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Canal record
Uniform Title:
Canal record (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Abbreviated Title:
Canal rec. (St. Petersbg. Fla.)
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v. : ill. , ports. ; 22-28 cm.
Panama Canal Society of Florida
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Place of Publication:
St. Petersburg, Fla
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five issues yearly
completely irregular


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Description based on: Vol. 10, no. 4 (Nov. 1976); title from cover.

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Vol. 13 MARCH, 1979 No. 1


President Says .............................. .................................. 2
Editor's Lines ................................................................ 2
Legislative Report ................................... ......................... 3
Minutes of the Scheduled Meeting ............................................. 4
Reunion Information ........................................................... 9
Nominating Committees Report ................................................ 9
Condensed News from The Panama Canal Spillway .............................. 11
Ditch Digger Days .......................................................... 18
Isthmus Episodes ............................................................. 20
General News ............................................................20
Reunion Notices .............................................................. 23
Retirements ................................................................. 25
W weddings ..................................... ............................. 26
Births ........................................... ............................. 27
Deaths .... .................................. ............................... 29
Sale and Locator ............................................................. 67
New Members ............................................................. 67

Canal Zone ....................... 37 Louisiana ........................ 56
Alabama ......................... 38 Maryland ........................ 58
Arkansas ......................... 40 Mississippi ....................... 59
Arizona ........................... 44 Missouri ........................... 60
California ........................ 44 New York ........................ 60
Colorado ......................... 46 North Carolina .................... 60
Connecticut ...................... 47 Oregon ........................... 61
Florida ............................. 47 Tennessee ........................... 62
Georgia ....................... .... 55 Texas ............................ 63
Washington ...................... 66

Ramada Inn (South)..... 10 Vigilant Real Estate ..... 24


17 MAR. St. Patrick's Day May the luck of the Irish be with you!
6 APR. Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center
12 APRI. Passover
15 APR. Easter
27 APR. Reunion Ramada Inn, South
27 APR. Society Ball Coliseum 7:30 P.M.
28 APR. Luncheon 12:30 P.M. Ramada Inn
13 MAY Mother's Day
28 MAY Memorial Day
1 JUNE Regular Meeting PCSF,Gulfport Community Center
14 JUNE Flag Day
17 JUNE Father's Day

Cover: SS PENNSYLVANIA GETTY of Monrovia, Liberia. Tug JOHN F. STEVENS,
Southbound in the Panama Canal passing Gamboa.

The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

(A Non-Profit Organization)

To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
(USPS 088-020)
P. O. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733

H. L. Clarke, Jr.

Jack F. Morris

Mrs. Jean B. Mann

Mrs. Anna T. Collins
Record Editor

Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks

J. F. Warner


William F. Grady
Legislative Representative

Paul M. Disharoon


H. L. Clarke, Jr.

Jack F. Morris
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Robert J. Roy
Gaddis Wall
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.

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.

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.

Vol. 13

MARCH, 1979

No. 1


As my term of office comes to a close, I would like to reflect on some
of the high points as well as some of the low points.
At the first Executive Committee meeting at the start of my
term, I found that being the President of the Panama Canal Society
was not going to be as easy as it had first appeared. There
were changes to be made. By listening to the compliments and the
complaints of our members I realized a larger place was needed for
the 1979 Reunion Dance and a change in music was desired by the
majority. There were requests from members of the Executive
Committee which had to be denied. Now after ten months and a num-
ber of Executive Committee meetings most of the points have been
My high points have been the kind words from my fellow Society
members reflecting the good times they enjoyed at the monthly af-
fairs. The friendly advice of the Past Presidents of the Society and the
backing of the general membership and most members of the
Executive Committee are deeply appreciated. The officers and
members alike are working hard to put together a first class program
for our 1979 Reunion. Most of the thanks must go to our Vice
President, Jack Morris, and his committees.
As I look back on the years I have been a member of the Society I
can see how the Society has continued to grow into a very large group
of friendly folks. There are still a lot of good things that can be done to
improve our Society and it is up to each individual member to do his
Thank you for electing me to serve the Society this year it has
been an experience which few are privileged to share. Your atten-
dance at the Annual Meeting is earnestly requested as there are some
important issues to be voted upon by the membership. See you at the
Reunion on April 27th and 28th.

Howard Clarke


All the letters with news contained the usual "Happy Holiday"
greetings and wishes for a "Happy, Prosperous and Healthy New
Year" for all members of our Society.
Congratulations to the new officers of the Panama Canal Society
of Texas.
"OLD TIMERS" we need your memoirs for "Ditch Digger Days".
Deadline for the June 1979 Canal Record data is your postmark

APRIL 18 (unless typed double spaced) and must reach me by 25
April at the latest. Thank you.
It is very important that you forward to us YOUR CHANGE OF
ADDRESS to insure the delivery of your CANAL RECORD. Even
though your postman may guarantee delivery, The Canal Record is
entered as Second Class mail and will not be forwarded, but
DESTROYED. The Society will pay 25 cents to receive a change of
address from your old postmaster which we do not use until we hear
from you. Sometimes this address may only be a temporary address.
Thus, you cost the Society the cost of The Canal Record; the cost of
mailing; the 25c for the information from your old post office and then
if you write for another Record, the additional cost of the extra
Record. Please help your Society to save money in this "inflationary
time" by using the Change of Address form in the September 1978
issue or the Change of address FORM 3579... from your postmaster.

Anna T. Collins


Resolution #347 was introduced in the HOUSE during the last
Congress. It died in committee when congress adjourned. It is
expected to be re-introduced in the 96th Congress. March 31, 1979 is
men and ask them to support this resolution. It reads as follows:

"Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate con-
curring), that it is the sense of the Congress of the United States that
any right to, title to, or interest in the property of the United States
Government agencies in the Panama Canal Zone or any real property
and improvements thereon located in the zone should not be conveyed,
relinquished, or otherwise disposed of to any foreign government
without specific authorization of such conveyance, relinguishment, or
other disposition by an Act of Congress."
3.9% raise set for March 1. The increases are based on changes in
the Consumer Price Index for July through December of last year. The
Labor Department reported the index up 0.5 percent in December to
202.0 that brings the six-month increase to 3.9 percent. The new raise
will bring the yearly increase to nearly nine percent.
When submitting Form 2800 Survivors Benefit Annuity or any
correspondence relative to, please write to the following address:
Office of Personnel Management Compensation Group
1900 "E" Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20415

And when writing to inquire about Insurance, please write to:
Office of Personnel Management
Civil Service Retirement and Insurance Systems
Washington, DC 20415

William F. Grady
Legislative Representative

Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, FL
3 November 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 1:32 P.M. Mr. Clarke led the assembled group in the Pledge
to the Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the Invocation
which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of
those who had passed away since our last meeting.
The President welcomed the 127 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called:
Biff Clarke Canal Zone, Herb Minton St. Petersburg, Ray
Masino St. Petersburg, Dan Ianole Clearwater, R. Nelson Clear-
water, Dorothy and Bob Knox Sarasota, Florence Harrison Palmet-
to, Dorothy West Sarasota, John A. Wright Pinellas Park, Matt and
Linda Shannon St. Petersburg, Connie Wright Pinellas Park, Marian
and Milo Green Sarasota, Everett Rowley New York, Catherine Ek-
holm Sinclair Altamonte Springs, Sara Ekholm Ithaca, N.Y., Dorothy
Herrington Clearwater, Ruth Schmidt Tampa, Charles Hummer St.
Petersburg, Charles Fears St. Petersburg, Bill and Jean Violette -
Seminole, Lyla and Bud Esler St. Petersburg Beach, Dottie and Ernie
Yocum Largo, Grace Thomas, Leo Connley Kenneth City, Mr. and
Mrs. Randall Ford St. Petersburg, Vi and Emo Everson Sarasota.
Mr. Clarke spoke of the date being the the 75th anniversary of
Panama's independence from Colombia.
The President asked if the members wished to have a Christmas
Party for our December meeting. The members were in favor of this.
He asked for a volunteer to take home the coffee urns and return them
for the next meeting. Mr. Clarke announced that the Society is doing
well, we have over 2500 family memberships with new members
joining right along.

Mr. Clarke expressed his desire to have a historian for the
Society. This person would compile a background history of the
Society, catalog past issues of the Canal Record, and perhaps keep a
scrap book of our Society activities. He asked for a volunteer, but
none was forthcoming.
The President asked the members if they would like to have a no-
smoking section for our meetings. The members were in favor of this
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that there
was no good news or bad news. The Cost of Living was up 1.9% as of
31 September. Those who carry Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Aetna
Health Insurance will receive no increase in rates for 1979. There will
be no legislation until Congress convenes in January.
Four members would celebrate birthdays in November and one
couple would celebrate an anniversary. Best wishes went out to all.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Clarke then read a Jamacian poem "Ten-Cent Can of Paint"
sent to him by Captain Hearn. The poem was well received by all.
Mr. Jack Morris announced that he had plenty of post cards of the
Coliseum for any member who wanted any. He also announced that R.
N. Schneider brought a large box of key limes for the members. He
wished all a Happy Thanksgiving.
The President thanked Dolly Barbour and Eleanor Connor for
serving the refreshments.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:12

1 December 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 1:30 P.M. Mr. Clarke led the assembled group in the Pledge
to the Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the Invocation
which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of
those who had passed away since our last meeting.
The President welcomed the 116 members and guests who were
present. He also thanked the ladies for the cookies that they had
furnished for the Christmas party.
In the absence of the Record Editor, Mrs. Anna Collins, the Sec./-
Treas. introduced the following members and guests who stood for
special recognition as their names were called:
Mr. and Mrs. Warren Berquist Gatun, Gladys Humphries -
Sarasota, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Clemmons St. Petersburg, Mr. and Mrs.
John Taylor Canal Zone, Tom Ebdon Sarasota, Mr. Geohegan -

Rhode Island, Louise McCovens Largo, Lorraine Anderson St.
Petersburg, Gwen & Richard DeTore St. Petersburg, Robert and
Jackie Carney Ohio, Jeannie Mudd Richmond, Va., Robert
McQueary St. Petersburg, Harry Lacy Largo, Lilia Willoe Largo,
Loretta Hayes Clearwater.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the November
meeting. As there were no corrections, omissions, or additions the
minutes were approved as read. The financial statement of the
Society and the Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions the
report will stand for audit.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, announced that the
cost of living as of October had not yet been released, but it will be
either .7, .8, .9%. Congress and the President was to change the Cost
of Living increases from two each year to only one each year. During
the next two years it seems that annuitants will have to fight to keep
what they have instead of fighting for more. NARFE has announced
that they are finding it necessary to hire a law firm to help fight our
battles, and they are asking for donations to help defray this expense.
The members indicated a desire to donate and Mr. Grady said he
would take any donations and forward them to NARFE. $64.55 was
Mr. Clarke announced that Jack Morris wished all members,
mailing Christmas cards to friends, would urge them to get their Re-
union reservations in. Also Mr. and Mrs. Morris send Christmas
greetings to all.
Three members would celebrate birthdays in December. The
members sang Happy Birthday to them.
Mr. Clarke asked that the members be thinking of Officers for the
Society for the coming year. Reunion time is approaching and with it
the annual election.
Mr. Clarke thanked Dottie and Eleanor for serving the refresh-
ments and Mr. and Mrs. Burrows for taking the coffee urns.
Howard and Emmy Lou Clarke and all the officers wished the
members a very Merry Christmas.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:15

5 January 1979
The regularly scheduled meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President Mr. Howard L.
Clarke at 1:35 P.M. Mr. Clarke led the assembled group in the Pledge
to the Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, gave the Invocation
which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of
those who had passed away since our last meeting.

The president welcomed the members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition
as their names were called.
Lillian and Shelby White Mississippi, Elsa and Jim Yates -
Largo, Margaret Lawson St. Petersburg, Anna and Bob Vache New
York, Myrtle Kennerly Venice, FL, Regina Quinn Enjunto Madrid,
Spain, Agnes Connor Dalton New York.
The President read letters from Congressman C. W. "Bill"
Young, and Governor H. R. Parfitt concerning items of historical in-
terest still in the Canal Zone. Governor Parfitt assured Mr. Young and
the Panama Canal Society of Florida that these items will remain
under the jurisdiction of the Panama Canal Comission for the duration
of the treaty.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the December
meeting. As there were no corrections, omissions, or additions the
minutes were approved as read. Mrs. Sharp informed the members
that Mr. and Mrs. Violette had been storing and transporting the
coffee urns. The financial statement of the Society and the Blood Bank
were read. As there were no questions the report will stand for audit.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, announced that the
cost of living as of November was 3.4%. He also announced that the
total collection for NARFE at the last meeting came to $70.00. A
letter of thanks was received from NARFE and assured Mr. Grady
that the money will be used to fight the idea of combining Civil
Service Annuities and Social Security. The President wants to cut the
Cost of Living from two each year to one each year and no mention has
been made of the 1% kicker. President Carter also is in favor of
holding c/1 increases to 70% of the actual increase. Mr. Grady had a
list of job openings in the Canal Zone and also a resume of benefits
to those going to work on the zone. Mr. Grady received a lot of infor-
tion from Mr. Frank Turberville in Virginia, the material was too
extensive to print in the Record, but was made available to the
members at the meeting.
Mr. Jack Morris spoke on Reunion planning. Members were
informed of both Ball and Luncheon plans.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:25
The Spartones from Lakewood High School entertained following
the meeting and a brief social hour with refreshments followed.

Respectfully submitted,

Jean Mann



-~.-. ~-, -LILA'

The "SILVER KINGS" big band on stage at the St. Petersburg Coliseum will be playing for your pleasure at the
Panama Canal Society "Ball" on April 27, 1979.



Our Annual Reunion is approaching rapidly. If you have not sent
in for reservations you are urged to do so immediately. Reservations
for non-member guests are now being accepted.
To avoid loss of advance reservations, tickets will be held by your
committee to be handed to you at the Reunion registration table, thus
avoiding any inconvenience. A registration table will be set up in the
Ringling Room (adjacent to lobby) at the Ramada Inn from 6:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 26 for those who wish to register early
and pick up their tickets.
We plan to decorate the Ball Room of the Ramada Inn with the
State Flag of those members in attendance. Therefore, please bring
your flag (size 3' x 5' preferred) and the committee shall display it
upon your arrival.
Your Reunion Committee has gone all-out in making arrange-
ments for your enjoyment during the forthcoming affair, which we
expect to be excellent!!

Mr. Nolan A. Bissell, Chairman of the Nominating Committee and
members Joseph L. Hickey and Mrs. Edith Jones present the follow-
ing slate of officers for the year of 1979-80:

Record Editor

Jack F. Morris
H. Vance Howard, Jr.
Mrs. Jean B. Mann
Mrs. Anna T. Collins

Election of Officers will be held at the Business Meeting at 2:00
P.M. April 27, 1979, at the Ramada Inn South, St. Petersburg. Fur-
ther nominations for each office may be made from the floor at the
Annual Meeting. Election to each office will be by simple majority
vote of the members in attendance at the Annual Meeting of the
Society. Other officers and Committee Members will be appointed
by the Elected President and will be printed in the June 1979

Committee Members for Reunion of 1979
Chairman Sara Rowley 531-7339
Friday April 27, 1979 8:15 A.M.
Milly Sutherland 528-1188 Vera Jones
Dorothy Yocum 595-0846 Edith Jones
Frances Sharp 866-3237 Dorothy Nichols

Friday 10:15 A.M.
Jay Cain 955-0026 Gladys Humphrey
Eleanor Buehler Ann Pennock
Maybelle Walker 955-2107 Rae Ebdon



Margaret Martin

Mina Dee
Frances Jones
Viola Fuller

Myrtle Hughes
Mary Egolf
Ethel Askew

Friday at 11:15 A.M.
443-3515 Louise Pustis
Henri Skeie 544-1014
Saturday at 8:15 A.M.


Jackie Linker
Olga Disharoon
Ida Campbell

Saturday at 10:15 A.M.
955-5147 Beth Grady (Lakeland)
397-6814 Naomi Frangioni
867-1822 Margaret Martin





The Canal Zone Past Matrons of Florida are sponsoring a lun-
cheon during the Panama Canal Society Reunion in the Ringling Room
of the Ramada Inn on Friday, April 27th at 12:00 noon. The cost of the
luncheon, including gratuity and tip, will be $4.60. Reservations and
remittance may be made with Mary Orr, Unit 11, Mina Dee, Unit 4,
4160 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, Fla., 33582, Phone (813) 371-7591 or
371-0422 respectively, or with Edith Jones at 6549 20th St. N., St.
Petersburg, Florida 33702, phone (813) 525-5697. Confirmed reserva-
tion or cancellation should be made by Tuesday, April 24th. All East-
ern Stars and guests are welcome.

At the RAMADA INN...
We are nice people, Doing nice things for

3600 34th Street South St. Petersburg, Florida

NEWS CONDENSED from the Panama Canal Spillsway in part -
dates appearing after each article for your information.
****Employees Cannot Serve R. of P. as Subcommittee Members or
Advisors. Employees may discuss matters with representatives of
Government of Panama on subjects, such as purchasing of housing, for
which the United States no longer has a responsibility after October 1,
Employees of the U.S. Government who receive questions from
the Government of Panama or its Treaty planning subcommittees
may question the propriety of their furnishing information. As a gen-
eral rule, while employees cannot serve as subcommittee members or
advisors for the Republic of Panama, they can furnish information
concerning activities about which they have personal knowledge
provided it concerns an activity, area or function which will become
the responsibility of Panama effective October 1, 1979.
****The Republic of Panama binational subcommittee members are:
Arq. Edwin Fabrega, President-Chairman, Dr. Omar Jaen Suarez,
Ing. Augusto F. Zambrano, Ing. Arnoldo Cano A., Lic. David Amado
B., Dr. Flavio A. Velasquez E., Ing. Richardo Arosemena and Don
Roberto Heurtematte, On September 15, approval of the planning
objective of the Fire Protection and Social Security sub-committees
was granted by the Binational Working Group. During the week of
September 25, specific matters such as postal services, surveys,
garbage and trash collection and street cleaning were reviewed by the
group. During the last week in September, an orientation program
was conducted for approximately 30 Panamanian advisors. They
toured the Balboa port area, were given a briefing on Marine Traffic
Control at the MTC Center, and were taken to the summit of Ancon
Hill to view the surrounding area. All actions being taken by the
sub-committees and Binational Working Group are limited to prepara-
tory planning and do not constitute preimplementation of the Canal
treaties.... October 6, 1978
****Two new members were appointed to the Board of Directors of
the Panama Canal Company on September 24 by the Secretary of the
Army Clifford L. Alexander, Jr., The Honorable Robert Carswell,
Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, and the Honorable Viron P. Vaky,
Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, will replace
Anthony M. Solomon and Terence Todman as members of the group
that oversees the operation of the Panama Canal. Carswell is a gradu-
ate of both Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Vaky is a career
Foreign Service officer and a graduate of the Georgetown University
School of Foreign Affairs and has a master's degree in International
Relations from the University of Chicago.

****The new Tocumen International Airport is three stories and has
all the modern equipment such as television screens to announce de-
parting flights. Arrival flights in both English and Spanish are
announced over the loudspeaker system. There are banks, a casino,
where you can while away your time and money at a slot machine; a
branch of the National Lottery, where you can buy or cash in lottery
tickets; a drugstore, a bar, and a small restaurant that will be re-
placed by a much larger one that will overlook the airfield.
****The Canal Zone Civilian Personnel Policy Coordinating Board
met Tuesday to discuss matters relating to planning for personnel
systems, wage systems and labor-management relations under the
Panama Canal Treaty. On the boards agenda was the restoration of
basic eligibility for the tropical differential to locally hired employees
on the rolls on July 3, 1976 who were not receiving the differential be-
cause of the one-in-the-family rule or because they had not yet
reached age 21. The meeting was presided over by Under Secretary of
the Army Michael Blumenfeld, chairman. Officials of various govern-
ment agencies and labor organizations from the Canal Zone, Panama
and the U.S. also took part in the discussions. No decisions were made
as to what would be recommended to the Secretary of the Army ....
October 13, 1978
****With close to 40 years of Federal Government service Robert L.
Austin has been appointed chief of the New Orleans Procurement Di-
*****Charles R. Lavalee, Transportation and Terminals Bureau's
management and budget officer for the past five years, has been
named to succeed W. M. Brown as Manager of the Railroad Division. A
"native son" of the Isthmus, Lavalee was born in Panama City and
raised in the Canal Zone. He is a 1968 graduate of the Georgia
Institute of Technology with a degree in Industrial Management. He
is married to the former Judith Carole Lambert, third generation
member of an old Canal Zone family who is employed with the Port
Captain's Office in Balboa.
****The Engineering and Construction Bureau's two new work boats,
the U.S. QUAIL and the U.S. SHRIKE, passed acceptance tests and
were put to work at the Dredging Division on Monday. Constructed in
Holland by Damen Shipyards at a cost of $328,857, the boats are now
part of a fleet of 22 work launches used in the Dredging Division
operations. The boats are equipped with steel hulls twice the thick-
ness of present launches, heavy propellar drive shafts, and internal
freshwater cooling systems that will not be subject to the damage
from aquatic vegetation and debris that threatens external water
intake systems. Both boats are equipped with General Motors

engines. The Quail has a powerful hydraulic hoisting unit with a max-
imum capacity of approximately six tons that will enable it to be used
to rotate dredge pipe, that otherwise requires the use of an anchor
barge and launches.
****Isthmian born actress Pat Quinn has a role in one of the most
talked about movies of today, An Unmarried Woman, which recently
played at theaters in Panama.
Quinn plays the friend Sue, a
somewhat hardbitten woman for
whom marriage long before be- 0.
came a formality. Pat has had
parts in several plays, including
George C. Scott's production of
Arthur Miller's Death of a Sales-
man in New York. Last year she
played in a Los Angeles produc-
tion of the play Oil. On televi- 1
sion, she has played on The Wal-
tons, Bannachek, Mannix and
Gunsmoke. Quinn lives in New
York with her husband and sons
Caleb and Chance. She vaca-
tioned on the Isthmus this sum-
mer and attended the reunion of Balboa High School classes '50-55.
She is the daughter of Berta Quinn and the late Marc Quinn. Her
brother is Bruce Quinn, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity.
... October 20, 1978
****The Panama Canal, the Department of Defense and the Panama
Government have launched a joint anti-deforestation program aimed
to control and prevent further destruction of the natural forest areas
currently within the Canal Zone.
****Archaeology buffs and collectors of historical artifacts should be
aware that the U.S. Customs Service has amended its regulations on
the importation of pre-Columbian art. Effective August 15, 1978, the
regulation prohibits the importation of any pre-Columbia monumental
or architectural sculpture or mural which has been exported from its
country of origin.
****Bona Fide Gifts up to $25 in value may be mailed duty free to U.S.
****According to the new law signed by President Jimmy Carter,
U.S. residents will pay less duty on goods brought into the U.S. The
new legislation imposes a flat ten percent charge on purchases worth
more than the exempted $300 and worth less than $900. For purchases
over $900, varied rates apply according to the type of merchandise
... October 27, 1978

****Civil Service Commissioner Ersa Poston and Deputy Under
Secretary of the Army Michael Blumenfeld met with Canal Zone civic
and labor leaders last week and promised them a look at the Treaty
implementing legislation as soon as it is presented to Congress. The
move came in response to "Too Little Feedback".... November 2, 1978.
****Passage of treaty implementing legislation in the U.S. Congress
will involve delegates by many congressional committee and many
representatives will probably be visiting the Isthmus on fact-finding
trips, U.S. Ambassador Ambler H. Moss, Jr. told Atlantic-siders last
week. Asked whether he thought House members were likely to op-
pose implementation legislation because they were not allowed to
vote on the treaty itself, Moss replied that there is only a minority of
representatives who are likely to oppose implementation. He pointed
out that regardless of implementing legislation, the U.S. is legally
committed to the terms of the treaty. Legislation is needed to allow
the U.S. to pay Panama what the treaty calls for, he explained, but
failure to pass it does not mean that the obligation no longer exists. It
simply means that a large nation like the U.S. would be in debt to a
small nation like Panama until such time as the legislation is passed.
****Prior to the implementation of the Panama Canal treaties on Oc-
tober 1, 1979, the ground work must be laid by the Personnel Bureau
for the transfer of approximately 2,950 Canal employees to the De-
partment of Defense, the reduction-in-force of about 3,200 employees
engaged in operations that will be abolished, and the termination of
another 750 temporary employees. A freeze on permanent personnel
actions will be put into effect December 31, 1978.
****U.S. District Judge Robert H. McFarland and Mrs. McFarland
were honored by members of the C.Z. Bar Association at an informal
gathering at the Ft. Amador Officers' Club last night. Appointed by
President Carter as Judge for the Canal Zone for an 8-year term,
Judge McFarland was sworn in at Jackson, MS, in August. He as-
sumed his duties here in September and will serve until the closing of
the U.S. courts in 1982. He succeeds Judge Guthrie F. Crowe who re-
tired after nearly 25 years as District Judge for the Canal Zone ....
November 17, 1978
****The Police Subcommittee has been meeting intensively since
August and according to co-chairman Mike Gordon, attitudes and
cooperation among its members are excellent. Gordon says the Pana-
manian representatives are fully aware that the gradual phaseout of
the CZ police force and court system and the transfer of function to
Panama's National Guard and judicial system is an extremely sensi-
tive issue to Canal Zone residents. U.S. civil jurisdiction of the Canal
Zone will revert to Panama on October 1, 1979. Criminal jurisdiction,
however, will be a shared responsibility of the two governments

through the 30-month transition period. After that, on March 31, 1982,
the Canal Zone police force and court system will cease to exist. Ef-
fective October 1, 1979, any Panamanian arrested within Canal
Commission operating or housing areas will go before the Panamanian
system of justice, while any U.S. citizen will go before the U.S. judicial
The main highways, including Gaillard and Thatcher highways on
the Pacific side and Randolph and Diversion roads on the Atlantic,
fall outside the Canal Commission's jurisdiction and will be patrolled
only by Panama National Guardsmen.
As of October 1, 1979, no additional Panamanian felons will be
sent to Gamboa Penitentiary. Felons with U.S. citizenship will be sent
to serve in a penitentiary nearest their stateside home of record will
continue through the 30-month transition.
****Capt. Franklin E. Flud, assistant district police commander, has
been promoted to the rank of major and appointed to succeed Maj.
Robert B. Mills as the district police commander, Balboa. Lt. William
R. Thrift has been promoted to the rank of captain and named assist-
ant district police commander, Balboa. Both men hold a bachelor of
science degree in Criminal Justice from Florida State University ...
currently working on a master's at Nova University. November
24, 1978
****On October 1, 1979, all Canal Zone Government health services
dealing directly in patient care, with a few exceptions, will be
transferred to the Health Services Command of the Department of
Defense. Col. John R. Simmons, says he is hopeful that the patients
will see no difference in the care they will receive. After the 30-month
transition period, only those employees who hold U.S. citizenship and
their dependents will be eligible for treatment at Department of De-
fense facilities. Gorgas and Coco Solo hospitals are two of the facilities
that will be transferred to the DoD on the day of implementation. The
Rainbow City and Paraiso Health Centers will be transferred to the
Republic of Panama; Gamboa Center will be transferred to the Health
Services Command, but the fate of Margarita and Balboa is not
known ... December 1, 1978
****Governor seeks major RIF retirement benefits for all employees
of Canal organization starting April 1. Employees could be entitled to
retire on a voluntary basis with 25 years of service regardless of age
or with 20 years of service at 50 years of age. There would be a reduc-
tion in annuity of 2 percent per year for each year any such retiree is
under 55 years of age.... December 8, 1978
****Charge Account sales end January 1 as employee credit is phased
out. The final elimination of credit on September 30, 1979, the date for

closing the retail activities of the Panama Canal Company under the
treaties.... December 13,1978
****Richard K. Erbe, director of the Supply and Community Service
Bureau since June 1972 is retiring January 13 following 30 years of
Canal Service. The family will make their home in Longview, TX.
Erbe was born in the CZ. His father, the late Ernest Erbe, was execu-
tive assistant to the Governor at the time of his retirement in 1951.
Erbe graduated from Balboa High School in 1940 and in 1943 received
a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Kansas University at
Lawrence. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
****William H. Brunner has been promoted to Chief, Atlantic Main-
tenance Branch, Cristobal. Brunner attended C.Z. schools. He holds a
bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the Citadel,
Charleston, S.C. and is about to complete work on a master's degree in
business administration at the University of Oklahoma C.Z. Branch.
He is married to the former Sandra Wallace who is the daughter of
Stuart Wallace who is with the Budget Branch. Her grandfather was
one of the first pilots on the Panama Canal. Brunner's father was for
many years a civilian employee of the U.S. Southern Command at
Quarry Heights.... December 22, 1978
****Main Post Offices will go to Panama October 1; U.S. Citizen Canal
Employees eligible to use APO. The new Panama Canal Commission
will send and receive mail through the Panama postal system; or, if
they are U.S. citizens, they will have the option of using the Air Force
Post Office (APO) system for five years. Deputy Civil Affairs Director
Mike Gordon and Director General of Posts and Tele-communications
Marden Torrijos, is currently planning for the transfer of the main
post offices at Balboa and Cristobal to the Republic of Panama. At the
same time the Defense Department is arranging for the construction
of a large post office at Albrook AFB and the expansion of the postal
facility at Fort Davis. The post offices at Coco Solo, Margarita, Balboa
Heights and Gatun will be closed. Panamanian postal employees are
currently assigned as observers at Balboa and Cristobal post offices to
become familiar with the mail handling procedures and to learn the
needs of the customers. Panamanian postal tariffs, however, are
somewhat higher than current U.S. tariffs and their regulations
require that duty be paid on incoming parcel post.
***Frank A. Baldwin, who as Panama Canal Information Officer has
been in charge of all Panama Canal public relations activities since
January 1963, is ending his 37-year career with the organization and
retiring on January 13.... January 5, 1979
****Governor Parfitt Seeks Kin of U.S. Citizens Buried in Mount
Hope or Corozal Cemeteries President Carter has announced a plan
that will allow the remains of U.S. citizens and members of their

immediate families buried at Mount Hope Cemetery to be moved to
Corozal Cemetery and the remains of U.S. citizens buried at either
Corozal or Mount Hope to be moved to cemeteries in the United
Under the plan, the U.S. Government would pay expenses for a
move from Mount Hope to Corozal, and the Government and
next-of-kin would each pay part of the cost of moving remains from a
Canal Zone cemetery to one in the United States.
Governor H. R. Parfitt will send a letter to each known next-of-
kin, and the following announcement will be published in newspapers
and periodicals in Panama and the United States:
If you believe that you are the nearest living relative of a
deceased person buried at Mount Hope or Corozal cemeteries in the
Canal Zone, you should IMMEDIATELY contact the Governor of the
Canal Zone for information on options which may be available to
you for disinterment and movement of the remains to a permanent
American cemetery in Panama, or to the United States.
Under the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977 the Canal Zone will be
disestablished on October 1, 1979, and Mount Hope Cemetery will be
transferred to the Republic of Panama. Corozal Cemetery will remain
under the control of the United States. Pursuant to an agreement
recently concluded with Panama, the American Battle Monuments
Commission will maintain Corozal Cemetery as a permanent Ameri-
can cemetery, like those it presently administers on foreign soil in
many other parts of the world.
Under the plan announced by the President of the United States
in Executive Order No. 12115 dated on January 19, 1979, the follow-
ing actions will be taken:
-Remains of U.S. citizens, and of members of their immediate fam-
ily, buried at Mount Hope will be moved to Corozal at Government ex-
pense, unless the next-of-kin object to such a transfer.
-Remains of U.S. citizens, and of members of their immediate family,
buried at Corozal or Mount Hope will be removed to cemeteries in the
United States if the next-of-kin so request. The Executive Order pro-
vides that the cost of such a move would be borne partially by the
Government and partially by the next-of-kin.
Because of certain time constraints, in order to insure your right
to exercise options available you should contact the Governor of the
Canal Zone WITHOUT DELAY. Inquiries should be directed to:
Honorable H. R. Parfitt
Governor of the Canal Zone
Box M
Balboa Heights, Canal Zone
.... January 26, 1979
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Mr. and Mrs. Adrien M. Bouche, Jr.
470 North 550 East
Orem, Utah 84057

Mr. Harry C. Bradley Mr. George N. Engelke
603 North Alameda 810 "A" Street N.W.
Las Cruces, NM 88001 Bentonville, AR 72712

Marguerite Bouche writes that Adrien went to the Canal in 1909.
That they are original Canal Zone "Brats" and that Adrien is one of
the last Roosevelt Medal holders to retire. Adrien stayed out of school
for two years while in his teens, just so he could work on the construc-
tion of the canal. Adriens father's service on the Isthmus was from
1907 to 1934 when he retired. Marguerite arrived on the Isthmus in
1910. Her father, Mr. J. A. Hess had service from 1908 to 1938 when
he retired.

Mr. George N. Engelke writes that he went to the Canal Zone in
1911 and is a Roosevelt Medal Holder. More information about his
family in a later issue.
Harry Bradley writes that he enjoyed the December Canal
Record particularly the "Ditch Digger Days". Mrs. Julia McKenzie's
account of her experiences on the Zone. I do wish Mrs. McKenzie had
given the date of President Wilson's blowing up the Dam and letting
the Pacific waters up against the Emergency Dam at Miraflores
Locks. It brought on some rather unexpected things that I became in-
terested in and very much in value. There was a valve that wasn't
closed on the West lock chamber and water came into that area to
about 10 or 15 feet before a diver could shut a valve it took about 2
weeks for us to pump the water out over the top of the lock. I spent
one week at night watching the pumps and taking note of progress.
During the long night watch, not a soul stirring except one watchman
- an East Indian Sikh wearing a head turban.
I have temporarily misplaced my old copy of Panama Morning
Journal that has an account of a big social affair at the Tivoli on com-
pletion of the Canal. This was honoring Col. Hodges, Army Engineer,
Pacific Division. This affair was most likely in June 1913. The
hundreds that attended were listed alphabetically. The Personnel Bu-
reau at Balboa, C.Z. couldn't find date for me this last June. The files
of Morning Journal couldn't locate date either. On completion of
Canal, we were given option of remaining on operation force. Most of

my friends remained on Zone. My diary while on Zone was kept only
in part. Hence the difficulty of knowing when and where. Fred
Bradley was there and might be the only person left that might pos-
sibly remember the date of the party. This might stir the memory of
someone who attended this going away party for same. I would be
able to complete my diary. Going back 66 years is very difficult. This
places those that were there on the Zone as workers more than 90
years of age my age last November 5th was 92.
Col. George R. Goethals, son of Governor and later Major General
George W. Goethols, was stationed here in late 1940 as a professor at
New Mexico State. He had two of my sons in his class. His wife was a
lovely gracious woman. We visited them when they came here and
they called on us. Mrs. Goethals was killed in an auto accident on the
way back to El Paso and after a short time, the Colonel went back to
New York State and lived in a Retirement Center for Army people.
Col. Hugh M. Mitchell writes that he served at Culebra and
Empire, Canal Zone 1905 to 1912, Isthmian Canal Commission; Al-
brook Field 1942 to 1945, Air Force; Panama Canal Society of Wash-
ington, D.C. Committee on Arrangements 1946 to 1962; Annual
meeting, Executive Committee 1946 to 1962; Chairman Executive
Committee 1960 to 1961; Society President 1962; and Member of the
Panama Canal Society of Florida 1962 to date. I will not be able to
attend this year's Reunion as I will have a right hip replacement.
Mr. Richard P. Rhoden of Tampa one of our "Old Timers" would
like to share with us a letter he received from R. C. Worsley recently
in part "In reading the June issue of the CANAL RECORD, I
recognize so many of the "OLD TIMERS" that we played with, swam
with, had parties, some of us danced together, and many of us had
dinners together. I got the urge to send a note of greetings to a few of
you. Especially do I send my best greetings, congratulate you on an
active life, and hope you are enjoying life as well as I do. In particular,
I hope you are in good health and are happy.
"I see Lee Koperski's name, and recall our having run some races
together, initiated the swimming beach at Fort Amador, and enjoyed
many other things together. I recall a trip to Portobello when Vernice
Violette was the only girl among so many "wolves" and what a good
time all of us had. The Ebdons in square dancing; The Gramlichs in
bridge; Selma Huff in various activities; The Pipers and the fun we
had together when they lived on Cemetery Ridge; Andy Fraser and
his fine leadership in all activities and as a CZ citizen, Janet and Ross
Cunningham, their teaching us dance steps, and Ross's trip with me in
charge of the early Boy Scout camp in Costa Rica; Richard Rhoden
and our friendship with his family when he was a fat boy, and so on."


Buck Lockridge, St. Petersburg In going through my memora-
bilia I felt I should share this picture with members taken in front of
Baldwin Lodge in 1946 Old Boy Scout Camp, El Volcan on one of
many inspection and main-
tenance trips made by ---
Council 801. Members and
others interested in the
camp. -_
L-R: Gene Lombard,
Executive Secretary, Pan- i
ama Canal; Paul Bentz,
General Counsel, Panama
Canal; Captain Elmer Ab- .-
bott, Port Captain, Bal-
boa; Buck Lockridge, Su-
perintendent Physical Education and Athletics, Canal Zone Schools;
Pam Smith, Chief Sanitation Division of the Health Department.
Mr. Paul E. Kuhn, Sr. of Jensen Beach In reminiscence We
visited the Zone in 1915, but lived in Cristobal 1918 1921. Some of my
classmates at the time were Gerald Bliss, Gladys Baldwin, Percy
Graham, Shelby White, Lloyd Peterson and Fred Baumbeck, de-
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Our Secretary/Treasurer's son Ray Mann Rings Up A 300 as
taken from the St. Petersburg Evening Independent of 9th January
1979 .... Bowling buffs would call it the perfect game syndrome: Nine
opening strikes, nervous tension, rapid heartbeat and a three-strike
Locally, those same symptoms claimed their fourth kegler of the
1979 schedule last Tuesday night at Olympic Lanes and confirmed
reports indicate that the city's latest ABC ring-bearer is 22-year-old
man Ray Mann, that is.
Following the madness of his memory-maker, Mann confided: "I
guess I really started thinking seriously about the 300 after I got the
ninth one. In the 10th frame I just wanted to get it all over with.
"I hurried, so I wouldn't get real nervous. I figured if I could keep
getting up there as quick as possible and do the same things that I'd
been doing, I'd wind up okay."
Olympic's LarryHalstead said: "His 10th frame was just pump ...
pump ... pump. I don't believe that a few of the guys in our league had
a chance to see all of Ray's final frame, it was just that fast. And
everyone of them were dead flush in the pocket."

Riding the crest of his finest season ever, Mann delivered his
dazzling dozen in the final game of the center's Scratch Doubles Clas-
sic, after leading off with strings of 204 and 239. A few weeks ago, he
drilled a 290 solo and packed a 760 trio earlier in the year, as well as
rounding up a handful of other 700s along the way, in building his 215
league average.
Tuesday's thriller is the second perfect at the southside complex so
far this season and follows closely on the recent thunder of Pete
Brown's identical telescore. This season's other pair of biggies were
uncorked at Bowlarama, where, oddly enough, Ray's mother was
rolling in league, while he was watching No. 12 tumble.
"As soon as he was through he called me on the phone," said an
elated Jean Mann. "When I answered he said, 'Hello, Mrs. Mann. This
is your son, and your son just bowled 300!' He told me what his other
scores were," she laughed, "but I didn't remember either one of them.
I was so excited I could hardly finish bowling myself."
And since most would agree that the solid style of Ray Mann is
still far from its peak, chances are he may be sizing up another order
in the not too distant future.
"Ray's 300 was the most beautiful game you'd ever want to see,"
said Olympic's deskman Frank Wood. "Every shot was perfect."
In the November 24, 1978, is-
sue of National Review was an
article by Russell Kirk about the
"heroic reforms" of Dr. Gus A.
Mellander which have made
Passaic County (N.J.) Commun-
ity College "one of the better
community colleges in the land."
Over the past year or so, this
marks the fifth article to appear
about PCCC in a national maga-
zine. These articles and the col-
lege's growing academic repu-
tation stand as a glowing tribute
to Gus and his staff. Gus was a L
1952 graduate of Balboa High
School. (Submitted by La. re-
porter Patt Foster Roberson.)
Mr. and Mrs. Carleton Hallett were honored on their 50th Wed-
ding Anniversary recently at a dinner party in the Bodega Restaurant
in Miami, Florida, given by their son, Carleton Hallett, Jr. and
daughter Judith A. Lawrence, Clifton Hallet and wife, Marian and
Doris Gabriel from California. Also attending were Jim and Shorty
Morris from Virginia and other friends from the Miami area.

Family and friends honored Mrs. Burton H. Mead on her 90th
birthday, January 12th at the Bradford Coach House in St. Peters-
burg. Among guests were Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Esslinger, Miss Ann
Crowley, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bowen, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hummer,
Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Nehring, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Henter, Mrs. Al-
berta (Mead) Smith, Mr. Fred Mead, Mrs. Mead's grandsons and their
wives Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lubera, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Henter, Jr.,
and grandsons Burton and Ronnie Mead from the Canal Zone and
Robert Smith of Bradenton.
Cassie Lou Starke, daughter of Carl and Virginia Starke of
Sarasota, Florida received "The Youth Award for 1978" of the Order
of Rainbow for Girls. The Certificate of Recognition, signed by the
Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, A.F.&A.M. of Florida, was
presented to Cassie Lou by the Mother Advisor of the Sarasota
Rainbow Assembly at their January meeting.
Orrin P. Clement, USN, was recently promoted to the rank of
Lieutenant Commander and augmented into the regular Navy. He is
presently stationed on Guam where he resides with his wife, Cathy,
and two daughters, Candace and Carrie. Orrin is the son of Ruth and
Caleb Clement, who are residing on Guam.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald D. Bliss, Jr., of Campbell, California finally
achieved their goal, traveling to all of our 50 states, culminating in
December, 1978 when they made a trip to Hawaii. Budd and Eleanor
had been to Alaska in 1977.

John Hall, Carl Starke, Albert
McKeown and Cy Field at
McKeown's party

Albert and Sallie McKeown N2 0
50th Wedding Anniversary

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Washington, D.C. area Zonians are planning a second annual
Canal Zone reunion on June 30 and July 1, 1979. There will be a cock-
tail hour, dinner and dance on Saturday, June 30th, at the Charter
House Motor Inn, Springfield, VA beginning at 6:30 P.M. On Sunday,
July 1st, a brunch will be held at the Charter House Motor Inn at
11:00 A.M.
Last year's gathering was such a success that an even bigger and
better reunion is scheduled for 1979. Washington is a delightful place
for family vacations and sightseeing plan your visit to the D.C. area
to coincide with the reunion dates.
Please send in your reservations with Name (Ladies, please in-
clude maiden name) and Address with telephone numbers; Number of
people attending Cocktail Party at $18.00 each and number of people
attending Brunch at $7.20 each, children under 12 years $3.90. Include
check for total amount. If you need a map showing location of the
Charter House Motor Inn or, if information about nearby motel
accommodations, car rental, etc. is needed, please specify. Send above
reservation information by 2 JUNE 1979 to: Don Boland, 5403
Marlene Drive, Lanham, Maryland 20801. Telephone number: (301)
577-1393 for your information.

We would like to hear from you. Write to:
Bob Blair or M/Sgt. Gerarde DeTore
Route 1, Box 166 4537-A Catalpa Street
Boonsboro, Maryland 21713 Mt. Home AF Base, Idaho 83648

The third annual Northwest PANAMA CANAL picnic reunion
will be held on August 4, 1979, 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, at Lewisville
Park, Section D, Battleground, Washington. Bring yourselves, your
picnic lunch, beverage and join us once again. Hopefully the weather
will once again be dry, but warmer. Parking is available above and
below the reserved section. Photos taken of the 1977 and 1978
reunions will be on display.... Martha Wood

The below is taken in part from The American Legion National
Security Foreign Relations Bulletin for January-February 1979.
... The Congress vs. the American People will be debated again early
in 1979 and most likely in 1980 as well. The issue is the U.S. Canal
Zone and the Canal. The 'giveaway' challenge now resides in the

House of Representatives. The question now is whether Congress
will exercise the power granted to it in Article IV, Section 3, Clause 2
of the U.S. Constitution. Eminent Constitutional lawyers emphasize
that any treaty ceding U.S. territory and other properties without the
concurrence of the House of Representatives is void.
The Conservative Caucus has written to each House member of
the 96th Congress for his or her position on the Constitutional propo-
sition. Thus far, the replies are running about 2 to 1 in favor of the
House exercising its Constitutional power. But the White House pres-
sure is not on at this time. The White House has other problems, such
as SALT II, the Near East, Iran and Nicaragua, which will require
much of its attention in the early months of 1979.
Will the House vote to approve the two treaties which squeaked
through the Senate? Will the House, controller of the nation's purse,
approve implementating legislation which will ultimately cost the
U.S. taxpayers over $1 billion?
Nine U.S. Senators supported the Legion's position. Eight of
those won re-election. Of the 14 Senators who opposed the Legion and
the American people, eight were defeated and six won re-election.
The Panama Canal was a hot issue nationwide and of the 23 U.S.
Senators up for re-election, only six who voted to give the U.S. Canal
Zone and Canal to Panama, were re-elected. These voter returns will
be carefully studied by the Members of the House and by White
House aspirants.
One of the latest positive recommendations on the U.S. Canal is a
time tested proposal for major modernization of the existing canal,
but with continued U.S. sovereign control over both the Canal and its
protective frame of the Canal Zone. The U.S. would be foolish to spend
the many millions for modernization when the threat of a communist
takeover continues to endanger all Central America, especially Nica-
ragua, Costa Rica and Panama.
In summary, the Panama issue is still unresolved and its
resolution can only come from the U.S. House of Representatives in
the 96th Congress.

They are talking about

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


Mrs. Jean Marie Brandl
Mrs. Emily M. Brooks
Mr. Donald R. Chaney
Mr. Peter Charnetski
Mr. William T. Craig
Mr. Jose A. Cruz G.
Mr. Leon P. Davis
Mr. Dean LeRoy Dodson
Mr. Robert G. Forsythe
Mr. Gordon M. Frick
Ms. Helen J. Funderburk
Mr. Robert J. Hansen
Mr. Harry J. Harrison
Mr. Clayton E. Kays
Mr. McNair C. Lane
Mr. James G. E. Maguire

Mr. Anthony P. Mann
Mr. Robert B. Mills
Mr. Wayne H. Nellis
Mr. Ralph A. Nelson
Mr. Julian Nogueira
Mr. Horace J. Orgeron Jr.
Mr. Robert U. Schultz
Mr. Thomas E. Scott
Mrs. Maria T. Smith
Mr. Edwin E. Stevenson
Mr. James D. Tipton
Mr. Roy R. Wilferd

Mr. Frank A. Baldwin
Mr. Richard K. Erbe
Mr. Donald L. Gifford
Mr. Henry A. Goldmann
Mr. Willard W. Huffman
Mr. Elmer G. Huldtquist
Mr. Charles R. Kalb
Mr. Daniel P. Kiley
Dr. Robert G. Matheney
Mr. Ralph A. Morales
Mr.Walter A. Nelson
Mr. Frank L. Ostrander

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Coco Solo Hospital
Transit Operations
Internal Security
Canal Protection
Personnel Bureau
Coco Solo Hospital
Off. Financial Vice Pres.
Financial Planning
Marine Bunkering
Motor Transportation
Motor Transportation
Veterinary Medicine
Port Captain
Personnel Operations

Information Office
Supply & Comm. Service
Port Captain Cristobal
Div. of Vet. Medicine



Mr. Thomas W. Prestridge 1/ 8 Locks 34
Mr. Luke J. Snavely 1/13 Engineering 39
Mr. William M. Wahl 1/12 Locks 23
Mr. William M. Wesley 1/ 9 Electrical 35
Mrs. Edward H. Womble 1/13 Locks 38
Mr. Ralph L. Seil 1/31 Maintenance 36

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Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Coffin announce the marriage of their
daughter Marjorie (Honey) to Mr. Gary Miller on March 17, 1978 in
Kentucky. They reside in Dover, Pennsylvania.

Miss Michelle Renee Gordon and Biran Geddes DeRaps were
married June 29, 1978 at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Tampa,
Florida. The bride's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Gordon of
Eastport, New York. The groom's mother and step-father, are Mr.
and Mrs. Donald C. Parker of Inverness, Florida. Mr. and Mrs. De-
Raps are both graduates of the University of Tampa. The groom is
studying for his Master's Degree at the University of South Florida.

Barbara Dombrowsky Sanders and J. Bruce Harmon were united
in marriage on October 28, 1978 at a candlelight ceremony in the
Ahoskie United Methodist Church, Ahoskie, North Carolina. After
the ceremony the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dombrowsky
entertained guests at a reception at the home of the bride. Mr. and
Mrs. Harmon will make their home in Ahoskie.

Mrs. Beverly DesLondes of Wofford Heights, California and Walt
Stiles were united in marraige on December 1, 1978 in Las Vegas,
Nancy Karen Hutchinson and Gregory Michael Collins were
married December 15,1978, in Jackson, Mississippi. The bride is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald O. Hutchison of Baton Rouge, Louisi-
ana. Karen will finish Medical School this spring at the University of
Mississippi, Jackson. The groom is the son of CDR. and Mrs. Charles
J. Collins of St. Petersburg, Florida and is a Registered Nurse at Uni-
versity Hospital, Jackson. They will live in Jackson.

Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Estebanez of Atlantic Beach (Jacksonville),
Florida, announce the marriage of their daughter Cheryl Ann to
Douglas Robert Stevens, son of Col. and Mrs. Robert A. Stevens,
USAF-Ret. of Panama City,Republic of Panama. The marriage was
performed by Father Leon on Oct. 21, 1978, at the Immaculate Con-

ception Church, Jacksonville. A buffet dinner-dance reception was
held at the Veranda Room, Independent Life Building. Guests in-
cluded Col. and Mrs. Stevens. The bride and groom honeymooned at
The groom graduated from Cristobal High School and attended
Canal Zone College and Florida State University. The bride, her three
brothers (Michael, Cristopher, and Kurtis), and parents formerly re-
sided in Coco Solo. Her father is a former employee of the Industrial
The groom's father retired from the Personnel Bureau in 1971
after having previously retired from the USAF.
The newlyweds are now at home at 1035 Arco Drive, Apt. 25,
Arco Villa Apartments, Jacksonville, Florida 32211.

Lynne Nancy Byron, daughter
of Mrs. Paula Byron of Miami
and Richard H. Byron of Ft.
Lauderdale and Ronald Dotavio
Harned, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Daniel R. Earned formerly of
Diablo, Canal Zone, now resid-
ing in Green Cove Springs, were
married in Plymouth Congrega-
tional Church, Coconut Grove,
Florida on 25 November 1978.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Barkeim (Barbara Betcher) of Route #1,
Winona, Minnesota 55987, announce the birth of their second son,
Justin Orlan, born on November 1, 1978. Justin was welcomed by his
brother Jason, who was two in October. Maternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Orlan Betcher of Red Wing. Paternal grandparents are
Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Barkeim of Wonona.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian P. Sullivan of Mentor, Ohio announce the birth
of their first child, Melissa Ann, on November 16, 1978. Grandparents
are Mr. and Mrs. James (Ruth Johnston) Sullivan of Willoughby,
Ohio, and Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Harting of Mayfield Heights.

New grandparents in the St. Petersburg, Florida area include the
Warner Hoyles, who added another granddaughter, Erin Colleen,
born January 1, 1979. Colleen's parents are Captain and Mrs. Richard

Hoyle of Monterey, California; and Vic Melant, proud grandfather of
two boys born to Mike and Sally Melant of Denton, Texas on Decem-
ber 11, 1978, named Timothy Neil and Marcus Clifton.

Daniel Davis Hanna was born September 23, 1978 to Mr. and
Mrs. William Hanna of the Canal Zone. He has a 4 year old brother,
Jon. Paternal grandparents are Mary and Robert Hanna, and mater-
nal grandparents are Col. and Mrs. H. Davis of Redlands, California.

LCDR and Mrs. William H. Shaffer are proud to announce the
birth of their daughter, Marcy Marie, born on January 6, 1978 at
Mease Hospital in Dunedin, Florida. Margaret Shipley is the proud
maternal grandmother and the proud paternal grandparents are Mr.
and Mrs. William A. Shaffer of Livonia, Michigan. Mrs. Ethel E. Owen
is Marcy's maternal great-grandmother.

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Frederick "Skeet" Gilbert, 122/124 High
Road, Woodgreen N226HE, London, U.K., announce the birth of their
first child, Kevin Spender, on Oct. 26, 1978, in London. Skeet is the
son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. Gilbert of Costa Rica and formerly of
Margarita, where Mr. Gilbert retired as production superintendent of
the Industrial Division in Cristobal. Skeet is currently a civil engineer
with Mackin & Associates, off-shore oil rig contractors, stationed in
London. His wife is the former Robin Keen of Baton Rouge. (Submit-
ted by Louisiana reporter Patt Foster Roberson).

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ebdon of Wilmington, DE, announce the
birth of their second child, a daughter, on November 27, 1978. The
baby, who has been named Jennifer Ann, joins a brother, Geoffrey
The maternal grandmother is Mrs. Melvin A. Ruff of Niagara
Falls, NY. Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Ebdon, Jr. of Sarasota are the paternal
grandparents. Sharing honors as great-grandparents are Mrs. Edith
Eppley and Mr. T. J. Ebdon, Sr., both of Sarasota.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ohman of Balboa, C.Z., announce the birth
of their first child, a son, Jason Edward, on October 18, 1978, at
Gorgas Hospital. Mrs. Ohman, the former Joan McCullough, is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. McCullough of Sarasota.

Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Corbett (Sydney Belle Townsend) of Balboa,
Canal Zone, announce the birth of their first child, Virginia Eileen on
June 3, 1978. "Ginger" arrived on her parents sixth wedding anniver-
sary. Maternal grandparents are Wesley and Virginia Townsend of
Ocala, Florida.

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Mr. Paul E. Ackerman, member, of Santee, CA, passed away on
September 7, 1978. He went to the Canal Zone in 1940 and retired
from the Electrical Division in 1966. He is survived by his wife, Basilia
Castula and a married son, Luis and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Helen R. Adler, long time members of the Isthmian commun-
ity passed away November 10, 1978, at her home in Punta Paitilla. She
was the widow of the late Lawrence Adler. She was a Charter-Mem-
ber of Fern Leaf Chapter No. 4 Order of Eastern Star and the Inter-
American Women's Club. Survivors are her daughter, Mrs. Blanche A.
Browne; two grandchildren Mrs. Ellen R. Major and A. Grover Ma-
theney and five great-grandchildren.

It has been reported that Netta Beauchamp died the 20th of
November 1978 in Meridian, MS. Survivors are two sisters and two

Captain Carl W. Cetti, 75, member of 2630 NE 18th St., Pompano
Beach died January 27, 1979. Carl retired as a Canal Zone pilot from
the Ports Division in 1964 with 26 years service. He was an alumnus of
the State University of New York Maritime College, Fort Schulyer; a
member of the NARFE; and a retired Lieutenant Commander of the
U.S. Naval Reserve. Carl is survived by his wife Camille.

Mr. Nelson R. ("Duke") Clark, 77, member, of DeBary, FL,
passed away on January 10, 1979 after a long illness. He retired as a
Marine Traffic Controller, Port Captain's Office, Cristobal in 1963. He
is survived by his wife, Roberta; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth C. Rhode, E.
Longmeadow, Mass.; Mrs. Mildred C. Wissemann, LaGrangeville,
NY, and three nieces.

Mrs. Lista Daniels, 88, member, died January 8, 1979, at St.
Paul's Hospital, Dallas, TX. Since her retirement from the Payroll
Accounting Department of the Panama Canal Company in 1952, she
had resided in Dallas with her son, Robert D. Daniels. She is also sur-
vived by two grandsons, Lawrence D. Daniels of Houston, and James
H. Daniels of Bartlesville, OK, whose father was the late Dr. Howard
M. Daniels, who was Chairman of the Accounting Dept. of the Univer-
sity of Houston at Houston, at the time of his death in 1962; and six
great-grandchildren. Mrs. Daniels was a life member of Eastern Star
Orchid Chapter No. 1 at Balboa, CZ.

Miss Katherine I. Davis died in march in Phoenix, AZ at the age
of 93. Miss Davis was a high school teacher until the time she left the
Canal Zone in 1922. She went to the University of Madrid, learned
Spanish and returned to New York City to teach in the city's school
system until she retired.

Mr. Michael Joseph Dawson died of a heart attack December 30,
1978 at San Fernando Clinic. Born at Gorgas Hospital in 1928 he was
the son of Charles William Dawson and Frances Gabrielle Butler
Dawson. Michael attended Canal Zone schools and graduated with
honors from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He served as
a captain in the U.S. Air Force prior to entering private business.
Previously general manager of Gulf Oil Panama, he spent years in
international business residing in Costa Rica and Guatemala before re-
turning to Panama. At the time of death, he was president and gener-
al manager of Facto-Bake, S.A. He is survived by his wife, Marisa
Uribe de Dawson; sons, Michael Jr., Charles, James and Mark; a
daughter, Gabrielle Marie and his two brothers Herbert Charles and
CDR William H.

Mr. Jack B. DeVore, Sr., member, died on December 9,1978 in
Dunedin, FL. He was born in New Albany, IN in August 1910. He
went to the Zone in 1929 and worked as an accountant in Balboa
Heights until his retirement in May 1966. He and his wife, Adelia
(Deats) retired to their home in Dunedin the same year. In addition to
his wife, Mr. DeVore is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Paul Glassburn
and a son, Dr. Jack B. DeVore, Jr., three grandchildren, and a
nephew, William H. DeVore of Sarasota.

Dr. Lawrence Michael Drennan, M.D., of Jacksonville, FL passed
away recently. He was Medical Director for United Brands Food Co.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth of Jacksonville; 2 daughters,
Mrs. Daunt B.Sanders, and Mrs. David M. Hegedus; 2 sons, Lawrence
Michael Drennan, Jr., Canal Zone, and David Potter Drennan,
Panama City, R. de P.; 2 sisters and 7 grandchildren.

Mrs. Pearl Wi. Hanna, 89 years old, passed away December 22,
1978 in Clearwater, FL. He was employed by the Panama Canal as an
engineer from 1920 to 1949, and was known on the Zone as "Pappy".
He and his wife, Marguerite had been making their home in Shelton,
Washington until her death in 1973. Mr. Hanna then lived at the
Huntington Hotel and Gardens in St. Petersburg until he suffered a
stroke at which time he moved to Oak Cove Nursing Home in
Clearwater. He is survived by four sons, Robert of Clearwater,
Parker of Kerrville, TX, William of Dallas, PA and Charles of Shelton,

WA; and two daughters, Virginia Copello of Canoga Park, CA and
Harriette Perkins of Garden Cove, CA.

Mr. Burel R. Hardwick died January 16, 1979 in Stuart. He
worked for the Mechanical Division and retired in the mid-forties.
Survivors are a son, Roger; two grandsons, Kevin and Jeffery.

Mrs. P. Byrne Hutchings, (Armella), age 77, member, died
February 3, 1979 in Fort Lauderdale. Armella went to the Canal Zone
in 1930 and retired from the Canal Zone School System in September
1963. The Hutchings spent two years in California prior to retiring in
Ft. Lauderdale in 1966. Survivors are her husband, P. Bryne; a son,
Patrick of Rolling Hills Estates, CA; two brothers, Frederick W. and
Cyrcel Roble of Minneapolis, MN and two grandchildren of California.

Mrs. Anna F. Jackson, 84, member, of Boise, Idaho, passed away
November 18, 1978. She lived in the Canal Zone for 36 years retiring
from the Accounting Division. She was a member of the American
Legion Auxiliary. She is survived by 2 sons, Donald E. of Boise and
Robert W. of Houston, TX; 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchil-

Mr. William T. (Johnny) Johnston, 83, member, of Corry, PA died
on January 19, 1979. Mr. Johnston retired from the Dredging Division
in 1952. Survived by: a son, Dr. William G. Johnston, Rexford, NY;
three daughters: Mrs. Fred (Shirley) Schiesser, Mt. Prospect, IL,
Mrs. James (Ruth) Sullivan, Willoughby, OH and Mrs. Owen (Norma)
Rose, Los Gatos, CA; eleven grandsons; one great-granddaughter and
one brother, Francis H. Johnston of Corry.

Mr. William Ellis Jones, 79, member, Retired Chief of the Canal
Zone Fire Division, died on January 9, 1979 in Dallas, TX. He was a
U.S. Army World War I veteran; a fifty year pin member of Sojour-
ners Lodge, Eleven-Eleven, A.F.&A.M. of El Paso; a member of the
Shrine; one of the founders of the Canal Zone Credit Union; Past Pres-
ident of the Cristobal Gun Club, Brazos Brooks, the C.Z. Chapter of
the American Automobile Association and of the Balboa Aquarium
Society. He was the recipient of many medals and awards from the
Cuerpo de Bomberos of the cities of Colon, Panama, Aquadulce,
Chitre, Santiago and David, R. de P. He is survived by his widow
Nadine, of Dallas and his brother Layne of El Paso. Friends may
desire to contribute to their local heart fund in Mr. Jones' memory.

Mrs. Ethel R. Kienzel, 60, member, of Brazos Heights, C.Z. died
November 28, 1978 at Roswell Park Memorial Institute, Buffalo, NY.

She is survived by her husband, Edward A. Kienzle, Manager of
United Brands Company in the Canal Zone; a son, Dr. Edward C.
Kienzle; granddaughter Kathleen Cary of New Britain, CT; four
daughters, Sister Mary Kienzle of the Sisters of St. Francis, Stella,
Niagara, NY, Anne of Arlington, VA; Margaret C. and Frances A.,
both of the CZ; and two sisters.

Mr. Emmett Owen Kiernan, 74, member of Old Lyme, CT died
January 7, 1979, at his home. He retired from the Electrical Division
of the Panama Canal with 27 years service. He was a member of the
Westbrooks Elks and was Elk of the Year in 1975. He is survived by
his wife, Anna Gear Kiernan and a brother, Joseph Kiernan of
Dunellen, NJ.

Mr. James O. King, 61, member of Brownsville, TX, passed away
December 3, 1978. Mr. King retired from the Panama Canal with 28
years of government service, 23 years spent in the Canal Zone. He
was a member of the "NARFE", Darien Lodge AF&AM, Balboa, CZ
and the Houston Consistory Scottish Rite of Free Masonry. Survivors
include his wife, Margaret M. Kint; a son, Dr. James M. King of
Abingdon, Md.; a daughter, Mrs. Larry Mitchell of Galesburg, IL; a
brother; a sister and two grandchildren.

Mr. Robert S. Knox, member, 57, passed away in Sarasota,
November 30, 1978. Bob went to the Canal Zone in 1939 with his
parents and brother. Bob retired December 1974 from the Fire De-
partment. He was a member of the Sojourner's Lodge F&AM, Canal
Zone; American Legion Post #30, Sarasota and a Life member of the
Veterans of Foreign War, Sunshine Post #3233. Survivors are his wife,
Dorothy; two daughters, Dorothy A. West of Sarasota and Margaret
Grobaski of Randolph, NY; two sons, Robert J. of Powhatan, VA and
Mahlon S. of Texas; 7 grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Mabel J. Knox
of Topeka, KS and brother, William J. Knox.

Mr. Paul E. Kuhn, Sr. wrote us that his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth H.
Kuhn passed away in her 95th year in Cincinnati, OH the first of
January, 1979.

Mrs. Bertha Hack McKay, 58, member, of Anderson, CA, died
October 28,1978, after a lengthy illness. Bertha moved to the Canal
Zone with her parents and family in 1925, when she was five years old.
She was the wife of Scott J. McKay (deceased). She is survived by two
daughters Sandra J. Duval, Kersten Dart, and two brothers Louis H.
Hack, Elmer J. Hack and four grandchildren.

Mr. James A. Mable, 76, member, of Port Richey, died January
22, 1979. Born in Anniston, AL, reared in Mableton, GA. Retired from
the Panama Canal Company in August 1964 after 29 years and 9
months service. He was a member of Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite
and Shrine Temple in Washington, DC, and The International Assoc.
of Machinists, Washington. Survivors include his wife Ollie Bea; a son
Carl, Atlanta; a daughter, Sue Halvosa, Miami; a brother John, At-
lanta; two sisters, Pheriby Wing, Port Richey and Mary Neundorfer,
Lake City, GA; three grandchildren and an aunt.
Mr. Mable designed our Society's Tag in 1975. Please refer to the
December 1975 Canal Record cover picture and to another picture
(inside front cover) of the presentation by Eugene I. Askew, Presi-
dent, of a complimentary Panama Canal Society Tag to Mr. James
Mable with Vice President, Gaddis Wall at the October 1975 meeting
in St. Petersburg. Also to the article on page 3 of the same issue.

Mr. Andrew J. May, 77, of Kenneth City, FL died December 17,
1978. He worked for the Food Service Branch-restaurant and hotel
operation with the Panama Canal. He is survived by his wife, Irene;
two daughters, Mary Alice Osgood of St. Petersburg, FL and Judith
Reed of Croton on Hudson, NY; a sister and two grandchildren.

Mr. Joseph M. Muldoon of Hendersonville, NC, passed away
December 5, 1978. He was a mechanical engineer and was chief of the
Design Section for the Industrial Bureau of the Panama Canal Co.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy B. Muldoon and a nephew.

Friends of Kenneth and Aureta Pinkerton will be saddened to
learn of the death of their 18 year old son, Wiley Pinkerton, on January
6, 1979 in Oakdale, California as a result of an automobile accident.

Mrs. Albert L. Pope (Bessie L.) member of Keyser, West Virginia
died November 19, 1978. Bessie is survived by one son, Darwin Pope
of Margarita, CZ; one daughter, Beatrice Nichols of Keyser; five
grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mr. Russell B. Potter, 94, member and a Roosevelt Medal holder,
passed away in St. Petersburg on Dece.nber 2, 1978 where he had
made his home since 1947. Russell was born in New York and went to
the Canal Zone in 1905. He retired from the Municipal Division in
1946. He was a charter member of the Charges Lodge AF&AM; Life
Member of the Abou Saad Temple Shrine and a member of the
Scottish Rite, all bodies of the Canal Zone. Survivors include his wife,
Linda, a son Richard R. of Horseshoe Bend, AR; a daughter, Janet
Cunningham of St. Petersburg; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grand-

children. Please refer to the December 1977 Canal Record, page 67
and to the June 1978 issue, page 44 for further information about Mr.

Mrs. Marie Anne Raymond of New Rochelle, NY, widow of
Anthony (Tony) Raymond, passed away January 29, 1979 in Fort
Lauderdale. She leaves three sisters and a brother.

Mrs. Erna Hower has informed us of the death of her brother-in-
law, Paul F. Renz on December 20, 1978 in Fairhope, AL. Paul's
service with the Panama Canal began in 1929 and he retired Chief En-
gineer, Dredging Division in 1952. Survivors are his wife, Auguste;
daughter, Carla; son, Paul; six grandchildren and one great-grand-

Mr. Leonard H. Scranton, Sr., 74, member, died December 30,
1978 at Singing River in Pascagoula, MS. He was employed June 10,
1926 as a Rigger for the Mechanical Division in Cristobal. He later was
Foreman Rigger in Balboa and Wreckmaster of the Panama Railroad.
He retired from Cristobal Industrial Div. in 1960 as General Foreman
Rigger. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; one daughter, Mary Louise
Rakes of Mobile, AL; one son, Leonard H. Jr. of Pascagoula; seven
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Martin A. Sieler, 81, member, died at home in Laguna Hills
on December 23, 1978. Mr. Siler graduated from Poly in Baltimore,
MD and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the
University of Colorado. He worked for the Interior Department which
took him to the Canal Zone in 1926 to 1933. He had an interesting
career and was involved with the design of the Boulder Dam. Martin's
first wife, Virginia Winquist, preceded him in death in 1975. He was
married on July 30, 1977 to Florence C. Brude, who survives him. Two
brothers and four sisters also survive.

Mr. Russell Edward Smith, 82, of Hagerstown, MD, died October
29, 1978 following a short illness. He worked for the Municipal
Division from 1940 to 1945 and then with Williams Bros. Pipeline Co.
in Cocoli until 1951. He is survived by his wife, Catherine B.; three
sons; Owen W. of Diablo, CZ, William C. of Butler, PA; Hugh R. of
Williamsport, MD; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchil-

Mrs. Elizabeth M. Taber of Inglewood, CA passed away on
December 13, 1978. She was a resident of the Canal Zone for 31 years
and known to most of her friends as "Tot". She is survived by a son,

John A. Taber; two daughters, Alice T. Cullinane and Audrey
Starbuck; a sister; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Alma Mann Terry, 69, 1924 Olympic Diver, died of
cancer, December 27, 1978 in Santa Clara, CA. Alma was born in
Wilmington, DE and reared in the Canal Zone, where she became a
member of Coach Henry Grieser's Red White and Blue Troup
Swimming Team in Balboa. At age 11, she became the champion Canal
Zone diver and, at 13, a shooting champion of the Balboa Junior Rifle
In 1928, Alma, Henry Grieser, and her brother, Tim, swam in the
Pacific and hiked 48 miles across the Isthmus of Panama and swam in
the Atlantic. They hiked along the road from Balboa to Gamboa,
thence by the railroad track to Gatun, and via the road to Cristobal
and the Atlantic.
Alma Mann Terry is survived by her husband, Captain Winthrop
E. Terry, USN (Ret), seven of their eight children, the Messrs. E.
Paul Terry, Winthrop E. Terry, Jr., Carlyle; Memes. Alma McGregor,
Patricia Coslett, Margaret Hagerman and Christopher Carol Mitchell;
twenty-one grandchildren and five great-grand-children all of Califor-
nia, and her brother LCDR Timothy J. Mann, USNR (Ret.) of South
Pasadena, FL.

Mr. J. R. "Tommy" Thomson, member, director of Palo Seco
Hospital for thirty-six years, died recently at Patilla Hospital in
Panama following a brief illness. Mr. Thomson is survived by his wife
Frankie Thomson of El Volcan in Chiriqui Province, R. de P.; a son
Robert of Tallahassee, FL, two sisters and a brother all of Virginia.

Mrs. O. K. Worley of Bandera, TX wrote that Mr. Frank Wagner
of Sun City, AZ passed away last March 1978. He was a former loco-
motive operator and machinist at Pedro Miguel for many years. Mr.
Wagner is survived by his wife Marian Wagner.

Mr. Edward P. Walsh, member of Lakeland, FL passed away on
December 13, 1978. Mr. Walsh went to the Canal Zone in 1908 with his
father, William (a Roosevelt Medal holder) and family. He was
employed at the age of 16 years on construction of the canal. Later he
worked for the Commissary Division and retired in 1958 from the Fil-
tration Plant at Mount Hope. He is survived by his second wife, Ida
Mae Walsh; three daughters, Jean Kidwell of Orange Park, Twila
Williams of Jacksonville and Jacqueline Krist of Lakeland.

Mr. Francis W. Werlein, 62, of Manitowoc, WI passed away on
November 22,1978. Known survivor is a son, Leroy Werlein.

Mrs. Edna A. Whitver died December 6, 1978 in Orlando, FL. She
lived for many years in the Canal Zone. She is survived by many
nieces, two of whom are Mrs. Mary Lyn Andrews Grimes of Pensa-
cola, FL and Mrs. Madge S. Kleasner of Gulfport, FL.

Mrs. George S. Zimmerman, member, died January 11, 1979 at
her home in Port Charlotte, FL. Ceceile was a life member of the
Eastern Star. She taught bridge at the Educational Center in Port
Charlotte. See below for Survivors.
Mr. George S. Zimmerman, member, passed away on January 25,
1979 of an aneurism of the aorta two weeks after his wife Ceceile died.
Mr. Zimmerman retired from the Locks Division in May 1957. George
was a charter member of the Cristobal Yacht Club. He designed and
built the mahogany bar at that club. He was also a charter member
and former Commodore of the Gatun Yacht Club. He is survived by
daughter Louise Z. Small of Woodbridge, VA; three grandchil-
dren: Derrienne L. Small of Woodbridge, S/Sgt. Harold E. Small III of
Andrews AFB, MC, SP/5 George S. Small of Seoul, Korea and one

**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let

perpetual light shine upon them. **

The Horchow Collection (Box 34257, Dallas, Texas 75234) catalog
for January February, 1979, shows: "Picture perfect mola, handmade
in San Blas, Panama, in a glare free frame. 9" x 71/2". Animal designs
vary. Each $18.50 plus $2.35 for postage and handling." That comes to
$20.85 for those itsy-bitsy molas that sell in front of the Balboa Commy
for $2.50. My, how transportation charges have gone up! (submitted by
La. reporter Pat Foster Roberson).

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Joan and Jack deGrummond, Balboa In July we went to the CZ
and I applied for re-employment with the Panama Canal Company.
We returned to N. Hollywood, and I flew back here in mid-August and
was employed with the Supply Division. As soon as I was assigned an
apartment in Diablo, Jack came down on the SS CRISTOBAL on
November 14th. We drove to El Volcan and Boquete with friends for
the Thanksgiving weekend. We'll spend weekends at our place in
Playa Coronado.
Surprising how many of our friends are still here. Of course, my
brothers Vincent, Pat and Elbert and families are here, as well as
nieces, Cathey and Mary. We're all wondering how things are going to
go with the treaty before the effective date of October 1,1979. If legis-
lation is passed as expected, October 1st is when my part of the Supply
Division will have phased out, and I should be able to retire with it.
Steve is doing very well as an Orchestral Music Copyist with "The
Music Staff" organization in N. Hollywood. He has worked recently
with music for Burl Ives, Doc Severinson, Bert Convy to name a few
celebrities. He's staying in our apartment while we're here.
My Dad was with John and Julie and came down for a visit for
Christmas. Dry season will be upon us and it should be delightful. Gina
is here already; Becky arrived Christmas Eve; Johnnie and Lori
arrived on the 16th and Michael the 26th. My cousin, Alice Wier, her
husband, daughter and grandson arrived on the 19th for a month so
another family reunion was had.
Bob Worlsey, Balboa Time is passing, we are growing older, and
I hope all of you are happy, active, and enjoying good health. All of my
immediate family are in the USA, but having been part of this excellent
community since 1911, I have formed many friendships and become as-
sociated with many organizations all of which make life interesting and
very much worthwhile. My only relative here is Bill DeLaMater
(nephew), a fine, intelligent man who occupies a responsible position
with the Panama Canal, and is an outstanding community leader. I con-
tinue as President of AGENCIA R. C. WORSLEY, S.A., one of the
most active steamship agencies at the canal. There are ten of us
working to keep our boats and their owners happy. I still swim half a
mile two or three times a week, and following past custom did a mile on
my birthday.
My annual vacation taken in September-October involved consid-
erable air travel, starting with Miami, Atlanta, North Carolina, Ten-
nessee, Illinois, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego and return
via Guatemala. Our family dinner with 143 of us in attendance, held in

Rocky Mount, North Carolina, made it possible to meet and visit with
many of my relatives. My own family includes 14 granddaughters and
their husbands, and Anna who has a home across the street from
Roberta. It is inspiring to visit with all these outstanding folks.
Here in Panama and the Canal Zone, there were some events
which make life interesting, and causes one to be proud to be a member
of this wonderful world. Among these, was our annual YMCA meeting
at the Officers Club at Fort Amador, where I was honored with "THE
MAN OF THE YEAR" award. Then later on in the year, President
Carter paid a visit to Panama and the Canal Zone, and being an old
"CANAL DIGGER" and holding the Roosevelt medal for construction
work, I was appointed a member of the welcoming committee.
President and Mrs. Carter were very cordial, particularly interested in
my work on the Canal Construction, and suggested we have a picture
made of the three of us. (I think the only copy of this picture is in Cali-

Mr. and Mrs. Dean L. Kelly, Gamboa Our daughter, Annette
graduated from the State University of New York, Alfred on May 27,
1978 with an associate degree. Annette has passed her State Board
and is now employed as a registered nurse at Jones Memorial
Hospital, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Mr. and Mrs. James J. Evans, Atlantic Side We spent the
Christmas holidays with Mr. Evans' mother, Mrs. Lena Evans and
family of Baton Rouge, LA. We also visited in Houston, TX with our
son, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Evans and our daughter and son-in-law,
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Niskanen, who recently retired from I.A.G.S. in
Ft. Clayton, CZ. They are making their new home in Spring, TX.


Mr. and Mrs. A. I. Bauman, Fairhope This will be our 8th
Spring in retirement and we have never been busier or happier. We
have made several small trips to neighboring states; and visits from
our Ronnie and Robbie; fishing trips to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica
and Florida in addition to our own Alabama. We still play tourna-
ment Bridge in the ACBL. Our big trip this year was a three weeks
(Oct-Nov) trip observing our 43rd Wedding Anniversary motoring
through Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia. Before that we
squeezed in some volunteer work. We are in so many things here its
hard to keep up. Irvin (Slim) is now occupied with a new greenhouse
in our backyard as the winters seem to be getting colder and we have
many plants in our Garden Room and around the house. This year we
hope to see everyone at the Reunion, but so many things have

March, 1979

All Society Members:

The following proposed revision of the Constitution and By-
Laws of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., are pub-
lished in this Record for your information. These two matters
will be put on the agenda for our Annual Meeting which will be
held at the Ramada Inn (South), St. Petersburg, Florida, on April
27, 1979.
Please study these two documents and be prepared to vote,
if you attend the meeting, for or against adoption.
I thank Gaddis Wall, co-chairman with my wife Emma Lou,
of the revision committee, for the work they did in preparing
these two documents and members of the Executive Commit-
tee for their great assistance.

Howard L. Clarke, Jr.



A Non-profit Organization

The Executive Committee will present a resolution to the membership for
consideration and vote of ratification at the annual business meeting to be held in
the Ramada Inn South, St. Petersburg, Florida, Friday, April 27, 1979 at 2 P.M.

RESOLUTION: Whereas the Constitution and By-Laws adopted by The
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. on the occasion of the 18th Anniversary,
February 22, 1960, revised on the occasion of the 27th Anniversary, January 9,
1969, and on several occasions thereafter, set forth and proclaim the proposition
of perpetuity of the personal memories associated with the great Panama Canal

AND: WHEREAS with the passage of time, recognition and prestige of the
Society, growth of membership and responsibility of services; We now propose
the adoption of a revised Constitution and By-Laws more in keeping with the
present and anticipated future welfare of the Society.

BE IT RESOLVED: That the Constitution and By-Laws of The Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. as published in the March 1979 issue of the "Canal
Record" be adopted and forthwith proclaimed as the Purpose, Ideal, Aim and
Government of this Society.
DATE: January 16, 1979 PRESIDENT: Howard L. Clarke, Jr.



We, former employees of the United States Government having served in
the construction, operation or maintenance of the Panama Canal, and retaining
the memories, of community life, of sharing various sacrifices, of the prevailing
determination and urge for the full realization of American ideals and aims in this
great project, and of the resultant strong bonds of personal respect, of mutual as-
sistance, and of neighborly friendship, do now thoughtfully and earnestly associate
ourselves together as The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc, the principles
and purposes of which shall be foremost allegiance to the United States of
America, fidelity to the constitution and laws, and the preservation of these
ideals and friendships.

This organization shall be known as "The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.',
a non-profit organization.

The purpose of this Society shall be primarily to promote the welfare of its mem-
bers, to perpetuate the friendships formed in the Canal Zone, to facilitate these
aims by arranging social gatherings and meetings at convenient locations in the
State of Florida.

ARTICLE III Membership
Membership of this Society shall be open to all citizens of the United States of
America, who were or are employed in the construction, operation or
maintenance of the Panama Canal, or who resided in the Canal Zone in the cities
adjacent thereto, as well as citizens who were associated with the great project
but with residence in the United States.
Members of.families of such eligibles shall be eligible for membership. Friends of
eligibles may be invited to join the Society. Any member of The Panama Canal
Society, Inc. guilty of conduct unbecoming a member of the Society shall be liable
to suspension or expulsion therefrom.
Charges against a member of the Society must be presented by a member, in
writing, to the President for a review by the Executive Committee. The charges
shall be read, and if the Executive Committee deem the same sufficient to justify
investigation, they shall appoint a special committee, which will forthwith investi-
gate the same and report its findings to the Executive Committee. If the
Executive Committee, by a majority vote, finds the member guilty under such
charges, it may suspend the member, for a definite time or expel the member
from membership in The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.

The Officers of this Society shall be a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treas-
urer and Record Editor. These officers shall be elected by a simple majority vote
of the members in attendance at the Annual Meeting of the Society, and shall
hold office for a term of one year, or until their successors have been elected or
selected and take office. The terms of Officers elected and appointed shall begin
on the first day of the month following election. The President shall appoint
"clerks of elections" whose duty shall be to assist in counting the votes on the
floor. The President or designate shall administer the Oath of Office over a public
address system for all to witness. The Oath will be in the following manner:
"I having been voted the
for promise that I will faithfully execute the
duties of the and will to the best of my
ability, preserve, protect, defend and enforce the Constitution and By-
Laws of The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc. and the dictates of the
Executive Committee."

The Secretary/Treasurer and the Record Editor shall be paid a salary for
work performed in connection with their duties, the salary paid to be determined
and set from time to time, by a majority vote of the full Executive Committee.
The Secretary-Treasurer and the Record Editor shall have no vote on any
proposed salary changes. The President is authorized an expense account up to
one hundred dollars annually. An officer appointed by the President may be
removed from office by the President for just cause.
Any elected officer may be removed from office by a majority vote of members in
attendance at a monthly meeting, a quorum being established, for failure to
comply with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society or the properly ordered
directive of the Executive Committee: inefficiency, ineffectiveness in performing
the duties of office, or other adverse condition not in the best interest of the
Society. Any member of the Executive Committee may submit this proposal to
the membership with the approval of a majority vote of the Executive

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-
tions together.
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
upon request.
Start making your plans NOW for what we expect to be the Best Ever

3600 34th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
(813) 867-8671

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

Accommodations Requested:

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

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.



Panama Canal Society of Florida
P.O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

April 27, 1979

535 4th Ave. North
St. Petersburg, Florida
7:30 PM
$5.00 per person. Please reserve tickets for people.






I also desire bus transportation to the Ball. I enclose
($1.00 per person)
According to the information furnished on the previous page, please list names
of all guests for whom you are making reservations.

April 28, 1979
Ramada Inn South 3600 34th St. South
12:30 PM

Price: $5.00 per person, including tax and gratuity. Please reserve Luncheon
tickets for the following:





According to the information furnished on the previous page, please list names
of all guests for whom you are making reservations.

ARTICLE V Official Address of the Society
The Official Address of the Society shall be Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida
33733, and all first class mail pertaining to the Society (this includes Society and
Blood Bank dues, articles for publication in the Canal Record and requests for
information regarding the Society of its members) MUST be sent to this address.

The Society shall hold regular monthly meetings and an Anniversary Reunion
once a year at a place that is suitable to the Executive Committee. The monthly
meeting falling closest to the Anniversary Reunion, or any special Society
function, may be omitted at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

The Society shall adopt such By-Laws as shall be appropriate for governing its

The Constitution and the By-Laws of this Society may be amended at any Annual
Meeting by a two-thirds vote of those voting, a quorum being present, or at any
special meeting called for this purpose after suitable notice has been given to all
members stating the proposed changes and reasons therefore.


ARTICLE I Duties of Officers
1. The duties of the officers shall be those usually pertaining to such officers in
any organization.

2. As the senior officer of the Society, the President shall enforce strict
observance of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Society and execute directives
of the Executive Committee. The President's directions to subordinate officers of
the Society must be carried out, it being understood that the President will not
give directions inconsistent with the Constitution and By-Laws or the voted
directives of the Executive Committee. The President shall preside at all
meetings of the Society and Executive Committee. Subject to review and
approval of the Executive Committee he shall designate the depository for the
funds of the Society and shall confer with the Secretary-Treasurer concerning
the expenditure of Society funds, and in case of the temporary absence of the
Secretary-Treasurer, the President shall have authority for receiving and
disbursing the funds of the Society.

3. The President shall have authority to fill vacancies in any elected or appointed
office for the unexpired term subject to the review and approval of the Executive
Committee. In the absence, resignation, or incapacity of the President, the Exe-
cutive Committee shall have this authority to fill vacancies.

4. The President shall be responsible for the holding and safe keeping of surety
bonds of bonded officer.

5. The Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President and shall
assist the President in such duties as the President may desire. The Vice-Presi-
dent shall succeed the President upon death and in cases where the President
does not continue to serve for any reason.

6. The Secretary-Treasurer shall maintain adequate financial records and bank
accounts and be accountable for the proper handling and disbursement of all
funds of the Society, shall be bonded in an amount determined by the Executive
Committee and, jointly with the President, shall sign all contracts and obligations
authorized by the Executive Committee. All checks of the corporation shall be
signed by any two authorized officers. The Secretary-Treasurer shall issue
serially numbered membership cards as receipts for dues, and shall maintain an
up-to-date roster of all members and their latest addresses, handle all corre-
spondence, compile and be responsible for printing of the Directory issue to be
mailed by the Record Editor in November. The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep a
record of business transactions of the monthly, executive committee and annual

7. The Record Editor shall perform all of the clerical and editorial duties
pertaining to the publication of the Canal Record.The Record Editor shall mail
the Canal Records including the Directory Issue. The Record Editor shall be
under the direction of the President, shall observe the deadline set for articles to
be published and see that the Record is mailed to the members on time. The
Record Editor shall deliver to the printer news items and pictures for the Canal
Record. The deadline for submitting the Record to the printer is set for the last
day of the months of January, April, July and October.

8. Other officers considered necessary shall be appointed by the President for
terms of office of such lengths as may be found convenient, all subject to the re-
view and approval of the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE II Committees
1. There shall be an Executive Committee consisting of the President, the immed-
iate Past President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, and four other
members to be appointed by the incumbent President at least one of whom
shall be a Past President. A quorum of 6 shall be required to transact business.

2. The duties of this committee shall be to see that the purpose and aims of the
Society are properly executed, to consider and conduct the business of the
Society between regular meetings, to set policy for the Society, to consider all
proposals for amendments of the Constitution and By-Laws and to make recom-
mendations to the Society for or against the adoption of such proposals, to
consider the justification for or against the adoption of such proposals, to
consider the justification for and to authorize the expenditures of the Society
funds for other than routine purposes.

3. The Executive Committee shall determine the amount of the Secretary-
Treasurer surety bond as may be deemed sufficient to protect the interest of the

4. It shall be considered improper to attempt soliciting favors in any form or
discussing politics or religion at the meetings of this Society.

5. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee to consider the request of the
President for investigation and report on any subject of interest to the Society
and to perform such other executive functions as the President may request. The
President shall be required to hold an Executive Committee meeting at the
request of at least 3 members of the Executive Committee.

6. The President shall appoint a Budget and Auditing Committee consisting of 3
members, one shall be designated as chairman. The President shall appoint one
member as Budget Officer. These appointments shall be subject to review and
approval by the Executive Committee.

7. The duties of this committee shall be to audit the accounts and related records
of the Secretary-Treasurer, and render reports and recommendations to the
Society annually unless shorter intervals are found to be preferable. At the time
these accounts and records are transferred to the incoming officer an audit shall
be made.

8. There shall be a Nominating Committee consisting of five members. The
President, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee shall make these
appointments, one of whom must be a past president and Chairman of the Com-
mittee. No member of the committee shall serve more than two years in succes-

9. The duties of the Nominating Committee shall be to select the nominees for all
offices, to secure acceptance for the nomination and to present the slate at the
February meeting of the Society. The slate of nominees shall be printed in the
March Canal Record. Elections shall be held at the Annual meeting. Presentation
of the slate of nominees shall not preclude nominations from the floor.

10. Other committees may be appointed by the President for specific purposes as
the Executive Committee or the membership may consider proper and advisable.


1. The regular monthly meetings of the Society shall be held on such dates, and
at such hour and place as the officers and membership may find convenient and

Note: For dates and places of the meetings refer to the Directory Issue.

2. The Annual Meetings of the Society shall be of the nature of a convention but
preferably called an Annual Reunion, and held during the month of April. The
exact date depending on the circumstances and the availability of a suitable place
with facilities for this occasion.

3. Special meetings may be called by the President should circumstances justify
such action or a special meeting may be called upon the written request to the
President of at least fifteen members. Timely notice stating the purpose of such
meetings shall be mailed to all members.

4. A quorum for the proper transaction of Society business shall consist of sixty
(60) active members in good standing for regular monthly meetings and one

hundred (100) active members in good standing for annual meetings. In case a
meeting of members representing less than a quorum needs to adjourn without
any business, due notice shall be given concerning the occasion of the next future

5. The order of business at meetings of this Society shall be as follows:
Pledge of Allegiance
Introduction of Visitors and Welcome by the President
Any other remarks by the President
Report of Secretary/Treasurer which includes Financial Reports
News of members of the Society by the Record Editor
Report of Legislative Representative
Report of Committees, special announcements, etc.
Unfinished business
New business (includes speaker, if any)

6. Business transactions of the Society shall be conducted in accordance with the
requirements of its Constitution and By-Laws. In case the need for additional
regulations arise, Roberts Rules of Order shall govern.

1. The dues of the Society shall be ten dollars ($10.00) a year by calendar years,
and shall entitle members in good standing to receive the Canal Record and
Directory Issue.

2. Dues shall be considered payable in January of each calendar year, and will be
considered delinquent on February first in any calendar year.

New members will be accepted after July 1st in any year for $5.00 in dues for the
balance of that particular calendar year provided the following year's dues are
paid in advance at the same time.

managed to take priority around reunion time in the past, we cannot
firmly program it.

Marie Bailey, Lillian Thanks so much for the many cards and
letters from P.C. friends in 1978 also visits from different ones
throughout the year have kept us in touch with many friends. We still
like this area of Alabama. Ken is building a small shrimp boat and
hopes to go shrimping soon as the weather permits and shrimp start
running. Sandy graduates this year and will join the Navy hopes to
go into personnel work and college.

Panama Canal Society of Dothan

Now that we are back to our normal, daily routine after the hectic
holidays, we can look forward to the Easter holidays and the Reunion
in St. Petersburg. From what I hear many of the Dothanites plan to
We held our Christmas dinner dance at the Olympia Spa on
December 13th. There were about 80 members present. Such
elegance you have never seen. The ladies all so beautiful in their
evening gowns. What can I say about the men never knew there
were so many handsome ones in our society. The room was decorated
in the Christmas theme. Many thanks to our committee Louise
Hunt, Maggie Janssen, Joan Belden, Edna O'Donnell and Mary Urey.
We had a perfect Santa Claus in Dave Lowe who gave out gifts to
those present. Last but not least was our Master of Ceremonies ...
Phil Mattoon who kept us laughing and in good cheer. Phil is not a
member of our Society (just honorary) but has become a real good
friend especially of the men who meet for coffee every morning at
Montgomery Ward. Phil is the manager of Montgomery Ward.
Some of our members left us for the holidays .. they went to the
sunny tropics of Panama.. Jack and Margaret Hern, Louise and Joe
Hunt, Stella and Tony Nita and Dot Benny. They didn't just go down
to get away from the cold weather but to visit with their children and
John and Mary Urey had Mary's brother Dennis Gilbert and his
wife Christy as houseguests. Dennis retired a year ago from the In-
dustrial Division in Cristobal. They now reside in Costa Rica. Berniece
and John Deming had their son Billy and wife Annette (Violette) visit-
ing from Baltimore, Maryland.
Bud Thomas went to the Canal Zone to attend the wedding of his
son Hugh Jr. to Eileen Rose daughter of Dave and Mary Rose. When
he returned to the States he went to Pennsylvania to spend the holi-
days with daughter Debbie and family. If that wasn't enough travel-
ing he then had to go to San Angelo, Texas for the wedding of his

other son Greg to Sandra Priest of Johnstown, Ohio. The couple are in
the service. On his way back to Dothan he stopped in Houston to visit
with the Bill Ebdons and the Fahnstocks. Bud was best man at the
Ebdon's wedding.
We wish to welcome Marie and Rudy Gangle to Dothan. They
moved from Birmingham, Alabama. Rudy has been retired about
three years.
Vi and Don Rudy had her sisters as houseguests and Maggie and
John Janssen had their son Johnny Jr. for the holidays. Johnny is
stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco.
Anna and Bob Lawyer had a partial "gathering of the Clan" over
the New Year holidays: Elsie and Marion Woodruff from the Canal
Zone; Linda and Jennifer Weir from Van Nuys, CA; Lisa Hunt from
Tibadeaux, LA; Grace and Jack Morris, Pinellas Park, FL; Capt. (AF)
Robert Lange and wife Jane (Wellington) and two daughters, Karon
and Stacy; and CDR John and Patty (Lawyer) Heilig of Pensacola, FL.
A very blessed and happy Easter to all.

Respectfully Submitted,
Catherine Filo


Fran Whitlock, Fayetteville Andrew and I flew to St. Louis to
spend Thanksgiving with our eldest daughter, Andree Lee Collins.
Our second daughter, Jacqueline Stringer flew down from Indiana to
be with us, as did our son Paul, who stopped over for a few days on his
return to the Canal Zone (from a business trip to Amsterdam, Hol-
land). So we had our three children together on Thanksgiving Day for
the first time in 30 years.
We fixed Christmas dinner for my mother, Nannie Brown, and
Aunt Mattie B. Weiman on Christmas Eve. The Eldridge Bartons
were in Austin visiting Min's daughter, Judy Crooks Dailey, during
the holidays.
All is well here. Andrew gardens and fishes during Spring and
Summer, and hunts in the Fall and Winter. I am tutoring Remedial
Reading to a First grader. Had a wonderfully successful experience
last year. How rewarding it is to help a frustrated child discover his
ability to read. "LOVE" is the secret formula!


In answer to "What's New?", most of this area's residents replied
"Nothing. Just been hibernating, shoveling snow, feeding birds."

However, a little probing has shown that to be only a recent, and un-
doubtedly temporary state.
Harry and Lee Butz were delighted to have their family together
for the Christmas holidays for the first time in sixteen years. Rickey
(Harry, Jr.) came by plane from Reno, while Peter, wife Janice, and
three sons drove over from Catoosa, Oklahoma. Esther was fortunate
to also have a week off from her work, so a gay time was had by all.
Esther is now working at the U of Arkansas as a clerk-typist at the
Agronomy Department.
Glynn and Etta Fay Terrell enjoyed the post-Christmas visit of
daughter Andrea and husband Paul from New Orleans. As Paul loves
snow, he got his wish for some, but it was mostly ice in one of the
worst ice storms in years. However, it didn't keep these brave ones
from walking up the street to Carl and Helen Newhard's house on
New Year's Eve to find they were the only ones able to make it,
which gives you an idea of the severity of the storm.
Walter and Dolores Jarvis' youngest son, Jeff, visited them for
Christmas in BellaVista. Jeff lives in Miami where he flies for an un-
scheduled freight cargo line.
Edith Engelke is almost recuperated from a severe dislocation of
her shoulder suffered in October. George has been suffering, too he
had to take over the cooking and household chores for awhile.
In December, Howard and Evelyn Engelke travelled to the
Isthmus for a Christmas visit with their family. While there, they
spent part of their time with John and Laurie Engelke and children in
Margarita, and the rest of the time with Louis and Wilma Engelke and
baby daughter in Balboa. Judy Engelke Montenaro surprised the
whole family by arriving for a ten day visit with her family. All
enjoyed revisiting familiar places on the Isthmus and get-togethers
with old friends. Howard enjoyed golf with his old Sunday group and a
three-day fishing trip to the Perlas with John, Louis, and nephew Ben
Favorite in Ben's boat. A badly sprained ankle confined Evelyn to a
sofa for a time and prevented her seeing everyone and everything she
had anticipated.
Rev. Robert Jackson spent Christmas with his son, Robert Hyde
Jackson, and family in Greenbelt, Maryland. R. H. Jackson teaches at
Galladet College (for the deaf) in Washington.
Pearl Trim, of Russellville, was the only charter member of
PWGA at their 30th anniversary on the Isthmus. She played golf on
the new course in Panama, and completed the 18 holes, which a lot of
the younger "girls" were unable to do. Meanwhile, back at the cabin,
Preston Trim kept the home fires burning.
Walter and Addie Coclasure's grandsons, Danny and Freddy,
have been whooping it up in the January snows. Their first snowy
winter combined with their first sled and lots of energy has delighted

the whole family. The boys and their aunt, Marian Coclasure, who
teaches school in Rogers, have not been complaining about the slick
roads school closes and everyone goes sledding.
Betty McGilberry flew to California in November (her second trip
last year) to visit her mother who had broken a hip.
Ora Mae Clayton is spending the winter with her sister in Jack-
sonville, Florida.
Vernon (Sam) Bircher spent a couple days during the Thanks-
giving week with Pete and Sue Warner in Rogers which rates high on
the Birchers' list of possible future retirement home areas. The
Warners' older son, Stuart G. R. Warner, recently graduated Magna
Cum Laude from Arizona State University, with majors in Business
and Languages. He is also listed in the Who's Who Among Students in
America. Stuart was the recipient of three scholarships (E. Blois du
Bois, Host & Hostess, and Scott), a member of four Greek letter or-
ganizations (Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Theta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi,
Alpha Mu Gamma). While an undergraduate, he taught Portuguese,
Spanish, and English for the Berlitz School of Languages. He worked
briefly with the State Department after graduation, and has been
accepted for admittance to American Graduate School of International
Management, Glendale, Arizona, where he will study for a Master's
Degree in International Business. His avocation is photography, and
he has successfully entered pictures in slide competitions.
In November, Eldridge (Mike) and Minnie Burton received notice
that their daughter-in-law, Caroline Burton, was chosen an outstand-
ing young woman of America for 1978 in recognition of her outstand-
ing professional achievements. A detailed biography of her accom-
plishments will appear in the national awards publication. Mikey
(Eldridge Burton, Jr.), who graduated from University of Arkansas as
a Mechanical Engineer, is now in charge of Carrier Corporation's
office in Jackson, Mississippi. Mike, Jr. and his wife are the parents of
two little girls. In December, Mike, Sr. and Minnie drove to Austin,
Texas to spend Christmas with their daughter, Judith Crooks Daley,
and her family. Judy's oldest son, though he is in the Air Force, was
able to make it home for the holidays.
Dick and Mary Condon drove to Fairhope, Alabama, in mid-Janu-
ary to stay with Herb and Mary Paak, and to visit other friends.
Leaving their car there, they flew to Panama for two weeks' stay with
JoAnn Carr and Bob and Marcia Jones.
Audra Dougan joined her sister in Missouri for Christmas. She is
looking forward to attending the graduation of her son, John (Pat)
Dougan, in Government and Political Science from the University of
Maryland in May.
Jim and Veva Folsom took a six-week trip to Phoenix, Arizona in
October and November. They rented an apartment for a comfortable

stay, visited family, and just enjoyed being snowbirds with the rest of
The Henry Hallins have moved to another home in Fayetteville
(new address: 2602 Stanton Avenue), and happily report it to be
larger, nicer, and equipped with three bathrooms.
Bob and Virginia Hursh travelled to Iowa for Christmas to visit
Virginia's mother who, at 93, is spry and independent going strong.
Carl and Petie Maedl returned in late January from fifteen days
in Hawaii. They visited four islands for three days each, and spent
four days on Oahu. With a car to use, they did a lot of driving around.
It was rainy all during their stay, but after living in Panama, that
didn't bother them or prevent their sightseeing. They also visited a
couple friends now living in Hawaii. Prior to their trip, Petie's niece
and sister and brother and his family joined them for Christmas in
Bernie and Pam Robertson Malcuit and their five children are
now living in St. Pete, temporarily in rented housing while they await
completion of the home they are building. Tom Robertson, Jr. is in Ft.
Belvedere, Washington, where he is taking some courses while on a
temporary school assignment.
Bates Wieman's son, Bud Huldtquist, retired on January 4th, and
he and wife Betty and family are living in Dothan, Alabama. Grand-
daughter Nancy Huldtquist Whelen and family, living in Hong Kong
where her husband, John, has been transferred by Caterpillar Co. for
a five-year stay, reports that they love it, the children are learning
Chinese, and they intend to visit China often now that the door is
Earl and Maxine Wrenn spent Thanksgiving in Galveston, Texas
with son Chris and family. On the way home, they stopped in
Louisiana to see Lottie Tinnen. Also in late November, they spent a
weekend in Hot Springs, Arkansas, with Bill and Marge Scarborough
who were up on leave from the Canal, and visited with Ernest and
Lois Van Horn, who live there. The Wrenns recently talked with Judy
McLain Saucier, daughter of John and Gladys McLain. She and her
husband came to the area with plans to settle in Fayetteville, but de-
cided that, for them, it was a better place for retirement than employ-
ment, so returned to North Carolina.
If these reports constitute "no news," just wait 'til the weather

Alice Nail


Ed R. Mac Vittie, Sun City Grace underwent an eye operation
for glaucoma this past summer and the eye has fully recovered it's
sight. Had a fine visit with the Carl and Blanche Brownes at Avon
when they were on their way to their new apartment in South Caro-
lina. Due to the operation we did not get around to see many of our
friends from the Zone this past summer, but will make up for it next
year. On the way West though, did see LTC Ted Casey who was the
PX Officer in the Zone during WW II. He looks well and happy. COL
George Hickman who was my replacement in the G4 and Engineer
CDC died this summer in San Antonio. We are hoping for a fine
Winter here in the Valley of the Sun and anticipate seeing the Doyles,
Thorntons, Pullers and Relihans.
Ellen and Dan Rambo, Kingman This has been a good year for
us no sickness, no broken bones and not much to complain about.
We got to visit with Mr. and Mrs. Chester Luhr and their daughter
and son-in-law this summer while Chet and Tick were visiting in
Arizona. We met them down in Sun City and just spent the day
gabbing. Then later Elnor and Arthur Millar, who are now living in
Kerrville, TX, stopped by for a short visit on their way to visit their
son in northern California. It was great to see all of them again even
just for a short visit.

Yvonne H. Cassidy, La Mirada Had a surprise visit in Novem-
ber from Chick and Fran Wy-
man of Grand Prairie, TX.
Hadn't seen Chick in eight years
when she passed through Cali-
fornia on her way to join Fran in
the Phillipines. I told them about
the Panama Canal Society and
they said they wanted to join.
Got a long distance call from
Rene Bakker in Anchorage, AK
who said she and Ronald Wayne
Johnson were married on Christ-
mas Eve. Ronald is from the San
Francisco Bay area and present- Yvonne Fran Chick
ly serving in the army. Cassidy Wyman Wyman

Nan and Ed Pihlgren, Sacramento We do enjoy the CANAL
RECORD very much. We had a fine time in Sweden from the middle of
July to the end of August. We went on the S.A.A., the north-pole route,

from Seattle to Copenhagen, Denmark, then to Sweden. We visited
Ed's brother and wife in Gothenburg. Then we went north, way up
north to my hometown in the "Land of the midnight sun" with daylight
in the middle of the night. Everything is very expensive in Sweden with
the dollar down, but they all enjoy life with their summer homes, cars
and everything else.
Judith S. Ferri, San Francisco sent in a letter from the Emergency
Committee to Save the U.S. Canal Zone which urges folks to have their
Congressman pledge consistently and steadfastly oppose any dilution
of the United States control over the Canal on the Isthmus of Panama
and any surrender of the Canal or its defenses to a foreign power.
Ira M. and Dorothy V. Payne, Valley Center Spent the
Christmas Holidays in Tacoma, Wa. with our daughter, Marjean, her
husband George and the five grandchildren.'Twas great! We were glad
to get back to California and thaw out. The New Year Holidays were as
usual here at home Open House, family, house guests from out of
town and Mrs. Tippett from Costa Rica. Wouldn't have it any other
Mrs. Margaret Morris of Wallace, North Carolina, spent the
Christmas holidays with her daughter, Margie Hanesworth, and family
of Palo Alto. She spent New Year's week-end with Jean Gerrans (moth-
er of Rae Donaldson Hannigan) of San Carlos. Mrs. Morris' help was
greatly appreciated by her daughter who has returned to work
parttime as a bookkeeper.
Florence Seiler, Laguna Hills One happy note for me is that for
the first time in many years all the members of my immediate family
are now in the good old USA. My son, John B. Berude is now RADM
USN RETIRED! He has accepted a position in Portland and he and
Dorothy are living in Beaverton, OR. Tish Noble and family are still in
Phoenix. Kate and her husband Adegnor Salgado have left Brazil for
the Washington, DC area. Grandson John A. Berude, DDS USN has
been transferred from Guam to Whidby Island, WA where he and
Vickie have been busy supervising the building of their new home. Bill
Berude is still in Columbia, SC, having graduated from the University
there this summer. It certainly is a wonderful feeling for me to realize
that they are all only short air flights away.

Address Changes:
deGrummond, Mr. and Mrs. John R., P. O. Box 633, Balboa, CZ, Ph.

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS Mr. and Mrs. Jim Sullivan

(Carol Kacer) 1565 Seneca Lane, San Mateo, CA 94402, Phone
415-341-9814. Jim resided in the Canal Zone from 1934 to 1950 and at-
tended both Balboa Junior High School and Cristobal High School
where he was a member of the class of 1951. Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan have
spent several vacations in the Canal Zone. The last time just last year.
Jim is a lawyer and Carol a housewife and Probation Officer. (Recom-
mended by Nancy Sullivan Scharsch).
Hugh Thomas, the oldest son of Bud and Lois Thomas, was married
in November. Another son, Gregg, is a commissioned officer in the U.S.
Army Intelligence Corp. He was married in January. His wife is also
an officer in the Intelligence Corp. They will be stationed in Germany.
Mrs. H. M. Thomas, formerly of Gatun, is now 92 years young.
She is living with her daughter, Virginia, and son-in-law, Ralph Har-
vey, of St. Petersburg, FL.
Thelma nee Thomas Wayman, resides in Salinas, California and
drives a school bus for the City Schools.
Fern nee Horine Dabill keeps up an active life working as a
Physical Therapist in Phoenix, caring for her lovely 17-year-old
daughter, Carol, two dogs and two cats. Carol graduates with honors
from high school in June, 1979.
George Cotton wrote from 135 Blake Circle, Brick Town, N.J.
08723. He was a member of the first graduating class from Cristobal
High School in June, 1918. He left the Canal Zone in June 1918 and has
lived in and around New York City ever since. He was dock-side when
the "Ancon" pulled out from Pier 9 the day the Canal opened. He'd like
to hear from some of his old classmates.
Grace nee Thomas Ruggles spent one week of Christmas vacation
vacationing in Playa Blanca, Mexico. Then on December 24th she flew
into Phoenix, Arizona to spend Christmas week visiting with Fern nee
Horine Dabill and her daughter, Carol. Seeing the football game played
at the Fiesta Bowl was one of the highlights of the week. Grace teaches
5th grade in San Bernardino, CA.
There may be a slight delay in the 1979 BHS-CHS Index due to the
West Coast paper strike.

Conrad Horine


Mary Eleanor Becker, Lakewood I attended the National
convention of the American Legion Auxiliary in New Orleans, LA, in
August. My roommates were Grayce Lydia Nadeau and son Randy.
From the convention I went to Marrero to visit Frances Walker and
other friends at the Wynhoven Apartments. Returned to Lakewood
on the 27th to find that my granddaughter Valeria A. (McIntire)

Dempsey and son Daren, (born May 6, 1977) and baby daughter Adrea
Jane (born June 12, 1978) were already here. Due to my having a se-
vere cold at the time I could not hold nor cuddle my two new great-
grandchildren. My grandson, Dannie Law and wife, Lynda, are ex-
pecting their second child in February '79. Their son David is 3 years
old. My other granddaughter and her husband, Richard Spafford have
two sons, Dick was 5 in November and Lance will be 3 in June 1979.


Mrs. Lillian F. Ryan, S. Windsor This has been a good year for
me. Spent last winter in Texas and then a trip to the Reunion which I
enjoyed. The month of August was spent in Jay, NY, which is in the
Lake Pacid area. The holidays were spent here in South Windsor with
my son and grandchildren and other family in nearby Massachusetts.
Pat Thompson Bujalski, New Haven I am a grandmother now -
a baby named Heather now 9 months old my oldest son John
Medling is a highly successful insurance agent. The other boys are still
in college my daughter is tall and lots of fun. Re CZ I die a little
each time I read obit Column so many people I liked not quite up
to Will Rogers in that "I never met a man I didn't like" I could say of
Zonions, there were few.


Doris Edelen, St. Petersburg
- During the latter part of
October, Gene Long, Ruby Ford
and I visited Cele Wensing at her
lovely home in Scottsdale, AR
and saw many of our Canal Zone
friends at a luncheon there. Then
Ruby and Doris flew to Albu-
querque where we visited Bea
Schloming, her sister, Izzie Cum-
mings and Mickey Naron. We
went to Santa Fe for the day, Ole
Town and many interesting
places, also to the Sandi Moun-
tains on a lift (where this picture
was taken). In two weeks we re-
turned to Tampa after a most
enjoyable trip.

Bea Schloming, Izzie Cummings
and Mickey Naron

Dr. and Mrs. William H. Beeby, Orange City This year marks
the first Christmas off the Isthmus since 1946, and it will be the first
time the entire family got together for Christmas since 1960. All 16 of us
gathered for a wonderful reunion in New Jersey. We recently returned
from a trip to India.
Eva and Neville Harte of Land O'Lakes spent the holidays on the
Isthmus with their daughter and family, Jo Ann Morton.
Betty Forgeson, Terra Verde Just got back from 21 days visit in
Panama and Canal Zone with my sister and brother-in-law, George and
Beverly Dilfer. Canal Zone still as pretty as ever but Panama and
Colon dirty, congested and traffic lousy! Very depressing to me... Glad
to be home. Not too many people we knew left there now, but had nice
visits with the Bill Mallorys, Harry Aliens, Don Spencers, Bill De la
Maters, Jack deGrummonds, Sam Moody, Bill Halvosa to name a few.
Esther W. Currier, St. Petersburg Just got back home after two
months in Atlanta with Donna's family Dr. and Mrs. A. V. Gude -
where I have five granddaughters, four married four great-grand-
daughters and a new great-grandson. Daughter Doris and husband,
Buck Post, drove up a week before Christmas so I had my whole family
together for a wonderful holiday. Nothing wrong with this American
Family, we enjoy being together! See you at the Reunion.
Grace Pickenpaugh and Captain and Mrs. Gary Pickenpaugh spent
Christmas vacation with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pickenpaugh
in St. Petersburg. Other callers at the Pickenpaugh home were Miriam
Shephers of Ft. Myers and Mr. and Mrs. Robert McQueary of St.
Doris and Jerry Graham of Clearwater had their three sons home
for the holidays Lee with his wife Robin and baby girl Nicky from
Pensacola, FL; Jerry, Jr. with his wife Sheila and baby son Alex from
Knoxville, TN and Scott and Lucy from Wichita Falls, TX. Christmas
Eve Doris had dinner for all her children, grandchildren and the grand-
parents, Perc and Mariam Graham and Dwight and Evelyn Van Evera.
The house was really quiet on January 2nd when the guests departed.
Lucy Graham has stayed on with her parents Anna and Joe Collins
in St. Petersburg while Scott is on Temporary Duty at Vandenberg Air
Force Base, California. Lucy has been enjoying luncheon engagements
with friends and family. She will join Scott February 25th at Davis
Montham Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona where Scott will report for a
three year tour of duty.

News from Sara Rowley of Clearwater

Mary and Bob Hanna spent their annual Christmas holidays with
their four sons, Bob, Bill, Tom and John and their families (5 grandsons
and 2 granddaughters) in the Canal Zone.

The employees on the Zone don't know much more about what is
about to happen than we do. It would seem to us that everyone who
wanted to leave, has already gone and those still on the Zone, are hop-
ing they get to stay.
The Clubhouse puts out good food now, specializing in a lot of
Panamanian dishes plantain, etc. At Stephens Circle, lovely
paintings and pen and ink drawings are on sale. The molas sold here are
all lovely but more expensive than they used to be. An interesting one I
saw was the "singing of the Treaty", in great detail for $35.00. Others
can be purchased for $10.00. The Commissary was "out" of many items
much of the time no eggs for over a week.
It seems strange seeing Panamanians living in so many of our
former houses. During the holidays, my little grandson's new bike was
stolen. Who ended up finding it for him? none other than former
policeman Ed Filo's policeman son!
Each year, one of the highlights for us is a trip to my friend Shirley
Vaucher's cottage at lovely Coronado Beach. Also, a trip to my son,
John's place at the Volcan. The air was so cool and crisp and the flower
and vegetable gardens, a sight to behold. While there, we ran out of
paper towels $1.65 a roll, but the fresh vegetables were inexpensive.
We took a trip to Boquette one day it hasn't changed. We bought 100
navel oranges there for $2.75. Florida may have good oranges, but they
just don't compare with those in Boquette. Incidentally, getting to the
Volcan, we paid $1.05 a gallon for gas; but there was seven of us in my
son Bob's station wagon, so it really was worth it.
The train ride to Colon was disappointing and the city very dirty.
The French Bazaar was still beautiful but the linen stores on Front
Street were sharing their shop with a radio, tape recorder outfit. The
once inexpensive "Osaka" linens were very expensive because of no
We had the annual Christmas tree burn and as the flames
flickered, I wondered what would be in store for the Zonians next year.
Another day I went over to La Boca, parked my car on Perlas
Avenue and gazed at my cottage, once a busy place with four boys
growing up. I thought, "those were the good old days we had a good
life" but then, we are having a good life now too, here in Clearwater.
We enjoy the lovely beach and the wonderful active Camera Club with
209 members. Bob's sister and husband, Virginia and Joe Copello
(Curundu) are moving here the end of the month after living many
years in California. They like "Sparkling Clearwater" too!
Last November Fred (Al) Dube and Marie Dube had a long
awaited visit from their grandson, Timothy who is stationed with the
Air Force in Spangdahlem, West Germany. All the family had a happy
celebration Thanksgiving at Tim's mothers, Marie Agnes Dube Burns
in her new condominium in Seminole.

While on leave Tim had the opportunity to become the third mem-
ber of the "Dube" family to become an Elk. Uncle Fred came up from
Homestead, AFB, Florida to be present for the initiation. The Largo
Lodge was most pleased as it is not often that 3 generations are present
for this event and that he was also the youngest ever to join their club;
one week after his 21st birthday.
Tim returned to West Germany the middle of December although
he is enjoying his tour he said he is tired of shoveling snow.
After Tim left, Al, Marie and Agnes took off to spend the
Christmas holiday with their son Fred and wife Bonny at Homestead.
They had a delightful time and hope everyone enoyed the 1978 holidays
as much as they did.

News from Frances Sharp of St. Petersburg

December brought a stream of visitors to the Suncoast which in-
cluded: Clara Moore Davidson and her two daughters, Julie, age 4 and
Emily, age 2, who were the guests of her mother Mrs. Clara Moore of
St. Petersburg. Clara and her husband, Captain Howard Davidson are
stationed at the Presidio in San Francisco.
Dora Hardy of Albuquerque, NM, a retired teacher, visited with
Ethel Ferguson and Grace Rider of Seminole.
Susie and Judy Violette of West Palm Beach and Annette Violette
Deming and husband Bill from Columbia, MD checked in at the home of
the William Violettes of Seminole.
Cathy Neville of San Antonio, Texas, who teaches first grade in a
bi-lingual education school, spent the holidays with her parents
Dorothy and Ned Neville of Seminole.
Viola and Emerson Fuller of St. Petersburg enlarged their home
just in time to enjoy a visit from daughter JoyAnn Fuller Thompson
and her sons Paul and Mark from the Washington, DC area. Also visit-
ing the Fullers were Mrs. Marion Bond Williams, presently living in
Asheville, NC and Viola's brother Bill Roper and family of Melbourne.
Bertha and Fred Wellington, formerly of Panama and now of
Clearwater, were visited by son Don Wellington and wife Bobby Lou
(nee Herrington) and three children from North Carolina as well as
Gene Frauenheim and wife Lynn Wellington and three children, who
also shared their holiday with the Kerner Frauenheims of Seminole.
Lola Marie Frauenheim and son-in-law Al Jones and two daugh-
ters of Virginia Beach, VA were the guests of the Kerner Frauenheims.
Dr. Paula Sullivan, who is on the faculty of the University of Hart-
ford, in Hartford, Conn. and Mr. and Mrs. George Makibbin, (nee
Shirley Sullivan) of the Canal Zone and Lisa (nee Makibbin) and hus-
band Philip Wolf, both students at the University of Panama Medical
School, celebrated with Emily Sullivan of Largo.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lerchen had their daughter Mary Lerchen
Moser and granddaughter as visitors. Also joining the group was
brother-in-law James Driscoll of Arizona, who drove to St. Petersburg
in his motorhome. The Lerchen's niece, Lucy Ann Driscoll Howe also
visited them for ten days in January.
Mr. and Mrs. Warner Hoyle were happy to have a visit in Novem-
ber from their daughter Catherine Coleman of Vici, Oklahoma, who was
accompanied by her daughters, Kimberly Ann, age 4 and Dana Lynn
age 13 months. Cathy's sister, Virginia Hoyle Lankarge also flew in
from Glastonbury, Conn. for a reunion with her family. During the
week the sisters spent in St. Petersburg, Lavinia (Wimk) Greene of
the Canal Zone, and an ex-neighbor of the Hoyles there, who was in
the States on business for the Government stopped by for a few days
before returning home.
Regina QuinnEnjunto, her husband Tristan, and daughter "Mai"
arrived from Madrid, Spain to spend approximately a month with
members of her family here Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lombard (nee
Alice Quinn) and Miss Genevieve Quinn, now both residing in St.
Petersburg, also had as guests, Claire Quinn of Panama and Rita (nee
Quinn) Crume of Sanibel.
Miss Cris Mitten of the Canal Zone recently visited with her father
Dr. Herb Mitten of Seminole.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Castles of Falmouth, Mass. were guests of the
Ray Caldwells of St. Petersburg as they were en route home from the
wedding of their daughter Ann.
Flor E. Marti, Panama City The year 1978 brought eventful
changes in the Martin family. My husband, Tommie, retired with 37
years of combined military and Civil Service, 17 of those years were
spent in the Canal Zone. I am still working at Tyndall AFB and have
over 22 years Civil Service, 13 of those years with the Schools Division
in the Canal Zone.
Our son, SSgt. Tommie Martin and family are still at Shaw AFB,
SC and have visited us several times during the year. They bought land
in North Florida. We have gone twice to visit them. Our son, Capt.
Albert Martin is still stationed in England. He also came for a short
Doris Crabtree, our daughter, her husband and children came for a
visit during Easter vacation. We went to see them in Texas several
My mother spent six months with us and my brother came for a
short visit.



Mr. Joe "Pop" Ebdon, who was 90 years young on January 24,
1979, was honored at a birthday party hosted by Alan and Kay Miller.
Thirty guests enjoyed a Panamanian style dinner served by the hosts,
and reminiscing about their years on the Zone.
Christmas holidays were a time of family get-togethers both here
in sunny Sarasota and in the northern cooler states. Joyce and Jack
Clarke visited their daughter, Nancy Clarke Kresge and family in
Atlanta, GA.
Rae and Joe Ebdon accompanied by her mother, "Mom" Eppley,
flew to Wilmington, DE to share the holiday with their son and
daughter-in-law, Dick and Kathy Ebdon and children. They were joined
by their older son, Maj. Thomas J. Ebdon III, USAF, who arrived from
Holloman AFB, New Mexico. They also had the pleasure of seeing
their first granddaughter, Jennifer Ann, born November 27, 1978.
Mrs. Billie Galloway spent the holidays with her son, Joe Galloway
and daughters in Atlanta, GA, and attended Joe's wedding to Doris
Timberton December 23, 1978.
Billie's sister, Mrs. Alice Jones, arrived from Rosedale, Miss. to
spend several months with Billie and her other sisters, Ruth Gatz,
Maxine Hitchcock and Robin Comer.
Mary Orr left at Thanksgiving time to share the holidays with her
sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Fred Wells in Kerrville, TX and
her two brothers and their family in Houston. En route back to Sara-
sota in January she stopped off in Atlanta, GA to visit her nephew, Alan
Wells, and family.
Myrtle and Bill Hughes were in Merritt Island, FL with their
daughter, Sandra Claflin and family for Christmas.
The George Walkers had a happy family reunion as their son, Fred
Walker of Balboa, C.Z. and daughters, Mickey Walker Fitzgerald of
New Smyrna Beach, Jeanne Walker Wagner of Waila Walla, WA and
Carole Peregoy of Sarasota, were together for the first time in over ten
years. Jeannie, Mrs. Jack Wagner, with her daughters, Gayle and
Jeannine, returned to Walla Walla on New Year's Eve after a two week
Fran Orvis and Frances Jones flew to the C.Z. for a holiday visit
with their families. Fran spent a month with her son, Bob Orvis, and
family in Diablo. Frances, who was visiting her daughter, Dona, and
family Capt. and Mrs. John Brophy, remained for a k,nger visit.
John "Bucky" Hall of Balboa arrived early in December to visit his
parents, Madge and John Hall. His wife, Anne, and the children Will
and Jill, joined him for the Christmas holiday.
Gladys Humphrey enjoyed Christmas with her son, Donald L.
Humphrey, and family at their new home in Palm Bay, FL.

January guests of Dolores and Bob Hammetter were Betty Purvis
and Emily Brooks, who moved to the Tampa area with their families
when they retired last year.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cain departed late in January to visit their
cousins, Tom and Lenore Putnam in Willingboro, N.J., and with them
attended the wedding of their son, Harry Putnam, on January 27th in
Philadelphia, PA.
Edna and Cecil Kovel had an interesting visit with former co-work-
ers and friends in Dothan, AL and were favorably impressed with the
friendly and attractive city.
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice L. McCullough flew to the C.Z. in October for
a month's visit with their son-in-law and daughter, Edward and Joan
Ohman, and to welcome their new, new grandson, Jason born October
January houseguests of Snookie and Mac McCullough were two of
their daughters, Susan, Mrs. James Burk, who returned to her home in
Walled Lake, Mich. after a two week visit. Also Mrs. Judy McCullough
Pridgen, who with her daughters, Lynn and Jeannie, arrived from
Tucson, AR and will reside permanently in Sarasota. Judy, a Medical
Technician, was recently employed at Doctors Hospital.

Gladys B. Humphrey

On November 12th, the P.C. Society of Florida, Southeast Group,
held their Fall meeting at Pauricia Murphy's Restaurant in Ft.
Lauderdale, with an attendance of 87.
Following the luncheon, Bill Markham, the Tax Appraiser
of Broward County, spoke to the group and this was followed by a "skit"
by Ollie Voth who took us all on a "shopping spree".
Dr. and Mrs. David Senzer, Dotsie Bigelow and Connie Gerrans
were attending for the first time.
Col. and Mary Oldoker, Carol and Don Forrest were guests of the
Art Gribbons. Helen and Bert Kat were guests of Capt. and Mrs.
Connard. Joe Young and his wife were guests of the Douglas Smiths.
It was so good to have Rob Roy, who is the Past President of the
P.C.Society, with us as a guest of the Norman Andersons. He spoke to
us about the reunion to be held in St.Petersburg in April of 1979.
Betty Ostrandar, who was on her return to the Canal Zone, flew
into Ft. Lauderdale just in time for the luncheon. She is visiting with
Betty and Lonnie Van Siclen for a few days. She talked to the group
about conditions on the Zone and it made us all feel sad.
Cathy La Duke, from Chicago, granddaughter of Joseph and Helen
Snyder was our youngest guest. Her grandfather, Joe, is recovering
from cataract surgery.

In closing, John Ridge told us some humorous Jamaican stories
which everyone enjoyed.

Anne Cunningham

Clifford V. Russell, Sarasota Helen and I left Tampa September
22nd with an AAA sponsored group of about 350 on chartered planes to
Istanbul, Turkey. There we picked up a Russian ship the M/V ODESSA
which was comfortable, rooms small but poor seaworthy design (we
spent the worst night ever on a ship between Malta and Barcelona -
the blunt bows slamming into sharp, steep seas). The crew was most
friendly I have ever seen, from officers down thru the waitresses.
Anytime you met one along the way you received a smile and "hello" in
Russian. Language was a problem as the waitresses knew only words
on the menu; the room stewardesses practically nothing. One got
through with the sign language or called "Information" who spoke
English and translated ones request. The food was plentiful but most
everything was overcooked.The ship took us back to Tampa (32 days)
via Athens-Pireaus; Rhodes; Alexandria-Cairo; Malta; Barcelona;
Casablanca; Madeira; St. Thomas; Port-au-Prince; Havana and Tampa.
We were the second largest American tourist group to visit
Havana. We took the usual controlled city tours Hemingway's house,
etc. We did (Helen and I) wander by ourselves through the old section
of Havana near the Malecon with no hindrance from anyone, taking all
the photographs we wanted. Houses generally dilapidated, paint peel-
ing off, etc. All former mansions of the wealthy now government of-
fices, schools, etc. no one living in them. Government officials we
came in contact with seemed generally friendly. If one asks "Should one
go to Havana as a tourist now?" The answer is "NO".
For those of us who used to go in and out of Port-au-Prince in the
20's and 30's and 40's and have not been back in recent years, you would
not recognize the waterfront area mostly torn up. The new finger
pier concrete hardly wide enough for a car uncovered and longer
than the trek from the old pier to land. No more women at the pier with
alligator pears, baskets, etc. One must go to the Iron Market to get a
few of the best pears in the world. Except for the view from the bay of
the town could hardly recognize anything had been about 20 years
since we were there.

News from the Bold City of the South [Jacksonville]

Irene and Lou Hasemann spent six weeks out in California visiting
his two daughters and families. We spent two weeks with Helen down
in National City just outside of San Diego. When we heard that Reenie

just came out of the hospital we departed for Thousand Oaks to be with
her when she arrived at home. Reenie had been complaining about a
sore back and a tired feeling. After many tests the doctors came to the
conclusion she had a mild attack of Multiple Sclerosis. I am happy to
know that she is improving very well.
While in National City we learned that Carmen Henssler was in the
U.S. Naval Hospital after falling down and injuring her knee. Under-
stand through Gracie Henssler that her mother is coming along nicely.
We also had an invitation from Art and Dot Cotton for dinner. We were
surprised when we arrived at their home to find Jean and Moy de la
Pena. Dot had a delectable dinner for all of us and then we related
several old time incidents of the three of us and the happy times we
shared working together. We all had a marvelous time. The following
day the De la Penas were flying out to the Holy Land and Egypt.
Irene and I recently visited the Hollanders. Must report that Ruth
and Charlie are doing real nice although at times Ruth overdoes the
house chores. Always a nice visit for us when we see these two pals.
Emily Snedeker recently had a sudden illness and was in the St.
Vincent Medical Center for a spell. She had finally given up her apart-
ment and moved in with her daughter Betty Smith. For those who
knew Emily, I know that she would love to hear from you. Her address
is Mrs. Emily Snedeker, 5340 Penn Circle, Jacksonville, FL 32207.
I may add that Carrie and Pearl Brown are in good health and both
seem to be happy in their life of retirement.
Hope to see all of our friends at the Reunion.

Lou Hasemann


Lillian Moore Abrams, Decatur The passing year has been good
to me. I spent a delightful yuletide (77) in Tennessee with relatives and
freinds. We had a white Christmas, visits in homes of friendly people,
warm hospitality, ruddy glow of log fires, Christmas eve a merry party
of four generations gathered around the Christmas tree exchanging
gifts, traditional feast served in the elegant manner of yesteryear, and
a beautiful church service on Christmas Day.
My niece, nephew and I drove to Word-River, IL for a gathering of
other members of our clan. It was a joyful occasion, talk fests. It was fun
remembering other days. The drive was also very interesting having
lived in tropic and sub-tropic climates many years. I had forgotten how
picturesque is the winter countryside. Clean, windswept fields with
haystacks in the distance and lacy patterns of leafless tree branches.
Another happy event was a two-week visit with my nephew and
his charming family at their beautiful home in Louisville, KY. A scenic

drive to Lexington for a visit with my grandniece and her children and
delicious dinners at several fine restaurants added to my enjoyment.
Family and friends made my 90th birthday wonderful and very
happy in so many nice ways. Thanks for the memory.
Healthwise: Eye surgery and a visit to the Sexton Clinic in
Florence, SC made life more pleasant and comfortable .... Vaya Con


Former Canal pilot Capt. Norman Currier with his wife Lorraine
retired in 1976 after 20 years' service and make their home in Slidell.
Their son, Skii CHS'66) and his wife Peggy (daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Robert Harrington), left the Zone three months ago and have settled in
Baton Rouge. Skip had been with the Supply Division in Balboa for five
years and is now with the H. J. Wilson Co. Skip received a bachelor's
from Notre Dame in 1970 and an MBA from Tulane in 1972. Peggy still
has two sisters on the Zone: Mrs. Pete (Marge) Foster of Diablo and
Mrs. Jerry (Shirley) Boswell of Margarita.
Mrs. Fernand Espiau of New Orleans called to report on her
family. Mr. Espiau retired from the Canal Zone in 1967 where he was
heavy-duty equipment shop foreman for the Corozal engineers. The
family is all fine. Their oldest, Claudia "Tibby" Nolan (BHS '52) is
married, has three children and lives in Dallas. A former BHS
cheerleader, Tibby gets her exercise these days in square-dancing
circles. Eugenia "Ginger" (BHS '53) is married with two children and
very involved with her husband in the SPCA in London, KY. Fernand
Jr. (BHS '54) is a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force stationed in Minne-
sota. He is married with two sons. Pamela, John and Norma, all
Curundu Jr. High School graduates, live in New Orleans. Pamela lives at
home and works in Housing at City Hall. John is a CPA and Norma is
married with one daughter. Mrs. Espiau invites all her old C.Z. friends
by for a visit in New Orleans any time.
George and Rusty Folger, New Orleans, are taking this means to
say that the mere two words, "Thank you," seem so darned inadequate to
express their deep feelings and sincere appreciation to all their friends.
The many cards, telephone calls and mass cards have done so much to
lift their spirits. George has been in Ochsner Foundation Hospital in
New Orleans since Jan. 2 with acute leukemia. He gets blood
transfusions every two weeks and has started chemotherapy. As of this
writing, results are incomplete. For those of you who may wish to do
something for George and Rusty, this reporter suggests that you
donate a pint of blood in his name. Your local hospital will explain the
arrangements to you. Call right now, don't delay. Meanwhile, the
Folger sons are in the news too. On Nov. 13 in the C.Z. Gary married a

local girl, Silvia. Judge John Baker presided. Gary is with the
Maintenance Division. Shortly after a month later, Wayne married a
new Orleans girl, Lisa Loutetitte, on Dec. 30 at a nuptial mass in New
Orleans. They honeymooned on the Zone. Wayne works at the nuclear
plant in Taft, LA.

Following the Fourth of July
reunion on the Zone, I've heard
from Fred Sill (BHS '53). Fred is
the only jet-setter I know. After
the reunion, he "popped down to
Brazil for a few weeks of ham-
mock life up the Amazon." He's
been "buzzing around the world
- Japan, Singapore, Hong
Kong, Macao, Australia, South .
Africa, Argentina, Venezuela -
with David Brown, producer of
'Jaws' and 'The Sting', and his '
wife, Helen Gurley Brown, edi-
tor of 'Cosmopolitan'." Fred is off
again now to Paris, Rome and
Madrid for "more thumping the
drum for David's latest moneyspinner 'Jaws 2'." See what I mean about
jet-setting? Fred is an independent motion picture publicist.
Betty Chan Snow, R. N., formerly of Shreveport, has returned to
the Zone and her work there in the Coco Solo Hospital maternity-deliv-
ery ward. After an absence of nearly nine years, she's thoroughly
enjoying life at "home" again and loves the country, climate, people and
lifestyle. While job insecurity is a pervading psychological disease, liv-
ing is relaxed and warm and she's active in community affairs and
maintains good personal relationships with her Panamanian friends.
Got a lovely long letter from Gretchen and Bill Warren, New Port
Richey, Fla., sometimes. Since retirement they've been so busy galli-
vanting, they haven't been home long enough to get the pictures on the
wall. They've driven to California, up to Seattle, through Glacier, Yel-
lowstone, Tetons, Black Hills and Badlands Parks, back to Florida,
caught their breaths, then drove to New York, flew to Spain and spent
winter and spring with son David in Cadiz. Took tours to Morocco, the
Canary Islands, London, Portugal, Madiera and Mallorca Islands,
Rome and Israel. Back in Florida, they were housebound only long
enough to do their income tax, answer correspondence and buy a motor
home. Back up the east coast, they went all the way to Prince Edward
Island, then west to the Great Lakes, Winnipeg, Jasper Park and up the
Alcan Highway to Alaska. Saw the Alaskan pipeline and Columbia

Glacier and booked passage on the Alaska Marine Highway system of
ferries. Eventually they drove south to San Francisco and east through
Houston and New Orleans where David now resides with wife and son
Bradley 11/2 years old. Daughter Kathy and her husband live and work
in New York City. Can't imagine who will look at those pictures on the
wall anyway.
Richard Kinkgreve, Metairie In September, we received a visit
from Audry Bowman, Accounting Dept., Balboa, and her mother Edna
Beniot, who lives near us. We truly enjoyed their visit and hearing of
what is happening in the Zone. In December, Edna went to the Canal
Zone for a visit with Audry and her granddaughter Beverly (Mrs. Joe
Wood). In October, Roland Cassanova he is Via Mae's cousin and a
nephew of Edna's had a visit of several hours with us and he tells us
he is looking forward to retirement in less than two years. In Decem-
ber, I had a nice long telephone conversation with Herbert Taake,
ex-Electrical Division, now of Fairhope, AL. He and his wife were at the
Brent House and attending the clinic at Ochsner Hospital.

Patt Foster Roberson


from left to right are her son-in- .
law Paul McDonald, and .
daughter Mary Emma McDon- 9

Chuck Van Steenberg, Silver Spring After many delays and
much procrastination, Ruth and I finally started on our long planned
trip across the U.S.A.
While I retired from the Department of Defense in July of 1976,
I'm still on the government roles as a part-time consultant, and al-
though we still have our family responsibilities, they're not with us on a
daily basis. We are alone once again here on our small farm in Mary-
land. The horses, goats, dogs, cats, rabbits, and burro are all gone; also
the kids. Jaan and her husband in Thurmont, MD and Corrie in Ruc-
kersville, VA.
Therefore, on September 8 we left Burtonsville in our truck
camper bound for the West coast and return.

First stop was a visit to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis; from there
on to the Truman Memorial in Independence, MO; the Eisenhower Me-
morial in Abilene, KS, Pikes Peak, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Salt
Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Frisco, Los Angeles, and two days in San Juan
After San Diego, we started back east via the Grand Canyon, the
Painted Desert and Albuquerque, arriving on October first in Las
Cruces, NM where we spent several days with Royce and Sue Lewis.
With the Lewis's we visited White Sands, Juarez, Mexico and the Space
Museum in Almagordo. While in Almagordo, we tried unsuccessfully to
see Mary Goulet Zagone, but learned from her son that she was on a trip
to Washington, D.C.
Upon leaving Las Cruces we visited the Carlsbad Caverns and San
Antonio. We went to Houston especially to see Dick and Barbara
(Schnake) Jeffers, but as they had recently moved, we were unable to
locate them. From Houston on to New Orleans for two days and then to
Memphis where we spent several days with Mort and Macel (Goulet)
Since my retirement, we have discussed many times the prospect
of leaving this area with its high taxes and outrageous property values
and moving to a less expensive area, probably in the sunbelt. Well, on
October 18th after 41 days and 9,000 miles, we arrived back home, con-
cluding that of all the things we saw, we still prefer Maryland with its
mild climate, four seasons, the mountains and plains and the great
Chesapeake Bay. So at least for the present, we're here to stay.


Shelby White, Caldeonia Lillian and I leave Caldedonia early in
April each year for the Rocky Mountains in southwest Colorado. After
three days and nights on the road we arrive in the Mancos Valley lo-
cated near the four corners of Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and
Colorado. Many ranchers have their homes in this valley and their
livelihood is raising beef cattle for the market. Baby calves are born in
February and March. They are branded in May just prior to their drive
up the mountain for pasturing. Ranchers have grazing permits from the
Forestry which is costly. The branding crew consists of two ropers,
four throwers and holders, one who brands (hot iron) one who gives
shots, one who castrates the little bulls and de-horns. A good crew can
process 150 calves a day. I usually help with the roping, throwing and
castrating. After the branding is finished, I help with my horse and dog
move the herd of 100 to 300 up themountain to green pasture from 8,000
to 11,000 feet, about 25 miles. Many of the little calves fall by the
wayside and Lillian drives the pick up truck to haul them the rest of the

During the summer months several of the ranchers and I ride the
mountain range daily checking for any signs of sickness. We treat them
on the spot, a difficult job with a full grown bull. In the fall the Forestry
controls the movements of the cattle off the mountain. Usually all cattle
must be off the mountain by October 12th, just prior to deer and elk
hunting seasons. Again my horse and dog and I join in the round-up of
the cattle to bring them home to the valley. They are so scattered that it
takes days to round them up for the drive homeward.
Many days riding the range I think of sailing up to the San Blas
with my good friend Charlie Holmelin and even go back to the day the
dike was blown at Gamboa, so you might say this cowboying is a hell of a
long time since then.


Dova Antill, Mindenemine Right now I envy that Florida
sunshine you're basking in. The temperatures here for the past ten
days run from 5 degrees below zero to 30 degrees above with snow, ice,
and sleet. I haven't been out of the house only to feed the birds.


Elizabeth Zirkman, Bronx Caroline and family visited us in July.
Her husband left for one year tour in Korea in August. They are
assigned to Travis Air Force Base in California. Caroline is busy
teaching as she received her Master of Arts degree in June. We spent
Thanksgiving with Richard and family in Ohio.
Norene Brennan, Islip Terrace I had a lovely trip to Italy in
September with my sister Mary and a group from her church. The high-
light of the trip for me was a private audience with Pope John Paul I. I
will never forget that smiling face; he looked so healthy and to think he
died the following night. I was in Florence, Italy when I heard of his
death. I was really heart broken, but thank God I did get to see him and
get his blessing. Tommy and I really enjoy the Record.


Capt. Riggs and Dorothy Forrest from Ft. Myers, Fla., visited the
Thomas Colemans and Jack Dombrowskys in October. Jack and Jean
spent two weeks with their daughter, Barbara, and three granddaugh-
ters the latter part of October. (see weddings) Among the out of town
guests at Barbara and Bruce Harmon's wedding reception were Major
and Mrs. George R. Duncan (Betsy Mallory was the Matron of Honor)
with son Daniel and daughter Amy of Fort Monroe, Virginia and Mr.
and Mrs. Russell Meissner of Hayes,Virginia.

Elsie and Rob Smith from Sarasota visited Ruth and Ernest Zelnick
for a few days in November. Dr. Paul and Jan Zelnick with son, Marc,
spent Christmas with the Zelnicks.
Roger Hoenke and Diana (Hoenke) Bauer were with the Truman
Hoenkes for Thanksgiving. Roger has transferred to the IBM Company
in Burlington, Vermont. After Christmas, Betsy and Truman drove to
Vermont to spend a week with Roger and then on to Ann Arbor, Mich.,
to see Diana.
Marguerite and John Runck, Lillian and Bob Van Wagner went to
Findley, Ohio, for Christmas with Bob, Jr., and family. The Runcks and
Van Wagners have rented an apartment at Imperial Point, Largo, Fla.,
for three months. Bob and Lillian went down after Christmas and John
and Marguerite will go in February.
The Howard Johnsons, Henry Donovans and Alice Roche re-
turned from their Australia-New Zealand trip in December. On our
way out, we were able to go ashore in the Canal Zone for overnight.
Enjoyed seeing as many friends and relatives as we could in the short
time, including Edie and John Meeker, "Mebs" Ausnehemer, Noralie
and Jim Shobe and the Bob Budreaus. The trip was fabulous.
Emily and Howard Johnson drove to Houston, Texas, to spend
Christmas with their son, Jim, and family. From there, they went to St.
Petersburg where they will spend the winter.
Noralie (Roche) and Jim Shobe spent three weeks with Alice
Roche during the holidays.
Betty and Paul Bentz flew to Stoningham, Conn., to spend the
holidays with their son, Alan, and family.
Elvira Byrne from Napa, CA, visited Bea Tyrrell and Dot Hooper
in October.
Bill Tillman flew to the Canal Zone in January to be there for two or
three weeks.

Alice H. Roche


Ben Kuller, Waldport Cissie had a long visit back in Virginia
with sisters Eleanor Wirth, Frances Ayers and spent some time in
Bay Shore, Long Island with sister Marge Ayers Cannon. Perhaps
many "old timers" will remember all the Ayers girls who grew up in
Ancon. Cissie later spent a week with my sisters Jean Kuller Howard
and Edna Kuller Dustheumer in Asheville, NC before returning to
Oregon. Thanks to all for doing such a fine job keeping us informed of so
many old friends and their families.
Margaret Davis of Azalea submitted a lengthy poem of her 1978

travels and events so I have condensed it (Ed.) .... I spent six months on
the East coast and had a wonderful visit with daughter Pat and family
and friends in Georgia. A Canal Zone picnic was enjoyed in Ocala and
Reunion in St. Petersburg was like a dream come true. Had a great time
renewing old acquaintances and making new. Another highlight was a
three day Florida Camera Clubs Festival at Cape Coral Country Club.
Easter vacation found me along with Pat traveling by car throughout
the South. Returned by air back to Oregon for Memorial Day. Spent a
very enlightening week in Eugene as a delegate to the Oregon State
Grange Convention for photo competition. Then in August flew back to
Atlanta, from there on Sebena Airlines, five other ladies and myself
were Europe bound: We were gone for 19 days saw Belgium, France,
Spain and Morocco. Switzerland was very picturesque, many pretty
flowers and very green. Traveled by plane, train, rented car, bus and a
ferry boat. Went to see the Swiss Yodelers, Flamenco dancers in Spain
and Follies in France at the Moulin Rouge! Also watched the famous
Belgian lace makers in the scenic town of Brugge. We enjoyed dinner
up in the Eiffel Tower and viewed and photographed Paris at night. The
lovely sunset and light reflections upon the Seine River was a
photographers delight. Returned to Atlanta just in time to repack. Left
Atlanta, Georgia on September 8th with 30 Georgia Homemakers
headed for the 42nd Annual Homemakers Conference. We were on the
road 7 days, traveling the Southern route across the U.S. highways.
Stopped at Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas and Yosemite Park.
Daughter Pat, along with several other Georgia Homemaker dele-
gates, flew to Seattle, and stayed at the Roosevelt Hotel where we all
met. A week of learning sessions, programs, and sightseeing tours were
interesting. Pat's husband Don flew out from Atlanta to Seattle to meet
us on the last day and we viewed the King Tut Display. After an
overnight stop at daughter Claudia and family's home in West Linn, Pat
flew home and I was Azalea bound.


Macel Thomson, Memphis Mort and I left the Canal Zone 12
years ago and we returned January 1st to spend 10 days there with
Mary and Val Lynch at Fort Amador. We enjoyed seeing Panama
again when the weather was about perfect, the foliage so beautiful
after the rainy season and before all the dry season burnings. It would
have been a pleasure to stay longer so that we could have had more
time to seek out old friends. The biggest change that we noticed was
the growth of Panama City. We were on the Atlantic side just a half
day and were surprised to see all the buildings on the other side of
Front Street, cutting off the view of the bay. New Cristobal, where I
lived until I was 18, was a depressing sight. Memphis had a very bad

winter storm while we were away so we felt lucky to have missed
The latest news of our family is that John, our older son, has been
hired to teach English at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
He has completed his course work on his Ph.D. at the University of
Iowa and will get his degree when he finishes work on his dissertation.
He will be put on temporary active duty as Captain for three to five
years for this assignment, and expects to report there in June.


Mrs. Mary Worley, Bandera Dues time again, but this is one I
enjoy paying since it is about the only link with so many former friends.
I do find amazing bits of information from time to time, so Thank You!
I've kept traveling and enjoying it. Started the year with a rather
icy cruise along Texas Gulf to Whooping Crane refuge, then to
Galveston. We did about a 3-week tour, flying to Mexico City, then via
charter bus to Vera Cruz, Oaxaca, etc. before returning to fogged-in
Mexico City. Suppose this past year will be dated in our section as The
Flood year, since on August 2nd our town and surrounding areas were
devastated by a killer flood on the small Medina River. Many lives were
lost, and many homes washed away, or badly damaged. However, 10
days later we did give one of my sisters, and husband a happy 50th
wedding reception. Then off to England, Scotland and Wales and
loved it. Home about a month, then another Fall Color tour through
Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and then to Arkansas Ozarks and, as
always, those mountains were prettier than the others! We had time in
Bronson, MO, Rogers and Eureka, AR, then Hot Spring. My group of
traveling Senior Citizens from Austin are definitely not the "rocking
chair" type.They have plans for every month this year.
Bart J. Elich, Austin Mr. William LeBrun was a houseguest of
Ruth and Bart Elich during his Thanksgiving holiday visit in Austin and
San Marcos where his daughter Julie attends school at S.W.T.U.
Debbie and Tito Elich visited the Canal Zone to see friends during
Christmas Holiday vacation from S.W.T.U.
Valerie Coyle oldest daughter of Edward and Ellen Coyle returned
to the Canal Zone where she was offered employment with the Depart-
ment of Defense.
Agnes and her son Kevin Mulroy returned to the Isthmus where
Agnes has been re-hired by the Health Bureau at the Gorgas Hospital.
Ed Mulroy will spend part of his time on the Isthmus and part of his
time in Austin.
Bert and Nal Shroeter continue to be the hosts to Austin's Canal
Zone family "get-to-gethers" and do a creditable job.
E. R. Albritton, Ft. Worth We spent Thanksgiving with our son

Robert and family in Salem, Oregon. Our trip aboard a cruise ship to
various Caribbean ports proved to be a very enjoyable way to celebrate
our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Our daughter Phyllis Peniche is now
living in Garland, TX. We flew to Virginia Beach, VA at Christmas time
to be our our son David and family.
Stacy Morgan, El Paso My husband's parents gave us a
subscription to Canal Record for Christmas. I am hoping that someone
who subscribes to the Record will be able to get me in touch with a girl
friend from the Zone whom I lost touch with when we both moved at the
same time. Her name is Carolyn Esther Smith and she graduated from
BHS in 1963. She has a sister, Donna "Cookie" Smith, and they grew
up on the Atlantic Side. The last I heard from her, she had married
Steve Glassman and was living in Los Angeles. If anyone is in touch
with her, would they please send her address to: Mrs. Paul W. Morgan,
Jr. (Tess Walsh), 10557 Ramey Circle, El Paso, TX 79908. Thank you so


Two overlooked but important items: In August, our Iva Standefer
celebrated her 80th year-young birthday. In checking her guest list, she
found that 82 friends had attended.Quite a celebration!
Pat Coakley's mother, "Sweet Alice", is now in Colorado Springs,
her address being Pikes Peak Manor, Room 1195, 2719 North Union,
Colorado Springs,Colo.
Pat's brother, Major James H. Coakley, U.S.A.F. Ret., also makes
his home in Colorado Springs where he teaches government and boosts
the Panama Canal!
Fait accompli! Ione Brown's son completed his college work and we
share her pride.
Barbara Smith, a guest on several occasions, is now an Honorary
Member of our group. She has a very good reason to join us, the
principal one being that her dad, Walter L. Phillips, worked on the Zone
years ago. She would be happy to hear from any of his former friends.
Her address is 7225 Beechnut, Houston 77036.
Our Jo Ann Standefer Stephenson has joined the ranks of the Pro-
fessionals at Exxon and is now a Marketing Analyst. We are very proud
of her.
Word has reached us that John J. "Jack" Herman, although not a
member of any Panama Canal organization but an early "ditch digger"
in the dredging division, died recently in Jacksonville, Florida.
Loreath Schumacher had a lengthy vacation and journeyed to Santa
Monica to visit her brother, Dr. Welch. Also, she and her mother, Addie
Welch, drove to Kanasas City to visit relatives.
Dorcas Cooper, formerly of Margarita and now of Veming,

Washington, was in Houston to visit her mother who was ill. She and
husband, George, are enjoying living in the State of Washington.
Dal and Grace Thornton have been vacationing in South Carolina
with her brother and his wife Larry and Sarah Keegan. Who can
dispute this ideal timing for a vacation in that beautiful area with all of
its fall covering!
Our local paper reported the death of Bob Lowenthal who was a
former member of our group. He had been a commercial photographer
in Bellaire, one of our adjoining communities.
Mary Orr, of Sarasota, Florida, was in Kerrville and Houston,
Texas, for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years, with her sister
and two brothers. A group of Canal Zone friends in Houston, gave a
covered dish supper, in Mary's honor, in the home of Betty Rathgeber.
Those present were Bob and Eloise Orr, Mary Joe Yaeger, Mattie Lee
White and Irene and Marion Holowell. Stephanie Underwood was in
St. Petersburg, Florida, for the holidays, with her parents, Betty and
Cal Underwood. Tharon Haldeman Mitchell was in Midland, Texas,
for Christmas.
Mrs. Myrtle Souder is almost back to normal, following her
second eye surgery. She has returned to her household duties, which is
good news for her husband. He can now continue with his crocheting.
Both are enjoying their first granddaughter Jodie born October
14, 1978, to Helen Ann (McDougall) Anderson. Grandparents are Helen
Ray Souder and her spouse.
During Thanksiving week, Irene and Marion Hollowell enter-
tained friends from Milton, Delaware. They had a whirlwind tour of
Houston, including boat trip down Ship Channel, Medical Center and
Spacecraft Center. They shall return!
Christmas found Irene and Marion, in Clifton, Texas with Carolyn
(Pollak) Tyssen and family on their large ranch. It was great to be
with Canal Zone friends. Carolyn's mother, Mrs. Walter Pollak, now
lives in Clifton. Freida and Harlie Stroup of Lake Whitney, Texas,
stopped by to say MERRY CHRISTMAS. Harlie worked for the Locks
Division, on Pacific side.
Our Christmas gathering was at the home of John and Florence
Terry where we shared a bountiful table. An informal, short meeting
did follow and officers were elected. President, Vic May; Vice
President, Pat Coakley; Treasurer, Iva Standefer; Recording Secre-
tary, Irene Hollowell; Corresponding Secretary, Jessie Bush.
Our Tilly Levy took another tumble and broke not only her pelvic
and coccyx bones but also cracked the hip bone that had been
previously damaged. Her daughter, Charlotte Merryck had come to
Houston to help Tilly get ready to attend the wedding of her
grandson, Alan Levy, Ph.D., son of Mr. and Mrs. David Levy. The
wedding was on January 5, 1979 in Homossassa, Florida, and the bride

was Mary Ellen Retzer. Davis is with Gulf Oil in Pittsburgh and Mary
Ellen is librarian at the University of Pittsburgh. Tilly will have to
enjoy the wedding festivities by tape and photographs! She is
presently having therapy in Hermann Hospital and making normal
progress (guaranteed slow!)
Funeral services were held in Houston, on January 10th for Lista
Daniels. Irene Hollowell and Mary Jo Yaeger attended, representing
Panama Canal Society of Texas, as well as our years of friendship with
Irene E. Hollowell and Jesse L. Bush
Recording Secretary Corresponding Secretary


Had a note from Mary (Plummer) Thomson of Leavenworth, who
had unexpected Texas visitors, former Gatunites, who came to assist at
the Apple Harvest, Quincy, Washington. They were Alma Bramin
Brown, her husband Bob, son Wayne and mother-in-law "Aunt Molly"
Brown. Mary also added, she and her husband Claude, had just returned
from visiting her twin sister, Margaret (Plummer) Jenkins, and mother,
Mrs. EmmaPlummer who are residents of Satellite Beach, FL.
Glenn and Gladys Lasher drove to California in November to visit
their sister and husband Ruth and Chris Simonsen in Anaheim. They
also saw Rose and Bill Deaton of North Carolina, at present in San
Pedro. On their way north they stopped in Brookins, OR to visit Alien
and Betrice Flinn.
I was saddened over the news of Bertha (Hack) McKay's death (see
Obits). Martha B. Wood
Northwest Reporter
Margaret Teegarden, Renton I have found the writing about
the Ditch Digging Days and the Old Timers in the Record so very
interesting. The letters that my Dad wrote to his family in Wisconsin,
from 1910 to 1914, about this experiences working on the Canal con-
struction and living in Empire are really fascinating and I cherish them!
We had lots of company last summer and two of our visits were
from former Panama Canal employees. In August Clark's sister and
brother-in-law, Maudie and Vince Reynolds, flew in their own plane
from Cleveland for a visit with us. Both of them have recently retired
and their flight through the West was a search for a possible retirement
location. They are now wintering in Florida. In late September Gene
and Ray Wilson from Portage, Michigan were with us. We introduced
them to our Washington Coast and spent a wonderful weekend beach
combing at Ocean Park.


OF HAWAII" Styled by Iranda, Made in California. Contact: Mrs.
Shirley M. Wertz, P. O. Box 757, Balboa, Canal Zone.

FOR SALE: Replicas of the
MA. 22Kt. gold plate over ster-
ling silver. Pins or pendants in
various motifs and sizes. Made
by: Neville A. Harte, 381 Cedar
Place, Land-o-Lakes, FL 33539.
Tel. (813) 996-5020.

selling their Canal Zone polished stones, pen sets, paper weights and
jewelry. Also, Neville Harte's "GOLDEN HUACAS and Canal Zone
Seal jewelry pendants.




Roebuck, Jo Ann (Marti) ............. #67 Waverly Court, Ardenstate Rd.
Kinn Dunoon, Scotland
Gilbert, Dennis F.. c/o Mackin & Assoc., 122/124 High Rd., London N22 6H E
United Kingdom
*****See below address under Costa Rica, Central America


Sumner, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur D....................... P. 0. Box 838, Colon


Bradley, Mr. and Mrs. James P ........................... Box 98, Balboa
*Brawand, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence ..................... Box 1474, Balboa
Chase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E........................... Box 577, Balboa
Clayton, Rebecca K................ ................. Box 1117, Balboa
Cooper, Capt. Gerold R. ................................ Box 3321, Balboa

*DuVall, Mrs. Hazel M................................... Box 469, Balboa
Hirons, Hope H .................................. Box 195, Coco Solo
Hopkins, Mr. and Mrs. R. E........................... Box 2374, Balboa
Leigh, Margaret J ..................................... Box 946, Balboa
Morton, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John B................. Box 448 Balboa Heights
Oberholtzer, Mr. and Mrs. Russell E.................. Box 107, Margarita
Ostrander, Mr. and Mrs. Frank L ...................... Box 2822, Balboa
Quintero, Dorothy A..................................... Box 743, Balboa
Roth-Roffy, Mr. and Mrs. Charles J .................. Box 1163, Cristobal
Spiros, Mr. and Mrs. C. J............................... Box 1297, Balboa
Tartar, Mr. and Mrs. Mark T........................... Box 155, Balboa
Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Fred R.......................... Box 1433, Balboa
*Wilber, Mr. T. J .............................. Box 478, Balboa Heights


Broad, Mr. Denton W................. 5437 Hwy. South, Brownsboro 35741
Dempsey, Mr. and Mrs. Herschell W.............. Box 1125, Anniston 36202
Urey, Mr. and Mrs. John A. (Mary Gilbert) .... 100 Arden Ct., Dothan 36303
Wainio, Mrs. V. J. (Kelly)................. 508 Randwick Rd., Dothan 36301


Grubbs, Mr. Harold ................... P. O. Box 924, Green Valley 85614


Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore E........ 4941 63rd St., San Diego 92115
Campbell, Kenneth P ..................... 114 Salazar Ct., Clayton 94517
Heselton, Capt. and Mrs. Leslie R., Jr. 1630 Calle de Andluca, LaJolla 92037
Keller, Mr. and Mrs. John ......... 2460 Hillsdale Rd., Meadow Vista 95722
Libbey, Miss Jean and Mrs. Marian ........ P. O. Box 192, Costa Mesa 92626
Pay, Dr. and Mrs. Douglas (Sandy Lierman). 3565 Hugo St., San Diego 92106
Roddy, William C .................... P. 0.Box 8745, San Francisco 94128
Smith, Ray .................... 39620 Country Club Dr., Palmdale 93550
Stabler, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin S........ 908 11th St., Imperial Beach 92032

Tippett, Mrs. Edna C .................... Apdo 1973, c/o Nunoz, San Jose


Harrington, Mr. and Mrs. A. L............... 2126 14th St., Greeley 80631
*Hellmund, Mr. and Mrs. Russel............. 2728 N. 100, Monte Vista 81144
*Law, Mr. and Mrs. Milton E....... 9200 West Dakota Ave., Lakewood 80226


*Bujalski, Mrs. Isabelle P............. 488 Whitney Ave., New Haven 06510


Austin, Mr. and Mrs. Louis A............... 355 SW 22 Road, Miami 33129
Banks, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur ............. 3422 27 Parkway, Sarasota 33580
Bauman, Mr. Robert E.............. 3021 SW 37 Ave., Apt. 8, Miami 33133
Bennett, Mrs. Marie ................ 4110 Aldington Dr., Jacksonville 32210
Borell, Mr. and Mrs. James W..... 68 Twin Coach Ct., Daytona Beach 32014
Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. William L............... 211 Debbie Lane, Lutz 33549
Cooper, Mrs. Virginia M.................. 2306 W. Flora St., Tampa 33604
Ehrman, Mr. and Mrs. Henry E..... 7630 18th St. N., St. Petersburg 33702
Elliott, Mr. Joseph .................... 4572 Mainlands Dr., Tamarac 33313
Felps, Mr. and Mrs. Brian L ....... 501 39th Ave. N., St. Petersburg 33703
Fryer, Marvin A.................. 5989 SW 29th Ct., Ft. Lauderdale 33314
Gayle, CDR and Mrs. Robert E. Jr. (Julie Hartman) .................
4280 SE 20th Pl., Apt. 2-805, Cape Coral 33904
*Gibson, Mr. and Mrs. Archie M., Jr.... 2020 Oxford St. N., St. Peterburg 33710
Huls, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph (Beth Lockridge) .........................
171 Jupiter Farms Rd., Rt. 2, Jupiter 33458
*Herman, Gene and Julie.. 1845 S. Highland Ave., Apt. 13, Clearwater 33516
*Harned, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R......... Box 1046, Green Cove Spring 32043
Hernandez, Mrs. Maria Kerley .................................
609 NE 13th Ave., Apt. 204, Ft. Lauderdale 33304
Husum, Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. ..... 1206 Richview Dr., Tallahassee 32301
Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold A ........... 507 Center St., Palmetto 33561
Jones, Mr. and Mrs. Harry E .... 1275 37th Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg 33704
Jones, Mr. Lowell........................... 614 Beth Dr., Sanford 32771
Linck, Mr. and Mrs. Fredrick M........ 1700 Paradise Dr., Kissimmee 32741
Maguire, Mr. James G. E............ 1764 Planters Rd., Jacksonville 32207
Marti, Ted C .................. 2349 Willow Tree Trail, Clearwater 33515
Miller, Mrs. Bernice D................. 154 Stiles Ave., Orange Park 32073
Napoleon, Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. .. 1312 73rd St. N.W., Bradenton 33505
Parker, Mr. and Mrs. William D.... 1413 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor 33563
Purdy, Katherine T.......... 871 New York Ave., Box 303, Dunedin 33528
Richard, Mr. and Mrs.David (Billie Sue Spencer) ...................
Rt. 6, Box 1755-B, Naples 33940
Rider, Grace J ..................... 106-B Fernwood Cir., Seminole 33542
Trower, Mr. and Mrs. James D.. 1601 Bradshaw Dr., New Port Richey 33552
Underwood, Col. and Mrs. Clarence R. (Betty Haldeman) ............
8014 12th Ave. S., St. Petersburg 33707
Wall, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. (Bebe Holmes)... 7356 Coral Sea Rd., Jacksonville 32210
Wellington, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick ... 2767 Haverhill Ct., Clearwater 33519
Westover, James and Marie ........ 5875 81st Ave. N., Pinellas Park 33565
*Willoe, Mrs. Lilia ...................... 13983 Pinecrest Dr., Largo 33540


Herrington, Mr. and Mrs. Harold W. (Becky McLeod) ................
1199 Sandra Dr. N.E., Marietta 30062
Scigliane, Mr. and Mrs. Louis ... 4152 Flintridge Dr., Stone Mountain 30083
Trower, Mr. Joe ..................... 6112 Park Ave. N.E., Atlanta 30342


Dimitriadis, Mr. and Mrs. George (Honey Bailey) ....................
14001 Blazer Lane, Silver Spring 20906


*Darnall, Mr. and Mrs. George T. Jr......... 219 Forrest Ct., Gulfport 39501

Newhouse, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert. 3600 Swenson, Apt. 395, Las Vegas 89109


Curtis, Mr. and Mrs. Edward M...... 401 Poplar Ave., Woodbury Hts. 08097
Ludlum, Joseph W ........................ P. O. Box 862, Denville 07834
Siddall, Mae (Parsons) .. c/o Gray, Holly Dr., Oakwood Lakes, Medford 08055


Brennan, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry .............. 28 2nd Ave., East Islip 11730
Holmer, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert L. (Mary Joyner)..........................
2524 William St., Cheektowaga 14206
King, Thelma .................... 1240 Delaware Ave., #106, Buffalo 14209
Lain, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. (Ann Winquist) ....................
HHB3 Bn 7 ADA DSP, APO New York 09702
Van Siclen, Cornelia E. ........ 305 E. 40th St., Apt. 10C, New York 10016
Van Siclen, Mr. Robert E.............. 304 E. 41st St., #608, New York 10017


Craig, Mr. and Mrs. William T........ 3840 Marsh Creek Rd., Raleigh 27604
Holtzclaw, LCDR and Mrs. W. J. (Mary White) ....................
3418 Cameron Dr., Henderson 27536
Montgomery, Dr. and Mrs. William J... 506 Bayberry Dr., Chapel Hill 27514

Thomas, Capt. and Mrs. B. C............ 1023 NE 67 Ave., Portland 97213


Erikson, Lois .............................. P. O. Box 811, Ingram 78025
Gesink, Mr. and Mrs. J. H .................. 2518 Potomac, Houston 77057
Kunkel, Mr. and Mrs. Edward J....... 713 Smokey Mtn. Dr., Kerrville 78028
Lenick, Mr. and Mrs. John ............... 10030 Bardley St., Houston 77042
Morgan, Capt. (Ch) and Mrs. Paul W. Jr.. 10557 Ramey Circle, El Paso 77908
Prestridge, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W... 5920 Trail Lake Dr., Ft. Worth 76104
*Turbyville, Mrs. Blodwen............ 5900 Ranchester #115, Houston 77036


Brooks, Dr. and Mrs. George K. Jr........... 229 Ross Rd., Richmond 23229
Hibbert, Mr. and Mrs. Mark ....... 1124 Louisiana Ct., Virginia Beach 23456
Jones, Mrs. Raymond L. (Doris Marchuck)........ Box 333, Farmville 23901
Lewis, Mrs. Mary Ivy .............. 181 N. Main St., Apt. 716, Suffolk 23434
Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. (Dona Eaton) 406 Dinwiddie St., Portsmouth 23704


Bundy, Mr. and Mrs. John E. (Michele Greene)....................
10256 39th Ave. SW, Seattle 98146
Kruzich, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew F. (Irma Patchett) ...................
8411 Juanita Dr. N.E., Kirkland 98033
Wells, Mr. and Mrs. Dan (Susie Slover) ... 4903 E. Valley Hwy. #8, Sumner 98390


*Vinton, Mrs. Kenneth W........ 3100 South Webster Ave., Green Bay 54301


FOSTER, Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Sr... 5725 80th St. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33709
WRIGHT, Mr. and Mrs. John A...... P. O. Box 1995, Pinellas Park, FL 33565
WRIGHT, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Jr .....................................
P. O. Box 660358, Miami Springs, FL 33166
Area New Reporter for South Carolina
Trudy Clontz, 837 Brandy Rd., Aiken, SC 29801
GREEN, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L.......... 929 Magnolia St., Aiken, SC 29801
BOLEK, Mrs. Vera ......................... Box 424, Mariposa, CA 95338

New Members received after press time:
CLARY, Mrs. Gene Sexton ....... P. 0. Box 1909, Hendersonville, NC 28739
CLAY, John (Jack) .................... 45532 Cedar, Lancaster, CA 93534
FRAZIER, Curtis H .................. 115 S. Grannis, Titusville, FL 32780
HOWE, Mrs. Lucy (Driscoll) ................. 812 Balsam, Cortez, CO 81321
HULTIN, Mrs. Wilma D........................... Box 1981, Balboa, CZ
KENNEDY, Charlotte B.......... 209 Rue Chanvaniae, Lafayette, LA 70508
KREHL, George and Dorothy .... 1259 Bayview Lane, Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
NISKANEN, Mr. and Mrs. Ed ........ 6306 Knollview Dr., Spring, TX 77379
PIPER, Raymond B........... 1427 San Sebastian Lane, Houston, TX 77058
SMALL, Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Jr.. 1808 Irene Ct., Woodbridge, VA 22191
SMITH, Mrs. James M......... 1043 Honeysuckle Ln., Charleston, SC 29412
STARR, Miss Helen .................. 313 East State, Mason City, IO 50401

Statement of income and ei-prnses and changes n fur.d balances
January thr. ch December 31. 1978

Fund balances at January 1, 1978: Socety Blood Bank Total
Checking accounts ...................... ......................... $7,316.61 T7.6 $7,893.77
Certificates of deposit............................ .. ............. 3,OCO.0 3,0CC.CC
Savings accounts......................................................... 851.35 1,594-15 ,445.5
Petty cash..... ... ............ ......... .............................. 150. 150.00

Total fund balances at January 1, 1978...........................8,317.96 5,171.51 13,480.2_

Dues................................ ......... .. .... ............ 23,975.00 762.00 4,737.00C
Sales of P. C. Society auto tags, decals, books, etc.................. 2,020.65 2,020.65
Annual reunion (luncheon and reception)............................... 6,629.47 6,629.47
Other Society reimbursable social activities.......................... 632.25 632.25
Advertising .................. ...... ............................... 70.50 70. O
Interest on Certificates of deposits and savings account.............. 110.84 299.65 41C.49
Miscellaneous............................................ ........... 233.39 233.39

Total receipts for the year........................................ 33,672.10 1,061.65 34,733.75

Salaries............................................................. 7,200.00 7,200.00
General and administrative expenses of Blood Bard', fund transfer...... (800.00) 800.00
Canal Record and Annual Directory ..................................... 9,933.62 9,933.62
Annual reunion (cost of luncheon and reception)....................... 5,329.41 5,329.41
Cost of auto tags, decals, books, etc. for sale........................ 1,787.15 1,787.15
Other Society reimbursable social activities.......................... 639.91 639.91
Taxes, Social Security, Workmen's Compensation, etc................... 1,025.25 1,025.25
Office expenses:
Postage......... ................................ .................... 1,134.34 1,134.34
Other............................................... .............. 697.62 697.62
Monthly meetings (hall rental, hospitality, etc..)..................... 467.54 467.54
Maintenance of Blood Bank............................................ 36C.00 360.0C
Miscellaneous....................... ..................* 35.00 35.0C

Total expenditures for the year.................................. 27,449.84 1,160.00 28,609.84

Fund balanes at December 31, 1978:
Checking accou ts.................... ... ........ .......................... 7,428.03 396.73 7,824.76
Certificates of deposit................................................ 3,000.00 3,000.C0
Savings accnt.......................................................... ..6,962.19 1,676.23 8,b38.42
Petty cast ............................................................ 150 10.00 150.U

Total fu:nd balances at December 31, 1978 ......................... 14 0.22 5 072 -96 -

St. Petersburg, Florida
January 15, 1979

Mr. Howard L. Clarke
Chairman, Executive Committee
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida

Dear Mr. Clarke:

The audit committee has completed its examination of the books and
accounts of The Panama Canal Society for the period January 1 through
December 31, 1978. The results of that audit is presented herewith
in the form of a single statement showing beginning fund balances,
receipts and expenditures for the year and fund balances at December
31, 1978 for both the Society and Blood Bank.

All receipts for the year were deposited into Society and Blood
Bank checking accounts and all disbursements were made therefrom by
check, either directly or by replenishment of petty cash funds
maintained by the Secretary-Treasurer and Recording Secretary. All
fund balances were verified. Spot checks were made from the Cash
Receipts Register to individual Society Membership Record Cards and
were all found to be in agreement. Similar spot checks were made
from the Disbursement Register to suppliers' invoices or other debt
advices and they too were found to be in agreement.

Tl'he annual dues increase from $7.00 to $10.0(0 effective Jan. 1,
1978 has resulted in a net increase of income over expenses of some
86,00). As a result of this increase in income, it was possible to
transfer $6.000 from the Society checking account to our savings
account where it earns interest. The Society appears to be financially
sound at this time but continuing inflation would in time change the

The financial condition of the Blood Bank, however, is another
story. Dues and interest income for both 1977 and 1978 fell short
of expenses for both years. In 1977 it was necessary to transfer
$800 from the Blood Bank savings account to checking account to help
cover operating expenses. In 1978 expenses exceeded income by just
less than $100. This deficit was funded from a reduction in the Blood
Bank checking account. The Blood Bank owns a $3,000 certificate of
deposit, however, but it does appear that in time this reserve too
must be used for the funding of the expenses of the system. The plain
fact of the matter is that fewer members are signing up for possible
blood usage.

The audit committee would like to take this opportunity to
express its appreciation to Mrs. Jean Mann, Secretary-Treasurer,
for her cooperation during the course of the audit and to commend
her for maintaining an exceptionally neat and accurate set of records
and accounts.

Respectfully suited

Daile D. Keigle o Ethel Askew
Chairman of committee Member of committee

Os aOms oaxAL sors
Orrso3 or afs OovamwXon

January 16, 1979


The Office of Personnel Mmagemnt, formerly the U.S. Civil Service Commission, has
approved my request for a major reduction-in-force option for employees of the Panama
Canal Company/Canal Zone Government for the period April 1 through September 30, 1979.
This authorization was requested because of the anticipated delay in Congressional action
on the implementing legislation for the Panama Canal Treaties, which contains early retire-
ment provisions for Canal employees.

An employee may retire voluntarily under the major RIF option provided that he or she
was on the rolls of the Canal organization on November 27, 1978, and has:

a. 20 or more years of federal service, including five years of civilian service,
and is at least 50 years of age; or

b. 25 or more years of federal service, including five years of civilian service,
regardless of age.

In addition, an employee must have served under the Civil Service Retirement System
for at least one year within the two-year period innediately preceding the separation upon
which the annuity is based.

Any employee who chooses to retire from the Canal organization under the major RIF
authorization will receive counseling concerning the advantages and disadvantages of this
early retirement option as compared to the one contained in the proposed implementing
legislation. Among the issues that will be raised for consideration is the amount of
the annuity, which under the major RIF option is reduced by two percent for each year an
employee is under age 55. In the plan contained in the proposed implementing legislation,
there would be no reduction in the computation of the annuity because of the age at which
an employee retires.

What this means to an employee who is, for example, age 50 with 20 or more years of
service who retires under the major RIF option, is that his or her annuity will be reduced
by ten percent (five years x two percent per year). For an annuity of $10,000 per year, the
reduction would amount to $1,000 per year, leaving a net annuity of $9,000. If the imple-
menting legislation is enacted and the same employee waits to retire under that early retire-
ment plan, he or she would receive the full $10,000 annuity per year.

In its present form, the implementing legislation provides for voluntary retirement
with 18 years of federal government service at age 48, or with 23 years of service at any
age. It also provides that any employee who is involuntarily separated or scheduled to be
separated will be eligible to retire if he or she has 20 years of service, or has 18 years
of service and is at least 48 years of age. Furthermore, these options will be available
to eligible employees for the life of the Treaty.

If an employee retires under the major RIF option and the implementing legislation is
subsequently enacted, it is not known at the present time whether his or her annuity will
be adjusted to reflect the more liberal benefits contained in the legislation. Whether or
not the annuities of such employees will be subject to recomputation will depend on the
final form of the implementing legislation.

A second consideration for an employee who chooses to retire under the major RIF option
is that all such retirements are treated as optional, or voluntary separations.

Under a voluntary separation, an annuitant who later becomes reemployed with an agency
of the federal government will, upon reemployment, have his or her pay reduced by the amount
of the annuity. Under an involuntary separation, an annuitant who is later reemployed with
an agency of the federal government will have the annuity terminated and acquire a new
retirement right.

The early retirement plan in the implementing legislation provides for both voluntary
and involuntary separations, depending on the circumstances of the retirement.

There is no need to move precipitously to adopt the major RIF option. It will be
available until September 30, 1979, before which time implementing legislation will most
likely have been passed. In addition to other favorable retirement provisions, the proposed
legislation would permit an employee to exercise his retirement option at any time during
the life of the Treaty. Furthermore, employees who retire under the proposed implementing
legislation will have their annuities computed at two and one-half percent for each full
year they continue in employment after the effective date of the Treaty rather than at
the lower percentage rates provided in the regular formula.

Additional information concerning the major RIF retirement option will be furnished
in question and answer format in future issues of the SPILLWAY.

H. R. Parfitt


****Stories and editorials appearing recently in the Panamanian
press have contained allegations that the Panama Canal is not
maintaining property that is to be transferred to Panama on October
1 as a result of the Carter-Torrijos Treaty. One article went so far as
to suggest that the alleged lack of maintenance is the result of anti-
treaty sentiment that exists within the Canal Zone.
The most outstanding accomplishment of the Canal organization
has been its maintenance of all support facilities and equipment.
Many of the structures and much of the equipment in use today were
built prior to the opening of the Panama Canal 64 years ago a
tribute not only to quality construction but to continuous, excellent
Directives from management stress high levels of maintenance
for all plant and equipment in use. Special emphasis has been placed
on facilities which will be turned over to Panama to assure normal
maintenance activity is equalled or exceeded.
As a consequence, for Fiscal Year 1979, which ends September
30, approximately $10.9 million is currently scheduled to be spent for
operational maintenance of such facilities and $748 thousand for
capital improvements. Most of the equipment to be transferred to
Panama is now in use and being maintained in the traditional
manner. There are some facilities which have limited use and others
which have not been in active use for many years. The World War II
barracks and hangars, abandoned by the U.S. Armed Forces, have
not been used and continue to be unnecessary to the operation of the
Panama Canal. There was no plan to rehabilitate these buildings a
fact that was well known and evident throughout the long period of
treaty negotiations.
****An overhaul of 24 rising stem valves and 20 cylindrical valves,
which control the flow of water into and out of the locks chambers, is
currently in progress at Pedro Miguel Locks. The rising stem valves
themselves and the seals and stems of the cylindrical valves will be
replaced during the course of the overhaul. A similar overhaul will
take place on a smaller scale at Gatun in March The PC Spill-
way 2/2/79.

COL Sanford M. Vaughan passed away on February 4, 1979 in
San Antonio, TX. COL Vaughan interned at Gorgas Hospital in the
late 1930's and later served as a CZ physician and in the Medical
Department of the U.S. Army. He returned to Gorgas as Chief of
Dermatology in the 1960's. He is survived by daughters Patsy
Southard of North Carolina and Daylia Scheibal and Sandra Vaughan
of Texas.

Application for Box 11566 DUES
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
I .. ... .................... ..... ..... .. hereby apply for membership in the
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc., and enclose $10.00 as my ANNUAL
MEMBERSHIP dues for the year ...................... which entitles me to a
subscription of the CANAL RECORD for one year.
N am e (W ife) ................ ......... .........
S tre e t . . . . . B o x . . .

City ................. ..... ..... State ....... ... ..... Zip Code ........
Form er PC E m ploym ent ......................... ............ .......
Amount Enclosed $ ..... Check ........... M .O .......... Cash .......
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
DUES, effective January 1, 1978, ARE $10.00.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.

(Florida Residents Only
Name .. ..............
C ity .. .. .. .. .. .
Telephone ...............
N am e ....................
Address .................
C ity ................. ..



Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

. . . . B o x . .
....... .. S tate ............. Zip C ode .........

.......... S tate ............. Zip C ode .........

Amount Enclosed $ ........... Check ......... M .O .......... Cash.........

DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.


Please mail to
Street Box

City_ State Zip Code

Society Tag, $2.50 ea., Number wanted __
Society Decal, $1.50 ea., Number wanted
Total enclosed


COhSo g Uany I(Uhngs

Cla ottehe

Ouk Uhwdt cjAvid Oulc Sove

For our beautiful memories,
For all your love, too,
For the things you do, Mother
Because you are you.

For a million and one things
Words never could say,
We love you and wish you
A beautiful day!

omO6 sad s,

So often
we forget to mention
how much we appreciate
the many things
you do for us.

This is
our way of saying ...
"Thanks, Dad"


- - - --~Y V V

Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(USPS 088-020)
P. O. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733

2nd Class Postage
at St. Petersburg,
Florida Post Office




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