteria Nacional Bingo right on the nose, Sunday at 11 A.M., there is
little old numero 13 right up there on the winners side. So just goes to
show you, that there is always the silver lining to the darkest cloud.
Mrs. Charles W. Lee, (Belmina), Yucaipa, CA In one of the
Records you have referred to our dear Fr. McDonald from St. Mary's -
you may have known the historian former Shakespearean actor, etc.
We were married by him in his rather drab rectory on a rainy
October day but the sun burst forth brightly for the momentous
minutes of the "I do!" "The Romance of Tomorrow" was sent us after
Einstein's visit to Panama and without a doubt we have the only copy.
Apropo since Einstein is much in the news today. When Crede Calhoun
interviewed him Einstein's wife told Crede "You know Albert can
never balance his check book".
Respectfully dedicated to Einstein by T. J. McDonald.
--------- The Romance of Tomorrow -----
Tomorrow is always coming but never arrives. Yet today was once
tomorrow and tomorrow will be yesterday. The flow of the NOW rolls a
million images on its deep, blue tide. On toward tomorrow, but they
shall never reach the strand, for as soon as today is ended, tomorrow is
today, and today is yesterday. The goal is never reached, though a
hundred thousand runners die panting on the field. Tomorrow is the
mirage of the desert that mocks the weary traveler. The fair form and
siren voice that vanish in the illusion of hope. The castle whose thresh-
old none has crossed. It is the land of Einstein where to an fro dash the
chariots of infinity, under the fantastic reins of relativity. Even the
fairies may have a today and yesterday, but never a one has peeped
through the storied land of tomorrow. The cradle of tomorrow is rocked
by the breath of fancy, and guarded by the visions of hope. But there no
baby lies, for tomorrow has never been born. Tomorrow goes on
forever, what dies is today. The home of hopes and dreams and fancies
never touched by the breath of the real. (Printed with Mrs. Lee's per-
Richard G. Dinkgreve of Metairie writes that in 1954, the
Electrical Division transferred him to Balboa from Cristobal for 30
days. While there, he was quartered at the Tivoli Hotel on the third
floor in a room with a private bath, which normally served two rooms.
He arose one morning about 5 A.M. and proceeded to get ready for the
day. He flushed the toilet a couple of times and, to get hot water for
shaving, had to run the water in the basin at a good flow for quite a
while. After splashing around shaving and cleaning up, he turned the
water on in the bathtub. Since it was a giant-sized tub, the water made
very loud flushing and splashing noises and it took a long time to get
about 15 inches or so of water into the tub. He was really enjoying his
bath, splashing and rinsing and bathing like mad when suddenly he be-
came aware of a banging on the wall. It was the occupant in the adjoin-
ing room banging on the hook of the wall telephone (the old-fashioned
type), trying to get the operator's attention. This banging went on for
several minutes, then Richard heard a voice say, "Operator, will you
please see if you can get me another room? (The voice sounded in great
agony.) I can't sleep and I have to sleep. I am going quite mad. I just
have to get away from that aquarium in the next room. I'm telling you
there is one in that room and there's a mighty big fish in it too. It has
never stopped jumping and splashing around in the water for the last
couple of hours." (Richard says that you can bet your bottom dollar the
noise from his bathroom stopped in a hurry. He never met the poor guy,
a victim of his poor consideration. Richard stopped around to apologize
that afternoon after work, but the room was vacant. (Submitted by
Louisiana Reporter Patt Foster Roberson)
The charming Mrs. Annie Gerhardt of Rt. 2, Box 108A, Walker, La
70785, shares the following with us, a clipping from the Terre Haute
(Ind.) Tribune of June, 1926:...
HE BAKES THE BREAD FOR PANAMA
Louis Gerhardt, Jr., who has been visiting his mother, Mrs. Louis
Gerhardt, 101 South Thirteenth, for the last six weeks, is leaving Tues-
day for New York, from where he will take the government boat back to
Panama, and work, on July 14.
Mr. Gerhardt has been master baker and manager of the govern-
ment bakery at Panama for a year and a half. He has two months' vaca-
tion this summer, and the two weeks he has left he will spend in New
York looking over machines for the making of macaroni and spaghetti.
Before taking the government position, Mr. Gerhardt was mana-
ger of the Atlantic & Pacific Tea company's bakeries in Chicago and in
Indianapolis. The bakery in Panama which he manages supplies the
officer's training camps, the government workers, who make up a large
percentage of the population, and the ships which load and unload
there, for Panama is a great shipping point. The shop turns out as high
as 30,000 loaves of bread in one day. And besides that, it turns out
crackers, pies, cakes, cookies, rolls, doughnuts, and everything any
bake shop can put out. Of the thirty-six men who work for him all but
one are colored.
Mr. Gerhardt likes his adopted home very much and is anxious to
return there. "The weather is never as hot as it was here this Wednes-
day," he said, "and it is most sanitary there. The houses are screened,
and the government has made sanitation the most noticeable feature of
Panama. It is really a most delightful place. Living is very cheap there,
especially for government employes. I have a wonderful room with
shower, electricity, water, telephone, and janitor service for the
startling sum of $8.75 a month." . Mr. Gerhardt's father was the
mayor of Terre Haute and like himself, his father and his father's
father, all bakers. The bakery mentioned in the article is, of course, Mt.
Hope. Annie and Louis lived in New Cristobal from 1922-41. Annie says
that Louis loved spoiling the ladies by baking their loaves of bread for
parties in colors to match party decor. Whether pink or green or yellow,
the finger sandwich bread always matched. (Submitted by Louisiana
Reporter Patt Foster Roberson)
monoeoemeomommeom RETIREMENTS umen*eononmoememe
Mr. Louis A. Austin
Mr. Robert L.Austin
Mr. Rosario S. Capitelli
Miss Rebecca K. Clayton
Mr. Vern Hewit Cristoph
Miss Lydia Czapek
Mr. Abraham Felixson
Miss Ardella M. Fleming
Mr. Shirley A. Moffett
Mr. Horace J. Orgeron, Jr
Miss Grace J.Rider
Mr. Furman D. Saunders
Mr. William Andrew Violette 8/16
Mrs. Ugolena Wilferd 8/23
Lt. Aubrey N. Wilmont 8/26
Transit Operations 28
Procurement Div. New Orleans 36
Gorgas Hospital 13
Motor Transportation 36
Transit Operations 30
In the October, 1978, issue of Money was an exciting article on
Capt. and Mrs. Paul R. Guerriero, a senior pilot for the Panama Canal
Co. entitled "Good-bye to Panama," the subhead reads, "Thanks to the
new treaties, Paul Guerriero's time as a high-paid canal pilot is running
out. But our advisers see clear sailing ahead." The article was written
by Joseph S. Coyle with photographs by Dick Swanson. It states that
low-cost Canal Zone living and hefty income have allowed Paul and Ann
Guerriero, who live in Ancon, to put aside savings as lush as the tropical
flora that decorates their days. Now, with retirement and a steep
income drop approaching, those savings will have to work hard for the
first time. His salary, as a fully licensed "master of steam and motor
vessels of any gross tons, all oceans," for the 12 months ending June 30,
1978 was $52,090. After their advisory session with three Money
advisers in New York, they left agreeing to do some serious career
planning. When the spring of 1981 rolls around, the Guerrieros will
probably head for Scottsdale, Arizona, to start their new life. (Sub-
mitted by Louisiana Reporter Patt Foster Roberson)
In the September 11, 1978, issue of U.S. News & World Report was
a special report on the quest for better schools. First of three success
stories in improving education was one on the president of Passaic
County Community College in Paterson, N.J. This person is none other
than our own Gus Mellander, BHS '52. Among the methods Gus used to
make PCCC a model for excellence was the firing of bad teachers and
rewarding bright students. "I had one thing to get across, Mellander
said. "This is first and foremost an academic institution. Everything
else is secondary" What a glowing tribute to the Panama Canal school
system where Gus got his early training. And what an honor for BHS
'52 to have had Gus as a classmate. (Submitted by Louisiana Reporter
Patt Foster Roberson, BHS '52)
CONGRATULATIONS TO Mr. Harry Akers, Jr.
Balboa High School, Class 1950
Harry Akers Wins $5,000 Conservation Award
[Reprint from The Anchorage Times, Saturday, August 12,1978]
A $5,000 cash award, the largest ever given in the conservation
division, has been presented to Harry Akers, Jr., a petroleum engineer
with the U.S. Geological Survey here.
The award was conferred by Dr. H. William Menard, director of
the Survey, for Akers' work in lease evaluation during the Cook Inlet
lease sale and two similar sales for the Eastern Region in the Atlantic
Akers was born in the Panama Canal Zone and is a three-year
employee of the survey. He is a graduate of Colorado School of Mines
and holds a degree from that school in petroleum refining engineering.
He also has a Master's Degree in chemical engineering from the
University of Colorado.
We extend our Congratulations to the new District Deputy Grand
Exalted Ruler for the Canal Zone B.P.O. Elks, PER Stuart Wallace.
Stuart was appointed to his position by Grand Exalted Ruler Leonard
J. Bristol during the Annual Convention in San Diego. Stuart is a mem-
ber of Lodge #1414, Balboa.
Parts Taken from Chip Shots by Jim Smith Par 3s
St. Petersburg Independent, Wednesday, October 11, 1978
Life on par 3s isn't much different than the regulation courses.
Less yardage to negotiate, certainly, but otherwise full of the same
frustrations found on the longer courses.
St. Petersburg has only one par-3 course, the city-owned Twin
Brooks layout on 22nd Avenue S., and maybe that's a good thing. It
appears more than its users can handle.
"It's a real challenge," says Buck Lockridge, 74, who plays Twin
Brooks as many as six times a week. "If you don't hit the green here,
you don't score."
Although the course is played by youngsters and women, elder
statesmen like Lockridge do most of the swinging at Twin Brooks. And
if their efforts at beating the course don't furnish enough incentive,
there are always a few friendly side bets to make the game more inter-
No big stakes, mind you. "It's only a nickel for pars and a dime for
birdies," says Lockridge, "but you'd think it was a million dollars."
*memOmeOememmOmemoemm NOTICE m*mememememememoem
The Balboa High School Class of 1969 is organizing a 10-Year
reunion to take place the weekend of June 15, 1979, in the Canal Zone.
We have planned four activities: a paella/pool party; a picnic; a dinner
and dance cruise on the Fantasia del Mar, and a typical dinner at
Holiday Inn Panama ... All this for $27.50!!!!! Two charter flights at an
irresistibly low price for your benefit one from New Orleans and the
other from Miami. For more information and questionnaire write: BHS
Class of 69 Reunion, Box 51, Balboa Heights, Canal Zone.
Sele*emeeme@emen eOn em@eueieies UeneOeaeEeien e U.aUaei
WASHINGTON, DC AREA D.C. area Zonians sponsored a
Canal Zone reunion on June 24 and 25, 1978, at the Quality Court
Central in Arlington, VA. Everyone met for cocktails in a private
dining room of the hotel on Saturday evening, June 24th. A buffet
dinner followed and then an evening of dancing and reminiscing. There
were lots of things to remind guests of the Zone besides the people a
large wall hanging, showing the Seal of Panama Canal Zone, a "lottery"
with much about it that was typically "Panama", a continuous slide
show featuring scenes of the Zone and Panama, a cheer led by some
former BHS and CZJC cheerleaders, even a conga line. It surely
seemed that everyone had a super evening.
On Sunday there was a brunch at the Quality Court. Many who
could not come to Saturday night's festivities were there as well as
most of the Saturday night crowd. There just wasn't enough time to
talk with everyone about "those good old days".
So there are already two volunteers on hand to organize another
reunion for 1979. Perhaps it will become an annual affair. For
information about the next reunion, contact anyone listed in this
directory. Next spring they'll all be receiving information about it.
Beall, Elizabeth A. (Zent), Falls Church, VA; Biava, Richard and
Shirley (Simpson), Alexandria, VA; Boland, Don and Geneva, Lanham,
MD; Braun, Gustav and Margaret (Cauthers), Alexandria, VA;
Brentner, Lowell and Bobbie Ann (Robinson) Pensacola, FL; Broggini,
E. Lawrence and Margaret A., Arlington, VA; Brownfield, Nelwyn
("Brownie"), Alexandria, VA; Burton, Bod and Joan (Evans), Falls
Church, VA; Cecil, Bob and Susan (Barrett), Rockville, MD; Crandall,
Jack and Gloria (Stein), Annandale, VA; Croco, Richard, Adelphia,
MD; Crossman, Silver, Alexandria, VA; Curtis, Gloria (Glass), Cen-
treville, VA; Dewey, Donald and Ursula, Alexandria, VA; Drake, Dick
and Marie (Pierobon), Dunwoody, GA; Etchberger, Bill and Doris
(Spry), Williamsburg, VA; Farmer, Helen D., Arlington, VA; Grubbs,
Bill and Nancy (Coleman), Laurel, MD; Haydel, Frank and Jean (Saari-
nen), Memphis, TN; Herring, Burnice and Georgia Lu (Hagler), Vienna,
VA; Herring, Leon and Charlotte, Baltimore, MD; Higgins, Hopsie
(Evelyn), Arlington, VA; Hilliard, Jack and Marian, Springfield, VA;
Kromer, Jack and Irene (Taylor), Silver Spring, MD; Lacklen, Jess and
Mary Jane (Comley), Arlington, VA; Lord, Charles M., Jr., Springfield,
VA; Lynch, Nanette, Arlington, VA; McCabe, Chet and Mary Lou
(Mohr), Chadds Ford, PA; McLeod, Frank, Arlington, VA; Maloney,
Hugh and Ruth (Menzel), Fairfax, VA; Millett, John (Buck), Tokama
Park, MD; Norris, Ted and Patricia, Falls Church, VA; Reyle, Bruce
and Barbara (Fritz), Fairfax, VA; Shaffer, Francis and Emma (Menzel),
Silver Spring, MD; Skinner, Warren and Grace, Annandale, VA;
Sprague, Robert and Patricia (Meriwether), Washington, DC; Stein,
Edward L., Annandale, VA; Toner, Barney, Arlington, VA.
1978 Reunion time this year was July 15th at Pocono View Inn and
Motel in Sciota, PA. Our group has gotten so large that we had to find a
bigger place to hold our reunion. Jean (Kaler) McAndrews found this
motel that we could take over for the entire weekend and would be con-
venient for everyone. She contacted Aggie (Tonneson) Jamke and
Eleanor (Hammon) Schwindeman and the three made all the arrange-
ments for a great weekend.
Some of the group arrived Friday and the rest of us came Saturday
morning. As with all the reunions it was great seeing and greeting old
friends and meeting new ones.
After having a lovely buffet lunch some visited while others took
advantage of being in the Pocono's and went sightseeing. As the day
was hot, many of us enjoyed the pool. Then later in the day we all gath-
ered around the pool and had our meeting. We planned on coming back
here next year and made it the 3rd weekend of July. We also decided to
come on Friday if possible, if not Saturday, making it a full weekend.
After dinner Bill Poole showed slides and pictures of buildings and
places that were during the construction days. They were real interest-
ing and enjoyed by all. George Lowe brought albums with pictures of
people and places that he had collected over the years. What wonderful
memories came back to us all.
Sunday morning we gathered around after breakfast, saying our
goodbys, making our visit lasting as long as possible till next year.
We really missed our regulars who couldn't make it this year. Hope
you can make it next year, for the reunion just didn't feel complete
without you folks.
If anyone is interested in coming next July, you can contact Aggie
(Tonneson) Jamke, Eleanor (Hammon) Schwindeman or me.
The following were present: Gene and Fay Hamlin, Carthage, NC;
Bill Jones, California; Francis and Jean (Kaler) McAndrews, Moscow,
PA; Jack, Gloria and son Arlen Brown, Northport, NY; Bernie Genos
(good friend of Jack and Gloria and ours), Northport, NY; Frank and
Liz (Tonneson) Key, Dumont, NJ; Fred Mead, St. Petersburg, FL;
Todd and Alice Lipzinski, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Jim and Lea McHugh,
Quakertown, PA; Edward and Jane Curtis, Woodbury Hts., NJ;
Edward and Aggie (Tonneson) Jamke, Tenafly, NJ; Edwin and Helen
Jones, Boca Raton, FL; Dorothy Hamlin, Largo, FL; Hal and Janice
(Hamlin) Leffingivell, New Canaan, Conn.; Lucile K. Muller, Hillsdale,
NJ; Edna (Muller) Brancone, Hillsdale, NJ; August and Eleanor
(Hammon) Schwindeman, Ramsey, NJ; Bill and Ruth Beers, Newark,
NJ; Homer Piper, Columbus, Ohio; Bill and Mary Mechaelsen, Croton
on the Hudson, NY; Bob and Marion Hazeldine, Cranford, NJ; Macon
and Dtr. Holly Mishaux, Somerville, NJ; Jack and Betty (Searcy)
Rathgeber, Glassboro, NJ; John H. Poole, Jr., Lansdowne, PA; Bill and
Muriel Poole, Lansdowne, PA; Wilma (Reynolds) Kirkpatrick, Roches-
ter, NY; Tede (Catherine Duff) Lyng, Rochester, NY; George and
Catherine Lowe, Wilmington, Del.; Walter and Louise Jones, Locust
Till Next Year,
Betty [Searcy] Rathgeber
WHY NOT GIVE A SOCIETY TAG ONLY $2.50
OR A SOCIETY DECAL, $1.50
AS A GIFT TO A MEMBER
WHO DOES NOT HAVE ONE ON HIS CAR?
Jennifer Leigh Byerley became the bride of Clifton Torbert Sasso
on September 5, 1978, in a ceremony held at the First United Methodist
Church in Arlington, Texas. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
J. Donald Byerley of Arlington. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Clifton J. Sasso of Miramar, Florida. Karen D. Koltoko was maid of
honor and Stephen N. Byerley was the best man. The young couple will
make their home in Miami, Florida.
Miss Kathleen L. Foster and Mr. Jeffery L. Curtiss were married
April 8,1978 at St. Mary's Church, Balboa, Canal Zone. A reception was
held at the Amador Officer's Club.
After a honeymoon in Bogata, Columbia the couple is at home at
Radio Far Fan. Jeff is a journalist with the U.S. Navy at SCN and Kathy
is Publications Manager at Headquarters Air Force at Howard Field,
Many stateside friends and relatives attended the wedding
including parents of the bride, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Foster of Tampa,
Florida and brother of the groom, Steven Curtiss of LaCrosse,
Dr. and Mrs. Clayton Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gregg of Coco Solo, Canal Zone announce the
marriage of their daughter Marian Lynn to Clayton Brown. The
marriage was performed by Father Charles Shanley, C.M. at 7:00 P.M.
on May 20, 1978 in the Holy Family Church. A reception was held at the
bride's home after the ceremony.
Guests from New Orleans were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Brown,
parents of the groom and sisters of Lynn, Nancy, Laura and Gail and
friends of Clayton and Lynn.
The bride and groom honeymooned at Contadora Island and are
now at home in New Orleans where Lynn is a Registered Nurse at
Charity Hospital and Clayton is a Doctor of Medicine.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred T. Marsh of Oregon City, Oregon announce
the marriage of their daughter Edythe to Glen E. Stribling, Jr. on
August 19, 1978 at 4:00 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church. Glen is
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen E. Stribling of Aurora, Colorado.
The bride graduated from Cristobal High School in the Canal Zone
and Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She was
awarded her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 1978.
The bridegroom is a graduate of Cherry Creek High School,
Aurora and is majoring in music at Pacific Lutheran University.
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Robert Kelley
Hope Laurel Slay and Mark Robert Kelley, son of Mary Alice Hicks
Kelly and grandson of the Robert Hickses were married May 26, 1978 in
Mr. Marion F. Hollowell, of Milton, Delaware, and Mrs. Irene
Wright (G. Lee) of Houston, Texas, were married on August 26, 1978.
The wedding took place in Columbus, Ohio, in St. Luke's Methodist
Church. After a honeymoon on the East Coast, they will make their
home in Houston, Texas.
Mrs. Ruth Bain of St. Petersburg, Florida, announces the marriage
of her daughter, Mrs. Wallis (Tita) Skeie on October 1, 1978, to Peter
Vandervlis. The wedding and reception took place at the home of Mr.
and Mrs. Arron Sewell of Seminole, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Wayne Wells
In a beautiful candlelight service on July 22, at 6 P.M. Miss
Margaret Suzanne Slover and Daniel Wayne Wells of Sumner,
Washington were united in marriage. The Rev. James Thomas, at the
Balboa Union Church, Balboa, CZ read the service. Parents of the
couple are Mr. and Mrs. James M. Slover of La Boca, Canal Zone and
Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Wells of Quincy, Washington. The bride was
attended by her sister-in-law, Mrs. Marshal Slover as matron of honor.
The best man was James L. Slover. The reception was held in the
church reception room.
The couple left for a short honeymoon on the Isthmus and then
departed on July 29 for their home in Sumner, Washington.
Mr. John E. Winklosky announces the marriage of his daughter,
Mary Ann, to Mr. Jalfen Rodriguez on October 31, 1978 in Concepcion,
Province de Chiriqui, Republica de Panama. The groom is from Nueva
Suiza and son of Sr. Albraham Caridanedo and Sra. Agripina
Rodriguez. The newlyweds will be at home at Apartado 4324, Volcan,
Provincia de Chiriqui, Republica de Panama.
Mr. and Mrs. Caleb C. Clement III are the proud parents of their
first child, Dawn Mari Clement, born October 28, 1978, in El Cajon, CA.
The family resides at 1466 Joliet St., El Cajon, CA 92021. Paternal
grandparents are Ruth and Caleb Clement presently living in Guam.
Dawn Mari is their third granddaughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Steven R. Haldo (Barbara Ann Rudge) of Route 1,
Box 163H, Roy, Washington 98580, announce the birth of their first
child, Dustin Daniel on September 24, 1978.
Maternal grandparents are Mrs. Allen G. Barnhart of Sequim, WA
and the late Daniel H. Rudge; paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs.
Peter Halko of Pt. Angeles, WA.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Martin Holder (Norma Marie York) of
Augusta, Georgia, announce the birth of their daughter, Jessica
Elizabeth, on September 6, 1978 at University Hospital in Augusta.
Jessica was welcomed by sister Anne-Marie, who was four in
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William C. York of Aiken,
South Carolina. Maternal great-grandmother is Mrs. Charles P. Shore,
also of Aiken.
A baby girl, Stephanie Marie, was born to Christina and Glenn
Seeley at Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone, on August 15. Stephanie
was born on the sixty-fourth anniversary of the opening of the Panama
Canal. Her great-great-grandfather and her great-grandfather both
worked on the construction of the Canal. Her grandfather and her
father were both born on the Ithmus and have worked for the Panama
Canal Company. She is thus the fifth generation of the Seeley family to
have lived in the Canal Zone.
The maternal grandparents are Dr. Byron and Caliope Efthimiadis
of Balboa Heights, and the paternal grandparents, Ronald and Jolie
Seeley, also of Balboa Heights. Great-grandparents are Mrs. Marie L.
Seeley of Panama City, Florida, and Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kilbey of
Aiken, South Carolina.
Glenn, Christina and Stephanie will be returning shortly to Dallas,
Texas where he attends graduate school at Southern Methodist Uni-
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FOR CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR.
At the RAMADA INN...
We are nice people, Doing nice things for
3600 34th Street South St. Petersburg, Florida
THE SUNSHINE CITY
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Mrs. Helen Marie Beil, 69, member, of Kenneth City, Florida died
November 8,1978. She left the Canal Zone in 1958. Helen was a member
of OES Chapter 169. Survivors include a son William, St. Petersburg;
two daughters, Caroline Tenenoff and Olive Wigginton of Florida; two
sisters, Mrs. Thomas Page and Mrs. Vincent Lombroia; 10 grandchil-
dren, and a great-grandchild.
Lorena Bernthal, wife of Rev. Herbert Bernthal of Arkansas,
formerly Pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Balboa.
Mrs. Juanita Distefano Blanshaft, member, passed away Septem-
ber 29, 1978 at her residence in Bogalusa, LA. She was the widow of Dr.
Albert Blanshaft who was employed by the Panama Canal. Mrs.
Blanshaft made her home in Maitland, FL after the doctor's death prior
to living in Louisiana. She is survived by a brother, Herbert Cole
Distefano and several nieces and nephews including Miss Theodora
Distefano, formerly of the Canal Zone and Mrs. Abigail Distifano
Swanson, a nurse on the Zone and Mrs. Mary Ann Parker of Bogalusa.
Edith A. Burt, 45, died August 18, 1978 in Tarpon Springs, FL.
Survivors include two daughters, Shawn O'Malley, Tarpon Springs,
and Elizabeth O'Malley, Clearwater; her mother Dorothy Burt, Clear-
water, and a brother Donald Burt, Littleton, CO.
Mrs. Mildred Hoecker Byrd, member, of Kerrville, Texas, died
November 11, 1978. Mildred was born in Ancon, CZ 1915; graduated
Cristobal High School 1934 and University of California, Los Angeles
1938. She was a member of the newly formed Lioness Club of Kerrville.
Survivors are husband, William R; son Donald of Houston and
daughter Mary Ann (Pidgie) Stone of Alpine, Texas and a sister,
Dorothy H. Wetly of Palo Alto, CA.
Mrs. Isabel V. Daniels, 86, of Belleair Bluffs, FL, died August
31,1978. Born in the Republic of Panama, she came to Pinellas County
five years ago. Survivors include a son George; a daughter Anita
Asmussen, MI; a brother William M. Sergeant, St. Petersburg; a sister
Maria Luisa Velez, Hialeah and four grandchildren.
Richard Dehlinger, 63, died recently in the Republic of Panama. He
went to the Canal Zone under contract with the Police Department in
1945. Later went into business in Panama as founder of Agencias
Dehlinger and the Government Employes Finance Co. and with his
friend James Ridge also started the Chico de Oro promotion stamp en-
terprise. He is survived by his wife Grace; two sons, Leo and Peter and
Mr. John T. Dillon, member, of South Weymouth, Massachusetts,
died October 29, 1978. Mr. Dillon was retired from the Dredging Divi-
sion at Gamboa and was a Chief Engineer on a dipper dredge. He is
survived by 5 children and 8 grandchildren.
James V. Ekholm, member, of Ithaca, NY, passed away June 14,
1978. Jim was a bookdealer for many years specializing in the old and
rare books. He was recently associated with Historic Urban Plans as
Sales Manager. He is survived by his wife, Sara F. Ekholm; one son;
two daughters and seven granddaughters. He also leaves two brothers,
aunts, nieces and nephews and cousins.
Mr. Sol Farbman, member, of Miami, who was a businessman in
Panama from 1936 to 1974, passed away on September 8, 1978. Mr.
Farbman was active in the Theater Guild, Ancon, CZ for many years
and will be remembered for his many roles in such plays as "Hole in The
Head", "South Pacific" and others. He is survived by his widow,
Evelyn; his daughters, Carol and Barbara of New Jersey, Sheila,
Miami, FL, Adele, Balboa, CZ; brother, Judge Harry J. Farbman,
Miami, and seven grandchildren.
Dana R. Ferry, 25, of RD 5, Wellsboro, PA died September 11,
1978 as the result of an automobile accident. He was a graduate of Bal-
boa High School and a graduate of the Pennsylvania Gunsmith School.
He is survived by his parents, Boyd W. and Emily Jane Abrey Ferry of
Everett, MA; one sister, Mrs. John (JoAnne) Bockus of Wellsboro and
grandfather, great-aunt, aunt and an uncle.
John Holder Flowers, 39 known as Jack, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde
Flowers passed away on October 13, 1978. Jack moved the the Canal
Zone with his parents in 1946 when he was 7 years old. He attended
Canal Zone schools and graduated from Balboa High School in 1956. He
graduated from Florida Southern College with A.B. degree and later
from Pepperdine University with a Masters. He was a teacher in
Sanford, Florida until he received a commission in the U.S. Navy at
Pensacola, Florida in 1961. He was hospitalized in Bethesda Naval
Hospital in September with cancer of the pancreas and passed away on
October 13, 1978. He is survived by his wife, Betty Glover Flowers, a
son, John Glover 13, a daughter, Julie Elizabeth 10, his sisters, Dr. Kay
THE 1979 PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY REUNION
Following the wishes of most members in attendance at the 1978 Reunion,
our next Panama Canal Society Reunion (April 27 & 28, 1979) will be held at
the Ramada Inn South, St. Petersburg, Florida.
DO NOT DELAY It is most important that you make your room res-
ervations now, for next year, before some other group acquires many of the
rooms. You may check in early and stay as long as you like at Reunion rates.
The officers of your Society are convinced that a large place is necessary
to accommodate, comfortably, the large number of members who wish to en-
joy an evening of good entertainment, visiting, refreshments, and pleasurable
dancing. As a result, your 1979 Ball (cocktail party-dance) will be held at the
"Coliseum", a grand ballroom, located in downtown St. Petersburg. The Coli-
seum is beautifully decorated and has a seating capacity of 2000 people, with
plenty of room at and between tables, and a 75' x 100' highly polished hard-
wood dance floor. There is a large stage with a 16 piece orchestra, featuring
talented musicians retired from the Big Name Bands. This band is terrific,
playing all of the old numbers as well as the popular tunes of today. You will
most certainly enjoy this excellent entertainment.
There are no alcoholic beverages sold at the Coliseum, but they do have
a large set-up bar with a complete line of mixes, ice, glasses, stir sticks, nap-
kins, bag snacks, etc., to accompany your own supply of beverage. Now we
can enjoy the best (BYOB) at considerable savings. You may bring your own
snacks and set-ups if you so desire.
There is ample parking at the Coliseum, with uniformed security patrol,
for those who drive their own automobiles. However, large air-conditioned
busses will be available to pick up members who wish transportation from
motels (Ramada and nearby) to the Coliseum and return on staggered schedule.
The bus fare will be $1.00 round-trip and reservations must be made in ad-
The Luncheon is to be held in the Ramada Inn ballroom and a very palat-
able meal is planned.
In the past, extra work has arisen for the committee and inconvenience
to the members, due to duplication of reservation tickets requested. In order
to eliminate this problem, it is suggested that you arrange in advance with
whomever you wish to sit (at Ball and/or Luncheon) and send in the reserva-
The management of the Ramada Inn is being most cooperative of our
every request to make your stay more enjoyable. Master sheets will be posted
at all motels showing where each member is staying, thus enabling you to
contact your friends. We will have an information/complaint department
(society members) on duty to assist you in any way.
Tours will be available during your stay in St. Petersburg, and the Rama-
da Inn will take reservations. A form is provided on the reverse so that you
may indicate your choice of side-trips. Please make your decision on tours
prior to arrival at the reunion.
Package goods (spirits) will be available at your motel, to registrants
Start making your plans NOW for what we expect to be the Best Ever
CLIP AND SEND THIS ROOM RESERVATION BLANK WITH DEPOSIT TO:
RAMADA INN SOUTH
3600 34th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC. REUNION APRIL 27 & 28, 1979
Please print the information below:
City State Zip
Arrival Date Time
Departure Date Time
Room Rates: $20.00 plus tax single $27.00 plus tax triple
$24.00 plus tax double $30.00 plus tax quad
Single Double _
Triple Quad _
The Ramada Inn South is requiring a two (2) night minimum stay. All reservations must
have an advance deposit of $10.00 per room, per night, received by April 1, 1979. The
Ramada Inn South is proud to be hosting the reunion again this coming year. We are
looking forward to having you as our guest. Please check the following "Mini Tours"
that you would be interested in, so we may insure that the proper arrangements are
made for your visit with us. The prices listed are approximate:
BUSCH GARDENS rides, free Bud beer.............. $ 8.00
CIRCUS WORLD the greatest rides on earth ......... $ 6.00
COUNTRY DINNER PLAYHOUSE stars ............ $ 9.00
DEEP SEA FISHING among the best................ $20.00
DISNEY WORLD words can't describe............... $20.00
LONDON WAX MUSEUM breathtaking ............. $ 3.00
MGM BOUNTY relive another time.................. $ 3.00
MUSIC ROOM our nite club and disco................ $ ?
MYSTERY FUN HOUSE chills up your spine......... $ 3.00
RINGLING MUSEUM not to be missed .............. $ 4.00
SEA WORLD whales, sharks, water show ............ $13.00
SUNKEN GARDENS a natural wonder .............. $ 5.00
WEEKI WACHEE fun galore for everyone........... $ 6.00
The above prices are per person rates ..... ...................................
Please Read Before You Send in Forms
REUNION RESERVATION PROCEDURES
The Panama Canal Society of Florida was formed for the benefit
and welfare of its members and the Executive Committee has always
tried to keep this fact in mind.
Last year many non-members held confirmed reservations to the
reunion activities, while members had to be placed on the waiting list.
The Executive Committee decided that this situation could not be
allowed to happen again. Therefore reservations for any reunion func-
tion will be accepted from members in good standing only, prior to
1 March 1979. Single members are entitled to bring one guest and
may make their reservations during the "member only" period. After
1 March reservations will be accepted from members and non-mem-
bers alike on a first come first serve basis.
As you all know dues in the Society expire on 31 December of
each year. Therefore in order to be a member in good standing for a
function which is to take place in 1979 (reunion activities), your 1979
dues must be paid prior to, or when making reservations. You will
see on the reservation forms on the back of this page a place to list
the people you are making reservations for. Please make sure that
these people have paid their 1979 dues or the Secretary will have to
deny the reservation until after 1 March, or until dues are paid.
For all you prospective members who would like to attend our
1979 reunion activities, send in your dues ($10.00 per year, per family),
along with your reservation requests. We will be glad to welcome
you into the Panama Canal Society of Florida.
Please remember that hotel reservation forms should be sent
directly to the Ramada Inn South. Reservation forms for the Ball and
for the Luncheon must be sent directly to the Panama Canal Society
of Florida, and must be prepaid. Any deviation from this procedure
will only cause much confusion and delay.
SEE YOU AT THE REUNION!
CLIP AND SEND THESE RESERVATION FORMS TO THE
Panama Canal Society of Florida
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
RESERVATION FORM FOR SOCIETY BALL
April 27, 1979
535 4th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, Florida
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RESERVATION FORM FOR LUNCHEON
April 28, 1979
Ramada Inn South 3600 34th St. South
Price: $5.00 per person, including tax and gratuity. Please reserve Luncheon
tickets for the following:
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McFarland of Columbia, South Carolina and Susan Burke of Pelham,
Alabama and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Clyde Flowers of Port
Dr. A. E. Gerrans, member, of Fort Lauderdale, FL passed away
September 15,1978. Dr. Gerrans was at the Balboa Dispensary for
many years. He is survived by his wife Constance and a sister Marjorie
Mrs. Helen T. Hammond, 90, of South Pasadena, FL, died October
27, 1978. Mrs. Hammond was a long-time resident of the Canal Zone and
was past matron of the Eastern Star Royal Palm Chapter No. 2, Canal
Zone, Oriental Shrine, St. Petersburg, and White Shrine of Jerusalem.
Survivors include a son John R., Jr., Titusville; three brothers, and a
Michael James Kelly, 69, of Seminole, FL died October 8, 1978. He
was a retired engineer with the New York City Fire Department and a
member of the Holiday Isles Lodge 1912 BPOE. He is survived by his
wife Allena McHan; two daughters; three sisters and two grandchil-
Mrs. Elizabeth J. Kenealy, member, passed away on September
22, 1978 in North Hollywood, CA. She was one of the daughters of
Richard Roberts, who was a holder of the Roosevelt Medal, and who is
in the "Makers of The Panama Canal." Bess was the widow of James N.
Kenealy. She is survived by her daughters, Mrs. Dennis A. Scovel (Pat)
of Annandale, VA, Mrs. Jack Geerer (Betty Jane) of Newtown, CT, and
sons Jams N. of North Hollywood and Barry of Covina; several
grandchildren and by her sister, Mrs. Gordon H. Crabb (Ellen Roberts)
of Winter Park, FL.
Correction: It was reported in the September Issue of the Canal Rec-
ord that Mr. Roy Knoop passed away. Should have read -
Mrs. Roy Knoop.
Mrs. F. W. Larkum (Laura M.) of Cocoa, FL, a member of our
Society for several years passed away on August 19, 1978 after a long
illness. She is survived by her brother, Ernest A. Goyette of 631
Alcazar Avenue, Cocoa, FL.
Mrs. Homer P. McCarty (Helen M.), a member for over 25 years,
passed away in Cleveland, OH on April 6, 1978. She is survived by her
son, Homer P. McCarty, Jr.
Mrs. Mary E. Maguire, member, 87, died October 25th at St.
John's Hospital in Springfield, MO, following a brief illness. Mrs. Ma-
guire was a resident of the Canal Zone from 1916 until 1952 when her
husband, the late James B. Maguire, retired as Chief of the Electrical
Division Field Office in Balboa. Until recently she resided in Old Or-
chard Beach, ME. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Mary F. An-
derson of Springfield, MO, Mrs. Frances S. Begley of Jacksonville, FL;
two sons, James G. E. of Balboa, CZ and Richard C. of Brussels,
Belgium; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Irl R. Sanders, 85, member, of Clearwater, FL, died Tuesday,
October 17, 1978. Born in Glasgow, KY. Retired Control House
Operator for the Panama Canal Company. Member Central Christian
Church, Clearwater; life member Sibert Masonic Lodge AF&AM
Gatun, Canal Zone Scottish Rite. Survivors include wife, Carrie; sons,
Irl R., Jr. of New Port Richey, FL, John M., Margarita; a daughter,
Betty Letourneau of Concord, CA; 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grand-
Kate Bryant Skillman, 81 of Pompano Beach, FL passed away on
July 21, 1978. Mrs. Skillman was retired from the Accounting Division
of the Panama Canal. Kate was the widow of Clarence Lester Skillman
who retired from the Building Division. She is survived by sisters Lera
Bryant Hennessy, Leta Bryant Clark, Bessie Bryant Armstrong, a
nephew and two nieces.
Mrs. Hazel Wilhite, member, of Winter Park, FL, died October
29, 1978. Hazel was the widow of Robert L. Wilhite. Survived by a
brother, George Sherman, of Topeka, KS; one nephew and one grand-
Mrs. Mary Henrietta G. Winklosky, member, 71, of El Volcan,
Province de Chirique, Rep. de Panama, died June 19, 1978 in David.
Mrs. Winklosky retired from the Locks Division in 1968 after 22 years
service. Survivors are her husband, John Edward of El Volcan; two
sons, John II of La Boca, CZ and Daniel G. of High Point, NC; daughter,
Mary Ann of Nueva Suiza; three sisters and six grandchildren.
Stanley F. Yost, 85, member, of Gloucester, MA, passed away on
September 24, 1978 after a short illness. Mr. Yost was an admeasurer
and retired from the Canal in 1956. He is survived by his wife, Marion;
two daughters, Mrs. Diane Mason of El Dorado, AR and Gretchen
Thayer of Northboro, MA; a granddaughter; three grandsons and a
Donald Noel Perone Francey, 45, passed away October 16, 1978, at
his home in Paitilla, R. de P. A graduate of Balboa High School and
Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, Francey was well known
in the shipping field for many years. He was also the Finnish consul for
Colon and a generous contributor toward many community activities
on the Atlantic side. He is survived by his wife, Judith Henriquez, four
children, Marie, Deborah, Kathleen and Donald and his sister, Mrs.
Molly Stewart of Dallas.
Alvin P. Heyd, 65, died October 18, 1978 at the Coco Solo Hospital.
Mr. Heyd was manager of TRT Telecommunications Corporation in the
Canal Zone. He was a member of the Cristobal-Colon Rotary club and of
the B.P.O. Elks Lodge No. 1542, Cristobal, CZ. He is survived by his
widow, Elaine of Brazos Heights; a nephew, Peter H. Schuster, of New
Orleans and other relatives.
Rev. Cecil Lee Morgan, 79, member, died on August 31, 1978 at his
home in Matthews, VA. He served as pastor for 16 years at the
Cristobal Union Church in the Canal Zone. In 1967 he authored the
book "Unto Each In His Own Tongue" which he said "grew from my
efforts to answer personal questions concerning Christian spiritual
development." His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Christine Hudgins
Morgan; a son, Lee R. Morgan; and two sisters and two brothers.
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them. **
In October the editor and family, in the Port of Tampa, went on board
the USS CONOLLY (DD-979), the newest warship, for a special tour.
Met Jim Wood in the Ward Room. CONOLLY is one of the first major
class of surface ships to be powered with marine gas turbine engines
enabling the ship to exceed 30 knots and quietly. She has the most ad-
vanced underwater detection and fire control systems yet developed
for surface combatants. The digital computer rooms were just like in
"Star Wars"! With Vinyl covered bulkheads and deck tile and fireproof
carpeting, it was hard to realize one was on a Navy Destroyer.
Melvin and Mildred Bierman visited with Sis and Bill York of
Aiken while the Bierman's were in the states on vacation.
The J. M. Slovers, La Boca Ann was in Texas from January until
Jim came up in April. Ann's mother was ill. We then visited in Kerrville
with the Les Johnson's, Helen and Ezra Smith and Pappy Grier. Went
on to the Valley where we visited with Jean and Don Spencer and made
a short trip to Mexico with them. Then on to Colorado to visit the
Russell Hellmunds and got caught in the snowstorm in May. Drove in
the snowstorm all the way to Albuquerque. All the mountain roads
were closed due to the snow. Left for Alabama and Nancy's graduation.
Nancy graduated with honors. Visited with Dot and Jim Haymen.
Sailed on June 9th for home. Susie was married on July 22. Was good to
get home. Grandsons had grown so much. Jonny is now 4 and Charlie is
almost 2. J. L. and Marsha are fine and both our girls in the states are
The American Bible Society "Record" for August/September 1978
carried an article "Working through Faith in the Canal Zone". This
article tells how Rev. WilliamWilbur of Gamboa Union Church passed
out copies of the New Testament in Spanish as a Christmas present to
the workers as they were coming through the gate after their shift was
over. A few days later a man came to the pastor's door and wanted
another 12 to give to his neighbors because "it is a good book and brings
much joy to our hearts." Later the New Testaments were passed out to
the passengers on the train as they spent the minute at the Gamboa
station. "Happy New Year" was the salutation.
The "Gas House Gang" of Cristobal held its second annual Invita-
tional Golf Tournament at the Olympia Spa of Dothan. The tourney was
open to all Canal Zonians.
Our tournament is growing. The number of golfers tripled. We had
many returnees from last year including Fred and Jean (Holmelin) Kirk
from Ohio, Red and Elsie Willett from Illinois, Irl Sanders and Bill
Wheeler from Florida. Northern Alabama was represented by Jim and
Frances (Davenport) Coman and Rudy and Marie Gangle.
We were happy to welcome newcomers to the tournament ..
Harry and Millie Heintz from Ohio, Bill Beers from New Jersey, Curt
McCleary from Texas, Bill and Barbara Smith from Georgia, Jack and
Lois Smith from Willow Point, Alabama. From the Zone was Milton
Sanders and Joe and Gloria Burgoon.
Florida added a long list to our new entrants... "Puss" and Clara
Brayton, Cy Fields, Roscoe Gollings, Bill Wichman, Joe Bongiorni,
Elmer Orr, John Parsons, Hoyt and Frances Byrd, Mel and Mim Smith.
The second generation was represented by Gary Myers, Mark
Albritton and Frank Anderson, III.
Our banquet was a huge success. Eighty-five attended. We were
pleased to have many out-of-towners come for the dinner. Wheeler and
Amelia Griffin came down from Birmingham, Jack and Barbara
(Bonanno) Sanders drove from college in Pensacola, Gene and Pat
(Janssen) Beck (stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base) were present.
Consul-General of Panama to Atlanta, Ray Sepulveda, joined us as did
Fred Wainio from New Orleans.
At the banquet the trophy presentations were made by Frances
Coman and Rosemary Anderson. The ever popular Jim Coman was the
master of ceremonies. The eloquent Elmer Orr delighted us with an
endless repertoire of "bajun" jokes.
A big thanks to Bud Thomas and Abie Anderson. They did a
Sign up for next year. The dates are October 10, 11, 12 of 1979. "He
that don't pay in advance, don't play". Signed: The Committee
(submitted by Rosemary Anderson)
The Panama Canal Society of Dothan got an official meeting place
when Montgomery Ward's manager Phil Mattoon officially designated
the store's coffee shop as the meeting place of the Society. Many
members of the Society have been meeting at Ward's coffee shop for
many years. The two official greeters are John Hern and John Burke.
Mr. Mattoon had a special table reserved for the members and a
"Panama Canal Society" tag was placed overhead. So if you want to see
any of the men who have retired from the Canal Zone and are now
retired in Dothan just drop over to Montgomery Ward's coffee shop at
9:30 a.m. when the store is opened. You will really enjoy it. It is quite an
Maggie and John Janssen held a 3rd of November party at their
home. Latin music and food was enjoyed by many. Rex and Helen Beck
from Merritt Island were guests of the Janssens. The Becks were on
their way to Montgomery to visit with Gene Beck and family. Sonia
Valley from the Canal Zone was also a guest.
Visiting Jean and Bud Harris for a month is Mary "Mebs"
Ausnehmer from the Canal Zone. I believe Mebs returned this time of
the year because last year when she was visiting home here she won a
lovely Afghan being raffled by the ladies of Ft. Rucker, Alabama. She is
hoping to repeat again this year.
Margaret and Jack Hern had Margaret's sister Alice (Moore)
Hubbard as a house guest. Alice is from Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She
also visited with her father Sidney Moore and her sister Muriel (Moore)
McGriff. It was good seeing you again, Alice.
Last but not least, we wish to welcome John and Mary (Gilbert)
Urev to Dothan. They bought a beautiful home here and we wish them
all the luck and happiness. Johnny retired from the Industrial Division
and Mary from the Transportation and Terminals Division.
I will leave you with the following message "May Christmas be ra-
diant with blessings for all. May brotherly love be heartfelt
everywhere. May family warmth be shared with neighbors. May
people unite to pray for peace."
Catherine W. Filo
Greetings to all!
After I spent a month in Tucson in July caring for our newest
grandchild, Stephanie Tsuya, while her mother (our daughter Jean) did
some more work on her Master's at the University of Arizona, Moy and
I took a trip to the Middle East. It was a great experience. We spent five
days in Egypt Cairo and Luxor, two days in Jordan where we rode
the horses into Petra, a week touring Israel, which included four days in
Jerusalem, and three days in Athens. During lunch at a cafe on the Nile
the second day in Cairo we sat across the table from two tour-group
members whose name tags said Honor Ridge and Mary Ridge. In the
course of conversation Moy asked them if by chance they knew any of
the Ridge family in the Canal Zone, and learned that they did indeed,
and that they were cousins! What a coincidence! And what better way
to let the scattered Ridge family know about it than through the Canal
Prior to our departure for the Middle East we were dinner guests
of Dorothy and Art Cotton. Other guests were Lou and Irene Haseman,
visiting in our area from Jacksonville. Really was nice to see them
again, and to see how great they both looked.
Jean De la Pena
Luke and Frances Palumbo spent a most busy, enjoyable summer
with visits from their Canal Zone children: Toddy, and his wife Alba,
and sons Oscar and Kenneth; Jim and his wife, Karen, and daughter
Angeline; and Judy. Luke, Frances, and Judy flew to Tacoma,
Washington to attend daughter Sara's wedding to Bill Holmes. While
there, they attended the CZ reunion and enjoyed fun with the Pacific
Northwest group. Back home again, some of Luke's time is spent in
driving a school bus.
Early in September, Betty McGilberry and daughter Katie made a
ten day trip to Myrtle Beach, SC, to visit with Howard and Tillie Hagan.
The weather was beautiful and they spent many hours on the beach
before regretfully returning to the Ozark Hills.
Also in September, Howard and Evelyn Engelke visited son Bill
and wife Denise in Watsonville, California, stopping en route for visits
with Ruth and Rene Conlan in Hesperia, Harry and Mary Engelke in
Glendale, and Mary Ann Hawvichorst in Tulare. While in Watsonville,
they enjoyed an evening with ex-Zonians Lil and Bob Sieler.
Again in September, Bob and Connie Engelke were pleased to
have daughter-in-law Mary Lou Engelke, vacationing from the Zone,
spend ten days with them. While stateside, Mary Lou visited other
members of her family, including son Bobby and his wife, Nellie (Wood)
in Florida. The elder Bob Engelke has recovered nicely from the two
cataract operations he had last year, is wearing contact lenses, and
seeing better than he has for a long time.
Bill and Dolores Jarvis drove to California for a month's visit with
their son Jan, a Navy lieutenant, and his wife Joyce, and their children.
They also attended a family reunion in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and were
visited at home by Delores' brother and his wife. They had, altogether,
a busy and enjoyable summer.
Lynn and Maude Cook are busily taking advantage of gorgeous
early fall weather, getting things done in preparation for the annual
visit of their son, Bud, and his wife, Carolyn, from their home in Saudi
Arabia. Earlier this year, Lynn and Maude observed their 61st
wedding anniversary (on April 29th) while visiting their daughter,
Lucille, and her husband Col. (Ret.) David Y. Nanney in Palo Alto,
Mattie Bates Wieman is also preparing for visitors. She is
expecting nephew George Lowe and wife Katherine from Maryland,
and niece Mary Jo Yaeger and Mattie Lee White from Houston, Texas.
Dorothy and Bill Loehr came from Lawrence, Kansas to attend the
ex-Zonians' fall luncheon in Rogers, Arkansas, and spent some time
afterward visiting Walter and Addie Coclasure. Marian Coclasure is
now teaching school in Rogers, having moved from Memphis to be
nearer to her parents and nephews.
George and Edith Engelke were accompanied to the luncheon by
former Zonians Richard and Maxine Reinhold and their daughter
Shirley. An unexpected visitor whom the Engelkes were most pleased
to welcome was the son of one of the servicemen who used to come to
the Engelkes' home during WWII. The young visitor, William Bocker-
man, Jr., has earned a Master's Degree in music from the U. of Oregon
and was in Missouri attending school in barbershop quartet singing. En
route to Florida, he paused to spend a couple days with his father's old
Jessie Newhard visited in the east this summer with two of her
sisters and her oldest son, Brian Albright. Her youngest son, John
Albright, and his family visited her this fall. Her son-in-law and
daughter, Cdr. and Mrs. Andy Bleakley, Jr. (Carol Newhard) are now
stationed in Alameda, California, after four years in Hawaii.
Charles and Gloria Malsbury joined a tour group in August for a
4,350 mile trip which took them through eight western states, sightsee-
ing at a number of national parks and highlighted by a two-day visit in
Las Vegas. Enthusiastic travelers, they had a great time.
Bill and Charlotte McCue took advantage of fine fall weather to
drive to Ohio to visit Bill's (and sister Betty Balcer's] parents for a
Bud and Betty Balcer were glad to have friends visiting them in
time to attend the CZ picnic. From Granite City, Illinois came Charlie
and Joan Mase, formerly of Howard Field, CZ.
Dick and Mary Condon and Earl and Maxine Wrenn spent a couple
weeks in Washington, DC. They wanted to see everything but found
they couldn't possibly get around to all of it They also went to
Williamsburg, and to York, Pennsylvania to see Joe Coffin and family.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hallin celebrated Henry's 85th birthday on
August 27th with a dinner party. To join the festivities, son David, who
is a pilot, came from Memphis, and daughter Elizabeth, who is a First
Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, came from Washington, DC, where
she is presently serving as a White House Aide.
Brothers John Ridge, currently of Miami, and Vincent Ridge, CZ
Dock Master, came to NW Arkansas in August for a look-see of the
area. Among the local residents who enjoyed their visit were the
Terrells, Sanders, McGilberry, Warners, and Nails. We had their as-
surances that they would return in the not too distant future for remi-
niscing and piano entertainment.
In late August, Bruce and Dorothy Sanders enjoyed a visit by
Bruce's brother, Philip (Pinky) of Benicia, California. The highlight was
a reunion on board the cruiser "Las Cruces II" with former CHS
teachers Carl and Petie Maedl and Luke and Frances Palumbo, and old
friends Carl and Helen Newhard. A delightful cruise on Beaver Lake
embellished with a fine meal and lively conversation was enjoyed by all.
In September, the Reverend and Mrs. J. B. Fields, Jr. (Jack and
Annette) of Kerrville, Texas overnighted in Bentonville, signed the
Sanders' guest book, enjoyed a short ride on Beaver Lake as well as an
all-too-short evening's conversation.
Red Nail is inordinately pleased with himself these days. He
moved his security business into newly purchased offices; then dieted
away 35 pounds to complement the spruce office decor. (Alice has
become very fond of TV dinners.)
This picture taken in the Ballroom of the ship "Queen Mary" at Los
Angeles (Long Beach docks) at the Canal Zone High School and College
Reunion on September 2, 1978. In foreground Mrs. Norine H. Kaufer -
the oldest graduate there, Balboa High, Class of 1919 and James B.
Quinn, Balboa High, Class of 1929, who was the second oldest there. On
stage our Master of Ceremonies, Conrad Horine, Cristobal High School,
Class of 1943.
Margaret and Lloyd Spradlin, San Diego We moved here with
our four children in May from Balboa where Lloyd had 13 years with the
Police Division. He is now with Customs. We would like to get to
Florida since my parents John and Dorothy Stevens live in Titusville.
We have had many visitors. First came Beverly and Joseph J.
Wood and their three children, Craig, Brian and Scott. Then we had
Bob and Mary Nooney (Rainey) stay with us for a few days. Bob was
also with the Balboa Police and is now located in Nogales, AZ. Their
four children Bobby, Mike and Melissa (twins) and Chris and Mary's
mom, Carey Rainey, were with them. We had a good ol' CZ dinner with
Plantain and Arroz con Polio and later listened to Lucho and Leroy
Lewis' organ music recorded from the El Panama Hotel. Jay French,
Rich and Sue DePaoli, Vernon Mott and Tom Denley, all ex-Zonian,
were here for a custom's school. They have all left the Isthmus due to
A few Sundays ago we were surprised by Dionne Holland's visit
and later by Howard Marks and Lora Herman.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF
Yes, there was a crisis!!!! All of a sudden we were without officers
except for a President. After much discussion the following individuals
volunteered? Vice President Hampton Tedder; Corresponding Secre-
tary Conrad Horine; Treasurer and Special Events Secretary Mabel
Princess Louise Luncheon, Sunday, August 13, 1978 a great
turnout and delicious luncheon was enjoyed by over 150 members and
guests. The site of the next luncheon will be announced in the near
future. Let's have an even bigger crowd there. Watch for the notice.
Please address all Society Correspondence to P.C. Society of So.
Calif., P. O. Box 2263, Rancho Palos Verde, CA 90274.
BHS CHS ALUMNI INDEX The revised and larger issue of
the Alumni Index will be available by the end of the year. Due to
increased size, printing costs, and mailing costs for this new Index, the
new price will be $4.00 each. Advance orders are now being accepted.
Send check or MO to: C. S. Horine, 5728 Barley Court, Bonita, CA
We will miss Joan deGrummond this coming year. Especially her
husband. Joan has accepted a position as secretary with the Panama
Canal Company, It seems that with just one more year service she will
be eligible for a retirement pension and will then return to Southern
California and, hopefully, secretary of the PCSSC. It's significant that it
is taking 2 people to fill her shoes while she is gone. May God bless you,
Joan, keep well, and hurry back. WE NEED YOU!!!!!!!!!!
BHS CHS REUNION ON BOARD THE QUEEN MARY -
September 2,1978 found 150 alumni, family and guests on board the
Queen Mary in Long Beach for a High School Reunion. Activities
included much reminiscing of old times, touring the ship, taking the
free harbor cruise, and attending the big banquet and dance Saturday
night. It was an event all will remember for a long time to come. We are
all looking forward to the next one!!!! Don't miss it!!!!
Jean and George Egger, Fairfield We had another wonderful
summer. George and I took our girls, Carol and Barbara to Houston,
TX for 3 weeks to visit with our son Edward and family (Jamie, Ryan
and Chris). Also visited daughter Brenda and family, Donald and
Adrien. While there Eddie, Donald and George took in a Major League
game at the Dome and the rest of us went to Astro World. Jamie's
mother and Dad came down from Dallas nice to see Lynn and Dabney
Meeker and Jimmy. We returned home and later drove up to Freeport,
FL to do some swimming, but it was raining so we continued on up to
Dothan, AL for the day and saw Harry Dockery and John and Sylvia.
Missed Jean. Doc says they move to Florida soon. Jean Brennan from
Ponce, PR came in for a weeks visit. Marge and Bill Egger met us at K.
P. Hole in Dunnellon for a picnic. They had Dr. Malo's two daughters -
Diana and Lisa with them and our girls really enjoyed their company.
Best wishes to all.
Edythe Weisiger Rogers, Shalimar Just a note to tell you that
my mother, Mrs. Klara Weisiger is now in a nursing home in Fairhope,
AL, "Rosemont Nursing Home". If any of her old friends are ever in the
area I'm sure she would appreciate hearing from them.
Eva Harte, Land O'Lakes The Rolling Stones Duo (Eve Harte
and Helen Saarinen) made another trip to a Rock show this time at
Pensacola. We camped out in our Jeep Wagoneer. At the show we were
pleasantly surprised to meet and chat with Gordon Thiel, who informed
the Earl Sears of our whereabouts, they came out to see us and we had a
nice chatty visit. We also visited Hope and Albert Skievaskes of Fort
Walton Beach. The Rolling Stone Duo were invited by the business
manager of Indian Affairs to attend to the Indian Pow Wow at Ft.
Walton Beach around the 15th of November. We hope to meet some
more of our Canal Zone friends and acquaintances at the show.
Word has been received that Miss Nancy Lynn Slover, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Slover of LaBoca, has been employed by the school
system of Inverness, FL. Miss Slover, who graduated with honors from
the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama in May with a
B.S. degree in English and a minor in Latin American Cultural History,
will teach English and History in the Inverness Middle School.
Emerson and Viola Fuller, St. Petersburg We left in May for
Washington, DC to attend Grandson Paul's graduation from the
University of Maryland. Then to Asheville, NC for a wedding. July 2nd
flew to Medellin, Columbia for three weeks with friends, flying to
Bogota and then a week at Cartegena and Santa Marta. July 27th
headed for Michigan to visit daughter Nancy Joyan and Paul were
there for vacation but had to leave for Washington the 3rd of August.
The 6th of August, Joyan was in an auto accident and mother and dad
were immediately off for Washington. She has recovered enough to go
to work part time. September 11th back to Michigan to pick up loose
ends and finally back to Florida and home.
Gene Clinchard spent September in the Canal Zone and visiting up
in Coronado. It was wonderful chatting with all his brother Elks.
G. C. (Buck) Lockridge, St. Petersburg I left St. Pete May 17,
1978, and flew to Iowa via Chicago. Met my brother and his wife Ruth in
our old home town of North English. They had just taken delivery of a
new 31 foot Airstream Trailer. We then traveled to Iowa Wesleyan
College to celebrate our 50th commencement exercises on the 19th and
20th. Then on to the Ozarks to visit relatives and see the great develop-
ment of this part of the U.S. We also saw "The Shepherd of the Hills" in
Branson, Missouri. Then on to Eureka Springs, AR to see "The Great
Passion Play". We met the Carl Newhards and the Bruce Sanders in
Eureka Springs while they were visiting the Arts and Craft show of the
Ozarks. On South to Hot Springs, Ft. Smith and Little Rock. On the
way back North we visited the Land of Lincoln, Springfield, ILL. Took
us two days to see most of the sights there. Then back to North English
for a few days and then on to Ames, Iowa. There we registered for the
21st International Wally Byom Caravan Club Rally June 28 July
4th where over 14,000 Airstreamers took part in this rally and they
traveled in their 4,000 trailers to get there.
It was a hot, humid day when we gathered at Boone, Iowa July 5th,
for the Chuck Wagon West Caravan. At midnight we were hit with the
fringe of a tornado, but no damage was done, and it cooled the weather.
After a pancake breakfast we toured the Archway Cookie Plant
nearby. In the afternoon we visited the birthplace of Mamie Eisen-
hower, a winery and an old iron railroad bridge noted for its unusual
We departed in the freshness of early morning and observed the
beauty of the countryside and saw lots of farm land with miles and miles
of corn. Some showed evidence of the hail and tornado storms which
had previously swept through the area.
In Lincoln, NB, we were treated to a bake sale by the V.F.W.
Ladies Auxiliary. The points of interest here were the Nebraska State
University Museum and the State Capitol, which was built on a
pay-as-you-go basis and the beautiful Sunken Gardens. ... On to North
Platte, NB where we took short trips to Stuhr Museum at Grand
Island where the turn of the century furniture, clothing, etc. were dis-
played. Then there was the Fonner Rotunda housing Indian and Old
West memorabilia. Nearby was a re-created railroad town with 56
original buildings dating back to the 1860's, including a lovely church,
school, farmsteads and the cottage where Henry Fonda was born.
Sunday morning a pancake breakfast was served and a religious
service held. Buffalo Bill's ranch and home was on the edge of town and
we had a nice Sunday afternoon's entertainment. . The drive from
North Platte to Cheyenne revealed rolling range lands as well as fertile
farms of hay, corn and wheat. There they were preparing for the
famous Frontier Days celebration the following week. Esther Hobart
Morris's statue stands in front of the capitol she played a role in
granting women equal suffrage. Wyoming is called the "Equality
State", as it was the first government in the world to grant woman suf-
frage. The original State Seal was adopted in 1891 but was later found
to contain an unclothed figure of a woman, and the controversy was not
resolved until 1893. . On to Wheatland where we went to Fort
Laramie. On the way back we stopped at the Oregon Trail ruts. The
wagon wheel ruts were waist deep and very rocky.... On the way to
Shoshoni we stopped at Hell's Half Acre which was a canyon with
varied colored rock. After we parked we went to the mineral baths of
Thermopolis. On the way we passed through several mountain tunnels
which was very pretty; we swam in the pool where the water was hot
with a strong sulphur smell.... Leaving Shoshoni, our route took us
through the Shoshoni and Arapahoe Indian Reservations gradually
climbing to an elevation of 9,658 feet to Togwotee Pass. . After
getting parked at Huckleberry Hot Springs, the next three days were
spent visiting the wonderful Yellowstone and Grand Teton National
Parks, seeing Old Faithful, the canyon, paint pots and geysers. We saw
many animals herds of elk with their calves, moose and deer. In camp
Saturday night we roasted weiners and popped corn around a camp
fire. . Monday we departed and turned west at Jackson, WY,
following the Snake River through mountains and beautiful scenery to
Idaho Falls, ID .... .Our next campsite was Caldwell, ID, on the College
of Idaho grounds. We took tours through a potato plant and a plant
where fishing tackle was made. In the evening we went to Nampa to
attend the rodeo. The Snake River Stampede was a colorful affair and
reported as one of the best in the West. The big attraction was Ken
Curtis, the "Festus Haggen" of Gunsmoke.... On to Burns, OR, where
we parked at the Fair Grounds. The next day, Sunday, we viewed
competition of the 4-Her's.... Enroute to Redmond, OR, we drove over
some high desert lands, very arid wide open country with view of
distant buttes. As we approached the Deschute National Forest, we
thrilled to the sight of the now capped mountains in the distance. After
parking in the Fair Grounds we took off for the Village of Sisters and up
the mountain for a better view of the Three Sisters Mountains. The
Village of the Sisters was quaint, and the llama farm just outside of
town was an unusual sight.... From there, we took the mountain road
and passed several lava beds, tumbled high hills of blacken rocks. The
promontory at the top of McKenzie Pass, built of these rocks, provided
a gorgeous view of the Three Sisters Mountains, as well as Mt.
Washington, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Hood.... The next day we drove
125 miles south to Crater Lake and thought the scenery and beauty well
worth the trip. The lake was formed 6,500 years ago when a volcano,
Mt. Mazama, literally blew its top. The water is said to be the "bluest of
blues".... The next campsite was Florence, OR, some 250 miles to the
coast, over mountains and through forests. We located right on the
water with sport fishing boats available, the main attraction was
salmon fishing. It proved very rewarding as 24 of our group came back
with 43 salmon. Another treat here was the crab dinner put on for us
the day of our arrival. Other interests were a tour of a lumber mill,
visits to Honeyman State Park and the sand dunes.... The drive from
Florence to Newport, OR was the most picturesque along the coast,up
and down hills and rimming steep cliffs overlooking the ocean. Many
interesting spots to explore here and again we enjoyed delicious food
- clam chowder supper .... The drive from Newport to Tillamonk
passed through crowded little beach towns and then went inland for a
change of scenery. Again we parked at the Fairgrounds and visited the
Pioneer Museum. We took the Three Cape Scenic Drive, including the
octopus tree and the old light house, proved popular. The Sweet
Adelines entertained us in the evening and later we were surprised
with a square dance. The Tillamonk Cheese Company tour and the
delicious salmon bake dinner were the highlights of the following day.
... Leaving enroute along the Columbia River and through the beauti-
ful Columbia Gorge. The waterfalls, Booneville Lock and Dam and oth-
er attractions were well worth the stops. We found ourselves out of the
lush green area and into hot farmland again. . Difir Valley Farms
was on a little creek and within sight of snow covered Mt. Hood was our
campground. The following morning we were on our way to Mt. Hood
and back to The Dalles. The hoedown dance in the evening and the
delicious buffet provided a happy ending to the wonderful caravan.
After the Chuckwagon Caravan ended we drove to the West Coast
to San Clemente, CA. While I was in California I visited with the
Cheesemans in Brea; the Karigers of Cypress and the Fawcetts of San
After 96 days of traveling by plane, airstream and car I took a
plane back to Florida August 24th.
News from Sara Rowley of Clearwater
When Mrs. Fred (Bess) Baumbeck came back from the Canal Zone,
she was the houseguest of the Ralph Fragionies of Clearwater. Naomi
had a lovely brunch for her on September 11th and Bess's friends and
neighbors were there to visit with her. The guests were Ann diZerega,
Allena Kelly, Esther Owen, Edith Jones, Loraine Anderson, Mildred
Sutherland, Marie Collins, Marie Smith, Margaret Howard, Blanche
Wilson, Dorothy Bronnes and Sara Rowley. Bess later visited with her
daughter Lois in Dallas, PA and with friends in Sun City, AZ before
returning to the Canal Zone in November.
Sam Rowley's brother Everett of Greenport, L.I. is visiting the
Rowleys for the winter and he and Sam took a trip to the Canal Zone to
visit family while Sara took a trip to Hawaii. They all returned the first
part of November.
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St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg held a volunteer Awards
Program and afternoon Tea on 18 October 1978. Former Zonians
receiving recognition for their volunteer hours were Richard Tomford,
Irene Donovan, Louis Gomez, Anna Collins and Warner Hoyle.
News from Frances Sharp of St. Petersburg
Ray and Sally Caldwell of Madrid, Spain, announced the arrival of
daughter Rachel on September 26,1978 in Madrid. Rachel joins a
brother, Ian in the family circle. Her proud grandparents are Ray and
Louise Caldwell of St. Petersburg.
Also grandparents are Walter and Vivian Mikulich, formerly of St.
Petersburg but now wintering in Michigan. Grandson, Adam Lukens
Mikulich was born April 21, 1978 to Robert and Milly Mikulich of 402
Glenn St., Snohomish, Wash. 98290.
A family reunion of the Violettes was held Labor Day weekend
with Susie and Judy Violette from West Palm Beach and Bill and
Annette Violette Deming of Columbia, Md.; arriving for a visit with
parents Jean and Bill Violette and brother Jerry, recent retirees, at
at their new home in Seminole. Roy and Frances Violette Sharp of St.
Petersburg and their son Frank also of St. Petersburg, joined the
festivities. Naja Van Hoose of Balboa, C.Z., accompanied Susie and
Judy to Seminole as she was on her way to Wheaton College, Ill., for her
Father Francis Lynch of Balboa, C.Z. was a guest of the Edward
H. Nevilles of Seminole for several days in September. Dr. Juan
Arosemena of Panama, R. P. was hosted by the Vic Melants of St.
Petersburg for a few days in October.
Don Shirley was a visitor in October at his parent's home, Jim and
Ruth Shirley of Dunedin, while on vacation from his job in the Canal
Zone. While he was here the family made a trip north to Erie, Pa., to
visit other relatives.
Grace Schack Wilson hosted a picnic lunch in Dunedin for nostalgic
C.Z.ers in the area. The guests included Gertrude McConaghy Roberto,
Lorrain Terry Gilmore and Helen Kat of Dunedin; Margaret Bradley
Martin and Doris Graham of Clearwater; Olga Disharoon and Genevive
Quinn of St. Petersburg; Rita Quinn Crume of Sanibel and Claire Quinn
of Panama and Virginia Hanna Capello of Conega Park, California.
Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Clemmons had a visit of daughter-in-law Joan
Clemmons and three grandchildren of several months. It seems
they liked the area so well they have purchased a new home in Venetian
Isles, St. Petersburg close to Belle and J.B.
NEWS FROM SARASOTA
Rae and Joe Ebdon flew to Wilmington, Del. for a visit with their
son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Kathy Ebdon and only grandson,
Geoffrey Craig. After a week's visit they were joined iby Jim and Edna
Million and accompanied them when they drove to Vermont as guests
of Truman and Betsy Hoenke at their summer home in St. Albans Bay,
VT. En route back to Sarasota the two couples visited the Million's son,
Roger Million and family, in New Jersey.
Mrs. Edith Eppley, Rae Ebdon, returned home to Sarasota in
October after a two month visit in Visalia, CA with her granddaughter,
Ann (Newhard) and family, Dr. and Mrs. Omar L. Franklin.
Allen and Kay Miller went to the NARFE Convention in Shreve-
port, LA as representatives for NARFE Chapter No. 242 of Sarasota.
They enjoyed their annual trip to the West Coast to visit their daugh-
ters and sons-in-law, Don and Margie Schieve of Colorado Springs, CO,
and Steve and Martha Young of Portland, OR. A surprise get-together
in Colorado Springs was arranged for the Miller's wedding anniversary
shared by friends and relatives.
Mrs. Della Noonan entertained her sister-in-law, Mrs. Marie Ray-
mond (widow of Joe Raymond) and son, Frank Raymond of Diablo, for
several weeks in August, and later enjoyed the annual visit of another
sister-in-law, Betsy Noonan of Baltimore, MD.
Tinsie and Barney Barnes returned in October after four weeks in
Ridgeley, W. Va. with Barney's sister, Elma Carder, and other
Wendell and Donna Sasso and children, accompanied by her
mother, Shirley Brayton Wertz of Balboa, C.Z., visited relatives and
friends in the Sarasota area while on their stateside vacation, namely
Blanche and Walter Hartman; George and Mayno Walker, and Gladys
and John McLain. They also spent some time with Jack and Clara
Brayton of Crystal River, as well as with Wendy's sisters, Nancy Sasso
Stokes and Dinah Sasso LaPorta and children in Fort Lauderdale.
Mrs. Dora Walker Chatburn of Ecuador spent several weeks
visiting her sister, Blanche and Walter Harman, and her brother, the
George A. Walkers, on her return from London, England where she
had attended the wedding of her granddaughter, Roxanne Stempel.
Mina Dee returned in September from Portland, OR, after a five
week visit with her son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Mary Jo Lang and
sons. During her summer visit the family enjoyed a trip to Canada and
the King Tut Exhibit in Seattle, WA.
Summer visitors at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Hitchcock
were their son, Bill and family. Bill lives in Washington, D.C. where he
is employed as Marketing Manager in the Book Department of the
American Chemical Society.
Congratulations to Rae and Joe Ebdon whose son, Thomas J.
Ebdon, III, has been promoted to Major in the U.S. Air Force. Tom
visited his folks often recently while in Florida on nine weeks
temporary duty at MacDill AFB in Tampa and at Eglin AFB near Fort
Walton Beach. In November Tom returned to his permanent duty
station at Holloman Air Force Base, Alamogordo, N.M.
John and Gladys (Watson) McLain had as houseguests Sarito and
Paul Quackenbush of Balboa, who had come to the U.S. to attend the
Shrine Convention in Michigan. Also visiting were Gladys' brother and
his wife, Walter and Lea Watson of Cardenas.
Mrs. Carole Walker Peregoy of Sarasota met her BHS classmate,
Sue Bell in San Francisco, CA and drove across country with her sight-
seeing the many attractions. They visited Carole's sister and family,
Jack and Jeanne (Walker) Wagner and daughters in Walla Walla, WA,
and Sue's mother, Mrs. Sue Bell in Richmond, VA, and other relatives
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lutz were visited by his son, Brian, and wife,
Sherry Lutz with their son, Douglas. The family were en route to their
home in Houston, TX after a Caribbean Cruise.
Fred and Beverly Ebdon and his father, T. J. (Pop) Ebdon, Sr., who
makes his home with them, returned in October from an extended trip
to the West Coast in their new mobile home. Their son and his wife, Jim
and Connie Ebdon, had flown from Napa, CA for a visit and travelled
with his parents in another mobile home, keeping in touch by C. B.
En route to Napa the group visited Pop's younger son and wife, Bill
and Susie (Fahnestock) Ebdon and children in Houston, TX and
stopped to sightsee along the way at Carlsbad Caverns, Yosemite, Salt
Lake City and other sites. After leaving Napa, Fred, Bev and Pop
visited their other son and wife, Paul and Connie in Grand Coulee Dam,
WA. They planned visits in Colorado Springs, CO and Portland, OR to
see their next door Sarasota neighbors, Allen and Kay Miller, at the
homes of their daughters, Margie and Marilyn.
Gladys B. Humphrey
News from Ruth E. Schmidt, Tampa
During the latter part of August John and Ruth Schmidt flew from
Tampa direct to Frankfurt, Germany for a five week visit with their
son, Major John C. Schmidt, Jr., his wife and three children, who are
stationed in Heidelberg and living at Patrick Henry Village. While John
worked and the children were in school, Alice drove John and Ruth all
over various interesting places in Germany. We attended an October
fest in Munich which was terrific. Enroute we stayed in Garmich and
crossed into Austria for a short drive. We also drove from Heidelberg
to Strassburg, France, other townsites and on to Switzerland. The
rainy and cold weather kept us from seeing the Alps in all their beauty,
however it was all very beautiful. We truly enjoyed our visit. John will
be stationed in Germany until January 1980.
Marcella Schmidt came from Costa Rica to stay with my 90 year old
mother, Mrs. William Barlow, while we were in Germany. She truly did
a fantastic job taught mother to play lots of card games, plus doing
latchwork (like hooking rugs) and she really kept mother active and in
good health. Many friends stopped by to visit Marcella and mother.
After our return, Marcella went to Cape Coral to visit my brother
Henry and his wife Barbara Barlow. She is now in Chicago visiting her
brother, Dr. Paul Vega and family prior to returning to Costa Rica.
In talking with Virginia Kleefkens she gave me their son's new
address as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Kleefkens, 2405 Jordan St.,
The Dalles, OR 97058.
Mr. and Mrs. James Bryant (Dorothy) had visitors from Aiken, SC
- Paul and Gloria Reynolds and son, Billy. Dorothy's sister and
husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ted McDevitt of Rogue River, OR were also
guests of the Bryants' this summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Yane Leves reported all well with them healthwise.
Helen is really enjoying having her mother, Marie Van Clief and sister,
Emma Brown, living in an apartment near to them. Helen says Emma is
enjoying retirement life in Tampa.
Mrs. Mal Dodson (Marion) reported all is well with her family.
Marion is as busy as ever, still takes care of her house and yard work.
She says "You keep in good shape and enjoy life if you keep busy and
keep on the "GO". Marion reported her son Dean and family will be
returning from the Canal Zone before the end of this year and will make
his home permanently in Tampa. Marion expects her family Richard
and Mary Jane; Pat and her husband and Sis and Bob Bowen all home
for a big Thanksgiving Dinner.
Eddie Friedrick and son, Lou Tremblay from Santa Clara visited
with John and Ruth Schmidt five days in October. Due to a leg problem
with Eddie, he didn't get around to visit as much as he planned. He and
Lou drove to Kentucky and was admitted to the Louisville hospital with
a bloodclot in his left leg. He was operated on October 21st and at this
writing was progressing very well. He expected to be hospitalized for
10 to 12 days and then will be with his brother until he is able to travel.
The Frauenheims, Seminole In early July we enjoyed a visit
from son Gene and wife Lynne (Wellington) and three children from
Houston. Lynnes brother, Don and family, were here to visit his wife,
Bobby Lou's parents, Dot and Bob Herrington. It was a fun time for all.
Kerner and I accompanied Gene's family to Lola (Frauenheim) and
Albert Jones home in Virginia Beach, Va. Frances Jones and daughter
Dona and granddaughter Charlene Brophy, joined us for a family
reunion. We continued our trip with Gene and Lynne through North
Carolina and on to Atlanta, where we flew home and they continued on
to Houston. Gene became a partner in Arthur Andersons Accounting
Firm in early September.
Son Neil and Darlene (Daly) and grandson Ryan, visited us briefly
the middle of September before we flew to Germany to visit our
daughter Lynne and her family in Frieberg, known as the "The Capital
City of the Black Forrest". Karl, Lynnes husband, is on a years leave of
absence from the German Air Force and is studying Dentistry at the
Uni. of Frieberg. They are planning a states side trip in July of next
year. It is strange to hear Thomas, their four year old, speaking
German one minute and English the next. Germany is such a clean
country and the flowers you see in every flower box indescribably
THE GENEROUS MAN ENRICHES HIMSELF BY GIVING,
WHILST THE MISER HOARDS HIMSELF POOR.
Via Mae and R. G. Dinkgreve of Metairie visited Via Mae's sister,
Zonabel, who lives in Biloxi, Miss., for two weeks in October. Zonabel
and her son, Edmund, who lives with her, enjoy living and working on
the Gulf Coast and the Dinkgreves enjoyed their visit immensely. Also
in the past few months, the Dinkgreves were happy to receive
telephone calls from Hayden B. Jones, Rogue River, Ore.; Robert
Daniels, Dallas; and Dorothy Leach, Gulfport, Miss. They all worked
together in the Electrical Division, are well and enjoying that good old
retirement life, except for Bob, who left the Canal in 1953. Bob
completed 25 years service with the Dallas Power & Light Co. last
December. His mother, Lista, who retired from Accounting in 1952, is
still going strong and really enjoys the vacation trips she and Bob take.
The Dinkgreves have received a post card from the Rev. Dean Flora,
La Paz, Bolivia. He had visited the Dinkgreves last spring and was a
missionary to Panama and the Zone from the Church of God and lived
across the street from the Dinkgreves in Margarita. He is now with the
World Food for the Hungry, headquartered in Miami, and travels
practically all over the world carrying out his responsibilities.
Lois Mansberg of Lafayette, widow of Simon B. Mansberg who
died in May, writes her hopes that we all share a sense of pride in
having worked toward the defeat of the treaties, though in vain. Last
year Si spoke before 27 civic clubs in the Lafayette area on behalf of the
Coach Jeff Hennessey and Leigh
Leigh Hennessey of Lafayette is back home from Newcastle,
Australia, where she won the gold medal for first place in the
trampoline championship. A University-of-Southwestern-Louisiana
honor student, Leigh was recently voted the nation's best trampolinist
- male or female by the U.S. Trampoline Association. She was also
the first trampolinist in history to win three gold medals in the national
AAU Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in New Brunswick,
NJ. Her father Jeff Hennessey, was born in Gorgas Hospital and has
been the USL trampoline coach since 1959. He coached the U.S.
nationals for five years and was the nation's outstanding coach twice.
Jeff s mother is Mrs. Lera B. Hennessey of West Monroe, a retired
Balboa Elementary School teacher, now 80 years old and in good health.
Dr. Patricia Rickels
Dr. Patricia Kennedy Rickels, English professor at the university
of Southwestern Louisiana, has been chosen to receive a $1,000 Amoco
Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award, recognizing excellence in
undergraduate teaching. A native of the Zone, she was graduated from
CHS in 1944 and the CZJC in 1946. She earned an undergraduate de-
gree at the University of Washington and an M.A. and Ph.D. at La.
State University, Baton Rouge. She is the daughter of Mrs. Wesley M.
(Charlotte) Kennedy, well-known Zonian active in American Red Cross
and Civil Defense work. Dr. Rickels has published articles on Acadiana
folklore, co-directed a teacher-training institute on ethnic pluralism in
Louisiana history and culture in 1976, and a second institute on
humanizing the classroom in 1978. She directs the USL Honors
Seminar and has edited and contributed to a collection of essays
entitled "1776-1976: Two hundred Years of Culture and Change in
Louisiana". She also has been chosen as the Louisiana collector for the
"Dictionary of American Popular Beliefs and Superstitions," to be
published by the University of California, Los Angeles.
William G. Monroe of Bossier City has had a letter from Joe
Blackburn of Arraijan, who informed him of the death of Mrs. John
Winclowsky, retired from the Marine Division. The Monroes spent
some time with them after their retirement in 1967 rather than return
to the States in the dead of winter. The Monroes also had a letter from
the Methenys of Ingram, Texas, just outside Kerrville, where the big
river was last year. It came close, but did not damage their property.
John Michaelis also lives in that area.
Elaine and Dick Sena of Chalmette write that it was a somewhat
busy summer for them. Members of Dick's family in New York decided
to visit the Southland. Younger brother Frank and his wife Addie
surprised them with a three-day visit in May. They hadn't seen each
other in 15 years. In August Dick's sister Grace and brother-in-law
Dave Davidson from Middle Grove, N.Y., journeyed to Cedar Falls,
Iowa, to visit their daughter Diane, son-in-law Scott Regan, and 2-year-
old son Brendan. After spending a few days there they all packed up
and hit for the Sun-Belt, a combination of visit and business. Nephew
Scott was attending the American Theater Association convention in
New Orleans August 10-16. He's involved in children's theater and
teaches at the University of Northern Iowa. Their visit was enjoyed
tremendously, hadn't seen them in four years. Seems they couldn't get
enough of the abundant seafood here and we kept them happy on that
Dick attended a retirement party given for one of his old friends at
the New Orleans office of the Panama Canal Co. Russ Capitelli, chief,
Procurement Division, decided it was time to relax more. It was good to
see the old group again. They had all transferred with the company
when operations moved from New York to New Orleans. Saw George
Vieto, former chief, Transportation Division, who lives in the New
Orleans area. Elaine is still purusing her occupation as independent
beauty consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics. Richard is now in high
school and seems to be adjusting well. He still talks about the days he
attended Los Rios Elementary School. The Senas are still in touch with
Phyllis and Gil Sanzari. former chief officer, SS Cristobal, who lives in
Las Vegas, and with Anne and Paul Robbins formerly with Comptrol-
lers Office, C.Z., who live in Sterling, VA, and who are planning a trip
Patt Foster Roberson
George and Aurie Poole, Schenectady We are on a bus tour to
see the New York and Canada color foliage. It is at its peak this year.
We meet so many Canadians who winter in St. Pete also. Our next stop
is Lake Placid on way back.
DUES ARE PAYABLE NOW. $10.00 for 1979
Gene Hamlin, Carthage "Tivoli Annex No. 3 of Moore County,
NC" was the scene of a small CZ gathering on Saturday, 26 August. Bob
and Jean Wainio recently moved into their home at Whispering Pines
and they hosted the group who consisted of Tom and Sally (Morland)
Williams of Southern Pines, Robin Morland of Brazos Heights, who was
here to visit the Williams and to take in the Colgate Open at Pinehurst,
Bud and Sandy (Weigle) Wainio from Durham and Gene and Faye
Hamlin from Carthage who were accompanied by Mrs. Dorothy Hamlin
of Largo, FL. Most of those present were either ex-BHS or CHS with
the spread running from BHS Class of 1914 upward. Everybody had an
John and Esther Layport, Hendersonville We have had a good
year, but for a few illnesses, now and then. As for the coming year, "God
willing and the creek doesn't rise", we expect to go around the world
January 8th on the "Royal Viking Sky", out of Ft. Lauderdale. Should
any members be going on this cruise, please contact us. We hope all of
you have a wonderful winter and year of 1979.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Greetings from beautiful North Carolina. We are enjoying a
typical fall with ideal weather and gorgeous scenery.
Betsy and Truman Hoenke returned to N. C. early in October
having spent the summer in Vermont and Michigan. Former Zonians
visiting them at their summer home on Lake Champlain were the
Howard Johnsons, Jim Millions, Joseph Ebdons, Barney Forgesons,
Carl Brownes, Margaret Rennie with her daughter Ellen Keeney and
two young sons. The Hoenkes are happy to report that their daughter
Diana Bauer is now at the University of Michigan doing postdoctoral
work in comparative neuro anatomy following the conferring of her
Ph.D. in August.
Ruth and Ernest Zelnick also spent a couple of months at Lake
Champlain nearby the Hoenkes and while there were visited by their
daughter Carol Richmond and family. After returning to N. C. they
took a short trip to Oklahoma and Texas to become acquainted with
their two new grandchildren. Dr. Paul and Jan Zelnick's first child, a
son Marc was born August 19th in Houston. John and Nancy Zelnicks
daughter Leila Ruth was born August 29th in Broken Arrow, Okla-
homa. They have two sons.
Pete and Ethel Cooper of St. Petersburg vacationed for a month in
Conestee Falls in August and while Pete made a trip back to Florida
Ethel was the houseguest of the Bill Tillmans for several days.
Henry and Irene Donovan of St. Petersburg were the houseguests
of the Howard Johnsons in July and in August Jim Johnson of Houston,
Texas with his family visited his parents for one week.
Betty and Paul Bentz had the pleasure of having their son Alan
with them for a few days before returning to his home in Stonington,
Conn. from a business trip.
Tom and Barbara Coleman had their grandsons Tom and Jimmy
Pattison for a week's visit in September. Jimmy graduated from Balboa
High School in June and now a student at Tampa Technical College in
Jeanie Sanders formerly of Gamboa and a temporary resident of
Hendersonville was visited recently by Teena Boostrom of Pennsyl-
Carmen Howe with daughter Marion had a trip to Florida recently
stopping first at Plant City with a son Bill and wife Louella and a visit
with Charlie's brother David and family. They also visited in Ft.
Lauderdale with Carmen's mother and sisters. Danny, Sheila with son
Nathan have recently moved into their new home in Gastonia, S.C.
Alice (Peanut) and her husband Don Bonner are presently building a
home in Mills River, N.C. Shirley and her family are still living in Ft.
Jackson, S.C. Marion has moved from Massachusetts to Columbia, S.C.
where she has joined a nursing pool to serve the many hospitals in the
city. Charlie is presently in Florida visiting with son Bill and his mother
Stella and brother Roger and Kay Howe in Titusville.
Jack and Jean Dombrosky's son Dale, wife Lynn and three sons
visited for one week in July and in August they were visited by their
daughter Barbara and her three daughters. Dale lives in Lakeland,
Florida and Barbara resides in Ahoski, N. C.
Howard and Emily Johnson with Alice Roche flew to N. Y. October
5th to sail aboard the S.S. Austral Endurance for a two month trip to
Australia and New Zealand and will be transitting the Panama Canal
twice, visiting friends while ashore.
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
On September 26, 34 members and guests enjoyed a buffet dinner
at DeMasi's restaurant. Among the guests present was Walter Alves,
who is now living in Kentucky. We are looking forward to our Christ-
mas party, scheduled for Thursday, December 14th at the Holiday Inn.
"Old Timer" Mrs. Madeline Shore, who lives with her daughter
and son-in-law Sis and Bill York, celebrated her 90th birthday on
Billy Rowe had a special birthday October 11th, when her newest
grandchild Kelly (7 months) traveled to Aiken with her parents, Donna
and Bobby Rowe, and her sister Stacey, for a 10 day stay. In late
October Sarah and Larry Keegan of Greenwood, S.C., and Dallas and
Grace Thornton of Lancaster, Texas came by to reminisce with the
Susan Wiseman [Willenbrock] attended the American Quarter
Horse Congress in Ohio this summer.
Carol Smith (Kapinos) and family have transferred from Myrtle
Beach AFB to Langley AFB and will be living in Hampton, Va. Among
the visitors at Verna and Andy Kapinos' this summer were Louise
Barnes and Henrietta Skeie, who were enroute to Sumter, S.C., and
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Detamore, who were touring the States in their
Hazel and Bud Kilbey enjoyed having their daughter and
son-in-law, Jolie and Ron Seeley in Aiken for a week this summer.
Peggy and Don Hutchsion drove to Prince Edward Island to visit
relatives, stopping en route to see Marion Leibert (Sealey) in Alexan-
dria, Va. The return trip was made via Scranton, Pa. and Virginia,
where they looked up Russ and Kat Meissner.
In October, Helen Tate and Blanche and Carl Brown of Columbia,
and Helen Adler of Panama, drove down to visit the Hutchisons and
While traveling south to Jacksonville, Fla. this fall, Mr. and Mrs.
Bernard Dorfman stopped to see Lorna and Al Shore.
Lucille and Chuck Drew entertained her brother Wally deZur, her
sister Leona Justice, and brother Raymond deZur and wife in August
- all from the Chicago area. Then in September, grandson Craig Drew
and his wife Shelley drove in from Athens, GA. for a brief stay.
In October, Mrs. Willard Percy had as a houseguest her sister,
Mrs. Clyde W. Parson of Ft. Thomas, KY.
The September NARFE Convention in New Orleans was attended
by James and Eletheer Catron, and John and Dorothy Everson. Then,
at the end of October the Eversons and Nellie Jansen took off for the
Shrine Convention in Hawaii, after which they visited friends in
California. Nellie will travel to Idaho and spend Thanksgiving with her
brother, John Bruland.
The Catrons are displaying in a place of honor, a handsome golf
trophy presented to Jim when he won the 1978 South Carolina Senior
Citizens Championship at Hilton Head this summer by beating out
152 golfers to earn the title with a new score of 134 for two days of play.
Jim also enjoyed a weekend of golf at Hot Springs, Va. in October, when
he played with a group that included son Billy Catron of Miami. Visitors
at the Catrons in November were Marvin and Carrie Parker of
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Leo Hickman of Clearwater, Fla. called on
Nora and Charles Green while in Augusta, GA visiting their son who is
stationed at Ft. Gordon.
Jack and Pauline Kaplan of Hollywood, Fla. were houseguests of
Evelyn Condon in May.
Paul and Leona Badonsky drove to Denver with their daughter
Paula Leitch and family. Al Leitch attended an accountants' convention
and Paul and Leona were guests of John and Marie Metz, who lived in
Ancon in the 40's. After sightseeing in the Rockies, visiting relatives in
Irving, Texas, they returned home via Athens, GA where they
reluctantly took leave of their two young grandsons.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Ficzeri, Jr., Garland Our son, The Reverend
Paul Ficzeri, is making his home with us while he is with the First
Christian Church of Mesquite, Texas.
Ed and Nita Webster, Kerrville On July 8, 1978, we flew from
San Antonio to Panama City, R. de P. for a ten days visit. Since our trip
was primarily for business purposes, we devoted every spare minute to
visiting all of the old familiar places and talking with friends on both
sides of the Isthmus. This was our first return to the Canal Zone after
my retirement in December of 1970, at which time I was the Housing
Project Manager, residing in Margarita.
We saw many changes in eight years of absence, some beneficial,
some not so good. As we visited with our many friends both in the Canal
Zone and the Republic we could sense a feeling of despondency and
sadness over the treaty and the effects that it is to have on the lives and
future of the U.S. and Non-U.S. Employees working in the Canal Zone.
The hospitality and warmth extended to us was most gratifying. To
walk into the Clubhouse or Commissary, or wherever, and have a
person call to you by name and shake your hand, visit for a few minutes,
made the trip more than just worthwhile. It makes one humble and
proud to have been a part of so great an organization.
One thing that did not change during our absence was the food.
The seafood was still the most delicious of any place on earth. The
seviche, shrimp, corvina, lobster, just to name a few. The fresh tropic
fruits, especially papaya, which we ate each morning with our
breakfast. Who needs steak when one can have fresh seafood for lunch
Our brief but wonderful ten day visit came to an end much too
soon, and we departed with mixed feelings and emotions about the
future of the wonderful tropical land we had learned to love and appre-
ciate as a "second home away from home" for so many years.
Les and Muriel Johnston are busy with their Jadigali Gem Shop
which is located at their home in Kerrville. "Jadigali" is a derivative of
the names of the four Johnston children. In June son, Dick, of Gatun
accompanied his daughter, Theresa, to Methodist Hospital in Houston
for surgery. Meanwhile, back in Panama, wife, Colette gave birth to
baby Richard. Colette and baby are expected for a ten day visit with
proud grandparents in November. Daughter, Mrs. Paul Chadwick (Jan
Johnston) of Gamboa and family visited in July. Son Lionel and wife,
Gladys (Maymi) formerly of Albrook AFB, were home in July also.
Gladys is a bi-lingual teacher in Norwalk, Conn., and Lionel is in
NBC-TV's soap opera, Another World in New York. Son Gary also paid
a visit in July. Gary is attending California State University in Sacra-
mento where he is working on his masters in Sociology.
Mrs. Thomas J. (Ginger) Egger announces the forthcoming mar-
riage of her mother, Mrs. Dorothy Smith, to Paul Padden of Kerrville.
Meanwhile, Ginger and Tom have their home up for sale and are leaving
Kerrville in November for Kingsland Country Estates near Ocala, FL
where they have leased a duplex.
Betty Marshall's son, Ed, and his wife, Ann, visited in Kerrville on
their way to the Canal Zone and employment for Ed with Atlantic
Locks Division. Ann, a native Californian, is being introduced to
tropical living by her husband who, though born and raised in the Canal
Zone, has been living in the U.S. for the past 14 years. Betty went to
Ohio to see her parents in July and expects Lois Cotton of Fairfield Bay,
Ark. to spend two weeks with her in November and then Betty will go
to Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she will spend Christmas with her son,
John, and his family.
Marian and Fred Wells are proud to announce that their son, Alan
H. Wells, received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A & M
in May. Alan and his wife, Kathy Jane (Melanson) and two young
daughters reside in Atlanta, Ga. Mary Orr of Sarasota, FL is planning
to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in Kerrville with her
sister Marian and family.
Bob and Kathi Lessiack had their daughter, Sue, and her family
with them this summer. Also, their granddaughter, Jenny, came from
Belleville, Ill. Later, the Lessiack's drove Jenny home and stopped to
see son, John, and wife in Kansas City. Kathi also visited with her
parents in California.
Dale Bishop's sister, Marge Brandy, of Alexandria, Va. was guest
of Dale and family in July. Earlier, in June, Jackie Bishop and daughter,
Jeanne, spent a month in Pasadena, Maryland with Jackie's parents,
John and Kitty Schmidt. While there, they visited with former Canal
Zone residents, Delta Sampsell of Frederick, MD and George and
Catherine Lowe of Wilmington, Del. In October, the Lowes along with
Mary Jo Yaeger of Houston, passed through Kerrville on their travels
and visited with the Bishops. In September Bill Young of the Canal
Zone visited Helen and Ezra Smith in Kerrville and said hello to friends,
in the area. Bill was in San Antonio on military duty.
Paul and Shirley Givonnetti's daughter, Patty, is a Junior at
University of Texas in Austin. Other daughter, Mrs. Ron Carroll
(Terry) and family live in Houston where Ron is a policeman. Shirley's
brother, Herb Carlson of the Canal Zone visited with his parents, Harry
and Rachel, in Kerrville this summer. Paul is working with the
maintenance crew at the local hospital in Kerrville.
Honey Fealey, Marian Wells, Kathi Lessiack, Jackie Bishop, Helen
Smith, Gigi Fleckenstein, Iris Hogan, Anna Young, Polly Michaelis and
Verla Grier meet once a month for lunch at a restaurant and Canasta at
one's home. Canal Zone news is swapped and a good time had by all.
Sue and Bill Graham had Bill's brother, Perc and his wife, Marion
for a two week visit. While they were there Scott and Lucy (Collins)
Graham also came by. Scott is on temporary duty with the Air Force in
Wichita Falls, Texas. Sue and Bill's daughter, Donna Day, along with
husband Larry and son, David, joined the family for a weekend. Donna
and Larry moved from San Antonio to Dallas this summer.
Iris and Dick Hogan had Hope Hirons of the Canal Zone as their
guests for two weeks in October. Earlier in the summer, Iris's daughter
Lois Healan (Richmond) and family from Deltona, FL were there for a
visit. In July Iris's brother, Leon Dedeaux and family from Balston
Lake, NY spent three weeks. In September Iris went to Knob Noster,
MO to see her new grandson, Gregory Edward, first child of Iris's son,
Ralph Richmond. Iris is expecting her 6th grandchild in March when
daughter, Leslie Winkelman (Richmond) of Frazee, Minn. gives birth.
Mike Richmond, Iris's youngest son who lives at home in Kerrville
received the Art of the Hills scholarship from Tivy High School to the
college of his choice. Mary Richmond, Iris's youngest daughter lives
and works in Dallas and plans to spend Christmas in Colombia, S.A.
Iris and Dick are expecting Dick's son, Bill Hogan and wife who are
with the Air Force in Hawaii for a few days in December before they go
on to a new station in Spokane, Wash.
The three Bergman girls all live in Texas now. Honey Fealey and
Jean Smith are neighbors in Kerrville and sister Lois Carpenter
recently moved with her family from Phoenix, Ariz. to San Antonio, Tx.
Lois's son, Bill Carpenter, and wife, Gail, became the proud parents of
triplets in October in Tampa, Fla. The girls are named Katie Jean,
Heather Lois and Natalie Gail. Honey and Jim Fealey were pleased to
have Dottie and Chuck LaVallee of Curundu Heights stop by for a visit
on their way to California and a Shrine trip to the Hawaiian Islands.
The R. C. Calvit's (Benny and Anna) had Anna's sister, Irma
Kruzick (Patchett) and family from Seattle, Wash. for a week in
September. Also, Benny's cousin, Richard McConaughey and wife,
Juanita, of Ocala, Florida spent a week here. In October Dorothy and Al
Pate of St. Petersburg, FL and Dr. Johnny Arosemena of Panama were
Miss JoAnne Fields of the Canal Zone, spent the summer with her
parents in Kerrville, Rev. and Mrs. J. B. Fields. While there, JoAnne
and her mother went to Louisville, Ky. to a General Assembly of the
Rainbow Girls which meets every two years. Later, in September,
Annette and J. B. drove to Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas visiting
friends along the way.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF TEXAS
PRESIDENT: John H. Terry, 9419 Autauga, Houston, TX 77080
SECRETARY: Mrs. Irene E. Hollowell, 5003 Madalyn Lane, Houston,
GREETINGS FROM THE LONE STAR STATE
George and Catherine Lowe of Wilmington, Delaware visited,
during the month of October, with George's sister, Mrs. Fred Yaeger
(Mary Jo Lowe). While in Texas, they all traveled to San Antonio and
El Paso. Then, a short visit across the Rio Grande River, into Mexico.
From El Paso, they traveled to New Mexico, where they did some
sightseeing and visited relatives.
Mrs. Myrtle Souder underwent eye surgery on October 2nd.
Knowing more than just blacksmith trade, Lew is presently acting as
chief cook plus duties of a nurse. Myrtle is really getting tender loving
Mrs. Walter Pollak, of Clifton, Texas, visited in New Jersey, with
her relatives, in October. She is enjoying being near to her daughter,
Mrs. Carolyn Tyssen, and two lovely granddaughters.
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jeffers (Barbara Schnake) have moved from
Dickinson, Texas, to the big city of Houston. All of us are happy to have
them nearer to our meetings and to visit, as well.
While in Delaware, Mrs. Marion F. Hollowell (Irene Stewart
Wright), of Houston, Texas, and Mrs. Stuart F. Bates [Aneta Albin), of
Wilmington, Delaware, were reunited, after 56 years. Both were in the
graduating class of 1922, from Balboa High School.
Tharon Haldeman Mitchell spent her vacation this Fall in
California. While there she attended a reunion of graduates of Balboa
High School, held in San Clemente, California. This was also a reunion
with her brother, George Haldeman and wife, who live in San
Francisco, and sister, Mrs. C. R. Underwood (Betty Haldeman) and
husband who had driven from St. Petersburg, Florid,,.
Irene E. Hollowell
Leo J. Eberenz, Sterling We enjoyed ourselves at the reunion
this year and are looking forward to the next one. A short trip to
Pittsburgh and Philadelphia on our 40th anniversary, August 6, was all
the traveling we did. We had a family reunion July 18 and most of the
clan showed up. One youngster was in school. Picture taken in our back-
Adults, left to right Son John [still lives in the Canal Zone], my wife
Madeline, daughter Josephine, myself, son Alex, his wife Mary,
daughter Mable, her husband Al, daughter Marie and her husband
Tom, and twelve of our thirteen grandchildren.
The first two weeks of June, I Amtracked to Montana, where I was
met and hosted by Kelly and Bob Maynard for two wonderful weeks.
We visited with Harriet and Nick Elich and their daughter Peggy and
her family. Bob and Kelly showed me the country in and around Finley
Point, Montana. Very pretty and interesting, in a way, reminded me of
the Volcan country.
Marcy (Wood) and Ed Napoleon and boys, arrived in the
Northwest, having made a stop in Tucson, Ariz. to visit with Peggy
Bradley, and Fred W. Bradley. Peggy was well, but her grandfather,
(FWB), had taken a fall and badly wrenched his back, yet is improving
slowly. Marcy and the children stayed with me, while Ed was on the
road. We took in the sights; did some berry picking; camping and just
had a wonderful time together. My grandchildren, all four boys, got to
know each other for the first time, getting along beautifully and having
a wonderful time together.
John and Mary Urey were in town for a short stay before leaving
for Dothan, Ala. They both looked very well and enjoying retirement.
In August, Vera and Alton Jones were in Portland, visiting Vera's
aunt, Helen Cain. Margaret and Grady Hardison and I joined the Jones'
for lunch; afterwards met and visited with Helen Cain in her lovely
home, which she helped design.
My sister Betty London and I took in the King Tut show in Seattle,
which was beautiful and well worth the effort. I highly recommend this
showing of ancient artifacts.
Doris and Neilson Etchberger arrived in Portland on Aug. 15.
They stayed with me while in this area. We went sighseeing, shopped
and visited Jesse and Lucille Bunker; Glenn and Gladys Lasher. Really
enjoyed their visit and chance to show them this beautiful part of the
U.S. before their final decision for retirement is chosen.
Ignoring predictions of bad weather, the second Northwest Canal
Zone Reunion took place as scheduled. The weather was cool but dry,
and many new and old friends visited together. Five vacationing
Zonians joined our group, Doris (Chan) and Neilson Etchberger,
(Corozal); Judy (Palumbo) Hicks, (Coco Solo); Beverly and Floyd Baker
(Gatun). From Fayetteville, Ark., came Luke and Frances Palumbo;
and from Albion, Penna., Rita and Perry Washabaugh. So very happy
to see our visitors and Northwesterners take part in this occasion.
Theresa A. Rossetti Daughter of Claudia [Davis] Allsup,
Claudia, and Martha [Miller Young
As the Zoners signed our book, applications for membership in the
P.C.S. of Florida were passed out; family group pictures were taken,
and the Bakers were selling Mrs. Iglesias' book.
The Northwesterners present were: Mike, Inez, Nellie and Billy
Plucker; Glenn and Gladys Lasher; Tim and Betty (Gerhart) Lasher;
R. E. Robertson; Doc and Ruth Cochran; Dorothy (Holzapfel) and
Oscar Rohr; Margaret and Grady Hardison; Andy and Mamie
(Williams) VanSiclen; Clarence and Helen Mason; Bob, Bea and Neal
Mason; Teresa A. Rossetti; John and Martha (Johnson) Stephenson;
Betty Thomas; Jim Funtney; Alvin and Peggy Rankin; Neil and
Tammy Doherty; Jack and Anne Rocker; Lois Hamilton; Joe and Diane
Schreiber and family; Lucille and Jesse Bunker; Bud and Clara Emery;
Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Warnke; Darrell and Nancy (Karigar) Eide; Lars
Andy and Mamie VanSiclen Doris and Neilson Etchberger
and Britta Jorstad; Neil and Dorothy Doherty; Heidi Huff; Victor
Mason; Jerry and March (Rudge) Fox; Wayne Smith; Martha (Miller)
Young; Claudia (Davis) Allsup; Jane (Hall) Journey; Bud and Harriet
Journey; Bev and Bob Shaw; Mabel Tibbetts; Mr. and Mrs. Earl K.
Robertson; Arthur L. Snyder; Kathy and Will Graham; Dick and Betty
(Bradley) London; John and Colleen Kotalik; Paul and Connie Ebdon
and family; Walter and Suzanne (Urey) Kleefkens; Karl and Velinore
Winquist; David and Connie Coffey and family; Cheryl Caudill; Glenn
and Evelyn Kimberling; Murray and Candy Falk; Marie, Bob and
Carolyn Wick; James C. Hardison; Sara (Palumbo) Holmes; John
Dodds; and of course me.
Peggy and Al Rankin
My good friend, Bertha (Hack) McKay, who is sorely missed, has
been unable to make her annual visit north due to critical illness.
Hayden Jones (Rogue River, OR) phoned to say he'd be unable to
make the reunion due to illness, yet to those passing through his area,
to stop in and visit. Raymond A. and Viola Taylor also interested in the
reunion though unable to attend, celebrated their 60th wedding
anniversary May 20.
Evelyn Miesse is well and in the Hydroponic Tomato business and
doing very well.
Looks like the Tacoma Yankees are going to be in the playoffs of
the Pacific Coast Baseball League. Why the interest? Well, Ed
Napoleon, my son-in-law, is the coach for the team.
Glenn and Gladys Lasher enjoyed their visitors from the Canal
Zone, who were Dr. Herb and Gloria Loizeaux; Ken and Bev Bassett.
Rocky Mason was between plane connections, so phoned the Lashers,
who in turn went to the airport to briefly visit with him and catch up on
all the latest news. Besides driving to and from Hermiston-Umatilla
Or., to visit the Pennington's and Lasher's, they (Lashers) are happily
working in their garden; harvesting their crops and flowers. Gladys
who is always busy, has made some very beautiful quilts and wall
Martha B. Wood
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The above poem was submitted by E. E. Hamlin, Jr. of Carthage,
NC who tells us the poem was used during the early twenties the
actual card was a Canal Zone postal card issued in January, 1924 (and
not many were printed). How nice that Gene shares his many poems
with us. Editor
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