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JACK FERRELL MORRIS
Vol. 13 JUNE, 1979 No. 2
President's Message .............. 2
The Past President Sez ............ 2
Editor's Lines ................... 3
Legislative Report ................ 4
Minutes of Scheduled Meetings .... 6
47th Reunion Registration ......... 9
47th Reunion Minutes ............ 15
Reunion Report .................. 18
Lt. Governor James H. Tormey's
Speech ........................ 23
Reunion Pictures ............... 29
Ditch Digger Days ...............
Isthmus Episodes ................
Condensed News from The
Panama Canal Spillway ........
News Features ..................
Sale and Locator .................
August Luncheon Reservation Slip 86
-- NEWS FROM --......
Republic of Panama ............... 61 Louisiana ........................ 75
Alabama ......................... 61 North Carolina ................... 78
Arkansas ........................ 62 South Carolina ................... 80
California ......................... 65 Texas ............................ 80
Florida ........................... 69 Virginia ........................... 83
Washington ..... 84
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Ramada Inn ISouth)..... 5 H. Weaver Realty ..... 85
Vigilant Real Estate..... 82 Campbell Jewelers ..... 85
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.-.---......-- DATES TO REMEMBER --
17 JUNE Father's Day Picnic CZ Society of Western Arkansas Agri
30 JUNE to
Park, Fayetteville, AR 11:00 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Picnic Aiken State Park, South Carolina 11:00 A.M.
1 JULY Washington DC Area Annual Reunion, Charter House Motor Inn,
4 JULY PCSF Picnic, Ft. DeSoto 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
3 AUG Luncheon-Meeting, Bradford's Coach House, 1900 4th St. N., St.
Petersburg, 11:30 Happy Hour Luncheon 12:30 P.M.
4 AUG VA. Lewisville Park, Section D, Battleground, Washington Picnic
10:30 A.M. Northwest Picnic
3 SEPT Labor Day
7 SEPT Regular Meeting PCSF, Gulfport Community Center
4 OCT California Jam, San Clemente, CA (San Clemente Inn)
10 OCT to
3rd Annual "Gas House" Invitational Golf Tournament, Olympia
Spa, Dothan, AL
COVER PHOTO: President Jack Ferreil Morris was born in Morristown, Tenn., son of Charles L.
and Jennie H. Morris. He arrived on the Isthmus of Panama as an infant, where his father had been
employed as a locomotive engineer since 1907. In 1917 the family returned to Tennessee. Jack re-
turned to the Canal Zone in 1931 as a construction contractor during the building of Albrook Field.
Later he worked as a civil engineer for the Army Department of Engineering before becoming affil-
iated with the Canal Zone Police, from which he retired as Training Officer in 1960.
Jack attended school in Morristown and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; studied law at
the Canal Zone Junior College and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, Washington, D.C.
He is a member of the C.Z. Masonic Lodge, C.Z. Scottish Rite Temple, and Egypt Shrine Temple of
Tampa; Past President of Shriner's Golf Assn. and presently Chairman of the Shriner's Square
In 1940 Jack was married, at the old Pedro Miguel Union Church, to Grace Lawyer, daughter of the
late Angus and Frances Lawyer, who arrived on the Isthmus in 1917. Their one son, Richard, is an
electrical engineer with Sperry Microwave Corp., residing with his wife, Karrol, and their three chil-
dren in Tampa. Jack's hobbies include golf, square dancing, playing the organ and friendship.
The Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
(A Non-Profit Organization)
To preserve American Ideals and Canal Zone Friendships
P. 0. Box 11566 ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA 33733
Jack F. Morris
Charles C. Fears
Jean B. Mann
Anna T. Collins
Dorothy C. Yocum
William F. Grady
J. F. Warner
Paul M. Disharoon
Jack F. Morris
Charles C. Fears
Jean B. Mann
H. J. Clarke, Jr.
Robert J. Roy
Eugene I. Askew
Albert F. Pate
The CANAL RECORD is published by the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.,
for the good and welfare of its members.
The CANAL RECORD is published five times each year, once in March, June,
September, November and December.
MEMBERSHIP FEES $10.00 ANNUALLY. To receive the CANAL RECORD,
all persons MUST BE MEMBERS and pay ANNUAL DUES of $10.00. Entered as 2nd
Class matter at the POST OFFICE at Saint Petersburg, Florida Second Class
Postage paid at Saint Petersburg, Florida, Post Office.
PRINTED BY DIXIE PRINTING OF ST. PETERSBURG, 634 2nd Avenue
South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701.
HEADQUARTERS of the Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
5094 40th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33711
POSTMASTER: Change of address should be sent on FORM 3579 to Box 11566, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33733.
I take this opportunity to commend our Past President Howard L.
Clarke, Jr. for the outstanding accomplishments during his tenure in of-
fice and for guiding the successful changes for the betterment of the So-
ciety. I should also like to commend the members of his staff and com-
Many thanks for your confidence in electing me President and
please be assured that, with the help of our officers and committees, we
look forward to a most successful year of continued improvement.
As many of you already know, our Annual Reunion was a huge suc-
cess (thanks to our hard working committee), and with the change of lo-
cation to the Coliseum for the evening Ball, all who attended stated that
they were delighted. We regret that some of our membership had to
miss the outstanding speakers, Congressman C. W. "Bill" Young,
R-Fla. and Lt. Governor James H. Tormey of the Canal Zone, at our
luncheon held at the Ramada Inn, South. Both of these fine gentlemen
furnished us with very interesting and enlightening information.
The Society's annual picnic will be held this year at Ft. DeSoto
Park in Pavilion No. 1 North. Date of picnic is July 6, from 10:00 a.m.
until 3:00 p.m. Bring your own refreshments but please remember that
alcoholic beverage is prohibited in Pinellas County Parks. Bring your
covered dish and all utensils needed. Barbecue pits available, plenty of
tables and benches in pavilion and under shade trees but you might
want to bring along some lawn chairs. To get to DeSoto Park turn off
U.S. 19 onto 54th Ave. S., go west thru toll stations (total tolls 65 cents)
and turn left on Road 693, continue ahead to dead end, turn right to
North Beach for about 11/z miles to entrance 1-N and sign stating P.C.
Society. This place is easy to find as there are large directional signs on
roads. The theme of the day will be lots of fun and good fellowship.
Bring your bathing suits.
THE PAST PRESIDENT SEZ
It looks like another first, The Past President Sez. After such a fine
Reunion I have to say a few more words. First, many thanks to all the
members in attendance at the 47th Reunion, you were wonderful.
Our Mini Registration Thursday night, the 26th of April, got us off
to a running start. We visited with many friends and were surprised by
lots of unexpected reservations.
On Friday morning at 8:30 sharp, Registration began like clock
work. Our committee members were prepared to handle the registra-
tion of members and their guests.
The Annual Business meeting was a success for the Society. The
revised Constitution and By-Laws were accepted by the membership
except for a few words which were deleted. The Executive Committee
now has the authority to raise the dues "in case of a Financial
As we greeted members and their guests at the Coliseum where
our Reunion Ball was held, we were impressed by their reactions, the
"Ohs" and "Ahs" and "what a beautiful place!" The 16 piece orchestra
which included 2 vocalists started right on time and ended at the
witching hour of twelve. What a pleasure to glide down the spacious
aisles between the tables and to dance on a roomy, polished floor.
At the Reunion Luncheon we were all seated by 12:25 P.M. when
Congressman C. W. "Bill" Young arrived, escorted into the dining room
by your President and his wife. Congressman Young is a dynamic
speaker and I am sure he made his old friends happy and now has a lot of
new friends. Since he had an engagement in California that evening, he
had to leave right after his fine speech. We should all drop him a note of
Our after luncheon speaker, Lt. Governor James H. Tormey, gave
us the hard facts about the latest happenings on the Canal Zone. I was
very impressed by his knowledge of the United States' responsibility
during the transition period. The short time my wife and I spent with
the Lt. Governor and his charming wife was most enjoyable.
I would like to thank the members of the Executive Committee
who assisted me in guiding the Society during the past year as well as
the other Society members to whom I owe a debt of gratitude. I am
proud to say "I was the President of the Panama Canal Society of
Florida, Inc." THANKS.
Last year when I originated the "Ditch Digger Days" and the
"Isthmus Episodes" I had thought there would be an overflow of
correspondence coming my way. Not so. This is your Canal Record.
Please lets make it more interesting with your recollections. I know
during the Reunion most of you got together and talked about the old
times and particular happenings. Please jot them down on paper and
share with all of us.
Please have all news for the September Record in to the Editor by
Once more I have the honor of being in Charge of the August
Luncheon. It was difficult finding a restaurant that could take care of a
large crowd on a short notice. I hope you will like my selection for I con-
sidered quality of food for the price (today most places with a decor
charge $6.00, up) and the parking. I am working on a program which
will be enjoyable for all. So let us invite our friends; fill out the reser-
vation form (on the last page of this issue); detach and submit with a
check for total amount to our Society.
With the gasoline shortage may I suggest that you car-pool to the
meetings and to the luncheon. Thank you.
Anna T. Collins
LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
There has not been any final word on the Hansen bill H.R. 1958.
The bill is an amendment for authorizing provisions in other bills, deals
with the terms upon which transfer of the Canal may be made and sets
up a structure within the toll system to eliminate any tax burden and to
limit the inflationary impact of runaway toll rises which affect the
The Hansen bill authorizes transfers to Panama of property in the
Canal Zone upon agreement by Panama to be bound by certain
conditions and authorizes final transfer of the Canal at the end of 1999
only if Panama has lived up to those conditions. The conditions require:
1) that Panama, pay out of its toll revenues the remainder of the
United States investment in Canal construction (about $319 million
2) that Panama pay the interest on this investment (about $25
million per year);
3) that Panama pay all costs which arise out of the execution of the
treaty including military costs, personnel costs and the costs of those
services formerly borne by the Panama Canal Company;
4) that the tolls be set to cover only cost of operation and the
payments of .30 a ton and ten million annually to Panama.
In adopting H.R. 1958, Congress does everything it was asked to
do and casts the transfer burden on the beneficiary. Whatever happens
thereafter, Congress can rightly claim that it acted, within the confines
of a vague and troublesome treaty, to protect the rights of all parties.
The Cost of Living increase is up to 3.1% as of March 31, the
highest quarterly increase in 41/2 years.
Both the Senate and House Budget committees have voted to end
the twice yearly COL adjustments federal, postal and military retirees
now get each March 1 and September 1. Instead the committees, the
financial traffic cops of Congress, want present and future retirees lim-
ited to a single annual COL adjustment. It would be made in July of
each year. Earlier, the Carter Administration proposed the same pen-
sion adjustment cutback. Since the military retirement system is being
considered at this time, it is felt that they could not propose legislation
ending the twice yearly COL adjustment for civilian retirees alone. In
the House, for example, any COL cutback plan would have to go
through the subcommittee headed by Rep. Gladys N. Spellman D-Md.
She represents more federal workers than any other member of
Congress, and would be expected to keep the pension cutback plan
bottled up in her subcommittee.
William F. Grady
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS
PRESIDENT-JACKF. MORRIS .................. Tel. 577-3588
VICE PRESIDENT CHARLES C. FEARS ........... Tel. 576-7844
SECRETARY/TREASURER-MRS.JEANB. MANN .. Tel. 867-7796
RECORD EDITOR MRS. ANNA T. COLLINS ........ Tel. 894-8484
At the RAMADA INN ...
We are nice people, Doing nice things for
3600 34th Street South St. Petersburg, Florida
THE SUNSHINE CITY
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Gulfport Community Center Auditorium, Gulfport, FL
2 February 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 1:30 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 120 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recogni-
tion as their names were called.
Bud and Gerry Wall-recently from the CZ; Grace Cary-Ann Arbor,
Mi. Dorothy Hamlin Largo; Grace Sanders N.C.; Virginia and
Louis Kleefkens Tampa; Johanna Freudigman; A. L. Lincoln -
Pinellas Park; Jan and Hod Jenner Ocala; Irene and Steve Bissell -
Ocala; George and Gertrude Allgaier-St. Petersburg; Betty Skelding
- St. Petersburg; Marge and Ross Hollowell Clearwater; Donald
Kellar Walnut Creek, Ca.; John McDowell New York; Agnes
Connor Dalton New York; Mr. and Mrs. George Poole New York
and St. Petersburg;
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the January
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, was ill but sent word
that the Cost of Living as of 31 Dec. was up 3.9%.
Seven members would celebrate birthdays during February, the
members sang Happy Birthday. Two couples would celebrate anniver-
saries. Best wishes went out to all.
Mr. Clarke spoke on the audit report submitted by the Audit
Committee, Mr. Daile Keigley and Mrs. Ethel Askew. At the present
time the Society is in financially sound shape.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Clarke once again brought to the members attention the
matter of storing the coffee urns and transporting them to and from the
meetings. He gave the members several alternatives and one month to
think it over.
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:08
2 March 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 1:30 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 the February meeting.
The President welcomed the 138 members and guests who were
The following members and guests stood for special recognition as
their names were called:
D. J. Mitchison Texas; Malcolm Gatheral N.J.; Stanley and Ellen
Wickert Calif.; Dolly and Jerry Steiner Dunedin; Sue and Mugsie
Magee Mass.; Mahlon Knox Texas; Evert Rowley N.Y.; Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Schafer St. Petersburg; A. V. Sigfried Gulfport; Mr.
and Mrs. McNamee Davie; Lilliam Ryan Ct.; Mr. and Mrs. W.
Adams Canal Zone; Jack Campbell Gulfport; Grace Carey -
Michigan; Mr. and Mrs. George Poole N.Y. and St. Petersburg.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the February meet-
ing. As there were no corrections, omissions, or additions, the minutes
were approved as read. The financial statements of the Society and the
Blood Bank were read. As there were no questions the reports will
stand for audit.
News of members and friends was given by the Record Editor,
Mrs. Anna Collins.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the
3.9% cost of living increase will be included in the April 1st checks. This
increase represents the last half of 1978. President Carter has sent a
long list to Congress for consideration. If Congress acts on all these sug-
gestions it will take them all year and will leave no time for anything
else. An interesting fact this past election last November, there were
35 senate seats up for grabs. Three or four had retired, the rest were
running for reelection. Twenty-three senators who were running for
reelection had voted to give the Panama Canal away. Seventeen of
them were defeated.
Mr. Jack Morris reported on the planning for the upcoming
Five members would celebrate birthdays during March. The
members sang Happy Birthday.
Mr. Clarke asked all Past Presidents to stand and be recognized.
Five were present.
The problem of storage of the coffee urns and refreshment equip-
ment was brought before the members. The motion was made and sec-
onded to discontinue serving coffee and donuts. Motion carried.
Mr. Clarke thanked Dolly Barbour and Eleanor Conner for their
years of faithful service in the coffee shop.
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:25
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. In the absence of the Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, the
Invocation was offered by Mrs. Emma Louise Clarke, and followed by
thirty seconds of silent prayer in memory of those who had passed away
since the March meeting.
The President welcomed the 98 members and guests who were
Mr. Clarke stated that he had a few remarks for the record prior to
getting to the regular meeting. He remarked that he believed that the
members in the bay area who faithfully attend our monthly meetings
are the backbone of the Society and he expressed his thanks for their
support during the past year. Mr. Clarke told of a phone call he received
from a US Congressman. Someone representing the Panama Canal
Society of Florida had called the congressman's office in Washington,
and was very abusive. The words used and the way he talked was bad.
The Congressman did not ask Mr. Clarke if he knew who had called and
Mr. Clarke did not know who it was. Mr. Clarke feels that it couldn't
have been a member. But Mr. Clarke feels that this is a very dishearten-
ing situation, but the membership has the right to know about it. Mr.
Clarke expressed the desire that all our local members extend a hand in
welcome to our traveling members who are coming to the reunion. The
President has asked four individuals to act as Sgt-at-Arms for the
reunion business meeting. He also thanked Tom Burrows for acting as
Sgt-at-Arms for Paul Disharoon who was away. Mr. Clarke thanked
Mr. Gaddis Wall and Mrs. Emma Louise Clarke for being a committee
of two for the revision of the Constitution and By-Laws. Mr. Clarke
then explained that the March Record was late through no fault of the
Editor, Mrs. Anna Collins. The printer was delayed in getting the
finished product to Anna for mailing.
The Secretary/Treasurer read the minutes of the March meeting.
As there were no corrections, omissions, or additions the minutes were
approved as read. The financial reports of the Society and the Blood
Bank were read. As there were no questions, the reports will stand for
The following members and guests stood for special recognition as
their names were called:
Vic May Houston, TX.; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Boyd Clearwater; Mr.
and Mrs. Mel Smith Clearwater; George A. Walker Sarasota;
Charlotte Eckert Palmetto; Genieve Long St. Petersburg; Cele
Wensing Scottsdale, AZ; Betty Forgeson Tierre Verde; Edna
Campbell Sarasota; Chuck Hummer Canal Zone.
Mr. Bill Grady, Legislative Representative, reported that the Cost
of Living was 2.1% as of 28 February. President Carter has said he will
accept one of two things: a cost of living increase once a year or 70%
of the increase, whichever he can get. Donations for NARFE to hire a
law firm to fight the merger of annuities and Social Security, have
passed $900,000. President Carter estimates that it will cost $350,000,
000 to make the Canal Transfer. That is an extremely low figure. Mr.
Grady then read excerpts from several newspapers around the coun-
Mr. Jack Morris reported on Reunion planning.
Mr. Clarke thanked Mrs. Grace Morris for her work on the
As there was no further business the meeting adjourned at 2:48
FORTY-SEVENTH ANNIVERSARY REUNION REGISTRATIONS
CANAL ZONE 11
Bea Monsanto Rhyne, Winter Collins, Art Farrell, Nell Henson, Albert and Ann Terwil-
liger, Chuck Hummer, Virginia and Bill Lyons, Patricia "Tita" Dunlap and June Hop-
Ann and Larry Lain.
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 2
Velta and Clyde Sharp.
REPUBLIC OF PANAMA 1
Margaret and John Hern, Muriel and E. C. McGriff, Frances and Lee Sampsell, Mary
and Robert Arnold, Rosemary Anderson, Mary and Herb Taake, Dot Benny, Jean
Harris, Paul Hayden, Kelly Wainio, Mary and Bill Sherlock, Jody Wainio, Ann and Bob
Lawyer, Mary and John Urey, Mildred Patton, Bertha and Wilson Carnathan, Harry
White, Marie and Rudy Gangle, Maggie and John Janssen, Mrs. Clarence Green, Mrs.
Huey Lee Clark, Mrs. Mary Nell Lee Kulig and Mr. Keith Kulig.
Wendy Cotton Corrigan, Phylis and Ernie Faris, Mary Belle and Gayle Kellar and
Fern and Karl Glass, J. R. Folsom, Katherine and Frank Spencer.
Chick Daniel, Annette and Alfred Houston, Vera Bolek, Erma Forbes, Inez Evans,
Dorothy Martin, Ida McDade, Marion and Tom Rice, Budd Bliss, Louise Sorrel, Madelyn
and Sam Field, Jane and Les Heselton, Ruth and Norris Cherry, Clair and Hampton
Tedder, Leo Krziza, Bill LeBrun, Ellen and Bill Johnson, Juanita and Earl Stone, Bill
Roddy, Ruth Bauman Yeilding and Jack Clay.
Irene Anderson, Dorothy and Roy Kennedy.
Lucy Niemiro and Joseph Haggerty.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 1
Alice and Max Conover, Agnes and Norm Anderson, Vera and Alton Jones, Sara and
Sam Rowley, Ellen and Gordon McGraff, Virginia and George Booth, Violet and Roger
Deakins, Ava Howell, Kay and George Winquist, Dorothy and Ernie Yocum, Ruth and
Jim Shirley, Linnie Turner, Rosa Allie, Rob Roy, Helen and Yane Leves, Frank A.
Baldwin, LeRoy Barfield, Emma Barlow, Charles Ewing, Marilon and Conroy Dockery,
Alicia and Daniel Lawson, Rita and William Gribbons, Grethen and Bill Warren, Graceila
and Harry Colbert, Ann and Ray Schneider, Irene and Lou Hasemann, George, Chris,
Brian and Susan Felps, Bea Leitner, Lillie and Reuben Seidman, Dorothy and Roger
Williams, Duayne McNeil, Nancy and Harry Jones, Annie and John Wainio, Anna and
John McGlade, Gladys and Gregory Gramlich, Connie and Joe Young, Skippy and Bill
Hollowell, Beth and Bill Grady, Ethel and Eugene Askew, Betty Haldeman and Cal
Underwood, Jay Cain, Charlotte and Earl Dailey, Virginia and Jim Wood, Ruth Preston
Rogan, Fran Orvis, Alma and Tom Burrow, Hope Symonds, Jean and Bill Violette, Viola
and Emerson Fuller, Edith and Tyke Cotton, Gen Johnson, Pearl and Walter Brown,
Dot and Mike LaCroix, Loraine Anderson, Gladys Conley, Dorothy and Robert
Herrington, Maxine and Bill Dixon, Chuso and Buddy Parsons, Pat Snyder Parsons,
Dorothy Hamlin, Shirley Smith, Marie and Monroe Philips, Mary Harrison, Vincent
Leaver, Frania and Walter Fender, Harry Foster, Bessie and Dalvin Heilman, Herb
McClain, Madge and John Hall, Gene Clinchard, Louise Barnes, Dorothy and Al Pate,
Marie Wolf, Trudy and Fred Mohl, Virginia and Louie Kleefkins, Mary and Bob Hanna,
Ruth and Lloyd Peterson, Jean and the Rev. William Beeby, Gladys Baldwin, Eleanor
Connor, Nelida and Ray Matson, Melody and Paul Forrest, Jr., Hollie Gibson, Tillie and
John McConaghy, Cecile and Norman Demers, Dolly Barbour, Sugar DeRoma, Louise
and Nolan Bissell, Evelyn and Troy Hayes, Margaret and George Martin, Bob Engelke,
Betty and Barney Forgeson, Gloria and Pas Parker, Helen Muller, Doris and Buck Post,
Marie and William Keller, Myra and Harry Holcomb, Elizabeth and Carlton S. Bell,
Lydia and Matt Shannon, Bill Arnold, Vonna Huldquist, Evelyn Slowick, Flora Madison,
Raymond and Gertrude Whitney, Helen and Dr. Albert Opp, Marie Hughes, Garnet and
Howard Anderson, Jessie Matheney, Marie and Roscoe Collins, Warren H. Smith,
Matilda Bogle VanSiclen, Mary VanSiclen, Hannah and Fred Schwartz, Charlene and
Ralph James, Jean Barker, Bowdoin and Jeanne Mathews, Bellamy and Elmer Abbott,
Mildred and Harvey Sauter, Dorothea and Paul Forest, Art Cherry, Virginia and
Donald Miller, Margaret Nordstrom, Lorraine Terry Gilmore, Harriett and Carl Widell,
Winnie and Ron Brome, Jeanne and Bill Wheeler, Rupert Turner, Margaret and Hilton
Hughes, Ruth Whipple, John Disharoon, Fay and Kerner Frauneheim, Joyce and Jack
Clarke, William Sergeant, Dr. Daniel Paolucci, Mildred and Joe Hickey, Mim and Mel
Smith, Virginia and Carl Starke, Thora and Dick Mahoney, Virginia and Harry Pearl,
Leslie Adams, Joyce and Charlie Fears, Doug and Gladys McLain, Cindy McLain, Helen
and Richard Tomford, Charlie Bitter, Billie and Cliff Beaty, Mrs. Thomas Sherlock,
Helen and Richard Rohden, Alice Taker, Jean and Joe Likacs, Russell Jones, Ruth Bain,
Virginia Morgan Cooper, Phyllis Crooks, Mildred Neely, Elva and Walter H. Hobby,
Bessie Lyons, Ruth Baltozer, Helene and Rex. E. Beck, Gus Peterson, Genevieve Long,
Mike Ward, Rae Ebdon, Mina Dee, Mary Orr, Madeline and William Keepers, Harry
Clancy, Helen Crosley, Charlie and Jack Taber, Marion and Perc Graham, Pauline
Holmelin, Pauline Arnold, Muriel Whitman, Virginia and Wesley (Red) Townsend,
Jessica Maurer, Dorothy and James Bryant, Ethel Ferguson, Elizabeth Jorgeson,
Cecilia and Al Waldorf, J. A. Madison, Jerry Steiner, Margaret Williams Lawson,
Almena McCoy, Doris Cox, Amy Paddock, Elinor and Nelson Cain, Dorothy and Ralph
Hanners, Peggy Falk, Ethel and Bill Brown, Anna Bartlett, Merlena Searle, Dorothea
and Glenn McNall, Catherine Miller, Vera and Norman Davison, Erna Hower, Adamary
Bright, Edith and Ernie Stiebritz, Irene and Henry Donovan, Virginia Ruse, Eva
Martens, Connie Clinchard, Audrey Stewart, Alice Beck, Eva Harte, Alice Barnes,
Janet Barnes Richardson, J. T. and Michael Richardson, Gwen and Richard DeTore,
Daniel Janoale, Elizabeth and Daile Keigley, Helen and Paul Saarinen, Rita and Warner
Hoyle, Balbina and Donald Jacques, Digna and George Bonneau, Sylvia, Gloria and
Jules Lelaidier, George Sausel, Dorothy Petersen, Charles Andess, Marjorie and
Walter McBride, William Park, A. L. Nelson, Kay and Roger Howe, Gertrude Pearson,
Borgie Misenheimer, Mary and Harry Egolf, Nan Emslie, Robin Comer, Paul Barnard,
Paul Barnard, Jr., Robert Kosan, Anne and Timothy Mann, Edna Jackson, Ruth and
Henry Bigelow, Lyla Esler, Elsie and John R. Smith, Dorothy Sanders, Robert H. Bar-
tram, Sid Haves, Virginia Nessler, Landen Gunn, Lois Jones, James Nordstrom, Irene
Ladrach, Jackie Linker, Helen Meisinger, Rae and Mel Millard, John Wheaton,
Josephine Sprague, Marie Lindh, Henri Skeie, Gretchen Melanson, Katherine and
Warren McNamee, Emmy Lou and Howard Clarke, Byrle and Gaddis Wall, Deya and
Ralph Morales, Edna and Dennis Foster, Betty Malone, Maybelle and George Walker,
Pauline and Philip Downs, Carol and Raymond Masino, Agnes Coleman, Mildred
Sutherland, Elaine, Gladys and William Boehning, Frances and Roy Sharp, Jane and
Fred Huldquist, Georgia and Vance Howard, Clara and Jack Brayton, Dorothy and
Charles Lavallee, Beverly and Howard (Bucky) Buehler, BeBe Wall, Eleanor Buehler,
Jean Mann, Marie and Joseph Schafer, J. C. Thompson, Frances Gilley, Beatrice Simonis,
Abe Lincoln, Johanna Freudigmann, Gladys Humphrey, Earle Brown, Stan Guest, Ann
Pennock, Dorothy Nichols, Florence Harrison, Charlotte Eckert, Dottie Knox, Mahlon
Knox, Sarah and Clyde Flowers, Marvel Iglesis, Mae and Carleton Hallette, Sallie and
Albert McKeown, Dewey Goodwin, Marie and Gerald Neal, Bill Lierman, Marion and
Mike Green, Tommy and George Roth, Marilyn Roth and Arthur Banks, Hilda and
Chester Harrold, Della Noonan, Ethel Cooper, Odessa Herne, Co Joustra, Ditz DeVore,
Olga and Paul Disharoon, Anne Williams, Clara Saarinen, Mrs. Grace Thomas, Virginia
and Ralph Harvey, Gertrude and George Allgaier, Buck Lockridge, Sadie and Mike
Parmetier, Marion and Gordon Thompson, Helen and Bert Kat, Florence and Tommy
Dee, Ruby Ford, Connie Chase, Louise and Ray Caldwell, Joe Ebdon, Edna and Jim
Million, Myrtle and Bill Hughes, Sally Smith, Mazie Schwarzrock, Kay and Allen Miller,
Carol, Tracy and Mary Wolf, Fern and Jack Campbell, Belle and J. B. Clemmons, Leon
Fishbough, Julia and Anthony Zablocki, Gail Harvey and Jody Avery, Velia and Elmer
Hruska, Mirt Bender, Josephine W. Jones, Anna and Joe Collins, Georgina Henderson,
Henrietta Wolf, Bill Hicks, Janet and Hod Jenner, John Sanders, Barbara and Bill Wick-
mann, Juanita and Dick McConaughey, Marion and Bill DeVore, Sis and Joe Bongiorni,
Lucky Wilburn, George Bates, Rita Strauss, Carman and A. C. Nagy, Mary and Mahlon
Davis, Katie O'Brien McCain, Eileen O'Brien, Barbara Cunningham, Ross Cunningham,
Julie McKenzie, Julie Hartmann Gayle, Elizabeth and Paul Kuhn, Peggy and Joseph D.
Wertz, Debbie and Jack Campbell, Cece and Tom Gove, Art Logan, Betty and John
Muller, Marge and Ross Hollowell, Frances Wickham and Leonard Landers, James
Hayden, Jerry and Arthur O'Donnell, Alice and Kenneth T. Daly, Ginger and Thomas
Egger, Doris Edelen, Paul A., Patricia J., Judith, and Karl Kunkel, Fay Frauenheim,
Frances and Warren Cain, Dottie and Donald Humphrey, Naomi and Ralph Frangioni,
Vera Smith, Marina Madison, Lloyd D. Murphy, Emily Brooks, Kay Taliercio, Frances
Strickland, Edna and CecilKovel.
Cecilia Perra, Virginia Perra Canupp, Kim Canupp, Carolyn Holmes Rucker, Turelia
and William Hadarits, Ed Barnes, Eunice Richard, Nell and Bill Waldron, Alda McLeod,
Beck McLeod and Harold Herrington, Eve and Wilber Dockery, Mary Brown, Dottie
and Dr. William H. Clinchard, Anita and Albert Collins.
Berniece and Andrew Jackson, Flora and Elmer Hack and Marie Gibson.
Eleanor and Jim Cross.
Ethel and Herb Staples.
June and Carl Dailey, Ed Fetherston.
Josephine Kilburn, Ruth and Chuck Van Steenberg, Elsa Bailey, Honey and George
Dimitriadis, John, Eve and Elso Dimitriadis, Rene and Jack Kromer, Annabelle and
Diane Hickey Irvine, Ellen and Harry Seaman.
Pat and Bobby Adams, Dud Askew, Catherine and George T. Darnall, Dorothy Leach,
Catherine and John Boswell.
Thelma and George Clark, Georgia Gwinn.
NEW HAMPSHIRE 2
Dorothy and Glen Goguen.
NEW JERSEY 5
Julius Petersen, Norine Rathgeber Lucas, Leah Corbliss, Jane and Eddie Curtis.
NEW MEXICO 2
Sue and Royce Lewis.
NEW YORK 7
Gertrude Nail, Joseph Bugno, Margaret and George Herring, Mary and Herbert
Holmer, Thelma King.
NORTH CAROLINA 18
Jean and Bob Wainio, Della and Clarence Howell, Margaret Howell Pope, Antoinette
and Maenner Huff, Eugene Hamlin, Bea Sergeant, Trudy and Bob Blaney, Essie and
Frank Jones, Jean and Jack Dombrowsky, Betsy Williams, Hazel and Ted Hotz.
NORTH DAKOTA 2
Linda and Robert Wheeler.
Ella Piper, Homer Piper, Dorothy and Winton Webb, Margaret Matamoros, Henrietta
and Robert Truck, Jean and Fred Kirk, Mildred and Harry Heintz.
Gloria and Burl Thomas, Dorothy and Oscar Rohr, Margret Doves.
Charlotte and Charles W. Rager, Ruby and Raymond Ralston, Sue Bruland, Jeanette
Jans, Rita and Perry Washabaugh.
SOUTH CAROLINA 17
Verna and Andy Kapinos, Dorothy and John Everson, Billie and Robert Rowe, Dorothy
Wertz and Kelly Houx, Eletheer and James Catron, Franklin Pierce, Trudy and Lee
Clontz, Margaret and Donald Hutchison, Olga and Artie (Charles) Holmes.
SOUTH DAKOTA 2
Marie and Fred Anderson.
Margaret and Leo Granger, Ann and Jim Hicks, Maxine and Henry Carpenter,
Margaret and Richard Carpenter, Dorotha Connally, Lucille Flenniken, Nelleree and
Gloria and G. W. Holmelin, Bonnie Howle, June and Victor May, Sandy May, Ed Mulroy,
Irene Wright and Marion Hollowell and Patsy Lee Moore.
Madeline and Leo Eberenz, Shirley and Richard Cox, Kay and Russ Meissner, Edna
Tipton, Donna and Dick Wood, Ruth Wallio, Mary Nelle Brugge Johnson, Margaret
Brugge, Catherine and 0. H. Wood.
Melda and Bill Russon, Electa Deuermeyer.
TOTAL REGISTRANTS 854
We wish to express our appreciation to the following members who helped to make
the 1979 reunion a success:
Sara Rowley, Chairman Registration
Grace Morris, Chairman Tickets and Reservations
Al Waldorf, Chairman- Transportation
Jay Cain, Chairman Luncheon Decorations
Reuben Seidman, Chairman Sound System
Ethel Askew, Louise Barnes, Eleanor Buehler, Ida Campbell, Emmy Lou Clarke,
Charlotte Dailey, Mina Dee, Olga Disharoon, Rae Ebdon, Mary Egolf, Peggy Falk, Betty
Forgeson, Naomi Frangioni, Foy Frauenheim, Viola Fuller, Elizabeth Grady, Virginia
Harvey, Mary Belle Hicks, Georgia Howard, Vance Howard, Rita Hoyle, Myrtle
Hughes, Gladys Humphry, Edith Jones, Vera Jones, Jackie Linker, Katherine
McNamee, Margaret Martin, Dorothy Nichols, Al Pate, Dorothy Pate, Ann Pennock,
Ruth Powell, Frances Sharp, Roy Sharp, Henri Skeie, Melvin Smith, Mildren Suther-
land, Ceil Waldorf, Maybelle Walker, Byrle Wall, Grace Wilson, Dorothy Yocum and
Ross Hollowell with new officers, Charlie Fears,
Jack Morris and Jean Mann and Record Editor,
MINUTES OF THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Forty-seventh Anniversary Reunion
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
Ramada Inn, South St. Petersburg, Florida
27 April 1979
The business meeting of the 47th Annual Reunion of the Panama
Canal Society of Florida, Inc. was called to order by the President, Mr.
Howard L. Clarke, at 2:10 P.M. The President led the assembled group
in the Pledge to the Flag. The Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks gave the
Invocation which was followed by thirty seconds of silent prayer in
memory of those who had passed away since the last reunion.
The President, Mr. Clarke welcomed the 350 members and guests
who were present.
Mr. Clarke then introduced the officers, vice-president, Mr. Jack
Morris, Liaison Officer for the Canal Zone, Mr. Winter Collins, Record
Editor, Mrs. Anna Collins, and Sec/Treas, Mrs. Jean Mann.
The Past Presidents of the Society were then recognized and stood
as their names were called.
Mr. Troy Hayes
Mr. E. Dewey Goodwin
Mr. Ross Hollowell
Mr. Gaddis Wall
Mr. Eugene Askew
Mr. Robert J. Roy
Mr. Clarke then reminded those present of our Founder, the late
John Warner and the late Mrs. Lucille Judd, Sec/Treas. Emeritus. We
should be grateful to these two fine individuals for their untiring ef-
forts on behalf of our great Society.
As there were no Roosevelt Medal Holders present, several
widows and a son of medal holders were recognized.
The President asked representatives of our sister societies across
the United States to stand. Represented were North Carolina,
Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas, Dothan, Alabama, Northern Cali-
fornia, and Southern California.
A brief news report of members and friends was given by the
Record Editor, Mrs. Anna Collins.
Legislative Representative, Mr. Bill Grady reported that Presi-
dent Carter is strongly in favor of a once a year cost of living increase to
be given in July, or an increase of 70% of the actual cost of living figure.
NARFE has collected $900,000 volunteered dollars to hire a law firm to
fight the merger of Federal retirement and Social Security. HR 1958,
the bill to block the giveaway of the Canal had the original 31 March
deadline extended to 10 April. There are 180 co-sponsors of this bill at
present. 218 are needed to block. The cost of living as of 31 March is up
3.1%. This is the highest quarterly increase in 41/2 years.
The slate of Officers for 1979-1980 was presented by the chairman
of the nominating committee, Mr. Nolan Bissell. The slate:
President Jack F. Morris
Vice-President H. Vance Howard
Sec/Treasurer Jean B. Mann
Record Editor Anna T. Collins
The President, Mr. Clarke, called for nominations from the floor.
Mr. Norman Anderson nominated Mr. Charles Fears of St. Petersburg
Mr. Jack Morris was elected President by acclamation.
For Vice-President Mr. Charles Fears was elected over Mr. H.
Vance Howard in a close vote.
For Record Editor, Mrs. Anna Collins was elected by acclamation.
For Sec/Treas, Mrs. Jean Mann was elected by acclamation.
The new officers were sworn in by Mr. Ross Hollowell installing
Mr. Clarke announced that the Executive Committee requests the
membership grant them the authority to raise dues in case of a financial
Mr. Joe Wertz moved that the Executive Committee be granted
the authority to raise dues in the event of a financial emergency. This
authority to be granted at this meeting. Mr. Robert Roy seconded.
Discussion followed: Mr. Nolan Bissell stated he was against giving
blanket authority to anyone at anytime to raise dues. Mr. Gaddis Wall,
Executive Committee member, explained that under the present
system of voting increases only at the annual meetings it take 18
months to increase dues and realize any revenue from the increase. He
assured the members that this authority if granted would only be used
if absolutely necessary.
Mr. Bob Arnold suggested a specified amount be added to the
motion. Mr. Clarke reminded the members that if money became tight,
the number of pages in each Record would have to be cut.
Mr. Ken Dailey stated that he believes authority should be
granted for a raise of $2.00 only.
Mr. Nolan Bissell said if we need money, we should vote a raise of
dues right now.
Mrs. Anna Collins stated that the money is not needed now and the
authority would only be used in case of an emergency.
Mr. Clarence Howell stated that if we don't have enough
confidence in the Executive Committee to grant them this authority,
then we should get rid of them.
As there was no further discussion, the secretary read the motion
as stated, and Mr. Clarke called for a vote. Motion carried.
The subject of the revision of the Constitution and By-Laws was
brought before the members. Mr. Clarence Howell moved to delete the
sentence "Friends of eligibles may be invited to join the Society" from
Article III. Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks seconded. Motion carried.
Mrs. Mann moved we delete the words "politics or" from #4,
Article II. Motion was seconded and carried.
Mr. Charles Fears moved we accept the Constitution and By-Laws
as revised. Motion was seconded and carried.
Ten couples would celebrate anniversaries during April and May.
Best Wishes went out to all. Fourteen individuals would celebrate
birthdays during April and May. The members sang Happy Birthday.
Mr. Jack Morris gave members information on the July 6th picnic
at Ft. DeSoto Park. More information will be in the June Record.
Mr. Clarke introduced his daughter Mrs. Patricia Clarke Dunlap.
He then congratulated Mr. Morris and wished him a successful term of
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:45
R E ji
Gavel Exchange Jack Morris and Howard Clarke
Thursday afternoon the Ramada was humming with former Zon-
ians. The Registration Committee was on hand to welcome our mem-
bers and friends. The Sunshine State really turned the good weather
on and it was just like the Trade Winds blowing in the Canal Zone,
with the humidity most prevalent. When one drove around the Bay
Area one could see the brilliant red and purple hues of the bougain-
villea. The magnolia blooms were popping out in the trees, to say
nothing of the familiar colorful hibiscus that seemed to be just every-
Early Friday most of us were there and lines formed to register,
pay dues and to pick up the luncheon and ball tickets. Mrs. Helen Saar-
inen and Mrs. Eva Harte had a table with their Canal Zone polished
stones, pen sets, paper weights and jewelry. Also, Neville Harte's
Golden Huacas and Canal Zone Seal Jewelry pendants. Bill Roddy from
California also had a table with an assortment of books, postcards,
posters, and medallions all commemorative articles of the Panama
Pacific International Exposition of 1915 held in San Francisco.
Yes, we saw new faces this year, but for most of us, we saw faces of
long standing friends and acquaintances (I call them "Old Friends")
that we have been seeing at the Reunions for years. As usual, we all
wanted to catch up on what happened in the past year; where we had
travelled and who we saw on those trips; we wanted to learn of the
births, graduation, wedding or death of our children, grandchildren or
great-grandchildren. News is what we wanted to hear when we visited
our "old friends" of many, many years when we all lived in the Canal
Zone. Those were the "good old days" to most of us. One member
remarked that the younger generation will never know living on the
Debbie Campbell, Howard and Emma Lou Clarke,
Ann and Jim Tormey
Isthmus as we did. This is true of wherever one has chanced to live. But
the ties and bonds will always be there when it comes to members of
our great Panama Canal Society for we all have something special (we
are the builders, or descendents of the builders, of the great engineer-
ing feat of the U.S. Panama Canal or we helped to maintain the Canal so
that all the world of commerce could use it) in common.
Lt. Gov. and Mrs.
James H. Tormey
Grace and Jack Morris
Debbie Campbell, John Connard, Ida Campbell and
Mary Connard at ball
Rob Roy and Rosa Allie Bonnie Bell and dad, Carlton Bell
Dancers at Coliseum
Friday night at the ball there were 778 to enjoy dancing in the
lovely coliseum on a spacious dance floor. Of course, there were those
folks that did not dance at all for they were there just to enjoy the
pleasure of their friends.
Saturday morning much visiting took place and our photographer,
Jack Campbell, was seen taking more pictures in the crowd. At 12:30
670 members and guests were seated for lunch. President Clarke
introduced the members and guests seated at the head table as follows:
to the far left Mr. Winter Collins, Mrs. Grace Morris, Mr. Charles
Fears, Mrs. Emma Lou Clarke, Lt. Governor James H. Tormey. And
from the far right Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, Mr. Robert Hicks, Mrs.
Joyce Fears, Mr. Jack Morris, Mrs. Ann Tormey and the Honorable C.
W. "Bill" Young.
President Clarke then introduced Congressman Young, who at age
29 years was our youngest senator. Congressman Young is a great
extemporaneous and dynamic speaker and sorry all of you could not
have heard his speech. Below in part, a few highlights of the Congress-
Hon. C. W. "Bill" Young
Congressman Young said he was to be in San Bernardino, Cali-
fornia that evening to be guest speaker so would not be but a few
minutes with us. He stated that it was unusual to be in a crowd and be
on the same side of the issue Our American Canal in Panama. It is all
like a bad dream the U.S. giving away our waterway. a ditty -
Young and his aid were driving along the road and they saw a lady driv-
er with a bumper sticker on her car that read "Honk if you love Jesus". I
had the same sticker, so I told the driver to honk. She passed us. Later
we all stopped at a red light and I told my aid to honk again. Whereupon
the lady stuck out her head and said "You stupid so and so, the light is
still red".-The House was disappointed that they did not get a vote on
the Canal Treaty and went to court... but we lost. A number of bills for
assistance come through my desk and I turn down Panama. Now we
hear that the approximate cost to the taxpayers is 4 billion dollars to
give the Canal away. That is a lot of money. For instance, if one spent 1
thousand a second, it would take 12 days to spend a million. But to
spend 4 billion, it would take 32 years ... The treaty is ambiguous. The
Panamanians want Coco Solo Air Base returned as it was back years
ago. They also want to go back and collect taxes from 7 to 30 years ...
Jack Murphy who doesn't approve, has a bill before the House which
will hope to clarify the issues. In conclusion, he stated that taxes are not
too high, but we must all work for free domain and save our liberties
that we continue to give away.
Head Table Luncheon L to R: Speaker, C. W. "Bill" Young,
Howard Clarke, Lt. Gov. J. H. Tormey, Emmy Lou Clarke, Charlie
Fears, Grace Morris and Winter Collins.
After Congressman Young's departure, President Clarke intro-
duced widows of Roosevelt Medal Holders. Mrs. C. P. Harrison, Sr.,
Mrs. Frank H. Wolf and Mrs. Anna J. Bartlett. Mrs. Ella S. Piper was
also present. President Clarke then recognized the past presidents,
Troy Hayes, Dewey Goodwin,Ross Hollowell, Eugene Askew, Gaddis
Wall, and Rob Roy. Then Anna Collins Record Editor, Jean Mann -
Secretary/Treasurer, Mary Belle Hicks Chaplain, Bill Grady -
Legislature Representative and Paul Disharoon Sergeant-at-Arms.
President Clarke also called our at-
-.... -- tention to the beautiful needlepoint dis-
played on the front of the podium, a
S picture of the Administration Building
with the Prado and Balboa High School
aT in the foreground, that Julia Nelson Mc-
Kenzie had tirelessly made. (It is inter-
esting to note that Julia celebrates her
60th graduation anniversary from Bal-
boa High School this year!!-Ed.)
S Mrs. (Julia) McKenzie's needlepoint
Head Table Luncheon L to R: Mary Belle Hicks, Bobby Hicks,
Joyce Fears, Jack Campbell, Ann Tormey Speaker Lt. Gov. James
H. Tormey, Howard Clarke.
After a delicious meal we all settled back to hear Lt. Governor
Tormey's speech. The speech in part .....
I appreciate the opportunity to be with you at this Reunion.
Thanks to Howard Clarke, Emma Louise, to Robert Roy for meeting us
and making us feel at home. A year ago, when I assumed the duty of
Lieutenant Governor, I said that it was a privilege for any engineer to
be associated with the Panama Canal. My previous experience with the
Canal was in the late 60's when the Chief of Engineers conducted
surveys in Panama and Colombia for a sea level canal. Later I was
District Engineer in Norfolk, Virginia, which operates several canals
in the intercoastal waterway system. So, although I have not had a
long, direct involvement with the Panama Canal, I have for many years
appreciated the challenges of operating this link between the oceans
and its importance to maritime commerce.
Everyone enjoys being associated with an outstanding group or
organization. And organizations like yours help to sustain that feeling
called "esprit" or spirit. As an illustration of this feeling, I would like to
tell you what I heard about the transit of the Queen Elizabeth 2 to the
Canal a year ago. On that visit they docked the huge passenger liner at
Balboa for one night so the passengers could go ashore while the ship
took on supplies. As it was tying up to the pier, a crew member leaned
over the rail and shouted to a workman. "What is the name of this
The response came very quickly, "This is the port of Balboa. What
is the name of your ship?"
Since 1952, the Panama Canal enterprise has consisted of two
parts, the government and the company. About 80 percent of its 14,000
employees work for the company. Most of the company's income is
derived from shipping tolls as you know. Last year, the Governor
reported to you that the company had a profitable year in 1977 after
several years of deficits. 1978 was also a successful year financially,
with increased shipping tonnages continuing the long term upward
trend. About 20 million of the 196 million dollars of toll revenues were
derived from north slope oil, that is, oil en route from Alaska in U.S.
vessels to Gulf Coast Refineries. The Sohio Company, which ships most
of this crude oil, has recently informed us that this use of the Canal will
extend, they now estimate, through at least the next ten years.
Despite the currently favorable financial situation, it will be neces-
sary to impose a new tolls structure effective the 1st of October. This is
needed primarily to offset the payment to Panama of 30 cents per
measurement ton, and also the other treaty payments a 10 million
dollar annual lump sum payment and a 10 million dollar service
payment for governmental services such as road maintenance and
street repair. Our current estimate is for a toll increase of 22 percent
but the final figure will depend upon the specifics of the legislation now
under consideration by the Congress.
The implementing legislation has been in committee within the
House of Representatives. House Resolution 1716 is the bill submitted
by the administration. Another bill, House Resolution 111, has been
submitted by Congressman Murphy, the Chairman of the House
Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. The Murphy bill differs
from the administration bill primarily in the degree of Congressional
control exercised over the financial operations of the Canal Commis-
sion. The Murphy format would create an appropriated fund agency
while the administration would prefer the continued use of government
corporation. Other differences include the financial accounting base
used in computing Canal tolls and the relationship between the Canal
administrator and the U.S. military commander in the event of war. It
has been reported that the Murphy bill is the legislation that will reach
the floor of the House of Representatives. (According to the St.
Petersburg Times, the House Rules Committee listened to the con-
flicting testimony and then voted 9-3 to send Murphy's bill to the House
floor rather than one drafted by four House committees.) It should be
noted that the two bills were almost identical in their provision of bene-
fits to employees of the Canal organization.
The fact that legislation has not been passed while there is so little
time remaining before the required implementation date of 1 October is
of concern in several respects. First, it is making it difficult for
employees who may wish to retire to do so because they do not know
the terms of retirement precisely. Second, it is difficult for all personnel
involved in the planning process to know what personnel resources
they have to work with in the final months. Finally, it will be necessary
to accomplish a great many personnel and treaty transfer functions in a
compressed period while carrying on the normal function of operating
The major effect of the 1977 treaty is to place the area comprising
the present zone under Panamanian jurisdiction. Thus the Canal Zone
will cease to exist after 1 October 1979. The treaty provides, however,
for the U.S. operation of the waterway through 2000 by means of the
Panama Canal Commission, a U.S. government agency. When the lands
provided for this purpose are added to the lands provided for defense,
they make a total which is approximately 42 percent of the area of the
There will be major changes in the responsibilities for conducting
the functions previously performed by the Canal Zone government and
the Panama Canal Company. Broadly speaking, the responsibilities will
go to the Department of Defense to perform certain support functions
they ordinarily perform for U.S. government personnel overseas; to
the new Panama Canal Commission to manage, operate, and maintain
the canal; and to the government of Panama to take over some service
functions of government and auxiliary functions of the canal such as
port and railroad operation.
The category of functions transferred to Panama has been the
subject of considerable planning effort during the past year. Specifi-
cally, the binational working group was formed, of which I am U.S.
Co-chairman and Dr. Eduardo Tejeira is co-chairman for Panama.
There are 23 subcommittees to deal with subjects varying from the rail-
road, to police, to employee documentation.
The ports will be operated by the Port Authority of the
government of Panama. The Port Authority is directed by Mr. Pablo
Duran, a Panamanian graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, who has
responsibility for the operation of Panama's ports. Mr. Duran is plan-
ning to operate the ports of Balboa and Cristobal in a manner as similar
as possible to their present operation. Some observers from Panama
have already been designated in the port area. In addition, 19 key U.S.
employees in the Transportation and Terminals Bureau have been re-
quested by name for advisory duty with Panama after 1 October 1979.
They will assist them for a period of a year. We have provided Panama
with lists of all port and railroad property to be transferred to them.
Probably the biggest challenge in the port operation will be personnel
staffing, since the two ports involve more personnel, approximately
2,000, than any other function which is transferred to Panama.
Transfer of the railroad to Panama will mark the fourth major
stage in its history, going from private U.S. ownership, to French
ownership, then to U.S. government operation, and after 1 October to
the government of Panama. A review made for Panama by an indepen-
dent consulting firm recommended that they hire as many of the rail-
road's present employees as possible.
The housing transferred to Panama on 1 October includes the town
Lt. Gov. James H. Tormey
of Pedro Miguel as well as Paraiso and
Rainbow City. Our Supply and Commun-
ity Service Bureau has jointly inven- W
tried the approximately 1,000 housing
units which will be transferred out of ap-
proximately 4,000 Pan Canal housing
units. Panama has stated it will give first i
priority for purchase to present occu- J
pants but does not plan to sell any for a
period of one year.
The Canal Commission will sell utilities to Panama for use in the
three Latin American towns as well as the public buildings which are
transferred to Panama. There is sufficient capacity to provide these
utilities using the electrical, water, and sewer systems retained by the
commission under the terms of the treaty. U.S. employees will continue
to receive their utilities at the employee rate.
The Commission will not operate commercial services such as the
clubhouses, theaters, and bowling alleys. The Panamanian sub-
committee, under Roberto Heurtematte, is arranging for operation of
these facilities by private businesses. U.S. employees of the commis-
sion will have access to commercial and recreational services operated
by the military forces during the first 5 years of the treaty.
I would like to comment briefly on some of the governmental type
service functions which will be assumed by Panama on 1 October.
-Garbage and trash removal which has already been the subject
of extensive orientation for Panama by our Supply and Community Ser-
-Road and street maintenance for which criteria are under de-
-Fire protection from the two stations which will be turned over
to Panama. The other 8 stations will remain with the Commission.
-Joint police patrols for a period of 21/2 years, after which the
Commission will no longer maintain a police force other than security
police. Joint police training began earlier this month.
-Environmental protection actions in such areas as forest pro-
tection. In this regard, Panama is working seriously, through news-
papers and television, to promote public understanding that Panama
will lose economically if deforestation of the Canal watershed con-
-Operation of post offices by the Panamanian government will
include the Balboa, Gamboa, and Cristobal post offices. U.S. employees
will be able to use the military APO system for 5 years from 1 October
We consider that the cooperation between U.S. and Panamanian
planners in these service areas, such as police and postal services, has
been excellent. There is a base of cooperation extending back over
many years; and, most important, Panama has organizations in being
which are now providing similar services.
In the broad category of administrative changes, however, there
are regulatory or legal arrangements which are new for Panama, the
United States, or for both. Some of these include:
-The system of land use licensing we use for non-profit organiza-
tions or private businesses and individuals in the Zone requires recog-
nition by Panama and eventually sale or rental of the land at a
-The continuation of sanitation standards at high levels in the
Canal operation and in housing areas requires close cooperation be-
tween the two countries. The Commission will maintain a staff and
operating personnel for this important health function.
-The U.S. courts will continue, but only for the 2 /2 year transition
period, and only to exercise criminal jurisdiction over U.S. nationals.
Juridicial support will be necessary, we believe, on the part of Panama
to assist the Canal Commission in efficient operation of the waterway.
-New identification documents, licensing procedures, and impor-
tation procedures are all being arranged through the binational sub-
committees. We are fortunate to have the expertise of highly qualified
administrators in the Canal Zone government, who have advanced
some initiatives for reducing the burden on both the Commission
employees and the Panamanian agencies involved.
As an organization, the new Canal Commission will have only
three operating bureaus. The Marine Bureau will carry on its
traditional functions of navigation, traffic control, admeasurement,
piloting, tug operation, and operation of the locks. During the past year
eight new locomotives were put into operation; and, the Locks Division
reports they are the best equipment yet for this purpose. The Marine
Bureau also continues to be enthusiastic about the new tugs Walker
The Engineering and Construction Bureau will likewise carry on
its traditional functions of dredging, maintenance of existing facilities,
engineering and construction of new facilities, operation of utilities,
and the industrial repair of floating plant and equipment. In this re-
gard, the dredge Mindi is currently undergoing a complete overhaul at
Mount Hope which will enable use of this dredge for years to come.
Also, a new dredge, the Rialto M. Christensen, has been put on line. It is
a dipper dredge and has a capacity even greater than the well known
"Cascadas", which has been continuously in operation since construc-
The Industrial Division demonstrated its ability to perform a
major repair job under emergency conditions a few months ago. A
winter cruise ship, the "Stella Solaris", suffered damage to its hull and a
propeller while moving southward through the Gaillard Cut. The pas-
sengers were flown home by the shipping agent while the ship was
brought into the Balboa drydock for repairs. Men and materials were
brought from Mount Hope and timely repairs were accomplished by
working around the clock. As a result, the "Stella Solaris" was able to
return to Houston, Texas in time to only miss one cruise on its schedule.
The third operating bureau of the Canal Commission will be the
General Services Bureau. It will perform the functions of supply and
warehousing, assignment and maintenance of Canal Commission
housing, police and security functions, fire protection, motor transpor-
tation, and the operation of the "SS Cristobal" to provide water
transport to and from New Orleans.
The express goal of the United States government is to maintain
the quality of life by affording the same terms and conditions to U.S.
employees of the Canal Commission and their dependents. Specifically:
-The Gorgas and Coco Solo hospitals will continue to be operated
by the U.S. government through the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army.
-The Canal Zone school system, including the Canal Zone College,
will be transferred in total to the Department of Defense Dependent
School System except for the school facilities in the 3 Latin American
-The Medical Corps will operate the veterinary clinics on both
Atlantic and Pacific sides of the Isthmus.
-The Balboa and Coco Solo retail stores will be operated by the
Army as a part of its commissary system. U.S. employees of the Canal
Commission and their dependents will have access to military facilities
for 5 years. The same applies to the PX system, including gasoline sta-
-Under a cross servicing agreement already completed, U.S.
employees will have access to the military's recreation service areas.
In all of our arrangements for military support for our employees
we are obtaining a high degree of cooperation on the Isthmus. At the
Washington level, our dealings with the military agencies are some-
times a struggle because of the newness of the concept that the military
will support the same terms and conditions as existed pre-treaty, terms
and conditions which have existed in no other place in the military's
In summary, the Pan Canal Enterprise has continued its
operations at a high level of productivity during the past year. Our
primary concern at this time is enactment of suitable legislation which
will reduce the uncertainty in the lives of our employees and make it
possible for us to reorganize effectively for 1 October 1979. We believe
that all U.S. agencies of government and the government of Panama
have a high regard for the efficiency and productivity of the U.S. em-
ployee and share the desire that these employees will continue their
long association with the Panama Canal.
The teachers gathered from left to right: Back Row: Margaret Davis,
Clyde Flowers, Borgie Misenheimer, Aurelia Hadarits, Mary Mehl
Taake, Shirley L. Cox, and Vera Jones. Front Row: Sarah Flowers,
Virginia Townsend, Helen Starr, Georgia Gwinn, Elizabeth Keigley
and Frances Sampsell.
BPOE Lodge 1542 and 1414. Front row: L to R Harry Colbert, Art
Logan, Carl Starke, Jack Brayton, Al Pate, Herbert Taake and Joe
Hickey. Standing 1 to R: Unidentified, George Booth, Dewey Goodwin,
John Urey, Rigs Forrest, Mike LaCroix, Warren McManee, Vernon
Clontz, Unidentified, Milton Sanders, Mo Sharp, Bill Hughes, Dan Law-
son, Ruben Seidman, Wilbur Dockerty, Howard Clarke, Charlie Fears,
Norman Anderson, and Joe Wertz.
Standing Mrs. Frank H. Wolf,
widow of Roosevelt Medal holder
with Al and Dorothy Pate
Mrs. W. J. Bartlett (Anna),
widow of Roosevelt Medal holder
to right Alice Beck
Troy and Evelyn Hayes, Rosa Allie, Rob Roy, Byrle Wall, Frank Bald-
win and Gaddis Wall
Elizabeth and Daile Keigley, Maggie Janssen and Frank Baldwin
Reporters Catherine and
Irene with Anna
Luncheon L to R: Ed Filo, Jean and Jack Dombrowsky, Dorothy
and John Everson, Anna and Bob Lawyer and Catherine Filo
Virginia Wood,Ruth Rogan, Beth and Bill grady, Ethel and Eugene
Askew, Peggy Falk and W. Dewey Goodwin
All pictures of the Reunion taken by
Society's photographer Jack Campbell
unless otherwise stated.
DITCH DIGGER DAYS
WE SALUTE AND PAY HONOR TO
THE "OLD TIMERS"
Mrs. Frederick Rose, Boca Raton, FL writes that she has her
father's (James J. Johnson) hiring paper from the Isthmian Canal Com-
mission. He was to report to New York for a physical and sail on the
steamer "SS Panama", March 18, 1910, and required to have with him a
kit of tools. It also states that his compensation rate would be sixty-five
cents an hour. Isn't that hard to believe now? At that time it was
probably higher than the United States because they were going to a
place where the health hazards were probably rather high.
My first early memory was the fact that we moved a great deal. I
guess we moved with the digging of the Canal. The last four places we
lived, that I remember, were Gorgona, Corozal, Ancon and then Balboa.
While in Corozal they had community entertainment. I remember a
Christmas when the pre-school children sang "Rock A-Bye Baby". I had
to get my doll early so I could sing in that program.
When we were living in Ancon, we three girls were allowed to go to
the Amador theater in Panama to see "The Perils of Pauline." We
walked down, but as a treat we came home in a caramenta. That was
fun. Also, there was a place near the Ritz called the Candy Kitchen and
we were allowed to stop there for candy kisses.
The below picture of the Society of the Chagres annual outing was
submitted by Mrs. Gordon H. Crabb of Winter Park, FL.
Q IDg SWETYd! !CKAMRES
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When we moved to Balboa we lived on Empire Street. While living
there there must have been a measle epidemic as when the ambulance
came down the street to pick me up, Burne Hutchings was already in it.
We were put in an old building on the hospital grounds and our parents
could only talk to us through the screened porch.
I'm sure the "old timers" remember the restaurant that is now the
Balboa Police Station. After a night in Panama we would stop there and
they had a long table in the kitchen where we could get bacon, eggs and
CONGRATULATIONS to the Stanley A. Mingus' who will cele-
brate their GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY in July, the Lord
willing. Mrs. Mingus is the former Ethel McCann.
-* < ISTHMUS EPISODES -w~
Virginia Pond Ivey lives in Metairie, just oustide New Orleans.
She lived in Old Cristobal from 1931 to 1942 over the Standard Fruit
building. It was then that she met and married Walter Pond who was
manager of the Standard Fruit and Steamship Co. They had two
daughters, Laurelee and Helen, born at the Old Samaritan Hospital.
Walter held the distinction of having been president of the Rotary Club
on the Atlantic side three times. They moved to the States in 1942
where Terry (a son) was born. In 1951 Walter died in New Orleans. In
1957 his widow married an old high-school friend, Daniel Ivey, who was
a widower with six children. Now with a total of nine children, when the
opportunity presented itself, it was only natural for Dan and Virginia to
adopt five more small children who had been orphaned. They reared 14
children. Dan Ivey died in 1963. Virginia worked at Ochsner Clinic for
20 years and had to retire seven years ago after her second heart
attack. She now has 33 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Virginia
would so love to know what became of her many friends of the happy
ten years she spent in the Zone, especially, Marian Mack, Esther Camp-
bell, Ann Foster and Dona Dickerson. At 70, she keeps busy writing to
all the family, reading, gardening and keeping happy, despite her
serious heart condition. She would love to hear from anyone who
knew her as Mrs. Walter Pond because very few would realize she is
Mrs. Dan Ivey. Wherever you are just remember Virginia who loved
the beach, the mountains, the Canal and all her friends in the Panama
Canal Zone. (Submitted by Patt Foster Roberson, La. reporter.)
Our Chaplain, Mrs. Mary Belle Hicks, who served the Society
faithfully for over seven years, has gone into retirement. We will miss
your inspirational invocations. Thank you for a job well done and may
God bless you.
Dorothy Yocum has been appointed Chaplain by President Morris.
Last year a mini-reunion was held in San Clemente, California.
Those attending found joy in the event and those unable to attend
wrote expressing hope that we would do it again and to include golf. See
following announcement, mark your calenders, send in your reserva-
tions and come to San Clemente.
Ruth Bauman Yeilding
EXTRA Read all about it: EXTRA
Golfers, Guys & Gals of
C.Z.J.C., B.H.S. & C.H.S.
October 4, 5, 6, 7
San Clemente, California
El .... Golf Tournament .. (2-3 days) Thurs., Fri., and/or Sat.
D .... Cocktail party, dinner dance Friday and/or Saturday
0 .... Stay in San Clemente Inn by the sea
D .... Stay at State Park Campgrounds (adjoins Inn)
and walk to beach, golf course, and party
or make own arrangements.
Sign up and mail deposits now or write for further information.
$26.00 $24.00 $38.00 V2
Inn reservation dates Double Single __Suite Deposit
Party, dinner, dance, reservations for Deposit $10.00
approx. $12.00 ea.
Golfers: check preferred play Shotgun D Regular El
Fees & cart $20.00 per day Entry fee $5.00 ea.
Check 1 Day l, 2 Days D, 3 Days l.
Deposit deadlines September 15th except camping August 25th.
Mail to: Box 471, San Clemente, CA 92672 NOW! NOW!
Ruth & Kelly Bauman, Conrad Hornie, Bill Le Brun Mgrs.!
Come sail, fish surf, swim, golf, shop, dine, dance & drink with old friends!!
As a result of the treaties between the United States and Panama
some bodies of Americans buried in Mount Hope Cemetery on the
Atlantic side will be transferred to Corozal Cemetery on the Pacific
side. If any catholics wish to have the new graves blessed the Vincen-
tian Fathers of Saint Mary's Parish would be happy to perform this
little service for them.
Anyone interested please write: Rev. Francis A. Lynch, C.M.,
Saint Mary's Parish, Box 2020, Balboa, Canal Zone.
3rd Annual "Gas House" Invitational Golf Tournament
October 10,11 and 12,1979
Olympia Spa, Dothan, Alabama
A package plan at the Spa is available at an excellent rate and a
good time to be had by all. Last year we had 48 golfers and 90 for the
dinner. We would appreciate more women participating in the golf
tournament. For further information contact H. M. (Bud) Thomas, Jr.,
1903 Adrian Rd., Dothan, Alabama 36303 or F. A. (Abie) Anderson, Jr.
2002 Hardwick Dr., Dothan, Alabama 36303. All wishing to partici-
pate must have confirmation from the committee (Abie and Bud) no
later than Sept. 1, 1979.
Abbie and Bud
Tel. 205-794-7623 Abie
Tel 205-793-4760 Bud Catherine Filo
NEWS CONDENSED from the Panama Canal Spillway in part -
dates appearing after each article for your information.
****On October 1, the Balboa and Coco Solito fire stations, two of the
ten stations in the Canal Zone Fire Division, will be transferred to
Panama. According to Fire Protection Subcommittee co-chairman
Mike Gordon, the stations at Corozal, Pedro Miguel, Gamboa, Rodman,
Howard, Mount Hope, Gatun and Fort Sherman will remain with the
Canal Commission. Mount Hope will continue to be the main station on
the Atlantic side of the Isthmus, and Corozal will become the main
station for the Pacific.
Co-chairing the Subcommittee with Gordon is Col. Guillermo Le-
Blanc, Inspector General for the Republic of Panama Bomberos. Gor-
don says the cooperation among those serving on the subcommittee is a
continuation of the traditional excellent and apolitical coordination that
has always existed between the Bomberos and the Canal Fire Division.
Panama intends to offer the best possible fire protection from the two
stations. Gordon stated that everything possible is being done to min-
imize the number of employees who will be negatively affected by the
transfer of Balboa and Coco Solito stations.
A United States-Panama system and secondary responsibility in
responding to call on the basis of geographic location will begin after
treaty implementation, Gordon said.
****Dr. Robert G. Matheney,
Chief, Division of Veterinary
Medicine, today winds up his
professional career of 36 years
with the Canal Zone Health Bu-
Born in Philadelphia, he was 6
months old when his mother
brought him to the Isthmus in
the summer of 1919 to join his
father who had come earlier to
work in the old Mechanical Divi-
sion. Jessica Matheney and her
son travelled for 10 days on
board the Panama Railroad
Steamship Line's Allianca, one ,'
of the stormiest voyages the
ship had ever experienced.
Dr. Matheney attended Canal Zone schools and after graduating
from Balboa High School, went to Texas A&M University, where in
1943 he earned the degree, doctor of veterinary medicine. In 1958, he
obtained a post-doctoral master's degree magna cum laude in Public
Health from the Graduate School of the University of Michigan at Ann
One of the few remaining employees of the Panama Canal to have
worked in the Republic of Panama, Dr. Matheney began his career in
1943 as a veterinary intern in the Colon Health Office. Dr. Matheney
was appointed to his present position in the Health Director's Office in
1952 and for the past 26 years has been responsible for all veterinary
medical activities on the Isthmus, including veterinary hospitals,
quarantine stations, a diagnostic and research laboratory, and a large
variety of public health programs that still require his attention in the
Dr. Matheney is a member of many professional organizations,
including the Canal Zone Veterinary Medical Association, of which he is
a founder and past president. Mrs. Matheney, who is from Wisconsin
and a graduate of Marquette University, was employed at Gorgas
Hospital prior to their marriage. Evelyn has been most active as a
painter and member of the National League of American Pen Women.
The Matheneys will remain on the Isthmus for a few weeks, he to
attend to his personal affairs and to enjoy some dry season fishing in
the Perlas Islands while Evelyn closes out her local activities.
Wherever they settle, both plan to indulge their favorite pastimes. As
a Panama Canal history buff, he plans to continue researching this
subject in greater depth and perhaps do some writing on his experi-
ences here. As a connoisseur of good food and a gourmet cook, he is
looking forward also to more time for experimenting with new rec-
ipes. Evelyn will make plans for travel which both enjoy. It was on a
cruise aboard the United Fruit Co.'s SS TOLOA that they first met in
1940. But first of all they will go to St. Petersburg and visit with his de-
lightful mother known by her many friends as "Mrs. Wonderful."
Jessica Matheney is now a cheerful, charming 85. She still drives her
car, meets regularly with her old friends, gives dinner parties and
enjoys going to those of others, where undoubtedly the conversation
often turns nostalgically to those happy bygone days in the Canal Zone.
****The Office of the Financial Vice President announces that effec-
tive with Pay Period No. 3, beginning February 11, employee housing
and telephone rates will be increased. Housing rents will be increased
7.1 percent, while the biweekly charge for a direct telephone will be
increased from $3.25 to $3.50 with the direct telephone extensions
being increased from 60 cents to 65 cents.
****The results of the 79th Audubon Annual Christmas Bird Count
are being tallied, and it looks as though Atlantic side birders may have
done it again. Last year they set a world record for sighting 344
different species within a 15-mile diameter count circle on the Atlantic
side. This year they topped that figure by 12, making a grand total of
The Canal Zone is divided into three circles for the census. The
central count, made in the area including the Gamboa Pipeline Road
and Barro Colorado Island, totaled 285 species; and on the Pacific side,
birders spotted 328 species. Both counts will also probably exceed any
made elsewhere in the world. It is estimated that there are about 544
different species of birds that can be found on the Isthmus. Among the
rarer birds sighted this year was the Rufous-vented Ground-cuckoo, a
bird half again the size of a domestic chicken that was spotted by an
amateur birder on Pipeline Road. Several experienced birders saw
another rare bird, the Sunbittern, found exclusively along certain
streams in the Pipeline area. The Christmas counts, sponsored by the
National Audubon Society, involved more than 30,000 people in North
and Central America and throughout the Caribbean, Nathan Gale,
chairman of the Panama Audubon Society's scientific committee and
compiler of the Canal Zone census, says that about 25 local birders
participated. In addition there was a group from Canada, a lieutenant
colonel from New York, a student from Dartmouth University, a bio-
chemist from Stanford University Medical Center, and the wife of a
well-known architect from Houston. All had heard or read about the
prolific environment of Panama and wrote Dr. Gale volunteering to
take part in this year's count.
Mabel Deshayes of Houston was here for the fourth time. She has
come to know the Canal Zone and Panama like the back of her hand
and marvels at the accessibility residents here have to a vast array of
bird, plant and animal life. "Daybreak in the Canal Zone," she says, "is
like an explosion. You need ten pairs of eyes to see all the birds."
The information accumulated on Christmas counts has been
submitted to the State Department by Dr. Gale and used in the
preparation of the Final Environmental Inpact Statement for the New
Panama Canal Treaties published in December 1977. The Christmas
counts have proved invaluable to biologists who have used the infor-
mation in choosing project sites. Also scientists from the United
States have come here to examine migratory birds that may carry
diseases fatal to livestock. With this type of data they are able to
anticipate and vaccinate against an outbreak of the disease. .. .. 12
****Capt. John D. Thurber, USN, has been appointed marine director
of the Panama Canal and assumed his duties last week. He succeeds
Capt. Richard A. Dickins who has been named chief, Canal Support
Division. With many years of experience at sea, the new marine
director comes to the Canal from the Philippines, where he was
assigned as assistant chief of staff for Operations and Plans from
November 1976. He was a graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy at
Annapolis Class of 1956. He is a master instructor with the Profes-
sional Association of Diving Instructors, and has been a published
contributor to Campus, Skin Diver and Oceans magazines. Capt.
Thurber and his wife, the former Joan Orr of Burlington, Iowa, have
two children, Kathy, 18, and John-Shannon, 14 ..... 26 January 1979.
****U.S. and Panama Sign Agreements on Prisoner Transfers and
burial at Corozal Cemetery on January 11 called for in the Panama
Canal Treaties and related documents. The first agreement will make it
possible for Americans arrested and convicted under Panamanian legal
jurisdiction to request to serve their sentences in penal institutions in
the United States. Under the treaty, Panamanians convicted of crimes
in the United States will have the same right to petition their transfer
to Panamanian institutions to serve their sentences.
The treaty provides special protection to U.S.-citizen employees
of the Panama Canal Commission and the Department of Defense, and
their dependents, between October 1, 1979 and the year 2000. Ac-
cording to the Treaty, U.S.-citizen employees and their dependents
who might be sentenced under Panamanian legal jurisdiction, will
automatically be transferred to U.S. penal institutions upon their
request. All other U.S. citizens, such as tourist, businessmen and un-
official residents, will be able to petition the American Embassy in
Panama for their transfer to U.S. penal institutions. If both govern-
ments agree on the transfer, the prisoner will be sent to the United
Panamanians convicted under U.S. law will be able to make sim-
ilar requests to their Embassy in Washington.
This provision will be effective for five years and is automatical-
ly renewable unless the U.S. government or the Government of
Panama wishes to terminate it.
The United States has similar treaties with Mexico, Bolivia and
The second agreement concerning Corozal Cemetery in the
present Canal Zone, where many United States citizens, military and
civilian, are buried, provides that a portion of that cemetery will be
permanently maintained in the future by the American Battle Monu-
ments Commission as a suitable resting place for deceased Americans.
According to the agreement, Americans working for the Panama
Canal Commission, military personnel and civilian employees of the
Department of Defense and dependents of both groups, may be buried
there until the year 2000.
****Gov. H. R. Parfitt has announced the temporary appointments of
two new bureau directors and two new heads of staff offices to fill
positions vacated by retiring Canal officials.
Deputy Personnel Director Ronald L. Seely has been appointed
acting personnel director. A second-generation Canal employee,
Seeley was born in Panama and attended Canal Zone schools. He
joined the Canal organization as a personnel assistant in 1957 and
through the years succeeded to the position of chief of the Labor
Management Relations Staff and later headed the Personnel Bureau's
Special Programs Staff.
Raymond P. Laverty, deputy director of Supply and Community
Services, has been named acting director of that bureau. Laverty
holds a master's degree in Industrial Management from Boston
University. He joined the Canal organization in 1958 and coming up
through the ranks has occupied the positions of assistant supply offi-
cer, assistant retail store superintendent, assistant general manager
of the Supply Division.
Assistant Information Officer Victor G. Canel has been promoted
to the position of acting information officer. Born in Staten Island,
N.Y. and raised in Cuba, Canel is a fourth-generation newsman. Be-
fore joining the Canal organization in 1964 as assistant to the
information officer, Canel was employed for 16 years as Spanish editor
for Pan American World Airways in Miami.
Joseph Fernandez has been appointed acting chief of the Internal
Security Office, having served as deputy chief since he joined the
Canal organization in 1976. A native of Tampa, FL, he is a graduate of
the University of Florida, where he did graduate work and later
taught language and history. Fernandez is a retired Air Force
colonel with 25 years of service, two of which were spent as director of
intelligence of the U.S. Southern Command.
The Governor also named two new deputy bureau directors to
replace men who were promoted. William D. Young, chief of the
Internal Security Office since 1977, succeeds Seeley as acting deputy
personnel director. Young has occupied various positions within the
Personnel Bureau. Laverty's successor as acting deputy director of
the Supply and Community Service Bureau is Richard D. Morgan,
who joined the Canal in 1965.
****According to the Canal Zone Civilian Personnel Policy Coordinat-
ing Board, Secretary of the Army Clifford Alexander has approved a
change in regulations which will entitle some additional U.S.-citizen
employees to receive the tropical differential. This amendment
became effective January 1, 1979 ..... 19 January 1979
****The Panama Canal Treaty of 1977 states that U.S. citizens who
were employed by the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Govern-
ment prior to entry into force of the Treaty and who are displaced
from employment as a direct result of implementation of the treaty will
be provided maximum possible placement assistance. Similar assist-
ance will also be provided to employees of other U.S. Government
agencies in the Canal Zone who are involuntarily separated as a result
of Treaty implementation. In addition, special placement assistance
will be extended to U.S.-citizen employees of the Panama Canal
Company or Canal Zone government who desire other Federal
employment within the United States.
The Personnel Bureau has received information on a Federal
Government-wide placement program for C.Z. employees to be
administered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). The
program will go into effect on April 1.
Two priority levels of employment consideration have been es-
tablished by OPM. Priority level 1 consists of those U.S.-citizen
employees of the Panama Canal Company, Canal Zone Government
and other Federal agencies in the C.Z. who are involuntarily
separated as a direct result of the Treaty. Priority level 2 is made up
of U.S.-citizen employees of the Panama Canal Company of Canal Zone
Government who wish to obtain other Federal employment in the
U.S. even though they are not scheduled for separation.
With certain exceptions, agencies in the United States will not be
able to fill positions by any other means when priority level 1
employees are qualified and available. When priority level 2 em-
ployees are qualified and available, agencies will not be permitted to
fill positions by appointments from outside the agency. Agencies may
object to a C.Z. referral only if he/she does not meet the qualification
standards published by the Office of Personnel Management or
selective factors approved by the area office.
Priority level 1 employees will be permitted to register for the
special placement assistance program throughout the life of the
Treaty from the time of the receipt of their separation notices until 90
days after the effective date of separation. Priority level 2 employees
may register any time within five years after April 1, 1979.
****This week the Personnel Bureau distributed Notices of Transfer
of Function to more than 3,000 employees of the Panama Canal
Company/Canal Zone Government who will be transferred to the De-
partment of Defense on October 1, 1979. The letters which outline the
options available to employees involved in the transfer and compare
their present benefits to those they will receive as employees of the
Department of Defense.
****Federal regulations state that a resignation is binding on an em-
ployee once he has submitted it. On this basis an agency may refuse to
permit the employee to withdraw a voluntary resignation or volun-
tary retirement provided that there exists a valid reason for such
****Tom Halvosa had the coveted Eagle Scout Badge pinned on his
uniform by his mother at the Court of Honor held by Ancon Troop 5,
St. Luke's Cathedral. Tom holds all 24 merit badges, and is a member
of the Order of the Arrow, the honor camper's brotherhood within the
Boy Scouts of America. For his Eagle service project, Tom assisted by
members of his troop, collected and repaired toys for the Pediatric
Ward at Gorgas Hospital. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hal-
vosa of Los Rios ..... 9 February 1979
*****Going DOD? Too much leave may pose a problem. Employees are
reminded of the need to submit leave requests early so that leave
schedules will best accommodate all employees and minimize disrup-
tions to the work. Employees are also reminded that while leave can
be accumulated up to a maximum of 760 hours by the end of the leave
year, hours in excess of 760 are forfeited. If employees cannot be per-
mitted to take scheduled leave in order to reduce their leave balance
to 760 hours by the end of the leave year, special exceptions may be
authorized by the lieutenant governor to permit carrying over the
excess leave to the following year.
****The new pilot launch Cormorant arrived this week at Pier 14,
Cristobal to join the Canal's fleet of 32 launches and utility boats. The
first of 9 launches being constructed for the Panama Canal by the
Drovo Steelship Corp. of Pine Bluff, AK, the Cormorant arrived at
Cristobal under its own power, driven by a 230 horsepower Detroit
diesel engine. A second pilot launch, the Darter, is due on the Isthmus
at the end of this month and the remaining 7 are expected at the Canal
at 60-day intervals, with all of the new boats expected to be on the
Isthmus by January 1980.
Constructed at a cost of $1.5 million or approximately $174,000
each the launches are 48 feet long, have a beam of 13 feet and weight 25
tons. Built to comply with U.S. Coast Guard requirements, they are of a
standard pilot launch design originally procured from the Gladding
Hearne Shipbuilding Co. of Somerset, Mass. They have speed of 12
miles an hour, fuel capacity of 1,000 gallons of diesel and are equipped
with a fathometer for measuring depth.
Among the novel features on the 9 new launches is a self-charg-
ing, high-pressure hydraulic starting system that eliminates the main-
tenance of batteries. In an emergency situation, the engine can be
started by a hand pump that charges the accumulator. The launches
also are equipped with keel-coolers that are recessed into the hull,
which no longer necessitates salt water for cooling the engine. An
outstanding feature on the new launches is a fuel conservation factor
consisting of an alarm system that has been installed on the engine
which turns on upon exceeding 1,600 rpm. This feature, which is
expected to save approximately 30 to 40 percent of fuel consumption,
does not negate the use of full power on the engine in maneuvering
****With the entry into force of the treaties, the Panama Canal Com-
mission must cease operation of all commercial services currently
carried on by the Panama Canal Company/Canal Zone Government.
On that date, 19 units, including retail stores, gasoline stations, bowl-
ing alleys, movie theaters and vending sites, will be transferred to the
Republic of Panama. The mission of the Commercial Services Sub-
committee, under the leadership of Jack Corrigan and his Panamanian
counterpart Roberto Heurtematte, is to develop plans for the transfer
of installations and services and to insure the continuation of those
services specifically mentioned in the treaty. In addition, the sub-com-
mittee is consulting with representatives of the Army & Air Force
Exchange Service and the Army commissary system, since U.S.-citi-
zen employees will have access to these facilities for five years from
the date the treaty is implemented.
The major facilities that will go to Panama are: Balboa theater,
annex, cafeteria and bowling alley; LaBoca gas station and vehicle
maintenance section; Coco Solo theater, housewares annex, furniture
store, gas station and vehicle maintenance section; Paraiso commis-
sary, theater and gas station; Gamboa theater and super market;
Rainbow City superette and theater; and the Pacific Luncheonette.
The treaty provides "recreational and entertainment activities
comparable to those currently provided" for the life of the treaty.
Corrigan said that Panamanian subcommittee members have ex-
pressed their intention to provide service equal to that which Canal
employees are presently receiving.
In recognition of the impact that the addition of 2,400
U.S. employees of the Commission and their families will have on the
Army commissary system, the military has agreed to operate the Bal-
boa and Coco Solo supermarkets on a five-day a week, eight-hour a
day basis. Corrigan explained that the schedule will overlap with the
Fort Gulick and Corozal commissaries to give employees six days a
week of supermarket shopping.
The commission will keep both the Balboa shoestore and House-
wares building to use as office space. Albrook will expand facilities to
meet customers needs in these areas.
Corrigan said military is planning a tri-level store that will sell
furniture from Taiwan, from the United States, and rattan furniture
from the Philippines and a "four-seasons' store that will sell outdoor
furniture, sporting goods, barbecue equipment and other goods for
The Optical Shop at Balboa will close on October 1, and the work
will be handled at Fort Clayton by a post exchange concessionaire.
Because 93 percent of the volume of work done at the Ancon Laundry
is for the Canal Zone schools and Gorgas Hospital, the laundry will
also be transferred to the Department of the Army to be used as an
institutional facility ..... 16 February 1979
****Gov. H. R. Parfitt told members of the Committee on Post
Office and Civil Service of the House of Representatives on Friday
that in his personal view "..... the employee provisions of the imple-
menting legislation to a greater extent than the financial, organiza-
tional and other parts of the law will determine whether or not the
Canal will continue to function in the same exceptional manner that
has characterized its operation since 1914." Parfitt was the first
person to testify at the six hours of hearings held in the Training
Center on Friday and Saturday.
Seven members of the Committee, whose major responsibility in
regard to the implementing legislation is Title III dealing with
employee and postal matters, were on hand for the hearings. They
were: James M. Hanley (D-NY), chairman; Charles H. Wilson (D-CA);
Patricia Schroeder (D-CO); Gladys N. Spellman (D-MD); Edward J.
Derwinski (R-IL); Gene Taylor (R-MO); and Tom J. Corcoran (R-ILL).
The representatives are considering two versions of the legislation
H.R. 1716, submitted by the Administration, and H.R. III, also known
as the "Murphy bill," sponsored by John M. Murphy (D-NY), chairman
of the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. The differences be-
tween the two bills in regard to employee rights and benefits appear
to be minimal.
The Governor told the representatives that timely enactment of
the legislation is essential and that a delay in its passage beyond early
summer would have an adverse impact on the Canal organization's
personnel administration, labor relations, financial management and
relocation of activities. He said also that a good percentage of Canal
employees are deferring decisions as to their futures until the
implementing legislation is passed and they see what it contains in the
way of an early retirement option. Parfitt said he believes the early
retirement option extending throughout the life of the Treaty "will do
more than any other single feature of the legislation toward
maintaining a skilled work force at the Canal."
Under questioning by Hanley, Governor Parfitt said that the big-
gest cost involved in the implementation of the Treaty would be the
early retirement package which some Administration officials have
estimated would run between $8 and $9 million per year for 30 years.
Questioned as to where he believed the funds for the early retire-
ment package should come from, the Governor indicated that he
believed taking the funds from the general treasury rather than from
the Federal employees retirement fund would be "consistent with the
Asked how many Canal employees would be eligible for immedi-
ate retirement under the early out option, the Governor responded
that an estimated 1500 would be eligible. Spellman expressed concern
over the cost of the implementation, specifically in regard to the effect
it might have on the solvency of the Federal employees retirement
fund. She chairs the Compensation and Employee Benefit Subcommit-
tee. Spellman joined with other Committee members in saying she be-
lieves the legislation will face an uphill battle to gain passage in the
House because some members see it as a political tool with which to
express their dissatisfaction with the Treaty itself. She predicted that
the high costs involved in the implementation will elicit a negative re-
action from a Congress that is in "no mood for spending" and that
lately has used the Federal employee as a "whipping boy."
In thanking Governor Parfitt for his testimony, Hanley said that
his committee recognizes the Governor as an authority on the Treaty
and as one who is in a far better position to advise than others might
be. He told the Governor not to be reluctant to "make us aware of
your observations if there's something we're doing wrong or some
shortcoming you observe."
On Saturday Phillip Henry, president of Rainbow City Civil Coun-
cil and the Congress of Latin American Civic Councils, asked the
Committee to extend the special immigration provision contained in
the implementing legislation to all Panamanian employees of the Canal
organization regardless of place of residence. The legislation current-
ly offers the benefit to a limited group living within the Canal Zone.
Previous testimony brought to light that an estimated 47,000
Panamanians would be eligible to immigrate to the United States
under the provision that now stands. The issue of an ombudsman to
represent Canal employees during the crucial months of the transition
was raised by Pacific Civic Council President Richard Cheville. The
suggestion was favorably received by the Congressional representa-
tives ..... 23 February 1979
****By the end of his visit on Sunday Murphy was expressing grave
concern that "some of the key understandings that underlie the
Treaty are now in a shambles." Murphy told members of the press
prior to his departure for Washington, D.C. Sunday afternoon that
interpretations by representatives of the Government of Panama that
violate "not just the spirit but even the letter of the Treaty" could
result at worst in "no Treaty to implement" and at best in a need to
clarify the terms of the Treaty in a fashion that "will allow no misin-
terpretation by Panama as to the intent of the United States."
Murphy and members of his committee listened to two days of
testimony that began with Gov. H. R. Parfitt and included representa-
tives of the Canal Zone labor and civic groups. On the Isthmus for the
hearings as members of the Panama Canal Subcommittee were rank-
ing minority member Robert Bauman (R-MD); David Bonior (D-
Mich.); Norman Lent (R-NY); William Carney (R-NY); Michael Lowry
(D-WA); Joe Wyatt (D-TX); and Melvin Evans (D-Virgin Islands).
Between sessions the Congressmen met with the PC Authority,
headed by former Panamanian Ambassador to the United States
Gabriel Lewis Galindo, where issues brought out in the previous day
and a half of testimony were discussed. Representative Bauman said
that on the basis of what the committee heard on its visit here, he be-
lieves the House will adopt a much stronger legislation than what the
Administration wants. "We will look for areas to put under Congres-
sional control so that there will be no misunderstandings," Bauman
said. Governor Parfitt spoke out strongly in favor of the Administra-
tion's bill, which would pattern the Panama Canal Commission after
the present Panama Canal Company. Like the Company, the Commis-
sion would be a wholly-owned U.S. Government corporation which
submits a budget each year for review and approval by the Congress.
He pointed out that the Company has been completely self-suffi-
cient financially; that while authorized to seek appropriations to cover
losses or to borrow up to $40 million, it has never done so; and that in
its 28 years of existence the Company has paid back to the U.S.
Treasury $40 million as a return on the Government's investment and
$311 million in interest. "There are not many Government agencies
that can boast of such a record," Parfitt said.
Gov. Parfitt testified that rough estimates of the tolls increase
required to cover the increased costs of operating the Canal after
October 1 are approximately 14 percent under the Administration's
bill and about 35 percent under the Murphy bill. His concern as an
operator is "whether the value of Canal services is such that world
shipping will be able and willing to bear the costs."
Congressman Bauman told the Governor that the committee was
being forced to decide whether the taxpayer or tolls will cover certain
of the costs of operating the Canal in spite of the fact that President
Carter pledged that the Treaty would not cost Americans anything.
The Governor replied, "I have consistently stated that there are
costs to the U.S. taxpayer ." but clarified that they do not include
the direct payments to Panama.
In his final statement before leaving the Isthmus, Congressman
Murphy said, "We will now go back to Washington and attempt to
write, within the next month and a half, the best possible legislation,"
He said that he realized the importance of the employee benefits in
the implementing legislation and also committed himself to doing "all
that can be done to maintain the quality of services and life now found
in the Canal Zone.".... 2 March 1979
****Judge Darrell F. Brown who left the Isthmus at the end of Feb-
ruary for his new position in the U.S. took with him six years of
experience as Magistrate on the Atlantic side and a number of awards
and trophies. Judge Brown assumed his new duties as Deputy At-
torney General in the State Attorney General's Office in Little Rock,
Succeeding Judge Brown as Cristobal Magistrate is Judge John
E. Deming, who retired in March 1970 following 15 years of service as
Magistrate of the Balboa court. Judge Deming came from Dothan, AL
where he and his wife have been making their retirement home. He
will serve as Cristobal Magistrate until October 1 of this year ..... 9
****The Personnel Bureau will soon establish a Reemployment Prior-
ity List (RPL) to assist those Company/Government employees sep-
arated because of reduction in force in obtaining reemployment with
the Panama Canal Commission. This special placement effort will be-
come effective October 1, 1979.
The RPL will contain the names of all career and career-condi-
tional employees of the Canal organization who are RIF'd as a result of
Treaty implementation. These employees will automatically receive
priority consideration for all vacancies within the Panama Canal Com-
mission for which they are qualified.
****The recent rise in daytime burglaries in Canal Zone residential
areas led the Spillway to seek guidance for its readers on ways to pre-
vent such crimes. (These suggestions that follow by Lt. George R.
Tochterman and Sergeant Henry Twohy of the CZ Police are good for
all to heed in their day-to-day living. Ed.)
The officers stressed that awareness to the point of suspicious-
ness on the part of all citizens is the key to preventing household
burglaries. Tochterman said that residents should report to the police
any suspicious-looking persons seen loitering in your areas. Experi-
ence has shown that many burglaries are committed after a house has
been carefully "cased" by the thief to find out when the members of
the household leave for school and work and what time the domestic
help arrives. If the suspect is on foot, Tochterman said, try to get a
description for the police. If the person is parked in or cruising around
a residential area, the make, color and license plate number of the
vehicle could prove to be valuable.
Twohy said, "I wouldn't dream of going off for the weekend with-
out asking my neighbors to keep an eye on my house." A call to the
police by a concerned neighbor has led to many an arrest. A neighbor
can pick up newspapers that would otherwise collect and tip off a
would-be burglar. "No one should be allowed through the door
without your approval," Twohy said. Keep your doors locked in the
daytime even when you are at home. Other safeguards are to install
pick-plates, stainless steel guards that keep door latches from being
picked open; burglar pins, which are screwed into the framing on the
hinge side of the door to prevent the door from being removed; and
plywood panels used to seal off doors with jalousie-type windows in
Tochterman recommends that residents inventory all their val-
uables and put a permanent identifying mark on them. Photographing
valuables as a way of identifying them in case of theft is a great idea.
****Little George Gilbert Beckwith has been flat on his back most of
the time since he was born five years ago. When not lying on his bed,
George was carried by his mother, or sprawled on the floor. That is
where the late Tommy Thomson first saw him several months ago at
his parents home in Cerro Punta. Thanks to Tommy Thomson's con-
cern for humanity and the large hearted generosity of the members of
the Balboa Elks, Lodge 1414, Balboa, George now can sit up in a chair
made especially for him.
George is a victim of cerebral palsy. Thomson, who was director
of Palo Seco Hospital for many years, brought the boy's plight to the
attention of physicians in David's Social Security Hospital and Gorgas
Hospital and Dr. James Wolf, coordinator of Special Education. They
all recommended a relaxation chair that would help his posture. When
the Balboa Elks were approached for help, they decided to use Lodge
funds to have a chair built and make a gift of it to the child. At a
ceremony held last Wednesday at the Balboa Elks, the chair was
donated to the little boy in memory of humanitarian Tommy Thomson
who died early this year. Throughout the years, the compassion and
goodwill of the Balboa Elks has been manifested in numerous acts of
benevolence and social service ..... 16 March 1979
****The RIF notices for Canal employees who are to be affected by
treaty-generated job abolishments are now expected to be issued late
in June. The reason for this change is a new ruling just received from
the Office of Personnel Management in Washington which required
that most Supply Division positions not involved in supermarket
operations must be treated as job abolishments rather than
transfers of function to Department of Defense units ..... 23 March
****What will happen to mail addressed to the Canal Zone that
arrives on the Isthmus after October 1, when the CZ and the CZ
Postal Service will no longer exist? There are plans to deal with this
eventuality by authorizing a new postal assistance unit within the
Administrative Services Division. For five years from the date of
implementation, the unit will reroute mail to its proper address in the
military APO system, the Panama postal system or wherever in the
world the addressee has relocated. If the addressee cannot be located,
the unit employees will return the mail to sender. The postal assist-
ance unit will also have the responsibility of handling and distributing
official Panama Canal Commission mail. Canal employees will be
notified later this year concerning their options to transfer their
postal address to the APO system or to use the Panama system.
Those employees who opt to use the APO system for the allowed
five-year period will receive change of address cards well in advance
of the transfer.
****The vacant buildings in the Rainbow City high school complex
have been leased to Panama and will be integrated into the Colon
school system. The buildings have not been used since December 1977
when the Latin American school system was phased out ..... 20
****Hugh A. Norris is retiring as director of the Executive Planning
Staff and will head for the U.S. in June after a lifetime spent in the
Canal Zone. Norris' career has been the story of a "local boy makes
good." There are few activities that occur in the Canal operation or in
treaty planning that don't come across his desk. His wife, Ara Stuart
Norris, is in charge of in-service education for the Department of
Nursing Services at the Gorgas Hospital. She will also retire soon.
****Deputy Marine Director Capt. William E. Hopkins is ending a
career of 27 years' service with the Panama Canal today. He has the
distinction of having served as the senior control pilot on the largest
vessel to ever transit the Canal. This was in April 1973, when the San
Juan Prospector (972' x 106') transited the waterway. In addition,
while on leave, Captain Hopkins has served as a pilot aboard large
cruise ships in and out of the San Blas Islands. Among the vessels he
piloted was the SS Raffaello, the largest cruise ship to enter the San
Blas Islands. Captain Hopkins and his wife Margaret, secretary to the
dean of the Canal Zone College, will make their retirement home in
Miami, FL..... 6 April 1979
PANAMA President Has His 'Brother Billy,' Too! By Alfonso
Chardy. (Taken in part from The Miami Herald, Sunday, March 4,
1979). BALBOA, Panama Canal Zone He is No Billy Carter. Yet,
there might be some parallel drawn between Carter and the brother
of Panama's new president, Aristides Royo.
Although Royo's older brother, Ricardo, 41 is not embarrassing
the President by cashing in on his link to the top, he is said to have put
his brother in an uncomfortable position. Ricardo Royo is an officer in
the U.S.-controlled Canal Zone police force, which for some Panaman-
ian nationalist is the ultimate symbol of "American hegemony" in
Panama and Latin America. After all, the President is the heir to
Panama's charismatic strongman, Gen. Omar Torrijos, hero of the
new canal treaties.
Royo, the 38-year-old president, is a former education minister
and one-time treaty negotiator. He studied in Panamanian schools and
European colleges. He is trim, dapper and says he neither smokes nor
drinks. He rises with the sun daily and jogs.
Royo, the policeman, is heavily influenced by American culture,
having attended Canal Zone schools and worked for the Canal Zone
government before joining the police department in 1964. He was one
of the first Panamanians to be accepted in the force as a result of
anti-Zone riots then. He is heavier than his brother. He shuns beer,
preferring rum and coke, and chain-smokes Camel cigarettes.
Both Royo brothers speak English the president with slight
British accent and the policeman with a trace of southern drawl
through he has never visited the States.
In 1968, four years after becoming a Canal Zone policeman,
Ricardo was assigned to protect the man who now is his brother's
chief political foe Arnulfo Arias, Panama's three-time former
president. Panama's National Guard had overthrown Arias after 11
days in office and then took refuge in the Canal Zone.
Sources close to the Royo government maintain the President is
not embarrassed by his brother. However, they indicate Royo has
tried to convince his brother to wait and perhaps join the government.
Ricardo says there is "no way I'm going to resign as a policeman. My
brother could never afford to pay me what I made as a Canal Zone
policeman unless he made me a minister."
Royo said he will continue on as a policeman until the CZ police
force is phased out 30 months into the treaty transition. Then he and
his family would be eligible to immigrate to the United States under
At his two-story house, Canal Zone Company assigned home in
Balboa, Ricardo and Vilma Royo have two color photographs on a
small table in the living room. One is of the President and it bears a
brief message: "To Rica, Vilma and my nephews and nieces, from the
uncle who loves them." The other picture shows Royo in his blue
policeman uniform and the American flag in the background.
Other interesting Headlines from various newspapers through-
out the country are as follows:
****Gannett Westchester Newspapers/Wed., February 7, 1979
PANAMA CANAL DYING RAPIDLY by Roger Langley Washington
- in a few years ships may no longer be able to pass through the
Panama Canal. "Deforestation Death to the Panama Canal", reveals
that the problems began years ago with the reckless cutting of trees
that set off an ecological time bomb. The rape of the forests in the high
country has caused huge runoffs and the watertable has been lowered
to a dangerous level. The problem is compounded because the fresh
water lakes also are used for drinking water for Colon and Panama
City and for hydroelectric power. Everytime a ship passes through
the locks, 52 million gallons of fresh water flows into the sea and this
happens 15,000 times a year. This disposes of more than half of the
runoff from the Canal watershed," the State Department report said.
"Nevertheless, a set of locks one-third larger is under consideration
which would require an even greater amount of fresh water for each
additional ship passage..."
***Star & Herald/February 21, 1979
Panama Protests Over CZ Plans to Transfer "Old 299" to U.S.
Museum. Panama's Canal Authority general director Gabriel Lewis
Galindo lodged a protest yesterday over the removal of one of
Panama's "national historical heritages" for shipment to a museum in
****Congressional Record, Washington/Wed., March 7, 1979
"House of Representatives DON'T MAKE A 4 BILLION DOLLAR
MISTAKE. The Senate approved the Panama treaties in 1978 with
ringing assurances that there would be no cost to U.S. Taxpayers. We
see U.S. taxpayers facing a mountainous $4 billion price tag just to
pay the transfer costs for giving away the Panama Canal. This means
it will cost every American family of four no less than $472 for imple-
mentation of the Panama Canal treaties. The plan to give Panama
with a huge toll increase, guarantees that Americans will pay higher
prices for our food and fuel. Why not let charity begin at home? Mr.
Speaker, I have introduced legislation H.R. 1958, called the "Taxpayer
Relief Amendments to Panama Treaty Legislation" which prevents
irresponsible and even illegal transfer of American property and
assets and prohibits any use of U.S. taxpayer money to implement the
Panama Canal treaties of 1977 ... Mr. Hansen."
****Sarasota Tribune/March 1979 Panama is issuing green and
white license plates identical to those in the zone but bearing the
slogan "Panama Soberana" (Panama is Sovereign) a battle cry
during the struggle to gain control of the canal.
****New Orleans Times Picayune/Sunday, March 25, 1979
The great port of New Orleans, and the other ports of the nation
have much at stake if the Panama Canal operations run smoothly after
the conventional treaties come into force in October. There is no way
the treaties can be paid from tolls on ships transiting the seaway. This
means the treaties are going to cost the U.S. taxpayers many millions
of dollars in the future. If the tolls are raised up to 25 or 50 percent this
could mean that ships would bypass the "big ditch" and take the long
****The Ledger/Friday, March 30,1979
House Vetoes Aid to Panama Washington (AP) Possibly
venting their ire against treaties to turn the Panama Canal over to
Panama, House members have voted 272-117 against granting $2.5
million in U.S. aid to the Central American nation President
Carter has asked for a bill making the Panama Canal Commission a
government corporation not directly dependent on Congress for its
annual operating money.
****St. Petersburg Times/Wednesday, April 4, 1979
A House committee approved a Panama Canal bill Tuesday that
President Carter's advisers said violates the spirit of the treaties. The
bill provides for U.S. military operation of the canal in wartime and
would virtually eliminate $10-million in potential canal profits for
Panama. It also would put peacetime operations of the canal under the
direction of the U.S. secretary of defense until the canal is turned over
to Panama on Jan. 1, 2000, under the treaties.
****House rejects plan for aid to Panama St. Petersburg Times/
Friday, April 6, 1979 by Jim Adams
The House Thursday turned down a $12-million proposal for
foreign aid to Panama in a move seen as a slap at the Panama Canal
treaties. The House voted 246-150 to cut all U.S. aid for Panama out of
$4.2 billion U.S. economic aid bill except $1.5 million in Food for
****Poll indicated Sen. Stone's popularity has dropped 14% during
the last year, largely because he supported the Panama Canal treaty,
a Gannett News Service poll released today shows. "He went against
his mail, which was 10-1 opposing ratification of the Panama Canal
treaty. He went against his constituents," complained a middle-aged
man in Hillsborough County, who rated Stone as a poor senator.
Taken from the St. Petersburg Times, Sunday, April 15, 1979.
Pictured above is THE FREELAND R. HOLLOWELL Family
with C. Z. GOVERNOR H. R. PARFITT on the occasion of presenta-
tion of THE MASTER KEY TO THE PANAMA CANAL LOCKS to
MR. HOLLOWELL by the GOVERNOR on April 10. The Certificate
was issued in the grade of master Coordinator for his involvement in
various civic activities. From left to right is FREELAND SR., sons
FREELAND JR., DAVID, daughter LAURIE, wife MARY (Straus)
and GOVERNOR PARFITT. FREELAND retired as General Fore-
man Ancon Repair Shops, Motor Transportation Division on March
23, 1979 and will leave the Canal Zone with his family in May when his
wife MARY also retires to make their home in DOTHAN, ALA-
BAMA. LAURIE and DAVID will enter High School in Dothan and
FREELAND JR. is working for EXXON as a Tankerman out of
BATON ROUGE, LA., he plans on going back to the National River
Academy sometime in late summer.
Mrs. Florence S. Atwell
Mr. James P. Boukalis
Mr. George F. Brawand
Mr. Frank D. Burrell
Mr. Quentin R. Cooper
Mr. Paul L. Elia
Mrs. Anna G. Fadden
Mr. Kenneth L. Fish
Mrs. Rhoda L. Fox
Mr. Veville C. Fraim
Mr. Henry A. Gaskin
Mr. John R. Gough
Mrs. Jeanne R. Hart
Mr. Freeland R. Hollowell
Mr. William E. Hopkins
Mrs. Ruth P. Huldtquist
Mrs. Carolyn G. Johnson
Mr. Mike Kandrin
Mrs. Marion L. Mallory
Mr. R. Bowdoin Mathews II
Mrs. Maria D.Myers
Mr. Hugh A. Norris
Ms. Roberta J. Paterson
Mrs. Elizabeth I. Quintero
Mrs. Evelyn Rankin
Mr. James W. Riley
Mr. Billy L. Runnion
Mr. John H. Simson
Mr. James L. Snyder
Mr. Wesley H. Sparling
Mr. John M. Stuart
Mr. Preston M. Trim Jr.
Mr. Marion B. Woodruff
Coco Solo Hospital 25
Financial Planning 36
Office of Health Director 25
Motor Transportation 35
Office of Director Marine B. 27
Office of E & C Director 28
Community Servs. 26
Office of the General Counsel 28
Accounting Div. Claims Br. 27
Executive Planning Staff 32
Palo Seco Hospital 32
Transit Operations 31
Transit Operations 28
Transit Operations 34
Casey (Kaye Colette) Cotton and David Allen Russell were
married January 6, 1979 in Slidell, Louisiana. The bride is the
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Cotton of Slidell. The groom is the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Russell, also of Slidell, and is employed at
Martin-Marietta Aerospace Division.
Out of town guests for the wedding were Mr. and Mrs. E. L.
(Tyke) Cotton, grandparents of the bride, and Major L. F. Cotton,
uncle of the bride.
The couple resides at 4524 Pontchartrain Dr., Apt. 'E', Slidell,
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Brosnan of Tucson, Arizona announce the
marriage of their daughter, Maureen, Captain, United States Army
Nurse Corps to Robert T. Askew, Captain, United States Army Corps
of Engineers, Saturday, April 7, 1979 at Prichard Chapel, Fort Knox,
Kentucky. Among the out of town guests at the wedding were the
groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Askew of St. Petersburg,
Florida, his sister, Mrs. Linda Gomez of Mobile, Alabama and his
brother, Steve of Tampa, Florida.
In June, Captain Askew will be assigned to Georgia Tech Uni-
versity for two years of graduate studies and will be residing in
Debbie Suzzanne Mixon and
John Raymond Campbell, Jr.,
were married December 8, 1978
at the home of Debbie's pastor,
William F. Morris of Indian
Rocks Beach, Florida. Debbie is
the daughter of Mr. Hal Cutt
Mixon of Panama City and Jack
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R.
Campbell of St. Petersburg,
Debbie graduated from Bran-
don High School and Hillsbor-
ough Community College. She is
employed by the fine jewelry
department of Ivey's, Pinellas A
Mall. Jack is in the importing
diamond and precious stone and
fine jewelry business in Clearwater. He also carries all selections of
mens rings and mens and ladies watches; does ring and watch cleaning
and (mounting inspections for tightness will be free of charge.) The
jewelry will be offered at very affordable prices. Appraisals for full re-
tail value will be given with each purchase.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Boehmer (Rosalie Hewitt) of Lincoln,
Nebraska, announce the birth of a son on April 25, 1979. Grandparents
are: Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Boehmer, Dubois, and Mr. and Mrs. John J.
Hewitt, Pawnee, Nebraska.
Mrs. Esther Campbell of Fullerton, California announce the birth
of her great-grandson Christopher Andrew Farrington born March
10, 1979 at 6:35 A.M. weighing in at 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 20 inches long.
Parents are Charles Andrew and Cynthia Metheny Farrington of St.
Petersburg, Florida and grandparents Henry L. L. and Jean Campbell
Farrington Inzer of Atlanta, Georgia.
Cdr. and Mrs. C. Joseph Collins announce the birth of their
second grandson David Glenn born on April 4, 1979 to Dale 0. and
Jennifer Collins Thomas in St. Petersburg, Florida. Great-grandmoth-
er is Mrs. Susanna G. Kotalik of Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Leach III of Chelalis, Washington announce
the birth of their first child, Rebecca Rae Leach on February 17, 1979.
Paternal grandparents are Nancy K. Leach of Burlingame, CA and
LeRoy L. Leach of San Jose. Maternal grandmother is Mrs. Mary
Miyakawa of San Jose and her great-grandmother is Mrs. Norine H.
Kaufer of San Jose, CA.
Mr. and Mrs. William Maxwell (Barbara Haky) announce the
birth of their second child, Karen Marie, born on March 14, 1979.
Maternal grandparent is Mrs. Marie Haky of Munhall, Pennsylvania.
Great-grandparents, the Ross H. Hollowells of Clearwater,
Florida proudly announce the birth of their third great-grandson,
Charles Evan Jones, II born March 31, 1979 to Charles Evans and Pam
Jones. Paternal grandmother is Mrs. Lois Jones of St. Petersburg.
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Huff of Indiana, Pa. announce the birth
of their second child and first son James Daniel born on March 25,
LCDR, USN and Mrs. Albert D. Jones of Norfolk, Va. announce
the birth of their third daughter, Ashlyn Marie, on April 11, 1979.
The maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Kerner E. Frauen-
heim of Seminole. Mrs. Frances Day Jones of Sarasota is the paternal
grandmother and was in Norfolk to welcome her newest grandchild.
Cassandra Lee Rupert was born March 30, 1979 to Ellen Fenton
and Larry Rupert, Vandergrift, Pa. Grandparents are George and Ila
Fenton, Lexington, Va.
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Capt. Harry L. Bach died on January 31, 1979 at his residence in
California. He entered Canal service in 1934 and retired in 1958. Capt.
Bach served in World War I in the U.S. Navy. Prior to his Canal
service he was Master in the Grace Line. Capt. Bach is survived by his
wife Barbara P. Bach of 515 P Street, #1204, Sacramento, CA 95814
and a son, Timothy James Bach.
Mr. John F. Burke, member, died 19 March 1979 in Dothan,
Alabama. Mr. Burke was the past president of the Dothan Alabama
Panama Canal Society. Mr. Burke is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jane
Word has just been received that member, Mr. Richard C. Carter,
Jr. of Huntsville, AL, passed away June 16, 1978. Mr. Carter spent 14
years on the Canal Zone and he and Mrs. Carter cherished the many
friends they made while living there. The only known survivors is his
Mr. Lawrence W. Chambers, 72, member, of St. Petersburg, FL,
passed away 11 April 1979. Mr. Lawrence was a retired Safety Engi-
neer from the Canal Zone. He was a member of Fairfield Masonic
Lodge 749 F&AM, Fairfield, AL; Abou Saad Temple Shrine and Elks
Lodge 1414, both of Balboa. He is survived by his wife Catherine W.
and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. George Christensen, former general agent of the New
Orleans office of the Panama Canal Co., died the early part of April
1979. He is survived by his wife, Marie, and several children. (Sub-
mitted by Patt Foster Roberson, La. reporter, via Orlando Sentinel.)
Mrs. John 0. Collins, widow of the prominent Canal Zone attorney
John 0. Collins, died at Gorgas Hospital March 18, 1979. The former
Winnie Lee Davis, Mrs. Collins was the daughter of the late Mr. and
Mrs. John Winter Davis of Summit, N.J. She arrived on the Isthmus in
1916. Mrs. Collins had made her home in the Canal Zone, Vacamonte
and Panama City. She was a skilled and versatile artist, interpreting
the beauty of Panama's foliage, oceans and skies in delicate water
colors and oil paintings of exceptional tone and clarity.
Surviving Mrs. Collins are two sons, John Winter Davis Collins
and Alfred Morris Collins of Panama; nine grandchildren and three
great grandchildren; a sister Kathryn Davis Ackerman of Florida; a
niece Sally Ackerman Estes of Chicago and 2 great-nieces.
Mr. Harry A. Cunningham, 91, member of Long Island, NY, passed
away January 8,1979, in Watertown Mercy Hospital. He was a resident
of Pedro Miguel from early years and retired from the Panama Canal
Locks Division as Lockmaster in 1949. Survivors include three elderly
sisters; Anna Cunningham, Rena Freeman and the third name
unknown, and nephew, Dr. William J. Freeman, a dentist of
Mr. James T. Eason, 88, member of New Haven, CT, passed away
on February 20,1979. He is survived by his wife Helen K. Eason.
Mr. Edward Albert Eckhoff, 78, member, of Naples, FL, passed
away February 24, 1979. Mr. Eckhoff retired from the Canal in 1963.
He was a member of the Araba Temple of Ft. Myers, a member of the
Scottish Rite Bodies of Ft. Myers and the Wellstron Lodge No. 613,
AF & AM of Ferguson, MO. Mr. Eckhoff is survived by his wife, Ann;
two daughters, Mrs. Harold (Edith) Sims of Burlington, 10 and Mrs.
Tim (Sandra) Darr of Plantation, FL; a sister, and two grandchildren.
Mr. Ernest A. Erickson, 83, member, of Safety Harbor, FL, died
on March 21, 1979. He was a mechanical engineer for 25 years with the
Canal. He was a member of the Scottish Rite 32nd Degree, Tampa. He
is survived by a son, Ernest of Carlisle, PA; a brother, August of
Philadelphia, a sister, Elsie Windad of Toms River, N.J.; five
grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. 0. M. Ewing (Winnifred E. Craddock) 93, passed away
January 20, 1979 in Panama where she made her home. Please refer to
Page 23 and 24 of the September 1978 CANAL RECORD. Mrs. Ewing
is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Otto Hausmann and Mrs. Virginia
Stich; one granddaughter, and one great-grandchild.
Mr. George A. Folger, member, of New Orleans, LA passed away 8
May 1979. George was retired from the Electrical Division and was the
past Exhaulter Ruler of the BPOE Lodge 1414, Balboa. Survivors are
his wife Rust, and two sons, Gary of the Canal Zone and Wayne of Taft,
Mrs. Catherine Fredette, 80, of Woodhaven, NY, died March 2,
1979. Mrs. Fredette was a resident of the Canal Zone until 1954 when
her husband, the late Joseph Fredette, a pilot with the Marine
Division, retired. Survivors include a daughter, Marie Rada, Kearney,
NJ; two sons, Robert Fredette, Bayport, NY and Raymond Fredette,
Pleasant Valley, NY; sixteen grandchildren and five great-grandchil-
Thomas W. "Tom Cat" Frost, 14, of 1215 E. Chelsea, Tampa,
Florida passed away April 12, 1979. Tom was born in Coco Solo, C.Z.
and lived in the Tampa Bay area for most of his lifetime. Survivors
include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Frost, Tampa; three brothers,
John F. Frost, Jr., James A. Frost, Sheffner and Frederick M. Frost,
U.S. Army; three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Humphrey, Melbourne, Mrs.
Vivian Queen and Miss Debra L. Frost, Tampa; several nieces,
nephews, aunts and uncles.
Mr. Willis A. Gillogly, 90, member of Inverness, FL died February
18, 1979. Mr. Gillogly retired after 42 years as general contractor with
the Isthmian Constructors, Inc., Balboa, Canal Zone. He was a
member of the Capitol Lodge AF&AM Des Moines, 10, and the Elks
Lodge in the Canal Zone. Surviving are daughter, Mary Jo Jones; 2
grandchildren, Mary Stephen Hughes and Robert Marvin Hawkins; 1
greatgrandson, Michael Mintz; a sister and a nephew of Iowa.
Mr. Albert Edward Greene, Chief of Customs, Canal Zone, died
May 9, 1979. Mr. Greene is survived by his wife Arlene; 2 daughters,
Patricia and Michele; a son, Richard; and several grandchildren.
Mrs. Johanna Elfrieda Hargy, 75, member of St. Petersburg, FL,
died March 1, 1979. Mrs. Hargy was a retired nurse from the Canal
Zone. She is survived by her husband, Francis F. Hargy; a stepson,
Francis R. of Ft. Myers; a stepdaughter, Phoebe Kuck of Silver
Spring, MD and a brother; six grandchildren and seven great-grand-
Mr. Dan S. Jones, member of Miami, FL passed away April 3, 1979.
Mr. Jones lived in the Canal Zone from 1925 to 1935. He was a Life
Member of the Canal Masonic Lodge, Ancon, the Abou Saad Shrine
Temple, Oasis of Canal Zone and of the Panama Canal Consistory.
Survivors are wife, Etta Irene Jones, daughter, Mrs. Loretta J.
Anderson, Hialeah; one granddaughter and 2 brothers.
Mr. Nils W. Jonson, member, of Sun City Center, Florida died
April 27,1979. He is survived by his wife, Agnes and a sister in Sweden.
Mr. Donald E. Kane, Sr., 72, member, of Fairless Hills, PA,
passed away February 6, 1979. He was a Railroad Engineer for 10
years and left the Canal in 1949. Survivors include his wife Elizabeth;
four sons, Donald Kane, Jr. of Augusta, GA, Roger Kane of Ijamsville,
MD, Dennis Kane of Omaha, NB and Capt. Michael Kane of Fort
Worth, Texas; three daughters, Mrs. Terry (Jean) Bandel of Denver,
CO. Mrs. James (Dolores) Brass of Palmer, AK and Mrs. Mario
(Patricia) Lombardi of Hurlock, MD; 18 grandchildren and 7 great-
Mr. Rowland K. Knox, 94, member and a Roosevelt Medal
Holder, died March 4, 1979 at his home in Ruidoso, NM. Mr. Knox was
a retired supervisor of the coaling plant at Cristobal. He was a
member of the Ruidoso Masonic Lodge Number 73 and was a Mason
for 64 years. He was also a member of the York and Scottish Rites,
Shrine and Amaranth and Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors
include his wife, Gladys K. Knox, a daughter Dorothy Alice Thornton
of California; six grandchildren apd three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Anna T. Kunkel, 65, member, of Zephyrhills, FL, died April
1, 1979. She is survived by her husband Paul A. Kunkel; two sons,
Paul A. Kunkel of Stone Mountain, GA and James M. Kunkel of
Pinellas Park, FL; two daughters, Catherine A. Glinski of Yerkes, PA.
and Miss Patricia J. Kunkel of Zephyrhills; four grandsons; one
brother, William Carr of North Miami Beach, FL; two sisters, Jeanne
Burgoon and Mrs. Sylvia Bennett, both of Sarasota.
Mr. Wardville M. Lazzari, 68, of St. Petersburg, FL, died March
25, 1979. He came to Florida in 1947 from the Canal Zone where he
was a building contractor. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Queida M.
Lazzari; 1 daughter, Miss Onella R. Lazzari and two brothers of
Caymen Brac, Cayman Islands, and several nieces.
Mrs. Barbara Matthews, our New Zealand member, died April 28,
1979 in Whitianga. She was the daughter of "Red" Hallen, the first
Official Canal photographer. She is survived by her husband, Jack
of Whitianga, NZ and her sister, Mrs. Priscilla Pittman of Boynton
Miss Anna A. McDougall, 83, of St. Petersburg, FL, died Monday
April 16,1979. Anna was a telephone operator and retired 21 years ago
from the Canal Zone. She is survived by a brother, John B.
McDougall; and a sister, Miss Sarah J. McDougall of St. Petersburg.
Mr. Clarence B. Mcllvaine, member, of Austin, TX died March 31,
1979. Mr. McIlvaine was retired from the Panama Railroad. Survivors
include his wife, Grace McIlvaine; two daughters, Alice Pennington of
Houston and Peggy Buis of Burton, Texas, a son James of Plymouth,
Michigan; twelve grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Thomas H. Murphy, 81, member, of Port Charlotte, FL, died
March 2, 1979. Retired from and the Canal and made his home in
Florida 19 years ago. He was a World War II veteran; life member of
the Elks Lodge 253 in Port Charlotte and American Legion Post No.
110. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Glennis Murphy; one daughter, Virginia
Lebo of Punta Gorda, a brother Charles F. Murphy of Port Charlotte.
Mrs. Thyrza V. Russon, 86, member, passed away on August 23,
1978 in Hendersonville, NC, where she had resided for three years.
She went to the Canal Zone in 1907 with her parents Louie N. Vacher
and Julie B. Vacher. In those years they lived in Paraiso. Thyrza was
well known for her dancing and taught for many years on the Zone
and in Panama. She is survived by her husband, William L. Russon
and a daughter Gene Sexton Clary of Hendersonville.
Mrs. Gladys C. (Rezab) Sausel, member, of Lakeland, FL, passed
away August 4, 1978. She was a resident of the Canal Zone for 30
years and a resident of Florida for the past 22 years. She is survived
by her husband, George A. Sausel; a daughter, Dorothy A. Peterson,
Leesburg, FL; a grandson, Charles P. Andress; one sister; and one
Mr. William J. Sheridan, Jr. former Assistant U.S. Attorney and
Public Defender for the Canal Zone died recently at Gorgas Hospital.
He was 67. He was the son of the late William J. Sheridan and Ellen
Corbett Sheridan, and attended Canal Zone schools. He graduated from
Notre Dame with a BA degree and in 1938 as a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
He is survived by his wife Marguerite Horter Sheridan and five
children by a former marriage: Kevin A. Sheridan of San Jose, CA,
Philip M. Sheridan of Decatur, IL, Sheila of San Jose, CA, Kathleen A.
Sheridan of Stockton, CA and Sharon of Stonnington, IL; a sister B.
Dorothea Sheridan of Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ; a brother John F. Sheridan
of Whispering Pines, NC; three granddaughters and three grandsons.
Also surviving him are three step-daughters, Mrs. T. A. Stepp of
Heidelburg, Germany, Mrs. Larry Corrigan of Los Rios, CZ and Miss
Christina Mitten of Gamboa, CZ.
Mrs. J. R. (May) Stapler of San Angelo, TX, widow of Jack (Slim)
Stapler, passed away on March 19, 1979. She is survived by two
stepsons, William and Dick Stapler and two sisters, Mrs. J. Brewer and
Mrs. J. B. Pate. The Staplers resided in Gamboa until Mr. Staplers
Mrs. Rubino Norma Walston Suddaby, 68, member, passed away
April 22,1979 in St. Petersburg, FL where she made her home. Norma
lived on the Isthmus for many years, coming to St. Petersburg 19 years
ago. She is survived by two sons, Dr. George of Englewood, FL and
James of Syosset, NY; a sister Melba Ludford of Norfolk, VA and three
Mr. John L. Whigam, member, of Madison, NJ, passed away
March 10, 1979. Mr. Whigam was employed with the Electrical
Division for the Canal and took a deferred retirement. He was a
veteran of World War II and served with the U.S. Marine Corps. He is
survived by his wife Florence Whigam.
Ms. George (Edith L. Kingsley) Wicks of EauClaire, PA passed
away March 12,1979. Edith was a nurse at Gorgas Hospital from 1923
to 1928 and also served in World War I. She was the widower of
George Wicks, an old timer, and they were among the early members
of our Panama Canal Society. There are no known survivors.
Mrs. Edna Wilburn, member, of Clearwater, FL died April 1,
1979. She lived in Gamboa, Canal Zone for over 30 years and while
there taught piano. She is survived by her husband Edward K.
(Lucky) Wilburn and one sister, Lois Byrd of Sequim, Washington.
**Eternal rest give to them, 0 Lord; and let
perpetual light shine upon them.**
REPUBLIC OF PANAMA
Rufus L. Carey, Playa Coronado I have been retired from the
Locks Division for three years and have been living up here. Other
retirees here are Joe Bateman, retired from Locks Div., Capt. David
Burkett, Dredging Div., Jim Lowe, Fire Dept., Robert Knapp,
Maintenance Div. and Lt. Watts, Police Div. We get less rainfall here
than in Balboa. They are building an auto pista from Arraijan to
Chorrera which should be finished at the end of the year. Sure will be
nice when the pista is completed for us that live in Coronado. Regards
to all my friends in the States.
It is with sincere sadness that I report the death of a very dear
friend and past president of the Panama Canal Society of Dothan -
John Burke, husband of Jane Lombrois Burke. John passed away on
the 19th of March after a short illness. "We will always remember him
as an example of kindness, thoughtfulness, leadership, ability,
willingness, and above all, an exemplifier for all of us." (Quote by Dr.
Russell Pierson, Pres. Panama Canal Society of Dothan.)
Berniece and John Deming have gone to the Canal Zone where
Judge Deming has been rehired as judge of Canal Zone Magistrate
Court. We wish them well and hope that they enjoy their temporary
stay in that beautiful paradise. They will be missed.
Jean and Bud Harris, Maggi and John Janssen have returned
after an extended visit to the Canal Zone. A good time was had by all.
We welcome Bud and Betty Huldquist, James and Ethel Sener
(IAGS-Curundu) and James and Gertrude Snyder (Supply Division)
who have joined our growing family in Dothan.
Catherine Filo, Secretary
Ralph and Marie Shuey spent last summer visiting in Germany.
They returned to their home in Neosho, Missouri in September. Then
in October, they made a trip to visit their son, Ralph, his wife, Marie,
and their two daughters in Huntsville, Alabama, where young Ralph
is now Supervising Engineer with Onan Corporation. This being the
worst winter in fifty years in their area, both Ralph and Maria stayed
close to home during the bad weather. They endured the winter in
good health, but both came down with flu when the weather warmed.
They plan to spend this summer at home planting and tending a
In February, Bruce and Dorothy Sanders left the ice and snow of
Bentonville behind, and completed an eighteen day, 3,200 mile auto-
mobile trip into Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and South Carolina to
visit relatives, friends, ham radio associates, and former co-workers.
In Kosciusko, Mississippi they overnighted with nephew Maxwell S.
Sanders, Jr. and family. (Max is in charge of a Ranger Station for the
National Park Service on the Natchez Trace parkway.) Then on to
Dothan, Alabama through an all day "tropical downpour" for a two
night visit with Al and Marie Bierbaum, where they met several of the
Canal Zone group, and where Bruce dropped in for a session of
Dothan's much-heralded "Diablo Clubhouse morning coffee break,"
where he met many friends, including his boyhood friend of Colon
Beach days, John Hern.
In Tallahassee, the Sanders experienced an enjoyable overnight
visit with Cash and Mary Jane Paulson, and a reunion with Curt
Darden at their dinner table. Two nights were spent with Jeanne
(Crouch) and Max Sanders in Inverness, and was the first reunion
since retirement in 1971 and since Max's hospitalization last year. It
was good to be with them, and we hated to leave. Max is slowly
recovering. He has been re-elected President of the Point-O-Woods
Golf Club, and he and Jeanne are generally there every day. Harvey
and Peggy Smith were found to be in great shape. Peggy's dining
room table continues to groan under the weight of good food and she
delivered a rendition of "The Entertainer" on her new electric player
piano. All too short whistle stop visits were had with Flora Madison,
Dick and Ruth Parker and granddaughter in the Tarpon Springs area,
and with Chester and Hilda Harrold in Safety Harbor.
At Tampa, they found "Jibby" (Sanders) and Louie Kleefkens in
good shape, as was the case with the matriarch of the Clan Sanders,
"Mom", Grace (Aloise) Sanders. This visit afforded them an opportun-
ity for all too short visits with Belle and J. B. Clemmons and Dorothy's
aunt, Betty Jorgenson in nearby St. Pete.
As always, Sarasota's Kensington Park, sometimes referred to as
the "Little Canal Zone," presents the problem of how many can you
see in the time allotted. An overnight visit with their neighbors of
thirteen years in Margarita, Jay and Harry Cain, provided the setting
for a reunion with several old friends with names such as Bliss,
Walker, Humphrey, Greene, McCullouch, Hall and Conley. Dorothy
(Huffman) and Horace (Smitty) Smith of Columbus Grove, Ohio were
visited in their nearby country club villa and a whistle stop visit was
had with Cece and Tom Gove in South Sarasota. After returning to
Tampa and Inverness for family adieus, they were off to Titusville for
whistle stop visits with Gladys and Bill Weigle and Ruth and Rufus
O'Neal following an earlier evening get-together with Kay, Roger and
Mom Howe and Vi and Roger Deakins.
The Sanders arrived in Aiken, South Carolina following a two day
ice and snow storm (the worst in the state's history) to conditions
comparable to what they had left behind in Arkansas. This in no way
deterred an enjoyable two nights with Bernice (Sanders) and Bill Hill,
an evening get-together with Dorothy (Watson) and John Everson
and a whistle stop visit to see Norah Hewitt and Smokey Greene.
Dick and Mary Condon left the cold weather of NW Arkansas on
January 19th, driving down to Fairhope, Alabama to visit Herb and
Mary Takke and leave their car with them while they were away on a
visit to the Canal Zone. From Mobile, they flew to Miami where they
visited Jack and Pauline Kaplan and Rev. and Mrs. Allen Trapp, all
former Zonians. They visited friends on both sides of the Isthmus and
enjoyed, in addition to their friends, the warmth of the tropics, the
greenery, flowers, and foods such as papaya. On the return trip
home, they visited friends in Dothan, Alabama, and in Metairie,
Louisiana, arriving home on February 11th and finding snow on the
ground! The Condons are presently making plans for a trip to
Germany between May 28th and June 20th.
In January, Carl and Petie Maedl left ice and snow in Arkansas
and flew to Hawaii to find a winter storm in progress there. Despite
the wind and rain, they scooted around on four of the islands, putting
over 1100 miles on rental cars. They enjoyed this thoroughly, saw
much that reminded them of Panama, and especially liked the scenic
beauty and the friendliness of the people.
Glenn and Etta Fay Terrell changed their lifestyle somewhat
after buying a mini motor home. Their first trip was through
Mississippi visiting relatives along the way. In New Orleans they
stayed with daughter Andrea and husband Paul for a week enjoying
their new home and also to help them celebrate their tenth wedding
anniversary. The Texas Gulf Coast was next on the agenda -
Galveston, Corpus Christi and Padre Island. From there, they
traveled to Austin to visit son Lance, who enjoyed Mother's cooking
again, albeit in a motor home. A stopover was made in Houston to
visit dear friends formerly of Bentonville, and then a brief visit with
Glynn's nephew and family in Groves. Hoping to finance the motor
home and trip, they descended on Crater of Diamonds State Park at
Murphreesboro, Arkansas to hunt for diamonds, but unfortunately
none popped up. The last night of the trip was spent on top of Rich
Mountain in Queen Wilhelmina State Park in lonely splendor as no
other camper appeared. The Terrells arrived home already looking
forward to their next trip.
Charlie Malsbury also went south. He flew to New Orleans for
three days for consultation with a doctor. He reports all went well.
Earl and Maxine Wrenn attended the wedding of their son Keith
in Atlanta on April 7th. They were accompanied on their return trip
by son Chris's wife, Nancy and granddaughter Kristina who stayed
with them through Easter before returning to their home in
Betty McGilberry varied her routine of flying to California by
reversing the direction and spending several weeks visiting friends in
Florida during the infamous Arkansas winter. But things will be back
to normal in July when she again flies to California to visit her mother
and to attend the reunion of her high school class which graduated -
well, a few years ago.
Esther Butz spent a fortnight with Pam (Maedl) and Vince
Gutowski and their children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in March.
She flew over during spring break at the U of Arkansas where she is
working for the Agronomy Department. Esther plans to attend the
Pittsburgh Art Institute in July for a refresher in Commercial Art.
During her stay, she talked to Betty Purvis who is making her home
in Pittsburgh for the present. Sue Purvis is finishing her senior year
in high school there.
PLEASE NOTE: The annual picnic of the Canal Zone Society of
Northwest Arkansas will be held on June 17th (the third Sunday in
June) at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00
p.m. No reservations necessary. All ex-Zonians and current Zonians
welcome. Truly, the more, the merrier. Bring a dish, hot or cold, for
the buffet lunch and your tableware. Coffee and sodas, tables and
chairs will be furnished. And bring your news and items of interest for
the next issue of the Canal Record. Okay, see y'all soon, hear?
Norine H. Kaufer, San Jose My son Ted is still with the Oil
Handling Plant in the Canal Zone and if the implementation of the
Marine Bunkering Division does not take place 1 October he will
extend his time down there. Otherwise he will be heading for Florida.
Jean A. and Mrs. Marian G. Libbey, Costa Mesa Our first issue
(Dec. 1978) has arrived. What a pleasure to read about all our friends,
past and present era. Mr. Libbey passed away and we traveled back
east, Boston and Maine, our native haunts, and then to Florida, but
our ties are here now after 23 years in California. Canal Zone days
were precious and people wonderful. Feel badly about outcome, and
this is such a wonderful idea to keep people informed about their best
memories. We contacted, with Canal Record help, our Ancon (Chame
St.) friends: Margaret Morris, N. Carolina, Gladys Freeman, Virginia,
Paul and Leona Badonsky, S. Carolina, Agnes Crecelius, New York,
and our Balboa (Empire St. and Tavernilla St.) friends, Mrs. Fred
(Vera) Stewart, Florida, and Irene Hasemann, Jacksonville, Fla. Oh -
those days when the parakeets were screeching and flying through
the trees on Empire Street.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY
OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Society held its annual business meeting at the Mission Viejo
Country Club on Sunday, March 11. The following officers were
Mr. Robert K. Adams, President
Capt. Roy L. Hearn, Vice President
Mrs. Ruth W. Adams, Secretary-Treasurer
Mr. Robert L. Dill, Chaplain
Mrs. Geneva Bliss Shrapnel, Co-Chaplain
During the meeting, Donald Brayton, who had just returned from
a visit to the Canal Zone, gave a talk on conditions and morale in the
Zone. He said the everyone just seems to be waiting to see what is
going to happen and how each person's life will be affected, after all
the changes begin in October this year. He warned that those visitors
to the Canal Zone who were born on the Isthmus might run into
difficulties if they do not have a Panama passport and a paz y salvo,
which is the Panama Government's document showing that all
Panama taxes have been paid.
Donald also reported on the moving of the old locomotive 299
from in front of the Balboa Railroad Station to a museum in the United
States. Some Panama officials objected to the removal of the
locomotive which, they claimed, was part of Panama's heritage, but
the locomotive was loaded aboard the ship with no demonstrations
We learned later that Don was asked to take over the
management of the Panama Railroad again, by Panama officials, but
Don said that the offer was not good enough for him to give up the
good retirement life that he is enjoying in Laguna Hills.
News From Our Members
A short note from Joan deGrummond saying that she hopes to
retire in September and to be back in California in October. How we
have missed her! We'll be glad to have both Joan and her husband
Jack back again. She sent her regards to all.
Ellen (Greenleaf) Johnson wrote that she went to the Canal Zone
on November 4th and stayed until January 15, her first visit "home"
since she retired in 1975. In spite of the many changes, she enjoyed it
very much while staying with her son, Richard Bailey, whose
daughter Chrisy, aged six, is Ellen's only grandchild. She returned by
way of Florida and spent ten days with her friend Louise Barnes, who
had also spent the holidays on the Isthmus.
Janice (Cameron) Ross reported that her sister-in-law, Flora
Stetson of Whitman, Mass., had been visiting her in Long Beach for
several weeks. Both of them went to Tucson, Ariz., to visit Janice's
son and his family. Her son is stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force
Base there. Janice also reported that she had recently flown to Miami
for a cruise of the Caribbean on the M.S. SOUTHWARD with some
friends. One of the ports that she visited was Grand Cayman Island,
which reminded her somewhat of the Canal Zone. On her return to
Miami, she visited her daughter-in-law, Diane Ross Eisert, and
Diane's family. Diane lived in the Canal Zone at one time. Janice also
visited New Orleans on her way home.
News from Robert G. Provost is that he recently retired.
Mrs. Jerome F. Evans (Inez) was so sorry that she couldn't
attend our luncheon, but she reported that she and Erma Forbes plan
to attend the annual reunion in St. Petersburg in April.
We also had a letter from Erma Forbes with the unhappy news
that she had caught her left hand in the electric beater, and the injury
cramped her style for ten days. She was enthusiastic about her
vacation that she spent on a Hawaiian-Polynesian tour over Christmas.
The tour visited four of the Hawaiian Islands, and when she arrived in
Kona, she phoned Bobby King. Bobby and his wife Marjorie took Erma
and Martha Furey, also on the trip, to the Kings' lovely home overlook-
ing the town of Kailua. Erma said that the Kings have their home filled
with beautiful works of art from Panama and other countries. Erma
commented about their lovely fireplace, which is made of lava so highly
polished that it resembles black onyx. The Kings raise papayas and
they gave Erma three perfect ones to take back to the hotel, where she
had been paying 85 cents for a serving.
A high point of Erma's trip &as the Christmas Eve service at the
Kawaiaha Church, which was constructed in 1820. This missionary
church became the Westminster Abbey of Hawaii. Vivian Corn (Mrs.
Harry), who was visiting her daughter Carolyn for the winter, took
Erma to the service. Erma said that the choir and organist made
beautiful music and the minister was the Rev. Abraham Akaha, whom
Erma had heard fifteen years earlier at the Hollywood Bowl Easter
Service. Each person attending the service was given a candle upon
entering. At the end of the service, someone lit the candle of each
person on the aisle, who in turn lit his neighbor's candle and so on down
the row. "You can imagine what a sight it was to see between 800 to
1,000 candles all aglow when we went out."
A note from Lil and Bob Siler stated that they had a nice visit with
Olive and Earl Unruh in Bakersfield. The Unruhs are fine but unable to
Hedvig Seedborg reported that last October, Jeannette B. Jans,
Solveig Bruland, and Nellie B. Jansen stopped to visit her on their way
from Hawaii. Hedvig is leaving for London on April 2 with Nellie to visit
Nellie's niece and family, who live in London. They will make other
trips from there.
John and Shirley Finlason continue to enjoy retirement in San
Diego, and they especially enjoy all the visitors who have dropped by.
This past year has brought an abundance of visitors, both relatives
and friends. A treasured time for them was when their son Frank,
who is still employed in the Canal Zone, was there for six weeks in
September and October. During Frank's visit they were surprised
with a "quickie" visit from their older son Jack, who makes his home in
Wichita, Kansas. Since their daughter Lois lives fairly close by, they
were happy to have the whole family together again, the first time
since their college days. Other very welcome guests were Bob and
Delle Dunn, formerly of Gamboa and now making their home in Kerr-
ville, Texas. Bob and Mary Hanna of Clearwater, Florida, also
"dropped in" for an afternoon's visit shortly before Christmas.
Catsy Schafer was unable to attend our luncheon because it
conflicted with a Colonial Dames State Conference in Fresno, which
Catsy attended. Catsy is now in her junior year at the University of
San Diego and she can't afford much time away from her studies. She
sent us a clipping from the San Diego EVENING TRIBUNE which
featured a story about Catsy's career now in caring for healthy
"clients," so-called by Catsy "because many of them aren't sick but
need to learn how to take care of themselves so that they don't get
sick." In her words, "Nursing today is preventative medicine." Last
spring Catsy spent six weeks with her daughter, Susan Taylor Pitney
(BHS '58) and Susan's family in Holland. Two of those weeks, Catsy
joined a tour group out of London and flew to Egypt for the grand
tour. Coming back from Abu Simbel, she visited Awan where she saw
Mr. Sadat and his entourage. All of the airports were heavily fortified
with bunkers and soldiers, which reminded her of the Panama Canal
during WWII. During the summer, Sue and her family visited Catsy.
Sue's new address is Rua Marcondesia #435, Chacara Monte Alegre,
Sao Paulo, Brazil. Catsy's other daughter, Layne Taylor Ashton, who
now lives in Memphis also visited Catsy this summer.
Rena Godfrey (Mrs. William) sent us a clipping from THE IN-
DIANAPOLIS STAR entitled "U.S. Workers in Panama Worried
about Future." The article stated that some American workers on the
Canal Zone have charged that the legislation drawn up by the Carter
administration to implement the Panama Canal treaties is full of gaps
affecting their futures and does not provide all that the administration
Norine Kaufer (Mrs. Louis) wrote that her sister Jane H. Journey
(Mrs. Ewing) together with Harriet and Mollie Journey, and Harriet's
mother, Laura Johnson spent a lovely nine days in Hawaii on the
island of Oahu. They enjoyed comparing it to "our Panama" with
fruits and vegetables so alike and lots of similar scenery.
Dell Lynch (Mrs. J. M.) wrote that she has been conducting a
small writing group for her woman's club and that the group managed
to win most of the ribbons in the District Contest. Some entries have
been sent to the state contest as well. She reported that her husband,
Jim Lynch, had two lens implants last summer and is enjoying good
vision again. Dell also sent us a copy of her son's (N.M. Lynch) book
entitled The Penny Pincher's Supplement to the Guide-Books of Eu-
rope." We found it very interesting and informative. Dell also
enclosed a newspaper clipping which stated that her daughter-in-law,
Sharon Kay Lynch, has become the first female chief criminalist in the
country, a role that she has just assumed in the Laramie County
Sheriffs Department in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She is one of the few
women in the world who is qualified as a criminalist and toxicologist.
It was a pleasure that Roy and Ollie Hearn were able to join us at
our luncheon, because up to the last moment their attendance was
doubtful. Roy has been suffering from a lesion on his left foot that does
not want to heal.
Kathryn (Lambert) Nero sent news about the rest of her family.
Kent Lambert went to Balboa to visit his daughter Judy. Kent be-
lieves that it will be his last chance as a retiree. Viola will go to Balboa
after his return. Their son-in-law is head of the railroad. Adelaide is
now living in Honolulu and loves it. She doesn't do any swimming but
she is active in organizing swimming groups, timing at meets, and
assisting in any way that she can.
Noble (Bud) and Marion Phillips just returned home from a trip to
Florida where they visited their daughter Sue Fisher, who recently
gave birth to a baby daughter. Sue and her husband Jon have a son,
who was born on the Zone. The Fishers now live in Vero Beach,
Bob and Katherine Lessiack of Kerrville, Texas, spent three
weeks early this year visiting her mother and stepfather, Mr. and
Mrs. A. F. Yoder (Helen) at the Towers in Laguna Hills.
Emma Barlow, St. Petersburg My daughter June, Mrs. John
E. Reisz will now be living in Manila, Philippines where John is
currently being assigned as Agricultural Attache. He will be
responsible for coordinating USDA activities and policy in the Phillip-
pines. John's previous assignments were Teheran, Iran, the Hague,
Netherlands and Monrovia, Liberia. My two grandchildren, Mark, age
15 and Elizabeth, age 9, will accompany their parents to Manila. Prior
to their departure I spent two weeks in Virginia visiting with them.
Aurestela and George Poole, St. Petersburg We rented a car
and hope to see all the improvements along the keys to Key West.
News from Frances Sharp of St. Petersburg
Ella and Stan Spetch of St. Petersburg entertained Mary Croft
Sibley, formerly of Gatun and now of Mathews County, Va. for a few
days in late January. Before returning to her home, Mrs. Sibley was
to visit her son Carlton Croft in Norfolk Va.
Archie Gibson, who recently retired from G. E. in Erie, Pa., pur-
chased a home at 1452 Dinner Bell Lane E., Dunedin, Fla. 33528. His
wife Doris and 14-year-old daughter Virginia are also now enjoying
News of a style show given by the Canal Zone Medical Wives en-
titled "Sentimental Journey" on April 5, coordinated by Mrs. Ann
Suescum (formerly Ann Wood), Mrs. Maritza Samuels and Mrs. Ginny
Nespeca had an intriguing advertisement: "Come with us back in time
to the Construction Days of The Panama Canal, 1904. We will see
what women wore then and what they are wearing NOW." The com-
mentary which accompanied the first part of the show and was given
by Mrs. Sonia Valley, was so interestingly researched by Ann
Suescum that it is quoted for the benefit of our readers.
"There were those who contended the building of the Panama
Canal was a man's job. The first Canal Commission discouraged
women to come to the Isthmus. It was soon realized that it was
impossible to keep the men here without them.
"One of the first females employed was Nellie Shipley, who
arrived on the "SS ANCON", and steamed into Limon Bay, in her
velvet black and red traveling suit, that was considered high fashion
in Baltimore, Maryland, but certainly not for the tropical weather on
the day she walked down the glangplank at Aspinwall on the Atlantic
side of the Isthmus. (The dresses modeled were mostly supplied by
the Ancon Theater Guild for this portion of the show.)
"Nellie boarded the Panama Railroad for the trip across the
Isthmus and legend has it that one man died for every tie laid-a gross
exaggeration. But it is a fact that by 1855 they had 6,000 graves at Mt.
Hope. Gone are the days when a train pulling out of Panama Station
would hold up traffic on Central Avenue. Nellie was to be hired as a
"Line Teacher" at a one room rustic school house located in Gorgona.
Her salary was around $55.00 per month. In those days the high school
diplomas were signed by the President of the U.S.A.
"The Fourth of July was one of the biggest events of the year,
during the construction days, entertainment depended on the creativ-
ity and initiative of the local residents, not only for patriotic
celebrations, but for everyone on both sides of the Isthmus to get
together for a day of pipe, sack, bike races, picnic baskets, candy pops,
raspberry punch, Miss Liberty Hats, concert band and spectacular
fireworks. Despite the weather on that day, the men wore coats and
ties and the women were decked out in long dresses.
"Social life and parties were few and far between but Nellie was
invited to the residence of the Chief Engineer at Culebra, it was later
dismantled and moved to the present location and known as the
Governor's House when the waterway opened. Starched tablecloths,
thick white China and gleaming silver set up on the screened porches
and a roast turkey was the menu of the night.
"There Nellie met a hard working young man, who came to do
'The Big Job' in the steaming jungle, tropical sun and pouring rain.
Courting a young lady in those days had its limitations.
"Even to ride the Panama Railroad was outrageous, 'First Class"
rate at $25.00 gold and 'Steerage' passage at $10.00 gold. For $5.00
gold one could walk the track from sea to sea. Those outrageous fares
stood for 20 years.
"Gala social events held at the Tivoli Hotel that was rushed to
completion in 1906 to accommodate the visit of President Theodore
Roosevelt, was long white gloves and men in starched white suits and
high collars. Ratio was about 25 young men to each young girl in her
early twenties. Punch bowls, Japanese lanterns and the best dress
you had was the order of the night. The ice used for the punch cost
$6.00 for a 200 pound cake. By the time it had been packed in sawdust,
repacked and wrapped in burlap, hoisted from the schooner to the
dock, dragged to the station, checked to Panama City and carted up to
Ancon, it cost $3.00 more. Can you imagine bringing your ice from
the East Coast of the U.S.?
"In 1908 Nellie wore the Special Delivery from New York, that
only took three and a half months to arrive in time for them to be
married at the St. Luke's Chapel, a small wood frame chapel named
after the beloved Physician on the Gorgas Hospital grounds just
inside the gate. The style of the dress was in rage as President Roose-
velt's niece was just married in Washington and New York copied
"Housekeeping was as much of an adventure as digging the
Canal. A constant battle with ants, roaches, and spiders. Fleas in the
dry season and big black ants in the rainy season. Sugar bowls were
kept in the ice box and ice boxes they were. Butter came in a can
and mold grew on your bread and shoes. Getting to the Company
Store on unpaved streets to buy your flour and milk, remember that
everyone baked their bread and cooked on wood-burning stoves.
"Nellie dresses again in the style of fashion for the gala event of
the Opening of the Panama Canal, August 15, 1914. The ship chosen
for the First Transit was the 'SS ANCON' the same ship Nellie
arrived on 11 years before, so with tears in her eyes, she watched as
the dream of centuries The Panama Canal unfolded."
The show was so enjoyable, Mrs. Parfitt requested Ann to put it
on again at the Governor's Mansion, May 24 to benefit Children's
Father Daniel J. Renaldo, C.M. appeared at Blessed Trinity
Church in St. Petersburg to give a novena and was surprised to learn
there were nine former CZers among the congregation. He enjoyed a
pot luck supper during his stay, attended by 28 former parishioners
living in the area.
Other visitors to the Suncoast included Pete and Bob Johnson, of
Ft. Lauderdale, visiting the Henry Donovans; James and Alberta
Quinn (nee LeBrun) of California visiting Alice and Eugene
Lombard and Genevieve Quinn; Chuck Hummer of the Canal Zone
visiting his father Charles W. Hummer, who recently underwent
surgery; Bea Sergeant of North Carolina visiting Pete and Ethel
(nee Getman) Cooper and other friends in the area and Cecelia
Wensing of Scottsdale, Arizona who visited Gene Long and Doris
Dry season breezes drew a number of our Suncoasters to the
Zone again. Capt. and Mrs. Elmer Abbott visiting son Gary Laatz and
family; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Wood visiting daughter Mary Egolf.
Sue (nee Mitten) Corrigan visited her father Herb Mitten in
Seminole enroute to Heidelberg, Germany for a visit with her twin
sister Sheila Stepp, whose husband, Major Terry Stepp is in the
Judge Advocate's office there.
Virginia Reece returned to St. Petersburg after an interesting
trip to Malta and a visit with her daughter Royna Reece and husband
Philip W. Thomas in Tripoli, Libya.
Dick and Thora Mahoney visited their son Patrick and family in
Chattanooga, Tenn. and daughter Maggie (Mrs. Jerry Winfrey) and
family in Liburn, Georgia.
The Frank Lerchens took a riverboat cruise accompanied by
granddaughter Theresa Moser.
Maggie Smith of the Canal Zone visited with her father Bart
Smith of St. Petersburg. Also visiting Bart was his granddaughter
Carmen Smith of Mexico City. Carmen is the daughter of Paul and
Maritza (nee Van Hoorde) Smith of Mexico City where Paul is in the
Carmen Eggleston visited in Panama and the Canal Zone with
her son Bob and other relatives.
Beverly and Malcom Gordon passed through St. Pete on their
way home to Grand Junction, Colorado. After all the lovely weather
they enjoyed in Florida, they were shocked to have to exchange
clothing in the car as they neared Denver in a snowstorm.
News from Sarasota
Sarasota has had many visitors during these recent months.
Lillian Ryan of South Windsor, Conn. spent a month with Mary Orr
and was the guest of honor at many social functions during her visit.
June and Victor May and daughter, Sandy, of Houston, TX stayed
with the Carl Starkes and were looking for a possible retirement
residence in Florida.
Mike and Marion Greene had as houseguests, Lt. Col. Bernard
Malcuit, USAF; his wife, Pam (Robertson), and their children, Debbie
7; twins, Jeff and Jennifer, 5 and twins, Melanie and Michael, 21/2 years.
Col. Malciut is stationed at MacDill AFB, Tampa. The Greenes invited
mutual Atlantic Side friends to share their visit, at an evening party.
Ed and Esther (Evans) Niskanen of Houston, TX were the
houseguests of Bob and Dot Herrington in Clearwater and spent a day
in Sarasota visiting with the Robert Smiths, Edna and Cecil Kovel and
the George Walkers.
Jay and Harry Cain had as their guest, his sister-in-law, Mrs.
George Cain (Nadine) of Houston, TX. During her two weeks in
Florida, Nadine visited her son, Michael Cain and family in Miami
earlier. She also visited with Irene Ladrach, Jackie Linker and the
George Raes in the St. Petersburg area.
Mabel Theriault of Louisiana was a visitor of Kay Brown and Mrs.
Shepard Clark (Evelyn) of Shelter Island, N.Y., visited with Billie
Galloway and Robin Comer, and attended the morning coffee to see
many oldtime friends.
In April Rae and Joe Ebdon had a fine family reunion with their
sons, Maj. Thomas J. Ebdon III, USAF, of Holloman AFB in Alamo-
gordo, N.M., and Dick Ebdon with his wife, Kathy and their children,
Geoffrey and Jennifer, of Wilmington, Del. Also Kathy's mother, Mrs.
Agnes Ruff of Niagara Falls, NY
Mrs. John Phillips (Sis Hayes) of Fairfield Conn., was a visitor at
the home of George and Mayno Walker and saw many former Cristobal
friends and CHS classmates at a morning brunch planned in her honor.
At the National Association of Retired Federal Employees
Convention held recently in Hollywood, FL Meyer and Reba Slotkin,
and Allen and Kay Miller represented the Sarasota Chapter. Meyer
Slotkin is the president and Kay Miller is the secretary of Sarasota
NARFE Chapter 242.
Fred and Bev Ebdon left on a West Coast trip to visit their sons,
Jim and family in Napa, Cal. and Paul and family in Grand Coulee,
Wash. and planned to visit friends in Arkansas on their return to
Early in May the Bill Hughes' and the Harry Cains left on a trip to
Franklin, N.C. for gem-mining. The Cains continued on to visit relatives
and friends in Virginia and New Jersey.
Debbie Mann, daughter of Dave and Donna (Humphrey) Mann,
and a co-worker, left on a two-week trip to San Francisco, Los Angeles,
Hollywood and a visit in San Fernando, Cal. with her uncle and aunt,
John and Zonella (Bliss) Field.
The P.C. Reunion at St. Pete in April brought additional visitors to
Sarasota to renew oldtime friendships.
Gerald (Budd) Bliss of Campbell, Cal. was the houseguest of his
sister, Mayno and George Walker to attend the Reunion. It was a
special get-together also for him with a C.Z. friend and co-worker in the
Chase Bank; Herb McClain, of Coral Gables, who was attending his first
reunion. Herb and Budd made a trip across the Isthmus from Cristobal
to Ancon by motorcycle on the Panama Railraod ties, back in 1924,
which was quite a memorable and remarkable feat at that time.
Gene and Anne Hermanny of Wisconsin were the guests of the
Tom Conleys; Jack and Jean Dombrosky of Hendersonville, NC and
Russ and Katherine Meissner of Hayes, VA travelled to the Reunion
and later we're the houseguests of the Joe Ebdons and Jim and Edna
Million; and Ernie and Nellree Berger of Signal Mountain, Tenn. were
the guests of Allen and Kay Miller.
Dick and Donna (Eaton) Wood and Edna (Thirwall) Tipton,
attended their reunion and later visited in Sarasota at the home of
Frances Day Jones.
Lucy and Joe Haggerty of Milford, Del. visited with the Walter
Hartmans, and with Harry and Jay Cain. Lucy had a surprise visit with
her former co-worker, Nadine Cain, the first time two nurses had seeen
each other in 27 years.
Maxine and Bill Dixon's houseguests were Ernest and Phyllis
Faris of Kingman, Ariz.
Edna and Cecil Kovel have moved from Sarasota to Dothan, Ala.
which is Dothan's gain and Sarasota's loss, as we'll miss them.
Margaret "Chickie" Csighy, a recent P.C. retiree, has recently
moved in to our Sarasota area.
During the reunion Gladys Humphrey had as her houseguest, Mrs.
Clarence Greene (Era Lee) of Anniston, Ala. Mrs. Greene and her three
daughters and a son-in-law; Keith and Mary Nell Kulig of Jacksonville,
Fla.; Huey (Lee) Clarke of Jacksonville, Ala.; and Patsy (Lee) Moore,
who flew in from Houston, Tx.
Dotti and Donald Humphrey were week-end guests of his mother,
Gladys Humphrey. They attended the reunion dance at the coliseum
with a large group of Cristobal High School graduates and friends. The
next day following the reunion a group of 30 former CHSers and friends
held a mini-reunion of their own at the home of the Herb Spectors in
The group included seven from the class of 1959; Diane Hickey,
Katie O'Brien, Huey Lee Clarke, Alice Taber, Keith Kulig, Herb Spec-
tor and Donald Humphrey. Plans are now underway for a CHS 1959
class reunion to be held at Dotti and Donald Humphrey's home in Palm
Bay following the 1980 P.C. reunion.
Gladys B. Humphrey
A letter to Leonard M. Brockman, Jr., 1430 Jackson Avenue, New
Orleans, has been returned marked, "Unable to deliver as addressed,
unable to forward." Let us know where your are, Mr. Brockman, so
we can update our records.
Carl F. Dailey of Metairie writes that he and his wife plan to
attend their first Reunion this year and will stay with his brother,
Earl 0. Dailey in St. Pete. Carl makes a terrific suggestion that the
Louisiana Pan Canalers have a one-day meeting every year in Lou-
isiana. Let's do it! We are open to ideas as to where and when. Would
a centrally located city be better to meet in or should we meet in the
city where the most members now live? What time of year would you
prefer? Would a weekend or a week day be better? Should we try to
arrange it in a private home or find public accommodations? Jot down
your ideas and send them to me.
Richard Dinkgreve of Metairie writes that early in February he
and his wife, Via Mae, received a visit from Dick and Mary Condon,
Springdale, Ark. They were all members of the Lutheran Church and
were next-door neighbors in Margarita for many years. The Condons
brought news of their trip to the Zone in January and of mutual
friends living in Fairhope and Dolthan, Ala., as well as in Arkansas. In
March the Dinkgreves had a quick visit with Curtis and Alberta
George of Fairhope near the airport as they awaited the arrival of
their daughter, Helen, and her family. There was lots to talk about
since the Dinkgreves and the Georges had not seen each other in more
than three years. Richard says the only thing missing were those
cookies and other delicious baked goodies that Alberta made for Curt
and him to enjoy with morning coffee in the Electrical Division Shop
in Mount Hope. The Dinkgreves had a recent letter from Marie Haky
of Munhall, Pa., who is in fairly good health but looking forward to
warm weather. She announced the birth of her second grandchild, a
daughter born to Barbara and Bill in Munhall. Helen Jean lives in
Chicago and is expecting her first baby in a few weeks. Diane lives in
Beltsville, Md., and has not been well in the last year or so due mainly
Laura A. Gregg, a senior at La. State University in Baton Route,
phoned to bring us up to date on her family. Four daughters of Mr.
and Mrs. Eugene Thomas Gregg now reside in Louisiana. Mr. Gregg is
a history teacher at Cristobal High School and Mrs. Gregg, originally
from West Virginia, is a practicing RN at Coco Solo Hospital. The girls
are following in kind. Laura is studying history and Spanish and is a
1975 graduate of CHS. The oldest is Marian Lynn, CHS '72, an RN in
infection control at Big Charity in New Orleans and married to Dr.
Clayton Brown, interning there. Nancy Elizabeth, CHS '73, is a 1977
LSU law enforcement graduate and a rookie on the LSU Police force.
Gail, CHS '76, is in New Orleans at the LSU Medical Center working
on a bachelor's in nursing. Their grandfather went to the Zone in 1913
as a police officer and lived in Gamboa. The Coco Solo Greggs plan to
retire, perhaps this summer, and will make their home in Mandeville on
the shores of Lake Pontchartrain across from New Orleans.
Our high school reunion on the Zone sure put us in touch with lots
of old friends. Recently received a happy newsy letter from Lucy
(Driscoll) Howe, Cortez, Colo. She went to Florida for ten days in
January to visit the Lerchens. Her dad was there also for two months.
Lucy got to see quite a few old friends including Andy Fraser, Zip
Zierten, Jerry and Ethel Cooper, Ruth Powell, Herb Mitten, Cris and
Gayden Felps, Emily Sullivan and Frank and Ellen Castle. A letter
from Arden Lou Cooke brings news that her oldest, Lee Ann, got
married in November and her second, Lisa, plans to be married this
summer. Lucy's oldest, John, starts college this fall at the Colorado
School of Mines. Jimmy will be a sophomore, Jennifer in 8th and Lisa
in 5th. Bobby Pressley lives near the Howes in Cortez and Lucy will
invite him and his family over for dinner soon. She's also learned that
Coila's little brother, Jeff Goodin, is a helicopter commander at Fort
Received an inspirational and interesting letter from Virginia
Pond Ivey of Metairie who used to think that because she was on the
Zone so many years ago and because her life now is so routine, that
she would have no interesting news to offer. We soon got that
straightened out! Please read her fascinating and joyful entry under
the "Isthmus Episodes" section. Mrs. Ivey is a semi-invalid, 70 years
old, widowed twice with children scattered all over the U.S. She
would feel so happy renewing "old times" with anyone who loved the
Canal Zone as she did. She lived there from 1932 when she went down
from New Orleans as a young bride until 1942 when World War II
changed our lives."
Looks like spring cleaning got a head start this year in Lafayette
as Mrs. Simon (Lois) Mansberg undertook putting her home on S.
Normandy Drive in order with a new roof, exterior painting and
grounds maintenance. Looked something like an old-fashioned barn
raising when a load of top soil arrived and neighbors, young and old,
came from all directions to help spread it. Mrs. Mansberg can
certainly testify that people are wonderful and she finds herself
"blessed with neighbors filled to overflowing with kindly goodwill."
Jerry Raymond, 5615 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle, Wash. 98103,
paid a quiet, relaxing visit to the piney woods of Livingston, La., in
early March to visit his mother, Mrs. Bobbie Raymond Borgens, and
his aunt, Mrs. Annie Gerhardt. His dad was with the commissary and
retired in 1962. Jerry, a counseling psychologist, has taken a year off
work to serve as a volunteer for the Seattle Opera Co. He is a 1951
graduate of the Canal Zone Junior College.
If you ever get a chance to go to Cancun, take it! Easter vacation
was spent in the sun, sand and sea of this fabulous new Yucatan
peninsula resort area. Spent one day on a sailing trimaran out to Isla
Mujeres, swimming and snorkeling on the reefs Jacques Costeau
made famous, and taking a turn at spinnaker flying. Also visited the
Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza and saw the Ballet Folklorico. Major
surgery is now in the offing, but I hope to be recovering nicely by the
time you read this and I look forward to seeing old friends at the
Washington, D.C. reunion the end of June God Willing.
Dick Sena of Chalmette writes that Elaine, Richard and he
houseguested with Mrs. Frankie Thomson and her son, Robert, of
Tallahassee over Easter weekend. They hadn't seen them since
leaving the Zone in 1971. Richard has decided to set himself up a "pea
patch" in the backyard this year and see what luck he has in making
things grow. Good luck, Richard! Gil Sanzari dropped in on the Senas
from Las Vegas way. He and Phyllis want to relocate back in New Or-
leans and Gil was scouting around for a suitable apartment.
Mrs. Ora V. Stich, New Orleans, writes of her trip to Panama in
January. Her mother, Mrs. Winnifred Craddock Ewing, 93, was
failing and passed away on Jan. 20. (See article under "Deaths.")
Ding's sister, Mrs. Otto (Wink) Hausmann came to New Orleans for a
visit in March. On St. Joseph's Feast Day, March 18, they visited two
St. Joseph's Altars and marveled over the incredible designs and
figures made mostly of bread. This is a Sicilian custom found through-
out South Louisiana. Peg Mayden, widow of Jim Mayden, drove Wink
and Ding to her home in Biloxi for a visit. Peg is the former Peggy
MacMurray and her father was head of Fuerza y Luz for many years.
Her brothers, Charles and John, have also been by to visit. The family
was known as "The Golfing MacMurrays." The Chet Dudleys (she was
one of the Smith twins, Cecilia Navarro Dudley) visited her daughter,
Mrs. Clarita Riba, who is going to Tulane for a master's degree, and
her daughter, Lorena, is attending Sacred Heart. On April 24, the Bill
Mallorys arrived on the Cristobal and were with Ding and Wink for
several days. Just before Easter Dink's daughter, Winifred Ann
Barnes, and William Ferguson III (Rusty, her husband and Kathryn
Marie, her 5-year-old granddaughter) came for a little family reunion.
Wink hadn't seen Ann since 1971 and met Kathryn Marie and Rusty
for the first time. They returned to their home on Singer Island, Fla.,
after a four-day stay.
A card from Bill and Gret Warren of New Port Richey, Fla, indi-
cates they are out aroaming again. They've just returned from a
delightful trip through Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina just to
visit C.Z. amigos.
"The countryside was beautiful daffodils blooming their heads
off." Now they are looking forward to attending the Canal Reunion in
Patt Foster Roberson
In January, of this year, Mrs.
Amy McCormack and her t
daughter Sue Sartain Clark re-
turned to Panama and the Canal
Zone for a sentimental journey.
Sue had graduated from Balboa
High School and after attending
college in the States, married in :.,
the Cathedral of St. Luke.
Mrs. McCormack had lived on
the Isthmus for thirty years and
called it her real home. They
stayed at the beautiful Holiday
Inn in Panama. While there she
had worked on the Panama
American, at Censorship dur-
ing the War and at Gorgas Hos-
pital in the Zone.
While there, she wrote her historical, novel, SOUTH TO PANA-
MA, which has recently come out in paperback form.
On their return, they went by St. Petersburg, Florida and saw
many old friends, like the Lombards, the Donovans, the Daniels,
Hayes and Eve Stephans.
Mrs. McCormack wants the members of the Panama Canal So-
ciety to know that if anyone from the Society wants a copy of SOUTH
TO PANAMA from her Xmas bunch, to let her know at 2503 Roswell
Ave., #Cond. 107, Charlotte, N.C. 28209 and she will send it to them.
The book still sells here at the store for $4.95. She will sell it to them
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
Springtime in this area is always a favorite time of the year with
the forsythia, flowering trees and the azaleas starting to bloom and
everything so green. We welcome back those who wintered in Florida,
the Howard Johnsons, Bob Van Wagners and John Runcks. After
leaving St. Petersburg, Howard and Emily visited their son Jim, wife
Margaret and grandchildren Betsy and Jay in Houston, Texas. Jim is
the Safety Director for the Western Oceanic Company of Houston and
he and Margaret had just returned from a combined business and
pleasure trip to England, Scotland and the Netherlands.
Charlie and Carmen Rowe with their daughter Alice, husband
Don and baby Jolene drove to Florida in January for a three day visit
with Carmen's mother and sisters Rosita Suarez and Maritsa Loftin in
Ft. Lauderdale. From there they flew to the Canal Zone where they
spent a month as the guest of the Lloyd Kents and the Jay Gibsons.
First time back in 9 years and they were amazed at so many changes,
especially the very modern Tocumen Airport and the many high rise
buildings in Panama. They spent a few days in Santa Clara visiting
Betty Webster and friends noting the growth of that area into a large
The Truman Hoenkes flew to Seattle, Washington in February
for a two week visit with Margaret and Merrill Will. Betsy and
Truman departed Hendersonville the first week of April for Vermont,
where they will help son Roger get settled in his new home in Burling-
ton and spend the rest of the time until fall on their island in Lake
The Wendell Greenes, Ruth Sill and her sister Irene Hauser
enjoyed a tour of Charleston, S.C. and Savannah, Ga. in March.
The Jack Dombrowskys were the guests of the Donald Hutchi-
sons in Aiken, S.C. for a few days the last of March and while there
enjoyed attending the dinner meeting of the Aiken Society.
The Ernest Zelnicks drove to Williamsburg, Va. to join their
daughter Carol and grandchildren Scott and Emily for a weeks
vacation while Carols husband Jim Goodwin is attending a business
conference in that city, in April.
Ruth Sill had the pleasure of having her daughter Mary Peck,
husband Ted and grandsons Arthur and Chris with her for the Easter
Alice Roche, Bea Tyrell, Howard and Emily Johnson will be
taking a cruise the end of April to Yugoslavia on the MV ZVIR of the
Toy Huff reports that our President Maenner spends most of his
time on the athletic field in Brevard. (not jogging, but just in a
coaching role). Jean Dombrowsky
AIKEN, SOUTH CAROLINA
On December 14th, before our members scattered to be with
family and friends for the holidays, twenty-six members and guests
enjoyed a pre-Christmas dinner at the Holiday Inn in Aiken.
Hilda and Jasper Lee Myers December trip to Florida served a
double purpose they spent Christmas with their son and his family,
and also attended the wedding of their granddaughter, Pam Myers, to
Jay Premblay of Tallahassee on December 24th.
For the first time in many years, in February, Bud and Hazel
Kilbey had their three daughters, Jolie Ann Seeley, Christine Luken
and Charlotte Mullins, visiting at one and the same time.
Peggy and Don Hutchison spent Christmas with their son Gary
and his family in Louisiana. Since then Gary and his family have moved
to Weslaco, Texas. Peggy and Don later flew to the Zone and while
staying with their daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Bob Boukalis,
met many friends who had also made the trip south. After their
return, Marian and Bud Phillips of Laguna Hills, Calif., were their
houseguests and now during "Masters" week, Ruth Powell is
Captain and Mrs. Roley Wesley of Murfreesboro, Tenn. were
houseguests of Olga and Charles Holmes in March. Linda Santiago
also visited that month, from Charlotte, N.C.
John and Dorothy Everson traveled to the Zone in March, and
were able to tell us about their trip at our March 28th dinner meeting
at the Capri Restuarant, attended by thirty-six members and six
guests Bill and Gretchen Warren of New Port Richey, Fla., Jean
and Jack Dombrowsky of Hendersonville, N.C. and Max and Dorothy
Garni of Greensboro, N.C. We were pleased that the Brownes and
Tates of Columbia were able to attend, as well as Dr. and Mrs. Steve
Szymonski, and that he was interrupted only once by his "beeper".
Harry and Dorothy Willenbrock left early in April to visit friends
and relatives in New York.
We are now looking forward to the Florida reunion in April and
then to our June picnic, scheduled for 11:00 a.m., June 23rd, at the
Aiken State Park.
PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF TEXAS
The regular Quarterly Meeting of the Panama Canal Society of
Texas was held in February 1979. We had three most welcome
visitors: Mrs. Veronica Mutsch (sister of Dolores White) from Ken-
tucky, Mrs. Maude F. Johnson of Paraguay, and Mr. Norman DeLoof of
With sorrow, we report the death of Dr. Weldon F. White in
February. God rest his soul!
Dolores White, (Mrs. Weldon), has learned that Mr. Wm. J.
Sheridan, well-known attorney in Balboa Heights, sustained a severe
heart attack. As of February 25, he was still hospitalized but making
On the sick list:
1. Tharon Mitchell had cataract surgery onMarch 20 and is doing
2. John Terry had a short stay at Sam Houston Memorial Hospital
with a "veeroos" which turned out to be a severe case of bronchitis.
He is recovering slowly but surely.
3. And Lew Souder must keep up with the others. He had another
bout of surgery, this time for kidney-stone removal. All went well and
he is in fine fettle as always.
On March 30, our Jo Ann Stephenson, daughter of Iva Sandefer,
married Norman DeLoof, son of Mrs. Morris DeLoof of Gurvey,
Illinois. The ceremony took place in the Bintliff Chapel of the First
United Methodist Church of Houston with Rev. Daniel C. Steere
officiating. A reception for family and friends followed the ceremony.
Norman and JoAnn spent their honeymoon in Mexico including
Cancun and Cozumel. Norman is associated with NASA.
On April 4, Irene and Marion Hollowell left Houston, driving to
Delaware where they will visit friends. Their return trip will include a
stop in St. Petersburg for the annual reunion.
Don Terry, son of Florence and John, made a trip back to his old
stomping grounds on the Canal Zone to see where he "was born and
reared". He reports that the changes are so great that old favored
spots are almost unrecognizable. In early April, Iva Standefer had
company from Fort Worth, her husband's nephew, H. B. Standefer
and his wife, Louise and son Tom on Easter vacation from the
University of Texas. H. B. was on the Zone during the 40's, originally
coming from Azle, Texas.
In late April Dolores White was scheduled for a trip to Kentucky
for the wedding of her nephew, son of Mrs. Veronica Mutsch, one of
our February meeting visitors.
Jessie L. Bush
Anna and Bob Calvet, Kerrville Frances Patchett O'Sullivan
with daughter Tami Lu and son Paul drove from Dothan to Brownsville
for a short visit with Margaret King then on to visit us. While in
Kerrville Frances contacted Annette Fields and Dick Herons before
returning to Dothan. Mrs. George Marie Welsh and son, Frank from
Marshall visited us on their way to Fort Stockton to visit Marie's
Jean and Don Spencer of Port Mansfield, Texas were guests of
Helen and Ezra Smith in March. While in Kerrville, Jean was Helen's
guest at the monthly gathering of the Canal Zone group who play
canasta and have lunch together. As an added surprise, Jean was
reunited with her old Ancon neighbor, Kitty Schmidt, who was a guest
of her daughter, Jackie Bishop, at the same gathering. Also in the
group was Gigi Fleckenstein, Anna Young, Kathi Lessiack, Iris Hogan,
Honey Fealey, Marian Wells and Polly Michaels.
Kitty Schmidt was entertained with a lovely luncheon at the home
of Marian Wells. Also attending the luncheon were Betty Marshall, Sue
Graham, Honey Fealey, Iris Hogan, Kathi Lessiack, Annette Fields,
and Jackie Bishop.
Later in the week Annette and Jack Fields had the Schmidts and
Bishops over for dessert and coffee and Annette presented Kitty with a
gift of her hand tatted note paper.
John and Kitty Schmidt of Pasadena, Maryland were guests of
their daughter, Jackie Bishop, in March. The Schmidts, along with
their two sons, CMS John, Jr. of Panama City, Fla., and Douglas C. of
the Canal Zone were in Kerrville to celebrate their 50th wedding
anniversary. They were married in Baltimore, Maryland on March 8,
1929. John has been retired from the Locks Division for 15 years. Their
children were hosts at a family dinner party in Kerrville and later, an
Open House reception at the Dale Bishop's home. Several Canal Zone
retirees attended the gathering. The occasion marked the first time in
over 16 years that the family have all been together. The three children
presented their parents with two identical, hand-made quilts of the
double-wedding-ring design made especially for them for this occasion.
They are talking about
VIGIL REAL ESTATE
REALTOR' JIM McCONAGHY, C.R.B. Owner
MEMBER CANAL SOCIETY
Two Offices to serve you in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg Area.
5503 38th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, Florida Phone
2468 State Rd. 580, Clearwater, Florida 347-3161
From left Elsie Fowkes Jackson, Bernice Trout Springall,
Mabel Walden Wood and Marion Wachter Hannon [Hansie]
Elsie Jackson, Alexandria The above pictured nurses got
together at my home for luncheon and a most enjoyable afternoon. Dr.
Arthur Springall joined us for the day.
George F. Fenton, Sr., Lexington Having left the Zone in 1947,
there are many names we do not recognize in the Record but it is always
a pleasure to find a name we know and read about happenings over the
In 1976, I retired after 33 years of Federal service, most of them
with the Federal Highway Administration. Ila and I moved from the
Washington, D.C. area to Lexington in the Shenandoah Valley early in
1977. Our youngest daughter, Kathy, moved back home this year after
completing work on her Master's degree at the University of North
Carolina and is working on her law degree at Washington and Lee
University here in Lexington. Our son Ric, has his Master's in Public
Administration and is on the staff of Senator Randolph of West
Virginia. He is married and lives in Fairfax, Virginia. He and his wife
Kathy Ann, are expecting their first child in August. Our oldest
daughter Ellen, has her Master's in Music Education and teaches in
Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. Her husband Larry Rupert, is also a
teacher. They are expecting their first child in April.
I have been working for the City of Lexington for the past year and
am presently the Director of Public Works. Ila is applying her nursing
talents by working at the Washington and Lee Infirmary two nights a
This is a beautiful and historic area and we live within five miles of
Interstate Routes 64 and 81 and only 12 miles from Natural Bridge. We
take great pride in showing the area off. Our door is always open for a
brief cup of coffee or a longer visit.
George enclosed an article from the Lexington News Gazette of
January 10, 1979 which states in part "Two major appointments
were announced yesterday by John Dooane, City Manager. George F.
Fenton was named as director of public works Fenton said
yesterday that he is looking forward to taking the job. 'It's in an area of
my experience in the past and will be a challenge. I anticipate enjoying
the job and making a contribution to the city'."
Ruth Warner, Martha "Mops" Wood, Lucille Bunker
and Lucille Davis con Goeduck Clam
Martha B. Wood, Vancouver "I've been to Tucson, AR and back.
Had a good time, and my Dad, Fred W. Bradley is fine. I sent him the
March '79 Canal Record, and hope he can answer Harry Bradley's
question in the Ditch Digger Days section.
Shortly after my return from Tucson, I had two delightful visitors
during the week of March 19 to 23. They were Lucille (Journey) Davis
(Poulsbo, Wash.), and Ruth (Connor) Warner (Kauai, Hawaii).
Lucille presented the Bunkers and me with our first Goeduck Clams.
They are very peculiar (rather obscene) in appearance, but oh so
delicious! One Goeduck clam can feed a family of 4. Nothing would to
but have a picture taken. (See above)
The Bunkers and I showed our visitors our part of the world, the
weather was outstanding, sunny and comfortable. Lucille and Ruth
ventured on their own to see the Oregon Coast, enraptured with it's
beauty and bounty of seafood at Garibaldi, OR. Darkness fell before
their return and they became "lost". Surprisingly they were one mile
We five 'old timers' exchanged news, had many a chuckle
reminiscing: looked ahead for new vistas to cross and had a beautiful
time together. In parting, Lucille Davis offered to be the chairman for
the 1980 Northwest PC Picnic Reunion. The Northwest PC Picnic for
1979 continues as planned."
-.-.-. SALE AND LOCATER SERVICE -- -
WANTED TO BUY: ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINES, TOBIES,
etc. Paying $35.00 for 11/4" Teenies, $600.00 for Red-haired Clown.
Also want HUMMELS. Claudy Howell, 1205 Fountainhead Dr.,
Deltona, FL 32725. Phone 305-574-4346.
WANTED: Bodah Swedish crystal Rosa (or Astrid) patterns to
complete set. Write: Barbara Dedaux, Box 236, Margarita, CZ, TP:
FOR SALE: 1979 PANAMA CA-
NAL PLATE. This plate de-
signed by artist Al Sprague, uses
the motif of the Canal Zone Seal
to commemorate the last year of
the Panama Canal Zone. The seal
was originally designed in 1905
by Tiffany's for the Panama
Canal Commission. The plate is 1979 Panama Canal Plate
hand-painted ceramic ware. It is the fourth in a series of numbered,
limited edition plates designed by the artist. Price $25.00, includes
air mail shipment. Tom and Pat Plucker, Box 2177, Balboa, C.Z.
FOR SALE: 1978 (Final Year of Issue) Canal Zone license plate $6.00
postpaid. Ann Guerriero, Box 645, Balboa, C.Z. WILL BUY OLD
LICENSE PLATES TOO.
OFFICE 18131 447-7373
RES. 755-2861 OFFICE 13447-7373
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BANK OF CLEARWATER BLDG
9905 BOURBON 600 CLEVELAND ST
EL PASO. TEXAS 79924 CLEARWATER FLORIDA 33515
440 41 AUGUST MEETING n -d -o
BRADFORD'S COACH HOUSE 3 August 1979
1900 4th Street North Social Hour: 11:30 A.M.
St. Petersburg, Florida Luncheon: 12:30 P.M.
Our August meeting will be held at the Bradford's Coach House
Banquet Room (Southwest entrance). A bar will be set up for your
convenience with the price Popular Brand cocktails $1.25; Name
Brands $1.50 with Beer and Wine $1.00.
To facilitate our large crowd the salad bar will be available at 12:00
Noon for those that wish to partake early. Entre will be Round of Beef
with two vegetables, hot rolls and butter, iced tea or coffee and dessert,
cost $5.00, tax and gratuity included.
Come and join us for a delightful luncheon-meeting.
Below is a map to assist you in locating Bradford's Coach House.
13 22nd AV N
Please clip the reservation below and mail as indicated. Please get
your reservation, with check, to us no later than 26, July 1979.
RESERVATION SLIP Mail to: LUNCHEON
3 August 1979 Panama Canal Society
Members and Guests of Florida, Inc.
P. O. Box 11566
Please make St. Petersburg, FL 33733
reservations for the August Luncheon
at $5.00 each........... .. ............ $
TOTAL ENCLOSED ..... $
(PLEASE MAKE CHECK PAYABLE: Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.)
Luncheon L to R: Marge and Ross Hollowell, Sam and Sara Rowley,
Georgia and Vance Howard, Irene Wright and Marion Howell, Sue
Burland and Jeanette Jans
Luncheon L to R: Linnie Caroll Turner, Gladys Conley, Jay Cain,
Frances Cain, Dottie Barbour and Eleanor Connor
Harry and Grace Colbert, Reuben Seidman. Albert and Verna Collins,
Ida McDade and Lilly Seidman.
JL jt 3.
DANCING AT PANAMA BALL 2, i'
Taken from the St. Peters-
burg Independent Monday,
April 30, 1979. Staff photo by
Jackie Greene. Mr. and Mrs.
Norman Davison of Lehigh
Acres dance in the Coliseum Fri-
day night at a ball sponsored by
the Panama Canal Zone Society,
whose members gathered from
all over the state last weekend to
meet socially and to elect offi-
NEWS TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY
Mrs. Augusta H. Marsh died April 25, 1979 in her home in River-
side, CA. She was a resident of the Canal Zone in the 1940's. She is sur-
vived by her sons Alfred T. Marsh and Leroy P. Marsh; her daughters
Helene Burton and Susan DeBoer, and several grandchildren and
Miss Lela Mae Holden, member of Winter Park, FL passed away
May 1, 1979. Miss Holden was a school teacher for many years on the
Pacific side of the Isthmus and moved to Florida after her retirement.
No known survivors.
William Buehlmann passed away March 22, 1978 in California. He
is survived by his widow, Joyce; three sons, Ken II, Steven and Scott
and a daughter, Robin and his parents, Ken and Anita Buehlmann of
Mrs. Ester Hutchings, 68, member, of St. Petersburg, FL passed
away May 24, 1979. She is survived by her husband, Blanchard V.
Hutchings; two brothers Guillermor and David Coto both of San Jose,
Costa Rica and one sister, Josefa Pablo of Tampa, FL.
Mrs. Joseph Watson (Audrey) of Sarasota, FL formerly of the
Pacific side, has become the first woman to be elected president of
Temple Beth Sholom. She was installed on April 27, 1979 by Rabbi
Daniel Pagenta of Balboa, CZ brings news of the 1st Baptist
Church. Our new pastor should arrive in August or September. The
outside of the church is being repainted and looks nice. The Scout Troop
24 under Scoutmaster Roland Davey has won recognition at the Scout-
0-Rama and Camp-O-Ree. We are real proud of them. The Good News
Singers under the direction of Roy Wallace, have returned from Cali,
Columbia and Bogota. Membership has held up in spite of all the moving
of personnel... Personal news Our daughter Mrs. Yolando Holmes
has given birth to a 7 pound boy and Danny is graduating from
Louisiana State University in August and will enter Law School in
September. We send greetings to all our friends.
WANTED: Metal Watch Fobs, with or without straps, that were
worn with Pocket Watches. Please send pencil rubbing or description
to: Walter A. Biss, 523 Somerset Avenue, Taunton, MA 02780.
Robert L. Dwelle, Ithaca, NY writes that classes are over and they
are in the midst of final exams at Cornell University. He is slated to
teach two courses in summer school provided there is enough enroll-
ment for the classes. He will retire in two years and then move to sunny
Albuquerque, NM where he bought a house. Bea and Izzy Schloming
are house watching.
Gregory M. Collins, RN, son of Anna and Joe Collins, has been
appointed Assistant Director of Nurses at the University Hospital,
Jackson, MS as of June 1, 1979.
-"ow -HOLA Cojelo Suave 11 de Junio -
Directions: On West side of 101 take San Juan Overpass. Go on Merrill
Road then left on Brown 500 yards. Entrance to Ranch indicates
'Running G. Ranch'!
Bob and Niza Greig (nee Boynton) are hostessing our CANAL
ZONE ALUMNI HOE DOWN on July 19, 20, 21 and 22, 1979, on their
working livestock ranch... WESTERN TROPHY FOR THE ZONIAN
ATTENDING from the furthest distance. Highlight of the full 4-day
festivities will be Saturday. JOIN us for the Canal Zone Western
Barbecue and Bash.
Menu for Saturday: 1 P.M. till 3:00 A.M.
Open Pit Whole Roast Pigs
B.B.Q. Chicken, Garlic French Bread
Seviche Salads Tortillas
Panamanian Rice & Beans, Roasted Corn on Cob
Brandied Whole Watermelons
Watermelon Fresh Fruit Boat
Wine and Draft Beer
BAILE to the Straw Hat Band of the 40's in the afternoon and
the Western Music of the Powder River Band in the Evening till 3.
Prizes for the best dancers. Prices and/or trophies for winners of other
contests held throughout 4 days. YOUR COST WILL BE BASED ON
THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FESTIVITIES
For remainder of the 4 day week bring your own booze. As the
ranch has outdoor facilities, tent camping, self-contained campers and
motor homes are welcome. No cost for that, of course. Grocery store 2
miles away. The Motel Six (6) is 5 miles from the ranch in the nearby
town of Gilroy. You can reserve your rooms if you do not wish to camp
out. Make your reservations directly with them: Motel Six, Gilroy,
California, (408) 842-9306 at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival due to
the fact that this BASH is also in conjunction with the California State
Rodeo which is World Renown.
On the agenda for the 4 days festivities are tour of the famous
San Juan Bautista Mission & Historical Town, famous wineries and
their tasting rooms, parades, and the California Rodeo itself which runs
all four days, nearby Santa Cruz beach with Monterey Peninsula with
famous Carmel and Pebble Beach (site of Crosby's Golf Tournament)
only 45 minutes away, the famous Redwood Groves and, of course, the
ZONITE COMPANY FROM YEARS GONE BY. Evenings in this
Northern California town are cool so sweaters are a must.
The Pacific Side will challenge the Atlantic side in a grease pig
capture and a goat tying contest. (3 categories men, women and
children). Horseback riding and hayrides will add to the occasion. The
Silveira Ranch (World Champion Fast Draw Team) and our neighbors
will demonstrate Saturday afternoon between bands.
HASTA LA VISTA Fondly,
Niza (Boynton) Greig
Check here if you wish to continue being on the mailing list: __
We will be camping on the Ranch: ._
There will be persons attending at a cost of $15.00 per
person. (check enclosed) /2 price for children 12 and under.
Send check to:
Running G. Ranch
211 Brown Rd.
San Juan Bautista, California 95045
John and Mary Fisher, Moraga, Calif. 415-376-3664
Roger and Lenore Weidoff, Concord, Calif. 415-686-0505
Pat (Leach) Koenig, Concord 415-687-9189
Harold & Myrna (Boynton) Ericksen, San Jose, CA 408-268-2275
Rena (Boynton) Givens, San Jose, CA 408-274-7328
Mr. Frankie J. Basinger 4/30/79
Mrs. Marcia E. Jones 4/27/79
Mr. Ross E. Anderson 5/19/79
Mr. Michael L.
Angermuller 5/ 7/79
Mr. Oscar J. Bourg 5/19/79
Mr. William M. Brandl 5/ 5/79
Mr. Leonidas Critides 5/ 5/79
Mrs. Elaine M. Donaldson 5/19/79
Mrs. Shirley R. Haselden
Mrs. Mary S. Hollowell
Mr. Daniel Jeffers
Mr. Robert S. Jeffrey
Mr. Dean L. Kelly
Mr. Ernest M. Kreuger
Mrs. Priscilla M. Lane
Mr. Clive W. Lewis
Mrs. Ruth H. Lichti
Mrs. Dora M. McIlhenny
Mr. Samuel W. Meyer
Mrs.Ara S. Norris
Mr. Gale A. O'Connell
Mrs. Betty Jo Ostrander
Mrs. Annie R. Rathgeber
Mr. Elbert V. Smith, Jr.
Mr. Sidney Smithson
Mr. Frank J. Trykar, Jr.
Mr. Harry Westerberg
Mrs. Bonnie K. Wilson
Mr. Leroy B. Wilson, Jr.
Division of Schools
Off. of Financial
Off. Exec. Secy.
C. Z. Library Museum
PC Info. Off.
Coco Solo Hosp.
THE PANAMA CANAL SOCIETY OF FLORIDA, INC.
Application for Box 11566 DUES
Membership St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
.... 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.
Street ...... Box
City . State ... Zip Code
Former PC Employment ........................
Amount Enclosed $ ... Check .... .. M.O ... ... Cash .......
DUES $10.00 PER YEAR PER FAMILY
Canal Zone send money order unless check is on a State's bank.
DUES, effective January 1, 1978, ARE $10.00.
Name should be exactly as you wish it to appear in the ANNUAL ISSUE -
Mr., Mr. and Mrs., Miss or Mrs.
Application P. C. RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF FLORIDA
for BLOOD BANK FUND DUES
Membership Box 11566, St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
(Florida Residents Only)
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Amount Enclosed $ ......... Check .. ...... M .O .... ... Cash .......
DUES: Adults $2.00 per year. Children under 18 $1.00 per year.
FORM TO ORDER SOCIETY PLATE
Please mail to
City State ___ Zip Code_
Society Tag, $2.50 ea., Number wanted
Society Decal, $1.50 ea., Number wanted
The Rigs Forrest Burl and Gloria Thomas
and Alton Jones
Art Cherry, Lucky Wilburn and
Nancy and Harry Jones and
mother, Vera Jones
The Herb Spectors
L to R: Debbie Campbell, Brenda
Daisy, Pam Spector, Henry and
Panama Canal Society of Florida, Inc.
P. 0. Box 11566
St. Petersburg, Florida 33733
2nd Class Postage
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